Topic: The Scotch Irish of Penna . Part of Subject: Pennsylvania and Our Pennsylvanians[ See Pennsylvania Chapter TOC]
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The Scotch Irish or Penn
"Donegal Township, then at the western
edge of Lancaster Co., PA. The Lowther Manor had been reserved for
Wm. Penn's sister, Margaret, but her family never came to take possession.
Governor (Lt.) Logan had allowed the influx of Scotch-Irish to occupy this
land, but found that the open spaces quickly became crowded; as large numbers
of German speaking Anabaptists from the Palatinate were also arriving,
but ill-equipped to survive at the Western edge, because of the occasionally
hostile Indian, whom Logan knew had to be coerced into peaceful coexistence
with the colonists.
An opportunity arose, in which a Maryland gentleman, Thomas Cresap, who had been doing a large amount of trade with the Scotch-Irish, through
his connection with English merchants, became aroused and was incarcerated. Logan and the House of Deputies, felt that the poorly
marked southern boundary of Pennsylvania needed better definition, and had asked Cresap to move on, from the latter's trading post on the
western bank of the Susquehanna River, opposite Donegal Twp., which acts precipitated Cresap's War, circa. 1745. While the Walkers are mentioned
in names of settlers of that place, in Lancaster Co., they were soon asked to take up lands much farther west, in the Cumberland Valley,
which soon was recognized as a County itself in 1750, in which numbered a half dozen Walker families at that time. Similarly, Cresap moved west,
first to Williamsport, MD, (nr. Hagerstown); and later Oldtown, further west up the Potomac, across from Green Spring Run, VA.
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