From the Otsego Herald
for Saturday, Sept. 25, 1813
Compiled, with comments
by HUGH C. MacDOUGALL
NOAH PRESTON, an inhabitant of Camden, in the county of Oneida, being subject to turns of mental derangement, on Saturday the 11th [September] left his home and family, and after strolling around the fields and woods of his own town, was at last recognized by an old acquaintance, on Oneida creek, near Oneida Castle on the same night, and since which time he has not been seen or heard of.
The afflicted family of this unhappy man, alarmed for his safety, give notice, that any person who may have observed a stranger in delirium of the following description, would immediately write by mail, to the subscriber; and if possible detain him in his care until he can be sent for.
Mr. Preston is a man about six feet high, of slender person, and about 52 years of age; he had on a butternut colored coat, considerably worn, dark colored velvet pantaloons, and black cloth vest, with an old hat and a pair of coarse shoes without stockings; of a fair complexion, and grey eyes; he went away without any money.... WM. R. PRESTON, Camden, Sept. 17, 1813.
COMMENT: According to a Camden local history, Noah Preston “was one of the oldest inhabitants, and possessed qualities of industry and perseverance.” Noah Preston (1762-1835) came from Connecticut, and married Honor Rossiter Preston (1766-1847). He was a Revolutionary veteran and was given a pension. They had ten children, including William Riley Preston (1790-1834). As is evident from their death dates, Noah was apparently found and returned home and—indeed—survived the son who had advertised for him.
On MONDAY evening next, the Albany Company will perform at the Court-House, a Comedy (in 2 acts) called THE JEW AND DOCTOR; OR THE ORPHAN PROTECTED. After which a Comic Piece called THE PRIZE; OR 2,4,3,8, with entertainments, as will be given in the Bills. Sept. 25.