Otsego Herald for Dec. 28, 1818, compiled with comments.
Drummer From Canandaigua
“I, SAMUEL HORTON, of Canandaigua...served my country as drummer seven years, in the revolutionary war, under the command of col. Lamb, who commanded the heavy artillery company.
“Towards the close of the war I was taken prisoner by the enemy—afterwards made my escape, and regained my company, and received a furlough for six weeks. On my return, I found peace was declared. I then asked for my discharge—was informed it was sent me by a certain captain. But as he had fled to the British, I never received it.
“If there be any now living, that can testify that I served my country, and they will inform where they reside, they will confer a lasting favor upon their friend. I have received the testimony of one, and wish to obtain one more.
“If the printers in the United States will give this one or two insertions, they shall receive the thanks of an old man, destitute of money, and almost worn out with age. “December 1, 1818”
COMMENT: Drummer Samuel Horton (1755-1833) eventually got his pension, for which he applied in 1821, under the law of March 18, 1818, when he stated as follows:
“That he enlisted as a drummer at Stoney Point in N. Jersey in the month of May 1776 during the War in Captain Thompsons Company in Col. Lambs Regiment of Artillery in the Connecticut line, and that he continued to serve in said Corps (except about three years when he was a prisoner) until the year 1783 and then received a furlow to return home and that before his furlow expired his Regiment was discharged and that he made application for a pension on the fifteenth day of April 1818.”
As to his family and financial situation, he testified that:
“I am by occupation a Farmer and that I am unable to do but very little, by means of a disorder in my back or kidneys for 7 or 8 years past and that my family consists of my wife aged fifty one or two years, infirm and unable to perform but little labor, my daughter Lucy aged eight years, healthy.” He listed all his possessions: 2 pigs and some household and farming tools, worth a total of $22.00.
LOST at the last annual cattle show and fair, at Cooperstown, a Pocket Book, containing eight dollars in bills; one note of hand against Sylvanus Campbell for $12.50, dated about two years ago; three notes against E. Cumpaton, at Schoharie, of different dates; and two receipts against William Scott, of Oxford.
Whoever will return said Pocket-Book and its contents, shall be handsomely rewarded by the subscriber.
JUDAH WATERS, Jun. Milford, Dec.2 1818.
COMMENT: Judah Waters, Jun. (1783-1867) was born in Massachusetts, and died in Ashtabula County, Ohio. He married Ruth Putnam Waters (1785-1869). Judah’s father, Capt. Judah Waters (1758-1838) fought in the Revolution at the battles of Bunker Hill and White Plains; the family moved to Milford in 1803.
It was not at all unusual for men to carry in their “Pocket Books” both bank bills, and assorted notes, etc., representing debts owed them by other people, and often treated like bank bills.
“Turnpike in Chenango”
An application will be made to the legislature at the next session for a law authorizing the building of a Turnpike road from the village of Oxford, in Chenango county, through the town of Guilford, in Mount Upton, thence through the town of Butternuts in the most proper course to the Susquehannah river, at or near M. Daniel’s bridge.
John Tracy, Henry Vanderlyn, James Clapp, George Fenno, Samuel Kane, Samuel A. Smith, Samuel Cotton, Samuel Shaw. Dated November 19, 1818.
COMMENT: A turnpike was a privately built and operated road, for which users had to pay a toll before the “turn-pike” barring their entrance onto it would be turned. There would be different tolls for pedestrians, people in various kinds of carriages or wagons, and herds of cattle, sheep or other animals.
The “Oxford and Butternuts” Turnpike Company (Oxford to McDonald’s Bridge), seems to have been approved on April 12, 1819.
“Turnpike in Otsego”
An application will be made to the Legislature at the next session, for a law authorizing the building of a Turnpike Road from the second great western turnpike in the town of Edmeston at or near Martin Lee’s dwelling house in the county of Otsego, through Burlington, Exeter, Plainfield and Richfield in the most proper place to intersect the Hamilton and Skaneatelas turnpike at or near Jeremiah Meacham’s in Richfield.
Dan Treadway, Exra P. Brewster, Ira Niles, Willard Morse, John Bennet, M. Lee. Dated December 22, 1818
COMMENT: I can find no evidence of its being approved.
Pay the rent
The Tenants of GEORGE CLARK, Esq. are requested to make immediate payment of all arrears of rent due him, to the subscriber in the village of Cooperstown, and prevent costs.
GEO. MORELL, Agent. Cooperstown, Dec. 12, 1818
COMMENT: This was, of course, George Clarke (1768-1835) who, after gaining U.S. Supreme Court title to his land at the head of Lake Otsego in 1817, began to plan and build Hyde Hall (1829-1834), designed by Philip Hooker (1766-1836) of Albany.
George Morell (1786-1845) was his agent in Cooperstown.