Genealogy has become a hobby for me over the last 10 years. For me, it's like a puzzle, I love fitting the pieces together. But over the years, I've researched a lot that does not pertain to our family lines. Some for extended family, some for close friends, and some because I was trying to rule out lines to figure out where our line went exactly. I do not want these notes on my Heather's Genealogy Notes blog - because they are not our lines. But I do like to share all of my research, in case it benefits others. That is what this blog is for - research I have done that does not apply to our own family lines, but may be helpful for someone else.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Samuel H. Bingaman 1835-1922

Samuel H. Bingaman
son of Yost Henry & Hannah (Hock) Bingaman
Born Dec 25 1835
Died May 9 1922
Married
Amelia
daughter (one of 17 children!) of Daniel & Catherine (Frederick) Catherman
Born Sept 28 1841
Died Jan. 24 1916

Children:
Tamar died at age 1862-1881 

with no living heirs, their entire estate left to Mrs Elizabeth Schell who lived with him and his wife for years.



Samuel was a talented and highly successful tinsmith who also owned a foundry in Laurelton. He also dabbled in real estate and profited from the estates of his parents and some of his siblings. In 1874 he sold a lot for the erection of the Reformed Church in Laurelton. He held a patent for improvements in stove grates. With no living close relatives he left his entire estate to Mrs. Elizabeth Schell who had lived with him and his wife for many years. 



Sarah and William were not available for the photo, so doubles stood in for them and then the photographer pasted their faces over the double's heads later on. Front row left to right: Elias Katherman (1818-1898), Anna (1820-1907, m. Charles P Emery), John F Catherman (1821-1905), Mary Magdalene (1822-1905, m. Samuel Weidensaul), Frederick Katherman (1823-1912), Jacob Catherman (1824-1906), Samuel Cotherman (1826-1909), Catharine (1827-1914, m. Jacob Bitner), George Catherman (1830-1913). In the back row, right to left, Sarah head, (1837-1924, m. Samuel Emerick), Henry F Catherman (1832-1900), Thomas Cotherman (1833-1903), Reuben E Cotherman (1835-1915), Daniel (1840-1933), Amelia (1841-1916, m. Samuel Bingaman, Tamar (1844-1924, m. George L Derr), William Catherman head (1829-1910)

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Craftsmen of Union County Bicentennial Series to be at Christkindl

Tinsmith Scott Baylor and blacksmith Bill Clemens both have made items for the Union County Bicentennial’s Craftsmens’ Series. Their work will be available for purchase at the restored Elias Church on South Fourth Street and Quarry Road during Christkindl. The special Christmas fair will be held in Mifflinburg, December 13, 14 and 15.

Scott Baylor will be inside the Elias Church between 3-9 PM on Friday December 14 and Bill Clemens will be working at his forge outside the building on all the days of the event. Mr. Baylor has done a limited edition tin berry bucket patterned after one by the late Laurelton tinsmith, Samuel Bingaman. Mr. Clemens has forged a set of marked and dated iron ladles, spoons, forks, and spatulas that can be purchased as separate items or together as a marked set.

Be sure to stop and see their wares as you enjoy the Christkindl Market.

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"Local tinsmith Scott Baylor cut, rolled, and crimped tin using patterns from Samuel H. Bingaman’s 1800 shop in Laurelton to make berry buckets.  Twelve of the limited edition of 50 were sold. "


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Montour County in the Civil War


This is an email from the Montour County Genealogical Society in Danville.  I know some of you are going to ask me if we have relatives in this book, and I just do not know yet..  I suspect so, and am anxious to see the book, but I have not yet!

Book Signing

Randy Hackenburg’s New Civil War Book

After fifty years of compiling information on Montour Countians who served in the Civil War, Danville native Randy Hackenburg has recently published his third book, THEY PAID THE PRICE: Montour Countians in the Civil War. This is an amazing book containing 373 fascinating pages including Regiment lists, photographs, maps, biographical sketches and narratives of action by Montour County Units. My personal view is that it is exceptionally comprehensive, carefully documented, and beautifully presented. It will be a great help with research concerning anyone from our county who served in that war, but even if you have no connections it makes for very interesting reading.

Mr. Hackenburg has B.S. and M.A. degrees in American history, served in the U.S. Air Force and for over 30 years was Assistant Curator and Photo Archivist at the U.S. Army military History Institute at Carlisle. He has been interested in history as far back as he can remember and during his college years wrote a biographical account of Colonel Charles W. Eckman. His Master’s thesis was the history of the Columbia Guards.

