Person:John Sample (23)

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Name John Sample
Gender Male
Marriage to Unknown _____, (wife of John Sample)
Death? May 1779 Buffalo Valley, Union, Pennsylvania, United States
  1.   Ellis, Franklin, and Alfred Matthews. History of that part of the Susquehanna and Juniata valleys embraced in the counties of Mifflin, Juniata, Perry, Union and Snyder in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Everts, Peck & Richards, c1886)
    Vol. 2, Page 1349.

    p. 1293-1294. Union Co. On the 14th of Jan., 1777, the Committee of Safety met at McCandlish's, and frequently thereafter during the summer. In the absence of settled government, this committee looked after the general safety of the community. To this place Allison [ie. Archibald Allison, Jr.] betook himself when the Indians raced him from the place where the Samples were murdered.

    William Stadden.
    The original members of this race most probably came from Holland. They located on Muddy Run, about two miles north of Milton, Northumberland County, as early as 1772, where their family was raised – three brothers, Samuel, Thomas and William – about a half-mile above its mouth. William Stadden, the grandfather of our subject, was there born, lived as a farmer, and, at the expiration of his days, there died. He was married to Mary White, who bore him five children, of whom John was the eldest, born January 21, 1791. He too, was a farmer, and, after doing his duty in the War of 1812-14, passing through that eventful period without harm, he settled down to till the soil. He was an honorable and esteemed citizen and married, April 12, 1814, Jane, daughter of John and Mary Sample, who was born February 6, 1791. Her grandfather John Sample, was one of the heroes of the Revolutionary War, and after serving his country through those dark days settled down to farming, and was murdered by the Indians in May 1779, his wife falling a victim to the bloodthirsty savages at the same time. His son John was made a prisoner on this occasion, but, fortunately, was rescued, and subsequently took part in the War of 1812-14. John and Mary[sic] Jane[rect.] Stadden had eight children – William and Mary, twins, born February 28, 1815. William, our subject. Mary married James DeBar; five children living; she died during summer of 1870. John Sample, born January 8, 1817; died December 6, 1847. James, born August 25, 1818; married first, Ann Waldron, and had two children; second, Rachel Waldron and one child; third Susan Knox; he now resides at Centreville, Mich. Robert, born November 6, 1820; married Jane Ramsey and, with two children, resides at Williamsport, Pa. Isaac, born March 11, 1822, who married a Western lady and is a resident of Jacksonville, Kan. Elizabeth, born March 5, 1825; married William Savidge and bore three children, being burned to death through a coal-oil accident, which occurred in the fall of 1870. Thomas, born September 2, 1827; married a Mrs. Waterman and now lives at Wadesville, Va. John Stadden died October 28, 1874, aged eighty-three years, nine months, seven days, having survived his wife, Jane, who died January 9, 1828. John Stadden married his second wife Elizabeth Boush, April 14, 1836; had seven children, four of which are still living, - Margaret, Sarah, George and Jane.
    Mrs. William Stadden is traced to the sturdy Scotch, a race which has done som much for the benefit of the State and given so many prominent men to the councils of the nation. Her grandfather, David Ireland, came from Scotland with his wife Leonora Murray, and purchased a large tract of land on the Limestone Run, Northumberland County. They had four sons and three daughters, of whom David was the youngest. He married Sarah Teitsworth and had issue, - David L., born 1808; married Martha Hayes, had one daughter and died April, 1873. Sarah, born 1815; married William Stadden, February 4, 1841. Eliza Ann, born 1817; died in 1845 . . .

  2.   Linn, John Blair. Annals of Buffalo Valley, 1755-1855. (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Lane S. Hart, Printer and Binder., 1877)
    Page 171.

    In May, John Sample and wife were killed. The inhabitants had mostly left the Valley. The militia were out, under Colonel Kelly, - William Lyon's letter, May 13. This marauding party consisted of from fifteen to seventeen Indians. Christian Van Gundy, senior, was one of a party, with Henry Vandyke, who went up to bring these old people away. (They lived on a farm lately owned by Abram Leib, near Ramsay's school-house, in White Deer, where their graves may still be seen.)

  3.   Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies; Scotch-Irish and German. (Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, United States: Lane S. Hart, Printer and Binder, 1886)
    Page 396.

    XVII. John McCormick, (Thomas, Thomas, James,) b. March 26, 1757, near Silvers Spring, East Pennsboro’ township, Cumberland county, Pa., d. September 22, 1815, in Northumberland county, Penn’a. In 1794, he disposed of his property and removed to Northumberland county. He m. about 1791, ANN SAMPLE, daughter of John Sample. They had issue:

    i. Elizabeth, b. Nov. 28, 1792; d. 1814; m. in 1812, John Cook.
    29. ii. Robert, b. January 25, 1796; m. Elizabeth Montgomery.
    iii. Jane, b. May 27, 1798; d. Jan. 14, 1872; m. John Sample, Jr.
    iv. Maria, b. July 30, 1800; d. December 21, 1854; unm.
    30. v. John, b. December 20, 1802; m. Martha Giffen.
    31. vi. William, b. March 13, 1805; m. Rachel Slote.
    vii. Sarah, b. July 28, 1807; d. April 22, 1838; m. David Davis.

  4.   And again: "1st November, 1872, I visited William Allison, of Potter's Mills, Centre county, confined to his house by a paralytic stroke, (he died on 11th February, 1877, aged eighty-five,) who told me that his father, Archibald Allison, was one of the party that had gone to bring the Samples off. He related the story substantially as I have given it, as related to me by Captain Jacob Gundy. He added some particulars: that after they got there, they heard the peculiar gobble of wild turkeys, and Gundy said he would go out and shoot one.

    Vandyke said: "You'll catch turkey, if you go out there." (Surmising a common trick of the Indians to imitate turkey calls; two soldiers at Potter's Fort were enticed out in that way and killed.) That the man wounded through the thumb cried and howled so they had to threaten him to keep him quiet. That they drew the old chief inside the house and scalped him, and divided his accouterments. His father got the string of wampum, which was about the house for a long time. On leaving the house, the two wounded men, with the old people, were placed in the center. They had left the house about sixty rods in the rear, when the Indians sallied out from behind the barn, about thirty in number, according to Mr. Allison's account. Gundy and party held a hurried consultation and agreed to separate, Gundy taking the left, with the old people, the rest of the party the right. Allison concealed one of the wounded men under a log, and the Indians crossed it without discovering him. In the race, Allison lost his moccasins, and when he arrived at the fort, (as the rendezvous was called, on John Lesher's place, formerly Billmyer's,) his feet were bleeding so that he could have been tracked by the blood. Archibald Allison was then only eighteen years of age."