Monday, January 4, 2016

Eleazer Davis (ca 1735 - ca 1820)

There is evidence to suggest that the father of Rachel Davis Lloyd who married Henry Lloyd was Eleazer Davis (circa 1735 - ca 1820) of Bedford Co. Pennsylvania.  The rub is, I can't prove it because I have not found that one tidbit of evidence, like a birth record or a mention of her name and his on a document, that would show a relationship between them.  According to John  Simpson Africa, Henry Lloyd, (circa1756 -1820) "settled on the farm which was afterwards occupied by his son Eleazer and which is now the home of his grandson, Henry.  Mr. Floyd Hoenstine, well known genealogist and librarian of Hollidaysburg. Pa. states, "I have examined many Davis wills and biographical sketches, but no where is the name Eleizer found except in the Davis and Lloyd families. And there are at least six of those."   Those two items are the best evidence so far that Eleazer Davis is the father of Rachel.
I love the name Eleazer!  He has to be Rachel's father, and even if he isn't he deserves to be recognized for his time and service in the War for Independence.
He was a Ranger, a duty that I imagine he performed throughout the time of the hostilities on the Bedford County frontier.   He is listed on the Pay Roll of  men under the command of Michael Johnson of the  Pennsylvania Rangers in Bedford Co. for 7 months in the year of 1781.   The name of Elizer David is listed with Capt. Boyd's company of Rangers, 20th April, Ano dom. 1781.   The Rangers  were mustered to protect the frontier from frequent and merciless Indian attacks.  Like the minute men of New England they were farmers who answered the call when an alarm was sounded.  It was their job to patrol the perimeter and watch for the approach of the enemy into the settlement.

This Abstract Card shows that he was paid 11 pounds, 4 pence for service in the Bedford Co. Militia.
The Pa Archives, 5th series, Volume 8 mentions his name several times.   On the Class Roll of  Capt. Wm. McCall's Company of the  3rd Battalion, Eliezer David,1st Class, the 9th of May, 1775.
On the Muster Roll of Captain Samuel Davidson's Company, in Colonel Smith's Battalion of Bedford County Associators the name Eleazer David appears, March 22, 1776.

Eleazer didn't leave a large footprint for his descendents to follow, but we do know from tax records that he had property, animals, a house and family. The following tax assessment  records were found.  In 1783,  Eliazer Davis of Bedford was assessed with one horse, one  lot and one cow for which a  State tax of  0.1.3 and a  county tax of  0.0.3 were paid.  In 1784, Eleazer Davis on the return for Bedford Township is assessed for one dwelling and 3 inhabitants.   Elizer Davis of Bedford paid a state tax of  0.0.8 in 1789.  In the 1790 census for Bedford Twp., Eleazer Davis is listed as the  head of a household consisting of one adult over 16 (self) and three females. It is unknown who his wife was. Church records that would show the names of his children on the occasion of their baptism have not been found by this family historian. His final resting place or gravestone marker for him or his wife have not been located.  There are many unanswered questions regarding the life of Eleazer Davis.  If a reader has information to add to this narrative, I would be delighted to hear from you.

The time period that Rachel Davis  was born is the late 1760's.  She died somewhere between 1820 and 1830.  Birth and death dates for her husband, Henry Lloyd are just as elusive.  He was born about 1756 and died after 1820.  Rachel and Henry were the parents of Catherine Lloyd who  became the wife of William States, of McConnellstown.  Catherine and William States were the parents of Abraham who married Catherine Mumper and they became the parents of Ann Eliza States, my great, great grandmother.  Eliza States married Ben Heffner and had a daughter named Ella Mae who married Rev.  Howard Long.  They had a daughter named Eliza who married Homer McEwen, my grandparents.  Rachel, Rachel, Rachel, I just want to know who your father was. 

