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came owner and lived upon one of the
Hamilton farms at the "Brick Tavern"
in Leacock township. Two of their chil-
dren, Joel and Anna, are living at Day-
ton, Obio. Samuel Evans.

Columbia, Pa.

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Local Historical Societies —The
recent County and Town Centennials
have awakened an interest in local his-
torical matters, and efforts are being
made to organize societies for the pre*
servation of what wan gathered during
these celebrations. Huntingdon has taken
the initial proceedings and we hope soon
to hear good work from them.

McAllister • Wilson. — Rose Mc-
Allister, widow of John McAllister, of
North Carolina, daughter of Joseph Wil-
son, of Derry, d. in 1769. She left chil-

i. Qrietl

ii. Elizabeth.

tit Jean.

She had a step-daughter Mary. James
Walker and John Campbell were wit-
nesses to the will, and James McAllister
and John Walker executors thereof.
What is known of this family of Me**
Allisters. b. v. p.


Our correspondent "P" send us some
memoranda concerning this family, which
is herewith given, dove tailing with in"
formation in our possession :

On the first tax 1M of the town of Mid-
dletown, that for 1778. we find the name
of Christian Spayd. Of bis children we
have the following:

i. John. b. January, 1764; d. October
18th. 1822, at Reading. He was a law-
yer of prominence, was a member of the
General Assembly and a judge of the
courts of Berks county. He man led
Catharine Hiester, a daughter of Gover-
nor Hiester, and their children were:

i. Elizabeth, m. Edward B. Hu*
bley, member of Congress from
Schuylkil county.

£. John; a graduate of the Medical
Department, University of Penn-

5. Catharine 2?., m. John B.
Brooke, a prominent merchant of

4. Joseph- EjetUri a member of the
Berks county bar.

6. Oeorge W; once chief burgess of

6. Henry; a graduate in medicine,
but died young.

7. Amelia; m. Dr. Diller Luther,
ot Reading.

it Catharine; b. January 25, 1770; m.

McMurtrie. What is known of

this family ?

Hi. Chrutian; b. August 16, 1778; d.
August 29,1841; was justice of the peace*
brigade inspector, and superintendent of
the Frey estate. He was twice married.
First, Oct. 10, 1806, to Elizabeth (Betsy>
Deyarmond, d lughter of Joseph Deyar>
mood, ot Palmstown, (Palmyra). Their
children were :

1. Mary; married, at the age of
fllty Martin Peck, of Middle-

2. Elizabeth; m. Shannon*

5. Joseph; m. a lady of Philadel-

4. Oeorge; ra. in Harrisburg.

5. Christian; printer.
Christian Spayd m. secondly a Mis*

Ward, who survived her husband many
years, residing in the stone house at Mid-
dletown, opposite the old Bank.

In the tombstone records of Old St"
Peter's churchyard at Middletown is this

Spayd, Elizabeth (Fmzier), wife of
Christian, b. Oct 26, 1787; d. Aug. 2T,

From this we would infer that al-
though a daughter of Jo* eph Deyarmond,
she may nevertheless have been a widow*
—or was Christian Spayd married three

A daughter of the first wife, Susan.
Louisa, b. Feb. 12. 1808, d. July 1, 1818.

What further Information is there?


