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Springer, Thomas Faull, James Truman, George Stein-
metz, Robert Wilson, William Wharf, Benedict Kimber,
Henry Troth; Clerk, Henry Casson.



1847.— Burgess, Samuel B. Page; Council, Thomas Duncan,
John Buffington, James Goe. John O. Gregg, Aaron Bran-
son, John Riley, Joseph John, Isaac Bennett, John Ban-
ning ; Clerk, R. K. McLean..

1848.- Burgess, Samuel B. Page; Council, Thomas Duncan,
William H. Bennett, James Goe, James C. Auld, Samuel
I. Cox, John Hei bertson, John W. Porter, John S. Roberts,
James N. Abrams ; School Directors, Samuel B. Page,
Joseph T. Rogers, W. H. Bennett; Clerk. R. K. McLean.

1849.— Burgess, Henry Bulger: Council, John Springer, George
Stemmetz, S. J. Cox, Henry Wilson, Alexander Scott,
Samuel B. Page, William H. Bennet, James M. Abrams;
Clerk, R. K. McLean.

1850. — Burgess, Jacob Shepherd; Council, John Springer,
William Wolf, William Wharf, C. C. Cromlow, Henry Tioth,
John Buffington, Henry Wilson, A. G. Minehart; Clerk,
William C. Fishburn.

1851.- Burgess, John Buffington; Council, S. A. Wood, Ilcnry
Cannon, Alfred Offord, S. J. Cox, Thomas Faull, Jr., John
Anderson, Henry Springer, William Woodward, John W.
Porter; School Directors, Henry Cannon, Heury Bulger;
Clerk, William C. Fishburn.

1852.— Burgess, Samuel J. Cox ; Council, John Anderson, AVil-
liam H. Bennett, James C. Auld, John .<. Roberts William
Hoover, C. T. Hurd. Aaron Brunson, Jam.s M^ Carver,
Thomas Faull, Jr.: School Directors, Robeit W. Jones,
Benjamin Leonard; Clerk, Willi..m C. Fishburn.

1853.— Burgess, William Hoover; Council, William L. Faull,
Joshua Murphy, Henry C. Drum, George Stemmetz, John
S. Wilgus, James Martin, William H. Bennett. R. D. Mar-
cus, W. H. Crookham ; School Directors, James M. Carver,
John Herbertson; Clerk, William C. Fishburn.



, William ]



, Bennett,



John



1854.- Burgess, John Buffington; Coun
James M. Carver, Thomas Duncan,
W. Jones, Alexander Moffit, Willi:
non, John Anderson; School Dirct
S. Wilgus; Clerk, W. C. Fishburn.

1S55.— Burgess, James A. Cromlow; Council, Alfred Offord,
William Worrell, Courtland Durnell, R. D. Marcey, Th.uuas
Duncan, Joshua Murphy, James M. Carver, Alexander
Moffit; School Directors, Elisha Bennett, James C. Auld;
Clerk, William C. Fishburn.

1856.— Burgess, A. G. Booth; Council, A. B. Gaskell, William
L. Faull, C. M. Goe, A. Offord, T. Duncan, J. M. Carver,
R. D. Marcey, W.Worrell; School Directors, B. W. Jones,
S. B. Page, G. Stemmetz; Clerk, W. C. Fishburn. '

1857.— Burgess, A. G. Minehart; Council, Courtland Durnell,
William L. Faull, Joshua F. Murphy, C. T. Hurd, William
Worrell, Alfred Offord, W. C. Drum, A. B. Gaskell; Clerk,

A. G. Booth.

1S5S.— Burgess, A. G. Minehart; Council, John S. Roberts, W.
C. Fishburn, Thomas G. Aubrey, William H. Banning,
James Stewart, John Mason; School Directors, Klisha Ben-
nett, A. G. Minehart; Clerk, A. G. Booth.

1859.— Burges.s, A. G.' Minehart; Council, J. T. R
Hi.pkins, Z. Carter, Thomas Aubrey, W. H.
James Stewart ; School Directors, Thomas Dune
Jones, John Herbertson; Clerk, A. G. Booth.

