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BAKER FAMILY HISTORY AND GENEALOGY

 

 

  
 
DESCENDANTS OF ROBERT BRIDGENS
BY KARI NORTHRUP
 
 
 
 
Descendants of Robert Bridgens
 
 
Generation No. 1
 

1.  ROBERT BRIDGENS was born 1752 in Manchester, England, and died Bet. 1826 - 1828 in Lock Haven, Clinton Co, PA.  He married NANCY BENNETT June 06, 1789, daughter of WILLIAM BENNETT and ANN.  She was born Bet. 1762 - 1772, and died 1808.

 

Notes for ROBERT BRIDGENS:

I have not documented any of the information for the Robert Bridgens family.

much of this information came from:    David Wallace of Pa., who got it from Lola Wallace --- not sure now whether she was his mother or his aunt - she was working on the Bridgens genealogy in 1941.

 

Letter of Jan 2, 1941.  My dear Mrs. Wallace:  In answer to yours of Dec. 29. 

Robert Bridgens was born in Manchester, England 1752 and was brought to this country by agents of King George III to manufacture iron for the crown.  He operated an iron furnace near where Bloomfield is now located in Columbia County Pa.  When the American Revolution broke out the Colonial Army stopped the furnace as they were making iron for England.  He then went up the West Branch of the Susquahanna River to Youngwomanstown, this is while the Revolution was going on.  I do not know what year it was.  His oldest son Thomas was born at Hiners Run Aug 4 1790.

 

Info from Dave Wallace - "In 1779 a Thomas Bridgens was killed at the mouth of Pine Creek. Letter of administration at Sunbury, Northumberland County, also see Proceedings of the Northumberland Historical Society Page 42(forget the year) on this publication. I believe this Thomas that Died in 1779 to be a brother of Robert (1752). "

 

Mary O'Conner

 

Notes for NANCY BENNETT:

From:   Kari Northup            

To: Dale & Florence Collins

Cc: Linda Hansen

Subject:   Nancy Bennett Bridgens

Date:   Jan 23, 2006 8:03 PM

 

I have been exchanging information with several Bridgens researchers trying to learn more about Nancy Bennett Bridgens.  I am still in the process of exchanging info with them, but I think I have collected some good information on Nancy if she is the wife of Robert Bridgens of Northumberland (later Lycoming) Co., PA.  H. A. L. Bridgens, who researched the family in the 1940's, wrote a letter with information on the family that Dave Wallace used as a source that Nancy was the daughter of a Thomas Bennett*, but Dave has not been found other documentation for this - also H. A. L. Bridgens wrote that Robert's first son was named Thomas for Nancy's father Thomas Bennett, but there was also a Thomas Bridgens who died in Northumberland Co., PA in 1779 who was probably a close relation to Robert ie his brother or father, who could also be who the son was named for. 

 

Note: *This information is in error as the fathers names were transposed the fatherís names which were actually Thomas Bridgens and William Bennett.

Linda Hansen

 

Notes for Nancy Bennett Bridgens Info from Dave Wallace - "In 1779 a Thomas Bridgens was killed at the mouth of Pine Creek. Letter of administration at Sunbury , Northumberland County, also see Proceedings of the Northumberland Historical Society Page 42 (forget the year) on this publication. I believe this Thomas that Died in 1779 to be a brother of Robert (1752). " June 6, 1789 - Robert Bridgens married Nancy Bennett August 1, 1790 - Son Thomas born in Northumberland Co., PA

 

June 6, 1789 - Robert Bridgens married Nancy Bennett

 

August 1, 1790 - Son Thomas born in Northumberland Co., PA

 

1790 census Northumberland, PA

Robert Bridgens - 2-1-1

2 males over 16 (Robert, age 25-35 & ??)

1 male under 16 (Thomas, age baby)

1 female (Nancy, age 16-25)

Next to William Bennitt. Also near William Reed, James Bennitt, Henry Thompson, Benjamin Thompson

1800 census Pine Creek, Lycoming Co., PA

Robert Bridgens

1 male 26-45 (Robert, age 35-45)

1 male age 10-16 (Thomas, age 10)

2 males under 10 (Robert, age 4 & William, age 2)

1 female 26-45 (Nancy, age 26-35)

1 female 10-16 (household help?)

3 females under 10 (Annie, age 8, Mary #1, age 6 & Sarah, age 2)

On same page as William, Thomas, Jonathan Reed

 

May 20, 1800 - son John B. born

1801 - daughter Margaret born

abt 1804 - daughter Mary #2 (Polly) born in PA

1805 - daughter Sally born

March 1807 - son Samuel born

1809 - daughter Elizabeth born

 

1810 census Dunstable, Lycoming Co., PA

Robert Bridgens

1 male over 45 (Robert, age 45-55)

2 males 16-26 (Thomas, age 20 & ??)

2 males age 10-16 (Robert, age 14 & William, age 12)

1 male under 10 (John, age 9 OR Samuel, age 3??)

1 female 26-45 (Nancy, age 36-45)

4 females under 10 (Margaret, age 9, Mary #2, age 6, Sally, age 5 & Elizabeth, age 1)

(Where is Mary #1, age 16 & Sarah, age 12?)

On same page as William Reed

 

1826 - Robert Bridgens died. He is buried in Great Island Cemetery, Allison Twp, Clinton Co., PA

 

1827 - land record refers to "heirs or legal representatives of Nancy Bridgen's, dec'd, late Nancy Bennett, of Shenango twp., Crawford County, Pennsylvania."

 

Robert Bridgens is the only match that comes up on the ancestry.com index if you do an exact search Bridgens in Pennsylvania.

Kari Northrup

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~knorthup/Webpage2/Ruth/Reid/Notes/NancyBennett.htm

 

Source:  Kari Northrup - http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~knorthup/Webpage2/Ruth/Reid/HTM%20Pages/WilliamBennettFamily.htm

 

Descendants of Robert Bridgens

 

     1         Robert Bridgens    b: Bet. 1755 - 1765 in Manchester, England   d: 1826 in Lock Haven, Clinton Co., PA     Burial: Great Island Cemetery, Allison Twp, Clinton Co., PA

.       +Nancy Bennett  b: Bet. 1765 - 1774 in Pennsylvania   m: June 06, 1789 in Prob Northumberland Co., PA  d: Bet. 1810 - 1820 in Lycoming Co., Pennsylvania               

     2         Thomas Bridgens   b: August 01, 1790 in Northumberland Co., PA  d: September 21, 1876 in Lock Haven, Clinton Co., PA    Burial: Highland Cemetery, Lock Haven, Clinton Co., PA

...     +Anna Van Gundy b: 1792  m: Abt. 1812 in Pennsylvania d: July 1815 in Glen Union, Clinton Co., PA   

     3         William Bridgens  b: August 08, 1813 in Pennsylvania  d: February 11, 1886            

....    +Rosanna Burney  b: Abt. 1826 in Lycoming (later Clinton) Co., PA  m: January 06, 1854 in Lock Haven, Clinton Co., PA  d: August 19, 1887 in Allison, Clinton Co., PA      

..   4         Thomas W. H. Bridgens  b: Abt. 1855 in Allison, Clinton Co., PA                                          

..   4         William Henry Bridgens  b: June 1858 in Allison, Clinton Co., PA  d: May 25, 1916 in Allison, Clinton Co., PA 

......          +Mary Reed   b: 1858 in Pennsylvania      m: September 10, 1891                        

..   4         Newton B. Bridgens  b: November 1860                                               

......          +Annie M. Spring   b: March 1868 in Pennsylvania  m: March 15, 1888 in Lock Haven, Clinton Co., PA            

..   4         Joseph Ritchey Bridgens  b: March 1861 in  Lock Haven, Clinton Co., PA

......          +Mary Marr  m: December 12, 1893 in Renovo, Clinton Co., PA   

                    

     3         Rachel Bridgens   b: Abt. 1814                                           

....    +Jayleaux                                                                      

     3         Henry Bridgens   b: July 1815 in Lock Haven, Clinton Co., PA d: August 15, 1855 in Flemington, Clinton Co., PA     

....    +Jane McCall Brady  b: July 20, 1823 in Mackeyville, Clinton Co., PA m: April 19, 1849   d: October 10, 1854 in Flemington, Clinton Co., PA             

..   4         William R. Bridgens   b: January 16, 1850 in Flemington, Clinton Co., PA

......          +Rachel Mozley  b: May 20, 1852 in Lairdsville, PA m: June 21, 1871                   

..   4         Thomas Wells Bridgens  b: May 02, 1852 in Clinton Co., PA,d: April 17, 1876 in Lock Haven, Clinton Co., PA    

        *2nd Wife of Thomas Bridgens:                                                                           

...     +Rosanna Ritchie aka: Rosanna RItchie  b: 1787 in Northumberland Co., PA   m: December 05, 1816 in Clinton Co., PA  d: March 02, 1858 in Lock Haven, Clinton Co., PA  Burial: Highland Cemetery, Lock Haven, Clinton Co., PA

 

     3         Robert Ritchie Bridgens b: October 10, 1817 in Bald Eagle Twp, Clinton Co., PA  d: May 13, 1890 in Lock Haven, Clinton Co., PA            

....    +Elizabeth Crawford  b: Abt. 1832 in Clinton Co., PA  m: 1850   d: Aft. May 1890 

     3         Nancy Bridgens b: 1820 in Bald Eagle Twp, Clinton Co., PA  d: Aft. 1880           

....    +M. Steward Law   b: Abt. 1815 in Pennsylvania  d: Aft. 1880

          

..   4         Rebecca Law  b: Abt. 1846 in Pennsylvania                                            

..   4         Lillie Law b: Abt. 1848 in Pennsylvania                                            

..   4         Margaret Law  b: Abt. 1856 in Pennsylvania                                             

......          +A. S. Hubard b: Abt. 1850 in Massachusetts

                                        

     3         Joseph Bridgens b: May 07, 1821 in Bald Eagle Twp, Clinton Co., PA d: November 29, 1893 in Flemington, Clinton, PA Burial: Highland Cemetery, Lock Haven, Clinton Co., PA

....    +Annie McKinley b: Bet. 1832 - 1844 in Pennsylvania  d: June 26, 1904 in Flemington, Clinton, PA    Burial: Highland Cemetery, Lock Haven, Clinton Co., PA

 

..   4         Harry A. Bridgens  b: November 1867 in Lock Haven, Clinton Co., PA                                       

......          +Henrietta  b: February 1868 in PA m: Abt. 1890 in Clinton Co., PA  d: February 1915 in Flemington, Clinton, PA 

..   4         Thomas B. Bridgens  b: April 1870 in Lock Haven, Clinton Co., PA                                

......          +Abbie Sieburt   b: April 1873 in Pennsylvania                                           

..   4         Ellen S. Bridgens  b: Abt. 1872                                           

     3         John Bridgens   b: Abt. 1823                                          

     3         Rosanna Bridgens  b: November 11, 1826 in Bald Eagle Twp, Clinton Co., PA                            d: July 04, 1894 in Allison Twp, Cinton Co., PA Burial: Muncy, Lycoming Co., PA

....    +George L. I. Painter  b: September 11, 1822 in Sunbury, Northumberland Co., PA m: March 25, 1852 in Lycoming Co., PA       

..   4         Emma A. Painter  b: Abt. 1853                                           

..   4         William Pusey Painter  b: September 15, 1855                                         

..   4         Rose B. Painter  b: Abt. 1857                                          

..   4         T. B. Painter  b: Abt. 1859     

                                     

3    Thomas W. Bridgens  b: November 04, 1829  

                                      

     2         Annie Bridgens  b: Abt. 1792 in Northumberland Co., PA  d: June 02, 1859 in Hyner, Clinton Co., PA     Burial: Dunnstown Cemetery, Woodward, Clinton Co., PA

...     +Nathan McCloskey  b: Abt. 1776 in Northumberland Co., PA m: Abt. 1806 d: December 04, 1854 in Colebrook, Clinton Co., PA    Burial: Dunnstown Cemetery, Woodward, Clinton Co., PA

 

     3         David McCloskey  b: October 21, 1807 in Lycoming (later Clinton) Co., PA  d: September 10, 1855    

....    +Nancy Caldwell  b: 1809                                   

     3         Nancy Agnes McCloskey b: May 11, 1809 in Lycoming (later Clinton) Co., PA                                     

....    +James Walsh                                                                             

     3         Mary A. McCloskey  b: December 27, 1810 in Lycoming (later Clinton) Co., PA                            d: March 16, 1891 in Lockport, Allison Twp, Clinton Co., PA         

     3         Felix McCloskey  b: February 19, 1813 in Lycoming (later Clinton) Co., PA d: August 20, 1894              

     3         Rachel McCloskey b: May 06, 1815 in Lycoming (later Clinton) Co., PA                                     

....    +Alexander Loder                                                                       

     3         Margaret McCloskey  b: August 15, 1817 in Lycoming (later Clinton) Co., PA

....    +Noah McKane                                                                            

     3         Robert McCloskey  b: May 16, 1819 in Lycoming (later Clinton) Co., PA d: April 06, 1889   

     3         Nathan McCloskey   b: March 04, 1821 in Lycoming (later Clinton) Co., PA  d: June 02, 1895   

     3         William McCloskey b: May 22, 1824 in Lycoming (later Clinton) Co., PA                                    

     3         Abner McCloskey  b: October 11, 1826 in Lycoming (later Clinton) Co., PA  d: July 1903 in Beech Creek, Clinton Co., PA       

     3         James A. McCloskey  b: March 18, 1829 in Lycoming (later Clinton) Co., PA  d: January 19, 1908 in North Bend, Clinton Co., PA        

     3         Elizabeth McCloskey   b: March 24, 1831 in Lycoming (later Clinton) Co., PA                                 

....    +George W. Stephenson                                                                           

     2         Mary Bridgens b: Abt. 1794 in Northumberland Co., PA                                          

     2         Robert Bridgens  b: June 14, 1796 in Lycoming (later Clinton) Co., PA d: May 31, 1882 in North Bend, Clinton, PA 

...     +Lois Summerson b: February 03, 1817 in Young Womanstown, Clinton Co., PA    m: Abt. 1835 in Clinton Co., PA  d: April 08, 1892 in North Bend, Clinton Co., PA        

   

 

 

          

     3         John B. Bridgens   b: March 04, 1836 in Lycoming (later Clinton) Co., PA d: January 15, 1893              

     3         James Warren Bridgens  b: September 28, 1838 in Lycoming (later Clinton) Co., PA  d: December 18, 1905 in Lock Haven, Clinton Co., PA Burial: Highland Cemetery, Lock Haven, Clinton Co., PA

....    +Mary E. Fearon   b: 1838    m: 1857   d: 1905 in Lock Haven, Clinton Co., PA  Burial: Highland Cemetery, Lock Haven, Clinton Co., PA

..   4         James Fearon Bridgens b: 1866                                   

..   4         Carrie M. Bridgens b: 1873                                   

..   4         Edward W. Bridgens  b: 1876                                    

..   4         Elizabeth Lois Bridgens b: December 07, 1885     

                                    

     3         Nancy Bridgens b: Abt. 1840 in Lycoming (later Clinton) Co., PA                                           

....    +John Quigley  b: 1840 in North Bend, Clinton Co., PA m: October 02, 1862                             

