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Mr. Ethan G. Eddy
In Bookfield, Tioga county, Pa. on the 18th inst., Mr. Ethan G. Eddy, son of Mr. E. P. Eddy, in the 25th year of his age.  (Wednesday, February 23, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Levi Vail
On the 30th ult., at Milwaukie, Wisconsin, Levi Vail, formerly of Tioga.  (Wednesday, February 23, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Mrs. Isabella
At Delmar on the 5th inst., Mrs. Isabella, consort of Mr. Rufus Buttler, in the 64th year of her age.  (Wednesday, March 9, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Mr. Jesse Lightner and a brother’s son and daughter
Beaver, (Pa.) March 2.--Three Persons Drowned.--We learn with regret that on Saturday last Mr. Jesse Lightner and a brother’s son and daughter were drowned in the Beaver near the mouth of the Connedenessing.  They were crossing the stream on the ice which had formed on one of the pools, but which proved too weak for the old man’s weight, and he broke through in deep water, clinging on his rise to the edge of the opening.--The two young people made every exertion to rescue him, until their dangerous footing also gave way and all three sunk to a watery grave--the two latter sacrificing their own lives in a vain effort to rescue a friend and relative.--Their bodies were recovered in a short time, but the vital spark had fled.  (Argus.)  (Wednesday, March 23, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Mr. Stewart Hotchkiss and only child
Singular fatality.--The following account of an afflicting dispensation of Providence that recently occurred in Nelson, Portage county, Ohio, is from the Ohio Star. “On the 3d instant an only child of Mr. Stewart Hotchkiss died, after a protracted illness.  On the 7th inst., Mr. H. himself was killed by the fall of a tree near his house, while engaged in chopping; the tree fell across his body and killed him instantly.  On the 9th inst., the relatives and neighbors assembled at the house, and after religious services went with the corpse to the place of interment, leaving the house alone, and when they returned the house was wrapped in flames.  No one knows how the fire was communicated to the house; when left it was nearly all extinguished upon the hearth.  Within the space of six days, the only child and husband were buried, the dwelling burnt to ashes, with all their goods in it, and the widow left without a family and without a home.  (Wednesday, March 23, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Sophia Fick
Suicide.--A young woman named Sophia Fick, was found dead on Friday last, the 18th inst., in an out house, at Blossburg.  An inquest was held on the body by the Coroner, Mr. J. N. Wright.  Verdict--came to her death by hanging herself by the neck--cause unknown.  We learn that the young woman was 19 years of age, and of respectable parent-age, who have resided in the Block-House settlement for a number of years.  (Wednesday, March 23, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Miss Esther Houghton
In Delmar, on the 4th of February, Miss Esther, daughter of Simeon Houghton, Esq., in the 23d year of her age.  (Wednesday, March 23, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Mr. Lambert M. Smith
On the 4th of March, in Charleston, Tioga county, Pa., Mr. Lambert M. Smith, in the 30th year of his age.  (Wednesday, March 23, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Mrs. Polly
In Jackson, Tioga county, Pa., on the 8th inst., Mrs. Polly, consort of Mr. Samuel Miller, in the 62d year of her age.  (Wednesday, March 23, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Mary Alice Sligh
In Wellsboro, on the 18th inst., Mary Alice, daughter of Harvy and Susan Sligh, aged two years and nine months.  (Wednesday, March 23, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Mrs. Hannah Maria Ryon
Communicated. Departed this life at Elkland, on the 13th of March, Mrs. Hannah Maria Ryon, wife of Mr. Harris T. Ryon, and daughter of Geo. W. and Mary Congdon, formerly of Long Island, in the 28th year of her age.  In the death of Mrs. R. her bereaved husband and three small children, have sustained an irreparable loss.  Nor can the place she occupied in the affections of her relations and friends be again filled.  In the various relations of life, as a wife, a mother, a friend and a neighbor.  She has left a bright example worthy of imitation; and commanded the esteem and love of all within the circle of her acquaintance.  She has for several years possessed faith in Christ, and in her life and conversation adorned the doctrines she professed.  While she did justly she emphatically loved mercy, and walked humbly with her God.  Accordingly in the last conflict (though very severe) she received the fulfillment of the promise.  “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose soul is stayed on thee.”  Her death speaks impressively to her surviving friends,--may it not speak in vain.  (Wednesday, April 6, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Mr. Thomas Turner
In Blossburg on the 6th inst., Mr. Thomas Turner.  (Wednesday, April 13, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

John Aiken, Esq.
