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John WASSON[1, 2, 3]

Male 1698 - 1756  (57 years)

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  • Name John WASSON 
    Born 25 Dec 1698  Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender Male 
    _UID D7274C045DE667419B2FE16D623871005C3C 
    Died 26 May 1756  Peters TWP, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • John Wasson bought the plantation, which had been warranted to James Glenn in December 1743, from James Glenn in January, 1750. This is where he lived with Ann Means Sloan, and possibly where William Sloan resided before his death.

      On Wednesday, May 26, 1756, the indians came to the plantation of John Wasson in Peters Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, killed and scalped him and carried off his wife, Ann Means Sloan Wasson.
      Ann Means Sloan Wasson was released Nov.27, 1759.

      At an Orphans Court held at Shippensburg, for the county of Cumberland, the eighth day of March in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty-Three, before John Byers and Frances Campbell and John McDowl, Esqrs. Justices etc. for said County upon reading the petition of Ann Wason and William Sloan Adms. of John Wason, late of Peters Township, in the County of Cumberland deceased, to the Court setting forth that the said John Wason lately died intestate, seized and possessed of a certain plantation and tract of land situate and being in Peters Township, in the said County, containing about four hundred and fifty acres of land more or less, that the deceased was at the time of his death indebted to the children of William Sloan, deceased, and to sundry other persons, the whole of which sums amounted to fifty pounds or upwards, and was already come to the said administrators knowledge that the said deceased personal estate is already disposed of and applied to the payment of other debts, and praying the Court to enable the petitioners by an order of the court to make sale of the real estate of the said deceased to pay off and discharge the said debts. According to the Act of the Assembly of this province in such case made and provided the Court order and adjudge that the petitioners make sale of the plantation and tract of land aforesaid on Tuesday the third day of May next. That notice of the said sale be given according to the Act of the Assembly aforesaid, and that the said administrators make report of their proceedings to the next Orphans Court.
      I do hereby certify that the above is a true copy of the original record remaining in the Proth'y office in Carlisle as witness my hand and seal in the County aforesaid, March 10, 1763.
      Herman Alrichs

      "ROCKDALE" - The Wasson Homestead April 1979
      The Wasson family lived on the farm now known as "Rockdale" located about two miles (by the road) from the village of Williamson in Peters Township. It was a train stop in the early days of the Southern Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The farm was later owned by the J. E. Baker Company who owned a lot of Property in and around Williamson and operated stone quarries in the area. After the quarries were closed, the Baker Company sold all their property in the area. I believe this property was sold in the late 1940's. "Rockdale" was sold to my grandfather, Elmer C. Meyers, for $4,000.00 (approximately 100 acres). In the 1950's, Bethlehem Steel Company bought all the farms around Williamson and my grandfather sold to them for $28,000.00, I believe. Bethlehem Steel Company is the present owners but the large beautiful stone house, the partly stone barn and all other buildings were destroyed and leveled in 1978. All that remains of the farm are the fields, trees, and the large lilac bushes.

      While my grandfather lived there, he got permission to run a water line from a meadow south of the buildings to the barn under the railroad line. It was while he was digging this line that he found a skeleton. After research by county authorities, it was believed to be that of John Wasson, the only early settler found that was killed by the Indians. Mr. Walter Sloan of McConnellsburg was a descendent of Mrs. Wasson and knew the history of the family. Dr. E. B. Hall put the skeleton together, analyzed it, and kept the skeleton. For a while it was at the Chambersburg Hospital but I do not know where it is now. The attached articles relate to theWasson family history and the recovery of the skeleton. by: Marla K. Miller

      The discovery of the skeleton prompted research into the life of John Wasson and it was learned he had taken up residence in Peters Township during the period of the French and Indian Wars. The farm was located a few miles from the church/fort of Rev. Capt. John Steel at Church Hill near the present village of Lemasters.