     3         Margaret Melissa Bridgens  b: October 1844 in North Bend, Clinton Co., PA  d: May 18, 1904   

....    +Dennis M. May                                                                          

     3         Sarah Ann Bridgens  b: 1847 in North Bend, Clinton Co., PA                                           

....    +Grant G. Reese  m: December 29, 1896                         

     3         Thomas J. Bridgens   b: 1849 in North Bend, Clinton Co., PA d: May 20, 1911   

     3         Robert Ritchie Bridgens  b: Abt. 1859 in North Bend, Clinton Co., PA  d: July 23, 1900 in Columbia Falls, Montana               

....    +Louise Grugan   b: Abt. 1865 in Colebrook, Clinton Co., PA  d: November 11, 1945 in Williamsport, Lycoming Co., PA 

 

     2         William Bridgens  b: September 14, 1797 in Lycoming (later Clinton) Co., PA  d: April 18, 1873 in Clearfield Co., PA  Burial: Bridgen's (Old Oak Hill) Cemetery, Clearfield Co., PA

...     +Rosanna Schenck  b: Abt. 1813 in Pennsylvania  m: Abt. 1831 d: August 19, 1887    

         

     3         Sarah Bridgens  b: January 22, 1832 in Covington, Clearfield Co., PA d: February 11, 1907 in Clinton Co., PA     

     3         Nancy Bridgens b: June 21, 1832 in Covington, Clearfield Co., PA  d: February 03, 1904            

....    +John M. Reiter b: November 13, 1822 in Karthaus, Clearfield Co., PA  d: January 22, 1903              

     3         Samuel Bridgens  b: Abt. 1835 in Covington, Clearfield Co., PA                                

     3         Lois Bridgens  b: Abt. 1837 in Covington, Clearfield Co., PA                                

     3         Thomas Bridgens  b: Abt. 1841 in Covington, Clearfield Co., PA                                

     3         Robert C. Bridgens  b: December 1844 in Covington, Clearfield Co., PA                                      

     3         William Bridgens  b: Abt. 1846 in Covington, Clearfield Co., PA                                 

3    Joseph Bridgens  b: Abt. 1848 in Covington, Clearfield Co., PA

                                

     2         Sarah Bridgens  b: Abt. 1798 in Lycoming (later Clinton) Co., PA                                           

...     +George Dunn  b: March 28, 1809 in Lock Haven, Clinton Co., PA m: December 08, 1831                         

     2         John B. Bridgens  b: May 20, 1800 in Lycoming (later Clinton) Co., PA  d: December 24, 1880 in Inman, McPherson Co., Kansas     

...     +Ruhamah Hall  b: December 06, 1810 in Halls Run, Renova, Clinton Co., PA       m: August 14, 1828 in Beech Creek, Clinton Co., PA    d: August 25, 1888 in Inman, McPerson Co., Kansas   

     3         Samuel Bridgens  b: July 09, 1829 in Lycoming (later Clinton) Co., PA d: July 09, 1829 in Lycoming (later Clinton) Co., PA  

     3         Robert Bridgens   b: June 18, 1830 in Clinton Co., PA  d: October 07, 1831 in Clinton Co., PA            

     3         Nancy L. Bridgens  b: April 15, 1832 in Clinton Co., PA  d: January 05, 1913              

....    +James Nelson Stout  b: Abt. 1828 in Pennsylvania m: February 16, 1854

                           

..   4         Florence Amelia Stout b: 1854  d: 1927   

......          +Lorenzo D. Thurston m: 1871                  

..   4         Mary Ruhannah Stout  b: 1857                                   

......          +Acquilla R. Mitchell  m: 1883                  

..   4         John Andrew Jackson Stout  b: 1859  d: 1920   

..   4         Prudence Stout  b: 1861 d: 1914   

..   4         Robert Bridgens Stout  b: 1864 d: 1945   

..   4         Anna Agnes Stout  b: 1866                                   

..   4         Ida May Stout b: 1867                                   

......          +Henry E. Bailey m: 1886                  

..   4         William Sherman Stout  b: 1870  d: 1871   

..   4         Minnie Lois Stout  b: 1872                                   

......          +Elmer E. Marshall  m: 1889                  

..   4         Mertie Elizabeth Stout   b: 1874                                   

......          +William Warrick  m: 1900    

             

     3         Robert Bridgens  b: May 25, 1834 in Lycoming (later Clinton) Co., PA  d: August 04, 1864 in Battle of Peachtree Creek, Fulton, Georgia        

     3         Jesse H. Bridgens b: February 26, 1836 in Lycoming (later Clinton) Co., PA d: April 03, 1900 in Yorkville, Kendall Co., IL   

     3         John Thomas Bridgens b: April 19, 1838 in Lycoming (later Clinton) Co., PA d: March 21, 1923 in Beech Creek, Clinton Co., PA       

     3         Joseph Alva Bridgens b: February 01, 1840 in Renovo, Clinton Co., PA d: September 22, 1920 in McPherson Co., KS            

     3         William Albert Bridgens  b: April 29, 1842 in Renovo, Clinton Co., PA d: May 19, 1915 in Beech Creek, Clinton Co., PA 

     3         Elizabeth Jane Bridgens b: June 08, 1844 in Renovo, Clinton Co., PA d: August 01, 1918

....    +Jacob Bonsell                                                                             

     3         Lois Amelia Bridgens  b: March 11, 1847 in Renovo, Clinton Co., PA  d: March 03, 1919 in Inman, McPherson Co., KS            

....    +Harrison Stansel  b: 1847  d: 1924   

..   4         Frank Stansel   b: 1886                                   

     3         Newton Wells Bridgens   b: August 30, 1849 in Renovo, Clinton Co., PA  d: February 28, 1911 in McPherson Co., KS            

     3         Marcus Bridgens b: June 07, 1852 in Kendall, Beaver Co., PA d: June 01, 1863   

     3         Charlotte Bridgens   b: June 21, 1855 in Kendall, Beaver Co., PA d: August 04, 1855 in Kendall, Beaver Co., PA 

     2         Margaret Bridgens  b: Abt. 1801 in Lycoming (later Clinton) Co., PA  d: 1849 in Chapman Twp, Clinton Co., PA   d: 1839   

        *2nd Husband of Margaret Bridgens:                                                                     

...     +Alexander Mahan   m: Bet. 1839 - 1849                               

     2         Mary Bridgens  b: Abt. 1804 in Lycoming (later Clinton) Co., PA  d: Aft. 1860           

...     +Marmaduke Marion Summerson  b: February 04, 1792 in Yorkshire, England      m: Abt. 1833 in Clinton Co., PA  d: Bet. 1850 - 1860 in Lycoming Co., PA              

     3         Robert Summerson   b: April 06, 1834  d: January 03, 1863 in Washington D. C.         Burial: Military Asylum Cemetery, Washington D.C.

     3         Ellen Summerson  b: April 30, 1835  d: December 16, 1870          

....    +[1] Martin Mayers  b: November 30, 1822 m: August 06, 1856  d: April 06, 1883 in North Bend, Clinton Co., PA    

     3         Joseph Summerson  b: 1837                                   

     3         Franklin Summerson b: October 15, 1838                                              

     3         Nancy Summerson  b: May 14, 1840 d: Aft. 1883           

....    +[1] Martin Mayers b: November 30, 1822 m: September 09, 1875 d: April 06, 1883 in North Bend, Clinton Co., PA    

     3         Joseph Albert Summerson b: July 31, 1842                                    

3    Frances Ann Summerson b: July 14, 1846        

                           

     2         Samuel Bridgens  b: March 1807 in Lycoming (later Clinton) Co., PA  d: August 13, 1889 in Lamar Twp, Centre Co., PA  Burial: Methodist Cemetery, Lamar Twp, Centre Co., PA

...     +Martha Porter b: August 1807 in Lamar, Clinton Co., PA  d: May 01, 1893 in Lamar Twp, Centre Co., PA  Burial: Methodist Cemetery, Lamar Twp, Centre Co., PA

 

     3         Nancy B. Bridgens  b: 1838                                   

     3         James Thomas Bridgens  b: December 06, 1840 in Lamar Twp, Centre Co., PA d: April 17, 1895 in Girard, Crawford Co., KS

....    +Rebecca Girard m: 1868 in Girard, Crawford Co., Kansas                          

3    William R. Bridgens  b: Abt. 1847 in Muncy, Clinton Co., PA d: November 11, 1910 in Sunbury, Northumberland Co., PA   

 

     2         Elizabeth Bridgens  b: Abt. 1809 in Clinton Co., PA d: 1880   

...     +Thomas Selfers                                                                          

        *2nd Husband of Elizabeth Bridgens:                                                                     

...     +Jacob Goodhart                                                                         

 

 

http://www.accessible.com/amcnty/PA/CentreClinton/Clinton110.htm

 

Linn, John Blair, History of Centre & Clinton Counties, pp. 583-593. CHAPTER CX.  CHAPMAN TOWNSHIP.

*Historical View of Clinton County, Pennsylvania by "D. S. Maynard" - 1875 Andrew Epple, by deed dated August 20, 1799, conveyed the same to Andrew Epple, Jr., who sold to Joseph Reed; the deed of conveyance, dated March 9th, 1802. On June 3d, 1805, Andrew Epple, Jr., conveyed the tract to John Philip De Haas. In May, 1810, De Haas sold the entire tract to John Quigley, by whom it was divided, and conveyed to different persons, his son Michael Quigley coming in possession of the larger portion, which he now holds, the balance of the original tract being principally owned at present by Robert Bridgens, Esc., and Hawley, Matthews & Quigley. While the "Young Womanstown farm" was in possession of Andrew Epple it was rented for a time by William Bennett who paid for the use thereof five pounds a year. It appears from a letter written in 1798, by Bennett to the owner of the land, that even at that early day there were from thirty to forty acres of the farm under cultivation. The following is a correct copy of the letter: Young Womans town Jan 19th 1798 Sir I take this opportunity to let you know that I am agoing to Move of your Place in the spring: my sons bein out at French Creek and they have a Mind to Move out their in the spring And I would be glade you would take this place of my hands and send some Man to it a Cording to your one Mind that you could be shoure of paying the rent I can get men a-nauf her that would take it But I would rather you would satisfy you Self I have a very good fall crop in the ground thir is 20 acres of Wheat and 11 of Ry and land fit for a prime Crop corn oats or flax all fit for the plough and they can have all the grane if them and me can agree there is men anof her that would Be glad of it but I would be glad you would Send Some Man to it that would pay you the Rent and give me no more trouble a Bout it Sir please to Send me an ancer By Mr Frances Fargy for I would be glad to know as quick as possabel and so I Remain your Hum Ser't WILLIAM BENNETT To Andrew Epple --------(on same page) It has a good hotel, built in 1872. It was once owned by Mrs. T.J. Black, and leased by H.C. Stover, but is now kept by A.M. Marshall. There is a shoe-shop and blacksmith-shop in the village.  The railroad company has a good passenger and freight depot, and telegraph office. Good schools are in operation eight months in the year, and the inhabitants show evidences of intelligence beyond that possessed by people of many country places. Near the place resides Robert Bridgens, who was one of the first three commissioners of Clinton county. He is now seventy-six years old. Several fine residences have been built in the place within the past few years. Among them are those of 'Squire Quigley, Robert Bridgens, J. H. Bailey & Co., J. W. Crawford and A. J. Quigley.

 

 

 

 

     

Children of ROBERT BRIDGENS and NANCY BENNETT are:

2.           i.     THOMAS3 BRIDGENS, b. August 04, 1790, Young Womanstown, Northumberland Co, PA; d. September 21, 1876, Lock Haven, Clinton Co, PA.

3.           ii.     ANNIE BRIDGENS, b. 1792, Northumberland Co, PA; d. June 02, 1859, Colebrook Twp, Clinton Co, PA or  Hyner, Clinton Co, PA.

             iii.     MARY BRIDGENS, b. 1794, Northumberland Co, PA.

 

Notes for MARY BRIDGENS:

May have died young

 

4.          iv.     ROBERT BRIDGENS, b. June 14, 1796, Northpoint, Lycoming Co., PA; d. May 31, 1882, North Bend, Clinton Co., PA.

5.          v.     SENATOR WILLIAM BRIDGENS, b. September 14, 1797, Lycoming Co, PA; d. April 18, 1873, Clearfield Co, PA.

             vi.     SARAH BRIDGENS, b. Abt. 1798; m. LEWIS GANN, December 08, 1831.

 

Notes for SARAH BRIDGENS:

For Sarah Bridgens, dau of Robert and Nancy Nee Bennett, I have birth as ca 1805 and married to Lewis Gann. Married  December 08, 1831, This info is from Lola Wallace records held at Pattee Library at PSU. She cites the marriages by John Grier (Great Isand Presbyterian Minister) for the information. I have not been able to trace this line, but only gave it a general search.

 

            vii.     MARGARET BRIDGENS, b. 1800; d. 1849; m. (1) ALEXANDER MAHON; m. (2) DAVID HANNA, November 23, 1820; b. 1800; d. May 02, 1839.

6.        viii.     JOHN B. BRIDGENS, b. May 20, 1800, Lycoming Co, PA [became Clinton Co]; d. December 24, 1880, Inman, McPherson Co, KS.

             ix.     MARGARET BRIDGENS, b. Abt. 1801.

7.          x.     MARY BRIDGENS, b. Abt. 1804.

8.          xi.     SAMUEL BRIDGENS, b. 1807, Lycoming Co, PA; d. October 13, 1889, Lamar Twp, Centre Co, PA.

            xii.     ELIZABETH BRIDGENS, b. Bet. 1808 - 1809, Lycoming Co, PA; d. 1880; m. (1) THOMAS JEFFERIES; m. (2) JACOB GOODHART.

 

 

Generation No. 2
 

2.  THOMAS3 BRIDGENS (ROBERT2, UNKNOWN1) was born August 04, 1790 in Young Womanstown, Northumberland Co, PA, and died September 21, 1876 in Lock Haven, Clinton Co, PA.  He married (1) ANNA VAN GUNDY.  She was born July 02, 1792, and died 1815.  He married (2) ROSANNA RITCHIE December 05, 1816 in Clinton Co,  PA.  She was born 1787 in Northumberland Co, PA, and died March 02, 1858 in Lock Haven, Clinton Co, PA.

 

Notes for THOMAS BRIDGENS:

Thomas B. Bridgens b: 1 Aug 1790 in Glen Union, Grugan Twp., Clinton, Pa

 Annie Bridgens b: 1792 in Glen Union, Grugan Twp., Clinton, Pa

 Mary Bridgens b: Abt 1794 in Glen Union, Grugan Twp., Clinton, Pa

 Robert Bridgens b: 14 Jun 1796 in North Bend, Chapman Twp, Clinton Co, PA

 Sarah Bridgens b: Abt 1798 in Glen Union, Grugan Twp., Clinton, Pa

 Margaret Bridgens b: 1800 in North Bend, Chapman Twp, Clinton Co, PA

 Samuel Bridgens b: Mar 1807 in Glen Union, Grugan Twp., Clinton, Pa

 John Bridgens b: Abt 1808 in Glen Union, Grugan Twp., Clinton, Pa

 Elizabeth Bridgens b: 1809 in Glen Union, Grugan Twp., Clinton, Pa

 William Bridgens b: 8 Aug 1813 in Glen Union, Grugan Twp., Clinton, Pa

 

 

1820 - Only Bridgens I find is son Thomas Bridgens in Bald Eagle, Lycoming Co, PA. Thomas is age 30, but oldest male in household is over age 45 so Robert was probably living with him. No female over age 45, so probably Nancy died.

