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roent He was also a member of the Gen-
eral Committee of Safety, which met in
Philadelphia in 1775.

In April of 1763, Mr. Edmonds took
charge of the store opened by the Moravians
at Rose Inn, near Nazareth, nnder the fol-
lowing letter of Attorney from Bishop N.

"Whereas, Application has been made
to me through the Deacons of Bethlehem by
certain inhabitants of Nazareth, of Plain-
field and Smithfield townships, that a reposi-
tory of goods might be placed at a more
convenient distance than to come quite to
Bethlehem, and for as much that of many
years experience William Edmonds, late
storekeeper at Bethlehem, has approved him-
self to be a careful and upright dealer, —

"Know Ye: That reposing special trust
confidence in his well and prudent manage-
ment for said Deacons and the Count?, I do
hereby « institute, empower and appoint him,
the said William Edmonds to be storekeeper
or factor at the house lately erected for that
purpose in Plainfield township, County of
Northampton, and Province of Pennsylva-
nia." He relinquished this position in Oc-
tober of 1772, to take charge of the store in
the village of Nazareth, to which its stock
had been removed. Here he died 15th Sep-
tember 1 786. He was a whole-souled patriot
in the struggle for American Independence.

J. w. J.

one is better qualified for this work than the
very able historian of Northern Pennsylva-


H totarleaJ, BI««ra»Uoal an* Ctoaealadeal*


Tioga Point.— We learn that Rev. David
Craft, of Wyalusing, Pa., is preparing a
history of this important historic spot No

Meginness' Histoby of the West
Branch Valley is becoming exceedingly
interesting as the work progresses. No. 5
of the serial issue now on our table, displays
the pains -taking research of the author, and
it is fondly hoped that his labor of love will
be properly appreciated.



Piper, Gen. John, d. January 31, 1816,
in his 87 tb year, in Hopewell, Bedford

Clunn, CoL Joseph, of Bucks county, d.
May 17, 1816, aged 70 years.

Worth, CoL Caleb, President of the So-
ciety of the Cincinnati, d. November, 1840,
in Chester county.

Hoyer, George, d. May 25, 1845, aged
85 years, an early settler in Harrisburg.

Williamson, Peter, d. at Halifax, of
typhus fever, March 9, 1816.

Armor, Lieut Dill, of the U. S. riflemen,
d. Sunday, March 17, 1811, at Carlisle.

Bates, Tarleton, prothonotary of Alle-
gheny county, fell in a duel Jan. 8, 1806.

Bensell, George S., a member-elect from
the county of Philadelphia, to the Pennsyl-
vania House of Representatives, d. at Ger-
mantown Nov. 23, 1806, in his 26th year.

Bright, Gen. Michael, d. at Philadelphia,
February, 1812.

Bowie, Ralph, d. at York, Oct 22, 1816,
"an eminent lawyer of that place."



Jamvs Wilson came from the North of
Ireland with his parents at the age of
seven years. His first wife was Martha
Sterrett After her death he married Ann
. His children were:

i. William; m. Elizabeth Robinson.

ft. Hugh; m. Isabella Fulton.

ftt. Martha; m. David Hays; removed to
Shippensburg, Pa.

iv. Joseph; m. Margaret Boyd.

t>. Mary; m. James Todd, of Hi»nover, of
whose family we believe we have a pretty
full record.

vi. Andrew; b. 1759; d. September 11,
1806; m. June 3, 1788, Martha McClure, b.
1768; d. Dec. 20, 1814.

vii. James; d. unm. at Reading; was an
iron master.

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viii. Elizabeth; m. James Stewart

ix. Samuel; m. Eleanor Bell.

As the foregoing connects with a number
of the early Scotch Irish families of this re-
gion, we will be pleased to receive any infor-
mation concerning those here given.


