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list for 1769. He died iu 1788. His chil-
dren were:

2. i. Ernest- Gotleib; ro. and left issue.

3. ii. Frederick; m. and had issue.

Hi. Jacob; descendants reside in Indiana.
iv. Phxtip; in 1804 resided in Hagers-
town, Md.

It is probable there were other children.

II. Ernest Gotljeb Glossbrenner
removed to Hagerstown, Md., after 1788 and
hefore 1 792. He m and had issue :

*. Gotiieb or Godfrey.

ii. Adam; m. and had Susan, Mary and

lit. Peter; m. and had William, Adam,
Jacob J. and Catharine. Jacob J. was the

iv. Elisabeth.

III. Frederick Glossbrenner; proba-
bly settled in York county. He married, and
left children, which the court records at
York ought to verif v :

i. Peter.

ii. Elizabeth.

Hi. Frederick.

iv. Catharine.

Desiring to assist Prcf. Drury in his
laudable work, we hope those to whom these
notes are stnt will take interest in our


This survey is historical, the late civil war
gave it a bloody notoriety, and the present
peaceful effort to preserve it deserves to be
noted. We therefore think the following
notices respecting it worth recording in N.

The Valley (Chambers burg) Spirit gives
this account of an examination of the boun-
dary stones marking the lines between Penn-
sylvania and Maryland in Franklin county :

"The southern border of Franklin county
is thirty-four miles in extent and the com-
missioners found the work laid upon them
by the Legislature a most arduous under-
taking. The site of each of the thirty-four
stones was visited by all the commissioners,
the three being together the entire time.
Counting the distance traveled from and to
their homes the commissioners walked and
rode nearly four hundred miles locating the

"On the first trip, from the Fulton county
line to Middlebnrg, half a dozen different
guides were employed. On the last half Con-
stable John Bodgers acted as pilot for the
com missioners over the South mountain. The
difficulties encountered may be estimated
when it is mentioned that often an hour, in
one case three hours, was consumed in locat-
ing one stone, even after they had driven to
the close vicinity of it On the mountain the
underbrush, grown in some places seven or
eight feet high, made travel slow and hid very
effectively the stones. In the level country
the work was in some instances equally as
onerous and a vivid recollection is retained
by the three county officials of a hunt for a
mile stone in a thirty-acre field of corn. On

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one occasion they were informed by some
women that a crown stone was located in a
corn field near at hand. After the commis-
sioners had started to search for it they were
rendered auspicious by the hearty laughter
which the women indulged in. Going back
and questioning them closely they were told
by the women that the scone had been re-
moved a long time before. In other cases
men volunteered to show the stones, and
found upon a test that they knew very little
about the location of them.

••The commissioners started from Middle-
burg on Tuesday morning. Tuesday night
they spent in Waynesboro, and Wednesday
night at the Hoover House, near Penmar.
Several times it was 10 o'clock at night be-
fore they were able to get to their hotel after
finishing the work of the day.

•'Of the thirty-four stones all but Nob. 3,8,
21, 23, 24 and 34 are in good condition. No.
3 is in Warren township. The top of it has
been broken off and is now used as a step at
the residence of Mr. John Baer. No. 8 is
not in its proper place. No. 21. on the farm
of Peter Eshelman, a short distance south*
east of Middleburg, is broken off and set up
at a fence fifty yards from its proper place.
No. 23 is broken off and covered up by the
turnpike. A pile of limestone marks the
place where it should be, on the farm of John
Wingert, on the Marsh turnpike, running
from State Line into Maryland. No. 24 is
entirely destroyed. No. 34 is destroyed and
was found in two pieces on the farm ot David
Hoover, one-half mile from Blue Ridge Sum-
mit Beginning with No. 3 every fifth stone
is what is known as a "crown" stone, the
stones being marked with different coats of

The commissioners of York county com-
pleted an inspection of the boundary monu-
ments, or mile and index stones, between
that county and Maryland. They started at
the Susquehanna, about four miles below
Peach Botton, where the boundary line be-
tween Pennsylvania and Maryland crosses
the river, and traveled westward on foot un-
til they reached the Adams county line, a
distance of 41 miles. The stones inspected
are those placed by Win. Penn's heirs and
Frederick Calvert, last Lord Baltimore, in
1768, and most of them were found in fair
condition, while one was in use as a step to a
porch at a Maryland farm house, 60 yards
from the line ; one in the engine house of a
grist mill, and one had been shipped to Bal-

timore. It is expected that the commission-
ers of Adams county will also soon make an*
inspection of the stones on Adams county's*
part of the line.

We have no report of the inspection on
the part of Fulton, Bedford and the other
counties of the southwestern border.

