James Martin Yeager.

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life-long sufferer she was abundant in labors for the Church.
In all her afflictions, which were most severe, she endured as
seeing Him who is invisible. Mrs. Yeager was a faithful
wife, making home attractive with her cheerfulness and in-
genuity ; a noble mother, bringing her children to Jesus ;
and although she leaves three boys to mourn the loss of a
fond mother, they are not left without a mother's influence
to bless them while they live. As a Christian "she was a
light that never grew dim," and as a result of her life many
will call her blessed in the judgment."

In the Methodist Episcopal Church at Yeagertown,
Penna., there is a Memorial Window to Mrs. Mary J. Yea-
ger, donated by her sons.


T II E C R 11 I G II T X






Abram M. Creighton

Elmira Gray

Esther, born May 17, 1864,
died, only few months old ;
Edward Bright, born June 17,

! r866, • married Sarah Emma

j Wren. Tune 21, 1888; Wil-
liam Gray, born August 31,

I 1870; Samuel Jacob, born

t August 4, 1875.

.,..,.. „ _ . , / Anna Grav, born Nov. 1,

William Gray Creighton I John' Edward, born

llT! e 'Ll"Z I4 ' T " I J" ne l6 » 1904; Margaret
v Eleanor, born July 13, 1907.

Eleanor Oswald

Samuel Jacob Creighton . Eleanor, born May 6, 1900 ;

Married April 27, i8q8, ) Kathryn P>., born June 4.
Daisy E. Berrey, \ 1902 ; E. Gray, born Feb. 27,

of Hughesville, Pa.

J. M. Yeager

Married Dec. 28, 1854.
Marv jane Creighton


William Jacob,
James Martin,
Tesse Orin.

Samuel Musser

James Ira
, ) Sewall Asbury

Married July 4. 1865. \ Frank M . "
IT. A. Creighton ( wmam char]e

James I. Musser

Married Aug. 22, 188'
Minnie Earnshaw Lewis

-s Lewis James

Sewall A. Musser 1

Married June 20, 1889. < Charles Hutchinson
Annie Elizabeth Ready (

Frank M. Musser I Samuel

Married Jan. 14. 1894, ] p . B . . . t
Margaret May Alston (. Russd Rhmehart

William Charles Musser f Richard born Nov l8

Married Dec. 22. i8<^
Clara Mav Ruble

'' 1 Dorothy, born July 29, 191 1





( William Porter, born June
Edward P. Mann and I 18, 1869 ; Josephine Atkinson,
Elizabeth J. Creighton were | born Oct. 30. [875; Harvey,
married at Burnham, April <( born Nov. io. 1879; Thomas
[9th, [866, by Rev. M. L. Creighton, born Aug. 2. 1882;
Smith I Harriet Ann. born Nov. 19,

I 1884.


Elizabeth J. (Creighton) Mann

Wife of Edward P. Mann and daughter, Harriet. Great-grand-daughter
and great-great-grand-daughter respectively, of John Lemon and
James Jacobs.

William Porter Mann |

Married Feb. 3. 1889, -J Madeline, born Mav 29, 1894
Laura M. Albright (

Josephine Atkinson Mann married Thomas H. Smith.
M. D.. of Milroy, Penna., and resides at lUirnliam. Penna.


T If E



I. T. Creighton, born j Emma Elizabeth, born Nov.
May 8, 1843, Married Ln- ) 1, 1873; William! Albert, born
cinda Herbster. Dec. 31, J Oct. 21. 1876; Edward Rov,
1872. l born March 19, 1880.

I. T. Creighton died August 5. T902.

I. T. Creighton

>P Yeajjertown, Pa., a;reat-£;ran<ls<>n of James Jaeobs and John Lemon.

Married March 29, 1904, ( Doris Bywater
William Albert Creighton -J Averil 15. Howarlh
Rose L. Willatt ( William Edgar

....... „ „ . , f Anna E., born Sept. 17,

William C Creighton rg Samud w born Mar _

married (Aug. 21 1873) ^ „ l8;g . Clarence L, born
Catharine J. Hemphill, who | Feb T< lg w _ Stanley, born
was born June 29. 1855. jj uly T+ lgo6



Anna E. Creighton
Married Feb. 22, 1899,

Arthur McNitt 5 ' I9 ° 4

John Creighton, born Mar.

