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THE ALLISONS OF DERRY.
I. JOHN ALLISON, a native of Londonderry, Ireland, emigrated
with his family to America as early as 1725, and located on what were termed the
"Barrens of Derry, then Chester, afterwards Lancaster, now Dauphin county,
Pa. He took up two hundred acres of land, which were warranted to him 15th
of April 1734. He died in 1747, leaving a wife Janet, and among other children,
- Robert, d. March, 1766, unm.; by his will he bequeathed "£100 to the
Trustees of the Philadelphia Hospital," "£100 to the Grammar
School at Newark, ten miles from New Castle," and the balance of his
estate to his brothers and sisters.
- William, d. August, 1739; m. Grizzle Wray, and had Margaret, Patrick, and
- Henry, who had James.
- iv. John, m. Ann ___.
- v. James, m. Rebecca ___.
- Jean, m. ___Smith.
- Margaret, m. ___ White.
II. JOHN ALLISON (John), d. May, 1767, in Donegal, leaving a
wife Ann (who subsequently married John Stewart), and had children as follows:
- Jean, m. George Clark, and had Mary.
- Rose, m. James Crawford, and had John.
- James, b. 1750.
- Ann, b. 1753.
- William, b. 1755.
- Robert, b. 1757.
III. JAMES ALLISON (John), d. November, 1762, in Donegal,
leaving a wife
Rebecca, who died in September, 1764, and the following
- James, m. a daughter of Gordon Howard, of Donegal.
- Anna, m. ___ Defrance, and had James and John, who were, in 1776, over
fourteen years of age.
- Jean, m. William Watt, and removed to North Carolina.
- Margaret, m. ___ Bowman, and removed to North Carolina.
- Rebecca, m. Hugh Caldwell, and had Jane.
THE BALSBAUGH FAMILY.
Among the earliest of the German settlers on Spring creek, in
what is now Derry township, Dauphin county, was George Balsbaugh, a native of
Fahrenbach, in the Pfaltz, Germany, where he was born in 1706. He married Eva
Minich, born in the same neighborhood, in 1716. With their little family they
came to America in the year 1743, and located among their old neighbors in the
Fatherland, near Derry church, on the farm now owned by the late venerable
Wendel Henry. Mr. Balsbaugh subsequently removed to Hanover township, six miles
further north, and purchased a tract of land of two hundred acres—most of it
hilly and sterile—which has ever since been known as the "Balsbaugh
Place." Mr. Balsbaugh died there in 1775, his wife ten years later. They
had a large family, and their descendants were quite numerous in Dauphin and
Lebanon counties sixty years ago, but like their Scotch-Irish neighbors, they
have gone out from the old homestead and sought new locations south and west.
The record we have been able to make of them is meager, it is true, and that
mainly of one branch of the family. George Balsbaugh and Eva his wife had among
others the following children:
- George, b. 1736; d. March 10, 1802.
- Peter, b. June 27, 1738; d. June 26, 1796; m. Mary ___, b. December 12,
1742; d. June 19, 1798.
- John, b. 1740; d. March 24, 1802.
- Catharine, b. 1743; d. at sea.
- Elizabeth, b. 1745.
- Eva, b. 1749.
- Gertrude, b. 1752.
- Valentine, b. February 14, 1755; m. Elizabeth Miller.
VALENTINE BALSBAUGH (George) was born near old Derry church,
February 15, 1755. He was, however, brought up on the old Balsbaugh Place in
Hanover, to which his parents removed about 1760. Although a practical farmer,
he was a minister of the German Baptist Church, and emphatically a self-educated
man. His knowledge of the Holy Scriptures was wonderful, and his grasp of
revealed truths deep, spiritual and far-reaching. He was what is termed a
"weeping" minister of the gospel, and was never known to preach
without shedding tears and causing others to weep. To the close of his long and
influential life, he never used glasses. He died suddenly of apoplexy at the
homestead on the 26th of November, 1851, in the 97th year
of his age. Mr. Balsbaugh married August 3, 1777, Elizabeth Miller, daughter of
the saintly George Miller, the first bishop of the German Baptist Church in
Dauphin county. She was born May 2, 1753, and died in September 1821. They had
issue as follows:
- George, b. May 5, 1778; was a blacksmith by trade, and was noted among his
Scotch-Irish Presbyterian neighbors as much for his mental strength as for
his leonine physique; he was well read, and with his strong reasoning powers
was the leader in debate—a veritable Elihu Burritt in knowledge. He
married late in life and died at three score.
- Christian, b. 1779; d.s.p.
- Daniel, b. 1781; d.s.p.
