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Harry Cowen Dick, in an address at the Dick Reunion, August, 1933, referred to this son.No proofs of his existence are known.Following is the summary of Harry C. Dick's speech.
HARRY C DICK'S ADDRESS AT REUNION 1933
From an account of the Dick Reunion held in Appleman's Grove near Baker's Summit, PA, August 1933.
A synopsis of Harry C. Dick's address:
Harmon Dick first settled in Morrison's Cove in 1786.Harmon Dick was born near Loch Lomond, Scotland, 1756, emigrated to Hesse Castle, Germany, came to America with the Hessians who were hired by the British Government to subdue the American colonists then in revolt.They stopped at Trenton to celebrate their Christmas festivities in December 1776, under Colonel Rahl.Washington crossed the Delaware River on Christmas night.The river was blocked with ice and snow, as we know.He swept by the British on country roads, appeared at Trenton, captured 1000 prisoners, slew their leader and returned to Valley Forge with the loss of only four men, two killed and two frozen to death.Among those prisoners was a man who stood 6 feet 2 inches in his stocking feet, and tipped the scales at 253 pounds dressed.He immediately took the oath of allegiance to the United Colonies and was a staunch friend of Washington, and was ever afterward loyal to the American cause.He became a federalist at the organization of the Federal Government.His name was Harmon Dick, the progenitor of the Dick clan.He settled and homesteaded on a farm now occupied by Frank Smith, on the Halter Creek, near Roaring Spring.There he reared a large family, so large that they ran out of names and had two sons named Jacob, the oldest and the youngest.Tradition says a pestilence destroyed so many lives between 1786 and 1800 that they feared the community would be exterminated by the dreaded disease, but superstition found a cure.Jacob, the oldest son, was the first to succumb to the epidemic.Many others followed.
The settlers repaired to the Lower Cemetery, near Roaring Spring, where Jacob was buried, opened his grave, raised his coffin, opened it and viewed the corpse, when they beheld this barefaced young boy had grown a long white beard, his hair extending over his shoulders, but the body, when exposed to the atmosphere, quickly crumbled to dust.They closed the coffin, reinterred it and the pestilence apparently ceased at once, and the remainder of the Dicks lived and would be living yet had they not died of other causes.It was then that Jacob, the younger was born.In time to come he settled near Cherry Tree, Indiana County, and is the ancestor of the Dicks in that county.I remember of meeting him once in 1872. I was 5 years and he was then an old man.Harmon Dick's other sons made their homes in different states of the Union, except two who remained in Taylor Township.
Samuel Dick lived on a portion of the same farm and operated a sawmill, erecting many houses, barns, and other buildings from the lumber produced by his mill.His children were John, Michael, Jacob, William, Margaret, Susan, Ester, and Catherine.John was the ancestor of the Dicks now living in Huntingdon, Fulton, and Bedford Counties.
Michael C. Dick's children were Samuel, Fred, William, John, Henry, Harvey, Porter, Sarah, Annie, and Jennie.
Jacob C. Dick's family consisted of three boys; Edward, Lyman and Harry.Edward died in 1916 in Illinois. His wife, son Forrest, and daughter June reside there.Lyman lost his life in the Paper Mill in 1886, Edgar being his only living child.Harry is living in Taylor Township.
Mr. Dick called attention to the fact that five of the Dicks met with accidental death.Lyman, as stated, was accidentally killed at the D. M. Bare Paper Mill in 1886.William was killed by a fall of clay at Sara Bank, Ore Hill.His son William was sawed to pieces accidentally while working on a sawmill near the Barley Church, Bakers Summit.Grant died of gun shot wounds accidentally inflicted, and Frank was killed by coming in contact with a high tension wire while at work at the brick plant in Claysburg.