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JOHANN "JACOB" BUNSTEIN/BONSTINE [Johann Jacob Bonstein. Laurentius, Johann Paulus, Bonnstein Christian, Henning, Cuntz] was born 1790 Hecktown, Pa, and died 1865 in Waverly, Iowa. He married MARY BOOREM in 1815, daughter of JOHN BOOREM and CATHERINE FRY. d/o John Fry & Dorothea Pope [Bobb], She was born in 1795 Pa, and died 1872 in Waverly, Iowa.

Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s Record about Jakob Bonstein Name: Jakob Bonstein Year: 1775 Place: North America Source Publication Code: 3067.32 Primary Immigrant: Bonstein, Jakob Annotation: Hessian Troops in the American War for Independence: An Index According to Surname. Date and place of entry in unit books. Year of birth, place of origin, rank, unit, category of presentation, and archive code of the source are also provided. Source Bibliography: HESSISCHE TRUPPEN IM AMERIKANISCHEN UNABHAENGIGKEITSKRIEG (HETRINA): Index nach Familiennamen. (Marburg: Archivschule) (Veroeffentlichungen der Archivschule Marburg, Institut fuer Archivwissenschaft, Nr. 10). Band III. Marburg, 1976. Page: 77



Abstracts of Bucks County, PA Wills 1685-1785 p. 113 [Will Book #4 p. 141, Nicholas Pope]

NICHOLAS BOPP[Pope] b. abt 1710 Germany d. 1781 Bedminister Twp, Bucks Co, PA Emigrated 15 Sep 1749 probably "Phoenix", John Mason, Master, from Rotterdam, last from Cowes, married Maria Catherine b. abt 1710

Children are:

1. DOROTHEA DONTY POPE BOBB b. abt 1730 Germany, d. abt 1769 Northampton/Bucks Co, PA, married JOHN HENRY FRY/FREY 1751 Bedminister Twp, Bucks Co, PA, he was born 1732 d. 11 Sep 1819 Salem Twp, Westmoreland Co, PA [according to one source John Henry was a private in the Continental Army] He married second: Anna Maria Boger

Children are:

1. George Frey/Fry

2. Peter Frey/Fry

3. Henry Frey/Fry

4. Andrew Frey/Fry

5. Salome Frey/Fry

6. Anna Elizabeth Frey/Fry

7. Charlotte Frey/Fry

8. Anna Maria Frey/Fry

Children by Dorothea are:

1. John Frey/Fry b. 1 May 1752 Northampton Co, PA d. 23 Aug 1834

2. John Conrad Frey/Fry b. 23 Dec 1753 Northampton Co, PA d. 23 Sep 1842 Hickory Twp, Mercer Co, PA buried Hickory Hill Cem. Route 62, he was a Farmer, married 1781 Northampton Co, PA, Elizabeth linn, she was b. 1764 PA d. 20 Mar 1855 Hickory Twp, Mercer Co, PA buried Hickory Hill Cem

[Conrad raised his family in Northampton County, but later moved to Mercer County [Western Pennsylvania] at the age of 79, in 1832. His son Jesse had moved to western Pennsylvania about 12 years earlier.]

War Pension Extracts:

Fry, Conrad, Elizabeth, W3674, Cont. and PA Line, soldier applied 15 April 1818, Northampton County, PA aged 63, a resident of Lower Nazareth Township. In 1820 soldier was living in Allen Township and in 1833 soldier moved to Mercer County, PA. Soldier died there 23 Sep 1842 and widow applied there in 1843 aged 68. In 1840 she was living in Hickory Township, Mercer County, stated she was aged"85" soldier and wife had 11 childen living in 1820 of which 9 were boys, George born 11 July 1782, and a Son David born about 1794 and in 1843 he was living in Mercer County, were the only children named. In 1843 a Frederick Fry was of the same county, but no relationship stated.

Children are:

1. George Fry b. 14 Jul 1782 Nazareth, PA

2. John Fry b. 15 Dec 1784 Nazareth, PA

3. Susanna Fry b. 19 Aug 1787 Nazareth, PA

4. Conrad Fry b. 10 Oct 1789 Nazareth, PA

5. Joseph Fry b. 24 Feb 1792 Nazareth, PA d. bef 1850 Mercer Co, PA married Sarah Otto 16 Aug 1812 Dryland Trinity, Nazareth, PA

Children are:

1. Samuel Frey b. 1813 d. 8 jul 1894 buried Mt. Washington Cemetery Section 1 Row 15, married Margaret Clark b. 1816

Children are:

1. Sarah Fry b. 1838

2. Mary Fry b. 1839 Charleston, PA

3. James Fry b. 10 Jun 1841 Hickory Twp, PA

4. Sylvestor Fry b. 26 Jun 1843

5. Euphemia Fry b. 13 May 1845

6. Nancy Fry b. 1847

7. Loretta Fry b. 1849

8. Elizabeth Fry b. 29 Oct 1852 Jefferson Twp, PA

9. Florence A. Fry b. 21 Jan 1858

10. Prosser Fry


2. Thomas Frey b. 15 Dec 1822 d. 4 May 1904 Hickory twp, PA buried Clarksville Cemetery Section B Row 4, married Catherine b. 1823

Children are:

1. Amanda Fry

2. Teressa Fry-Weldon 4. Mary Fry

5. Conrad Fry



6. David Fry b. 28 Apr 1794 Nazareth, PA d. 28 Sep 1869 Mercer Co, PA Christened 14 Aug 1794 Dryland Trinity, Nazareth Twp, PA, married Catherine Vogel 15 Oct 1816 Northampton Co, PA, she was born abt 1793 Northampton Co, PA d. 20 Mar 1858

Children are:

1. Stephen Fry b. 9 May 1827 Bethlehem, PA d. 27 Dec 1883 Champion Twp, Mercer Co, PA buried Oakwood Cemetery, Warren, married Sarah Wise b. 12 Oct 1827 Union Twp, luzerne Co, PA d. 12 Apr 1919 Warren, Trumbull Co, Ohio

Children are:

1. John Fry b. abt 1850 PA

2. Katherine Kate Fry b. abt 1852 PA

3. Mary C Fry b. abt 1853 PA

4. David Washington Fry b. 1 Jan 1857 Mercer Co, PA

5. Lydia E Fry b. abt 1860 PA

6. Elizabeth Fry

7. Emma Fry b. 10 Mar 1863

8. Martin Van Buren Fry b. 25 Jun 1865 Champion Twp, Ohio

9. Ella A Fry b. 1 Jul 1867 Warren, Trumbull Co, OH

10. Thomas Jefferson Fry b. 1869

11. Charles Sherman Fry b. 4 Sep 1871 Mercer Co, PA


JOHN WISE SR B. Allentown, PA d. 14 Mar 18868, buried Hickory Hill Cem, Route 62,married Eva Kester in PA, she was b. abt 1788 Allentown, PA d. 2 Mar 1845 Mercer Co, PA buried Hickory Hill Cem

Children are:

1. Elizabeth Wise

2. John J Wise

3. Thomas Wise

4. Jacob Wise

5. Daniel Wise

6. SARAH WISE b. 12 oct 1827 Union Twp, Luzerne Co, Pa

married Second: Mary M


2. Reuben Fry b. 27 Oct 1821 Northampton Co, Pa

3. David Fry b. abt 1828 PA

4. Peter Fry b. 24 Jul 1831 Mercer Co, PA

5. Conrad Fry b. 14 Mar 1833 Mercer Co, PA

6. John Fry b. abt 1836 PA

Married Second: Julia Ann Jones


7. Daniel Fry b. 11 Sep 1796 Nazareth, PA

8. Isaias Jesse Fry b. 2 Nov 1798 Nazareth, PA d. 29 Jul 1885 Mercer Co, PA, buried St John's Cemetery, Delaware Twp, Mercer Co, PA, Christened: 26 Dec 1798 Dryland Trinity, Nazareth, PA, he was a Blacksmith, Farmer, possibly a hotel proprietor, he married Anna Barbara Klingensmith in Venango Co, PA, she was b. abt 1800

Children are:

1. Mary Ann Fry b. 16 Feb 1826

2. Josiah Fry b. 1830

3. Reuben Fry b. 1831

4. Wilson A. Fry b. 16 Jun 1833

5. Frederick Fry b. 1834

6. Helendo Hilind Fry b. 1836

7. Priscilla Fry b. 1841


9. Frederick Fry b. 20 Feb 1801 Nazareth, PA

10. Abraham Fry b. 30 Jan 1804 Nazareth, PA

11. Elizabeth Fry b. 15 Dec 1809 Nazareth, PA


3. John Philip Frey/Fry b. 20 Mar 1757 Northampton Co, PA d. 19 Apr 1836 Lower Saucon Twp, Northampton Co, PA married Anna Margaretta, [although in his obituary it says that John Philip is the father of 10 children, only 8 have been identified at this time]

Frey, Philip or Philip Fry, Anna Margaretta, W3079, PA Line, soldier applied 7 Sep 1819 Northampton County, aged 64, a resident of Saucon Township, PA. Soldier enlisted in Moore Township, Northampton County, soldier re-applied 26 Nov 1830 in same County and stated he was aged 73 with a wife aged 69. Soldier died 19 April 1836, widow applied 31 Aug 1838, a resident of Saucon Township. Aged 76, soldier and widow married 7 Feb 1781, and Conrad Frey and Christian Roth were both at the wedding and both were deceased in 1838.

Children are:

1. John Frey b. 20 Jan 1782 Northampton Co, PA

2. John Adam Frey b. 20 Apr 1783 Northampton Co, PA

3. John Philip Frey b. 15 Feb 1785

4. John George Frey b. 29 Oct 1786

5. Abraham Frey b. 20 Nov 1788

6. Catherine Frey b. 27 Feb 1792

7. Carl Frey b. 13 Jan 1794

8. Anna Maria Frey b. 10 Nov 1790


4. John George Frey/Fry b. 31 Jan 1759 Northampton Co, PA b. bef 1771

5. John Jacob Frey/Fry b. 22 Apr 1761 Northern Bucks Co, PA d. 2 Apr 1851, Baptized 21 Feb 1761 Tohikcon Church [Keller's Church] married Agnes Schwartz 20 Nov 1780 German Evangelical Church, Easton, pA [St John's]

According to microfilm record #S,41547 in the National Archives, Washington D.C., Jacob enlisted in the Continental Army on 16 March, 1777, at the age of 17. Jacob was a fifer for the Company headed by Capt. Anthony Seeling/Selin, in the Regiment commanded by Col. Moses Hazen. he maintained the rank of private during the tenure of his enlisment. At the completion of his original 3 year commitment, Jacob re-enlisted at Wyoming, Pennsylvania in the same company and regiment and was eventually honorably discharged at Easton in 1781. During his years in the service of his country, Jacob was at the battle of Short Hills, Brandywine, Germantown and "with the Indians about 60 miles above Wyoming." We assume he returned home and took up farming.

Children are:

1. Jacob Frey b. 1782

2. John Frederick Frey Fry b. 12 Dec 1784 Hecktown, PA d. 1 June 1869 Fairfield Twp, Lycoming Co, PA Baptism: 26 dec 1784 Dryland Union Church, Easton, PA Sponsors were Frederick Frey & Elizabeth Buss, he married Elizabeth Schott, daughter of Theobald Deobald Schott & Salome, she was born 1791 PA

Children are:

1. John Fry b. 6 Mar 1808 Moore Twp, Northampton Co, PA

2. Salome Frey b. 5 Oct 1809

3. Charles Fry b. abt 1811 PA

4. Elias Fry b. 7 Feb 1813 Moore Twp, Northampton Co, PA

5. Jacob Fry b. 9 Jan 1815 Moore Twp, Northampton Co, PA

6. Theresa Fry b. 30 Nov 1816 Moore Twp, Northampton Co, PA

7. Ephriam Fry b. abt 1818 PA

8. Mary Maria Fry b. 1821 Newport Twp, Luzerne Co, PA

9. Silas Fry b. abt 1825 Newport Twp, Luzerne Co, PA

10. Ziba Fry b. 1828 Newport Twp, Luzerne Co, PA

11. Isaiah Fry b. 4 Jul 1829 Newport Twp, Luzerne Co, PA

12. Elizabeth Fry b. abt 1831 Newport Twp, Luzerne Co, PA

13. Davold Dewalt Fry b. 11 Nov 1834 Newport Twp, Luzerne Co, PA


3. Christina Frey b. 1786

4. John Frey b. 7 Jan 1789

5. Michael Frey b. 14 Feb 1792

6. Elizabeth Frey b. 1793

7. Salome Frey b. 28 Nov 1795

8. Daniel Frey b. 5 Feb 1798

9. Jeremiah Frey b. 4 Jan 1801

10. Simon Frey b. 4 Jan 1801

11. Anna Maria Frey b. 22 Sep 1803


THEOBALD DEOBALD SCHOTT b. abt 1762 d. 9 Feb 1833 Sparta Twp, Livingston Co, NY buried Kiehl [Old Dutch] Cemetery, married Salome b. 1765

According to the History of Story Road and Vicinity by Lloyd Moose, Theobald moved to Dansville, New York in 1822 with Abraham Swarts.

Children are:

1. Theobald Debald Schott b. 1792 married Christine Zerfass

Children are:

1. Carl Schott b. 26 Nov 1810

2. Johannes Schott b. 21 Dec 1812

3. Jacob Schott b. 14 May 1815

4. Lydia Schott b. 1 Mar 1817

5. Maria Schott b. 27 Mar 1819

6. Aaron Schott b. 3 Aug 1820

7. Linford Schott b. 23 May 1825

8. William Schott b. abt 1829

9. Debald Schott b. abt 1833



3. Salome Schott b. 4 Feb 1793

4. Susanna Schott b. 4 Mar 1795

5. Johannes John Schott Shutt b. 3 Mar 1797 d. 9 Jan 1874 New York, buried Kiehl Cem. married Christina Wilti 20 Sep 1816, , she was born 1 Oct 1800

Children are;

1. Gabriel Schott b. 24 Mar 1819

2. Thomas Schott b. 15 Jan 1821

3. Lydia Schott b. 22 oct 1822

4. Maria Schott b. 26 Aug 1824

5. Elizabeth Schott b. abt 1826

6. William Schott b. abt 1832

7. John Schott b. abt 1834

8. Susan Schott b. abt 1837

9. Daniel Schott b. abt 1839

10. Edwin Schott b. abt 1841

THEOBALD DEOBALD SCHOTT SHUTT b. 29 Sep 1735 d. 14 Nov 1799 Moore Twp, Northampton Co, PA buried Salem Union Church Cemetery, married Christina Elizabeth Reisen b. 1737 d. 9 Nov 1806

Children are:

1. Lorenz Schott b. 13 Feb 1761 Lower Macungie Twp, Lehigh Co, PA


3. Gertrude Katherine? Schott b. 3 Mar 1765 Moore Twp, Lehigh Co, PA

4. Christina Schott b. 3 Jan 1767

5. John Jacob Schott b. 25 Jul 1770 Lower Macungie Twp, Lehigh Co, PA

6. Maria Margaretha Schott b. 3 Jul 1772 Lower Macungie Twp, Lehigh Co, PA

7. Catherinia Schott b. 21 Jul 1774

8. Elizabeth Schott b. 28 Nov 1776 lower Macungie Twp, Lehigh Co, PA

9. Anna Maria Schott b. 4 Dec 1777


6. Catherine Schott b. 2 Oct 1799 PA

7. Lydia Schott b. abt 1804

Married Second Elizabeth Welty in 1813

1. Juliana Schott b. 15 Dec 1815

6. Susanna Frey/Fry b. 1 Dec 1762 Northampton Co, PA b. bef 1809 married Henry Hoffart

7. John Frederick Frey/Fry b. 15 Sep 1763 Northern Bucks Co, PA? d. 17 May 1829 Hecktown, PA married Elizabeth Buss 1785

Children are:

1. Isaac Frey b. 18 Jun 1786

2. Catherine Frey b. 1 Nov 1787

3. Abraham Frey b. 1 Jun 1790

4. Anna Maria Frey b. 2 May 1796

5. Jacob Frey b. 17 May 1798 d. bef 1829, Baptized 30 May 1798 Dryland Union Church, Hecktown, PA, Sponsors: Philip & Margaret Frey

Children are:

1. Charles Frey

2. Isaac Frey

6. Thomas Frey b. 20 May 1803

7. Solomon Frey b. 20 May 1803

8. Elizabeth Frey


8.Anna Magdalene Frey/Fry b. abt 1766 Baptized 2 Nov 1766 Tohickon Twp, Bucks Co, PA married George Nolff

1. Elizabeth Nolff b. 3 Nov 1790 Northampton Co, PA

9. John Michael Frey/Fry b. 2 Dec 1768 Northampton Co, PA

10. Catharine Frey/Fry b. 20 Nov 1769 Northampton Co, PA married James Cogley

[This birth date along with husband, does not match what I have, need to do more research because my Catherine Fry was born in 1774, I was told that her father is more likely Frederick Fry, son of John: If anyone has any info and can help solve this problem, please email me..]


2. George Popp b. bef 1744 died aft 1781 prob Bedminister, Bucks co, PA married Maria Magdalena Renner 5 Mar 1761 Tohickon Reformed church, Bedminister, Bucks co, PA, she was b. abt 1740

Children are:

1. Jacob Popp b. 30 Oct 1761 Bucks Co, PA

2. John Poppe b. 1 Feb 1763 Bucks Co, PA

3. Susan Salome Bopp b. 1764 Bedminister, Bucks co, PA

4. Elisabeth Bopp b. 1768

5. Catharine Popp b. 9 Oct 1769


3. Susanna Bobb b. abt 1744 probably Germany d. bef 1793 Bedminister Twp, Bucks Co, PA emigration: 15 Sep 1749 prob "Phoenix" John Mason, Master, from Rotterdam, last from Cowes, married Karl Christian Joseph Kuechlein , son of Johann Andreas Kuechlein b. 15 feb 1680 Liestal, Switzerland, and Anna Margaretha Hahn b. abt 1700 Alzey, Rhienhessen, Germany, he was b. abt 1726 Kuechheim, Bolenden-Duchy of Nassau-Weiberg, Germany d. 1788 Bedminister Twp, Bucks Co, PA Emigration: 21 Sep 1742 'Francis and Elizabeth", George North, Master: Military Service: abt 1777 Rev. War. Patriotic Service, PA, he was naturalized: Jun 1777, he died intestate, will probated Bucks Co, #2122


Children are:

1. Elizabeth Kichline b. abt 1767 Bedminister Twp, Bucks Co, PA d. aft 1791 Confirmed 17 Apr 1784 Tohickon Reformed Church, married Jacob Weiss, he was b. abt 1765 PA

Children are:

1. Samuel Weiss

2. Susanna Weiss b. 10 Dec 1789 Bedminister Twp, Bucks Co, PA

3. Anna Maria Weiss b. 23 Apr 1791 Bedminister Twp, Bucks Co, PA


2. Charles Keithline b. abt 1768 Bedminister Twp, Bucks Co, PA d. 24 Jan 1827 Sprinfield, Bucks Co, PA, Confirmed; 17 Apr 1784 Tohickon Reformed Church, he was a Saddler by occupation, He acted "in the capacity of member of the Assembly from Bucks Co, PA, he married Jane Sperring abt 1790 in PA, she was b. 4 Mar 1761 Easton, Northampton Co, PA d. 1844 Bucks Co, PA

Children are:

1. Jane Keithline b. abt 1794 PA

2. Susanna Kichline b. 1800 PA d. 1880 married John D. Schaffer, b. 1788 PA d. 1875

Child is:

1. Elizabeth Shaffer b. abt 1817 PA d. 27 Jan 1913 New York City? married John S Law b. abt 1815

Children are:

1. John G Law b. abt 1840 New York City, NY

2. Mary Alice Law b. abt 1842 Carbondale, Lackawanna, PA

Source: DAR application--Elizabeth Shaffer Law


3. Catherine Kichline b. 30 Jan 1769 Bedminister, Bucks Co, PA

4. Susanna Kichline b. abt 1770 Bedminister, Bucks Co,PA Confirmed: 18 Oct 1788 Tohickon Reformed Church, married Christian Kern 11 Oct 1791 Tohickon Church, Bucks Co, PA, he was b. abt 1765

Child is:

1. Christian Kern b. 15 Mar 1783 Bedminster Twp, Bucks Co, PA

Source: Thickon Congregational Records PGCR Vol 3, p. 317 & 220

5. Joseph B Kachlein b. 1773 Bedminister, Bucks Co, PA [two different birth dates 1768] D. 21 Mar 1848 Newport, Hanover Twp, Luzerne Co, PA buried 24 Mar 1848 Newport Cem [10 miles South of Wilkes Barre], he was Tailor, He contracted to make buckskin breeches for Rev. War Soldiers, His will is in Will Book B, page 302, he married 28 Mar 1795 Catherine Elizabeth Premauer, daughter of John Frederick Premauer b. abt 1745 Germany & Catherine Nicolas b. abt 1743 Bucks Co, PA, she was born 3 Feb 1780 Haycock Twp, Bucks Co, PA d. 18 Dec 1866 Newport Twp, Luzerne Co, PA, buried Newport Cem. Jacob Gudt was sponser at her wedding, she was Baptized 3 Mar 1780 Keller's Lutheran Church, her Will was made 7 Jan 1867 Will Book D, p. 296

Children are:

1. Catherine Keithline b. Jan 1797 Bucks Co, PA

2. Samuel Kichline b. 29 Dec 1798 Easton, PA

3. John Keithline b. 17 Dec 1800 Easton, PA

4. Mary Keithline b. 10 Masy 1803 Sussex, NJ

5. Joseph Keithline b. 19 Nov 1805 Easton, PA

6. William Keithline b. 27 Jan 1810 Easton, PA

7. Charles Keithline b. 18 May 1812 Easton, PA

8. Susan Keithline b. 30 Jan 1814 Easton, PA

9. Jacob Keithline b. 5 May 1817 Easton, PA

10. John Peter Keithline b. 20 May 1819 Plainfield, Northampton Co, PA

11. Abraham Keithline b. 21 Nov 1822 Easton, PA


6. Jacob Kichline b. 8 Sep 1776 Bedminister, Bucks co, Pa d. 26 feb 1861 Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, married 20 Apr 1809 Union Tohickon Church, Maria Pfeiffer b. abt 1782 Bucks Co, PA

Children are:

1. Jacob Peter Kachlein b. 5 Jun 1809 Springfield Twp, Bucks Co, PA

2. Charles P. Kachlein b. 26 Sep 1810 Springfield Twp, Bucks Co, PA

3. William H. Kachlein b. abt 1815 Sprinfield Twp, Bucks Co, PA


7. Mary B Kechline b. 1779 Bedminister, Bucks Co, PA

8. John Andrew Kechline b. 1780 Bedminister, Bucks Co, PA

9. Andrew Keithline b. 12 Jan 1782 Bedminister, bucks Co, PA d. 28 Oct 1859 Newport Twp, Luzerene Co, PA, buried Newport cem, married Anna Eva Smith, she was b. 8 Mar 1781 Upper Mt. Bethel, Northampton Co, PA d. 15 Feb 1864 Newport Twp, Luzerne Co, PA, buried Newport cem

Children are:

1. Jane Keithline b. 2 Feb 1804 PA

2. Susanna Keithline b. 20 Mar 1806 PA

3. Charles S Keithline b. 13 May 1815 Newport Twp, Luzerne Co, PA

4. Mary Ann Keithline b. 7 Feb 1818 Newport Twp, Luzerne Co, PA

5. Margaret Kichline b. 1 Feb 1821 Newport Twp, Luzerne Co, PA

6. Sarah Keithline b. abt 1824 PA

7. lydia Keithline b. abt 1829 PA


10. Margaret Kechline b. 1784


4. Frederick Bobb b. 14 Jun 1746 Baptized 8 Sep 1746 Tohickon Reformed Church, Bucks Co, PA

Source: Tohickon Ref. Cong. Church Records, PGCR Vol 3, p. 66

5. Anna Elizabeth Bob b. 16 Nov 1752 Baptized 7 Jan 1753 Keller's Lutheran Church, Bedminister Twp, Bucks Co, PA


Note: also known as Jacob Bundstein in 1850 census, Jacob Bunstein in 1830 & 40 Census, [The Hessian was also known as Jacob Puntine in the 1790 census of Bethlehem]

1850 Census Lower Augusta, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania

Jacob Bundstein age 60 Farmer [1790]

Mary [Boorem] age 55 [1795]

James age 21 Farmer [1829]

Mary age 18 [1832]

Susan age 15 [1835]

JACOB JR. was in the War of 1812, 71 Reg't [Hutter's] Pa. Militia as private, this is the same unit that William Walter his brother-in-law was in also.

1814, PA Archives Series 3, Vol XXI, p. 526 states that he served in the Militia Co. of John Dornblaster, part of the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division of PA militia, by order of the President of the United States 4 July 1814.

Note: His grave and his wife's grave were moved from the Old City Cemetery to Harlington Cemetery on 25 Oct 1951. A number of bodies in this cemetery have been removed:

Bonstine, Jacob Soldier of the War of 1812 Pa. Troops. The American Legion have fenced this grave in.

Glassford Henry L. age 5 yrs. 4-4-1863 Son of John and Augusta

Morris, 1860, Mr. & Mrs. Morris are buried in the Old City Cemetery over Lover's Lane. Also Jacob Bonstine and the Morris Children [Newspaper research in Waverly Democrat 5-13-1932]

Norris, 1789 12-29-1859 Part of H.S. left Christian name broken off.

Skillen, James [Rev.] 12-23-1884 Sarah [wf] 61 yrs 4-3-1866

Smith, John "Fisherman" & Dutch Smith about 1860 Mrs. John Smith was the daughter of Jacob Bonstine, veteran of War of 1812. 2 children of Smith family are buried there.

[This info was sent to me by Tom Turse]

Census: 1820, Bethlehem, p. 215, 1800 Northampton County, Pa p. 527 name under Bunstein, 1820 name spelled Bunstine, Jacob Jr., 1840 Bethlehem, Pa, p. 137 name George Bunstein [this is Jacob Senior]

Waverly Iowa Newspaper dated May 13, 1932 [sent by Tom Turse]


Legion Boy Scouts To Have Special Ceremony Sunday at Grave on Bluff over Lover's Lane Road

To Mark Pioneer's Gra--

The Legion Boy Scouts will Sunday afternoon, in a special ceremony, mark the grave of an old pioneer, JACOB BONSTINE. The grave is on the bluff over looking Lovers Lane and is in the Old City Cemetery. The ceremony will begin at three o'clock and the public is invited to attend.

Mr. Bonstine was a soldier in the War of 1812 and was buried in the cemetery here in the early sixities. He is thought to have served during the war with the Pennsylvania Troops. With his wife and family he moved here in the pioneer days of Waverly.

His daughter was the wife of another pioneer, John Smith, who was known as Fisherman "John Smith and Dutch Smith". This man lived and died in Waverly. [married a daughter of Jacob Bonstine's] Both, Jacob Bonstine and his wife were buried in the Bluffs Cemetery north of town. Two or more children of the Smith family were also buried there.

There are still many graves in the cemetery but only one lot has any stones standing. those on the Rev. James Skillen lot. Among others known to be buried there are a Mr. and Mrs. Morris and children,[daughter of Jacob Bonstine's] a Mr. Flynn, two or more of the Geddes children and a young man named Glassford. Two years ago the grave of Mr. Bonstine was located and in the ceremonial Sunday will be permantely marked. Rev. John Aman, chaplain of the American Legion, will give a short talk and other brief features will be included on the program.

Sources: Deed Indenture 1833 When JACOB SENIOR sold 67 acres to JACOB JUNIOR.;

Military records;


Burial Records,

John Boorem's will


This Indenture made the Twenty Sixth Day of January in the year of our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and Thirty Three between JACOB BUNSTINE SENIOR of Bethlehem Township in the County of Northampton and State of Pennsylvania. Yeoman of His one part, and JACOB BUNSTINE JUNIOR of the same place and county and state a foresaid [a son] of the other part [Citrepek that the said JACOB BUNSTINE JR. paid for and in the consideration of the sum of Six Hundred and Fifty Dollars lawful money of the United States of America to him in hand paid by the said JACOB BUNSTINE SENIOR at and before the ensealing and delivery hereof [the receipt and payment whereof he doeth acknowledge and there of doth acquit and forever discharge the said JACOB BUNSTINE SENIOR his heirs, Executores and Administratiors by these present] has granted bargained, sold, agreed,ca---, released and confirmed unto the said JACOB BUNSTINE JUNIOR and to his Heirs and aforesigned certain lot or piece of land situate in the Township, County and State aforesaid bounded and described as follows to Wit: Beginning at a stone in a Public Road and the corner of JOHN SNABLES land thence by the same South eighty six degrees and a quarter [Q est. sixty six perches and one tenth to a Stone Hence by the same; same North Three degrees and a half West, forty one perches to a Stone thence by the same. South eighty six degrees and three quarters West fifteen perches and ten tenths to a Stone in a line of SAMUEL [DANIEL] WALTERS land thence by the same. North four degrees and a quarter twenty one perches and four tenths to a Stone in a line of ABRAHAM SAYLORS land thence by the same. North eighty six degrees and a quarter East, eithty two perches to a Post, in said Road and in a line of HENRY KINGS lands thence by the same and land of WIDOW FRALIG South three degrees and a half East Sixty two perches and four tenths to the place of the beginning containing TWENTY SEVEN ACRES AND ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY PERCHES STRICT MEASURE. [It being part of one hundred and seventy two acres and sixty one perches and the allowance of six of land of ca which JOHN PENN, WILLIAM PENN AND JULIANA CATHERINE WIFE OF WILLIAM PENN by their substities led Attorney John Norm Scott by their Indenture under their hands and seals bearing date the Seventh Day of May A.D. 1818 and intended forthwith to be recorded in the office for recording Deeds at Easton in and for said county of Northampton, granted and conveyed unto the said JACOB BUNSTINE SENIOR the GRANTOR hereof and to his heirs and aforesigned forever in fee references being thereunto had may morefully and at large appear] Together with all and singular the Houses, out-houses, offices and buildings thereon erected...And all Ways, Waters, [Water-courses, Woods, Trees, Fences, Yardes, Orchards, Rights, Liberties, Privileges, Advantages, Dectraments and Appentensures whatsoever thereunto belonging or in anyway appertaining and the axovisions and remainders, such if uses and profits thereof. And also all the Estate Rights, Titles, Interest, Use, Trust, Property, Profession Claim and Demand whatsoever of him the said JACOB BUNSTINE SENIOR in law or equity or otherwise howsoever, of in to or out of the same. to have and to hold the said lot or piece of Twenty Seven Acres and one hundred and forty perches of lands here determined and precieved hereby granted and released [ or mentioned or inteded so to be] with the appurtences to the said JACOB BUNSTINE JUNIOR his Heirs and aforesigns proper use and behalf of the said JACOB BUNSTINE SENIOR for himself his heirs and Executors and Administrators so covenant, promise, grant and agree to and with the said JACOB BUNSTINE SENIOR and his heirs the mentioned and described lot of piece of land heredetermined and premises hereby granted and released [or mentioned or intended so to be] with the appurtenances unto the said JACOB BUNSTINE JUNIOR his heirs and aforesigned against him the said JACOB BUNSTINE SENIOR and His Heirs, and against all and every other person and persons. Whomsoever lawfully claiming or to claim by from or under him, them or any of them share and wit. Warrant and forever deferred by these present-In Witness whereof the said parties to those present have hereunto interchangably set their hands and seals dated the day and year first above written-JACOB BONSTEIN Sealed and Delivered in the presence of: Jn L Geiger-Furnon Furfort [?] Received the day of the date of the above Indenture of and from the above mentioned JACOB BUNSTINE SENIOR the sum of six hundred and fifty Dollars in full of the consideration money therein mentioned-I say rec'd by me JACOB BONSTEIN-which present at signing Furnon Furfort. Northampton County of. Be it remembered that on the twenty sixth day of January in the year of our Lord, One thousand eight hundred and thirty three before me the subscriber one of the Inshee's of the Pence in and for the said County personally came th above named JACOB BUNSTINE SENIOR and acknowledged the above Indenture to be his net and deed and desire that the same way be recorded as such according to law. Whereof my hand and seal the day and year first above written. Jn L Geiger


Deed in my possession


Volumes 6-8, 1795-1815

10,000 Early Residents of the County by Candace E. Anderson

Estate of William Townsend, Bethlehem Township- [follows 12 Aug 1800 date] report of inquest by Sheriff Nicholas Kern [inquest taken 8 March 1800] "Which inquisition was set aside after argument for the said Court April 15, 1800" [a note states that he inquisition was entered by mistake and refers back to page 175]: Distribution: Widow plus children 12 man jury: All By Oath--John Mulhallon, nicholas Dreamer [Steiner], John Sweitzer [Schweitzer], Christian Rhoads [Roth], JACOB BONESTINE [BONSTEIN], Jacob Seip, Thomas McBurney, John Barnet [Barnt], Henry Sneider [Shnyder], Adam Heckman, George Butz, Leonard Sweitzer [Schweitzer].

1840 Bethlehem Township page 137:

1 male 5-10 2 males 10-15 2 males 15-20 1 male 50-60

1 female under 5 1 female 5-10 1 female 10-15 1 female 15-20 1 female 20-30 1 female 50-60


Information obtained from W P A Record.

This is an abandoned cemetery. A number of bodies in this cemetery have been removed.

BONSTINE, JACOB, SOLDIER OF THE WAR OF 1812 PA. TROOPS. The American Legion have fenced this grave in.

Glassford, Henry L. age 5 yrs 4-4-1863 Son of John and Augusta

MORRIS, 1860 MR. & MRS. MORRIS are buried in the Old City Cemetery over Lovers Lane. Also Jacob Bonstine and the Morris Children [Newspaper research Waverly Democrat 5-13-1932]

Norris 1789 12-29-1859 Part of H.S. left Christian name broken off

Skillen, James [Rev.] 12-23-1884 Sarah [wf] 61 yrs 4-3-1866

SMITH, JOHN "FISHERMAN" & DUTCH SMITH abt 1860 MRS. JOHN SMITH WAS THE DAUGHTER OF JACOB BONSTINE, veteran of War of 1812. 2 childen of Smith Family are buried there.

1820 census Bethlehem, page 215

Jacob Bonstine and Mary [Boorem] Bonstine are buried Harlington Cemetery, Washington Township, Waverly, Bremer Co, Iowa

Children of Jacob Jr & Mary Boorem are;

1. Johan George Bunstein b. 13 Jan 1816 Sponsors George Lawalt and wife Catherine, Death due to an unfortunate fall: age 3 yrs 7 mos 18 days. Source: Forks of the Delaware and Their Descendants, Church Records.

2. Jacob F. Bunstein b. 9 Aug 1820 Hecktown, Pa d. 23 May 1904 Williams Township, Pa. Buried: 26 May 1904, Easton Cemetery, plot G-237, undertaker, Johnson: Married 19 Aug. 1841 Sophia Brader b. 22 May 1822 d. 20 Jul 1899. buried: 24 July 1899 Easton Cemetery Plot G-237, undertaker, Johnson: Jacob F. was in the Civil War: Enlisted 19 Sep. 1861 PA. Was promoted to Sergt. 25 Jan 1862. Served in E Co. 47th Inf. Pa Discharged 21 Jan 1864. Source: History of Pennsylvania Volunteers , 1861-1865. PA Roster published in 1871. Pension Record: He was 5'9" Light Hair, Fair Complexion, when old, hair turned white.

He was 81 and filed on 16 April 1901 for his pension for service.

He had dropsy in legs and body-haven't lain down in two years--to keep water from touching the heart.

Lived in Morgans Hill, Northampton county, Pa. Pension No. 522,693.

He had filed the first time at age 70. Jacob F. Bonstein Will File No. #16391:

"It is impossible for me to furnish any more evidence, on my old claim, unless my wifes testimony will do. I lived in seven different places, and I did not show or tell my neighbors my complaint. My army record will show that I have been in active service two years and nine months at the end of that I was discharged upon Surgeant Certificate of Disability and have not been well since. Please tell the commissioner of Pension to settle the claim satisfactory to the Government and as he thinks is just.

J. F. Bonstein

Morgans Hill, Northampton Co, Pa:


Wife Sophia Brader Bonstein Living

Samuel Vancelon Bonstein b. November 15, 1846

Mary Ann Elizabeth Bonstein b. December 21, 1850

Howard Bonstein B. February 11, 1861

From Pension File:

Affidavit of Death: Before me, Frank D. Zellers Registre of Wills in and for said County, personally appeared Howard Bonstein being person applying for letters of Administration on the estate of Jacob F. Bonstein late of Williams Twp. in said County, deceased, who being duly sworn according to law, did depose and say, that the said Jacob F. Bonstein died as near as he can ascertain, at 10:30 o'clock p.m. the 23rd day of May one thousand nine hundred and four.

Sworn and Subscribed before me July 12 A.D. 1904 Frank D. Zellers, Register Howard Bonstein

Renunciation of Samuel V. Bonstein Estate of Jacob F. Bonstein File No. 16391: July 12, 1904

To Frank D. Zellers, Register of Wills, of Northampton County.

I, the undersigned, eldest son of Jacob F. Bonstein, late of Williams Twp, deceased, do hereby renounce my right to act as Administrator of my deceased Father's Estate, and request you to appoint Howard Bunstein such Administrator.

Witness: Mrs. S. V. Bonstein [Emma C. Derr] S. V. Bonstein

1870 Census 23 July 1870 Bath, PA,

Bonstein, Jacob, Tailor, b. PA

Sophia Keeping house, PA

Mary A. b. PA

Howard b. Pa

Ellen [spelled Allen in census] b. Pa

1880 census Williams Twp, Northampton Co, Pa

Bonstein Jacob F. age 59 b. Pa

Sophia age 58 b. Pa

Howard age 22 b. Pa

Ellen Age 19 b. Pa

12 Jan 1861 Cont. #47 p. 192 Entry: 2 Dec 1860--Ejectment-Lehigh Twp.

Will: 23 May 1904 File No. #16391 Williams Twp, Administrator Howard Bunstein

Children of Jacob and Sophia are:

1. John Jacob Simon Bonstein [Jacob F., Jacob, Johannes Jakob, Bonstein, Laurentius, Johann Paulus, Bonnstein Christian, Henning] was born 5 Jan 1842 Williams Twp, PA d. 27 April 1870 Easton, PA. buried 1 May 1870 Easton Cemetery Plot G-235 He married Sabina Kutz 5 June 1864 Easton, PA, daughter of David Kutz and Susan Derr. She was b. 1841 Easton, PA, d. 16 July 1902 Easton, PA. buried Easton Cemetery Plot G-235 undertaker, Raul

Note: Pension Record No. 388-550 Filed 29 March, 1889, by Widow, Sabina Kutz Bonstein.

John Jacob Simon's Will No: 8377, Sabina renounced her right as Administratrix of the Estate to his father Jacob F. 13 May 1870.

John Jacob Simon died of an Accident in L.U.R.R. where he was a milner, he fell, he was 27 yrs 3 mos 22 days. Was buried 1 May 1870 Easton Cem. Plot G-235. He suffered from chronic diarreah: He enlisted 1 Aug 1862, Co. K 129th Reg. PA Vol. Mustered out at Harrisburg, PA 18 May 1863. He was also a clerk.

General Affidavit by Nelson Bishop Sr and Alice M Riley filed: 22 Sep 1891:

Nelson Bishop sworn says that John J.S. Bonstein late husband of claimant was killed in L.U. R.R. shops at South Easton on April 27, 1870 that he died or expired on affiauts plaines, that affiant was present when he expired and worked with the deceased, while he was living in said L.U.R.R. shops. That claimant has not remarried since the decease of her husband, that he knows the fact by living a near neighbor with claimant. That claimant has no means of support but by her own labor. That deceased was killed in an accident in said shops while in the performance of his duty.

Alice M Riley sworn says that John J.S. Bonstein late husband of claimant was killed in the L.U.R.R. shops at South Easton, PA on April 27, 1870 says that she saw the corpse when it was brought home that she helped at the funeral and was with the family while the corpse was in the house. That claimant has not remarried since the decease of her husband, that claimant has no means of support but from her own labor, that affiant know the facts from her being a near neighbor and has always been a near neighbor to claimant.

J.M.C. Snyder W.S. Stoneback Nelson Bishop Sr Alice M Riley

General Affidavit of D. H. Geissinger 23 Sep 1891

I am the Pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church Easton, Pa and have charge of the parochial records of said congregation. According to our records, I find that John J.S. Bonstein and Sabina Kutz were married June 5, 1864 by the Rev. B. M. Schmucker who was at that time Pastor of the church. H.D. Osterstock D. H. Geissinger

According to this paper:

...Sabina Bonstine aged 47 years, who, being duly sworn according to law, makes the following declaration in order to obtain the pension provided by Acts of Congress granting pensions to widows: That she is the widow of John J.S. Bonstein who enlisted under the name of John J.S. Bonsteine at Easton, PA on the first day of August A.D. 1862 in Company K 129 Regiment-Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War of United States, who some 2 months before his discharge suffered terribly with chronic diarreah and was subject to severe attacks and during long marches would give out. Cannot say how long he was in the hospital. Suffered continually when he returned home until time of his death-which was on the 27th day of April A.D. 1870, who bore at the time of his death the rank of Captain's clerk in the Service; that she was married under the name of Sabina Kutz to said John J.S. Bonsteine on the 5th day of June A.D. 1864 by Rev. Schmucker at Easton, there being no legal barrier to such marriage; that neither she nor her husband had been previously married, never married before that she has to the present date remained his widow; that the following are the names and dates of birth of all his legitimate children yet surviving who were under sixteen years of age at the father's death, to wit:

EDWARD BONSTEINE born June 18th, 1867

ANNA BONSTEINE born July 31, 1868

SALLIE [SARAH] BONSTEINE born Feb 7th, 1869

That she has not abandoned the support of any one of his children, but that they are still under her care or maintance, all the above named children support themselves the 2 latter ones now married. That she ahs not in any manner been engaged in or aided or abetted the rebellion in the United States; that no prior application has been filed...that she hereby appoints John B. Otto her attorney to prosecute her claim; that her residence is No. C or Lehigh 11th Street, City of Easton and that her post-office address is [same].

Peter S. Hulsizer Howard B. Otto Sabina Bonstein

1880 Census Easton, PA Bonstein, Sabina age 39, Sallie F. age 11, Edwin B. age 13, Anna M. age 12. Sabina died at age 61. Buried 19 July 1902 Easton Cem. Plot G-235, undertaker, Raul.

2 July 1870, West Ward Easton, Sabina 29, Edwin 4, Anna 3, Sarah 1.

Children of John and Sabina Kutz are:

1. Howard Bonstein b. 9 Dec 1864 PA d. 1946

2. Edwin Vencelon Bonstein b. 18 June 1866 Easton, PA Baptized 27 Jan 1867 St John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Easton, Pa, Sponsors: Mother, married Bessie Hoch, daughter of Albert Hoch and Mary, she was born 1859

Census 1920 Reading, Pa Roll: T625-1536 pg 5, ED: 64

Bonstein, Edwin 53 b. Pa

Bessie 60 b. Pa

Lorance son 21 b. Pa

Child Is:

1. Lorence Bonstein b. 1898 Pa

3. Anna Margaret Bonstein b. 31 July 1868 Easton, PA Baptized 20 Oct 1867 St John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Easton, Pa, married Alfred Peter Horning

Children are:

1. Bessy Margaret Horning b. 20 Dec 1890 Pa married Harold Wesley Richards

Children are:

1. Mildred Roberta Richards

2. Elizabeth Marion Richards b. 22 Dec 1922 married Edmunf Forrest O'Leary, he was born 9 Sept 1923 d. 8 Nov 1988

Children are:

1. Elaine O'Leary b. 15 Feb 1958 married Gary Grimshaw, b. abt 1958 England

2. Greg O'Leary b. 21 oct 1959

2. John Horning

3. Paul Horning

4. Ruth Horning

5. Helen Horning

4. Sarah Fulmer [Sallie] Bonstein b. 7 Feb 1869 Easton, PA Baptized 13 June 1869 St John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Easton, Pa, d. bef. 1910; married William Stoneback, son of Samuel Stoneback and Susannah Dielj. He was born 7 Feb 1867 Pa, He worked in a Restaurant and latter was a Saloon Keeper [owner]

Census 1910 Easton, Pa, it is just him with daughter and son, Elizabeth and Earl.

