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Davies, after he sold to Thomas Morgan,
owned two hundred and fifty-five acres. In.
July, 1741, he and his wife, Sarah, sold
this tract to William Patton, jr., who, in
January, 1742, sold the same to John Jen-
kins. After 1745, Gabriel Davies, who was
the pioneer settler of this name, disappears
from the Records, and there is no evidence
that he left any children. He had brothers,
however, in the township. He was one of
the founders of Bangor church, and held of-
fice in the township.

John Jenkins, in 1723, received four
hundred acres from his father, David Jen-
kins, which was part of the Gabriel Davies
tract As before stated he became owner of
the whole of the land owned by Mr. Davies.
In the year 1741 he leased and sold a large
portion of his land to William Branson.

William Branson, in connection with
Samuel Nutt, owned a furnace on French
Creek in 1728. He resided in Phila-
delphia, where he had a hardware
store, and supplied the blacksmiths through-
out the Province with iron. In 1741 he
erected "Windsor Forge" on the Jenkins
tract In the year 1744 he divided all his
land between his daughters as follows:

i. Rebecca; m. Samuel Flowers.

H. ; m. Bernard Van Lear.

Hi. Hannah; m. Richard Hockley.

it>. Elizabeth; m. Lynf ord Lardner.

The forge was conducted by these sons-in-
laws, and Lynford Lardner moved to Caer-
narvon and took the management of the iron
works. He and Mr. Hockley were relatives
of the Penns, and for many years were

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councillors and loan commissioners. Both
occupied other high positions.

John Jenkins for some yea.-s was a elerk
at Windsor Forge, and in 1758, his son,
David Jenkins, was a clerk for the company.
Daring the Revolution the latter commanded
one of the battalions of militia for Lancas-
ter county, and during that period he grad-
ually purchased from the Branson's heirs the
forge, and lands, a large number of slaves,
and other personal property, and thus be-
came the owner of several thousand acres of
land, and the whole of the Gabriel Davies
tract He became one of the richest and
most prosperous manufacturers of iron
in the State. He married Martha Armor,
who lived at Pequea church. Robert Jen-
kins, his son, carr ed on the iron business
from 1799 to 1848. For many years
he was a member of the State
Legislature and a member of Congress
rom 1807 to 1811. He married Catharine,
daughter of the Rev. John Carmichael, of
Chester county. A great deal of talent was
developed in this family. Mrs. Nevin, of
Caernarvon Place, Lancaster, I believe, is
the only child living.

George Hudson took up several hundred
acres adjoining the Jenkins tract in 1720.
He was the first constable in the township.
He died in 1746, leaving his lands to his
three sons :

t. Charles,

ii. Nicholas

Hi. W&Uam.

Jacob Lloyd took up several hundred
acres along the "old road," (he was also
called "Light") in 1720. He left five* sons
and three daughters.

i. Jacob.

ii. John.

Hi. Peter.

iv. Benjamin.

v. Christian.

vL Elizabeth; m. John Lasha.

mi. Barbara; ra. Urich Greensbackei.

viii. Ann; m. John S toner.


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off, they have become more general in their
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comprising volume I, and one part of vol-
ume II have been published.

Eaely Church Record.— In April, 1821,
the pulpit of the Methodist Church, in Har-
risbnrg, was blown up by some miscreant A
reward was offered for the arrest of the scoun-
drel, but it failed to bring anyone to account

* • • * * The corner stone of the Re-
formed Church, on Chestnut street was laid
June 15, 1821. •••••• Rev. Mr.

Burgess, pastor of the Roman Catholic con-
gregations of Elizabethtown and Harrisburg,
preached regularly in theCourt House in 1 821.

* * * The Baptist Church, on Front
street, was dedicated August 18, 1831, the
sermon being preached by the Rev Mr. Crone,
of New York city.

Of General Interest.— Although the
principal object of these historical notes is
for local use and interest, yet owing to the


Capt Wm. Gray having died July 19,
1804, which was before the passage of a law
for the service only in the Revolutionary War,
therefore there is no statement of his mili-
tary services other than that by his widow
Mary when she made her application for a
pension dated in July, 1838. She stated that
she was living in Sunbury, Penn'a., & was
aged 74 years in April last & was the widow
of Wm. Gray who was a Captain in the 4th
Penn'a regiment of the Continental line &
served to the close of the war, but gives no
dates or further details of his service or inci-
dents connected therewith. Her marriage to
Wm. G) ay was Sept 10, 1784. Jane Brady
testifies in Jnly, 1838, that she was 70 years
old & was present at their marriage. His.
commission (which is on file) is dated Jane
28, 1778, signed by John Jay, Presdt, of
Congress, & authorizes his rank as Captain
in the 4th regiment of Penn'a from June 3,
1777. In June, 1848, she was living in Sun-

William M. Gray testified, in 1838, that he-
copied in 1831 from an old original family
Bible record made by his father, a list of the
births of the children of William and Mary
Gray, as follows :

t. Elizabeth; b. April 23, 1786.

n. Mary; b. Sept 3> 1789.

