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Rev. John Corbly’s Narrative – Indian Captivities

If, after perusing the annexed melancholy narrative, you deem it worthy a place in your publication, it is at your service. Such communications, founded on fact, have a tendency on one hand to make us feel for the persons afflicted, and on the other to impress our hearts with gratitude to the Sovereign Disposer of all events for that emancipation which the United States have experienced from the haughty claims of Britain a power, at that time, so lost to every human affection, that, rather than not subdue and make us slaves, they basely chose to encourage, patronize and reward, as their most faithful and beloved allies, the savages of the wilderness; who, without discrimination, barbarously massacred the industrious husband man, the supplicating female, the prattling child and tender infant, vainly sheltered within the encircling arms of maternal fondness. Such transactions, as they come to our knowledge well authenticated, ought to be recorded, that our posterity may not be ignorant of what their ancestors underwent at the trying period of our national exertions for American independence. The following account was, at my request, drawn up by the unfortunate sufferer. Respecting the author, suffice it to say, that he is an ordained minister of the Baptist faith and order, and held in high estimation by all our associated churches. I am, sir, yours, &c., William Rogers Muddy Creek, Washington County,...

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Biography of John H. Mitchell

JOHN H. MITCHELL. – Honorable John H. Mitchell, United States senator from the State of Oregon, was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, to which locality his parents had removed when he was two years old. Bright and apt, and giving signs of marked intelligence, his parents determined that he should be given an opportunity to gratify his thirst for knowledge. So he was sent to the Witherspoon Institute, an establishment ranking high among the educational institutions of the State of Pennsylvania. Diligent in his studies, and ambitious to take advantage of the opportunities thus afforded him, young Mitchell became, as was to be expected, the leader of his class, and in due time graduated with high honors. Choosing law as the profession to which he desired to devote himself, he entered the office of Honorable Samuel A. Purviance, then the leading attorney of that portion of Pennsylvania of which in those days Butler was the center. Mr. Purviance, who was subsequently attorney-general of the state, was at the time Mitchell entered his office a member of Congress, and was a man of national reputation. Under the instruction of Purviance, who took a great interest in his pupil, the young student made rapid progress in overcoming the intricate windings of the subtle law. To read law is one thing, to read and understand it another. Young Mitchell was not satisfied...

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Biography of James A. Williams

James A. Williams, who has won his own way in the world and reached a degree of success beyond the average of men at his age, was born in Monongahela City, Washington County, Pennsylvania, August 1862. He is a son of John S. and Elizabeth (Van Vorhis), natives of the same County. James Williams wedded Nancy Van Allen and they were among the early settlers of Washington County, the latter having been born in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. His grandfather, Abram Van Vorhis, was one of the early farmers of that section and also traded in stock considerably. He was of Holland extraction. James A. Williams grew to manhood on a farm and never attended school after he reached the age of thirteen years; at that age his mother died and he was thrown upon his own resources. In about 1885 he decided to try his fortunes in the west, and after arriving in Illinois settled in Tuscola Township, where he became a farm hand; at this he continued until he was twenty-two years of age. By industry and good management he now owns two hundred and forty acres of well improved land in Douglas County, for which he has been offered eighty-five dollars an acre. Subsequently he bought the store at West Ridge, which he sold to W. H. Fry in December, 1899. He previously owned one at Allerton,...

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Presbyterian Church, Prosperity, Pennsylvania

