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MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT - FEBRUARY 1799 - REPORT IN THE ST. JOHN  GAZETTE

"The St. John Gazette","St. John, Friday, March 22             (1799) - Melancholy Accident

We learn from Schoodiac, that on Friday the 12th inst. as a boat was croffing from that place over to St. Andrews, with the Mail, was unfortunately upset - by which accident five men were drowned - viz.  James SPRAGUE,  Calvin KIDDER,  James TROTT,  Samuel TROTT,  and John HODGE. From the rapidity of the tide, and great depth of the water, every attempt to find the bodies was rendered ineffectual - except C. Kidder, who was drowned in the boat.     The accident was occassioned by jibing the sail..     --  The Mail also was lost."


Contributor's Note:  Calvin Kidder was my great-grandfather's .... great-grandfather.    I have just figured out that he was killed on February 12, 1799, at Age 33,  and he had a son born to him on January 29, 1799.     The son's birthname was Joseph "Calvin" Kidder, but he was known only by Calvin Kidder.

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