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min>schi. So also the river called by os
Muskingum the samr Indians called Moose-
kingung, or "Elk's Eyes."

The Cornus Sericea, or blue berried dog-
wood, was called by the Delawares Kin-ni-

Some years prior to 1800 a large tnsk or
horn was found on the banks of a tributary
of the Susquehanna river near the northern
boundary of Pennsylvania, and the stream
was afterwards called by the Delawares
Chcmnnk or Chemung, from the word
8hummo or shoommu, which signifies "the
river of the Horn."


Inscrlptlena In the Old Graveyard.



memory of


Relict of

James Sloan,

who died

Dec'r 1st, 1837,


52 years & 7 months.

The conqueror death has laid me low,

He has a victory obtained,
Bnt Christ my Lord shall conquer death r
And animate my flesh again.


memory of


who died

June 18th, 1820,

aged 45 yeaiB

Also of his son


Died Ang. 31st, 1822,

Aged 5 years.

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memorv of


who departed this life

Jane 18th. 1812,

Aged 77 years & 3 months.

Also of

Elizabeth, wife of

Alexander Sloan,

who departed this Life

September 12th, 1784,

Aged 45 years

and 9 months.


Pastor of the Presbyterian congregation

of West Hanover during a period of 58 years

and 2 months. He was born in Bucks co , Pa. ,

July 23d, 1763.
Licensed to preach the Gospel by the Pres-
of Philadelphia in Dec, 1785, ordained and
Installed by the Presbytery of Carlisle in
May, 1788. And departed this life July 2d,
1846, In the 84th year of his age.
Your fathers, where are they ? and the
prophets, do they live forever ?
Zech., i:v





consort of the
Rev'd James S nod grass,

who died

Jan'y 24th, A. D. 1839,

Aged 69 years.

Them which sleep in Jesus

will God bring with him.

IThess. 4:14


memory of


consort of the

Rev'd James Snodgrass,

who was born in Philadelphia

March 2d, 1760, & died Dec'r 20th, 1826,

in the 69th year of her age.
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.
Rev. 14, 13.

In memory of


of Bucks county,

who departed this life

July 1st, 1804,
In the 73d year of his age.

Death thou hast conqueted me,
I by thy darts am slain,

But Christ will conquer thee,
And I shall rise again.


to the memory of


who departed tbis life

May 25th, 1801,

aged 58 years.

In memory of


who departed this life

the — th December, 1799.


memory of


who departed this life

August 4, 1811, aged 65



memory of


who departed this

life May 25th, 1801,

Aged 58 years.

In memory of
who died January
the 14th, 1842,
aged 45 years
and 5 months.

In memory of


who departed

this Life October

the 18th, A. D. 1802,

Aged 26 years.


Memory of


wife of John .Snodgrass,

jun., died February 8th,


Aged 28 years.

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Memory of


who departed this life

on the 30th day of June,

A. D, 1805,

In the 66th year

of his age.


Memory of


consort of

Robert Sturgeon,

who departed this life

February 21st, 1809,

aged 65 years.


memory of

MARY, wife of


who departed this life

March 11th, 1836,

in the 89th year of her



memory of


who departed this life

January 2d, 1829,

in the 83d year of his age.

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This is one of the earliest German fami-
llea which settled in Daaphin county, al-
though now in Lebanon connty. John Adam
Deininger was born April 23, 1722, at Aich-
olz, near Halle, Kingdom of Wnrtemberg,
Germany. He emigrated to America on the
ship Samnel from London, Hugh Persey,
master, from Rotterdam, landing at Phila-
delphia September 26, 1732. Iu the list of
passengers we And no name of De : ninger of
those above the age of sixteen years. It is
possible that he came with his stepfather,
whoever he may have been. He was, however,
accompanied by his sister Barbara, then in
her seventh year, having been born in the
year 1726, dying in the year 1800 in London-

derry township, now Lebwon county, at the
age of 76 years and 7 months, of inflammation
of the novels. She was never married ; she
is buried in the old Bindnagle chnrch grave-

John Adam Deininger was baptized in the
Lutheran faith in his 26th year at Bindnagle
church. He settled on a farm which was
warranted to him by the Proprietaries, April
18, 1755, for 250 acres, and to this day part
of this tract is known as the "Deininger
farm, "and is located about one-half mile
north of Palmyra, at the foot of the "gravel
hill." The old house with several additions
is to the left of the public road leading bj
the Lebanon Valley R. R. depot We find
also among the warrants for land in Deny
township, then Lancaster county, one for
200 acres granted Feb. 28, 1750, to Leonard
Deininger, but who he was we are not posi-
tive, yet inclined to the opinion that he was
a brother to John Adam.