Children are:

1. Elizabeth Stoneback b. 1901 Pa

2. Earl E. Stoneback b. 1889 Pa married Estella

Census 1920 Philadelphia, Pa

Stoneback, Earl 32 b. Pa

Estella b 24 b. Pa

Earl 1&4/12 b. Pa

Donald 7/12 b. Pa

Children are:

1. Earl E. Stoneback b. 1918

2. Donald F. Stoneback b. 1919

3. Jane V. Stoneback b. 1923

Any info on this family would be greatly appreciated.


In the matter of the estate of: John J.S. Bonstein Register of Wills, Northampton County, Pa, Administrator's Bond filed May 13, 1870, Jacob F Bonstein [Father] for 250.00 signed by Jacob F Bonstein John Wagner Peter R Bonstein

His wife Sabina Bonstein renounced her right as Administratrix of the Estate to his father Jacob F. Bonstein. 13 May 1870.

3. Samuel Van Zealan Bonstein was born 15 Nov 1846 Easton,PA d. 1 Nov 1907 Easton, PA. Buried 5 Nov 1907 Easton Cemetery Plot G-248 undertaker, Raul, He married Emma C. Derr 7 Oct 1871 St John's Evangelical Lutheran church, Easton, PA, she was the daughter of Solomon Derr and Susanna. She was b. 7 June 1853 Easton, PA d. 12 April 1915 Easton, PA. buried Easton Cemetery Plot G-248 Undertaker Ashton

Samuel was 60 yrs 1 month 16 days when he died. He is buried Easton Cem. Plot G-248, undertaker, Raul. Emma C Derr died age 61 yrs 10 months. buried same plot, undertaker Ashton.

Samuel was Baptized 18 Feb 1847 St John's Easton: Sponsors: John-Elizabeth Breader.

1880 Census Easton, PA, Bonstein Samuel age 35, Emma age 27, Charles age 8, Jennie age 6, Frank age 2.

Children of Samuel and Emma Derr are: 1. Charles Warren Bunstine b. 7 Aug 1873 Easton, PA d. 27 Feb 1887 Easton, PA. Baptized 8 Oct 1873 German Reformed Church, Easton, PA. Buried 2 Mar 1887 Easton Cem. Plot G-248, undertaker, Keller.

Note: Charles was killed on the railroad, Feb 27, 1887, 14 years old during a Blizzard of 1887. He with five other boys of near the same age had gone early in the morning to Island Park, about 3 miles west of Easton, PA and when the storm came up they started for home, walking on the railroad tracks and all but one was killed.

2. Frank Reeder Bonstein b. 1878 Easton, PA living 1930 census age 52. He married Laura Weiss. She was b. 1876 PA d. bef. 1930 PA. 1910 Easton, PA Census: Frank R age 33, Laura age 35, Donald W. age 9, Ella E. age 7. 1920 Easton, PA Roll T625-1610, pg 7A, ED: 123, age 42 Children of Frank & Laura Weiss are 1. Donald Weiss Bonstein b. 23 Jun 1900 Easton, PA d. July 1968, 17055 Enola, Cumberland, PA 2. Elizabeth Ella E. Bonstein b. 1902 married Quintin Gentry Tenyshire, 1930 census Frank is living with his daughter, he is 52 & widowed.

11. Henry Lachenour Bonstein b. 4 Dec 1880 PA d. 8 May 1963 PA married Ethel May Smith in PA. She was b. 11 Mar 1889 PA d. 1 Dec 1958 PA. [He sent some of the Bonstein Genealogy to the Northampton Historical Society in 1962, I have a copy of it]. 1910 Miracode Index Pa. Easton, Henry L. age 26, Emma C. Mother age 55. Note: 19 Sept 1910, Treasure Deed, Washington Twp, Northampton Co. PA, courthouse, Cont. #105 p. 529 Filed #CM Nov 1910 Entry: 19 Sep 1910 Nov 1920 Cont. #120 p. 82 Filed #CM Nov 1920 Entry: 12 Jun 1922 Reas. Deed. Wash. Twp.

Children of Henry & Ethel Smith are: 1. Henry L. Bonstein b. 29 Mar 1913 Easton, PA d. Sept 1985, 18103 Allentown, Lehigh, PA 2. Kathryn Cecila Bonstein b. 15 Dec 1916 Easton, PA married Frank Kern

13. John Jacob Simon Bonstein [Howard, Jacob F Bunstein, Jacob, Johannes Jakob Bonstein, Laurentius, Johann Paulus Bonnstein, Christian, Henning] he married Lizzie Hevener. Children: 1. Theodore "Dorey" Bonstein b. 30 Nov 1906 Easton,PA d. April 1993 Nazareth, PA married Sarah Sours 1950, she was b. 25 Nov 1907 Easton, PA d. 22 Jan 1992 Tatamy, Northampton Co, PA. 1920 Census Washington Twp, PA age 14 Roll: T625-1609, pg 4B, Ed: 159

14. Myra Mame Richard [Ellen Bonstein, Jacob F Bunstein, Jacob, Johannes Jakob Bonstein,Laurentius, Johann Paulus Bonnstein, Christian, Henning] was born 1888 PA, married Ellsworth Smith. Children: 1. Myra Lucille Smith 2. Joyce Ellen Smith 3. Richard Thomas Smith 4. Harriet Ethel Smith


16. Paul Edgar Bonstein [Howard Bonstein, John Jacob Simon Bonstein, Jacob F Bunstein, Jacob, Johannes Jakob Bonstein, Laurentius, Johann Paulus Bonnstein, Christian, Henning, Cuntz] was born 4 May 1887 Philipsburg, NJ, d. July 1973 in 18042 Easton, PA. He married Mary Rosa Maurer, She was B. 1887 d. 1939 Source: Phyllis Ann Bonstein Howard 25 Aug 2002 1920 Census, Williams Twp, age 32 Child was Ernest Paul Bonstein b. 1 Jan 1911 d. 5 Feb 1968 married Edna Smith b. 1 Feb 1911 Northampton County, PA d. 30 Jan 2000 Easton, PA. Her Social Security No: signed 8 Aug 1937, 192-32-614-54

17. John Jacob Simon Bonstein [Howard Bonstein, John Jacob Simon Bonstein, Jacob F Bunstein, Jacob, Johannes Jacob Bonstein, Laurentius, Johann Paulus Bonnstein, Christian, Henning] was b. 14 Dec 1893 d. 29 Dec 1958 Easton, PA married Anna Meixell, daughter of William Meixell & Amanda Lutz. She was b. 22 Dec 1895 Philipsburg, NJ d. 10 Nov 1973 Easton, PA. John is buried at Memorial Shrine in Palmer Twp. PA Source: Phyllis Ann Bonsetin Howard 25 Aug 2002 Anna's Social Security No: signed 5 July 1939 is 168-18-5963

Children: 1. Kenneth John Bonstein b. 11 July 1914 d. 26 Aug 1961 married Marion Emmons 1937, she was b. 25 May 1917 Califon, Hunterdon Co, NJ d. 23 June 1998 Fort Launderdale, Broward Co, Florida. Kenneth's Burial Cert. no. 30924 Vol: 2274 Dade Co, FL Marion's S.S. No: 1 Mar 1938 is 203-09-3426 2. Willard Russell Bonstein b. 26 April 1919 Philipsburg, NJ d. Oct 1983 Easton, PA married Helen Bango 21 Oct 1943. He was a Pearl Harbor Survivor: S.S. No: 15 May 1937 207--5-5277 3. Arthur Elwood Bonstein b. 12 Jan 1932 married Bernice Rufe 27 June 1953, she was b. 4 Apr 1934 4. Unknown Bonstein

18. Russell Howard Bonstein [Howard Bonstein, John Jacob Simon Bonstein, Jacob F. Bunstein, Jacob, Johannes Jacob Bonstein, Laurentius, Johann Paulus Bonnstein, Christian, Henning] was b. 24 Oct 1900 Williams Twp, PA d. May 1983 in 18042 Easton, PA, he married Agnes L. Bittner 27 May 1925, daughter of Edgar Bittner & Katherine Zimmerman. She was b. 18 July 1902 Manchester, Ct, d. 20 Nov 1998 at 18042 Easton, PA. Source: Phyllis Ann Bonstein Howard 25 Aug 2002 Russell's S.S. NO: filed age 36; 27 nov 1936 144-05-1305


Agnes L. Bittner Bonstein, 96, of Evangelical Congregational Retirement Village, Myerstown, Lebanon County, formerly of Wilson, died Friday, Nov. 20, 1998 in Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon. She was the wife of the late Russell H. Bonstein. She worked at the former Dixie Cup Co..Wilson..for more than 30 years before retiring in 1967. Born in Manchester, Conneticut, she was a daughter of the late Edgar M. and Katherine [Zimmerman] Bittner. She was a member of the First Evangelical Congregational Church, Easton, and active in its Kings Daughters Class. She wa a member of the Parsons Chapter 185, Order of the Eastern Star, Easton. Survivors: Daughters Phyliss, Wife of Ed Howard of Palmer Township: Jane wife of Robert Peters of Bethlehem Township: Sisters, Ethel Kisselbach of Palmer Township, a granddaughter and 2 great grandchildren. Services 2 p.m. Monday, Ashton Funeral Home, 14th and Northampton Streets, Easton. Contributions: Evangelical Congregational Church Retirement Village. Her S.S. No: 187-05-8652

Children: 1. Phyllis Ann Bonstein b. 16 May 1932 married Edward Earle Howard, 6 June 1953 b. 28 Sept 1928 2. Jane Louise Bonstein b. 12 Aug 1937 married [1] Duane Smith [2] Robert Carl Peters 24 May 1968, he was b. 16 May 1938 3. Annie Bonstein [this is in question]

19. Edith Bonstein [Howard, etc] born 1896 d. 1966 Williams Twp, PA, is buried St John's Lutheran Church, Williams Twp, PA.She had one child: Edna Bonstein b. 1911 d. 2000 Williams Twp, PA, she is buried at St john's also.

20. Bessy Margaret Horning [Anna Margaret Bonstein, John Jacob Simon Bonstein, Jacob F Bunstein, Jacob, Johannes Jacob Bonstein, Laurentius, Johann Paulus Bonnstein, Christian, Henning] was born 20 Dec 1890 PA married Harold Wesley Richards. Children: 1. Mildred Roberta Richards 2. Elizabeth Marion Richards b. 22 Dec 1922 married Edmunf Forrest O'Leary b. 9 Sept 1923 d. 8 Nov 1988.

21. Donald Weiss Bonstein [Frank Reeder, Samuel Van Zealan, Jacob F Bunstein, Jacob, Johannes Jacob Bonstein, Laurentius, Johann Paulus Bonnstein, Christian, Henning] was born 23 June 1900 Easton, PA d. July 1968 in 17055 Enola, Cumberland, PA married Cora R., she was b. 1897 PA Donald's S.S.NO: 3 Dec 1936, age 36, is 196-07-4669, His child is Deloras Bonstein b. 1927 Wilson Borough, Northampton co, PA.

22. Henry L. Bonstein [Henry Lachenour, Samuel Van Zealan, Jacob F Bunstein, Jacob, Johannes Jacob Bonstein, Laurentius, Johann Paulus Bonnstein, Christian, Henning] was b. 29 Mar 1913 Easton, PA d. Sept 1985 in 18103 Allentown, Lehigh, PA he married Anna Ricker. [He worked for Jimmy Applegate] S.S. No: 5 mar 1937, age 23, 188-07-6225 PA


1. Gail Bonstein 2. Barbara Bonstein

23. Kathryn Cecelia Bonstein [Henry Lachenour, same as above] was b. 15 Dec 1916 Easton,PA married Frank R. Kern. Her SS NO. 207-05-5217 [I just received it today, 21 Nov 2005]


1. Linda Kern

2. Karyn Kern

Notes: 14 Sept 1971 Mr. Robert J. Bonstein [deceased] Alpha Portland Cement Co. Easton, Pa. 18042

Dear Mr. Bonstein: I know is has been along time since you called me and asked about the Bonstein genealogy. I apologize for the delay. I am enclosing a copy of the genealogy that my father had written up together with a chart that I made up from those facts. Perhaps you can enlarge on your part of the family and, of course, make any corrections that you know of. My father was Henry L. Bonstein, son of Samuel Van Selan Bonstein. Dad worked for the Lehigh Valley Railroad all of his life and retired as mechanical engineer for the valley. He died in 1963. You may know Lucille Smith who works in Bixler's--her mother was a cousin to my dad and I have marked her name with a star. I know that when I was a child we used to go to riegelsville on the trolley to visit Quintus Sandt. Also Howard [2] used to live over Mammy Morgan's Hill and we used to visit there. Some years before dad died, he and I went to Hecktown Cemetery and found the first Jacob's grave in the first row in back of the church there. It was hard to find any others, although I am sure alot were buried there, but in those days they didn't have plots and the graves were scattered all around the cemetery, and a great deal of them were written in German. This family tree really fascinates me, but I do not have the time to go looking things up, what with working and keeping house and children and grandchildren. Perhaps you can add some things to it and send me a copy. I would be most appreciative. Sincerley, [deceased] Kathryn Kern [signed by her hand] Mrs. Frank Kern 307 Monroe Street Children: 1. Linda Kern

2. Karyn Kern

3. Jennie C. Bonstein 1874 married Fred Boss 4. Henry Lachenour Bonstein b. 4 Dec 1880 PA d. 8 May 1963 PA 5. Cora Jane Bonstein b. 7 Aug 1873 Easton, PA, Baptized 15 Nov 1873 St John's Evangelical Lutheran Easton,PA Sponsors: Parents. 6. Robert John Bonstein

1860 Census Northampton County, Pa.

Solomon Derr b. abt 1821 age 38

Susan Derr b. abt 1822 age 37

Anna L. Derr b. abt 1843 age 16

Charles S. Derr b. abt 1844 age 15

John Derr b. abt 1848 age 12

Mary Derr b. abt 1850 age 10

**Emma C. Derr b. 1853 age 8

Joseph Derr b. abt 1856 age 4

Jennie Derr b. abt 1858 age 2

Edward was born in 1861, not on census

This is Emma's family, any information on them would be greatly appreciated.

3. Mary Ann Elizabeth Bonstein b. 21 Dec 1850 PA d. 2 May 1932 Rieglesville, PA. Baptized 9 March 1851 German Reformed Church, Easton, PA She married Quintus Sandt 19 Oct 1878 Easton, PA, he was the son of Richard Sandt & Elizabeth Reaser. He was b. 26 Jan 1857 Riegelsville, PA d. 7 March 1923 Riegelsville, PA.


7 MARCH 1923==Quintus Sandt, 65 years old, died this morning at his home in Riegelsville of heart trouble. Mr. Sandt, who was a lifelong resident of Rieglesville arose about 7 o'clock, went to feed his horses, returned to his house and ate breakfast, and then laid on a couch where he expired. He was a farmer by occupation but recently had been doing team work for David Sutton. He is survived by his wife and daughter Mrs. Harry Ruth of Morrisvelle, PA. He was a member of the Reformed Church. 1910 Census he was age 52, Bucks Co, PA, wife Mary A E 51, PA, Grandchild Martha P. Wasser age 6, PA. Enumeration District: 0020 Visit 0155. Children of Quintus and Mary Bunstein are: 1. Haidee Elizabeth Sandt [Mary A E Bonstein, Jacob F Bunstein, Jacob, Johannes Jakob, Bonstein Laurentius, Johann Paulus, Bonnstein Chrisitan, Henning] was born 8 Sept 1879 Williams Twp, PA d. 12 June 1905 PA married Jacob Ruch Wasser 20 Sept 1900 Riegelsville, PA, son of Charles Wasser & Susanna Ruch. He was b. 22 Mar 1876 Hellertown, PA d. 17 May 1952 Palmer Twp, PA. Note: Haidee died in complications from childbirth. Source: Nov. 19, 2001, Kim Bailey sent me the info on the Sandt's and Wassers.


Jacob Ruch Wasser, 76, an employee of the Chesterfield Farms for 32 years before retiring four years ago, died early this morning at his home, 1322 Liberty Street. Mr. Wasser, who had been ill since Tuesday, was born in Lower Saucon Township, March 27, 1876, a son of the late Charles and Susanna M. Ruch Wasser. He was a member of St. John Evangelical Reformed Church, Riegelsville. Surviving are his wife, Irma Britton Creveling Wasser; three daughters, Mrs. Elwood Ellis, of Yardley; Mrs. Percy L. DeGroff of Palmer Twp, and Mrs. Luther K. Rush, Philipsburg; two sons, Col. Lee Q. Wasser, of Santa Anna, Calif., and Robert J. at home: a brother, h Harleigh of Wilson; a sister, Mrs. Eugene Geisinger of Bethlehem; seven grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He is buried Northampton Memorial Shrine, Palmer Twp. PA.

Children of Haidee & Jacob Wasser are:

1. Martha Pauline Wasser [Haidee Elizabeth Sandt, Mary Ann Elizabeth Bonstein, Jacob F Bunstein, Jacob, Johannes Jacob Bonstein, Laurentius, Johann Paulus Bonnstein, Chrisitan, Henning] was born 15 May 1903 Reigelsville, PA d. 19 May 1996 Bristol, PA married Elwood Watson Ellis 1921. Notes: Martha was sent to live with her grandmother Mary Bonstein Sandt when her mother Haidee died, Haidee died in childbirth when Martha was 2. She lived with Mary and Quintus until she was 16, then she was sent to live with her Aunt Esther and lived there until she married Elwood at the age of 18. Info from Kim Bailey, 19 Nov 2001 Child is Doris Joyce Ellis married William Gordon Ferguson.

2. Lee Quintus Wasser b. 29 Dec 1901 Easton, PA d. 2 Sept 1955 Santa Anna, Orange County, Calif. married Leona Goulet.


Col. Lee Q. Wasser, a native of Easton who rose from a private to Colonel in the US Army, died unexpectedly yesterday of a heart attack at his home in Santa Anna, Calif., He was 54. Col. Wasser, who retired from the Army two years ago, was the son of Mrs. Irma B. Wasser, 1322 Liberty Street and the late Jacob R. Wasser. He left Easton High School during World War I in 1918 to enlist in the Aviation Section of the Army Signal Corps: Four years later he began Cadet training and completed the pursuit coarse at Kelly Field, Tex. He received a regular recommendation to the air service...[cannot read this line].. During World War II He commanded the Fighter Pilot Replacement Traning Center at Tallahasse, Fla..then cheif of the Federal Air Command Despersion Division of the Inspector General's Office in Washington., [unreadable] and secured as a -- in China. His post-war assignments took him to Japan, Hawaii and Hamilton Air Force Base in California. Later he was Commanding Officer at Long Beach Air Force Base, California. In 19? he assumed command of the U.S. Air Force Base at Washington...[unreadable] Survibing: in addition to his mother are his widow- The former Leona Goulet, of Salt Lake City, Utah: a son Richard Nelson and 3 sisters and one brother, Mrs. Percy L. DeGroff of Palmer Twp, Mrs. Luther Rush, of Philipsburg, Robert Wasser of Easton, and Mrs. Martha Ellis of Yardley, Bucks County.

Sent to me by Kim Bailey: Some of it I could not make out the words, the article is very small type.

25. Lula Mae Wasser [Haidee, same as above] was b. 13 May 1905 Easton, PA d. 19 Mar 1960 Palmer Twp, PA married Percy L. DeGroff, son of Louis DeGroff. He was b. abt 1903 d. 28 Apr 1959 Palmer Twp, PA.


The funeral of Mrs. Lula Mae DeGroff, 54, of 3105 Oregon St, Palmer Township, will be held at the convenience of the family at the Bender Funeral Home. Mrs. DeGroff was found dead at her home on Saturday. A certificate of suicide by hanging was issued by Northampton County Coroner George T. Kametz. Mrs. DeGroff reportedly had been despondent since the death of her husband, Percy L. [Whitey] DeGroff, in April 1959. She was born 13 May, 1905, in Easton, a daughter of the late Jacob R. and Hattie Sandt Wasser. She was of the Methodist Faith. Surviving are two sons, Donald L. of Easton, and Lee R. of Palmer Township: two sisters: Mr. Luther K. Rush of Phillipsburg, and Mrs. Elwood Ellis of Yardley, PA: a brother, Robert J. Wasser, of Easton; and a grandon, Donald Lee DeGroff.


Percy Louis [Whitey] DeGroff, 56, appropriations cordinator of the development planning department of the Dixie Cup Division of the American Can Co, died of a heart attack last night at his home. He resides at 3105 Oregon Ave., Palmer Township. He was in failing health since 1955. Mr. DeGroff was employed by Dixie Cup since 1922. born 5 June 1902 in Kingston, N.Y., he was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Louis DeGroff. He was a member of the Methodist Church in Kingston, Easton area Industrial Management Clug; Dallas Lodge 395. F & AM Easton and Palmer Township Fire Co. Surviving are his widow, the former Lula Mae Wasser; two sons, Donald L. and Lee R. both of Easton; a brother Jesse, Bradway, N. J. and a grandson. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Bender Funeral Home. Easton Children: 1. Donald L. DeGroff

2. Lee R. DeGroff

Children by Irma Britton Creveling, daughter of Spencer Creveling & Jessie Wilson, she was born 15 Jan 1884 Riegelsville, PA d. 6 Oct 1956 Riegelsville, PA, are:

1. Clara J Wasser b. 1909 married Luther K Rush, he was born in Phillipsburg, NJ

2. Robert J Wasser

2. Esther Sophia Sandt b. 23 Aug 1882 Williams Twp, PA d. aft 1921, married Harry Trauger Ruth 1 Aug 1901 PA. he was b. 22 Sept. 1881 Durham Twp, Bucks Co, PA, d. 22 June 1965, Morrisville, New Jersey.

3. Ella Pearl Sandt b. 8 Jan 1885 PA d. 17 March 1905; married Harvey Hineline 24 Dec 1904 PA.

CHARLES WASSER, FATHER OF JACOB, WAS A DVM [Doctor Vetenarian], was born abt 1844, he married Susannah Ruch, daughter of Jacob Ruch and Diana Unangst, she was born 18 Dec 1845 PA baptized at Lower Saucon Reformed Church 22 Feb 1846, sponsors: Christian Ruch & wife D. Jan 1920 PA buried Durham Cemetery 11 Jan 1920

1880 Census: Hellertown, Northampton Co, PA:

Charles Wasser M W 36 PA Laborer Parents b. PA

Susanna Wasser Wife F M W 33 PA Parents b. PA

Harley Wasser Son M S W 11 PA Attending school

Thomas Wasser Son M S W 9 PA Attending School

Lizzie Wasser Dau F S W 7 PA

Jacob Wasser Son M S W 4 PA

Children are:

1. Harleigh Wasser b. 1868 Bucks Co, PA d. 1956 Easton, PA, married Annie Judd, she died 2 Mar 1952 Easton, PA

Children are:

1. Elizabeth b. abt 1906 married Lewis Reichard when she was 17, he was born 13 Mar 1903 PA died Mar 1973 Easton, Northampton Co, PA, his Social Security No. is: 195-22-0211 Pa

Child is:

1. Dorothy Reichard b abt 1924 PA

Source is 1930 Census, Easton, Northampton Co, PA, they are living with her parents Harleigh & Annie Judd Wasser

2. Elbert Wasser b. 21 May 1891 PA d. Mar 1976 Easton, Northampton Co, PA Social Security No. Is: 174-10-4244 PA

3. Florence Wasser b. 28 jun 1897 pA d. 12 Mar 1988 Franklin, Venango Co, PA Social Security No: 188-36-3437 PA [is is noted with some that she married a Kelly, but her death in SSDI is under her name of Wasser

4. Paul Wasser b. abt 1910 [Source is the 1910 Census Wilson, PA, he is on the following sheet]

5. Elwood Wasser b. abt 1918 PA, [Source is the 1930 Census, 4- Ward, Easton, Northampton Co, PA, he is 11]


Harleigh E. Wasser, 88, died this morning in Nazareth after a six-month illness. He formerly resided with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Reichard 2456 Forrest St. Wilson. Born in Bucks County, he was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wasser. He lived in Easton most of his life. He was employed as a butcher by the American Stores Co., until his retirement. Mr. Wasser was of the Evangelical and Reformed Faith. In addition to his daughter, he is survived by a son, Elbert, Nazareth; another daughter, Mrs. Florence Kelly, Easton; a sister, Mrs. Lizzie Geisinger, Bethlehem; five grandchildren. His wife, the former Annie Judd, died March 2. 1952. Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Ashton Funeral Home, Easton.

2. Thomas Ruch Wasser b. Oct 1870 married Hannah Bartholomew abt 1901 she was born 1875 PA, daughter of Amandus A Bartholomew b. 1852 PA & Mary L b. 1854 PA [source: 1910 Census Allentown, PA they are living with Amandus & Mary L, in 1920 Census Allentown, they are living next door to Amandus & Mary L

3. Lizzie Wasser b. abt 1873 married Eugene Geisinger, 1920 census Northampton Co, PA they are living with her parents, she is 48 & Eugene is 50 and their son Roy W Geisinger is 19

Child is:

1. Roy W. Geisinger b. abt 1899 PA

4. JACOB RUCH WASSER b. 22 Mar 1876 [above]

5. Charles R Wasser b. 16 Dec 1886 Durham, PA d. 26 Feb 1950 Pittsberg, KS, married Florence Ethyl Yohe, she was born 15 Apr 1890 New Hampton, PA d. 5 July 1980 Pittsberg, KS



Charles R. Wasser, 63, associate professor of industrial and vocational education at the College, died at the home, 112 West Lindburg, at 11:15 p.m. Sunday. Professor Wasser had suffered a heart attack last Aug. 27, but had recovered sufficiently to do some teaching in the first semester of the current term. He assisted in enrollment for the spring sememter and then was forced to give up his teaching work. He was in charge of woodworking, cabinet making and wood technology subjects at the College. Born Dec. 16, 1886, in Durham, Penn. Professor Wasser came to the College in 1915 from Lafayette College, Easton, Penn. where he had been on the engineering faculty from 1912 through 1914. He received his early education in the Williamson trade school at Media. Penn., graduating in 1908. He was a journeyman mechanic with Bethlehem Stell and the [Ingowall Band co.] unreadable..

Professor Wasser was fro many years a member of the College athletic council. He was a member of the Methodist church, the Masonic lodge and several professional organizations, including Epsilon Pi Tau, national honorary industrial arts fraternity, the American Bocational Association and the Kansas Industrial Arts and Vocational Association.

Surviviors include the widow, Mrs. Florence Wasser, of the home; tow daughters, Mrs. Walter Moon, 1808 South Joplin and Mrs. Sam Doll, Fremont, Neb., five grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Lizzier Geisinger, Bethlehem, Penn., and two brothers, Jacob R. Wasser, and Harley E. Wasser, both of Easton, Penn.

Funeral Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Frist Methodist Church with Dr. Gordon H. Thompson and Rev. Clayton Pittman officiating. A male quartet from the College composed of Ralph H. Smith, Edgar Mendenhall, David D. Moore, and Samuel J. Pease sang, "In the Garden" and "The Old Rugged Cross" with Mrs. Martha Wimp Pate at the organ.

Active pallbearers were John lance, Harry Hartman, Otto Hankammer, O. W. chapman, O. F. Grubbs, S. L. Householder, Lemoine Carlyon, and Forest Penny. Honorary pallbearers [unreadable] 1. Daughter Wasser

2. Daughter Wasser


JACOB RUCH b. 14 Jan 1819 PA d. 9 Feb 1901 PA buried Hellertown Cemetery, Northampton Co, PA married Diana Unangst, she was born abt 1814, married [2] Fayetta "Fietta" Lautenberger/Laudenberger bef 1852 PA, daughter of Leonard Lautenberger Jr & Maria Mary Polly Reiss

1880 Census Lower Saucon Twp, Northampton Co PA

Jacob Ruch M W 62 PA Farmer Parents b. PA

Fayetta Ruch Wife F M W 46 PA Keeping house, Parents b. PA

William Ruch Son M S W 17 PA

William Ruch GSon M S W 7 PA Parents b. PA

Wilson Reichard GSon M S W 12 PA parents b. PA

Thomas Rodgers Other M S W 17 PA Servant parents b. PA

Children by Diana Unangst are:

1. SUSANNA RUCH b. 18 Dec 1845 Pa [above]

2. Sarah Amanda Ruch b. 21 Feb 1847 Pa Baptized 21 Mar 1847 Lower Saucon Twp, Sponsors: parents

3. Elemina/ Allamina Ruch b. 7 Apr 1849 PA baptized 5 Aug 1849 Lower Saucon Twp, Sponsors: John & Sarah Unangst married Isaac Werst, he was born abt 1846

1880 Census Lower Saucon Twp, Northampton, PA

Isaac Werst M W 34 PA Laborer parents b. PA

Elemina Werst Wife F M W 31 PA Keeping House parents b. PA

Lyman Werst Son M S W 6 PA

Lilla Werst Dau F S W 4 PA

Harry Werst Son M S W 3 PA

Charles Werst Son M S W 2 Pa

Dianna Werst Dau F S W 6M PA

Mary Werst Mother F W W 65 PA

Children are:

1. Lyman Werst b. abt 1873

2. Lilla Werst b. abt 1875

3. Harry Werst b. abt 1877

4. Charles Werst b. abt 1878

5. Diana Werst b. abt 1879


Children by Fayetta are:

1. Christian Ruch b. 19 Dec 1852 PA Baptized Lower Saucon Reformed Church, 26 Jan 1853 Sponsors: Leonhard & Polly Lautenberger

2. Mary Polly Ann Ruch b. 11 Oct 1854 PA Baptized Lower Saucon Reformed Church, 19 Nov 1854 Sponsors: Aaron & Susanna King

3. Jacob Ruch Jr b. abt 1861 PA married [1] Amande b. abt 1864 PA [2] Matilda b. abt 1865 PA

Children by Matilda are:

1. Charles Ruch b. abt 1882

2. Emma Fietta Ruch b. 17 Jul 1885

3. Elwood Ruch b. abt 1887


4. William H Ruch b. 29 Feb 1864

5. Isabella Ruch b. 5 dec 1865 Sprinfield Twp, Bucks Co, PA d. abt 27 May 1915 Pa married Jacob Kunsman/Kinstman 21 Jun 1884 PA by Rev. A. F. Ziegler, he was b. abt 1862 PA

Children are:

1. Female Kuntsman

2. Stella Della Kuntsman b. abt 1895 PA

3. Katie Kuntsman b. abt 1902 PA


lEONARD LAUTENBERGER/ LAUDENBERGER JR, son of Leonard Laudenberger & Maria Magdalena was b. 29 Nov 1803 d. 16 Apr 1886 Lower Saucon Twp, Northampton Co, PA [age 83] buried Hellertown Union Cemetery, married Maria Mary Polly Reiss, she was born 7 Jul 1807 PA confirmed 1825 age 18 Lower Saucon Twp,

Children are:

1. William R Laudenberger b. aft 1826

2. FAYETTA FIETTA LAUTENBERGE b. 12 Apr 1833 PA [above]

3. Jacob R Laudenberger b. 5 Jun 1839 PA Baptized Lower Saucon Reformed Church 29 Mar 1840 Sponsor: Peter & Julianna Reiss d. 16 May 1910 PA buried Hellertown Cem married Catherine Koch b. 2 Apr 1839 PA

Children are:

1. Cornelia ? Laudenberger b. abt 1860

2. Alice M. Laudenberger b. 30 May 1860

3. Emma Jane Laudenberger b. Apr 1861


4. Anna Maria Laudenberger b. 5 Jun 1839 PA Baptized Lower Saucon Reformed Church 29 Mar 1840 Sponsors: Peter * Julianna Reiss married Jacob Derr Weierbach, he was born 21 Apr 1833 son of Isaac Weierbach & Anna Maria Mary Derr

Children are:

1. Titus Weierbach b. abt 1858

2. Ida Isabella Weierbach b. 18 Oct 1859 Applebachville, Bucks Co, PA

3. Sarah Weierbach b. abt 1860

4. Ellen Weierbach b. abt 1868

5. James Weierbach b. abt 1870

6. Annie Weierbach b. abt 1877


5. Josiah Jesse R Laudenberger b. abt 1843 PA


ISAAC WEIERBACH b. 13 Mar 1805 Pa married 2 Mar 1825 Bucks Co, PA, Anna Maria Mary Derr, she was born 15 Feb 1804 d. 15 Jan 1871 PA buried Applebachsville, daughter of Michael Derr b. 20 Oct 1778

Children are:

1. Matilda Weierbach b. abt 1826

2. Absalom Weierbach b. 18 Jul 1831

3. JACOB DERR WEIEBACH b. 21 Apr 1833 [above]


MICAHEL DERR b. 20 Oct 1778, son of Jacob Dorr/Derr b abt 1752 & Ms Miller, married Unknown

Children are:

1. John Derr b. 4 Sep 1802

2. ANNA MARIA MARY DERR b. abt 1810 [above]

3. Michael Derr Jr b. abt 1810


JACOB DORR/DERR b. abt 1752 son of Johann Heinrich Dorr/Derr b. aft 1725 Heidelberg, Germany married Ms. Miller b. aft 1750

Children are:

1. Jacob Derr Jr b. abt 1773

2. David M Derr b. abt 1775

3. Susan Derr b. abt 1777

4. MICHAEL DERR b. 20 Oct 1778

5. Kate Derr b. abt 1779

6. Elizabeth Derr b. abt 1781

7. Mollie Derr b. abt 1783

8. Henry Derr b. abt 1785


JOHANN HEINRICH DORR/DERR b. aft 1752 Heidelberg, Germany died in PA

Source: Bonnie Kapelanczyk who stated that Johann Heinrich arrived in Philadelphia in 1742 from Heidelberg, Germany, married Unknown

Children are:

1. Michael Dorr/Derr b. aft 1750 married Unknown

Children are:

1. Jacob Dorr/Derr

2. Daniel Dorr/Derr

3. Henry Dorr/Derr

4. Michael Dorr/Derr Jr

5. Kate Dorr/Derr

6. Elizabeth Dorr/Derr

7. Johannes John Dorr/Derr 29 Oct 1786

8. Samuel Dorr/Derr aft 1790 Springfield Twp, Bucks Co, PA


2. JACOB DORR/DERR b. abt 1752


4. Howard Bonstein [John Jacob Simon,Bonstein, Jacob F, Bunstein, Jacob, Johannes Jakob, Bonstein, Laurentius, Johann Paulus, Bonnstein Christian, Henning, Cuntz] was born 9 Dec 1857 Williams Twp, PA d. 25 Mar 1946. He married Anna Young 10 Nov 1881. She was b.14 Feb 1864 d. 1939 Williams Twp, PA. They are buried St John's Lutheran church, Williams Twp, PA. Anna is the daughter of Martin Young and Ellamina Seibert, she was Baptized 15 Aug 1868 St Paul's Lutheran Church, South Easton, Northampton Co, PA Sponsers Parents

Children of Howard and Anna Young are:

1. Paul Edgar Bonstein b. 4 May 1887 Phillipsburg, NJ; d. July 1973, 18042 Easton, PA, buried St John's Union Cem. Williams Twp., married [1] Edith Behn b. 1896 d. 1966 [2] Mary Rosa Mauerer b. 1887 d. 1939. buried St John's Union Cem.

Children of Paul and Mary Rosa Mowery are:

1. Howard P. Bonstein b. 1911 d. 1968 married Edna S. b. 1911 d. 2000, both buried St John's Union Cem.

2. Ernest Paul Bonstein b. 1 Jan 1911 NJ d. 5 Feb 1968 married Edna Smith b. 1 Feb 1911 Northampton Co, PA d. 30 Jan 2000 Easton, Northampton Co, PA,:


1. Larry Ernest Bonstein b. 30 Jan 1941 Pennsylvania married Joan Dorothy Kemmerer b. 1946 Pennsylvania.


1. Larry Ernest Bonstein Jr. b. 12 Dec 1964 Corpus Christi, Nueces Co, Texas, Larry was 23 and in the Navy and Joan was 17 when He was born. [I have birth certificate] He has a son Daniel Paul Bonstein b. 5 Feb 2004

Married Second: Vern Dittmar on the 20 Jun 1972, they had:

1. Michelle Lee Bonstein b. 27 May 1973 m. Thomas Hornberger, 1 child: Thomas Hornberger III b. 25 Aug 2004

2. Darren Paul Bonstein b. 17 June 1985

3. Trevor Scott Bonstein b. 17 June 1985

[Info by Michelle 10 Oct 2004] [Would like to say congradulations on the birth of your son]

2. [Larry Ernest Bonstein's sister is] Erna Joan Bonstein b. 25 July 1951 [Living]

Some of Michelle Bonstein Hornberger's Family: Mom: Vern Lee Dittmar b. 7 Nov 1948

Grandmom: Mary Pfeiffer Dittmar b. 20 June 1928 d. 16 Oct 1992

Granddad: Charles Dittmar b. 16 Mar 1922 d. Mar 1982

Greatma: Vernia Pfeiffer b. 31 July 1904 d. 1 Nov 1999

Children of Charles & Mary Pfeiffer Dittmar are:

1. Louise Dittmar married an Engle has 4 children & 6 grandchildren

2. Joan Dittmar married a Hooper, has 3 children & 7 grandchildren

3. Sandy Dittmar has One child and 2 grandchildren

4. Mary Jane Dittmar married a Becker, has 4 children & One grandchild

5. Vern Lee Dittmar above:

6. Donna Dittmar married a Garrison has Two children

7. Charles Dittmar has 4 children & 4 grandchildren

2. Mary Bonstein b. 4 May 1887 Phillipsburg, NJ d. 1939 Williams Twp, PA, buried St John's Lutheran Church, Williams Twp, PA

3. John Jacob Simon Bonstein b. 14 Dec 1893 [91]; d. 29 Dec 1958 Easton, PA, married Belva R.


1. Kenneth Bonstein

2. Willard Bonstein

4. Russell Howard Bonstein b. 24 Oct 1900 Williams Twp, PA d. May 1983, 18042 Easton, PA married 27 May 1925 Agnes L. Bittner, she was b. 18 July 1902 Manchester, Connecticut d. 20 Nov 1998 Easton, PA, she was the daughter of Edgar M. Bittner & Katherine Zimmerman

Children are:

1. Phyllis Bonstein b. 16 May 1932 married 6 Jun 1953 Edward Earle Howard, son of Elston M Howard and Freida M Hanlen, he was born 28 Sept 1928 Phillipsburg, d. 24 March 2005, Easton, Northampton Co, Pa

Child is:

1. Leslie Ann Howard




PALMER TWP., PA. -- Edward E. Howard, 76, died on Thursday, March 24, 2005 in Easton Hospital.

Born on Sept. 28, 1928 in Phillipsburg, he was a son of the late Elston M. and Freida M. Hanlen Howard.

He and his wife, the former Phyllis Bonstein were married for 51 years in June. He was the director of sales and marketing for The Express-Times until retiring in 1992 after 39 years. He then served as the director of development for the Children's Home of Easton. Edward was a paratrooper for the 508th Airborne Regimental Combat Team during the Korean War. He graduated from Phillipsburg High School in 1946 and attended Lafayette College.

He was a member of Palmer Moravian Community Church where he served on the Endowment Committee, the 50th Anniversary Committee and co-chaired with his wife the Advanced Gifts for the Sharing of the Light capital campaign. He was president of the Easton Area Chamber of Commerce from 1974 until 1975 and the International Newspaper Promotion Association. He was chairman of the YMCA membership campaign in 1971, the United Fund campaigns for many years and various campaigns for Lafayette College. He also served as chairman of the Easton Area Bicentennial Commission and the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association. He served on the boards of TRACC for over 25 years, the Sales and Marketing Executives for over 30 years, the Easton Economic Development Commission and the Northampton County Drug and Alcohol Commission. He was a director of the Junior Achievement of the Lehigh Valley from 1968 until 1971 and the Downtown Improvement Group. He served as secretary and vice-president of the Grocery Manufacturing Representatives of Eastern Pennsylvania. he was a member of the International Newspaper Advertising Executives Association and the Food Industy Association of Allentown. Edward was a Boy Scout with Troop 52 in Phillipsburg and was also a Cub Pack Leader. he was a Saxophonist with the Easton Orchestra, Stardusters and is listed in Who's Who.

In addition to his wife, Phyllis, he is survived by a daughter, Leslie Ann Howard of Madison, Wis.; a sister, Doris of Reno, Nev.; and a grandson Ricky.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 2, at 11 a.m. in the church, John Street and Moravian Ave., Palmer Township. Call from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the services in the church. The Ashton Funeral Home, 14th & Northampton sts., Easton is handling the arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Endowment Fund of the Palmer Moravian Community Church, 2901 John St., Easton, Pa., 18045; or the Children's Home of Easton, 2000 S. 25th Street, Easton, Pa., 18042.

2. Jane Louise Bonstein b. 12 Aug 1937 married [1] Duane Smith [2] 24 May 1968 Robert Carl Peters 3. Annie Bonstein [this is in question]

5. Edith Bonstein b. 1896 d. 1966 Williams Twp, PA

6. Ralph Bonstein died 18 mos buried Hays Cem. South Side, Typhoid

7. Grace Bonstein d. age 5, buried Hays Cem. South Side, Typhoid

8. Hattie Bonstein d. age 7 buried Hays Cem. Typhoid

9. Wilson Bonstein

Young Info:

Martin Young b. 2 June 1837 Mount Bethel, d. 2 Dec 1915 Cedarville, Williams Twp, Northampton County, PA married Ellamina Seibert 15 Dec 1860, d/o George Seibert and Mary, she was b. 6 Dec 1843 d. 8 Sept 1912. They are buried Hays Cem. South Easton:

Military Service: Served as Corporal Company D 52 Regiment PA Vol. and Company K 129 Reg. PA Vol

He was a Miner


1. Anna Young b. 14 Feb 1864 d. 1939

2. Arrivesta A. Young b. 1861 d. 7 Sep 1941

3. Sarah Elizabeth Young b. 20 May 1872 d. 12 Aug 1873, Baptism: 2 Aug 1872 St Paul's Lutheran Church South Easton, Sponsors: parents, buried Hays Cem.

4. Rosa Amanda Young b. 20 May 1873 d. 19 Aug 1873 Baptism: 2 Aug 1873 buried Hays Cem.

5. Lillie Young b. 1 May 1866 d. 8 Feb 1869 Baptism: 15 Aug 1868 St Paul's Lutheran South Easton, buried Hays Cem.

6. John Henry Young b. 5 Jan 1868 d. 1927 married Rosa M. b. 1868 d. 1939, He was Baptized 14 Aug 1868 St Paul's Lutheran, South Easton, He is buried St John's Lutheran Church Cem. Williams Twp, Pa, his wife is buried beside him.

7. Mary J. Young b. Nov 1875 married Russell Plummer, he was b. May 1875

Adam Young b. 9 Jan 1786 d. 9 Feb 1852 married Elizabeth Mann 2 Jun 1816 First Reformed Church of Easton. She was b. 5 Dec 1796 d. 12 Jan 1880 Williams Twp, age 83 yrs 1 Month 7 days. Adam is buried Hays Cem. Elizabeth Will 19 Jan 1880 Book 9 Page 426.


1. Sarah Young b. 21 Dec 1818 d. 17 Jan 1908

2.*Martin Young b. 2 Jun 1837 [above]

3. Amos Young b. abt 1826 d. 9 Feb 1903

4. Malinda Young married a Trein

5. Sabrina Young b. Oct 1832 married Abraham Van Wort b. 5 Mar 1820 d. 23 Feb 1896, both buried Hays Cem.

6. Elizabeth Young b. 21 Jul 1822 d. 23 Jul 1823, Bap: 26 Dec 1822 Sponsors: Philip Odenwaelder & Elisabeth, death was caused by a Fall

7. Richard Young

8. Jacob Young b. 10 Aug 1820 d. 25 Dec 1892

9. William Young b. 19 Nov 1824 d. 21 Jul 1903

10. Louise Young married Alfred Pritz

11. Emmanuel Young b. 1839

6. Ellen Bonstein b. 11 Feb 1861 PA d. 1925, married Thomas Franklin Richards 18 Dec 1880, he was the son of John Richards and Catherine Best. He was b. abt 1860. Ellen was Baptized 21 Feb 1862 German Reformed Church, Easton, PA.

