IREDELL, Seth

IREDELL, Seth

Male 1774 - 1854  (79 years)

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  • Name IREDELL, Seth 
    Born 6 Sep 1774  Horsham, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Biography
    • Biography: The Northumberland, Union, and Columbia Bank, the first in the county and one of the earliest in the northern central part of the State, derived its corporate existence under an act of Assembly passed March 21, 1814. Daniel Montgomery, John P. De Gruchy, James Sanderson, John Boyd, Daniel Lebo, Jacob Dentler, John Dreisbach, Matthew Colvin, John Cowden, and Bethuel Vincent were appointed commissioners for its organization. Seth Iredell was president, and William Cox Ellis cashier; the banking house was on Front Street (*). This institution became defunct in 1817 or 1818.

      Seth Iredell, merchant and miller, was an extensive dealer in grain and flour, and president of the first bank at Milton. He and his wife were Friends (Quakers).

      A severe blow to the town was the failure of the Northumberland Union and Columbia Bank. After a five years' existence, and just as the citizens had come to regard it as one of the permanent institutions of the place. This occurred in 1820, and the charter was declared forfeited in 1823.

      * The site was later the location of the Huff House hotel
    Census (desc) 1800  White Deer Township, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Misc 1801  White Deer Township, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    took possesion of a mill 
    • Catharine Smith was a very old settler on White Deer creek. She was a woman of great business tact and energy, though she was the child of sorrow and affliction. The story of her life is briefly told by herself in a petition to the Assembly under date of December 8, 1785. (See Linn's Annals of Buffalo Valley, page 240.) In that petition she states that she was left a widow with two children, with no means to support her family, except a location for 300 acres of land, including the mouth of White Deer creek. There was a good mill seat at this point, and as a grist and saw mill were much wanted, she was often solicited to erect them. Finally, in 1774, she borrowed money, and in June, 1775, completed the mills, which were of great advantage to the country; and the following summer she built a boring mill, where great numbers of gun barrels were bored for service in the Revolutionary army. She also built a hemp mill. During the Indian war one of her sons, her greatest help, went into the military service and never returned. When the Indians invaded the valley, July 8, 1779, they burned her mills and she was compelled to fly with her children. She returned in 1783 and was again solicited to rebuild the grist and saw mill, which, after much difficulty, she succeeded in doing. Before she had her business fairly under way, a suit in ejectment was brought against her by Claypole & Morris, who claimed a prior right to the land. She appealed to the Assembly for assistance, as she was now in such reduced circumstances that she was unable to support actions at law. The facts set forth in her memorial were certified to by William Bly, Charles Gillespie, Col. John Kelly, James Potter, the younger, and many other citizens of Northumberland county.

      The Assembly, of course, could grant her no relief and the petition was dismissed. How long litigation was continued is unknown, but that Mrs. Smith was finally dispossessed is shown by the fact that Seth Iredell took possession of the premises as tenant for Claypole & Morris in 1801.
    Census (desc) 1810  Turbot Township, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Misc 21 Mar 1814  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    became the first president of the Northumberland, Union, and Columbia Bank 
    Misc 1820  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    lost his position as president of the Northumberland, Union, and Columbia Bank when it failed 
    Misc Between 1827 and 1833  Middlebury Township, Knox, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    owned a general store 
    Misc 1832  Middlebury Township, Knox, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    built a store 
    • The first store on the site now occupied by Hall's block, corner of Market and Howard streets, was erected by Mr. Seth Iredell (father of our present fellow citizen, Robert S. Iredell) in 1832.
    Moved to 1836  Akron, Summit, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    from Middlebury, OH 
    • Seth Iredell moved from Middlebury, Ohio, where he owned a general store from 1827 to 1833, to Akron and became its first mayor in 1836. Middlebury was absorbed by Akron in 1871.
    Misc 14 Jun 1836  Akron, Summit, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    was elected mayor 
    • The election of Akron's first mayor, Seth Iredell, occurred on June 14, 1836.
    Widowed 17 Mar 1839 
    Census (desc) 1850  Lake Township, Stark, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    working as a merchant 
    _UID 5B1C0C3641DF3B409EE46F5AB7D3D8BEBF34 
    Died 22 Mar 1854  Akron, Summit, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1951  Milton Families
    Last Modified 30 Jul 2015 

    Father IREDELL, Robert,   b. 4 Jan 1720, Horsham, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother LUKENS, Hannah,   b. 20 Aug 1727,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F553  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 CADWALLADER, Mary,   b. 1771, Horsham, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1839, Akron, Summit, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 17 Mar 1795  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 24 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F552  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 IRWIN, Mary,   b. 1805, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1883, Akron, Summit, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 3 Apr 1841 
    Children 
     1. IREDELL, Seth,   b. 1843, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +2. IREDELL, Robert S.,   b. 1847, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1922, Akron, Summit, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 24 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F977  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S11] Bell's History of Northumberland County PA 1891, Page 551.
      This source applies to the second paragraph.

    2. [S73] Annals of Buffalo Valley, Pennsylvania, 1755-1855, Page 240.

    3. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 1.

    4. [S74] Lane, Samuel A. - Fifty Years and Over, The History of Summit County, OH.