Children of ROBERT
MCCANDLESS and SARAH MCCANDLESS (Mrs) were as follows:
MARTHA6 MCCANDLESS, born abt 1802 in , CONNOQUENESSING, BUTLER, PA.
|Tom Miller has possession of the family bible Robert bought in July of 1802 several months before marrying
his second wife, Sarah McConaughy, on April 5, 1803. The bible bears several inscriptions, two I believe to be
in Robert's own hand. One records his purchase of the bible. The other records his marriage to Sarah.
Sarah and Robert had a daughter, Martha McCandless who later married Samuel Miller.
The bible contains many inscriptions related to the Samuel and Martha Miller family. In addition, it records
in two places, the date of Robert McCandless' death as April 24, 1813.
The bible also records the death of Mary McCandless, who I believe was his third daughter from his first
marriage, on March 7, 1800. Clearly, this inscription was added after the bible's purchase in 1802.
McCandless Family Bible Inscriptions
Inscription located at the end of Revelations (p. 913)
This Book was Purchased By Robert McCandless Bought July 1802
Inscription located on the following page titled Family Record
Robert McCandless deceased April 24th 1813
Inscriptions located between the Old Testament and the New Testament on pages titled Family Record
Page 1 Family Record
Robert McCandless and Sarah
MConaughy Maried (sic) April 5 1803
Samuel Miller Departed this life Jan 10th 1878 aged 75 years and 7 ms.
Martha McCandless Born July 12 1804
Martha McCandless Miller Died March 9th 1880
Mary MCandless Deceased March 7 one thousand Eght hunderd
|From the history of MIddlesex Township,
Butler County, PA.
Though the permanent settlements of this township do not date back quite so far as those of Adams and Worth townships, its explorers and settlers may justly claim pioneer honors. James Harbison, James Hall, Abraham Fryer and William Hultz camped here on the night of January 10, 1793, engraved their names on some forest trees next day and returned to their homes. Early in 1794 they revisited that camping place, selected lands, and built cabins. In 1795 the quartette came to permanently occupy the cabins of 1794. They found, however, that Thomas Martin, who came from Ireland prior to the Revolution, and who had taken an active part in the great struggle for liberty, had won from them the honors of being the pioneer; for they learned that he made some improvements in 1793, then fled to the block-house near the mouth of the Allegheny, but had resumed improving his clearing in 1795.
The first school in this township was taught in 1796 by William Powell, then over sixty of age, in a log-house erected on the farm of Thomas Denny. The building was an extremely crude affair. The logs were unhewn, the floor constructed of rough pieces of timber, and the openings were plastered with mud. Mr. Powell is said to have been a rather quaint and eccentric man, very dignified before his pupils, and making much mystery of the learning he possessed. Nevertheless many pleasant memories were retained of him by those who acquired the first rudiments of an English education under his instruction. In 1893 this township supported seven schools, the pupils numbering 133 males and 135 females. The total receipts for school purposes, including a state appropriation of $1,181.61, was $4,178.81.
The Middlesex Presbyterian Church dates its beginning to the fall of 1800, when Rev. Abraham Boyd, a Presbyterian minister, came into this township and for two years preached in the open air. Within a few months after his coming the church was organized, the first elders being Robert MCCANDLESS, Hugh Gilliland and William Johnson. On June 17, 1802, Mr. Boyd was installed as pastor and continued to serve the congregation until 1817. In 1803 a log cabin was erected, north of Glade run, and used as a house of worship until 1817, when it was replaced by a hewn-log building.