|McGuire Cemetery, Diamond Valley|
A while back, I wrote about McGuire Cemetery, a nearly forgotten cemetery in Huntingdon County that is located in Diamond Valley.
Since the initial journey to the cemetery, I've discovered more about the cemetery and the family interred there.
Probably the most important person in the history of the McGuire family is Michael MacGuire. When he died in 1855, the region lost an important piece of the region's early history. Up to the time of his death, he remembered the events of his life clearly and was often quoted by early historians of the region. A lot of the areas early history came from his memories.
His father was Bartholomew MacGuire who settled in the Barre area at the foot of Tussey Mountain in 1755, the same year that William Braddock was defeated at the Battle of the Wilderness by a force of French soldiers and Indian warriors. Many settlers on the frontier returned to safer parts of the state, but Bartholomew remained in present-day Diamond Valley. Though the threat of Indian attacks was constant, he persevered in raising his family in the wilds of Pennsylvania. Throughout the 1770s and 1780s, he survived the various Indian attacks, seeking shelter at Fort Standing Stone at present-day Huntingdon.
Michael was born in 1767 and spent his entire life in Diamond Valley. His own memories included a number of Indian massacres that took place in the region, but it went beyond that as his memory provided a number of unusual incidents in his history.
One thing that was lost with his death was the burial locations of two Indians. The first one was located on the farm of Conrad Bucher, Esquire, which was located about one mile north of Alexandria. The second burial was in The Narrows near Water Street. The graves of these two Indians were lost with his passing.
I find it strange, however, that Michael did not mention in his family history stories of his siblings. The most interesting story was mentioned before, but allow me to expand it. It is the story about Jane MacGuire's escape from the Indians. On June 19, 1777, she set out to Fort Standing Stone, driving a small herd of cows to the fort. As she approached present-day Huntingdon, she was surprised by a number of Indians who killed her companions. She managed to escape, but one of her attackers spotted and chased after her. The Indian quickly overtook her and, in her frantic attempt to get away, she fell. As the Indian was almost upon her, one of the spooked cows suddenly appeared and ran past her; she grabbed for it and managed to grab onto the cow's tail which pulled her away to safety.
These are just a few of the interesting stories about the MacGuire Family, early settlers in the Diamond Valley region of Huntingdon County, who survived the trials and hardships of the Pennsylvania wilds.