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Add for Location of Hamilton Family

Bedford Gazette, November 23, 1805

Information desired of John Hamilton, son of Jeffery Hamilton, William Hamilton of White Castle and Samuel Hamilton first count of William Hamilton; all came from Ireland some time ago.  [Source: Bedford County and Huntingdon County newspapers. Unknown author, 1900]

Sarah Criveston Trying to Find Husband

Bedford Gazette, May 17, 1808

Sarah Criveston married July 3 1803 Christy; wife advertises as to his whereabouts.  [Source: Bedford County and Huntingdon County newspapers. Unknown author, 1900]

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
July 21, 1824

Bedford Springs

We have the pleasure to say, that our Springs are increasing in celebrity, and, notwithstanding the unusually late season, are more frequented this, than in any preceding year. The improvements have been greatly extended - the accommodations are of a superior order, and greatly increased by the present proprietor. Amongst the numerous visitors now attending the Springs, we are gratified to see Mrs. J. Q. Adams and family; the Hon. Mr. Williams, Senator in Congress from Mississippi; the Hon. Mr. Rankin, member of Congress from the same state; Gen. Stricker and family; and many other ladies and gentlemen of distinction from various parts of the United States

The season, heretofore very wet, has become delightful - and from the reports of strangers now here, we anticipate a great accession of company, large parties of whom are now on their way to this place. - Ib.

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
November 3, 1824

The German Reformed Synod of the United States, convened at Bedford, Pa., on the 26th of September. They have at length organized a Theological Seminary, which is to be located in this place, and have elected the Rev. Samuel Helfenstien, of Philadelphia, Theological Professor. An arrangement, it is said has been made by the trustees of Dickinson College to establish a new professorship in the institution, which is to be styled the "Professorship of History and German Literature," the duties of which will be discharged by the Theological Professor. - Car. Gaz.

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
November 17, 1824

From the Bedford Gazette

Roman Catholic Settlement

At Harman Bottom, which is distant fourteen miles from Bedford, and from Schellsburg six miles, a new Roman Catholic settlement is commenced under the direction of the Rev. Mr. Heyden, of this palce. The encouragements held out to Catholic emigrants, or movers are many and cheering. A Mr. Riddlemose, of the city of Baltimore, offers to them, at a low price and on easy payments, a large tract of land, comprising upwards of nine thousand acres. With a rare liberality, and a laudable zeal for the glory of God and the salvation of souls, he has erected, at his own expense, a very neat stone Chapel. He has given a hundred acres of land to the Clergyman, and has built for him a very elegant house. He has also empowered the Rev. Mr. Heyden to approprieate, for the use of a Catholic Schoolmaster, a hundred acres of land. There are erected, in the settlement, a first rate Merchant Mill and Saw Mill. The land is of a good quality, and excellent for all kinds of grain. There have already many Catholic settlers arrived. It is expected the Church will be finished and ready for consecration early in the spring.

Editors who would give this article an insertion in their papers, would confer a favor on those Catholics who are desirous to move, and to whom this information would be acceptable.

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) October 12, 1825

Bedford, Sept 30


A man calling himself John H. Miller of York county in this state, committed suicide by hanging himself in the garret of the house occupied by Mr. Clarke, on Friday night, 23d inst. He was found several weeks since in the woods near Bedford in a miserable and wretched situation - half staved, badly clothes, and truly an object of Charity. From his own statement he had wandered from the turnpike road and remained two or three days and nights in the woods, without any sustenance whatever. He was brought to Bedford and the overseers of the poor had him placed under the care of a physician until he was perfectly restored since which he committed the act above mentioned. It is understood his relations in York county are in good circumstances. If so, they will no doubt, cheerfully pay the expenses incurred on his account. - True Amer.

Mrs. Bonnet Manufacture's Carpet

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) March 1, 1826

Domestic Manufacture

We have seen with great satisfaction, a Carpet, consisting of 27 yards manufactured by Mrs. Bonnett, of this place. Many of our females have hitherto given specimens of their industry and ingenuity in fabrics of the king, but in no instance have we seen any domestic carpet to compare with it, either in the brilliancy and delicacy of its colors, or in the permanence of its texture. This carpet is in imitation of the Brussels Ingrain Carpeting - it was loomed by Mr. Brewer of Schellsburg whose superior knowledge of the business will be admitted by all. - Bedford True Amer.

