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The Ancestors of Vickie Beard Thompson



HISTORY: John Graham received baptism by Reverend Samuel Heaton in 1752. Thereby, John Graham was one of the first members of Tonoloway Church. His name was the third on the church's membership roll. By 1750, John Graham resided on the Tonoloway and was the only person with that name listed on an account of the heads of households for that community, Ref.#173: Bedford History p.595.

HISTORY: Lieutenant Colonel James Graham received baptism by Reverend Samuel Heaton in 1752. Thereby, Colonel Graham was one of the first members of Tonoloway Church. In the year 1750, there were some Graham's living along the Tonoloway with John Graham as the head of the household. It appears that John was very likely the father of James Graham. The family migrated from New Jersey and settled on what has become the old Charlton farm near Warfordsburg. Colonel Graham died of smallpox during the Revolutionary War. He had served as a volunteer in the 1st Battalion of the Bedford County Militia. The history states that he and the other officers of this unit received little more pay than that of a private, Ref.#169; James Graham married Elizabeth, daughter of Elias Stillwell of Bedford County, Ref.#170; She became a widow as early as 1779, at which time she was paying taxes on a 200 acre farm, valued at $2500.00, Ref.#171; The children of Colonel Graham were Moses Graham, Mrs. Joseph Pittman, John Graham, and James Graham Jr., Ref.#172.
Ref #169: Bedford History, pp.86, 595, 653; Ref.#170:Bedford County Will Book 21, p. 278; Ref.#171, Bethel Twp. Taxes 1779; Ref.#172 Bedford County Deed Book E, p. 246; Footnotes from p.72 of History of Tonoloway Baptist Church.

Conolloway Letter of Late 1749 or Early 1750 (Source: Minutes of the Provincial Council, pages 453 & 454) "Petition of the Settlers of the Little Cove on the Temporary Line, "To the Honourable Thomas Penn and Richard Penn, Esquires, true and absolute Proprietaries of the Province of Pennsylvania, & "The Petition of Subscribers, Inhabitants of small Tracts of Land situate Westward of the Kittochtinny or Blue Hills, at a place known by the Name of the Little Cove and Conolloway's Creek, humbly sheweth: "Whereas, sundry Inhabitants of the Province of Maryland (some of 'em vested with Authority) divers times within these three Years past have attempted to survey and take possession of the aforesaid Tracts, being at or near where the Temporary Line when extended will run, as we believe; We, therefore, willing to live under the Protection of the good Constitution and Government of the Province of Pennsylvania, have hitherto prevented the various Attempts of the People of Maryland, and have preseumed to seat ourselves and made small improvements on the said lands. "As we have done this purely to defend it from the People of Maryland, and not in contempt of the laws of the Province of Pennsylvania nor the Governor's Proclamation, we humbly pray that we may be permitted to live on our respective Improvements at least until the Temporary Line shall be extended. "And your Petitioners shall pray, & Joseph COOMBE, John J HERROD (his mark), William JAMES, Thomas T YATES (his mark), Lewis WILLIAMS, Elias STILWELL, John MESSER, Joan 2 NEWHOUSE (his mark), Rees SHELBY, William O. LOFTON, Thomas HUSTON, Charles O WOODS (his mark), Henry PEIRSON, George REES, William W M MORGAN (his mark), John 4 LLOYED (his mark), William LIN, Andrew COOMBS, John POOLK, Levi TM MOORE (his mark), John GRAHAM (Provided by Combs-Truax Researcher Combs Craig Truax, and transcribed by Combs Researcher Hannah Friedlander Combs. And as modified by Combs Researcher Thom Montgomery from Colonial Records of PA, Series Vol.5 )

Joseph WARFORD Sr.

