Posts Tagged ‘george poe’

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


  3 May Columbian


  6 May Financier






Jacob Poe 25 May New Boat


  5 May Caton Botting


  6 May  


  5 Jun  






Joseph Calhoon   New Boat




Samuel Todd   To cash by Jacob Poe


    S Hiat


    Caton Boting






 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”.

Little Known Georgetown

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Last Tuesday, I made some time to visit the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.  None of the center associates knew the borough of Georgetown, PA.   So I have provided a MapQuest view of Georgetown’s relationship to Ohio and WV and other river towns, such as Beaver, Aliquippa, Sewickley, and Pittsburgh. 


Until the end of the packet era, Georgetown was a “rivertown”.  It had a buzz of activity associated with packets and riverboats.  Today it has an old-fashioned charm.  Compared with the fast pace of the info age, it has an unusual quietness in a pleasing way.

Georgeotwn, Beaver CO, PA MapQuest 2009
Georgeotwn, Beaver CO, PA MapQuest 2009