Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, June 19, 1931, Image 5

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Flag day was very fittingly ob-
served last Saturday afternoon when
members of the Bellefonte Chapter, |
D. A. R, and others interested,
gathered in the “Branch” (or “Slab-
Cabin”) cemetery, near State Col-
lege, to unveil a marker that had
been erected there by the Common-
wealth of Pennsylvania and the local
Chapter, jointly. It is a memorial
to Col. John Patton, Capt. David
Whitehill, John Barron, Eleazer
Evans and Robert Moore, Revolution-
ary soldiers who are buried in that
cemetery or nearby.
Mrs. John G. Love Jr. regent of
the Bellefonte Chapter, presided and
made the welcom! address after
the bugle call by Harold Breon, boy
scout, and prayer, by Prof. J. H.
Frizzell, of State College. The
salute to the flag followed and two
members of the American Legion
formally unveiled the marker.
Notable among those present were
five veterans of the Civil war: Capt.
W. H. Fry, Prof. W. M. Garver, John
B. Holter, Thompson Snyder and
Cyrus M. Walker. The American
Legion being represented by Prof. R.
E. Minshall, R. A. Lepley and Prof.
E. H. Rohrbeck.
The Hon. John L. Holmes, of State
College, was then introduced and
made the address, during the course
of which he asserted that the two
outstanding events in the history of
our country, the signing of the
Declaration of Independence and the
battle of Gettysburg, had occurred
in Pennsylvania.
Following are brief sketches of the
men to whom honor has been so
fittingly paid.
From a Piper read by a descendant,
Miss Hilda ompson, of Centre Furnace.
John Patton was born in Ireland
in 1745. At the age of 16 years he
came to America and settled in
Philadelphia, where he engaged in
the mercantile business.
In August 1775, he was appointed
a member of the city committee of
inspection. After entering the Rev-
olutionary war service he was ap-
pointed a major of Col. Samuel W.
Miles’ 2nd Battalion Pennsylvania
Rifle Regiment. On October 25,
1776, he was appointed colonel of
one of the sixteen additional regi-
ments that were added to the army
by Gen. Washington and on July
27, 1777, became a member of Wash-
ington's body guard. He was also
a member of the Philadelphia Light
Horse and of the Cimitars. In
November he resigned from the serv-
ice to take the contract to supply
the army with flour. In 1780 he
gave personal bond of 2000 pounds
| for provisions for the army. In
[1791 he was made brigadier general
{of the State Militia and from then
| until his death he was known as
| Gen. Patton.
| He came to Centre county in 1792
(and built the first iron furnace west
|of Harrisburg. His settlement was
{known as Centre Furnace and the
(original stack still stands there on
{land recently acquired by the Penn-
| sylvania State College. It is mark-
{ed by a bronze tablet put there by
the Pennsylvania Historical society.
| Gen. Patton died at Centre Fur-
nace in 1804 at the age of 59 years.
| He requested that he be buried on
his farm, but all recorded history
i places his burial at Boalsburg,
From a per read by a descendant,
Miss Ann Poads Dale, of Bellefonte.
Today as we meet to pay tribute
to some of the brave men who serv-
ed in the war of Independence, I
‘deem it an honor to read a short
‘history of my ancestor, Eleazer
Evans, who's body is buried in this
cemetery, as are also the bodies of
(his two daughters, Mrs. Norris
| Hagerty and Mrs. Andrew Hunter
! (who's husband served in the war
of 1812), and one son, Jeremia.
| Eleazer Evans was of Quaker de-
scent. His family came from Wales
and settled in or near Coatesville,
| Chester Co., Pa. It was from there
that he joined the Revolutionary
He had three brothers,
Joseph and Benjamin; and also two
sisters, one dying quite young, and
the other, Sidonia was married toa
Mr. Campbell. his mother lived to
a great old age, between 90 and 100
years, and was buried in Coatesville,
During the Revolution Mr. Evans
‘served as a private in Captain Hol-
man's Company of Chester Co. Mili-
tia. Soon after the Revolution he
came to Centre county. He was a
fine carpenter by trade and a very
good mechanic. He came to Centre
county to make bellows for the iron
furnaces then being started here. He
located near here, undoubtedly mak-
ing bellows for the iron furnace lo-
cated at Centre Furnace, just over
the hill to the north of this ceme-
tery, which was owned and operated
by Col. John Patton, one of the oth-
er heroic men who is honored here
Eleazer Evans was a man of short
stature but of more than common
intelligence, spending much time in
reading, although a man of very
few words. He married Christina
Barb, who was born Feb, 12, 1771.
