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EtoDOERS, Col. John.

Died December 6, 1799, in West Han-
over; commanded one of the battalions
of associators in the Revolution.
Reynolds, Dr. John C.
Rbimuth, Philip.
Seyfert, Anthony.

Notary public, March 25, 1798; and
coroner of the county of Dauphin from
Jan. 9, 1794 to Dec. 7, 1795.
Seal, Jacob.

Born Dec. 16, 1785; d. Sept. 8, 1858.
•RirffTw Thomas.

Surveyor and maker of the county map
of 1816.

Sawyers, Jambs.

A captLin in the Revolutionary war,
and one of the burgesses of the borough
of Harrisburg ip 1797.


Born February 8, 1770; d. September
9. 1821, at Harrisburg.
Umberobr, John.

A soldier of the Revolution who d. in
1813; father of Dr. David Umberger, of

Whiteside, Dr. Thomas,
wolflby. jacjb.
Wolf, Henry.

Died in 1831; shericf of the county of
Dauphin from Oct. 19, 1809, to Oct 19,
1812, and again from Oct. 16, 1815, to
Oct. 19, 1818; notary public, Sept. 18,
Wright. John.

Represented Dauphin county in the
Legislature 1855 and 1856; accidentally
killed at Halifax.

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ThbTaxablbs in Pbnnsalvania in
1760 were 81, 667. In 1770, 89.765. In
1789, 45,688; and in 1784, 66,925. In
1787, it was calculated that the white
population of the State was about 860,*

Allisons of Derby.— John Allison,
of Derry, d. in 1747, leaving a wife
Janet, and children:

i. Robert.

H. Jean.

m leabel

iv. Margaret.

e. Janet.

et a . James.

He owned land in Virginia.

Robert Allison, of Derry, d. in 1765.
In his will he devised the
sum of £100 to the Philadelphia
Hospital, and an equal sum to the Acad-
emy at Newark, Delaware. He mentions
his son James Allison, and the following:

Patrick Allison, John Allison and
Jane Clark, children of John Allison, de-
ceased; Margaret! Patrick and Robert
Allison, children of William Allison;

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John, William, James and Robert Smith*
sons of Jane Smith, deceased; and John
and William White, children of Margaret
White. s. b.


[In 1888, Tyrone Power, the once
fimoos comedian, was in Harrisburg.
From his • Impressions of America,*'

frablished io 1885, we give the following,
t may be here stated that Power was on
the ill fated President which sailed for
Europe in March, 1841, and never heard
of alterwards. ]

The next large place we arrived at was
Harrisbnrg, the capital of the State of
Pennsylvania. It was midnight when
we reached it, bat I immediately walked
to look at the State house, where the
Legislature assembles, and about which
are arranged the public offices.

The mass appeared large and the effect
of the buildings with their lofty classic
porticos, viewed under the influence of a
fine starlight ni^ht, was imposing enough.
The situation is well chosen, appearing
like a natural elevation in the midst of a

Slain, and overlooking the waters of the
osquehanna, above whose banks the city
is built.

One always feels something like disap-
pointment on entering one of these capi-
tals, although previously aware that the
sight is selected with regard only to the
general convenience of the community,
and without reference to the probabilities
of its ever becoming important tor its
trade or its monstrous size.

A European accustomed to seek in the
capital of a country the highest speci-
mens of Its excellence in art, and the ut-
most of its refinement in literature, and,
indeed, in all which relates to society, is
necessarily hard to reconcile to these
small rustic cities, whose population is
doubled by villages he has only heard
named for the first time whilst journey-
ing on his way to the Liliputian mistress
of them all. As places of meeting for
the Legislature, I am of those who think
the small ness of population an advantage.
Firtl^ the members are freed frem the ex-
pense consequent upon living in large
cities; and next, the chambere are re*
moved from having their deliberations
overawed and impeded by any of those

sudden outbreaks of popular madness to
which all people are prone, and to which
the nature of this government more im-
mediately exposes it, without possessing
any power quickly to arrest or control
such license.

Hanisburg is highly spoken of for its
salubrity as well as the beauty of its site,
and gives promise of becoming important
in point of population. At present its
inhabitants are.about four thousand.

From this we steered away to the south'
ward until at Chambersburg we struck
the direct road leading from Baltimore to
Pittsburgh. We had a rough night of it;
but a halt of an hour at Chambersburg,
• in the morning, enabled me to make a
comfortable toilet and get an excellent
breakfast, Here we took the first spur
of the mountains, and from this were on
a continual ascent.

