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Re: James Harrod, First Settler in Kentucky
Posted by: John Meyer (ID *****0896) Date: December 30, 2007 at 22:31:42
In Reply to: Re: James Harrod, First Settler in Kentucky by Michael Schwing of 946

Yes, know that now. However I am still trying to figure the Harrod family line. With that in mind I'll post what I have found to see if it is correct. I have a lot of data that at times is confusing. The Harrod family continually repeats the same family names and that is what (I believe) causes a lot of confusion. I'll start with what (I believe) to be correct and then procede from there.
I only want to show the first 3 generations to start and then once that has been examined we can go to each member of the Harrod line.
Hopefully, Harrod familys can find there family connections. That is the point of these forums.

Beginning with,

James Harrod was born 1668 Bedfordshire, England and died 1759 in Piscataway, New Jersey.
He married,
Maria Kent 1690. She was born 1670 in Oxford England.

From Biggs family history,
James Harrod b. 1668
Served as a soldier under John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough,
in the war against Louis XIV of France. He was taken prisoner by the French,
and later released.

James Harrod emigrated to Pennsylvania about 1722.
Children were,
i. Ambrose Harrod b. 1692 (found in Maryland)
ii. Thomas Harrod b. 1694
iii. Samuel Harrod b. 1696
iv. William Harrod b. 1698
v. John Harrod b.1700

John Harrod b. 1700 is our concern here,

John Harrod
BEF 1700 - 1754

* BIRTH: BEF 1700, Bedfordshire, England
* DEATH: 1754, Little Cove,Cumberland Co. PA

Family 1 : Caroline Downey, killed by Indians
born 1702 in Luton England and died 1733 in Piscataway, New Jersey
Marriage about 1722

Children of John Harrod and Caroline Downey are

A. 1. Thomas Harrod b. 1724 Stafford Co. Virginia; d. 1803 in Roane Co., Tennessee (Captain Thomas Harrod)
A. 2. John Jr. Harrod b. 1727 (General John Harrod)

Caroline Downey was killed by Indians 1733

Family 2 : Sarah Moore

* MARRIAGE: ABT 1733, On the Shenandoah

1. Samuel Harrod (Died on the Mississippi)
2. William Harrod (Colonial William Harrod)
3. Nellie Harrod
4. James Harrod (Colonial James Harrod)
5. Rachel Harrod
6. Mary Harrod
7. Sallie Harrod
8. Levi Harrod m. Rachell Mills (Lt. Levi Harrod)
9. Elizabeth Harrod
10. Jemina Harrod

Is this correct ?

Historical background

From: "History of Dauphin, Cumberland, Franklin, Bedford, Adams, Perry, Somerset,Cambria,
and Indiana Counties," Rupp, 1848, "History of Bedford County," pp. 514-518.

Chapter XXXVIII. First Settlers, &c.

First settlers--Intruders upon Indian lands at Path valley and Aughwick; their cabins or log houses burnt. In Big Cove, similar fate--Petition sent to the Governor--Incidents
in the early history of this county--Education--Support of the poor.

The first traders in this county were some Indian traders, and adventurers from the Conococheague and Conodoguinette settlements. Some of the more daring acted as pioneers and settled at Path Valley, some at Aughwick, and others in the Big Cove,within the present limits of the county. These settled between 1740 and 1750.
The principal pioneers in Path Valley, or Tuscarora Valley, were Abraham Slach,
James Blair,
Moses Moore,?
Arthur Dunlap,
Alexander McCartie,
David Lewis,
Adam McCartie,?
Felix Doyle, Andrew Dunlap, Robert Wilson, Jacob Pyatt, Jacob Pyatt, jr. William Ramage,
Reynolds Alexander, Samuel Patterson, Robert Baker, John Armstrong, John Potts.
Those at Aughwick, Peter Falconer, Nicholas De Long, Samuel Perry, John Charleton
and others.

