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.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Frederick Kemmerer 1701-1778

Frederick Kemmerer
son of
Born 1701 in Germany
Died between November 6 and November 24, 1778 in Zionsville PA
 daughter of
Born  1716
Died November 2, 1804

Children: (8 total)

1742 - Came To America
"he came to America according to tradition in 1742"

from the book Two Centuries of Kemmerer Family History 1730-1929

Frederick Kemmerer received a warrant from the proprietors of the
Colony of Pennsylvania for 150 acres plus 6% for streets. The date of
the return made by the Surveyor General is August 17, 1742 and the name
of the tract was Meadville. On June 27, 1762, this property was sold to
Peter Long and on April 9, 1794 was conveyed by Francis Long and Peter
Long, sons of the afore mentioned Peter Long, to Abraham Schantz for the
consideration of 450 pounds, lawful money, in gold and silver coin. It
remained in possession of the Schantz family for a period of 112 years. 
In 1921 it passed into the possession of Zachary Hutzayluk, a recent

The homestead is located near Dillingersville in Upper Milford
township, Lehigh County. The village bears the name of Heinrich Wilhelm
Dillinger, a friend & neighbor of Frederick Kemmerer.

Frederick Kemmerer's name appears in the register of the 
Lutheran Church at Dillingersville, which was begun in 1749. Since the
baptism of the son Henry, born in 1740, was not entered upon the record,
and those of Rosina, 1744 & Frederick, 1746, were entered among the
baptisms, we presume that the latter two were baptized by the Lutheran
pastor there and entered with the other baptisms when the church record
was opened in 1749. It is therefore reasonable to infer that Frederick
Kemmerer established himself on the land warranted to him, at about the
time of the survey or soon thereafter, at least prior to the baptism of
the daughter Rosina, May 6, 1744. 

In 1757, he, together with a number of others, withdrew from the
church, and became one of the founders of the Zionsville Lutheran
congregation at Old Zionsville, where his remains lie buried in a
unmarked grave in the "Gottes Acker" surrounding the church.

At the time of his naturalization which tool place in the Supreme
Court Room in Independence Hall at Philadelphia, April 11, 1763; he
declared himself a resident of Macungy Township, Northampton county, and
further declared that he had last taken the Sacrament of the Holy
Communion on March 27, 1763. His name is however not found in the tax
return of 1762, but is assessed for 17 pounds in Upper Milford Township. 
For some time he was an Inn Keeper and in 1772 paid tax; 7 pounds, 10
shillings and 3 pence. The Inn was later known as Foster's Inn. In the
return made by the Constable of Upper Milford Township of all the wagons
and horses available for military purposes, Frederick Kemmerer is listed
for two horses and one wagon.

Frederick Kemmerer died between November 6 and November 24, 1778;
the respective dates of the making and probating of his will. Born inn
Germany in 1701, he came to America according to tradition in 1742 and
died in 1778, having passed beyond the allotted time of three score and
ten, and saw, ere he died, the new land to which he came to make his
home, take its place among the free and independent nations of the world.
He raised a family whose descendants are numerous and identified with
every phase of the life of the nation.

His wife, Rosina, born in 1716, died at the home of her son,
Henry, November 2, 1804, aged 87 years. Recorded in the earliest list,
23 March, 1782, as a communicant of the Lutheran Church, Salisbury, PA. 
They had eight children:
I. Henry Kemmerer, born April 4, 1740
II. Rosina, born April 15, 1744, was baptized in the Lutheran
Church of Upper Milford-Dillingersville May 6, 1744. The sponsors were
Heinrich Wilhelm Dillinger and wife Rosina. She was married to George
III. Frederick Kemmerer was born May 24, 1746.
IV. Jacob Kemmerer according to the history of Lehigh County
removed to heidelberg Township. "He was a great hunter, and during his
life shot a vast number of deer. He went to the Wyoming Valley to help
to protect the whites from the horrible slaughter by the Indians. The
land upon which he lived is now owned by Rev. J.S. Renninger, being
adjoining land of the tract formerly owned by Paul & Leonard Stein, now
the property of Monroe Sensinger. He died about the year 1825, at the
age of eighty-eight years. He had a brother Fritz, who was a miller in

If Jacob Kemmerer removed to Heidelberg Township, it was
certainly later than 1754, probably later than 1776. 

The New Goshenhoppen Reformed Church record contains the
following marriage entry: "Nov. 22, 1768, Jacob Kemmerer, son of
Frederick Kemmerer of Upper Milford was married to Elizabeth Maria,
daughter of Andreas Mauer of New Goshenhoppen, by Rev. John Theob.

