Wednesday, August 21, 2013

8/21/13 Report - Poison Ring, El Cazador Coins & Good Way to Find New Detecting Sites

Written by the TreasureGuide for the exclusive use of

Earliest Poison Ring?
Photo from The Sophia Globe.
See link.

To the left is a enlarged photo of a medieval ring.

The compartment on top of the ring is hollow and thought to be meant to hold poison.  The hole would be covered by the next finger and used to release the poison.

Below is the link to the story of the mdeieval ring.

Among the many other coins, coins from the El Cazador are expected to be on display at the upcoming Wall Street Coin, Currency and Collectibles Show, Oct. 17-19 at the Museum of American Finance at 48 Wall Street in New York City. 
The El Cazador  which sailed in 1784 with 450,000 newly minted coins left Vera Cruz for New Orleans.  The sinking led to Thomas Jefferson being able to acquire the Lousisiana Terriory from Napoleon. 
The wreck of the El Cazador was discovered by Jerry Murphy in 1993.
You can find many coins said to be from this wreck for sale on eBay.

The finest known example of a 1652 Massachusetts Pine Tree Shilling realized $76,375 at auction.

Here is the link for more of that story.

Not too long ago I recommend doing some genealogy research.  These days you can find a lot on family histories if you do the research.  You'll enjoy learning about your family or other families that were pioneers in your local area.   If you want some good new sites to detect, give it a try.

In order to give you some idea about the types of things you might discover, here is a little selection of what I have learned about some of my ancestors on my mother's side.

Joseph Brownlee served in Capt. Joseph Erwin's Company during the Revolutionary War. This company was raised in Westmoreland County, PA, and joined the regiment at Marcus Hook. It was subsequently included in the Thirteenth Pennsylvania Regiment, then in the Second, and finally discharged at Valley Forge, Jan. 1, 1778, by reason of expiration of term of enlistment. Engagements were Long Island, White Plains, Trenton, Princeton, Quibbletown, Brandywine, and Germantown.   Joseph was commissioned Third Lieutenant on April 15, 1776, Second Lieutenant on Oct 24, 1776, and First Lieutenant on April 18, 1777. He was captured at the Battle of Long Island on July 27, 1776, and exchanged December 9, 1776. He resigned June 22, 1777. Joseph married Elizabeth Guthrie in 1775. They had two children, John and Jane.

.... Joseph was a well known Indian fighter on the Frontier. As one source states, "He did not discriminate between a good and a bad Indian, thinking perhaps that there were none of the former class." In a letter from Col. Brodhead dated Nov. 2, 1780, he named Lieutenant Brownlee as one of several men who attempted to "destroy" a group of Delaware Indians under Brodhead's protection.  On July 13, 1782 Joseph and his family were attending a wedding at Miller's Blockhouse at Hannastown in Westmoreland Co. PA when the Indians attacked. Several of the guests, including the Brownlees, were captured. One of the captured women happened to address Joseph by name. The Indians, upon finding out who he was, killed him with a hatchet blow to the head, and then killed his three-year-old son John who he was carrying on his back. The Indians also killed another woman, identified in one account as Mrs. White, assuming she was Joseph's wife.  Elizabeth and Jane, who was only four months old at the time, were taken to Buffalo and Niagra. There the Indians planned to torture them to death, but a British soldier, whose family was being detained by American soldiers, convinced the Indians to sell them instead.  Elizabeth was sold to British officers for $20 and Jane for $10 and 2 gallons of rum. They were then taken to Montreal where they were exchanged and returned to Hannastown in July 1783.   After her return from captivity, Elizabeth married William Guthrie in Jul 1784 at Hannastown. He was killed by a fall from a wagon 10 Mar 1828. She d. 11 Feb 1842. Jane married James HUGLE and moved to Muskingum Co., Ohio.   The bodies of Joseph and the other slain captives were buried where they were found on what was later the Meckling farm.  Joseph Brownlee owned a 150 acre tract of land in Hempfield Township in Westmoreland Co.

Here is the source of the above selection.

That is a very small but colorful part of what I have been able to learn through genealogy research.  Through this research and more like it, I've learned things such as where skirmishes took place, where  old homesteads were located, and even where block houses were located that I didn't know about previously although I knew the areas rather well.

I'm sure you'll be able to find similar things and be on your way to detecting new and interesting sites.  Maybe you'll be able to dig up some of your families history, or maybe you'll want to research the history of other families from your area.

As I said the other day, is giving a free two week trial period.  There are many other good resources on the internet though.

There are no storms in the Atlantic to be concerned with.

We'll be having a full moon and greater tidal variation.  Looks like the low tides should be good and low.

The surf on the Treasure Coast will be running around 2 - 3 feet for a couple of days.

Happy hunting,