Randy will be available for a book signing in the Thomas Beaver Free Library Community room on Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. In addition to the Civil War books available for purchase at the book signing, also available will be Randy’s second book, Montour County and the American Revolution, and a limited number of copies of his first book, Pennsylvania in the Mexican War: The Volunteer Regiments. Books are also available in the MCGS Genealogy Room on Mondays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Civil War book is $50.00 including tax and the Revolutionary War book price has been reduced to $25.00 including tax. Information regarding mail orders will be posted on our website as soon as it is available (probably within the next week). If you have any questions, you can email me at mcgsceld@aol.com.


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Jake Confare captured by Indians


 LOVE this story!

Jake Confare captured by Indians – from

THE
MICHAEL HILEMAN
MEMOIRS
1820 - 1915
Harold D. Hileman
On the 22nd of June, 1820, I was born in the log cabin which Grandfather Milligan had built when the country was almost a wilderness. I was the youngest of nine children. When grandparents established their residence in this three room log cabin, the Indians occasionally made raids on the settlement from their hunting grounds on the head waters of the Susquehanna River, beyond the Alleghenies. One of the worst of the raids of which Grandfather told me, was attended with the massacre of the HOWSER AND OLRAY families. Only two of the Howser families escaping the tomahawk and scalping knife, and these two were taken captive. They were very young children. They remained with the Potawatomies until forty years later, when the government in removing a tribe to the western reserve where what is now the state of Ohio, discovered JOACHIM AND RACHEL HOWSER who were now grown to middle age. Rachel was the wife of a Chief; Joachim, who had refused to marry a squaw, though he was made a chief by virtue of his bravery in the fight with the York State Indians in which the chief was killed by Joachim.

When told of the massacre of their parents and friends by the Potawatomies, when they were taken capture so long before, they were dazed and almost unable to comprehend the situation. However, their liberators prevailed upon them to return to their homeland, and scenes of their childhood, in the hope of that memory, when upon the scenes of their childhood, they would recall something to their minds of the time before the terrible time of their capture. Can we realize the feelings of these two unfortunate people as they were liberated from the Indians? Rachel being the mother of several papooses. Of course she was in the most trying of situation, for she had a mothers love for her children while they were plainly of Indian blood.

They returned to the beautiful and peaceful
Juniata valley amidst the splendid mammoth oaks, the shell bark hickory, the sycamore and the gigantic black walnuts. The swallows flitted over the stream, and the brownthirst sang in the midst of the bough just as they did forty years before, while this man and woman were barefoot children rollicking in their childish glee. In the presence of this scene much of it remained as it was in their childhood, but nothing was distinctly recalled to their memory, though they thought they could recall some glimpses of the past.

What a sad situation, the memories which might have heaved their bosom of motion, and pained their hearts, are not manifested in their beholding the scenes of their childhood. There remain in the neighborhood a few who will always remember the terrible ordeal, when these two were so cruelly taken from them; and these people tried to suggest things to their memory, but nature had almost sealed the past of that day to them. They remained but a little while until they returned to Potawatomies, to live and to die with them, far beyond the Alleghenies, in what is now the state of
Ohio.

Father said that several attempts had been made to find the captives but without success. The greatest attempt to do so was when a band of the strongest and the bravest of Huntingdon County ventured into the country of the Potawatomies at Cherry Tree, and while reconnoitering there one, of the strongest and the bravest of the party was suddenly surprised and taken captive by the very Indians whom they were hunting for.

Fortunate it was for JAKE CONFARE that he was so cool headed and brave. His companions soon discovered footprints in the forest and immediately decided that they were those of Jake's captures or slayers. They redoubled their efforts now to overtake them, if possible, but the wile red men escaped their pursuers without allowing themselves to be seen by the white men. They took their captive to their tribe on their hunting grounds in the pine groves of Kittatinny, and here JAKE awaited his fate or a chance to escape.

He lived with them for a year and a half without once events any desire to escape. But some traders came along with some ice skates, and they traded them to the Indians without the Indians having any idea how to use them, and Jake also pretended not to know. So one day while out wobbling about on his skates, he took a chance, and took off skating down the river. Obviously the Indians couldn't catch him, and so he made his escape.

The joy throughout the neighborhood was unbounded when the word was sent around of Jake's escape. The whole community had been in despair after the return of his companions without him. His account of his life while in captivity among the Potawatomie gave intense interest to young and old for many a day. At the time of the return of Rachel and Joachim, Jake Confare and Grandpa were old men. When the brother and his sister returned to the Indians to live the remainder of their lives, it was almost more than Jake and Grandfather could stand. They hated the Potawatomies, and in fact, all of the Indians so intensely.

