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December 14, 2013

The Waltman Family
of Northampton County

Part III:  

Peter Waltman (1779-1836)

 and his Son,
Joseph Waltman (1806-1898)

by Neil A. Boyer

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            The Waltman family in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, has its origins with the immigrant Conrad Waltman, as discussed in Part I of this document.  Part II includes Conrad's children, including his son Valentine and Valentine's son Conrad Waltman, Junior.   This part continues the Waltman genealogy with Peter Waltman (1779-1836), who lived near Allentown, Pennsylvania, one of four children of Conrad Waltman Junior (1759-1785). 

            The story then continues through Peter's only son, Joseph Waltman (1806-1898) of Easton, Pennsylvania, Joseph's son Samuel Waltman (1832-1911) and his wife, Sabina Taylor, and their children, including Henrietta Waltman (1874-1948), who married Lewis Elmer Boyer (1869-1948), of Easton.  A section on the Taylor family of Easton is at the end of this part.  NOTE: Many of the details of the lives of the Waltman family in this chapter -- dates and places of birth, marriage and death -- are due to the life-long work of Harry Cameron, a Waltman descendant.

    This part includes the following sections.

Peter Waltman (1779-1836)

Joseph Waltman (1806-1898)

Genealogical Charts of the Waltman Family Branches

The Taylor Family of Easton

Waltman Tombstones in Hay's Cemetery, South Easton

Lora LaMance and the House of Waltman

The Battle of Fort Washington and Conrad Waltman

Footnotes to Part III

Back to Top of Part I, Conrad Waltman

Back to Top of Part II, Children of Conrad Waltman
Back to Top of Part III, Peter and Joseph Waltman
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Peter Waltman (1779-1836)

            Peter Waltman was born in Northampton County on February 8, 1779, as indicated in the previous chapter, the son of Catarina Bieber and Conrad Waltman, Junior. This Peter Waltman was a great-grandson of the immigrant Conrad Waltman, Senior, and should not be confused with the John Peter Waldmann (1741-1817), known as Peter, who was a son of Conrad, Senior, and whose grave in Kreidersville is immediately next to the marker honoring Conrad Waltman, Senior. [1]  

        Lora LaMance, in her book The House of Waltman, [2] said that the Peter Waltman who is discussed in this chapter was the son of Valentine Waltman, but baptismal records make clear that Peter was the son of Conrad Waltman, Junior (1759-1985).   (A critique of the LaMance book on the Waltmans is at the end of Part I of this paper.)   

            However, it must be noted that Peter’s father, Conrad Junior, died in 1785 when Peter was only six years old, and it is possible that Valentine became Peter’s guardian and held him out as his own son.  In that case, it would have been natural that some in the family might conclude that Peter was the son of Valentine.  In fact, the bulk of the evidence is that Valentine was the father of Conrad Waltman, Jr., and thus he was the grandfather of Peter.  (See more details of Peter’s parents and other ancestors in the preceding chapter.)

            Genealogists Beaver and Byron Waltman indicated that Peter was the only one of four siblings to grow to adulthood.  Lora LaMance suggested that one of them, Peter’s sister Maria Barbara, born in 1781, lived to be 71 and remained single, but that was incorrect. LaMance had confused her with another person of similar name.  The preceding chapter suggests that Peter’s brother, John Waldman, born in 1783, may have lived to at least to the age of 22. In 1805, “John Waltman” and his wife Elizabeth were recorded as present at the baptism of their daughter Louisa.  It is not certain that this was the same John Waltman, but the evidence strongly indicates it was Peter’s brother.

            Peter served briefly in the War of 1812, in the Northampton Blues.  Although Peter lived later near Allentown, the area was still part of Northampton County until Lehigh County was carved out of Northampton County in March 1812.  Byron Waltman said Peter lived on a farm across the street from the Allentown State Hospital (for the mentally ill), then known as "Rittersville."  However, the location of Peter's property may not be correct.  No record has been discovered to show that he lived at or near Rittersville.  Rather, the 1820 and 1830 census reports show Peter in Salisbury Township, south of the Lehigh River, and the settlement of his estate (see below) also showed that his land was in Salisbury Township, very close to Allentown. Thus, a possible connection to Rittersville is not clear.  Nevertheless, LaMance's account said that, like most of the Waltmans, Peter delighted in having fine stock. His four handsome, coal-black horses were always on loan for funeral occasions, she said, and Peter himself usually drove the hearse team, with the coffin in the wagon and the nearest relatives of the deceased grouped around.

            Wherever Peter's property was located, LaMance said it amounted to about 150 acres. However, land records after his death put it at about 53 acres.  If Peter did at one time own property across the street from the hospital at Rittersville, it might be noted that the hospital was on the southeast side of Allentown, north of the Lehigh River, not far from the Bethlehem city line.  According to one study, the village of Rittersville was named after Michael Ritter, who moved there in 1808.  He ran a tavern for some time.  In 1825, he had a store and was postmaster.  A school was started in 1812.  St. Peter’s Union Church was erected in 1842. [3]  In 1845, Rittersville was described as a “post village, consisting of five dwellings, one tavern, one store – a church, near it, is located in a poor part of the [Hanover] township.” [4]             

            The Fatzinger Family.  Peter was married twice.  All nine of his children -- one boy and eight girls -- were believed born nearby, Joseph in Allen Township of Northampton County and the others in Salisbury Township of Lehigh County.  One boy and six girls were born to his first wife, Elizabeth Fatzinger, who had been born on October 16, 1785.  Elizabeth was 34 when she died, in childbirth, on August 29, 1820.  Elizabeth’s grandfather, George Fatzinger, was living in Allen Township in 1772.  He and his wife Elizabeth had three childen: Valentine, Eva and Henry.  Their son Valentine Fatzinger, Elizabeth’s father, was a private under Captain Jacob Clader of the Northampton County Militia in 1782. [5]  He had been born in 1739 or 1740 in Alsace, Germany, and he died on May 12, 1807, in Allentown.  He was married to Barbara Laury, born in 1751 in Wurttemburg, Germany.  She died on July 30, 1806, in Allentown.  In the 1785 and 1786 tax lists for Salisbury Township, Northampton County, Valentine Fatzinger was shown as having 200 acres, three horses and three cattle.  Valentine was buried in Allentown Cemetery, Lehigh County, at 10th and Linden Streets, Allentown.

            Records in Zion Reformed Church in Allentown show that Valentine and Barbara Fatzinger were present at the baptism of at least three of their children – Maria Magdalena Fatzinger (1773), Susanna Fatzinger (1775), and Solomon Fatzinger (1781).  However, no baptismal record has been located for Elizabeth Fatzinger, who married Peter Waltman.  Valentine Fatzinger’s will was dated October 25, 1804, almost three years before he died.  Among the will’s contents were these items:

Wife Barbara 1 bed and bedstead, 1 clock and case, 1 10-plate stove with pipes, 1 milch cow, 1 kitchen dresser and such of the kitchen furniture she may want.  Also to wife house and lot on west side of James Street in the town of Northampton . . . .  Also to wife land in Whitehall Township of 30 acres.  After her decease, land to be sold and proceeds divided among children. [6]

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Peter Waltman's Children.  Peter Waltman and Elizabeth Fatzinger were married on January 10, 1804, when he was 24 and she was 18.  They had seven children.  Peter later had two more children by his second wife, Susannah Wint.  See Peter's family genealogical chart.  The seven children of Peter and Elizabeth were the following:

1.  Joseph Waltman (1806-1898) married Mary Margaret (Becky) Bast, and they had ten children; he was the grandfather of Henrietta Waltman Boyer.   This account focuses on Joseph and his descendants.  See below.

2.  Anna Waltman (1808-1885) married David Moritz and had six children. One of them, James Moritz, married Amanda Sterner, the daughter of Charles and Sarah Trapp Sterner, creating a further link between the Waltmans, the Sterners and the Sandels. (See the confusing linkages in the section on Barbara Waltman, the daughter of Valentine Waltman, who had married John Sterner many years earlier, in 1788.) Charles was a son of Nicholas and Catherina Sandel Sterner. His mother Catherina Sandel (junior) was a daughter of Catherine Bieber Waltman and her second husband George Sandel.

3.  Maria (Polly) Waltman was born on December 22, 1810.  She died in1900.  Polly married Charles Meyer (later written as Moyer), a stone mason; they lived in Emmaus and had five children.   One of their descendants was the genealogist Melville Schmoyer, whose work is discussed in the preceding chapter. (LaMance’s handwritten notes show that she accepted Rev. Schmoyer’s corrections regarding decendants of Polly Waltman Meyer, but she did not include his corrections regarding Valentine and Conrad Waltman, Jr.)

4.  Rebecca Waltman was born September 20, 1812 (or 1813), and died October 23, 1906. In 1831, she married Jeremiah Hinkle, who had been born on October 7, 1806.  They moved to Michigan and had three children.  Jeremiah died in Eckford, Michigan on October 20, 1874.

5.  Hannah Waltman was born on November 28, 1815 and died on October 20, 1902. She married William T. Knauss and they had six children; she died in Michigan at her sister's home, where she apparently was visiting.  

6.  Eliza Waltman was born on August 15, 1817, and died about 1848.  She married Henry Romich (later written as Romig); she had four children and, at age 31, died in confinement, like her mother.  

7.  Henrietta Waltman was born on August 28, 1820.  She was single when she died, apparently before 1836.  She was not mentioned in her father's will, and the petition to settle the estate said that when Peter died in 1836, he had been survived by his widow Susanna and eight children.  The eight did not include Henrietta.

            Elizabeth died at Allentown on August 29, 1820, the day after the birth of Henrietta, at the age of 34; her oldest child, Joseph Waltman, was only 14.

            On March 16, 1823, Peter married Susanna (Wint) Reichard, then 39 years old.  Susanna had been born on June 16, 1784.   She was the daughter of Henry and Catharine Wint, and the widow of Leonard Reichard.  Susanna’s mother was a widow when she died in 1827.  Lehigh County records noted that Susanna, wife of Peter Waltman, was among the heirs of Henry Wind, who acknowleged they had received all sums due them from Henry’s estate. [7]  Susanna had two children by Peter.

1.  Harriett Waltman, born on October 16, 1827, married a man named Schmidt.  She died on January 16, 1857, at the age of 29.

2.  Susanna Waltman, born October 18, 1829, when her mother was 45, remained single and died on June 7, 1861, at age 31.  

            LaMance reported that it was very difficult for Susanna Reichard Waltman to take over the motherhood of seven step-children ranging in age from 3 to 17.  Susanna was apparently a tough taskmaster, and the children missed their own mother and were jealous of the attention given their two step-sisters.  According to LaMance, the older children were made to leave home, some to live with other families, some put out to service, even though their father was well-to-do.  Peter did the best he could, LaMance said.  “He was not the first widower and will not be the last one to find that two brands of families under one roof do not always harmonize."  Nevertheless, Susanna was dedicated to the Waltman family and purchased the family Bible from another family member in order to maintain the family records.

            The 1820 U.S. census showed Peter in Salisbury Township, near Allentown.  The census was taken on August 7, just days before the birth of Henrietta and the death of Elizabeth. The household population basically matched the ages of Peter’s children on that date, except that also present was a woman older than 45, who might have been Elizabeth’s mother, present to help in her difficult childbirth.

            Lehigh County records demonstrate several instances of Peter’s life.  In 1827, Peter’s second wife, Susanna, and a number of other heirs of the late Henry Wind (apparently Susanna’s father) received funds due to them following the death of Henry’s widow, Catherine Wind. [8]  In 1830, six years before Peter’s death, Walter Livingston of the borough of Northampton sold Peter a tract of land and buildings in Salisbury Township, on the west side of the Philadelphia Road, for $2,114. [9]

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Peter Waltman’s Estate.  Peter died in Allentown on January 5, 1836, at the age of 56.   Three days later, letters of administration of his estate were taken out by George Keck and William Eckert, probably attorneys.  On September 2, 1836, Peter’s oldest son, Joseph Waltman, then 30, petitioned the court to partition Peter’s estate among his children.  The petition said Peter’s heirs were his widow Susanna and eight children, who were Joseph Waltman; Anna, the wife of David Mortiz; Polly, the wife of Charles Meyer; Rebecca, the wife of Jeremiah Hinkle; Hannah, Eliza, Harriet and Susanna, the last three being minors who had guardians.   The list omitted Henrietta, who had been born in 1820 and would have been 16.  LaMance thought Henrietta died when she was 20, but Henrietta’s omission from this list of heirs suggests she died before Peter died in 1836. [10]   

            The petition said that when Peter died, he owned a house and grounds (messuage) and three contiguous pieces of land in Salisbury Township totaling 52 acres and 95 perches.  That land was bordered by properties owned by the families of Ann Greenleaf, Jacob Kachlein, and John Strassburger, as well as by the Philadelphia Road and the Emmaus Road,.  Peter also owned two other nearby tracts, which were basically woodland: one totaled eight and a half acres, the other four acres and 148 perches. [11]  The sheriff determined on December 9, 1836, that the land should be divided into three parcels and provided to three children.  Portion #1, consisting of the house and contiguous property amounting to 52 acres and 95 perches, valued at $88 per acre, or $4,628.24, was to go to Joseph Waltman, the oldest child.  Portion #2, consisting of eight and a half acres, valued at $5 per acre, or $42.50, was to go to the eldest daughter, Ann, and her husband David Moritz.  Portion #3, consisting of 4 acres and 148 perches, valued at $16 an acre, or $78.80, was to go to the third child, Maria (Polly), and her husband Charles Meyer.  Following settlement of debts, Portion #1 was valued at $3,627.74.  The widow’s share was $1,208.91, and each child’s share was $302.22.  At the widow’s death, each child would receive $151.11.

