Mead Reunion

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school, 1, is gave she shot hav- Then ANNUAL REUNION OFMEADFAMHYTO BE HELD AUGUST Youugsville and MeadTiUe Families To Hold Joint Gathering WALTER BORNE DIES YOUNGSVILLE, July 21.--The decendenta of Darius Mead will hold a reunion at the LeBoeuf Kail in Waterford, Pa., on the Perry Highway, August 4th. This meeting: will be a joint reunion of the Mead families of Meadville and Youngsville tht families have a cuuiiuori ancestor. The committee in charge is making plans to make the reunion a notable event. Shelter will be provided in case of rain and there will be facilities for bathing, and boating. Those attending are aaked to bring well'fill- ed baskets. Coffee, cream and ice cream will ba furnished. There will be a program of entertainment. It has been the custom in the ? or the members of the Mead family ocated in Meadville and vicinity to lold an annual reunion and those and near Youngsville to also hold a reunion. This is the first time an attempt has been made to get together tha entire family of the decend- ants of Darius Mead who are located n many towns in Northwestern Pennsylvania and in southern New York state. There are a number of the "amity in Warren, Erie and James;own. Some are in New York City .nd they are widely scattered. Darius Mead served in the 5th battalion of the Lancaster county militia n the revolutionary war. He had wo sons 'who were also soldiers in the revolution, John and David. The "amily came to Pennsylvania from Connecticut. David and John came to Meadville in 1786 being the founders of that city- With eight other men they planted a clearing vacated by the Indians. After a winter in the wilds of what is now Meadville, the two brothers David and John jack to Lancaster where their family resided and brought back with them" two brothers, their father Darius and two sisters. Darius Mead was captured by Indians while engaged as a scout was bound to a tree near Conneaut Lake. He broke his bonds, killed of the Indians but was killed by other. While still living at the fort, Mead, Junior, and Joseph Mead out in the same sort of a scouting as the one on which their father his life. They traveled up the Brok- enstraw and found the banks of streams free of hostile Indians. were so impresed with the fertile valley of the Brokenstraw, that in 1795 they returned and took up a track between Youngsville and Pittsfield. They were progressive pioneers and soon in the virgin forest was heard the sound of a saw mill and a mill, the first in this vicinity. It is probable that when the brothers located in this vicinity the only white people they found here were the bachelor Young, the founder o£ the village of Youngsville, and ancestor of the McKinney family was then acting as a land agent. In a short time William Mead, son of John Mead, the founder of Meadville and a grandson of the Darius Mead, joined his uncles and purchased of the Holland Land company at fifty cents an acre a track of land along a stream which was named after him. Mead run, flows into the Brokenstraw. Thus was the early history of Mead family entertwined with the first history of the Brokenstraw Valley There are now.living in this vicinity several hundred decendants of Darius Mead, the pioneer whp his life during the early settlement of this district.

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  1. The Warren Tribune,
  2. 21 Jul 1928, Sat,
  3. Page 12

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