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"April 14. 1785, Michael Stoner,

Dr. to Lot No. 122 £18

To 7 years ground rent 9 9

£27 9
To the balance of a book ac
count 12 12 6

£40 1 6
' By the am't of a proven ac-
count against the Estate
Amounting, &c 23 16 8

April 28, 1792, To cash paid

J. A. Hanna in lull for said

Lot £16 4 10

This is the ground on vbicn the Har
risburg Telegram is erecting a building.
26 feet by UK) feet is less than one- fourth
of the original lot, which was 52$ feet by
210 feet.

It is probable that. Stoner did not ereon
bis house for several years after he paid
for the lot. The age of the late building
is about 90 years. To compare the value
of ground then and now it may be stated

that Lot No. 122, "containing about one-
fourth of an acre," clear of buildings,
could not be purchased for less than
$40,000. It is now one of the most eli-
gible in the city, and has to the west a
very safe and well known structure— the
county jail. h.


McElwee, Robert, late clerk in the
Treasurer's office of the State, d. Friday,
July 6tb, 1821. LBe resided on High
street near the arsenal.]

Mil lei, Jacob, E?q , d. in Harrisburg,
Saturday, August 25tb, 1821, aged 69"

Mish, Jacob, d. at Harrisburg, Wed nes
day, August 17th, 1825, of typhus fever,
in bis 29 ih vear.

Mitchell, Thomas, d. at Annville, Sun-
day October 81st, 1818, aged 88 years.

Mitchell, Mrs , widow, d. at Harris-
burg, Wednesday, September 2d, 1818,
"a distinguished and pious Methodist
of that borough."

McAllister, Rev. Richard, youngest
son of Archibald McAllister, of Fori
Hunter, d. at the residence of his
brotbei near Savannah, Georgia, Novem-
ber 9ih, 1822.

Mellsh, John, geographer, d. at Harris-
burg December 80, 1822, in the 62d year
ol hie age.

Murray, William, merchant, of Harris*
burg, d. at Washington, Pa ,May 1,1823.

Myers, Samuel, member of House of
Representatives from Lehigh county, d.
at Harrisburg March 20, 1824, in the 35th
year of his age.

Mish, Mrs Sarah, wife of Jacob, and
daughter of John Bicke), of Jonestown,
d. July 7, 1824, in her 24th year.

Montgomery, Robert, U. S. Consul at
Alicant, Spain, d. there in September,
1828. He was an appointee of Washing*

Magfnness, James, mathematician, d.
at Harrisburg May 31. 1829.

Mitchell, Mrs. tiaiah, widow of the late
Thomas Mitchell, d. in West Hanover,
on Thursday, July 19, 1821, in her 79th

Mitchell, John, Esq , ioimerly a resi-
dent of Harrisburg. d. at Millersburg t
Tuesday, Sept 11, 1821.

McJimsey, Joseph A., Esq., d. at Har**

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risburg. Thursday, Sept. 30, 1821, aged
about 40 years.

Montgomery, Mrs Jane, consort of
Rev. Wm. B. Montgomery, formerly of
Danville, Pa., d. October, 1821, at Har-
mony, in the Osage Nation

Norton, John, carpenter, d. July 6,
1822, aged 78 years, one of the earliest
settler* of Harrisburg.

Nelson, Joseph R., assistant engineer
on the Juniata Division of the Pennsyl-
vania canal, d. at- Mexico. Juniata county,
July 12. 1829, aged 26 yeais

Neely, Dr. Jonathan, d. Feb. 1, 1827,
at the house of John 0. McAllister, Fort


During the last one hundred and eighty
seven years, America has bad nine wars
(without counting minor Indian wars),
anu all of these together make fifty odd
years of warfare— that is to say— during
that long period America has had two
years of pence to one year of war.

