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is, therefore, to be congratulated, and it is
devoutly wished that others will do for their
families what Mr. Me>er has for his. Such
self-denying labors deserve proper apprecia-

C«Miteaipt for the

[The following extract of a letter written
by one of the early English settlers neatly
a centnry and a half ago, is worth produc-
ing. It is to be regretted that the oW-time
prejudice has not entirely died out.]

Philadelphia, 27th Sept, 1747.— "In
this country there exists (what we do not find
in old England) among the English settlers a

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supreme contempt for the Germane. This
may be owing to the fact that the former eee
■ambers of low and poor German immigrants
in comparison with whom thej entertain an
exalted opinion of themselves. In addition,
the conviction of freedom (which, by the by,
the Germans, as well as the English, enter-
tain), may stimulate the latter to despins the
former. What happens in the colonies hap-
pens here. Immigrants, who, in their native
country (snrron ded by thousands of their
equals), were of no acooant whatever, as
soon as they come here assume airs and play
the master to such a degree as to excite the
ntmost astonishment; continuing in this
course until ethers of their rank outrun
them in the race. This is the case, too, with
the clergy in this country, and generally with
persons who hold office. How they ever
came to bold them is a matter inexplicable.
This aspect of society is as it were, the
geniui of the lani, and leads to a thousand
issues, which con Id not be explained but on
the ground of its almighty influence."

A Bfettcrle Gboat ntwj of Obmaben' Hill

It has long been settled that on the ridge
known as Chambers' Hill, near a point about
two miles southeast of Old Paxtang chnrch,
there lies concealed in the earth a large sum
of money in the shape of gold coin.

The evidence upon this point is clear and
convincing, having been gathered from the
most authentic ot all sources, namely : stories
told ar und the evening fire, tradition, and
above all fiom eye* witnesses of the phenom-
ena always attendant upon buried treasure.
The facts in the case are as follows:

About the middle of the last century there
appeared in Paxtang a certain Quaker
who took up his a ode in a
small log house, in the locality
just mentioned, to which was attached- by
way of farm a few acres of land, mostly
forest. An to bis personality, the Quaker
wae pest middle life when he came, of giant
stature, and manners most affable, little
given to conversation, but a skillful aaker of
questions. His name has not come do*n to
us, for the reason that his ordinary and in-
deed only designation in the neighborhood
was "Old 8had Belly," or "Old Shad" for
short To his vocation of tiller of the soil*
he added the profession of veterinary sur-

geon, and occasionally made excursions about
the country on an old gray mare, over whose
back was slung a pair of saddle-bags, in which
were the nostrums and tools of his profession.
Why this disciple of the peace loving Fox
should hate chosen the very camp, as it
were, of the turbulent "Paxtang Boys," in
which to sojourn, was as much a mystery
then as it is now— for "yea and amen" were
considerably below par, west of the Cone*
wago bills. Whatever may have been hie
motive, whether spy or missionary, be was
popularly supposed to be rich, from the fact
that the scanty income derived fropa his visi-
ble means of support was thought to be alto-
gether inad quate to sustain his manner ef
life. Opinion was divided as to the source
of his supply. The 8cotch- Irish settlers
maintained, that being a Quaker, he was, as
a matter of course, an emissary of the
devil, or what was the same thing
of the Government at Philadelphia. But
"the more moderate German sages
shrewdly guessed that "Old Shad"
had buried his money in the ground for
safe keeping. This surmise was greatly
strengthened when at last the old man died,
leaving no evidences of wealth above ground,
and confirmation was complete when shortly
afterwards signs and wonders, which could
not be explained by .the philosophy of the
schools, began to be manifested. The chink
of coin wae heard at night in the vicinity of
the house, lights of a lurid character flitted
hither and thither io the sunonnding woods
filling the air with the fumes of brimstone,
strange and ferocious animals with rattling
chains on their necks abounded, birds of
night with flaming eyes and fearful aspect
perched on the limbs of neighboring trees
croaking hoarsely, and woe betide the belated
wight whose road lay through this region, un-
ices, indeed, he was the fortunate possessor
of some talisman of which the powers of
darkness stood io awe; and even then it be-
hooved him to move along with caution and
circumspection, ae many stories of hair-
breadth escapes can testify. These manifes-
tations had been going on without change or
interruption for the space of about two years,
when an addition, in the person of ••Old
Shad*' himself, appeared. Like all who bury
money, and thus defraud mankind of its use,
he has been condemned to "walk o'nights,"
and will doubtless continue his weary tramp
until his treasure shall be unearthed and
allowed to flow on in its proper channels.