Communicated.  Died at Tioga Village, Pa., April 8th, 1842, John Aiken, Esq., aged 77, formerly of Windham, Vermont.  Having formerly been one of the Association Judges of the Court of Common Pleas, in Windham county, eight years; a member of the Vermont Legislature sixteen years, and a member of the Church of Christ more than forty years.  His character afforded a rake combination of those qualities which constitute the shrewd and faithful legislator; the wise and venerable Judge-the meek, devout and consistent Christian--the affectionate, revered and beloved parent and husband--and the amiable and respected neighbor and friend.  The community will long cherish the remembrance of his excellencies, and a large circle of friends will mourn the loss of him.  (Wednesday, April 13, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

From the Baltimore Clipper.  Dreadful Event!  Awful Explosion of the Steamer Medora!--Yesterday afternoon, about half-past 2 o’clock, the new Steamer Medora, designed for the Virginia and Maryland Steam Navigation Company, to ply before this place and Norfolk, Virginia, was started from Reeder’s wharf, near the foot of Federal Hill, for an excursion to North Point, with a view of making trial of her efficiency, and a large number of our most influential citizens, stockholders, and others, were invited to witness her performance.--Owing to some cause which we are unable, in the confusion consequent on such an awful event, to state, just as the boat had got about 80 yards from the wharf, the boiler or boilers, exploded with a tremendous report, and in an instant reduced the steamer to a perfect wreck, killing, and wounding a number of persons. Among the victims, we regret to say and some of our most influential and worthy citizens.  John M. Moale, esq. well known as the intelligent, energetic and courteous Agent of the Norfolk Line, was on board with two of his sons, one of them was taken up dead, the other was slightly scalded, and Mr. M. himself was so badly hurt that he died shortly after having been taken home.  John Vickers, Innkeeper in McCullan’s Alley, was blown clear to the shore and taken up dead.  Henry Lecompte, one of the firemen, was driven with such violence against the bulkhead as to be jammed fast, requiring some force to remove him--he died in the course of the afternoon.  John Boone, printer, was taken up dead from the wreck.  John Burns, an apprentice to Watchman and Bratt, was taken out of the river, dead, about five o’clock--John Speddy, carpenter, of Fell’s Point, John Young, also a carpenter from the same section, and Benj. French, painter, were also taken ashore so badly injured that they died before night.  J. Harper, 2d mate, was missing from the moment of the explosion until just before dusk, when his lifeless body was found in the river by those who were engaged in searching for the dead and wounded.  These, ten in number, comprizes all who were found dead, or who died from injuries received; up to dusk last evening. Among those wounded, severely was A. F. Henderson, Esq., of this city, one of the principal stockholders in the Norfolk line, and an estimable citizen, who was badly scalded.  It is hoped however, that the injuries he has received are not of a critical nature.--Capt. Sutton was also severely though not dangerously wounded. The following persons, were named to us as being scalded.  Alfred Ramsay, engineer, James Mitchell, Duncan Ferguson, Westley Cully, David Frazier, Wm. Roberts, Geo. Clazey, Jos. Craig, James Crawford, Geo. Hoofnogle, John Reynolds, Wm. Younger, Francis Beside, Thos. Eldrich, Patrick Collins, Francis MeAlear, Geo. Ennely, R. H. Middleton, Jackson Reeder, James Montgomery, Lawrence Riegar, Daniel Stevens, Jas. Clark, John Kaylor, John Mitchell. A number of persons who were on board, either for pleasure or engaged in their several duties, are missing.--Among them Francis McNeal and Samuel Hackney have been named to us.--Several arms and legs of individuals were picked up, belonging doubtless, to bodies not yet recovered.  We ourselves, saw a man’s hand fished up near where the boiler lies, and persons were endeavoring to find bodies under the deck. Altogether, this is one of the most dreadful catastrophes which has ever happened to our city; and, as may be well supposed, its occurrence caused a tremendous excitement.  (Wednesday, April 27, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Nathan Bassett, Esq.
Distressing Occurrence.--Nathan Bassett, Esq., of Dover, Ohio, was killed with lightning on Wednesday morning, the 30th ult. He was at the time alone in a barn about fifty rods from the house, and was not found for about an hour.  There was a shower soon after he left the house, accompanied with thunder, and one very vivid flash of lightning.  But as the barn, in plain sight of the house, remained uninjured, the family left no serious apprehensions from the effects of the lightning. What then must have been the surprise and consternation of the nephew, who, on going to look for Mr. Bassett, found him, three horned cattle, one horse and four hogs lying dead in and about the barn!  The lightning had struck the gable end of the barn; divided, and running down both posts, without injuring the barn but a very trifle, or setting anything on fire, produced this appalling effect.  No occurrence ever produced such a deep and thrilling sensation in the community.  The countenances of all, as they beheld or heard of the awful, solemn spectacle, indicated that God had spoken to them in the voice of thunder.--(Cleveland Herald.)  (Wednesday, April 27, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

The following named members have died since the 26th Congress:
From Massachusetts--James C. Alvord. (Mr. Alvord died before taking his seat as a member.)