ISBO.- Burgess, James Stewart; Council, J. Murphy, P. Car-
roll. M. Woodward, R. D. Marey, J. L. Rogers, John S.
Roberts; School Directors, John Mason, Joseph Wells;
Clerk, A. G. Booth.

ISGL— Burgess, James St-wart; Council, Jesse Bulger, M.
Moreiiouse, M. Woodward, Z. Carter, J. T. Rogers, Wil-
liam Woodward; School Directors, John Herbertson, S.

B. Page; Clerk, A. G. Booth.



A.



M. 0.



HISTORY OF FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA.



1S02.— Burgess, John S. Roberts ; Council, John Herhertson,
John Buffington, James Moffit, John Springer, M. Wood-
ward, William Woodward, M. Morehouse; School Direc-
tors, Thomas Duncan, Levi Colrin ; Clerk. A. G. Booth.

1SG3.— Burgess, J. S. Roberts; Council, S. B. Piigc, E. II. Bar,
William Leon.ard, Joshua Murphy, John Ileibertson, J. K.
Bulger, William Woodward; School Directors, William
Hoover, John Mason ; Clerk, A. G. Booth.

1801.— Burgess. W. H. Lanning: Council, A. G. Minehart, E.
N. Coon, W. W. Auld, J. Murphy, E. H. Bar, S. B. Page,
John llerbertson, AVilliam Leonard, John Buffington ;
Clerk, A. G. Booth.

1S6j.— Burgess, J. S. Roberts; Council, S. B. Page, E. H. Bar,
William Leonard, A. G. Minehart, Edward Toynbee, E. L.
.Mooihouse, J. Armstrong; Clerk, A. (i. Booth.

ISfiC— Burgess, William Hoover; Council, Ji>hn Wilson,
Thomas Wiight, John W. Porter, J. S. Roberts, A. G.
IMinchart, Toomas Wright. W. W. Auld, E. Toynbee, E. L.
Moorhouse, E. N. Coon ; Clerk, A. G. Bo.ith.

ISflT.— Burgess. 0. C. Cromlow- Council, E. Toynbee, P. S.
M^right, E. N. Coon, John Wilson, John Porter, II. B.
Cock, J. S. Roberts, E. Moorhouse, Joseph Walls; Clerk,
Edward Brawley, Sr.

186S.— Burgess John S. Roberts; Council, John W. Porter, E.
N. Coon. E. Toynbee, Thomas I. Wright, Philo Norton, E.
L. M.iorhouse, Joseph Wells, John Wilson, Henry B.
Cock; Clerk, E. Brawley.

1869.— Burgess, 0. C. Cromlow; Council, Thomas S. Wright,
Isaac Mason, Daniel Delaney, E. L. Aloorhouse, E. P. Coon,
Philo Norton, Edward Toynbee. II. B. Cock. Joseph Wells:
School Directors, Jesse H. Bulger, J. B. Mason; Clerk,
Henry Delaney.

1S70.— Burgess, Thomas Shuman; Council, E. Toynbee, H. B.
Cock, Daniel Delaney. Isaac .Mnson, J. W. Porter, Nathan
Crawford, Thomas S. Wright, Philo Norton ; Clerk, Henry



1878.- Burgess, Solomon G. Krepps; Council, T. B. Wilgus, N.

T. Terrell, Eilward Hurd, H. B. Cock, M'illiam Cock, John

Allison, Robert Mitchell, J. R. Crawford, James Stewart;

Clerk, A. G. Booth.
1879. — Burgess, H. B. Leonard; Council, James Martin, James

Blair, J. R. Crawford, John Allison, Edward Hurd, N.

Terrell, William Cock, John A. Hubbs, R. Mitchell; Clerk,

A. G. Booth.
1880.- Eursess, S. S. Fishburn ; Council, R. Crawford, Eli B.

Cock, Edward Hurd, James Blair, James Martin, J. A.

