Dear Marilyn: I have a connection o a Henry Adams in Berks Co., PA which is how I discovered your note. I was born in the hospital in Somers Point, NJ and know of the history of the area. Tuckahoe is just down the road so I am sure your somers connection is related to Comm. Richard Somers. Here is his story: RICHARD SOMERS
Richard Somers was born in the late 1770's on Somers Point. As a youth, he was remarkable for his sense of purpose. In 1798, he received his warrant as a midshipman in the U.S. Navy. It is during this period when service in the Navy was distinguished by famous frigates under John Adams administration giving the country a sense of naval power.
In 1803 when Commodore Preble's squadron was dispatched to Tripoli in a war with the Barbary powers, Somers first commanded the "Nautilus". By September of 1804, he was commanding the "Intrepid" during the blockade operations off the harbor of Tripoli. American reinforcements had been expected for weeks. A plan was devised for destroying the enemy's flotilla as it lay anchored in the harbor. The plan was to fit the ketch "Intrepid" with a hundred barrels of gunpowder, 150 shells and iron. The crew was intended to sail into the harbor, ignite the combustibles and leave the ship in rowboats. Every man on the mission was a volunteer.
After dark, the ketch "Intrepid" passed into the entrance of the harbor of Tripoli where three Tripolitan gunboats were at anchor. While the details are unclear, a tremendous explosion of gunpowder exploded and the "Intrepid" burst into flame sinking many pirate ships in the harbor. Somers and his men had sacrificed their lives and were buried on the beach near the walls of Tripoli.
The U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis has a monument in honor of Richard Somers and his men. In memory of his sacrifice, the U.S. Navy has since had a ship on line named for Master Commandant Richard Somers. A family memorial in Somers Point reads: "he perished in his 25th year, distinguished for his energy, his courage and manly sense of honor."
You can find more information at: www.aclink.org Enjoy: Peter