From New York--Anson Brown.
From Pennsylvania--Wm. W. Potter, Enos Hook (Mr. Hook was a member of the 26th Congress, and was elected to the 27th, but resigned in consequence of ill health, a short time before his death), Charles Ogle, Wm. S. Ramsay, Henry Black, Davis Dimmock, jr, and Joseph Lawrence.
From North Carolina--Lewis Williams.
From Kentucky--Simeon H. Anderson.
From Missouri--Albert G. Harrison.
(Wednesday, May 4, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Captain William Thorn
Captian William Thorn, aged 93, died at St. Clan, Michigan, on the 12th ult.  Capt. Thorn was one of the fathers of the Northwest.  He was the first white man it is believed who sailed a vessel on Lake Superior, and he served as a pilot to the unfortunate expedition of Maj. Croghan against Machalimackinac, and was the first settler at St. Clair county.  (Wednesday, May 4, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Gov. Barbour
Death of Gov. Barbour--Extract of a letter to the Editor of the Richmond Whig, dated Gardonsville, Va., June 9th 1842;--”I hereby convey to you that Gov. Barbour is no more.--He died yesterday the 8th inst., at a ½ before 12 o’clock at his residence.--Had he lived till the 10th, he would have been 67.  He possessed his mental faculties to the last, and was perfectly conscious of his approaching dissolution.  He died very calmly, surrounded by all the members of his family.  (Wednesday, June 22, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Mr. Edmund Wetherbee
In Delmar, on the 17th inst., Mr. Edmund Wetherbee, aged about sixty years.  (Wednesday, June 29, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Mrs. Sophia A.
On the 22d inst., at Covington, Mrs. Sophia A. consort of Col. J. N. Wright, in the thirty-fifth year of her age.  (Wednesday, June 29, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Gen. Henry Atkinson
Death of Gen. Henry Atkinson--At Jefferson Barracks near St. Louis on the 14th ult.  One of the noblest and most gallant spirit’s the Army could boast, has taken its flight to another and a better world, and the nation has lost a patriot without reproach.  (Wednesday, July 13, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Col. James P. Bull
In Towanda, on Wednesday, the 29th ult., at half past eleven o’clock, p.m., of a lingering pulmonary consumption, Col. James P. Bull, in the fortieth year of his age. (Wednesday, July 13, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Israel Camp
A young man named Israel Camp, of Wyalusing, Bradford county, was shot through the heart by the accidental discharge of a musket at the celebration of the 4th.  (Wednesday, July 20, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Duke of Orleans
Death of the Duke of Orleans. An express from Paris dated Wednesday evening, at six o’clock, has brought the distressing intelligence of the sudden death of the Duke of Orleans.  It appears that about 12 o’clock his royal highness was riding in his cabriolet in the Bois de Bonlogue, when his horse having taken a fright, his royal highness threw himself out and falling upon his head, a concussion of the brain was the consequence.  He was conveyed immediately to a neighboring wine-shop and bled, but though no danger was in the first apprehended alarming symptoms supervened, which terminated in his death at about half past two o’clock in the presence of the King and Royal Family. The receipt of the intelligence produced a stronger sensation in London than any foreign incident that has occurred for years past.  All the risks attending a regency, and not improbably a disputed succession, at once present themselves to reflecting men, and the deep sympathy felt on domestic grounds is rendered secondary to the apprehension of the danger threatened to the peace of the world in the present state of parties in France.  We have never had occasion to hear so uniform and general an aspiration called forth by any dispensation of providence as the death of the Duke of Orleans has done, for the preservation of the life, health and faculties of Louis Philippe.  (Wednesday, August 10, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Mary Ann Kelley
In Covington, Tioga Co, Pa., on the 15th inst., Mary Ann, daughter of Mr. Erastus Kelley, of the above named place, aged three years.  (Wednesday, August 24, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Dr. John Patton Emmett
Dr. John Patton Emett, son of the late Thomas Addis Emmett of New York, and for the last seventeen years Professor of Chemistry and Wateria Medical in the University of Virginia, died in the city of New York on the 13th inst.  (Wednesday, August 31, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

James Rice
Execution.--The Bedford (Pa.) Gazette gives a minute account of the execution of James Rice, in that county, for the murder of James M’Burney.  The prisoner attended carefully to the religious exercises conducted by two clergymen on the scaffold, and after joining in prayer, he was asked by the Sheriff, while within half a minute of death, whether he was guilty or not, and he solemnly asserted his innocence, and died with the asseveration almost on his lips.  (Wednesday, September 21, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Mr. Hiram F. Young
