Rome Citizen Death Notices in 1847

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From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Friday, November 19, 1847

DAVIS - Melancholy Accident -- Mr. John Davis, of Marcy, Oneida county, New York, says the Utica Observer, left home about  5 o'clock Wenesday morning (November 16, 1847), for this city (Rome, NY), with a load of butter, accompanied by his daughter MARTHA, aged about 17 years.  When near the bridge above Whitesboro, his horses stopped, and became ungovernable and commenced going backwards, and finally backed into the river.  The daughter and the horses were drowned.  Her body was found in the course of the day.  (RCNov19/1847)


From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Friday, November 26, 1847

ATWATER - Judge MOSES ATWATER, one of the Pioneers of Westen New York, died at Canandaigua, where he has resided since 1799, aged 82.  He was an upright and much respected citizen.  (RCNov26/1847)

LEVERT - Confession of a Murderer. -- The Plattsburgh Republican Extra, of Wednesday, contains the following confession made by the murderer Joseph Levert, who was convicted at that place of the preceding day:--
     On the 7th of December, 1846, I took my wife to Bushby's, on the south side of the Saranac, near Treadwell's mills, to make a visit, and she was pleased to go.  I put the axe in the wagon that day with the intention of killing her, and on my return from Bushby's, on the plains, I told her that something about the wagon was out of order, and she got out of the wagon.  I told her that a screw was loose, and I wished her to hold the shafts while I fixed it; and at the time I had the axe in my hand and struck her on the right side of the head with the flat of the axe.  She was stooping a little at the time.  Her hood was then on her head.

     I then  took off the left forward wheeel and drew the wagon forward a short distance, and I then came back and gave her another blow, with the flat of the axe, in the same place.

     I then threw the axe into the bushes, and started for the house of St. Dennis.  I thought that it was going to snow, and would cover the axe.  I found young St. Dennis at the stable with a span of horses harnessed, and told him that the left wheel of my wagon had run off, and that my wife had broke her neck or split her head open.

     I went back on foot, and St. Dennis came with his horses and wagon as fast as he could.  I got back a little the first.  I found my wife tried to talk with me, and I took up the wheel and struck her with it on the forehead once.

     This deed was done for the purpose of getting my wife out of the way, that I might marry a girl with whom I had an improper intercourse and save myself from prosecution, and save my money.
                                Joseph Levert.
     Signed in the presence of Zeph. G. Platt, M. K. Platt, Smith Mead.         (RCNov26/1847)

SWIFT - BENJAMIN SWIFT late U. S. Senator, died suddenly at his residence in St. Albans, Vermont, on Thursday, November 11, 1847.  He was seized  with a violent pain in the stomach, and expired before medical assistance could be procured.  His age was near 68.   (RCNov26/1847)


From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, December 10, 1847

SIMMONS - Death of GEORGE SIMMONS. -- The parents of this young man have received the melancholy intelligence of his death.  He enlisted in the army at New York city two years ago last Spring, and was among the  gallant band who struck the first blow in the war with Mexico under Taylor.  He took part in every battle and engagement fought by Gen. Taylor, except that of Buena Vista.  After the battle of Cerro Gordo, he was transferred, with his Division, to the Army of Gen. Scott, and fought with his brave comrades in all the engagements to which our troops were led by that General, until he received the wounds of which he died, at the storming of Molino del Rey.  He was wounded in the abdomen in the assault on that stronghold, and survived his wounds about a month.

     Young Simmons was a Printer.  The first year of his apprenticeship he passed in this office.  He was an active, open-hearted, generous boy, fond of adventure and excitement.  In the army he won the esteem of his comrades, and respect and approbation of his superiors.  From the ranks he was promoted to the post of sergeant, and had he lived, he would have soon received the farther reward of his bravery in a Brevet Lieutenancy.

     His parents reside in this village. (Rome, NY) -- They have been cheered with the hope that their son would return from the battle field, with the honors that belong to the soldier who has periled his life for his country.  But this hope, as that of thousands of fathers and mothers, throughout our land, was not to be realized.  The country demanded the sacrifice.  Their son made it cheerfully.  They have the sympathy of their friends in this great bereavment.  (RCDec10/1847)

          [following is another article in the next week's paper}
     The following Letter, communicating the death of George Simmons, which we noticed last week, was written to a gentleman in this village (Rome, NY), who has permitted up to give to our readers.  Mr. Brooks formerly resided here, and will be recollected by many.  He is a tailor, but no doubt handles the sword as well he did the needle.
                                             City of Mexico, October 26, 1847
Mr. W_______, Sir:
     I take pen in hand, with sorrow, to communicate to you and his parents the news of the death of Seargeant George Simmons.  He fell mortally wounded in the charge of the 8th of September, on Molino del Rey, where so many of our best men fell.