John Adam Deininger m. first, Rosina
Diller, dying in 1780, leaving him issue,
eight children, to wit:

i. Mary Magdalena, b. August 6, 1752;
d. August 23, 1775.

ii. Christina, b. February 17, 1755 ;
sponsors at baptism, John and Regins

2. Hi. Margaret, b. January 4, 1758;
sponsors at baptism, Michael and Margaret
Herner (?); n». John Early.

3. iv. John Adam, b. October 12, 1760;
sponsors at baptism, Casper Dieler (?) and
Hock lander; m. Christina Fernsler.

iv Michael, b. Nov. 17, 1763, m. first
Anna-Mary Killinger; secondly, Eve Rudl-

v. Regina, b. April 26, 1766; sponsors
at baptism, John and Regina Early.

vi. Susan, b. April 5, 1769; sponsors at
baptism, John and Regina Early.

vii. John, b. Jan. 1, 1772; d. July 6,
1843; m. Maria Elizabeth Houck, March 8,
1774, d. March 29, 1851. She is buried,
with part of her family, in Zion's Lutheran
and Reformed church, two miles west of Har-
per's along the Jonestown road. He is buried
at Shell's church. They had issue, among
others :

1. Samuel, b. Oct. 21, 1804; d. June 24,

1876; m. Eleanor A. , b. June 25,

1811, d. August 21, 1852.

2. Michael, b. October 21, 1804, (twin);
d. May 5, 1865.

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I 9 BlasrapfcleaJ aa4Ueaeato ileal*

Chambers. —Mr. Thomas 13. Chambers
lives at the Ridge in CamberlaDd county,
(near KingstoD) and can give you the infor-
mation yon ask for respecting the Chambers
family. s. d. b.

Sukvbyob General Parson's Tonic.
— We are indebted to an industrious corre-
spondent for tbe following:

£ ASTON, 26 March, 1753.
Mb. Jasper Paine:

Sir: I herewith send you a Cagg to be
filled with new Beer that it may ferment in
the Cask. There is already some Scurvy
Grass and Horse Reddish in* the Cagg that
should be fermented with the Beer for Diet
Drink. Please let me know it yon expect
that any waggon will come soon this way
from Bethlehem, if so the Cagg may be put
in it and brought here, if not I will send for
it. I have also sent a Gun Lock which is
oat of order. It wants a Screw and tbe
Hammer is too soft I wish it could be
made harder or that a new one was made.
The expense I will very cheerfully pay. I
am, Sir, your very humble Servant,

Wm. Parsons.



n. Margaret Dbininqer (John-Adam)

bw January 4, 1758; d. ; m. John

Early, son of Johannes Early. They re-
aided all their life-time in Londonderry
township, Lebanon county. They had issue
{surname Early) :

s*. Magdalena, b. January 4, 1778; bap*
tisedMarchG, 1778, d. October 29, 1817;
she married David Earnest; born October
15, 1787; d. January 12, 1831; both are
buried in the Lutheran graveyard at Hum-
snelstown. They had issue (surname Ear-

1. EUtabeth, m. Rtv. Joseph LaRoss;
they were the parents of D. H. E.
LaRoss, the late superintendent of
public schools of Dauphin county.

2. Mary Magdalena, m. Michael Bom-

3. Obed; m. Mary Cobaugb.

4. Adam, m. Catharine Flsler.

5. John; who went West and whose
family record is desired.

ii. JoJin-Jacob, b. December 12, 1779; d.
November 14, 1837; m. Elizabeth Kramer
and they had issue:

1. Raehael, m. Philip, son of Henry
Meyer; removed to Center county,
and whose family record is desired.

2. Elizabeth, m. John Sechrist

3. John, m. Elizabeth Wolfersberger.

4. Catharine, m. John Sechrist

5. Margaret, m. Augustus Carman y.

6. Bosanna, m Joseph Carmany, and
they had issue among others, a daugh-
ter who married John Imboden, who
resided in Annville and represented
his county in the legislative session of

Hi. J -hn- William, b. March 5. 1782; <L
December 12, 1863; m. first Catharine
Hershey; and they had issue:

1. Margarc* m. Henry Lsudermilch.

2. Benjamin, «lied while attending tbe
Theological Seminary, at Gettysburg.

3. Catharine.

4. John, m. Magdalena Snively (see N*


5. William, m. Leah Detweiler.

6. Jacob (1st).

7. Jacob {2d).

John William Early m. secondly, Chris-
tina Kreider, daughter of Rev. Martin Krei-
der (1731-1827) and Catharine Scbmutx;
aud they had issue :

