Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Death of Joseph Bosworth

American Friend & Marietta Gazette, May 1, 1830


Died, in this town on the morning of the 26th instant [26 April 1830], Capt. Joseph Bosworth, in the 74th year of his age.

Capt. Bosworth was a native of Plymouth county, Mass.; was born Nov 15th 1756.  He fought thro' the whole of the revolutionary war, sometimes in the army, and sometimes at sea.  He was in the army when the British took New York, and assisted in erecting a Fort at Dorchester Heights.  He followed the seas 27 years.  In 1803, he moved to Marietta, where he has lived an industrious and honest man; and, after a lingering and painful illness, which he bore with Christian patience and resignation, he has "gone to that bourn from whence no traveller returns," leaving behind him numerous relatives and friends to mourn their loss.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Cody Family Holding Its National Reunion in City

The Marietta Daily Times, August 3, 1936

Marietta is host on Monday and Tuesday to members of the Cody family organization, descendants of the common ancestor, Philip Le Cody, who settled in America in 1695, and whose descendants live in many states of the union and in Canada.  The reunion is the eleventh since the family became organized.

It is being held this year in the very heart of the community where the fourth generation, the Daniel Cody family, settled in 1836, and where so many of his descendants of the Amanda, Delila, Anson and Ansel Cody fifth generation branches now reside.  The reunion is the most important of family gatherings held in Marietta in many years, and is national in scope.

The reunion headquarters is at Hotel Lafayette where over 150 of the kinsmen had registered during the morning.  President Harvey Purdey Cody of Hanford, California, was one of the first to arrive in Marietta, and with Ernest William Cody, of London, Ontario, Canada, secretary-treasurer of the family organization, and Myron E. Danielson of Marietta, regional vice president of the organization in Ohio, received the members of the family as they reported for registration.  The Riverview dining room of Hotel Lafayette is being used for the registration.  Many members of the family from Washington and adjoining counties were listed with those who had come from distant cities and from Ohio.

An attractive program for the pleasure and entertainment of the Cody family descendants is arranged, with Myron E. Danielson of Marietta largely responsible for the program, which includes a family dinner in the Riverview dining room at Hotel Lafayette on Monday evening, with Harry B. Cody of Cleveland the toastmaster.  General business and discussion of family historical data will occupy the early hours of Monday afternoon.  A motor drive to points of interest in and about Marietta will be enjoyed later in the afternoon.

The program for Tuesday will include discussion of unfinished business and after adjournment the group will motor to Beverly where a picnic luncheon will be enjoyed at Island Park at 12:30 p.m.  The recreational facilities of Island Park will be enjoyed after which the group will return to Hotel Lafayette for farewell greetings.

Officers of the family organization here at the reunion included Harvey Purdey Cody of Hanford, California, president; Ernest William Cody of London, Ontario, secretary-treasurer; Miss Lydia S. Cody of Babson Park, Florida, chairman of the historical board; Chester W. Crouch of Columbus, regional vice-president from Ohio, and Myron E. Danielson of Marietta, also a regional vice-president.

A colonial family with descendants in many states in the union and in Canada, the Cody family has made a contribution to American life of no inconsequential importance, according to the personnel of the family roster which has been assembled into a directory.  Probably the best known member of the family is Colonel William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill), born in 1846 and who died in 1917.  His ancestor was Samuel Cody of the fifth generation of Codys.

Colonel William F. Cody is remembered by those of his generations on account of his military career in the United States army and as the Buffalo Bill who visited in Marietta with his wild west show years ago.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Carried Concealed Weapons

The Register-Leader, March 25, 1913

Constable Max Devol, this morning, arrested Marion Chalfant of Constitution, on a charge of carrying concealed weapons.  He was brought to this city and will be arraigned before Justice Richards this afternoon.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Flood Scenes Should Not Be Sold

The Marietta Daily Times, May 15, 1907

They Hurt Our City.

We have not a great deal of love for the "Souvenir Post Card" craze and know that in some of its phases it is an abomination to man, if not to the Lord.

