Joseph Wharton, the first settler in Tuscarora township, who had secured a patent from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, for a
tract of land, lying near the county line, came on and occupied the same in 1775. He erected a log house and built a road to the river. He had an improvised samp-mill by felling a huge white pine and hollowing out the stump for a mortar, using a heavy Indian pestle for grinding corn. At this time there was no water mill nearer than the Wyoming Valley. Wharton cleared and fenced about sixty acres of land and set out an orchard. After occupying his land for thirty-three years, in 1808, he sold to Elihu Hall and Elihu Hall, Jr., and moved to other parts.
Platner Family (Pladnor, Pladnore)--Elder Sevellon W. Alden says, "A family by the name of Pladnor removed from Wyoming to within what is now Monroe borough in 1779, and occupied the flats east of the present village for years. The Pladnors are well remembered by the writer, and it is said of them that they were truly loyal to the Pennamites and opposed to the encroachments of the Connecticut people. Mrs. Pladnor associated with the Indians, shot their rifles at a mark, ran foot races with them and witnessed their rude life and times, and then in after years was accustomed to related the stirring incidents to the writer and his young associates to beguile the indoor hours of a long winter evening." Mrs. Platner had formerly been the wife of Elisha Wilcox, who had settled at Thorn Bottom, about twenty miles from the Pittston settlement. In June, 1778, Wilcox was captured by a band of Indians, detained prisoner and compelled to be in the Wyoming battle, soon after which event he died. He had two children, Stephen and Nancy. Mrs. Amy Platner afterwards married Henry (John) Platner and came to Monroe. Her children accompanied her: Stephen Wilcox settled in Franklin township and afterwards moved West; Nancy Wilcox married Stephen Strickland of Wysox; another daughter, Miss Platner, married an Ogden, who for a time lived at Canton. After a few years Mr. Platner died, his widow subsequently removing to Franklin township, where her demise occurred about 1830, aged 109 years.
Joseph Kinney was born, 1755, of Scotch-Irish parentage, at Plainfield, Conn. At the age of twenty-one he joined the American army and saw his first service at Dorchester Heights in March, 1776. He was wounded in the leg and captured at the battle of Long Island. For three months he suffered the horrors of confinement in the old Jersey prison ship. After being released, and still much crippled from his wounds, he made his way home on foot. He again joined the army and was at the battle of Saratoga, resulting in the surrender of Burgoyne, October 17, 1777. He then returned to Plainfield, where
he remained until 1778, when he emigrated to Wyoming. Here, June 22, 1781, he married Sarah, eldest daughter of Capt. Simon Spalding, and with his father-in-law and others removed to Sheshequin in 1783. In Wyoming he had been a school teacher, but changed his occupation to that of a farmer in his new home, a calling in which he prided himself. His biographer says, "Mr. Kinney was not only a great reader, but was also a close and logical reasoner, and analyzed thoroughly everything offered before he stored it away in his memory as knowledge. He was particularly apt in the theological themes, and had many a gusty bout with the preachers of the day. His house was the home of all the itinerants of the Gospel in his day. With the limited education attainable in his day, he would be called a man of decided brain power, strong in the convictions of right and duty, a close reasoner, irreproachable in his integrity and highly respected by the large circle of his acquaintances. He was emphatically domestic in his tastes, and hence disliked and refused political positions generally." However, in 1791, he accepted the appointment of Justice of the Peace for the Tioga district and served as one of the first County Commissioners, being elected on the Federal ticket in 1812. He died June 3, 1841, in his 86th year, and his wife, June 9, 1840, aged nearly 77 years. The children of Joseph and Sarah Kinney were: Simon, Ruth, George, Charles, Sarah, Lucy, Guy, Wealthy, Mina and Phebe M.
Simon, born August 26, 1784, was one of the first two children born in Sheshequin. At his majority he married Miss Phoebe Cash and took up the study of law. In 1814 he was admitted to practice and located in Towanda. He was a man of unquestioned legal ability and soon became one of the foremost lawyers in Northern Pennsylvania. He was elected to the State legislature from the Bradford-Tioga district in 1820 and '21. He was also County Treasurer in 1816-'17. He was a man of strong mind, and his service is favorably remembered by active participators in the political affairs of the time. David Wilmot completed his law studies in the office of Mr. Kinney, who was his first associate after entering the profession. Mr. Kinney's wife died in 1835, and in 1836 he removed to Illinois with the rest of his family. He identified himself with the interests of the Prairie State, and was one of the founders of the State government. He died September 11, 1859, at Indiantown, Bureau county. The children of Simon and Phoebe Kinney were: Harriet (Mrs. Charles Whitehead), Henry Lawrence, Joseph Warren, Emily, Sarah and Anna. Henry Lawrence achieved an enviable celebrity by his dash, courage and enterprise, which made him at one time quite the lion of the country. He was
(Portrait of Joseph Kinney)
the founder of Corpus Christi, Texas and peopled the town by a denomination of his own settlers. After the Texan war he was captured in Mexico, and for a long time confined in the prison of Preote; served in the Mexican war in General Taylor's army; supplied the commissariat with stores from the resources of the country, and was deemed a millionaire at the end of the war. He spent much of his fortune afterwards in Central American expeditions. During the rebellion he served in Mexico as colonel of her army, and fought against the French
and Maximilian, and was killed at Monterey in 1862 while leading a small troop in ferreting out guerrillas in the city. He became one of the finest horsemen of Texas, taking lessons of the Comanches, and so far surpassing them that they were to his mastery but initiates. He won many victories over them in some of their sharpest fights. He had married a daughter of General Lamar of the "Lone Star" fame, and was about sixty years of age at the time of his death. Joseph Warren followed the fortunes of his brother, and acquired considerable landed property. He was accidentally fatally wounded by the explosion of his pistol in mounting his horse.
