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Otsego Herald

May 9, 2013

Canadian capital captured


Following the explosion, angry American soldiers burned the Parliament and other public buildings in York and, joined by some locals, looted the town, while Gen. Dearborn did little to restrain them. The Americans then returned to Sacket’s Harbor, taking with them some 275 prisoners.

The deliberate destruction of public buildings in the Upper Canadian capital was to have serious repercussions when the British captured the America capital of Washington in 1814.

Despite the hopes expressed in the American article, the British and American naval forces on Lake Ontario (in contrast to Lake Erie) never did meet in real combat.


Died in this town on the 24th ult. of the typhus fever, Mr. CYRUS THURSTON, aged 25 years. On the 28th ult. of the same disorder, Captain THOMAS WILLIAMS, aged 33 years.

COMMENT: A Thurston family genealogy says Cyrus was a farmer at Thurston Hill in Springfield, N.Y. and that he died on Aug. 24,1814 – presumably the newspaper is more correct on this. He married, in 1809, Sarah Spencer (ca. 1790-1874).

Thomas Williams (born June 23, 1773) was also from Springfield, N.Y., and was married to Martha Thurston (1783-1866), who was Cyrus’ sister. Capt. Williams (but evidently not the others) is buried in the Thurston family graveyard in Springfield.


The blockade of this important section of coasting navigation being at length effected by the entrance of a frigate, and her taking a position off New-London harbor, very serious inconveniences and ... adequate exertions will be necessary to repel the enemy from so close an investment of our shores and channels.

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