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eat — the damnation of the wicked will be
great enough without making it greater with
long prayers ;" after which no more praying;
was heard in the honse until after harvest,

I was often in the house mentioned in yoar
aunt Nelly's will, for your aunt Betsy. It iav
next the corner on the N. W. side of the

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street, above the stone bridge over the gully
and last on the bank, which no donbt was all
a gallery indeed, which never can be found
out, Mac Jimsey dying soon after, and other
witnesses of her competency or knowledge of
the recorded testament may never be known
to any bat those who are most benefited, and
her father's will had no witnesses at all and
can never be known whether they were real
testaments or not, so that you had better
keep as good friendship as possible with your
uncle Robert, the junior, and call to see him
before his emaciated limbs moulder in the
dust There may be a peradvetfture of get-
ting what was left to your father's family, if
he does not leave you any more, but my re-
lations has all gone down to the grave with
all their hands full of lies. They always
said they would leave remuneration for the
losses during my minority.

The old widow of my youngest uncle,
Joseph Fleming, died last fal\ but the as-
semblymen from that quarter alleged that
the Yankee priest that married the daughter
of her brother, James Hughes, had secured
all to himself. His father was the only affi-
davit man that swore my uncle made a will
in the beginning of the American revolution
and left all to his sister. I expect to go down
this summer and see how such illegal pro-
cedure gbes on, and if a man can swear away
my lawful rights to his sister who will give
them back to his daughter it must be unjust,
for my uncle always told me he would leave
all to his brothers' and sisters' children, and
cousin John Fleming, of this neighborhood,
left his property as the law directs.

I was at Mr. Neely's last fall. I never
seen any of my Sister Margaret's children,
but the eldest son who died young. Till
then there are six living, three boys and'
three girls.

The members from Huntingdon told me
that Sister Jane was very well and the old
priest still able to execute his office. Two
or three of her sons are married and practis-
ing physicians. Col. Dale told me Sister
Ann was his neighbour and one of his rela-
tions married to her eldest daughter.

Mr. Kelly told me he was at your house a
few days after my brother's death and that
your sisters were much like the Whitehill
girls when they were young. You have not
said a word about your sister Mary's family
or whether any of the rest are married.
Mr. Given, of Carlisle, always enquires for
you. Showed him you letter of January

last, which T did not see myself before the
middle of last month.

The western members, as well as travelers,
told me of sister Mary's family. There were
many gentlemen and ladies called to see the
superb buildings at the seat of Government.
The lobbies and galleries were hardly ever
empty. Mr. Findlay left his seat at the
Federal city to pay us a visit before we broke
up. Some faulted him for neglecting the
affairs of the empire, alleging he was in-
triguing again for honours and emoluments.
Our State has become proverbial for detrac-
tion and abuse of candidates. The Demo-
cratic presses say so much ibout the imbe-
cility of our pi esent Chief Magistrate and
the degradation or Pennsylvania by his elec-
tion, that nearly all the Hiesterites were
left at home last fall and a great majority of
Findlayites sent down and up from all quar-
ters to see the cis-Atlantick Pharaoh, who
were so confounded at the awe of his coun-
tenance and gigantick appearance that no
one ventured to sling a stone at him, and
little Jemmy Duncan walked through their
fiery ordeal as clear of being singed as
Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego.

I have read many epitaphs or monumental
inscriptions in the encyclopoedea as well as
on the tombstones, but none pleases me bet-
ter than the Whitehill's at Silvers Spring

In memory of Alexander MacBeth. son of
Andrew & Ann MacBeth, born the 8th of
April, 1768, died the 16th of September,

Cousin Sarah Crane is keeping school in
Carlisle. One of her daughters lost her life
by a corselet at John Randolph's wedding
last winter.

The people in this State are growing very
wicked. The 7 th, 8th and 9th verses of the
5tL chapter of Jeremiah, the last verse of
the 13th, and all the rest of the Bible is
nothing to the documents I heard read along
with petitions for divorces during the ses-

Since I wrote the other sheet, cousin Mary
Blair died, and, what was more astonishing,
not being able to find the dates among my
books, I went over to Sister Margaret's last
week, or rather the latter end of the week be-
fore, to copy them out of your grandfather's
Bible, and Mrs. Neely began crying and
asked me if Mrs. Blair was living yet I
told her she was when I left Carlisle, but
when I returned I found by the newspapers

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that she died while my sister was enquiring
for her. She still kept crying all the time
I was there and told me I must quit laugh-
ing and prepare for death, and Mr. Neely
scolded me again about laughing and talking
about the girls, and about Goudy
that married Mary Elliot, sending
letters to Ireland for his brothers to come
over and make a fortune among the country
born. The declaimers against theaters,
dancing schools and other diversions has got
their mouth stopped a little while last winter
by a great fire that consumed the orphans'
asylnm in Philadelphia. They said it was a instance of the Divine displeasure
when the Governor of Virginia and so many
ladies and gentlemen perished in the flames
of the playhouse in Richmond, but when so
many poor, innocent children suffered they
say they could cot go in a better time.

