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== Biography ==
== Biography ==
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Elizabeth Willson McConnell was born about 1735 and died about 1790 in Hopewell, Washington, Pennsylvania. She married Arthur McConnell born c 1733 and immigrated from Ireland together before c 1755. The couple first settled in Cumberland County on land bounded on the north by the Juniata River and on the south by Licking Creek. There is only one place this orientation occurs and that’s exactly where the property was found on a later map showing it as J. McKnight property.
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The Penn family wanted the Irish to settle in that area. They offered incentives to encourage it. The Indian troubles started on the Maryland border in June. Elizabeth was pregnant with their first child who was born September 1755 in what eventually became Washington County, Pennsylvania on 306 acres in Hopewell Township on Buffalo Creek.
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Arthur sold his settlers rights to the land and improvements in Cumberland County in January 1756 to John Hardy as mentioned in a court case over James Colhoon’s survey encroaching on Hardy’s. At about that time, Indians attacked that area on New Year's Eve/Day 1756. A later court proceeding described the property purchase and mentioned Arthur having to flee the Indians. J. McKnight had a prior claim and won a lawsuit against Colhoon later.
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A newspaper article named Arthur McConnell and Eliza Wilson (Widow Wilson? mother-in-law? or sister-in-law? No baby was mentioned and his wife was Elizabeth McConnell). They were members of a group of settlers who crossed the Susquehanna chased by Indians, arriving in Drumore Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 1755 or 1756 according to the article. Other members of the party were listed in tax roles in townships near the Indian attack.
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Elizabeth was Presbyterian. Arthur being one of the 202 founding members of the Upper Buffalo Presbyterian Church in Washington County, Pennsylvania. In those days the words Irish and Presbyterian were nearly interchangeable. This was definitely not a couple who married in a German speaking Lutheran Church in Lancaster.
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Elizabeth gave birth to nine children listed below.
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== Research ==
== Research ==
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Did Arthur and Elizabeth immigrate together as a married couple as suggested by later biographies of their grandchildren? Were they born in Lancaster or did Arthur arrive there from Ireland and marry Elizabeth who who lived with her family in a part of Lancaster that was included in Cumberland County in 1750? Who are their parents? Not William McConnell and Mary McGough. That is not correct for this Arthur McConnell. His birth year is estimated from DAR records of his stated age at the time he took the Oath of Allegiance prior to the Revolutionary War. His death year is estimated by the fact that Arthur McConnell, Sr., George McConnell, John McConnell and Valentine Kinnett who married Susan McConnell were listed next to each other in the 1793 Tax list for Hopewell Township (It has since been alphabetized and therefore useless as a source here.) Also by the fact that a portion of Arthur's land was being purchased from Thomas by George in 1795.<ref>'Dundee' parcels to Geo. McConnell Deed books, 1781-1886; deed index, 1781-1924; ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSNL-QSY9?from=lynx1UIV8&treeref=LZT2-1CR (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSNL-QSY9) Land belonging to Thomas sold to George McConnell in 1795. 120 acres from Arthur and Elizabeth was sold to George McConnell in 1790</ref> There had obviously been a division of Arthur's property among the children, but no will was recorded.
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Sources for the biographies cited at the end.<ref> JOHN T. MCMILLIN Biography; History Of Rush County, Indiana : Brant & Fuller, Chicago, 1888; Page 782, 783, 784; Surnames in this biography are: McMillin, Young, McConnell, Downing, Wilson, Ellis, Buzan, Kendall, Pentecost, Bishop, Freel, Wood, Shauck. https://archive.org/details/historyofrushcou00chic/page/782/mode/2up?q=McConnell </ref>
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*'''Did Arthur and Elizabeth immigrate together?
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**That is asserted by two later biographies of Arthur’s great-grandchildren?
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*'''Were they born in Lancaster?
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**I can find no proof of that.
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*'''Did Arthur arrive from Ireland?
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**Later biographies for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren say he did arrive prior to the Revolutionary War. I have seen Ireland answered as county of origin on an official document. I can't produce that source.
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*'''Was he married to Elizabeth Wilson when he arrived?
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**Two biographies say he was.
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*'''Who are his parents?
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**I do not know.
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*'''William McConnell and Mary McGough?
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**I can find no credible source to prove that. I believe that it is a very questionable assumption and incorrect for this Arthur McConnell. I've tried, and tried with no luck to find a true parent for Arthur both here and in Ireland.'''
