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Adam Ventling 12 2,

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John Stewart 1 .. 1 2

James Stewart 1*

William Toong 12 5

William McFarlane 2 2 6.

John Young 2 3 7.

Nicholas Stongh 13 4.

Henry Hamer 114.

Matthias Heaning 12 3.

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NOTES AND QUBRIB8.



Historical, Bl«crmphleal an* Ctoaemloctoal.



CCLXVI.
Soldiers op the Revolution. —From



the records of the court at Lancaster we
glean the following:

Robert Chambers, wounded at the battle
of Brandy wine, in 1786 was 35 years of age.

Michael Johnson, first lieutenant of the
Second Battalion of the Flying Camp, from
Lancaster county, died in captivity.

Shkrkr,— In 1776, Jane Sherer, minor
daughter of Joseph Sherer, dec'd,of Paxtang
above 14 years, chooses her uncle, David
McClnre, guardian. Richard Sherer, above
1 4 years, chooses his uncle, Alexander Mc-
Clnre, guardian. The court appoints Alex-
ander McClnre and Jonathan McClnre guar-
dians over Joseph Sherer.

In 1 7 77, a citation was issued at the instance
of the guardians of the five children of Joseph
Sherer, late of Paxtang, dec'd, to Mary
Sherer, Samuel Cochran and Samuel Sherer,
executors of the estate. The children named
were Richard, Joseph, William, Catharine
and Samuel. John Sherer chose Maxwell
Chambers of Paxtang, guardian.

THE FIRST CENSUS.
The Fanrillea la Daaphla C«aaty la 1790.

1IL

[For convenience of reference we repeat
that the columns of figures are:]

1. Free white males above 16 years, in-
cluding heads of families

2. White males under 16.

3. Free white females, including heads of
families.

4. Slaves.

All other free persons. [Persons answer-
ing to this description are marked with an *.]

William Robinson v 2 .. 1 ..

Isaac Harrison 1 5 3 1

John Martin 2 2 2..

James Robinson 2 . . 3 . .

Henry Graham 2 2 2..

Wendel Bartlemay 2 4 2..

Robert Bell 112..

John Ainsworth 3 2 6 1

Margaret Campbell 1 4 . .

Hugh Andrew 2 2 3 4

John Backenstose 2 2 3..

John Fox 2 . . 1

Adam Faver 1 . . 4

John Shults 14 3..

John McHaighton 1 2 2..

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William Sturgeon

James Pettigrew

Elizabeth Taggart

James Caldwell

Elisabeth Strain

Alexander Sloan

John Pettigrew

George Fnnk

Matthias Baker

Emannel Twoey |Dney]

Richard Finley

William Willson • - . .

John Albright.

Henry Baker

George Knntz

John 8toner

Samuel Kearsley

Christopher Miller

Patrick Preston

William Thome.

William Gardner

Philip Hedrick

William Orange

Andrew Carrer

John Winter

Henry Winter

Joseph Hederick

Benjamin Gardner

Christian Hoover

Thomas Harper

John Tonng

John McKinney

Adam Mark

Daniel King.

Jacob Moyer

Adam Stone

George Mark

Jacob Mark

Balser Stone

Jacob Ventling.

Killian Mark

David Mark

Daniel Bradley

John Gardner

John Miller

Robert Boal

Jarett Nelson 1*

Samuel Ainswortn 1*

Philip Seidensticker

Henry Sheaver

William Stewart

Christian Cohr

George Kantz

John Sbney

Thomas Kennedy

Janet Donaldly



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John Mnsser 1 3 2..

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Henry Hess. 2 1 4 . .

Lndwig Click 1 3 2 . .

Henry Pifer 3 1 3 . .

Moses Garland 1 3 1 . .

John Darkis 13 1..

John Lemon 1 4 3..

Henry Zearing 1 5 2..

Lndwig Zearing 1 3 4..

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John Tnvan*. 2 . . 3 . .

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Matthias Bashore 2

Henry Darkis 3

George Bashore 1 3

Valentine Smith 1 1

Peter Smith 1 1

Vendal Smith

Peter Prase

George Prnss

Peter Brooer

Charles Shade.

Christopher Bixler

Michael Suiter

Peter Gingrich

Abraham Wingatt

Jeremiah Tittle

Nicholas Poore ,

Christopher Gingrich

Nicholas Jonts

Henry Lowmiller . . .-

Philip Kants.

Daniel King

Conrad Helm

JohnDits

John Dol linger

George Ulen

Anthoy Fox

Andrew Yonng

John Armstrong

Adam Firebangh

John Folts

William Rippith

Jacob Snell

James Wiilson (Capt ) . . . .