1910 Census PA; Thomas Richards age 49, b. PA, Ella 48, PA, Myra N. 22, PA. Myra was b. 1888 PA.


Child is:

1. Myra Mame Richard [Ellen Bonstein, Jacob F Bunstein, Jacob, Johannes Jakob Bonstein,Laurentius, Johann Paulus Bonnstein, Christian, Henning] was born 1888 PA, married Ellsworth Smith. Children: 1. Myra Lucille Smith 2. Joyce Ellen Smith 3. Richard Thomas Smith 4. Harriet Ethel Smith

CATHERINE BEST, mother of Thomas F Richards was born 18 Feb 1839 Pa d. 7 Apr 1920 South Easton, Pa, daughter of John Best b. abt 1817 Pa and Julie Ann Schweitzer, b. 2 Aug 1816 Butztown, Northampton Co, Pa, she married John R. Richards 12 Jun 1860

Children are:

1. THOMAS FRANKLIN RICHARDS b. abt 1861 m. Ellen Bonstein

2. Stephen A Richards b. 22 May 1862 Williams Twp, Pa

3. Alice Richards

4. Reuben D Richards b. abt 1866

5. Anne Elizabeth Catherine Richards b. 3 Nov 1867 Glendon, Northampton Co, Pa

6. Daniel E. S. Richards b. abt 1869

7. Susanna Richards b. abt 1870

8. Rebecca S Richards b. abt 1870 married Orville Laubach 13 Nov 1890 Chain Dam, Northampton Co, Pa, he was b. abt 1869 Pa.

Children are:

1. Helen Laubach b. abt 1895 Pa

2. Harold Richard Laubach b. 7 Jan 1898 Pa

3. Myra Laubach b. abt 1903 Pa

4. Harriet Laubach b. 3 May 1908 Pa

5. Orville Laubach b. 3 May 1908 Pa


9. Edward Richards

10. Emma Richards

11. Jacob Richards

12. Cora I Richards b. 5 Jul 1880


WILLIAM S BEST, brother of Catherine Best, son of John Best & Julie Ann Schweitzer, was born 16 Mar 1842 d. abt Apr 1920 married Catherine "Kate" Oberly 14 Sep 1865, she was born July 1843 Pa

Children are:

1. Owen Best b. abt 1867 Pa

2. Mary Valeria Best b. abt 1869 Pa

3. Anna Best b. abt 1868 Pa

4. Aravilla Best b. 15 Feb 1872 Northampton Co, Pa

5. Charles E Best b July 1876 Pa married Charlotte born abt 1881 Pa

Children are:

1. Evelyn Best b. abt 1908 Pa

2. Helen Best b. abt 1910 Pa

3. Cora Best b. abt 1912 Pa

4. Gladys M Best b. abt 1916 Pa

5. Marion Best b. abt 1920 Pa

6. Ruth M Best b. abt 1923 Pa


6. Cora E Best b. abt 1878 Pa


JOHN SCHWEITZER, father of Julie Ann Schweitzer was born 25 Apr 1790 d. 11 Oct 1843 Butztown, Northampton Co, Pa married Catharine Butz 8 Oct 1815, she was born 4 Oct 1797 Pa

Children are:

1. JULIE ANN SCHWEITZER b. 2 Aug 1816 Butztown, Pa married John Best

2. Maria Schweitzer b. 22 Jan 1818 Butztown, Pa married Jesse Ruch 22 Nov 1838, he was born abt 1814 Pa

Children are:

1. Robert Ruch

2. Theodore Ruch

3. Ellen Ruch

4. Emma Ruch

5. Sabina Ruch b. abt 1848 Pa


3. Mary Schweitzer b. 31 Mar 1820 5. William Schweitzer b. 11 Apr 1823

6. Catherine Schweitzer b. abt 1826

7. George Butz Schweitzer b. 18 May 1828 Pa

8. Sabina Schweitzer b. 27 Sep 1829

9. Rebecca Schweitzer b. 15 Apr 1831 Pa

10. Robert Theodore Schweitzer b. 16 May 1835 Butztown, Pa

11. Eliza Ann Schweitzer b. 11 Nov 1838

3. JOHN BONSTEIN ** b. 13 July 1822 Hecktown, Pa d. 7 June 1897 West Pittston, Pa. Buried West Pittston Cem. Lot 78 M. May 7, 1850 Mary Jane Bovard b. 16 Aug 1831 Muncy, PA d. 4 Sept. 1904 West Pittston, Pa, Burial West Pittston Cem. Lot 78. She was the daughter of Alexander Bovard and Susannah Brobst.

Note; John settled in West Pittston, Pa where he owned and operated a tailor shop. Mary Jane Bovard, who later became his wife, was a seamstress in the shop. She was from Muncy, PA.

Census 1850 Easton p. 102 name spelled Bunstine.

Note: In 1854 Mary's sister Hannah Bovard, purchased property in West Pittston. John and Mary lived with her and had their children in that home. The house was called the "Bonstein Homestead". Hannah willed the property to the Bonstein's on her death in 1871, and the home was in the possession of the Bonstein family until 1952. A "Century House Plaque" is attached to the building.


About eighty years ago in a little village in north-eastern Pennsylvania the subject of this sketch was born. [MARY BOVARD] She was the ninth child in a family of thirteen [?] children- not unusual number in those days. This family, as is so commonly the case in this country, was of very mixed ancestry. The father, [ALEXANDER BOVARD] born of French Huguenot descent on the paternal side and of Scot-Irish on the maternal side. The girl's mother was of the pro-[?] German Lutheran Stock, which has furnished the population of this state with such a substantial element. The inherited some of the best qualities of the races which she represented. From her mother [Susannah Brobst] she inherited calmness of judgement, stability of character, and a broad sympathy from her father, she inherited great generosity [?], a keen sense of humor, and a gay buoyancy and hoepfulness of dispostion that were to serve her in good stead in the years to come.

...and had enjoyed a life of comfortable plenty until the girl, Mary, was about ten years old. When, after having lost the most of his property the father died, leaving the mother to struggle along with her numerous family as best she might with the aid of the older sons.

The family had been one of considerable intellectual attainment, many of its members having belonged to the professional class and Mary had a longing to live up to the family traditions in this respect and to receive an education. She was obliged to be content, however, with the limited course of study provided by the public schools of the time, this was supplemented with a thorough training at home in the domestic arts FOR HER MOTHER WAS A NOTED HOUSEKEEPER.

When eighteen years of age, Mary, commenced to learn the trade of a tailoress with the aim of carring her own living; but Father did not intend that this young woman should spend her life in the mechanical occupation of turning out one garment after another. In the shop where she worked, there worked also a tall, serious man, nine years her senior. It is an old saying that opposite's attract each other and this quiet, reserved man soon found that when the vivacious Mary was in the shop, life took on a rosier aspect and that when she was absent, it became dull and un-interesting. Every young man has the picture of a future home treasure up in the cornor of his brain and the man began to picture Mary's bright presence as the center of attraction in this dream home of his. In the following year his dream came true and the pair established their home in a flourishing young town in the center of hte anthracite region of Pennsylvnaia. The family grew and soon there was a household of growing children requiring the attention and care of the parents. It was at this point in her life that I came to know this mother and to appreciate her.

Her life during the time in which I knew her was plain and simple, spent for the most in the restricted circle of her home. Much joy entered into her life, but still more of sorrow... Her experience's were such as fall to the common lot, but, they were met in an uncommon way. She was a woman of great physical stability, some of which she seemed ablr to impart to others by her presence among them, but [none] more remarkable then her.

I would like to thank LoAnn for sharing this Biography of our Great-Great-Grandmother. MARY JANE BOVARD-BONSTEIN, It is such a treasure, just like she must have been.

Children of John and Mary are:

1. WILLIAM BOVARD BONSTEIN** b. 21 March 1851, West Pittston, PA d. 19 March 1896 Stockdale, Kansas of pnemonia, buried Mill Creek Cemetery[G-Grandfather] married SELENA ANN LEWIS in Kansas, daughter of TIMOTHY B. LEWIS and MAHALA LETT, she was born 6 Aug 1849 Jennings County, Indiana, d. 12 Mar 1927 Wamego, Pottawattome, Kansas, buried Wamego Cemetery, under name of Selena Kimble, she lived at 503 Spruce Street, Wamego, KS

I have death certificate:

Letter from Will to his brother Frank Jan. 31, 1875, Box 188 Belleview, Iowa, [he was helping his Uncle Jim and Aunt Hannah Bovard, but Hannah died soon after he was there]

Dear Brother:

I received your letter some time ago and I believe if I was not compiled to it would not be answered as soon. It is not my better half that makes this pen talk and when she doe's I will throw up the quill. I have been habing a goot time of it the past month. I have had three or four sleigh rides. Past Thursday night I was out to Mr. Cassin's [Bassin's] to a dance. It is about seven miles from here and we did not get home until 5 o'clock in the morning. How is that for a church member, but that is not the worst you ought to hear the gossip in town about me, it makes my hair stand up straight to think of it, but nevertheless I have the benefit of it.

Susie says that if your so anxious about my better half you had better come out and see her: I wish you were here, I have a head full of stuff to tell you, but I dare not write it on paper yet, for fear it will be an illusion. What does a certain piece of jewlry on a lady's fore finger indicate? see that you neither tell this. Now Frank, I will tell you what it is that compiles me to write. It is this, I want some clothes and I have no money to get them. I am down strapt, I want you to tell father that I would like to have the rest of my three hundred. I have over drawn my wages already and I do not know what I will do if I don't get some soon, If you [or Father] sent it be sure and send draft on Post Office order.

Frank, it has been very cold here. I froze my feet and ears and nose they are all right now, the devil could not miss there you know. Tell mother she need not fret about me, I am the same WILL I always was and I am well, weight 157 lbs. and get along finely. Well, I must close as it is getting dark. Give my love to all at home.



Box 188 Bellevue, Iowa

Bellevue, Iowa, July 20th 1876

I received your letter this morning, it was quite a surprise, although it was quite to the point. Your first question is answered by the heading of this letter, and as for the second, I am second Miller in Jasper Mill and as dusty a rat as you ever saw. The reason that I didn't write is my eyes are weak, and I cannot write at night or read either for fear of hurting them. How is my wife? Well she is not home and her mother is dead, the consequence is there is no children. I do not wuite understand the meaning of that question about Mrs. A.K.Bovard, if I had seen her letters I might try to enlighten you on that subject-I will try and tell you all I can. In the first place when I left Pittsburg and came here to help Uncle Jimmy and his wife, I did not intend to stay but one year, but I am still here. I boarded with Uncle Jim from the time I came here until Aung Hannah died and gave them all my wages! besides living and spending over $100 on Mrs. A.K. Bovard and her family and she always did [and is] plead poverty. She has tried more ways than one to shove Uncle Jim out of my hands since cousin Jim has failed, but she has a man to deal with instead of a [boy] and if she thinks to get any more from our side of the family by writing that-way, I hope she will fail for I have done enough for the whole family besides being darnably fooled by her Davis daughter. If Mother knew how she treated her husband she would never have anything to do with her, she during the war told Uncle Will, if he did not go in the army she would not live with him and he went and never came back as you know... and as far as I can find out he had a hard row to hoe. If some of the 'out"? cannot help Uncle Jim, let her send him to the Porrhouse, he might as well be there as with her for she makes him feel for [all] she does for him. I have nothing to do with them whatsoever. I will not be here for a year. Now do not throw any of this up to Mrs. A.K. for my Sake.

Give my love to all


Tell Frank I intended to answer his letter this week but beg his pardon this time. Gazet for 2 weeks, please see what is the reason.

[This letter was to His brother Eugene]



Dear Sister Minnie:

It is with deep sorrow and heartache that I write to inform you --- your brother WILL died yesterday morning at half past three-o'clock. The funeral services were held in the Methodist Church at two o'clock today. A large procession of friends and neighbors followed his body to the grave.

He was taken sick the ninth of March with pnemonia. We tried to do everything in our power for him. We had two doctors and telegraphed for the third but he died before he reached him. He hoped he could recover until near the last, but from the beginning of his illness he had very little hope himself. He suffered very much during his sickness, but recognized everyone all most to the last. he was delirious diring the first part of his illness and talked constantly of going home to his mother. Talked often to his brother Jack. He intended to come home this spring to visit his mother and brothers and sisters, but as he became weaker he gave up all hope of seeing them again. The day before he died he said "God Bless my deal old Mother, I shall never see her again in this world." He said his deepest regret in leaving this world was that he could not see his mother first. He expressed great regret that he had not lived a better life but said he was very tired, [and] had suffered so much and was glad to give up the struggle and be at rest. I wished to telegraph and inform you of his dangerous illness, but he would not consent. He said "it will grieve my dear mother to know I am so sick and she cannot come and see me, so do not write until I am better or at rest." I write to you thinking you can break the news gently to his mother. I saved her a lock of his hair that I cut from his head after he was in his coffin. You sii, it is getting a little gray. Almost everyone that looked at him in his coffin spoke of the beautiful smile and look of peace on his face. We trust he is now with the Savior. Our hearts are acking with sorrow, but we bow in submission to the Will of the Lord!

Yours in Sorrow

Mrs. S.A. Bonstein

[Selena Lewis Bonstein to Sister-in-law Minnie Bonstein]

Children are:

1. Infant Bonstein died Stockdale, Kansas, buried Mill Creek Cemetery

2. Iva Bonstein buried Mill Creek Cemetery

3. WILLIAM BOVARD BONSTEIN b. 1880 Stockdale, Kansas d. abt Oct 1911 Webb City, Jasper Co, MO [grandfather]married Theodora "Dora" Charboneau, daughter of Charles "Leo" Charboneau and Sarah Jackson

4. Evelyn Gladys Bonstein b. 20 Jan 1883 Stockdale, Kansas d. 15 Jun 1967 Wamego, Kansas

5. George Torrence Bonstein b. 31 Mar 1885 Stockdale, Kansas d. 29 Oct 1942 Ventura, California

2. Frank Bonstein b. 1852 West Pittston, PA m. Jeanette Stroh, [never had children]

20 July 1870 Pittston Borough Luzerne Co, Pa page 120 758-950

21 June 1880 Pittston 4th Ward Luzerne co, Pa page 42 364-356

3. Eugene Bonstein b. 1854 West Pittston, PA d. 1914 West Pittston, PA buried West Pittston Cemetery Lot 81, he married Martha Jane Perrin 21 June 1879, daughter of Gurdin Perrin and Frances Lewis, she was born 12 Jun 1858 Pa d. 1944 West Pittston, Pa, buried West Pittston Cemetery Lot 81

Sources: Gene Bonstein Williams

The Wyoming and Lackawanna Valleys Bio's

Descendants of John Perrin [1], Family Treemaker on line

1920 Census West Pittston, Pa Luzerne Co, Roll: T625-1596 Pg 5A ED: 212

Children are:

1. Laurence Gurdin Bonstein b. 30 May 1881 West Pittston, Pa d. 13 Feb 1974 Cleveland, Ohio

2. Edward Blaine Bonstein b. 3 Mar 1883 West Pittston, Pa d. Nov 1958 Dade, Florida, buried West Pittston Cemetery, Pa

3. Robert John Bonstein b. 26 Mar 1889 West Pittston, Pa d. 13 Sep 1965 Akron, Ohio

4. Perrin E Bonstein b. 1892 d. 1897

5. Emily A. Bonstein b. 3 Jun 1892 died in Childhood

6. Gurdin Perrin Bonstein died in childhood.

7. Unknown Bonstein

4. Mary Susan Bonstein b. 1857 West Pittston, Pa d. 1862 Buried Lot 78

5. John Bonstein Jr. b. 1859 West Pittston, PA d. 1886 West Pittston, PA, His name was John Junior but everyone called him Jack. He was Vocalist, trumpet player and Band Director. He died at age 27.


"Nearly all of our citizens will remember jolly, generous hearted Jack Bonstein, who but a few short months ago was in our mist and now gone. "At a special meeting of the Methodist Episcopal Church Choir, held February 3, 1886, the following Preamble and Resolution were adopted: Whereas the news has reached our city of the sudden and unexpected death of our dear friend and former chorister, John "Jack" Bonstein, at his home in West Pittston, Pennsylvania, and whereas he was recongnized in our city as a man of integrity and sterling worth, and did much while sojourning among us for the musical advancement of the lovers of good music in Wamego, therefore be it Resolved that in his death we feel society has lost a worthy and useful member of our choir and respected and valued friend."

John is buried in Lot 78:

He was a painter by occupation also.

6. Mary Roberta Childs b. 1860 Muncy, PA d. 1941 West Pittston, PA, she was the niece of Mary Jane Bovard, and became their ward at about the age of 10. She was the daughter of Elizabeth Bovard and Oscar Childs. She never married and was known as Auntie Mame.

7. Ellen S. Bonstein [Aunt Nell] b. 11 Feb. 1862 West Pittston, PA d. 1925 is buried in West Pittston Cem. Lot 81. She never married.

8. Anna Bonstein b. 1864 West Pittston, PA d. 1870

9. Olive Anna Bonstein b. 1864 West Pittston, PA d. 1870, buried in Lot 78.

10. Minnie Bonstein b. 1870 West Pittston, PA d. 1947 Akron, Ohio married John Urban, he was born 8 dec 1885 d. Jul 1967 Akron, Ohio

Children are:

1. Thomas John Urban b. 6 Sep 1908 Witchita, KS d. Mar 1964

2. Anna Agnes Urban b. 1910 Witchita, KS

3. Franklyn Eugene Urban b. 1913 d. Jan 1985 Miami, Dade, Fl.

11. Agnes Bonstein b. 1873 d. 1878

12 Stillborn Bonstein buried Lot 78


5. Lorance/Lawrence F. Bunstein/Bonstein [Jacob, Johannes Jacob, Bonstein, Laurentius, Johann Paulus, Bonnstein Christian, Henning, Cuntz] was born in 1823 Hecktown, PA d. 12 Aug 1889 Portland Bourough, Easton, PA, was buried 15 Aug 1889 at Easton Cemetery, plot G-276, undertaker, Keller. Services by Rev. Edward H. Stewart, Baptist. He married Mary A. Snyder 30 May 1846 St John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Easton, PA, she was the daughter of Peter Snyder and Susan. She was b. 1831 in PA d. 1 Dec 1913 Easton, PA. Buried 4 Dec 1913 Easton Cemetery Plot G-276. undertaker, Rogers, age 78.

Lorence was in the Civil War: Enlisted 17 April 1861 Discharged 29 July 1861; Enlisted 25 Aug 1861 E Co. 47 Regt. Penn Vol. Infantry. 16 Sept 1861 1st Liet. Discharged 18 Sept 1864. Enlisted 20 Feb 1865 Discharged 19 Feb 1866. Pension Records 432804 1890.

Note: From Pension Record Civil War: 432804

He was 5'8" tall, ruddy complexion, Grey eyes, Dark Hair and was a Tailor. He last served in U.S. Vet, Vols, 1st under A.C. Hancock's Volunteers, he enrolled on the 20th of February 1865 to serve one year, during the war, is hereby Discharged fromt he service of the United States this 19th Feb. 1866 at Springfield, Illinois by reason of Expiration of Term of Service. Said Lawrence Bonstein was born in Northampton, PA and is 36 years of age.

Enduction Paper:

Bonstein, Lawrence F E-47 I I-1171 Enrolled 8-25-1861 at Easton, Pa M.I. 9-16-1861 As 1st Lt. At Hbg.


Discharged 9-18-1864 Age at Enrollment-32 Complexion-Light Height-5'101/2" Eyes-Gray Hair-Black Occu. Tailor Residence Easton, Pa

Remarks: [Pro. to 1st Lt. 9-16-1861. Bates] Disc. Exp. of Term at Perryville, Va.

Bonstein Lawrence C-1 I[S MO] 1-17 Enrolled 9-16-1861 at Harrisburg, Pa M.K. 4-20-1861 as 1st Sergt. at Harrisburg, Pa M.O. Discharged: Age at enrollment 35 nothing else filled out.

Census 1850 Easton, PA page 102;

1870 Census South Easton, North. Co, Pa 4550

Bunstein Lawrence age 46 R.R. Clerk b. Pa

Mary age 41 Keeping House b. Pa

Theodore age 20 Laborer b. Pa

Ida age 16 b. Pa

Susan age 14 b. Pa

William age 10 b. Pa

John age 23 Baggage Master b. Pa

William age 19 Laborer b.Pa

Abraham age 7 b. Pa

1880 Easton, Pa

Bonstein Lawrence age 57

Mary age 49

Theadore age 29

John age 20

1880 Ist Ward Easton, PA FHL Film 1255161 Nat. Arc. Film T9-1161 P. 357B

Theodare 29, Benjamin Snyder 40.

Children of Lorance and Mary are:

1. John I Bonstein b. 1847 Northampton County, PA d. 27 July 1872 Easton, PA, buried 30 July 1872 Easton Cem. Plot G-276, age 25, Census 21 July 1870 South Easton, with parents age 23, Baggage Master

2. Theodore Bonstein b. 1851

Easton City 1890 A-D:

Bonstein Theodore, Laborer-Mary E. William E. Gertrude I 516 Pine.

Boustead William ---Theodore. 460 Northampton St.

21 Jul 1870 Census with parents age 20 Laborer

Children are:

1. Mary E. Bonstein

2. William E. Bonstein

3. Gertrude I. Bonstein

3. William Bonstein b. 1852 Easton, PA [on Census 21 July 1870 with parents age 19]

4. Ida Bonstein b. 1854 Easton, PA [on Census 21 July 1870 with parents age 16.

5. Susan Bonstein b. 1856, Easton, PA [Census 21 July 1870, age 14]

6. Peter Bonstein b. Dec 1858 d. 16 Sept 1859, 9 months 27 days, source: Express Paper

7. Mary Bonstein b. 1859 Easton, PA Census 1920 age 59, West Pittston, Luzerene Co, T625-1596, 5A, 212, Image 838

8. William Bonstein b. 1860 Easton, PA [Census 21 July 1870 age 10]

9. Abraham Bonstein b. 1863 Easton, PA [Census 21 July 1870 age 7]

10. William Lawrence Bonstein b. Oct 1872 married Stella Applegate, daughter of Jacob Applegate and Jane Nolf, she was born 1877 Easton, Pa d. 4 Nov 1954 Easton, Pa, buried Easton Heights Cemetery Plot 6-13

1910 Pennsylvania Miracode Index Lehigh Co, Bethlehem

Bonstein, William age 38 b. Pa

Stella age 34, b. Pa

Lawrence age 9 b. Pa

Ethel W. age 11

1920 Bethlehem Twp, Lehigh Co, Pa Roll: T625-1589 pg 17A ED: 198

Bonstein, William age 43, B. Pa

Stella age 39 Pa

1900 Census Lehigh County, Pennsylvania ED#32

Bunstein William L b. Oct 1876 Brakeman for R.R. married 6 yrs.

Stella J b. Jan 1877 age 23 married 6 yrs.

Ethel M. b. May 1885 age 5

Lawrence C [G] b. b. Nov 1889 age 1

Children are:

1. Lawrence Wiliam Bonstein b. 26 Nov 1898 Bethlehem Twp, Pa d. May 1966 Philadelphia, Pa

2. Ethel W. Bonstein b. 1895 Bethlehem Twp, Pa



Children are:

1. John Schneyder

2. Daniel Schneyder

3. Peter Schneyder

4. Barbara Schneyder

JOHN SCHNEYDER, son of Abraham Schneyer, married Catharina Elizabeth

Children are:

1. Peter Snyder b. 31 Aug 1804

2. Henry Snyder

3. Maria Snyder b. 19 Feb 1777, Baptized 13 Apr 1777 First Reformed Church of Easton, Pa p. 98 Sponsors: George Stecher & Catharine

DANIEL SCHNEYDER, son of Abraham Schneyder, married Anna Catherina Bender

Children are:

1. Anna Catherina Schneyder b. 14 Feb 1786 Baptized 17 Mar 1786 First Reformed Church of Easton, Pa, p. 118, Sponsors: Ludwig Schaub & Christina Margareth Uxor raised by mother, was illigetimate

PETER SCHNEYDER, son of Abraham, married Susanna

Children are:

1. Susanna Schneyder b. 9 Dec 1783 Baptized 18 Jan 1784 First Reformed Church of Easton, Pa p. 114

2. Elisabetha Schneyder b. 6 Aug 1782 Baptized 12 Oct 1782 First Reformed Church of Easton, Pa p. 113

BARBARA SCHNEYDER, daughter of Abraham Schneyder had:


1. Elizabetha Schneyder b. 16 Oct 1781, Baptized 6 Jan 1782 First Reformed Church of Easton, Pa, Sponsors Ludwig Knaus & Elizabetha

Raised by mother, illigetimate, father was Phillip Secher

PETER SNYDER, son of John Schneyder, son of Abraham, was born 31 Aug 1804 Baptized 30 Aug 1805 First Reformed Church of Easton, Pa Sponsors: Abraham & Barbara, married Susan

Children are:

1. Anna Snyder

2. David Snyder

3. Aaron snyder


5. George Valentine Snyder b. 12 Dec 1839 Northampton Co Pa married Sarah Solt, 1860, daughter of Adam Solt & Elizabeth Huber

Elizabeth Huber was the daughter of Michael Huber b. 22 Nov 1778 d. 26 Nov 1857 and Anna Maria Knauss b. 21 Jul 1780 d. 1 Apr 1866 of Rheumatic Fever, Anna was also married to Michael Myer and had two sons John Myer and Daniel Myer. Daniel was b. 10 Apr 1807, Children by Michael Huber are:

1. Philip Huber b. 13 Feb 1801

2. Sarah Huber b. 4 Mar 1803

3. Isaac Huber b. 1 Dec 1806

4. Anna Huber




George V. Snyder is the efficient manager of the store of the Chapman Supply Company at Chapman Quaries, Northampton County, and is Postmaster at that point. He is a native of this county, where his life has been passed, and with its welfare he is thoroughly identified. His birth occurred December 12, 1839, his parents being Peter and Susan Snyder, natives of Lehigh County. Our subject's paternal ancestors were among the early settlers of the Lehigh Valley, and some of the pioneers of his name were killed in one of the early Indian massacres.

The years of Mr. Snyder's boyhood passed uneventfully in the acquirement of an education while living under the parental roof. In 1853 he entered the mercantile business as a clerk in Kreidersville, this county, with Samuel Seem, by whom he was employed for a short time. For eight years succeeding this he was in the employ of D. O. Saylor at Shoenersville, as clerk, after which he went to Bethlehem. At that point he spent twenty-nine years as a clerk in the general mercantile business, working for various firms. His many years of experience in this line of business, and his faithfulness to the interestes of his employers, made him a very fitting person to take charge of a similar business, and April 1, 1893, he was made manager of the Chapman Supply Company Store, which position he continues to fill.

In June, 1893, Mr. Snyder was appointed Postmaster at Chapman Quarries, and is discharging the duties pertaining to that office with fidelity and zeal. He is interested in secret societies, being identified with Knights of the Golden Eagle, of Packer Castle No. 116 at South Bethlehem; also with Cyprus Commandary No. 54, K. of M., at Bethlehem; and Lehigh Council No. 356, R. A. of Bethlehem. He is a member of the Reformed Church and has been Superintendent of the Sunday-School for a number of years. Of a genial disposition, he wins many friends and commands the confidence of the community. In business he makes use of correct and honorable methods, and is winning success in his enterprise.

The marriage of Mr. Snyder was celebrated in 1860 to Miss Sarah, daughter of the late Adam Solt, of Northampton County. Nine children have been born to them, as follows: Titus H, who is in Dover, N.J.; George F., a resident of Philadelphia; Mary M., wife of M. J. Snyder, of Nazareth; Lizzie M., Mrs. W. H. Mitman, of South Bethlehem; Cora S wife of Daniel Nelis, also living in South Bethlehem; Nevin H., whose home is in Philadelphia; Frank P., of Bethlehem; and Clara and Elsie, who are at home. The children have been given good school privileges, and are esteemed citizens of the various communities in which they dwell.

Children are:

1. Titus H Snyder

2. George F Snyder

3. Mary M Snyder married M.J. Snyder

4. Lizzie M. Snyder married W.H. Mintman

5. Cora S Snyder married Daniel Nelis

6. Nevin H Snyder

7. Frank P Snyder

8. Clara Snyder b. 6 Jun 1879 Bethlehem, Northampton Co, Pa married John Lawall b. 3 Feb 1888 Northampton County, Pa He wrote poems on cards and was a decorator

9. Elsie Snyder


ADAM SOLT, father of Sarah Solt, married Elizabeth Huber, daughter of Michael Huber and Anna Maria Knauss:

Children are:

1. William H Solt b. 9 Apr 1847 North Schoenersville, Northampton Co, Pa d. 2 Sep 1890 Bethlehem, Pa buried Niskey Hill Cemetery on 8 Sep 1869 he married Maria Steckel b. abt 1851 , daughter of Solomon Steckel. From 1880 census Bethlehem, Pa is William 33 Maria 29 Charles 8 Wm is a Merchant in 1872 he went with a Global Store

Children are:

1. Charles Solt b. abt 1872

2. Unknown Solt

3. Unknown Solt

4. Unknown Solt


2. Samuel A Solt

3. James D. Solt


5. Mary Solt

6. Violetta Solt

7. Daughter Solt

I am trying to find out about this family:

1880 census South Easton, North. Co, Pa

Wilhelm Sarah W F 42 Keeping House

Edward W M 20 Son Laborer

Emma W F 18 Daughter at home

Salie W F 14 Daughter at home

Minnie W F 12 Daughter at school

Fredy W M 9 Son At School

Star Mary, W F 22 Daughter Dressmaker

Bunstine John W M 9 Grandson at school

Star Edy W M 4 Grandson

[ I have seen in some places Lorance Bonstein listed as the husband, but I am not familiar with this family, but Mary Star having a son named John Bunstine must fit in somewhere, perhaps Star is her second marriage name? ]

6. Sarah Bonstein/Bundstein/Bunstein, daughter of Jacob Jr Bonstine & Mary Boorem, she was born abt 1824 Bethlehem, Pa moved to Iowa with her parents abt 1854 to Iowa, married William Morris, he was born in Fayette co, Pa died 1860 Waverly, Iowa, they are buried over Lovers Lane in the Old City Cemetery, where her father Jacob Bonstine Jr was buried, but they removed his body along with Mary Boorem's to Harlington Cemetery in 1951. [Newspaper Waverly Democrat 13 May 1932.

Children are:

1. Unknown Morris born in Waverly, Iowa buried Old City Cemetery over Lovers Lane section

2. Unknown Morris born in Waverly, Iowa buried Old City Cemetery over Lovers Lane Section

7. Peter Remandus Bunstein b. 26 March 1827 Bethlehem, Pa. Bapt. 23 Sept 1827 Sponsors: Peter Heckman & Elisabeth his wife [Bundstein] Dryland Church p. 51. M. [2] Sabina Wachter b. 1841 [1] Susannah Wagner 15 Mar 1853 Lower Nazareth Twp, daughter of Susanna. She was b. 1833.

Her and Peter divorced filed 18 Jan 1876 Easton, PA over 25 April 1876. In 1880 Census Lower Nazareth Twp, Susannah is living with her mother

Susanna Wagnor W 66 Pa. Susanna Bunstein Dau D. 47, PA and Gson Ramandus Bunstein age 11.

Census 1850 Bunstein, Peter R. Pa, Northampton Co. Nazareth, p. 225 Northampton County courthouse, Civil Court Actions indexed in the continuance and Miscellaneous Indexes: Records began in 1752.

Amandus Bonstein Asgn # 4 p. 278 Filed #1364 Date Entry: 16 May 1904 Nature of Proceeding & Location: Lunacy

[This is Peter R. Bunstein's son by Susannah Wagner]

Amandus E. Bonstein Cont. #109, p. 240 Filed #63, Apr. 1914 Nat. of Pro. & loc.Issue Framed

1870 Census Lower Nazareth Twp. Pa Rinandus Bunstein, age 43, farmer, b. in Pa Susanna age 36; John age 15, Elbertine [Catherine] age 14, [hard to read], Jacob J. age 13; Eva C.J. age 9; Remandus E. age 1.

1860 Census Mandes Bunstein age 33, farmer, Susanna age 26, John V. age 5; Albertine [Catherine] C. age 4, [hard to read]. Jacob J. age 3

1887, Farmer, Bethlehem, Lehigh Co, Pa Directories

1890 Easton City A to D: Sabina Bunten 640 Wolf, Easton, Pa

1880 Census Lower Nazareth Twp, Northampton Co, Pa, Susannah Bunstein living with her mother Elizabeth Waggoner, she is divorced and her son Remandus is 11 living with his grandmother also.

I am trying to find who Susannah Waggoner's parents are:, there is a David Waggoner, Daniel Waggoner and a George Frederick Waggoner living within the same area as she lives, but I don't have anything certain as to which family of Waggoners Susannah belongs to. Info on her would be greatly appreciated.

Children by Susannah Waggoner are:

1. John Vencelon Bonstein b. 12 Aug 1854 Pa d. 5 Jan 1916 Nazareth, Northampton Co, Pa married Isabella Jane Dennis 15 Sep 1875, daughter of Andrew Dennis and Mary Ealer, she was born 17 Sep 1855 Pa d. 26 Dec 1921, Nazareth, Pa

WILL FILE NO. 20934 JOHN V. BONSTEIN Register of Wills, Northampton Co, Pa


BEFORE ME, Asher V. Stauffer, Register of Wills in and for said County, personally appeared Alfred S. Shimer being person applying for letters of Administration on the estate of John V. Bonstein, late of Nazareth Boro. in said County, deceased, who being duly sworn according to law, did depose and say, tha the said John V. Bonstein died as near as he can ascertain at 4:00 a.m. the fifth day of January one thousand nine hundred and sixteen.

Sworn and subscribed before me Jan. 13th A.D. 1916 Asher V. Stauffer

Alfred S. Shimer


HARRY D. KUTZ, attorney at law:

To Asher V. Stauffer, Register of Wills of Northampton County, Pennsylvania: Sir:- I, the undersigned widow of John V.Bonstein, deceased, do hereby renounce my right to act as Administratrix of my said deceased husband's estate, and request you to appoint Alfred L. Shimer administrator thereof. Isabela J. Bonstein

Witness present: Elwood Bonstein Nazareth, PA, Jan. 13, 1916

Bond for Two Hundred signed by Alfred L.Shimer, A.W. Bossard W.K.Shimer

Appraisers: Justice of the Peace, M.V. Uhler Robert H. Lawbach

1880 Census Lower Nazareth,

Bonstein, John V


Laura 3 b. Pa

Mary 1 b. Pa

John 1M b. Pa

Mann, Sarah C Servant

Morris A. Rice Servant

Thomas c. Weil Servant



I, Isabella J. Bonstein of the Borough of Nazareth, County of Northampton and State of Pennsylvania, being of sound mind, memory and understanding, do make and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made.

And First, I direct that my funeral be conducted in a manner corresponding with my estate and situation in life and that my just debts amd funeral expenses be fully paid and satisfied as soon as convenient maybe after my decease.

As to such estate as it has pleased God to intrust me with, I dispose of the same as follows: Viz:- All my estate which I may be possessed of at the time of my decease either real, personal or mixed I give and bequeath unto the following children share and share alike, LAURA, MARY intermarried to Edgar Gold, CURTAIN, MAHLON, EMILY intermarried to James Danner, ELWOOD, HELEN intermarried to [line like arrow] perhaps Mahlon Frederick, [anyway a Frederick], the cash on hand after all the funeral expenses and just debts are paid to be paid our to respective benificeries as soon as convient and net wait until the real estate is sold, and I herby nominate, constitue and appoint my daughter Emily intermarried to James Danner Executrix of this my last will and testament, giving my executrix full power to sell and convey all or any of the real estate, in Witness Whereof. I Isabella Bonstein the testatrix have to this my will, written on one sheet of paper, set my hand and seal, this 12th day of September One thousand Nine Hundred and Seventeen. ISABELLA J. BONSTEIN

Signed sealed, published and declared by the above named testatrix as and for her last will and testament, in the presence of us, who have hereunto subscribed our names at her request as witness thereto, in the presence of the said testatrix and of each other. Simon Andrews

Clara L. Andrews

Bond posted for 150.00 by Emily Danner


Before me, Mark D. Frankenfield Dep. Register of Wills in and for said County, personally appeared Emily Danner [daughter] being person applying for letters of Executer on the estate of Isabella J. Bonstein late of Nazareth Borough in said county, deceased, who being duly sworn according to law, did depose, and say that the said Isabella J. Bonstein died as near as she can ascertain, at 9:45 o'clock A.M. the 26 day of Dec. one thousand nine hundred and 22.

Sworn and subscribed before me, Jan. 5 A.D. 1922 Mark D. Frankenfield Dep. Register. Emily Danner

Appraisers: George Nicholas and Harry L. Roth

Children are:

1. laura Bonstein b. 12 Jun 1877 Pa d. 27 Feb 1939

Census 1920 Easton, Pa Roll: T625-1609, pg 108 ED: 108 age 43


2. Mary Bonstein b. 2 Oct 1878 Pa d. 24 Dec 1965

3. John Vencelon Bonstein b. 13 May 1880 Pa d. 10 jul 1897


4. Curtain Bonstein b. 28 Sep 1881 Pa d. 11 Apr 1940

5. Mahlon Bonstein b. 5 Oct 1886 Pa d. 17 Oct 1957 married [1] Bertha Odenwelder Spear: b. 1882 Pa d. 1949 [2] Ida Blanche Rinker, born 19 Apr 1889 Saylorsburg, Monroe Co, Pa d. abt 1966 Pa, He worked for the Fire Department in Easton, Pa,


Richard N. Rinker 20 Dec 2001

6. Emily "Emma" Bonstein b. 18 Sep 1888 Pa

7. Frederick Bonstein b. 19 Feb 1902 Nazareth, Pa d. Jun 1965 New Jersey

8. Nevin John Bunstein b. 27 Oct 1888 Quackertown, Pa [?] d. Feb 1970 Canden, New Jersey

9. Irina Bonstein b. 17 Jul 1885 Pa d. 25 Aug 1885 Pa


10. Elwood Bonstein b. 21 Feb 1890 Pa d. 19 Jun 1948 married Margarite Mooney, she was b. 1891 Pa d. bef 1930


11. Helen Bonstein b. 16 Mar 1892 d. 4 Aug 1954

2. Catherine C. Bonstein b. 1855

3. Jacob Jerome Bonstein b. 30 May 1857 Nazareth, Pa Baptized 29 Jul 1857 St John's Congregational Lutheran Church, Easton, Sponsors: Jacob F and Sophia Bunstein, page 116, d. 24 Mar 1922 Nazareth, Pa, married Mary Louanna Green 1878, daughter of James Green and Sarah Ehrig, she was born Mar 1860 Pa d. Nazareth, Pa


I Jacob Jerome Bonstein, of the Borough of Nazareth, County of Northampton and State of Pennsylvania, being of sound mind, memory and understanding, do make and publish this, my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made.

First: I direct all my just debts and funeral expenses to be fully paid and satisfied by my executrix, hereinafter named, as soon as conveniently may be after my decease.

Second: I do hereby authorise and empower my said executrix hereinafter named to sell and dispose of all my real estate, either at public or private sale or sales for the best price or prices that can be gotten for the same, and by proper deed or deeds, conveyances, or assurances in the law, to be duly executed, acknowledged, and perfected to grant, convey and assure the same to the purchaser or purchasers thereof in fee simple.

Third: All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, real, personal and mixed, whatsoever and wheresoever, I give, devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary L. Bonstein, and appoint her as the sole executrix hereof.

In witness whereof, I, Jacob Jerome Bonstein, the testator, have to this, my will, set my hand and seal this 7th day of September A.D. 1921 Signed, sealed, published, and declared by the above named Jacob Jerome bonstein as and for his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who have hereunto subscribed our names at this request as witnesses thereto, and of each other.

Granville J. Beck

Jacob Jerome Bonstein Wilson E. Beck

On the 30 day of March A.D., 1922, personally appeared before me, Mark D. Frankenfield, Dep. Register of Wills, in and for said county, Granville J. Beck and Wilson E. Beck, subscribing witnesses to the within instrument of writing, purporting to be the last will and testament of Jacob Jerome Bonstein, dated the 7th day of September A.D. 1921, who, after having been by me duly qualified according to law, depose and say that they were present and saw testator sign his name and seal and heard him publish and declare the same as and for his last will and testament, and at the time of so doing, he was of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge and belief.

Sworn and subscribed before me Mark D. Frankenfield

Granville J. Beck

Wilson E. Beck


Before me, Mark D. Frankenfield, Dep. Register of Wills in and for said county, personally appeared Mary L. Bonstein, Widow being person applying for letters of Executory on the estate of Jacob Jerome Bonstein late of Nazareth in said county, deceased, who being duly sworn according to law, did depose and say that the said Jacob Jerome Bonstein died as near as he can ascertain, at 8:00 A.M> the 24th day of March one thousand nine hundred and twenty two.

Sworn and subscribed before me March 30, 1922 Mark D. Frankenfiel Dep. Register Mary L. Bonstein

APPLICATION FOR ADMINISTRATION: To the Register of Wills in and for the County of Northampton, Pennsylvania: Estate of Jacob Jerome Bonstein, deceased:

The petition of Mary L. Bonstein was at the time of his death, a resident of Nazareth in the county of Northampton and State of Pennsylvania, and a citizen of the U.S. The he died at Nazareth on the 24th of March A.D. 1922, at 8:00 o'clock A.M. that he estimated value of the real estate of the said decendent is 4000.00 Dollars. That the testatrix has not married and no children have been born to her since the execution of this will. That the name and residence of the surviving spouse is Mary L. Bonstein Your petitioner therefore prays that Letters be granted to your petitioner. Mrs. Mary L. Bonstein

1900 census, Upper Nazareth Twp, Northampton Co, Pa 13 Jun Sheet B 6 Nov: 30 103-107

Bonstein Jerome, b. May 1857, 43, married at age 21

Mary L. b. Mar 1860, 40, Married age 21 had 7 children 6 living Minnie M b. Sep 1879 age 20 b. Pa

Grover C. b. Aug 1885 age 14 b. Pa

Dudley D. b. Jun 1887 age 12, b. Pa

Brooks B. b. Mar 1890 age 10 b. Pa

Mabel W. b. May 1892 age 8 b. Pa

Margaret V. b. Jan 1898 age 2 b. Pa

1920 census Nazareth, Pa age 62 Roll: T625-1609, 11B, ED: 142

1930 census Nazareth, Pa 35-267F-287

Bonstein, Mary 59 WD b. Pa

Margaret 32 b. Pa

Children are:

1. Minnie M. Bonstein b. Sep 1879

Census 1880 with g-grandparents George and Susanna Ehrig, 8 mos old

Census 1900 Nazareth Twp, 13th June Pa

2. Grover Cleveland Bonstein b. 20 Aug 1885 Nazareth, Pa d. Apr 1965 Nazareth, Pa married Sadie Bennett

3. Dudley D. Bonstein b. Jun 1887 [1900 census w/parents]

4. Elwood John Bonstein b. 1889 Pa

5. Brooks B. Bonstein b. Mar 1890 Nazareth, Pa married Hannah C b. 1890 Pa

1 Jan 1920 census Nazareth Boro. Sheet No. 2 A Enumeration District No. 142 No. 15 80-29-30

Bonstein, Brooks B. 29 Electrician at Penna Central

Hannah C. 29 b. Pa parents b. Germany

Source: Census's on line

6. Mabel W. Bonstein b. May 1892 Nazareth, Pa

13 Jun 1900 census Nazareth twp,

1920 census Nazareth Twp, Edition 142

7. Margaret Violet Bonstein b. 22 Jan 1898 Nazareth, Pa 2 Apr 1990 Nazareth, Pa [1900 census with parents]

8. James Green Bonstein b. 10 sep 1901 Nazareth Twp, Pa d. Jun 1977 Easton, Pa

4. Eva Cecila Jane Bonstein b. 21 July 1860 Lower Nazareth, Pa d. 6 May 1899 Nazareth Twp,Buried Moravian Cemetery, Nazareth, Pa married John Maurice Neumeyer 25 Sep 1879, he was born 21 Mar 1854 Christian Springs, Bucks Co, Pa d. 21 Apr 1908 Beaver Valley, Monroe Co, Pa. Buried Plainfield Cemetery, Monroe Co, Pa.

