Listen my children and you shall hear…

“Bloody News – This town has been in a Continental Alarm since Mid-day ….. the attack began at Lexington (about 12 miles from Boston) by the regular troops, the 18th Infantry before sunrise…From thence they proceeded to Concord where they made a general attack…”

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April 19, 1775 – Attack on Lexington & Concord

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

He said to his friend, “If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower as a signal light,
One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm.”

Then he said “Good-night!” and with muffled oar
Silently rowed to the Charlestown shore,
Just as the moon rose over the bay,
Where swinging wide at her moorings lay
The Somerset, British man-of-war;
A phantom ship, with each mast and spar
Across the moon like a prison bar,
And a huge black hulk, that was magnified
By its own reflection in the tide.

Meanwhile, his friend through alley and street
Wanders and watches, with eager ears,
Till in the silence around him he hears
The muster of men at the barrack door,
The sound of arms, and the tramp of feet,
And the measured tread of the grenadiers,
Marching down to their boats on the shore.

Then he climbed the tower of the Old North Church,
By the wooden stairs, with stealthy tread,
To the belfry chamber overhead,
And startled the pigeons from their perch
On the somber rafters, that round him made
Masses and moving shapes of shade,–
By the trembling ladder, steep and tall,
To the highest window in the wall,
Where he paused to listen and look down
A moment on the roofs of the town
And the moonlight flowing over all.

Beneath, in the churchyard, lay the dead,
In their night encampment on the hill,
Wrapped in silence so deep and still
That he could hear, like a sentinel’s tread,
The watchful night-wind, as it went
Creeping along from tent to tent,
And seeming to whisper, “All is well!”
A moment only he feels the spell
Of the place and the hour, and the secret dread
Of the lonely belfry and the dead;
For suddenly all his thoughts are bent
On a shadowy something far away,
Where the river widens to meet the bay,–
A line of black that bends and floats
On the rising tide like a bridge of boats.

Meanwhile, impatient to mount and ride,
Booted and spurred, with a heavy stride
On the opposite shore walked Paul Revere.
Now he patted his horse’s side,
Now he gazed at the landscape far and near,
Then, impetuous, stamped the earth,
And turned and tightened his saddle girth;
But mostly he watched with eager search
The belfry tower of the Old North Church,
As it rose above the graves on the hill,
Lonely and spectral and somber and still.
And lo! as he looks, on the belfry’s height
A glimmer, and then a gleam of light!
He springs to the saddle, the bridle he turns,
But lingers and gazes, till full on his sight
A second lamp in the belfry burns.

A hurry of hoofs in a village street,
A shape in the moonlight, a bulk in the dark,
And beneath, from the pebbles, in passing, a spark
Struck out by a steed flying fearless and fleet;
That was all! And yet, through the gloom and the light,
The fate of a nation was riding that night;
And the spark struck out by that steed, in his flight,
Kindled the land into flame with its heat.
He has left the village and mounted the steep,
And beneath him, tranquil and broad and deep,
Is the Mystic, meeting the ocean tides;
And under the alders that skirt its edge,
Now soft on the sand, now loud on the ledge,
Is heard the tramp of his steed as he rides.

It was twelve by the village clock
When he crossed the bridge into Medford town.
He heard the crowing of the cock,
And the barking of the farmer’s dog,
And felt the damp of the river fog,
That rises after the sun goes down.

It was one by the village clock,
When he galloped into Lexington.
He saw the gilded weathercock
Swim in the moonlight as he passed,
And the meeting-house windows, black and bare,
Gaze at him with a spectral glare,
As if they already stood aghast
At the bloody work they would look upon.

It was two by the village clock,
When he came to the bridge in Concord town.
He heard the bleating of the flock,
And the twitter of birds among the trees,
And felt the breath of the morning breeze
Blowing over the meadow brown.
And one was safe and asleep in his bed
Who at the bridge would be first to fall,
Who that day would be lying dead,
Pierced by a British musket ball.

You know the rest. In the books you have read
How the British Regulars fired and fled,
How the farmers gave them ball for ball,
From behind each fence and farmyard wall,
Chasing the redcoats down the lane,
Then crossing the fields to emerge again
Under the trees at the turn of the road,
And only pausing to fire and load.

So through the night rode Paul Revere;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm,
A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo for evermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere

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Alaska. Anchorage. Anchorage Gazette*. 1992-12-01 to 1993-01-01


Arkansas. Arkansas Post. Arkansas Gazette. 1821-09-01 to 1900-07-12
Jonesboro, AR. Jonesboro Evening Sun. 1905-01-05 to 1922-12-29

