Young Woman Who Recently Swam Across Seneca Lake Has Accomplished the More Difficult Feat of Crossing Cayuga Lake.
Henry Whitaker was baptised on November 2, 1642 at Bratton, Wiltshire, England the seventh of eight children of John Whitaker and second wife Margaret Aldridge. There were also three children from his first marriage to Dionise Aldridge, believed to be Margaret’s sister. About 1664 Henry married Ann Blatch of Bratton, daughter of Phillip Blatch and Maude Liddiard, a union which was to produce ten children.
Miss Nora Stanton Blatch, a Granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Crosses Seneca Lake, a Distance of Two Miles, in Two Hours.
Harriot Eaton Stanton was born on January 20, 1856 in Seneca Falls, New York, to social activists Henry Brewster Stanton and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the sixth of seven children. She attended Vassar College, where she graduated with a degree in mathematics in 1878. She attended the Boston School for Oratory for a year, and then spent most of 1880-1881 in Germany as a tutor for young girls.
Thomas Wheeler (1754-1847), botanist, was second son of Thomas Wheeler by his wife Susannah Rivington, Mrs. Cibber, the actress, was his father’s first cousin. His grandfather, John Wheeler, surgeon to the Bridewell and Bethlehem hospitals died in 1740 during his year as master of the Barber-Surgeons’ Company. Thomas Wheeler was born on 24 June 1754 in Basinghall Street, London, where his father practiced as a surgeon. He received his elementary education under David Garrow, the father of Sir William Garrow, at Hadley, Middlesex, and was admitted a pupil at St.Paul’s School on 25 Jan 1765. Here he became an excellent classical scholar.
William Henry Blatch was born in 1792 the son of James Blatch and Elizabeth Sweetapple. On March 3, 1881 he married Marianne Sweetapple at Andover, Hampshire, England. The couple lived in the Hampshire village of Nutley, and it was here that on the night of November 4, 1833 that William discovered and shot a burglar. The following is an account of the inquest reported in the Devizes and Wiltshire Gazette on Thursday, November 14th, 1833.