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Hiram Sharp: The Life Adventure of a Local Clay Boy

About two years ago, I was contacted by a man from Australia looking for information on a Clay resident living in the 1800’s. Well, I provided all the sources I knew to find information, since the Town does not have data going back that far. We have kept in contact for over two years while...

Hiram Sharp – Part II - Battle of the Windmill*

In 1837 – 1838, Canada was close to revolution as the parliamentary regime no longer functioned. The Patriots pushed for democracy and independence from Britain. Though they failed in rebellious acts in January along the Detroit River and again in February at Bois Blanc Island in Canada, they...

Hiram Sharp – Part III - American Citizen, British Prisoner

One can imagine the depression felt by these remaining Patriots at their failure to bring Canada “American Style” freedom, especially when they, including Hiram, could see their home land in the near distance.* First these soldiers (Onondaga Hunters)+ were incarcerated at Fort...

Hiram Sharp – Part IV - Political Prisoner in Van Diemen’s Land* 

The idea of sending British prisoners to penal colonies was not new. They served on British hulks in Great Britain or went to Gibraltar and Bermuda as an alternative to capital punishment. That is why 150 political prisoners captured during the 1838 rebellions in Canada were...

Hiram Sharp - Part V -Tickets of Leave*

After Lieutenant-Governor Franklin’s visits to the Patriots, restrictions were relaxed. They were allowed to work for themselves on Saturdays and holidays earning ½ dollar for ½ day’s work so that they could buy coffee, sugar, tea and tobacco. Conflict with the “old hands” arose so the Patriots were...

Hiram Sharp - Part VI - American Patriot in the Australian Colonies*

In his article, Terry Patterson tells of his research to locate the facts of Hiram’s life in Australia. Previous historians had assumed that after he received his ticket of leave and was released that Hiram boarded the U. S. S. “Belle”, which left Van Diemen’s Island on...

A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate to receive a booklet on the Reminisces of Joseph H. Schaefer*.  There is a photo of the Morgan school in our “Welcome to Clay” book and in the gathering of school children are four little black pupils who attended the school.  Joseph solves the mystery.

Having lived in Liverpool, he talks of its people in the late 1890’s.  It...

In this third part of Susans’ Memories of her life on Buckley Road, she describes her Paternal grandparents, Lewis and Anna ,who lived on a farm on the other side of her home. Lewis was the son of Parke Avery, well-known in the salt industry of Syracuse. He lived on Park Avenue and his house was later known as the Parke Avery Museum.
Susan begins her memories “Originally, there were...

In the first segment of Susan Avery Bick’s memories of living on Buckley Road which was published in the “Clay Insider,” we learned of her Grandpa Avery’s history and how he purchased the land. Many relatives lived all around the area of his farm. She remembers her Mother Jeannette Dudley’s parents who lived next door –Grandpa William and Grandma Minnie Dudley.“Grandpa was special in different...

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