« i ^ i »


[As very frequently during the Rebel-
lion, so it was in the Revolution, those
having political influence were promoted
over the heads of persons of seniority
of rank, and whose meritorious conduct
in the field deseived it: But such is the
fate of politics in war, and those who are
shoved aside must abide the decision.
Sometimes history repeats itself, and the
following memorial of the subaltern offi-
cers of the Second Regiment of the Penn-
sylvania Line is an exemplification there-

Philadelphia, January 20th, 1770.

To tho Honourable Council of Safety
for the State of Pennsylvania, The
Memorial of the Subaltern Officers of the
2nd Pennsylv, a Regt. commanded by
Jno. Phillip de Haas, Esqr., Respectfully

That your Memorialists understand by
the arrangement making out by the
Hon'ble Board, that they will be de-
prived of that Rank in the Army which
they think themselves Justly entitled to.

They beg leave to acquaint the Board
that they have served with Reputation,
& the Approbation of their Commanding
Officers during the last very severe cam-
paign in the Northern Army, and as they
are not sensible what fault they have
committed, they cannot but be much sur-
priz'd at the unexpected appointment of

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several strange Gentlemen to the Com-*
mand of the vacant Companies in the
above Regiment.

We have risen to oar present rank
gradually, & have been in the Service
considerable time, & now to be deprived
of onr Just promotions we cannot but
think is using us extremely hard & very
discouraging to the Service.

All that we now want is that the Hon-
ourable Council will be pleas'd to appoint
us according to our Seniority in the
Batt'n, & and our present Just cause of
uneasiness be remov'd

We have now laid our Grievances be-
fore the Board, and hope that your Hon-
ours will take the above facts into tender
Consideration. John Bankson,
Gbo. Jenkins,
Christian Staddel,
Jno. Ellis,
Samuel Tolbebt,
John Cobea,
Jno. Irwin,
Wm Moorb,
Zach. Ashmbad,
John Stoy,
Major Walbron.


[We are indebted to Samuel Evans,
Esq., of Columbia, for the following
"Stray Notes" of old Scotch-Irish fami-
lies, most of whose descendants nearly a
century ago migrated southward and
westward. Concerning several, we have
already given notes ]

In December, 1758, Thomas Harris
was appointed guardian over George
Semple, Sarah and Mary Semple, minor
children of John Semple, deceased. At
this time Captain Harris lived at his mill
on Conewago creek in Mount Joy town-
ship. The Semples resided in Deny
near the same place.


William Harris, of Paxtang, died prior
to 1763, and left children:

i. James; over 21 years.

ii. John; 17 years of age.

Hi. Robert; under 14.

io. Mary; under 14 years of age.

James Harris, uncle of these children,
was appointed guardian of those under

age. The farm contained 275 acres*
Catharine Harris, the widow, and James
Harris, the brother of William, were the
administrators of the estate. The follow-
ing apportionment was made in 1768:

To James £118 18 4

To Sarah 59 6 8

ToMary 59 68

ToRobert 59 6 a


Andrew Roan, who died in 1768, left
the following children, all of whom were
above 14 years of age :

t. Jennett.

ii Borah.

Hi. Archibald.

*>. William.

e. Hugh.


Robert Taylor owned a farm of one
hundred and fifty acres, adjoining the
ferry on the Deny side of the Conewago.
He died prior to 1762. Charles McCor-
mick married Mary Taylor, his widow.
In Orphans' Court proceedings in 1762
Henry Taylor, son of Robert, took the
farm at a valuation ot two hundred and
seventy-one pounds. Charles McCor%
mick and Mary received £28. 9. 11}.
Robt. Taylor's children were: '

i*. henry.

H Catharine; m. John Sterling.

tit. WUKam.

in. Robert.

e. Matthew.

vi. Jans.

vH. John.

wit. Elizabeth,

ix. Ann.

This family have disappeared from the
Derry Records.


James Campbell, of Deny, d. in 1771,
leaving a wife Rosanna. He named the
following in his will:

Jean Edmiston, his step-daughter.

James Vernon, son of his step-eon,
Henry Vernon.

Robert Cross' children.

Sister Martha Cary, who was then in

Sister Elizabeth Long, in Ireland.

James Campbell, son of his son Pat*

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rick Campbell, and also his sons John and

He gave Flavel Roan £20.

