Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
1885 Seven Counties History - Bradford County PA
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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 of Tioga and Bradford Counties in Pennsylvania, Chemung, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins and Schuyler in New York by TOWNSHIPS, VILLAGES, BORO'S AND CITIES"


Barclay township was organized in 1867, taken from Franklin.  It is bounded on the north by Franklin, on the east by Monroe and Overton, on the south by Overton, on the west by Leroy.  It is situated in the highlands in the southwestern portion of the county, about two thousand feet above sea level.  The business of mining semi-bituminous coal has been carried on quite extensively since 1856, when a railroad from Towanda, a distance of about sixteen miles was constructed.  It was named Barclay in honor of Charles Barclay, of London, England, the owner of lands in the township.  The history of Barclay would be the history of the mining companies which have been engaged in mining coal.  Several million tons of coal have been mined and shipped to market since the commencement of mining operations.  Barclay is a mining village containing about eight hundred inhabitants, who are chiefly engaged in mining, or in labor connected therewith.  Carbon Run, a mining village about two miles west of Barclay, which formerly contained about three hundred inhabitants, is now about entirely deserted, the coal being worked out as is alleged.  The coal is let down from the Barclay mountain by means of an incline to the foot of the plane, from whence it is taken by cars and locomotives to Towanda.
--Mountain Cliff Lodge, Knights of Pythias, was organized April 8th, 1873.  First officers were:
   John Kellock, V. P.; F. M. Miner, C. C.; William Johnson, V. C.; John Noble, K. Of R. S.
--Barclay Lodge, No. 807, I. O. O. F., was organized July 12th, 1872.  Charles Hutchinson, N. G.;
   John Deitchburn, V. G.; L. S. Kelder, Sec.; Edward Wheatley, Treas.
--The Barclay Coal Company was organized in 1853, by Edward Overton of Towanda, John Ely
   and Edward M. Davis, of Philadelphia.  Edward Overton, first President; James Macfarlane,
   General Superintendent.

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