Founder of Gettysburg
When Pennsylvania was purchased by William Penn from the Iroquois in 1736, Gettysburg was unknown. Many people leap-frogged over because of the free religion, with an early settler named Samuel Getty's. He established a tavern in 1761 and by 1786, his son James laid out 210 lots with a central town square surrounded by the tavern. This became known as Gettysburg.
Samuel Getty's was born 1708 in Donegal, Ireland, and died 1790 in Gettysburg. He married one unknown woman around 1738 and then later married Isabel Ramsey in 1750. His occupation was known as a merchant and tavernkeeper.