The history of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties of PA, is recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this 73 Page Booklet, reprinted primarily from four hard-to-find vintage books. The spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper, with the print size adjusted to fit 8 1/2 x 11 paper. A clear vinyl sheet protects the front cover. Source books include: Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania (1843) by Sherman Day; An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1876) by William Egle, M.D.; Pennsylvania, a Guide to the Keystone State compiled by WPA writers; and My Pennsylvania, a 1946 project of the Bureau of Publications, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. (Some Information may be repeated in various excerpts, but often with a different slant or with additional details.) The communities mentioned include: Ayr, Bedford Springs, Bedford, Berlin (Brother’s Valley), Bethel, Bloody Run, Burnt Cabins, Clairsville, Everett, Fort Littleton, Jennerstown (Jennersville), Martinsburg, McConnellstown, Milford, Myersdale, New Granada, Petersburg, Rainsburg, Salisbury, Saxton, Schellsburg, Smithfield, Somerset (Brunerstown), St Clair, Stoystown, Warfordsburg, Woodbury. The Day and Egle histories cover the early development of this area, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glimpse from a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. Among the many and diverse subjects in the booklet are: County terrain and geological traits; Early Settlers; Industry and trades of the Counties; Medicinal Mineral Springs near Bedford; Col James Smith's own narrative of Indian captivity; Large 1758 Military campaign to expel the French; The Story of Bloody Run; The other story of Bloody Run; The first British fort taken by American Rebels; The "King's House;" The area's contributions to the Revolution; Samuel Adams and an Indian Fight to the Death; Being shot by an Indian saves a Man's life; List of early Justices, Commissioners, and Grand Jurors; Names of Land Owners and Surveyors; List of Licensed Tavern Keepers; Tulls Hill and the Massacre of the Tull Family; Davy Lewis -Robin hood of Bedford; The Naming of Fulton County and a couple Tenacious Senators; Surnames of Numerous First Generation settlers; Fulton County’s contribution to the Union Army; McClintock’s, Jenning’s and Skinner’s Forts; George Washington first to cross Somerset County; Opposition to the Whiskey Rebellion; Somerset Fire of 1833, and a list of affected business and home owners; Settlers along Bouquet road; First Courthouse and Jail in Somerset; Evolution of the town of Meyersdale; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. The recently added fourth book includes a 1940s map of the county, several photos and a concise update of the county's progress as it looked shortly after World War II. ILLUSTRATIONS include Public Square in Bedford; Bedford Springs; The Provincial Courthouse and Jail at Bedford; The Old Fort Bedford House; View at Bedford Springs; Espy House – Washington’s Headquarters 1774; Fulton County Courthouse; Plan of Fort Lyttleton- 1755; Somerset; Somerset County Courthouse, Somerset.
Bedford Somerset and Fulton Counties, PA
Sources: Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania; History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties in Pennsylvania;
Authors: Sherman Day, William Egle
Original Publication Year: 1843
Original Publisher: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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