A floating paragraph gives this interesting:
account of the proceedings of modern * •relic

"So alluring to relic hunters have become
the five mile monuments or crown stones on
the Mason & Dixon line that shrewd fellows
are preparing casts of the stones and selling
them at good prices. It is said that from
along the southern border of some of the
counties of Pennsylvania nearly all the bound-
ary stones have been removed by curiosity


Historical, Btecrapalcal aad fteaeaJftflcal*


Home Ballads, by Rev. J. H. Dubbs,
D. D., of Lancaster, is a collection of verses-
illustrating some historic incidents in Penn-
sylvania Germanic life. The first ballad is
that of "Conrad Bucher," which was re-
printed in Notes and Queries several years
ago. Others no less interesting, and prettily
conceived, are the **Grave of Henry Antes,"
'•A Legend of Ephrata," and "The Legend*
of Tambour Yokel."

McKean, Samuel.— Samuel McKean, b.
September 19, 1790, in Huntingdon county,.
Pennn'a.; d. June 23, 1840, in Bradford*
county, Peuna. His father, James McKean,
was a native of Cecil county, Md., but re-
moved to Huntingdon county, Pennsylvania,
at the close of the Revolution. In 1791 he-
went to Bradford county and located in what
is now Burlington town* hip, that
county, where he was the first white
settler. He had a family of eight children,
James, Andrew, John, Robert, Samuel,.
Benjamin, Rebecca and Jane. Samuel*
studied law, represented the district of Brad-
ford and Tioga in the Legislature from 1815*
to 1819; elected a member of Congress from,
the Nineteenth district 1822-24; State Sen-
ator in 1829, resigning in December that

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year to accept the appointment of Secre-
tary of the Commonwealth nnder Governor
Shulze. He was United States Senator
from Pennsylvania from March, 1833, to
March, 1839.

Porterfield.— "I am especially inter-
ested to learn everything possible about any
members of the Portertield family, other
than Robert and Charles (who moved to
Jefferson county, Va., from Pennsylvania
and whose careers it is easy to trace). The
branch I wane to know about settled in Ab-
ingdon, Washington county, Va., where my
grandfather, Francis Potterfield, was born in
1785. His father was John and his grand-
father Francis Porterfield.

"W. Porterfield. "

New York City,

[Upon the first return we have of Hanover
township, Lancaster, now Dauphin county,
that for 1757 18 found the name of Robert
Porterfield. He is marked as having "fled"
owing to the Indian incursions. He returned,
however, and his farm remained in the pos-
session of bis son Rol>ert. He had a large
family, some of whom went to Augusta
county, Virginia. In old Hanover church-
yard are stones marking the graves of the

Robert Porterfield, sen., d. August 28,
1829, aged about 72 years.

Elsie Porterfield. consort of Robert, d. July
28, 1826, aged about 65 years.

Robert Porterfield, d. June 22, 1836. in bis
50th year.

Ann Porterfield, d. Dec 2, 1831, in her
52nd year.

John M. Porterfield, d. March 27, 1820,
in his 25th year.

Gracey Porterfield, sister of the foregoing,
d. July 29, 1793, in her 9th year.

Wallis Porterfield d. May 11, 1822, in his
25th year.

Elizabeth Porterfield, d. Nov., 1800, aged
7 months.

By further reference we find that the first
Robert Porterfield died in April 1785. Be-
sides Robert and other children he had a
daughter, deceased, who married David
Work and whose children were John and
Ruth Work. He also left a grand-daughter,
Grizzle Porterfield. 1


[Our friend, Dr. Lyman C. Drapir, of
the Wisconsin Historical Society; forwards
these extracts taken from the Weekly Maga-
zine, published in Philadelphia in 1798.]

Tedyuscung was a noted chief among the
Delaware tribe of Indians. He lived about
thirty -seven years ago, was a man of great
sagacity, and well-known to many of the
present inhabitants of Philadelphia.

He once observed to his friend, that in his
conferences with the then Governer, his
words only came from the outside of his
teeth; and added: "I will talk so, too."

