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"


The township of Wysox was formed in 1795.  It is now bounded on the north, by Rome township, on the east, by Orwell, Herrick and Standing Stone, on the south, by the Susquehanna river, on the west, by the Susquehanna river and Sheshequin.  The soil is highly productive.  The streams of the township are Susquehanna river and Wysox creek.  The Lehigh Valley Railroad passes through the township.  Meyersburg and Wysox are post towns and villages in the township.

The first settlers were Isaac Van Valkenburg, Herman Van Valkenburg, Sebastian Strope, Isaac Strope, Roswell Franklin, Benjamin Clark, Jehiel Franklin, Job Irish, Jesse Allen, Ralph Martin, Moses Coolbaugh, Ashahel Roberts, William Coolbaugh, John Hinman, James Lewis, Aaron Dean, Adam Mann, Nathaniel Moyer, John Parks, Moses Moody, Willard Green, Adrian Manville, Wilbur Bennett, Robert Bennett, Joshua Shores, Stephen Strickland, Jacob Strickland, Israel Atherton, Theopholis Moyer, Zackariah Price, Jacob Myer, William Myer, Nathaniel Heacock, Amos Mix, Burr Ridgway, Naptalea Woodburn, Elijah Tracey, Elisha Whitney, J. W. Piolett, Doctor Seth D. Barstow, Stephen Pierce, Shepard Pierce, Samuel Coolbaugh.

--The 4th of July was celebrated at Wysox in 1801.
--The first school was taught by Isaac Strope in 1790.
--Wysox is an Indian word, and signifies “Canoe Harbor.”
--Moses Coolbaugh was the first Justice of the Peace in 1800.
--Theopholis Moyer built the first framed house in Wysox, in 1800.
--John Hinman erected a saw mill in 1793, the first in Wysox township.
--The Strope family, early pioneers, were taken prisoners by the Indians.
--The name by which Wysox was known under the Connecticut title, was Claverack.
--Roswell Franklin, an old settler in Wysox built the first house in Cayuga county, New York.
--J. W. Piolett was a captain in the French army under Napoleon, and came to America in 1801.
--Sebastian Strope, John Strope, Roswell Franklin, Jesse Allen, Joshua Shores, Nathaniel   Heacock, Amos Mix, Elisha Whitney, early settlers of Wysox and soldiers in the revolutionary  war.
--Hon. Victor E. Piolett, a distinguished farmer and prominent citizen resides at Wysox.  He has represented the county in the State Legislature and held other responsible positions. He has been  a life long Democrat.
--Hon. E. Reed Myer, of Myersburg, in Wysox township, has several times represented Bradford county in the State Legislature, been speaker of the House.  He has been a prominent and influential Republican in Bradford county.

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