Jefferson County, Pennsylvania
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JEFFERSON COUNTY HISTORY

Named for President Thomas Jefferson. Its county seat is Brookville.

“The history of Jefferson County really begins in the year 1796, when Joseph Barnett, Andrew Barnett, and Samuel Scott first Penetrated to the banks of the Sandy Lick Creek, and located the first white man’s home in the wilderness.

Previous to that, but little is known of the territory now comprising the county.  Lycoming County, from which Jefferson County was taken, was formed from Northumberland in 1795.  It was part of the purchase of lands by the Proprietary Government at the treaty at Fort Stanwix, November 5, 1768, then known as the “New Purchase.”  The terms and boundaries of this Purchase were as follows:

“We Tyanhasare, alias Abraham, sachem or chief of the Indian nation call the Mohocks; Senughsis, of the Oneydas; Chenughiata, of the Onondagas; Guastarax, of the Senecas; Sequarisera, of the Tuscaroras; Tagaaia, of the Cayugas, in general council of the Six Nations at Fort Stanwix, assembled for the purpose of settling a general boundary line between the said Six Nations and their dependent and confederate tribes, and his Majesty’s middle colonies send greeting, etc.  In consideration of ten thousand pounds, they grant to Thomas Penn and Richard Penn all that part of the province of Pennsylvanian not heretofore purchased of the Indians within the said boundary line …. 

But the county of Jefferson was not formed for thirty-five years after this purchase was made, until by act of Legislation of Pennsylvania, to erect parts of Lycoming, Huntingdon, and Somerset counties into separate county districts, this new county was formed and named after the second president of the United States…”  History of Jefferson County, Edited by Kate M. Scott, D Mason & C. Publishers, 1888

Cities, Towns, and Villages
Big Run, Brockway, Brookville, Corsica, Crenshaw, Falls Creek, Punxsutawney, Reynoldsville, 

Summerville, Sykesville, Timblin, Worthville

Townships

Barnett, Beaver, Bell, Clover, Eldred, Gaskill, Heath, Henderson, Knox, McCalmont, Oliver, Perry, Pinecreek, Polk,

Porter, Ringgold, Rose, Snyder, Union, Warsaw, Washington,  Winslow, Young



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  • Beulah Cemetery
  • Circle Hill
  • Lakelawn Memorial Park
  • Olive
  • Paradise Methodist Church Cemetery (Syphrit Cemetery)
  • Perry Memorial
  • Sykesville Memorial Cemetery (Shaffer Cemetery)

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Surrounding Counties

Forest County (north)

Clearfield County (east)

Armstrong County (southwest)

Elk County (northeast)

Indiana County (south)

Clarion County (west)

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