Washington Co History Daily Mail 8 Aug 1938

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Daily Mail 8 Aug 1938 - MD., MONpAY, AUGUST 8, 1M8. Some Early History...
MD., MONpAY, AUGUST 8, 1M8. Some Early History And Traditions Of Washington County NO. XV This road, from a point somewhere somewhere near Halfway, westward to the- Conococheague ford, from thence to the Clarence Schnebly farm on the road between Williamsport Williamsport and Clearspring, was abandoned upon the construction of the National Highway in 1820. Although having been abandoned for many years there are many points along the route in which remains remains of the old road may be plainly plainly seen, particularly in wooded sections. sections. The notable feature it that at most of these places where the old road remains visible, there are among the people who have lived on those farms for generations stories of the march of Braddock'a army: Along this section ofc the road there are so many of these places where the road can be seen that it could be with little difficulty relocated. It is along this part of the old main highway that some .of the clearest and best remembered traditions of the Braddock army exist to this day. A very well remembered story of the army fording the creek, in sight of old St. Paul's church, is a treasured memory in the Fiery family. It is not-likely that an event such as the march of an army of six or seven thousand men with two hundred and fifty four and six horse wagons, would pass through a peaceful community such as old St. Paul's, without being long remembered. remembered. Especially so since that army was defeated and destroyed. destroyed. Ahd that in the following year the enemy which they had gone out to flght, now victorious, returned over the same route to punish them for giving aid and comfort to that army. In fact,, the people of old St. Paul's settlement, like all the other settlers in the western part of what is now Washington Washington county, were forced to leave their homes which were burned and destroyed by Indians when the settlers settlers used the church for a block house and fought for their lives. The remains of this road in the Alec. Miller woods, now owned by George Miller, has been referred to for generations as the road over which Braddock marched. One mile to the east the old road is distinctly marked by a streak of lime stone through slate fields on the farm tenanted by Francis Snyder. Snyder. At this point was by far the best ford on the creek between the river and the Pennsylvania line. There was no good ford at Wil- liarasport, the creek being crossed by means of a ferry near the river. There was another ford over,the creek about three mile* further upstream upstream near the present crossing of the Broadfording road close by the residence of Mr. C. A. Hyde, but difficult In high water. The ford over which the old main highway crossed was very dependable, had a hard smooth bottom and could be used at all. seasons of the year except when the water was very, high. Persons living close by say that this ford could be used today, except that the west bank would need nom» repair. • Continuing east the road passes through a farm owned by a Mr. Ambrose, eighty-five years old, who says that in his woods you can nee the remains of the Braddock highway. highway. On the next farm to the east, tenanted by a Mr. Moats, there is a long stretch of old road passing through the woods. The tradition that this was the Braddock road has been handed down through generations on this farm. Continuing to the west, the clearest clearest and most definite tradition of all, hat been handed down by residents residents in the vicinity ot Green Spring Furnace. Thomas Johnson, who toler became the- first Governor Governor ot Maryland, was a very firm friend of George Washington. He and his partner, Lancelot Jacques, in 1753 were prospecting for a place upon which to eerect an iron furnace. furnace. They had by that time found land upon which existed an abundance abundance of iron ore near the spot where Fort Frederick was later built. At a point on the side ot the Washington road which was already already in use, Mr. Jacques built his home near which the iron furnace was built after the troubles of the French and Indian War had subsided. subsided. Since the highway past the Jacques home had by that time already already been constructed, as noted in a previous number, it not only connected connected the Johnson and Jacques properties at that point with, their already producing furnace at Catoctin Catoctin in Frederick county, brf. pro- GEORQK T. PRATHiR ceeded to the west past the Col. Cresap properties at Old Town to Nichol's Neck, (Cumberland) but was, by that time, projected to proceed proceed further to the property of the Ohio Company on the Ohio River, in which George Washington's brother Lawrence had an interest! Thus we see that the interests qC the most prominent people of the state were centered along this highway, highway, which had no doubt been built under the supervision of such people as Washington, the Gists aided by the protecting friendship of Thomas Johnson and his associates. associates. As noted the clearest of the traditions of the march of Braddock's Braddock's army over this road comes to- us from the place where Lancelot Lancelot Jacques lived at that time. It is certain that while Thomas Johnson Johnson practiced his profession of law at Annapolis he was so much interested interested in his iron manufacturing: enterprise enterprise that he spent a good portion portion of hi stime with or near his friend and partner, Jacques, who lived at the scene of their operations. operations. Mr. Johnson owned a farm, and no doubt lived upon it a part tion of his time with or near his Big Pool. This property remained in possession of the Johnson family family until only a few years ago, when it passed into the ownership of their friends, the well known firm of W. F. and J. O. Snyder. The tradition says that on the day in .which the Pennsylvania contingent contingent joined the main army that Thomas Johnson was there and that he and his partner, Lancelot Jacques, stood in company with General Braddock and George Washington, his aide, under a locust locust tree on the lawn of the Jacques home and watched the Pennsylvanians Pennsylvanians march by. In the writer's youth, an old tree on the Jacques property, the same In which Lancelot Lancelot Jacques lived at the time ot the French and Indian War, was pointed pointed out by an old man named Christian Christian Weaver, who was then over eighty, years old, and who had lived in the vicinity all hit life, as the very tree under which they stood. (To Be Continued) EVERYTHING TOU WANT from curs to pollcft doypunR Is <>f- f«r«d for M.l« at low prices In SAVE 1 2 MODtl G.2" WITH MOTOI- DIIVIN ••UNI. CHAN UHIOUTWT, MATTttUU, AND AUTOMOIU INTUIOl •UltXA ATTACmilNTS. FREE! This $8.90 Set of f 1.60 Dcmothinf Spray Gun frtt to purchaser* who do not clcuicr* to trade in. PROTECT FROM

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