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Philip Tome, b. Dauphin Co., PA, 1782
Posted by: Linda (Noland) Layman (ID *****8388) Date: October 20, 2004 at 15:29:24
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I have a booklet 'Traders, Travelers & Tomahawks - True Tales About Indians, Outlaws, Settlers & Soldiers on the Pennsylvania Frontier" by John L. Moore, 1999. One of the chapters is 'A Hunter's Life in the Woods:'

"Philip Tome was born in Dauphin County in 1782, but as a boy moved to the West Branch Valley with his family. His father established a farm on lands that he bought along Pine Creek. As Tome grew up, he realized that he preferred a life in the woods with a rifle and a dog to one in the fields with a plow and an ox...In 1801, Tome's family had a small farm along Pine Creek, about six miles up from the Susquehanna River's West Branch."

The article tells of his hunting exploits and mentions that he and friends sold meat to farmers and residents of the small towns along the West Branch. He wrote a book entitled 'Pioneer Life or 30 Years a Hunter' published in 1854.

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