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and had three children, Steicart, Cromwell and John. My father named me in honor of my mother's first husband.
"elizabeth Stewabt married Alexander Jameson, whose children were William, who m.MargaretK.enry:iio6e>-f, whod. unmarried: Minerva, who m. Dr. A. B. Wilson; Elizabeth, who m. Rev. Francis Macartney: Martha, who d. recently unmarried.
"jobiah Stewabt m. Mercy Chapman, removed to Western New York at an early day, bat I have not been able to trace him out. He had two daughters, one name.] Hannah, the name of the other I do not know.
"maby Stewabt m. Rev. Andrew Gray. Mr. Gray was born in County Down, Ireland, Jan. I, 1767, d. Aug. 13, 1839. He lived in Paxtang and came to Wyoming, and settled in Hanover, where he preached. He was a Presbyterian. He removed to Western Ne* York, was a missionary several years among the Seneca Iudians, and finally settled at Dansville, Livingston county, N. Y. His children were Jamex, m. Rebecca Roberts: Margaret, m. Richard Gillespie; Jane, m. Daniel Gallatin; Wil'iam, d. unmarried; Andrew, left home young and was never heard from; Maria, m. James Jack; Martha, d. unmarried; Elizabeth, m. Robert Perine. I received this information respecting Gray's family from Mrs. Jane Knappenburg, a daughter of Martha Gray Gillespie. Mrs. K. resides at Dansville, N. Y.
"pbiboilla Stewabt, m. Joseph Avery Rathbun, who also settled in Western New York. Their children were John, Lazarus, Joseph. They all married and have descendants at or near Almond, N. Y.
"maboabet Stewabt m. James Campbell. They both lived and died in Hanover Township, Luzerne County. Their children were James S., who died unmarried; Martha, who in. James S. Lee: Mary, who m. Jameson Harvey; Peggy, who in. James Dilley. There are several descendants—Lees, Harveys and Dilleys—residing in the Wyoming Valley.
"mabtua Stewabt, d. nnmarried.
*'I advertised in western New York papers for information respecting the Grays. Rathbuns and Josiah Stewart. They all have descendants living there now, lint I could not rind out anything about Josiah Stewart's family any further than what I have stated."
I may add to this already too lengthy communication that I shall be very glad to receive information relating to this family of Stewarts. William H. Eole.
The Cleveland-Folsoin Genealogy. In Dr. Egle's Notes and Queries in the Harrisburg Telegraph is given the ancestry of President Cleveland, and incidentally of his spouBe. It is that Deaoon William Cleve
land, the father of President Cleveland, descended from Aaron (1), Aaron (2), Aaron (3), son of Moses Cleveland, the first American ancestor. Deacon William Cleveland married Margaret Falley, who descended from Luke Hitchcock (1639), through Margaret Hitchcock, who married Samuel Falley. Their son, Rev. Richard Falley Cleveland, m. Anne Neal, of Baltimore, 1829, and had issue:
t. Anne Neal, m. Rev. Erotas P. Hastings. ii. Rev. William Neale. m. Anne Thomas. Hi. Mary Allen; m. William E. Hoyt.
iv. Richard Cecil; died without issue.
v. Stephen Ororer; b. at Caldwell, N. Y., March 18, 1837; m. June 2, 1886, Frances, daughter of Oscar Folsom, descendant in the eight generation from John Folsom, who came to America in 1640.
vi. Margaret iMuvsa; m. Norval B. Bacon.
vii. Isewis Frederick; died without issue.
viii. Susan Sophia; m. Hon. Lucien T. Yeoman.
ix. Rose Elizabeth; b. June 13, 1848; unmarried.
Both the President and his wife are descendants of a long line of clergymen of the Presbyterian faith.
