“That’s where Tom Miller Road’s name comes from. Tom Miller’s house is still standing. It’s the stone house on the end of Quarry Road,” Bailey said.
In the church’s Sessions Records for Aug. 1, 1813, the Rev. Wm. R. Weeks, who succeeded Halsey, writes:
“This day in consequence of an invasion by the British troops, there was no public workshop and the sacrament of the Lord ‘s Supper could not be administered according to the appointments.”
Halsey’s future son-in-law, a teen James Bailey, had a close encounter with the Red Coats that summer.
“He arrived just as the British raid was going on, when Murray landed at the mouth of the Saranac with a few troops and preceded to go up and burn Pike’s Cantonment and loot the Delord store.”
Bailey and a cohort stalked the British soldiers.
“They locked him in a house or barn,” Bailey said. “He managed to escape.”
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