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which I now recall, was his pronunciation of
the word "Christian," which he divided into
three syllables, and called Chri$~U-an.

In the days of which I write, our Methodist
brethren were more simple in their tastes
than they have been in later times. The
plain old meeting house on Locust street, iu
which Mr. Cookman preached, has given
place to the imposing structure on West
State street so very different, both internally
and externally, from the one in which the
fathers worshipped and listened to the tru^h.
I am not complaining of these changes, but
only marking contrasts. At that time,
too, the old Methodist custom was
still in vogue of separating the sexes,
and allotting certain blocks to women and
others to men. I must confess I was never
able to see the propriety or utility of that
practice, now happily abolished, nor why a
man must be separated from his wife, either
actual or intended, in the house of God-
But this by way of episode.

I became acquainted with Mr. Cookman
soon after he came to Harrisbnrg, and the
acquaintance thus commenced soon ripened
into a cordial friendship. Both were young
men then, and I recall many a season of
pleasant intercourse during the two years in
which he was the pastor of Locust Street
church. Although a member of another de-
nomination, I often went to hear him preach.
Solemn and earnest as he was in the pulpit,
outside of it he could unbend and delight in
the society of his friends.

I remember an incident which occurred
whilst he was preaching here, which was
singular because of an undesigned coinci-
dence. In the year 1854 the Legislature sub-
mitted to a vote of the people the question
of the prohibition of tbe liquor traffic,
with the view of ascertaining the popular
sentiment upon the subject The ballots
were labeled -'For" and "Against," and a
vigorous campaign was entered upon by the
advocates and opponents of the proposition.
The Methodist Church then, as now, was
pronounced upon the subject of temperance,
and Mr. Cookman took an active part in the
contest On a certain Saturday evening, to-
ward the close of the campaign, he and the
writer were commissioned to address a pro-
hibition meeting in the village of Dauphin,

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The meeting was held in the Methodist
church, and Mr. Cookman insisted upon my
going with him into the pulpit and making
the introductory address. This I was noth-
ing loath to do, as I of course preferred pre-
ceding to following him. In closing the few
remarks which I made, without thinking of
the incongruity of the thing at a temperance
meeting, I referred to the miracle at Cana,
and promised them the best wine in the
shape of the speech which was to follow.
When Mr. C. arose he alluded pleasantly to
what I had said about the wine, but added
"My friend was mistaken. I have no wine
to offer you to-night, nothing but pure sim-
ple water.*'

Years afterwards, on reading the Hf e of
the celebrated young preacher, Summertield,
I noticed that an incident precisely similar
had occurred in his history, and that on be-
ing introduced to an assembly in somewhat
the same way he had replied in almost the
very language used by Mr. C. on this occa-
sion. Whether my friend had ever seen the
incident I do not know. Probably with him
the neat turn was entirely original At all
events it neutralized my blunder.

It was on this evening, and during onr
ride to and from Dauphin, for we drove up
and down, that I learned something of Mr.
Cookman' s method of preparing to preach.
On the next evening he was to deliver a ser-
mon on prohibition in his own pulpit, the
following Tuesday being the day of the elec-
tion. During our drive he seemed to be
meditating on the subject, and would fre-
quently abk me questions bearing more par-
ticularly upon the legal aspects of the pend-
ing proposition. His address at Dauphin
was evidently thought out during our ride,
and he spoke for over an hour. On the
following evening I went to hear his
discourse in the Locust Street church,
which was densely crowded. After a
short introduction, which was as new to me
as it was to the audience, he entered upon the
line of argument pursued on Saturday even-
ing, and the remainder of his serm.m was
mainly a repetition of the Dauphin address.
This was perfectly allowable, as I was the
only individual present who had heard him
before, and having made his preparation, he
had the right to use it again in the presence
of a new audience. In fact this was almost
unavoidable. He closed, however, with an
eloquent peroration, which was as new to me
as the exordium.