 November, 1999 Copyright ©1999 by Harold D. Hileman

Permission to reprint the "The Memoirs of Michael Hileman Jr." is granted unless specifically stated otherwise, PROVIDED: (1) the reprint is used for non-commercial, educational purposes; and (2) a copy of this notice appears at the end of the reprint.


Saturday, October 27, 2012

William Shook 1834-1883

The Shook line is from my stepfather's family.  My husband is actually distantly related to this family -  William's youngest daughter Sarah Catherine Shook married Frank Zebedee Snyder.  Frank was the brother of Susan Bertha Snyder, Dan's great grandmother.  Susan married Benjamin Franklin Smith, they were the parents of Lloyd Smith, Dan's grandfather.

William Shook
Died May 23 1883
Married
Lydia Catherine Hurst
Daughter Of
Born 1840
Died 1898


Children
David Oliver Shook 1863 –1931  m. Sarah R. Kisner
Harvey Gideon Shook 1866 –  (never married)
Reuben H. Shook 1868 – 1900 m. Margaret Ann Frey
Samuel B. Shook 1870 –1949 m. Aida Idella Andrews
Jacob Shook 1873 – 1944 m. Laura May Jones
Emma May Shook 1875 –1951 m. Thomas Watts
Mary C. Shook 1877 –1911  m. Charles Carter
Lloyd Jesse Shook 1879 – 1973 m. Blanche Marr
Sarah Catherine Shook M. Frank Zebedee Snyder


Time Line:
1850  - William is home with his parents


1850 United States Federal Census about William Shook
Name: William Shook
Age: 16
Birth Year: abt 1834
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1850: Lewis, Northumberland, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Family Number: 45
Household Members:
Name Age
Jacob Shook 51
Mary Shook 40
Mary A Shook 20
William Shook 16
John Shook 13
Sarah Shook 11
Elizabeth Shook 8
Rebecca Shook 7
Henry Shook 3
Cathrine Shook 0

In 1850 the only close match I find for Lydia Catherine is in Columbia County - but the birth year is 4 years off - 

1850 United States Federal Census about Lydia C Hurst
Name: Lydia C Hurst
Age: 6
Birth Year: abt 1844
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1850: Madison, Columbia, Pennsylvania
Gender: Female
Family Number: 82
Household Members:
Name Age
Jos Hurst 28
Etty Hurst 29
Thos Hurst 8
Lydia C Hurst 6
Reuben Hurst 5

Hannah M Hurst 1

1860 - William still at home with his parents
1860 United States Federal Census about William Shook
Name: William Shook
Age in 1860: 24
Birth Year: abt 1836
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1860: Anthony, Montour, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Post Office: Exchange
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Jacob Shook 54
Mary Shook 50
William Shook 24
Sarah Shook 22
Elizabeth Shook 19
Rebecca Shook 15
Henry Shook 14
Catharine Shook 9

Sarah C Shook 2

Possible Match for Lydia Catherine?
1860 United States Federal Census about Cath Hurst
Name: Cath Hurst
Age in 1860: 20
Birth Year: abt 1840
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1860: Swatara, Dauphin, Pennsylvania
Gender: Female
Post Office: Harrisburg
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
John Hurst 52
Elzabeth Hurst 45
Annie Hurst 22
Cath Hurst 20
Mary Hurst 26
Anna Hurst 22
Jacob Hurst 17
Ellen Hurst 16
Adeline Hurst 12
Fannie Hurst 30

David Longnecker

John & Elizabeth are buried in Columbia County Pa.  Columbia County borders Montour County, and the birth date for Catherine is correct.  I think this is the better lead for Catherine's parents.

1862, Abt - Married Lydia Catherine Hurst
William lived at home for the 1860 census, but their first child was born in 1863 - so they were married sometime between 1860 & 1863

1870
1870 United States Federal Census about William Shook
Name: William Shook
Age in 1870: 36
Birth Year: abt 1834
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1870: Turbot, Northumberland, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Milton
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
William Shook 36
Lydia C Shook 26
David Shook 7
Harvey Shook 3
Reuben Shook 2

Samuel Shook 1/12

1880 United States Federal Census about William Shook
Name: William Shook
Age: 46
Birth Year: abt 1834
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1880: Anthony, Montour, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Catharine Shook
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Jermany
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Farmer
Household Members:
Name Age
William Shook 46
Catharine Shook 37
David Shook 17
Harvy Shook 14
Ruben Shook 12
Samuel Shook 10
Jacob Shook 7
Emma Shook 5
Mary Shook 3
Lloid Shook 1

