Archive for March, 2010

Receipt dated 1852

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
Poe receipt dated 1852 (Frances and John Finley Collection)

Poe receipt dated 1852 (Frances and John Finley Collection)

My translation of this receipt follows: 

George Poe 3 Apr Financier

100.00

  3 May Columbian

500.96

  6 May Financier

150.00

     

750.96

     

 

Jacob Poe 25 May New Boat

400.00

  5 May Caton Botting

20.00

  6 May  

200.00

  5 Jun  

2.00

     

622.00

     

 

Joseph Calhoon   New Boat

500.38

     

 

Samuel Todd   To cash by Jacob Poe

600.00

    S Hiat

200.00

    Caton Boting

20.00

     

622.00

     

 

 This document, undated and unsigned, I assume was written after 5 Jun 1852 and its author would have been Andrew Martin Poe, the eldest son of Thomas and Elizabeth Hephner Poe.   Andrew Martin managed the family affairs while his father and brothers worked on the river away from home.  Never a packet captain, Andrew Martin did work as a mate on several of his brothers’ boats. 

 

The document also suggests that the Poes had an interest in the str Columbian.   The str Columbian was built in Brownsville in 1848, for Capt William Dean who sold it to Capt Thomas Greenlee in 1850.  Listed in Way’s Packet Directory numbered 1252, Capt Way made no mention of the Poes or any other Georgetown owners in his packet biography.  The boat was off the lists in 1855.  From this thin thread of evidence, one word on this document, I claim one of the Poe brothers owned the Columbian in 1852.

 

I have not yet been able to interpret the words “Caton Bot(t)ing” and “S Hiat”.

My Poe Women

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Four generations of Poe ancestors. 

1 Elizabeth Hephner                                  1786 – 1864
2 Nancy Ann Poe                                      1818 – 1907
3 Mary Ann (Mollie) Ebert                           1840 – 1925
4 Mary Magdelene McClellan (Delena) Trimble 1873 – 1933

Elizabeth Hephner Poe (F Nash Collection)

Elizabeth Hephner Poe (F Nash Collection)

 

Nancy Ann (Poe) Ebert ca 1890 (Anna L and John F Nash Collection)

Nancy Ann (Poe) Ebert ca 1890 (Anna L and John F Nash Collection)

 

Mollie Ebert Trimble and John A Trimble ca 1910 (Anna L and John F Nash Collection)

Mollie Ebert Trimble and John A Trimble ca 1910 (Anna L and John F Nash Collection)

 

Delena Mollie and Nancy with Clyne Kinsey 1900

Delena Mollie and Nancy with Clyne Kinsey 1900

Luxury Packets

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Five luxurious packets were expressly designed and built for the Pittsburgh and Cincinnati Packet Line:

    (1)  Katie Stockdale
    (2)  Keystone State
    (3)  Iron Queen
    (4)  Virginia
    (5)  Queen City
 

The names of the officers of the packets have been gleaned from various sources.  By no means is the list deemed complete or ordered by date of service.  Names to fill in the gaps of information will be greatly appreciated.   

Str Katie Stockdale (From the Collection of the UW La Crosse Murphy Library Special Collections)

Str Katie Stockdale (From the Collection of the UW La Crosse Murphy Library Special Collections)

 

Katie Stockdale          

Built 1877.
Dismantled 1888-9.  Engines, whistle, and roof bell installed on the Keystone State.

Captain Clerk Pilot Mate Engineer
Thomas S Calhoon
AJ McConnell
Thomas S Sandford
 
 
 
Nat Eathart
J Harry Ollum
 
 
 
Mart F  Noll
 
 
 
 
Chas M Buchanan
 
 
 
 
Clark Barringer
 
 
 
 
Chas W Knox
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Keystone State           

Built 1890.
Sold 1926.

Captain Clerk Pilot Mate Engineer
Thomas S Calhoon
Charles W Knox
Thomas S Sandford
Ben Baker
George Knox
Charles W Knox
William Kimble
J Harry Ollum
Richard Pharris
Charles McDaniel
 
Augustus Martindill
William Anderson
Thos Martin
Grant Paige
 
Karl Crawford
Dayton Randolph
Eugene Morris
 
 
J Presley Ellison
Chas Prall
 
 
 
AL Voeghtley
Ed McLaughlin
 
 
 
Daniel Lacey
 
 
 
 
Henry Best
 
 
 
 
Logan Noll
 
 
 
 
George Donally
 
 
 
 
William Barringer
 
 
 

 

 

Iron Queen    

Built 1892.
Burned 1895.

Captain Clerk Pilot Mate Engineer
John M Philips
Robert H Kerr
Dayton Randolph
Ort Shriver
William Bell
Thomas S Calhoon
George McCollough
James Rowley
Hod Knowles
James Ellison
 
Clayton Agnew
Ed McLaughlin
 
 
 
AL Voeghtley
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Virginia          

 Built 1895-6.
Sold 1926.

Captain Clerk Pilot Mate Engineer
Thomas S Calhoon
Robert H Kerr
Thomas S Sandford
John Sweeney
George Johnston
Thomas S Sandford
William Kimble
J Harry Ollum
Hod Knowles
 
Alfred Pennywit
Daniel Lacey
James Martin
 
 
 
George McCollough
William Anderson
 
 
 
Clayton Agnew
Dwight Hollister
 
 
 
Wm C Lepper
 
 
 
 
Clyde Packard
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Queen City     

 Built 1897.
Sold before 1929.