            Shortly after the property was divided, it was sold by the three children who inherited it.  Joseph Waltman, the eldest son, on June 10, 1837 – identified as a house carpenter of South Easton – and his wife Margaret, sold the 52 acre tract to John Waggoner, Jr., of Northampton Borough, for $4,733.43.  Of this amount, $1,208.91 was to remain as a lien on the estate, with the yearly interest to be paid to the widow, Susanna Waltman, for her life, and then to be distributed to the heirs of Peter Waltman.  The remainder of $3,544.64, was to be paid to Joseph and Margaret Waltman. [12]  On June 10, 1837, Polly Waltman Meyer, who was entitled to $303.02 from the sale of the real estate, filed a declaration in court agreeing that the amount should be paid to her husband, Charles Meyer.  Anna Waltman Moritz filed a similar declaration.

            Peter and his first wife, Elizabeth, were buried in Allentown Cemetery, near the corner of Tenth and Linden Streets. [13]  The census for Allentown for 1850, after Peter’s death, showed Peter's second wife, “Susan Waltman,” age 66, living with her daughter Susan, age 21.  Susanna lived for 17 years after Peter’s death, until May 16, 1853, when she died at 68.  She was also buried in Allentown.  LaMance said that less than two months after Peter’s death, Susanna bought the Bible of Peter’s family, and after Susanna’s death in 1853, the Bible went back to the descendants of Peter’s first wife, Elizabeth.  When her book was published In 1928, LaMance reported that the Bible was in the custody of Joseph Waltman, a grandson of Peter and a son of Joseph, who lived in Evansville, Indiana.  She said the records in the Bible, probably written by Susanna, were in German.

Allentown Cemetery, Row of Elizabeth Waltman's Grave Elizabeth Fatzinger Waltman's Tombstone, Allentown Cemetery
Elizabeth Fatzinger Waltman is buried in the row of tombstones in Allentown Cemetery, as shown at left, the stones all laid flat. At right is her tombstone. Peter Waltman's similar tombstone was reported to be nearby but was not found in 2006.

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Joseph Waltman (1806-1898)

            Joseph Waltman, born on October 28, 1806, in Allen Township, was the first child of Peter and Elizabeth Waltman.  The oldest of the nine children, he was only 14 when his mother died in 1820, and he was 30 when Peter died in 1836.  When Joseph was born, his great-grandfather, Valentine Waltman, was still alive, and when Joseph himself died in 1898, he left 16 surviving great-grandchildren of his own.   He died at the home of his daughter, Mary Margaret Waltman Bright, 412 Centre Street in South Easton, on May 13, 1898.  Joseph and his wife were buried in Hay's Cemetery in South Easton.

            As a young man, Joseph was employed as a carpenter by Jacob Bast.  In the course of this employment, he met Jacob's daughter Mary Margaret Bast, and he married her in 1830, when he was 24 and she was 20.  Mary Margaret ("Becky") Bast had been born in 1810. She and Joseph Waltman and their first two children moved to Easton in 1833.  When Joseph’s father, Peter Waltman, died, as noted above, Joseph petitioned the court for partition of Peter’s estate.  As the oldest child, he received the largest share of the estate, and he and Becky immediately sold it for $4,733 in 1837.  In South Easton, Becky Waltman became a member of the Methodist Church in 1844, and remained active there all her life.  She died on October 6, 1890, at the age of 80. See also the note on the Bast family in the Jordan book on the Lehigh Valley, Volume I, page 3, cited in footnote 21 below.

            The Bast Family.  Becky Waltman’s father, Jacob Bast, had been born on February 20, 1780, and baptized at the Dryland Church in Hecktown, Lower Nazareth Township.  Jacob’s father (and Becky’s grandfather), Jacob Henry Bast, a native of Alsace, had come to America in the ship Crawford, arriving in Philadelphia on October 25, 1773.  

Joseph Waltman, about 1895 Becky Bast Waltman, about 50,
Joseph Waltman, about 1895 Mary Margaret "Becky"
Bast Waltman

            A note in the Staatsbote of Philadelphia, on April 16, 1777, said that a tailor, Christoph Haenszmann, of Second Street, near Vine, in Philadelphia, had advertised that his German servant, Jacob Henrich Bast, a tailor,Becky Bast Waltman, about 50, had run away, apparently seeking help for the servant’s return.  Jacob Henry had been in the country less than four years at that time. The advertisement said that Jacob Henry was “20-21 years old and was out twice with the militia last year and recently worked at his trade at Widow Gerhards Inn, on Bethlehem Road.”  (If the age of 20 is correct, Jacob Henry would have been born about 1757.)  It appears that he ran away to Northampton County, because in 1786, Jacob Henry Bast was assessed as a tailor in Bethlehem Township. Jacob Henry married Margaretha Ritter, who had been born on December 2, 1765.  Jacob Henry apparently died before 1788, since Margaret Ritter Bast was married to Peter Schneider on June 1, 1788.  If born in 1757, Jacob Henry would have been only about 31 when he died.

            Jacob Henry Bast’s son, Jacob Bast, married Anna Barbara (Polly) Clader, who had been born on September 20, 1782, and they had at least nine children. [14]  Polly Clader Bast died on April 13, 1832, at the age of 49, when her husband was 52.  Jacob Bast did not die until 1862, 30 years later, at the age of 82.  He was buried at St. Peter’s Union Church in Rittersville, outside Allentown.  According to 1864 court records, Joseph Waltman and his wife Becky inherited $435 from the estate of her father, Jacob Bast.  Each of the nine children of Jacob Bast received the same amount.  (The court record indicated that Becky acknowledged receipt of the money by signing with an X, suggesting she could not write.) [15]   Jacob Bast’s will included his “widow,” Elizabeth Bast, apparently his second wife.  In 1864, Elizabeth acknowledged receiving $615.90 due her under her husband’s will. [16]

            The Clader Family.  Becky’s Waltman’s grandfather (and the father of Polly Clader Bast) was Jacob Clader, Sr., who had married Salome Sherer.  (His baptism record spelled his name "Kleder," and the tombstone of his father, Valentine, spelled the name "Cloeter.")  Valentine came to America on the ship Lydia, arriving in Philadelphia on June 17, 1726.  He had nine children, including three sons.  Two of the sons, Daniel and Abraham, were killed in a surprise attack by British soldiers and Indians, in Luzerne County, in what has been described as the “Sugarloaf Massacre.” [17]  The third son, Jacob Clader, enlisted as a private in the Second Pennsylvania Battalion, and was later appointed a corporal and a captain.  He served in New York and Canada.  Both Andrew Waltman and John Peter Waltman, sons of the immigrant Conrad Waltman, served under Capt. Jacob Clader during the Revolution.  The names of Captain Jacob Clader 1751-1832) and Private Valentine Fatzinger  (1740-1807) are among many on a plaque “in honor of Sons of the America Revolution” at the entrance to Allentown Cemetery. [18]   Jacob’s grave is easily found not far inside the entrance.  It is marked by both an old, barely legible, German-language stone and by a more modern white marble marker.

            After the war, Jacob Clader kept an inn near the east bank of the Lehigh River at Allentown and owned the ferry that crossed the river.  He died at the age of 81 on March 25, 1832, three weeks before the death of his daughter Polly.  Thus, Becky Bast Waltman, at age 22, lost both her mother and her grandfather Clader within the space of three weeks.  Jacob Clader died without a will, leaving a wife and nine children. His numerous heirs [19] sold his property, including about two acres of land and buildings in Hanover Township, for $1,211, as recorded in Lehigh County Court. [20]  The heirs included Polly’s husband, Jacob Bast, who was a widower by the time the estate was settled, as well as Polly’s daughter, Becky Bast Waltman and her husband Joseph Waltman.
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            Joseph Waltman was a carpenter and a builder, as was every one of his seven sons.  Many homes in South Easton were built by Joseph, including his own in 1834. [21]  He was also an expert bridge builder.  His long obituary in an Easton newspaper in 1898 described this work:

In 1827 he built the Allentown dam and also assisted in erecting the Freemansburg dam.  Two years later he built the Allentown lock.  He came to Easton in 1834 and the next year located in South Easton, where he lived to the time of his death.

In the years 1835 and 1836 he built the cotton mills here.  In 1841 he took up bridge building and was foreman for Chapin & Porter.  He superintended the erecting of the old Third-street wooden bridge and the bridge at Glendon that was swept away in the ’62 freshet and also the one that spans the river at that place at present.  He put in the cribbing for the Lehigh Valley railroad bridge across the Delaware in 1853.  He worked on the Easton dam in 1840.  In 1842 he secured employment with the Glendon Iron Company and continued with that company until 1865.  During that period he superintended the construction of the railroad at Lake Hopatcong.

            The obituary of Joseph’s son William Waltman in 1918 said that Joseph, “the well-known bridge builder . . . built the old covered bridge over the Lehigh at Third Street and also the one at Glendon.  He built the first railroad bridge across the Lehigh at Easton.” [22]   A newspaper article on Easton bridges said that the first wooden bridge over the Delaware was erected in 1856. [23]  It is not clear, but this bridge probably was the result of the foundations laid by Joseph Waltman.  The article included this description:

In 1856 the Lehigh Valley Railroad Co., erected a wooden bridge over the river from Phillipsburg to Easton.  The structure was a double bridge with two sets of track.  One set of tracks was atop the trusses and connected with the Central Railroad of New Jersey tracks.  The other set of tracks ran below and connected with the track of the Belvidere Delaware Railroad.  In 1866 a larger bridge was constructed to the south.  The new bridge was built of wood with arched construction and sat on new stone piers.  It too had a double set of tracks.  The old 1856 wooden bridge was removed in 1875 . . . .

            Joseph also built the cotton mills in Easton in 1833-36, and the buildings for the Glendon Iron Company.  His last work was the erection of the St. John's Reformed (later United Church of Christ) Church in Williams Township, a few miles south of Easton, in 1882.  See the photos below.  It is reported that he liked to boast that he never asked for a job in his life, that his work was of such good quality that he was always in demand.

St. John's Church, Williams Township St. John's Church, Morgan's Hill, 2007
St. John's Church on Morgan's Hill, Williams Township,
erected by Joseph Waltman.  Left photo, taken about 1960.  
Right, from the church website in 2007.

        Joseph Waltman's Children.  Joseph and Becky Waltman had ten children.  See their family genealogical chart. The first two children were born in Allen Township.  The rest were born in Easton:

  1.  Adaline Susan Waltman (Cameron), 1831-1910
  2.  Samuel Waltman, 1832-1911
  3.  Jacob Franklin (“Frank”) Waltman, 1835-1923
  4.  Henrietta Waltman (Behm), 1837-1910
  5.  Henrich (Henry) Waltman, 1837-1860
  6.  Mary Margaret Waltman (Bright), 1840-1925
  7.  Peter Waltman, 1842-1881
  8.  William Waltman, 1845-1918
  9.  Joseph Waltman II, 1849-1915
10.  John Augustus Waltman, 1851-1909

Joseph Waltman's Family 1897

Joseph Waltman's Family, 1897, photo by Lew Boyer:  Back, John F. Waltman, 38; Lew Boyer, 28; Henrietta Boyer, 23; Arthur Waltman, 31; Mame Waltman, 28; Henry Waltman, 34.  Seated: Daisy Waltman, 34, wife of John; Samuel Waltman, 65, Joseph Waltman, 91, Sabina Waltman, 62, wife of Samuel; Carrie Waltman, 30, wife of Henry. Front, Lena Waltman, 2, Claude Waltman, 14, Elwood Boyer, 3. 

         Joseph appeared in the 1840 census for South Easton.  The sketchy information in the census of that time showed people only by age group and not name, but the ages of the people present appear to match those in Joseph’s family.  In this household, there were:

One male aged 30-39 (Joseph was then 34)
One female 30-39 (Becky was 30)
One female 5-9 (Adaline was 9)
Two males 5-9 (Samuel was 8, Jacob Franklin 5)
One male under 5 (Henry was 3)
Two females under 5 (Henrietta was 3, Mary Margaret had just been born).

            The Waltmans of Easton appeared under slightly different names in the 1850 and 1860 census reports.  In 1850, the patriarch's name was "Joseph Walkman," and in 1860 it was "Joseph Walton."  The 1850 census included nine of his ten children, all but John Augustus, who had not yet arrived.  The 1870 census showed Joseph living on Center Street.  In the household were:

Joseph Waltman, 65, carpenter
Mary Waltman, 60, wife
Henrietta Waltman, 28
Mary Waltman, 26
William Waltman, 24, blacksmith
Joseph Waltman, 22, engine builder
John Waltman, 19, carpenter.

