Bentleysville was a rural community of three hundred persons in southwestern Pennsylvania in 1868. It had grown around a mill that Sheshbazzar (the first ‘h’ is silent) Bentley Junior and Senior operated on the southern branch of Pigeon Creek. Its history is short because as a country village it existed less than a century. This book is a collection of stories, letters, pictures, and facts which have been gathered to preserve its memory. Since 1900, the coal industry has dominated the community and the story of “Bentleyville, Coal Town” is another yet to be written. Documents show that Bentleysville was established in 1816; but for interest’s sake, the author went back to the 1770’s to find the very earliest families and to record their names and arrivals.
In this research, Dartnell tried to confine herself to the borders of this town; however, in the pioneer years, when specific information is scarce, she generalized and enlarged the scope. Her excuse for emphasizing certain details concerning actions on a national or a state level is that the people about whom she was writing were particularly concerned by them. For example, she quoted from letters concerning Indian expeditions, from Washington’s proclamation about the Whiskey Insurrection and from an account of a Civil War incident.
The events are substantially in chronological order, beginning with the settlers over the mountains in 1750 and ending after the Centennial in 1916. This history is far from complete. If some of these clippings and documents lack sufficient explanation, it is because most of them were found in a trunk or scrap book and that there is no one living who can answer our questions.
|Author:||Dartnell, Miriam Anna|
|Publisher:||New Voices Pub. Co.|
|Digitizing Sponsor:||Internet Archive|
|Contributor:||Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center|
Notes About the Book
- Photocopied book.
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