Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
Tri-Counties Genealogy &
History by Joyce M. Tice
1885 Seven Counties History
- Bradford County PA
Photo by Joyce M. Tice January 1999
“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
Alba borough was formed 1863, taken from Canton
township. It is situated on the line of the Northern Central Railroad,
and contains a population of about three hundred inhabitants. It
is surrounded by a fine agricultural district. The early settlers
were Noah Wilson, Elihue Smead, Caleb Williams, Reuben Case, Reuben Rowley,
Elisha Luther, Kilburn Morely, Jeremiah Smith, Samus Rockwell, David Pratt,
Levi Morse, Irad Wilson, Robert McKean, David Soper.
--Patty Luther was the first who died in Alba
--Martha Wilson taught the first school in
Alba in 1806.
--Col. Irad Wilson was the first post master
--The first child born was July 17, 1804,
a daughter of Noah Wilson.
--The school was closed in 1806, on account
of the eclipse of the sun.
--The first religious meeting was held in
1808, by Rev. Simeon Powers, a Baptist minister.
--Noah Wilson was appointed Justice of the
Peace by Gov. Snyder and held the office until 1838.
--Col. Irad Wilson was county commissioner
in 1839, and a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1843.
--The Baptist organized the first church in
1818. Samuel Rockwell and R. R. Rogers deacons. Church erected in
--The meaning of the word Alba is white.
--Robert McKean and Martha Wilson, David Soper
and Polly Luther were married at the same time, in 1807. The first
marriages in Alba.
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