The Journal of Charles Rawn
February 6, 1833 to May 27, 1833 (Book 4)

Edited by Sheila A. Rohrer

During this period of his life, Charles Rawn was recently embarked on a career as a lawyer, and he was also making plans for his upcoming marriage to Frances P. Clendenin. Although he never writes openly about his feelings, courtship, or engagement to Frances, there are hints throughout the journal. Almost every evening is spent at Mrs. Clendenin’s, his future mother-in-law, and with Frances, or F.P.C., as she is called in his diary. When Rawn wrote on 12 February 1833 that he "was at party at Miss Briggs this evening F.P.C. not there," he was implying his disappointment.

Preparations for the upcoming nuptials can also be found sprinkled among Rawn’s daily business and social recordings. On 28 March 1833, Rawn paid a Mr. McCulloh $5.00 for a "Box and Finger Ring" brought from Philadelphia which he later presented to Frances. A borrowed "Traveling Trunk" on May 3rd was apparently used for a trip to Philadelphia in which Rawn combined business and personal matters. On May 5th, Rawn left Harrisburg by stagecoach and arrived in Lancaster where he asked his good friend Jonathan King Findlay "to act as groomsman at [his] wedding on the 25th May inst." During his two week trip, Rawn visited relatives in West Chester, Thornbury, and Philadelphia and extended invitations to his upcoming wedding.

Although Rawn conducted business while in Philadelphia, the main purpose of his trip seemed to be the purchase of a "wedding suit" made of "blue cloth," "wedding boots," "wedding stockings," and "wedding gloves." Rawn returned on the 19th of May, and he married Frances P. Clendenin on the 25th at DeWitts Presbyterian Church on a "cold & raw" rainy May evening. Typical of Rawn’s style, he does not make any emotional declaration, but he simply writes on May 26,1833, "Clear & Beautiful. Spent day with Frances (my Wife)." This same entry reveals the relationship of James Peacock, the oft-mentioned postmaster, as an uncle of Frances Clendenen. This would help explain the frequency of Peacock’s name in Rawn’s journals, and it reveals why "Peacock’s" would be an important gathering place for Rawn and his social circle.

Rawn led a very active social life, and he frequently attended teas, parties, and dances. In addition, Rawn went to church every Sunday, usually DeWitts Presbyterian Church; however, he also mentioned going to Miles’ Church, Zacharias’ Church, Stern’s Church, and the Unitarian Church. In the company of men, Rawn liked to go horse-back riding, visit taverns, drink alcoholic beverages, and smoke cigars. However, one of Rawn’s favorite activities during the winter months was the "elegant" and "fine" sleighing parties that included both sexes. In one interesting passage on February 21, 1833, Rawn was at a social gathering where "cards were introduced" but were "soon closed" because "Mrs White," the innkeeper, did not approve. When Rawn wrote that the card game was "the first of this kind that I have been since I came to Harrisburg," I believe he is revealing the conservative nature of Harrisburg at that time.

Coming from a more cosmopolitan area, Delaware County, I can imagine Rawn was exposed to a diverse array of social activities and probably made quite a fashionable figure at these gatherings. According to Egle, Rawn as "six feet high and of good address,"1 and he seems to have been concerned about his appearance as his journal entries include the purchase of a black frock coat, silk stockings, and dancing pumps. No detail of his dress escaped his attention, and on May 23, 1833, he bemoaned the loss of a "handsome and new pair of gloves" that "made [him] dang mad." This is one of the rare instances where Rawn actually expressed feeling in his writing.

For example, Rawn wrote about a disagreement he had with a man named R. Shannon that eventually led to his resignation from the Harrisburg Greys. Apparently Shannon, a fellow member of the Harrisburg Greys, was also a frequent visitor to Mrs. Clendenen’s house. Shannon’s presence at "Mrs. C’s" caused Rawn, on 7 February 1833 to call Shannon a "damn rascal, Liar & other hard names." Rawn also "threatened to flay him" and challenged him to a duel which Shannon declined. The whole situation exploded on April 6, 1833, when Rawn addressed the Harrisburg Greys in a speech and declared that certain members were two-faced liars. According to Rawn, Shannon could not "bear this pinching of the shoe [and] charged bayonet on me within 3 feet of my breast." Rawn reacted by "leisurely" picking up his sword causing the "coward" to draw back. Rawn marched in the parade that day; however, he quit the company with "much satisfaction." One observer wrote that Rawn, "in controversy was the last to yield,"2 and I believe Rawn’s actions in this situation depict a proud man with a fiery temper.

