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and to provide a venue for those looking for information. I will add to
it as questions of various kinds come in. I hope it helps. Who knows,
someone else may be looking for the same information as you.
"Steamboating, Sixty-Five Years on Missouri's
by Captain William L. ("Steamboat Bill") Heckman.
was one of the Hermann, Mo., steamboaters. This book has references
to some of the more obscure and smaller boats that ran on such rivers
as the Gasconade and Osage.
Looking for info on the 'Knoxville
.You have it listed but nothing else. I show a Captian Chapman as its
pilot. Also "Lucy Walker
I have read where there was a James Hood and Jordan Hood on board I
am interested in the Hoods on any boat during the 1830's on. Joesph
Bought a Steam boat "Holston", changed the named to "Kingston
abt 1836. Said to have been used by John Ross During the "Trail of Tears".
Any comment ?
I would like to ask you to include one of my great, great, grandfathers
in your database.
Name: Firman C. HERITAGE aka FC or Firm
Born: 24 May 1838 or 1840 in Cincinnati Ohio
Died: 22 Feb 1917
Obit from the Kentucky Post, Feb 23 1917 pg 1:
"The funeral of Firman C. Heritage of 172 Van Voast Av. Bellvue, former
river pilot, who died Thursday at Speers Memorial Hospital, Dayton,
will be held Saturday afternoon. Heritage for many years was captain
on steamboats plying on the lower Mississippi. He was better known along
the Ohio and Mississippi than perhaps any other of the older pilots.
During the civil war he was captain and pilot of one of the mail blockade
runners. He had been in poor health for more than a year, but was in
the hosptial only about a week. He had suffered a stroke of paralysis"
1870 Meigs county Census, Salisbury Township:
Firman Heritage age 32 born OH., occupation: stmbt pilot
1880 Meigs county census, Salisbury Township:
F.C. Herritage age 41 born OH occupation: pilot.
Meigs Co. Republican Jan. 19 1881:
Pilot F.M. Heritage, who has been on the CONDOR
since her construction, and pilot David
Darst who has been on the same boat for twelve years past are now
off that boat. Darst has engaged on the ROBERT PEEBLES;
Heritage is 'open for conviction'. Both men are experienced, reliable
river men and will not long remain idle.
Meigs Co. Republican, Feb. 16 1881:
Pilot F.C. Heritage has accepted a position on the towboat LIBERTY.
Meigs Co. Republican, Mar. 2 1881:
Firm Heritage is pilot on the Kanawha towing steamer LIBERTY
No.4 and has a permanant paying position.
Meigs Co. Republican, Jan. 18 1882:
Burnsides Big Kanawha towboat LIBERTY laid up here over Sunday,
giving the Captain, pilot Firm. Heritage and all the other boys a chance
to visit home.
Meigs Co. Republican, July 19 1882:
Pilot F.C.Heritage of the steamer J.R. PEEBLES has been spending a few
days with his family and friends in Middleport (Ohio).
Meigs Co. Republican, August 9 1882:
Pilot F.C. Heritage of the ROBERT PEEBLES stopped
off Monday long enough to shake hands with friends. He never looked
1883-1896 Marine Hospital records Gallia Co. OH, July
5 - July 22,1896
F.C. Heritage age 58, born OH
Name of last vessel he sailed on: EAGLE
Disease: Ulcer of leg.
Discharged: Aug10 1896
This is all I have for now. I hope it is enough to get
him listed in your database.
Thank you- Debbie Peppones firstname.lastname@example.org
From site visitor Bobbie Schaefer
What a great site. I'm told my ggg-uncles were riverboat pilots - Resin
and William Jamison from Harrison County in. my family spells it
Jameson. their uncle was Resin Jones from Pa., also a river man.
you have a Jesse Jameson listed.
I don't know if he's related or not. will check. I am told Resin (Jameson)
piloted the Lucy Walker
to shore when it exploded below New Albany in. If you have info, I'd
appreciate it. Also, do you know about the captain's grave on the Ohio
below Louisville? You can see the cave from river road. Perhaps it's
just a legend but I hope not.
Entries are 1st to last in chronological order.
I found the name of the captain. He was Frank
Mchenry. Built an ornate burial vault above the Ohio near Bridgeport,
In. so he could curse the rivermen below. Don't know why, though. Must
have been just plain "onry".
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