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HISTOR ICAL SKETGH 

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OF THE 



PROUDFIT FAMILY 



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YORK CO UNTY. PENNSYLVANIA 



WITH A COMPLETE RECORD OF THE DESCENDANTS 

OF ALEXANDER PROUDFIT AND 

MARTHA McCLEARY 



Compiled by MARGARET COMPTCN 



Meadville, Penn'a 
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For ealTanir>tic rectd Ccilvinistic. 
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the birth of Sar;.li \7all:-ce and the in- 
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Pr^e 17, 17>th line fro:: bottom, 

For 3"eb.;i8,179 7 re?\d Feb. 28, 1799. 
Pace 18, 18th line, 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS. 



To THE Reader 5 

History of the Proudfit Family of York Co., Pa. 9 

Andrew Pppudfoot (2) and His Family '. . 13 

James Proudfit (3) 15 

Alexander Proudfit (3) 17 

David Proudfit (3) 20 

Robert Proudfit (3) 24 

James Proudfoot (2) and His Family 26 

Robert Proudfoot (2) 29 

David Proudfoot (2) and His Family 30 

Descendants of Alexander Proudfit (3) and 

Martha McCleary 33 

Andrew (4) 35 

Elizabeth (Proudfit) Sinclair (4) 49 

John (4) 50 

Sarah (Proudfit) Gillespie (4) 54 

David (4) 57 

Alexander (4) 60 

Jane (Proudfit) Sinclair (4) 62 

Martha ( Proudfit) Compton (4) 69 

Agnes (Proudfit) Campbell (4) 68 

Robert (4) 71 

Margaret (4) V5 



TABLE OF CONTENTS 



Appendix : 



Record from the Family Bible of Andrew 

Proudfoot (2) 79 

Will of Andrew Proudfoot (2) 79 

Inventory of Andrew Proudfoot's Goods and 

Chattels 82 

Will of Sarah (Wallace) Proudfoot 84 

Andrew Proudfoot (2) on Trial for Heresy.. . 85 

Letter to Mrs. Margaret Neilson 87 

Muster-roll of Lieut. McKissick's Company. . . 89 

Old Ballad 90 



PREFACE. 



To Any of the Proudfit Kin Who :\ray Read this Book: 

Imagine a group of relatives gathered from widely- 
separated homes for a family reunion. They will ex- 
change personal recollections and family traditions 
about those of the older generations who have passed 
away which will make them living realities instead of 
mere names to the younger people who never saw them. 
^luch of the family history here offered is of this inti- 
mate character, of interest only to ourselves; trifling 
and pointless to a stranger. 

The preparation of this Historical Sketch and Fam- 
ily Record was begun at the instance of Mr. Andrew A. 
Culbertson, of Erie, Pa., who made himself responsible 
for the enterprise financially. The purpose was to col- 
lect and preserve such facts of family history as it was 
not already too late to obtain. Tlie wish to do so arose 
purely from the sentiment of family loyalty, and lias 
never been associated with the thought of material gain 
of any kind whatever. 

I am greatly indebted to the Rev. T. P. Proudfit, of 
Washington, Pa., from whose carefully prepared manu- 
script Proudfit-Patterson Genealogy I quote freely ; to 
Mr. S. V. Proudfit, of Washington, D. C, who had made 
some researches into the history of the Proudfits pre- 
vious to my undertaking, and placed his material in my 
hands; to Mr. David Morrow Proudfit, of ^Nlemphis, 
Tenn., who, with his brother, Dr. Samuel M. Proudfit, 
had compiled a Proudfit Genealogy, a copy of which he 
kindly sent me ; and to Mr. J. M. Gemmill, of Laurel, 
York County, Pa., to whose interest in the subject is 
due the discovery of the burial place of Andrew and 
Sarah (Wallace) Proudfit, of the location of their home, 
and many facts in the early history of the Proudfit and 
Wallace families. 

I have spared no pains in verification, and have 
never hesitated to sacrifice interest to accuracy. 

The complete record of the descendants of Alex- 
ander Proudfit, of York County, Pa., which I am able 



HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 



here to present, was obtained by correspondence with 
members of the respective branches of his family. To 
all the cousins of various degrees who, by their patient 
response to my persistent querying made "this result pos- 
eible, I here express my hearty thanks. 

The partial records in Part I. furnish bases for fur- 
ther investigation, should anyone be interested in mak- 
ing a complete genealogy of this group of families. 

There are now living in the United States both 
Proudfoots and Proudfits who are not connected with 
the families named in this sketch. 

MARGARET COMPTON. 

Meadville, Fa., February 17, 1911. 



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PART I 



HISTORICAL SKETCH 



HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY OF 
YORK COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. 



The name of the family, a sketch of which follows, 
was formerly written Proudfoot. Andrew, the oldest 
of the brothers who came to the colonies between 1750 
and 1760, so signed his name to his will, which is pre- 
served in the Prothonotary's office in York, Pa., and to 
the letter printed in the Appendix to this record, the 
original of which is in my possession. In the census list 
for York County, taken in 1790, the name is so spelled. 

According to my mother, the change of spelling 
was first made by Dr. Alexander Proudfit, of Salem, 
N. Y., who counseled the family to preserve in this way 
the Scotch pronunciation of the name. 

The common ancestor of all the Proudfits named in 
this sketch, was Andrew Proudfoot, a farmer, of Perth- 
shire, Scotland. He was twice married. Four sons by 
the first wife emigrated to the American colonies: 
Andrew and James in 1754, Robert and David in 1759. 
Two daughters, Jenette and Elizabeth, are named in the 
records of T. P. Proudfit and D. M. Proudfit. One of 
these daughters, it must have been, who, "when she saw 
her brother James embark, threw herself upon the 
ground in wild and despairing grief," to quote from Dr. 
Alexander Proudfit 's biographer. 

A granddaughter of Andrew (2d) remembered 
hearing her father say that his father had half brothers 
and sisters in Scotland, but no further account of them 
has been found. 

The circumstances which led to the transplanting 
of a part of the family to America may be learned from 
the following extract from the Rev. T. P. Proudfit 's 
Proudfit-Patterson Genealogy : 

"Andrew, the father, and his wife were members 
of the Established Church of Scotland, and taught their 
children the principles of Christianity, including the 
"Westminster Catechism. 



10 HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 



"James, the second child, was a person of serious 
mind, great memory, and well-balanced mentally. lie 
was born near Perth in 1732, and at a suitable a^'e was 
6ent to the University. He became dissatisfied with the 
Established Church, and decided to join the Anti- 
burgher branch of the Secession Church. His parents 
protested against the step, regarding it as fatal to liis 
prospects of temporal preferment. James, after mature 
deliberation, carried out his purpose, completed his lit- 
erary course, and studied theology under the direction 
of the Rev. Alexander [Moncrielf, professor of divinity 
in that denomination, for whom he subsequently namt-d 
a son. lie was licensed by the Presbytery of Perth and 
Dumferline in 1753 to preach the gospel. 

"Frequent applications were made at that time by 
members of the Associate, or Secession Church, who 
lived in the British colonies in America for preaching. 
Accordingly the Rev. Alexander Gellatly and the Rev. 
Andrew Arnot were sent as early as 1753 (possibly not 
till 1754), the former as a permanent minister with a 
view to settlement, the latter as a missionary for a year. 
They came to Lancaster County, Pa., and organized the 
Associate Presbytery of Pennsylvania, subordinate to 
the Associate (Antiburgher) Synod of Scotland. 

"November 2, 1753, James Proudfit 'was deemed 
eminently fitted to occupy this new field of labor, and 
accordingly, in July, 1754, he was ordained to the min- 
istry, with a destination for North America. The or- 
dination sermon was preached by the Rev. Geo. Brown 
from Gal. 1:15, 16.'" 

The young missionary was accompanied by his 
older brother, Andrew. They landed in Boston in Sep- 
tember, 1754, and proceeded at once to southern Penn- 
sylvania, which was the field where the work of the Rev. 
James Proudfit lay. Families from Perthshire had 
already built up homes in York County, so that it was 
natural that Andrew should settle there. 

When, five years later, Robert and David followed, 
they established themselves near their oldest brother. 
In a special assessment ordered by the commissioners of 
York County, in 1783, among the taxables of Hopewell 
Township are found Andrew Proudfoot, owning 2U0 
acres, valuation 171 pounds; Robert Proudfoot, 160 



HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 11 

acres, valuation 104 pounds; David Proudfoot, 55 acres, 
valuation 68 pounds. 

These three brothers spent the rest of their lives in 
York County, but their children nearly all sought homes 
in newer regions. 

The profession of the ministry has had a strong 
attraction for the Proudfits, both in Scotland and in 
America. ScouUer's ^Manual of the United Presbyterian 
Church of North America gives the names of nine 
Proudfits among its ministers, to which might be added 
several not bearing that name but of Proudfit ancestrv. 
A number are found in the Presbyterian Church. Rev. 
John McAlister, himself the grandson of a Proudfit, re- 
ported that when attending a Pan-Presbyterian council 
in Scotland he met sixteen preachers named Proudfit. 

The first three generations of the family in America 
— those numbered 2, 3, and -i, in this sketch — were, with 
very few exceptions, members of some sect of Presby- 
terians. The later generations, widely scattered geo- 
graphically, have naturally formed various other con- 
nections. 

The Proudfits have shown themselves a patriotic 
'race. The three brothers, ANDREW, ROBERT, and 
DAVID, who settled in York County, are all enrolled in 
one of the companies (Lieut. ]^IcKissick's)* of the Sixth 
Battalion of the militia of that county, organized in 
1776, and known locally as Associates. (See History of 
York County, Pa., J. II. Beers & Co., Chicago, 111., 1907, 
edited by Geo. R. Prowell, of the American Historical 
Association, Vol. I, p. 269.) They were first called out 
for one month July 7th, 1776, and congregated at Lan- 
caster. From there they marched to Philadelphia, 
thence to Trenton and Perth Amboy, N. J. James, 
oldest son of ANDREW, then a lad of seventeen, also 
enlisted in '77. 

I have the names of twenty-two great-great-grand- 
sons of Andrew, the Pertlishire farmer, who served in 
the Union Army in the Civil War; and my records in- 
clude but a small part of the numerous descendants of 
the Rev. JAMES PROUDFOOT and of his brother 
DAVID. 



•On the same muster-roll is the nam^ of James McAlister. 
"In an old ledger of my great-great-prandfather Gemmill is the 
following charge: Jas. McAlister, Julj- 8, 1776, To sundries at 
going Away to Sojer Is lid. " J. M. G. 



12 HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 



But perhaps their patriotism is still better mani- 
fested in that they have been almost universally indus- 
trious, sober, thrifty, and law-abiding. Their names 
rarely appear as parties to lawsuits. In temperament 
they are conservative and practical; seldom among "the 
first by which the new is tried," and perhaps, now and 
then, of those who are "last to lay the old aside." On 
moral questions, however, they have usually been found 
facing forward, as would be expected of persons of their 
logical mind and conscientious disposition reared in the 
Calvanistic faith. 



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ALEXANDER PROUDFIT. D.D. 



REV. CHAS. P. PHOUDFIT 



ANDREW PROUDFOOT (2) and His Family. 



ANDREW PROUDFOOT (2) was born in 1728 in 
Perthshire, Scotland. Before coming to America in 
1754 he had learned the shoemaker's trade. In the deed 
transferring Clark's Glade to him he is called a "cord- 
winder" — no doubt a misspelling of cordwainer, an 
archaic synonym of shoemaker. After settling in York 
County he followed farming. 

He was a deeply religious man, and trained his chil- 
dren with a care uncommon even for that day. They 
were thoroughly instructed in the Bible, the Larger and 
Shorter Catechism, and the tenets of the Associate Pres- 
byterian Church. The quality of his training is shown 
by its results. Of his four sons two became eminent in 
the ministry, and the others served their church societies 
many years as ruling elders. ANDREW PROUDFOOT 
was elected elder in Guinston Church, Hopewell Town- 
ship, York County, May 15, 1769. 

Beyond the foregoing not much is known of him 
personally. "He was a small man. His son David re- 
membered his dandling him on his knee and singing in 
his broad Scotch accent: 

Dainty Davie ! Dainty Davie ! 
You and I, Dainty Davie ! 

"Also on one occasion when he was sick he peremp- 
torily ordered David to lead in family worship in this 
decided manner: 'David, take the books!' " (From 
Mr. D. M. Proudfoot's Genealogy.) 

His education was above the average for persons in 
the common walks of life at that time. Ability to write 
was by no means universal. His brother ROBERT 
"made his mark" in signing his will, and DAVID'S sig- 
nature is almost illegible. ANDREW'S will (see Ap- 
pendix) shows that he prized books and had an unusual 
number. From the will, also, it may be inferred that he 
was fairly successful in business, since it is improbable 
that he brought much money to this country with him. 

He married December 4, 1759, Sarah, daughter of 



U HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 



Alexander and Agnes Wallace, born in Scotland Feb- 
ruary 12, 1733. 

This family of Wallaces were among the earliest 
settlers of "vvhat later became York County. They came 
from Perthshire in 173-i, and mav have known 
ANDREW PKOUDFOOT's father. Mr'. J. M. Gemmill, 
in a private letter writes: "I have often thought of the 
Wallace family as it settled here in the wilderness about 
1734. Then there was no transportation for persons or 
belongings except on horseback along the Indian paths. 
That family came here, father and mother, and, I sup- 
pose, seven children, James, the oldest, about twelve, 
Sarah in her mother's arms." 

Alexander Wallace was the first elder elected 
(1753) by the Guinston Associate Church. For many 
years services were held in his house. In 1773 a small 
stone church was erected, of which James Wallace, the 
pioneer boy, was builder. This church is still in good 
condition (1911), thus attesting the character of its 
builder. (See Plate IV.) 

The Wallace home was held in that name until 1910. 

Except that she is said to have been a large woman, 
I have found nothing authentic concerning the person- 
ality of Sarah Wallace. ]My mother recalled dimly the 
event of her death, and knew her as a tradition in her 
father's family, they having lived on the old homestead 
with "Grannie," at least during her widowhood. My 
impression, gained from my mother, is that she was a 
woman of very positive character with much family 
pride. 

ANDREW PROUDFOOT (2) died March 30, 1807, 
his widow June 27, 1811. Their graves in a long-aban- 
doned private burying-ground, known as the ]McAlister 
Graveyard, were discovered by ^Mr. J. M. Gemmill in 
1904. I visited them in 1907. They are marked by 
small white marble headstones, which, though they must 
have been standing for ninety years, were as white as if 
set up that season. The inscriptions are : 

In memory of Andrew Proudfit, who died 30, March 
1807, aged 78 years." 

"In memory of Sarah Proudfit, who died 27, June 
1814, aged 76 years." 

(See Plate V.) 

Children of ANDREW PROUDFOOT (2) and Sarah 
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1. James (3) b. Nov. 8, 1760. 

2. Alexander (3) b. Mav 2, 1763. 

3. Janet (3) b. Dec. 30^1764. 

4. Agnes (3) b. Sept. 11, 1766, d. Aug. 15, 1769. 

5. David (3) b. Mch. 25, 1770. 

6. Robert (3) b. June 6, 1777. 

(The above record is from one in my mother's hand- 
writing. The record in the "larcre Bibfe" mentioned in 
the will of ANDREW PROUDFOOT, contains the names 
of the four sons with the same dates as here given, but 
omits the names of the daughters. I can find no fur- 
ther trace of Janet, nor can I account for the omission 
of the names of both Janet and Agnes from the old rec- 
ord. The fact that the Bible was bought nine years 
after the birth of the youngest child, when one, possibly 
both daughters had died, offers a not very adequate ex- 
planation.) See Appendix. 



JAMES PROUDFIT (3) 1760-1856. 



James Proudfit (3), oldest son of ANDREW 
PROUDFOOT, was serving under Capt. Travis in the 
War of the Revolution on his eighteenth birthday. He 
served for two months in three different years : 1777, 

1781, and 1782. He received a pension for his services 
from 1833 until his death, :\Iay 2, 1856. 

He must have left York County as soon as he was 
discharged, as, according to Crumrine's History of 
Washington County, Pa., he settled in that county in 

1782. He bought of Job Stout, December 8, 1787, 100 
acres of land in what was later Hanover Township. On 
this farm he spent the remainder of his life. 

He was justice of the peace for 34 years, and for 
many years an elder in the Crossroads Presbyterian 
Church. A man now living on the farm adjoining his, 
remembers hearing his parents talk of Elder "Jimmie" 
Proudfit. His granddaughter, Mrs. Jane Orr, who had 
reached adult age before his death, describes him as a 
small man with brown eyes and black hair. He was 
very fond of books and was deeply interested in the 
slavery question. She has seen him in his old age, when 
the Blanchard and Rice debates on that question were 



16 HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 

attracting public attention, rehearse to himself the ar- 
guments on both sides, enforcing' them with emphatic 
gestures and quoting the Scripture adduced by either 
disputant. "^ 

James Proudfit (3) m. Jane ("Wallace) Thompson, 
a widow. Children: 

1. Alexander (4) b. ^Ich. 20, 1790, became a physician, 

practiced at Hamilton City, near Cincinnati, 0., 
had a daughter Caroline, and perhaps other chil- 
dren. 

2. Jolm (4) b. May 2, 1792, d. May 20, 1882, m. Maria 

McCully. 

3. David (4) b. June 9, 1794, d. Oct. 28, 1818. 

4. Nancy (4) b. Aug. 31, 1796, m. John Moore. 

5. Jane '(4) b. Mch. 24, 1799. 

6. Sally (4) b. Dec. 11, 1801. 

Jane (Wallace) Proudfit d. May 15, 1808. James 
Proudfit (3) m. 2d. Sept. 20, 1809, Peggy :\Ierch- 
ant, b. Mch. 30, 1780, d. Nov. 21, 1811. Of this 
marriage was : 

7. Samuel (4) b. July 22, 1810, d. Sept. 30, 1817. 

James Proudfit (3) m. 3d, Jan. 6, 1814, Jane Mc- 
Laughlin, d. Jan 15, 1841. Of this marriage were: 

8. Mary Tate (4) b. Aug. 10, 1815. 

9. Margaret (4) b. Oct. 11, 1816. 

10. James (4) b. Oct. 25, 1818. 

Children of John Proudfit (4) and Maria McCully: 
1. Romaine Vinton (5) b. Nov. 13, 1825, d. Apr. 10, 

1836. 
2.^ Jane (5) b. Jan. 9, 1828, was graduated from the 
seminary at AYashington, Pa., 1849, taught for 
several years, m. George Orr, d. Jan. 19, 1911, in 
Crafton, Pa., leaving three daughters and one 
grandson. 

3. Nancy LeMoyne (5) b. Nov. 11, 1829, m. Thomas 

Carothers, now (1911) living in Holildays Cove, 
W- Va. Has two daughters. 

4. James Alexander (5) b. Nov. 13, 1831, d. Mch. 28, 

1899. Served in the Civil War. 

5. Charles Julius (5) b. Apr. 20, 1831, d. Mch. 14, 1860. 

6. David John (5) b. Mch. 9, 1837, d. Mch. 12, 1864. 

7. Elizabeth (5) b. Sept. 28, 1840, m. Campbell, d. Oct. 

4, 1907. 
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generally called Closes Proudfit, and so mentioned in 
Creis:h's History of "Washington County. 

(In the record of James Proudfit (3) kept at the 
Bureau of Pensions, his birthplace is given as Notting- 
ham Township, Chester County, Pa.) 



ALEXANDER PROUDFIT (3) 1763-1844. 



Alexander, second son of ANDREW PROUDFOOT 
and Sarah AVallaee, was born in Hopewell Township, 
York County, Pa. After the death of his father he occu- 
pied the old homestead at Proudfit 's Point, living in the 
log house shown in the frontispiece. (The stone exten- 
sion was added by a later owner, and covers the site of 
what was known to Alexander's children as "Grannie's 
House.") Proudfit 's Point was sold to ANDREW 
PROUDFOOT by Daniel Robinson in 1768. It is now 
owned by Archibald Hyson. Clark's Glade, which was 
willed to Alexander by his father and on which he may 
have lived prior to his father's death, is now owned by 
Thomas Waltemyer. 

Alexander Proudfit (3) m. Dec. 12, 1793, IMartha 
daughter of John (?) and Elizabeth (Jameson) Mc- 
Cleary, of Chaunceford Township, York County, Pa., b. 
Dec. 5, 1774. Children: 

1. Andrew (4) b. Aug. 13, 1795, m. Isabella Smith. 

2. Elizabeth (4) b. ^Ich. 2S, 1797, m. Hugh Sinclair. 

3. John (4) b. Feb. 28, 1797, m. Eliza Freshour. 

4. Sarah (4) b. Mch. 15, 1801, m. John Gillaspie. 

5. David (4) b. May 8, 1803, m. 1st, Margaret Gay; 

2d, Nancy ]\IcWilliams ; 3d, Jane IMcBurney, 

6. Alexander (4) b. May 2, 1805, m. Margaret Mor- 

row. 

7. Jane (4) b. May 15, 1807, m. Daniel Sinclair. 

8. Martha (4) b. May 9, 1809, m. Hugh Compton. 

9. Agnes (4) b. Feb. 1, 1812, m. William Campbell. 

10. Robert (4) b. Dec. 14, 1814, m. Eliza Cilley. 

11. Margaret (4) b. Oct. 24, 1819. 

All these children survived their parents. 
(Complete record of the descendants of Alexander 



18 HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 



and Martha [McCleary] Proudfit found in Part II.) 

Alexander Proudtit (3) was for many vears a rul- 
ing elder in the Associate Reformed Church, of which 
both he and his wife were exemplary members from 
their youth. While living in Seneca thev drove six 
miles to church every Sunday in all weathers, remain- 
ing for two services. The morning service consisted, be- 
sides the usual devotional exercises — prayer and' the 
singing of David's Psalms in Rouse's Version— of the 
**. Morning Lecture," described as the "Expounding of a 
passage of Scripture." In the afternoon service a for- 
mal sermon was preached. As the discourses of the 
Presbyterian preachers of that day were from one to 
two hours in length. Alexander Proudfit 's Sunday will 
hardly be looked on by his great-grandchildren as a day 
of rest. A regular Sunday evening exercise was the re- 
view of the Westminster Shorter Catechism. The father 
could propound the one hundred and eight questions in 
order from memory, and prompt any of the younger 
children who might hesitate in giving an answer* 

Although nothing approaching levity was per- 
mitted on Sunday, the home must have been a merry one 
on week daj's. :\Iost of the family were somewhat musi- 
cal. The father had a store of old songs and ballads 
with which he amused the younger children. In the self- 
taught fashion of the day, several of the sons played the 
violin and one the flute. The house was a gathering 
place for the young people of the neighborhood, who 
joined with those of the family in singing and dancing. 
The last named amusement was deemed an innocent di- 
version when practiced in a private house. 

Martha (^IcCleary) Proudfit was of gentle dispo- 
sition and very conscientious. She was in full accord 
with her husband's religious views, and aided him in 
training their children to value character above posses- 
sions, and to apply the same moral standard to all ranks 
end both sexes. She would never allow one of her cliil- 
dren to censure in her presence one of her children-in- 
law. Her grandson, Win. S. Proudfit, says: "She was 
very accessible to children, and not easily bothered by 
their questions as was her sterner half. When I was 
five or six years old Alexander and I lived at grand- 
father's one summer and went to school. Grandmother 
gave us much religious instruction; taught us prayers 
and religious sentiments. The following is a sample: 



HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 19 



Have communion v>hh one; 

Be intimate with few; 

Deal justly with all; 
Speak evil of none. 

"Praying will make us leave sinning, and sinning 
will make us leave praying." 
And this from the psalms: 

Do thou with hyssop sprinkle me, 

I shall be cleansed so. 
Yea, wash thou me and then I shall 

Be whiter than the snow. 

"My brother Alexander in his last hours repeated 
some of these sentiments." 

To her grand-daughter and namesake she used to 
sing: 

Martha McCleary is fat and fair. 
Coal black eyes and curly brown hair, 
Rosy cheeks and dimpled chin, 
Martha McCleary 's heart's bound in. 