Rawn also revealed a spiritual nature when he wrote about the death of Frances’ close friend, Sarah Ann Weidman, whose "soul has this morning winged away its flight from friends & companions to the bosom of her God." In an entry dated April 29, 1833, Rawn expressed his sorrow and belief that God’s promise of an afterlife was given to "enable us so to live that we may be calmly resigned to die." Rawn’s grief must have been great for him to write in such an unusually introspective manner.

Aside from a glimpse into the personal life of Rawn, his diary also provides an opportunity to see the "current events" of Rawn’s time and how they affected him. One of the most important developments in the early nineteenth century in Harrisburg was the construction of the canals. Rawn often walked to the Canal and corresponded with Jonathan Mitchell, the Canal Commissioner. In March, 1824, the Pennsylvania Legislature authorized the governor to create a commission to oversee the construction of a "leading uninterrupted canal" to extend across the entire state.3 By 1827 the Union Canal was opened between Middletown and Reading and central Pennsylvania had a water link to Philadelphia. The famous "Penn Lock," near the capitol, was also built in 1827, and in March 1828, the canal was filled with water as far as Harrisburg connecting the city to the outside world.4

Although Rawn does not talk about politics in this journal, he makes frequent reference to the Anti-Masonic State Convention meeting at the courthouse. The "Anti-Masonic" movement that developed in the early nineteenth century was a reaction to the Free Masons. The Free Masons, a fraternal organization of wealthy men who cloaked themselves in secrecy and ritual, were powerful figures in politics, finance, and society. To the ordinary person, the Masons represented an aristocracy composed of the idle rich, and a political movement developed to get Masons out of influential positions.5 Harrisburg became a central area of the "Anti-Masonic" movement, and the gubernatorial election of 1835 was merely a contest between the friends and enemies of the Masons.6

Rawn’s involvement as an advocate against the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 may have been an issue with Rawn for years. In an entry dated February 28, 1833, Rawn corresponded with R.L. Wheatley of Louisville, Kentucky, "upon the subject of confinement of Henry Waggoner Negro in jail in that place." Although Rawn may have been against human slavery, Egle wrote that he was a Democrat and "decidedly opposed to abolition, alleging a fear of a servile war of blacks against whites, but when the war began he was decided for the Union."7 Rawn would not have been alone in his ambivalent feelings about the abolition of slavery, and like many others, the Civil War may have forced him to take a committed stand.

My transcription ends with Rawn’s marriage to Frances Clendenin and marks the beginning of a new stage in Rawn’s life.


1 - Egle, History of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Biographical and Genealogical (Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1883), 278.

2 - Egle, History, 277.

3 - Dr. George P. Donehoo, Harrisburg and Dauphin County: A Sketch of the History For the Past Twenty-five Years, 1900-1925 (Dayton, Ohio: The National Historical Association, 1925), 188.

4 - G.G. Stoctay, Dauphin County: Elements Toward a 20th Century Pictorial History (Harrisburg: G.G. Stoctay, 1971), 123-124.

5 - Stoctay, Pictorial History, 124-125.

6 - Donehoo, Harrisburg and Dauphin County, 108-109.

7 - Egle, History, 278.

The Journal

Transcriptions for this section of the journal begin February 6, 1833 and end May 27, 1833. Click on a date to begin reading.