HISTORY: Warfordsburg Welcome Center & Interstate 70, If you're traveling into Pennsylvania from Maryland on Interstate 70, stop at the Warfordsburg Welcome Center to pick up maps, brochures and the lodging reservations for your tour of the Path of Progress. In December 1766, Joseph Warford was deeded 100 acres of land on which he laid out a village that was to become Warfordsburg. A large stone structure that served as the Warford home and tavern was built. Unfortunately, the building was destroyed by fire in 1947. Warfordsburg lies just north of the Mason-Dixon line in southem Fulton County, off Interstate 70 and readily accessible to U. S. Route 40, the historic National Highway. Warfordsburg is home to the annual Beta Sigma Phi Arts and Crafts Festival held the third weekend in October.

HISTORY: The following was taken from the Heady Family Newsletter. "The stream now known as Tonoloway Creek, but called 'Konolawa' by the Indians living along its bank and 'The Conolloways' by the white settlers, follows a meandering course through the southern part of present Fulton County, Pennsylvania crossing the boundary line into Maryland about three miles before it joins the Potomac at a point just below that river's northern most bend. The Big and Little Tonoloway Settlements lay about five miles north of the Potomac along branches of Tonoloway Creek and immediately west of the large and small basins named, respectively, the Great (Big) Cove and Little Cove. These settlements had been founded by a few Scotch-Irish immigrants, at least one Welch family (that of Evan Shelby), and a band of Monmouth and Middlesex county, New Jersey families, which included those of Moses GRAHAM, William Linn, Joseph WARFORD, Adam Stiger, John Melott, Benjamin TRUAX, and Elias, Richard and Jeremiah STILLWELL, Thomas Heady, Gavin EDDY, Samuel Hedden, the Coombs, Belieus, Applegates and no doubt others. Whether the Monmouth and Middlesex County families came as a unit or over a period of several years, is not known but they were all there by 1765 or earlier.


There is a story that she was scalped by Indians during a raid, and that she was found under a large oak tree dead.

Benjamin VAN HOOK

HISTORY: Dear Vicki, On your Van Hoeck line, Henry [Hendrick] Van Hook b. 19 Feb 1701 in Albany, Ny who married Deborah Parent. Their son, Samuel b. 15 November 1733, married Hannah Higgins. Unfortunately Hannah was killed and scalped. Samuel and Benjamin had been captured and were taken to Detroit by Indians and remained there for 4 years and 2 months. When Samuel and Benjamin returned he discovered she had been killed. He remarried to a widow, "Hannah" Wilson Williams. This info is in Collins HISTORY OF KY, according to a Dorris Easley Estes in her book, Joseph Whiteley, Sr., of Whitehaven, England and His American Descendants. I have found references to Hannah's fate in other sources as well. (Info from Marlene Creech 15 Nov 2004)

Hendrick VAN HOOK

CHURCH RECORDS: From the records of the New York Dutch Reformed Church.

HISTORY: 'The Descendants of Arent Issacszen Van Hoeck Immigrant to New Amsterdam', complied and edited by Matthew Van Hook, published by Higginson Book Co. Salem, MA in 1997. Hendrick was a licensed tavernkeeper.

PROBATED RECORDS: Monmouth County, New Jersey
Henry's Will was written 18 Feb 1750 and probated 7 March 1750 and named his wife Deborah and sons: Lawrence, Benjamin, William, Samuel and Isaac.

Lawrence VAN HOOK

Lawrence was executor of his father's Will in 1750.

Judge Laurens VAN HOECK

HISTORY: 'The Descendants of Arent Issacszen Van Hoeck Immigrant to New Amsterdam', complied and edited by Matthew Van Hook, published by Higginson Book Co. Salem, MA in 1997.

PROBATE RECORDS: His WILL, was written 14 July 1724 and probated 14 Aug 1724 in Monmouth County, New Jersey. He mentioned his wife Hannah, daughters: Hannah wife of Frederick DeBoogh, Mary & Frances, sons: Aaron & Henry and grandson Solomon DeBoogh. Had Isaac died already???


