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In haste I am your H'ble Servant,
Col. John Rodgbbs. Joshua Elder.

Ool. B. Ualbratth to Ool. Rodger*.

Lancaster, May 15th, 1777.

Sib: In consequence ot your late
Orders from me to hold the first Class of
each Company in your Battalion in
Readiness, with arms, and properly
Equipt with every other Necessary for
your Immediate March to Chester on
the Delaware, I Desire that such who
fall into that Draught, and Conscien-
tiously scruple the bearing of Arms, may
be reported to me by you, or your Order
Immediately, that I may find Substitutes
in their Room and Stead, and at the
same Time make to me a list of such who
may be willing to serve as Substitutes
within your Bounds. Which orders,
you'll on all Occasions of the like kind,

I have the Honor, Sir, to be your
Humble Servant,

Babtrem Galbbaith,
Col. Commandant.
To Col. John Rodobbs, of the Sixth

Battalion of Lancaster County Militia.

Col. Joehaa Elder to Ool. Rodger*.

Paxtang, May 29th t 1777.
Sib: I have just now got Orders from
Col. Galbraith to desire you, by the first
Opportunity, to hold the first Class in
your Battalion under Marching Orders,
ready for further Orders, he was this Day
to set out for Pbilad'a, and will give you
further Particulars on his Return.
I am your Humble Servant,

Joshua Eldbb.
Col John Rodgbbs.

Ool. Galbraith to Ool. Joshua Elder.

Lancaster, June the 18th t 1777.

Sib: Since my last to the different
Colonels (which by this Time I expect
you're made acquainted with) on my way
to Lancaster met with an Express " from
the President ordering the March of the
second Class, & to bold the 3d in Readi-
ness, of which, By this my order, 1 hope
you'll Notice your Brother as well as
Col Rogers's Battalion on that head, that
2 Classes must Immediately March & the
3d held in Readiness.

In haste I'm y'rs &c,
B. Galbbaith.

Col. Joshua Eldbb.

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Historical* Biographical and Oonealoglcal.


The Rev. James R. Sharrrn, pastor
of Paxtaog and Derry from 1808 to 1846,
was represented in the pulpit of the
former ancient edifice on Sunday, July
81, 1887, by his grandson, the Rev. Wm.
H. McBfeen, who is stationed in North
Carolina. His sermon was an able one.
Mrs. Elizabeth McMeen, widow, a
daughter of Rev. Mr. Sharren, resides at
bpringfield, Ohio.

Saybe. Jambs.

James Say re was born in 1745, in the
State of Connecticut He was educated
to the law and admitted to practice at
New York city in 1771, although he seems
to have been in practice in Philadelphia
as early as September, 1767. He aban-
doned his profession and became chaplain
to one of DeLancy's Loyalist batteries.
Resigned in 1777, and served as rector ot
the Episcopal church in Brooklyn from
1778 to 1783. On the evacuation of New
York went to St. John, New Brunswick,
and was one of the grantees of that city.
Returned to the United St ites, and from
1786 to 1788 was rector of the church at
Newport, Rhode Island. He died at his
native town, Fairfield, Conn., in 1798.
It is not known what was the occasion of
his admission to the Cumberland county


[Some years ago the register of a
German family came into our possession.
Hiving it translated, we have considered
it proper to print it in Notts and Queries,
in the hope that it may come to the
knowledge ot those especially interested.
It is a valuable register to the descend-
ants, whoever they may be. ]
Family Register of Jacob Bozart [Boa-

Wherein all births and deaths are noted
until the third generation : j. b.

Anno, 1721, upon Michelmas day, I
was married to Esther Mollinger in the
25th year of my age, and my wife was
18 years of age.

In the year of Christ 1728, August 9,

between 8 and 9 o'clock, our Anna was
born into this world . In the year 1724,
July 29, our daughter Annie departed
from time %o Eternity.

In the year 1725, May 21, our son
John Jacob Bozart was born, between 4
and 5 o'clock, in the siro of the Virgin.
In the year of Christ 1726, July 27, our
little eon John Jacob Bozart died.

