Wanted immediately, a large quantity of boards and plank, both cherry and pine; also Cherry and Maple Scantling, for which the highest prices will be given.
Cooperstown, April 12, 1814.
COMMENT: Eli Foster Benjamin (1790-1856) was born in Dutchess County, but came to Middlefield in 1810 to marry Mary (Polly) Hughes (1791-ca. 1863), by whom he had two children. The following year he bought a lot from Isaac Cooper on the south-west corner of Fair and Lake Streets, and built a home which (with additions) remained there until about 1874. His shop would have been on Pioneer Street (then West Street), more or less opposite to today’s Tunnicliff Inn.
Eli, however, soon moved to Utica, where he remained the rest of his life, though his brother Miles Benjamin stayed on in Cooperstown. About 1874 his home was moved across the street, to become Glimmerglass Cottage at 8 Lake Street.
According to James Taylor Dunn, “Pioneer Cabinet Makers of Cooperstown” (1955): “Eli F. Benjamin, a local grocer, turned to furniture construction in 1810 in Cooperstown. He was the first cabinet maker to resort to barter. He would take many items in exchange.... [Later] he moved to Utica and...opened a mahogany chair manufacturing company. In Cooperstown, he left his accounts with his brother, Miles Benjamin, also a cabinet maker.”
Judge Ford, who had been arrested on suspicion of treason, has been discharged for want of sufficient evidence on which to find an indictment. Judge Livingston took occasion to compliment Mr. Ford on his acquittal from an imputation which, from the manner of its removal, should in justice reflect no dishonor on his character. A bill for treason has been found against a Mr. Baxter, of some part of our northern frontier.
COMMENT: As we have noted earlier, Judge Nathan Ford (1763-1829) was the founder of Ogdensburg, in Northern New York State on the southern bank of the St. Lawrence River. With merchant David Parish (1778-1826). He did his best to keep that town neutral in the War of 1812. Not surprisingly they also supported the anti-war Federalist Party.