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John Chambers and Col. William Bratton in York District, S. William married Hannah Tindall, daughter of Robert K. Tindall, in York County, S.
She was born in February of , in York County, S. They had two sons and two daughters. They were liviing in Randolph, Illinois, when they died. He died April 18, , and Hannah died on April 1, He married Mary Brock, daughter of Col.
She was born in Spotsylvania, Viriginia, in Thacker and his wife, Mary, were still living in Spotsylvania, Virginia, in , when they became guardians for two sons and one daughter, orphans of his brother-in-law, William Brock, and sister-in-law, Mary? Joseph, William and Mary Brock. The land was on the north side of Tyger River.
While living in Georgia, he sold acres of land to Edward Williams in Thacker Vivian and Mary Brock Vivian had the following children: One source states that his wife, Mary, died in , but the writer cannot confirm this date of death.
They were to visit the backcountry to encourage the settlers to go to war against Great Britain. The year after the death of Mr. Tennent, on Sunday, June 28, , General George Washington was about one hundred yards beyond the church door Old Tennent Presbyterian Church , when he met the first straggler, who told him that General Charles Lee had retreated before the British. During the battle of Monmouth, New Jersey, wounded soldiers were carried to the Old Tennent church, where members of the congregation tended them.
Waddleton, where we had some Coffee, set off from thence and missed our way twice, once before and once after we crossed Pagets Creek. Came down to one Mr. Mulkey was ill, the rest of the Family was well. Found myself a good deal fatigued; but sat up till after midnight, and then lay down to rest.
Upon discoursing with Mr. Mulkey, found that he rather sides withministerial Measures, and is against most adopted by the Country. I treated on Cant. He is altogether lovely; Song of Solomon 5: On the whole, they appear to be obstinate and irritated to an Extreme. Rees Joseph preached from Isaiah Upon the Whole there appears but little reason, as yet, to hope that these People will be brought to have a suitable Regard to ye Interest of America.
I wish their Eyes may be opened before it is too late. Rode Home with Mr. After Sermon, met with Br. Newton, was much rejoiced to see Him. After a proper Intermission, Br. Rees Joseph preached from Isaiah 2?.
He was exceeding warm and held out near two Hours, when Mr. Rees Joseph then sung and dismissed the assembly. Went Home with Mr. Newton in Company, who gave us an account of the distracted State of the frontier Inhabitants, which at present wears the most alarming Face; insomuch that there is the greatest appearance of a civil War; unless God, by some remarkable Interposition of Providence prevent.
With Sorrow I saw Marks of approbation sit almost on every Countenance. I find that… Here, mid-sentence, Oliver Hart begins using a letter substitution coded in his writing as it is apparent that he may run into those, whose position is counter to his and who might wish to take some action against him.
I find that Col. Fletchall has all those people at his beck, and reigns amongst them like a little King. This magic Robertson had been with the Governor, and no doubt has brought proper instructions to Col. Robertson brings word that fifteen sail of men of war were lying off Charles Town, when he left town; If this be true, perhaps that devoted town may now be reduced to ashes; and God knows how it fares with my dear wife and Family. In this meeting Col. Fletchall intimated that the people wanted them to go down and assist them against the Negroes, but he would be a Fool that would go, to which one answered they will not get a man from here.
Doth not this contradict the Col. This evening before we lay down to rest, Brother Mulkey, requested that he might wash my feet; with some reluctance I consented, after declaring that I did not believe that it to be an ordinance of Christ, he than, being girded with a towel, and having water in a basin with great humility and affection, proceeded to wash my feet,.
Talking religiously and affectionately all the time; he than washed Br. Newton washed his; afterwards we went to rest.
Nothing material happened, save that I heard that Mr. Tennent were expected to be up at Col. I wish they would come, for I am tired doing nothing. Mulkey went out on a preaching excursion. I tarried at his house until evening, and then rode home with Mr.
Nehemiah Howard in company with Mr. This man seems to be sensible of our oppressions and of the necessity of resisting ministerial measures. I wish all the inhabitants were like minded.
Hearing this morning that Messrs: Drayton and Tennent were at Col. Richardson, and many others. We were informed of a late engagement; or battle, in which it is said that the Regulars had lost men and the Provincials , that General Gage was taken prisoner, and General Washington wounded in the arm, etc. Went this morning to Mr. Tennent, who was gone a few minutes before we arrived. The people are in general on the Congress side.
Fletchall engaged the services of a man by the name of Robinson. This Robinson was a young man of classical education and respectable talents. He had been educated in Virginia for the ministry to the Presbyterian Church, but rendered himself peculiarly odious to that denomination by an attempt to obtain orders in the established church in the Province by fraud for one Cotton, an illiterate and abandoned wretch.
The nature of the transaction was reported to the proper authority and Cotton and Robinson fled from the country. Robinson was sent by Fletchall to Charlotte to confer with Lord William Campbell, the Royal Governor, as to the best means of keeping the people in a quiet and loyal state. Campbell sent a parcel of pamphlets, called cutters, to Fletchall for distribution among the people.
On his return Fletchall called public meetings in different parts and put up Robinson to address the people in support of those measures which he wished to see triumphant.
One of these took place at the Dining Creek meeting house. The assemblage was larger than could be accommodated in the building. Robinson therefore took his stand upon a rock in the woods, read one of the cutters and was commenting on its contents. He alluded to the case of Saul and David to show the miseries, which result from rebellion.
He heaped abusive epithets upon the Continental Congress, George Washington, and the principles they advocated. He stated that when the rascals had involved the people in inextricable difficulties they would run away to the Indians, Spaniards and Islands. When this last sentence was uttered Samuel McJunkin remarked: As he was going he was heard to say: Fletchall, however, continued his efforts to lull the apprehensions of the people as to the measures of the Royal Government, and to induce the belief that their interests and loyalty were identical.
And it is not surprising that His success was considerable. James Hodge Saye, pages This group later established the Salem Presbyterian Church.
William Tennent in Charleston Year Book, , page In the earlier part of the year, he had participated in the ordination of his son, Jonathan Mulkey, to the gospel ministry as well as one of his members, Alexander McDougal. From the Oliver Hart diary, it is apparent that the Reverend Joseph Reese, after closing the Congree Baptist Church, and his assistant, John Newton, visited and ministered with Mulkey for a brief period.
Thomas Fletchall, led him to declare himself a Loyalist. The split in the congregation between the Patriots and the Loyalists, probably came after the meeting of the Congaree Baptist Association, which the writer believes was in There was such a strong reaction between the patriot and loyalist members that they all refused to go back to the original meeting house.
Neither loyalist nor patriot would have gone into the Fairforest Meeting House in Two organized Loyalist groups were organized in the Fairforest area: Some said that there were more Loyalists than Patriots in this area. Just before leaving, Mulkey sold his plantation of acres on Fairforest Creek on the south side of Tyger River to Col.
Benjamin Gist later switched sides, but there are no records to indicate that the Reverend Philip Mulkey ever took up arms against his King. Members Benjamin Gist and Thomas Greer remained Loyalists during the early part of the Revolutionary War years, but both later switched sides. The rest of the constitutional members remained with the Patriots. After the departure of the Mulkeys, the Fairforest Church did not have any preachers siding with the Loyalists.
The Reverend Alexander McDougal became pastor of the church and moved its Patriot membership to his lands near the mouth of Rocky Creek on the eastside of Fairforest Creek. He immigrated to America in He arrived aboard the Admiral Hawk and was listed as being from Londonderry. His residence in August of , was in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
He married Hannah Done in , in Wilmington, N. She was born in , in New Hanover County, N. Unfortunately, the writer has been unable to locate names of her parents.
