"Monday 17th Feb. 1777. Attended on the funeral of old Mr. Haley who left the World in an awful manner (being drunk, and senseless in a great measure) last Friday the 14th, Inst., being, I think, upwards of 70 years of age."
This is an excerpt from The Life of Jonathan Scott which mostly consists of his journal entries. He was my 6th great-grandfather and a minister in Nova Scotia and later, Maine. "Old Mr. Haley" was Ebenezer Haley, also my 6th great-grandfather. Before this, I had always heard that Ebenezer had died at sea and had been swept overboard. Every time I read that it makes me laugh out loud... and remember why family legends were created in the first place.