Scott, J. A. Hubbs, John Allison, William Cock; Clerk,

A. G. Booth.
1881.- Burgess, II. B. Leonard; Council. J. A. Hubb.s William

Cock, Joseph A. Scott. Eli B. Cock. William llerbertson,

James Martin, James Blair, Miles Bulger, John Allison.

JUSTICES OF THE PEACE.

j Samuel Jones, Luzerne, appointed for Bridgeport township and
! borough, Feb. 17, 1SI7.

i Robert Patterson, Luzerne, appointed for Bridgeport township
and borough, Sept. 7, 1819.
Robert Rogers. Luzerne, appointed for Bridgeport township



, E. L. Moorhouse,
c .Mas.m, N. Craw-
k, Henry Delaney.



1871.— lUugess, 0. C. Cromlow;!
John W. Porter. Thomas S. Wri:
ford, Daniel Delaney. II. B. C.

1872. — Burgess. Eli Leonard; Council. John Allison, Thouias
Shu.uan. Daniel Delaney. 0. U. Kniglit. James Reynolds,
E. L. Jloorhouse, N. Crawford. John W. Porter, H. B.
Cock; School Directors, Eli Leonard, Thomas Shuuian ;
Clerk, A. G. Booth.

1873.— Burgess. S. A. Wood; Council, 0. R. Knight, D. De-
laney. Tliouins Shuiuan, E. L. Moorchouse, James Ri'y-
nolds. W. I,. Faull, It. Leonard, Thom.as Brawley; Clerk,

1874.— Lurgcs-. .lohn Buffington; Council, John Allison, 11. B.

Lcuiard, 1>. Delaney, G. B. Mason, J. R. Crawford, C. F.

Hur.l. W. T. Faull, Thomas Brawley, Thomas Shuman;

Clerk, .'^. S. Fishburn.
1870.- Burgess, J. Buffington; Council, C. F. Ilurd, G. B.

Mason, J. R. Cr.awford, W. H. Miller, C. T. Brawley, W.

L. Faull, Thomas Aubrey, N. Ci-awford; Clerk, A. (!.

Booth.
1876.— Burgess, John Buffingt..n : Council, H. B. Cock, Thomas

Auloey. G. B. Mason, N. Crawford, W. U. Miller, C. T.

Ilunl. U. Crawford: Clerk. A. G. Booth.
1877. — Burgess. S. S. Fi-hiunu ; Council. William Cock, John

Allison, W. L. Faull, N. Crawfo.,1, T, D. Hoover, H. B.

Cock, R. Mitchell, H. II. Hormel, W. II. Miller ; Clerk, A.

G. Booth.



) succeed 0. C. Cii



rnd I



Feb.



id for Bridi



Joshua '
and

Hugh 6
ami

Joshua I

George I



Zcph



ird Potter, Luzerne

and borough, Dec. 8, ISL':'..

ernon, Luzerne, appointed for Bridgeport township

linore, Lu/.erne. appointed for Bridgej^ort township
Mil. l,M/.M,r. appointed for Bridgeport township and

. ,-ii \cMoi, Lu/i'i-ne, ajijiolnted for Bridgeport town-
I Carii r. I.ii/.in.\ a)ii.<iiuted for Bridgeport township
ppointed for Bridgeport township



Elijah Crawford, Luzerne,
and borough, Dec. 19,



1840. Albert G. Booth.

Jauus Truman.
1,'^45. William C. Fishb

Albert H. Booth.
1SJ5. John Wilgus.



1856. .lo
1859. \VI



G2. A. G. Booth.

John Buffington.
67. A. G. Booth.

Edward Brawley.

William Hoover.

Henry liclaney.
72. A. G. Booth.

S. A. Wood.
77. Alfred G. Booth.
79. James A. Cromlov
■^11. Samuel A. Wood.
5l. David JI. Halt.



ASSESSORS.



1810. James Fitzsimmons.
1S41. Samuel Johnson.
1842. William Hoover.
1813-44. James Fitzsimmo
1845. John Buffington.
ISJfi. Thomas Duncan.
1847-48. Thomas Gregg.
1849-55. John Buffington.
1856-59. Alfred Offard.
1860-02. John Buffington.