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The United States poet office guide con-
tains many offices of the same name-
often as many as there are 8tates in the
Union — but there is one office (oar own
Highspire) which stands alone, and none
have ever forgotten it who perchance
have ever seen or heard of it. In our
-efforts to find why this peculiar name was
given we have discovered that the office
was established in December, 1829,
with Jeremiah Kirk, as the first post*
master, being appointed at that time.
Who be was we know not, and desire in-
formation of him. On March 28, 1882;
•Conrad Allerman was appointed, bat
never qualified. April 80th of the same
year Robert Wilson was appointed. He
4t was who established, ten years prior to
•his becoming postmaster, the "Highspire
Distillery." The 18ih of May, 1834,
found John Sener occupying the position.
He was from Lancaster city, a black*
emith and one of the first mechanics in the
new town. Henry Stoner, Jr., or "Lame
Harry," as he was called, who resided nil
his life in the town and one of the first
•school teachers under the free school sys-
tem, received his commission, dated Sep-
tember 9, 1886. John Horning was com-
missioned October 18, 1888. Who was he?
On February 2, 1889, Robert Wilson again
became the custodianof the office. January
4. 1842, Jacob Nisei ey who kept the
store at the red building on the bridge
hill crossing the canal at the pike. He
was succeeded by Henry frieisber, Feb-
ruary 4, 1847, who now resides in Alii-
ance, Ohio. George German, watch-
maker, was commissioned December 14,
1848 Where is he? April 9, 1849,
Henry Stoner once more became the post-
master and how well be filled the
position can be quickly told in a service
•of fifteen years, when he was succeeded
by Uriah P. Banks, a change brought
•about by the change of administration,
"Andy Johnson" occupying the Presi-
dential chair. November 21, 1865, Jacob
Hooker was appointed. After a re-
fusal and lapse of forty years Conrad
Alleman was appointed March 22, 1870,
which office he held until his death, July
4, 1872. On the 80th of August, same
year, Milton John, son of Henry Stoner,
was appointed, which office he held until

"offensive partisanship" removed him
and he was succeeded by J. J. Lehman,
September 8, 1885, a native and merchant
of the town. b. w. 8 p.


I* The FamUj of L*aeoelc Towotblp .


James Hamilton settled upon and
owned several hundred acrra of land in
Leacock township, adjoining William
Hamilton's on the soutb, about the year
1760. Although I have no positive proof
of any relationship between this family
and that of William Hamilton, his neigh-
bor, I am inclined to think from all the
surrounding circumstances that they were
of the same kin.

In 1773 James Hamilton was appoint-
ed one of the overseers of the poor for
Leacock township, and in 1779 he was
chosen constable of the same township,
and in 1781 supervisor of the roads.
These offices in provincial times were
filled by the must active and prominent
freeholders in their respective districts, as
well as during the Revolutionary period.
I find also that many of those who at-
tained distinction in the army, or held
Qivil positions of prominence, at one time
or anotner occupied one of the offices
just named.

James Hamilton died in 1807, and left
surviving the following children:

I. William Hamilton. To him his
father gave a faim. He was a "miller,"
and perhaps a "fuller" also. On April
1, 1799, he purchased a grist and mer-
chant mill, including fifty- four acres of
land in Lampeter township, along the
south side of the Lancaster and Philadel-

Ehia turn pike, about four miles east of
lancaater, from Benjamin Buckwalter;
and in 1801 purchased ten acres from Mr.
Buckwalter, which adjoined the other
tract. During or just prior to the war of
1812. Mr. Hamilton, in connection with
his brother James, established a "Cotton
mill." About flity eight years ago Mr.
Hamilton died intestate, leaving a widow
and children, as follows:
i. Margaret; m. John C. Oulbertson.
ii. Maiilda.

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ill. Jn*6.

iv. William.

v. Eay$.

vi. Sarah.

vii. Iftiry; m. James Porter.

The real estate was valued at $16,000.
On April 1st, 1842, James Porter and his
wife Mary sold the mill and land adjoin
tag to Benjamin Eshleman, father of B.
F. Eshleman, a prominent member of the
Lancaster Bar, and a candidate tor Con*
gress under the Republican rules.

This family was highly respectable,
and intermarried with some of the best
families in the country. While Mr.
Hamilton lived his hospitable mansion
was the resort of many of the most

Erominent men of the State who came to
lancaster during the sessions of the
Legislature. At that period Lancaster
was tbe most fashionable place outside of
Philadelphia. 1 know of no descend*
ants of this family now living In Lancas-
ter county.