After Mr. Cookman left Harrisburg I saw
him but seldom. Once or twice he visited
here, and I met him occasionally in Phila-
delphia, where he was afterwards stationed.
Among those who knew him intimately, none
mourned his early departure more sincerely
than the writer. Fitted as he was to move
the hearts of men by his preaching, it seemed
a mystery that he was called from his earthly
labors whilst yet in the prime of his man-
hood. But in the view of the Master, whom
he loved and served so faithfully, his work in
this world was done. Doubtless there waa
nobler service awaiting him in the upper
sanctuary. * I'm sweeping through the gates, "
was one of his last utterances, as the angels
bore him into the presence of his Lord ; and
there he waits the coming of chose to whom
he loved to preach in the days of his flesh.
After the lapse of more than thirty years,
since he stood in the pulpit here, it is a>
mournful pleasure to pen these lines in mem-
ory of a man whom I shall always be glad to*
call my friend. G.


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4 The Historical Journal," edited by
John F. Meginness, of Williamport, has
closed its first year, and the publication
ceases, much to the regret of its subscribers,
who are interested in the work of such a.
pains-taking and accurate historian as the
editor has proved himself to be. However,,
we are pleased with the announcement that
Mr. Meginness will publish a new and re-
vised edition of his History of the West
Branch Valley, which will appear in monthly
parts, at the subscription price of $3. As a.
limited number will be printed, those desir-
ing copies should not fail to subscribe at

The John K. Gbubb Farm in Conewago
township, which was recently sold to Jacob
£. Shenk, recalls some interesting historical
facts. In 1781 his grandfather bought 260
acres, of which the present Grubb estate of
128 acres formed a part. It was, surveyed to-
one Wallower by virtue of a warrant, who
afterwards sold it to Christopher Bishop,
who sold it to Grubb. 'Squire Cook, who*
lived where George Hoffer now resides, made;

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the deed. In Wallower's time Indians lived
in bats around the springs. Among the
neighbors and new settlers in Bishop's and
Grubb's time were Michael Shenk, Adam
Shellar, Stophel Soop, Leonard Wal lower,
David Johnson, Rev. John Roan, Robert
Carothers and John Back. c. O. 8.


In Notes and Queriei (No. clxxxvi) you
give a list of the children of Thomas Ogle,
of Derrv, who died in 1797. Number five is
Alexander. Could this one have been the
General Alexander Ogle, who for so many
▼ears represented Somerset county in our
State Legislature, and who, by the way, was
a very noted man, certainly, on the streets of
Harrisburg sixty or seventy years ago.

In my small-boy days, as far back as the
spring of 1825 at least, my father brought
me to town one day to be fitted with one of
John Fager's new hats. We went into the
Washington Hotel and sat down on a bluish
painted pine bench, next the west wall of the
bar room. Taking in the room and its
contents, I soon turned to the window
behind me and had a view of the square, the
market houses and Market street beyond.
At that, moment a man of remarkable ap-
pearance was crossing. Tall, massive and
straight, he walked as one who was monarch
of all he surveyed. His red velvet vest,
partly confined his ruffs and a great red ban-
dana was thrust into his bosom. His blue
claw hammer coat, was covered with bright
brass buttons, and his snuff colored breeches
was met at his knees, by his freshly blacked
lair top boots. He carried a pilgrim staff
about four feet long, of the Franklin pattern,
rarely seen on the streets in those days, and
sow probably obsolete. This support was
evidently ornamental. He grasped it below
the head and placing it to his right front, he
he swung his straightened arm back every
two steps. On he came like a stage king and
stepping into the room my father in his
greeting called him General Ogle.

In the conversation which followed, the
General always delivered himself in most
positive terms on any or all points, or
"pints," as he pronounced the word. "How's
the Legislature doing this year, General ?"
"Doing nothing, sir; worse than nothing.
They ought to go home, as I tell them, but
they won't take my advice. " "How about
the canal bills?" "Well, they have got