1820 census Bald Eagle, Lycoming Co., PA

Thomas Bridgens 220011-11210-01

1 male over 45 (Robert, age 55-65)

1 male 26-45 (Thomas, age 30)

2 males 10-16 (Samuel, age 13)

2 males under 10 (Henry, age 5 & Robert, age 3)

1 female 26-45 (Rosanna, age 30)

2 females 16-26 (Margaret, age 19, Mary, age 16)

1 female 10-16 (Elizabeth, age 11)

1 female under 10 (??)

 

Thomas is on the 1830 census of Dunstable, Lycoming Co., PA. Clinton Co. was formed from Lycoming co., PA in 1839, and Thomas is on the 1840 census of Allison, Clinton Co., PA, and on 1850 census of Lock Haven, Clinton Co., PA. In 1850, he and Rosanna are both age 60, and Thomas' occupation is County Commissioner.

 

He married (1) ANNA VAN GUNDY, daughter of HENRY VAN GUNDY and NANCY BURNEY.  She was born 1792, and died 02 Jul 1815 in Glen Union, Clinton, Pennsylvania.  He married (2) ROSANNA RITCHIE 05 Dec 1816 in Jersey Shore, Clinton, Pennsylvania, daughter of ROBERT RITCHIE and ROSANNA WILSON.  She was born 1787 in Chillisquaque, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, and died 24 Mar 1858 in Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania.

 

Thomas was living by himself in Lock Haven in 1870 still working as a farmer.

 

Source; Kari Northrup - http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~knorthup/Webpage2/Ruth/Reid/Notes/NancyBennett.htm

 

 

More About THOMAS BRIDGENS:

Burial: Highland Cemetery, Lock Haven, Clinton Co, PA

 

Notes for ANNA VAN GUNDY:

Elizabeth Jane Bridgens b: June 08, 1844 in Renovo, Clinton Co., PA d: August 01, 1918

 

Notes for ROSANNA RITCHIE:

In old Lock Haven there were at least two public cemeteries Old Lock Haven Cemetery and Great Island Presbyterian Cemetery. Both fell into disrepair and forced the relatives of the people interred there to move them from the late 1800's to early 1900's. Linns history of Centre and Clinton Counties has a small listing of old burials in the Great Island Cemetery. Among them was a Rozina Bridgens, wife of Thomas. died 3/2/1858 age 71. She is now in Highland Cemetery, a 15 to 18 foot obelisk marks the site, on this marker is also her husband Thomas Bridgens 8/1/1790-9/21/1876. Thomas may have been first buried in the old Great Island cemetery too and later moved, I cannot be sure. This obelisk is quite nice, and most of the markers removed from the G.I Cem. to Highland are of White marble, and are tablets. So it seems to me that this marker was made after the move, if the bodies were really moved. Most of the bodies and wooden caskets were beyond anything that could be relocated, so I understand that a small bit of dirt was transported to the new site.

Dave Wallace via Kari Northrup

 

More About ROSANNA RITCHIE:

Burial: Highland Cemetery, Lock Haven, Clinton Co, PA

     

Children of THOMAS BRIDGENS and ANNA VAN GUNDY are:

              i.     WILLIAM4 BRIDGENS, b. August 08, 1813, PA; d. February 11, 1886; m. ROSANNA BURNEY, January 06, 1854, Lock Haven, Clinton Co, PA; b. February 09, 1823, Lycoming Co, PA; d. August 18, 1887.

 

Notes for WILLIAM BRIDGENS:

William Bridgens (son of Thomas) obit says that after his mother died in 1815 he was cared for by his grandmother, but that she also died "in a short time" and that he was then cared for by his uncle Alex Grugan until he was age 18.

The Rosanna Bridgens you have listed as death date of 8/19/1887 is; William Bridgens 8/8/1813-2/11/1886 72y 6m 3d Highland Cemetery

Rosanna Nee Burney Bridgens, 2/9/1823-8/18/1887 64y 6m 10d Highland

Cemetery.

It is believed that these two burials were also re-moved from G.I. Presby. Cem.

 

1880 U.S. Census:

 

 Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace

 William BRIDGENS   Self   M   Male   W   67   PA   Farmer   PA   PA 

 Rosanna BRIDGENS   Wife   M   Female   W   56   PA   Keeping House   PA   PA 

 Thomas R. BRIDGENS   Son   S   Male   W   24   PA   At School   PA   PA 

 Henry BRIDGENS   Son   S   Male   W   22   PA   Laborer   PA   PA 

 Newton BRIDGENS   Son   S   Male   W   20   PA   At School   PA   PA 

 Richie BRIDGENS   Son   S   Male   W   18   PA   Laborer   PA   PA 

 Tacey YOST   Other   S   Female   W   10   PA   Servant   PA   PA 

 Jane BURNEY   Other   W   Female   W   54   PA   Servant   PA   PA 

 

Source Information:

  Census Place Allison, Clinton, Pennsylvania

  Family History Library Film   1255113

  NA Film Number   T9-1113

  Page Number   542A

 

Obituary (not identified) -(Prob Renovo Record, or a Lock Haven Paper)

 

From The files of Lola Welsh Wallace, held at Pattee Library, PSU Campus, Labor and Industry Archives.

In memory of William Bridgens who died at his home in Allison Twp., 11 Feb. 1886, I beg to give a short sketch of his life, which seems but meet for one who lived to old age and died honored and respected by all his neighbors. In what is now called Grugan Township he first saw the light of day, being the first born son of Thomas Bridgens late of LocK Haven, by his first wife, daughter of Henry VanGundy. William's mother dying when he was only two years old he was left to the care of his Grandmother, but in a short time she too went the way of all the earth. He was then cared for by his uncle, Alex Grugan, until eighteen years of age. His father having become a successful farmer desired his assistance. Well do I remember his grief and mortification when compelled by his father to leave the abode of his childhood, nor was the grief of those he left much less. From this on his occupation was that of farming in the summer and lumbering in the winter. The way men lumbered in those days was a hard and laborious business exposed to cold and rain, and when lumber was rafted to the tower markets the men were compelled to walk back. This was a killing task, as all who tried it know, and Mr. Bridgens being of weak constitution became a old man ere he reached middle life. On Jan 6, 1854 he married Miss Rose Burney, a valuable helpmate indeed, her leading traits being industry, perseverance and courage. As an assistant she never faltered. She still survives her husband. Four sons also are living, viz: Thomas, N.M.; W.H.; and J.R. Bridgens, all now grown to manhood. The funeral was largely attended by his friends and immediate neighbors. All expressed sympathy and many testified to his truthfulness, kindness and honesty. The services took place at his residence and were conducted by Rev. Nesbitt, who delivered a learned and pathetic discourse. His remains were conveyed to Highland cemetery and there deposited, the first of his family or kin in that city of the dead. Thus lived and passed away one of nature's nobleman. As a man he was unassuming; as a husband and father indulgent and kind; as my foster brother the guardian of my boyhood days. I bear cheerful testimony to his goodness and kindness of heart and in sorrow drop a tear for him who so oft bore me in his arms before my infant feet had learned to speed. In him the Democratic lose a strong adherent. Togethe

with his wife and sons accumulated considerable property, so that his family are left financially in good circumstances.

CG

(Prob. Coleman Grugan)

 

 

              ii.     RACHEL BRIDGENS, b. Abt. 1814.

             iii.     NANCY BRIDGENS, b. Abt. 1820.

 

     

Children of THOMAS BRIDGENS and ROSANNA RITCHIE are:

             iv.     ROBERT RITCHIE4 BRIDGENS, b. October 10, 1817, Bald Eagel Twp, Clinton Co, PA.

 

Notes for ROBERT RITCHIE BRIDGENS:

Obituary Transcript from the Lock Haven Express, Tuesday, May 13, 1890:

 

Crossed The Dark River

Hon. R. R. Bridgens Called to His Eternal Home This Morning

A Life of Honor and Usefulness

 

A Representative Citizen of Lock Haven Who Has Held Many Positions of Trust - His Death Was Not Unexpected But a Sad Blow to His Many Friends - Time of Funeral The announcement at an early hour this forenoon of the death of Hon. R. R. Bridgens was a shock to the community and a sad surprise to his most intimate friends.  It was generally known that his illness was of a serious nature, though but few knew that for several days past his condition was critical and his demise expected to occur at any hour.  At eight o'clock this morning the death angel called, and the spirit of R. R. Bridgens passed into the great beyond and an active life ended.

The deceased was one of Lock Haven's most prominent citizens, and had a large circle of acquaintances extending beyond the limits of the Commonwealth.  His life was a busy one.  He was born on the old Bridgens homestead farm, a short distance west of this city, on October 10, 1817.  His father and mother, Thomas and Rosana Bridgens, were among the earliest settlers in the county.  R. R. Bridgens passed his early years on the farm and at the age of nineteen, in partnership with James Welch, began the business of contractor, his first venture being the excavating of a section of the West Branch canal, near Ferney Run.  The contract was completed, but the completion of that part of the canal was abandoned shortly after.  From that period down to within a few years of his death Mr. Bridgens was continually interested in large business operations.  For many years he was engaged largely in lumbering and afterwards in railroad contracting.  From the first, success crowned his efforts and he became one of the substantial and influential men of the place.  In the year 1857 he was appointed to take charge of the canals in this section of the State, receiving his commission from the canal commissioners and holding it until the canals were sold.  His close attention to the details of that office and the duties connected with it gave entire satisfaction to all concerned.  His last railroad contract was in Columbia county, and since then he has lived in peaceful retirement, enjoying the comforts of his elegant residence in this city, and the company of his amiable wife, who survives him.  He was married in 1850 to Elizabeth Crawford, daughter of the late Allison Crawford.  In politics he belonged to the old Democratic school and was an active member of the party.  Mr. Bridgens, although an active politician, never craved for office, though he at one time, at the earnest solicitation of his friends, was Mayor of the City of Lock Haven for one term.  In manner he was unassuming; in his dealings with his fellow men, honest, and upright, and his undeviating integrity is worthy of emulation and commendation.  Two sisters, Mrs. M. S. Law, of this city, and Mrs. George I. Painter, of Muncy, and one brother Joseph Bridgens, of Bald Eagle Valley, survive him.  His illness began about six weeks ago, and it was only for a little more than two weeks that he was confined to his bed.  Up to last Saturday he was able to converse with his friends, but since then he failed rapidly, and as stated above his demise occurred at an early hour this forenoon.  The news of his death quickly spread throughout the city and there is expressions of deep regret that his life is ended.

The funeral will take place on Friday afternoon.  Funeral services will be conducted at the late residence of the deceased on West Main Street, at 2 o'clock, by Rev. Joseph Nesbitt.  Interment will be made in Highland Cemetery.

 

Source: Kari Northrup

 

 

             v.     NANCY BRIDGENS, b. 1820, Bald Eagel Twp, Clinton Co, PA; m. M. STEWARD LAW; b. Abt. 1815.

             vi.     JOSEPH BRIDGENS, b. May 07, 1821, Bald Eagel Twp, Clinton Co, PA; d. November 29, 1893, Flemington, Clinton Co, PA; m. ANNIE MCKINLEY; b. PA.

 

Notes for JOSEPH BRIDGENS:

An article from the Williamsport Grit, March 24, 1883:

 

An Italian laborer attempted an outrage on a little daughter of Mr. Jos. Bridgens, who resides near Flemington, while returning home from the Normal school on Monday evening.  The little girl, who is about ten years of age, and her brother Harry, while on their road homeward, in passing through a piece of woods, back of the Normal, the man seized the girl and was about to make off with her, when her brother, who was some distance ahead, heard her cries and rushed back to see what the difficulty was, and the Italian, noticing his pursuer fled, doubtless saving the child from a dastardly outrage.  This fiend, in human form, should be hunted down like a rabid dog.

 

 

            vii.     JOHN BRIDGENS, b. Abt. 1823.

           viii.     ROSANNA BRIDGENS, b. November 11, 1826, Bald Eagel Twp, Clinton Co, PA; d. July 04, 1894, Allison Twp, Clinton Co, PA; m. GEORGE L. I. PAINTER, March 25, 1852, Lycoming Co, PA; b. September 11, 1822, Sunbury, PA.

 

More About ROSANNA BRIDGENS:

Burial: Muncy, Lycoming Co, PA

 

Notes for GEORGE L. I. PAINTER:

I have not researched this family

 

             ix.     THOMAS W. BRIDGENS, b. November 04, 1829.

 

 

3.  ANNIE3 BRIDGENS (ROBERT2, UNKNOWN1) was born 1792 in Northumberland Co, PA, and died June 02, 1859 in Colebrook Twp, Clinton Co, PA or  Hyner, Clinton Co, PA.  She married NATHAN MCCLOSKEY.  He was born Abt. 1776 in Northumberland Co, PA, and died December 04, 1854 in Colebrook Twp, Clinton Co, PA.

 

Notes for ANNIE BRIDGENS:

Methodist Episcopal Church Cemetery, or the old cemetery, the grounds for which were given for burial purposes by William Dunn, has a most delightful location on a very beautiful eminence overlooking the West Branch and "Great Island." Among the old citizens here interred are:

 

Nathan McCloskey, died Dec. 4, 1854, aged 78; his wife, Ann, died June 2, 1859, aged 67.

 

 

More About ANNIE BRIDGENS:

Burial: Methodist Episcopal Church Cemetery, Dunnstown, Clinton Co, PA

 

Notes for NATHAN MCCLOSKEY:

Will for Nathan at the Clinton Co courthouse.

 

Source for this family Kari Northrup

 

More About NATHAN MCCLOSKEY:

Burial: Dunnstown Cemetery, Woodward, Clinton Co, Pa

     

Children of ANNIE BRIDGENS and NATHAN MCCLOSKEY are:

              i.     DAVID4 MCCLOSKEY, b. October 21, 1807, Lycoming Co, PA; d. September 10, 1855; m. NANCY CALDWELL; b. 1809.

              ii.     NANCY AGNES MCCLOSKEY, b. May 11, 1809, Lycoming Co, PA; m. JAMES WALSH.

             iii.     MARY A. MCCLOSKEY, b. December 27, 1810, Lycoming Co, PA; d. March 16, 1891, Lockport, Allison Twp, Clinton Co, PA; m. WILLIAM RITCHIE, 1832; b. July 28, 1806, Ferney's Run, Lycoming, PA; d. March 10, 1887, Lock Haven, Clinton Co, PA.