Key. John Roan was a witness to the



John Laird, of Deny, d. in 1777, leav-
ing a wife Agnes, and children:

i. James; who got 221 acres on the

ft. Hugh: m. and had John.

iii. John.

to. Samuel.

«. William.

ot. Elizabeth m. Matthew McKinney,
who was the nephew of Mary Harris (nee
McKinney) wife of Captain Thomas

The witnesses to the will were William
Laird and John McFarland.


James Walker, of Paztang, d. in 1784,
leaving a wife Barbara and children:

i I$abel.

ft. William.

iH James.

to Daniel.

o. Robert.

vi. Thomas.

oft. John

He also mentions his granddaughters,
Catharine Galbraith and Beckey Gal-
bra it h.


History of tno Denomination in tn« United


Habbibburg, Sept. 8— In the preface
to his admirable Manual of the United
Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Dr.
James B. Scouller, of Newville, Cumber-
land county, says: "Every Christian
should be in sympathy with his Church,
and so imbued with its spirit that he can
feel at home in its work and worship.
Then, and only then, can he enjoy that
netful feeling which springs from confi*
dence and love. But to obtain this he
must know its history and its mission, its
faith and its spirit, its work and its work-*
era, and become so identified with it in
all its parts as to enjoy the pleasures of
its memories and of its hopes."

Of the United Presbyterian Church, or
father a pioneer theological seminary

from which have sprung those great insti-
tutions which have made the Presbyte*
rian Church the central and leading re-*
ligious power in intelligence and force on
this continent, I propose to treat to day,
and show that the United Presbyterian
Church, of which so little is known, at
least in this section of Pennsylvania, at
the present time, led in the intellectual
advancement of its cleiiry and laymen
during the Colonial times and the early
years of the Republic. I have said that
but little is known now in this section of
United Presbyterian ism. This was not
always the case. The churches of this
denomination, which once flourished in
Chester and Lancaster counties and the
Cumberland Valley, but have long since
gone to decay or are u«ed by other de*
nominations, show what hold the Cove-
nanters, the Beceders, the Associate and
Associate Reformed (all really of the
United Presbyttrian faith) had upon the
sturdy and heroic men who fought and
bled and died, for the establishment not
only of civil, but religious freedom in
these then far western wilds.

An Kdn*atea Ministry.

The men who first planted the banners
of the United Presbyterian Church in
this country had received a thorough
university education and training, and
were never disposed to lower the stand-
ard they set up by having men possessed
of little or no education promulgate the
truths of the Gospel. For a time they
had neither the material nor machinery
here with which to increase the ministry,
and had, therefore, to import their help-
ers from abroad. They soon realized,
however, that no Church could live and
prosper on an imported or foreign minis*
try. The supply would be insufficient
and precarious, and the prevailing spirit
would hardly be in harmony with the
customs and conditions of the country.
It would look after and care almost ex-
clusively for the Scotch and Irish settlers,
and thus make the Church an exotic in
the land. It would look to immigration
more than its surroundings for its in'
crease, and thus make the Church a body
in rather than of the country.

A Pioneer Theological Seminary.

To Beaver county, in this State, be.

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longs the credit of having founded the
second, if not the first, school of theology
in the United States. It was established
in 1794 by a number of ministers of the
Associate Presbytery of Pennsylvania,
which, having increased to several pres-
byteries in different States, was formed
into a synod in 1804, under the title of
the Associate Synod of North America.
The ministers in this connection, all edu<*
cated in the schools and colleges of Scat-
land, followers of John Knox, and im«
pressed with the conviction that Christian
teachers should be well instructed, de-
termined to lound a theological seminary
for the training of a cultured ministry.
Having been reared in the Established
Church of Scotland, they were desirous
of seeing the principles developed in the
Westminster standards extensively propa-
gated in this new field, and also to guard
against any departures from either faith
or practice. Called upon to supply min-
isters for the new field opening up
everywhere, they were unable to meet
the demand, and hence dire necessity
compelled them to establish a school for
the education of the men wanted. The
outgrowth of this necessity was

JBndolpha Ball,
The Hall of the Good Fraternity, for
it was confidently expected that its occu-
pants would be brotherly in their feeling
and saintly in their acts and conversation.
This seminary, antedating by two years
the theological seminary of the Associate
Reformed Church, and by some eight or
ten years the one founded at Princeton,
New Jersey, at the opening of the present
century had but one competitor in the
United 8tates,that of the Dutch Refoi med
Church, which was said to have been es-
tablished in 1784, first at New York, then
removed to Flatbush, and finally perma*
nently established at New Brunswick,
New Jersey.