He was deeply convicted of sin. When he found peace in Jesus he united with a Baptist Church and soon began to exhort. He was ordained by this church in , by the Reverend Philip Mulkey. In the summer of , he served as a Lieutenant under Capt. Thomas Blessingham and Colonel James Steen. From October until sometime in , he served as Lieutenant under Captain Thomas Blessingham and Colonel Thomas Brandon and was in charge of a blockhouse near his home. An article on Rev. The court was made up of the following justices: The church was first a member of the Sandy Creek Baptist Association, a constituent member of the short-lived Congaree Baptist Association and a constituent member of the Bethel Baptist Association II, published in , page , stated: The writer has already given data on these men.
John Webb was also an assistant to the Reverend McDougal, but information is scarce on this minister. Leah Townsend in her book listed him as a Patriot soldier, receiving pay for varying periods of militia duty.
He was a blacksmith and a Baptist preacher. Hezekiah and Martha had six sons and four daughters. She died on September 2, , in Union District, S. He died December 18, , in Gibson County, Tennessee. One source states that he was buried in Poplar Springs Baptist Church cemetery. He died in his youth. She died before She died unmarried in , in what became Larue County, Kentucky. She was married to? She died in Elizabethtown, Hardin County, Kentucky.
Their son, Alexander W. LaRue, was a noted Baptist preacher. They were buried in the Nolynn Baptist Church cemetery. She married Charles Middleton on March 18, , in Kentucky. His first wife was Susannah Bayne, daughter of Thomas Bayne.
He died September 15, , in Union District. Willett on April 22, , in Nelson County, Kentucky. He was a farmer in Larue County, Kentucky. He and Mary had three sons and three daughters.
Mary died August 13, , and John died June 20, She was married in Kentucky to William Harrison and to? She died in Kentucky before She married George Whitehead. She died November 11, , in Larue County, Kentucky. He was born in Virginia in He and wife, Judith? He was on the Lunenburg County Tax List of He moved to Craven County Union District , in He had two brothers who also moved to South Carolina: In , Isaac Edwards had a survey of 50 acres touching Enoree River on the south below the Indian boundary.
Isaac Edwards and Judith? Their daughter, Nancy, married the Reverend Miles Rainwater. He moved to Franklin County, Georgia, where he died in Her parents names also have not been recorded. In , Alexander left Union District, S. He and his wife, Hannah, traveled with at least a dozen or more of his members and their families.
Traveling with him was his deacon and special friend, Obediah Howard, and his wife, Priscilla. Here, he assisted the pastor, the Reverend Robert Stockton. The Reverend Robert Stockston assisted in the constitution of the Nolynn Baptist Church on April 3, , and recommended the Reverend Alexander McDougal, and he became the first pastor of this new church. It was in Hardin County at this time.
He was pastor of Severns Valley Baptist Church when the first church building was erected. Alexander McDougal was paator of this church thorough Records state that his last house was about four miles southeast of Hodgenville.
Hodgenville was in Hardin County, Kentucky, until The Nolynn Baptist Church, which he served until his retirement was in this area. He applied for a pension in Hardin County, Kentucky, at the age of 94 years on January 21, , for services rendered as a Patriot Soldier in the American Revolution.
In his request for a pension in , in Hardin County, Kentucky, he mentions that he was drafted for two months to go in pursuit of a notorious Tory called Bill Cunningham. Greer were his South Carolina witnesses. He received a pension. Alexander resigned his charges at 95 years of age and died in this county on March 3, , aged years almost He and his wife were buried in the Nolynn Baptist Church Cemetery. The Fairforest Baptist Church was still searching for a pastor the latter part of Thomas Greer to be their Minister, but we could not accept the letter upon them terms, but send it back, and agreed to let him attend them once a month or as long as God in his Providence makes it duty.
Christopher Johnson, father of David Johnson later governor of S. He later became a Baptist pastor. He was listed as a licensed preacher at this time. He was pastor of the church in October 5, ; April 25, ; July 23, ; August 27, ; September 16, Then on Saturday, May 26, , the Arm was duly and legally constituted as a Baptist Church to be known, thereafter by the name of Lower Fairforest. The Lower Fairforest Baptist Church became a newly constituted church with a constitutional date of May 26, They did inhabit the abandoned Brick Church building built under the leadership of the Reverend Philip Mulkey , but inhabiting the building does not make them the original Fairforest Baptist Church.
After the departure of the Reverend Philip Mulkey in , the Reverend Alexander McDougal simply moved the original church organization to his land, and the original Mulkey church was continued and is continued until this day with its original name of Fairforest Baptist Church. Philip Mulkey was a Loyalist and had to flee from the Fairforest area of South Carolina, the latter part of They had a child named, Ellis. He moved to the Natchez area sometime after his brother, Philip.
He was listed in the Spanish Census. He was living there when his father visited between His father, the Reverend Philip Mulkey, performed the ceremony.
Nancy was born October 16, , in Orange County, N. Jonathan was ordained as a Baptist preacher by his father in , at the Fairforest Baptist Church. In , he fled to Washington County, N. The Benjamin Gist family also traveled with them. He was a leader in the Holston Baptist Association for many years. He was moderator of the association for seven years.
John, Philip and Isaac. They also had five daughters. Nancy Howard Mulkey died circa , in Tennessee. Anna Denton was first married to John Lacey. Anna Denton Lacey was born in He was pastor of Buffalo Ridge as long as he lived, and when too old and too feeble to preach standing, the church, it is said, made him a suitable and easy pulpit-chair, that he might sit down and pour out his soul in melting exhortations to a devoted people who would listen to every word.
He was buried in the Buffalo Ridge Baptist Church cemetery. His wife, Nancy, and his wife, Anna, were also buried in Buffalo Ridge, but their graves were not marked. He and his father served in the Virginia Militia to assist in fighting the Indians. He was an instigator in an insurrection against the Spanish. After he escaped to South Carolina, repeated threats of his contemplated return with troops were reported.
He married Mary Polly Chastain, on November 16, She was 25 years old at her marriage. Mary was born in North Carolina, in Mulkey, Mark and four others were their children. But by July rumors had begun to swirl about Mulkey, bringing him under scrutiny of his new church brethren. This man was probably the son of Philip Mulkey, the famous evangelist who was baptized by Shubal Stearns and carried the New light doctrine to South Carolina.
Chastian, it turns out had also traveled through Tennessee and the Carolinas during the s as a Separate evangelist, and knew the elder Mulkey quite well. Mulkey witnessed a deed when Chastain purchased upcountry property in Greenville Deed book I, p.
Mountain Creek had no jurisdiction over Chastain and his slanderous talk, but they did over Mulkey and his ill will toward Chastain, so when Mulkey confessed to being angry with and using bad language toward Chastain, the case was taken up by the church. After restoring Mulkey in December , Mountain Creek excommunicated him in September , when he acknowledged his wrong at a Mountain Creek meeting. James Chastain , Internet. Name changed to Bethesda in His body was interred in Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery.
In January of , Philiip Mulkey Sr. His later years were sadly clouded. In , he was excommunicated by the Charleston Baptist Association, and the churches warned against him for adultery, perfidy and falsehood long continued in. This Philip Mulkey who appeared so eminent as a Christian and minister and has appeared to be the instrument of converting a number of souls; has been now for a course of years in the practice of crimes and enormities at which humanity shudders.
Floyd Mulkey in his article entitled, REV. There far away from the Baptist church authorities, who had excommunicated him, he had a chance to resume his preaching a short time. Richard Curtis, pastor of the Baptist Church in the Natchez region, had been forced to flee because of his difficulties with the Spanish authorities.
