PROCTORS IN EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA
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Six Generations of Proctors: Family Tree & Sources
"The Proctor Family of Upper Bucks Co." by Prof. William H. Slotter & Researcher's Notes
* * * * Francis Proctor, Jr.
COL. THOMAS PROCTOR : Notes and Sources
"A Biographical Sketch of Gen. Thomas Proctor, with some account of the First Pennsylvania Artillery in the Revolution,"
by Benjamin M. Nead
(Pennsylvania Magazine of History & Biography, Vol. 4, #4, 1880, pp. 454-470.)
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Six Generations of Proctors
DESCENDANTS OF FRANCIS PROCTOR, SR.
Researcher's notes: ( ) indicates generation number. [ ] indicates source number.
Generation No. 1
1. FRANCIS (1) PROCTOR, SR. [1, 2] was born 1704 in Longford County, Ireland , died March 12, 1792. He married BETSEY 1738 .
Children of FRANCIS PROCTOR and BETSEY are:
2. i. Thomas (2) Proctor, b. 1739, Longford Co., Ireland; d. March 16, 1806. 3. ii. Francis Proctor, Jr., b. 1746, Halifax, Nova Scotia; d. 1814, Lycoming Co., PA.
Generation No. 2
2. THOMAS (2) PROCTOR (FRANCIS (1)) [5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, also see Section 5] was born 1739 in Longford Co., Ireland, and died March 16, 1806. He married (1)) MARY FOX  December 31, 1766 in Philadelphia, PA . She died July 15, 1789. He married (2) SARAH ANN HUSSEY  March 3, 1796, in Philadelphia. She died March 23, 1804, in Philadelphia.
Children of THOMAS PROCTOR and MARY FOX are:
4. i. Anna (3), d. January 25, 1858. 5. ii. Thomas Proctor, b. February 11, 1784; d. October 06, 1861.
See "Proctor Family of Upper Bucks County" published by the Bucks County Historical Society following the family tree and researcher's note.
Child of THOMAS PROCTOR and SARAH ANN HUSSEY is:
6. iii. Mary (3) Proctor, b. 1790; d. 1842. Birth date as indicated by DAR is in question.3. FRANCIS (2) PROCTOR, JR. (FRANCIS (1)) [14, 15, 16] was born in the 1750's in Nova Scotia, and died 1814 in Lycoming Co., now Clinton Co., PA. He married ANN HENDERSON  February 19, 1776. She was born 1751, and died 1804.
Children of FRANCIS PROCTOR and ANN HENDERSON are:
7. i. Catherine Ann Proctor, b. 1778, Pittsburgh, PA; d. May 05, 1845; m. Robert Lyle. 8. ii. Nancy Proctor, b. 1780; d. April 24, 1857; m. John Myers. iii. Sarah Proctor, b. 1785; d. April 02, 1850. iv. Thomas v. Molly vi. Jane
Generation No. 3.4. ANNA (3) PROCTOR (THOMAS (2), FRANCIS (1)) [19, 20, 21, 22] died January 25, 1858. She married HENRY THEODORE VIRCHAUX in Philadelphia, PA. He was born 1781, and died September 1828 in New Orleans, LA.
Children of ANNA PROCTOR and HENRY VIRCHAUX are:
9. i. Maria Catherine (4) Virchaux, b. 1812, Philadelphia, PA; d. September 25, 1849. ii. David Parish Virchaux, b. November 1817; d. April 20, 1818.5. THOMAS (3) PROCTOR (THOMAS (2), FRANCIS (1)) [19, 20, 21, 22] was born February 11, 1784, and died October 06, 1861. He married CATHERINE MUSSELMAN  Abt. 1815. She was born April 27, 1793, and died June 11, 1870.
Children of THOMAS PROCTOR and CATHERINE MUSSELMAN are:
i. Dinah (4) Proctor, m. Noah Summers. ii. Anna Proctor, m. Benjamin Mitchell. 10. iii. John M. Proctor, b. August 04, 1819; d. May 04, 1900. 11. iv. Christian Proctor, b. 1823; d. 1897. v. Samuel Proctor, b. 1826. vi. Elizabeth Proctor, b. 1830. vii. Mary Proctor, b. 1832; m. Joseph Ruth. viii. Joseph M. Proctor, b. 1833; d. 1910; m. Sabina; b. 1830; d. 1892.6. MARY (3) PROCTOR (THOMAS (2), FRANCIS (1))  was born 1790, and died 1842. She married DANIEL HARSHBARGER. He was born 1781, and died 1840.
Child of MARY PROCTOR and DANIEL HARSHBARGER is:
12. i. Daniel (4) Harshbarger, Jr., b. 1823; d. 1894.7. CATHERINE ANN (3) PROCTOR (FRANCIS (2), FRANCIS (1)) was born 1778 in Pittsburgh, PA, and died May 05, 1845. She married ROBERT LYLE in Williamsport, PA.
Children of CATHERINE PROCTOR and ROBERT LYLE are:
i. Proctor (4) Lyle, b. Abt. 1805. 13. ii. Thomas Proctor Lyle, b. Abt. 1814; d. 1884; m. Ada Francis Smith 1838. 14. iii. Catherine Lyle, b. February 14, 1818, Pittsburgh, PA; d. December 01, 1907, Ruthven, IA. 15. iv. Sarah Lyle, b. Abt. 1822; m Thomas Hunter.8. NANCY (3) PROCTOR (FRANCIS (2), FRANCIS (1)) was born 1780, and died April 24, 1857. She married JOHN MYERS 1812. He was born 1767, and died 1846.
Children of NANCY PROCTOR and JOHN MEYERS are:
16. i. Male Meyers (4). 17. ii. Francis Proctor Meyers, b. 1814; d. December 03, 1897, Lock Haven, Clinton, Co., PA. 18. iii. Susan Meyers, b. 1822; d. May 11, 1887, Lock Haven, PA.
Generation No. 4.9. MARIA CATHERINE (4) VIRCHAUX (ANNA (3) PROCTOR, THOMAS (2), FRANCIS (1)) was born 1812 in Philadelphia, PA, and died September 25, 1849. She married JAMES GRAY HOUSTON September 13, 1832. He was born May 03, 1807, and died December 31, 1843, in Williamsport, PA.
Children of MARIA VIRCHAUX and JAMES HOUSTON are:
i. Matilda Virchaux (5) Houston. ii. Isabel Houston, d. March 20, 1836. 19. iii. Hugh Boyle Houston, b. October 25, 1837; d. August 21, 1916.10. JOHN M. (4) PROCTOR (THOMAS (3), THOMAS (2), FRANCIS (1)) [25,26] was born August 04, 1819, and died May 04, 1900. He married 1. HANNAH M. KULP . She was born September 04, 1814, and died December 24, 1876. He married 2. SARAH SCHRAUGER September 01, 1877. She was born September 07, 1844.
Children of JOHN PROCTOR and HANNAH KULP are:
i. Catharine K. (5) Proctor, m. David L. Gehman. ii. Mary Proctor , b. December 17, 1845; d. October 04, 1865. iii. Elizabeth Proctor, b. November 03, 1847; d. August 23, 1880; m. Isaac G. Overholt, 1867; b. May 18, 1844; d. January 30, 1926.Child of JOHN PROCTOR and SARAH SCHRAUGER is:
20. iv. Joseph S. (5) Proctor, b. June 27, 1879, Bucks County, PA; d. December 08, 1958, San Jose, CA.11. CHRISTIAN (4) PROCTOR (THOMAS (3), THOMAS (2), FRANCIS (1)) was born 1823, and died 1897. He married ELIZABETH. She was born 1828, and died 1911.
Child of CHRISTIAN PROCTOR and ELIZABETH is:
i. Henry Becker (5) Proctor, b. 1866; d. 1870.12. DANIEL (4) HARSHBARGER, JR. (MARY (3) PROCTOR, THOMAS (2), FRANCIS (1)) was born 1823, and died 1894. He married ANNA AMELIA HOLLIDAY 1847. She was born 1829, and died 1904.
Children of DANIEL HARSHBARGER and ANNA HOLLIDAY are:
i. H. Lenore (5) Harshbarger , b. Cleveland, IN; m. Joe Winder. 21. ii. Harriet Harshbarger, b. 1865, Cleveland, IN.13. THOMAS PROCTOR (4) LYLE (CATHERINE ANN (3) PROCTOR, FRANCIS (2), FRANCIS (1)) was born Abt. 1814, and died 1884. He married ADA FRANCIS SMITH 1838 in Williamsport, PA.
Child of THOMAS LYLE and ADA SMITH is:
i. James Cline (5) Lyle.14. CATHERINE (4) LYLE (CATHERINE ANN (3) PROCTOR, FRANCIS (2), FRANCIS (1)) was born February 14, 1818, in Pittsburgh, PA, and died December 01, 1907, in Ruthven, IA. She married ADAM HENDERSON GIFT July 23, 1839, in Lock Haven, Clinton Co., PA. He was born March 12, 1812, in Bedford Co., PA , and died March 16, 1881, in Prairieburg, IA.
Children of CATHERINE LYLE and ADAM GIFT are:
22. i. John Wilson (5) Gift, b. May 06, 1840, Salona, Centre County, PA; d. Aft. 1920, in Peoria, IL. ii. William Hirst Gift, b. September 06, 1842, Williamsport, PA; d. May 16, 1863, Champions Hill, MS. iii. Albert Ross Gift, b. December 09, 1844, Williamsport, PA; d. August 13, 1850, Williamsport, PA. 23. iv. Sarah Francis Gift, b. December 26, 1846, Williamsport, PA; d. 1932, Missouri Valley, IA. 24. v. Rebecca Jain Gift, b. January 06, 1849; d. 1923. vi. James Hamlin Gift, b. March 09, 1851, Williamsport, PA; d. June 30, 1852, Williamsport, PA. 25. vii. Thomas Hunter Gift, b. January 03, 1856, Williamsport, PA; d. 1912, Portage la Prairie, Canada. viii. Mary Matilda Gift, b. June 10, 1858. 26. ix. Marjory Ellen Gift, b. November 14, 1860, Iowa; d. 1942, Winthrop, WA. x. Clara Elizabeth Gift, b. June 20, 1865, Iowa; d. October 23, 1939, Washington; m. Andrew J. Caine, Aft. 1900.15. SARAH (4) LYLE (CATHERINE ANN (3) PROCTOR, FRANCIS (2), FRANCIS (1)) was born Abt. 1822. She married THOMAS GILMORE HUNTER.
Children of SARAH LYLE and THOMAS HUNTER are:
i. William Gift (5) Hunter, b. 1856, Lock Haven, PA; m. Ada Burbank. ii. Robert Lyle Hunter, m. Laura Miller. iii. Clara Jane Hunter, m. William Hunter. iv. Anna Mary Hunter, m. Eli Fleck. v. James Shieed Hunter, m. 1. Rachel Worley; m. 2. Anna Crissman. vi. Catherine Bell Hunter, m. Harry Tussey. vii. Ella Dysert Hunter, m. Blair Roller.16. MALE MEYERS (4) (NANCY (3) PROCTOR, FRANCIS (2), FRANCIS (1)). He married LOUISA. She was born 1810, and died October 19, 1888, in Lock Haven, PA.
Children of ? MEYERS and LOUISA are:
27. i. Albert Ellis (5) Meyers, b. 1847; d. May 29, 1896. ii. Alfred Meyers, b. 1847. 28. iii. George Meyers, b. 1848.17. FRANCIS PROCTOR (4) MEYERS (NANCY (3) PROCTOR, FRANCIS (2), FRANCIS (1)) was born 1814, and died December 03, 1897, in Lock Haven, Clinton Co., PA. He married 1. ELIZABETH GRACE ELLIS GREEN 1838. She was born 1816, and died 1852 in Philadelphia, PA. He married 2. CLEMENTINE ALBRIGHT 1855. She was born 1834, and died 1897. (See Mrs. Edna Florence Myers Harris DAR Lineage record in Section 2.)
Child of FRANCIS PROCTOR MEYERS and ELIZABETH GREEN is:
i. Caroline (5) Meyers, m. J. L. Laird.Children of FRANCIS PROCTOR MEYERS and CLEMENTINE ALBRIGHT are:
29. ii. Josephine E. (5) Meyers, b. 1855, Lock Haven, Clinton, Co., PA; d. 1897. 30. iii. Charles H. Meyers, b. 1860; d. 1908.18. SUSAN (4) MEYERS (NANCY (3) PROCTOR, FRANCIS (2),
FRANCIS (1)) was born 1822, and died May 11, 1887, in Lock Haven, PA. She married JOHN SHEID or SCHEID July 22, 1854. He was born 1831, and died 1895.
Children of SUSAN MEYERS and JOHN SCHEID are:
i. Lizzie Sheid or (5) Scheid, m. unknown first name Blair. ii. Female Scheid, m. Elijah Myers.
Generation No. 5.19. HUGH BOYLE (5) HOUSTON (MARIA CATHERINE (4) VIRCHAUX, ANNA (3) PROCTOR, THOMAS (2), FRANCIS (1)) was born October 25, 1837, and died August 21, 1916. He married JOSEPHINE WILHELMINA HAVERSTICK.
Children of HUGH HOUSTON and JOSEPHINE HAVERSTICK are:
i. Fanny Haverstick (6) Houston , b. PA; m. Walter Alexander Kirkpatrick. ii. Mary Virchaux Houston  b. Philadelphia, PA; m. unknown first name Smith.20. JOSEPH S. (5) PROCTOR (JOHN M. (4), THOMAS (3), THOMAS (2), FRANCIS (1))  was born June 27, 1879, in Bucks Co., PA, and died December 08, 1958, in San Jose, CA. He married Laura A. Ziegenfuss  August 21, 1899, in Hilltown Reformed Church. She was born May 18, 1882, in PA, and died April 30, 1952, in San Jose, CA.
