Tri-Counties Genealogy &
History by Joyce M. Tice
1885 Seven Counties History
- Bradford County PA
“HISTORY OF SEVEN COUNTIES presented by the Elmira Weekly
Gazette". It is an “Outline History of Tioga and Bradford Counties in Pennsylvania,
Chemung, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins and Schuyler in New York by TOWNSHIPS,
VILLAGES, BORO’S AND CITIES.” Written expressly for the Gazette Company,
Elmira, N. Y. Copyright 1885.From AN OUTLINE HISTORY
Counties in Pennsylvania, Chemung,
Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins and Schuyler in New York by TOWNSHIPS, VILLAGES,
BORO'S AND CITIES"
Albany township was formed in 1824, taken
from the township of Asylum. The Fowler branch of the Towanda Creek
runs through the township. The Sullivan and State Line Railroad from
Towanda to the mines at Bernice also passes through the town, having a
station at New Albany. The surface is hilly, but is being brought
up to a good state of cultivation. The early settlers were Sheffield
Wilcox, Horatio Ladd, Daniel Miller, Ephraim Ladd, Charles W. Ladd, John
Ladd, Joseph Langford, Jonathan Fowler, Roger Fowler, Rowland Wilcox, Freeman
Wilcox, Sheffield Wilcox, Jr., Edward Warren, Ephraim Granger, Calvin Granger,
Dorus Granger, John B. Hinman, Humphrey Goff, Jonathan Frisbie, William
Lee, Amzi Kellogg, Archelous Luce, William Miller, John Fogerty, John Nichols,
Simeon Chapman, Peter Sterriger, Hugh Cavanaugh, Henry Hibbard, David Sabin.
It is bounded on the north by Monroe and Asylum townships, on the east
by Terry and Wilmot, on the south by Sullivan county, and on the west by
--The Wilcox family were Rhode Islanders.
--Louisa Alden taught the first school
--Charlotte Wilcox was the first white
child born in the township.
--The Ladds, early settlers, were from
Tolland county Connecticut.
--The first saw mill was erected in
1820, by Sheffield Wilcox and his relatives.
--The Berwick and Newtown turnpike was
constructed through the township in 1818.
--Daniel Miller, one of the first settlers,
died October 8, 1856, aged 77 years, 9 months, 2 days.
--Horatio Ladd died January 12, 1850,
aged 70 years. He was one of the first settlers in 1801.
--The first death was Ezekiel Ladd July
20, 1803, who was killed at a raising, a timber falling on him.
--A Post of the Grand Army was established
at New Albany, June 26, 1877, number of post 72.
--Chauncey Corbin cleared the first
farm between the Berwick and Newtown turnpike and the river.
--New Albany Grange Patrons of Husbandry,
No. 205, Amasa Heverly, first master, F. N. Wilcox, secretary.
--The Universalist Church at Hibbard Hill,
was organized in 1844 by Rev. J. P. Sweet, church erected in 1862.
--Horatio Ladd, Daniel Miller, Rowland Wilcox,
C. W. Ladd, Freeman Wilcox, Humphrey Goff, were drafted for the defense
of Washington in 1814.
--The Baptist Church at New Albany was formed
in 1849, church erected in 1879. William
McKnown was the first resident
minister in 1852, Stephen Harris deacon, John W. Martin, clerk.
--New Albany Lodge No. 682, I. O. O. F., was
organized December 23, 1869, G. W. Burdick Noble Grand, George H. Kendall
Vice Grand, S. D. Sterriger Secretary, D. W. Harshberger, Treasurer.
--The first permanent settlement was made
in 1801, by Sheffield Wilcox and Horatio Ladd, who received a gratuity
of seventy-five acres each from Doctor Joseph Priestly, the owner of a
large portion of the lands in the township.
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