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Otsego Herald

September 26, 2013



The Infantry company left here on Thursday, commanded by Capt. PECK, of Burlington.

The light Infantry drafted company of this county, marched from here yesterday, commanded by Capt. JOSEPH WESTCOTT, of Milford.

COMMENT: “Levi Adams came from Pawlet, Vt. and located at Edson Corners in 1787. Mr. Adams was the first settler at Edson Corners and the first carpenter In Milford. Mr. Adams was the first carpenter in the County that could work by the square rule.”

Capt. Joseph Westcott (1784-1859) “was... ordered up to Niagara where they were stationed for a time.... The Americans were of the opinion they could cross the river & rout the British & drive them back & take the Fort. The plot was conceived & Col. Stranahan was to lead the American troops. The Americans were not obliged to go out of the Territory of the U.S. unless they volunteered. Some of the American Army refused to go but a majority were willing to make the effort & try titles with the British. The Volunteers took boat & started for Canada & the British commenced to cannonade the Americans & a cannon shot wounded Capt. Westcott so he was unable to command & such command fell upon Lieut. John Quackenbush. After they arrived on the Canada side the Americans got the worst of the battle.... This the second Militia Company of Milford, retrained...until the State Militia was disbanded. This Company was very large & some of its members were very poor, hardly able to equip themselves. Some of them would attend the Company Training barefoot; & finally it was designated the barefoot Company.”


In this town, on the 14th [September] of the Typhus Fever, Mrs. Thankful Thurston, aged 63, consort of Mr. Edward Thurston.

COMMENT: Thankful Main Thurston (1748-1813), originally of Connecticut, had in 1764 married Edward Thurston (1740-1819), and they lived in Springfield, NY. They had 12 children.

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