At various times he conducted hotels at Bushkill Centre., in Northampton County; the ross Common Inn and the Lake Poponomming Inn, the two latter in Monroe County. They never had children

5. Remandus E. Bonstein b. 1868 Nazareth Twp, Pa married Caroline Sarah Arnburner

Amandus Bonstein Assgn #4 p. 278 Filed #1364 Date of Entry: 16 May 1904 Nature of Proceeding and Location: Lunacy

Amandus Bonstein Cont. #109 p. 240 Filed #63 Apr. 1914 Date of Entry: 2 Apr 1914 Nature of Proceeding & Location: Issue Framed

Northampton County Courthouse, Civil Court Actions indexed in the continuance and Miscellaneous Indexes: Records began in 1752

Child is:

1. Rose Bonstein

8. James Bunstein [also known as Bundstein, and Bonstein] b. 30 Dec 1829 Lower Augusta Twp, Northumberland Co, Pa. d. 16 Aug. 1887 Sunbury, Northumberland Co, Pa. Died of Typhoid pneumonia aged 58 years, 7 months, 13 days, married Louisa Savidge 2 Feb 1854 Sunbury, Pa. daughter of John Savidge and Mary. She was b. 11 May 1829 lower August Twp, Pa. d. 5 Feb 1891 Sunbury, Pa. Northumberland County, Pa 1851-92: Zion Evangelical Church: Bunstein, James Groom, Marriage, 2 Feb 1854 Sunbury, Remarks: James, from Northd Co, Pa Bunstein, Louisa Savids, Bride, Marriage 2 Feb 1854 Sunbury,


James From Northd. Co, PA. Bunstein, James, Deceased, Death, 16 Aug 1887 Sunbury, Remarks: died from Typhoid pneumonia, aged 58 yrs 7 mos 13 days. Burial Plum Creek Cem. Sunbury, PA.

Census 1850 Jacob Bundstein age 60, Mary age 55, James age 21, Mary age 18, Susan age 15, Occupation: Mason.

[Sunbury American Newspaper Marriage Announcements]

James Bunstein's Military Service: He was in the Co. E, 18th Infantry Regiment PA. Distinguished Service Unit No. 2188 Union. Enlisted: 12 Sep 1862 Discharged 27 Sep 1862 Harrisburg, PA. [found in Iowa]

Regimental History Pennsylvania Militia of 1862.

The rebel army had no sooner achieved its triumph in the second battle at Bull Run, than it hastened northward, and commenced crossing the Potomac. The southern border of Pa lay in close proximity, all unprotected, and by its rich harvest invited invasion.

The Reserve Corps which was originally organized for the State Defense, had been called away to the succor of the hard pressed army of McClellan upon the Peninsula, and was now upon the weary march, with ranks sadly thinned in the hard fought battles of Mechaniceville, Gaines' Mill' Charles City Cross Roads, and the second Bull Run, to again meet the foe, but powerless to avert the threatened danger. The result of the struggle on the plains of Manassas, was no sooner known, than the helpless condition of the State, which had been apparent from the first, became a subject of alarm. On the 4th of Sept. Governor Curtin issued a proclamation, calling on the people to arm, and prepare for defense. He recommended the immediate formation of companies and regiments throughout the Commonwealth, and for the purpose of drill and instruction, that after three p.m. of each day, all business houses be closed. On the 10th, the danger having become imminent, the enemy being already in Maryland, he issued a general order, call on all abel bodied men to enroll immediately for the defense of the Stae, and to hold themselves in readiness to march upon an hour's notice; to select officers, to provide themselves with such arms as could be obtained, with sixty rounds of ammunition to the man, tendering arms to such as had none, and promising that they shoul be held for service, for such time only as the pressing exigency State defense should continue. On the following day, acting under authority of the President of the United States, the Governor called for fifty thousand men, directing them to report by telegraph for orders to move, and adding that further calls would be made as the exigencies should require. The people everywhere flew to arms, and moved promptly tot he State Capitol. One regiment and eight companies were sent forward during the night of the 12th, and others followed as fast as they could be organized. On the 14th, the head of the Army of the Potomac met the enemy at South Mountain, and hurled him back through its passes, and on the evening of the 16th and day of the 17th, a fierce battle was fought at Antietam. In the meantime, the militia had rapidly concentrated at Hagerstown and Chambersburg, and General John F. Reynolds, who was at the time commanding a corps in the Army of the Potomac, had assumed command. 15,000 men were pushed forward to Hagerstown and Boonsboro, and a portion of them stood in line of battle in close proximity to the field, in readiness to advance, while the fierce fighting was in progress. 10,000 more were posted in the vicinity of Greecastle and Chambersburg, and "about 20,000" says Governor Curtin, in his annual message, "were at Harrisburg, on their way to Harrisburg, or in readiness and waiting for transportation to proceed tither. The twenty-fifth regiment, under command of Col. Dechert, at the request of Gen. Halleck, was sent to the State of delaware, to guard the Dupont Powder Mills, whence the National Armies were principally supplied. But the enemy was defeated at Antietam, and retreated in confusion across the Potomac. The emergency having passed, the militia regiments were ordered to return to Harrisburg, and in accordance witht he conditions on which they had been called into service, they were, on the 24th mustered out and disbanded. The train on which the Twintieth Regiment was returning over the Cumberland Valley Road, collided, when nearing Harrisburg, with one passing in the opposite direction, by which four men were killed and thirty injured. In a letter addressed by Governor Curtin, by Gen. McClellan, thanking him for his energetic action in calling out the militia, and placing them in the field, the Gen. adds, "Fortuantely, circumstances rendered it impossible for the enemy to set foot upon the soil of Pennsylvania, but he moral support rendered to my army by your action, was none the less mighty. In the name of my army, and for myself, I again tender to you our acknowledgments for your patriotic course. The manner in which the people of penn., responded to your call, and hastened to the defense of their frontier, no doubt exercised a geat influence upon the enemy." In an order issued by Governor Bradford of Maryland, soon after the battle, he says: "To Governor Curtin, of Penn., and the militia of his State, who rallied with such alacrity at the first symptoms of an invasion, our warmest thanks are also due. The readiness with which they crossed the border, and took their stand beside the Maryland brigade, shows that the border is, in all respects, but an ideal line, and that in such a cause as now unites us, Penn. and Maryland are but one."

Source: Bates, Vol. V. p. 1147

Children are:

1. Mary Emeline "Emma" Bunstein b. 8 may 1857 Waverly, Iowa d. 23 Nov 1924 at 125 Owl St Sunbury, Northumberland Co, PA married Sylvester A Geasey 20 Jun 1872 Sunbury, PA, son of Cyrus Giesy and Mary Wetzel, he was born 20 Dec 1851 Orwigsburg, Schuylkill, PA d. 23 Jun 1934 at 125 Awl St, Sunbury, PA

1880 Census Upper Augusta, he was a flagman on a Gravel Train, John 3, and Clarence Bonstein Nephew, 6

Children are:

1. Clara Mae Geasey b. 26 Jan 1886 Nescopeck, Luzerne Co, PA d. 21 Nov 1957 Sunbury, Pa married Ralph Wardell Rinhard 24 Apr 1906 Sunbury, PA, son of Joseph Rinhard and Lucetta Wardell, he was born 26 Jul 1882 Catawissa, Columbia Co, Pa d. 27 Jun 1946 Sunbury, PA [Marth Rinhard's records reflect his death as 27 Jun 1945], he was buried 29 Jun 1946 [info from PA Death Certificate in possession of Tome Turse]

Children are:

1. Florence Emmaline Rinhard b. 17 Aug 1906 Sunbury, PA Baptized 24 Oct 1907 St Matthews Lutheran Church, d. 18 Apr 1981 State College, Center Co, PA married Theadore Roosevelt Kemmerer 14 Jul 1928 Allentown, Lehigh Co, pA, son of Frank Kemmerer and Lydia Snyder, he was b. 4 Mar 1905 Allentown, PA d. 19 Dec 1961 State College, Center, Pa, buried Center Co, PA, He was a Teacher, Principal, and Coach

Children are:

1. Theodore Rinhard Kemmerer

2. Martha Jean Kemmerer

2. Martha Bonstein Rinhard b. 7 Sep 1907 Catawissa, Columbia, PA d. Baptized 24 Oct 1907 St Matthews Lutheran Church, Catawissa, PA, 19 Sep 1989 Sunbury, PA Buried Pomfret Manor Cemetery

3. Mabel Elizabeth Rinhard b. 25 May 1912 Catawissa, Columbia, PA Baptized: 23 Mar 1913 St Matthews Lutheran Church, d. 16 Jul 1983 Hazelton, Luzerne Co, PA Buried 19 Jul 1983 Drums, Luzerene Co, PA, she was Teacher and Homemaker, married Rocco Nicolas Turse 25 May 1934 Bloomsburg, Columbia, PA, he was born 8 Sep 1911 Hazelton, Luzerne Co, PA

Children are:

1. Joseph Turse

2. Thomas Ralph Turse

2. Harriet L Geasey b. 4 Jul 1873 Sunbury, PA Baptized 10 Sep 1873 Zion lutheran Church, d. 29 Nov 1897 Sunbury, PA

3. William A. Geasey b. 21 Dec 1874 Sunbury, PA died in Sunbury married Susan, she was b. Jan 1868 PA

Children are:

1. Charles B Geasey

2. Samuel H Geasey

4. John Henry Geasey b. 7 Apr 1877 Sunbury, Baptized 11 Feb 1879 Zion Lutheran Church, Sunbury, PA, d. 18 Mar 1961, married Caroline D Groom born 3 Mar 1879

Children are:

1. Ester Irene Willard b. 19 Aug 1901 Sunbury, PA

2. Dorothy Emeline Willard b. 23 Apr 1905 Sunbury, PA

3. Mertie Eidith Willard b. 8 Aug 1907 Sunbury, PA

6. George Sarvis Geasey b. 17 Feb 1883 Sunbury, PA d. 21 Nov 1965 married Mattie W. Hilton, she was b. 20 Feb 1886

Children are:

1. Dorothy Geasey

2. John Geasey

3. Carree Geasey

4. Samuel Geasey

5. Elizabeth Geasey

7. Elizabeth R Geasey b. 23 Nov 1887 Nescopeck, Luzerne Co, PA d. 24 Feb 1969 Sunbury, PA married Cam DeHaven

Her Social Security No. is: 189-09-8827 PA

8. Louisa Geasey

9. Edmond Ludwig Geasey b. 18 Mar 1890 Nescopeck, Luzerne Co,PA Baptized 24 Aug 1890 Zion Lutheran Church, d. 21 Feb 1970 Florida married Ida. His Social Security No. 214-03-8703 Maryland

Children are:

1. Bobby Geasey

10. Sylvester A Geasey b. 7 Mar 1893 Nescopeck, Luzerne Co, PA d. 18 Feb 1975 San Diego, Calif. married Margorie. Social Security No. 326-09-5921 ILL

Children are:

1. Phillip Geasey

2. Marilow Geasey

2. Harriet Abigail Bunstein, daughter of James and Louisa Savidge Bunstein, was born abt 1858 Sunbury, Pa, she was not married when she had:

1. Clarence Garner Bonstein b. 2 Jan 1874 Sunbury, Pa

His Draft Registration Card: 12 Sep 1918 Newport News City, Warwick co, Virginia, WWI, He was White, medium height, medium build, Gray eyes, Brown hair age 44 in 1918. he was a Joiner Draftsman [Minus part of second finger on right hand], his mother on the Registration Card is Harriet Abigail Salter 141 Owl St Sunbury, Pa

She married [1] Edward Landau, son of John Landau and Elizabeth Bowers, he was born abt 1856 Pa married [2]Theadore Salter, she filed and received his Civil War Pension.

She had two mores sons by Edward Landau:

1. Charles B. Landau b. 1878 Sunbury, Pa

2. James S Landau b. Sunbury, Pa

1920 census Sunbury, Pa she is living with her son Charles Landau

1880 census 7 june page 3 is Edward Landau, Harriet and the 3 boys:

9. Catherine Bunstein b. abt. 1825 Pa; Sunbury, Pa

10. Margaretha Mary Bunstein b. abt 1832 d. Waverly, Iowa, buried Harlington Cemetery, Washington Twp, Waverly, Bremer co, Iowa, married 17 Dec 1853 Zion lutheran Church, Sunbury, Pa, John Fisherman Smith who d. 1860 Waverly, Iowa buried Harlington Cemetery, Washington, Waverly, Bremer Co, Iowa, They had two children buried in same cemetery: Dutch Smith Smith [female] d. 1860 and I don't have info on the other one.

Childrena are:

1. Dutch Smith Smith [F]

2. Unknown Smith

9. Susan Emeline Bunstein b. abt 1835 Upper Augusta Twp, PA M. a Krieger perhaps after she moved to Iowa;

10. Sybilla Caroline Bunstein [Jacob, Johannes Jacob, Laurentius, Johann Paulus, Bonnstein, Christian, Henning] was born 11 April 1833 Easton, PA and died 6 Dec 1901 Waverly, Bremmer Co, Iowa. She married Alba [Albert] Cooper Barrett in 1847 in Sunbury, PA, he was the son of Caleb Barrett and Rachel Cooper. He was born 1 July 1827 in New Jersey and died 30 Aug 1902 Waverly, Iowa.

[But alot of the Census's say he was born in Pa]


BARRETT - Mrs. Sybily Caroline [Bonstein] Barrett was born near Easton, PA April 11, 1833 and died at Waverly, Iowa, Dec. 6, 1901, age 68 yrs, 7 mos, 8 days. She was of German-English ancestry. Her parents Jacob and Mary [Boorem/Borum] Bonstein were among the pioneers of Bremer County, having settled at Waverly in 1854. She was married at Sunburg [Sunbury], Penn. to Allen [Alba] C. Barrett and came west to make a new home soon afterwards. They settled at Waverly in October, 1856. This place was her home until 1868 when she removed to a new farm home a few miles northwest of the city where the family resided until 1897. Since then this city has been her home. For a decade or more she has been almost an invalid having on two occasions had paral--tic strokes. The last, four years ago, coming while in attendence upon church services. For years she has suffered at times most severly with heart trouble. She was a home maker. To care for her family was her great life work. To make the members of her household comfortable was to her a great delight. The home coming of her sons was to her the brightest of days. Her girlhood days were passed under the influence of the public schools. She believed in these schools and with a true mother's love sacrificed much in order that her children might enjoy thier advantages. In her youth she became a Christian and united with the Baptist Church, but for more than thirty years had been a member of the Methodist Church. She loved the Lord and his people and her home was at all times open to His ministers.

Her husband and five sons, Owen H. of Emerson, Nebraska, Alvin A. of Glyndon, Minn. Frank G. of Lake Mills, Iowa, Richard C. of Des Moines, Iowa, and Mandus of Cresco, Iowa.



This paper spoke of the fact that Mr. Barrett was taken seriously ill, a week ago, but we did not think then that the sturdy old pioneer would retire so soon. When he returned to Waverly about twelve days ago he was enjoying very good health, and wa apparently the jolliest old gentleman in Waverly. Mr. Barrett had many friends in and around Waverly. Is probably strictly true that all who knew him were his friends, and when he returned to Waverly the last time he received a cordial greeting from all who met him. His last sickness commenced on Tuesday evening, August 26 and he died at 2:30 Saturday morning, August 30. His son Richard C. ? Sup't of Public Instruction, George of Lake Mills, and Rev. Mandus Barrett of Cresco, were here to attend the funeral. The funeral services were at 3 o'clock Sunday in the M.E. Church. The services were conducted by Dr. Claypool of the M.E. church, assisted by Rev. W. Ward Smith and Rev. J.E. Brerton of the Cong. Church. The following well written facts were read at the funeral; Alba C. Barrett was born July 1st, 1827, in New Jersey, his parents being Caleb and Rachel [Cooper] Barrett. In his early life his parents removed to Northumberland County, Penn., where he grew to manhood. His school days were few and his early advantages not to be coveted. In 1847 he was united in marriage to Miss Sybilla Bonstein, a native of Northampton, Penn. He emigrated to Iowa in 1856 settling in Waverly. For thirteen years he was identified with the interests of this city, enduring the hardships and privation incident to those early pioneer days, and contributing to the development of the town and country. In 1869 he purchased a farm in Butler County, Iowa, and removed thither to till the soil till the physical weakness of both himself and his wife compelled his retirement about six years ago when he again made his residence in this city. His home life being broken by the loss of his wife in December of 1901, he had lived with his sons till a few days before his death when he came to Waverly to attend to some business matters and visit his numerous acquaintances and friends.

Mr. Barrett was generous and at times somewhat impulsive. Possesing a cheerful, sunshiny disposition he won many warm friends, and many will remember him for the good cheer which he carried everywhere. He was a great lover of children and his way and manner easily won thier confidence and love. He may truly be characterized as "friend of children". Tender-hearted and sympathetic, sickness or trouble always awakened a keen interst and prompt response in his breast. He was an upright, industrious citizen, interested in the general welfare, never aspiring to postions of prominence or honor, but satisfied to fill the humble place of a toiler. As a father he was greatly interested in the education and welfare of his children, rejoicing greatly in their prosperity and advancement. His children are: Oliver H., Emerson, Neb.; Alvin A., Glyndon, Minn.; George Francis, Lake Mills, Iowa; Richard C., Des Moines, Iowa, and Mandus, Cresco, Iowa. All of whom survive to mourn his loss.

Alba died 30 Aug 1902 Waverly, Iowa buried in Harrington cem, beside his wife.

Oliver H. Emerson, Nebraska: Alvin A. Glyndon, Minn: George Francis, Lake Mills, Iowa: Richard C. Des Moines, Iowa: and Mandus, Cresco, Iowa. All of whom survive to mourn his loss.

Sybilla and Alba are buried in Harlington Cemetery, Waverly, Iowa

Children of Sybilla and Alba Barrett are

1. Oliver Hoffman Barrett b. 3 Nov 1849 Sunbury, PA d. 14 May 1910 Ponca, Nebraska.


Oliver Barrett, an Old Time Resident of Waverly, Dead

Sioux City, Iowa, May 17--Oliver Hoffman Barrett, aged 61 years, veteran ball player and said to have been the oldest athlete in his line in the United States, died Saturday night at St. Joseph's hospital, of heart failure, after an illness of several months. He had played ball on the Ponca, Neb., team for many years. One of the many instances connected with Mr. Barrett's career was his donning of a baseball uniform last summer and pitching winning games for the Ponca team at the age of 60 years. He participated in a number of games last summer and was able to play each contest to the finish. He is said to have been the first man in the western country who acquired the art of throwing a curve ball. He threw his first consistent curve forty years ago, just three years after the possiblity of such a ball was discovered by William Arthur Cummings in 1867.

Mr. Barrett came to western Nebraska from Waverly, Iowa, about thirty years ago and had lived at Ponca and Emerson, Neb., the majority of the time since then. He was well known by almost every traveling man making Nebraska and had a wide acquaitance in Sioux City. His was a picturesque figure, his build being that of an athlete, his face finely featured, and crowned by snow white hair. At the age of 22 years he went through an attack of typhoid fever, which left his hair silver gray. The deceased man is survived by three brothers, Rev., Mandus Barrett, of Calumet, Minn., and Francis, of Lake Mills, Minn, and Alvin of Port Huron, Mich. Mr. Barrett never married. he was born in Waverly, Iowa at which place his parents, Mrs. and Mr. Alvin C. Barrett, and one brother Richard Barrett, former state superintendent of Iowa schools are buried. The remains were taken there last evening, Rev. Mandus Barrett accompanying them, and interment will take place today.

Source:Info by Diane Elmer


A. C. Barrett, an early pioneer of Bremer County [Iowa], is a native of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, born July 1, 1827, his parents being Caleb and Rachel [Cooper] Barrett, both natives of said State. Mr Barrett's school days were few. He helped till the soil, and in 1847 married Miss Sabulia [Sybilla] Bonestein [Bunstein/Bonstein], a native of Northampton County, [PA]. In 1856 he emigrated to Iowa and settled at Wverly. Mr. Barrett worked at various employments until 1869, when he came to Butler County, and purchased his present farm of 120 acres [the same being raw prairie], and he now has it all well improved; its value is about $35 per acre. The children are Oliver, Alvin, Francis, Richard, and Mandus.

2. Alvin a. Barrett b. Oct 1852 PA, married Susannah, she was born Oct 1866 Minnesota

Census 16 June 1900 Oakville, North Dakota Sheet No. 8 7021

Barret Alvin b. Oct 1852 Pa age 47 Train Agent

Susannah b. Oct 1866 Minnesota age 33 parents b. Indiana

Raymond Son b. Nov 1893 North Dakota age 7

Susannah had two children one is living

Child is:

1. Raymond Barrett b. Nov 1893 North Dakota

3. George Francis Barrett [Sybilla Bunstein, Jacob, Johannes Jacob, Laurentius, Johann Paulus Bonnstein, Christian, Henning, Cuntz] was born 1854 Sunbury, PA d. 4 Aug 1921 Lake Mills, Iowa. He is buried at Sunnyside Cemetery, Lake Mills. He married Hannah Long 27 Sept 1883, she was the daughter of Henry Long & Katherine Layboard. She died 20 Aug 1926 Mason City, Iowa. She is buried at Sunnyside Cemetery in Lake Mills.

Children of George & Hanna Long are

1. Paul Bonstein Barrett [George F., Sybilla Bunstein, Jacob, Johannes Jacob, Laurentius, Johann Paulus Bonnstein, Christian, Henning] was b. 27 Feb 1895 Lake Mills, Winneabago, Iowa d. 6 July 1953 St James, Wantawan Co, Minn. He is buried Mt Hope Cem. St James, Minn. He married Francis Josephine Holan 10 Nov 1924 Easton, Fariboult Co, Minn. She died March 1929 Iowa City, Iowa, she is buried Sunnyside Cem. Lake Mills, Iowa

Children of Paul & Francis Holan are:

1. Corinne Francis Barrett [Paul Bonstein Barrett, George Francis, Sybilla Bunstein, Jacob, Johannes Jacob, laurentius, Johann Paulus Bonnstein, Christian, Henning] was b. 25 Aug 1925 Lake Mills, iowa, married Lowell J. Elmer, they have a son: Lowell J. Elmer Jr

2. George Gene Barrett [same as Corinne's] b. 17 Sept 1927 Lake Mills, iowa married Mary H. and they had: Steve Barrett

2. George Byford Barrett b. 13 July 1889 Lake Mills, Iowa d. 8 Aug 1925 Albert Lea, Minnesota, Buried Sunnyside Cemetery, Lake Mills, Iowa, Killed in a car accident

3. Richard Barrett b. 3 Aug 1893 Lake Mills, Iowa d. 16 Oct 1953 Lake Mills, Iowa, buried Sunnyside Cemetery

4. Harry Barrett

5. Edward Oscar Barrett b. 1899 Iowa, died in Lake Mills, Iowa

9 Jan 1920 Glenwood Twp, "Institution For Feeble Minded Children"

Barret Edward age 21 b. Iowa

7 April 1930 Glenwood Twp, "Institution For Feeble Minded Children"

Barret Edward age 31 b. Iowa

[Would appreciate it if anyone would have info to verify this is for sure, son of George and Hanna Long]

4. Richard Cornelius Barrett [Sybilla Bunstein, Jacob, Johannes Jacob, Laurentius, Johann Paulus Bonnstein, Christian, Henning] was born 1 Oct 1858 Waverly, Bremer Co, Iowa and died 1909 Des Moines, Iowa. He is buried in I.S.C. Cemetery, Washington, Bremer Co, Iowa. He married 27 Nov 1883, Jennette Armour Dean, daughter of Henry Dean of Minnesota and Ellen M. she was born Nov 1862 Missouri

6 June 1900 Marian Twp, Des Moines City, Iowa Sheet No. 6

Barret Richard C. b. Oct 1858 Iowa Superintendent of Schools for State age 41

Barrett Jennette D b. Nov 1862 Missouri, age 37 parents b.Ireland and Illinois

Barrett Ruth D b. Mar 1890 Iowa age 10

Dean Ellen M. b. Feb 1830 Ill, WD age 70 mother-n-law

Dean Archibald b. Aug 1873 Minnesota age 26, brother-n-law

He was a Professor of Civics at University of Iowa, He was also Superintendent of Iowa Schools for many years

Child of Richard & Jennette Dean is: Ruth D Barrett b. Mar 1890 Iowa


BARRETT, Richard C., State Superintendent of Public Instruction, is the first native Iowan to hold a state office. He was born in Waverly, Bremet County, October 1, 1858, and was educated in the state. Having his own way to make in life, he did not have the best of advantages in his early youth, but he has overcome all obstacles in the way of securing the best and highest education. Attending the Waverly Public Schools in the intervals of working on a farm, he was later a student at the Decorah Institute and Teacher' Traning schools. Showing an aptitude for teaching he was, after completing the course in this institution, made one of its instructors, a position which he resigned to become principal of the Riceville Public Schools in Mitchell County. The habits of industry and perseverance which he learned while a boy on the farm struggling to secure an education have continued to be his best capital in life. His work as a teacher attracted the attention of the people of the county and they elected him to the office of county superintendent for twelve consecutive years and he was given the extraordinary compliment of a unanimous election every time but once. His prominence in educational work continued to increase and various honors in theline of his profession came to him. In 1887 he was chosen president of the Northern Iowa Superintendents' and Teachers' Association. In 1888 he was secretary of the County Superintendents' and Normal Department of the State Teachers' Association, and in 1891 he was elected president of that department. He served a number of years as a member of the educational council and of the State Teachers' Reading Board. In 1895 he was elected president of the State Teachers' Assotive committee of the State Teachers' Association. He was chairman of the legislatendent in 1885. He held this office for ciatation in 1893. In that year he introduced in the County Superintendents' department a resolution requesting the legislature to appoint a committee to revise, codify and unify the school laws of the state and report to the legislature in 1896. This resolution was adopted and in part led to the codification of all the laws of the state in 1897. Cornell College at Mt. Vernon conferred upon Mr. Barrett the degree of Master of Arts in 1895. In 1889 he began the publication of The Mitchell County Teacher, a journal devoted to the educational interests of the county. His ability in this field of educational activity attracted attention and in 1894 he assumed editorial control of the Iowa Teacher, a monthly educational publication with a large circulation in Iowa. Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Mr. Barrett was first introduced to state politics by his friends in the year 1893, when he was a leading candidate for the Republican nomination. he was second in the race, being only defeated at that time by the feeling among republicans that Hon. henry Sabin, who had been defeated in the democratic landslide in 1891, should be given another chance. Four years later he was easily nominated by the republican state convention in Cedar Rapids, and was elected by a majorityb larger than that given any other candadate. In 1899 he was re-elected, receiving the largest majority given to a state superintendent since 1873. His majority over all was 48,588. Prior to his election to the superintendencey, Superintendent Barrett was well known over the state as an institute lecturer, and his services were in great demand, because he was known to be a practical and successful educator, whose work was above the realm of theorizing. His long training in the county superintendent's office thoroughly familiarized him with the needs of the common schools, and since his induction into the office of state superintendent of public instruction he has made good use of the knowledge and experience thus gained. By virtue of his office he is president of the State Board of E$ducational Examiners, the board of trustees of the State Normal School and a member of the board of regents of the State University, and the boar of trustees of the State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. His administration has been highly successful and satisfactory to the people, so much so that the legislature in 1900 considerably extended his authority to issue publications in the furtherance of educational work. though at all times busy with educational affairs, he has found time to do his full share of work for the party to which he belongs. He has been chairman of the republican county committee of Mitchell County, president of the Fourth Congressional District Republican League and in other ways has served his party well. He is a member of the Methodist Church and belongs to the Knights of Pythias and modern Woodmen of America. His parents are Alba C. Barrett, a carpenter and farmer, who came to Waverly from Pennsylvania in 1856, and Sybilla C Barrett whose maiden name was Bonstein. Mr. Barrett was married November 27, 1883, to Jeanette Armour Dean, the eldest daughter of Henry Dean of Minnesota. Ruth Dean, born March 22, 1890, is their only child.

Child is:

1. Ruth Dean Barrett b. 22 Mar 1890 Mitchell County, Iowa

5. Mandus Barrett [Rev] [Sybilla Bunstein, Jacob, Johannes Jacob, Laurentius, Johann Paulus Bonnstein, Chrisitan, Henning, Cuntz] was born 28 Sept 1863 Waverly, Iowa d. 21 Dec 1927 Grand Rapids, Mich. He married [1] Susie Ella Brown 9 Nov 1887 Cresco, Iowa. She died March 1921 Rockford, Iowa, of cancer [2] Lee Francis Yerger in 1924 Tabor, Iowa

Children of Mandus & Susie Brown are

1. Paul Barrett b. 1891 Strawberry Point, Iowa

2. Lewis Richard Barrett [Mandus, Sybilla Bunstein, Jacob, johannes Jacob, Laurentius, Johann Paulus Bonnstein, Christian, Henning] b. 23 Sept 1893 Iowa. He is a retired Col. USAF,

His child is

1. Heidi Barrett, married a Essman

Heidi has given me alot of the info I have on Sybilla and Alba and family, Thanks Heidi

Children by Lee Francis Yerger & Mandus Barrett are

3. Robert Barrett b. 1926 Detroit, Michigan

4. Mary Lou Barrett b. 1927 Grand Rapids, Michigan

Mandus Barrett’s Autobiography I know that I am and therefore conclude that I must have been born, according to the manner of my kind, at sometime and somewhere. Tradition, supported by the record in the old family Bible, says that I was born on the 28th day of September in the year 1863 at Waverly, Bremer County, Iowa. Unfortunately for my peace of mind neither history nor tradition speaks with certain voice as to my paternal ancestry. Some of my forbears say that my paternal grandfather was a thoroughbred Englishman, others, who seem to have just as good a right to speak with authority, insist that he was a Scotch-Irishman. Never having met the gentleman personally I have no first hand information and therefore have no alternative but to waver with constant uncertainty. There is agreement in some important particulars concerning him who has the honor to be my grandsire. With striking unanimity my forebears and kin tell me that my father’s father and two brothers [the proverbial three brothers] came from England at an uncertain time to this great land of freedom and opportunity, grandfather to escape service in the English Navy and that therefore he never talked about his parentage and native land. It is further agreed that he married a German maiden by the name of Cooper. My maternal ancestry is not in question, being pure German. I am therefore either English-German or Scotch-Irish-German extraction. My father’s name was Alba Cooper Barrett and my mother’s maiden name was Sybilla Caroline Bonstein. Father was born in New Jersey and mother in Pennsylvania. They were married in Penn. And there three of their five children were born. In 1856 they came west, locating in Waverly, Iowa. My maternal grandparents were living in our home at that early period of my life when I was acquiring a language and I learned to express myself in German by much the same process that a duck learns to squawk by natural imitation. I had four brothers, the youngest of whom was five years older than I, so that I never lacked in advice. When in my sixth year the family home was removed from Waverly to a place potentially a home-on-the virgin prairie about seven miles northwest in Butler County. The prairie with its vast solitude, its wondrous beauty, its impressive silence, its terrors of wind and storms, its seeming boundlessness, was a fitting environment for the future prophet and there the germ of the great thoughts of God and man, of time and eternity, of this world and the illimitable universe, sin and salvation, began its unfolding growth. Here the lessons of industry, or perseverance under the most adverse conditions, of self-reliance, of resourcefulness, of intiative were learned by sheer necessity; lessons of no small value to the one who would minister in the name of the Christ. When I was seven years of age my elemental school education began: it was two and a half miles to the school house. The school year consisted of two terms, winter and spring: five months in all, and the teachers were chosen not for their mental and moral qualifications but for their ral or supposed physical powers. Our neighborhood was known “far and near” as “Hell’s corners” and the big majority of the people seemed determined to live up to the name. By the time I was eleven years of age the population of the prairie had increased to that extent it was possible to organize a new school district and locate a school house within a half mile of our home. Three years later an event of great significances to more than one young person in our school took place. It was the employment of a young man, W. D. Smith, to teach the winter term of school. Great interest on the part of the scholars was manifested in the initials of Mr. Smith and some youthful wag suggested that W. D. stood for “Warbling Donkey” and thus it was decreed that W. D. Smith should be “Warbling Donkey” Smith, but the significance of Mr. Smith’s coming to our community does not lie in that but rather in the fact that he had spent two years in Cornell College and had a real appreciation of the importance and benefits of a college education and talked it personally to the older young people of that school and neighborhood. Out of school hours he instructed some of them in what was then called “the higher branches”. Among that select number was my older brother whom he encouraged to take an examination for a teacher’s certificate and to teach school with a view of earning money to attend college. My brother was thus not only interested in higher education but also in educational work and he later became prominent in educational circles, serving the state of Iowa as Sup’t of Public Instruction for three terms. As I have previously stated he was my Senior by five years, but we were great chums for all that and he shared with me his dreams of higher education and service. At the close of the winter term when I was sixteen I walked out of the school house with the determination not to cross its threshold again as a pupil. I had come to see that I was wasting time in covering the same ground in my studies every winter, my opportunity for attending school being limited to the winter term. The next winter I engaged to shop [chop] wood at sixty five cents a cord in order to earn money to pay my expenses at school elsewhere. My work was over four miles from home and mornings I would walk that distance before the light of day that I might have all of the daylight to work and then after dark at evening time would make the return journey in the same way. The next year with the help of thirty dollars from my father [all the money he ever gave my to help pay the expenses of my education] I was able to attend the Decorah Institute, a private normal school funded and conducted by John Breckinridge, and of course there I must go. At that period that institution annually enrolled about seven hundred students and there four hard but happy years were spent. For a part of that time my table board cost $1.26 per week, and I presume that it is not necessary for me to say that I was not over-nourished. I worked sixteen and sometimes eighteen hours a day except Sunday which I always observed most religiously. During my last year addition to heavy work in my course I served as an instructor in three and four classes five days a week. My religious training began before I was conscious of it. My mother was a devout woman and kept her Bible at hand and it is difficult for me to think of her apart from it. She was trained and raised in the Lutheran faith and my father in the Baptist faith but by force of circumstances they both united with the Methodist church when they came west and settled in Waverly. I have vivid remembrances of great camp meetings to which they took me in infancy and childhood. I made my public profession of faith in my sixteenth year during a series of revival meetings held in our schoolhouse, and united with the Methodist church. Think that I had better date the beginning of my active Christian service at the time I began teaching school which I did after finishing my course at the Decorah Institute. During my public school work I became a teacher in the Sunday School, then Sup’t of the Sunday School and then a preacher. For sometime I combined all these duties. The more I preached the more I became disturbed with questions as to my choice of a life work. Special training for teaching, fondness for the work, and a good measure of success in it made me feel that there I should stay and make the most of the splendid opportunities that that work afforded but the Lord was claiming me for the ministry and led me steadily in that direction. A year’s hard work in the high school at Clarksville this state, following my work at the Decorah Institute, brought on a nervous condition that made it wise for me to resign my position and I went to the Principalship of the schools at Orchard, Iowa where my work was much lighter. I arrived in the village the Saturday before the schools were open for the year. Inquiery revealed the fact that there were no preaching services maintained in the community and that there was no Sunday School. On Sunday afternoon I made my way to the Sunday School and received a very hearty welcome from the Sup’t, John Lee, who with his wife and three daughters were sustaining a school and endeavoring to give some religious instruction and training to the children of the community. They were meeting with indifferent success, they needed help. My position in the schools made it possible for me to give the cooperation needed in awakening the interest and in securing the attendance of boys and girls. I found that the Congregationalists, not many years before, had a prosperous church organization there and that the building used for the Sunday School “sd thrit vhutvh houdr, at that time in a good state of repair; also that there was about an equal number of Baptist, Methodist, and Congregationalists in the community, with not enough of any one denomination to sustain work. On November 9 of that year [1887] I was married to Miss Susie Ella Brown. Our acquaintance began at the Decorah Institute where she also was a student. Her parents were Lewis R. and Sarah Louisa Brown, prosperous and highly respected people living on a farm in Orleans Twp, Winnesheik County, about four miles northeast of Cresco, Iowa. The marriage ceremony was performed by the Rev. C. A. Marshall, a Cong. Minister, who was a neighbor of the family before he entered ministry and a highly respected friend. Mrs. Barrett immediately entered heartily into the work of the Sunday School and the community. We soon decided to invite all the professing Christians, irrespective of their church affiliations, to a conference at our house. As a result of that conference an aggressive religious campaign was started that included a Sunday morning preaching service, a larger Sunday School, and a prayer meeting. That was my first experience with a “federated church” and it was before I had ever heard the term. I was asked to take charge of the services and to do the preaching, which I did with fear and much trembling [my knees used to smite together and at times made as though they would fail me all together] but with great acceptability to the people. There I had my first call to the pastorate and there I had my first church but I did not recognize it at the time. We soon had the little church filled with worshippers and the Sunday School grew in attendance and efficiency, to the great delight and encouragement of John Lee. Dr. Parsons, pastor of the Methodist church at Osage, was called to our village for a wedding and learned of our community and religious work and of my part in it and called to make my acquaintance. He gave me much encouragement but startled me not a little by asking me as to my authority or right to do such work. I told him that I had no authority from man or church [needless to say I was not educated in Congregationalism then] but that the Lord Jesus Christ had given me all the authority I needed or could well use. He advised me that I transfer my membership from the Methodist church at home to the Osage church and that he would have the church grant me an “Exhorter’s License” that my work might have the sanction of the church: that advise I followed. The next year I went to Riceville, Iowa to be Sup’t of the schools. Before we got our household goods unpacked I was invited by the ministers of the village to preach at the union service the next Sunday night, it being the custom of the Congregational, Baptist, and Methodist churches to unite in the Sunday night service. Invitations to preach were never lacking and I visited the surrounding towns and many country neighborhoods as a preacher. In the early part of the summer of 1889 I was invited to become the state supply of the Methodist church at New Hampton, Iowa, until the meeting of the annual conference of that denomination in the fall and, after much persuasion from my friends, I accepted the invitation. At this time I decided to enter the Upper Iowa Conference as a probationer in the ministry and at the session of that body in September of that year, at Iowa City, I entered into that relationship and received my first official appointment to a charge. The rule of the Conference relating to a probationer in the ministry seemed fitted to my case for it made it easy for me to drop the relationship at the end of one or two years if I should be entirely convinced that I ought not to take the ministry as my life work. For two years I had been pursuing the conference study for Ministers and the two years probation would enable me to finish it, it being a four year course. My ministration at New Hampton were so satisfactory to the church and presiding elder that my regular appointment by the conference to that charge was desired. While I deeply appreciated the kindly feeling of the church, thus expressed, I had no desire to serve the church longer as a pastor. The Board of Trustees in their efforts to round up the finances at the end of the conference year, went to all my friends who had entertained me at meals or otherwise and asked them just how many times they had entertained me and what the cash value of such entertainment would be, that they might credit my salary account with it. That experience is absolutely unique in my ministry of over a quarter century-I shall never forget it. At my own request the conference assigned me to a small charge-small as studies. I was appointed to the Frankville circuit, in Winnesheik County, with four preaching places and a parish extending over a large area. An average of one sermon a week was all that I was required by my work to produce and I tried to make it of high grade. This field had been abandoned for some years because of the loss of members by removal and the change of the population but had been reorganized a year before my appointment. It presented a challenge to the best there was in me and I accepted the challenge. My first experience in evangelistic meetings as the preacher, singer, and personal worker were gained here. The work prospered. That year was made notable in our home by the coming of our first born, a son. At the end of the year I was given a change of pastorate that I might be promoted. I was duly grateful for both considerations. I was assigned to the Hawkins Circuit where I drove thirty six miles and preached the same sermon three times every Sunday. The work on that field was characterized by successful revival meetings, large accessions, and the organization of the young people. Having decided to except the ministry as a life work, I determined to seek a Congregational pastorate for I found myself out of sympathy with some Methodist ideals and methods. I was advised by a Congregational minister who was my good friend to write Secretary T. O. Douglass of Grinnell and in due time was introduced to the churches at Strawberry Point and Edgewood and received a call to become the pastor with service at each church on alternate Sundays. I began my work with these churches in September 1891 and on Dec 1st following a council convened for my ordination at Strawberry Point where we lived. The account of that event as chronicled in a newspaper of that place was as follows: “The ordination of Rev. Mandus Barrett as the pastor of the Congregational church of this place occurred yesterday. The Council from neighboring churches convened in the afternoon, composed of Rev. M. Marshall of McGregor as Moderator and Mr. Woods of Earlville as scribe, with the following named pastors and delegates: Rev. Lewis and Mr. W. H. Stone of Waucoma; Rev. Mumby, Fayette; Rev. Tuttle and Rev. Amsden of Manchester; Rev. and Mrs. Orvis of Winthrop. The services of ordination were held in the evening. Rev. Marshall delivered the sermon, Rev. Amsden, the prayer, Rev. Lewis extended the right hand of fellowship, Rev. Orvis the charge to the condidate, and Rev. Tuttle the charge to the church. The exercises were very impressive and instructive. The house was crowded to overflowing. The candidate, Rev. M. Barrett is a bright, active young man and highly esteemed in the community.” My work with these two churches was exceedingly pleasant and progress was made along all lines. Successful revival meetings were held with each church and the church at Edgewood completed and dedicated, free of debt, a beautiful house of worship. The spring following my ordination I attended the meeting of the Dubuque Association at the Dubuque First Congregational church where I attracted the attention of the Summit Church pastoral committee of that city. An unsolicited call followed. The Summit Church at that time was a struggling mission with a great field before it. I called into consultation the officers of the church which had become dear to me, and after hearing all the facts in the case and learning that I had in no way solicited the call and believing that I was needed in the Dubuque field, they reluctantly advised me to accept the call. I began my work with the Summit Church in June 1892. Here we held two series of evangelistic meetings each year and had continuous in-gatherings. The church was very small but the Sunday School was large so that the work was directly mostly for the young. Through pastoral and evangelistic work a goodly number of adults were brought into the church. The Home Missionary Society was giving the church aid to the amount of $400 per year. In two years the churches was brought to self-support on a salary increases of two hundred dollars and was thoroughly organized for aggressive work, having the largest Sunday School and the largest Senior and Junior Christian Endeavor Societies in the city. On the 23rd of September 1893 the Lord entrusted us with another son to train for time and eternity and our hearts rejoiced. During this pastorate an event of great significance to me occurred. Sec. Douglass of the Iowa Home Missionary Society spent a Sunday with the church and in his morning address told of a certain young man who had walked into the New York office of the National Home Missionary Society and said, “You can send me to the hardest field you have,” and then he proceeded to state the difficulties encountered in getting men for the small fields, the hard places, contrasting the average young minister with the man who was willing to take the very hardest field. I do not know that to any one else present that morning that that address was more than ordinary but it marked a turning point in my life. I decided then and there that the small and difficult fields would not call for me in vain. To only a few persons have I ever told that experience and never to Dr. Douglass. To me it had been too scared and to personal to talk about. I desired to attend a theological seminary and a business opening which seemed to have in it the promise of needed money to meet the expenses led me to turn to business but hard times came on and the venture was fruitless so far as money was concerned. That failure together with the advice of several good friends of thorough college and seminary training led me to abandon the idea of attending a theological seminary. My friends, some of them holding responsible positions and being Doctors of Divinity, told me that I had more that was important than the average seminary was giving and that it would be a waste of time and money for me to attend one. I have since very often found myself out of harmony with their judgment and advice. I was invited to go to New Lisbon, Wisconsin, by the home missionary society of that state and care for our church which for nearly thirty years had been aided by the society. It was one of the hardest fields of the state. The Missionary Society wanted to try once more to help the church and to determine whether it was justified in continuing to give aid and I accepted the call. After a year on the field I decided that there was no future for the church and in as much as the town was over-churched, it seemed to me that we were not justified in putting missionary money into the field. The years have confirmed my judgment. I was then called to the pastorate of the church at Shell Rock, Iowa, Here I found a church which was the result of trouble in the Methodist Church or rather with the minister. There were very few in the church who were congregationalists and it became a settled conviction with me that those who left the Methodist church did so more to vent the spleen against the minister and those members who remained loyal to him than for the sake of convictions or because of any change in denominational ideals and principles. The church membership was small and the home missionary society was helping support the work. There was a lack of harmony and a disposition to quarrel about trifles which, together with the fact that the spiritual needs of the community were well provided for, made our work very difficult and not very hopeful. In fact, I came to the conclusion that our church was not needed and that there was no probability of its growing. Twenty years have gone since then and, while the church still lives, it is weaker than when I left it’s pastorate, and is still receiving missionary aid. My next work was with the churches of Gowrie and Farnhamville which united in the support of the pastor. Here I found a delightful and appreciative people and the work moved steadily forward. Revivals at both churches increased the strength to the point where each thought itself strong enough to support a pastor and to do more and better work. That had been the goal toward which I had been striving so that I was well pleased when it was reached and I accepted the call to the pastorate of the Nashua church in order that the way might be clear for each church to secure a new pastor. I was further influenced to make such a change because of my wife’s health, the water at the Gowrie pastorate producing ulcerated condition of her mouth and stomach. I began my pastorate at Nashue in a union evangelistic campaign under the leadership of Fred B. Smith, who was a close friend. The campaign wa very successful and gave an impetus to the work that was manifest for years. A choicer or more loyal people that the folks of Nashua I have never found. The work with the young people was especially noteworthy. Not only did they maintain large and successful societies of Christian Endeavor at home and help in the Sunday School and other church activities but they also maintained several mission Sunday Schools in the country under the direction of the pastor. They were high grade young people with push and pep. One year we had eleven young men and one young woman in college, nine young men attending Grinnell. It was necessary to submit two resignations to this church as was also the case at the Summit Church, before I could secure release from the pastoral office. My evangelistic gifts and inclinations, together with the measure of success that the Lord had given me at home and with the neighboring churches, led me to give up the pastorate for that line of service. Locating my family at Cresco, Iowa, and securing a colaborer in the person of E. E. Englow of the Moody Bible Institue I offered myself to the pastor and churches for evangelistic meetings. With acceptence and success for two years, I did the work of an evangelist. In the very first series of meetings that I conducted I was made aware of a weak or diseased heart and as time passed it became weaker and it seemed best to give up that form of service. I might record in passing that the first invitation I received to conduct evangelistic meetings came from Orchard where I had begun my ministry. Receiving a call from t he Congregational church at Union. I returned to the pastorate. There was nothing easy about the work at Union but there was a challenge in it, a challenge to the utmost of a man’s strength. One of the conditions of my acceptance of the call was that a parsonage should be built and the committees were appointed for that purpose, and things were shaping up very satisfactory when, for some reason or other that I could not determine, the movement came to a stand still. That was sufficient to tie up practically everything and to bring out the fact that the church was divided into factions. The tangle in which things seemed to be made the situation hopeless so far a s I was concerned and the future very doubtful under any leadership. In later years I learned that a criminal action involving in a financial way several of the most prominent people was responsible for tying up the work at that time, the knowledge coming through the confession of one of the principles in the crime. The Union Church still had a name to live up to but it is practically dead. From Union I went to the pastorate at WHITING. Here I found a splendid people who were very provincial, failing in many ways to live up to their opportunities and to make the most of their resources. The Congregational Church practically dominated the community and I found that that domination was not the best possible. The Public schools were years behind the times. There was not a college or university graduate in the community, several students having been students but never graduating. The second year I was there the Congregational church lost a good S.S.Supt. And clerk and the community it’s supt. Of schools but we secured in his stead an up-to-date school man and we succeeded in getting the high school on the accredited list. We introduced the community to Grinnell College and secured from it the first students that ever attended Grinnell. Mission Sunday Schools and preaching appointments in the country laid the foundation for the splendid work now being done along extension lines. The church was also introduced to the seven societies and annual offerings to each secured. Close connection was made not only with our denomination but also with inter-denominational work. As the Whiting community is unique financially and agriculturally I determined to make it unique religiously and the people responded splendidly. A re-currence of my heart trouble prostrated me. After some months of treatment with local and Sioux City doctors from which I was nothing bettered but rather worse, the church granted me with a vacation for an indefinite period with salary continued and presented me with a purse of about $200. Some months later I resigned for there seemed to be no prospects for immediate recovery and it did not seem right to me to continue to draw the salary of a pastor, and then, I felt that the church should be free to secure a suitable leader. The kindness of that people will never be forgotten. My relationship of pastor of the Whiting church extended over three and a half years. I located on a farm near Olivet, Michigan within easy reach of the college. Here nearly three years were spent. The people, including the college community took us into their hearts. I served the church as trustee and S.S. Supt. And for nearly a year took my turn with three of the faculty in supplying the pulpit. I cannot tell the real soul anguish of those years when I thought of the world’s need and my physical condition which prevented my doing much and the strong probability that the end would come at any moment. Not that I had a fear of death but that I wanted to live to serve the Lord Christ. The tears and prayers of those days are only known to Him who knoweth all things. Strength increased and who shall say that it was not the result of prayer? I had ceased to take medicine. Opportunities to supply pulpits away from home came and I began to think that I might even do the regular work of a pastor again. The sickness of the pastor brought me an invitation to supply the church at Calumet for three months. When I arrived on the field I found that the church wished me to take over all the work of the pastor and while the work was heavy I continued to gain strength and I fully determined to return to the work of the pastorate and began shaping my affairs to that end. I was asked by the Michigan conference to do special work with the weak churches in the southern part of the state. As I remember it, there were 42 churches that needed special attention and I was asked to become responsible for them, to visit and hold meetings, to assist in getting pastors, to decide what disposal should be made if the case seemed hopeless. While the work appealed to me I did not feel that it would be wise for me to undertake it because of the great physical strain to which I would be subjected and the salary offered was not satisfactory. I was asked to do evangelistic work in the panhandle of Texas under the auspices of the Home Missionary and Sunday School societies but that was also declined. I was called on my record to Williston, North Dakota but that call was declined also. The call that I did accept came from the Red Jacket Church at Calumet. I knew no one in the church and knew little about it but its call was the cry of the weak and despairing. The church had voted to die but after the meeting when such action was taken there were a number who wanted to have another meeting and reconsider the matter. Some days later another meeting was held and someone proposed that the church call me. My work with the Calumet church was the ground of their faith that I would enable them to live as a church. My friends in the Calumet church added their influences to the call and I accepted. Things began to happen right away. The church was reorganized and progress was made in every department. Received 49 people to membership in less than a year. Began my ministry with the church on a salary of $1200 and had it raised $300 within 3 months. My wife’s illness made it important for us to move to lower altitudes. I turned my eyes toward Iowa and was called to the pastorate of the Pilgrim church in Des Moines but I could not see a future for the church and declined the call. The church at Hancock learning that I was going to leave the Red Jacket churches called me. Although only twelve miles from Calumet, Hancock is about 700 feet lower and promises the necessary relief for my wife. The Red Jacket church continued to prosper until the great labor strikes in the mines of the district in 1913 when in common with other churches, it was weakened by removals. As the Calumet churches had also suffered losses, it seemed wise for the two churches to unite. The Hancock field is large, the people being so scattered from “Dan to Beer-Sheba”. To be more specific will say that the parish includes the cities of Hancock and Houghton and several smaller communities. A better people than the Congregationalists of Hancock are not to be found. They took us into their hearts and homes at once. I cannot tabulate all their kindnesses but I am sure that their reward will be great in Heaven. We were just getting adapted to the field and laying some plans for the future when I developed mastoid abcess which was not recognized by my physician for six weeks and then I was in a very critical condition. An operation was the only hope and that was attended with great danger because of my very weak heart. A hurried journey to Rochester and the noted Mayo’s was made and there I was successfully operated on but the strain upon my heart was very great and I continued to lose strength after my return to my work. While still very weak from my own operation my good wife had to submit to a very serious operation and within a few months our oldest son, then a Senior at Grinnell College, was taken seriously sick and was operated upon twice. My wife’s operation resulted in the development of another trouble that threatened her with a complete physical and mental breakdown and the son came out of the hospital with acute Bright’s disease so that with my own weakened heart and a head that was slow in healing and that then and now is sensitive to wind and cold I had plenty to try my nerve and drain my vitality. Still the work went on and the church increased my salary $200. That pastorate was my first real venture with a strong church and I was very glad at that time when unusual demands were being made upon my finances I was drawing a salary of $1600 and $1800 and house. It was pleasurable also to be recognized as the pastor of one of the most influential congregations in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and to be interviewed by the reporters of the daily papers and to be sought as a speaker on many occasions, etc. I had believed that I could “turn the trick” of O really wanted to and for three years notwithstanding the physical handicaps that I have mentioned I demonstrated that I could. The cold of that climate occasioned great suffering in my head and the hills strained my heart so that it was inevitable that I should lose in vitality. At a time when both Mrs. Barrett and I were in need of consultation with our surgeons and other members of the medical staff at Rochester an invitation to attend and to participate in the service of dedication of a new house of worship at the old parish at Whiting came and we stopped at Rochester on our way out. I was told in plain language that I must leave Hancock if I desired to live. While waiting for my wife I stepped into the WMCA to pay my respects to the young man who was the pastor of the Congregational church and to greet the Secretary with whom I had become acquainted while a patient of the doctors. I there learned that the pastor had resigned and was asked by the Secretary as a member of the committee to secure a pastor, if I would consider the position. After some inquiries and information he called the committee together to meet me and within a very short time they had made a statement of their case. It looked like a Providential arrangement for me, ordered out of my field at Hancock and asked to consider the pastorate at Rochester with in a few minutes. I took some time for deliberation and prayer but accepted the call of the Rochester church within a month to begin my pastorate some three months in the future. As one of the inducements to accept their call the Rochester church increased my salary from $1200 and house and then added $100 for moving expenses. Upon assuming the pastorate I found that certain representations which had been made to me relative to conditions were not true and that a small number of aristocrats dictated the policy and movements of the church, the result being discord and divisions. Had I been content to cater to the ruling element=and that would not have been difficult-I could have drawn my salary monthly and have had the easiest time of my life. But I have always cherished a high ideal for my ministry and then I am told by noted specialists that I am living in the twilight of life and that “the night cometh when no man worketh” may come to me at any moment. Unless I took the line of least resistance and was false to my ideals and did violence to my conscience it was early apparent that I could not bear the strain of that work and would have left the field withing a very few months but for the importunity of friends. After a pastorate of little more than a year in length I left Rochester. The number of persons received to membership during my pastorate was exceeded only five times during the period of 23 years. Having closed my pastorate at Rochester without waiting to secure another field of labor I was face to face with the difficulty that ministers out of work have come to dread if not to fear. With me that difficulty was accentuated by my physical condition and that fact that I was past fifty years of age. For family reasons I desired to locate in Iowa but determined that whatever else a church was characterized by it must have harmony and a desire to do the work of the Master. Whether the membership be large or small was of little concern but I did want an opportunity to do things. The Methodists and the Presbyterians opened their denominational doors to me but I did not enter in, though I appreciated greatly the fine spirit shown. For family and financial reasons I decided to locate at Waterloo until I could find a field that really appealed to me. There several months were spent in rest and supply work. Some offer’s from churches to call on record and other openings came but the “Lord was not in them” as far as I could determine. In Feb. 1915 an invitation to supply the pulpit of the Marion church received an acceptance and for the first time in more than twenty years I visited that church. While I was more or less familiar with its history during those years the condition of the church and its property, the parsonage and house of township, as seen at close range, was such as to move my profoundly and awaken all my sympathy. After supplying for several weeks and getting well acquainted with the people and the conditions I told them that I would accept their call to the pastorate. The salary was increased and the parsonage remodeled and improved and we moved about the first of May. During the months that followed the church building has been remodeled and improved and today is one of the best in the city and a credit to any people. Progress has been the best in the city and today the church is moving steadily forward. There are many things to be accomplished however before the church will be strong in all departments of work. I have never been a time server nor have I ever sought great things for myself but I have never had a confidant or a confidante as regards to my ideals, plans, and purposes and many times have been misunderstood and misjudged as a consequence. I have cultivated studious habits and have read extensively on a wide range of subjects. Good judges tell me that I have an exceptionally good library. It is the result of very careful selection and no book or set is given place on the shelves simply for show. I have done correspondence work with Chicago University during recent years along lines of personal interest to me. I have no hobbies, theology, social logy, pedagogy, philosophy, etc. Claim my attention and interest. Whatever success may have attended my ministry I think it is due to the fact that I have tried to be single hearted in the service of Jesus Christ, always placing the interests of the church above my personal interests. By reflection and analysis I find that I have influenced many young people to go to college and to enter some definite form of Christian service, like the ministry, Y.M.C.A. work, and missionary endeavor; that I have been instrumental in leading many to accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour and many more to deconsecrating: that I have diffused missionary intelligence and increased missionary offerings on every field; that I have always shared in the fellowship of the churches in local associations and in the state conferences; that I have always tried to be a good pastor sharing the joys and sorrows of my people and not with indifferent success; that my interests and labors have not been confined to my own denomination and to my own church; that I have tried to help on every good work. Many blunders and failures mark my pathway but I am determined to forget those things and all else that would interfere with the most efficient service of Christ in the present opportunity. With a diseased heart, hearing that is impaired and a head that is a seat of much discomfort and pain. I know that I have great physical handicaps but I join with the Psalmist in saying “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, Bless His holy name.” My sons have grown to manhood and the oldest graduated from Grinnell College with the class of 1912 and is now Secretary of the Green County Y.M.C.A. and is married and lives at Jefferson. The youngest son is now a student at Grinnell College being a member of the class of 1917. I do not know that two better boys ever lived; they are a great comfort to me. This autobiography would be incomplete without a tribute to the good woman who has shared my joys and sorrows, my labors and successes, my hopes and fears, my trials and disappointments for nearly 29 years, and who is the mother of my two boys. Of late years her own health has been precarious. She has been a real help-mate to me all these years, making friends easily and doing a remarkable amount of parish work. Universally respected, honored, and loved by her husband and sons she goes the even tenor of her way, growing old without showing it and shedding love and sunshine upon everybody. Marion, Iowa June 1916 Mandus Barret

