Jersey Shore, a small town with a seemingly misplaced name, was on the edge of the western frontier during Revolutionary War days, and those who settled in this area prior to 1784 found themselves outside the jurisdiction of both Great Britain and the commonwealth. Out of this was produced a Fair Play society, the Pine Creek Declaration of Independence, and something known as the Big Runaway. By 1800, a little village began to form along the banks of the west branch of the Susquehanna River. Over time, the West Branch Canal, lumbering, and a very large New York Central Railroad shop brought growth and prosperity to the area. Jersey Shore presents a visual story of the area through pictures taken by local photographers, including Joseph Mick, William H. Garman, and Jonathan Potter, dating from Civil War days to around 1930.
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I have visited Jersey Shore only one time. I wanted to see the place where several of my ancestors called home. My family history runs through Jersey Shore and Pine Creek. My Great Great Grandfather, 1st Lt. Jeremiah T. Saxton and his family lived most of their lives in Jersey Shore and are laid to rest in the Jersey Shore Cemetery. Jeremiah was a member of the PA Volunteers 11th Regiment Infantry. He was killed in action at Thoroughfare Gap, Va on August 28, 1862. Jeremiah was survived by his wife Martha Updegraff Saxton and his son, Millard Fillmore Saxton (age 5 at the time) and his daughter Rachel who was an infant. I think of these ancestors often and what their life in Jersey Shore must have been like in the 1860's.
Wayne, Thank you for this fascinating look at The Early History of Jersey Shore. I really enjoyed learning more about Jersey Shore !
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