Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
1885 Seven Counties History
- Bradford County PA
Photo by Joyce M. Tice
“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"
Franklin township was organized in 1819,
taken from Canton, Troy and Burlington. Both branches of the Towanda
creek unite within the township. The lands along the valley are very
productive. The high or rolling lands are being brought up to a good
state of cultivation. The town of Franklin is bounded on the north
by West Burlington and Burlington, on the east by Monroe, on the south
by Barclay, and on the west by Granville and Leroy. Franklin and
West Franklin are small villages and post towns.
The early settlers were David Allen,
Stephen Allen, Daniel Allen, Benjamin Stone, Daniel Wilcox, Rev. Thomas
Smiley, John Knapp, William Damer, Samuel Wilcox, Absalom Carr, Ezekiel
Carr, Widow Jane Lattimer, William Blanchard, Aaron Cook, Daniel Stone,
Truman Holcomb, Gilbert Gay, William B. French, Allen Rockwell, Nathan
Wilcox, Major Oliver W. Dodge, Burr Ridgway, Horace Spalding, William B.
Spalding, Noah Spalding, Stephen Lattimer, Peter Lattimer.
--Mrs. Pladnor died, in Franklin, in
1830, aged 109 years.
--Franklin township was named in honor
of col. John Franklin, of Athens.
--Burr Ridgway settled in Franklin,
in 1803, and thereafter established the Bradford Democrat,
--David and Stephen Allen, built a grist
mill on Towanda creek, in 1796.
--The postoffice was established at
Franklin, in 1820. John Knapp, post-master.
--David Allen and Stephen Allen were
taken prisoners at the Wyoming Massacre, and escaped
while the Indians were holding a war dance.
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