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Margaret R [Hunter] Wolfe, age 96, of ManorCare l, Bethlehem, PA, formerly of Bethlehem PA, died Friday, July 28, 2000 in Muhlenberg Hospital Center, Bethlehem, PA.

Born February 9, 1904 in Ambler, PA, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Barbara [Pearson] Hunter. She worked for the Lehigh County Court House for many years until retiring. She was a member of the Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem, PA, where she was a member of the Quilting Guild. She was also a member of the Women's Rebpulican Club of Bethlehe PA.

She is survived by her Grandchildren, Judy A. Sciban of Bethlehem PA, Cathy J. Roth of Coopersburg PA and Robert C. Dresser of Dublin, OH; 4 Great Grandchildren and 2 Great Great Grandchildren. She is predeceased in death by infant son William Bonstein and Daughter, Joyce L. Dresser. R.N. [Bonstein maiden name]

A Private Funeral Service will be held at the convenience of family. There will be no Calling Hours. Interment will be in Union Cemetery, Hellertown PA. Arrangements by Heintzelman Funeral Home, Inc., 326 Main Street, Hellertown PA.

Would appreciate any info on this family.

PETER REMANDUS BUNSTEIN [Jacob, Johann Jacob, Laurentius, Johann Paulus, Christian, Henning, Cuntz]was born 26 Mar 1827 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Baptized 23 Sept 1827, Dryland Church, Sponsors: Peter Heckman & Elisabeth [Bundstein] his wife, page 51. He is buried in Bethlehem. He married [1] Susannah Wagoner 15 Mar 1853 in Lower Nazareth Twp, Northampton Co, PA, d/o John Wagoner & Susannah. She was born 1833. He married [2] Sabina Watchter/Watcher, she was born in 1841.

He began as a Farmer, but soon became a Restauranter

Source: Robert James Bonstein 17 August 1981. Census 1850: Northampton Co, Nazareth, PA, Record type, Fed. Pop. Sch. page 255 Peter R. Bunstein

Census 1860 Lower Nazareth, PA

Mandes Bunstein age 33, Farmer b. PA

Susanna age 26 b. PA

John V. age 5

Catherine C. age 4

Jacob J. age 3

Census 1870 Lower Nazareth Twp, PA

Rinandus Bunstein age 43, Farmer, b. PA

Susanna age 36 b. PA

John age 15 b. PA

Catherine age 14 b. PA

Jacob J. age 13 b. PA

Eva C. J. age 9 b. PA

Remandus E. age 1 b. PA

Census 1880 Nazareth, PA

Bonstein, Peter R. age 52

Sabina age 39

William age 5

George age 9

Emma age 13

Edward age 19

Clara age 16

Mary age 1

In 1880 Census Lower Nazareth Twp, PA

Susannah Bunstine is living with her mother Susanna Wagner, she is Divorced [as of April 25, 1876]and her son Remandus Bunstine is living there with her and is 11 years old.

I would appreciate any info on Susannah Wagoner/Wagner and Sabina Watcher, would like to find their families

In the 1790 Census for Easton Twp, Northampton Co, PA, there is a David Waggoner, with e males over 16, 1 male 16 and under, 2 females

There is also a Daniel Waggoner with 2 males over 16, 1 male 16 & under, 4 females

And there is a George Frederick Waggoner with 1 male over 16, 1 male under 16 & 5 females [I am thinking one of these might be related to Susannah's family] Thanks for any help.

Children of Susannah and Peter Remandus are:

1. John Vencelon Bonstein b. 12 Aug 1854 PA d. 5 Jan 1916 Nazareth, PA

2. Catherine C. b. 1855 Nazareth, PA

3. Jacob Jerome Bonstein b. 30 May 1857 Nazareth, PA, d. 24 Mar 1922 Nazareth, PA

4. Eva Cecila Jane Bonstein b. 21 July 1860 Lower Nazareth, PA d. 6 May 1899 Nazareth Twp, PA she married John Maurice Neumeyer 25 Sept 1879, he was b. 21 Mar 1854 Christian Springs, Bucks Co, PA d. 21 April 1908 Beaver Valley, Monroe Co, PA, Eva is buried in the Moravian Cem. Nazareth, PA, John is buried Plainfield Cem. Monroe Co, PA.


At various times John conducted hotels at Bushkill Centre, in Northampton County; the Ross Common Inn and the lake Poponomming Inn, the two latter in Monroe County. He is buried in the Plainfield Cemetery, he never had children.

5. Remandus E. Bonstein b. 1868 Nazareth Twp, PA, in 1890 Bethlehem Twp Amandus Bonstein is a laborer living at 66 Vineyard W. Married Caroline [last name might be Arnburner]


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

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

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

Children are:

1. Rose Bonstein married John R Davis, both born Pa

1930 Census Upper Nazareth April 2, Northampton Co, Pa Sheet No. 1A

Bonstine Caroline 3,000 age 56 married age 19 b. Pa Father Ger. Mother Pa

Amandus [husband] 62 married age 23 all b. Pa

Davis Rose R 37 m age 22 all b. Pa

Davis John R 38 m age 23 all b. Pa

Davis Rosella C 14

Davis Elizabeth R 12

Davis Kermit J 10 [I have his obit]

Davis John R 8

Davis Sylvia S 7

Davis Jean M 4

Davis Shirly J 2 1/2

Davis Russell 5 Months

Children by Sabina and Peter Remandus are:

1. Edward Bonstein b. 1861 Nazareth Twp, PA

2. Clara Bonstein b. 1864 Nazareth Twp, PA

3. Emma Bonstein b. 1867 Nazareth Twp, PA

4. George Bonstein b. 1871 Nazareth Twp, PA

5. William Bonstein b. 1875 Nazareth, Twp,PA

6. Infant Bunstine b. 27 Dec 1880 Easton Cem. Plot A14-69 d. 30 Dec 1880 Easton PA

7. Catherine Bonstein

8. Mary Sabilla Bonstein

9. Susan Bonstein

Note: Personal Oppinion

I believe that Peter was living with both women, if you look at the births of the children you will see that he was with both women for a number of years, just when he married Sabina is yet to be found, more research is needed in this area

1. John Vencelon Bonstein [Peter R.]b. 12 Aug 1854 Nazareth, PA d. 5 Jan 1916 Nazareth, PA married Isabella Jane Dennis 15 Sep 1875, daughter of Andrew Dennis and Mary Ealer. She was b. 17 Sept 1855 PA d. 26 Dec 1921 Nazareth, PA.

John's Will File No. #20934 Register of Wills, Northmapton Co, PA


BEFORE ME, Asher V. Stauffer Register of Wills in and for said County, personally appeared Alfred L. 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, that 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.

Widow's Renunciation, filed Jan. 13-1916

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 a s Administratrix of my said deceased husband's estate, and request you to appoint Alfred L. Shimer administrator thereof.

