Bedford County History

Bedford county, originally a part of Cumberlandcounty, was taken from it by an act of the Legislature, passed March 9, 1771; the boundary and limits of which were thus defined by said act. "That all and singular the lands lying and being within the boundaries following: that is to say, beginning where the province line crosses the Tuscarora mountain, and running along the summit of that mountain to the Gap near the head of Path Valley; thence with a north line to the Juniata; thence with the Juniata to the mouth of Shaver's creek; thence northeast tot he line of Berks county; thence along the Berks county line northwestward to the west boundary of the province; thence southward, according to the several courses of the western boundary of the province, to the southwest corner of the province to the place of beginning."
By the sixth section of the same act it was ordained, "That it shall and may be lawful to and for Arthur St. CLAIR, Bernard DOUGHERTY, James COULTER, William PROCTOR and George WOODS, Gent. of any of them, to purchase and take assurances to them and their heirs of a piece of land, situate in some convenient place in the said town (Bedford) in trust, and for the use of the inhabitants of the said county, and thereon to erect a court house and prison."

Robert McCREA, William MILLER and Robert MOORE, were appointed to run, mark out and distinguish the boundary lines between Cumberland and Bedford counties.

(From: History of Dauphin, Cumberland, Franklin, Bedford, Adams, Perry, Somerset, Cambria, and Indiana Counties, Rupp, 1948: History of Bedford County, Chapter XXXV, p. 488.)

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