Orders were promptly given for the arrest of Mulkey, but the congregation resisted and proceeded to the fort to demand immunity for him and his preaching. Apparently, he was permitted to continue his service. In , the territory was ceded to the United States; shortly thereafter the regular pastor returned to his parish. There is a story that he helped to celebrate the observance of a memorial service in honor of Ex-Pesident George Washington, immediately after his death on December 14, According to this account he appeared on the same platform with his son, Jonathan, and his grandson, John, on which occasion Jonathan preached the sermon.
Sometime after the death of his wife, Ann, he was remarried to Fanny? He and his second wife lived near his son, Philip Jr. Deed Book , pages , Franklin County, Georgia, records. On October 10, , he gave his grandson, Mark, 50 acres from the acre tract. In , He and his wife, Fanny, sold the remaining acres of their land. Deed Book RRR, pg. He probably died during the year , or shortly thereafter in Franklin County, Georgia, before his son, Philip Jr.
Bond was dated August 12, , and consent was given by Elizabeth Henderson, her mother. Elizabeth was born on February 19, , in Hanover County, Virginia. John was born in Orange County, Virginia, on December 1, She was born on Turkey Island, Virginia, in She had a brother, John Mackey, Jr. The Beginning of Beckham Families —page 10—Google.
William and Phyllis moved their family to Hanover County, Virginia, where their first child, Simon Beckham, was born in , and their second child, Thomas, was born in Phyllis, John and Mary were also born in this county. The Beginning of Beckham Families —pages —Google.
He moved his family to Granville County, North Carolina, in , the year the county was formed. The Beginning of Beckham Families —page 12—Google. His sons, Simon, Thomas and William Jr. It was part of a tract granted to him by the Earl of Granville, August 26, Simon received acres of the tract and John received acres on both sides of Long Branch. The Beginning of Beckham Families— page 12—Google. The land was granted to William by Lord Granville on the 25 of August The Beginning of Beckham Families —page 13—Google.
After the death of his wife, Phyllis, John, his son, was to receive the slave, Peter. She died after , in Granville County, N.
Nathaniel died in , while they lived on the acre tract at Pacolet River. Thus was born the Beckham cemetery that later became known as the Hodge cemetery. Taylor on General William Henderson. According to John H. He was single at this time. II, page 38, by John H. He may have established a store on his land that was later run by John Beckham Sr. Bailey states in his History of Grindal Shoals that Beckham operated a store.
As a horse trainer, he was considered an expert, and paid a good deal of attention to horse racing. Here John Chisholm obtained a tract of land and settled prior to the beginning of the nineteenth century. He was a devotee to race-horses and horse-racing. His race tracts were long seen in the level field in front of the residence of Major Starke Sims. John was an effective scout and spy for the Colonies in South Carolina. They simply wore their hunting clothes.
He became a lieutenant and paymaster during Two days later the Indians attacked his family near present day Greer, S. They the Indians visited the house of Anthony Hampton and as they came up, old Mr. Hampton gave the chief a friendly grasp of the hand, but had not more than done this, when he saw his son, Preston, who was standing in the yard, fall from the fire of a gun. The same hand that he had grasped only a moment before sent a tomahawk through his skull and immediately his wife met the same fate.
An infant grandson was dashed against the wall of the home, which was spattered with its blood and brains. The house was set on fire and burned.
When the savages were gone the murdered Hamptons were buried in one grave near the yard. Though records are limited, it is possible that they both fought in the Battle of Fort Sullivan. The story states that Nathaniel Jefferies was with Wade when he received word that his parents, brother and nephew had been killed. Nathaniel then went with Wade to assist him in the burial of his mother, father, brother and their infant grandson.
Nathaniel offered Wade his home as a place of residence, when he was not engaged in the army. Wade had an early love for these fine animals. After he met Beckham, he was invited to live with him and his wife between his days in the army. In his History of Grindal Shoals , pages 46, Rev.
Sims, in her history of Grindal Shoals on the Pacolet wrote: These youths were always the guests of Mrs. Beckham Elizabeth and her husband, John Beckham, being also fond of hunting. The Reverend James D. Bailey in his book, History of Grindal Shoals , page 54, wrote: Tarleton followed in pursuit, encamping for a night at the house of Jack Beckham on Sandy Run.
I, pages , wrote: Beckham saw for the first time this renowned officer while standing in her yard, and ordering his men to catch her poultry for supper. She spoke civily to him, and hastened to prepare supper for him and his suite, as if they had been honored guests. When about to leave in the morning, he ordered the house to be burnt, after being given up to pillage, but on her remonstrance, recalled the order. All her bedding was taken, except one quilt, which would soon share the same fate.
Bailey wrote in his, History of Grindal Shoals , page His provender was seized, his stock shot down and his house and fences burned to the ground. Banastre , he plunged headlong down a fearful bank into the river, and made his escape. The spot is still well known, and often pointed out. It was on the plantation of old William Hodge, who was also a true Whig.
A comrade named Easterwood Lawrence , from whom the shoals take their name, was with him in this race. Easterwood rode a big clumsy horse and was big and heavy himself. His horse striking his foot against a log, Easterwood fell sprawling and was made a prisoner. He swore he would light it before he budged a foot. He is said to have done all his scouting and fighting with his pipe in his mouth.
The house that Tarleton burned was the cabin that John Beckham had built, and where his family had lived until he sold the land to William Hodge in William Hodge had lost the title to his property when Tarleton burned his house. The lease and release prove that Hodge was living in the house that John Beckham had built. I, page , wrote: Beckham went to Granby, eighty miles distant, for a bushel of salt, which she brought home on the saddle under her.
The guinea appropriated for the purchase, was concealed in the hair braided on the top of her head. The magazine was produced by the Daughters of the American Revolution. The names of four of her children were mentioned: John, Susan, Elizabeth, and Henrietta. It was above the place where Zachariah Bullock was then living.
He sold this property to Robert Thompson on May 13, He and his wife, Elizabeth, sold a plantation originally belonging to William Marchbanks to Moses Wright on April 29, I, page 69, by Brent Holcomb. The land was originally granted to Joab Mitchell and was conveyed by him to John Beckham. I, page , by Brent Holcomb. There is no deed abstract recorded that refers to William Henderson giving any land to the Beckhams. Apparently, there must have been a document written before the will was made, giving title to the Beckhams for acres.
John Beckham must have sought the sale of the land, which his son purchased. The transaction was witnessed by John Haile and John Sanders. I, page , by Brent Holcomb:. Witnessed by Stephen Heard and Adam Potter. This was probably written and made a part of the settlement to keep the daughters from making any claims to the land given to the Beckhams by William Henderson.
II, page , John Beckham Sr. Henry Fernandes sold a tract of 44 acres granted to him on May 3, , to John Jefferies. This transaction took place in March of , and the land was adjacent to land belonging to John Beckham. He is now over sixty years old, and has been identified with almost every enterprise for the material and moral benefit of the community.
In addition to occupying the positions already mentioned, he is now trustee of Wabash College, the oldest and best endowed classical college in the state of Indiana.
In he purchased the wagons and sixteen horses of the heirs in the estate, and has followed teaming, chiefly between New Albany and Louisville, ever since, now employing forty head of horses in the business. He is a splendid illustration of a thorough-going self-made, pushing business man. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and the I. Louis, Eva and Charles.
Hammersmith are members of the German Evangelical Church. Her parents came to this country soon after the Revolutionary war, and, like many others, in order to get to Free America, sold themselves for a certain length of time, to pay their passage to this country.
They saved their money until their servitude was at an end, that they might have something to begin the world with. Frederick Hanger used to boast that he had six uncles who came to this country form Switzerland in colonial times, all of whom served in the Revolutionary war. His education has been attained through his own exertions, and by dint of hard work.
