|Posted By:||Connie Schumaker|
|Subject:||Ashtabula Am Rev. Soldier Dies -- Feb. 23, 1858|
|Post Date:||July 18, 2006 at 06:26:36|
|Forum:||Ashtabula County, OH Genealogy Forum|
[I came across the following obituary in an old Meigs County, Ohio newspaper. I am not related in anyway nor do I have additional information regarding the article. I am posting it in hope that it will be beneficial to someone in their research.]
Meigs County Telegraph
Feb. 23, 1858
Died in Springfield, Ashtabula county, Ohio, January 10th, Henry Straight, aged 97 years, 6 months and 5 days.
From an account contained in the Ashtabula "Sentinel," we learn that the deceased was born in Warwick, Kent Co., R.I., in 1760; enlisted at the age 14 years, and served throught [sic] the Revolutionary War, enduring all the privations and carrying with him to the grave the honorable scars obtained in the hard fought battles of that memorable period.
At the close of the war, he settled at Lanesborough, Berksire Co., Mass; afterwards at Newstead, N.Y. and subsequently removed to Ashtabula Co., O.
He also served in the war of 1812, under a Lieutenant's commission; was in the battle of Plattsburgh and other engagements.
He voted at every Presidential election since the inauguration of the Government -- his first vote having been cast for George Washington, and his last for John C. Fremont.
Possessed of a powerful constitution, his mental faculties remained unimpaired to the last.
He is the last survivor, it is said of that ............ [the rest of this article was cut off when this article was cut from the newspaper. Anyone researching Henry Straight can find the total article in the above listed newspaper from Meigs Co., Ohio and which you can get the microfilm of the paper from the Ohio Historical Society thru interlibrary loan.]
Connie Cotterill Schumaker