Whara Ik Wm Loaatad.
Endolpha Hah was located in the
Valley of Service, Raccoon township,
Beaver county, about a mile west of
Service church, and two or three hun-
dred yards east of the direct road from
Beaver to Frank fort Springs. For several
years the professor of theology in the
institution, Dr. Anderson, read his lec-

tures to his students in a room in his
own dwelling, a log house of modest
pretensions. In this same room the stu-
dents were examined upon the subject
matter of the lectures, and also delivered
their trial discourses.

Tna First Building.

About the year 1806 a building was
erected for the use of the students. It
was exceedingly plain and humble in ap-
pearance, being built of hewn timber.
Its dimensions were 18 by 80 feet, and it
was two stories in height. It is still
standing, and a fewyears ago was occu*
pied by Mr. Joshua Hunter as a dwelling.
A drawing of the original Endolpha Hall,
by Prof. Emil Botts, can be seen in the
library of Col. M. S. Quay at Beaver.
The lower story served as a library and
lecture room, and the upper as a dormi-
tory for the students A library of some
eight hundred volumes was gathered to-
gether, which consisted largely of the
works of Reformation andPnritan divines,
and were contributed to a very great ex»
tent by An ti- Burgher ministers. Thus
situated, domiciled and equipped, the in-
stitution did a good and healthy work for
twenty-five years.

What Wm Taught and Studied.

During its twenty-five years of exist-
ence, Endolpha Hall educated twenty*
seven young men for the ministry. The
average class was from four to six, and
all recited together as one class, except
in Hebrew. The course of study waa
confined largely to an exhibition or ex-
position of Scripture truths, and no dili-
gent student could fail to become very
familiar With the Bible in its letter, sub-
stance and spirit. Outside of some at-
tention to the languages and critical exe-
gesis, Dr. Andersons instruction was
embraced in a series of lectures, which
extended through the four years of the
course. These were based on Dr. John
Marck's Medulla and Compmd, which
he used as a guide or text book. He
lectured on four days in every week, and
each lecture was from three to four hours
in length. He read so slowly, however,
that a fair penman could write out the
lecture as delivered. At every repetition
of his lectures he enlarged upon them,
and they became so voluminous that at

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last he was unable to get over the whole
coarse in four years.

IHtUIob off Um Seminary.
The seminary was divided in 1820,
Philadelphia selected as the location for
an Eastern srminary, and Dr. John
Banks elected its professor. He was
thought to be the best Hebraist in the
country, writing and speaking the He-
brew freely. In 18*1, the Western
branch was located at Cannonsburg,
Washington county, with Dr. James
Ramsay as its professor. In 1826 Dr.
Banks died of apoplexy, and after con-
siderable discussion, the two seminaries
were consolidated in 1880 at Cannons-
burg under Dr. Ramsay, Dr. Alexander
Bullions acting as ad interim professor
for the Eastern seminary.

Additional Prof«ttonblp««
In 1888 a second professorthip was ess
tablished, and in 1885 it was filled by Dr.
Thomas Beveridge, who continued to fill
it for thirty-five years. In 1841 Dr.
Ramsay resigned, and was succeeded by
Dr. James Martin, who was followed by
Dr. A. Anderson in 1846, and the latter
by Dr. 8. Wilson in 1855, when the sem
inary was removed to Xenia, Ohio. In
1858, a third professorship was added,
an<l filled for fourteen years by Dr. J.
Clokey. In 1874 the Associate Reformed
Seminary at Monmouth, Illinois, was
consolidated with it, and a fourth profes-
sorship created. Dr. William Bruce
served the seminary from 1872 to 1880,
and Dr. J. B. M'Michael, a brother of
Judge M'Michae), of Lawrence county,
from 1878 to 1878. The present faculty
is composed ot Drs J. G. Carson, W. G.
Morehead, J. Harper and D. M'DM.
Several hundred students have been in-
structed by this seminary, the outgrowth
of Endolpha Hall. It is splendidly
equipped with large and handsome build-
ings, extensive library, and is well en*