- Henry, b. February 8, 1783; was a farmer; represented the county of
Dauphin in the Legislature of 1843; died September 1, 1848. He married
Hannah, daughter of Jacob Smith who died at Forreston, Ill., at the age of
eighty-five. Dr. George Balsbaugh, of Forreston, Ill., is a son.
- Catharine, b. May 26, 1785; a woman of fine personal appearance and noble,
self-sacrificing disposition; she accomplished great good in her long life.
She married Rev. Daniel Reichard, of Ringgold Manor, Md., a bishop of the
German Baptist Church. They had a large family most of whom were prominent
in the church. The Rev. Reichard was a profound theologian, and the
professors of St. James College said of him, "he is
as tough as a fiddle string and genial as tough." He was
born May 1, 1760, died January 28, 1856. Mrs. Reichard died December 22, 1870.
They had twelve children.
- Elizabeth, b. February 14, 1787; m. the Rev. Lawrence Etter, "an
eloquent man and mighty in the scriptures," many years a minister in
the German Baptist Church. He died November 9, 1853, in his sixty-seventh
year. Their son John is now a bishop in that church. Mrs. Etter died at the
early age of thirty-four.
- John, b. November 4, 1788; d. in his ninety-first year, near Highspire;
married a Miss Ziegler, sister of a prominent minister of the church in
Lancaster county. Their son, John, Jr., who died recently, represented
Juniata county in the Legislature.
- Mary, b. October 7, 1790; d. February 27, 1882; married William Gibson, of
York county, near Dallastown, Pa., where they resided all their married
- Peter, b. June 4, 1793; d. November 21, 1871, at the old homestead; was
for years a director of the poor; in the early days of common schools he was
one of the most strenuous advocates of that noble plan of education, and all
through his long life he took the deepest interest therein. A plain,
practical farmer, he was as influential as generous. He married Elizabeth
Longenecker, who deceased on New Year’s Day, 1874. Their children were
Valentine, b. March 19, 1827; m. Mary, daughter of the Rev. Jacob Hollinger;
Abraham, b. October 12, 1819; m. Susan Seltzer; Benjamin b. November 14,
1821; m. Mary, daughter of Rev. Miskey, of Berks county; Daniel, b. February
15, 1825, founder and first principal of Lebanon Valley College, d. in 1860;
m. Laura, daughter of Andrew Henry, of Palmyra; Maria, b. September 18,
1828; m. John M. Zortman, a farmer near Palmyra; Christian-Hervey, b. April
16, 1831, now of Union Deposit, Dauphin county; Lizzie, b. July 3, 1834; d.
at the age of twenty-eight; David, b. November 23, 1836, died at sixteen,
and Samuel, b. July 30, 1839; m. Sarah daughter of Rev. Mr. Keefer, of
- Christina, b. December 10, 1795; d. May 23, 1863; married Michael Friese.
Their son Michael was a leading homeopathic physician who died in Harrisburg
in 1880. Another son, Valentine, a graduate of Dickinson College, died in
1875 at Fort Wingate, New Mexico.
- Anna, b. July 26, 1798; died December 23, 1868; married Peter Gingrich, a
substantial farmer. Their son Aaron is a prominent physician in Virginia
THE BAUMS OF DERRY.
- ADAM BAUM, a native of the Palatinate, emigrated to America about 1760,
and settled in Derry township, Lancaster now Dauphin county, Pa., where he
died in December, 1785; m. Veronica ___; both are buried in the family
graveyard, on the Horseshoe turnpike, two miles east of Hummelstown. They
had issue, among others:
2. i. Michael, b. 1757; m. Margaret Ebersole.
3. ii. Daniel, b. January 30, 1759; m. Catharine Fishburn.
iii. John, b. 1761; d. and left a son John.
- MICHAEL BAUM (Adam), b. 1757, in Derry township, Dauphin county, Pa.; d.
in 1796; m. Margaret Ebersole; his widow subsequently married John Miller.
They had issue:
4. i. Daniel, b. April 9, 1783; m. Mary Hummel.
5. ii. Abraham, b. 1785; m. Elizabeth Eshleman.
iii. John, b. 1787; d. April, 1839; m. Nancy ___. Ann, b. 1789.
- Ann, b. 1789.
- Freny, b. 1791; m. Isaac Snavely.
- Mary, b. 1793; m. Felix Burkholder; removed to Ohio.
- DANIEL BAUM (Adam), b. January 30, 1759; d. December 30, 1839; was an
ingenious mechanic, learned gunsmithing with his father, and during the war
of the Revolution was noted for the rifles which he manufac-
tured for the patriot army. He m. Catharine Fishburn. They had
6. i. Michael, m. Nancy Sheller.
ii. Barbara, m. Thomas Fox.