     You will recollect that George left home and joined the army without the knowledge of his parents.  He joined his regiment at Corpus Christi -- shared the fatigue of the long march to the Rio Grande -- was at the battles of the 8th and 9th, under Gen. Taylor, and marched to the storming of Monterey, under the brave and gallant Gen. Worth.  He was there promoted to the post of Corporal.  He was at Vera Cruz, and assisted in placing the mortars at the attack on that city.  A few days after the taking of Vera Cruz he was taken sick.  A severe attack of the fever prevented his taking part in the battle of Cerro Gordo.  He joined his regiment again at Perote, under Gen. Worth.  At Puebla he was transferred from Company E to Company K, in the same regiment in which he was made Sergeant.  He was loved by every man in his company.  In the battles of Contreras and Churubusco he distinguished himself, and his Captain and men all say that a better soldier never entered the American Army.

     On the 8th, the gray of the morning had hardly revealed the disposition of the two armies, when our forces moved rapidly down the slope towards the field battery.  Simultaneously with this movement, the heavy artillery of the enemy, at the castle, and the pieces in the field, opened a terrible fire of shell, cannister and round shot; and when our little party had arrived within musket range, six thousand muskets poured into it their leaden storm.

     Never were troops subjected to a more murderous fire.  The long line of the enemy's works was red with flame.  The dead and wounded covered the green sward. -- But still our gallant little band rushed on, sending back shouts in answer to the roar of artillery and musketry.  On, on, they swept, that little column of blue jackets,  until they were close upon the cannon of the enemy.  All were now enveloped in one intense cloud of fire and smoke.  For an instant, the terrible rattle of our small arms pealed the death knell of many a Mexican, and then a thrilling cheer told that the battery was our own.

     The assulting party rushed upon the enemy's guns, and with their  bayonets drove off the artilerymen and infantry, and trailed the pieces after the retreating foe.  The momentary cessation of the firing gave the Mexican officers a view of the little remnant of the assulting part that had so suddenly routed them, and they rallied to regain their guns, supported by a strong reinforcement, and assisted very materially by infantry posted on the top of the adjoining houses.  The whole line again opened upon the attacking party, and in a moment struck down eleven of the fourteen commissioned and non-commissioned officers who were leading it on.  For an instant the little band staggered.  A small reinforcement was dispatched to their relief, and in less than twenty minutes the battery was again in possession of the American troops.

     It was in this valiant charge that George Simmons was wounded.  He received a shot in the abdomen in leading his men at the first assault.  He fell, and was unable to rise.  At the time of the temporary repulse of our men, the Mexicans rushed upon him, took his sword, gun and knapsack, and robbed him of $100 in gold, which he had.  They even took his canteen of water from him at the moment he was drinking.  When the Americans recovered their ground, George, among others, was carried to the hospital, where he received every care and attention that could be given.  After the taking of the city he was brought here.  He died on the 6th or 7th of October.  I did not see him after we left Puebla, my duties preventing me.  I called once as I passed the quarters, and was told by the sentry that Simmons was well, but this was another Simmons in the same regiment.  He often spoke of home.  The young man who attended him gave me a knife, a breast pin, and another little trinket, which, should I ever return, I will give to his parents.

     I expect to get my discharge in a few days, as the hardships of the country have nearly killed me.  I landed in Mexico one year ago last June; and since that time the boys of the 2d Dragoons have been kept busy.  I was at Monterey and Vera Cruz, and at Puente di Moreno, ten miles from Vera Cruz, with Col. Harney.  At Cerro Gordo we chased old Peg Leg until 20 of our horses dopped dead under us, mine among the rest.  At the battle of Churubusco we followed the enemy within a hundred yards of the gates of the city.

    My Captain and a large number of our boys were wounded at the battle of Molino del Rey.  We were under Major Simmons.  The Major came up in time.  About twelve thousand Mexican lancers made a dash at us, apparently certain of overwhelming our small party.  Major Simmons changed his position, passed rapidly down the slope to the only point of the Baranca that was passable, and under a heavy fine of shells and musketry gained a favorable position to charge the enemy's cavalry.  But though ten times our number, the lancers fled at our approach, and would neither give nor receive a charge.  Duncan gave them a few of his grape, which scattered the rascals in all direction.

     The battle-field of Molino del Rey is a beautiful plain.  One can see five or six miles in all directions.  I will send you a plate or drawing of the castle, which was taken before it was fortified.  It is now one of the most strongly fortified places in Mexico.

     I would write more, but you will receive all from abler pens than mine; my object in writing being to inform the parents of George Simmons of his death.  I do not know his father's Christian name, so I direct this to you, hoping you will transfer it to him.