His boyhood was spent on the farm and working in a cooper shop. He attended the schools of the county. These were quite inferior to the common schools of to-day. They were paid for by general subscription, according to the number of pupils each patron sent to school. Hanger was educated in these schools. At the age of 15 an objection was raised to his attending school, because he gave the teacher so much trouble, and he was taken away; but he did not discontinue his studies — he kept them up at home, and by the time he was 20, he was qualified to teach.
His spare money was spent for books, and he became a good English scholar. He taught about four years in Floyd county, and in he moved to Harrison county, and in was elected school trustee of Posey township, and re-elected, serving two terms, after which he was chosen county commissioner for one term.
He then removed back to Floyd county, where he has since resided. He owns acres of fine land, which he has in a fine state of cultivation and well stocked. His land is situated in both Floyd and Harrison counties; he resides on that lying in Floyd county, and in sight of his birthplace. Recently he has erected a fine residence, which he designed himself, and which has some peculiarities. Each room is finished in a different style — one in white walnut, one in black walnut, one in wild cherry; while the hall has a specimen of every kind of wood common in this section.
The design of the house was obtained by Mr. Hanger from a picture frame he has, which contains kinds of wood, much of which is historical.
For instance, one piece was water oak, from the old brig Constitution, another from the charter oak, etc. Hanger was married in October, , to Miss Sarah Blunk. They have never had any children; but have raised four boys and one girl, and educated them. Hanger is a prominent Mason, and a zealous Christian and minister of the Gospel. For thirty years he has been a minister of the Christian Church. His father, George H. Harrison, was a native of Harrisonburg, Va.
He graduated from Augusta College, Ky. The greater part of his life was devoted to teaching, though he served as Postmaster under the administrations of Taylor and Fillmore — His wife, Sarah P. Grover, was a native of Greene county, Ohio, born in , and died at New Albany in , aged 63 years. Harrison, son of this worthy couple, was educated in the schools of New Albany, graduating from its high school.
At the conclusion of his post office service, he entered the office of Dr. William Cooper, for the purpose of studying medicine, but, his father dying a year later, he had to give up his studies. He then was elected Recorder of Floyd county as the Republican nominee, serving a term of four years. In he was appointed Deputy Postmaster by Hon.
Slaughter, serving until that office was abolished. He is also a trustee of the city schools and secretary of the board, a trustee of the DePauw College for Young Women, a member and officer of the I. Church, and has for fifteen years been engaged in the insurance business.
On the 24th of May, , he was married to Miss Hester A. Hart, daughter of late ex-mayor William Hart, of New Albany. He has three children — George W. The former came to Indiana and settled in Floyd county in , near Greenville, where he bought acres of land, on which he farmed. Being a blacksmith, he moved to New Albany after some years spent in farming.
David Hedden, the subject of this sketch, was brought up in New Jersey, and educated in the common schools. He came to Floyd county in , a year before his father moved out, being then but eighteen years of age, and commenced clerking in a store, which he continued for a year, when he entered into partnership with Elias Ayers in the same business.
The partnership continued until , when Ayers died, and he continued alone in the business three years longer, when his health having failed he retired from active business. He bought a mill, however, but in a short time it was burned.
He bought another and took charge of it, and continued to operate it until He was married in to Elizabeth Wood, a daughter of Rev. Joseph Wood, of Brown county, N. They have seven children, viz: Baird , Walter David, in brick business; Anna W. Green , Grace and Ella Hardy. Hedden is a member of the Presbyterian Church and a Republican. He then returned to the American Foundry as foreman. In he entered into a co-partnership with the late W.
DePauw, in the foundry and machine business, at his present location, the firm continuing until , when Mr. The building covers a half square of ground on Water street, between Pearl and Bank, and the firm, of which Mr. Hegewald is one of the self-made, successful and public-spirited men of New Albany. He takes a deep interest in all enterprises that promise to advance the material interests of New Albany, and has done much to help the prosperity of that city.
He served one term as a member of the City Council, declining a re-election. He is in all regards a valuable and excellent citizen. Arthur and Edwin are employed in the foundry and machine shops with their father. He took up his residence in New Albany in , where he speedily built up a large business, his gallery being one of the most attractive in the State both in construction and the artistic gems it contains.
Heimberger was the first of American photographers to discover and apply the superior Plate Glass Light, which is applied in his gallery. As the result of the superiority of his appliances and pictures he is now filling orders for citizens of, not only Indiana, but of Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois and Missouri.
Few American photographers may hope to reach such perfection in artistic results and liberal patronage. In , at Cincinnati, O. Heimberger was married to Miss Margaret Berst, daughter of Jacob Berst, native of Germany, who came to American in and located in Harrison county, where he died in , at the age of His daughter Margaret was reared by her uncle, John Nockle, a prominent butcher and grocer of Cincinnati, where her marriage took place. The children born of the happy union are: Adam, Sadie and Bena, all married.
Adam Heimberger, the son, is a partner in photography with is father, and, like him, a born artist. Christopher Heimberger is a member of the Masonic fraternity and of the Ancient Order of Workmen, and an active member of the German Evangelical church, his entire family being members of this church.
He is a self-made man, and no man has done more by his art to illustrate and perpetuate the magnificent scenery of the Central Ohio Valley. He learned the trade of a house carpenter and builder in the old country, and engaged at his trade on locating at New Albany, carrying it on until He then accepted a position in the L. Railroad shops, working there until , when he took charge, as superintendent, of the car department, remaining in this position until In he engaged in the planing-mill and lumber business at the corner of East Fifth and Oak streets, New Albany, on a lot covering by feet.
Besides his large planing-mill business, he is a dealer in all kinds of building and construction lumber, shingles, lath, doors, sash and blinds. By his liberal enterprise he has built up a very large trade, which he has fairly won by his integrity. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and has passed all the chairs the offices of that order. He is also a member of the Knights of Honor. His father, David Henry, was a native of Ireland, and a lawyer by profession and a successful farmer, and emigrated to Indiana in the pioneer period of the State.
His mother, Caroline Stapp, was a native of Kentucky. Reared in Switzerland county, he attended the public schools of the county during his boyhood, fitting himself for Hanover College, from which he graduated in He then entered the law school of Indiana University, from which Institution he graduated in The same year he took up his residence at New Albany, and entered upon the practice of law, and has, by his abilities as a counselor and advocate, built up a very lucrative practice, standing high at the bar as a practicing attorney.
Henry was nominated unanimously by the Democratic party of Floyd county for Representative in the State Legislature, to which office he was elected by a large majority. He is a man of scholarly culture, an able public speaker, and possessed of the elements for a successful and useful public career.
The log house is still standing on the farm that was on it when he bought it, which was scarcely a farm then at all but a tract of woodland. Henrietta Schreiver Hessing, the mother of subject, was born in Germany in , came to America in , and in three years married Mr. She was the mother of eleven children, viz: William lives in Georgetown township; Mary married Edward Perry, and lives in New Albany; Amanda married William Schreiber, and lives in Lafayette township; the others are still at the old homestead with their mother; Henry, the only son of those at home, being married.
The subject of this sketch, Jacob Hessing, was reared on the farm and educated in the common schools of the county. He and his brother, who farms with him, make a specialty of small fruits, such as strawberries, grapes, etc. Everything about the farm indicates prosperity. He was educated in the public schools of the city until the age of 18 years, when he engaged with his father, a steamboat cabin builder, to learn the carpenter trade, continuing until his father went out of the business.
He was deputy wharf master under his father from to , and after this engaged in teaming, during which occupation he invented what is known as the Graff and Hipple Dump Wagon, which is now in use in many of the States, and is a very valuable invention, that with proper capital could be brought into general use throughout the entire country.