One evening he was sober and sitting by
the fireside of his friend. Both of them
were silently looking at the fire, indulging
their own reflections and desiring each
other's improvement At length the silence
was interrupted by the friend, who said: "I
will tell thee what I have been thinking of.
I have been thinking of a rale delivered by
the author of Christian religion, which from
its excellence, we call the golden rule."
"Stopl" said Tedyuscung, "don't praise it to
roe, but rather tell me what it is, and let me
tbink for myself. I do not wish you to tell
me of its excellence; tell mo what it is."
"It is for one man to do to another as be
would the other should do to him." "That's
impossible — it cannot be done," Ted-
yuscung immediately replied. Silence
agAin ensued. Tedyuscung lighted his pipe,
and walked about the room. In about a
quarter of an hour be came np to his fritnd
with a smiling countenance, and (taking the
pipe from his mouth ( said, "Brother, I have
been thoughtful of what you told me. If
the Great Spirit that made man would give
him a new heart he could do as you say; but
not else." Thus the Indian found the only
means by which the Gospel declares man can
fulfil his social duties. Afte - he had settled
this difficult point, Tedyuscung said, "Now,
brother, it is no harm to tell you what I was
thinking of before you spoke. I think it is
what you white men call a sin. I thought
that the Great Spirit who made the land
never intended one man should have so much
of it as never to see it nil, and another not
to have so much as to plant corn for his
children. I think the Great Spirit never
meant it shonld be so. " Silence again en-
sued, till at length the one retired to bed,
and the other spread his watch-coat and slept
before the fire.

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At another time Tedyuscung was a little
corkoosey.* The friend said to him, "There
is one thing very strange, and which I can-
not account for. It is, why the Indians get
drunk so much more than the white people ?"
"Do yon think strange of that ?" said the
old chief; "Why, it is not strange at all.
The Indians think it no harm to get drnnk
whenever they can ; but you white men say
it is a sin, and get drunk notwithstanding!"

•An Indian term for Intoxication.


I. James Geddes, born in the year 1704,
neor Randallstown, County Antrim, Ireland,
emigrated to America, landing in August,
1752, with his wife Margaret and three sons.
He died in 1764; and his wile born in 1699,
died in 1783; and with her husband lie hur-
ried in Old Derry Church graveyard. They
had issue:

i. Pavl; b. 1 732, in Ireland ; d. May 25,
1814, in Northumberland, Pa. ; he removed
to what was subsequently Turbut township,
now Chillisquaque township, that county,
about 1765; was quite active during the
Revolution, and a member of the Committee
of Safety for Northumberland.
2. ii. William; b. 1735; m. Sarah McCallen.

Hi. Samvel; b. 1739, in Ireland; d. in

II. William Geddes (James), b. 1735
in Ireland ; came to America with his father's
family in 1752; his farm was located six
miles west of Harrisburg in Cumberland
county, on which he d. in 1789. He mar-
ried Sarah McCallen, daughter of John and
Sarah McCallen (see N. and Q.), b. in 1733;
d. 1773, in Londonderry township, both
buried in Derry church yard. They had
issue :

i. Jame*; b. July 22 1763; d. August 19,
1838, in Onondago county, N. Y., where he
resided and left a family.

ii. Margaret; b. December 31, 1764; d.
n 1818 near Fannettsburg, Franklin county,

Hi. John; b. August 16, 1766; d. Decem-
ber 5, 1840, near Newville, Cumberland
county, Pa.

iv. Paul; b. June 9, 1768; d. October 22,
1832, in Path Valley, Franklin county, Pa.,
where he resided and left a family.

3. t>. Robert; b. Sept 30, 1771; m. 1st,
Jane Sawyer; 2dly, Mrs. Martha McClure.

III. Robert Geddes (William, James);
b. Sept. 30, 1771, in Londonderry township,
then Lancaster county, Pa. He inherited
the farm of his mother's brother, Robert Mc-
Callen, situated near Campbell stow n, Leba-
non county, Pa. He died July 14, 1832, and
is buried in the grave of his grandmother,
Sarah McCallen. in Derry church yard. He
m., first, March 2, 1797, by Rev. James R.
Sharon, Jane Sawyer, daughter of John
flnwyor ( **e N. and Q. mrir^ I- Mav 25
1770; d. Nov. 29, 1803. They had issue:

t. Robert; b. Dec. 11, 1797; d. March 11,

ii. Sarah; b. July 10, 1799; d. Aug. 25,

4. Hi. John; b. March 19, 1801 ; resides in
Ypsilanti, Mich.

iv. William; b. Dec 28. 1802; d. May 21,
1877; removed in 1844 from Penusylvatiia to
Michigan, where he died.

v. Jane; b. August, 1804; d. Feb. 8,

m. Isabella; b. Sept 17, 1806; d. Nov.
21, 1834.

Robert Geddes m. 2dly March 22, 1810,
Mrs. Martha McClure and they had issue:

v'i. James; b. Dec. 12, 1812; m. and re-
sides near Decatur, Macon county, 111.

tiii. Thomas; b. Sept. 10, 1812: d. May
6, 1837.

ix. Agrippa; b. Sept 31, 1814; d. Dei*.
25, 1849.

x. Anna ; b. July 1818.

