Location: Bedford County PA

Chief Pontiac of the Ottawa’s

Immediately after the peace of 1763 all the French forts in the west as far as Green Bay were garrisoned with English troops; and the Indians now began to realize, but too late, what they had long apprehended the selfish designs of both French and English threatening destruction, if not utter annihilation, to their entire race. These apprehensions brought upon the theatre of Indian warfare, at that period of time, the most remarkable Indian in the annals of history, Pontiac, the chief of the Ottawa’s and the principal sachem of the Algonquin Confederacy. He was not only distinguished for...

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Philadelphia To Steubenville

Monday, Oct. 4, 1819.–Dr. Hall and myself left Philadelphia at 1 o’clock p. m. after taking an affectionate leave of friends and acquaintances. Fair and pleasant weather, and the roads very fine in consequence of a refreshing shower of rain which fell on the night previous to our setting out. After traveling twenty-two miles and passing some rich and well-cultivated farms we arrived at West Chester at 7 o’clock. West Chester contains about 600 inhabitants, several places of worship, a gaol, etc., etc. A man named Downey is confined in the gaol of this place for debt. He was once in affluence, but from misfortunes and some imprudence he became reduced in circumstances. During his confinement he determined to starve himself to death, and for seven days had refused nourishment of every description. Even the clergy waited on him and endeavored to dissuade him from his rash determination, offering him food of different kinds, but all without avail. He was able to stand. No doubt one or two more days will end his troubles. How long, O my country, will your cheeks continue to be crimsoned by the blush that must follow the plunging an innocent and unfortunate being, a debtor, in a dungeon, amongst murderers and cut-throats? Tuesday, Oct. 5.–Left West Chester at 7 o’clock a. m. Traveled a rough road. Passed some travelers on foot migrating to...

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Biography of William Henry Francis

William Henry Francis. Among the men foremost in Montgomery County identified with industrial enterprises, those who have become widely known by reason of the magnitude of their operations and the extent of their trade connections, few are better known than is William Henry Francis, superintendent and manager of the Coffeyville Vitrified Brick and Tile Company’s plants at Coffeyville, Collinsville, Cherryvale and Fort Smith. Mr. Francis has spent his entire career in the business in which he is now engaged, and is maintaining the prestige in business circles attained by his honored father, the late George Francis. William H. Francis was born at Danville, Pennsylvania, February 10, 1867, and belongs to a family which originated in Ireland and was founded at an early day in Ohio, where the grandfather of Mr. Francis was born. The grandfather was a brick manufacturer of Pennsylvania and fought as a soldier during the Civil war. George Francis was born at Danville, Ponnsylvania, November 30, 1844, and received his education in the public schools. As a young man he became interested in the brick business, and continued to engage therein in Pennsylvania until the latter ’80s, when he came to Coffeyville, Kansas. He first started a small dry press brick plant in the northeast part of the city, where the National Refinery now stands, and later on built a small hand press plant on the...

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Biography of David Stewart Elliott, Capt.

Capt. David Stewart Elliott. For more than half a century the name Elliott has been one of important associations with Kansas history. The quality of public service has distinguished the family in all generations. The first of the name in Kansas was a Pennsylvania soldier, also named David Stewart Elliott, who was killed by Quantrell’s band of raiders during the Civil war. The late Capt. David Stewart Elliott of Coffeyville, long known as a lawyer, editor, fraternal organizer, and soldier, also gave up his life as a sacrifice to the country during the Philippine war. Several of the children of the late Captain Elliott are filling worthy places in their respective spheres, including his daughter, Miss Leila C. Elliott, who is now city treasurer of Coffeyville. David Stewart Elliott, father of the late Captain Elliott, was born at Lewistown, Pennsylvania, was reared and educated and married in that state, and was an editor by profession. He served as a soldier in the Mexican war; and though quite an old man at the time he enlisted in 1861 in a Pennsylvania regiment of infantry. He was in the service in Kansas, and his company was on its way to Fort Smith to assist in repelling the Price invasion of Missouri and Kansas when he was killed by Quantrell’s men at Baxter Springs. This was in 1864. He and others of...

