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Daniel David (b. Abt. 1749, d. 17 Apr 1832)Daniel David was born Abt. 1749 in Pennsylvania, and died 17 Apr 1832 in his home, Bald Eagle Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania518, 519.He married UNKNOWN UNKNOWN on 1767.
Notes for Daniel David:
DANIEL DAVID, EARLY SETTLER IN THE BEECH CREEK AREABy Harry A. and Vera
Historical writings indicate that in the late 1700's the Daniel David
family moved from Berkshire County, Massachusetts to Pennsylvania, and
settled first in the Wilkes Barre area.Shortly thereafter they came to
Beech Creek.Next they went to Oil City or thereabouts and later to
French Creek.Apparently preferring the Beech Creek area over the other
territories through which they had traveled and squatted, they later
returned and established permanent residence here.This information,
plus that which is to follow, is being extracted from material on hand.
It seems certain that if old records, particularly those stored at the
Centre County Historical Museum in Bellefont were searched, additional
and interesting material would be found.
According to official records the above flittings of the Davids were
complete just after the dicennial census was taken for the year 1800, but
before our county (then Centre) assessments were prepared in the latter
part of that year for the year 1801.For 1801 taxes Mr. David was
assessed here for 250 acres of land and 5 COWS.For the year 1802 his
sons, Isaac F. and James, both still single, were assessed for their
occupations.For the year 1807 Isaac was first listed among the married
Our Beech Creek area remained a part of Centre County until Clinton
County was formed in 1839.Our county seat was Bellefonte.The death of
Daniel David of Beech Creek on April 17, 1832 at age 83 was reported by
the Centre Democrat, a Bellefonte weekly newspaper which had been
established in 1827 by General Philip Benner. According to the newspaper
account, Mr. David, a Revolutionary War veteran, had fought in the Battle
of White Plains.He and his wife (name not given) had spent upwards of
fifty years together, and reared a large family.Since our county had a
limitednumber of Revolutionary veterans it seems certain that publisher
Benner and Mr. David had known each other.
Starting in 1801 and until the time of his death Daniel David was listed
on each assessment and census list for our area.His son, Isaac, was
taxed through the year 1835 for a large tract of land, several horses and
cows and a yoke of oxen.By 1836 Isaac was in the process of reducing
his land and livestock holdings.By 1839 he had disposed of all his
taxable property.This may have been an indication of failing health and
death shortly thereafter, because his name did not appear on any
subsequentassessment of census list. However, he may have planned to
move elsewhere and made preparation well in advance.Records indicate
that Daniel's son, Alexander, died around 1820, and left a widow, Mary,
and perhaps several children.Alexander, rather than his father, may
have been the first burial in the David cemetery in Beech Creek Township.
Rhoda Ann David, daughter of Daniel, married John Counsil, whose birth
state is listed as Delaware.All the Counsildescendants of our general
area trace back to John and Rhoda.Present day kin includes Clair
Lindsey of Beech Creek; Walter Winslow, Beech Creek postmaster; Mabel
Ross of Mackeyville; Harriet Van Heuten of Cameron Park, California; and
Isabel Lumpkin of San Antonio, Texas, who is presently doing some family
tracing.Incidentally, the tragic death of Walter Winslow's ancestor,
William Counsil, is recounted in the History of Beech Creek - 1981.
Additional Counsil-David descendants include Harris and Dr. Kenneth
Brickley of Lock Haven.
Rhoda Counsil a daughter of John and Rhoda (David) Counsil, married
William Gardner, a son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Lucas) Gardner.Their
daughter, Eliza Jane, married Temple Smith, a son of Joseph M. and
Janetta (David) Smith.This reveals that the descendants of Temple and
Eliza Jane have the distinction of being able to trace back to Daniel
More About Daniel David:
Burial: Aft. 17 Apr 1832, David Cemetery, Beech Creek Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania.520
Military service: Revolutionary War.521, 522
More About Daniel David and UNKNOWN UNKNOWN:
Children of Daniel David and UNKNOWN UNKNOWN are:
- Daniel David, b. 1770, d. date unknown.
- +Isaac F. David, b. Abt. 1780, Pennsylvania, d. 11 Apr 1864, Beech Creek, Clinton County, Pennsylvania.
- James David, b. Abt. 1782, d. 27 Aug 1892, Beech Creek, Clinton County, Pennsylvania.
- Carpenter David, b. Abt. 1784, d. 18 Dec 1902, Beech Creek, Clinton County, Pennsylvania.
- Alexander David, b. Abt. 1786, d. Abt. 1820.
- Rhoda Ann David, b. Abt. 1792, Pennsylvania523, d. date unknown.