The Faces and Families of Old Sullivan County

The Faces and Families of Old Sullivan County

Group Six


We continue again with our efforts to record the anecdotal, pictorial and material history of families originating from or having lived for extended periods of time in Sullivan County, PA. We continue to receive stories and pictures from various contributors to the Sullivan County Genealogical Web Page. My colleagues and I are grateful for this material and will endeavor to do our very best to preserve it and the associated history for posterity. Once again, these materials are presented in no particular order other than to provide you the reader with a visual and historical impression of life in our home county from 100 to 200 years ago. Comments and reflections are encouraged and invited.


Rebecca (Reeser) and Chester Potter
About 1903
With Two Peterson Grandchildren
The young girl on the left is Katherine Rebecca Peterson (October 12, 1902-July 1964) and the boy, Katherine's brother, sitting on Chester's lap is Dean Potter Peterson (January 30, 1900-November 22, 1941). Katherine and Dean were the children of David Bruce Peterson I and Gertrude E. Potter.
Photo Courtesy of the David Bruce Peterson II Family Archives

INDEX of FAMILIES:

The Descendants of John Reeser and Madeline Betts
The Zehner-Zaner Lineage
The Descendants of Frederick Taylor
.........With a Sidebar on the Corson Family
The Descendants of Joseph and Mary Borde Solinger

THE DESCENDANTS OF JOHN REESER and MADELINE BETTS

We are indebted to the Sullivan County Historical Society and Museum for this family genealogy and history. The Reeser family is connected by marriage to many other prominent families in the history of Sullivan County. Moreover, the Reverend William Reeser, son of John and Madeline, married hundreds of couples who themselves, and through their children, played important roles in local tradition.

We are grateful to Janet Featherbay Bird and Pat Buffington Onufry for their inputs on this history.

The Sullivan Review
August 28, 1929

History of the Reeser Ancestors
John and Madeline (Betts) Reeser

The Reeser reunion has been held annually for several years at Picture Rocks, Pa. Mr. and Mrs. John Reeser, came from Berks county to Cherry township, Lycoming county, now Sullivan county, in 1821, locating on the Loyalsock creek at Ellis, later known as the Seaman place. He erected the first grist mill in the county, later he located on the farm known as the Wentzel place where he erected the second grist mill, about one half mile from Dushore.

Many people came to Cherry township when it was a wilderness. The first road built in Cherry township was the Susquehanna and Tioga Turnpike from Berwick by the way of Long pond to the Loyalsock. Later itwas extended to the Haverly settlement at Overton, from thence it went over the Huckleberry mountain to Greenwood and Monroeton. Andrew Shiner took the contract of building the road. The contract price was $1150 per mile with extra pay for bridges. Half of his pay was to be in land at $2 per acre. The subcontractors took jobs on the road at $8.00 per mile and were to take half their pay in land at $4.00 per acre. By this means many of the early settlers secured their land.

Mr. and Mrs. Reeser were parents of eleven children, who were: Daniel, who married Catherine Litzelswope; William, who married Sarah Martin, and after her death he married Mrs. Melvina Taylor; Charles, who married Sarah Hicks; Jeremiah, who married Caroline Hicks, a sister of Sarah's; Amos who married Rebecca Dieffenbach; John Jr., who married Elizabeth Rupp, and after her death in 1869, Mrs. Susanna Harris Roe ("Rowe") *; Benjamin, who died in infancy; Reuben, who married Martha Black; Adam, who married Mary Siets and after her death he was again married; Elizabeth, who married Joseph Huffmaster, who was killed in the battle of Chancellorsville, she then married Elias Smith and later Barney Kast; Susan, who married Valentine Morter, after his death, Richard Douglas, who was a Civil War Veteran.
* Editor's Note: Patty VanAllan, a descendant of John and Susanna Harris (Roe) Reeser, provided additional information on this family in May 2011:

In the 1860 census, John Reeser (father of Vasthie Reeser) is living with his first wife Elizabeth (age 27) and their 2 children Washington (7) and James (3). By the 1870 census, he has married Susanna (Harris) Rowe and is living with:
Stella (9)
Bell (7)
Chilton (2 months)
William Roe (6)
Harriet Roe (3)
Since Harriet Roe is 3 years old, Susanna and John must have been married no more 3 years and Stella and Bell must therefore be Elizabeth's children. In fact, Larry Pardoe indicates that Elizabeth died in 1869, and John remarried to Susanna in the same year.
In 1880, John and Susanna are living with:
William Roe
Harriet Roe
Clinton Reeser (10)
Mary Reeser (8)
Vasthi (6)
Thomas (4)
By 1900, just John and Thomas are left.
In 1910, John is living as a boarder with the Davis family.
You can see a picture of Harriet (Roe) Collins, sister of Vashti ("Vashtie") Reeser, at Aunt Eliza's Scrapbook.

William and Adam Reeser entered the ministry of the Evangelical church. Amos conducted a hotel at the Ellis stand and later at Dushore. Reuben, while hunting with Mr. Wilcox, discovered the first coal at Bernice. The other brothers were tillers of the soil, making comfortable homes for their families. John Reeser, Sr. died Dec. 9, 1860 at the age of 70 years. His wife died Jan. 8, 1869, aged 75 years.

These parents and their children have passed to the Great Beyond, but their deeds live on. Many incidents of parents and grandparents are still in our memory. I heard my father, William Reeser, relate an incident, which occurred at the table when they were boys at home. Their mother was serving soup when one of the boys said it was too thick, another said it was too thin, another it was too salty, and another that it had too much pepper. Their mother would not tolerate faultfinding or disobedience. She got the hickory stick and gave them dessert, saying as she applied it, "I will give you thick and thin and salt and pepper." They were careful after that not to find fault.

I remember when we lived in Cherry township, when I was quite young, I went with my sister Loretta to my grandparent's home. I disobeyed my mother by asking Grandmother for a piece, while my sister was in the garden getting vegetables for grandmother. She gave me a piece of bread with a generous spread of butter and maple sugar. I did not find fault for it was delicious.

Mrs. Annie E. Reeser Potter

JOHN REESER born in 1790; died December 9, 1860
Married Madeline Betts. She died January 8, 1869

Children of John & Madeline Reeser:

  1. Daniel Reeser 1812-1893
  2. William Reeser 1816-1906
  3. Charles Reeser
  4. Jeremiah Reeser
  5. Amos Reeser 1822-1897
  6. John Reeser 1827-
  7. Benjamin Reeser
  8. Reuben Reeser 18??-1862
  9. A.L. Reeser
  10. Elizabeth Reeser 1834-1909
  11. Susannah Reeser 1836-1918

WILLIAM REESER (John Reeser) born November 8, 1816; died August 30, 1906
Married 1st Sarah Martin She was born September 16, 1819; died July 18, 1891
Married 2nd Melvina Taylor on September 19, 1892. died November 10, 1912.

Children of William & Sarah Reeser:

  1. Rebecca Reeser 1938-1911
  2. Hannah Reeser 1841-1904
  3. Lewis Reeser 1842-1911
  4. Loretta Reeser 1845-1927
  5. Emanuel Reeser died in 1862
  6. Amanda Reeser died in 1853
  7. Annie Reeser 1850-1938
  8. M.W. Reeser 18??-1923
  9. Sara Jane Reeser died in 1862

The Sullivan Gazette
July 23, 1891
Mrs. Wm. Reeser, of Colley, died of dropsy, last Thursday at the age of 71 years and 10 months.
Mrs. Reeser was a sister of ex County Sup’t., John W. Martin, of Cherry.
The remains were interred at Colley, Saturday.

The Sullivan Review
November 21, 1912
Mrs. Melvina Taylor was married to Rev. Wm. Reeser September 19, 1892, at Dushore. They resided at Colley about 12 years. After the death of her husband she went to Scranton and Picture Rocks with her children. She was ill about two weeks then passed to the great beyond.
Interment at the Hughesville cemetery. She was the stepmother of M.W. Reeser and Mrs. A. E. Potter of Colley.

The Sullivan Review
September 6, 1906

Rev. William Reeser died at the residence of his son, Lewis Reeser, at Lansdowne, Baltimore county, Maryland, August 30, and the body was brought to this place Saturday night, and taken to the home of his son. M. W. Reeser, at Colley, from which place, the funeral was held on Sunday, September 2, interment being at the Colley cemetery. William Reeser was one of the pioneers of Sullivan County. He was born in Schuykill county in 1815, and came to Sullivan County with is parents in 1824, they settled on the place now owned by Percevil Wentzell, about a mile below Dushore. It was on this place, that his boyhood days were spent, and his stories of the early life in the dense forests of Sullivan County were always interesting. When he grew to manhood he married Sarah Martin, and when he was 27 years of age he was ordained as minister of the Evangelical Church, and as such spent a good many years, serving congregations in different parts of central and southern Pennsylvania and in Maryland. He retired from the active work of the ministry about twenty-five years ago, and returned to Sullivan County to spend the balance of his days. During his ministry he had officiated much of the time for his church in this county, and from boyhood had been more or less prominently identified with the county, and in 1851 he was elected as one of the commissioners of Sullivan County, serving for three years. His wife died about 16 years ago, and he afterwards married a Mrs. Taylor of Lycoming county, who survives him. In May last he went to Maryland to visit his daughter, Mrs. William Mead, who resides near Baltimore, and his son Lewis. While at the home of the latter he was taken sick and died, as stated above. He is survived by Lewis Reeser and Mrs. Mead, of Baltimore, M. W. E. Potter, of Colley, and Mrs. A. E. Potter, of Lopez. His death removes almost the last link in the chain linking the early Sullivan with the Sullivan county of today. A further biography will be published next week.

The Sullivan Review
September 13, 1906

Rev. William Reeser was born November 8, 1816, in Schuykill County, Pa. Died August 30, 1906, at Lansdowne, Baltimore, county, Maryland. He left Lopez May 14 to visit a daughter, Loretta, in Harford county, Maryland. He spent two months with her and during that time he preached at Gurrettsville where he had preached 42 years before he went to Berwick to reside with his daughter, Mrs. Winfield Potter.

He preached to a large congregation at Lansdowne, August 19, and the evening of the same day was taken seriously with chronic diarrhea, and lived eleven days.

Services held at his son’s residence in Lansdowne, August 31, and his body was brought to Colley, to his son’s M.W. Reeser residence, and on Sunday, September 2, at Colley church, Funeral services were held by B.F. Keller, of Lopez. Text 2 Timothy 4.7-8,"I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness."

Previous to the sermon a paper which he had prepared for the occasion, was read. It was the experience of his Christian life. He was converted in early life. At 26 felt that he was called to preach the gospel, was licensed to preach at that time was stationed on several charges. Located twice yet continued to preach.

As a citizen he was interested in public affairs. He served as county commissioner three years, during which time the first murderer in Sullivan county was hung. Also later served as justice of the peace ten years.

He was married to Miss Sarah Martin of Dushore, January 4, 1833. Nine children were born to them, of which five are living; also twenty-one grandchildren, thirty-five great-grandchildren and four great great grandchildren. He and his wife celebrated their golden wedding January 4, 1888, when all the children living were present; A son, Lewis Reeser, wife and two children of Baltimore; a daughter, Loretta Meads, Husband W.L. Meads of Harford county, Maryland; a daughter, Rebecca Potter, of Cameron county, Pa, a daughter Hannah Hunsinger, and one child a daughter, Anna E. Potter, Husband Winfield Potter, and six children. Thomas Messersmith and wife, George Messersmith and wife, Hector Prichard and wife, Charles Schock and wife, C.F. Huntsinger and wife, Edward Oliver, Mrs. Emma Shoemaker of Colley; Amos Cox and wife, Adam Zaner and wife, William Henry; Percival Wentzell and wife; Lyman Baker and wife, Mrs. E. J. Martin and son Bayard, Mrs. Lewis Martin and son John, of Dushore, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Potter of Sugar Run. At the close of the gathering the children sang "My Dear Old Home". The aged parents arose and sang, "Children, Will You Meet Me? " responded to by the children, "Yes, By the Grace of God We Will Meet You."

REBECCA REESER (William, John Reeser) born 1838-1911
Married 1st ELEAZER W. ZANER born Nov. 9, 1831; died Aug. 6, 1862
Married 2nd CHESTER POTTER on May 27, 1866. He was born October 4, 1841; died September 1, 1923.


Grave Marker for Chester Potter
1841-1923
Oak Hill Cemetery
Cameron County, PA
The cemetery is located on what used to be
the Chester/Rebecca Potter farm. Note the Civil War veteran insignia.
Photo Courtesy of the David Bruce Peterson II Family Archives

Children of Rebecca & Eleazer Zaner:

  1. Levi Freeman Zaner 1856-1932
  2. Emma Loretta Zaner 1858-
  3. Albert Smith Zaner 1861-1932
  4. Ida Sarah Zaner 1863-

Children of Rebecca & Chester Potter:

1. Gertrude Potter 1876-1950

Gertrude Potter (Rebecca, William, John Reeser) born January 2, 1876; died 1950
Married David Bruce Peterson I on April 12, 1899. He was born March 10, 1869; died October 12, 1926.

Children of Gertrude & David B. Peterson I:

  1. Dean Potter Peterson 1900-1941
  2. Katherine Rebecca Peterson 1902-1964
  3. Donald Peterson
  4. David Bruce Peterson 1913-1993

HANNAH REESER (William, John Reeser) born September 9,1841; died January 4, 1904
Married ALFRED HUNSINGER September 1, 1861. He was born Feb. 1832; died March 4, 1916.

Children of Hannah & Alfred Hunsinger:

  1. Addison Hunsinger 1862-1928
  2. Louis Hunsinger 1866-1948
  3. Anna Malissa Hunsinger 1869-1911
  4. Laura Hunsinger 1871-1959

The Sullivan Review
January 21, 1904
Mrs. Hannah Hunsinger, wife of Alfred Hunsinger, died at her home in Colley, January 14, 1904, aged 63 years, four months and five days. She is survived by her husband, two sons and two daughters. Funeral services were held on Sunday, January 17, Rev. W. J. Campbell, of this place, officiating. Deceased was very highly respected, and will be sincerely mourned by the entire community.

The Sullivan Review
March 8, 1916
Alfred Hunsinger, a veteran of the Civil War, died at Colley, March 4, at the age of 84 years and 24 days. Mr. Hunsinger was born Feb. 12, 1832. He was united in marriage to Hannah Reeser in 1861. In Aug. 1862 he enlisted in the 144th Regiment, Penna. Volunteers, and faithfully served for the good of the country until the close of the war. Mr. Hunsinger's wife died about sixteen years ago; he was later united in marriage to Barbara Seltzer.
Besides his wife he is survived by two sons, Addison of Pittsburgh and Lewis of Sayre and one daughter, Mrs. William Dieffenbach of Colley.
Mr. Hunsinger was a life-long resident of Colley and had a host of friends in that community.
The funeral will be held March 8, at Colley, with interment in Colley cemetery.

Addison W. Hunsinger (Hannah, William, John Reeser) born September 2, 1862; died April 1, 1928 in Ithaca, NY.
Married 1st Ellen Bernice Hartman 1872-1950 Divorced
Married 2nd Carrie ________

Children of Addison W. & Ellen Hartman Hunsinger:

  1. Arthur Wells Hunsinger 1888-1945

Children of Addison and Carrie:

  1. Mildred L. Hunsinger

Arthur Wells Hunsinger (Addison, Hannah, William, John Reeser) born January 2, 1888; died June 9, 1945;
Married 1st
Married 2nd Verna J. Armstrong on Jan. 14, 1914

Children of Arthur W. & Verna Armstrong Hunsinger:

  1. Arthur R. Hunsinger 1915-1973
  2. Donald H. Hunsinger 1918-1990
  3. Robert R. Hunsinger 1921-

The Sullivan Review
June 21, 1945

A.W. Hunsinger of Sayre died Saturday June 9th at the Robert Packer Hospital at the age of 57 years.
He is survived by his wife Verna; three sons Arthur Jr. of Elmira; Donald of Gardena, Calif; S 1-c Robert of the J.S. Navy, Florida; his mother Mrs. William Lane of Waverly; half sister, Mrs. Walter Smith of Waverly; four half brothers, William, Walter and Raymond of Waverly and Lewis of Sayre; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon. Burial in Tioga Point cemetery.

Mildred L.Hunsinger (Addison, Hannah, William, John Reeser) born October 2, 1891 in Colley, PA; died March 28, 1965 in Devon, Chester County, PA;
Married Samuel Moffat Ellis
Children listed in 1930 Federal Census for Philadelphia: Samuel, Doris M., Dennis D., Thora Ellis
Children listed in 1940 Federal Census for Philadelphia: S. Moffat, Louise, Francis D, Sarah Ellis

Morning Telegram
Elmira, NY
October 21, 1917

Patriotic Nurses.

Grand Niece of Late Sam Sloane, of Lackawanna, Has Gone to France.

Ithaca, N. Y., Oct. 20. We are giving too little credit to our women patriots or rather we have been. The battlefields and trenches in Europe are not all there is of it. The nurses are close to the soldiers, God bless them all, soldiers and nurses, cultivated, trained, intellectual, brave, loyal, sympathetic, tender hearted nurses. The hospitals cut a mighty big figure in the titanic conflict. These young women are volunteer angels of mercy.
We have here a splendid type of an American registered nurse, Mildred L. , daughter of our townspeople, Mr. and Mrs. A. M.Hunsinger, of No. 124 East Mill street. She is in her uniform, like an officer in appearance, tall and noble in physique. Her face has an ideal expression. She has gone to France in a "Unit" of sicxty graduates of the famous Methodist Episcopal hospital, of Philadelphia. She was in the 1915 Graduating class. One hundred and twenty officers and enlisted men of naval hospital No. 5, recruited from the M. E. hospital, had preceded Mildred to France. Lack of transportation accommodations held them back for a short time.
Before sailing, Mr. and Mrs. Jeffords gave them a check for $2, 000 for emergencies in the unit. Equipment for theunit of nurses was given by the SOuthern Pennsylvania chapter, American Red Cross. The navy league furnished helmets, sweaters, wristlets and scarfs to the men. We notice in the dispatches that the officers are men, surgeons and lieutenants. Mildred certainly looks fit to be a lieutenant of a Red Cross unit. President Samuel Sloane, of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad, was Mildred's grand-uncle, on her mother's side. She went to France on a battleship.
Dr. Esther Parker, of this city, has enlisted and is in New York waiting transportation to the trenches as a surgeon. She is a brave and loyal and worthy girl.
Grace M., daughter of Frank F. Williams, No. 123 Farm street, is another registered American nurse who has gone to France to seerve our boys in khaki, to adminster to them as time, luck and nature may require. We have ot seen Grace or her photo. Agnes D. Sullivan, of Fayette street, is another registered nurse awaiting sailing orders. She says that we can run her portrait after she sails for France. Mildred has "nothing on Agnes" when it comes to physique and face and mental expression. Miss Sullivan will look like a man hero of the General Hancock type when she dons a cloak with military cut and buttons and faces the wounded American soldier boys in the far away hospitals. Her headquarters are in Albany as to orders. That is the point from which Dr. McCormick's final orders will come from when he moves to the front in France.
Attention will be paid to our girls in the hospitals in Europe hereafter and we hope and honestly believe that they will find very little work to do as nurses or aids to doctors and surgeons. The fighting has been in favor of the western allies and Italy all summer and autumn so that a child can see it and understand it. Every day makes this certain.