1883 - William Died

1898 - Catherine Died

Burial - Turbotville Cemetery, Turbotville Pa


Research:


Della Shook (Wife of Samuel, Daughter in law of William), Hazel Thomas, Agnes, Pearl Lambert, Blanche (Wife of Lloyd, daughter in law of William) Shook
(Photo From Mary Ellen Lewis)



Childrens Death Certificates:
Mary's (Mary C. Carter) Lists William Shook & Catherine Hurst as her parents
Thomas Watts Married Emma May Shook - making him the brother in law of Mary (Shook) Carter

Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 about E May Watts
Name: E May Watts
[E May Shook] 
Gender: Female
Race: White
Age: 76
Birth Date: 13 Feb 1875
Birth Place: Montour County, Pennsylvania
Death Date: 15 Jul 1951
Death Place: Norristown, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, USA
Father Name: William Shook
Mother Name: Lydia Catherine Hurst

Certificate Number: 62668

Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 about Samuel B Shook
Name: Samuel B Shook
Gender: Male
Race: White
Age: 78
Birth Date: 24 May 1870
Birth Place: McChensville, Pennsylvania
Death Date: 10 Mar 1949
Death Place: Muncy Creek, Lycoming, Pennsylvania, USA
Father Name: William Shook
Father Birth Place: Pennsylvania
Mother Name: Catherine Hurst
Mother Birth Place: Pennsylvania
Spouse Name: Ada Idella Andrews

Certificate Number: 23991

Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 about Harvey Shook
Name: Harvey Shook
Gender: Male
Race: White
Age: 74
Birth Date: 10 Aug 1866
Birth Place: Montour County, Pennsylvania
Death Date: 18 Apr 1941
Death Place: Muncy, Lycoming, Pennsylvania, USA
Father Name: William Shook
Father Birth Place: Pennsylvania
Mother Name: Katherine Hurst
Mother Birth Place: Pennsylvania

Certificate Number: 39931

Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 about David A Shook
Name: David A Shook
Gender: Male
Race: White
Age: 68
Birth Date: 20 Mar 1863
Birth Place: Pennsylvania Montour County
Death Date: 25 Oct 1931
Death Place: Williamsport, Lycoming, Pennsylvania, USA
Father Name: William Shook
Father Birth Place: Pennsylvania
Mother Name: Sarah Hurst
Mother Birth Place: Pennsylvania

Certificate Number: 97411

(David Died in an Auto Accident)

Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 about Sarah Catherina Snyder
Name: Sarah Catherina Snyder
[Sarah Catherina Shook] 
Gender: Female
Race: White
Age: 79
Birth Date: 7 Sep 1881
Birth Place: Anthony Township, Montour County, Pennsylvania
Death Date: 24 Jul 1961
Death Place: Lewis, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, USA
Father Name: William Shook
Mother Name: Catherine Hurst
Spouse Name: Frank Z Snyder

Certificate Number: 067120-61

Reuben Shook 1868 - 1900


Reuben Shook
son of William & Lydia Shook
Born 1868 
Died 1900
Married
Margaret Anne Frey
Born 1871 
Died 1947


   



1870 United States Federal Census about Reuben Shook
Name: Reuben Shook
Age in 1870: 2
Birth Year: abt 1868
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1870: Turbot, Northumberland, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Milton
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
William Shook 36
Lydia C Shook 26
David Shook 7
Harvey Shook 3
Reuben Shook 2
Samuel Shook 1/12

1880 United States Federal Census about Ruben Shook
Name: Ruben Shook
Age: 12
Birth Year: abt 1868
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1880: Anthony, Montour, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Son
Marital Status: Single
Father's Name: William Shook
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's name: Catharine Shook
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
William Shook 46
Catharine Shook 37
David Shook 17
Harvy Shook 14
Ruben Shook 12
Samuel Shook 10
Jacob Shook 7
Emma Shook 5
Mary Shook 3
Lloid Shook 1

William Walter Shook 1896-1951

Mary Ellen Shook, Lester Lewis, William Walter Shook
Doris Jane Shook

William Walter Shook
Born 1896 
Died  1951
Married
Mary Catherine Schmoel
Born 1899 
Died 1967

