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PRESENTING

CHAPTERS FROM

 

HISTORY

OF THE

COUNTIES

OF

LEHIGH AND CARBON,

IN THE

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

 

BY

ALFRED MATHEWS & AUSTIN N. HUNGERFORD

 

 

ILLUSTRATED

__________________

 

Publishing

PHILADELPHIA:

EVERTS & RICHARDS

1884

 

PRESS OF J. B. LIPPINCOTT & CO., PHILADELPHIA

 

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Updated June 5, 2006

 

Notes on the following:

1.      All transcribed pages come complete with the page numbers from the original work, allowing the notation of page numbers when citing sources. 

2.      Sections not yet online but in the works are in ghostly gray color.

3.      Spelling, grammar and phrasing is as it appears in the original

 

Undertaking the transcription of this important history book is a major project.  Considering it was published in 1884, it is a major source for the early history and genealogy of the county.  The chapters on Carbon Co. are complete, but Lehigh Co. sections are in need of transcription.  Volunteers should

Contact me.

 

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Part One

LEHIGH COUNTY

1884 Map of Lehigh County

 

 

Chapter XXIV, Heidelberg Township By Samuel J. Kistler, Esq.

(Pages 268 to 285)

              And a Biographical Sketch of Samuel J. Kistler

 

 

Chapter XXV, Lowhill Township

(Pages 286 to 297)

 

 

Chapter XXVI, Lynn Township

(Pages 297 to 314)

 

 

Chapter XXXIV, North Whitehall Township

Pages 509 to 536

              With Biographical Sketches of:

                                                               David Laury

                                                                             Paul Balliet

                                                                             Samuel A. Brown

                                                                              Amandes Sieger

                                                                              Stephen P. Brown

 

Chapter XXXVI, Washington Twp.

(Pages 549 to 555)

                   And a Biographical Sketch of John Balliet

 

 

Chapter XXXVII, Borough of Slatington

(Pages 556 to 569)

           And Biographical Sketches of:

Robert McDowell                   

Peter Gross

                                                                   Hiram L. Hankee

 

 

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Part Two

CARBON COUNTY

Online in its entirety

 

Chapter I, The Settlement By Moravians in Carbon County

(Pages 573 to 593)

          Including sections on:

                   The Indian Uprising and the Massacre at Gnaddenhütten

                   Benjamin Franklin Builds Fort Allen

                   The Captivity of the Gilbert Family in 1780

 

 

Chapter II,

Progress of Settlement and Internal Improvements

(Pages 593 to 607)

          Including sections on:

                   The Descending and Ascending Navigation of the Lehigh River

                   The Slack-Water or Ascending Navigation of the Lehigh

                   The Lehigh and Susquehanna Railroad

(Includes a short biography of industrialist John Brown)

                   The Lehigh Valley Railroad

                             (Includes a short biography of industrialist Charles Hartshorne)

                   The Beaver Meadow Railroad

                   The Mahanoy Division of the Lehigh Valley Railroad

                  

 

Chapter III, Civil History (Pages 607 to 612)       

          Including sections on:

                   Civil Divisions prior to 1843

Erection and Organization of Carbon County

The Public Buildings

Measures for the Care of the Poor

 

Chapter IV, The Civil List (Pages 612 to 615)

 

Chapter V, Bench and Bar of Carbon County (Pages 615 to 623)          Including sections on:

                   Judges

                   Associate Judges

                             (Short Biographical Sketches of Some of the Above)

                   Causes Celebres – The Mollie Maguire Trials

 

Chapter VI, Medical History of Carbon County

(Pages 623 to 629)

     Biographical Sketches

 

Chapter VII, Carbon County in the Mexican War

(Pages 629 & 630)

          The Stockton Artillerists

           Including a Roster of the men involved

 

Chapter VIII, Carbon County in the War of the Rebellion

(Pages 630 to 649)

          Complete Rosters of Officers and Men

          Including a Biographical Sketch on Col. John Craig

 

Chapter IX, the Carbon Co. Agricultural Society

(Pages 649 & 650)

 

Chapter X

Sketch of the Geology of Carbon County (Pages 650 to 656)

(Note: Due to the fact that this chapter does not pertain to history or genealogy, and that the science of Geology has advanced in the last 100 years, there are no plans to transcribe and include this chapter)

                  

Chapter XI, the Borough of Mauch Chunk (Pages 656 to 711)

(Including the borough of East Mauch Chunk)

NOW COMPLETED!  (This is a large file and may take time to download)     

Including sections on:

                   Description of the Locality

                   Discovery of Coal (early operations of the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Co.)

