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_James Sr LEMMON _+ _Eli LEMMON ___| | |_Rebecca BLAKE ___ _Jason Eli LEMMON ______________| | | _James MORRILL ___ | |_Jane MORRILL _| | |_Electa FULLER ___ | |--Eugene Jacob LEMMON | | __________________ | _______________| | | |__________________ |_Angelleta Miserva "Angie" MAY _| | __________________ |_______________| |__________________
_Patrick MCHENRY _+ _Maurice MCHENRY _| | |__________________ _John MCHENRY ____| | | __________________ | |__________________| | |__________________ | |--Daniel MCHENRY | | __________________ | __________________| | | |__________________ |_Susannah MCNEIL _| | __________________ |__________________| |__________________
Daniel McHenry, first offspring of John and Susanah McNeal McHenry
"Blazes a Trail in Fishingcreek Valley"
The young Daniel was a hunter and trapper, with little save his knowledge of
woodcraft as a means of support. The parents of the maiden of his choice
opposed his suit. They threatened to send their daughter away, to the "Nuns"
at Bethlehem on the Lehigh. "They cannot send you farther than I can go after
you" said Daniel. And so, he won his bride and took her to the newly made
settlement on the West Branch while he went off to war.
In the Revolutionary War, Daniel McHenry served with Company B, Northumberland
Regiment, first as Lieutenant, then as Captain. In Meginness History of the
West Branch, published 1857, page 190, is mention of the company commanded by
Lieutenant Daniel McHenry, at the battle of Red Bank.
Daniel McHenry was commissioned Captain September 11, 1777. He was wounded at
the battle of Red Bank, being shot through the ear and given a slight scalp
wound, the scar of which he would sometimes show to his descendants.
At the time of the Indian massares of 1778, Daniel McHenry was at Chillisquaque
having come on fufrlough to defend his family on the unprotected frontier. At
the time of the Big Runaway, he did not flee with the others but waited until
reflections of burning cabins up the river warned of immediate danger. Taking
his two horses, his wife, two children and a feather bed, he crossed the river
that was swollen beyond its banks by a great freshet. The night was pitch dark
and they could not see the opposite shore. "Daniel I cannot cross this
dreadful river" said the young wife. "You must, else 'tis the river of death
at the bloody hands of the Indians", her husband told her.
Tied on her horse with rope about her waist in the hands of her husband, great,
great grandmdother shut her eyes and gripped her baby. She could her her
husband whispering to his horse as they swam the swift current "take us
through, brave Bevan, take us through". She knew they had reached the shore
when he said "God of mercies, I thank thee".
At the first house to which they came they were received and cared for
generously. Their next child was named for their benefactor, Daniel
Butterfield. Threre are many descendants of Daniel Butterfield McHenry in
After being driven out by the Indians, Daniel McHenry did not go back to the
West Branch but sought a place in what was then the unbroken wilderness of
upper Fishingcreek Valley. In 1784 he made his first trip of exploration up
the valley, following the Indian trail up the creek from the frontier
settlement which is now the town of Bloomsburg, to choose the place where he
and the generations after him should live.
The site he selected was on a slight elevation overlooking the creek and the
valley at Stillwater. The home of the late Daniel McHenry, grandson of Daniel
the 1st, and of O.D. McHenry, great grandson, now occupies the same site.
Early in 1785, Daniel McHenry made his second trip up Fishingcreek. This time
he took with him his axe, his gun and his dog and some grain for seed in his
knapsack. All summer he labored, felling trees and building a log house. By
fall he was ready for his family to come to their new home. They had been left
with her father at Chillisquaque.
Daniel McHenry "took up" or purchased from the state something over a thousand
acres of land. In the earliest patent, dated 1793, the consideration mentioned
is twenty pounds for 800 acres, something les than ten cents per acre. This
tract was called "Manchester Manor" and with succeeding purchases extended from
what is now called Pealertown to the site of the old McHenry Distillery and the
lower end of the borough of Benton.
Daniel McHenry was described by one of his grandchildren as a spare, florid
complexioned man of medium height, erect carraige and small, well formed hands
and feet. In his later years he was thrifty and eonomical and acquired
considerable property. A strict Presbyterian and far from any church he would
call together his children and neighbors and lead them in exhortation. The
grace he asked before meals was "Chief, bless us".
Despite disaster and hardship of pioneer life, he gave thought to the mental
training of his children and, early in 1794 he hired a young man from
Philadelphia, Henry Heiss by name, to stop at his home for three months to
teach his children.
1. History of the McHenry Family, compiled by Robt A.J. Thorpe, Cedar Rapids,
IA. (Provided to him by Ayvronne Roach, Tulsa, OK.)
2. Further information provided by Debbi McHenry and the McHenry Book by
_Patrick MCHENRY _+ _Maurice MCHENRY _| | |__________________ _John MCHENRY ____| | | __________________ | |__________________| | |__________________ | |--Martha MCHENRY | | __________________ | __________________| | | |__________________ |_Susannah MCNEIL _| | __________________ |__________________| |__________________
Martha married Hugh Lemmon [or Lemon] and they settled down in McHenry
Valley, New York about 1797.
Martha may have been accompanied by a sister, Mary McHenry. Hugh Lemmon may
have married Mary after Martha died, although this is not proven.
[This branch of the McHenry family is available as a separate GEDCOM file.]
__ __| | |__ __| | | __ | |__| | |__ | |--Erastus TUTTLE | | __ | __| | | |__ |__| | __ |__| |__
Erastus was a veteran of the War of 1812. Military records indicate that he
married in Livonia, NY. Researcher Yvonne Oliphant says there was only one
Lemmon family there at the time.
Source: Yvonne Oliphant, Pleasant Grove, UT.
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