Rev. J. R. Akers wrote the following memorial of Eliza-
beth Jacobs, wife of Wra. Creighton. which appeared in the
Xew York Christian Advocate in August, 1873:

William C. Creighton

of Yeagertown, Pa., great-grandson of James Jaeobs and John Lemon

Elizabeth, wife of William Creighton, of Yeagertown,
Pa., died in full triumph of faith, July 26, 1873, aged 63.
She was converted and joined the M. E. Church at the age




of fifteen, and was faithful to Christ till the latest hour.
She raised a family of eight children, and brought them all
into the Church save one, the youngest. Two of her sons
occupy prominent stations in the Central Pennsylvania Con-
ference. Mrs. Creighton was a noble mother and an un-

Mrs. Harriet A. (Creighton) Musser

Married Samuel Musser. Great-grand-daughter of Revolutionary sol-
diers, John Lemon and James Jacobs.

compromising Christian, "full of faith," and manifested the
Spirit of Christ.

Margaret Ann Creighton was born June 9, 1837, and
died November 7, 1854. "Peggy Ann," as she was familiar-
ly called by the family, died of typhoid fever before she had


Margaret Ann Creighton



attained her eighteenth year. At this early age she gave
evidence of unusual literary abilities- She had written sev-
eral poems which were quoted by her friends for many years
and so deep was her religious life that when she knew that
recovery was impossible she repeatedly urged those who
visited her to become earnest Christians.

Harriet Amanda Creighton was born December 9, 1839,
and died June n, 1901. She was married to Samuel Musser
July 4, 1865. In the Highland Avenue Methodist Episcopal
church, Lewistown, Pa., there is a Memorial window to Mrs.
Musser, presented by her husband in 1908. We believe that
the following selected "In Memoriam" could be applied with
equal appropriateness to each of these daughters and daugh-
ters-in-law of William Creighton.

What can we say of her whose loss we mourn ?
What tribute can we bring to show our grief
That one we knew and loved has gone from us
And left an emptiness in all our hearts ?
No words of ours can call her back to earth ;
No praises we can speak can aught avail
Her place is vacant and her voice is stilled ,
Her busy hands are idle and her name
Is but a memory. Yes, 'tis true, but, yet,
A precious memory, to which we hold
As something priceless, more than gems or gold.
For years she lived among us — well we knew
How faithfully her days with work were filled.
No task was slighted and naught left undone
That might contribute to the perfect whole.
She loved the beautiful, the true, the good ;
Her gentle influence everywhere was felt
And those who knew her best esteemed her most.


All ! we shall miss her as the days go by
Mow can we understand why she was taken.
So good, so useful ? Not to us belongs
The solving of the mystery; but One knows
With whom all secrets are, and He who cares
For I lis own children wisely, tenderly
ITas surely chosen well for her, for us.
And some day we shall see even as He sees
And know that what God does is for the best.
Let us bear this in mind: A noble life
Is never lost — more than the rain that falls
And disappears, then blossoms forth in flowers.
Filling the earth with beauty and the air
With fragrance. Life for us is better worth
Idle living since we know that such as she
Have lived and died and gone to dwell with God.

Andrew Creighton's Signature

This signature of Andrew Creighton appears in a book
entitled "Sacred Contemplations." The volume consists of
a scries of sermons by "Rev. Adam Gib. a minister of the
Gospel in Ldinburg, Scotland," and was published in this
country in 1 788.

Dr. Gib was a noted Scotch theologian and preacher.
The work is a discussion of the religious questions which
at that time agitated the public mind.


A foot-note to the author's preface by "a friend" says
that "Doctor Gib died June 18, 1788; being carried off by
the gout in his stomach."

The Name Creighton of Scotch Origin

That the name Creighton is Scotch is evidenced by the
two letters printed in this connection.

These letters are self-explanatory. One is from the
Rev. J. R. Creighton, D. D., a prominent clergyman of the
West ; the other is from Mrs. Jennie K. Creighton, mother
of Miss Bertha Crei°titon who is well and favorably known
to the American public.

Stevens Point, Wis., June 29th, 1897.
Dear Sir : —

A great big apology is due you for allowing your letter
of inquiry to be overlooked until now.

My father was of Scotch descent, born near London-
derry, North of Ireland — emigrated to Canada in young
manhood — entered the Methodist ministry after teaching
school a year — continued in the active ministry, Wesleyan
Church of Canada for 49% years, when stricken in the mid-
dle of his sermon one Sunday eve with paralysis — pastorate
in Toronto.

His father's name was John. A brother lately deceased
in Canada was named James Kennedy. He occupied prom-
inent positions in Canadian Methodism for many years.

Pardon delay. Anything more that I can do write me.



