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Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - George Taylor Building. Built 1757 by Wm. Parsons, Founder of Easton, Pa.

Easton was laid out in 1752 by William Parsons, at the request of Thomas Penn, on land obtained from the Delaware Indians in the notorious Walking Purchase of 1737, a treaty that enforced Indian resettlement. The town was named for the English estate (Easton) of Penn’s father-in-law, Thomas Fermor, 1st earl of Pomfret. During the French and Indian Wars, Easton was the scene of several Indian peace councils; it served as an outpost during the American Revolution, and the Declaration of Independence was read on July 8, 1776, from the steps of the Old Courthouse (a marker in the city’s "Great Square" recalls the occasion). In 1829 the Lehigh Canal from Mauch Chunk (now Jim Thorpe) to Easton was opened, and Easton developed as a shipping centre for coal.

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George Taylor Building. Built 1757 by Wm. Parsons, Founder of Easton, Pa.
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George Taylor Building. Built 1757 by Wm. Parsons, Founder of Easton, Pa.
Pavilion, Bushkill Park, Easton, Pa.
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Pavilion, Bushkill Park, Easton, Pa.
View of Lehigh River, Canal, Lucy Furnace and Chain Dam, Easton, Pa.
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View of Lehigh River, Canal, Lucy Furnace and Chain Dam, Easton, Pa.
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1845 - STAGE ACCIDENT IN EASTON.
As the Reading Mail Stage was passing down Ponfret (?) Street on Wednesday afternoon last, it ran over a little boy, son of MR. SIDNEY DOWN, of this place, aged about three years and a half, who at the time was in the act of crossing the street, in company with several other boys, in front of Mr. Bachman's Hotel, and instantly killed him. His neck was dislocated, and his head, arms and legs very much bruised and fractured. A Coroner's Inquest was summoned, who after hearing the testimony in the case, reported, "that they boy came to his death by being run over on Wednesday, July 16th, 1845, at about 6 o'clock, P.M., by the Reading and Easton Stage, while driven carelessly and at a rapid rate down South Pamfret (?) Street, in the Borough of Easton, and that the said stage was driven by JACOB WILLET."

WILLET was immediately arrested, and committed to prison, but has since been admitted to bail in the sum of $1,000, for his appearance at the next Court of Oyer and Terminer, to answer... Read MORE...

1854 - Easton
Easton, a post-borough, capital of Northampton county, Pennsylvania, on the Delaware river, immediately above the mouth of the Lehigh, 100 miles E. N. E. from Harrisburg, and 56 miles N. from Philadelphia. The New Jersey Central railroad, 78 miles long, connects it with New York city. It is built on a point of land at the confluence of the Lehigh river and Bushkill creek with the Delaware. A fine bridge, about 500 feet long, crosses the latter river, and a chain bridge connects Easton with South Easton, on the right bank of the Lehigh. The town is laid out in rectangular blocks, is lighted with gas, and supplied with good water, conveyed by pipes from a spring one mile distant. It contains 2 banks, a public library, several academies, 8 newspaper offices, and is the seat of Lafayette College, a flourishing institution founded in 1832, with a library of 5000 volumes. The building is among the principal ornaments of the town. Easton is one of the most flourishing towns in the state,... Read MORE...

Willie Clifton, of Easton, fell over an embankment, a distance of 80 feet, and escaped with no greater injury than a broken wrist.

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1895 - Easton
Easton, a city and the capital of Northampton co., Pa., is Pleasantly situated on the Delaware River, at the mouth of the Lehigh, 67 miles by railroad N. of Philadelphia, 75 miles W. of New York, and it miles E.N.E. of Allentown. It is on the Lehigh Valley Railroad, at the junction of the Amboy division, and on the Lehigh & Susquehanna Railroad, which connects here with the Central Railroad of New Jersey and the Belvidere Delaware Railroad. It is also the W. terminus of the Morris & Essex Railroad. A bridge across the Delaware connects it with Phillipsburg, in New Jersey, and an iron bridge across the Lehigh connects it with South Easton. Easton is partly built on the sides of hills, and is surrounded by picturesque scenery. It is laid out in rectangular blocks, with a public square in the centre. It is lighted by electricity and gas and supplied with good spring-water distributed in £ It contains 23 churches, an opera-house, a public library, 3 academies, 3 national banks, a high... Read MORE...

1897 - FIRE AT LAFAYETTE COLLEGE. NEW PARDEE HALL PARTLY DESTROYED - VALUABLE COLLECTIONS AND APPARATUS BURNED - WARD LIBRARY GONE.
Easton, Penn., Dec. 18. - Pardee Hall, the magnificent four-story stone structure that stood on the brow of College Hill, this city, and was the pride of Lafayette College, was badly damaged by fire early this morning. Only the east wing was saved from the flames.