Dr. John AndaraoD,

the first professor of Endolpha Hall, was
an Englishman by birth, but of Scotch
parentage, and was born about the year
1748. Be became pastor of the Service
church in 1782, and continued as such
until his death in 1880. Like Zaccheus of
old, he was short in stature, being only

five feet in height, but was firmly built,
had regular features, a lofty forehead and
dark, penetrating eyes. His appearance
was venerable and dignified, so much so
as to attract attention in a miscellaneous
company. Some >A his mental traits and
habits were peculiar. He was remarka*
ble for his earnest piety. Much of his
time was spent in reading, meditation
and prayer. His neighbors of every re-
ligious faith testified as to this character-
istic ot the man, and the Rev. Dr. Alex-
ander M'Clelland, who was a student at
Endolpha Hall about 1812, boarded in
Dr. Anderson's family, and subsequently
became a professor in Dickinson College,
at Carlisle, said: "I do believe he (Dr.
Anderson) was the m<st godly man in
the earth " He was humble and never
paraded his learning. When he found
he had done the least wrong to any one,
he would not rest until proper confess
sion or reparation was made. He was
dead to the world. His family, consisting
of himself and wife, subsisted on $800 a
year, and domestic matters were left en-
tirely to the management of his life part-
ner. He was an indefatigable brain
worker, devoting, as a rule, fourteen
hours per day to the most intense
study. Nor was this mental tax confined
to efforts in his library. He studied
when riding, in going from the saddle to
the pulpit and the pulpit to the saddle.
At times he was so absorbed in mental
operations that he was entirely oblivious
to what was going on about him. On
one occasion, when leaving the pulpit,
he was so loot in his theme that he
mounted a neighbor's horse and rode off,
not knowing what he did. At another
time, after spending the night with
James Sterling, one of the elders in his
church, he mounted the latter's horse
and started for his home, some ten miles
away. Proceeding some distance, he
dropped the reins, and, pulling out a
pocket companion, began to read. The
horse, being given full liberty, leisurely
ate the grass in the fence corners and
along the banks of the stream. When
the sun was setting, the animal, with the
studious doctor upon his back, returned
to Mr. Sterling's. r J he doctor recognised
the place as the one from which he
started in the morning, and, tar*

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rying through a second night,
resumed his journey next morn-
ing. The most amusing incident in
this connection is pleasantly told by the
Rev. Dr. Scouller. He says that the
good old Doctor once set out from home
upon a cold day lu the winter to attend a
distant meeting of Presbytery, and in-
dulged himself for a while in his usual
practice of reading till the severity of the
weather compelled him to desist. He
now found himself in a place which he
-could not recognize, and began to urge
his horee forward with unwonted ac-
tivity; but, having ridden all day with-
out discovering any habitation or meet-
ing any person from whom he could ob-
tain direction 8, as a last resort, in the
evening, he gave the reins to the horse,
thinking he might lead him to some
shelter for the night. The horse, thus
being left to himself, soon brought him
to an opening in the woods and made di-
rectly for a habitation at a little distance.
The Doctor knocked at the door, and it
was opened by an aged lady, of whom
he inquired, in a supplicating tone,
whether he could get lodging for the
night. The lady proved to be his wife,
and the house his own, around which he
had been riding all day at the distance of
a mile or two. He once put on the horde
a saddle for his wife, and did so with the
horns behind. When told of his error
he expressed astonishment that saddle*
should have horn*. His thoughts, his
instructions and his habits of study were
reproduced in those under his guidance
and tuition. Is it any wonder, then, that
most of the students of Endolpha Hall
became distinguished and successful
minister T I append a list of

Bndolpha's Graduates.
Rev. William Wilson, supposed to
have been the first student, wes licensed
to preach in 1795, and was followed by
such noted men of God as Thomas Alii-
«on, Abraham Anderson, Thomas Reve*
ridge, David Blair, William Craig,
Robert Douglass, James Duncan, James
T. Frazer, David French, Thomas
Hamilton, Thomas Hanna, Eben Hen-
derson, Andrew Heron, David Imbrie,
John Kendall, Alexander Murray, John
Muphat, Alexander M'Clelland, Thomas
M'Clintock, Daniel M'Lean, James

Pringle, Francis Fringle, James Ramsay,
Elijah N. Scroggs, Joseph Scroggs, John
Walker and William Wilson.

Parsons Imbrie and Beroggs.

Of the above, David Imbrie and Elijah
N. Scroggs were uncles of my esteemed
friend, D. L. Imbrie, Esq., who was Chief
Clerk of theJConstitutional Convention of
1873, and is at present connected with
the office of the Auditor General. David
Imbrie was an associate preacher. He
was born in Philadelphia in 1777, and
while an infant was taken by his parents
to Scotland, where they remained for
several years Returning to this coun-
try they settled in the western part of

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