List of Names Mentioned

  • Agnew, Dr.
  • Allen, Mary
  • Alricks, Jane - A possible relation to James Alricks, see Groff paper, appendix; James Alricks is listed in the History of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties, p 461, Orphans Court and Quarter Sessions from 1821-1824. He died October 28, 1833.
  • Ankrim, Dr. Josiah - Of Chester County
  • Appleton’s - A place in Coxtown where Rawn stopped to have a drink
  • Atlee, William A. - Highspire, with whom Rawn corresponds frequently
  • Ayres, Bucher - Son of William Ayres, he bought stock from Rawn
  • Ayre, William - Rawn sold him stocks. William lived on Market St. and served on the Town Council (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, pp 22, 34); According to the History of the Counties of Dauphin and Lebanon, p. 462, William Ayres was born 14 December 1788 and went into business with James S. Espy, a merchant, in 1816. He moved to Harrisburg in 1824 and was admitted to the Bar 3 May 1826. In addition, Ayres was elected to the Legislature in 1833-34, 1834-35, and he died 26 May 1856.
  • Badger, Bela - Of Philadelphia
  • Baird
  • Baldwin, Ethan
  • Barnes Church - A Presbyterian church in Philadelphia Rawn attended during a visit
  • Barry, Samuel
  • Beaumont’s Tavern - Lancaster County
  • Berghaus, Dr. G.H.
  • Bingham, Dr.
  • Bioren, Mrs. Harriet - General Hiester’s daughter, who was buried 22 March 1833, according to Rawn’s journal
  • Blattenberger, Esqr.
  • Blyss, Elam - A bookseller in New York City
  • Booth, Rebecca
  • Bowers, Jonathan - Of Hollidaysburg, Huntingdon Co., Pa.
  • Bradley, Emmor
  • Bradley, George W. - Of Huntingdon County
  • Bradley, John. H., Esqr. - Of West Chester
  • Brent, R.I., Esqr. - Of Hagerstown, Md.
  • Brewster, F.E., Esqr. - Of Philadelphia
  • Brien [?], Dr. Joseph A. - President of Board of Appraisers
  • Briggs, Miss
  • Briggs, Mrs. Armstrong
  • Briggs, G.E. - A barber, on Market St. opposite Wilson’s Hotel (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p. 29)
  • Brinton, Jonathan, Esqr.
  • Brisban, Dr. J., and wife
  • Brown, Thomas - Administrator of Mary Bell’s estate
  • Brubeker, Philip
  • Brooks, Esqr.- There is a John Brooks listed in the 1839 Harrisburg Directory on Front St. between Market and Walnut Streets
  • Brooks, E., M. Brooks, and R. Brooks - Attended Rawn’s wedding
  • Broom - A lawyer from Philadelphia
  • Buehler, William - Of Philadelphia
  • Buehler’s Hotel and Inn - A boarding house on Market Square called the Spread Eagle (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p24); an article in the Lancaster Intelligencer, 13 March 1849, p 2, refers to the Buehler Hotel in Harrisburg as an "ancient and historical establishment;" also see Groff paper, appendix
  • Buffington, Dr. J.R. - "Speaker of the Senate and Capitol"; here is a John Buffington residing on Front St. between Locust and Pine Streets (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p 35)
  • Bullack, Dr. - See Groff paper, appendix
  • Burden, Dr.
  • Burnett, Gilbert - A chair maker listed on Second Street (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p 23)
  • Burns - Cashier of Lebanon Bank
  • Clendenen, Mrs. C. or Elizabeth C. - A widow and Frances P. Clendenen’s mother and Rawn’s future mother-in-law
  • Cackin, Michael - Member of the House of Representatives
  • Cameron, General - See Groff paper, appendix
  • Canderbeeck, Mrs. and husband - She gave a concert that was attended by Rawn, Frances P. Clendenin, and other friends on 29 March 1833
  • Capitol Hotel (Henry’s) - The place where Rawn addressed his colleagues in the Harrisburg Greys and confronted them with accusations of betrayal and deceit leading to his resignation from the organization
  • Capps - From whom Rawn purchased a pair of gloves
  • Carpenter, Esqr., - Of Halifax
  • Carson, A. E. - Attended Rawn’s wedding
  • Champneys, Benjamin - A lawyer from Lancaster County and Rawn’s colleague in a case that was brought to trial. According to Champney’s obituary in the Lancaster Daily Express, August, 10, 1871, Champneys was born in New Jersey in 1800 and came to Lancaster in 1816. He had a home and office on E. King St. Lancaster, Pa., and married the daughter of William A. Atlee. He served as a prosecuting attorney for the mayor’s court and was appointed a judge for the Common Pleas and Quarter Sessions in 1840. In 1842, Gov. Shunk appointed him Attorney General.