Her family came from England and
settled in Birdsborough, Pa. She
was a woman of gentle manners and
kind to all. She died April 25, 1824.
They had ten children. One daugh-
ter, Elizabeth married Christian
Reese and lived in Buffalo Run Val-
ley. Sne lived to a good old age
and was one of the first members
of the Bellefonte Chapter, Daughters
of the American Revolution, she be-
ing one of the two Real Daughters
living in this County that joined the
Chapter. Were she living foday
how pleased she would be to know
that her Chapter was paying sucha
lovely tribute to her father, and I
| wish to thank this Chapter in behalf
|of all the descendants of Eleazer
| Evans for this honor they are be»
gave his time, money and strength
|to the cause of American Independ-
|ence and his deeds of valor are here
preserved in written form for poster-
! From a paper read by a descendan
Miss Olive B. Mitchell, of Bellefonte.
John Barron was born in the north
of Ireland Nov. 10th, 1755, Oneof
‘his sisters became the wife of a Mr.
Harper, tradition that she was
the mother of the r Harper, of
Harper Publishers, New York.
Coming to America in his youth,
John Barron's home was in Donegal
township, Lancaster county, Pennsyl-
vania, where, on Nov. 7th, 1777, atl
the age of twenty-two, he took the
oath of allegiance to the State of
Pennsylvania and served in the As-
sociated Battalion of Militia of the
State. Later he served in “The
Colonel's Company” of Seven Months
Men in the Ninth Pennsylvania Con-
tinental Line, receiving a medal for
After the Revolution, he removed
to Huntingdon county, where, in
1786, he married Susannah Ferguson
Huston, a young widow, the daugh-
ter of Thomas Ferguson Sr., Susan-
nah Ferguson was born in Scotland,
her family being natives of that
country. From there they re-
moved to County Antrim, Ire-
land, 1763, and thence to America.
They endured the hardships of the
early settlers and dread of the hos-
tile Indians. It is said to have been
very interesting to listen to Susan-
nah's recital of incidents of frontier
life in her young days, All that
great region comprising what is now
Central Pennsylvania was then over-
run by the ruthless savages and
every frontier settler was expected
to do his manly duty with his rifle
in repelling the attacks of the wary
and skulking enemy. The home of
Susannah Ferguson Huston was
burned by the Indians and her first
husband, William Huston, was killed
by them. She escaped by hiding in
the high wild grass nearby.
Thomas Ferguson Jr., her broth-
er, was one of the most prominent
and highly esteemed citizens of
Penn's Valley, He bought a
tract of land of about 2,000 acres
from the British government and
lived and aied in Ferguson township,
Centre county, which was named in
his honor.
John Barron came to Pine Grove
Mills and erected a mill there. In
jon his name appears on the tax
He and his wife raised a large
family and have many descendants
scattered all over the United States.
Agnes Barron Newell, the child
of their eldest daughter, was the
first white child born in Centre
Their youngest son, Robert F. Bar-
ron, twice represented his County in
the Legislature of the State. He
was a man of fine physique—6 feet,
three inches tall and strong in pro-
portion, a great reader and of re-
tentive memory and was noted for
his uprightness and strict integrity
of character, and this I believe was
true of all the Barron family.
John Barron died February 9th,
1820, and was buried in Slab Cabin
(or The Branch) cemetery, Centre
County, Pa.
One of his grandsons was Dr.
David Barron for forty years pastor
of the Presbyterian church at Hol-
lidaysburg. The late Mrs. Daniel
Clemson, of Pittsburgh, was a grand-
daughter. Rear Admiral David Pot-
ter, U. S. N,, is a great grandson.
From a r read by a descendant,
Mrs. James Hugg, of Philipsburg.
Ihis history of Robert Moore is
compiled trom family traditions,
newspaper clippings, Linn's History
of Centre county and Archives of
Pennsylvania. Robert Moore was
born in Ireland in 1753 and died at
his home in Centre county in 1831.
The first survey made June 4th,
1774, upon application of John Rob-
inson dated April 3rd, 1769, belong-
ed to the Robert Moore who lived
upon it in 1775, as is given in his
deposition. This was at that time
a part of Northumberland county
became a part of Mifflin County ir
1789, and later a part of Centre
county in 1800. This farm, more
recently, belnnged to William Thomp-
son and is now (1931) the property
of the College.
Blooming Grove farm.
There in the forest, where wild
beasts roamed, was the cabin he
built and in which he and his wife
Esther Wilson Moore with their lit-
tle children lived.
