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Otsego Herald

September 12, 2013

Otsego men drafted


A direct tax ... shall be assessed and laid on the value of all lands, lots of grounds with their improvements, dwelling houses and slaves ...”

COMMENT: New York was charged more tax than any other state (Virginia was next with $369,018.44). Of the 43 counties, Otsego paid more than Ulster County but less than Westchester. Under the Constitution (until the Income Tax Amendment of 1913), all direct taxes on income — like electoral votes — had to be apportioned in accordance with the population of states and counties, and slaves were counted as 3/5 of a white person (which increased the voting power of Southern whites, since slaves didn’t vote, but reduced their direct taxes). Direct income taxes were collected under emergency legislation during the Civil War.


Married at Canajoharie ... on the 5th [September] by the Rev. Mr. Elliot, ALPHONSO WETMORE, Lieut. 23d Regt. U.S.I. to the amiable and accomplished Miss MARY SMITH, of that town.

At Cherry-Valley, on the 8th [September] by the Rev Mr. Cooley, Mr. ROBERT DUNLAP, of the late firm of Diell and Dunlap, Merchants, to Miss HANNAH BURGETT, step daughter of Mr. Jesse Johnson, of that town.

COMMENT: Alphonso Wetmore (1793-1848), married Mary Smith (b. 1793); they had eight children. Robert Dunlap (1787-1863) married Hannah Butler Burgett [aka Burkett] (1794-af. 1862); they had 10 children. We may hope that she was as amiable and accomplished as Miss Mary Smith.


In Albany, on the 4th [September] Mr. EZEKIEL BURLINGHAM, of Hartwick, in this county.

In this village, last evening, of a nervous fever, Miss LORA BALDWIN, aged 15 years, second daughter of Mr. Joseph Baldwin.

COMMENT: Joseph Baldwin, a cooper (barrel maker) settled in Cooperstown in 1790, the third settler in the village. Lora is buried in the Presbyterian Churchyard, Cooperstown.

A Bank Needed

NOTICE: A MEETING of persons friendly to preferring a Petition to the Legislature of this State, at their next session, for the incorporation of a BANK in the county of Otsego, is requested at the Court-House in Cooperstown, on Thursday the 16th [September] at one o’clock in the afternoon.

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    July 17, 2014

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    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

  • Passing out bibles The annual meeting of the Otsego County Bible Society, will be held at the Meeting-House in Cooperstown, on Thursday the 9th day of June next. A sermon will be delivered by the first Vice-President at half past ten o'clock A.M.

    May 22, 2014

  • Oswego held for 15 hours A letter from Onondaga, dated 9th [May]...says: "On Thursday the enemy's fleet appeared off Oswego, consisting of 3 ships, 2 brigs, 2 schooners, and 11 gun boats, full of men.

    May 15, 2014