Mayfield, OH Tornado Destruction, Feb 1842

From the Cleveland Herald.

We are pained to have to record the following distressing calamity, which laid in ruins a portion of Mayfield, in this county, and Kirtland, in Lake County, on the 4th inst.
How much further the tornado extended we have not learned. The escape of our Mayfield friends without the loss of life is truly wonderful, and their calamity, particularly, at this inclement season of the year, should call forth the active sympathies and ready aid of our citizens.

Mr. Harris -- I am very sorry to be obligated to send you for publication a faint description of one of the most awful tornadoes that has ever been witnessed in our State.
No words can convey an adequate idea of its appalling appearance, or of its calamitious effects, and none, unless they have witnessed the like could believe the truth as it is. But I will give you the outlines in a brief manner and without coloring.
On Friday afternoon last, at about four o'clock, the winds blowing very heavy, appeared to meet in the south part of our town, on the west side of the Chagrin River, some short distance west of the residence of EZRA CARPENTER. A perfect tornado instantly commenced, its progress being from nearly S.W. to N.E.; its first operation (so far as heard) being in the blowing down of the fences and woods of JOSEPH LEUTY.
EZRA CARPENTER, barn completely demolished and the chimney of the house blown off. In the barn were three men and four horses, and although the barn was blown from its foundation and entirely destroyed, no lives were lost, and the horses but little injured.
F. ALDERMAN'S house entirely destroyed; himself and child injured.
ANTHONY SHERMAN'S house and barn all gone. His orchard, with the exception of one tree, entirely uprooted.
GEORGE SHERMAN'S barn partly blown down. His orchard nearly destroyed. The above is on the west side of the river, and the fences are all flat, and in many cases the boards and rails were carried into the river and entirely lost.
On the east side of the river, BENJ. WILSON'S hay barn unroofed and his orchard destroyed.
SAMUEL DEAN'S large framed house blown down and torn entirely to atoms, taking with it as it moved from its foundation, his wife and four children, one of them being driven through the window and carried some ten rods from the house by the force of the wind. MR. DEAN was in or near the barn at the time with one of his sons, and was much injured, but is now recovering. A young child had an arm broken and was otherwise injured, but is doing well; as also a son, who was seriously injured in different parts of the body. MRS. DEAN, an amiable woman, was very much bruised and injured, and showed a great deal of fortitude and presence of mind in escaping from the wreck of the building and protecting her children. The great winder is that they escaped with life. MR. DEAN'S barns and corn house are removed from their foundations, unroofed, and a complete mass of ruins; his cheese house, like the dwelling, completely demolished. They were all built of the best materials and quite new.
Our district school house, not a vestige remaining; but fortunately our school was dismissed earlier than usual, which no doubt saved many lives.
The timber, fences and woodlands on the farms of A. SHELDON, Widow SHELDON, (occupied by MILNOR,) the east part of D. McDOWELLS, and F. WILLIAMS, and NOAH PALMER, and CALEB RUSSELL, blown down and destroyed.
SHERMAN SKIDMORE, house demolished, hay, orchard and fences destroyed.
JEDEDIAH and WILLIAM RUSSELL, house and barn unroofed, and cooper shop blown down, fences flat.
CALEB RUSSELL, barn unroofed, woods destroyed, fences do.
HENRY BILLSON, shop unroofed, fences gone.
DANIEL W. COLE, house, shop and barn unroofed.
JACOB LOWDON, house unroofed.
JOHN TROWBRIDGE, house and barn entirely destroyed, horses injured, and loss of grain.
L. WINCHESTER, house unroofed, fences all down.
REV. W. S. WORALLO, two barns unroofed.
S. S. WORALLO, barn removed entirely from its foundation, from 4 to 6 feet, he being in it at the time, but escaped uninjured.
JOSEPHUS HAYFORD, house and barn unroofed.
JAMES HAYFORD, barn unroofed.
In Kirtland.
HOBART'S house blown down, shop unroofed.
LEVI FRANCIS, house blown down.
LEVI THOMPSON'S barn unroofed.
CAPT. MORSE'S fine house very much shattered.
WM. STANARD'S barn demolished.
N. DURRIN'S, do do.
Presbyterian Church removed bodily from its foundation and badly shattered.
Report from Kirtland says that one man and one child are dead, but of this I am not positive.
MR. JAS. MILNOR lost 6 hogs, killed by the falling trees.
Our roads and fields and filled with the fragments of buildings, and parts of trees, rails, &c. &c. Hogs, geese and hens, were carried quite a distance; some killed, some maimed, and some unhurt.
How much farther the effect of the Tornado was felt, we have not yet ascertained, but you will no doubt receive the news from Painsville as soon as this reaches you.
Yours, D. McDowell.

The Experiment Norwalk Ohio 1842-02-23