Nathaniel Paxton: Birth: 1691. Death: MAR 1781
William Paxton: Birth: 1703. Death: 30 SEP 1795
Joseph Paxton: Birth: 1710.
Note: Information on the PAXTON family was given to me by: Donna Paxton <donna_paxton25@@hotmail.com> February 22, 2007 Samuel Sr. Paxton (James 1) b.1670 Balleymoney, Antrim Co.,Ireland d.1746 Cumberland Twp., (Now Adams Co.,) Pennsylvania �SW of Gettysburg in lower Marsh Creek; Presbyterian; sailed to America with his brothers in 1725 to the colony or Pennsylvania with other Scotch-Irish settling in what was then Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania now Cumberland Twp., Adams Co., Pennsylvania; Setttled in Marsh Creek in 1730 forming "a highly respectable community, moral, energetic, industrious & intelligent; of frugal habits, but kind, friendly, hospitable" � this is near what is now Gettysburg; they were active members of the Presbyterian Church; Samuel & 3 of his sons (Thomas, Samuel & John) took up took up adjoining tracts of land warranted to them in Mar. 1741; they applied for the land within 2 years after the Land Office was opened by settlers West of the Susauehanna. 1m: Agnes?? 2m: ?? Generation 3 The Paxtons left Donegal, crossed the river, and created the "Monaghan Settlement" in the settlements at "Marsh Creek: and "Greet Conewago" in the vicinity of what is now the famous Gettysburg. The "Marsh Creek Settlement" was perhaps the largest concentration of Scotch-Irish settlers in York County. Through colonial history of Pennsylvania the name given to the community carried a distinctive meaning, perhaps because it was because the land along the foot of South Mountain greatly resembled that land of northern Ireland that it was so popular with these thoroughly independent and aggressive people. They took up the land upon investigation from the Penns on "Common Terms". In 1736 the proprietaries decided to make the area of the "Marsh Creek Settlement" their personal manor and desired to repossess the land and looked with positive disfavor upon these Scotch-Irish to whom they could not dictate one iota. The people had possessed the land by legal means, cleared the brush and forest where necessary and developed a fine agricultural community on the frontier. The attitude and design of the Penns were bitterly resented. Zachariah Butler, surveyor for Benj.Eastburn, was designated to make the survey of the proposed manor. He was met with hostility among the people on March Creek. They held protest meetings armed with their rifles. It was evident that any man attempting to survey a manor-line would endanger his life in so doing. Sometime in 1741 James Logan informed the proprietaries of the Marsh Creek Settlement situation referred to the people as �ye poorest sort of ye Irish'. And recommended they use great patience with the settlers since he was unable to enforce the order for the survey. The people were bitterly antagonistic to the authorities, resentful about losing their productive acres, and ill tempered over the idea that there was anyone in authority, with such power, over them. The property lines of the first settlers were quite vague and new arrivals whom they felt were encroaching upon them, ignored them completely. It was Logan's opinion that this condition would solve the matter of resistance. On 18 June 1741 Thomas Penn instructed Benjamin A. Eastburn, surveyor-general of the Penns, to proceed with the survey "under the name and style of our Manor of Maske". The Scotch-Irish resistance was unyielding postponing the survey. Two years later surveyors' work was interrupted by a large crowd of irate settlers. The surveyors fled, leaving the compass in the hands of the people.
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