California. Los Angeles. Los Angeles Tribune. 1959-01-02 to 1959-05-15

Colorado. Colorado Springs. Gazette-Telegraph. 1914-01-05 to 1921-04-23

Connecticut. Bridgeport, CT. Spirit of the Times*. 1830-10-06 to 1832-09-26
Danbury, CT. Republican Journal*. 1793-07-01 to 1800-01-06
Danielson, CT. Windham County Transcript. 1876-09-21 to CT
Litchfield, CT. Sun*. 1835-04-25 to 1839-04-13
Middletown, CT. Constitution. 1856-01-01 to 1856-12-03
Middletown, CT. Middlesex Gazette*. 1829-01-07 to 1830-12-29
Mystic, CT. Mystic Journal*. 1863-01-03 to 1867-03-02
New Haven. Black Coalition Weekly*. 1972-03-06 to 1972-09-14
New London, CT. New London Daily Chronicle. 1848-04-26 to 1848-10-12
New London, CT. New London Democrat. 1847-04-24
Norwich, CT. Norwich Republican. 1828-12-02 to 1830-06-19
Stamford, CT. Stamford Sentinel*. 1832-03-13 to 1835-03-16

DC. Washington. Daily National Intelligencer. 1842-01-03 to 1869-06-23

Delaware. Georgetown, CT. Sussex Countian. 2009-10-02 to Current
Smyrna, DE. Smyrna-Clayton Sun-Times. 2009-10-02 to Current
FL
Boca Grande
Boca Beacon, The
2009-10-02
Current
FL
Chiefland
Chiefland Citizen
2009-10-02
Current
GA
Jonesboro
Clayton News Daily
2009-10-02
Current
GA
McDonough
Henry Daily Herald
2009-10-02
Current
GA
Tifton
Tifton Gazette
2009-10-02
Current
IA
Hamburg
Hamburg Reporter
2009-10-02
Current
IA
Osceola
Osceola Sentinel-Tribune
2009-10-02
Current
ID
Idaho City, ID
Idaho Register
1907-11-22
1915-03-09
ID
Twin Falls, ID
Twin Falls News
1918-05-24
1921-10-20
IL
Centralia
Centralia Sentinel
1863-09-03
1863-11-12
IL
Chicago
Second Ward News*
1935-12-14
1938-04-02
IL
Chicago
Spokesman*
1933-01-07
1933-03-18
IL
Chicago
Vorbote
1875-07-17
1876-12-23
IL
Dixon
Sauk Valley Newspapers
2009-10-02
Current
IL
Macomb
Macomb Eagle
2009-10-02
Current
IL
Macomb
Macomb Journal
2009-10-02
2009-10-03
IL
Macomb
Voice, The
2009-10-08
Current
IL
Marion
Marion Daily Republican, The
2009-10-02
Current
IL
Quincy, IL
Quincy Whig
1868-07-25
1876-11-29
IN
Boonville, Newburgh
Boonville Standard & Newburgh-Chandler Register
2009-10-14
Current
IN
Indianapolis
Indiana Democrat
1830-08-14
1841-06-09
IN
Terre Haute
Wabash Courier
1837-05-25
1850-08-24
KS
Girard
Girard City Press, The
2009-10-02
Current
KS
Kansas City
Plaindealer*
1932-05-20
1958-11-07
KS
Topeka
Plaindealer
1899-01-06
1912-06-28
KS
Wichita
Negro Star
1920-05-07
1950-12-29
LA
Covington
St. Tammany News
2009-10-02
Current
LA
New Orleans
Times-Picayune
1893-06-25
1893-06-25
MA
Boston
Boston Daily Advertiser*
1860-01-03
1900-12-31
MA
Boston
Boston Journal
1893-05-02
1893-08-31
MA
Gloucester
Gloucester Telegraph
1834-02-05
1847-12-29
MA
Salem, MA
Salem Observer
1830-09-18
MA
Springfield
Springfield Republican*
1923-12-30
1946-09-26
MA
Stoughton
Stoughton Sentinel
1865-08-19
1876-07-29
MA
Taunton
Taunton Daily Gazette
2009-10-02
Current
MD
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Bulletin
1875-01-02
1875-07-31
MD
Baltimore, MD
Maryland Journal
1773-08-20
1795-02-14
MD
Bel Air, MD
Southern Aegis
1857-07-11
1857-12-26
MD
Cumberland, MD
Phoenix Civilian
1837-04-01
1840-01-04
MD
Easton, MD
Maryland Herald
1794-07-01
1797-05-30
MD
Frederick, MD
Reservoir and Public Reflector*
1828-09-23
1829-07-28
MI
Grand Rapids
Afro-American Gazette*
1991-01-01
1995-08-07
MI
Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Press
1915-11-22
MI
Jackson, MI
Jackson Citizen Patriot
1903-10-20
1922-12-31
MI
Jackson, MI
Jackson Citizen*
1853-05-11
1858-11-18
MI
Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo Gazette
1872-03-26
1916-07-25
MI
Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo Gazette
1876-06-07
1918-12-22
MI
Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo Gazette
1837-01-23
1897-12-31
MO
Kansas City
Kansas City Times
1886-05-07
1893-11-12
MS
Vicksburg
Daily Commercial
1879-10-09
1882-07-10
MT
Helena
Independent Record
2009-10-02
Current
NC
Burgaw
Pender Post, The
2009-10-08
Current
NC
Fuquay-Varina
Fuquay-Varina Independent
2009-10-02
Current
NC
Garner
Garner News
2009-10-02
Current
NC
Laurinburg
Laurinburg Exchange, The
2009-10-02
Current
NC
Lousiburg
Franklin Times, The
2009-10-03
Current
NC
Lumberton
Robesonian, The
2009-10-02
Current
NC
Mt. Airy
Mt. Airy News, The
2009-10-02
Current
NC
New Bern, NC
Newbern Sentinel*
1824-01-24
1825-12-31
NC
Sylva
Sylva Herald & Ruralite, The
2009-10-02
Current
NC
Walnut Cove
Stokes News, The
2009-10-02
Current
ND
Grand Forks
Evening Times*
1906-01-03
1914-03-28
ND
Williston
Williston Daily Herald
2009-10-02
Current
NE
Broken Bow
Custer County Chief
2009-10-02
Current
NH
Dover, NH
New Hampshire Republican*
1825-10-04
1829-10-30
NJ
Edgewater
Edgewater View
2009-10-02
Current
NJ
Newton
AIM Sussex County
2009-10-02
Current
NJ
Ramsey
Ramsey Suburban News
2009-10-02
Current
NJ
Ridgewood
Ridgewood News, The
2009-10-02
Current
NJ
Rockaway
AIM Jefferson
2009-10-02
Current
NJ
Salem
Today’s Sunbeam
2009-10-02
Current
NJ
Trenton
Trenton Evening Times
1972-12-30
1993-03-15
NJ
Trenton
Trenton Evening Times
1909-10-31
1921-10-07
NJ
Trenton, NJ
New Jersey State Gazette*
1792-09-19
1799-12-31
NJ
West Milford
AIM West Milford
2009-10-02
Current
NY
Albany
Sojourner-Herald*
