Title: History of Allegheny county, Pennsylvania: including its early settlement and progress to the present time ; a description of its historic and interesting localities ; its cities, towns and villages; religious, educational, social and military history ; mining, manufacturing and commercial interests, improvements, resources, statistics, etc. ; also, biographies of many of its representative citizens
Author: Cushing, Thomas, b. 1821
Pg. a084 TOWNSHIPS: ELIZABETH – FORWARD- LINCOLN (REYNOLDTON)
Of the two currents of immigration to this section of country, one from Eastern Pennsylvania by way of the Cumberland Valley, Fulton and Bedford counties and the Youghiogheny, the other from Virginia by way of the Potomac and Monongahela, the former contributed most largely to the early population of Allegheny County. From its geographical position, the southeastern part of the county – the narrow peninsula between the Monongahela and Youghiogheny – was first marked by the presence of any considerable body of permanent settlers, and at the organization of the county, in 1788, the “Forks of Yough” settlement was the most populous within its limits, and one of the most important in the southwestern part of the state. The population of the “Forks” in 1796 may be safely estimated at 600.
The following lists of early settlers are as nearly complete as it is practicable to make them. They are taken from those prepared by Allen Wall for the Elizabeth Herald, and from other sources. The correct orthography of names is exceedingly difficult to preserve, and doubtless many of these are not correctly spelled. Heads of families in 1790:
The following were residents in the early part of the present century, or prior to 1830:
Pgs. a071, a072 MIFFLIN TOWNSHIP
The following persons resided within the original limits of Mifflin, although it can not be authoritively stated that the list is complete, at the various periods mentioned: (I’m going to mention a couple names.)
1794. JOHN ELLIOTT, SAMUEL ELLIOTT
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