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Customs Agent Killed 1808

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Title
Customs Agent Killed 1808
Accession Number
2019.008.0009
Type
Event
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Dawn Hance
Collection Title
Misc Photos and Documents
Collection Description
Misc Photos and Documents
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Dawn Hance
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The very first person to die in the line of duty as a US Customs Agent had lived in Clarendon.  He was 20 year old Ellis Drake (1788 - 1808) who was born in Sharon, MA.  He likely either came with or followed his father's 2nd cousin Adin Drake (1769 - 1814) to Clarendon.  Adin was also born in Sharon and was in Clarendon by time of the 1800 census.  Adin is buried in the Chippenhook Cemetery. 

Dying with Ellis in the same exchange with smugglers was Asa Marsh of Rutland.  While it is likely he was related to the Marsh family in Clarendon, what that link is has not been found. 

The link above is to the Find A Grave entry for Asa Marsh which has an 1808 newspaper account of the incident.

Below that is a Rutland Herald article from 3-25-2001 concerning an effort to keep Ellis and Asa on the Customs Valor Memorial.

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