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From the Watertown Herald - January 30, 1915

Last of the “Patriots”

The body of Nelson Truax, 97, the last survivor of the famous Patriot War, who died Monday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. D. Walrath in Bay City, Michigan, was brought to this city Thursday for burial.

Interment was made in North Watertown Cemetery. Mr. Truax’s death resulted from a fall some time ago.

Mr. Truax was born in Lowville and came here when 16 years old. When the war broke out in 1837 he joined the crowd of so-called Patriots who started out to free Canada. The band of liberators occupied the old stone windmill opposite Ogdensburg and in 1838 were attacked there by a British fleet which, after a short siege, battered down the walls of the mill and took the men prisoners.

The Patriots were tried in Canada and several were hanged. The younger men were pardoned by Queen Victoria, among them Mr. Truax and these men returned to their homes in this section.

Mr. Truax later served in the Civil War returning to Antwerp where he conducted a harness shop. He later moved to this city, where he lived up to seven years ago when he moved to Bay City. He is survived by three sons and three daughters.



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