She is said to have had dark brown hair, hazel eyes, 
and fair skin. 

She had two brothers, John and William, and one 
sister, Sarah, m. John Wood. 

A century ago the farmers of Hopewell Township, 
ignorant of proper methods of conserving and restoring 
the fertility of the soil, believed their farms to be worn 
out, and many left York County for newer sections. 
Western New York, styled "The Genesecs," was re- 
puted a very rich farming country, particularly adapted 
to the raising of wheat, then a very profitable crop. In- 
fluenced by these reports Alexander Proudfit removed 
with his family in 1817 to Seneca Township, Ontario 
County, N. Y. Two large covered wagons conveyed him, 
his wife, and ten children with their household goods, to 
their destination. They journeyed up the Susquehanna, 
which they crossed in ferry boats, stopping for the night 
at taverns. The change proved unfortunate, and a few 
years later the family again moved, this time to Coving- 
ton Township, Genesee County, N. Y. In 1833 three of 
the sous who had married bought farms in Erie County, 
Pa., and here Alexander, his wife and the younger mem- 
bers of the family lived for ten years on a farm two 
miles west of Edinboro, belonging to David Proudfit (4). 



20 HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 



Alexander F^roudfit (3) died at the home of his 
daughter, Mrs. William Campbell, Oct. 11, 1844. His 
wife died at the same place July 13, 1844. Both are 
buried in the old cemetery at Edinboro. 



DAVID PROUDFIT (3) 1770-1830. 



David Proudfit (3) was educated at Dobbin's Clas- 
sical School in Gettysburg.* He studied theology with 
Rev. John Jamison, and was licensed April 5, 1795, by 
the Second Presbytery of Pennsylvania. 

"With ^Matthew Henderson, Jr., he went on a mis- 
sionary tour to Kentucky in 1797. They took the road, 
passable only for horsemen, just constructed by Eben- 
ezer and Jonathan Zane, in accordance with an Act of 
Congress passed May, 1796. They endured great hard- 
ships, fording swollen streams amid floating ice, sleep- 
ing in the open air when they would wake to find them- 
selves covered with several inches of snow." 

After his return Rev. David Proudfit was ordained, 
Nov. 14, 1798, and installed pastor of Laurel Hill con- 
gregation, including Dunlap's Creek and East Liberty, 
Pa. After twenty-six years he removed to Crooked 
Creek, Muskingum County, 0., where he died June 11, 
1830. 

"During his ministry of 34 years he preached every 
Sabbath except two. On one of these high water pre- 
vented him from reaching his appointment, on the other 
he was unable to speak aloud from a cold. 

"He preached the last Sabbath of his life, though 
obliged to sit during the sermon from weakness, and 
died the following Friday." (From Rev. T. P. Proud- 
fit's Genealogy.) 

"The Rev. David Proudfit was a large man, six feet 
in height, strong and athletic ; deep through the chest, 
but slightly round-shouldered. He always lived on a 

• • In 1776 Eev. Alexander Dobbin erected the stone house 
now standing at the intersection of Washinf^ton street and the 
Emmetsburg road, close by the National Cemetery. It served 
as dwelling, academy, and church. It is the oldest Covenanter 
church building in this country, and is as strong as when built. 
(J. M. G.) 




REV. DAVID PROLDFIT3 



HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 21 

farm and was industrious in its management. He tes- 
tified to doing much of his sermonizing while at the plow 
or some other manual labor. * * * * j^ lover of 
music, he sang well and played gracefully on the violin. 
Could carry two parts, 'treble' and bass, of the dear old 
psalm tunes, with voice and violin. Loyal to his ances- 
try, much of his music was Scotch. Ilis sweet-toned 
violin and many remembered tunes descended to his son, 
Robert. The violin is now the valued and well-pre- 
served possession of his grandson, David ^Morrow Proud- 
fit." (From D. M. Proudfit's Genealogy.) 

David Proudfit (3) m. June, 1798, Sarah, dau. of 
"William and Jane (Morrow) Patterson. They had nine 
children : 

1. William (4), b. July 11, 1799, d. Aug. 5, 1862, m. 

Sept. 9, 1828, Susan, dau. of Thomas and Eliza- 
beth (Brown) Patterson. 

2. Andrew (4), m. Deborah Speer, d. Feb., 1852. 

3. David (4), drowned at the age of eleven while cross- 

ing a creek on his way home from school. 

4. Patterson (4), b. 1805, d. Feb. 26, 1878, m. Sarah 

Speer. 

5. Jane Morrow (4), d. unmarried in early womanhood. 

6. Sally Wallace (4), m. Henry Bonner. Two children 

d. in infancy. 

7. Mary Jane (4), m. David Long. Two children. 

8. Robert (4), twin brother of Mary Jane, b. 1811, d. 

June 21, 1890, m. Elizabeth, dau. of Samuel and 
Jane (Patterson) Wilson, m. 2d, Mrs. Mary Jane 
(Wilson) Campbell. 

9. David (4), b. 1813, d. Mch. 23, 1880, m. Mary Jane 

Walker. 
Children of William Proudfit (4) and Susan Patter- 
son: 

1. Elizabeth Brown (5), b. June 19, 1829, d. July 3, 

1902, unmarried. 

2. Sarah Patterson (5), b. Jan. 22, 1831, d. Apr. 21, 

■ 1891, unmarried. 

3. David L. (5), b. Mch. 24, 1833, d. Feb. 23, 1904, 

served in the Civil War, m. Elizabeth Thompson. 

4. Thomas Patterson (5), b. Mch. 3, 1835, m. Margaret, 

dau. of Edward and Catherine (Duncan) Carpen- 
ter. 

5. Mary Jane (5), b. Sept. 24, 1837, m. John Wilson, six 

children. 



22 HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 



6. John B. (5), b. Mch. 14, 1840, served in the Civil 
War, m. Fannie Barnet. 

William Proudtit (4) spent his life on a farm seven 
miles north of New Concord, 0. He was a progressive 
man. Used neither liquor nor toliaceo. His views on 
**book farming" and intoxicants would be up to date in 
Ohio to-day. 

Thomas Patterson Proudfit (5) was graduated from 
Madison College Sept., 1859. He had earned money for 
college expenses by teaching country schools. Studied 
theology in Alleglieny Seminary, and was licensed April 
15, 1862, by the ]\Iuskingum Pres)\ytery of the United 
Presbyterian Church. Was ordained and sent as home 
missionary to the Territory of Nebraska in 1863. Trav- 
eling facilities had improved since his grandfatlier went 
on a similar mission to Kentucky, but would seem primi- 
tive to the youth of to-day. He and his wife went by 
train from New Concord to St. Joseph, Mo. ; thence by 
boat to Nebraska City ; by hack to Omaha ; by stage to 
Fremont, and on a wagon load of lumber to North Bend. 
The journey required nine days of actual travel. 

His work here involved long horseback rides; two 
appointments for the same day would sometimes be 15 
or 20 miles apart. Three years of this life began to tell 
on his health, and he left the frontier. He preached for 
four years at Bethel, 111., eleven at Union, 111., and twelve 
at Taylorstown, Pa. With his wife, his daughter 
Blanche, and his son William, he now lives at 115 E. Ilal- 
lam Ave., Washington, Pa. 

Children of Rev. Thomas Patterson Proudfit (5) and 
Margaret Carpenter: 

1. Susan Catherine (6), b. Dec. 5, 1863, d. May 28, 1864. 

2. Alice Mary (6), b. June 29, 1865, m. Geo. Fraser. 

Issue (surname Fraser) : 

1. James Murray (7), b. Oct. 11, 1899. 

2. Vernon Proudfit (7), b. Feb. 17, 1902. 

3. Harold Carpenter (7), b. Aug. 9, 1904. 

3. Edward Hervey (6), b. Apr. 17, 1867, d. Nov. 8, 1872. 

4. Lillie Blanche (6), b. Jan. 7, 1869, has taught music 

in Tarkio College, Mo., and Knoxville College, 
Tenn. 

5. William Albert (6), b. Aug. 4, 1872, graduated from 

Muskingum College 1893; partner with his 
brother-in-law, Geo. Fraser, in The Keystone Fur- 
nishing Co., Washington, Pa. 



HISTORY OF THE PROUDF[T FAMILY 23 

6. Charles Patterson (6), b. June 30, 1874, graduated 
from Washington and JetYerson CoUege 189G, 
from Allegheny Seminary 1899. Now (1911) pas- 
tor of First United Presbyterian Church, Des 
Moines, la. ^larried May 14, 1907, Laura Grace, 
dau. of William Clark and ^Nlary E. (Davis) "SVar- 
nack. 
John B. Proudfit (5) has three daughters and one 
son, William Barnet (6), who married Margaret iMc- 
Alpine Dick. Issue, Surname Proudfit : 

1. John Negley (7), b. Oct. 26, 1907. 
Andrew Proudfit (4), son of Rev. David, had three 
sons, but one of whom lived to manhood : David Wallace 
(5), m. Mahala Fleming. Is a farmer near New Con- 
cord, 0. 

Patterson Proudfit (4), son of Rev. David, had six 
sons and five daughters. Of these seven died in infancy 
or youth. Two sons married: James (5) and John (5) 
were living in 1910. 

Robert Proudfit (4), son of Rev. David, had by his 
first wife seven children, four of whom died in child- 
hood. 
1. David Wallace (5), killed at the Battle of Shiloh. 

6. Samuel ^Mitchell (5), a physician, began a Proudfit 

Genealogy, died at the age of twenty-five. 

7. Mary Isabel (5), m. Thos. White, living (1910) at 

Jonesboro, Ark. 
Robert Proudfit (4) had by his second wife five chil- 
dren: 

8. Hugh Wilson (5), farmer. Bay, Ark. 

9. Andrew Patterson (5), Arenzville, 111. 

10. William Wallace (5), Kansas City, Mo. 

11. Robert Bruce (5), d. in infancy. 

12. David ^Morrow (5), taught for some years in Illin- 

ois and Arkansas, added to the Proudfit Geneal- 
ogy begun by his brother. Address (June, 1910), 
326 Randolph Bldg., ^lemphis, Tenn. 
David (4) (son of Rev. David), m. Mary Jane 
Walker. Children : 

1. Jane ]McCadam (5), m. Robert Boyd. 

2. David (5), living in the west (1910). 

3. James Walker (5), d. in early manhood. 

4. Sarah Patterson (5), m. Warren Crouch. 

5. Mary ]\Iorrow (5), m. Rev. Oliver Garland Brock- 

ett. They have two children. 



24 MISTOkY OK TFIK PROUDFIT FAMFLY 



ROBERT PROUDFIT (3), 1777-1860. 



"It^was the ambition of every old-fashioned Scotch 
family," says lau McLaren, "to raise one son for the 
ministry." 

We have seen that ANDREW PROUDP^OOT'S third 
son, David, was destined for this calling. While he was 
astudent at Dobbins 's Classical School he used to brini? 
his books home for study during vacation. Robert, then 
alad in his early teens, began studying these books for 
his own pleasure. When the older brother saw the in- 
terest taken he offered to help him, and so Robert began 
his higher education; and this family's quota of recruits 
for the ministry was doubled. 

Robert was sent to Dobbins 's School, and later to 
Dickinson College, from Avhich he was graduated in 1798. 
He studied theology in the house of his Uncle JAMES in 
Salem, N. Y., where his cousin, Alexander, as well as his 
uncle, gave him instruction. lie was licensed in 1802, 
April 20, and two years later, April 18, 1804, was or- 
dained and installed in Broadalbin, now Perth, N. Y. He 
preached there until 1818, when he was called to Union 
College, Schnectady, N. Y., as Professor of Greek and 
Latin. He remained in this position, active or emeritus, 
until his death, Feb. 11, 1860. 

His daughter, Sarah, wrote of him: "From the time 
he came to this college he preached almost every Sunday 
in some of the churches of the surrounding country. He 
often went to his old charge, 21 miles away. He was 
very strongly attached to them." 

Robert Proudfit (3) married Elizabeth Law, who 
came from Scotland when a young lady. They had six 
children. To the best of the recollection of the two sur- 
viving granddaughters the following is the order: 

1. James (4), unmarried. 

2. Ellen (4), m. Luke Newland, of Albany. 

3. Sarah (4), unmarried. 

4. Eliza (4), unmarried. 

5. David Law (4), m. Israella Hasbrouck. 

6. Robert (4), unmarried. 

7. Mary (4), d. in early childhood. 

Mrs. Ellen (Proudfit) Newland had five children. 
The only one now (1911) living is Mi.ss Helen Nev.'land, 
of Plainfield, N. J. Three great-grandchildren and three 



HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 25 

great-great-grandchildreu of Mrs. Newland are living. 

David law Proiidfit (4), born in 1811, entered the 
ministry in the Associate Reformed Church. lie died in 
1847, leaving two children: Elizabeth (5), who has been 
for many years interested in the work of Ilephzibah 
House in New York City, and in mission work in Sing 
Sing prison. Her present address is 49 E. 73d St., New 
York City. 

David Law, Jr. (5), served four years in the Union 
Army in the Civil War. After his return home he wrote, 
under the pen-name of Peleg Arkwright, and also under 
his own name for the "Century" and other periodicals. 
He published a volume of poems, "Love Among the 
Gamins," 1877, "Mask and Domino," a volume of 
poems, 1888, and "From the Chapparal to Wall Street," 
a novel, in 1891. He died in 1897. 

He married, July 8, 18G8, Frances iMarian Dodge, 
dau. of Rev. Orrin Dodge. Thev had three children: 

1. Edwin B. (6), now (1911) at 312 Park St., Westfield, 

N. J. 

2. Albert D. (6), with The Sterling Piano Co., New 

York. 

3. Herbert T. (6), 4 Holland Terrace, Montclair, N. J. 

There are now living three grandsons and five 
granddaughters of David Law Proudfit, Jr. (5). 



JAMES PROUDFOOT (2), and His Family. 



"The Kev. JAMES PROUDFOOT after itinerating 
several years, planting churches and nuturing them, ac- 
cepted a call from the Associate Church in Pequea, Lan- 
caster County, Pa. 

During the time he was pastor of Pequea he, like 
many other of the old time ministers, combined farming 
with preaching. He owned a fine farm of 193 acres in 
Salisbury Township, Lancaster County. 

Of the Eev. James Proudfit the Rev. Robert Proud- 
fit, D. D., his nephew, writes: "]Mr. Proudfit was a tall 
man, I think rather more than six feet high, and in the 
days of his health, was well-proportioned. Everything 
about his appearance and manners betokened gravity. 
I never heard of his being surprised even into an indis- 
cretion. 

"When the Associate Presbyterian and the _Re- 
formed Presbyterian Churches united, June 13, 17S2, 
forming the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 
he cast his lot with that denomination. In 1783 he ac- 
cepted a call from the A. R. P. Church of Salem, N. Y., 
where he labored till old age overtook him. In 1799 he 
had a paralytic stroke which terminated his labors. He 
is said to have been 'a highly instructive preacher,' and 
*a model of prudence, fidelity, and afllection.' 

"He died October 22, 1S02, in the seventieth year of 
his age, and the fiftieth of his ministry." (From the 
Proudfit-Patterson Genealogy.) 

Rev. JAMES PROUDFOOT (2) married, in 1759, 
Mary Fulton. To them were born in Pequea, Pa., seven 
sons: 

1. Andrew (3), m. Mary Lytle. They had eight sons 

and five daughters. Andrew was a merchant in 
Argyle, N. Y. 

2. John (3), m. Judith Roane. They had five sons and 

five daughters. John was a physician, settled in 
Norfolk, Va., d. 1812. 

3. James (3), studied medicine with Dr. Rush of Phila- 

delphia, unmarried. 

4. Daniel (3), (John J. Proudfit (5) Constantine, ilich., 



HISTORY OF TflE PROUDFIT FAMILY 2"? 

gives Dr. David as fourth son of Rev. James. 
Omits Daniel.) 

5. Alexander (3), m. Susan, dau. of Gen. John "Wil- 

liams. They had three sons and one daugliter. 

6. Ebenezer (3), m. Elizabeth Williams. Had four sons 

and two daughters. Ebenezer was a merchant in 
Salem, N. Y., d. 1813. 

7. William (3), unmarried, d. in Salem, N. Y. 

Rev. James Proudiit (2) married, 2d, Ann Houston. 
They had one daughter : 

8. Mary (3), m. John Reid. 

Children of Andrew and ^lary (Lytle) Proudfit: 

1. Jane (4), b. Aug. 27, 1786, m. John Hamill. 

2. James (4), b. Dee. 21, 1788, m. ]\[aria Kerr, lived in 

Argyle, N. Y. 

3. Andrew (4), b. :\Ich. 27, 1791, lost at sea, 1820. 

4. :Mary (4), b. Apr. 2, 1793, m. W^m. D. Haight. 

5. John (4), b. Mch. 10, 1795, killed by an Indian, 

1824. 

6. Hannah (4), b. Dee. 21, 1797, m. Ransom Stiles. 

7. Susan (4), h. Apr. 25, ISOO, m. Theo. Sheppard. 

8. Alexander (4), b. Apr. 2, 1802, m. Eliza Dunlap, 

lived in Stirling, N. Y. 

9. Ebenezer (4), b. Apr. 23, 1804, died in childhood. 

10. Daniel (4), b. Jan. 15, 1805, m. Juliette Holmes, 

lived in "Waunatosa, AYis. 

11. William Pitt (4), b. Oct. 12, 1806, m. Maria Free- 

man Jones. 

12. Margaret (4), b. Sept. 18, 1809, m. Thos. Whiteside. 

13. Hugh Peebles (4), b. Apr. 26, 1814, unmarried, lived 

in Sterling, N. Y. 

Gen. James Kerr Proudfit (5), son of James and 
Maria (Kerr) Proudfit, and Herbert Kerr (6), his son, 
are now living in Kansas City, Kas. Herbert Kerr 
Proudfit has two sons, James Henry (7) and Herbert 
K., Jr. (7). 

The family of Daniel Proudfit (4) lived for some 
years at Friend, Neb. His son, William Henry, is now a 
commission merchant in Denver, Col. He has two sons 
and a daughter, 

William H. Proudfit (5), son of William Pitt (4)^ 
and grandson of Andrew (3), named above, is head of 
the Proudfit Clothing Co., of Jamestown, N. Y. He 
served in the Civil War. 

Alexander, fifth son of Rev. James Proudfit, became 



28 HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 



an eminent divine. lie was widely known in the first 
half of the last century as Dr. Proudfit of Salem, or, 
more familiarly, "Old Sawney o' Salem." 

He was born in 1770; was graduated at the head of 
his class in Columbia College, New York, in 1792. He 
succeeded his father as pastor of the Associate Reformed 
Church in Salem, N. Y., which position he held for forty 
years. 

His sermons were greatly esteemed, and many of 
them were published. He was the author of several re- 
ligious works, the best known of which is, "The Ruin 
and Recovery of Man." His biography by John Forsyth, 
D. D., a volume of 484 pages, was published in 1855 by 
Harper & Brothers. He died in 1843. 

Children of Alex. Proudfit (3) and Susan Williams: 

1. John Williams (4), m. Abigail H. Rallston. 

2. JNIary (4), m. John Irvin. 

3. James Owen (4). 

4- Alexander Moncrieff (4), m. Maria B. . 

John Williams Proudfit (4), son of Dr. Alexander 
Proudfit of Salem, adopted his father's profession. He 
connected himself with the Presbyterian Church, and 
preached for a short time in Newburyport, Mass. He 
afterward became Professor of Latin in the New York 
University, and later Professor of Greek in Rutgers Col- 
lege. Died 1874. 

The priestly mantle descended in this line to the 
fourth generation. The two sons of Dr. John Williaius 
Proudfit both entered the ministry. The elder, Robert 
Rallston, was chaplain of the First Regiment New Jersey 
Volunteers, in the Civil War, and the younger, Alex- 
ander, was pastor of a Presbyterian church in Scranton, 
Pa., and later, in Baltimore, Md. 

Children of Ebenezer Proudfit (3) and Elizabeth 
Williams : 

1. John Williams (4), lawyer and judge of county, un- 

married. 

2. Mary (4), m. James A. McFarland. 

3. James E. (4), m. Jane Wells. 

4. Ebenezer (4), m. Margaret Burden. 

5. Alexander (4), m. Delia Williams. 

6. Susannah (4), m. George Shepard. 

Alexander (4), fifth child of Ebenezer (3), was a 
doctor of divinity, and preached at Saratoga Springs, 
N. Y., and Springfield, 0. 



ROBERT PROUDFOOT (2). 



ROBERT PROUDFOOT (2) settled on a farm in 
Hopewell, York County, Pa. His name is on the muster- 
roll of Lieut, I^IcKissick's company, organized in that 
county in the time of the Revolution. 

He married Mary ^NIcKittrick, but had no children. 
To an adopted son, Andrew Bennet, he willed his "plan- 
tation." He died in 1802. 



DAVID PROUDFOOT (2) and His Family. 



DAVID PROUDFOOT (2) came from Scotland with 
his brother Robert in 1/59, five years later than the older 
brothers, Andrew and James. He, too, settled in York 
County, -where some of his descendants now live. 

David Morrow Proudfit (5), in his Proudtlt Geneal- 
ogy says of him: "David (2) was a farmer of wonderful 
dispatch in business. He was an admirer of good black- 
smithing, and when he would see good work would com- 
pare it to the work of one William McKelvie, who was 
his ideal. He would say, 'That is just such a job as Billy 
RIcKelvie would do with his own iron.' " 

DAVID PROUDFOOT (2), m. Nancy Livingston. 
Issue (surname Proudfit) : 

1. Elizabeth (3), m. Shadrach Corbin. 

2. John (3), m. Elizabeth Lyle, settled in Washington 

Co., d. 1849. 

3. James (3), m. Catherine Smith. 

4. Robert (3). 

5. Andrew (3). 

6. Nancy (3). 

7. Mary (3), ra. John IMcCalmont, of Washington Co. 

8. Jane (3), m. John McAlister, of York Co. 

From the old family record of John Proudfit (3) : 
John Proudfit was born Jan. 28, 1775. Elizabeth Lyle 
was born Mch. 24, 1793. Married Apr. 2d, 1809. Children: 

1. David (4), b. Aug. 13, 1810, d. Sept. 19, 1813. 

2. John Lyle (4), b. Sept. 3, 1812, m. June 10, 1841, 

Eleanor Campbell. 

3. James Kerr (4), b. Apr. 21, 1815, d. Feb. 25, 1816. 

4. Eliza Jane (4), b. Jan. 2, 1817, m. Jan. 15, 1843, 

Arthur Campbell. 

5. Agness (4), b. Jan. 17, 1819, d. Aug. 15, 1826. 

6. Robert Fulton (4), b. Dec. 23, 1821, m. JaD. 18, 1849, 

Sarah E. Porter. 

7. Cinderella (4), b. Sept. 16, 1824, m. Jacob Proudfit, 

of Ashland, 0. 

8. William (4), b. May 10, 1828, m. Jan. 4, 1855, Cath- 

erine Riddile. 



HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 31 

9. Andrew (4), b. Mch. 20, 1831, m. Jan. 21, 1865, 

Elizabeth Porter. 
10. Eleanor (4), b. Aug:. 29, 1833, m. Thomas Shipley. 

John Lyle Proudtit (4) was a proiuiuent and success- 
ful business man of Burgettstown, Washington Co., Pa. 
Died Sept. 22, 1882. 

Children of John Lyle (4) and Eleanor (Campbell) 
Proudtit : 

1. Elizabeth (5), b. 1842, m. William Linn. 

2. Jane Ann (5), b. 1844. m. Dr. Wm. P. Taylor, living 

in Noblestown (1910). 

3. Martha Eleanor (5), b. 1846, m. John ^l. Moore. 

4. Amanda (5), b. 1848, d. at the age of two years. 

Elizabeth (Proudtit) Linn (5) lives in Burgettstown 
(1911), where three of her four sons are in business. The 
fourth is the Kev. James Patterson Linn, of Creston, 
Iowa. 