In Wellsboro, on the 23d day of September, Mr. Hiram F. Young, aged about 32 years.  (Wednesday, September 21, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Lucy Jane Provin
In Sullivan, Tioga Co, Pa., on the 4th inst., Lucy Jane, daughter of Wm. Provin, aged one year and eight months.  (Wednesday, October 12, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

John Cook
Another Accident in the Mines.--John Cook and William Crease, two miners working in Patton’s mines, near Llewellyn, were caught by a heavy fall of coal and slate, crushing and killing the former instantly, and falling upon the latter in such a manner as to prevent his moving or escaping.  They remained in this situation from early on Saturday afternoon, until 9 o’clock at night, when their non-appearance created an alarm, and knowing that they were working alone in these mines they were sought for, and found in the situation we describe--the deceased has left behind him a wife.  Miner’s Journal.  (Wednesday, October 26, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Capt. Jonathan B. Dodge
Melancholy Accident.--We learn from the Bangor Whig that Capt. Jonathan Dodge, late of Salem, Mass., while coming up to that city on Friday afternoon in the sloop Lapwing, commanded by Jonathan B. Dodge, of Sedgewick, was knocked overboard, and after Swimming a short distance towards the shore sunk.  He was about sixty-five years of age, and was well acquainted with a Seaman’s life.  The Body had not yet been recovered.  (Wednesday, November 30, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Hannah Wakeman
In Delmar on the 23d inst., Hannah Wakeman, consort of Mr. Eri Wakeman, aged 40 years of age.  (Wednesday, November 30, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Joseph Thompson
In Charleston, Tioga county, Pa., on the ? inst., Joseph Thompson, in the 86th year of his age.  Mr. T. was a revolutionary veteran.  He took up arms in that great strongest defense of his country, and bore a conexus part in many of the prominent scenes at the eventful Drama.  (Wednesday, November 30, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Mr. J. T. Medley, Mr. Tiner and a female
Horrid Murder--The Intelligencer, published at Van Buren, Arkansas, of the 25th ult., furnishes particulars of a most brutal murder, committed upon the persons of Mr. J. T. Medley, Mr. Tiner, and a female on the previous Saturday night, on Grand River, about ten miles from the Grand Saline, in the Cherokee Nation.  The parties were at supper and unsuspecting the approach of foes, when Mr. Medley was shot dead from the table, the ball entering the back part of his head and passing through his eye.--Mr. Tiner also fell dead from the table.  The ladies made an attempt to escape, but were soon overtaken, and one of them beaten to death; the other was so bruised that her life is despaired of.  The murderers then robbed Mr. Medley of a large sum of money, said to be about 1100, and some store goods.  Mr. Medley was a merchant, and was universally respected.  The Perpetrators of the wicked deed had not been discovered.  (Wednesday, December 28, 1842, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

John D. Frost, Esq.
On Saturday, the 31st ult., in Rutland, Tioga co, Pa., John D. Frost, Esq.  (Wednesday, January 4, 1843, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Mr. Wm. Pratt
Death by a fall on the ice.--Mr. Wm. Pratt lately fell on the ice at Boston and died in consequence of the fall.  (Wednesday, January 18, 1843, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Hon. Francis S. Key
Death of the Hon. Francis S. Key.--The author of “The Star-Spangled Banner” is no more.  He died lately at Baltimore.--The members of the Bench and Bar of that city passed resolutions of regret at his death.  (Wednesday, January 25, 1843, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Miss Sally Brewster
In Wellsboro, on Friday the 10th inst., Miss Sally Brewster, in the 67th year of her age.  (Wednesday, February 22, 1843, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

John Parthemore and his wife
Murder--An atrocious murder of two persons, for the sake of paltry plunder, was committed near Harrisburg on the 15th inst.  The parties murdered are John Parthemore and his wife, two aged and respectable persons, who were supposed to be wealthy.  The murder was  supposed to have been committed with a club, as one was found in the room covered with blood.  Plunder was supposed to have been the object.  A reward of 500 dollars has been offered for the apprehension and conviction of the murderers.  (Wednesday, April 26, 1843, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Mr. Jacob Ridgway
Dead.--Mr. Jacob Ridgway, who, since the decease of Stephen Girard, has been regarded as the wealthiest citizen of Philadelphia, departed this life on the 30th ult., in the 75 year of his age.  He has left property, of various kinds to the amount of $6,000,000.  His immediate heirs are a son, Mr. John Ridgway and two daughters, Mrs. Rusk and Mrs. Rotch.  Mr. Ridgway in early life was a humble ship-carpenter.  The Evening Mercury has the following.--Jacob Ridgway.--We are requested to state that Mr. Ridgway bequeathed upwards of $800,000 to various charitable purposes.--$300,000 of that sum are devoted to the erection of a public hospital.  He left also a lot of ground for the same purpose.  The remainder of his property, amounting to about $5,-500,000, is to be divided between his son and two daughters.  (Wednesday, May 10, 1843, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Mrs. Caroline Hill
