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Date of transcription: 11 Jan 2001
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borhood, and a farmer by occupation. He became quite prominent and influential in the political affairs of the county, and served as a member of the House of Representatives of Pennsylvania from 1831 to 1833. He filled the office of sheriff from October 14, 1833, to October 21, 1836, and again from October 19, 1839, to October 24, 1842. Apart from these positions of trust and honor, he served his neighbors in the various township offices with fidelity. He was a representative man, not only of his family but of the county, a faithful officer, of strict integrity, upright and conscientious in all his relations with his fellow citizens. Mr. Fox m., November 29, 1804, Sarah Shonberger, b. November 4, 1785; d. October 8, 1866. They had issue:

  1. John, b. 1805.
  2. Liberty, b. 1807; m. Mary Ann Haggerty of Philadelphia, b. November 29, 1817; d. May 26, 1857, and had one son.
  3. Margaret, b. 1809; m. Henry Orth.
  1. MARGARET FOX (John), b. 1782, in then Londonderry township, Lancaster county, Pa.; d. at Hummelstown, Pa. She m., August 20, 1807, John Phillips, b. February 19, 1786; d. July 11, 1855, at Hummelstown, Pa., and with his wife there buried. He was a gentleman of erudition, an eminent school teacher, and of considerable prominence. They had issue (surname Phillips):
  1. Horace.
  2. Mary.
  3. John.
  4. Harriet.
  5. Margaret.

IV. THOMAS FOX (John), b. November 4, 1786, near Hummelstown, Dauphin county, Pa.; d. there October 25, 1824. He m., February 4, 1808, Barbara Baum, b. January 8, 1780, in then Londonderry township, Lancaster county, Pa.; d. January 3, 1833; daughter of Daniel Baum and his wife Catharine Fishburn. They had issue:

  1. Catharine, d.s.p.
  2. Alfred, d.s.p.
  3. Louisa, d.s.p.
  4. Margaret, b. 1814; m. Dr. Adam Shellar, b. January, 1808; d. November, 1882; son of Christian and Margaret Shellar, of Rapho township, Lancaster county, Pa.; studied medicine with Dr. Henderson, of Hummelstown, and graduated from the Reform Medical College at New York in 1830; located in Mt. Joy; was highly esteemed by the profession and secured an extensive practice.
  5. Thomas-Evans, b. July 2, 1816; d. March 3, 1851; m. Mary L. Ricker, adopted daughter of Frederick Ricker, b. 1821; d. February 9, 1868, and had issue.
  6. John-Michael, b. 1818; m. Harriet Carson, and had issue.
  1. GEORGE FOX (John), b. December 17, 1788, in then Londonderry township, Dauphin county, Pa; d. August 25, 1855. He m. Elizabeth Eshenauer, b. December 3, 1794; d. April 8, 1862; daughter of Caspar and Mary Eshenauer. They had issue:
  1. i. Richard, m., first, Anna Patten; secondly, Adelaide Hynicka.
  2. ii. John-E., m., first, Mary Boggs; secondly, Caroline Boggs.

´´´. George, d.s.p.

´υ. James, b. 1820; d. February 28, 1858.

υ. Abner, m. Louisa Shepherd.

9. υ´. Thomas-George, m. Diana Hershey.

  1. JAMES FOX (John), b. 1794, in then Londonderry township, Dauphin county, Pa.; d. September 25, 1843, in Hummelstown, Pa. He m. Sophia Bayle, b. 1804; d. March 6, 1844, in Hummelstown, Pa. They had issue:
    1. William.
    2. Margaret, m. Michael Longenecker.
    3. John-Thomas.
    4. Ann, m. John H. Hummel.
  1. RICHARD FOX (George, John). Mr. Fox was twice married; m., first, Anna Patton. They had issue:
    1. William.
    2. George.

He m., secondly, Adelaide Hynicka, daughter of Christopher Coal Hynicka and Mary Ann Rohm. They had issue:

    1. Anna.
    2. May.
    3. Richard-V.
    4. Elizabeth.
  1. JOHN E. FOX (George, John), b. in Hummelstown, Pa.; d. February 17, 1880, in Philadelphia. He was a native of Hummelstown, Dauphin county, Pa., and was educated at the Gettysburg College. He went to Philadelphia when a young man
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    and was a clerk in the office of the Eagle Transportation and Railroad Line, at Eighth and Market streets. In 1843 he commenced business as a stock broker on Third street, below Market, and remained in the same neighborhood until the time of his death. A daughter became the wife of John H. Weiss, of Harrisburg.

  3. THOMAS GEORGE FOX (George, John), m. and had issue:
    1. Dr. L.-Webster, who graduated at Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, and completed his medical studies in Berlin, Vienna, and London.
    2. Elizabeth.
    3. James-G., married Emma Strickler.
    4. John-E.
    5. Ada.
    6. Mary.
    7. Caroline.
    8. George-H.



  1. JAMES GEDDES, born the year 1704, near Randallstown, county Antrim, Ireland, emigrated to America, landing in August, 1752, with his wife Margaret and three sons. He died in 1764; and his wife, born in 1699, died 1783; and with her husband lies buried in old Derry church graveyard. They had issue:
    1. Paul, b. 1732, in Ireland; d. May 25, 1814, in Northumberland, Pa.; he removed to what was subsequently Turbut township, now Chillisquaque township, that county, about 1765; was quite active during the Revolution, and a member of the Committee of Safety for Northumberland.
  1. ii. William, b. 1735; m. Sarah McCallen.
    1. Samuel, b. 1739, in Ireland; d. in 1788.
  1. WILLIAM GEDDES (James), b. 1735 in Ireland; came to America with his fatherĺs family in 1752; his farm was located six miles west of Harrisburg in Cumberland county, on which he died in 1789. He married Sarah McCallen, daughter of John and Sarah McCallen, b. in 1733; d. 1773, in Londonderry township; both buried in Derry churchyard. They had issue:
    1. James, b. July 22, 1763; d. August 19, 1838, in Onondago county, N. Y., where he resided and left a family.
    2. Margaret, b. December 31, 1764; d. in 1818, near Fannettsburg, Franklin county, Pa.
    3. John, b. August 16, 1766; d. December 5, 1840, near Newville, Cumberland county, Pa.
    4. Paul, b. June 9, 1768; d. October 22, 1832, in Path Valley, Franklin county, Pa., where he resided and left a family.

3. υ. Robert, b. September 30, 1771; m., first, Jane Sawyer; secondly, Mrs. Martha McClure.

  1. ROBERT GEDDES (William, James), b. September 30, 1771, in Londonderry township, then Lancaster county, Pa. He inherited the farm of his motherĺs brother, Robert McCallen, situated near Campbellstown, Lebanon county, Pa. He died July 14, 1832, and is buried in the grave of his grandmother, Sarah McCallen, in Derry churchyard. He m., first, March 2, 1797, by Rev. James R. Sharon, Jane Sawyer, daughter of John Sawyer, b. May 25, 1770; d. November 29, 1803. They had issue:
    1. Robert, b. December 11, 1797; d. March 11, 1866.
    2. Sarah, b. July 10, 1799; d. August 25, 1819.

4. ´´´. John, b. March 19, 1801; resided in Ypsilanti, Mich.

´υ. William, b. December 28, 1802; d. May 21, 1877; removed in 1844 from Pennsylvania to Michigan, where he died.

υ. Jane, b. August, 1804; d. February 8, 1882.

υ´. Isabella, b. September 17, 1806; d. November 21, 1834.

Robert Geddes m., secondly, March 22, 1810, Mrs. Martha McClure, and they had issue:

    1. James, b. December 12, 1810; m. and resided near Decatur, Macon county, Ill.
    2. Thomas, b. September 10, 1812; d. May 6, 1837.
    3. Agrippa, b. September 31, 1814; d. December 25, 1849.
    4. Anna, b. July, 1818.
  1. JOHN GEDDES (Robert, William, James), b. March 19, 1801, in now Londonderry township, Lebanon county, Pa. In company with his brother Robert, he left



Pennsylvania April 19, 1825, arriving in Ann Harbor, Mich., May 11, 1825. John resided at Ypsilanti, Mich. He m., first, April 6, 1837, Fanny Savage; b. February 19, 1806, in Orange county, N. Y.; d. December 6, 1855, and there was issue:

    1. John, d.s.p.
    2. Sarah, m. and had two sons and three daughters.
    3. Rachel, m., but had no children.

John Geddes m., secondly, Julia Ettie Savage, a sister to his first wife, b. July 22, 1800; d. August 18, 1883.



