The Dushore Weekly Review
| Bettyann's Registry of Obituaries and
Partial Registry of Obituaries: 1889-1934
Online Pennsylvania Death Records and Obituaries
Wilston Funeral Home Obituaries
P. Dean Homer Funeral Home Obituaries
Old Disease Names Found on Death Certificates
-Registry of Marriages
-Selected Marriages and Licenses
-Peace Church and Old Zion Marriages
-Edward Eldred's Marriage Docket:
-Eldred's Docket: A Complete Transcription
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Review & Other Historical Papers
The Sullivan Review
History of Sullivan County 1888
Now and Then (July 1951)
The Basilian Beacon (1945)
---Archives and Obits
-Chronicling America: Newspaper Archives
-Green Free Newspaper Library Archive
-Pennsylvania Newspapers Online
Mary Jane Light West
Carol Byassee saved a set of old pictures from her grandmother.
One picture, shown here, is of her great-great- grandmother
Mary taken on December 18, 1899 when she was 63 years
old. She was the wife of John D. West and the mother
of Eva West. Eva married her cousin Levi P. Light
and was the mother of Ernest Light of Rush, PA, whom
Carol's grandmother Jennie Krause married. Jennie
was born the year before this picture was taken.
Agnes Elizabeth Kelly
Agnes Kelly (1885-1960) was the youngest of eighteeen
children of Daniel Kelly and Mary Leahy of Forks,
PA. On January 7, 1904, she married Peter Francis
Sweeney, son of Martin Sweeney and Julia Wright of
Ringdale, PA. Agnes and Peter were the paternal grandparents
of Robert E. Sweeney who contributed this picture
in June 2000 in memory of his beloved grandmother.
Kelly House Ruins
Kelly Hill Road
The large family
of Daniel Kelly (1828-1902) and Mary Leahy (1840-1898)
was born and raised in this old frame house. The children
included Agnes (Kelly) Sweeney, May
(Kelly) Marshall, Katie (Kelly) Sick, Josephine (Kelly)
Sammons---a total of 18 children. This picture was taken by
Lynn Franklin in 1997. In July 2006, Edward Kelly, great grandson of Daniel and Mary, visited the
house ruins once again. There was very little left standing of the house. It is sad to see
the result of years of neglect. Unfortunately, the house was essentially unoccupied after Ed's Uncle Joe Kelly's widow,
Aunt Kate, left the farm soon after his death in 1939. Ed's mother purchased the farm from Aunt Kate's nephew in 1954 and
did keep the roof repaired through the 1960s, but there was not very much done after those years. The reason why the "white house"
in which Ed grew up on the original James and Johanna Flynn Kelly farm is in such good condition is that Ed has been fortunate to
have had tenants living there since 1987. Were that not the case, it would probably go very much the way of the Daniel and Mary
Leahy Kelly house. You can learn more about this family at the Kelly Family Reunion page.
The theater was originally
designed by Gordon Exley, the grandfather of Ernest
Hatton, another of our contributors. Click here for another view of the Mildred Theater Fire,
seen from a slightly different angle. This second photo is from an old postcard auctioned on eBay, courtesy of Deb Wilson.
Eugene Edward Long
Born May 18, 1899
Baptized August 2, 1899
Reformed Church, Dushore, PA
Reverend Elias S. Noll
Eugene was the son
of Julius Long and Mary Barth Long. Julius owned a
laundry and the family lived on West Carpenter Street
in Dushore at the turn of the 19th century. You can
see his picture in the Picture Bin of the Image Gallery
for this Web site. Picture contributed by his daughter,
Phyllis Long Rockwell
The hospital was
built for the coal miners who worked in Bernice, and
was the first facility in the area to have electricity.
Picture contributed by Tina Pastusic of Plains, PA,
who obtained it elsewhere from family members. The hospital was
built between 1912 and Sept 11,1913 when it was dedicated, then burned down Sunday, February 25, 1934.
According to Linda Crawford, our source, her dad always said it was from "a moonshine still on the premises".
The hospital was constructed after
the Connell Anthracite Mining Company acquired the
rights to the local mining industry in 1902, built
a new collier and breaker, and invested in making
Bernice a company town. Mrs. Bernice Jackson was the
wife of one of the three speculators who invested
in developing the town and its nascent coal industry,
and therefore the town bears her name.