Their first war took place in the reign
of William III., and lasted from 1G89 to
1697. William III., the champion of
Protestant interests, waged a long war
with the magnificent and profligate Louis
XIV. of France. Could Puritan New
England refrain from sending a helping
hand? Two considerable expeditions
sailed from Boston against the northern
French possessions, both of which ended
in sac wreck and Iopb, and brought on
New England the curse of depreciated
paper money. This war was always
styled by the colonists "King William's

The next war, known as Queen Anne's
war, began in 1702, and eoded with the
peace of Utrecht in 1718. It was in this
war that the great Marlborough won his
most brilliant victories. The brave and
generous sons of Massachusetts agaia as*
sailed the French in the North, and
wretted from them the province of Nova
Scotia, a conquest which the treaty of
Utrecht confirmed.

After thirty year* of peace the third
war broke out, called King oeorge's war,
because it recurred in the reign of
George II. It lasted from 1744 to 1748,
Once more Massachusetts, witn the aid
of six other colonies, sent northward a

mighty armament, and conquered the
suonghold of Louisburg, on the island
of Cape Breton, an event that was cele-
brated in every town, from Boston to
Charleston, with bon fires, fireworks, il-
luminations, barbecues, and thanksgivs
logs. The valiant Yankee who com-
manded was knighted and made a lieu-
tenant general for his conduct on this
occasion. 8ir William Pepperrell he was
thenceforth called.

Next came the long, fierce war, in
which Braddock fell, and Wolff took
Quebec, and all Canada and all India tell
und<r the domain of Britain -the war
conducted by William Pitt In Europe
this war is called the Seven Tears' war;
but in America, where it lasted mote
than ten years, it is commonly styled the
old French war. It began in 1753. and
ended wiih the peace of Paris, in 1768.
The people New England, seconded by
New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia,
bore the brunt of this great contest.

Then came the war of the Revolution,
which lasted eight yean»; then the rup-
ture with France, in 1798; then the war
of 1812; then the internecine war with
Mexico; and lastly the War for the
Union, which lasted four years, 1861 to

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When in Philadelphia, during the Consti* .
tutional Centennial celebration, we pur*
chased a copv of "Men of Mark of the
Cumberland Valley" for ten cent* We
thought of our original subscription of
five dollars, ind the great disappointment
upon receipt of the volume. Had the
book proved to be what its title claimed,
copies would have commanded a pre-
mium instead of l>eing told for waste

Huntingdon and York have been
celebrating their centennials this week
— the county of the former having
been organized in 1787, the year of
tbe adoption of theFederal Constitution,
while the town of lork, although laid oat

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in 1741, entered upon its corporate exist*
ence io 1787. The weathtr having been
propitious, the celebrations have given
cause for grett rejoicing. All bail, there-*
fore, to ye ancient county of Huntingdon
and ye ancient borough of York 1"
• — • —

TURK IN 18*8.

[AnnaRoyall, the eccentric traveler,
and maligner in general, stopped at Yoik
on her way from Harrisburg to Wash-
ington in December, 1828. The follow-
ing account from her volume may prove
interesting these York centennial days. ]

On the coldest, snowy, blustering day
1 ever felt, about one o'clock, P. M., I
took the stage for York with my friend
and favorite, Mr. Welsh of that town.
We pasted through the same beautiful
country, I travelled upon my route to
Pittsburg, viz: Through Middletown.and
over Swatara river—but the snow poured
down to such a degree that we could not
see ten steps before us, and I became so
chilled with the cold that Mr. Welsh, one
of the humane fraternity, pulled off his
upper cloak and put it round me. The
Busquehacna, we crossed a little above
Columbia. But the sight of the river wis
terrific, the waves rolling high, the ice
running, and a demi flood from the melt-
ing of the snow, and nothing but a skifl
to cross in. My trunks weie piled up in
the bow; and wrapped up in Mr. Welsh's
cloak, which he held round me, and laid
across his lap that the wind might not
blow me overboard, we stood 'or the op*
posite shore, contending with ice, snow,
wind, and flood, one mile—no other wo*
man, excepting a $quaw t would have
crossed the river this day.