Witnesses present: Elwood Bonstein Isabela J. 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, PA: Bonstein John V. age 25, Isabella age 24, Laura 3; Mary 1; John 1M; Sarah C. Mann Servant, Morris A. Rice Servant, Thomas C. Weil Servant

Will File No. #24343 Reg. of Wills, Northampton Co, PA


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 amy 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 and funeral expenses be fully paid and satisfied as soon as convenient may be 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 Mahon 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 hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my daugher 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 ther request as witness thereto, in the presence of the said testatrix and of each other. Simon Andrews Clara L. Andrews

On the 5th day of January A.D. 1922, personally appeared before me, Mark D. Frankenfield Dp Register of Wills, &c, in and for said County, Simon Andrews and Clara L. Andrews, subscribing witnesses to the within instrument of writing, purporting to be the last Will and Testament of Isabella J. Bonstein, dated 12th day of Sept. A. D. 1917, who, after having been by me duly qualified according to law, depose and say that they were present and saw testatrix sign her name and seal and heard her publish and declare the same as and for her last Will and Testament, and that at the time of so doing she 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 Register Simon Andrews and Clara I. Andrews

Bond for 150.00 posted by Emily Danner

AFFIDAVIT OF DEATH: Before me, Mark D. Frankenfield Dep. Register of Wills in and for said County, Personally appeared Emily Danner being preson 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 21

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 of Isabella and John V. Bonstein are:

1. Laura Bonstein born 12 June 1877 Nazareth, Pa, died 27 February 1939

1. Mary Bonstein born 2 October 1878 Nazareth, PA died 24 December 1965, married Edgar L Gold, 24 December 1901, he was son of William Gold and Sabilla, he was born 4 September 1880 died April 1941

Child is:

1. Mildred Gold

2. John Vencelon Bonstein born 13 May 1880 Nazareth, PA died 10 July 1897, Nazareth, Pa

3. Curtain Bonstein born 28 September 1881 Nazareth, PA died 11 April 1940, married Gertrude M Rice, she was born 1883 PA,

Children are:

1. Isabella Jane Bonstein born about 1907

2. Dorothy Bonstein born about 1909

3. Sadie Mae Bonstein born 29 May 1905 Nazareth, Pa, died 27 February 2000 Wilmington, Delaware, married Arthur Ray Grant, son of Ulysses Simpson Grant & Corrie S Ball, 12 April 1924 Nazareth, Pa

Children are:

1. Barbara Lee Grant

2. Ronald Arthur Grant 6 September 1934 died 9 August 1998 New Castle County, Delaware

Children are:

1. Steve Grant

2. Gregg Grant

3. Margerie Grant

3. Gary Curtin Grant

4. Letty Jane Grant

Arthur's father, Ulyssess Simpson Grant was born September 1866 in Baltimore, Maryland and died 19 February 1936 in Wilimgton, Delaware, his mother was Corrie S Ball born June 1864 Baltimore, Maryland and died 13 February 1949, Wilmington, Delaware. Their Children are:

1. Arthur Ray Grant, Above

2. Irene Beatrice Grant b. Dec 1891 d. 22 Jul 1892

3. Miriam Anna Grant b. 19 Aug 1893 Del. d. 21 May 1974 Seaford, Delaware married Henry Mahoffy Foulk who died 1 Jan 1941 Seasford, Delaware They had two sons Lambert Grant Foulk and Donald Hare Foulk

4. Edgar Derr Grant b. 9 Aug 1903 Baltimore, Maryland died 14 Aug 1990 Wilmington married Margaret Baker Stevenson, she was born 21 Jul 1906 Wilmington, Delaware died Feb 1994 Wilmington, Delaware, they had a son: Robert Stevenson Grant

5. Harvey Drummond Grant b. 9 Aug 1906 Baltimore, Maryland

Ulyssess's father was Joseph Washington Grant b. 25 Mar 1833 Cecil, Maryland died in Cecil Maryland, his mother was Harriett Cohee b. 1837 Cecil, Maryland d. About 1880 in Cecil, Maryland, Children are:

1. Ulyssess Simpson Grant above,

2. Arthur Ellsworth Grant b. 1862

3. William K Grant b. 1863

4. Clara M Grant b. 1867

5. Harry T Grant b. 1870

6. John Grant b. 1874 Virginia

7. William Grant b. 1875 Maryland

Would appreciate more info on this family....

4. Eliza J Bonstein born about 1909

5. Charles Arthur Bonstein

6. John Elwood Bonstein

7. James Lester Bonstein born 1944

4. Mahlon Bonstein born 5 October 1886 Nazareth, PA died 17 October 1957, married First: Bertha Oldenwelder Spear born 1882 PA died 1949 Second: Ida Blanche Rinker, daughter of Samuel Rinker & Susan Ellen Shoemaker, she was born 19 April 1889 Saylorsburg, Monroe County, PA died About 1966 Pennsylvania

5. Emily "Emma" Bonstein b. 18 September 1888 Nazreth, PA married James Albert Danner 31 October 1910, son of Paul & Annette "Sarah" Koch, he was born 20 March 1885 Pennsylvania died March 1970 Whitehall, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania He was a Blacksmith, they had no children and living in Whitehall after they married. James is on the 1910 Census of Nazareth, Ward 2, as a Boarder with John V Bonstein and Isabella, he was a Blacksmtih then also. Him and Emily are on the 1920 Census of Whitehall, Lehigh County, he is 34 and Emily is 31 he is the last name on the page and Emily is the first name on the second page. They are on the 1930 Census of Whitehall, Lehigh Co He is 45 Emily is 41 He married age 25, she married age 21. James Service Registration Card for WW( Sept. 12, 1918 says when he was born and he was a Blacksmith, he was tall, large build, Gray eyes, light hair. His Social Security NO. 162-05-8809 he was born 20 Mar 1885 died March 1970 in Whitehall, 18052 Lehigh Co, PA

6. Nevin Bonstein b. 27 Oct 1888 Nazreth, Pa d. Feb 1970 Camden, NJ [his name is not mentioned in Isabella's Will, more research is needed here][1910 census for 3-wd maiden, Middlesex, Mass. there is a Neven Bunstein age 42, Elizabeth A age 35, Hinnin G age 5 and Glavin Fannie mother-in-law age 49 and Sister-in-law Nina Glavin age 7 living with them]

7. Frederick Bonstein born 19 February 1902 Nazareth, Pa died June 1965 NJ, married Beatrice Bartholomew, she was born 24 March 1900 died 23 January 1963, NJ

Child is:

1. Betty Bonstein born 1 October 1927 died 1 October 1944

8. Irina Bonstein b. 17 July 1885 d. 25 Aug 1895 Nazareth, PA

9. Elwood Bonstein b. 21 Feb 1890 d. 19 June 1948

10. Helen Bonstein born 16 March 1892 died 4 August 1954, married Jeremiah M Wieder

Children are:

1. Edward M Wieder

2. Helen Lorraine Wieder born about 1925


ANDREW DENNIS b. 11 Jan 1833 d. 22 May 1897, he operated an ore mine in Nazareth, PA. He had a great sense of humor. His arden belief was that one ought to plant berry bushes and fruit trees for those who followed. The Dennis Homestead disappeared with the progress of the cement industry. Ardent Rebpublicans.

He married Mary Ann Ealer b. 8 Aug 1833 PA d. 11 Oct 1920, daughter of Thomas Traill Ealer & Sophia Schug

Children are:

1. Abigail Dennis b. 12 Sep 1853, d. 14 Jul 1909 m. William Nolf

Children are:

1. Anna Nolf

2. Edward Nolf

3. Thomas Nolf

4. William Nolf

5. Carrie Nolf

2. Isabella Jane Dennis b. 17 Sep 1855 m. John V. Bonstein [above]

3. Thomas Traill Dennis b. & Jul 1857, d. 19 Jan 1925 m. Emma M. Beisel b. 17 Jan 1855 d. 19 Mar 1926

Children are:

1. Franklin Beisel Dennis b. 2 May 1881 d. 1 Jul 1946, he graduated from Nazareth High School and in 1904 graduated from Muhlenberg College in Bethlehem, Pa, he was a Teacher and Principal of Nazareth Schools, and he was an Assistant Postmaster of Nazareth, PA, he married Sallie Bauer b. 31 Jul 1881 d. 23 Apr 1952, she was the daughter of Stephen Bauer & Mary George, she graduated from Nazareth High in 1898, was an Elementery School Teacher

Children are:

1. Paul Bauer Beisel Dennis b. 2 Mar 1904

2. Ethel Marian Dennis b. 31 Jul 1905

3. Henry Peter Dennis b. 29 sep 1908

4. Alice Kathryn Dennis b. 11 Jun 1910

5. Grace Irene Dennis b. 15 Apr 1912

2. William Oswald Dennis b. 31 Dec 1882, d. 16 Nov 1939, he went to Nazareth Hall Military Academy & graduated Civil Engineering from Lafayette College in 1905, he was an Asst. Engineer at Lehigh & New England Railroad from 1905 to 1939, He was a member of Whitfield Lodge F & AM-past master-masonic bodies, he married 11 Aug 1908 Mary Christine Baltz b. 30 Mar 1876 d. 12 Apr 1929

