Elk Lick Township
View of Boynton from Flog Hill
Information taken directly from: "History of Bedford, Somerset
and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania 1884
Elk Lick was so named from the
fact that within the township was a lick which the elk and deer used to frequent.
The township was organized as a division of Bedford county about the year
1785. Settlements were made very early by immigrants of German and
Irish birth. Elk Lick township contains rich deposits of
coal, iron ore and limestone. Since the building of the railroad the
development of these products has become an important industry.
"Waterman, Watkins and Co."
The first settled farm is believed to have been that now
owned by John W. Beachly, situated immediately north of the town of Salisbury.
The settler was Joseph Markley, who became the owner of a tract of land extending
from the mouth of Pine Run along the Casselman river to the mouth of Meadow
run, thence along Meadow run for a distance of about one and one-half
miles; thence north to Pine run; thence following Pine run to the place of
beginning. The date of settlment was probably between the years 1755
to 1760. Markley also claimed a portion of the land on the opposite
side of the river, being a part of what is now the David Livengood farm.
A man named Judy also laid claim to the same land. One day the two
claimants met on the hill on the opposite side of the river, and proceeded
to settle the dispute by a fistic encounter. Judy was vanquised in
the fight, and Markley continued in possession. From this affair arose
the name of Flog Hill.
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