“College township was formed in
1875 from parts of Harris and Ben-
ner. The sary settlement, how:
ever, dates back to 1786 and per-
haps farther. As an attempt al
settlement had been made prior to
that time, but the attempt did lit-
tle more than give name to one
|branch of Spring Creek, viz.,, “Slab
Cabin,” so called from a siab or log
cabin having been found on the bank
of the stream. College township
lies partly in Penns and partly in
Nittany valleys. Spring Creek and
its branches water a large portion
of College township.”
James A, Moore, a grandson of
Robert Moore who died at Bellaire,
Ohio, on December 25th 1923, in his
90th year, states in his family rec-
ords, “My grandfather, Robert Moore,
was a soldier of the Revolution and
fought against the British and Hes-
sians at Trenton.’ During the Rev-
,olutionary war he was known for his
activities as an Express and Forest
er. I~ the Pennsylvania Ar-
chives, Series III, Vol. 23 we read,
“On May 9, 1778, Arthur Buchanan,
who resided where Lewistown now
stands writes, “I this moment
received by Robert Moore, an ex-
press, a letter from Captain Bell,
stationed at Bald Eagle, which in-
forms me that Simon Vaugh, one of
his company was killed on the 8th
inst.,, at the house of Jonas Davis
on Bald Eagle Creek. Robert Moore
was sent of express to inform me of
what had happened. As Moore
came through Penns Valley, he stop-
ped at the house of Jacob Standford
to feed his horse, where he found
Standford killed, and seeing no one
|about the house rode off.”
This was known as |
on the 11th of May, Mr. Buchanan
writes, “Jacob Standford, his wife
land daughter were killed and scalp-
‘ed and his son, a lad of ten or
eleven years, is yet missing, and
+ that the savages ravaged all parts
of our frontiers in a very public
“The writer of an obiturary of
| Robert Moore in the Centre Demo-
‘crat of May 27th, 1831,
statement received from Robert
| Moore, says he was returning from
‘the Great Island to Brown's Fort,
now Brown's Mills, (Reedsville) Mif-
'flin County, when he stopped at the
cabin of Abram Standford, a Ger-
‘man who lived on the farm now
(1831) owned by Peter Ruble, in
Potter Township. On entering the
‘cabin he discovered that none of the
family was in the house, but going
around the cabin near the spring he
saw the body of Mrs. Stanford,
scalped, and blood yet oozing from
the wounds. At a few rods dis-
tant lay the bodies of two children.
Life was hardly extinct in the body
of Mrs. Standford.
The writer then goes on to say
that, Mr. Moore's horses having
strayed among the Seven mountains,
he went in search of them and dis-
covered the body of an Indian, with
his rifle and accoutrements by a
large pine log, under leaves, in a
state of preservation; that after
peace was restored Mr. Moore in-
quired of an Indian chief, named
Captain Hunt, who was with the
party, who told him that after the
murder of the Stanford family, they
held a council and determined an
attack upon inhabitants of Kishaco-
quillas Valley, and had arrived at the
gorge near where the old Lewistown
entered; that accidentally the
gun of one of their chiefs exploded
killing the owner. This was deemed
an ill omen, a council was called, the
expedition was abandoned, and so
great was their alarm, that after
covering the chief hastily with leaves,
they retired.”
“In early life Robert Moore was
distinguished for active and energetic
services rendered in defense of the
scatterd inhabitants of this section
of the State. Gifted with a constitu-
tion of muscular power of body rare-
ly found in men, he was capable of
sustaining the hardships incident to
the settlement of a new country.
With a mind uncommonly bold and
vigorous, and a memory tenacious
of every impressicn he seemed form-
ed by nature for one of those men
who make the first settlement in the
wilds of our country. He lived to see
improvements in the country such as
few have ever witnessed. The beach
of the Juniata River presented the
only pathway in ascending the Long
Narrows when he first removed to
Kishacoquillas Valley, where now is
found a canal, the great thoroughfare
for the commerce of the valley of
the Mississippi to the Atlantic; from
a wilderness containing the log hut
of the Indian trader and hunter, a
populous and highly cultivated coun-
try has sprung up.”
As a packer in the employment of
the late Judge Brown of Brown's
Mills, now Reedsville, he acquired a
| perfect
adopted son of an Indian warrior had
considerable influence in the tribe.
It takes a long stretch of
day, with its rich farms and its ele-
gant homes, and its evidence of
wealth and prosperity, to go back to
the log cabin and little clearing of
Robert Moore, the “express rider’
of early days.