IV. John Geddes (Robert, William,
James) b. March 19, 1801, in now Lon-
donderry township, Lebanon county. Pa.
In company with his brother Robert he left
Pennsylvania April 19, 1825, arriving in
Ann Arbor, Mich., May 11, 1825. John
resides at Ypsilanti, Mich. He m. first
April 6, 1837 Fanny Savage; b. Feb. 19,
1806, in Orange county, N. Y. ; d. Dec 6,
1855; and there was issue:

t. John; d. s. p.

ii. Sarah; m. and has two sons and three

Hi, Rachel; in., but has no children.
John Geddes m. , secondly, J ulia Ettie Savage,
a sister to his first wife, b. July 22, 1800; d.
Aug. 18, 1883. Further information con-
cerning this family is desired.

fi. w. s. P.

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"A Leaf from the History of the
Rebellion, " is the title of a very interest-
ing pamphlet by our friend William B. Wil-
son, now of Philadelphia. "General," as we
were oft to title him, long before the war,
has rendered history valuable service in
writing out his reminiscences of "the
late unpleasantness," of all of which
he was a part It is of just such mateiial
ihat the history of the war for the Union
will eventually be written, and every contri-
bution to this end will be eageily sought for
and read. The author has done well, and he
should not hesitate while the lamp of life is
burning to note the many interesting and
.entertaining incidents ot which he was a par-
ticipant. In the pamphlet before us, the
tributes to Thomas A. Soott, Simon Cam-
eron and Abraham Lincoln are eminently


The theater is an old institution here.
Long before a building was erected for
that purpose, the plays were conducted in
/the large rooms of taverns. The most promi-
nent and suitable house was at Mr. Geo.
Zeigler's tavern, in Market square, the build-
ing now occupied by German's book store,
.and others. Some of the most prominent
stars of that day played here, but they must
•have performed under great difficulties, with
the meagre means they had, in light and ma-

In 1*22, John Wyeth, sen., erected the
Shakespeare building, at the corner of
Locust street and Raspberry alley, chiefly
ior theatiical purposes. After the erection
•of the Masonic Hall the theater was held
•there; subsequently Brant's Hall, built in
1846, and finally to the Opera House, built
•in 1874.

The circus was once a permanent place of
-amusement, especially during the winter.
Mr. Pettit erected a circus of boards, on the
corner of Third street and Blackberry alley,
now occupied by the State printing house.
This building was crushed by the great
weight of snow which fell upon it, but for-
tunately it fell when there was no perform-

ance. The writer recollects being taken
when a boy to see a circus held on the cor-
ner opposite, now occupied by the homos of
the late Anthony King and others on Third

Animal shows were exhibited in the yards
of taverns. The shows and circuses at an
early period remained here for several days.
Cook'., circus was once built of boards, on
State street, in front of the Roman Catholic
church, prior to the borough line extension
from Sonth street Old Times.


[The following letter written by John
Downey in July, 1808, has never been in
print We do not know to whom it was ad-
dressed. A rough copy was found in the
Old 'Squire's docket in our possession.]

Dear Sib: Previous to your leaving Lan-
caster, I could not deny myself the pleasure
of acknowledging the receipt of your favor
of the 2d inst ; and of regarding your ad-
dress when yon shall have retired from
Legislative duties. Occasion will never be
wanting on my part to render a correspond-
ence with a person so well qualified to in-
struct as you are, "a matter devoutly to be
wished for."

Every day of the present important period
is pregnant with events that will command a
conspicuous place on the page of history. I
am anxiously waiting to learn the fate of our
merchant vessels clearing out I fear our
Government has receeded too much. The
Omniscient eye which beholdeth the events of
futurity is alone adequate to foresee the con-
sequences — they are beyond the reach
of human ken, but if we may judge of the fu-
ture by the past, we are doubtless appaoach-
ing a period of time when Whig & Tory will
again be the only distinguishing epithets of
party. It is our duty to meet it with the
same firmness, and gnided by the same prin-
ciples which led your patriotic sire to victory,
and mine to the altar. I feel confident that
in the several stations alloted us, we will not
be found wanting in inclination to perform
our several duties. On your return home,
present my respects to your venerable parent
— the name of Downey will bring to his re-
collection the remembrance of a long since
departed friend and acquaintance. For your-
self accept assurance of my unfeigned re-
spect & esteem. May the hand of Omnipo-
tence gnide you thro' life.

Jno. Downey.