  • Chandler, J. - To whom Rawn paid office rent. According to the 1839 Harrisburg Directory, there is a Jonathan Chandler, a blacksmith, on Walnut Street. Additionally, the History of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties, p. 474, cites Chandler as a prominent figure in the construction of the locks and bridges of the Pennsylvania Canal. He died 6 January 1847.
  • Chestnut, Andrew
  • Cheyney, Charles H. - Of Thornbury; relative of Rawn
  • Cheyney, David - A relative of Rawn who he visited on his way to Thronbury 6 May 1833
  • Cheyney, Edith - Rawn’s aunt who died, according to his journal 13 April 1833
  • Cheyney, H. - Of Philadelphia
  • Cheyney, Mary - Rawn’s aunt in West Chester
  • Cheyney, William - Rawn’s uncle in West Chester
  • Clarkson
  • Clemson, Amos - Of Salisbury, Lancaster Co. A case Rawn often mentioned
  • Clemson & McClure - A law office; see Groff paper, appendix
  • Clendenin, F. P. C./Frances P. - She became Rawn’s wife on 25 May 1833
  • Clendenin, J. Clendenin, or Joseph - Of Harrisburg. Frances P. Clendenin’s deceased father
  • Clendenin, Jonathan Joseph - A frequent Rawn companion and groomsman at his wedding
  • Clendenin, M. J.
  • Clendenin, Miss Mary Scott - She served as a bridesmaid in Rawn’s wedding
  • Cohen, Joseph P., Esqr. - Of Philadelphia. He worked with Rawn on the oft-mentioned P. A. Karthaus business
  • Cox, Charles
  • Crane, Col.
  • Creek, Philip - A man tried and found guilt of "involuntary manslaughter"
  • Culp, Lewis
  • Curzon, Mrs. - Rawn’s laundry woman who also makes his shirts
  • Davis, Esqr. - There is a John Davis listed in the 1839 Harrisburg Directory, p. 31, who was a Justice of the Peace
  • DeWitt’s Church - See Groff paper, appendix; this is also the church where C. C. Rawn and Frances Clendenen are married
  • DeWitt, Rev. - He was installed as pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg on November 12, 1819 (History of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties, p 337)
  • Dietrich, Dr. - Of Philadelphia
  • Dilworth, James, Esqr. - Of Chester County
  • Dorsey - A barber
  • Duck, William - He has a candle factory on Market St. between Front and Second Streets (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p. 30)
  • Duncan, Miss - She may be related to a William Duncan, a tobacconist, on Market St. (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p. 37)
  • Duncan’s Island - A place Rawn visited on 12 April 1833
  • Egle, Miss
  • Elders, Esqr. - There are a Thomas Elders on Front St. and a Josiah Elders at No.2 S. Front St. (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p. 37)
  • Ellison, J. B. - A cloth merchant in Philadelphia where Rawn buys black cloth
  • Elliot, Mr. - A preacher from Washington County whom Rawn heard at DeWitts’ Church on 10 February 1833
  • Episcopal Church - Located on Front St. between Locust and Pine Streets (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p. 32) and attended by Rawn
  • Espy, James S. - The proprietor of Espy & Johnson’s store, a dry good and retail store on S. Front St. (Harrisburg Directory of 1852, p. 5)
  • Espy, Mrs. - See Groff paper, appendix
  • Eve - The cook at Wallace’s tavern and inn
  • Fahnestock, A.K. - A merchant selling hats, gloves, umbrellas, and furs located on the corner of Market Square (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p. 17)
  • Fahnestock, M. - Attended Rawn’s wedding
  • Fairlamb, Frederick
  • Fedderhoffs, Col.
  • Fenn, Theophilus - editor of Pennsylvania Telegraph, Fenn is living at Gleim’a Shakespeare Hotel on Locust St. between Second and Third Streets (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p. 38)
  • Findlay, General - Of Ohio
  • Findlay, Governor - Gov. William Findlay was born near Mercersburg, Franklin Co., Pa., on 20 June 1768 (History of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties, p. 488). William Findlay was the great-grandfather of Francis Shunk Brown, and in addition to serving as Governor, he served four terms in Congress, served as State Treasurer, and ended his career as a senator from Pa. (Pennsylvania: A History, p. 12)
