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Descendants of Jean De Cessna

Generation No. 3


8. MAJOR JOHN3 CESSNA (JOHN2, JEAN1 DE CESSNA) was born 26 Jan 1726 in Shippensburg, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, and died 31 Mar 1802 in Friends Cove, Colerain Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. He married (1) SARAH ROSE 26 Jan 1760 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, daughter of WILLIAM ROSE and SARAH GARDNER. She was born 06 Feb 1740 in Shippensburg, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, and died 01 Jul 1788 in Bedford Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. He married (2) ELIZABETH HALL 1788 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, daughter of SAMUEL HALL. She was born 1760 in Shippensburg, Cumberland, Pennsylvania, and died Abt. 1803 in Friends Cove, Colerain Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

Notes for M
AJOR JOHN CESSNA:
Generation No. 3

6. MAJOR JOHN3 CESSNA (JOHN2, JEAN1 DE CESSNA) was born 26 Jan 1726 in Shippensburg, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, and died 31 Mar 1802 in Friends Cove, Colerain Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. He married (1) SARAH ROSE 26 Jan 1760 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, daughter of WILLIAM ROSE and SARAH GARDNER. She was born 06 Feb 1740 in Shippensburg, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, and died 01 Jul 1788 in Bedford Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. He married (2) ELIZABETH HALL 1788 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. She was born 1760 in Shippensburg, Cumberland, Pennsylvania, and died Aft. 1803 in Friends Cove, Colerain Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

Fact: Charles Clinton Cessna is descended from Major John Cessna.

Notes for MAJOR JOHN CESSNA:
1. Historical Background: Maj. John Cessna who settled in Friend's Cove, Bedford County, Pennsylvania in 1765 was prominent in the affairs of the county at the beginning of its existence and served three terms as Sheriff. He was also a member of the constitutional convention of 1774/75, which drafted the first constitution of the State of Pennsylvania. He was the father of 13 children by his first wife. At the age of 62 he married a second wife, and of this union five children were born. He died in 1802 at the age of 76. His son, John, succeeded to the ownership of the farm. Source: House of Cessna, pg. 23.

2. Last Will and Testament of John Cessna, III Transcribed from Will Book # l page 188, Pioneer Historical Society

In the name of God, Amen, March 8th in the year of Our Lord 1802, I John Cessna, son of Bedford Township, Bedford County and State of Pennsylvania, being stricken in years, and weak in body, but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God, but calling into mind the mortality of my Body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will and testament, that is to say, principally and first of all I give and recommend my Soul into the hands of God that gave it and for my Body, I recommend it to the earth from whence it came to be buried in a Christian and decent like manner at the discretion of my Executor, not doubting but at the Gen resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty person of God and as touching such worldly Estate where with it has pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give devise and dispose of the same in this following manner and form. First, I give and bequeth my beloved wife Elizabeth Cessna, a small tract of land known by the name of John's Frickly's Improvement in Cumberland Valley Township and County of Bedford and State aforesaid, one cow, one bed and bedding, one big Wheel, little wheel and Rack, one Iron pot, five Shillings in money, paid to her by my Executor. Secondly a tract of land purchased of Jacob Holly by me to be equally divided among my four sons - Charles Cessna, Evan Cessna, James Cessna and Henry Cessna. And lastly I give and bequeth to my beloved daughter Sarah Rose Cessna, my feather Bed and bedclothes and chest, four large pewter dishes, seven pewter basins, fourteen new pewter plaits, one dozen and one half spoons, one pepper mortar, one pair of large silver shoe buckles. I also do constitute nominate and ordain my beloved sons John Cessna, Jonathan Cessna and Henry Williams to be my only and sole Executors of this my last Will and testament and I do hereby utterly disallow, and disannul, all and every other Testaments, Wills and Legacies bequeathed said Executors by me in any way before this date willed and bequeathed, ratifying confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament. In witness, whereof I have here unto set my hand and Seal the day and year first above written.
Signed, Sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said John Cessna as his last Will and Testament.
Witnesses Michael Boor John Williams Nicholas Boor.

Will Recorded March 8, 1802. Pioneer Historical Society.
Will Probated April 15, 1802. Pioneer Historical Society.

