The unknown Leech account of the massacre at Hannastown. It starts out QUOTE :
"David Leech & 2 brothers from Ireland settled in Lancaster County L ajoining Maryland. David had a survey of 400 acre in Lancaster Co. 1749.
In 1770 Joseph had it resurveyed-there are no recorded deed in any of counties. Apparently they moved to Cumberland Co. PA on formation of Westmoreland Co. At the time of the revolution, James Leech was Captain of West' Co. Militia. John Leech H a private on Feb 26, 1779-our family traditio(n). The mother of Caption L(,) John L James went down the hill-to a spring, did not return-Two of John' children went down to my Hawred(and
foun(d) he tomarhawked)- from the decep of John Leech-who had gone to Adams Co. Ohio, John & younger brother were hidden in the woods L and saw their sister, who was Lame and had long light hair that came to her knesi beine shot from horse. This story about the girl with long hair to her knee-being killed was remembered by 8 people & orphan cour record state a daughter killed same tim as father.
Capion James Leech LEE DH & Robert McCalmont were taken prisoners werer carried off t Canada James Leech was released, sold his land, pemhapts John's There is no surver or Patent Perhaps it was what was known as a hatchet survey. David Leech not shown on any tax list no recorded deeds or court cases-Lancaster, York, Adams. A traveling Presberian minister held service at Davids 1760's & in 1770. Joseph Leech had land resurveyed in right of David no return or patent then we find TH John taxed for land in several TWP WM marked bordering another land-John ASAD survey, no patent-or recorded deed-two suit against David CRMCHLON Robert Flemming Peacl make THN 1773-4-5 tax list show James & John Franklin TWP. Samuet wife Fleming & Robert Fleming who purchased l sold land. Then Samuel moved near Studenville O.
Robert Fleming sold LAD and moved west in 1778 William & Henry are taxed about to go to Kentucy or else were in 1792 Henry is listed witness to John Crichlon Will-he also served tean 1 milita of wes Westmoreland Cpo James Leech sold land married widow of Alexand / Atchesur went to kentucky came back died West Co. Archibald Leech. Wm & Henry werer sheep shears & weavers. Henry worte letter asking that his brother James be given aid for services .
Samuel Leech b 1736 d 12-5-1821 m 12-6-1763 Mary Fleming DT 38-H-4-182 Marker two ridge cemetery-cross creek TWP, Jefferson Co Ohio James Critchlow Rev Pension b Butle County son David & Martha _____? lived near Murrsville John Leech wif Jean 1732-1819 AM Leech ______ 2nd marriage Robert Steel Ann Steel buried 1st Presdyter Cemetery Murrysville Cemetery THE LEECH FAMILY in book not connected with th above"
End of my transcription of the handwritten Leach memoranda.
Ann Steel is buried at the Presbyterian Church in Murryville, PA right next to the road. The stone is not marble or granite. It is a reddish brown upright up the hill on the right, five feet from the edge of the cemetery.
The story of the blonde girl shot from a horse varies as to whom she was.
This is one version of the story but is written in poor grammar and with poor spelling.
Contributed by Paul Beauregard for use by the Westmoreland County Genealogy Project (http://www.pa-roots.com/westmoreland/)
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