  • Findlay, Jonathan King - A clerk from the Supreme Court, Lancaster County, he served as 1st groomsman at Rawn’s wedding; also see Groff paper, appendix
  • Fisher, George - An attorney and father of John Fisher; see below
  • Fisher, John A. - An attorney on the corner of Walnut and Raspberry Alley (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p. 25). John became a member of the Bar in December, 1820 and died July 1864 (History of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties, p 277). This could be the "Fisher’s" Rawn often rides to and visits.
  • Fisher, Julianne - She was at the Rawn wedding
  • Forster, Major Jonathan - Market St. opposite the courthouse (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p 38)
  • Forster, General - An attorney listed in the 1839 Harrisburg Directory, p 25
  • Fox, Frank
  • Fox, George
  • Franklin, Mrs. - Attended Rawn’s wedding
  • Freeman, Mrs. - Of Philadelphia
  • Fulton, Richard - Listed as part of a case
  • Galbraith - He was involved in a lawsuit in Rawn’s office
  • Gallaghe, James - A tailor with a shop on South Front St. (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p. 24)
  • Geiger - Part of a lawsuit
  • Gemmel, Jonathan - Of Blairsville, Indiana County
  • Gemmel, Mrs. R. - See Groff paper, appendix
  • Gibson, Judge B. - This is probably John Bannister Gibson, a judge and later Chief Justice of the state of Pa. (History of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties, p 272)
  • Gibson, Mrs.
  • Gilmores - There is a Robert Gilmore in the 1839 Harrisburg Directory, p. 39, at Nagle’s Hotel, called the Union Hotel on the southeast corner of Market Square (p. 24)
  • Gladden, Mrs. - Rawn had her property condemned
  • Gleim, Charles - Located on Locust St, between Second and Third Streets (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p. 39)
  • Gray, Joseph
  • Gradon or Graydon, Andrew - The County Treasurer located on 44 Chestnut St. (Harrisburg Directory of 1843, p 18)
  • Graydon, Mrs.
  • Grimshaw - An attorney with an office near the courthouse (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p 25)
  • Gross, Mr. And Mrs. - They attended Rawn’s wedding. There is a Daniel Gross on Market St. (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p. 39).
  • Halderman/Haldermans, Jacob - A frequent place of social gatherings and parties among Rawn and his friends, located on the corner of Front and Walnut Streets (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p 39)
  • Halderman, Sarah - She attended Rawn’s wedding
  • Hale, B. - He had a livery stable in the back of Buehler’s Hotel (Harrisburg Directory of 1843, p 19)
  • Hamilton, A. Boyd - He resided on Second St. a few doors below Mulberry (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p. 40), and he had control of The Chronicle or The Harrisburg Visitor, a newspaper, until 1836 (History of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties, p351). In addition, Hamilton was a member of the Harrisburg Greys and involved in Rawn’s dispute among members of that organization.
  • Hamor, Dr. Jesse - Of Thornbury. Rawn received news of his death in a letter.
  • Hannum, Robert E. - A possible relative of Rawn who dined with him in Chester
  • Hannum, Ruth - Of Thornbury. Rawn’s aunt who died according to Rawn journal 7 April 1833.
  • Hanna, H. - Attended Rawn’s wedding; possibly the Mary Hanna’s that was next to the office and residence of the postmaster, James Peacock (History of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties, p 370).
  • Hardy, Samuel
  • Harris, Mrs. - She was at Rawn’s wedding
  • Hays - Party in a lawsuit and possibly the Samuel Hays on Market Square next door to the Post office (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p 39)
  • Heisley, Dr. J. - "Secretary of Harrisburg Musical Association." There is a George J. Heisley, a clock, watch, and mathematical instrument maker on the corner of Second and Walnut Streets (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p 16)
  • Heller, Esqr.
  • Henrich, Mr.
  • Henries, Nathaniel
  • Herrington - Name mentioned as part of a lawsuit
  • Hetzel, Dr. Newton
  • Hiester’s Rolling Mill - A place Rawn and his friends would frequent