1995-04-01
1998-11-01
NY
Albany, NY
Temperance Recorder*
1833-05-07
1833-11-05
NY
Corning
Leader, The
2009-10-02
Current
NY
Goshen, NY
Orange County Gazette*
1815-05-02
NY
Herkimer
Evening Telegram, The
2009-10-02
Current
NY
Hornell
Evening Tribune, The
2009-10-02
Current
NY
Kingston
Ulster Gazette
1803-12-17
1821-05-30
NY
Kingston, NY
Rising Sun*
1793-12-28
1798-01-13
NY
Little Falls
Evening Times, The
2009-10-02
Current
NY
New York
Morning Telegraph
1870-01-02
NY
New York
New York Herald
1875-04-20
1898-12-31
NY
New York
New York Herald-Tribune
1856-01-01
1876-12-30
NY
New York
New Yorker Volkszeitung
1889-05-05
1898-08-18
NY
New York, NY
Weekly Visitor*
1818-05-02
1823-10-25
NY
Norwich
Evening Sun, The
2009-10-03
Current
NY
Poughkeepsie, NY
Political Barometer*
1802-06-08
1809-12-27
NY
Poughkeepsie, NY
Ulster Republican*
1836-01-06
1836-11-18
NY
Rochester, NY
Frederick Douglass’ Paper*
1852-06-24
1859-07-22
NY
Rondout, NY
Rondout Freeman*
1845-07-19
1847-09-18
NY
Wellsville
Wellsville Daily Reporter
2009-10-02
Current
OH
Chillicothe, OH
Scioto Gazette*
1808-01-04
1821-02-15
OH
Cincinnati
Cincinnati Daily Enquirer
1866-01-02
1866-06-30
OH
Cincinnati
Cincinnati Volksfreund
1864-10-18
OH
Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati Chronicle and Literary Gazette*
1827-02-17
1829-10-24
OH
Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati Times-Star*
1871-07-01
1875-06-30
OH
McArthur
Vinton County Courier
2009-10-02
Current
OH
Portsmouth
Community Common, The
2009-10-02
Current
OH
Sandusky, OH
Sandusky Register
1851-11-27
1856-05-26
OH
St. Clairsville, OH
Ohio Federalist*
1817-12-11
OH
Steubenville, OH
Steubenville Herald*
1825-02-26
1825-03-05
OH
Wooster, OH
Wooster Republican
1858-01-07
1862-10-23
OK
Ada
Ada Evening News, The
2009-10-02
Current
OK
Edmond
Edmond Sun, The
2009-10-02
Current
OK
Shawnee
Shawnee News-Star, The
2009-10-02
Current
OR
Portland
Oregonian
1868-12-29
1907-05-25
OR
Portland
Oregonian*
1923-01-01
1948-12-19
PA
Allentown
First World News*
1993-11-01
1995-04-01
PA
Beaver, Rochester, Ambridge, Aliquippa
Beaver County Times
2009-10-02
Current
PA
Ellwood City
Ellwood City Ledger, The
2009-10-02
Current
PA
Grove City
Allied News
2009-10-04
Current
PA
Hamburg
Hamburg Area Item, The
2009-10-14
Current
PA
Kane
Kane Republican, The
2009-10-07
Current
PA
Lancaster, PA
Intelligencer*
1818-01-03
1818-12-26
PA
Levittown, Bristol, Langhorne
Bucks County Courier Times
2009-10-07
Current
PA
Meadville
Meadville Tribune, The
2009-10-02
Current
PA
Montrose, PA
Susquehannah Centinel*
1816-02-20
1818-05-09
PA
Philaddelphia
Illustrated New Age
1863-07-29
1866-06-30
PA
Philadelphia
Aurora General Advertiser
1800-01-01
1800-11-11
PA
Philadelphia
Chestnut Hill Local
2009-10-02
Current
PA
Philadelphia
Northeast Times
2009-10-03
Current
PA
Philadelphia, PA
Democratic Press*
1808-01-01
1820-12-30
PA
Punxsutawney
Punxsutawney Spirit, The
2009-10-02
Current
PA
Ridgway
Ridgway Record, The
2009-10-07
Current
PA
Sharon
Herald, The
2009-10-02
Current
PA
Uniontown
Herald-Standard
2009-10-02
Current
PA
Washington, PA
Washington Review and Examiner*
1817-05-28
1821-05-14
PA
Waynesboro
Record Herald, The
2009-10-02
Current
PA
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Gleaner*
1815-01-06
1818-02-06
RI
Providence, RI
Impartial Observer*
1800-08-11
1802-03-06
RI
Warren, RI
Herald of the United States*
1794-01-04
1812-10-31
RI
Woonsocket
Call, The
2009-10-08
Current
RI
Providence
Manufacturers’ and Farmers’ Journal
1861-01-01
1898-12-31
SC
Charleston, SC
Southern Evangelical Intelligencer
1821-01-06
1821-12-29
SC
Charleston, SC
States Rights and Free Trade Evening Post*
1773-08-20
1795-02-14
SC
Columbia, SC
Telescope*
1815-12-19
1843-01-02
SC
Hilton Head
Island Packet
2009-10-02
Current
SC
Pawleys Island
Coastal Observer
2009-10-09
Current
TN
Cleveland
Cleveland Daily Banner
2009-10-02
Current
TN
Cookeville
Herald-Citizen
2009-10-02
Current
TN
Knoxville, TN
Wilson’s Knoxville Gazette*
1795-12-04
1818-09-01
TN
Lafayette
Macon County Times
2009-10-02
Current
TN
Nashville, TN
Nashville Gazette*
1821-01-01
1826-10-25
TN
Tazewell
Claiborne Progress
2009-10-02
Current
TX
Breckenridge
Breckenridge American
2009-10-02
Current
TX
Cleburne
Cleburne Morning Review
1911-01-11
1916-05-12
TX
Corsicana
Corsicana Daily Sun
2009-10-02
Current
TX
Dallas
Dallas Morning News
1978-09-17
1978-12-28
TX
Gainesville
Gainesville Daily Register
2009-10-02
Current
TX
Mansfield
Mansfield News-Mirror
2009-10-02
Current
TX
Mexia
Mexia Daily News, The
2009-10-02
Current
TX
New Braunfels
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
2009-10-02
Current
TX
Odessa
Odessa American
2009-10-02
Current
TX
Olney
Olney Enterprise, The
2009-10-04
Current
VA
Norfolk, VA
Norfolk and Portsmouth Journal*
1787-09-28
1789-05-06
VA
Williamsburg
Virginia Gazette*
1750-02-28
1778-12-04
VA
Williamsburg
Virginia Gazette*
1736-03-18
1746-09-25
VA
Williamsburg
Virginia Gazette*
1779-02-12
1780-12-30
VT
St. Albans
American Repertory
1823-05-15
1828-10-16
VT
St. Albans
St. Albans Daily Messenger
1859-05-26
1897-02-09
WI
Milwaukee
Milwaukee Star
1968-03-02
1974-10-03
WV
Charleston
State Journal, The
2009-11-25
Current

