Some McCune Info to Verify

This comes from a 1947 article in the News-Chronicle of Shippensburg and provides some interesting information about the early McCunes in the Shippensburg area.

Just north of Middle Spring can be seen the old McCune house where many ancestors of Mrs. Eva Theresa McCune Wylie Polk lived. The first house on this 1500 acre plantation as all the old deeds call them was built by Captain Samuel McCune. It was built of stone and not only built along the water but built over a spring, insuring the family a good supply of water without endangering themselves to wild animals or treacherous Indians. In 1801, his only son, John McCune, built a stone house on a hill of cedar nearby. That house is still standing and is known as Cedar Hill.

Captain Samuel McCune took a company of a hundred men who served in the Revolutionary war at Paoli, John C. McCune, son of the late Edmund J. McCune, had this role in New York. Captain Samuel McCune had a son named John and John’s eldest son was also named John. Both this son, John, and his father fought in the war of 1812.

Young John came home on a furlough and attended services at the old stone church at Middle Spring. His ear caught the tones of a sweet alto voice in the choir and he wondered whose voice it might be. His father told him it was Sally Ann Duncan, to which the young man said, “I’m going to marry that girl.”

On this plantation is a cave which Alexander McCune, the grandfather of the later Mary McCune Harper, explored for one half mile. It has been entered in recent years but no one had gone so far, as parts of the cave seems to have been closed.

Another article in the same series talks about another McCune property, that of Gray Chimneys

East of Shippensburg we find Gray Chimneys, the very attractive home of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Bower. It is quite different in appearance fro most of these early stone homes. It was built by Robert McCune, a Scotch-Irish Presbyterian who came to the community in what was then Hopewell township soon after 1738. The house was built in three different sections, supposedly at three different times, judging from the construction.

The first section was three stories high, two room deep, with no windows on the sides, apparently, for protection from the Indians. A similar section was added, probably 50 years later and an “I” on the back at a later date.Hand-made nails were used in the front section,mortised and hand hewn rafters and beams. Many of the original latches, hinges and window panes remain in the house today.

According tot he will of Robert McCune, the “mansion tract including the orchard and out-buildings” was left to his son Thomas. The rest of the land was divided between two other sons, Robert and John.

When the McCunes settled here, the “mansion tract” was all covered with timber.

The property remained in teh McCune family until 1918 when Miss Sadie and Miss Margaretta McCune died. It was purchased in 1927 by Russell Bower. The gracious hospitality of Miss Sadie and Miss Margaretta and their brother, William, is a delightful memory for their many friends. The two-story porch, the vines and trees and well-kept lawn and garden is a picture one loves to remember.

I haven’t managed to find out more about these properties yet, but am hopeful that some information will turn up.

 

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