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From: "Annette Brunk" <>
Subject: Re: [RABB-L] Re: "The Andrew Rabb Family Of Fayette County"
Date: Sun, 5 Feb 2006 08:40:57 -0600
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Subject: [RABB-L] Re: "The Andrew Rabb Family Of Fayette County"
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> "Western Pa. Genealogical Society Quarterly. vol. 21, #1, summer 1994
> pg. 33 "The Andrew Rabb Family Of Fayette County
> This article is reprinted with premission from Victoria Hook editor of
> "Fayette Families" a quarterly magazine about Fayette Co Pa families. It
> comes from Vol.1 Jan 1992 & was contributed by Vic Wegenhoft & Bena
> An Early Miller From Eastern Pa.
> Our ancestors, Andrew Rabb & his new family, arrived in the Fayette Co.
> area in about 1770. On 14 Dec of that year, Andrew received a warrant for
> 203 acres in what is now German Township (Horn 1945). On 15 Apr 1785, he
> obtained a second warrant for 235 acres in that township (Horn 1945).
> Here, on Brown's Run, he built & operated one of the earliest grist & saw
> mills in the area, as well as a distillery (Ellis 1882). The stone house,
> which he built near the mill site, remains in excellent condition & is
> occupied today. Scratched into the mortar of the chimney is the date
> "1773" (Newman & Newman).
> Andrew was born in Pa., probably in Dunmore Township, Lancaster Co. about
> 1740 (DAR 1966). In his late twenties, on 1 Sept 1768 he married Mary
> Scott. They had nine children: Ann (b. 1769); William (b. 1770); John (b.
> 1772); Margarte (b. 1774); Mary (b. 1777); Hannah (b. 1780); Martha (b.
> 1782); Elizabeth (b. 1785); & Sarah (b. 1789) (Gilmore 1901).
> ...1776 to 1780 he served several tours of duty as a Captain in the Third
> Battalion of the Westmoreland Rangers (Pa Militia) in defense of the
> frontier (Pa Archives). In 1777 he was appointed Justice of the Peace in
> Westmoreland (Albert 1882). He continued to serve following the
> establishment of Fayette Co. from Westmoreland Co. in 1783. In addition,
> he was Justice of the new county's Orphans Court (Ellis 1882). In 1785 he
> was again appointed a Justice of the Peace & to the Court of Common Pleas
> for Fayette Co. (Minutes).
> (b&w picture of Andrew Rabb's house, Nov. 1991)(2 or 3 story, 5 windows on
> 2nd floor, 2, windows, large porch on 1st floor, basement door on side
> view-no windows)
> ...manufacture of both flour & whiskey...James Dunlevy who may have been
> Rabb's son-in-law, was the distiller...(Ellis1882).
> pg. 34...
> Once a year, flour & whiskey produced by the Rabb family was loaded on
> flat-boats, built at Andrew's sawmill...New Orleans market (Ellis 1882).
> There, the flat-boats were sold for lumber & the return trip was made on
> foot or horseback by way of, in part, the Natchez Trace (Robinson 1936).
> In 1791, a national excise tax...Whiskey Rebellion (1791-1794). In Aug
> 1792, a meeting of delegates....opposing this tax (Ellis 18820. In
> response to a resolution adopted at this meeting, Andrew Rabb was
> appointed to a committee of correspondence...(Ellis 1882)....
> Andrew's wife Mary Scott Rabb died in 1798 & may be buried in leckey
> Cemetery which is located north of McClellandtown, German Township (DAR
> 1934). Her children were then aged 9 to 29 years.
> Almost two years later, on 27 Feb 1800, Andrew, then about 60, married
> Catherine Pentecost....Andrew & his second wife had three children:
> Catherine (b. 1801); Andrew (b. 1802); & Lucinda (b. 1804) (Gilmore 1901)
> On 5 Sept 1804, when his youngest was but an infant, Andrew Rabb, aged
> about 64 years, died at Hot Springs, Bath Co., Va. (DAR 1966)...arsenic
> posioning...by a female slave....white man as having put her up to the
> crime....(Gilmore 1901).
> Andrew Rabb was buried at Hot Springs, Va. & records indicate that no
> tombstone was ever erected over his grave (Gilmore 1901). His will,
> written 11 Aug 1804 was also recorded in Bath Co., Va. on 11 Sept 1804.
> Catherine, & his children by her, received twice the inheritance of his
> older children, most of whom were married by that time. (Will 1804)
> Ellis, F., ed. "History Of Fayette Co. Pa." Phila.: L.H. Everts & Co,
> 1882, pp 133-4, 161-3, 593
> Gilmore, A.J. (grandson of Andrew Rabb), Genealogical Records. In: Kelly,
> Gwendolyn Dunlevy. "A Genealogical History Of The Dunlevy Family"
> Columbus, OH: Author, 1901, pp 104-5.
> Horn, W.F. "The Horn Papers: Early Westward Movement On The Monogahela &
> Upper Ohio" 1765-1795. Vol. III (Warrant Maps) NY:Hagstrom Co., 1945, p.
> Newman, Coleman et al "From The Monogahela To The Colorado: A History Of A
> Segment Of The Rabb/Newman Families" p. 3....
> (by) Fayette Families, editor Victoria Hook..."
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