|Birth: ||Feb. 18, 1816|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Feb. 14, 1863|
The Lake City Times of Saturday last brings us the following account of a terrible accident which befell our worthy friend, Benjamin Congdon, of Gillford:
Mr. Congdon, of the town of Gillford in this county, with his wife and father-in-law, and old man of seventy years and upwards - on Saturday afternoon attempted to cross what is known as "Dry Run" in Bear Valley, with a two horse team attached to a sleigh. When they came to the stream, they found it swollen from the rain and snow that had run into it, but supposed they could cross it and drove in. The current was so rapid as to carry both the team and sled off the road. The parties in the sled were thrown out when they found the sled drifting. The man and his wife got caught in the current between the sled and a post fence on the lower side of the road, and were held by the sled against the fence, so as not to be able to help themselves. The water was four or five feet deep, their heads were above it, and in this was they struggled and conversed together until the woman froze to death. The old man was trying to help them all he could. He, by some means succeeded in getting out when the sled first washed off the road. By the time the old man got help from the nearest house, Mr. Congdon was insensible, but they succeeded in getting him out alive. Mrs Congdon had, in the meantime, been washed through the fence and down the stream, and her body was not found until Sunday, when they cut it out of the ice. The team broke loose from the sled in someway and got out. Mrs. Congdon we learn, was about 45 years old, and leaves a large family of children.
Wabashaw County Herald
Feb. 26, 1863
Benjamin Reynolds Congdon (1811 - 1898)
Alonzo Congdon (1839 - 1902)*
Clark Congdon (1841 - 1880)*
Henry E Congdon (1845 - 1906)*
Rosetta H. Congdon Woodworth (1845 - 1907)*
Darius Holmes Congdon (1854 - 1936)*
Created by: Laura (Matten-Johnson) S...
Record added: Jan 25, 2009
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