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It is said that daring the early
years of his ghostly career, the
Qoaker seemed rather pleased than
otherwise with his position, and stalked
about with a placid and self-satisfied air,
taking great delight in frightening horses,
especially when they became unmanageable
and threw their riders, when he would rnsh
up and peer with his lnsterless eyes and grin
horribly into the very face of the fallen
horseman. Bat his chief amusement was at
the expense of money diggers, whose dis-
comfiture he seemed to enjoy hngely, his
hollow laugh on these occasions sounding
In Tolnme like a fog horn above the clank-
ing of chains and the croaking of the birds
of night.

But as time wore on, these enjoy-
ments seemed to pall, and of late
years weariness and disgust are strongly
depicted in the countenance of tbe
old money hider. His old neighbors, the
"Pax tang Boys," against whom he may hare
held a grudge, bare long since passed away,
his very boose has disappeared and change is
written upon all its surroundings, and the
poor old ghost, like the wandering Jew,
seems to long for the time when be can
quietly pnll off his boots and retire to rest
' It mnst not for a moment be supposed that
rigorous efforts bare never been put forth to
find this treasure, or that there is now or
erer has been any lack of "High Doctors*' in
the neighborhood of unquestioned skill in the
magic ait Powerful spells and fearfal in-
cantations bare been worked time
and again, bnt thns far to no pur-
pose, their only effect being to render night
more hideons by increasing the vigilance of
the uncanny guardians of the money.

The native "Doctors," whilst they do not
acknowledge themselves defeated, but only
baffled, bare remained apparently idle for
sometime past, which idleness is doubtless
nothing more than the calm which precedes
the storm. Meanwhile some philanthropic
individuals, having become impatient, and
ont of pure sympathy for the forlorn ghost,
have enlisted the services of a great "Doctor"
from the east and a celebrated fortune teller
from tbe west, and it is confidently expected
that with tbe help of these allies tbe enemy
will be routed, the treasure secured, and tbe
Quaker set free, not, however, without a
struggle, before which tbe great battle be-
tween the "Lady of Beauty" and the "son

of the daughter of EMU" shall pale into in-

Should this enterprise succeed* of course
all good and quiet cirisens will rejoice, but
the locality will be robbed of much of its
interest, and all of its romance, unless per-
chance the "Headless Wood chopper" the
"Hump-hack Peddler" and the several other
ghosts who haunt the neighborhood shall
succeed in avoiding the complications conse-
quent to the approaching contest B.




[Abbreviations: d daughter; t, son; b.
horn; bap. baptised.]

Bucher, Jacob, s. of John and Maria
Bncher; b, Jan. 9, 1796; hap. April 10,

McOormick, John, b. Feb. 19. 1794.

McCormick, Henry Moore, b. Feb. 7,
1796; children of George and Rachel Mc-
Cormick; bap. April 31, 1796, in Middle-
town; sponsors, John and Mary Blatteu-

Hoffman, John, a. of Baltser and Bliss-
bethHoffman,of the Forest; b. April 1, 1796;
bap April 24, 1796.

Frits, John; s. of John and Catherine
Frits, of the Forest; b. Jan. 17, 1796; bap.
April 34, 1796; sponsors, George and Eva

Muller, John, s. of George and Eva
Mnller, of tbe Forest, h. Feb. 20, 1796;
bap. April 24, 1796; sponsors, John and
Catharine Frits.

