Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
1885 Seven Counties History
- Bradford County PA
Photo by Joyce M. Tice October 1998
“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"
In 1801, Mount Zion township was organized;
the Commissioners to fix the boundaries were Ezekiel Hyde, Josiah Grant,
William Spalding. In 1802, the name was changed to Orwell.
It is bounded on the north by the townships of Windham and Warren; on the
east by Warren and Pike; on the south by Herrick; on the west by Rome.
Wysox creek, Jerome and Johnson’s creeks are its principal streams.
It is a very fertile and productive township. There are four post
offices in the town, and several small villages and hamlets.
The early settlers were Daniel Russell, Capt.
Josiah Grant, Francis Mesusan, Ebenezer Chubbuck, Nathaniel Chubbuck, Ashel
Johnson, Zenas Cook, Artemus Johnson, Truman Johnson, Edmund Johnson, Cyprian
Allen Samuel Wells, Capt. Samuel Woodruff, Adrian Manville, Levi Frisbie,
Richard Marks, William Johnson, Asa Upson, Theron Darling, Abel Darling,
John Pierce, Alpheus Choate, Joel Barnes, William Raney, Libbeus Roberts,
Capt. John Grant, Joel Cook, William Keeler, Mark Mesusan, George Pendleton,
William Pendleton, Hamilton Champlain, Noah Shaffee, John Wheaton, Samuel
Mathews, Amos Coburn, Ebenezer Coburn, Miles Pierce, Milton Humphrey, Alvin
Humphrey, Parley Coburn, James Bowen, Jason Potter, Uri Cook, Chauncey
Frisbie, James Newell, Randall Mathews, Henry W. Hind, Ithiel Allis, William
Sexton, Jason Chaffee, Jacob Wickizer, Samuel Wheaton.
--The first Temperance Society was organized
--The first school was taught in 1803 by Clarissa
--The first death was the wife of Adrian Manville,
May 1, 1801.
--Potterville was named in honor of Jason
Potter an early settler.
--The first permanent settlement was made
in the township by Daniel Russell.
--Joel Johnson born May 18, 1799, was the
first white child born in the township.
--Orwell was named in honor of a town in the
State of Vermont, from which some of the early settlers came.
--Capt. Josiah Grant an early settler, was
a revolutionary soldier, and a cousin to General Ethan Allen. He
commanded a company of the Green Mountain boys.
--Capt. Josiah Grant, Capt. Samuel Woodruff,
Capt. John Grant, Joel Cook, Ebenezer Chubbuck, George Pendleton, Ashel
Johnson, were early settlers of Orwell, and soldiers of the revolutionary
--Orwell Library Association was organized
in 1812. The first annual meeting of the Association was held
Feb. 16, 1813; Thomas Elliott, Chairman; J. M. Piolett, Secretary; J. M.
Piolett, Jacob Bell, William Myer, William F. Dinninger, Ashel Johnson,
Executive Committee; Doct. S. T. Barstow Librarian and Treasurer.
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