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Old 03-12-2012, 09:58 PM
 
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Default French and Indian War in Lehigh Valley



I realize that this is what Northampton county looked like in 1752. But one of my early ancestor's was having trouble with Indians in the far north of present day Northampton County (Lehigh Township formed 1765)


Their names were Johannes Jacob and Anna Maria Altman.

His name is found on a petition to the provincial authorities, dated May 26, 1757 requesting protection form the Indians in Northampton County. No action was taken on this petition.

A second petition, dated October 5, 1757 was also signed by Jacob Altman and sent to the provincial authorities for protection.
This time action was taken, several blockhouses were built and troops were garrisoned there until the end of hostilities in 1758.

They both died in 1775.

Does anyone else have access to 18th century historical information, or stories about ancestors besieged by Indians?
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:55 AM
 
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My husbands mother's family is from Aquashicola. There's a story in the family of a boy and girl being abducted by Indians, raised by them and then later returning to their birth family!
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:51 AM
 
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The Lower Macungie library has a great book called "History of Lower Macungie Township" that includes early maps of the area. There is a 1753 map that shows several modern roads, including a portion of Cedar Crest, as already existing at that time.
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:36 PM
 
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Macungie Township was formed in 1743, when Lehigh County was still part of Bucks County. It comprised the area of present Upper and Lower Macungie townships, including the boroughs of Macungie and Alburtis. The population then was 650 persons. So I am not surprised that there were several roads by 1753.

Northampton County was created in 1752; Lehigh County was separated from it in 1812. On May 5, 1832, Lehigh County approved a petition to divide Macungie Township into two.

The Aquashicola story is interesting. There was a major Indian raid on a Moravian settlement in Lehighton in 1755 (in the first year of the French and Indian war) where 10 people were killed and the townspeople fled to Bethlehem. My ancestor made his first request in 1757.
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