7. iii. John, b. March 9, 1794; m. Rebecca Zimmerman.
- DANIEL BAUM (Michael, Adam), b. April 7, 1783; d. December 4, 1857; m.
Mary Hummel, b. March 13, 1789; d. November 23, 1862; dau. Of David Hummel
and Mary Toot. They had issue:
- Mary-Ann, m. Samuel Murray.
- Sarah, d. unm.
- Susan, m. Levi Jones.
- Catharine, m. Edward Magee, of Newark, N. J.
- Caroline, m. John Yordy, of Lebanon.
- Amanda, d.s.p.
- ABRAHAM BAUM ( Michael, Adam), m. Elizabeth Eshleman. They had issue:
- Mary, m., first, Abraham Fackler; secondly, John Gerhart.
- John, m. Elizabeth Metz.
- Michael, m. a dau. of Philip Michael, of Dauphin county.
- Catharine, m. Benjamin Miller.
- Isaac, m. Barbara Bear.
- Elizabeth, m. John Baum.
- JOHN BAUM (Daniel, Adam), b. March 9, 1794; d. October 8, 1826; m. Rebecca
Zimmerman. They had issue:
- Catharine, m. John Abel.
- Maria, m. Jacob Hamaker.
- Eliza, d.s.p.
- Margaret, d.s.p.
- Mary, m. ___ Gill, of Lebanon county.
- Louisa, m. Franklin Scott.
BRUBAKER AND MEETCH.
- JOHN BRUBAKER, a native of Switzerland, emigrated to America about the
year 1712, or perchance earlier, as it is stated he built the first grist
mill in what was afterwards Lancaster county, Pa. He settled near the
present town of Lancaster. He had a family of nine sons, of whom we have the
i. John, m., 1st, Maria Newcomer; 2d, a daughter of
Michael Tanner, and had issue.
2. ii. Daniel, m. and left issue.
iv. Abraham, m. and left issue.
3. v.. David.
- DANIEL BRUBAKER (John), b. about 1715, in Lancaster county, Pa; m. a
daughter of Michael Tanner. They had issue, among others (surname Brubaker):
- Joseph, b. 1741; m. Elizabeth Downer.
- ABRAHAM BRUBAKER (John), resided in what is now Clay township, formerly a
portion of Elizabeth township, Lancaster county, Pa. He married and left
issue, among others (surname Brubaker):
- Abraham, m. and had David, John, Abraham, Jacob, and Peter.
- John, m. and had John, Jacob, and Abraham.
- Daniel, m. and had Daniel and John.
- Christian, m. and had Abraham and John.
- Jacob, m. and had Jacob and John.
- JOSEPH BRUBAKER (Daniel, John), b. about 1741, in Lancaster county, Pa.,
d. Dauphin county, Pa. In 1785 he purchased a large tract of land in then
Upper Paxtang township, Dauphin county, Pa., and in 1790 with his family
settled thereon. At that early period the comforts of civilization were few,
schools, homes and churches being widely scattered; nevertheless he erected
the altar of his simple faith (Dunkard) and in that, after the manner of his
fathers, instructed his sons and daughters. Mr. Brubaker m., 1764, Elizabeth
Downer. They had issue (surname Brubaker):
5. i. Daniel, b. June 6, 1765; m., 1st, Catharine
Singer; 2d, Barbara Brubaker.
6. ii. Elizabeth, b. 1770; m. John Meetch, Jr.
7.iii. Jacob, b. 1775; m. Barbara Bartle.
ïv. Joseph, b. 1779.
8. v. Ann, b. May 1, 1781; m. John Boyer.
9. vi. Catharine, b. 1790; m. Jacob Brubaker.
10. vii. John (twin), b. 1800; m. Julia Mehaffey.
- DANIEL BRUBAKER (Joseph, Daniel, John), b. June 6, 1765, in Lancaster
county, Pa.; d. February 19, 1843, in Halifax, Dauphin county, Pa.; was
twice married; 1st, Catherine Singer. They had issue (surname
- Jonathan, m. Eliza Rutter, and had John-Rutter, m. Louisa Poffenberger.
Daniel Brubaker m., secondly, Barbara Brubaker. They had
- Ann, m. S. W. Straw, and had Joseph.
- Maria, m. A. W. Loomis, and had Albert, Daniel, Barbara, and William.
- ELIZABETH BRUBAKER, (Joseph, Daniel John), b. about 1770; d. April 28,
1822; m. John Meetch, Jr.,* b. 1761; d. 1828, son of John Meetch, Sr. They
had issue (surname Meetch):
- i. Joseph-B., b. September 3, 1792; m. Alice A. Buchanan.
