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From: K Powell <>
Subject: Susquehanna Company 1753
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2005 09:31:33 -0800 (PST)
I'm trying to learn more about why so many emigrants from Delaware Co either
moved to or through Susquehanna Co PA on the Susquehanna River, through the
river's great bend and back into NY around Binghamton. It was a major way of
moving people and supply goods before the roads were cleared, drained both
literally and figuratively upstate NY. In winters it was even safer to load a
sleigh or sledge to haul over ice and snow. Beats walking!
I've tracked down some bits of that history. Another Connecticut land company
like the one that formed early OH in the Western Reserve, this one part of the
mess made by a Brit king's "largesse" which gave that area first to Connecticut
and carelessly (to be more honest, likely from vague mapping), later to William
Penn: "The Wyomee", Wyoming Valley. It led to the Pennamite Wars before and
after the Revolution where Pennamites and indians caused so much grief and
destruction among Forty Fort's CT & NY settlers. Penn's minions settled the
issue of having come in 2nd, unfairly in their view, with violence.
It looks, to me, that somewhat post-Revolution, early 1780s, those closer to
NY, so basically today's Susquehanna County PA, were left more undisturbed and
allowed to begin forming communities. Here's where someone with a better
historical and geographical understanding of all this can fill me in and
correct me - please!
Kaye in Texas
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