A Great-Great Grandmother Dead. Nearly a century ago, or to be more exact, on the 19th day of May, 1791, there was horn in Greenwich. N. J., Monah Arnold. The child grew to womanhood, married Andrew Raub, became a mother, then a grandmother, later a great-grandmother, and finally a great-great-graudmother—a dignity which attaches to but a very favored few. She lived a happy nd useful life, shedding sunlight into hundreds of homes, ministering to the sick and bestowing alms upon the poor and leaving her children and theirs the benediction of a lovely life, she passed from earth Wednesday, Aug. 18 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Addison Church, in Luzerne Borouf, h.
"Aunt Moriah" was what she was called the country round, and a host of warm and loving friends she had. She married at her native town when 23 years old, and three years later came to the Wyoming Valley, where she was to spend H9 years amid peace and plenty. Her husband came first to Wyoming Valley in 1816 to visit his friend, John Sharps (father of the late Jacob Sharps), who was also from the same Jersev town as himself. Mr. Raub was wont to tell his children ever afterwards about that visit, for it was during the cold summer of 1816— a year when every month had ita frost. He used to say that in June there was a snowstorm which bore heavily upon the wheat, then in bloom; that many of the farmers took clothes-lines and scraped the snow from the bending grain; that those who did this lost their crops, while the ones who trusted to nature had no harm come to their grain; and that when the harvest finally came the farm hands went to the fields wearing their great-coats.
Notwithstanding the inclement weather Mr. Raub determined to make his home in this beautiful valley and he brought his wife the following year and purchased a farm in Kingston Township. On this spot he and his good wife lived 45 years, until his demise in 1862. and she has never lived more than a mile distant from the original home. Mrs. Raub drank from the same spring during all these 69 years and it still yields refreshment to the families of Samuel Raub and Addison Church. During the last dozen years, when the infirmities of age came upon her, Mrs. Raub lived with her daughter, Mrs. Church, who lovingly and patiently ministered to her every want. A year ago last March she made a mis step while walking across her bedroom floor and sustained a fracture of the hip. as a result of which she took to her bed and never left it. Her decline was then • rapid. As her bodily powers became weak her mind lost its vigor and became dim. The sunshine gave way to mental torpor and the once active memory became almost a blank. Thus she sank peacefully and painlessly into her last sleep of earth. During life she was warmly attached to, the Presbyterian Church, of which she was a communicant, and in the consolation of its doctrine she passed from earth without a murmur.
Her surviving children are: Nancy, wife of James Atherton, Osceola, Pa.: Mrs. Surrenda Mathers, Luzerne; Andrew Raub, Dallas; Samuel Raub, Luzerne: Mrs. Martha Bonham, Luzerne: Mrs. Mary Bonham, Elkland, Tioga County; Mrs. Addison Church, Luzerne.
Mrs. Andrew Raub, was buried on Friday afternoon from the residence of her grandson, Addison Church, in Luzerne Borough. Services were held at the house at 3 pm., Revs. U. H. Welles and E. Haznrd Snowden officiating. An appropriate hymn was also sung by some of the ladies present. The gathering of friends and relatives was very large, and a long cortege of carriages followed the remains to their last resting place in Forty Fort Cemetery. Brief services were also held at the grave. The following, all of whom are grandsons of the deceased, acted as pall bearers: J. W. Bonham, W. S. Bonham, Edgar E. Raub, Thomas R. Atherton, Andrew R. Mathers and Andrew G. Raub.
In 1767 the first church bell rang in a Moravian church at VVyalusing.
In 1770 the first house built in Pittston, a log building, was erected by Zebulon Marcy.
AN AGED MASON'S DEATH.
Thomas W. Robinson Dies In this City at the Ripe Old Age of 83 Years—Sketch of hib Life.
Thomas Walter Robinson, died at his residence, corner of Union and Franklin Streets, at an early hour Tuesday, Aug. 12, surrounded by his sons and daughters, all save his son William, now advanced in years and living in the far West, being present at his bedside. The deceased for a year or more has been a sufferer from diabetes in a mild form, but until within the last month or so has kept up, being able to attend to his duties of tipstaff in the County Courts almost to the end.