II. Jambs Hamilton. He also re-
ceived a farm adjoining that of his brother
William, in Leacock Township, adjoin-
ing lands of Col. Nathaniel Watson, and
the Hamiltons ot the "Brick Tavern."
He learned the milling business with his
brother William, and resided with him
prior to his marriage. In 1B03 or 1804 ha
married Polly Elliot, daughter of Daniel
Elliot, the Indian Trader, and Elizabeth
Lowrey, daughter of Col. Alexander
Lowrey, at the homestead of Col. Low-
rey, in Donegal Township, now owned
by Col. James Duffy. This marriage
took place a year or two prior to the
death of Samuel Evans, Esq., which was
in April, 1805. On May 19, 1813, Mr.
Hamilton sold his Leacock f*rm to An-
drew Hagerty, a merchant, who resided
in Chartier township, Washington
county, Pennsylvania, for $10,000. In
a few days' thereafter Hagerty sold the
land to Samuel Clendenin. Mr. Hagerty
also purchased about tbe same time a
farm adjoining the Hamilton farm, which
belonged to the Watsons, which
he sold to Michael Mussel man. There
must have been some connection
between Mr. Hagerty and the elder HamiU
tons; both owned large tracts of lands in
Washington county. At or about the
time Mr. Hamilton married Miss Elliot

he purchased the grist mill and farm on
the Bwatara at Middletown. He also*
erected a furnace there. He owned a
farm on the "Knob" near that town.
He helped to establish the Bwatara bank
there, was its first president, and became
one of the most prominent and active
business men in Dauphin county. He
subsequently sold his mill property there
and purchased a mill and farm
at the mouth of Letort's spring,
Cumberland county, and known as the
Middlesex estate, consisting of a valuable
water power, merchant mill, saw mill and
distillery, with farm containing one hun-
dred and sixty acres of land, in the year
1827. He lived two years after his re-
moval to Cumberland county, and left
surviving him his wife Mary, and the
following children:

$\ Alexander ; b. 1806.

it William ; b. October 5th, 1811, whe
received a collegiate education, and re-
moved to Pittsburg with his mother after
her second marriage.

iti. Sarah.

iv. John.

c. George Plumer; b. May 4, 1818, at
Middletown, Dauphin county. He en-
tered Washington College, and after com-
pleting his education, went to Pitts-
burgh, and entered the law office of the
late Richard Biddle. After his admis**
sion to the bar at once settled into a good
practice. In 1860 he entered into a part-
nership with Marcus Acheson, subse-
quently judge of the United States Dis-
trict Court. This partnership was dis-
solved in 1867 owing to the declining
health of Mr. Hamilton, brought on by
excessive work. After a short retirement
his health was restored and he resumed-
his practice, and for fifteen years there-
after he was the leader of the bar in Al-
legheny county. Mr. Hamilton pos-
sessed in an eminent degree the ele-
ments ot professional success. He had
in addition to oratorical acquirements
great powers of analysis, to which were
added untiring laboriousness and Indus"
try, with a remarkable capability for
sustaiued mental effort. He was a person
ot iron will, of fearless judgment, pos-
sessing at all times the courage of his con»
victions. He had a very large and profit-
able practice. In 1880 he retired from

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practice and removed to Philadelphia,
*where he died in November, 1882. Bar-
rounded by his family. He left a
daughter, then the widow of Henry
Patterson, another the wife oi Mr. Fel
ton, of Boston, a railroad manager, and
George P. Hamilton, now a member of
the Pittsburg bar, who married Miss
Letitia Holmes, of Allegheny, and who
occupies a prominent position at the
bar and will do credit to an honored an-

III. Jennet Hamilton married a Mr.

1Y. Margaret Hamilton.