Children of JOSEPH PROCTOR and LAURA ZIEGENFUSS are:
i. Paul (6) Proctor, m. 1. Blanche; m. 2. Mary Edith. 31. ii. Sarah Elizabeth Proctor, b. September 07, 1899; d. October 1975, Pennsylvania. 32. iii. Peter Russell Proctor, b. January 09, 1902; d. April 09, 1991. 33. iv. Marian Estelle Proctor, b. September 18, 1908, Lansdale, PA.21. HARRIET HARSHBARGER (DANIEL (4), MARY (3) PROCTOR, THOMAS (2), FRANCIS (1))  was born 1865 in Cleveland, IN. She married SAMUEL E. COOK 1896. He was born 1860.
Child of HARRIET HARSHBARGER and SAMUEL COOK is:
i. Edna (6) Cook , b. Huntington, IN.22. JOHN WILSON (5) GIFT (CATHERINE (4) LYLE, CATHERINE ANN (3) PROCTOR, FRANCIS (2), FRANCIS (1)) was born May 06, 1840, in Salona, Centre Co., PA, and died Aft. 1920 in Peoria, IL. He married 1. SARAH I. MILLER November 1861 in Delhi, IA. She was born 1839 in Michigan, and died July 09, 1897, in Peoria, IL. He married 2. MAYE H. Aft. 1908.
Children of JOHN GIFT and SARAH MILLER are:
34. i. Frank H. (6) Gift, b. 1864, Iowa. ii. Charles H. Gift, b. 1868, Missouri.23. SARAH FRANCIS (5) GIFT (CATHERINE (4) LYLE, CATHERINE ANN (3) PROCTOR, FRANCIS (2), FRANCIS (1)) was born December 26, 1846, in Williamsport, PA, and died 1932 in Missouri Valley, IA. She married JAMES A. GREY October 06, 1867. He was born 1841 in Indiana, and died March 1914 in Red Oak, IA.
Children of SARAH GIFT and JAMES GREY are:
35. i. Charles W. (6) Grey, b. 1870; d. 1918, Lincoln, NE. 36. ii. Clara O. Grey.24. REBECCA JAIN (5) GIFT (CATHERINE (4) LYLE, CATHERINE ANN (3) PROCTOR, FRANCIS (2), FRANCIS (1)) was born January 06, 1849, and died 1923. She married JOHN McNARY 1869 in Iowa. He was born in Indiana, and died 1920.
Children of REBECCA GIFT and John McNARY are:
i. Mary (6) McNary, b. 1879. ii. Frank B. McNary, b. 1883. iii. Eva McNary, b. 1887; m. unknown first name Manthe. iv. Martina McNary, b. 1890; m. Merle Messer.25. THOMAS HUNTER (5) GIFT (CATHERINE (4) LYLE, CATHERINE ANN (3) PROCTOR, FRANCIS (2), FRANCIS (1)) was born January 03, 1856 in Williamsport, PA, and died 1912 in Portage la Prairie, Canada. He married EVELIN BARRINGER. She was born October 23, 1863, in Kilbourn, WI, and died 1936 in Oregon City, OR.
Children of THOMAS GIFT and EVELIN BARRINGER are:
37. i. Byron Hunter (6) Gift, b. August 30, 1887, Emmetsburg, IA; d. April 01, 1959, Lebanon, OR. ii. Emily Catherine Gift, b. 1890; m. unknown first name Balcom.26. MARJORY ELLEN (5) GIFT (CATHERINE (4) LYLE, CATHERINE ANN (3) PROCTOR, FRANCIS (2), FRANCIS (1)) was born November 14, 1860, in Iowa, and died 1942 in Winthrop, WA. She married JOHN J. DELANCEY 1878 in Iowa. He was born 1852 in Iowa, and died 1922 in Winthrop, WA.
Children of MARJORY GIFT and JOHN DELANCEY are:
i. Abbie M. (6) DeLancey, b. 1881; m. Mose Brinkerhoff. ii. Duer F. DeLancey, b. 1883. iii. Carrie P. DeLancey, b. 1884; d. 1965; m. Roma Johnson. iv. Jessie M. DeLancey, b. 1887, Ruthven, IA; d. 1947; m. Robert W. Flournay; b. 1870.27. ALBERT ELLIS (5) MEYERS (? MEYERS (4), NANCY (3) PROCTOR, FRANCIS (2), FRANCIS (1)) was born 1847, and died May 29, 1896. He married CATHERINE MOODLER September 07, 1872, in Lock Haven, PA. She was born January 10, 1853, and died July 14, 1925, in Lock Haven, PA.
Children of ALBERT MYERS and CATHERINE MOODLER are:
i. Lizzie (6) Meyers. ii. Child Meyers. iii. Daughter Meyers, m. B. F. Driver. 38. iv. Morris Ellis Meyers, b. March 04, 1875, Lock Haven, PA; d. December 22, 1949.28. GEORGE (5) MEYERS (? MEYERS (4), NANCY (3) PROCTOR, FRANCIS (2), FRANCIS (1)) was born 1848. He married Sarah. She was born 1845.
Children of GEORGE MEYERS and SARAH are:
i. Child (6) Meyers. ii. Henry Meyers, b. 1864.29. JOSEPHINE E. (5) MEYERS (FRANCIS PROCTOR (4), NANCY (3) PROCTOR, FRANCIS (2), FRANCIS (1)) was born 1855 in Lock Haven, Clinton Co., PA, and died 1897. She married MARSHALL REID 1884. He was born 1854, and died 1903.
Child of JOSEPHINE MEYERS and MARSHALL REID is:
i. Helen (6) Reid , b. Milton, PA; m. J. Burton Mustin.30. CHARLES H. (5) MEYERS (F. PROCTOR (4), NANCY (3) PROCTOR, FRANCIS (2), FRANCIS (1)) was born 1860, and died 1908. He married MARY KROM 1887. She was born 1870.
Child of CHARLES MEYERS and MARY KROM is:
i. Edna Florence (6) Meyers , b. Lock Haven, Clinton, Co., PA;m. Robert B. Harris.Generation No. 6
31. SARAH ELIZABETH (6) PROCTOR (JOSEPH S. (5), JOHN M. (4), THOMAS (3), THOMAS (2), FRANCIS (1)) was born September 07, 1899, and died October 1975 in Pennsylvania. She married 1. CLARENCE SWARTZ. He was born June 16, 1902, in Hilltown, PA, and died May 1974 in Chicago, IL. She married 2. JACOB RAYMOND HORN. He was born October 15, 1897, and died January 09, 1964, in Arizona.
Children of SARAH PROCTOR and CLARENCE SWARTZ are:
i. Muriel Elizabeth (7) Swartz, b. August 31, 1921; m. Paul Benner Bishop; b. December 07, 1918, Souderton, PA; d. February 02, 1996, Sellersville, PA. ii. Claire Alberta Swartz, b. February 18, 1923 ; d. December 10, 1987.Children of SARAH PROCTOR and JACOB HORN are:
iii. Ethel May (7) Horn, b. May 08, 1927. iv. Grace Marie Horn, b. November 19, 1929. v. Mary Jane Horn, b. October 02, 1931. vi. Jacob Raymond Horn, b. September 21, 1936.32. PETER RUSSELL (6) PROCTOR (JOSEPH S. (5), JOHN M. (4), THOMAS (3), THOMAS (2), FRANCIS (1)) was born January 09, 1902, and died April 09, 1991. He married 1. MAMIE KRUPP About 1921. He married 2. ELSIE HOSSLI February 01, 1929. She was born February 08, 1904, in San Francisco, CA, and died April 20, 1997.
Child of PETER PROCTOR and MAMIE KRUPP is:
i. Doris (7) Proctor.Children of PETER PROCTOR and ELSIE HOSSLI are:
ii. Phyllis Marlene (7) Proctor, b. June 04, 1931, San Francisco, CA; m. Roger L. Cairns, September 30, 1951. iii. Carole Elsie Proctor, b. May 30, 1934. iv. Gary Peter Proctor, b. August 09, 1941; m. Geraldine Marie Pecsar, December 28, 1963.33. MARIAN ESTELLE (6) PROCTOR (JOSEPH S. (5), JOHN M. (4), THOMAS (3), THOMAS (2), FRANCIS (1)) was born September 18, 1908, in Lansdale, PA. She married ROY CROUTHAMEL. He was born June 24, 1905, in Perkasie, PA.
Children of MARIAN PROCTOR and ROY CROUTHAMEL are:
i. Doris Shirley (7) Crouthamel, b. August 06, 1926; m. HarryStrothers. ii. Blanche Doreen Crouthamel, b. February 05, 1930; m. John Carter Connelly, February 05, 1949; b. June 06, 1926. iii. Robert Francis Crouthamel, b. March 08, 1931; m. 1. Barbara; m. 2. Nancy. iv. Joan Crouthamel, b. August 31, 1934.34. FRANK H. (6) GIFT (JOHN WILSON (5), CATHERINE (4) LYLE, CATHERINE ANN (3) PROCTOR, FRANCIS (2), FRANCIS (1)) was born 1864 in Iowa. He married MYRTLE A. She was born 1870 in Illinois.
Children of FRANK GIFT and MYRTLE A. are:
i. Lyle H. (7) Gift, b. 1895, Illinois. ii. Myron F. Gift, b. 1899, Illinois.35. CHARLES W. (6) GRAY (SARAH FRANCIS (5) GIFT, CATHERINE (4) LYLE, CATHERINE ANN (3) PROCTOR, FRANCIS (2), FRANCIS (1)) was born 1870, and died 1918 in Lincoln, NE.
Children of CHARLES W. GRAY are:
i. C. E. (7) Gray. ii. Daughter Gray, m. Leland Gosnell. iii. Daughter Gray, m. Almon Davis.36. CLARA O. (6) GRAY (SARAH FRANCIS (5) GIFT, CATHERINE (4) LYLE, CATHERINE ANN (3) PROCTOR, FRANCIS (2), FRANCIS (1)). She married JOHN I. LONG.
Children of CLARA GRAY and JOHN LONG are:
i. Daughter 1 (7) Long, m. B. C. Ward. ii. Daughter 2 Long, m. Kenneth Ashley. iii. Mary Long m. Kuhn. iv. Daughter 4 Long, m. Arthur Gregorson. v. Daughter 5 Long vi. John Long, Jr.37. BYRON HUNTER (6) GIFT (THOMAS HUNTER (5), CATHERINE (4) LYLE, CATHERINE ANN (3) PROCTOR, FRANCIS (2), FRANCIS (1)) was born August 30, 1887, in Emmetsburg, IA, and died April 01, 1959, in Lebanon, OR. He married MARY BLANCHARD December 30, 1907, in Des Moines, IO. She was born January 04, 1892, and died January 02, 1959.
Children of BYRON GIFT and MARY BLANCHARD are:
i. Charles Leroy (7) Hunter Gift, b. October 1910; d, July 18, 2000; m. Margaret Moore. ii. Evelyn Francis Gift, b. October 19, 1913; d, March 13, 1971; m. Lila Hopkins. iii. Margaret Helin Gift, b. 1916. iv. Margaret Isabella Gift, b. 1917. v. Katherine Esther Gift, b. 1920; m. Kenneth Majors. vi. Edith Gertrude Gift, b. 1921; m. Lee Dove Slater. vii. Robert Gift, b. 1923. viii. Marjorie Ella Mae Gift, b. 1925; m. Sam Brush. ix. Byron Carl Gift, b. 1926. x. Mary Gift, b. 1928. xi. Theodore Phillip Gift, b. 1932. xii. Ethyl Isabella Gift, b. 1934; m. Bruce Ellis.38. MORRIS ELLIS (6) MEYERS (ALBERT ELLIS (5), MEYERS (4), NANCY (3) PROCTOR, FRANCIS (2), FRANCIS (1)) was born March 04, 1875, in Lock Haven, PA, and died December 22, 1949. He married BESSIE MAE STRINGFELLOW September 1909.
Children of MORRIS MEYERS and BESSIE STRINGFELLOW are:
i. Esther (7) Meyers, m. Scott Fike. ii. Elizabeth Meyers, m. Ralph Weaver. iii. J. Arlington Meyers, m. Doly. iv. Reeder King Meyers., m. 1. Evelyn; m. 2. Vera. v. Albert Meyers, m. Ruth. vi. William Meyers. vii. Edna Meyers , b. Lock Haven, Clinton Co., PA; m. Burnard Bartley. viii. Orvis Hayes Meyers, b. December 11, 1916, Orviston, PA; d. September 28, 1992, Lock Haven, PA; m. Charlotte Helen Williams, July 18, 1942, Lock Haven, PA; b. September 08, 1913, Lamar, Clinton Co., PA; d. September 28, 1983.