We had now a long way to go after
sunset, and as cold as Greenland. About
nine o'clock we arrived at York,
when I was met at the door of the tav-
ern by five or six gentlemen, who ex*
pected me in that evening's stage, and
who literally carried me into the house.

Here was great joy. Mr. Baitbee. a
French gentleman, and several others
whom I bad seen in Harrisburg, apprised
of my intended arrival, were at the tav-
ern ready to receive me. Thus carreesed,
as I was. on all sides, a warm room and
a hot cup of tea soon restored my spirits
and converse. They had heard every

thing about me from the papers and from
my friends. I was perfectly acquainted.
We laughed at the missionaries, tracts,
and Bible societies; and the bouse rang
with mirth and glee till a late hour, when
Mr Welsh, who never yet left my side,
took leave and I retired to my chamber.

York is situated in a rich plain, on a
stream called the Oodorus, and used to be
called Little Yoik in the timeof the i evo-
lution, and is famous in the history of the
war. It is an old town and contains
nearly 5,000 inhabitants, and is t*e capi-
tal of Yoik county. It is about 80 miles
south west'from Pbiladtlphia.and about a
day's journey north of Baltimore. It
contains a court bouse, prison, an acade
my, several church* 8, and does much
business, though it is about stationary, as
it is cut ofl from all advantages of trade
in the canal) in g business It appears
that Philadelphia is determined to sacri-
fice York to its own selfihness, lest by
extending navigation to the latter, Balti-
more would be benefited. I cannot say I
feel much .nterested for the tongue-bor-
ing Baltimore, as they encourage mission-
aries rather too much for me. But I do
think it is bard on York; the Legislature
will not consent to its making a railroad,
even at its own expense, so that they are
held as slaves to the caprice of Philadel-
phia, consequently York roust go down.

York is regularly laid out like Philadel-
phia, and some of the houses are well"
built of brick, some of wood, and a few
of stone. The court house is an ancient
and respectable pile, built by Penn in
1749. In this nuilding the sword pre
sented to General Lnfayette by the State
was delivered to him; I was in the room;,
it is on the second t-tory to the left. The
couit sits in tbe lower story, on a plain
un painted bench — everything plain, nor
has tbe bar, box, or bench ever been

Court was in session at tbe time, and
whom think you, was the presiding judge?
Even the wooden nutmeg man, men-
tioned in the 1st Yol. who travelled with
me from Lao caster.

It would actually appear that mankind
was not intended to be dee — here is a
race of men as brave as ( «9ar, fought
and bled, and suffered untold hardbhips.
Who fought harder for liberty than Penn,

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sylvanii? I never read of their bleeding
feet, but I shed tears. This is forgot 1 A
new race bas sprung up, unworthy as
they are ignorant ot the blessing.

What under Heaven, but their inability
to govern themselves, could possess them
to make this blue ekio Yankee a Judge
over liberal, honest men ? Could they
not find a native Pennsylvanian ? They
are guilty of treason to themselves.

II is honor bad not taken his seat, and
* number of good honest farmers being
assembled in the court house— I made
them a speech upon the subject, which
was received with gi eat approbation. I
told them ot the danger ot encouraging
these blue* skin pedlers, and how they
would peddle themselves into favor with
the womtD, and then into their money
chests. They gazed at me in astonish-
ment—never came into their heads that
Pennsylvanians would make as good
judges as Yankees

My pursuits left me but one day to
spend at Ycrk. and my parlor was
thronged during the lime, the crowd was
formidable, the house could not contain
them; the street and back yards were
covered. But my guardian angels formed
a phalanx around me; look behind when
I would, Barthee, or some of the frater-
nity was always at my back. Mr.
Barlhee, is a light figure, dark complex-
ion, thin oval face, with a soft blacfc
eye, and a countenance of uncommon
.swtetntss; bis manners, what we might
suppose, candid and genteel.

Gen. Ash, is a tall, slender, middle*
agtd man, of fine appearance and ele-
gant manners.

Gen. Jacob Spangler, is likewise a
noble figure and a most excellent man.