Children are:

1. Martha Christiana Dennis b. 10 Apr 1912

2. Esther Baltz Dennis b. 14 Nov 1915

3. Ruth Beisel Dennis b. 24 Dec 1918

4. John Stephen Dennis b. 3 Jun 1859 d. 21 Aug 1928, he was an Engineer for D. L. & W. in Elmira, NY, he married Susie Marie Shoemaker b. 3 oct 1871 d. 4 Dec 1918 Elmira, NY [they moved to Macon, GA in 1906 and then back to Elmira, NY]

Children are:

1. George Andrew Dennis b. 19 Nov 1892 Elmira, NY, he was a Railroad Worker, moved with family to Macon, GA in 1906, later returned to Elmira, NY: m. 6 Oct 1914 Mildred Surdam b. 11 Dec 1891

Child was: George Andrew Dennis b. 28 Sep 1917

2. Helen Susanna Dennis b. 2 Aug 1894 Elmira, NY, m. 2 Apr 1913 Macon, GA, James Allen Rankin b. 19 Dec 1877 d. 21 Feb 1962 St Petersburg, FL, He was a Printer in Macon, GA and worked on St Petersburg Times, in Fl.,He was the son of Thomas Lee Rankin & Sara Hawthorn

Children are:

1. James Allen Rankin b. 10 Jan 1914

2. John Thomas Rankin b. 14 Sep 1917

3. Joseph Walton Rankin b. 9 Oct 1920

3. Maude Marie Dennis b. 7 Jan 1898 Elmira, NY, m. 20 Jan 1918 Macon, GA Charles Lee Parker b. 29 Dec 1890

Children are:

1. Susie Elizabeth Parker b. 30 Jan 1919

2. Helen Marie Parker b. 20 Aug 1921

3. Charlie Lee Parker b. 6 May 1924

4. Ella louise Dennis b. 3 Jun 1903 Elmira, NY, District Manager for Stanley Products, m. 17 Nov 1926 Horace Lee Dixon b. 28 Feb 1900

5. Mary Sophia Dennis b. 19 May 1862

6. Cora Estella Dennis b. 25 Jul 1866, d. 25 jul 1956 m. 11 Feb 1886 Frank Ernst

Children are;

1. Clarence Ernst b. 2 Jan 1887

2. David W. Ernst b. 10 May 1890

3. Mable Ernst b. 19 Nov 1893

7. Emma Virginia Dennis b. 2 Jan 1870

8. Minerva Flora Dennis b. 3 Mar 1872 d. 9 Jan 1952 m. 29 Jun 1898 Charles Franklin Schmickle b. 3 Aug 1870

Children are:

1. William Andrew Schmickle b. 8 Apr 1902

2. Lucille Schmickle b. 26 Mar 1899

Info on Dennis's is mainly from Rich Henninger, Ancestry World Tree at

2. Jacob Jerome Bonstein [Peter R.]b. 30 May 1857 Nazareth, PA, Baptized 29 July 1857 St John's Congregational Lutheran Church, Easton, Sponsors: Jacob F. and Sophia Bunstein p. 116 d. 24 Mar 1922 Nazareth, PA married Mary Louanna Green, daughter of James Green & Sarah Ehrig, she was b. April 1860 PA d. Nazareth, PA


Will File No. #24483 Recorded Will Book Vol. 23 page 60

Proved and Filed March 30th 1922, Northampton Co, 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 authorize and empower my said exeutrix 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 therof 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 and Wilson E. Beck Jacob Jerome Bonstein

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. Frankenfeild Granville J. Beck & Wilson E. Beck

AFFIDAVIT OF DEATH MAY 30 1922 W.E. BECK ESQ. 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 she 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, Frankenfield 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. That he died at Nazareth on the 24th of March A.D. 1922, at 8:00 o'clock A.M. That the estimated value of the real estate of the said decendent is 4000.oo Dollars, and the same is located at Sl. New St. Nazareth. That the estimated value of the personal property of the said decendent is 50.00 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

1920 Census Nazareth, PA

1930 Census Nazareth, PA Mary 59 Margaret 32

Children of Mary and Jacob are:

1. Minnie Mae Bonstein b. Sep 1879 Nazareth, PA, married Hamilton Thompson Vannatta b. 27 Sept 1876 Nazareth, PA, he was a Merchant and self employed according to his Military Registration 12 Sept 1918, he was Tall, Medium Build, with Gray eyes and Brown hair, at this time they lived at 33 St New, in Nazareth, PA, his wife Minnie Mae is listed here also.

5 Jan 1920 census of Nazareth, PA lists H. Thompson Vannatta age 43, b. Pa, parents NJ & Pa, Minnie M 40, b. Pa, parents Pa, Mona D Vannatta 17 b. Pa, Mary A. Vannatta 13, b. PA, Nelson T. Vannatta 10, Pa

16 April 1930 Nazareth, Pa census lists H. Thompson Vannatta, 6000, 53, married at age 25, Minnie Mae 50 married age 22, Mary A 23

Children are:

1. Mona D. Vannatta b. 1903 Nazareth, PA
2. Mary A. Vannatta b. 1906 Nazareth, PA
3. Nelson T. Vannatta b. 16 Jan 1909 Nazareth, Northampton Co, PA, d. 10 Apr 2002 Lehigh Valley Hospital Center, Salisbury Twp, Lehigh Co, PA, buried Greenwood Cemetery, Nazareth, PA married First, Edna E. Kunsman, in 1928, she was the daughter of Edwin O Kunsman & Irma P, they were both age 20 when they married according to the 10 April 1930 census of Easton, PA, they were living with Edna's parents at this time, he married Second, Martha L. Serfass 21 June 1940 Nazareth Moravian Church, PA, she is the daughter of Harrison Morton Serfass and Helena Mildred Groman, she was born 16 Sept 1913 Bethlehem Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania

Martha Serfass graduated from Bethlehem High School and the Allentown Hospital Nurses College with the class of 1930. She was engaged in private duty nursing at the Allentown Hospital for four years and served as chairman of the Private Duty Nurses section. In 1982 and 1999 Martha [Serfass] Vannatta was living in Allentown, PA

"Morning Call" Allentown, PA, 1 July 1990 pg E-5: Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Vannatta of Allentown celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 15 with a surprise party at the West Coplay Maennerchor. The event was hosted by their two sons, H. T. of Pennsburg and Bruce of Trenton, N.J., and families. Six grandchildren attended. Nelson and Martha "Molly" Vannatta were married at Nazareth Moravian Church.

10 Apr 1930 census Easton, Pa

Edwin O Kunsman 57 b. Pa

Irma P. 58 b. PA

Joyce F. Kunsman 19 b. PA

Edna E Vannatta [daughter] 22 married age 20 Pa

Nelson T Vannatta [son-in-law] 21 married age 20 Pa

Nelson's Social Security No. is: 194-10-4915

Public Records Index:

Nelson T Vannatta 0 1909 lives at 1347 North 14th St 10 in the city of Whitehall, in Lehigh Co, Pa 18052, he is 97 years old. living with Martha L [Serfass] it doesn't list her age.

Children are:

1. H. Thompson Vannatta
2. Bruce N Vannatta

Note: Nelson T. Vannatta attended the Nazareth, PA, schools and graduated from Nazareth Hall Military Academy. He was employed in the sales department of the Pennsylvania Power and Light Company.



