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STANDING STONE TOWNSHIP.
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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