           The 1880 census showed Joseph living on Centre Street.  In the household were:

Joseph Waltman, 74, carpenter
Mary Waltman, 70, wife
Peter Waltman, 40, son
Mary Waltman, 39, daughter
William Waltman, 31, son, laborer
Kate Bright, 6, granddaughter
Thomas Bright, 5, grandson. [24]

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            Details of the lives of Joseph Waltman’s ten children follow:

1.  Adaline Susan Waltman, born on November 27, 1831, was married on September 7, 1857, to William Wallace Cameron (1834-1899), who had been born in Glasgow, Scotland, and traveled to America in 1848, when he was 14.  They lived in Easton, where William worked for the Lehigh Valley Railroad and served as a borough councilman.  The 1890 census showed the family living at 649 Berwick Street in South Easton.  Adaline's husband, William, was shown as a machinist, as was his son William.  Son Joseph was shown as a carpenter.  Adaline and William had four sons and two daughters:

William Wallace Cameron 1834-1899 Adaline Susan Waltman Cameron 1831-1910
William Wallace Cameron Adaline Waltman Cameron

Cameron Brothers, about 1910
The Cameron Brothers, sons of Adaline and William
Wallace Cameron: From left, John Henry, Joseph Alfred,
Irvin Samuel, and William Cameron. Taken about 1910.

           Adaline and William Cameron had four sons and two daughters:

Irvin Samuel Cameron (March 24, 1858 – April 15, 1914)
John Henry Cameron, Sr. (November 23, 1859 – July 17, 1934)
William Cameron (September 13, 1861 – December 9, 1934)
Marion Margaret (Maggie) Cameron (June 24, 1863 – December 3, 1926)
Joseph Alfred Cameron (September 12, 1865 – January 2, 1945)
Jennie May Cameron (May 28, 1868 – February 7, 1872).

            Adaline's father and husband died within ten months of each other, Joseph Waltman on May 13, 1898, and William Wallace Cameron on March 19, 1899.  She died on April 13, 1910.  She and her husband were buried in Hay's Cemetery, as were all six of her children and their spouses.

            The marriage of Adaline's son John Henry Cameron, Sr., produced three interesting newspaper notices in the Easton Free Press.  On June 25, 1883, William Wallace Cameron 1834-1899 a report said that Arravesta Young and John Cameron had been married by the Reverend W. T. Magee.  But on June 27, there was "A Denial" from W. T. Magee:  

Editor, Free Press.  I find in the Free Press of June 25th that I married Miss Alvesta (sic) Young, of Cedarville, to John Cameron, of South Easton, on June 23rd.  I married no such parties.  Please give this a place in your paper, and if they should come to be married, and bring cake or cash, you may come in for a share.

            The next day the Free Press published a notice that Arravesta Young and John Cameron had been married by someone else, the Reverend J. Q. Upp.  John and his wife Aravesta were shown living at 616 Centre Street in South Easton in the 1890 census.

            Mildred Cameron, born on May 26, 1887, a daughter of Irvin Samuel Cameron, was the subject of a similar interesting wedding announcement   Her marriage to Daniel Perry on October 6, 1917, was to have been postponed due to his illness.  A newspaper article titled “Wedding at Bedside of the Bridegroom” read in part as follows:

It was at first supposed that Mr. Perry had been stricken with typhoid fever, but this later was found to be untrue.  All arrangements had been made for a pretty church ceremony when the bridegroom was taken suddenly ill.  When it was learned that the illness was not of a serious nature, Miss Cameron decided to go on with the ceremony and arrangements were hurriedly made to hold it at the bedside of Mr. Perry.

            Daniel Perry actually lived for 42 more years, until April 16, 1959.  Mildred died on March 11, 1976.

            Harry Cameron, of Levittown, Pennsylvania (born in 1942), did extensive research on the descendants of Joseph Waltman, but especially on the descendants of Adaline Waltman Cameron, who was his great-grandmother.  He amassed hundreds of photographs and newspaper clippings relating to this branch of the family.  Much of the detail in this paper concerning descendants of Joseph Waltman, including dates of birth, death and marriage, and spouses of each ancestor, drew on Harry Cameron’s research.

2.  Samuel Waltman was born on November 1, 1832.  The second child of Joseph and Becky Waltman, he was a carpenter and building contractor.  He married Sabina Taylor (1835-1920), and they had six children, including Henrietta Waltman Boyer.   Samuel and Sabina were buried in Hay's Cemetery.  He died on March 7, 1911.  See details of Samuel’s life below.  

3.  Jacob Franklin ("Frank") Waltman, born in Easton on March 22, 1835, married Annie Moser, who had been born on September 11, 1841, in Williams Township, a daughter of Jacob and Sarah Weiss Moser of Easton.  They were married, probably in Easton, on December 10, 1859.  Frank, at age 25, and Anna, age 19, were listed in the 1860 census for South Easton, having been married just one year.  They had three children:  William Franklin Waltman (1861-1866), Marcus Hallbach Waltman (1865-1944), [25] and Mary Margaret (Maggie) Waltman Pearce (1867-1959).  Frank and his son Marcus were at one time employed by the Thomas Iron Company of Glendon, north of Easton, reputed to be the leading iron company in the nation at that time.  When the company planned to close, Frank and his family moved to Colorado about 1890, leading to a large number of Waltman descendants in Colorado and further west.  Frank worked as a carpenter for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, building coach cars.  Frank Waltman died in Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado, on September 21, 1923, at the age of 88. He and his wife Annie were buried in Salida.

        Extended detail on the family of Jacob Franklin Waltman, with photographs, is in another section

Jacob Franklin Waltman, 1835-1923, about 1870 Henrietta (Hets) Waltman Behm Frank Behm, about 1880
Jacob Franklin Waltman, about 1870 Henrietta Waltman Behm and
her son,  Frank Behm, about 1880

4.  Henrietta Waltman, born on September 14, 1837, one of twins, married Frederick Behm, of Williamsport, where he was a produce merchant dealing with "the better class of trade."  Frederick was born on October 7, 1839, and died on April 11, 1890.  They had two sons: Frank Behm (1875-1893) and Irvin Cameron Behm (born August 26,1877, and died February 11, 1950), apparently named after his cousin.  According to Byron Waltman, Henrietta "was well known for her good humor and readiness to play practical jokes," something that was also said of her niece and namesake, the daughter of Samuel Waltman.  She died on September 5, 1910, at the home of her sister, Mary Bright, 509 Centre street, and she and Fred were buried in Williamsport.

5.  Henrich (Henry) Waltman, the other twin, born on the same day, died in 1860 at age 22 or 23.  He was buried in Hay's Cemetery.  (Byron Waltman thought Henry died about 1858, but the tombstone said 1860.)

6.  Mary Margaret Waltman, born on April 27, 1840, and named for her mother, married Joseph Crawford Bright on April 23, 1872.  He had been born on March 27, 1843.  (Byron Waltman and Harry Cameron agreed that the year of Joseph's birth on the tombstone in Hay’s Cemetery, 1841, was in error.)

Mary Margaret Waltman Bright Joseph C. Bright
Mary Margaret Waltman and her husband, Joseph C. Bright

        Joseph was the son of Thomas B. Bright (1816-1891) and Elizabeth Bright (1820-1903).  Joseph was a baggage master for the Lehigh Valley Railroad.  He died on July 26, 1875, at age 32 as a result of ill health contracted about ten years earlier during his confinement in Libby Prison in Richmond during the Civil War; he had been captured in the "Seven Days' Fight."  An Easton newspaper reported that Joseph, "when about to start for this place from Doylestown on Friday, found himself so weak at the depot that his friends were at once sent for, for fear that he would die.  He is still weak but will arrive today if possible."  Following the principle that it is easier to add than revise, the newspaper then added that "Since the above was in type, Mr. Bright died and his remains were brought upon the two p.m. train."  When Joseph died, he had a daughter aged two and a four-month-old son.  He was buried from the home of his father-in-law, Joseph Waltman.  

Thomas B. Bright Elizabeth Bright Thomas J. Bright Annie Thomas Bright
Thomas B. Bright (1816-1891) and wife
Elizabeth, parents of Joseph C. Bright
Thomas J. Bright (1875-1927) and wife Annie Thomas Bright (1878-1956).  Thomas J. Bright was the son of Mary Margaret Waltman
and Joseph Crawford Bright,
born in the year his father died.

                    The 1900 census showed Mary Margaret Bright living at 412 Centre Street in South Easton, next door to her brother William Waltman at 416.   Living with Mary Margaret Bright, 59, were herThomas B. Bright Family daughter Kate Bright, 26, and son Thomas Bright, 25, along with his wife Annie, 21.   In 1910, Mary Margaret, 69, lived with her daughter Kate, 35.  The Brights were close to the Boyer family. A photograph taken about 1920 showed Kate and “Maggie” Bright together with Mame Waltman seated on the ground in the yard of 1900 Ferry Street.  The photo at left shows Mary Margaret Waltman Bright, top right, with the parents of her husband, Thomas B. and Elizabeth Bright, probably taken in the 1880s after Mary Margaret's husband died.  The younger woman standing is not identified.

Thomas B. Bright Family            Mary Margaret Bright died on March 8, 1925, at age 84, living 50 years beyond the death of her husband.  (The obituary said she died at her home, 509 Center Street.  This may have been the same house as 412 Center Street, since the house numbers of South Easton were revised about this time.)  Her father, Joseph Waltman, died at her home in 1898.  She was buried in Hay's Cemetery.  Photographs of the Bright family tombstones in Hay’s Cemetery are viewable on this website.

            Mary and Joseph had two children:  

        A.  Katherine Savilla (Kate) Bright, born on June 6, 1873, was a dedicated family historian (LaMance said that Kate "truly is bright, and knows more of the family history than any other one of Joseph Waltman's many descendants.")   She graduated from the old South Easton High School in 1889.  A newspaper article on January 29, 1924, when she was 51, said Katie Bright had fallen down the steps of the attic at her home and suffered a broken right collar bone.  The 1930 census showed her living at 509 Centre Street in South Easton, age 56, saleslady.  She had worked at both the Bush and Bull and the Rader department stores.  Byron Waltman wrote that “Kate never married but had a very benevolent spirit and never wished to have known what she was doing to help others.”  She died on January 30, 1953, at the age of 79.

        B.  Thomas Joseph Bright, born on March 27, 1875, four months before his father died, was a carpenter. He wife Annie was born on August 4, 1878, and died on September 3, 1956.  They had ten children and originated a long line of Brights and relatives in Easton.  (One descendant of this line, Donald Price, was an athletic star and Wilson High School classmate of Nancy and Neil Boyer in 1955; none of them knew at the time that they shared a great-great-grandfather, Joseph Waltman.  Don was killed on November 17, 1956, at age 20 in an accident at an Air Force base.)  

        The 1920 census showed the Bright family living at 610 Lincoln Street in South Easton.  Present were Thomas, age 43, a carpenter; his wife, Annie Bright (1878-1956), age 41; and their children: Lloyd (October 13, 1900, to July 6,1964); Margaret (November 9, 1901, July 27, 1980); Richard Gibson (born September 14, 1903); Isabella, born in 1906, who died six weeks later; Catherine Ann  (February 8, 1909, to February 26, 1972); Thomas, Jr. (September 23, 1911, to July 3, 1985); Elizabeth Honore (January 21, 1913, to April 23,1991); Henry (February 7, 1915, to November 30, 1987); and Lois Jean, (born June 25, 1918).  Another daughter, Josephine (1920-1973), was born after the 1920 census was taken.  A grandchild,  Elaine, [26] daughter of Thomas, Jr.,died as an infant, and shares a grave with Isabella.  Thomas, the father, died on May 26, 1927, at age 52, survived by nine of his ten children.  

         Thomas’ daughter, the family genealogist, Margaret Calloway Bright, later known as Margaret Bright Wilkins, was born on November 9, 1901, in Easton.  On February 20, 1926, at her home, 610 Lincoln Street, she married Emilton Lamar Wilkins (1898-1979), of Utah. They moved to Portland, Oregon, and she died there on July 27, 1980, at the age of 79.  She was dedicated to straightening out the Waltman family genealogy (see notes and discussion in the preceding chapters).  She had two children, Audrey Janet, born March 22, 1927, and Ben Richard Wilkins, born February 12, 1931.

7.  Peter Waltman, born on November 21, 1842, and apparently named for his grandfather, married Sallie Hulse.  A newspaper article in 1881 reported the following:

Personal. – The many friends of Mr. Peter Waltman will be pained to learn that a dispatch was this morning received from Terrell, Kaughman county, Texas, stating that he was lying at the point of death at that place.  He is the son of Mr. Joseph Waltman, of this place, who it will be remembered left here several years ago for the west.  While engaged in hunting in the western country his eyes became so affected that he was deprived of their use for two years and seven months.  Since then he went to Texas and there contracted the disease from which he is now suffering.

            Peter died on May 28, 1881, and was buried in Hay's Cemetery.  He had a son, Frank Waltman, who lived in Texas.

8.  William Waltman, born on February 12, 1845,  was a carpenter and millwright, working for 20 years at the former Stewart Wire Mills in Easton, and later as night foreman at the Alpha Portland Cement Company.  He married Elizabeth (Lizzie) Paul, and their family lived in 1890 at 416 Centre Street in South Easton.  Lizzie had been born on January 8, 1855.  They had two children: Myra Henrietta Waltman (Detweiler) (August 18, 1884, to October 23,1976) lived in Easton.  William Paul Waltman (1887‑ September 5, 1946) was a “mechanical dentist” who married Emily Martin on October 17, 1925.  Known as “Paul,” he lived in Arizona, and he was buried in Prescott.   Lizzie Waltman died on May 7, 1892, at the age of 37, at the home of her father, William Paul, 632 Mauch Chunk Street.  