POSTSCRIPT TO MANDUS BARRETT AUTOBIOGRAPHY BY HIS SON PAUL The work at the Marion church continued to grow gradually during 1916 and 1917. Father became prominent in Masonic Circles in the city, becoming a Knight Templar, and very well thought of by the men in the city. He was also prominent in a city Lyceum Course which a committee of citizens promoted. I think that he was chairman of the committee. When the United States entered the World War he at once signified his intention of entering the Y.M.C.A. service either here at home or over seas. His health was such that home work was the only thing open to him. This he entered into with great enthusiasm and for the most part was stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Station. During the terrible epidemic of influenza he and mother gave their very hearts, bodies, and souls to the poor boys and their parents who suffered as a result of the countless deaths at the station. During these months they lived at Waukegan and worked incessantly. The centering of his mind entirely on others seemed to give him a new lease of life and bring about a physical change that was entirely for the better. Following the Armistice the State Committee of the Michigan Y.M.C.A.’s showed an interest in father’s work because of relationships he had had with some of the men of that state staff. He spent several months in the Northern Peninsula which he knew so well representing the Inter-church World Movement. Upon cessation of its work father, mother, and brother Lewis entered into a business adventure at Adel, Iowa. This was a venture into the automobile game but proved to be unprofitable. In 1919 he accepted a call to Kingsley, Iowa where he stayed slightly more than a year. Contacts with larger fields made him impatient with the smaller churches with which his sympathies had been during his entire life. His nerves largely gone his patience was not of the best. In addition mother’s condition continued to grow worse until the Rochester physicians informed them both that she was suffering from a deadly cancer on her left limb. In 1920 they moved to Rockford, Iowa, nearer the home of both in their younger, brighter days. Here mother entered the last period of her life on earth, knowing her exact condition, with such wonderful spirit that the entire little village grew to love her. In March 1921 she was relieved of her suffering and entered the Great Beyond to continue her wonderful work as a friend to all in that larger parish. She was laid to rest at her home cemetery where lie her father and mother. Following mother’s death father seemed to almost lose control of himself and could not bear to remain in the little village where his wife for 34 years had died. So he accepted a call to the church at Russell, Kansas. He remained there slightly over a year I think, when his nervous impatience and resulting lack of tack again lost him a few influential friends and he determined to accept the opportunity to return to the Copper Country of Northern Michigan where he had so enjoyed his work preceding his sickness and operations. The Calumet Church had once more asked for him and in 1922 he again joined them. For almost two years he worked happily among old friends where he seemed to be able to do his finest work. Unfortunately the crisis in the copper industry completely overcame the country and churches, of all denominations were severily crippled, financially and by removals of hundreds of members into other portions of the U.S. In 1924 father thought it imperative to leave northern Michigan and became interested in the Eastwood Church at Columbus, Ohio. His oldest son, Paul, was then stationed in that city in the Y.M.C.A. work. Thinking it a good opportunity to join his son he came to Eastwood church. The outlook for the organization was very poor because of the rapidly approaching colored section of the city which seemed sure to completely surround the major portion of the city in which Eastwood members lived. But at his age, and in his frame of mind, he could not be particular, and he accepted the challenge to assist the Eastwood people in saving themselves if possible. It was while serving at Eastwood that he married the second time. During the pastorate at Russell, Kansas, he had met Lee Francis Yerger, and their friendship had deepened through the following two years of absence. Their marriage was solemnized in Tabor, Iowa at the home of her twin sister, Mrs. Frank Crawford. They immediately took up their residence in Columbus and Mrs. Barrett immediately entered into the parish work with fine enthusiasm. Feeling that his days of active ministry were limited and now feeling that he greatly desired to establish himself in a business which would provide his new life-partner with a profession after he was gone, they both began a diligent search for something suitable and profitable. Eastwood grew smaller and smaller as the members moved from their homes to new sections of the city. During 1926 father and step-mother experimented with insurance in Detroit and arch correction work in Battle Creek, until the arrival of a son Robert, forced them to settle down somewhere where a steady income might be forthcoming. The small church at Hudsonville, Michigan, a suburb of Grand Rapids opened its doors and here they decided to settle. The little church took on a new lease of life, grew as it accepted the leadership of a man above the caliber of their ministers of the past. Membership grew, the parsonage was remodeled, and the church renovated. A finer people never grew than the sturdy Hollanders of that community. In 1927 a daughter Mary Lou was born to the happy parents, and father wrote to both older sons “Now my cup of joy is full to overflowing.” For years his mastoid trouble had repeatedly forced itself upon him causing him great discomfort, both physically and mentally. In 1919 a second radical operation had been performed and each winter had seen renewed trouble with the left ear. In December 1927 the entire family had a siege of tonsillitis and this proved to be the final spark of fire thrown at the slumbering coals in the old mastoid. Within two weeks infection had spread over the entire brain, great suffering followed, and death and relief from the multitude of worldly sufferings came Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 21 in the Butterworth Hospital of Grand Rapids. The funeral was held in his church at Hudsonville with the Rev. C.H. McConnell of Grand Rapids, a brother Congregationalist minister, officiating. Lewis, Paul and family, and Loi, a sister of Lee Francis, were present at the funeral. Burial was made temporarily in the Hudsonville cemetery until Lee Francis might find herself a permanent home where she could bring him to join her as a comfort during the years of Robert’s and Mary Lou’s growth into manhood and womanhood. Did there ever live a man who worked harder; fought more valiantly for his ideals; ministered more lovingly to unfortunate people; urged higher education more insistently; and productively too; spoke more impressively from both pulpit and platform upon religious and popular subjects; read more diligently; kept abreast with the best thinking of his day in all lines and cheerfully accepted modern teachings with an open mind and heart; endeavoured to be the best father he knew how; and yet who underwent more physical disabilities, both personal and family; and who because of a inbred hatred for “catering”, “playing politics”, “going with the crowd”, stood out alone against whole congregations or entire influential factions in church memberships because he thought that he was right? Thirty seven years of work for the Lord his Master and no permanent home established on this earth! Soul stricken sons cry “God! Give him that permanency which he so desired, that everlasting home in the great unknown Heaven!” A great example of one whose circumstances rapidly overcame him and made him their subject. A great lesson for any young man, especially sons, to rise above trials, temptations, circumstances, and go on “running with patience the race that is set before us.” May the God-like woman whose lovable disposition, cheerful face, inspite of all difficulties, kindly word, undying love for family meet him with that same old smile and help him “carry on” above as he so desired to do here on earth, and yet because of physical frailties and mental attitudes never seemed able to do. May the good God look down upon the two tiny children of Lee Francis and upon her and guide her carefully through the long years ahead! May the two sons of Susie and Mandus be able to make the name of Barrett mean what they so much wanted it to mean: God Grant It! January 1st, 1928 Signature Paul Barrett



Most records for this family spell Barrett with an "e" and two "t's", but Caleb did sign his name "Caleb Barratt" on the administration account for his mother-in-law, Elizabeth [Hoppock] Cooper in 1827.

1. Caleb Barrett b. 1698 Fairfield, Cumberland, New Jersey d. 1 Jan 1758 Hopewell, Cumberland, NJ, He married Abigail Ayars, daughter of Isaac Ayars & Hannah Barrett, she was b. 4 Nov 1699 Fairfield, Cumberland, NJ d. 1 Jan 1765 Shiloh, Cumberland, NJ

Children are:

1. James Barrett b. 24 Jan 1723 Hopewell, Cumberland, NJ d. Feb 1781 Hopewell, NJ, he married Sarah Bowen

2. Joshua Barrett b. 14 Oct 1725 Hopewell, NJ

3. Elizabeth Barrett b. 7 Apr 1721 Hopewell, NJ

4. Hannah Barrett b. 14 Jun 1730 Hopewell, NJ

5. Sarah Barrett b. 25 Jun 1739 Hopewell, NJ

6. Abigail Barrett b. 24 Aug 1735 Hopewell, NJ

7. Caleb Barrett b. 27 Aug 1737 Hopewell, NJ

1. James Barrett [Caleb]was b. Jan 1723 Hopewell, Cumberland, NJ d. Feb 1781 Hopewell, NJ, married Sarah Bowen, she was the daughter of Elijah Bowen & Sarah Watson, she was b. 31 Jan 1723 Shiloh, Cumberland, NJ.

Children of James and Sarah Bowen are:

1. Caleb Barrett b. 3 Oct 1785 NJ, d. 20 May 1869 of Palsey, in Lower Augusta, Northumberland Co, PA buried Riverview Cem. Sunbury, PA, He married Rachel Cooper, daughter of Gabriel Cooper & Elizabeth Hoppock, she was b. 30 Aug 1793 PA d. bef. 1868 Lower Augusta, PA, buried Riverview Cem. Sunbury, PA. They married in Trenton, Mercer, New Jersey.

Children of Caleb Barrett and Rachel Cooper are

1. Ann Barrett b. 2 Sept 1811 m. Mr. Ross

Note: Ther is an Ellen Ross, age 13, living with Ann's brother Levi Barrett in the 1850 census in Rush Twp, Northumberland Co, PA, maybe Ann's daughter?

2. Joseph William Barrett b. 19 Mar 1810 Trenton, NJ, d. 30 Nov 1896 Pierce Co, Wisconsin [8 Mar 1813 by others], according to his obituary, provided by his great-granddaughter, Julia Margaret Meier-Ogle, but according to Medora Nesbitt-Kosin the 1813 date would be consistent with Ann Barrett's birth in 1811 and the order of the children in Caleb Barrett's will. m. Harriet Hazelett Ferree on 28 Sept 1834 Mill Hall, she was b. 1 Oct 1816 Mill Hall, PA, d. 7 April 1902 Pierce Co, Wisconsin

Info by Mrs. Ogle:



Barrett - At his home in Big River, Nov. 30, 1896,

Joseph Barrett, aged 86 years, 8 months, and 11 days.

Mr. Barrett was born in Trenton, New Jersey, March 19th, 1810.

At an early age he left his birhtplace for Sunbury, PA., where

he served an apprenticeship as a tailor. In 1830, he went to

Lock Haven [PA], where for 7 years he was employed as foreman

on the West Branch of the Pennsylvania Canal. He was married

in 1834 to Miss Harriet Ferree. In 1854 he immigrated to

Wisconsin and took up his home in Pierce County where he has

lived the later half of his sturdy and honorable life. Sterling

Industry and direct dealing have characterized the career that

he has led through several states and 87 years. Those nearest,

who mourn his loss, are a wife and six children. The funeral was

conducted Wednesday at 2 o'clock by Rev. W. M. Balch.

1850 Census Borough of Lock Haven, Clinton Co, PA:

Joseph Barrett 37 Laborer

Harriet 31

George 14

John W. 13

Albert 9

Frances 6

Irwin H. 1

William 4 since dead [he probably died between the time the census was taken and the time it was filed.]

Joseph Barrett was listed on the Tribelle Twp [Pierce Co, WI] tax roll for the year 1858 and owned 120 acres of land in section 6. In 1900, that land was listed as "Joseph Barrett Estate" and taxes were paid by T. H. Barrett. Harriett Ferree Barrett died 7 April 1902.

Children are:

1. George Caleb Barrett

2. John Wesley Barrett

3. Albert Joel Barrett b. 3 Apr 1842 Lock Haven, PA, d. 14 Oct 1924 Navarre Coulee, Chelan Co, Washington, buried Chelan Cem. m. [1] Helen Pierce 24 Apr 1868, theylived in New Hudson, WI and Blanding, WI and had three children [all info on Albert & his descendants was provided by Julia Ogle] [2] Helen Newcomb 10 Apr 1878 Ellsworth, WI, the couple had two children, Helen died 30 Dec 1886 Utah, WI [3] Estella Electra Thing 22 Mar 1891 [she was his niece, daughter of his sister Medora] she died 5 Jan 1964 Retsil, WI, Wisconsin veterans home where she spent her last years. buried in the Veterans Cem Retsil, her and Albert moved to Washington, taking up a homestead in Douglas Co, on the Columbia River and had issue as listed.

Children by Helen Pierce are:

1. Schuyler Hazelette Barrett b. 1870 d. 1949 m. Myrtle Haycox, divorced, two children; Cecil and Bonita, they lived in Washington

2. Caroline Elizabeth "Carrie" Barrett b. 1873 m. Warren Prebale, one child Elizabeth

3. Dwight Albert Barrett b. 1874 d. 1951 m. Myrtle Haycox, his brother's x wife,[Julia Ogle knew Dwight, and says, "He was a wonderful man and father--he had diabetes"

Children by Helen Newcomb are:

1. V. Belle Barrett b. 1880 adopted by Richard and Elvina Bacon, Ellsworth, WI 3 Jun 1887

2. Virginia H. "Ruby" Barrett adopted by Francis and Dorrus Moffett St Paul, MI

Children by Estella Thing are:

1. Geroge DeWitt Barrett b. 1891 d. 1910

2. Verna Susan Helen Barrett b. 2 Apr 1897 m. Louis Meier

3. Charles Wesley Barrett b. 1900 d. 1903

4. Harvey Lawe Barrett b. 1904 d. 1976

5. Grace Estella Barrett b. 1908 d. 1908

6. Paul Norman Barrett b. 1909 b. 1962

4. Frank Mills Barrett

5. Torrence Hazeletter Barrett

6. Francis Ann "Fannie" Barrett m. a Nick, her daughter Susie Nick married her cousin, George W. Nesbitt.

7. William Barret b. 1846 d. 1850

8. Irwin Barrett b. 1849

9. Medora Virginia Barrett b. 1855 WI, d. 16 Jun 1888 Anoka, Minn. m. [1] Abner Thing, they had two children Estella Electa Thing who married Albert Barrett her Uncle and had:

1. Verna Susan Helen Barrett b. 2 Apr 1897 Douglas Co, WI m. 30 Sep 1917 Louis Conrad Meier Chelan, WI, They had a daughter Julia Margaret Meier b. 13 Mar 1919 Winesap, WI m. 25 Dec 1935 William Edgar Ogle Waterville, WI, Julia has contributed much info on this family of Caleb and Rachel Barrett, through their son Joseph.

and Joseph Thing, who later took the surname of Barrett, she divorced him [2] George Esterbrook Nesbitt, he had four children, her and George had one child together, George Wesley Nesbitt., after his mother's death, George Wesley Nesbitt joined his half-sister and brother, Estella nd Joseph, who were living with their Barrett grandparents at Big River, WI, Medora's sister, Ena Josephine Barrett, served as a mother to George. George eventually married his cousin, Susie Nick, daughter of Francis Ann Barrett. George and Susie Nesbitt's daughter was Medora Virginia Nesbitt, who later married Edward Kosin. Medora Virginia Nesbitt-Kosin authered over 27 books on the Barrett and Kosin families before she died in 1986 or 1987. A son, George Edward Kosin, and daughter, Marily Kosin hope to carry on her work.

10. Ena Josephine "Jo" Barrett m. [1] Johnston divorced, [2] Herrick

3. John Barrett b. 15 Apr 1815 m. Katherine Bosler/Boosler/Bothlet, b. abt 1819 Germany, they married 2 Jan 1842 in a double ceremony with Peter Kiser and his bride. Before Katherine married John, she was a maid in the household of a Dr. Strugis and may have been an indentured servant to pay for her passage from Germany in 1825.

Note: John claimed he was born in 1815 at 99 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia; this address was located between Independence Hall and the Delaware River. The 1810 census had a William Barrett at 198 Chestnut Street, Phil., but no connection has been made between this William and Caleb. [source Susan Sanders].

Info from Great-Grandson Delbert Barrett:

John came to Fort Wayne, Indiana from Richmond, Indiana, in 1838, probably travelling down the Ohio River from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati, then by stage coach to Fort Wayne. His brother, William H. Barrett, also chose to settle in Allen County. Most info is from Delbert except where noted.

John Barrett was living at 200 W. Wayne Avenue on 2 Jan 1842 when he married Katherine Bosler [last name could also be Bosseler/Bothley/Bothlet]. They were married in a double ceremony with Peter Kiser and his bride. Katherine had been born abt 1819 in Germany and came to America in 1825. Before her marriage she was a maid in the household of a Dr. Strugis and may have been an indentured servant to pay for her passage from Germany. The Barretts lived the rest of their married lives in Fort Wayne, John making a living as a farmer and joiner, he built the first house in the Bloomingdale Addition.

Until April 1889, the John Barrett family lived as prosperous farmers, without notoriety. However, on the morning of Sunday, April 14, John Barrett attacked his wife of forty-seven years, striking her over the head with a fireplace poker.

The Fort Wayne newspapers devoted much column space to the murder and trial. The Morning Journal of Friday, 10 May 1889 reported:

Nearly four weeks ago John Barrett, a wealthy farmer living near Huntertown, made a murderous assault upon his wife. Her head was beaten almost to a jelly, the fiendish husband using an iron poker and several pieces of stove wood.

There was no provocation on the part of Mrs. Barrett. The couple are old, their ages being near three-score and ten.

Mrs. Barrett had partially recovered from her injuries and was supposed to be on the way to convalescence. Her consulting physician, Dr. A. P. Buchman, had considered that death from her injuries would be impossible.

On Wednesday night Mrs. Barrett died and the crime which was originally charged as assault and battery with intent to kill, will now be magnified into murder.

Old Man Barrett is still in jail and will be defended upon his trial by H. C. Hanna, esq. He is rich and able to pay liberally for the services of such excellent attorneys as Mr. Hanna. The defense will be insanity.

It will be said in Mr. Barrett's defense that he has frequently given evidence of a mental hallucination. The neighbors, however, may be willing to testify that he has often been cruel to his wife and has beaten her shamefully.

Old Man Barrett will have a rilroad ride to Michigan City at all events.

According to the 23 October 1889 issue of the Fort Wayne Sentinel the circumstances of the murder were never clear. the newspaper quoted John Barrett's recollection of the murder:

"I don't remember anything about it...The whole affair is a blank to me. All I remember is that I was in the dining room, I saw two men pass the house and soon afterwards they came into the room and told me my wife had been murdered...I never had any trouble with my wife."

Other witnesses at the trial recounted the incident in more detail, in the same news article:

Harrison Heusinger: "Live near Barrett's. Knew them: was there the morning of the killing. Barrett was covered with blood; asked Barrett what he had done: he replied: "what has she done." Helped take care of old lady. Gave the poker and other things found there to sheriff."

Henry Brooks: "Was turnkey at jail in June: had Barrett in custody: he told me something came over him all at once and he had a poker in his hand and hit her: then took some sticks of wood and hit her; he claimed first he didn't know anything about it."

T. A. Wilkinson: "Am deputy sheriff; arrested Barrett April 14th, 1889; found him at home lying on bed; he recognized me and Deputy Lindsey, who was with me; asked him what the trouble was; said he couldn't tell exactly; said something about fish and coffee he had had, said he didn't know how it happened he strick his wife."

Dr. K.K.Wheelock: "Know Barrett; saw Barrett at jail April 16, 1889; defendant told me trouble began in morning: she got up about 5 o'clock, built a fire in kitchen and he in sitting room; went from sitting room to kitchen to hang up poker; as he went to hant it up it touched her; she turned angrily on him and he struck her. She again turned on him and he again struck her and then grew so angry that he didn't know what he was doing; picked up a stick of wood and struck her."

After four hours deliberation by the jury, John Barrett was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to twenty-one years in prison. In the Sentinel reporter's opinion, the verdict of the jury was a "light one, considering the atrocity of his crime." Barrett's insistence that he recalled nothing of his crime, was "geigned," and Barrett was "not insane. He [was] as rational on all subjects as any man of his education [could] be."

According to the testimony reported by the Sentinel the issue of Barrett's sanity was not cut and dried. A number of persons were depostitioned to testify on Barrett's character and sanity, including members of his family and acquaintances from the Northumberland County, PA area. Many witnesses from the Fort Wayne area testified to his sanity and soundness of mind. However, an equal or greater number of witnesses were of the opposite opinion. The question of the sanity of other members of the Barrett's family also came up. More than one witness questioned the sanity of John's parents, Caleb and Rachel Barrett. For example, according to Chrlotte Bartholomew of Sunbury, PA:

"Caleb was always queer; his wife frequently got crazy spells; believed in spirits and spooks."

Other witnesses testified that John Barrett's brothers, Levi and George, were "of unsound mind." According to Eli Broisious of Sunbury, "Two brothers of Mrs. Caleb Barrett were subject to epileptic spasms." Mr. Brosious went on to say that although he couldn't state that Caleb Barrett was insane, he could say that "something was wanting in him."

Other witnesses described how John Barrett had recently been ill and had been prescribed morphine or opiates. Still others testified that John Barrett was a heavy drinker.

John Barrett, sentenced to twenty-one years in prison, spent less than two weeks behind bars at Michigan City, IN. He died quietly in his prison cell the morning of 11 November 1889. His body was returned to Fort Wayne where he was buried in Dutch Ridge Cemetery, Perry Township, Allen County. The graves of neither he nor his wife are marked. John Barrett seemed to forsee his death: at the time of his sentencing, the Fort Wayne Sentinel of 23 october 1889 reported the following conversation:

"How old are you, Mr. Barrett?" [Sentinel reporter]

He turned to Jailor Lindsey for the reply. "Seventy four," answered that officer. "He will be ninety-five when his sentence ends."

"I will never live to see that day," Barrett quickly spoke up.

Children are:

1. Fredrick Barrett b. 29 Jan 1843 d. 2 Sept 1933 buried Lindenwood Cem. Fort Wayne, Ind. married Martha Beavers on 15 Jan 1865 Huntertown, Ind. They had four children: Florence, Albert, Nerva, and Nerva B. He was a Civl War Vet, Superintendent of the Street car system in Fort Wayne and had a grocery at 200 W. Main St. He and Col. David Foster were the two last Civil War survivors in Allen County and received much publicity in the parades of the 1920's and early 1930's. He was a small man, only 5'4" and probably never weighed more than 130 pounds.

2. Elizabeth Barrett b. Jan 1846 married William Pettit on 25 Jan 1862.

3. Margaret Barrett b. 1847 d. 6 Feb 1874 buried Dutch Ridge Cem, Allen Co, Ind. m. John Myers 13 Apr 1864, they had two sons, Delbert and William

4. John A. Barrett Jr. b. 10 Apr 1849 Perry Twp, Allen Co, Ind. d. 26 Jan 1930, married Elizabeth Hartle, daughter of Adam and Prudence Boice Hartle on 4 Mar 1879, she was b. 7 Sept 1855 Jackson Twp, Dekalb Co, Ind. d. 27 Oct 1933, both are buried Fairview Cem, Allen Co, Ind.

Children are:

1. Nellie Catherine Barrett b. 8 Apr 1880 d. 16 July 1967 m. Simon Gallaway, both are buried Fairview Cem. Six Children: Hannah, Gladys, Grace, George, John, and Mary.

2. lavina Barrett b. 4 Nov 1881 d. 17 Jun 1957 m. William Jackson, both buried Fairview Cem One child, Hazel married Orville Shaffer

3. Elsie Prudence Barrett b. 26 Jan 1884 d. 5 jul 1963, m. William Van Buskirk [2] John Leneman, one child: Darrel Barrett Van Buskirk

4. John Roy Barrett b. 17 Oct 1885 Noble Co, Ind. d. 1 Nov 1945 Allen Co, Ind.buried Greenlawn Memorial. m. Emma M. Hollenbeck in 1910 Blfion, Ind. daughter of Theodore and Mary House Hollenbeck, she died 1968 Tampa, Florida, buried Garden of Memory, Tampa Fl. All info on this family was provided by their son Delbert Barrett.

Children are:

1. John T. Barrett b. 1 Aug 1911 d. 14 Jan 1985 Traverse City, MI, cremated one child: Juanita Barrett

2. Burton B. Barrett b. 21 Aug 1913 d. 24 July 1982 buried Tampa, Florida, m. 1937 Eileen Miller, they had seven children

3. Delbert Alden Barrett b. 25 Dec 1915 Fort Wayne, Ind. m. 19 Aug 1939 Decatur, Ind. Helen V. Scott, daughter of Clarence and Bessie Decker Scott

Children are:

1. Barbara Mae Barrett b. 3 Oct 1947 Allen Co, Ind.

2. Deborah Ann Barrett b. 25 Nov 1948 Allen Co, Ind.

Del was a master electrician unti his retirement, His research, largely done at the Allen County, Library in Fort Wayne, has been a major contribution to this family history.

4. Helen Mae Barrett b. 10 May 1925 m. Charles Ortman, had two children: Janice and Jerry

5. Harry Barrett b. 22 Jul 1888 d. 27 Feb 1963 m. Mary Goings, buried Fairview Cem. no children

6. Hazel Dell Barrett b. 15 May 1890 d. 19 apr 1956, m. Louis Rhodes, buried Fairview, one child: Cecil B. Rhodes

7. Chester A. Barrett b. 27 Sept 1892 d. 3 Jan 1958, m. Jessie Fulk, buried Mishawaka, Ind. four children: Hope, Owen, Ida, and Forrest Plympton, who died in infancy.

5. George W. Barrett d. 12 Mar 1914, married Caroline Hartsell 20 Sept 1878, had four children: Orpha, Emma, Perry, and Orange.

4. Levi Barrett b. 4 Apr 1817 m. Sarah Auchmuty [Moody]3 Mar 1843, daughter of John Auchmuty & Lydia Shipman, she was the grandaughter of Smuel Auchmuty who served in the Rev. War from Northumberland Co, PA

Children are:

1. Samuel Shipman Barrett

2. Mary Alice Barrett b. 7 Sept 1845 d. 6 Oct 1912 buried Wildwood Cem. married John Wolf son of Michael and Regina Magdalena Neff Wolf 27 Nov 1866. They raised Six children and lived all thier lives in or near Williamsport Lycoming Co, PA.

Their daughter Annie Ellen Wolf, born 16 Aug 1867, married Oliver W. Houser, son of Franklin and Subilla Smith Houser 16 Jul 1886. She died 20 Sept 1932 buried Wildwood Cem.

Martha Hazel Houser was the sixth child b. 25 jan 1893 m. Harold Anthony Hinkle, son of George and Sarah Doan Hinkle 4 June 1917, they had three children: Evelyn, William and Alan.

Evelyn Louise Hinkle married William L. Sanders. They currently live in York, PA. Their oldest son, James r. Sanders, b. 11 Nov 1944 is the husband of the wirter. Jim is a fourth-great grandson of Caleb and Rachel Barrett and is a professor at Western Michigan University.

3. Rachel Ellen Barrett b. 1847 married George Sterner: 1880 soundex index recorded the following entry for Sunbury, West Ward, V 59, ED 169, Sheet 42, Line 45:

George Starner 32, Head

Ellen E. Starner 32, wife

Howard S. Starner 8 son

George E. Starner 6, son

Mary E. Starner 2, daughter

George W. Sarvis, 24, brother-in-law

1880 Soundex also listed in Lower Augusta Twp:

George W. Steurner 34, Head

Ellen N. Steurner 33, wife

Annie Steurner 8, daughter

Corra Steurner 6, daughter

Sarah Steurner 4, daughter

Jessie Steurner 1, daughter

4. James A. Barrett b. 1849, maybe the James A. Barrett who married Mary Burns he d. 12 Apr 1886 age 36 yrs 1 month: Reported in the Lewisbur Journal 21 Apr 1886: 1880 census Selinsgrove, Snyder Co, PA:

James Barrett 29, Head

Mary Barrett 21 wife

Orren Barrett 1, son

Carey Barrett, 21, brother

5. William C. Barrett b. 1851 was killed in a mill accident in Williamsport, PA Oct 1881; buried Wildwood Cem plot owned by the family of his sister, Mary Alice Barrett Wolf. His obituary identified him as a Sergeant, Company D, Twelfth Reg. no surviving wife or children were mentioned. Listed on the 1880 Census for lycoming Co, Armstrong Twp with his sister Mary Alice Wolf family.

6. Alexander Peltz Barrett b. 1853: 1880 soundex Rush Twp, Northumberland Co:

Alex P. Barrett 27, Head

Phebe Barrett 19, wife

John E. Barrett 3, son

Clarrissa Barrett 2, daughter

Stiles Barret, 17, brother

7. Cary Almon Barrett b. 1858, Records for Zion Evangelical lutheran Church, Sunbury, showed the marriage of Carie [sic] A. Barret to Jennie Yoder both of Selinsgrove, 20 Nov 1883. He was listed with both his mother and brother on the 1880 census. The 1900 census for Danville, Montour Co,:

Carey A. Barrett b. dec 1858 age 41

Margaret J. Barrett b. Nov 1865 age 34

joseph A. Barrett, b. Nov 1888 and several other children:

8. Winfield Scot Barrett b. May 1861, may be the W. S. Barrett of Selinsgrove who m. 21 Oct 1886 Susie Mitchell. 1900 census Milton, Northumberland Co:

Winfield S. Barrett b. May 1861 age 39

Susan G. Barrett b. Jun 1867 age 33, wife

Hazel C. Barrett b. Oct 1890 age 9, daughter

Mary Barrett b. Aug 1897, age 2, daughter

Clarence Mitchell b. May 1883, age 17, nephew

Mary Clemens b. May 1877 age 23, sister

9. Stiles Duncan Barrett b. 1863

10. Lydia May Barrett

11. John Anthony Barrett

5. Elizabeth Barrett b. 2 Mar 1819 d. 29 Oct 1889, buried Riverview Cem, Sunbury, PA, m. Samuel Thatcher/Thacher b. 1813 d. 1873, buried Riverview Cem. He was the one to whom Caleb Barrett granted power of attorney in 1868.

6. Tobias Barrett b. 3 Jan 1821, d. by 1891, m. Margaret J. Brown,

1850 Census for Cole Brook Twp, Clinton Co, PA p. 152 12 Oct 1850:

Barrett Tobias 28 b. NJ ?

Margaret 25 b. PA

Catherine 7 b. PA

John 4 b. PA

Nancy 2 b. PA

If this was the correct Tobias Barrett, a New Jersey birthplace was not likely, as Caleb Barrett was positively in Northumberland County by 15 April 1820 when he purchased land.

THE HISTORY OF CENTRE AND CLINTON COUNTIES listed a Tobias Barrett who served in the Civil War, Company D, 1st PA Calvary. This man's pension file indicated he was born 1820-21 and married Margaret J. Brown on 16 Dec 1842-44 Lockport, PA. Tobias enrolled in the Union Army 22 Feb 1864, at the age of 43. His physical description at that time was 5'4" tall, fair complexion, black hair, and blue eyes. His "Declaration for an original Invalid Pension dated 3 Nov 1879, told the story of his war injury:

In the line of his duty at Jerusalem Plank Road in the State of Virginia on or about the tenth day of June 1864 while on picket his horse was shot and fell upon him, dislocating his left shoulder and left ancle [sic], and rendered him insensible. Despite numerous affidavits submitted by Tobias and Margaret after the war testifying to his inability to work, the couple never received any type of pension based on his war service. Documents in the file indicated both Tobias and his wife had died by 1891.

7. Catherine Barrett b. 8 Nov 1823 according to Medora Nesbitt-Kosin, m. [1] Daniel Van Kirk [2] Mr. Hall

She was identified in Caleb Barrett's will dated 15 Apr 1868 as Catherine Hall; in another of Caleb Barrett's estate documents dated June 1870 she was named the wife of Daniel Van Kirk; in a document dated Nov 1870 her name was Catherine Hall. At the murder trial of her brother, John, in Indiana, in 1889, Samuel R. W. Vankirk of Danville, PA, laborer, stated: "Catherine Vankirk is my wife; she is a sister of John Barrett, living near Fort Wayne; she has been in two different insame asylums, was insane". Two others at the trial, John P. Baer and Wm. S. Baker, also testified that Catherine Vankirk was insane.