Elizabeth "Betty" O'Brien
As a Child
Betty grew up and
married John Zerby IIIrd on July 27, 1940. This picture
is one of over 200 old pictures and several pages
of unique documents found in the papers of the late
Alvin Frawley and his wife Valeria Bahl Frawley. Both
natives of the Overton/Forks area, Alvin and Val preserved
the records of their family and related families for
over sixty years. In mid-2000, their daughter-in-law
Violet Thomas Frawley of Elmira, New York loaned these
materials to Bob Sweeney to review and copy for the
Sullivan County Genealogical Society. In time, these
irreplaceable records of the Frawley, Bahl, O'Brien,
Sweeney, Scanlin, Rouse, Conmey and other related
families will be deployed on this site for the benefit
of all. An initial display of the pictures, in raw form,
without captions or analysis can be found at
Preston Lafayette Crawford and
Mary Caroline Thrasher
October 18, 1882
Many of the older
families of Sullivan County are interrelated by marriage.
In perhaps no case is the linkage more complex than
that among the Hunsinger, Thrasher, Sayman and Crawford
families. This picture introduces the parties to the
marriage that brings together the Crawford and Hunsinger
lines. Once they married, the family lived on a farm
in Colley, although Mary Caroline came from Forks.
Our contributor is Carol Hoose Brotzman,
great-granddaughter of this couple. Additional pictures
and information can be found in the section on the
Crawfords and Hunsingers in Faces and
Fentie Virginia Salisbury
Wife of Charles Henry Dryer
Married January 2, 1895
Residents of Shunk, PA
Fentie was the daughter
of Elon Galusha Salisbury II (1842-1908) and Vicilla
Chloe Shadduck (1846-1927). Both her parents are buried
in the West Hills Cemetery in Shunk, PA, which is
transcribed in the Churches
and Cemeteries section of this
page. Fentie and Charles were the parents of Ray Wilder
Dryer (1914-1982) and the grandparents of our contributors
Rod and Dick Dryer
of Endwell, NY. Additional pictures and information
on the Wilcox, Fanning, Salisbury, Shadduck and Dryer
families and their history, from Massachusetts to
Bradford and then Sullivan Counties, can be found
at The Dryer
Thomas Patrick Cadden
Born March 17th 1864, son of Thomas and
Margaret Welsh Cadden, of Cherry Township. He was
the brother of Anna Cadden Bergan, Mary Cadden Murphy,
Katie Cadden Miller, Jennie Cadden Farrell, John J.
Cadden, Nellie Cadden, Margaret Cadden Hope, Agnes
Cadden (who died one month before him and whom he
is buried with.), Josephine Cadden, and Alice Clare
Cadden McDonald (wife of John C. McDonald). Thomas
was a volunteer fireman in Kane, PA, and the only
one in the history of that fire department to die
in the line of duty. He was kiled by smoke inhalation
on September 28th 1906, at the age of 41, and is buried
in St. Basil's Cemetery, Dushore, PA.
Contributed by Sharon Dore of Canada,
The Frawleys and Bahls
The date is June 14, 1926 and
the occasion is the marriage of Alvin Frawley to Valeria Bahl in Overton. This picture shows the
resepctive parents of the groom and bride. On the left are Elizabeth ("Lizzie") (Sweeney} Frawley and
her husband Thomas Frawley. On the right are Ella Mary (O'Brien) Bahl and her husband Edward John Bahl.
As was often the case in local history, this marriage brings together four prominent lineages, three Irish and one
Each family's story can be found in the associated pages of this web site
Photo thanks to Tom and Sandy Crossett.
Dushore in 1912
Main Street Looking East
The train trestle is in the distance at the end of Main Street. The downtown is
packed with strolling couples and sidewalk crowds.
Photo thanks to Carol Brotzman from a December 2002 posting on
eBay. Original published by Charles W. Hoffa with a Dushore postmark of October 2, 1912.
Farmstead of John Conmey (1807-1889)
Near Campbellville, PA
Born the son of Bartholomew Conmey in Castleconnor, County Sligo, Ireland,
John Conmey was related by marriage or blood to the Sweeney, O'Brien,
Frawley and McCollum Families. Probably Taken About 1920.
Photo from the Alvin and Catherine Bahl Frawley Collection
with the Permission of Violet Thomas Frawley of Elmira, NY
Farm of Thomas Frawley Pre-1921
This picture was obtained from Violet Thomas Frawley of
Elmira, NY. It was one of several hundred pictures and old notebooks
and genalogical charts preserved over the course of sixty years by
Violet's father-in-law Alvin Frawley and his wife Valeria Bahl
Frawley of Elmira. Alvin was a son of Thomas Joseph Frawley and
Elizabeth Sweeney Frawley. Thomas owned and ran a farm near Overton
until 1921 when Owen Sweeney, father of his wife "Lizzie", died.
