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.