The following data was taken from tombstone inscriptions in the Presbyterian churchyard at Prosperity, Pa. This church was organized in 1781. ANDREW, ANNA, died Dec. 21, 1843, aged 70 yrs. ANDREW, CATHRINE, wife of James Andrew, died Feby. 1872. ANDREW, LEMUEL, died Feby. 2, 1830, aged 58 yrs. ANDREW, DIBBY, died Aug. 8, 1799, aged 11 mos. ANDREW, MARY, died Apr. 2, 1828, aged 41 yrs., 2 mos., 18 days. ANDREW, MARY E., died 1843. ANDREW, POLLY, daughter of Lemuel and Mary Andrew, died Apr. 15, 1825, aged 7 mos., 23 days. ANDREW, SARAH, wife of Robert S. Andrew born 1812, died 1852. ANDREW, ROBERT, Sr., died Oct. 13, 1811, aged 67 yrs. ANDREW, KEZIAH, wife of Robert Andrew, died in her eighty-third year. ANTON, NANCY, wife of James Anton, died Feby. 20, 1923, aged 19 yrs. ARCHER, JOHN, died Aug. 7, 1832, aged 85 yrs. ARCHER, HANNAH, wife of John Archer, died July 7, 1802, aged 94 yrs. ARMSTRONG, NATHANIEL, died Feby. 15, 1859, aged 50 yrs., 9 mos., 29 days. ARMSTRONG, JENNIE L., daughter of J. and L. Armstrong, died Sept. 14, 1875, aged 2 mos., 3 days. ARMSTRONG, PHOEBE, wife of N. Armstrong, died Apr. 18, 1900, aged 88 yrs., 4 days. AXTELL, EMELINE , daughter of Thomas and Polly Axtell, died June 11, 1822, aged 1 yr., 3 mos., 3 days. AXTELL, LUTHER, Sr., died...

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Genealogy of Susannah French and John Shideler

9 SUSANNAH FRENCH (Aaron1), b. 1785, Essex Co., New Jersey; d. Nov. 9, 1863, near Troy, Ohio; m. John Shideler (d. Sep. 15, 1844, age 61 yrs., 7 mos., 28 ds.), s. of Peter Shideler of Washington Co., Pennsylvania. John and Susannah (French) Shideler settled in Miami Co., Ohio, soon after marriage. Children: 91 AARON SHIDELER, d.; m. Hannah 92 SUSANNAH SHIDELER, d.; m. Lewis Winters. 93 JOHN SHIDELER, d.; m. Isabelle Long. Ch.: (Hon.) WILLIAM LONG SHIDELER (Dayton, Tenn.), m. JOHN LEWIS SHIDELER, m. MARY, d. SUSANNAH BELLE, d. m.. MARTHA, d. m. GEORGE HUGHES SHIDELER, m. 94 PETER SHIDELER, d. unmarried. 95 MARY SHIDELER, d.; m. John Long. 96 PRISCILLA SHIDELER, d.; m. (Rev.) John Sutton (Baptist). 97 JESSE SHIDELER, d.; m. Mary Bartholomew. 98 LAVINA SHIDELER, b. Mar. 14, 1823; d. Feb. 17, 1857; m. Feb. 13, 1845, William Shilling. 99 LOUISA SHIDELER, d.; m. Thomas Winters. 100 SIMEON SHIDELER, d.; m.; was killed at battle of Chickamauga. 101 ISAACC SHIDELER, d.;...

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Genealogy of Deborah French and Isaac Clark

3 DEBORAH FRENCH (Aaron1), b. Nov. 24, 1769, Essex Co., N. J.; d. Dec. 30, 1846, near Amity, Pa.; m. Apr. 12, 1786, Isaac Clark (b. July 28,1766; d. Nov. 30, 1842). Children: 17 PHEBE CLARK, b. June 30,1787; d. West Union, Pa.; m., Feb. 12, 1808, Reason Lams. 18 JOHN CLARK, b. May 19, 1789; d. in O.; m. 19 AARON CLARK, b. May 22, 1790; apprenticed to a tanner, ran away and never returned. 20 SILAS CLARK, b. Feb. 27, 1793; d. Feb. 16, 1853, Amity, Pa.; m. Oct. 29, 1818, Phebe McFarland (James); she d. Dec. 30, 1846, in 78th yr. 21 ISAAC CLARK, b. Feb. 29,1796; d.; m. Jan. 29,1918; m. (1st) Martha Crockart; m. (2nd) ; no ch. 2nd m. 22 ABNER CLARK, b. Feb. 12, 1798; d.; m. Jan. 11, 1826, Patty Evans (Joseph). 23 EZEKIEL CLARK, b. Feb. 24, 1800; d. at Dayton, O.; m., Sep. 12, 1825, Joanna McFarland (James). 24 MARY CLARK, b. Jan. 2,1802; d. West Union, Pa.; m. Oct. 27, 1825, John Fulton (John). 25 LEBBEUS CLARK, b. Nov. 19, 1803; d. Salem, Ia.; m. Dec. 2, 1828, Mary Evans (Joseph) ; ten ch., one of whom, LEBBEUS, lives at Malvern, Ia. 26 CHARLOTTE CLARK, b. July 19, 1805; d. in Vermilion_ Co., Ill. ; m. Harvy Carter. 27 DEBORAH CLARK, b. Apr. 19, 1807; d ; m....

