FISHER Thomas

Male 1764 - 1848  (83 years)


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  • Name FISHER Thomas  [1
    Born 29 Oct 1764  Cape May, Cape May Co., NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Bible Record: Family of Matthias Fisher and Rachel Hoowe (family page)
    Bible Record: Family of Matthias Fisher and Rachel Hoowe (family page)
    Gender Male 
    RESI Bef 1773  Cape May, Cape May Co., NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    CENSUS 1790  Donegal Township, Westmoreland Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Census lists one "Free White Males Over 16" and three "Free White Females" living in household of Rachel Fisher. The male is presumably Rachel's son Abel Fisher; the females presumably include Rachel and her daughters Rachel and Elizabeth, daughter Hannah presumably having married Samuel McDowell and given birth to her daughter Margaret about this time.
    Census: 1790 U.S. - Donegal Township, Westmoreland Co., PA, Roll: M637_9; Page: 92; Image: 59; Family History Library Film: 0568149
    Census: 1790 U.S. - Donegal Township, Westmoreland Co., PA, Roll: M637_9; Page: 92; Image: 59; Family History Library Film: 0568149
    CENSUS 1810  Neshannock Township, Lawrence Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Thomas living alone in this census. Lists only one "Free White Males 26 to 44."
    Census: 1810 U.S. - Neshannock Township, Mercer Co., PA, Roll  52; Page: 918; Family History Number: 0193678; Image: 00078
    Census: 1810 U.S. - Neshannock Township, Mercer Co., PA, Roll 52; Page: 918; Family History Number: 0193678; Image: 00078
    CENSUS 07 Aug 1820  Neshannock Township, Lawrence Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Thomas still living alone in this census. Lists only one "Free White Males 45 and over."
    Census: 1820 U.S. - Neshannock Township, Mercer Co., PA, NARA Roll: M33_107; Page: 175; Image: 81
    Census: 1820 U.S. - Neshannock Township, Mercer Co., PA, NARA Roll: M33_107; Page: 175; Image: 81
    Died 28 Feb 1848  Lawrence Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    Buried Eastbrook, Lawrence Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • King's Chapel Cemetery
    Person ID I202  Main
    Last Modified 26 Dec 2012 