4. The Bedford County Election returns for Nov. 30, 1781 show John Cessna as Sheriff. His sureties were Charles Cessna and Allen Ross (probably Rose).
Source: Vol 13, Col. Rec. pp 133-134 and House of Cessna Volume 1, p1 6.

5. Assessors returns of 1772 show that John Cessna improved 250 acres of land in Cumberland Valley, Bedford County. Source: Bedford County History, p 69 or House of Cessna volume 1, p 16.

6. Major John Cessna marched with the 2nd Battalion July 1776 as a volunteer. His brother, Charles, was the Major of the Battalion. From Vol. 14 Pa. Arch. Second Series, p 656 or House of Cessna Volume 1 , p 16.

7. Major John Cessna's revolutionary war pursuits are found in (1)Vo l. XI. Colonial Records, p 123 (2) Vol. XII. Colonial Records, p 575. (3) Vo l 14 or 13 Second Series Pa Archives, pp 642-644. (4) Vol. II. Second Series Pa Archives, p 511.

8. "In one of the pages in the Bible kept by John Cessna (III) is written the following: (from House of Cessna volume 1, p 20)
ON BACK OF BOOK
Where will the wrath for shelter fly
That does thy God of love defy,
And will not to his call attend
Although he is their only friend.

They may awhile his power defy
And call for vengeance from the sky,
The Lord will vengeance on them pore
In storms of wrath to cease no more.

9. "Philadelphia, Feb. 13, 1777: Capt. Bickham was directed to pay Maj. Coomb 75 Pounds, 10, 6 for subsistance of himself, Maj. Cisna , a Capt. and 23 men of Col. Wood's Battalion, Bedford County." From Vol.II. Col. Rec, p 123 or House of Cessna Volume 1, p 20.

10. "June 10, 1779: A return of justices elect, chosen for the Township of Colerain, in Bedford county, shows that Abraham Milley an d John Cisney were elected." From Vol. 12. Col. Rec. p 19 or House of Cessn a v1, p 20.

11. "Philadelphia Oct. 25, 1779: Returns of general election show John Cesna to have been elected Sheriff." From Vol. 12, Col. Rec. p14 7 or House of Cessna volume 1, p 20.

12. "Phila., Dec 19, 1780: In Council-Col. Piper, member of this Board, Bedford county, having represented that Maj. John Cessna, in consequence of orders from a committee, dated July 14, 1776, signed by Mess. Woods , Smith, Galbreath, Espy, Dougherty, Nagel, and Davidson, and also upon a like direction from Col. Woods, dated Jan. 6, 1777, had taken the arms of persons who did no go themselves into service; and that for the execution of said orders, he is now prosecuted at common law.
Resolved, that all officers not abusing their powers, ought to be indemnified by the public; that therefore this Board direct the charge of this Commonwealth, if on inquiry he shall find that Maj. Cessna is prosecuted for the performance of such public service, and has not acted oppressively therin; and that in case of the absence of the Atty. General, or his Deputy, the court of Common Pleas appoint some gentlemen of the law to defend said suit at the public expense." From Vol. 12, Col. REc. p 575. (Howard Cessna notes that John was vindicated and all his expense paid by the State of Pennsylvania p 21, House of Cessna volume 1.)

13. Major John Cessna marched as a volunteer with a Bedford county company arriving in camp Jan. 9, 1777: source, Bedford County History p 86 or House of Cessna volume 1, p 21.

14. John appears as a field officer (p 657). He was one of the officers on Dec. 10, 1777 to form the Board of Court Martial (p 659). From Vol. 1 4 second series Pa. Archives.

15. Major John Cessna first settled in Bedford County in Colerain Township after purchasing the farm of Wm. McClay, first U.S. Senator of PA:source, House of Cessna volume 1, p 22.

16. In 1935, Howard Cessna was in possession of the sword that Major John used during the Revolutionary War. "The sword was obtained from Mr. Nave of Cumberland Valley. Mrs. Nave was an adopted daughter of Samuel Cessna, a grandson of Major John Cessna.": source, House of Cessna volume 2, p 9.

