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[332] 1837. His children, who were heirs of Anna Cutter's estate in 1842, were Joseph, of Chelsea—near Hospital; Stephen, of Irving's Grant; Mary—wid. Bellows, 320 Washington St., Boston; Catherine, wife of Jaleel Baker, of Lincoln; and Lucy, wife of Calvin Hodgman, of Madison, Illinois. Other particulars regarding the family of Ebenezer (2) are furnished in the text.

(3) Jonas, s. of Ebenezer (1), d. 3 Oct. 1817—Paige. His children who were heirs of Anna Cutter's estate in 1842, were Jonas, of Cambridge (proprietor of the well-known Fresh Pond Hotel); John, of Cambridge; Elizabeth, Mary, Francis, Joseph, all of Cambridge; Susan, wife of Oren Willard, of Ashburnham; Nancy, wife of Richard C. Hastings, of Boston; Harriet, wife of Reuben Winslow, of Roxbury.

(4) Joshua, s. of Ebenezer (1), settled about 1813 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and deceased Feb. 1832. He was one of the celebrated Boston Tea Party in 1773, and his account of his participation in that event to Rev. Timothy Flint, in 1827, the well-known writer on the Western Country, was reproduced in the Old and New, for January, 1874. At the time of the destruction of the British tea, in Boston Harbor, Joshua was a journeyman blacksmith in Boston, living with a tory master; and owing to his being a young man not much known in town, and not liable to be easily recognized, it was proposed that he and other young men, similarly unknown, should lead in the business. Therefore he and his companions were dressed to resemble Indians, and their faces were smeared with soot or lampblack. Their most intimate acquaintances among the spectators ‘had not the least knowledge of them.’ ‘We surely resembled,’ says the narrator, ‘devils from the bottomless pit, rather than men.’

From the correspondence of Joshua with his sister Anna Cutter, we find him at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on 9 Apr. 1801, where he and his son Elisha had come with rails. On their way their raft was stove twice, but they got off safely. From letters he had received, he was glad to hear of the welfare of his friends at Charlestown, and also of his grandmother, Mrs. Anna Winship. His brother John Wyeth was postmaster at Harrisburg, and treated him well during this visit. In the way of family news, Sukey, daughter of Joshua, had a son. At his home at Nanticook, Penn., all were well, including his relatives Granny Winship, Jabez Winship and wife. Allusion is made to his brother Gad Wyeth.

On 15 Sept. 1806, he was at Woodstock, Vermont, on business. Mrs. Cutter was his only sister then living. He left Pennsylvania about 21 Aug. previous. He had heard of the death of his grandmother, Mrs. Anna Winship, which occurred on 2 Feb. 1806, at the age of 101. He was at Harrisburg about the 25th of July. In regard to family matters his daughter Susanna had had four children (boys), his son Elisha one child (girl), his daughter Harriet one child (boy), his son Joshua was not yet married. The father had given the lastnamed son fifty acres of land. His son George was free on 6 Oct. 1806.

We find Joshua at Cincinnati Ohio, on 19 Sept. 1813. He acknowledges the receipt of a letter from his sister, dated 17 Aug. previous, in which he was informed of ‘the lightning’ that struck her dwelling, but killed no one. He had built a house at Nanticook, Penn., before he left the place. Sickness drove him to Cincinnati. He had built him a convenient house there on Main Street, about half a mile from his first one. Ohio, he says, is a pleasant country, where he was contented, and where he expects after a short time to get all his family. One of them with his wife had come a few days before, and had bought a good farm about thirty-five miles distant. This member had sent letters to those left behind in Susquehanna, to come on, as he had looked out for them, as desired, and thought not to take his wife back. The father had a good run of work, and ‘cash for it as fast as he could work’ Provisions, grain, money and work were very plenty in the country. As to family matters, his son Francis was a ‘pretty good smith’; a son Harry was ‘coming on’; his daughter Fanny was twelve years old; Ann, five and a half; William, two and a fourth; another child, three months.

Again we hear of him from the ‘City of Cincinnati’ 16 Apr. 1827, by a letter carried by Mr. Frothingham. He was contented with his present surroundings;

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