1850 Census Borough of Danville, Montour Co, PA p. 316 3 Aug 1850:

Daniel Van Kirk, Farmer, 37, Real Estate $300

Cath. Van Kirk, 26

Rachel Van Kirk, 3

Leitia Van Kirk, 80

There was a column on the 1850 census to check if a person was insane: Catherine's name was not marked.

8. James Barrett b. 31 Sept 1825

1850 Census for Borough of Danville, Montour Co, PA p. 316, 3 Aug 1850:

James Barrett, 23, Laborer

Susannah 19

9. Albert Cooper [Alba] Barrett b. 1 July 1827 NJ, m. Sybilla Caroline Bunstien [Bonestein]1847 Sunbury, PA

[Info under Sybilla Caroline Bunstein]

10. William H. Barrett b. 10 Jan 1822 according to Delbert Barrett's sources, According to Medora Nesbitt-Kisin he was b. 10 Jan 1830, which fits into Caleb's will and order of children in it, d. 19 Oct 1873 buried Eel River Cemetery, m. Rachel Larimore 7 Sept 1851. d. 19 Jan 1901, buried Eel River Cemetery. They went to Perry Twp, Indiana, near Fort Wayne, where William's brother John also settled. William later bought farm land in Lake Twp, Allen County, around Arcola, Indiana.

Children are:

1. James L. Barrett b. 19 June 1852, never married

2. Mahala Elizabeth Barrett b. 16 July 1857 m. 14 Mar 1875 John William Rapp II.

Children are:

1. Hope Rapp b. 1876 d. 1876

2. John William Rapp III b. 1877 d. 1941 m. 24 Nov 1905 Catherine Happel

Children are:

3 Unknown

4. Kittie Marie Rapp b. 15 Oct 1910 m. 31 July 1931 Arthur Loeffler. She is the one that supplied all data on this branch to Susan Sanders, her extensive notes documented more descendants of William and Rachel Barrett than could be included in this history from Susan.

3. Harry Rapp b. 1879 d. 1932

4. Agnes Rapp b. 1881 d. 1939

5. Gertrude Rapp b. 1884 d. 1939

6. Kittie Rapp b. 1886 d. 1943

7. Max Rapp b. 1889 d. 1953

8. Donald Rapp b. 1893 d. 1956

3. Francis Barrett b. 21 Aug 1862 never married, she was an opera singer in New York and Chicago and died of a brain tumor.

11. George S. Barrett b. 28 Oct 1835 d. 4 July 1913 Byron, Alfalfa county, Oklahoma m. Elizabeth Francis Ebling on 9 Oct 1859, d. 2 April 1914, both buried Byron and Amorita Cemetery, Amorita, OK, She is the daughter of John Ebling & Catherine Tyson. The marriage ceremony was held in the parent's home near Sunbury, Northumberland Co, PA

Remembering Grandpa and Grandma Barrett

As told by a grandson who lived at the Barrett's home much of the time when he, John Ferrell, was a small boy.

George and Elizabeth made their home in the area and began their life together. Land available for farming must be cleard of timber, so George set about this task. For extra income, he worked onthe canals that served the county. Elizabeth, an industrious homemaker, soon became skilled in the arts that she needed to manage a household.

In 1861, the first child, Albert W. was born. Caleb E. joined the family in 1862. Four more children were born in Pennsylvania, namely Mary Melinda [Molly], 1863, John E. 1866, Sarah Katherine [Kate] 1867, and Benjamin F. 1868. Little Albert died of scarlet fever in 1866, baby Caleb had died in 1863. These two children were buried near Sunbury.

As the county became more thickly populated, George felt the urge to migrate westward. Some of the Ebling families had gone west in the 1860's and settled in Indiana. Letters had told of new opportunities there. George and Elizabeth decided to follow. They left lower Augusta Twp late in 1868 or early in 1869, to make a new home in Indiana. Six more children were born there. The were: George W. 1869, Elixk F. 1870, Freeman Lawson 1872, Susan Jane 1875, William H. 1876, And Charles 1877. When but a few months old, William H. died and was buried in Zion Cem., Culver, Indiana.

Once again, George became restless when he heard of new land to be taken in far away Kansas. The family was uprooted and plans made to move overland in a covered wagon. A large farm wagon was fitted with bows and covered with Stout Canvas. Possessions were sold, supplies laid in for the long trek. A strong, young team of horses would be necessary to pull the wagon, with a 'stand by team' and a saddle horse and the farm dog to help with the small herd of cattle they wished to take along.

On the day of departure, the younger children were put into the wagon atop boxes, bags and barrels while the older youth walked and drove the animals. Elick remembered their Pa had usually tied the 'boss' cow to the rear of the wagon so the other cattle would come along with less trouble. Molly, Kate, John, and Ben shared the task of keeping the small herd moving at the same pace as the wagon and not allowing them to stray or stop to graze. Kate often told that their new shoes lasted but a few weeks and from then on they were barefoot and their feet were sore from stone bruises and nettles. The boys were allowed to range a bit away from the trail in search of prairie chicken, rabbit or grouse but were warned to never lose sight of the wagon!

The trip from Culver, Indiana to Kansas required three months of steady travel with the exception of Sundays. On that day the Barretts tried to camp near a plentiful source of water such as a spring, creek, or lake. Everyone bathed, washed their hair, and helped with carrying water to heat for doing the laundry. Pa and the boys mended harness, treated collar sores on the teams and looked after the horses'feet. They were careful to remove each wagon wheel to repack the hub with fresh axle grease. Ma tried to cook something special such as dried apple dowdy or bake extra biscuits for the 'road'.

Four year old Susan remembered how weary she became of the wagon and how she begged to get out and run along with the older youth who were tending the animals. But Ma would not allow her that because she said that Susan would get lost in the dust or be stepped on by a big cow.

At last, the family reached Reno County, Kansas. In 1878 they filed a claim on Quarter Section 18 Sumner Twp. George and the sons built a half-soddy in which the family lived for a few years. An orchard was started and trees planted for windbreaks. Since the homestead was raw prairie, fences must be built and sod turned. Four more children joined the family in Kansas. They were Estella 1879, Frank 1880, James 1884, and Daniel 1885.

According to the Homestead Act, a person must live on the land for five years in order to 'prove up' on the claim. Thus in 1884 the George Barrett's had lived up to the requirements and wre now the owners of 160 acres of virgin soil.

An interesting census entry for this family was taken in 1885 by the state of Kansas [copy supplied by Virginia Griffin to Sue], it indicated that the George Barrett family owned a farm of 160 acres, no fence, total value of farm $1500.00, value of implements and machinery &80.00, winter wheat 40 acres, corn 40 acres, oats 10 acres, Irish potatoes 2 acres, millet 5 acres, bushels of wheat on hand as 3-1-1885 50 bushels, number of tons of prairie hay cut in 1884 10 tons, number of horses 4, 2 milk cows, 2 other cattle, 20 seine, 1 horse [sic], number of cattle fattened and sloughtered or sold for slaughtering in last year 20, 10 apple trees, 150 peach trees, number of trees not in bearing 25 apple and 50 peach, 1 dog [Reno County, Salt Creek Township, Post Office, Newhaven].

Children of George and Elizabeth are: according to John & Verna Ferrell and Merlin and Virginia Griffin's research:

1. Albert W. Barrett b. 18 Oct 1861 PA d. 16 May 1866 PA of Scarlet Fever.

2. Caleb W. Barrett b. 18 Oct 1862 PA d. 26 dec 1863 PA

3. Mary Melinda "Mollie" Barrett b. 26 Apr 1863 PA d. 10 May 1919 Buried Mt Hope, Kansas, married Henry Sullivan b. 1848 d. 1921, buried Mt Hope, Kansas, had Five children:

4. Sarah Katherine "Kate" Barrett b. 7 Aug 1864 PA d. KS in 1934, m. Clark Moon, b. 1858 d. 1931, both buried in Haven, Reno Co, KS, 3 children

5. John E. Barrett b. 13 Mar 1866 PA d. 20 Nov 1892 at age 26, admitted to Osawatomie State Hospital, Miami Co, KS. never married

6. Benjamin E. Barrett b. 10 Nov 1868 d. 9 Mar 1949 OK, buried Byron and Amorita Cem, Amorita, OK, never married, was blind most of his life following an accident.

7. George W. Barrett b. 1 Apr 1869 Ind. d. 20 Sept 1952, m. Elizabeth Ebling [his mother's niece], b. 1865 d. 1915, both buried Byron & Amorita Cem. OK, three children

8. Elick F. Barrett b. 1 Mar 1870 Culver, Ind. d. 19 Mar 1950 El Reno Canadian Co, OK, m. Loretta Priest, b. 1875 d. 1948, both buried El Reno Cem. four children.

9. Freeman Lawson "Laws" Barrett b. 21 Oct 1872 marshall Co, Ind. d. 19 May 1953, m. Minnie Bell Hankey b. 1877 d. 1967, both buried Turon Cem. Turon, KS.

10. Susan Jane "Jane" Barrett b. 2 Mar 1874 Culver, Ind. d. 15 Jun 1952 buried Byron and Amorita Cem. OK m. [1] John Jefferson Ferrell b. 1860 d. 1904 buried Ware Cem, Byron, OK [2] Melvin Stoffer

Children are:

1. John Eddie Ferrell b. 22 Mar 1904 Hinton, OK d. 7 Jun 1989 Mount Hope Cem. m. 24 Dec 1924 El Dorado, KS Verna M. Stehle. He was a maintenance foreman for the Kansas State Highway Department.

Children are:

1. Jane Ferrell m. Cauble Mount Hope KS

2. Doris Ferrell m. Coyan Wichita, KS

Verna supplied info on this family at age 85.

11. William H. Barrett b. 18 Apr 1875 Culver, Ind. d. 19 Aug 1875 buried Zion Cem

12. Charles Barrett b. 17 Jan 1877 Ind. d. 9 Jan 1949, m. Mary Suvilla Hughes 10 Feb 1902 Anthony, Harper Co, KS, she was b. 1883 d. 31 Jan 1921, both buried Rosedale Cem. Alfalfa Co, OK. She was the daughter of Alvin and Annette Jan Heagen/Hagen Hughes

Virginia Griffin wrote of their lives:

The Barrett family moved from Indian to Reno Co., Kansas, and the Hughes family moved from Ohio to Reno Co., Kansas when Charles and Mary were very young. Later both families relocated in Alfalfa Co., Oklahoma. Shortly after Charles and Mary were married, Charles obtained a quarter section of land through the homestead land grant. He built a three room house, where he and Mary raised their family. Later, Charles bought another 80 acres of land, across the road from where they lived for the sum of &12.00 Charles had an unusually large barn, which was the site of a regular barn dance. Charles was the fiddler, and people came from miles to dance away the night. Mary died at an early age and Charles remained on the farm the rest of his life, until he became ill a few months before he passed away.

They had seven children 13. Estella May Barrett b. 9 Jun 1880 Reno Co, KS d. 7 Mar 1964 , m. Ulysses Grant Goff b. 1866 d. 1947, both buried Byron and Amorita Cem. Ok

14. Frank Barrett b. 9 jun 1880 Reno Co, KS d. 17 Mar 1959 m [1] Agnes Nikkel b. 1884 d. 1937 [2] Nancy Eudy he is buried El Reno Cem, Ok

15. James Barrett b. 30 Apr 1884 Reno Co, KS, d. 23 or 31 Jan 1969, m. Sarah Lunsford b. 1895 d. 1937, buried El Reno Cem, OK

16. Daniel Barrett b. 10 Sept 1885 Salt Creek Twp, Reno Co, KS d. 16 Sept 1887, accidently shot to death when a gun fell.

12. Matilda Barrett b. 3 May 1833 d. 1834 at age 16 years.

2. Lewis Barrett

3. Elizabeth H. Barrett b. 1747


In the name of God Amen. I, Caleb Barrett of Lower Augusta Township Northumberland County in the State of Pennsylvania being weak in body but of sound mind memory and understanding, [Blessed be God for the same] and considering the uncertainty of htis transitory life do make and publish this my last will and testament in maner [sic] and form following to wit Principally and first of all I commend my immortal soul into the hands of God who gave it and my body to the Earth to be buried in a decent and christian-like manner at the discretion of my executor herein after named and as to such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give and dispose of the same in the following manner to wit I give and devise unto my daughter Ann Ross fifty dollars. I give and devise unto my son Joseph Barrett two hundred dollars. I give and devise unto my son John Barrett three hundred dollars. I give and devise unto my son Levi Barrett three hundred dolars. I give and devise unto my daughter Elizabeth Thacher three hundred dollars. I give and devise unto my son Tobias Barrett two hundred dollars. I give and devise unto my daughter Catherine Hall three hundred dollars. I give and devise unto my son Albert Barrett three hundred dollars. I give and devise unto my son William H. Barrett three hundred dollars. I give and devise unto my son George Barrett three hundred dollars. The expences [sic] for burying and funeral first to be taken out, the balance of my estate if any there be I give and devise equal between my sons. And lastly I nominate constitute and appoint my trusty friend Samuel J. Houseweart to be the executor of this my Will herby revoking all other wills legacies and bequests by me heretofore made and declaring this and no other to be my last Will and testament in witness whereof the said Caleb Barrett have [sic] hereunto set his hand and so seal the 15 day of April one thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight.

Caleb's estate took four years to settle, until 1873. The following documents were in his estate records:

Executor's Account dated 25 Jun 1870: Among accounts paid were:

Levi Barrett for funeral expenses $15.00

Dr. F. L. Haupt for medical attendance $7.50

Daniel Hileman for coffin $22.00

Auditor's Report, confirmed 14 November 1870:

Among the entries was Levi Barrett's claim dated October 18, 1866; for reimbursement for boarding his father for one year, taking care of horses for six weeks, taking care of his father during his last illness for sixteen weeks, hauling his father and his goods, and funeral expenses. Samuel Thacher, husband of Elizabeth Barrett Thacher, also presented a claim for boarding Caleb Barrett during 1867 and 1868. Recall that Caleb gave Samuel Thacher power of attorney in a document dated 30 Mar 1868.

With Levi Barrett's claim, the auditor stated: "The account was sworn to, but no written or implied contract has yet been proven as to terms for keeping said Caleb Barrett, Deceased, the law seems clear that a son cnnot charge and recover for keeping a parent unless [sic] a contract is proven. The claim is therefore [sic] thrown out."

Auditor's Report, confirmed 29 Jan 1871:

Included in this second auditor's report was a ruling on an outstanding note against George Barrett and Levi Barrett. George had purchased a horse from Caleb Barrett and Levi was bail on the note. Levi's son, William, testified that the horse in question had been returned to Caleb and that Levi had told Caleb that he would not be bail any longer on the note. The audito accepted this testimony and relieved Levi from payment of the note.

Regarding the claim by Levi that he should be paid for caring for his father, Ellen Barrett, Levi's daughter, testified; "I heard my grandfather say that whoever took care of him should be paid after his death. He boarded with my father about one year in his health the first time. He then again was with us about 16 weeks in his last illness." John Campbell also stated he heard Caleb Barrett say that "he would now pay Levi $5 or $6 per week as he was growing feeble." The auditor accepted these testimonies and awarded Levi his claim. Exceptions to the report were filed and then withdrawn by Levi's sister, Catharine Hall. Samuel Thatcher's claim for boarding Caleb was also allowed.

Executor's Account 28 June 1873:

This report indicated Levi was entitled to a final sum of $435.06 from the estate: the other heirs received varying amounts according to the terms of the will and their claims.

Auditor's Report 5 January 1874:

This last auditor's report gave the distribution of the final amount remaining in the estate.

It seems that according to documents cited above, the Barretts were normal, hard-working farmers. It was startling to learn that in 1889, two persons from Sunbury, PA [Harriet Brosious and Charlotte Bartholomew] testified that Caleb and Rachel Barrett were of unsound mind; that Caleb "believed in 'spooks'" and Rachel "frequently got crazy spells." This testimony was presented at the Allen County, Indiana trial of the Barrett's son, John, who was accused of murdering his wife. The defense was trying to show John Barrett was insane at the time of the crime. Another witness [Eli Brosious], who would not admit that Caleb was insane, stated that 'something was wanting in him." Furthermore, these same and other witnesses testified that three of John Barrett's siblings were insane: Catherine Barrett Vankirk, Levi Barrett, and George Barrett. Witnesses at the trial also testified that two of Rachel's brothers were subject to "epiliptic spasms".

Note: Epiliepsy was known or understood at this time, along with many other types of things. [Personal Note: Today we are fortunate and very thankful for the people that struggled to learn about these things and have taught us how things are and have helped so many people in similar situations, be able to live normal lives and not be rejected by people anymore.]

More research needs to be done on a Tobias Barrett in Philadelphia very early 1800's, a James Barret in Bucks Co, PA late 1700's, an Alba C. Barrett, Shamokin merchant who died in 1849 and an Elijah Barret that died intestate in Northumberland Co, in 1800.

Sometime between 1815 & 1820 Caleb Barrett moved his family to Augusta Twp, PA. The earliest record is a deed dated 15 Apr 1820 between Caleb and Isaac and Abigail Shrontz, all of Augusta, Caleb purchased 60 acres of land in Augusta Twp for $ 800, these acres were bounded by lands of William Baker, John Mealock, Peter Lysring [?], John Ross and Peter Shrontz.

Caleb Barrett's name first appeared on Tax Lists for Augusta Twp in 1821; he was listed with 60 acres, one horse, no cows. It looks like Caleb followed his wife's family to this county, since Gabriel and Elizabeth Cooper had arrived as early as 1815. Two fo Elizabeth's sisters, Alice [Hoppock] Cooper and Mary [Hoppock] Moore had also come to Northumberland Co, by 1810 and 1818:

1820: Caleb Barrett, Augusta Twp, p. 15; 4 males under 10, 1 male 26-45; 1 female under 10, 1 female 26-45

1830: Augusta Twp, p. 182; 3 males under 5, 1 male 5-10, 1 male 10-15, 1 male 40-50; 1 female 20-30, 1 female 40-50

1840: Augusta Twp, p. 186; 1 male under 5, 1 male 5-10, 2 males 10-15, 1 male 20-30, 1 male 50-60; 1 female 20-30, 1 female 40-50

1850: Lower Augusta Twp, p. 138 [31 Sep 1850]: Caleb Barrett age 64, Farmer, Real Estate $1500; Rachel Barrett age 58, George Barrett age 14, [all born in PA]

1860: Lower Augusta Twp, Post Office Box Sunbury, 16 July 1860 p. 100: 752-757 Caleb Barrett 74 Real Estate $3000 Personal $400, Rachel Barrett 70 both born in New Jersey

Recorded Land Transactions in Northumberland County for Caleb Barrett:

7 April 1830: Caleb Barrett and wife Rachel sold land to Abraham Snyder for $100. This land had formerly belonged to Joseph Snyder and was passed on to his daughter Sarah, wife of Lewis Barrett [sic]; it was later sold to Caleb Barrett through power of attorney. At the time Lewis and Sarah Barrett granted power of attorney to their brother-in-law John Gouss in 1827, they were residents of Stark County, Ohio. The land Caleb sold was 26 acres, adjacent to lands owned by Abraham Snyder, John Martin, Henry Bartsherer, John Snyder and Martin Houser.

29 April 1830: Caleb Barrett of Augusta Township bought land in the same township from Peter Sassaman and his wife, Elizabeth for $200.

27 February 1867: Caleb Barrett of Lower Augusta Township sold land in the same township to John Worsderfer for &4000; this was the land Caleb had bought from Isaac Shrontz in 1820. Since Caleb's wife, Rachel Cooper Barrett was not mentioned in the deed, it is presumed she died before this date. It was common for a wife's name not to appear with her husband's on a deed for purchase of land; but when the land was sold, she had to co-sign a deed and execute a release of her dower rights. Any property a man acquired in fee simple during his marriage was subject to his wife's dower claim: if a man sold land, then died, his wife could still legally claim dower on it if she had not previously relinquished all claims to that property.

30 March 1868: Caleb Barrett of Montour County, PA granted power of attorney to Samuel Thatcher, witness Levi Lose. Samuel Thatcher was the husband of Caleb's daughter, Elizabeth. Caleb may have been in ill health at this time since the document was signed with an "x" and before Caleb signed his name.

Wit: Levi Lose & Oskar Lose.

Gabriel Cooper was b. abt 1763 in NJ, he died 14 June 1817 in Northumberland Co, PA buried 14 jun 1817 Zion Union Church, "Stone Church" and is buried in an unmarked grave, he was 54 when he died. He married Elizabeth Hoppock 21 Aug 1788 Bucks Co, PA, He of Bucks Co, PA she of Amwell, NJ, by Rev. William Frazer, she was the daughter of John Hoppock & Mary, she was b. 20 Sept 1770 Hunterdon, NJ d. 31 Aug 1823 Northcumberland Co, PA


Henry Race, "Rev William Frazer's Three Parishes, St Thomas's, St. Andrew's, and Musconetcong, N.J. 1768-1770," Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography no. 2, Vol. XII [July 1888] p. 223. [#16] < He was in Capt. Manus Yost Co, Haycock Twp, 14 Oct 1871

A Gabriel Cooper appeared on the 1810 Census in Tinicum Twp, Bucks Co, PA: Hunterdon Co, NJ are across the Delaware River from each other, and Tinicum Twp is right on the river. The Census fits the family except that Henry is not there, but he may not have lived with the family at this time.

Gabriel Cooper & Family 1810 Tinicum Twp, Bucks Co,PA

1 male 0-10 [John b. 1807, age 3 in 1810] 1 male 10-16 [Jacob] 1 male 16-26 [Israel] 1 male over 45 [Gabriel b. ca 1763 would have been 47] 1 female 0-10 [Ann], 1 female 10-16 [Sarah], 2 females 16-26 [Mary & Rachel, b. 1793, 17 in 1810], 1 female over 45 [Elizabeth]

Sometime before 1815 Gabriel & Elizabeth moved west to Augusta Twp. In 1815 "Gabriel Cuper" appeared for the first time on tax records in Augusta Twp, he was also on the 1816 tax list. He died the following year.

On 18 May 1818, Elizabeth Cooper of Augusta Twp filed a power of attorney in Hunterdon, to her "trusty and true friend, Samuel Bloom" This document identified Elizabeth as one of the daughter's of John Hoppock, late of Amwell. "Widow Cooper" was listed on the 1820 census for Augusta Twp: the household consisted of 1 male 10-16, 2 males 16-26, 1 female under 10, 2 females 16-26 and 1 female over 45. In 1821, Elizabeth Cooper's name appeared on tax records in that same Twp.


Letters of Administration were granted 16 Sept 1823 to Caleb Barrett and Jacob Long, two of her sons-in-law. Payments were made from Elizabeth Cooper's estate to the following persons: Peter Shrantz, Samuel Bloom, Margrate Hyne, Jacob Zimmerman, Daniel Hileman, David Mealick, Joseph Houghton, Soloman Coldron, Peter Overdorff, John Kennedy, George Long, John Wynn, Benjamin Hyne, William Reeser Jr., John Bloom, Francis P. Schwartz, John Weitzel, George Martin, William Stewart, David Mealick Jr, and John Smith

Children of Gabriel and Elizabeth Hoppock are:

1. Rachel Cooper b. 30 Aug 1793 PA d. bef 1868 Lower Augusta, PA, married bef 1810 Caleb Barret in Trenton, Mercer, NJ

2. Henry Cooper b. 1794

3. Israel Cooper

4. Jacob Cooper

5. Mary Cooper b. 2 Mar 1790 d. 13 Apr 1865 Sunbury, PA married Philip Renn

6. Sarah Cooper married Henry Chittister

7. Ann Cooper married Jacob Long

8. John Cooper b. 19 Aug 1807 d. 3 Sept 1879 Sunbury, PA married Catharine Snyder



Reverend Arthur Cooper reported: John Cooper, a highly respected citizen of Upper Augusta Twp, Northumberland co, Pa and a prominent member of the Lutheran Church, departed this life Sept. 3 [1879], aged 72 years and 15 days. Mr. Cooper was a native of New Jersey, and emigrated with his parents at an early age to Northumberland County. During Father Shindel's revival meetings, he united with the Lutheran Church, of which he was a faithful member until he was called to the Church Truimphant. He located in Upper Augusta after marriage, in a place usually known as Limestone Valley, three miles below Sunbury. Here, by industry and strict economy, he amassed considerable wealth; he raised a respectable family; the greater part of the children united with the church of their father's choice. The deceased had been in feeble health for the last few years. Last spring, midst all his weakness and encumberance [sic], he met for the last time with his brethern around the communion table in St. Peter's Church. He lived in the faith of a final triumph, which comes to some unexpectedly. Mr. Cooper's house was always open to the hospitality of the many vistors, old and young, strangers and friends; the ministers of hte Plumb Creek Church receiving and enjoying a large share of his family's open-heartedness. For the last few months, this good brother became infirm and much afflicted, the earlty house giving warning that it would soon break. Life finally terminated in the hope of a glorious immortality,--"Peace be to his ashes." The funeral services were conducted by Prof. Peter Born, D.D., and others;--'For me to live in Christ, to die, is gain.' As a shock of ripe corn, he was gathered into the upper garner.

Children of John and Catherine Snyder are:

1. Hiram P. Cooper b. 25 Sept 1830, lived at home until he was 21, then went to Noble County, Indiana, where he taught school for several years. He married Margaret Simpron of Millersburg, Indiana on 6 April 1856, she died 18 June 1899.

Children are:

1. John L. Cooper b. 9 Sept 1856 married Mary Neufer, he was a city engineer in Goshen, Indiana and d. 25 Mar 1910.

2. Luther J. Cooper b. 31 July 1858 married Maud Vallance and lived in Ligonier, Indiana

3. Mary Cooper b. 8 Feb 1860 married Frank P. Conrad and lived in Goshen, Indiana, she died 20 Dec 1925, no children.

4. Rev. Horatio S. Cooper b. 1862 married Florentine Getz, he was a United Brethern Clergyman in Michigan.

5. Carrie M. Cooper b. 31 oct 1864 married Rev. James P. Mclane/McLean, Presbyterian Clergyman, they lived in Gulfport, Florida

6. Florence Cooper b. 28 Dec 1866 married Samuel Neufer and lived in Wawaka, Indiana, she died 5 Aug 1926.

7. Prof. Homer H. Cooper b. 22 Dec 1868 married Mary Bailey, he was Superintendent of Schools in Knightstown, Indiana, one child known; Lowell who married Thelma McConnaughey and had a daugher Miriam.

8. Effie Cooper b. 31 Aug 1870, was, according to Miriam Cooper, "a doctor with the China Inland Mission, she was in China for ten years during the Boxer Rebellion.

2. Jeremiah Cooper b. 23 Aug 1832, married [1] Jemima Susholtz [2] Martha Riland [she was married to a Keller before], he was a farmer near Sunbury and later lived at Selinsgrove, Snyder Co, PA. He died 15 Apr 1888 was buried in Penns Cem, Spruce St, Sunbury.

Children, mothers are uncertain, according to the Rev.

1. Thomas Newton Cooper, he was a railroad foreman in Sunbury, Pa

2. Thadeus P. Cooper, railroader and farmer in Winfield, PA

3. Alice Cooper died age 8

4. Harry Cooper died age 5

5. William N. Cooper located in Ohio

6. Laura Cooper married Grant App, lived near Danville, PA

7. Edward B. Cooper a physician at Sunbury, PA.

3. Isaac Newton Cooper b. 29 July 1834, married Mary Snyder on 23 Jan 1860. He was a farmer near Sunbury and d. 4 Mar 1914, buried Penns Cem.

Children are:

1. Calvin Cake Cooper married Mary Arnold, he was a railroad engineer, had 5 children including Clayton, Ella, Henry, and Marguerite.

2. Lloyd Elmer Cooper married Lizzie Daly, a railroad engineer, had children Herbert and Charles.

3. John Howard Cooper married Gertrude Weitzel, he was a railroad freight conductor, had 8 children: Grace; Emma; Hattie: Mary; Grant: Ruth; William and Helen

4. Jacob Henry Cooper married Ella Freed, he was a railroad engineer, had one son, Bruce.

5. Malanthon Cooper died at age 3.

6. Kate Cooper married Samuel Fenton who was a railroad engineer, had 9 children, including, Harvey, Edna, Viola, William, Anna, and Lena

7. Daniel C. Cooper, he was a checker, married, no children

8. George Peter Cooper was a railroad carpenter and farmer, unmarried

9. Calvin A. Cooper b. Nov 1860 Upper Augusta, Northumberland County, Pa d. 11 Jan 1916 Sunbury, Northumberland Co, Pa [some call him Calvin Cake Cooper] Railroad Engineer , married Mary Catherine Arnold 4 Jun 1882 Augusta Twp, Pa, she was b. 4 Dec 1860 lower Augusta Twp, Pa

Children are:

1. Ella M. Cooper b. 9 Apr 1883

2. Albert Clayton Cooper b. 12 Aug 1884 Sunbury, Pa

3. Henry Isaac Cooper Dec 1892 Sunbury, Pa

4. Margaret Ann Cooper b. Aug 1894

5. Maude I Cooper b. 20 Aug 1896

Source: Ancestors of E. G. Keefer, GenCircles Internet

Peter J. Snyder b. 1 Oct 1811 lower Augusta Twp, Northumberland Co, Pa d. Jun 1893, son of John Snyder b. 29 Nov 1776 lower Augusta Twp, & Marie Margaret Fisher b. 19 Oct 1782 Berks Co, Pa; he married Sarah Shipman, daughter of John & Margaret McKinney Shipman, she was b. Sep 1811 d. 2 Nov 1883.

Children are:

1. *Mary A J. Snyder b. 3 Jan 1842

2. David Snyder b. 7 Sep 1841 lower Augusta Twp, Pa d. 31 Dec 1904 Lower Augusta Twp, Pa m [1] Anna Maria Walker b. 6 Mar 1869

Children are:

1. Marietta Snyder

2. Harry Snyder

3. David W. Snyder

Married [2] Martha G. Heaton 26 Oct 1870 Center Co, Pa


1. James Wilson Snyder A Prof., superintendent of public schools at Slatington, Pa married Gertrude Mendenhall of Berwick and they have one son John M.

2.John H. Snyder a Dr. of Washingtonville, Montour Co, Pa married Lottie C. Bloom of Augustaville, they have two sons, Seth Scott and James Wilson Jr.

3. Ida Bell Snyder married Harry Snyder who is office manager for a large concern in Grenloch N. J. no children


DAVID SNYDER, son of Peter J., was born Sept. 7, 1841, in Lower Augusta Township. He was reared to farming, and followed that pursuit for some years, for fourteen years engaging in lumbering in Center County, Pa. He gave employment to a number of men in that line. In March, 1875, he came to Lower Augusta Township, and here farmed his remainder of his days, dying there Dec. 31, 1904, aged sixty-one years, three months, twenty-four days. His widow now lives there. The place contains sixty-eight acres, with an outlot of mountain land. Mr. Snyder made many improvements on the property which enhanced its value, remodeling the house and rebuilding the barn, to which he made a good-sized addition. At the time of his death Mr. Snyder was serving as school director of his township, and he had also served as overseer of the poor. But he was particularly active in church work, being a member of the Methodist Church, which he served in a number of official capacities, being class leader three or four years and Sunday school superintendent some years. He was always interested in the spiritual welfare of the community, and his wife, who was in hearty sympathy with him, has been a liberal contributor toward the erection of the new Methodist Episcopal Church, which was built in 1909. He was a Democrat in political sentiment Mr. Snyder married [first] Anna Maria Walker, who died March 6, 1869, aged twenty-four years, the mother of three children: Marietta married Jacob Snyder; Harry is an invalid; DAvid W. lived in Union County, Pa; Mrs. Snyder is buried in Center County. On Oct, 26, 1870, Mr. Snyder married Martha G. Heaton, daugher of Michael and Mary [Walker] Heaton, of Center County, and three children were also born to this union: Prof. James Wilson Snyder, now superintendent of public schools at Slatington, Pa., married Gertrude Mendenhall, of Berwick, and they have one son, John M.: Dr. John H. Snyder, of Washingtonville, Montour Co, Pa. married Lottie C. Bloom of Augustaville, and they have two sons, Seth Scott and James Wilson Jr.; Ida Bell married Harry Snyder, who is office manager for a large concern in Grenloch, N.J.; they have no children. 3. Jacob S. Snyder b. 27 May 1838 Lower Augusta Twp, Pa

4. Abigail Snyder

5. Jackson Snyder died in Trevorton, had son Charles Snyder

6. Malinda Snyder

7. Emeline Snyder

8. Sarah Jane Snyder

9. Martha Ann Snyder


PETER J SNYDER, son of John and grandson of Casper, was a native of Lower Augusta Township, where he spent all his life. He was a farmer throughout his active years, and until a bout ten years before his death lived on the one farm, spending his declining days with his children. He died in June, 1893 or 1894, at the home of his son David, and was buried at the Presbyterian Church in LowerAugusta Township. He was a Presbyterian in religious faith. His farm, consisting of 120 acres, is now the property of Martha M. Gass, of Sunbury; Mr. Snyder married Sarah Shipman, daughter of John and Margaret [McKinney] Shipman, and she preceded him to the grave, dying Nov 2, 1883, aged seventy-two years, one month, eighteen days. Nine children were born to them, as follows: Jacob S. died in Shamokin; Abigail married Aaron Wilkeson; Mary married Isaac Cooper; David married Martha G. Heaton; Jackson died in Trevorton with his son Chrles; Malinda married James Smith; Emeline married Lafayette Wilkenson; Sarah Jane died aged sixteen years; Martha Ann married George Gass.

4. Thomas Gabriel Cooper b. 15 Nov 1836, married Mary Elizabeth Rohrbach, they lived in Sunbury, Pa, and he died 22 Feb 1878, buried Penns Cem.

Children are:

1. Charles Cooper a railroad superintendent in Pottsville, PA & Pittsburgh, PA

2. George Cooper died at age 4

3. Mollie Cooper married Walton Rhoads. lived in Sunbury, PA, their 7 children included Edna, Bertha, Alma, Thomas, Mary and Walton

4. Hattie Cooper married [1] T. Clement Dissinger 8 Oct 1889, they had 4 children: David C. [d. 1897], Charles Edward [Col. US Army], Ira T. [d. 1938], and Mary Elizabeth married Harvey Flack, member of Congress, lived in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

5. Hattie Harriet Savilla Cooper b. 8 Oct 1838, married Jacob E. Muench/Muenich, they lived at Reeds Station and Snydertown, pA he was a Civil War 1st Lt. later Major and Brigadier General. He also was county auditor and Justice of the Peace. They had no children. Harriet died in 1926, was buried at Pomfret Manor Cem. Sunbury, Pa.

6. John Landis Cooper b. 19 Dec 1840 lived at home until age 21, he enlisted in the Civil War in CO. C, PA Inf. and engaged in the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Antietam. On 20 Sept 1866 he married Emma A. Hummel, he was a farmer 1 1/2 miles north of Selinsgrove,PA and retired to that town. he died 14 Jun 1915 and his wife died 17 May 1926

Children are:

1. Nora Elsie Cooper b. 9 Oct 1867 m. Robert C. Bannon, D.D., a Lutheran Clergyman on 9 Oct 1891. They lived in South Williamsport, PA, and had one son, Paul C. b. 6 Jun 1893, she died 13 Dec 1933.

2. Rev. Arthur E. Cooper b. 23 Jun 1872 Lutheran Minister [author of The Cooper Family Tree.]m. Carried F. Ulsh 15 Nov 1894, their children were Florence A. b. 14 Dec 1895; Robert Ulsh b. 4 Jun 1898; John Andrew Ph. D. b. 18 Aug 1904; & Kathryn Lois b. 5 Aug 1907.

7. Simon Cooper b. 1 July 1842 d. 13 Jan 1850, buried Penns Cem.

8. David William Cooper b. 13 Aug 1844, married [1] Hannah Fassold b. 1846 d. 23 Feb 1884 [2] Emma Lesher b. 1858 d. 1941, He was a farmer at the Old Cooper Homestead at East Lewisburg. he retired to Sunbury and died 27 Dec 1916, buried Pomfret Manor Cem.

A more detailed biography of David Cooper is given in Genealogical and Biographical Annals, Northumberland County, PA. This Source, like many other county histories and biographical annals of the time, is not reliable. Instead of Gabriel Cooper, it lists David's grandfather as John Cooper. This error appears to have been picked up and perpetuated by still other sources, including the Meiser Book.

Child by Hannah is:

1. George Cooper died accidentally at age 14.

Child by Emma is:

1. Pearl Cooper died at age 13.

9. Mary Cooper b. 4 Oct 1846 married Rev. A. K. Zimmerman, a Lutheran Pastor, she died 3 Nov 1927

Children are:

1. Mary Zimmerman married Rev. George Dies Lutheran Pastor

2. Hattie Zimmerman a public school teacher, unmarried

3. Estella Zimmerman a graduate nurse, married

10. Joseph Melanthon Cooper M.D. b. 1 Feb 1849 m. Belle C. Bordner while practicing medicine at Hickory Corners, PA. He retired from the medical practice due to ill health and died while living with his son Clair in 1913. His last practice was at Reinhild Station, PA, he wa a prison physician from 1892-1896 in Schuylkill Co, PA.

Children are:

1. Edna E. Cooper a graduate nurse, Pottsville, PA hospital and enrolled in nursing corps of Spanish-American War. She married J. B. Hauk & died in 1919 of the flu. Children were Joseph & Robert.

2. Thomas Baker Cooper died young

3. Charles David Cooper b. Gratz in 1882 obtained degrees from Bucknell University, Colubia Teachers College & Cornell University. Held various posts at Millersville State Normal School and was on the staff of the State Department of Education, Albany, NY. married Cottie Gutilla Albright in 1906. Two children; Helen V. who died in infancy, and Ora Louise [Bucknell 1929] married Glen W. Diehl, a professional football player and they had children: Glenn C., & John Albright, Charles Walter and Claire.

4. Clair Cooper b. Friedensburg, 1884 m. Saide Moyer, children: Melvin [Elizabethville, PA], & Mildred married Paul Eberly, Jacksonwald, PA

5. Harriet Cooper m. Frank Patchin, lived in Augusta, GA, had son Josef.

6. Robert Q. Cooper lived in California, had 2 sons

7. George W. Cooper b. Friedensburg, 26 Feb 1892, m. Carolyn Porter, he was a school principal and had 3 children

8. Helen C. Cooper m. R. J. Mashburn lived Tampa, Fl, had 2 sons

9. Ethel V. cooper, teacher, Kansas City, MO, unmarried

11. Luther Snyder Cooper b. 3 May 1851 m. Lucy Alice Keefer, he was a timberman and farmer at Snyderstown & Selinsgrove, PA, d. 24 Jan 1931, buried Pomfret Manor Cem, Sunbury, PA

Children are:

1. Rosella Cooper m. S. John Bird, newspaperman, Shamokin, PA, 3 sons,: John Cooper, William Edward [Penn Railroad, Harrisburg], & Robert Bernard [circulation manager & Stockholder, Shamokin News Dispatch; city magistrate], she died 26 Jan 1953

2. Harry Elmer Cooper retired U.S. Navy Officer, Melrose, Florida, married, 2 daughters

3. Charles C. Cooper former telegrapher & farmer, m. Laura Enterline; d. 1958. Children: Charles Jr. [Rolling Green, PA], & Mrs. Luke Bogar, Selinsgrove, PA.

JOHN HOPPOCK, grandfather of Rachel Cooper Barrett, was a resident of Amwell Twp, Hunterdon Co, NJ, he died intestate and it is "assumed" he is the same John Hoppock buried in Larson's Cornor Cemetery in East Amwell and Tombstone reads he died 31 March 1816 in his 90th year. This cemetery was the property of the Amwell United Presbyterian Church, which, originally was the German Reformed Church.

John left a widow, Mary, named in Orphan's Court records [D803]. John owned land in both Hunterdon co, NJ and Bucks Co, PA according to his estate records. Tax records for Amwell:

Jan-Feb 1780 286 acres, 6 horses, 11 horned cattle, 2 hogs

June 1780 [same]

1784 200? acres, 8 horses, 8 cattle

July-Aug 1786 286 acres

The 1790 Census listed John Hoppock as head of household in Bucks Co; the family consisted of 2 males age 16 and over; [including the head of household], 2 males under 16, 5 females.

Tax records Amwell Co for 1802

286 acres, 5 cattle [John Sr.]


5 cattle [John Sr, no land given] 50 acres [John Jr]

Since John Hoppock made no will, Thomas Gordon, Esquire, & John R. Hoppock Jr, both of Hunterdon Co, were given letters of Administration dated 16 April 1816. In an inventory made 17 April 1816 and filed 29 May 1816, the following names appeared in connection with notes, bonds & bills owed to John Hoppock Sr....Cornelius Hoppock, Jacob Fulper, Amon Sutton, William Reading, John Hockenbery, Joshua Mott, Dun Piate, George Holcomb, Herbert Crips, John Hoppock, Jacob Hoppock [rent], Peter Hoppock [rent], Joseph Hoppock, and Daniel Cooper.

John owned 306 acres of land in Hunterdon Co, when he died, as recorded in a Bucks co deed dated 3 Oct. 1817[824]. In that document, Ann Hoppock, late of Amwell Twp, NJ, but then of Tinicum Twp, Bucks Co, PA, sold to John R. Hoppock of Amwell Twp, son of Cornelius Hoppock, for $1000, her tenth part of John Hoppock Senior's land in Amwell Twp. The land was at that time in possession or occupation of John Hoppock. Cornelius Hoppock, the said John R. Hoppock, and Mary Hoppock, Widow of John. The land, which included three dwelling houses, adjoined lands of George Bohamian ??, Cornelius Wiley or Williamson, Mary courson ??, Joseph Hoppock, Jacob Housel Esq; and others.

In Dec. 1816, Jacob "Happah," son of John Hoppock, petitioned the Bucks Co, Orphans Court for a partition of his father's land in Tinicum Twp. This document is important since it listed John's widow's name and his 10 surviving children; it also listed his grandchildren by his daughter Alice [deceased], and landowners adjacent to the Hoppock land. It Identified absolutely Elizabeth Hoppock Cooper, wife of Gabriel Cooper "of Sunbury" as John's daughter:


Humbly showing that your petitioners said father lately died intestate, leaving a widow to wit, Mary and issue ten children to wit Cornelius, John, Ann, Jacob, Rachel, Peter, Sarah, Mary married to Jacob Moore, Elizabeth married to Gabriel Cooper of Sunbury. The issue of Alice who was married to Daniel Cooper of Northumberland but who died before the intestate leaving issue nine children to wit John, Elizabeth, Sarah, Frany, Feny, Catherine, George, Ruby and Ann Cooper. That some of the issue of the intestate also live in the State of New Jersey; That he said intestate died seized in his demesne as of fee, of and in a certain messuage and plantation of about two hundred acres of land in the township of Tinicum in the County of Bucks and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania bounded by lands of Jacob Stover, Daniel Boileau, Jacob Bussy, and others with the appurtenances. Your petitioner therefore prays your honours to award an inquest to the Sheriff of the County of Bucks to make partition of the premises and make report thereof to court. Whereupon the Court granted the prayer of the petitoner and awarded and [sic] inquest to the Sheriff for the purpose aforesaid.

John was undoubtedly related to other Hoppock's in Hunterdon Co. NJ, and he could be the son of Jost Hoppaugh of Amwell Twp. whose will, proved 21 Sept 1765, named a son, John. The Will of Peter Hoppough of Kingwood Twp, proved 22 Oct 1777 also named a son John [both wills, #467]

In 1808 & 1809 a John Hoppock was listed as an overseer of roads in the town minutes for Amwell Twp.

John Hoppock's estate records in Hunterdon Co, showed that the land could not equitably be divided among his heirs; and the court ordered the land sold. Estate records dated Feb. 1819 showed land sales as follows:

75 Acres sold to John Hoppock

68 Acres sold to John R. Hoppock

2 Acres sold to Henry Trimmer

2 Acres sold to Robert Bonham

3 Acres sold to Cornelius Hoppock

3 Acres sold to Cornelius Hoppock

52 Acres sold to Sarah Hoppock

2 Acres sold to Sarah Hoppock

This land, which totaled 207 acres, was identified as "being all the real estate of which the said John Hoppock died...except the widow's dower." The widow evidently received 99 acres, which was approximately the one-third share normally given the widow's dower.