ïï. Rebecca, b. 1795; d. July 16, 1829; m. Thomas Trump, and
had Alfred-Heaton, d.s.p., and Cyrus.
ïïï. Benjamin, m. Sarah Hoffman, and had Frank and Lizzie,
m. Daniel Chubb.
- John, b. 1803.
- Elizabeth, b. 1805; d. 1847; m. Michael Freeburn, and had John-M., m.
- vii. Ann, b. 1807; m. Benjamin Hoon.
- viii. Mary, b. September 25, 1809; m. George Carpenter.
- ïx. Catharine, b. June 7, 1811; m. John Frederick.
χï. Sarah, b. 1817; m. Joseph
- JACOB BRUBAKER (Joseph, Daniel, John), b. 1775; d. prior to 1808; m.
Barbara Bartle, b. 1766; died October 11, 1853, in Middletown, Pa., and is
buried in the M. E. graveyard there. Concerning the wife of Jacob Brubaker,
we have the following: She was of German parentage and born in Cumberland
county, PA. Her mother, Christiana Bartle, was a woman of strong,
practicable turn of mind, of good education, and possessed of a firm
reliance upon divine Providence. Her father, Andrew Bartle, removed to
Harper’s Ferry, where he remained until the outset of the Revolution, when
he went to near Fort Licking, on the Holstein river. A year after their
settlement they were taken captive by the Indians, and with other prisoners
marched toward Detroit. On the journey the prisoners were separated, each
party consisting of eight whites and nine Indians. Barbara, with her mother
and sister Wilhelmina, continued together until the latter, a delicate girl
of fourteen, fell by the way exhausted, when one of the savages struck her
with a tomahawk, and scalping her proceeded onward. The anguish of the
mother and sister cannot be described. The march was rapid and provisions
scarce, the entire party subsisting for three days on a pair of pigeons
caught by one of their number. Barbara received from her Indian captor kind
treatment, and when her little feet gave out he carried her upon his back
until she was rested. When they gathered around the campfire after the day’s
march, her mother would take her Bible, which she carried with her, and read
aloud by the light of the blazing logs. Her heroic endurance of the
hardships of her situation had won the admiration of the savages. Her
reading from "the book" had to them an appearance of mystery that
to their untutored minds savored of the supernatural, and when the time came
for her to read, they were her earnest and reverential listeners, while as
they expressed it, she "made the book talk." When grown to wo-
manhood Barbara was often heard to say that the Indians treated
her infinitely better than did the British, into whose hands she afterwards
fell. Arriving at Detroit, they were delivered to the British, starved and
ill-treated, and every indignity and abuse heaped upon them by their white
captors. At the end of six weeks’ captivity among the Indians, and two years
and a half among the British, she and her mother were exchanged as prisoners of
war. Barbara Bartle had become a perfect mistress of the arts of swimming,
diving and skating, and was subsequently instrumental in saving more than one
person from a watery grave. She grew to be a lovely woman, and afterwards
married Jacob Brubaker. They left issue (surname Brubaker):
- i. Joseph, b. August 12, 1797; m., first, Rachel Frederick; secondly,
ïï. Jacob, b. 1800; d. 1859.
- ANN BRUBAKER (Joseph, Daniel, John), b. May 11, 1781; d. January 1, 1857;
m. John Boyer, b. 1792; d. 1860. They had issue (surname Boyer):
- Joseph, b. 1817; d. 1875; m. Mary Syler, and had David, Joseph, Mary-Jane,
- Elizabeth, b. 1819; d. 1844; m. Frederick Fronk, and had Henry and
- John, b. 1822; m. Jane E. Keagle, and had Rebecca, Elizabeth, Mary, Kate,
Margaret, John-Downer, and Philip.
- CATHARINE BRUBAKER (Joseph, Daniel, John), b. about 1790; m. Jacob
Brubaker, b. December 22, 1787; d. December 22, 1851. They had issue
- John, m. Maria Clemson, and had William and Lydia.
- Hiram, m. Sarah Umberger, and had Rebecca, Benjamin, and Millard.
- Henry, m. Rebecca Shammo, and had Jacob and Samuel.
- Benjamin, m. Barbara Loomis, and had Mary-J., Earnest, and Myrtle.
- Isaac, m. Mary Geist, and had John-H. and Margaret.
- JOHN BRUBAKER (Joseph, Daniel, John), b. about 1800; d. 1826; m. Julian
Mehaffey, and there was issue (surname Brubaker):
- Elizabeth, m. John Fullwood, and had Sarah, Julia, Emma, Charles, John,
- Sarah, m. ___ Ebron, and had issue.
