JAMES SIMPSON, of Centre township, came to this country from Scotland, locating first at what was called the
'Old Scotch Fort,' or Ligonier, near Laurel Hill. He suffered all the trials of frontier life in the French and
Indian wars and the Revolution, and, with his brother Andrew and tbc White brothers, served for several years as
scouts. His wife was Hannah White, and be and the Whites removed at an early date to the vicinity of what is now
Blairsville, and built a block house and stockade. They remained there for several years. Andrew was killed by
the Indians near the mouth of Black Lick while going to warn a settlement below of danger. John White was with
him, but escaped with a broken arm. Shortly after this they removed to Cherry run, on Two Lick creek, just above
the mouth of the run. They erected a block-house on a bluff on the bank of Two Lick, which was called the 'Old
McConaugbey Fort.' Simpson built a grist mill on Cherry run, on land now owned by Mr. Lornison, and remained there
until his death."
Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
Samuel T. Wiley, Historian & Editor
John M. Greshan & Co.
Indiana County Pennsylvania Biographies
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