Isabella Creighton Plowman

daughter, grandson, great-granddaughter, and great-great-grandson



Buffalo, N. Y., August 27, 1904.
Dear Sir : —

Mr. Wm. Henry Creighton was the son of Ogden
Creighton, who was Captain in the English Army stationed
on the Canada side of Niagara Falls in 1838, when Wm.
H. Creighton was born. The late Ogden was one of three
brothers who came over from England ; the late Rev. Wm.
H. Creighton of Tarrvtown, N. Y., was for years a resident
pastor of one of the Episcopal churches in that town. No
doubt you could get some valuable information from the
New York State church history about him. He passed
away before I met his nephew and I know very little of his
history, though I saw something of him in a cyclopedia once
but could not give the particulars now.

The other brother, James, I have heard my husband
speak "of. I think he lived in Providence, R. T. There were
three cousins of my husband living in Providence — James,
John and Halsey. James and John went west in the sixties
and I never knew them. Halsey died either in Providence
or Newport very suddenly at the age of 30, and as he was
the favorite cousin of my husband's he never saw any more
of that family. There are two daughters of Ogden's living
in Canada, one Mrs. Fred Nash of Montreal and Mrs.
Thos. Ross, 88 Stuart St., Ottawa. They perhaps could
give you something of the family. I know my husband's
family are from Lord Erne of Dumfries Co., Scotland. I
was married to Wm. H. Creighton in 1868.

I sincerely hope you can get something of a book for
my son and daughter have always wanted to know more
of their father's family. I have my family's history from
16 16.



Wishing you every success in your undertaking in
which my son and daughter join, T am

Very sincerely,

Pennsylvania Creightons in the War of
the Revolution

James Creighton, I lucks county.
Henry Creighton, Northumberland county.
Alexander Creighton, killed in action.
Peter Creighton, Master of a Navy Ship.
Thomas Creighton, Juniata Valley.

Alexander — mentioned above — was horn in Ireland.
Andrew Creighton, grandfather of Mary J. Creighton
Yeager, had a brother named Alexander.

IK: 1


German Farmers

The prosperity of Pennsylvania, after the Revolution,
was largely due to the indomitable industry, the earnestness,
the frugality, and the consummate agricultural skill of the
Germans. When, on the hanks of the Rhine, they had been
bereft of all. houses, barns, cattle and crops, one thing they
had still kept ; the skill inherited from thirty generations of
land-cultivators, a skill that had made the Palatinate the
"garden-spot" of Germany. This same skill brought to Penn-
sylvania, soon changed the unbroken forest to an agricultural
community as rich as any in the world. — Oscar Kuhns in
"German and Swiss Settlements of Pennsylvania."



James Jacobs

James Jacobs, the "old hero," was born on the Rhine,
Germany, about 1725, emigrated to America, landing in New
York. He had two sons, James and Thomas. James Jacobs,
the son, is described as six feet tall, slender, black curly hair
and black eyes. He enlisted in the Revolution, and his mil-
itary record, furnished us by Wm. Lochren, Commissioner
of Pensions under President Cleveland, is as follows :

"James Jacobs (great-grandfather of Alary J. Creigh-
ton Yeager of Yeagertown ) . enlisted December 27, 177 -5. as a
private in Capt. Thomas L. Byles' company, of the Third
Pennsylvania Regiment, commanded by Col. John Shee, and
continued in the service of the United States until the 20th
dav of November, 1776, when he was honorably discharged
at Brunswick, N. J. He was in the battle with the Hessians
at York Island, and at the battle of Fort Washington. Ap-
plied for pension April 28. 1818. Residence at date of ap-
plication, Mifflin County, Pa. Age at date of application,
sixty-three years. In 1820 there resided with him his wife,
Nancy, aged sixty years, and a son, Richard, aged thirteen
years. His application for pension was allowed."

The following sketch of the battle of Harlem Heights,
in which James Jacobs took part, was furnished us by den.
Ferdinand P. Earle, who now owns the old Roger Morris
house which was Washington's headquarters on York Island
in the autumn of 1776.

The Battle of Harlem Heights

September 16, 1776

After the Battle of Pong Island Washington decided
fall back to New York, and on August 30, 1776, exe-