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Smyrna-Clayton Sun-Times (Smyrna, DE) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Sussex Countian (Georgetown, DE) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Boca Beacon, The (Boca Grande, FL) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Chiefland Citizen (Chiefland, FL) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Clayton News Daily (Jonesboro, GA) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Henry Daily Herald (McDonough, GA) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Tifton Gazette (Tifton, GA) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Hamburg Reporter (Hamburg, IA) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Osceola Sentinel-Tribune (Osceola, IA) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Macomb Eagle (Macomb, IL) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Marion Daily Republican, The (Marion, IL) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Sauk Valley Newspapers (Dixon, IL) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Boonville Standard & Newburgh-Chandler Register (Boonville, Newburgh, IN) Death Notices: 10/14/2009 – Current
Girard City Press, The (Girard, KS) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
St. Tammany News (Covington, LA) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Taunton Daily Gazette (Taunton, MA) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Franklin Times, The (Lousiburg, NC) Death Notices: 10/03/2009 – Current
Fuquay-Varina Independent (Fuquay-Varina, NC) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Garner News (Garner, NC) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Laurinburg Exchange, The (Laurinburg, NC) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Mt. Airy News, The (Mt. Airy, NC) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Pender Post, The (Burgaw, NC) Death Notices: 10/08/2009 – Current
Robesonian, The (Lumberton, NC) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Stokes News, The (Walnut Cove, NC) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Custer County Chief (Broken Bow, NE) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
AIM Jefferson (Rockaway, NJ) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
AIM Sussex County (Newton, NJ) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
AIM West Milford (West Milford, NJ) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Edgewater View (Edgewater, NJ) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Ramsey Suburban News (Ramsey, NJ) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Today’s Sunbeam (Salem, NJ) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Evening Sun, The (Norwich, NY) Death Notices: 10/03/2009 – Current
Evening Telegram, The (Herkimer, NY) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Evening Times, The (Little Falls, NY) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Evening Tribune, The (Hornell, NY) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Leader, The (Corning, NY) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Wellsville Daily Reporter (Wellsville, NY) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Community Common, The (Portsmouth, OH) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Vinton County Courier (McArthur, OH) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Ada Evening News, The (Ada, OK) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Edmond Sun, The (Edmond, OK) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Shawnee News-Star, The (Shawnee, OK) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Allied News (Grove City, PA) Death Notices: 10/04/2009 – Current
Chestnut Hill Local (Philadelphia, PA) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current
Hamburg Area Item, The (Hamburg, PA) Death Notices: 10/14/2009 – Current
Kane Republican, The (Kane, PA) Death Notices: 10/07/2009 – Current
Meadville Tribune, The (Meadville, PA) Death Notices: 10/02/2009 – Current