            After Lizzie died, William married her sister, Mary Charlotte Paul (December 16, 1855, to September 8, 1938), and they had one son, George R. Waltman (June 30, 1895, to May 12, 1979).   Although born in the same year, Lizzie and Mary Paul were not twins.  Lizzie was born on January 8, 1855, Mary on December 16.  

            The 1900 census showed the family of William Waltman, a carpenter, living at 416 Centre Street, next door to his sister Mary Margaret Bright.  Living with William, 52, were his wife, Mary Paul Waltman, 43, and children Myra, 15, William, 11, and George, 4.   The 1910 census identified William as a public school teacher, age 64, living with Mary, 50 (ages in the census documents were often inaccurate), son Paul, 23, a salesman of dental supplies, and son George, 14.  William died on May 29, 1918, at the age of 70.  The 1930 census showed Mary, 72, living on Spring Garden Street in Easton with her son George, 33, and his wife Myrtle, 37.  Mary died on September 8, 1938, at the age of 81, twenty years after William died.   William and both of his wives, the Paul sisters, were buried in the same plot in Hay's Cemetery.

9.  Joseph Waltman II, born on November 18, 1849, in Easton, married Ida Chapman, who had been born in Pennsylvania on November 22, 1859, and they lived in Evansville, Indiana, where he was a lumberman and partner in the Schulte‑Waltman mills.  Joseph died on July 19, 1915.  Ida died on April 23, 1925, and both were buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Evansville.  They had three children, all born in Indiana:  Joseph Waltman III (February 4, 1876, to August 13, 1942), William Waltman (October 25, 1878, to June 14, 1957), and Emma Waltman (Albecker Oslage) (July 20, 1886, to April 20, 1966).  Joseph Waltman III, like his father, died at age 66 and was the president of the Evansville Band Mill Company, a lumber firm.  Among his children was Joseph Waltman IV, born on December 6, 1906.  He died in Evansville on May 19, 1979. LaMance indicated that the Bible of Peter Waltman’s family had been handed down through this branch of the Waltmans.

Joseph Waltman and his Wife Ida Byron and Fannie Waltman, 1961
Joseph Waltman II (1849-1915) and  wife Ida Byron and Fannie Waltman, 1961

10.  John Augustus Waltman, born on May 25, 1851, in Easton, was the tenth and last child of Joseph and Becky Waltman.  He married Catherine Elizabeth Wirebach, who had been born on March 6, 1854.  Her sister, Daisy Wirebach, married John Franklin Waltman (1859-1901), the son of Samuel Waltman and a nephew of John Augustus.  (Extensive information about the Wirebach (or Weyerbacher) family is presented in the Weyerbacher family website). John Augustus Waltman was a carpenter, but later ran a general store on Center Street, on the South Side of Easton for 21 years.  He was a member of the school board for more than 30 years.  John Augustus died at his home, 614 Center Street, on November 6, 1909, at the age of 58.  Catherine died on January 26, 1924.  Both were buried in Hay's Cemetery, as were their three sons and their spouses.  A newspaper report said that his funeral was attended by a large delegation of the International Order of Odd Fellows, as well as all the South Side grocers and many members of the Retail Grocers’ Protective Association. A biographical note on John Augustus Waltman and the Wirebach family can be found in the Jordan book on the Lehigh Valley, Volume I, page 3, cited in footnote 21 below. See also the account by Byron Waltman of the interrelationships between the Waltman and Wirebach families.

            The 1900 census for “Main Street” in Easton showed this family:

John F. Waltman, 49, married 22 years, Groceries (dealer)
Catherine E. Waltman, 46
Raymond Waltman, 20, Clerk (P.O.)
Aaron T. Waltman, 17, Clerk
Byron Waltman, 9, at school.

            John Augustus and Catherine Waltman had three sons:

A.  Raymond Irvin Waltman was born in Easton on January 29, 1880, and was a manager for the Bell Telephone Company.  He married Nellie Grace Clark on October 7, 1903.  She had been born on April 14, 1884, and they had a son Everett Clark Waltman, born February 9, 1913.   Everett married Cora Branstetter on August 26, 1936.  Cora had been born on July 10, 1915.  They had three children:  David Clark Waltman (born June 6, 1940), Ann Christine Waltman (born March 14, 1945), and Mary Louise Waltman (born August 2, 1946).  Raymond Waltman died on April 25, 1946.  His wife, Nellie, died in Harrisburg on September 7, 1959.

B.  Aaron Transue Waltman was born in Easton on May 1, 1883, and was a dentist.  On April 24, 1907, he married Anna Maria Dietrich, who had been born in Easton on November 22, 1882.  They had two children:  Ruth Waltman, born October 15, 1908, married John H. Hess on April 11, 1936.  He had been born on March 20, 1906, and he died on March 27, 1976.  They had no children.  Ruth died in 1999 and is buried in Hay’s Cemetery.   Stanley Dietrich Waltman was born in Easton on September 2, 1913.  He married Margaret McWilliams, who had been born on December 14, 1914, and they lived in Lake Forest, Illinois.  They had two children, Guy Stanley, born November 20, 1941, and Judith Ann Waltman, born October 24, 1944.  Aaron died in Easton on January 11, 1944.  Anna Dietrich Waltman died on October 26, 1969.  

C.  John Byron Waltman was born in Easton on October 27, 1890.  On November 22, 1916, he married Fannie Mary Richards, who had been born on April 3, 1889. He was a youth worker at the Easton YMCA and a person responsible for much research on the Waltman family.  He is quoted frequently in this paper.  Byron died on December 29, 1968.  His son, Richard Zane Waltman, born January 8, 1922, was married on June 16, 1951, to Dorothy Martin, who had been born on January 12, 1922.  He worked as a chemist  for the Bethlehem Steel Corporation. Richard and Dorothy had three daughters, Carol Christine (born May 31, 1952), Cindy Louise, and Corinne Ellen Waltman (born June 24, 1960).  Richard died on December 19, 2001, in Bethlehem. See Byron's List of the Descendants of Jacob C. Wirebach (1808-1877), detailing relationships between the Waltman and Wirebach families of South Easton.

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            Joseph Waltman's Death.  On the South Side of Easton, the members of Joseph Waltman’s family lived relatively close together.  The Easton city directories for 1875 show Joseph Waltman, a carpenter, living at Canal and Lehigh Streets.  In 1877, he is shown at 98 Centre Street, not far from where George B. Boyer lived, at 65 Centre Street.  In 1885, the retired Joseph Waltman was listed at 416 Centre Street.  In 1889 it was 412 Centre Street.  (He had moved from William Waltman’s house to Mary Joseph Waltman and Great-Grandchildren, 1895Margaret Bright’s house.)  In 1897, just a year before he died, Joseph was listed at the same address as a "gentleman."  In the year 1892, the directory also listed Joseph's son John Augustus, a grocer, at 517 Centre Street; his son William, a carpenter, at 416 Centre Street; his son Samuel, a carpenter, and Samuel's son Arthur, a pattern-maker, and daughter Mary (Mame), a dressmaker, all at 741 Grant Street; Samuel's sons John Franklin, a carpenter, at 501 Centre Street, and Joseph Henry ("Uncle Hen"), a sign painter, at 629 Canal Street. At left are Joseph Waltman and great-grandchildren, 1895.

            Joseph’s wife, Mary Margaret Bast Waltman, died in Easton on October 6, 1890, at the age of 80.  Joseph Waltman lived to be 91.  He died on May 13, 1898, at the home of his daughter Mary Margaret Bright, in Easton.  His obituary said he was survived by eight children, “three sisters in the West,” 24 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.   Just three years before his death, in 1895, Joseph had had this photograph taken with descendants of his first child, Adaline Waltman Cameron.  The picture was taken by Lewis Elmer Boyer, the 26-year-old photographer who had married Joseph's granddaughter Henrietta.

            Lew Boyer recorded Joseph Waltman's death in his diary:

            Friday, May 13, 1898:  Great-grandfather Waltman died at 11 o'clock. Mame was here at noon.

            Saturday, May 14:  Home all day.  Father [Samuel Waltman] came and took Elwood [then age 4] along over to Easton in the morning and up to the furnace.  Mother took him to town and bought him shoes in the evening.

            Sunday, May 15:  Home all day.  In the afternoon Harry Wirebach was here, also Father Waltman.

            Monday, May 16: Rain.  In the morning I was home.  In the afternoon I went up home and to Grand Father Waltman's Funeral, which was held at Aunt Mary Bright's home on Center Street.
            Pallbearers at the funeral were Arthur, Claude, Raymond and Aaron Waltman, Thomas Bright and Irvin Behm -- all grandchildren of Joseph, except for Claude, who was a great-grandchild.  Joseph and Becky were both buried in Hay's Cemetery, Easton.  The grave is located about 50 yards south of Lincoln Street, about 15 yards off a paved roadway, in a line approximately opposite a yellow house at 1049 Lincoln Street.  The tombstone of Mary E. Waltman, granddaughter of Joseph, is nearby.  Within a radius of 25 yards are numerous other Waltman, Cameron, Jones and other related familes.  Photographs of the Hay’s Cemetery tombstones of Joseph and many Waltman relatives are easily visible on a website. [27]

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Samuel Waltman (1832-1911)

            The father of Henrietta Waltman Boyer, Samuel Waltman, was the first son and second child of Joseph and Mary Margaret Bast Waltman.  He was born in Allen Township, Northampton County, on November 1, 1832.  Like his father and all of his brothers, he was a carpenter and building contractor.  He built many homes on the South Side of Easton, and in the year 1874 he constructed the Glendon Methodist Church, at a cost of $4,000, with the lot and bricks being donated by the Glendon Iron Works.  (That was eight years before Samuel's father built the St. John's Reformed Church in Williams Township.)  

Samuel Waltman's former house in 1984 Samuel Waltman 1832-1911
Samuel Waltman's Grant Street house as seen in 1984 Samuel Waltman

            Samuel also did much construction work for the old Glendon Iron Works.  His obituary recalled that he worked at one time in the shops of the Lehigh Valley Railroad and that he was an official of the Second Methodist Church on the South Side.

            Samuel's property at 741 Grant Street (later renumbered 834 Grant Street), was 40 by 140 feet.  It was purchased in 1874 from Henry Huber for $175, according to Easton public records (possibly this was the price paid for the lot, and Samuel constructed the house).  Sam’s daughter Mame wrote a note recalling that she moved into this house when she was five years old, and that would have been 1874.  This was the place Lew Boyer's diary referred to repeatedly as "home" when he and his wife and children were going "up home," from their house on Lincoln Street.  It was also the site of many family photographs.  In 1909, Samuel transferred ownership to his son Arthur.

Samuel Waltman's House in 1896 Delivery to the Waltman House, 1900
At left, Samuel Waltman's House on Grant Street in 1896.  From left are his wife Sabina,
daughter Mame, Samuel's grandson Elwood Boyer, Nip the dog, and daughter Henrietta Boyer.  
At right, a delivery on Grant Street (different house) in 1900.  Note the unpaved street.  

            On June 5, 1859, Samuel Waltman married Sabina (“Bine”) Taylor.  It was about four years before the marriage of George B. Boyer and Sarah Ann Dreher, the parents of Lewis Elmer Boyer.  "Bine" had been born in Easton on September 28, 1835, the first of nine children of John Taylor and Mary Stametz.  (See more on the Taylor family below.)

Sabina Waltman Sabina Going to See Henrietta Sabina and Daughters Henrietta and Mame, 1901
Sabina Waltman, 1835-1920 Lew Boyer wrote that this showed Sabina on Lincoln Street "on her way up to Hets [daughter Henrietta] with mended stockings" Sabina Waltman with her two surviving daughters, Henrietta Waltman Boyer
and Mary (Mame) Waltman, in 1900

            One researcher discovered in the Easton Public Library a ‘’scrap book” that contained a notice of conscriptions related to service in the Civil War.  One of them said:

Samuel Waltman
Serve or pay $300.00.

            There seems to exist no Civil War service record for Samuel Waltman, and so the guess is that he paid the $300. [29]  Twenty-five years before his death, Samuel was the subject of this (perhaps unwanted) publicity in a local newspaper:

Tumor Removed

Yesterday afternoon Drs. Zeiner and Heller performed a very successful operation in removing a tumor from the back of Samuel Waltman, of this place.  The tumor weighed three pounds and had been a source of great annoyance to Mr. Waltman for several years, and within the last few months had been growing very rapidly.  Mr. Waltman stood the operation very well and rested comfortably last night and today.  To remove the tumor a great deal of cutting was necessary.

The Daily Free Press
Easton, Pennsylvania
May 8, 1886

     Showing that nothing is too private for the local newspaper, two years after that, on May 7, 1888, the Easton Daily Express reported this:

Mrs. Samuel Waltman of Berwick Street has been suffering intense pain for some weeks from a cancerous wart on one of her fingers.  She sought medical advice and was greatly relieved when the wart fell off as a result of the treatment.

            The 1900 census for Easton showed this household:

Samuel Waltman, 66, married 42 years, carpenter
Sabina Waltman, 62
Arthur Waltman, 33, pattern maker (tool factory)
Mary, 29, at home.      

Samuel Waltman Family, 1901

Samuel Waltman's Family, 1900.  Standing: John F. Waltman, Lew Boyer,
Carrie Waltman, Henry Waltman, Mame Waltman.  Seated: Henrietta Waltman Boyer,
Sabina Waltman, Samuel Waltman.  In front: Ralph, Elwood and Walter Boyer.