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Arthur’s birth year is estimated from DAR records of his stated age at the time he took the Oath of Allegiance prior to the Revolutionary War. His death year is estimated by the fact that Arthur McConnell, Sr., George McConnell, John McConnell, and Valentine Kinnett who married Susan McConnell were listed in the 1793 Tax list for Hopewell Township. Also by the fact that a portion of Arthur's land was being purchased from Thomas, the youngest, by George, the oldest, of the siblings in 1795.<ref>'Dundee' parcels to Geo. McConnell Deed books, 1781-1886; deed index, 1781-1924; ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSNL-QSY9?from=lynx1UIV8&treeref=LZT2-1CR (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSNL-QSY9) Land belonging to Thomas sold to George McConnell in 1795. 120 acres from Arthur and Elizabeth was sold to George McConnell in 1790</ref> There had obviously been a division of Arthur's property among the children. No will has been found. It seems Arthur parceled out his land to his children before he died.
Elizabeth's birthdate is just a guess at two years later than Arthur's. She would have been twenty when Sarah was born. Her death date was guessed at after the 1790 US Census<ref>* "United States Census, 1790," database with images, <i>FamilySearch</i> (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GYYB-HSN?cc=1803959&wc=3XT9-MVC%3A1584071103%2C1584070905%2C1584070607 : 14 May 2015), Pennsylvania > Washington > Not Stated > image 30 of 33; citing NARA microfilm publication M637, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Elizabeth's birthdate is just a guess at two years later than Arthur's. She would have been twenty when Sarah was born. Her death date was guessed at after the 1790 US Census<ref>* "United States Census, 1790," database with images, <i>FamilySearch</i> (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GYYB-HSN?cc=1803959&wc=3XT9-MVC%3A1584071103%2C1584070905%2C1584070607 : 14 May 2015), Pennsylvania > Washington > Not Stated > image 30 of 33; citing NARA microfilm publication M637, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
</ref> and the land transaction in which she and Arthur sold George one hundred and twenty acres of Dundee in 1790.
</ref> and the land transaction in which she and Arthur sold George one hundred and twenty acres of Dundee in 1790.
What I think I know follows:
What I think I know follows:
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* Arthur McConnal and Elisabet Willson of Strasburg township were married on 11 Nov 1754 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lancaster, Lancaster Co., PA. The pastor of the church at the time of their marriage was Reverend John Siegfried Gerock. (I was tipped off about this marriage in 2012 by Susan Lloyd a descendant of Arthur Jr. who did a tremendous amount of research and document gathering on Arthur and Elizabeth. Hereinafter designated (SL). I am still trying to find this source online which I think I saw as a list some years ago before Ancestry bought up everything.
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* Another Arthur McConnal and Elisabet Willson of Strasburg township were married on 11 Nov 1754 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lancaster, Lancaster Co., PA. The pastor of the church at the time of their marriage was Reverend John Siegfried Gerock. (I was tipped off about this marriage in 2012 by Susan Lloyd a descendant of Arthur Jr. who did a tremendous amount of research and document gathering on Arthur and Elizabeth. Hereinafter designated (SL).
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** I have recently discovered that this marriage is part of a Mennonite record. If that Arthur and Elisabet McConnal were Mennonite, then that is probably not a correct source for the Arthur and Elisabeth Wilson McConnell in my tree unless they were immediately excommunicated following the marriage ceremony.
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** I have recently discovered that this marriage record at Ancestry as part of a Mennonite record.
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** I met a cousin online, named Susan Smith, from another part of my family tree. Susan is a member of the Mennonite Library who has the marriage source in question. She told me that the Mennonites recorded information about all people in the Lancaster area, not just those in the Mennonite community. Very good information to know. However, after giving that some thought, I am still persuaded that this marriage is not a proper source for our Arthur and Elizabeth Wilson McConnell for the following reasons:
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** I met a cousin online, named Susan Smith, from another part of my family tree. Susan is a member of the Mennonite Library which has the original marriage source in question. She told me that the Mennonites recorded information about all people in the Lancaster area, not just those in the Mennonite community. Very good information to know. However, after giving that some thought, I am still persuaded that this marriage is not a proper source for our Arthur and Elizabeth Wilson McConnell for the following reasons:
* 1. Arthur was one of the 202 founding members of the Upper Buffalo Presbyterian Church in Washington County, Pennsylvania. (SL) The source for this is an image of a five page pamphlet about the church at Ancestry.com. Why would an Irish Presbyterian marry in a German speaking Lutheran Church?
* 1. Arthur was one of the 202 founding members of the Upper Buffalo Presbyterian Church in Washington County, Pennsylvania. (SL) The source for this is an image of a five page pamphlet about the church at Ancestry.com. Why would an Irish Presbyterian marry in a German speaking Lutheran Church?