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Biography of William H. Reed

William H. Reed. By reason of the extent and quality of his usefulness, his commercial soundness and acumen, his public spirit, his integrity, and his nearness to the fundamental requirements of citizenship, William H. Reed affords in his career an excellent and encouraging example of success gained through the proper use of every day abilities and opportunities. He laboriously climbed every round of the mercantile ladder, and so ably did he make use of his opportunities, that he was able to retire from activities in the evening of life, and is now quietly residing at his comfortable home at Topeka. Mr. Reed was born at Bedford, Pennsylvania, January 30, 1830, and has been a resident of Kansas since 1869. He was one of three children born to Dr. William and Elizabeth (Reed) Reed, natives of Pennsylvania, and not related before their marriage. Doctor Reed was a physician and surgeon, and followed his profession throughout his life in the Keystone state. After securing his education in the public schools of Bedford, William H. Reed mastered the carpenter’s trade, at which he worked until a severe injury to his hand caused him to seek some other occupation. As a young man he had gone to Warsaw, Illinois, where he was married June 9, 1853, to Miss Elizabeth Davis, who was born at Watertown, New York, daughter of Luther H. and Nancy...

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Biography of William Thomas Grove, M. D.

William Thomas Grove, M. D. Doctor Grove had been one of the foremost physicians and surgeons of Eureka for twenty-two years. He is a man of high attainments in the profession. While most of his work had been in general lines he is a recognized expert in diseases of the eye, car, nose and throat and had largely specialized in that department of practice. His standing as a citizen is not less than that he enjoys in his profession. Doctor Grove found the road to a professional career somewhat uneven and punctuated with difficulties. He began working for his own living when a boy, and had experiences as a farm hand, teacher, clerk and in various other lines before he reached the goal of his ambition. He was born in Everett, Pennsylvania, April 7, 1867. His ancestors came originally from Holland in colonial days. There were three Grove brothers, one of whom settled at York, Pennsylvania, another in Maryland and another in Virginia. Doctor Grove is descended from the Pennsylvania branch. His grandfather was born in Pennsylvania, and died at York in that state, where for many years he kept a tavern. Robert C. Grove, father of Doctor Grove, was born in Pennsylvania in 1842, was reared and married in that state, and at the outbreak of the Civil war he enlisted in a Pennsylvania regiment of infantry. After...

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Biography of James Howard Beegle

James Howard Beegle. While the development of oil properties had not been, perhaps, so spectacular in Kansas as in some other states, it had been a steady, remunerative business since the beginning and the work had enlisted the interest and services of some of the most farsighted men of the state after they have had experiences in the same line in other and older sections. One of these keen business men is James Howard Beegle, oil well contractor and producer and owner of numerous profitable producing wells, in the neighborhood of Neodesha, Kansas, which had been his home since 1903. James Howard Beegle was born at Bedford, Pennsylvania, December 13, 1867. His parents were Frederick J. and Rebecca (Shoemaker) Beegle. It was the great-great-grandfather, Frederick Beegle, who was born in Germany, who was the first of the name to come to America. He settled in Pennsylvania and there he and his descendants for the most part, became farmers and prospered greatly. Joseph F. Beegle, the grandfather of James Howard Beegle, was born on his father’s farm near Bedford, Pennsylvania, in 1815, spent his life there and died in 1897. Frederick J. Beegle, father of James H., was born on his father’s farm near Bedford in 1841 and he also passed his entire life there, dying in 1915, respected by all who knew him. He was a democrat in his...

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Biography of S. G. Isett, Col.

Col. S. G. Isett. In the history of the oil industry in Kansas there is no better known figure than Col. S. G. Isett, the man who made Chanute famous. He had been connected with the production and handling of oil since 1902, and had been identified with some of the most famous wells the country had known. Colonel Iselt had had an interesting and spectacular career, featured by incidents and experiences any one of which would have satisfied the ordinary individual’s desire for adventure; but while he bears bodily scars as mementos of the thrilling times through which he had passed, his mental capacity remains unimpaired, and today, with faculties sharpened and fully developed, he maintains his position as a leading business man of Chanute, in the midst of the stern competition of the younger generation growing up about him. Colonel Isett is descended from Green ancestors who operated as merchants on the high seas, and who drifted into England, France and Germany, from which last-named country they came to America prior to the Revolution, first settling in Connecticut, later going to Virginia, then to Pennsylvania. In the Old Dominion State, in 1814, was born James K. Isett, the father of the Colonel. He was reared in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, from whence he went to Huntingdon County, in the same state, and was there married. As a successful...