On the 28th of June, 1744, while in at-
tendance at the Indian Treaty held at Lan-
caster, Witnam Marshe, Secretary to the
Maryland Commissioners, went to see
Madame Montour.' We give his account of
"his visit:

"I went to the cabin where I heard the
celebrated Mrs. Montonr, a French lady,
<bnt now, by having lived so long among the
Six Nations, is become almost an Iodian)
had her residence. When I approached the
wigwam I sainted her in French, and asked
fcer whether she was not born in Canada ?
of what parents ? and whether she had not
lived a long time with the Indians ? She
answered me in the same language very
•civilly, and after some compliments were
passed betwixt us, told me in a polite man-
ner that she was born in Canada, whereof
her father (who was a French gentleman)
had been Governor; under whose adminis-
tration the then Five Nations of Indians had
made war against the French and the
Hurons, and that government (whom we
term the French Indians, from
espousing their part against the
English, and living in Canada) and that in
the war she was taken by some of the Five
Nations' warriors, being then ten years of
age, and by them was carried away into tleir
•country, where she was habited and brought
up in the same manner as their children.
That when when she grew up to years of
maturity, she was married to a famous war
captain of those nations, who was in great
esteem for the glory he procured in the war
against the Catawbas, a great nation of
Indians to the southwest of Virginia, by
whom she had several children ; but about fif-
teen years ago he was killed in a battle with
them, since which she has not been married.
That she had little or no remembrance of
the place of her birth, nor, indeed, of her
parents, it being nearly fifty years since she
was ravished from them by the Indians. She
has been a handsome woman, genteel, and of
polite address, notwithstanding her residence
has been so long among the Indians, though
formerly she was wont to accompany the

several chiefs, who used to renew treaties of
friendship with the Proprietor and Governor
of Pennsylvania, at Philadelphia, the me-
tropolis of that Province; and being a white
woman, was there much caressed by the
gentle-women of that city, with whom she
used to stay for some time. She retains her
native laugauge by conversing with the
Frenchmen who trade for fur skins, etc,
among the Six Nations; and our language
she learned at Philadelphia, as likewise
of our traders, who go back into the
Indians' country. In her cabin were two of
her daughters, by the war-captain, who were
both married to persons of the same station,
and were then gone to war with the Cataw-
bas before mentioned. One ot these young
women had a son about five years old, who,
I think, was one of the finest featured and
limbed children mine eyes ever saw, and was
not so tawtiey or greased as the other Indian
children, but were on the contrary. His
cheeks were ruddy, mixed with a delicate
white, had eyes and hair of an hazel color,
and was neatly dressed in a green ban- j an,
and his other garments were suitable.

* 'Madame Montour has but one son, who
for his prowess and martial exploits was
lately made a captain and a member of the
Indian Council, and is now gone to war
against the Catawbas with her sons-in-law.

"She is in great esteem with the best sort of
white people, and by them always treated
with abundance of citility; and whenever
the went to Philadelphia (which formerly
she did pretty often) the ladies of that city
always invited her to their houses, enter-
saiued her well, and made her several pres-



Caatrlbatlaa* f Its Biographical Hlstary*

Allison, William.

William Allisou, b. November 12, 1693,
in the north of Ireland, came to America in
company with his brother Robert in the
year 1730, and was among the first settlers
in Antrim township, Cumberland, now
Franklin county. He took up a large tract
of land on a portion of which the pretty
town of Greencastle is located, hav-
ing subsequently been laid out by his son,
CoL John Allison. Upon the organi-
zation of the county of Cumberland, he was
commissioned one of the justices. During
the French and Indian war a fort was built

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at bis residence. He was a prominent man
in the pioneer history of the Valley, and one
of the founders of the Presbyterian Church.
He died on the Utb of December, 1778, "far
adranced in years, " as he says in bis will,
leaving a wife Catharine, and children as
follows :

i. John.

ii. Patrick.

Hi. Agnee; m. Robert McCrea, and bad

iv. Robert

i. Catharine; m. James Hendricks.

