The Sinking of the Schooner Elizabeth Alice
Reports From Newspapers
Vessel Sunk and Three Men Lost.
Crisfield, Md., Oct. 14.-On Tuesday, October 4, 1892, the schooner Elizabeth Alice left Accomac county, Va., having on board three young men-William H. Baker, Edward Midcap and John L. Marsh,-bound for Baltimore. But between Barn Island and Cedar Point the vessel sank and all on board were lost. Capt. C. W. Marsh, brother to young Marsh who was drowned, reported the facts at Crisfield yesterday. The vessel was raised and found to be very little damaged. The bodies of the unfortunate men have not been found. It is supposed the vessel sunk Wednesday morning about 4 o clock, October 5 (Baltimore Sun, October 15, 1892, provided by Ray Yingling).
John L. Marsh born on 26 April 1873 on Smiths Island, died on 7 October 1892 on route to Baltimore from Harborton when a sudden squall struck the schooner on which he was master, capsizing it. He was the youngest son of William Walter and Alisie Evans of Smiths Island who had lost their property on Smiths Island when their house was forclosed on in 1874. They first moved their family to Prospect Neck and resided there until the mid 1880'a when they moved to the Harborton area. His older brother Charles W., born 27 February, died 8 September 1899, operated several pungies and the Schooner "J. Calhoun Johnson", which he commanded. Charles also
drowned (Marsh Family Notes, Walczyk, Gail M., Petersrow@aol.com).
to see the tombstone of John L. Marsh.)
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