  1. BARNHART (or Bernard) GEIGER, Sr., was born in 1748. His ancestors were Brandenburgers and lived at Frankford on Oder. His father and brothers were in the military service, several of whom fell at Zorndorf. Bernard was a conscript in King Frederickĺs army and served seven years, but ran away to escape the barbarity of the discipline of the Prussian service, and reached America in 1773. He entered the American army in 1776, and participated in the battles of Monmouth, Brandywine, Germantown, and several minor skirmishes, being mustered out of service in 1779. At the close of the Revolution he removed to Reamstown, Lancaster county, Pa., from whence he came to Harrisburg in April, 1788. There he engaged in blacksmithing. He was one of the founders of the Lutheran Church at that place, and an enterprising citizen. He died July 16, 1811. Mr. Geiger married, in 1779, Mary Smith, a native of Darmstadt, in Hesse. She died at Harrisburg, July 19, 1840. They had issue, all save the youngest born at Reamstown:
  1. i. John, b. February 18, 1780; m. Mary Schoch.

´´. George, b. April 21, 1782; d. September 6, 1853, at Harrisburg; learned the trade of a blacksmith with his father, and afterwards opened a store in Market Square, second door from the Harrisburg Bank, which he continued in partnership with his brothers Joseph and Bernard for many years. He died unmarried.

3. ´´´. Joseph, b. December 27, 1784; m. Sarah Rupley.

´υ. Mary, b. 1786; m. Michael Walters, of Limestone, Clarion county, Pa., nothing further is known of them.

υ. Susanna, b. December 3, 1787; d. March 30, 1820, at Orangeville, Columbia county, Pa.; m. Andrew Crouse.

4. υ´. Bernard, b. October 27, 1795; m. Charlotte Lewis.

  1. JOHN GEIGER (Bernard), b. February 18, 1780, at Reamstown, Lancaster county, Pa.; d. July 11, 1864, at Harrisburg; he was a prominent merchant there many years; m., in 1807, Mary Schoch, b. April 1, 1788; d. August 4, 1855; daughter of John Shoch and Salome Gilbert. They had issue:
  2. 5. i. Sarah, b. October 31, 1808; m. James Wilson.

    6. ii. George, b. January 27, 1811; m. Rebecca McGrath.

    ´´´. John-Bernard, b. November 30, 1812; d. July 24, 1825.

    7. ´υ. Mary-R., b. October 21, 1814; m. Israel Steel.

    υ. Amanda-E., b. August 1, 1816; d. November 17, 1845, unm.

    8. υ´. Joseph-H., b. November 11, 1817; m., first, Eliza Ingram; m., secondly, Mary Stewart; thirdly, Sarah Butterfield.

    υ´´. Samuel-Schoch, b. June 7, 1819; d. October 30, 1839.

    9. υ´´´. Malvina-L., b. November 16, 1821; m. Samuel D. Ingram.

  3. JOSEPH GEIGER (Bernard), b. December 27, 1784, at Reamstown, Lancaster county, Pa.; d. January 4, 1872, at Halifax, Pa.; learned the trade of a blacksmith with his father, and subsequently became a merchant at Harrisburg. In 1821 removed to his farm on the site of old Fort Halifax, and in 1828 to the borough of Halifax, where he resided until his death. He married, February 15, 1819, Sarah Rupley, b. February 16, 1801, in East Pennsboroĺ township, Cumberland county, Pa.; d. October 25, 1859, at Halifax, Pa.; daughter of Jacob Rupley and Anna Maria Rupp. They had issue:
  1. Bernard, b. March 21, 1820; d. September 3, 1820.

10. ´´. Hiram-Rupley, b. January 24, 1822, m. Elizabeth K. Blattenberger.

11. ´´´. Sarah-Louisa, b. September 5, 1826; m. Rev. William L. Gray.

´υ. Mary-Ellen, b. August 25, 1831; d. January 3, 1833.

υ. Rebecca-Emily, b. April 16, 1834; re-




sided in the old homestead at Halifax.

  1. BERNARD GEIGER (Bernard), b. October 27, 1795, at Harrisburg, Pa.; d. May 30, 1841; was a merchant at Harrisburg; m. Charlotte Lewis, of Harrisburg, b. March 6, 1805; d. November 19, 1832. They had issue:
  1. Louisa, b. 1828; d. March 2, 1849; m. Daniel Eppley, of Harrisburg, and had Minnie, b. August, 1847; d. 1867, at East Liberty, Pa.; m. Walter Fahnestock, of Pittsburg.

12. ´´. Annie-Maria, b. 1830; m. David J. Unger.

13. ´´´. Charlotte-Elizabeth, b. 1833; m. Alexander Roberts.

  1. SARAH GEIGER (John, Bernard), b. October 31, 1808, at Harrisburg, Pa.; d. January 27, 1842; m., December 22, 1831, James Wilson, Jr., of Philadelphia. They had issue:
  1. John-Geiger, resides in Philadelphia.
  2. James.
  3. Sarah-E., resides in Harrisburg.
  1. GEORGE GEIGER (John, Bernard), b. January 27, 1811, at Harrisburg, Pa.; was a merchant of Topeka, Kan.; m. Rebecca McGrath, of Martinĺs Ferry, Ohio. They had issue:
  1. John, d.s.p.
  2. George, d.s.p.
  3. Mary, m. _____ Lee, of Kansas City, Mo.
  4. Fannie, m. _____ Thomson, of Topeka.
  5. Malvina, m. _____ Rodgers, of Topeka.
  1. MARY R. GEIGER (John, Bernard), b. October 21, 1814, at Harrisburg; d. January 17, 1848; m., 1833, Israel Steel. They had issue:
  1. Annie-C., b. July 26, 1834; m. Elias J. Unger; reside at Pittsburgh, Pa.
  1. JOSEPH H. GEIGER (John, Bernard), b. November 11, 1817, at Harrisburg, Pa.; removed to Columbus, O.; was attorney general of that State, and then State librarian; was thrice married; first, Eliza Ingram, of West Chester, Pa., and there was issue:
  1. Eliza-Ingram, resides in Washington, D. C.
  2. He m., secondly, Mary Stewart, of Columbus, O., and had:

  3. Lydia-I., m. _____ Milne, of West Virginia.
  4. Ruth.

He m., thirdly, Sarah Butterfield, a native of New England.

  1. MALVINA L. GEIGER (John, Bernard), b. November 16, 1821, at Harrisburg, Pa.; resides at Harrisburg; m., January 1, 1843, Samuel D. Ingram, and had issue:
  1. John-Geiger, b. October 21, 1843, at Harrisburg, Pa.; d. October 8, 1877; was for several years attached to the reportorial staff at the capital of the State, and local editor of the Telegraph. "Affable in his manners, gentlemanly in his bearing, scrupulously truthful in his official capacity, he won during his brief career as a journalist the warm admiration of a host of friends." Mr. Ingram m. Clara V. Kosure, and left one son.
  1. HIRAM RUPLEY GEIGER (Joseph, Bernard), b. January 24, 1822, near Halifax, Pa.; drowned in the Juniata, near Lewistown, Pa., June 29, 1849; m., January 20, 1846, Elizabeth K. Blattenberger, b. September 4, 1826, at Mt. Patrick, Perry county, Pa. They had issue:
  1. George, b. December 16, 1846, at Liverpool, Perry county, Pa.; entered the United States army (regulars) during the rebellion, and rose to the rank of captain of infantry; was killed in the charge on the fort at Blakely Landing near Mobile, Ala., April 9, 1865.
  1. SARAH LOUISA GEIGER (Joseph, Bernard), b. September 5, 1826, near Halifax, Dauphin county, Pa.; m. Rev. William L Gray, b. November 8, 1821, in Cumberland county, N. J.; son of George Frederick Gray and Martha Smith; a member of the Philadelphia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and now (1883) stationed at First M. E. church, Norristown, Pa. They had issue:
  1. Hiram-Geiger, b. June 16, 1845, at Fort Hunter, Dauphin county, Pa.; d. December 16, 1865, at Philadelphia.
  2. William-Bowen, b. November 11, 1847, at Georgetown X Roads (now Galena), Kent county, Md.; resides at Halifax, Dauphin county, Pa.
  3. Joseph-Downing, b. March 22, 1849, at Galena, Kent county, Md.
  4. Charles-Brindle, b. February 15, 1851,



at Fulton House, Lancaster county, Pa.