Old Harkness and a great many old revo-
lutionists died lately. There are none but
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson living
that signed the declaration of independence.
I attended at the review last week. The
great warrior Col. R. M. Crane rode a great
red horse at the head of the regiment. I
would have showed him your letter if you
had not made that little observation on the
other page. I wish you would take more
paper and write everything that you want to
know about the estate in a very complaisant
style, that I may show him and James both,
for I want an errand to go in the house in
spite of their noses, for all they would not
invite me to call and you never give me an
account about my brother's appointments or
competitions at the elections. I heard he
was in the Legislature as well as on the
bench, but never could learn how long on the
latter or how often in the former, or what
branch he was a member of, or any certainty
whether he was a public servant at all but
once in the news something about treating
with the Indians at Greenville.

There was a great mimy couples joined
together in the vicinity of Newville last
winter as well as about Carlisle. Thomas
Duncan's youngest son John is married to
the daughter of William Sterret and Catha-
rine MacDonald, the old Scotch highland
piper's granddaughter.

Andrew Macbeth was born the 8 th of
January, 1733.

Ann Macbeth was born the 14th of Janu-
ary, 1733.

John Macbeth was born the 14th ft Oc-
tober, 1763.

Mary Macbeth was born the 17th of Oc-
tober, 1765.

Alexander Macbeth was born the 8th of
April, 1768.

Jane Macbeth was born the 4th of May,

Margaret Macbeth was born the 1 5th of
August, 1773.

John Macbeth died theSOtnof May, 1785.

This is all I could find recorded in your
grandfather^ Bible. I hunted for records
among Mr. Steel's papers and Mr. Davidson's
papers, but found nothing but births, bap-
tisms or deaths, but old yellow wig's little
grandson keeps regular entries of everything,
even the very cock fights.


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Harrison, the Regicide. — We are some-
what astonished at the statement made by
the Philadelphia Times of July 1st, that the
progenitor of the Harrisons of Virginia was
Major (not Major General) Thomas Harrison
of Cromwell's army who signed the death-
warrant of Charles I, of England, and
who, after the Restoration, was the first
one of the regicides who were l>eheaded. By
reference to our brief record of the "Harri-
sons of Virginia," published in last number
of Notes and Queries, it will be seen that the
first Harrison who came to America was here
before the birth of "Major ' Thomas Harri-
son. Apart from this fact, this Harrison was
in nowise connected with the Virginia
Harrisons, was a Puritan of

"the baser sort," while the ancestors
of the next President of the United States
were members of the Establish*, d Church —
were royalists. We are not mistaken in
this. What the object of the Times writer
is we know not, but are of opinion that his
historical blunders should lie corrected.


Schlosser, George Ernst.

George Ernst Schlosser, was born 27 Octo-
ber, 1714, at St. Arnual, Nassau-Saarbruck,
where his father was the resident Lutheran
Minister. His parents were Rev. George and

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Bophia Johanetta Margaretta (m. n. £11-
-werth) Schlosser. When six months old
his parents removed to Strassburg, where
•one day his sister (a mere child) who
had the care of him, let him fall from a
bridge into the Rhine. Some women who
were washing a short distance below rescued
him and restored him to his parents. Sub-
sequently his parents resided at Diettingen,
in the neighborhood of Durlach, where his
father died in March of 1746.

In his youth Schlosser was employed by
merchants in Pforzheim, Stuttgard, Ess-
ling and Rothenberg, in Upper Austria. At
the latter place he was falsely accused of
blasphemy, and sent a challenge to his
accuser, who declined to fight, and acknowl-
•edged his innocence in writing. We next find
him with his parents, anu a year later in busi-
ness on his own account Mr. Schlo ser was
married for the first time 24th March, 1738,
to Fredericks M Rudhardt, youngest daugh-
ter of the Bailiff and Councellor of the Prince
of Baden-Durlach. This marriage proved
.an unfortunate cue, and in 1748 he obtained a
divorce. Of the five children born to them,
three died in early youth, and two accompa-
nied their father to Pennsylvania in 1751.
They were:

Christina; b. 20 February, 1744; m.

