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---- — From the Otsego Herald

for Saturday, August 7, 1813

Compiled, with comments



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.”

In 1807 he was a Captain in Lt. Col. Nathaniel Fenton’s Regiment of Otsego County Militia. In 1811 he was Postmaster in Burlington, NY


This may certify, that my wife Sophia, has run away from me, for the truly honorable purpose of not going to Ohio; & her friends have been so friendly, or rather devilish, as to advise her to quit me; and have kept her, and the children, where I could not find them for some months.—This is therefore to forbid all persons trusting or harboring her at their peril. HENRY HUBBELL. Otsego, August 3, 1813.

COMMENT: Henry Hubbell had married Sophia McCullock, both of Otsego, on April 12, 1804.

White Marble

WARREN BABBIT, informs his friends & the public in general, that he is enabled to supply all calls for the LANSINGBURGH MARBLE, such as Jambs and Mantle-tree pieces for Fire-places, Hearth-Stones, Grave-Stones, Oven bottoms, &c. or any other marble that may be wanted. The Grave Stones will be neatly lettered, if wished—orders left at Messrs. Williams & Averill’s store, Cooperstown, will be attended to, where some of the stone may be seen. Otsego (Oaks Creek), July 31, 1813.

COMMENT: According to the Otsego County Biographic Register, Warren Babbit (1774-1847) “was a native of Connecticut, there grew to manhood, and was married to Sally Delano [1778-1861], who was also born in that State. In 1798, accompanied by his bride, he left the old home to dwell in the forest wilds of this State, the momentous journey being made with an oxteam. He secured quite a large tract bordering on Oak Creek, and after building a log house for shelter entered bravely upon the hard pioneer task of clearing a farm and preparing the soil for cultivation. He and his good wife passed their remaining years on the farm reclaimed by so much labor from the wilderness.”

According to a Babbitt family genealogy he was “A farmer—also distiller—converted to Methodism he destroyed his distillery and liquor.” He and his wife are buried in the Old Chapel Burying Ground in Fly Creek. So are his parents: Elkanah Babbitt (1737-1807) and Rachael Babbitt (ca. 1737-1815).


At the Theatre of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, of the western district of the state of New York, the Medical Lectures commence, annually, on the first Tuesday of November.

Anatomy and Surgery—by L. Spalding, M.D.

Obstetrics—by Westel Willoughby, Jun. M.D.

Chemistry, Materia Medica, and Mineralogy—by Dr. Stadley.

Institutes of Medicine—by L. Spalding, M.D.

JONATHAN SHERWOOD, Register, Fairfield, Herkimer County, July 31, 1813.

COMMENT: The College of Physicians and Surgeons of the Western District of New York operated from 1812-1841. The Fairfield Academy had given medical courses since around 1809.

Dr. Lyman Spalding (1775-1821) was a very prominent doctor and medical teacher, who established the United States Pharmacopoeia. You can find a full biography of him (1916) on line on Google Books.

Dr. Westel Willoughby, Jr. (1769-1844) was an almost equally prominent doctor (and a New York state politician).

Jonathan Sherwood (1779-1829), of Fairfield, studied under Dr. Spalding and Dr. Willoughby in 1812-1813; as a Trustee of the College, and its Register, he didn’t have to pay the usual fee of $12.50; he earned a medical degree in 1818.