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Maj John Cessna

Maj John Cessna

Shippensburg, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 31 Mar 1802 (aged 76)
Bedford, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Bedford, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 69832284 · View Source
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Son of John and Agnes Cessna.
Married Sarah Rose on January 26, 1760 in Shippensburg, Cumberland Co., Pa
Second marriage was to Elizabeth Hall.

In 1763 became one of the first settlers in Colerain Township, Bedford Co. He served in the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. Member of the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention in 1774 and was one of the signers of the Pennsylvania Constitution in 1776. He served three terms as sheriff of Bedford County and a member of the Frontier Safety Committee.

The Cessna Homestead is located across the road from the Woods Church just outside of Rainsburg in Colerain Township, Bedford Co., Pa. His burial site is on what was the Frank Heming farm in 1930. No one knows why he was buried here instead of on his farm in Colerain Twp.

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  • Created by: Harriet (Nave) Clapper
  • Added: 14 May 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 69832284
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Maj John Cessna (26 Jan 1726–31 Mar 1802), Find A Grave Memorial no. 69832284, citing Major John Cessna Burial Site, Bedford, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Harriet (Nave) Clapper (contributor 46975584) .