Ernst; b. 9 December, 1745; resided at
York, Pa.

In 1748 Mr. Schlosser became connected
<with the Moravians at Herrnhaag, but did
not unite with them until his arrival in
America, embarking on their colony vessel,
the Irene, at Rotterdam for New Ytrk.
From the latter city he proceeded to Bethle-
hem, and early in 1752 removed to Philadel-
phia, where he became a successful mer-

During the exciting period preceeding, as
well as throughout the war for Independence,
he took an active part on the side of the
colonists. lie was a deputy to the Provin-
cial Convention of 15 July, 1774, and to that
of 23 January, 1775; member of the Pro-
vincial Conference, which met at Carpenter's
Hall, 18 June, 1775; and of the Convention
of 15 July, 1776. He was a member of the
Committee of observation for the city of
Philadelphia, 16 August, 1775, and while in
the performance of his duties as a committee-
man became involved in a legal dispute with
Isaac Hunt, the father of the celebrated
Xeigh Hunt Hunt drew on himself the

indignation of the citizens of Philadelphia,
was mobbed and imprisoned, but subsequently
made his escape and fled from the city.

During the occupation of Philadelphia by
the British army under Howe, he repaired to
Lancaster, where he remained until the
evacuation of the city, when he returned to
his family at Bustleton. In August of
1777, he was recommended to Congress by
the Supreme Executive Council for commis-
sary, as "being worthy of trust and very
competent for that business." At the solici-
tation of the Council, in June of 1778, he
advanced £2,000 "when the finances of the
State were very low and the necessities
of the army were great," which was
subsequently refunded to him. In December,
he was appointed to pi event forestalling in
the city markets, and in June of 1781, super-
intendent for the sale of city lots. He also
held many positions of trust in the Moravian
church ou Race street, and in February of
1786, was elected a manager of the House of

During the yellow fever epidemic of 1793,
Stephen Girard was assisted at Bush Hill
Hospital by Mr. Schlosser and Peter Helm,
(both members of the Moravian church), who
volunteered their services.

George Schlosser was married in 175 4
to Anne Mary Peter, [d. 25 Aug. 1801], and
by her had issue, to wit:

Mary Magdalen, b. 14 March, 1755; m.
9 Jany, 1772, Jacob Frank.

Anna Maria, b. 16 July, 1756; m. 24
Aug. 1780, Adam Esler.

Bosina Maria, b. 17 Dec 1757.

Christina SybiUa, b. 27 July, 1759, [d.

Jacob Henry, b. 22 May, 1761.

John Georae, b. 1 Jany. 1763; d. young.

Theodora Elizabeth, b. 6 June, 1765.

Johanna Fredericka, b. 23 April, 1767;
m. 11 June, 1793, Samuel Saui, printer,
Chestnut Hill, Phila.

Jacobina Charlotta, b. 30 May, 1769; m.
James Yard.

John George, b. 22 Feby, 1773.

For a number of years Mr. Schlosser re-
sided on Second near Vine streets. Apart
from his business activity and enterprise he
was benevolent and philanthropic, and in
mercantile circles was held in high repute.
He died 25 February, 1802, and was buried
in the Moravian cemetery, corner Front and
Vine streets, (removed in 1887).

John W. Jordan.

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I. John Boyd, b. about 1719 in the north
-of Ireland, of Scotch parentage; m. in 1749
Sarah DeVane, a Huguenot, b. 1724; d.
Nov. 10, 1813. From the ionrnals of the
General Assembly of Pennsylvania for June
15, 1781, we have the following:

*'A petition of Sarah Boyd of the town
of Northumbeiland, in the county of North-
umberland, widow, was read, representing
that at an early period of life, she had the
misfortune of being deprived of her husband,
and was left to struggle with many diffi-
culties to support herself and three sons, her
-only children. That at the commencement
of the present war, all of her said sons, took
an early and decided part in the grand con-
test, and she cheerfully consented to their
serving their distressed country. That her
youngest son, William, a Lieutenant in the
Pennsylvania Regiment fell in the Battle of
Brandy wine. That her son Thomas after
having shared in all the dangers and
fatigues of the Canadian expedition fell a
sacriH< % e to Indian barbarity, in the expedi-
tion commanded by Sullivan, and that her
remaining son now commands a company ap-
pointed for the defence of the frontiers of
this State, and praying that she many be
allowed the depreciation of the pay of her
deceased sons, the same having been trans-
ferred to her by her surviving son."

