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October 3, 2013

Great Naval Victory


The Two Squadrons

The British squadron, under the command of the one-armed Captain Robert Barclay (1786-1837), included two ships, one brig, two schooners, and a sloop, with a total of 63 guns. The American squadron included three brigs, five schooners, and a sloop, with a total of 54 guns. American losses included 27 killed (22 of them on USS Lawrence), and 96 wounded (61 of them on USS Lawrence).

COMMENT: These are the figures submitted by Captain Perry. British Captain Barclay, who had lost an arm fighting in Europe, was severely wounded in this battle.


Married, on the 26th [Sept.] by Elder Hulbert, Samuel S. Wood, of Springfield, to Miss Elsey Holcomb of Otsego, late of New-Durham.

COMMENT: Samuel S. Wood (1789-1842) had married Elsey Holcomb (1795-1871). Both are buried in the cemetery in Springfield Center. Samuel came from Rhode Island as a boy in 1797, with his father Robert, who was a Revolutionary Veteran. The couple had three sons and three daughters.

Blacksmith Wanted

NOTICE. The subscriber wishes to employ a JOURNEYMAN BLACKSMITH. One that can come well recommended will meet with liberal encouragement if application be made soon. Also, wanted two smart active boys, as apprentices to the blacksmithing business; those from 14 to 16 years of age will be preferred. EPHRAIM HANSON. Cherry-Valley, Sept. 29, 1813.

COMMENT: Ephraim Nicholas Hanson (1784-1837) was a member of the Cherry Valley Presbyterian Church until 1819. In 1810 he married Alida Schenck (1790-af.1880) from Livingston County, and they later moved to Cass County, Michigan, where he died. They had five sons and three daughters.

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