Gen. Michael Daudel, Col. James A.
Connelly, Messrs James B. Webb,
David Ducky, Henry Snyder, and Mr.
Porter, with those who have gone before;
are the cream of York, and are some of
our best men. The tavern keeper, Mo
Grain, was very attentive and keeps a
good house.

I met with Mr. Charles G. A. Barnetz
And Mr. Fareler, (I cannot distinguish
the last name), and Mr William Harry.
The latter livtd ten miles from York, a

most gentleman like man. I am under
great obligations to this gentleman, and
hope we may meet again Mr. Barnetz
lives about a mile from York and is one
of the most useful men in the state. He
is one of the best farmers in the first
place, and in the second place, he em*
ploys a larger capital in the improvement
of stock of all sorts, from the horse down
to the goose. He is said to have the best
breed of cattle in Pennsylvania; he bas
sold $4,000 worth of cattle in one year, of
his owia raising 1 independently of other
stock. John Bull may boast as he
pleases about his flue farms— Germany
may boast ot her princes and Scotland
of her lairds and her kail; but give me a
Pennsylvania German farmer.

I have just heard from Congress and
the Sunday mail men, the amount of
which is, whether we will surrender our
liberties or not 1 There ought to be a de-
cided negative given to such an insolent
request at once, and put the matter at
rest forever. It Congress has not the
power to do so, warranted as they are
by the constitution, then they are like
the "Indian's knife, a great gew-gaw
handle without a blade." They cerl
tainly have the power to declare al-
public enemies, who are such.

I had the pleasure of meeting with
Mr. John Smith and his lady, at York.
Mr. Smith is mentioned in 1st Vol. of
the Black Book; he is a citizen of N.
York, and has a summer residence at
Sing-Sing, on the Hudson river.

I had often met with Mr. Smith, but
never saw his lady until now; she is the
handsomest and at once the most ac torn-
plisbed temale I ever saw from that city.
They were returning from Washington
city, where they had been on a visit.

I had intended to visit Gettysburg and
Emmitsburg— my heart was particularly
set on these two places, especially, as I
had known one of the proprietors ot the
former. I was furnished with letters to
Rev. P. Egan, president of "Mount St
Mary's Seminary," of whom I had heard
the highest commendation. But, unfor-
tunately, there was no regular stage, and
I hastened to Washington.

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Powell.— Can you inform me where

Malachi Powell or William Powell re*

*ided in 1780, if in Danphin county.

Datid Powbll.
PUbburg. Jta.

[Both Malachi and William Powell re-
sided in Upper Paxtang township, now
Danphin county, in 1780. For this
family are named Powell's Valley and
Powell's creek. The original settler
John Powell, tavern keeper of
Paxtang died in 1748. leaving a wife
Margaret, a daughter Nancy and several
other children. Thomas McEee and John
Allison were executors of his estate.]

Old Mills. — Redsecker's mill at Abers
deen, on the Conewago, was built by
Uriah and Barbara Sharer in 1774. Plour
was there made for the Amtrican army
during the Revolution.

Risser's mill, in the southeastern cor-
ner of Oonewago township and also of
Dauphin county, was built by Christian
Snyder in 1769.

Goes' mill was built in 1779 by the
'•Irish Johnsons," so called to distin-
guish them from another family of John-
sons who lived in the neighborhood, and
who ran the distilleries on the premises
now owned by Benjamin Longenecker
«nd the estate of the late John Riaser.

c. G. 8.

[Our correspondent has sent us just
such information as requested and as we
desire to obtain concerning other mills
throughout this section. ]



In North Middleton township, Cum-
berland county, on the Conedoguinet
creek, two and a half miles from Carlisle,
is the graveyard of Meeting House
Springs. A correspondent sends u* the
following record, which for the present
wegicespaceto, intending before the
cold season prevents to visit that memor-
able spot and gather up all the records
which time and the elements have not
defaced :

Janet Thompson. "Here lys ye Body
of Jannet Thompson, wife of ye Rev.
Samuel Thompson, who deceased SeDt
ye 29, 1744. aged 33 years."