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1. Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots by Patricia Law Hatcher, Pioneer Heritage Press, 1988, Page 55. 2. DAR Lineage Books, Vol. 149, Page 201, ID # 148652. 3. DAR Patriot Index Centennial Edition, Part III, 2376. 4. Pennsylvania Archives, Series 2, Vol. 2, Page 201. 5. Ibid 6. Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots by Patricia Law Hatcher, Pioneer Heritage press, 1988, Page 59. 7. Washington Papers, Correspondence with the Officers, 1778, March 19, 1778, Vol. 11, Page 578. Thomas Proctor. Artillery Park, Valley Forge. To George Washington. 8. DAR Lineage Books, Vol. 29, Page 308. 9. Irish Settlers in America by Michael J. O'Brien, Pages 353, 503-504. 10. Pictorial Field Book of the American Revolution by Lossing. 11. DAR Patriot Index, Spouses, Vol. I, Page 549. 12. Pennsylvania Archives, Series 2, Vol. 2, Page 201. 13. Colonial & Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania, Vol. IX, Part 2, Pages 494-497; DAR Patriot Index, Spouses, Vol. I, Page 549. 14. DAR Patriot Index Centennial Edition, Part III, 2376. 15. Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots by Patricia Law Hatcher, Pioneer Heritage Press, 1988, Page 17. 16. DAR Lineage Books, Vol. 149, Page 201, ID # 148652. 17. DAR Patriot Index, Spouses, Vol. I, Page 549. 18. DAR Lineage Books, Vol. 4, Page 293, ID # 3904. 19. Bucks County Tombstone Inscriptions Hilltown Township, Bucks County Genealogical Society, Doylestown, Page 39. 20. 1850 Census Rol. 758, Page 263. 21. 1820 PA Federal Census Index, Page 072, Bedminster Twn., Bucks Co., PA. 22. 1830 PA Federal Census Index, Page 073, Hilltown Twn., Bucks Co., PA. 23. 1850 Census Roll 758, Page 263. 24. DAR Lineage Books, Vol. 29, Page 308, ID #28845. 25. Bucks County Tombstone Inscriptions Hilltown Twp, Bucks County Genealogical Society, Doylestown, Page 41. 26. 1850 Census Roll 758, Page 263. 27. Ibid. 28. DAR Lineage Books, Vol. 4, Page 229, ID #151729. 29. Obituary. 30. DAR Lineage Books, Vol. 4, Page 293, ID # 3904. 31. DAR Lineage Books, Vol. 29, Page 308, ID # 28845. 32. California Death Records at Ancestry.com. 33. DAR Lineage Books, Vol. 125, Page 296, ID # 124975. 34. DAR Lineage Books, Vol. 152, Page 229, ID #151728. 35. DAR Lineage Books, Vol. 146. Page 227, ID # 145724. 36. DAR Lineage Books, Vol. 149, Page 201, ID #148652. 37. DAR Lineage Books, Vol. 130, Page 253, ID # 129847.
Thank you, George Nolan for sharing your family tree.
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A COLLECTION OF PAPERS READ BEFORE THE BUCKS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Published for the Society by Fackenthal Publications, 1926, Volume V
Editorial Committee: Henry C. Mercer, Sc. D., Warren S. Ely,
Hon. Harman Yerkes, and Horace M. Mann
B. F. Fackenthal, Jr., Sc. D.
THE PROCTOR FAMILY OF UPPER BUCKS COUNTY
By Prof. William H. Slotter, Doylestown, Pennsylvania (1)
Frequently things unrelated to the work in hand attract our attention and enlist our interest. Twenty-five years ago I chanced to dine at the home of John Proctor at Blooming Glen in Hilltown township, who in the course of conversation, while at the dinner table, gave me a sketch of the history of the Proctors in that part of Bucks county. He said that they were all descendants from the same ancestor who was an officer in the Continental army during the Revolutionary War. He was probably born in Ireland, but at the outset of the war he and his wife lived in Philadelphia. I have no record at hand to show when he entered the army, but in 1777 he was a colonel, and may have fought at the battles of Brandywine, Chadd's Ford and other places in the vicinity of Philadelphia. In the fall of that year, when Washington and his army went to winter quarters at Valley Forge, Colonel Proctor was with a division of the army that spent the winter at Easton. Colonel Proctor's Christian name was not given to me. At the time of the battle of Germantown, his wife and child, a boy about three years old, started to walk to Easton, a distance of about fifty-five miles, to spend the winter near her husband. John Proctor, my informant, is a grandson of Colonel Proctor and this brave woman.
He did not know what route they took from Germantown, nor how long they were on the way, or what hardships they suffered prior to reaching a farm house, three miles northwest of Piperville, which is the farm now occupied by the Lucy M. Burd Industrial School, in Bedminster township, where we are assembled today. He said they arrived at that farm home late one cold snowy evening where the mother asked for something to eat, and lodging for herself and her baby boy. They were taken in, warmed and fed and given a comfortable bed to sleep in. It continued to snow during the greater part of the night, but by morning the storm had passed. The day was bright and cold, but the snow was too deep for the woman to continue her journey on foot. She was, however, anxious to get to Easton, and her hospitable host therefore offered to take her, presumably on horse back. She gladly accepted his kind offer. For some unknown reason, it was decided that the little boy should remain with the farmer's family, until the mother could return and get him. The details having been arranged, Mrs. Proctor, no doubt with a heart filled with sorrow at parting with her boy, and with gratitude as well, now bade good-bye to her hostess, who too had a son about three years old. Then turning to her baby boy, and without apparently at least, any premonition that she might never see her child again, bade him good-bye. Think of the confidence these two women had in each other. Mrs. Proctor and the farmer then set out for Easton, which they reached sometime during the day, where Mrs. Proctor joined her husband, a happy woman who had won the prize of her adventure. The farmer returned to his home, bearing the latest messages of motherly love to the little boy in his new home with the farmer and his wife.
The most coveted joys are often the most fleeting. This seems to have been true in Mrs. Proctor's case. Not many days after her arrival at Easton, she took sick, and after a brief illness, died. It appears that her death must have been unexpected, for no parting message came to her child, whom she had entrusted to strangers at the farm house in Bedminster township.
Children, as a rule, quickly adapt themselves to their environments. This little fellow found a playmate, of about his own age, in his new home. A child of three years of age, soon forgets an absent parent and clings to the people in a home that supply his wants. So this little child could not have appreciated his loss in the death of his mother, even if word had come to him. This temporary home became his abiding place till he grew to manhood, married and founded a home for himself and his family.
If Colonel Proctor visited the boy at any time between the time of his wife's arrival at Easton in 1777 and the close of the war, my informant did not say. He did however say that when the boy was about ten years of age, the father, accompanied by an army friend, came to claim the child as his own. The son, naturally did not know his father. When the father explained that he came to take him to his own home, the son began to cry and refused to go. The more the father tried to get his confidence, the more excited the child became, bursting out in spasms of crying and pathetically appealing to the people, who had been the only guardian he knew, not to allow this stranger to take him away. These earnest appeals won for himself the sympathies of the father's army friend, who now said to the father, "Why worry the child? These people seem to be good to him. He likes them and is happy here. Why not let him remain?" The father replied, "I want to send him to school and educate him." Well," said the friend, "wait till the boy is fifteen or sixteen years old and then your intentions will no doubt appeal to your son." The father, therefore, reluctantly yielded to the suggestions of his friend and permitted the son to remain till the time suggested by his friend. The father, however, never returned; whether death claimed him before the son reached the age named by the friend is not known. John Proctor, who related this story to me, was a farmer in his younger years. Joseph, a brother, was a blacksmith, and Samuel, another brother, was a hotelkeeper at Dublin. If there were more children in this family, I failed to learn their names.
NOTE BY THE EDITOR
In the PENNSYLVANIA MAGAZINE OF HISTORY, Vol. IV, pp. 454 to 470, there is a full history of the military services of General Thomas Proctor, who is probably the Colonel Proctor referred to by Professor Slotter. Thomas was born in Ireland in 1739, the eldest son of Francis Proctor, who emigrated with his family to America sometime before the Revolution. On December 31, 1766, Thomas, who was a carpenter by trade married Mary Fox. (See Pennsylvania Archives, Second Series, Vol. 11, p 201.)
On October 27, 1775, he was commissioned as captain of artillery and recruited a company. He served gallantly through the war, and his services were so much appreciated that he was given positions of trust in the army. On February, 20, 1777, he was advanced to the rank of colonel. He took part in the battles of Trenton, Brandywine, Chadd's Ford and Germantown. In the winter of 1777-78, he lay with his regiment at Valley Forge. On May 8, 1779, he was commissioned as "Colonel of Artillery in the Army of the United States," and detailed to do service with General Sullivan in his campaign against the Six Nations of Indians to punish them for their atrocities in the Wyoming Valley. He joined General Sullivan at Easton on May 20, 1779. On December 25, 1782, he was commissioned as Major of Artillery. After the close of the war, viz, on April 12, 1793, Governor Mifflin commissioned him as Brigadier General of the Militia of the City of Philadelphia. He served as sheriff of Philadelphia from 1783 to 1785.
Mary was evidently his first wife and died young, and the Mrs. Proctor mentioned by Prof. Slotter may have been his second wife, and if so it is evident that he married three times, as we are informed by POULSON'S DAILY ADVERTISER, of March 27, 1804, that "Sarah Ann, spouse of General Thomas Proctor, died March 23, 1804." The same newspaper, issue of March 27, 1806, notes the death of General Proctor on March 16, 1806.
He passed away on Sunday, March 16, 1806, at his home on Arch street, between Fourth and Fifth, Philadelphia. During the latter part of his life, he was harassed by financial troubles.
Prof. Slotter's informant (John Proctor, a grandson) says Colonel Proctor was stationed at Easton during the winter of 1777-78. This must be a mistake, if in fact Colonel Thomas is the Proctor referred to, as his movements during the military campaign are a matter of public history. The statement related by Prof. Slotter, is after all a family tradition, and the circumstances of Mrs. Proctor's journey might just as well have referred to the winter of 1779-80. In 1779 General Proctor was 40 years of age. The son, left at the farm house, according to Prof. Slotter's story was then but three years old, and was doubtless a child of his second marriage.
(1) Mr. Slotter was superintendent of public instruction for Bucks county from June 1887 to June 1902 and was therefore filling that office when this history was related to him.
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Researcher's Notes: While the above story seems plausible for that day and time, the dates do not line up easily. If Thomas married Mary in 1766 they would have been married 18 years when Thomas, Jr., was born and since there is no date for daughter Anna's birth, comparison is impossible. Also since wife Mary died in July 1789, Thomas would have had to have married Sarah immediately, as daughter Mary's birth is reported as 1790 in DAR Lineage Books. But we find elsewhere that Thomas married Sarah Ann Hussey March 3, 1796, so in this case daughter Mary's birth must not be 1790.
There are many possibilities for error in recording dates. There is a possibility for a third wife or child out of wedlock. Orphan Court records have yet to be examined.
Research of court house records at Bucks County in Doylestown indicate that the Lucy Burd school was originally owned by an absentee landowner named Eastman who then sold this parcel of land to Anthony Slotter whose farm Thomas Proctor, Jr., was left as a child.
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FRANCIS PROCTOR, SR.
DOMESTIC AND MILITARY NOTES AND SOURCES
Francis Proctor, Sr., was born 1705 in Longford County, Ireland, married Betsey in 1738, and died March 12, 1792. Genealogical sources say Francis Proctor was born in Ireland but there is no immigration record or a passenger list to prove this, but son Thomas mentions Ireland in his "Journal" saying, "This brought to my recollection the manner of attending wakes in the old country, with the native Irish, where the rich hire old women to lament the loss of the deceased, and to recount all the valuable actions of their past life." (April 23rd entry)
Many sources also say Francis traveled via Nova Scotia to America with wife and son Thomas, born in 1739 in Ireland. A second son, Francis, Jr., was born in Nova Scotia. The date of arrival in Pennsylvania and residence in Philadelphia can be narrowed down to about 1759, a date Thomas gives in his "Journal" when he says he met the Seneca chief Captain Joseph Hays thirty-two years before at Fort Pitt. (April 5th entry)
The first record of Francis Proctor, Sr., comes from the "Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States. 1789-1873, Tuesday, January 20, 1795: "A petition of Francis Proctor, late captain of a company of artillery raised by the State of South Carolina, praying that such allowance may be made him for recruiting a number of soldiers for the Continental Army, and for hardship and injuries sustained while a prisoner taken by the enemy, when in the actual service of the United States, during the late war, as to the wisdom of Congress shall seem meet.
"The Revolutionary War Records, 1775-83," give him the rank of captain (Roll Box 120).
Francis expands a little upon this imprisonment in a letter to the Council of Safety at Philadelphia for the State of Pennsylvania, January 24, 1777."I make no doubt you are acquainted with my first unsuccessful attempt to exert my utmost in defense of the great cause of American liberty in general, and the State of South Carolina in particular. And therefore, choose not to trouble you at present, with a narrative of my long imprisonment, cruel treatment, and other distressing circumstances during that period, to this time of my enlargement.
"But have the honor of acquainting you that I cannot be an idle spectator, of the present glorious contest, whilst my country want a man, and therefore takes the liberty of informing you, that I am now going by desire of General Knox to Headquarters, to take the command of a company of artillery, in the Continental Service.
"And as my long absence from the service, may render me almost a stranger to many of the principal officers, I humbly request you will be pleased to give me such recommendation, either to the General, or other officers as you may think proper. Which will be most gratefully acknowledged. " (Society Collection, Manuscripts, Historical Society of Pennsylvania)
At a meeting of the Committee of Safety, November 29, 1775, Francis Proctor, Sr., was appointed Lieutenant of the Artillery Company, commanded by his son Thomas Proctor. (Colonial Records, Vol. 10, page 416). December 5th, of the same year finds Francis and son at odds with the Committee of Safety.Upon information to this Committee that Capt. Proctor and Lieut. Proctor, had behaved in a manner unbecoming officers, to Capt. Williams and Lieut. Watson, of Colo. Bull's Battalion, and this Committee have heard the parties and their evidences, and upon full consideration, unanimously agreed that the charge was fully proved, and recommended to the said Capt. Proctor and Lieut. Proctor, to make a suitable acknowledgment to the parties injured, which they have peremptorily refused to comply with; It is therefore Resolved, that the said Capt. Proctor and Lieut. Proctor, be dismissed the service. (Colonial Records, Vol. 10, page 423)
December 8th, at a Meeting of the Committee of Safety:Capt. Thomas Proctor and Lieut. Francis Proctor, this day attended the Board, and agreeable to a Resolve of the 6th ins't, were dismissed the Service of this Board. (Colonial Records, Vol. 10, 424).
Perhaps the January 24th letter brought about reinstatement with the Committee of Safety as Francis received a promotion to Captain of the Continental Artillery in March 3, 1777, first date of commission taken March 14, 1777, (PA Archives, Series 5, Vol. 3, pages 972-973 and 984 and 986)
"The Biographical Cyclopedia of American Women," Vol. II, page 453, lists his military history as follows:Proctor, Francis (Pa) Lieutenant 1st Company Pennsylvania Artillery, 27th October, 1775
Was a prisoner in 1776, when and where taken not stated
Captain 4th Continental Artillery, 3d March, 1777
Dismissed 14th May, 1778.