They then moved to Elmira. Thomas was a blacksmith by profession and
there are other pictures from this collection that show him at his
trade. Tom and Lizzie were married in 1897. He died in 1940 and
Lizzie, by then known as "Mother Frawley" to her numerous children
and grandchildren, died in 1960.
Harrington Ice Cream Plant
Dushore, PA August 1930
Photo contributed by Paula
Source: A Postcard Sent from Helen (Hughes) Thrasher to her
Brother, Oscar Thrasher
1896-1897 Lincoln Falls School
Purchased by Bob Sweeney from Kathy Harris of Alexandria, VA on eBay in August 2004 and donated to the Sullivan County Historical Society in Laporte, PA
Click on the Photo for a Full Size View
Source: Aaron Houseknecht
Minier Family Homestead
We received this picture from Aaron Houseknecht, who lives in Seattle, in January 2005. Here is what he says about his family history:
"Most of my family comes from the Unityville/Lairdsville area and I have a few excellent photos. Shown here is
the Minier Homestead located in Unityville and the Minier family. This photo was one that first got me interested in genealogy and
history. The smallest child in the photo is my great-grandmother, Sarah Matilda (Tillie) Minier . She was the
daughter of Thomas Benton Minier and Margaret Campbell, my great-great grandparents. Thomas was the blacksmith and Justice of the Peace in
Unityville. You can see him at work in this old photo of his Blackship Shop."
From left to right in the family photo are: Wilson W. Minier (born in 1876), Margaret Campbell Minier
(born 5/4/1853; died 9/4/1942), Sara Matilda "Tillie" Minier Whitmoyer (born 11/26/1885; died 6/12/1939),
Thomas Benton Minier Jr. (born 10/84; died 10/13/48), Tura Minier Hess (or perhaps "Crist"), Anna Margaret
Minier Lore (born 6/27/78; died 2/23/58) and Thomas Benton Minier (born2/17/49; died 1927). The photo was taken
in the spring of 1886 or 1887 based on the age of Sara Matilda. Aaron was told that the homestead was located
in Unityville near where the fire station was then located in 2005.
Note: Click on the Photo for a Full Size View
Bob Sweeney and Ernie Hatton
Sullivan County Historians
Orlando, FL July 2003
Photo by Noreen
From Gettysburgh to the Twin Towers
September 11, 2001
In The Name of God
And Jesus Wept...
Joyce Tice and Bob Sweeney
Bradford and Sullivan County Historians
Mainesburg, PA September 2005
Photo by Joyce Tice
Descendants of Conrad Dieffenbacher
by Shirley Yarber
Note: If you do not have broadband or cable access to the Internet, there is a version of this history where the pictures have to be clicked on to bring them up. You can find it at
Dieffenbacher History for Slow Internet Connections
Bob and Carol Robb with Bob Sweeney and Lynn Franklin
Sullivan County Historians
Washington, DC, July 6, 2007
Bob Robb is a historian of the Stevenson and Robb families.
Bob Sweeney is the administrator of this web site. His wife, Lynn Franklin, is a photographer and creator
of Selected Southern Jewish Databases.
Photo by Bob Robb
Bob Tapella Appointed Public Printer
The U.S. Government Printing Office's Harding Hall ws the venue for the swearing in of the nation's 25th Public Printer, Robert C. Tapella.
The event took place on November 6, 2007 in Washington D.C. Nancy Erickson, Secretary of the U.S. Senate, administered the oath of office.
Tapella's mother, Bernadette (Kelly) Tapella, is holding the Bible. Bob is the gr-gr-gr grandson of Timothy and Mary (Touhey) Kelly,
the parents of the original Kelly family to settle in the Overton/Campbellville area in the mid-1800s. You can learn more about
this family at the Kelly Reunion 2006 page.
Photo Courtesy of the
Government Printing Office
Frank and Annie Snyder
Father's Day 2013
Clambake Club, Newport, RI
Frank and Annie are natives of Dushore and frequent contributors to our site. You can learn more about
this family at Snyder and Harrington: A Pictorial Family History.
Photo Courtesy of Annie Snyder
Click on the photo caption to see an enlarged version.
-Copyright & Acknowledgments,
-How to Contribute,
-Library of Congress,
-Genealogy: How to Get
-Tips for Reading Old Handwriting,
-Genealogy: Learning Center from
Linda Haas Davenport,
-Free Genealogy Look Up Forum
-Genealogy In Time
-Access Genealogy: Free Resource
-Eastman's Online Genealogy Page
-The Meta-Archive: Index of Archives,
County in Historical Context ,
-Atlas of the German Empire
-Routes Your Ancestors Took
-Sheila Barr Helser's Maps of Pennsylvania
-Ernie Hatton's Sullivan County DNA Project
-History of Spanish Hill
-Castle Garden Immigrant Site,
-Sullivan County Officials in
-Postmasters of Sullivan County
-Dating Old Photos from Hairstyles: 1840-1900
-Dating Old Postcards
-How to ID and Date Vintage Postcards
-The Political Graveyard:
Politicians Born or Lived in Sullivan County
Documents, People, Places, Scenery, Old Photos....Who is this Man?
