Monday, August 31, 2009

Court of Common Pleas

The Western Spectator, May 2, 1812

The Court of Common Pleas, for Washington County, closed its April term on Wednesday week. A considerable number of Criminal cases occurred; among which were –

State vs. Richard Colliney & John Lambert.

The indictment was for feloniously taking the property of Amasa Wiswall and Ansel Keath.

The defendants met with Wiswall and Keath in passing down the Ohio, and in some of the severe weather in last winter they put up together at the house of Maes, in Belpre. On the night of __th January last, Lambert, alias Thomas, and Colliney carried out from Maes’s several trunks, belonging to Keath and Wiswall, and containing in Jewelry, Cash &c the value of between 2 and 3 thousand Dollars, the most of which they took out; after which they seized a skiff, gained Virginia shore and made off in the direction of Clarksburg. Wiswall and Keath issued handbills in which they offered $130 for the thieves and the return of the property. They were pursued and overtaken by Messrs. Cook & Darling, who bro’t them back, restored most of the goods & obtained the promised reward.

Lambert was sentenced to pay a fine of $250 and be whipped 39 lashes; and Colliney to a fine of $50 Dollars and to receive 15 lashes.

Jeptha Richa was indicted for horse-stealing – plead guilty and was sentences to be fined and receive fifty lashes.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Wood's Tavern, Point Harmar

Western Spectator, May 12, 1812

The Subscriber respectfully acquaints his friends and the public in general that he has taken that large and commodious stand formerly occupied by Mr. Mixer & lately by Mr. Wells, on the west side of the Muskingum where he has prepared himself to entertain travellers and others in a genteel and comfortable manner. He has been at considerable expence in furnishing his house with every article necessary in his line, and will pay the most unremitted attention to those who think proper to call on him. His stable is well stocked with the best of hay, oats and corn, and will be strictly and faithfully attended. His price will be such as cannot fail to render general satisfaction.

Ansel Wood.
Marietta, March 23, 1812

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Uncle Sam Bell

The Marietta Register (Semi-Weekly), July 1, 1887

All the old settlers here should know Uncle Sam Bell and Mary, his wife. They were a thrifty couple - untiring workers and keen, shrewd dealers. In all purchases, if it was but to buy a pig, they went together. Their united sense brought success, and they added acre to acre, at the proper time giving to each of their children a farm. Their own home was a hewn log house of four rooms, now torn down to give place to the well arranged, well kept summer boarding house of our friend Rowland. But I must not write an advertisement and tell of pebbly beach, the never ceasing upstream winds, the shady grounds of this resort.

Sixty-five years ago Sam Bell lived in this cabin, and like all thrifty house holders, he dug a well and walled it up with stone. It was said that this water was a health restorer. I visited this spot the other day, the first time for sixty years. Long years ago the traveled road was on the bank of the Ohio river - Duck Creek and Little Muskingum were crossed with boats at the mouth, and it was not until 1839 that our road builders took us back from the bank and gave us the Marietta and Newport Pike.

When I first had knowledge of the livers in Upper Marietta Township and Lower Newport Township, many old-fashioned men were there - Moore, Fields, Cogswell, Cook, Fuller, McCallster, Capt. Tim Buell, D. H. Buell, Ebenezer Buell, Lewis Anderson, Robt. Alcock, Granville Harness, Wm. West, P. V. Thorniley, Wm. Thorniley, Wm. Renolds, Ben Racer, Hollister, McGee, Clark and Jacob Middleswart, Joseph Barker, Jr., Capt. Harry Hill, Joseph Holdren, the best judge of a horse in the county. I remember one visit to him to ask him about buying a horse. He walked around him and said: "Too much day light under him; he won't suit."

The men I have named are all gone. One other on this same route lives John Plumer, Sr. His recollections of men and things should be put on paper.

On this road lives one of the third generations of Racers that the writer has known, David C. Racer. He is about eighty years old, and has much knowledge of the business and businessmen of Marietta township for the last 65 years.

Old friends, you are gone from my sight. May the Great Spirit guide your children.