Mr. Robinson was born in Yorkshire, England, in January, 1803, where he was married nt the age of 19 to Miss Martha Todd, and with his young wife soon after emigrated to this country. He arrived in Wilkes-Barre in about 1828, where he obtained employment with Judge Matthias Holleuback, who kept a store at the corner of River and Maket Streets, where J. D. Swojer's office now is, and was also engaged in the milling business. Judge Hollnnback died in 1829, but Mr. Robinson still continued with his son, George M., for several years. His principal duties were to attend about the store and drive a team for carting flour from the stone mill to Carbond ile at the starting up of coal mining there. After working for Mr. Hollenback for a time he rented the oil and plaster mill of his employer situated in Hartsuff's Hollow, now Luzerne Borough, which he oDerated for a few years, and having saved up enough money to carry him to the far West soon after the close of the Black Hawk war, in 1832 or 1833, emigrated to Illinois and settled on Indian River, about thirty miles from Chicago, which at that time was merely a trading post; and land anywhere half a mile away from old Fort Dearborn could be entered at Government price, $1.25 per acre.
While living on Indian River, where he had charge of a stage route to Galena, his wife sickened and died, and he with his two children, a girl and a boy, his son William, now living West, and his daughter, widow of the late Thomas Goucher, returned to Wilkes-Barre. After his return, for his second wife he married Emeline Hotchkiss. daughter of George Hotchkiss, who is now his surviving widow at near 75 years of age. He was engaged in various business enterprises, and while in the employ of George M. Hollenback ran the first boat load of coal that ever went from the Wyoming mines to Philadelphia: this was transported in what was called a Union Canal boat, passing down the Pennsylvania Canal to Middletown and thence crossing over by the Union Canal to the Schuylkill at Reading, and thence down to Philadelphia. These Union boats were only of about twenty or twenty-five tons capacity, and the coal was delivered to Jordan <fe Brother, after which the boat brought a return freight of groceries to Mr. Holleuback's store.
After a few years sojourn here he again left for the West, going this time to St. Louis, but was again forced to return on account of sickness in his family. Since his second return he has been principally engaged in the confectionery and baking business in this city, in Kingston, in Pittston and in Hazleton. At one time he kept a place of entertainment on the southwest side of Public Square, which was a favorite reBort and headquarters of the famous Muggletonian Society, composed of young men of that day of festive and convivial habits.
For the last ten or more years he has served as tipstaff in the county courts, and also as tyler and guardian of the outer door of the temple for the various Masonic lodges. Of this latter duty he was relieved a couple of years ago by reason of his failing strength, but the lodge kindly continued his salary as such while another performed the duty. He was one of the oldest members of No. 61, F. and A. M. He was also a member of the Holy Royal Arch Chapter and of Dieu-leVeut Commandery. No 45, of Knights Templar, and took the deep interest in the work of Freemasonry, both in the blue lodges and the more advanced brotherhood with which he was affiliated.
The dying patriarch was approached only a few days ago by a member of the Commandery, who inquired of him as to his wishes in case he should not survive his present illness. He promptly replied that old 61 was his first love and he desired nothing further than to be borne to his last resting place by the members of the Masonic fraternity. The principles of morality and religion as taught within the lodge formed at all time his religions creed, and he hoped and trusted that it would be by the strong grip of the lion's paw and on the five points of fellowship that the Supreme Grand Master would finally raise him from actual death, and whisper in his ear the word of a spiritual master mason that will admit him to full fellowship within that grand heavely temple, not builded by mortal hand. Besides th6 sou and daughter of his first wife he leaves four sons and one daughter, wife of Marcus Smith of this city. His second son, George 8. Robinson, is a distinguished member of the theatrical profession.
In 1820 coal to the amount of 800 tons was mined in the Wyoming Valley.
In 1823 St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Wilkes-Barre, was completed.
The First White Man Who Uescemled the Susquehanna.