Louis Mead Hunsinger (Hannah, William, John Reeser) born May 3, 1866; died October 14, 1948.
Married Amelia Prichard on January 6, 1886. She was born in 1867; died March 24, 1930.

Children of Louis & Amelia Hunsinger:

  1. Agatha Hunsinger 1888-1927
  2. Oney Demoss Hunsinger1888-1944

The Sullivan Review
October 14, 1948
Louis Hunsinger, of Athens, died Monday, October 11th at the home of his grandson-in-law, Mr. and Mrs Henry Snyder, of Allentown.
Mr. Hunsinger was born at Colley, in 1866, a son of the late Alfred and Hannah Reeser Hunsinger and a grandson of the late John Hunsinger, who came from Luzerne County to the Lee Settlement in 1828, having purchased 100 acres of land near Bella Sylva. Mr. Hunsinger’s mother, was a daughter of the late Rev. William Reeser and Mrs. Sarah Martin Reeser, also early settlers oin Cherry township. He received his education in the school of Colley township, and later with his family moved to Athens. He was united in marriage with Miss Amelia Prichard, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hector C. Prichard, also of Colley. She passed way several years ago.
He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Laura Dieffenbach of Colley; five grandchildren, Mrs. John Wilder, Slatington, Pa; Mrs. Dale Woodruff, Emmons, Pa.; Robert Hunsinger and Mrs. June Lillard, Orange Calif.
The body was taken to the Kolb Funeral home where funeral services were held Thursdsay afternoon. Rev. Frederick Pieplow, pastor of the First Methodist Church of Sayre officiated. Burial in Tioga Point cemetery.

The Sullivan Review
March 26, 1930
Mrs. Amelia Hunsinger, wife of Lewis M. Hunsinger of Athens, died suddenly at her home on Frederick street, Monday evening, March 24.
She is survived by her husband, on son, Oney Hunsinger of Rochester; and three grandchildren, her mother, Mrs. Mary Prichard, of Athens; three brothers, Henry Prichard of Colley; Bert Prichard of Sciota Vale; and William C. Prichard of Orange California.

Agatha M. Hunsinger (Lewis, Hannah, William, John Reeser) Born 1888; died April 17, 1927
Married William E. Woodruff on November 2, 1903. He was born in 1881; died April 10, 1957

Children of Agatha & William Woodruff:

  1. Fern Woodruff 1904-1948
  2. Helen Woodruff 1908-1968
  3. Dale Woodruff 1913-1966

The Sullivan Review
April 20, 1927
Mrs. William E. Woodruff, 39, of 424 Keystone Avenue, died at the Robert Packer Hospital Sunday morning at 3 o’clock.
She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Henry Snyder of Rochester, N.Y., and Miss Helen at home; one son, Dale, at home; her parents Mr. and Mrs. L.M. Hunsinger of Athens; one brother Oney Hunsinger of Rochester and her aged grandmother, Mrs. Mary Pritchard of Athens.
Funeral services will be held at the home of her parents, 124 Frederick street, Athens, Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, Rev. E.H. Wyle, pastor of the Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will be in Tioga Point cemetery.

Fern Woodruff (Agatha, Lewis, Hannah, William, John Reeser) born September 15, 1904; died March 24, 1948.
Married Henry Snyder

No children.

Helen Woodruff (Agatha, Lewis, Hannah, William, John Reeser) born June 27, 1908; died December 22, 1968
Married John E. Wilder 1906-1962

Children of Helen & John Wilder:

  1. John D. Wilder 1933-
  2. Margaret Wilder 1934
  3. Diane Wilder 1936-
  4. Judith Wilder 1948-

Dale Ellsworth Woodruff (Agatha, Lewis, Hannah, William, John Reeser) born May 10, 1913; died January 20, 1966.
Married Frances A. Long on March 15, 1941

Children of Dale & Frances Long Woodruff:

1. Gregory E. Woodruff

Oney Demoss Hunsinger (Lewis, Hannah, William, John Reeser) Born January 8, 1888; died October 29, 1944 in Orange Co. Calif.
Married Mary Patti Bois on Dec. 4, 1903. She was born Feb. 14, 1896; died Nov. 18, 1982.

Children of Oney & Mary Patti Bois Hunsinger:

  1. Robert Oney Hunsinger 1918-
  2. Mary June Hunsinger 1924-

Anna Malissa Hunsinger (Hannah, William, John Reeser) born June 4, 1868; died November 22, 1911;
Married Edward L. Oliver on July 4, 1888. He was born in 1865; died July 4, 1915.

Children of Anna & Edward Oliver:

  1. Flora Oliver 1888-1957
  2. Walter Oliver
  3. Floyd Oliver 1893-1959
  4. Ezra Oliver
  5. Curtis Oliver
  6. Regina Oliver 1897-1908
  7. Freida Oliver 1899-1937
  8. Gerald Oliver 1904-1964
  9. Infant son 1906-1906
  10. Beatrice Oliver 1910-

The Sullivan Review
December 7, 1911
Annie Melissa, daughter of Alfred and Hannah Hunsinger, was born in Colley on January 4, 1869, and was married to Edward L. Oliver of Sciota, on July 4, 1888.
Her death occurred Nov. 22nd at her home in Sciota. She was the mother of ten children, two having proceeded her. She leaves an aged father, two brothers, A.M. and Lewis M. Hunsinger of Sayre, one sister, Laura Dieffenbach of Colley, five sons, Walter, Floyd, Ezra, Gerald and Curtis, three daughters, Flora Woodruff of Sayre, Freida and baby Beatrice one year old. and a griefstricken husband. Her illness lasted only a few days. She called her daughter Freida to her bed, saying take good care of baby and be a good girl, and the answer was, I will mama. Her sons too received their last instructions from a loving mother who was resigned to her death, but felt her little children needed her care.
Funeral services were conducted at Colley by Rev. H. R. Wilkes of Dushore, last Friday, with interment in the Colley cemetery.

Flora M. Oliver (Anna M. Hannah, William, John Reeser) born December 12, 1888; died June 4, 1957.
Married Howard Woodruff on October 14, 1911. He was born August 16, 1886; died August 14, 1976

Children of Flora & Howard Woodruff:

  1. Guy Woodruff 1912-1915
  2. Ruth Woodruff 1914-1915
  3. Edward Blaine Woodruff 1916-1995
  4. Richard J. Woodruff 1919-1974
  5. Ruby Eurdean Woodruff 1922-
  6. Marie Woodruff 1925-

Floyd Oliver (Anna M., Hannah, William, John Reeser) born 1893; died 1959
Married Jennie Stoddard on August 7, 1915. She was born 1889; died June 25, 1944.

Children of Floyd & Jennie Stoddard Oliver:

  1. Female Oliver, married William Durland
  2. Floyd Oliver Jr.
  3. Janet Oliver

The Sullivan Review
June 29, 1944
Jennie Stoddard Oliver passed away very suddenly at her home Sunday noon.
She was a life-long resident of Sciota Vale and the community was greatly shocked by her sudden death as she was very active in church and social life. She was a member of the Methodist Church of Hollenback.
She is survived by her husband, Floyd; three children, Mrs. William Durland of Sugar Run; Floyd, Jr. and Janet, at home; Her mother Mrs. Ophra Stoddard, and the following brothers and sisters; Mrs. Edward McDonough and Mrs. Elizabeth Tuttle of Hollenback and Mrs. Clair Secor and Miss Olive Stoddard of Towanda, Mrs. Loren Van DeMark of Laceyville, Herman Stoddard of Sciota Vale, John and Ralph of Hollenback and Albert of the U.S. Navy.
Funeral services were held from her late home, Wednesday afternoon at 10 o'clock, burial in the Colley Cemetery.

Freda Oliver (Anna M., Hannah, William, John Reeser) born in 1899; died in 1937.

Gerald Waye Oliver (Anna M., Hannah, William, John Reeser) born April 22, 1904; died July 6, 1964.
Married Arvilla Adeline Hunsinger on May 10, 1924. She was born Nov. 6, 1906; died Dec. 24, 1998.

Children of Gerald & Arvilla Hunsinger Oliver:

  1. Gerald Oliver, Jr. 1926-1989
  2. Fern Oliver
  3. Thelma Oliver

Beatrice Oliver (Anna M. Hannah, William, John Reeser) born July 29, 1910; died August 27, 1988
Married 1st Freeman Fox
Married 2nd Stanley Sutton then divorced
Married 3rd George Mutch

Children of Beatrice & George Mutch:

1. Bonnie Jean Mutch

Laura Belle Hunsinger (Hannah, William, John Reeser) born February 12, 1871; died July 24,1959.
Married William Dieffenbach He was born November 1, 1872; died August 25, 1943.

Children of Laura & William Dieffenbach:

1. Mary Dieffenbach 1909-2001

The Sullivan Review
July 24, 1959
Mrs. Laura Dieffenbach , aged 88, widow of William Dieffenbach, and a lifelong resident of Colley, Star Route, Dushore, died Friday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Walter Dunn, after a long illness.
Mrs. Dieffenbach, was born Feb. 12, 1871, in Colley, the daughter of Alfred and Hannah Reeser Hunsinger.
Suriving are the daughter at whose home she died; four grandchildren, James, Lucille, Fred and Mary Ann Dunn, at home; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held from the Dunn residence in Colley on Monday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Clement B. Meyers officiating.
Pallbearers were John Dunn, William Durland, James Haman, William Oliver, Milton Potter and Duane Reeser. Interment was in the Colley cemetery.

Mary M. Dieffenbach (Laura, Hannah, William, John Reeser) born November 16, 1909; died June 17, 2001
Married Walter Dunn

Children of Mary & Walter Dunn:

  1. James Dunn 1934-
  2. Lucille Dunn 1937-
  3. Frederick Dunn 1944-
  4. Mary Ann Dunn 1948-

The Sullivan Review
June 21, 2001
Mary M. Dunn, 91, of RR #2 Colley, died June 17, 2001, at Towanda Memorial Hospital.
Born November 16, 1909, at Colley, she was the daughter of William F. and Laura B. Hunsinger Dieffenbach. She was preceded in death in 1973 by her husband, Walter "Farm" Dunn.
Mary attended local grade school and graduated from South Waverly High School. She received a registered nursing degree from Arnot Ogden Hospital, Elmira.
She devoted her life to home and family and was an avid reader and a wonderful cook. She did beautiful needlework, loved gardening and was always surrounded by flowers, both inside and outside her home.
She is survived by two sons, James, Baltimore, MD, and Fred, Miami, FL; two daughters, Lucille Kratcoski, Tallmadge, OH, and Marianne Sharp, Oakton, VA; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held June 19, 2001 from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, Dushore, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Francis of Assisi, Mildred, with the Rev. Michael B. Harris, her pastor, presiding. Burial at the Colley Cemetery followed

Lewis Reeser (William, John Reeser) born in 1842; died August 23, 1911.
He was married.

His children were:

1. William D. Reeser
2. Burton W. Reeser

The Sullivan Review
November 9, 1911
Lewis Reeser, a well known resident of Black Horse, Hartford County, MD, but later of Lansdowne, MD died Aug. 23, after a short illness in the 69th year of his age. He was the oldest son of Rev. William Reeser, of Sullivan County, Pennsylvania. He leaves a wife and two sons, William D. of Hartford, MD, and Burton W. of Baltimore City; also by one brother, Hon. M.W. Reeser of Colley, Pa. and two sisters, Mrs. Winfield Potter of Colley, Pa. and Mrs. W. Meads of Rocks MD.
He was highly respected by all and especially in the community in which he lived. As a carpenter and builder and a kind neighbor a devoted husband and father, all will miss his coming footstep and friendly greeting. Interment was made in the Louden Cemetery at Baltimore.

Loretta L. Reeser (William, John Reeser) born in 1845; died December 1, 1927.
Married William Meads.

Children of Loretta and William Meads:

  1. Milton Meads
  2. Stella Meads

The Sullivan Review
December 14, 1927
Mrs. L.L. Meads died, Thursday December 1st, at the home of her son-in-law, Rev. H.J. Hildt of Emas, Lehigh County; Mrs. Meads was born in 1845 in Sullivan County near Dushore. She was a daughter of the late Rev. and Mrs. Wm. Reeser, of Colley, and a sister of the late Hon. M.W. Reeser. She taught several terms of school in Sullivan County and Huford County, Md.
She is survived by two children, one son Milton Meads of Glen Arm, Md and one daughter, Stella, wife of Rev. H.J. Hildt of Emas, Pa. also grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Annie E. Potter of Peckville, Funeral service was held at the Evangelical church, Sunday Dec. 4

ANNIE REESER (William, John Reeser) born January 23, 1850; died January 13, 1938.
Married Winfield Scott Potter. 1844-1916

Children of Annie & Winfield Potter:

  1. Vesta Potter 1876-1960
  2. Ellery Ernest Potter 1880-1818
  3. Milton Potter 1882-1964
  4. Burton Potter 1885-1947
  5. Edna Potter, 1887-1888
  6. Linta Potter 1888-1895

The Sullivan Review
August 2, 1916

Winfield Potter died at the home of his son, Ellery, at Hollenback, Thursday July 27. Mr. Potter was born at Sugar Hill, Cherry Township, in 1845. He was the son of Wilson Potter. His grandfather was one of the first settlers in Cherry Township.

Mr. Potter was united in marriage with Miss Anne E. Reeser, a daughter of the late Rev. and Mrs. Wm. Reeser of Colley, about forty years ago. He is survived by his wife, one daughter and three sons: Mrs. Vesta Dikeman, Peckville, Ellery of Hollenback, Milton of Old Forge and Burton of Jenningston, W.Va., also two sisters and one brother, Celinda of Buffalo, Mrs. Daniel Pritchard of Orange, Cal, and Brookins of Sugar Run.

He resided for a number of years in Colley and was a member of Dushore Lodge NO. 494 I.O.O. F. since 1875. The remains were brought to Colley Saturday for interment. Rev. I. C. Shearer officiating.

The Sullivan Review
August 16, 1916

In Memory of My Husband Winfield Potter Died July 27

Although three score and ten years of life, yet the span of life seemed short. As a citizen and father, he was an example worthy of patronage. Truthful and honest in his dealings with his fellow men, often losing financially so as not to distress those who were under obligations to him. His life was one of purity and temperance, avoiding popularity.

In order to be convenient to the doctors, we closed our home two years ago and were at Old Forge and Peckville. After remaining there about seven weeks, we decided to come to Hollenback, thinking the country air might be a benefit. Although he has been ailing for three years and unable to work he has been patient through all.

Six children were born to us. Four who are living were here to care for their father. We also have sixteen grandchildren of whom he was very fond, but having a favorite in every family, Kenneth of Peckville, Carl of Old Forge, Lenora of Jennings Md and baby Dorothy of Hollenback. There is also a baby Winfield of Old Forge.

Four of his granddaughters Frances Custard, Marjorie Dikeman of Peckville, Grace Potter of Old Forge and Hazel Potter of Hollenback carried their grandfather’s flowers at his funeral.

His influence over his children commanded obedience, true manhood and womanhood. Death has visited our home three times: baby Edna at Colley, our oldest son Linta at Lopez aged 18 years, and now a husband and father. The empty crib, the vacant chair, the sadness and loneliness remind us that it is death.

The last words are stamped on our minds. My husband said, “Take my hand and keep hold of it.” As I held his cold hand the thought came to me, is this the Valley of Death through which all must pass to reach the great beyond? If we only understand, some day, some time, we will understand. God will take care of us through every day and o’er all the way.

Annie E. Potter.

The Sullivan Review
January 19, 1938
Mrs. Annie Reeser Potter, daughter of the late Rev. William and Sarah Martin Reeser, pioneer residents of Sullivan County, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T.G. Dikeman, at Peckville, Pa. Thursday morning January 13th, 1938
Mrs. Potter was born January 23, 1850, and was a woman of sterling character and indomitable courage, ever active in any welfare work, which would benefit church or community.
While a resident of Peckville, she attended the Baptist church. She was active in the W.C.T. U. a member of the Ladies Aid Society of the Stewart Methodist church of Old Forge and a charter member of Colley Grange.
During her lifetime occurred many major conflicts and tragedies; the Civil War, Spanish American War, the assassinations of Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley. While she and her brother the late Hon. M.W. Reeser, lived with the family in Harford county, Maryland, they as children were greatly impressed by the screams of the slaves as they were punished, also by the sounds of the heavy artillery while the Civil War was in progress.
In 1874 she was married to Winfield Scott Potter and the union was blessed with the following children: Linta and Edna, who died at an early age; Vesta of Peckville, with whom she lived; Milton of Williamsport; the late Ellery E. of Hollenback and Burton of Old Forge. Also twenty grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren, who are richer because of her life, who lived her life according to God’s Word.
A season of prayer was held in Peckville followed by services in the Evangelical church at Colley on Saturday, at 2:30 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Whitney, pastor of the Baptist church of Peckville. By request of the deceased, a mixed quartette from Peckville, sang, "God Will Take Care of You," and "Good Night and Good Morning."
The Colley Grange were in charge of the service at the grave.
The pallbearers were grandsons, Harold Potter, Ernest Dikeman, Miles Potter, Carl Potter, Burton Potter and Kenneth Dikeman. Flower bearers were members of the W.C.T. U. at the home in Peckville and at Colley. Granddaughters bore the floral tributes.
The funeral was largely attended by relatives, neighbors and friends.