some of them through, but without my help.
I fought 'em all I could. Tou see, canals,
ain't like turnpikes ; you can't run them over
the mountains. If anybody wants canals,
let 'em dig 'em at their own expense, but I
say let the State keep hands off. Why they
have passed a bill to borrow two millions and
that ain't quarter what they'll need. I
tell you this folly will bankrupt the
State, we never can pay it, and the bonds
won't be worth as much as Continental
money — that's my pint, precisely!' Here
he pulled out his great bandana, and bury-
ing his face in its ample folds, he blew a
blast that might have come from the horn of
Roland. Although a man of sixty or more,
he appeared to be in perfect physical condi-
tion, and during the fifteen or twenty min-
utes he stayed he never sat down, neither did
his tongue cease from work. Passing to per-
sonal matters, he observed with sublime as-
surance, that his horses and game chickens
were the best in America — that he had the
best dog and the finest Spanish ram in
America, and passing to family matters, that
his two sons were the smartest young
men in America; adding that at col-
lege they were first in their classes,
one was already admitted to the bar and the
other would in due time. Alluding to bis-
own acquirements he mentioned several,
which I do not now recall, as being equal to-
any thing in America; and wound up by assert-
ing that he could talk as good Dutch as any
man in America. Whereupon addressing:
a country farmer sitting by, he poured forth,
a stream of gutterals, observing as he closed
— "Sel is gut Dietch." Remarking that he
wished to see *Tommy Wallace' at the next
hotel, he passed out in the same distinguished
manner as he had entered the house.

The rules of social ethics as laid down by
Chesterfield and others, most emphatically
condemn egotism and self assertion. But to
that law — strong as gravity — Gen; Ogle was an.
exception; a son of nature, a monarch of bora-
bast who 'could do no wrong. ' Like his friend
Judge Burnside, who had, the prerogative of
ugliness, he was without a peer or a parallel.
At Harrisburg his moral character was
cloudy, he was not admitted into
good society, and people marveled that
Somerset county should persist in return-
ing so objectionable a man. Doubtless it
was his usefulness, and more perhaps bis in-
tense personality. But when the time did
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did necessarily loy him aside, he broke down
under the blow, took to his bottle and drank
himself to death.

In 1853 the late Dr. Elder published in
'•Putnam's Magazine" an able article en-
titled "General Ogle; a character." Dr.
Elder was a native of S omerset county and
knew his subject well. Many people in
Harrisburg at that time, thought the Doctor
spread too much varnish over his picturesque
reminiscences. The General had then long
been dead, and the Doctor very properly de-
scribed the leading erratic and egotistic fea-
tures of his character. Of that remarkable
sketch I can refer to but few particulars,
.and those few from memory alone. The
Doctor transports his readers to a road-side
spring in Somerset, embowered by great
hemlocks, under which he locates a Fourth
•of July celebration in the olden times, a
time ante-dating my own recollections of the
General by perhaps ten years. The Doctor
■states that he was one of the kid portion of
the audience who greeted the General as he
took his position in front of a great tree to
address his fellow-citizens. He recalls the
speaker's striking personality, including
his scarlet vest and ruffs, much the
same as I have already described him.
Then he reconstructs that long torgotten ad-
^dress, of which a few items only can be
transferred to this paper. It may be stated
further that the General, although an illy
educated man, was a ready speaker, never
seemed to know what embarrassment was,
and even had a ready answer on his tongue's
end, under the most trying circumstances.

Taking a pinch of snuff and throwing out-
wards the folds of his great bcndana, he pro-
ceeded: "Fellow citizens." He dwelt but
briefly upon the historical associations of
the day, but like many another man before
-and since bis time, he loved to dwell upon
moral and statute law, as a rule for the old

and a boon for the young bearers before
him. Without citing his own questionable
examples, he gave them sound and solid ad-
vice ; what to do and how to do ; cribbing
large sections from Paley's Philosophy as
he went along. Turning next to the adjoin-
ing highway he observed, there is statute law.
That broken stone pike is the creature of
law. Men in this country once followed
deer paths, and like their Indian predeces-
sors were content. When I voted in the Leg-
islature to locate and build that road, your
very respectable daddies were all tore up
about it They told me I had ruined them,
and had ruined the pack-horse business.
Jess so ; it did ruin the pack-horse business.
They eouldn't see any better than owls in
daylight, but they got over it all the same,
when they saw a Conestoga carrying a load
for fifty pack-horses, and got double
prices for their wheat and rye. Well,
it takes education to make men and
build up a country. I had a
poor education myself, but such as it was it
beat none badly. I intend that my children
shall have in full what my father could not
give me. But I don't stop there. I want
the poor as well as the rich to have an educa-
tion. We know not what a day may bring
forth ; he who is rich to-day may be poor to-
morrow, but an education is not subject to
the storms of fortune, it will stay with you
when money and lands have left you. I am
in favor of free schools and a free school law.
Some of you shake your heads, just
as your good old daddies did about that
turnpike road over there, but you
will find out better. Time makes
all things even. Solomon says is not a man
better than a beast ? Is not his life better
than that of a bear coiled up sucking his
paws all his days, or shall his death be that
of a hog, knowing nothing ? I have done. ' '
Oakland, 1U. h. b.