17. John De Cessna of Newark, Ohio, showed Howard Cessna a horn that was sixteen inches long, large, glossy, and marked with carvings picturing Forts, Stockades, and Soldiers. The powder horn was rumored to be a possession of Major John Cessna: source, House of Cessna volume 2, p 9.

18. TABLET TO A REVOLUTIONARY HERO
Bedford Gazette (Bedford, Pennsylvania) > 1930 > October > 10
On Columbus Day, October 12, 1930, the bronze tablet to the memory of Major John Cessna was dedicated with appropriate ceremonies. This Tablet was cemented on a large mountain boulder placed in front of the iron fence enclosing the Major's grave on the farm of Mr. Frank Hemming on Cumberland Road, three miles from Bedford.

MAJOR JOHN CESSNA
Born January 26, 1726
Died March 31, 1802

CIVIL RECORD
Member Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention 1774. Signed the Pennsylvania .Constitution 1776. Sheriff of Bedford Co., Penna., 1777-1781.Collector of Excise Bedford County, Pennsylvania., 1780. Member of Frontier Safety Committee 1776.

MILITARY RECORD
Joined Gen. Forbes Army with 11 pack horses 1758. Volunteer Soldier at Valley Forge 1777. Field Officer and Member of Board of Court Martial, Valley Forge, 1777.

About two hundred descendents and friends were in attendance at th e exercises which were opened with a very beautiful and appropriate p rayer by the Rev. E.M. Stevens, a retired Methodist Minister. Mr. Howard Cessna of Rainsburg, a direct descendant of the famous old Major next gave a very interesting speech on the life and times of his noble ancestor.

This was followed by some very entertaining reminiscences by Ex-Governor John M. Reynolds of his friend, another John Cessna, who was a noted lawyer and a descendant of Major John Cessna. His remarks showed that the qualities which made the Major great in his day were still alive in his descendants....
Howard Cessna...thanked Frank A. Hemming and his wife for having deeded in trust to himself and John Cessna Smith the plot of ground where Major John Cessna is buried.

In the same spirit of appreciation he thanked DeForest Walters of Illinois, whose mother was a Cessna for having some fifteen years past, assisted by Weaver Cessna, erected the Revolutionary Soldiers Monument at the grave. He described how forty years ago Henry Hemming, a descendant, had remark ed the location of the grave saying, that when going to Cumberland Valley with his grandfather, they hitched their horses up at the Public Road and Jonathan Cessna, son of Major John Cessna, said he wanted one more look at his father's grave. Mr. Hemming marked the place but later at the request of Mr. Cessna, he and Weaver Cessna re-marked it, so the exact location is beyond doubt. Cessna wanted the public and especially the descendants to know that the erection of the fence, painting of same, securing mountain boulder, tablet and placing of the same was due to the zeal and efforts of John Cessna Smith....

The Bedford American Legion Post No. 113 then fired a salute over the grave and the Bugler sounded "Taps". This concluded the exercises.

Source, House of Cessna volume 2, pp 16-20, two illustrations: 1.grave 2. dedication

MEMORABLE COMMENTS FROM THE DEDICATION

"Descendants of Major John Cessna have just cause to take pride in the fact that in all our frontier history he alone was brought to court and tried for forcibly taking guns from citizens who would not go to war. Remember, thirty-five citizens (Tories) were discovered going to Kittanning to coax the Indians to come scalp and kill their neighbors. Of course at the trial he was acquitted, the authorities in Philadelphia furnishing him with special counsel." Howard Cessna

"The man whose grave we mark today knew who Capt. Jack was- the frontiersman who devoted the balance of his life to killing Indians after having his loved one scalped. He knew what Chief was buried on the knob above Rainsburg which town is named after the hunter, Rains. He knew and probably saw Chief Cornstalk who ran along the line of his own men and shot any Indian showing cowardice. He also knew of Chief Wills who was buried on the top of the mountain here overlooking this grave. Likely he knew Christopher Gist, Washington's guide; also Colonel .Armstrong, Burd and Crawford; the latter being burned by the Indian while Simon Girty, a white man turned Indian and who never spared any white captive save one, Simon Kenton, stood by." Howard Cessna

19. The Bedford County Chapter of the DAR compiled a list of Revolutionary Soldiers who are buried in the county. The work was coordinated by Winona Garbrick. John Cessna (1-26-1726, 3-31-1802) is buried at the Wertz farm graveyard, Bedford Valley, near Bedford, PA. 1st Lt, promoted to Major, Pennsylvania Continental Line. Also noted is the discovery that many veterans of the Revolution settled in Bedford County after the war , as the result of lands made available to them at reduced prices: source, The Pioneer Periodical printed by the Bedford county Pioneer Historical Society.