Vesta Louella Potter (Annie, William, John Reeser) born October 25, 1876; died October 27, 1960.
Married 1st George Custer
Married 2nd Theodore Dikeman on October 28, 1903

Children of Vesta & Theodore Dikeman:

  1. Ernest Dikeman 1904-1976
  2. Marjorie Dikeman 1906-1993
  3. Kenneth Dikeman 1908-1995
  4. Emma Dikeman 1913-1979

Ellery Ernest Potter (Annie, William, John Reeser) born in 1880; died December 24, 1818
Married Rosanna Sevilla "Rose" Schoch. She was born August 23, 1884; daughter of John and Sevilla Eberlin Schoch; died December 11, 1977; buried in Wyalusing Cemetery.

The Sullivan Review
January 18, 1919
Ellery Potter, son of the late Winfield Potter, died at his home in Hollenback early Tuesday morning, December 24, after a week's illness of influenza which developed into pneumonia during the last days of his sickness.
Mr. Potter was 38 years of age and was a respected citizen of his home community. He leaves a wife and eight small children to mourn his death.
Funeral services were held at the home on Friday afternoon and interment made in the cemetery at Colley.

Children of Ellery & Rose Schoch Potter:

  1. Harold Potter 1907-1978
  2. Hazel Potter 1909-
  3. Kenneth Potter 1911-1978
  4. Donald Potter 1912-1990
  5. Ford Potter 1913-1984
  6. Dorothy Potter 1915-
  7. Ethlyn Potter 1917-1982
  8. Evelyn Potter 1917-

Harold Ernest Potter (Ellery, Annie, William, John Reeser) born May 5, 1907; died September 19, 1978
Married Gertrude Pillinger
No Children

Hazel Potter (Ellery, Annie, William, John Reeser) born 1909
Married Peirson Plows

Kenneth Potter (Ellery, Annie, William, John Reeser) born April 28, 1911; died November 24,1978.
Married Marion Saxe

Children of Kenneth & Marion Saxe Potter

  1. Rose Potter
  2. Joan Potter

The Sullivan Review
November 30, 1978
Kenneth Potter, 67, of Vestal, NY formerly of New Albany RD, died Nov. 24, 1978, at Wilson Memorial hospital in Johnson City, NY.
Born in Colley, he was a son of Ellery E. and Roseanna Jackson Potter. When living in the New Albany area, he was a school bus driver for Wyalusing Valley schools. Leter, in Vestal, he drove bus for the Vestal High School.
He is survived by his wife, Marion Saxe Potter; two daughters, Mrs. Ernest (Rose Patterson of Triangle, NY, and Mrs. Terrell (Joan) McCarty of Conklin, NJ; a son, William at home; five sisters, Hazel Plows of Duryea, NY; Dorothy Sick of Lovelton; Ethlyn VanDeMark of Sugar Run; Evelyn Keeney of Wyalusing; and Ruth Conner of Dushore; two brothers, Donald and Ford, both of Sugar Run.
Funeral serivces were held in Wyalusing Nov. 27 with Rev. Keith Plows of Graterford, PA, officiating. Burial was in the Wyalusing cemetery.

Donald Potter (Ellery, Annie, William, John Reeser) born May 17, 1912; died November 23, 1990
Married Anna Winifred Prichard

Children of Donald and Anna Prichard Potter:

  1. Patricia Potter
  2. Mary Potter

Ford W. Potter (Ellery, Annie, William, John Reeser) born 1913; died July 19, 1984
Married Helen Keeney

Children of Ford & Helen Potter:

  1. Melanie Potter
  2. Sharon Potter
  3. Peggy Potter
  4. Evelyn Potter

The Sullivan Review
July 26, 1984
Ford W. Potter, 71, Sugar Run RD 1 died July 19, 1984 at the Tyler Memorial Hospital, Tunkhannock.
He was born in Colley, the son of the late Ellery and Rose Shock Potter, and was a lifelong resident of the area.
He owned and operated his farm on Sugar Hill, retiring in 1972; was a member of the Hollenback United Methodist Church; and was an avid baseball fan and participant.
Mr. Potter is surivived by his wife, the fromer Helen Keeney; three daughters, Mrs. Melanie Adams, Laceyville, Mrs. Sharon Pickett, Sugar Run; Mrs. Peggy Steier, Tunkhannock; four sisters, Mrs. Hazel Plous, Duryea, Mrs. Dorothy Sick, Dushore, Mrs. Evelyn Keeney, Wyalusing, and Mrs. Ruth Conner, Dushore; and one brother, Sugar Run.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Evelyn Van DeMark and two brothers, Harold and Kenneth.
Funeral services were held on July 21 at the Kenneth D. Kerr Funeral Home, Wyalusing with Rev. William Parsons officiating.
Interment was in the Wyalusing Cemetery.

Dorothy Potter (Ellery, Annie, William, John Reeser) born in 1915
Married Robert Henry Sick. Born Oct. 5, 1907; died April 19, 1983

Children of Dorothy & Robert Sick:

  1. Edith Sick
  2. Joyce Sick
  3. Connie Sick
  4. Norman Sick

Ethlyn V. Potter (Ellery, Annie, William, John Reeser) born July 4, 1917; died September 1, 1982
Married Raymond Van DeMark

The Sullivan Review
September 9, 1982
Ethlyn Van DeMark, 65, of Sugar Hill, died unexpectedly Sept. 1, 1982, at her home.
She was born July 4, 1917, in Hollenback, PA, a daughter of Ellery Ernest Potter and Rosanna Servilla Shock Potter. Ethlyn had resided in the area her entire life. She was a member of the Hollenback United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.
She is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Eleanor Salsman, Sugar Run, Mrs. Phyllis Seaman, Wyalusing, Mrs. Neta Repsher and Mrs. Carol Franklin, Laceyville, Mrs. Cathy Lee, New Albany; two sons, Ellery, Athens, and David, Sugar Run; 21 grandchildren; one great-grandson; four sisters, Mrs. Hazel Plows, Duryea, Mrs. Dorothy Sick, Lovelton, Mrs. Evelyn Keeney, Wyalusing, Mrs. Ruth Conner, Dushore; two brothers, Ford Potter, Sugar Run, Donald Potter, Sugar Run; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceeded in death by two brothers and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Wyalusing United Methodist Church, with the Rev. W. James Pall officiating. Interment was in the Wyalusing cemetery

Evelyn Virginia Potter (Ellery, Annie, William, John Reeser) born July 4, 1917;
Married Harry L. Keeney

Lewis Milton Potter (Annie Elizabeth Reeser) born April 12, 1882;died June 3, 1964.
Married 1st Ruth Buttles on December 28, 1904. She was Born 1886; died November 12, 1931.
Married 2nd Cora Elizabeth Pealer Meyers on December 24, 1936. She was born May 15, 1881; died June 3, 1964

Children of L. Milton & Ruth Potter:

  1. Grace Potter 1905-
  2. Miles Potter 1909-1984
  3. Carl R. Potter 1911-1969
  4. Winifred Potter 1916-2000
  5. R. Beryl Potter 1920-
  6. Milton Potter 1922-

The Sullivan Review
June 12, 1964

Louis Milton Potter, 82, of 367 Lincoln Avenue, Williamsport died at 10:10 a.m. Wednesday, June 3, 1964, in the Williamsport Hospital.
A native of Colley, Sullivan County, he was born April 12, 1882, the son of Winfield and Anna E. Reeser Potter.
He was an automobile dealer in Old Forge from 1913 to 1936. During World War 2, he was employed at Avco. Later he worked at Bethlehem Steel, retiring in 1956.
His first wife, the former Ruth Buttles, died in 1931. His second wife, the former Cora Pealer Myers, survives.
Mr. Potter was a member of the First Evangelical United Brethren Church and served on the Boy Scout board.
Surviving, besides his wife, are four sons, Miles B. of Bryn Mawr, Carl R. of Washington, Winfield of Burlington, Iowa; two daughters, Mrs. R. Beryle Kohler, State College, and Mrs. Grace Peck, Arlington, Va.; a sister Mrs. Vesta Dikeman, Peckville; nine grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Maneval’s, 711 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, with further services in the church at New Era, Bradford County. The Rev. William H. Kelly, his pastor, officiated. Burial was in the New Era Cemetery

The Sullivan Review
November 18, 1931
Mrs. Ruth Buttles Potter, a former resident of Lopez, died November 12th at her home on Main street, Old Forge, at the age of 45 years.
She is survived by her husband L.M. Potter and the following children: Mrs. Grace Peck of Bloomsburg; Carl, Winifred, Myrle and Milton, Jr. at home. Twin grandchildren, Alice and Ruth Peck, three sisters, Mrs. Jennie Dunham of Wyalusing; Mrs. Bertha Bennett of Towanda; Mrs. Grace A Owens of Wyalusing and One brother Matthew Buttles of Benton.
Funeral service was conducted by Rev. Freeman of Old Forge, assisted by Rev. Melone of New Era, Sunday at three o’clock. Mrs. Jacob Warring of Plymouth sang "One Sweetly Solemn Thought," assisted by Mrs. Gertrude Pillinger of Old Forge. Flowers were carried by the following nieces; Miss Hazel Potter of Duryea; Miss Emma Kikman, Mrs. Marjorie Evens of Peckville; Miss Ethlyn Potter of Sugar Run; Miss Agnes Huffman of Wyalusing and Mrs. Octavia Dikeman of Blakely. The pall bearers were: Lee Owens of Wyalusing; Horace Dunham of Athens; Myron Dunham of New Albany Kenneth Dikeman of Blakely; Ernest Dikeman of Peckville and Kenneth Potter of Sugar Run.

Interment was in the New Era cemetery.

The Sullivan Review
January 1937
The marriage of Mrs. Cora Pealer Myers of 317 Grampion Boulevard, Williamsport, and L. Milton Potter of Scranton, was solemnized Christmas eve at the First Evangelical church, in Williamsport. The ring ceremony was performed by the Rev. Dr. J. W. Thompson, pastor of the church. There were no attendants. Mr and Mrs. Potter will reside at 317 Grampion Boulevard, Williamsport.

The Sullivan Review
June 26, 1964

Mrs. Cora Elizabeth Potter, 83, of 367 Lincoln Ave. Williamsport passed away at 6 a.m. Monday, June 22, at the Williamsport Hospital. She was the widow of Louis Milton Potter who passed away on June 3 of this year.
Mrs. Potter was born in Dushore on May 15, 1881, the daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth Lawrence Pealer. She was a member of the First Evangelical united Brethren Church in Williamsport and a Sunday school teacher for 30 years. She was the head of the Little Heralds organization within the church for 20 years; in charge of the Sunday School Home Department for 10 years; and a member of the Women’s Society of World Service. Mrs. Potter was also a registered nurse, having been graduated from the Williamsport Hospital school of Nursing in 1919.
She is survived by four stepsons, Miles B. Potter of Bryn Mawr, Pa., Carl R. Potter of Washington, D.C., Winfield R. Potter of Clark’s Green, Pa. and L.N. Potter JR. of Burlington, Iowa; two stepdaughters, Mrs. R. Beryl Kohler of State College and Mrs. Grace Peck of Arlington, Va. a brother, Meron L. Pealer of Canton; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at he Maneval Funeral Home, 711 West 4th St. Williamsport, Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock with the Rev. William H. Kelley officiating. Burial will be in Wildwood cemetery, Williamsport.

Burton C. Potter (Anna, William, John Reeser) born January 21, 1885; died January 29, 1947.
Married Nettie Brown born Apr. 7, 1888; died January 26, 1955

Children of Burton & Nettie Brown Potter:

  1. Lenora Potter 1913-1993
  2. Burton Potter, Jr. 1917-

The Sullivan Review
February 6, 1947
Burton C. Potter died Wednesday, January 29th at his home at Old Forge. Mr. Potter was a son of the late Winifield and Anna E. Potter, and was born at Colley, where he sent his early life.
He is survived by his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Warren Smiley, a son Burton Potter, a sister, Mrs. Theodore Dikeman of Peckville, a Brother L.M. Potter of Williamsport, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 1st from his late home at Old Forge. Interment in the family plot in Colley cemetery.

The Sullivan Review
February 3, 1955
Mrs. Burton Potter, widow of Burton Potter formerly of Colley, died at her home in Old Forge Wednesday, Jan. 26. She is survived by two children, Burton , Jr. and Mrs. Warren Smiley, who live near there.
Funeral services were held in the Colley Church Saturday afternoon, with burial in Colley Cemetery.

Linta Potter (Anna, William, John Reeser) Born January 1878; died February 6, 1895

The Sullivan Review
February 14, 1895
Linta Potter, the 16 year old son of Winfield Potter, of Lopez, died February 6. The funeral was held Monday, February 11, and the interment was made at Colley cemetery. The deceased injured himself internally by jumping, in a boyish athletic contest.

Mandus W. Reeser (William, John Reeser); ) born November 1854; died October 1923.
Married Angeline Shoemaker

Children of Mandus & Angeline Reeser:

  1. Infant daughter 1880-1880
  2. Medav Reeser 1882-1887
  3. Clair E. Reeser 1884-1959
  4. Ray Reeser 1886-1958
  5. Cortez D. Reeser 1888-1952
  6. Arnulu Reeser 1890-1890
  7. Forrest Reeser 1893-1896

The Sullivan Review
Oct. 24, 1923
Hon. Mandus Wells Reeser died at the home of his son, Clair, in Colley Friday morning following an illness of several months. Mr. Reeser was born in Cherry township in November 1854 a son of the late Rev. Wm. and Sallie Martin Reeser.
When Mr. Reeser was a young man his parents purchased a farm in Colley on which he spent most of his days. He has been actively engaged in farming, lumbering and for several years was proprietor of the hotel at Mehoopany. A few years ago he sold his farm to his son Ray and purchased a house and lot in Colley where he has since resided.
He was one of the first members of Colley Grange and has always taken an active part in Grange work. In 1910 Mr. Reeser was elected a member of the Pennsylvania Legislature and reelected in 1912. In 1914 he was defeated by Chas. E. Taylor, during his terms he was instrumental in obtaining for the County, several miles of macadum road. He also secured a number of miles of State Road through nearly every township, Route 17 and 19, part of Pennsylvania's Primary System, connecting Bradford and Lycoming counties, Route No. 217, from Dushore to the Wyoming County line, Route No. 291, from Lycoming County by way of Hillsgrove, Estella and Forksville to Laporte, Route 16, from Nordmont to Jamison City and Route 177, from Lopez to Ricketts, and thereby relieving the various townships of this county of a heavy burden.

If the proposed amendment No. 2 to the Constitution, to be voted for at the coming election, is carried the Primary System of Roads will be built and will stand as a monument to the untiring efforts of Mr. Reeser to secure a permanent road traversing our County both North and South and East and West.
Mr. Reeser was married to Angeline Shoemaker and to them were born three sons, Clair E. and Ray. B. of Colley and Cortez of Jackson, Mich. all of whom survive, also two sisters, Mrs. A.E. Potter of Old Forge and Mrs. L.L. Mead of Maryland.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in the Church at Colley, and was largely attended by friends from all parts of the County, Rev. W.H. Fehr, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Dushore, officiated and burial was made in the Colley cemetery.

Clair E. Reeser (Mandus, William, John Reeser) died June 10, 1959.
Married Lillian G. Dieffenbach. She was born June 4, 1892; died Feb. 18, 1981.

Children of Clair and Lillian Dieffenbach Reeser:

  1. Everett L. Reeser 1914-1999
  2. Beatrice Reeser
  3. Marion Reeser 1916-1978
  4. Gwendolen Reeser

Everett Lawrence Reeser (Clair, Mandus, William, John Reeser) was born December 17, 1914; died April 27, 1999.
Married Fluetta Karge. She was born Mar. 24, 1912; died Feb. 1, 1994.

Children of Everett & Fluetta Karge Reeser:

  1. Ruth Joyce Reeser
  2. Leon Everett Reeser
  3. Larry Lee Reeser

Marion Reeser(Clair, Mandus, William, John Reeser)born May 21, 1916; died December 25, 1978
Married Edmund Y. Fenton. He died April 1, 1975.

Children of Marion and Edmund Fenton:

  1. Gayle Fenton
  2. Richard Fenton
  3. Ralph Fenton
  4. Jack Fenton
  5. John Fenton
  6. Clarence Fenton
  7. Grace Fenton
  8. Wilma Fenton
  9. Joan Fenton
  10. Delores Fenton
  11. Rosemary Fenton

Cortez D. Reeser (Mandus, William, John Reeser) was born in 1888; died December 31, 1952.
He married 1st: Margaret Decker
Married 2nd: Nellie _____.

Children of Cortez and Margaret Decker Reeser:

  1. Thea Reeser 1908-1982

The Sullivan Review
January 15, 1953

Cortez D. Reeser, died December 31st, 1952, at his home in Detroit, Michigan, of a heart attack, at the age of 64 years.
Mr. Reeser, a son of the late Hon. Mandus W. and Angeline Shoemaker, was born at Colley, where he spent his early life. He spent most of his life as a railroad employee, and has lived at Detroit for the past 27 years.
He is survived by his wife, Nellie, of Detroit, one daughter, Mrs. Theo Ganley of Lovelton; and two brothers, Clair E. Reeser and Ray Reeser of Colley.
Funeral services were held from his late home Saturday, January 3rd at Detroit.

Thea Reeser (Cortez, Mandus, William, John Reeser) born May 26, 1908; died December 26, 1982
Married Joseph E. Ganley

The Sullivan Review
January 6, 1983

Mrs. Thea Ganley, 74, of Lovelton RD 3 (Mehoopany), died Dec. 26, 1982, at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.
She was born in Colley on May 26, 1908, a daughter of Cort and Margaret Decker Reeser. Her husband, Joseph E., preceded her in death. She is survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeal services were held Dec. 29 from Tunkhannock.
The Rev. Irwin Brand, pastor of the Forkston United Methodist Churc, officiated. Interment was in the Colley Cemetery.

