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.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Sidler Schoolhouse

Located in Valley Township
Valley Township was formerly Columbia County, Now Montour County PA

(I'm in the process of collecting information on the Sidler School house, in my efforts to learn more about Christianna Sidler who married James Crossley.  We know that Christianna's son Joseph attended the Sidler School house, so there's a good chance there is a family connection)

Martha Crossley
George B. Kase

"In 1813 there were but three schoolhouses between Danville and Milton, a distance of fifteen miles, and not more than eight in what is now Montour County.  Most of these schools were built by voluntary subscription whenever enough children were within reasonable walking distance to justify the movement.  On a certain day the neighbors assembled, went to work, and in a few hours the log schoolhouse was ready for service." Page 307 of JH Beers History of Columbia & Montour Counties

"Andrew J. Wintersteen was educated at the Sidler schoolhouse in Valley township"

Joseph H. Crossley attended Sidler School house, he was born in 1817.

"Joseph H. Wintersteen attended school more or less regularly until he was nineteen years of age, in the Sidler schoolhouse in Valley township, and among his teachers he recalls very kindly Martha Crossley and George Kase."  Born in 1863

George Bonham Kase was born in Illinois in 1859, making him just 4 years older than Joseph Wintersteen.  In 1870 George was age 11, living with the kilmers, and a variety of what appear to be Kase siblings in Illinois.  In 1900 he is found in Montour County PA.  I do not know what years he taught at the school, but since Joseph would have been 10 in 1873, and 18 in 1881, I assume he taught there sometime between 1871 and 1881.    

The only Martha Crossley I find in Valley Township Montour County, was born in 1826 as Martha Susan Wilson, and was the wife of Reuben Crossley.  It seems unlikely that she would be teaching while still having children, which she did from 1849 to 1861 - but I do not know.

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