Besides the damage to the building, there were thousands of dollars worth of valuable property belonging to professors at the college destroyed by the flames. Of the latter, a heavy portion falls on J. MADISON PORTER, Professor of Civil and Topographical Engineering. His machinery, instruments, &c., were valued at $15,000, on which there was no insurance. DR. T. C. PORTER'S botanical collection, probably the finest in the United States, and the result of DR. PORTER'S life work, was also destroyed. The Ward Library, consisting of 10,000 volumes of valuable books, is in the smouldering ruins, along with a valuable museum of minerals and birds.

The fire was discovered at 5 o'clock this morning, but it had evidently been... Read MORE...

1916
Easton, a city and the capital of Northampton co., Pa., is pleasantly situated on the Delaware River, at the mouth of the Lehigh, 65 miles N. of Philadelphia and 75 miles W. of New York, on the Lackawanna, the Lehigh Valley and other railroads. It is connected by bridges with Phillipsburg, in New Jersey, and with South Easton. Easton is partly built on the sides of hills, and is surrounded by picturesque scenery. It has a central public square, opera-house, public library, several academies and collegiate institutions, and is the seat of Lafayette College (Presbyterian), which was founded in 1826, and has about 450 students. Easton has several iron-furnaces, machine- shops, foundries, flouring- and planing-mills, shoe-factories, felting-works, silk-mills, and manufactures of drills, compressors, pianos, organs, automobiles, cordage, braces, etc. It is situated at the junction of the Delaware, Lehigh, and Morris canals, by which large quantities of coal, iron, grain, lumber, stone,... Read MORE...

1942 - BLAST FELT IN RADIUS OF 50 MILES. SEVERAL KILLED AT CEMENT PLANT QUARRY AT EASTON, PA.
Easton, Pa., March 26. - At least seven men were killed an an unknown number injured today in a premature dynamite explosion in a limestone quarry at the plant of the Lehigh Portland Cement Co.

Unofficial estimates said the death toll might reach 20.

Fourteen school children from a school a mile north of the quarry were brought to an Easton hospital.

The blast, which occurred about 9:45 a.m. E.W.T.

was heard for miles around, and was so severe that doors were jarred open in Allentown, 18 miles away.

Easton, Pa., March 26. - (INS) - Several workmen were believed killed or injured today when a terrific explosion, so great in intensity that it was heard and felt over a 50-mile radius, occurred at the Lehigh-Portland Cement Co., at Sandts Eddy, four-miles north of Easton.
State police said early reports indicated the detonation resulted from a premature explosion in a quarry on the cement company's property and that several workmen had been killed.

The cement company is ... Read MORE...

2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Easton:
Crayola Experience:

Dive into a world of color and creativity at the Crayola Experience. Perfect for all ages, it offers hands-on activities, a colorful cafe, and the opportunity to create your own Crayola masterpieces.

Easton Farmers' Market:

If you're a fan of fresh produce, artisanal foods, and a vibrant atmosphere, the Easton Farmers' Market is a must-visit. It's one of the oldest continuous open-air markets in the country.

Karl Stirner Arts Trail:

Enjoy a leisurely walk or bike ride along the Karl Stirner Arts Trail, which features various sculptures and art installations. It's a scenic and artistic escape in the heart of Easton.

Delaware River:

Take advantage of Easton's location along the Delaware River. You can enjoy activities like kayaking, canoeing, or simply strolling along the riverbank. There are also boat tours available for a more relaxed experience.

Centre Square:

Explore the historic Centre Square, the heart of downtown Easton. You'll find... Read MORE...

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male ancestorWilliam GRIFFIN (1700, Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - 20 September 1743, Upper Makefield, Bucks, Pennsylvania, USA)
female ancestorJudith BEARDEN (1704, Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - , )
male ancestorBenjamin TODD (1728, Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - 1812, Boonesboro, Madison, Kentucky, USA)
female ancestorSarah GRIFFIN (1730, Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - 1791, Rowan County, North Carolina, USA)
male ancestorBenjamin John TODD (17 August 1759, Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - 25 February 1854, Rutherford, Tennessee, USA)
male ancestorJesse C. ADAMS (1814, , Vermont, USA - 31 January 1855, Easton, Pennsylvania, USA)
female ancestorSarah Alice WOODRING (31 January 1857, , Pennsylvania, USA - 16 March 1954, Easton, Pennsylvania, USA)
photo of Edwin Franklin YOUNGEdwin Franklin YOUNG (22 May 1871, , Pennsylvania, USA - 23 February 1950, Easton, Pennsylvania, USA)
photo of Harriett JAMESHarriett JAMES (5 November 1873, Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - 10 February 1950, Easton, Pennsylvania, USA)

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photo of George Kenneth YOUNG George Kenneth YOUNG (20 October 1903 - 23 March 1970) and photo of Alice Irene FRACE Alice Irene FRACE (10 July 1906 - 9 September 1965) married 19 May 1928

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