Francis Proctor, Sr., was involved in a Court of Inquiry, disclosed in the "Writings of Washington," General Orders, March 14, 1778,
Headquarters, Valley Forge:At a Court of Inquiry held in the Brigade of Artillery whereof Lieut. Colo. Strohbogh was President March 11,1778, to examine into a Complaint exhibited by one John Willson against Captains Rice and Proctor Senior of Colo. Proctor's Regiment for plundering and taking by force and for permitting the soldiers to take a quantity of household Furniture and other Articles from the Complainant. The Court after hearing the Evidence and Altercations of the Parties are of opinion that the charges exhibited against Captains Rice and Proctor Senior are groundless, consequently the Complaint quash'd. (Writings of Washington, Vol. 11, page 84)
Gen. George Washington wrote a letter to Col. Thomas Proctor on March 22, 1778, WOGW, Vol. 11, Page 127 & 128, concerning Francis, Sr., saying:Sir: I have yours of the 19th. Enclosing sundry papers relating to a dispute between Major Forest and Colo. Crane founded upon an Arrest of Captn. Proctor. I had heard of this matter before, as Colo. Crane had laid before me a letter from Major Forrest to him, which he conceived couched in very improper terms from an inferior to his commanding officer. I refused to give any opinion upon the Subject, but desired Colo. Crane to dissolve the Court whereof Major Forrest was president and arrest him, that the matter might be impartially determined by a General Court Martial to the line.
I will just add, that as nothing gives me more pleasure than to determine any points that are amicably submitted to me by the Gentlemen of the Army, so nothing gives me more pain than the frequency of complaints that are made and difference of various kinds that happen among a set of Men embarked in the same great cause, who ought rather to cultivate harmony than break out into dissensions upon almost every occasion that offers. If, as I have hinted above, matters cannot be amicably settled, a Court Martial is the resort, and it is therefore improper to bring the dispute before me, because I am ultimately to give my opinion upon a revisal of the Evidence and allegations of both parties. I am &ca.
Dismissal from the service took place on May 14, 1778. WOGW, Vol. 11, Page 387At a Brigade Court Martial in the Artillery, May 9, 1778, Colo. Proctor, President, Captain Francis Proctor, Sr., tried for scandalous and infamous behavior unbecoming the Character of a Gentleman and Officer. Also for breaking his Arrest and threatening Captain Rice's Life in an ungentlemanlike manner in different Companies, acquitted of the charge of breaking his Arrest but found guilty of scandalous behavior unbecoming the Gentleman and Officer being a breach of the 21st Article, 14th, section of the Articles of War and sentenced to be discharged the service.
The Commander in Chief approves the sentence and orders it to take place immediately.
Captain Francis Proctor applied for compensation for his services in the Revolutionary War, and for hardships endured whilst a prisoner to Congress 1 (Session 3), 3 (Session 2), and 4 (Session 1). The claims and resolution were adopted December 28, 1795. (US House of Representatives Private Claims, Vol. 3). See Table 1.
The only domestic subject found about Francis Proctor, Sr., concerns seizure of Hogg Island in the Delaware River by him and others. This matter dragged out in court over many years and, later, son Thomas pursued ownership in place of his father.
December 15, 1780, Colonial Records, Vol. 12, Minutes of the Supreme Executive Council, Page 570 & 571:Letter received and read, viz:
Complaint having been made to this Board that the following persons had taken forcible possession of Hogg Island, the property of this State, viz.: Benjamin Rue, Francis Proctor, Joseph Ogden, William Eckhart, and Mark McCall; and the said persons being brought before this Board and examined, touching the said complaint, they acknowledged the taking possession of the said Island, alleging they have a sufficient title thereto; Whereupon,
Resolved, That the said Benjamin Rue, Francis Proctor, Joseph Ogden, William Eckhart, and Mark McCall, do enter into sufficient security for their appearance at the next Court of General Quarter Sessions to be held for the county of Chester, to answer the said trespass, which was taken in
the manner following, to wit: Benjamin Rue in £3,000; William Henderson & Michael Kaner, each in £1,500; Francis Proctor in £3,000; William Henderson and William Watkins, each in £1,500; Joseph Ogden in £3,000; Elija Weed and Michael Kaner, each in £1,500; William Eckhart in £3,000;
William Watkins & Michael each in £1,500; Mark McCall in £3,000; William Henderson and James Thompson, each in £1,500. (Refer to Vol. 15, p. 116).
January 4, 1781, Page, 591James Mease, Hugh Shiell, and Samuel Caldwell, of the city of Philadelphia, having purchased, at a late sale of confiscated estates, one-third part of the Island commonly called Hogg Island, late the estate of Joseph Galloway, an attainted traitor,
Resolved, That the Sheriff of the county of Chester do give possession to the same James Mease, Hugh Shiell, and Samuel Caldwell, of the part of Hogg Island purchased by them as aforesaid, in due form of law, they paying the incident expenses.
Resolved, That Abraham Kintzing be directed to keep possession of Hogg Island in behalf of this State, and that in case of necessity, the Sheriffs of the counties of Chester and Philadelphia do aid or assist him in holding the possession against all intruders: That the Attorney General of the State be directed to support the claim of the State against sundry persons who have lately attempted to take possession under some pretended rights, and take proper steps to cause the persons who are witnesses to the late forcible entry, to attend at the next Chester court, in order to lay the complaint therein before the Grand Jury.
After January, the entries regarding Hogg Island always refer to Thomas Proctor in the contested ownership. Explanation and resolution of Hogg Island ownership is given by Charles Burr Ogden in "The Quaker Ogdens in America:"Joseph, with others, seized Hogg Island in the Delaware River, alleging title. They were brought before the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, 12 mo. 15, 1780, and bound over to answer at Chester Court. During the Colonial days the Provincial authorities were careful in disclaiming jurisdiction over the river, yielding to the Crown all rights and powers therein.
This was acquiesced in as recently as 1775. After the Revolution had ended it became necessary to allot the islands of the Delaware to Pennsylvania or New Jersey. Commissioners were appointed in 1783. On September 25, 1786, Hogg Island was annexed to Chester Co. and to "the nearest township of the said county." In his personal list and description of properties owned by Joseph, he states that he owned "about one sixth part of Hogg Island in River Delaware opposite the mouth of Bow Creek, brought from the heirs of the Boon family, and in possession of Thos. Proctor, Wm. Echart and myself, viz. Proctor about two thirds, Echart and self one third, agreeably to a draft and division of said Island in my possession." (The Quaker Ogdens in America. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Col, 1898.)
Francis Proctor, Sr., died March 12, 1792, and was buried at St. Paul's Episcopal Church (now known as Old St. Paul's) in Philadelphia, PA. The cemetery marker reads: ".... also interred here are Francis Proctor, Sr., ... March 12, 1792, aged 87 years." (See cemetery photos)
* * * * * *CERTIFIED COPY OF ADMINISTERED WILL OF FRANCIS PROCTOR, SR.
KNOW all men by these presents, That we Thomas Procter of the City of Philadelphia, Esq., Abraham Morrow of the said City, Gunsmith, Francis Drake of the said City, Gentleman, are held and firmly bound unto GEORGE CAMPBELL, Esq., Register for the Probate of Wills, and granting Letters of Administration, in and for the City and County of Philadelphia, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in the Sum of Five hundred pounds, to be paid to the said George Campbell, his Successors, Administrators, or Assigns: To the which Payment well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, jointly and severally, for and in the whole, our Heirs, Executors, and Administrators, firmly by these Presents. Sealed with our Seals. Dated the sixteenth Day of July in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety two.
The Condition of this Obligation is such, That if the above bounder, Thomas Proctor, Administrator of all and singular the Goods, Chattels, and Credits of Major Francis Proctor, deceased, do make, or cause to be made, a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the Goods, Chattels, and Credits of the said Deceased, which have or shall come to the Hands, Possession, or Knowledge of him, the said Thomas Proctor, Administrator as aforesaid, or unto the Hands and Possession of any other person or persons for his use and the same so made do exhibit, or cause to be exhibited, into the Register's Office, in the County of Philadelphia, at or before the sixteenth Day of August, next ensuing; and the same Goods, Chattels, and Credits, and all other the Goods, Chattels, and Credits of the said Deceased, at the Time of his Death, which at any TIme after shall come to the Hands or Possession of the said Thomas Proctor, Administrator as aforesaid, or unto the Hands and Possession of any other Person or Persons for him do well and truly administer according to Law. And further do make; or cause to be made, a true and just Account of his said Administration, at or before the 16th Day of July, 1792. And all the Rest and Residue of the said Goods, Chattels, and Credits, which shall be found remaining upon the said Administrator's Account (the same being first examined and allowed of by the Orphans Court of the City and County of Philadelphia) shall deliver and pay unto such Person or Persons respectively, as the said Orphans' Court by their Decree of Sentence, pursuant to the true Intent and Meaning of the several Laws now in Force in this Commonwealth, shall limit and appoint. And if it shall hereafter appear, that any last Will and Testament was made by the said Deceased, and the Executor or Executors therein named do exhibit the same into the said Register's Office, making Request to have it allowed and approved accordingly: And if then the above bounden Thomas Proctor, Administrator as aforesaid, being there unto required, do render and deliver the said Letters of Administration (Approbation of such Testament being first had and made in the said Register's Office) then this Obligation to be void and of none Effect, or else to remain in full Force and Virtue.
Sealed and delivered in the Presence of Isaac Wampole
* * * * * *The following families claim lineage to Francis Proctor found recorded in the Daughters of The American Revolution Lineage Books.
Mrs. Edna Florence Myers Harris, DAR ID Number 129847, Vol. 130, page 253Born in Lock Haven, PA.
Wife of Robert B. Harris.
Descendant of Jonathan Westbrook, Capt. Dirck Westbrook, Francis Leroy, John Krom, Frederick Houshill, Capt. Francis Proctor, Maj. Francis Proctor, Jr., and George Moyer, as follows:
1. Charles H. Myers (1860-1908) m. 1887 Mary Krom (b. 1870).
2. Francis Proctor Myers (1814-97) m. 3d 1855 Clementine Albright (1834-97).
3. John Myers (Moyer) (1769-1846) m. 1812 Nancy Proctor (1780-1857).
4. Francis Proctor, Jr., m. 1776 Ann Henderson (1751-1804); George Moyer m. 1768 Mary ___ (b. 1750).
5. Francis Proctor m. 1738 Betsey.
Francis Proctor commanded a company in the Pennsylvania troops. He was born in Ireland; died in Philadelphia, PA.
Francis Proctor, Jr., served as lieutenant, captain and major of the Pennsylvania troops. He was born in Nova Scotia; died, 1814, in Lycoming County (now Clinton), PA.
George Moyer (1745-1806) served as private under Captain Weiser in the Northumberland County, Pennsylvania militia. He was born in Lancaster County; died in Lycoming County, PA.
Mrs. Josephine E. Myers Reid, DAR ID Number 145724, Vol. 146, page 227
Born in Lock Haven, PA.
Wife of Marshall Reid
Descendant of George Moyer, Captain. Francis Proctor, and Maj. Francis Proctor, Jr. :
1. Francis Proctor Myers (1814097) m. 2d 1838 Elizabeth Grace (1816-52) [Green]
2. John Myers (Moyer) (1769-1846) m. 1812 Nancy Proctor (1780-1857)
3. George Moyer m. 1768 Mary ---- (b. 1750); Francis Proctor, Jr., m. 1776 Ann Henderson (1751-1804)
4. Francis Proctor m. 1738 Betsey ----.
George Moyer served as private under Captain Weiser in the Northumberland County, Pa. militia. He was born, 1745, in Lancaster County; died in Lycoming County, Pa.
Francis Proctor (1705-92) commanded a company in the Pa. troops. He was born in Ireland; died in Philadelphia, Pa.
Francis Proctor, Jr., served as lieutenant, captain and major of the Pa. troops. He was born in Nova Scotia; died, 1814, in Lycoming County, Pa. Also No. 129847.
Mrs. Helen Reid Mustin DAR ID Number: 148652, Vol. 149, page 201
Born in Milton, Pennsylvania
Wife of J. Burton Mustin.
Descendant of Capt. Francis Proctor, Maj. Francis Proctor, Jr., and George Moyer, as follows:
1. Marshall Reid (1854-1903) m. 1884 Josephine E. Myers (b. 1855).
2. F. Proctor Myers (1814-97) m. 2d 1838 Elizabeth E. Green (1816-52).
3. John Myers (Moyer) (1767-1846) m. 1812 Nancy Proctor (1780-1857).
4. Francis Proctor, Jr., m. 1776 Ann Henderson (1751-1804); George Moyer m. 1768 Mary ____ (b. 1750).
5. Francis Proctor m. 1738 Betsey ____.
Francis Proctor (1705-92) commanded a company in the Pennsylvania troops. He was born in Ireland; died in Philadelphia Pa.
Francis Proctor., Jr., served as lieutenant, captain and major of the Pennsylvania troops. He was born in Nova Scotia; died, 1814, in Lycoming County, PA.
George Moyer served as private under Captain Weiser in the Northumberland County, Pennsylvania militia. He was born, 1745, in Lancaster County; died in Lycoming County, PA.
Also No. 145724.
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MILITARY NOTES AND SOURCES
November 29, 1775 At a Meeting of the Committee of Safety, Philadelphia, Colonial Records, Vol. 10, Page 416Resolved, That Francis Proctor be appointed Lieutenant of the Artillery Company Commanded by Thomas Proctor.
February 13, 1777, Council of Safety, Colonial Records, Vol. 11, Page 165Do of Capt. Francis Proctor's Co., at 20s/week, 3 weeks,
£3 0 0.
