East Pharsalia, NY Fatal Lightning Strike, Jul 1850
Article in the "Chenango Union" newspaper, dated 10 July 1850, in New York: "Joseph White aged 50 and Henry Thompson were killed by lightning in East Pharsalia, Tuesday, the 2nd. The deceased together with Hiram Hale, Winfield Cadwell and Riley White had been engaged in clearing fallow on the farm of Mr. Hale, being overtaken by a storm, they took shelter in a small barn. The roof of the building was struck by lightning. Cadwell, young White and Mr hale recovered from the shock, but the others were found to be dead. Mr Thompson was a son of Rial Thompson of East Pharsalia."