DALLAS TWP. — One of the Back Mountain’s founding families will be highlighted at a historical presentation at Misericordia University on Oct. 5.
The lecture titled “Ides Among Us” will focus on the Ide family’s lineage and their impact on the Back Mountain region, which includes service in the Revolutionary War, Dallas Township’s cessation from Kingston Township and much more.
The free presentation, hosted by the Back Mountain Historical Association, will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 5 in Insalaco Hall at Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas Township. Sandy Johnson, a descendent of the Ide family, will be the guest speaker.
“I am so happy she (Johnson) is giving the presentation,” said Carol Wall of the Back Mountain Historical Association. “The family has gone far and wide to keep a record of their family history.
“You know how many people say, ‘I wish we wrote that down?’ Well, this family did.”
Johnson can trace her ancestors back to 1800 when Nehemiah Ide brought his six sons, Elijah, Nathaniel, William, John, Nehemiah II and Oliver, as well as his brother’s two daughters, Lucy and Ezra, to settle in the Back Mountain from Massachusetts.
Nehemiah settled in what was then known as Bedford Township, which is now Lehman Township, Johnson said.
The family grew and impacted the region in many ways.
“Nehemiah signed a petition to form Dallas Township from Kingston Township in 1817,” she said.
Joseph Ellwood Ide became one of the first police officers in the region, Johnson said.
She also has a family member who severed as a minuteman in the Revolutionary War, participated in the Battle of Bunker Hill and the Battle of Trenton.
“I have several hundred years of family history,” she said.
Johnson hopes the presentation will demonstrate the family’s love of country and the region.
The event will mark the first historical lecture in several years, Wall said.
The Back Mountain Historical Association was established by Misericordia University’s former President Michael MacDowell, Wall said.
The association plans to continue offering regular events focusing on local history.
“We want to focus on historical family stories that would be shared at family reunions,” Wall said. “We are always looking for stories.”
To share a family’s historical account, contact Wall at [email protected]
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