The Otsego Herald for Jan. 3, 1820, compiled, with comments:

Joseph Pulford gets 14 years

A man by the name of Joseph Pulford who was mentioned some time since as having been arrested in this city (New York) on an attempt to kidnap a free black woman, for the purpose of transporting her to the Havana, was yesterday convicted of the offence before the Court of Sessions.

He was sentenced to fourteen years imprisonment in the State Prison at hard labour. He proved to have been extensively engaged in in the trade, and has at length kidnapped himself. — New York Paper.

COMMENT: The “kidnapping” of free African-Americans in the North, to sell them to slave societies like Spanish Cuba (the Havana) would continue for many years. The Colored American newspaper commented on this article that “We hope a like fate may overtake every wretch employed in such nefarious business.” David Ruggles (1810-1840), an African-American abolitionist and journalists often raised awareness of free black New Yorkers’ vulnerability to kidnapping, Spanish Cuba retained slavery in its sugar plantations until 1886, and over a million slaves were brought there as part of the African Slave Trade.


Married — At New-Lisbon, on the 23d. December by the Rev. Henry Chapman, Mr JEREMIAH PRATT, of Burlington, to Miss SALLY PORTER, of the former place.

COMMENT: Jeremiah Pratt Jr., (1792-1842) married Sally Porter (1802-1886). He was a veteran of the War of 1812, died in Cattaraugus County, and they had six children.


Died — In the village of Waterford, on the 1st December Mrs. HULDA GALPIN, relict of the late Mr. David Galpin. Note: Printers throughout the United States are requested to notice the above.

COMMENT: Waterford is in Saratoga County.

Stolen property

The subscriber has in his care a number of calf and other skins, taken from the possession of John Gardner and John Havana, who were on Saturday the 25th December examined before the subscriber on a charge of having robbed the shop of Mr. Stephen Gregory, of this village, some time since, of a considerable, amount of property, all of which were found in their possession.

The skins amount to 33 in number, most of them marked: among which are found the names, (22 names given). The property has undoubtedly been stolen, and judging from appearances was curried at different shops. The owner or owners, will make application to the subscriber, prove property, and adopt such steps as may prove instrumental in bringing the criminal to justice. They are now in the county jail.

ELISHA FOOTE. Justice. Cooperstown, Dec. 27, 1819.

COMMENT: “Curried” in this sense means “tanned and dressed.” Elisha Foote, a judge, was the son of Elisha Foote (d. 1846), and Delia (née Battle) Foote.

A card

The subscriber takes this method to return his sincere thanks to his old customers and the public in general for 17 years’ continued favours, by which means, he is happy to say, that he has not been under the necessity of compounding with his creditors, but has been able to pay the just and full sum of twenty shillings on the pound; and that he may still continue to do so, he begs a continuance of public patronage — and assures them that nothing shall be wanting on his part to give satisfaction. LAWRENCE M’NAMEE.

COMMENT: Lawrence McNamee was born in Ireland in 1772 and died in Cooperstown on July 10, 1854. He opened a store in Cooperstown in 1802, and, as a self-made man, amassed a fortune. He was a soldier in the Revolution, and in 1825 served as a trustee of the village of Cooperstown. He married Marcia Bowen (1785-1866), and they had six children. After her death he married Ruth Marvin (1782-1869), by whom he had one child.

Academy and boarding school for young misses

The Rev. Mr. Molther, respectfully informs the Ladies and Gentlemen of Cooperstown and its vicinity, that after New-Year’s Day, 1820, he intends to establish in this Village an Academy and Boarding School for Young Misses.

Aided by his eldest daughters, he proposes to give instruction in the following branches of learning:

Reading, English Grammar, Writing, Orthography — or correct spelling, put to practice — Arithmetic, Geography, use of the Globes, Composition, History, Vocal and Instrumental Music on the Piano, the French language taught grammatically, knitting, plain and artificial needle-work.

Days of tuition, from Monday to Friday inclusive.

The terms of tuition as well as of boarding will be regulated by the customary terms of other teachers and boarding institutions of the neighborhood.

A few young gentlemen between the age of six and 13 years, may have admittance to the school for the time being.

Once a week a catechetical instruction in the principles of religion will be given, without entering upon controversial tenets.

Tuition on the piano, 2 lessons per week.

Tuition of the French Language, 4 lessons per week.

Cooperstown, Dec.17th, 1819.

COMMENT: Rev. Johannes (or John) Molther was born in the German Palatinate on Dec. 9, 1759 and died in Cooperstown on Oct. 29, 1834. He married twice and had eight children. In 1799 he became a Lutheran Minister. How long his school lasted (if indeed it was ever opened) I do not know.

Molther’s knowledge of education seems more theoretical than practical.

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