On the 20th of the same month we have

"That having considered the singular case
of Sarah Boyd, as represented in her peti-
tion of the 15th iost, they would most ear-
nesUy recommend it to the House to make
her a grant of a sum of money in lieu and
satisfaction of the depreciation which would
have descended to the widow and children of
her deceased sons, if any there had been.

"Page 696, An act to settle and adjust the
accounts of the troops of this State in the
service of the United States, and for other
purposes therein mentioned was brought in
engrossed and compared at the table.

"Resolved, That it be enacted into a law
and signed by the Speaker. Jf

In the Northumberland Gazette of Novem-
ber 10, 1803, the following obituary appears:

"Died on Saturday evening last at the ad-
vanced age of 79 years, Mrs. Sarah Boyd.
She has long resided in this county, during
which time her character has been well

known to be that of a sincere Christian, and
a particular friend to all those who stood in
need of her assistance. No woman, perhaps,
has ever died in this ceuntry whose loss has
been more sincerely regretted than that of
Mrs. Boyd. On Sunday afternoon her re
mains were conducted to the place of inter-
ment, attended "by her relatives and other
friends. "

The children of John and Sarah DeVane
Boyd were as follows, all born in Chester
county, Penn'a:

2. i. John; b. Feb. 22, 1750; m. Rebecca

it. Thomas; b. 1752; d. Sept. 13, 1779^
entered the service at the commencement of
the Revolution ; was commissioned first lieu-
tenant First Regiment Penn'a Line, January
14, 1778; was detailed with other riflemen
to the Fourth Penn'a under Col. William
Butler, on the Sullivan expedition in 1779,
taken prisoner and barbarously tortured by
the Six Nations Indians at little Beard's
Town on the Genesee, who were then banded-
with the Tories under Col. John Butler, his
son Walter and the Indian Brant He was

Hi. William, b. 1755: d. Sept. 11, 1777;
was commissioned ensign, 12th Regt, Penna.
Line, October 16, 1776; promoted second
lieutenant, and killed at the battle of Ger-
mantown. He was unmarried.

II. John Boyd (John), b. Feb. 22, 1750,
in Chester, county. Pa., d. Feb. 13, 1831, in
Northumberland, Pa. Of his early occu-
pation and education we have little
knowledge. When the war for Inde
pendence came he entered into the
service, and was commissioned second lieu-
tenant in the 12th regiment of the Pennsyl-
vania Line, Col. William Cooke, October
16, 1776. He was promoted first lieutenant
and transferred to the Third Pennsylvania
regiment as captain lieutenant Under the
rearrangement of January 1, 1781, he was
retired the service, but afterwards appointed
captain of a company of rangers on the fron-
tiers, and was an excellent partisan officer.
According to Charles Biddle, as
stated in his "Autobiography," "during
the war he was wounded and taken prisoner
by the Indians. Having killed a number of
tbem before he was taken they were deter-
mined to burn him. For this purpose he
was stripped naked and tied to a stake,
and expected every moment to softer

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death, when he was released by
the interposition of one of the squaws,
who had her husband killed in the engage-
ment with Boyd. His life was possibly saved
in consequence of his being a stout, well
made man." During the war he served one
year as collector of the excise for
Northumberland county. After the
restoration of peace, in partnership
with Col. William Wilson, he entered into
merchandising at the town of Northumber-
land, and in a mill at the mouth of Chillis-
qnaque creek. They manufactured large
quantities of potash, which they shipped
to Philadelphia, where it met with a
ready sale; but the difficulties of
transportation compelled them to relinquish
this enterprise. Captain Boyd served as a
member of the Supreme Executive Council
of the State from November 22, 1783, to
November 23, 1786. On the 2d of October,
the latter year, he was appointed
by the General Assemby one of
the commissioners for superintending
the drawing of the Donation Land Lottery.
He was a member of the Pennsylvania con-
vention to ratify the Federal constitution in
1787 ; a member of the Penn'a House of Rep-
resentatives from 1790 to 1792; and a
Presidential elector at the second
election. He filled the office of a justice of
the peace many years. Was one of the
original members of the Pennsylvania Society
of the Cincinnati. Captain Boyd m., May
13. 179*, Rebecca Bull, b. November,

1767, d. ■; daughter of -Col. John

Bull of the Revolution. They had issue:

i. Sarah-IIaines; b. April 9, 1796; d.
1866, at Peoria, Ul.;m. Oct 10, 1822, Rev.
William R. Smith.

ii. Annie-Smith; b. Februarys, 1798; d.
Nov. 24, 1801.

