This information doesn't answer your question, but sheds some light on Nathaniel Willis.I found it in my research of Winn Winship, brother-in-law to my Catharine Beidler Spencer, wife of Jesse Spencer of Ross Co. OH
“Nathaniel Willis advertised in his Martinsburg newspaper, “The Potowmac Guardian and Berkeley Advertiser” under the date Dec. 4, 1799, that he planned to leave Martinsburg [Berkeley Co., W. VA] in the spring.The first issue with the new title of “Scioto Gazette and Chillicothe Advertiser” was that of Oct. 10, 1800, vol. 1, no. 25, published by Winship & Willis. [Winn Winship and Nathaniel Willis].(History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690-1820, Vol. II, page 1172).
Having moved the printing office to Colonel Thomas Worthington’s frame house at 29-33 E. Second street, they introduced themselves as follows:
“The subscribers, having purchased of Mr. Edmund Freeman, his Printing Office, with the interest in the weekly paper published by him in this town, request the patronage of the Public in continuing and enlarging its subscription, the terms which are, Two Dollars and Fifty Cents per ann.- One Dollar to be paid at the expiration of six months, and the remainder at the end of the year.
Having been many years engaged in the publication of news-papers in different parts of the United States, and having made such arrangements with the former correspondents in the Atlantic States as to be furnished in the course of two weeks with the latest papers printed in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, City of Washington, Alexandria, Richmond & together with a full determination to employ every exertion in rendering the SCIOTO GAZETTE a vehicle of early, entertaining, and useful information, they flatter themselves with obtaining that aid from the Public generally, which the now solicit.The object to please will be particularly attended to, by their
Most obedient servants,
WINSHIP & WILLIS
Chillicothe, October 10, 1800” (Chillicothe Bicentennial, 1996, pg.285).
“The equipment of the office, press type and all, had to be brought over the Alleghenies by pack-train and wagon, delivered to flatboats at Pittsburg for transfer down to the Ohio to the mouth of the Scioto, and thence to Chillicothe by pack and wagon again.Winn Winship borrowed a pair of pistols of Thomas Worthington to protect him in his journey through the wilderness to Philadelphia, to buy types for the printing of the laws.”(A Standard History of Ross County, Ohio, 1917, pg. 356).
The printing firm of Winship & Willis printed the first laws promulgated by the legislature of the state of Ohio.“With the issue of Jan. 8, 1801, the title was shortened to “The Scioto Gazette”.On Apr. 21, 1801, Winship retired and Nathaniel Willis became sole publisher.” (History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690-1820, Vol. II, page 1172).Winn Winship’s last edition of the paper prior to his retirement, reported the official return of the August 1800 census (8,520 people in Ross County, Ohio) and advertised for sale in the cellar under the Printing Office “excellent old peach Brandy, whiskey and strong beer well hop’d”. The “Chillicothe Gazette” is the oldest newspaper west of the AlleghenyMountains in continuous publication since 1800. (Chillicothe Bicentennial, 1996, pg.285, 287).
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