Just how many of them are being sold in Marietta to the numerous strangers who are within our gates and many more are being exposed for sale.

Those that are views of our many historical places, or pictures of our prominent people, editors for instance, are all right and should be sold in large quantities, as they will carry information wherever they go and will be perpetual joys and delights to all who see them.

But we see prominently displayed many that are flood scenes, that show a number of our places when they were in the grasp of the great River Ohio when it was angry with us.

We do not believe these should be sold and sent broadcast over the State, or possibly the country.  They convey a wrong impression as some who see them may think that Marietta is continually, perpetually and eternally in high water, instead of being in it every fifteen or twenty years, or less.  They may think the normal stage of the rivers is the flood stage.

These pictures convey a bad impression also and may prevent some from coming here to reside and do business, as those who have never been through floods have a greater horror of them than have those who have experienced them.

These pictures of floods are bad advertisements of our city and those who make their livings by doing business here should not offer them for sale or sell them.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

$25 Reward

American Friend, & Marietta Gazette, January 24, 1829

$25 reward will be given for apprehending and delivering to the Jailor of this county, a man calling himself ROBERT BRUCE, (committed on charge of burglary) who broke jail and escaped on the evening of the 20th instant.  Said Bruce is about twenty-one years of age - five feet six or seven inches high, middle size, blue eyes, dark hair, full face, bad countenance, and complexion rather fair than otherwise.  Had on, when he escaped, blue mixed pantaloons, with large patches on the knees - old blue linsey hunting shirt, light blue sattinet roundabout (over the hunting shirt) and an old hat: all his clothes of rather a dirty appearance.

R. R. Greene, Sheriff.

Marietta, Washington County Jan. 24, 1829.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Old Letter Gives Picture of Marietta in Long Ago

Marietta Times, July 15, 1939

On June 7, 1808,John Ward wrote in Marietta a letter to his brother in England, describing his voyage across the Atlantic and what he had found in America.  This letter is now in the possession of his grandson, O. J. Hoyland, The Grove, Old Bletchley, Hertfordshire, England.  On rereading it recently he thought it might interest Marietta people of today and he sent a copy to Professor John Chilton Scammell of Boston College, a descendant of General Scamel for whom Scammel Street in this city was named. 

Professor Scammel, who is an official of The World Wide Broadcasting Foundation, a non-profit organization that operates radio station WIXAL at Boston, Mass., recently made his first visit to this part of Ohio.  He was delighted with this part of our state and found in the land a similarity to certain parts of England, of which he is a native that to him were almost startling.  He was surprised and pleased, also, to learn that one of this city's prominent streets was named for his forebear.  He gave to this newspaper a copy of the John Ward letter and expressed the opinion that Mr. Hoyland would be glad to hear from anyone interested in the letter to communicate with him.  The letter, with spelling and punctuation unaltered, follows.
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Marietta May 20th 1808

Dear Brother

I have taken a opportunity to write you a few Lines to Let you know of my safe arivel at New York on the 7th of January  we sailed from Liverpool on the 13th of November with a very good wind and Lost sight of all Land the next day  we had a very good wind for 5 days then the wind Changed N. W. and Continued there about 3 Days  on the 20th we got sight of the Azores or Western Islands  we got to the Banks of Newfoundland in 17 Days then we had head winds 32 Days which Cauased our Voyage to be reather tedious

the 20 of December was a very bad Day at Sea ran Mountains high attended with the Strongest wind and the severeist Storms of Snow and Hail I ever saw for a few Days the Thundred and Lightning so severe that it made the water Flye on the Deck of the Ship same as Hot Iron in water  56D we arrived Safe in the Land of Liberty

