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1841 Shipwreck & loss of life

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1841 Shipwreck & loss of life

Posted: 28 Apr 2012 10:14AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 28 Apr 2012 10:15AM GMT
Surnames: DECKER, HOUSEMAN, SLEIGHT
The NY SPECTATOR newspaper of 15 Dec 1841 reported from the Norfolk Herald of 9 Dec the following story:

SHIPWRECK & LOSS OF LIFE
The sloop Emily about 35 or 40 tons, C H HOUSEMAN, master, of Staten Island, from up the bay bound to Nansemond River to finish loading with oysters, was capsized about a mile to the northward of Old Point Comfort on Friday last [3 Dec 1841] about 9 am by which accident three of the persons on board were drowned, to wit: Capt HOUSEMAN, a man by the name of DECKER and another, name unknown. The owner, Mr SLEIGHT, was the only one saved.

I have been seeking in vain to find the first name and possibly the age of the "man by the name of DECKER." I've searched newspapers for fuller accounts to no effect. I wouldn't mind knowing all the names if possible.

Would a kind Virginia researcher please suggest some other way to learn this detail? Thanks in advance!

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