Joshua Hempstead (1678-1758) – I was blind but now I see.

New London Historical Society (CT) is doing a terrific job serializing Joshua Hempstead’s diary on their site.

Styled the Joshua Hempstead Blog – each entry of his diary captures the details of life in Colonial Connecticut. Hempstead’s diary entries are dated from September 8, 1711 through November 3, 1758. He died 22 December 1758.

According to historian Bruce P. Stark, “The diary, the only one of its kind in Connecticut, fills over 700 tightly-packed, printed pages and provides a detailed picture of the life of Hempstead, his family, neighbors, and acquaintances. It also includes a great deal of information about events in New London and eastern Connecticut.” See his complete article: Joshua Hempstead published on the Connecticut Heritage Gateway.
I am looking forward to reading his diary entries for the time his sight was restored in 1831. Here is the account from the newspaper Connecticut Courant 12 July 1831

According to the newspaper he was blind for ten years but being “of an industrious habit” he went to work in his fields every day.

One day after being “led into the field” … “while at work, he placed, as usual, his staff in the centre of a hill of corn, as a guide when stooping with a quick motion, the top of the staff struck his eyebrow a violent blow and glanced over the eye, producing a severe pain.” The blow restored his sight and he “hastened home alone, bearing the joyful tidings, to his astonished and happy family.”

Now – that’s a great family story. If you don’t have your ancestor’s diary passed down in the family or preserved at a historical society – check and see if the stories of their lives were recorded in one of the 3,800+ newspapers in GenealogyBank.

It’s a Great Day for Genealogy!

Many thanks to Barbara Matthews for alerting me to the New London Historical Society’s decision to put Joshua Hempstead’s diary online.
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German Language Newspapers 1750-1898

GenealogyBank has over 3,800 newspapers – including titles in German.

(Lancaster, PA: Neue Unpartheyische Lancaster Zeitung – 6 Aug 1788).

GenealogyBank has 28 German-American newspapers that were published from 1750-1898 – in 6 States.

You may click on the links to begin searching each newspaper immediately.

Maryland
Frankfort. Bartgis’s Marylandische Zeitung. 1 issue. 1789-02-18 to 1789-02-18
Fredericktown. General Staatsbothe. 1 issue. 1811-12-27 to 1811-12-27

Montana
Helena. Montana Herold. 105 issues. 1899-06-01 to 7/11/1901

New Jersey
Egg Harbor City. Beobachter Am Egg Harbor River. 11 issues. 1858-10-02 to 1858-12-25
Egg Harbor City. Der Egg Harbor Pilot. 260 issues. 1860-03-22 to 1866-03-31
Egg Harbor City. Der Pilot. 13 issues. 1858-12-18 to 1859-03-19
Egg Harbor City. Der Wochentliche Unzeiger. 9 issues. 1859-06-04 to 1859-08-06
Egg Harbor City. Der Zeitgeist. 261 issues. 1867-04-06 to 1872-03-23
Egg Harbor City. Egg Harbor Aurora. 13 issues. 1860-08-18 to 1860-11-28
Egg Harbor City. Egg Harbor Beobachter. 13 issues. 1859-01-13 to 1859-04-28
Egg Harbor City. Egg Harbor Pilot. 312 issues. 1866-04-07 to 1872-03-23

New York
New York. New Yorker Volkszeitung. 2,561 issues. 1889-01-06 to 1898-12-31
New York. Sociale Republic. 109 issues. 1858-04-24 to 1860-05-26