Whamser, Jchn Jacob, s. of Wilhelm and
Margaretta Whamser, of the Forest, b.
March Id, 1796; bap. May 14, 1796; spons-
ors, John Jacob aod Anna Fheignt

Guldin, Catharine, d. of Edward and
Catherine Guldin, of tbe Forest, b April 19,
1796; bap. Ma> 15, 1796; sponsors, Jacob
and Anna Maria Neungehnholtser.

Riem, Elisabeth, d. of Samuel and Elisa-
beth Riem; b. April 24, 1796; bap. May
22, 1796; frpoosors, John and Barbara Ho-

Moyer, Eva, d. of Frederick and Marga-
retta Moyer, of Allegheny, b. April 26,
1796; bap. May 20, 1796; sponsors, Jacob
and Eva Zerbe. "

Markward, Catharine, d. of Philip and

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Elisabeth Mark ward, of the Forest; b, Dec

18, 1795; bap March 26, 1796; sponsors,
Jacob and Susan Siegfried.

Jatao, 8osan, b. Oct 29, 1792.
Jaho, Abraham, b. Oct. 2, 1795; children
of Frederick aod Barbara Jao ; bap Jane

19, 1796; sponsors, Abram and Elnora
Mark ward and Susanna Bohm

Walior, 8naanna, b. Jan. 26, 1794.

Wallor, John, b. Jan 14. 1796; children
of Frederick and Catharine Wallor; bap,
Jan. 19, 1796; sponsots, John Bart and
Dorothea Diets and Abram and 8u«anua
Hoi mans.

Zerbe, Joseph, a of John and Barbara
Zerbe; b. Jao, 27, 1796; bap. Jnne 19, 1796;
sponsors, ^Simon and Maria Blankenriller.

Bohm, Catharine, d. of John and Snsanna
Bohm; b. Joly 9, 1795; bap. Oct 8, 1796;
sponsor, John .

Ban, John, a of John and Anna Maria
Ban; b. Joly 9, 1795; bap. Oct 8, 1796;
sponsors, John Diller and wife.

Wirth, Solomon, a of Jacob and Catha-
rine Wirth, of the Forest; b. Oct 2, 1796;
bap Dec. 10, 1796; sponsors, John and
Catharine WUmer.

Hanse, Joho, s. cf Peter Hanse, of Alle-
gheny; b. Feb. 25, 1796; bap. Aug. 14,
1796; sponsors, John and Barbara Zerbe.

Widner, Elisibeth, d. of George aod Eliz
abeth "idner; b. April 18, 1796; hap July
17, 1796; sponsors, Peter aod Elisabeth

Maria, shoot 25 or 26 years old ; bap.
Ang. 21, 1796.

Eshenaner, Catharine, d. of Casper and
Maria Eshenaner; h. Joly 3, 1796; bap.
Aog. 21, 1796; sponsors, Joseph and Cath-
arine Schneider.

Bitler, Jacob, a of Daniel and Elizabeth
Bitler. of the Forest b Joly 3, 1796; bap.
Ang. 28, 1796; sponsors, Jacob and Susan

Kne>tzern, Rotbesill, a of Michael and
Elizabeth Knertzftrn, of Harrisbnrg, b. Oct
29. 1795; bap. Oct 5, 1796; sponsor, Bar-
bara Koertzern.

Hedrich, Nicholas, a of Michael aod Eliz-
abeth Hedrich, of the Forest, b. May 24,
1794; bap. Oct 9, 1796; witnesses, Mich*el
and Snsanna Best

Frey, George, a of George and Elizabeth
Frey, of the Forest, b. Ang. 6, 1796; bap.
Dec 10, 1796; witnesses, George Elert and
Susanna Boehm.

Stuart, Elizabeth, d. of Lewis and Magda-
lene 8tnart; b. March 23, 1795; bap. Dec
20, 1796; witnesses, Christian Ehrlin and
Elizabeth Stturt

M oiler, Elizabeth, d. of Henry and Cathe-
rine Mnller; b. Jnne 6, 1795; bap. Dec 20,
1796; witness, Michael Seidenstricker.

Avres, Daniel, a of John and Elisabeth
Ay res; b. Jnne 13, 1796; bap. July 1, 1796;
witnesses, Jacob and Snsan Greenewald.