“The poineer settlers of College
Township have left the stamp of
their character on their descendants
that years will not efface. The same
dogged perseverance, thrift and fru-
gality that characterized the original
settler linger still in his family unto
the third and fourth generations.”
From a r read by a descendant,
Walter Whitehill, y
This patriot, among others whose
giving a'
ledge of the manners and |
the natives, and as an
imagina- |
tion of the person traveling through |
the beautiful College Township of to-
Creek, namely—*“Slab Cabin” so call- |
ed because of a slab or log cabin
having been found on the bank of
the stream.
It was David Whitehill who donat-
ed the land for the Slab Cabin
Church and Graveyard. Both he
‘and his wife are buried here. He
served as one of the first elders of
' this church.
About this time the Academy at
Bellefonte was founded (1805) and
David Whitehill was named one of
the trustees.
As a great, great, grandson of
Captain David Whitehill of whom
am very proud and to the Common-
wealth of Pennsylvania and the
Daughters of the American Revolu-
tion of Bellefonte, I wish to express
my thanks and good wishes at the
unveiling of this tablet which will
bear the name of my illustrious an-
(Signed) E. W. McCAULLEY
9:30 A. M., Church school, Her-
man Hazel, superintendent.
10.45 A. M., Morning service; ser- |’
mon: “The Seeking Shepherd.”
7:30 P. M., Vesper service; ser-
mon: “ A Good Man Leaves Earth.”
Clarence E. Arnold, Pastor.
Bible school, C. C. Shuey, Supt,
9.30, supreme study subject. Ep-
worth League, 6.30, and a
discussion of a timely theme. Wor-
ship 10.45, and 7.30, preaching by
ist R. R. Stanley. Strangers
and week end visitors welcome.
Horace Lincoln Jacobs, Minister.
Sunday School at 9.30 a. m, R. R.
Davison, Supt.
Preaching at 1045 a. m.,, by the
pastor. Subject “The Ark of the
Covenant, A Type of Christ.”
There will be no young people's
meeting at 6.30.
Children's Day program at 7.30.
Brotherhood Monday at 7.30.
Rev. G. E. Householder, Pastor.
Edith R. Hall, of Arcadia.
J. Russell Goodhart, of Centre
Hall, and Lila Elmyra Evey, of
Pleasant Gap.
Charles M. Emigle and Charity
Chelton, both of Clymer.
We are authorized to announce
John 8.
a candidate for nomination for the of-
fice of County Commissioner, subject to
the decision of the voters of the Demo- | Wi
y as expressed at the Primaries
to be hela
Tuesday, September 15, 1931.
(Summer Opening Time 7.300 p. m.)
Clive Brook, Fay Wray
Charles Rogers in
May Robson, Lawrence Gray in
James Cagney, Jean Harlow in
memories we are revering today, was |
the son of James and Rachael
Cresswell Whitehill who emigrated
from north of Ireland in 1723, Their
first warrant for land was obtained
December 2, 1734. Located near the
head of Pequea Creek, Salisbury
Township, Lancaster County.
James Whitehill
perous life, having owned a
tract of land on the west side of the
Susquehanna River, in Cumberland
County. He served as a Colonial
Judge for a number of years. In 1736
he was appointed assessor and later
served as
1739 to 1741.
He died February 1, 1776 and his
ty Commissioner from
wife followed on June 25, 1795. They
are both buried in Pequea Church
Yard in Lancaster County.
Captain David Whitehill, the one
whom we are concerned about today,
was the eighth child, born in a fam-
ily of ten children, He was the first
white child born in Salisbury Town-
ship, Lancaster County. He served as
a captain of the Seventh Battalion
of Lancaster County Militia under
command of John Boyd. He was pros-
perous, having been taxed for many
acres of land, horses, and cattle. A
lengthy discussion may be had by
referring to Pennsylvania Archives
3rd Series Volume 17 and 5 Series
Volume 7.
Upon the death of his father in
1776 David Whitehill inherited one-
half of his father’s estate. He later
married Rachel Clemson, daughter of
James Clemson and Margaret Heard
Clemson at Frederick, Md.
To this union ten children were
born. Later David Whitehill took
his family to Centre county to live,
where he purchased 1043 acres of
ground located near the town of Le-
mont on Spring Creek,
This land was a part of the tracts
owned by Samuel Bayless, Sr.
Jr. and Haines College
tracts of Harris and Beamer (Ben-
The early settlement, however,
dates back to 1786 and perhaps ear-
lier as an attempt had been made
prior to that time. However, it
Again | gave name to one branch of Spring |
enjoyed a pros- |
large |
and |
township |
was later formed in 1775 from the |
Leslie Howard in Peter B. Kyne's
Bobby Jones in
Elton E. Truse, of Barnesboro, and | Pan
Spearly, of Spring township, is (i
OST.—Last Sunday
Methodist church, a
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this office.