The Cherry Mills Photo Album
The Kelly Diaspora in Photos
The Warburton Family Photo Album NEW !!
The Cooks and Johnstons: A Photo Legacy
The Photo Collection of Alice Kelly Norton
The Masteller Funeral Card
The Olga Beinlich Cott Gallery
The Rogers and Warren Family
The Lost World of the Loggers
The Kettle Creek Fiah and Game Club
The Streby Photo Album
The Pictorial Legacy of
Edna Mae Kinsley Conner
The Leo Bolles Collection
Mike Dempsey's Scenes and People of Mildred
Mike Dempsey's Weddings of Sullivan County
Snyder and Harrington: A Pictorial Family History
The Baumunk and Heess Legacy in Photos NEW!!
Unknown McDonalds of Northern
Pictures....Can You Solve
the Mystery of Who They Are?
Faces and Families of Old Sullivan County...old pictures with
stories to go along...Silvara, Sylvara, Marsh, Stone, Hughes, Newman, Taylor, Bixby, Keeler, Beeman, Martin, Bunnell, Holtom, Fessenden, Corson, Wilcox, Anderson, Watt, Houseman, Stumbo, Hillard, Birkes, Jester, Varner, Cockrell, Allen, Wilhoit, Burkett, Albertson, Tubbs, Johnston, Wallace, Smith, Robb, Cook, Driscoll, Ross, Brown, Collins, Schaad, Hoffman, Sweet, Brennan, Gillan, Baumunk, Day, Gloeckler, Beutel, Fulcrod, Hugo, Beinlich, Battin, Hess, Biddle....
Haus, Wilson, Sweeney, Deegan, Burns, Hunsinger, Thrasher,
Crawford, Schmeckenbecker, Ortlieb, Beaumont, Brown, Huffmaster, Hoffman,
Sayman, Kisner, Lewis
Harrison, Jordan, Philbin, Bradley,
Cosgrove, Thomas, Cain, O'Neill, Thayer, Walsh, Warren, Converse, Molyneux, Harrington,
Litzelswope, Gahan, Fitzgerald, Rohe, Faust, Kahni, Baumgartner
Kozemko, King, Benjamin,
Sullivan, Johnson, McCarty, Cummiskey, Collins, McDonald, Toner,
O'Donnell, Burns, Kester, Rinebold, May
Sones, Porter, Sayman, Karge, Jacoby, Vogle, Richlin, Yanney, Potter, Milhein,
Rumsey, Waxman, VanSice, Hartzig, Lamberson, Bird, Jaynes, Karge, Silverstrim, Meyer, Schaeffer, Dieffenbach, Lader, Vogel,
Lilley, Heverly, Conner, Kshinka, Hieber, Steiner, Houser
Farrell, Jennings, Brown, Rogers, McCarty, Kisner, Rouse, Sullivan, Kelly, Thall, Lefevre,
Potter, Zaner, Hunsinger, Martin, Hartmann, Armstrong, Woodruff, Oliver, Dieffenbach, Dunn,
Shoemaker, Honnetter, McHenry, Kohler, Huffmaster, Harney, Kast, Everett, Morter, Helsman, Beaver,
Sherman, Buck, Wentzell, Bahr, Weed, Epler, Smyser, Silberger, Reis, Leeds, Stallsmith, Dickson, Guiles, Lumley,
Kinter, Heckert, Haines, Meschke, Erle, Hatton, Yonkin, Bushofsky, Hoag, Pond, Taylor, Gailey, Mayhew, Corson, Bennett, Edkin, Roach, Farr, Craft, Gray, Philips, Richart, Secules, Burkholder, Stroup, Montague, Sellers, Anderson, Harding, Jarrett, Strum, Solinger, Marshall, Richley, Obert, McMahon, McKernan, Lane, Ryan, Bowdren, Thall
Richlin, Marshall, Hostler, Leljedal, Kelly, Shilkoskie,
Place, Litzelman, Hanck, Glynn, Bentley, Rohe, Krouse, Yanney, Yaw, Weaver, Hatton, Orlowski, Exley, Erhardt,
Keeler, Ballard, Shoemaker, Fleischut, Molyneux, McCarty, Dieffenbach, Bird, Bennett, Warren,
Kratcoski, Novinski, McMahon, Norton, Dunn, McDonald, Sweeney, Tolar, Papka....