AMOS REESER (John Reeser) born November 27, 1822; died September 10, 1897

Married Rebecca Dieffenbach in 1846. She was born August 8, 1826; died November 13, 1909.


Rebecca (Dieffenbach) Reeser
Front and Center
1826-1909
Wife of Amos Reeser
Other Parties Unidentified at This Time
Photo Courtesy of Patricia Onufry

Children of Amos & Rebecca Dieffenbach:

  1. Angeline Reeser 1845-1934
  2. Lyman Reeser 1847-1850
  3. Valina Reeser 1851-1910
  4. Emeline Reeser 1852-1897
  5. Mary Reeser
  6. Bernice Reeser 1858-1924
  7. John D. Reeser

The Sullivan Review
September 16, 1897
It is our sorrowful duty to chronicle the death of another of our aged citizens, that of Amos Reeser, who died on Friday, last, aged 74 years, 9 months and 17 days.
Mr. Reeser was born in Cherry township, on the place at present occupied by Percival Wentzel, and had been a resident of Cherry and Dushore all his life. For many years he was engaged in the hotel business and only retired when advancing years made it impossible for him to give that careful attention to the many details of the business that made him a success.
His aged wife and five children survive him. The children are Mrs. Hiram Nichols, of Sayre; Mrs. Geo. Honnetter, of this place; Mrs. B. S. Weiss, of Waverly; Mrs. Wm. McHenry, of Sciota Vale, and Mr. John D. Reeser, of this place. Another daughter, Mrs. Wm. Scureman, of Wilkes-Barre, died about a year ago.
The funeral services were held at the home of the deceased on Sunday, all of his children being present. The interment was made at Bahr’s cemetery

The Sullivan Review
November 18, 1909
Mrs. Rebecca Reeser, nee Dieffenbach, was born in Columbia county, August 8, 1826. On the first day of January, 1846, she was married to Amos Reeser. She died at the home of her daughter last Saturday, November 13, 1909, at 5 o'clock in the afternoon, at the age of 83 years, 3 months and 5 days.
After a long, busy and useful like she died as she lived --honored, trusted and loved. Her life was completed, if work all done and well done constitutes completion.
Deceased was one of the early settlers of Sullivan County, having come here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Dieffenbach, in the year of 1829.
Amos Reeser, her husband, was prominent in business circles, having at times managed all the hotels in Dushore except the Carroll House. In the spring of 1886 he retired from active business on account of poor health. Mr. Reeser died Sept. 10, 1897.
Unto this union seven children were born; Angeline, now Mrs. Hiram Nichols, of Sciotavale; Lyman, who died when 18 months old; Vilina, wife of G.H. Honnetter of this place; Emeline who is deceased; Mary, who is the widow of Barney Weiss, of Waverly; Bernice, wife of William McHenry, of Dushore, at whose home Mrs. Reeser died; and John D, of town.
Besides the above surviving children she leaves one brother, Henry Dieffenbach, of Colley, who is the last of thirteen children.
The funeral services were held at the house Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the Rev. A. Bachofer of the Lutheran church officiating. The remains were taken to the Fairview cemetery where interment was made.
The pall bearers, five of whom were the husbands of the deceased's granddaughters, were as follows: G.H. Messersmith, of Dushore, G.M Pike and Fred Weiss, of Waverly, Harry Cortright of Sayre, and David Cook and Paul McHenry of this place.
Those from out of town who attended the funeral were: Mrs. Mary Weiss, Mr. and Mrs. G.N. Pike, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Weiss and Mrs. Maria McHenry, all of Waverly, and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Cortright of Sayre.

Angeline Reeser (Amos, John Reeser) born about 1845; died June 29, 1934; buried in the Glenwood Cemetery in Waverly.
Married 1st Daniel Vaughn
Married 2nd Hiram Nichols

The Sullivan Review
July 4, 1934
Mrs. Angeline Nichols died early Friday morning, June 29, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Pike at Waverly.
Mrs. Nichols is a daughter of the late Mr. and Ms. Amos Reeser of this place. She was twice married, her first husband being Daniel Vaughn of Scoita Vale where she lived for many years. Later after the death of her husband she married Hiram Nichols. After his death she moved to Waverly where she has since made her home. She was 89 years of age.
Mrs. Nichols is survived by four daughters, Mrs. George Pike, of Waverly,
Mrs. Laura Styers of Sayre, Mrs. R.J. Jaynes of Warick N.Y., and Ms. M. V. Zimmer of Owego. Also one sister Mrs. Mary Adamy of Union N.Y and brother Hon. John D Reeser of this place. Ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren also survived. She was a member of the Episcopal church in Waverly.
Funeral services were held at the Mausoleum in Glenwood Cemetery Waverly Sunday afternoon, Rev. Levi W. Lun officiating.

Valina Reeser (Amos, John Reeser) born February 9, 1851; died September 1, 1910
Married G.H. Honnetter.

Children of Valina & G.H. Honnetter:

1. Addie H. Honnetter 1870-1943

The Sullivan Review
Sept. 8, 1910
After an illness last for more than five months Vilina Reeser Honnetter, wife of G.H. Honnetter, died at her home on Headly avenue last Thursday morning, September 1, at 3 o’clock. She was born in Cherry township Feb. 9, 1851, being at the time of her death, 59 years 6 months and 22 days of age.
Deceased was the second daughter of Amos and Rebecca (Dieffenbach) Reeser. She is survived by her husband and one daughter Mrs. G.H. Messersmith. Also by three sister, Mrs. Angeline Nichols, of Sciota Vale, Mrs. Mary Weiss of Waverly, Mrs. Bernice McHenry, of Dushore, and one brother J.D. Reeser, of this place.
The funeral services were held at the house Saturday morning at ten o’clock, Rev. A. Bachofer delivering the sermon, assisted by Rev. H.R. Wilkes with a prayer. Interment was made in Bahr Hill cemetery. Pallbearers were G.H. Messersmith, David Cook Wm. McHenry, Fred Hoffa, John Degen and L.R. Taylor.

Addie M. Honnetter (Vilina, Amos, John Reeser)born in 1870; died February 12, 1943
Married G. Howard Messersmith 1880-1949

The Sullivan Review
February 18, 1943
Mrs. Addie M. Messersmith, wife of G. Howard Messersmith died at her home on Headley Avenue, Friday, February 12th following an illness of some time.
Mrs. Messersmith suffered a stroke on January 20th and since that time had been in an unconscious condition.
Mrs. Messersmith was born in Dushore, an only daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. George H. Honnetter.
She is survived by her husband an uncle Hon, John D. Reeser of St. Petersburg, Florida and several cousins.
Funeral services were held from her late home, Monday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Rev. John D. Keener, and Rev. William F. Woods, officiated.
Burial was in the family plot in the Bahr Hill cemetery.

Lyman Reeser (Amos, John Reeser) born Sepptember 30, 1848; died in 1850.

Emeline Reeser (Amos, John Reeser) born abt 1852; died January 16, 1897.
Married William Scureman.

The Sullivan Review
January 21, 1897
WillKast Mrs. Wm. Scureman died at her home in Wilkes-Barre Saturrday, January 16. She was the daughter of Amos Reeser of this place.
Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Reeser, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. H. Honnetter, of this place, and Mr. and Mrs. Wm. McHenry of Sciota Vale, went to the funeral Monday. The immediate cause of death was cancer.


Bernice (Reeser) McHenry (1853-1924)
Wife of William B. McHenry
Photo Courtesy of Patricia Buffington Onufry
Photoshopped for Clarity by Scott W. Tilden

Bernice Reeser (Amos, John Reeser) born December 26, 1853; died September 25, 1924 (tombstone says Dec. 10)
Married William B. McHenry on January 1, 1880. He was born December 26, 1853 and died December 10, 1917. Here is his Death Certificate. He was a descendant of an old family with roots in Columbia County.

Editor's Note: You can learn more about the origins of the McHenry Family at James Boyd McHenry and the Origins of the McHenry Family of Sullivan County. You can also see a picture of the old McHenry Hotel that stood in Benton, Columbia County, PA.

Children of Bernice & William McHenry:

  1. Margaret McHenry 1880-1959
  2. Pearl McHenry 1882-1948
  3. Paul McHenry 1893-1963(He was adopted)

The Sullivan Review
October 1, 1924
Mrs. Bernice McHenry died Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. D. Cook of Carpenter street at the age of 66 ears.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Clyde Kohler of Newark N.J. and Mrs. David Cook of Dushore, Sixteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Also two sisters, Mrs. Mary Adam of Union and Mrs. Hiram Nichols of Waverly, N.Y and one brother, Hon. John D. Reeser of Dushore.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon and interment was made in the Bahr Hill Cemetery.

The Sullivan Review
December 12, 1917
William B. McHenry died at his home on Carpenter street, Tuesday night, Dec. 11, at the age of 63 years, 11 months, and 15 days. Mr. McHenry was enjoying his usual health and went to work for the Dushore Construction Co, Tuesday, but about 4 o'clock in the afternoon, one of the men who was working near him, noticed that he seemed to act strangely, and shortly after he was taken ill and medical aid was summoned when it found he was suffering from a stroke of apoplexy. He was removed to his home and died during the night. Mr. McHenry was born in Columbia county, coming to this place when a young man. He was a carpenter by trade. He married Bernice Reeser, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. A. Reeser, who together with their two daughters, Mrs. Pearl Kohler of Jersey City, and Mrs. David Cook of this place, and an adopted son who is serving in the army, survive him. Funeral service will be held from his late home Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. with interment at Bahr's cemetery


Margaret (McHenry) Cook
Wife of David Cook
Photo Courtesy of Janet Featherbay Bird

Margaret McHenry (Bernice, Amos, John Reeser); born September 30, 1880 and died April 16, 1959.
Married David Cook on February 25, 1902; he was born January 21, 1879 and died January 6, 1928. You can learnmore about the Cook family and their Johnston relatives in the section on those families at Faces and Families of Old Sullivan County, Group Seven. You can also see a picture of David Cook at Selected Cook Family Pictures.

The Sullivan Review
Feb. 27, 1902

Married at the residence of the bride's parents, on Carpenter street, on the evening of February 25, by Rev. J.W. Klingler; David Cook, of Bernice, and Miss Margaret McHenry daughter of Mr. And Mrs. William McHenry of this place. Miss Pearl McHenry served as bridesmaid and Judson E. Harney was best man.

Children of Margaret McHenry and David Cook:

  1. Douglas B. Cook 1902-1972
  2. Alice Cook 1903-1970
  3. Karl Cook 1906-1954
  4. Josephine Cook 1907-1969
  5. Gerald Cook 1909-1990
  6. Curtis M. Cook 1911-1915
  7. Bernice Cook 1912-1966
  8. Kathryn Cook 1914-1981
  9. Pearl Cook 1916-2011
  10. Martha Cook 1918-1961
  11. Thomas Clair Cook 1921-1921
  12. Doris Cook 1924-2000

The Sullivan Review
May 1, 1959
Mrs. Margaret Cook of Dushore died Thursday morning, April 16, in the Robert Packer Hospital after a short illness.
Mrs. Cook was born in Wyalusing Sept. 30, 1880, the daughter of William and Bernice Reeser McHenry.
A member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, she was a charter member of the Dorcas Society of that church.
Surviving are two sons, Douglas and Gerald of Dushore; seven daughters, Mrs. Elmer Goodwin of Mehoopany, Mrs. Jay Keeler of Buffalo, Ms. William Farrell and MRs. Francis Waldron of Dushore, Mrs. Leo Scholl of Verona Beach, N.Y. Mrs. Charles Buffington of Susquehanna, and Mrs. Willis Fetherbay of Dushore; 19 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held from the Holcombe Funeral Home on Monday morning at 9:45 with services in Zion Lutheran Church services in Zion Lutheran Church at 10 o'clock with the Rev. Joseph Slusser officiating. Burial was in jFairview cemetery.
Pallbearers were William Farrell, Richard Farrell, Charles Buffington Jr., Richard Hileman, John H. Hileman and Bernard Ortlieb.
Names omitted from this attending the fuenral from out of town; Tom Farrell, MR. and MRs. Patrick Farrell of Sayre and MRs. F.J. Lowery of Mildred.

The Sullivan Review
April 24, 1959
Many relatives and friends from out-of-town called at the funeral home and attended the fneral of Mrs. Margaret Cook on Monday.
Some of them had lived here and in Mildred and had moved away from the area over forty years ago. The following called at the funeral home on Sunday:
Mrs. Emily Landon, Binghamton, NY; Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Detrick and daughter, Wyalusing, Pa., Mrs. Janet Cook, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Terboss, Endicott, NY, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Shaffer, Harold Cook, Sayre, PA; Gerald Driscoll and Charles Driscoll, Athens, Pa.; Mr. and Mrs. John Driscoll, Ade M. Brown and Ethel Brown Parmenter, Clifton Springs, NY; Mrs. Margaret Kolb, Endicott, NY; Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Shelly, Troy, PA; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Heilman, Muncy, PA; Mrs. Edna Herker, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Schaad and family of Mildred, Pa.
Relatives and friends who attended the funeral from out-of-town were: Mr. and Mrs. Frank VanKurin, Chemung, NY; Mrs. Gladys Cook, Johnson City, NY; Mr. and Mrs. Milton Palmer, Johnson City, NY; Miss Joyce Cook, Binghamton, NY; Mr. and Mrs. William Farrell, Jr., Keansburg, NJ; Charles Buffington, Jr., Peggy and Patty Buffington, Susquehanna, Pa; Mrs. Rodney Dietrick, Wyalusing, PA; Mrs. Paula Kraus, Crawford, NJ; Mrs. Dorothy Seery, Roselle Park, NJ; Mrs. Inez Krumbine, Rahway, NJ; Mrs. Ruth Kuntz, Westfield, NJ;Alfred Schaad, Mildred, PA; and Mrs. William Cunningham, Niles, Mich.
Mrs. Cook was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William McHenry and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Reeser and the niece of John D. Reeser who operated a store in Dushore for many years. Mrs. Cook had made her home for several years with her daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. Willis Fetherbay, on Headley Avenue.

Douglas B. Cook (Margaret, Bernice, Amos, John Reeser); born April 22, 1902; died May 24, 1972.
Married Veronica Baran.

Children of Douglas and Veronica Baran Cook:

Dorothy Cook

The Sullivan Review
June 1, 1972
Douglas B. Cook, 70, of Headley Avenue, Dushore, died May 24, 1972 in the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.
Mr. Cook served 28 years on the Dushore Borough Council. First elected in 1940, he served seven consecutive terms. He was elected president of the Council in 1956, a position he held 12 years. He retired from the Council December 31, 1967.
He was born April 22, 1902, in Dushore, a son of David and Margaret McHenry Cook. He was a lifelong resident of the area.
Mr. Cook was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. He served on the church council for more than 30 years and served as council secretary for more than 16 years.
He was a retired employee of Dolly Madison Industries. He began employment with the Harington Dairy Co. on January 1, 1933 and was in the maintenane and preventive maintenance departments of the plant. He rose to the positon of general maintenance foreman. He retired from the creamery in 1967. He was respected by management and employees for his broad knowldege of the plant and the function of its machinery.
Surviving are his wife, the former Veronica Baran; a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Van Kuren, of Chemung, N.Y.; three sisters, Mrs. Katheryn Waldron and Mrs. Doris Featherbay, both of Dushore, and Mrs. Pearl Scholls, of Sylvan Beach, N.Y. and a brother, Gerald, of Dushore.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 27 at Zion Lutheran Church. Rev. Edgar Reed officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Alice Cook (Margaret, Bernice, Amos, John Reeser) Born July 18, 1903; Died November 27,1970
Marred ? Goodwin

Karl Cook (Margaret, Bernice, Amos, John Reeser); born March 18, 1906; died December 8, 1954.
Married Gladys Rinebold.

Children of Carl and Gladys Rinebold Cook:

  1. Joyce Cook
  2. Bonnie Cook
  3. Jacqueline Cook *
  4. Lorraine Cook
  5. Danny Cook
    * Editor's Note: Birth name courtesy of Paul and Janet Bird of Jonestown, PA.

The Sullivan Review
December 9, 1954

Carl Cook, 48, of Johnson City, died suddenly Wednesday evening, Dec. 8, while at work.

Mr. Cook is survived by his wife, the former Gladys Rinebold; four daughters, Joyce and Bonnie at home, Mrs. Milton Palmer and Mrs. Lorraine Brockman, both of Johnson City, a son, Danny at home; his mother, Mrs. Margaret Cook of this place, and the following brothers and sisters, Douglas Cook and Gerald Cook, both of this place, Mrs. Elmer Goodwin of Mehoopany, Mrs. Claire Eilenberger of New Albany, Mrs. William Farrell and Mrs. Francis Waldron of this place, Mrs. Leo Scholl of Verona Beach, N.Y., Mrs. Willis Featherby of this place and Mrs. Charles Buffington of Susquehanna.

The remains will be viewed at Rice's Funeral Home, main street, Johnson City, this evening from 7 to 9. Funeral services at the Rice Funeral Home, Saturday morning at 10:00.

Josephine Cook (Margaret, Bernice, Amos, John Reeser) born December 8, 1907; Died July 29, 1969
Married ? Eilenberger

Gerald Cook (Margaret, Bernice, Amos, John Reeser) born May 21, 1909; Died September 17, 1990
Married Alice Coyle. She was born February 22, 1904; daughter of Frank and Ellen Cummiskey Coyle; died April 25, 1977.

