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Genealogical and Personal History of Centre and Clinton County, Pennsylvania, 1912

John Boggs Biography

John Boggs who was a prominent man in Cumberland County, paymaster of militia, sheriff of Cumberland County from 1780 to 1783, and justice of the Common Pleas of Franklin County in 1786.

He removed to Buffalo Run in 1795, lived on the place now owned by Henderson (above Roopsburg), and died in December, 1796, age sixty-four.

He was the first person buried in Bellefonte, on the hill where Daniel Rhoads, Esq., now lives, which was first intended for a public cemetery. When the present one was made his body was removed to it.

His wife, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Johnston, died July 11, 1815. She was a sister of Dr. Robert Johnston, of near Waynesboro, Franklin Co., a celebrated surgeon of the Revolutionary army.

Col. James Dunlop's wife was Jane Boggs, sister of John Boggs.

The children of John Boggs and Elizabeth Johnston were:

1, Andrew Boggs, Esq., the lawyer, born Sept. 1, 1773.

2, Elizabeth, born January, 1775; married James McLanahan, of Baltimore.

3, Dr. Johnston Boggs, born June 7, 1776, of Franklin County.

4, Francis Boggs, born Feb. 25, 1778.

5, Ann Boggs, born Oct. 24, 1779. Ann Boggs married first Col. William W. Miles June 22, 1799, and in May, 1814, John Mitchell, Esq., afterwards member of Congress and canal commissioner.

6, Mary Boggs, born Nov. 19, 1781; died, June 14, 1809.

7, Jane Boggs, born March 13,1784, who married John Royer, of Huntingdon County, a prominent politician and iron-worker; they removed to Johnstown, Pa., where Mrs. Royer died at the residence of her son-in-law, Hon. Cyrus L. Pershing (now of Pottsville), Oct. 28, 1869, aged eighty-five.

8, John Boggs, of Franklin County, born Aug. 18, 1787, father of Mrs. Bishop de Schweinitz, of Bethlehem.

Source: History of Centre and Clinton Counties, Pennsylvania; John Blair Linn; Philadelphia; Louis H. Everts; 1883

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