Children of Robert Fulton (4) and Sarah B. 
(Porter) Proudtit: 

1. Margaret (5), m. W. J. McNary of Smith Tp., Wash- 

ington Co. 

2. John Presley (5), m. Carrie Russell. Issue (surname 

Proudtit) : 

1. Ethel S. (6), b. Aug. 20, 1880. 

2. Alexander R. (6), b. May 3. 1883. 

3. Annie M. (6), b. Feb. 24, 1886. 

4. Robert F. (6), b. Mch. 5, 1888. 
Robert Fulton Proudtit (4) died Aug. 13, 1887. 
Children of William (4) and Catherine (Riddile) 

Proudtit : 

1. Elizabeth C. (5), m. T. M. Patterson, of Burgetts- 

town. 

2. Margaret S. (5), m. Dr. S. L. McCullough, of Frank- 

fort Springs, Pa. 

3. Andrew C. (5), m. Rowena McBride, a farmer. Ad- 

dress (1911), Bulger, Pa. 
Children of Andrew C. (5) and Rowena (McBride) 
Proudtit : 

1. William Rankin (6). 

2. Kathleen McBride (6). 

3. Andrew Stewart (6). 

4. Mary J. (5), m. Miller Russell, of Robinson Tp., 

Washington Co. 

5. Samuel R. (5). 

6. William R. (5), deceased. 



32 HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 

7. John Lyle (5), pastor of Presbyterian Church in Con- 

nellsville, Pa. (1911). 

8. Kate B. (5). 

Andrew (4), known as Andrew Jackson Proudfit 
("I think I added that Jackson myself," he confessed, 
with a twinkle of the eye. "Maybe you can guess my 
politics,"), carried on a farm near Burgettstown, Pa., 
until his death, Feb. 2S, 1910. 

He was a most genial and hospitable man, and an 
irrepressible joker. When I saw him at the age of 78 he 
manifested a buoyancy of spirit which a lad of 20 might 
envy. 

He left one daughter, Ida (5), now (1911) living 
with her mother on the home farm. 

The Proudfits descended from John (3) and living 
in Washington Co., have been generally identified with 
the Democratic party, and with the Presbyterian or 
United Presbyterian Church. 

In 1907 I met in York County two descendants of 
DAVID PROUDFOOT (2) : John McAlister Gemmill, 
and W. N. McAlister, veteran of the Civil "War, and at 
that time postmaster at Laurel, Pa. 

Other great-grandsons of DAVID PROUDFOOT 
(2) who served in the Civil War were Joseph Proudfit, 
Smith Proudfit, and Henry Clay Proudfit, all from York 
Co., David Proudfit McAlister (died in hospital), and 
John McCalmont of Bulger, Washington Co. 

John ]\rcAlister Gemmill, son of William and Agnes 
Proudfit (I\IcAlister) Gemmill, lives on the old Gemmill 
farm which has been held in that name for more than one 
and a half centuries, and which lies not far from Proud- 
foot's Point, the home of ANDREW PROUDFOOT (2). 
He has eight children: 

1. Annie (6) (Mrs. Ettlich). 

2. William H. (6). 

3. Albert V. (6). 

4. John M., Jr. (6). 
§. Florence (6). 

6. Roscoe (6). 

7. Chauncey (6). 

8. Norman (6). 

James Proudfit (5), of Pottstown, Pa., is of this line 
of Proudfits. 




J. M. GEMMILL 



3d -jy 



PART II. 



FAMILY RECORD OF ALEXANDER PROUD- 
FIT AND MARTHA McCLEARY 
(Continued) 



(For Record of their Marriage and Birth of their Children 
«ee Part I, page 17) 



1590386 
I. 

Andrew Proudfit (4), m. Nov. 26, 1823, Isabella 
Smith, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Mclntire) 
Smith, b. Aug. 13, 1803, in Seneca, Ontario Co., N. Y. 

Issue (surname Proudfit) : 

1. Elizabeth Mclntire (5), b. Mch. 9, 1825, in Friend- 

ship, Allegany Co., N. Y. 

2. Alexander (5), b. May 20, 1827, in Friendship, Al- 

legany Co., N, Y. 

3. William Smith (5), b. Dec. 26, 1828, in Friendship, 

Allegany Co., N. Y. 

4. John (5), b. Feb. 9, 1831, in Friendship, Allegany 

Co., N. Y. 

5. Leonard (5), b. Feb. 22, 1833, in Friendship, Alle- 
gany Co., N. Y. 

6. Martha McCIeary (5), b. July 17, 1835, in Franklin 

Tp., Erie Co., Pa. 

7. David (5), b. Dec. 10, 1837, in Franklin Tp., Erie 

Co., Pa. 

8. Robert (5), b. Sept. 26, 1839, in Franklin Tp., Erie 

Co., Pa. 

9. Andrew Jameson (5), b. Sept. 9, 1841, in Franklin 

Tp., Erie Co., Pa. 
10. Francis Trimmer (5), b. Mch. 15, 1844, in Franklin 

Tp., Erie Co., Pa. 
Andrew Proudfit (4) served as a volunteer in the 
"War of 1812. His company, under Capt. William Alli- 
son, was ordered out Nov. 7, 1814.* In 1817 he went 
with his father's family to Western New York. After 
his marriage he lived in Friendship, Allegany Co., N. Y., 
until 1833. In that year he moved with his family to 
Franklin Tp., Erie Co., Pa., where he bought a farm of 

•His return was fixed in the memory of his sister Martha 
by what seemed to the child's mind a domestic catastrophe. A 
few neighbors had come in to welcome the young soldier home, 
and while conversation was going on, a china cupboard fell with 
a crash, just missing the head of the small Nancy, who ran lo 
her mother crying, "It wasn't me!" An old man who was one 
of the callers was so amused that he kept chuckling at intervals 
during the rest of his stay, " *It was na' me/ quo' ehe! 'It was 
na' me,' quo' she." 



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S6 HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 



H. J. Iluidekoper. Here he farmed and practiced his 
trade of cooper until his children were grown, and here 
at the home of his oldest son, to whom the farm had 
been transferred, he died of pneumonia, Jan. 20, 1S75. 

He was a man of strong character, but not afreres- 
sive. His unquestioned integrity and absolute fairness 
commanded confidence, and his uniformly considerate 
treatment of others made enemies impossible. Sincrai- 
larly free from personal prejudices and petty weak- 
nesses, he was one of those rare persons whose friends 
find nothing to censure during his life, and nothing to 
excuse after his death. 

A quiet dignity of manner, and an intelligent in- 
terest in matters of general importance, gave the im- 
pression of a man of the world, though after he settled 
in Pennsylvania he rarely traveled beyond the limits of 
the county, and never made a journey by rail. His mind 
was open and receptive to the last. The habit of smok- 
ing, formed when a young man, he gave up after he was 
seventy years old, because he became convinced that it 
was injurious. 

He had a great fondness for flowers. My earliest 
recollection of a visit at "Uncle Andrew's" is associated 
with my first acquaintance with the gilliflower or stock, 
some plants of whicli were blooming luxuriantly where 
he had sown the seed in a hollow stump in his front door- 
yard. 

Isabella (Smith) Proudfit d. Jan. 30, 18G5, at her 
home in Franklin Township, Erie County, Pa. 

She was a woman of great energy and physical en- 
durance. Her life was undoubtedly shortened by grief 
and anxiety. Five of her sons had enlisted in the Union 
Army in the Civil War, and at the time of her death one 
had died of wounds, one been reported missing after a 
battle and not again heard from, and two had been con- 
fined in Southern prisons, the fate of one of whom — her 
youngest child — was unknown. 

Descendants of Andrew Proudfit (4) : 
1. Elizabeth Mclntire Proudfit (5), m. Mch. 11, 1847, 
Warren, son of Paul and Clarissa Marble, b. Jan. 
23, 1822, d. Jan. 15, 1852. 

Issue (surname ^Marble) : 
1. Alban Warren (6), b. Sept. 14, 1848, in Franklin 
Tp., Erie Co., Pa. Address (1907), Hamilton, 
Montana. 



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Albau Warren Marble (6), m. Sept. 14, 1S69, 
Amanda Lenora, daughter of ^ledad and Mary (Free- 
man) Hotchkiss, b. Dec. 2S, 1S49, in Crawford' County, 
Pa., d. Dec. 7, 1889, in Shelton, Neb. 

Issue (surname Marble) : 

1. Nora Elizabeth (7), b. Mch. 16, 1873, in Clay County, 

Kans., d. iMch. 14, 1874. 

2. Manton Medad (7), b. Aug. 25, 1875, in Clay County, 

Kans. 

3. Nellie Elizabeth (7), b. May 17, 1877, at Edinboro, 

Pa. 

4. Blanche May (7), b. Mch. 14, 1886, at Shelton, Neb. 

Nellie Elizabeth I\rarble, m. Dec. 23, 1897, William, 
son of Henry James and ]\Iary Ann (AVright) Richard- 
son, b. Jan. 16, 1865, in Yorkshire, England. 

Issue (surname Richardson) : 

1. Manila See (8), b. Dec. 29, 1898, at Hamilton, Ra- 

valli Co., ]\Iont. 

2. Harold Alban (8), b. Aug. 3, 1900, at Stevensville, 

Mont. 

3. Hazel :\rarie (8), b. July 9, 1902, at Hamilton, Mont. 

4. Anna Elizabeth (8), b. Aug. 31, 1904, at Hamilton, 

:Mont. 

5. Florence Opal (8), b. Aug. 25, 1906, at Hamilton, 

Mont. 

Blanche May Marble (7), m. May 26, 1906, Harry 
Joseph, son of William Hitchcott, b. Feb. 5, 1878, in 
England. Adress (1907) Hamilton, ]Mont. 

Elizabeth IVIcIntire (Proudfit) ^larble, m. ]May 2, 
1854, Charles, son of Ezekiel and Dimis (Van Ross) Bil- 
lings, b. Aug. 23, 1823, d. Oct. 3, 1901, at Edinboro, Pa. 

Issue (surname Billini^s) : 

2. Vernon B. (6), b. Feb': 11, 1855, Franklin Tp., Erie 

Co., Pa. 

3. Frank T. (6), b. Aug. 3, 1856, Franklin Tp., Erie Co., 

Pa. 

4. Archie (6), b. Dec. 4, 1859, Franklin Tp., Erie Co., 

Pa. 

5. Hugh Compton (6), b. Feb. 23, 1864, Franklin Tp., 

Erie Co., Pa. 

After her marriage with Charles Billings, Elizabeth 

Mclntire (Proudfit) Billings (5) lived on the farm in 

Franklin Township, now (1907) owned by her son 

Archie, until after the marriage of her children. Mr. 



38 insiORV OF TflE t'KOUDFIT FAMILY 

Billings retired from farming; in 1SS6 and moved to Ed- 
inboro, Pa., -where ]^Irs. Billings still lives. 

Vernon B. Billings (6) m. Sept. 23, 1879, Jennie 
^riranda, dau. of Alphonso Hiram and Jane (Miller) 
Irish, b. April 24, 1862, at Lockport, now Platea, Erie 
Co., Pa. 

Issue (surname Billings) : 

1. Charles Wilbur (7), b.^:\Ich. 19, 1881, Edinboro, Pa. 

2. Blanche Ellen (7), b. Jan. 8, 1884, Edinboro, Pa. 

3. Ralph Alphonso (7), b. Jan. 3, 1894, Edinboro, Pa. 

Charles "Wilbur Billings (7) was graduated from 
the State Normal School at Edinboro, Pa., June, 1900. m. 
tfune 17, 1903, Mabel Idyl, dau. of David and Joanna 
(Lawson) Cassidy, b. Apr. 12, 1880, at Brocton, N. Y., 
graduated from State Normal School, Edinboro, Pa., 
1900. 

Issue (surname Billings) : 
1. Joanna May (8), b. ]May 2, 1906, at Edinboro, Pa. 

Blanche Ellen Billings (7) was graduated from the 
State Normal School, Edinboro, Pa., 1904, m. :\rch. 21, 
1907, Harper George Rusterholtz, b. June 24, 1882, in 
McKean Tp., Erie Co., Pa. 

Issue (surname Rusterholtz) : 
1. Wallace Palmer (8), b. Mch. 21, 1909. 

Vernon B. Billings is now (1911) cashier of the Sav- 
ings Bank, Edinboro, Pa. 

Frank T. Billings (6). m. Apr. 12, 1881, :Mary, dau. 
of Elisha and Lydia (Eno; Mills, b. Oct. 12, 1856, Frank- 
lin Twp., Erie Co., Pa. 

Issue (surname Billings) : 

1. Inez (7), b. Feb. 10, 1852, in Franklin Tp., Erie Co., 

Pa. 

2. Andrew (7), b. July 18, 1883, in Franklin Tp., Erie 

Co., Pa. 

3. Nellie (7), b. Jan. 1, 1885, in Franklin Tp., Erie Co., 

Pa. 

4. Barnum (7), b. June 18, 1887, in Franklin Tp., Erie 

Co., Pa. 

5. Hattie (7), b. Oct. 29, 1889, in Franklin Tp., Erie 

Co., Pa. 

6. Ellen (7), b. June 18, 1892, in Franklin Tp., Erie Co., 

Pa. 

7. Harry (7), b. Jan. 17, 1900, in Franklin Tp., Erie 

Co., Pa. 



HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 39 



Address of Frank T. Billings (1911), R. D. 4, Edin- 
boro, Pa. 

Inez Billings (7), m. Apr. 26. 1905, Myron, son of 
James and Margaret Isabel (Lowe) Edwards. 

Issue (surname Edwards) : 

1. Lowe Frank (8), b. Mch. 12. 1906. 

2. Margaret (8), b. Mch. 20, 1908. 

Nellie Billings (7), m. July 12, 1905, Grant, son of 
Charles and Jane (Lockwood) LeSuer, b. Aug. 16, 1878, 
in "Washington Tp., Erie Co., Pa. 

Issue (surname LeSuer) : 
1. Helen Elizabeth (8), b. June 3, 1906. 

Barnum Billings was graduated from the State Nor- 
mal School at Edinboro, Pa., 1908. Is a teacher in the 
public schools. 

Hattie Billings (7), m. Mch. 17, 1910, Robert, son 
of John and Ellen (Swoap) Sundback, of Franklin Tp., 
Erie Co., Pa. 

Archie Billings (6), ra. Apr. 30, 1885, Lucretia 
Cooley, dau. of Solyman and Mary (]Marsh) Sedgwick, 
b. Dec. 1, 1862, at Waterford, Erie Co., Pa. 

Issue (surname Billings) : 

1. Kenneth (7), b. Oct. 12, 1888, in Franklin Tp., Erie 

Co., Pa. 

2. Arden (7), b. Apr. 27, 1892, in Franklin Tp., Erie 

Co., Pa. 

3. Neal (7), b. Mch. 26, 1900, in Franklin Tp., Erie 

Co., Pa. 

Kenneth Billings (7), m. Dec. 28, 1910. Flossie Ulo, 
dau. of Wilson B. and ^lary A. (Skelton) Alward. 

Archie Billings (6), now (1907) owns and occupies 
the farm about four miles northwest of Edinboro, on 
which he was born. 

Hugh Compton Billings (6), m. Sept. 16, 1884, 
Carrie, dau. of William Bentley and Mary Ann (Piatt) 
Goodrich, b. June 20, 1866. 

Issue (surname Billings) : 

1. Rose Opal (7), b. Apr. 2, 1888, at Edinboro, Pa. 

2. Paul (7), b. ]March 23, 1890, at Edinboro, Pa. 

3. Ethel Agnes (7), b. Oct. 3, 1895, at Edinboro, Pa. 
Address of Hugh Compton Billings (6) (1911), Ed- 
inboro, Pa. 

Alexander Proudfit (5), m. July 3, 1852, Harriet 
Elizabeth, dau. of Leonard and Sally (Kelley) Putnam, 
b. Dec, 1834, d. July 30, 1856. 



40 HISTORY OF THE PKOUDFIT FAMILY 



Issue (surname Proudfit) : 

1. Helen Estella (6), b. June 29, 1852, d. Feb. 22, 1860, 

in Franklin Tp., Erie Co., Pa. 

2. Frank Eugene (6), b. June 9, 1856, d. Sept. 16, 1856, 

in Franklin Tp., Erie Co., Pa. 
Alexander Proudfit (5), m. (2d) Jan. 1, 1857. Eliza- 
beth, dau. of Abner and IMehitabel (Talbot) Lay, b. 
Sept. 3, 1833, in Cambria, Niagara Co., N. Y., d. Sept. 

3. 1905. 

Issue (surname Proudfit) : 

3. Ethleen Exene (6), b. Sept. 9, 1857, in Franklin 

Tp., Erie Co., Pa. 

4. Mary Inez (6), b. Oct. 31, 1858, in Franklin Tp., 

Erie Co., Pa. 

5. Albert Menzo (6), b. Jan. 29, 1862, in Franklin Tp., 

Erie Co., Pa., d. Feb. 9, 1862, in Franklin Tp., Erie 
Co., Pa. 

6. David Grant (6), b. Sept. 12, 1864, in Franklin Tp., 

Erie Co., Pa. 

7. George Colfax (6), b. Sept. 4, 1868, in Franklin Tp., 

Erie Co., Pa. 

8. Arthur Ernest (6), b. Dee. 19, 1871, in Franklin 

Tp., Erie Co., Pa., d. Mch. 8, 1878, in Franklin Tp., 
Erie Co., Pa. 

9. Leo (6), b. Mch. 5, 1874, in Franklin Tp., Erie Co., 

Pa., d. Oct. 5, 1874, in Franklin Tp., Erie Co., Pa. 

10. Robert Bruce (6), b. Mch. 10, 1876, in Franklin Tp., 

Erie Co., Pa. 

11. Jessie Rachel (6), b. July 12, 1878, in Franklin Tp., 

Erie Co., Pa. 
Alexander Proudfit (5) died Sept. 24, 1906, on the 
farm which his father bought in 1833, and which he had 
owned for more than thirty years. 

Etlileen Exene Proudfit (6), ra. May 24, 1881, Car- 
son Lee, son of William Bentley and Mary Ann (Piatt) 
Goodrich, b. July 24, 1857. 

Issue (surname Goodrich) : 

1. Margaret Elizabeth (7), b. Dec. 20, 1881, in Wash- 

ington Tp., Erie Co., Pa. 

2. Donna Inez (7), b. Sept. 28, 1883, in Washington 

Tp., Erie Co., Pa. 

3. Nellie Isabel (7), b. July 30, 1886, in Washington 

Tp., Erie Co., Pa. 

4. Wilbur Bentley (7), b. Mch. 24, 1888, in Washington 

Tp., Erie Co., Pa. 



HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 41 

5. Harry Owen (7), b. May 14, 1892, in Washington 
Tp., Erie Co., Pa. 

Address (1911) of Mrs. Ethleen E. (Proudfit) Good- 
rich, R. U., Edinboro, Pa. 

Jlargaret Elizabeth Goodrich (7), in. June 1, 190-1, 
John Andrew, son of Wilson and Emily (Sedgwick) 
Marsh, b. Apr., 1881. 

Issue (surname Marsh) : 

1. Gail Andrew (8), b. Dec. 14, 1904. 

2. Ethleen (8), b. Aug. 5, 1906. 

3. James Elbert (8), b. July 26, 1908. 

4. Carson Wilson (8), b. Aug. 14, 1910. 

Margaret E. Goodrich (7) was graduated from the 
State Normal School, Edinboro, 1903; Nellie I. Good- 
rich and Wilbur B. Goodrich in 1906. 

Mary Inez Proudfit (6), m. Aug. 8, 1878, Charles 
Darius, son of Darius and Harriet (Jenkins) Caulkins, b. 
Feb. 11, 1852, at Sherburne, N. Y., d. Nov. 28, 1890, at 
Edinboro, Pa. 

Issue (surname Caulkins) : 

1. Emma Grace (7), b. Mch. 27, 1880, in Franklin Tp., 

Erie Co., Pa. 

2. Harriet Elizabeth (7), b. Apr. 9, 1882, in I<>anklin 

Tp., Erie Co., Pa. 

3. Frank Alexander (7), b. May 19, 1886, at McKean, 

Erie Co., Pa. 

4. Charles (7), b. Jan. 26, 1891, at Edinboro, Pa. 
Address of Mrs. M. Inez (Proudfit) Caulkins (1911), 

Edinboro, Pa. 

Emma Grace Caulkins, m. July, 1903, Virgil Rae, 
son of Lott Halnez and ]\rargaret (Brown) Henry. 

Harriet Elizabeth Caulkins, m. Dec, 1902, Clifton 
John, son of John Kepler and Ellen Lavina (Bellinger) 
Shreve. 

Issue (surname Shreve) : 
1. Grace Audine (8), b. Feb. 6, 1904. 

PVank Alexander Caulkins was graduated from the 
State Normal School at Edinboro, Pa., 1906. 

David Grant Proudfit (6), m. Mch. 9, 1883, Ruby 
Diana, dau. of Cornelius Thomas and Lauretta (Good- 
rich) Swift, b. Aug. 28, 1863. 

Issue (surname Proudfit) : 
1. Emraett (7), b. Oct., 1883, in Franklin Tp., Erie Co., 
Pa., d. Oct. 9, 1884. 



42 HISTORY OF TFIE I'ROUDFIT FAMILY 

2. Emma :\[ay (7), b. May 26, 1885, in Franklin Tp., 

Erie Co., Pa. 

3. Elsie Vera (7), b. Nov. 3, 1886, in Franklin Tp., Erie 

Co., Pa. 

4. Leonard Andrew (7), b. June 18, 1888, in Franklin 

Tp., Erie Co., Pa. 

5. Helen Ora (7), b. Jan. 16, 1892, in Franklin Tp., Erie 

Co., Pa. 

6. Mabel Lucile (7), b. Apr. 26, 1898, in Franklin Tp., 

Erie Co., Pa. 

Address of David Grant Proudfit (1911), Con- 
neaut, 0. 

Emma May Proudfit (7), m. July 30, 1903, Charles 
Monroe, son of James Monroe and Olive Eliza (Batche- 
lor) Darling, b. July 10, 1882. 

Elsie Vera Proudfit, m. Nov. 4, 1903, Charles, son of 
James and Anna (Waltman) Smith, b. July 10, 1SS5. 

George Colfax Proudfit (6), m. 1905, Lottie Daven- 
port. 

Issue (surname Proudfit) : 
1. Virginia Inez (7). 

(More than twenty years ago George Colfax Proud- 
fit began accumulating material for a Proudfit Geneal- 
ogy, but soon abandoned the undertaking. His papers 
were placed in my hands, and supplied a few facts which 
I had not found elsewhere. I\I. C.) 

Robert Bruce Proudfit (6), m. June 3, 1896, Edith 
Irene, dau. of Clark Franklin and Alice Cora (Harris) 
Amidon, b. Feb. 10, 1877, at McLane, Pa. 

Robert Bruce Proudfit was graduated from the 
State Normal School at Slippery Rock, Pa., 1S95, and 
has taught in the public schools since that time. Ad- 
dress (1911), Liberty Lake, Washington. 

William Smith Proudfit (5), m. Apr. 22, 1856, Sarah 
Jane, dau. of Jesse and Sarah (Campbell) Lewis, b. July 
1, 1836, in Washington Tp., Erie Co., Pa., d. Mch. 30, 
1857, at Edinboro, Pa. 

■ William Smith Proudfit (5), m. (2d) Harriet 
Amanda, dau. of Jessie and Sarah (Campbell) Lewis, b. 
Mch. 21, 1841, in Washington Tp., Erie Co., Pa. Now 
living at 623 E. 41st St., Chicago, 111. 

Issue (surname Proudfit) : 

1. Sheldon Lewis (6), b. Dec. 27, 1861, at Edinboro, Pa. 

2. James Maxwell (6), b. Mch. 30, 1864, at Edinboro, 

Pa. 



HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 43 

3. William Smith (G), b. Apr. 7, 1SG8, at Edinboro, Pa. 

4. Sarah Isabel (6), b. July IG, 1S73, at Edinboro, Pa. 

5. Ralph Campbell (6),b. June 25,1882, at Edinboro, Pa. 

AVilliam Smith Proudtit studied medicine in Cleve- 
land, but preferred pharmacy to the practice of his pro- 
fession and established himself in the drug business in 
Edinboro, Pa., in ISGO. For nearly thirty years he car- 
ried on this business in a building directly opposite the 
Presbyterian Church on ^^leadville St., occupying part 
of the building as a residence. In 1889 he removed with 
his family to Chicago, 111., where he died Dec. 5, 1910. 

Sheldon Lewis Proudfit (6), having fitted himself 
for the work at Oberlin, 0., taught music for a number 
of years in Cincinnati. Is now in Chicago. Address, 623 
E. 41st St., Chicago. 

James Maxwell Proudfit (G), m. June 9, 1896, Clar- 
issa Luella, dau. of Wellington and Josephine Amanda 
(Parmalee) Lincoln and Avidow of John Blackett, b. 
Sept. 27, 1871, at Ionia, Mich. 

Issue (surname Proudfit) : 

1. Josephine Harriet (7), b. ]Mch. 24, 1897, at Chicago, 

111. 

2. Helen Stewart (7), b. Dec. 29, 1899, at Chicago, 111. 

3. Sarah Frances (7), b. Dec. 8, 1902, at Chicago, 111. 

4. Margaret (7), b. June 10, 1906, at Chicago, 111. 

5. Priscilla (7), b. Nov. 25, 1908, at Chicago, 111. 

6. Jean (7), b. Nov. 24, 1909, at Chicago, 111. 

James Maxwell Proudfit studied law at the Univer- 
sity of ^Michigan and has practiced in Chicago since 1890. 
Residence (1911), 3436 Fulton St., Chicago, 111. Office, 
Security Building, Fifth Ave. and Madison St. 

William Smith Proudfit, Jr., m. Nov. 10, 1886, Mat- 
tie, dau. of Elizur and Hannah (Campbell) Goodrich, b. 
May 31, 1866, in Washington Tp., Erie Co., Pa., d. Jan. 
26, 1901, at Chicago, 111. 

Issue (surname Proudfit) : 

1. Bernard Maxwell (7), b. July 7, 1888, at Edinboro, 

Pa. Address (1911), Charles City, low^a. 

2. Russell Lee (7), b. Dec. 6, 1890, at Edinboro, Pa., d. 

Feb. 25, 1891. 

3. Kenneth Lewis (7), b. Nov. 29, 1891, at Chicago, 111., 

d. June 19, 1910. 

4. Ruth (7), b. Sept. 13, 1893, at Chicago 111. 

5. Naomi (7), b. Aug. 8, 1897, at Chicago, 111. 

6. Leona (7), b. Aug. 8, 1897, at Chicago, 111. 



44 HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 



William Smith Proudfit, Jr., m. 2d, Jennie Duns- 
mour Knox Gilmour Brown, dan. of Allen Columbia and 
Christina (Knox) Gilmour, adopted into a family 
named Brown, b. Aug. 13, 1877, at :\Ionkton, Aryshire, 
Scotland. 

Family residence (1911), 127 Silas Ave., Grand Rap- 
ids, IMich. 

William Smith Proudfit, Jr., is President of the 
Loose Leaf Company, 10 Lyons St., Grand Rapids, Mich. 
This concern manufactures exclusively the inventions of 
Mr. Proudfit, covering a wide variety of loose leaf 
binders. 

Sarah Isabel Proudfit (6), took a business course at 
the Chicago University, and taught for several years in 
the public schools of that city. She married Aug. 3, 
1903, William Henry George, son of William and ]^lelissa 
Jane (Williams) Roden, b. Feb. 4, 1868, at Glen Wil- 
liams, Ontario, d. 1907. 

Issue (surname Roden) : 
1. Alice Williams (7), b. Dec. 8, 1907, in Chicago, 111. 

Ralph Campbell Proudfit (6), m. July 23, 1903, Wil- 
helmina, dau. of William and Wilhelmina (Borett) 
Meier, b. Aug. 1, 1882. 

Ralph Campbell Proudfit and his nephew, Kenneth 
Lewis Proudfit, were killed June 19, 1910, while riding 
in an automobile. The ear was struck by an express 
train at an unguarded cro.ssing in Wildwood, a suburb 
of Chicago. 

John Proudfit (5), m. Apr. 29, 1869, Harriet Emily, 
dau. of John Augustus and C^larissa (Harrison) Culbert- 
6on. Address (1911), Edinboro, Pa. 

At the breaking out of the Civil War John Proudfit 
(5) was teaching in Texas. He made his way North 
with difficulty, and after reaching home enlisted Aug. 
13, 1862, in C\3. B, 145th Reg. Pa. Vols., with the rank of 
sergeant. Taken prisoner before Petersburg, June 16, 
1864, he was held in Andersonville and Camp Florence 
until Dec. 11, 1864, when he was paroled. Diseharered 
June 17, 1865. After his discharge he studied law in 
Erie. Was admitted to the bar April 26, 1876. Has held 
the office of justice of the peace in Edinboro for several 
terms. 

Leonard Proudfit (5) was an ordained minister of 
the United Presbyterian Church. He was educated at 
Waterford Academy (Erie Co., Pa.), Michigan Uuiver- 



HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMU.Y 45 



sity, and the Theological Seminary, Allegheny, Pa. Was 
ordained at Promise City, Iowa, Oct. 21, 1868. Was pas- 
tor of congregations in the following places successively: 
Corydon, la., Oreliard. Neb., and Dunbar, Neb.; and was 
stated supply at St. Charles, la. He died at his home in 
Clarinda, la., Nov. IS, 1906. His remains were taken to 
Edinboro, Pa., and buried beside those of his first wife. 

Leonard Proudfit, m. Dec. 27, 1859, Lovinna, dau. of 
James and Lydia (:\IcLellan) Port, b. Jan. 21, 1835, in 
Erie Co., Pa., d. Nov. 21, 1878, at Waterford, Erie Co., Pa. 

Issue (surname Proudfit) : 

1. Leon Roy (6), b. June 30, 1863, at AYaterford, Pa. 

2. Anna Belle (6), b. June 6, 1868, at Corydon, la. 

3. Nellie Effa (6), b. Feb. 4, 1873, at Corydon, la. 
Rev. Leonard Proudfit, m. 2d Harriet Gano, dan. 

of Alexander and ]\Iary (Gulick) Bain, b. Nov. 13, 1851, 
at Laporte, Ind. 

Issue (surname Proudfit) : 

4. Andrew Carlyle (6), b. Feb. 10, 1881, at Corydon, la. 

5. Helen Merle (6), b. Nov. 6, 1885, at Albia, la. 

Address (1911) of Mrs. Leonard Proudfit, Clar- 
inda, la. 

Leon Roy Proudfit is now living at Orchard, Neb., 
where he owns and manages a large stock ranch. 

Anna Belle Proudfit, m. June 12, 1903, Alonzo, son of 
John ^lartin and ^lary Ann (Christopher) Mickle. 

Issue (surname Mickle) : 

1. Leon Reese (7), b. Apr. 10, 1904, at Chariton, la. 

2. Robert :Maurice (7), b. Jan. 20, 1908, at Chariton, la. 

Address of ]\rrs. Anna Belle (Proudfit) Mickle 
(1911), Chariton, la. 

Andrew Carlyle Proudfit, m. Aug., 1902, Ida Belle, 
dau. of Samuel and Sarah Ann (Priest) Todd. 

Issue (surname Proudfit) : 
1. Phyllis Gwendolyn (7), b. Oct. 7, 1909. 

Address (1911) of Andrew Carlyle Proudfit, Clar- 
inda, la. 

Martha McCleary Proudfit (5), m. May 31, 1859, 
Charles Lewis, son of John Augustus and Clarissa (Har- 
rison) Culbertson, b. Mch. 7, 1832, at Edinboro, Pa., d. 
Sept. 4, 1910, at Edinboro. 

Issue (surname Culbertson) : 

1. Clarissa Isabelle (6), b. June 4, 1861, at Edinboro. 

2. Loua Mabel (6), b. Jan. 24^ 18G4, at Edinboro. 



46 UrSTORY OK THK PKOUDKIT FvMILY 

3. Harriet Emily (6), b. Sept. 10, 1SG5, at Edinboro, d. 

Oct. 22. 1870. 

4. Agnes Anua (6), b. Sept. 15, 1867, at Edinboro. 

5. Harry Ernest (6), b. June 23. 1870. at Edinl)oro. 

6. Mary Elizabeth (6), b. Aug. 5, 1872. at Edinboro. 

7. Andrew Augustus (6), b. Dec. 15, 1874, at Edinboro. 

Clarissa Isabelle Culbertson, ni. Dee. 26, 1883, 
Frank ilaxwell, son of Willard and Sarah (Adams) 
Pulling, b. Aug. 7, 1862. at Sherred Hill, Erie Co., Pa. 

Issue (surname Pulling) : 

1. Charles Everett (7), b. Aug. 1, 1885, at Sherred Hill, 

Erie Co., Pa. 

2. Agnes Merle (7), b. July 29, 1887, at Sherred Hill, 

Erie Co., Pa., d. Nov. 26, 1SS8. 

3. Margaret Louise (7), b. Sept. 8, 1893, at Sherred 

Hill. 

Charles Everett Pulling (7), m. Apr. 21, 1906, :\Iary, 
dau. of Scott and Ida (Armstrong) Brown, b. Jan. 3, 
1888, at Union City, Pa. 

Issue (surname Pulling) : 
1. James Brown (8), b. Nov. 6, 1910, at Cambridge 
Springs, Pa. 

Address of Mrs. Frank M. Pulling (1911), Cam- 
bridge Springs, Pa. 

Loua Mabel Culbertson, m. Aug. 13, 1885, Charles 
William, son of John and Louisa (Bertram) Dundon, b. 
Sept. 22, 1865, at Drake's Mills, Crawford Co., Pa. 

Issue (surname Dundon) : 

1. Helen Louise (7), b. Dec. 8, 1889, at Edinboro, 

Pa. Graduated from State Normal School at that 
place, 1907. 

2. Louis John (7), b. Jan. 17, 1892, at Edinboro. Grad- 

uated from Normal School at that place, 1910. 

3. Lynn Culbertson (7), b. Mch. 24. 1897, at Edinboro. 

4. Roscoe Charles (7), b. July 21, 1902, at Edinboro. 
Address of Mrs. Charles William Dundon (1911), 

Edinboro, Pa. 

Agnes Anna Culbertson was graduated from the 
State Normal School at Edinboro, Pa., in 1886. Taught 
for a time, but is now (1911), and has for some years, 
been assistant cashier of the Edinboro Savings Bank. 

Harry Ernest Culbertson is engaged in real estate 
and other commercial business. Address, Edinboro, Pa. 

Mary Elizabeth Culbertson was graduated from the 
State Normal School at Clarion, Pa., in 1892. Taught at 



HISTORY OF TFIE PROUDFIT FAMILY 47 

Conemaugh, Pa., Escanaba, Mich., and Redlands, Calif. 
Gave up teaching for business in 1903, and is now a 
member of the firm of Ilarley & Culbertson, ladies' fur- 
nishing store, 7 Valley St., Lewiston, Pa. 

Andrew Augustus Culbertson was graduated from 
the State Normal School at Edinboro in 1893, and from 
Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa., in 1901 ; m. Jan. 15, 
1908, Anna Giles, dau. of Isaac Robbins and Sarah 
(Giles) Reeder, b. Sept. 29, 1873; is now (1911) presi- 
dent and manager of The Culbertson Coal Co., Erie, Pa. 
OfQee, Downing Building. 

Mrs. ]\Iartha IMcCleary (Proudfit) Culbertson is 
now living in Edinboro, in the house which has been her 
home for nearly fifty years. 

David Proudfit,(5) enlisted in Co. C of a regiment or- 
ganized in Erie, Pa., in response to the call for "three 
months' men" at the opening of the War of the Rebel- 
lion, which regiment drilled for three months but was 
never mustered into the army of the United States. He 
was third sergeant in this company. At the expiration 
of his term of enlistment he re-enlisted, Aug. 26. ISGl, 
in Co. D. of the 83d Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, 
and was chosen sergeant. 

He was wounded June 27, 1862, at the battle of 
Gaines's ]\rill, and died in Philadelphia, Aug 5, 1862. Is 
buried in the old cemetery at Edinboro, Pa. 

David Proudfit m. Aug., 1861, Anna, dau. of Hugh 
and Mary Ann (^Vaidley) Ilaggerty, who married 2d, 
J. N. ]McCloskey and died in Meadville, Pa. 

Robert H. Proudfit (5) enlisted with his brother 
David, both in the Erie Regiment, and in Co. D of the 
83d Regiment. At the second battle of Bull Run, Aug. 
30, 1862, he was wounded and left on the field, where, it 
is believed, he died, as no later information could be ob- 
tained regarding him. 

Andrew Jameson Proudfit ra. Feb. 13, 1866, VTy- 
nette, dau. of Wynant and Mary Ann (Nodine) Stone, b. 
June 1, 1843, in Woodcock Tp., Crawford Co., Pa., d. 
Feb. 22, 1887, at Edinboro, Pa. 

Issue (surname Proudfit) : 

1. Charles (6), b. Apr. 25, 1868, at Edinboro, Pa., d. 

Mch. 26, 1893, at Edinboro. 

2. Robert (6), b. Oct. 18, 1877, at Edinboro, Pa. 

Charles Proudfit (6) m. Apr. 26, 1888, Margaret 



48 HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 



Waid, dau. of Charles AVesley and ^lary Jane (Hamil- 
ton) Benu, b. Sept. 28, 1867, at Tryouville, Pa. 
Issue (surname Proudfit) : 

1. Mary Wynette (7), b. Mch. 1, 1889, at Edinboro, Pa., 

was graduated from the State Normal School at 
Slippery Rock, Pa., 1909. 

2. Lucile :\rarguerite (7), b. July 31, 1890, at Edinboro, 

Pa., was graduated from State Normal School at 
Slippery Rock, 1910. 

Robert Proudfit (6), m. Apr. 29, 1902, Jeanette, dau. 
of Edmond and Ann (Douglas) Robbins, b. Nov. 2, 1878, 
at Ogden, Utah. 

Issue (surname Proudfit) : ' . 

1. Doris Wynette (7), b. Sept. 21, 1903, at Ogden, Utah. 

2. Phyllis (7), b. July 3, 1907, at Ogden, Utah. 
Andrew Jameson Proudfit (5), m. 2d, Mch. 12, 1888, 

Ida Georgina, dau. of James Philip and Eliza (Nodine) 
Crook, b. Oct. 25, 1852, at Erie, Pa. 

Under the firm name of Proudfit Sporting Goods 
Co., Andrew Jameson Proudfit and his son Robert do 
business at 351 Twenty-fourth St., Ogden, Utah. 

Francis Trimmer Proudfit enlisted in Co. B, 145th 
Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, which was mus- 
tered into service Aug. 26, 1862. He was taken prisoner 
at Ream Station, Weldon, R. R., Aug. 25, 1864. Was 
confined in Libby Prison, Belle Isle and Salisbury, 
Georgia, successively spending altogether over six 
months in southern prisons. Was discharged with his 
company May 31, 1865.* 

Francis Trimmer Proudfit m. May 13, 1875, Mary 
Elizabeth, dau. of Leander and Aliff Eliza (Fellows) 
Putnam, b. Feb. 8, 1848, in Franklin Tp., Erie Co., Pa. 

Issue (surname Proudfit) : 

1. Andrew Bruce (6), b. Aug. 3, 1888, at Edinboro, Pa. 

2. William Burns (6), b. Aug. 3, 1888, at Edinboro, Pa., 

d. June 13, 1908. 

3. Francis Trimmer (6), b. May 3, 1890, at Edinboro, 

Pa. 

Andrew Bruce Proudfit was graduated from State 
Normal School at Edinboro, Pa., 1906, and from Dart- 
mouth College, Feb., 1911. 

From 1875 to 1902, with a brief interruption in 

•In honor of the Civil War veterans of this family the Grand 
Army Post at Edinboro, Pa., is named Proudfit Post. 



HISTORY OF TFIE PROUDFIT FAMILY 49 



1S85, F. T. Proudfit (5) conducted a grocery business in 
Edinboro, Pa., where since his retirement in 1902, he 
still (1911) resides. 



II. 



Elizabeth Proudfit (4) m. IMay, 1843, Hugh Sinclair, 
son of Duncan and Christie (McXaughton) Sinclair, b. 
May 18, 1801, at Maytield, N. Y.. d. Aug. 17, 1874, in Cen- 
terville, Mich. Elizabeth (Proudfit) Sinclair was a person 
of uncommon energy and comamnding spirit. In her 
youth spinning and weaving were arts practiced in 
every farmer's household, and she was expert in both. 
It is said that in spinning wool she easily doubled the 
usual day's work. She was ready in conversation, and 
fond of the society of young people. A nephew reports 
a characteristic remark. She was asserting very posi- 
tively that under no circumstances would she have done 
as had one of her friends, when her nephew, knowing 
her uncompromising Calvinism, said, "But, Aunt Bet- 
sey, you know if it was foreordained that you should do 
so, you'd have had to do it." "I wouldn't," she re- 
torted, "I'd have broken the decrees first" — an answer 
that can be appreciated only by those who have been 
brought up under the full rigor of Scottish orthodoxy. 

The early part of I\Irs. Sinclair's married life was 
spent on her husband's farm in Moscow, Hillsdale 
County, Mich. About 18G0 they moved to Centerville, 
St. Joseph County, Mich., where she died May 18, 18G3. 
Her body was taken to Moscow for burial. 



III. 



John Proudfit m. Dec. 3, 1829, Eliza Freshour, dau. 
of John and 2klary (Angelberger) Freshour, b. May 15, 
1811, in Hopewell Tp., Ontario Co., New York. 

Issue (surname Proudfit) : 

1. William David (5), b. Sept. 23, 1830, in Hopewell 

Tp., Ontario Co., N. Y. 

2. John Alexander (5), b. Feb. 10, 1832, in Hopewell 

Tp., Ontario Co., N. Y., d. Sept. 29, 1842, in 
Branch Co., IMich. 
3. Martha Ann (5), b. June 18, 1834, in Hopewell Tp., 
Ontario Co., N. Y. 

4. Andrew (5), b. Apr. 13, 1836, in Hopewell Tp., On- 

tario Co., N. Y., d. Sept. 21, 1839, in Coldwater, 
Mich. 

5. George (5), b. Jan. 28, 1838, in Hopewell Tp., On- 

tario Co., N. Y. 

6. Charles Henry (5), b. Aug. 6, 1841, in Coldwater, 

Mich. 

7. A Son (5), b. Nov. 21, 1843, in Branch, Branch Co., 

Mich., d. Nov, 22, 1843, in Branch, Branch Co., 
Mich. 

8. Edward Alexander (5), b. Sept. 6, 1846, in Branch, 

Branch Co., Mich., d. Sept. 13, 1846, in Branch, 
Branch Co., Mich. 

9. John Freshour (5), b. Oct. 7, 1850, in Seneca Tp., 

Ontario Co., N. Y. 
10. Mary Eliza (5), b. Mch. 1, 1853, in Seneca Tp., On- 
tario Co., N. Y. 

John Proudfit (4) remained in York Co., Pa., for 
three years after his father's removal to Western New 
York. He then followed, making the journey on foot. 
After his marriage he lived for nine years on what is 
known at Algerine Street, in Hopewell Tp., Ontario 
County, N. Y. In May, 1838, he moved with his family 
to Branch County, Michigan, but finding the locality un- 
healthy, he returned, in September, 1845, to New York, 
settling in Seneca Tp., Ontario County, near the present 
village of Stanley. 




JOHN PKOUDFITt 



HISTORY OF THE I'ROUDFIT FAMH Y 51 

He was a cooper by trade, but after his return to 
New York iu 1845 he followed fanning. 

Like his father, he was a staunch Presbyterian, and 
was a member of the Associate Reformed branch until it 
was merged in the United Presbyterian Church. He 
then, with the organization in Seneca Tp., of which he 
was a member, known as the "No. 9 Church," joined the 
General Assembly Presbyterians. In politics, he was a 
lifelong and earnest adherent of the Democratic party. 
He was a man of genial disposition and made many 
warm friends. His fondness for a joke was one of his 
most conspicuous traits. 

He died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. James 
Hutchinson, Dec. 27, 1889. 

Eliza (Freshnour) Proudfit died June 18, 1880. 

The present whereabouts of William David Proud- 
fit (5), if living, is unknown. He was last heard from 
just before the breaking out of the Civil War, at Mem- 
phis, Tenn. 

Martha Ann Proudfit (5) m. Jan. 3, 1863, James 
Hutchinson, son of Ralph and Jane (Fallowfield) Hutch- 
inson, b. Jan. 6, 1825, in Cumberland, Cumberland 
County, England, d. Sun., June 19, 1910, in Stanley, N. Y. 

Issue (surname Hutchinson) : 

1. Jane (6), b. Nov. 28, 1863, near Stanley, Ontario Co., 

N. Y. 

2. John (6), b. July 28, 1866, near Stanley, Ontario Co., 

N. Y. 

3. Eliza (6), b. Feb. 12, 1868, near Stanley, Ontario Co., 

N. Y. 

Mrs. Martha Ann (Proudfit) Hutchinson now 
(1911) lives on the farm near Stanley, N. Y., which she 
and her husband have occupied for many years, and 
which is at present managed by their son, John Hutchin- 
son (6). 

Jane Hutchinson (6) m. June 18, 1891, Joseph, son 
of Frederick and Rebekah (Burrage) Cooper, b. Apr. 21, 
1862, in England. 

Issue (surname Cooper) : 

1. James Frederic (7), b. Aug. 28, 1894, in Stanley, 

N. Y. 

2. Floyd Temple (7), b. May 16, 1897, in Stanley, N. Y. 

3. Harold Joseph (7), b. Aug. 15, 1906, in Stanley, N. Y. 

Address of Joseph and Jane (Hutchinson) Cooper 
(1911), Stanley, N. Y. 



62 HESTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 



John Hutchinson m. Feb. 15, 1893, Ada. dau. of 
John Williams and Julia Etta (Wickwire) Putnam, b. 
Kov. 1, 1871, in Canada. 

Issue (surname Hutchinson) : 

1. Ina May (7), b. July 10, 1S94, at Stanley, N. Y. 

2. IMabel Louise (7), b. Jan. 23, 1897, at Stanley, N. Y. 

3. James George (7), b. Sept. 2, 1898, at Stanley, N. Y. 

4. :yrartha Julia (7), b. Dec. 20, 1899, at Stanley, N. Y. 

5. Charlotte E. (7), b. Jan. 18, 1911, at Stanley, N. Y. 
Address of John Hutchinson (1908), Stanley, N. Y. 
Eliza Hutchinson (6), m. Dec. 10, 1885, John Philip, 

son of John and Ann (Oliver) Williams, b. Oct. 15, 18b3, 
in Bedfordshire, Eng. 

George Proudfit (5) m. July 16, 1868, Maggie Her- 
indeen. 

Issue (surname Proudfit) : 

1. Dora Nell (6), b. July 7, 1864. 

2. William E. (6), d. at the age of 1 yr. 9 mos. 15 days. 

George Proudfit (5), on Aug. 26, 1861, entered the 
United States service as captain of Co. K, 8th ]\Iich. Inf., 
and resigned Dec. 3, 1862. He died June 18, 1880, at 
Jackson, Mich. His wife had died about six years before. 

Charles Henry Proudfit (5), on July 28, 1862, en- 
listed as corporal in Co. F, 126th N. Y. Inf. He lost his 
left arm ISlay 6, 1864, in the battle of the Wilderness. 
AVas discharged Dec. 24, 1864. Notwithstanding his dis- 
ability he worked for a number of years at farming, and 
later at house painting. He married Jan. 23, 1877, Lil- 
lian Estella, dau. of Andrew Jackson and Harriet Short 
(Barlow) Ilanna, b. Feb. 20, 1852, at Clifton Springs, N. 
Y. Their present address (1911) is 35 Darien St., Roch- 
ester, N. Y. 