The Sullivan Review
September 1990
Gerald D. (Snyder) Cook, 81, of Dushore died Sept. 17, 1990, following a heart attack. He was born May 21, 1909, in Dushore, a son of David and Margaret McHenry Cook and was one of 12 children.
He attended Dushore High School and was employed at Harrington & Co., later Foremost Dairies, from which he retired in 1972.
Mr. Cook was a well-known drummer and played with the John Varney Orchestra for many years. He was a member of St. Basil's Chruch, Dushore, and its Holy Name Society. His wife , the former Alice Coyle died April 25, 1977.
Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Doris Fetherbay of Dushore and Mrs. Pearl Scholl of Verona Beach, NY.
Funeral services will be held today at 9:30 a.m. from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, Dushore, followied by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Basil's Church. Rev. Joseph T. Gilbert will officiate Burial will be in the parish cemetery. A vigil serice was held yesterday afternoon at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to the building fund of St. Basil's church, Dushore.

Curtis Cook (Margaret, Bernice, Amos, John Reeser) born November 28, 1911; Died May 19, 1915

Bernice Cook(Margaret, Bernice, Amos, John Reeser) born November 2, 1912; Died October 27, 1966
Married William Farrell.

Kathryn Cook (Margaret, Bernice, Amos, John Reeser) born April 2, 1914; Died December 9, 1981
Married Francis Waldron on October 5, 1935

Children of Kathryn Cook and Francis Waldron:

  1. Lorraine Waldron
  2. Kay Frances Waldron

Pearl(Cook) Scholl (Margaret, Bernice, Amos, John Reeser) born August 13, 1916 Died January 1, 2011 in Louisville, KY
Married Leo Scholl


Charles A. and Martha (Cook) Buffington
Husband and Wife
Photo Courtesy of Janet Featherbay Bird

Martha Cook (Margaret, Bernice, Amos, John Reeser) born May 15, 1918; Died February 2, 1961
Married Charles A. Buffington born Sept.11,1915; died March 9,1974

Children of Martha and Charles Buffington:

  1. Richard Buffington 1936-
  2. Charles,Buffington, Jr. 1940-
  3. Margaret Buffington 1942-
  4. Patricia Buffington 1943-
  5. Kathleen Buffington 1948-
  6. WIlliam Buffington 1949-
  7. Theresa Buffington 1959-

The Sullivan Review
February 10, 1961
Mrs. Charles Buffington, 42, of 607 West Main St. Susquehanna died Thursday Feb. 2, 1961. She was the former Martha Cook daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. David Cook of Dushore, and was born May 15, 1918. In the late 1930’s Mrs. Buffington lived in Towanda with her husband. They later went to Endicott before going to Susquehanna.
Mrs. Buffington was a member of St. John’s Church, Susquehanna.
Surviving are he husband three sons, Richard, Charles Jr. and William all at home; four daughters, Margaret, Patricia, Kathleen and Teresa, all at home. Six sisters, Mrs. Francis Waldron, Mrs. William Farrell and Mrs. Willis Fetherbay of Dushore. Mrs. Elmer Goodwin of Jenningsville, Mrs. Jay Keeler of Tonawanda, N.Y. Mrs. Leo Scholl of Verona Beach, N.Y; two brothers, Douglas and Gerald Cook of Dushore.
Funeral services were held at the Robert Langford Funeral Home Susquehanna, Monday at 0 o’clock with Requiem High Mass at St. John’s church, Susquehanna, at 9:30 o’clock. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Richard Buffington (Martha, Margaret, Bernice, Amos, John Reeser) born May 24, 1936

Charles Buffington, Jr. (Martha, Margaret, Bernice, Amos, John Reeser) born April 17, 1940

Margaret Buffington (Martha, Margaret, Bernice, Amos, John Reeser) born March 10, 1942

Patricia Buffington (Martha, Margaret, Bernice, Amos, John Reeser)born June 22, 1943
Married Ronald Onufry on November 28, 1963. He was born june 26, 1941

Children of Patricia and Ronald Onufry:

  1. Ronald Onufry 1965-
  2. Lorraine Onufry 1967-
  3. -
  4. Michael Onufry 1970-
  5. Kimberly Onufry 1974-
Ronald Onufry (Patricia, Martha, Margaret, Bernice, Amos, John Reeser) born October 4, 1965

Lorraine Onufry (Patricia, Martha, Margaret, Bernice, Amos, John Reeser) born May 18, 1967

Michael Onufry (Patricia, Martha, Margaret, Bernice, Amos, John Reeser) born August 7, 1970

Kimberly Onufry (Patricia, Martha, Margaret, Bernice, Amos, John Reeser) born May 3, 1974

Kathleen Buffington (Martha, Margaret, Bernice, Amos, John Reeser) born March 14, 1948

William Buffington (Martha, Margaret, Bernice, Amos, John Reeser) born October 18, 1949

Theresa Buffington (Martha, Margaret, Bernice, Amos, John Reeser) born February 17, 1959

Thomas Clair Cook (Margaret, Bernice, William, John Reeser)born March 2, 1921; Died October 3, 1921

Doris H. Cook (Margaret, Bernice, William, John Reeser); born Oct. 1, 1924; died Sept. 29, 2000. Married Willis Featherbay on December 20, 1947. He was born Dec. 10, 1921; died May 6, 1998.

The Sullivan Review
January 1, 1948

Miss Doris Cook, daughter of Mrs. Margaret Cook of this place became the bride of William Fetherbay, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Fetherbay of Laporte, formerly of Estella, December 20, 1947 at 7:30 p.m. in Zion Ev. Lutheran Church. The double ring ceremony was performed by the pastor, Rev. John D. Keener.
The attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Donald Fetherbay, brother and sister-in-law of the groom.
The bride was attired in a gray suit with black accessories and a corsage of white carnations.
The matron of honor wore a black suit, with black accessories and a corsage of white carnations.
The bride is a graduate of Dushore High School and is employed by the A & P Store. Mr. Fetherbay graduated from Estella High School. He served 3 1/2 year's in the army and is now employed by Harrington dairy Company.
After a short trip through New York State, Mr. and Mrs. Fetherbay are residing in Dushore.

Children of Doris Cook and Willis Featherbay:

  1. Janet Marie Featherbay 1951-
  2. William Featherbay 1955-

Janet Marie Featherbay (Doris, Margaret, Bernice, Amos, John Reeser) born Dec. 1, 1951
Married Paul William Bird Dec. 23, 1972.

Children of Janet and Paul Bird:

  1. Sean Michael Bird 1976-
  2. Terry Lee Bird 1979
  3. Christie Lynne Bird 1980

William David Fetherbay (Doris, Margaret, Bernice, Amos, John Reeser) born June 9, 1955
married Marlene Kaylo Sept. 6, 1975

Pearl McHenry (Bernice, Amos, John Reeser)born December 19, 1882
married Clyde S. Kohler on April 16, 1906.

Children of Pearl and Clyde Kohler:

  1. Esther M. Kohler 1908-1936
  2. Paula Kohler 1909-
  3. Dorothy Kohler 1912-
  4. Elma Kohler 1915-1999
  5. Inez Kohler 1917-
  6. Ruth Kohler 1920-
  7. Clifford Kohler 1923-1977

The Sullivan Review
January 6, 1949

Mrs. Pearl S. Kohler, of Roselle Park, N.J., widow of Clifford S. Kohler and a sister of Mrs. Margaret Cook of this place, died Saturday, Dec. 18, in Muhlenberg Hospital, Plainfield, N.J. after a short illness.
She was born in Wyalusing but had lived at Roselle Park for fifteen years. Mrs. Kohler was a member of Community Methodist Church, there and of the Women's Auxiliary to Franklin Lodge, Spanish-American War Veterans, Newark.
She leaves a son Clifford C. of Linden; five daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Seery and Mrs. John Krumbine, Roselle Park; Mrs. Paula Kraus, East Orange; Mrs. Rodney Kuntz, Westfield, and Mrs. James Franchino, Orange; ten grandchildren, one great granddaughter, and a sister, Mrs. Margaret Cook, the latter of Dushore.
Funeral services were held at the Prall Funeral Home, East Roselle, the following Tuesday, with burial also in that vicinity.

Paul McHenry (Adopted son of Bernice & Henry) born in Wilkes-Barre Oct. 23, 1893; died December 21, 1963.
Married someone June , 1914. He was the first baby baptized in the baptisimal font at Zion, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran church. The story the family told about him was that he hopped a train one day and no one knew much about his whereabouts for years. Years later he contacted Mom because he needed a birth certificate for probably Social Security purposes.

JOHN D REESER (Amos, John Reeser) born March 15, 1861;
married Mary R. Burns on March 4, 1884. She was born Sept. 25, 1866; died July 13, 1942

Children of John D. and Mary Burns Reeser:

  1. John Donald Reeser 1886-1970
  2. Marjorie Reeser 1887-
  3. Mabel Reeser 1890-

The Sullivan Review
July 23, 1942

Mrs. John D. Reeser formerly of Dushore, Pa., died Monday morning July 13th at her home 1601 9th Street North, St. Petersburg, Florida. She was born in Troy, Pa. September 25, 1866. She came to Dushore and was married to J.D. Reeser on March 4, 1885, celebrating their 57th anniversary last March 4. She lived in Dushore until eighteen years ago, when she and her husband started spending the winters in Florida in 1941 the family took up their permanent residence in St. Petersburg.
She is survived by her husband John D. Reeser two daughters, Misses Marjorie and Mabel Reeser one son John Donald Reeser and a granddaughter Katherine Mary Reeser.
Funeral services were held in St. Paul’s Catholic Church Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock and burial was in Royal Palm Cemetery, St. Petersburg Florida.

The Sullivan Review
March 19, 1970

John Donald Reeser, 84, St. Petersburg Florida and a former resident of Dushore, died March 11, 1970 in a Tampa, Florida, Hospital.
He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. James A. North of Tampa and 5 grandchildren.
Mr. Reeser was born in Dushore, the son of Mr and Mrs. John D. Reeser, who lived on Headley Avenue. His parents operated a department store where the present A & P Food Store is located in Dushore. They also had a store in Sayre.
He was married after going to Florida. There are no immediate relatives in the Dushore Area.

JOHN REESER (John Reeser) born Aprill 22, 1827 and died after 1913
Married Susannah (Harris) Roe, widow of Hiram Roe, in the 1860s. She was born about 1835 and died before 1900.

Susannah Harris, daughter of Stephen and Teressa Harris, married Hiram Roe and had two children by him: Harriett (married Winfield Scott Collins), born about 1867, and William, born about 1864. After Hiram died, she remarried to John Reeser, and they lived in Hillsgrove where they appear in the 1880 Federal Census. In addition to the two Roe step-children, the family also consisted of four children of John and Susannah: Clinton, Mary, Vashti and Thomas.

Vashti Reeser married James Allen (1874-1940); they later divorced and both remarried, but Vahsti and James had several children first. One of these, Maurice (aka "Morris"), changed his surname to VanAllan. Maurice VanAllan married Frances McCarty, daughter of Clinton and Rachel (Collins) McCarty. Rachel was the very daughter of Winfield Scott and Harriett (Roe) Collins. In short, Vashti's son married her step-sister Harriett's grand daughter. You can see a picture of this Collins family in Aunt Eliza's Scrapbook.
Editor's Note: We are indebted to Patty VanAllan, great granddaughter of Maurice and Frances (McCarty) VanAllan, who was the source of our information in February 2011 about this family. Carol Brotzman and Phil Herman provided the connecting information to the Reeser and Roe families.

ELIZABETH REESER (John Reeser) born May 2, 1834; died January 31, 1912; buried in Fairview Cemetery; Dushore, Pa.
Married 1st Joseph Huffmaster on October 11, 1853. He died in the battle of Chancellorsville in May 1863
Married 2nd Elias Smith
Married 3rd Barney Kast


William Kast
Son of Barney and Elizabeth (Reeser) Kast
Photo Courtesy of Alberta Yonkin Molyneux
Photoshopped for Clarity by Scott W. Tilden

The Sullivan Review
Feb. 1,1912
Mrs. Elizabeth Huffmaster Kast died at the home of her son Frank Kast, this Wednesday morning at 3:30 o’clock, after an illness of two weeks with dropsy. Her age is 77 years and 9 months.
Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10 o’clock in the Evangelical church with interment at Fairview cemetery.
She is survived by three sons and four daughters as follows Levi Huffmaster and Frank Kast of Cherry, William Kast of Dushore, Mrs. C.H. Jones of Dushore, Mrs. Benj. Helsman of Bernice, Mrs. John Harney of Mildred and Mrs. R.H. Guy of Akron, Ohio. Also by one sister Mrs. C. Douglas of Colley and one brother John Reeser of Tivoli.
Decease has made her home with her son Frank for several years.

Children of Elizabeth & Joseph Huffmaster

  1. Josiah Huffmaster 185-1857
  2. Levi Huffmaster 1858-1940
  3. Mary E. Huffmaster 1859-1937
  4. Anna Huffmaster 1862-1956

Child of Elizabeth & Ellis Smith:

    Sarah Smith 1864-1938

Children of Elizabeth & Barney Kast:

  1. Sarah Kast 1864-1938
  2. Ella Kast 1868-1955
  3. William Kast 1870-1965
  4. Frank Kast 1872-1945

Levi Huffmaster (Elizabeth, John Reeser) died December 31, 1940; buried in Fairview Cemetery; Dushore, Pa.
Married Eliza Van Kuren Born June 17, 1859; died July 23, 1909

The Sullivan Review
January 1, 1941
Levi Huffmaster died Tuesday December 31, at the home of Mrs. James Nati in Cherry Township, following a long illness at the age of 82 years 10 months and 16 days.
Mr. Huffmaster was a son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Reeser Huffmaster and was born in Cherry township.
He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Robert Guy of Akron, Ohio, a half-sister, Mrs. Benjamin Helsman of Mildred and two half-brothers, Frank G. Kast of Cherry township and William H. Kast of this place, and one stepdaughter who lives in Ohio.
Funeral service will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Holcombe Funeral Parlor. Interment in the Fairview cemetery.

The Sullivan Review
July 29, 1909
Mrs. Levi Huffmaster, of Murray died at her home on Friday, July 23, of apoplexy at the age of 50 years 1 month and 6 days. The funeral services were held in the United Evangelical church at this place on Monday at 1 o’clock Rev. H. R. Wilks officiating. The funeral cortege proceeded to the Fairview Cemetery Know as Bahr hill where interment was made Deceased is survived by a husband one son and one daughter.

Mary E. Huffmaster (Elizabeth, John Reeser) died October 24, 1937
Married John T. Harney

Children of Mary & John Harney:

  1. Edith Harney
  2. Judson E. Harney 1879-1934

The Sullivan Review
October 27, 1937
Mrs. Mary E. Harney, widow of the late John T. Harney, of German St. died Sunday morning, October 24, at her home, following a very short illness.
Mrs. Harney was born in Cherry township, and spent most of her life in this community.
She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Edith Jones of Avoca, N.Y a, four grandchildren, Grant W. Jones, Avoca, N.Y.; Jack E. Harney, Nutley, N.J. Mrs. Emma Lou White and Mrs. Mary Naughton of Scranton, and six great-grandchildren.
She also has one sister, Mrs. Anna Guy of Akron, Ohio, and one brother, Levi Huffmaster of Cherry township, two half-sisters, Mrs. Ella Helsman of Mildred, and Mrs. Sarah Jones of this place, and two half-brothers, Frank G. Kast of Cherry township, and Wliliam H. Kast of this place. Also a number of nieces and ndphews.
Funeral service was held from her late home Tuesday afternoon with further service in St. Paul's Evangelical Church at this place, of which she was an active member. Rev. Carl Gunther, pastor, assisted by Rev. Homer Heisley of Lock Haven, a former pastor, officiated. Interment in Fairview Cemetery.
The pallbearers were: W.H. Streevey, Arthur Herrmann, Charles Peterman, Harry B. Hartzig, R.H. Hoag and B.T. Martin.
Among those from out of town who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Grant W. Jones and son Billie, Mr. and Mrs. E. Charles Smith of Avoca, N.Y.; Jack E. Harney of Nutley, N.J; Mrs. Emma Lou White and Mrs. Mary Naughton of Scranton; Frank Baumgartner and Charles Kline of Towanda.

The Sullivan Review
October 24, 1934
Judson E. Harney, aged 55 years, died suddenly Sunday night at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John T. Harney. He is survived by his parents; one sister , Mrs. William Jones of Avoca; and three children.
Mr. Harney has been ill 14 years, having been stricken with a nervous breakdown. He was born in Bernice and received his early education at the Susquehanna Collegiate Institute in Towanda and then studied law in the office of Alphonsus Walsh in Dushore. Later he was admitted to the bar in Sullivan County.
He practice law in Tunkhannock for a short time and then went into partnership with Jarius Thayer, the present prothonotary of Sullivan County, with their office in Dushore. He later went to Scranton and was employed by the D.L. & W. Railroad Co.
Mr. Harney resigned this position to take a place with the newly organized Scranton Trust Co. Within a short time he became vice-president and cashier of that organization.
He was a member of Factoryville Lodge F. & A.M., the Elks at Scranton, the Episcopal Church at Scranton, and acted as trustee of Geisinger Hospital at Danville.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clcock at the house followed by services in the Reformed Church at Dushore at 2:30 with interment in Fairview cemetery.
The Rev. Carl Gunther, pastor of the Evangelical Church of Dushore, officiated.

Anna Huffmaster (Rebecca, John Reeser) born in 1862; died January 7, 1956.
Married Robert H. Guy in 1883

Child of Anna & Robert Guy:

1. Ethel Guy

The Sullivan Review
January 26, 1956
Mrs. Anna E. Guy of Akron, Ohio, widow of the late Robert H. Guy, died Jan. 7. Mr. and Mrs. Guy were one-time well known residents of Bernice.
Born in Cherry township, in 1862, Mrs. Guy was the daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth Reeser Kast. She has lived in Akron for 46 years. Her husband died in 1923.
For many years Mr. and Mrs. Guy lived at Bernice in a home located adjacent to the IOOF hall. Mr. Guy during that period was an official with the old State Line and Sullivan Coal Co.
She was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church of Akron.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Ethel Gouldthread, with whom she lived; a grandson, Robert Gouldthread, a great granddaughter, Mrs. Catherine Myers and a great grandson, Robert Myers, all of Topeka, Kansas. Also a brother, William H. Kast of Dushore. Services were held from the Dams Funeral Home in Akron on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 3p.m. Burial was in the East Akron cemetery

The Sullivan Review
March 7, 1923
Robert H. Guy died at his home in Akron, Ohio, Friday, March 2nd, after an illness of a few months.
Mr. Guy was born July 4, 1850, in Durham County, England, and at the age of nine years commenced work in the mines.
He came to America with his parents in the year 1870 and lived with them for a year at St. Clair, Schuykill County. He then went to Shenandoah were he remained for ten years.
In 1873 he married Miss Sarah Cooper. Two children were born to this union, one of whom, Mrs. Sarah C. Colclouth of Catawissa still survives.
In May 1882 Mr. Guy came to Bernice where he engaged in mining for many years. In 1883 he married Miss Anna E. Huffmaster of Cherry township, who with one daughter, Mr. Ethel M. Goldthread, survive. About twenty years ago Mr. and Mrs. Guy moved from Bernice to Akron, Ohio, where they have since made their home.
Funeral services were held Monday with interment in Akron.