υ. Sarah-Martha, b. December 1, 1852, at Philadelphia; d. March 18, 1878, at Easton, Pa.

υ´. Harriet-Rebecca, b. April 13, 1855, at Milford, Pa.

υ´´. John-Milne, b. October 3, 1857, at Pottsville, Pa.

υ´´´. Robert-Chamberlain, b. October 18, 1859, at Manayunk, Pa.

´χ. George-Edward, b. April 28, 1863, at Manayunk, Pa.; d. March 3, 1865, at Reading.

  1. ANNIE MARIA GEIGER (Bernard, Bernard), b. 1830, at Harrisburg, Pa.; d. December 12, 1862; m., in 1848, David J. Unger; was a merchant at Harrisburg; was lieutenant of the Cameron Guards and served in the war with Mexico. They had issue:
  1. Charlotte, d.s.p.
  2. George, d.s.p.
  3. John-Kunkel, d.s.p.
  1. CHARLOTTE ELIZABETH GEIGER (Bernard, Bernard), b. November 19, 1832, at Harrisburg; d. May 2, 1863; m. Alexander Roberts, a civil engineer of Harrisburg; and they had issue:
  1. John-Bernard.
  2. Alexander.
  3. James.
  4. George.



Among the early settlers of this locality was William Harris, a native of England, and no doubt related to John Harris, the pioneer of Harrisĺ Ferry. He settled on the Swatara one and one-half miles above Middletown. He was born in 1701 and died on the 4th of April, 1754. His wife was Catharine Douglass, of the family of Sir Robert Douglass, of Scotland, born in 1709, dying August 7, 1780, aged 71 years. William Harris and his wife are buried in old Derry graveyard. The record of the children of these pioneers, as copied from an old Bible, marked "James Harris, his Book," reads as follows:

  1. "James Harris wass born the 16th of January, being Friday, 1739.

"Sarah Harris wass born the 20th day of March, it being Saturday, 1741.

"John Harris wass born November the 20th, it being Friday, 1746.

"William Harris wass born November the 20th, it being Wednesday, 1749.

"Mary Harris wass born July the 22d, it being Thursday, 1752."

There appears to have been another entry in 1753, but it is illegible. As the youngest son, Robert was born that year it was evidently his birth record.

William Harris died the year after (1754). A distribution of his estate was not made, however, until 1763, when, on the 6th of September, the Orphansĺ Court, held at Lancaster, directed the following:

"To Catharine Harris, widow of the deceased, the interest of one-third, in lieu of her dower; James, the eldest son, one-third as the remainder, or two shares; while the other childrenŚSarah, John, Mary, and RobertŚwere to receive one share; the dower to be divided among the same upon the decease of the widow. The personal property was also distributed in the same proportion, and their uncle James Harris, was appointed guardian of Robert, Mary, and John.

Robert Harris, the youngest child, studied medicine and served as a surgeon of the Pennsylvania Line during the Revolution. He was a valuable officer and highly esteemed by his confreres in that glorious struggle. Dr. Harris died of quinsy at the house of John Phillips, inn-keeper, the sign of the Blue Ball, almost twenty miles west of Philadelphia, in Tredyffrin township, Chester county, on the night of the 4th of March, 1785. His will was written by Andrew Gordon, at his request, and is dated March 3, 1785, "recorded May 3, 1785, and remains in the registerĺs office in Paxtang, Dauphin county." Letters of administration with the will annexed were granted to Mary Harris, the wife of his brother James. Dr. Harris willed the interest of a part of his personal estate to his brother John Harris during his lifetime, and then the principle to fall to Robert, son of James. His land (donation land), when surveyed, he allowed to Laird Harris, son of James. From a receipt still in existence, tombstones were purchased in Philadelphia, and as there are no records in the graveyard at Derry or Paxtang, the presumption is that he was interred at Tredyffrin. The papers of Dr. Harris, which would be of undoubted historic value, were burned by a member of



the family some forty years ago, to prevent their falling into the hands of strangers. His medicine chest is in the possession of his grand-nephew, William L. Harris, of East Buffalo township, in Union county.

Of Sarah and Mary Harris, daughters of William, we have no record.

  1. JAMES HARRIS, the eldest child, married, June 2, 1768, Mary Laird, daughter of William Laird and Catharine Spencer. She was born April 28, 1750 (O.S.), and died December 13, 1842, and interred in the cemetery at Lewisburg. James Harris died April 30, 1787, and is buried at Derry. The children of James Harris and Mary Laird were as follows:
  1. William, b. Wednesday, April 28, 1769; d. February 2, 1785, and buried at Derry.
  2. Elizabeth, b. Thursday, July 18, 1770; d. May 20, 1842; m. Thomas Howard, d. January 15, 1842.
  3. Catharine, b. Thursday, April 2, 1772; d. December 28, 1784, and buried at Derry.
  4. Jean, b. January 6, 1774; d. December 5, 1839.
  5. Laird, b. Tuesday, February 22, 1776; d. June 30, 1804.
  6. Robert, b. Sunday, November 22, 1777; d. at Lewisburg.
  7. Sarah, b. Saturday, September 4, 1779; d. December 30, 1827, unm.

3. υ´´´. James, b. Wednesday, June 13, 1781; m. Sarah Bell.

´χ. Matthew, b. Friday, August 13, 1784; d. February 13, 1873.

χ. William-Laird, b. Thursday, May 17, 1786; d. November 11, 1845; was a member of the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1833, and of the Constitutional Convention 1837-8.

James Harris took and subscribed the oath of allegiance and fidelity to the State and Colonies on the 14th day of July, 1777, before Joshua Elder, magistrate at Paxtang. He served in the army and was at the battles of Trenton, Princeton, Brandywine and Germantown. During the year 1778 he was in service with his wagon and team in the Jerseys. After his death his widow removed about 1792, to Buffalo Valley, then Northumberland and now Union county.

  1. JAMES HARRIS (James, William), b. June 13, 1781, in Derry township, Dauphin county, Pa.; d. July 1, 1868, in Buffalo Valley, Union county, Pa.; m., October, 1819, Sarah Bell. They had issue:
  1. William-Laird, b. 1821.
  2. James-Spencer, b. 1823.
  3. Samuel-Bell, b. 1825.
  4. Mary-Laird, b. 1827.
  5. Robert-Douglass, b. 1829.
  6. Ann-Berryhill, b. 1831.
  7. Sarah-Clementina, b. 1833.
  8. Caroline-Douglass, b. 1835; d. 1864.
  9. Berryhill-Bell, b. 1837.

Of this family of Harrisĺ none remain in this locality. Like their neighbors of a century and more ago, their descendants have sought new homes, while only the brief tombstone inscriptions in deserted graveyards, and the mere mention of a name here and there on the old records, tell of the brave and hardy ancestry.



PATRICK HAYES, born in county Donegal, Ireland, in 1705, came to Pennsylvania in company with his brothers, Hugh, William, and James, about 1728, all of whom took up land in what is now Derry township. On the assessment list for 1751 the name of James is wanting. He probably died prior to that period, while Hugh and William followed the Virginia and Carolina migration of the few years subsequent. Patrick remained and died in Derry on the 31st of January, 1790. His wife, Jean _____, whom he married in 1729, died October 15, 1792. Both are buried in old Derry churchyard. They had children as follows:

  1. David, b. 1731; m. Martha Wilson, daughter of James Wilson; he inherited what is now the Felty farm.
  2. Robert, b. February 2, 1733; m., March 25, 1762, Margaret Wray, of Derry; was an officer of the Revolution; he inherited what is now the Longnecker farm; he built his house in 1762, and his stone barn in 1772; the latter was torn down in 1850. Robert and Margaret Hayes hadŚJean, b. 1763, d. 1817; John, b. 1765, m. Margaret Gray; Patrick, b. 1767, m. _____ Mickey, of Cumberland county; Margaret, b. 1769, m. William Thome, of Hanover; Robert, b. 1771, m., first, Jean Hayes, daughter of Capt. Patrick
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    Hayes, and secondly, _____ Henderson, of Shippensburg; David, b. 1773, d. October 8, 1796; Samuel, b. 1775, d. unm.; James, b. 1777, d. 1798; William, b. 1779, removed to Virginia; Solomon, b. 1781, d.s.p.; Joseph, b. 1783, m. and went to Equality, Ill. Robert Hayes d. June 6, 1809; his wife Margaret, January 6, 1820; aged 77 years.