 

Notes for MARY A. MCCLOSKEY:

Linn, John Blair, History of Centre & Clinton Counties, pp. 668-672.:

WILLIAM RICHIE was born July 28, 1806, one mile west of Ferney's Run, and was of Scotch-Irish parentage. His father's name was Edward Richie. He was educated at Welsh's school-house, on the Bald Eagle. In 1832 he began business on his own account at North Bend, where he was engaged one year in farming and lumbering. From there he removed to Burney's. He was actively engaged in lumbering operations on Ferney's Run from 1820 to 1862. He served for fifteen years as school director,

 

Notes for WILLIAM RITCHIE:

Linn, John Blair, History of Centre & Clinton Counties, pp. 668-672.:

WILLIAM RICHIE was born July 28, 1806, one mile west of Ferney's Run, and was of Scotch-Irish parentage. His father's name was Edward Richie. He was educated at Welsh's schoolhouse, on the Bald Eagle. In 1832 he began business on his own account at North Bend, where he was engaged one year in farming and lumbering. From there he removed to Burney's. He was actively engaged in lumbering operations on Ferney's Run from 1820 to 1862. He served for fifteen years as school director, and for many years as overseer of the poor. He was married in 1832 to Mary McCloskey, of Bakerstown. He has always been a prominent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

 

 

1880 U.S. Census (Woodward, Clinton, Pennsylvania)

 

 Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace

 Wm. RITCHIE   Self   M   Male   W   73   PA   Farmer   PA   PA 

 Wm. W. RITCHIE   Son   W   Male   W   36   PA   Farmer   PA   PA 

 Chas. H. RITCHIE   GSon   S   Male   W   8   PA      PA   PA 

 Wm. MC COLLINS   Other   S   Male   W   19   PA   Servant   ---   PA 

 Mary KINSLEY   Other   S   Female   W   18   PA   Servant   SWITZ   SWITZ 

 

 

             iv.     FELIX MCCLOSKEY, b. February 19, 1813, Lycoming Co, PA; d. August 20, 1894.

             v.     RACHEL MCCLOSKEY, b. May 06, 1815, Lycoming Co, PA; m. ALEXANDER LODER.

             vi.     MARGARET MCCLOSKEY, b. May 15, 1817, Lycoming Co, PA; m. NOAH MCKANE.

            vii.     ROBERT MCCLOSKEY, b. May 16, 1819.

           viii.     NATHAN MCCLOSKEY, b. March 04, 1821, Lycoming Co, PA; d. June 02, 1895.

             ix.     WILLIAM MCCLOSKEY, b. May 22, 1824, Lycoming Co, PA.

             x.     ABNER MCCLOSKEY, b. October 11, 1826, Lycoming Co, PA; d. July 1903, Beech Creek, Clinton Co, PA [was Lycoming]; m. ABIGAIL MASON, February 24, 1853, Clinton Co, PA; b. 1833; d. 1904, Beech Creek, Clinton Co, PA [was Lycoming].

             xi.     JAMES A. MCCLOSKEY, b. March 18, 1829, Lycoming Co, PA; d. January 19, 1908, North Bend, Clinton Co, PA; m. JANE ELLEN BAIRD, June 22, 1852, North Bend, Clinton Co, PA; b. January 27, 1827, Lycoming, Clinton, PA; d. August 17, 1899, North Bend, Clinton Co, PA.

            xii.     ELIZABETH MCCLOSKEY, b. March 24, 1831, Lycoming Co, PA; m. GEORGE W. STEPHENSON.

 

 

4.  ROBERT3 BRIDGENS (ROBERT2, UNKNOWN1) was born June 14, 1796 in Northpoint, Lycoming Co., PA, and died May 31, 1882 in North Bend, Clinton Co., PA.  He married LOIS SUMMERSON in North Bend, Clinton Co, PA.  She was born February 03, 1817 in Young Womanstown, Lycoming Co, PA, and died April 08, 1892 in North Bend, Clinton Co., PA.

 

Notes for ROBERT BRIDGENS:

Biography and pen and ink portrait of Robert in History of Centre and Clinton Counties by John Blair Linn 1883

 

Linn, John Blair, History of Centre & Clinton Counties, pp. 489-494.

The Mill Hall meeting (1839) nominated for Prothonotary, Philip Krebs, of Mill Hall, who had been prothonotary of Lycoming County; John P. McElrath, of Bald Eagle, for sheriff; for Commissioners, Anthony Kleckner, of Logan, Hugh White, of Bald Eagle, and Joseph Hanna, of Dunstable; Coroner, James Carscadden, of Flemington; Auditors, John N. Chatham, of Wayne, Cephas Bachelor, of Colebrook, Joseph F. Quay. This ticket was elected with two exceptions: John Miller was chosen sheriff, and Robert Bridgens one of the county commissioners.

 

Linn, John Blair, History of Centre & Clinton Counties, pp. 583-593:

The subject of this sketch, Robert Bridgens, Esq., was born at Young Womanstown, Clinton (then Lycoming) Co., Pa., on June 14, 1796, where he died on the morning of the 31st day of May, 1882, having resided all his life at the place of his birth. Young Womanstown is a beautiful plat of level land situate on the West Branch of the Susquehanna, about twenty-five miles west of Lock Haven, immediately above the point where Young Woman's Creek empties into the river. The name of the locality is of Indian origin, and was once the seat of an Indian village, at which frequent gatherings of the aborigines occurred, the traditions of which are, however, clouded in more or less obscurity and doubt.

 

Mr. Bridgens belonged to a family of old settlers, nearly all of whom lived to reach an age far beyond the usual number of years accorded to man. He was by occupation a farmer during all his life, but was sometimes also largely engaged in the business of manufacturing, buying, and selling square timber. In 1838, when Muncy was the head of canal navigation, he, with others, had a steamboat built for the purpose of towing arks, etc., from that point to localities "up the river," and of this propeller he accepted the captaincy. The enterprise, however, did not prove a practical or remunerative one, and after a thorough trial was abandoned.

 

When Clinton County was formed in 1839, Mr. Bridgens was elected one of its first county commissioners. By the act of Assembly erecting the county it was provided that the person having the highest vote for commissioner should serve for three years, the second highest for two years, and the third highest for one year. The vote stood: for Hugh White, 560; for Robert Bridgens, 555; and for Anthony Kleckner, 540. The record declares these to have been the three highest in the vote, but does not give the vote cast for other candidates. In 1841, Mr. Bridgens was re-elected for a full term of three years by a vote of 725 to 640 for Robert McCormick, a worthy man, whose family connection in the new county was very large. This result clearly shows the public confidence in Mr. Bridgens at the time, for in addition to the fair personal standing and large family connection of his opponent in nearly every part of the county, Mr. Bridgens was forced to contend with the questions of the plans, location, cost, and building of the new court-house and jail, as well as other annoying issues that naturally accompany the organization of a new county. This was the last public office Mr. Bridgens filled, or was a candidate for, though he ever retained his personal influence, and it is believed never missed an election.

 

In 1846, Mr. Bridgens joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he remained an active, consistent, and leading member until death severed his connection with it. All his life he was distinguished for acts of benevolence, good will, and hospitality, and friends, acquaintances, and even strangers were always cordially received or kindly treated when they called upon visits or for food and shelter. Mr. Bridgens ever retained the friendship and respect of all who knew him, and he died without an enemy. He was a successful business man, a kind parent, a benevolent neighbor, an ardent friend, upright, truthful, generous, and an honest man. A widow and seven children survive him, the latter being J. Warren Bridgens, a prominent merchant of Lock Haven; John, Thomas, and Robert Bridgens, who follow the occupation of their father; Nancy, wife of John Quigley, of Young Womanstown; Melissa, wife of D.M. May, Esq., of Renovo; and Miss Sade Bridgens.

 

 

From "Census Index: U.S. Selected States/Counties, 1860"

Bridgens, John, State : PA, County : Clinton Co., Location : Beech Clark Townsh, Page # : 061

Bridgens, John, State : PA, County : Clinton Co., Location : Lock Haven,        Page # : 287

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1870

Clinton Co, Chapman Twp, Pa

Robert Bridgens       age 79 male farmer bn Pa

Lois                     age 53 female              "

John                     age 34 male        labor              "

Thomas              age 22 or 26 male labor bn PA

Melissa              age 23 female              "

Sarah                     age 21 "               "

Robert              age 11 male                     "

Charles Bryon       age 18 male labor bn in New York

 

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  Household:

 

 Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace

 Robert BRIDGENS   Self   M   Male   W   83   PA   Farmer   PA   PA 

 Lois BRIDGENS   Wife   M   Female   W   63   PA   Keeping House   ENG   PA 

 John BRIDGENS   Son   S   Male   W   44   PA   Farm Laborer   PA   PA 

 Thomas J. BRIDGENS   Son   S   Male   W   31   PA   Farm Laborer   PA   PA 

 Sadie A. BRIDGENS   Dau   S   Female   W   33   PA      PA   PA 

 Robert BRIDGENS   Son   S   Male   W   21   ---   Farm Laborer   ---   --- 

 Naomi BURNEY   Other   S   Female   W   26   PA   Servant   PA   PA 

 

 

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Source Information:

  Census Place Chapman, Clinton, Pennsylvania

  Family History Library Film   1255113

  NA Film Number   T9-1113

  Page Number   458C  

 

Captain Robert Bridgens whose birth dates back to the year 1796, and whose death occured in 1882, located here when quite a young man. He ran the first Steamboat that ever plied upon the waters of the West Branch. He was one of the Board Of Commissioners chosen at the first election, after the organization of Clinton County, and was a most respected and honored offical and citizen. The date of the election was the second Tuesday in October, of 1839.

Past and Present Clinton County, by J. Milton Furey

 

 

Children of ROBERT BRIDGENS and LOIS SUMMERSON are:

              i.     JOHN B.4 BRIDGENS, b. March 04, 1836; d. January 15, 1893, PA.

 

More About JOHN B. BRIDGENS:

Burial: Northbend, Clinton Co, PA

 

              ii.     JAMES WARREN BRIDGENS, b. September 28, 1838, Lock Haven, Clinton Co., PA; d. December 18, 1905, PA; m. MARY E. FEARON, 1867, Clinton Co, PA.

 

Notes for JAMES WARREN BRIDGENS:

James was a retail dry goods merchant in Lock Haven in 1870 and 1880.

 

J.W.BRIDGENS

 

Was born Sept., 23, 1838 at Youngwomanstown Creek Town.Clinton County, PA. His father was Robert Bridgens, one of the first Commissioners of Clinton County, Pa. J.W. recieved his education in the common schools. He remained on his fathers farm until 1862, when he came to Lock Haven, and went into the mercantile business as a partner of F.J Troxell. This partnership lasted for eight years. In 1868 the partnership was disolved and the stock divided. Mr. Bridgens then started a store on Clinton Avenue, where he remained for nearly five years. He then moved his present room on Main Street, where he has remained ever since. Mr. Bridgens is now serving his second term as School Director from the Third Ward of Lock Haven. He is also one of the Trustee's of the Lock Haven Normal School. He is ably assisted in the mercantile business by his son James F Bridgens.

Source; Past and Present Clinton County, by J. Milton Furey

 

An article from the Lock Haven Express, Tuesday, December 29, 1891:

 

A Girl Enveloped in Flames

Miss Nora Quinlan, who lives with the family of J. W. Bridgens, West Church Street, had a narrow escape last evening from being horribly burned.  The family were at supper, and the girl was about to light the hanging lamp in the sitting room.  A small table was covered with cloth with fringe around its edge.  Nora struck a match on the edge of the table, and immediately after the fringe ignited and was in flames.  The fire communicated to her clothing, and when her screams brought Mr. Bridgens and his son James into the room she was enveloped by the flames.  Mr. Bridgens gave his attention to the girl while his son extinguished the flames about the table.  The girls clothing was nearly all burned off her before Mr. Bridgens succeeded in extinguishing the flames, which was finally accomplished by wrapping an overcoat about her person.  Strange to say, she was not burned in the least, but Mr. Bridgens was badly burned on both hands.  Had Mr. Bridgens and his son not been present it is quite likely the girl would have been burned to death.

 

Children of JAMES BRIDGENS and MARY FEARON are:

     i.     JAMES FEARON4 BRIDGENS, b. 07 Oct 1867, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania; d. 03 May 1951, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania; m. HELENE WHITNEY MEGINNIS, 24 Oct 1922, Boston, Massachusetts; b. Abt. 1881, Maryland.

 

Notes for JAMES FEARON BRIDGENS:

Williamsport, Pennsylvania Directories, 1889-92

 

Name:    James F. Bridgens

Location 1:    19 E Main 

City:    Lock Haven 

State:    PA 

Occupation:    drygoods and grocers 

Business Name:    Bridgens J. W. & Son 

 

 

     ii.     ROBERT MCELRATH BRIDGENS, b. 25 Mar 1871, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania.

     iii.     CARRIE MAY BRIDGENS, b. 06 Apr 1873, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania; d. 11 Nov 1947, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania.

 

Notes for CARRIE MAY BRIDGENS:

Obituary transcript from the Gazette and Bulletin (Williamsport, PA), November 12, 1947:

Carrie M. Bridgens Dies at Lock Haven

Carrie M. Bridgens, 326 W. Church Street, died at 4 p.m. Tuesday, November 11, 1947, at her home.

The daughter of the late James Warren and Mary Fearon Bridgens, pioneer settlers of Clinton county, she was a member of the Great Island Presbyterian Church.  Also Miss Bridgens was a member of the Lock Haven Civic Club, the Clinton County Historical Society, and the Delphian Society.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Samuel H. Fredericks, one brother, James F. Bridgens, both of Lock Haven; and a nephew, Samuel H. Fredericks Jr., of Jersey Shore.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday from the funeral home, 221 Second Street.  The Rev. James F. Neill will officiate, and burial will be made in Highland Cemetery. 

Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon.

 

     iv.     EDWARD W. BRIDGENS, b. 07 Oct 1876, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania; d. 04 Jul 1903, Chicago, Cook, Illinois; m. LILLIAN EARHART.

 

Notes for EDWARD W. BRIDGENS:

Obituary for Edward Bridgens for the Williamsport Grit July 5, 1903:

 

Mr. Bridgens Dead in Chicago

Lock Haven, July 4 - Edward Bridgens, son of Associate Judge J. W. Bridgens, died in Chicago this morning.  He was operated upon two days ago for appendicitis.  He was employed by Kistler & Co. of this place to look after their Chicago interests.

 

     v.     ELIZABETH LOIS BRIDGENS, b. 1885, Beech Creek, Clinton, Pennsylvania; d. 1966, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania; m. SAMUEL HARVEY FREDERICK, 29 Dec 1908, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

 

Notes for MARY E. FEARON:

The Lock Haven Express, June 1, 1914:

Mrs. J. W. Bridgens, of West Church street, accompanied by her son, James F., and daughter, Miss Carrie M., were Memorial day visitors at North Bend.

 

             iii.     NANCY E. BRIDGENS, b. Abt. 1840; d. September 16, 1911, Northbend, Clinton Co, PA; m. JOHN QUIGLEY, October 02, 1862, Clinton Co,  PA.

 

More About NANCY E. BRIDGENS:

Burial: Northbend, Cemetery, Clinton Co, PA

 

             iv.     MARGARET MELISSA BRIDGENS, b. October 1844, Young Womanstown, PA; d. April 18, 1904, Renovo, Clinton Co., PA; m. DENNIS M. MAY, June 23, 1870, Clinton Co,  PA.

 

Notes for MARGARET MELISSA BRIDGENS:

Children of JAMES BRIDGENS and MARY FEARON are:

     i.     JAMES FEARON4 BRIDGENS, b. 07 Oct 1867, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania; d. 03 May 1951, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania; m. HELENE WHITNEY MEGINNIS, 24 Oct 1922, Boston, Massachusetts; b. Abt. 1881, Maryland.