20. "Major John Cessna II, born 1726 in Lancaster County, PA., son of John Cessna II, born in Ireland, son of John I born in France (Huguenot) who went to England and was a Captain in the English Army under Duke de Schoenburg in the battle of Boyne. He married in Ireland and came to America with his son John II about 1718 and settled i n what later became Lancaster County. Major John Cessna III came to Colerain Township, Cumberland County, in 1763. He served in the Revolution with the Penna. Troops at Bunker Hill and Valley Forge, was a member of the Pennsylvania Constitution Convention 1774 and signed the Constitution in 1776. He was Sheriff of Bedford County 1780 , a member of the Frontier Safety Committee in 1776, and had served w ith General Forbe's Army in 1758.
Major John Cessna III married Sarah Rose of Cumberland county . They were among the first settlers in Friends Cove (formerly known as Garretts Cove) and had four sons. John Cessna IV, their second son, married Mary McCauslin in 1786 and they had 12 children- five sons and seven daughters. Their son William, born 1799, married Rachel Morgert and they had 11 children (six sons).
George W., their ninth child, married Emma McElfish about 1864 and they had ten children (four sons). Their second son, Howard Cessna, is an attorney well known throughout Bedford County and is prominent in historical activities. He married Fannie Heckerman in 1921.
Peter M. Cessna, another of William's sons, was the father o f Hon. Simon Albert, who married Anna James and were the parents of D .Clyde Cessna: source, The Pioneer Periodical Vol. 1, No. 2 October 1 975.

21. 1800-John Cessna resided in Cumberland Valley or Londonderry Town ship: source, Bedford county census page 57 reel 2. (Indexed by Stemmons)

22 Major John Cessna married 1758: source, unknown.

23 John Cesne of Bedford County signed the 1776 Pennsylvania along with other Bedford men: Benj. Elliot, Thomas Coulter, Joseph Powel, John Bu(rk?)e, Jno. Williams and Thomas Smith. The signatures are located on page 19. Benjamin Franklin was President of the Constitutional Committee and he signed all pages with his initials and page 18 wit h a full signature.
History says that another group of men had voted on the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. The Pennsylvanians that refused to vote or voted against the idea were immediately fired from the committee by a group of radical, liberal Pennsylvanians. Other liberals filled the vacated positions and signed the Declaration later in July.
The Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention commenced in July of 1776 and the document was drafted by August of 1776. Early in September, 400 copies of the document were printed and distributed in the towns for comment. The Constitution was voted into law on September 18th after the appropriate wait period.
Therefore, it is likely that Major John Cesne was a liberal and a radical. Otherwise, he would not have been allowed to participate in such an important convention.
Source, Krista Cessna located the signed constitution and photocopied the signatures at the PA State Archives Building in Harrisburg , PA on Oct 31, 1997. Microfilm #3485, Charters, Proprietary, and Indian Deeds and Constitutions 1681-1873 (Basic Documents).

John spelled his last name, "Cesne" when he signed the constitution and when he signed Bedford County documents as Sheriff. (K. Cessna)


John Cessna of Bedford County was one of the leading men of the Province. He was a member of the Provincial Assembly and Constitutional Convention of 1775 and a Major in the Revolutionary War. His brother; Charles Cessna, was likewise a colonel in the War of Independence.