        Samuel died of pneumonia at 11:35 p.m. on March 7, 1911, at the age of 78, at his home on Grant Street.  After his death, Sabina, then 75, and her
daughter Mary (Aunt Mame), then 42, moved to 1900 Ferry Street, theSabina Waltman, age 82, in 1917 home of Sabina's daughter Henrietta Waltman Boyer.  It was there, nine years later, shortly after 10 p.m. on April 7, 1920, after being in ill health for about a year and a half, that Sabina died, at the age of 85.  She was survived by nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  She and Samuel were buried in Hay's Cemetery (there is no tombstone), joined later in the same plot by their daughter Mame (who does have a tombstone there).  The photo at left shows Sabina at age 82, in 1917.

Samuel Waltman's Children.  Sabina Taylor and Samuel Waltman had six children -- three boys and three girls.  Two of the children preceded them in death.  The children, "like their mother, was full of good humor," according to Byron Waltman.  He thereby implied that the fun-loving spirit in the Lew Boyer family could be attributed to the female lines of Waltman and Taylor rather than the Boyer line itself.  See the genealogical chart on Samuel's family.  The children were these:Sabina Waltman, age 82, in 1917

   1.  John Franklin Waltman, 1859-1901
   2.  Joseph Henry (Uncle Hen) Waltman, 1863-1932
   3.  Arthur Waltman, 1866-1943
   4.  Mary E. (Aunt Mame) Waltman, 1869-1959
   5.  Bertha Waltman, 1870-1873
   6.  Henrietta Waltman (Boyer), 1874-1948

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 1.  John Franklin Waltman was born in Easton on October 7, 1859.  On September 13, 1882, he married Daisy Rose Wirebach in Easton.  She had been born on July 19, 1863.  Daisy was the sister of Katie Wirebach, who had married John F. Waltman's uncle, John A. Waltman (1851-1909).  John Franklin was a carpenter.  He died on February 21, 1901, at the age of 41, while undergoing surgery at Easton Hospital for removal of a tumor from his back; it was the same kind of operation that his father had had, successfully, 16 years earlier.  (John’s sister Henrietta was 26 when he died; his children were 17 and 5.)  The funeral services were from his home at 501 Centre Street, in South Easton.  Daisy, who lived 34 years after the death of John, lived in Lattimer Mines with her daughter Lena in 1920.  She died in Philadelphia, or in nearby Media, on November 25, 1935.  Both John and Daisy were buried in Hay's Cemetery.  They had two children.  

John Waltman, left Four Generations of Waltmans
Probably taken in 1900, the photo shows John Franklin Waltman, at left, with son Claude, daughter Lena, and Carrie Waltman, the wife of John's brother Joseph Henry Waltman.  The man standing is not identified. Four generations of Waltmans about 1895:  From left, Claude Waltman, his father John Waltman, his great-grandfather,
Joseph Waltman, and his
grandfather, Samuel Waltman

 A.  Claude Arthur Waltman was born in Easton on September 28, 1883.  He was a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard.  When the guard was called out and he was exposed to the weather, he was taken ill with “pulmonary troubles” and died.  He had previously worked as a clerk in the offices of the Ingersoll-Sergeant Drill Works.  The date of his death was March 13, 1904; Claude was only 20.  A newspaper report said that members of the class of 1899 of South Easton High School held a meeting to take action on Claude’s death.  They decided to procure a floral tiribute to their classmate and to attend the funeral as a group.

Claude Waltman 1883-1904 Claude Waltman with Elwood Boyer, about 1900
Claude Waltman, 1883-1904, alone at left, about 1900, and at right with Waltman family cousins, including Elwood Boyer,
standing at Claude's left

B.  Lena Elsie Waltman was born in Easton on March 22, 1895.  In 1915, she married William F. Teter (1875-1927), of Lycoming County.  They were married in Baltimore. He was about 20 years older than Lena. According to his obituary and the U.S. census, he was an accountant and purchasing agent for a coal company, Pardee Brothers, in Lattimer Mines, a small town near Hazleton and had lived there since 1897. His obituary said he was born at Marsh Hill, Lycoming County.The January 1920 census showed the family living in Lattimer Mines, Luzerne County.  There were William, 44, his wife Lena, 24, daughter Jane, 3, son William, 1, William’s mother, Martha Teter, 74, Lena’s mother, Daisy Waltman, 54, and Geneva Baker, a servant, 18.  William died on June 18, 1927, in Lattimer Mines. The obituary said he was 52 and the paid notice said he died “in the 53rd year of his age,” which meant he was born in 1875.  Lena died 50 years later, on July 29, 1977, at the age of 82, in Media, Pennsylvania, where she apparently was living with her son William, who died in Media on November 23, 1983. 

Lena Waltman Teter Lena Waltman Teter
Lena Waltman Teter, 1895-1977

It was understood that they had four children: Jane Teter was born on August 6, 1916, and died on April 21, 1966.  William F. Teter II was born on December 13, 1918, and died in Media, Pennsylvania, on November 23, 1983.  John Grant Teter was born on May 23, 1923, and died on December 14, 1985.  Richard Teter was born on February 1, 1929, and died in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, which is close to Media, on May 7, 1998. [30]  His wife, Elizabeth A. Teter, was born on September 15, 1930, and died on June 12, 2000. Lena and her husband, their children Jane and William, and her brother Claude were all buried in Hay's Cemetery.

           NOTE:  Aside from Lena and her brother Claude (who died young), and Charles Waltman, the son of Arthur, there were no other first cousins on the Waltman side of the family for the seven children of Henrietta Waltman and Lewis Elmer Boyer.  (There were only two cousins on the Boyer side, Anna and George Apgar.)

2.  Joseph Henry Waltman
, the second child of Samuel and Bine Waltman, was born in Easton in 1863.  To the children of Lew and Henrietta Boyer, he was known as "Uncle Hen."  He was married on September 18, 1890, to the former Carrie Ginnard.   She had been born in 1867 and died on March 21, 1927, at the age of 50, from complications after an operation.  Carrie was the daughter of Lieutenant William H. Ginnard, who died at age 87 at the home of Hen and Carrie.  His obituary said he was a railroader who had enlisted three different times with the Pennsylvania Volunteers in the Civil War.  Hen and Carrie had no children.

            Henry was an expert sign painter and later a tipstaff, or bailiff, in Northampton County Court Room No. 3.  The 1890 census showed him living at 629 Canal Street in Souh Easton. He also served as secretary of the South Easton School Board and was greatly interested in politics.  He had served as a sergeant in the Easton City Guard and in the U.S. Army on the U.S.-Mexico border in 1916.  He said he regretted that he could not serve in World War I because no married men were accepted at that time.

Henry Waltman 1863-1932 Joseph Henry Waltman
Joseph Henry ("Uncle Hen") Waltman, 1863-1932

             In 1896, a newspaper article headed “Birthday Party” appeared in the local paper:

J. H. Waltman, Secretary of the School Board, was induced last evening, by his wife, to visit his tonsorial artist and have his generally good-looking face beautified.  He was detained, purposely, by the barber for some time and upon returning home found his home had been invaded by almost fifty of his personal friends, who had assembled to celebrate his thirty-third birthday.  The evening was passed in the enjoyment of social games, vocal and instrumental music and refreshments.

            Henry was something of a character around Easton.  He once had a calling card that read: “Joe Waltman.  Greasy Machinist.”  His sister Mame was in possession of a large collection of photographic post cards of Henry in various stages of his military duty, often in comical poses accompanied by boasts of outstanding accomplishments.

Henry Waltman in El Paso, 19163 Henry in El Paso, 1916
Henry Waltman with his men in El Paso in 1916.  He wrote to his sister Mame
that he and his men were searching for valuable stones in the river.

            On July 8, 1916, when he was 53, en route to the Mexico border, Henry wrote to Mame: "On the train somewhere in Ohio.  Just a word.  I'm well, enjoying the trip.  Tell mother not to worry.  Hen."  But on July 17, he sent a card from El Paso showing the soldiers and reporting "112 in the shade."  On July 25 he wrote about "sandstorms every hour.  We eat it in our food, yet we are happy."  On October 8 he wrote, "the boys all want to go home."  A later newspaper report about the "Easton Boys" at Camp Stuart near Gettysburg said that Sergeant Waltman, "the man behind the brush" in his painting job in Easton, "now looks like the man behind the gun.  It keeps Henry busy from early morning to late nights looking after his official family."

            Henry attracted great publicity in the press by stacking up huge bags of oyster shells outside his paint shop.  Henry would not talk about their purpose, but when some friends entered the shop on the pretext of getting a sign painted, they found him shoveling the shells into his stove.  By combining layers of coal and oyster shells, he said he was able to get through the local coal shortage, and he advised others to do the same.

            A headline in the local newspaper read: COAL DOESN’T WORRY HENRY: Painter Gets Around Fuel Shortage by Burning Oyster Shells.  The article began:

“Wanta save coal?”
“Burn oyster shells.”
This is the dope being handed out by Sergeant “Henny” Waltman to his friends and he’s got a
lot of them trying it.  They report success.

            Uncle Hen was known as the fun-lover in the Waltman family.  He was always good for teasing and joking.  One of his favorite tricks was to distort the words of commonly known songs or hymns.  One popular hymn began with the words: "Hold the fort, the Lord is coming; Christ is on the way."  But Hen sang it with the words "Hold the forks, the spoons are coming; knives are on the way.  Bang the plates upon the table. Sauerkraut today!"  Hen's sister Henrietta told her children that she had heard these words so often that she found herself singing them out loud in church one day when she suddenly realized they didn't quite match the words being sung by her neighbors.

            The 1900 census showed Hen, 37, and Carrie, 32, married nine years, living on Wolf Street.  No occupation was given.  In the 1930 census, Hen was listed as a widower, a sign painter, age 66.  He lived alone with a servant, Lena Smith, 60.  Hen died of pernicious anemia at his home, 678 Lehigh Street, on October 14, 1932, after being treated for the ailment at Easton Hospital; he was 69.  In reciting his accomplishments, a lengthy obituary described Henry as a "popular court house employee."  He and Carrie were buried in Easton Cemetery. [31]

3.  Arthur Waltman, known as "Uncle Art" to the Boyer family, was born in Easton on August 15, 1866, the third child of Samuel and Bine Waltman.  THe 1890 census showed Arthur, then 24, living with his parents, Samuel and Sabina Waltman, and his sisters Mame and Henrietta, at 741 Grant Street.  Arthur was a pattern maker for the Ingersoll-Rand Company in Phillipsburg, retiring in 1933 at the age of 66 after 40 years of employment there.  A newspaper clipping around 1930 reported that a bandsaw broke on a work-bench near Arthur's, and that a piece of saw had been imbedded in his neck; the steel was removed at Easton Hospital.  Arthur died on June 5, 1943, at the age of 76, at his home at 910 West Wilkes-Barre Street in South Easton.  He was buried in Hay's Cemetery.  The pallbearers included his nephews Art, Ralph, Elwood and Dave Boyer.

            On June 11, 1894, Arthur married Bertha Laubach ("Aunt Bert"), who had been born August 27, 1873.  Bert died at Easton Hospital on September 18, 1955, at the age of 82.  They had one son, Charles A. Waltman, who became a noted physician and surgeon.  Charles was born on November 12, 1906, and until his death on January 25, 1995, he lived in Williams Township, just outside Easton. 

Arthur Waltman Bert Laubach Waltman Charles Waltman, in 1986
Arthur Waltman, 1866-1943 His wife, Bert Laubach Waltman, 1873-1955,
about 1901
Their son,
Charles Waltman, 1906-1995

            Dr. Charles Waltman graduated from Easton High School in 1924, Lafayette College in 1928 (a member of Phi Beta Kappa), and Harvard Medical School in 1932.  He served a two-year internship at Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.  As a captain in the Army during World War II, he aided in treating many casualties of the D-Day and Normandy invasions, and he entered Paris just a few days after its liberation.  He later returned to open a medical practice in Easton, specializing in tumor surgery.  In the early 1980s, he was still operating.  His name and photograph frequently appeared in Easton newspapers.

           Besides medicine, Charles was interested in historical studies and edited two volumes of the bicentennial history of Northampton County.  In 1985, at the age of 78, he was elected again as President of the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society and announced [32] the verification that the first Christmas tree in America had been displayed in Easton in 1816, and possibly as early as 1805. In December 1986, he was featured prominently in local newspaper articles on his latest publication, "18th Century Bethlehem Medical Practices."   

Charles was married on June 16, 1936, to Katherine Weiss. She had been born on January 10, 1908, in Germantown, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of Mrs. Henry C. Weiss, of Easton.  Katherine died in Easton on July 23, 1957, at the age of 49, after a ten-year illness. Arthur, his wife Bertha, his son Charles, and his daughter-in-law Katherine were buried close to each other in Hay's Cemetery.  Charles was married on August 22, 1959, to Minerva Larue Seyfert Rutman, of Easton. Minerva had had three children with her first husband, Russell Rutman -- Roger, Gregory and Douglas Rutman. Details on Minerva's children are provided in the section on the Rutman family.