In his department of Notes and Queries in the Harrisburg Telegraph Dr. W. H. Egle publishes a most interesting account ot the first white man who descended the Susquehanna River. The narrative is derived from John Gilmary Shea, LL. D., and is to the effect that one Stephen Brule crossed from Lake Ontario to the head waters of the Susquehanna, descended the North Branch to within a few miles of Shamokin, and furnished the Jesuit Fathers with the earliest information we have of the Aborigines of that section.
"Stephen Brule, whose eulogy of the country of the Neutrals, led Father de la Roche Daillon, to visit them, had, we must infer, already been in that part of the country, and been struck by its advantages. He came over at a very early age and was employed by Champlain from about 1610 and perhaps earlier. He was one of the first explorers, proceeding to the Huron country .• nd acquiring their language was to serve an interpreter. (Laverdiere's Champlain vj pp. 244, 266.) As early as Sept. 8, 1 15, when Chan plian was preparing to join the Hnrons in their expedition against the Entouohonorons, m Central New York, Stephen Brule set out with a party of twelve Hnrons from Upper Canada for the towns of the Carantouannais, allies of the Huron*, living on the Susquehanna, and evidently forming part of the confederacy known later Bs the Andastes, (lb. p. 35) to secure their co-operation against the enemy.
He crossed from Lake Ontario apparently to the Susquehanna, defeated a small froquois party and entered the Carantouannais town in triumph. The force marched too slowly to join Champlain, and Brule returned to their country where he wintered. He descended their river (the Susquehanna), visiting the neighboring tribes, meeting several who complained of the harshness of the Hutch. At last he started to rejoin his countrymen, but his party was attacked and scattered by the Iroquois and Brule losing his way entered an Iroquois village. He tried to convince them that he was not of the same nation of whites who had just been attacking them, but they fell upon him, tore out his nails and beard and began to burn him in different parts of the body. He was far from being an exemplary character, but wore an Agnus Dei, and when the Indians went to tear this from his nenk he threatened them with the vengeance of heaven. Just then a terrible thunder storm came up, his tormentors fled and the chief released him. After he had spent some time with them they escorted him four days' journey HDd he made hi* way to th« Atiuouueutuns the Huron tribe occupying the peniu-uhi between N attawassaga and Matchedush bays on Luke Huron (lhverdier»'s Chainplain 1610. pp. 134 140, lHlFi p. 2K: Sagard, Histoire du Canada p. 406.)
He found Champlnin in 1018. and made his r< port to him. It was apparently on tins return march that he passed through the territory of the Neuters, as it would be his safest course. We find him in Quebec in 1623, when he was sent to meet and brine down the Huron* coming to trade. He re turned with them, leading a very dissolute life among the Indians (as Sagard complained), Laverdiere's Champlaiu 1624. p. 81. When Kirk took Quebec he went over to the English, and was sent up to the Hnrons in their interest in 1629. notwithstanding the bitter reproaches of Champlain. (Ib. 1632, p. 267.) Sagard, writing in 1636, states that provoked at his conduct the Hurons put him to death and devoured him. Sagard, Histoire du Canada, p. 466, Lejeune Relation 1633, p. 34. The latter fact is not mentioned by the Jesuits. From the remark of Father Brebeuf (Relation 1635, p. 28), it would seem that he met his death at the very town, Toanchain, whence Father de la Roche wrote. It was about a mile from Thunder Bay. — (Laverdiere's Champlaiu 1619, p. 27.)
Such was the fate of the mau who was the first to cross from Lake Ontario to the Susquehanna, and pass from the villages of the Iroquois through the neutral territory to the shores of Luke Huron."