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[The following comes to us from Oakland,
Obia It supplements the data we have pub-
lished concerning the family of Whitehill.
We trust that others will place us in posses-
sion of additional informauoaj

I am a grandson of Joseph Whitehill, who
was one of the sons of James Whitehill,
born in 1700. Mary Kennedy was my
grandmother. Their children were :

u James; b. April 21, 1781; d. January
18, 1810; unm.

ii. Jane; b. June 11, 1783; d. September
15, 1865; unm.

Hi. Rachel; b. February 15, 1785; <L
April 27, 1856.

iv t Joseph; b. December 30, 1786; a. No-
vember 4, 1861 ; unm.

t>. Mary; b. October 19, 1788; d. August
28, 1849.

vi. Hannah; b. November 28, 1790; d.
Decemlier 25, 1866.

vii. Susannah; b. October 20, 1792; d.
January 13, 1873.

viiL Thomas; b. Nov. 2, 1794; d. July
J 8, 1816; unm.

ix. Rebecca; b. Oct 21, 1796; d. April
13, 1838.

x, Julia- Ann; b. June 20, 1801; d. Jan-
uary, 1813.

On February 6, 1817, my mother, Mary
Whitehill, married my father, Thomas

On February 20, 1817, Hannah Whitehill
married Thomas Freeman. He lived about
a year after his marriage. On April 9, 1822,
Mrs. Freeman married my uncle, George J.
Smith, with whom she lived most happily
until her death.

On December 25, 1917, Susannah White-
hill married John Tate.

On November 8, 1824, Rebecca Whitehill
married Wm. Cowan. He lived bnt a few
months after his marriage. Mrs. Cowan
afterwards married Nathan Fisk.

Rachel Whitehill married Dr. DeWitt

Are you aware that Robert Whitehill's
daughter, Mrs. MacBeth, was the grand-
mother of Mr. J. Q. A. Ward, the eminent
sculptor of New York. The MacBeth fam-
ily resided in Champaign county, Ghio, where
Mr. Ward was born and raised.

My grandfather about 1800 removed to
Botetourt county, Virginia, where he died
March 20, 1808; and my grandmother died
at the same place March 22, 1810. Their

daughter Julia Ann died in that county in*
June, 1813. James, the eldest son, died in*
Pennsylvania in 1810 (probably) in conse-
quence of a fall from his horse.

In 1815, the remaining members of the-
family removed to Warren county, Ohio,
where they took up their permanent abode.
After the death of James and
Thomas, Joseph, the remaining son, became-
the bead of the family. He never married,
but became a man of much note fn this-
State. He was the sheriff of Warren county
four years, a member of the Legislature sev-
eral sessions, and State Treasurer twelve-

Susan, Hannah, Rebecca and Mary left
families of children. J. Q. &


Edmonds, William.

The third representative of the county of
Northampton in the Assembly of Pennsyl-
vania, was William Edmonds. He was bon*
24 October, 1708, in Coleford, in the parish
of Newland, Hundred of St Briavells,.
County of Gloucester, O. E. His father
^as a merchant, and the family attached to-
the Established Church.

Learning the skin-dressing trade, at Mon-
mouth, in 1736, he immigrated to America,
and established himself in business in New
York. Here, in 1739, he married Rebecea-
de Beauvoise, of French Huguenot family,
who bore him four children. In 1741 they
united with the Moravian congregation in*
New York. His wife died in 1749, and
shortly after he made a voyage on tne Irene
(owned by the Moravian Church, and em-
ploy|ed in the transportation of their colonists-
to America.) to Holland and England, serving
in the capacity of steward. On his-
return he removed to Bethlehem,
where be was employed in the Church'
store and other positions. March 31, 1755,
he married Margaret, daughter of Henry and*
Eve Anthony, who was born in New York in-
1721. She died in 1773. In 1755 he was-
elected for the first time a member of the-
Assembly. At the date of his election the
Quaker or Penn party were losing their pop-
ularity, yet he was elected by a small ma-
jority. The year following he again became
a candidate, but was defeated by William*
Plumstead, the Proprietary candidate. Mr.
Edmonds contested the election on the peti-
tion of John Jones, Samuel Mechlin and JX

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Brown, who charged that Mathias Reigel, an
inspector at the election, destroyed tickets
wbtch were in favor of Wm. Edmonds. Mr.
Phunstead, however, retained his seat Thomas
Peon writing to Governor Hamilton, nnder
date of 8 January, 1757, says: "Mr. Plum-
stead I hear is elected in the room of Wm.
Edmonds, which is a great point gained."
Mr. Edmonds was again elected in 1770, and
for the ensuing fonr years, bis success being
promoted by his adherence to the anti-pro-
prietary party or rather the party that were
then forming in opposition to the encroach-
ments and oppression oi the British Gorern-

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