    Father FISHER Abel,   b. Abt 1730, Mountmellick, Laois Co., Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1786, Ligonier, Westmoreland Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother HOOWE Rachel,   b. 12 Oct 1724, Edenderry, Offally Co., Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 27 Feb 1750  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 12, 13
    Bible Record: Family of Matthias Fisher and Rachel Hoowe (family page)
    Bible Record: Family of Matthias Fisher and Rachel Hoowe (family page)
    Family ID F82  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family SHAW, Prudence,   d. Aft 1803, Between Lawrence and Westmoreland Co, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef 1799  [14, 15
    Notes 
    • Neshannock Township. One of the first settlers in Neshannock Township was Thomas Fisher, who came from Westmoreland County, according to the statements of Rev. Thomas Greer, in November, 1798, in company with David Riley, a young man then living with Fisher. Each man had a gun and an axe, and a couple of dogs accompanied them. They encamped the first night in the present Lawrence County, at a point about four miles above where New Castle now stands, on Camp Run, near the Shenango River. They constructed a cabin of poles, and built a fire outside, using the cabin to sleep in, for fear of the wolves, which were so plenty they were obliged to take their dogs inside to save them from destruction by the ravenous beasts. It would appear that after selecting lands in the neighborhood, Fisher and Riley returned to Westmoreland County, where they staid over winter, and in the spring of 1799 removed to the valley of the Shenango. They came by way of the Youhiogheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers, and thence up the Beaver River in canoes, bringing a few effects with them. Mr. Fisher was married, but had no children. A young woman by the name of Rebecca Carroll lived with the family, and came with them. Mr. Fisher also had a sister, who either came at the same time or some time afterwards, and remained with them until her death. Mr. Fisher purchased several farms in the vicinity, and improved them more or less, raising several crops without fencing. He brought along quite a number of fruit trees, which he planted. The Indians were quite plenty in those days, but were peaceable and disturbed no one. About 1808 or 1810 Mr. Fisher sold his property on "Camp Run," where he first settled, to Rev. William Young, and purchased land about three miles above New Castle, on a small stream now known as "Fisher's Run," and erected a saw-mill, and afterwards a gristmill, about forty rods from the Shenango River, at the place where the "Harbor" road crosses the run. The exact date of the building of these mills is not known, but it was somewhere from 1806 to 1810.
      Some years after their settlement Mr. Fisher and his wife started on a journey to visit friends in Westmoreland county, and Mrs. Fisher died suddenly on the road. They were alone, and Mr. Fisher "waked" the corpse in a waste-house by the roadside all night. After his wife's death two nieces kept house for him. Their names were McDowell. He lived on this place until his death, which occurred February 28, 1848, at the age of eighty-four years. He was found dead in his bed and was buried in the little cemetery at King's Chapel. He was a very pleasant and affable man, and a general favorite in the community. Before his death he gave David Riley and Rebecca Carroll, the latter of whom afterwards married Samuel Farrer, each one hundred acres of land. [16]
    Last Modified 26 Dec 2012 08:28:33 
    Family ID F84  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 29 Oct 1764 - Cape May, Cape May Co., NJ Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsRESI - Bef 1773 - Cape May, Cape May Co., NJ Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCENSUS - 1790 - Donegal Township, Westmoreland Co., PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCENSUS - 1810 - Neshannock Township, Lawrence Co., PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCENSUS - 07 Aug 1820 - Neshannock Township, Lawrence Co., PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Eastbrook, Lawrence Co., PA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • The "Eastbrook Mills" were built originally by John Fisher, in 1836, and rebuilt in 1859. The mill is a fine, large building, containing three run of stone. About 1816-17 Thomas and John Fisher built a sawmill near the site of the gristmill. Two have since been erected at the same place, the last one is still standing, though unused and much dilapidated. [17]
    • Village of Eastbrook. About 1816-17 some members of the Reynolds family put a man named Buckmaster as a tenant on the tract of land near where Eastbrook now stands in order to hold their claim. Thomas Fisher, having an eye on the same tract, kept a close watch, and when Buckmaster left it for a time he put a man on the place and kept him there till he became entitled to the land by settler's right. Buckmaster afterwards settled elsewhere and the Reynoldses also. [17]
    • Thomas Fisher (the first) came to the county in 1802, and located in the present limits of Neshannock Township, on the Shenango River, where he put up a carding machine, said to have been the first one in the State west of the Alleghenies. About 1817 Thomas and John Fisher built a woolen-mill in Eastbrook, above the site of their saw-mill. [18]
    • The village (Eastbrook) and postoffice take their name from the stream which flows through the place. The stream was named by Thomas Fisher (the first), the spot on its banks upon which he located being just five miles directly east of the place where he first settled on the Shenango. [18]
    • Robert Reynolds...settled on the Neshannock Creek, about four miles above New Castle, in 1805. He bought a claim of 200 acres. Some time previous to 181 1 he purchased the 200-acre tract where the village of Eastbrook now is, and about 1813 sold it to Thomas Fisher, 1st. [19]

  • Sources 
    1. [SR1] Colonial and Revolutionary Families of PA, Wilfred Jordan, editor, ((New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., 1942), 568-576), 974.8 D2c 1978., 573 (Reliability: 2).
      Thomas, born October 29, 1764; married Prudence Shaw. In 1802 he removed to Mercer (now Lawrence) County, about four miles north of New Castle, where he spent his life. Died suddenly in 1848.

    2. [SR1] Colonial and Revolutionary Families of PA, Wilfred Jordan, editor, ((New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., 1942), 568-576), 974.8 D2c 1978., 573 (Reliability: 2).
      Abel Fisher and his wife settled at Cape May, New Jersey, where the family resided for about twenty years and where their children were born.

    3. [SR1] Colonial and Revolutionary Families of PA, Wilfred Jordan, editor, ((New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., 1942), 568-576), 974.8 D2c 1978., 573 (Reliability: 2).
      Abel Fisher married, in Ireland, February 27, 1750, Rachel Whowee or Howee.
      Children:...
      7. Thomas, born October 29, 1764

    4. [SR18] Fisher Family Sketch - 21 Nov 1888, (Ligonier Echo, Ligonier, Pennsylvania, 21 Nov 1888) (Reliability: 2), 21 Nov 1888.
      Mr. Fisher settled at Cape May, New Jersey, where the family resided for about twenty years, and where their children were born.