Nelson T. Vannatta, 93, of 410 Krocks Road, Allentown, died April 10 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. He was married to Martha L [Serfass] Vannatta for 61 years last June. He was a storekeeper for Allentown State Hospital and a butcher in the Lehigh Valley until retiring in 1974. Born in Nazareth, he was a son of the late H. Thompson and Minnie Mae [Bonstein] Vannatta. He was a member of Calvary Moravian Church, Allentown. He was a past president of Northampton Exchange Club and a life member of the Raccoon Club, East Allen Township. Survivors: Wife; sons, H. Thompson of Pennsburg, and Bruce of Allentown; five grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren. Services: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Reichel Funeral Home, 220 Washington Park, Nazareth. Call 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Contributions: To the church or Good Shepherd Home, Allentown.


Harmony was formed in 1839 from parts of Greenwich and Oxford, but lost a portion of its territory on the formation of Phillipsburg [now Lopatcong] in 1851. It takes its name from a town of the same name, which hovered between the choice of Concord or Harmony as the proper title.

Harmony is about equally divided between the fertile low land of the Delaware Valley an a mountainous portion consisting of Marble Mountain and Ragged Ridge, which are separated by the peaceful valley of the Lopatcong Creek, the upper part of which is called Harker's Hollow, from the main body of Scott's Moutain, which rises at Montana to a height of 1, 259 feet.

Montana is a village in the extreme eastern part of Harmony, and is also a name applied indefinitely to a region several miles in area and extending into Oxford, Washington and Franklin. It is situated twelve hundred feet above sea level, and is thus more elevated than any other town in the county. The village was called Springtown until about 1860, when it became Springville, to distinguish it from another Springtown. It has been called Montana for forty years and before the days of rural delivery it had a post office.

During the Revolution all of this region was filled with Tory sympathizers, who depended on the inaccessibility of the region for thier safety.

Early Settlers in this vicinity were named Blair, Inslee, Beers, Rush, Prall, Burd and Lambertson.

A Baptist Church was built here as early as 1827 by a Mr. Chamberlain. An old burying ground yet marks the spot. A new church was later erected in the village, but it has been without a pastor for many years.

The Scott's Mountain Presbyterian Church was organized at this place in 1815, and a building was erected the same year. The first pastor was the Rev. Garner A. Hunt. It was later known as the Presbyterian Church of Montana. A new building was erected in 1870, but it had no pastor for many years and was finally torn down.

The Methodist Episcopal Church has been more successful, owing to the vincity of Summerfield, and a church building was erected in 1887, at which services are regularly held by supplies.

All bearing the name Rush in Warren County are descended from Jacob Rush, who settled on the farm now occupied by Catherine Rush, which was formerly the homestead of the Blairs. Jacob Rush had a son Jacob, who was the father of Jacob, William, Henry, John and Isaac, and another son, Peter, who was the father of Hiram Rush, who had five boys, named Peter, John, Bartely of Montana; Hiram, who was killed at the battle of Bull Run, and Abraham.

Three miles from Montana, on the road to New Village, is an old forgotten grave yard, said to be that of a Quaker settlement at this point. The tombstones are of sandstone, with no lettering visible.

One of the first settlers of Harmon Township was Harmon Shipman, who came from Germany about 1740. He owned 200 acres of land, which came in possession of his son, Harmon, while another son, Abraham, in 1807 bought a farm near Asbury, where his descendants have lived since.

Harmony is a name applied to two villages a mile apart, on the Macadamized Road running through the township between Belvidere and Phillipsburg. The earliest remembered resident of Upper Harmony was Adam Ramsay. Other early settlers were Morgan Hineline and Charles Carhart.

The Presbyterian Church at Upper Harmony was formed from members in part from the Greenwich church, and in part from the old Oxford church. Supplies preached here as early as 1807 and even before this services were held in various houses. The present building was erected in 1840, taking the place of a stone edifice erected in 1807, on land presented by William Gardner.

Lower Harmony's earliest settler was Godfrey Person, who erected a clover mill and owned a tavern. Dr. A. O. Stiles located here in 1828 as a practicing physician. Later Dr. James DeWitt practiced here for many years.

The first of the DeWitt in Warren County were three brothers--Peter, Abram and Isaac--who settled not far from each other, along the Delaware River, in Harmony and Lopatcong. Peter and Isaac DeWitt settled in Harmony and Abram in Lopatcong. Several of the family were in the Continental Army, among them Peter's son, Barnett, who was in charge of prisoners confined in the old forge at Bloomsbury. Peter DeWitt was the father of Levi, Peter, Isaac, John P, Alexander, Paul, and four daughters, descendants of most of whom are now in the county.

The first church edifice in Lower Harmony was known as "the Old Red Church," and in it both Lutherans and Methodists worshipped for many years. The Methodists erected their present structure in 1856.

On October 11, 1716, there were surveyed to Joseph Kirkbride a tract of land amounting with allowances to more than 1,300 acres, situated in the heart of the township and extending from the river to the moutain. This was sold by his heirs in 1851 to Thomas Shipley, who transferred 168 acres of it in 1762 to William Phillips, who was the first local owner. He sold it in 1763 to John Van Nest, and he to John Hendershott in 1772.

A tract of 1,735 acres was surveyed to WILLIAM PENN, extending from the foot of Foul Rift to Hutchison's. This was sold by PENN'S heirs December 30, 1740, to JACOBUS VANETTA, who divided it with his five brothers. It comprised all the fertile valley farms in the township north of Hutchison's.

On August 8, 1759, 600 acres of land in the valley were surveyed to Jospeh Hollingshead, who sold parts of it in 1775 to Andrew Sheep, and in 1777 to John Hendershot.

The VANNATTAS of Warren County are descended from a family that came from Holland to Raritan and from there to this township, where they bought 1,735 acres from WILLIAM PENN'S HEIRS. Five of the brothers were named: JACOBUS, JOHANNES, BENJAMIN, THOMAS and PETER. The name is also spelled in old deeds Van Etten, Vanatto and Vanetta. It is believed that all the Vannattas in this township are descended from John, while Hamilton Vannatta, formerly of Jackson Valley, is from one of the other brothers. Johannes Vanatto owned the farm at the foot of Foul Rift, by the large spring, and gave a deed for one acre in 1744 to Jonathan Robeson for use as a wharf. JOHN VANNATTA was a soldier in the Revolution, and late in life moved from Harmony to Ohio. Some of his sons seem to have been named: SAMUEL, WILLIAM, ISAAC and GEORGE W.

SAMUEL VANNATTA, a son of John was born about 1785, and died in 1855. In 1803 he purchased 160 acres of land at Brainard's including the Snyder Ferry, which he and his son, Silas, after him ran successfully for many years. It is now operated by Stewart Fry, for a company that owns it. The children of SAMUEL VANNATTA were: JOHN, HENRY, of Wisconsin; AARON, of Wisconsin; MOSES, of Wisconsin; SAMUEL, SILAS, and six daughters.

JOHN VANNATTA, a son of Samuel, was born in 1801, and purchased a farm in Jackson Valley in 1832, on which he built a substantial stone house in 1837, and lived to be over eighty years of age. His children were: JOHN R. VANATTA, a step-father to J. WESLEY SCOTT, of Belvidere; SAMUEL, of Pennville; JOSEPH of Hackettstown; MOSES, of Anderson; LEMUEL, of Washington; MORRIS, of Martin's Creek, Pennsylvania; MRS. MARY ANN GARDNER, of Jackson Valley, and ELIAS, of Philadelphia. The children of Samuel Vannatta, of Rocksburg, the son of Samuel, are KENNEDY VANNATTA, station agent at Madison; MRS. JOHN H. YOUNG, of Roxburg; MRS. ROBERT PETT, of Washington; MRS. ED. HILL, of Easton; MRS. JOSEPHINE YOUNG, of Rocksburg; RODERICK VANNATTA, and JAMES VANNATTA, of Rocksburg.