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welling house and double house im.
B rt eteite. Estate of Margaret:
of Bellefonte, Pa.,
HARTER NOTICE.—In the Court of
C Common Pleas in and for the Coun-
ty of Centre, State of
of No. 51 September Term
Notice is hereby given that application
will be made to the above rt an
of July, 1931 at-
Suesday the 7th day
ten o'clock A. M., under the rporation.
Act of 1874 of the Commonweaith of
Pennsylvania and the supplements there--
to, for charter of an intended corpor--
ation of 2s first class CR called the-
N,” the charact and
TION, er object of
which is to hold regular religious serv--
ices, develop Christ! cl er among
its members y
Christian ideals in the every day life oft
the students of Pentaylvaniy State Cole.
lege, t tizens of e
state College Jana of the Commonwealth:
van as well as
Na andthe world: and ion these up
poses to re, receive, o
title to both real and personal property.
and to have a DE iouer of
t y
said Act of Assembly and its supple
The. posed charter is now on file im
ro] c
the Prothonotary’s office.
76-24-3t :
HERIFF'S SALE.— By virtue of a
writ of Levari Facies issued out of
the Court of Common Pleas of Cen-
tre County, to me directed, will be ex-
posed to public sale at the Court Houses
n the Borough of Bellefonte on
FRIDAY, July 8, 1981.
The Following Property:
ALL that certain tract or piece off
land situate in the town of Clarence,
Township of Snow Shoe, County of Cen-
tre and State of Pennsylvania, bounded
and described as follows, to-wit:—
BEGINNING at a point on Public:
Road at intersection of Pan Cake Street:
and said Public Road; thence along said
Cake Street South 86 degrees East
; eh "West 136 feet to a post
h 4 de
oR on Uzzell Street; thence ug
Street North 86 deg
"nit, hence along eid Pub
blic Road, thence
fie Road 138.7 feet to the place of be«
Ki. described ises includ
bove premises inc
alll That is 2 aained A De Deed a
H ins an eymou
Hopi which sald Deed is ing
Centre County in Deed Book 3
page 194 and aiso a portion of the 1
contained in a Deed Dee
GT" February’ 28,
Deed Book Vol. 66, 5,
strip on the thern side of
t from Hopkins an
on which said describe
ing of a
the property
remises is erected a two story
otel and other outbuildings. i be
ized, taken in execution and to
sold as the property of Clore M,
Kachik, defendant, and John M. achiky
terre tenant.
Sale to commence at 10.00 o'clock Ae
M. of said day.
Te Fath, B. DUNLAP, Sherif
Sheriff's Office, Bellefonte Pa.
June Sth 1981 7-24-38
RIFF'S SALE.—By virtue
S gi of Levari Faclas issued
of the Court of Common Pleas
Centre County, to me directed, will
exposed to public sale at the Cou
House in the Borough of Bellefonte ome
FRIDAY, July 8, 1981.
The Following Property: ; *
that certain messuage situate an
via, the Borough of Bellefonte, Cen=
tre county, Pennsylvania, bounded and
described as follows, to-wit:—
BOUNDED on the North by lot now ofr
late of Mrs. Jane Dolan; on the South
by lot No. 191 in the general plot of
plan of the Borough of Bellefonte: om
the East by Spring street and on thee
by an ey.
Wo li Southern part or portion of
lot No. 192 on the general plot or plam
of the Borough of llefonte fronting om
said Spring street 24 feet and exten
of &
back to an Alley.
same premises which Susark
Do hig a will and testament
bearing date the 23rd day of January.
1917, 5 recorded AP her ster .
ntre coun n
Be qo amd, jeathed ton
H. Anderson an
TE and which Joseph H. Ander~
son by his deed bearing August
19th, Yo18, and recorded in Centre coun=
ty in Deed Book Vol. 124, at page 7,
conveyed his undivided one half inter-
est in the lands above described to his
mother, Mary Anderson, and which also
became vested in John Anderson by virs
tue of the death of his mother and
grandmother, being the parties of the
First Part. :
Together with all the defendant's per-
ORT property.
Seized, Jakeh in, execution and 2° be
e pro ol omas A. An~
Rat 2 yi Y nderson and Johm
Clara Bow, Regis Toomey in | Anderson.
“KICK IN” ar 10 Sequence at 10.05 o'clock Ao
and Terra H. E. DUNLAP. Sherif
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