Bahr, Elisabeth, d. of John and Maria
Bahr; b. Ang. 24, 1796; bap. Dec 8, 1796.

Sliner, John, a of John and Snsan Stiner,
b. Feb. 3, 1797; bap. March 13, 1797.

Hart, Henry, b. Not. 30, 1791.

Hart, Wm., b. Dec 31, 1796, children of
John and Barbara Hart; bap. March 14,
1797; sponsors, Henry and Marie Sen wein-
hart and John Steel and Elizabeth Stewart.

Raster, Elisabeth, d. of George aod Bar-
bara Knster, b. Not. 4, 1796; bap. May 25,

8tnart, Maria Elisabeth, d. of Adam and
Catherine Stuart, of the Forest, b. April 3,
1797; bap. Jooe 11, 1797; witnesses, Philip
and Elizabeth Miller.

Boss, Adam, a of Abraham and Barbara
Boss, b. April 19, 1797; bap. Jnne 11,
1797; witnesses, Adam and Catherine Steer.

Schwinfort, Catherine, d. of Henry and
Elizabeth 8chwiofort; b. March 7, 1797;
bap. May 7, 1797; witnesses, Absalom and
Elmer Marquart

Bechtol, John, s. of Henry and Margaret
Becbtol; b. Feb 1, 1797; bap. Joly 2, 1797;
witnesses, Phillip and Anna Maria Fehr.

Ensterling, Era Elizabeth, d. of George
and Elizabeth Ensterling; b. March 20,
1797; bap. Joly 16, 1797; witnesses, Jacob
Blanaeobieler and Era Zerbe

Greinor, Henry, a of Daniel and Elisa-
beth Greinor, b March 20, 1797; bap. July
16, 1797; witnesses, Jacob Zerbe and Sn-
sanna Schneider.

Fritz, Daniel, a of Henry and Catherine
Fritz, b. Febrnary 23, 1797; bap Jnne 4,
1797; witnesses, John and Elisabeth Lanb.

Lanb, Elizabeth, d.of John and Elizabeth
Lanb, b. March 29, 1797; bap. Jnne 4,1797;
witnesses, Henry and Catharine Fritz.

Bitler, Elizabeth, d. of John and Eliza-
beth Bitler, b. Not. 3, 1796; bap. June 8,
1797; witnesses, Michael and Dorothea

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Hletarleal, BtoeraRbleal aiMl GeaeaUeieaJ.


"Tub Colonial Daubs" is the name of a
Revolutionary Society organized in New
York City, and growing rapidly in numbers
nnder the fostering care of the 8ociety of
the Sons of the Revolution. A State So-
ciety has been formed in Philadelphia, and
the probabilities are that chapters of this or-
ganization will be foimed in every ooaoty of
the State. Working nnder the same laws as
the "Society of the 8ons of the Revolu-
tion/' organized in 1876, admission to the
"Colonial Dames" can be bad only on simi-
lar terms. The applicant most prove her
descent from a Revolutionary soldier, a fac-
tor in the events of 1775-1783, to the satis-
faction of the board of managers; prove also
the service of the ancestors, testify to the facts
before a notary public and ba recom encoded
as to her moral and social standing by the
members of the "Colonial Dames " "Esto
perpetua." This will make (he mothers,
wives and daughters of the Revolution to be
associated with their husbands, sons and
brothers in a society working in harmony.

oontribu1ions to pennsylvania

Bbkjamjn Jordan.