Connie and Charles Waltman, 1959 Minerva and Charles Waltman, 1993 Minerva Waltman, 90, in 2001
Charles Waltman with daughter Connie, 1959 Charles Waltman with his wife Minerva, 1993 Minerva Waltman on
her 90th birthday in 2001

          Charles died on January 25, 1995, at the age of 88, and was buried in Hay’s Cemetery with his first wife, Katherine, near the grave of his parents.  Extensive obituaries carried these headlines: “Dr. Charles A. Waltman, Easton Oncological Surgeon,” “Easton Surgeon Pioneer in Field: Dr. Charles A. Waltman is recalled for his medical skills and love of history.” 
When Charles Waltman died in 1995, his obituary reported that he was survived by three sons – Arthur, Gregory and Douglas, one daughter, Constance, 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Minerva died in Twinsburg, Ohio, on August 31, 2005.

Tombstone - Arthur and Bertha Waltman Tombstone - Charles and Katherine Waltman
Hay's Cemetery tombstones for Arthur and Bertha Waltman and for their son,
 Charles Waltman, and his first wife Katherine Weiss Waltman

            Charles and Katherine Waltman had two children, Arthur Waltman and Constance Waltman. In addition, Charles adopted Douglas Waltman, who was seven when his mother, Minerva Rutman, married Charles Waltman. Details on the children are here:

A.  Arthur Conrad Waltman (named for his grandfather and his great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather) was born in Easton on November 25, 1939.  He was married to Faith Harris.  Arthur graduated from Easton High School, Williams College and the University of Pennsylvania Medical School.  He served as a medical officer in the Vietnam War and later joined the radiology staff of the University of Pennsylvania.  In 1987, he was elected president of the Society of Cardio-Vascular and Interventional Radiology.  He was then associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School.  In 2006, he specialized in vascular radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and lived in Boston and Vineyard Haven.  His wife, Faith Harris Waltman, was a specialist in the demographics of aging and published articles on that subject. Arthur and Faith divorced and he was remarried about 2005. Faith later lived in Hull, Massachusetts. Faith Waltman, who had been born on July 27, 1940, died in Massachusetts on October 29, 2011, at the age of 71.

    Arthur and Faith Waltman had two children:

-- Andrew C. Waltman was born on May 17, 1969. He was married to Laurene Hughes. In 2010, they lived in Scituate, Massachusetts. Their children were Alex and Lilli Waltman.

-- Peter Waltman was born on May 7, 1972. He attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, in the class of 1997, and received a master's degree in computer science from Tufts University in 2004. In January 2012, he received a Ph.D. degree from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of New York University in New York City.

Andrew, Arthur and Doug Waltman in 2001 Laurene Hughes Waltman, in 2001 Peter Waltman, 2008
Andrew, Arthur and
Douglas Waltman in 2001
Laurene Hughes Waltman in 2001 Peter Waltman in 2008

B.  Constance Anne (Connie) Waltman was born in Easton on June 20, 1941. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and was married on January 12, 1963, to Robert Albinson Buchanan. Robert was the son of Ralph and Grace Buchanan, of Phillipsburg, New Jersey. In 2010, Connie was doing bookkeeping for an auto repair shop. Robert was an accountant, working for AT&T before he retired. In 2010, the family lived in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. 

    Connie and Robert Buchanan had two children:

-- Katherine (Kathy) Grace Buchanan was born on October 24, 1967. After college, she worked for MetLife and later for United Health, where she recruited and trained employees. She met Richard (Rich) Bower when they both worked for the local volunteer rescue squad, and they were married in 1995. In 2010, Rich was engaged in buying and building houses for sale in New Jersey. Kathy and Rich adopted a son, Daniel Bower,  who was born in 2006, and a daughter, Emily Katherine Bower, born in 2010. The family lived in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, in 2010.

-- Michael Waltman Buchanan was born on September 24,1969. He served as a medic in the Air Force after high school. In 2010, he was a network administrator and engineer for a nuclear power company. Michael was married in 1996 to Amy L. Shurtleff, who was from Toledo, Iowa. In 2010, she was an office manager for an environmental company in Iowa. They had two children: Isabel Katherine Buchanan, born in 2002, and Connor Broihier Buchanan, born in 2007. In 2010, the family lived in Davenport, Iowa.
Amy Buchanan in 2009 Amy and Michael Buchanan, 2009
Michael Buchanan with Isabel and Connor, 2010
Amy Shurtleff Buchanan
with husband 
Michael Buchanan, 2009
Michael Buchanan with Isabel and Connor, 2010

Kathy Buchanan in 2001 Kathy and Rich Bower, with Daniel and Emily, 2010
Kathy Buchanan Bower in 2001 Kathy Buchanan Bower and Rich Bower, with Daniel and Emily, 2010

C.  Douglas Eric Waltman was born on April 14, 1952. He was the third child of Minerva and Russell Rutman and originally named Douglas Eric Rutman. He was seven when his mother married Charles Waltman. Douglas was then adopted by Charles, and thereafter he was known as Douglas Eric Waltman.

Doug Waltman attended Easton High School and graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. He obtained a master's degree in clinical psychology from the University of Akron in 1978, and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Kent State University in 1983. In 2010, he was self-employed as a consulting psychologist, living in Bedford, Ohio. Doug and his wife, Antoinette (Toni),
had a son, Eric R. Waltman, born in 1986.

Doug Waltman in 2001 Doug Waltman in Vail, 2009 Toni Waltman, 2001
Doug Waltman in 2001 and skiing in Vail in 2009 Toni Waltman in 2001

Waltmans and Rutmans in 2001
Greg Rutman, Art Waltman, Doug Waltman, 2001
At Minerva's 90th Birthday Party in 2001, from left, Arthur, Eric, and Faith Waltman, Kathy Buchanan, Louisa Rutman, Hilary and Michael Adkins Gregory Rutman, Arthur Waltman
and Douglas Waltman, in 2001

The Rutman Family. Further details on Minerva Rutman Waltman, including photographs of her children and other descendants, can be found in a separate section by clicking here.

4.  Mary E. (Mame) Waltman, sister of Henrietta and the fourth child of Samuel and Bine Waltman, was known to both Henrietta's children and grandchildren as "Aunt Mame."  She was born January 28, 1869, the same year as Lew Boyer, in Easton.  She remained single all her life. In 1911, when her father died and she was 42, she and her mother moved to 1900 Ferry Street to live with Henrietta and Lew Boyer, and she was an integral part of the Boyer household.  Photographs show Mame as very stylish, with an hourglass figure in her youth.

Mary (Mame) Waltman 1869-1959 Mame Waltman, About 1901 Mame Waltman in 1925 Mame Waltman in 1948
Mary (Mame) Waltman, 1869-1959, about 1900 Mame Waltman in 1925 Mame in 1948

             Among her possessions was a Methodist hymnal, inscribed "Mame E. Waltman, South Easton, Pa." It was dated December 25, 1885 (when she was 16), and probably was a Christmas gift.  Inside the hymnal were papers containing verses of poetry written in her hand by pencil, apparently her favorites.  On January 24, 1893, when she was almost 24, she wrote:

Far as the eye can reach, the pathless snow
Covers the secret of the coming year.
The germ of hope that lies asleep below
Waits, until hopes fulfilled, like stars appear.

            A year later, on February 7, 1895, she wrote:

So! Winter wings are rushing to the fray
Whirling aside the stainless drifts of snow.
And where the brown earth dead and frozen lay
Forth comes the snow with seeds to sow.
            In 1895, when she was 26, Mame also wrote, puzzlingly, in a somewhat girlish script, "On the 22nd of June I shall never forget and also on the 11th of Oct.  That's all good-by."

Mame Getting Tossed, 1930 Mame in 1946
Mame tossed by one of the Boyer boys, 1930 Mame Portrait by Art Boyer, 1946

            Mame worked for a time as a seamstress in the alterations department of the Bush and Bull department store in Easton, as well as the Rader department store.  She was an active member of the Daughters of Rebecca (related to the Odd Fellows), and carefully kept hidden in her Bible a handwritten account of the secret Rebecca rituals.  Mame also proudly kept a Red Cross certificate awarded her in 1946 "in recognition of meritorious personal service performed in behalf of the nation, her armed forces, and suffering humanity in the Second World War," signed by President Harry Truman. No family member could recall what she did to merit the certificate.  Mame was also pictured in a "band" of women holding kitchen implements in place of musical instruments, probably about 1944. Some members held brooms and sticks. Mame held a coffee pot.  Her place in the front row suggested she was a rung leader. The women all wore paper bags on their heads, bearing the letters KCD, apparently for Kitchen Civil Defense.

1946 Red Cross Certificate Mame's Kitchen Civil Defense
Mame's 1946 Red Cross certificate,
with Truman signature.
The Kitchen Civil Defense Band. Probably during
World War II. Mame, front row, second from left, apparently plays the coffee pot.

            Mame was always considered "one of the guys" in the fun-loving Boyer household, often having tricks played on her.  In the photograph above, taken in 1930, she is tossed around by one of the six Boyer brothers.

        In several small notebooks, Mame kept track of her visits to the homes of the seven Boyer family siblings, beginning at least in 1941.  Many trips took her to Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, to visit Jack and Carrie Boyer.  One of these trips took her there in July 1948, the year that both Lew and Henrietta Waltman Boyer died.  The next entry in her book, somewhat sadly, reported “Dinden [Didn’t] get no where in the year of 1949 on account of sickness and Death.”  On October 21, 1951, she wrote “went to Ruth [Matchette, in Reading] on Sunday with Shirley & Steph and Baby.”  And later: “Was to the shore on July 17 with Dave & Dot one day.  July 4 – 1952 – I went to a picnic with the Boyer brothers above Allentown.  Carrie & Jack came in and took me out Lemoyne.”

            About eight months after Lew and Henrietta died, on August 19, 1949, Mame moved to the Easton Home for Aged and Infirm Women, on Northampton Street, near 10th Street.  When she died on December 13, 1959, she had lived there more than ten years and at age 90 was the oldest resident of the home.  Except for her last illness, when she spent a month in Easton Hospital, Aunt Mame was in excellent health all her life.  In a long article on her 90th birthday, shortly before her death, the Easton Express reported that she offered "hard work" as the formula for long life.  A big celebration at the home of Dave and Dorothy Boyer, on 21st Street in Easton, was attended by all of the living Boyer relatives as well as many friends and neighbors.  Each of the seven children of Lew and Henrietta Boyer, along with their offspring, posed for photographs with Mame.
Mame Waltman was buried with her parents in Hay's Cemetery.

            Many details of this record concerning the Waltmans and the Taylors were written out by Aunt Mame or are derived from her extensive collection of clippings and photographs of family members. 

  5.  Bertha Waltman, the fifth child of Samuel and Sabina Waltman, lived only two and a half years.  She was born on July 19, 1870, and was baptized on the day she died, January 17, 1873.  She was buried in Hay's Cemetery.  Her sister Henrietta had not yet been born.

6.  Henrietta Waltman, born March 14, 1874, was the last of the six children of Samuel and Sabina Taylor Waltman.  She was baptized on October 15, 1876, at the Second Methodist (Episcopal) Church in South Easton.  She married Lewis Elmer Boyer, also a resident of South Easton.  He had been born on October 26, 1869, in Gordon, Pennsylvania, and moved to Easton with his family around 1870.  

Henrietta Waltman Boyer 1874-1948, in 1901 Henrietta Boyer in 1925 Henrietta at the Beach, 1930
Henrietta Waltman Boyer, 1874-1948, shown in 1900, 1925, and 1930 at the beach

         Henrietta and Lew Boyer had seven children:

A.  Floyd Elwood (“Elwood”) Boyer (1894-1967)
B.  Ralph Waltman Boyer (1897-1968)
C.  Walter Stanley Boyer (1898-1984)
D.  John Wesley (“Jack”) Boyer (1903-1976)  
E.  Lewis Arthur (“Art”) Boyer (1909-1985) [34]
F.  Samuel David (“Dave”) Boyer (1911-2006)
G.  Ruth Marian Boyer Matchette (1913-1997).

Lew and Henrietta Boyer, Washington 193
Lew and Henrietta Waltman Boyer,
1930, in Washington, DC

            Another chapter of this work focuses on the lives of Henrietta and Lewis Boyer, on each of their children, and on subsequent descendants.  Lew died on November 26, 1948, and Henrietta died three weeks later, on December 16, 1948.  They were buried in Hay’s Cemetery.  In mid-2008, the descendants of Lew and Henrietta consisted of seven children, 16 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, 32 great-great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-great-grandchildren.

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The Taylor Connection

            The parents of Samuel Waltman's wife, Sabina Taylor, were John Taylor, who reportedly was born in Bald Eagle, Pennsylvania, in 1807, and died on April 19, 1874, in Easton, and Mary Steinmetz, who was born inJohn Taylor 1807-1874, about 1870 1810 and died on September 30, 1886.  John and Mary were married on February 19, 1833, and they lived at 306 Coal Street in South Easton. They are buried in Hay's Cemetery.  When Mary died in 1886, she was survived by eight of her nine children, all of them married.   The photo at left, apparently a photograph of a painting, shows John about 1870.  It was found in the files of the Northampton County Historical Society, placed there by Dr. Charles Waltman.

John Taylor 1807-1874, about 1870            There is no evidence that this family was related to the famous Taylor of Easton who signed the Declaration of Independence, although the question was frequently asked. Information placed on a genealogical website, OneWorldTree, affiliated with, [35] said that this John Taylor was born in Bald Eagle, Pennsylvania, which is north of State College, near Lock Haven, in Center County, the oldest of 14 children of Nathan Taylor, born in 1775, and Elizabeth Krouse, born in 1789, both in Bald Eagle.  Nathan, in turn, is listed as the son of James and Margaret Taylor, also from Bald Eagle.  It has not been possible to verify the 14 children of Nathan and Elizabeth (their dates of birth, as given on the website, are spread from 1807 to 1836) or to speculate on how John Taylor happened to marry Mary Steinmetz and to move east to Easton.