Bedford True American purchased by Bowen

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania), June 20 1827

The establishment of the "Bedford True American," recently conducted by Messrs. John H. Pierson and John W. Bowen, has been purchased by Mr. Bowen - who appears to be determined to add to the interest and value of the paper.

Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA,  September 8, 1829

On the 3d ult. the house of Joshua Horton, of Hopewell township, Bedford county, was struck by lightning.  The whole family of Mr. H. were struck down and three of his children are supposed never to have moved or drawn breath after being struck.  The others recovered. [Genealogy Trails Transcription Team]

Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, March 30, 1830

We understand a report was brought by the Stage, on Sunday morning, that the Hon. John Tod, one of the Judges of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, died at Bedford, on Saturday last. [Genealogy Trails Transcription Team]

Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, May 4, 1830

Married on Thursday the 18th March, by the Rev. Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Thomas Kern of Bedford county to Miss Ann Maria Fleming, formerly of this county.  [Genealogy Trails Transcription Team]

Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, June 1, 1830

Melancholy Accident
Yesterday Mr. John Criswell, a very respectable young man in the employ (as a waggoner) of Mr. Wm. Linn, of this county, was killed in descending the Allegheny mountain, near Scheilsburg, Bedford county.  He was on foot and seized the bridle of the saddle horse to check the team and kept up with them a short distance, when it is supposed, the animal stumbled and Mr. Criswell was thrown under the wheel which passed over him and crushed him so much that he died that evening.  One of the horses was also killed. – Adams Sentinel of May 18  [Genealogy Trails Transcription Team]

Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, June 1, 1830

Died some time since, at Shellsburg, Bedford county, Mr. Benjamin Hersh, formerly of this neighborhood.  [Genealogy Trails Transcription Team]

Wm. T. Chapman Still Spry at 82

The Indiana Democrat (Indiana, Pennsylvania) May 25 1871

Wm. T. Chapman, Esq., of Bedford, aged eighty-two, this spring, spaded his garden and planted one hundred and fifty hills of corn, without help from anybody. “Squire Chapman is a perfect specimen of vigorous old age. His form is erect, his eye bright and his step firm and elastic. Withal he is genial and companionable. A man who buffets old Time so bravely deserves to become a centenarian.

C. J. Potta Succeeds R. C. Haderman

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) July 7, 1899

Prof. Cyrus J. Potts, ex-superintendent of the public schools of Bedford county, had purchased Attorney Rufus C. Haderman's interest in the Inquirer. John Lutz, Esq., now owns five-twelfths of the plant, "Major Jack" one -third and Professor Potts one-fourth. Mr. Haderman is an able writer. As our neighbor and fellow craftsman he has always been kind and courteous. We welcome Professor Potts to the ranks and hope he may find before him a macadam road lined with beautiful trees whose grateful shade is never dispelled by the rays from the sun of adversity.

Baker Boys Injured Riding Bicycles

Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) July 7, 1899

Near their home in Snake Spring Valley on Sunday William and Emory Baker, sons of Elias Baker, were riding their wheels down a hill when William lost control of his bicycle and it ran against the bike ridden by his brother. Both boys were thrown from their wheels and William's leg was broken. Emory was not seriously hurt. The injured boy is about fifteen years old. Dr. W.P.S. Henry of Everett reduced the fracture.

The Bedford Gazette, June 8 1900

In the Philippines - Communication From Charles A. Livingston, a Bedford County Boy - Hand-To-Hand Fight - A Brush With the Enemy – Our Correspondent Makes An Important Capture – Tropicl Fruits

Malasiqui, P.I.

Apirl 28, 1900

Editor Gazette

I promised to write you a letter from this place some time ago and have neglected it, so I will try and do so at once. Our company is quartered in the old Spanish convent here and it makes fine quarters. Most of the fighting is with robber bands that infest this island and strike terror to what few law-abiding citizens there arer; but this element is being exterminated by our troops and when we run on to a gang of them we make short work of them.

We don’t have it as hard as we used to. We have plenty of time for amusement. Baseball seems to be the leading sport, but it is most too hot for that. There is lots of fruit here now and most any old time you can see the boys coming in with a load of mangoes or bananas. Mangoes seem to be the favorite fruit with the boys. Cherries are also plentiful here, but they are not as good as the ones that grow in Bedford county.

