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  • ID: I4290
  • Name: Reuben Colburn Winslow
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 28 JUN 1796 in Pittston, Kennebec, ME
  • Death: 26 AUG 1871 in near Loch Haven, Clinton Co., PA
  • Census: 1860 $60,000 real estate value
  • Event: Moved ABT 1830 Came to Bennetts Valley with three brothers
  • Occupation: 1860 Lumberman; extensive landowner; prominent merchant;coal mines- Winslow Colliery and Railroad
  • Event: Other Considered founder of Benezett Township and Town
  • Event: Public service 1846 One of Elk county's first commissioners; Benezett Supervisor; School Director; Clerk
  • Note:
    The Winslow family originally came to Pennsylvania at an early date from the State of Maine. Reuben Colburn Winslow came to Benezette with three of his brothers- Carpenter, Ebenezer, and Reuben- ( brother James stayed in the Punxsutawney area) before 1830 and is considered the official founder of the Town and Township of Benezette. he became an extensive landowner by purchasing several hundred acres of land in and near Benezette- located from Spring and Trout Runs to Austern's and Dent's Runs. The coal veins - called the Winslow Colliery- in this area were among the first and the best. He was also a prominent merchant and one of Elk County's first commissioners in 1843. On April 26, 1871 Reuben C Winslow was killed in a train wreck near Cook's Run between Philadelphia and Benezette. Being on business for his railroad- the Winslow Colliery Railroad- at the time, he was the first one to be rescued. However realizing himself he was too badly wounded he told the rescuers to try and instead save the lives of the other passengers. Carpenter chose a small farm abut a quarter mile east of Benezette. Carpenter had a son George who gave his name to Winslow Hill before he died in 1905. Ebenezer lived in Benezette until about 1858 when he and his family sent west.

    Benezette appears to have been formed from Gibson Township, Clearfield County before 1846- but not known for sure. Jay Township also was formed befroe Benezette and in 1844 had among the resident taxpayers listed were Reuben, Carpenter, E. C. and Charles Winslow; and R, C. Winslow as an owner of a grist mill and sawmill. Benezette's first election was held in February 1846. E. E. Winslow was chosen Justice, Carpenter Winslow as Supervisor; R. C. Winslow as school director; Charles Winslow as fence viewer. The first coal veins that were worked were the Winslow's at the location shere Spring Run empties into Trout Run. In 1870 one of Benezette's lumberman was D. B. Winslow. Also in 1870 the "Winslow" hotel was in business. The best known farming area early in Benezette was Winslow Hill.

    Father: Carpenter Winslow b: 22 MAR 1766 in Pittston , Kennebec, Mass/Maine
    Mother: Elizabeth Colburn b: 29 MAY 1768 in Pittston , Kennebec, Maine

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth Collins b: 16 JUL 1800 in Born on Atlantic Ocean coming from Ireland; parents born in Ireland
    • Married: 15 NOV 1818 in Curwensville,Clearfield, PA
    1. Has Children David Brunson Winslow b: 15 MAR 1823 in Curwensville, Clearfield, Pennsylvania
    2. Has No Children Reuben C Winslow b: 15 MAY 1821 in Curwensville, Clearfield, Pennsylvania
    3. Has No Children Adaline Boone Winslow b: 16 NOV 1825 in Curwensville, Clearfield, Pennsylvania
    4. Has Children Caroline Toby Winslow b: 8 AUG 1819 in Clearfield, Clearfield, Pennsylvania
    5. Has No Children Emeline Barclay Winslow b: 30 OCT 1826 in Curwensville, Clearfield, Pennsylvania
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