  • Revolutionary War Military Abstract Card File, 
  • PA Archives, 5th Series,  Volume V,  Muster Rolls and Papers Relating to the  Associators and Militia of the County of Bedford.
  • Revolutionary War  Military Abstract Card File,
  • Africa, J. Simpson. History of Huntingdon and Blair counties, Pennsylvania.  Walker Township Pioneers. Published 1883.
  • Pennsylvania, Tax and Exoneration, 1768-1801.
Please see this list of all My Revolutionary War Ancestors.
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Peter Long (1755 - 1827)

At the age of  20  John Peter Long entered into the militia to fight in the war for  Independence.  He enrolled as an Associator in the Bucks County Militia on August 10, 1775.  He took the Oath of Allegiance before John Davis, Esq. and saw several months of service in the Ninth Pennsylvania Continental Line under Captain John Davis.

Reference is found that he also served in Captain Nicholas Patterson’s company, Tinicum Township, May 22, 1780. As a single man he was available to serve when the call for action was given. His duties would have primarily involved securing the home front from invasion by hostiles.

Johann "John" Peter Long was a son of Ludwick Long and Mary Elizabeth Scholl. He married Elizabeth Worman of Tinicum Township, Bucks County on Feburary 15, 1780 in Tohickon township, Bucks Co.   Her parents were Michael and Catherine Worman.  Micheal Worman also served in the Revolutionary War.   The marriage of Peter and Elizabeth Long  produced eight children.   Their names and spouses listed in the Sons of American Revolution application were: Catherine, born July 24, 178, married Conrad Snyder; John L., born 1783, married Catherine Hunsberger; John Ludwig, born April 27, 1785, unmarried; Sarah Elizabeth, born  February 2, 1787, died in infancy; Mary, born December 10, 1788,  married John Nicholas; Susannah, born January 24, 1791, married Christian Trauger and Peter, born Jan. 25, 1795, married Catherine Rufe.

Some existing tax records are helpful to establish that Peter owned property in Bucks County.  The Tinicum Twp. Tax Lists for 1779 shows that Peter Long is taxed as "young man" before his marriage in 1780.  In 1781 the record shows that  Peter Long owned 2 horses and 2 cattle.  Again in 1782 the record shows that Peter still had those two horses and 2 head of cattle.  The 1787 record shows that he was  taxed 10 shillings.   Shull comments, "About 1800  he located in Durham twp., Bucks Co., PA, along the Durham Road, near Rufe's Schoolhouse, on the farm later occupied by Richard Kintner.  They were members of St. Luke's Lutheran Church.  Peter served as Elder and was on the committee to erect the Nockamixon Union church in 1812.  He was a man of Excellent character,  noted for his honesty and good sense.  He possessed a good common school education and conversed both in German and in English.  He was held in high esteem by all who knew him."

John Peter and Elizabeth Long were members of St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Nockamixon during the pastorate of Rev. John Conrad Yeager.  In 1978,   I located the graves of  Peter and Elizabeth Long in the Nockamixon Cemetery, Bucks Co., PA.  Their birth and death dates are recorded on the stone.  He lived to be 72 years old. Elizabeth was born November 15, 1762 and died July 18, 1828.  She lived to the age of 65.

Their son Peter who married Catherine Rufe had a son Mahlon who married Sarah Hoover. They were the parents of  Howard Herbert Long who married Ella May Heffner  and became the parents of Eliza Long McEwen, my grandmother.

  • National Society, Sons of the American Revolution,, # 41124
  • Daughters of the American Revolution,, Ancestor #: A071314
  • PA Archives, Fifth Series, Vol. V page 348 - 358, Vol. VIII  pages 71 - 77 - 395 - 404
  •  # 54825199 and  # 60839615 
  • Humphrey, John T., Pennsylvania Births, Bucks County, Gateway Press, Baltimore, MD 21202
  • Northampton County families : genealogical notes ,  Horatio Gates Shull, Easton, Pa. : The Author, 1930
  • Pennsylvania, Tax and Exoneration, 1768-1801 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.
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Monday, November 30, 2015

Elias Shull (1755-1838)

Elias Shull was a member of  various militia companies during the Revolution.   The DAR has a record for him as Ancestor #: A100951.  There is also a Sons of the American Revolution record, Membership:62393. He was a private in the company of  Capt. Shoop or Shupe, Nockamixon Twp., Bucks Co., Pa, in 1781 when he took part in the Battle of Trenton, NJ.  He also served as a private in the company of Capt. Manus Yost, of Haycock Township, Bucks Co., Pa. Militia,  1781.