Bucks Co land records showed two recorded deeds involving land purchase by John Hoppock. A deed dated 20 Oct 1792 reported the sale of 8 acres 33 perches to John Hoppock of Amwell Twp, NJ, by George and Elisabeth Fox of Tinicum Twp, PA for "28 pounds 12 shillings 4 pence halfpenny". This land apparently bordered land which Hoppock already owned. On 17 Nov 1795, John Hoppock of Amwell Twp purchased 192 acres of land bordering Tohicken Creek from Benjamin Burrough of Waterford Twp, Glouchester Co, NJ, executor of his father's [Samuel Burrough's] estate.

On 23 April 1842, Caleb and Rachel [Cooper] Barrett and others appointed Peter H. Moore of Augusta Township, Northumberland County, their attorney to represent them in matters of John Hoppock's estate. It is unclear why legal representation was necessary 26 years after John Hoppock's death. This document unequivocally stated the relationship among John Hoppock, his daughter Elizabeth Hoppock Cooper and her daughter Rachel Cooper Barrett.

Letter in Part:

Mary Moore, Henry

Cooper & others

Letter of Attorney


Peter H. Moore

Know all men by these presents, that we, Mary Moore of Augusta Township, in the County of Northumberland, one of the daughters of John Hoppock of Amwell Township in the County of Hunterdon, New Jersey, deceased, and Mary Cooper [this should be Henry Cooper], Israel Cooper, Caleb Barrett and Rachel his wife, formerly Rachel Cooper, and John Cooper [which said Henry, Israel, Rachel and John are children and heirs of Elizaeth Cooper, deceased, who was one of the daughters of the said John Hoppock, deceased] have made, nominated, constituted and appointed and by these presents do make, nominate, constitute and appoint Peter H. Moore of Augusta Township, aforesaid, our true and lawful attorney, for us & in our names to ask, demand, sue for, recover & received of & from the administrator or administrators of the said John Hoppock, deceased, all such --- kinds of -- as are due, owing & ---to us as heirs of the said John Hoppock, deceased, and of the Real or personal estate or both of the said deceased...

Wit: A. ---- and Geo. C. Welker

Mary Moore, Henry Cooper and Rachel Barrett made their marks. Israel Cooper, Caleb Barrett and John Cooper signed the document.

I received alot of the info on Barretts & Coopers from Susan M. Sanders, I do appreciate the info, thanks Susan.

5. Peter Remandus Bunstein [Jacob, Johannes Jakob, Bonstein Laurentius, Johann Paulus, Bonnstein Christian, Henning] was born 26 March 1827 Bethlehem, PA was Baptised 23 Sept 1827 Sponsors: Peter Heckman & Elisabeth [Bundstein] his wife, Dryland Church, p. 51, and he died in Bethlehem, PA. He married [1] Susannah Waggoner, 15 Mar 1853 Lower Nazareth, PA, daughter of John Wagner & Susanna. She was born 1833. [2] Sabina Wachter/Watcher, b. 1841.

1850 Census, Bunstein, Peter r. State PA. County, Northampton, Township Nazareth, Record Type, Federal Pop. Sch. page 225

1870 Census Lower Nazareth, PA

Rinandus Bunstein, age 43, farmer, b. in PA Susanna age 36, John age 15, Elbertine age 14, [very hard to read], Jacob J. age 13, Eva C. J. age 9, Remandus E. age 1.

1860 Census: Mandes Bunstein, age 33, farmer, Susanna age 26, John V. age 5, Albertine C. age 4, [hard to read], Jacob J. age 3.

Divorced from Susannah filed 18 Jan 1876 Easton, PA Cont. #65 p. 268 Northampton Courthouse, PA 25 April 1876 Easton, PA

Census 1880 Nazareth, p. 209B, with Sabina, Edward 19, Clara 16, Emma 13, George 9, William 5:

1887 He was a farmer in Bethlehem, Lehigh Co, PA Directories.

17 Aug 1981 Robert James Bonstein wrote about his lineage to the Historical Society of Northampton Co, PA.

Any info on Susannah Waggoner/Wagnor and Sabina Watcher would be greatly appreciated.

Susannah is on the 1880 Census living with her mother Susanna, she down as divorced and her son Remandus E. is 11.

Children of Peter and Susanna Waggoner are:

1.John Vencelon Bonstein b. 12 Aug 1854 PA d. 5 Jan 1916 Nazareth, PA, married Isabella Jane Dennis 15 Sep 1875, she was b. 17 Sep 1855

Children are:

1. Laura Bonstein b. 12 Jun 1877

2. Mary Bonstein b. 2 Oct 1878

3. John Bonstein b. 13 May 1880

4. Curtain Bonstein b. 28 Sep 1881

5. Irina Bonstein b. 17 Jul 1885

6. Mahlon Bonstein b. 5 Oct 1886

7. Emily Bonstein b. 18 Sep 1888

8. Elwood Bonstein b. 21 Feb 1890

9. Helen Bonstein b. 16 Mar 1892

10. Frederick Bonstein b. 19 Feb 1902


2.Albertine [Catherine] C. Bonstein b. 1855 [Believe her name is Catherine]

3. Jacob Jerome Bonstein b. 30 May 1857 Nazareth, PA d. 24 March 1922 Nazareth, PA

4. Eva Cecila Jane Bonstein b. 21 July 1860 Lower Nazareth, PA, d. 6 May 1899 Nazareth, PA. married John Maurice Neumeyer 25 Sept 1879, he was b. 21 Mar 1854 Christian Springs, Bucks County, PA d. 21 April 1908 Beaver Valley, Monroe County, PA. Eva is buried at the Moravian Cem. Nazareth, and John is buried at Plainfield Cem. Monroe Co. PA.


At various times he conducted hotels at Bushkill Centre, in Northampton County; the Ross Common Inn and the Lake Popnomming Inn, the two later in Monroe County. They had no children.

5.Remandus E. Bonstein b. 1868 Nazareth Twp, PA

Notes: Amandus Bonstein Asgn #4 p. 278 Filed #1364 Date of Entry: 16 May 1904 Nature of Proceeding & Location: Lunacy Cont. #109 p. 240 Filed #63 Apr. 1914 Date of Entry: 2 Apr 1914 Nature of Proceeding & Location: Issue Framed.

Northampton County Courthouse, Civil Court Actions indexed in the continuance and Miscellaneous Indexes: Records Began in 1752. Remandus E. in 1890 Bethlehem Twp, Laborer 66 Vineyard W. b.

Children of Peter and Sabina Watcher are:

1. Edward Bonstein b. 1861 Nazareth Twp, PA

2. Catherine Bonstein

3. Mary Sabilla Bonstein

4. Clara Bonstein b. 1864 Nazareth Twp, PA

5. Susan Bonstein

6. Emma Bonstein b. 1867 Nazareth Twp, PA

7. George Bonstein b. 1871 Nazareth Twp, PA

8. William Bonstein b. 1875 Nazareth Twp, PA

9. Infant Bunstine b. 27 Dec 1880 Nazareth Twp,PA d. 30 Dec 1880 Easton, PA Easton Cemetery Plot A14-69


I believe Remandus [Mandus] was with both women a big part of the time...looking at the birthdates of the children, I believe he was living a double life from atleast 1859, Eva Cecila Jane was b. 21 Jul 1860 by Susannah, Edward was b. 1861 by Sabina, and more children followed, plus Susannah had Remandus in 1868 and Sabina had already had 6 children by Remandus by 1867, Susannah didn't divorce him until 1875.

Anyone having any info on Susannah Wagner or Sabina Watcher, it would really be appreciated.


JOHN BOOREM b. 7 Mar 1771 Germany died 23 Apr 1810 Lower Nazareth, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, buried Dryland Cem. 25 April, 1810, married CATHERINE FRY, daughter of John Fry & Dorothea Pope [this isn't proven yet], she was born 4 Aug 1774 Northampton Co, PA Confirmed: 28 Apr 1799, Dryland Reformed Church, Hecktown, PA, [source: Dryland Union Lutheran Church Record.] [in my possession], d. 3 Nov 1850 Lower Nazareth, Northampton Co, PA [my G-G-G-G-Grandparents]

Catherine Fry Borum was granted letters of administration for her husband's estate 21 Aug 1810. Catherine's brother John Fry immediately filed a protest at the court in Easton against the appointment of Catharine, claiming that it was he who should be allowed to administer his brother-in-law's estate. This is confirmed in the Will of John Boorem File No. 2711 [in my possession], the protest was struck down and Catharine returned her final estate account on Nov 14, 1812.

In later years Catherine lived with her son Jacob in Lower Nazareth Twp, where for many years Jacob served as Justice of the Peace.

Catharine survived her husband over 40 years and was buried with him at the Dryland Cemetery in Hecktown, PA., along with her children Sarah and Joseph who died in infancy. Jacob and his wife Catherine Bunstein [Bundstein] Borum are bureid with them also. [Today most of the original gravemarkers have been removed. There are two dedication markers that stand in the cemetery as a tribute to the early settlers buried there, which read:]

"To the memory of those buried on Dryland

graveyard. These men, women and children

lived not only for the cause of America, but

all mankind


The Boorem family can trace it roots back to immigrant pioneer John Boorem, who probably arrived in America in the early 1790s. According to his burial record he was born on 7 Mar 1771. Although there exists certain family tradition that mentions a connection with the 18th century Huguenot exodus from France, all reliable pieces of evidence point to John Boorem being of German extraction. He settled in a German community, married a german girl, attended a German Church, and is buried in a German cemetery. As such, it is highly imnprobable that our immigrant ancestor was not of German extraction. John Boorem settled in Nazareth Twp in Northampton County, PA in the mid to late 1790s. There he married Catherine Fry circa 1796 and began raising a family which included atleast six children. John's estate papers tell us that our ancestor was a carpenter by trade, although he was apparently a farmer. As a carpenter, it's conceivable that he was responsible for helping build some of the early houses in the small village of Hecktown, where John and his family lived. The Dryland Reformed Church in Hecktown got its name because early settlers noted that the land seemed to enjoy greater elevation than most of the surrounding area. It was said that the church was situated on "good dry land." and this early Northampton County church adopted that name. John and Catherine's first child Johjn was born circa 1798, followed by Jacob in 1799. Beginning with the baptism of Jacob, the family makes its first appearance in the records of the Dryland church. This is significant because Jacob's baptism is the earliest Boorem family record discovered. Catherine was confirmed at the church in 28 April 1799, and her husband John Borrem was confirmed as a "married adult" in April of 1801. During their marriage Catherine gave birth to six known children, three boys and three girls, although only John, Jacob, Catherine and Elizabeth would survive childhood. [not so, my third great grandmother Mary Boorem was born in 1795, and was the oldest child of John and Catherine Boorem. She is mentioned in John Boorem's Interstate Papers, as the wife of Jacob Bonstine], Jacob Boorem died without issue [he was married to Catherine Bunstein, sister to Jacob Bonstine] in 1856 [will in my possession]and there are no known descendants of Elixabeth, who married Philip Schechterly, and Catherine married Henry Broeder [Brader], they had 11 such, all known descendants of John Boorem the immigrant are through his eldest son, John. In 1800 John Boorem makes his first and only census appearance in Nazareth Twp, Northampton Co, PA.

For reasons unknown, John Boorem, the immigrant, died 23 April 1810, one month short of his 39th birthday. Although life expectancy for men was shorter in colonial times, John's death at age 39 has to be considered premature. It is therefore almost a certainty he died from either illness or accident. Although there wer Indian attacks in the region, the colonail records of PA fail to identify John as a casualty, nor is he listed among provincial troops charged with protecting that area of Pennsylvania.

John's extensive estate inventory gives us a remarkable insight into the day-to-day lives of our colonial Boorem ancestors. In addition to an extensive lists of carpenter tools, the inventory includes wool, flax, two spinning wheels for making cloth, beehives, a frying pan, corn, cattle, a stove, coffee pot, sugar box, grinding stone, and John's gun, referred to in the estate papers as a "firelock". John's widow Catherine was granted letters of Admnistration on her husband's estate on 21 Aug 1810, however, shortly thereafter her brother, John Fry, filed a protest at the court in Easton against Catherine's appointment. Apparently he felt that he should be allowed to administer his brother-in-law's estate rather than his sister. In those days women had little legal standing in such matters, however, remarkably, John Fry's protest was denied and Catherine Boorem was allowed to administer her husband's estate. Her final accounting was returned on 14 Nov 1812, and after all debts and bills were settled, the estate showed a balance of &188.22, far from an insignificant amount of money in those days. In 1810 Catherine Boorem is listed as the head of the Boorem household, appearing as "Widow Boorem" for Nazareth Twp. In her later years Catherine lived with her son Jacob Boorem in Lower Nazareth Twp, where for many years Jacob was Justice of the Peace, beginning a long tradition of Boorem family members serving in local governments. Catherine Boorem died in 1850, at age 76, having survived her husband by some forty years. She was buried at the Dryland Cem. along with her husband John, and their children Sarah and Joseph. Jacob Boorem and his wife Catherine were also buried at Dryland, making a total of at-least six Boorem family members interred in this early Northampton County Church. Today most of the original markers have been removed from the older part of the cemetery, including stones that may have once marked the graves of our ancestors. In their place are two dedication markers erected as a tribute to the church's early members.

"To the memory of those buried on Dryland graveyard

These men, women and children lived not only for

The cause of America, but all mankind."

The second generation John Boorem, eldest son of John and Catherine Boorem, was born in Nazareth Twp, in 1798. He was only 12 years old when his father died in 1810, and no doubt many of the family responsibilities soon fell on his young shoulders. Although in those days, it was common for a widow to remarry, Catherine never took a second husband, despite having children to support. Apparently she was able to maintain the Boorem Homestead with the help of John and Jacob. By the time of the 1820 census John is listed as the head of the household, and after he and his family moved to the wilderness of what would become Monroe County, the land became known as the Jacob Boorem Homestead. Jacob remained on the family farm until his death in 1856. Since Jacob died with issue, at his passing the Boorem name died out in the family's original place of settlement. Young John Boorem worked hard to secure a good education for himself, an education that enabled him to read and write at an early age. Family tradition claims that John Boorem learned to read by the light of the fireplace. He later taught school in Monroe Co, and was appointed Director of Schools in Price Twp, in 1844. This tradition of literacy remained strong in the Borrem family. Census returns from 1850 onwards demonstrates that members of the Boorem family attended school and could read and write. Circa 1818 John married Elizabeth Nauman, daughter of Michael and Mary Stricker Nauman. The Naumans were neighbors of hte Boorems in Nazareth Twp, and the two families would also be counted among the early settlers of Paradise Valley in what would eventually become Monroe Co, formed from portions of Northampton county in 1836. Local histories indicate that Michael Nauman and his family arrived a grant of government land in Northampton Co in 1822, and the family moved north into the wilderness shortly thereafter. The area eventually became known as Paradise Valley because of the area's spectacular beauty and abundant resources. While Michael Nauman and his family settled permanently in Paradise Valley in 1822, it appears that John Boorem traveled back and forth between Nazareth and Paradise Valley for a number of years, beginning probably in the mid 1820s. Family tradition claims that John followed his given trade of stonemason in Nazareth in the summer, while returning to Paradise Valley in the winter to teach school. In fact, in 1844, John Boorem is listed as Director of Schools for Paradise Valley. It is likely that his first four children were born in Nazareth Twp, while beginning in 1827 the baptism records of John and Elizabeth's children begin appearing in Paradise Valley. Nevertheless, John Boorem's apparent abscence in the census returns from 1830 and 1840, may be an indication that he was still returning to Nazareth during this time. What all this means is, although we can't count the Boorem family among the very first settlers of Paradise Valley, they were certainly among the second wave that arrived in the mid 1820s. Beginning in 1827 the baptism records of the children of John and Elizabeth Boorem begin appearing in the records of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Paradise Valley. Again, this is important because it establishes the family in Paradise Valley prior to 1830. The church, the very fist in the valley, was founded a year earlier in 1826, and people traveled from miles around to attend. Six of John and Elizabeth's children were baptized at the church, beginning with Eleanor in 1827. The church remained an active, vital part of the community until 1856. Today all that remains of this early church is its overgrown graveyard and a few barely legible stones [some in German] precariously protected by a low stone fence. A dedication stone at the entrance tot he cemetery notes the founding of the church in 1826. In 1838 a new Evangelical Church was founded in Paradise Valley. At first its members met at the homes of parishoners. A sanctuary was erected in 1852 on land donated to the church by George Dornblazer, an important figure in the settlement of hte valley, whose homestead adjoined the Boorem family farm. This new church became the Boorem family church and todayis known as Keokee Chapel Church. Over 150 years later, descendants of John Boorem still attend the church.


Much of the information regarding John and Elizabeth's children was taken froma biography of thier son John Boorem, found in "Biographical Record of NE Pennsylvania," Published in 1900, [I have the CD]

John and Elizabeth Boorem raised a total of ten children to maturity in Paradise Valley. Joseph [1819-1893] married Elizabeth Dornblazer, daughter of the aforementioned George Dornblazer, who lived with his daughter and son-in-law in his later years. After his marriage Joseph acquired a portion his father-in-law's farm and lived in Paradise Valley for the remainder of his life, leaving a family. Joseph's widow Elizabeth was still living in the township in 1930. Eleanor Boorem [1821] died as a young child and there is no tradition concerning her other than her baptism record from 1827, Jacob Boorem [1923] never married and apparently lived in Paradise Valley for most of his life. In his later years he lived with his brother Francis. Sarah [1825] married Samuel Robbins of Scranton, PA where she died leaving two sons. Very little is known of her descendants. Mary [1828] married Henry Masters a verteran of the Civil War. They moved to Wayne Co, PA where they raised six children. John [1832-1916] married first Sarah Jane and secondly Emma Bond. He settled in nearby Mountanhome where he died leaving a family of nine children. Francis [1835-1927] married Elizabeth Koerner and they raised a total of six children to maturity. For many years, "Squire Booren" as he was called, served as school director and Justice of the Peace for Paradise Twp. Elizabeth [1838-1882] was the wife of Theodore Polhamus of Scranton. They had a total of five children. Samuel [Jun 1841] married Ellen Smith. He was a railroad conductor in Scranton for over 30 years, where he died, leaving one child. Lydia [1844] was the youngest of the Boorem children and the last of them to pass away. She married first Sanford Robbins and had two children by him. She later married a Mr. Hedden and had two additonal children. Family tradition maintains that John died in Paradise Valley in 1844 at 46 years of age. Apparently he was chopping down trees near his farm when a tree he was chopping suddenly fell trapping him beneath. He was alone at the time and it was several hours before the accident was discovered, and by then it was to late. He was likely buried at the Evangelical chruch cemetery in Paradise Valley, although no stone has been discovered that marks his final resting place. Once again the head of the Boorem family had been taken prematurely by death, and like her mother-in-law before her, the widow Elizabeth Boorem faced the task of maintaining the famly farm and raising her underage children. Elizabeth Boorem survived her husband by many years. She remained in Paradise Valley until atleast 1870, however by 1880 Elizabeth [age 81] had moved from Paradise Valley to Scranton and was living witht he family of her daugher Elizabeth Polhamus, which included Elizabeth's widowed daughter Lydia Robbins. The 1880 census also indicates that son Samuel Boorem was living in Scranton working as a conductor. That puts Elizabeth and atleast three of her children in Scranton in 1880. She probably died before the next census was taken in 1890, and was likely buried with her husband John Boorem at the Evangelical Church Cem. In 1923 a marker was erected in the Keokee Chapel Cem. [the 2nd Evangelical church] that reads as follows:

"In memory of John Boorem

His wife Elizabeth

and son Jacob"

John Boorem buried 25 Apr 1810 Dryland Church age 39y 1m 18d was Confirmed Apr 1801 Dryland Reformed church, was a House Carpenter, Will: 1810 Intestate File #2711 Administrator: Catharine Boorem

Source: Forks of the Delaware, Dryland Union Church Records 1763-1832

Jeffrey Thomas has info on John Boorem I [1771-1810] at:

He has pictures of Dryland Church Cemetery at:

Info on Keokee Chapel Cemetery Inscriptions:

Oakland Cemetery at:

Children of Catherine Fry and John Boorem are:


JOHN BOOREM. The subject of this sketch, has a record as a soldier of his country of which he may well be proud. He is a descendant of one of the early settlers of Pennsylvania, and through life has lived most worthily amidst the scenes of his youth. During the Civil war he served in defense of the flag and participated in many of the desperate struggles of that memorable conflict. Mr. Boorem was born in Paradise township, Monroe county, July 21, 1832, son of John and Elizabeth [Nauman] Boorem and grandson of John Boorem, who migrated to America from England during the Reovolutionary War and settled in the wilderness of what is now Northampton County, Penn. Here, surrounded by hostile Indians, he cleared up a little farm and made a home for his family. He died in 1808, leaving four children, two sons and two daughters. Of these, John, the father of our subject, was the eldest, Jacob married and settled in Northampton County, where for many years he served as Justice of the Peace, and there he died, leaving no children: [my note: Jacob married Catherine Bundstein/Bunstein, sister to my 3rd great grandfather Jacob Bonstine, who married Jacob's sister Mary Boorem, these are my 3rd great grandparents, I have Jacob's and Catherine's Wills, Jacob was known as Esquire, he owned alot of land. Catherine Bundstein Boorem left everything to John Jacob Bunstine, the nephew her and Jacob Boorem raised. ] Catherine became Mrs. Breader, and died in Berwick, leaving a family. John Boorem was born in Northampton County in 1798. He was only 10 years of age when his father died, and being the eldest of the four children, the burden of life fell heavily upon his young shoulders. Not only did he bravely assume the duties that lay before him, but he made unusual efforts to secure an education; attending school whenever possible and studying at home by the light of the log fires at night. His wife, Elizabeth, was the daughter of Michael and Mary Nauman, natives of Northampton County and later near neighbors of the Boorems in Paradise Township. John Boorem engaged in various callings. He learned the trade of a stone mason and followed same during the summer months, teaching school in winter, and leaving mainly to his sons the work of clearing up the farm, now known as the HELLER place, near the Paradise Church. His trade he would follow in Northampton county, returning to Monroe county to teach during the winter. He remained upon the farm in Paradise township until his death, which occured in 1844. He left a wife and ten children, all of whom, lived to maturity. [1] JOSEPH married Elizabeth Dornblacer, and settled on the farm in Paradise township, now owned by Ann Keller; here he died, leaving a wife and three children. [2] JACOB, unmarried, lives with his brother Frank in Paradise township. [3] SARAH became the wife of Samuel Robins, of Scranton, and died leaving a family. [4] MARY married Henry Masters, who was a soldier in the Civil war, and later for many years conductor on the Gravity road. She lives near Salem, Wayne county, and has five children. [5] SUSAN married Reuben Miller, and died leaving three children-Jacob, jeremiah and Annie. [6] FRANK, a farmer, lives in Paradise township, with his family. [7] ELIZABETH, the wife of Theodore Polhamus, of Scranton, died leaving five children. [8] SAMUEL is married but has no children; for thirty years he has been a railroad conductor at Scranton. [9] LYDIA, who married Sanford Robins, of Scranton, has two children-Edith and Julia. Our subject received his education in the district schools, and when a boy learned the cooper's trade, which he followed for some years. He also worked in the lumber woods at White Haven, on the Lehigh, and at other points. In 1862 Mr. Boorem enlisted, at Philadelphia, in Company H, 90th P.V.I., which became a part of Gen. Pope's army. Their first battle was at Cedar Mountain, where the losses were heavy, and our subject participated int he battle of Bull Run, immediately following. He was at South Mountain, and saw Barbara Fritchie in the house where she had run out the American Flag. At Antietam, where the 90th Pennsylvania lost seventy-five men, our subject was seriously wounded in the left breast by a bullet, and was taken to Findley hospital, Washington, whence he was honorably discharged from service as unfit for further military duty. Returning home, Mr. Boorem in 1866 married Miss Jane Smieson, daughter of Isaac and Mary Smieson. he settled at Mountain Home and there engaged in farming. Mrs. Jane Boorem died in 1874 leaving four children, as follows: [1] Agnes born in 1869, is wife of David John, an iron worker at Walls, Penn. [2] Joseph, born in 1870, married Celestia Cressman, and now follows lumbering in McKean county: He has one child, Ina [3] Laura is the wife of William Doble, of Bethlehem, Penn., and has one child. [4] Susan is the wife of William Surplus, of Gouldsboro, Penn,; they have two children-Herbert and Clarence. Mr. Boorem for his second wife married Emma Bond, daughter of Lewis and Elizabeth Bond, and by this marriage has five children: Mabel, Alexander, Sedgewick, Ord and Maude. In 1892 Mr. Boorem purchased what was known as The Cross Farm, near Mountain Home, erected a new house and shop and has made many general improvements, and here he now resides with his family. Politically Mr. Boorem is a Republican. He was reared under the influence of the Methodist Episcopal Church of which his parents were devout and consistent members. Mr. Boorem is a member of the G.A.R. post at Stroudsburg. He is also a member of the Mountain Home Lodge No. 684 I.O.O.F., and the Patriotic Order Sons of America. He is a worthy representative citizen of Monroe County, and has won and holds the high respect of the community in which he lives.

1. **MARY BOOREM b. 1795 PA d. 1872 Waverly, Iowa [my 3rd great grandmother] info under Jacob Bonstein Jr, War of 1812 Veteran, son of Johann "Jacob" Bonstein/Bunstein and Catherine Schnable

2. Elizabeth Boorem b. 13 Mar 1801 Lower Nazareth Twp, PA Baptized 17 May 1801 Dryland Church, pg 88 Sponsors: Joseph Hornecker & Elizabeth Fimsten, single married Philip Schechterly

Children are:

1. Stephen Frank Schechterly b. 9 April 1820 Moorestownship, Northampton Co, PA married Mary

Children are:

1. George Schechterly b. abt 1849 Moorestownship, Pa

2. Mary Schechterly b. abt 1852 Moorestownship, Pa

3. Ellen Schechterly b. abt 1859 South White Hall Twp, Lehigh Co, PA

Source: 14 June 1860 Census White Hall, Lehigh Co,PA Page 17


To all people to whom these Prescate shall come Philip Schechterly of the Township of Elgom in the County of Northampton and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, laborer and Elizabeth his wife, late Elizabeth Boorem one of the daughter's and heirs at law of John Boorem, late of the Township of Lower Nazareth, in the County of Northampton aforesaid joins pleas land Freelony: Whereas the said John Boorem in his lifetime by face and virture of two certain indentures or some other good conveyanced and financed in the law duly had and secured because lawfully seized in his demize as of fee of and in two certain lots or pieces of land situate in the township of Lower Nazareth, aforesaid, the one of them Beginning at a stone thence by a lot of George Elrebs land North 18 degrees East 13 perches to the road leading from Easton to Graig's Settlement thence by the said Road North 48 degrees West 9 perches to a Home thence by Jacob Derhammer lot South 18 degrees West 24 perches to a stone thence by land of Joseph Hornecker North 84 degrees East 9 perches to the place of the Beginnin in the road aforesaid thence along the same South 48 degrees and 12 and four tenths perches to a Post, and North 48 degrees West 12 and two tenths perches to a Post thence by land of John Heckman North 33 degrees East 22 and two tenths perches to a post, and North 48 degrees West 12 and two tenths perches to a Post thence by land of Jacob Derhammer South 33 degrees West 22 and two perches that measures with the Appurtenances, and being so thereof seized, died intestate leaving afore 5 children to Writ: MARY THE WIFE OF JACOB BUNSTEIN, John, Catherine wife of henry Brader, Jacob and the said Elizabeth, to whom the same by the laws of Pennsylvania ca..Lating to the intestate of late died deceased and below. Know ye that the said Philip Schechterly and Elizabeth his wife for and in consideration of the sum of sixty Dollars to them in hand paid by the said Jacob Boorem of the township of Lower Nazareth aforesaid joins at and before the endeavoring and delivery hereof the receipt whereof they do hereby acknowledge and thereof acquit and forever discharge the said Jacob Boorem his Heirs executors and administrators by these present two witnesses releases and forever quit claimed and by these precedents resend, release, and forever quit claim into the said Jacob Boorem and to his heirs and aforesigned All the Estate and estates thence perparted and dividends, right title, whereof porperty claims and demand whatsoever of them, the said Philip Schechterly and Elizabeth his wife in law of equity or otherwise hersoever of in to and or of All that allfourage or tenement and two lots of land above described situated in this township of Lower Nazareth aforesaid together with all and singular other the buildings-improvements, rights, members and Appurtenances whatsoever thereunto belonging or in anyway appertaining and the revisions and remainders rents four profits thereof to have and to hold all and sinular the Remisers herby acquit and releases or mentioned and unbonded so to be with the Appurtenances untot he said Jacob Boorem his heirs and of signed to the only proper use and behaof[behalf] of the said Jacob Boorem his heirs and affsigned forever. So that neither the said Philip Schecheterly and Elizabeth his wife nor their heirs nor any other person or persons whomsoever lawfully claiming to claim by form or under them or any of them shall or may at anytime or times hereafter have claim challenge or demand an estate right title or interest of in to or out of the said mcfouage and the two lots or pieces of land above described heretoaland and premises hereby remised and releases or mentioned or intended so to be with the Appurtenances, or any part or parcel thereof but thereof and therefrom shall and will be utterly excluded and forever disbarred by thier presents, in Witness whereof the said parties to these present have herunto set their hands and seals, This First day of February in the year of our Lord One Thousand and eight hundred and twenty seven, Philip Schechterly, Elizabeth Schechterly, her mark X sealed and delivered in the presence of the Joseph Sweathouft and Josephine Sweathouft Northampton County, ss Be it remembered that on the first of February Anno Domino in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and twenty seven before the Subscriber one of the Justice of the Peace in and for the said County personally came the above named Philip Schechterly and Elizabeth his wife and severally acknowledged the above written Deed of Release as and for their act and thereunto Voluntarily Consenting she being of lawful age separate and apart from her said husband by me examined and the Contents thereof first made known unto her in Testmony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and sel this day and year above written-Joseph Sweathouft Received on the day of the date of the above written Deed of Release of the witness named Jacob Boorem the sum of sixty Dollars it being the full consideration sum within mentioned-today received by me- $60-

Jospeh Sweathouft-Recorded this 3rd day of February A. D. 1827

Source: I have the Deed Release

3. Catherine Boorem b. 5 Aug 1807 Lower Nazareth Twp, PA d. 1 Aug 1887 Beach Haven, Luzerne co, PA, she married Henry Broeder/Brader 12 Aug 1823, [Marriage Record at the First Reformed Church of Easton ], he was born 14 Jun 1800 Easton, PA, Baptized 4 April 1801, parents Sponsors, First Reformed Church of Easton, PA, d. 1880 Beach Haven, Luzerne Co, PA, he was the son of Phillip Broeder/Brader b. 3 Oct 1759 d. 4 Oct 1820 [he married Christina Sep 1778] & Christina Wolfe b. 25 May 1768 d. 14 Oct 1853 [Wolf, Wolfe, Wolff Families of PA [V.II] and Family of Christina Wolf by Wendell Transue]

Children are:

1. James Brader b. 12 Apr 1849 Salem Twp, Luzerne Co, PA d. 21 Oct 1916 [IGI Record] married Lidia [Lydia] A. Booth 1866 [Jeffrey L. Thomas Descendant of John Boorem][

2. Simon Brader b. 23 Nov 1823 [Wolf, Wolfe, Wolff Families of PA [V.II]

3. Lydia "Katherine" Brader b. 24 Mar 1845 Salem Twp, Luzerne Co, PA married 2 July 1865, Jacob Shiner b. 26 Aug 1840 Pa, [Wolf, Wolfe, Wolff Families of PA [V.II]

Child is:

1. Addie [Ada] Shiner b. 31 Mar 1868 PA, d. 7 May 1888 [Wolf, Wolfe, Wolff Families of PA [V.II]

2. Unknown Shiner

3. Unknown Shiner

4. Unknown Shiner


4. William H Brader b. 4 Sep 1830 d. abt 1895 [Wolf, Wolfe, Wolff Families of PA [V.II]

5. Samuel Brader b. 16 Jan 1831 d. 12 Nov 1899 [from Pension Records]

6. George Brader b. 21 Oct 1825 [Wolf, Wolfe, Wolff Families of PA [V.II] d. 6 Feb 1887 [Sharon Jones, still to be verified]

7. Daniel Brader b. 18 Feb 1828 d. 10 Sep 1882 Beach Haven, Luzerne Co, Pa, [Wolf, Wolfe, Wolff Families of PA [V.II]

married [1] Susan Heinz [Wolf, Wolfe, Wolff Families of PA [V.II] [2] Sarah McGraw [Wolf, Wolfe, Wolff Families of PA [V.II]

[3] Hannah Adeline Campbell, [Wolf, Wolfe, Wolff Families of PA [V.II] b. abt 1830 Pa

Children are:

1. Ida G. Brader b. 1851 Pa

2. George G Brader b. 1854 Pa

Child with Sarah Dodson is:

1. Ruth Brader b. 30 Dec 1895 Pa

JAMES C. BRADER: Real Estate dealer, and Insurance, Steamship and Foreign exchange agent, Nanticoke, is among the leading business men of that borough. He was born at Beach Have, Luzerne County, February 12, 1856, son of Daniel and Adeline [Campbell] Brader, the fromer a native of Northampton County, Pa., of German lineage, and the latter a native of this county, of Scotch-Irish origin. Mr. Brader was educated in the common schools of his native town and Wyoming Seminary, and began life for himself as a telegraph operator for the Delawar, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Company, in whose employ he remained one year, when he came to Nanticoke, here accepting a position as shipping clerk for the Susquehanna Coal Company. He followed this business for two years, when he was made manager of the Susquehanna Supply Store, being subsequently appointed assistant superintendent. He was one of the promoters of the organization of the First National Bank of Nanticoke, and is at present one of its directors. He was also one of the promoters of the Nanticoke Electric Light Company, and is now serving his second term as director of that corporation. He is a member of the F. & A. M., and in politics was formerly a Democrat, but is at present in the ranks of the Prohibition party.



8. Joseph Monroe Brader b. 24 Feb 1839 [Wolf, Wolfe, Wolff Families of PA [V.II]

9. John Brader b. 13 july 1844 [Wolf, Wolfe, Wolff Families of PA [V.II] Salem Twp, Luzerne Co, PA


PHILLIP BROEDER/BRADER b. 3 Oct 1759 d. 4 Oct 1820, married CHRISTINA WOLFE IN Sep 1788, she was b. 25 May 1768 d. 14 Oct 1853 [Wolf, Wolfe, Wolff Families of PA [V.II] [Family of Christina Wolf by Wendell Transue]

Children are:

1. Henry Brader [above]

2. John George Broeder/Brader b. 12 Mar 1798 Easton, PA Baptized 5 May 1798 Parents Sponsers, First Reformed Church of Easton, PA, d. 12 Apr 1862 [Family of Christina Wolf by Wendell Transue]

3. Christina Broeder/Brader b. 3 Dec 1802 Baptized 19 Jan 1803 Parents Sponsors, First Reformed Church of Easton, PA, d. 19 Jan 1803 married Jessie Buss 4 Apr 1826 [Forks of the Delaware] [Wolf, Wolfe, Wolff Families of PA [V.II] [Family of Christina Wolf by Wendell Transue]

4. Susanna Broeder/Brader b. 3 Apr 1805 Baptized 9 Aug 1805 Parents Sponsors, First Reformed Church of Easton, PA, d. 9 Aug 1805

5. Carl Broeder/Brader b. 17 Mar 1808 Baptized 24 June 1808 Sponsors, Parents, First Reformed Church of Easton, PA, d. 24 Aug 1808

6. Eliza Broeder/Brader b. 11 Nov 1810 Easton, PA Baptized 18 Jan 1811 First Reformed Church of Easton, PA, Sponsors, Parents, d. 2 Apr 1814 buried Dryland Cem.


Philip Broeder and Christina Wolf.

Philip, a son of Johann Nicolas Broder and Ottilia [Emig. 1740] Philip, born Oct 3, 1759-died Oct 4, 1820 Christina Wolf, born May 25, 1768-died Oct. 14, 1853. Philip buried at Easton, Pa. His wife, Christina Wolf Broeder buried at Hecktown, [Dryland] Pa.

Philip after his father's death in 1786 continued farming with his mother in Allen township, Northampton County, Pa. He married Christina Wolf in 1788.

On July 1st, 1795, Philip Broeder applied to the proprietor of the Drylands for a tract of land located in the Drylands. In 1796 he had built a log cabin on the said tract. This tract of land, located between what is now known as the William Penn Highway on the South, and on the North, what is known today as the road leading from the Green Pond to Waston, Pa., contained one hundred twenty-four and one-half acres. The log cabin in which Philip and his family had moved was located about fifteen hundred feet north of the William Penn Highway and along the road North and South and through what today is the Northampton County Club. About the year 1798-99 Philip built a home along the road leading from the Green Pond to Easton; this being in the North eastern part of his tract of land where he lived and raised his family. After the settlement of his estate in 1824 his widow purchased a home located on the Southeast corner of the crossroads at Holo about one and one-half miles South of Nazareth along the Nazareth to Easton Highway where she lived with her daughter Susan, her son's wife Martha Jane [Salzig] Brader, and a grandchild Sarah Buss until her death in 1853.

Their Issue:

1. Georg, born 3-13-1789-died in infancy

2. Elisabeth, born 10-10-1790

3. Maria, born 5-5-1792

4. Philip, born 9-11-1794

5. John W. born 3-20-1797

6. John George, born 3-12-1798

7. Henry, born 6-14-1800

8. Christina, born 12-3-1802

9. Susanna, born 3-5-1805-died when 56 [single]

10. Carl, born 5-17-1808

11. Eliza, born 11-11-1810 died when 4 yrs old

2. Elisabeth, born 10-10-1790, died 11-10-1832, married Christian Young Feb. 19, 1815. At the time of the settlement of Philip Brader's estate Elisabeth and her husband appeared at Court and accepted Purport No. 4 which was located at the Northeast cornor of said estate along the road leading from the Pond to Easton, Pa.

Their Issue:

1. Susan

2. Christina

3. Eliza

4. Lavina

5. Maria

1. Susan married Jacob Henshu and had one son, Jacob. Her second marriage was to David Laudenberger and they lived on a small tract of land North of the Philip Brader tract.

2. Christina married George Bickel. They lived in the Eastern part of Bethlehem township.

Their Issue:

1. George

2. Christian

3. Ebzena

4. Vibana or Vilana

5. Emma

1. George married Jessie Pardu. They lived in Philadelphia. There were six children.

2. Christian married Sarah Hay. Issue: Milton, Archabald, Laurence. Laura, Alice and Sarah.

3. Ebzena married Philip Benzel. Issue: philip and Julia

4. Vilana married Thomas Hay. Issue: Benjamin

5. Emma married Smith

3. Eliza married David Schnable.

Their Issue:

Hiram who married Sarah Hay and lived in Eastern Bethlehem Township.


1. Harvey, ordained a Lutheran Minister

2. Elmer, a Doctor

3. Elmire [single] 4. Eugene [single]

4. Lavina married Francis Wagner

5. Maria married Barnet Wagner, a farmer in Palmer Township

Their Issue: 1. Edwin 2. Rueben

Edwin married Louise Werner. Issue: Oscar, Charles, Mary, Anna, Lizzie

Reuben married Emma Bauer. Issue: Ezra, Edna, Allen, Stella, Emma.

3. Maria, born 5-5-1792 married John Salzig in the year 1811. They lived in Bethlehem Township, later they were located in Moore Township, Northampton County.

Their Issue:

1. Sabina, born 9-11-1812

2. Samuel, born 4-3-1814

3. Mariette, born 3-7-1818

4. Luis, born 3-11-1819

5. Jefferson, born 3-10-1824

4. Philip, born 9-11-1794 died 1824 [single].

5. John W., born 3-20-1797 died, died 1848. Married Martha Jane Salzig. They were farming and lived along the Lehigh River.

Thier Issue:

1. Mary

2. Amanda

3. Sarah

4. Sabina

5. Catharine

6. Elizabeth

1. Mary married Thomas Shierer. Issue: Oliver, Thomas, Wilson, Asher, Ellen, Lilly and Elizabeth.

2. Amanda married David Frankenfield. Issue: Emma and Preston

3. Sarah married Jacob Hessler. Issue: Florentine, Catharine, John, Mirian and Frank.

4. Sabina married Ferdinand Thume. Issue: John, Martha, Alice, Ida and lilly.

5. Catharine married Valentine King. Issue: Valentine.

6. Elizabeth died unmarried

6. John George, born 3-12-1798, died 4-21-1862. married Elizabeth Kreidler, born 1-17-1807, died 2-17-1876. At the time of the settlement of Philip Braeder's estate he appeared at Court and accepted Purport no. 1, being the homestead of his father. He was known as Gerge, a weaver by trade, weaving homespuns, broadcloth. Both are buried at Hecktown, PA.

Their Issue:

1. Elizabeth

2. Freeman

3. Sabina

4. Mary

5. George

6. Jacob

7. Thomas

8. Reuben

9. Anna Malinda

10. Anna Eliza

1. Elizabeth married Charles King. Issue: Charles, Maria, Catharine, Stephen and Samuel

2. Freeman [single] Civil War Veteran 153 R. P.V.1

3. Sabina married Joseph Koenig

4. Mary married Theodore Walters. Issue: Milton and Mary.

5. George [single] Civl War Veteran 153 R. P.V.1

6. Jacob [single]

7. Thomas, died in childhood

8. Rueben, died in childhood

9. Anna Malinda, died in childhood

10. Anna Eliza married William Taylor Transue.

Their Issue:

1. Lizzie married John P. Kessler

2. Woodfield married Martha Frace

3. Lewellyn, died in childhood

4. May Cecelia, died in childhood

5. Rush, died in childhood

6. Floyd, died in childhood [Floyd and Lloyd twins]

7. Lloyd, born 1-20-1876, died Nov. 23, 1932. Married Beulah Marsh. Issue: Elizabeth Mae.

8. Howe, died in childhood.

9. Wendell married Stella Stout.

10. thomas married Emma Landis. Issue: William and Clair. Divorced and remarried to Elizabeth Tosh. Issue: George, Thomas, Joseph [died in childhood].

7. Henry, born 6-4-1800. No record of his family.

8. Christina, born 12-3-1802. Married Jesse Buss, a shoemaker by trade.

Their Issue:

1. Simon

2. Josiah

3. Harrison

4. Sabina

5. Susan

6. Sarah

7. Hiram

1. Simon, a tailor by trade, married Caroline Marsteller.

2. Josiah, a stone mason by trade, married Susanna Oberly.

Issue: Emma, Milton, Mary, Martha, Revellen, George, Wayne and Clara.

1. Emma married Charles Knause.

2. Milton [single]

3. Mary married Edward Burke. Issue: Bertine, Russell, Roland and George

4. Martha married David Schmeller. Issue: Gertrude and Oscar.

5. Revellen married Ellen Keim. Issue: Revellen, Clara and Marion.

6. George married Annie Hueber. Issue: Carrie and Daisie

7. Wayne went to the western part of the U.S. Record wanting:

8. Clara married George Wiggens. Issue: Jennie, Gard, George, Paul and May.

3. Harrison married Anna Maria Wercheiser. Harrison was a farmer and lost his life during the Civil War, having taken part at the Battle of Gettysburg.


1. James

2. Sarah Ann

3. Emma

4. Richard

5. William

6. Allen

7. Eliza Ann

8. Andrew Jackson

1. James married Mary C. Kessler. Issue; Minnie, Stewart, Harvey.

1. Minnie, Single

2. Stewart married Beatrice VanBilliard

3. Harvey married Tillie Gromby. Issue: Harold, Isabelle, Jennie, William and Addison.

2. Sarah Ann died in Childhood

3. Emma died in childhood

4. Richard, 1st marriage to Sarah Koehler. Issue: Emma, married to Charles Kaiser. Issue: Edward, Claton, Esta May, Katharine and Anna. 2nd marriage to Addie Brown. Issue: Minnie, Lilly and Clayton.

5. William went to the Western States. Record wanting.

6. Allen

7. Eliza Ann died unmarried.

8. Andrew Jackson married Mary Barell. Issue: Daisie, married to Russell Lyons. Issue: Russell. Mamie, married to Steur. Issue: Pearl

7. Hiram married Fraine Heimer.


1. Robert

2. Amanda

3. Ellen

4. Christina

5. Lovene

6. Ida

7. Emma

8. Augusta

1. Robert died at five years of age.

2. Amanda married Richard Young. Issue: Anna, Edward, Robert and Herbert.

3. Ellen married Steuben Frace. Issue: Martha, Henry, Floyd, Charles, Russell and Myrtle.

4. Christina married Charles Sandt. Issue: Herbert

5. Lovene married Ellen Messinger. Issue: William and Raymond.

6. Ida married John Tenges. Issue: Harry, Mabel and Earl.

7. Emma married Peter Stauffer. Issue: Elsie, Mamie, Erma and Arlene.

8. Augusta married Oliver Ackerman. Issue: Birdie, Sadie and Elverina

5. Sabina, 1st marriage to George Buss. Issue: Lilly and Minnie. 2nd marriage to William Ritter. Issue: Charles and Mary.