8. Catharine, m. Gabriel Wolfersberger.

9. Jothua-Heider, m. first Mary Maul-
fair, and secondly, Sarah Weidner.

10. Martin- Oerman, m. Sarah IL
Ilo mm el.

11. Christina, m. Thomas Goetz.

12. Mary Magdalena.

13. Elisabeth.

14. Daniel'Seth, m. Amanda A. Mark;'
resides in Harrisburg.

iv. Daniel ; b. February 9,1784; d. March,

III. John Adam Deininger (John-
Adam), b. October 12, 1760; d. October 14,
1828; m. Christina Fernsler, daughter of
Michael Fernsler, b. September 19, 1764; d.
January 3, 1850; and had issue:

». Leonard, b. Jannory 7, 1787; d. Sep-
tember 6, 1852; m. Polly, daughter of An-
thony Hemperley, and they had issue:

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1. Jacob; d. s. p.

2. Adam, m. Rebecca Deckard ; settled
in Ashland, O., and left issue.

3. John, m. Peggy Wolfersberger.

4. Benjamin, b. February 8, 1880; m.
Elizabeth, daughter of Adam Stager
aod Catharine Fox; resided in Camp-
be 11 at own, Fa.

ii. Benjamin; b. Feb. 12, 1793; d. March
6, 1824; m. Rebecca Bear, and they had

1. Fanny; m. David, sou of Henry
Wilhelm; she resides in Palinyra,Pa.

Hi. Mary; m. John Miller; resided in
Palmyra, Pa.

to. [A dau.] ; m. John Lutz ; resided in
the vicinity of Derry Churcn, Pa,

IV. Michabl Dkininger (John- Adam),
b. November 17, 1763, in Londonderry town-
ship, now Lebanon county; sponsors at bap-
tism, Nicholas and Julianna Brightbill ; d.
August 26 1805. He m. first Anna-Mary
Killingei, b. December 25, 1768; d. August
26, 1805; both are buried in Bindnagle
church grave yard. They had issue:

i. Rosanva, m. Jacob Long, son of Mar-
tin Long (1750-1833) and Elizabeth

(1751-1822); b. July 17, 1791; d. November
23, 1849. They left issue.

ii. Henry, b. November 1, 1790; d. April
23, 1798.

Hi. Mary, b. March 1, 1792; d. January
1, 1835; m. George Walmer. They left

iv. [a dau ], m. Martin Hershey.

v. Michael, b November 25, 1797; re-
sided and died in Londonderry township,
Lebanon county ; was elected in 1857 com-
missioner for the county; d. January 23,
1 870 ; m. Rebecca Sliauta and they had issue :

1. John- Adam, d. a. p.

2. William, m. Catharine Ulrich; he
was elected in 1876 sheriff of Lebanon
county ; resides in Palmyra.

3. Henry.

4. Catharine, m. Henry Crum.

5. Jerome, m. Angeline Henry. He
served as a member of the General
Assembly from Lebanon county.

6. Michael, m. Kate Foster, of Leba-
non, and have issue.

7. Calvin, m. Lorrett France and have

8. Edwin B., d. s. p.

Michael Deininger m. secondly Miss Eve
Rudesill, widow of Nicholas Nye.


lnacrlpttoM In the Old Graveyard.



Memory of


Died July 31, 1865,

Aged 70 years.

"He is not dead but sleepeth.""

Memory of


wife of Samuel STURGEON,,

who departed this life

Oct 9, 1834,
Aged about 80 year*.


Memoty of


who departed thin life

October 2d, 1801,

Aged 60 years.


, Memory of


who departed this life

October 4th, 1801,

Aged 16 years

and 6 months.


to the memory of


wife of Allen STURGEON,

▼7ho departed this life

Jan. 1, ISUft.

In her 54th year.

Blessed are the dead which

die in the Lord. — Rev. xir:13»

In memory of


who departed this Life

Nov. 16th, 1790,

in the 70th year of her age*


second wife of

William Stewart,

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who departed this life

Angust 9th, 1799,

in the 56th year of her age.


memory of


wife of

William Stewart,

who departed this life

Feb. 22d, 1790,

in the 44th year of her age.


who departed this life

Jnly 14th, 1803,

in the 65th year of his age.


memory of


who departed this life

Ocfc. 16, 1848,

In the 7 1st year of his


memory of
. who departed this life
February 20, A. D. 1862,
in the 83d year of her age
consort of William Thome.

memory of
who depar-
ted this
life on the
15 Day of
A. D. 1775.

