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Otsego Herald

August 8, 2013

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From the Otsego Herald

for Saturday, August 7, 1813

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From the subscriber on the night of the 30th [July] Henry Yagers, an indented apprentice (Mulatto) about 17 years old, very large of his age, about 5 feet 8 or 10 inches high, thick set, his hair short and naturally curled.

Any person who will return the said Mulatto, to the subscriber in the town of Burlington, in the county of Otsego, or secure him in any Goal [Gaol = Jail] and give information to the subscriber, so that he may be found, shall be handsomely rewarded.

All persons are forbid harboring said Mulatto, under the penalty of the law, and are warned against trusting him on my account. ELIPHAZ ALEXANDER. Dated July 31, 1813.

COMMENT: Eliphaz Alexander, was born March 8, 1764 in Northfield, MA, where he helped found the Masonic Lodge there in 1797. In 1807 he became first treasurer of the Farmers’ Masonic Lodge in Burlington, NY. He died Sept. 28, 1851. In 1791 he married Asenath Foote (1762-1813) of Brattleboro, VT. They had seven children. He lived in various places in New York State, including Burlington (Otsego County), Moravia (Cayuga County), Syracuse, and Ogdensburg (where he died and is buried).

He was a Revolutionary Veteran and Pensioner: “Eliphaz was put on pension roll 18 Jan, 1834 as private, Massachusetts militia; of Cayuga Co., New York. He enlisted 15 Oct 1779 at Northfield in Capt Samuel Merriman’s company, Col. Israel Chappin’s regiment. They marched to Great Barrington, MA, thence to Claverack, NY and then to Albany, where at the expiration of his term, he was discharged and returned home. He again enlisted in Capt Pierce’s company, Col. Seth Murray’s regiment, being detached from the 6th Hampshire County militia regiment, age 16, stature 5’9”, complexion light. They marched to Hudson, NY and a few days later continued down the river to West Point, joining the army there under Gen. Benedict Arnold. The night Arnold escaped, after his treason was discovered, Eliphaz was on guard at the Chain Battery. He was discharged at West Point 10 Oct 1780 and returned home.”

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