1802: Couple Drowned

Middletown, Aug. 23.

One Wednesday last about 8 o’clock in the evening, Capt. Moses Dickinson and Wife, of Wethersfield, Parish of Rocky Hill, were drowned in attempting to come ashore from a vessel lying in the river opposite this City. They were part of a company going to Long Island. The circumstances of the disaster are said to be these. Capt. Dickinson stepped into a small boat and was receiving his Wife into his arms from the vessel, when the motion of the boat or the weight of Mrs. Dickinson, made him totter and fall into the river with her, and they both immediately sunk. Only one person was on deck and spectator of the scene, the rest of the company being below at supper. Information was immediately given to the company and to the people on shore, and every exertion made to afford relief, but the body of Capt. Dickinson was not found until he had been in the water two hours; and all efforts to find Mrs. Dickinson proved ineffectual until Saturday morning, when she was found floating down the river, about two miles below the city, by some people who were coming up in a boat. We are informed that they were about 30 years of age, and have left two children to lament their untimely fate.

From the Norwich Courier (Norwich, Connecticut), Wednesday, September 1, 1802.

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