Poetry of Wyoming Viiltay. John 8. McGroarty, of this city, has recently published a handsome little volume of 118 pages on The Poets and Poetry of Wyoming Valley. It is dedicated to the compiler's colleague on the Sunday Leader, Mr. C. Ben. Jonuson. As the preface says, the book is simply a collection of samples of the poetical literature of Wyoming Valley during the last 100 years. The idea is so excellent, and the tidbit* furnished are so toothsome, one would like to have an entire spread, rather than the little lunch which is provided. However, the work can be amplified in subsequent editions, and we trust that the author will feel disposed to do so. Another fenture.which would render a future edition much more valuable, would be its enrichment by footnotes, particularly in the cases oi such of the writers n« have passed over to the silent majority. For example it would be interesting for the general reader to know something of Uriah Terry, who as early as 1785, poetized the slaughter at
Wyoming which took place only seven years previously; of James Sinton, who in 1812, wrote of the Poor Man and the Doctor; of Richaid Drinker, who in 1819 wrote an Ad dress to a Lan Tortoise; of Charles Mowery, author of A Yankee Song in 1803. More familiar mimes are those of Andrew Beaumont, a distiuguisned side of brave sons Hi d accompl shed daughters; Josiah Wright, who published the Wilkes-Barre Gazette from 1797 to 1801; Charles Miner, the historian of Wyoming,publisher of ttie Wilkes-Barre .Fecferalist irom 1802 to 1809, and of the Gleuner until 1816; Sarah Miner, the latter's blind daughter and faithful amauuensis, whose w ill now on file in the Register's Office, is the briefest on record; Isaac A. Chapman, who published the Wilkes-Barre Gleaner in 1810-17; Charles F. Welles, (1810), father of our townsman, John Welles Hollenback; Amos Sisty, editor of the Wilkes-Barre Advocate from 1838 to 1843, the paper wluc.i in 18."i3, under the ownership of William P. Miner, became the Rkcoud Of The Times of to-day. Of the writers recently deceased are Dr. Harrison Wright, Lizzie Gordon, (daughter of the late historical writer, James A. Gordon, Esq ,) and Mrs. Harriet Gertrude Watres, (Stella, of Lackawanna,) one of the most talented poets who ever graced this region.
Hon. Steuben Jenkins, the most thoroughly versed Wyoming historian now living is represented; Caleb E. Wright, the able Doylestown lawyer, fisherman and novelist; Susan Evelyn Dickinson, sister of the wellknown lecturer and actress, Miss Anna Dickinson; Hon. J. E. Barrett, editor of Scrauton Truth; Mrs. M. L. T. Hartman, author of the history of Huntington Valley; lone Kent, whom the Record readers have admired as "Francis Hale Barnard:" Will S. Monroe, who was offered the editorship of Literary Life previous to its offer to Rose Elizabeth Cleveland; E. A. Niveu and "Tom Allen" Osborne, of the Leader; Timothy Parker, tho veteran jeweler; Claude G. Whetstone, of the Philadelphia Timet; Mrs. Mary B. Richart, originator of the Lake Winola legend; David M. Jones and Clarence P. Kidder, the poet-lawyers; the poet-physicians, Dr. Higgins and Dr. Doyle.
Though not strictly a Wyoming Valley writer Mr. McGroarty has inserted two exquisitely beautiful poems written by Homer Greene, of Honesdale, the ones that made him tarnous—My Daughter Louise and What My Lover Said.
Some of the poetry is crudity itself and is only interesting as presentive a variety of authorship. Much of it is excellent and a credit to our beautiful and historic Valley. Other writers—and the list is not as complete as it might be—are R. B. Brundage, P. A. Culver, Hattie Clay, P. F. Durkau, S. H. Daddow, Mary Dale Culver Evans, David Edmunds, Bertha E. Millard, J. E. McDonald. T. E. Morpeth, P. J. McManns. Philip O'Neill, W. G. Powell, T. P. Ryder, Fred. Shelly Ryman, Alice Smith, R. H. Tubbs.