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Hi. WiUiam M.; b. Dec. 3, 1792.

iv. Jackson; b. Sep. 80, 1796.

Underneath these names follows a record :

Harriet Jane Seely, b. January 22, 1811.

In an opposite column on same leaf is the

John Brady, b. March 18, 1762.

Mary Brady, b. April 22, 1764.

William P. Brady, b. April 1, 1766.

Hugh Brady, b. July 27, 1768.

Jane Brady, b. July 27, 1768 (twin to

Robert Brady, b. Sept 12, 1770.

Agnes Brady, b. Feb. 14, 1773.

Hannah Brady, b Dec 3, 1774.

On the opposite side of the leaf, under the
heading of Marriages, as follows ; Jackson
Gray married to Margaretta Jane Carpenter
Sept. 3, 1827.


la Caernarvon Township,


Nathan Evans took up several hundred
acres of land on the west side of the Jenkins
tract in 1730. He built a grist and saw mill
on a small stream which empties into the
Conestoga just north of the present village
of "Beartown." Hie sons and daughters
were grown up when he came to the town-
ship. He gave each of his sons a farm
shortly after he settled there; was one of the
founders, and most liberal contributors to
Bangor church and the school belonging to
it An annual quit rent is still paid to the
support of that church by the present owner
■of part of his land near Beartown. Mr.
Evans also owned several farms in Chester
county ; part of the income of which went
to support schools in Chester county. He
•died in 1761, leaving wife, Susannah, and
•children as follows :

i. Nathan; m. and had issue:

1. Nathan.

2. David.

3. John.

4. [a dau.]; m. Edwards.

ii. John.

Hi. James; m. Elizabeth , and had


1. Hiram.

2. Rebecca.

3. Nathan.

4. WiUiam.

Some of the descendants of Hiram own
part of the old homestead lands. There are
descendants of James living in Columbia,

iv. Ann; m. Eleazer Evans, and had :

1. John.

2. David.

v. Mary; m. Thomas Nicholas.

William Davies, Edward Da vies,
John Davies, Philip Davies took up
large tracts of land along "Muddy" Run in

Hugh Davies, David Davies, Rees
Davies, Thomas Davies, Zaccheus
Davies, settled in the same neighborhood.
These families were related, and some of
them were doubtless related to Gabriel
Davies, previously named, as that name was
continued in many of these families.

David Davies was a store keeper, and
probably resided along the Horse Shoe or
Paxtang Road. This was prior to the date
of any of the villages in Earl or Caernarvon.
Several of the Davies lived at "Big Spring"
near the mouth of Muddy Run.

Thomab Edwards, Esq,, and John Ed-
wabds, in 1719 took up about fifteen hun-
dred acres of land, now in East Earl, at and
west of the mouth of "Muddy Run." They
occupied the extreme western limits of the
Welsh settlement, whose further advance in
that direction was completely shut off by the
Weavers, Martins and Sneeders, all Pala-
tines. They not only held their lands then,
but now their descendants are still in posses-
sion. Thomas Edwards, settled in Earl
iu 1719. He was then one of the justices for
Chester county, and also a member of the
General Assembly. When Lancaster county
was organized, he was appointed one of the
Common Pleas Justices, a position he held for
more than twenty years. The records of the
Courts show that he was one of the most in-
dustrious, and attentive Justices of the
Court His signature aud the records
and orders made by him in person
upon the official records, indicate that he
was a person well educated, and of more
than ordinary intelligence. He resided
about twenty miles from the court house.
It is known that he frequently walked that
distance barefooted. For many years he
was a member of the General Assembly. He
was over sixty years of age when he settled
in Lancaster county. He was not a
thrifty person, and was probably "land
poor." When he purchased his

