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3. Mrs. McNair.

4. George.

5. Mary.

6. Charles.

A daughter married Samuel Harris, of
Elizabeth town, a descendant of Thomas
Harris, and another daughter married one
of the Cooks, who settled at Marietta. She
was probably the wife of Jacob Cook,
brother of David Cook, who lived in the
stone house on the northern side of the
Lancaster turnpike, half a mile east of Mari-
etta, who afterwards married James Bailey,

Esq., who owned the Gray bill farm, now A.
N. Cassel's, adjoining "Duffey's Park."

Charles Stewart owned "Big Island," in*
the West Branch, where be died, and left
sons, Charles and Samuel Charles was the*
father of the late Mrs. Baughman, of Lan-
caster city. He bad other children ; and
Samuel had a large family also. Charles
8tewart, of "Big Island," owned several
slaves, namely Judo, and PhiUis who after-
wards lived with and died at Mra. Peale'a,of
Philadelphia, supposed to be 100 years old;.
Dajfney, who ended her days at George Pat-
tersons' ; Adam, who we^t to live with the
Miss. Hubleys, of Lancaster, and Dianna,
who lived with David Cook, Esq., of Ma-
rietta. The latter was known to the present
generation in Marietta as "Short Dinah."
8he was very short and stout. When pump-
ing water at Mr. Cook's she fell through the-
pua p floor to the bottom of the well, which
was very deep, without receiving much in-
jury. In her old days she went out washing
for several of the old families in Marietta.
She could drink an ordinary tin cnp full of
whiskey without feeling apparently the ef-
fects of it

Jean Stewart (George, John), married
Stewart Rowan, who owned in connection-
with his brother Charles, several hundred-
acres of land along the old Paxtang and
Conestoga road, about a mile northwest
from the present village of Spriogville, in
Monnt Joy township, Lancaster county. At
the beginning of the Revolution, Stewart
Rowan removed to Paxtang Township, now
Danphin connty, and Charles R< wan re-
moved to Carlisle. Both were prominent

Abont the year 1750 Ann 8tewart, the-
widow of John, married John Allison, Esq »
who was bis second wife. He owned several
hundred acres of land a mile north of May-
town. By this maniage she had a soft
James and a daughter Ann. The latter mar-
ried first time Thomas Anderson, a grandson
of Rev. James Andetson, and her own
cousin. He was born June 13, 1753, and
was married November 30, 1774, and died
November 11, 1778. They had one daugh-
ter, named Mary, who died October 16*
1777. Mrs. Anderson married the sec-
ond time Samuel Cook, Esq., brother
of David Cook (who lived at Marietta^
a justice of the peace and member of Assem-
bly. He died io 1801. They had no ehii-
dren. His widow again married Joseph

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Vance, he being her third husband. Vance
wm a widower and had several children bj a
former wife. After his widow's death in
1819, Vance's children claimed the landed
estate of Mrs. Ann Vance, their step- mother.
The matter was in litigation for some years.
The property went to her blood relations.
This land ajoined the Whitehill'a, on the
northwest The Rev. William Kerr owned
a part of this land, and resided there until
his removal to Marietta in 1831, where he
died the following year.

Jambs Stewart, son of the first George
Stewart, probably died without issue.

Elizabeth Stbwart, daughter <f the
first George Stewart, married Samuel Ful-
ton, Esq., who owned sereral hundred acres
of land along the M 01d Peters' Road,"
about a mile north of Maytown He was a
prominent citizen and died about the year
1790, and left surviving him his wife Elisa-
beth. A son Jam*, married Margaret

, and they had Samuel, Hugh, John,

Jame* and Elisabeth. This family removed
from Donegal about the year 1777. There
were also two brothers of James, to wit:
John and Samuel.

Frances Stewart, daughter of the first
George Stewart, married Mr. Davies, who
had one daughter named Rosannah when her
father died. This family resided west of
the Susquehanna.

Mart Stewart, the yonngest sister of
Frances Stewart, married Cap! James Pat-
terson, a sketch of whom has been given

The 8tewarts were Presbyterians. Every
member of this family who retained the
name removed from Donegal township prior
to the Revolution. They left the nursery
of Scotch-Iriso Presbyterians in old Donegal
to plant new settlements further west, and
like the hooey- bee kept hovering between the
borders of civilisation and the savages, who
were constantly receeding before the advance
of this aggressive race.

Samuel Evans.


Historical, BU*r»pklcal mnd Geaemlaai«al.