  4. Eleanor, b. 1735; m., February 6, 1755, Patrick Campbell, son of John Campbell, of Derry; their daughter married the Rev. Joshua Williams.
  5. William, b. 1737; m., October 6, 1767, Jean Taylor, and removed to Virginia.
  6. Jean, b. 1739; m., October 31, 1765, William Scott.
  7. Samuel, b. 1741; m. and removed to Virginia.
  8. Patrick, b. 1743; m. _____ McAllister, sister of Capt. Archibald McAllister; was Capt. Patrick Hayes of the Revolution; removed to Lycoming county and died there about 1812; he inherited the farm in Derry, now owned by Mr. Hershey.



  1. ANDREW HERSHEY, b. 1702, in Switzerland; removed early in life with his parents to the Palatinate. In the year 1719 he and his brother Benjamin sailed for America and settled in Lancaster county, Pa. His brother Christian followed in 1739; and all three were chosen ministers in the Mennonite Church. Andrew Hershey died in 1792, aged ninety years. There was issue:
  1. Christian, b. 1734; d. January, 1783; m. Elizabeth Hiestand, daughter of Abraham Hiestand, of Hempfield, Lancaster county, Pa.
  1. ii. Andrew, b. 1736; m., first, Magdalena Baughman; secondly, Maria Acker.

´´´. John.

´υ. Benjamin, d. prior to 1780, and had Elizabeth, m. Henry Landis, Benjamin, and Mary.

υ. Jacob, resided in Hempfield township; d. prior to 1767, at which time his children, Maria and Ann, were above fourteen years but not of age.

υ´. Abraham.

υ´´. Isaac.

υ´´´. Henry.

´χ. Catharine.

χ. Maria.

χ´. Odti.

  1. ANDREW HERSHEY (Andrew), b. 1736, in Lancaster county, Pa.; d. July 16, 1806; was twice married; m. Magdalena Baughman; d. prior to 1763; daughter of Michael Baughman, and had issue:
  1. Catharine, b. 1760.
  2. He m., secondly, Maria Acker, b. September 26, 1743; d. September 13, 1831. They had issue:

  3. Anna, b. February 28, 1762.
  4. Jacob, b. October 2, 1765.
  5. Maria, b. May 23, 1768.
  1. v. Andrew, b. September 14, 1770; m. Esther Kauffman.

υ´. Henry, b. December 19, 1772.

υ´´. Elizabeth, b. December 5, 1775.

υ´´´. John, b. March 31, 1783.

  1. ANDREW HERSHEY (Andrew, Andrew), b. September 14, 1770; d. August 1, 1835; m. Esther Kauffman, b. May 31, 1770; d. March 3, 1829. They had issue:
  1. Christian, b. December 22, 1796; d. September 5, 1834.
  2. Anna, b. July 15, 1799.
  3. Andrew, b. January 15, 1802.
  4. Maria, b. December 9, 1804.
  5. Catharine, b. January 15, 1809.
  6. Esther, b. September 11, 1811.
  7. Barbara, b. December 9, 1814.
  8. Elizabeth (twin), b. December 9, 1814.
  9. John, b. March 14, 1815.
  10. Magdalena, b. March 20, 1821.

In addition to the foregoing, which evidently refers to one branch of the family, we have the following:

BENEDICT HERSHEY died prior to 1763, leaving a wife Judith, and children:

  1. Jacob.
  2. Barbara.
  3. Andrew.
  4. Peter.
  5. John.
  6. Esther.

ANDREW HERSHEY, of Londonderry township, Dauphin county, died in 1792, leaving a wife, and children:

  1. Benjamin.
  2. Henry.
  3. Christian, of Manor township.
  4. Andrew, of Donegal township.
  5. John, m. Magdalena _____.




  1. Among the earliest settlers of the Wiconisco Valley was John Peter Hoffman, a native of Germany, born in 1709. With others of his family and friends he came to America in 1739, in the ship Robert and Alice, Capt. Walter Goodman, arriving at Philadelphia in September of that year. He first located in Berks county, where he worked at his trade, that of a carpenter. During the early Indian troubles on the frontiers he served some time as a soldier in the Provincial forces. About the year 1750 he came to the end of Short mountain in Lykenĺs Valley, where he built a small log house, just across the road from the present residence of Daniel Romberger. Sixty years ago this was used as a blacksmith shop. John Peter Hoffman was the contemporary of Andrew and John Lycans of Lykens, Ludwig Shott, John Rewalt, and others, and with them driven off by the Indians in their marauds of 1756. It was subsequent to this period that he brought his family to the valley. Here he followed farming, and died in 1798 at the age of eighty-nine years. His remains with those of his wife who had deceased previously were interred in the field near the present house on the old farm now owned by Mr. Romberger, before named. He left issue, among others:
  1. Catherine, m. Andrew Reigle, the head of a large family of that name in the "Upper End." They both reached the age of four score years.
  2. Barbara, m. George Buffington, a soldier of the Revolution, and the head of the family of that name.
  3. Elizabeth, m. Ludwig Sheetz, the head of the large family of that name.

2. ´υ. John, b. 1746; m. Miss Kauffman.

3. υ. John-Nicholas, b. 1749; m. Margaret Harman.

4. υ´. Christian, b. 1752; m. Miss Deibler.

  1. JOHN HOFFMAN (John-Peter), eldest son of John Peter Hoffman, was a native of Berks county, born in 1746. He served in the war of the Revolution, and commanded the Upper Paxtang company in its expedition up the West Branch in 1778, and participated in the battle at Muncy Hill. He resided near Hoffmanĺs church, on the farm now owned by George Williard. He was a farmer, and served as a justice of the peace from 1771 until 1831, the year of his death. He and his wife, a Miss Kauffman, are buried in Hoffmanĺs church graveyard. They had issue:
  1. Elizabeth, m. John Hoffman, a farmer. They resided near Hoffmanĺs church, on the farm now owned by George Row.
  2. Maria, m. Joseph Neagley, a farmer, who resided in the lower part of the valley. They had a large family, and lived to advanced ages.
  3. Magdalena, m. Thomas Koppenheffer. He was a captain in Col. Timothy Greenĺs battalion, and was at the battle of Long Island. Mrs. Koppenheffer lived to be over four score years of age.
  4. Catherine, m. John Buffington, a farmer, who resided on the farm adjoining Robert Elderĺs, now owned by Jacob Hartman. Mr. Buffington was county commissioner from 1822 to 1824.
  5. Barbara, b. 1800; m. John N. Specht. She d. in 1879.

5. υ´. John, m. Miss Deibler.

υ´´. Jacob, married and removed to Schuylkill county, where some of his descendants yet reside.

6. υ´´´. Daniel, m. Miss Snyder.

  1. JOHN NICHOLAS HOFFMAN (John-Peter), was born in Tulpehocken township, Berks county, in the year 1749. He settled on the farm now owned by Benjamin Rickert, near Short mountain. He was the owner of a large tract of land, at present divided into a number of farms. He deeded land to the congregation of Hoffmanĺs church, for church, school and burial purposes. He was a soldier of the Revolution, and participated in the battles of Brandywine and Germantown. His life was an active, busy and useful one. He was married, April 22, 1772, by Pastor Kurtz, of the Lutheran church, to Margaret Harman, also a native of Berks county. They had issue:
  1. Catharine, b. 1775; m. Peter Shoffstall. They resided near Gratztown, and died at advanced ages, leaving a large family.
  2. Susanna, m. Levi Buffington, a carpenter. He built the Hoffman church.
  3. Sarah, m. Jonathan Snyder. They moved to Wayne county, Ohio, near Wooster, where they both lived to upwards of ninety years of age; their son Daniel resides there.
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  5. Margaret, m. Alexander Klinger, and removed to Crawford county, Pa. She died a few years ago at the age of 98.

7. υ. Peter, b. September 22, 1778; m. Miss Lubold.