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land he gave mortgages to the
"Loan Commissioners*' payable in small
amounts, running many years He defaulted
in these payments. He was probably a
favorite with the Penns, and so was allowed
to remain on the land without foreclosure.
"This was not, however, to continue always.
I find that on September 26th, 1745, that
"his friend, John Kinsey, then speaker of the
Assembly, and one of the most
prominent men in the Province, paid
the "Loan Commissioners" the whole
■of Mr. Edwards' indebtedness; where-
upon, on the same day, Thomas Ed-
wards and his wife Elizabeth, conveyed the
whole of their estate to Mr. Kinsey, upon
•condition that they could remain upon the
Jand during their lives. He deeded back to
4hem for life & Mr. Kinsey died intestate
leaving sons :

i. James,

ii. Philip,

Hi. Thomas,

These srns, on 12th June, 1761, con-
veyed the whole of the Edwards
land to James Keimer who then lived
in "Cumry" township, Berks county, upon
the condition that Keimer should pay
•the several sums which Mr. Edwards owed
the commissioners, and npon the same con-
ditions named by Mr. Kinsey in bis deed to
Edwards. Mr. Keimer moved upon the Ed-
wards land and remained there until after
the Revolutionary war. His deed was a
Trust deed. He complied with its provisions,
-and became owner in fee. His neighbors
were Henry and John Carpenter and Evan
Edwards. It is probable that Mrs.
Keimer "* was in some way connected
with the Edwards'. James Keimer was a
very prominent person. He was an active
member of Bangor Church, and was chosen
•one of the Trustees to lease the Glebe lands
belonging to the church, a position he held
ior many years, and as late as 1777. James

Keimer's wife's name was Elizabeth .

They did not reside in "Cumry" township
prior to 1758, nor in "Caernarvon." When
Mr. Keimer took the Edwards Trust, in 1761,
he borrowed one thousand pounds from Wil-
liam Humpf ries, of Philadelphia.

Rees Davies died in 1751, leaving chil-

i. Gabriei.

H. Zaccheus.

Hi Sarah; m. Darlington.

ip. David.

Zaccheus Davies, sr., married a sisret of
Bees Davies.

Gabriel Davies, son of Rees Davies,
died in 1804, leaving children:

t. Jean.

ii. Margaret

Hi. Archibald.

v. John.

Gabriel Davies married Jane Douglass,
daughter of Archibald Douglass, of Salis-
bury township, who was a member of St.
John's church ("compass.") Mr, Davies is
buried at that church. (See Hamilton
articles.) This is the Gabriel Davies asked
for in "Note* and Queries. "

Jen kin Davies and Mary, his wife, were
the parents of Zaccheus Davies and John
Davies. They conveyed to Zaccheus Davies,
in 1747, three hundred and seventy-five acres,
being the eastern part of a much larger tract
He owned a grist and fulling mill.

Zaccheus Davis was one of the Justices
of Common Pleas, and was a very active
patriot during the Revolution. He died in
1787, and left children:

i. Zaccheus.

ii. Jenkin, who had three sons.

Hi. Dinah; m. first, Thos. Kennedy; sec-
ondly, Percel ; her children were :

1. HannaJi.

2. Zaccheus. |

3. Sarah; m. Kyle.

4. Mary; m. Scott

iv. Sarah; m. first, Pelmer, by whom

she had one son, TJiomas Davies; m. secondly,
Ferree, by whom she had:

1. James.

2. Elizabeth.

v. Ann; m. Willis Davies ; and had :

1, Zaccheus.

2. Sarah; m. Byne.

vi. Elizabeth; m. Thomas Carter.

viii. Mary; m. Park; and had:

1. Oliah.

ix. Hannah; m. John Gordon.

John Edwards died in 1790, leaving a
wife Sarah (who was a sister of Rees Davies)
and children :

». Dinah; m. William Smith, Esq., who
in connection with his brother Thomas, built
Martic Furnace and Forge in 1755; he was
sheriff in 1757; removed to New Holland
and was a justice until his decease in 1806;
he left children :

i. William.

ii. Maiy.

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Hi. Sarah.

iv. Lydia.

v. Edward.

vi. Margaret.

vii. Rebecca.

This family were intermarried with Zac-
cheus Davies' family, and Gabriel Da vies, who
married Miss Douglass.

Edward Davies died intestate about 1760,
and left one daughter, Mary, who also mar-
ried a Davis; she left:

i. James.

ii. Davis.

in. Ann.

iv. Sarah.

v. Jane; m. Robt Good and had:

1. Jean, m. Jonathan Jones; removed
to Kenhawa county, Va.

The late John Zell, Esq., of Churchtown,
married the widow of James Davies, who
was the father of the late Edward Davies,
member of Congress, and the grandfather of
Hon. H. G. Strong's wiie.

Samuel Evans.

Columbia, Pa.


Hlatorlcal, Biographical and Genealogical.


Foster (iV. and Q. clxxx). — It was not
Robert Foster, son of David Foster, of
Derry, who married Esther Kenick, but Rob-
ert Foster, son of John Foster, of Hanover.
This surname is variously written— although
properly Forster.

