|Birth: ||Apr. 7, 1753|
County Donegal, Ireland
|Death: ||Jun. 25, 1821|
William Hepburn is regarded as the "Father of Lycoming County."
Hepburn was born in Donegal, Ireland, in 1753. He lived for a time at Sunbury and later moved north to Williamsport.
He joined the local militia company. He became a colonel and was commander of Fort Muncy, at the time of the "Great Runaway" in 1778.
Following the American Revolution, Hepburn bought about 300 acres known within the boundaries of present-day Williamsport. He became a farmer, a distiller, merchant and, later, a Justice of the Peace.
Hepburn became a state senator representing Luzerne, Mifflin, and Northumberland counties in January 1794. During his Senate tenure, he played a critical role in the formation of Lycoming County, which was to be carved from territory taken from Northumberland County.
He was selected to a group of five state senators whose task was to prepare the division of Northumberland County. The committee prepared a report that became a bill that established Lycoming County. Governor Thomas Mifflin signed it into law on April 13, 1795. In recognition for helping to create Lycoming County, Mifflin appointed Hepburn one of the first four associate judges of the Lycoming County Court. His colleagues then elected him to be the first president judge of Lycoming County. Hepburn had no formal legal training.
Hepburn was prominent in church and fraternal affairs and was one of the early church fathers of Lycoming Presbyterian Church. He was a founder of the first Masonic lodge in Lycoming County. He was elected the first Worshipful Master of Lodge 106, F&AM.
Elizabeth Huston Hepburn (1779 - 1827)*
Elizabeth Hepburn Stewart (1778 - 1817)*
Matilda Hepburn Stewart (1784 - 1866)*
James Hepburn (1799 - 1878)*
Charels William Hepburn (1803 - 1877)*
Created by: Mike McMunn
Record added: Aug 18, 2007
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