Shortly, T. & G. hope to be able to announce the commencement of their business, & their readiness to attend, as usual, to all orders. Cooperstown, 19th March, 1814.
COMMENT: Farrand Stranahan (1778-1826) was a Cooperstown lawyer. Seth Cook (1782-1819) and his brother-in-law George Crafts had recently opened a dry goods, groceries, and hardware store next door to Joseph Wilkinson’s home and shop. The damaged firm of Taylor and Graves was probably headed by a Taylor (not yet identified) and Calvin Graves (1794-1848), uncle of the Abner Graves “who brought baseball to Cooperstown.”
DIED — In Laurens, on the 11th inst. [March] Mr. DANIEL GRIFFITH, of the asthma, in the 88th year of his age. He retained his senses to the last, and lived and died in the full faith of the Christian Religion.
DIED — in this town on the 16th inst. Mr. JAMES WHIPPLE.
COMMENT: Daniel Griffith (July 18, 1726-Mar. 6, 1814) came from Rochester in Plymouth County, Mass. He had 16 children, by two wives; his son Stephen (1754-1775) died at the Battle of Bunker Hill at the beginning of the American Revolution. Deacon James Whipple (ca. 1772-Mar. 16, 1814) was one of eight children of Captain Benajah Whipple (1734-1817), who died in Cooperstown.
Defeat of General Floyd
From Washington — Private letters communicate an unpleasant report, that Gen. Floyd has been defeated by Indians, with the loss of 300 men and all his cannon.
COMMENT: Brigadier General John Floyd (1769-1839) was a commander of Georgia State militia (and later a Georgia Congressman). A modern source states: “On Jan. 27, 1814 his troops fended off a predawn surprise attack by over 1,300 Indian warriors on the banks of Calabee (Chalibee) Creek. If it had not been for the aid of the friendly Lower Creek Indians, who had allied themselves with the white state militias, and the quick actions of the veteran companies, General Floyd might have lost this brutal battle.” It was one of the last battles of the so-called Creek War in 1813-1814.