Thomas Jordan, the ancestor df the family,
came to America in the early part of the
eighteenth century, an emigrant from Scot-
land. He settled in Cecil county, Mary-
land, not far from the Delaware line. He
was one of the early members of Christiana
Presbyterian church, in the gravevard of
which lie four generations of the Jordan
family. Thomas Jordan, the father of
Benjamin Jordan, was born on the
old homestead prior to 1752, from
which he removed to Nor t number
land county, Pennst lvaaia, shortly after the
organization of that county in 1773, locating
near where the town of Milton now stands.
Here the son Benjamin was born July 19,
1779. The same year, during the so-called
"Great Runaway, "owing to the descent upon
the West Branch settlements b;* the Indians,
the family gathered up a few of their worldly
goods, and descending the Susquehanna took
refuge in York county. Here Thomas

Jordan continued to reside until his death.
His wife was Rachel Steele, eldest sis
ter of Generals Archibald and John
Steele of the army of the Revolution.
Iu 1805 Benjamin Jordan went to Lancas-
ter, where he learned the business of book-
seller with William Dickson, subsequently
assisting him in editing the Intdligencer
until 1808, when he was appointed weiirh-
master of the port of Philadelphia. In
1816 he resigned and renoved to Dauphin
eounty, residing at "Walnut Hill" until his
death. May 24, 1861. Mr. Jordan was f r
many years the precentor of Paz tang church,
and represented the Dauphin district in the
State Senate from 1847 to 1850. Mr. Jor-
dan married October 29, 1811, Maa/ Crouch,
daughter of Edward Crouch and his wife,
Margaret Potter. The latter was a daugh-
ter of General James Potter of the Revolu-
tion. Mrs. Jordan was born October 23,
1791, and died October 27, 1846. Her re-
mains, with those of her husband, rest with-
in the shadow of old Paxtang church, w.

Col. Thomas Bdwabds.

After the battles of Brandywine and
Germantowo, another class of militia was
called out, to do active duty around Phila-
delphia to harass Howe's army, and pi event
the British from obtaining supplies from the
neighboring districts. The militia were
placed under the command of Generals
Potter and Armstrong. The person whose
name heads this article was thus called
out He was then a militia captain.
On Thursday, October 30, 1777 Colonel
Curtis Grubb appeared before the " Council
of Safety" and represented that his furnace
was In blast for the purpose of casting salt-
pans, and that the blast could not be con-
tinued without the assistance of Thomas Ed-
wards, manager. It was ordered that
Thomas Bd wards be permitted to continue
at said furnace until the salt pans were com-
pleted, and then to proceed to camp with all
expedition and serve out his tour in the field
(Col. Rec, Vol. XI, page 335.) This was
Cornwall furnace.

On November 26, 1777, it was represented
to council that Thomas Edwards, manager
of Colonel Grubb's furnace, had gone into
the field. In April of 1778, Colonel Edwards
was directed to mak« purchases of wheat
and flour, for the n*e of the
artificers and militia of Lebaoon
The officers and privates of CoL Thomas

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Ed wards' Second Battalion belonged to Leb-
anon and the neighborhood. In October,
1782, Col. Edwards was elected sheriff of
Lancaster county, and re elected in 1783 and
1784. After his removal to Lancaster, he
married the widow of Christopher Reigart
who kept the Fountain Ion on Sooth Qaeeo
street, where the Supreme Executive Com
roittee held their meetings, and where the
court occasionally convened, after the court
house was horned.

Col. Edwards subsequently became a very
prominent person in political and civic affairs
in Lancaster county and maintained his
prominence for twenty years. He gradually
purchased a number of valuable farms in
the county. However, he continued to keep
the hotel until his wife's death in 1805,
when he was succeeded by her son, Reigart.
He had no children by Susannah Reigart,
and I am not aware that be was a widower
when be married her. Samuel Evans


[The fo 1 lowing letters are of interest, as
they give some valuable historical points re-
lating to the early settlement of Wyoming.
The true hittory of Wyoming, unprejudiced
and unbiased, remains to be written — but in
doe time, when the various papers, both
public and private, concerning the struggle
between the New Eoglaoder and Penoamite,
shall be brought to li^ht, we will under-
stand much which has befogged he historians
of the past The truth of history is re-
quired in this as well as other chapters of
the story of our Commonwealth.]

Bethlehem, 7th August, 1769.