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Genealogy of Aaron French, Jr.

2 AARON FRENCH, Jr. (Aaron1), b. Apr. 19, 1767, Essex Co., N. J.; d. Jan. 31, 1850, Johnstown, O.; m. (1st), Mar. 8, 1792, Washington Co., Pa., Ruth Coe (b. Aug. 19, 1770, Morristown, N. J.; d. Mar. 19, 1835, Johnstown, O.), dau. of Elder Joseph Coe (Joseph, Joseph, Benjamin, Robert), and Abigail Moon, his w. Aaron French 2 m. (2nd) Oct. 8, 1835, Catharine Combs (d. Aug. 9, 1856), wid. of – Starkey. Robert Coe, ancestor of Ruth (Coe) French, came to Mass., 1634, from Suffolkshire, England, where he was b., 1596. Children of first marriage (none of second): 10 JOSEPH FRENCH, b. May 8, 1793; d. July 10, 1804. 11 JOHN FRENCH, b. Jan. 11, 1795, Amity, Pa.; d. Mar. 3, 1874, Onslow, Ia.; m. Oct. 1, 1818, Sarah Clark (b. Feb. 22, 1801; d. Jan. 7, 1891), dau. of Bethuel Clark, Amity, Pa. Ch.: AARON (b. July 4, 1819, Amity, Pa.; d. Apr. 28, 1909, Peterson, Ia.; m. Lydia Duke). BETHUEL (twin of Aaron; b. July 4, 1819; d. Mar. 24, 1904; m. Sarah Sinkey) MALINDA, d. JOSEPH (b. Mar. 19, 1823; d. July 3, 1900, Wyoming, Ia.; m. (1st) Catharine Sinkey, Johnstown, O.; m. (2nd) Grade Beaver). ELIJAH, d.  MANCY, d. JESSE CLARA (b. Nov. 17, 1832; d. Mar. 8, 1905, Manchester, Ia.; m. Laura Eveline Mudge). ELIZA ANN (b. June 1, 1836; m. Wilson...

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Genealogy of Aaron French

1 AARON FRENCH, b. Sep. 8,1739, probably in Monmouth Co., N. J.; d. Aug. 31, 1805, near Amity, Pa.; m. (1st) Mary Clark; m. (2nd) Elizabeth (d. Feb. 18, 1819, Troy, O., age 74 yrs.), widow of James Fordyce. Aaron French1 lived at New Providence, N. J., as early as 1764; moved to Washington Co., Pa., about 1787-8, where he acquired a large tract of land lying four miles southwest of Amity and partly within the present county of Greene. Children of first marriage (none of second): 2 AARON FRENCH, Jr., b. Apr. 19,1767; d. Jan. 31, 1850; m. (2). 3 DEBORAH FRENCH, b. Nov. 24, 1769; d. Dec. 30, 1846; m. 4 ELIZABETH FRENCH, b. about 1771; d. when aged; m. 5 MARY FRENCH, b. 1772; d. Jan. 12, 1859, age 86 yrs., 6 mos.; m. 6 EZEKIEL FRENCH, b. June 17, 1775; d. Jan. 1, 1861; m. (3). 7 LYDIA FRENCH, b. about 1777; d. about 1856-7; m. 8 ASA FRENCH, b. July 8, 1780; d. Aug. 9, 1845; m. (2). 9 SUSANNAH FRENCH, b. 1785; d. Nov. 9, 1863, age 78...