 

Notes for JAMES FEARON BRIDGENS:

Williamsport, Pennsylvania Directories, 1889-92

 

Name:    James F. Bridgens

Location 1:    19 E Main 

City:    Lock Haven 

State:    PA 

Occupation:    drygoods and grocers 

Business Name:    Bridgens J. W. & Son 

 

 

     ii.     ROBERT MCELRATH BRIDGENS, b. 25 Mar 1871, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania.

     iii.     CARRIE MAY BRIDGENS, b. 06 Apr 1873, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania; d. 11 Nov 1947, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania.

 

Notes for CARRIE MAY BRIDGENS:

Obituary transcript from the Gazette and Bulletin (Williamsport, PA), November 12, 1947:

Carrie M. Bridgens Dies at Lock Haven

Carrie M. Bridgens, 326 W. Church Street, died at 4 p.m. Tuesday, November 11, 1947, at her home.

The daughter of the late James Warren and Mary Fearon Bridgens, pioneer settlers of Clinton county, she was a member of the Great Island Presbyterian Church.  Also Miss Bridgens was a member of the Lock Haven Civic Club, the Clinton County Historical Society, and the Delphian Society.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Samuel H. Fredericks, one brother, James F. Bridgens, both of Lock Haven; and a nephew, Samuel H. Fredericks Jr., of Jersey Shore.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday from the funeral home, 221 Second Street.  The Rev. James F. Neill will officiate, and burial will be made in Highland Cemetery. 

Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon.

 

     iv.     EDWARD W. BRIDGENS, b. 07 Oct 1876, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania; d. 04 Jul 1903, Chicago, Cook, Illinois; m. LILLIAN EARHART.

 

Notes for EDWARD W. BRIDGENS:

Obituary for Edward Bridgens for the Williamsport Grit July 5, 1903:

 

Mr. Bridgens Dead in Chicago

Lock Haven, July 4 - Edward Bridgens, son of Associate Judge J. W. Bridgens, died in Chicago this morning.  He was operated upon two days ago for appendicitis.  He was employed by Kistler & Co. of this place to look after their Chicago interests.

 

     v.     ELIZABETH LOIS BRIDGENS, b. 1885, Beech Creek, Clinton, Pennsylvania; d. 1966, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania; m. SAMUEL HARVEY FREDERICK, 29 Dec 1908, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania.

 

 

18.  MARGARET MELISSA3 BRIDGENS (ROBERT2, ROBERT1) was born Oct 1844 in North Bend, Clinton, Pennsylvania, and died 18 May 1904 in North Bend, Clinton, Pennsylvania.  She married DENNIS M. MAY 23 Jun 1870.  He was born Jun 1843 in Pennsylvania, and died Aft. 1904.

 

Notes for MARGARET MELISSA BRIDGENS:

Obituary transcript from the Williamsport Grit May 22, 1904:

 

Mrs. Margaret M. May, wife of former sheriff D. M. May, died Wednesday night of heart disease, after a prolonged illness.  She was aged 60 years and is survived by her husband and five children:  Helen, Florence, Anna, and William of Renovo and Edwin of Chicago.  Mrs. May was a daughter of the late Robert Bridgens of North Bend, and was a sister of Associate Judge J. W. Bridgens of Lock Haven, Thomas Bridgens, Mrs. G. G. Reese, and Mrs. Nancy Quiggle of North Bend.  While Mrs. May had been indisposed for some time, she was able to be around the house until Wednesday afternoon.  She was a most estimable woman.  The funeral was held Saturday afternoon.  Services were held at the home on Third Street at 1:30 o'clock and burial was made at North Bend Cemetery.

 

    

Children of MARGARET BRIDGENS and DENNIS MAY are:

     i.     WILLIAM4 MAY, b. Abt. 1871, Clinton, Pennsylvania.

     ii.     ANNA D. MAY, b. Aug 1875, Clinton, Pennsylvania.

     iii.     ROBERT MAY, b. Abt. 1877, Clinton, Pennsylvania.

     iv.     HELEN SARAH MAY, b. May 1879, Clinton, Pennsylvania.

     v.     EDWARD H. MAY, b. Mar 1881, Clinton, Pennsylvania.

     vi.     FLORENCE MAY, b. Jul 1888.

 

 

 

             v.     SARAH ANN SADE BRIDGENS, b. 1847, Young Womanstown, PA; d. January 08, 1911; m. GRANT G. REESE, December 29, 1896, Clinton Co,  PA.

             vi.     THOMAS J. BRIDGENS, b. 1849.

            vii.     ROBERT RITCHIE BRIDGENS, b. 1859; d. July 23, 1900, Montana Soldiers Home, Columbia Falls, Montana.

 

 

5.  SENATOR WILLIAM3 BRIDGENS (ROBERT2, UNKNOWN1) was born September 14, 1797 in Lycoming Co, PA, and died April 18, 1873 in Clearfield Co, PA. Burial: Bridgens [Old Oak Hill] Cemetery, Clearfield Co, PA.    He married ROSANNA SCHENCK.  She was born Abt. 1813.

 

Notes for SENATOR WILLIAM BRIDGENS:

1850 Census Karthus Twp., Clearfield County, PA

William Bridgens age 51

Rosannah age 39

Sarah age 18

Samuel age 15

Lois age 13

Thomas W age 9

Robert C age 6

William age 4

Joseph age 2 months

 

 

1870 Census Karthus Twp., Clearfield County

William Bridgens, age 73 farmer

Rossannah age 56

Robert age 27

William age 23

Joseph N or W age 20

Loyce female, age 29

 

 

Notes for ROSANNA SCHENCK:

I had August 19, 1887 for death date for Rosanna and burial place of Highland Cemetery, Lock Haven, Clinton Co, PA. which is different from your date of December 18, 1896 in Hardin Co., Iowa.  My source was Harold Bower's tree online, not sure what his source was.

Sometimes spelled Shank.

     

Children of WILLIAM BRIDGENS and ROSANNA SCHENCK are:

              i.     SARAH4 BRIDGENS, b. January 22, 1832; m. JAMES A. GRUGAN; b. Abt. July 15, 1827, Buffalo Twp, Lycoming, PA; d. October 16, 1887, Lock Haven, Clinton Co, PA.

 

Notes for SARAH BRIDGENS:

 

19.  SARAH3 BRIDGENS (WILLIAM2, ROBERT1) was born 22 Jan 1832 in Covington, Clearfield, Pennsylvania, and died 11 Feb 1907 in Ferney, Clinton, Pennsylvania.  She married JAMES A. GRUGAN, son of JAMES GRUGAN and LOUISE JOHNSON.  He was born Abt. 25 Jul 1827 in Buffalo Twp, Lycoming, Pennsylvania, and died 16 Oct 1887 in Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania.

 

Notes for SARAH BRIDGENS:

Sarah is listed in the 1900 census as widowed living in Colebrook Township, Clinton co with her sons Edward, Felix and Washington, married daughter Nancy and grandson William E. Grugan and granddaughters Ada Grugan and Eva Grugan.  Sarah is listed as a farmer with Edward and Felix as farm laborers.  Washington is listed as a laborer in the lumber industry.

 

Obituary transcript from the Lock Haven Express, February 12, 1907:

Death at Ferney

Mrs. Sarah Grugan, an aged resident of Ferney, died at her home there Monday evening at 7:30 o'clock of the infirmities of old age.  About seven years ago Mrs. Grugan suffered a stroke of paralysis and had since been ailing and was compelled to take to her bed about a month ago.

She is survived by five sons and three daughters and the following brothers and sisters:  Robert Bridgens, this city;  Joseph Bridgens, Watsontown;  Samuel Bridgens, who resides in Iowa and Miss Louise Bridgens and Mrs. Nancy Reiter.

Funeral services will be conducted at the home at Ferney on Thursday morning.  Deceased had been a life long member of the Methodist church.

 

Notes for JAMES A. GRUGAN:

1880 U.S. Census (Colebrook, Clinton, Pennsylvania)

 

 Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace

 Jas. A. GRUGAN   Self   M   Male   W   56   PA   Farmer   PA   PA 

 Sarah GRUGAN   Wife   M   Female   W   46   PA   Housekeeping   PA   PA  

 W. F. GRUGAN   Son   S   Male   W   23   PA   Laborer   PA   PA 

 Jas. GRUGAN   Son   S   Male   W   21   PA   Laborer   PA   PA 

 Edward GRUGAN   Son   S   Male   W   20   PA   Laborer   PA   PA 

 Felix C. GRUGAN   Son   S   Male   W   18   PA   Laborer   PA   PA 

 George W. GRUGAN   Son   S   Male   W   16   PA   At Home   PA   PA 

 Rosa GRUGAN   Dau   S   Female   W   13   PA   At Home   PA   PA 

 Eva May GRUGAN   Dau   S   Female   W   11   PA   At Home   PA   PA 

 Nancy GRUGAN   Dau   S   Female   W   8   PA      PA   PA 

 Sadie F. GRUGAN   Dau   S   Female   W   6   PA      PA   PA 

 

 

Source Information:

  Census Place Colebrook, Clinton, Pennsylvania

  Family History Library Film   1255113

  NA Film Number   T9-1113

  Page Number   485C

 

 

 

    

Children of SARAH BRIDGENS and JAMES GRUGAN are:

     i.     INFANT4 GRUGAN, b. Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania; d. Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania.

     ii.     WILLIAM F. GRUGAN, b. Abt. 1856, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania; d. 12 Mar 1933, Glen Union, Clinton, Pennsylvania; m. (1) LYDIA ANN WINTERS, 03 Nov 1887, Clinton Co, Pennsylvania; b. 1857; d. 29 Sep 1898, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania; m. (2) CATHARINE LEWIS, 08 Sep 1904, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania; b. Pennsylvania.

 

Notes for LYDIA ANN WINTERS:

Williamsport Sunday Grit, October 2, 1898:

Mrs. Lydia Grugan, aged 41 years, died at her home on Susquehanna Avenue on Thursday.  She is survived by her husband and four small children.  The funeral took place yesterday (Saturday) afternoon.  Services were conducted at the house by the Rev. J. W. Thompson, after which the remains were interred in Highland cemetery. (Lydia died in childbirth)

 

     iii.     JAMES JEFFERSON GRUGAN, b. Aug 1859, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania; d. 11 Feb 1933, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania; m. (1) AMELIA MAE RITCHIE; b. 25 Mar 1863, Glen Union, Grugan Twp, Clinton, Pennsylvania; d. 04 Nov 1933, Williamsport, Clinton, Pennsylvania; m. (2) CLISTA E. PHILIPS, Abt. 1901; b. Mar 1878, Gallagher, Clinton, Pennsylvania.

 

Notes for JAMES JEFFERSON GRUGAN:

James is listed in the 1900 census living in Woodward Township, Clinton Co having divorced Amelia prior to this time.  He appears to have been living with his daughter Lottie.  James is listed only as a laborer and Lottie as a servant.  It seems that the home of William and Mary Phipps in which he was residing was a boarding home as there are three other boarders listed at the residence.

 

 

The Williamsport Sunday Grit, February 19, 1933

Funeral services for James Jefferson Grugan were conducted at the Grugan home, 29 East Bald Eagle Street, by the Rev. Curvin H. Stein, D.D.   Burial was made at Dunnstown.  Mr. Grugan, who died of a complication of ailments, was born at Whetham, 74 years ago.  He leaves his wife, one daughter, Mrs. G. M. Schwak of Williamsport, two sons:  Lloyd L. of Renovo, James L. of Sunbury, and one brother and two sisters.

 

Notes for AMELIA MAE RITCHIE:

Amelia was divorced from James prior to 1900.  At the time of the 1900 census she was living in Woodward Township, Clinton Co with her sons Lloyd, James, Joseph and Herbert.    Lloyd and James are listed as brickwork laborers with Joseph attending school.

 

The Williamsport Sunday Grit, November 5, 1933

 

Summerson - Mrs. Amelia Summerson, 70 years old, of Williamsport, died unexpectedly yesterday morning.  She leaves a daughter, Mrs. George M. Schwank, of this city, and three sons, Herbert Grugan of this city, Lloyd L. Grugan of Renovo, and James L. Grugan of Sunbury.  The body has been taken to Lock Haven for funeral services and burial.

 

     iv.     EDWARD S. GRUGAN, b. May 1861, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania; d. 17 Dec 1917, Ferney, Clinton, Pennsylvania.

 

Notes for EDWARD S. GRUGAN:

The Lock Haven Express, May 31, 1907:

William Streck made a trip to the county seat Saturday.  He was accompanied by Edward Grugan (Glen Union news).

 

The Lock Haven Express, March 31, 1908:

Edward Grugan, of Colebrook township, was a visitor in the Glen Sunday.

 

The Lock Haven Express, January 6, 1909:

John Streck spent Sunday at Ferney with Edward Grugan.

 

The Lock Haven Express, March 2, 1909:

Edward Grugan, of Ferney Run, was a visitor in the Glen Sunday.

 

The Lock Haven Express, April 27, 1909:

Edward Grugan, of Ferney, spent Sunday in the Glen with old friends.

 

The Lock Haven Express, August 11, 1909:

Edward Grugan, of Ferney, and Francis Johnson, of Lock Haven, were visitors at this place (Glen Union) last Friday.

 

The Lock Haven Express, January 28, 1910:

Edward Grugan, of Colebrook township, was a visitor here (Glen Union) on Thursday afternoon.

 

The Lock Haven Express, February 12, 1910:

Edward Grugan, of Colebrook township, transacted business in the Glen yesterday.

 

Obituary appears in the December 17, 1917 Lock Haven Express but is illegible in obtained copy, begins:

Track Walker Grugan Killed by Fast Train

Fatality Occurred at Station at Ferney - Track Obscured by Another Train

 

     v.     FELIX C. GRUGAN, b. Aug 1863, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania; d. 03 Nov 1931, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania; m. ANNA C. ROMIG, 04 Jan 1887, Clinton Co, Pennsylvania; b. Abt. 1869, Pennsylvania.

 

Notes for FELIX C. GRUGAN:

Elected Clinton County Jury Commisioner in 1906.

 

The Lock Haven Express, October 16, 1907:

F. C. Grugan, of Ferney, was a business caller in Glen Union Saturday afternoon.

 

The Lock Haven Express, November 23, 1909:

Jury Commissioner Felix Grugan sprung a surprise on his many friends last Thursday when he slipped away in Milton and was quietly married and is on a wedding trip to some of the eastern cities.  He will return to this place sometime this week, so boys get your tin horns ready and give them a good belling.

 

     vi.     GEORGE WASHINGTON GRUGAN, b. Apr 1865, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania; d. 29 Nov 1911, Glen Union, Grugan Twp, Clinton, Pennsylvania.

 

Notes for GEORGE WASHINGTON GRUGAN:

The Lock Haven Express, December 16, 1908:

Wash. Grugan, of Williamsport, spent Sunday with friends in Glen Union.

 

The Lock Haven Express, July 7, 1909:

Wash. Grugan returned from Milton on Saturday after taking in the sights of the Old Home week celebration.

 

The Gazette and Bulletin, September 28, 1911:

George W. Grugan, who has been visiting friends at his old home, Glen Union, returned to Indian Rock, Va., where he is employed by the McHenry Lumber Company.

 

 

 

     vii.     ROSA AMELIA GRUGAN, b. Abt. 18 Feb 1867, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania; d. 16 Jan 1889, Clinton Co, Pennsylvania.

 

Notes for ROSA AMELIA GRUGAN:

Headstone says died 16, January 1889 aged 21 years, 10 months, 29 days.  Died of Typhoid.