Ruth married Warren Brown, a merchant of Towanda, who removed to Illinois in the 1830's.
George, born May 13, 1788, spent his life in Sheshequin. He possessed a native strength and clearness of mind, which made him prominent in his day. He was for many years a Justice of the Peace and an officer in the State Militia. In 1837 he was elected a State Representative, and in the assembly maintained a prominent position and wielded an influence over its deliberations. Mr. Kinney married Mary Carner and reared a notable family. He died April 29, 1862; his wife, born March 16, 1787, died December 30, 1863. Their children were: Julia H., George Wayne, Horace, Newcomb, W. Wallace, O. H. Perry, Mary and Somers. Julia, noted as the poetess, married Dr. David L. Scott of Towanda. George Wayne learned the printing art, but spent most of his years upon the farm. He married Abby M. Hutchins of Killingly, Conn. Horace engaged in mercantile pursuits. He married Anna P., daughter of John F. and Julia (Prentice) Satterlee of Athens, and was the father of the late Hon. Orrin Day Kinney. Newcomb went to Illinois, where he died quite early in life. W. Wallace studied medicine; married Elizabeth, daughter of Sullivan Chaffee, and practiced at Rome. O. H. Perry read law and practiced at Towanda for a time. He was elected to the State Legislature in 1858 and '59. Subsequently, he purchased an interest in the Waverly Advocate, was twice elected to the New York legislature from Tioga county, and was also a member of the last Constitutional Convention of that state. He married Mary Eggett and was postmaster of Waverly at the time of his death in September, 1883. Mary married D. S. Buil and removed to Iowa. Somers went to Texas and engaged in public enterprises. He was a member of the Texas legislature in 1857 and later engaged in journalism. He married in the South a Miss Howard, a lady of culture. Both died at Houston, Texas.
Charles followed farming in Sheshequin. He married Amanda
Carrier, who bore him three sons: Joseph, who became a Universalist minister and died in the West; Hanford, who died from army exposure; Amzi, who occupied the homestead.
Sarah married Lockwood Smith of Ulster. She died without issue, March 14, 1856, in Sheshequin, aged 64 years.
Lucy married Thomas Marshall of Sheshequin and died in 1868, aged 72 years, without issue.
Guy married Matilda, daughter of Avery Gore, and lived in Sheshequin. Their children were: Ellen, Newton, Roxana, Ada, Avery, Simon, H. Clay and Ida. Newton gained considerable celebrity as a lecturer on phrenology and spiritualism.
Wealthy married Guy Tozer of Athens, who was Sheriff of the county from 1837 to '40. Their children were: Helen, Ralph, Lucy, Guy M., George, Frank and Charles. Mrs. Tozer died August 18, 1868, in her 68th year.
Perley occupied the homestead until the time of his death, September 4, 1845, being accidentally killed in a threshing machine. He married Sarah Hutchins of Killingly, Conn. They had three children: Perley H., who occupied the homestead; Miles F. read law and was a successful practitioner of the Bradford county bar; Ruth married George W. Fish of Sheshequin.
Mina married Stephen Smith and removed to Illinois, where her husband served as Sheriff of Bureau county.
Phebe M. never married, and died at the old home, November 17, 1867, aged 60 years.
Captain Stephen Fuller removed to Wyoming, 1769, from Hampton, Windham county, Conn. He took an active interest in the affairs of the Susquehanna Company, and held various positions in the organization of the new colony. In 1773, he, Obadiah Gore, Jr. and Seth Marvin were given the privilege of erecting a saw-mill on Mill Creek. The mill was completed the same year, and was the first saw mill erected on the upper waters of the Susquehanna. In October, 1775, he was commissioned Captain of the First Company of the Connecticut Militia and took part in the battle of Wyoming. In 1783, he and his sons, John and Reuben, joined General Spalding's party and came to Sheshequin, where they occupied Connecticut lands. Captain Fuller had married Mary Abbott of Connecticut. Their daughter, Abigail, married first Capt. James Bidlack, second Col. John Franklin. The sons, John and Reuben, after residing in Sheshequin a score of years, removed to other parts. Captain Fuller died May 24, 1813, aged 82 years. His wife lies beside him in the Sheshequin cemetery.