Armstrong, Joseph, sen.

Joseph Armstrong, a native of the
North of Ireland, of Scotch parent-
age, came to America abont 1731,
settling in the Cumberland Valley in
what was subsequently Hamilton township,
now Franklin county. He became a very ac-
tive man on the frontiers, and when the
French and Indian war broke out was com-
missioned a captain in the Provincial forces,
serving almost continuously from 1755 until
the Forbes expedition of 1 758. He was with
his relative CoL John Armstrong at the de-
struction of the Kittanning, and was Pro-
vincial agent in the building of the great road
from Fort Loudoun to Fort Pitt, and repre-
sented Cumberland county in the Assembly
from 1756 to 1758. He died at his residence
n January, 1761, leaving a wife Jennett,and
children following:

i. John ; to whom he left his plantation
in Orange county, North Carolina.

ii. Thoma*

Hi. Joseph,

iff. James.

•. WiUiam.

vi. Catharine; "otherwise Catharine
Conwy.' '

mi. Margaret

Armstrong, Joseph, jr.

Joseph Armstrong, son of the preceding
Joseph and Jennett Armstrong, was born
in Hamilton township in 1739. Like his
father he became very prominent in military
affairs and one seems to have been invariably
confounded with the other. When the war of
the Revolution opened he raised a company
•f associators, and was subsequently (July,
1776,) placed in command of the Fifth Bat-
talion of Cumberland county, serving in the
Jersey campaign of this year. He was a
man of considerable prominence, and among

the strenuous advocates for the erection of
the new county of Franklin. He died Au-
gust 29, 1811, and is buried in the graveyard
of Rocky Spring Presbyterian church, of
which he was an elder. Of his descendants
we have no knowledge.



Historical, Biographical and Genealogical.


"Folk-Lore op the Pennsylvania
Germans," by W. J. Hoffman, M. D., in
the second number of the Journal of Ameri-
can Folk- Lore, would be a very interesting
article, were it not for the many false state-
ments contained in it Either the author
did not know what he was talking about,
or he was misinformed by other writers
with vivid imaginations. We believe that
we are as well acquainted with the history of
the Germans in Pennsylvania as the most of
writers. Ten or twelve years ago the New
York Sun printed an article of over two
columns, entitled "Dutchland in America,'*
which was so full of the grossest false-
hoods, that we essayed a reply refuting
all the statements made by that self-made
villifier. The writer of the article referred
to, seems to have taken his cue from this
Sun article. He charges the Pennsylvania
Germans with continuing a custom, which
common decency prevents us from mention-
ing. That there were instances, it is true,
but it was not indigenous to Pennsylvania.
It was transplanted, what there was
of it, from the Dutch settlements of
New York and the Puritan plantations of
staid New England. It seems to be the
chief aim of New England and New York
writers to belittle and begrime the German, as
well as the Scotch-Irish settlers of Pennsyl-
vania whenever they can. It is about time
that this insolence is stopped.


Contribution to Its Biographical History.

Dunning, Ezekiel.

Ezekiel Dunning, son of Robert Dunning,
sen., was born in 1708, in the north of Ire-
land. His father was among the first set-
tlers west of the Susquehanna. He was
well advanced in years when his parents emi-

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grated, receiving a fair education in the land
of his nativity. When the county of Com-
ber] and was organized he appears to have been
on the first grand inry. Daring the French
and Indian war he was commissioned lien-
tenant of Captain fivers* company, April 27,
1758, and was upon the Forbes expedition of
that year. He served as sheriff of Cumber-
land county from 1750 to 1753, and again
from 1762 to 1765. He died at his residence
Jnly 5, 1796, and in a brief notice of his
death the Carlisle Gazette said: "He was
one of the first settlers in this county, and
alwayB maintained a respectable character as
a good and useful citizen. He was an affec-
tionate husband, a good neighbor, and an
honest man."