 

     viii.     EVA MAY GRUGAN, b. 10 Oct 1869, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania; d. 05 Jul 1937, Glen Union, Clinton, Pennsylvania; m. WILLIAM C. STRECK, 30 Mar 1891, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania; b. 17 Feb 1863, Beech Creek, Clinton, Pennsylvania; d. 05 Oct 1946, Glen Union, Clinton, Pennsylvania.

 

Notes for EVA MAY GRUGAN:

Obituary transcript from the Williamsport Grit, Sunday, July 11, 1937:

Mrs. Eva May Streck

Funeral services for Mrs. Eva May Streck, 67, wife of William C. Streck, of Glen Union, were held Thursday in the Brown funeral home, the Rev. J. H. Bettens officiating.  Mrs. Streck died at her home after a long illness.  Born at Ferney, she was a life-long resident of this section.  Six sons also survive: John, Grant, Howard and Walter, of Glen Union; Ray, of Flemington, and Brian, this city.

 

     ix.     NANCY E. GRUGAN, b. Nov 1871, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania; d. Bef. 1930; m. GEORGE B. MCCLELLAND FARWELL, 03 Nov 1899, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania; b. 22 Jan 1863, Clinton, Pennsylvania; d. 14 Jan 1930, Ferney, Clinton, Pennsylvania.

 

Notes for NANCY E. GRUGAN:

The Lock Haven Express, December 16, 1908:

Mrs. G. B. Farewell, of Ferney, spent Sunday with her sister, Mrs. William Streck, on Water street.

 

Notes for GEORGE B. MCCLELLAND FARWELL:

The Lock Haven Express, January 23, 1908:

G. B. M. Farwell, of Grugan township, this morning brought the pelts of three wild cats and one gray fox to this city and collected bounty for the same at the commissioner's office.  The animals were killed during the month of December.

 

Obituary transcript from The Lock Haven Express, Tuesday, January 14, 1930:

G. B. M. Farwell died this morning at 12:-- o'clock at his home at Ferney after a long illness that had confined him to his bed since November 1.  Had he lived until January 22, he would have been 68 years of age.  He is survived by six sons and one daughter, Clyde and Theodore, of Glen Union; Robert, George, James, William and Helen, all of Ferney; also by three brothers; John, of this city; William, of Hyner; and Harry, of Beech Creek.

Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 10 o'clock at the North Bend Methodist church, Rev. Harry S. Ward officiating.  Burial will be made in the North Bend cemetery.

 

Marriage Notes for NANCY GRUGAN and GEORGE FARWELL:

The Williamsport Sunday Grit, November 5, 1899.

The Rev. J. E. Wright Thursday united in marriage George B. M. Farwell and Miss Nancy E. Grugan.

 

     x.     SADIE FRANCES GRUGAN, b. Abt. 1874, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania; m. MORRIS M. HARTER; b. Abt. 1878, Pennsylvania.

 

              ii.     SAMUEL BRIDGENS, b. Abt. 1835.

             iii.     LOIS BRIDGENS, b. Abt. 1837.

             iv.     JACOB BRIDGENS, b. April 12, 1839; d. August 16, 1843.

 

Notes for JACOB BRIDGENS:

Buried beside father Wiliam at Bridgens Cemetery AKA Old Oak Hill Cemtery, Karthus Pa. I have viewed these tombstones, myself. Much

of this Cemetery was destroyed in the 1960's or 1970's by the coal miners, to strip mine. Stories relate that many stones were dozed under to mine the area.

Source: ? via Kari Northrup

 

             v.     THOMAS W. BRIDGENS, b. August 23, 1841; d. March 02, 1852.

 

Notes for THOMAS W. BRIDGENS:

Buried beside father Wiliam at Bridgens Cemetery AKA Old Oak Hill Cemtery, Karthus Pa. I have viewed these tombstones, myself. Much

of this Cemetery was destroyed in the 1960's or 1970's by the coal miners, to strip mine. Stories relate that many stones were dozed under to mine the area.

Source: ? via Kari Northrup

 

 

             vi.     ROBERT C. BRIDGENS, b. December 1844, Covington, Clearfield PA; d. Bef. 1920; m. LOIS UNKNOWN; b. February 1865, PA; d. February 09, 1945, Williamsport, Lycoming Co, PA.

 

Notes for ROBERT C. BRIDGENS:

 Household:

 

 Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace

 Robert BRIDGENS   Self   S   Male   W   35   PA   Farmer   PA   PA 

 Rose Anna BRIDGENS   Mother   W   Female   W   67   PA   Keeping House   PA   PA 

 Catharine CONAWAY   Other   S   Female   W   16   PA   Housekeeper   PA   PA 

 

Source Information:

  Census Place Karthaus, Clearfield, Pennsylvania

  Family History Library Film   1255116

  NA Film Number   T9-1116

  Page Number   176A  

 

 

Notes for LOIS UNKNOWN:

Obituary transcript from the Gazette and Bulletin (Williamsport, PA), November 10, 1945:

Mrs. Lois Bridgens, 80, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Anna Wheeler, 535 Seventh Avenue, Friday, Nov. 9, 1945, after a short illness

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Wheeler; one son, William Bridgens of New York City; and four sisters, Mrs. O. E. Glise and Mrs. Howard McCloskey, both of Lock Haven; Mrs. Matilda Sank, of Renovo, and Mrs. Joseph Dietrick, of Erie; and two granddaughters.

Funeral services will be held at the home Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock.  The services will be in charge of the Rev. Leroy Brininger of St. Paul's Evangelical Church, assisted by Rev. R. W. Bevington.  Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Lock Haven.  Friends may call at the home Monday evening.

 

 

    

Children of ROBERT BRIDGENS and LOIS are:

     i.     ANNA N. BRIDGENS, b. Nov 1891, Clinton, Pennsylvania; m. GLEN WHEELER; b. Abt. 1894, Pennsylvania.

     ii.     WILLIAM BRIDGENS, b. Sep 1893, Clinton, Pennsylvania.

     iii.     LYDIA BRIDGENS, b. Aug 1897, Clinton, Pennsylvania.

 

 

            vii.     WILLIAM BRIDGENS, b. Abt. 1846.

           viii.     JOSEPH BRIDGENS, b. Abt. 1848.

 

 

6.  JOHN B.3 BRIDGENS (ROBERT2, UNKNOWN1) was born May 20, 1800 in Lycoming Co, PA [became Clinton Co], and died December 24, 1880 in Inman, McPherson Co, KS.  He married RUHAMAH HALL August 14, 1828 in Clinton Co,  PA.  She was born December 06, 1810 in Halls Run, Renova, Clinton Co, PA, and died August 25, 1888 in Inman, McPherson Co, KS.

 

Notes for JOHN B. BRIDGENS:

On some of the other of John B's children I had slightly different birthdates than you have.  I got them from a tree posted online by Dawna Holst, and she lists her source as Dale Wallace.  I think they are probably just her typos but just in case here they are:

Jesse H - she has Feb 21 and you have Feb 26

John Thomas - she has April 28 and you have April 19

Joseph Alva - she has Feb 11 and you have Feb 1

William Albert - she has April 28, 1843 and you have April 29, 1842

Newton Wells - she has August 20 and you have August 30

For Charlotte - she has June 21 and you have January 21

 

 

6.  JOHN B.2 BRIDGENS (ROBERT1) was born 20 May 1800 in Lycoming (Clinton), Pennsylvania, and died 24 Dec 1880 in Inman, McPherson, Kansas.  He married RUHAMA HALL 14 Aug 1828 in Renovo, Clinton, Pennsylvania.  She was born 06 Dec 1810 in Halls Run, Renovo, Clinton, Pennsylvania, and died 25 Aug 1888 in Inman, McPherson, Kansas.

 

Notes for JOHN B. BRIDGENS:

From family group sheets (family tree) from Dave Wallace.

 

John and wife moved to Kansas about 1862. Joined up with Gen. J.K. Blunt to fight against Quantrill's raiders. Info from D. Wallace.

 

Data and information from Ida Kirkwood, of PA. Bridgens descendant from Annie Bridgens & Nathan McCloskey. 3/1998.

 

 

BRIDGENS CENSUS DATA:

 

1830

BRIDGENS John, Lycoming Co., Chapman Twp. pg 229

 

1840 Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties, 1840

Bridgers, John, State : PA, County : Clinton Co., Location : Chapman Twp, Page # : 326

 

1850 Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties

Bridgems, John, State : PA, County : Clinton Co., Location : Chapman Twp, Page # : 078

 

1860

Beech Creek Twp Clinton Co PA

dwell 104, family 108

John Bridgens       age 59       male

Ruhama              age 49       female

Jesse               " 24       Male

John              " 22         "

Joseph A              " 20        "

William              " 18        "

Elizabeth               " 16        female

Louis               " 13       male

Newton W        " 11       male

Marcus               " 8       male

 

 

Census Index: U.S. Selected States/Counties, 1860

       

Bridgens, John, State : PA,County : Clinton Co., Location : Beech Clark Townsh, Page # : 061

Bridgens, John       State : PA, County : Clinton Co., Location : Lock Haven, Page # : 287 (who is this?)

Source: via Kari Northrup

 

     

Children of JOHN BRIDGENS and RUHAMAH HALL are:

              i.     SAMUEL4 BRIDGENS, b. July 09, 1829, Lycoming Co, PA; d. July 09, 1829, Lycoming Co, PA.

              ii.     ROBERT BRIDGENS, b. June 18, 1830, Lycoming Co, PA; d. October 07, 1831, Lycoming Co, PA.

             iii.     NANCY L. BRIDGENS, b. April 15, 1832, Lycoming Co, PA; d. January 05, 1913; m. JAMES NELSON STOUT, February 16, 1854; b. Abt. 1828, PA.

 

Notes for NANCY L. BRIDGENS:

They are on the 1860 census in Chapman, Clinton Co., PA and Nancy's younger sister Lois is living with them:

 

1860 census Chapman, Clinton Co., PA

#60

Nelson Stout, age 32, lumberman, b. PA

Nancy L., age 28, b. PA

Florence E., age 5, b. PA

Mary H, age 3, b. PA

John J, age 1, b. PA

Lois Bridgens, age 13, b. PA

 

Source:  Kari Northrup

 

 

             iv.     ROBERT BRIDGENS, b. May 25, 1834, Lycoming Co, PA; d. August 04, 1864, Battle of Peachtree Creek, Fulton, Georgia.

 

Notes for ROBERT BRIDGENS:

Civil War soldier with E Company, 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry, killed in battle on August 14, 1864 by a cannonball in Atlanta, Georgia and was originally interred in Peachtree Creek Battlefield, Georgia.

 

Robert Bridgens, Oct. 20, 1861: died Aug. 14, of wounds received at Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 13, 1864; veteran.

 

7th Regiment Cavalry (80th Volunteers)

 

Organized at Harrisburg September to December, 1861. At Camp Cameron, Harrisburg, until December 19, 1861. Moved to Louisville, Ky., December 19, and ordered to Jeffersonville, Ind. Duty there until February, 1862. Served unattached, Army Ohio, to March, 1862. Negley's 7th Independent Brigade, Army Ohio (1st Battalion). Post of Nashville, Tenn., Dept. Ohio (2nd Battalion). 23rd Independent Brigade, Army Ohio (3rd Battalion), to September, 1862. Cavalry, 8th Division, Army Ohio (1st and 2nd Battalions), Unattached, Army Ohio (3rd Battalion), to November, 1862. 1st Brigade, Cavalry Division, Army Ohio, to January, 1863. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Cavalry Corps, Army Cumberland, to November, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, Cavalry Corps, Military Division Mississippi, to July, 1865.

 

SERVICE.--1st Battalion (Cos. "A," "D," "H" and "I") sent to Columbia, Tenn. Expedition to Rodgersville May 13-14. Lamb's Ferry, Ala., May 14. Advance on Chattanooga June 1. Sweeden's Cove June 4. Chattanooga June 7-8. Occupation of Manchester July 1. Paris July 19. Raid on Louisville & Nashville Railroad August 19-23. Huntsville Road, near Gallatin, August 21. Brentwood September 19-20. Near Perryville October 6-7. Chaplin Hills October 8. Expedition from Crab Orchard to Big Hill and Richmond October 21. 2nd Battalion (Cos. "C," "E," "F" and "K"), under Gen. Dumont, in garrison at Nashville, Tenn., and scouting in that vicinity until November. 3rd Battalion (Cos. "B," "G," "L" and "M"), in Duffield's Command, scouting in West and Middle Tennessee. Lebanon and pursuit to Carthage May 5. Readyville June 7. Murfreesboro July 18. Sparta August 4-5 and 7. Regiment reunited in November, 1862. Nashville November 5. Reconnaissance from Nashville to Franklin December 11-12. Wilson's Creek Pike December 11. Franklin December 12. Neal, Nashville December 24. Advance on Murfreesboro December 26-30. Lavergne December 26-27. Battle of Stone's River December 30-31, 1862, and January 1-3, 1863. Overall's Creek December 31. Manchester Pike and Lytle's Creek January 5, 1863. Expedition to Franklin January 31-February 13. Unionville and Rover January 31. Murfreesboro February 7. Rover February 13. Expedition toward Columbia March 4-14. Unionville and Rover March 4. Chapel Hill March 5. Thompson's Station March 9. Rutherford Creek March 10-11. Snow Hill, Woodbury, April 3. Franklin April 10. Expedition to McMinnville April 20-30. Middletown May 21-22. Near Murfreesboro June 3. Operations on Edgeville Pike June 4. Marshall Knob June 4. Shelbyville Pike June 4. Scout on Middleton and Eagleville Pike June 10. Scout on Manchester Pike June 13. Expedition to Lebanon June 15-17. Lebanon June 16. Middle Tennessee or Tullahoma Campaign June 23-July 7. Guy's Gap or Fosterville and capture of Shelbyville June 27. Expedition to Huntsville July 13-22. Reconnaissance to Rock Island Ferry August 4-5. Sparta August 9. Passage of Cumberland Mountains and Tennessee River, and Chickamauga (Ga.) Campaign August 16-September 22. Calfkiller River, Sparta, August 17. Battle of Chickamauga September 19-20. Rossville, Ga., September 21. Reenlisted at Huntsville, Ala., November 28, 1863. Atlanta Campaign May to September, 1864. Demonstration on Rocky Faced Ridge May 8-11. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Tanner's Bridge and Rome May 15. Near Dallas May 24. Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5. Near Big Shanty June 9. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. McAffee's Cross Roads June 11. Powder Springs June 20. Noonday Creek June 27. Line of Nickajack Creek July 2-5. Rottenwood Creek July 4. Rossville Ferry July 5. Line of the Chattahoochie July 6-17. Garrard's Raid on Covington July 22-24. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Garrard's Raid to South River July 27-31. Flat Rock Bridge July 28. Kilpatrick's Raid around Atlanta August 18-22. Flint River and Jonesborough August 19. Red Oak August 19. Lovejoy Station August 20. Operations at Chattahoochie River Bridge August 26-September 2. Operations in North Georgia and North Alabama against Hood September 29-November 3. Carter Creek Station October 1. Near Columbia October 2. Near Lost Mountain October 4-7. New Hope Church October 5. Dallas October 7. Rome October 10-11. Narrows October 11. Coosaville Road, near Rome, October 13. Near Summerville October 18. Little River, Ala., October 20. Leesburg October 21. Ladiga, Terrapin Creek, October 28. Ordered to Louisville, Ky., to refit; duty there until December 28. March to Nashville, Tenn., December 28-January 8, 1865, thence to Gravelly Springs, Ala., January 25, and duty there until March. Wilson's Raid to Selma, Ala., and Macon, Ga., March 22-April 24. Selma April 2. Occupation of Montgomery April 12. Occupation of Macon April 20. Duty in Georgia and at Nashville, Tenn., until August. Mustered out August 13, 1865. 

