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Mrs. Jane S. Pitcher, widow of Edward Pitcher, died at Long Branch last Wednesday in her 83d year. Mrs. Pitcher was the daughter of a soldier of the war of 1812. She was about 8 years old when the war began, and witnessed some of the incidents of that struggle. On one occassion, when at school at Long Branch, a British vessel, in passing down the coast, fired at few shots at the village of Long Branch. one of the canon balls passed completely through the school-house from side to side, but without injuring anyone. School was hastily dismissed, and the pupils flocked to the shore, where an American vessel, which had been set on fire, was burning.
When Mrs. Pitcher was thriteen years old she was put in charge of the only school Long Branch possessed at that time. This was a pay school, each scholar paying $2 per quarter for tuition. Only fifteen pupils attended the school and the place was so sparcely populated at that time that some of them came from a distance of three miles. the school hours in those days were from nine to twelve in the morning and one to four in the afternoon. Besides the three Rs, Mrs Pitcher taught plain and fancy needlework, embroidery, etc. The darning of stockings, making of aprons, etc. which were done at home were submitted to the teacher for her inspection and approval once a week.
Mrs. Pitcher married when she was only sixteen years old. Her father-in-law, Wm. Pitcher, had been a soldier in the Revolution, and from him and her father she learned many anecdotes and tales of the Revolution and the war of 1812. she had a most retentive memory and her store of information made her in her later days a most interesting and entertaining companion.
Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Pitcher, five of whom are still living. Mrs. Pitcher's death was due to dropsy, from which she had suffered for a number of years. her funeral was held on friday last.
Source: Red Bank Register March 30, 1887