David Caldwell

John Herman 2

John Graham 2

Hugh Graham 2

Robert Moorhead 2

John Ferguson 1

Neal Maddin [Maldin] 1

David Davis 1

Simon Lingle 1

Samuel Brcwn 2

William Mcllhenny

John Robinson

William Wallace

James Clokey

John McQuowo

Rev. James Snodgrass

Richard Crawford 2 2

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James Johnson

Joseph Allen

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John Larkey

Edward Israelow

Timothy Green, Esq

Samuel Johnston

Thomas Mcllhenny

Jonathan Boyers

James Barnett

John Hughs.

Lawrence Hattoo

Joseph McKay

John Ramage.

Henry Kiblinger

John Elder.

Bernard McNutt

Conrad Sheaver

Joseph Dongleas

John McCord

Dauiel Lester

Moses Ross.

James Montgomery

Thomas II. Mania(?)

Major William Allen

Peter Fox

Thomas Grey

James Wiilson

Patrick Tweed

Thomas Dillen

Samuel Finney

William Crain

William Allen

David Miskimmins.

Francis Carson

Andrew Crain

Patrick Murray

William Crawford

George Ward

Anthony Long

Joseph Adair 1*

Richard McCoonel ....

Robert Montgomery

Mary Teevebaugh

Margaret Yonce

Valentine Spangler

Japheth Morton

Hugh Jones.

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Jacob Anderson 3.. 2 • •

Catiine McCord 1 1 * .,

Jacob Nam 2 1 2 . .

Henry Limbert 2 1 6..

Lawrence Bennage 1 4 4 .

Leonard Sheets 1 2

Bernard Murphy 1 1 f . .

Joshua Cooper \ ? " I

Adam Eckert 2 . . * .

Christian Hains 1 ..

Samuel Sturgeon 3 3

Thomas Erskine 1 3

John Home 1 12.,

William Hume 1

William Miskimmins. 4 2 4..

Martha Rippith 3

Peter Peirce 13 5..

Thomas .McNair , 15 3..

Peter LandU 2 4 4..

Frederick Hummel..... 14 2..

Melchoir Rahm 1 2 5 . .

James McCreight, Capt 2 4 3 . .

Michael Moyer 1 1 3..

John Bodgers 2.. 5 1

John Carver 2 3 2 ..

Major James Dixon 2 1 4..

William Sawyers 112.

Samuel Stewart 2 4 4 1

John Jones **. . . 2 1 3 . .

Dr. William Hmonton 2 4 3 1

Walter Clark 3 1 4 . .

Robert McCallen 2.. 2..

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PAXTANG IN 1T56.

The following notes furnished by 'Squire
Evans, of people in Paxtang almost a cen-
tury and a half ago, are interesting:

The Paxtang assessment for that year,
Hugh Stuart, collector, contains a number
of names marked "fled" — that is owing to
the depredations of the savages had left
their plantations:

Stephen Campbell

George Glasby.

James WallK

William Wallis.

John Barnett

William White; "barn burned."

John Henderson.

David Patton.

Robert McConnig.

Alexander Johnston.

John Wiggins.

Widow Wiley.

Widow Cavet.



Moses 8wan.

Anthony Thompson.

Barny Jordan.

A few of these never returned to Paxtang.
It is proabable they kept away from the
frontiers until after the Bouquet Expedi-
tion of 1764. when they followed the tide of
immigration southward.

Those refusing to give their returns,
marked "Covensnters, " were:

Alexander Brown.

James Brown.

Benjamin Brown.

William Brown.

John Caldwell

Of the foregoing all subsequently went
southward, except William Brown. Of all
the early Covenanters he was surely the
staunchest The John Caldwell was the an-
cestor of the great 8outh Carolinian, John
Caldwell Calhoun.

Thomas Alexander is mentioned as
"schoolmaster."

Samuel Galbraith is marked "on land of
Hugh Davies," 450 acres.
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GENEALOGICAL NOTES.

Taylor.

Robert Taylor owned the farm at Pine
Ford, in Derry township. In 1762, his widow
was the wife of Charles McCormick. The
farm of 1 50 acres was purchased by the eldest
son for £270. The children of Robert Taylor
then living were:

i. Henry.

ii. Catharine ; m, John Sterling.

t ft. Wittiam.

to. Robert

e. Matthew.

vi. Jane.

eft. John.

eft*. Elizabeth.

ix. Ann.

The son John was then a minor, and John
Laird was appointed guardian of his estate.