Sarah Smith (Elizabeth, John Reeser) born 1864; died January 1938
Married Carr H. Jones 1859-1932

Children of Sarah Smith and Carr Jones:

  1. Leon Jones 1888-
  2. Edna Jones 1891-1956

The Sullivan Review
January 12, 1938
Mrs. Sarah Jones, widow of the late Carr H. Jones of South Turnpike street was found dead in her bed on Tuesday afternoon by her brother, when he went to call upon her.
Mrs. Jones had been living alone for several years and seemed to be in apparently good health. She was seen to have a light in her home early in the evening. She evidently passed away very quietly, as she was fully covered, lying peacefully in her bed. As though asleep, when found.
Mrs. Jones was 73 years of age. She was a devout member of the Evangelical church and the Ladies Aid Society, always taking an active part in all work pertaining to her church.
She was a kind neighbor and friend and will be sadly missed in this community.
She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Edna Smalley of Kingston, one son, Leon Jones of Wilkes-Barre, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also 2 half-sisters Mrs. Ann Guy of Akron, Ohio, and Mrs. Ella Helsman of Mildred, and three half-brothers Levi Huffmaster and Frank G. Kast of Cherry township and William H. Kast of this place. Also a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held in the Evangelical church Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Carl F. Gunther, pastor, officiating. Interment in the family plot in Fairview Cemetery.

Edna Jones (Sarah, Rebecca, John Reeser) Born about 1891; died October 1956.
Married Herbert Smalley

Child of Edna & Herbert Smalley:

Herbert C. Smalley

The Sullivan Review
October 25, 1956
Mrs. Edna E. Jones Smalley, 65, was found dead at her home, 57 west Market Street, Wilkes-Barre, Sunday morning at about 10:30.
Mrs. Smalley was a semi-invalid, having been confined to a wheel chair for the past 10 years. Her family physician viewed the body and pronounced death due to a heart attack. She was born in Dushore, a daughter of the late Carr H. and Sarah Smith Jones, but has spent the greater part of her life in Wilkes-Barre. He husband, Herbert Smalley died in 1948. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Kingston and its Women's Guild.
Surviving are a son, Airman Third Class Herbert C. Smalley, stationed with the Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Base, Ohio and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday from the Luther M. Kniffen Funeral Home. The Rev. Ralph A. Weatherly, rector of Grace Episcopal Church, officiated.

Ella Susan Kast (Elizabeth, John Reeser); born September 1, 1868; died 1955.
Married Benjamin Helsman

Children of Ella Kast and Benjamin Helsman:

  1. Franklin B. Helsman 1893-1960
  2. Anna Helsman 1896-1985

The Sullivan Review
March 3, 1955
Mrs. Ella Susan Helsman, 86, widow of the late Benjamin Helsman of Mildred, died Saturday evening at the Moore Nursing Home in Athens where she had been a patient for the past two weeks.
Mrs. Helsman was a native of Dushore where she was born Sept. 1, 1868, a daughter of Barnhart and Elizabeth Reeser Kast. for many years she and her husband resided in Bernice where Mr. Helsman was employed in the mines. About 35 years ago they acquired the residence at Mildred which has been her home ever since. Mrs. Helsman had been in failing health for some time.
She is survived by one son, the Rev. Franklin B. Helsman of Laurel, Neb. and one daughter, Miss Anna Helsman of the Robert Packer Hospital staff; one brother William H. Kast of this place a sister Mrs. Robert Guy of Akron, Ohio, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
The funeral was held this Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Holcombe Funeral Home, her son Rev. Franklin B. Helsman, officiated. Burial was in Fariview Cemetery, here.

The Sullivan Review
October 7, 1960
Rev. Franklin B. Helsman 67, of 106 North Elmer Ave. Sayre died Sept. 30 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
A retired Presbyterian minister, he was born in Bernice and had been a resident of Laurel Nev. for 13 years prior to coming to Sayre in January of this year.
Rev. Helsman was a chaplain during World War II and served in both the European and Pacific Theaters.
Prior to World War II he was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church at Brookings, S.D. for 15 years. He was a graduate of Grove City College and Princeton Theological Seminary and was ordained January 1919 in the Lackawanna Presbytery.
He was a member of the Presbyterian Niobrara and
Synod of Nebraska, a member of Tuckerton, N.J., F and A.M. Lodge 4 Oriental Consistory of Yorkton, S.D. and a member of the VFW and American legion of Laurel Nev. He retired Jan. 1 of this year.
Surviving are his wife Elma; two sons Franklin M. of Levitown and Raymond D. of Minneapolis; three grandchildren; One sister, Miss Anne E. Helsman of Sayre; one uncle William Kast of Dushore.
Funeral services were held at the First Presbyterian Church, Sayre, Monday afternoon at 1:30 with Rev. Johnstone Patrick officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery. Dushore

William Kast (Elizabeth, John Reeser) born May 14, 1870; died March 21, 1965.

Married Bertha Babcock on November 1893. She was born September 25, 1872; died September 1954

Children of William & Bertha Kast:

  1. W. Floyd Kast 1893-1946
  2. Judson Kast 1896-1961

The Sullivan Review
March 26, 1965
William H. Kast, 94, formerly of Dushore, died Saturday afternoon at the residence of his grandson, Joseph Kast of Wyalusing Rocks. He was born May 14, 1870 in Cherry Township, Sullivan County, the son of the late Barnhart and Elizabeth Reeser Kast and was a resident of the Dushore area up until the past five years.
After attending Cherry Township schools, Mr. Kast’s first job was as a water boy in the coal mines. He then became a driver of the A & P Tea wagon where he became well known in the Sullivan County area. In 1901 he started his own grocery store in Dushore which he owned and operated for 12 years. He then studied at Scranton Technical Institute where he studied electrical engineering and then assumed a position with the Dushore Power and Light Co, a job he kept until the company was absorbed by Penelec. He served as sexton of the Fairview Cemetery until 1953 when he retired.
His wife, the former Bertha Babock, preceded him in death by 14 years. They would have celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary at the time of his death.
Mr. Kast is survived by four grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock from St. Paul’s Evangelical United Brethren Church, Dushore, with the Rev. Clyde E. House, his pastor, officiating. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery, Dushore.
Pallbearers were John Diltz, A. L. Fulmer, Albert Hoag, Frank Mosier, Harland McCarty and Jesse Proof.

The Sullivan Review
September 9, 1954
Mrs. William H. Kast, aged 81, of Dushore, died Monday after noon at the Jennings Convalescent home in Towanda after a long illness.
Mrs. Kast, the former Bertha Babcock, was born in Barton, N.Y. September 25, 1872 a daughter of the late Benjamn and Susan Babcock. She was a member of the Evangelical United Bretheren Church of this place and of the Ladies Aid Society.
Last year Mr. and Mrs. Kast observed their 61st wedding anniversary, having been united in marriage at Mildred on Thanksgiving day, 1893. to the union were born two sons, Floyd, now deceased, and Judson. Mr. and Mrs. Kast have resided in Dushore sicne 1901.
Surviving besides her husband are one son, Judson F. Kast, principal of Sayre High School; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at the Holcombe Funeral Home this Thursday moring at 10 o’clcok, with additional services in the Evangelical United Brethren Church at 10:30 a.m The Rev. L. A. Fuhrman officiating.
Burial was in Fairview cemetery.

1. W. Floyd Kast (William, Elizabeth, John Reeser) born 1893; died 1946
Married Florence Everett . She was born May 12, 1893; died June 7, 1946

Children of W. Floyd & Florence Kast:

  1. Monita Anne Kast 1925-1967
  2. William E. Kast

Judson Kast (William, Elizabeth, John Reeser) born 1896;died 1961

Married Ethlyn 1897-1965

Children of Judson & Ethlyn Kast

  1. Barbara D. Kast 1928-1988
  2. Joseph Kast

The Sullivan Review September 29, 1988
Barbara Diane Kast, 60, of Sugar Run, PA died September 20, 1988 at the home of her brother in Albuquerque, NM. She was born in Sayre, on May 28, 1928, the daughter of Judson F. and Ethlyn Gamble Kast.
A graduate of Sayre High School, Albright College and Katherine Givvs Secretarial School, Mrs. Kast was an Executive Commercial Editor at CBS Radio's National Headquarters in New York for thirty years. Upon her retirement from CBS in 1985, she returned to live full-time at the Kast family's home, "The Cottage" in Sugar Run.
Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Kast of Albuquerque; an aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Peter W. Layman of Sugar Run, three nieces, a nephew and several cousins.
A Memorial service was held in Albuquerque, on September 24, 1988. There will be a local memorial service for Ms. Kast on Saturday, October 1, 1988 at 2 p.m. in the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Stephen Starzer and the Rev. William Parsons officiating. The family will receive friends at the church immediately following the ceremony.
Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Dushore at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be directed to the Wyalusing Public Library.

Frank Kast (Elizabeth, John Reeser) born June 22, 1872; died July 15, 1945
Married Jennie Bahr. She was born September 8, 1873; died April 5, 1961.

Children of Frank & Jennie Kast:

  1. Robert Kast 1898-1979
  2. William Kast 1901-1977
  3. Elizabeth Kast 1906-1994
  4. Florence A. Kast 1910-1990


Florence, Elizabeth and Jennie (Bahr) Kast
Photo Courtesy of Alberta Yonkin Molyneux

The Sullivan Review
April 7, 1961
Mrs. Jennie C. Kast, 87 widow of Frank G. Kast, died Shortly after three o’clock Wednesday morning, April 5, at the Evangelical Home in Lewisburg, where she had been a guest since May 17, 1953.
Born in Cherry Township on Sept. 8, 1873, Mrs. Kast was the daughter of Solomon and Cecelia Snyder Bahr.
She was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical united Brethren Church, Dushore.
She is survived by two sons, Robert L. and William F. both of Dushore; two daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Driscoll of Sayre and Mrs. Carl (Florence) Yonkin of Dushore; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will beheld from St. Paul’s Evangelical United Brethren church, Dushore at 10 o’clock Saturday morning with the Rev. Ray W. Schloyer, her pastor officiating.
Interment will be in Fairview cemetery, Dushore.
Friends and relatives may cal at the McHenry Funeral Home in Dushore this Friday afternoon between 2 and 4 and after 7 o’clock this evening

Robert Kast (Frank, Elizabeth, John Reeser) born May 15, 1898; died October 27, 1977.
Married 1st Margaret Minnier on August 18, 1925; she died Nov. 3, 1930
Married 2nd Della Murphy on Sept. 5, 1930; she died Feb. 14, 1975
Married 3rd Maude Vandyke on April 4, 1977; she was born on October 19, 1984 and died on May 5, 1988.

William Kast (Frank, Elizabeth, John Reeser) born June 22, 1901; died October 27, 1977.
Married 1st Florence Fulmer on June 19, 1923; she died Feb. 18, 1971
Married 2nd Zeta Whitely on Sept. 8, 1973

Elizabeth Kast (Frank, Elizabeth, John Reeser) born September 21, 1906; died February 18, 1994
Married Howard Driscoll on April 24, 1926. He died March 12, 1958

The children of Howard and Elizabeth Kast Driscoll were:

    Betty Driscoll
  1. Roma Driscoll
  2. Ruth Driscoll
  3. Gene Driscoll

Florence A. Kast (Frank, Elizabeth, John Reeser) born October 22, 1910; died October 1, 1990.
Married Carl Yonkin on July 6, 1929. He was born December 4, 1907; died August 20, 1981.

Children of Florence & Carl Yonkin:

  1. Leon Yonkin
  2. Carl J. Yonkin
  3. Alberta Yonkin

The Sullivan Review
October 4, 1990
Florence A. Yonkin, 79, of Dushore, died Oct. 1, 1990, at Memorial Hospital, Towanda. She was born Oct. 22, 1910 in Cherry Township a daughter of Frank and Jennie Bahr Kast. She was the widow of Carl J. Yonkin who died in 1981.
She and her husband owned and operated the BP station on South German St. Dushore, for many years.
A lifetime resident of Sullivan County, she was a member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Zion Chapel, in Dushore.
Surviving are two sons, Leon E. of Enid, OK; Carl J. of Dushore; a daughter, Mrs. Royce (Alberta) Molyneux of Dushore; a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Driscoll of Sayre; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services wil be held today at 11 a.m at the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, Dushore, with Rev. Richard A. Reeser officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Dushore.

DANIEL REESER (John Reeser), born December 07, 1812 in Berks Co. Pa.; died July 11, 1893 in Lycoming Co. Pa.; married Catherine Litzelswope on November 07, 1836.
Editor's Note: In July 2010, Jeff Cox pointed out to us Ancestors of Gladys Clara Smithgall, developed by Paula Ruwersm. This site connects Clara Bell Reeser (1863-1956), a daughter of Daniel and Catherine, to the Smithgall family; she married John Frederick Smithgall (1857-1923). There is also additional information on the Reeser and Smithgall ancestries at this site. Here is a modified version of the content for readers interested only in the Reeser and related connections: Smithgall and Reeser.

SUSANNAH M. REESER (John Reeser) born March 27, 1836; died January 1, 1918; buried in Fairview cemetery, Dushore, Pa.
Married 1st Valentine Morter
Married 2nd Chauncy Douglass

Children of Susannah & Valentine Morter:

  1. Susanna Morter
  2. John Morter
  3. Charles Morter
  4. Daniel Morter
  5. Anna Morter
  6. Maria Morter 1867-1940
  7. Ella Morter 1872-1955
  8. George F. Morter 1874-1955
  9. Emma Morter
  10. Cora Morter

The Sullivan Review
January 2, 1918

Mrs. Susan Douglass of Bernice died at her home in that place Tuesday evening at 8 o’clock after a short illness. Mrs. Douglass was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Reeser, one of the pioneer settlers of this county who came to Cherry township and located on the Loyalsock creek at what was then known as Ellis, in the year 1821. She was the youngest of a family of eleven children. She was twice married her first husband being Valentine Morter, who lived for a number of years at Bernice. On March 27th of last she celebrated her eighty-first birthday. She is survived by her aged husband. Chauncey Douglass and the following sons and daughters: John Morter, Taylor, Armstrong county Pa. Charles and Daniel Morter of Mildred; George Morter, Forksville, Mrs. J.A. Helsman, Mildred; Mrs. Wm. Allen, Carbondale; Mrs. Frank Allen, Bernice; Mrs. Theodore Beaver, Murray; Mrs. Harris Collins, Forksville and Mrs. Harry Basley, Sonestown. Funeral service will be held at Trinity Lutheran church at Mildred, Friday afternoon at one o’clock with interment at Bahr’s hill cemetery.

Susanna Morter (Susan, John Reeser)
Married Joseph Helsman July 1, 1878.

Children of Susan and Joseph Helsman:

  1. Lucy Helsman 1879-1939
  2. Walter Helsman 1881-1905
  3. Mamie H. Helsman 1884-1972
  4. Alfred Helsman (twin)1886-1938
  5. Albert Helsman (twin)1886-
  6. Lorena Helsman 1888- 1989
  7. Charles Helsman 1891-1951
  8. Raymond Helsman 1894-1919

Lucy Helsman (Susanna, Susannah, John Reeser) born about 1879; died September 14, 1939.

The Sullivan Review
Sept. 20, 1939
Miss Lucy Helsman, age 60 years, died Thursday evening, September 14th, in the Jefferson hospital at Philadelphia, following an operation for ruptured appendix.
Miss Helsman was born in Bernice where she spent her early life, later moving to Philadelphia with her parents, the late Joseph A. and Mrs. Susan Helsman, where she resided until the time of her death.
The body was taken to the Holcombe funeral parlor, where funeral service was held Sunday afternoon. Rev. C.B. Meyers, pastor of the Bernice Presbyterian Church officiated. Interment in the family plot in Mountain Ash cemetery at Laporte.
She is survived by her brothers, Mrs. Joseph A. Helsman, two sisters, Mrs. H. I Didlake and Miss Lorena Helsman of Philadelphia, two brothers, Chas. V. Helsman of Philadelphia and Albert J. Helsman of Kingston.

Mamie H. Helsman (Susanna, Susannah, John Reeser); born about 1884; died May 10, 1972

Married Henry T. Didlake

Child of Mamie and Henry Didlake:

J. Henry Didlake

Alfred D. Helsman (Susanna, Susannah, John Reeser); born in 1887;died January 1938. He was married.

.His children were:

1. Katherine Helsman
2. Jean Marie Helsman

Charles V. Helsman (Susanna, Susannah, John Reeser); born in 1891; died November 24, 1951.

The Sullivan Review
November 20, 1951

Charles V. Helsman, 60, died in Philadelphia, November 24th. Mr. Helsman was born at Bernice, a son of the late Joseph A. and Susan Morter Helsman formerly of that place.

Mr. Helsman was a Veteran of World War I. and was a charter member of McDermott Post No. 452, American Legion, and served as its first Commander. For a number of years he has resided with his sister at 6536 Windsor street, Philadelphia.

He was a member of Evergreen Lodge No. 163, F. & A.M. of Monroeton, Irene Temple Shrine of Wilkes-Barre and the Williamsport consistory.

Surviving are two sisters, Miss Lorena Helsman and Mrs H. T. Didlake of Philadelphia, a brother, Albert J. Helsman of Wilkes-Barre; three nephews, Donald A. Helsman of Milton; Joseph A. Helsman of Wilkes-Barre and H. T. Didlake, Philadelphia; two nieces, Mrs. Richard E. Hileman of this place and Mrs. Moody J. Pack, Hendersonville, N.C. also a number of cousins.