In Wellsboro’, on Monday the 8th inst., Mrs. Caroline Hill, in the 33d year of her age.  (Wednesday, May 10, 1843, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Sir Charles Bagot
Dead.--Sir Charles Bagot, Ex-Governor of the Canadas, died at Kingston on the 18th int.  His disease was an affection of the heart.  (Wednesday, May 17, 1843, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Gesrina Green
At Borydon, M’Kean County, on Tuesday the 16th ult., Gesrina Green aged two years, eleven months and eleven days, while engaged playing with her brother they went together into a saw mill where she fell through and came in contact with one of the wheels which immediately tore her in pieces.  The brother on missing her went to the house in search of her, and asked his mother if she had seen her.  The mother immediately went in search of her, and on coming to the mill she discovered pieces of her child in different directions in the stream below.  Who can describe the feelings of the mother in that situation, on beholding her child torn in pieces and lying in the stream beneath.--Settler.  (Wednesday, June 7, 1843, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Mr. Van Fleet
We understand that on Sunday morning last, Mr. Van Fleet, of Wilkesbarre, was found dead in his bed by his wife.  He was married last fall, and on retiring to rest on Saturday evening, was in his usual spirits.  (Wednesday, June 7, 1843, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Silas Wright, Esq.
Death of Silas Wright, Sen.--Died in Weybridge, Addison County, Vermont on Saturday the 13th day of May inst., Silas Wright, Esq., after an entire confinement of more than five years from extensive paralysis.  Mr. Wright was in his eighty-fourth year of his age, and was the father of the Hon. Silas Wright, jr., of this County.--St. Law Reporter.  (Wednesday, June 7, 1843, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Mr. and Mrs. Stewart
Death by Lightning.--It is with painful feelings that we announce, the melancholy death of Mr. and Mrs. Stewart, of this county at their residence in Lycoming township, on Sunday evening, 4th inst.  They were engaged on bended knees, in offering up their devotions to the Supreme Being, when they were struck by lightning; and instantly killed.  Four small children have, thus suddenly been deprived of an affectionate father and mother, and left to the mercy and protection of an Allwise Providence.  How striking the admonition: “Be ye also ready, for ye know not when the Son of man cometh.”  Lycoming Gazette.  (Wednesday, June 21, 1843, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Mr. Daniel Ritter
In Wellsboro, on the 15th inst., Mr. Daniel Ritter, aged about 44 years.  (Wednesday, June June 21, 1843, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Richard M. Vandusen
In Troy, Bradford Co, Pa., on the 16th inst., Richard M., Son of Oliver & Ellen Vandusen, aged 3 years 6 months 14 days.  (Wednesday, June 21, 1843, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Hon. Hugh S. Legare
Death of Mr. Legare.--We regret to learn that the Hon. Hugh S. Legare, of South Carolina, Attorney General of the United States, and Secretary of State, ad interim, died at Boston on Friday morning, at a quarter before six o’clock. The Bay State Democrat says--Mr. Legare has been quite ill since his arrival here in the Presidential suite, and has not seen company since Friday last.  His disorder was a stoppage in the bowels, caused by some billious affection.  He died at the house of Geo. Ticknor, Esq., in Park street, a personal friend of Mr. Legare’s. This mournful event has cast a shade of gloom over the aspect of our city, and the recent festivities are now looked upon as things of little worth, for Death, the mighty conqueror, has appeared in the midst of festivity and rejoicing, and stricken down one of the high men of the nation.  The President and family are in deep grief at the sad occurrence, for the deceased was a personal friend of his Excellency, and an intimate associate with the members of the Cabinet.  The deceased was a scholar of high attainments, and a man of brilliant talents, and an orator of surprising eloquence.  He was the idol of a large circle of friends, and his name will be cherished and respected by many admirers throughout the Union.  At the recent festival of the Monument Association, his name was introduced in terms of high commendation by G. T. Curtis, Esq., and a feeling of regret pervaded the assembly that he could not participate in the enjoyments of the day.  That feeling has now deepened into sorrow for his sudden death, and the eloquent encomiums of the speaker linger upon the ear as the words of a funeral eulogy.--It will be a source of melancholy satisfaction to his family and friends at home, to know, though far from them, every care and attention was bestowed upon him, and that the kind solicitude of anxious friends did all that could be done to ease his sick bed, and smooth his passage to the world of spirits.  (Wednesday, June 28, 1843, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

James Findlay, Esq.