Dunning, Robert.

Robert Donning, eldest son of Robert Dun-
ning, senior, was born in Ireland about the
year 1 700. He seems to have been a man of
enterprising spirit, and was quite prominent
in the early days of the Province. He was
a licensed Indian trader, and several years
were thus spent amon g the natives. This,
however, he shortly relinquished. Dur-
ing the early French war ot 1747-8,
he held the commission of lieutenant
colonel of associators. When the county
of Cumberland was organized, he was ap-
pointed one of its first justices, March 10,
1749-50. He died in July, 1750, leaving a
wife Mary, and children as follows:

i. James; m. Elizabeth Nugent, daughter
of William Nugent and his wife Esther

ii. Mary,

Hi. John.

iv. Ann.

v. Margaret

His brother Ezekiel, and son James, were
executors of his estate.

McCoy, Robert.

Robert McCoy, son of Robert McCoy, sen.,
was born in Peters township, Cumberland
now Franklin county, about the year 1740.
His father was among the earliest settlers of
the Valley, dying in May, 1777, having the
following children :

i. John.

ii. Margaret, m. Ralston.

Hi. James; was in the army of the Revo-
lution, and killed at the capture of Fort
Washington, Nov'r. 16, 1776.

iv. Robert, the subject of this sketch.

v. Hannah; m. Craig.

vi. Mary; m. McDowell.

vH. Martha; m. McClella-n.

mil. Jean; m. Wallace.

The son, Robert, was a captain in the
Sixth Battalion of Cumberland County As-
sociators, and served as sub-lieutenant of the
eounty, March 12, 1777. He was killed at
the Crooked Billet, May 1, 1778.


1. John Simpson, of Scotland, settled in
the north of Ireland after the battle of the
Boyne, where he died and was buried. Of
his family, we have the names of two of his
sour, who were early settlers in Paxtang,
coming to America in 1720. They were:

2. i. Thomas; b, 1688; m. and had issue.
ii. John; b. 1680; m. and had issue; d. in

October, 1738, in Paxtang; in his «ill is
designated **of Fishing Creek."

IL Thomas Simpson (John), a native of
the north of Ireland, where he was born in
1683, emigrated to America in 1720, and
settled in Pax can g, then Conestotra township,
Chester county, Penn'a; he died in Paxtang
in June, 1761; *as twice married; by first
wife there was issue :

3. i. Samuel, b. 1706; m. and left issue:
it. Joseph, b. 1708; m. and left issue:
Hi. WiUiam, b. 1710.

ie. Rebecca, b. 1712.

i>. John, b. 1714.

By second wife, Sarah, there was issue:

t*. Mary, b. 1732; d. October 3, 1786;
m. Rev. John Elder.

eii. Jean, b. 1734; d. February 20, 1777;
m. William Kelso, b. 1737; d. Nov. 26,1788;
both buried in Paxtang church grave-yard.

4. oiii. Thomas, b. 1736; m. and had

ix. Michael, b. 1740; became quite promi-
nent in the Revolution, and concerning whom
we have given a biographical sketch in Notes
and Queries.

III. Samuel Simpson, (Thomas, John,)
h. 1708, in Paxtang; d. in December, 1791,
in Paxtang, leaving a wife and the following

i. Jean; b. 1730.

ii. Margaret; b. 1732; m. Oct 4, 1753;
William Augustus Harris; b. 1730; d. about
1760; leaving issue, John and Simpson, both
d. a. p.

Hi. Borah; b. 1734; m. Col. William
Cooke, of the Revolution.

it). Samuel; b. 1736.

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«. Rebecca; b. 1738; m. Thomas Caret
•i. Nathaniel; b. 1740; m. Sarah -

vii. Mary; b. 1742; m. Robert Taggart,
of Northumberland county.