Harris.

William Hsrris, of Paxtang, died prior to
1762, leaving a wife, Catharine, and chil-
dren:



t. James,
ii. Sarah.
Hi. John;
iv. Mary;



17 years of age.

under 14 years.
e. Robert; under 14 years.
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deceased, was appointed the guardian of
Mai j and Robert The farm of 275 acres
was sold at the date first given, and the pro-
ceeds divided between the widow and chil-
dred according to law.



McComnbl.

In 1776, upon the petition of Rather Mc-
Connel and William Dickey, administrators
or the estate of Robert McConnel, late of
Paxtang, the farm owned by him comprising
170 acres, was ordered to be sold to pay
debts, and was purchase 1 by Peter Bobb for
£700. James Oowden and Thomas McAr-
thnr, of Paxtang, were appointed guardians
over the estates of Ann Elizabeth and Robert
McConnel, minor children of Robert Mc-
Connel, all noder 14 years of age. Rath
McConnel, daughter of Robert, over 14
years, chose James Cowden for her guar-
dian.



He owned a fat m in Virginia. It will be
seen that this John was father of those first
mentioned. Samuel Evans.



Allison.

Robert Allison, of Derry, died prior to
1768, disposing of his estate to the follow-
ing:

Trustees of Philadelphia Hospital, £100.

Trustees of Grammar School, £100.

James Allison, son of John, £100.

Patrick and John Allison and Jean Clark,
children of John Allison, deceased.

Margaret, Patrick, and Robert Allison,
sons of Will. am Allison.

John, William, James and Robert Smith,
sons of Jean Smith, deceased.

John and William White, sons of Mar-
garet White.

John Allison, brother of Robert, of Derry,
died prior to 1770, leaving children:

i. Patrick.

it. Jean, m. Clark.

m. Roeey, m. James Crawford.

»n. Margaret.

t>. John.

vi. James.

en. Ann.

viii. WiUiam.

ix. Robert

John Allison, of Derry, died in 1747, leaving
a wife Janet, and children :

i. Rober:.

ii. Jean.

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io. Margaret

v. Janet

ei. James.



TUB FIRST PROTflOftOTARY OP DAIV
PHIN COUNTY.

Captain Alexander Qraydon, who opened
the first docket of the Court of Common
Pleas, of this county, in the year 1785, was
born in the village of Bristol, Bncks county,
in the year 1 752. When about six years old
he was sent to school in Philadelphia, where
he received his early education, making his
home with his maternal grandfather, bis
father's family remaining meanwhile in Bris-
tol. The death of his father occurred in the
year 1761, and his widowed mother, with
four children, of whom he was the eldest, re-
moved to Philadelphia, where they continued
to reside during the Revolutionary war, un-
til the city was captured by the British army.
After leaving what was called the "Academy,"
an institution which was probably the nncleus
of the University of Pennsylvania, he entered
upon the study of the law with Edward
Middle, Esq , his uncle by marriage. During
part of the time he was thus engaged, he
spent the summer in the town of York, being
assisted in his reading there by a gentleman,
who, though a lawyer, was then the Pro-
thoootary of that county. Here it is probable
he learned something of practice, and was
thus unconsciously preparing for the duties
which he afterwards assumed at Harrisburg.
At a later period of his life, in referring to his
sojourn at York, he very candidly confesses
that he spent his time there "in reading a
little law in the morning, and either fowling,
riding or strolling along the banks of the
Codorns in the afternoon. "

About the time that his legal studies were
completed, but before he had entered upon
the practice of his profession, the war of the
Revolution broke oof, and this event made a
material change in his plans of life. Instead
of law, his practice now was with pistols and
fencing weapons, and be thus sought to pre-
pare himself for the duties of a soldier in the
coming conflict. lie received a commission
as captain in the army of the Colonies, ou
the 6th day of January, 1776, and his com-
pany was attached to a regiment under the
command of Colonel John Shee. Shortly
after the regiment was organised it was
ordered to New York, and the young captain,
who like most law students with "great ex-
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ried, was obliged to tear himself away from
the object of his affections, and hasten to his
post of duty. He speaks of this, years after-
wards, as one of the severest trials to which
he had ever beeu subjected. Bat hid country
demanded the sacrifice and he did not hesitate
to make it.