James Findlay, Esq., (second son of the Hon. Wm. Findlay, late Governor of the Commonwealth.) formerly Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Secretary of State under the administration of Governor Wolf, died at Pittsburg on Tuesday last, in the 42d year of his age.  (Wednesday, July 5, 1843, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Dr. Hagan
Dr. Hagan killed.--Dr. Hagan of the Vicksburg Sentinel, well known in Philadelphia, has fallen a victim at last.  He was killed in a fight on the 7th instant, with D. W. Adams.  The Doctor was on his way from dinner to his office, when he encountered Adams who struck him with a cane.  Both parties clinched and fell to the ground, the Doctor uppermost Adams drew a pistol and putting it at the back of the Doctor’s head, fired and killed him instantly.  The cause of this melancholy affair was an article which appeared in the Sentinel, reflecting upon Judge Adams, the father of D. W. Adams.  The latter has been arrested and held to bail in $6,000.  The speculators and swindling characters who have brought Mississippi to so low a condition, found a bold exposer of their conduct in Hagan; but he was violent and bitter in his tone and rash in his conduct.  (Wednesday, July 5, 1843, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Gen. Eustis
Death of Gen. Eustas.--We learn, from the following letter in the Boston Daily Advertiser, that Brig. Gen. Abraham Eustis, of the U. S. Army died on Wednesday morning at Portland:  Portland, June 27, 1843, Dear Sir.--Gen. Eustis died this morning, at 7 o’clock.  The military funeral solemnity will be performed tomorrow, attended by the municipal and civil authorities and citizens.  The services will be performed in the St. Steven’s E. Church.  (Wednesday, July 12, 1843, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Mrs. Rebecca Brown
At the residence of her Son, in Richford, Tioga, NY, on the 8th inst., Mrs. Rebecca, wife of Mr. Thomas Brown of this town, aged 58 years.   For a long time the health of the deceased had been feeble.  On the 16th met with much more vigorous than usual, she left home with her husband, to visit a son residing about 40 miles distant.  Unfortunately a portion of the day was stormy, and in the afternoon and evening she suffered severely from exposure, so much so that she did not proceed to the place of her destination until the following day, in the latter part of which her symptoms assumed an alarming aspect.  Her disease grew more and more violent until her death.  Her remains were brought to this village and interred on the 7th, and her funeral discourse was delivered in the Universalists Meeting House on the succeeding Sabbath. Not only her partner, children and other relatives, but her neighbors, especially the poor and unfortunate, have experienced a great loss, she an unspeakable gain.  Regardless of the sneers of popularity, and the frowns of ignorance, bigotry and prejudice, she was for many years an honest, frank and unwavering believer in the final “restitution of all things which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets, since the world began.” During the lucid portion of her last illness, and after all hopes of recovery had vanished, she declared that her faith was firm and unshaken; and in her life and death we have another added to the many instances which prove that her sentiments were not only “good to live by,” but also good “to die by.” May the sorrowful and bereaved look beyond these scenes of darkness and shadows, to the land of eternal sunshine and substantial felicity, where they shall meet their departed friends and sit down with them and rejoice--where they shall drink “clear waters unmingled with bitterness,” hear sweet music unmarred by discord, and gather flowers that ever bloom in immortal fragrance.
(Wednesday, July 19, 1843, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Rufus G. Gear
Horrible Murder.  The Bradford Argus of the 5th inst., says:--”An Irishman and his wife by the name of Dolen, were brought to this place and committed to prison, on Wednesday last, charged with the murder of a man by the name of Rufus G. Gear, of Ithaca, NY. It appears from what we can learn; that on Monday, Gear stopped at the store of Mr. Tracy, at Marshall’s Corners, about three miles this side of Athens, where he came across Dolen, with whom he had formerly been acquainted, and was induced to accompany him to his (Dolen’s) shantee, a few rods distance, where they remained during the night.  On Thursday about three or four o’clock pm., Dolen’s wife went to one of the neighbors with the information that her husband had been murdered by some one; while she was absent from the house.  On hastening to the place, the body of Gear was found lying on the bed, weltering in gore from a wound which had been inflicted with some sharp instrument, directly behind the left ear, and perfectly dead, though yet warm.  Dolen was absent, at this time, with a man who had called upon him.  On search being made, almost everything in the shantee was found covered with blood;--towels, handkerchiefs, rags, bed clothes, a shirt which Dolan had been wearing in the fore part of the day, were found tucked away; perfectly saturated with gore.  It is supposed that money must have been the object of the murderers, as the deceased was seen to have some specie on Monday, which he was imprudently showing to every person whom he chanced to meet, but which is now no where to be found.  Dolen and his wife will be tried at the September term, for the murder.   P. S. Since the above was written, we have learned that Mrs. Dole has confessed that she killed Gear with the fire-tongs, in defending herself from his assaults.  Her story is improbable, as it conflicts with what she has before said, and it does not look reasonable that a gash of the kind should have been inflicted with any but a sharp instrument.”