More About MAJOR JOHN CESSNA:
Burial: Aft. 31 Mar 1802, Frank Hemming Farm, Bedford, Pennsylvania6
Legal: 19 Dec 1780, Tried for seizure of guns from British loyalists, acquitted
Member: 1776, Frontier Safety Committee
Military service: Major
Note: Engle's Notes & Queries7
Occupation: Bet. 1777 - 1781, Sheriff of Bedford County
Politics: 1778, 1st US Senator of Pennsylvania
Sources:
House of Cessna Vol. 1 and 2
Descendants of John Cessna by Krista Cessna


DAR Record:
The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 113
page 227

Mrs. Louise Cessna Hummer.
DAR ID Number: 112696
Born in Bedford County, Pa.
Wife of Harry C. Hummer.
Descendant of Maj. John Cessna, as follows:
1. Weaver B. Cessna (b. 1832) m. 1853 Ann Snowden.
2. Joseph Cessna (b. 1801) m. Ann Barnes.
3. Jonathan Cessna (1760-1853) m. Rebecca Worley (1764-1815).
4. John Cessna m. 1st Sarah Rose (1740-88).
John Cessna (1726-1802) served as major, 1777, of a volunteer company. He was elected sheriff of Bedford County, and served [p.227] throughout the war. He was born in Franklin County; died in Bedford County, Pa.
Also No. 109273.

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 110
page 84

Mrs. Mabel Owen Martin.B><BR>DAR ID Number: 109273
Born in Macon, Mo.
Wife of Clarence B. Martin.
Descendant of Maj. John Cessna, as follows:
1. W. W. Owen (b. 1857) m. 1881 Belle Vickroy (1861-1908).
2. John T. Vickroy (1820-1901) m. 1852 Elizabeth Parker (1830-1913).
3. William T. Vickroy (1800-69) m. 1819 Mary Myers (1799-1867).
4. William Vickroy (1768-1851) m. 1795 Elizabeth Vickroy Cessna (1768-1849).
5. John Cessna m. 1st Sarah Rose (1740-88).
John Cessna (1726-1802) served as major, 1777, of a volunteer company. He was elected sheriff of Bedford County, and served throughout the war. He was born in Franklin County; died in Bedford County, Pa.
Also No. 107086.

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 110
page 91

Mrs. Kate Cessna Gilder.B>
DAR ID Number: 109298
Born in Van Wert, Ohio.
Wife of Robert F. Gilder.
Descendant of Maj. John Cessna, as follows:
1. Benjamin Franklin Cessna (1826-1911) m. 1853 Jane Dailey (b. 1834).
2. Johnathan Cessna, Jr. (1789-1868), m. 1820 Catherine Boor (1801-70).
3. Johnathan Cessna (1760-1820) m. 1779 Rebecca Worley (1764-1815). <BR>4. John Cessna m. 1759 Sarah Rose (1740-88).
See No. 109273.


The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 116
page 255

Miss Maurine Bayliss.
DAR ID Number: 115820
Born in Clarence, Mo.
Descendant of Maj. John Cessna, as follows:
1. William M. Bayliss (b. 1850) m. 1884 Mary A. Nottingham (b. 1858).
2. William Nottingham (1830-1911) m. 1856 Harriet Brunner (b. 1838).
3. Henry Brunner (1813-81) m. 1835 Amanda Vickroy (1815-91).
4. William Vickroy (1768-1851) m. 1795 Elizabeth Cessna (1768-1849).
5. John Cessna m. 1st, Sarah Rose (1740-88).
John Cessna (1726-1802) served as major, 1777, of a volunteer company. He was elected sheriff of Bedford County and served throughout the war. He was born in Franklin County; died in Bedford County, Pa.
Also No. 109273.



Information on location of the property of John Cessna, Bedford County:
Information from Robert Cessna who was the last owner of the property ( It was a dairy farm in 1998 when I was there).

A man by the name of John Friend obtained a large tract on the south end of the cove in 1792. That's how it got it's name as Friend's Cove. Our ancestors purchased a tract of land in this cove.

To find the cove: Find Bedford. Go east and find Rt. 326 and go south until you get to Rainsburg. At Rainsburg turn to the west (on Rd. T357) and you will pass a cemetery and church (with tons of Cessna's buried in it). Continue past the cemetery about 1/2 mile and turn left at the first road (Rd. T376). Old Cessna farm location is there.

