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Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Friday, May 24, 1878

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Captain Joel F. Tyler

Captain Joel F. Tyler, a living landmark not only of our early marine, but also of our early local history, died at his residence in this city yesterday, aged 76 years. Capt. Tyler was born at New Haven, Conn., May 18th, 1802, and came here with his parents in 1805, settling on the present site of the Riverside Cemetery.

He was at the time of his death the earliest living settler of Oswego. he commenced sailing at the early age of eight years, and commanded his first vessel, the Morning Star, owned by J..T. Trowbridge & Co., in 1822. he was in the employ of Trowbridge & Co. for ten or fifteen years as captain, supercargo and general agent.

In December, 1832, he commanded the schooner Caroline of the Trowbridge line. She was loaded and bound for Ogdensburg; when about two hours out she was struck by a squall and capsized. Capt. Tyler and the crew, one of whom, Capt. Cornwall of this city, is still living, had a narrow escape from drowning, but finally made the Real Duck Islands, where they were landed on the north shore.

The schooner was afterward towed to Chaumont Bay, righted and pumped out and then towed to Sackets Harbor and unloaded. he sailed the steamer United States, running from Ogdensburg to Lewiston, via Oswego, Rochester and Toronto, from 1833 to 1835. In 1825, Capt. Tyler moved to Rochester, stayed there three years, and then moved back to Oswego in 1845, where he has since resided.

Captain Tyler was married to Miss Mary Carter of this city in September, 1823, who still survives him. The deceased had been in feeble health for some time. Till within a couple of years, he was frequently seen on the streets, and was a daily frequenter of the various marine headquarters of the city. he was a man who commanded universal regard and respect, and was especially venerated by all Oswego sailors. Capt. John Tyler, assistant harbormaster of the port of New York and Capt. R.D.S. Tyler of Detroit are his sons.

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Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Friday, May 24, 1878