Sib: Meeting accidentally with Mr. John
Anderson, wbo intends for Philadelphia in a
day or two, and has lately come from Wy-
oming where be has resided these s veral
years past, and has been an eye-witness to
many transactions of Messrs Stuart & Ogden
relative to their disposition of the Manor
Lots there, I thought it would not be amies
that you should ask him some Questions on
that subject, as it might add some weight to
what has already been said and give more
li^bt into the matter, being convinced you
are desirous to sift it to the bottom, and to
flod out the Truth. He is therefore charged
to deliver this hasty scrawl into your own

I shall not pretend in the present hurry
to point out to you the necessary Ques*

tiens on thin Occasion, knowing your
own good judgment will easier suggest
tbem than mine. Give roe leave, however,
to mention such as now ocror, aod they are
these: 1st Whether Mr. Smart gave Mr.
Jennings timely notice (when be, Mr. Stuart,
went first up t » Wyoming) to acquaiot the
people of this county of the propr terms to
give tbem an eqoal chance with those of New
Jersey? 2d Whether when the North'n
people went up, Mr. Stuart did not tell them
the lots were all disposed of, and whether at
last,* what lots were granted them were not
all without the Manor as it now proves, for
the lines of the Manor were kept secret for
some bidden purpose, which if you examine
him npon he can give a plausible reason for.
And whether upon the whole they were not
superciliously dealt with, receiving ambigu-
ous and oncertain answers, and particularly
ooe Nicholas Snider, who being pretty know-
ing and more earnest than the rest, was not
threatened to be sent to prison for his im-
pertinence? 3d. Whether the people of this
coooty did not go several times io a body of
10 aod 15 men together, and offered to settle
immediately, by which means the New Eng-
land people would nndoubtedly been frustrat-
ed had our people been encouraged. 4th.
Whether one or two lots were not granted
to Mr. Ledlie, the Spl. Bl. of those people,
and a great stickler tor tbem from the be-
ginning; and whether even Benj'n Shoe-
maker's son was not promised, but was dis-
appointed on being taken prisoner with them.
5th. Whether Mr. Stuart can claim any
merit to grant lots to rich men of N. Jersey,
who it can be proved never entered to settle
themselves or children there, but offered to
let tbeir lands to coooty people oo shares.
6th. How many of our county people bave
got lots within the manor ? I pi ay your
kind acceptance of this scrawl and believe
me to be, sir, your most obed't servant,
Lewis Gobdon.
To Edward Phytick, Esq.

Eabton, August 14, 1769.
Sib: — I make no doubt you are by this
time pretty well informed and convinced how
affairs at Wyoming have been conducted, and
how partially the people of this coooty
have beeo dealc with by those the Govern-
ment so highly confided in ; I cannot, how.
ever, omU giving yon an opportuoity to ex-
ami oe one evidence more on a subject that
engrosses all our conversation. It is the

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opinion of all men that, had proper mras-
nret been pursued by the gentlemen entreated,
a prior settlement by onr own people was
yerf practicable and that the N B. men
might have been entirely fru<t-ated and
disappointed ; bnt it is said instead of em
ploying time properly it was consnmed in
vain and fruitless journeys back and fore
to Wyoming from New Jersey, writing ex-
presses, &c, whilst their whole plan, in-
structions and all, were most industriously
concealed from our people, who could obtain
lots on no other termt than those offered
by the New Jersey men, tamely, to take
them on shares, and so enjoy the privilege
of becoming their tenants. The bearer,
Mr. Kacklein (late sheriff) is a man of good
sense, well acquainted in the county, has an
interest and influence in it, and as he knows
divers of those whose applications have been
to superciliously rejected and the N. J. pre-
fered, I thought bim a fit person to give you
an account of such of their transactions as
he knows, which I believe he will do with
impartiality and trnth. But what avails it
to be sensible of the mismanagement, when
we know not how to rectify it ? As to what
is already granted, that cannot be recalled;
all that can be done is to put it out of the
power of those gentlemeo to grant more.
If the N. E. people will not peaceably
abandon their settlement (which appears not
likely) after all their expense, trouble and
fatigue, what can be done ? To drive them
off by force and violence is by no means
eligible and may prove unsuccessful. What
then rem* ins, bnt to offer to the Pennqjl-
vaniara the lauds not yet disposed of,
on moderate term 8, and to get men of spirit

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