We also left our Fatherland in the year
1726, and betook ourselves upon the
journey to Pennsylvanii,and through the
aid of the Almighty reached our destina-
tion on the 8th of November.

In the year 1727, December 8, our
Esther was born in the sign of the Scor-

In the year of Christ 1729, in October,
our Samuel was born, and in the year
1780. he was called to the Lord; he
brought his age no higher than 8 months
and 3 weeks.

In the year 1780, December 9, our
D vid was born into the world, in the
sign of the Ram.

In the year of Christ 1734. February
2, our Veronica was born into the world,
in the sign of the Twins. In the year of
Christ 1737, March 10, she was called to
the Lord.

In the year of Christ 1787, April 2,
our Henry was born into the world, in
the sign of the Cancer.

In the year of Christ 1739, December
13, our Maria was born into the world,
in the sign of the Cancer. In the year
1741 both our children, Maria and David,
died. David died June 15.

In the year 1743, January 20, our Mar-
tin was torn into the world, consequently
his sign was that of the Ram. In the
year 1748, October 27, our Martin was
called to the Lord.

In the year 1752, July 13, our daugh-
ter, Magdalena, was called to the Saviour.
In the year of Christ 1755, August 27,
our Henry Bozart died in the afternoon
at 4 o'clock. In the year 1757, April 26,
Jacob Bozart also went the way of all
Family Register of Retber Boa art [Boe-

A descendant of Jacob Bozart (Bostart),
his eldest remaining daughter, who
joined in marriage with Jacob Enger in
the year 1747, October 20.

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Her eldest son, Daniel Eager, was
born Anno 1748, Septe >ber 18, on Sun-
day at 12 o'clock, old c -mputation.

In the year of Christ 1750, July 1, on
Sunday, at 12 o'clock, noon, our Esther
-was born, in the sign of the Scorpion, old

Anno 1752, February 10. our daughter
Veronica was born, in the sign of the
Ram, old reckoning.

In the year of Christ 1753, January
29, Jacob Enger died in the 30th yeai of
his age.

In the year of Christ 1754, January 17,
I Join d myself with, second maniage,
Joseph Bastier, an European by birth, of
German blood. He was born in the year
1728, March 19. The children born to us
were these:

In the year 1755, January 5, our
Catharine was born, upon a Sunday
evening at 10 o'clock.

In the year 1757. January 31, Monday
morning at 2 o'clock, our son Jacob
Bastier was born.

In the year of Christ 1758, both our
children went to the Saviour; Catharine
died September 17 and Jacob September

In the year 1759, September 17, Mon-
day morning, at about 2 o'clock, our
daughter the second Catharine was born,
in the sign of the Cancer

In the year ot Christ 1761, April 20,
our daughter Maria was born, on Mod*-
day morning at 4 o'clock, in the sign of
th»; Scorpion.

In the year of Christ 1763, August 11,
afternoon at 5 o'clock, our daughter
Elizabeth was born, in the sign of the

In the year of Christ 1776, January
26, Sunday evening at 8 o'clock, our
daughter Magdalena was born, in the
sign of the Lion.

. In the year of Christ 1769, April 13,
our son Joseph Bastier was born, upon a
Monday at 1 o'clock, in the sign of the

Herein are correctly recorded the births
and deaths of the children of the de-
ceased Esther Bastier, of her first and
second marriage.

Following are the marriages, when and
with whom celebrated:

Anno 1770, Thursday, June 14, my

daughter Esther Enger joined in mar-
ria. e with Jonathan Schleister, in the
sign of the Fish, was aged 19 years, 10
months and 3 days.

In the year of 'Christ 1771, Thursday,
March 23, my daughter, Veronica Enger,
was married to Jonathan Longenaker,
in the sign of the Cancer; was aged 19
years, 8 months and 8 days.

In the year 1779, Sunday, November

21, our daughter, Catharine Bustler, mar*
ried Jonathan Denlinger, in the sign of
the Ram; was 20 years, 2 months and 3
cays of age.