Pennsylvania
Carlisle. Freyheits-Fahne. 122 issues. 1814-08-27 to 1817-03-25
Chestnut Hill. Chesnuthiller Wochenschrift. 109 issues. 1790-10-08 to 1793-08-20
Lancaster. Der Wahre Amerikaner. 369 issues. 1804-11-10 to 1811-12-28
Lancaster. Deutsche Porcupein. 98 issues. 1798-01-03 to 1799-12-25
Lancaster. Neue Unpartheyische Lancaster Zeitung. 126 issues. 1787-08-08 to 1789-12-30 Lebanon. Weltbothe. 30 issues. 1809-02-14 to 1809-09-05
Philadelphia. Amerikanischer Beobachter. 156 issues. 1808-09-09 to 1811-08-29
Philadelphia. Pelican. 39 issues. 1805-10-28 to 1807-02-21
Philadelphia. Pennsylvanische Fama. 2 issues. 1750-03-10 to 1750-03-17
Philadelphia. Wochentliche Philadelphische Staatsbote. 899 issues. 1762-01-18 to 1779-05-26
Reading. Reading Adler. 1,512 issues. 1796-01-03 to 1825-12-27
Reading. Welt Bothe. 73 issues. 1812-02-05 to 1820-12-06
Sunbury. Nordwestliche Post. 411 issues. 1812-08-12 to 1822-07-26
Sunbury. Northumberland Republicaner. 49 issues. 1817-01-15 to 1818-01-02

Wisconsin
Milwaukee. Milwaukee’r Socialist. 3 issues. 1876-09-22 to 1877-09-21

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North Carolina newspapers 1719-1926, 1988-Today

(Photographer: Marion Post Wolcott.

See what’s cooking in the Wilkins family kitchen … near Tallyho, Granville County, North Carolina … and all the other news recorded in the Tar Heel State’s old newspapers.

GenealogyBank.com has North Carolina’s historical newspapers from 1719-1926, 1988-Today.

Click here to search all of North Carolina’s historical newspapers

or click on the titles below to search them individually.

Asheville, NC
Asheville Citizen-Times. 1/1/1999-Current

Chapel Hill, NC
Chapel Hill News. 5/3/2000-Current

Charlotte, NC
Charlotte News. 12/11/1888 – 9/29/1922
Charlotte Observer. 3/13/1892 – 12/31/1922
Charlotte Observer. 1/1/1992-Current

Cleveland, NC
Cleveland Post. 3/1/2007-Current

Durham, NC
Chapel Hill Herald. 1/1/2002-Current
Herald-Sun. 1/1/2002-Current
Raleigh Extra. 6/18/1995-5/25/1997

Elizabeth City, NC
Daily Advance. 11/9/2004-Current

Fayetteville, NC
American. 12/22/1719 – 12/31/1922
Fayetteville Observer. 1/18/1988-Current

Greensboro, NC
Greensboro News & Record. 1/1/1990-Current

Greenville, NC
Daily Reflector. 8/30/2004-Current

Halifax, NC
North-Carolina Journal. 8/1/1792 – 9/11/1797

High Point, NC
High Point Enterprise. 4/14/2007-Current

New Bern, NC
Carolina Federal Republican. 1/12/1809 – 4/25/1818
Morning Herald. 9/17/1807 – 4/30/1906

Newbern Herald. 1/20/1809 – 2/26/1810
Newbern Sentinel. 3/21/1818 – 12/25/1823
State Gazette of North Carolina. 8/9/1787 – 2/20/1799
True Republican. 7/4/1804 – 8/7/1811

Raleigh, NC
News & Observer. 1/1/1991-Current
Semi-Weekly Standard. 8/10/1861 – 3/8/1868
Star. 12/1/1789 – 5/12/1926

Red Springs, NC
Red Springs Citizen. 9/10/2008-Current

Rockingham, NC
Richmond County Daily Journal. 5/3/2003-Current

Rocky Mount, NC
Rocky Mount Telegram. 9/3/2002-Current

Roxboro, NC
Courier-Times. 11/22/2006-Current

St. Pauls, NC
St. Pauls Review. 9/4/2008-Current

Tryon, NC
Tryon Daily Bulletin. 5/14/2007-Current

Wadesboro, NC
Anson Record. 6/19/2003-Current

Wilmington, NC
Cape-Fear Recorder. 11/28/1818 – 4/11/1827

Star-News. 1/31/2002-Current

Winston Salem, NC
Winston-Salem Journal. 11/1/1997-Current

Patriot’s Day – Read the news as they read it.

“Bloody News – This town has been in a Continental Alarm since Mid-day ….. the attack began at Lexington (about 12 miles from Boston) by the regular troops, the 18th Infantry before sunrise…From thence they proceeded to Concord where they made a general attack…”

Stirring news – as gripping as a bulletin on TV.

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April 19, 1775 – Attack on Lexington & Concord NH Gazette & Historical Chronicle. 21 April 1775). April 19, 1775 – Attack on Lexington & Concord Thomas Jay Kemp “Bloody News – This town has been in a Continental Alarm since Mid-day ….. the attack began at Lexington (about 12 miles from Boston) by the regular troops, the 18th Infantry before sunrise…From thence they proceeded to Concord where they made a general attack…”NH Gazette & Historical Chronicle. 21 April 1775. Stirring news – as gripping as a bulletin on TV. Thanks to GenealogyBank.com we can read the same newspapers our ancestors read and feel the impact of the news as they lived it. No other site has the depth of coverage found on GenealogyBank.comSign-up now.

