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24 History of Parish of St. Augustine, St. Augustine, Pa.


by the Indians, and the Indian was also killed, and both were buried close together, near Elton, this County, and Solomon Adams and Rachael Adams escaped to Fort Bedford, and John Cheney and Thornton Bridges were captured and carried either to Kittanning or Detroit, where they were kept prisoners for several years. Solomon Adams afterwards became a soldier - one report is a Captain, in the army of Washington; hence Cambria County had one Revolutionary soldier who lived within its border before the War of Independence.

     The making of the road was let to Robert Galbraith, prothonatary of Bedford County, by the Supreme Executive Council, September 25, 1788, for 393.

     Storey, in his "History of Cambria County," states that in 1789 Captain Michael McGuire made affidavit that he had hauled with a team of horses over this road a load of one ton and found the road and bridges in good condition as far as he had occasion to travel it.

     On January 1, 1790, the Supreme Executive Council paid Robert Galbraith 100, part of price of constructing this road, which is all the record of payment found.

     The next road, the present Frankstown road was laid out in 1790, along the line of a private road called "Smith's road," from the mouth of Poplar Run on the Frankstown branch of the Juniata to the mouth of Stony Creek on the Conemaugh.

     The third road was laid out and opened from the town of Somerset to Beulah. It crossed Stony Creek at the Beulah fording, in Johnstown, and the South Fork at what is now called Lamb's bridge; the Little Conemaugh, near Summerhill, and through New Germany to Beulah. The petition is signed, "Approved June, 1798, Joseph Addison, President Judge."

     The "Courses and Distances" of the Beulah Road mentions Martin Cables, which was a half mile to the west of the present town of Wilmore. A history of Indiana County giving a biographical sketch of a certain Coleman family contains the name of Hannah Coleman, nee Cable, born in Cambria County, who died in Indiana County in 1830, aged 47 years. If this statement be correct, the lady was born in 1783, the first birth of a white child born in Cambria County, of which we have a record.

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