• John Freshour Proudfit (5) m. June 5, 1869, Docia 
Elizabeth, dau. of George Washington and Alice (Peper) 
Baker, b. July 26, 1852, at Geneva, N. Y. 

Issue (surname Proudfit) : 
1' P>anklin John (6), b. Apr. 25, 1871, in Geneva, N. Y., 
d. Sept. 2, 1871, in Geneva, N. Y. 

2. Alice Mary (6), b. Sept. 26, 1872, in Geneva, N. Y. 

3. Dora Eliza (6), b. Aug. 6, 1876, in Geneva, N. Y., d. 

Aug. 22, 1880, in Geneva, N. Y. 

4. Doris Goldman (6), b. Apr. 12, 1894, in Geneva, N. Y. 

John Freshour Proudfit (5) has been for many years 
a traveling salesman. His home since marriage has been 
in Geneva, N. Y. 



HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 53 

Alice Mary Proudfit (6) m. Nov. 23, 1904, Victor 
Hugo, son of Seymour Lyman and IMartha (Branan) 
Harrell, b. June 24, 1876, at Cambridge, N. Y. Now 
(190S) living in Rochester, N. Y. 

Mary Eliza Proudfit (5) m. Dee. 9, 1873, John 
Henry, son of John Garrett and Eliza (Kierstead) Van 
Riper, b. Aug. 27, 1846, in Webster, ^lich. 
Issue (surname Van Riper) : 

1. Charles LeRoy (6), b. Nov. 16, 1875, in Gorham Tp., 

Ontario Co., N. Y. 

2. Clayton Peter (6), b. Dec. 20, 1877, in Gorham Tp., 

Ontario Co., N. Y. 

Mr. and ]\Irs. John H. Van Riper are now (1911) 
living in Stanley, N. Y. 

Charles LeRoy Van Riper m. Nov. 9, 1898, Flora Ca- 
dema, dau. of Edgar and Alice (Stokes) Phillips, b. June 
8, 1876, in Gorham Tp., Ontario Co., N. Y. 

Issue (surname Van Riper) : 
1. Pearl Irene (7), b. Aug. 5, 1899. 

Charles LeRoy Van Riper, d. July 1, 1899, in Gor- 
ham Tp., Ontario Co., N. Y. 

Clayton Peter Van Riper (6) m. Jan. 1, 1901, Mrs. 
Flora Cadema (Phillips) Van Riper. Address (1908), 
Newark, N. Y. 



IV. 

Sarah Proudfit (4), m. Sept. 3, 1831, in Peoria, Gen- 
essee Co., N. Y., John Gillespie, son of Richard and 
Martha (Mcllvain) Gillespie, b .Dec. 24, 1806, in Hebron, 
Washington Co., N. Y. 

Issue (surname Gillespie) : 

1. Martha Elizabeth (5) b. Aug. 24, 1834, in Peoria, 

Genessee Co., N. Y. 

2. John Alexander (5), b. July 5, 1837, in Peoria, Gen- 

essee Co., N. Y. 

3. William Henry (5), b. Mch. 29, 1840, in Moscow, 

Hillsdale Co., Mich. 

Mrs. Sarah (Proudfit) Gillespie spent the first years 
of her married life at the little village of Five Corners, 
in the town of Peoria, Genesee Co., N. Y. In ^lay, 1839, 
she removed to Hillsdale County, ^Michigan. The family 
made their home for a time in the town of ^'vloscow, but 
efterward settled in Mosherville. In this village the re- 
mainder of her life was spent. 

She was a quiet, unaggressive woman, whose life ex- 
emplified the religious precepts in which she was in- 
structed in her youth. She spent herself without stint in 
the service of her family until attacked by the short ill- 
ness from which she died, January 6, 1865. 

John Gillespie died March 22, 1872, in Montgomery, 
Hillsdale Co., Mich. 

Martha Elizabeth Gillespie (5), m. June 3, 1858, in 
Mosherville, Mich., Abial Wesley, son of Ira and Lydia 
(Wicks) Tripp, b. Oct. 9, 1833, in Jefferson Co., N. Y. 

Issue (surname Tripp) : 

1. Frank Ira (6), b. Oct. 27, 1859, in Mosherville, Hills- 

dale Co., Mich. 

2. Alice Sarah (6), b. Nov. 1, 1863, in Bay City, Mich., 

d. Aug. 4, 1865. 

Mrs. Martha Elizabeth (Gillespie) Tripp now lives 
(1911) with her son at 202 Maple Ave., E. Jackson, Mich. 

John Alexander Gillespie (5), m. May 8, 1860, 
Amanda Malvina, dau. of John and Irene (Ashley) Wei- 




SARAH (PKOUDFIT) GILLESPIE 



HISTORY OF THE PROUOFIT FAMILY 55 

don, b. Apr. 24, 1S41, in Columbia Co., N. Y., d. Aug. 2:^, 
1872, at Mosherville, Mich. 

Issue (surname Gillespie) : 

1. Winfield Seott (GT, 1). July 8, 11861, at Moshervil>e, 

^lich. 

2. Edwin Guain (6), b. Aug. 29, 1863, at Mosherville, 

Mich. 

3. Rena May (6), b. June 30, 1866, at Mosherville, 

Mich., d. June 14, 1873, at ]\Iosherville, :\Iich. 

4. Martha Ann (6), b. Mch. 1, 1869, at Mosherville, 

Mich. 

5. Sarah Alice (6), b. Apr. 13, 1872, at Mosherville, 

Mich., d. Sept. 11, 1872, at Mosherville, Mich. 
Edwin Guain Gillespie (6), ra. Feb. 6, 1895, at Jones- 
ville, Mich., Anna Evalyn, dau. of Samuel Jason and 
Emma (Gregory) Monsell, b. Nov. 2, 1874, at Jonesville, 
Mich. 

Issue (surname Gillespie) : 

1. Edwin Leonard (7), b. May 14, 1896, at Jonesville, 

Mich. 

2. Irene May (7), b. Feb. 6, 1898, at Jonesville, Mich. 

3. Marian (7), b. Dec. 28, 1905, at Jonesville, Mich. 

William Henry Gillespie (5), m. Oct. 9, 1862, Eliza- 
beth ^laria, dau. of Thomas and Martha (Everingham) 
French, b. Nov. 15, 1839, in Scipio, Hillsdale Co., Mich. 

Issue (surname Gillespie) : 

1. Thomas Clarke (6), b. Feb. 26, 1865, in Mosherville, 

,Mich.. d. Mch. 24, 1884, in Mosherville, Mich. 

2. Minnie Almiua (6), b. Apr. 29, 1868, in Mosherville, 

Mich. 

3. William Andrew (6), b. June 7, 1870, in Mosherville, 

Mich. 

William Henry Gillespie (5) has been for many 
years a dealer in boots and shoes in JMosherville, Mich. 

Minnie Almina Gillespie (6) m. Nov. 17, 1897, Harry 
Buck, son of Judson and Jane (Turner) Harwood, b. 
June 2, 1871, in St. Louis, Mich. 

Issue (surname Harwood) : 

1. Ralph Emerson (7), b. June 30, 1900, at Mosherville, 

Mich., d. July 3, 1900, at Mosherville, Mich. 

2. George Leslie (7), b. Aug. 2, 1901, at Mosherville, 

Mich. 

3. Clifford Jay (7), b. Dec. 9, 1905, at Mosherville, 

Mich. 



66 HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 



Mrs. Minnie Almina (Gillespie) Harwood (6) d. 
July 3, 1907, in Mosherville, Mich. 

William Andrew Gillespie (6), ni. Mch. 15, 1892, in 
Mosherville, Mich., Eunice, dau. of George and Elizabeth 
(Knapp) Springer, b. Apr. 1, 1869, in Cambria, Hillsdale 
Co., Mich. 

Issue (surname Gillespie) : 

1. Hazel Marie (7), b. Oct. 4, 1S93, at Mosherville, Mich. 

2. William Howard (7), b. Feb. 19, 1895, at Mosher- 

ville, Mich. 
8. Gladys Elizabeth (7), b. Oct. 6, 1902, at Mosherville, 
Mich. 




DAVID PROCDFITi 



V. 

David Proudfit (4) m. Jan. 22, 1835, Margaret Gay, 
who died about June, 1S36. 
Issue (surname Proudfit) : 

1. James Maxwell (5), b. Dec. 17, 1835, d. Feb. 8, 1842, 

near Edinboro, Pa. 

According to the testimony of all who remember 
him, "]\IaxweU" was a child of uncommonly attractive 
personality. In suggesting that something more than a 
mere mention would not be inappropriate to his memory, 
"Vvllliam S. Proudfit, Sr., of Chicago, writes: "You can 
judge how I regarded him, when I named my boy after 
him, twenty years after his death. He was the most 
amiable and lovelv child I ever knew.") 

David Proudfit (4), m. (2d) Nancy Ann McWil- 
liams, dau. of John and Hannah (Campbell) McWilliams, 
b. July 14, 1814, at Edinboro, Pa., d. Jan. 18, 1852, in 
Mercer, Pa. 

Issue (surname Proudfit) : 

2. Francis Marion (5), b. May 2, 1843, in Washington 

Tp., Erie Co., Pa. 

3. IMartha Hannah (5), b. Oct. 8, 1846, in Mercer, Pa. 

4. Mary Jane (5), b. Dec. 2, 1848, in Mercer, Pa. 

5. John Alexander (5), b. Jan. 9, 1852. in Mercer, Pa. 

David Proudfit (4), m. (3d) Apr. 27, 1854, Jane Mc- 
Burney, dau. of John and ^lary (Francis) McBurney, b. 
in 1816, in Ireland, d. Sept. 5, 1881, in Wyoming, Iowa. 

Issue (surname Proudfit) : 

6. Thomas Andrew (5), b. Feb. 8, 1855, in Mercer, Pa. 

7. James McDonald (5), b. Feb. 12, 1859, in Merger, Pa., 

d. Jan. 9, 18G3, in Mercer, Pa. 

David Proudfit (4) moved in 1833 from Western 
New York to Washington Tp., Erie Co., Pa., where he 
owned a small farm about two miles west of Edinboro, 
and worked at his trade of cooper. About 1845 he moved 
to Mercer, Pa., where the rest of his life was spent. 

He was a member of the Associate Reformed (later 
United Presbyterian) Church, and his principal motive 
in changing his residence to Mercer was his desire to be 
near an organization of that denomination. His life was 



58 HISTORV OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 

governed most strictly by his religious convictions. An 
incident is told illustrating his careful observance of the 
Covenanter Sabbath. A neighbor stopped on his ^vay 
home from church one Sunday to ask I\Ir. Proudtit, who 
was always ready to do a favor, if he would lend him a 
harness next morning, when he wished to make an early 
start for Erie. "Call in the morning and I'll tell you," 
was IMr. Proudfit's answer. He died at his home in Mer- 
cer, Jan. 2, 1866. 

Francis Marion Proudfit (5) enlisted in April, 1861, 
in Co. G., Tenth Pennsylvania Reserves, and was killed 
May 9, 1864, in the battle of the Wilderness. 

Martha Hannah Proudfit (5) m. Oct. 21, 1868, at 
Centerville, I\Iich., William Henry, son of George and 
Melinda (Byerly) Shaffer, b. Jan. 18, 1841, at Meadville, 
Pa., d. Mch. 31, 1901, at Meadville, Pa. 

Issue (surname Shaffer) : 
1. Linda Ann (6), b. Jan. 29, 1870. at Meadville, Pa., ra. 
June 2. 1897, Ward Augustus, son of Orville 
Parker and Abigail Augusta (Wells) Dana, b. 
Mch. 25, 1869, at Little Genesee, N. Y. 

Mrs. Martha Hannah (Proudfit) Shaffer and ]Mr. and 
Mrs. Ward A. Dana are now (1911) living at 759 N. 
Park Ave., Meadville, Pa. 

Mary Jane Proudfit (5), m. Dec, 1870, George, son 
of Isaac R. and Eleanor (Reeder) Taylor. 

Issue (surname Taylor) : 
1. Paul (6), b. Oct. 1, 1871, at Bartlett, Tenn., m. Zella 
I^Iay White. 

Issue (surname Taylor) : 
1. Cecil Ward (7). 

Thomas Andrew Proudfit (5), m. Oct. 15, 1877, at 
Wyoming, Iowa, Sarah Hester Belle McCready, dau. of 
John Richard and iMary (W^illiams) McCready, b. Sept. 
16, 1857, in Ohio. 

Issue (surname Proudfit) : 

1. Jessie Elizabeth (6), b. July 30, 1878, near Mon- 

mouth, Iowa. 

2. Charles Arthur (6), b. Oct. 5, 1880, near Monmouth, 

Iowa. 

3. Winifred Llay (6), b. June 22, 1892, near Elliott, 

Calif. 

4. Benjamin George (6), b. Sept. 29, 1894, near Elliott, 

Calif. 
Thomas Andrew Proudfit is now (1911) living in 



HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 59 

Escalon, San Joaquin Co., Calif., where he owns and man- 
ages a large wheat farm. Address, Escalon, San Joaquin 
Co., Calif. 

Jessie Elizabeth Proudfit (6), m. Aug. 31, 1899, near 
Escalon, Calif., Andrew Roby ]\Ioore, son of Thomas i\I. 
and Mary (Chedister) Moore, b. July 18, 1877, near 
Stockton, Calif. 

Issue (surname !Moore) : 

1. Alta ^lildred (7), b. Aug. 26, 1900, near Escalon, 

Calif. 

2. Velma Pearl (7), b. Dec. 30, 1901, near Escalon, Calif. 

3. Charles Homer (7), b. Sept. 23, 1903, near Escalon, 

Calif. 

Charles Arthur Proudfit (6) m. Aug. 25, 1907, at 
Farmington, Calif., Ethel Acker. 

Issue (surname Proudfit) : 
1. Mavis Clair (7), b, Aug. 7, 1909. 



VI. 

Alexander Proudfit (4) m. Feb. 21, 1833, Margaret 
Morrow, b. 1809, d. Sept. 6, 1892, at the home of her old- 
est son, Oskaloosa, la. 

Issue (surname Proudfit) : 

1. John Alexander (5), b. May 2, 1834. 

2. Mary (5), b. 1836. 

3. Andrew James (5), b. 1848. 

■ . Alexander Proudfit (4) went from western New 
York to Pennsylvania in 1S33, and settled on a farm in 
Franklin Tp., Erie Co., near his brother Andrew. Find- 
ing the labor of clearing a farm in that locality greater, 
and the soil less productive than he had expected, he re- 
mained but a year or two, going to Hillsdale Co., Mich., 
where he lived until some time after 1850. He then 
moved to ^It. Vernon, Ohio, but was caught in the cur- 
rent of emigration which set so strongly in the fifties 
to the states west of the Mississippi, and in 1857 moved 
with his family to Oskaloosa, Iowa. They made the en- 
tire journey with teams, the household goods being car- 
ried in a "prairie schooner," and the women driving in 
a single carriage. His oldest son had preceded him, and 
was already in business in Oskaloosa. Alexander Proud- 
fit died of gastritis, Dec. 26, 1859, at Oskaloosa. 

John Alexander Proudfit (5) m. 1865, Sarah E., 
dau. of Robert and ]Mary Ann (Gilmore) Beatty, b. 
1843, in Cadiz, Harrison Co., Ohio, now (1908) living in 
Oskaloosa. 

Issue (surname Proudfit) : 

1. Kate Morrow (6), b. 1865, in Oskaloosa, Iowa, d. 

1888, in Oskaloosa, Iowa. 

2. Ralph Alexander (6), b. 1867, in Oskaloosa, Iowa, 

3. Arthur L. (6), b. 1871, in Oskaloosa, Iowa, d. 1873, 

in Oskaloosa, Iowa. 

4. INlary Gay (6), b. 1876, in Oskaloosa, Iowa. 
6. Beattie (6), b. 1879, in Oskaloosa, Iowa. 

Ralph Alexander Proudfit m. 1894, Gertrude, dau. 
of James ^^IcClelland and Susannah (Cissna) Adams, b. 
1872, in Iowa. 

Issue (surname Proudfit) : 




ALEXANDER PROLDFIT^ 



HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 61 

1. Rlarjorie (7), b. 1900, in Des Moines, Iowa. 

Mary Proudfit (5) m., 1864, Rev. Ira O. Kemble. 
Issue (surname Kemble) : 

1. Margaret E. (6), b. 1S66, d. 1867. 

2. John A. (6), b. 1868, d. 1876. 

3. Samuel T. (6), b. 1871, d. 1875. 

4. S. Vida (6), b. 1874. 

5. M. Winifred (6), b. 1878. 

Mrs. Mary (Proudfit) Kemble was instantly killed 
by an accident in 1891. 

Andrew James Proudfit (5) m., 1870, Margarel 
Catherine, dau. of Oliver and Sarah Ann (Priest) 
Quick, b. May 30, 1849, in Whitley Co., Ind. 

Issue (surname Proudfit) : 

1. Lura Maude (6), b. Dec. 23, 1871, in Oskaloosa, la. 

2. Minnie :\Iabelle (6), b. Apr. 15, 1876, in Oskaloosa, 

la. 

Andrew James Proudfit (5) now (1908) lives in To- 
peka, Kansas. Address, 1222 Munroe St. 

Lura Maude Proudfit (6) m. Oct. 9, 1894, Harry 
Piersol, son of Jonathan and Minerva Worthington 
(Lawhead) Irons, b. :\Ich. 16, 1866, in Hendricks Co., 
Ind., d. Jan. 27, 1897. 

Issue (surname Irons) : 
1. James Proudfit (7), b. Oct. 22, 1896, in N. Topeka, 
Kan. 

Minnie Mabelle Proudfit (6) m. July 24, 1907, Fred, 
son of James McCurdy and ^larello Katherine Shalla- 
barger, b. Aug. 2, 1876, in Springfield, 0. 



VII. 



Jane Proudfit in. Dec. 1, 1831, in York, Livingston 
Co., N. Y., Donald (called "Daniel") Sinclair, son of 
Hugh and Anny (Campbell) Sinclair (or Anny "Mc- 
Phael" of Clan Campbell). Donald, or Daniel, Sinclair 
was born June 8, 1797, in Glen Lyre, Perthshire, Scot- 
land. 

Issue (surname Sinclair) : 

1. Ann (5), b. Dec. 17, 1832, in York, Livingston 

Co., N. Y. 

2. Robert Alexander (5), b. July 28, 1834, in York, 

Livingston Co., N. Y. 

3. Martha (5), b. June 24, 1836, in York, Livingston 

Co., N. Y. 

4. Archibald Campbell (5), b. Dec. 4, 1838, in 
Leroy, Genesee Co., N. Y. 

5. Catharine Spittall (5), b. Dec. 4, 1838, in Le- 
roy, Genesee Co., N. Y. 

6. ' Jane Skellie (5), b. Apr. 30, 1841, in Moscow, mils- 

dale Co., ]Mich. 

7. Leonora (5), b. Feb. 21, 1843, in Moscow, Hillsdale 

Co., Mich. 

8. Mary Agnes (5), b. Oct. 20, 1845, in Jonesville, 

Hillsdale Co., Mich. 

9. Sarah (5), b. June 20, 1848, in Jonesville,, Hillsdale 

Co., Mich. 
10. Elizabeth Cornelia (5), b. May 12, 1850, in Jones- 
ville, Hillsdale Co., Mich. 
Jane (Proudfit) Sinclair was a woman of fine mind 
and unusually well-balanced character. The latter ap- 
peared in the serenity and apparent ease with which for 
many years she bore the responsibility of caring for and 
helping to maintain her large family. A hasty word 
from her was a thing unknown in her dealings with her 
children, though her rule over them was as firm as it 
was gentle. 

The quality of her mind was strikingly shown in 
the use she made of the leisure which was afforded her 
in later years. Few women, after years of absorption 
in family cares, could turn, as she did, to the best in lit- 




JANE (pROUDFIT) SINCLAIR 



HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 63 

erature with appreciation and enjoyment. This is tlie 
more remarkable since, like all her father's family, she 
had had but small opportunity for schooling. She died 
at the family residence in Jonesville, IMieh., which had 
been her home for over forty years, Apr. 21, 1895. 

The parents of Daniel (or Donald) Sinclair came to 
America in 1798, and settled at Broadalbin, N. Y. Later 
they moved to the western part of the state, where Dan- 
iel lived until 1839, when he went Avith his family to 
Hillsdale Co., Mich. He died at Jonesville, Sept. 23, 
1868. 

Ann Sinclair (5) m. June 16, 1851, James, son of 
John and Catharine (Sinclair) Spittall, b. Feb. 18, 1824, 
d. Aug. 6, 1908. 

Issue (surname Spittall) : ■ • 

1. Catherine (6), b. Sept. 24, 1852, in York, Livingston 

Co., N. Y. 

2. John (6), b. Nov. 5, 1855, in York, Livingston Co., 

N. Y. 

3. Martha (6), b. July 14, 1864, in York, Livingston 

Co., N. Y. 

John Spittall (6) m. Nov. 18, 1884, Sarah, dau. of 
Hugh and Sarah (Trimble) Simpson, b. May 15, 1856, at 
York, Livingston Co., N. Y. 

Issue (surname Spittall) : 

1. Mary Ellen (7), b. Dec. 15, 1885. 

2. Boy Donald (7), b. Feb. 13, 1888. 

3. John Edward (7), b. Nov. 25, 1890. 

4. Hugh Simpson (7), b. Aug. 25, 1893. 

John Edward Spittall (7) enlisted in the marine ser- 
vice of the United States, and died, 1910, from injuries 
received while on duty. 

Mrs. Ann (Sinclair) Spittall died at her home in 
York, N. Y., Oct. 4, 1888. 

Robert Alexander Sinclair (5) was for some years 
conductor on the Lake Shore Railroad. After leaving 
this occupation he engaged in the cultivation of small 
fruits until forced, by failing health, to give it up in 
1895. He, his brother, Archibald Campbell, and his 
sisters, Sarah and Elizabeth Cornelia, lived for many 
years in Jonesville, IMich., in the house built by their 
father in 1861. There Archibald Campbell died Aug. 
22, 1908, and there Robert Alexander died Sept. 26, 
1909. 

Martha Sinclair (5) was graduated from the Ur- 



U HISTORY OF THK PROUDFIT FAMILY 



bana, 0., Female Seminary in IS.IS. She fitted herself 
for teaehing:, studying a year in Germany as part of her 
training. She taught in the college at Adrian, ]ilich., 
and at the State Agricultural College of Iowa, at Ames ; 
Di. Oct. 14, 1885, at Jonesville. Mich., William Burt 
Hawkins, M. D., son of AVilliam and (Burt) Haw- 
kins, b.'Aug. 17, 1819, near Camelsford, Cornwall, En-^., 
d. Oct. 3, 1896, at Jonesville, .Alich. 

Mrs. Martha (Sinclair) Hawkins died suddenly of 
pulmonary apoplexy, Oct. 19, 1903, at Jonesville, Mich. 

Catharine Spittall Sinclair (5) m. Dec. 25, 1855, 
James Henry, son of James Henrv and Jean (Dickie) 
Wylie, b. Sept. 22, 1831. in Nashua, N. H. 

Issue (surname Wylie) : 

1. James Henry (6), b. Feb. 11, 1857, in Pulaski, Jack- 

son Co., ]Mich. 

2. Frederick Sinclair (6), b. Mch. 7, 1859, in Pittsfield, 

Mass. 

3. Jane Proufit (6), b. June 15, 1860, in Blackinton, 

Mass., d. Sept. 25, 1863, in York, N. Y. 
Mrs. Catharine Spittall (Sinclair) Wylie died May 
16, 1864, in York, N. Y. 

James Henry Wylie, Sr., served two years in the 
War of the Rebellion, in Co. M, First rilass. Heavy Ar- 
tillery, d. at Holyoke, Mass., Mch. 5, 1906. 

James Henry Wylie (6) m. Nov. 27, 1878, in Black- 
ington, Mass., Agnes, dau. of John G. and Hermiena L. 
(Rickerts) Piehler, b. Apr. 3, 1858, at Blaekington, 
Mass. 