Harris. — Andrew D. Harris, son of James
Harris, Esq., lately of Harrisburg, died at
Bellefonte August 12, 1881, aged 36 years.
What Harris family was this ?

Logan.— The death of the last survivor in
the male line of the Logan family, in this
locality, the venerable John Logan, who died 4
Feb. 16, 1890, at the age of ninety years,,
gives us the opportunity of stating
that Thomas Logan, the first of the
family, settled in Derry township, now
Londonderry, at an early date. He took up
land (200 acres) November 20, 1744, and
died on the farm February 21, 1788. He
left a wife Hannah, and the following chil-

i. Thomas; b. 1759; d. March 23, 1797.

it. William; b. 1768; d. Sept 27, 1814;.
m. Birbara .

Hi. John; b. 1764; d. 1784.

te. Margaret.

v. Mary ; m. Samuel McCleery.

Sell— Miller. — Can yon in term me
when Henry Sell came to America, and
whence he came ? It is thought that he came
from Switserland in the early part of the
last century. Peter Sell, his son, my great
grandfather, was born March 9th, 1757, in
Northampton, now Lehigh county. I wonld-
also like to know when Jacob Miller and his
wife, Barbara, came to America. They were
natives of Wnrtembnrg, Germany. Conrad 4
Miller, their son, my great grandfather, was*
born June 24th, 1757, in Salisbury township,
Northampton now Lehigh county, and was a
drummer in the Revolutionary war.

E. H. M. &

[We have no record of the Sell named;,
and as to Miller, that surname is legion, and
it would be impossible to designate the
oiigiial emigrant.

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[From the following letter, for which we
are indebted to Mr. Henry L. Harris, it
wonld seem that the "Philadelphia Land
Owners" in the Wyoming Valley thought
more of their personal quarrel with the Con*
necticut settlers than they did of the prepa-
rations for the defense of their liberties
against the arbitrary measures of the British
Government The paper is a valuable one,
inasmuch it gives a $maU insight into the
actions of the men who were prominent ac-
tors in opposition to the Connecticut settle*
ment. ]

Philadelphia, Oct 13, 1775.

Gents:— As a large number of the free-
holders of your county have ehosen ns a
committee to devise the most effectual means-

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for strengthening your hands in the defence
of the count j against the hostile invasions
of the Connecticut intruders, and as we have
■collected a considerable fam cf nuney for
that purpose, and obtained an order for some
powder and lead, we desire that yon will be
pleased to meet Colonel Francis and Mr.
Lukens, two of onr committee, at Harris'
Ferry, on Sstarday, the 21st of this month,
•at which time and place they will acquaint
yon fully with the application we wish to be
made of the contributions, &c. , and take yonr
■advice therein for preserving the peace of the
connty, supporting the la Ms and defending

£rivate pioperty. As Messrs. Francis and
tukens take this journey on purpose to meet
yon, we pray you will not disappoint them
or us. We sre

Your most hnmble servants,

Joseph Shippen, Jb.,
Jambs Irvine,
Turbutt Francis,


Thos. West,
William Smith,
Jno. Lukenp,
Sam'l Meredith,
John Cox,

To William Plunket, William Maclay,
Samuel Hunter, Robert Moodi* and Michael
Troy, Esquires, Northumberland county.
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[Robert Gray, son of John Gray, a
native of the County Antrim, Ireland, was
born in Paxtaog, in 1757, and died there
April 27, 1848. He served in th« war of
the Revolution, and was with the half-
starved and illy-clad army of Washington
during the cantonment at Valley Forge.
He lived a long and honorable life, and
was the last of that gallant band of the
4 'Heroes of Seventy- Six" in this locality.
He was related to the Rutherfords, and the
following reminiscence comes from a dis-
tant member of that clan] :

We have the following reminiscence of
Robert Gray: In 1777 he was drafted for
the service and was ordered to join the ex-
pedition against the Susquehanna Indians.
The rendezvous was at Middletown, where
they were mustered in and awaited the forces
from the lower pait of Lancaster county.
The second day's march brought them to
McKee's, where they rested two days, and
then went on to Shamokin. McKee he de-
scribed as sn old man, with a large farm,

well supplied with stock and forage. "We
took every thing we could use, and stripped
him bare." McKee, he added, never re-
ceived anything for his loss. In my
boyish simplicity I enquired: **And did
they never make him any compensation ?"
"Annan! Did the State ever pay McKee
for his loss? No! he was a tory." No
Indians were seen, but their corn-fields
could not run away, and were destroyed,
as high up as Wyoming, coming back to
Shamokiu, a few companies attended the
General up ths West Branch to make a
treaty with the Indians. The conference
was held in a settler's deserted cabin. Mr.
Gray was on guard, and as the day was
rainy he stood inside the door. Tne Chiefs
Corn planter and Bald Eagle were present
He described Cornplanter as a very large
man, and thonght him the noblest looking
person he had ever seen, although he beheld
the faces of Washington and Mercer many
times. Bald Eagle was of middle size, and
of less distinguished appearance. He was
killed two years afterwards by the celebrated
Captain Brady. h. r.