Rocksburg was settled by John Young, and was known as Youngsville for many years. He conducted a foundry for forty years., in which he manufactured plows, etc.

The excellent water power on a brook early caused a grist mill to be built, which is now operated - by Leo Lomasson, who recently bought it of Bowiby.

The site of Rocksburg was part of the VANNATA tract, this particular part being owned by PETER VANNATA, who sold the 200 acres to Jacob Sigler in 1793.

The railway station on the Pennsylvania Railroad is one mile from the village near the Delaware River, where some cottages and tents accommodate many nature lovers on both sides of the river.

Martin's Creek is a name applied to a locality partly in Pennsylvania and partly in New Jersey, at the mouth of a stream of the same name. In Pennsylvania it is also known as the Three Churches - from the Presbyterian, Lutheran and Reformed churchs that have been there so long; or as Howells, from David Howell, for many years the main property holder there. In New Jersey the railway station is Martin's Creek, and the post office is Brainards' in honor of the missionary brothers, David and John Brainerd, who had their cabin within half a mile of this point, across the river.

David Brainerd was born at Haddam, Connecticut in 1718. He was educated at Yale, licensed to preach in 1742, and was appointed missionary to the Indians within the Forks of the Delaware by the "Society for Propagating Christian Knowledge" He began his missionary labors among the Indians in the Forks of the Delaware early in the summer of 1744. On the 13th of May, 1744, he came to Sakhauwotung [Martin's Creek] within the Forks, and was respectfully received by the Indain King, who permitted him to preach most of the summer at this house. This was near the settlments of Hunter, at Mt. Bethel. Brainerd built his own house in the Forks of the Delaware. According to Junkin: "That house was a wide cabin, and stood about one half a mile south by west of where the church of Lower Mt. Bethel now stands, near the banks of Martin's Creek-the Indian name of which was Sakhauwotung." In Branerd's diary we read, "Lord's Day, Dec. 9-Preached both parts of the day in a place called Greenwich, in New Jersey, about ten miles from my own house," and for Lord's Day, Feb. 17, 1745, the following record is found: "Preached in the wilderness on the sunny side of a hill to a considerable number of white people, many of whom came near twenty miles, from Kreidersville to Martin's Creek."

Totamy was Branerd's interpreter when preaching to the Indians, and with his aid he translated into the Lenape language some simple prayers. Brainerd spent about three years preaching to the "Irish, High Dutch and Low Dutch" and Indians in the wilderness, when his health failed and he went back to New England an died in 1747. He was succeeded by his brother, John, who arrived in 1749, made the cabin his home, and labored here among the whites and Indians for several years. He was a chaplain in the army in 1759, and had charge of Indian schools here and at Brotherton, New Jersey. He died in 1781.

There is a tradition that Moses Totamy, the Delaware sachem, father of William Totamy, who was Brainerd's interpreter, lived at "Totamy Plantation," at Marble-Mountain, three and a half miles from Phillipsburg-Totamy Falls in the Delaware are near the place. Moses Totamy was present at the great Indian council at Easton in 1758, where he was one of the interpreters and represented the mountain Indians.

Martin's Creek is the junction point of the Pennsylvania railroad with the Bangor and Portland railroad, and with the Lehigh and New England railroad. Martin's Creek, or Brainards, owes its present importance entirely to the presence of mills No.s 3 & 4 of the Alpha Cement Company, which are located one on either side of the mouth of Martin's Creek, in Pennsylvania. Twelve years ago there was no town here. There are several old stone houses in the vicinity, built about one hundred years ago. One at the station was owned by SILAS VANNATTA until recently, when it was sold, and on the lot adjoining it have been built several concrete houses and the store of the Alpha Supply Company, of which John Wilson is the manager.

The stone house one-eighth of a mile south of the station was owned by Hampton Teel until about 1850, when GEORGE DEPUE bought it and owned it until his death in 1897. His widow still owns it. Some of the Alpha Company's houses are on property formerly a part of this lot. Still further south is a third stone house, owned for many years by JOHN OBERLY, and by his son, Anthony and now by his grand-daughter, MRS. GEORGE VANNATTA.

At Martin's Creek occurred the worst disastoer in the history of the county, on April 29, 1911, when an excursion train of teachers from Utica, New York, jumped the track and was completely destroyed by fire, causing the death of thirteen of those ont he train, eight of whom were burned to ashes.

SILAS VANNATTA AND LATER GEORGE VANNATTA were station agents here from the completion of the railroad until 1900. The Hotel Warren is conducted by Melville W. Smith; Karabinus Brothers have a meat market, and Szlaboczny and Pordan sell drygoods and groceries.

For many years the village across the river was called Howell's Mills, or Howells, as the main property owner there was David Howell, who recently died. It is now called Martin's Creek, from the stream of that name, which is so called from David Martin, who in 1739 owned the ferry privileges along the river between this point and Phillipsburg. A tannery was early operated at which also accommodates pedestrians, was built on the completion fo the Bangor and Portland railroad, and rebuilt in 1907.

The vicinity across the river was known as early as 1734 as Hunter's Settlement. It was composed of Scotch-Irish immigrants, who in 1738 sent to the New Brunswick Presbytery a request for supplies, and the Rev. Gilbert Tennent was directed to go there the same year.

The Belvidere division of the Pennsylvania railroad parallels the Delaware River in this township, having stations that accomodate Harmony, Martin's Creek, Hutchisons and Roxburg.

At a point a mile or so north of Hutchisons, on the Pennsylvania side of the river, was born Mrs. William J. Bryan, of Nebraska. An early settler between Harmony and the Delaware River was Barney Raub, who is buried in the Presbyterian Church yard. He had several children, of whom Phillip settled in Oxford Township, and was the father of Dr. Joseph M., George, Jacob, James and Samuel J.

Source of this info is:

HARRISON MORTON SERFASS, father of MARY L SERFASS, was born 6 Nov 1888 Bethlehem PA, d. 6 Nov 1918 in St Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill, South Bethlehem, PA. buried Nisky Hill Cemetery. married Helena Mildred Groman 26 Sep 1912 Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem, PA, she was born 22 Jan 1891

In 1913 Harrison Serfass was employed as a clerk and was living in South Bethlehem, PA. In 1917 he was a notary public and was living at 30 W. 4th St., South Bethlehem. In 1918 he was living at 923 W. Market St. Bethlehem. [Source: Northampton County birth and death records, Northampton County Government Center, Easton, PA]

Harrison left a will in will book 22, page 94, Northampton County Government Center, Easton, PA

Children are:

1. Margaret Serfass b. 16 Sep 1913 South Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania
2. MARTHA L "MOLLY" SERFASS b. 16 Sep 1913 South Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania
3. Karolyn Groman Serfass b. 22 Jun 1915 South Bethlehem, Northampton County, PA
4. Harrison Morton Serfass b. 19 Jan 1917 South Bethlehem, Northampton County, PA

2. Grover Cleveland Bonstein b. 20 Aug 1885 Nazareth, PA d. April 1965 Nazareth, PA m. Sadie Bennett

3. Elwood John Bonstein b. 1889 Nazareth, PA

3. Brooks B. Bonstein b. 1890 Nazareth, PA [On 1920 Census, age 29, Roll: T625-1609, PA 2A ED: 142] 4. Mabel W. Bonstein b. 1893 Nazareth, PA [On 1920 Census]

5. Margaret Violet Bonstein b. 22 Jan 1897 Nazareth, PA d. 2 April 1990 Nazareth, PA [never married]

6. James Green Bonstein b. 10 Sept 1901 Nazareth, PA d. June 1977 Easton, PA married Helen Isabel Marnel

1910 Census 3-WD Nazareth Township, Northampton County, Pa

Bonstein Jerome J age 52 married 30 years

Mary L age 50 married 30 years, had 9 children 6 living

Brooke B. [M] age 20

Mabel M age 17

Margaret V

James G

3. Mary Bonstein [John V.]b. 2 Oct 1878 Nazareth, PA d. 24 Dec 1965 married Edgar L. Gold 24 Dec 1901, son of William Gold and Sabilla. He was b. 4 Sept 1880 d. April 1941. Mary belonged to the Bath Republican Council of Women.