Children or (John) Jacob Kemmerer and his wife Elizabeth entered
upon the Old Zionsville Lutheran record:
1. Rosina Kemmerer, born September 19, 1769; baptized October
15, 1769; sponsors Heinrich Mauer and Rosina Kemmerer.
2. Johannes Kemmerer, born February 2, 1771, baptized March 17,
1771; sponsors Johannes Wetzel & Christiana Kammerer.
3. Anna Maria Kemmerer, born April 3, 1776; baptized June 6,
1776; sponsors Johannes Kemmerer & Anna Maria Mauer.

V. John George Kemmerer.
VI. Christiana was born March 18, 1755 & died April 10, 1795. 
She was baptized in the above named Lutheran Church May 11, 1755. The
sponsors were Frederick Nungesser and his wife Anna Christina. She was
married to Conrad Neimeyer, Jr. (born 1751) and resided on what was later
know as the Seislove homestead situated on the highway leading from Emaus
to Shimersville. They had ten children: Conrad, Andreas, Jacob,
Charles, Frederick, Christina, Rosina, Elizabeth, Polly & Susan.

VII. John Kemmerer was baptized August 31, 1760. The sponsors
were Johannes Wetzel and wife Johanna.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Peter K. Sulouff 1834-1899

Peter K. Sulouff
Born 5 Feb 1834
Died 22 Feb 1899
Nancy J
daughter of
Born 1837
Died 1886

1850 Census
Name: P Suloff
Age: 15
Birth Year: abt 1835
Home in 1850: Turbett, Juniata, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Family Number: 939
Household Members:
Name Age
Jno Suloff 60
N Suloff 50
D Suloff 21
P Suloff 15

N Suloff 12

Enlisted - Civil War - 16 Jul 1864

Name: Petri K Sulof
Enlistment Date: 16 Jul 1864
Rank at enlistment: Corporal
State Served: Pennsylvania
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company G, Pennsylvania Stewart's Infantry Regiment on 16 Jul 1864.Mustered out on 14 Nov 1864.
Sources: History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865

U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 about Peter K. Sulof
Name: Peter K. Sulof
Side: Union
Regiment State/Origin: Pennsylvania
Regiment Name: 1 Batt'n. Pennsylvania Infantry, (100 Days, 1864)
Regiment Name Expanded: 1st Battalion, Pennsylvania Infantry (100 days, 1864)
Company: G
Rank In: Private
Rank In Expanded: Private
Rank Out: Private
Rank Out Expanded: Private
Alternate Name: Peter K./Sulouff
Film Number: M554 roll 120

1883-1890 Lived in Philadelphia

U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 about Peter K Suloff
Name: Peter K Suloff
Residence Year: 1886
Street address: 1112 Cherry a Ta
Residence Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Occupation: Messenger
Publication Title: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, City Directory, 1886

U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 about Peter K Suloff
Name: Peter K Suloff
Residence Year: 1888
Street address: 1012 Cherry
Residence Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Occupation: Messenger

Publication Title: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, City Directory, 1888

1890 Veterans Schedules about Peter K Suloff
Veteran's Name: Peter K Suloff
Home in 1890 (Township, County, State): Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Year enlisted: 1864
Year discharged: 1864
Rank: Corporal
Company: View image
Regiment or vessel: View image

Length of service: View image

1899 - Death
Name: Peter K Suloff
Birth Date: abt 1834
Birth Place: PA
Death Date: 22 Feb 1899
Death Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Age at Death: 65
Burial Date: 24 Feb 1899
Burial Place: Juniata Co , Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Race: White
Marital Status: Single
FHL Film Number: 1769741

Old Church Hill Cemetery 
Port Royal (Juniata County)
Juniata County
Pennsylvania, USA

Plot: Rice Section Row 13 No 5


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Watsontown High School

See Pics of the Watsontown Huskies, Football Team, here
Located where the park is now located on 8th Street, Watsontown PA.

Class of 1950 50th class Reunion

Class of 1952

Class of 1957 -
The Last Class To Graduate as Watsontown High School
The Class of 1958 graduated with the name Warrior Run

Turbotville School

White Deer School

About 1930

McEwensville School

Former teachers at the Red Hill School, McEwensville, attended a reunion of teachers and former students in the McEwensville Community Hall.  From Left are:
Mrs. Rachel Oaks Smith
Mrs Anna Balliet Stahlnecker holding the old hand bell
Mrs Ethel Shannon McWilliams
Miss Ruby Young (see below)

This is NOT at the McEwensville School
(I believe it is the Springtown school)
According to Gary Truckenmiller, 
Guy & Ruby Young are in the front of this photo

The Watsontown Huskies (Football)

Program from 1954: 

Inside the Program:

1946 Team Photo

Springtown School

At one time there was a one room school house located on Springtown Rd here in Watsontown PA.  The School was located on the property of what is now Kurtz Kawasaki.