[The following article came to us some
months ago from an unknown source. Part
of the information has appeared in Note*
and Queries from the pen of A. Boyd Ham-
ilton, Esq., but we have concluded to give
the sketch as contributed].

The site ot this ancient fortification is
supposed to be a narrow elevation of giavel
boulders six miles above Harrisburg, on the
Susquehanna river at its junction with Fish-
ing creek. There are now no remains of the
fort, upon the foundations of which a large
store house was erected by Archibald Mc-
Allister in 1814. The situation is very com-
manding, about eighty feet above the Sus-
quehanna, and the surrounding scenery is of
the most romantic character. About one
mile below, on the summit of the second
mountain and overlooking Harrisburg, is
said to have been located some sort of forti-
fication erected by the Indians, where Indisn
weapons and remains have been found in
comparatively recent jears. The site of
Fort Hnnter was well chosen— the outlook
coveriog both banks of the Susquehanna for
several miles, from above the point at the
water-gap of the Kittatinny to Estherton
Island, some distance down the stream— the

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Valley of Fishing Creek and the line east-
ward along the Kittatinny Mountain itself.

The first person to take np land in the vi-
•etaity was Benjamin Chambers who came to
America about 1704 — the senior of fonr
brothers, sturdy Presbyterians from the
north of Ireland, and a man of remarkable
determination. We next hear of Benjamin,
James, Joseph and Robert Chambers abont
1720 at the month of Finning Creek but the
Penns refused to allow a settlement and none
was made. In 1725-*, a title was acquired
for 1,000 acres at the mouth of Fish-
ing Creek from Robert Hunter, a white
-trader, after whom the Fort was
aamed. The title was confirmed in 1733-37
by the Provincial authorities. About
1736 a mill was built a few hundred yards
from the site of the fort. The original
breastwork of the latter was located on the
northern spur of the first mountain, near
the present Rock vi lie, and was thrown up of
loose earth and stone about 1750. A block
house and enclosures were soon after par-
dally constructed— possibly in 1752-54,
ahortly before Brad dock' 8 defeat. In 1755,
staring the French and Indian war, Fort
Hunter was a place of considerable import-
ance. In that year Captain Reed was or-
dered to detach thirty men of his command
then at his house "near Maneday, to Hun-
ter's mill and place them under orders."
Subsequently he was instructed to "obtain
ten men out of the township of Pax tang"
-and to "send twenty men to Hunter's di-
rectly." Thomas McKee was ordered to
Fort Hnnter as its commandant, and the
post was strengthend and placed in a good
atate of defense.

In April, 1756, Colonel Joseph Shippen
wrote to Captain McKee requesting him "to
enlist for him some active young men of no
less size than 5 feet 6 inche ," and when
done to "send them to John Harris, who
will entertain them." From an inventory
of Edward Shippen, of Lancaster, it appeals
that Fore Hunter was furnished with "12£
pounds of powder and 25 pounds of swan
shot" On the 7th of April, 1756, Governor
Morris informed Colonel Clapham that "as
a magazine fcr provisions and other warlike
stores will very soon be formed at Hunter's
mill, on the river Snsqaehanna," he would
suggest that the Colonel had better fix on
that point, or "some convenient place to it,
for a Grenl Rendezvous." Accordingly,

Clapham "set proper guard on the Rendez-
vous, examined and chose the Stockade, " etc.

About this time Edward Shippen, jr.,
wrote to the Governor from Lancaster that
he hai been at "Hunter's House" which "be
informed us would be a good point of de-
fense if it were stockaded, bnt as it is quite
naked and stands 500 or 600 feet from the
Fort" it was subject to sudden surprise. In
June, Col. Clapham on his way to Shamokin
strengthened Hunter's Fort with "a party of
twenty-four men under command of Mr.
Johnson." In August Clapham notified the
authorities that Capfain Jamison, "an ex-
ceedingly good officer" had very little ammu-
nition at Fort Hunter. On the 1st of Oc-
tober Bartram Galbraith wrote from Hunter's
Fort that "notwithstanding the happy situa-
tion that we thought this place was in, we
have had a man killed and scalped within
twenty rods of Hunter's barn" by a party of
Indians whom the commander, Capt. Chris-
tian Basse, was unable to overtake.