Children:
Doris Jane




1940 United States Federal Census about William W Shook
Name: William W Shook
Age: 43
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1897
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Head
Home in 1940: Muncy, Lycoming, Pennsylvania
View Map
Street: West Penn Street
House Number: 217
Farm: No
Inferred Residence in 1935: Muncy, Lycoming, Pennsylvania
Residence in 1935: Same House
Sheet Number: 9B
Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 216
Occupation: Salesman
House Owned or Rented: Owned
Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented: 5000
Attended School or College: No
Highest Grade Completed: High School, 4th year
Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 60
Class of Worker: Working on own account
Weeks Worked in 1939: 52
Income: 3000
Income Other Sources: No
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
William W Shook 43
Mary C Shook 41
Mary Ellen Shook 12
Dora Jane Shook 8






     Billy & Mary Shook
John Lewis
   Anna Mae Lambert
Mary Ellen
     Hazel Thomas
Lester Lewis
     Hazel Lambert




William Shook
Mary Shook
Pearl Lambert

Doris Shook
Mary Ellen Shook
Billy Lambert


 Bill Shook
Lester Thomas
Carl & Madeline Thomas
Mary Shook
Myrtle Thomas
Russell Lewis
Mary Ellen (hidden)
Ann Marie
Susie Thomas with
Elaine in front of her
Dace and Fred Thomas



Bill Shook
Carl & Madeline Thomas
Mary Shook
Russell Lewis
Doris
Myrtle Thomas
SusieThomas
Mary Ellen (hidden)
Ann Marie (Sister Henry)
Susie Thomas with
Elaine in front of her
Dace and Fred Thomas


Henry B Iddings



Henry B. Iddings
son of Richard & Margaret Lloyd (Charles) Iddings
Birth 1727 in Chester, PA, USA
Death 21 Nov 1819
Married 23 March 1752
Mary Wynne
daughter of
Birth
Death


Children:


 Henry Iddings was born in 1727 at Nantmeal, Chester County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of William Iddings and Mary Moore. Henry Iddings married Mary Wynne on 23 March 1752 at Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. Henry Iddings died on 21 November 1819 at Union County, Pennsylvania.

Henry Iddings ,and all his sons, fought in the Revolutionary War while their Quaker cousins did not actively fight the supported the American cause. On July 27, 1787 Henry was awarded 400 acres in Chester County, PA and an additional 20 acres on May 12,1797.

1790 United States Federal Census about Henry Iddings
Name: Henry Iddings
Home in 1790 (City, County, State): Northumberland, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - 16 and over: 4
Free White Persons - Females: 2
Number of Household Members: 6

Family Data Collection - Individual Records about Henry Iddings
Name: Henry Iddings
Spouse: Iddings Mary
Parents: Moore William Mary
Birth Place: Chester, Nantmeal, PA
Birth Date: 1727
Marriage Date: 23 Mar 1752
Death Date: 21 Nov 1819

Conrad Kress 1762-1844

Conrad Kress
son of
Born 1872 in Hunterdon, NJ
Died Oct 24 1844 Lycoming County, PA
married 12 May 1789
Mary Iddings
Daughter of  Henry B  & Mary (Wynne) Iddings
Born 09 Sep 1791, Union, PA
Died

Children

Anna Maria Kress.
Elizabeth Kress
George B Kress, b. 1799, Northumberland, PA, USA48, d. 25 Mar 1873
Catherine E Kress, b. 1802, Anthony, Lycoming, PA, USA48, d. 1880,  Lycoming, PA,
Lydia Kress Kriss, b. 09 Sep 1791, Union, PA, USA48, d. 17 Jun 1877, Lycoming, PA, 







Pennsylvania Pensioners, 1835 about Conrad Kriss
Information: County: Lycoming Co.
Name: Conrad Kriss
Rank: Private
Annual Allowance: 80 00
Sums Received: 240 00
Description of service: Pennsylvania militia
When placed on the pension roll: September 13, 1833
Commencement of pension: March 4, 1831
Age: 72
Laws under which inscribed, increased or reduced OR Remarks.: -

American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) about Conrad Kress
Name: Conrad Kress
Birth Date: 17620
Birthplace: Pennsylvania,
Volume: 98
Page Number: 388
Biographical Info: Rev.War
Reference: Census of pensioners for Rev. military serivces. Washington, DC. 1841. (195p.):123

U.S. Pensioners, 1818-1872 about Conrad Kriss
Name: Conrad Kriss
Widow's Name: Mary Kriss
Pension Office City/Town: Philadelphia
Pension Office State: Pennsylvania
Year Range: 1835-1850

1840 United States Federal Census about Conrad Kress
Name: Conrad Kress
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Lycoming, Lycoming, Pennsylvania
Birth Year: abt 1761
Age: 79
Military Service: Veteran