**THE MARRIAGE LAW FOR A CHURCH WEDDING IN PENNSYLVANIA
**THE MARRIAGE LAW FOR A CHURCH WEDDING IN PENNSYLVANIA
** a. The bride's family must currently live in the area and be members of the church for at least two months. If they wish their daughter to marry the groom, they must first present the church with written permission for the couple to marry before the couple may approach the pastor about it.
** a. The bride's family must currently live in the area and be members of the church for at least two months. If they wish their daughter to marry the groom, they must first present the church with written permission for the couple to marry before the couple may approach the pastor about it.
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** b. The bride and groom must be members of the church and live in the area for at least two months prior to asking the pastor if he would perform the ceremony. If he agreed, the banns would then be posted for three consecutive Sundays at the church so that any who might have reason to object to the marriage could do so.
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** b. The bride and groom must be members of the church and live in the area for at least two months prior to asking the pastor if he would perform the ceremony. If he agreed, the banns would then be announced for three consecutive weeks.<ref>A History of the Lutheran Church in Pennsylvania (1638-1820) : from the original sources .. by Schmauk, Theodore Emanuel, 1860-1920 (https://archive.org/details/hiluthera00schm/page/n8/mode/2up)
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As stated at the top of the Marriage register opened by Pastor Gerock, Persons were united in the bonds of Holy Matrimony after three public proclamations in the church of the intended marriage.</ref> at the church so that any who might have reason to object to the marriage could do so.
** c. There must be twelve credible witnesses to the ceremony.
** c. There must be twelve credible witnesses to the ceremony.
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* 3. There is a mystery I have always wondered about. Why does a person born in colonial America want to name his farm Dundee? It makes a bit more sense if he had originally lived in a part of the world in which he or his wife might have known about or even visited Dundee, Scotland.
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* 3. There is a mystery I have always wondered about. Why does a person born in colonial America want to name his farm Dundee? It makes a bit more sense if he had originally lived in a part of the world in which he or his wife might have known about or even visited Dundee, Scotland.
* 4. Three different biographies written about their grandchildren state that Arthur and Elizabeth Wilson immigrated to America before the Revolutionary War. (See sources below.)
* 4. Three different biographies written about their grandchildren state that Arthur and Elizabeth Wilson immigrated to America before the Revolutionary War. (See sources below.)
* 5. I believe that our Arthur and Elizabeth were not living in Lancaster County for the reasons illustrated by two quotes below from ''The History of Cumberland County''<ref>The History of Cumberland County (http://files.usgwarchives.net/pa/cumberland/history/local/beers1886/beers-02.txt)</ref> as follows:
* 5. I believe that our Arthur and Elizabeth were not living in Lancaster County for the reasons illustrated by two quotes below from ''The History of Cumberland County''<ref>The History of Cumberland County (http://files.usgwarchives.net/pa/cumberland/history/local/beers1886/beers-02.txt)</ref> as follows:
*6. At one time, I saw a source in which Arthur's country of origin was asked and answered with Ireland. I can't find that source now after losing two computers to a power surge.
*6. At one time, I saw a source in which Arthur's country of origin was asked and answered with Ireland. I can't find that source now after losing two computers to a power surge.
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If this marriage source is incorrect for our Arthur and Elizabeth McConnell, it could mean that our Arthur and Elizabeth did arrive on a ship as husband and wife from Ireland as some trees and two of the three written biographies claim. The third biography was silent about their marital status upon arrival, stating only that they immigrated prior to the Revolutionary War. I still have no proof even though I joined Ancestry for a two week free trial to see if there were any enlightening immigration records. Ship's passenger manifests weren't required to be submitted to local authorities until after 1750, and they may have arrived before then. However, I am going to now approach my research as if Arthur was the first paternal immigrant of this McConnell line due to a preponderance of evidence.
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Since this marriage source is incorrect for our Arthur and Elizabeth McConnell, There were two Arthur and Elizabeth Wilson McConnell couples of about the same age, in somewhat close proximity, but of different religions. The other couple must have spoken German.
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* Other reasons I believe our Arthur was not living in Lancaster County in 1754 are illustrated by two quotes from ''The History of Cumberland County''<ref>The History of Cumberland County (http://files.usgwarchives.net/pa/cumberland/history/local/beers1886/beers-02.txt)</ref> besides the above quote follow:
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It is probable that our Arthur and Elizabeth arrived on a ship as husband and wife from Ireland as some trees and two published biographies claim. A third biography was silent about their marital status upon arrival, stating only that they immigrated prior to the Revolutionary War. I still have no proof of arrival date even though I joined Ancestry for a two week free trial to see if there were any enlightening immigration records.
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* A mystery I have always wondered about. Why does a person born in colonial America want to name his farm Dundee? It makes a bit more sense if he had originally lived in a part of the world in which he or his wife might have known about or even visited Dundee, Scotland.