υ´. Elizabeth, b. 1780; d. in Sugar Valley, over 91 years of age; m. Jacob Hawk.

8. υ´´. Jacob, b. 1782; m. Catharine Ferree.

9. υ´´´. Daniel, b. 1784; m. Hannah Ferree.

10. ´χ. Nicholas, b. 1790; m.

11. χ. John, b. 1794; m.

χ´. George, b. 1798; resided in Gratztown; was appointed justice of the peace in 1834.

  1. CHRISTIAN HOFFMAN (John-Peter), b. 1752; resided on the old homestead at the end of Short mountain. He died in Powellĺs Valley. He was a soldier of the Revolution and an active citizen in the "Upper End." He married Susannah Deibler, daughter of Albert Deibler, and died in Armstrong Valley at the age of 87. They had issue:
  1. Anna-Mary, m. John Pies, and left a large family. They resided at Sand Spring, in the upper end of Powellĺs Valley.
  2. Susannah, m. Philip Shott, and had a large family.
  3. Catharine, m. Jonathan Novinger; removed to Indiana. Cyrus Novinger, of Millersburg, is their son.

12. ´υ. John-B., b. 1790; m. Margaret Bowman.

υ. Jonas, was a farmer, and resided at the foot of Peterĺs mountain, where he died.

υ´. Peter, was a farmer; m. and resided near Fisherville, where he died, leaving a large family.

υ´´. Christian, was a farmer; resided near Snyderĺs mill, Lykens Valley.

υ´´´. Daniel-G., b. 1795, was a farmer and resided near Fisherville; sixty years ago m. Susannah Harman, now 85 years of age; was a justice of the peace a long time, and held other offices.

´χ. Philip, b. about 1800; was justice of the peace for Jefferson township.

  1. JOHN HOFFMAN (John, John-Peter), resided near his father; was a farmer, and held the office of justice of the peace until he received the appointment of steward of the county almshouse in 1824, a position he held until 1835 when he was elected register, serving until 1841; was the first local preacher in the valley, built the first fulling and carding mill in the Upper End, where Samuel Wolf now resides in Lykens township. He was married four times, his first wife being a Miss Deibler, sister to Daniel Deibler, Sr., and left a large family.
  2. DANIEL HOFFMAN (John, John-Peter), m. Miss Snyder, and had one son, Daniel, Jr., a distinguished civil engineer, residing in Philadelphia. John R., a son of the latter, also a civil engineer in the employ of the Summit Branch Railroad and Coal Company, resides at Pottsville. Daniel Hoffman, Sr., died young, in Lykens Valley, and his widow subsequently married John Hoke.
  3. PETER HOFFMAN (John-Nicholas, John-Peter), was born on the 22d of September, 1778. He was a farmer and owned the farm now in the occupancy of William Hawk. He was a soldier of the war of 1812 and died in 1864, aged 86 years. He married Mollie Lubold, sister of Frederick Lubold. They are both buried in the Hoffman church graveyard. They had issue:
  1. Daniel, m. Miss Rissinger and removed to Crawford county, Pa., where his son Joshua now resides. Another son, Jonas, a carpenter, resides at Lykens. Daniel died a few years ago aged 73 years.
  2. Jacob-Peter, was quite a politician and died a few years ago in Lykens, where his widow and children now reside.
  3. John-Peter, b. in 1806; m. Elizabeth Umholtz, daughter of J. Philip Umholtz; was a farmer residing near Short mountain. Their son, Henry-B., resided at Millersburg, and John-P., in Powellĺs Valley.
  4. Catharine, m. Daniel Reigle. Mr. Reigel was county commissioner, 1852-4.
  5. Elizabeth, m. Philip Keiser. Their son Daniel was a member of the Legislature, 1863-4.
  6. Hannah,, m. Samuel Thomas.
  1. JACOB HOFFMAN (John-Nicholas, John-Peter), b. in 1782, purchased his fatherĺs farm. He was a well-informed farmer, and was exceedingly popular. He filled several local offices, and in 1833 and 1834 served in the Legislature. He was quite prominent in


the church, and a zealous Christian. He married Catharine Ferree. They had issue:

  1. Amos, b. 1809; m. Amanda, daughter of the late Gen. Thomas Harper; was for a number of years steward of the almshouse, and resided at Berrysburg. At one time he had five sons in the Union army, Col. Thomas-W., Capt. Jacob-F., John-H., Edwin-A., and Henry.
  2. Jacob-B., resided near Williamstown.
  3. Hannah, m. John Romberger.
  4. Sarah, m. Michael Forney.
  5. Catharine, m. Abram Hess.
  1. DANIEL HOFFMAN (John-Nicholas, John-Peter), was born in 1784; was a farmer, and served in the war of 1812. He died in 1830 at the age of 46 years. He married Hannah Ferree, and had issue:
  1. David, was a merchant and justice of the peace. He died and is buried at Berrysburg. His son, Daniel-C., became superintendent of a Kentucky and Tennessee railroad, and died of yellow fever in 1878 at Louisville, Ky.
  2. Jacob-D., was a county commissioner and twice sheriff; resided at Harrisburg; of his family Isaac-W. is agent of the Northern Central railway at Millersburg; Adam, United States postal route agent; George-E., d. 1888; Ada, m. M. Wilson McAlarney, and attorney-at-law, postmaster at Harrisburg 1874-1886, now editor Daily Telegraph; Elmira, m. Joseph C. McAlarney, a lawyer of Harrisburg; Rebecca, and Sarah.
  3. Daniel, is a miner and resides at Lykens.
  4. Joseph, resided at Hummelstown.
  5. Hannah, m. Isaac Uhler, a miller.
  6. Elmira, m. John S. Musser, who was county commissioner 1860-62; resided at Millersburg.
  1. NICHOLAS HOFFMAN (John-Nicholas, John-Peter), was born in 1790-a farmer, and served in the war of 1812. He died in 1874 at the age of eighty-four. He had issue:
  1. John-Nicholas, was director of the poor; resided in Washington township.
  2. Isaac, was county commissioner 1867-70.
  3. Sarah, m. _____ Sheaffer; their daughter Mary married William B. Meetch, former register of the county.
  4. James, resided on the old homestead.
  1. JOHN HOFFMAN (John-Nicholas, John-Peter), b. in 1794, was a soldier in the war of 1812; a tailor by trade, and resided near Berrysburg, where he died. He left a large family. George, Daniel and Henry Katterman, severally, married daughters of John Hoffman.
  2. JOHN B. HOFFMAN (Christian, John-Peter), b. in 1790; was a blacksmith by trade; served in the war of 1812, in which he was promoted a lieutenant colonel. He filled a number of responsible official positions, and died in 1875, aged eighty-five years. He married Margaret Bowman and left a large family, most of whom reside in Powellĺs Valley.



From data in our possession we are able to give the year of the location of an early settler at the mouth of the Juniata, that of Marcus Hulings in 1753. Day and Rupp, relying upon tradition, give the time "possibly as early as 1735." It is a matter of history that all the settlers on Shearmanĺs creek and the Juniata had been removed by the sheriff, Andrew Workĺs posse in 1750, and the houses of the settlers burned; so that it was not for two or three years at least afterwards that the hardy frontierman ventured to build his rude cabin on the forbidden land. It is stated by Watson that Marcus Hulings came from Marcus Hook on the Delaware. Nevertheless, the Hulings were among the earliest settlers on that river, locating there long before the founder came over and constituted the grand old Commonwealth called for him. The name is spelled Uhling, Hewlings and Hulings, and is Swedish.