"Alexander McCullough, who de-
ceased January ye 15. 1746, aged 50

Jambs Young? "Here lys the body
of Jama Young, $ein&r, who parted this
life Feb 22. 1747, aged 79 years."

Mary Donnrl "Here Jys ye body
of Meyr donnel, who departed this life
Oct. 15. 1747, aged 64 yrs. r '

"Thomas Withbrspoon, who de-
parted tdis life Mar 22, 1759, aged 57."
McKehan. "Here lys the Body of
John and Alexander McKehan." [No
date ]

Parker. "Sacred to the memory of
Major Alexander Parker and his two
children, Margaret and John." [No

"Ronald Chambers, died Dec. 24.
1746, aged 60." *

William Graham, died Apr. 24, 1761,
aged 07.

John Flbmming, died 22, 1761,
aged 39.

James McFarlan, born Dec. 24, 1685:
d. Oct. 81. 1770.

John Kinkbad, died Aug. 4, 1772,
aged 51.

Mary Kinkbad (daughter), died Aug..
1758, aged 17. *

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Jambs Weakley, died June 6, 1772,
aged 68.

Jane Weakley (wife), died Nov: 80,
1768. aged 58

James Weakley (iofant sod of Sam
uel and Hetty), died Sept 4, 1777.

Samuel Laird Esq:, died Sept. 1806,
in the 74th year of bis age.

On tombstone these lines:
"Of simple manners, pure, and heart up-
In mild religion's ways be took delight;
As elder, magistrate or judge be still
Studied obedience to his Maker's will.
A husband kind, a friend to the dis-
He wished that all around him might be

A patriot in the worst of times approved,
By purest motives were his actions
There are also names of Drenna, San-
derson, Crocket and others of later date.




[We publish the following meager rec-
ord in the hope ot securing fuller data,
and therefore request tbose of our read"
ers who have any references to this fam-
ily to forward them to Note* and Queries. ]

I. Richabd McClure, an emigrant
from the North of Ireland, settlrd prior
to 1730, in Pax tang tow d ship, then Lan-
caster couLty, Province of Pennsylva-
nia, where he took up a tract of six hun-
dred acres of land. Ot his children, all
born in Ireland, we have the following:

2 i nomas.

8 ii Charles.

4 Hi. John

5 iv. Richard.

II Thomas McClure, son of Richard

McClnre, b. , in North of Ireland; d

in 1765, in Paxtang, whence he emigrat-
ed; m. Mary , wbo d. April, 1778, in

Hanover. They bad issue:

i John; m. Mary ; in 1778. They

resided in Mt. Pleasant township, York
count v. Pa

ii William.

Hi. Mary; m. February 6, 1759, Joseph

iv. Martha; m. Andrew Wilson.

v. Jean; m. James Burney.

vi. Thomas; m. Mary Harvey.

III. Charles McClurb ( Richard)!
d. prior to 1761, leaving a wife Slbakor,
and children as follows:

i. Arthur.
ii Rebecca,
Hi. Jennttt.
iv William,
v. John,
vi. Martha.
vH Eleanor.
em. Charles,
ix. Margaret.

IV. John McClure (Richard); d. in*

1762. in Hanover. ; m. Mary . They

had issue:

i James, b. 17S8; d. Nov. 14, 1805, to
Hanover; m. Mary Espy.
ii. William.

iii. Jane. m. William Waugh.
iv Ann.

V. Richard McClure (Richard); m^
and left issue:

i Alexander; m. Martha .

7. ii William; m. Margaret Wright

8. iH. Jonathan; m. 8arah Hays.
iv. Andrew; m. Margaret .

v. Roan; removed to White Deer Val-
ley. Northumberland county; d. Oct 8,.