- Henry-Mehaffey, m. Kate Guernsey, and had Mary, John, and Stephen.
- JOSEPH B. MEETCH (Elizabeth, Joseph, Daniel, John), b. September 3, 1792;
d. December 25, 1875; m. Alice Ann Buchanan. They had issue (surname Meetch):
- Alice-Ann, m. Herman Chubb, and had Ellen, Joseph, Myra, Myrtle, Mary, and
- William-Buchanan, m. Mary Sheaffer, and had issue Annie and Sarah.
- ANN MEETCH (Elizabeth, Joseph, Daniel, John), b. 1807; d. 1854; m.
Benjamin Hoon; and had issue (surname Hoon):
- John, m. ___ Livingston, and had John and Justina.
- Joseph-E., m. and had Clarence, John, and Joseph.
- Harriet-E., m. George English, and had Emma, George, Clara, and Lucy.
- Annie-Clara, m. John Metzger.
- MARY MEETCH (Elizabeth, Joseph, Daniel, John), b. September 25, 1809; d.
January 26, 1879; m. George Carpenter. They had issue (surname Carpenter):
- James-B., b. August 11, 1830; m. Mary Garman, and had James, America, and
- Lizzie-M., b. November 3, 1832; d. September 25, 1857; m. Stiles Duncan,
and had Mary and Harry.
- Thomas-B., b. April 16, 1838; m. Emma F. Brubaker, and had Sarah, Benton
- George W., b. July 4, 1842; m. Sallie Fyson, and had Bruce and Walter.
- CATHARINE MEETCH (Elizabeth, Joseph, Daniel, John), b. June 7, 1811; m.,
April 8, 1830, John Frederick; b. May 6, 1806. They had issue (surname
- Emma, m. William Wilson.
- Clara, m. Isaac Shivers.
- John-W., m. Mary Powell, and had Warford.
- Walton, m. ___ Ziegler.
- Charles, m. Annie (Powell) Frederick.
- JOSEPH BRUBAKER (Jacob, Joseph, Daniel, John), b. August 12, 1797; d.
March 31, 1871; was a justice of the peace fifteen years, and for a long
period postmaster at Halifax; he was a gentlemen <sic> of integrity,
uprightness, and was liberal and humane to the poor and unfortunate. He was
twice married; first to Rachel Frederick, who died in 1828, leaving no
issue; secondly August 16, 1835, Sarah Meetch, b. 1817; d. November 27,
1880. They had issue (surname Brubaker):
- Sarah-L., m. C. E. McFarland, and had Virginia, Bruce, Mabel, Laura, and
- Emma-F., m. Thomas B. Carpenter, and had Sarah, Benton, and Duncan.
- Lillie-K., m. J. Wesley Straw, and had John.
CLARK OF CLARK’S VALLEY
William Clark, the first of the name to settle in this country,
was of Scotch-Irish descent, and came to America in 1728. He settled in then
Chester county, Province of Pennsylvania, and died there. His son, William, was
born in Pennsylvania, and after reaching manhood, with his family settled in
what was at first called the "Narrows of Paxtang," then Upper Paxtang
township, Dauphin county, in a valley about two miles from the Susquehanna
river, giving to the valley and the creek the name of Clark, which they still
retain. The farm on which they settled is yet known as the Clark farm, although
it has passed into other hands. After residing there a number of years he rented
his farm and migrated to Northumberland county, in this State, where he bought a
farm, and lived there until compelled to leave on account of the hostile
attitude of the Indians, which caused the "Great Runaway" of 1778-79.
They buried all their farming implements, lashed two canoes together and taking
some few clothes with them, sailed down the Susquehanna river, and thus escaped
the savages. They then returned to Middle Paxtang, where the second William
died. His children were as follows:
Robert, the eldest of the children, was never married. He lived
the greater part of his life in Dauphin county, and finally died in Perry
John, the second son, and Jane, the eldest of the girls, lived
on a farm about one mile up Clark’s Valley. Neither of them were married; they
lived to a good age and died on the farm where they had lived.
James, the third son, was never married, and died when a young
Love, the second daughter, married James Hines. They at one time
resided at Erie, Pa., and from there removed to Indianapolis, Ind., or in that
Sarah, the third daughter, married Moses Gladding and lived most
of her life in Clark’s Valley.
Elizabeth, the youngest of the sisters, married Richard Green, a
son of Col. Timothy Green. They had two children, Timothy and Jane.