The "New" Dewart School

(The Dewart Academy was destroyed by tornado -or "cyclone"- in 1919)


Nicely School House

 Nicely School
(location unknown to me, but likely in the Turbotville/Dewart vicinity  - Possibly Lycoming County.  A google search gives me a location very close to the Delaware run school - I have no idea if that is correct.)

I cannot read the original  - what you see here is the best it gets

I believe this sign says 1913

Delaware Run School

The Delaware Run School
Located at the intersection of 54 & Musser Lane
about 5 miles Northwest of Turbotville PA

This School is still standing in the same location, in 2014
As near as I can tell, this was called:
Delaware Run School
West Point School
The Stony Batter School

The 1906 souvenir says Stony Batter School. In 1907 the souveneir says "Delaware Run Public School".  In 1911 it says "West Point Public School Delaware Township"  
A look at the board of directors shows the both George Kerstetter and Allen Bergenstock both in 1906, 1907 & 1911, making me think they are indeed the same school. (John Ravert appears in 1906 & 1907) But I could be wrong, the men may have served on the boards of more than one school.

Pictured below: Minnie A. Hartranft, Teacher

W. E. Yoder, Teacher

1911 - Clyde D. Wenrick, Teacher

Stony Batter School

White Hall School, In Washington Township Pa

White Hall
Washington Twp, 
Lycoming County PA

White Hall School 1907

White Hall School 1899
Teacher - Dietrick

Second Primary School, Montoursville, Lycoming County PA

Factory School

Factory School 1910-11

These photos are all from the Watsontown area, but I know nothing more about this photo, or the school.

The Dewart Academy

The Dewart Academy
Built 1859
Destroyed by "Cyclone" (Tornado) on May 21 1919

Unknown Year
Ellie Nye Teacher

Unknown Year
1st Row L-R
John Harley (Dr), ?, Charles Stahl, Martha Nicely Dateman, ?, James Bryson
2nd Row L-R
Robert De Ormond, Grace Nicely, Billy Nye, Josie Nicely, Ralph Nicely, Carrie Nye, Leigh Nicely, ?
3rd Row L-R
Jane Nicholas, John Nicely, ??????
4th Row L-R
Mary Bryson (Koch) Mae Follmer (Kramer) Hester Russell, E.B. Truckenmiller (Teacher), Sally Oakes, Kathryn Confer, ?
Top Row L-R
Verna Confer, Sarah Russell, Lulu Dieffenbach (Confer) ?

Front Row L-R

Wm Elmer Metzger, John Nicely, Forrest Ruckle, Jake Nicholas, Harry Beaver

 2nd Row

L-R Bertha Barto

Josie Nicely, Hester Russell, Low Stewart, Lula Dieffenbach (Confer), Sarah Russell, Esther Nicely, Carrie Nye
 3rd Row
Billy Nye, John Harley, Russell Nicely, EB Truckenmiler, Norman Beaver, Ralph Nicely, Russell Everhart

Prof. Bruce Bloom, Teacher
Front Row L-R Martha Sherman, John Metzgar, Esther Shroat, Ruth High, Leonore Dietrick, Helen Riffel, Charles Metzgar, Donald Harding

Second Row: Lester Fairchild, Ruth Huffman, Florence Leech, Margaret Kuhn, Helen Kilgus, Helen Leech, James Frederick

Third Row - Stanley Nicholas, Sarah Gray, Margaret Gray, Minnie Deitrick, Martha Burrows

1919 - The Cyclone

Article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 22 1919

Seven Men and a boy look over part of the remains of the Dewart schoolhouse after a cyclone hit the building and ripped the roof off May 21 1919.  About 20 students were inside the building when the  cyclone struck.  Miraculously, only two pupils were slightly injured.  Investigating the damage are (left to right) Fred Truckenmiller, Jake Wertman, W. Truckenmiller, Ed Truckenmiller, George Fredericks, Stewart Wertman, Unidentified, and Homer Hess, all from the Dewart area.

Ward Truckenmiller would be the "boy".  Fred was his brother, Ed his father.