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* Arthur and Elizabeth did first settle in North Cumberland Valley near Mifflintown, as the proprietaries were inviting the Irish to do in spite of not having fairly purchased the land from the Indians and here's my proof:
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I am going to now approach my research as if Arthur and Elizabeth Wilson were the first immigrants of this McConnell line due to a preponderance of evidence.
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* Arthur and Elizabeth did start to settle in North Cumberland Valley near Mifflintown, as the proprietaries were inviting the Irish to do. Here's my proof:
1765 - 6 August "John Hardy enters a caveat against James Colhoon's survey being accepted on patents granted for a tract of land on the north side of Licking Creek and south side of Juniata (River) in Cumberland Co., joining the tract originally improved by Arthur McConnel and by him assigned to the said John Hardy..." (SL). Hardy further alleges that the survey encroached upon Hardy's house and cleared land improvements made "before the first Indian War and the said McConnel thereby obliged to fly from his said settlement."<ref>Full Text of Pennsylvania Archives Third Series. edited by William Henry Egle Harrisburg: Clarence M. Busch, State Printer. 1894
1765 - 6 August "John Hardy enters a caveat against James Colhoon's survey being accepted on patents granted for a tract of land on the north side of Licking Creek and south side of Juniata (River) in Cumberland Co., joining the tract originally improved by Arthur McConnel and by him assigned to the said John Hardy..." (SL). Hardy further alleges that the survey encroached upon Hardy's house and cleared land improvements made "before the first Indian War and the said McConnel thereby obliged to fly from his said settlement."<ref>Full Text of Pennsylvania Archives Third Series. edited by William Henry Egle Harrisburg: Clarence M. Busch, State Printer. 1894
https://archive.org/stream/pennsylvaniaser302harruoft/pennsylvaniaser302harruoft_djvu.txt</ref>
https://archive.org/stream/pennsylvaniaser302harruoft/pennsylvaniaser302harruoft_djvu.txt</ref>
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'''Minutes of Board of Property. Jan 26, 1768''' John Hardy vs James Colhoon. It appears that James Colhoon was duly served with notice of a hearing this day. The Governor proceeded to hear the case of John Hardy, and it seemed that 12 years prior, the place in dispute was settled by one McClean who sold his improvement to Arthur McConnell for 8 pds. Afterwards, Hardy gave McConnell 50 pds for it. (SL)<ref>Minutes of the Board of Property and Other References to Lands in Pennsylvania edited by William Henry Egle. Harrisburg: Clarence M. Busch, State Printer. 1894 (https://books.google.com/books?id=tc8wAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA162&lpg=PA162&dq=Minutes+of+Board+of+Property.John+Hardy+vs+James+Colhoon&source=bl&ots=1JJua3cG3h&sig=ACfU3U1_sU6SY7N5WWG8O7do0E27kpOJ6g&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjpsNqMqrTrAhUKjVkKHasVAl8Q6AEwBHoECAgQAQ#v=onepage&q=Minutes%20of%20Board%20of%20Property.John%20Hardy%20vs%20James%20Colhoon&f=false)</ref> (My note: I believe that "twelve years prior" refers to when Hardy purchased the land from Arthur McConnell. Jan. 1756 was when the the Indian attack occurred causing Arthur to flee as described further on in my research.