Issue (surname Wylie) : 

1. Mark Perry (7), b. Feb. 17, 1880, d. July 17, 1881. 

2. Helen Pauline (7), b. May 25, 1883, in Blackinton, 

Mass. 
James Henry Wylie is manager (1908) of the Saxon 
Machine Co., Holyoke, Mass. 

Frederick Sinclair Wylie (6) m. Oct. 25, 1882, in 
Blackinton, Mass., Harriet, dau. of William Henry and 
garah Abigail (Blanchard) Gove, b. Oct. 20, 1858, in 
North Pownal, Vt. 

Issue (surname Wylie) : 
1. Arthur Gove (7), b. Feb. 7, 1884, in North Adams, 
Mass. Graduated from Cornell University in 
1906 with the degree of E. E. in M. E. 
Fredieriek Sinclair Wylie (6) lives (1908) in 



HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 65 



Holyoke, Mass,, where he is connected with the Saxon 
Machine Co. 

Jane Skellie Sinclair (5) taught several terms in 
the schools of ^Michigan, and was acting postmistress ii^ 
Jonesville for a number of years. In 1889 she was ap- 
pointed librarian of the State Agricultural College at 
Lansing, Mich., which position she held for two years { 
m. Dec. 31, 1891, in Jonesville, ^lich., Jonathan Jacobs 
son of Peter and Elizabeth (Stahl) Deal, b. Jan. 17, 
1826, in Fayette, Seneca Co., N. Y. I^Irs. Jane Skellie 
(Sinclair) Deal died Apr. 19, 1898, in Jonesville, ]\!ich. 

Leonora Sinclair (5) m. Au^. 25, 18G4, in Jonesville, 
Mich., ]\Iilton Morse, son of William Rynex and Mary 
(Weeks) Perry, b. Oct. 23, 1836, in Sparta, Livingston 
Co., N. Y. 

Issue (surname Perry) : 

1. Grace lone (6), b. ^lay 21, 1866, in Lowell, Mich., d. 

Apr. 29, 1872, in Lowell, Mich. 

2. Catharine Sinclair (6), b. Aug. 1, 1870, in Lowell, 

Mich. 

3. Martha Sinclair (6), b. Dec. 10, 1873, in Lowell, 

Mich. 

4. Mary Agnes (6), b. May 27, 1877, in Lowell, Mich. 

Milton ^lorse Perry, after studying at Hillsdale 
College and ]\riehigan University, was admitted to the 
bar Feb. 21, 1878, at Grand Rapids, Mich., as attorney 
and counselor-at-law, and solicitor and counselor in 
chancery, in the courts of the state. Admitted to United 
States courts, Nov. 1, 1878, in Grand Rapids, Mich. The 
home of ^L 'M. Perry, Esq., and Mrs. Leonora (Sinclair) 
Perry is (1911) in Lowell, Mich. 

Mary Agnes Sinclair (5) m. Dec. 26, 1877, in Jones- 
ville, Mich., Henry I\Iartyn, son of Rev. Alfred and 
Dolly (Whittlesey) Newton, b. Oct. 15, 1838, in Nor- 
walk, Ohio. ' 

Issue (surname Newton) : 

1. Sarah Proudfit (6), b. Aug. 19, 1879, in Saginaw; 

Mich., d. Sept. 17, 1880, in Saginaw, Mich. : 

2. Robert Sinclair (6), b. Mch. 9, 1881, in Saginaw» 

Mich. 

Mrs. 'Mary Agnes (Sinclair) Newton died Oct. 8i 
1882, in Jonesville, Mich. 

Henry ]\[artyn Newton served three years in the 
War of the Rebellion in Co. D, 101st Ohio Vols. Was 
clerk of the regiment. Was educated at Western Re*- 



66 HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT F\NfILY 

serve College, Hudson, 0.; d. Feb. 9, 1902, at Mil- 
waukee, Wis. 

Robert Sinclair Newton studied for five years at the 
State College at Lansing, ]Mieh., selecting mechanical 
engineering as his major. Was given the degree of 
B. S. in 1901. Is now (1911) employed in the designing 
department of the General Electric Works, Schenec- 
tady, N. Y. 

]\Iiss Sarah Sinclair and I\Iiss Elizabeth C. Sinclair 
occupy the old Sinclair home in Jonesville, Mich. 



VIII. 

Martha Proudfit (4) m. Dee. 8, 1842, Hugh Comp- 
ton, son of James and Clarissa (Cleveland) Compton, b. 
Dec. 9, 1795, in Delhi, Delaware Co., N. Y. 

Issue (surname Compton) : 

1. Agnes (5), b. Sept. 26, 1843, in Washington Tp., Erie 

Co., Pa., d. Jan. 30, 1844, in Washington Tp., Erie 
Co., Pa. 

2. Sophia (5), b. Jan. 13, 1845, in Washington Tp., Erie 

Co., Pa. 

3. Margaret (5), b. Nov. 29, 1847, in Washington Tp., 

Erie Co., Pa. 
When the Proudfit family moved to Erie Co., Pa., in 
1833, Martha Proudfit (4) had already had some experi- 
ence as a district school teacher, a calling which she fol- 
lowed until her marriage. She taught in the schools of 
Livingston Co., N. Y., and of Erie and Crawford Coun- 
ties, Pa., and won a high reputation as a thorough in- 
structor and wise disciplinarian. Her knowledge of the 
branches she taught was largely self-gained. Her deli- 
cate health and the distance of her father's home from 
a school house prevented her from attending school be- 
fore the age of ten or during the winter after that age. 
But, owing perhaps to the character of her parents' 




MARTHA (pROUDFIT) COMPTON 



HISTORY OF THE TROUDFIT FAMILY 67 

training in the Scriptures and the Catecliism, she ac- 
quired the habit of accuracy which \vas most conspic- 
uous in all her work, mechanical as well as mental. A 
good-sized volume might be filled with the songs which 
she knew by heart, those of Burns being her favorites, 
and rarely, if ever, could her memory of a verse be 
found lacking in correctness. Her belief in the creed of 
her fathers never wavered, but she always treated with 
the greatest respect the religious convictions of others, 
however widely they differed from her own. She took 
a keen interest in current issues; was a "white-rib- 
boner," and a sympathizer with the woman suffrage 
movement. 

After being for several years an invalid, she died at 
her home in Edinboro, Pa., Jan. 28, 1890, from an attack 
of the grip. 

Hugh Corapton was for three months, in his nine- 
teenth year, a soldier in a New York regiment engaged 
in the War of 1812. After his marriage to Martha 
Proudfit they lived for some time on a farm near Mc- 
lane. Pa., whence they moved to Fairview, in the same 
county. In 1853 i\Ir. Compton sold his farm in Fairview, 
and in 1855 went West, settling in 1856 on a farm in 
Burritt, Winnebago Co., 111. In 1863 he returned to 
Pennsylvania, and in 1864 bought the house m Edinboro 
in which he died Apr. 8, 1878, and in which his widow 
died twelve years later. 

Margaret Compton (5) was graduated from the 
State Normal School at Edinboro in 1866 (B. E.) and in 
1877 (B. S.). Taught in the Normal Schools of Pennsyl- 
vania from 1867 to 1893, and in the High Schools of 
California from 1894 to 1899. 

Sophia Compton (5) and Margaret Compton (5) 
now (1911) live at 610 Arch St., Meadville, Pa. 



IX. 

Agnes Proudfit (4) m. Feb. 10, 1835, "William Camp- 
bell, son of John and IMary (Laughery) Campbell, b. 
Dec. 2, 1808, at Edinboro, Pa. 

Issue (surname Campbell) : 

1. John Proudfit (5), b. Apr. 19, 1836, at Edinboro. Pa., 

d. July 23, 1852, at Cambridge, Crawford Co., Pa. 

2. Martha Jane (5), b. July 20, 1839, at Edinboro, Pa., 

d. Sept. 12, 1848, at Edinboro, Pa. 

3. Mary Helen (5), b. June 5, 1842, at Edinboro, Pa. 

4. Sarah Elizabeth (5), b. Sept. 23, 1844, at Edinboro, 

Pa. 

5. William Montello (5), b. Jan. 29, 1847, at Edinboro, 
J Pa., d. Aug. 17, 1851, at Cambridge, Pa. 

6. Andrew Taylor (5), b. Nov. 17, 1848, at Edinboro, 

Pa. 

7. Hannah IMaria (5), b. Mch. 26, 1851, at Cambridge, 

Pa. 

8. Ozro Fayette (5), b. May 27, 1853, at Cambridge. Pa. 

9. Ida Isabel (5), b. April 12, 1855, at Edinboro, Pa. 
Agnes (Proudfit) Campbell, known always through- 
out her large circle of connections as "Aunt Nancy," 
was pre-eminently a motherly woman. Her unselfish 
interest in others and her strong practical sense made 
her one to whom those needing counsel or sympathy 
turned naturally. When in charge for a short time of 
the boarding hall of the Normal School at Edinboro, 
these qualities made every young person in the hall her 
personal friend. She was an excellent nurse, and in the 
days when the professional was unknown outside the 
large cities, many a neighbor had reason to bless her for 
willing and efficient aid in sickness. Of uncommonly 
fine physique, it would seem that she might have re- 
tained her bodily activity to the end of even so long a 
life as hers, had she not broken herself down in the ser- 
vice of others. She was unable to walk without help for 
more than ten years, but never lost interest in the world 
outside. Indeed, though her affections were strong, no 
bereavement or misfortune could permanently cloud her 
cheerfulness. She was a member of the Presbyterian 
Church for seventy years. Her married life was spent 




AGNES (PROUDFIT) CAMPBELL 



HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 69 



in Edinhoro, Pa., or within a few miles of that place, 
until 1S67, when Mr. Campbell moved his family to Ceu- 
terville, St. Joseph Co., ]\Iich. Later they went to Stur- 
gis in the same county, where she died Nov. 21, 1900. 

William Campbell died in Sturgis, Mich., Oct. 3, 
1879. 

Mary Helen Campbell (5) taught with excellent, 
success for many years in northwestern Pennsylvania. 
and in Mieliigan. She married Nov. 14, lSS-4, at Sturgis, 
Mich., John, son of John and ^largaret (^loore) Gibson, 
b. Jan. 1, 1836, at Omagh, Tyrone Co., Ireland. Their 
home (1903) is near Nottawa, St. Joseph, Co., IMich. 

Sarah Elizabeth Campbell (5) m. Nov. 21, 1869, at 
Centerville, ]\Iich., Franklin Hibbard, son of Calvin and 

(DePew) Church, b. Apr. 2, 1846, at Genesee, 

N. Y. 

Issue (surname Church) : 

1. Winafred (6), b. Feb. 4, 1871, at Sturgis, Mich. 

2. Roy ^Maxwell (6), b. Feb. 16, 1873, at Sturgis, Mich. 

3. Lloyd Calvin (6), b. Sept. 26, 1880, at Sturgis, ^lieh. 

AYinafred Church (6), after teaching for a number 
of years in the schools of Sturgis, Grand Ledge and 
Grand Rapids, Mich., married, ^Nlch. 31, 1907, Abram 
"Whitten, son of Cyrus Prindle and Mary (Finley) Sturr, 
b. July 27, 1861, 'in Volinia Tp., Cass. Co., Mich. Ad- 
dress (1911), R. D. No. 1, Cassopolis, Mich, 

Issue (surname Sturr) : 

1. Jesse Donald (7), b. June 26, 1908, near Cassopolis, 

Mich. 

2. Ilenrv Dickson (7), b. Jan. 29, 1910, near Cassopolis, 

Mich. 

Roy Maxwell Church (6) m. in Sturgis, Mich., Delia, 

dau. of Alexander and (Geiss) Johnsonbaugh, b. 

Meh. 26, 1874. 

Issue (surname Church) : 

1. Lael Bernice (7), b. Feb. 29, 1896, in Sturgis, Mich. 

2. Frank Ozro (7), b. Oct., 1897, in Florence Tp., St 

Jo. Co., Mich. 

3. Hazel Helen (7), b. 1899, in Nottawa Tp., St. Jo., 

Mich. 

4. ^Maurice (7), b. 1902, in Mishawaka, Indiana. 

5. Leola Uretta (7), b. Sept. 23, 1904, in Mishawaka, 

Indiana. 

6. Roy Lyle (7), b. Jan. 26, 1908, in Mishawaka, In- 

diana. • 



TO rilSTORY OF THE PKOUDFir FVMILY 

Roy ^laxwell Church d. .Mch. 10, 1910, at South 
Bend, Ind. 

Lloyd Calvin Church (6) ^vas attacked r,t the age of 
twelve by a painful and lingering malady which it soon 
became evident was incurable. lie accepted his fate 
with a heroism seldom equalled. A proud-spirited, head- 
strong, active boy, condemned to watcii his body becom- 
ing distorted and helpless, he refused to assume the men- 
tal attitude of an invalid, but kept in touch with the 
world, made his sick-room attractive to his boy compan- 
ions, and in his conversation and in letters to distant 
friends, ignored his physical condition. With this cheer- 
ful spirit he fronted the world to the last. He died Mch. 
31, 1898, in Sturgis, Mich. 

Andrew Taylor Campbell (5) served for five years 
previous to 1879 in the United States cavalry. After his 
father's death he took employ with the L. S. & il. S. R. 
R. Co. at Sturgis, ]\Iich., and remained there until the 
death of his mother. Since that event he has been en- 
gaged in farming with his brother-in-law, John Gibson, 
near Nottawa, Mich. 

Hannah Maria Campbell (5) taught for nearly 
twenty years in the public schools in Southern ^Michigan. 
Her last service was in Sturgis, where she had been en- 
gaged for several years when a failure of health com- 
pelled her to resign her work. She now (1911) lives 
with her sister, Mrs. John Gibson, near Nottawa. 

Ozro Fayette Campbell (5) m. Nov. 28, 1894, at De- 
catur, Mich., Emma Sophia r^Iartin. He lived after his 
marriage in Lawton, Mich., where he died Jan. 22, 1903. 

Ida Isabel Campbell (5) ra. Mch. 22, 1876, at Center- 
ville, Mich., Harlan Ebenezer Watkins, son of James 
Bradley and Matilda Ann (Bunnell) "Watkins, b. Aug. 
8, 1849, at Grass Lake, :\Iich.. d. at Sturgis, Feb. 22, 1910. 

Issue (surname Watkins) : 

1. Ralph Moore (6), b. Dec. 21, 1879, at Great Bend, 

Kansas, d. Mch., 1880, at Great Bend, Kansas. 

2. Matilda Agnes (6), b. Jan. 26, 1882, at Macpherson, 

Kansas. \Vas graduated from Michigan Univer- 
sity, 1907, (B. A.). 

3. Walter Earl (6), b. Sept. 5, 1884, at Macpherson, 

Kansas. Was graduated from the medical depart- 
ment of Michigan University Feb., 1910. Is now 
(1911) practicing in Sturgis, Mich. ; m. July 16, 



HISTORY OF THE PROUF^FIT FAMILY 71 

1909, Bertha Eleanor Pierce, dau. of William Col- 
lins and Sarah Elizabeth (Davis) Pierce, b. May 
13, 18S7. 
Issue (surname Watkins) : 
1. Harlan Burnett (7), b. Aug. 3, 1910, in Sturgis, Mich- 
Mrs. Ida Isabel (Campbell) AYatkins and her daugh- 
ter are now (1911) in Sturgis, Mich., where the daughter 
is engaged as principal of the high school. 



X. 



Robert Proudfit (4) m. Mch. 11, 1845, at Edinboro, 
Pa., Eliza Philena Cilley, dau. of Samuel and ]\Iary 
(Baker) Cilley, b. Aug. 14, 1823, d. at Virden, lU., Mch. 
13, 1870. 

Issue (surname Proudfit) : 

1. Samuel Victor (5), b. Jan. 9, 1846, in Edinboro, Erie 

Co., Pa. 

2. Mary Sophia (5) b. Mch. 6, 1848, in Harbor Creek, 

Erie Co., Pa. 

3. Margaret Jane (5), b. Feb. 13, 1851, in Harbor 

Creek, Erie Co., Pa., d, Nov. 5, 1852, in Harbor 
Creek, Erie Co., Pa. 

4. Ella Jane (5), b. Nov. 5, 1853, in Harbor Creek, Erie 

Co., Pa., d. Apr. 13, 1855, in Harbor Creek, Erie 
Co., Pa. 

5. Nettie (5), b. Mch. 1, 1856, in Harbor Creek, Erie 

Co., Pa. 

6. LeRoy Maxwell (5), b. July 12, 1859, in Burritt, 

"Winnebago Co., 111., d. Nov. 5, 1890, in Friend, 
Neb. 

7. Robert Morton (5), b. April 30, 18G2, in Rockford, 

111. 

8. William Vernon (5), b. July 17, 1865, in Rockford, 

111., d. Mch. 9, 1891, in Friend, Neb. 



72 HLSTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 

9. Edward Mitchell (5), b. Jau. 21, 1S6S, iu Rockford, 
111., d. Apr. 18, 1SG8, in Virden, 111. 

Robert Proudfit (4) learned the trade of cooper, but 
for fourteen j'ears after his marriage followed farmmg, 
first in Harbor Creek Tp., Erie Co., Pa., later in Burritt 
Tp., AVinnebago Co., 111., to which place he moved in 
1856. In 1859 he sold his farm and moved to Rockford, 
111., where he worked at his trade for nine years. He 
then went to Virden, Macoupin Co., 111., where he re- 
mained until October, 1884, when he went to Friend, 
Neb. After his son, Samuel V., who held a position in 
Washington, D. C, had bought a home in Falls Church, 
Va., he spent several years with him, but returned to the 
W^est in 1895, and died in St. Joseph, Mo., Oct. 27, 1896. 
He is buried in Friend, Neb. 

He united with the Baptist church in Burritt, 111., 
in 1856, and remained a member of that communion until 
his death. In politics he was a AVhig until the formation 
of the Republican party, when he gave his support to 
that organization. In disposition he was social, warm- 
hearted, and somewhat impulsive, a man in whom the 
ties of family and friendship were very strong. 

Samuel Victor Proudiit (5) was educated in the 
public schools at Rockford, 111., and at Shurtletl College. 
He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1874, and en- 
tered as a partner the law firm of Hale & Stone at Glen- 
wood, la. After several years of active practice he ac- 
cepted a position in the Interior Department of the 
United States. Here he became the leading authority 
on all questions relating to government lands. In 1900 
he became First Assistant Attorney and executive head 
of the Assistant Attorney General's office, and in 1908 
he was made Assistant Commissioner of the General 
Land Office. He also holds a professorship in the Na- 
tional University Law School, "Washington, D. C, where 
he lectures on the Jurisdiction and Practice of the Inter- 
ior Department, especially with respect to public lands 
and the mining laws. 

Samuel Victor Proudfit m. at Glenwood, la., Emma 
Medora, dau. of Hirara and Persis (Underwood) Fish, b. 
Oct. 4, 1849, d. Feb. 10, 1895, at Falls Church, Va. 

Issue (surname Proudfit) : 

1. Persis (6), b. May 13, 1876, at Glenwood, la. 

2. Robert (6), b. Jan. 28, 1880, at Glenwood, la. 

3. Martha (6), b. June 1, 1882, at Falls Church, Va. 



HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 73 



Samuel Victor Proudfit m. (2d^ Amy L., dau. of Wil- 
liam Edwin and P^liza (Davis) \Yatson, b. Oct. 24, 1867, 
in Ilarborne, Smithwick, County of Stafford, England. 

Persis Proudfit (6) m. Jan. 23, 1900, at Washington, 
D. C, William Madison Mason. Persis (Proudfit) :Mason 
d. July 2, 1904. 

Robert Proudfit (6) m. June 1, 1905, Myrtle Maud, 
dau. of James II. and Mary Josephine (Williams) In- 
gram, b. Jan. 21, 1885. 

Issue (surname Proudfit) : 
1. Mary Emma (7), b. July 18, 1908. 

IMartha Proudfit (6) m. Nov. 25, 1903, at Washing- 
ton, D. C, John Fairfax, son of Thomas and Emma La- 
vinia (Ball) Conrad. 

Issue (surname Conrad) : 

1. Persis (7), b. Apr. 26, 1905, at Washington, D. C. 

2. Virginia (7), b. Jan. 2, 1909. 

Mary Sophia Proudfit (5) ra. Dec. 25, 1895, at 
Friend, Nebraska, James, son of Ulic and Susan (Pierce) 
lemmon, b. May 19, 1838, in Salisbury Tp., Sangamon 
Co., 111. 

For some years before her marriage Mary Sophia 
Proudfit (5) taught in the public schools of Friend. She 
and her husband now (1911) live on a farm in Seward 
Co. Address, R. D. No. 2, Dorchester, Neb. 

Nettie Proudfit (5) m. Oct. 14, 1878, at Virden, 111., 
Charles Henry Burch, son of William Henry and Eliza 
Jane (Fisher) Burch, b. Feb. 15, 1858, at Fidelity, 111. 

Issue (surname Burch) : 

1. Robert Henry (6), b. Nov. 1, 1879, at Virden, 111. 

2. LeRoy Edward (6), b. Aug. 23, 1881, at Virden, 111. 

3. Laurance Byerly (6), b. Sept. 17, 1884, at Virden, 111. 

4. Paul Kenyon (6), b. Nov. 22, 1889, at Hannibal, Mo. 

5. Mary Verna (6), b. Sept. 4, 1893, at Hannibal, Mo. 

6. Charles Park McKinley (6), b. Oct. 5, 1898, at Han- 

nibal, Mo. 

Robert Henry Burch m. Sept. 22, 1904, at Hannibal, 
Mo., Bessie Belle, dau. of Charles Simeon and Belle Jose- 
phine (Hoke) Davis, b. Dec. 26, 1882, at Hannibal, Mo. 

LeRoy Edward Burch m. Aug. 18, 1908, at Ulster, 
Pa., Carrie ^.larion, dau. of Huston and Carrie (Temple- 
ton) McKinney, b. Aug. 18, 1887. 

Issue (surname Burch) : 

1. Charles Huston (7), b. June 4, 1909. 

2. Eleanor Grace (7), b. Nov. 23, 1910. 



14 HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 

Address of LeRoy Edward Burch (1911), Louisia- 
na, Iklo. 

Under the pen-name of March Ellinwood, Nettie 
Proudfit (5) published a number of short sketches and a 
book entitled "A Year in Poplar Row." Address (1911), 
Hannibal, Mo. 

Robert I\rorton Proudfit ra. Aug. 28, 1889, at Friend, 
Neb., Ida Mae, dau. of Jason Watson and Helen 
(DeWitt) Dorwart, b. Sept. 17, 1865, at North English, 
la. 

Issue (surname Proudfit) : 

1. Helen Mae (6), b. June 2, 1891. in Friend, Neb. 

2. Robert Watson (6), b. Nov. 1, 1892, in Friend, Neb. 
8. Winifred Kent (6), b. Apr. 18, 1906, in Friend, Neb. 

Robert ^Morton Proudfit is a practicing attorney. 
He was admitted to practice in the district and county 
courts of the State of Nebraska June 1, 1892 ; in the su- 
preme court of the State of Nebraska Oct. 4, 1894 ; in the 
district and circuit courts of the United States Oct. 31, 
1895; in the supreme court of the United States Nov. 25, 
1901. He is also admitted to practice before the interior 
and treasury departments of the United States. His 
home is in Friend, Neb. 



XI. 

Margaret Proudfit (4) was a healthy and vigorous 
child, but, owing probably to an injury received in girl- 
hood, was an invalid for the greater part of her adult 
life. Those who remember her describe her as pleasing 
in person, bright in intellect, of a decided literary taste, 
and possessed of a fine voice. The pleasure of listening 
to her singing is almost invariably spoken of by anyone 
alluding to acquaintance with her. 

About 1844 she went to ^Michigan to spend some time 
with the members of her family who had moved to that 
state. Improving health seemed to give promise of com- 
plete recovery, when she was attacked by an acute dis- 
order from which she died Oct. 3d, 1847. She is buried 
in Moscow, Hillsdale Co., Mich. 



