Photo credit: Portrait: Courtesy, Lycoming County Bar Association
William Hepburn was born in County Donegal, Ireland, in 1753, the son of Samuel Hepburn. His mother and daughter were lost in a ship wreck off the Jersey coast. William commanded a company of militia at Fort Muncy during the Revolution and settled in what is now the western part of the city of Williamsport; served as a Commissioner for Northumberland county, 1789-1791; a mainstay as justice of the peace; was elected to the state Senate to fill a vacancy in the Northumberland district; engineered passage of the bill forming Lycoming County, April 13, 1795; received a Governor Mifflin appointment as an associate judge; and elected president judge for ten years. He is considered responsible for hiring Michael Ross to survey the new county seat of Lycoming, Williamsport. Judge Hepburn was married twice and was the father of nineteen children. His first wife was Crecy, the sister of celebrated scout and soldier Robert Covenhoven (Crownover), whom he married in 1777, and after her death; Elizabeth, daughter of Commonwealth Supreme Court Justice Thomas and Jane Walker Huston, of Williamsport. Judge Hepburn died at his home in Williamsport on June 25, 1821, age 69.