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"


 Granville township was organized in 1831, taken from Franklin, Canton, Burlington and Troy.  Granville Corners, Granville Center and Granville Summit are villages in the township.  The Northern Central Railroad touches its western border, and Granville Summit is a station on that road.  The north branch of the Towanda creek passes through the township from west to east.  The lands are rolling and well adapted to grazing and the dairy.  It is bounded on the north by Troy and West Burlington, on the east by West Burlington and Franklin, on the south by Leroy, and on the west by Troy and Canton.

 Its early settlers were:  Jeremiah Taylor, Lewis Moffett, Scoville Bailey, David Bailey, Ezra Bailey, Thomas Bailey, Uriah Baxter, Benjamin Saxton, Oliver Nelson, Phillip Packer, Abraham Parkhurst, Charles Butterfield, John Putman, Alvord Churchill, John Pratt, Josiah Vrooman, David Ross, Abijah Ayres, Z. Porter, Avery Clark, Nathaniel Clark, Noah Packard, Giles Avery, Simon Chesley, Peter Shoemaker, Daniel Ferguson, Oliver Bailey, Hugh Halcomb.

 --A Good Templars Lodge was organized in 1854.
 --The first road was laid out in Granville, in 1802.
 --The first death in the township was Mrs. Lewis Moffit.
 --Levi Taylor opened the first hotel in the township, in 1849.
 --B. F. Taylor opened the first store in the township, in 1849.
 --Albert Nichols, erected a large tannery at Granville, in 1857.
 --A Lodge of Sons of Temperance, was established, in 1852.
 --The first framed house was built by Jeremiah Taylor, in 1815.
 --The first school was taught by Miss Delight Spalding, in 1807.
 --Adam Inness the celebrated tanner, located in Granville, in 1865.
 --Sylvester Taylor was the first white child born in Granville in 1804.
 --Granville is one of the finest butter producing townships in Bradford county.
 --The first Baptist meeting held in the town, was in 1805, by Rev. Thomas Smiley.
 --The first wedding in the township was Hugh Holcomb and Miss Prudence Bailey.
 --The first grist mill in the town, was erected by Jeremiah Taylor, Jr., in the year 1820.
 --Mail route established through Granville, from East Burlington to Alba, in the year 1827.
 --Simon Chesely was an early settler in Granville, and a soldier of the revolutionary war.
 --In the year 1832, Dr. Silas E. Shapard, of Troy, organized a Disciple Church, in Granville.
 --The “Summit” derives its name from the fact that it is the highest point on the Northern     Central Railroad, between Baltimore and Canandaigua.
 --Granville was originally known as North Branch, and a postoffice was established in     1827, by that name.  In 1831, it was changed to Granville.
 --Granville Center Lodge, I. O. O. F., No. 687, was organized December 24th, 1869.     Robert Innis, N. G.; M. O. Loomis, V. G.; P. M. Sayles, Sec.; Adam Innis, Treas.

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