24 October 2014

22 October 2014

May The Devil Be His Pilot


Menard & Valle in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri


Burton Library Collection (Askin Papers):

Ste. Genevieve was at this time a garrisoned settlement in Spanish Louisiana on the opposite side of the river from Kaskaskia.  Heward had come to Kaskaskia as agent for the Miamis Company, to which Lorimier was indebted. On April 15, 1787, George Ironside wrote from Miamitown to David Gray, then at Vincennes: "Lorimier is fled from the face of his creditors & gone to the Illinois—may the Devil be his pilot."









21 October 2014

Barbara Ann Akers Probate


From Illinois Probate Records, Gallatin Probate records, 1815-1860 vol 1:


Source [Image 103]

Bought of M. A. Lawrence one margle grave stone...

Barbara Ann
wife of Charles Akers
Died Oct. 20, 1856
In her 34 year


Addendum or Supplement to cemeteries of Gallatin County Ill. Vol.2:

"Markers found since publication of vol. 2....­Chas. Akers d 12‑31‑1852; Age 33+, w Barbara Duvall 1840 she d 1856, thin markers. both down, 1 broken. 3/8 mi S. of Boyd, Ind. Mound or 1/8 mi S. of N. line Sec. 9 Shawnee Twp. On top of high hill pasture, of Lawrence Rollman, in May of 1981."



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.