They had one child: Mildred Gold

4. Curtain Bonstein [John V.] b. 28 sept 1881 Nazareth, PA d. 11 April 1940, he married Gertrude Minerva Rice, she was b. 1883 PA


Census 1920 Nazareth, PA age 37 Roll: T625-1609, PA 9A ED: 141

Census 1930 Nazareth, PA Curtin 48, Gertrude M. 46, Isabella 22, Dorothy 20

Children of Curtain and Gertrude Rice are:

1. Isabella Jane Bonstein b. abt 1907

2. Dorothy Bonstein b. abt 1909

3. Sadie May Bonstein b. 29 May 1905 Nazareth, Northampton Co, Pa d. 7 Feb 2000 Wilmington, Delaware married Arthur Ray Grant 12 Apr 1924 Nazareth, Pa, son of Ulysses Simpson Grant, & Corrie S Ball, he was born 8 Apr 1900 Washington D.C. d. 7 July 1970 Wilmington, Delaware.

Today, 21 Nov 2005 I received the SS Application of Sadie Bonstein:

She filed it April 8, 1963 signed it Sadie B Grant and was living at 14 Staff Village, Badford City, Virginia.

SS NO. 224-64-3348 I also got Gertrude's middle name Minerva from the application

Children are:

1. Barbara Lee Grant married Edwin Woodward

Child is:

1. Richard R. Woodward

2. Ronald Arthur Grant

1. Steve Grant

2. Gregg Grant

3. Marjorie Grant

3. Gary Curtin Grant married Dianne Albright

Children are:

1. Andrew Curtin Grant

4. Letty Jane Grant married Frank Biden

Child is:

1. Jeffry Grant Biden

Ullyssess Simpson Grant, father of Arthur Ray, was born Sep 1866 Baltimore, Maryland, d. 19 Feb 1936 Wilmington, Delaware married Corrie S Ball 1890 Baltimore, Maryland, born June 1864 Baltimore, Maryland d. 13 Feb 1949 Wilmington, Delaware.

Children are:

1. Irene Beatrice Grant b. Dec 1891 d. 22 July 1892

2. Miram Anna Grant b. 19 Aug 1893 Delaware d. 21 May 1994 Delaware married Henry Maloffy d. 1 Jan 1941 Seaford, Delaware

Children is:

1. Lambert Grant Foulk

2. Jerald Hare Foulk

3. ARTHUR RAY GRANT b. 8 Apr 1900 Washington D C d. 21 May 1994 Delaware married SADIE MAE BONSTEIN [above]

4. Edgar Derr Grant b. 9 Aug 1903 Baltimore, Maryland d. 14 Aug 1990 Wilimington, Delaware married Margaret Baker Stevenson b. 21 july 1906 d. Feb 1994

Child Is:

1. Robert Stevenson Grant

5. Harvey Drummond Grant b. 9 Aug 1906 Baltimore, Maryland, married Laura

Child is:

1. Harvery Grant

JOHN W. GRANT, father of ULLYSSESS GRANT, was born 1840 Maryland married Unknown d. 1876

Children are:

1. ULYSSESS SIMPSON GRANT b. Sep 1866 Baltimore, MD [above]

2. John Grant b. 1874 Virginia

3. William Grant b. 1875 Maryland


4. Eliza J. Bonstein b. abt 1909

5. Charles Arthur Bonstein

6. John Elwood Bonstein

7. James Lester Bonstein

1910 Census 2-WD Nazareth Township, Northampton County, Pa District 103

Bonstein Curtain

Gertrude M

Sadie M

Isabelle J

Dorothy G

Van Belline Bunstine he is a Boarder

Blanche a Boarder

5. Mahlon Bonstein John V] b. 5 Oct 1886 Nazareth, PA d. 17 Oct 1957 Easton, PA, married [1] Bertha Odenwelder Speer [she had a son John J. Speer b. 1906], [2] Ida Rinker, daughter of Samuel Rinker & Susan Shoemaker. She was b. 19 Apr 1889 Saylorsburg, Monroe Co, PA d. abt 1966 PA. Ida was married [1] William Nolf 19 Jan 1910 [2] Edward C. Fehr 14 June 1921 and third to Mahlon.

Census 1920 Easton, PA Roll: T625-1609 pg 8B ED: 112, age 33

Rinker info I have is from Richard N. Rinker 20 DEc 2001

6. Emily "Emma" Bonstein [John V.]b. 1879 Nazareth, PA married James A. Danner, son of Paul Danner and Annetta Koch. He was b. abt 1875. [Emily was Administrator over her mother's Will]

They had one child: Minnie Danner b. abt 1900 married Harry Schabert b. abt 1898

7. Frederick Bonstein [John V.]b. 19 Feb 1888 Nazareth, PA d. June 1965 New Jersey, married Beatrice Bartholomew, she was b. 24 Mar 1900 d. 23 Jan 1963 New Jersey.

They had a daughter: Betty Bonstein b. 1 Oct 1927 d. 1 oct 1944

8. Nevin Bonstein [not proven] [John V.]b. 27 Oct 1888 Nazareth, PA d. Feb 1970 Camden, New Jersey, married Flora, daughter of Louisa, She was b. 1893 died in New Jersey.

Census 1930 Camden, NJ Nevin 41 b. PA, Flora 36, Louise E. 14, Flora S. 10, Anna M. 6, Louisa, Mother 64 b. NJ.

Children are:

1. Louise E. Bonstein b. 1915

2. Flora S. Bonstein b. 1919

3. Anna M. Bonstein b. 1923

9. Helen Bonstein [John V]b. 16 Mar 1892 Nazareth, PA d. 4 Aug 1954 married Jeremiah Milton Wieder b. 17 Feb 1894, Scheidy's, Pa, son of Benjamin G Wieder & Mary A.

His Military Registration Card June 5, 1917 gives his birthdate and says he was 23, Tall, medium build, gray eyes, light hair, and he was a pianist and organist for the Zion Lutheran Church for support of his wife and mother.

His military registration card April 27 1942 says he was 48, 5'11" weight 148 lb, Gray eyes, Gray hair, light complexion and wears glasses. works at Whitehall Cement Manufacturing Company in Lehigh Co, Pa. He lives at 109 Fuller St. West Catasaugua, Lehigh, Penna.

1910 census for Whitehall Twp, Lehigh Co, Pa

Benjamin G Wieder 38 married 16 yrs b. Pa parents b. Pa

Mary A. Wieder 39 b. Pa parents b. Pa

Jeremiah M Wieder 16 b. Pa

Jasen Wieder 13 b. Pa

1880 census Allen Twp, Northampton Co, Pa 21st June:

Wieder Elias 39 works in shop b. Pa parents b. Pa

Wieder Kate 39 b. Pa parents b. Pa

Wieder Benjamin 7 b. Pa

Wieder Emma [can't make out age] b. Pa

Children are:

1. Edward M. Wieder

2. Helen Lorraine Wieder born abt 1925, married 9 Sept 1944 in Catasaugua, Lehigh Co, PA, Raymond Edwin Pierce Abbott, b. 7 Apr 1911 Bethlehem, Northampton Co, PA died 18 Dec 1982 New Port Richey, Florida, buried 22 Dec 1982 Bethlehem, Northampton Co, PA

Raymond was married to his second wife, Helen Wieder, by Rev. Willard A. Kratz [Lehigh Co. marriage license #75715]. He was an Evangelical and Reformed minister and served charges in Nescopeck, Luzerne Co.: Danville, Montour Co.; McConnellstown, Huntingdon Co., and Silver Run, MD. In 1973 he was living in Port Richey, Florida. He died in his home, 312 Washington St., Port Richey, and was buried in Memorial Park Cemetery. His Obituary is in "The Morning Call", Allentown, Tuesday 21 December 1982, page B10.