It was known that he was  in service with the Bucks Co. militia at one of the lower points  on the Delaware, at the time of the taking of Trenton, by General  Washington, on Christmas night, 1776. However, there are no  existing muster rolls to show this service.

It is also well documented from accounts given by Elias  personally to persons who knew him that he was at the Battle of Crooked Billet on May 1, 1778,  a surprise attack staged by  a detachment of British Loyalists from Philadelphia, against several militia companies from Bucks and Cumberland Counties,  commanded by General John Lacey.  The Americans suffered heavy loses.

Elias owned farms at various times both in Tinicum and Buckingham Twps. in Bucks Co., Pa.  In 1800, after the Revolutionary War, he decided to sell his land and migrate to Ontario, Canada, where many families of his neighborhood had already located.  Having sold his lands, Elias loaded up and started the long journey,  but when he reached Easton he heard reports of serious Indian outbreaks.  This gave him pause for thought and upon  reconsideration  he abandoned the plan and instead  bought land in Lower Mt. Bethel.  Here he remained the rest of his life.  He engaged in  farming, opperated a tavern, and was the first carpenter and joiner in Lower Mt. Bethel.  It was said that during his life he made at least five hundred coffins.  At his death he was the largest land owner in Lower Mt. Bethel Twp.

Elias was born in L. Milford Twp., Bucks Co., Pennsylvania on February 3, 1755, and died in L. Mt. Bethel Twp., Northampton Co., Pennsylvania on May 3,1838.  His first wife was Catherine Kruger, daughter of Nicholas and Charity Kruger, Jr.  Catherine died following the birth of Peter on March 6, 1793. She was also the mother of Anna Catherine, born July18, 1781; Philip, born July 2, 1784; Elias, born November 27, 1786; and Maria Sarah, born October 9, 1789.  With a big family like that and an infant who needed tending to Elias  immediately married the widow of John Schuman, Charity Gertrant Kruger Schuman.   She who was the daughter of Nicholas Kruger, Sr.,  which meant that Elias married the half aunt of his first wife!   And he wasted no time producing a couple of more children.  Elias and Charity were the parents of Elizabeth, born April 23, 1794, and Mary, born June 18, 1796. The second Mrs Scholl, died on August 14, 1839 and is buried with Elias at Three Church Hill Cemetery in Lower Mt. Bethel.

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His grave is marked with and American flag to pay homage to his service in the Revolutionary War. The family tree of Lillie Mae Deats Good, the great grandmother of Ron Smith, is ripe with veterans of the Revolutionary War.  She is the great, great granddaughter of  Elias Shull,  John Deats, James RossJoseph Fox and the Third great granddaughter of Thomas Ross.  I wonder how often the family took time to remember the service of these men and the legacy that they left us.

  • Humphrey, John T., Pennsylvania Births, Bucks County, Gateway Press, Baltimore, MD 21202
  • Records of Keller's Lutheran Church, Bedminster Twp., Bucks Co., Pa, 1751-1798
  • Scholl, Sholl, Shull Genealogy: The Colonial Branches, John William Scholl, 1930 
  • Photo taken by Carol A. Hoff
  • National Society, Sons of the American Revolution,
  • Daughters of the American Revolution,
  • William J. Heller, History of Northampton County (Pennsylvania) and the Grand Valley of the Lehigh. New York: American Historical Society, 1920.
  • PA Archives, Third Series, Vol. VI  page 135
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