Otsego Herald for Dec. 14, 1818, compiled with comments.

Many ships lost

December 7: A very severe gale was experienced here through the whole of Saturday night. It commenced from the eastward, veered gradually to the southeast, and blew with great violence till about five o’clock yesterday morning; after which hour the wind shifted to southwest and abated its fury. Considerable injury has been sustained.

Only the following particulars have reached us.

A great portion of the front of the battery, between the castle bridge and flag staff is washed away. Four or five vessels laden with grain are said to have been sunk at the wharves in the north river. The ship General Gadaden which lay in the north river ready to sail for India, and the ship Union from Gibraltar, which arrived in the north river in the evening, dragged their anchors nearly two miles but bought up at Hoboken, without damage.

In the east river, many vessels are injured by driving against the wharves and against each other. Two or three small sloops are sunk at Whitehall slip. The ship Elloen, from Savannah, parted her cables and drifted into Flymarket-slip, and stove to pieces a number of the small fishing boats.

The new ship Seinor and a schooner broke from their fasts at Fulton street wharf, and drifted among the vessels at Cranke wharf; the Newport packets Rapid and Shepherdess, were most injured by them—the former lost her bowsprit, and some bales of cotton from the deck.

Two dead bodies were taken out of the river, near Coenties slip, on Sunday morning; and that of a colored man was found floating alongside the ship Importer at Pine-street wharf.

It is reported that a large and valuable ship broke from the wharf at Manhattan Island, with five men on board, who attempted to get ashore in the boat, and were all drowned.

The steamboat Richmond due yesterday morning from Albany, did not arrive till last evening. She rode out the gale near Newburgh, where she held on with her anchor and wheels. We learn from a passenger, that they passed several dismasted sloops yesterday. – The Mercantile Advertiser.

COMMENT: It is probably not surprising the Mercantile Advertiser should have most interest in and information about, shipping. It does not seem to have learned anything about damage to buildings, or of deaths other than by drowning.


MARRIED — in Middlefield, on Thursday evening last, by the Rev. Mr. Smith, Mr. HERVEY LUCE, of this village, to Miss ALMIRA GRIFFIN, daughter of Samuel Griffin Esq.. of the former place.

COMMENT: Hervey (1794-1878) was married to Almira (1797-1867) on Dec. 10, 1818, by Rev. John Smith of the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown. They moved to Elmira in 1828, where Hervey helped found the Trinity Episcopal Church and served as its warden for 31 years; and when Grace Episcopal Church was founded on land he owned, he became its warden when it was completed in 1868. He was a village trustee in Elmira in the 1830s, and a founding member of the Chemung County Agricultural Society. After his wife’s death, he boarded at 310 E. Church St., Elmira.


In the same town, on Wednesday evening, by Elder Benjamin Sawin, Mr. JONATHAN DAVIS, to Miss SALLY SMITH, all of that place.

COMMENT: Jonathan (1792-1867) was married to Sally (1792-1864) on Dec. 9, by Baptist Elder Benjamin Sawin (1777-1879), who died aged 102. Jonathan was a farmer; and died in Middlefield.


DIED — at his residence in the town of Butternuts, Otsego County, N.Y. on the 1st December, HEZEKIAH DAYTON, Esq., aged 62. Printers generally are requested to publish the above.

COMMENT: Hezekiah (1755-1818) had been married to Phebe Crawford Dayton (1756-1816); they had 12 children. He had been town clerk of Butternuts from 1796-1805


DIED — in Sherburne, Chenango County, on the 30th October last, HARY BENEDICT, only son of Trowbridge Benedict, aged 16. He was burning a coal-pit, and had prepared a kind of hut of boards and straw, and had lain himself therein, wrapped in a blanket. One of his neighbors going to the spot in the morning, called to him but received no answer; he then went up to him and found he was lifeless. A coroner’s jury was called, whose verdict was, that he came to his death by suffocation of smoke from the pit.

A new state

The president of the United States having signed the act for the admission of the state of Illinois into the Union, she may now be counted the twenty-first state in the confederacy. Her senators and representatives have taken their seats in congress. – National Intelligencer

“A quick thought”

A few days since a gentleman having a draft for a few thousand dollars on one of our banks presented it and demanded specie (cash). No sooner said than done — a number of bags containing one thousand dollars each, in sixpenny pieces and ten and twenty cent pieces, and other small change, which it would take at least a week to count, were turned out.

The gentleman ... thrust his hand into each bag, filled his jacket and pantaloons pockets ... and, turning around to the cashier ... desired him to count what was left and place it to his credit, and then left the bank. – N.Y. Evening Post.

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