Category Archives: US-PA-West

Steel(e)s in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Hackenbracht –> Steel. Also some Phillipses, Blairs, and related families.

The Burning of Hanna’s Town

From: https://archive.org/stream/historyofwestmor01bouc#page/n9/mode/2up History of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, Volume 1 (1906) By John Newton Boucher CHAPTER XII The Hannastown War Burning of the County Seat Destruction of Miller’s Blockhouse The summer of 1782 was the gloomiest in our pioneer history. Many of … Continue reading

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Hanna’s Town Resolves

The first county seat of Westmoreland County was Hanna’s Town. It was a hub of Revolutionary War activity in western Pennsylvania, and more lately part of the William Steel farm. About a year before the Declaration of Independence, were the Hanna’s … Continue reading

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William Steel 1780-1857

from http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=46320907 written by Aaron Steel  William Moore Steel 1780-1857 Birth: Feb. 2, 1780 [Carlisle, Pennsylvania] Death: Oct. 17, 1857 Leigh, Harrison County, Texas, US Son of Revolutionary war Captain John Steel Jr., William Steel was born in Carlisle, PA in 1780. In 1802, … Continue reading

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Jeff Hostetler

from wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Hostetler William Jeffrey Hostetler (born April 22, 1961) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League for the New York Giants, Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, and Washington Redskins. His nickname is “Hoss.” College career Penn State Hostetler started his career at Penn State, where he started two games … Continue reading

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Charles K. Phillips 1914-2004

From: http://www.easttexashistorical.org/v3/membership/resolutions/phillips.htm Captain Charles K. Phillips A RESOLUTION HONORING THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN CHARLES K. PHILLIPS WHEREAS Captain Charles K. Phillips, U.S.N. (ret.), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on December 18, 1914, who departed this life in Nacogdoches, Texas, on April 16, 2004, … Continue reading

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Frank R. Phillips 1876-1942

https://dcms.lds.org/view/action/ieViewer.do?dps_pid=IE57629&dps_dvs=1363829836736~446&dps_pid=IE57629&change_lng=en ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PENNSYLVANIA BIOGRAPHY EDITOR-IN-CHIEF ALFRED DECKER KEATOR, LITT. D. Directory /State Library and Museum VOLUME XXVI LEWIS HISTORICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY. Inc. NEW YORK 1948, p. 28 Frank R. Phillips 1876-1942 PHILLIPS, Frank Reith, Business Leader. The ancestry of Frank … Continue reading

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Forbes Road

[Editor’s note– There is a lot of Pennsylvania History on the internet, like this article below on the historic Forbes Road.  In 1758, General John Forbes led a military expedition west from Carlisle, PA, to conquer Fort Duquesne, located at modern-day Pittsburgh. The new road … Continue reading

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Early American Exceptionalism

by Jay Steel Hackenbracht This is a story about early American Exceptionalism. Oppressed people Came to America because they had a dream that there was a better opportunity for them to excel and contribute to society. This belief was fueled by the … Continue reading

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John B. Steel 1861-1920

In History of Westmoreland County Pennsylvania — Genealogical Memoirs, Compiled Under the Editorial Supervision of John W. Jordan, Ll.D. of the Historical Society Of Pennsylvania, Illustrated, Vol. II, p23, published by The Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago and New York, 1906, is this … Continue reading

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Samuel “The Renegade” Blair

Samuel Blair, from south Antrim County, Ireland, was a leader in the Steelboy Insurrection of 1769-1772. The name “The Renegade” was chosen to distinguish him from others of the same name, and because of his daring escape from execution by … Continue reading

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