WILLIAM CLARK, the youngest son, was born February 18, 1774. He
left home after he became of age and went to the western part of the State, and
settled in Crawford county, near what is no Meadville, Pa. He there married Miss
Sarah Patterson in 1802. He was elected associate judge of Crawford county, and
was in the war of 1812 and ’14, when he was appointed brigade inspector of the
Western district of Pennsylvania. He rendered service in forwarding men and
supplies to Erie; was on board the flagship St. Lawrence in her first engagement
with the British fleet on Lake Erie. HE was appointed by Governor Findlay
secretary of the Land Office, which position
he held from May 11, 1818, to May 11, 1821. He was chosen by the
Legislature to the office of State treasurer and served from 1821 to 1827. He
was elected to Congress from the district composed of Dauphin and Lebanon
counties. Was appointed by the President, Treasurer of the United States, his
commission signed by John Quincy Adams, President, and Henry Clay, Secretary of
State, is dated June 4, 1828; and held the office until the election of Andrew
Jackson as President. He spent the most of his time in Dauphin county and died
March 28, 1851, aged 77 years. His children were:
- Charles, d.s.p.
- Elizabeth, m. Preston Miller.
- Anna-Clark, m. Capt. J. F. Wilson.
- William, d.s.p.
- Rev. Edwin-P.
- Ellen, d.s.p.
- Harry-Justice, d.s.p.
Jefferson, the youngest of the family, was born August 15, 1826;
was engaged in the mercantile business for years; was postmaster for a long time
and one of the first elders in the Presbyterian church at Dauphin. He married,
in 1855, Miss Margaret Kimmel, of Shippensburg, daughter of George Kimmel, Esq.
Their children were:
- Dr. Charles-Henry, m. May Zacharias.
- Dr. William-Patterson, m. Kate S. Bell.
- George-Kimmel, d.s.p.
- Edwin-Robinson, d.s.p.
THE COCHRANS OF PAXTANG.
- JOHN COCHRAN,1 of the house of Dundonald, crossed over from Paisley in
Scotland to the Province of Ulster, Ireland, about 1570—perhaps a little
earlier. From him descended James Cochran2, whose second son was Robert and
fourth son John3. Robert Cochran had a son Robert, called "Deaf
Robert." From John3 we have James 4, and in the subsequent generation
Robert5, called "Honest Robert." He had James, Stephen, and David
of the sixth generation, who came to Pennsylvania and settled on the
Octoraro, in Chester county. Concerning Stephen and David we have meager
information. James Cochran6 married his kinswoman, Isabella, daughter of
"Deaf Robert." James Cochran died in
1766—his wife some years later. They had issue:
- Ann, b. 1724; m., 1sst, Alex. Leekey; 2d. Rev. John Roan.
- Robert, b. 1726; left a daughter, Isabella.
- James, b. 1728; d. in April, 1768.
- John, b. September 1, 1730; was Dr. John Cochran, surgeon general of the
Revolution, and an intimate friend of Washington; d. April 6, 1807; m.,
December 4, 1760, Gertrude Schuyler, sister to Gen. Philip Schuyler, of the
- Stephen, b. 1732.
- Jane, b. 1734; m. Rev. Alexander Mitchell.
- vii. George, b. 1736.
- GEORGE COCHRAN (James, Robert, James, John, James, John), the youngest son
of James and Isabella Cochran, was born about 1736, on the Octoraro, Chester
county, Pa. He settled on the Swatara, where he died about 1770. He married
Annie Henry, daughter of Rev. James Henry, a Presbyterian minister who came
from the north of Ireland and settled at Pomoco, Md., about 1739. She died
on the Swatara. They had issue:
- Israel, m. Isabel Hammel, and left on daughter, Jean; she married ___
Reaznor, of Erie county, in 1808, and died a few years after her marriage.
Mr. Hammel, after his wife’s death, removed to Ohio, leaving his daughter
Jean with her uncle, John Cochran.
- Sarah, m. William Robertson; removed to Danville, Montour county, Pa.,
where they died, leaving issue: John, Isabella, James, William, Samuel,
Jane, and Mary.
- Jean, m. William Thompson, and removed to Buffalo Valley, where they lived
until their death. They had Nancy, James, and Ruth. James became a
Presbyterian clergyman, and was connected with the Huntingdon Presbytery.
