Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives
1804 - 1904
Clearfield County's Centennial
Pages 10 - 19
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PROMINENT FARMERS OF THE COUNTY.
I. R. E. Shaw. 2. A. H. Reed. 3. David Way.
William Radebach, a member of this committee reached the artist too late with
however, acquired by the treaty of 1784 was only
purchased, but was not entered upon by the pioneers of Pennsylvania for ten
years. The price of blood, as usual, was to be paid for it."
It will remain for the writer of the real
history of Clearfield County to determine who was the first settler within the
territory now comprised with the boundary lines of the county. Hence the use of
the term, pioneer, which according to Webster, is "One who goes before to remove
obstructions or prepare the way for another."
Edward Rickets, Senior, lays claim to the
first place among the pioneers, and offers in support of his contention certain
proofs from among the State Records as follows :
The following applications are also on file
in the Department of Internal Affairs :
On June 7th, 1834, a survey was made in
pursuance of a Warrant granted to Cheny Rickets, bearing date and December,
1784, and was returned on 14th
RICKETTS FAMILY - JOHN, EDWARD, ISAAC, CHARLES, ELIJA
Grand Children of Edward Ricketts, one of the first settlers and children of Isaac Ricketts, Sr.
June, 1836. It is for a tract of land situate in Decator Township, Clearfield County, on the waters of Clearfield Creek, containing 400 acres & allowance, and is bounded by the John McClelland on the North, Rowland Evans and Sam'l Emlin on the East, Robt. McGhee & Geo. Eyere on the South, and the Joseph Clark on the West.
Mr. Aldrich - History of Clearfield Co., page
52—says, "James Woodside first came to this county, or rather Lycoming County,
in the month of July, 1785, with a surveying party from Chester County. Several
tracts were located by them, one of which, under warrant number 570, belonged to
Woodside, and his land was located on the stream known as Stump Creek. James
Woodside lived here many years, the only white resident among the few remaining
Indians, who were quite friendly. He is described as a man of decidedly peculiar
habits, having no family, and content to live alone in his forest home, where he
Ex-Gov. WILLIAM BIGLER—Was born 1813, and came to Clearfield County in 1833, and started the publishing of the "Clearfield Democrat." In 1841 to 1844 he was in the State Senate and elected Governor of the State in 1851. He was President of the Philadelphia & Erie R. R. in 1855, and U. S. Senator in 1855, He died in Clearfield, August, 1880.
1834 at the age of 85 years.
In an editorial note in The Historical
Journal, Vol II., pp. 205, it is stated that "After leaving Lycoming County in
1797, Ogden and three of his sons ascended the West Branch in canoes to a point
just below (above) the present town of Clearfield, where they settled. He soon
afterwards returned to Cherry Valley, New York, and brought out his family. He
is claimed to have been the first settler in Clearfield County, and many of his
descendants still live there."
Daniel Ogden located on the farm lately
occupied by Matthew S. Ogden, on South Second Street, Clearfield Borough. Cherry
Valley was the scene of a massacre "during which all of Ogden's property was
destroyed and his son David killed by the Indians. Of his eight children, none
were born here. They were Abner, Jonathan, David, who was slain at Cherry Valley
massacre; Daniel, Jr.,, Joab, John, Matthew and Margaret."—History Clearfield
Co.— Aldrich, pp. 52.
Daniel Ogden always believed he was the only white man in the country now included within the present bounds of Clearfield County during the Winter of 1797-8. This fact his daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Ogden: widow of Matthew Ogden, and her brother, Benjamin Bloom, have repeatedly stated, and in which they are sustained by the Raftsman's Journal, article of July 11th, 1859. See post.
Hon. WILLIAM A. WALLACE—One of Clearfield County's most prominent sons, who was born in 1827, admitted to Clearfield bar in 1847. He was elected to the State Senate in 1863, and again in 1884. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1875, and served six years. He was the moving spirit in the building of the Beech Creek R. R., and many other enterprises. He died in New York City in 1896.
thither in 1800. Squire McClure has been described as
"a kind friend, one of the most obliging neighbors, who would at any time
incommode himself to accommodate another, and when asked for a favor, he stopped
not to inquire `what will it profit me,' but only 'can I grant it.' He lived and
died without an enemy.
"The country was a vast wilderness, never having been trod by the foot of a white man, save for the purpose of exploration and survey. The majestic pines and oaks of centuries' growth stood in their pristine beauty. The ax of the woodsman had not echoed, nor the death-dealing bullet of the hunter whistled through the wild and rugged region."—Raftsman's Journal May 11th, 1859.
With the dawn of the nineteenth century, an
ever increasing tide of emigration set in towards the land formerly of the "Chingleclamouche
William Bloom, the elder, a man of German descent, whose ancestors at an early clay settled in New Jersey and who had emigrated to Penns Valley, Centre County, settled near the old "Red House," on the bottom above Anderson's Creek in the year 1801. He brought with him four of his sons, Isaac, William, John and Benjamin, and his daughter, Elizabeth.
HON JOHN PATTON—Late of Curwensville and one of the County's ablest financiers, was born January 6th, 1823. He came to the County in 1828 and later engaged in the lumbering business. In 1864 he started a banking house, and was one of the promoters of the Tyrone Q. Clearfield R. R. He was elected to Congress in 1860 and again in 1886. He died December 23d, 1897.
the year 1802-3 there came men whose names at once became associated with the business interests and public affairs of this section.
Benj. Jordan settled on the East side of the river, a little farther clown the stream, and nearly opposite lived George and John Welch.
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