  • Hickman, James - Rawn paid him 25 cents for carriage in West Chester
  • Hitner, J.
  • Hocker, Jonathan - An insolvent debtor case of Rawn’s
  • Hopple, George
  • Hovis, Isaac - Listed in 1839 Harrisburg Directory, p. 39, on Second St. between State and North Streets. He bought a clock from Rawn
  • Hoviz, William - Rawn sold him a Yankee clock on 6 April 1833
  • Hubbell, F.W., Esqr. - Of Philadelphia
  • Huey, Solomon - Named as part of a lawsuit
  • Jacoby, Daniel - Of Summy Town, Montgomery County
  • Johnson, John - A merchant of produce on Chestnut St. below Front St. (Harrisburg Directory of 1843, p. 21)
  • Jones’ Store - Mrs. Jones, a milliner on Fourth Street, opposite the Lutheran Church (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p. 27)
  • Kamener, deputy sheriff
  • Karthaus, Peter A. - Of Wilmington, Del. A client whom Rawn corresponded with frequently about the estate of P.A. Karthaus
  • Kauffman, Mr.
  • Keefer, Lieutenant - Possibly the Andrew Keefer listed on the east end of Market St. between the railroad and the canal (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p. 28)
  • Keller, Peter - Possibly part owner of the dry good store "William Keller & P.C." on Second Street between Market and Walnut Streets (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p. 29)
  • Kelly, George - Fiddler
  • Kelso - The person who shoots Rev. DeWitt at his church on 3 March 1833. Possibly the Charles Kelso in Groff paper appendix.
  • Kennedy, Miss
  • King, Mrs.
  • King, George
  • King, Mary
  • King, Peter
  • Knepley, Conrad - A tavern keeper who takes over Wallace’s place and provides Rawn his lodgings. Knepley’s inn is also known as the "Harrisburg Hotel," according to the Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p 22.
  • Krause, David, Esqr. - See Groff paper, appendix
  • Kuntz, Mrs. - Of Philadelphia. A servant at Wades Hotel in Philadelphia where Rawn stayed during his visit.
  • Lad, Miss I. - She was at Rawn’s wedding
  • Learning, John - A shop where Rawn purchased pumps and boots
  • Lebaron
  • Lee’s Bigler Old Stand Inn on Front St. - Rawn dined there on 22 Feruary 1833
  • Lesley, James - A cashier at the Bank of Pa. (History of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties, p 273) and listed as a resident on the corner of Second St. and Market Square (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p. 42)
  • Lesley, Mrs.
  • Levon - A waiter at Wades’ Hotel in Philadelphia where Rawn stayed during his visit
  • Lewis, Ellis - Attorney General
  • Lochman, William - The proprietor of a drug store on Second St. between Chestnut and Mulberry Streets (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p 26)
  • Lott, Mary - She attended Rawn’s wedding
  • Maginness - A livery in Lancaster where Rawn hired a gig to go to Thornbury
  • Markley, John
  • McClure, Scott V.
  • McClure, William - See Groff paper, appendix
  • McCord - A property sold by McClure
  • McCormick - Possibly the James McCormick on Market St. opposite the courthouse (Harrisburg Directory, p 43). James McCormick was admitted to the Bar in 1823 in Cumberland County and in 1825 in Dauphin County. He had an office on Market St. and served as president of the Town Council and the Dauphin Deposit Bank. He died 18 January 1870 (History of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties, p 518).
  • McCoy, Mr.
  • McCulloh, Charles - One of the McCullohs in Rawn’s journal brings a ring from Philadelphia which Rawn gives to Francis Clendenin
  • McCulloh, Miss Nancy, of Chambersburg - She was a bridesmaid in Rawn’s wedding
  • McCulloh, Thomas - Member of the House of Representatives
  • McGowen - A place where Rawn purchased a blank book
  • McHare, Rev. - He preached at Stern’s Church
  • McKean, Samuel - "Secretary of the Commonwealth"
  • McKinney, Mr. William - See Groff paper, appendix
  • Miles - A bootmaker in Philadelphia where Rawn purchased his wedding boots and one pair of pumps
  • Mile’s, Church - Rawn attended on 21 April 1833
  • Mitchell, Jonathan - Canal Commissioner residing on Walnut St. (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p 43)
  • Monges, Aristides - Of Philadelphia