Mr. MeGroarty himself contributes three pretty creations of his own—all in the sombre strain peculiar to the promising young author whose verse is never trifling but always dignified in its tone and pointingsome good moral to adorn the tale. J'hough the volume shows evidence of undne haste in its preparation, yet it is a most creditable production and well worthy a place on the library shelf of every one who has any local pride in the history and traditions of the Valley of Wyoming—made famous already in verse by Campbell, Fitz-Greene Halleck, Mrs. Sigourney and Coppe.
PENNSYLVANIA VS. CONNECTICUT.
Account of a Meeting of Luzerne Land Owners 18 Years After the Decree of Trenton, In Which They Still Defend the Connecticut Title [Contributed by Hod. Steuben JenkinB.] The following account of a meeting of the Connecticut Settlers in < )ld Luzerne, sent me by Dr. VVm. H. E^'le, of Harrisburg, is of some interest from the fact that it was held more than 18 years after the Decree of Trenton, and more than two years after the passage of the Act of Assembly, whicn, with its supplements, gave 17 of the disputed towns to the settlers for a mere nominal consideration. The residence of Peter Stevens, although at the time in the then township of Springfield, soon after was in Wyalusing. Old Springfield, on the east side of the river, was called Wyalusing, while that portion of it on the west side of the river was made into Terry, which was subsequently divided and a part of it called Wilmot, .
The meeting tells its own story, and shows how strongly the settlers believed in the right and justice of their claim, and how bold and determined they were in defending it against every encroachment.
At a Meeting of Delegates from a number of Townships in the County of Luzerne, held at the house of Peter Stevens, in Springfield, on the 22d of May, 1801, to consult and advise on the most safe, prudent, legal and Constitutional Method of Defence against any Suits that are now pending, or may hereafter be brought against any settlers under the Connecticut Title, Daniel Kinne chosen chairman and Samuel Baldwin clerk.
Whereas. The Constitution of the United States provides that the judiciary authorities shall extend to controversies between citizens of the siumi Statu claiming lands under grants of different States; and
Whereas. By the laws of the United States it is provided that, in actions commenced in a State court, the title of lands being concerned, and the parties citizens of the same State, and the matter in the dispute exceed the sum of 500 dollars, etc., either party before the trial shall state to the court and make affidavit, if the court require it that he claims and shall rely upon a right or title to the lands, under a grant from a State other than that in which the suit is pending, etc., and shall move that the adverse party inform the court whether he claims a right or title to the land under a grant from the State in which the suit is pending: the said adverse party shall give snch information or otherwise not be allowed to plead such grant or give it in evidence upon the trial: and if he informs that he does claim nnder such grant, the party claiming under the grant first mentioned, may then on motion, remove the cause for trial to the next Circuit Court, to be holden in such district, etc.
And whereas. We have settled on lands nnder a title derived from the State of Connecticut, antecedent to the settlement of the jurisdiction between the States of Pennsylvania and Connecticut, and do rely upon a right or title to the lands under a grant derived from the State of Connecticut; therefore
1, Resolved, That we will in every legal and constitutional manner, maintain, support and defend the Title to onr Land, as derived from the State of Connecticut, in all suits commenced, or which shall be commenced in the Courts of the State or of the United Status, and that it be recommended to the Settlers claiming and holding Lands under the Connecticut Title aforesaid, to unite with us in supported and defending the same in manner aforesaid.
2, Resolved, That three Agents b« appointed to appear for us and in our Names to support and defend the Title of our Lands, held and claimed nnder the aforesaid Title in nil Suits now pending, or that may hereafter be commenced as aforesaid, with full power and authority to engage Counsel, learned in the Law, to appear for us and defend said Title in the Courts of this State or of the United States.
3, Resolved, That Messrs. John Franklin, John Jenkins and Ezekiel Hyde be, and they are hereby appointed Agents for the purposes aforesaid.
4, Resolved, That we will each of ns advance onr equal proportion in money according to our Interest in the aforesaid Titles, and deposit the same in the hands of Ageute or such Person or Persons as they shall appoint, for the purpose of maintaining and defending our just Title to our Lands aforesaid; and we nlso hereby recom