A few years after locating on the Juniata came Braddockĺs defeat, and all the horrors of an Indian war followed. In the spring after (1756) the savages had reached the Susquehanna; but the few scattered frontiersmen were unequal for the conflict, and were obliged to flee. Some lingered too long, for the wily red man came down suddenly and the tomahawk and scalping-knife were reek-



ing with the life-blood of the hardy, but unfortunate pioneers. Mr. Hulings, on being apprised of the near approach of the savages, hurriedly packed up a few valuables and, placing his wife and youngest child upon a large black horse (the other children having previously been removed to a place of safety) fled to the point of the island, ready to cross over at the first alarm. Forgetting something in the haste, and thinking the Indians might not have arrived, Mr. Hulings ventured to return alone to the house. After carefully reconnoitering, he entered, and found, to his surprise, an Indian upstairs "cooly picking his flint." Stopping some time to parley with the savage, so that he might retreat without being shot at; the delay to his wife, seemed unaccountable and, fearing he had been murdered, she whipped up her horse and swam the Susquehanna. The water was quite high, but, nowise daunted, she succeeded in reaching the opposite shore in safety. Mr. Hulings soon appeared, and finding the animal with his wife and child had disappeared, in turn he became alarmed, but a signal from the eastern shore of the stream relieved his anxiety, and he himself, by means of a light canoe, was safe from pursuit. The fugitives succeeded in reaching Fort Hunter, where the Baskins and others of their neighbors had congregated and the inhabitants of Paxtang had rallied for a defense.

It was not until the fall of Fort Duquesne, and the erection of Fort Pitt, that Marcus Hulings returned to his farm with his family. A year after, however, we find him at the Forks of the Ohio where he took up a quantity of land. In the meantime, encroachments were being made upon his lands on the Juniata, and in 1762 we have the following letter, protesting against the same:

"FORT PITT, May the 7th, 1762.

"To William Peters, Esq., Secretorey to the

Propriatorries in land office in Philadelphia, &c.:

"The Petitioner hereof humbly showeth his grievance in a piece of uncultivated land, laying in Cumberland County, on the Northwest side of Juneadey, laying in the verry Forks and point between the two rivers, Susquehanna and Juneadey, a place that I Emproved and lived on one Year and a half on the said place till the enemeyes in the beginning of the last Warrs drove me away from it, and I have had no opertunity yet to take out a Warrant for it; my next neighbour wass one Joseph Greenwood, who sold his emprovement to Mr. Neaves, a merchant in Philadelphia, who took out a warrant for the sĺd place, and gave it into the hands of Collonel John Armstrong, who is Surveyor for Cumberland County; and while I was absent from them parts last Summer, Mr. Armstrong runed out that place Joyning me, for Mr. Neaves; and as my place layes in the verry point, have encroaced too much on me and Take away part of Improvements; the line Desided between me and Joseph Greenwood was up to the first small short brook that empyed into Susquehannah above the point, and if I should have a strait line runĺd from the one river to the other with equal front on each River from that brook, I shall not have 300 acres in that survey; the land above my house upon Juneadey is much broken and stoney. I have made a rough draft of the place and lines, and if Your Honour will be pleased to see one righted, the Petitioner hereof is in Duty bound ever for you to pray; from verry humble servĺt.


With the foregoing he sent the following note to Mr. Peters:

"May ye 17th, 1762.

"SIR: I have left orders for Mr. Mathias Holston living in Upper Merrion of Philadelphia county, to take out two warrants for me, one for the Point between the two Rivers, and one for the Improvements I have in the place called the Onion bottom on the south side of Juneadey right aposite to the other, where I lived six months before I moved to the other place; from your humble servant, MARCUS HULINGS."

Directed to "William Peters, Esq., Secretorey to the Propriatories land office In Philadelphia."

With these letters is the "rough draught" of the land at the mouth of the Juniata, which would be worth reproducing, as no description we can give will convey an accurate idea of it. Three islands are noted. One now known as Duncanĺs Island is marked "Island" and house as "Widdow Baskins." The large island in the Susquehanna known as Haldemanĺs Island containing three houses--the one to the southern point "Francis Baskins" one-third further up, on the Susquehanna side, "George Clark," while about the center that



of "Francis Ellis." On the north point is the word "Island." Almost opposite on the east bank of the Susquehanna, is "James Reedĺs" house; while between the center of the island and the western shore is a small triangular "Island," so marked. On "the point" between the "Susquehannah River" and the "Juneadey River," near the bank of the latter stream, is "Hulingsĺ house." Some distance from "the point" is a straight line running from river to river on which is written "this is the way I want my line;" while beyond on the West Branch of the Susquehannah nearly opposite "James Reedĺs" house is "Mr. Neaveĺs house." Farther up the river, opposite a small island is "Francis Ellisĺ" house. A circuitous line denominated "Mr. Neaveĺs line," crosses the straight line referred to which included "Part of Hulingsĺ Improvement." On the south side of the Juniata below the mouth thereof is "William Kerlĺs" house; opposite the point of Duncanĺs Island, "James Baskinsĺ" house, while "Hulingsĺ house" (another improvement) is farther up--in what is named the "Onion bottom" Beyond this on the same side of the Juniata is a house marked "Cornelius Acheson, who has encroached upon Hulingsĺ Improvement in the Onion bottomŚsettled there last Spring." Opposite the islands on the east bank of the Susquehanna are "Peterĺs mountain" and "narroughs." We suppose Mr. Hulings was "righted," as he desired.

Becoming discontented with the situation at Pittsburgh, Hulings sold his claim for ₤200 and returned to his home at the mouth of the Juniata, where he made considerable improvements. He established a ferry, and built, says Watson, a causeway at the upper end of Duncanĺs Island for pack horses to pass.

Marcus Hulingsĺ home was lately in the possession of Dr. George N. Reutter. He originally owned all the land between the Susquehanna and Juniata below New Buffalo, and had also a tract of land at the mouth of Shearmanĺs creek, then in Rye township, Cumberland county, but now Penn township, Perry county.

Mr. Hulings died in September, 1788, and is buried in a graveyard near Loshĺs Run. Mrs. Hulings whose maiden name has not come down to us, was a remarkable woman, and on more than one occasion forded the Susquehanna and wended her way to the mill at Fort Hunter with a small bag of grainŚwhen waiting till it was ground, she hastened homeward. This however, was only in the first years of their pioneer life, for shortly after a grist mill was erected on Shearmanĺs creek. She was a brave and intrepid pioneer woman, and a noble wife for the hardy frontiersman. She died prior to the Revolution and is buried in the same graveyard with her husband, but their graves are unmarked. They had five children who survived their parents:

  1. MARCUS, the eldest born in 1747, possibly never returned with his father from Fort Pitt. He erected a large stone tavern and established a ferry on the south side of the Monongahela river, opposite the foot of Liberty street, Pittsburgh. It was afterwards, says Mr. Isaac Craig, for half a century known as Jonesĺ ferry house, and as frequently noted in the journals of travelers about the commencement of the present century. He seems to have been quite prominent on the western frontiers and is frequently made mention of. Gen. Richard Butler, one of the commissioners appointed to hold treaties with the Northern and Western Indians, in his journal of October 1, 1785, says: "I fortunately recommended the employment of one Mr. Huling, who I find to be a very useful, active and ingenious man, he goes ahead with a small canoe to search out the channel, which we find to be very crooked." This was no doubt Marcus Hulings. In the journal of Gen. Joseph Buell, the arrival at Fort Harmar of "Uhling, a trader on the river," is mentioned three times, November 5 and December 3, 1786, and on the 4th of January, 1787. For more than ten years subsequent to 1790, Marcus Hulings was employed by Major Isaac Craig, quartermaster at Pittsburgh, in transporting military stores up the Allegheny to Fort Franklin and to Presquĺ Isle, and down the Ohio and Mississippi to the military posts on those streams. Major Craigĺs letter-books and papers contain ample evidence that Marcus Hulings was a faithful and reliable man in all his undertakings. We have no knowledge as to his subsequent career, although we are informed that he died in Tennessee. He left descendants.
  2. Mary, b. in 1749; m., 1st, Thomas Simpson; 2d, on January 18, 1780, William Stewart. They had four children. She d. February 22, 1790. Mr. Stewart afterwards m. Mrs. Martha Espy, widow of James Espy.
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  4. SAMUEL, b. in 1751, also located on the Ohio. He owned an island in the Allegheny called Hulingsĺ, and we presume is yet known by that name. Samuel Hulings married and left issue.
  5. JAMES, b. in 1753; we have no knowledge whatever.
  6. THOMAS HULINGS, youngest son of Marcus Hulings, who succeeded to the paternal estate, b. March 3, 1755; d. in Buffalo township, Perry county, March, 1808. He was a prominent man in the locality, and served on several important State commissions. He was twice married; 1st, to Elizabeth, daughter of Gen. Frederick Watts, of the Revolution, and Jane Murray, his wife, b. July 7, 1749; d. July 15, 1801. They had issue:
  1. Rebecca, b. March 25, 1789; m., May 21, 1811, Robert Callender Duncan, son of Judge Duncan, of Carlisle, from whom Duncanĺs Island derives the name. She died in April, 1850, leaving two children: Dr. Thomas Duncan, who d. in 1879, without issue; and Benjamin Styles Duncan, who d. in 1870, leaving four children now residing on Duncanĺs Island. It may be here remarked that Mrs. Duncan, in her will, says, "of Isle Benvenue."
  2. Marcus, b. February 11, 1791; removed to the South; m. and left issue.
  3. Frederick-Watts, b. March 9, 1792; m. and settled in Tennessee, where he became quite prominent, being at one time speaker of the House of Representatives of that State. He was a captain in the Confederate army, and while attempting to get on a train of cars during the Rebellion was severely injured, from the effects of which he died at his then residence, New Orleans. He left issue.
  4. David-Watts, b. 1793; m. Maria Patton, of Lewistown. He studied law and was admitted to the Dauphin county bar April 21, 1823. He became the possessor of the old homestead, but afterwards disposed of it and purchased largely near Lewistown. He bought Hope Furnace, which he greatly improved. He represented Mifflin county in the Legislature. Subsequently he removed to Baltimore, where he died leaving children, Thomas, Maria, Ellen, Mary, and Lizzie. Thomas married a daughter of General Thomas, of Washington D. C.; was a colonel in the Civil war, and killed in the battle of the Wilderness. Maria married Lloyd Williams, a lawyer of Baltimore. Ellen married Charles Denison, of Wilkes-Barre. Mary married Goodwin Williams, of Baltimore, and Elizabeth married Chauncey Reynolds, of Wilkes-Barre. The latter are both widows, residing at Baltimore.
  5. Mary, b. May 8, 1798; m. James S. Espy, of Harrisburg, and had two children, both of whom are deceased.

