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"


Rome township was formed in 1831, taken from Orwell and Sheshequin.  Its surface consists of valleys and table lands, under a high state of cultivation.  The Wysox and its tributaries are the principal streams of the township, the name given it, Rome, was because it was on the same parallel as Rome, the famous and renown city of Italy, “who sat upon her seven hills, and from her throne of beauty ruled the world.”   It is bounded on the north by Litchfield and Windham, on the east by Orwell, on the south by Wysox, and on the west by Sheshequin.

Its early settlers were Nathaniel P. Moody, Enos Moody, Moses Moody, Levi Thayer, Godfrey Vought, Henry Lent, Frederic Eiklor, John W. Parks, Elijah Towner, Enoch Towner, Ezra Towner, Leonard Westbrook, George Murphy, John Hicks, James Elliott, Reuben Bump, Russell Gibbs, Achaitus Vought, Godfrey Vought, Rev. E. C. Taylor, Martin V. B. Moore, Stephen Cranmer.

--Silas gore was the first blacksmith in Rome, in 1812.
--Godfrey Vought erected the first frame house, in 1804.
--Frederick Eiklor taught the first school in Rome, in 1803.
--The first settler of Rome, was Nathaniel P. Moody, in 1795.
--Burr Ridgway erected the first grist mill in the township, in 1808.
--The first white child born in the township, was Benjamin Moody, in 1798.
--Mrs. Frederic Eiklor, died in February 1800.  The first death in the township.
--Henry Lent one of the pioneer settlers, was frozen to death in the year 1801.
--In the early settlement of Rome township, a large amount of maple sugar was made.
--James lent and Chloe Parks were married in 1803.  The first marriage in the township.
--Rev. Elisha Cole, a Baptist minister, held the first religious services in the town, in 1801.
--The first apple trees were set out by Nathaniel P. Moody, in 1798.  He also set out fruit trees along the roadside, for the benefit of the boys of the neighborhood.
--Rome Lodge No. 480, I. O. O. F., was instituted September 12, 1853.  Reorganized November 8, 1872, officers H. D. Towner N. G.; J. H. Allen, V. G.; W. H. Shaw, Sec.
--Rome Lodge No. 418, F. A. Mason, instituted March 9, 1868, L. A. Ridgway, W. M.; D. R. Woodburn, S. W.; E. M. Farrar, J. W.; L. L. Moody, Sec.; John Passmore, Treas.
--Godfrey Vought, Andrus Eiklor and Henry Welt erected the first saw mill in the township,  in 1802.
--Nathaniel P. Moody, Elijah Towner and Joseph Elliott were early settlers and soldiers of the revolutionary war.
--Rome Borough situated in the south western portion of the township was incorporated as a borough in 1861.  It is situated upon Wysox creek, surrounded by a rich and fertile country.

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