McMahon, Murphy, Farrell, Sick, Karge, Cummiskey, Fox, Cullen, Hunsinger, Brobst, Reich, Bedford, Brackman, Rogers, Neuber, Dickinson, Arey, Fulmer, Saxe, Norconk, Ingersoll, Green, Schock, Lemons, Vose, Wandell, Messersmith, Landback, Honnetter, McKinstry, Anderson, Bowman, Lamberson, Fenton, Brieger, Pflaum, Gallagher, North, McDermott, Farrell, Coyle, Ryan, Middendorf, Keefe, Burns, Cain, Saxe, Leonard, Igoe, Minor, Carroll, Frawley, Hagen, O'Neill, Cooke, McDonald, Drummond, Fetherbay, Flynn...
Kaier, Lieberman, Jordan, Wittmer, Curry, Fahler,
Kirby, McGinty, Schreyer, Haughney, Murphy, Gantert, Allgeier, Rhodes, Gerhard, Keating,
McGinnis, Ryan, Lucke, Consor, Molyneux, Warren, Chambers, Barnas, Brackman, Swingle, Andrew, Tilley, Vance, Paasch, Furst, Burk, Burke, Gearhart, Dietrick,
Weed, Rollison, Painton, Bennett, Sones, Reed, Dent, Glidewell, Darling ....
The Great McDonald-Sweeney
Reunions 2000 and 2003
The Shadduck Family Reunion 2009
Old Reunions from Yesteryear:
Overview, pictures, reports on
The Kelly Reunion of 2006
Surname Helper , RootsWeb
Joseph Broschart and Petronilla Broschart Russell
Brother and Sister
Click on his photo for a biographical sketch. Click on her portrait, painted by Edward Kuhlman, for a larger version. Here also is her Obituary.
Jacob Broschart (1851-1935) and Mary (Kerle) Broschart 1849-1946
Taken In Cuba 1932. Click on names for full scale picture. The couple moved from Sullivan County to Cuba in 1900 due to Jacob's poor health. There, he resumed his work as a blacksmith and worked on the national railroad.
Photos contributed by Sylvia M. Coast, their great-granddaughter. Sylvia
is the daughter of Petronilla (Broschart) Russell and the granddaughter of Fridolin Broschart, Jacob and Mary's son.
********************************CIVIL WAR SEMINAR
Three soldiers: Elgeroy Hill, Peter Reinbold, Duke William Rogers.
These citizens of Sullivan County served in the Civil War. Elgeroy enlisted in the 50th PA Infantry. Here are somer more photos and a brief
Historical Note. You can learn more about Peter Reinbold at Descendants of William Reinbold.
Here is biogranphical information on Duke William Rogers
Pennsylvania's Civil War Flags
Civil War Soldiers
GAR Membership Records (1866-1956): Pennsylvania
Andersonville Civil War Prison
-----A Sidebar on Local Irish in the Civil War
Pennsylvanians in the Civil War
Veterans History Project
History PA Volunteers: 1861-1865
Sullivan County Draftees 1863
Sullivan County Volunteers 1862
Patriotic Sons of America, Shunk 1891
Note: You can find a list of the veterans shown in this picture in Burke Campbell's Shunk History
-Conscientious Objectors: Bradford and Sullivan County
-Sullivan County Pensioners List 1883
If you were not a native born or naturalized American, you
could avoid the war by declaring your allegiance to another country. That is what Andrew Philbin
of Forks Township did according to this document submitted by Tom Crossett. There is a lot
of confusion about the Philbin heritage in Sullivan county, and which if any of the Philbins
and their relatives were Civil War veterans. You can read more about the Philbins, Harrisons
and Jordans at Faces and Families, Group Two on
this site. You can also click on the picture above to get a full scale impression.
William Knaeble moved from Sullivan County in about 1857, then joined the Minnesota Regulars, Company B, 4th Regiment, during the Civil War. He claimed to have fought in 23 battles. Here we see the Memorial issued on his behalf by the local Grand Army of the Republic post at the time of his death in 1916. You can learn more about the Knaeble family and their journey from Pennsylvania to Minnesota at Faces and Families, Group Two; just scroll down to the section on the Rohe and Knaeble families.