 
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I discovered in a newspaper article,<ref>Sketch of the Robison Family (https://www.newspapers.com/clip/10698495/alexander-robison-family-tree/)</ref> that Hardy and his son in law Alexander Robison had surveyed their land together in 1767 placing their homes near each other. We know Hardy's land was originally Arthur McConnell's at least in part. The article states that the property is now with the heirs of James McKnight Esq. I found an 1877 Atlas that shows land owners. In the only location which meets the requirement for the exact north and south orientation of Juniata River and Licking Creek as described in the caveat, I found land owned by J. McKnight and P. Robison adjoining each other with a grouping of buildings near the joint boundary line. {{Image|file=McConnell-5074.jpg
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'''Minutes of Board of Property. Jan 26, 1768''' John Hardy vs James Colhoon. It appears that James Colhoon was duly served with notice of a hearing this day. The Governor proceeded to hear the case of John Hardy, and it seemed that 12 years prior, (My note: I believe "twelve years prior" refers to Jan. 1756 when Hardy purchased Arthur's settlement improvements. This coincides with the time of the Indian attack that caused Arthur to flee as revealed later.) the property in dispute was first settled by one McClean who sold his improvement to Arthur McConnell for 8 pds. Afterwards, Hardy gave McConnell 50 pds for it. (SL)<ref>Minutes of the Board of Property and Other References to Lands in Pennsylvania edited by William Henry Egle. Harrisburg: Clarence M. Busch, State Printer. 1894 (https://books.google.com/books?id=tc8wAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA162&lpg=PA162&dq=Minutes+of+Board+of+Property.John+Hardy+vs+James+Colhoon&source=bl&ots=1JJua3cG3h&sig=ACfU3U1_sU6SY7N5WWG8O7do0E27kpOJ6g&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjpsNqMqrTrAhUKjVkKHasVAl8Q6AEwBHoECAgQAQ#v=onepage&q=Minutes%20of%20Board%20of%20Property.John%20Hardy%20vs%20James%20Colhoon&f=false)</ref>
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I discovered in a newspaper article<ref>Sketch of the Robison Family (https://www.newspapers.com/clip/10698495/alexander-robison-family-tree/)</ref> that Hardy and his son in law Alexander Robison had surveyed their land together in 1767 placing their homes near each other. We know Hardy's land was originally Arthur McConnell's at least in part. The article states that the property is now with the heirs of James McKnight Esq. I found an 1877 Atlas online that shows land owners. In the only location which meets the requirement for the exact north and south orientation of Juniata River and Licking Creek as described in the caveat, I found land owned by J. McKnight and P. Robison adjoining each other with a grouping of buildings near the joint boundary. {{Image|file=McConnell-5074.jpg
|caption=J. McKnight property was Arthur and Elizabeth McConnell's first settlement ca. 1754.
|caption=J. McKnight property was Arthur and Elizabeth McConnell's first settlement ca. 1754.
}} This lays the foundation for what I believe happened with Arthur and Elizabeth.
}} This lays the foundation for what I believe happened with Arthur and Elizabeth.
* 1755 January. Elizabeth and Arthur McConnell conceived their first child.
* 1755 January. Elizabeth and Arthur McConnell conceived their first child.
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* 1755 The French were encouraging the Indians to rise up against the settlers who were squatting on the Indian hunting lands in Pennsylvania. The first attack was along the Maryland border in June by a force of 130 French and Indians.
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* 1755 The French were encouraging the Indians to rise up against the settlers who were squatting on the Indian hunting lands in Pennsylvania. The first attack was along the Maryland border in June by a force of 130 French and Indians.<ref> Pennsylvania History p.229 First Line of Defense by William A. Hunter (https://journals.psu.edu/phj/article/download/22430/22199/0) </ref>
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* 1755 June. Pure speculation here, but a plausible explanation that fits the way things unfolded. Upon hearing of the attack, Arthur, Elizabeth and Eliza Wilson decided to find a new home away from the disputed Indian territory while Elizabeth could still travel and while there was still time to make a shelter before the baby came in September. Eliza went to help with the birth. Arthur was pushing to finish their shelter before snow fell. Besides it would be safer to take Eliza back home after it snowed. The Indians would settle down for the winter. They surely would not attack when their tracks could be easily followed in snow.
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* 1755 June. Pure speculation here, but a plausible explanation that fits the way things unfolded. Upon hearing of the attack, Arthur, Elizabeth and Eliza Wilson (a relative) decided to find a new home away from the disputed Indian territory while Elizabeth could still travel and while there was still time to make a shelter before the baby came in September. Eliza went to help with the birth. Arthur was pushing to finish their shelter before snow fell. Besides, it would be safer to take Eliza back home after it snowed. The Indians would settle down for the winter. They surely would not attack when their tracks could be easily followed in snow.
* 1755 October 16. The Penns Creek Massacre occurred.
* 1755 October 16. The Penns Creek Massacre occurred.
* 1755 November 1. An estimated 100 Indians delivered brutal death, torched cabins and kidnapped some settlers as they rampaged through Aughwick, Great Cove, Little Cove and the Tonolloways led by King Shingas and Capt. Jacobs the leaders of the Lenape and Shawnee tribes. Later in November, came another attack against six men standing watch in Berks Co. and on the following day, the destruction of the nearby settlements.
* 1755 November 1. An estimated 100 Indians delivered brutal death, torched cabins and kidnapped some settlers as they rampaged through Aughwick, Great Cove, Little Cove and the Tonolloways led by King Shingas and Capt. Jacobs the leaders of the Lenape and Shawnee tribes. Later in November, came another attack against six men standing watch in Berks Co. and on the following day, the destruction of the nearby settlements.
