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Otsego Herald

August 8, 2013

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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.

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    July 31, 2014

  • General Swift killed Ontario Repository, July 19, We have received ... orders ... announcing that on Tuesday evening, July 12, Brigadier General John Swift, of Palmyra, in this county, was killed in a most perfidious manner, by one of the enemy. The General had volunteered to reconnoiter the enemy's positions and works at Fort George, and took with him 120 men.

    July 24, 2014

  • American victories at Chippewa From an authentic source, we are happy to be able to state, that our army under the command of maj. gen. Brown, crossed from Buffalo to the Canada shore on the 3d of July inst. and that Fort Erie surrendered to our arms at 6 o'clock in the morning.

    July 17, 2014

  • Civil War breaks out in Haiti The Baltimore American (extra) of the 22d, contains translations from the Royal Gazette of Hayti of the 23d of March; being official details of the capture of Fort Sabourin, by the troops of Christophe, from those of Petion, in a report of the Prince of Limbe, minister of war and marine, having under him the Duke of l’Arbonila and Duke of Grand Reviere, and 8 battalions of troops.

    July 10, 2014

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    July 3, 2014

  • Attack on Wareham undertaken Wareham [near New Bedford], June 14.... Yesterday morning we were informed of the approach of the enemy, and at about eleven o'clock A.M. they landed at the village called the Narrows, with a flag. There were six barges containing two hundred and twenty men.

    June 26, 2014

  • Victory won at Sandy Creek "I have the honor to transmit herewith Major Appling's report of the gallant affair which took place yesterday morning between a detachment of the 1st Rifle Regiment and Oneida Indians under his command, and a detachment from the British fleet, consisting of sailors and marines commanded by Captain Popham of the Royal Navy.

    June 19, 2014

  • Downfall of Napoleon Boston, June 4, 1814: We are able to give in our paper to-day the history of another surprising revolution in France.

    June 12, 2014

  • New ferryboat speeds travel Progress of the arts -- For several days past, the new ferry boat, invented by Moses Rodgers, Esq. of this city, propelled by the draught of six horses, has been plying between this city and Brooklyn, a distance of three quarters of a mile.

    June 5, 2014

  • Jackson victorious in Creek War Despatch from Gen. Jackson to Tennessee Governor [Willie] Blount, [from] Camp at the junction of the Coosee and Talapoosie, April 18th, 1814.

    May 29, 2014