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When 11 was decided to give battle to furnish the foregoing facts. The writ - 6:30. of the enemy. Cornelius was drafted torer is not positive as to the correctness serve in that engagement, Jabez above of his dates, but the facts stated are referred to, 'who was the oldest son true and can be substantiated by llv - n ..C o lng witnesses. n. St. at Ser - and young brothers and sisters, cheer fully volunteered to become his sub stitute. His words were these: . "Fa ther, If you fall, what will become of mother and the children? If I fall, you will be here to take care of them." He was accepted and mustered in. In moving up to the scene of conflict, he had to pass the humble dwelling of his parents. . The family all came out to see the troops pass. They were all deeply moved heard and tears flowed freely. It was the last look on both sides. My father could never speak of this affecting scene without crying like a child. He fell, and his name heads the list on the Wyoming Monument. His body' was, no doubt, among the number of those E. A. ATHERTON. of boys who were found 80 horribly mu will Rev, be at - Cornelius Atherton is named a . "blaeksmith" by trade. . He was . much more than that term usually means. He 'was an Inventor, & worker in steel and iron and a manu - . facturer of many implements usef ul to the farmers and mechanics of those days. The trade of "blacksmith" - meant, in those days. , a training in . useful mechanic arts nf n - wide ran re Sighs and groans were The so - called "blacksmith" of the ear ly days was indispensable to the com - f munlty. It could dispense with bank - ' ers and dry - goods merchants and pro ,' fessional men, generally, but it needed ' most imperatively the man who could . make farming tools and mill machin ery and stoves and household furnish - ' Ings, who was not bound by a narrow line of thought and of Work, but Who ; was versatile and ingenious in inven - - tions and In adapting means to ends. Such a man was Cornelius Ather ton, "blacksmith," the inventor of the first pair of clothiers' shears used In ' tilated near Queen Esther's Rock. When the news of the disastrous en gagement reached Cornelius, he began at once to prepare for flight. His wife, a sickly woman, was thenVcon fined to her bed, but fear of danger sometimes proves a powerful tonic, as America besides discovering a pro - It did In this case. Soon all were on the march to the river, with a few of cess for manufacturing steel one of the men whose name' should be Writ 1 tneJr most valuable goods, designing to ten as. one who helped his fellowmen. Endeavor - be 415 embark in their trading canoe. When they arrived at the river bank their canoe was gone. Some refugee in. his flight had preceded them. The father and his boys returned at once to their dwelling and took up all the floor boards, taking them to the river, with men. wnicn wey constructed a rart and an eot on board. After running a few at - miles, they overtook the man who had ' - henolsm and I,f Jiaerlfire , I taken their canoe, which he at once gave up ana an were transferred to u. iney ran as rar as TxaniicoKe, tne ap - (Ptttefm Gazette, by Penn, Jr.) . ELEAZER ATHERTOV March 9, 1852. died at hla horns in Lackawanna, Eleazer Atherton. aged 87 years, i.., - !, - - . Such a man deserves more than a posing notice. His life had been one He was a son of Cornelius , Atherton, from Dutchess county. New York, who earns to riymouth. Wyomln Valley, in p. pointed place of rendezvous. Cornelius March 1778 ' Tha w7 a Jm fi'ill of m. had a horse with which John, the sec end son, )n company with others who had horses, proceeded by land on the west side of the river. In crossing ov - them, the men being in the canoe, hold ing on to the halters and when nearly across the horse by pulling back had so retarded the progress of the canoe that they let go the halters and the horses turned around and swam back. After all things were made ready the march began. Mrs. Atherton, being unable to walk, was put upon an old mare, with their beds and bedding for a saddle. They had not gone far before a woman had given out. A halt was ordered and a council called which decided that she should be put upon the old mare behind Mrs. Atherton. No sooner done than the old mare sank to the ground from sheer exhaustion, unable to sustain the mighty load. A litter was then made, upon which she was put and carried upon men's shoulders. When they - camped for the night, the cows were milked, ominous forebodings. ' Rumors of the preparations making at the headwat ers of - the Susquehanna to destroy - the settlement . were wafted on the breeze and urgent calls upon Washington for aid had gone forth. In the absence of the natural protectors, the young strong men of the valley, who were with the Continental Army, the old men and boy were forming into militia companies and training for defence. Cornelius Atherton and bis son Jabez, a mere lad of 16, joined Caipit, 'Asaph Whittlesey's company, Eleazer was only 16 at the time. When the fateful July 3rd arrived Jabez bade hlu family farewell, mying he could better be. spared than hla father. He went as a flfer to the company and never returned, being among those captured In battle by the Indians ana killed at Queen Esther's Rock the same night jMUa name appears on the Wyoming, Monu - 1 ment. - . . The news of the disaster teaches Plymouth In th evening and the fam. ily prepared for flight, The Mother had been ill for seme time , and she th milk Wlno. tneaaiired and divided the number of mouths, all sharing, was placed on a horse, with a, small alike. A pot of rye mush was made child behind her, together with Some and no many spoonsful given to each . neoasary blankets,' coOkmg utensila one. This, py tne - way, no , interior and provisions. Two cows wets aw It! miniwr. (tlthnilirh It w. no doubt, too , e ahaaJ inrl 4Vi larw kmi. AAm - iimjtsd in quantity. . The cows fed i who must, of course, be one ot the about in the woods I wnicn tnen ar - , family, was made to tarry a large Skin forded fine pasturage) during the ev - f ol leather strapped to his back enmianownen iii,,eame up ana lay to be used . later, perhaps, to matte or) down just outside the ring. The sandals after their shoes wore out, norses were ilea up to trees witnoui on tne journey. 1 a mouthful to eat, there being no so - 1 They looked back 'from the mount, clety to prevent cruelty to animals norlainside and everywhere saw the flames even cruelty to man, but the necessi .and smoke of the deserted dwellings. ties of the case could not have boon (Continue on Fate. Five.)

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  1. Pittston Gazette,
  2. 16 Mar 1912, Sat,
  3. Page 7

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