Simpson Simmons: Letters From a Soldier
Cullen Civil War Letters
Ferdinand Heess: A Letter From
The Front in South Carolina
A Letter from Private Dorson Speary 1862
Dreadful Accident: Death of Andrew Shaddick
A Letter from Joel Molyneux to Elvira McCarty 1862
Letters to Isaac Rogers from Civil War Soldiers
The Green-Huckell Letters
Civil War Letters of Lew
Memorial to 93rd PA Regiment
Josiah Kohensparger Gettysburg Memorial Card
Source: .The Cogansparger Family Bible
Josiah Kohensparger's Letters to His Father
-1a, 1b, 2a,
Colonel John Richter Jones:
A Short Biography
Gilbert Potter in Battle
October 29, 1864, Virginia Front
Old Soldiers: 1903 Reunion of 203rd PA Volunteers
4th Annual Reunion, 1903, West Auburn Township Vicinity, Susquehanna County, PA
Source: Leo Bolles Collection
Sons of Spanish-American War Veterans
Complete Sullivan County Draft Registrations: 1917-18
Note: To access the records, click on the link above and then
scroll down through the entries. They appear in roughly alphabetical order as they are found in the original records depository at
the National Archives in Morrow, GA. The records were copied by Bob Sweeney personally over the course of several visits in 2008-2011.
You can rotate the records using your computer so as to see a horizontal layout of
each document. We have donated a paper copy of these records to the Sullivan County Historical Society in Laporte, PA.
Soldiers of the Great War:
Fallen Pennsylvanians of WWI
Sheila Helser's World War I Photos
The Death of Ernest Von Bennett: 1918
Lloyd Crawford's Last Letter: 1918
The 1940 Draft in Sullivan County
The Pennsylvania WW II
Roll of Honor
US Army Enlistments WW II
Military History Online
Nordmont Veterans Memorial 1955
Military History Online
Endless Mountains War Memorial Museum
A War Bride Comes to Pennsylvania
Civilian Conservation Corps in PA
The Genealogies of
Father James J. Ruddick,
Father Ruddick died on March 18, 2007. Here
is an Obituary.
The Winter 2008 edition of the Canisius College Magazine reported on a
permanent Memorial to Father Ruddick.
--The Descendants of
--The Descendants of
--The Descendants of
--The Descendants of
of Lucinda Battin Frey
J. L. Christian, MD of Hillsgrove ran for office about 1900. Here is a
Photo contributed by Carol Brotzman from the scrapbook collection of Ellen Lorena (Crawford) Shefler.
Allen E. Tilley's
Cherry Grove Chapel: 1892-1992
Photo contributed by Chuck Cummiskey
Joanna was the daughter of Patrick and Ellen (Flynn) Leahy of Knocklong Parish, County Limerick, Ireland. Patrick's brother Thomas Leahy married Ellen's sister, Mary Flynn. So brothers married sisters. The couples moved to the Sugar Ridge area near Overton, PA, and had many offspring. Joanna and her sister Anna in turn married Francis and Joseph Cummiskey, respectively. Once more, brothers married sisters. Francis and Joanna moved to Kansas and Joseph and Anna moved to Washington State. Joanna's first cousin, Mary Ann Leahy, daughter of Thomas and Mary, married Daniel Kelly, whose daughter Agnes Elixabeth (Kelly) Sweeney is pictured on the left side of this page. The Leahy children intermarried with Kelly, Jordan, Burke, Keefe, Cummiskey, Cullen, Dorsey and other major Irish families in the Bradford and Sullivan counties border area.
Helen Smith Gammon and the Peterman Heritage
John T. Kielty, MD (1901-1984)
John T. Kielty was a family physician practicing in Towanda, PA in the 1950s. He was the family physician for
the Kellys, Sweeneys, Frawleys, Sammons and other local families with roots and branches throughout Sullivan
and Bradford Counties. Click on the name above to see a vaccination record for Robert
E. Sweeney, the administrator for this page, at age 6 when he and his family lived in
LeRaysville, PA. Dr. Kielty was a Captain in the US Army in World War Two.
According to Edward Kelly:
"Dr. Kielty was my mother's doctor for her first child, Joseph Kelly, who died in infancy
in October 1941 during the epidemic at Mills Community Hospital in Towanda, PA that took the lives of a dozen babies".
Ken Beirne relates that Dr. Kielty was the only physician in the area who was known to have worked with midwives in the delivery of children and was the doctor of
record for his grandparents, Charles and Josephine (Kelly) Sammons and all of their children.
can find several references to Dr. Kielty on Joyce
Tice's Tri-Counties Genealogy Site.
SCHOOL RECORDS AND HISTORY
--Fox Township: 1922-1950
--The Fox Gazette 1932
......Fox Township High School
--Dushore High School Attendees: 1898-1937
--Dushore High School 1938-1968--Class Reunion Presentation NEW!!