At New Albany it is used by all the principal coal and brick dealers; and the city, as well as at Cincinnati and Louisville and Jeffersonville, and by the Government at its depot in the latter city; and its inventor has testimonials from all who have used it as to its efficiency in equalizing and dumping a load. In he was elected City Marshal of New Albany, and re-elected in In the Primary Democratic Convention that nominated him in , his majority over the highest man of the opponents was , and at the election it was 1, His majority at his second election was 1, He is a self-made and self-respecting man, and has built himself up by his own indomitable energy and untiring industry.
He has one child, Frances D. He is a member of the Knights of Honor and of the Knights of Pythias, and is a Methodist by education and rearing. He is a son of Daniel and Artemesia Lightner Hipple. His father was a native of the borough of Landerburg, Cumberland county, Pa. His father engaged in steamboat building, which he followed for a number of years. He was elected jailor under Sheriff Thomas Gwin, serving four years, from to He died March 17, , leaving a wife and six children, George M.
The Howk family are of German origin, but settled in Massachusetts early in the last century and engaged chiefly in agriculture. Isaac Howk, the father of the subject of this sketch, was born on a farm in Berkshire county, Massachusetts, in July, , and was educated at Williams College in that county. In he settled in Charlestown, Ind. Their son George V. Howk grew to manhood in Charlestown. His father died in , but his mother devoted the remainder of a long life to the education, comfort and happiness of her children.
She died in New Albany, Ind. Reynolds and Joseph Tingley, one of the Professors of the College. He studied law with Judge Charles Dewey, who was for ten years a judge of the Supreme Court and one of the ablest jurists the State has produced.
He was admitted to the bar in , and settled in New Albany. December 21, , he married Miss Eleanor Dewey, late of Charlestown. Howk died April 12, , leaving two children. Simonson of the United States Army, who still survives.
They have two children, John S. In he was Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Floyd county; in he represented that county in the House, and from to he represented Floyd and Clark counties in the Senate of Indiana. Soon after taking his position on the bench, he gave promise of the great ability he has since displayed. His decisions are clear, concise and conclusive, taking rank with those of the ablest jurists of the State, and his suavity of manner toward all with whom he came in contact officially made him very popular with the attorneys practicing at the bar of the Supreme Court.
He was re-elected Judge in and defeated in In politics Judge Howk is a Democrat. His mother was a Methodist, and he was educated in a Methodist College, but is not a member of any religious denomination. His wife and children are Presbyterians. Since the election he has established himself at New Albany in the practice of law, with his son as partner. In February, , he took up his residence at New Albany, Ind. Thomas Humphreys was not only a good but a useful citizen.
Every steamboatman knows that Capt. It was his integrity that did more than other single agency to give to New Albany the high fame the city once enjoyed as the most notable boat building locality on the western rivers. From the establishment with which he was connected was turned out many of the most magnificent steamers that have navigated the rivers of the West and South. Running through his entire life, like a line of polished brightness, was the principle of integrity. It characterized every act of his life, and made for him friends of everyone with whom he came in business or social contact.
His morals were most exemplary, and his influence was wielded in favor of all movements that were for the advancement and elevation of his fellow-men. Yet he was modest and unobtrusive, and, while a man of strong convictions, never tired to force his views upon others, choosing rather the principles he advocated should illustrate and shine forth through his daily walk and conversation.
He thus filled the measure of good citizenship. For several months before his death he gave much thought to religion and preparation for the change he knew was speedily to come. In his inquiries for light upon this important subject, he took counsel of such men as Rev. Wood and Peter R. He left a wife, one son and two daughters, Mrs. Cannon being the daughters. The surviving son is Mr. Jenks, whose ancestors were of English origin.
Jenks emigrated from his native State to Ohio in , thence to Indiana in about Subject and wife have raised eight children; all lived to be grown: Our subject followed carpentering for some time, then clerked for a time. Was in United States service some three years during the late civil war. Four of his sons, George, Oscar, Zepheniah and Benjamin were in the service with him. He has filled some positions of profit and trust, but has never been an office seeker. His father died when the boy was an infant, and his mother married Judge P.
Jewett, who adopted him as a son, and by legal process had his name changed to Jewett. At the age of fifteen he entered the State University, at Bloomington, where he remained until , when he was admitted to the College at Hanover, and studied for one year. His health failing, he left school, and moved to Montana Territory, where he was successively prospector, gold miner, and Government surveyor.
In the latter capacity he surveyed all the lands lying near the headwaters of the Missouri river. These two years of pioneer life restored his health and secured for him a physical stamina and development, as well as a fund of experience.
Returning to his native State in , he prepared to enter upon the profession to which he had directed all his studies, and toward which his efforts were now bent. He was admitted to the bar at New Albany, October 6, of the same year; immediately commenced practice. October 16, , he was chosen Justice of the Peace, but he resigned within one year. In March, , he was appointed by Governor Hendricks Prosecutor for the Fifth Judicial Circuit, and in October of that year was elected to the same office for a full term.
He was re-elected in , and continued to hold the position until October 22, In he was Democratic candidate for Judge of the Fifth Circuit. Jewett is one of the acknowledged leaders of the Democratic party in Indiana, having been a member of the State Central Committee in , Speaker of the House in session of , chairman of County Central Committee and was the chairman of Democratic State Central Committee in Cleveland and Harrison campaign. He is an organizer of rare ability and tact, and an able lawyer.
LaPorte seved as a congressman and also as surveyor general of Pennsylvania. Laquin This is the town that wasn't content to let Colver see above have all the fun when it came to merging names. In the early s, two companies combined operations to take advantage of Bradford county's extensive lumbering opportunities.
Larksville Up until around or so, people called this area Blindtown, for reasons one can only imagine. The story goes that the name slowly changed after the death of old Peggy Lark, who lived in Blindtown until she passed away at the ripe age of The name comes from the capital of the Vaud region in Switzerland, on the shores of Lake Geneva.
Leather Corner The name comes from a pre-Revolutionary inn that was eventually called the Leather Corner Post, or so it is said.
Someone apparently nailed an expensive piece of leather to a post, it was eventually stolen, but just as mysteriously it reappeared in due time. Lebanon Known for its awesome Lebanon balogna, word is that the town took its name from the preponderance of cedar trees in the immediate area, calling to mind the "Cedars of Lebanon" from Biblical times, even tracing back to the Phoenician era. The name was shortened and anglicized by local settlers, since the original word was a little rough on a white man's tongue.
One of the main trails of the Delaware Indian crossed the Lehigh River, and at this point the trail branched off into various forks, giving us the name. Lemon township There's hardly a line in this township's history to pique anyone's interest -- or garnish anyone's drink -- short of the fact that Judge Percifer Lemon had a penchant for selling land. The name was taken in , is French for "the king," and the town would almost certainly extend a hearty welcome to Elvis impersonators.
In , a dam gave way near LeRoy in the middle of the night. It had been raining for several days, and a couple residents thought maybe the end of the world was at hand, a theme apparently suggested by a local preacher.
Once the rumble of trees and boulders was heard, one prominent resident is said to have exclaimed, "Put on your ascension robes! One of the more prominent Americans of the 19th century was one James Lick, a carpenter, landowner, piano maker, and patron of the arts and sciences. At one time he was the wealthiest man in California. In recognition for his financial support of the scientific community, the Lick Crater on the moon and the asteroid Lick are named after him.
It is unknown, except to the long-deceased Mrs. Lick, whether James played any role in the above-mentioned Big Beaver Lick, but apparently some things in life are better left unsaid anyway.