Sergeant Thomas Baldwin, one of the patriots accompanying General Spalding to Sheshequin (1783) was a native of Norwich, Conn. He early removed with the family of his father, Isaac Baldwin, to the Wyoming Valley. Upon the breaking out of hostilities, he enlisted in Captain Durkee's (after Captain Spalding's) Company and served through the Revolutionary War. A brother and sister having been captured and carried away by the Indians, he spent some time scouting in the Susquehanna and Chemung valleys, hoping to meet and release them. He was in General Sullivan's campaign against the Indians and was wounded in the engagement at Baldwin's Creek. In 1782 he commanded a company of volunteers sent in pursuit of the Indians, who had taken Mrs. Roswell Franklin and four of her children captive. Overtaking the Indians at Lime Hill, where a desperate battle was fought, he routed the enemy and succeeded in rescuing three of the children, though Mrs. Franklin was killed by an Indian. Sergeant Baldwin remained in Sheshequin only temporarily. While residing here, in the summer of 1783, his son, Vine, was born--said to be the first white child to see the light in the Sheshequin Valley. He settled on the Newtown battlefield, where he died (1810) and is buried. Their son, Vine, became a man of decided enterprise, and was for many years a resident of Ridgebury and Troy.
Hugh Forseman (Fordsman), who came with General Spalding to Sheshequin (1783), was a native of Ireland. He married Judith Slocum, sister of "the lost Frances." He served as justice of the peace, and as one of the Justices of Quorum in the county of Westmoreland. Mr. Miner says, "Being a man of business and probity, few shared more highly the general confidence. As clerk of the town, his writing is singularly neat and accurate. To his care we are indebted that the old Westmoreland records were preserved." Mr. Forseman was a resident of Sheshequin as late as 1804. He probably returned to Wyoming.
Benjamin Cole, with his wife, son and two daughters, came (1783) with General Spalding to Sheshequin. After remaining about twenty years he removed to other parts.
Benjamin Patterson, a native of Stratford, Conn., and soldier of the Revolution, came from the Wyoming Valley with General Spalding's party (1783) and settled at Athens on the east side of the Susquehanna. He was the first man to locate in Athens township after the Revolutionary War. In 1788 he sold his possession to Robert McIlhoe, removed and died in Kentucky about 1840, aged 88 years.
Brown Family is of English origin, their history being known from the marriage of Edward Brown and Jane Leeds, about 1550. In 1630, their son, Nicholas, and wife, Elizabeth, came to America and settled at Lynn, Mass. Here their son, Thomas, was born. He married Mary Newhall. They had sixteen children. One of these was Thomas, Jr., who married Hannah Collins. They had ten children, of whom Thomas, 3rd, married Deborah Holdredge. They had seven children, the eldest being Thomas, 4th.
Thomas Brown (4th), born April 5, 1717, at Stonington, Conn., followed the sea, but being crippled by exposure, gave up that calling and settled at Quaker Hill, N.Y., whence, 1776, he removed with his family to the Wyoming Valley, settling at Wilkes-Barre. Henry Elliott and family came from the same place, and lived in the house next to the Browns. At the time of the battle, July 3, 1778, Mr. Brown being unable to render military service, joined those at the fort for the protection of the women and children. Two of his sons, Thomas and John, went to battle and were slain. After the battle, the two families made their escape, and suffering great hardships, succeeded in reaching Goshen, N.Y., where they remained until November, when they returned to the Valley. In 1783, Mr. Brown came to Wyalusing. His settlement became a noted one and is to this day known as Browntown. He married first Hannah Spooner, by whom he had children, Thomas and John (both killed at Wyoming), and Betsy. His second wife was Patience Brockway. Their children were: Hannah, Sibyl, Patience, Ezekiel, Humphrey, Daniel, Allen, Jabez, Collins (died day after Wyoming battle, aged 3 years), Charles, Benjamin and others dying in childhood. Mr. Brown died June 25, 1791, aged 74 years. His remains repose beside those of his wife in the Wyalusing cemetery.
Betsy married Thomas Rowley of the Wyoming Valley, and had two children, Moses and Martha.
Hannah married Thomas Harrington of Owego, and had children, Reuben, Thomas and Martha. The family removed to Ithaca, where the father and mother died.
Sibyl married Josiah Marshall and lived in Sheshequin. They had children: Samuel, Thomas, Edward, Josiah B., Elizabeth and Sarah. Mrs. Marshall married for her second husband, Ebenezer Segar, and had children: Amanda, Patience L., Charles E., Collins M., Julia and Henry. She died, 1851, in Sheshequin, in her 80th year.
Patience was the first wife of Joseph Elliott, and died without issue.
Ezekiel married Polly Hancock and settled in Pike township.
They had two daughters, one of whom married Ansel Olmstead and the other Ezekiel Mintz.
Humphrey married Hannah, daughter of Oliver Dodge, and lived at Wyalusing. They had children: Thomas, Oliver, William, Mason, Daniel, Humphrey, Sally (Mrs. Elisha Whitney), Rachel (Mrs. Hopkins Loots) and Abby (Mrs. John Bird).
Daniel married, 1793, Polly, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Gaylord) Wigton. Their children, who married as follows, were: George went West; Jesse, first to Maria Fish, second to Sophia Wells; Ira to Nancy King; Daniel Warren to Katherine King; Charles to Tanna Betts; William Hamilton to Juliet Johnston; Nelson to Clarissa Snook; Thomas Ellicott to Lois Lake; Sibyl to Jared D. Goodenough; Cynthia, first to Henry Lung, second to Simon Boles; Eliza to James Butler. Daniel Brown was the last survivor of the 21 children of Thomas Brown. He was eight years old at the time of the Wyoming battle, which horrible affair he witnessed. At the time of his death, March 3, 1859, in his 89th year, he is supposed to have been the last male survivor of the "Wyoming Massacre." He was the ancestor of 15 children, 71 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
Allen married Polly Swingle and had children: John, Benjamin, Jacob, Hiram, Lorena, Susan, Patience and Eunice.