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COL. THOMAS PROCTOR
Thomas Proctor was born in Longford County, Ireland, in 1739 of Francis and Betsey Proctor and traveled with them as a boy by way of Nova Scotia to America, most likely in the 1750's. Almost nothing is known of his early life except that he learned the trade of carpentry and we may conclude that this was his reason for being at Ft. Pitt in 1759, the year it was built. He states in his journal written in 1791 that he met Captain Joseph Hays, Indian chief, thirty-two years earlier at Ft. Pitt, which would have made him twenty years old at the time. More than likely he spent the next ten to fifteen years as a carpenter in and around Philadelphia, joining the Carpenter's Association, a trade guild, in 1772 and was a member till his death.
Thomas married twice, maybe three times. There is a record of his marriage to Mary Fox on December 31, 1776, at Saint Michael's & Zion Evangelical Lutheran Churches of Philadelphia by license. Some sources suggest she is also called Anna Maria. They had a daughter Anna. Mary died July 15, 1789, and was buried at St. Paul's Cemetery. Thomas married Sarah Ann Hussey at Christ Church, Philadelphia, on March 3, 1796. She also died young, age 35, two years before Thomas, and was buried in St. Mary's burial ground. No records have been found yet regarding whether he was married previous to Mary Fox or who was the mother of Thomas, Jr., Thomas was 37 when he married Mary Fox and if dates are correct she should be the mother of Thomas, Jr., DAR records indicate his daughter Mary by Sarah Ann was born in 1790, but if the records of the churches are correct Mary Fox died in 1789 and Thomas married Sarah Ann in 1796, the birth date of Mary probably is wrong. All DAR records found on Thomas Proctor point to Mary Fox as the mother of his children but if birth records can be found for the children perhaps this would change things.
Generous to a fault Thomas sponsored a number of immigrants, several of which he apprenticed in the carpentry trade. Names include:
William Davies, March 27, 1772, term 3 years, was taught carpentry
James Smith, July 1, 1772, term 6 years 1-1/2 month, carpenter's apprentice, etc.
John Adams, July 19, 1772, term 3 years 9 months, carpenter's apprentice.
Jane Proctor, October 16, 1772, term 14 years 5 months, housekeeping.
James Magill, October 22, 1772, term 1 year 3 months, various duties.
Anna Margaret Konckerlin, December 29, 1772, servant
William Crooke, July 26, 1773, or September 8, 1773, term 5 years, carpenter's apprentice, etc.
Thomas was thirty-six when the Revolution began and he was ready for a career change. A letter by his father in Section 2 refers to military service in South Carolina and the "Revolutionary War Records, 1775-83" lists Captain Francis Proctor, Sr., Roll Box 120, Colonel Thomas Proctor, Roll Box 120, and Captain Francis Proctor, Jr., Roll Box 84. Benjamin M. Nead writes about the military and civil service of Thomas in the "Sketch of Gen. Proctor," and his career can also be followed in the Pennsylvania Archives sections on "Pennsylvania Artillery." Briefly Thomas attained and received rank as follows:
Captain, October 27, 1775, artillery company Ft. Island
Major, August 14, 1776
Colonel, February 6, 1776
Colonel of Continental Army, May 8, 1779
Retired, April 19, 1781
By commission of Congress, Major of Artillery from December 25, 1782 to October 22, 1783
High Sheriff of Philadelphia, October 1783 to October 1785
Lieutenant of the City of Philadelphia, September 10, 1790, in charge of the Celebration of Washington's coming through Philadelphia on November 23, 1790.
Major of the Artillery Battalion of Militia of the City and Liberties of Philadelphia, May 17, 1792 to April 12, 1793
Brigadier General of the Brigade (militia of Philadelphia), April 1793, taking part in the Whiskey Rebellion August 7, 1794
Major General of the Militia of Philadelphia, June 7, 1796.
Of special interest is a debit entry in George Washington's August-September, 1777, Revolutionary War Expense Account for 15s that is annotated:
At Valley Forge occurred what is probably the first public recognition of Washington's birthday. The Daily Expense Account shows that the band of Colonel Thomas Proctor's 4th Continental Artillery apparently took it upon itself to serenade the Commander-in-Chief, for we find under date of February 22, 1778, the following entry: "Cash paid the 22d Inst. to Proctor band by the G.O. ... 15s." "G.O." being here properly translated, "by the General's order." (George Washington's Accounts of Expenses While Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army 1775-1783. With Annotations by John C. Fitzpatrick, Vol. 1)
Col. Proctor sent a letter of resignation to Gen. Washington whose reply expressed sympathy for Thomas's "domestic affairs" making it necessary to quit the service. It is uncertain whether this involved his health or that of his family, or an uncertain financial situation due to owning and managing a lot of property, or weariness at his inability to be a good team player with some of his superiors. It is fair to say that Washington was more accommodating to Proctor than some others. (See Washington's letter dated April 20, 1781 in the Section 4 on military notes. Also included as a graphic on the html table of contents listed on this file header.)
Thomas encountered the common dilemma of acclimating to civilian life at the end of the war. From the "Memorial History of Philadelphia, from its first settlement to the year 1895, " Vol. II, p. 153:
In the closing years of the Revolution the relations between the military heroes and the civil authorities were not cordial. The attitude of Chief-Justice McKean toward Col. Thomas Proctor of the Pennsylvania Regiment of Artillery illustrate the character of the estrangement. When Col. Proctor offered his vote at the poll in the Northern Liberties in October 1781, he was challenged by John Cling, an inspector, who demanded his certificate of having taken the test. This angered Proctor, who assaulted Cling, and the inspector prosecuted the soldier. The case was tried before McKean in September 1782. Proctor admitted the assault in court and undertook to justify it. "Stop," cried McKean, "you gentlemen of the army carry your heads too high; but I will teach you how to behave. I will bring you down; we shall be overrun else." Proctor was fined eight pounds. This was the beginning of an epoch of bitterness in which many unoffending soldiers of the Revolution received scant justice from the civil authorities of the State.
As a member of the Carpenter's Association Thomas Proctor was"instrumental in obtaining the use of Carpenter's Hall for the meeting of the Continental Congress," (from "Old Saint Paul's Church, 1760-1898," page 22). Thomas was a member of the Sons of Saint Tammany of Philadelphia, an original member of the Pennsylvania Society of the Cincinnati, and an active member of the Free Masons, Lodge No. 19, of which he was Master in 1779.
Thomas speaks of a health problem several times in his 1791 journal. Traveling four weeks in rain, snow and cold weather affected his rheumatism to the point of lameness. In the April 15th entry:"Being very unwell this morning and overtaken with rheumatism pains, and to such a degree that I was obliged to have assistance to convey me from my canoe to the fire, same time being cold and rainy.... I applied to an Indian doctor, who prepared poultices of roots and herbage, and applied it to my foot, the power of which over the parts affected, threw it into my knee, which produced the most exquisite pain; and I perceptibly felt that it shortened the sinews under my ham, into which I applied it no more; fearing the consequences might be fatal to me for life. "
Thomas died in his home on Arch (between Fourth and Fifth), Philadelphia, PA, on Sunday, March 16, 1806, and was buried with military honors the following Tuesday at Old St. Paul's Church cemetery at 225 S. Third Street in historic Philadelphia. In the biography of Proctor by Mr. Nead, he mentions that the Carpenter's Association placed the first monument at Proctor's grave site which can be found in "Old Saint Paul's Church, 1760-1898," page 237:"In memory of Francis Proctor, Sr., who departed this life, March 12, 1792, aged 87 years; Gen. Thomas Proctor, departed this life March 16, 1806, aged 67 years; also Anna Marie, wife of Thomas Proctor, departed this life June 1, 1789; Robert Charlton, departed this life January 31, 1787, aged 36 years.?
Later in 1936 the Montgomery Lodge No. 19 placed a plaque on the monument and another larger plaque on the gates of the church commemorating the life and achievements of Thomas. The gate plaque notes that he was" twice Worshipful Master of Military Lodge 19 and became first Worshipful Master of Lodge No. 19, F. & S. M. of Pennsylvania, now Montgomery Lodge No. 19, January 13, 1787. "
(See church and cemetery photos taken summer 2001.)
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Since Thomas Proctor had no will, his estate was administered as follows (Register of Wills in the County of Philadelphia, PA, in the Matter of the Estate of Thomas Proctor, ADM 52, year deceased 1806, ADM Certified Copy of Bond of Administration):
Know all men by these presents, that we Robert Kid of the City of Philadelphia, Merchant, Martin Dubbs of the said City Merchant and Charles C. Watson of the City Merchant Taylor - are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in the Sum of Five Thousand Dollars to be paid to the said Commonwealth: To the which Payment well and truly be made, we bind ourselves jointly and severally, for an in the whole, our Heirs, Executors and Administrators, and each and every of them firmly by these Presents. Sealed with our Seals. Dated the twentieth Day of March in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Six.
The Condition of this Obligation is such, That if the above bounden Robert Kid Administrator of all and singular the Goods, Chattels and Credits of Thomas Proctor, Esq., deceased, do make, or cause to be made, a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the Goods, Chattels and Credits of the said Deceased, which have or shall come to the Hands, Possession or Knowledge of him the said Robert, Administrator, as aforesaid, or unto the Hands and Possession of any other Person or Persons for him and the same so made to exhibit, or cause to be exhibited, into the Register's Office, in the County of Philadelphia, at or before the 20th Day of April next ensuing; and the same Goods, Chattels and Credits, and all other the Goods, Chattels and Credits of the said Deceased at the Time of his Death, which at any TIme after shall come to the Hands of Possession of the said Robert, Administrator, as aforesaid, or unto the Hands and Possession of any other Person or Persons for him do well and truly administer according to Law. And further do make, or cause to be made, a true and just Account of his said Administration, at or before the 20th Day of March 1807. And all the Rest and Residue of the said Goods, Chattels and Credits, which shall be found remaining upon the said Administration Account (the same shall be found remaining upon the said Administration Account (the same being first examined and allowed of by the Orphans' Court by their Decree of Sentence, pursuant to the true Intent and Meaning of the several Laws not in force in this Commonwealth, shall limit and appoint. And if it shall hereafter appear that any last Will and Testament was made by the said Deceased, and the Executor or Executors therein named do exhibit the same into the said Register's Office, making Request to have it allowed and approved accordingly: And if then the above bounden Robert Administrator as aforesaid, being thereunto required, do render and deliver the said Letters of Administration (Approbation of such Testament being first had and made in the said Register's Office) then this Obligation to be void and of non Effect, or else to remain in full Force and Virtue.
Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of
Charles C. Watson
On the 20th day of March 1806, personally appeared the within named Robert Kid who being duly sworn do the depose and say, that he believes that Thomas Proctor died without a will, and that he will and truly administer all and every the goods of the said deceased, and pay his debts as far as his goods will extend, and that he will exhibit a true, full and perfect inventory of the goods of the said deceased, and render a true account of his administration into the Register's Office, when he shall be thereunto lawfully required: And also, that that he is a Creditor of the said Thomas Proctor, deceased, and that the whole of the goods, chattels and credits he died possessed of, do not in value exceed the sum of Eight hundred Dollars, to the best of his knowledge and belief.
Sworn and subscribed the day and year above said: Robert Kid
Coram I. Wampole
Inventory of the Goods and Chattels belonging to the Estate of Thomas Proctor, deceased, taken by this Subscriber on the 20th day of March, 1806.1 mahogany secretary $10.00
1 desk and book case $15.00
1 eight-day clock $25.00
1 silver watch $15.00
35 ---15--- silver a 110 pair ?
1 plated punch strainer $1.50
1 pair epaulets and sword-$2.00
1 Masonic medal $6.00
1 of books $25.00
1 silk coat $2.00
1 cloth coat $2.50
1 surtout coat $3.00 (greatcoat)
1 coat $4.00
1 coat $2.00
Pieces clothing $22.00
old trunk $1.50
Charles C. Watson, aff'd
Robert Zoulk (?) Sworn
Appraisers aff'd and sworn the 9th day of April 1806 before I. Wampole
March 20th Expenses at Register's Office 2.70
25 Cash paid Harris, Sexton 7.40
27 Cash paid ? Stratten 14.97
31 Dr. Eastborne Y. Lesley 30.66
Geo A ? 4.00
April 12 Mrs. M Fall 129.62
15 Mrs Reynolds 30.00
28 Benjamin Rue 12.90
June Expenses of sending down to Chester 7.6
9 Fee to Lewis Y. Rasole (?) 200.00
Expenses for going down to Chester 9.50
October 16 Cash Samuel Relf (?) 4.00
1807 January 7 L Poulson 5.??
Charles Turkham 49.50
February 18 Amount of Taxes 49.50
Expenses paid at various time, meeting ?eferees of
June 2 Fee to L Philips 76.00
November 5 paid for recording deed 2.00
1808 June 2 Jared Ingersoll on account of a judgment
1809, January 7th To Benjamin Rue 70.20-1/2
Paid Register for examining and paying this account and for copy seal and Certificate, for issuing notices of intended confirmation of this account by Orphans' Court, for fees payable to Clerk of Orphans' Court
Compensation to the said account 50.00
The within named Administrator on his solemn oath according to Law Deposes and says that the within account as it stands stated and settled both as to the Charge and Discharge thereof is just and true to the best of his knowledge and belief.
Sworn and Subscribed the 12th day of April, 1813
Dr. Robert Kid, Administrator to the Estate of Thomas Proctor April 9th, 1806, By amount of Inventory appraisement of personal estate delivered into the Register's Office April 8th, 1806 $185.00 March 24, By cash from B. W. Ball through the hands of L Philips $136.40 October 29 By cash through the hands of Thomas Grant 438.69
To Balance Dur Robert G??, April 12th, 1815 $275.8?