Rev. Tobias Pinkham
At Tioga Village on the 17th inst., the Rev. Tobias Pinkham, Pastor of the Baptist Church of Tioga.  (Wednesday, August 23, 1843, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Dr. Jonathan Webster
At his residence in Wellsboro, on the 15th inst., Dr. Jonathan Webster, a native of Gilsum, NH, in the 49th year of his age.  His death was peaceful, for his hopes were in Heaven; and while his friends are called to mourn, they have the consolation of believing that his spirit is with the blest.  As a skillful physician, of the Thompsonian practice, he was active in alleviating the sufferings of his fellow man, as a kind friend, he periled his own, for others’ advantage; as a man and a citizen he is lamented as one whose place cannot be supplied.--Communicated.  (Wednesday, August 23, 1843, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

John Mead
Fatal Accident.--The following verdict of a Jury of Inquisition held on the body of John Mead, who was accidentally killed by the premature discharge of a gun, on the 22d inst., in Rutland township, was furnished by Colonel Backer, for publication.  (Wednesday, September 27, 1843, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Steamboat Accident
Frightful loss of Fife.  We learn from the New Orleans papers that an appalling Steamboat explosion, involving the destruction of not less than thirty human beings, occasioned on board the Steamboat Clipper No. 1, as she was backing out of the port of Bayou Sara, Louisania, on the 19th ult. The Chronicle, published at Bayou Sara, describing the horrible catastrophe, says--”She blew up with an explosion that shook earth, air and heavens, as though the walls of the world were tumbling to pieces about our ears.  All the boilers bursting simultaneously--machinery, vast fragments of the boilers, huge beams of timber, furniture, and human beings in every degree of mutilation, were alike shot up perpendicularly many hundred fathoms in the air.  On reaching the greatest height, the various bodies diverged like the jells of a fountain in all directions--falling to the earth, and upon roofs of the houses, in some instances as much as 250 yards from the scene of destruction.  The hapless victims were scalded, crushed, torn, mangled, and scattered in every possible direction--many into the river, some in the streets, some on the other side of the Bayou, nearly 300 yards--some torn asunder by coming in contact with pickets and posts, and others shot like cannon balls through the solid walls of the houses at a great distance from the boat.  All in front of the wheel houses appears as though swept by a whirlwind.  But any thing like an adequate description of the scene of wreck and ruin is utterly out of the question.  What remains of the hull has been firmly lashed to the shore, but it seems to have broken in two and partially sunk.  She had just taken on board, at the Railroad Depot, about 86 bales cotton, nearly all of which, together with the money chest, and most of the cabin furniture, we are glad to learn, has been saved. On reaching the spot, under whip and spur, we immediately bent our steps towards the temporary hospital prepared for the reception of such as might be found to retain a spark of life.  The scene was such as we hope never to look upon again.  The floors of the two large ware-rooms were literally strewn with the dead and dying, and others pouring in as fast as it was possible to convey them; praying, groaning, howling, and writhing in every possible contortion of physical agony.  In the midst of this confusing time, up to their armpits in oil and cotton bandages, we found our praiseworthy physicians--like good Samaritans doing good--quietly and silently, but with an energy and activity apparently on fifty pairs of hands--now washing a barn, now caressing a wound, and anon splintering a ‘fractured limb.  Indeed our citizens generally, every man and mother’s son, apparently only anxious as to how they might render most service to the poor sufferers--white and black without distinction. The following are the most important particulars as far as we have been able to gather them.  The crew consisted of 1 captain, 1 mate, 2 clerks, 3 engineers, 2 pilots, 1 carpenter, 1 watchman, 1 chambermaid, 5 stewards, 3 cooks, 15 firemen, 8 deck hands-43. Passengers--L. Thomas, missing; P. B. Mohtamat, commission merchant, New Orleans, and 1 small boy, wounded.  