Jabez married Lydia, daughter of Wareham Kingsley and had children: Lorana, Fanny, Theresa and Franklin. He married for his second wife, Betsy Schrader of Monroe, and had children: Jabez, Damen and Kate.
Charles married Fanny, daughter of Samuel and Mary (Dodge) Gilbert and lived in Monroe. They had children: Harrison, Burton, Byron, Robert, Prentis and Orris (Mrs. Joseph Homet).
Benjamin married Jane, daughter of William Huyck and lived in
Standing Stone. Their children were: Guy, Perceptor, Lord, Belinda (Mrs.
John Terwilliger), Ellen (Mrs. Harry Clark), Collins, Allen, Charles E.,
Sarah (Mrs. Austin Frost) and John H.
Jesse Allen, a native of Morristown, N.J., enlisted in the Continental Army early in the struggle for American Independence and served throughout the war. He was in the expedition under Montgomery into Canada, and stood within a few feet of that officer when he fell at Quebec. He was in many engagements and Indian skirmishes, serving in the Company of Capt. Jacobus S. Bruyn, under Col. James Clinton, New York Continentals. He was at the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown. It was probably during the war that he
became acquainted with and subsequently married Elizabeth Eiklor (whose parents were Holland people) of Catskill, N.Y. In 1784, he came to Wysox in quest of a new home. He selected the river flats opposite Towanda, worked the season making improvements and returned in the autumn for his family. Upon his arrival the next Spring, finding his improvements occupied by Roswell Franklin, he went to the lower end of the valley, took possession of and subsequently purchased all the land comprised between the creek and narrows. "Mr. Allen came from the head of the river in a canoe with his effects, while Mrs. Allen rode a horse all the way, following the Indian trail and carrying an infant, not many weeks old, who afterwards became the late Peter Allen of Rome." Mr. Allen occupied his purchase a number of years. After having cleared and improved many acres and planted the first orchard in the Wysox valley, he sold to Theophilus Moger, then lived for a time on the old Coolbaugh property and also on the Lent place at Pond Hill. In 1800, he removed to the Genesee country, where he remained a short time, then returned to Pond Hill, where he continued to reside until his death." Jesse Allen was a stirring, impulsive man, a strong supporter of the Presbyterian church and one of the most zealous promoters in the formation of the Towanda-Wysox congregation." He died June 24, 1824, in his 70th year, and his wife, September 6, 1845, in her 90th year. Both are buried at Pond Hill. The children of Jesse and Elizabeth Allen were: William, Peter, Andrew, Elizabeth, Mary, John, Phoebe and David.
William married Eleanor, daughter of Moses Coolbaugh, died April 9, 1859, in Wysox in his 78th year. Their children, who married as follows, were: Moses C. to Electa Bennett; Ferdinand to Sarah Mullison; William died unmarried; Alvin died in the Mexican War, unmarried; Polly to Henry Passmore; Eliza to Benjamin Bennett.
Peter married Elizabeth, daughter of David Ridgway, died in Rome, November 15, 1852, aged 68 years. Their only child, Rachel E., married Oscar F. Young.
Andrew died unmarried.
Elizabeth married Arunah Wattles. Their children, who married as follows, were: John Mason to Amanda Pierce; Elizabeth to Mr. Woodburn; Caroline to Lewis Lent; Milton to Jane Ransom; D. Clinton to Jane Carter.
Mary married Benjamin Dresser and had children: Charles, William, Elizabeth and Mary (Mrs. Sherb Allis).
John married Caroline, daughter of Daniel Wattles. Their children, who married as follows, were: Jesse, first to Cynthia Coolbaugh,
second to Mary Whitney; Ellen, first to Rev. Philander Camp, second to Rev. S. F. Colt; Dorrance to Kate McMullen; Alice to Daniel Meehan.
Phoebe married Moses Moody of Rome. Their children, who married as follows, were: John to Hattie Dickinson; Elizabeth, first to Mr. Reel, second to Albert Lent; Allen died unmarried; Myron to Lucretia Fell; Amanda to William Barns; Nelson to Jane Hannon; Lemuel L., first to Sarah Woodburn, second to Justice Eastman; William to Ann Cranmer; Horace M. to Lucinda L. Allen of Smithfield.
David married Sally, daughter of William and Susanna (Shoemaker)
Coolbaugh. He died at Pond Hill, July 26, 1821, in his 24th year.
Andreas Budd, a German, was the first man to locate at
Tioga Point upon the resettlement of the county. He came in 1783 or '84
and built a log house, which he and his family occupied. In 1795 he sold
to Elisha Mathewson and left the country.
