Tagged with United States history

Hiram Cronk’s Funeral

Hiram Cronk’s Funeral

I have just watched the film of the funeral of Hiram Cronk, May 17 1905 in New York. He was 105 years old, the last survivor of the War of 1812. This war has been largely forgotten, and every time I see mention of it in whatever research I am doing, I keep meaning to … Continue reading

What do You Drink With a Drunken Sailor?

What do You Drink With a Drunken Sailor?

Most of history writing is about big events, big people, but sometimes something small and seemingly inconsequential can have a huge, but immeasurable effect on the lives of many. John Paty was born in 1807 in Plymouth Massachusetts, and became one of the great ships captains of his time, or ever. In his long career … Continue reading

Samuel Gist: An Enigma of Manumission

I discovered the start of Samuel Gist’s story whilst researching the Abolition of the Slave trade back in 2007. A 19th century Bristol newspaper noted this son of the city had freed his slaves in his will. This got my research antennae quivering, and the story is still unravelling. Samuel was the son of David … Continue reading