  • Morton, Mr. - Person whom Rawn confided in after he resigned from the Harrisburg Greys. He could be the Robert H. Morton, a boot captain, listed at 104 Market St. (Harrisburg Directory of 1843, p 23)
  • Muench, Charles - A bookbinder on Market St. between Fourth and Fifth Streets (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p 22)
  • Murray, Mrs. - The place where S.A. Weidman was cared for when she became ill and died.
  • Murray, S. (Kuhns) - Of Lebanon
  • Murray, Samuel - Livery
  • Mussleman, Mr. - Of Cumberland County
  • Nagles - Union Hotel on S.E. corner of Third and Walnut Streets (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p 24)
  • Niles, Mr. - He lectured at a Temperance meeting at the courthouse
  • Nourse, Jonathan - A clerk in the Treasury Department, Washington D.C.
  • Nowbeker, Philip - See Groff’s paper, appendix
  • Ott, Nicholas
  • Parke, B., Esqr.
  • Parker’s Stage Hotel - The place where Rawn stayed in Lancaster
  • Parsons, H.H. - A tailor on Market St. between Front and Second Streets on the south side (Harrisburg Directory, p 24). He made a black coat for Rawn.
  • Peacock, Elizabeth - Daughter of James Peacock, attended Rawn’s wedding
  • Peacock, Frances - Daughter of James Peacock, attended Rawn’s wedding
  • Peacock, James - He was appointed postmaster by President Munroe in 1823 and kept his residence and office on Front St. for several years; however, in 1832-33, Peacock moved his office from his residence to a room in Mr. Keller’s house on Second St. near Walnut St. and remained there for several years. This was the first time the post office was separated from the residence of the postmaster. In addition, Peacock printed a newspaper called the Pennsylvania Republican (History of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties, p 370). James Peacock, according to Rawn’s journal 26 May 1833, was Frances Clendenin’s uncle. See also Groff’s paper, appendix.
  • Peacock, Jane - Daughter of James Peacock, attended Rawn’s wedding
  • Peacock, Mary - Daughter of James Peacock, attended Rawn’s wedding
  • Peacoe, Mrs. - The boarding house in Philadelphia where Rawn met with Gov. Findlay
  • Petracher, Mr.
  • Pikes, Mr.
  • Plitt, Lewis
  • Poe, Mr.
  • Powell, Mr.
  • Proul, Samuel - Of Lewisbury, York Co.
  • Racket-Grubb - Some business Rawn attended to in West Chester
  • Randall, L. H.
  • Rawn, David - See Groff paper, appendix
  • Rawn, Deborah - Of Halifax
  • Rawn, George W. W. - Of Philadelphia
  • Rawn, Hannah - C. C. Rawn’s aunt
  • Rawn, Jacob - See Groff paper, appendix
  • Rawn, Julia Ann - C.C. Rawn’s sister; see Groff paper, appendix
  • Reed, David
  • Reileys, Dr.
  • Reinart - A name mentioned as part of a lawsuit
  • Ringland, Col.
  • Riss, Peter
  • Roark, Mary - A name in a lawsuit
  • Rob & Winebrenners - Place where Rawn was measured for his wedding suit and two waistcoats
  • Roberts, Capt. E. M. - Possibly the Dr. Edmund Roberts, a physician, located on Second St. (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p 25)
  • Roberts, John S. - An attorney residing on Chestnut St. and maintaining an office in the alley near the courthouse (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p 44). He also served as a member of the House of Representatives and was an accomplished civil engineer, surveyor, and draftsman (History of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties, p 278).
  • Rogers, Judge - He began the circuit court on 8 April 1833
  • Ross - There is an R. J. Ross on Front St between Market and Walnut Streets (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p 44)
  • Ross, S. - Attended Rawn’s wedding
  • Say
  • Sees, Henry - Member of the Harrisburg Greys, buried on 7 April 1833
  • Shack, Mr.
  • Shannon, R. - The person whom Rawn challenged to a duel and the main reason he resigned from the Harrisburg Greys. There is a Robert Shannon, a tailor, residing at the east end of Walnut St. at Penn Lock (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, pp 25, 45).
  • Sharpless, Abram - Rawn owed a promissory note to him
  • Shegog, H. - See Groff paper, appendix
  • Shells/Shell, Jacob - A dry goods retailer and grocer at the corner of Market and Third Streets (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p 15)