In the year 1782, Sunday, June 2, our
daughter, Maria Bastier, married Abra-
ham Denlinger, in the sign of the Fish;
was aged 21 years, 1 month and 13 days.

In the year 1783, Sunday, April 20, our
daughter, Elizabeth Bastier, married
Jonathan Basher, in the sign of the Fish;
was aged 19 years, 8 months and 8 days.

In the year 1785, April 3, Abraham
Denlinger died.

In the year 1791, Tuesday, November

22, our daughter, Magdalena Bastier,
married, in the 20th year of her age, Pe
ter Andreas (in the sign of the Cancer),
an European by birth, of German de-
traction. He was born of and brought
up by the Mennonites, so that it was with
difficulty they united upon our instruct
tions in religion, and in the Book of our

In the year of Christ 1792, January 17,
the grandmother of the children here
mentioned died also. She had married
Jacob Bostart Anno 1721, deceased. She
brought her age in this world to 88 years
and nearly 10 months. She died after a
brief illness, not suffering as much as our
father in his last illness.

In the year 1797, November 7, our sol
Joseph Bastier married Anna Denlinger,
in the sign of the Twins Was aged 27
years, 7 months and 5 days.

In the year 1802, October 12, our
daughter Maria married Martin Mel
linger. She lived in the bonds of mar-
riage 17 years, 6 months and 9 days
and she lived in widowhood 1 year, less
2 weeks. In the year of Christ 1808,
October 13, the father died. In the year
of Christ 1809, July 12, the mother died.
Family Register of Joseph Bastier.

In the year of Christ 1797, Tuesday,

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November 7, I, Joseph BasUer, married
Anna Denlinger, in the sign of the

Id the year of Christ 1796, November
16, a son was born to us, Friday morning
at 9 o'clock, by name Jacob BasUer, in
the sign ot the Fish.

In the year of Christ 1801, February
19, a son was born to us, Thursday
morning at 6 o'clock, by the name of
Joseph BasUer, in the sign of the Bull.

In the year of Christ 1803, September
23, a daughter was born to us, Wednes-
day evening between 9 and 10 o'clock,
by name of Magdalena BasUer, in the
sign of the Fish.

In the year of Christ 1806, February
5, a son was born to us, Wednesday
evening at 8 o'clock, by name of Jona-
than BasUer, in the sign of the Virgin.

In the year oi Christ 1808, September
18, a daughter was born to us Sunday
morning at 6 o'clock, by name of Esther
BasUer, in the sign of the Twins.


Ool. JoAho* Elder to Col. Rodger*.

Col. John Rogers.

PAXTANe, £ Oth June, 1777.
Sir: The above is a Copy of a Letter
from Col. Galbraith, which I reed late
last Night, by which you see there's the
greatest Necessity for our utmost Exer-
tions. I reed a verbal Message from
Major Brown of yr Battallion to attend
an Appeal to be held at Hanover next
Monday, I would be glad to be Informed
at what Time I should attend, or if you
are to have the Lieutenant, or another
Sub* Lieutenant & Magistrate or by the
Lieutenant's orders as we must En-
deavour to walk in as straight a Line as
possible upon these occasions, or if I
cou'd be excused, as I shall have enough
to do in this Battalion to procure substi-
tutes, there being so many Germans all
of whom refuse going. O their Clay cold
heads, & Luke warm hearts. Sir, by all
that's dear & sacred to up, let me entreat
you not to spare the least pains to dis-
patch your Classes, & if you feel the Loss

& Trouble of it now, I hope you'll find 1
the Honor & Benefit of it hereaiter.
I'm Sir, yr h'ble servant,
Joshua Elder.

Ool. G*lt>r»Hh to Ool. Rodger*.

To Col. Rodgbrs.

Donegal, 16th June, 1777.