Our chief duty is eat, drill, sleep and wash. Here is what one of the boys writes home: “Talk about keeping clean – if I went as dirty as I did when I was home I would be driven out of this fort.” First thing in the morning is get up and wash, then drill and wash, and then stand retreat and bath every day.

I never told you people how I captured my first insurgent. It was in June, 1899, not long after the rebellion had broken out. We were stationed at San Fernando. This was at that time the hot-bed of the insurrection. Our company was on outpost at the north end of the city. The insurgents had made several attempts to break our lines and retake the city and we were always looking for something to happen. It was the night of the 22nd and raining as hard as it could pour down. We had taken shelter in an old sugar mill not more than 800 yards from the insurgent outpost. It was about midnight and most everyone was asleep.

Suddenly the stillness was broken by several shots, which proved to be the shots of the enemy. These were followed quickly by others, then a tremendous volley fire was poured into us. “Steady, boys, steady. Don’t get excited. Into the trenches; be quick.” Spoke our captain. We were soon in the trench and pouring volley after volley into the flash, as that was all we could see to aim at. Oh, I will never forget that night. Our front was nothing but a sheet of flame. Mauser bullets were tearing through the bamboo, cutting them down like a scythe. Our artillery was sending shrapnel into them as fast as they could fire. I, with some others, was detailed to bring up ammunition and we had laid our guns down so we could carry a larger load. I was my good fortune to get separated from the others. All at one I heard the sugar cane breaking and as I looked I could make out the form of a man and by all appearances he was an insurgent. What could I do? To run would cause me to get the contents of his rifle, and that I had no desire for. The only thing I could do was to risk a hand-to-hand encounter with him.

I waited till he was even with me and then sprang on to him, catching him by the throat. The weight of my body knocked him to the ground. He could not utter a sound and the more he tried to get away the tighter I gripped him. I dragged him several feet, yelling as loud as I could for help. Soon several of the boys came to my assistance. One, I remember, stood over us, saying, “Let me put a bullet into him,” at the same time putting the muzzle of his gun to my foe’s head. Soon the voice of the captain was heard – “Bring a light; let him up. Let’s see who you have.” Then a light was brought and held up to his face. Oh! Lord, what next? I had captured and nearly choked to death our “Chino” bull driver. Even to this day the “China” won’t have anything to do with me and when he sees me he will point to his throat and say “Much a malo.” The joke was on me and the boys will often ask me if I remember the time I captured the goo-goo.

Hoping you may find room for this and promising to write soon again, I am

Very truly yours,

Charles A. Livingston

Co. C., 17th U.S. Inf.

Phillippine Islands

Miss Lydia Herts Cromwell, M.D. Married To Julian Greene Hearne

The Bedford Gazette, June 8 1900

Miss Lydia Herts Cromwell, M.D., one of Bedford’s fairest and brightest daughters, was united in marriage to Julian Green Hearne, a wealthy resident of Wheeling, W. Va., on Wednesday. The ceremony took place in the First Presbyterian church, Atlantic City, N.J., and was followed by a reception and breakfast given by the Atlantic City Homeopathic club, of which Mrs. Hearne is secretary and the only female member. The bride was given away by her brother, Ralph Cromwell.

After a tour of Europe and a visit to the groom’s copper mines in Arizona, Mr. and Mrs. Hearne will take up their residence at Wheeling.

The bride is a daughter of William F. Cromwell of Bedford. She is a graduate of the Bedford High school class of ’93, and of the Hahnemann Medical college, Chicago, class of ’96. For the past few years she has been practising her profession at Galen Hall, Atlantic city. As was said in a sketch of her life published in THE GAZETTE of April 10, 1896, Mrs. Hearne is a “type of hwat is highest and best in cultured, refined and advanced nineteenth century womanhood.” The GAZETTE extends congratulations.

The Death of Frank Tillman

The Bedford Gazette, June 8 1900

So many contradictory rumors are afloat regarding the manner of the death, at Windber, of Frank Tillman, the colored man, who was recently buried at Schellsburg, that the friends of the deceased have instituted an investigation. THE GAZETTE, being desirous of ascertaining the true facts, wrote to our former citizen, J. Frank Reed, who now resides at Windber, and from him ascertained that Frank Tillman had been complaining of heart trouble, had not been taking proper care of himself and had died in a barn where his body was found. No suspicion of foul play was entertained by those interested in the dead man. If the friends through their investigations gather any additional information you will see it in THE GAZETTE.

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