                   The First Railroad, the “Switchback” or Gravity Road

                   Improvements at Mauch Chunk – Appearance of the settlement

                   The Town Opened to Individual Enterprise

                   The Early Settlers

                   Early Merchants

                   Manufacturing – Early experiments in making Iron with Anthracite

                   The First Anthracite Stoves Made in Mauch Chunk

                   Foundries

                   The Wire-mill

                   The Gristmills

                   Banking

                   The Newspaper Press

                   Hotels

                   The Post Office and Postmasters

                    The Water-works

                   The Mauch Chunk Gas Company     

                   Losses by Fire and Flood

                   The Borough’s Incorporation

                   Upper Mauch Chunk

East Mauch Chunk               

Its Incorporation                               

The East Mauch Chunk Post-Office              

Educational

       East Mauch Chunk Schools            

Churches of Mauch Chunk & East Mauch Chunk

                     St. Mark’s Church (Protestant Episcopal)

                                    Methodist Episcopal

                                    Methodist Episcopal Church of East Mauch Chunk

                        Presbyterian Church

                                    Evangelical Church

                                    St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

                                    St. John’s Church of East Mauch Chunk

                                    Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

                                    St. Joseph’s German Catholic Church of East Mauch Chunk

              Temperance

                   The Cemetery

                   Fire Companies

                             Marion Hose Co. No. 1

              Lodges & Organizations

                             Masons

                                    Packer Commandery

                                    International Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F)

                                    Knights of Pythias

                                    Order of Druids

                                    Grand Army of the Republic

              Concert Hall

 

          And Biographical Sketches of:

                   Asa Lansford Foster

                   Asa Packer

                   Robert Asa Packer

                   Harry Eldred Packer

                   Hon. John Leisenring

                   James I. Blakslee

                   Robert Klotz

                   Daniel Bertsch

                   Nathan D. Cortright

                   Mahlon S. Kemmerer

 

Chapter XII, Banks Twp. (Pages 711 to 717)

          Including sections on:

                   History of Coal Operations

                             Stafford Coal Co.

                             Spring Mt. Coal Co.

                             Lehigh & Wilkesbarre Coal Co.

                             Yorktown Collieries

                   Schools in Banks Twp.

                   Justices of the Peace

                   Beaver Meadow Village

                             Churches

                             Fraternal Organizations

                   Yorktown & Audenried

                   Jeansville

                   Tresckow

                   Leviston, Colerain & Coolstown

 

Chapter XIII, East Penn Township (Pages 717 to 723) 

     Including sections on:

                   Early history and tax lists

                   Benn Salem Church

                   Benn Salem Churchyard

                   Schools

Justices of the Peace

                   Penn Forge & Furnace

                   Pennsville

          And a biographical sketch of

                   Charles H. Nimson

 

Chapter XIV, Franklin Township (Pages 724 to 727)

          Including sections on:

                   An Indian Atrocity

                   Early Settlers

                   Schools

                   Maria Furnace

                   Justices of the Pease

 

Chapter XV, Kidder Township (pages 727 to 731)

          Including sections on:

                   Early Roads

                   Hickory Run

                   Saylorsville

                   Leonardsville

                   Bridgeport

                   Albrightsville

                   East Haven

                   Lehigh Tannery

                   Mud Run

                   Schools

                   Justices of the Peace

                   The Great Fire of 1875

 

Chapter XVI, The Borough of Lehighton

(Pages 731 to 738)

          Including sections on:

                   Hotels

                   Churches

                             The Presbyterian Church

                                    The Methodist Episcopal Church

                                    St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s Catholic Church

                                    Zion Reformed Congregation

                                    Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

                                    Ebenezer Church of the Evangelical Association

                   The Carbon Academy

                   The Post Office

                   First National Bank of Lehighton

                   Newspapers

                   The Fire Company

                   Societies

                   Its Incorporation

                   The Packing House of Joseph Obert

                   The Lehigh Stove Works

                   The Central Carriage Works

                   The Lehigh Wagon Company

 