Y. Mary Hamilton. She m. Dr.
Samuel Humes, an eminent physician
and a very prominent person in Lancas-
ter. In connection with William Hamil*
ton, his brother»in law, he owned a cot-
ton factory on the Buck waiter farm, and
at one timo the cotton factory on the
Conestoga at the southeastern section of
Lancaster city. Among other children
they had:

i. Hamilton.

ii. Elizabeth.

VI. Elizabeth Hamilton married
(name unknown) and bad issue:

i. Hamilton.

ii. Mary.

ii). Elizabeth.

Her father gave her several hundred
acres of land near Dunkard creek in
Washington county, Pennsylvania.

VII. Sarah Hamilton married a Mr.

Mary Hamilton, widow of James Ham-
ilton, the second, married secondly, Col.
Robert Stewart, a prominent lawyer of
Pittsburg. She was a lady of a great
deal of character. 1 will give one in«»
stance out of the usual course as an ill us*
tration: One of her sons, William
or George, was sent to college
and for some reason ran away
and returned to the paternal mansion in
Cumberland county. His m>ther ad-
vised him to return to his school at once,
but he could neither be coaxed or driven
away by the ordinary methods, when she
concluded to adopt the heroic plan. She
deliberately took down a gun from its
rack and ordereJ her disobedient son oft
the premises, and followed him with the
gun until he was clear out of the place,

and told him she would not permit him
to return until be completed his college
course. Toung Hamilton deemed discre-
tion his best course to pursue, and he
returned to college much wiser than
when he left He became a great law-

Danibl Elliott, the father of Mary
Hamilton, was an Indian Trader and
probably at first in the employ of Col.
Alexander Lowrey. He married Eliza-
beth Lowrey, born October 81, 1757,
daughter of Colonel Lowrey, in the year
1774. He purchased a farm of several
hundred acres of land in 1772, at the
mouth of Conewago creek in London-
derry township from Joseph Galloway,
the Tory, an l also three hundred acres
of the lower part of the Big Island, op-
posite Conewago, which is now owned
by Col. James Duffy. For some years he
had bis trading post on this Island ; subse-
quently establishing a store and poet near
Pittsburgh, in connection with bis father-
in-law. He died there. Their oldest son,
John Elliott, inherited the Island farm,
which became one of the most valuable
shad fisheries along the river. He re-
moved to Elizabeth town, where he
owned a number of houses. He was an
officer in the war of 1812. He married
Miss Coble, bis second wile, by whom he
had several children, one of whom Mrs.
John Haldeman, of Conoy township,
is now living. They have several
children. Samuel Evans.

Columbia, Pa.

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Spayd < N<t Q. clxvtii) —In one of the
old negltcted graveyards in Middle to wn*
two years ago, was this inscription :
daughter of Conrad Schwarz

and wife Anna Maria

born in Lancaster 20 Jan. 1777

married Christian Spayd

80th May 1805

died August 9 1805

of nervous fever

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Old Roads.— Hon. Edward McPher*
son is publishing some very interesting
and valuable historical notes in the Star
and Sentinel of Gettysburg, concerning
early roads west of the Susquehanna.
From the Lancaster county court records
he gleaned the following:

1742. May 4— Whereas it pleased the
honorable Court last Nov'r to appt Rob-
ert McClure, Uance Hamilton, Peter
Wilkins, John Corvel, William Baley,
Benjamin Chambers to view and lay out
a road from the Walnut Bottom the best
and nearest way to Lancaster: Now
Hance Hambleton, John Corvel and Ben-
jamin Chambers will not be at the pains
to assist in lay-oute the said rode, there-
fore we humbly pray the honorable Court
to lay out the sd rode and we ye humble
petitioners shall for you pray.

Robert McClure,
Pethr Wilkins,
William Balet.

1742, May 17- Robert McClure, Peter
Wilkins, William Baley, Robert Duning,
Jon. Lockard and Patrick Carson, were
appointed to lay out the road.

Richard Cain, }

John Rannbls, > Judges.