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Jordan. — Some time ago inquiry was
mado concerning the family of Jordan of
the Cumberland Valley. On referring to
our notes we have the following :

Samuel Jordan, d. prior to 1763, his
•children being minors, John, James, Samuel,
David, and Martha, James Jordan, a
brother, probably, was administrator.

James Jordan, of Letterkenny town-
ship, d. in May 1776 leaving a wife Mary
.and children — 1 homos, Jean, Francis,
Mary, Margaret, and Isabel.

Robert Jordan, of Peters township, d.
prior to May 1770; his wife d. prior to 1777.
Their children were John, Thomas, David,
Sarah, Jean, Elizabeth, and Agnes.

About a Buttonwood Tree.— This
.paragraph was printed in one of the Harris-
burg newspapers some time ago, and at-
tracted a good deal of talk among the lovers
•of old things, being generally accepted as
true. The accuracy of the assertions re-
specting it may be judged by the comments
upon it "The old buttonwood tree that
stands in the park opposite the residence of
J. Brisbin Boyd, and estimated to be 150
years old, was to-day, under the direction of
Mr. Boyd placed in condition to preserve it
from destruction by the elements. A large
-opening was rilled up with stones then
cemented with mortar. The tree was planted
by Balser Sees, who resided on the lot now
owned by W. O. Hickok. Sees built the first
.fire engine, and had a town clock on the top of
his house. Sees is dead, but the tree still
lives." Balthaser Sees came to Harrisburg,or
Xouisburg, after 1789, as his name is not
found on any assessment roll previously to
that date. He uas about 23 years of age

when he made this town his home. This
particular tree was a large one before Sees
was born. If he, however, planted it, is not
1 50 years old. h.


On Friday, March 23, 1888, at the good
old age of ninety, died Thomas Hutchinson,
of Cedarville, Stephenson county, Illinois.
Mr. Hutchinson was the son of Samuel
Hutchinson and Jane Rutherford, and was
born in 1797 in Swatara township, Dauphin
county, Pennsylvania, on his father's farm,
below Steelton, now the Bombangh property,
but spent most of his youth and early man-
hood in Union county, where he learned the
fulling business, which he afterwards carried
on at Millersburg, Dauphin county. In 1840
he removed with his family to Stephenson
county, Illinois, then a wild western prairie.
Here he turned his attention to agriculture,
which he successfully followed during the
remainder of his life, ending his days upon
the same section on which he originally set-
tled. His wife, whose maiden name was
Wallace, died several years before him and
was a grand-daughter of Capt. William
Gray, of Buffalo Valley. Before entering
upon his business career, Mr. Hutchinson
spent some time as a school teacher and was
master of the school at Paxtang Church in
the year 1820. He was a mild-mannered,
genial man, and his scholars (a few of whom
are still living, the youngest more than three
score and ten) look back upon his adminis-
tration as a sort of oasis or resting place for
the memory amid the dreary and appalling
recollections of the old-time school room.
So far as we can ascertain, Mr. Hutchinson
was the last representative of the long line
of masters at Paxtang, which extended from
the early part of the last century down to
1839. w. F. R.

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[The following article, which supplemented
that in a former number of Note$ and
Queries (clvi), was accidentally mislaid. We
give it now, with every apology to our cor-

Having disposed of the Hempfield and
Rapho families of this name, it is fitting that
some mention should be made of those who
settled in Donegal and became residents of
Mt Joy, when that township was erected
out of it, and who were equally prominent in
every walk of life.

Hugh Scott was the pioneer settler of
the name in Donegal. His name appears
upon the assessment of that township for the
year 1726. He located and resided in that
part of the township, which fell in Mount
Joy township when it was erected. His high
character and standing in the community
may be inferred from the fact that he was a
Ruling Elder in Old Donegal Church for the
year 1733, and, perhaps, for several years
subsequent thereto. He was a large
landholder. The records seem to in-
dicate that he died about the year 1740.
I find the name of "Hugh" running
through some of the branches of the fam-
ilies embraced in this sketch, and infer that
he whose name heads this sketch was the
pioneer settler of the whole of them. I re-
gret to state that there is no stone in the
grave-yard at Donegal Church to mark his
resting place and tell the story of his birth
or death.