Thomas Hulings married, secondly, Rebecca, daughter of Andrew and Rebecca Berryhill, of Harrisburg, and had issue:

υ´. Eleanor, b. 1803; m. John Keagy, of Harrisburg, and had issue: Thomas and Rebecca, both residing at Baltimore. After Mr. Keagyĺs death, she married Dr. Joseph Ard, of Lewistown, whom she survived. She died at Baltimore in June, 1880.

υ´´. Elizabeth, b. 1805; m. James Dickson, of Lewistown, and had issue: Annie and William. The latter died in Philadelphia in 1875, leaving Annie, who resides at New Bloomfield. Mrs. Dickson, the last surviving child of Thomas Hulings, died at new Bloomfield on the 25th of July, 1881.

υ´´´. Julia, m. William Bringhurst, of Clarkesville, Tenn., and had issue, three boys and three girls; two of the former are dead, the remaining children married and are residing in Tennessee.



  1. FREDERICK HUMMEL, the founder of Hummelstown, was born April 14, 1726, in Wurtemberg, Germany; d. June 24, 1775, in Derry township, Lancaster, now Dauphin county, Pa. He was twice married; first, Rosina _____, b. December 20, 1732, in the


Pfalz, Germany; d. December 26, 1768. They had issue:

  1. i. Valentine, b. February 17, 1753; m. Anna Eve _____.
  2. ´´. Frederick, b. October 4, 1758; m. Rachel Rickert.
  3. ´´´. David, b. January 9, 1761; m. Mary Toot.

´υ. Rosina, b. August 9, 1763; d.s.p.

υ. Eve, b. 1765; m. Peter Fridley.

Mr. Hummel m., secondly, in 1769, Barbara Blessing, who d. December 1797. They had issue:

5. υ´. Christian, b. March 24, 1770; m. Susanna Reist.

υ´´. Catharine (twin), b. March 24, 1770; m. John Wetherholt.

6. υ´´´. Barbara, b. 1772; m. Nicholas Singer.

7. ´χ. John, b. September 11, 1774; m. Esther Minsker.

χ. Ludwig, b. 1775; d. inf.

  1. VALENTINE HUMMEL (Frederick), b. February 17, 1753; d. October 20, 1802. His wife, Anna Eve _____, b. December 20, 1750; d. September 16, 1830; both buried in the Lutheran church graveyard at Hummelstown. They had issue:
  1. John, b. March, 1796; d.s.p.
  1. FREDERICK HUMMEL (Frederick), b. October 4, 1758; d. December 7, 1802; m. Rachel Rickert, daughter of Jacob Rickert, b. March 14, 1757; d. November 24, 1835. They had issue:
  1. i. Jacob, b. 1780; m. Susanna Binehower.
  2. ´´. Frederick, b. July 6, 1782; m. Susanna Hamaker.

´´´. John, b. 1785; d. March 10, 1793.

10. ´υ. Valentine, b. February 7, 1787; m. Elizabeth Walborn.

υ. Hannah, b. September 18, 1789; d. June 21, 1860; unm.

υ´. David, b. October 29, 1792; d. February 9, 1805.

υ´´. Rosina, b. May 4, 1795; d. March 24, 1876; unm.

υ´´´. Christina, b. 1797; m. David Earnest.

´χ. Rachel, b. November 24, 1799; d. September 27, 1867; m. Richard Fox.

χ. Elizabeth, b. September 23, 1807; d. March 24, 1836; unm.

  1. DAVID HUMMEL (Frederick), b. January 9, 1761; d. October 3, 1793; m. Mary Toot, b. January 11, 1764; d. December 29, 1858, daughter of David Toot, of Middletown. In the Lutheran church graveyard at Hummelstown is a tombstone with the following inscription: "Hier Ruhet /David Hummel, / Er war Geboren / den 9ten Januar / 1761 und Starb den / 3ten October 1793; / ist alt worden in / 32 Jahr 8 mo / und 24 Tag / ich habe uber wunden, / zu guter nact O welt / Und zog durch Christi wunden / ins reehti Siegeszelt." They had issue:
  2. 11. ´. Frederick, b. December 24, 1782; m. Barbara Metzgar.

    12. ´´. David, b. September 8, 1784; m. Susanna Kunkel.

    ´´´. Leah, b. 1787; d. January 20, 1817; m., December 10, 1811, Henry Landis.

    ´υ. Mary, b. March 13, 1789; d. November 23, 1863; m. Daniel Baum, b. April 19, 1783; d. December 21, 1857.

    13. v. Anna, b. May 29, 1791; d. October 3, 1763; m. George Stoner.

    14. ´υ. Joseph, b. August 11, 1793; m. Elizabeth Leebrick.

  3. CHRISTIAN HUMMEL (Frederick), b. March 24, 1770; d. March 7, 1837; m. Susanna Reist, b. February 28, 1772; d. September 28, 1854. They had issue ten sons and four daughters, of whom we have the following:

15. i. Jacob, b. March 24, 1791; m. Justina Bower.

  1. David, b. 1792; accidently drowned February 28, 1808.
  2. Samuel, b. 1794; m. _____ Kunkelman, and had issue.
  3. Joseph, b. 1796; d. June 19, 1844.
  4. Mary, b. 1798; d. February 19, 1829; m. William Barnett, b. 1793; d. September 6, 1828.
  5. Christian, b. 1803; m. and left issue.

16. υ´´. David, b. May 16, 1806; m. Barbara Shira.

17. υ´´´. John, m. Catharine Weidle.

´χ. Reist, d.s.p.

χ. Michael, d. February, 1829; m. Catharine _____.

  1. BARBARA HUMMEL (Frederick), b. 1774; d. March 25, 1834; m. Nicholas Singer, b. 1769; accidentally drowned March 4, 1815; had issue as follows (surname Singer):
  1. Jacob, m. Elizabeth Andrew.
  2. Elizabeth, d.s.p.
  3. John, m. _____ Binehower
  4. David, d.s.p.
  5. Frederick, d.s.p.



υ´. George, b. July 19, 1808; m. Nancy Christley, b. October 31, 1811; d. June 23, 1869, and had issue:

    1. Elizabeth-Barbara, m. Herman Garberich.
    2. Sarah-Rebecca.
    3. David-William, m. Jennie Sellers.
    4. Caroline-Margaret, m. John H. Fisher.
    5. Juliann, m. Ann Sellers.

υ´´. Samuel, m. and left issue.