Funeral services will be held at the Holcombe Funeral Home, Carpenter street, Dushore, Friday at 10:00 a.m. Rev. Clement B. Meyers, will officiate.

Interment will be in Mountain Ash cemetery, Laporte.

Military services will be in charge of McDermott Post No. 452, American Legion.

Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday evening. Masonic servics will be conducted by Evergreen Lodge Thursday evening.

Raymond B. Helsman (Susanna, Susannah, John Reeser)

The Sullivan Review
Oct. 15, 1919
Raymond B. Helsman, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Helsman of Mildred, died Monday morning of diabetes at the Nesbitt hospital, Kingston, where he had been a patient for the past week. Mr. Helsman, who was 26 years of age, enlisted in the army and was sent to Hoboken, N.J. where he served in the Post Office Dept. for about a year. After a serious illness in the hospital at that place he was discharged on account of physical disability. He is survived by his parents and three sisters, Mrs. Mary Didlake of Philadelphia, Mrs. Lucy Brown of Rochester, N.Y., and Miss Lorina Helsman of Philadelphia, also three brothers, Alfred of Laporte, Albert of Scranton and Charles at home. Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 10 o'clock in the Bernice Presbyterian church with interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Maria Margaret Beaver (Susan, John Reeser) born 1867-1940
Married Theodore Beaver 1865-1934

Children of Maria and Theodore Beaver:

  1. Lester Beaver 1887-1955
  2. Nellie Beaver 1890-1958
  3. Edna Beaver 1893-1971
  4. William Beaver 1894-1985
  5. Theodore Beaver 1896-1988
  6. Lelia Beaver 1900-1967
  7. Reuben H. Beaver 1902-1987
  8. Helen Beaver
  9. Evelyn P. Beaver 1906-1979
  10. Laura Beaver 1908-
  11. Paul Beaver 1910-1973

Lester Beaver (Maria, Susan, John Reeser) born in 1888; died February 1955

The Sullivan Review
February 10, 1955
Lester Beaver 67, of Mildred, died Wednesday morning at Robert Packer Hospital. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Beaver of Murray.
For many years he resided with his parents at Murray and was employed by the old Northern Anthracite Coal Company (the Murray Mines). For some years he had been retired.
Surviving are four brothers, William and Theodore of Mildred, Reuben of Elmira and Paul of Nordmont; five sisters, Mrs. Nellie Coolbaugh of Duryea, Mrs. Edward Carman and Mrs. Helen LaRue of Erie, Mrs. Carl Sherman of Towanda and Mrs. Laura Cosa of Brooklyn, N.Y.
Funeral service will be held at the Holcombe Funeral Home Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Charles A. Souders will officiate and burial will be in Trinity Lutheran cemetery, Mildred.

Friends may call at the funeral home Friday afternoon and Saturday.

Nellie Beaver (Maria, Susan, John Reeser) born 1890; died Sept. 6, 1958
Married Joseph Coolbaugh

Child of Nellie and Joseph Coolbaugh

Margaret Coolbaugh

Edna Beaver (Maria, Susan, John Reeser) born 1893; died December 30, 1970

The Sullivan Review
January 7, 1971
Mrs. Edna Carman, 78, of Erie, died Wednesday December 30, 1970 in Erie.
She was born in Bernice, daughter of the late Theodore and Maria Morter Beaver. She had been a resident of Erie for a number of years. For the last 10 years she had been in failing health. She is survived by four brothers, Theodore and William Beaver, both of Mildred, Paul of Nordmont, and Reuben of Elmira, N.Y.; two sisters, Mrs. Carl (Evelyn) Sherman of North Rome, Mrs. Sal (Laura) Cosa of Brookly, N.Y.; and numberious nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday in Dushore.

William Beaver (Maria, Susan, John Reeser);born April 23, 1894; died April 14, 1985.
Married Helen T. Orlowski.

Children of William and Helen Orlowski:

  1. George B. Beaver
  2. Frank T. Beaver
  3. Phyllis Beaver
  4. Marion Beaver
  5. Shirley Beaver

Theodore Beaver, Jr. (Maria, Susan, John Reeser); born November 6, 1896; died October 13, 1988.
Married Ruth Crist (1913-1980).

Children of Theodore and Ruth Crist Beaver were:

  1. Robert E. Beaver
  2. Harold E. Beaver
  3. Lorraine Beaver

Lelia Beaver (Maria, Susan, John Reeser) born 1900

Reuben H. Beaver (Maria, Susan, John Reeser) born January 13, 1903; died October 11, 1987.
Married Louise Hunsinger

Children of Reuben & Louise Beaver:

  1. Lillian M. Beaver 1931-1997
  2. Lois C. Beaver 1934-1998

Helen Beaver (Maria, Susan, John Reeser)

Evelyn P. Beaver (Maria, Susan, John Reeser) born June 18, 1906; died May 4, 1979
Married Carl Sherman in 1924. He was born August 15, 1906; died June 18, 1981.

Children of Evelyn & Carl Sherman:

  1. Lawrence Sherman
  2. Elsie Sherman
  3. Betty Sherman
  4. Clara Sherman
  5. Regina Sherman

Laura Beaver(Maria, Susan, John Reeser) born September 6, 1908
Married Sal Cosa

Paul Beaver (Maria, Susan, John Reeser) born May 6, 1910; died Nov. 15, 1973
Married Mabel B. Edgar on Feb. 22, 1936

Children of Paul & Mabel Edgar Beaver:

  1. James D. Beaver
  2. Paul W. Beaver
  3. Daniel J. Beaver

Ella Morter (Susan, John Reeser) born in 1872; died December 28, 1954

The Sullivan Review
January 6, 1955
Mrs. Ella Morter Basley, 82, of Elmira, died in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Elmira, Tuesday, December 28th. She was the widow of the late Harry Basley, who was a former owner of the Sonestown Hotel.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Edith Hazen, of Elmira and Mrs. Gertrude Markle of Milan; a step-son Arthur Basley of St. Petersburg, Fla.; three grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Cora Collins and Mrs. Emma Anderson both of Endicott; and a brother, George Morter of Forksville.
Funeral services were held in the Sonestown Methodist church, Friday afternoon. The Rev. Ray Deming officiated. Burial in Hillcrest cemetery, Sonestown.

George F. Morter (Susan, John Reeser) born April 20, 1874; died 1955
Married Margaret Collins. 1889-1953

The Sullivan Review
March 3, 1955
George F. Morter, 80, of Forksville, died suddenly Thursday evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Robert Evans, in Forksville.
Mr Morter was a native of Bernice where he was born on April 20, 1874, a son of the late Valentine and Susan Reeser Morter. He spent his early life in the vicinity of Bernice-Mildred but for may years has been a resident of Forksville.
His survivors include two sons, Merrill of Johnson City and Collins of Albany, N.Y, his daughter, Mrs. Robert Evans of Forksville; two sisters, Mrs. Cora Collins and Mrs. Emma Anderson, both of Johnson City; 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Funeral services were held Sunday at 1:30 at the home of Robert Evans in Forksville with further services in the Forksville Methodist Church at 2 o’clock, the Rev. Gayle Miller officiating. Burial was in the Forksville Cemetery.

The Sullivan Review
Janury 8, 1953
Mrs. George Morter, 63, of Forksville, died suddenly Thursday evening at the Blossburg State Hospital where she had been a patient since Monday.
Mrs. Morter was born Oct. 14, 1889, at Forksville the daughter of Scott and Hariet Rowe Collins, Besides her husband she is survived by two sons, Merrill of Johson City, N.Y and Collins of Albany, N.Y; one daughter Mrs. Robert Evans of Forksville 12 grandchildren; two brothers John Collins of Mankata, Kans, and Charles of Johnson City; two sisters, Mrs. Rachel McCarty of Forksville and Mrs. Floyd Kinney of New Albany.
Funeral services were held Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert Evans in Forksville, further service at the Methodist Church. Rev. Gayle Miler officiated. Burial was in Forksville Cemetery.

THE ZEHNER-ZANER LINEAGE


Raymond Zaner
At Work on Family History in April 1970
Photo Courtesy of the Sullivan County Historical Society

Compiled by Ray F. Zaner
1971

The record of the Zehner-Zaner family lineage, presented herewith, represents years of effort. I have been ably assisted by members of the family and especially by Ray M. Zaner of Williamsport, PA. He did a lot of research work and provided me with photostatic copies of pages from various sources of information. In order to have these records serve their full purpose, a place is provided to record deaths. This will eventually come to each of us. I trust you will find these records of real interest.

No reference has been made to any Indian heritage, but my Grandfather Adam H. Zaner told me many times of his Great Grandfather, Adam H. Zehner, who came from Prussia in 1746. He first married an Indian. I have always believed this.; d Ray F. Zaner
November 1, 1971

ADAM H. ZEHNER; Came from Prussia in 1746. Settled in Schuykill County, PA. Married Mary Mertz.; dTheir children:

1. Peter Zehner; born 1760; died August 27, 1831

2. John Zehner; born June 13, 1761; died November 13, 1839

3. David Zehner; born December 31, 1763; died April 2, 1839

4. George Zehner ; born March 11, 1765; died May 9, 1848

5. Henry Zehner; died at 26 years

6. Philip Zehner; died at 64 years

7. Adam Zehner; born 1771

8. Abraham Zehner; died 1833

9. Daniel Zehner ; born 1782; died January 24, 1856

10. Catharine Zehner; died at 60 years

11. Magdalena; died at 83 years

12. Mary Zehner; died at 73 years

13. Susannah Zehner; born August 15, 1779; died October 25, 1848

14. Esther Zehner

15. Elizabeth (Betsy) Zehner; died at 60 years

ADAM H. ZEHNER was 20 years old when he left Germany in the year 1746. He left the country secretly, apparently for deer poaching on private land which was a serious offense. His companion was shot by the forester guarding the property, so Adam decided to leave the country to avoid capture.

He took a ship bound for America. There was an arrangement with sea captains at the time to take on passengers without funds who were then bound out for a certain number of years to some landowner to pay his passage. Mr. Mertz, who lived in Berks County, paid his way and he was bound for three years. He afterwards married Mr. Mertz' daughter named Mary.

Adam's trade was that of a cooper and his occupation was that of a farmer and later, in 1763, a miller. He served in the Revolutionary War and, for his service, the government gave him 150 acres of land. Adam bought his homestead in Northampton County in 1767. He lived under a large oak tree until his cabin was built. According to J. B. Zehner, a former historian, he recorded that Adam repeated Psalm 91 every morning, then prayed before he started his work. Each Sunday he and his family traveled 15 miles over the mountains to church through all kinds of weather.

Adam acquired, in his lifetime, a total of 1500 acres of land which is still in the family name. The deeds were all made by the government. In addition to his sawmill, he had a flour mill. His son David took over the milling business after the death of his father.

Adam was blind for 16 years before his death. The following inscription appears on the tombstone of Adam Zehner in Zion Cemetery, West Penn Township, Schuykill County, PA, in German:

"Adam Zehner, born 1726, died 1809, aged 83
Mary, wife, born Mertz, died aged 77 years."

John, his second son, took the place of his father in the Battle of Brandywine during the Revolutionary war.

ADAM ZEHNER, 7th son of Adam H. Zehner; born about 1771 at Northampton now Schuykill County. He went to North Branch Valley, now Columbia and Luzerne Counties. About 1800, he went to Briar Creek Twp. He was a tailor by trade and a farmer. He married March 7, 1801 to CATHARINE MARGRETHA BUCK

Children of Adam & Catharine Buck Zehner:

1. Margretha Zehner; born December 2, 1811

2. Jerusha Zehner; born August 17, 1818

3. Lewis Zehner ; born October 2, 1804

4. Morris Zehner

5. Nancy Zehner

6. Rebecca Zehner

LEWIS (ZEHNER) ZANER; born October 2, 1804 in Columbia Co.; died October 27, 1887. Married Eve Chrisher in 1825. She died August 20, 1883.

Children of Lewis & Eve Chrisher Zaner:

1. Elizabeth Zaner

2. Adam Henry Zaner

3. Rebecca Zaner

4. Eleazer W. Zaner

5. Hannah Zaner

6. Levi Zaner

7. Loretta Zaner

8. Lewis M. Zaner

9. Amanda Zaner

LEWIS ZANER was the first to change his name from Zehner and the family name has been spelled "Zaner" by the generations since that time.

Lewis was born in Briar Creek Township, Columbia Count, October 2, 1804. He married Eve Chrisher in 1825. Eve Chrisher was born in Berks Co. in 1802 and later moved to Columbia County. In 1828 they came to Lycoming County, a part of which is now Sullivan County, and settled on a tract of wild land in Cherry Township. Only three or four acres were cleared at that time, but he proceeded to clear 214 additional acres which he and his family farmed. They lived in a log cabin which they first built, and later moved into a bid house which they had built for them.

In February 1850 Lewis was elected the second sheriff of Sullivan County, of which Laporte was the county seat. After his wife's death on August 20, 1883, Lewis moved to Muncy, PA, where he died October 27, 1887. He was considered a very wealthy man at the time of his death. Lewis Zaner and his wife Eve are buried in the Fairview Cemetery, Dushore, PA

Editor's Note: In the October 1885 issues of The Republican, a local paper produced in Laporte, PA, a somewhat lurid court proceeding was reported. Miss Arabella Kentner charged Lewis Zaner with offering financial inducement to marriage, despite his advanced age, and then having reneged. Arabella claimed this her good name dishonored in the eyes of the local community, so she sued for damages. The trial was given detailed coverage in the local newspaper. You can read the newspaper reports at Miss Arabella Kentner VS. Lewis Zaner.

ELEAZER W. ZANER, the fourth child of Lewis and Eve Zaner, enlisted in Company B, 58th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers during the Civil War. He was engaged in the battles of Durries Bluff, Cold Harbor and Petersburg , Va. He died in Point of Rocks Hospital near the huge Union rail depot at City Point, Va. aged 31 years, 8 months, 25 days.

LEWIS MORRIS ZANER, 8th child of Lewis and Eve Zaner, was born Janury 28, 1840. He enlisted in Company B. 58th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, and was engaged with his regiment in the battles of Blackwater, Sandyridge, Gunswamp, Can Creek, and Bachelors Creek, South Carolina. He died in the service April 20, 1861, aged 21 years, 2 months and 22 days. He is buried at Fort Washington, North Carolina.

Separate monuments to each of these men are erected beside their parents in the family plot in Fairview Cemetery, Dushore, PA

Children of Lewis Zaner; son of Adam Zehner

1. Elizabeth Zaner; married Jonathan Colley of Muncy

2. Adam Henry Zaner; married Fietta Wentzell

3. Rebecca Zaner; married Henry Whitmire of Muncy

4. Eleazer W. Zaner; married Rebecca Reeser

5. Hannah Zaner; married Amos Cox of Dushore

6. Levi Zaner; lived at Washingtonville, Montour County

7. Loretta Zaner; married D. E. Dieffenbach of Dushore

8. Lewis M. Zaner

9. Amanda Zaner

ADAM HENRY ZANER; son of Lewis Zaner; born May 23, 1827; in Briar Creek Twp, Columbia County, PA; died September 24, 1901. Married Fietta Wentzelll. She was born February 27, 1834; Berne Twp. Berks County, PA; died July 6, 1912.; both are buried in Fairview Cemetery, Dushore, PA

Children of Adam & Fietta Wentzell Zaner:

1. Mary Ann Zaner; born November 6, 1853; died November 5, 1943

2. Amanda Sussana Zaner; born July 5, 1855; died July 12, 1929

3. Jerome Morris Zaner; born December 28, 1856; died August 19, 1929

4. Nelson Henry Zaner; born September 7, 1859; died January 15, 1912

5. Lewis Butler Zaner; born December 31, 1863; died March 29, 1927

6. Bernice Elmira Zaner; born September 19, 1866; died November 10, 1954

ADAM H. ZANER was born May 23, 1827 in Briar Creek Township, Columbia Co, PA. He was one year old when his parents, Lewis and Eva Zaner, moved to Cherry Township in Sullivan County. He married Fietta Wentzelll March 27, 1853. She was the daughter of Jacob and Susannah (Bahr) Wentzell. They lived in what was known as the Zaner homestead until 1887 when they bought a home and moved into Dushore, PA.

He was a prominent man in business and political affairs. He was a Director of the First National Bank and held a number of local offices. Adam died September 24, 1901. His wife Fietta died July 6, 1912. Both are buried in the Fairview Cemetery, Dushore, PA.

MARY ANN ZANER, daughter of Adam H. & Fietta Wentzell Zaner; born November 6, 1853; died November 5, 1943. Married February 6, 1873 to WILLIAM DEININGER BAHR, son of Daniel and Mary (Graifly) Bahr. Born May 13, 1849; died August 3, 1921.

Children of Mary Ann & William Bahr:

1. Clayton Ackley Bahr; born November 9, 1873; died September 18, 1941

2. Warden Morris Bahr; born June 9, 1875; died April 29, 1956

3. Sherman Zaner; born May 30, 1886; died December 17, 1961

CLAYTON A. BAHR;son of William D. Bahr and Mary Ann Zaner Bahr; born November 9, 1873; died September 18, 1941. Married August 31, 1898 to CARRIE CATHARINE BRADLEY. She was born April 18, 1874; died February 16, 1944.

Children of Clayton & Carrie Bradley Bahr:

1. Mary Elizabeth Bahr;born April 22, 1900

2. Helen Madaline Bahr;born May 20, 1902

3. Alma Rosalie Bahr;born September 4, 1914

4. Dorothy Catharine Bahr;born June 17, 1919

MARY ELIZABETH BAHR, daughter of Clayton A. and Carrie Catharine Bradley Bahr; born April 22, 1900; died 1992. Married October 12, 1926 to RAYMOND PEALER WAGNER. He was born May 5, 1896; died June 12, 1968.

