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History of Bradford County by H. C. Bradsby, 1891
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History of Bradford County, Pennsylvania with Biographical Sketches

By H. C. Bradsby, 1891

CHAPTER XLVII. Standing Stone Township
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THERE has been a landmark for centuries before the white man ever looked upon it-a curious rock-formation standing near the center of the Susquehanna river, nearly twenty-three feet above low water, sixteen feet wide and about four feet thick. The township was one of the first grants made by the Susquehanna Company. Among the purchasers were: Elisha Satterlee, Richard Fitz gerald, James Forsythe, Richard Loomis, Walter and Nathaniel Walters, John Bigelow, Jr., Stephen Wilcox, David McCormick, Walter Westover, in Capt. Peter Loop, Abraham Westbrook, William Jackson, Thomas Joslyn, Leonard Westbrook, and the heirs of Perrin Ross.

Quite a number of families were in Standing Stone before the battle of Wyoming ; during the war the settlements were all abandoned, and the two families who returned immediately after the war, or in 1791, were Richard Fitzgerald and Henry Burneys. Henry Burneys, who was an early prominent citizen, sold his farm to Jonathan Stevens in 1812. One of his daughters married Capt. Peter Loop. Mr. Fitzgerald had no children, but had adopted his wife's nephew, William Houck. Anthony LeFever was a Frenchman who kept a famed house of entertainment in Standing Stone.

Peter Miller was another early settler and a Revolutionary soldier; a small garden spot was ever cleared around his cabin. He had bought his ground, the deed bearing date March 23, 1797. Jacob Primer, a colored man, came at an early (lay; his descendants were about the place for many years. Cherick Westbrook, a son of Abraham, purchased a half-share certificate in 1785, and soon after moved on to the same. Henry VanCuren came in 1808. The widow Hawley, who was in Wyoming in 1784, came and settled on the H. W. Tracy place, and the little creek is frequently called " Hawley creek."

An early comer was David Eicklor, who sold in 1815 to Mr. Ennis. George, John, Daniel and Whitfield Vaness came in 1820, and purchased the Henr y VanCuren place. John Gordon had a distillery on Fitch's creek, near where the road crosses, which was operated for many years, and was finally burned. . . A family named Tuttle settled on Tuttle's Hill prior to 1812. A tailor named Daniel Brewster set- tled near the old man Huff's place.

Rummerfield, a station on the Lehigh Valley Railroad, contains one hotel. two general stores and several small places.

Standing Stone village is pleasantly situated on the bank of the river, and is an important shipping point on the Lehigh Valley Railroad. It has two stores and one hotel.

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