Jacob Snell, a German, who had served in the Northampton
county Militia, Continental line, during the war for Independence, came
from Stroudsburg in 1784, stopping at Athens. "The journey was made in
a canoe, containing the family and their belongings, which included a sheep
or two and some poultry." A site was finally selected on the west side
of the Chemung river, where Mr. Snell continued to reside, being the first
permanent settler of the township. A son, Abraham, who saw the light, July
5, 1784, was the first white child born in Athens township. In 1790 Jacob
Snell's family consisted of ten males and one female. He died in the '90's,
and his children, who are remembered or grew up, were: John, Abraham, Jacob,
Daniel, Henry and George. His widow, Anna, became the second wife of Joseph
Spalding, by whom she had two children, Simon and Celestia.
Roswell Franklin, a native of Connecticut, who was among the earliest immigrants to Wyoming and prominent in the affairs of that colony, came to Wysox in the Fall of 1784 or Spring of '85. He was an ardent patriot, served as an ensign at the battle of Wyoming and afterwards was a lieutenant under Colonel Franklin. Having killed an Indian while on a scout in June, 1781, he was marked as a victim for savage vengeance. But a few months had elapsed when the Indians killed one of his sons, carried another into captivity, burned his grain stacks and stole his horses. On Sunday, April 7, 1782, "still burning with rage and intent on vengeance, the Indians rushed into Lieutenant Franklin's house, and took his wife and their four remaining children, set fire to the building, which, with the furniture, not plundered, was consumed to ashes.
Parties went immediately in pursuit." In the engagement which ensued at Lime Hill between the rescuing party and Indians, Mrs. Franklin was shot by one of the savages. Three of the children were recovered, but the baby was carried away. When Mr. Franklin moved to Wysox his brother, Jehial, came with him. They held the Connecticut title of several lots in Claverack, embracing all the flats opposite Towanda. Roswell built and occupied a double log house a little below the Nobles place. In 1789 he removed to Cayuta county, where he settled on lands in dispute between Massachusetts and New York. "After two years of arduous labor, winter approached and found his cellar stored and his granaries full, the product of a fruitful soil and unremitting industry. A ray of gladness broke in on his dwelling, and 'Hope and Pleasure' smiled. Governor Clinton sent a band of men early in the winter into the Genesee country to destroy the settlements making there. Every habitation was burnt, the improvements laid waste and all the grain consumed by fire. Lieutenant Franklin looked around him a moment on this new scene of desolation and woe in utter despair--seized a rifle and put an end to his existence." The children of Roswell Franklin were: John, William, Samuel, Daniel, Cornelius, Betsy, Alice, Eleanor and Julia.
Benjamin Clark, a native of Tolland, Connecticut, removed to the Wyoming Valley, and was among the very first to build a house on the town-plat of Wilkes-Barre. He was a corporal in the First Independent Company of Wyoming, under Capt. Robert Durkee, and served seven years in the Revolutionary War. He was one of the detachment sent for the relief of Wyoming after the fatal battle, and was in the army of General Sullivan against the Indians. For his services he received a pension of $96 per year. Subsequently, he was appointed a captain of militia, and was known by the older settlers as "Captain Clark." In 1784 he removed from Wyoming to Asylum, and the next year settled in Ulster on what is known as the Ross farm. His house was a place of entertainment for travelers and a home of the Methodist itinerant for many years, and in it the first preaching was held in "Old Sheshequin." Captain Clark was an ardent Federalist and a member of the Methodist church. He took an active interest in public affairs, and for years filled the most important local offices. He died at Ulster, August 9, 1834, aged 87 years.
Captain Clark was twice married. The Westmoreland town records contain the following: "Births of the children of Benjamin Clark and Nabbe, his wife--John Theophilus, born July 8, 1770; Polly, born March 3, 1774;
Sally and Milly (twins), born March 5, 1777. Nabbe, wife of Benjamin Clark, departed this life, March 12, 1777, in the 24th year of her age." Their children selected partners as follows:
John T. married Cynthia, daughter of James Campbell, and settled in Burlington, where he died. They had 12 children who married as follows: Billings to Charlotte Nichols; James to Sally Simons; Cephas to Sally Wilcox; Benjamin died, aged 19, from being kicked by a horse; Sally to Timothy C. Wheeler; Betsey to Abraham Reeves; Ursula to Earl Nichols; Celestia to Harry L. Ross; Polly, first to Amos Alexander, second to Zepheniah Lane; Jane died unmarried; Cynthia to Eliphalet Gustin; Melissa to Mortimer Knapp.
Polly (Mary) married a Mr. Blanchard.
Nabby (Abigail) married George Culver and moved to the Lake country.
For his second wife, Captain Clark married Keziah Yarrington, widow of Silas Gore, who was slain at the battle of Wyoming. She died August 12, 1837, aged 91 years, and lies beside her husband in the Ulster cemetery. Their four children, who married as follows, were:
Lucinda, to Nathaniel Hovey, an officer in the War of 1812, who died at Sackett's Harbor in 1814.
Ursula, to Samuel Treadway and removed to Illinois.
William, to Sylvia, daughter of Ezra Niles and removed to Cairo, Illinois.
Julia Ann, first to John Overton, and after his death to a Mr. Passmore, with whom she moved West.