Before Sam Bryan, Register
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The first census of 1790 lists Col. Thomas Proctor with 4 free white males of 16 years and upward including heads of family, 1 free white male under 16 years, 5 free white females including heads of families, and 1 slave. It should be mentioned that there is another Thomas Proctor listed in "Heads of Families, PA, York County, with 4 free males of 16 years and upward including heads of families, 1 free white male under 16 years of age, and 1 free white female including heads of families. The latter should not be confused with Col. Thomas Proctor. The 1783 tax for Bedford County also lists a Thomas Proctor (see tax records) and it is also doubtful that this is Col. Thomas Proctor.
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of the Society of the Cincinnati; original, hereditray
and honorary, with a brief account of the
Society's History and Aims
William Sturgis Thomas, M. D.
Tobias A. Wright, Inc., Printers & Publishers, New York,
Page 123 lists these Proctor family members
Proctor, TH, Colonel
Houston, Hugh Boyle, g.g.son, adm 1898.
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Proctor Descendants According to DAR Lineage Books
Mrs. Fanny Haversitck Kirkpatrick, DAR ID #3904, Vol. 4, page 293
Born in Pennsylvania
Descendant of Col. Thomas Proctor
Daughter of Hugh Boyle Houston and Josephine Wilhelmina Haverstick, his wife.
Granddaughter of James Gray Houston and Maria Catharine Virchaux, his wife.
Great-granddaughter of Henry T. Virchaux and Anna Proctor, his wife
Great-great-granddaughter of Thomas Proctor and Anna Maria Proctor, his wife.
Thomas Proctor, in 1775, was captain of Pennsylvania artillery, and in 1777 colonel of the Fourth Continental artillery. When Washington accepted his resignation in 1781 he wrote, "It always gives me pain to part with an officer, but particularly so with one whose experience and attention has made him useful in his profession."
Mrs. Mary Virchaux Houston Smith, DAR ID # 2884, Vol. 29, page 308
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Descendant of Col. Thomas Proctor, of Pennsylvania
Daughter of Hugh Boyle Houston & Josephine Wilhelmina Haverstick, his wife
Granddaughter of James Gray Houston and Maria Catharine Virchaux, his wife
Great-granddaughter of Henry T. Virchaux and Anna Proctor, his wife.
Great-great-granddaughter of Thomas Proctor and Mary Fox, his wife, m. 1766.
Thomas Proct(er), (1739)-1806), was captain of Pennsylvania artillery, 1775, and in 1777, colonel of Continental artillery. He served valiantly in many battles and when he resigned 1781, Washington wrote that he regretted to lose so useful an officer. His bravery as a soldier and patriotism as a citizen was equaled by his zeal and activity as a Free Mason. He was born in Ireland; died in Philadelphia, PA, and was buried with military and masonic honors. Also No. 3904.
Mrs. Harriet Harshbarger Cook, DAR ID #124975, Vol. 125, page 296
Born in Cleveland, Indiana
Wife of Sam E. Cook
Descendant of Col. Thomas Proctor, as follows:
1. Daniel Harshbarger, Jr. (1823-94), m. 1847 Ann Holliday (1829-1904)
2. Daniel Harshbarger (1781-1840) m. 1811 Mary Proctor(1790-1842)
3. Thomas Proctor m. 1766 Mary (Anna Maria) Fox.
Thomas Proctor (173901806) was captain of Pennsylvania artillery, 1775, and in 1777 colonel of Continental artillery. He was born in Ireland; died in Philadelphia, PA. Also 28846.
Miss Edna Cook, DAR ID # 151728, Vol. 152, page 229
Born in Huntington, IN
Descendant of Col. Thomas Proctor, as follows:
1. Samuel E. Cook (b. 1860) m. 1897 Harriet Harshbarger (b. 1865).
2. Daniel Harshbarger, Jr. (1823-94), m. 1847 Ann Holliday (1829-1904)
3. Daniel Harshbarger (1781-1840) m. 1811 Mary Proctor (1790-1842)
4. Thomas Proctor m. 1766 Mary Fox.
Thomas Proctor [1739-1806] was captain of Pennsylvania artillery, 1775, and in 1777 colonel of Continental artillery. He was born in Ireland; died in Philadelphia, PA. Also No. 124975.
Mrs. H. Lenonre Harshbarger Winder, DAR ID # 151729, Vol. 152, page 229
Born in Cleveland, IN
Wife of Joe Winder
Descendant of Col. Thomas Proctor, as follows:
1. Daniel Harshbarger, Jr. (1823-94), m. 1847 Ann Holliday (1829-1904)
See No. 151728.
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FRANCIS PROCTOR, JR.
Francis Proctor, Jr., is reported to have been born in Nova Scotia in the 1750's, and emigrated with his parents and brother to Philadelphia area within the next ten years. The first record found is of his marriage to Ann Henderson on February 19, 1776, at Swedes' Church (Gloria Dei), Philadelphia, PA. She was born in 1751. A man of his day and time, he heard the revolutionary call and wrote the Committee of Safety in Philadelphia on March 22, 1776:
The Humble request of Francis Proctor, Jr., prayeth that your Honorable board would be pleased to appoint him to the preferment of Lieut. Fireworker in the Company of Pennsylvania Artillery, which station your petitioner believes to be Vacant - and as it is the first degree of preferment has at this time my ambition to crave it until his experience and application in gunnery, which at present is his constant practice, befit him for and a more important task - and as your petitioner is confident tis of your clemency if he should be appointed, will endeavor to do honor to his benefactors and in duty bound to God. (From Society Collection at Historical Society of Pennsylvania)
This letter resulted in an appointment by the Committee of Safety as Lieutenant Fire Worker to the Artillery Company of the Province with pay of $13.50 a month. (Colonial Records, Vol. 10, page 620).
The American Biographical Library, The Biographical Cyclopedia of
American Women, Vol. II, Historical Register of Officers of the
Continental Army During the Revolution, Field Officers of Regiments of the Continental Line, Artillery, Corps of Artillery, page 453, and Alphabetical List of Officers of the Continental Army, page 15, lists the ranks of Francis, Jr., thus:
2d Lieutenant of Proctor's Battalion Pennsylvania Artillery, 5th October, 1776
Captain Lieutenant 4th Continental Artillery, 3d March, 1777
Captain, 16th July, 1777
Major, 24th December, 1782, to rank from 1st January, 1782, to 1st January, 1783
Retired 1st January, 1783.
Francis Proctor was a member of the Society of the Cincinnati, listed as Major of Artillery.
"The Boston Transcript" a genealogical newspaper on May
16, 1921, #8743, tells us that Francis, left Philadelphia with his family after the Revolution to reside on a 700-acre tract of land that was granted to the Proctors. It is located in Lycoming County, now Clinton County, "opposite the Great Island in the Susquehanna." It is here that he died in 1814 and was buried at Dunnstown United Methodist Cemetery, Lock Haven, PA. His wife Ann Henderson Proctor died June 26, 1804, at 53 years of age. (Egle's Notes and Queries)
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Military Notes and Sources.
1. June 29, 1776, Committee of Safety, Philadelphia. CR, Vol. 10, Page 620
Resolved, That Francis Proctor, Jr., be appointed Lieutenant Fireworker to the Artillery Company of this Province, and that his pay be $13.50 per month.
2. October 5, 1776, Council of Safety, Philadelphia, CR, Vol. 10, Page 742
Mr. Towers was directed to deliver Major Proctor 26 Blankets, for the use of the Artillery.Resolved, That the two Companies of Artillery under the Command of Major Thomas Proctor, be Officered with One Captain and three Lieutenants for the present; and that the following Gentlemen be and are hereby appointed officers in said Companies, viz: ... Second Company, Thomas Forest, Captain, Francis Proctor, 2nd Lieutenant.
Resolved, That a Detachment be made from the Artillery Companies of the State, of 50 men, to be sent to Fort Montgomery under the command of Capt. Strohbogh, Subject to the direction of the Commander-in-Chief, and that two of the Commissioned Officers in his Company, and Lieut. Proctor, of Capt. Forrest's company, proceed with the said Detachment, (that they may have an opportunity of seeing Service) to be relieved at such times as the board may think proper, and that they shall march as soon as they are furnished with necessary Camp Equipage. Major Proctor is to see this resolve carried into Execution.
3. December 10, 1778, Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789
That there is due to Captain Francis Proctor, for subsistence on the same command, from first of March, to the 14 June, 1778, three hundred and fifteen dollars.
4. May 22, 1779, Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789
That we have considered the account of Captain Francis Proctor, for Superintending the Hospital at the Yellow Spring, from the 23rd. of December last to the 15th instant, is one hundred and forty-four days at three dollars per day, amounting to four hundred and thirty-two dollars.
This duty he terms extra service. As charges under the head are generally settled by the Auditors at Camp, and we have never been furnished with any instruction or Resolves, by which to define what are, and what are not Extra services; we own we are doubtful whether this comes properly under that denomination. There is reason to believe that Officers can live as cheap at a hospital in the country, where there are plenty of good stores, as any where else. Indeed wherever there are public stores, the expense of living to them must be the same. We have it from the best authority that his Excellency General Washington is very cautious in granting warrants for extra services, and that many of these accounts are rejected, not without sufficient reasons.
We are therefore inclined to think that officers ordered on services of this nature should be allowed only for the days they are traveling, to and from the places they are ordered to, at the rate of three dollars every twenty miles; and we humbly conceive this distinction to have been the intention of the Resolution of Congress;
If so, Capt. Proctor is entitled to nine dollars, but we respectfully submit this to further consideration.
Is it not the duty of an officer to command a guard at a Hospital as well as at Camp or wherever he may be ordered. Note: This report dated May 21 is in the Papers of the Continental Congress, No. 136, III, folio 329.
Ordered, That the same be paid.
Ordered, That so much of the report as relates to the claims of Captain Francis Proctor, for superintending the hospital at the Yellow Spring, be referred to the auditors of accounts at the main army.
5. March 29, 1780, Return of Officers in Pennsylvania State Regiment of Artillery in Service of the United States, PA Archives, Series 5, Vol. 3, Page 997
Capt. Francis Proctor, Jr., Unit Penn. Regt. Artillery
6. February 9, 1781, Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789
Petitions from Thomas Felten, Benjamin Armitage, Joseph VanDyke, Joseph Jewell, Elijah Weed, Will Lawrence and Francis Proctor, were laid before Congress, each praying to be appointed keeper of the state prison in the room of R. Jewell, deceased. Note: Feltons's petition is in the Papers of the Continental Congress, No. 42, IV, folio 268; Armitage's is on folio 230, VanDyke's on folio 272; Jewell's on folio 234; Weed's on folio 244; Lawrence's on folio 274; Proctor's on folio 260. A similar petition, from Henry Murfits, was also presented; it is in No. 42, V, folio 225.
Ordered, That they be referred to the Board of War.
7. January 1, 1783, Return of the Officers of the Pennsylvania Line who retired from service the 1st day of January, 1783, for one month's pay.
"Military Accounts" Records of the Comptroller General At D. P. R.
Major Francis Proctor, Unit Artillery.
8. March 28, 1783, Colonial Records, Vol. 10, Page 243
A remonstrance of Francis Proctor, Captain in the Fourth Regiment of Artillery annexed to the line of Pennsylvania, setting forth his right to a majority in the said regiment, and praying this Board to take the case into consideration, and grant him some relief in the premises, was read, and, Ordered, To lie on the table.
9. July 28, 1783, Minutes of the Supreme Executive Council, Colonial Records, Vol. 13, Page 631-632
The Comptroller General's reports in favor of the following officers and soldiers, was read and approved, and an order drawn for the interest due to each on April 10, 1783, as computed by him, to be paid out of the money arising from the excise appropriated for the discharge of interest due upon depreciation certificated, viz:
Capt. Francis Proctor, Jr., of Artillery
Principal 417 7 3-1/2 Interest 25 0 9
10. October 14, 1783, Minutes of the Supreme Executive Council, Colonial Records, Vol. 13, Page 713
Orders drawn agreeably and settled by Comptroller General
Officers entitled to the benefits of the resolution of Assembly of September 22, 1783Major Francis Proctor
Sum drawn by Council 343-67/90
Amount due 343-67/90
11. April 30, 1784, Minutes of the Supreme Executive Council, Colonial Records, Vol. 14, Page 85 & 86
The Comptroller General's reports in favor of the following officer(s) and soldier(s), were read and approved, and an order drawn for the interest due to each on the tenth day of April, 1782, as computed by him, to be paid out of the monies arising from the excises appropriated for the discharge of interest due upon depreciation certificates, viz:
Francis Proctor, Captain Artillery, Principal 417 7 3-1/2, Interest 25 0 9
12. February 11, 1791, Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789
The petitions of Francis Proctor and John Henderson, respectively praying compensation for services rendered to the United States, during the late war.
Ordered, That the said petitions be referred to the Secretary of War, with instruction to examine the same, and report his opinion thereupon to the House.
13. PA Archives, Series 2, Vol. 15, The Pennsylvania Line, page 374
List of General and Field Officers in the late Army of the United States, who continued in Service to the end of the War, or were deranged in pursuance of Acts of Congress, includes:Major Francis Proctor
14. PA Archives, Series 2, Vol. 15, Page 401
General return of the Pennsylvania State Regiments of Artillery, Commanded by Col. Thomas Proctor, Esq.
Fran's Proctor, Captain, Nova Scotia, July 16, 1777.
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"A Sketch of Gen. Thomas Proctor, with some account of the First Pennsylvania Artillery in the Revolution,"
by Benjamin M. Nead
(Pennsylvania Magazine of History & Biography,
Vol. 4, #4, 1880, pp. 454-470.)
Thomas Procter was born in Ireland in the year 1739. He was the eldest son of Francis Procter, who immigrated to this country some years before the Revolution, and took up his residence in Philadelphia. In this city Thomas also settled, was married to Mary Fox on the 31st of December, 1776, and quietly pursued the avocation of a carpenter, the chosen craft of his younger years, until the drum taps of the Revolution summoned him to his natural calling, that of a soldier, for which the elements of his character and his ardent impulsive nature so well fitted him.