Sir: In consequence of Orders from
the President of the Executive Council
of the 13th Inst., as well as from Gen-
erals Mifflin, Armstrong & Potter of the
14lh at night, requesting the March of
the Militia, and giving me informa-
tion of General How's army rap-
idly Marching thro the Jerseys,
being at Rocky run, 5 Miles from
Princeton, on Saturday last. Do order
you, with all expedition to get in readi-
ness (agreeable to former orders), the
first Class of your militia to March to
Chester on Delaware, and noti y the
Second Class to hold tnemselves in readi-
ness to March at a Moment's warning.
Ton must agree with Substitutes in the
room of those who deny Marching (not-
withstanding ray Publication), at such
rates as you can, with the advice of the
nearest Sab Lieutenant who's agreement
shall be Confirmed by me and at the
same time take Care that no Substitutes-
are taken out of the Second Class tar the
first. The Cityzens of Philad'a have
made up all variances & marched Tester-
day Morning unanimously in defense of
their Country. In a word, Sir, I hope
you'l not loose a moment's time in doing
the necisary. Everything will be pro-*
vided for the men at Lanc'r or at the
Camp, except Blankets.

I'm in the greatest haste, Sir, your
Humble Serv.,

Bartrbm Galbraith, Ool.

OoL Galbrattli to OoL Bodgon.

To Col. Rodgers

Donegal, 20th June, 1777.
Sir: By a let ter from the President in
Council ot the 25th Inst, ree'd this Morn-
ing, Countermands the March of the first
Class of the Militia, on the retreat of Gen-
eral How's troops from Summerset &
Brunswick to Amboy & Staten Island,
yet at the Same time to hold in readiness
at a moment's warning, as no doubt they
may be soon called, Should How attempt

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our Gapes. I have wrote to the President
«& expect in a few days his answer, when
jou'U receive Particular orders from me.
Continue Such Substitutes as are already
provided for the protection of the civil
Authority, but recommend to the Majis**
trates to proceed only to collecting of the
fines for days of exercise, for a few days,
until the President's Answer comes to
hand. I have sent a few Notices amongst
you which I expect you'll Observe.
When I was in your Country our people
had a brush with a number of rioters in
which one of our people was killed bv
the 8troak of the Coalter of a Plough &
three of the others wounded, which I
hope will be the means of putting a Stopp
to other Insurrections of the like kind.
In haste, rest your Humble Serv't,
Bartrrh Galbraith, LituVnt.

Ool. Galbraith to Ool. Rodger*.

Donegal, July 15th, 1777,
Str: Tours of yesterday came to hand
by Captain Hay, which Surprises me no
little, to find that uneasiness should be
now arrising amongst you, at the very
time it ought not to subsist.

By Capt. Hay I have sent you the
rules by v/hich the Continental Armey is
governed, to which every Officer & Sol-
dier now with you is subject (or ought to
be) which you'l cause to be read at the
Head of the Company for their Instruc-
tion as to that of their duty, that should
they offend, or goe out of the line of
duty it may not be unknown to them, as
I'm determined if in my power to pre-
serve good order. You will call or ap*
point the men to meet twice a week at
your house or elsewhere as you shall
see meet, to receive their farther Instruc-
tions which shall be handed you from
me, as the exigency of affairs may re«

guire, but at the same time they (the
oldiers) are to take care that no
expense is accrued to the State for
their mentainance during such Intervals,
their hands must clear 'their teeth. As
the President has put it in my power to
continue the guard at my pleasure, I do
think proper to continue the Substitutes
until the civil authority has no further
demand for us; it's not the business of
this, that, or the other Class, how the
present Glass serves their tower of duty

.or yet the people for whom they are Im-
ployed; as the house of Assembly has
appointed me the drudge in that respect,
for those very mute good People, & have
boren the burthen for them, I'm also
determined that they shall give me a
Liberty to Judge for them, so that if they
make use of Language let it be amongst
themselves, as I hope ever to be able to
act agreeable to my duty without Partial'*
ity to Persons while in my present station.
I hope the Substitutes will bebave them-
selves becoming men of candour and pro-
bity. I'm their mark for their wages.
In haste, yours Ac.,

Babtrem Galbraith, Lieut

Vol* Joahoa Elder to Ool. Rodger*.
Paxtang, July 220, 1777.