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

He said to his friend, “If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower as a signal light,
One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm.”

Then he said “Good-night!” and with muffled oar
Silently rowed to the Charlestown shore,
Just as the moon rose over the bay,
Where swinging wide at her moorings lay
The Somerset, British man-of-war;
A phantom ship, with each mast and spar
Across the moon like a prison bar,
And a huge black hulk, that was magnified
By its own reflection in the tide.

Meanwhile, his friend through alley and street
Wanders and watches, with eager ears,
Till in the silence around him he hears
The muster of men at the barrack door,
The sound of arms, and the tramp of feet,
And the measured tread of the grenadiers,
Marching down to their boats on the shore.

Then he climbed the tower of the Old North Church,
By the wooden stairs, with stealthy tread,
To the belfry chamber overhead,
And startled the pigeons from their perch
On the sombre rafters, that round him made
Masses and moving shapes of shade,–
By the trembling ladder, steep and tall,
To the highest window in the wall,
Where he paused to listen and look down
A moment on the roofs of the town
And the moonlight flowing over all.

Beneath, in the churchyard, lay the dead,
In their night encampment on the hill,
Wrapped in silence so deep and still
That he could hear, like a sentinel’s tread,
The watchful night-wind, as it went
Creeping along from tent to tent,
And seeming to whisper, “All is well!”
A moment only he feels the spell
Of the place and the hour, and the secret dread
Of the lonely belfry and the dead;
For suddenly all his thoughts are bent
On a shadowy something far away,
Where the river widens to meet the bay,–
A line of black that bends and floats
On the rising tide like a bridge of boats.

Meanwhile, impatient to mount and ride,
Booted and spurred, with a heavy stride
On the opposite shore walked Paul Revere.
Now he patted his horse’s side,
Now he gazed at the landscape far and near,
Then, impetuous, stamped the earth,
And turned and tightened his saddle girth;
But mostly he watched with eager search
The belfry tower of the Old North Church,
As it rose above the graves on the hill,
Lonely and spectral and sombre and still.
And lo! as he looks, on the belfry’s height
A glimmer, and then a gleam of light!
He springs to the saddle, the bridle he turns,
But lingers and gazes, till full on his sight
A second lamp in the belfry burns.

A hurry of hoofs in a village street,

A shape in the moonlight, a bulk in the dark,
And beneath, from the pebbles, in passing, a spark
Struck out by a steed flying fearless and fleet;
That was all! And yet, through the gloom and the light,
The fate of a nation was riding that night;
And the spark struck out by that steed, in his flight,
Kindled the land into flame with its heat.
He has left the village and mounted the steep,
And beneath him, tranquil and broad and deep,
Is the Mystic, meeting the ocean tides;
And under the alders that skirt its edge,
Now soft on the sand, now loud on the ledge,
Is heard the tramp of his steed as he rides.

It was twelve by the village clock

When he crossed the bridge into Medford town.
He heard the crowing of the cock,
And the barking of the farmer’s dog,
And felt the damp of the river fog,
That rises after the sun goes down.

It was one by the village clock,

When he galloped into Lexington.
He saw the gilded weathercock
Swim in the moonlight as he passed,
And the meeting-house windows, black and bare,
Gaze at him with a spectral glare,
As if they already stood aghast
At the bloody work they would look upon.

It was two by the village clock,
When he came to the bridge in Concord town.
He heard the bleating of the flock,
And the twitter of birds among the trees,
And felt the breath of the morning breeze
Blowing over the meadow brown.
And one was safe and asleep in his bed
Who at the bridge would be first to fall,
Who that day would be lying dead,
Pierced by a British musket ball.

You know the rest. In the books you have read
How the British Regulars fired and fled,
How the farmers gave them ball for ball,
From behind each fence and farmyard wall,
Chasing the redcoats down the lane,
Then crossing the fields to emerge again
Under the trees at the turn of the road,
And only pausing to fire and load.

So through the night rode Paul Revere;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm,
A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo for evermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.

More newspapers go online

GenealogyBank adds 17 newspapers – from 10 States to America’s Obituaries Section

That section now has 1,161 newspapers!
Here is the list of the new titles added:

Alabama
Daily Mountain Eagle (Jasper, AL)
Obituaries: 01/30/1998 – Current
Death Notices: 01/22/1998 – Current

Arkansas
Benton Courier, The (Benton, AR)
Obituaries: 05/14/2008 – Current
Death Notices: 05/08/2008 – Current

Carlisle Independent (Carlisle, AR)
Obituaries: 06/06/2008 – Current
Death Notices: 10/24/2008 – Current

Malvern Daily Record (Malvern, AR)
Obituaries: 08/12/2008 – Current
Death Notices: 08/01/2008 – Current

Connecticut
Fairfield Sun (Shelton, CT)
Obituaries: 09/18/2008 – Current
Death Notices: 09/18/2008 – Current

