Tri-Counties Genealogy &
History by Joyce M. Tice
1885 Seven Counties History
- Bradford County PA
1907 Postcard of Palmer Store and I.O.O.F
Austinville contributed by Creig Crippen
“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"
Columbia township was organized in 1813,
taken from Smithfield. It is situated on the western line of the
county of Bradford, adjoining the townships of Sullivan and Rutland in
Tioga county. The north and south branches of Sugar Creek run through
the township, from west to east. It is bounded on the north by the
townships of Wells and South Creek, on the east by Springfield, on the
south by Troy and Armenia, and on the west by Tioga county. The Northern
Central Railroad touches its eastern borders, and Snedekers, and Columbia
Cross Roads are stations in the township on that road. Austinville
and Sylvania are villages, the latter an incorporated boro. The soil
is well adapted to grazing, and the growing of all kinds of cereals.
It is an excellent farming township.
The early settlers were John Ballard,
Nathaniel Ballard, Nathaniel Morgan, David Watkins, Oliver Canfield, Joseph
Batterson, Jeremiah Chapman, Aaron Bennett, Samuel Lamphere, Phineas C.
Morgan, Solomon Soper, William Rose, James Morgan, Elnathan Goodrich, Charles
Keys, David Palmer, Ebenezer Baldwin, Abraham West, Calvin Tinkham, Carter
Havens, John Bixby, Nathaniel Barrett, Samuel Baldwin, Asa Howe, Comfort
Peters, Sheldon Gibbs, Phineas Jones, Rev. Joseph Beeman, David R. Hazewell,
John P. Gurnet, William Furman, Reuben Nash, Jacob Miller, John Lilly,
Michael Wolfe, Oliver Besley, George Moore, Darius Sherman, John McCelland,
Asa Bullock, Joseph Gladding, Vial A. Bullock, Thomas Munroe, Henry Harris,
Levi Cornell, Peleg Peckham, Kingley Peckham, John Calkins, Moses Calkins,
A. M. Wright, Richard Doty, David Watson, Samuel Ingalls, Samuel Hurlburt,
Murray Ballard, Ezra Wright.
--The first house erected in the township
was by Richard Doty, in 1795.
--Columbia was originally known as Cabot.
--Rev. Mr. Rich was the first Methodist
--The first distillery was built by
--Austinville, was originally called
--Jared Rowley erected the first grist
mill in the town.
--Sylvania was incorporated as a borough
May 4, 1853.
--The first death was a child of Capt.
Calkins, in 1810.
--The first school house was erected
in 1814, by Moses Taylor.
--Darius Sherman was the first blacksmith
in Columbia township.
--Peleg Peckham was the first carpenter
in the town of Columbia.
--An Equitable Aid Union Lodge was organized
at Sylvania, Feb., 1885.
--Charles Keyes, erected the first framed
house in the township, in 1808.
--Oliver Besley, brought the first lumber
wagon to Columbia, in 1812.
--The first saw mill was erected in
1806, by Samuel Hurlburt and Murray Ballard.
--Laura Watkins born August, 1800, was
the first white child born in the township.
--Jacob Miller, an early settler of
Columbia, was a soldier in the revolutionary war.
--The first religious society was organized
by Rev. Daniel Thatcher, a Presbyterian, in 1800.
--The state road, from Towanda to Wellsboro,
was constructed through Columbia township in 1808.
--The first post office in the town
was established in 1818, and known as Sylvania; Reuben
Nash, Post Master.
--Sylvan Lodge, No. 926, I. O. O. F.
Was organized Feb. 1, 1876. The first officers were
J. H. Calkins, N. G.; A. M. Card, V. G.; George F. Monroe, Sec.; Peleg
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