cuted the famous retreat from Long Island, known as one
of the most remarkable events in history. Washington then
attempted to restore order and confidence in New York by
reorganizing the army, but he soon found that the enemy
was making the city untenable and he quickly decided to
evacuate. All military stores not in actual demand were re-
moved, and on Sunday morning, September 15, the troop"
marched to the upper part of Manhattan Island, Washing-
ton remaining at the Apthorpe mansion until the troops were
in sight, and then rode to the Morris house, on Harlem
Heights, making it his headquarters. The first battle of
Harlem Heights was fought at sunrise on Monday, Septem-
ber i6th, and occupied but a few minutes. The second com-
menced between 10 and 11 o'clock in the forenoon, and con-
tinued nearly four hours. As yet no fortifications had been
erected, except a mere beginning near the Morris house, and
three small redoubts, which were half way to Manhattan-
ville. This battle was the most brilliant and important in
historical results of any fight during the Revolutionary War.
It was evidently a part of the British plan to drive the
Americans from the island before they could have time to
construct defenses. The mistake of the British in beginning
the battle too soon and in the wrong place occasioned the
succession of British failures, which imbued the Americans
with the spirit of self-confidence, which materially assisted
them to final victory, and characterized their movements un-
til peace was proclaimed. Washington's army on Harlem
Heights numbered on the 16th scarcely 8,000, and yet only
4,900 were engaged. The British were superior in numbers,
not less than 6,coo of their choicest troops, with seven field
pieces, being in the action, while 8,000 to 10,000 men were
in arms ready to push on. It was an irregular battle from


Tlfi^ tablet at Columbia University commemorates
James Jacobs participated.

lie of tli<> liattles in which



the very character of the picturesque, undulating, wooded
heights, with their rough, rocky and almost inaccessible sides.
The British plunged in wherever there was an opening. The
combatants were in scouts, squads, battalions and brigades,
and fought behind trees, houses and rocks, the battle ranging
from One Hundred and Fifty-fifth Street to Manhattanville.
At evening of the 16th the armies occupied the same relative
positions as before the battle, their pickets almost within
speaking distance. The success of the day turned the cur-
rent of affairs, and thenceforward the Americans believed
in themselves. Washington occupied the Morris house as
his headquarters until about October 25, 1776.

This battle was really the first successful battle of the
American Revolution. The troops engaged were from the
North and South. Major Leitch, of the Virginia Riflemen,
and Colonel Knowlton, of the Connecticut Rangers, both
lost their lives on that occasion, thus showing the North
and South fighting on Manhattan Island under the Stars and
Stripes against a common enemy.

The children of James and Nancy Jacobs: Samuel Ja-
cobs, born in Lancaster County, November 30, T784; died
in Graysville, Huntingdon County, March 21, 1859, aged 74
years, 3 months and 21 days; Thomas Jacobs, moved to the
State of Indiana; William Jacobs, died in Mifflin County,
Pa., buried at Kelley's ; James Jacobs, moved to Oregon
about 1838, died aged 99 years; George Jacobs, moved to
Ohio, married Jane Given 1828, and had ten children, died
in Wayne County; Richard Jacobs, moved to Ogden,
Utah; Fannie Jacobs, married Adam Fredericks in the
State of Ohio, and died near Steubenville, leaving seven
daughters and one son ; Elizabeth Jacobs, married John
Lemon (son of the Revolutionary soldier), lived at Pennsyl-


James M. Jacobs

>(' Huntingdon, Pa. Grandson of the Revotionary soldiers James
Jacobs and John Lemon. Died Oct. 13, L906, in his ninetieth year.



vania Furnace ; died at Half Moon, Pa. ; Sarah Jacobs, died
in Oregon.

Samuel Jacobs, the oldest son of James Jacobs, married
Nancy Lemon, born May 18, 1783, died August 8, 1856,
aged 73 years, 2 months and 21 days. The children of Sam-

Samuel Jacobs

Sole surviving grandson of James Jacobs and John Lemon, the Revo-
tionary soldiers. Living in Altoona in his 88th year (1912).

uel Jacobs and Nancy Lemon Jacobs were : Thomas Jacobs,
born August 17, 1803 ; died in 1885 ; Mary Jacobs (Muthers-
bough), born May 18, 1808; died November 18, 1831 ; Eliz-
abeth Jacobs (Creighton), born June 10, 1810; died July


In . r 8/3 ; Nancy Jacobs (Wyland), born November 24, 1813.
died in Milesburg,' Pa.: Jane Jacobs, unmarried, born No-
vember 24, 1815; died April 8, 1878; William Jacobs, born
October 4. 1817. died July r6, [894; James M. Jacobs, born
August 24. 1817; living (1004). Huntingdon. Pa.; Samuel
Jacobs, born December 22, \%2^, living ( 1912), Altoona.

William C. Jacobs

In a personal note his pastor. Rev. J. Ellis Bell, the
author of the following personal sketch, writes: "Your great
uncle was a man of strong Christian character. I held him
in high esteem. He was a firm friend of mine and helped
me greatly in my commencement of this pastorate."