     No one knows the hardships of a soldiers life, unless he has shared them.  Out of one hundred and fifty recruits of us, who left New York one year ago last May, there are but ten of us living.  We have not only to perform the heaviest duties, but we have to endure all sorts of insults from drunken officers.  I was at work three days at Puebla for Colonel Harney, and my orderly sergeant reported me a deserter.  For this I got him tried by a court martial, and reduced to the ranks.  I received the thanks of the whole company for freeing them of the cursed Dutch tyrant.

     The New York Boys! -- never did men do their duty better than they.  At Churubusco we had a splendid view of the whole affair.  They had to contend with three to one, and the enemy's  [my photocopy stops here --transcriber]    (RCDec17/1847)

WRIGHT - Monumental -- The citizens of St. Lawrence county are receiving subscriptions for the erection of a Monument over the grave of the late SILAS WRIGHT.  Benjamine Squires of Ogfensburgh, is the Treasurer.  (RCDec10/1847)  [see also (RCJan08/1847)-WRIGHT]

RUSS - Escape of Calvin Russ From The State Lunatic Asylum -- Calvin Russ, who was convicted of the murder of his wife, and sentenced to be executed, but had his sentence commuted on account of his being insane, has escaped from the State Lunatic Asylum at Utica, New York, and is now at large -- Eve. Journal.  (RCDec10/1847)

NEWKIRK - Fatal Accident -- JAMES NEWKIRK, of this village, a hand on the canal boat Iris, was killed in consequence of falling into the first lock south of Sherburne, on Tuesday night of last week.   (November 30, 1847)  The boat was just entering the empty lock when he sprang forward to climb up the gate, for the purpose of snubbing the boat as it went in.  But his hand slipped off, and he fell back upon the water ahead of the boat.  He had barely time to raise himself against the side of the lock, when the heavy boat struck him, rolling him round two or three times -- probably crushing every vital part of his body.  He never spoke after falling, and probably did not breathe after the boat touched him.  He was brought home and buried.  He was an industrious, hard working young man, and has left a wife to mourn his untimely death. -- Oxford Times.  (RCDec10/1847)

From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Friday, December 17, 1847

WAINWRIGHT - Death From The Bite Of A Rattlesnake. -- Dr. WAINWRIGHT, of Crosby street, yesterday received from a friend at a distance, a present of a live rattlesnake.  He let it out upon the floor and in attempting to sieze it to restore it to its box, was bitten in one of the fingers of the left hand, with such violence that the blood spirited from the wound several feet.  The flesh was at once removed from the bitten place, but in vain.  The arm swelled gradually from the hand to the shoulder, and finally at about half-past twelve, the unfortunate man died.  Several eminent physicians were in attendance, but their efforts were unavailing.  The sufferer himself wished for the amputation of the arm above the swelling, but it was not thought advisable as it was supposed that the poison preceded by the blood-vessels and not by the absorbents. --N. Y. Tribune.    (RCDec17/1847)

SPENCER - Chief Justice Spencer. -- We regret to learn that the venerable AMBROSE SPENCER is very sick and not expected to recover.  He is nearly 90 years of age.  (RCDec17/1847)

BEAHEN - On Saturday last (December 11, 1847), the body of a man named JOHN BEAHEN, was found drowned in the Canal at Utica, New York.  He was a resident of Oriskany, and had no family.  The verdict of a Coroner's jury was death from accidental drowning.  (RCDec17/1847)

KENT - Death of Chancellor KENT. -- The Albany Argus of Monday says: -- The Telegraph last evening brought us the painful intelligence of the death of this distinguished jurist and eminent citizen.  Although he has lived quite beyond the ordinary age of man, his death may be said to have been unexpected, and it will vibrate painfully upon the public mind.  For nearly all the present century, he has occupied a position of high eminence in the legal world.  Few men, in the history of this or any other age, have carried, through all the stages of a long and elevated career, a higher or more enviable reputation for intellect, talent and personal worth.  He descends to the tomb fully ripe in years and in the regards of the age in which he lived, leaving for present and future generations the memorial of his life and works.  (RCDec17/1847)

PENSIONS - NAVY PENSIONS. -- It may not be generally known that widows who obtained Navy Pensions under the act of March, 1845, most of which ceased on the first of September last, are entitled to a renewal of their pensions for five years under an act passed at the last session of Congress.  (RCDec17/1847)

From ROMAN CITIZEN newspaper, Rome, Oneida County, New York, Friday, December 24, 1847

CHOLERA - Statistics Of The Cholera -- The number of cases in England and Wales in 1841-2, were 61,051; of these 40,473 recovered, and 20,578 died -- thus one out of three cases proved fatal.  In the metropolis there were 11,018 cases, of which only 5,745 recovered, the deaths being 5,273 -- one out of every two attacked. -- In Ireland up to March, 1843, the cases amounted to 54,552, of these 33,381 recovered, 21,171 died.  (RCDec24/1847)

Barbara Andresen