IV. Thomas Simpson (Thomaa, John) b.
1736, in Pax tang; d. February, 1777; m.
Mary . They had issue:

£. Michael,

ii. Thomas; m. Mary-

who after be-

ing left a widow, married William Stewart.
Hi. Rebecca,


The statement has been made by Hon.
John Blair Linn, in his "Annals of Buffalo
Valley" (p. 275) that Colonel William Plun-
ket, of Northumberland county, Pa., was an
uncle of the late William C. Plunket, Lord
Chancellor of Ireland and the brother of
"David Plnnket, who settled at Baltimore
and was lost at sea, &c" This statement,
repeated by Mr. Meginnessin his "Historical
Journal," I presume Mr. Linn may have re-
ceived from the family of Colonel Plnnket.
Two years ajro a letter written by a descend-
ant of Colonel Plunket, stating these points,
was referred to me for reply by the family of
the late Lord Plunket, with the statement
that they knew of no such relationship.
Colonel Plunket died at Sunbury,
1791, "aged about 100 years," says
Mr. Meginness in the "Historical Journal"
therefore born about 1691. He may have
descended from the Plunket family of Ire-
land, of which family O'Hart, in his Irish
Pedigrees, gives four lines, ie., the Plnnket
family of "Baune, County Louth" — that of
the "Lords of Fingal"— that of the "Lords
Dunsany," and that of "Irishtown, County
Meath," all having the same stem, and who
are by O'Hart traced back to Adam. In this
way he is doubtless connected with the
family of William, Lord Plunket, but the
exact relationship does not appear. The
father of Lord Plunket was an only son.

I. The Reverend Patrick Plunket, a Pres-
byterian clergyman of Glennan, County
Monaghan, Ireland, died 1778, whose wife
was a granddaughter of Sir William Welles,
Lord Chancellor of Ireland, had only one

IL Rev. Thomas Plunket, who in 1749 m.
Mary Conyngham, the daughter of Captain
David Conyngham, of Letterkenny, County
Donegal, Esquire, and his wife, Catherine
O'Hanlon, daughter of Redmond O'Hanlon,
a celebrated Irish chieftain whom the British

had outlawed, having robbed him of all his
possessions. David Conyngham was the
great-grandson of the Bishop of Argyll,
1539, of the noble house of Glencairn.
Mary Conyngham was the sister of Redmond
Conyngham, of Letterkenny, Esquire, who
came to Philadelphia and established the
firms of J. M. Nesbit & Co., Conyngham,
Nesbit & Co , which were so prominent dar-
ing the American Revolution. Redmond
Conyngham was the grandfather of Hon.
John Nesbit Conyngham* LL.D.. of Wilkes-
Barre, Pa , and of Hon. Redmond Conyng-
ham, of Lancaster, Pa. The Rev. Thomas
and Mary (Conyngham) Plnnket had :

i. Patrick, M. D.; who never came to the
United States.

ii. David; who came to the United States
about 1772, settled in Baltimore, Md., where
his couBin, David Stewart, had also located ;
was second lieutenant sixth company, Col.
Sraallwood's regiment, 1776, having raised
his company in Baltimore; was captain 1777,
served through the Revolutionary war, and
was subsequently "lost at sea while on a
voyage to the West Indies," and is especially
spoken of as his brother in the "Life of Lord

tit. Robert; who never came to the United

iv. Catfierine.

v. Isabella.

vi. WiUiam Conyngham, b. 1 764, made
Lord Plunket, 1827; Lord Chancellor of
Ireland, 1830-1841, and whose eldest son
is the present Archbishop of Dnblin.

This disposes of the claim that Colonel
William Plunket was of the immediate fam-
ily of the Lord Chancellor of Ireland ; as the
above pedigree is based on family record.
Horace Edwin Haydbn.

Wilkes-Barre, Pa,

[We may state in this connection that the
father of Col. William Plnnket was named
Patiick Plunket, bnt who he was is not




Historical, Biographical and Genealogical.