Light Street Alternately, and perhaps more correctly spelled Lightstreet, this town near Bloomsburg was named by a minister who once lived on Light Street in Baltimore. Lititz Located near Lancaster, the town was named around by Moravians for a castle in Bohemia once an independent kingdom, now part of the Czech Republic, sandwiched between Germany and Moravia that was home to a medieval church connected with that religious denomination.
For nearly a century only Moravians could live in Lititz. Later this practice was eased up a bit so that non-Moravians could lease property but still not own it. Rest assured that informed sources have verified that the Moravians were in no shape or form responsible for the gloriously named, but now defunct, Lancaster County town of Puseyville.
Fortunately a Puseyville Road still exists near Quarryville, where it is assumed one can quarry for better things than beaver, with or without a posse to chase down the original Mr. Pusey who dignified the area with his name but left behind no mementos from the life and times of Mrs.
Pusey as it were. To make matters even more interesting, a separate Puseyville may have once been located in Clearfield county. One can imagine the postmaster general from a hundred years ago struggling with the choice of which Puseyville to rename, hopefully consulting his wife in this urgent matter.
Little England A neighborhood of Scranton that got virtually eliminated during the flooding caused by Hurricane Diane in It was known for British immigrants, or at least that's how the story goes. The neighborhood was located between the Petersburg and Bunker Hill sections.
Another extended neighborhood that the floodwaters erased was Scranton's South Side Flats area, a heavily Jewish section once known as Dodgestown and now the home to baseball fields, a shopping center, old factories and flood control projects, but few families. Those of us who are not entirely naive must hold out the remote possibility that Hurricane Diane, a watershed event in Scranton's history, was not purely an act of nature.
Given the track record, capacities, and connections to certain technologies in the hands of at least one individual whose career made a sport out of taunting Scranton. One federal attempt at weather modification, formerly classified, went by the name of Project Cirrus in In that year, the military figured out how to use silver iodide to help seed a hurricane that eventually hit the Georgia coast near Savannah.
In a display of self-promotion, Church reasoned that the canal contained a lock and that the river made an excellent harbor, or haven, for rafts. Thus was christened Lock Haven, which of course some locals call Schlock Haven.
Lofty Drive a few miles down Interstate 81 from Hazleton as you'll pass right near the village of Lofty. At a lofty feet above sea level, this was once was the highest point along the old Catawissa Railroad, leading to the original name of Summit Station, an important switching point for cars on the line and obviously a point of pride for someone with Lofty intentions for the future of this locale.
Lopez Located south of Dushore in Sullivan County, the town takes its name from nearby Lopez Creek, whose name origin is not crystal clear. It's been said that around a man named Lopez provided food and lodging for laborers clearing out a local turnpike a pay-as-you-go, dirt road that was often impassible in winter and during rainy spells. Another story says that John Lopez was actually one of the laborers on this new road leading westward from what's now the Ricketts Glen area see below who met his maker when he got conked by a falling tree.
Out of respect, the other workers called the nearby stream Lopez. Loyalsock Williamsport area The name is a corruption of an Indian word meaning "middle creek," referring to Loyalsock Creek's location between Lycoming and Muncy creeks. Lungerville Muncy area This pleasant-sounding village came on the scene rather late -- after , in fact, the year Mark Lunger opened his general store.
A federal official came into the store one day and asked Mark if he'd like to house the local post office in the store. Mark replied forcefully and vigorously: Luzerne County Luzerne, in effect, means "lighthouse.
He later became French minister to the United States from to The family name is traced to Luzern, a village in central Switzerland on Lake Lucerne.
The village and lake take their names from the prominent lucerna nearby -- French for lighthouse or watchtower. Note that in when Lackawanna County became a separate entity from Luzerne County, some local businessmen in Wilkes-Borough were so incensed that they stopped talking to their associates in the Scranton area for years to come. Effects of the breakup are still felt today. For instance, some Lackawanna County residents searching for geneological records must sometimes travel to archives in Luzerne County, a good deal of which were ravaged in the flood.
Lycoming County The name comes from the phrase "sandy or gravelly creek. It was later spun off into regions that now form parts of 17 other counties. The current Lycoming County is still the largest in the state, larger than Rhode Island and nearly three times the size of Lackawanna County.
A section of East Macungie still shows up on maps as Centreville, so named because every child within a two-mile radius at one time was entitled to a free education. Mahanoy City Indians noted the fact that deer congregated at the salt deposits near what is now Mahanoy City.
In English we refer to these deposits as licks. The Delaware Indian name for lick is mahoni , hence the transition over time from "Mahoni City" into the present-day form of this Schuylkill County town: Lick City, as it were. The locals have no pretensions of actually being a city; this title was tagged on to differentiate the place from Mahanoy Township. Manheim Apparently named by early settlers from Mannheim, Germany, who it seems got a big kick out of dropping 'N's, as in the transition of Hannover, Germany to Hanover, Pennsylvania.
The city was named around by the illustrious Baron Henry Steigel, who wasn't really a baron and didn't even come from Mannheim. He was actually from Cologne, Germany, to the northwest of Mannheim. Steigel was a successful, for a time, ironmaster and glassmaker, though he later died in the poor house.
Back in his salad days he gave a parcel of land to a local Lutheran church with but one stipulation: Mansfield Laid out in on the field of Asa Mann, resulting for a time as Mann's Field, a spelling that lasted for several years before morphing into the modern form.
Quite literally, Mann was out-standing in his field. Mars This town near Pittsburgh was named not for the planet but for the god of war, and is located safely away from Venus PA, named ostensibly for the goddess of love. In the same general part of the state we find Lickingville, which reportedly enjoys strong diplomatic relations with Venus, or so it is said.
When things are really humming the locals can head over to nearby Climax for a nightcap as it were. Matamoras Like Hazleton, here's another case of a famous misspelling.
The town apparently took its name during the Mexican War s , after the American army captured the Mexican city of Matamoros near the border with Brownsville, Texas. That city had originally been named for Mariano Matamoros, a hero of the Mexican Revolution. How the spelling ever changed to Matamoras in Pike County is unclear, but the typo seems to be a common one. A Catholic priest, Matamoros was active in Mexico's war of independence from Spain.
After his capture by the Spanish he was defrocked, convicted of treason and then executed by firing squad. Technically speaking, if one could walk to the southernmost point of Matamoras on Interstate 84, midway over the Delaware River , one could stand in the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York simultaneously. This also happens to be the easternmost point of Pennsylvania, in a virtual tie, that is, sharing the honors with a speck of land just south of White Horse, New Jersey.
The longitude of both locations clocks in at Mayfield Originally known as Glenwood, the area later became Mayville, named for Captain William May, a manager in nearby mining operations. That name changed to the more pleasant sounding Mayfield in , joining Glenburn and Elmhurst as town names chosen to help convey pastoral images. In this regard, Factoryville doesn't quite cut the mustard. At least one other source says Mayfield was once known as Greenwood, but this explanation doesn't hold up as well, and here's why: Samuel Meredith was the first treasurer of the United States, and his grandson Thomas owned a good chunk of land in Mayfield and lived in a mansion here, though it eventually burned down.
It's said that until , locals were content to consider themselves residents of Carbondale Township. Around that time a few disagreements arose that eventually led to the "erection of the borough," Thomas Murphy, History of Lackawanna County , a fairly exciting event to imagine, whether in or otherwise. One wonders whether the erection of an entire borough would require emergency reserves of Viagra as well as an ambulance crew on hand, not to mention a parade with floats and marching bands and a special appearance by the local Hose Company to kickstart the day's festivities.
