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Somerset County, Pennsylvania

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  • Robert G. Saylor (1885 - 1886)
  • Charles H. Saylor (1877 - 1917)
  • William H. Saylor (1873 - 1908)
    Death Certificate found on Family Search 9MQQ-C2J
  • David L. Saylor (1870 - 1924)
  • John L. Saylor (1841 - 1908)
    John L. Saylor, a successful farmer and general storekeeper of Somerset, was born in Summit, Pa., August 10, 1841, son of John J. and Elizabeth (Lichty) Saylor. His father and mother, and his paternal ...

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History

The county was created from part of Bedford County on April 17, 1795 and named after the county of Somerset in England.

George Washington passed through the area of Somerset County on a scouting expedition in late 1753, just before the outbreak of the French and Indian War. The Forbes Road was cut through Somerset County several years later. This 200-mile stretch from Carlisle to what is now Pittsburgh was created by Brigadier General John Forbes in the British Expedition of 1758 to capture the French Fort Duquesne. Forbes Road was one of two great western land routes cut through the wilderness to create supply lines from the east. It was later the primary route of pioneers travelling to the Ohio Country.

Fur trappers and hunters were first to stay in the region. The earliest permanent white settlement in what is now Somerset County is a region known as Turkeyfoot. People of "The Jersey Settlement" emigrated from Essex and Morris Counties, New Jersey, about 1770.

Somerset County gained worldwide attention in 2001 when a hijacked airliner, United Airlines Flight 93, crashed in Stonycreek Township, near the town of Shanksville as part of the September 11 attacks. The first confirmed report of the plane's crash came from Somerset County Airport as reported on NBC's The Today Show. The most likely target of this flight was the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Flight 93's cockpit voice recorder revealed crew and passengers tried to seize control of the plane from the hijackers after learning through phone calls that Flights 11, 77, and 175 had been crashed into buildings that morning. Once it became evident that the passengers might gain control, the hijackers rolled the plane and intentionally crashed it. Their actions is honored and the crash site, which is the final resting place of the passengers and crew, is now protected as part of the Flight 93 National Memorial, under the care of the National Park System. See also USS Somerset, a U.S. Navy warship which was named in commemoration of the Flight 93 tragedy.

In July 2002, Somerset County again made worldwide news when nine coal miners were rescued from several hundred feet underground at the Quecreek mine after an intense multi-day struggle.

Adjacent Counties

For a complete list of Boroughs, Townships & Communities, please see Wikipedia

Links

Wikipedia

PA GenWeb

Flight 93 National Memorial

Nat'l Reg. of Hist. Places

USS Somerset (LPD-25)