1779-01-20 A Pension from the Inhabitants of the Juniata to the Assembly

A PETITION FROM THE INHABITANTS ON THE JUNIATA TO THE PENNSYLVANIA ASSEMBLY

February 20th, 1779
To the Honourable the House of Assembly now sitting at Philadelphia:

The Memorial of the Inhabitants Living on the Head Waters of the Juniata, part of the Frontiers of Bedford County, State of Pennsylvania, Humbly Sheweth:

That We, your Honours’ Memorialists, taking under Consideration the present defenceless situation of these parts, Rendered valuable on many Considerations, that in Case of a suddent Penitration into this Contery, we, ourselves and Families, must fall a Marcyless Pray to the Savages, whose rule of War is to punish with the Greatest Tortures those that is so unhappy as to fall in their Hands. The Situation of this Contery is very allarming, Rendered so by the Savages and Toryes Last Summer, who prevented the Inhabitants from raising what grain would be necessary to soport themselves and families until next harvest. Numbers is already suffering for want of Bread, standing in Defence of their Contery on this Fronteer, who, without speedy assistance will be under the necessaty of moaving their familyes to the Interior parts of this or some other State, as Grain is not to be had hear. If your Honours mean to assist us, now is the time to send up a store of Flour, as the Juniata in Common is not navegable for Boats and Cannoes above two Month in the Spring.

That in Consequence of the above mentioned situation of these Fronteers, We, your Honours’ Memorialists, do most earnestly pray for some immediate assistance to be Given, so as to prevent any of these dreadfull effects from taking place, which they must unavoidably do if we are visited by our enymies, as we have the utmost reason to expect.

That We, your Honours’ Memorialists, having a Personal Knowledge of the Present Commander of these parts, Major Rob’t Cluggage, and as he has at all times Testified the Greatest zeal for Serving his Country, in relieving the District Inhabitants, shewing the utmost willingness to attend to any alarms that might be given, we do, as we are already Bound in Gratitude to that Gentleman, Bed of your Honours to Continue him amongst us. He may prove, if Necessaty should require, a skillful Director in any case of Dificulty presents, as he being well acquainted with the face of the Contery will be the most Capable of Defending the same. Humbly Hoping that our Memorial may meet with your Honours’ approbation, We remain with the Greatest Respect Your Honour’s most Obedient & Very Humbl. Serv’ts.

PETER McMULLIN MICHEL McMULIN,
JAMES CARLILE JNO. MAGUIRE,
LUDWIG SELL, HENRY BLACK,
JAMES DEAMENTT, EDWRD BEATY,
WILLIAM SIMONTON, JOHN SPENCER,
JACOB HALL
PETER GRAFIUS,
THOMAS BEDWELL, JOHN CANAN,
WILLIAM LARD, JUN., ABRAHAM HAINS,
RICHARD TRAVANY, FRANCIS CLUGGAGE,
BENJAMIN WEBSTER HUGH McHENRY,
JOSEPH FOX BENJ’N ELLIOTT,
ANDREW HUBERT, JOSHUA LEWIS,
ROGGER McLEAN, JNO. LEWIS,
PETER RIELY, ARCHIBALD FLETCHER,
ROBERT HOWARD, JAMES GIPTON,
JAMES MOORE, MICHAL CRIDAR,
JAMES CANELL, JAMES CARMICHAL,
DAVID STUARD, JOHN CARMICHAL,
JOHN BELL, JAMES THOMPSON,
ARCHIBALD PATERSON,
GEORGE ASHMAN,
JOHN VANSANT, JACOB LEARD,
JAMES VANSANT, JAMES MAGINNIS,
GEORGE VANSANT, JOHN WISTON,
SAMUEL DAVIS, LAWRENCE SWOPE,
JNO. DAVIS, THOMAS MAGAN,
JNO. McDONNEL, HUGH MONTHOLAND,
PATRICK McDONAL, BROARA COLE,
DANIEL MOORE, JAMES IGAW,
SAM’L MOORE, DANIEL LEAN,
PETER TITES, JOSEPH ARMINTAGE,
DAN’L TITES, JOHN TEE,
WILLIAM WAGH, GEORGE JACKSON,
JOSEPH ROBERTS, NICHOLAS GRAFIUS,
ISAAC HUTSON, JAMES ADAMS,
NEEIL GRAFIUS, SAMUEL ANDERSON,
WILLIAM LARD, NICHOLAS COONS,
JNO. KANADAY, WILL. HOLIDAY,
PATRICK MAGUIRE, ADAM HOLIDAY,

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