Deck passengers, 1 wounded, 2 not hurt. Capt. Laurent escaped unhurt; Mr. Bessy, chief clerk, missing, and the second clerk killed; John Tyson, chief engineer badly wounded; Wm. Sumter 2d engineer, thrown 150 or 200 yards through the roof and gable end of a house, into the back yard against the fence--one arm was torn off, and the fragments of his carcass scattered over the trees; Wm. Nelson, 3d engineer, free man of color, killed; ‘Arnaidi J. Lavond, pilot, missing; Wm. Wall, pilot, killed, John Peterson, mate, badly scalded, though likely to recover; Gabriel Pool, carpenter, missing; watchman killed; chambermaid, saved unhurt; stewards all killed or missing; two of the cooks killed, and one wounded; eight fireman killed or missing; 4 deck hands killed or missing. It may be well enough here to state, that all those we have put down as missing, are doubtless dead, as every search has been made in the vicinity to recover their bodies in vain.  They have doubtless found a watery grave. The remains of those picked up on shore, were interred decently. The watchman, a white man, was thrown alive, 100 yards, through the solid wall of Baker’s Hotel into a bed.  He retained his senses perfectly for some time after, but the poor fellow expired during the evening. The cabin boy was thrown about 200 yards through the roof of a shed, and, was picked up in a mangled condition.  (Wednesday, October 11, 1843, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Mrs. Eliza C. Read
At Montrose, Susquehanna County, on Monday evening the 2d inst., Mrs. Eliza C., wife of Hon. Almon H. Read, aged 52 years.  Mrs. Read was highly and universally esteemed in this community, as an affable kind, and worthy neighbor, and a sincere and devoted, though mild and unostentatious Christian; and besides a deeply afflicted family, she has left an extensive circle of mourning friends.  (Register.)  (Wednesday, October 11, 1843, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Mr. William Willard
In Middlebury on the 13th inst., Mr. William Willard, formerly a resident of this county, but late of Williamsport.  (Wednesday, October 25, 1843, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Samuel Thompson
Dead.--Samuel Thompson the founder of the Thompsonian system of medical practice.  (Wednesday, October 25, 1843, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Mr. Dwight
Awful murder.--The late mails bring an account of the murder of Mr. Dwight, one of the tutors of Yale College at New Haven, (Conn.) by a young man named Fassitt, of Philadelphia.  The affray occurred about a week ago, and was the result of one of those freaks so common at Colleges.  The affray occurred by Mr. Dwight attempting to put a stop to the confusion in which the students were engaged.  He tried to draw Fassitt to the light to discover who he was, when Fassitt stabbed him three times in the groin, producing death, after every effort was made to save his life.  (Wednesday, November 1, 1843, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Capt. Simeon Houghton
At his residence in Delmar, on Monday, the 36th ult., Capt. Simeon Houghton, in the 63d year of his age.  (Wednesday, November 1, 1843, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Dennis Numan
Fatal Accident.--A man by the name of Dennis Numan, recently from Weschester co, NY, was killed in the woods near Mansfield, on the 18th inst., by the accidental fall of a dry hemlock tree.  Mr. Numan, a short time previously had purchased a tract of land in Richmond township, from a Mr. Underhill of NY, and had commenced clearing, intending to erect a house forthwith, and bring on his wife and child.  On the day which the fatal catastrophe occurred, Mr. Numan was advised not to remain in the woods where he was chopping was the wind was very high, but he rejected the friendly advice and continued his work.  At 9 o’clock that night, Mr. Numan not having returned, fears were entertained as to his safety, whereupon a company started a search, and succeeded in finding the body, but life had departed.  An inquest was held by the Coroner J. N. Wright, Esq., and the verdict of the jury was “that Dennis Numan, came to his death by the accidental fall of a dry hemlock tree, which fractured his scull, thereby causing his death.”  (Wednesday, November 29, 1843, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

M. Hasler
Died--M. Hasler, Chief of the U. S. Topographical corps, died on the 20th inst., at the Franklin House in Philadelphia.  Mr. H. was distinguished for his eminent abilities and varied scientific attainments.  He was about 72 years of age.  (Wednesday, November 29, 1843, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Mary Jay
In Middlebury, on the 14th of November, Mary Jay, aged about 84 years.  (Wednesday, December 20, 1843, Tioga Eagle, Wellsborough, Tioga Co, Pa.)

Article Title:  New York Daily Times
Article Date:  December 12 1851
Article Description:  Various News

Article Text:   Lester Peters, the murderer of young Pomeroy, at Troy, Pa., committed suicide in Towanda Jail, by cutting off the principal blood vessel in one of his legs and bled to death.

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Published On Tri-Counties Site 03 NOV 2006
By Joyce M. Tice