Origin op Gettysburg. — From the
New York Columbian, of March 28, 1815,
we glean this ite«p: "Died, in Gettysburg,
(Pa.), Mrs. Isabella Gettys, in the 84th year
of her age: and on the evening following,,

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her son, Gen. James Getty 8, proprietor of
that borough in the 56th year of his age."

Gbapp, Gbofp and Grove.— To show
how surnames change we give the following,
according to the records of each family :

I. Abraham Graff came from Germany
about 1725 and settled near Ephrata, Lan-
caster county, where he died in 1 788. Ue
left five children.

II. Jacob Groff, son of the foregoing,
born in 1751, removed to near Hummels-
town, Dauphin county, about the year 1800.
He married Nancy Kueisley [Nissley, no
doubt] of Ephrata, and they had sixteen

III. Henry Gbove, a son of the fore-
going, b. October 20th, 1784, removed to
Springfield, Illinois, in 1836, where he died
January, 1863. He married June 7th, 1808,
Eve Hammake**, of Dauphin county, b.
January 9th, 1791, d. November 6tb, 1862.
They had twelve children. We are under the
impression that these have added a final s, to
their names, making it Groves. Is it any
wonder that the genealogist sometimes be-
comes confounded ?


Previous to 1809, when the Legislature
was sitting at Lancaster, before the borough
of Harrisburg was selected as the seat of
government, the site now occupied by the
public bnldings, was Included in the farm of
William Maclay. Here it was that the exe-
cution of murderers took place. These were
John Hauer and Charles McManus, in 1798,
for the murder of Francis Shitz, in Hei-
delberg township, Dauphin county, now
a part of Lebanon county, and James Mc-
Gowen and James Jamison in 1806, for the
murder of Jacob Eshleman, who lived at
Round Top, near Middletown. No execu-
tions took place from that date until July
1st 1818, when the erection of the public
buildings having been commenced, the place
of execution was changed to a field now at
the corner of Second and State streets. The
limits of the borough ended at South street,
and all above embraced the land of Mr. Ma-
clay. A public road continued from Second
street, which was afterwards converted into
the Juniata turnpike. It passed on the
east side and through the farm. A large
and ancient chestnut tree stood near the
road, under which were executed James

Loudon, August the 8th, 1818, and Benja-
min btewart on February 6th, 1824. The
gallows at that time had no drops, but were
constructed with two upright timbers, with a
cross piece above, to which the rope
was fastened. The culprit was placed
in a cart with the coffin, and
after the rope was adjusted around his neck,
the cart was removed and the man left dang-
ling, dying of strangulation. All executions
were public, and attended by military com-
panies and large numbers of people, many
coming from the neighboring country and
towns. Frequently much disorder prevailed.
It was in this field also that the annual mi-
litia trainings were held, where under and
around the large chestnut tree the tables of
those who sold refreshments were stationed.
These militia trainings were looked forward
to very anxiously by all, and considered one
of the important occasions of that time.
They were called * 'battalion days," and en-
abled the field and staff officers to exhibit
themselves in military uniforms and on
horseback. The old tree remained for some
years after State street was opened, and un-
til it was removed to make room for the
buildings which occupy the west corner of
Second and State streets. Old Times.


Contribution* to Its Biographical Htetory*

Foulke, Stephen.

Stephen Foulke, son of Stephen, and his
wife Esther Willis, was born in Glamorgan-
shire, Wales, October 15th, 1732. The par-
ents came to America in 1 740 and settled in the
Cumberland Valley. The son was one of the
first iron manufacturers west of the Susque-
hanna river, and it is stated, but on what
authority we know not, that he built the ML
Holly iron works. He died upon his farm
adjoining Carlisle, November 20th, 1800, and
was interred at Huntingdon, York connty.
The Gazette said of him that he "was in an
advanced stage of life, and one of the first set-
tlers of this county." Mr. Foulke, m. June

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