Barlow Soldiers

The Marietta Register (Semi-Weekly), June 3, 1887

The following is a complete list of the soldiers furnished by Barlow Township, living and deceased, including one soldier of the Revolutionary War, and two of the War of 1812.

Samuel Chapman, Sr., of the Revolutionary War, died and is buried at Barlow.

Capt. William Dustin.
B. F. Palmer.

36th Regt. O.V.I., Co. F.James Haddow.
S. W. Harvey.
W. H. Morris.
Harvey Dunsmoor.
Arthur Lawton.
Ezra J. Lawton, died at Summerville, W.Va., in 1862, buried at Barlow.
A. F. Tiffany.
D. S. Huffman.
R. A. Huffman.
S. H. Huffman.
Anson Woodruff.
A. P. Beach.
C. T. Beach.
D. L. Preston.
William Harvey.
F. M. Cunningham, died at Summerville, W.Va., 1862, and buried at Barlow.
Simeon Evans.
David Evans, died at Camp Dennison, O., 1864, and buried at Barlow.
Nicholas Clay.
Henry Green.
John Louthan.
Zeno Johnson, died at Chattanooga, 1864, and buried at National Cemetery, Chattanooga.
Benjamin Robinson.
Robert Harvey, killed at Cloyd Mountain, Va., 1864, and buried at Dublin, Va.
M. D. Mingus.
Solomon Saylor.
Hugh Conley.
E. A. Chapman.
George Hoysington.
C. W. Love.
James McMains.
Anselm Vincent.
Josiah Miller.

63rd Regt., O.V.I.
Alexander Ormiston.
Archibald Ormiston.
D. H. Morrow.

77th Regt. O.V.I.James Bartlett.
John Bartlett.
James Fleming, killed at Shiloh, 1862, and buried at Shiloh.
R. H. Fleming.
David Harvey.
H. S. Richards.
L. D. Richards.
Joseph Robinson, killed at Shiloh, 1862, and buried at Barlow.
J. P. Calvert, killed at Shiloh, 1862, and buried at Shiloh.
J. W. Morris.
George Gooding.

92nd Regt. O.V.I.John W. Huffman, died Carthage, Tenn., 1863, and buried at Carthage, Tenn.
J. W. Merrill.
J. J. Clark.
Robert Graham.
I. B. Lawton.
John Murphy, died at Nashville, Tenn., 1863, and buried in Dunham, Twp.
Benajah Morris.
J. H. Proctor.

148th Regt., O.N.G.
I. F. Palmer.
William Agin.
P. Dunsmoore.
C. E. Evans.
J. C. Vincent.
I. A. Ormiston.
Thomas Lynch.
T. J. Mellor.
John Dustin.
James F. Ormiston.
C. L. Christopher.
David Gates.
R. G. Lawton.
Andrew Greenlees.
J. A. Arnold.
G. M. Morris.
David Smith.
Daniel Murchy.
Andrew Harvey.
W. W. Huffman, died at Bermuda Hundred, Va., and buried at Bermuda Hundred.
J. H. Robinson.
William Beebe.
B. F. Culver.
G. B. Turner.
L. P. Pond.
William Lamb, died at Bermuda Hundred, Va., and buried at Barlow.
Joseph Morris.
J. A. Henry.
M. A. Vanvaley.
Richard Fisher.
William Miller.
A. W. Tomkins.

D. W. Payne, 125th Regt., O.V.I.
William H. McGetchey, 125th Regt. O.V.I.
James Carlin, 125th Regt. O.V.I.
W. K. Dunbar, 53rd Regt., O.V.I., died in the service.
Jacob Sayler, 53rd Regt., O.V.I.
John Jones, killed at Chancellorsville, Va., 1863, Huntingdon’s Battery, and buried at Barlow.
Francis Huffman.
W. H. Lewis, 3rd U.S. Colored Infantry.
Charles Stribling, 3rd U.S. Colored Infantry.
C. W. Butler, 3rd U.S. Colored Infantry, killed.
Aaron Male, 3rd U.S. Colored Infantry.
John Scott, 3rd U.S. Colored Infantry.
James Lewis, 3rd U.S. Colored Infantry.
Robert Liggins, 3rd U.S. Colored Infantry.
Isaac Miller.
David Vincent.
Albert Vincent.
Jacob Jones.
J. W. Vanvaley.
T. H. Cooksey.
David Woodruff.
William H. Cunningham.
S. F. Harvey.
B. F. Corp.

