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James McCullogh`s Book:
A Glimpse into Life on the Colonial Frontier

by John Stauffer & Calvin Bricker

James McCullogh`s Book:A Glimpse into Life on the Colonial Frontier by John Stauffer & Calvin Bricker

In 1745, a 25-year-old Scot-Irish man purchases a small, leather-bound notebook in the port city of Belfast, Ireland. Less than a year later, James McCullogh and his young wife Martha make the arduous voyage across the Atlantic to a new life to the Pennsylvania frontier.

Over the next 15 years, James McCullogh scratched his thoughts into what he calls “My Book” notations from his life that today give us a glimpse into frontier life in the mid-18th century. His entries detail his work as a farmer and linen producer, at a time where American settlers lived in mortal fear of Indian attack. The deeply religious McCullogh uses Bible verses to deal with the tribulations of daily life that included the likely murder of his brother John and the kidnapping of his two small sons at the hands of Indians unhappy at losing their lands.

Sometimes writing in code, sometimes in enigmatic exclamations, James McCullogh nevertheless gives us a vivid look at the Pennsylvania frontier, from plantings to business accounts to the secret hideouts where he stashed his machinery during Indian raids, James McCullogh`s Book: A Glimpse into Life on the Colonial Frontier is a time capsule portraying the day to day life of the unsung everyday heroes who built this country.

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