Note: DAR Lineage Book No. 94, page 25
he Kernel of greatness : an informal bicentennial history of Bedford County. State College, Pa.: Printed by Himes Print. Co., 1971.
The Kernal Of Greatness
Page 63
In the beginning there were three townships. The "beginning" for Bedford County actually came before the birth of the County itself, and three of its modern day townships predate the County. They were organized under the aegis of Cumberland County, from which Bedford County was erected March 9, 1771.


page 64
Colerain and Cumberland townships also pre-date 1771. Unhappily fire in the Cumberland County Courthouse in 1841 destroyed court records which would fix an exact date for their formation, but it is believed to have followed close upon the organization of Bedford Township.
Colerain, now limited to the confines of Friend's Cove was described as covering about one third of the present land area of the County, bordered generally by the Juniatta, Evitts Mountain, the Mason-Dixon line and Town Hill. By deduction from what is known of early records, it would appear the Township was largely carved from Bedford. Friend's Cove itself was patentened to John Friend by the Propietaries as early as 1762, with a grant to John Cessna on record in 1765. No Friends remain in the County, but the Cessnas remain in number and include some of the most distinguished of county figures over the centuries.


More About M
AJOR JOHN CESSNA:
Burial: Aft. 31 Mar 1802, Frank Hemming Farm, Bedford, Pennsylvania15
Census: 1800, Bedford County, Pennsylvania16
Land Warranties: 04 Sep 1767, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania17
Legal: 19 Dec 1780, Tried for seizure of guns from British loyalists, acquitted18
Member: 1776, Frontier Safety Committee
Military service: 1758, French & Indian War
Military service 1: 1777, American Revolution, volunteer at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania19,20
Note: 1802, Engle's Notes & Queries21
Note 2: 09 Jan 1778, Wagon Master22,23,24
Note 3: 1802, Abstract of Will25
Note 4: Judge of Common Pleas
Occupation: Bet. 1777 - 1789, Sheriff of Bedford County26,27,28,29,30,31
Occupation 3: 25 Nov 1780, Collector of Excise32,33
Politics: 1776, Provincial Assembly & Constitutional Convention 177634,35
Politics 1: 1776, Signed Pennsylvania Constitution in 177636,37
Politics 2: 10 Sep 1778, Member of Assembly for State of Pennsylvania38
Residence: 1765, Friends Cove, Rainsburg, Colerain twp, Bedford, Pennsylvania
Tax Record: 1772, Colerain township, Bedford, Pennsylvania39
Will: 15 Apr 1802, Bedford County, Pennsylvania40

Notes for S
ARAH ROSE:
Sarah Rose (b. February 06, 1739/40, d. July 01, 1788)
Sarah Rose (daughter of William Rose and Sarah Gardner) was born February 06, 1739/40, and died July 01, 1788. She married Johm Cessna. Information from family Bible.


Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin
Vol. 19, No. 3, Summer 1978, Ancestor Table of John Winterbottom, Page 150

Major John Cessna was an officer in the American Revolution. He was born January 26, 1726 in Shippensburgh, PA and died March 31, 1802 in Bedford Co. PA. He married Sarah Rose who was born February 6, 1740 in shippensburgh, PA and died July 1, 1788. She was either daughter of granddaughter of William Rose. William was a son of Sir Hill(ary) Rose (see affidavit Douglas Co. IL Courts Nov. 25, 1875.) When nine years old, William was kidnapped from London (his place of birth) and taken to Annapolis, MD by a ship's captain. There, he was sold into indentured servitude. After his release from indenture, he married Mrs. Sarah Gardner and moved to Bedford Co., PA. He died aged 88 years. (See Rose Family Bulletin, Bedford Co, PA.) The date 1710 is associated with his early life. His oldest son, Allen Rose was born 1757 or 1767.