In memory of


who departed this

life September 14,

A. D. 1814, aged 62


memory of
who depart-
ed this life
on the 9 Day

of September,

A. D. 1783, aged

71 years.

In memory of


who departed this

life April 15th, 1837,

aged 21 years. 1 month

and 3 days.


memory of


who departed this life

December 27th, 1831,

aged 51 years.


memory of


who departed this life

December 25th, 1813

aged 57 years.

Also of


who died July 5th. 1784

in the 2d year of his age.

And of


who died May 30th, 1794,

aged 10 months and 12 days.


memory of


who departed this life

November 9th, A. D. 1803.

in the 52d year of his age.


in memory of

MARY, his daughter,

who died February 2d,

A. D. 1795,

aged 9 years and 3 months.

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"The Wyoming Massacre op 1763." —
The Record of the Times, of Wilkes-Barre,
of August 2d, publishes a full synopsis of
the address delivered at Forty-Fort on the
3d of July last. The newspapers through-

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out the State seem to have been tinder the
impression that the subject was that of the
Massacre of July 3d, 1778, and this con-
founding of the two massacres has led to
mnch partial comment, to be regretted not
only by the speaker, bat the Memorial As-
sociation who so kindly invited him to take
part in their annual exercises.

Otzinachson: A History of the
West Branch Vallry by our esteemed
friend John F. Meg inn ess Esq., of Wil-
liam 8 port, has been completed, number thir-
teen containing nearly 200 pages, delayed by
"the flood, " closing the volume. In 1856,
when the first edition was published, the
author opened up a rich field of historic lore,
and his early work was considered an au-
thority on the history of the West Branch.
If this was true of the first, what must be
said of this carefully re-written and
thoroughly revised edition of hid invalu-
able work of thirty-three years ago. It is
comparatively a new book— full of refer-
ences and notes, which make it one of the
most interesting historic publications relating
to our State. The industrious and pains-
taking author is certainly deserving the
highest praise for his masterly work, and we
are confident that the copies of "Otzinach-
son. " remaining in his hands will be eagerly
secured, and the book become a rarity, prized
not only by the "Dweller* npon the West
Branch," but by Pennsyivanians in general.


An Interesting letter Writ tea by General
Hlmou Can

[In all the sketches of the life of General
Cameron recently published reference was
made to his having been a contractor on the
Pennsylvania canal at an early day. In the
line of this business he contracted with the
State Bank of Louisiana to construct a canal
from a point within the city of New Orleans
to Lake Ponchartrain, a distance of about
six miles through swamp land. It is well
understood that the general level of the land
thereabouts is below the water level of the
great river, and is protected from overflow
by a levee. Upon the bank of this canal is
the celebrated Shell road, the principal drive
of the city. It is kept surfaced with small
shells from the gulf. The military parade
referred to was the 16th anniversary of the

battle of New Orleans, January 8th, 1815,
in which there were undoubtedly piesent many
participants in that conflict His remarks con-
cerning Ritner's success as a candidate were
prophetic, as he was defeated by Geo. Wolf
in the pending election. Ritoer was not
elected until 1815. At the date of this let-
ter General Cameron » residence was in a
house now numbered 223 Market street, Har-
risburg, and William Ay res lived directly
opposite. Old citizens will remember the
Lorn hardy poplars, then the fashionable
street tree, but now rarely to be seen even at
country places. After General Cameron left
it, the house in question was occupied by
Charles Mo wry, printer, Benjamin Parke,
lawyer, and James McCorroick, sr., Esq.,
who built anew. When General Cameron
returned to Harrisburg from the Sooth he
brought many relics from the famous battle
ground. He* also brought a handsome pony,
and a smart colored servant named Jeff, who
spoke French fluently, and was noted for bis
versatile attainments, especially yarning.
The postage maiked upon the letter is 25
cent-s at that day payable on delivery.
This lettei, written with a manifest desire to
impart information, General Cameron may
have thought that it would be published at
the time in a home paper. As the interval
of fifty-eight years has added not only to its
interest, but also the regard and respect for its
distinguished author, it is thought its publi-
cation will be now acceptable.

George B. Ayrkb.]