To Thomas Procter belongs the honor of raising and commanding in the Revolution the first and only regular organization of Pennsylvania artillery. On the 27th of October, 1775, he applied to the Council of Safety to be appointed to the captaincy of an artillery company which it had been determined by the provincial authorities should be raised and employed at Fort Island in the Delaware, for the defense of the province. In this application he was successful, receiving, on the same day, a commission as Captain of Artillery with authority to recruit a company. Two months later, in December of the same year, he is found stationed at Fort Island in command of about 90 men in active defense of the Delaware River. At this point he served through the next spring and summer, performing, however, in addition at the behest of provincial and State authorities, sundry commissions in Philadelphia and at other points in the vicinage.
In the mean time the services performed by the artillery became so well appreciated, that on August 14, 1776, it was determined to increase this branch of the service by augmenting the number of men employed in it to 200, and dividing the body thus created into two companies; John Martin Strobogh being appointed to the captaincy of the first, and Thomas Forrest to that of the second, Procter assuming the general command with the rank of major.
On the 31st of July, 1776, the rank and file of Procter's Company consisted of 114 men, all told, with 12 musicians; of this number 3 were sick in town, 7 on furlough, and 3 recently discharged, being apprentices. (1)
(1) The following is a muster roll of Procter's Company as it stood on the 31st of July, 1776:
Captain, Thomas Proctor
Capt. Lieut., Jeremiah Simmons
1st Lieut., Hercules Courtney
2nd Lieut., Jno. Martin Strobogh
Lieut. Fire Worker, Francis Procter
Qr. Master Sergt., John Webster
Corp. and Clk. to Company, Patrick Duffy
Sergeants Corporals Charles Turnbull William Ferguson Jacob Parker Thomas Healy John Stephenson George May
David Shadaker Robert McConnell Nicholas Coleman John Holdon David Fick George Bourk William Turner Nicholas Burr
Thomas Newbound Jacob Harkishimer Samuel Newton Jacob Climer Owen Williams William Newbound Isaac Bunting Daniel Forbes William Clayton John Reynolds William Fitch James Cookley Thomas Kennedy Henry Love James Norris Francis Bell George Jeffries Andrus Cressman Michael Amerlin David Willson George Whiteside Henry Suiter Thomas Wiggins Ephraim Reece
Reynard Smick Joseph Morton John Malkin James Croft George Henderson Robert Murdagh Charles McGee James Couslin Abraham Furnall Joseph Milburn Christopher Snider John Williamson James Wear Casper Shane James Bennett Thomas Brittain Lawrence Ralph Samuel Butler Richard Mason George Kelly William Dunsbee William Little Conrad Syfred Isaac Rich John Corvan Thomas Man Jacob Sheerer Elias Williams Jacob Lesher Alex French Peter Wheeler George Robinson Andrew Fullerton Thomas Bunting John Grimes James McCleery Joseph Adams James Grimes Hugh Towling Gidion Pratt Edward Riddle Solomon Brogan William Shepherd James Robinson Evan Price John Kipp Jeremiah Fox John Monro Lewis Sewalt Andrew Gordon Robert Baggs Benjamin Holton William Roney James Reed Thomas Murphy Daniel Cross Simon Shaw James Fitzsimmons William Fling John Watson James Hamilton Daniel Hathorn Charles Knight David Statzer John Knox John White Thomas Davis Jacob Snell Robert Love
Musicians: Drummers: James Wilkins Christopher Coleman Jesse Cropley Thomas Stewart Peter May George Weaver Jacob Stromback William Ballard Christian Coone Daniel Syfred Thomas Minckle
Fifer: Daniel Dennis
Recruiting parties were immediately sent out, and by strenuous efforts on the part of Procter himself, a sufficient number of recruits were raised; both companies were properly officered and disciplined, and the command held in readiness to divide its forces for the relief of Washington's Continental Army in the darkest hours of those dark days before Trenton. On the 1st of December, 1776, Major Procter detailed Capt. Thomas Forrest, who commanded the second company - with 50 private and proper officers, and two 6-pounder brass field-pieces - to proceed form Philadelphia to Trenton, and there place themselves at the disposal of General Washington, (2) and on that momentous Christmas day of 1776, Procter's entire command was held in readiness to obey the call of the General.
(2) See Appendix, p. 470.
The good service performed at Trenton by this detail of Procter's artillery is graphically described by Lieut. Patrick Duffy, of Forrest's Company, in a letter to the Major, dated Dec. 28: "I have the pleasure of informing you," said he, "that we have yesterday arrived from Trenton after a fatiguing engagement in which the artillery got applause, I had the honor of being detached up the Main Street, in front of the savages without any other piece, and sustained the fire of several guns from the houses on each side without the least loss." Capt. Forrest reports, the same date, that the artillery captured a "complete band of music," and that they expect to go on another expedition, "over the river."
The efficiency of Procter's artillery was so well demonstrated in the experiences of the last campaign that with the opening of the year 1777, General Knox, of the Continental Army, exerted his influence toward having Procter's forces annexed to the Continental train artillery under his command. To such an arrangement as this Procter does not seem to have been very averse: the only difficulty in the way being that he did not desire to abandon his present well defined, though inert position as a provincial officer, for the nondescript one he would occupy in the event of a temporary annexation to Knox's command without an absolute order of State or Congress.
As an evidence of Procter's ability as a commander of artillery can here be cited the fact, that on the 17th of January, 1777, he was called by General Knox into temporary command of the Continental artillery just referred to, during that officer's absence in New England. This position Procter filled creditably, experiencing, however, not a little inconvenience from the pique of subordinate Continental officers who were disposed to draw too marked a distinction between Continental and Provincial authority.
On the 6th of February, 1777, a decree of the Council of Safety determined adversely the question of Procter's joining the Continental Army for the present, although ultimately it led to such an annexation of his entire command. It was ordered that a complete regiment of State artillery should be raised, and the command of the same with the rank of Colonel was tendered to Procter, which commission he accepted on the 20th of the same month, but with some degree of reluctance.
Shortly after its being thus organized, Procter's regiment was deprived of the services of two of its bravest officers and a score or more of its men, who were surprised by the enemy and captured. The circumstances of this little affair were as follows: General Lincoln, with about 500 men, consisting among others of a portion of the 21st Pennsylvania Regiment, some militia, and part of Procter's artillery, was stationed at Bound Brook, New Jersey, charged with the protection of territory some five or six miles in extent. To perform this service Lincoln was compelled to dispose of his troops so as to leave his flanks exposed. Lord Cornwallis, who lay at Brunswick, conceived the plan of attacking Lincoln, and chose the morning of the 13th of April, 1777, for the execution of his design. The plan was exceeding well laid and nearly as well executed. Through the neglect of the American patrols the enemy were allowed to cross the Raritan River, just above Lincoln's quarters, and to advance to within 200 yards of him before they were discovered. Lord Cornwallis and General Grant were with the attacking party, and General Lincoln and his command were compelled to make good their escape. The enemy remained about an hour and a half, destroying some stores before recrossing the river to Brunswick. General Lincoln, being reinforced, took possession of the post again in the evening.
The British loss upon this occasion was reported by Lord Howe to be three killed and four wounded. In regard to the American loss, General Washington, on April 14, reports to the Board of War as follows: "Our chief and only loss was two pieces of artillery, and with them Lts. Ferguson (3) and Turnbull with about 20 men of Col. Procter's regiment. A party of horse was pushed so suddenly upon them that they could not possibly get off."
(3) In regard to Lt. William Ferguson, John Blair Linn writes me the following, which suggests an important and interesting inquiry: -
"Procter's first company had in it, as non-commissioned officers and privates, a number of men who afterwards became prominent, notably Maj. William Ferguson, who as commandant of the artillery of General St. Clair's army was killed at his guns, Nov. 9, 1791. He entered as a private in Procter's first company, Oct. 30, 1775. In June, 1789, when Congress called for a regiment, partially of artillery and partially of infantry, Pennsylvania immediately furnished her quota - infantry and artillery - Lt. Col. Josiah Harmar commanding. Capt. Thomas Douglass and Lt. Jos. Ashton were appointed to the command of the artillery company. They both belonged to Procter's regiment. The following year Capt. Douglass was dropped and Ferguson took his place, apparently upon a claim of rank. -Vide Col. Rec., vol. xiv. pp. 559, 621."
"Major Ferguson's descendants claim that he was continually in service from 1775, to his death in 1791. However that may be, Douglass' or Ferguson's Company is still in service as the 2d U.S. Artillery (so says Prof. Asa Bird Gardner, of the Military Academy at West Point)."
"If it could be shown that Ferguson was left in command at Charleston in 1783-84, and claimed his rank over Douglass, as the word 'derangement' would seem to imply (Col Rec., vol, xiv. p. 621), then the 2d U.S. Artillery might date its organization back to Oct. 30, 1775; and the 1st U.S. Artillery, whose nucleus was Capt. Alexander Hamilton's Company, afterwards Captain Doughty, of Lamb's Regiment, turned over by New York as its quota of Harmar's 1st American Regiment, would be junior, as Hamilton's Company was only organized in 1776."
With the close of the summer of 1777 transpired the near approach of the British Army to Philadelphia, and Washington was compelled to summon to his assistance every available man. Pennsylvania responded with some alacrity, and furnished a quota of troops. This quota was composed of part of the old "State battalion," made up of troops from the remains of Col. Miles's and Col. Atlee's commands, Col. Procter's regiment and Captain Pugh's company (raised to guard the powder mills). The Council of Safety had enlisted these troops to provide positions for exchanged officers, and to have a force at Council's command for the defense of the State. It was now, June 6, decided to place them at the disposal of Congress.
General Washington, by direct application to Congress, called Col. Procter and his artillery to his assistance. Writing to the President of that body, from "the Camp at the Clove," on the 16th of July, he says: "In mine of this morning, I desired that Col. Procter's Regiment should join this army without loss of time. Upon consulting General Knox we are of the opinion they had better halt at Trenton with General Nash until further orders, as the operations of General Howe are not yet perfectly understood."
In response to this requisition, Procter with his regiment repaired to Trenton, on or about the 24th of July, for on that day, the portion of his troops remaining at Fort Island under command of Hercules Courtney were withdrawn. On the 22d of August his entire force was at Trenton with General Nash awaiting orders. General Washington having received news of the arrival of the enemy at Chesapeake Bay, that day writes Congress: "I have, in consequence of this account, sent orders to Gen. Nash immediately to embark his brigade and Col. Procter's corps of artillery, if vessels can be secured, and proceed to Chester," otherwise to go by land.
Thus when the ill-starred battle of the Brandywine was precipitated, Procter was on hand for service. His artillery, with General Wayne's division, were posted upon the brow of a hill a little above Chad's Ford, near the centre of the American Army. After the attack of the Hessian General Knyphausen upon General Maxwell's Light Infantry, and the latter's retreat across the Brandywine, Knyphausen brought forward his cannon and opened a heavy fire on the Americans from the hills on the west side of Chad's Ford. This fire Procter "returned with spirit." Later he guarded the ford and did deadly work upon the troops of Knyphausen in their attempt to force a passage across the Brandywine in answer to the signal guns of Cornwallis, as they opened fire upon the American right. The outflanking and rout of Sullivan's division, as it was disastrous to the other portions of the army was alike so to Procter. The black horse he rode was shot from under him. (4) He was compelled hastily to retreat, leaving his cannon and ammunition to be the spoil of the enemy, and with Knyphausen in full pursuit, to make good his escape with "Mad Anthony" along the road to Chester.(4) Procter received pay for this horse in the settlement of his accounts with the State in 1793.
In the battle of Germantown, which was fought on the 4th of the following October, Capt. Lt. Brewer, Lts. Barker and Ritter, of Procter's regiment, had charge of guns. Barker was stationed on the Main Street of Germantown, nearly opposite Chew's House, with a six-pound cannon, the report of which was so sharp that it caused the blood to flow from the ears of William McMullen, one of the privates who helped serve it. So says McMullen in a statement on file in the Secretary of the Commonwealth's office at Harrisburg.
Shattered and broken up by its late campaign, with its ranks decimated by almost daily desertions, Procter's corps of artillery on the 27th of February, 1778, lay with the Continental Army at Valley Forge. Writing of the condition of his artillery at that date, Washington says: "Our loss of matrosses the last campaign in killed and wounded was considerable, and it has not been a little increased this winter by desertions from Col. Procter's corps. From this circumstances we are very weak in this line, and I request that Congress be pleased to order Col. Harrison's regiment of artillery to march from Virginia as early as the roads will admit, and join this army."
Although serving with the Continental Army, Procter's regiment up to this time had never formally been accepted by Congress as Continental troops. It was still a State organization, by right under State control, but virtually serving and obeying the mandates of Congress.
This state of affairs was but ill-relished by President Reed, and he so intimated to Col. Procter upon the occasion of one of the chronic complaints of that officer that the State did not properly provide for his men. Said Reed, "if Col. Procter slights the State he must expect to be slighted." The State's authority seemed to be recognized "only when some favor was to be asked."
On the 4th of August, 1778, Procter's regiment consisted of only 220 men, and it was apparent that decided steps must soon be taken to preserve the organization from dissolution.
August 28th he asks of the Pennsylvania Council permission to enlist men of other States in his regiment with the view of joining the Continental Army. This permission was reluctantly granted, and the ultimatum of Procter's desires was reached on the 3d of September, 1778, when his regiment was formally accepted by Congress as part of the quota of troops to be furnished by Pennsylvania to the Continental Army.