More About J
OHN CESSNA and SARAH ROSE:
Marriage: 26 Jan 1760, Bedford County, Pennsylvania

Notes for E
LIZABETH HALL:
Proof that John Cessna's Wife was Elizabeth Hall:
Bedford Co., Pennsylvania Wills, Volume 1, page 63
SAMUEL HALL , resident of Colerain Twp. Bedford Co., by occupation a mason,
"but at present lying in the house of John Cessna my son-in-law in low state" To Cessna - " my rock horse of chestnut color about 13 years of age and affecting at my death he John Cessna buy me, have all my goods to sell to pay him what I am indebted to him.
I, allow John Cessna to take my son Robert, keep him until arrives of age and to school him to read and write if his capasity is able to receive such instructions.
Written 15 October 1795.
Witnesses Geo Elder and another whose signature was in German

Research by
Frances Strong Helman May 1957
Found in Lineage of Effie Jane McCall Wynkoop

Volume X, Abstract of Wills and Administrations, Bedford County, page 167
Samuel Hall of Colerain township, mason at present lying in the house of John Cessna, my son in law, in a very low state; dated October 15, 1795; no date of proving. Son Robert under age. Witnesses: Geo. Elder and another name undistinguishable. p. 62.


More About E
LIZABETH HALL:
Fact: 09 Feb 1791, Bedford County, Pennsylvania41,42

More About J
OHN CESSNA and ELIZABETH HALL:
Marriage: 1788, Bedford County, Pennsylvania
     
Children of J
OHN CESSNA and SARAH ROSE are:
19. i.   JONATHAN4 CESSNA, b. 16 Nov 1760, Friend's Cove, Colerain Twp, Bedford, Pennsylvania; d. 14 Feb 1853, Friend's Cove, Colerain Twp, Bedford County, Pennsylvania.
20. ii.   RACHEL CESSNA, b. 01 Aug 1762, Friend's Cove, Colerain Twp, Bedford, Pennsylvania; d. 29 Jun 1852, Cumberland Valley, Bedford County, Pennsylvania.
21. iii.   JOHN CESSNA, b. 08 Dec 1764, Friend's Cove, Colerain Twp, Bedford, Pennsylvania; d. 13 Aug 1813, Colerain Twp, Bedford County, Pennsylvani.
22. iv.   STEPHEN CESSNA, b. 28 Dec 1766, Friend's Cove, Colerain Twp, Bedford, Pennsylvania; d. Bet. 1840 - 1850, Madison, Perry, Pennsylvania.
23. v.   ELIZABETH CESSNA, b. 01 Dec 1768, Friend's Cove, Colerain Twp, Bedford, Pennsylvania; d. 1857, Cumberland Valley, Bedford County, Pennsylvania.
24. vi.   WILLIAM CESSNA, b. 20 Jun 1775, Friend's Cove, Colerain Twp, Bedford, Pennsylvania; d. 07 Mar 1828, Bedford County, Pennsylvania.
  vii.   MARGARET CESSNA, b. Bet. 1775 - 1778, Friend's Cove, Colerain Twp, Bedford, Pennsylvania; d. Bef. 1793.
  Notes for MARGARET CESSNA:
Possibly Married John McCoy

  viii.   SAMUEL CESSNA, b. Bet. 1775 - 1788, Friend's Cove, Colerain Twp, Bedford, Pennsylvania; d. Unknown.
     
Children of JOHN CESSNA and ELIZABETH HALL are:
25. ix.   CHARLES HALL4 CESSNA, b. 10 Mar 1789, Friends Cove, Colerain Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania; d. Bet. Jul - Aug 1829, Blairsville, Indiana County, Pennsylvania.
  x.   MARY CESSNA, b. 1790, Friends Cove, Colerain Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania; d. Bef. 1802, Friends Cove, Colerain Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania.
26. xi.   EVAN CESSNA, b. 02 Oct 1791, Friends Cove, Colerain Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania; d. 29 Jul 1861, Berlin, Mahoning, Ohio.
  xii.   SARAH-ROSE CESSNA, b. 1795, Friends Cove, Colerain Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania; d. 1816.
  Notes for SARAH-ROSE CESSNA:
Alternate dates: b 1793 d 1813

  xiii.   HENRY CESSNA, b. 1796, Friends Cove, Colerain Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania; d. Bef. 1850.
27. xiv.   SQUIRE JAMES CESSNA, b. 22 Jan 1797, Friends Cove, Colerain Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania; d. 13 Jan 1873, Bedford County, Pennsylvania.


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