Thursday, February 10, 2011

Happy 183rd Deathday, Sylvester Mendell (1766-1828!

Wally Cramer's second-great-grandfather

Okay, so we don't know on what day Sylvester was born, and not much else about him either.  He was a New Englander, and he died by drowning in the Charlestown Canal.  He was in his early sixties--was he depressed and wondering how to cope with fifteen children since his seamstress wife Dolly had died?  Was he a hero, jumping in to rescue a struggling child?  Was he drunk on a cold snowy night and missed his footing?
Charlestown Canal, Massachusetts
We can only speculate, but I would give him a life jacket for a birthday present.

1 comment:

  1. I'd give him a journal (hopefully waterproof, just in case) so that we could actually know something about him.