Nrw Orleans, Jan. 9, 1831.
William Ayres, Esq., Harriaburg, Pa.:

Dear Sir : Your letter afforded me mnch
pleasure. It reminded roe of the many long
talks we were wont to have in the summer
evenings before your door. Blessings on
the man who invented writing — it overcomes
distance and brings together, in imagination
at least, those who would otherwise be sep-
arated by thousands of miles. % In reading
your letter I felt as if I saw my own house
shrouded by the tall poplars, and my little
boys prancing about in their shade; at my
side I saw Evans, and Kranse, aud David
Hays; at the corner, waddling towards us,
was Squire Alricks with his big cane; across
the way was Tommy Wallace and Jake
Rahm, and a coterie of other industrious
Democrats — all of us busy in discussing
matters of much interest to everybody but
ourselves. But I had scarcely got to the

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•end of my reverie when a red-faced Irish-
man summoned me to attend to some mat-
ters which I cared as little for aa the Great
Mogul of Tartary cares for a Presbyterian
preacher. He broke the chain of my thoughts,
dispelled the charm and convinced me of the
reality of my location. Still, I consoled
•myself with the fact, that a man can lire
•even here without much discomfort I like
New Orleans. It is growing rapidly, and
must, in a very few years, be a very great
•city. Men of enterprise from all quarters
of the Union are discovering it and taking
advantage of its admirable location for busi-

Ton ask roe for a description of the course
of the canal. I am afraid I cannot give you
such an one aa will be intelligible, for the
•reason that I have not a map before me.
Our friend, David Hays, can tell you that
the town is divided into three parts— in the
center is the city proper, below is the lower
Fauburg, inhabited by the old French and
Spaniards; above is the npper Fauburg,
filled with Americans from the far North.

The French part of the town is in the
same state it was twenty years ago; above
is all enterprise and improvement, and from
the foot of Julius street in the upper Fau-
<bnrg is the commencement of our canal.
From thence it runs in a direction a little
west of north until it reaches Lake Ponchar-
train, about two miles above the old Fort of
St Johns. The lake is a beautiful sheet of
water — at this place twenty -eight miles wide.
It shores are still in a state of nature — a
complete wilderness, inhabited by alligators,
herds of Spanish ponies and wild boars, who
roam at large, living upon the wild herbage
-of the swamps and prairies. Nearly the
whole line of the canal runs through a wil-
derness. The Mettarie ridge, which is about
its center, is the only clear land. My office
on the ridge is in the house formerly owned
by General Lallemand. The canal will have
seven feet of water and will be sixty feet
wide at the water line. The Pennsylvania
^anal has only five feet of water with forty
of water line. Thus you will see that this
is twice aa large. It is designed to accom-
modate the largest sloops which navigate the
lake. There is an old canal connecting the
city with the lake by the Bayou St John.
This bayou, or "Bio," as it is called, is a
kind of a ereek or inlet of the lake, is wind-
ing and tortuous, and so difficult to navigate

that vessels often require three days to pass
it, and still its revenne is about $50,000 per
annum. Onr canal will be straight and
will enable vessels to pass through in two

The Julius street commencement is about
half a miie from the Mississippi, tnnce its
commencement property haa risen some hun-
dred per cent in the neighborhood. The old
settlers think it never can be finished, but
they will be mistaken; two years will con-
vince them of their error. The only diffi-
culties we found in the treas and the rains of
the climate. I have only been disappointed
in one particular, viz., the rains, and if
Huliugs had never come here I should have
made such a fortune as would have satisfied
a much more avericious man than myself —
as it is, I shall not grumble.

Yesterday waa a time of jollification. The
military paraded in tbeir best — the Governor
and the great men went in procession to the
church and heard prayers and music and a
speech. I was invited to join the procession,
but as 1 cared more to see than to be seen,
I declined and walked about the town to look
at all which was new or amusing or interest-
ing. Among the most beautiful sights was
the shipping, of which there is a
large number in port, dressed in the
gayest and richest flags of their respective
nations. The colors of half the governments
of the world were unfnrl«d t*\ *h« breeze,
floating gaily and proudly at every motion in
the air. I wished much to view the battle
ground, but the roads were too muddy. A
scientific and military friend has promised to
accompany me and point out the positions
occupied by the several prominent actors in
the conflict I shall avail myself of his offer
some day before I leave this region. How
soon that will be I can scarcely May. If my
family were here I should not much care how
long I remained — but when I do get home I
will remain there. This trip v ill content
me, for it will enable me to be comfortable,
and, with a little economy, sufficiently inde-

I am afraid you Anties [and- Masons] are
determined to nominate Ritner. Remember,
if you do, he will be defeated, and your party
will siuk to rise no more. Be wise, for once,
and take a less objectionable man. There
should be no tenacious adherence to a man,
when principles such as jour people pretend
to advocate are at stake. Nothing but per-

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tonal interests grounded upon a desire to

consort of

rale the automaton coald Induce his nomina-

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