Jervis Cutler (1768 - 1844)

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Death: Died in Evansville, Indiana, USA
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Jervis Cutler was the son of Dr. Cutler, one of the Directors of the Ohio Company. Dr. Cutler's published journal says, "Monday, December 3, 1787. This morning a part of the men going to Ohio met here (at his house Ipswich Hamlet), two hours before day. 1 went on with them to Danvers. The whole joined at Major White's. Twenty men employed by the Company, and four or five on their own expense, marched at eleven o'clock. This party is commanded by Major White. Captain (Jethro) Putnam took the immediate charge of the men, wagons, etc. Jervis went off in good spirits." The Rev. G. W. Kelly, who for sixteen years filled the pulpit at Hamilton, formerly Ipswich Hamlet, in a recent letter, says: "An esteemed lady, Mrs. P. Roberts, often informed me about the company which left Hamilton an hundred years ago to make a settlement in the wilderness west of the Ohio river. A wagon appeared in the highway in front of Dr. Cutler's house, covered with black canvas, but it had on both sides of it painted in white letters, 'For Ohio.' As the home of Mrs. R. was directly opposite that of. Dr. Cutler, she could see all that took place. The wagon was drawn by oxen, a team most likely to be useful when snow fell on the way." Temple Cutler stated his recollections thus: "The little band of pioneers assembled at Dr. Cutler's house, and there took an early breakfast. About the dawn of day, they paraded in front of the house, and after a short address from him, the men being armed, three volleys were fired, and the party went forward cheered heartily by the by-standers. Dr. Cutler accompanied them to Danvers.

    Jervis Cutler had, at the age of sixteen, made a voyage to France, and now, at nineteen, he joined this company of adventurers, and was the first of the forty-eight who leaped on shore at the mouth of the Muskingum, April 7, 1788.  He was one of the associates who begun the settlement at Waterford, in the spring of 1789, and remained in the west until 1790, when he returned to New England and married Miss Philadelphia Cargill; in 1802 he settled at Bainbridge, Ohio, as a fur-trader.  He was chosen Major of Colonel McArthur's Ohio regiment in 1806, and enlisted a company for active service, of which he was appointed Captain.  This company was ordered to New Orleans in the spring of 1809.  Soon after his arrival there, he was prostrated by yellow fever, and the United States Senate having refused to confirm his appointment as Captain, because of a charge that he had made speeches attacking the administration, he returned to New England.  In 1812 he published a book entitled "A Topographical Description of the State of Ohio, Indiana Territory, and Louisiana," with a "Concise Account of the Indian Tribes West of the Mississippi."  In 1818, he again came west, and settled as an engraver of plates for bank notes, in Nashville, Tennessee.  His first wife died in 1822.  In 1824, he married Mrs. Elizabeth Chandler, of Evansville, Indiana.  He died in Evansville, in 1844.  His only son, now living, is Dr. George A. Cutler, of Chicago. 


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