          And Biographical Sketches of:

                   Daniel Olewine

                   Joseph Obert

                  

Chapter XVII, Lausanne Township (pages 738 & 740)

          Including sections on:

                   Early History

                   School Directors

                   Justices of the Peace

         

Chapter XVIII, Lehigh Township (pages 740 & 741)

          Including sections on:

                   Early Roads

                   Early Settlements

                   Schools

                   Justices of the Peace

                   Assessment for 1883

                   Penn Haven

 

Chapter XIX, Mahoning Township (pages 742 to 749)

          Including sections on:

                             Early Settlement

                             Stores & Mills

Churches

Post-Offices & Schools.

Packerton

Centre Square

New Mahoning

 

Chapter XX, Packer Township (pages 749 to 753)

       Including sections on:

                   Early History

                   Mills

                   Powder Mills and Magazines

                   St. Matthew’s Lutheran and German Reformed Church

                   Schools

                   Post-Offices

                   Justices of the Peace

          And a Biographical Sketch of:

                   Samuel Wilkinson Hudson

 

 

Chapter XXI, Penn Forest Township (pages 754 to 757)

Including sections on:

                   Early Roads

                   Settlement of Penn Forest

                   Mills

                   Taverns

                   Churches

                   Schools

                   Justices of the Peace

 

Chapter XXII, The Borough of Parryville (pages 757 to 760)

Including sections on:

                   Early Roads

                   Settlement of Penn Forest

                   Mills

                   Taverns

                   Churches

                   Schools

                   Justices of the Peace

          And a Biographical Sketch of:

                   Judge Dennis Bauman

 

Chapter XXIII, Lower Towamensing Township (pages 760 to 768)

          Including sections on:

                   Early Settlements

                   Early Roads

                   Clarissa Forge and Furnace (later Ashland)

                   Tax Rolls

                   St. John’s Congregation

                   The Church of the Evangelical Association

                   German Catholic Church

                   Schools

                   Justices of the Peace

                   Post-Offices

                   Millport

                   The Evangelical Association

                   Lehigh Gap 

                   Bowmansville

          And a Biographical Sketch of:

                   Henry Bowman

 

Chapter XXIV, Towamensing Township (pages 769 to 773)

          Including sections on:

                   Tax Rolls

Justices of the Peace

Jerusalem Church

Stemlersville

Trochsville

         

Chapter XXV, Weissport Borough (pages 773 to 780)

          Including sections on:

                   The Flood of 1862

                   “Jacob’s Church” – Lutheran and German Reformed

                   The Evangelical Church

                   Schools

                   The Carbon Academy and Normal School Association

                   Hotels

                   Rolling Mills

                   Lehigh Valley Emery-Wheel Company

                   Weissport Borough Incorporation

          And a Biographical Sketch of:

                   Col. Jacob Weiss

 

Chapter XXVI, the Borough of Weatherly (pages 780 to 787)

          Including sections on:

                   Borough History

                   Church Congregations

                   Hotels

                   Schools

                   Civil Lists

                   Justices of the Peace

                   Physicians

                   Lodges

                   The Post Office

          And biographical sketches of:

                    W. W. Blakslee

                    Phillip Hoffecker

                    Daniel Rouse

                    Samuel Harleman

                    J. G. Eadie

 

Chapter XXVII, Mauch Chunk Township (pages 787 to 796)

          Including sections on:

                   Lausanne – The Landing Tavern

                   Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company’s property

                   Schools

                   Justices of the Peace

                   Summit Hill

                             Religious History

                                      Presbyterian Church

                                                St. Philip’s Episcopal Church

                                                St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

                                                The Lutheran Church

                                                St. Paul’s Reformed Church

                             Schools

                             Newspapers

                             Banking

                             Societies

                   Lansford

                             Incorporation

                             Schools

                             Religious

                                      The Welsh Congregational Church

                                                English Congregational Church

                                                The Evangelical Association

                             Societies

                   Nesquehoning

                             Schools

                             The Methodist Episcopal Church

 

Appendix A (page 797)

              The Population of Lehigh and Carbon Counties

 

Appendix B (pages 797 to 802)

              Anthracite Iron

 

 

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