Henry Black, Captain


Born in Chester County. He had moved to Bedford before the war.

November 1777, he began as a militia man but was commissioned by General Edward Hand of Ft Pitt, and later put in charge of one of the units helping to guard the region surrounding Fort Roberdeau.

Serving under Major Cluggage as a ranger he was to raise 28 men to serve as Rangers. Their duty was to guard the frontier from Bald Eagle to Bedford. He was stationed out of Frankstown along the old trading route to Kittanning. His unit built a fortification along the Kittanning Trade Path.

After his service he moved to Mount Joy, Pa. He was married to a woman named Mary Weems. In 1798 on the tax lists it notes that he is a miller. He lived the rest of his life in York County, now known as Adams. He is buried in Marsh Creek Presbyterian Cemetery in Gettysburg.

The Adam’s Sentinel ran an obituary on April 25, 1836 which gives an insight to what a special man this Captain of the rangers was.

Notice of Captain Henry Black’s Death, 1836″

“Another Soldier of th Revolution Gone”

“Died. – on Tuesday, April 18th, Captain Henry Black, of Cumberlnd Township, in the 84th year of his age.  

The death of the old creates no surprise.  But those who have long occupied a place among us when they are called away, leave a wider chasm than is occasioned by the death of those who have sojourned with us but a little while.  But when we are separated by death from one who has been constant in the exercise of his duty to society, and who in a world of deceit and fraud has preserved his honesty and integrity, the chasm is rendered wider and harder to fill.  Such an one was Henry Black who had fulfilled more than the years allotted to man, and who through the whole course of a long life never lost sight of the great principle, truth which is the foundation of all the moral virtues.

Mr. Black was an officer in the American Revolution and in command of a company of Rangers to defend the frontier from the depredation of the Indians, displayed a degree of courage and firmness that has secured for many a one a name deemed worthy of being transmitted from age to age.  But he was modest and retiring, as he was honest and upright, and the knowledge of his heroic conduct, on more than one occasion would have gone with him into silence if it had not been rescued by those who were his associates in danger.

At some future time we may, if the material can be collected, give the public a sketch of his life.  May he rest in peace; and he will if there be repose for the good and upright.  

“Mark the perfect man and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace.” (Psalms 37:37)”

The Adam’s Sentinel, April 25, 1836