Hawaii
West Hawaii Today (Kailua-Kona, HI)
Obituaries: 09/02/2008 – Current
Death Notices: 08/31/2008 – Current

Kansas
Abilene Reflector-Chronicle (Abilene, KS)
Obituaries: 12/17/1999 – Current
Death Notices: 01/10/2000 – Current

Dodge City Daily Globe, The (Dodge City, KS)
Obituaries: 08/17/2005 – Current
Death Notices: 08/09/2005 – Current

Kentucky
Times-Tribune, The (Corbin, KY)
Obituaries: 06/17/2008 – Current
Death Notices: 10/06/2008 – Current

Massachusetts
Enterprise, The (Brockton, MA)
Obituaries: 10/09/2008 – Current

South Carolina
Aiken Standard (Aiken, SC)
Obituaries: 09/01/2008 – Current
Death Notices: 08/27/2008 – Current

Pickens Sentinel, The (Pickens, SC)
Death Notices: 08/13/2008 – Current

Texas
Borger News-Herald (Borger, TX)
Obituaries: 06/11/2008 – Current
Death Notices: 06/12/2008 –

Cleburne Times-Review (Cleburne, TX)
Obituaries: 07/25/2008 – Current
Death Notices: 07/18/2008 – Current

West Virginia
Fayette Tribune (Oak Hill, WV)
Obituaries: None received to date
Death Notices: 06/11/2008 – Current

Montgomery Herald (Montgomery, WV)
Obituaries: None received to date
Death Notices: 04/01/2008 – Current

Princeton Times (Princeton, WV)
Obituaries: 09/12/2008 – Current

Death Notices: 04/17/2008 – Current
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German American newspapers online

GenealogyBank has more than 3,500 newspapers online.

These newspapers are from all 50 States and run from the 1600s to today.
While most are in English – we do have newspapers in German, French, Spanish, Japanese and Shawnee.

It’s a great day for genealogy!
Es ist ein großer Tag für Genealogie!


Here is the list of German language newspapers in GenealogyBank.
Frankfort, Maryland
Bartgis’s Marylandische Zeitung. 18 Feb 1789

Fredericktown, Maryland
General Staatsbothe. Includes: Der General Staatsbothe, und Wahre Republicaner. 27 December 1811

Egg Harbor City, New Jersey
Beobachter Am Egg Harbor River. 2 Oct 1858 – 25 Dec 1858.
Der Egg Harbor Pilot 22 March 1860 – 31 March 1866
Der Pilot. 18 December 1858 – 19 March 1859
Der Wochentliche Unzeiger. 4 June 1859 – 6 August 1859
Der Zeitgeist. 6 April 1867 – 23 March 1872
Egg Harbor Aurora. 18 August 1860 – 28 November 1860
Egg Harbor Beobachter. 13 January 1859 – 28 April
Egg Harbor Pilot. 7 April 1866 – 23 March 1872

New York, New York

Sociale Republic. 24 April 1858 – 26 May 1860

Carlisle Pennsylvania
Freyheits-Fahne. Includes: Die Freyheits-Fahne. 27 August 1814 – 25 March 1817

Chestnut Hill Pennsylvania
Chesnuthiller Wochenschrift. Includes: Die Chesnuthiller Wochenschrift. 8 October 1790 – 20 August 1793

Lancaster Pennsylvania
Der Wahre Amerikaner. 10 November 1804 – 28 December 1811
Deutsche Porcupein. Includes: Der Americanische Staatsbothe, Der Deutsche Porcupein undLancaster Anzeigs-Nachrichten. 3 January 1798 – 25 December 1799
Zeitung Neue Unpartheyische Lancaster. Includes: Neue Unpartheyische Lancaster

Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Zeitung, UndAnzeigs-Nachrichten. 8 August 1787 – 30 December 1789
Weltbothe Weltbothe. Includes: Der Weltbothe, und Libanoner Wochenschrift
14 February 1809 – 5 September 1809

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Amerikanischer Beobachter. 9 September 1808 – 29 August 1811
Pelican. Includes: Der Pelican, Le Pelican. 18 October 1805 – 21 February 1807
Pennsylvanische Fama. 10 March 1750 – 17 March 1750
Wochentliche Philadelphische Staatsbote. Includes: Der Wochentliche Pennsylvanische Staatsbote, DerWochentliche Philadelphische Staatsbote, Henrick MillersPennsylvanischer. 18 January 1762 – 26 May 1779

Reading, Pennsylvania
Reading Adler. Includes: Der Readinger Adler, Der Unpartheyische Reading Adler, DerUnpartheyische Readinger Adler, Readinger Adler. 3 January 1796 – 27 December 1825
Welt Bothe. Includes: Der Welt Bothe und Wahre Republicaner von Berks, Schuylkillund Libanon Caunties, Der Weltbothe und Wahre Republikaner von BerksCaunty. 5 February 1812 – 6 December 1820

Sunbury, Pennsylvania
Nordwestliche Post. 12 August 1812 – 26 July 1822
Northumberland Republicaner. Includes: Der Republicaner, Northumberland Repunlicaner. 15 January 1817 – 2 January 1818
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