In the month of Jane, 1776, his regiment,
ct get her with other troops, **-as ordered to
the high ground on the Hudson, above New
Turk, and under the direction ot Colonel,
afterwards General Pu.nam, they commenced
the construction of the earthwork, which was
called Fort Washington. The British forces
were then upon Staten Island. In August
was fonght the battle of Long Island, in
which oar army was defeated, and afterwards
retreated across the river to New York. About
the middle of November the troops which
held Fort Washington were attacked by the
British under General Howe and after a sharp
contest the fort was captured and a number
ot our troops taken prisoners. Among the
number was Captain Graydon, whose regi-
ment was then comn anded by Colonel Cad-
walader. He was taken to New York, which
was then in possessirn of the enemy, and re-
mained there until released on parole in June,
1777. To accomplish this his mother ob-
tained the necessary papers authorizing her
to pass through the American and British
lines, and succeeded in securing a personal
interview with Sir William Howe, who
granted her request The originals of the
several passes need on this occasion, signed
by John Hancock, George Washington and
Charles East ice, Aid to Lord Cornw%llis,
are now in the writer's possession. The
prisoner's return to I hiladelphia was rendered
a very happy event by his meeting with the
lady to whom he was engaged, absence from
whom as he afterwards wrote, "bad caused
the deeneftt sighs of his captivity." He was
not exchanged for a considerable time after-
wards, and when that was at last effected,
he did not resume his military life. His
marriage took place in the spring of 1778.
The lady who became his wife was a Miss
Wood, ot Reading, who died in Harrisburg
in the year 1794. His second wife was a
Miss Pettit, of Philadelphia, who survived
bim some 18 years, dying about 1836.

Just before Philadelphia was taken by the
British army his mother's family and his
own removed to Reading, where they re-
mained until the close of the war. Whilst
residing in that city he was admitted to the



Bar ot Berks county and had began practice
there, when the event occurred which trans-
ferred him to the county of Dauphin. This
county was organiied in the year 1 785, and
the Supreme Executive Council, which then
held the appointing power, selected him as
its first Prothonotary. This position he re-
tained until the year 1800, when through
political considerations, he being an avowed
Federalist, be was removed by Governor Mo
Keau. In speaking of his assumption of his
office he says: "The duties it imposed I was
pretty well acquainted with, and I exerted
myself to lay snch a foundation in the office
arrangements as might support a regular
superstructuie. The trust committed to me
was conscientiously attended to, and I venture
to say not negligently executed." Whether
these statements are truthful his successors
in this office can best testify.

This appointment necessitated the removal
of Mr. Giaydon to Harrisburg, whither his
mother accompanied him. His youngest
brother, the late William Graydon, Esq.,
afterwards joined him here, and was ad-
mitted to practice io the several courts of
Dauphin county in the year 1786. During
his official term, and for some years after-
wards, Mr. Graydon made his residence in
Harrisburg, but part of the time his home
was in the country on a smali farm in the
vicinity of what was called "Prospect Hill,"
not far from the 1c cation of the present city
reservoir. Io the year 1816 be returned to
Philadelphia, where he died on the 2d day
of May, 1818, in the sixty-seventh year of
his age. He had no children by either mar-
riage. The writer of this sketch, whose uncle
he was, entered the world a number of years
after he left it, and therefore never had the
pleasure of his personal acquaintance. His
widow visited Harrisburg in the writer's
childhood, a year before her death, and is
distinctly remembered.

Mr. Graydon was a man of literary tastes
and frequently contributed to the periodicals
of that day. He had a very good knowledge
of both the Latin and French languages,
reading the latter, especially, with facility.
The writer has in his possession a number of
his books, which he had very freely annotated
in the margins. Many of these notes are
written on the pages of some of the old En-
glish poets, and are made up of quotations
from the classics; showing that he kept op
his knowledge of the Latin authors even in
advanced years. In the year 1811 he pub*



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fibbed a small volume entitled "Memoir* of
-a Life passed chiefly in Pennsylvania within
♦the last sixty years, with occasional remarks
•upon the General Occurrences, Character and
Spirit of that Eventful Period." It is full
•of interesting matter relating to the events
which preceded and followed the Revolu-
tionary war, and the organization of the
Federal Government. A second editiou of
the work, got up in much better form than
the original, was issued in the year 1846, by
John S. Littell, of Philadelphia. He entitled
it **Graydon's Memoirs ot His Own Tunas,"
and it contains a considerable amount of new
matter which the author had prepared, prob-
ably with a view to a republication. This he
-did not live to accomplish. O.

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Cobrioan. — Patrick Corrigan,who owned
•seven hundred acres of land in Leacock and
•fiarl township, Lancaster county, died prior
to 1764, leaving a wife Margaret, and chil-
dren:

i. Patrick.

ii. Jane; m. William Stevenson.



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