    5. [S64] Bible Record: Family of Matthias Fisher and Rachel Hoowe, (George Grierson, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty, Dublin, 1754) (Reliability: 3).
      Thomas Fisher was born October the 29 1764

    6. [S227] Census: 1790 U.S. - Donegal Township, Westmoreland Co., PA , (Ancestry,com), Roll: M637_9; Page: 92; Image: 59; Family History Library Film: 0568149 (Reliability: 3), 1790.

    7. [S233] Census: 1810 U.S. - Neshannock Township, Mercer Co., PA , (Ancestry,com), Roll 52; Page: 918; Family History Number: 0193678; Image: 00078 (Reliability: 3), 1810.

    8. [S232] Census: 1820 U.S. - Neshannock Township, Mercer Co., PA, (Ancestry,com), NARA Roll: M33_107; Page: 175; Image: 81 (Reliability: 3), Neshannock Township, Lawrence Co., PA7 Aug 1820.

    9. [SR1] Colonial and Revolutionary Families of PA, Wilfred Jordan, editor, ((New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., 1942), 568-576), 974.8 D2c 1978., 573 (Reliability: 2), 1848.
      Thomas Died suddenly in 1848.

    10. [SR18] Fisher Family Sketch - 21 Nov 1888, (Ligonier Echo, Ligonier, Pennsylvania, 21 Nov 1888), 21 Nov 1888.
      He died suddenly in 1848.

    11. [SR1] Colonial and Revolutionary Families of PA, Wilfred Jordan, editor, ((New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., 1942), 568-576), 974.8 D2c 1978., 573 (Reliability: 2).
      Abel Fisher married, in Ireland, February 27, 1750, Rachel Whowee or Howee.
      Children:
      1. Henry, born March 25, 1751.
      2. Elizabeth, born December 3, 1752, died unmarried.
      3. Abel, born April 19, 1756; married Rachel Forbes.
      4. Mathias, of whom further.
      5. Elizabeth (again), born April 29, 1760.
      "6. Rachel, born August 12, 1762; married, as his second wife, Jacob Stewart. (Stewart I)
      7. Thomas, born October 29, 1764; married Prudence Shaw. In 1802 he removed to Mercer (now Lawrence) County, about four miles north of New Castle, where he spent his life. Died suddenly in 1848.
      8. Hannah, born February 11, 1767; married Samuel McDowell, and settled near Ligonier. They raised a large family, most of whom removed and settled in Mercer (now Lawrence) County.
      9. John, born September 22, 1769, was bitten by a rattlesnake and died within a few hours.

    12. [SR18] Fisher Family Sketch - 21 Nov 1888, (Ligonier Echo, Ligonier, Pennsylvania, 21 Nov 1888), 21 Nov 1888.
      Abel Fisher... married Rachel Whoowee...

    13. [S64] Bible Record: Family of Matthias Fisher and Rachel Hoowe, (George Grierson, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty, Dublin, 1754) (Reliability: 3).
      Abell Fisher and Rachel Hoowee was Married February the 27 1750

    14. [SR1] Colonial and Revolutionary Families of PA, Wilfred Jordan, editor, ((New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., 1942), 568-576), 974.8 D2c 1978., 573 (Reliability: 2).
      Thomas married Prudence Shaw.

    15. [SR18] Fisher Family Sketch - 21 Nov 1888, (Ligonier Echo, Ligonier, Pennsylvania, 21 Nov 1888), 21 Nov 1888.
      Thomas, the third son, married Prudence Shaw...

    16. [S387] 20th Century History of New Castle and Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, Aaron L. Hazen, (Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co., Chicago, IL, 1908), 31833012051915., 257 (Reliability: 2), 1908.

    17. [S387] 20th Century History of New Castle and Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, Aaron L. Hazen, (Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co., Chicago, IL, 1908), 31833012051915., 246 (Reliability: 2), 1908.

    18. [S387] 20th Century History of New Castle and Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, Aaron L. Hazen, (Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co., Chicago, IL, 1908), 31833012051915., 247 (Reliability: 2), 1908.

    19. [S387] 20th Century History of New Castle and Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, Aaron L. Hazen, (Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co., Chicago, IL, 1908), 31833012051915., 260 (Reliability: 2), 1908.