20 October 2014

The Highlanders And All

The Gaelic Topography of Scotland, and what it Proves, Explained, with Much ...
 By James A. Robertson

Among the points proved in this work by the Gaelic topography of Scotland is the origin of the author's fellow country-men, the Highlanders, that they are undoubtedly the descendants and representatives of the valiant Caledonian Gael, who were the first inhabitants of the land of Alban, now called Scotland and were so also of England.

18 October 2014

Thirteen Trees Planted By Alexander Hamilton

Source of the Illustration of Hamilton Grange

From The magazine of American history with notes and queries:

To find connecting links with the past has always a pleasurable interest, and a few weeks ago I stood for the first time before an old house called the " Hamilton Grange." It is now the rectory of the beautiful new church of St. Luke, situated* on the corner of One Hundred and Forty-first street, east of Tenth avenue (now Amsterdam avenue). Surrounded by a fence are thirteen trees planted by Alexander Hamilton to represent the thirteen original states. He built this house as late as 1802 for a suburban retreat. It was then eight miles and a half from the city limits.  *It's been relocated

The story of Alida Livingston was from the same source.

17 October 2014

Exodus From Detroit With A Harpsichord

Source [Not Dr. Harpfy's Harpsichord]

 [Dr. William] Harpfy was a surgeon in the British garrison [at Detroit] and when the Exodus took place in 1796.  He was moved to the new establishment at Malden and he took his harpsichord with him. Among his most intimate friends at Detroit were John Askin and Commodore Alexander Grant.

From The City of Detroit, Michigan, 1701-1922... :

"The first record we have of this harpsichord is contained in a letter from Dr. Harpfy to his friend John Askin...dated October 17, 1799."  "...he turns his attention to the subject of music, and says, 'Curse the music; I wish it was sold. I care not for what as all my wants and wishes to attain are not worth the pains or trouble to my friends. You will favor me if it could be in any way disposed of."'

"What more proper place for such a piece of furniture than the Castle of  Commodore Grant, where it could receive the attention of so many young ladies. Harpfy and Askin concluded that the Castle was in need of just such an article, and one day, when one of the Commodore's boats was at Malden, they slipped the instrument aboard and it was soon landed at Grosse Pointe."

"Then came the fun."

"It was so old and dilapidated that it was useless and in the way. No one wanted it. Only the old friendship existing between Grant and Harpfy prevented the former from casting the musical instrument into outer darkness. Grant complained to the doctor and asked him to take the piece away from his home."

The Night Train To Detroit blog also featured Dr. Harpfy and the harpsichord.

16 October 2014

The Michigan Road

THE Michigan road is, in a sense, a monument to the white man's shrewdness... .  By the Mississinewa treaty of 1826 a goodly portion of northern Indiana was transferred to the United States for a price that would at this day, perhaps, be equivalent to a few city lots... .

From Howard County Memory:

The Mississinewa Treaty of 1826 was actually two treaties in one, signed separately between the Pottawatomis on October 16th, then the Miamis on October 23rd, a week later. Between them, these treaties accomplished significant goals government leaders of the state had in mind, as the tribes gave up tracts of land crucial for transportation routes in the state as well as providing for paying for their construction.

15 October 2014

Captain Lewis's Journal

Source [Also Here]
The original commander of the Virginia forces in the expedition against the French in 1754 was Colonel Joshua Fry, who, dying May 31st, whilst conducting it to the Ohio river, was succeeded in the command by the Lieutenant-Colonel George Washington [Captain Charles Lewis was Washington's cousin].

14 October 2014

Thomas Moyle Estate

The Thomas Moyle estate was listed in a record book housed at the Archives of Michigan, St. Clair County, Record of Proceedings 1835-1838:

(Page 67) Recs Estate of THOMAS MOYLE, Township of Clay, County of St. Clair [Michigan]

Joseph W. Geer applied for Letter of Administration

13 October 2014

Secret Agent Man

From the History of the United States Secret Service,:

I [Lafayette Baker] at once reported to General Scott giving him all the information desired respecting Manassas, Fredericksburg, and Richmond, the resources and plans of the rebel chiefs, and the blockade running of the Potomac. He read with a smile, the letters from the Confederate Government, when I expressed my design to use them in tracking northern traitors in their treasonable alliance with the South. Expressing his gratification, he recommended my name to Mr. Cameron for permanent service as a secret agent of the War Department.