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Biographical Sketch of George Diehl

George Diehl, farmer and stock-dealer, Sec. 7; P. O. Mattoon; owns 278 acres; was born in Bedford Co., Penn., Oct. 12, 1811, and lived with his parents on the farm in that State until the year 1837, when he came to Coles Co. He was married Feb. 23, 1842, to Mary E. Jeffries, who was born in Grayson Co., Ky., Feb. 23, 1824; died Nov. 27, 1849. Mr. Diehl was then married April 20, 1854, to Catharine Fuller, who was born in Virginia about the year 1821; died July 16, 1871. Mr. Diehl was then married Dec. 12, 1873, to Sally Matthews, who was born in Grayson Co., Ky., Aug. 2, 1816. Mr. Diehl has had six children, viz., Margaret, Thomas, Daniel, Mary E., John H. and Jennie. Mr. Diehl’s parents were natives of Pennsylvania and Mrs. Diehl’s of...

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Biographical Sketch of William F. Horton

William F. Horton, farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Mattoon; owns 231½ acres; was born in Bedford Co., Penn., Jan. 31, 1824; moved to this county with his parents in 1837; went to Cumberland Co., in 1838, and returned to Coles Co. in November, 1861, where he has since resided. He was married to Emeline Dryden Feb. 1, 1849; she was born in Tennessee Sept. 15, 1821, and has had seven children, two of whom are living, viz., Mary E. and William D.; deceased are R. H., Alice, Amarintha and two infants not named. Mr. Horton has been School Director and Pathmaster several years, and was one of the first and most extensive manufacturers of sorghum molasses in this county, and has been in the business for twenty years. Mr. Horton’s parents are natives of Pennsylvania, and Mrs. Horton’s, of...

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Biography of John D. M. Conrad

John D. M. Conrad. Among the most interesting men of Salina are those who can justly be named pioneers of this fair city. They have a wealth of experience that no later comers can claim, and it is because of their courage and enterprise that such rich and rapid development had taken place. In John D. M. Conrad, who is the only survivor of a once very important body, the first city council of Salina, is found not only a pioneer of this section but also a veteran of honorable record of the great Civil war. John D. M. Conrad was born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, April 16, 1838. His parents were George J. and Rosanna (Miller) Conrad, the former of whom was born in Maryland and the latter in Bedford County. Until he was about twelve years of age the boy attended the district schools. Then he started to learn the shoemaker’s trade in Pittsburgh and continued working at the same until 1855, when he came west and located at Shelbyville, Illinois. There, on May 25, 1861, he enlisted for service in the Civil war, entering Company B, Fourteenth Volunteer Infantry, the regiment being commanded by Col. John M. Palmer. During his service of three years he took part in many important battles, including Shiloh, Corinth, Hatchie River, Vicksburg, Jackson and others. He was honorably discharged May 25,...

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Bedford County, Pennsylvania Census

1790 Bedford County, Pennsylvania Census Free 1790 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1790 Bedford County, Census (images and index) $ Hosted at USGenWeb Census Project Surname Index Bedford County, File 1 of 2 Bedford County, File 2 of 2 Hosted at Census Guide 1790 U.S. Census Guide 1800 Bedford County, Pennsylvania Census Free 1800 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1800 Bedford County, Census (images and index) $ Hosted at USGenWeb Census Project Surname Index A-L Surname Index M-Z Borough of Bedford, Dublin & Air Twps. Bethel and Belfast Twps. Providence & Colerain Twps. Cumberland Valley and Londonderry Twps. Hopewell and Woodberry Twps. Bedford and St. Clair Twps. Hosted at Census Guide 1800 U.S. Census Guide 1810 Bedford County, Pennsylvania Census Free 1810 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1810 Bedford County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems $ Hosted at USGenWeb Census Project Surname Index A-L Surname Index M-Z Hosted at Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives Air Township Bedford Town Bedford Township Belfast Township Bethel Township Colerain Township Cumberland Valley Township Dublin Township Greenfield Township Hopewell Township Londonderry Township Providence Township Southampton Township Woodberry Township Hosted at Census Guide 1810 U.S. Census Guide 1820 Bedford County, Pennsylvania Census Free 1820 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com...

