The Tragedy at Blazing Star Landing
John Kidd, fl. 1768, has no known relationship to the Roll family.
"The "Blazing Star Inn" (sign of a comet) lay four or five miles from the Staten Island ferry; and Baron De Kalb, then a colonel, crossing over here in January, 1768, was the only one of nine passengers not frozen so as to lose life or limb. The open scow sank on a sand-bank and left the whole party exposed all night. When rescued, he alone refused to be warmed by the fire, but placing his feet and legs in cold water, went to bed and arose uninjured. One of his comrades died on the scow before succor arrived."*
New Jersey is west and Staten Island east of Arthur Kill.
|1. Blazing Star Landing.|
|2. Blazing Star Tavern at Woodbridge.|
|3. New Blazing Star Tavern at Travis.|
|4. Old Blazing Star Tavern at Rossville.|
By a written Account from Richmond County on Staten-Island, and by a Gentleman who brought it, and was himself a Sharer in the Calamity, we are acquainted with the following Scene of Distress, viz.
To the IMPARTIAL PUBLIC.
WHEREAS it has been maliciously reported, that John Thomson, Stage-Waggoner, was the sole Cause of the unhappy Misfortune which happened on the 28th last, we who were at that Time in the Boat, and had come with Mr. Thomson from Princeton, cannot refrain from clearing an innocent, suffering Man, from that false Imputation under which he at present labours: We do candidly own, that he proffered staying at Woodbridge, but we not willingly consenting to that Proposal, set off; when we came to the Ferry, the Night appeared very agreeable, and we all with one Consent got into the Boat, when about the Middle of the River, a Storm came on, which drove us on a desert Island, where we staid till next Morning, when Mr. Mersereau came to our Assistance.
* William L. Stone. History of New York City from the Discovery to the Present Day. New York: Virtue & Yorston, 1872. Pages 184-187.
** William Nelson, ed. Extracts from American Newspapers, Relating to New Jersey. Vol. VII, 1768-1769. "Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State Of New Jersey.". Volume XXVI. Paterson, N. J.: The Call Printing And Publishing Co. 1904. Pages 31-33.
William Nelson, ed. Extracts from American Newspapers, Relating to New Jersey. Vol. VII. 1768-1769. "Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State Of New Jersey." Volume XXVI. Paterson, N. J.: The Call Printing And Publishing Co. 1904. Page 48.