  • Shicks, Miss Fanny - A possible relation to Henry Shicks; see Groff paper, appendix
  • Shicks, Miss Margaret - A possible relation to Herman Shicks; see Groff paper, appendix
  • Shoch, Samuel - He was admitted to the Bar in 1820 and served as a collecting attorney for the Harrisburg Bank. Shoch also was a member of a military company (History of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties, p 275).
  • Shuler, Jacob of Middletown
  • Shunk, F. R. - Francis R. Shunk, Secretary of the Commonwealth, resided on N. Front St. between Market and Walnut Streets (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p 20). In addition, he was governor of Pa. and resigned in July 1848 (History of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties, p 275); also see Groff paper
  • Shunk, Isaac - Of Philadelphia
  • Slaymaker, H. - Of Lancaster County
  • Smith - Sargeant at Arms of House of Representatives
  • Smith, P. Frazer
  • Smith, P.W., Esqr.
  • Snyder, Antes
  • Snyder, Edward
  • Snowden, Mr. - Deputy Attorney General for Verango County
  • Solunds, Mr. - Member of the House of Representatives from Philadelphia
  • Stahe, Mr.
  • Stambaugh, Mr.
  • Church, Stern’s - Rev. Nathan Stern served as rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, located on Front St. between Locust and Pine streets, from 1838-1842 (History of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties, pp 343-344)
  • Stimmel Stage Office - The place where Rawn paid for the wheeling of his trunks when he traveled to Philadelphia
  • Stickland, Mrs.
  • Stuart, James - A European agent that did business with Rawn
  • Thomas - A surveyor Rawn met in Philadelphia
  • Thomas, Rev. William - A Universalist preacher Rawn heard preach at the Unitarian Church on March 31, 1833
  • Thompson - Of the House of Representatives
  • Toby - A "black fellow" mentioned by Rawn
  • Tolande, George W., Esqr. - Of House of Representatvies
  • Tredway, A. C. - Of New York
  • Valentine - Possibly the Valentine Hummel, member of the Town Council, located on Front St between Chestnut and Mulberry Streets (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, pp. 22, 40)
  • Vernon & Co. of Philadelphia
  • Wades Hotel - The place Rawn stayed while in Philadelphia
  • Waggoner, Henry - A negro in jail in Louisville, Ky.
  • Wallace, Thomas - Owner of the boarding house where Rawn lodged in Harrisburg. He sold his business on 9 April 1833 to Conrad Knepley.
  • Wallace, Tommy, of Paoli - Rawn invited him to his wedding
  • Walters, Jacob - Swept Rawn’s office
  • Warner, Goldsborough - Of West Chester
  • Warner, Harry - Rawn had a mortgage against him
  • Warner, Samuel - Of Philadelphia
  • Weidman, A. - Of Lebanon
  • Weidman, Jonathan A. - See Groff paper, appendix
  • Weidman, S.A. or Sarah Ann - A good friend of Frances Clendenin’s who became ill and died on April 29, 1833
  • Weidman, William, Esqr. - Of West Chester
  • Welsh, Mr. and Mrs. - They attended Rawn’s wedding
  • Westfall, Simeon
  • Wheatley, R. L. - Of Louisville, Ky., Rawn corresponds with Wheatley concerning Henry Waggoner, a Negro in jail
  • White, Mrs. - A woman who kept a boarding house
  • Whitehills - George Whitehills kept a boarding house on Market St. near Front St. (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p 48)
  • William, David
  • Williams, Lewis
  • Williamson, William, Esqr. - Rawn paid him in full for a note due Abram Sharpless
  • Willis Store, Lancaster County - Rawn bought "stocks"
  • Wilson’s - A hotel on the corner of market and Third Streets, Matthew Wilson was the proprietor (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p 47). This was the site of male social gatherings where Rawn and his friends smoked cigars.
  • Wilt, Adam
  • Wistar, Clarkson - "Member from Phila. County," he is often mentioned by Rawn as part of his social circle
  • Witmer, William Benjamin - Of Lancaster County
  • Woods, Henry
  • Woods, Jonathan
  • Wood, N.B., Esqr.
  • Woodside, Thomas - Of Millersburg
  • Woodward & Spragg, publishers - See Groff paper, appendix
  • Wyeth, Frances - He had a book office on Market St. (Harrisburg Directory of 1839, p. 30)
  • Zachariah’s Church - Rawn and Frances Clendenin attended on March 21, 1833

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