      DR. HALL ADDRESSES SCIENTISTS ON SKELETON
      A human skeleton unearthed several months ago on the Elmer C. Meyers farm near Williamson was the subject of a scientific paper scheduled for presentation this afternoon in Philadelphia by Dr. William E. B. Hall, resident pathologist at the Chambersburg Hospital.
      The paper"Age of Skeletal Remains", was to be read by Dr. Hall at the annual meeting of the American Association for the advancement of Science being held in Philadelphia's Municipal Auditorium.
      Correlating his scientific and medical findings with local history, Dr. Hall concludes that the skeleton was that of John Wasson, an early area pioneer, who was tortured and murdered by raiding Indians. He set the time of Wasson's death at 1750 and age at time of death at 45. The paper also described in detail the multiple body injuries indicated by the skeletal remains of the pioneer showing that he was savagely beaten before he was scalped and killed.
      Dr. Hall reported the man was brutally attacked with both a tomahawk and war clubs. Marks on the skull and other indications pointed to a violent death; ribs were fractured by blows to the body and one of the skeleton's arms was broken by twisting..
      Pieces of charcoal found in the shallow grave with the skeleton, the paper discloses, have been identified by W. W. Ward, an instructor at the Pennsylvania Forest School at Mont Alto, as American Chestnut, a tree widely used in log cabin building in this area in Colonial times. Two metal buttons found with the skeleton have been identified by Mrs. Lilliam Smith Albert, editor of the National Button Society's publication, as of pre-Revolutionary days.
      Wasson was probably left-handed as indicated by greater lengths of the left arm bones, the local pathologist notes in his paper. Examination of the skeleton also disclosed that Wasson had been a short, crippled individual raising the question of the possibility that in his formative years he had been a victim of a crippling disease.
      In giving background to his paper, Dr. Hall noted that studies in advanced chemical analysis such as spectrophotometry and flame photometry, examination under the microscope for bone petrographic and histologic form and change and radio-carbon dating were applied and correlated with several other sciences and hobbies to establish dating of the bones, their life age and duration of interment.

      Frances Sloan affidavit:
      Bedford County. Parsonly appeared before me, the subscriber, one of the Justices of the Peace in and for said County, Frances Slone and being duly sworn according to law on her solom oath deposeth and saith that she, the deponant, was the reputed step-daughter-in-law of John Wason, decest, late of Cumberland County now of Franklin County, then of Antrim now of Peters, and was well acquent with the famely of the said John Wason, and she, this deponant, saith that to the best of her knowledge and she believeth the said John Wason left issue but three children, viz. Thomas, James and Elizabeth, said Elizabeth has since intermarried with Joseph Hartley.
      Sworn and subscribed January 1, 1801, before me Abednego Stephen.
      Frances Sloan.
      A true copy taken from the original the 13th day of April, 1812.
      John Findlay.
    Person ID I578  Robert Mueller Family
    Last Modified 5 Sep 2013 

    Family Ann (Nancy) MEANS,   b. Abt 1717, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1772, Mercersburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years) 
    Married 26 May 1744  Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Thomas WASSON,   b. Abt 1745, Peters TWP, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1803, Peters TWP, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years)
    +2. James WASSON,   b. Abt 1746, Peters TWP, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1810, Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years)
    +3. Elizabeth WASSON,   b. 12 Oct 1747, Peters TWP, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1834, Boothsville, Marion County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    Family ID F229  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Dec 1698 - Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 26 May 1744 - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Thomas WASSON - Abt 1745 - Peters TWP, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - James WASSON - Abt 1746 - Peters TWP, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Elizabeth WASSON - 12 Oct 1747 - Peters TWP, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 May 1756 - Peters TWP, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S33] Ann Wasson.
    2. [S90] Journal of Dorothy Sloan Anthony.
    3. [S31] GEDCOM file imported on 17 May 2004.
    4. [S93] Mina M. Ostergard.