William Scott, whom I suppose to
have been a son of Hugh Scott, settled upon
land in Mount Joy township near Elizabeth-
town, and along the old road leading to Pax-
tang Church, commonly called the Hum-
melstown road. He took out a patent for
two hundred and seventy-five acres of land
June 5th, 1761 {vide Patent-Book, A. A.,
vol. I, page 312, Phila ). He must have
been a resident of Donegal for twenty or
more years prior to this date.
I find his name to * a petition
to the Court in Lancaster in 1745,
remonstrating against the erection or con-
struction nf a road along the river bottom
extending from Harris' Ferry to "Pine Ford"
(Middle town). From the patriotic character
of his family, it is presumed that he took an
active part in moulding public sentiment, in

opposition to British tyranny. He died in
March, 1775, before actual hostilities com-
menced between England and her Colonies.
He left surviving his wife, Mary, and the-
following children, whose names he men-
tioned in his will :

i. Susanna; m. Colonel Samuel Hunter,
of Fort Augusta, who became a very con-
spicuous and prominent officer of the Revo-
lutionary war.

ii. Elizabeth; m. John Harris (1).

These daughters were first mentioned in
his will, and were probably recorded accord-
ing to their respective ages.

tit, Abraham.

Abraham Scott, the brother of William
Scott, just mentioned, was also a prominent
and patriotic citizen. He lived to see the
beginning of the Revolutionary conflict, and
died in October, 1775, leaving his wife,
Mary, and the following children :

t. Margaret; m. William Kelley, whc*
purchased fifty acres of land in Donegal
from Captain Thomas Harris, near Eliza-

ii. Mary, married James Cook, of Done-
gal, who removed to and was living in Penn's-
Vallev, Mifflin county, in and before the:
the year 1794 (3.)

tit. Hugh, d. unm.

w. WiUiam, d. unm.

v. Abraham.

vi. David.

His son William, and his nephew Cap r
tain Abraham Scott were bis executorsa
The witnesses to his will were David Richard,
Sarah Scott (wife of Captain Abe. Scott>
and Abraham Holmes (4), who then kept the
"Bear Tavern" at Elizabethtown. The
mansion farm was divided between his two-
sons, William and Abraham. The widow
(Mary) conveyed her life estate August 17.
1783, to her two sons for eighty-four pounds.
The witnesses to this release were Jacob
Cook end William Kelley (5).


1. There were several other families of
Scott residing in Leacock and Little Brit-
tain townships, who were prominent April"
27, 1764, Thomas Scott and his wife of
Little Brittain township, conveyed an acre
of ground to the Trustees of the Presbyte-
rian church of that township, upon which
the erection of the church had just com-
menced, and for the use of a grave yard.

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The Trustees of the congregation were John
Allison, Patrick Ewing and James Bradley.
The first pastor was Rev. James Hunt

2. John Harris resided in Derry township.
His farm adjoined Captain Thomas Harris,
and the McQueens, at Conewago. He was
probably a near relative of Captain Thomas
Harris, and was no doubt the Harris who
laid out Mifflin on the Juniata. The founder
of that town was related to Thomas Harris,
the Thompsons and Pattersons.

3. James Cook was born near Canoy
creek, near the road leading from Maytown
to Logan's ferry, now Bainbridge. On July
29, 1791, James Cook and Mary conveyed
two hundred and forty-two acres of land, be-
ing part of his father s, James Cook's, man-
sion farm to James Willson. It is likely
that he removed to Penn's valley in 1791.

4. Abraham Holmes, kept the "Bear
Tavern" at Elizabeth town, from the year
1771 to 1779 when he died. He was a mem-
ber of Donegal church.

In Mr. McFarquhar's roll his family is
given thus:

"Mr. Holmes,

Mrs. Holmes,

Libby Holmes,

Elizabeth Holmes, (a child).

Holmes seems to have dealt largely in

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