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Jenny Wade House:
Birth: May 21, 1843
Death: Jul. 3, 1863

Civil War Figure. Born Mary Virginia Wade, she was known by her family and contemporaries as merely "Jennie". Arguably the "greatest battle ever fought on American soil" commenced in the environs of her native Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in the summer of 1863. The three day Civil War battle of Gettysburg began on July 1, and fearing the effects of it, she sought haven at the home of a relative. The "Jennie Wade House" as it is now known in the borough of Gettysburg, was the home of her married sister Georgia Wade McClellan, and it was there that she found refuge from the rapidly escalating battle. In a short time, the locality of the McClellan home became a battlefield with Union and Confederate forces frequently dueling within site of it. Throughout this ordeal, Jennie repeatedly offered comfort in the way of foodstuff and water to the Union soldiers who were combating the Confederates outside the home. Sadly, her guardian angel ultimately failed her. The twenty-year old fell dead after a rifle ball penetrated the home's doors on the morning of July 3 and struck her while purportedly at the chore of preparing bread dough. With the cessation of the battle, she was buried in her sister's garden on the 4th of July. In January 1864, her remains were re-located to a cemetery "near the German Reform Church" in Gettysburg. A later re-interment in the Evergreen Cemetery occurred in November 1865. Within this burial ground is another tragic story which has always been intertwined with her own - the one of Corporal Johnston Hastings Skelly, Jr. He was a friend, beau and presumed fiancé of Jennie's, and he died on July 12, 1863 of wounds received in a Virginia battle and is now buried in close proximity of her plot. The two died without knowing the others fate. For several years, her grave was marked with a non-descript gravestone, however, through the tireless efforts of her sister Georgia, an elaborate marker stands today in the remembrance of Jennie, "the only civilian killed in the battle of Gettysburg"

Fort Hunter Mansion:
Archibald McAllister House, now officially known as Fort Hunter Mansion, is a historic home located at Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. It was built about 1814, and is a 2 1/2-story, five-bay wide stone dwelling in the Georgian style

ARCHIBALD1 MCALLISTER died 1768 in West Pennsborro Township, Cumberland Co, PA. He married JEAN MCCLURE.