One also wonders what percentage of male residents would be required to reach a quorum, and whether all must participate simultaneously in this celebration of democracy, and whether the female residents were allowed the full privileges of fulfilling their civic duties as it were. Back in the glory days of radio station WARM before it went down the shoot and out of the loop by moving to the smaller Wilkes-Borough area , the morning announcer would give the fictional baseball score from the previous evening's game between the McAdoo Stompers and the Honeypot Cheaters.
McKeansburg Schuylkill county First built up around and named for Thomas McKean pronounced McKane who strangely held two government posts at once: Despite the public misgivings, he refused to yield either position. A signer of the Declaration of Independence, McKean reportedly once called the people of Pennsylvania "clodpoles" dolts , a remark he claimed was taken out of context.
As Pennsylvania governor he was notorious for periodic temper tantrums and axing personal enemies and replacing them with Republican friends, leading some to suggest he was the "father" of political spoilage in America. Another suggestion mentions the Biblical area of Medea, spoken about in Isaiah The first explanation seems a much more convincing one, unless a deliberate play on words is involved.
At least one critic at the time decried the heinous crime of turning the adjective 'medius' into a noun. Mehoopany Referred to as "Hoppeny" as far back as , the name means "place of wild potatoes. It was a cold spring day, so it's been said, when these Connecticut settlers popped the cork on the rum, not long before embarking to north-central Pennsylvania where there was enough good cheer left over to name a new town.
The event was certainly a merry time for one and all, so much so that a Merryall Road still exists today back in New Milford. If the Pennsylvania settlers had any hint of the future market for real estate along Merryall Road, however, they may have never left and would long ago have ditched the cheap rum in favor of pricey French champagne. Meshoppen Indian for "glass beads," referring perhaps to an early trading point where glass beads were accepted as a medium of exchange. Milford A ford is a shallow part of a body of water that can be crossed by wading.
Prior to the Revolution, the Wells brothers operated a saw mill and a grist grain mill near an old ford on Saw Creek, which feeds the Delaware. This ford came to be called the mill ford, and the nearby settlement took on the Mill-ford name after a brief stint as Wells Ferry. Other people say the town's name is borrowed from Milford Haven in Wales, and perhaps both explanations are correct to an extent. At one point in the s Milford had a whopping nine mills powered by water.
Milford is one of America's first "planned" communities, patterned roughly after the street-and-alley layout of Philadelphia. Several streets were named after the children of a prominent judge named John Biddis, and the alleys were named after fruit trees and berry bushes found in the area. The planning included allowances for wider-than-normal streets and several public squares. Note that Scranton's streets include the names of most American presidents as well as a wide array of trees. It's been suggested, without verification as yet, that most of Wilkes-Borough's streets are named after NASCAR drivers, various brands of chewing tobacco, and heroes of "professional" heavyweight wrestling on pay-per-view.
Milwaukee This village to the west of Scranton was once known as the rather unglamorous Flickerville, but the name was changed in to coincide with the opening of a new mill.
Local inhabitants celebrated the name-change with great fanfare, and many believed the modern-sounding Milwaukee was now headed for the big time. The precise reason for choosing Milwaukee is uncertain. Perhaps the supposed double-whammy of promoting the "mill" aspect as well as forming a mental association, however tenuous it may seem in retrospect, with the prominence of the well-known Wisconsin city bode well for future success.
Or perhaps the town fathers understood Milwaukee as an approximation of the Algonquin Indian name for "good land" which is always a nice plug for the home team when you're trying to attract new residents.
Or perhaps some self-assumed litterateur one of the most annoying types of people that exist, both then and today , decided to show off their amateur wordsmith skills. Mingo Back in the s the construction of the Lehigh Canal was a labor-intensive operation that included black workers who were originally from the Dominican Republic. The old name for that country was Santo Domingo, and thus the old nickname of Mingo for a section of east Allentown.
Minisink This is the name of an Indian tribe related to the Munsee, with the name meaning 'rocky land. Some have linked the word, in convoluted fashion, to something akin to "good land," a la Milwaukee. They claim that mino means "good" and aki means "land," but this explanation seems a speck forced and contrived. And apparently there is no truth to the rumor that a clairvoyant Indian once coined the word as a new expression meaning "land of many Irish bars.
Apparently the name Minooka was first applied to the region around , and at times it was known as Needham's Patch. Raised with the customs and language of the Delaware, Slocum was renamed "Mocanaqua," meaning "little bear," and later married a chief of the Miami tribe. For 59 years her brothers searched for her, only to find her in Montoursville Located east of Williamsport, the original settlement here was an important staging ground for Moravian missionaries in the mids.
The Moravians were given the nod of approval by Chief Shikellamy, an intermediary between the bureaucrats in Philadelphia and northern Indian tribes. Enter Elizabeth Couc of Quebec, daughter of a French fur-trader father though some might dispute this point and an Indian mother. In fact, Couc's language skills were held in such high esteem that British authorities did the unheard-of: Elizabeth's first husband was a Seneca Indian named Roland Montour; with her second husband she moved to the area of Pennsylvania we now call Montoursville, leading her native peoples who called this strategic river junction their home.
In addition to her language skills, Elizabeth Couc Montour also possessed great skills of communication , helping to soothe the fears of local tribes sensing the dangers of the white man's westward expansion.
Because of her influence over Indians, Montour was " much caressed by wealthy people of Philadelphia," so said professor A. Espenshade of Penn State in She must have been a real hit at late-night parties. Espenshade added that she was "friendly to whites without losing the respect and confidence of the Indians. Montrose Named around by a local landowner, Dr. Robert Rose, Montrose combines the doctor's name with the French mont , meaning "mountain. In choosing Montrose, Dr.
Rose no doubt also had in mind a historic Scottish town of the same name, in which case we'd throw out the "mount" part of the meaning and lean toward the Gaelic "moor on a peninsula. When residents of nearby Brooklyn mounted a campaign to locate the Susquehanna County seat in their town, Rose's personality and maybe also his wallet carried the day, and Montrose eventually claimed the prize.
Montrose was also active in upholding the rights of Pennsylvania landowners whose claims often conflicted with the deeds of Connecticut settlers. Moon Located near Pittsburgh International Airport, the name is said to derive from a crescent-shaped bend in a nearby river. Moosic Very simply, "Mooseland," until a better explanation appears. More precisely the name means "large herds of moose," and yes, moose could at one time be found in Moosic. Another explanation suggests that Moosic is a derivation of a Lenape Indian word Unami language meaning "elk place.
Moscow Once part of Drinker's Beeches, Moscow is said to be named in the s by Drinker see above in honor of some immigrants from the great Russian capital. This popular explanation has yet to be confirmed, apparently, and a good lawyer could start off by asking, "If it were named for Russian immigrants, where are some artifacts, some conclusive evidence?
However, the Scranton Times-Tribune of January 5, has offered the best explanation yet. According to Ren Vasiliev, Ph. Vasiliev says most Moscows were named to commemorate Napoleon's defeat by the Russians back in This explanation seems to hold up, given the origins of Inkerman and Sebastopol. The area east of Wilkes-Borough was once a section of Fairview township, and the last post office to remain active in the area was known as the Mountain Top post office.
It seems that an old practice allowed postmasters to call the post office by a different name from the municipality it sat in, as with Chinchilla. Some locals call the area Mountain Top, while others, notably the town newspaper, calls it by the one-word form of Mountaintop. Mount Carmel One of many towns and villages whose name was inspired by the Bible. Around a settler opened a pit-stop called the Mount Carmel Inn on a well-travelled turnpike toll road.