Barlow Soldiers Corrections

The Marietta Register (Semi-Weekly) , June 10, 1887

The following corrections to the list of Barlow’s soldiers have been handed me by Capt. Haddow which I gladly forward to the Register.

To the soldiers of 1812 the names of Darius Hartson and ____ Carr should be added, both buried in Barlow cemetery.

William Lamb of the 148th was buried at Tunnel, Warren Twp.

The name of James Gould should be added to the 148th.

B. F. Corp (in miscellaneous) was a member of the 77th O.V.I., was killed at Shiloh and buried there.

Aaron Male, John Scott and James Lewis were killed in battle, John Murchy, not Murphy, of 92.

Of this list of Barlow soldiers, the following individuals have died since the war: W. H. Morris, Harvey Dunsmoor, Simeon Evans, Hugh Conley, Solomon Sayler, George Hoysington, James McMains, Josiah Miller, David Harvey, J. H. Proctor, Andrew Harvey, William Beebe, L. P. Pond, Francis Huffman, Albert Vincent, Robert Liggins.

Of the 111 who enlisted from Barlow, 34 are now dead and 77 are yet living, 30 of whom have found homes in the far west.


Barlow Soldiers Corrected Again

The Marietta Register (Semi-Weekly), June 14, 1887

Mr. Editor: It does seem a little difficult to get the names of Barlow soldiers right and I have still further corrections to make.

Firstly it was Heman, not Herman, Chapman. Secondly, Albert Vincent was never in the service and Cyrus Vincent was not one of the O.N.G. There were three brothers, Ansel, David and Cyrus. Ansel first enlisted in the 36th, was discharged on account of poor health and re-enlisted in 148th O.N.G. David went first for three months, and afterwards enlisted from Athens County in the 18th and died at Tullahoma. Cyrus was a member of the 126th.

One of the Vincents.

The difficulty is always great in securing accuracy in these matters. The Register is desirous of getting all these points right and as the fault is not ours is the more patient to the end, that the local history of Barlow shall be truthfully written. We are also in receipt of these additional names: Hiram Miller, Cav.; Stephen Miller, Ar., George Young, 77th; Charles Lewis, a brother of W. H. Lewis.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Death: William Gray

Western Spectator, August 15, 1812

Died - at Waterford the 24th July, 1812, William Gray Esq. in the fifty-second year of his age. Mr. Gray was one of the first settlers in that place, he commanded a garison there, during the Indian war, with honor to himself and satisfaction to the settlers. For several years past he has been a magistrate in that Town in which office he has discharged the duties, thereof with fidelity and impartiality. By the death of Mr. Gray the publick have lost a valuable citizen, his neighbourhood a faithful friend and his wife and numerous young family a tender and affectionate husband and parent, and at the same time we can say a great part of the means of a comfortable support.

For Sale

Western Spectator, August 15, 1812

For Sale. A general assortment of home-made Earthen Ware, and Grindstones - wholesale or retail - for almost all kinds of Country Produce; - Also, good well seasoned pine Boards, for Cash - a general assortment of liquors, as Cogniac, Brandy, Gin, Wine, Cherry Bounce, Whiskey, and Mineral Water, a very healthy medicine for warm weather; also, Crackers and Biscuits.

All persons indebted let the sum be ever so small, are requested to call and pay

Elisha Frost.
Marietta, Aug. 7, 1812.

Deaths: Maxon, Hough, Hart

Western Spectator, September 12, 1812

Died - At Fearing on the 29th ult. Henry Maxon aged 46 years. He was one of the first settlers of this place, & has left a numerous family to lament his untimely fall. On the same day Mr. John Hough.

At Adams, Mrs. Hart - and shortly after Dr. Hart her husband. They were interred together, in Marietta on Saturday the 29th ult.