Henry Elliott emigrated with his family from Stonington, Conn., to Wyoming in 1776. He located at Wilkes-Barre, his nearest neighbor being Thomas Brown. Both families witnessed the horrible battle, July 3, 1778, after which they made a successful flight to Goshen, N.Y. In November, 1778, they returned to Wyoming, where they remained until 1783, when Mr. Brown moved to Wyalusing, Mr. Elliott coming with him or soon after. Mr. Elliott settled at Sugar Run, where he remained until 1792, when he went to Merryall to live with his son, Joseph. Here he died December 21, 1809, aged 97 years. Henry Elliott married Mary Kegwin, who died December 1, 1806, aged 91 years. They had sons: Henry, Jabez, John and Joseph.
Henry died before the Revolutionary War.
Jabez, though a mere lad, was at the battle of Wyoming, afterwards joined the Sullivan Expedition as a pack-horse driver and was
killed by the Indians, August 17, 1779, near Tioga Point, while in search of missing horses.
John went to Detroit, and was an officer in the army, War of 1812.
Joseph Elliott, born October 10, 1755 at Stonington, Conn., came with his parents to Wyoming and afterwards to Wyalusing. In 1777 he was in the detachment of Colonel Dorrance up the Susquehanna. When the British and Indians advanced upon Wyoming, he joined Captain Bidlack's company, was in the battle, July 3, 1778, and captured by the Indians. "He was taken with Lebbeus Hammond and many others to 'Bloody Rock,' where they saw one after another of their friends and fellow captives dispatched by the tomahawk of the relentless Queen Esther, while the savages danced with hideous orgies around the inhuman spectacle. Hammond and Elliott by a concerted effort, made while the Indians were attracted by the struggles of some of their robust victims, broke loose from their captors and escaped, Hammond towards the mountains and Elliott towards the river. Not unpursued, however, some three or four Indians followed hard upon the footsteps of each. Elliott, whose flight was through the open flats, athletic and urged on by the love of life and pursued by certain death, should they overtake him, fled with the speed of the wind; and although the distance was not to exceed some 300 or 400 yards, gained so much upon his pursuers as to enable him, by dint of throwing himself headlong down the bank of the river, and swimming and diving to the utmost of his strength and power to have reached some 50 yards out into the stream before the Indians appeared on the bank. Observing them in the act of preparing to shoot, he sunk himself beneath the water, and was fired upon when he came to the surface. A bullet struck him in the left shoulder, inflicting a grievous wound. Being compelled to steady his wounded arm, dangling by his side, with his right hand he swam to shore and took shelter behind a tree a moment to recover breath. His wound bled so profusely that his clothes became a burden; but he at length arrived at Wilkes-Barre fort, where his wound was dressed."
No sooner had he recovered from his wound, then he again entered the service. On Sullivan's advance into the Indian country, a line of expresses was established to connect with Wyoming. Joseph Elliott and John Carey were selected for this duty. In this arduous undertaking, he was exposed to great hardships--drenched with rain, out by night and day, sleeping in the woods when sleep he could, sometimes hungry and often cold, after eighty days' service he was taken sick and barely recovered. In 1782, Mr. Elliott was second in command of the party going in pursuit of the Indians, who had carried away Mrs. Roswell
Franklin and children. In the engagement which followed at Lime Hill, he was at the front and his marksmanship effectual.
Mr. Elliott was paid a visit by Mr. Miner, the historian, who says, "Below the middle height, he was well built, and of that cast best shown by experience to be adapted to endure fatigue. June 25, 1845, when we called upon the old gentleman to hear his narrative, he was at work in his garden. In early life, Joseph Elliott must have been handsome for, except the loss of his right eye, he still looks well. His face is round and lighted up by a benevolent smile. Half his thin hair is still dark, and his manner mild and pleasing. But when he is in full tide, relating the events of battle, age is forgotten and he is full of animation. His habits have been simple, his life virtuous, his conduct in war as meritorious as fidelity and bravery could render it. He lives universally respected." Mr. Elliott was given a pension of $96 per year in his closing days. He died March 31, 1849, at Merryall, in his 94th year. Joseph Elliott married first Patience, daughter of Thomas Brown, who died without issue. October 18, 1787, he married Deborah, daughter of Thomas and Mary (Turrell) Lewis. Their children were: John, Rocelana, Mary, Lewis, Anna, Jabez, Deborah and Harry.
John, born May 20, 1791, and known as "Major John Elliott," was prominent in public affairs for many years. He inherited something of his father's martial spirit and held various commissions in the State Militia. He was for a long time a Justice of the Peace, twice a member of the Legislature and filled various other local offices. He was noted for his good sense, sterling character, social qualities and true kindness of heart. He died February 19, 1876, at Merryall, aged nearly 85 years. Major Elliott married Marietta, daughter of Elisha and Lucina (Warner) Keeler of Pike. His wife, born June 21, 1791, died October 13, 1864. Their children, who married as follows, were: Melissa to John F. Dodge; George Washington first to Adaline Taylor, second to Lois Pickett; Austin died unmarried; Hiram first to Kate Coleman, second to Mrs. Mary Willson Coleman; Joseph Edward died unmarried; Andrew Jackson to Etna Wells; Elisha Keeler to Hannah Ely.
Rocelana, born 1789, married William Gamble.
Mary, born July 10, 1793.