After the defeat of the Indians at Kittan-
ning it was proposed to abolish the fort, and
in April, 1757, Governor Denny wrote to
London that the force at Hunter's was fifty
men, to be dismissed "when the magazine is
removed from Hunter's," which should "be
soon and the Fort then demolished." In
July, however, the Rev. John Elder wrote
that the inhabitants of Paxtang had peti-
tioned the Governor "for a removal of the
garrison from Halifax to Hunter's, the de-
fence of Halifax being of no advantage."
He recommended the change as being likely
to "Encourage the inhabitants to continue
in their places. ' ' Edward Shippen supported
the transfer. In Jan uary, 1 7 58, Ad j utant Kern
reported to Major Burd at Fort Augusta
that the garrison at Fort Hunter consisted
of 53 men armed with 44 guns, 15 pounds
of powder and 20 pounds of lead. On the
18th of February, 1758, Lieut. Col. Burd
visited Hunter's Fort and found Captains
Patterson and Davis there with 80 men and
"not above three rounds of ammunition."
In July of the same year, Price, an officer
under the British General Forbes, was
ordered to garrison Fort Hunter and repair
it. New stockades were erected and the fort
strengthened in accordance with the orders.

In June, 1763, the place is spoken cf in a
letter from Major Joseph Shippen to Colonel
James Burd, not as a fort but as Hunter's
Mill, and the works were in ruins in 1765,
according to a letter of the Rev. Mr. Elder

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in that year. After this we bear noth-
ing more of Foit Hunter as a pott
of importance on the frontier. About
1772 the plaee came to be
known as Garner's Mill and a patent
for the property wat leaned to Oarber in
1773. Within the next ten years, Archibald
McAllister became the owner and greatly
improved the property, which he converted
into a handsome and thriving farm. The
Duke de Rochefoucald Liancourt, who passed
up the Valley of the Susquehanna in 1 796,
wrote that "McAllister cultivates one hun-
dred and twenty acres. His houses, all of
wood, except a mill, stand on the Susque-
hanna and within the precincts of Fort
Hunter, erected many years ago." At the
death of Archibald McAllister, the site of
Fort Hunter passed into the hands of his
sons, George W. and John Carson, but the
original tract since the death of the senior
McAllister has been held by many persons
including Governor Shunk and George W.
Harris. At the death ot John Carson Mc-
Allister, the spot where Fort Hunter is be-
lieved to have stood became the property of
Daniel Dick Boas, of llarrisburg

[Notb. — in giving the foregoing it is only
proper to correct an error which got into
print somehow, and is contained in the sec-
ond paragraph of this article. The mill in
question was built by the Chambers brothers
and went by the name of Chambers' mill.
After the removal of several of the brothers
to Falling Spring, now Cbambersburg,
Joseph Chamber* remained. Dying, how-
ever, prior to 1750, his widow, Catharine,
married Samuel Hunter— and hence this
name was given to the mill.]
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Rnmlnteeenesa of the Teachers nf Snored
itlusle In Harr Inborn Yenrn Ac*.

Editor Telegraph: I read with much
interest, as doubtless many others did, the
paper published in your issne of Saturday
week, from the pen of my old friend, George
B. Ayres, now of Philadelphia. The writer,
although, as he says, not known to the
present generation, is well remembered by
those of his cotemporaries who are yet am jng
the living. His reminiscences of the old
Presbyterian choir have recalled to some
who were members of that organkation in
its later years, very pleasant memories of
those singing days of forty years ago. He

has made some slight mistakes in a few of
the names, and has omitted quite a number
of the younger generation who filled up the
gaps while he was still with us, and who are
now matrons of mature years. Some of
them no doubt feel slighted, but I refrain,
from mentioning names, lest it be supposed
that they have prompted me. On the other
hand, I know of at least one instance of an
old time singer who was considerably puffed
up by his complimentary notice, and who
had serious thoughts of "jining" the choir

But I cannot agree with my friend in hia
admiration for the exterior of the church on
Second street which was burned in March,
1858. It was certainly severely plain, hav-
ing no windows in front and w,s built of
brick, covered with plaster. The entrance
was by a short flight of steps leading to a
portico adorned with pillars, something in
the style of our present court house. From the
first floor stairways led to a vestibule on the
second from which you entered the audience
chamber. Underneath thia chamber were
the rooms wed for Sunday school and lec-
ture purposes. The church was designed,
not by Hoxie, as Mr. Ayres says, but by
Haviland, of Philadelphia, Hoxie belonged
to a later day, and built the old Pennsylvania
railroad station, and the present Market
8qnare Presbyterian church. The present
generation can judge of the appearance of
the building, if they will take the trouble to
glance at the left hand corner of a picture ot
Harrisburg, which was published many yearn
ago, and may possibly still be fonud in soma
ot the houses.