Descendants of Archibald McAllister of West Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, 1730-1898
(Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Scheffer's Printing and Bookbinding House, 1898)
Pages 9-37
"Of Archibald McAllister, the emigrant and founder of this branch of the family, very little is known, except that about 1730 he owned a large tract of land in the Cumberland Valley, and was a strict Presbyterian.
"He was one of the organizers of the First Presbyterian Church, at Carlisle, Pa.
"From whence he came in Scotland is not known. The first mention of an Archibald McAllister, in the colony, is found in the minutes of the Colonial Board of Property, when on the '12 month, 7 da, 1723,' Stephen Cornelius applies for a warrant to have surveyed a 'small vacancy of Land on Red Clay Creek' and 'desires to make over his right, to this land to Archibald McAllister, who is a Smith, and dwells upon it.'
"Red Clay Creek was in New Castle County, Pa., now in the State of Delaware. It runs parallel with the Brandywine, empties into White Clay Creek, and thence to the Delaware River. It has been found impossible to identify this Archibald McAllister with the Archibald who settled in Cumberland County, Pa.
"The grant to Archibald McAllister in Cumberland County, Pa., originally contained between eight and nine hundred acres.
"He built a grist-mill, the second one west of the Susquehanna. The foundations are still standing.
"The water on the tract, McAllister's Run, not furnishing sufficient power, he was forced to carry the water in troughs for a quarter of a mile.
"The size of the mill was about twelve by fourteen feet, and it did most of the grinding for the surrounding country. Family tradition has it that one of the farmers from Newville, Pa., seven miles distant, said, on going to have a bag of grain ground, 'that if there was not too many ahead, he might get home the next day.'
"He also built a smith-shop; the original log one has long been superseded by a more modern frame structure.
"The dwelling house was built of logs, a story and a half high, with a huge fire-place running its whole width. This house, part of which is standing to-day, is in a natural hollow, and one end against a ledge of lime-stone rocks, which completely hide the lower story. Entrance to the loft can be made from these rocks. After a hundred and sixty-six years of constant usage, it is in a fairly good state of preservation.
"The farm lays three miles west of Carlisle, Pa., on the turnpike, and is owned by James McAllister Ralston, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., a great-grandson of Archibald McAllister.
"The Turnpike Company received from the original owner a small piece of land on this farm for the purpose of building a Toll-House. This exempted forever the McAllister heirs from payment of tolls.
"The known descendants of the emigrant numbered 847 in 1898. In the male line all have marked Scottish features, with sandy hair and bright complexions, reproduced to the sixth and seventh generations. A most striking and peculiar trait is the family resemblance in all branches noticeable in the foreheads, and the eyes which are always blue.
"'In 1749 West Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County, paid 28œ, 8s, 6d, tax. Archibald McAllister, Collector -- Rupp's History'
Archibald McAllister, died 1768 in West Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County, Pa., buried at Meeting House Springs, two miles west of Carlisle, Pa.
He married Jean McClure, buried at Hanover, York County, Pa., and had issue ---"
i. John McAllister, birth and death dates unknown, married Catharine McKnight of Cumberland County.
ii. Richard McAllister, born 1725 - died 7 September 1795, married Mary Dill [daughter of Ann (Crain) and Capt. Matthew Dill, Sr., of Dillsburg, Pa.], founded Hanover, Pa.
iii. James McAllister, lived before 1774 in Lurgan township, Cumberland County, moved to Virginia, married Mary McConnell and Sally Vance.
v. Daniel McAllister, lived in West Pennsboro Township until his death in 1767, married Elizabeth (McDowell) Holliday, widow of John Holliday who was killed by Indians on his farm.
*** vi. Mary McAllister married first John McKnight, married second - Rannells. Their children were "David McKnight married Mary McClay; Polly McKnight, married - Barr, Cincinnati, O.; Jean McKnight, married - Findley, Chambersburg, Pa.; John McKnight, married - Brown."
vii. Jean (or Jane) McAllister, born 1747, died 13 June 1799 at Pittsburgh, married 1764 John Ormsby [son of Deborah (Barry) and Oliver Ormsby]. The Ormsby family was very prominent in early Pittsburgh history.
viii. David McAllister married Phanwill Rannells and died young (will in Cumberland County courthouse).
ix. Andrew McAllister married Margaret Young. They are both buried in Meeting House Spring Cemetery, and their tombstones can still be read -- 1993, JRS.
Ibid., page 93.
Mrs. Elizabeth (McDowell) Holliday, wife of Daniel McAllister, was a daughter of William and Mary McDowell. Her niece, Nancy Brownson, married Col. John Findlay, of Chambersburg, Pa., brother of Gov. William Findlay. Col. John Findlay (b. 1766; d. 1838) is presumed to have married as his second wife Jean McKnight, a daughter of Mary (McAllister) McKnight, sister of Daniel McAllister. [See v. and vi. above. - JRS]

Burial: Meeting House Sprinigs Cemetery, PA

Burial: Hanover, York County, PA

Burial: Meeting House Springs Cemetery, PA

Burial: Meeting House Springs Cemetery, PA

Will: died young (will in Cumberland County courthouse).

Residence: lived before 1774 in Lurgan township, Cumberland County, moved to Virginia

vii. RICHARD MCALLISTER, b. 1725; d. September 07, 1795; m. MARY DILL.
viii. JANE MCALLISTER1, b. 1747; d. June 13, 1799, Pittsburgh, PN; m. JOHN W. ORMSBY, 1764; b. 1720, Ireland1; d. Abt. 1799, Pittsburgh, Pa1.
Notes for JOHN W. ORMSBY:

John came to America from Ireland in 1752. Was an educator. Fought in Revolutionary War. Taught at Philadelphia, Lancaster and York in Pennsylvania, and at Alexandria, Va. Married Jane McAllilster in 1764. Settled at Pittsburgh, Pa. where he died in 1799. They had six shildren; John, Oliver, Jane, Joseph, Blakeney, and Sidney. Oliver stayed at Pittsburgh and was the father of ten children. Blakeney died unmarried. Of the others, except John, there is no record.
Note: Written by William Elliott Ormsby in 1941.
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