History of Morgan Township, Greene County, Pa.
From: History of Greene County, Pennsylvania
By: Samuel P. Bates.
Nelson, Ruchforth & Co., Chicago. 1888.


MORGAN TOWNSHIP was one of the earliest settled in the county. Everhart Hupp, who lived to be one hundred and nine years old, married Margarett Thomas, who lived to the age of one hundred and five years, and purchased of the Indians a large tract of land on Ten. Mile Creek, for which he paid one black mare and one rifle gun. On running the lines agreed upon with the Indians, he found it contained 1,400 acres, and embraced lands north of Ten Mile Creek and stretching across the North Fork, and consequently overlapping a portion of Morgan Township, where some of his descendants live to this day. The Hupps were always on good terms with the Indians, for the reason that they were always made welcome and given whatever the cabin afforded. Mr. Hupp used to declare that a feeling of fear of the Indians was never excited in his mind but once. On that occasion he had gone out upon the creek to do some work in a grove where he was shielded from view of his cabin, but where he could himself observe it. Going to the only point of observation, lie was startled to see several stalwart Indians, tricked out in his own militia trappings, marching around the house and pretending to go through the evolutions of a squad of soldiers. At this sight his heart was in his mouth, fearing that his wife had been murdered and that the savages were bent on mischief. His agony for the moment was indescribable; but to his great joy he soon saw his wife coming from the spring house, bearing a pan of milk, evidently preparing something for the red men to eat. He soon returned to his dwelling and had a friendly chat, while they partook of the table d' hote set for them by Madame Hupp, when they departed, highly elated by their entertainment.

Mr. Evans, in his thirty first Centennial sketch, says: "At this time, 1767, there was but one white woman west of the Monongahela, River known to the settlers. She was the wife of George Hupp [probably Everhart Hupp] who located a large body of land on the north bank of Ten Mile, and erected a cabin near the creek and about two miles from its mouth. Her frugal repast consisted of johnny cake [journey-cake] shortened with bear's fat, dried venison and Adam's ale. Their hospitality soon became proverbial with the sparse inhabitants, who were else all males, and the Hupp cabin became the Sunday morning rendezvous for all the men in the settlement. Nauseated with their own unpalatable cooking, they would carry their choice game and fish to her, and enjoy a toothsome meal prepared and served by the veriest lady in the land."

On account of its contiguity to Redstone fort, which was a rallying point in time of danger, and the point at which the new corner tarried until he could find a tract on which to blaze his title, that pleased his fancy, the lands of this township were early appropriated. This was one of the original townships at thee time of the organization of Washington County, and was at that time much larger than at present. It is bounded on the north by Washington County, on the east by Jefferson, on the south by Jefferson and Franklin, and on the west by Washington. The surface is very broken but the soil is fertile, and the farms well improved. It is well watered by North and South Ten Mile Creek and their tributaries. Clarksville, the only village in the township, a place of some 350 inhabitants, is situated on a peninsula formed by the two forks of Ten Mile Creek at their j unction, at the head of the creek proper. It has three churches and the usual business of a centre of a fine farming country. In the report of Secretary Burrowes, in 1836, Morgan is credited with four schools and 155 pupils, that of Secretary Black in 1854, with six schools and 360 pupils. The report of 1859 says: "The directors of this district are a philanthropic band, who have the interest of the rising generation at heart. They have increased the school fund, and have paid their teachers liberally. Therefore, the cause of education has advanced very rapidly in this township within the past three or four years. All the school houses are furnished with blackboards and maps." The good report thus early won has been maintained and it still holds a foremost rank. The directors for the current year are: J. M. Thistlethwait, President; Joseph Adamson, Secretary; Edward Van Kirk, George Hughes, Solomon Cumrine, and Robert Buckingham.

Below we give some reminiscences of the olden time related by an aged citizen and published some years ago in. the Waynesburg Republican:

"The first school houses were built of logs, with dirt floors and greased paper for windows. The seats were made of sticks driven into walls and slabs laid on them. The first teachers I remember were Francis Lazear and John McGuire. The books used were U. S. speller and the New Testament. The schools then, as now, were only open in the winter season, and the little folks had often to go several miles through the woods, with the snow two feet or more deep; and as there was no such thing as boots then, it was a very cold operation.

"There were shoemakers in that day, but they did not have shops as they have now, but went around from house to house, shoeing the whole family before leaving. We never got but one pair of shoes in a year. Often times little children had no shoes at all, wearing nothing but stockings.

"I will tell you a story of one of these traveling shoemakers. His name I have forgotten, but I remember he came to my father's and made us all shoes. He was a jolly good fellow, but loved his drink. After he got through at our house, be got his money and started for home. The weather was very cold and as he had to pass a still house, he stopped and got a jug. As he journeyed on towards home, he frequently imbibed, until he had reached within about one hundred yards of home - that haven of rest where a wife and several children awaited his coming - when he succumbed to the influence of the liquor and got down, where he was found a short time after frozen to death. It created a great deal of excitement in the neighborhood, but like such things today, had no influence, as whisky continued to be made and drunk just the same."

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