--Dushore High School Class of 1944
--Sonestown/Davidson HS: 1906-1939
St. Basil Graduates: 1901-1969
Sullivan Highland High School Web Page
Thomas Burk Versus Henry Williams
Business Litigation in 1877
The Court of Common Pleas in Laporte was the venue for every day commercial legal activity in Sullivan County.
Presented here is a typical situation where one party, Thomas Burk of Canton, PA, is filing suit against Henry Williams for collection of
a debt. The original legal docket for this case is now in the possession of the
Sullivan County Historical Society and Museum. It was "packaged" in a
cardboard-thick light brown legal wrapper and secured externally by a pink tie string. The artifact itself is a standard legal
docket, in this case manufactured by F. S. Hasbrouck and Company, 26 John Street, NY. The internal contents of
the case were handwritten on lined white paper. As you can see, the final page bears the signature of the local prothonotary,
Henry Van Etten, and the actual seal of this Court. You can examine scans of the entire docket
at Burk Versus Williams 1877.
THE CENSUS RECORDS
Sullivan County Search Form, 1850 Census, 1860
Census, 1870 Census-Four PA Counties 1850
-David Bailey's Census Records:
-Paula Lundstrom's 1880 Census:
(1)Colley, Dushore and Davidson
(2)Elkland and Fox Townships
-Carol Brotzman's 1880 Census:
Forks/Forksville>, Laporte>, Hillsgrove>, Shrewsbury>, Fox Township>,
-Shirley Yarber's 1900 Census: Cherry, Bernice, Colley, Lopez,
--Jack Leo's 1940 Federal Census:
Eaglesmere and Shrewsbury
Overton, PA 1880
The History of Overton (1910)
Erected by Peter Sherman in 1868 as the first hotel in Overton. The first structure later burned. In 1877, James J. Hannon built the second structure, shown here. According to Ed Kelly, the Hannon Hotel was owned by James and Mary (Sullivan) Hannon. Mary was a daughter of Hanora Kelly Sullivan. The Hannons remained the hotel's owners until the death of Margaret (Maggie) Hannon in 1966. Maggie would entertain Ed's family in the parlor when he was growing up and always noted that they were cousins. Hanora Kelly was the sister of the four Kelly brothers who came to Kelly Hill near Overton in the 1800s.
Photo courtesy of Carol (Abrams) Wells. Click on cpation for full size photo.
Ingham's History of Sullivan County (1899)
Streby History of Sullivan County (1903)
Letters to Charles Mullan in Ilinois (1842)
Sullivan County Granges: A Historical Overview
100 Years of Pride: A History of Lopez (1976)
and Queries: Naming the Towns of Sullivan County
and Queries: Full Transcribed Text for Sullivan County
Egle's History of Pennsylvania: Sullivan County
Pennsylvania County Histories and Biographies
-----Note: Just change the number before ".pdf" in the web address to advance the text in this source.
Sullivan County Biographies
Churches & Cemeteries
Images of tombstones,
cemeteries and churches in Sullivan County and related communities...Sullivan County Cemeteries
-- St. Gabriel's Episcopal Cemetery
--Franklin Bethel (Stone Heap) Cemetery: A Pictorial Record
--Lungerville Cemetery: A Pictorial Record
--The St. Basil's Cemetery Photo Gallery
--Chaffee's History of the Wyoming Conference (1904)
--Forkston Cemetery Association Records
--Catholic Death Records
--Beaver Meadows Church: 1850-2005
---Records and History NEW !!
Here is a searchable text version of the Beaver Meadows Church history without photos.
--Beaver Meadows Cemetery: The Legacy
--The Guggisberg and Thrasher Translations of the Records of
Old Zion and Peace Church
--Vincent R. Soden's
Bernice Presyterian Church Records
Locating Unmarked Cemetery Burials
The Priestley Susquehanna Settlement
Huckell Family History Page
Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish:
St. Basil and Other Local Catholic Churches
Historical Society of
Tioga Point Museum of Athens, PA
Home Textile Tool Museum of Orwell Hill, PA
Sullivan County Historical
Society and Museum
Selected Sullivan County Histories
Images of America
My Grandmother Was a Child.....Wayman, Sweeney, O'Hara, Brink, Sayman, Mayo....
John Speaker Osler
The Osler Connection
The Litzelman House
Burke Campbell provided this
picture of the oldest house in the Campbellville area. The house is
reputed to be over 200 years old and was originally a log cabin. Read
about the house and the history of this old community in
John Campbell and the Story of
Burke Campbell's Campbellville
A Pictorial Legacy of Sonestown
The Fanning General Store
The picture shows, on the right, the Warren H. Fanning General Store
& Post Office in 1906. On the left is the old Tripp Bldg, where
the first high school was held on the second floor. The building was
owned by E. M. Letts. The land lying above the buildings was the A.
