Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
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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"


Sheshequin township was formed in 1820, taken from Ulster.  It is situated on the east side of the Susquehanna, and comprises some of the finest alluvial lands in Pennsylvania.  It has become historic grounds on account of its Indian and revolutionary history.  The old Indian town of Sheshequin was situated on the west side of the river in the present town of Ulster, but the broad and fertile flats upon the east side now in Sheshequin, early became famous for their productiveness.  Sheshequin is bounded on the north by Athens, and Litchfield, on the east by Rome, on the south by Wysox and the Susquehanna river, and on the west by the Susquehanna river.

Its early settlers were Gen. Simon Spalding, Joseph Kinney, Benjamin Cole, Col. Fordham, Col. Thomas Baldwin, Stephen Fuller, Obediah Gore, Samuel Gore, Arnold Franklin, Col. Joseph Kingsbury, Moses Pard, Capt. Jeremiah Shaw, Peter Snyder, Ebenezer Shaw, Daniel Brink, Abel Newell, George Murphy, Stephen Morgan, Daniel Curtis, Henry Hine, Ichabod Blackman, Franklin Blackman, William Ferguson, Ebenezer Franklin, Joseph Franklin, Hugh Rippeth, Elijah Horton, William Horton, Joshua Horton, Elijah Horton, Jr., Stephen Horton, Gilbert Horton, Joseph Tuttle, Josiah Newell, Abel Newell, William Webber, John Newell, Joseph Salisbury, Josiah Tuttle, Jonathan Stark, Jesse Smith, Capt. Jabez Fish, Zebulon Butler, Captain Forbes, Harry Spaulding, Capt. Stephen Fuller, Benjamin Clark, Jabez Sill, Elijah Towner, Enoch Towner, John Towner, Daniel Moore, William Kennedy, Hugh Kennedy, Peter Bernard, James Bidland, Timothy Bartlett, Samuel Bartlett, Henry Boyce, Jacob Brokaw, Ludowick Carner, Silas Carner, Henry Cleveland, John Deitrick, Christain Brokaw, Zadoc Gillett, Freeman Gillett, William Presher, Edward Griffin, Samuel Hoyt, Samuel Marshall, Thomas Marshall, Josiah B. Marshall, Mathew Rogers, David E. Weed, Earl Masten, Lockwood Curley, David Smith, Samuel K. Gore, William W. Spalding, John C. VanSize, George Killmer, Jeremiah Killmer, James Shroes, Peter Snyder, Christain Forbes.

--Obediah Gore opened the first store in Sheshequin, in 1796.
--The first white settlement was made in Sheshequin, May 3, 1783.
--Obediah Gore built the first framed house in Sheshequin, in 1787.
--Sheshequin is an Indian name, and signifies “the place of a rattle.”
--In 1790, three hundred Indians were encamped on the Sheshequin flats
--Obediah Gore erected a grist mill, in 1807, the first grist mill in Sheshequin.
--The first marriage was Mathias Hollenback and Miss Sarah Hibbard, April 20, 1788.
--Ezra Shaw, an old pioneer in Sheshequin, died in 1871, aged over one hundred years.
--Samuel Kinney, was the first white child born in the present township of Sheshequin.
--Judge Gore and his father were blacksmiths.  They were the first persons to use anthracite coal.
--Great floods in the Susquehanna river in 1786, swept over the flats of Sheshequin and did great damage on the Susquehanna river.
--Simon Spalding, Joseph Kinney, Obediah Gore, Samuel Gore, Captain Jeremiah Shaw, Daniel Moore, Christain Avery, were early settlers of Sheshequin, and revolutionary soldiers.
--Col. H. L. Kinney a native of Sheshequin, was the founder of Corpus Christi, Texas, as engaged in the Mexican war, in 1846, and in the Maximillian war was killed at Monterey.

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