As far as Bible names go, Ephrata and Sharon are but two of several other examples. Appropriately enough, Mount Carmel has been nicknamed the "City of Churches. Mount Zion Located north of Stroudsburg, this name technically refers back to the hill just outside the walls of the old city of Jerusalem. However, Zion was often used as a catch-all term for the entire city of Jerusalem and often for the land of Israel as a whole. Additionally, in older parlance the words 'Jerusalem' and 'Israel' were often used more metaphorically, as in "the great city of God in the sky" or heaven itself, in the sense of the poem Jerusalem by the great British mystic poet William Blake.
Given this shade of meaning, the name Mount Zion takes on a similar tone as Promised Land see below , minus the dose of sarcasm in the latter name. The Zion name appears at various other points on the Pennsylvania map, for instance the town of Zionhill between Allentown and Quakertown. Muncy Formed as Pennsborough by four Quaker brothers around , the name was changed in to commemorate the local Monsey tribe.
Muncy was the site of an infamous riot in between supporters of the slavery movement and their abolitionist foes. Many of the rioters were later convicted of various misdemeanors, but their convictions were overturned by governor David Porter, acting it is said under intense political pressure. For this blatant act of weaseldom, the governor earned the dubious nickname "Previous Pardonin' Porter. The Nanticoke Indians, by the way, known for settling the eastern shore region of Maryland, are sometimes known as "the seashore settlers.
Located in the Johnstown area. Also, special thanks go out to Richard Morgan, of Cardiff, Wales. Richard mentions that a village of Nant-y-Glo once existed about 25 miles north of the Welsh capital, in a densely populated coal mining region. He points out the linguistic distinction that Nant-y-Glo can be translated as "a stream flowing over or adjacent to coal," or "the coal or charcoal stream. As a youth living near Bryn Mawr street in West Scranton, the humble author of this web page was once asked by a delivery man how to find the street named "Brian Mauer.
This bit of information in itself is hardly earth-shattering, but it's interesting to note that the area was once called Shanty Hill, most likely because of the "Shanty Irish" see below living in the neighborhood.
Nay Aug Park From Naw-yaug , meaning "roaring brook," which now of course passes right through the park. Some people translate it as "noisy water. Some people suggest the Nay Aug name was delivered our way by settlers from Connecticut. This assertion does have some merit, as the names Nay Aug and Roaring Brook can still be found in the area of Glastonbury, near Hartford.
In fact a Nay Aug tribe may have existed here in the s. Perhaps we can thank our lucky stars that Nay Aug does not come from Greenwich CT, which boasts a neighborhood named Mianus. Comedians have had a field day with this one, asking locals such probing questions as "Is Mianus a big place? Negro Pond Found in Wyoming County near Laceyville and once listed on maps as "Nigger Pond," a possible holdover from the days of the underground railroad. The older designation does sound offensive to the modern ear, but in earlier times it probably contained a lesser amount of shock value, similar to Mark Twain's use of the word in books such as Tom Sawyer.
In the s, by the way, Wilkes-Barre reportedly had a section called "Nigger Hill. Part of the idea was to turn this Pennsylvania town into an industrial powerhouse just like its namesake city in Britain. Newfoundland Here we find the new found land of Daniel Stroud, who along with his father Jacob helped establish Stroudsburg.
It's a safe assumption that no one around here confuses the local Newfoundland with the Canadian province which boasts a small fishing village named Dildo. This cheeky little name started appearing on maps as early as These days the town features an annual Dildo Days every August, featuring music, games, and of course a beer tent, and television crews from around the world have filmed feature stories here. Over the years many people have called for a change of name, but as one resident puts it, "It was good enough for our forefathers, so it's good enough for us.
The spot may have been located in Liberty Township, which was once referred to as Lawsville until Perhaps the Butts Corners contingent simply packed up and moved to the oh-so-special place in Tennessee known as Coon Butt. New Milford Known as McCarty's Corners in the s, this town 30 miles north of Scranton was first inhabited by settlers from the area of Milford, Connecticut and apparently bears no special relation to Milford on the Delaware River.
Newton Located to the west of Scranton, Newton was named around by settlers from Newton in northwestern New Jersey. And don't forget, Pennsylvania has a Jersey Shore but for better or worse, no Newark. New Tripoli Located north of Allentown. The name was probably bestowed by one Samuel Ely, a landowner in the early s. At the time, the American navy had just subdued the belligerent city-state of Tripoli on the North African coast.
Part of what were called the Barbary States, Tripoli took great pleasure in confiscating American ships and crew, demanding ransom money in lieu of enslavement, particularly for American crew members who were obviously Christian. The local name is pronounced not TRIP'-o-lee, but for some odd reason is called New Trip-OH'-lee, possibly reflecting the strain of individualism which is such a deeply ingrained aspect of the American psyche.
Nicholson Once known as Thornbottom, the town is named for John Nicholson, Pennsylvania comptroller from to A land speculator, Nicholson claimed ownership to some 3. Due to "unsettled accounts" and charged with using state funds to fuel his devious land deals, Nicholson was nearly impeached and his land reverted to the state. In , this apparent charlatan died in debtor's prison in Philadelphia.
Nicholson is home to the famed, and rightfully so, Nicholson Bridge, properly known as the Tunkhannock Viaduct. Whether both a dead body and a stash of gold are buried inside are legends that may never die. Nicholson also contains the old village of Baconville, named for tavern owner Nathan Bacon.
Nippenose township Williamsport area The story behind this one is up in the air, right with someone's nose. One suggestion says the name is taken from the Indian phrase nippenowi , meaning "a warm and genial summer-like place. An old Indian named Nippenose had remained behind in the valley long after it was settled by whites.
Apparently his nose had been "nipped" by exposure to the frost, and the rest of the story is fodder for barbershops, taverns, political debates, and most any other place where tall tales are the order of the day. Nittany As in Nittany Mountains. The name means either "single mountain" or "protective barrier against the elements. The first is that "nolo" is Latin for "I will not," reflecting the standard level of defiance toward established authority that was expected of an early frontiersman.
The second explanation also works, since Nolo is located high on a hill where there is " no low ground. Some productive orchards exist near here, which once led to the name Fruitville and note that one possible translation of the word Ephrata is "fruitful;" those Amish really knew what they were talking about. Though the village of Fruitville is gone, thank goodness the road from Lancaster to Manheim is still called the Fruitville Pike.
And maybe someday, many centuries hence, an obscure researcher holed up in a lonely reference room may someday put the "Paid" stamp to the story behind the noodle and the doosie.
Normalville Found in the Pittsburgh metro area, it's so named because it's the home of a state teachers' college, once known as a "normal school.
Northumberland county Formed in and named after the most northern county in England. Its largest towns are Shamokin and Sunbury. Norvelt One of the more recent towns to appear on the Pennsylvania landscape. In the years following the great depression, President Roosevelt was a main architect of the New Deal designed to lift Americans by their own bootstraps.
One such effort was originally called the Westmoreland Homesteads, a federal housing development in Westmoreland County greater Pittsburgh area designed to facilitate home ownership to families that couldn't otherwise afford it.
Spearheading the local effort was Eleanor Roosevelt who visited the Homesteads in -- driving her own car, no less. Norwegian Township Schuylkill county Early settlers thought its mountains resembled rugged Norway, though the settlers themselves were generally German.
The Lehigh Valley Railroad extended this far, servicing the lumber and tanning trades. Legend says that way back in the day, a team of oxen was plodding down the main street, and a little girl chirped "Look mommy, there goes a team of n'oxen. Nuangola Possibly means "people of the north. Both stories resemble the legend behind Winona Falls, south of Matamoras. It's been said that Princess Winona jumped to her death from a cliff overlooking the falls once she learned her tribe declared war on the tribe of her lover.
The close correspondence of all three stories suggests the legends are more a matter of a singular Indian myth revolving around the destructive force of love sickness, a theme the ancient Greeks took up on occasion.
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