The ages of the children of Alexander Proudfit ag- 
gregate 791 years. Their average age was nearly 72. 
Omitting the youngest from the list, the average is 
nearly 76. It is safe to say that few parallels can be 
found for this record. 

The united lives of the eleven children cover a per- 
iod of 105 years. 

It may be of interest to note also that every one of 
the eleven lived and died an orthodox Calvinist, like 
their parents — all except one in some branch of the Pres- 
byterian Church. 



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APPENDIX. 



APPENDIX. 



The following records in the handwriting of AN- 
DREW PROUDFOOT (2) are found in the Bible wliicb 
he bequeathed to his son James, and which is now in the. 
possession of i\Irs. Nancy (Proudfit) Carothers, of HollS: 
days Grove, W. Va. : 

Andrew Proudfoot his Bible bought in 1786. Price 
one pound, two shillings, six pence. 

My age I was born in the year of our Lord 1728 
about the latter end of November, 1728, this is my age. . 

Andrew Proudfoot his Bible. 

My son James was born on Nov 8th in the year of 
our Lord 1760. 

My son Alexander was born on May 2nd in the 
year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred & sixty 
three. 

My son David was born on ]\[arch 22nd in the year 
of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & seventy. 

My son Robert was born on June 6th in the year of 
our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy 
seven. 



Vol. 2 of Wills. 
WILL OF ANDREW PROUDFOOT (2). 

Executor, Alexander Thompson. 

In the Name of God Amen. The seventeenth day 
of August in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight 
hundred and four, I Ajidrcw Proudfit of Hopewell Town- 
ship York County and State of Pennsylvania, being of 
perfect mind and memory thanks be to God therefore 
calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing 
that it is appointed unto all men once to die do make 
and ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to 
say, principally and first of all I recommend my soul into 



60 HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 



Gie hand of God who gave it and for my body I recom- 
mend it to the Earth to be buried in a Christian like and 
decent manner at the discretion of my Executors not 
doubting but at the general resurrection I sliall receive 
the same again by the mighty power of God, and as 
touching such worldly goods as it hath pleased God to 
bless me with in this life I give and devise and dispose 
of them in the following manner and form, and first of 
all I allow all my just debts and funeral charges to be 
paid by my Executor. I give and bequeath to my beloved 
wife Sarah Proudfit all my personal Estate wholely to be 
disposed of as she shall see meet except such things 
as shall be after mentioned. I also give and bequeath 
to my beloved wife Sarah Proudfit all that my messuage 
and tenement on which I now live, containing One 
hundred and eighteen acres Together with all the in- 
comes of said messuage and Tract of laud during her 
natural life. 

Item I give and bequeath to my beloved son James 
Proudfit the Sum of one hundred and twenty pound to 
be paid out of my real Estate at my wife's decease and 
likewise fifteen pound willed to me by my brother 
Robert Proudfit deceased, and also the Collection of Con- 
fessions of faith at my decease, I give and devise to my 
beloved son Alexander Proudfit all that iny messuage 
and tenement adjoining lands of James Criswell, John 
Bordner and others, containing ninety one acres and 
allowance. To hold to him his Heirs and Assigns forever, 
called Clark's glade to be by him possessed at my de- 
cease, and also forty pounds in money to be (paid) out 
of my real Estate at my wife's decease, and likewise all 
my tools and implements for husbandry (except the 
spade and one hoe and chains for my wife's cows) and 
also my large Confession of faith. Item I give and be- 
queath to my beloved son David Proudfit the sum of 
fifty pounds in money to be paid out of my real Estate 
at my wife's decease. Item I give and bequeath to my 
beloved son Robert Proudfit the sum of ten pounds in 
money to be paid out of my real Estate at my wife's 
decease. Item, I give and bequeath to my grandson, 
Andrew Proudfit, son of my son David Proudfit the sum 
of three pounds in money to be paid out of my real 
Estate at my wife's decease; and if there is any over- 
pluss remaining of my real Estate after the aforesaid 
Legacies are paid off, I will that the said remainder be 



HISTORY OF THE PROUDF T FAMILY 81 

divided equally, share and share alike amongst my four 
sons viz. Jauies, Alexander, David and Robert Proudtit.- 
I give and bequeath to ijiy grandson Alexander Proudiit,- 
son of my sou James Proudfit, my best hat. Item I give 
and bequeath to my grandson Andrew Proudfit, son of 
my son Alexander Proudfit, my best saddle and bridle. 
Item I give and bequeath to my son James Proudfit my 
large bible, and all the rest of my books 1 will and allow 
to be divided into five equal shares betwixt my wife 
Sarah and my four sons. Item I give and bequeath to 
my sons James and Alexander Proudfit, the whole of my- 
■wearing apparel to be equally divided betwixt them. • 

I appoint and ordain my beloved friend. Alexand<^r 
Thompson, my sole Exeeutor of this my last Will and 
Testament, and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke 
and disannull all and every other Testaments, "Wills, 
bequeaths and Executors by me in anywise before 
named, willed or bequeathed, ratifying and confirming 
this and no other to be my last Will and Testament, In 
witness hereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed 
my seal the day and year above written. 

Andrew Proudfit, (Seal) Signed, Sealed published; 
pronounced and declared in the presence of us who in 
his presence and in the presence of one another have 
hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses, Interlined 
before signed. Patrick Stewart, James M'Allister. 

York County, Ss. Before me, Jacob Barnitz, Reg- 
ister for the probate of Wills and granting letters of 
Administration in and for the County of York in the 
State of Pennsylvania, personal!}' came Patrick Stewart 
and James ^M'Allister the two subscribing witnesses to 
the foregoing Instrument of writing and on their solemn 
Oaths (taken with uplifted hand) do severally say 
that they were personally present and saw and heard 
the above named Andrew Proudfoot sign his name unto 
and seal and publish the foregoing Instrument of Writ- 
ing as and for his last Will and Testament, and at tiie 
time of the doing he the said Andrew Proudfoot was of a 
sound and disposing mind memory and understanding 
to the best of their knowledge and belief, and that they 
subscribed their names thereto as witness in the presence 
of the said Testator and at his request and also in the 
presence of each other at the same time. 
Patrick Stewart, 
James M'AIlister, 



62 HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 

Sworu and Subscribed before me at York by Pat- 
rick Stewart on the 9th day of April A. D. 1S07 and by 
the said James M'Allister on the 23rd day of September, 
1807. 

J. Barnitz, Reg'r. 

Note. — This will was copied from a copy of the 
original document ^lay 1, 1907, in the Register's Office 
at the courthouse in York. 

I aimed to make this copy accurate as to spelling, 
punctuation and capitalization. After the copy had 
been made I was shown the original document and made, 
by tracing, a copy of Andrew Proudfoot's signature. 

In the body of the will the name is written Proudfit 
in the copy from which I copied. M. C. 



April 19, 1807. 

An inventory of the goods and chatties belonging 

to the Estate of Andrew Proudfit Late of Hopewell 

Township County of York and State of Pennsylvania 

Deceased and appraised by us the subscribers as follows : 

To Pocketbook and cash.' $ 4.38 

A Promissory Note 24.26 J 

Book accounts 4.00 

Wearing apparel $32.64| 30.01^ 

A Mare 30.00 

Side Sadie and two bridles 7.00 

Sadie and Bridle 4.75 

One red cow 16.00 

One flecked Cow 13.33 

Six Sheep and four Lambs 10.67 

A Sow and four pigs 3.50 

Do 2.00 

One bed. Bedding and Bedstead 13.33 

'* *' ♦* " '* 12.00 

Sundries of Bedcloaths 51.00 

Nine yards Shirting @ 47c per yard 4.23 

Eleven yards and an half tow Cloth @ 25c 

per yd 2.67 

One case of Drawers 20.00 

One chest and small table 1.67 



HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 83 



To One chest 2.00 

One beef barrel, Tubs and sundries 2.33 

One Table Dough Trough and cloathes Box. 2.G7 
Two Linnen sheets and two Diaper Table 

eloaths 5.00 

Two chests Big Wheel and old barrels 1.61 

Loom and Tacklings 2.00 

A Dresser and furniture 13.03 

A Cupboard and Furniture 4.11 

Chairs and Kitchen Furniture 12.50 

A Bookpress and Books 40.97 

One heifer 8.00 

One Bull Calf 4.67 

Hems and cliains 3.67 

Seven Cow chains 2.80 

Three Pitchforks and three Dung forks 1.45 

One hogshead and old iron 3.33 

One pair sadle bags, three bags and large 

bowl 2.06 

" family Bible 2.00 

** Kit shoemaker tools and Remnants of 

leather 1.00 

*• Lot of Carpenter Tools 1.50 

' ' Grindstone and hoes .67 ■ 

five yards fulled Lincy 3.33 

One Reel and spinning Wheel 1.60 

" Quilwheel and old spinng wheel .53 

Seven bushels Indian Corn @ 53c per 3.71 

One and an half bushels buckwheat @ 40c 

per .60 

One bedstead and old irons .52 

A sculping hoe .40 

A frow .50 

A wheat ridle and beebox .40 

One lot of Meat 1.50 

A lot of Linnen Yarn 3.69 

260.84 



61 HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 

: Wills No. I 3N. 

• WILL OF SARAH (WALLACE) PROUDFIT. 

In the Name of God Amen, the seventeenth day of 
April in the Year of our Lord, One thousand eight 
hundred and fourteen. I Sarah Proudfit Widow and 
Relict of Andrew Proudfit late of Hopewell Township in 
the County of York and State of Pennsylvania deceased, 
of the same place being weak in body but of perfect 
and disposing ]\liud and ^lemory thanks be unto God 
therefore, calling to ]\Iind the ^Mortality of my body and 
knowing that it appointed unto all men once to die, do 
make and ordain this my last will and Testament, that 
is to say. Principally and first of all, I recommend it to 
the Earth to be buried in a Christian like and decent 
Manner at the discretion of my Executors not doubting 
but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same 
again by the IMighty power of God, and as touching such 
\forldly goods as it has pleased God to bless me with in 
this life. I give and bequeath and dispose of them in 
the following manner and form and first of all I allow 
my just debts and funeral charges to be paid by my 
Eixecutors. 

I give and bequeath to my beloved Son James 
Proudfit 's "Wife and three daughters one black gown 
one d's pattern and two petticoats with the napkin that 
ia around them. Item I give and bequeath to my be- 
loved Son Alexander Proudfit 's "Wife one Stuff petti- 
coat black silk handerchief and shawl with the napkin 
that they are bound up in. Item I give and bequeath 
to my beloved Son Robert Proudfit 's Wife one Callico 
Gown black silk petticoat and ]\Iuslin Handerchief with 
the Napkin they are bound up in. Item, I give and 
bequeath to my Grand Daughter Sarah Proudfit Daugh- 
ter of my Son Robert one flowered lawn handkerchief. 
Item, I give and bequeath to my grand Daughter Sarah 
P^roudfit Daughter of my Son Alexander my Bible. I 
will and allow the rest of Books to be equally divided 
amongst my four Sons to wit, James, Alexander, David 
and Robert Proudfit. I will and allow all my beds and 
bedding household and kitchen furniture with all my 
other property not before mentioned to be sold at 
public Sale and the product thereof equally divided 
between my four Sons as above mentioned. I appoint 



HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 85 



and ordain my beloved friend Alexander Thompson my 
Sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament, and 
I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disanuU all 
and every other former Will and Testament. 

In witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand and 
affixed my Seal the day and year above written. 

her 
Sarah Proudfit. 
mark 
Signed Sealed, published and declared in the pres- 
ence of us who in her presence and at her the said Sarah 
Proudfit 's request and in the presence of each other 
hereunto subscribed our name as Witnesses. 

her 
Patrick Stuart. Elizabeth Thompson. 

mark 
(The certificate of Jacob Barnitz, Register for York 
County, is api>ended to the copy of Sarah Proudfit 's will, 
but, as it is the same in form as that which follows 
Andrew Proudfit 's will, is omitted.) 



ANDREW PROUDFOOT (2) ON TRIAL FOR 
HERESY. 

That ANDREW PROUDFOOT (2) and Sarah, 
his wife, were buried in an out-of-the-way private 
graveyard instead of in the burying-ground of Guins- 
ton Church, of which he was one of the elders, was a 
puzzle until :Mr. J. M. Gemmill discovered, in the 
Guinston Church Records, the following: 

"At Gueenstown Meeting House 11th Sept. 1781, 
which day and place the Associate Session of Gueens- 
town met to hold an extra-judicial conversation with 
And. Proudfoot about points of Doctrine wherein he 
differs from the session. Those present with Mr. 
Clarkson, John Orr, John ^IcKay, Jas. McNary, John 
Fullerton, Willam Stuart, John McNary, Alex. Moore, 
and Samuel Harper, Elders. Mr. Clarkson began with 
praver. In the course of conversation And. Proudfoot 
"refuted that Christ yielded any obedience to the :>loTa\ 
law in form of a Cov. ; and refuted that Gal. 4, 4, wa.^ 
any proof that he did; as that text (he said) had only 



66 HISTORY OF THE F'ROUDFIT FAMILY 



a respect to the ceremonial law, which appears from the 
scope." 

He likewise "refuted that there was a revelation 
of the Covenent of works from Mount Sinai ; but said 
that all was a dispensation of grace." He further as- 
serted "that no man was naturally under the Covenant 
of Works; — that it was no longer binding on Adam or 
his posterity after he broke it." 

After various reasonings and long conversations 
with him, the members were unanimous in their judg- 
ment that they could not have freedom to join in com- 
munion with him while he retained these sentiments. 

Time having far spent, they finished the conversa- 
tion with him without resolving on anything concerning 
him; only that they could not join in communion with 
him in his present state, which was intimated to him. 
Andrew said he would take what had been said to him 
into further consideration, which was so far satisfactory 
to the members that they resolved to give him time. 

"It appears this was the end of the controversy, 
and that he never met with the session again. He, of 
course, could not get a certificate of dismissal to any 
other church, and what his after relation to the Chris- 
tian Church was I do not know. 

"The Associate Reformed Church was erected the 
next year at Pequea, Lancaster Co., Pa., and he may 
have in time, connected himself with that body by ex- 
amination. My belief is that the above matter, in con- 
nection with the attempted union at Pequea, was the 
entering wedge which caused the split in Guinston and 
resulted in the establishment of the Hopewell Churcii, 
in which Alexander, your grandfather, was an elder. No 
Proudfit was baptized in Guinston later than 1782." J. 
M. G. 



(The following letter, written years later by An- 
drew Proudfit, shows that he still held firmly to the 
doctrine of the all-sufficiency of "grace." Perhaps the 
visit from Samuel Harper, who was to convey the letter 
to j\Irs. Neilson, and who had been one of the members 
who "could not feel free to commune with him while 
he was iu this state," may have revived old memories 
of the "conversation" with the elders, and explain why 
his letter took the form of a religious homily. M. C.) 



HISTORY OF THE PKOUDFIT FAMILY 87 

LETTER OF ANDREW PROUDFOOT (2) TO 
MRS. MARGARET NEILSON. 

Dear friend by my seeing your friend ^Ir. Samuel 
Harper we lieard you were all well whieh we are glad 
to hear & at present we are all in our ordenary health 
blessed be the great giver of all our niereys we are all 
criepiug along to our eternal state & we are warned by 

the great teacher be ye alwyis ready we have ned 

to handel or learn to liandel the Christian armor & to 

feiglit the good feight of faith be ay learning from 

gods word in receiving Christ as our Capton to feight 
for us &. by faith to set him on the frouut of the battell 
if we do not feight with his armor we will lose the battle 
for our enemies are all too strong for us satan sin such 
as unbelief carnality enmity profanity lukewarmness a 
hard heart hypocrisy self rightiousness earthlymind- 
edness these are all satans armor & many eivels more 
but is there no provision for helpless sinners such as we 
are against these enemies in order to geat the victory 
over them yes they are all conquered enemies already 
to the beleivers hand by his great Capton who gained 
victory over sin & Satan on the cross but is there no 
way for his for believers for ther part of the bat- 
tle yes there is the preceous promises of gods word is 

still these wells of salvation never runs dry 

alwyse open to the mouth of faith I will strengthen 
them in the lord & they shall walk up & down in my 
name saith the lord if the apostle paul had to strugle 
with a body of sin & death crieing o wretched man who 
shall Deliver me we may surely lay our account with the 
same body of sin & Death but sin was too strong for him 
so it is too strong for all blievers but they may say with 
the great apostle of the gentiels thank be to god who 
giveth us the victoury through our lord Jiesus Christ 
yea the weackest beleiver may say so although they 
walk in Darkness & have no light of satisfieng evidence 
as to spiritual sence yet they may have a trusting saving 
faith isaiah 50th 10 there is a little chapter in isaiah 
there is but 6 verses in it it is the 12th the beleiver may 
Draw living water with joy & consolation out of it & 
it will never run dre it is ay the same because god is the 
same for a god in Christ is in it & if a three one god in 
Christ be in it there is no more beheind for all blessed- 
ness is there he his faith to give against unbelief he his 



68 HISTORV OF TilK PRQLTDFIT FAMILY 



love to give against enineity he his spirituality against 
carnality & all grace against our coruptiou & the spirit 
of prayer of faith to Draw the living water in to the dry 
& withered heart with jo}' unspeakable & full of glory 
that is the unsearchable riches of Christ And Margret 
if I was to tell my experiences I would say I had nothing 
about me but a corupt heart but I would say let a god in 
Christ be all in all for I can do nothing but sin sin is all 
Tve but free grace to nedy sinners is what god his (?) 
I will be as the Dew to iserael the Dew fals very in- 
scencably on the grass we cannot fell it falieng yet it is 
as realy there as if we felt it & as refreshing to herbs 
as if felt by us hosea 14 so it is with the saints of god 
often they walk by faith & not by sight faith sees god 
in Christ in the promise althoug invisable like I\roses 
Heb 11th 27 there is a great cloud of witnesses in that 
chapter for our imitation we doo not know where the 
wiend comes from nor where it goes so is every on that 
is born of the spirit saith the great teacher John 3d 8th 

it is I think alwise the of saving faith to embrace 

the promise & gods faithfulness therein as it is founda- 
tion to plead upon & god in Christ as it is object as 
seieng him by faith in the promise for faith sees god as 
mercyfull to nedy sinners nowhere Else if we want the 
old heart taken away the new given it is in the promis 
it is a Dry time in the church in this place profanety of 
all kinds preveal Drunkness swaring adultery few 
Kaing what shall I doo to be saved I am glade to hear of 
your prosperity Sally & me are genrely midiling health 
in our old age blessed be his name we have had a wet 
season this sumer prety good crops send me a Itter as 
you get opertunity our complemants to your husband 
al relitions I will stope & bide you farewell when this 
you see Remember me my spouse joines in her compli- 
ments to you all this from your loving & friend & well 
wisher. Andy & Saly Proudfoot. 
(Address) Mrs. Margrit Neilson spouse to John Neilson 
"Washington County 
per favor Mr. Samuel Harper & 



(The above letter, the original of which is in my 
possession, was preserved in the family of John and 
Margaret [Gilliland] Neilson until 1910, when it was 
i;indly given by their great-great-grandson, Thomas 



HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 



89 



Forsythe Neilson, genealogist and Antiquarian, of Wash- 
ington, D. C, to S. V. Proudfit. The paper is badly 
stained and much worn. IMr. Proudfit had the letter' 
''repaired" by the Vatican method, so that it may, with 
care, last for several centuries more. The original is 
without punctuation marks. The spelling and capitali- 
zation have been copied as closely as possible. M. C.) 



Muster-roll of the Company in which the three 
Proudfoot Brothers, ANDREW, ROBERT and DAVID, 
served in the War of the Revolution. • 



First Lieut. 



Isaac McKissick ; sec. Lieut. 
Ensign, Thomas Dixon. 



John Smith. 



David Anderson 

John Anderson 

John Bohanan 

John Blosser 

Peter Bryfugle 

Anthony Beaman 

William Boyd 

Henry Cunningham Robert ]\IcKay 

Henry Craig James McElory 

Robert Criswell 

Stephen Cornelius 

Jasper Clements 



John Griffith David Proudfoot ' 

Evan Griffith Robert Proudfoot 

Henry Householder Andrew Proudfoot 



James Hamilton 
Solomon James 
John McKissick 
James McAlister 



Robert Dixon 
John Duncan 
George Egert 
Nicholas Ferple 
Andrew Fulton 
David Gemmill 



^lichael jMorrison 
William ]McKlurg 
William Neilson 
Joseph Nowland 
Martin Overmiller 
James Regan 
Elisha Pew 
James Purdy 
Patrick Purdy 



Samuel Roseberg 
Adam Reed 
John Smith 
William Smith 
Robert Swan 
Robert Straffort , 
Jacob Sadler 
Samuel Smith 
James Steel 
Francis Sechrist . 
Frederick Salter • 
Andrew Thompson 
James Young 
Benjamin Yont 
Jacob Yost 



Descendants of ANDREW PROUDFOOT (2) or 
DAVID PROUDFOOT (2) are eligible to membership 
in the Sons or Daughters of the American Revolution; 
on the record of service shown on page 11. Should 
any further verification of this record be required, Mr. 
Geo. R. Prowell of York, Pa., who has made an exhaust-' 
ive study of the history of York County, has kindly 
offered to furnish it. ! 



W HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 

All the facts found in this book in retrard to tlie 
military service of ANDREW PROUDFOOT and his 
brothers were contributed by Mr. J. M. Gemmill, of 
Laurel, Pa. 

Alexander Proudfit (3) had a fund of songs with 
which he often amused his children as they sat before 
the old stone fireplace in the living-room at Proudfit 's 
Point. (He never sang psalms to his children. To use 
the inspired words for any purpose but worship was 
eacrilege.) ^ly mother often recalled how she used 
to sit on one knee while "Nancy" occupied the other, 
und the father sang the old English or Scotch ballads 
popular in that day. She remembered snatches of some 
of them, as "The Blackbird," "Polly Van Lieuw," 
"Young ]\Iusgrave," and others less well known. A 
few months before her death there came into her mind 
the words and tune of one of these which had lain dor- 
mant in her memory for seventy years. As a lyric 
curiosity it seems worth preserving, and as there is 
probably no copy in existence except that which I wrote 
down from my Mother's lips, I append it here. 

SALLY SALISBURY. 

An IrisTi fair lady to London there came, 

And Sally Salisbury they call-ed her name. 

Her beauty ■was more than the King could express, 

And her riches were more than the King could purchase. 

A gallant young knight with ten thousand a year 

A-courting unto this fair lady did steer; 

But she being so lofty and her portion so high, 

That on this young knight she would scarce cast an eye. 

"Oh, Sally! Oh, Sally! Oh, Sally!" said he, 
"Ain't you sorry that your love and mine can't agree?" 
" jfoung man, I would have you to leave off your discourse, 
For I never will wed you unless I am forced." 

"Oh, Sally! Oh. Sally! Oh, Sally!" said he, 
"I'm sorry that your love and mine can't agree. 
I make no great doubt that your folly you'll see, 
And then you'll be sorry that you slighted me." 

Scarce a month's come, or scarce a month's passed, 
When this young man heard ot his love's fate at last: 
8he sent for this young man whom she'd slighted with scorn; 
She's pierced to the heart and she knows not wherefrom. 



HISTORY OF THE PROUDFIT FAMILY 91— ^.^ 



"When he came there he came to her bed-side: 
"Lies the pain in your head, love, lies the pain in your side!" 
"Oh, No!" she replied, "the truth you hain't guessedj 
The pain which I bear pierces me in the breast. 

"You are the doctor, I sent for you here; 
You are the one that can kill or can cure." 
A-si<:hiiig and sobbing these words she did eay, 
"Without your assistance I'm ruined this day.'* 

"Ob, isally! Ob, Sally! Oh, Sally!" said be, 

"Don't you mind the time when you slighted me? 

I ne'r will forgive you as long as I draw breath, 

But I'll dance on your grave when you're laid in the earth!" 