1863. N. G. Booth.
1864-66. John Buffington.
1S67. AVilliam G. Bane.
1868-69. Joshua Norcross.
1870. George W. Springer.
Joshua Norcross.

1879. T. D. Hoover.

1880. Samuels. Fishburn.

1881. S. S. Fishburn.



BRIDGEPORT BOROUGH AND TOWNSHIP.



LIST OF TAXABLES OF BRIPGEPOKT IN 181C.


Ebenczer Shiver.


Samuel Tolbcrt.


Jiiincs Allison.


John Haines.


William Saint.


John Tap.


Snowilcn Aiiohoss, Sr.


R<.b,Tt [lurrey.


James St. phens.


Persifor Vernon.


Jolin lientlcy.


John Harrison.


Nathan Smith.


Samuel Jones and William


Bridgeport Manufactur-


Margaret Harland.


AmosTownsend.


B. Irish.


ing Couiiuany, cotton-


Stacy Hunt.


Morris Truman, Sr.


John Williams.


factory.


Solomon Hipsley.


Joseph Truman.


Enoch Watson.


Robert Booth.


Samuel Jones.


Morris Truman, Jr.


Thomas Wraith.


Robert Barton.


John Jacobs.


James Truman.


Barnet Williams.


Jacob Bowman.


Isaac Jacobs.


Jesse Townsend.


Daniel Worley.


John Bouvier.


Humphrey Johnson.


Robert Townsend.


Caleb Woodward.


Joshua Burgen.


Christopher Irvin.


John Troth.


Robert White.


Levi Burden.


John Krepps.


Henry Troth.


Timothy Woods.


William Boyd.


Abraham Kimber.


Joseph Thurston.


Hercules Young.


James Breading.


Solomon 6. Krepps.


James Tomlinson.


George Yarnall's heirs.


Ezekiel Baldwin.


Thomas King.


Below is given a list of


persons engaged in 1816 in


John Barry.


Timothy Kirk.


the several occupations indicated, being taken from


Robert Baldwin.


John Knight.


the assessment-roll of Bridgeport for that year :


Parah Briscoe.


Richard Ledwilh.


Merchants.


Potters.


Samuel Berry.
Lydia Berry.
Goldsmith Chandlee.


Joseph II. Laning.
John Miller, Sr.
John Miller, Jr.


Caleb Hunt.
Israel Gregg.


John Riley.
Robert Rogers.


Joseph Crawford.


J.TCob iMalon.


Cephas Gregg.


Blacksmiths.


David Cattel.


Adolph Merchant.


Solomon G. Krepps.


Asa Richards.


Jii.nes Campbell.


John Morgan.


Jesse Pennell, also


Samuel Hines.


Hannah Cridor.


Larkin Macklefresh.


physician and brewer.


Thomas Grizzle.


Enos Coldren.


Ebcnezer Major.


Mary Rogers.


Hercules Young.


Reuben Chal ant.


Cooper Marsh's heirs.


Jesse Townsend.


Hatters.


Roes Cadwallader.
William Chappin.
Jonas Cadwallader.


JamLS Meek.
Joseph Moore.
Joseph May.


James Tomlinson.
Daniel Worley.


Robert Boc.th.
Luke Enslow.


James Chalfant.


John Nclan.


John Krepps, also saw-


Samuel Jones.


George Cui-ruthers.


Joseph Nelan.


mill and ferry (just


Saddler.


John Cock.


Mary Nicholson's heirs.


commenced).


James Campbell.


Robert Clark.


Henry Nichols.


Printer.


Carpenter.


William Cock.


John Newburn.


John Bouvier.


William Boyd.


Evan Chalfant, Sr.


George Newburn.


Boat-builders.


Moulder.


Caleb Carr.
George Dilhoufe.


Joel Oxley.
Jesse Ong.


William Chappin.


John W. Fell.


Francis Dobbs.


Vincent Owens, Sr.


John Cock.


Brick-maker.


Henry G. Dales.


Vincent Owens, Jr.


