Buffalo, NY (Lake Erie) Steamer WILLIAM PEACOCK Explosion, Sep 1830

From the Rochester Daily Advertiser of Saturday, we copy the annexed article:
STEAMBOAT DISASTER -- We are indebted to the Editors of the Buffalo Journal, for the following letter.

Office of the Buffalo Jorunal,
Sept. 16, 1830 -- 4 o'clock P.M..
SIR: A terrible disaster occurred here this morning, the particulars of which, so far as we have been able to learn them, are detailed below. The steamboat WILLIAM PEACOCK left this port at 9 o'clock this morning for Detroit, and when about 4 miles outside the lighthouse, a joint in the pipe which conveys steam from the boilers to the cylinder gave way, which instantly discharged the whole head of steam into a steerage cabin, which is upon the deck. The apartment was thronged with passengers, mostly women and children, and the scene which ensued is not to be described.
As the boat had just left port, the names of the passengers, generally, were not entered, and no perfect list of the sufferers, therefore, can at this time be made. The following persons, or their families, are among the sufferers viz:
MR. ISAAC PALMER, of Dover, Windham county, Vermont, four children scalded, two are already dead, the third dangerously, and the fourth slightly injured.
MR. WILLIAM JOHNSON, of the same place, one child dead -- wife and one child dangerous.
MR. JOHN PARKER, of York, Livingston county, N. York, three children dangerously scalded.
MR. E. DAIRTZ, a Swiss emigrant, wife and daughter dangerous, himself not dangerous.
This is all we can learn of names &c. with certainty, through the disaster is known to be more extensive. Two infant children were found dead, that have not yet been recognized, nor can their parents be found. Several passengers are confident that one man and one woman jumped overboard, the latter dreadfully scalded, and it is not improbable that the little sufferers were her's. We have delayed writing until the mail is about to be closed, that we might collect as many particulars as possible, well knowing the anxiety that would be felt by friends, and the great uncertainty that usually attaches to flying rumors of a disaster like this.

Another letter, received by a gentleman in this village, states that at 11 o'clock ten were ascertained to be dead and missing.

The Torch Light and Public Advertiser Hagers-Town Maryland 1830-09-30


John Parker

John Parker was born in Pennsylvania. He moved with his family to Livingston County, New York about 1825. Three of his children, Margaret, Lovina and Samuel were killed in this explosion. He was moving his family to Sturgis (Sturgis Prairie), St Joseph, Michigan.