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* 31 Dec 1755 / 1 Jan 1756. The last attack of the year occurred near Sherman's Creek. This was in the vicinity of Arthur and Elizabeth's place and the home of Widow Wilson and James McConnell of Sherman's Creek as you can see on the tax lists for Middleton and East Pennsboro townships in Cumberland County 1751.<ref>History of Cumberland and Adams Counties, Pennsylvania.northeast. (http://files.usgwarchives.net/pa/cumberland/history/local/beers1886/beers-02.txt) : Containing History of the Counties, Their Townships, Towns, Villages, Schools, Churches, Industries, Etc.; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; Biographies; History of Pennsylvania; Statistical and Miscellaneous Matter, Etc., Etc. Illustrated. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co.</ref> The list does not include Arthur who would have been about eighteen then, but it does include James McConnell 1715-1764 who is a person of interest as Arthur's father or brother due to his age and proximity and the name James which fits the naming pattern of Arthur's children if their first born son George was named after Elizabeth's father. The Widow Wilson similarly holds my interest for Elizabeth. Her age is unknown so she could be mother, aunt, sister-in-law, or cousin. There are Wilson males in the area as well. Tax lists for these and nearby townships revealed the names of William Patterson, Robert McLung and 'Ludwig' Leard mentioned in the following newspaper account:
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* 31 Dec 1755 / 1 Jan 1756. The last attack of the year occurred near Sherman's Creek. This was in the vicinity of Arthur and Elizabeth's place, the home of Widow Wilson, and James McConnell of Sherman's Creek as you can see on the tax lists for Middleton and East Pennsboro townships in Cumberland County 1751.<ref>History of Cumberland and Adams Counties, Pennsylvania.northeast. (http://files.usgwarchives.net/pa/cumberland/history/local/beers1886/beers-02.txt) : Containing History of the Counties, Their Townships, Towns, Villages, Schools, Churches, Industries, Etc.; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; Biographies; History of Pennsylvania; Statistical and Miscellaneous Matter, Etc., Etc. Illustrated. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co.</ref> The list does not include Arthur who would have been about eighteen in 1751, Tax lists for these and nearby townships revealed the names of William Patterson, Robert McLung and 'Ludwig' Leard mentioned in the following newspaper account:
* 1756 Newspaper clipping: "Residents of Drumore Township 1756: The following were reported to have moved across the Susquehanna in or about 1756: Arthur McConnell, Eliza Wilson, William Patterson, William Ewing, Lowdywick Leard, Thomas Shireley, John Martin, and Robert McClung." The listed people from this report were then included in the 1756 tax list for Drumore township, Lancaster Co. along with the following descriptive introduction: "The following persons living in the back settlements fled from the Indians, and probably crossed the Susquehanna at McCalls Ferry:"
* 1756 Newspaper clipping: "Residents of Drumore Township 1756: The following were reported to have moved across the Susquehanna in or about 1756: Arthur McConnell, Eliza Wilson, William Patterson, William Ewing, Lowdywick Leard, Thomas Shireley, John Martin, and Robert McClung." The listed people from this report were then included in the 1756 tax list for Drumore township, Lancaster Co. along with the following descriptive introduction: "The following persons living in the back settlements fled from the Indians, and probably crossed the Susquehanna at McCalls Ferry:"
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The person who wrote that assumed they fled the attacks in the two Coves because McCall's Ferry was the nearest to there, just above the Maryland border. It is understandable because there were Wilsons and McConnells in the Great Cove during the 1750 Burnt Cabins incident in which the authorities tried to appease the complaining tribes by ejecting squatters and burning a few cabins. The attack Arthur and Eliza fled, however, was the one against Sherman's Creek settlers at the north end of the Cumberland valley. The Eliza mentioned could not have been Elizabeth since they were already married, and she would have been called Mrs. McConnell. Also she had recently given birth to their first child and no mention was made of the baby. The Eliza that was with Arthur had to be another woman from the North Cumberland valley area.
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The person who wrote that assumed they fled the attacks in the two Coves because McCall's Ferry was the nearest to that area - just above the Maryland border. It is understandable because there were Wilsons and McConnells in the Great Cove during the 1750 Burnt Cabins incident in which the authorities tried to appease the complaining tribes by ejecting squatters and burning a few cabins. The attack Arthur and Eliza fled, however, was the one against Sherman's Creek settlers at the north end of the Cumberland valley. The Eliza Wilson mentioned could not have been Elizabeth since they were already married, and she would have been called Mrs. McConnell. Also she had recently given birth to their first child and no mention was made of the baby. The Eliza that was with Arthur had to be another woman from the North Cumberland Valley area.