Cotton-factory.


Robert White.


Van Dunn.


William Ogle.


Bridgeport Mfg. Co.


Cooper.


Peter Drum.


Jesse Pennell.


Steel-maker and factory.


John Morgan.


Rohert Dilliouse.


Robert Patterson.


Morris Truman.


Shoemaker.


AVilliam Dodge.


Andrew Porter.


Wire-weavers.


Timothy Woods.


James Dunbip.


Thomas Price.


Morris Truman, Jr.


Cabinet-maker.


Arthur Donaldson.
Luke Enslow.


Alexander Price.
Mary Pray.
Eliza Phelps.


Joseph Truman.


Israel Randolph.


Benjamin Fell.


James Truman.


Seamstress.


John W. Fell.


AVilliam Perry.


Pipe-maker.


Mary Gorling.


Rel.eeca Fitzgerald.


Joel Painter.


.Joshua Burgen.


Teachers.


William Foiguson.


Samuel Parks.


Inn-keepers.


Joseph H. Laning.


Foundry Con,pany.


John Riley.


John Nelan.


Arthur Donaldson.


John Fenny.


John Reynolds.


Robert Patterson.


Saw-mill.


Daniel French.


Mary Rogers.




Jonah Cadwallader.


Israel Gregg.
Cephas Gregg.


Asa Richards.
Israel Randolph.


The following description of Bridgeport in 1821 is


Mary (Josling.


Robert Rogers.


found in "The Navigator," a book published in


Thomas Grizzle.


John Rabe.


Pittsburgh in that year.


containing directions to


Daniel Goodwin.


James Richards.


pilots on the Monongahela and other rivers, with


Penncll Garritt.


Thomas Stokely.


references to the towns and settlements located on


Samuel Gillespie.


Philip Shaffner.


their banks :




Caleb Hunt.


Thomas Stoekdale.






William Heifer.


James Springer.


" Dunlap's Creek.




Samuel Harmon.


Nicholas Swearer.


" Here h.as been a fish-


dam ; the chute is near the


Samuel Hines.


William Stevenson.


middle of the river. Immediately above the mouth



472



HISTORY OF FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA.



of this creek stands Bridgeport, a small village, con-
nected with Brownsville by a chain-bridge over the
creek. In it are several mercantile stores, an earthen
pottery, tan-yard, a wire-weaver, card-maker, hatters,
a boat-yard, and a market-house. It contains fifty-si.x
dwellings. A gliiss-works, commenced in October,
1811, for the making of green glass."

MARKET-HOUSE.

A public market-house was built in Bridgeport a
number of years before the town became a borough.
Soon after the incorporation, on the 8th of July, 1814,
the Council directed that necessary repairs be made i
on the market-house. On the 22d of the same month
an ordinance was j)assed declaring "that from and
after thu iir-t clay of the ninth month nest a market j
shall liu u.tabli.-iieJ and held in the Market-House of
this Borough, on the fourth and seventh days of each j
week, and from daylight until nine o'clock a.m. on
each of said days in the first, second, third, tenth,
eleventh, and twelfth months, and from daylight until '
eight o'chick A.Ji. on each of said days in the fourth,
flftli, si.xtli, seventh, eighth, and ninth months." The
stalls on the north side of the building were ordered
rented to butchers, at a yearly rent of five dollars, i
On the 20th of September, 1814, the Council ordered
the erection of an addition to the market-house eight
feet in width, and extending the whole length of the
building. " Twenty feet of Rack, for the convenience
of Market people to hitch their horses," was also
ordered to be built.

The old market-house was sold to D. H. Chalfant,
July 4, 1829, for ten dollars, twelve and a half cents.
On the 20th of October, 1831, there was ]Uesenled to
the Council a petition signed by seventy citizens,
praying for the erection of a new market-house. On
this petition a committee was appointed {October
22(1) to <'xaiiiine and report on a suitable site, also on



•r >ize and i
. Thiscomn
roper place,
feet six incl



The rei.ort «
appointed, wl
work was en:
ported



d expense of such mar-
ported the public ground
ecommended a building
lies by thirty feet in dimensions,
jted and a building committee
ted Xnv. 24, ]s:;i, that the stone-



:\rn



1 tract



iber



., lSf!2, re-
r.racken &



Eogers. The building was completed ami occupu'd
in the fall of 1832. This market-lmuse is still i Nu-
vember, 1881) standing, the main part of the build-
ing being used as a town hall and council-room.