6. Susan married Ephrem Buss

7. Sarah died unmarried.


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GEORGE WOLF b. 1714-1715 Alsace Lorraine, France d. 1790 Bethlehem Twp, Northampton Co, PA, married [1]Elizabeth Unknown [2] Catherine Dierhamer 1775 Easton, PA

Children by Elizabeth Unknown:

1. MARIA SYBILLA WOLF b. 11 Nov 1758 Northampton Co,PA d. 10 Mar 1805 married Johann George Beck aft 7 Oct 1781, son of George Beck

Children are:

1. Catherine Beck married Peter Ehret

2. Elizabeth Beck married Jacob Ehret 20 Feb 1814

3. Christine Beck b. 22 Feb 1788

4. John George Beck b. 7 Jan 1793

5. Michael Beck b. 11 Nov 1797

6. Henry Beck b. 25 Aug 1789

2. GEORGE WOLF b. 19 Mar 1737, Alsace Lorraine, France [Lower Alsace Germany]? France d. 5 Dec 1808 Allen Twp, Northampton Co, PA married Maria Margaretta Unknown abt 1768

Children are:

1. George Wolfe [Governor of PA] b. 12 Aug 1777 East Allen Twp, Northampton Co, PA d. 11 Mar 1840 Philadelphia, buried East Harrisburg, PA Cemetery, married Mary L Erb 5 Jun 1798

2. Phillip Wolfe b. 18 Sep 1773 Allen Twp, Northampton Co, PA d. 11 Jun 1835 Bath, PA married Susan Snyder Mar 1783

3. Maria Catherine Wolfe b. 3 Sep 1768 Allen Twp, Northampton Co, PA married Mathias Schnabel 1790

4. Elizabeth Wolfe b. 27 Jun 1771 Hecktown, Drylands Church, Northampton Co, PA d. 14 Mar 1864 Upper Mt Bethel Twp, PA

5. Christina Wolfe b. 1775 married Phillip Brader

3. CATHERINE WOLF b. 27 Dec 1755 Northampton Co, PA d. 20 Dec 1820 Lower Nazareth Twp, Northampton Co, Pa d. 21 Sept 1837 Stroudsburg, Pa married Johann Heinrich Beck 19 Apr 1780, son of George Beck

Children are:

1. Susanna Beck b. 27 sept 1796 d. 14 Apr 1843 married Adam Ehret

2. John Beck b. 6 Jan 1783 Hecktown, Drylands Church, Northampton Co, PA d. 27 Jul 1858

3. Christina Beck b. 24 Sept 1785 Lower Nazareth Twp, Northampton Co, PA d. 10 Mar 1854, Lower Nazareth Twp, Northampton Co, PA

4. Anna Maria Beck b. 14 Mar 1787, Hecktown, Drylands Church, Northampton Co, PA d. 24 Aug 1860 Easton, PA married John Jacob Koch

5. Elizabeth Beck b. 14 Mar 1789 Lower Nazareth, Northampton Co, Pa d. Alvira, PA married John Kindig

6. Jacob Beck b. 3 May 1790 d. 5 May 1871

7. Anna Maria Magdalena Beck b. 30 Dec 1793 d. 12 Dec 1800 Drylands Church, Northampton Co, PA

8. Anna Margaret Beck b. 28 Nov 1794, Hecktown, Drylands Church, Northampton Co, PA d. 2 Sept 1850

9. George Henry Beck b. 1 Apr 1798 d. 23 Mar 1879

10. Maria Magdalena Beck b. 27 Feb 1802 married Joseph Wolf

11. John George Beck b. 26 sept 1781

4. Michael Wolf b. 1752 Northampton Co, PA d. 21 Sept 1837 Stroudsburg, PA married Elizabeth Unknown 1776-1780

Were sponsors at Baptism of John Beck, son of Henry and Catherine Beck, Drylands Church FHL Film 20351 page 37

Children are:

1. Jacob Wolf b. 4 Apr 1780 Drylands, Hecktown, Northampton Co, PA d. abt 1850 married Sarah Bonham

2. Susannah Wolf b. 17 Oct 1781 Drylands, Heckton, Northampton Co, PA

3. John Paul Wolf b. 25 Jan 1784 Drylands, Hecktown, PA d. 1862 married Catherine Mosier 19 Jan 1802

4. John H Wolf b. 16 Apr 1787 Drylands, Hecktown, PA

5. Abraham Wolf b. Mar 1789 Drylands, Hecktown, PA

6. Peter Wolf b. 26 Dec 1790 Drylands, Hecktown, PA

7. George Wolf

8. Joseph Wolf

9. Henry Wolf

10. Michael Wolf

11. Elizabeth Wolf

12. Samuel Wolf b. 1800 d. sept 1879 Fairmont Spngs, PA married Elizabeth Patterson

5. JOHN JACOB WOLF b. 4 Apr 1753 Northampton Co, PA d. 1 Dec 1838 Westmoreland Co, Pa married Eva Christina Koenig, daughter of Mathias Koenig

Children are:

1. Regina Wolf b. 26 Mar 1780 Westmoreland Co, PA

2. George Washington Wolf b. 4 Sept 1782 Westmoreland Co, PA d. 13 Sept 1862 Armstrong Co, PA

3. Jacob Wolf b. 3 Jun 1786 d. 3 Nov 1840 Westmoreland Co, PA married Eva Catherine Sandles

4. Mathias G Wolf b. 5 May 1788 d. 3 Sept 1866 married Sara Wagle, Sep 24, 1791

5. Eva Christina Wolf b. 23 Apr 1794 d. aft 1833

6. David Wolf b. 23 Apr 1796 d. Jul 1874

7. Joseph Wolf b. 2 Jun 1798 d. 29 Aug 1888

8. Solomon Wolf b. 6 Mar 1802 d. 10 Mar 1874

9. Elizabeth Wolf b. 12 May 1784 Armstrong Co, PA

10. John Wolf b. 27 Jan 1790 d. 29 Feb 1856 Sugar Creek Twp, Armstrong Co, PA married Anna Margaret Sandles 13 Jan 1813


Jay Howse sent me the corrections I have made on 10-18-2005 and his sources. I really appreciate this Jay, Thanks alot.

4. Sarah Boorem b. 10 Oct 1803 d. 27 Mar 1804 Northampton Co, PA buried Dryland church: Source: First Settlers of the Delaware and their descendants

5. John Jr Boorem b. 1798 Nazareth, Northampton Co, PA d. 1844 Paradise Valley, Monroe Co, PA married Elizabeth Nauman 1818 Northampton Co, PA, daughter of Michael Nauman & Anna Stricker, she was born 2 Mar 1799 Nazareth, PA d. 1870 Paradise Valley, Monroe Co, PA

John Boorem Jr Signed a Deed of Release to John Boorem [his brother] Recorded 10th of Feb. 1827 Deed Book C5, Page 325 [in my possession]

John is listed as head of the family in 1820, then him and his family moved intot he wilderness of Northampton County a few years later. John worked hard to secure a good education for himself, he eventually became a school teacher in Monroe County and was appointed Director of Schools for Price Twp in 1844. He was also called Squire Boorem. He died in 1844 in Paradise Valley at age 46, [family tradition claims he was chopping down trees near the homestead when a tree he was working on suddenly fell on him. He was alone at the time, and it took a long time before the tragedy was discovered.

Jeffrey Thomas has a map on his site where the Boorem Farms were located:

Children are:

1. Joseph Boorem b. 18 Mar 1819 Nazareth, PA d. 18 Nov 1893 Paradise, Monroe Co, PA married Elizabeth Dornblazer, daughter of George Dornblazer & Margaret Lawall, she was b. 1825 d. 1916

Children are:

1. Emanuel G Boorem b. Nov 1848 Paradise, Pa d. 20 Jan 1911 Scranton, Lackawanna Co, PA

2. Sarah Anne Boorem b. 1851 Paradise, Monroe Co, PA d. 28 Jul 1930, buried Keokee Chapel Cem

3. Thomas Boorem b. 1854 Paradise, Monroe Co, PA d. 1864

4. Angeline Boorem b. 1859 Paradise, PA d. 1940

5. Mary Elizabeth Boorem b. 1862 Paradise, PA d. 1864

6. Emma Lydia Boorem b. 1864 Paradise, PA d. 1 Jul 1928 Newton, NJ

7. Anna S. Boorem b. 1865 Paradise, PA

8. Rosallin Rose Ellen Boorem b. Sep 1868 Paradise, PA d. 1928

9. Catharine Boorem b. 1871 Paradise, PA d. 1873

2. Eleanor Boorem b. 8 Sep 1821 Nazareth, PA d. 1915, Baptized 20 Sep 1827 Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paradise Valley

3. Jacob "Jake" Boorem b. July 1823 Paradise, Monroe Co, PA d. 29 Jan 1901 Paradise, Monroe Co, PA

Jeffry Thomas has good write up on Jake at:

4. Sarah A. Boorem b. 4 Aug 1825 Northampton Co, Pa d. 6 May 1880 Dickson City, Lackawanna co, PA of pnemonia, she married Samuel Robbins, son of Caleb Robbins, he was b. 1825 d. aft. 1900

[Sara and several other members of Robbins family were moved to Forest Hills Cemetery in Dunmore, Lackawanna Co, PA Lot 356] Children are:

1. Joseph G Robbins b. abt 1851

2. Edward B Robbins b. Mar 1858

3. Uriah Robbins b. 30 Sep 1855 Dickson City, Lackawanna Co, PA d. 4 Feb 1874, Lackawanna Co, PA, buried Forest Hill Cemetery

4. William H Robbins b. abt 1862

5. Mary Boorem b. 26 Jun 1828 Paradise, Monroe Co, PA d. 25 Jun 1902 Lake Twp, Wayne Co, PA married Henry Masters, son of Stephen Masters & Cornelia Snyder, he was b. 22 May 1830 d. 10 Aug 1898 Lake Twp, Wayne Co, PA

In the records of the Evangelical lutheran Church of Paradise Valley, Mary was born 26 June 1828 and was Baptized as Anna Maria on 29 June 1828. Michael & Anna Maria Nauman, her grandparents, were the sponsors.

Mary's death year was obtained from her tombstone in Maplewood Evangelical Cemetery, buried Keokee Chapel Cem.

Henry Masters was in the Civil War

Children are:

1. Alma Masters b. abt 1861

2. Elmira Masters b. abt 1862

3. William Masters b. 15 oct 1851 d. 13 Jun 1895

4. Carrie Masters b. Mar 1859 d. 1935

5. James H. Masters b. May 1860 d. 1939 Lake Twp, Wayne Co, PA

6. Mary Mamie Masters b. 1873 d. 1945

7. Bessie Masters b. 3 Sep 1883 Paradise, PA d. 3 oct 1884 Paradise, PA

8. Matilda Masters b. abt 1854 d. 14 Mar 1858

Jeffrey Thomas has info on Mary Boorem at:


CHARLES A. MASTER. After a varied but successful career the subject of this sketch finds rest and contentment in looking after his general merchandise business at Gravity, Wayne county, he was born at Dundaff, Susquehanna Co., Penn., September 22, 1835, a son of Steven and Cornielia [Snyder] Masters, both natives of New York State, where they were married.

About 1830 Steven Masters migrated westward, and settled in Susquehanna county, where, as a laborer, he made a home for his family. In politics he was a determined Democrat, and during the war of 1812 served his country as a private for six months, at the end of which time he re-enlisted in the regular army and served five years. He died December 18, 1865, at the advanced ate of seventy-seven years, two months, and sixteen days, and his good wife passed away at the age of seventy, and was buried in Jefferson township, Lackawanna Co., Penn. In their family were the following children: HENRY who was a farmer and lumberman in Salem township, married MARY BORUM, and died August 10, 1897; CHARLES A. is our subject; JOSEPH BLOOMFIELD, a liveryman at Elmhurst, Lackawanna Co., Penn., has been twice married, first to Sarah Forest, and second to Lydia Compton; MARIA is the widow of Joseph Lafrance, a farmer of Lackawanna county; JAMES O., who married Sarah Hinds, is superintendent of breakers for the Pennsylvania Coal Co. Both the father and mother of this family were twice married. By his first wife Mr. Masters had children as follows: STEVEN, a watchman at Carbondale, for the Delaware & Hudson Co., LYDUA ANN, now Mrs. Stiles, of Carbondale, Penn. Mrs. Masters first married a Mr. Madison, and by this marriage had children as follows: GEORGE, last heard of in the army; MARY, who married Martin Houghtaling, both are now deceased; MATILDA, who married Elisha D. Wightman, both are now deceased. Our subject's grandfathers both served in the Revolutionary war, his paternal grandfather being a native of France, his maternal grandfather of Germany.

Charles A. Masters lived for a time at Hollisterville, Salem township, Wayne county, and then for a year worked on a farm for Elder Ferguson, while the latter was engaged in preaching. Returning home for a few months, he found employment on the farm of Amasa Jones, near the present site of Gravity, where for a year and a half he tioled at regular farm work. After a rest of a few weeks he went to New York State, where he worked with a brother-in-law on a schooner on the Hudson river, being thus occupied one year, and the next thirteen years he worked on the old Gravity railroad, running cars. In 1864 he enlisted at Scranton, and was assigned to the construction corps, Company B, First Division, going to Nashville, Tenn., whence the corps was sent to Chattanooga and other places, finally being assigned to the army under Gen. Sherman, where he remained until the close of the war. When peace had ben [been] declared he returned to Wayne county, and locating in Lake township purchased a sawmill and farm which he operated for five years. He then came to Gravity and purchased the 'Hotel Fairview," which he purchased the stock of Midland & Kipp, renting to George Patterson to whom he sold the stock. Besides his store Mr. Masters owns a hotel, which he rents, two fine farms, and several pieces of city property. He has dealt heavily in real estate, and at present is agent of the Wayne County Farmers' Fire Insurance Co. He is also a stockholder, president and chairman of the board of trustees of the Gravity Creamery Association [of which Mrs. Masters is the secretary], and he is vice president and appraiser of a Building and Loan Co., called the Pennsylvania Germania of Philidelphia, with a branch at Ariel. On July 26, 1856, Mr. Masters married Miss Phoebe Lafrance, a daughter of John Lafrance, a farmer of Luzerne county, Penn. She died October 11, 1875, at the age of forty-six years, and was buried at Salem. To this union came the following children: JOSEPH E., of Scranton, a conductor on the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western railroad, married Belle Chapman; FRANK died at the age of fifteen years; ARTHUR H., conductor on the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western railroad at Binghamton, N. Y., married Abby Swingle; IDA B. died at the age of twenty-one; FANNIE J. is the widow of William Medland, of Scranton, Penn.; ALLEN B. is a brakeman on the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western railroad at Binghamton, N. Y. Mr. Masters was married August 6, 1882, to Mrs. Melissa D. [Enslin] Buckland, a native of South Canaan township. Politically our subject is a strong Republican, and has acceptably served his fellow townsmen as assessor. He is well informed on all the political questions of the day and his advice has great weight with the party leaders; for one year he served on the county committee. In his fraternal relations he is a member of the P. O. S. of A. and is P. H. C. at large. Both he and his wife are active members of the Methodist Church, and in their bountiful charity have aided many an unfortunate brother or sister. Mrs. Masters is a P. H. C. at large, also an ardent worker in the cause of Prohibition and woman's suffrage, and has done much to aid these causes. She believes that with the suppression of the sale of intoxicants and the ballot in the hands of women the home influence will be stronger, and the grand motto of the W. C. T. U., "For God and Home and Native Land," a practical reality to every living creature. Mrs. Melissa D. [Enslin] Masters was born in South Canaan township, Wayne county, November 30, 1842, a daughter of Simon and Lydia [Shaffer] Enslin, natives of Wayne county.

6. Susan Boorem b. 18 mar 1830 Paradise, Monroe Co, PA d. 1858 Paradise, Monroe Co, PA married [1] Reuben Miller b. abt 1825 [2] Unknown Polhamus, he was b. abt 1823 and died bef 1900, she was Baptized as Susanna 14 May 1830 Evangelical Luthean Church Paradise Valley, Sponsors: John & Susanna Koch, her date of birth is found in same entry

children by Reuben Miller are:

1. Sarah Ann Miller b. abt 1849 Paradise, Pa

2. Jacob Miller b. 1856 Paradise, PA d. 1930

3. Jeremiah Miller b. abt 1857 Paradise, Pa

Children by Unknown Polhamus are:

1. Harry Polhamus

2. Samuel Polhamus

7. John Boorem b. 27 Jun 1832 Paradise, PA d. 24 Mar 1916 Moutain Home, PA married [1] Sara Jane Starner 1866, daughter of Joseph Starner and Mary Van Horn, she was born 1842 Mountainhome, Monroe Co, PA d. 10 Sep 1874 Mountainhome, PA [2] Emma Bond 4 Oct 1879 Mountainhome, PA, daughter of Lewis Bond and Elizabeth Gurr, she was born 13 Oct 1861 Paradise Twp, Monroe Co, PA d. 28 Oct 1943 Canadensis, Monroe Co, PA

Jeffery Thomas has interesting info on Sarah Jane at:

Obituary From Stroudsburg Newspaper: The Morning Press:

"John Boorem, age 83, of Mountainhome, one of the landmarks of Monroe County, Veterinary Surgeon, survived by his wife, 2 daughters, 3 sons, Mrs. Mabel Price, Maud, Alexander, Ord, Sedgwick. [The] Deceased was a Civil War Veteran. Member of Odd Fellows."

Children by Sarah Jane are:

1. Charlotte Susan Boorem b. 14 Mar 1863 Mountainhome, PA d. 24 Jan 1926 Gouldsboro, Wayne Co, PA married Irish Immigrant William Surplus b. 1860 d. 1944

Children are:

1. Herbert Surplus [died at age 17 run over, killed by a train that was being driven by his father]

2. Clarence Surplus

3. Willard Surplus

4. Paul Surplus

5. Unknown Surplus

6. Unknown Surplus Jeffrey Thomas has story on Susan Boorem at:

2. Ida Addie Catherine Boorem b. 1866 Mountainhome, PA d. abt 1872

3. Agnes Charity Boorem b. 15 Feb 1867 Mountainhome, Pa d. 1950 Chicago, ILL married David John

Jeffrey Thomas has the story on Agnes at:

4. Joseph Hooker Boorem b. 9 Jan 1872 Mountainhome, PA d. 7 Jan 1948 Scranton, Lackawanna Co, PA married Celestia Catherine Christman, daughter of Aaron and Anna Kresge Christman, she was born 25 Feb 1872 Cresco [a small village near Mountainhome], they married 12 May 1893

Children are:

1. John Boorem b. 1 Nov 1893 d. 1894 [age 3 mos from meningitus] buried Family plot Mountainhome Methodist Church

2. Ina Boorem b. 1895

3. Anna Boorem b. 1896 [died shortly after birth]

4. Annie Laura b. 1898

5. Dorothy Ellen b. 10 Nov 1906 Kushequa, Pa

6. Jeanne Boorem

7. Gertrude Boorem

Jeffrey Thomas has story on Hooker Boorem at:


AARON A. CHRISTMAN, father of CELESTIA C CHRISTMAN b. 25 feb 1872 Cresco, Monroe Co, Pa married Joseph Hooker Boorem, was born 1845 Saylorsburg, Monroe Co, Pa, he was the son of William Christman and Elizabeth Koch, he married ANNA KRESGE 1869 Chestnurt Hill Twp, Monroe Co, Pa, daughter of Samuel Kresge & Catharine Ann Green, she was born abt 1849 Stroudsburg, Monroe Co, Pa

Children are:

1. Oreedes Samuel Christman b. 19 Feb 1867 Cresco, Monroe Co, Pa d. 7 Oct 1911 Escanaba, Michigan married Flora Bond b. 22 Jan 1861 Pa

Children are:

1. Robert Christman

2. Jessie J Christman

3. Anna Christman

4. William Raymond Christman b. 9 Feb 1892

5. John R Christman b. abt 1895

6. Oreedes S Christman b. abt 1896

7. Peter Christman b. abt 1898

8. George Christman b. abt 1900


2. Ella Christman b. 1869 Cresco, Monroe Co, Pa married Allen Utt

Child Is:

1. Gertrude Utt


3. Asher A Christman b. abt 1871 Cresco, Monroe Co, Pa married Esther J. Whalen b. abt 1877

Children are:

1. Carl Christman

2. June Christman

3. Percy Christman

4. Lila Christman b. abt 1896

5. Nellie Christman b. abt 1898

6. Russell Christman b. abt 1899

7. Harry Christman

8. Norman Christman

9. Alice Christman

10. Gladys Christman


4. CELESTIA C. CHRISTMAN b. 25 Feb 1872 Cresco, Monroe Co, Pa

5. Burlington William Christman b. 16 Jan 1874 Mountainhome, Monroe Co, Pa d. 7 Oct 1935 buried Nebo Lutheran Cemetery Mt. Jewett, married Jennie Larson

Children are:

1. Chester Christman

2. Howard Christman

3. Ethel Christman

4. Lamonte Christman


6. Lillian Christman b. 1876 Cresco, Monroe Co, Pa married Thomas Campbell

Child is:

1. Thomas Campbell Jr

Married Frank Buxton

Children are:

1. Margaret Buxton

2. Frances Buxton

3. Dolores Buxton


7. Dollie M. Christman b. 1878 Cresco, Monroe Co, Pa married Edward C Keller

Children are:

1. Edward C Keller Jr

2. Wayne A Keller

Source: data/4495


WILLIAM CHRISTMAN father of AARON A CHRISTMAN was born 17 Apr 1824 Saylorsburg, Monroe Co, Pa Baptized 8 Aug 1824 St Matthews, Kresgeville, Monroe co, Pa Sponsor: Adam Hufschmidt & Elisabeth, married Elizabeth Koch, b. abt 1824 Saylorsburg, Monroe Co, Pa

Children are:

1. William Christman b. 1844 Polk Twp, Monroe Co, Pa

2. AARON A CHRISTMAN b. 1845 Saylorsburg, Pa

3. Francis A Christman b. 18 Mar 1849 Saylorsburg, Pa d. 11 Nov 1895 Kushequa, McKean Co, Pa buried Nebo Cem married Carolyn Agnes Custer b. 28 Dec 1867 Monroe Co, Pa d. 18 May 1927 Monroe Co, Pa buried Nebo Cem, daughter of William Custer & ? Miller

Children are:

1. Beulah Christman

2. Clarence Sherman Christman b. 1 Jun 1884 Tobyhanna, Monroe, Pa

3. Grover Christman b. 14 Oct 1885 Tobyhanna, Monroe, Pa

4. Alfred Earl Christman b. 15 Jul 1887 Tobyhanna, Pa

5. Earl Christman b. abt 1888

6. mildred Olive Christman b. 24 Apr 1895 Kushequa, McKean, Pa


4. John Alfred Christman b. 16 Dec 1850

5. Barbara Catherina Christman b. 14 Oct 1852 Saylorsburg, Pa

6. Alavista Christman b. 22 Jan 1854 Saylorsburg, Pa

7. Cyrus Christman b. 21 oct 1856 Baptized 15 feb 1857 St Matthews, Sponsor: Reuben Christman & Wife married Ruth E

Children are:

1. Mary Agnes Christman b. 6 Jun 1884

2. Eva Virginia Christman b. 6 Jun 1885

3. Arthur Erastus Christman b. 15 Jul 1887

4. Jennie Frances christman b. 14 Sep 1895


8. Ellen Christman b. 1 May 1859 Saylorsburg, Pa


MELCHIOR CHRISTMAN, father of WILLIAM CHRISTMAN, b. 1824, was born 1801 married Sarah [Salmi] Christman, daughter of Henry Christman b. 29 Oct 1758 & Eva Kleintap b. Monroe Co, Pa, she was born 25 Apr 1802

Children are:

1. Millie Christman

2. Reuben Christman

3. Levina Christman b. 14 Nov 1822

4. WILLIAM CHRISTMAN b. 17 Apr 1824 Saylorsburg, Pa

5. Aaron Christman b. 1 Dec 1825

6. Stephen Christman b. 11 May 1833 Palmerton, Carbon Co, Pa

7. Henrietta [Harriet] Christman b. 26 Jan 1835

8. Mary Anna Christman b. 8 feb 1838

9. Elizabeth Anna christman b. 17 Jan 1840

10. Maria Anna Christman b. 3 Jun 1842

11. Nathan Christman b. 6 Jan 1834 Trachsville, Carbon Co, Pa

12. Louisa A Christman b. abt 1846

13. Anna Julianna Christman b. 9 Jul 1850


5. Laura Jane Boorem b. 1 Sep 1874 Mountainhome, PA d. 28 Mar 1912 Tobyhanna, Monroe Co, PA, raised by Joe Starner, brother or half-brother to Jane, and Jane Reinhardt, [they had no children of their own] married 1896 William Doebele [2] Ulreh John Vogt 1903

Children by Doebele are:

1. Dorothy Doebele

2. Mary Doebele

Children by Vogt are:

1. Laura Vogt

2. Ulreh Jr Vogt

3. Naomi Vogt

4. Blanche Vogt

Jeffrey Thomas has the story of Laura Boorem at:

8. Francis Frank Boorem b. 28 Nov 1835 Mountain Home, PA d. 6 Feb 1927 Stroudsburg, Monroe Co, PA Burial: Keokee Chapel Cem, Baptized 28 Dec 1835 Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paradise Valley, name as Francis Borem, married Elizabeth Koerner 18 Mar 1860 Paradise Twp, Monroe Co, PA, daughter of Jacob Konner & Catheine Kaufmann, she was born 2 July 1838 Paradise Twp, Monroe Co PA Baptized: 8 Jun 1838 Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paradise Valley, name as Elisabetha Koerner, d. 16 Apr 1890

1880 Paradise Twp, Census: 104 104 Boorem, Francis W M 44 Head M Farmier Pa Pa Pa

Elizabeth W F 41 Wife M Keeping House Pa Pa Pa

Maurice W M 13 son S Pa Pa Pa

Lilly W F 8 daughter S Pa Pa Pa

Charlotte W F 3 daughter S Pa Pa Pa

Bertha W F 1 daughter S Pa Pa Pa

1900 Paradise Twp, Census: 68 69 : Boorem Francis Head W M Dec 1835 64 W Pa Pa Pa Farmer

Bertha daughter W F Sep 1878 21 S Pa Pa Pa

Lauretta daughter W F Oct 1882 17 S Pa Pa Pa at school

Addie daughter W F Oct 1880 19 S Pa Pa Pa

Jacob Brother M M Jul 1823 76 D Pa Pa Pa

*76* difficult to read, maybe wrong age

Francis attended the 1924 Nauman Reunion

Francis Boorem [1835-1927]

FRANCIS BOOREM [1835-1927]. Francis Boorem was born 28 November 1835 in Paradise Valley, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. He was the eighth child of John and Elizabeth Nauman Boorem, and was baptized at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Paradise Valley. He grew up on the family homestead, a place known as the "Heller Farm" just off Keokee Chapel Road. Frank was only 9 years old when his father died in 1844 and he and his brothers worked hard to hold onto the family farm. On 18 March 1860 Frank married Elizabeth Koerner, and soon after purchased his own farm in Paradise Valley, a large tract of land ocated off route 940, purchased at a tax sale. Part of the property was later sold to Frank & Elizabeth's son Maurice, and later passed to Maurice's daughter Gladys, while the core of the homestead, the farm and the barn, was retained by Frank. The homestead, however, was eventually purchased by Frank's son-in-law and daughter Clinton and Bertha Boorem Learn, who Frank later lived with. Today a Catholic School is located on the old Frank Boorem Farm.

Frank served as both Justice of the Peace and School Director for Paradise Township. He was first elected to the position of Director of Schools in 1867 and held the position on at least four other occasions. In 1833 he was appointed Justice of the Peace for Paradise Valley and served in that capacity for many years until shortly before his death. Frank's dual commitment to church and community gained him the respect and admiration of his neighbors and fellow citizens.

His obituary reads as follows:

"Francis Boorem, age 91 years, 1 month, and 29 days, passed away at the home of his daughter Mrs. Jasper Heckman, Stroudsburg, Sunday Evening, February 6 at 10 o'clock. He was born in Paradise Valley Dec 7 1835, and was Justice of the Peace for Paradise Township from January 1, 1868 to Jan 1, 1926. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge of Mountainhome, PA. The deceased is survived by one sister, Mrs. Lydia Hedden, Sprinfield Mass, one son, Maurice L. Boorem, Cresco, Pa., Mrs. Eugene Widdoss, Mt Pocono, Pa., Mrs. Jasper Heckman, Stroudsburg, Pa., and Mrs. Isaac Getz, Lehighton, Pa., and seven grandchildren. He was preceeded to the grace 35 years ago by his wife Elizabeth Koerner Boorem. The funeral will be held at 1:30 o'clock on Thursday afternoon, February 10th, at the home of Euguen Widdoss, Woodland Road, Mt. Pocono, Pa., Services at 2:00 o'clock at Keokee Chapel, Paradise Valley, where interment will be made. All friends are invited to attend without further notice."

Information provided by Mrs. Alvesta Gouger at the 64th annual Boorem family reunion, Paradise Valley, 21 August 1988.

Children are:

1. Morris Maurice L. Boorem b. 11 Aug 1866 Paradise Twp, Monroe Co, PA d. 11 Aug 1952 Mountainhome, PA

Jeffrey Thomas has write up on Maurice at:

2. Melissa Boorem b. 28 July 1869 Paradise Twp, PA d. 27 jul 1871 Paradise Twp, PA buried Keokee Chapel Cem.

3. Lilly Mae Boorem b. abt 1872 Paradise Twp, Monroe Co, PA d. 1930 Monroe Co, PA married Garrison Andrew Storm, son of Mahlon Storm and Lydia Ann Smith, he was born 12 Oct 1875 Monroe Co, Pa d. 1932 Monroe Co, Pa, buried St Paul's Cemetery, Swiftwater, Pa

Census 2 Apr 1930 Pocono Twp, Monroe Co, Pa line 6-6 Storm, Garrison 54 Farmer Pa, Lilly M 59 Pa, Mahlon Father 78 pa. Lydia Mother 67 Pa source: On line

Child is:

1. Lorna Marguerite Storm b. 12 Mar 1901 Paradise, Monroe Co, Pa d. 22 Jun 2000 Swiftwater, Monroe Co, Pa, buried St Paul's Cem, married David Worth Bowman, son of David Bowman and Nancy Mowbray, he was born 1902 d. Jun 1978 Monroe Co, Pa, buried St Paul's Cem.

Children are:

1. Anne Bowman b. 1922 married Joseph Rother

2. Elinor Bowman b. 1923 married Frank L Karnes

Child is:

1. Camille Karnes

3. Lorna M Bowman b. 1924 married [1] Earl C Edwards [2] John E Drake [3] Chauncey J. Hilliard

Child by Edwards:

1. Amelia Jo Edwards

Child by Drake:

1. Clarissa Lee Drake

Children by Hilliard:

1. Cynthia Irene Hilliard

2. Charles Dana Hilliard

4. David W. Bowman b. 1926 married [1] Eleanor Tedder [2] Mildred Flannigan

Children by Flannigan are:

1. David Bowman married Donna

2. Barbara Bowman

3. Beverly Ann Bowman

4. Brett Bowman

5. John H. Bowman b. 1928 d. 1987 married Edith Kishpaugh

Children are:

1. John H Bowman married Kate Meeks

2. Beth Ann Bowman married William Devlin

6. Arthur Mowbray Bowman b. 14 Oct 1930 d. 29 Jan 1944 Monroe Co, Pa Buried St Pauls Cem.

7. Garrison Bowman married [1] Patricia Arnone [2] Jeanne Evans

Children by Jeanne Evans are:

1. Barbard Jean Bowman married John Sylvester

2. Garrison Bowman married Gisela Ingram

8. Jane Bowman married Joseph Sebring

Children are:

1. Teresa May Sebring married Paul Smith

2. Sally Jean Sebring married Louis Kotzman

3. Joyce Marie Sebring married Craig Fisher

4. Matthew Sebring married Katherine Johnson

9. Margaret Bowman married Claude Buttrell

Children are:

1. Beverly Buttrell married Steven Yeager

2. Claudie Lee Bttrell

10. May B. Bowman married Myron Chase

11. Nancy M Bowman married Donald Carlton

Children are:

1. Diane Carlton

2. Mark Carlton

3. Janet Carlton

12. Patricia Bowman married Ted Helvey

Children are:

1. John Helvey married Katherine Lestina

2. Angela Helvey

3. Curtis Helvey

13. Richard Bowman b. 1943 married Colleen MacBroom

Children are:

1. Brighid Bowman

2. Brendan Bowman


MAHLON A STORM, father of Garrison Storm, was born 1852 Paradise, Monroe co, Pa d. 1931. married [1] Mary Etna Bush, she was born Mar 1854 Paradise, Monroe Co, Pa

Children are:

1. Ida Storm

2. Matilda Storm

Married second: LYDIA ANN SMITH, daughter of William Smith and Mary Seese. she was born abt 1860 d. 1932

Children are:

1. GARRISON ANDREW STORM b. 12 Oct 1875 Monroe Co, Pa d. 1932 Monroe Co, Pa, buried St Pauls Cem, married Lilly May Boorem

2. Elwood Storm

3. Sterling Storm

4. Margaret Storm

5. Lloyd Storm

6. Ethel Storm

7. Howard M Storm b. 1892 Monroe Co, Pa


I am wondering if these children all belong to Lydia or perhaps some to Mary Bush?

ANDREAS STORM, Gandfather of Mahlon Storm was b. 17 May 1751 d. 11 Sep 1828 married Christiana b. 13 Sep 1757 d. 17 Apr 1843

Child is:

1. John Teel Storm, Father of Mahlon Storm, b. 21 Jun 1780 Northampton Co, Pa d. 30 Oct 1837 Monroe Co, Pa married Rachel Learn, daughter of Jacob Learn and Elizabeth Romig, she was born 23 Sep 1782 Hamilton, Monroe co, Pa and d. 13 Aug 1854 Monroe Co, Pa

Children are:

1. Andrew L Storm b. 29 Apr 1804 d. 26 Sep 1886 Paradise, Monroe Co, Pa married Elizabeth Rhodes, daughter of Jacob Rhodes, she was born 18 Apr 1808 d. 20 sep 1887

Children are:

1. Mahlon A Storm b. 1852 Paradise, Monroe Co, Pa d. 1931

2. Walter Storm

3. Sally Ann Storm b. 1828

4. William storm b. 1830

5. Peter storm b. 1831 Stroudsburg, Monroe Co, Pa

6. Maria Storm b. 1833

7. Katie Storm b. 1834

8. Catherine Storm b. 12 Jan 1834

9. Rachel Storm b. 1836

10. John Storm b. 1837

11. Lydia Storm b. 1839

12. Amanda Storm b. 1841

13. Andrew Storm b. 1842

14. Jacob R Storm b. 31 Dec 1844 Paradise, Monroe Co, Pa

15. Joshua Storm b. 1848

16. Eleanor Storm b. 19 Apr 1850


2. Jacob Storm

3. John Jacob Storm b. 4 Sep 1802 Hamilton, Pa

4. Christine storm b. 27 Aug 1806

5. Samuel Storm b. 30 Aug 1808 Hamilton, Pa

6. Peter Storm b. 1 Jul 1810

7. John Storm b. 1812

8. Elizabeth Storm b. 28 Feb 1812 Monroe co, Pa

9. Charles Storm b. 21 Mar 1814

10. John Storm b. 21 Jul 1816


4. Charlotte Boorem b. 18 Jul 1876 Paradise Twp, PA d. 10 Dec 1965 Monroe Co, PA

5. Addie Boorem b. 18 Oct 1880 Paradise Twp, d. 13 Dec 1957

6. Lauretta Boorem b. 30 Oct 1882 Paradise Twp, PA d. 6 Mar 1965 Lehighton, PA

Jeffrey Thomas has info on Lauretta Boorem at:

7. Bertha Boorem b. Sep 1878 Paradise Valley, Monroe County, Pa d. 1924 Stroudsburg, Pa, Buried St Paul's Cem. She was the First wife of Clinton E Learn, they married 20 Nov 1901, Clinton married Second, Carrie Hobbs Williams, she was born 12 Dec 1886 d. 9 Jan 1959. Clinton was the son of Joseph W Learn and Mary Elizabeth Heller. He was born 6 Jun 1879 East Swiftwater, Monroe Co, Pa d. 13 Feb 1956 Stroudsburg, Pa, buried St Paul's Cemetery, Swiftwater, Clinton was a Monroe County Jury Commissioner for 20 years: 1920 Census Paradise Twp, page 143 January 2, 1920, 86-88

Learn, Clinton Head O M M W 40 M YY Pa Pa Pa Y farmer Bertha Wife F W 41 M Y Y Pa Pa Pa Amy I Dau F W 14 Parents b. Pa Olive I Dau F W 11 parents b. Pa Earl R. Son M W 9 parents b. Pa Elsie E. Dau F W 3 parents b. Pa Boorem, Francis Father-in-law M W 84 Widowed parents b. Pa

Children are:

1. Amy I Learn b. 29 Oct 1905 Paradise Twp, Monroe co, Pa d. 26 Jan 1982 Stroudsburg, Pa married Frederick Coffman, he was born 18 May 1898 d. 10 Aug 1983 Marshalls Creek, Monroe Co, Pa, both are buried at St Paul's German Reformed Church Cemetery, Swiftwater.

Children are:

1. Freda Coffman

2. Joan Coffman

3. Marian J Coffman she had: Autum Coffman


2. Olive Irene Learn b. Feb 1909 East Swiftwater, Monroe Co, Pa d. Jan 1984 buried St Paul's Cem, married James Carl Shiffer 17 Oct 1925, he was born 27 Feb 1904 Hanryville, Pa, d. 1985 buried St Paul's cem.

Child is:

1. Lillian Shiffer


3. Earl Raymond Learn b. 24 Nov 1910 d. 1 Jan 1995 Swiftwater, Monroe County, Pa buried St Paul's Cem. married Naomi Kresge 2 Oct 1933 Pardise Twp, Monroe co, Pa she was b. 1911 d. 1988

Children are:

1. Anita Learn married Daniel Sinka

Children are;

1. Daniel Sinka Jr

2. Julie Sinka


2. Bertha Learn

3. William Learn

4. Eugene Learn


4. Elsie Learn b. 21 Jan 1917 Paradise Twp, Monroe Co, Pa d. 6 Feb 1987 La Kewales, Florida, married James G Howell 1940, he was born 1915

Children are:

1. John E Howell

2. Richard D. Howell

3. Thomas F Howell


Jeffrey Thomas has info on Francis Boorem at:

Children by Emma Bond are:

1. Mabel Elizabeth Boorem b. 23 Jan 1881 Mountainhome, PA d. 1962 Monroe co, PA married Allen D Price

1. David Price

2. Norman Price

3. Brice Price

4. John Price

Jeffrey Thomas has a write up at:

2. John Alexander Boorem b. 1882 Mountainhome, PA d. 6 Apr 1970, married Altie Hanchett [2] Laura [Alex had changed his name to John Anderson by 1920] Children are by Laura:

1. John Anderson

2. Emma Anderson

3. Thelma Anderson

4. William Anderson

5. Richard Anderson

6. Alexander Anderson

7. James Anderson

Jeffrey Thomas has story on Alex at:

3. John Sedgwick Boorem b. 18 Jun 1883 Mountainhome, PA d. 4 Oct 1960 Little Rock, Ark,[Doctor] married Mavis F Putman 15 Nov 1943 Marianna, Ark

Children are:

1. Stanley Boorem was from a previous marriage b. 1919

Children by Mavis are:

1. John Boorem

2. Susan Boorem

3. Judy Boorem

4. Benjamin Boorem

5. Elizabeth Boorem

Jeffrey Thomas has a story on Sedgwick at:

4. Robert Ord Boorem b. 2 Nov 1885 Mountainhome, PA d. 19 Aug 1973 Chicago, ILL, buried Cedar Park Cemetery near Chicago, ILL, married Irish Immigrant Frances McEvory

Children are:

1. Robert Thomas Boorem

2. June Boorem

Jeffrey Thomas has story about Ord at:

5. Maud Leslie Boorem b. 17 May 1891 Mountainhome, PA d. 18 Aug 1970 Whittier, Los Angeles County, Calif, married Harry Norman Pace [cousin on her father's side, see Mary Boorem] children are:

1. Harry Pace

2. Rhoda Pace

3. Ord Pace

4. Frances Celeste Pace [named after her mother's sister in law Celeste Boorem, wife of Hooker Boorem]

All Children were born on the Pace Farm in Scranton, PA

Jeffrey Thomas has story of Maud at:

9. Elizabeth Boorem b. 23 Aug 1838 Mountain Home, PA d. 1882 married Theodore Polhamus, he was born abt 1823 d. bef 1900

Children are:

1. Violetta Polhamus b. 1869

2. Theodore Polhamus b. 1873

3. Henry Polhamus b. 1876

4. Walter Polhamus b. 1879

5. Emma Polhamus b. 3 Aug 1862 d. May 1952 Vancouver, Washington

6. Ella J Polhamus b. 1866 d. 1960 Monroe Co, PA

7. John L Polhamus b. 1864

10. Samuel Boorem b. 1842 Mountain Home, PA d. 2 Jan 1913 Lackawanna Co, PA, buried Forest Hill Cem., , he was a Railroad Conductor, he married [1] Helen Smith [2] Ellen b. Oct 1847

Child by Helen Smith is:

1. Stewart Boorem b. 11 Mar 1862 monroe Co, PA d. 11 Feb 1894 Monroe Co, PA

Jeffrey Thomas has info on Samuel Boorem at:

11. Lydia Boorem b. 1844 Paradise, Monroe Co, Pa d. 1938 married [1] Sanford G. Robbins, son of Caleb Robbins, he was b. abt 1844 d. bef 1880 Military he was in Barry H 1sr Light Arillary Regiment, PA[2] Joseph Hedden, military was in Company 1 of the 50th PA Regiment

Children by Sanford G Robbins are:

1. Clara E Robbins b. 1867 PA d. 1935

2. Edith M Robbins b. 1877 PA

3. Charles E Robbins b. 1870 d. 14 Oct 1891, buried Forest Hill Cem., Lackawanna Co, PA

Children by Joseph Hedden are:

1. Wilbur Hedden b. 22 Jul 1887 pA married Vivian, b. 1886 PA:

Wilbur Hedden was put in the Soldier's Orphan's Home in Chester Springs, Susquehanna Co, PA:

Name of Pupil: Hedden, Wilbur Hedden, John

Date of Birth: July 22, 1887 Mar 29, 1890

Date of Order for Admission: Sep 25, 1893

School: Chester Springs:

Parents: Living and Dead Father: Living Mother: Living

Name of Father: Joseph Hedden

Record of Service: Rank: Sergeant Company 1 Regiment 50th State: PA Application by: Lydia Hedden P. O. Address of Applicant: Scranton

2. John F. Hedden b. 29 Mar 1890

Jeffrey Thomas has info on Lydia Boorem at:

6. Joseph Boorem b. 15 Dec 1809 d. 24 Mar 1811 Bethlehem, Northampton Co, PA

7. Jacob Borum/Boorem b. 2 Mar 1799 d. 29 Feb 1856 Lower Nazareth, PA buried Dryland Church Cem., Will: 1856 File # 6473 Executor: Catharine Boorem, married Catherine Bundstein/Bunstein 23 Dec 1821 First Reformed church Easton, she was b. 25 Mar 1797 Hecktown, PA d. 16 Jun 1868 Hecktown, PA, daughter of Johann "Jacob" Bonstein and Catherine Schnable

Jacob Borum and Catherine Bonstein Borum raised John Jacob Bunstine, son of Johann John Bunstein and Susanna Billheimer [from Bonstein Family Genealogy written by Robert James Bonstein]

[This has been verified by Catherine Bundstein Boorem's Will #8091 Northampton Co, PA, Proved June 30, 1868 Recorded Book no 8 page 164, in my possession,]

On 25 Nov 1814 Barnet Arndt was appointed guardian of Jacob Borum, a minor son of John Borum of Lower Nazareth Twp.

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