            There is uncertainty about Mary Taylor’s maiden name.  The website mentioned above is quite clear that it was “Steinmetz.”  Aunt Mame Waltman spelled it “Stemits,” although she often did not spell correctly.  An 1885 newspaper report about Mary Taylor said that she had recently received information concerning the death of a relative from her brother, Jacob “Stametz” of Tamaqua, who had left South Easton 35 years earlier, in 1850.  This name could not be verified. The 1850 census in South Easton showed a Jacob “Stinmetz,” born in 1812, and his wife Margaret, born in 1811.  The 1880 census showed a Jacob “Steinmetz,” born in 1815, living in Tamaqua, with a wife named Mary Steinmetz, born in 1820, but no further linkage could be traced.   There was no “Stamets” or “Stametz” in Tamaqua at that time.  Thus it is not clear whether either of these people was Mary’s brother, and no further information on Mary Steinmetz (or Stamets) is available.

            While the Taylor branch may appear peripheral to the Waltmans and Boyers, Sabina's daughter, Mame Waltman, obviously did not think so.  She kept elaborate clippings of the comings and goings of her aunts and uncles and cousins on her mother's side of the family.  Her papers and notes contributed substantially to the gleanings below.  See the genealogical chart for John Taylor's family.  There were nine children:

     1.  Sabina Taylor (Waltman), 1835-1920
     2.  Lucy Taylor (Kidd), 1837-1903
     3.  John Taylor, 1843-1908
     4.  Malinda Taylor (Jones), 1842-1930
     5.  Salome Taylor (Sawyer), 1846-1897
     6.  Zacharia Taylor, 1847-1913
     7.  Mary Taylor (Vivian), 1849-1908
     8.  Emma Taylor (Tyler), 1851-1916
     9.  Lizzie Taylor, died young, dates not available.

1.  Sabina Taylor, who married Samuel Waltman, was the first‑born of the family.  She was born on September 28, 1835, and died at the home of her daughter, Henrietta Waltman Boyer, on April 7, 1920.   See more details and photographs under the section on Samuel Waltman, above.

2.  Lucy Ann Taylor was born on August 4, 1837 (one census report said it was July 1837).  She married Joseph “Pardee” Kidd on August 7, 1859.  He had been born on October 1, 1837.  They lived in Philadelphia, where Lucy died in 1903 on her 66th birthday. Lucy Taylor Kidd 1837-1903

        Pardee’s father, James Garfield Kidd (1813-1890), owned several properties on Canal Street.  He was married to Elizabeth L. Kellam (1810-1890), and they had four children:  Joseph Pardee Kidd (1837-1918), who married Lucy Ann Taylor; William R. Kidd (1840-1900), who married Mary A. Dereemer; Mary S. Kidd Kinsey (1842-1923), who married Benjamin Kinsey; and John Evan Kidd (1848-1926), who married Mary Craig, Mary A. Yonkey and Lydia A. Rhoades.  

        James Garfield Kidd and a Mr. Wells operated an iron foundry in Easton, between Canal Street and the canal, during the 1850s and early 1860s.  Pardee had been born on October 1, 1837.  Around 1866, he and his brother William moved to Philadelphia and operated a grocery store at 7th and Pine Streets, a few blocks south of Independence Hall.  By 1870, they owned two stores, and they were joined by their other brother, John Evan Kidd.  In 1872, James Garfield Kidd, his wife Elizabeth, his son John Evan Kidd, and his daughter Mary S. Kidd, all  moved to Adamsboro, Indiana, in Cass County, where John opened a general store and traded with the Indians.

           Joseph Pardee Kidd and his wife, Lucy Taylor Kidd, had four children: John Pardee Kidd (born on May 26, 1860), Mary Elizabeth Kidd (born on November 27, 1861), Emma Lucy Kidd Bidwell (born on February 14, 1864), and Bertha May Kidd Dolbow (born on May 14,1875).  In 1903,  Lucy Taylor Kidd suffered a hemorrhage due to accidental injuries, and she died in Howard Hospital in Philadelphia on August 4, 1903, at age 66.  Lucy was  buried in Mount Peace Cemetery, near Rockledge, Pennsylvania.  .After Lucy’s death, according to members of the Kidd family, Joseph Pardee Kidd went to visit his younger brother, John Evan Kidd, in Adamsboro, and he died in his brother’s living room at the age of 80 of “congestion of the brain.”  He was buried on June 18, 1918, in Mexico, Miami County, Indiana.

Mary Warburton Kidd 1888-1869 Mary Warburton Kidd, 1890, age 2 William Henry Mayer 1885-1941 and John Pardee Kidd 1860-1922
Mary Warburton Kidd Mayer, 1888-1969,
about 12 in 1900, at left, and about 2 in 1890.  She was a granddaughter of Lucy Taylor Kidd.
Mary's husband, William Henry Mayer, 1885-1941,
and her father, John Pardee Kidd, 1860-1922
        John and Lucy's first child, John Pardee Kidd was born on May 26, 1860, in Easton.  He married Mary Ann Cawley (1844-1910), who was older and had been married previously.  John operated a carpentry business in Philadelphia known as Dahl & Kidd, and Mary Ann's son by a previous marriage, Loring Cawley, was a carpenter working with them.  John died on September 11, 1922, and was buried in Berlin Cemetery, in Berlin, New Jersey.  John and Mary Ann had a daughter, Mary Warburton Kidd (1888-1969), who married William Henry Mayer (1885-1941) in Camden, New Jersey, on August 25, 1904.  The Mayers had eight children, and their homestead was in Clementon, New Jersey. Among the eight Mayer children was Charles Hamilton Mayer, Sr., who was born in Philadelphia in 1917.  He married Violet Parks (1922-2000) on March 27, 1939.  In 2007, their son, Charles Hamilton Mayer, Jr., of Port Republic, New Jersey, was doing research on the history of the Taylor and Kidd families.  Substantial material on the Mayers and the Kidds can be found on

Charles Mayer, Sr., 17, in 1934 Violet Parks Mayer, 17, in 1939 John Pardee Kidd, 30, about 1890
Charles H. Mayer, Sr., b. 1917, age 17 in 1934, while in the Civilian Conservation Corps Violet Parks Mayer 1922-2000, age 17 in 1939, the year she married Charles Mayer, Sr.  John Pardee Kidd 1860-1922, son of Lucy Taylor Kidd, age about 30 in 1890,
in Philadelphia where he
ran a carpentry business.  He was the grandfather of Charles Mayer, Sr.

3.  John Taylor, born in 1843, married Amanda Burwell, born on January 30, 1847, daughter of Elisha and Mary Burwell of Easton.  John and Amanda moved to Newark, New Jersey, about 1860.  He was a woodworker and turner.  Their five children were Annie, Mary Elizabeth (born on January 6, 1868, who died on September 20, 1877, at age 9, eight days after the death of her mother), Lester, Rutherford and Burwell Taylor (who died on December 26, 1873, at the age of one year, four months and 15 days).  Amanda died at her home in Newark on September 13, 1877, at age 30.  John died of Bright’s disease at his home in Vailsburgh, New Jersey, on the outskirts of Newark, 31 years later, on July 25, 1908, at the age of 67.  He had recently been elected Town Supervisor.  Amanda, John and Mary Elizabeth were buried in Hay's Cemetery, Easton.

John Taylor John Taylor, about 1864
John Taylor, 1843-1908.  Picture at right
was dated 1864.  Picture at left was undated

4.  Malinda Taylor (1842-1930) was married on July 29, 1866, to Evan Jones (1845-1920).  He was a blacksmith with the Lehigh Valley Railroad beginning in 1895, when he was 50, until his death on June 9, 1920, at the age of almost 75.  Pallbearers for Evan Jones included Arthur and Henry Waltman, and John and Fred Vivian.  The three children of Evan and Malinda Taylor Jones were David Jones (born on March 12, 1867), who married Kate Harrington and lived in Chicago; Mary Elizabeth Jones Daub (born on October 9, 1868, died on July 16, 1954), who married John Daub (born in 1868, died September 27,1951) and lived in Plainfield, New Jersey (Daub died at the age of 83); and Samuel Evan Jones (who was born on June 3, 1870 and died on March 18,1896).   Except for David, they all were buried in Hay's Cemetery.

5.  Salome Taylor, born on January 17, 1846, was married on December 24, 1867, to George Sawyer.  He had been born in 1843.  Their two children were George Sawyer, born on March 25, 1879, and Salome (Omie) Sawyer Jones, born on September 13, 1882, who married J. Albert Jones, of Doylestown. George Sawyer died on March 2, 1885, at age 42 and was buried in Wilmington, Delaware.  A newspaper report explained it this way:

The party that went to Wilmington, Del., to attend the funeral of George Sawyer, have returned.  They report that Sawyer fell dead while speaking to several friends.  He was accidentally shot in Philadelphia about fifteen years ago.  The bullet entered his left breast, missing his heart by one-eighth of an inch.  The bullet was never disturbed but was allowed to remain there and became encysted.  It was the dropping of the bullet that caused his death.

Omie Sawyer Salome (Omie) Taylor Sawyer 1846-1897
Salome (Omie) Taylor Sawyer, 1846-1897

            Salome died at her home at the corner of Delaware and Wilkes-Barre Streets in South Easton on March 2, 1897, at age 51 and was buried with her parents in Hay's Cemetery.  Salome’s obituary said that her husband “dropped dead in Wilmington, Delaware, just 12 years ago today.”

6.  Zacharia Taylor, born on October 10, 1847, married Matilda (Tillie) Hawk (1851-1930).  Zach Taylor had been a prominent furniture dealer in Easton before taking over an undertaking business.  On October 26, 1913, at the age of 66, he died of appendicitis at his home, 733 Paxinosa Avenue, on College Hill, in Easton.  An eminent surgeon from Philadelphia had been brought in for an emergency operation after a diagnosis of the problem, but Zach died of complications.  

            A long obituary noted that "he performed his duties as an undertaker without a thought as to whether he would be compensated, and many poor families will remember him for his kindly acts.  The community has lost a valuable citizen and a man who was popular everywhere."  Shortly before his death, a newspaper reported that Zach had celebrated his 66th birthday with a bouquet of 66 carnations, a gift from his employees, a large cake with 66 lighted candles, and a "bounteous supper."  Matilda, born in Holland, New Jersey, on March 11, 1851, died on September 19, 1930, at the age of 79.  They had two children.  Zach and his wife and both children were buried in Easton Cemetery.

A.  Herbert (Bert) Best Taylor was born on May 23, 1872.  He worked with his father as an undertaker and died on March 10, 1904, at the age of 31, after a 13-year illness.  He was confined to bed for the last five of these years.  His tombstone read “Bert Best Taylor.”

B.  Sarah Edith Taylor (who was born on December 28, 1880, and died on December 15, 1959) was a close friend of the Boyer family, including Lew Boyer’s seven children.  She lived with her parents until they died.

7.  Mary Taylor, born in 1849, was married on June 18, 1871, to John F. Vivian.   He had been born in England in 1848.  He was a machinist in the Lehigh Valley railroad shops for 42 years and died on February 4, 1923.  Mary died in Philadelphia on August 30, 1908, after an operation for the removal of gallstones.  They lived at 322 Coal Street in Easton and were buried in Hay’s Cemetery.  They had five children:

A.  Lucy Ann Vivian was born on September 23, 1871, and died on December 4, 1950.  She remained single and lived at the family home, 322 Coal Street, until her death at age 79.   After the death of Lucy’s sister Omie, Lucy took in Omie’s infant daughter, Vivian Seigle, and raised her.  Some years later, she announced Vivian’s engagement.  The 1920 census showed, living together on Coal Street, John F. Vivian, 71, Lucy A. Vivian, 48, and Vivian L. Seigel, 3.  Lucy and her parents were buried in Hay's Cemetery.

Mame, Fannie, Omie and Lucy Mary Vivian
Mame Waltman, Friend Fannie Wise,
Omie Sawyer, and Lucy Vivian
Mary Taylor Vivian 1849-1908

B.  Dr. John Taylor Vivian was born in 1878 and died on August 14, 1926.  He initially worked as a machinist at the Lehigh Valley Railroad shops in Easton, but at the age of 23, he decided to move to Washington, D.C., along with his brother.  He attended dental school there and was described in his obituary as one of the most prominent dentists of Washington, D. C.  John died in Washington at age 48 after a six-month illness that was said to have resulted from a vaccination during a smallpox scare in Washington.  He was married to Elizabeth Mount Ott in what the local newspaper called “one of the prettiest weddings of the season.”  They had two sons, John and Hugh Vivian.

C.  Dr. Fred Wright Vivian went with his brother to Washington, D.C., and was employed in the navy yard there.  He married Ethel Clare Stocker, of Washington, D.C., at a church there, and later he lived in Johnson City, Tennessee, and in Chicago.

D.  Salome (Omie) Helena Vivian was born on November 13, 1878.  She married William Robbins Seigle (1879-1938), at the bride’s home, 219 Coal Street in Easton.  William was the chief engineer of the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company’s new plant.  Later, he became chairman of the board of directors of Johns Manville Corporation, in New York.  Omie died on April 24, 1916, at age 38 of uremic poisoning four days after the birth of her daughter, Vivian Seigle. Omie was buried in Hay's Cemetery.  Her husband, William Seigle, remarried after Omie died, and he lived in Mamaroneck, New York.  William Seigle died on December 26, 1938, at the age of 59, 22 years after Omie’s death.  