My Love to Doctor Nightingale and tell him the Bad Country he spoke of I have found a good one the repentance Joey, we saw Samuel and Caleb Thorniley  Samuel is at Newark 8 miles from New York  Caleb is at Brooklyn  both of them Follow the Gardening and Shrubery Business and are doing very well  we was at Samuels 8 Days  New Jersey is in Generley sundry and poor but there is the best Orchards I ever saw  there is a very Large Traded Rode through there from New York to Philadelphia  Philadelphia is the most beautiful Town I ever saw  the rode from there to Lancaster is as good as any I ever saw the Land very good producing grain in abundance and good pastures

we saw Joseph and William Schofield and Samuel Worthington at Shipinsburgh  we are doing very well  William is married and as one Child he as named it Henry  I was very glad to see them so well situeated but I can not tell what the young nymph in your Country thinks about it  tell her to Drive away those Thoughts of Love and perhaps young Cuped with is Dart will strike some Loveing Swain.  Joseph and William are too industerous men, but Samuel Worthington and for ever will be,  Joseph and William are Disireous for there Father and Mother to come to America then they will move to Marietta  I saw James Cross and Samuel Scot at Pittsburgh  Cross keeps Tavern and breaks Bread and is doing very well  he knows Fitten in Stockport  Pittsburgh is situeated in a very beautiful pleace at the Head of the Ohio between the rivers Monongahela and Allegany  it is a very florishing place  it is allmost as Large as Macclesfield  it as a good market House Academy and Bank

when I got to marietta I eared to my great surprise the Death of old Caleb and Sarah Thorniley  there was but 48 hours in the Difference of there Death.  Marietta is the Beautifulest Town on this side of the Mountains  it is about two Hundred Miles down the river from Pittsburgh at the Mouth of the River Muskingum  the town is on boath sides of the Muskingum but they are building a Bridge over Muskingum  the Inhabitance are most of them English and Yankes  English are most of them from Cheshire and Lancashire  I can not think of old Sam Royle giveing Marietta such a bad Name for he had 3 Dollars per Day which his 12s 6d Sterling

there is one William Green here a Stone-mason  he knows John Leighton, John Ward and my Uncle and Aunt in Gawsworth.  Mathew Corner and Mellers Live Twenty miles from Marietta up the wolf Creek wo are doing very well   I have seen Samuel Wright  he is Married and lives at Zeensvel 80 miles from Marietta up the Muskingum   he keeps Tavern and Treads up & down the Muskingum  he Desired to be remembered to his Father, Mother and brother Joseph.  Mrs. Allcock keeps Tavern and is doing well.  John Thorniley Distills Whiskey and Peech Brandy.  Whiskey 32 Cents per Gallon Peech Brandy 75c per Gallon.  harriet Thorniley is marriet to Joshua Amitage from Leeds in Yorkshire  he is Manufactureing Cotton with Samuel Scot at Pittsburgh wo is doing well  Mr and Mrs Plat Lives in Marietta  Mrs Plat was much Aquinted with Fanny Hewet in Portwood  they are doing very well

the prise of Butter and Cheese in Marietta 16-1/2c per pound  Beef and Pork 4 Dollars per Hundred Wight Potted, Potatoes 33 Cents per Bushel Wt Flour 3 Doll 50 Cents per Barrel.

Remember me to My Honored Mother to my brothers and Sisters to my Friends in Gawsworth John and Elizabeth Ward and Isaac Falkner, James Leah, James Holt, S and N Holt, William and l Schofield, Cabrows and Thomas Wilson, Dunkeries, Leightons and to all my Old Friends and Companions.  My Wife and me Joins in Love to James Williamson and Harrops in Cheadle  She desires to be remembered to her Uncle Henry and Brothers and Sisters.  Inform Isaac Falkner that I should wrote to him but Joseph Schofield promesed he would write to him and I Thought that he Could give him a more perticular account of the Manufacturing Business then I Could  tell him that I Should be very Glad to have a Letter from him and Leah  I desire that you will write wen this comes to Hand

I have sent this Letter by a Gentleman from Lancashire wo came to Marietta upon Business  when you Answer this Letter Direct to David Ward Marietta Washington Countey State Ohio America no more from your Loveing Brother

David Ward
Marietta  June 7th 1808

When you Answer this give me all the perticulars that happened Since My Departure from England if any of my Friends or Companions Enquire if I Like This Cuntry tell I Like it very well