PUBLIC WAREHOUSE AND WHARF.
On the 26th of April, 181.5, the Borough Council
granted to Israel Gregg for the term of ten years a
part of the public ground, on wdiich to erect a frame
building for a warehouse fifty by tuenty-fivc feet on
the ground, and one and a half stoi'ies higli, to con-
tain a fireplace, a chimney of brick, and a small
counting room, the building to become the property



of the borough at the end of ten years. It did so
revert at the end of that time.

In 1826 a committee was appointed by the Council
to repair the building and rent it. This was done,
and on the 30th of December in that year it was
rented to Benedict Kimber at $20 per annum from
April 1, 1827. On the 1st of April, 1829, it was
rented for one year to Charles McCollester. In May,
1831, it was rented to Joshua Armstrong for one year
at $20, but before the expiration of the time (in Feb-
ruary, 1832) it was rented to Randolph Dearth for
one year at $50. Jan. 16, 1837, Thomas Acklin rented
the warehouse for two years at $40 per annum.

In 1844 the warehouse was sold, to be removed to
give room for the building of a wharf. The contract
for building the wharf was given to Henry Marshall,
and it was erected in 184.5, at a cost of $963.54. In
August of that year the Council fixed the first rates of
wdiarfage for steamboats, viz. : one dollar per trip, and
fifty cents per day when laying over in a navigable
stage of the river, and five dollars per month in win-
ter. Keel-boats, twenty-five cents per landing or per
day.

The wharf is still public property, under control of
the borough.

FERRIES AND BRIDGE OVER THE MONONGAHELA.
The first ferry across the Monongahela River within
the boundaries of Bridgeport w^as established by John
Krepps before 1794, as the court records of Fayette
County show that iu that year a petition was pre-
sented for " a road from Krepps' Ferry to the bridge
at the mouth of Dunlap's Creek." The ferry landing
on the Bridgeport side of the river was at or very
near the foot of Spring Street (or Alley), northeast of
the residence of Solomon G. Krepps. This ferry re-
mained in operation until some time after the com-
pletion of the Monongahela bridge, and towards the
last of its existence a ferry-boat propelled by steam

The original owner of this ferry, John Krepps, al-
ways lived on the west side of the Monongahela; but
his sons, Samuel J. and Solomon G. Krepps, settled on
the east side of the river, the latter being a resident
of Bridgeport as early as 1813, when he built the
brick house which is now the residence of his nephew
I his lirother Samuel's son), Solomon G. Krepps. He
(Sdlniiion G. the elder) was a merchant in Bridge-
piirt in 1S16, as is shown by the assessment-roll of
that year. He lived in Bridgeport until his death,
and was for many years one of the prominent citizens
of the place. In 1832 he, with Zephaniah Carter,
built the " Friendship Paper-Mill" in Bridgeport,
but died soon after, and before the mill was in full
and successful operation. He served one term in the
State Legislature, and was several times elected bur- ;
gess of Bridgeport; also served as a member of the]
Borough Council. His brother, Samuel J. Krepps,
settled in Bridgeport about 1823, where Eli Leonard



BKIDGEPORT BOROUGH AND TOWNSHIP.



473



now lives, and carried on the saw-mill at the Jonah
Cadwallader dam on Dunlap's Creek, also operating
the coal-banks on that property. In 1832 he built a
residence in Brownsville (tlie same which is now kept
as the " Monongahela House" by the widow of his son,
John B. Krepps), and removed to it. In 1834 he built
the " Valley Mills" on Dunlap's Creek, in Bridgeport.
He, like his brother, Solomon G. Krepps, was a promi-
nent and public-spirited citizen, and identified with
the business interests of both boroughs for many
years. About 1846 he removed to the old Krepps
homestead, west of the Monongahela, and soon after-
wards to the Neal Gillespie farm, where he died
March 6, 1866. ' In 1854 he was elected to the Legis-
lature from Washington County.