Col. John Rodobrs, Drar Sir: I
yesterday came from Col. Galbraith's,
where we fixed on having a Day of Ap-
peal in your Battalion: Inclosed I have
sent you a copy of an advertisement
which you'll be good enough to put up
in the most Public Places, & fix the
Place of meeting at the most convenient
Place as near the Centre of the Battalion
as possible.

I am in the meantime your most hum-
ble servant, Joshua Elder.

* iaai »

Historical, Biographical and Genealogical.


Postlethwaitr.— In reply to a valued
correspondent, who some months since
made inquiries concerning Col. Samuel
Postlethwaite and his children, we find
the following notes:

Col . Samuel Postlethwaite died August
24, 1810. at Carlisle, in his 72d year.

Joseph R. Postlethwaite removed from
Carlisle to Pittsburg, where he opened
tavern "Sign of the Bear," in September
1795, "in the house lately occupied by
Capt. John McMasters."

Dr. James Postlethwaite married April
11, 1799, Betsy Smith, daughter of the
late Major James Smith, of Cumberland

Miss Amelia Postlethwaite, daughter of
Col. Samuel, married January, 1801,
Henry Coulter, of Greensburgh. Mr.

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Coulter died at Carlisle March 2, 1802,
leaving a wife and one child. Mrs.
Coulter died Friday, Nov. 4, 1808, about
200 miles above the Natchez, to which
place she was going with her brother.
Her remains were taken to Natchez.

Lang [Long] Family.— The assess-
ment for Paxtang township, Lancaster,
now Dauphin, county, for 1780 has the
name of Paul Long as a * "freeman."
Who was he, and was he the ancestor of
the following?

i. Catharine; m. George Parthemore.

ii. Kate; m. Paul Utz.

iii. Lizzie; m. — Gardner; they
resided in Washington, D. C.

iv. Jacob.

v. Henry.

John Long, b. 1778; d. Feb. 6, 1838,
and buried in St. Peter's graveyard, Mid-
dletown, Pa. ; he m , first, Christina Mus-
ser, who d. in 1817; they had issue:

i. Catharine, b. April 12, 1811; m.
Matthias Parthemore; reside in High-
spire, Pa.

ii. Nancy; unm. ; resides in Highspire,

iii. Elizabeth, b. Aug. 81, 1814 ; m.
John Hoover; resides in Union Deposit,

iv. John, d. s. p.

John Long m. secondly, by Rev. Geo.
Lochman, June 17, 1817, Fannie Musser,
sister to his first wife; Fannie d. aged 66
years; they had issue:

v. [Adau.] d s.p.

vi. John.

vii. viii. [Twins. 1

ix. [Adau.]

x. Daniel, b. Dec. 8. 1818; m. Mary
Bowers; resides in Highspire, Pa.; is
known to many of the citizens of Dau-
phin county as the blacksmith who car*
ried on his trade in the above village,
along the pike, south of the canal bridge,
for nearly 40 years. p.


[The death of Mrs Ann Maria Sehner,
of Lancaster county, has called forth the
following notice, and facts connected
with an old Lancaster county family -
which have been forwarded to Notes and
Queries for publication.}

Mrs. Ann Maria Sehner, widow of the
late John Sehner, died on the morning of
July 26, 1887, at Lancaster. She was
born August 12, 1806, the eldest daughter
of Adolph Christian Fick and the last
survivor of tbe family. She was baptized
September 8, 1806, confirmed in youth by
Rev. Dr. Endress, of Trinity Lutheran
church, and united in marriage to John
Sehner by Rev. P. Wolle, of the Mora-
vian Church, December 15, 1825.

Her father, Adolph C. Fick, was born
at Waren, in the Duchy of Mecklenburg,
September 17, 1777, served an appren-
ticeship in Eppendorf, near the free city
of Hamburg, receiving at the end of his
term an honorable discharge, a strong
letter of recommendation. He came to
Philadelphia about the year 1799 and
settled in Lancaster, where he soon af-
terwards married Justine M. Ulmer,
daughter of Philip Ulmer and wife Bar-
bara (born Hamericb), and started his
business of a butcher. Leaving his
family and business he marched to Balti-
more in the service of his adopted coun~
try in the war of 1812-15. Returning,
after an honorable discharge, he con-
tinued his business on East King street,
adjoining the residence of the parents of
Col. Wm. B. Fordney, opposite tbe home
of Robert Coleman, where he died in
1825. His widow survived him 43 years,
dying in 1868 in her 83d year.