The death of Wm, C. Jacobs, grandson of James
Jacobs, the Revolutionary soldier, occurred at his residence,
Altoona, Pa., July 16, 1894. He was born in Tuscarora
Township. Juniata County, Pa., ( )ct. 4, 1815, so that at the
time of his death he was in his seventy-ninth year. His boy-
hood and youth were passed with his parents at various
points in Mifflin, Huntingdon and Center Counties. When
he reached manhood he removed to Hollidaysburg, where he
lived for some years. In the spring of 1856 he removed to
Altoona. Being an experienced molder, he was soon made
assistant molder of the Pittsburg Railroad shops located in
Altoona, which position he held until the spring of 1802,
when failing health and the infirmities of age compelled him
to resign. \o more substantial testimony to his high worth
could have been given on the part of his employers than the
continuing of his name on the pay roll and regularly sending
in him his monthlv check until death, a favor which was as


much appreciated by him as it was just and discriminating
on the part of his employers. Brother Jacobs was twice
married. His first wife was Miss Jane McCutcheon, a
daughter of Robert McCutcheon, a Methodist local
preacher, who was the mother of his children, and
who passed away in 1881. He afterward married Miss
Sarah G., daughter of Dr. Lemuel Snowden, at one time
a practicing physician of McVeytown. She survives him.
He was the father of five children, two of whom died young
and three still live. These are Mrs. Virginia Miller, Mrs.
Cynthia Worley, and Homer B., all of whom reside in Al-
toona. He was a devoted husband and an indulgent and lov-
ing father. Brother Jacobs was a lover of good books, and
none was more highly prized or more faithfully used than
the Bible and Clarke's Commentary. His hopes of heaven
were built on a scriptural foundation. He was an ardent
defender of the doctrines of Methodism. His religious life
was experimental. He had passed out of the realm of un-
certainty, and could say, "I know I am saved." His voice
in the prayer meeting and love feast was one of power, be-
cause he spoke of an indwelling Christ. He was a worker
in the church for fifty-five years, and during that time hun-
dreds of souls were converted. He was a class leader, a
Sunday school superintendent, a steward, and in fact held
all the offices within the gift of the church. Eighth Avenue
Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he was a member,
loses a pillar in his death, and the communitv is deprived of
a citizen whose voice and influence were ever on the side of
right. He has finihsed his work and entered upon his re-
ward. The funeral services, in charge of his pastor,
assisted by the Revs. William Moses, J. W. Olewine, and
D. S. Monroe, D. D., were held in Eighth Avenue Church,


after which the body was conveyed to Hollidaysburg, where
interment was made in the family burying ground. Mr.
Jacobs is an nncle of the Rev. Samuel Creightori. an honored
member of Central Pennsylvania Conference, who spoke a
few words bearing on the high esteem in which his uncle was
held by himself as a man of sterling qualities and purity of

James Jacobs at the Battle of Fort Washington

Creat-grandfather of Mary J. Creighton Yeager
of Yeagertown. Pa.

Fort Washington, an important military post occupying
the highest part of the island of Manhattan during the war
of independence. It was on a promontory running into the
Hudson river, about to miles from the southern point of
the island, not far from the present 185th street After the
battles of Long Island, Harlem and White Plains, Washing-
ton retreated through Xew Jersey, leaving a considerable
force in Fort Washington. Sir John Howe, the British
commander undertook the capture of the fort, which was
under command of Col. Magaw. Works were erected by
the British near Harlem river, to play on the opposite works
of the Americans, and, every preparation being made, the
garrison were summoned to surrender, on pain of being put
to the sword. Col. Magaw replied that he should defend the
place to the last extremity. The next morning the royal army
made four attacks. The first on the north side, was con-
ducted by Gen. Knyphausen ; the second, on the east, by
(an. Matthews, supported by Lord Cornwallis ; the third.


by Lieut. Col. Stirling ; and the fourth by Lord Percy. Soon
after daybreak, Nov. 16, 1776, the cannonading began, and
continued with great fury on both sides until noon. The
Hessians, under the command of Gen. Knyphausen then filed
into two columns, one of which, led by Col. Rhalle, having
ascended circuitously to the summit of the hill, penetrated
through the advanced works of the Americans, and formed
within a hundred yards of the covered way of the front.
The other column climbed the hill in a direct line ; but in
passing through a thick wood, suffered much by a well-di-
rected fire from Col. Rawling's regiment of riflemen. The
second division made good their landing and forced the
Americans from their rocks and trees up a steep and rugged
hill. The third division had to encounter a heavy fire pre-
vious to their landing, and then to ascend a woody promon-
tory of very uneven surface ; but though the post was obsti-
nately defended, it was carried by Col. Stirling, who made
200 prisoners. The last division, under Lord Percy, having
surmounted incredible obstacles, carried the advanced works
of the Americans. The P>ritish general, after these decisive

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