The other children of the old ferry-owner, John
Krepps, were John, who lived and died in West
Brownsville; Christian, who went West, and whose
subsequent history is unknown ; and Helen, who be-
came the wife of Judge Eli Miller, of Mount Vernon,
Ohio.

The Gillespie ferry, which was first established to
cross the river from Brownsville, was moved up from
there in or about 1820, and located near the foot of
Bridge Street in Bridgeport. This was kept in opera-
tion till after the opening of the Monongahela bridge.
On the 22d of February, 1825, application was made
to the Council of Bridgeport for the privilege of a
ferry landing between the east side of Bank Street [
jand the west side of the public lot for the term of five
years, and on the 3d of March the ground was rented |
for that period at five dollars per year to Moses Dur- I
nel, concerning whose occupancy no further informa-
tion has been obtained. i

There was no communication by bridge across the
Monongahela River at Bridgeport until the year
1833, all traflSc and travel across the stream at this
point being accommodated by the ferries up to that
time. More than twenty years earlier, however, the
project of bridging the river at some point near the
iiouth of Dunlap's Creek was agitated by some of the
most prominent men of the vicinity on both sides of
;he river. In 1810 an act was passed (approved March
JOth in that year) " to authorize the Governor to in-
iorporate a company for erecting a bridge over the j
VIonongahela River at or near where the road leading j
Tom Brownsville to the town of Washington crosses
he same," thus authorizing the location of the bridge ':
it Brownsville or Bridgeport as might be decided on.
The act designated and appointed " Neal Gillespie,
Tr., Parker Campbell and Thomas Acheson, of the
lounty of Washington, Jacob Bowman, Thomas
lason, Charles Shaffner, Samuel Jackson, David
2wing, and Michael Sowers, of the county of Fay-
tte," commissioners to receive subscriptions to the
tock of the company to be formed. It was provided
nd required by the act that the bridge should be so



constructed as not to obstruct navigation (except so
far as might be done by the erection of the two
abutments and three piers in the river), " or in any
manner to obstruct the passage over the usual fording-
place, which shall at all times be open as heretofore
to persons desirous of passing through the same."
The company was of course authorized to collect
tolls. The bridge to be commenced in three years,
and finished in seven years from the passage of the
act, under penalty of forfeiture of rights and fran-
chises. References to the probable early commence-
ment and completion of the bridge are found in the
newspapers of that time, but no work was ever actu-
ally done on it, nor does it appear that the bridge
site was definitely determined on, or the necessary
amount of stock subscribed.

On the 16th of March, 1830, the Monongahela
Bridge Company was incorporated, with a capital of
$44,000. The corporators were George Hogg, James
L. Bowman, Valentine Giesey, and Robert Clarke, of
Fayette County, Daniel Moore, .Jesse Kenworthy,
Ephraim L. Blaine, John Kingland, and Thomas Mc-
Kennan, of Washington County. By the terms of the
incorporation William Davidson, George Craft, Isaac
Meason, and Andrew Oliphant, of Fayette County,
and John Park, Jr., William Berry, and John Watson,
of Washington County, were appointed commissioners
to locate the site of the bridge. These men, taking
into consideration the great amount of travel and traf-
fic then coming to the river over the National road,
fixed the location at the point where that road strikes
the river in Bridgeport, and where the bridge now
spans the stream.

Books were opened for subscriptions to the stock in
July, 1830, and the requisite amount was soon ob-
tained. The contract for building was awarded to
Messrs. Le Baron & De Mond, at $32,000, with $5000
additional for the approaches. They commenced
work in the fall of 1831, and on the 23d of November
received the first payment of .'r'riOO on the contract.
Apparently the work w-as not pushed very vigorously,
for the bridge was not completed uutil 1833, the first
tolls being received on the 14th of October in that



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