E. Campbell farm. Read more in The Old Community of Shunk
Diary of Perry Watts King
Life in 1874
Sudden Death in 1881
William R. Ricketts History
Douglas Photos of Ricketts
Octagon House--Love's Labor Restored!!!
Ellen Shefler's Valentine
Carol Brotzman provided this
sample of Valentine artistry from the end of the 19the century in Sullivan County.
Ellen Lorena (Crawford) Shefler (1896-1990) received this popup card from Hattie Hunsinger about 1900. The front inscription reads:
I greet thee Valentine!
What can I say to thee, my friend?
My loving greetings,here I send.
My wish is that your future life
Be free from sorrow and from strife.
Valentine Cards a la 1900!!
Mary Lou's Beau
Bellasylva: The Later Years
Forksville Tales and the McGuire Family
Alexander Kellock: A Coal Miner in Bernice
Isaac T. Sones (1821-1871)
In Civil War Uniform
Lehigh Valley Railroad
History and Pictures...
Eagles Mere Railroad Pass 1898
Luke and Lura Chapman McKernan
Nelson Pritchard and Teresa Murphy Corcoran
Wedding Picture--August 3, 1891
The Cyclone of 1922
The Blizzard of 1888
Sewing Basket of a Pioneer
Sewing or "cat" basket that belonged to Anna Hunsinger Thrasher. The basket was made by Anna's grandfather Bralich at least two hundred years ago. The basket was given to Ellen Sayman Reed, Anna's granddaughter in 1928. In her scrapbook was found the reference to its origin. The basket came to Carol Brotzman, who owns it today, from Ellen Crawfrod Shefler. Ellen purchased it when the old house originally lived in by her sister Maud Crawford Sayman was cleaned out and sold.
Elam and Margaret Hogaboom
This is an old photo of the ancestors of our contributor, Darla Hogaboom.
We do not know where it was taken or what year. The photographer was M.W. Nix. This couple lived in Sullivan County in the late 1850's. We would love to learn more about this family and the location of the Nix photo gallery in time and place.
Guild at John Streby Home
This is an old photo of
a guild meeting at the home of John Streby in 1898. We do not know which guild was meeting or picnicking there.
The picture was found in the estate of Helen Jeannette Hottenstein and was recovered and scanned by Dave Kester, a prominent contributor
to this page. You can learn more about this topic at Guilds.
Source: Holton Area Centennial 1871-1971, Holton Area Committee, Holton, Michigan
Barn Raising 1907
Barn raisings were a common
event in Sullivan County in the nineteenth century. According to Paul Neis, who contributed this photo: "When you see a photo of a barn
raising, and the guys are pushing up a section of wall, that section is called a bent. It is not always a wall
section; there are interior bents, too. The bents run lengthwise in the building, parallel to one another. The
first two bents are raised and braced temporarily, then connecting beams and permanent braces are installed.
Then the next bent, and its connectors, and so on. The photo of the raising shown here is about half-way up,
and there are about 20 men pushing it with poles that must be 10-12 feet long."
Note: Click on the Photo for a Full Size View
Source: The Dryer Family Page
Cascade Township, Lycoming County
the largest township by area in Lycoming County and lies directly across the Sullivan County line from Hillsgrove. Note that the rails for this "railroad"
are made of tree trunks. The wheels have no tires. The picture shows lumbermen hauling cut logs out of the woods using this unique method.
Lumbermen were incredibly imaginative. Many of them or their parents had originally
worked on construction of the canals before the rail era came about. The canal boats
were occasionally actually drawn by horses thorugh the locks and other slow-moving areas.
A large pulley or rope running from the boat to a team would permit the horses to
pull the boat or barge along the course of the canal. So, the concept of using horses
to pull a vehicle was familiar to these woodsmen. According to Bill Brenchley, one oldtimer from the area recalls the remains of
the device from his childhood and refers to it as a "Tram".
By Permission of Dick Dryer
Note: Click on the Photo for a Full Size View
Scrapbook of Aunt Eliza Green Rogers
From some time in the 1870s, when
she lost three children, until some time before her death in 1939, Eliza Green Rogers kept a scrapbook. As the second wife of Sadler Rogers, she had a large extended family of blood, marriage and step relationships. This collection represents an encyclopedic microscosm of Sullivan County society and personalities. The scrapbook was rescued from inadvertent destruction in 2004 by Carol Brotzman.
Old Advertising Cards
Penny Postcards from Pennsylvania