-- Vivian Seigle Morrow was born on April 20, 1916, in Easton, and lived with her Aunt Lucy Vivian on Coal Street from the time of her mother’s death.  She graduated from Easton High School in 1933.  When she was 23, in 1938, she received newspaper publicity upon receiving a $15,000 inheritance from her father (although his estate was reported in the newspaper to be valued at $413,460).  Vivian’s Aunt Lucy Vivian announced her engagement to Andrew Stanley Morrow, Jr., who had been born in 1913.  Vivian and Andrew moved to Mountain Home, North Carolina, in 1979.  Vivian was a volunteer at numerous animal shelters and enjoyed painting and music.  She and Andrew had two daughters, Susan and Cheryl.  Andrew died on November 17, 1990, and Vivian S. Morrow died in Mountain Home on January 10, 2006, at the age of 89.

E.  Emma Matilda (Tillie) Vivian was born on February 7, 1873, and died on July 27, 1941.  She married Benjamin F. Beatty on February 7, 1895.  He had been born on January 30, 1871, and died on May 4, 1927.  They lived in Bethlehem and were buried in Easton Cemetery.

8.  Emma Taylor Tyler was born on December 7, 1851, and married on June 20, 1875, to John Tyler (1841-1915), an engineer with the Lehigh Valley Railroad for 40 years.  John had been born in England on October 30, 1841, and moved to America when he was nine.  He died on October 4, 1915.  Two days after their wedding, on June 22, 1875, an Easton newspaper reported that "John Tyler, a young brave of Teh‑gah‑juta Tribe, on Sunday night captured and took to his wigwam Miss Emma Taylor Tyler 1851-19163Emma Taylor, who will hereafter cook his domestic venison and keep his hunting‑shirt supplied with buttons, while [he searches for] wampum between meals."  They lived at one time at 931 Lincoln Street, in the next block from the Boyer family, although at the time of Elsie’s marriage, they lived at 832 Lincoln Street.  Emma died at age 64 on May 26, 1916, seven months after her husband died.

            They had eight children:  Joseph Henry Tyler (who lived in Pittsburgh), Samuel Arthur Tyler (who married Iona Grube), William Russell Tyler (born on December 20, 1883), George Franklin Tyler (a machinist at Bethlehem Steel, born May 16, 1886, died March 25, 1942; he married Josephine Bruckman, who died in 1915 at the age of 26), Jennie Tyler (born in 1877), Lela Ada Tyler (born in 1894) and Elsie May Tyler (born on November 29, 1880.  Mame said almost all were known by their middle names.   The 1900 census showed that an eighth child was no longer living.

            -- One report is that Elsie Tyler married John Meuser, an employee of Ingersoll-Sergeant Drill Co.  However, the obituaries of both Emma and John Taylor mentioned that they had a child named “Mrs. Herbert Fye, of Allentown.”  Elsie was not accounted for in the list of surviving children (she would have been about 35), but the other six were.  It is possible that Elsie is the one mentioned as “Mrs. Fye,” perhaps her name from a second marriage.  An family report shows that a “Herbert R. Fye, born in Northampton County in 1882, had a wife named Elsie, but no other information on that Elsie is provided.  To the contrary, the 1930 census shows “Herbert R. Fye,” age 47 (thus born about 1883), living in Egypt, Whitehall Township, with his wife Gertrude M. E. Fye, age 32 (thus born in 1898).  No information can be developed that shows Elsie married to a John Meuser.  One might guess that Elsie first married John Meuser, then Herbert Fye, and that Herbert first married Elsie and then Gertrude.)  If Elsie was married to Herbert Fye when her parents died in 1915-1916, she would have been about 35 and he would have have been about 32.)

9.  Lizzie Taylor died young.  Aunt Mame wrote, mysteriously, that Lizzie "dide young, was killed."  There is no mention of Lizzie on the OneWorldTree website, although the other eight children are included.

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Waltmans in Hay’s Cemetery,
South Easton, Northampton County

            The website of the Frankenfield-Beam Family Genealogy contains photographs and written descriptions of the content of tombstones in Hay’s Cemetery.  Many Waltmans, Camerons and other related families are buried in this cemetery.  Listed below are the ones for which photographs are available.  It is known, however, that other Waltmans, including Samuel and Sabina, are also buried in Hay's Cemetery, but there is no tombstone for them. The list below shows Waltman family members that have memorial stones in Hay's Cemetery.  If a click on the highlighted name below leads you to a broken link, go to this link and scroll to the names on the list. There you will find a photograph of the relevant tombstone.    

Aaron T Waltman 1883-1944 (or go to
Anna M Waltman 1882-1969
Arthur Waltman 1966-1943
Bertha Waltman 1873-1955
Catharine E Waltman 6-Mar-54
Charles A Waltman Nov 12, 1906
 - Jan 25, 1995 VET WW II
Fannie M Waltman 1889- 1969
George R Waltman 1895-1979
Henry Waltman 1837-1860
J Byron Waltman 1890-1968
John A Waltman May 25, 1851
Joseph Waltman 1806-1898
Katherine M Waltman Jan 10, 1908
July 23, 1957 Weiss
L Lizzie Waltman Jan 8, 1855
- May 7, 1892 Wife of Wm. Waltman
Mary (Mame) Waltman Jan 28, 1869
- Dec 13, 1959
Mary C Waltman 1855-1938
Mary M Waltman 1810-1890
Myrtle S Waltman
Nellie C Waltman 1884-1859
Peter Waltman 1843-1880
Raymond I Waltman 1880-1946
D Waltman 1913-1997
William Waltman 1845-1918


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[1]   LaMance acknowledged that there may have been confusion between two contemporary “Peter Waltmans” and thus between their fathers.  One “Peter Waltman” (1781-1811) was the son of Conrad Senior’s son John Peter Waltman (1741-1817); he was born in 1782 and died unmarried in 1811.  The other “Peter Waltman” (1779-1836),  the subject of this chapter, was born in 1779 and was only two to three years older than the first-mentioned Peter Waltman.  LaMance said that the closeness in age between two cousins named Peter Waltman caused the fathers to be confused.  (See the preceding chapter for more information on John Peter Waldman.)

[2]   LaMance, Lora S., The House of Waltman and its Allied Families, private printing, The Second Company, St. Augustine, Florida (1928).  Substantial material on her is included here and in Part I and Part II of this report on the Waltman family..

[3]   Lehigh County local history, at

[4]   Rupp, I. Daniel, History of Northampton, Lehigh, Monroe, Carbon and Schuylkill Counties, Lancaster, Pennsylvania (1845), page 126.  The Lehigh County portion of this book can be found in  An excellent website on the history of Rittersville can be found at

[5]   Pennsylvania Archives, Series 5, Volume 8, page 290, cited in Burials of Revolutionary Soldiers in Northampton Co. (now Lehigh Co.) Penna, compiled by Sadie F. Horning Ziegler (1937), DAR Library in Washington, D. C.   Female descendants of Peter and Elizabeth Fatzinger Waltman should be eligible to apply for DAR membership on the basis of Valentine Fatzinger’s military service.

[6]   Northampton County Will Book 4, page 277.

[7]   Lehigh County Miscellaneous Book 2, page 274, June 9, 1827.

[8]   Lehigh County Miscellaneous Book 2, page 274, June 9, 1827.
[9]   Lehigh County Deed Book 7, page 90, August 19, 1830.  This was located by Hannah Roach.

[10]   LaMance discussed Peter Waltman’s family on pages 84-94 of her book.

[11]   Lehigh County Orphans Court, Book 3, pages 252-55, September 2, 1836.

[12]   Lehigh County Deed Book 8, page 252, June 10, 1837.

[13]   Byron Waltman said that the markers were laid flat and could be located in the southwest corner of Allentown cemetery, in the third and fifth rows, east of the DAR marker on the corner.  The stone for Elizabeth was located there in May 2007 but not the stone for Peter.  Most of the German-language tombstones in this corner of the cemetery are badly eroded and almost impossible to read.

[14]   See the PA Roots website, an entry that says they had ten children,,325581,325581#msg-325581.

[15]   Lehigh County Miscellaneous Book 7, page 305, August 2, 1864.  The court record mistakenly referred to her as “Rebecca.”

[16]   Lehigh County Miscellaneous Book 7, page 306, July 2, 1864.

[17]   See accounts of the Clader family in the Pennsylvania Roots website:,325574,325574#msg-325574, and,326847,326847#msg-326847.

[18]   See a photograph of the plaque at

[19]   Lehigh County Deed Book 16, page 130, April 1, 1834 (but not recorded until December 31, 1852).  The heirs included Jacob Clader’s children, the spouses of deceased children, and his grandchildren.  Since Jacob Clader’s daughter Polly Clader Bast died about the same time as Jacob, the heirs included her husband, Jacob Bast, identified as a blacksmith, and the numerous children of Polly and Jacob Bast.  The deed settlement actually named 26 heirs who conveyed the property to Joseph Minnich of Hanover Township for $1,211.  Jacob Clader’s wife, Salome Sherer, apparently died before Jacob died.

The Sherer family also came from Hanover Township.  Salome and Jacob Clader had nine children, of whom two were named Salome (the first having died young).  Children named in the deed book conveying the property to Joseph Minnich were Abraham Clader; Mary (Polly), wife of Jacob Bast; Joseph Clader; Sarah, wife of Peter Frantz; Isaac Clader; Valentine Clader; Eve, wife of John Billings; Hannah, wife of Charles Billings; and Jacob Clader Jr. See also the Clader family entry in the Lehigh County GenWeb,
Anniversary History of Lehigh County, Vol. II, 1914.  Also see the Clader family at and,325574,325574#msg-325574. The last site has a fascinating history of the Clader family, although the information about Jacob Clader’s children varies from what was presented in the list of his heirs in Lehigh County Court.  A brief history of the Bast family can be found at,325581,325581#msg-325581.

[20]   Lehigh County Deed Book 16, page 130, April 1, 1834.

[21]   William Weiss and James Wright, "S. Easton Borough Founded on Industry," Easton Express, June 16, 1980, page 15. See also the background on Joseph Waltman contained in an article about his son John Augustus Waltman, included in John W. Jordan, Edgar Moore Green and George T. Ettinger, Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of The Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, 1905, Volume I, pages 3-4.

[22]   LaMance, page 85, said he sank the cribbing for the Delaware River bridge in 1843, but this is apparently an error.  Byron Waltman said the same but omitted the date of the construction. The words apparently were taken from the book by John Jordan and others, cited in footnote 21 above. A scanned version of the text, on line, says that Joseph Waltman sank the cribbing in "5853," but this is an obvious error and apparently was intended to be 1853.

[23]   Wright, James, “Bridges recall railroad’s significance in Easton’s past,” Easton Express, May 8, 1988.  Because of the discrepancy in dates, it is not clear which date applied to the Joseph Waltman bridge project.  Judging by the William Waltman obituary, perhaps the first bridge that Joseph built was the one across the Lehigh and not the Delaware River.

[24]   Note that the ages are not consistent.  They should be ten years different from one census to another, but census takers apparently were somewhat careless in their interviews.  Similarly, the spelling of Center/Centre Street in South Easton is done differently within the census reports and in newspaper accounts as well.

[25]   Marcus Hallbach Waltman had a son, Burton (b. 1889), who had a son, Frank Robert Waltman (b.1914), who had a son, Ralph Laurence Waltman (b. 1936).  Ralph, who lived in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1987, assisted Harry Cameron in assembling information on the family.

[26]   She is known only through the tombstone and grave she shares with Isabelle in Hay’s Cemetery.

[27]   Photographs of tombstones in Hay’s Cemetery and other area cemeteries can be viewed on the website of the Frankenfield-Beam Family Genealogy, These include Waltmans, Camerons and other families related to the Waltmans, most of them living at one time in South Easton.

[28]   Deed Book F14, page 447, Northampton County Courthouse, Easton, recording purchase from Henry Huber on April 11, 1874; Deed Book A38, page 526, recording transfer to Arthur Waltman on June 24, 1909.

[29]   The scrap book discovered by Harry Cameron was referenced as 1973.715 – W363b, Vol. 2 – page 38.

[30]   Genealogists have noted that Richard’s birth date, February 1, 1929, and his father’s date of death, June 18, 1927, are about 19 months apart.  William’s obituary said that he was survived by three children, Jane, William and John.  The census taken on April 4, 1930, for Wilson Borough, Easton, shows Lena living with her four children.  Richard’s age is given as 1 and 1/12, which, if correct, could mean Richard was born in March 1929.  The Social Security Death Index shows a Richard Teter who was born on February 1, 1929, and died on May 7, 1998, in Swarthmore.  This seems to be Lena’s son, although it is possible there is another Richard Teter who would better match the age given in the census.

[31]   Plot 236-G.

[32]   "Northampton Notes," newsletter of the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society, Volume 2, No. 3, November 1985, page 3; also see letter to Society members, December 6, 1985, and page 1 article in the Easton Express, approximately same date.

[33]   The MySpace site of  “Jenny,” 22, of Twinsburg, Ohio, was not publicly available in 2008. 

[34]   The author of this paper is the son of Art Boyer, of Easton.

[35]   The website can be found at, possibly available only to subscribers of

Corrections and additional information are welcome.
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