Our history begins on the Youghiogheny, page 2
a copy of White's manuscript. It is well documented, and is deserving of publication in its entirety.
Upon examining these sources there is disagreement as to the date of arrival on the Youghiogheny, and who of the Friend family, and how many, were the first to arrive. D. A. Friend and Welfley indicate that as early as 1740-45 Andrew Friend was on the Youghiogheny in the vicinity of Confluence, Penna. (formerly known as Turkeyfoot). White, quoting Scharf, states (p. 10):
"In 1760, John Friend, then well stricken in years, and who is supposed to have been one hundred and three years of age at the time of his death (D. A. Friend says 117 years), moved from a point on the Potomac River east of Cumberland to the Youghiogheny, though the location selected by him is not definitely known. He was accompanied by his six sons: Nicholas, Gabriel, John, Charles, Joseph and Augustine. Nicholas and a number of other young men of the 'Crossing neighborhood' (Friendsville-Selibysville area) enlisted in the British army to fight against the French and their Indian allies. He and his associates fell on the field of battle. Joseph and Gabriel remained where their father settled until they died, the former at the age of one hundred and four, and the latter one hundred years old." (This quoted from Scharf, Vol. 11, p. 1518)
The account of Capt. Charles E. Hoye is of special value inasmuch as the facts are gleaned from the recollection of descendants of John Friend Sr. and Gabriel Friend. The following is taken from The Glades Star, Vol. No. 36, Dec. 31st, 1949:
"Nicholas Friend and his sons resided on the Potomac River in Virginia about the time of the French and Indian War. In 1764 his sons, John, Andrew and young Gabriel, looking for a new home came to an Indian village on the Youghiogheny River. The following year John Friend and his brothers with their families settled at the Indian village, the site of Friendsville." (Editor's note: This was on the west side of the Youghiogheny.) The following account of their settlement was written in 1909 by D. Harrison Friend of the Sanging Ground (Sang Rung):
"I have heard my father (John Friend Jr.) tell of an unusual freshet in the Potomac River at an early day, which did much damage. It swept away crops, fencing and soil off the fields, thereby impoverishing them, and also wrecked some buildings. John Friend Sr. and some others who suffered loss by the rushing waters which overflowed the banks of the river became dissatisfied, although they had! resided there for several years. I will give in part a written statement made by Hiram Forsythe who says it was related to him by his grandfather, Gabriel Friend.
"In the course of time John Friend Sr. and his brother Andrew started on an exploring expedition in search of a new home. Gabriel accompanied them, being at that time too young to carry a gun he took with him a tomahawk. He gives the route taken by the explorers and the names of the different localities which they passed through, which I need not repeat. At length they reached the Youghiogheny River and found an
Felix G. Robinson
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Western Maryland, 1750-1963