Her husband, the late John Sehner,
born January 4. 1798 (1798-1864). Car-
penter and builder, was the oldest son of
John, born October 7th, 1765, (Johannis>
Sehner and wife Catherine, whose maiden
name was Rung, and a grandson of Gott**
lieb Soehner, who landed in Philadelphia
from off the ship Fane, Capt. Hyndman,
Oct. 17, 1749 (1), and settled in Lancas-
ter, where he was married by Rev. I. F.
Handschuh to Maria Barbara Kline, on
Sunday, Sept. 18th, 1750, in the old Lun
theran church that stood upon the site
now occupied by Trinity Lutheran chapel.
Pastor Handschuh's text on that day was
Psalm xv.

Mrs. Sehner survived her husband 23*
years. Never very robust, though a wo-
man of great industry and energy, de-
voting her strength and many years to
her family and the sick and distressed
within her reach, she has now gone to her

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reward at the ripe old age of 80 yean, 11
months and 14 days.

Of nine children (eight sons and one
daughter) four sons-— John R, Henry C,
Benjamin F. and Edward A., and one
daughter, Justine M., wife of George H.
Rothermel, survive her. She leaves also
two grandsons, Samuel M. Sehner, son
•of Henry C. Sehner, and John J. Rother-
„ mel, and two great-granddaughters,
Frances and Gertrude, children of
Samuel M. Sehner.

Jacob Sehner, of Carlisle, who cele-
brated his 95th birthday on July 16, and
who also served in the war of 1818-15,
and Gottlieb Sehner, of Manor township,
Lancaster county, are also grandsons of
Gottlieb Scehner of 1749.

Boras.— 1. See Rupp's Coll. 80,000
names of emigrants, page 331.

2. Rupp's History Lancaster county,
page 134.




The following paper is in the posses-
sion of the Dauphin County Historical
Society r

The gallant fellows who composed
'Co. G, Second Regiment, Pennsylvania
Tolunteers," commanded by Capt E. C.
Williams, were mustered into service by
Lieut. Freeds, U. 8. A., January 3, 1847.
There was about 100 of them— mostly
poor men— but willing to follow the flag
wherever it went. It went from Har-
risburg to the Halls of the Monte-
zamas, and these gallant men
with it. The company was composed of
all trades and professions. Many of its
members rose to be officers of the regular
army, and in every engagement from
Vera Cruz to Mexico proved their steadi-
ness and courage. Before being mustered
the money subscribed upon the paper we
print was expended in clothing. Other
subscriptions were made to provide for
several families, and altogether a consid-
erable amount was contributed tor the
soldier and for tho«e dependent upon him.

The shrunken company returned to
Harrisburg in July, 1848, and was wel-
comed with a glorious outburst of enthu*
aiastic delight, bells rang, cannon roared
4Uid throats shouted volumes of welcome.
The captain still survives, but we do not

recognize any survivors among the pri
vates, save Henry Beader Wood, Esq.,
now of New York, who is borne on the
descriptive roll as "Law Student— Har-
risburg— aged 31— height 5 feet 6 inches, "
and Capt Weidman Forster, now of
Franklin county, who figures on the roll
"Carpenter — Harrisburg — aged 31 —
height 6 feet 3$ inches."

The surviving subscribers are marked
*, and only seven of the fifty and more
are alive in 1887.

If any person has the two similar pa-
pers used in other portions of the bor-
ough we hope they will transmit them to
Mr. A. Boyd Hamilton, president of the
Historical Society.

Habbisbubg, Dec 33,1846.

We, the undersigned, agree to pay the
sum opposite our respective names for the
purpose of procuring clothing, &c, for
the company now formed and

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