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Otsego Herald

February 21, 2013

Battle of Frenchtown

From the Otsego Herald

for Saturday, February 20, 1813

Compiled, with comments

by HUGH C. MacDOUGALL

Obituaries

(1) Died in this village, on Thursday last, WILLIAM DOWSE, Esq., aged 42 years, member of Congress elect, for the 15th district. Mr. Dowse was considered an able advocate at our Court. He appeared at the bar on Thursday of last week, and attended to his duty nearly all that day, but was finally obliged to leave the Court-House in consequence of his ill health, and was confined to his bed till his death. He has left a wife and family with a numerous circle of acquaintances to regret his loss.

COMMENT: William Dowse (1779-1813), a lawyer and politician, is buried in Cooperstown’s Presbyterian Cemetery. He was initially replaced in Congress by John Bowers of Cooperstown.

(2) Died, in this village, yesterday, after a short illness, Mr. LEWIS GOODSELL, aged 43 years. Mr. G. sustained the character of an honest and upright man, and in him, our village has lost an active and useful citizen, and his family a kind and tender parent.

COMMENT: He was a cabinet-maker, who had started business here about 1809.

(3) Died, in Middlefield, on Wednesday last, Mr. OBADIAH DUNHAM, aged 83 years, an old and respectable inhabitant of that town, and one of the first settlers.

COMMENT: Dr. Dunham was born in Pownal, Vermont, in 1731, and came to Bowerstown in Middlefield about 1755. He married Lucy Gillett (1739-1840) in 1754, and they had eight children.

(4) Died, at New-York, on the 8th inst. [February], Mr. William French, formerly of this village. He was a sutler [provisioner] to the troops in New-Jersey, where he was taken sick with the spotted fever, and returned to his family in New-York, where he died in a few days.

Battle of Frenchtown

Chilicothe, Feb. 2, 1813. DISASTROUS! With the most poignant sensations of grief, we … announce to our readers, the entire destruction of the advanced guard of the N. Western Army, consisting of about 1000 men, under the command of Gen. James Winchester ...

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