Judge Addison, of Western Penn-
sylvania, wat> rrdout td } one of the
ablest and pi mt mended juiists of the State.
During hi^l ptuiy feeling he was impeached
and removed from the Bench, one of the
most infamous legislative crimes in our his-
tory. He died in 1807, and our local news-
papers mention that he was a native of Ire-
land, of Scotch parentage. The Washing-
ton (Pa.) Observer of the 9th instant through
a communication states that he was born in
Scotland. This may be true, but in the ab-
sence of the family record we are inclined to
take the contemporary account


The following memoranda are taken from
our note books. They are simply excerpts
and we print them merely for reference here-

after. The Grahams settled principally in>
Hanover although there was a family in Pax-
tang, and also one in Derry. In the-
old records the name is variously written,
Grimes, and Grames. It is an old Scotch
Family and representatives were among
the earliest in the planting of Ulster,
and of the first emigration from Ireland to
Pennsylvania. The families in Virginia and
the Carolinas come from this stock. Al-
though they have long since passed out from
this section to the South and West, they
have been a representative people. .

Among the first warrantees of land in
Paxtang township, were John Graham in
1733, James Graham in 1737 and Michael
Graham in 1746. In Derry township we
have Sarah Graham, widow of John, in 1737 ;
while in Hanover township we have John
Graham in 1737 and James Graham in 1740,

1. John Graham, of Hanover, d. in
January, 1743-4, leaving a wife and chil-

£. WiUiam.

ii. John; m. Eleanor .

James Dixon and Rev. Richard Sankey
were witnesses to the will, of which Rev.
Sankey and Brice Innis were the executors.

2. James Graham, d. in November 1745,
leaving a wife, and children among others :

ft. James,
ii. Mary.

3. John Graham, d. in 1753, leaving his
estate to his sons :

i. William, m. Jean .

ii. John, m. Jean .

It is probable this was the son of the first
John mentioned.

4. John Graham, whose parentage is
not known, d. in December 1763, leaving his
estate to his wife Margaret and brothers and
sisters as follows :

i. George,
ii. Robert.

Hi. m. Nicholas Brotherton and

had Jennett.
iv. James.
v. WiUiam.

5. John Graham, of whose death we
have no record. His wife, Jean, d. Jan. 2,
1810, aged 51 years. Their children were:

t. Martha.

ii. Eleanor; m. Andrew Forster.
Hi. Esther

iv. Henry; m. Elizabeth Ferguson, and
had John, Jean ar d Moses.

6. James Graham, b. in 1730; d. March.

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22, 1786; and is buried in Hanover church
graveyard. He left a wife, Agnes, and
brothers and sisters as follows:

t. John; dec'd., leaving William, James
and John, dec'd., who left James.

ii. Martha; m. Graham (?)

and had Ann, William and James.
She may have been only a sister-in-law, for
further on in his will, he speaks of his sister
Martha Graham and her children: Mary,
m. Young; Jenny, m. Irwin; Wil-
liam, Martfia, m. Black; John, Ann

and Samuel.

Hi. Elizabeth: m. Innis, and had

Elizabeth, deceased; Ann, m. Irwin;

Rachel, m. Stcrrett, and Mary, m.


iv. Ann, m. Henderson, and had

Mary m. Smith, Samuel and John.

v. Alexander; m. and had Ann m.
Thomas Bell.

ti. Margaret; m. and had Jenny Bell and
Ann Crawford.

This family was intermarried with many
of the prominent Scotch Irish families in


Extract* Taken from the Life of John Kean,
of Harriftbnrff.


[A daughter of Judge Kean, some time be-
fore her death, placed the following in my
hands, desiring that a copy of it, after ar-
rangement, should be preserved in the library
of the Dauphin County Historical Society. I
was informed that the extracts were made at
random, and without regard to order of time,
from a much more extended and elaborate
MSS. which it was intended should be de-
stroyed. This appears to have been done, as
no trace of the original could be found after
her death. In preparing this interesting
paper for printing and publication, a com-
plete copy of the transcript handed to me is
preserved for the use of local or general his-
torians. A. Boyd Hamilton.]

Not from hope or wish to live in the re-
gistry of posterity ; not from any desire to
tell the world who or what I am or have
been, but merely that my family and de-
scendants, if any survive me, may be ena-
bled to have a wish gratified, which has often
obtruded itself on my mind, namely, a desire

to know what kind of man my father was~
No preface or apology is necessary, because
I do not intend this shall ever be read by any
other than my own near relations, who, with
the mantle of friendship, will cover the
errors from the public eye, and who will not
find its recitations of sufficient value for the
world to notice. A plain, unvarnished nar-
rative of facts is all I shall attempt.