Jon. Hat, )

1742, August 4— Thos. Wilkins repre-
sents that the road has been taken to
Nathan Hussy's where there is no establ-
ished ferry and ye pititioner lives at an
established ferry, fie requests that other
viewers be appd. James Crawford, J no
Bonnet, Jno. Noblet, Jno. Hendricks,
Joseph Green and Thos. Reilly were
appd, any four of whom could act

The result was that the road was laid
out from Walnut Bottom near Cumber-
land county, across the Yellow Breeches
creek at the present site of Lisburn, to
Nathan Hussey's Ferry near Goldsboro,
50 miles; and in the next year the road
was extended from Hussey's Ferry to
Thomas Wilkin's Ferry over the Susque-
hanna below the mouth of Conewago
creek, 7 J miles. So tLat both interests
were made happy. Hussey's Ferry, if
not "established in 1842 as claimed, was
started in 1740 and many of the Qaaker
immigrants westward crossed the river at


II. The Family of Salisbury Township.

Two brothers, William and James
Hamilton, similar to those of Leacock,
were the pioneer settlers of the name
who became residents of the township of
Salisbury. Ot the two. I assume that
the former was the first who located
here, and the elder of the two, and ot
him I shall first write.

William Hamilton was born in 1712,
and died upon his farm June 11, 1794,
aged eighty-two years. His wife Jane
died in 1784, aged seventy*one years.
His daughter Catharine, died in 1787,
aged thirty five years, all of whom are
buried at Pequea church adjoining each

These brothers located about the same
time that the Hamiltons of the "Brick
Tavern" settled in Leacock, and were
aNiut the same age. I presume they
were first cousins. The families were
unquestionably related in the second and
third generations, whether by marriage
then or of a previous generation I cannot
tell. If the way seems clear I
will point out the relationship be-
fore I close the family sketches.
In the year 1714 or 1745 William Hamil-
ton moved to the farm containing four
hundred and Bizteen acres of land, which
belonged to the estate of Stephen Cole,
located along Pequea Creek, in Salisbury
township. On May 8th, 1746, he pur-
chased the *hole or the greater part of
this tract of land from Martha Cole, of
the borough of Chester, and widow of
Stephen Cole, for £300. Tht deed re-
cites that Mr. Hamilton was then living
upon the land. He remained upon this
farm fifty years. He also owned half of
the mill and land on Pequea creek
at the wesern boundary of Salis-
bury township, ▼bich he sold
to John Houston in 1769. (He was the
father of several sons, mho became prom*
inent officers in the Revolutionary army.)
Mr. Hamilton was ch'«en overseer of the
poor in 1768 for his township and in 1772
supervisor of roads. He was a prom!*
nent member of Pequea church, to which
he bequeathed thirty pounds. It is prob-
able that at the time of his decease he had
outlived several of his children. In his

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will he mentions bis brother James and
his son James, and the following named
grandchildren in the same order in which
they are given :
m Grandson— James Boyd.

Granddaughter — Jean Boyd.

Granddaughter—Mary Boyd.

Grandsons— John Watson and William

Granddaughters — Mary Watson and
Margaret Watson.

Grandsons — Nathaniel Watson and
James Watson.

Granddaughters — Margaret Hamilton
and Jean Hamilton.

Grandson — James Hamilton.

Granddaughters— Catharine Hamilton
and Mary Hamilton.

Grandsons — Thomas Boyd Hamilton
and William Hamilton.

Grandson — William Boyd.

