STEHLEY – Early Harrisburgh, PA Settlers

OBITUARY OF SARAH KING STEHLEY

Died at Harrisburgh, Pa., at the residence of her son-in-law, William Duncan, November 21st, MRS. SARAH STEHLEY, widow of the late George Stehley, in the 72nd year of her age. The deceased was, at the time of her death, the oldest native resident of the place.

She was born October 31st, 1786, the year after the town was laid out, and while it was yet called Louisburgh. She saw what was in her infancy a small village, become a large and flourishing town, and capital of the state.

The mother of the deceased (Charlotte Pfannkuchen – Pancake) was one of the early settlors of the interior of Pennsylvania. She came to this country when a child, in company with a brother (Peter), and settled in Paxton. When married, she and her husband (Sebastian Crevous) moved to the neighborhood of what is now called Sunbury. But, after losing her husband in the Revolutionary War, she and her family were compelled to leave their home in a bateau, on account of depredations of the Indians. After much suffering they finally reached Harrisburgh, where they determined to locate. She then married the father (Richard King) of the subject of this notice.