1833; m. Hannah ; d. August 20,


ei. Margaret; m. 8ept 7, 1757, John

vU. David; m. Margaret Lecky.

vHi Katharine; m. Robert Fruit

VI. Thomas MoClurb (Thomas, Rich*
ard);d. January, 1778, in Hanover; m.
in 1761, Mart Harvey. They had

t. William; m. Agnes Lewis.
ii. Thomas.

iii Martha; m. Andrew Wilson; and
had Martha.
iv Mary; m. Jam?s George.
v. 8arah; m Daniel McQuire.
vi Jean; m. Samuel Moor.

VII. William McClure (Richard,
Richard); d. April, 1785, in Pax tang; m.
Margaret Wright, daughter of Robert
Wright. Tbey had issue:

i. Robert, b. Dec. 18, 1763; m. Pris-

ii Rebecca; m. Peter Sturgeon.
iii. Mary; m. Samuel Russell.
iv. Sarah; m. David Riddle, ot York
county, Penna.
e. Margaret.

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vi Jean; b. 1788; d. Deo. 21, 1876, in
Buffalo Valley.

VIII. Jonathan McClu&e (Richard,
Richard), b. 1745, in Paxtang; d. De«*
comber 11. 1799; m. Not. 10, 1768,
Saba* Hays, of Deny. They had issue:

i. Roan, removed to Buffalo Valley.

ii Miry.

Hi. Matthew

k». Jonathan.

v Borah.


[The following valuable historical ex*
cerpts have been coDtributed by John W.
Jordan, of the Historical Society of Penn-
sylvania. ]

During the years of political excitement
which followed the adoption of the Con*
stitution of the United Slates, the author-
ities of the Moravian Church in America,
dissuaded their members from taking any
active part. That their counsel was not
heeded by all, is evident from the follow-
ing entry in the Minute Book of the con-
gregation in Philadelphia, under date of
1st March, 1795:

"A letter was read from the Confer-
ence at Bethlehem, setting foitb, that
recently much to their sorrow and grie£
they learned that some of our brethren in
Lancaster had joined some self-created
political body called Democrats, and even
accepted office therein."

Records of the first birth, baptism, mar-
riage and death, and the first Indian
baptism at Bethlehem, Penn'a :
Anna, daughter ol Paul Daniel and
Kegioa Dorothea Brycelius, bo n July
16, 1742, and baptized by Count Zinzen*

John William Zander, missionary to
Surinam, S. A , was married to Johanna
Magdalena Mwler, daughter of John
Peter Muller, shoemaker, of German*
town*, July 8. 1742, by Count Zinzendorf.
John Mullzr, a single brother from
RLinebeck, died June 26, 1742, and was
buried the next day.

David, alias Wanab, a Mohican from
Cbecomeco, was baptized September 15,
1742, by Count Zinzendorf.

Joshua, alias Tashawachamen, a Mo*
hicao from Cbecomeco, was baptized
September^, 1742, by Gottlob Buttner.

Prior to the removal of the dead from

the Moravian graveyard in Philadelphia,

the most conspicuous grave stone was

that which covered the remains of the

well known printer, Z*chariah Poulson:

Beneath this Stone

are deposited

the remains oC

Zichariah Poulson, Printer.

He was born in Copenhagen, Denmark,

on the sixteenth of June, 1787,

and emigrated with his father

In the j ear 1749.

From thence to Philadelphia

where he resided

Tmore than half a century

On the fourteenth of January 1840

In the 67th year of his age

he departed this life

with that peace of mind

which the world

can neither give nor take away.

In an obituary note to the record of

his death, his pastor has recorded that

after being a member of the Society of

Friends, and connected with the Presby*

terian church, he joined the Moravians

"on convictiou."


I. Tehowagb-wengaraghkin, a Mo-
no wk of the Wolf tribe, was one of the
lbdian sachems who visited England in
1710. Of him we have no further knowl*
edge. One of his sons was namel

II. Arogbyadagha, who represented
his tribe at. the Treaty of Port Stanwix,
on the 24th of October 1768. His home
was at Cansjoharie, the central castle of
that nation. He died, it is stated, while

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