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*It is known that Arthur and Elizabeth did eventually own 306+ acres of land that Arthur bought and named 'Dundee' while Virginia still claimed the land was in Ohio County. He later surveyed and patented it in Pennsylvania after the boundary dispute was settled.<ref>Warrantees of Land in th County of Washington 1784-1792. 34-Vol. XXVI, 3rd Ser. ; 8 Apr 1788 : (http://files.usgwarchives.net/pa/washington/land/washland3.txt)</ref> As the state and county boundaries were ever changing where their land was located, the only constant description of the property was that it was on the waters of Buffalo Creek until it eventually came to be in Hopewell, Washington, Pennsylvania. After their deaths, the western part of Hopewell Township where Dundee was located was taken into Independence Township. Arthur and Elizabeth McConnell's nine children<ref>History of Fayette County, Indiana : her people, industries and institutions by Barrows, Frederic Irving, 1873-1949 ; Collections allen_county, americana : Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center; Internet Archive pages 873-874 : (https://archive.org/stream/historyoffayette00barr#page/869/mode/1up)</ref> who were all born and raised on Dundee, are as follows:
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*It is known that Arthur and Elizabeth did eventually own 306+ acres of land that Arthur bought and named 'Dundee' while Virginia still claimed the land was in Ohio County, VA. He later surveyed and patented it in Pennsylvania once the boundary dispute was settled.<ref>Warrantees of Land in th County of Washington 1784-1792. 34-Vol. XXVI, 3rd Ser. ; 8 Apr 1788 : (http://files.usgwarchives.net/pa/washington/land/washland3.txt)</ref> As the state and county boundaries were ever changing where Dundee was located, the only constant description of the property was that it was on the waters of Buffalo Creek until it eventually came to be in Hopewell, Washington, Pennsylvania. After their deaths, the western part of Hopewell Township where Dundee was located was taken into Independence Township. Arthur and Elizabeth McConnell's nine children<ref>History of Fayette County, Indiana : her people, industries and institutions by Barrows, Frederic Irving, 1873-1949 ; Collections allen_county, americana : Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center; Internet Archive pages 873-874 : (https://archive.org/details/historyoffayette00barr/page/873/mode/1up?view=theater&q=McConnell)</ref> who were all born and raised on Dundee, are as follows:
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* Sarah born September 1755. According to the Wherry Bible. She married James Wherry on 9 Sep 1774. They settled in Washington County and had a dozen children.
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* Sarah born September 1755. According to the Wherry Bible, she was born in Buffalo, Westmoreland County. It was called Westmoreland for a time by Pennsylvania, and there was a tiny settlement called Buffalo not too far away. The Wherry Bible also says Sarah married James Wherry on 9 Sep 1774. They settled in Washington County and had a dozen children.
* Susan was born c. 1756-57. She married Valentine Kinnett in 1774. They had fifteen children.
* Susan was born c. 1756-57. She married Valentine Kinnett in 1774. They had fifteen children.
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* George was born in 1758 after 21 July based on his age of 59 at his death from consumption (aka TB) on 21 Jul 1818. He married Pheobe Gill, and they had eleven children.
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* George was born in 1758 after 21 July based on his age of 59 at his death from consumption on 21 Jul 1818. He married Pheobe Gill, and they had eleven children.
* Margaret was born about 1762 and died in 1771. No source for this.
* Margaret was born about 1762 and died in 1771. No source for this.
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* James was born about 1766. He married Sarah 'Sallie' Downing in Mason County Kentucky and they settled in Brown County, Ohio as did his brother Thomas and sister Mary. I am still trying to figure out if I have the right James sources.
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* James was born about 1766. He married Sarah 'Sallie' Downing in Mason County Kentucky and they settled in Brown County, Ohio as did his brother Thomas and sister Mary. (This needs further research. It may be a different James McConnell)
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* Mary was born in 1767 and married Amos Elliot Ellis. They moved with Thomas from Pennsylvania to Kentucky in 1795. After Thomas married Polly Downing both couples crossed the Ohio River to settle in Brown County Ohio. They had five daughters.
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* Mary was born in 1767 and married Amos Elliot Ellis. They moved with Thomas from Pennsylvania to Kentucky in 1795. After Thomas married Polly Downing both couples crossed the Ohio River to settle in Brown County Ohio. They had five daughters.<ref> https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/viewer/210515/?offset=1#page=407&viewer=picture&o=search&n=0&q=Amos%20Ellis </ref>
* Arthur Jr. was born in 1768. He married Nancy Miller in Adams County, Ohio 7 Feb 1798. They had six children.
* Arthur Jr. was born in 1768. He married Nancy Miller in Adams County, Ohio 7 Feb 1798. They had six children.