My father and mother were both natives of
Ireland. They both at a very early age came
te Pennsylvania and settled near Philadel-
phia. My mother's maiden name was Mary
Duulap. I was born in th* city of Philadel-
phia on the third day of October, one thou*
sand seven hundred and sixty-two, in a.
house a few doors south of Christ church, on
Second street. I was sent to an English and.
mathematical school atGerm an town, six miles*
from the city. I was consigned to the care
of this teach tr for the first rudiments ofT
education. (1)

My fathe*- carried on business in the city-
of Philadelphia upon an extensive scale, en-
gaged in shipping shoes and leather to Span-
ish ports and elsewhere. He was successful
for a time, but when the storm of war com-
menced in 1774, he found a change, closed
his accounts, paid his debts, and he and several
others removed their families to Middle town,
Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, in order to
have them out of danger, while they returned
and served as militia men when they were
needed. He was a captain and almost al-
ways in active service, except when he had
camp fever.

When in service, part of his time was occu-
pied as guard to keep the British out of Phil-
adelphia. As there was no money for ex-
penses incurred by the soldiers, he advanced
as much as he could spare, to assist in pay-
ing the men of his company. He was never
repaid this loan, I do not suppose he ex-
pected to be. Instead he was given papers-
entitling him to wild land in Virginia. This-
land was not supposed to be worth looking
after and its title lapsed for want of attention.
He thought he had done his duty, and was*
willing to be poor for the cause of Liberty,,
and the safety of his adopted country.

Middletown was then, in 1774, a small
village at the junction of the Susquehanna,
river and Swatara creek, in what is now
Dauphin, but then was Lancaster county^

He sold his house and lot in Middletown*
in 1777, and also a farm he owned in Shear-
man's Valley, Cumberland county. He pur-

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-chased a farm at the "Round Top," [near
Middletown] living there several years.
Sold that and bought a house and lot, in
„(what was afterwards] •' Wormleysburg, ' ' in
Cumberland county, lived there some time
and then bought a lot and house on the cor-
ner of Walnut street and River alley, Har-
. risburg. He died there in 1 801 .

In 1779 being then 18 years of age, the
time young men were enrolled in the
militia, I was put on the roll for duty.
In ten days thereafter I was called
to serve my country. My recollection is
.perfect, of the joy with which the tidings
were received by me. We were soon fitted
for the expedition, and our company, com-
manded by Capt. Robert McKee (2), marched
to rendezvous. My joys were, however, em-
bittered in seeing what a struggle it cost my
, parents to part with an only son, perhaps
never to see him more. They, however, bid
.me go, telling me that it was the cause of
God and my country, and that they trusted
His all-protecting providence would restore
s me again to them in safety.

Soon after Gen. Washington was attack-
ing Lord Cornwalli8 in Virginia, and had or-
dered a large detachment of the militia, to
-awe the British army in New York, to pre-
vent them supporting Cornwall is in Virginia.
This order did not reach our company for a
ilong time, but as we went on we met parts
of the detachment returning. We proceeded
to the Delaware river, when we were ordered
to take a number ot prisoners from Phila-
delphia to Lancaster, and guard them there
during our full tour of duty, which we did,
but were therefore prevented from signaliz-
ing ourselves on the field of glory.

My parents were of the strictest order of
the Covenanters. I was brought up in a
I ions and religious manner. I was aston-
ished beyond measure at the wickedness and
profanity of the world, but neither those with
whom I was associated or the impetuosity of
youth could make me entirely forget the
sage maxims and prudent counsel received
from my parents.


1. Captain John Kean, born in the
province of Ulster. Ireland, in 1728; emi-
grated in 1 742, when 1 4 years of age, with
some relatives of his family; established his
business at Philadelphia about 1760; died at
Harrisburg in 1801 at the age of 73. Captain
JCean married in 1760 Mary Dunlap, born in

1721; came to Philadelphia 1735; died at
Harrisburg in 1819, aged 98 years. Their
only descendant was General John Kean,
author of these reminiscenses. Mr. Kean.
the elder, was a tanner by trade ; and many
persons are yet living who were acquainted
with his very aged widow, who died in the
house now numbered 306, on Market, near
Third street, Harrisburg.

2. Robert McKee, of Derry, was an
officer in the Pennsylvania militia from 1777
to 1781. He was born in what is at present
Conewago township, Dauphin county, near
Conewago creek, and died on a beautiful
farm he owned there. He was known as
"Col. McKee," as there was a cousin Robert

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