Hi. Mary-Philips; b. Nov. 24, 1799; d.
Dec 7, 1801.

iv. Elizabeth- Rittenhouse; b. Sept 20,
1801 ;d. Sept 26, 1826, at Alton, 111.; ro.
Dr. Henry Kent.

v. John- Benjamin; b. Jan. 11, 1804; d.
nnm. at Northumberland; studied law and
admitted to the bar, but never practiced.

©i. WUHam-Thomas; b. Nov. 20, 1805;
d. ; m. Grace Slater.

vii. Marie- Josepha; b. Sept 16, 1808; is
residing at Morristown, N. J. ; m. Nov. 28,
1832, Samuel Freeman Headley.


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The Keagy Family.— Our correspondent
at Chambers burg will find in the Lancaster
New Era of July 21, an interesting account
of the family he makes inquiry of.

Centennial Anniversaries.— Centre
county had two jubilations during July. On
the 4th centennial exercises were h<dd at
Potter's Mills, wheie quite a number of in-
teresting addresses were delivered, that of
Hon. John Blair Liun being the more prom-
inent On the 25th the beautiful Penn's
Valley town of Millheim celebrated the one
hundredth anniversary of its existence,
at which there were no le?s tnan five thou-
sand strangers present The historical ad-
dress by our friend Linn was an able and
valuable one, and was enthusiastically re-
ceived. We trust the proceedings of these
two centennial anniversaries will be put into
permanent form.


[The New Era, of Lancaster, in its issue
of July 26th, refers in an interesting edi
tonal to "Two Men Deserving of Honor,"
namely, Simon S. Kathvon, the naturalist,
and Samuel Evans, the historian, of Lancas-
ter county. As the latter is so well known
to the readers of Notes and Queries, we give
the reference to him, premising them with
the statement that both gentlemen will have,
as they worthily deserve, a place in the new
Cyclopedia of American Biography.

"The first to whom we will refer is Sam-
uel Evans, Esq., of Columbia, who is well
known to the readers of this journal as a
valued occasional contributor. Mr. Evans
is the best authority on our local history
running back to the organization of this
county, or rather to its first settlement
The mass of information about early settlers,
the lands they occupied, its subsequent divi-
sion and sub-division into smaller estates for
their descendants, their genealogy, changed
locations, marriage and inter-marriage of
children, grandchildren and great grand-
children, indicate an amount of as-
siduous and laborious research that
has impressed ns upon reading his articles as
extraordinary. With our knowledge of the-

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.richness and comprehensiveness of his treas-
ury of facts in this line, we -vonld suppose,
-did we not know better, that he was a gentle-
man of wealth and leisure who had devoted
jail his life and a snug fortune in pursuit of
-this labor of love — for his contributions to
the local press and historical periodicals have
•heen given without compensation. Yet all
his life he has been a busy man in earning a
livelihood, and his historical research has been
- simply in the nature of a pleasant recreation,
if we had a few more men of his type, we
would have a historical society here whose
archives would be rich with material for the
future local historian, much of which is
rapidly being lost in oblivion through the
death ef aged tititizens in whose memory
alone important data has been retained. As
it is, nearly all we know of the early history
-of Lancaster county has been preserved by
the late I. Daniel Rupp and Samuel Evans.
When he departs from among us — and may
a good Providence long delay that event — he
•will leave a rich legacy of local early and
contemporary reminiscences which the next
generation will appreciate as the present
-does not."


Prof. A. W. Drury, of Dayton, Ohio, is
-gathering material for a biography of the late
Bishop Glossbrenner, of the U. B. Church. In
tiis researches he has come across
the following facts concerning the an-
.cestry of that distinguished prelate of his
•Church, which we herewith give in the hope
that some of our Berks county correspond-
ents may furnish us additional information :

1. John Frederick Glossbrenner
xame to America in 1750 and settled in
Berks county, probably in Heidelberg town-
ahip. His name appears on the assessment

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