Facts and Events
On February 4, 1755, James Cowen took out a warrant for 100 acres near the present town of New Bloomfield, and in March James Dixon came into the township. Several years later Cowen took up a tract of 294 acres, on which the western part of New Bloomfield is now located. Settlement was seriously retarded by the French and Indian war and for several years few people had the temerity to venture far out on the frontier in search of homes.
Ibid. p. 41,
James Baskins, Marcus Hulings and a few others located about the mouth of the Juniata, some of them before the land was pur- chased from the Indians. Other settlers in Perry county were the Rob- isons, Robert and James Wilson, Andrew Simeson, Robert Pollock, Hugh Miller, W^illiam Darlington, Samuel Hunter, James Mitchell, William Croncleton, Ross Mitchell, James Dixson, Alexander Roddy, who was one of the squatters driven out in 1750, James Cowen and James Blaine.
A more complete account of these early settlers will be found in chap- ters on county and township history. During the French and Indian war many of them abandoned their frontier homes and fled to the more thickly settled portions of the province, returning after the close of hostilities, from which period the history of the actual permanent set- tlement of the valley has its beginning.