Lewis, born June 28, 1795.
Anna, born March 28, 1799.
Jabez, born November 21, 1803, married Harriet Stone.
Deborah, born June 20, 1807, married George Terry.
Harry, born June, 1810, married Euphemia Beeman.
Jehial Franklin, brother of Roswell, came to Wysox with him in 1784-'85. He located on the present Lanning farm. The first church organization in Bradford county was formed October 3, 1791 at the house of Capt. Jehial Franklin; and of the original fourteen members, four were Franklins--Jehial, E. M., Jonathan Arnold and Abigail. Benjamin, Jonathan Arnold and Solomon Franklin were all married and lived in the same neighborhood. Jehial sold his claim to his son, Solomon, who sold to Job Irish. In 1804 Mr. Franklin and his son removed to Canada.
Gore Family -- Among the families, noted for their heroism and enterprise, settling in the Wyoming Valley and Bradford county, the Gores were the most distinguished. The first of the name in this country was John Gore, who came from England and settled at Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1635. A descendant was Obadiah Gore, who with his sons, were among the first settlers and patriots of Wyoming. He had married Hannah, daughter of Josiah Park. The father, six sons, Asa, Daniel, George, Obadiah, Samuel, Silas, and two sons-in-law, John Murphy and Timothy Pierce, took part in the Revolutionary War. Three of the sons, Asa, George and Silas, and both sons-in-law fell at Wyoming. Mr. Gore died in 1779, and his wife in 1804 at the home of her son, Obadiah, in Sheshequin in her 84th year.
Judge Obadiah Gore, the eldest son of Obadiah and Hannah (Park) Gore, born April 7, 1744, at Norwich, Connecticut, was one of the most prominent men of his day in Wyoming. He and his father were blacksmiths and were the first persons to use anthracite coal in Luzerne county, applying it in their forges, 1772. They were among the prisoners taken by the Pennamites in 1768, and were also in the terrible troubles at Wyoming, known as the first and second Pennamite wars. In 1776 Obadiah entered the Continental Army in Col. Isaac Nichols' regiment and served six years; was commissioned First Lieutenant by John Hancock, October 11, 1776, and by John Jay, March 16, 1779. In 1784 he removed with his family from Wyoming to Queen Esther's flats (Ulster) and the following year settled permanently in Sheshequin on what is now known as the Culver farm. He was a man of decided enterprise. Soon after settling in Sheshequin, he built the first framed house and opened the first store in the township. He also built the first grist-mill (1807) and the first distillery in the town.
Judge Gore performed many important public duties. In 1781 and 1882 he was one of the members from Westmoreland to the Connecticut Assembly. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Legislature in 1788, '89 and '90. He was commissioned for Kingston in 1782, and in 1787
(Portrait of Judge Obadiah Gore)
(Portrait of Mrs. Lucy Gore)
with Nathan Kingsley was appointed a Justice of the Peace for the third District of Luzerne county. In 1787 he was commissioned one of the first judges for Luzerne county and served as such till 1791. The late Judge Bullock says, "Judge Gore was a man of superior mind and benevolence, in the fullest sense of the term. His name was a household word among the settlers in the backwoods for a long time, and they ever found in him a friend who would assist them from his ample stores as their necessities required." Judge Gore married, 1764, Anna
Avery. He died March 22, 1821, his wife, born December 18, 1744, died April 24, 1829. Their children were: Avery, Wealthy Ann, Hannah, Anna and Sally.
Avery, born January 10, 1765, married Lucy, daughter of Silas Gore. He succeeded to the homestead, and was for some time associated with his father, Judge Hollenback and William Buck in heavy land speculations. He took an active interest in the State Militia and was commissioned, successively, Ensign, 2nd Lieutenant, Lieutenant and Captain. The first house of public entertainment in Sheshequin was opened by his father and him as early as 1789. He was the first postmaster for Sheshequin, being appointed in 1804 and served many years. He died July 30, 1847. His wife was a kindly and most remarkable woman. She died March 23, 1866, in her 93rd year, being the last but two of the survivors of the Wyoming massacre. Up to her death she had distinct recollections of that horrible day. "More than 80 years of her life were spent in Sheshequin, and she died in the house in which she was married and ever after lived. She was noted for her generous hospitality. She made no boast or show of religious profession, but lived the highest order of religion, constantly, distinctly, practically, yet meekly, unostentatiously." The children of Avery and Lucy Gore, who married as follows, were: Calista to Samuel Kennedy Gore, Matilda to Guy Kinney, Wealthy Ann to Byron Kingsbury; Harry to Elizabeth R. Ellis; Edwin died unmarried, aged 83; Obadiah to Matilda Shaw; Ralph to Jane Eggett; Silas P. to Rebecca Spalding; Charles to Ann Eliza Ballenger; George C., first to Abigail Bull and occupied the homestead; Alfred died in childhood.
Wealthy Ann (pages 3 and 104), born August 10, 1767, married Col. John Spalding, died January 2, 1854.
Hannah, born September 18, 1769, married Elisha Durkee and settled in Cayuga county, N.Y., died April 6, 1855.
Anna, born February 8, 1772, married John Shepard of Athens, died September, 1805.
Sally, born September 22, 1774, married Isaac Cash of Ulster, died March 23, 1813.