Captain Clerk Pilot Mate Engineer
Thomas S Sandford
James Gardener
J Harry Ollum
 
George Knox
Robert R Agnew
Daniel Lacey
Philip Anshutz
 
Charles Paige
Arthur B Brown
Unk Chapman
Anthony Meldahl
 
CA Watson
J Presley Ellison
C Boyd Taylor
 
 
William Watson
John Sweeney
William R Barringer
 
 
 
 
AB Browne
 
 
 
 
Charles Howard
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ohio River Museum Donation

Friday, March 19th, 2010
Ohio River Museum Donation ca 1965

Ohio River Museum Donation ca 1965

This copy of an old newspaper clipping provides the details of a donation to the Wellsville River Museum in Wellsville, OH.  The gifts were presented by people from Georgetown, PA.  The contributors were all associated with river commerce and river history.  I do not know which local paper carried the article.  Nor do I know the date it was published except that the date was before 1971. 

 

The second paragraph indicates the last pilot’s license of Capt Jacob Poe was donated by Mrs Louis H (Lillian May Poe) Wagner.  This framed license actually had thirteen licenses stacked.  The Wellsville museum trustees graciously gave me the one dated 11 Dec 1882.

Jacob Poe's Master License dated 11 Dec 1882 (F Nash Colleciton)

Jacob Poe's Master License dated 11 Dec 1882 (F Nash Colleciton)

Wharfboat

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

A wharfboat was a floating warehouse moored at the river shore, usually at the larger towns or freight distribution points.  Steamers docked at the wharfboat to transfer cargo and passengers.  In the balmy days of steamboating, these wharfboats were found at nearly every town of consequence along the Ohio River.  Usually privately owned and operated, a wharfboat often served a single customer, such as a packet line or local business.  Wharfboats were the shells of out of service, older packets partially dismantled.  The engines and boilers and cabin fixtures were removed leaving secure space for offices and cargo storage.

 

Theodore Poe with two ladies ca 1900 GPN

Theodore Poe with two ladies ca 1900 GPN

Theodore (Dory) Cochran Poe managed a wharfboat in Pittsburgh.  The wharfboat is unknown at this time, but quite possibly he managed the wharfboat serving the Pittsburgh and Cincinnati Packet Line.

New Book

Monday, March 15th, 2010

A book recently ordered arrived on Saturday.  It is a history of California, PA from 1849-1881.  As you no doubt know, California is a major historic steamboat building town in a historic steamboat building region along the Monongahela River.  The years covered align well with the Golden Age of Steamboats and with my ancestors who owned and operated boats from Georgetown, PA.  To date, I know of nine steamboats built in California in which captains from Georgetown, PA had interests. 

 

The book by JK Folmar I is “California, PA 1849-1881 The History of a Boat Building Town.”  Not only is it fact filled, it is a good read.  I highly recommend it.

Steamboat Building in Elizabeth, PA

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

I added a link to a nicely developed site devoted to Steamboat Building in Elizabeth, PA. The site was created by John Mohney and is based on the journals his great grandfather who worked at Elizabeth Marine Ways from 1898 to 1925.  Make time to have a look.

More Mark Twain and Steamboats

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

While training as a cub pilot, Mark Twain convinced his brother Henry to pursue a career on the river.  Henry was fatally scalded when the boilers of the packet he was working on exploded.  Henry died on 21 Jun 1858.   The packet was the Pennsylvania.  Twain held himself responsible for his younger brother’s death for the rest of his life.

 

The Pennsylvania, which originally ran from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati, was involved in the Wheeling Bridge Case.  After that infamous gesture, the Pennsylvania went into the St Louis and New Orleans trade.  Her boilers exploded near Helena, AK on Sunday morning 13 Jun 1858.

The Pittsburgh and Cincinnati Packet Line

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

My first biography of a packet line has been loaded.  The Pittsburgh and Cincinnati Packet Line, organized by Thomas S Calhoon and Jackman T Stockdale, was arguably the most famous and luxurious line on the Ohio River – ever!

Pittsburgh Cincinnati Packet Line Postcard (F Nash Collection)

Pittsburgh Cincinnati Packet Line Postcard (F Nash Collection)

Mark Twain and Georgetown

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Samuel L Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River before the Civil War.   For two years, Twain served as a cub pilot under Capt Horace E Bixby while he learned the 2,000 miles of the ever-changing Mississippi.

 

Twain’s connection to Georgetown, PA was Horace E Bixby.  Bixby worked on the steamer Sallie as one of her pilots at least one season on the upper Missouri River.  The Sallie, a sternwheel packet owned by Capt Thomas S Calhoon and Capt Jackman T Stockdale of Georgetown, PA,  docked at the levee at Ft Benton three years running: 1868, 1869, and 1870.  I do not know which year, or years, Capt Bixby worked.

 

During the Civil War Capt Bixby was the personal pilot for Flag-Officers of the Mississippi Flotilla, Foote and Davis.

 

 

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