- John, b. 1761; spent his earliest years in Chester county, among his
father’s friends, where he received a good education and studied
surveying. In 1792 he removed to Northumberland county, now Union county;
from thence to Erie county in 1796 as deputy surveyor under Thomas Rees, who
was the first State surveyor appointed by the Land Department of the
Commonwealth for that county. Mr. Cochran surveyed and laid out the Erie and
Waterford Reservations with tracts and farms in 1796-7. He purchased tracts
30 and 70 of the Erie reserve, and removed his family there in 1799. In
18800 he built a rude saw and grist mill on Mill creek, where is Dinsmore’s
mill, now Stewart’s. Gov. McKean appointed Mr. Cochran deputy surveyor of
Erie county, July 9, 1801, and subsequently, July 5, 1803, one of the
associates judges of the county. He was appointed by Governor Snyder
secretary of the Land Office in 1809; removed to Lancaster with his family,
and afterwards to Harrisburg. He held the office nine years, when he
returned to his home in Mill Creek, near Erie. He lived on this farm until
his death, May 1, 1836. Judge Cochran’s wife was Sarah Lattimore; she died
about 1840. They had two sons: George, who died in December, 1827,
unmarried, and Robert, who married, about 1820, Eliza Justice, by whom he
had nine children. Robert Cochran was appointed by President Jackson,
postmaster of Erie, February 26, 1833, filled it seven years; and was again
appointed by President Polk, July 23, 1845, holding the office four years.
He died on the old Cochran farm, in South Erie, December 9, 1869, aged
- Annie, b. August 16, 1763, in now Dauphin county, Pa., d. April 12, 1857,
at Winchester, Tenn.; married in 1787, Sankey Dixon, son of John and
Arabella Dixon, born in 1762 in Londonderry township, Dauphin county, Pa.;
died at Knoxville, Tenn., November 11, 1812, at the age of fifty.
In the Paxtang assessment, north end, for 1749, the earliest we
have, appear the names of William, Andrew, George, and John Cochran. Of George
and his descendants we have spoken. The others were probably children of David
or Stephen, previously referred to. Later we find the names of Samuel, James,
ANDREW COCHRAN, of Paxtang, died at an advanced age in November,
1775; his estate was bequeathed to his children, his wife having previously
- Margaret, m., August 17, 1756, Thomas Wiley.
- Jean, m. ___ Campbell.
- Mary, m., November, 1774, Robert Whitehill.
- Sarah, m. ___ Chambers.
SAMUEL COCHRAN, b. in 1732; d. April 8, 1816, in Middle Paxtang.
He was a private in Captain Rutherford’s company of associators in 1776 and
1777. He left a wife Margaret, and had issue as follows:
- [a dau.], m. John Hatfield, and had Margaret and John.
- Martha, m. William Forster, and had Samuel.
- Isabella, m. Philip Reichart.
JAMES COCHRAN was probably a son of Andrew Cochran, b. in 1742;
d. July 16, 1822, and is buried in Paxtang. He was a private in Captain
Rutherford’s company of associators in 1776. He married, November 22, 1770,
Mary Montgomery, of Paxtang, b. in 1744; d. August 6, 1803, and is also interred
in Paxtang. They had issue, among others:
- John, b. 1773; d. November 16, 1845; m. Hannah Cowden, b. 1778; d. May 31,
- Jane, m. Henry Peffer.
JOHN COCHRAN, a soldier of Captain Murray’s company of the
Revolution, died in November, 1789; his wife Caroline died in April, 1804. They
had John, who had issue: Lydia, Caroline, Ann, m. Jeremiah Crain, and Jamison.
We have the following disconnected data:
WILLIAM COCHRAN, b. 1780; d. April 26, 1840; m., January 11,
1810, Rachel, daughter of Christian Gross.
SAMUEL COCHRAN, Jr., was a private in Capt. John Rutherford’s
company of associators in 1776. He married, December 11, 1770, Mary Sherer, of
Paxtang. His daughter Margaret married, October 20, 1803, David Mitchell, of
JACOB COCHRAN, of Chester county, died prior to 1785. His
children, minors, Jacob, David, John, and Mary, were then residing in Dauphin
county. David died January 21, 1809. John married, March 3, 1804, Mary Hart , of
SAMUEL COCHRAN, of Chester county, was surveyor general of
Pennsylvania from 1800 to 1809. He died at Cochranville, Chester county, Pa.,
May 3, 1829. His son Samuel, b. 1797; d. September 5, 1821, at Harrisburg.
Among the Rev. John Roan’s marriages are the following:
Margaret Cochran and Thomas Wiley, August 17, 1756.
Janet Cochran and Robert Whitely, April 24, 1759.
Martha Cochran and Andrew Caldwell, October 1, 1771.
Martha Cochran and James Robinson, September 12, 1769.
Mary Cochran and Robert Whitehill, November 1, 1774.