Samuel Gore, (page 10), brother of Judge Obadiah Gore, was born May 24, 1761, and removed with his father and brothers to Wyoming. In May, 1777, he joined the company of Capt. Aholiab Buck, was in the battle of Wyoming and had a thrilling escape. Following, he served as a "Minute Man" in the Valley, under Capt. John Franklin and others until the close of the war. He had been an active participant in practically all the struggles in the Wyoming Valley, where
he remained until his brother moved to Sheshequin, when he came with him. He settled the farm of now D. W. Chaffee. His life in the wilderness was one of great privations and hardships, but they were as heroically met as was the enemy in fighting for Independence. Mr. Gore was for many years a Justice of the Peace, noted as a wise and just magistrate. He became an extensive land owner, spent his last days in comfort and died May 2, 1834, lamented by all. Samuel Gore married, 1785, Sarah Brokaw. She was born April 10, 1764, died November 17, 1845. Their children were; Samuel Kennedy, Silas, Sally M., Abraham Brokaw, Judith H. and Nellie V.
Samuel Kennedy, born December 4, 1786, married Calista, daughter of Avery Gore, died July 9, 1840. They reared a large family.
Silas married Catherine, daughter of William Elliott of Rome, died April 29, 1856. They also had a large family of children, four of the sons, Samuel, John, Silas and Hollis, being soldiers in the Civil War.
Sally M., born July 26, 1791, married Elijah Townsend of Rome and had a large family.
Abraham Brokaw, born August 6, 1794, married Sally, daughter of Alexander Kennedy, died September 5, 1840. She, born May 18, 1794; died December 15, 1875. Their children, who married as follows, were: Harriet N. to William J. Lent; Fannie W. to William E. Bull; Abraham; Comfort C.; Polly to Horace B. Chaffee; Lucy Ann to Bowen Chaffee.
Judith H., born June 17, 1796, married Elias Minier, died September 20, 1863.
Nellie V., born April 19, 1799, married Hiram Merrill of Litchfield,
died August 24, 1857.
Arnold Franklin came from Wyoming to Sheshequin, 1784, locating on the present Joseph Towner farm. He was a son of Jonathan Franklin, who with six brothers, all having large families, had settled in Wyoming. Seven of the Franklins, including Jonathan, fell at the Wyoming battle. Young Arnold was also in the battle, but escaped. He was afterwards twice captured by the Indians, the first time held three months, and latterly three years before effecting his escape. Subsequently he lived in the family of his uncle, Roswell Franklin. After moving to Sheshequin he married Abigail, daughter of Isaac Foster of Sugar Creek. In 1790 his family consisted of three males and one female. Mr. Franklin sold his claim to Richard Horton and removed to Palmyra, N.Y. Here his wife died. He married a second time, finally came to Smithfield to live with his son,
Rev. William Franklin, where he died February 20, 1839, aged 74 years. Rev. William Franklin also died at Smithfield, 1834, while serving as pastor of the Presbyterian church.
Jacob Grantier (Granteer, Granadier), a native of the province of Lorraine, Germany, came to America about two years before the Revolutionary War, locating in Schoharie county, N.Y. Here he joined Morgan's famous riflemen and served until the close of the struggle for Independence. Immediately preceding or during the war he married a Miss Tabor, a German lady. Having sold his property in Schoharie, in 1784-'85, he floated down the Susquehanna to Towanda. He selected a farm, 300 acres, on the South side of Towanda Creek, which he occupied and improved until 1801, when he sold to Reuben Hale and moved up Towanda Creek, purchasing the land on the present site of Canton village. He built a log house, where the Baptist church now stands, and constructed a saw mill on Mill Creek. He afterwards, about 1805, fell through this mill and was killed. His wife survived him some years. Both lie in the old Canton burial grounds. Their children were: John, David, Jacob, Betsy, Lena and Hannah.
John married Catharine, daughter of Daniel Heverly, the Overton pioneer. Their children were: Betsy (Mrs. Philander Case), Horinda (Mrs. Samuel Conklin), Catharine (Mrs. William Wilcox), Nancy (Mrs. Jesse Conklin), Henry and Katie (never married). He married for his second wife, "Widow Wilcox" (Mary Moore), by whom he had two sons, John and Jacob.
David married first Elizabeth Warren, second Rhoda Killburn.
Jacob married Hannah Heverly, sister of his brother John's wife. Their children were: Eli, Electa (Mrs. Ozias Killburn) and others dying in childhood. His second wife was Miss Betsy Landon.
Betsy married Samuel Rockwell of Canton.
Mary ("Polly") married Elias, brother of Samuel Rockwell.
Lena married a Mr. Blackwell of Jersey Shore.
Hannah married Iram Wilson of Canton.
Thomas Wigton, a native of Ireland, was one of the original proprietors of Springfield (Wyalusing), and one of the first settlers, either before or immediately after the Revolutionary War. He was one of the earliest school teachers and engaged in various enterprises. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Justus Gaylord, Sr. They had three sons and three daughters. Two of the sons were William and Thomas W.
Daniel Brown married one of the daughters and John Ogden another.
In 1829 the Wigtons sold to Charles and Joseph Homet and removed to other parts.\