He was the son of William Henry Abbott and Sarah Matilida Meckes. He was married first to Elsie Loretta Bersch in 1933, she was born 25 Aug 1914, they had Six children.

Apparently Helen and Raymond had no children. It appears they divorced, he then married 3rd, a person last name of Hess [Living] and had 3 more children all living.

William Henry Abbott b. 26 Jul 1890 Bethlehem, PA d. 28 Nov 1918 at his home at 49 East Spruce St, Bethlehem, and was buried in Fairview Cemetery. His Obituary is in the "Globe", Bethlehem, Friday, 29 Nov 1918. He married Sarah Matilda Meckes 25 Dec 1909 Bethlehem, PA, They were married by Rev. C. A. Butz in Northampton Co, license #17757, She married her second husband Lewis Barlieb 11 june 1921 at Quakertown, Lehigh Co license #38498, she married her third husband Robert Abraham Fiefenderfer 11 Oct 1942 in Northampton Co license #61847. She was the daughter of Pierce Meckes & Ellen Jane Kichline, She was b. 6 May 1893 Meckesville, Carbon Co, PA. Baptized 12 Nov 1893 St Paul's Lutheran Church, d. 24 Feb 1973 Bethlehem, Lehigh Co, Pa, buried on the 28th, She died in St Luke's Hospital and is buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, her Obituary is in the "Moring Call", Sunday, 25 Feb 1973 page D7.

William was a member of Wreath of Friendship Lodge No. 917, IOOF, and Hobah Lodge, No. 267, K of P.

Children are:

1. Raymond Edwin Pierce Abbott b. 7 Apr 1911 Bethlehem, PA [above] 2. Mildred Ellen Abbott b. 21 Oct 1912 Bethlehem PA 3. Dorothy May Abbott b. 6 May 1915 Bethlehem, PA 4. Geraldine Catherine Abbott b. 21 Jan 1918 Bethlehem, PA

PIERCE MECKES b. 29 jul 1860 Meckesville, Carbon Co, Pa d. 4 Feb 1916 Bethlehem, Northampton Co, Pa buried on the 8th. He married Ellen Jane Kichline at Salem Church in Gilbert. He lived at 1157 North Main St Bethlehem, Pa. He died of Heart failure at the corner of Main St and Elizabeth Ave. while on his way to work at the Brown-Borhek Lumber Company Plant.

He was a member of the Bethlehem Council No. 508 Fraternal Patriotic Americans. He was buried in Fairview Cemtery, his Obituary is in "Argus", Easton, Sunday 5 Feb 1916 and "Globe" Bethlehem Saturday 5 Feb 1916. He was the son of Adam Meckes and Matilda George.

Children are:

1. Elmer Samuel Meckes b. 10 Aug 1890 Albrightsville, Carbon Co, Pa 2. Stewart Adam Meckes b. 20 Dec 1891 Albrightsville, Carbon Co, Pa 3. SARAH MATILDA MECKES b. 6 May 1893 Meckesville, Carbon Co, Pa 4. Rosanna Jane Meckes b. 11 Oct 1894 Meckesville, Carbon Co, Pa 5. Albert Franklin Meckes b. 9 Dec 1895 Albrightsville, Carbon, Pa 6. Bertha May Meckes b. 23 Jan 1900 Penn Forest Twp, Caron, Pa

7. Pearl Elamanda Meckes b. 30 Nov 1902 Bethlehem twp, Pa

8. Alice Catherine Meckes b. 2 May 1907 Bethlehem Twp, Pa

9. Raymond Pierce Meckes b. 8 Jul 1909 Easton, Pa

10. Edith Dianna Meckes b. 16 Mar 1911 Bethlehem Twp, Pa

ELLEN JANE KICHLINE b. 5 Nov 1870 Bethlehem Twp, Northampton Co, Pa, Baptized 24 Jan 1871 St. Thomas Church, Altonah, by Rev. Daniel F. Brendle. She was the daughter of Samuel E. Kichline & Sarah A. Bickert. She married Second: Frank Markley in 1916.

SAMUEL E. KICHLINE b. 8 Jun 1824 Hanover Twp, Lehigh Co, Pa d. 5 Mar 1888 Bethlehem Twp, PA, he married Sarah A. Bickert b. 6 july 1832 Hanover Twp, Pa d. 30 Oct 1911 Bethlehem Twp, Pa

ADAM MECKES b. 14 Jan 1815 Northampton Co, Pa d. 12 Feb 1897 Meckesville, Carbon Co, Pa, buried 15 Feb at St. Paul's Church, Albrightsville, Pa. He was the son of John Meckes & Charlotte, Sharlotta, Frantz. He married Matilda George, b. 15 Sep 1820, Pa

Adam was one of the partners in "Butz, Meckes and Co." The company owned 1200 acres of timberland and had a saw mill on Stony Creek which they operated for 8 to 10 years and then sold. The mill burned down in 1860 and was not rebuilt. Around 1850 Adam established a Tavern and Hotel near Albrightsville which he ran for 15 to 20 years. The building was torn down many years ago. He was a School Director of Penn Forest Twp, Carbon Co., Pa in 1849, 1853, 1856 and 1867.

[Source: 1843 Carbon County assessment list and "History of Lehigh and Carbon Counties", pages 754-757.]

Children are:

1. Sarah Meckes b. 31 Jan 1837 Pa

2. Joseph Meckes b. 28 Mar 1840, Pa

3. William Meckes b. abt 1841 Pa

4. Lucinda Meckes b. 12 Feb 1844 Carbon Co, Pa

5. Henry Meckes b. 12 Apr 1846 Carbon Co, Pa

6. Josiah Meckes b. Mar 1848 Carbon Co, Pa

7. Lewis Meckes b. 9 Aug 1850 Carbon Co, Pa

8. Anthony Meckes b. abt 1852 Albrightsville, Carbon Co. Pa

9. Jerome Meckes b. 27 May 1855 Carbon Co, Pa

10. Timothy Meckes b. 17 Feb 1858 Carbon Co, Pa

11. Pierce Meckes b. 29 Jul 1860 Meckesville, Carbon Co, Pa

12. Catherine Cascillia Meckes b. 19 Jan 1863 Carbon Co, Pa

13. Jane Meckes b. abt 1864 Carbon Co, Pa

14. Robert Meckes b. 1 Jun 1866 Carbon Co, Pa

JOHN MECKES b. abt 1789 Chestnuthill Twp, Northampton Co, Pa d. Mar 1842 Penn Forest Twp, Monroe Co, Pa buried Salem Church Cemetery, Gilbert.

he married Charlotte, Sharlotta, Frantz, daughter of Henry Frantz & Maria Catharina Hahn, b. 1 Nov 1794 Northampton Co, Pa.

John was the youngest child of Valentine and Hannah [Hagel] Meckes, he was a farmer, first in Chestnut Hill Twp, Northampton Co, Pa. The area in which his first farm was located later became a part of Ross Twp, in Monroe Co. In the early 1820s John got into financial difficulties and his land was sold at a sheriff's auction to his wife's cousins, Michael & Samuel Frantz.

[Source: Northampton County Sheriff Deeds, 1822].

After the loss of his farm, John's wife and children moved in with family or friends while he, along with his two oldest sons, Adam and Philip, re-settled at the head waters of Mud Run Creek up on the mountain northwest of the present village of Kresgeville. These were virgin forests and there were relatively few settlements on the mountain at that time. The area where John built a log cabin, and later a saw mill, was fairly level. In 1838 he filed a deed for the land and brought his family up the mountain to the new homestead. But he didn't live very long dying 4 years later.

[Source: Orphan Court Records-Carbon Co.].