THE CRAWFORDS OF HANOVER
- ROBERT CRAWFORD, of Scotch parentage, born in county Donegal, Ireland,
emigrated to America prior to 1728, with several of his sons:
- James, who settled in Paxtang township, and had surveyed to him in March,
1738, 258 acres of land on the bank of the Susquehanna river, adjoining
Robert and William Renick’s land. This location was subsequently secured
by Joseph Chambers, James locating in Hanover township.
- Robert, settled in Hanover.
- Hugh, settled in Hanover.
ϋ. John, settled in Hanover.
- ïv. William, settled in Drumore township, Lancaster county.
- WILLIAM CRAWFORD (Robert), d. in June, 1767, in Drumore township,
Lancaster county, Pa., leaving a wife Violet, and children as follows:
- Agnes, m. Robert McIlhenny.
- Isabel, m. William Moore.
- Elizabeth, m. John Crawford.
- JOHN CRAWFORD (Robert), emigrated to Pennsylvania with his family and
friends prior to 1728; he married, and had issue among others:
- i. James, b. 1730; m., 1st, Rosanna Allison; 2d, Agnes
- ii. John, b. 1736; m. Elizabeth Crawford.
- iii.Richard, b. 1740; m. Elizabeth ___.
- JAMES CRAWFORD (John, Robert), b. 1730, in Hanover, seems to have removed
to the West Branch in Northumberland county about 1770. He was a member of
the convention of July, 1776, which framed the first Constitution of the
State, and on the 8th of October following commissioned major of
Col. Wm. Cooke’s regiment of the Pennsylvania Line. He resigned October
12, 1777, on account of being deprived of his rank, but proposed to serve
through the contest at his own expense. He afterwards filled the offices of
sheriff, commissioner and justice of the peace. He died about 1812 or 1813
and was buried in the old Pine Creek burying ground, near Jersey Shore.
Major Crawford was twice married, first, to Rosanna Allison,
daughter of John and Ann Allison, of Lancaster county. She was a superior woman.
Her sister, Margaret Allison, a notable woman in her day, married Col. Hugh
White, a soldier of the Revolution, who lived near Chatham’s Run, Lycoming
county, and from whom are descended the Whites of Williamsport and Wellsboro’.
Through the first marriage of Major Crawford comes the connection with the
Allisons of the Juniata Valley, one of whom, Robert, was a distinguished lawyer,
a captain in the Black Hawk war of 1812, and subsequently a member of Congress.
The children of James Crawford and Rosanna Allison, all born in Hanover, were:
- John, who served in the war of the Revolution; went to the lower
Mississippi, where he died, unmarried.
- Robert, who married Elizabeth, daughter of Michael Quigley. Through her
comes the relationship with the Quigleys, Cranes, Custards, Deis and others.
Robert was palsied late in life, and died about 1836 aged seventy-six. He
was buried in the Pine Creek burying ground. His children were: Ann, m. Levi
Packer; George, m. Mrs. Elizabeth Weitzel White; Nancy, m. Hugh White;
Frances, m. Robert Shaw; James-Allison; and Eliza, m. Thomas Condon.
- Thomas, removed to North East, Erie county, Pa., where his descendants
- Ann, m. Benjamin Walker, whose descendants live at Laporte, Ind.
Major Crawford married, secondly, Agnes McDonald, daughter of
Captain McDonald, of Cumberland county. She survived her husband several years
and is buried in Pine Creek graveyard. They had one daughter, Elizabeth, who
removed after the death of her mother to Erie county, where she died many years
- JOHN CRAWFORD (John, Robert), b. 1736, in Hanover township; d. April 8,
1789, in Hanover, and buried in the old Hanover church graveyard; m. his
cousin, Elizabeth Crawford, b. in Drumore township, Lancaster county, Pa.;
d. June, 1824, in Hanover, and there buried. They had issue:
- William, d. November, 1829; m. Patty Crain.
- Ann, m. Samuel Finney; d. December, 1823.
- Violet, d. April, 1844.
- Mattie (Martha), a character in her day; d. 1842.
- John, d. February 18, 1811.
- RICHARD CRAWFORD (John, Robert), b. about 1740 in Hanover; d. in 1813 at
the residence of his daughter, Ann Wilson, in Anthony township, Columbia,
now Montour county, Pa., whither he removed upon the death of his wife; was
buried in Warrior Run graveyard. He m., in 1765, Elizabeth ___, b. in 1745;
d. June 12, 1810, in Hanover, and there buried. They had issue:
- Paul, b. 1766.
- James, b. 1768; m. Mary Finney.
- Ann, b. 1772; m. Hugh Wilson.
- Elizabeth, b. 1776; m. Rev. John Moody, who died at Shippensburg.
- Mary, m. Robert Moody.