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Biography of Edwin R. Christman

Edwin R. Christman, secretary of the Silurian Oil Company of St. Louis, was born September 6, 1887, in Wheeling, West Virginia, a son of Edwin A. Christman, a native of Tennessee and a representative of one of the old Pennsylvania families of Dutch descent and also of early American Quaker ancestry living in Pennsylvania. Edwin Christman was united in marriage to Margaret Cahill, a native of Tennessee and of Irish lineage. They have become the parents of four children, two sons and two daughters. Edwin R. Christman, the second in order of birth, was educated in the public schools of Washington, Pennsylvania, and completed a high school course there. His first employment was in the tin plate business, as a representative of the McClure Company at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was employed in a clerical capacity and when eighteen years of age began to earn his own livelihood, altogether continuing with the McClure Company for three years. He next became associated with the Silurian Oil Company at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, accepting the position of clerk in 1908, while in 1910 he was advanced to office manager and made secretary of the St. Louis office. This position he has since filled and the success of the enterprise in the middle Mississippi valley is attributable in large measure to his efforts, his enterprise, his thorough understanding of the business and his fidelity to...

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Biographical Sketch of Richard W. Blue

Richard W. Blue, a Union veteran of Virginia and a leading lawyer and judge of Kansas, finally advanced to the halis of Congress as a representative of his adopted state. He was born in Wood County, Virginia, September 8, 1841, and was raised on a mountain farm near the present city of Grafton. In 1859 he entered Monongalia Academy at Morgantown, Va., and remained at that institution several years, first as pupil and later as teacher, Subsequently he entered Washington College, Pennsylvania, and remained there until he enlisted in the Third West Virginia Infantry, at the opening of the Civil war. Mr. Blue was wounded in the Battle of Rocky Gap, in Southwestern Virginia, promoted to second lieutenant for gallantry in action, and within a short time was commissioned captain. In one of the engagements he was captured and held as a prisoner of war at Libby prison and also at Danville, Va. The regiment was mounted and after the Salem raid was changed, by order of the secretary of war, to the Sixth West Virginia Cavalry. Its final service was in a campaign on the plains against the Indians at the close of the war. The regiment was mustered out at Fort Leavenworth, so that Mr. Blue was in Kansas during the early ’60s. After his discharge from the army he returned to Virginia, taught school, read law...

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Biography of Eames Dickey

Eames Dickey was born of Irish parents in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, September 3, 1788, came to the northwestern territory with his father’s family in 1798 and settled first in Washington county. When a young man Mr. Dickey was employed as a post rider to carry the mail on horseback, between Marietta and Chillicothe, a distance of about one hundred miles. Between 18o6 and 1814 he was variously engaged in the mail service, sometimes as a sub contractor, but always doing the riding of one hand himself. At that time the mail service in this section was one of great hardship and frequently of danger, as the numerous streams along the route, all destitute of bridges, were often swollen and had to be crossed at the peril of life. From 1812 to 1814, during the war with Great Britain, the great East and West mail was sent over this route, the bag being sometimes nearly filled with government dispatches alone. The riders (three in number), each made one round trip a week from Marietta to Chillicothe and return, regardless of weather and of all obstacles. Mr. Dickey once swam the creek near Amesville in the night, running great risk and getting the mail thoroughly wet. On reaching John Brown’s in Ames, one of his regular stopping places, he spent a short time drying the mail bag before the fire and then...