NOTES: John Warford (ca. 1683 - 1769) was born at Mount Vernon, New York. He married Elizabeth Stout (ca. 1691 - after 1769) ca. 1708 in Monmouth County, New Jersey. They had ten children, 1709 to 1731. He died near Baptistown, Kingswood Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. (Warford, Fisher, Kaes-Kuhl, Stout, Pinckney families - by: Laurence Lee Hill in 1996 SLFHL Book #929.273 W231h located at JSMB)

PROBATE RECORDS: John Warford - WILL - Made will 9 June 1761, proved 3 Jan 1770, Inventory made 23 December 1769 (Liber 15, folio 18)
In the name of God Amen on the ninth Day of June in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty One - I John WARFORD of Kingwood in the County of Hunterdon And Western Division of the Province of New Jersey, Yeoman being in perfect health of body and of perfect mind and Memory Thanks be given unto God Therefore calling unto mind the Mortality of my Body and knowing it is appointed for Men once to Die do made and ordained this my last Will and Testament That is to say principally and first of all: I give and recommend my Soul into the Hands of Almighty God that gave it, and my Body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in manner at the Discretion of my Executor nothing Doubting but at the General Resurection I shall receive the Same again by the mighty Power of God, and as touching such worldly estate where¤Iy it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life I give and dispose of the same in the following Manner and Form Viz. Imprimis it is my will and I do order that my Just Debts and funeral Charges be paid and Satisfied out of my moveable Estate. Item I give and bequeath to Elizabeth my dearly beloved Wife all the moveable Estate for Her own proper use during Her natural Life and at her decease my Will that according to Her Discretion She divide the Said Moveable Estate which may remain among my deare Daughters Abigail WARNE, Elizabeth COLVIN, Rachel QUIMBY, Jane ALLEN and Ann FOX to them their heirs and assigns and further my Will is that my said Wife shall have the Whole and Sole property of and in my Dwelling house and use of one third part of the old orchard during her Widowhood and that my Son James WARFORD shall provide all other necessarys for a comfortable support for Her during her Widowhood. Item I Give to my Well beloved Son James WARFORD and to his Heirs and Assigns forever all my Lands and Tenements which I now Stand Seized of or have any right unto Bounded as followeth West by Delaware River North by land late of James BRAY's East by land that was William FOWLER's south by land of Joseph HOWELL be the same or less. Item I Give to my Well beloved Son Joseph WARFORD twenty pounds current Money to be paid him by my son James WARFORD in four years after my decease in such payments as shall best suit my Son James WARFORD. Item I give and bequeath to my Son John WARFORD twenty pounds current Money to be paid him by my Son James WARFORD after my decease in such payments as shall best suit my Son James WARFORD. Lastly I constitute made and ordain my beloved son James WARFORD my only and Executor of this my last will and Testament; and I do hereby utterly disallow revoak and disanul all and every other former Testaments Wills Legacies and Executors by me in any ways before this time named willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and Testament in Witness whereof I have here unto set my Hand and Seal the Day and year above written; Signed Sealed published and declared by the said John WARFORD as his last Will and Testament in the presents of us the subcribers. Malakiah BONHAM, Isaac LEET, John WARFORD, Absalom BONHAM Malakiah BONHAM & Isaac LEET two of the Witnesses to be within being Duly Sworn Evangelists of Almighty God Did severally depose that they saw John WARFORD the testator within Named sign & seale the & Heard him Publish Pronounce & Declare the within Instrument to be his last will & Testament and that at the Doing thereof the Testator was of Sound & Disposing Mind & Memory as these Deponants Know & as they Verily Believe and Absalom BONHAM the other Subscribing Witness as Present and Signed his Name as a Witness to the Said will together with these Deponants in the Presents of the Said Testator. Sworne at Trenton this 3rd Day of Jany 1770 before me Malakiah BONHAM.

Elizabeth STOUT

COURT RECORDS: The Grand Jury of 1705, present, Elizabeth, daughter of James Stout, of Mid. Twp., for a bastard child by James Hid, late of Middletown; fined 5lbs and costs or to be whipped ten lashes on her bare back." Papa paid.