Bnt the interior of the church was very
handsome. Its chiet ornament was the pul-
pit, the base of which was composed of
American marble, and the reading desk of
veined Italian martle. The ceiling was
adorned with rosettes and other ornamental
figures in plaster, which, whilst very ele-
gant, were by no means safe. They had an
ugly fashion of falling occasionally, and on
a certain Sabbath morning whilst Dr DeWitt
was of them came near taking
the life of a worthy old lady, one of the
mothers in Israel, who sat in a side range of
pews lacing towards the pulpit Provi-
dentially the planter ornament struck a pro-
jection back of the pulpit and broke into
several pieces, only one of which hit the
sufferer's head. It inflicted a severe scalp
wound, however, which bled freely, and she

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had to be carried from the church. At an-
other time a rosette fell from a leas height,
on the gallery, striking the top of a eabinei
organ, at which the writer happened to be
sitting, narrowlj missing his herd and break-
ing into pieces on the instrument The
moral to be derived from these incidents is
that church ceilings should not contain move-
able ornaments.

In enumerating the singers, not to the
manor born, who sometimes helped os in
leading the music of the sanctuary, my
friend has omitted one whom he will readily
recall when I mention her name. She was
a Miss Hough, from New England, I think,
and was a teacher in the Harrisborg Female
Seminary, on Locust street. She and Miss
Partch, of whom he speaks and who is now
deceased, were among the most valuable
members of the choir. They had delightful
voices, the one generally singing soprano
and the other either soprano or alto.

As Mr. Ayres speaks of Mr. Ward, who
led the Presbyterian choir for some years, as
••the first conductor of respectable ability
fhat rlarrisburg knew," it may not be amiss
to say that a few years before the period of
which he writes the English Lutheran church
on Fourth street had one of equal ability.
I refer to Mr. Hickok, father of our fellow
citizen, W. O Hickok, and of Dr. Charles
N. Hickok. In his day, and under his
training, the Lutheran choir was a most ex-
cellent one, and I well remember that on one
special occasion during my boyhood they
kindly, nnder his leaderthip, occupied the
gallery of the old Presbyterian church and
led the music of the evening. It was at this
service that the tunes * 'Missionary Chant"
and •'Ortonville," now become old and
familiar, were introduced, and speedily
became great favorites. A year or
two later Mr. Hiekok lost his life in attempt-
ing to board a train on the Cumberland Val-
ley railroad at the entrance to the bridge.
After this date the Lutheran choir was led
by ••Andy" Kieffer, of pleasant memorv,
whilst the highly-esteemed Dr. Charles W.
Sheaffer occupied the pnlpit, and our present
CHy Controller thundered away in the rear
of the gallery on the double bass vioL

It is well sometimes to recall the past, and
re-enact in imagination its vanished scenes.
Bat the years are speeding on, and by and by
some other pen will write of the chorea
choirs of the present day, and speak of the
youthful voices wbtea now lead aa in the

worship of each returning Sabbath, while!
those who possess them will have passed
away like their predecessors, of whom Mr.
Ayree writes. The voices of many whom he
mentions are no longer heard on earth, and
those who remain are rapidly nearing the
dark river, over which their old-time com-
panions have passed to join the silent ma-
jority. Perhaps I err in speaking of them
as "silent." Mute, indeed, they are to us,
bnt may it not be that even now, though our
ears catch not the sound, upon their lips is
trembling the (< song of Moses and the
Lamb," sung by that grtat multitude which
no man can number ? G.


Hfetertenl, M«cr*pMeal anei Genealogical*



In 1821 James Msginness published an
••Arithmetic," at Harrisburg, for the "use
of schools and counting houses in the United
States of America." It was pi in ted for the
author by William Greer, and it contains 371
pages, well filled with problems from • •No-
tation" to the ••Computation of Shot"

From a note appended to the preface it is
learned that the author published his ••Arith-
metic" by subscription, and regrets that he
did not receive all his subscribers' names in

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