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Bedford County, Pennsylvania Cemetery Records

Most of these are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Cemeteries hosted at Bedford County PAGenWeb Project Bedford County Cemetery List Cemeteries hosted at Bedford County Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives Barley Cemetery: South Of Bakers Summit Bedford Presbyterian Churchyard Burial Records Calhoun Cemetery, West Providence Twp. Calhoun Cemetery, West Providence Twp. Crum Cemetery: New Paris Fletcher Cemetery: Monroe Twp Hetrick Cemetery: South Woodbury Twp. Hinish Cemetery: Hopewell Twp. Partial James O’neal Cemetery, West Providence Twp. Mt. Union Cemetery: Spruce Hollow Unnamed Cemetery, Hopewell Township Yellow Creek [Steele] Cemetery, Hopewell Township Cemetery Photos Hosted at Bedford County Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives Dibert Cemetery Dicken Cemetery Fishertown Community Bible Church Cemetery Fishertown Stone Church Cemetery Imler Valley Cemetery Lybarger Lutheran Cemetery Miscellaneous Tombstone Photos New Enterprise Cemetery Schellsburg Union Cemetery St. Paul’s Reformed Cemetery Yellow Creek [Steele] Cemetery Cemeteries Hosted at Bedford County Pennsylvania Ancestor Connection Cemetery Location by Township Cemeteries Hosted at Pennsylvania Gravestones Historic Memorial Park Cemetery Potter Creek Cemetery Saint Pauls Reformed Church Cemetery Cemeteries Hosted at Bedford County Pennsylvania Political Graveyard Cemeteries Hosted at Interment Hershberger Cemetery Pleasantville Cemetery Cemeteries Hosted at Pennsylvania Find a Grave Albright Cemetery Anderson Cemetery Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church Cemetery Bald Hill Cemetery Barley Lutheran Church Cemetery Bayer Cemetery (Loysburg) Beans Cove Methodist Church Cemetery Bechtel Farm Cemetery...

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Biography of Deacon John A. Boyer

A man remembered only by the older generation of Rock Island County’s citizens was Deacon John A Boyer, deceased. He was born at Bedford, Pennsylvania, October 16, 1809. During a portion of his boyhood his parents lived at Paris, Kentucky, and later removed to Indiana. In 1837 he came to this county and settled in what was then the town of Stephenson. In 1838 Mr. Boyer was united in marriage to Mrs. Zeruiah Phillips, whose maiden name was Zeruiah Robbins. The following year Mr. and Mrs. Boyer moved to the farm at the south end of what is now Thirtieth Street, which was their home at the time of Mrs. Boyer’s death, which occurred March 16, 1886, closing a long and happy married life of forty-eight years. No children blessed this marriage, but after some years of married life they took Thomas Campbell into the family and reared him to manhood. He and his family were beneficiaries from the estates. Mr. Campbell lived forty years of Mr. Boyer’s life with him and was as son to the family in every sense of the word. In religious faith Mr. Boyer and his devoted wife were Baptists, and their fidelity to the cause of their church and zeal in the cause of religion are demonstrated by the following minutes taken from the records of the Baptist Church of this city, under...

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Biography of Frank McClellan

Frank McClellan. After many years employed as an educator in Kansas, Frank McClellan turned his attention to business affairs at Coffeyville, and now has one of the leading offices there for insurance and loans. His birthplace was Bedford, Pennsylvania, where he was born January 21, 1860. His grandfather, Abraham McClellan, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1798, came to the United States when a young man, becoming a farmer and stock raiser in Pennsylvania. He died at Rainsburg, Pennsylvania, in 1883. On account of his service in the state militia he was familiarly known as Captain McClellan. Captain McClellan married Elizabeth Morgan, who was born near Everett, Pennsylvania, in 1801, and died near Rainsburg in 1884. William D. McClellan, father of Frank, was born at Bedford, Pennsylvania, in 1834, was reared and married there, and spent all his active career as a farmer and stock raiser. For a long time he specialized in Shorthorn cattle. In 1875 he moved to Alaska, West Virginia, and died there in 1877. He was a democrat in politics. William D. McClellan married Sarah A. Kerr, who was born at Everett, Pennsylvania, in 1842, and died at Kansas City, Kansas, February 3, 1915. She too was of Revolutionary stock. William D. McClellan and wife had the following children: Frank; William E., who was a music dealer and died in 1887 at Butler, Missouri; James...

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