CAPTAIN MATTHEW PHELPS in his "Memoirs" states that the following were
fellow voyagers on his two trips to the Mississippi country: In 1773 -.
"THADDEUS and PHINEAS LYMAN with eight slaves, these were from Suffield, as
were likewise MOSES and ISAAC SHELDON, ROGER HARMON, and one HANCKS;
SETH MILLER, and ELISHA AND JOSEPH FLOWERS of Springfield;
MOSES DRAKE, RUGGLES WINCHEL, and BENJAMIN BARBER of Westfield;
MR. WOLCOTT, from Winsor;
DANIEL and ROSWELL MAGGUET of Hartford;
THOMAS CORNSTOCK and MR. WEED of New Hartford;
CAPT. SILAS CRANE, ROBERT PATRICK, ASHBEL BOWEN, JOHN NEWCOME, and JAMES DEAN of Lebanon;
ABRAHAM KNAP of Norfolk;
GILES, NATHANIEL HULL, JAMES STODDERT, and THADDEUS BRADLEY of Salisbury;
EPHRAIM CASE and HEZEKIAH REN from Sheffield;
JOHN FISK and ELISHA HALE of Wallingford;
TIMOTHY HOTCHKISS and DAVID HOTCHKISS of Waterbury;
JOHN HYDE, WILLIAM SILKRAG, JONATHAN LYON, and WILLIAM DAVIS of Strafford or Derby.
We sailed in the Gulf of Mexico, in company with a vessel from Connecticut, commanded by
CAPTAIN WEST GOODRICH of Durham, on board of which were CAPT LADLEY of
Hartford, since dead;
GENERAL LYMAN of Suffield, dead; HUGH WHITE from Middletown;
THOMAS and JAMES LYMAN; CAPT. ELSWORTH, IRA WHITMORE, and _____ SAGE, from Middletown
and MAJOR EARLY of Weathersfield. In a vessel that followed us the October following my sailing on my first voyage, there went
to the same place
JAMES HARMON and family, and ELNATHAN SMITH, of Suffield,
WILLIAM HURLBURT and ELIJAH LEONARD, of Springfield, with a number of slaves.
On my second voyage, sailed in a vessel commanded by CAPT. EGGLESTON, with whom went passengers
MAJOR TIMOTHY DWIGHT with a wife and one child; SERENO and JONATHAN DWIGHT of Northampton;
BENJAMIN DAY, and family; HARRY DWIGHT and three slaves; JOSEPH LEONARD and JOSIAH FLOWERS, with their families, from Springfield;
REV. MR. SMITH and family, from
the WIFE OF ELNATHAN SMITH and family, who on her arrival
found her husband was dead; MADAM LYMAN with three sons and two daughters,
children of GENERAL LYMAN, whom with one son she found dead on her arrival,
the knowledge of whose death she survived but a few days; and JOHN FELT and
family, from Suffield. There are several others who accompanied me in my
two voyages, whose memories I shall ever respect, although their names have
escaped my recollection."
Among the old land grants of this period, which can still be found among the
files of the land office for the Natchez District, is one of 20,000 acres,
on Bayou Pierre to Thaddeus Lyman, dated October 27, 1772.
In the year 1802, the survivors of the colony, about one hundred in number,
reorganized themselves, and petitioned congress for a confirmation of their
old grants, but it does not appear that anything was done for them. Thus
ended this famous land venture, which caused a good deal of excitement in
New England at the time.
from Dunbar Rowland's Encyclopedia of Mississippi History, Vol. II. L-Z, pub. 1907.
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