  1. JOHN HUMMEL (Frederick), b. September 11, 1774, d. September 11, 1832; m. Esther Minsker, b. March 12, 1778; d. May 23, 1832, and buried at Campbellstown. They had issue:
  1. Rebecca, b. March 19, 1805; d. August 13, 1868; m. John Blessing, b. September 30, 1800; d. March 19, 1856.
  2. Frederick.
  3. David, m. Catharine Herr, of Lancaster county, Pa.
  4. Jesse-B., b. November 4, 1807; d. August 11, 1867; m. Mary Ann Stoner, b. April 22, 1815; d. June 14, 1849.
  5. Sabina.
  6. Michael-Minsker, d.s.p.
  7. James.
  8. John, d.s.p.
  1. JACOB HUMMEL (Frederick, Frederick), b. 1780; d. November 5, 1850; m., June 11, 1805, Susanna Binehower, daughter of Peter and Christina Binehower, b. 1783; d. December 10, 1845, and left issue:
  1. Peter, b. June 7, 1807; d. May 18, 1868; m. Sarah B. Stoner.
  2. Frederick-A., d.s.p.
  3. Jacob-Binehower, m. and had issue.
  4. Catharine, m. George Balsbaugh, and had issue.
  5. John-H., b. July 18, 1817; m. Ann Fox.
  6. Solomon, d.s.p.
  7. Valentine-B., b. April 28, 1825; d. October 10, 1879; m. Lydia _____, b. November 27, 1827; d. April 20, 1876, and left issue.
  1. FREDERICK HUMMEL (Frederick, Frederick), b. July 6, 1782; d. March 28, 1831; m. Susanna Hamaker, b. March 6, 1783; d. April 6, 1855, and had issue:
  1. Savilla, b. December 11, 1803; d. December 19, 1836.
  2. Cyrus, b. 1805; m.
  3. Elizabeth, b. September 23, 1807; d. March 24, 1836.
  4. Valentine, b. March 12, 1812; d. August 26, 1880; m. Jane Nelson, and left issue.
  5. Anna, d. April, 1855; m. John Hummel, of Ohio, and left issue.
  6. John-Frederick, d. May, 1890.
  7. George-Washington, m. _____ Killinger.
  8. Richard-Jackson, b. July 25, 1823; d. August 7, 1845.
  1. VALENTINE HUMMEL (Frederick, Frederick), b. February 7, 1787, at Hummelstown; d. September 4, 1870; m., March 18, 1813, by Rev. F. C. Schaeffer, Elizabeth Walborn, b. 1797; d. October 25, 1867; daughter of Christian Walborn. They had issue:
  1. Mary-Walborn, m. Charles L. Berghaus, and had issue.
  2. Elizabeth, m. William M. Kerr, and had Elizabeth, m. Dr. George W. Reily.
  3. Franklin, d.s.p.
  4. Caroline, m. Jacob S. Haldeman, and had issue.
  5. Richard, b. 1826; d. October 6, 1880; m. Eliza Bucher, and had issue.
  1. FREDERICK HUMMEL (David, Frederick), b. December 24, 1782; d. October 31, 1847; m., March 25, 1806, Barbara Metzgar, b. September 1, 1779; d. November 22, 1861, daughter of Jacob Metzgar, of Derry. They had issue:
  1. Martin, b. June 8, 1808; d. January 23, 1875; m. Barbara Keller, and left issue.
  2. David, d.s.p.
  3. Adam, b. June 16, 1810; m. Mary Berger, of State of New York, and had issue.
  4. George-Toot, b. September 2, 1812; d. April 15, 1875; m. Margaret Earnest; no issue.
  5. Jacob-Metzgar, b. March 16, 1818; m. Elizabeth Hertzler.
  6. Joseph-Frederick, b. January 31, 1820; m. Ellen Baum, and had issue.
  1. DAVID HUMMEL (David, Frederick), b. September 8, 1784, at Hummelstown; d. June 30, 1860, at Harrisburg; m., October 13, 1807, Susanna Kunkel, b. May 31, 1790; d. January 1, 1851, at Harrisburg, daughter of Christian Kunkel, and had issue:
  1. Catharine, m. Philip W. Seibert, and left issue.



´´. David, m. Sarah Bombaugh, and left issue.

´´´. Christian, d.s.p.

´υ. Mary, m. Alexander Watson, son of Jackson Watson.

υ. Elizabeth, m. William R. Gorgas.

υ´. Susanna, d.s.p.

υ´´. George.

υ´´´. Albert, m. Anna Plitt.

´χ. Susan, m. James L. Reily.

χ. Annie, m. Dr. Eli H. Coover.

χ´. Emma.

  1. ANNA HUMMEL (David, Frederick), b. May 29, 1791; d. October 3, 1863; m. George Stoner. They had issue (surname Stoner):
  1. Mary-Ann, m. Jesse B. Hummel.
  2. Sarah-B., m. Peter Hummel.
  3. Augustus, m. _____ Hetrick.
  4. David.
  5. Henrietta, m. Major Beinteman, of Hamburg, Berks county, Pa.
  6. Rebecca, m. Dr. Witmer, of Philadelphia.
  7. Leah, m. Rev. Jeremiah Smith.
  1. JOSEPH HUMMEL (David, Frederick), b. August 11, 1793; d. April 18, 1852; m. Elizabeth Leebrick, b. 1799; d. September 12, 1890, at Hummelstown; dau. of Philip and Mary G. Leebrick. She was a woman of great force of character, dignified, yet tender, truthful and consistent in all her walks through life. They had issue:
  1. Henry-Leebrick, b. 1817; m. Adeline Stecher.
  2. Elizabeth, m. Frederick Lauman.
  3. Richard-Toot, b. March 23, 1821; m. Mary Coover.
  4. Mary, m. Benjamin Givler; resided in Mechanicsburg, Pa.
  5. Sarah, m. Martin Early; resided in Palmyra, Pa.
  6. David-S., m. Catharine Zinn.
  7. Susan.
  8. Caroline, in 1882 was postmistress of Hummelstown.
  9. Anna.
  10. Charles, resided in New York City.
  11. Joseph-Augustus, d.s.p.
  12. Edwin, d.s.p.
  13. Silas, d.s.p.
  1. JACOB HUMMEL (Christian, Frederick), b. March 24, 1791; d. March 13, 1847; m., in 1815, Justina Bower, b. September 15, 1793; d. April 15, 1845; and left issue:
  1. Louisa-Anna, b. June 6, 1816; d.s.p.
  2. Caroline, b. December 17, 1817; d. 1852; m. David Dipner and left issue.
  3. Levi, b. July 19, 1820.
  4. Justina, b. December 28, 1822; m. Benjamin F. Feaster.
  5. Sarah-Elizabeth, b. October 4, 1825; d.s.p.
  6. Abner, b. October 2, 1827; m. Elizabeth Alexander, b. March 4, 1852, and had issue: Sarah-Elizabeth, m. H. Wells Buser; Charles-H; d.s.p.; Mary-C., Frederick-E., Carrie-E., and Jacob-A.
  7. Harriet, b. February 3, 1831; m. Christian Laley, both deceased and left issue.
  8. Theodore, b. October 16, 1833; m. and resides in Portsmouth, O.
  9. Mary, b. July 20, 1836.
  1. DAVID HUMMEL (Christian, Frederick), b. May 16, 1809; d. July 27, 1870; m. March 3, 1833, Barbara Shira (Shearer), and had issue:
  1. Alfred.
  2. George.
  3. David.
  4. Henry.
  5. Samuel-A.
  6. Christian.
  7. Joseph.
  8. John-M., d.s.p.
  9. Annie, m. Thomas Jack.
  1. JOHN HUMMEL (Christian, Frederick), m. Catharine Weidle, of Jonestown. They had issue:
  1. Sarah, m. John Steckley.
  2. Matilda, m. Jacob Reigel.
  3. Daniel, m. Anna, dau. of David Earnest.
  4. Alexander, m. Mary Moore.
  5. John, d.s.p.




  1. PATRICK KELLY, b. 1709, in the north of Ireland; d. June 27, 1769, in Londonderry township, then Lancaster county, Pa.; came to America in 1734, and took up a large tract of land in the Swatara region, where he lived and died; his wife Rachel, b. in 1708, in Province of Ulster, Ireland; d. August 5, 1782, in Londonderry, and with her husband buried in old Derry Church graveyard. They had issue.

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