"Farewell to my father; farewell to my friends; 

Farewell to my true love, I'll make him amends." 

Tlicn off of her fingers pulled diamond rings three, 

Saying, "Take these for my sake when you're dancing on mel" 

"Farewell to my friends; farewell to my foes! 
Farewell to this world, full of sorrows and woes! 
I freely forgive him although he don't me. 
Ten thousand times over my folly I see." 

So now she is dead, as we do suppose. 
And to the fair sex she's left all her fine clothes. 
"Come all ye pretty maidens, take warning by me, 
And treat your true lovers with civilitee." 



INDEX OF PROUDFITS. 



(The figure following name shows generation ; abbreviated names, 
line of descent.) 



Agnes {7),15. 

Agnes (4) (Alex., And.), 17, 

6S. 
Agness (4), 30. 
Albert D. (6), 25. 
Albert Menzo (6), 40. 
Alexander (3) (And.), 17. 
Alexander (3) (Jas.), 27. 
Alexander (4) (Alex., And.), 

17, 60. 
Alexander (4) (And., Jas.), 

27. 
Alexander (4) (Jas., And.), 

16. 
Alexander (4) (Eben., Jas.), 

28. 
Alexander (5) (And., Alex., 

And.), 35, 39. 
Alexander (5) (Jno. W., 

Alex., Jas.), 28. 
Alexander Moncrieff (4), 28. 
Alexander R. (6), 31. 
Alice Mary (6) (T. P., Wm., 

Dav., And.), 22. 
Alice Mary (6) (Jno. F., Jno., 

Alex., And.), 52, 53. 
Amanda (5), 31. 
Andrew (1), 9. 
Andrew (2), 13, 79. 
Andrew (3) (Jas.), 26. 
Andrew (3) (Dav.), 30. 
Andrew (4) (Alex., And.), 

17, 35. 
Andrew (4) (And., Jas.), 27. 
Andrew (4) (Dav., And.), 21. 
Andrew (5), 50. 
Andrew Bruce (6), 48. 
Andrew C. (5), 31. 
Andrew Carlyle (6), 45. 
Andrew Jackson (4), 32. 
Andrew James (5), 60. 
Andrew Jameson (5), 35, 47. 
Andrew Patterson (5), 23. 
Andrew Stewart (6), 31. 
Anna Belle (6), 45. 



Annie M. (6), 31. 
Arthur Ernest (6), 40. 
Arthur L. (6), 60. 
Beattie (6), 60. 
Benjamin George (6), 58. 
Bernard Maxwell (7), 43. 
Caroline (5), 16. 
Charles (6), 47. 
Claries Arthur (6), 58. 
Charles Henry (5), 50. 
Charles Julius (5), 16. 
Charles Patterson (6), 23. 
Cinderella (4), 30. 
Daniel (3), 26. 
Daniel (4;, 26. 
David v2, 30. 
David (3), 20. 

David (4) (Alex., And.), 17, 
57. 

David (4) (Dav., And.), 21. 

David (4) (Dav., And.), 2d, 
21. 

David (4) (Jas., And.), 16. 

David (4) (Jno. Dav.), 30. 

David (5) (Dav., Dav., And.), 
23. 

David (5) (And., Alex., And.) 
35, 47. 

David Grant (6), 40-1. 

David John (5), 16. 

David L. (5), 21. 

David Law (4), 24. 

uavid Law (5), 25. 

David Morrow (5), 23. 

David Wallace (5) (And., 
Dav., And.), 23. 

David Wallace (5) (Eobt., 
Dav., And.), 23. 

Dora Eliza (6), 52. 

Dora Nell (6), 52. 

Doris Goldman (6), 52. 

Doris Wynette (7), 48. 

Ebenezer (3), 27. 

Ebenezer (4) (And., Jas.), 27. 



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INDEX. 



Eber.ezer (4) (Eben., Jas.), 

28. 
Edward Alexander (5), 50. 
Edward Hervey (6), 22. 
Edward -ditcuell (5), 72. 
E iwin B. (6), 25. 
Eleanor (4), 31. 
Eliza (4), 24. 
Eliza Jane (4), 30. 
Elizabeth (2), 9. 
Elizabeth (3), 30. 
Elizabeth (4), 17, 49. 
Elizabeth (o), 16. 
Elizabeth (5), 31. 
Elizabeth Brown (o), 21. 
Elizabeth C. (5), 31. 
Elizabeth Mclntire (5), 35, 

35. 
Ella Jane (5), 71. 
Ellen {-t,, 24. 
Linma May (7), 42. 
Emmett (7), 41. 
Elsie Vera (7), 42. 
Etnel S. (6), 31. 
Ethlene Exeen (6), 40. 
Francis Marion (5), 57, 58. 
Francis Trimmer (5), 35, 48. 
Francis Trimmer (6), 48. 
Frank Eugene (6), 40. 
Franklin John (6), 52. 
George (5), 50. 
George Colfax (6), 40. 
Hannah (4), 27. 
Helen Estella (6), 40. 
Helen Mae (6), 74. 
Helen Mene (6), 45. 
Helen Ora (7), 42. 
Helen Stewart (7), 43. 
Herbert Kerr (6), 27. 
Herebrt Kerr (7), 27. 
Herbert T. (6), 25. 
Henry Clay (5), 32. 
Hugh Peebles (4), 27. 
Hugh Wilson (5), 23. 
Ida (5), 32. 
Jacob, 30. 
James (2), 10, 26. 
James (3) (And.;, 15. 
James (3) (Jas.) 26. 
James (3) (Dav.) 30. 
James (4) (Jas., And.) 16. 
James (4) (Robt., And.), 24. 
James (4) ^And., Jas.), 27. 
James (5) (Pat., Dav., And.), 

23. 
James (5), 32. 



James Alexander (5), 16. 
James E. (4), 2S. 
James *^enry (7), 27. 
James Kerr (4), 31. 
James Kerr, Gen '1 (5), 27. 
James Maxwell (5), 57. 
James McDonald (5), 57. 
James Owen (4), 28. 
James Walker (5), 23. 
Jane (3), 30. 
Jane (4) (Alex., And.), 17, 

62. 
Jane (4) (Jas., And.), 16. 
Jane (4) (And., Jas.), 27. 
Jane (5), 16. 
Jane Ann (o), 31. 
Jane Mc^^adam (5), 23. 
Jane ^lorrow (4), 21. 
Janet (3), 15. 
.lean (7), 43. 
Jenette (2), 9. 
Jessie Elizabeth (6), 58, 59. 
Jessie Rachel (6), 40. 
John (3) (Jas.), 26. 
John (3) (Dav.), 30. 
John (4) (Jas., And.), 16. 
John (4) (Alex., And.), 17, 

50. 
John (4) (And., Jas.), 27. 
John (5) (And., Alex., And.), 

44. 
John (5) (Pat., Dav., And.), 

23. 
John Alexander (5) (Jno., 

Alex.), 50. 
John Alexander (5) (Dav., 

Aiex.,, 57. 
John Alexander (5) (Alex., 

Alex.), 60. 
John B. (5), 22. 
John Freshour (5), 50, 52. 
John Lyle (4), 30. 31. 
John Lyle, Rev. (5), 32. 
John Negley (7), 23. 
John Presley (6), 31. 
John Williams (4) (Alex., 

Jas.), 28. 
John Williams (4) (Eben., 

Jas.), 28. 
Joseph (5), 32. 
Josephine Harriet (7), 43. 
Kate B. (o), 32. 
Kate Morrow (6), 60. 
Kathleen McBride (6), 31. 
Kenneth Lewis (7), 43, 44. 
Leo (6), 40. 



INDEX. 



9o 



Leon Roy (6), 45. 
Leona (7), 43. 
Leonard, Rev. (5), 35, 44. 
Leonard Andrew (7), 42. 
LcRov Maxwell (5), 71. 
Lillie' Blanche (6), 22. 
Lucile Marguerite (7), 48. 
Lura JIaude (6), 61. 
Mabel Lucile (7), 42. 
Margaret ^4) (Jas., And.), 16. 
Margaret (4) (Alex., And.), 

17, 75. 
Margaret (4) (And., Jas.), 27. 
Jlargaret (5), 31. 
Margaret (7), 43. 
Margaret Jane (5), 71. 
ilargaret S. (5), 31. 
ilariorie (6), 61. 
Martha (4), 17, 66. 
Martha (6), 72, 73. 
Martha Ann (o), 50, 51. 
Martha Hannah (5), 57, 58. 
Martha Eleanor (5), 31. 
Martha McCleary (5), 35, 45. 
Marv (3) (Jas.), 27. 
Mary (3) (Dav.j, 30. 
Mary (4) (Robt., And.), 24. 

Mary (4) (And., Jas.), 27. 

Mary (4) (Alex., Jas.), 28. 

Mary (4) (Eben., Jas.), 28. 

Marv (5), 60. 

Mary Fliza (5), 50, 53. 

Mary Emma (7), 73. 

Mary Gay ^6), 60. 

Mary Tne'z (6), 40, 41. 

MarV Isabel (o), 23. 

Mary J. (5), 31. 

Mary Jane (5) (\Vm., Dav., 
Ard.), 21. 

Marv Jane (5) (Dav., Alex., 
Ard.), 57, 58. 

Mary Morrow (5), 23. 

Marv Sophia (5), 71, 73. 

Man,' Tate (4), 16. 

MarV Wvnette (7), 48. 

Mavis Ciair (7), 59. 

Minnie Mabelle (6), 61. 

Moses, 17. 

Nancy (3), 30. 

Nancv (4), 16. 

Narcy LeMoyne (5), 16. 

iNaoT'u (7), 4.3. 

Nellie Kffa (6), 45. 

Nettie (5), 71, 73. 

Patterson (4), 21. 

Persis (6), 72, 73. 



Phyllis (7), 48. 

Phv^.is Gwendolvn (7), 45. 

Pri'scilla (7), 43". 

Ralpu Alexander (6), 60. 

Ralph Campbell (6), 43, 44. 

Robert (2), 29. 

Robert (3) (And.), 24. 

Robert (3) (Dav.), 30. 

Robert (4) (Alex., And.), 17, 

71. 
Robert (4) (Dav., And.), 21, 

23. 
Robert (4) (Robt., And.), 24. 
Robert (5), 35, 39. 
Robert (6) (And. J., And., 

Alex.), 47, 48. 
Robert (6) (S. V., Robt., 

Alex.), 72, 73. 
Robert Bruce (6), 40, 42. 
Robert F. (6), 31. 
Robert Fulton (5), 71, 74. 
Robert Morton (5), 71, 74. 

Robert RalLston (o), 28. 

Robert Watson (6), 74. 

"^omaine Vinton (5), 16. 

Russel Lee (7), 43. 

Ruth (7), 43. 

Sally (4), 16. 

Sallv Wallace (4), 21. 

Sam'uel (4), 16. 

Samuel Mitchell (o), 23. 

Samuel R. (5), 31. 

Samuel Victor (5), 71, 72. 

Sarah (4) (Alex., And.), 17, 
54. 

Sarah (4) (Robt.. And.), 24. 

Sarah Frances (7), 43. 

barah Isabel (6), 43, 44. 

Sarah Patterson (5) (Wm., 
Dav., And.), 21. 

Sarah Patterson (5) (Dav., 
Dav., And.), 23. 

Sheldon Lewis (6), 42, 43. 

Smith (5), 32. 

Susan (4), 27. 

Susan Catherine (6), 22. 

Susannah (4), 28. 

Thomas Andrew (5), 57, 58. 

Thomas Patterson, Rev. (5), 
21, 22. 

Virginia Inez (7;, 42. 

William (3), 27. 

William (4) (Dav., And.), 21, 
22. 

William (4) (Jno., Dav.), 30, 
31. 



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INDEX. 



William Albert (6), 22. 
William Barnet (6), 23. 
William Burns (6), 48. 
William David (6), 50, 51. 
William E. (6), 52. 



William H. (5), 27. 

William Henry (5), 27. 

William Pitt (4), 27. 

Wi..iam R. (5), 31. 

William Rankin (6), 31. 



OTHER SURNAMES. 



Acker, Ethel, 59. 

Adams, Gertrude, 60; James 
McClelland, 60; Sarah, 46. 

Allison, Capt., 35. 

Alward, Flossie Ulo, 39; Wil- 
son i3., 39. 

Amidon, Clark Franklin, 42; 
Edith Irene, 42. 

Angelberger, Mary, 50. 

Armstrong, Ida, 46. 

Arnot, Rev. Andrew, 10.' 

Ashley, Irene, 54. 

Bain, Alexander, 45; Harriet 
Gano, 45. 

Baker, Doeia Elizabeth, 52; 
George Washington, 52; 
Mary, 71. 

Ball, Emma Lavinia, 73. 

Barlow, Harriet Short, 52. 

Barnet, Fannie, 22. 

Batchelor, Eliza, 42. 

Beatty, Robert, 60; Sarah E., 
60. 

Bellinger, Ellen Lavina, 41. 

Benn, Charles Wesley, 48; 
Margaret Waid, 48. 

Bennett, Andrew, 29. 

Billings, Andrew, 38; Archie 
37, 38; .\rden, 39; Barnum 
38; Blanch Ellen, 38 
Charles, 37; Charles Wilbur 
37; Ellen, 38; Ethel Agnes 
39; Ezekiel, 37; Frank T. 
37, 38; Harry, 38; Ilattie 
38; Hugh Compton, 37, 38 
Inez, 38, 39; Joanna May 
38; Kenneth, 39; Neal, 39 
Nellie, 38, 39; Paul, 38 
Ralph Alphoneo, 38; Rose 
Opal, 39; Vernon B., 37, 38. 

BlacKctt, John, 43. 

Blanchard, Sarah Abigail, 64. 

Bonner, Henry, 21. 

Borett, Wilhelmina, 44. 

Boyd, Robert, 23. 

Branan, Martha, 53. 

Brockett, Eey, Oliver Gar- 
land, 23. 



Brown, Elizabeth, 21; Rev. 
George, 10; Mary, 46; Scott, 
46. 

Bunnell, Matilda Ann, 70. 

Bureh, Charles Henry, 73; 
Charles Huston, 73; Charles 
Park McKinley, 73; Eleanor 
Grace, 73; Laurance Byerlv, 
73; LeRoy Edward, 73; 
Mary Verna, 73; Paul Ken- 
yon, 73; Robert Henry, 73. 

Burden, Margaret, 28. 

Burrage, Rebekah, 51. 

Byerly, Melinda, 58. 

Campbell, Andrew Taylor, 68; 
Anny, 62; Arthur, 30; Elea- 
nor, 30; Hannah, 43; Han- 
nab, 57; Hannah Maria, 66; 
Ida Isabel, 68; John, 68; 
John Proudfit, 68; Martha 
Jane, 68; Mary Helen, 68; 
Ozro Fayette, 68; Sarah, 42; 
Sarah Elizabeth, 68; Wil- 
liam, 68; William Montello, 
68. 

Carpenter, Edward, 21; Mar- 
garet, 21. 

Carothers, Thomas, 16. 

Cassidy, David, 38; Mabel 
Idyl, 38; 

Caulkins, Charles, 41; Charles 
Darius, 41; Darius, 41; Em- 
ma Grace, 41; Frank Alex- 
ander, 41; Harriet Eliza- 
beth, 41. 

Ctiedister, Mary, 59. 

Christopher, Mary Ann, 45. 

Church, Calvin, 69; Frank 
Ozro, 69; Franklin Hibbard, 
69; Hazel Helen, 69; Lael 
Bernice, 69; Leola Uretta, 
69; Lloyd Calvin, 69; 
Maurice, 69; Roy Lyle, 69; 
Roy Maxwell, 69; Winafred, 
69. 

Cilley, Eliza Philena, 71; 
Samuel, 71. 



INDEX. 



91 



Cissna, Susannah, 60. 

Cleveland Clarissa, 66. 

Compton, Agues, 66; Hugh, 

66; James, 66; Margaret, 66; 
Sophia, 66. 

Conrad, John Fairfax, 73; 
Persis, 73; Thomas, 73; Vir- 
ginia, 73. 

Cooper, Floyd Temple, 51; 
Frederic, 51; Harold Jo- 
seph, 51; James Frederic, 
51; Joseph, 51. 

Corbin, Shadrach, 30. 

Crouch, Warren, 23. 

Crook, Ida, Georgina, 48; 
James Philip, 48. 

Culbertson, Agnes Anna, 46; 
Andrew Augustus, 46, 47; 
Charles Lewis, 45; Clarissa 
Isabelle, 45, 46; Harriet 
Emily, 44; Harriet Emily 
2nd, 46; Harry Ernest 
46; John Augustus, 45; 
Loua Mabel, 45, 46; Mary 
Elizabeth, 46. 

Dana, Orville Parker, 58; 
Ward Augustus, 58. 

Darling, Charles Monroe, 42; 
.James Monroe, 42. 

Davenport, Lottie, 42. 

Davis, Bessie Belle, 73; 
Charles Simeon, 73; Eliza, 
71; Sarah Elizabeth, 71; 
Mary E., 23. 

Deal, Jonathan Jacob, 65; 
Peter, 65. 

DeWitt, Helen, 74. 

Dick, Margaret McAlpine, 23. 

Dickie, Jean, 64. 

Dobbin, Eev. Alexander, 20. 

Dodge, Frances Marian, 25; 
Rev. Orrin, 25. 

Dorwart, Ida Mae, 74; Jason 
Watson, 74. 

Douglas, Ann, 48. 

Duncan, Catherine, 21. 

Dundon, Charles William, 46; 
John, 46; Helen Louise, 46; 
Louis John, 40; Lynn Cul- 
bertson, 46; Roscoe Charles, 
46. 

Dunlap, Eliza, 27. 

Edwards, James, 39; Lowe 
Frank, 30; Margaret, 39; 
Myron, 39. 

Eno, Lydia, 38. 



Everingham, Martha, 55. 

Fallowtield, Jane, 51. 

Fellows, Aliff Eliza, 48. 

Finley, Mary, 69. 

Fish, Emma Medora, 72;. 
Hiram, 72. 

Fleming, Mahala, 23. 

Forsyth, Dr. John, 28. 

Francis, Mary, 57. 

Eraser, George, 22; Harold 
Carpenter, 22; James Mur-. 
ray, 22; Vernon Proudfit, 22.' 

Freeman, Mary, 37. 

French, Elizabeth Maria, 55; 
Thomas, -"5. 

Freshour, Eliza, 50; John, 50. 

Fulton, Mary, 26. ' 

Gellatlv, Rev. Alexander, 10. 

Gemmin, Albert V., 32.; 
Annie, 32; Chauncey, 32; 
Florence, 32; John "McAI- 
ister, 32; John Mc A lister, 
Jr., 32; Norman, 32; Roscoe, 
32; William, 32; William 
H., 32. 

Gibson. John 69; John 2d, 69._ 

Giles, Sarah, 47. 

Gillespie, Edwin Guain, 55;. 
Edwin Leonard, 55; Gladys 
Elizabeth, 56; Hazel Marie,. 
56; Irene May, 55; John, 
54; John Alexander, 54; 
Marian, 55; Martha Ann, 
55; Martha Elizabeth, 54; 
Minnie Almina, 55; Rena 
May, 55; Richard, 54; Sarah. 
Alice, 55; Thomas Clarke, 
55; William Andrew, 55; 
William Henry, 54, 55j Wil- 
liam Howard, 56; Winfield 
Scott, 55, 

Gilmore, Jfary Ann, 60. 

Gilmour, Allen Columbia, 44; 
Jennie Dunsmour Knox, 44. 

Goodrich, Carrie, 39; Carson 
Lee, 40; Donna Inez, 40 
Elizur, 43; Harry Owen, 41 
Lauretta, 41; Mattie, 43 
^fargaret Elizabeth, 41_ 
Nellie Isabel, 40; Wilbur 
Bentley, 40; William Bent- 
ley, 39. 

Gove, Harriet, 64; William 
Henry, 64. 

Gregory, Emma, 55. 

Gulick, Mary, 45. 



INDEX. 



Haggertj, Anna, 47; Hugh, 
47. 

Haight, W. D., 27. 

Hamill, John, 27. 

Hamilton, Mary Jane, 48. 

Hanna, Andrew Jackson, 52; 
Lillian Estella, 52. 

Harrell, Seymour Lyman, 52; 
Victor Hugo, 52. 

Harris, Alice Cora, 42. 

Harrison, Clarissa, 45. 

Harwood, Clifford J., 55; 
George Leslie, 55; Harry 
Buck, 55; Judson, 55; Ralph 
Emerson, 55. 

Hasbrouck, Israella, 24. 

Hawkins, William, 64; Wil- 
liam Burt, 64. 

Henderson, Matthew, 20. 

Henry, Lott Halnez, 41; Vir- 
gil Rae, 41. 

Herindeen, Maggie, 52. 

Hitchcott, Harry, 37; William, 
37, 

Hoke, Belle Josephine, 73. 

Holmes, Juliette, 27. 

Hotchkiss, Amanda Lenora, 
37; Medad, 37. 

Houston, Ann, 27. 

Huidekoper, H. J., 36. 

Hutchinson, Charlotte E., 52; 
Eliza, 51, 52; Ina May, 52; 
James, 51; Jane, 51; John, 
51, 52; Mabel, Louise, 52; 
Martha Julia, 52; Ralph, 51. 

Hyson, Archibald, 17. 

Ingram, James H., 73; Myrtle 
Maud, 73. 

Irish, Alphonso Hiram, 38; 
Jennie Miranda, 38. 

Irons, Harry Piersol, 61; 
Jonathan, 61; James Proud- 
fit, 61. 

Irvin, John, 28. 

Jameson, Elizabeth, 17. 

Jamison, Rev. John, 20. 

Jenkins, Harriet, 41. 

Johnsonbaugh, Delia, 69; 
Alexander, 69. 

Jones, Maria Freeman, 27. 

Kelley, Sally, 39. 

Kerable, Rev. Ira O., 61; John 
A., 61; Margaret, 61; M. 
Winifred, 61; Samuel T., 61; 
S. Vida, 61. 

Kerr, Maria, 27, • 



Kierstead, Eliza, 53. 

Knapp, Elizabeth, 56. 

Knox, Christina, 44. 

Laugherv, Mary, 68. 

Law, Elizabeth, 24. 

Lawhead, Minerva Worthing- 
ton, 61. 

Lawson, Joanna, 38. 

Lay, Abner, 40; Elizabeth, 
40. 

Lemmon, James, 73; Ulic, 73. 

LeSuer, Charles, 39; Grant, 
39; Helen Elizabeth, 39. 

Lewis, Harriet Amanda, 42; 
Jesse, 42; Sarah Jane, 42. 

Lincoln, Clarissa Luella, 43; 
Wellington, 43. 

Linn, Rev. James Patterson, 
31; William, 31. 

Livingston, Nancy, 30. 

Lockwood, Jane, 39. 

Long, David, 21. 

Lowe, Margaret Isabel, 39. 

Lyle, Elizabeth, 30. 

Lytle, Mary, 26. 

Marble, Alban Warren, 36; 
Blanche May, 37; Clarissa, 
36; Manton Medad, 37; Nel- 
lie Elizabeth, 37; Nora 
Elizabeth, 37; Paul, 36; 
Warren, 37. 

Marsh, Carson Wilson, 41; 
Ethlene, 41; Gail Andrew, 
41; James Elbert, 41; John 
Andrew, 41; Mary, 39; Wil- 
son, 41. 

Martin, Emma Sophia, 70. 

Mason, William Madison, 73. 

McAlister, Agnes Proudfit. 32; 
David Proudfit, 32; John, 
30; Rev. John, 11; W. N., 
32. 

McBride, Rowena, 31. 

McBurney, Jane, 57; John, 57. 

McCalmont, John, 30; John, 
32. 

McCleary, Martha, 17; John, 
17; John, 19; Sarah, 19; Wil- 
Ham, 19. 

McCready, John Richard, 58; 
Sarah Hester Belle, 58. 

McCully, Maria, 16. 

McCullough, Dr. S. L., 31. 

McFarland, James A., 28. 

Mcllvain, Martha, 54. 













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