But one or two events of importance in the subsequent career of Procter and his artillery, in the Revolution, remain to be mentioned. With the opening of the spring of 1779 (May 18) he was commissioned by Congress as "Colonel of Artillery in the Army of the U. S.," and detailed to do service with General Sullivan on his expedition against the Six Nations of Indians, to punish them for their atrocities in the Wyoming Valley. Procter joined Gen. Sullivan on the 20th of May, at Easton, the last of his command marching from Billingsport on the 10th where they had been detained as a guard.
In the laborious transportation of troops, etc., up the river before the expedition arrived in the Indian Country, Col. Procter was given the command of 214 vessels on the Susquehanna, taking with him the stores and provisions of 6000 men, all of which were safely transported to their destination.
Penetrating into the Indian Country on the 29thth of August, the battle of Newtown (now Elmira, N. Y.) was fought. The British and Indians under command of the two Butlers, Guy Johnson, McDonald, and Brandt, were suddenly met with near Newtown, strongly entrenched "for better than a mile." Sullivan immediately attacked them with troops under General Hand, while Procter's artillery opened so effective a fire with round and grape shot and 5-1/2 shells, that the enemy, after a spirited resistance, were compelled to retreat in precipitation from their stronghold, leaving their country a prey to the invaders, whose subsequent terrible vengeance was marked in the blackened ruins of many a wigwam, orchard, and meadow.
Upon the expiration of his present commission Procter was again (April 21, 1780) commissioned by Congress, as "Colonel of the 4thBattalion of Artillery."
On the 20th of July, 1780, it will be remembered that General Wayne was sent to Bergen Neck, in New Jersey, to drive off some cattle which it was supposed were in danger of falling into the hands of the enemy, with directions also to destroy a block-house at Bull's Ferry, near at hand, which served the purpose of covering the enemy's wood-cutters. In a letter from General Washington to Governor Huntington, dated July 21st, the forces engaged under Wayne in this undertaking are fixed, as "the first and second Pennsylvania brigades with four pieces of artillery attached to them, and Col. Moylan's regiment of dragoons." Wayne succeeded in driving off the cattle, but signally failed in his attack upon the block-house, and was compelled to retreat, sustaining a loss of three officers wounded, 15 non-commissioned officers and privates killed, and 46 non-commissioned officers and privates wounded. In regard to the service of the artillery in the attack upon the block-house, Washington says in the letter above quoted, "He (Wayne) for some time tried the effect of his field-pieces upon it; but, though the fire was kept up for an hour, they were found too light to penetrate the logs of which it was constructed."
This adventure, the gifted but ill-fated Major Andre made the subject of a satirical poem, which he published shortly before his capture and execution, under the title of the "Cow Chace." In one of the stanzas of this poem, quoted as follows, we are neatly told who commanded the artillery under Wayne upon this occasion: -"And sons of distant Delaware,
And still remoter Shannon,
And Major Lee with horses rare,
And Procter with his cannon."
Col. Procter as a soldier was brave, devoted, zealous, and determined, occasionally stubborn. His unreasonable Irish temper frequently made trouble for him. Two incidents in his career will suffice to show this. Within a month after receiving his first commission as Captain of artillery he suffered himself to be temporarily relieved of his command by the State authorities, rather than apologize, as was ordered, for what was construed to be unsoldierly conduct on his part toward an officer of Col. Bull's regiment.
Upon the occasion of the detail of his regiment to General Sullivan's command in the expedition against the Indians, Procter demanded of President Reed new uniforms for a portion of his regiment, and at the same time insisted upon his officers wearing their original provincial uniforms - blue, although the regulation colors for American Continental artillery were black and red. President Reed, entertaining, as may be surmised, no very kindly feeling for Procter, on account of the dictatorial and independent manner in which it was his custom to demand supplies from the State, reported this breach of discipline to both Washington and St. Clair. So well did these officers know Procter, that they deemed it best to make this concession: St. Clair writes to Reed: "The uniforms of Procter's officers are blue, the General consents to it this year, but hereafter they must conform in uniform, as to color, to the corps they are in."
Misunderstandings between Procter and President Reed were frequent; the status of the regiment and the method of its subsistence, it seems, being the principal causes of disagreement. These differences of opinion at length culminated in a downright quarrel, upon the occasion of a protest to Council by Procter and his regiment against the promotion of certain officers in it, which quarrel resulted in Procter's withdrawal from the army. His resignation was sent to General Washington on the 9th of April, 1781, and was accepted on the 18th of the same month. The acceptance of Procter's resignation was accompanied with the following letter from the General, who, although vexed at the Colonel for his hot-headed conduct, would not refuse to accord to him his due as a soldier: - (5)(5) I am indebted to George Griscom, Esq., of Philadelphia for my copy of this letter. He has preserved it in a little sketch of Montgomery Lodge of Masons, No. 19, of which Procter was first Master.Headquarters, New Windsor, 20 April, 1781.
"Sir: Your favor of the 9th did not reach me until the 18th inst. I am sorry to find that the situation of your domestic affairs renders it necessary for you to quit the service. It always gives me pain to part with an officer, but particularly so with one whose experience and attention have made him useful in his profession. I cannot in justice to you permit you to leave the army without expressing my approbation of your conduct upon every occasion since you joined me in 1776, and wish you success in the line of life which you have now embraced.
I have signified my acceptance of your resignation, which bears date the 18th inst. to the Board of War."
"I am, sir,
Yr. most obt. and hble. servt.,
G. WASHINGTON."President Reed's sentiments, expressed upon the same occasion, are far from being in accord with those of his Excellency. Hear him, in a letter to Washington himself: -"We cannot consider Colonel Procter's resignation in the light of a public misfortune, as he has for a long time harassed every measure proposed by the Board, and affected an independency not only of the authority of the State, but his supreme officers in the line, and amidst professions of respect and obedience, violated almost every arrangement we made for the subsistence and recruiting of his corps."
Twenty-five years of life were vouchsafed to Col. Procter after the close of his revolutionary career, most of which were spent in active public service. His subsequent military life may be summed up briefly, although a consideration of its details as well as those of his civil career is full of interest. By commission of Congress he served from the 25th of December, 1782, until the 22d of October, 1783, as "Major of Artillery." On the 17th of May, 1792, he received from Gov. Mifflin a commission as "Major of the Artillery Battalion of Militia of the City and Liberties of Philadelphia." He was next commissioned by Gov. Mifflin, on the 12th of April, 1793, as "Brigadier General of the Brigade composed of the militia of the city of Philadelphia."
Upon the outbreak of the Whiskey Insurrection, Pennsylvania was called on to furnish a quota of 5200 militiamen, and on the 7th of August, 1794, Brig. Genl. Thos. Procter was placed in command of the first brigade which marched with 1849 men, enlisted in the city of Philadelphia (559) and the following counties; Philadelphia (544), Montgomery (332), Chester (378) and Delaware (96).
Procter's last military commission bears date June 7, 1796, and appoints him "Major General of the militia composed of the city and county of Philadelphia." (6)
(6) During President Adam's administration, when war with France seemed unavoidable, a meeting of the militia officers of Pennsylvania was held to consider a letter received from Gov. Mifflin; at this meeting General Proctor [spelling change] presided, and the following account of the proceedings has come down to us: -
At a meeting of the General of Division and the Officers of the Militia of the Philadelphia Brigade at the State House in the City of Philadelphia, Monday, June 11th, 1798, the circular Letter from the Governor to the Militia Officers of Pennsylvania was read.
Resolved, That the Members of this Meeting are highly sensible of the importance of the objects to which the Governor has called their attention, and are determined by the most zealous exertions to co-operate for the glorious purpose of preserving the Independence, Honor, and Safety of their Country.
Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to prepare and report an Answer to the Governor's Address expressive of the determination contained in the preceding Resolution, of the most cordial approbation of the patriotic sentiments with which the Address is replete, and of the personal Attachment and Esteem with which his public services have inspired the Members of this Meeting.
A Committee having been appointed retired and in a little time returned and presented the following address, which was adopted: -
To His Excellency Thomas Mifflin,
Governor of the State of Pennsylvania
Sir: We have perused with great satisfaction your Circular Address to the officers of the Militia of Pennsylvania.
The sentiments which it expresses are proofs of an enlightened Patriotism that cannot fail to increase the personal Confidence and Esteem, which your public services have long merited and obtained from your fellow Citizens.
Actuated by similar feelings we do not hesitate to assure you, of our most zealous co-operation in every Measure that can promote the Honor and Safety of our Country; nor can we doubt the success of the general exertions of the Citizens of the Union, when we reflect that a display of the same patriotic Virtues which established our national Independence, must be competent to protect our National Rights.
As it has been authoritatively announced that our Government is compelled by France to relinquish the hope of peace, we shall, in our official and private capacities, prepare, with alacrity, for the painful alternative of War.
The accomplishment of the objects of your address will, therefore, command our earliest and most vigilant attention; and, we anxiously hope, that the Spirit and Patriotism of the Great Body of the Militia of the Union (in addition to the other resources which the Wisdom of Congress may employ) will be found competent to repel every hostile attack upon our Country, and to perpetuate that great Political Blessing, - a Free Republican Government.Signed by Order and in Behalf of the Meeting,THOMAS PROCTER,
Major Gen'l Division of the City and County
of Philadelphia, June 12th, 1798.Attest:
W. SERGEANT, Sec'y & A. D. C. to Gen. Procter.This day a Committee, consisting of Major Gen'l Procter, and his Aid-de-Camp, Major Sergeant, Col. Gurney, Col. McLean, and Capt. Woodside, present the above Answer to the Governor's Circular Address.
In civil life Procter was also an active public servant. He was sheriff of the county of Philadelphia from Oct. 20, 1783, to Oct. 14, 1785. While filling this position he was called to quell a dangerous riot among prisoners in the old jail. On the 10th of September, 1790, he was elected by the Supreme Ex. Council, City Lieutenant of Philadelphia, in place of William Henry, resigned. In this capacity he had the pleasure of superintending the celebration of the arrival of President Washington in that city on the 23d of the next month, November.
A notable event in Procter's life must not be forgotten. On the 10th of March, 1791, he was commissioned by Major Genl. Knox, Secretary of War, to undertake a journey into the Indian County of the North West, bearing messages from the Secretary of War to the several Indian nations inhabiting the waters near Lake Erie, the Miamis andWabash, for the purpose of establishing peace and a friendly intercourse between the said nations and the U. S. of America. Upon this journey Col. Procter set out from Philadelphia on the 12th of March, 1791, in the midst of a heavy rain. He spent about two months among the Indians, and has recorded the incidents of his perilous trip and the success of his undertaking in an exhaustive and interesting journal, now in print. (7)(7) Pennsylvania Archives, 2d Series, vol. iv.
The closing years of Procter's life were harassed with financial troubles, a consideration of which, though interesting, is far beyond the scope of this article. He experienced great difficulty in securing a settlement of his accounts with the State, with whom, in addition, he was engaged in a vexatious lawsuit, by his Attorney, William Bradford, Jr., in regard to the possession of Hog Island, in the Delaware.
Procter's bravery as a soldier and patriotism as a citizen were equaled by his zeal and activity as a Free Mason. To him belongs, in a large degree, the honor among Masons of having kept alive in America during the trying period of the Revolution, the spirit of the ancient craft.
On the 18th of May, 1779, a military lodge of Masons - "No. 19" - was instituted in his artillery regiment, with Col. Procter as Master. This was just before the departure of the regiment for a participation in the invasion of the Indian country under Sullivan. Two subordinate officers of Sullivan's command, both of whom were Masons, were killed in an affray with the Indians, and there in the heart of the wilderness Procter's lodge met and buried them with Masonic honors.
General Procter took a prominent part in the effort made by the Grand Masonic Lodge of Pennsylvania - but which failed - to secure the election of Washington as "General Grand Master of the United States."
At the funeral solemnities, in Philadelphia, on the 26th of Dec. 1799, incident to the death of General Washington, Genl. Procter was appointed "Master of Ceremonies" on behalf of the Masons.
Death closed the busy life of Procter, on Sunday the 16th day of March, 1806. He died at his residence in Arch Street between Fourth and Fifth, and was buried at 3 o'clock P. M. on the following Tuesday afternoon, with military and Masonic honors.
The following military organizations had places in the procession: "Philadelphia Legion," John Shee, Commandant; "Forty-second Regt. of Northern Liberties," John Krips, Lieut. Col.; "Washington Blues," Samuel Wharton, Capt." Republican Greens," William Duane, Capt,: "Southwark Light Infantry," S. E. Fotteral, Capt.; and "Washington Fusileers," Philip Boyle, Capt.
Over the remains of this soldier, which lie in the burial ground of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Third Street below Walnut, Philadelphia, a monument was erected, years after his death, by the "Carpenters Association" of that city, of which organization deceased was a member from 1772 until his death.
Indent of Stores for two Six pounders Sent under the command of Cap. Thomas Forrest To Join the Grand Army at Trenton. Philadelphia, December 4th, 1776.2 - 6 pdrs Brass Mounted on Traveling carriages
132 - 6 pdrs Shott Round Fixd
467 - do Canister
161 - do Grape
20 - Port Fires
3 - Port Fire Staffs
8 - Lint Stocks
4 - Budge Barrills
2 - Sets of rammers, Sponges & for ca gun
1 - Iron Crow Barrs
8 - Handspikes
2 - Tarpolinge
344 - 6 pdr Tubes prim'd Cap'd
3 - Spare Sheepskins
2 - Sets of Trail rope for each Gun
6 - Shovels and Spades
2 - Pick Axes
4 - Cutting Axes
4 - Covered Wagons for Ammunition
4 - Leather Pouches
3 - Dark Lanthorns
3 - Revers'd do
4 - Hand Hatchets
1 - Sets of Copper Measures
7 - Claw Hammers
1 - Handsaws
1 - Roles of Match
2 - Tillors
0 - Spades
1 - Powder Carts
4 - Half Barrels Powder
160 - Empty Flannel Cartridges
383 - 6 pdr Round Shot unfix'd
39 - 6 pdr Wodds
THOMAS PROCTER, Major of Artillery
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