The adventurers at Big Cove were Andrew Donaldson, John MacClelland, Charles Stewart,
James Downy,?
John Macmean, Robert Kendell, Samuel Brown, William Shepperd, Roger Murphy,
Robert Smith, William Dickey, William Millican, William MacConnell, Alexander MacConnell,
James MacConnell, William Carrel, John Martin, John Jamison, Hans Patter, John Macollin,
Adam MacConnell, James Wilson, John Wilson, and others.
All the above named had settled on lands not then purchased from the Indians, and were warned by government to leave the settlements. In May, 1750, Richard Peters,
Secretary, accompanied by the sheriff of the county and others, proceeded to Path Valley, and burned 11 cabins; at Aughwick they burnt 1, and in Big Cove 3, and required the settlers to enter into recognizance to appear at the following court.
The settlers in the Little Cove & Conalloways were Joseph Coombe,
John Herrod,
William James, Thomas Yates, Lewis Williams, Elias Stillwell, John Meeser, John Newhouse,
Rees Shelby, William Lofton, Charles Wood, Henry Pierson, George Rees, William Morgan,
John Lloyd,
Levi Moore,?
John Graham, William Linn, Andrew Coombe, John Polk,
Thomas Haston.

The next day, after Mr. Peters had left, and while yet at the house of Mr. Philip Davies,
a number of the inhabitants of Little Cove met, handed him the following petition with
the request to present it to Governor Hamilton.

We are exceedingly sorry, as well we may, that any part of that letter sent from the
Great Cove to the magistrate of this county should have given hour Honor any umbrage to suspect we should desire to get rid of being under the government of this Province,
and forcibly to maintain the possession of these lands on which we at present live; in opposition to your authority. It is, and always has been our strong inclination to
enjoy the privileges of the Government of Pennsylvania, above these of any other of his Majesty's colonies in America. We never did directly or indirectly apply to
Maryland for a right to said Land, and should anything in said letter seem to insinuate as if we had a mind to do so, or should any of our inconsiderate or even guilty expressions be reported to you, we hope you will not interpret these things to our ruin; but in mercy forgive then; for your Honor may know, what extremes, people
of weak policy, when they see their all in danger, may be guilty of.
Yet suffer us to inform your Honor, notwithstanding of what was done by us before, when perplexed and confounded, that the most of us did not take up said land, in opposition to the authority of a Governor's proclamation, but after we were informed some in power did permit, if not grant liberty to settle said land with honest men; yet
by this we would not be understood, as if we would oppose what proceedings your Honor might judge necessary for the safety or interest of the Province with regard to us. No, in this we resolve to be entirely at your disposal, or that of any whom you may appoint.
We humbly and earnestly beg, if consistent with the great designs of your government,you would permit us yet longer to cultivate these lands for the support of our families.
But if this cannot be granted, that you would interpose with the Proprietors, for our obtaining a right to these plantations, on which we at present live, when said
land shall be purchased from the Indians, we paying what is due to the Proprietor, and recommend it to the Secretary to be active for us: on whose mercy we would
notwithstanding all our folly depend much.And the blessing of many, who will otherwise be reduced to pinching, distressing difficulties, shall come upon your Honor, Sept. 27, 1750.

Robert Smith, Roger Murphy, John Jamison, Samuel Brown, Robert Kendall, William McConnell, John McClellan, Andrew Donallson?, William McClarell,
James Downey,?
Alexander McConnell, Charles Stewart, William Dickey, William Mulligan, John McCollom,
John McMeans,
John Martin.?

To Gov. Hamilton.
The sufferings of the first settlers of this county during the French and Indian war,and at a much later period, were almost intolerable. They were exposed for more than 25 years to hostile incursions and the depredations of savages.
Hundreds fell victims to the relentless fury of the Indians. Numerous instances of massacres that happened have been related in a preceding part of this compilation.
From the Provincial Records at Harrisburg, it appears that in the upper part of Cumberland county, 27 plantations were burned, and a great quantity of cattle killed; that a woman 93 years of age was found lying killed with a stake run through her body. That of 93 families which were settled in the Coves and Conollaways,47 were either killed or taken, and the rest fled, besides numerous of whom no account has been preserved, except in the traditions handed down in the massacres.

Caroline (Downey) Harrod being only one of these as described above

After discussion of this posting and any correction suggested by other Harrod family researchers we will continue.

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