Toothaker, Samuel A.
Age: 44, credited to Hyde Park, VTVITALS
Birth: 05/14/1821, Hyde Park, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Last known living in Pitcairn, NY
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Samuel A. Toothaker
After serving in the 1st New York Light Artillery, Toothaker returned to Pitcairn, and lived there until 1880. (1880 Census).
According to Leland Ryan, Pitcairn Town Historian…
Samuel Toothaker lived in Pitcairn for many years. In the year 1886 he went to visit one of his brothers out west. Which brother, I'm not sure, but it could have been Franklin, whose wife was Nancy Siver of whom was born and raised in Pitcairn. According to newspaper articles in the Watertown Reunion (2-9-1887), The Watertown Herald (2-5-1887) & the Lowville Journal - Republican (2-17-1887) Samuel Toothaker had visited his brother and had started home in the fall of 1886 (back to Pitcairn) and was never seen or heard from again. It was thought maybe he died in the woods or maybe wound up in an Asylum as he seemed so strange that he might be deemed insane. At this point his final burial place is unknown. There is no indication that he made it back to Pitcairn. No death record or burial permit. He did own land in Pitcairn from 1863 up until 1889. We don't have any information at this point as to what happened to his land.
"Harrisville people are trying to learn the whereabouts of Samuel Toothaker, who disappeared suddenly and mysteriously from his brother's house in the far west recently. Toothaker started for Harrisville, but has not been since heard from." - Watertown (NY) Daily Times, February 5, 1887.
"A letter has been received at Harrisville from a brother who resides somewhere in the west, of Samuel Toothaker, the man who mysteriously disappeared last fall, and who, it was thought, might have died in the woods. The letter stated that the brother had been to visit him and started to come home, but since that time had heard nothing from him. It is believed that Samuel Toothaker was taken to some asylum as he seemed so strange that he might be deemed insane. No traces have been found of him since his start for home." - Watertown Daily Times, February 11, 1887.