 

Regiment lost during service 8 Officers and 94 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 5 Officers and 185 Enlisted men by disease. Total 292.

 

             v.     JESSE H. BRIDGENS, b. February 26, 1836, Lycoming Co, PA; d. April 03, 1900, Yorkville, Kendall Co., IL; m. CATHERINE JANE BOLLINGER, December 22, 1864, Kendall Co, IL; b. October 04, 1839, PA; d. October 28, 1887, Yorkville, Kendall Co, IL.

 

Notes for JESSE H. BRIDGENS:

Biographical directory of the voters and tax-payers of Kendall County, Illinois, p. 34:

Bridgen, J. H. - Merchant, Yorkville; born, Pennsylvania 1837; came to Kendall Co. 1859; Rep; family of three children; owns house and lot; value $3,000.

 

Jesse was in Bristol, Kendall, Illinois in 1870 working as a store clerk and was in Yorksville, Kendall, Illinois in 1880 working as a merchant.

 

Tombstones of Elmwood Cemetery, Bristol Twp, Kendall County,

Yorkville, Illinois

&

Extracts from the Elmwood Burial Records

by Vic Smith and Stephanie Todd

 

ROW 10; north to south:

 

x  Annie M., Dau of J.A. & A.H. Bridgens, Aged 1 yr 10 ms; Dec 11 1874

   Illegible epitaph

x  Catherine J., Wife of J.H. Bridgens, Died Oct 28 1887; Aged 48 yrs 24

   ds, At Rest

x  Father, J.H. Bridgens, Born Feb 26 1836-Died April 3 1900

 

 

Children of JESSE BRIDGENS and CATHARINE BOLLINGER are:

     i.     NORA MAY4 BRIDGENS, b. Abt. 1866, Pennsylvania; m. GEORGE A. MCCLUNG, 02 Jan 1889, Kendall, Illinois.

     ii.     EDGAR CLAIR BRIDGENS, b. Abt. 1869, Illinois; m. (1) KATHRYN; b. Abt. 1879, Luxembourg; m. (2) JEAN BRABNER, 06 Aug 1890, Kane, Illinois.

 

Notes for EDGAR CLAIR BRIDGENS:

Edgar was living on East 114th Place in Chicago in 1930 and owned and operated his own grocer store.

 

Notes for KATHRYN:

Kathryn immigrated to the United States from Luxembourg in 1895.

 

     iii.     PERCY W. BRIDGENS, b. Abt. 1871, Illinois.

 

 

             vi.     JOHN THOMAS BRIDGENS, b. April 19, 1838, Lycoming Co, PA [became Clinton Co]; d. March 21, 1923, Beech Creek, Clinton Co., PA; m. MARY EMILY KUNES, September 01, 1861, Beech Creek, Clinton Co, PA; b. November 1843, PA; d. April 16, 1926, Beech Creek, Clinton Co, PA [was Lycoming].

 

Notes for JOHN THOMAS BRIDGENS:

Obit Clinton County Times March 1923

John Thomas Bridgens of Mill Hall, died at his home, Wednesday evening at 11:15 , of a complications of diseases due to old age. He was 85 years of age and was one of the oldest residents of the town, in which he had resided for the past 30 years. Mr. Bridgens was a Veteran of the Civil War, and a member of the Church of Christ. Surviving are, his wife, and the following children: Mrs. George Huff, of Niagra Falls: Joseph, of Lewistown: Mrs. A.T. Palmer, James, Mrs. Harry Shay, Muy Stevenson, and Mrs. Elmer Tevling, and all of Mill Hall. Funeral services will be held at the late residence Sunday afternoon at 2 O'clock, in charge of Rev. J. A. Agnew, interment will be made in Fearon Cemetery, near Beech Creek.

 

 

Letter from Dave Wallace [via Kari Northrup] re:Bridgens family line. John Thomas served with Co G of the 203rd PA volunteers Volunteer Infantry, 2nd Division 2nd brigade 10th AC (army corps?).

 

FROM PENSION RECORDS: Enrolled on 8/30/1864 at Liberty Twnshp. PA. Was assigned to the US Engineers, Dept. of VA, on and served until 6/22/1865. Mustered out with the rest of Co. G at Raleigh, NC, 6/1865.

 

May have fought in the battle for Fort Fisher on the NC coast at Cape Fear River near the tip of Cape Fear on 1/12/1865. Serving under Maj Gen Alfred H. Terry and Col John W. Moore, who was killed during the battle 1/14/1865. Also, under Lt Col Jonas Lyman, who killed a Confederate in hand to hand combat that was then shot through the heart himself. Was John T. there??

 

Fell ill at Chapen's Farm (?). Acquired deafness while serving in the service. Listed as 5'9" tall, fair complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes. Served as a Private while enlisted.

 

Also, occupation was a sawyer as stated in the pension record. After the war he was unable to saw so he did odd jobs in the lumber industry such as cooking in the logging shanties, and odd jobs. Diagnosed with deafness in r. ear and unable to work. Applied for pension 6/1/1882 with James Koons as his witness. Mary's brother?

 

203rd Regiment Infantry

 

 

Organized at Philadelphia September 10, 1864. Moved to Petersburg, Va., September 22-27. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 10th Army Corps, Army of the James, to December, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 24th Army Corps, to January, 1865. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, Terry's Provisional Corps, Dept. North Carolina, to March, 1865. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 10th Army Corps, Dept. of North Carolina, to June, 1865.

 

 

SERVICE--Detached from Brigade and provost at Deep Bottom, Va., and picket at Malvern Hill September 27-October 5. Rejoined Brigade October 5. Siege operations against Richmond until December 7. Battle of Fair Oaks October 27-28. Expedition to Fort Fisher, N. C., December 7-27. 2nd Expedition to Fort Fisher, N. C., January 3-15, 1865. Assault and capture of Fort Fisher January 15. Advance on Wilmington February 11-22. Sugar Loaf Battery February 11. Fort Anderson February 19 Capture of Wilmington February 22. Advance on Goldsboro March 6-21. Guard railroad at Faison's Depot March 21-April 10. Advance on Raleigh April 10-14. Occupation of Raleigh April 14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. Duty at Raleigh until June. Mustered out June 22, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 4 Officers and 70 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 72 Enlisted men by disease. Total 146.

 

 

Children's birthdates from pension application signed by John T.

 

BRIDGENS CENSUS DATA:

 

1830

BRIDGENS John, Lycoming Co., Chapman Twp. pg 229 (father).

 

1840 Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties, 1840

Bridgers, John, State : PA, County : Clinton Co., Location : Chapman Twp, Page # : 326 (father)

 

1850 Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties

Bridgems, John, State : PA, County : Clinton Co., Location : Chapman Twp, Page # : 078 (father)

 

1860

Beech Creek Twp Clinton Co PA

dwell 104, family 108

John Bridgens       age 59       male

Ruhama              age 49       female

Jesse               " 24       Male

John              " 22         "

Joseph A              " 20        "

William              " 18        "

Elizabeth               " 16        female

Louis               " 13       male

Newton W        " 11       male

Marcus               " 8       male

 

 

Census Index: U.S. Selected States/Counties, 1860

       

Bridgens, John, State : PA,County : Clinton Co., Location : Beech Clark Townsh, Page # : 061

Bridgens, John       State : PA, County : Clinton Co., Location : Lock Haven, Page # : 287 (who is this?)

 

1870

Centre Co, Liberty Twp, Pa

page 16 dwell 13 family 14

John T Briggins (Bridgens) 31 male Farmer bn Pa

Mary E                      26       female bn Pa

Joseph A                      age 6 male "

Eva R                      age 4 female "

Harriet L                      age 1        female

Nancy Kunes              age 55 female

Sara J Kunes              age 31 female

 

 

    

Children of JOHN BRIDGENS and MARY KUNES are:

     i.     WILLIAM R.4 BRIDGENS, b. 16 Feb 1862, Clinton, Pennsylvania.

     ii.     MARCUS BRIDGENS, b. 07 Jun 1863, Clinton, Pennsylvania; d. 01 Oct 1864, Blanchard, Clinton, Pennsylvania.

     iii.     JOSEPH BRIDGENS, b. 30 Mar 1864, Clinton, Pennsylvania; m. ETHEL BOWERS.

     iv.     EVA REUHAMA BRIDGENS, b. 29 Jun 1866, Blanchard, Clinton, Pennsylvania; d. 29 Apr 1924, Niagara Falls, New York; m. GEORGE WASHINGTON TAYLOR HUFF, 18 Aug 1886, Eagleville, Clinton, Pennsylvania; b. 26 Jun 1859, Mifflin, Lycoming, Pennsylvania; d. 07 Jan 1944, Niagara Falls, New York.

 

Notes for EVA REUHAMA BRIDGENS:

Notes from FTM homepage Descendants of Robert Bridgens:

 

Eva may be illegitimate daughter of Leola (Bridgens) Stevenson or Stephenson. Therefore, all siblings listed may actually be aunts & uncles. Will have to investigate this (reference to photograph!). Received photo of Bridgens family taken about 1886. Closer examination of the photo indicates that Eva R. appears older than Nacy Shay. Maybe Nancy Shea is daughter of Lola Stevenson?

 

1880 census; living with mother, who is widowed, in Lock Haven. George was aged 20y and was working in the saw mills. Moved to Reynoldsville in Jefferson County probably after their marriage in 1886. Specific date of this move is unknown.

 

Married in Eagleville PA in 8/18/1886. Received copy of marriage certificate from Lock Haven, PA. George was 27 when he married. Eva was 20y. Eva was from Blanchard and George was from Lock Haven as listed in a letter about the marriage license. George was listed as a laborer on the license. 8/14/1995 letter from Clinton Co. courthouse.

 

It is not known exactly when George & Eva moved to Austin, PA. It is indicated by Charles' death cert. that he was born in Austin in 1887. This is probably incorrect. Joseph Edward's obituary (Charles brother) stated that he was from Reynoldsville, PA. Joseph E. Huff was born in 1892; again as indicated by his obituary. This supports the notion they were in Reynoldsville, PA in 1892. These Huff's may have moved to Reynoldsville after their marriage (near Blanchard, PA ). Another piece of evidence would be in a deed transaction dated 4/12/1897 in which George & Eva were part of a group of John Kunes descendents that sold a small parcel of John Kunes' land (3 acres). John Kunes probably willed parcels to each Kunes sibling, including Mary. The indenture indicated George & Eva were then from Reynoldsville, Jefferson County, PA.

 

Note here that Sarah (Cowdrick) Huff was in Reynoldsville, PA when she died in 1891. This, assuming George was still with his mother (or she with him), would mean that it is likely that young Charles Huff would have known his grandmother for a time; he was aged 4 when she died.

 

1900 census; living on Foster St. in a rented home in Austin Borough, Potter County, PA with his children. George occupation listed as a day laborer. Charles T. listed also as a day laborer. George (a.39), Eva (a. 34), Charles T. (a.14), Alice (a.10), Edward (a.7), and Mildred (a.2). George has his father's birthplace as NJ.

 

1910 census; living in Austin Borough, Potter County, PA with family. Occupation is day laborer in a saw mill. Alice' husband George Beebe (a.25), who is residing with the Huff family (married in Coudersport, PA) was also a day laborer in the saw mill. George (a.50), Eva (a. 46), Charles T. (a.22), Alice (a.20), Edward (a.17), and Mildred (a.12). George has his father's birthplace as NJ.

 

George and family appear in the 1900 & 1910 census in Potter County PA. George probably went there from Reynoldsville, PA, for employment. At this time, Austin, PA had a booming lumber industry that started in the 1870's. Sometime after the Austin flood of 9/1911 they moved to Niagara Falls. Probably after the urging of Charles and after he had moved there himself for employment. He may have had aspirations of pursuing his baseball career.

 

1915 NYS Census: Living @ 1511 Cleveland Ave. George W. (a.55) & Eva (a.48). George was a laborer in a bookbindery (probably the Carbo Co.). They were living with Joseph E. (a.22) (who was working at Shredded Wheat) and Mildred I. who was a stitcher at the bookbindery. They lived next door to Edward & Ruffena Mehls.

 

Obit. from Niagara Gazette. Copy in Lepper family Bible.

 

Received death cert. Buried in Riverdale Cemetary with George W.

 

Attended United Methodist Church on 15th & Weston Ave. NF,NY. Funeral service there also.

 

Page from an old Huff family Bible listing the birth dates of all of the children of Charles & Sarah (Cowdrick) Huff. Also lists the death dates of Charles & Sarah. Bible may have been handed down through to George W. Huff, or, it was owned by George or Eva. The rest of the Book's whereabouts are unknown. The old page was in the possession of Eva (Babe) Huff Forster's possessions, daughter of Charles T. Huff and Judy (Huff) Furmoil, daughter of Neal H. Huff.

 

There is an addition at the bottom of this Bible page that is the only entry for a birth of another family member besides the Huff's; Eva R. Bridgens. The entry is in the same handwriting as the other entries. The last entry is in pencil (the others are in ink) giving Eva's death date.

 

Notes for GEORGE WASHINGTON TAYLOR HUFF:

 Huff Bible

  Author: Dave Wallace  Date: 11 Jan 1999

  Surnames: Huff, Bridgens

  

Bible entries page, torn from unknown 'Huff' Bible. One page front and back. Provided to me by Rick Huff.

 

Births

James Huff was born Feburary 28th 1836

Catherine Jane Huff was born July 15th 1839

Charles Welley Huff was born July 25th 1841

John Torance Huff was born August 26 1843

Thomas Edward Huff was born July 19th 1846

Martha Lucinda Huff was born April 19 1849

Susannah Ellen Huff was born De 19 1850

Isaac ???? Huff was born April 1 1853

Elizabeth Alta Huff was born July 23 1855

George W Huff was born June 26 1859

 

at bottom of page is

Eva R Bridgens born June 29th 1866, Died April 19 1924

 

Other side of page, DEATHS

Charles Huff Died March 11th 1877

Sarah A Huff Died April 18th 1891

 

 

FEDERAL CENSUS RECORDS

1860 census; living with parents Charles & Sarah Huff and family, aged 1y:

1860 Federal Census; listing #1841 living in Mifflin Twn. (Salladasburg P.O.), Lycoming Co. Lists Charles (a50), Sarah A. (43), Thomas A.(14), Martha L. (11),Susan E.(9),Isaac L.(7), Elizabeth A.(5),and George W.T.(1). There was also a Jane Chamberlin(a26) residing with family. Charles' occupation as sawyer and his net worth was $400 real estate, and $700 personal property. There was no indication the children were attending school (?). All were listed as being born in PA.

 

George was probably born in Salladasburg or Larry's Creek, PA. Obtained a childhood photo of George, probably taken in late 1860's (abt 1867 or 1868). Also, another picture of George and sister Elizabeth and a mystery woman when they were much older.

