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Jeptha R. Simms obituary
contributed by Tonya Frickey
New York Times, June 3, 1883
Jeptha R. Simms, the well-known
historian of the Mohawk Valley, died on Thursday night at his home in Fort
Plain, N. Y. Mr. Simms was born in Canterbury, Conn., Dec 31, 1807, and removed
to this State in 1824. Until 1829 he was a clerk in a Canajoharie store, and
then he came to this City, where he was a clerk for three years. He was
unsuccessful in a business venture in Canajoharie, and became a clerk in
Schoharie. Afterward he acted as station agent for the Central Railroad at Fort
Plain. All his spare time was devoted to an enthusiastic search after forgotten
facts in the history of the Mohawk Valley, and in 1845 Mr. Simms published "The
History of Schoharie County and the Border Wars of New York." Later he
published "The American Spy." a Revolutionary tale, and in 1850 "The Trappers of
A short time ago he published a revised and enlarged edition of his first work, under the title of "The Frontiersmen of New York" a volume of historical facts relating to the early settlement of the Mohawk Valley.
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