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* John was born about 1770. He is often said to have married 'Betsy' Logston Brown, but that was another John McConnell who arrived from Ireland passed through Pennsylvania to Ohio where he met and married Betsy Brown. They lived in Brown County Ohio for a while which is probably where people figured that he was the John from Arthur's family. The three McConnell siblings who moved from Washington, Pennsylvania to Brown County, Ohio were James, Mary<ref>Biography of Amos Ellis (https://books.google.com/books?id=udUyAQAAMAAJ&pg=PP13&lpg=PP13&dq=The+History+of+Brown+County,+Ohio+Containing+A+History+of+the+County;+Its+Townships,+Towns,+Churches,+Schools,+Etc.;+General+and+Local+Statistics;+Portraits+of+Early+Settlers+and+Prominent+Men;+History+of+the+Northwest+Territory;+History+of+Ohio;+Map+of+Brown+County;+Constitution+of+the+United+States,+Miscellaneous+Matters,+Etc.,+Etc.+(Chicago:+W.H.+Beers+%26+Co.,+1883),+415.&source=bl&ots=lcDs9n1sna&sig=ACfU3U0nnBp0aN7RjIjlsbhRTmBSJry1Mw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj828e7ovTrAhUBZc0KHSUnDU8Q6AEwBXoECAIQAQ#v=onepage&q=The%20History%20of%20Brown%20County%2C%20Ohio%20Containing%20A%20History%20of%20the%20County%3B%20Its%20Townships%2C%20Towns%2C%20Churches%2C%20Schools%2C%20Etc.%3B%20General%20and%20Local%20Statistics%3B%20Portraits%20of%20Early%20Settlers%20and%20Prominent%20Men%3B%20History%20of%20the%20Northwest%20Territory%3B%20History%20of%20Ohio%3B%20Map%20of%20Brown%20County%3B%20Constitution%20of%20the%20United%20States%2C%20Miscellaneous%20Matters%2C%20Etc.%2C%20Etc.%20(Chicago%3A%20W.H.%20Beers%20%26%20Co.%2C%201883)%2C%20415.&f=false)</ref> and Thomas. Our John was born before Thomas who was born the youngest of the siblings in 1772. I believe I have found our John listed as Jno. McConnell with a household of five including himself, two sons under sixteen and two females in the 1790 US Census for Washington County. His property on the 1790 Census is not far from three Urie's which is why I think he is our John. The Uries lived next to Arthur. I think I may have found him in Ohio County West Virginia in subsequent Censuses. That's the next county west of his Pennsylvania birthplace.
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* John was born about 1770. '''He is often said to have married 'Betsy' Logston Brown. That was another John McConnell born in 1780’’’ who arrived from Ireland and passed through Pennsylvania to Ohio where he met and married Betsy Brown. They lived in Brown County Ohio for a while which is probably where people figured that he was the John from Arthur's family.
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* Thomas McConnell was born in 1772<ref>JOHN T. MCMILLIN Biography; History Of Rush County, Indiana : Brant & Fuller, Chicago, 1888; Page 782, 783, 784; Surnames in this biography are: McMillin, Young, McConnell, Downing, Wilson, Ellis, Buzan, Kendall, Pentecost, Bishop, Freel, Wood, Shauck. (https://archive.org/details/historyofrushcou00chic/page/782/mode/2up) </ref>. He married 'Polly' Downing first and they had twelve children. After Polly died, he married her much younger sister Elizabeth. I have found no children born to Thomas and Elizabeth.
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Our John was born before Thomas who was born the youngest of the siblings in 1772. I believe I have found our John listed as Jno. McConnell with a household of five including himself, two sons under sixteen and two females in the 1790 US Census for Washington County. His property on the 1790 Census is not far from three Urie's which is why I think he is our John. The Uries lived next to Arthur. There is a John McConnell in Ohio County West Virginia in subsequent Censuses. That's the next county west of his Pennsylvania birthplace. I can't be sure it is our John, however. John is such a common name, and I don't have any information about who he married or when he died to help me narrow my research.
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The McConnell siblings who moved from Washington, Pennsylvania to Brown County, Ohio were Mary<ref>Biography of William H. McConnell (https://archive.org/details/historyoffayette00barr/page/873/mode/1up?view=theater&q=McConnell)</ref> and Thomas.
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* Thomas McConnell was born in 1772<ref>JOHN T. MCMILLIN Biography; History Of Rush County, Indiana : Brant & Fuller, Chicago, 1888; Page 782, 783, 784; Surnames in this biography are: McMillin, Young, McConnell, Downing, Wilson, Ellis, Buzan, Kendall, Pentecost, Bishop, Freel, Wood, Shauck. https://archive.org/details/historyofrushcou00chic/page/782/mode/2up?q=McConnell </ref>. He married 'Polly' Downing first and they had twelve children. After Polly died, he married her much younger sister Elizabeth. I have found no children born to Thomas and Elizabeth.
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