Elizabeth BRECKENRIDGE

Female 1783 - Yes, date unknown


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  • Name Elizabeth BRECKENRIDGE 
    Born Between 1765 and 1783  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID I3093  BlytheGenealogy
    Last Modified 1 Feb 2019 

    Family William Jerome MEEK,   b. 1773, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between Oct 1806 and Dec 1806, Centre, Pennsylvania. United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years) 
    Married Bef 1800  McConnellstown, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Isaac B. MEEK, Esq.,   b. Between 1794 and 1800,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. John Breckenridge MEEK,   b. 5 Jun 1797,   d. 28 Nov 1868, Washington, District of Columbia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     3. George Washington MEEK,   b. 14 Sep 1799,   d. 27 May 1877  (Age 77 years)
     4. Reuben Herron MEEK,   b. 6 Oct 1801, at his father's home, Ferguson, Centre, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1873, Patton, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     5. William J. MEEK,   b. 1806,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Harriet Jane MEEK,   b. Between Jan 1807 and Mar 1807, Ferguson, Centre, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1881, Bolivar, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years)
    Last Modified 20 Feb 2019 
    Family ID F1012  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Meek, Rachel - 1810 US Census - Ferguson, Centre, Pennsylvania.
    Meek, Rachel - 1810 US Census - Ferguson, Centre, Pennsylvania.

  • Notes 
    • History of the Early Settlement of the Juniata Valley 1856
      Chapter XXVIII, pages 289 - 292
      U. J. Jones

      Woodcock Valley, located north of Huntingdon, is one of the
      oldeSt. settled valleys in the county. In the days of Indian
      depredations, it was a favorite haunt of the savage, whose great war-p ath from the West to the East went through a part of it.
      The first murder committed in it during the Revolutionary struggle
      occurred at Coffey Run, near the present residence of Mr. Entriken. Th e victim was a man named Elder, the husband of the woman mentioned i n a preceding chapter as having been carried a captive to Detroit by t he Indians. As there is no living witness who was present, the
      circumstances connected with his massacre are merely traditionary. He
      was on his way home in company with Richard Shirley, when he was sho t and scalped; in which condition he was found by a scouting party a d ay or two after the occurrence. This was in 1778, and the same yea r a number of captives were taken from the valley; but the accounts ar e so vague that we can give no reliable data.
      The Breckenridge family lived about three miles southeast of
      McConnelstown, on the road which now leads from Huntingdon to Bedford , on the farm at present occupied by Ludwig Hoover. The family consist ed of the father, mother, two sons, - John and Thomas, aged respective ly eighteen and sixteen years, - a girl aged fourteen, another aged th ree years, and an infant at the breast. They had, during the alarms o f massacres, forted at Hartsock"s Fort, which was almost in sight of t heir farm; but in the spring of 1779, the alarm having in a great meas ure subsided, they, was well as the rest of the settlers, went home, a nd the fort was abandoned, under the full impression that they would h ave no further use of it, - that Indian depredations were ended. In th is they were most signally mistaken.
      In July - probably about the middle of the month, - one morning,
      directly after breakfast, the sons, John and Thomas, started in searc h of a horse that had broken from his enclosure the night previous. Af ter they had gone, the old lady occupied herself in her household duti es, while the oldest daughter repaired to the spring-house in the mead ow, - a distance of probably five hundred yards from the house, - fo r the purpose of churning. While engaged in this occupation, she was s uddenly confronted by five Indians. Probably overcome by fright, she m ade no effort to escape, but screamed at the top of her voice. The fat her, without suspecting the real cause of the difficulty, started, una rmed, in the direction of the spring-house, and when within twenty yar ds of it a bullet from one of the Indian rifles struck him, and he fel l dead in the
      path. Mrs. Breckenridge was looking out of the window at the time, and , fearing that their next move would be in the direction of the house , she snatched the infant out of the cradle, and, taking in her arms t he other child, escaped. Instinctively she took the path toward Standi ng Stone, - a direction in which the Indians were not likely to follow . She pursued the path along Crooked Run for a few miles, and then san k exhausted upon the ground. As soon as she rallied, she endeavored t o continue her way to the Stone; but to her dismay she found that sh e had wandered from the path and was lost. In this condition, she wand ered about the woods with her children the whole day and the entire ni ght. Next day, the oldest child complained bitterly of hunger, when th e mother fortunately came to a rye-field. The rye was just beginning t o head, in spots, and she gathered a number of heads, rubbed out the k ernels, and gave them to the
      child. As the operation was a tedious one, in consequence of the
      scarcity of the grain, she took off her under-garment, wrapped up the
      infant and laid it down, and went to work to procure sufficient to
      appease the appetite of the child, and while so engaged she unconsciou sly wandered a considerable distance from the infant.
      John and Thomas returned to the house with the horses late in the
      afternoon; and, seeing their father and sister murdered, believed tha t the mother, with the other children, had either met the same fate o r been carried into captivity. They lost no time in making their way t o Standing Stone Fort, where they communicated the sad intelligence. B y the time it was nearly dark, and entirely too late to make any furth er effort; but at the dawn, next morning, a posse of men went to Breck enridge"s house, where the murdered father and daughter lay, and, whil e part of the people employed themselves in removing the bodies prepar atory to burial, another party scoured the country in search of the mo ther, being encouraged to do so by seeing her tracks leading toward Cr ooked Run. Late in the afternoon they found her, at the edge of the ry e-field, leading her child; but the anguish she had endured had in a m easure unsettled her mind, and she was unable to tell where she had le ft the infant. It was deemed advisable to remove her to the fort. By n ext day, she had so far recovered as to be able to state that she lef t the infant in the field; whereupon a party set out, and returned wit h it in the evening.

      The infant had apparently not suffered a great deal, except from the
      annoyance of flies. Its entire face was fly-blown; and yet, strange t o say, she recovered, grew to be a strong, healthy woman, got married , and was the mother of Isaac B. Meek, Esq., formerly a member of th e legislature from Centre county, and, we were told, died but a few ye ars ago.
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      Roger Carroll Breckenridge
      1120 Rome Court
      Apple Valley, MN 55124-4909, USA
      Phone/FAX (952) 431-7999

  • Sources 
    1. [S3543] Meek, Rachel - 1810 United States Federal Census - Ferguson, Centre, P ennsylvania00256, Source Info, Year: 1810; Census Place: Ferguson, Centre, Pennsylvania; Roll: 46; Page: 76; Image: 0193672; Family History Library Film: 00256.
      Meek, Rachel - 1810 US Census - Ferguson, Centre, Pennsylvania.
      Meek, Rachel - 1810 US Census - Ferguson, Centre, Pennsylvania.


    2. [S3530] Reuben H. Meek: Commemorative Biographical Record pages 124-125, Ances try*com.