Jambs Hamilton, of Salisbury, and
brother of William Hamilton of the same
township, seems to have settled near
Pequea creek in Lampeter township. He
married, first, Catharine Carrigan, daugh-
ter of Patrick Carrigan, of Leacock
township, who owned three hundred and
fifty-two acres of land which was divided
between Mrs. Hamilton and her sister,
Jane C> at*, who married Jonathan
Coats. Wm. Carrigan died in 1761. On
January 16, 1765, James Hamilton
purchased 181 acres of Und from Isaac
Richardson, in Salisbury township, known
as the "Bull's Head." It is probable
that this once famous Tavern was built
by Mr H. Hamilton. He was the proprie-
tor for fifty years. In the year 1772 he
purchased another farm adjoining, con-
taining one hundred and eighty acres.
A few years after his decease the Tavern
and several hundred acres were purchased
by "King" "Tommy" Henderson when
he changed the name of the tavern to
"Waterloo." Although no longer a
tavern the place is known as "Water-
lot*," and is thus maiked on the county
maps. Mr. Henderson some years ago
sold two hundred acres, with the old
tavern, to Co). Nathaniel Burt, who
made some additions to the old house,
and now occupies It in the summer. The
rest of the Hamilton land in that vicinity,
containing about one hundred and thirty

acres, Mr. Henderson sold to P. T.
Fastet, who built an elegant residence
upon it. It is now owned by Captain
Winfleld 8. Eenneday. Mr. Hamilton
also owned several farms in Chester
county a short distance from his resi-

In 1761 James Hamilton was appointed
guardian over the estate of his nephew,
John Watson, a minor, son ot David
Watson, the latter having married a
daughter of his brother, William Hamil-
ton. At the same session of th • orphan©'
court, James Boyd was appointed guar-
dian over the estate of Janet Watson, a
sister of John.

In 1780 Mr. Hamilton was chosen over-
seer ot the poor for S Jisbury, and in
1793 supervisor of the roads, and in 1795
constable ot the township. By his first
wife he had four children:

f William.

jj Jane; m. Cochran ; she received

a farm ot eighty acres along the old Phil
adelphia and Lancaster road, and along
therond which led to the "Old Forge."

iii Catharine; m. George Jenkins, of
Chester couotv; the received a farm of
eighty acres; this family moved to the

jv. Jamee

Mr. Hamilton married, secondly, about
the year 1786, Margaret Boyd, daughter
of George Boyd, ot Salisbury. George
Boyd's wife was Mary Douglass, daugh*
terof Archibald Douglass. By his sec-
ond wi'e Mr. Hamilton had Issue:

c. Mary; m. John Clark, son of Brice
Clark, wbo owned and resided upon the
farm in Donegal, now owned by J. Don
aid Cameron. Tbey had three childien,
two of whom arrived at the age of ma-
turity, namely:

1. Jamie Brice Clark; m. Miss Bla*
den, ot Philadelphia; he died in
Laucaster city a tew years sgo, and
left a widow and several children.

2. John William Clark; m. Bl z*beth
Zell, a great-granddaughter of Col.
Alex. Lowery; they purchased the
mansion 'arm of the latter heirs,
which they subsequently sold to
Col. James Dufly; both are dec-
reased, and left several children.

ei. George; m. Lucicda Humes, daugh-
ter ot James Humes, who owned the cot*

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ton factory near Lancaster, on the Con-
estoga. He received a large estate from
his fattier and mother and tea thousand
dollars from two maiden aunts, the Miss
Boyds. He built a furnace in Venango
county, which he named "Lucinda" in
honor of his wife, and engaged in other
speculations, which proved disastrous,
and in a few yeara he lost his entire es-
tate and died about fifteen years ago
very poor. Among other children a son
and a daughter Margaret, settled at Fort
Smith, Alkansas. Only a few weeks ago
their dwelling and furniture were totally
destroyed by fire.

James Hamilton died in 1815, and his
wife, Margaret, died in 1825. They had
also a son, Thomas Douglass, who died
in nis minority.

Samuel Evans.

Columbia, Pa.


Or alee of the I II- Fa ted Steamboat Bear-
ing the Name of toe River— Uontempont-
neooa Acoount of Her Destroetloo.

[The following interesting account of
the steamboat ' 'Susquehanna," we take
horn the "Historical Column" of the
Wilkes^Barre Record of the limes for
October 14th :]

Mori than sixty years ago, before the

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