In the 1843 assessment roll, John's widow, Charlotte is listed as the owner of 400 acres of land and a saw mill.

[Source: Matthews "History of Lehigh and Carbon Counties, page 754].

John was reported to be 6 feet tall, powerfully built with dark hair. he died intestate in March, 1842. The Administrator of his estate was his son, Adam, who signed a bond dated 11 March 1842. His widow, Charlotte, signed a release [quit claim] on the same date. The estate papers show that John owned land in Penn Forest Twp.

[Monroe County Estate File #52, Stroudsburg, Pa].

Children are:

1. Adam Meckes b. 14 Jan 1815 Northampton Co, Pa

2. Anna Meckes b. 8 Mar 1817 Northampton Co, Pa

3. Philip Meckes b. 20 Jan 1819 Northampton Co, Pa

4. Elizabeth Meckes b. 13 May 1825 Northampton Co, Pa

5. John William Meckes b. 1 Nov 1826 Northampton Co, Pa

6. Reuben Meckes b. 10 Nov 1828 Northampton Co, Pa

7. Sarah Sarahette Meckes b. 25 Feb 1832 Northampton Co, Pa

8. Samuel W. Meckes b. 21 Sep 1834 Northampton Co, Pa

CHARLOTTE FRANTZ b. 1 Nov 1794 Northampton Co, Pa d. 22 Feb 1863 Carbon Co, Pa buried Salem Church Cemetery, daughter of Henry Frantz & Maria Catharina Hahn, married John Meckes.

Her parents names were obtained from the will of Henry Frantz & deed of Philip Hahn to Jacob Hahn.

MATILDA GEORGE b. 15 Sep 1820 Pa d. 6 Aug 1900 Penn Forest Twp, Carbon Co, Pa, buried Albrightsville at St Paul's Lutheran Church cemetery. daughter of Peter George & Sally Ann Burger. Married Adam Meckes.

EDWIN ABBOTT B. ABT 1855 PA, married Lucy Ellen Musselman, he was the son of Edwin Abbott b. abt 1829 NJ & Elizabeth.

1. Elwood John Bonstein [Jacob Jerome] b. 1889 Nazareth, PA, married Margarite Mooney, she was b. 1886 PA

Census 1920 Summit, Akron, Ohio Ed #220

Elwood 29, Marguerite 27, Elwood 8, Arthur 6, Lester 3 mos

Children are:

1. Elwood John Jr b. 10 Nov 1911 Akron, Ohio d. Aug 1973 Butte, Silver Bow, Montana

2. Lester James Bonstein b. 14 July 1916 Akron, Ohio d. 12 May 1988 Jacksonville, Duval, Florida

3. Arthur Bonstein b. 1914 Akron, Ohio, he was an Akron Policeman, died of pneumonia

4. Charles Bonstein b. 1913

1. Elwood John Jr [Elwood John] b. 10 Nov 1911 Akron, Ohio d. Aug 1973 Butte, Silver Bow, Montana, Was in the Navy in 1938


1. Mark Bonstein

2. John Bonstein

3. Gary Bonstein b. 16 Nov 1943 Lynden, Washington, married Penny ? b. 4 July 1948 lynden, Washington

2. Lester James Bonstein [Elwood John] b. 14 July 1916 Akron, Ohio d. 12 May 1988 Jacksonville, Duval, Florida married [1]Ida Metzger, daughter of John Metzger and Nellie Herberich b. 26 Jan 1915 Summit Co, Akron, Ohio d. 28 Feb 2004 Summit Co, Ohio [source: Social Security Appl. filed 30 Nov 1936 Ohio] [2] Lois Rizutto, step-daughter of Jim Rizutto [3] Jessie Milligan Fox, daughter of Horace Milligan & Beatrice Hargreaves. She was b. 27 Feb 1913 Halifax, England d. Feb 1994 Jacksonville, Duval, Florida, [Everyone called him Les][Source: Social Security Appl. filed 4 Dec 1935 Ohio]

Children of Ida and Lester are:

1. James Lester Jr. Bonstein [living]

2. Marion Bonstein [living]

Ida Metzger had a brother named John D. Metzger, b. 28 Feb 1924 Columbus, Franklin, OH d. 4 Dec 1996 Bexley, Franklin, OH, in his Obit:

John Was born in Akron and graduated from Central High School in 1927, and from Actual Business College. He joined General Tire in 1936. He was sports editor of Generally Speaking in 1938-39, billing department manager until 1961, and then special billing auditor, retiring in 1975. John was president of the East Akron Kiwanis in 1964, and treasurer of the Akron Men's Garden Club from 1965 to 1971. He moved to Englewood, Fla., in 1977 and returned to live in the Stow-Glen Retirement Center in 1993. John is survived by his wife, Ruth [nee Pettitt]: sons, John D. Jr. of Browns Mill, N.J. and Charles [Aurora] of Gilbert, Ariz; daughter, Marie [George] Auten of Mogadore; brother Henry of Scottsdale, Ariz; sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Don Cornell of Niskayuna, N.Y. and sister IDA BONSTEIN of Millersburg, Ohio; 10 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren. Cremation has taken place. There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. WEDNESDAY at Rose Hill Mausoleum Chapel, conducted by Karen Graham of Mogadore Methodist Church. The family of John Metzger wishes to thank the staff, nurses, and aides at the Stow-Glen Health Care Center for their devoted care these past five years [Billow Fairlawn Chapel. 867-4141]

NELLIE HERBERICH, mother of Ida was the daughter of David Herbritch and Lena Fuchs.

DAVID HERBRITCH born 18 Jan 1847 Germany died 19 May 1923 Ohio, he married Lena Fuchs, she was born 21 Sep 1850 Germany and died 17 Jun 1913 Ohio. They are on the 1910 Census for Summit Co, Akron, Ohio, Enumeration District 0154: Herbritch, David 63 b. Germany Lena 59 b. Germany Hellen 22 b. Ohio Walter 20 b. Ohio Alfred 18 b. Ohio

Children are:

1. Unknown Herberich Ger

2. Unknown Herberich Ger

3. NELLIE Herberich b. 1888 OH 4. Charles Herberich b. 4 Apr 1878 Germany d. 1955 Akron, OH married Veronica 25 Sep 1902, she was b. 20 Oct 1878 OH d. 24 Nov 1967 Akron, OH

Children are:

1. Grace L Herberich b. 10 Oct 1903 Akron, OH 2. Richard Carl Herberich b. 22 Jan 1906 Akron, OH 3. Gertrude H Herberich b. 1909 Akron, OH 4. Marjory Herberich b. 1912 Akron, OH 5. Marion H Herberich b. 1915 Akron, OH 6. Charles Herberich b. 3 May 1917 Akron, Summit Co, OH


5. Christina Herbrich b. 1886 OH 6. Walter Herbritch b. 1890 OH 7. Alfred Herbritch b. 1892 OH 8. Unknown Herberich

Child of Lester and Lois is Julieanne Bonstein b. in Florida, married a Sutton

Rinker Info:

Samuel Rinker b. 13 Dec 1843 Hamilton Twp Monroe Co, PA married Susan Ellen Shoemaker 18 Nov 1866 Monroe Co, PA, Daughter of Emanuel Shoemaker & Amelia Weiss, She was b. 26 Aug 1848 Hamilton Twp, Monroe Co, PA d. 19 July 1903 Hamilton Twp, Monroe Co, PA

Children are:

1. Ida Blanche Rinker b. 19 Apr 1889 Saylorsburg, Monroe, Co, PA d. abt 1966 [info above]

2. Amelia Rinker

3. Emily Rinker

4. Carrie Rinker

5. Edith Rinker

6. Lilly Mae Rinker

7. Mary Ellen Rinker

8. William Rinker

9. Sherman Rinker

10. Clayton Rinker

11. Bertha Rinker

12. Ada Rinker

13. Floyd Rinker


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