Note: Found at usgenweb.com: John Proctor was a very conspicuous man in the early history of the county. He was commissioned to various offices by the Penns, which he held in Cumberland and Bedford counties, prior to the erection of Westmoreland. He was the first sheriff of Westmoreland county; took an active part in the affairs of 1775 at the outbreak of the Revolution; was Colonel of the First Battalion of Associators organized in pursuance of the Resolutions of 16th of May, 1775, at Hannastown. The flag of the battalion, a rattlesnake flag�is, still in possession of Mrs. Margaret Craig of New Alexandria, Pa. He raised a company of riflemen in the early summer of 1776 with Van Swearingen, and joined the continental army with it where he served with Washington for a short campaign. He then returned to Westmoreland; was a strong candidate for Colonel of the battalion authorized by Congress to be raised in Westmoreland and Bedford, but was unsuccessful, Col. Mackay being selected for that office; was appointed pay master of the militia of Westmoreland county, Sept. 13, 1776, and, shortly after, with Thomas Galbraith, was appointed commissioner in pursuance of an ordinance passed by the Council of Safety, Oct. 21st, 1777, to seize upon the personal effects of those who had deserted to the King of Great Britain. General William Irvine, Commander of the Western Department, addressed a letter to Col. John Gibson from "Proctor's," Jan. 1782. (Wash.-Irv. Cor., 349.) Col. John Proctor in a letter to President Wharton from "Westmorelandcounty, Apr. ye 26th, 1778. "Sir, I am able to inform you that Capt. Alexander McKee with sevinother Vilons is gon to the Indians, and since there is a Serj't andtwenty od men gon from Pittsburgh of the Soldiers. What may be thefate of this Country God only knowes, but at Prisent it wears a mostDismal aspect." [Arch. vi, 445.] 1790 Census Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania shows John and WilliamProctor. 1800 Pennsylvania Census: Bedford County: Bedford and St. ClairTownships John PROCTOR 10010 20010 Comment: It appears there was more than one John Proctor in Pennsylvania. The 1795 Tax List for Mason County, Kentucky shows John and Jeremiah Proctor. John Proctor appears on the 1803 tax list for Fleming County,Kentucky. 1810 Fleming Kentucky census page 68: John Proctor > 45, female 16 to 26, female > 45 and 2 in the lastcolumn .
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