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Biographical Sketch of Vincent J. Lane

Vincent J. Lane, the veteran of the newspaper profession in Kansas and a leading citizen of Wyandotte County in every way, was born at West Middleton, Washington County, Pennsylvania, on the 27th of January, 1828, and is a son of Joseph and Margaret (McKeever) Lane, the former of whom was born in Pennsylvania, of English lineage, and the latter of whom was born in Virginia, of Scotch-Irish ancestry. The parents continued to reside in Washington County, Pennsylvania, until the close of their lives, and there, in the early days, the father was a manufacturer of furniture at a time when all the work was done by hand. Vincent J. Lane left home when sixteen years of age, taught school in Virginia and Indiana, and in 1857 located at Quindaro and assisted in laying out the town. He served as postmaster of the village from 1858 to 1861, after which he engaged in farming for four years. In the late ’60s Mr. Lane went to Montana, where the gold excitement was then at its height, and there he continued, with varying success, for nearly two years. He returned to Kansas and located in Kansas City, where he had maintained his home during the long intervening years. For a few years he acted as local representative and reporter for the Kansas City Times, and he then assumed a contract for the...

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Biography of Mrs. A. C. Stich

Mrs. A. C. Stich by her inheritance of some of the best of old American stock and as head of the home over which she presided for so many years, is a Kansas woman of whom some special note should be made. Her great-grandfather William Henry Stoy was the founder of the family in America, having emigrated from Germany. He was a ministor of the Episcopal Church, and spent many years in preaching in Pennsylvania, where he died. Her paternal grandfather Heury William Stoy was born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, in 1782 and died in West Virginia in 1858. He was one of two sons, his brother being Gustavus Stoy. Henry William Stoy was a physician and surgeon and practiced for many years at Brownsville, Pennsylvania, and in the latter part of his life in West Virginia. Mrs. Stich’s father was Capt. William Stoy, who was born in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, in 1815 and died in Waynesburg of that state in 1898. A man of great talent as a musician, he was both a teacher and composer of music. At the beginning of the Civil war in 1861 he enlisted and was at the head of a regimental band of one hundred members. He was wounded while in the service and was honorably discharged after eighteen months. He was a democrat, a member of the Masonic fraternity, and belonged to the...

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Biography of James P. Lee

JAMES P. LEE. The above worthy gentleman is a member of the well known firm of Merrick & Lee, general merchants at Swan, Missouri, and is noted for honorable, upright dealing. He is a business man of high ability, a most reliable authority on all matters connected with his line, and a popular citizen, who deservedly enjoys the confidence and respect of a wide and constantly increasing circle. He is also engaged in farming and is as successful in that as he is in his business. Mr. Lee was born in Washington County, Penn., in 1855, and is a son of Arnold H. and Sarah A. (Perrine) Lee, natives of Washington County, Penn., also. In that county the parents resided for many years and then came to Greene County, Missouri, where the father was killed in the Marshfield cyclone. He was a farmer and stockraiser and a man universally esteemed. He came of the old Virginia stock of Lees, and his father, Henry Lee, born in that State, died in West Virginia. The father was a cabinet maker by trade, and a soldier in the War of 1812. Isaac Perrine, the maternal grand-father, was probably born in Washington County, Penn., where he passed his life as a farmer and merchant. The parents of our subject reared six children, as follows: Samuel S., of Sparta; Rachel, of Spokane, Wash.; Elizabeth,...

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Biography of James M. Reese

James M. Reese has been a factor in the business life of the village of St. Joseph for nearly thirty years, and has made a success because he has given a service a little better than others in the same line and has constantly striven to please. Mr. Reese was born in that historic section of northwestern Pennsylvania, Washington County, June 17, 1853, a son of William and Matilda (Mikesell) Reese. His parents were also natives of Pennsylvania. The father died in Iowa at the home of his son Henry at the advanced age of ninety-two. In 1864, when James M. Reese was eleven years of age, he came with his parents to St. Joseph Township, where his father for a number of years worked as a carpenter. There were seven children in the family, James being the oldest. He attended school in Pennsylvania and also had one term in the St. Joseph school. When the Reese family came to Champaign County much of the land in St. Joseph Township was under water a part of the year, and to establish and maintain a home here was a task of many difficulties and hardships. James M. Reese grew up to an industrious manhood, worked in the country and for a number of years was connected with a number of drainage projects in St. Joseph Township. In 1888 he established...

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