 

1870 census; living with parents in Lock Haven, Clinton County,PA on Jessamine St. :

1870 Federal Census; family #209, house #209 living in Lock Haven, 2nd Ward (Jessamine St.). Charles (60) and is residing with Sarah (52), Isaac (17y), Elizabeth (15), George (11y), Thomas (24y). Also in same house was James Rogers (23y), Susanna (19y), and Josephine (1y). But Susanna and Josephine are listed as being Majors. Also listed in the same home are the Majors; Edward (30), Martha (21), Charles (2mos). No occupations listed for James Rogers or Edward Majors. Charles W. was listed as born in NJ; all others in PA. Charles occupation listed as sawyer in 1860 & 1870 census reports. Personal property valued at $300; no real estate.

 

1880 census; living with mother, who is widowed, in Lock Haven. George was aged 20y and was working in the saw mills. Moved to Reynoldsville in Jefferson County probably after their marriage in 1886. Specific date is unknown.

 

Married in Eagleville PA in 8/18/1886. Received copy of marriage certificate from Lock Haven, PA. George was 27 when he married. Eva was 20y. Eva was from Blanchard and George was from Lock Haven as listed in a letter about the marriage license. George was listed as a laborer on the license. 8/14/1995 letter from Clinton Co. courthouse.

 

It is not known exactly when George & Eva moved to Austin, PA. It is indicated by Charles' death cert. that he was born in Austin in 1887. This is probably incorrect. Joseph Edward's obituary (Charles brother) stated that he was from Reynoldsville, PA. Joseph E. Huff was born in 1892; again as indicated by his obituary. This supports the notion they were in Reynoldsville, PA in 1892. These Huff's may have moved to Reynoldsville after their marriage (near Blanchard, PA ). Another piece of evidence would be in a deed transaction dated 4/12/1897 in which George & Eva were part of a group of John Kunes descendents that sold a small parcel of John Kunes' land (3 acres). John Kunes probably willed parcels to each Kunes sibling, including Mary. The indenture indicated George & Eva were then from Reynoldsville, Jefferson County, PA.

 

Note here that Sarah (Cowdrick) Huff was in Reynoldsville, PA when she died in 1891. This, assuming George was still with his mother (or she with him), would mean that it is likely that young Charles Huff would have known his grandmother for a time; he was aged 4 when she died.

 

1900 census; living on Foster St. in a rented home in Austin Borough, Potter County, PA with his children. George occupation listed as a day laborer. Charles T. listed also as a day laborer. George (a.39), Eva (a. 34), Charles T. (a.14), Alice (a.10), Edward (a.7), and Mildred (a.2). George has his father's birthplace as NJ.

 

Listed in the 1904 Potter County Directory; laborer residing on Foster St.

 

1910 census; living in Austin Borough, Potter County, PA with family. Occupation is day laborer in a saw mill. Alice' husband George Beebe (a.25), who is residing with the Huff family (married in Coudersport, PA) was also a day laborer in the saw mill. George (a.50), Eva (a. 46), Charles T. (a.22), Alice (a.20), Edward (a.17), and Mildred (a.12). George has his father's birthplace as NJ.

 

George and family appear in the 1900 & 1910 census in Potter County PA. George probably went there from Reynoldsville, PA, for employment. At this time, Austin, PA had a booming lumber industry that started in the 1870's. Sometime after the Austin flood of 9/1911 they moved to Niagara Falls. Probably after the urging of Charles and after he had moved there himself for employment. He may have had aspirations of pursuing his baseball career.

 

1915 NYS Census: Living @ 1511 Cleveland Ave. George W. (a.55) & Eva (a.48). George was a laborer in a bookbindery (probably the Carbo Co.). They were living with Joseph E. (a.22) (who was working at Shredded Wheat) and Mildred I. who was a stitcher at the bookbindery. They lived next door to Edward & Ruffena Mehls.

 

1920 FEDERAL CENSUS

2423 Ontario Ave. 13th Wd. Twp. Niagara City Niagara Falls, 1/12/1920.

Sex age Read Write Birth (self, F, M) Occ.

BATHHURST Mildred I. Head(Wid)F 21 y y PA PA PA None

HUFF George W. Father M 60 y y PA PA PA Janitor

Eva R. Mother F 53 y y PA PA PA None

* Indicates that Mildred is the owner of the residence and it is mortgaged.

 

1925 NYS Census: George is living with his daughter Mildred Bowman and her husband Edgar. They have a daughter Eva. George was 64 and working as a janitor. Mildred died in 1932. It was probably then that he went to live with Charles and Bessie.

 

 

v.     HARRIET L. BRIDGENS, b. 10 Nov 1868, Clinton, Pennsylvania; m. ELMER TEVLING, Abt. 1891, Clinton, Pennsylvania; b. Abt. 1864, Pennsylvania.

 

Notes for ELMER TEVLING:

Elmer was a hardware merchant in Clinton county in 1910.

 

     vi.     EDWARD BARTH BRIDGENS, b. 30 Jan 1871, Clinton, Pennsylvania; m. ETHEL RAMSEY.

     vii.     MARTHA JANE BRIDGENS, b. 01 Jul 1874, Blanchard, Clinton, Pennsylvania; d. 07 May 1932, Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania; m. ALBERT THOMAS PALMER; b. Nov 1873, Pennsylvania.

 

Notes for MARTHA JANE BRIDGENS:

Obituary Transcript from the Williamsport Grit May 8, 1932:

 

Mill Hall Woman Dies

Funeral Services for Mrs. Albert F. Palmer Will be Conducted at the Home Monday Afternoon

Mill Hall, May 7 - Mrs. Martha Palmer, wife of Albert T. Palmer, of this place, died this morning at 12:15 o'clock in the Lock Haven Hospital.  Her death was due to complications after a major operation performed Wednesday.

Born in Blanchard, she was 58 years old, and a lifelong resident of this section.  She was a member of the Methodist Church and of all the church societies.  She also was a charter member of Camp No. 75 P. O. of A.

Besides her husband, she left five daughters:  Mrs. Joseph Torsell of this place; Mrs. Helen F. Kissinger, at home;  Mrs. Russel McIntire and Mrs. Harold L. Uewingham, of Holidaysburg, and Mrs. John Z. Frey of Lock Haven; also two brothers and three sisters, Joseph Bridgens of Lewistown, and James U. Bridgens, Mrs. Elmer Teveling, Mrs. Guy Stevenson and Mrs. Nancy S. Shay of Mill Hall, and 13 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Methodist Church in charge of the Rev. J. B. Mcloy.  Burial will be in Cedar Hill cemetery.

 

viii.     JAMES NEWTON BRIDGENS, b. 13 Aug 1879, Clinton, Pennsylvania; d. 10 Jun 1957; m. MATILDA LAVERNA FRAZIER, Abt. 1902; b. 31 Aug 1881, Pennsylvania; d. 02 Oct 1965.

     ix.     LEOLA A. BRIDGENS, b. Jan 1884, Clinton, Pennsylvania; m. GUY F. STEVENSON, Abt. 1907, Clinton, Pennsylvania; b. Abt. 1882, Pennsylvania.

     x.     NANCY E. BRIDGENS, b. 11 Sep 1886, Mill Hall, Clinton, Pennsylvania; m. HARRY SHAY, Abt. 1905, Clinton, Pennsylvania; b. Abt. 1884, Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

 

            vii.     JOSEPH ALVA BRIDGENS, b. February 01, 1840, Renovo, Clinton Co., PA; d. September 22, 1920, McPherson Co., KS; m. AMANDA HOPE LEONARD, January 03, 1869, Kendall Co, IL.

           viii.     WILLIAM ALBERT BRIDGENS, b. April 29, 1842, Renovo, Clinton Co, PA; d. May 19, 1915, Beech Creek, Clinton Co., PA; m. SARAH M. MAPES, July 04, 1867, Beech Creek, Clinton Co, PA; b. May 29, 1847, Lawrenceville, Tioga Co, PA; d. February 07, 1935, Jersey Shore, Clinton Co, PA.

             ix.     ELIZABETH JANE BRIDGENS, b. June 08, 1844; d. August 01, 1918; m. JACOB BONSELL.

             x.     LOIS AMELIA BRIDGENS, b. March 11, 1847, Renovo, Clinton Co, PA; d. March 03, 1919, Inman, McPherson Co., KS; m. HARRISON STANSEL; b. 1847.

 

Notes for LOIS AMELIA BRIDGENS:

 

 

 

             xi.     NEWTON WELLS BRIDGENS, b. August 30, 1849, Renovo, Clinton Co, PA; d. February 28, 1911, McPherson Co, KS.

            xii.     MARCUS BRIDGENS, b. June 07, 1852, Kendall, Beaver Co, PA; d. June 01, 1863.

           xiii.     CHARLOTTE BRIDGENS, b. June 21, 1855, Kendall, Beaver Co, PA; d. August 04, 1855, Kendall, Beaver Co, PA.

 

 

7.  MARY3 BRIDGENS (ROBERT2, UNKNOWN1) was born Abt. 1804.  She married MARMADUKE MARION SUMMERSON Bef. 1834.  He was born February 04, 1792 in Yorkshire, England, and died in Lycoming Co, PA.

 

Notes for MARMADUKE MARION SUMMERSON:

I have not documented this family

 

Linn, John Blair, History of Centre & Clinton Counties, pp. 494-512.

Thirty-sixth Regiment (Seventh Reserve).- There was but one company (D) in this regiment from Clinton County; however, we give a brief sketch of the regiment, extracted from "History of Pennsylvania Volunteers," by Samuel P. Bates.

 

Privates

Rob. Summerson, May 20, 1861; died in Washington Jan. 3, 1863; buried in Military Asylum Cemetery.

 

     

Children of MARY BRIDGENS and MARMADUKE SUMMERSON are:

              i.     ROBERT4 SUMMERSON, b. April 06, 1834; d. January 04, 1863.

 

Notes for ROBERT SUMMERSON:

Served in Co. D. 36th PA. Inf. Mother, Mary, filed for pension in Mar.

#15396 but there was no certification # on the application.

Burial: Military Asylum Cemetery

 

 

              ii.     ELLEN SUMMERSON, b. 1835; d. December 16, 1870, PA; m. MARTIN MAYERS, August 06, 1856, PA; b. November 30, 1822, PA.

 

Notes for MARTIN MAYERS:

Renovo Record - April 19, 1883

NORTH BEND

The accident which cased the death of Mr. Mayers, although reported in the Record, will loose (sic.) no interest to his friends by a brief repetition. From the best information I can get the casalty occurred as follows: Mr. Mayers went, on the 2nd of April, to assist his men in rafting square timber. The bank where they rolled the timber down to the water is quite steep and about ten or twelve feet high. From the foot of this steep bank to the water's edge the beach is of a moderate slope. A stick of timber which had been rolled down the bank had lodged on the beach. An other stick had lodged against this one, one endof which lay quartering up the bank and an other stick lay against the upper end of the one last named; and although Mr. M. had warned his men of the danger of going nder the bank to start the lower stick, yet from some strange impulse, when no one observed him save one, he walked into the fatal trap with cant hook in hand, and turned the lower stick, which also let the second one go, and then quicker than a flash of lightening the heavy oak stick of perhaps two tons weight went crashing down, rolling over and terribly crushing the body of the unfortunate man. He was picked up and carried to his home, where all that a loving family, kind friends and skillful physicians could do was done for him, but all could not avail to save his life. The golden bowl was broken, and on the morning of the 6th of April he died. His head was not injured and his mind was sound to the last. Opiates were administered to allay the terrible pain and the poor man slept away his few remaining hours, occasionally waking up, speaking a word to a friend or some loved one. Then instantly falling into sleep. So closed the earthly career of one whom we all respected. Mr. Mayers was of humble birth, and left an orphan and thrown upon his own resources at an early age. Being indstrious and well behaved he found a warm friend in the late Robert Bridgens who took so great an interest in the young man that after his majority they became partners in the purchase of timber lands and lumbering operations, and continued partners as long as they lived.

He was twice married. His first wife [Ellen Summerson] died some fifteen years ago. His last wife [Nancy Summerson] survives him. He has left six children, two sons and for daughters, the eldest of whom is married. When the writer first knew Martin, as he was familiarly called, which is now nearly thirty-two years, he was laying plans for his future home, and he secred it before he married. I merely mention this to show his business tact, but it was as kind and obliging neighbor, a courteous and agreeable gentleman, a warm personal friend that the writer knew him best. He was strictly honest and pright in all his dealings, a useful citizen, modest and unassuming, yet never shirking any work or responsibilities for the good of the township or his fellow citizens.

Is it to be wondered at that we all mourn this untimely death. Peace and rest to his immortal part.

-J.W. Crawford.

North Bend, April 16, 1883

 

 

             iii.     JOSEPH SUMMERSON, b. 1837; d. 1839.

             iv.     FRANKLIN SUMMERSON, b. October 15, 1838.

             v.     NANCY SUMMERSON, b. May 15, 1840, Clinton Co, PA; d. September 04, 1909, Clinton Co, PA.

             vi.     JOSEPH ALBERT ABNER SUMMERSON, b. July 31, 1842; d. April 08, 1923; m. SALOMI SALLIE RIGGLE.

            vii.     FRANCES ANN SUMMERSON, b. July 14, 1846; m. HENRY RHODES.

 

 

8.  SAMUEL3 BRIDGENS (ROBERT2, UNKNOWN1) was born 1807 in Lycoming Co, PA, and died October 13, 1889 in Lamar Twp, Centre Co, PA.  He married MARTHA PORTER.  She was born August 1807 in Lamar Twp, Centre Co, PA, and died 1891.

 

Notes for SAMUEL BRIDGENS:

For his death date I had August 13, 1889 from online tree by Harold Bower.  You have October 13, 1889.  Harold has burial place listed as Methodist Cemetery, Salona, Lamar Twp, Centre Co, PA., date from Tombstone.

Kari Northrup

 

More About SAMUEL BRIDGENS:

Burial: Methodist Cemetery, Lamar Twp, Centre Co, PA

     

Children of SAMUEL BRIDGENS and MARTHA PORTER are:

              i.     NANCY B. BRIDGENS, b. 1838.

              ii.     JAMES THOMAS BRIDGENS, b. December 06, 1840.

             iii.     WILLIAM R. BRIDGENS, b. Abt. 1847, Muncy, Clinton Co, PA; d. November 11, 1910, Sunbury, Northumberland Co, PA; m. RACHEL.

 

Notes for WILLIAM R. BRIDGENS:

Obituary Transcript from the Williamsport Grit, November 13, 1910:

 

William R. Bridgens, an employe of the Pennsylvania railroad, and a prominent member of the Prohibition party, died at the local hospital, Friday morning, from stomach trouble, aged 60 years.  He was a candidate for the legislature in the recent election, receiving 466 votes in the county.  He was a native of Muncy, learning the printing business there.  He came to Sunbury in 1877, as an operator in DK office, went from here to the Milton freight office for eight years in 1885, and returned to Sunbury in 1893, working at the shops.  He lived here ever since.  He was a member of the Evangelical church and was one of the most prominent members of the R. R. Y. M. C. A.  His greatest claim  to fame was the fact that he knew almost 3,000 verses of the Bible by heart and could tell the book and chapter of almost any verse that was read to him.  He is survived by a son and a daughter who reside at home.  The remains will be taken to Muncy, the native home of the deceased, on Sunday afternoon, and interment will be made there.

 

 


 

 

 

                                   
 
 
 
 
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