Steamboat Adventure
Made possible by the Rivers Institute and the History Department of Hanover College.


The following primary sources are ones that were uncovered in other research projects but that may nonetheless provide useful context for those interested in the Roosevelts' 1811-1812 adventure.

Jan. 26, 1811, Western Spy - Dix & Farrar offer to pay cash for tallow
Jan. 26, 1811, Western Spy - Jacob Williams and Isaac Smith offer a reward for their lost horses
Apr. 6, 1811, Western Spy - John Munroe announces that he will be practicing law in Cincinnati
May 4, 1811, Western Spy - Court of Enquiry of the Cincinnati Battalion to meet
May 4, 1811, Western Spy - N. & J. Reeder, of Cincinnati, offers "fresh spring and summer goods"
May 4, 1811, Western Spy - Hannah Hilditch, executrix, offers dry goods and groceries
May 10, 1811, Western Spy - Martin Baum & Co. announces improvements in their cotton spinning machines and offers colored yarn
Sept. 28, 1811, Western Spy - Daniel Drake & Co opens a second drug store
Sept. 28, 1811, Western Spy - E. Hutchinson announces that his fulling mills "are in complete repair"; also offers land for sale
Sept. 28, 1811, Western Spy - J. D. describes a hollowed-out cypress tree so big seventeen people could dine inside
Dec. 25, 1811, Liberty Hall - a cabinetmaker offers imported mahogany for sale in Cincinnati
Dec. 3, 1811, Pittsburgh Gazette - owners of a steam mill offer "perfectly seasoned" boards for sale in Pittsburgh
May 24, 1811, Pittsburgh Gazette - Peter Laubie offers ice cream and turtle soup for sale in Pittsburgh
Jan. 1, 1812, Liberty Hall - Hannah Hilditch advertises her dry goods and grocery business in Brookville, Indiana Territory
Jan. 11, 1812, Western Spy - Abraham Wingate ("a crazy man") escapes from being confined in chains by his family
Feb. 5, 1812, Liberty Hall - Alexander Walker announces that his wife, Talitha Cumi, has "eloped from my bed and board"

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