Child of Mary E. & Raymond Wagner:

Carl Eugene Wagner; born July 3, 1927

HELEN MADALINE BAHR, daughter of Clayton A. and Carrie Catharine Bradley Bahr; born May 20, 1902; died October 25, 1983; married John D. Hamer, son of John and Nettie Heverly Hamer; born April 22, 1899; died March 20, 1964

Children of Helen & John Hamer:

1. Dolores Genevieve Hamer; born May 21, 1926

2. Theresa Ann Hamer; born November 19, 1928

ALMA ROSALIE BAHR, daughter of Clayton A. and Carrie Catharine Bradley Bahr; born September 4, 1914; married Carl Weed, son of Harold and Ruth Meyer Weed; born October 4, 1912.

Children of Alma & Carl Weed:

1. Clay Weed; born December 17, 1938

2. Glenn Weed; born September 28, 1940

3. Ann Weed; born July 12, 1942

4. Mary Jean Weed; born March 6, 1948

DOROTHY CATHARINE BAHR, daughter of Clayton A. and Carrie Catharine Bradley Bahr.; born June 17, 1919; married JOHN A. BOYLE; born December 5, 1914.

Child of Dorothy & John Boyle:

1. Neil Anthony Boyle; born October 10, 1949

WILIAM MORRIS BAHR, son of William D. & Mary Ann Zaner Bahr; born June 9, 1875; died April 29, 1956; married EMMA N. EPLER, born September 7, 1878; died June 7, 1957

Children of William & Emma Bahr:

1. William M. Bahr; born April 8, 1899; died June 7, 1957

2. S. Morris Bahr; born April 8, 1902; died August 29, 1966

3. Myrl W. Bahr; born March 27, 1904; died July 23, 1965

4. Dane L. Bahr; born December 11, 1906; died May 3, 1965

5. Alice M. Bahr; born March 19, 1910; died September 3, 1999

6. Aletha J. Bahr; born 1914

7. Lela E. Bahr; born 1917

8. Louis W. Bahr; born 1920; still living in 2003

A baby boy born in 1903 lived but two weeks.

SHERMAN ZANER BAHR, son of William D. & Mary Ann Zaner Bahr; born May 30, 1886; died December 17, 1961; married Carrie Krause, born August 3, 1890.

Children of Sherman & Carrie Bahr:

1. Eve Katharine Bahr; born November 15, 1920

2. Etta Amanda Bahr; born June 10, 1922

3. Samuel Sherman Bahr; born April 25, 1924

4. Delores Ruth Bahr; born May 3, 1926

5. Jerry Lou Bahr; born November 19, 1928; died October 30, 1996

6. Regina Blanche Bahr; born August 30, 1930

7. Sarah Marlene Bahr; born; January 7, 1935

8. Robert Lamount Bahr; born February 7, 1937

AMANDA SUSSANA ZANER, daughter of Adam H. and Fietta Wentzell Zaner; born July 5, 1855; died July 2, 1929

Never married; lived at home.; buried in Fairview Cemetery, Dushore, PA

JEROME MORRIS ZANER, son of Adam H. and Fietta Wentzell Zaner; born December 28, 1856; died August 19, 1929

Married Mary Elizabeth Shaffer. Born February 5, 1861; died April 2, 1915; both are buried in Fairview Cemetery.

Children of Jerome & Mary E. Shaffer Zaner:

1. Minnie Alvesta (surnamed Kinter, from a previous marriage); born October 16, 1880; died April 8, 1952; buried in a cemetery in Millersburg, PA

2. Ethel Zaner; born March 14, 1884; died March 30, 1884

3. Raymond Fisher Zaner; born August 21, 1885

4. Flossie Sussana Zaner; born August 16, 1888; died February 22, 1948

5. Blaine Harrison Zaner; born May 14, 1891; died April 16, 1892; buried in Richmond, Northumberland County PA

RAYMOND FISHER ZANER, son of Jerome M. and Mary Shaffer Zaner (Changed name from Raymond to Ray in Sept. 1904); born August 21, 1885

Marrried November 10,1909 to Margaret Altland; born August 20, 1889; died June 1, 1940.

Children of Ray & Margaret Altland Zaner:

1. Elizabeth Altland Zaner; born December 4, 1912

2. Cassandra Phillis Zaner; born July 3, 1914

3. Margaret Ray Zaner; born October 1, 1917

4. Katharine Altland Zaner; born September 26, 1919

5. Henrietta Zaner; born December 11, 1923; died July 29, 1964

Ray F. Zaner married Henrietta Owen Wiest June 4, 1942. She was born November 16, 1891.

ELIZABETH ALTLAND ZANER, daughter of Ray F. and Margaret Altland Zaner; born December 4, 1912

Married Clarence Howard Smyser. Born January 29, 1899.

Children of Elizabeth & Clarence Smyser:

1. Henrietta Virginia Smyser; born July 24, 1937

2. Margaret Ann Smyser; born January 29, 1940

3. Clarence Michael Smyser; born March 10, 1941

4. Elizabeth Zaner Smyser; born October 13, 1949

HENRIETTA VIRGINIA SMYSER; born July 24, 1937

Married Allan Joseph Silberger; born August 24, 1933

Children of Henrietta & Allan Silberger:

1. Marc Grosz Silberger; born February 2, 1958

2. Anne Baer Silberger; born April 1, 1959

3. Sarah Elizabeth Silberger; born October 22, 1966

4. Jenny Ruth Silberger; born March 19, 1970

MARGARET ANN SMYSER; born January 29, 1940

Married William Donald Reis, born November 1, 1933

Children of Margaret & William Reis:

1. Kathryn Elizabeth Reisborn February 26, 1960

2. Alexandria Kerry Reisborn July 17, 1961; died October 7, 1961 buried in Mt. Rose Cemetery, York.

CLARENCE MICHAEL SMYSER; born March 10, 1941

Married Kathy Lane Chubb (Shryock); born June 10, 1944

Children of Clarence & Kathy Smyser:

1. Lisa Shryock Smyser (adopted); born May 27, 1963

2. Peter Michael Smyser; born October 1, 1967

3. Gregory James Smyser; born April 6, 1970

CASSANDRA PHILLIS ZANER, daughter of Ray F. & Margaret Altland Zaner; born July 3, 1914

Married Charles Isaiah Stallsmith; born October 27, 1912

Children of Cassandra & Charles Stallsmith:

1. William Zaner Stallsmith; born February 22, 1940

2. Charles Ray Stallsmith; born July 6, 1945

WILLIAM ZANER STALLSMITH; born February 22, 1940

Married Barbara Ann Beshore; born March 17, 1941

Children of William & Barbara Stallsmith:

1. Michelle Rene Stallsmith; born May 11, 1963

2. Nicole Lynn Stallsmith; born March 25, 1970

CHARLES RAY STALLSMITH; born July 6, 1945

Married May 25, 1967 to Brenda Jean Averill

Divorced: January 27, 1970; no children

Married August 7, 1971 to Faith Ann Kelley; born October 21, 1951

MARGARET RAY ZANER daughter of Ray F. & Margaret Altland Zaner; born October 1, 1917

Married James Stuart Dickson; born March 21, 1919

Children of Margaret & James Dickson:

1. Susan Margaret Dickson; born September 30, 1943

2. Thomas Sinclair Dickson; born September 22, 1945

3. Elizabeth Altland Dickson; born October 12, 1946

4. Douglas Reid Dickson; born April 29, 1949

SUSAN MARGARET DICKSON; born September 30, 1943

Married Stephen Jay Leeds; born January 17, 1941

Children of Susan & Stephen Leeds:

1. William Zapata Leeds; born December 7, 1966

2. Daniel Dickson Leeds; born October 16, 1969

THOMAS SINCLAIR DICKSON; born September 22, 1945

Married Cynthia Lynn Richards; born September 24, 1949

KATHARINE ALTLAND ZANER, daughter of Ray F. & Margaret Altland Zaner; born September 26, 1919

Married Harold Samuel Guiles; born November 20, 1916

Children of Katharine & Harold Guiles:

1. Lawrence Zaner Guiles; born January 3, 1947; died January 11, 1953

2. Constance Zaner Guiles; born May 12, 1952

HENRIETTA ZANER, daughter of Ray F. & Margaret Altland Zaner; born December 11, 1923; died July 29, 1964

Married Wahl Morgan Churchman, Jr.; born October 18, 1907; died March 29, 1962; no children

They both requested cremation. Their ashes are buried in the cemetery of the Church of the Messiah, Gwynedd, PA (suburb of Philadelphia)

FLOSSIE SUSANNA ZANER; born August 16, 1888; died February 22, 1948

Married John Lumley, born Dec. 16, 1883; died January 18, 1959; both are buried in Fairview Cemetery, Dushore, PA

Children of Flossie & John Lumley:

1. John Morris Lumley; born February 10, 1906

2. Florence Aileen Lumley; born October 23, 1907; died December 17, 1970

JOHN MORRIS LUMLEY; born February February 10, 1906

Married 1st: Helen Elizabeth Fleming on August 29, 1926. They divorced. She was born April 30, 1929

Married 2nd: Kathryn Wentzell

FLORENCE AILEEN LUMLEY; born October 23, 1907; died December 14, 1970

Married 1st: Frank Stuart Bre Miller. They were divorced.

Married 2nd: J. Walter Kelly

Children of Florence & Frank Miller:

1. Charles L. Miller; born August 22, 1929

2. Richard Stuart Miller; born July 29, 1931

MINNIE ALVESTA KINTER; born October 15, 1878; died April 8, 1952

Married Wilson William Heckert. He was born Sept. 3, 1866; died Dec. 25, 1944; both are buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Millersburg, PA.

Children of Minnie & Wilson Heckert

1. Mary Susannah Heckert; born February 1, 1899

2. Raymond Lloyd Heckert; born August 15, 1905

MARY SUSANNAH HECKERT; born February 1, 1899

Married Thompson Franklin Haines; born August 1, 1897

Children of Mary & Thompson Haines:

1. Marie Haines; born August 11, 1919

2. John William Haines; born September 11, 1923

MARIE HAINES; born August 11, 1919

Married Robert Wilson Lebo; born Apr. 17, 1921; died Apr. 13, 1951. He was a Captain in the Marine Corps Flying Service, and was shot down over Korea. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Feb. 13, 1952.

Child of Marie & Robert Lebo:

Kim Wilson Lebo; born August 30, 1943

JOHN WILLIAM HAINES; born September 11, 1923

Married Carolyn Minier; born Aug. 20, 1924

Children of John & Carolyn Minier Haines:

1. John William Haines; born January 28, 1947

2. Rebecca Haines; born September 25, 1952

The also had twins, Thompson Minier and Alice ; born July 8, 1950. They lived 24 hours.

RAYMOND LLOYD HECKERT (Changed Raymond to Ray in Oct. 1920); born August 15, 1905

Married Ellen Catherine Richter; born Jan. 18, 1910

Children of Ray & Ellen Richter Heckert:

1. Rodney Ray Richter; born March 5, 1935

2. Renee Richter Heckertborn September 30, 1940

RODNEY RAY HECKER; born March 5, 1935

Married Carol Erma Bittner; born Feb. 19, 1941.

Children of Rodney & Carol Bittner Heckert:

1. Dawn Ailene Heckert; born May 5, 1964

2. Todd Randall Heckert; born March 17, 1966

RENEE RICHTER HECKERT; born September 30, 1940

Married Robert Arthur Meschke; born Dec. 24, 1936

Children of Renee & Robert Meschke:

1. Claudia Elizabeth Meschke; born September 4, 1962

2. Philip Thaddeus Meschke; born July 4, 1964

3. Sarah Rebecca Meschke; born August 14, 1970

NELSON HENRY ZANER, son of Adam H. & Fietta Wentzell Zaner; born September 7, 1859; died January 15, 1912

Married Ida May Smith born October 25, 1866; died May 1929

Children of Nelson & Ida Smith Zaner:

1. Claude Edward Zaner; born July 2, 1886; died September 14, 1953

2. Harold Robert Zaner; born April 10, 1890

3. Earnest William Zaner; born 1895; died in France in World War I.

CLAUDE EDWARD ZANER, son of Nelson H. and Ida May Smith Zaner:; born July 2, 1886; died September 14, 1953

Married Alma Costello Vincent; born August 19, 1890.

Children of Claude & Alma Vincent Zaner:

1. Delma V. Zaner; born March 10, 1912; died October 30, 1953

2. Nelson Harold Zaner; born May 21, 1917

3. Alice Elois Zaner; born May 13, 1920

LEWIS BUTLER ZANER, son of Adam H. & Fietta Wentzell Zaner; born December 31, 1863; died March 29, 1927

Married Minnie Blanche Benjamin; born Sept. 9, 1867; died Aug. 24, 1954; both are buried in Fairview Cemetery; Dushore, PA

Children of Lewis & Minnie Benjamin Zaner:

1. Miriam Zaner; born January 29, 1897

Miriam was a twin. The boy died Feb. 1, 1897

2. Lawrence Birdsell; adopted May 27, 1907; born April 9, 1904; died 1974

MIRIAM ZANER; born January 29, 1897

Married 1st: Ernest Walter Erle; born October 25, 1895; died December 11, 1928

Married 2nd: William J. Miles; born Oct. 6, 1897; son of Wm. H. & Ellen Farrell Miles; died December 20, 1962.

Child of Miriam & Ernest Erle:

Donald Zaner Erle; born March 4, 1920

DONALD ZANER ERLE; born March 4, 1920

Married Mary Ann Craft; born November 16, 1922

Children of Donald & Mary Ann Craft Erle:

1. Jo Ann Erle; born December 12, 1943

2. Judy Marie Erle; born July 24, 1946

LAWRENCE BIRDSELL ZANER; born April 9, 1904

Married Cora May Barth; born June 14, 1909

Children of Lawrence & Cora May Barth Zaner:

1. Miriam May Zaner; born January 4, 1929

2. William Lewis Zaner; born October 19, 1930

MIRIAM MAY ZANER; born January 4, 1929

Married George Lewis Hatton; born July 21, 1925

Children of Miriam & George Hatton:

1. Charlotte Jean Hatton; born November 14, 1951

2. Janet Louise Hatton; born November 25, 1953

3. Lawrence Lewis Hatton; born September 2, 1956

WILLIAM LEWIS ZANER; born October 19, 1930

Married Connie M. Karschner; born August 15, 1932.

Children of William & Connie Karschner Zaner:

1. Dave Scott Zaner; born January 25, 1956

2. John William Zaner; born June 2, 1958

3. Vicki Lynn Zaner; born June 8, 1960

4. William Lewis Zaner, Jr.; born November 11, 1966

BERNICE ELMIRA ZANER; born September 19, 1866; died November 30, 1954

Married Addison Yonkin on May 12, 1891. He was born February 17, 1864; son of George Welles Yonkin & Mary Jane Sweeney Yonkin; he died April 21, 1946.

Children of Bernice & Addison Yonkin:

1. Harry Clair Yonkin; born October 31, 1892; died 1979

2. Ethel Yonkin; born September 23, 1897

HARRY CLAIR YONKIN; born October 31, 1892; died 1979

Married Caroline Lucy Hieber; born April 22, 1904; died 1986

Child of Harry & Caroline Hieber Yonkin:

Bernice Carol Yonkin; born May 14, 1936

BERNICE CAROL YONKIN; born May 14, 1936

Married John Franklin Bushofsky; born Jan. 19, 1934

Children of Bernice & John Bushofsky:

1. Karen Sue Bushofsky; born September 26, 1958

2. Debra Ann Bushofsky; born March 18, 1960

3. Patti Lou Bushofsky; born March 16, 1962

4. Wayne David Bushofsky; born June 12, 1964

ETHEL YONKIN; born September 23, 1897

Married Albert John Hoag; born October 5, 1895.

Children of Ethel & Albert Hoag:

1. Raymond Eugene Hoag; born April 8, 1922; reported missing in action in the Air Service during World War II, April 21, 1942.

2. Helen Lena Hoag; born August 7, 1928

HELEN LENA HOAG; born August 7, 1928

Married Robert Francis Pond; born Feb. 13, 1927; son of Frank O. & Celinda Junk Pond

Children of Helen & Robert Pond:

1. Joan Marie Pond; born October 11, 1952

2. Ronald Francis Pond; born July 2, 1965

ELEAZER W. ZANER; 4th child of Lewis and Eve Zaner

Enlisted in Company B, 58th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers during the Civil War. He was engaged in the battles of Durries Bluff, Cold Harbor and Petersburg, Va. He died in Point of Rocks Hospital near City Point, VA.

Born November 9, 1831; died August 6, 1862

Married Rebecca Reeser

Children of Eleazer & Rebecca Reeser Zaner:

1. Levi Freeman Zaner; born January 17, 1856

2. Emma Loretta Zaner; born October 6, 1858

3. Albert Smith Zaner; born February 2, 1861; died February 22, 1932

4. Ida Sarah Zaner; born January 30, 1863

ALBERT SMITH ZANER, son of Eleazer W. & Rebecca Reeser Zaner; born February 2, 1861; died February 22, 1932

Married Barbara Young

Children of Albert & Barbara Young Zaner:

1. Arthur Lewis Zaner; born April 14, 1885; died December 22, 1954

2. Wm. Van Selbern; born 1889; died 1919

ARTHUR LEWIS ZANER, son of Albert Smith Zaner; born April 14, 1885

Married Bertha Edgar

Children of Arthur & Bertha Edgar Zaner:

1. Ruth Catherine Zaner; born June 22, 1906

2. Ray Martin Zaner; born June 8, 1908

3. Miriam Rebecca Zaner; born March 20, 1910

4. Thelma Elizabeth Zaner; born June 17, 1913; died October 3, 1921

5. Glenn Chester Zaner; born May 6, 1915; died October 9, 1916

6. Amy Louise Zaner; born March 30, 1918

7. Jean Elaine Zaner; born September 21, 1920

RAY MARTIN ZANER, son of Arthur Lewis Zaner; born April 20, 1915

Married Eva Marie Hoover; born April 20, 1915

Children of Ray M. & Eva Hoover Zaner:

1. Ann Marie Zaner; born March 20, 1943

2. Virginia Rae Zaner; born August 1, 1945

3. John Arthur Zaner; born February 22, 1947

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Transcribed
December 7, 2002

Note: Since this history was issued in 1971, there has been additional research on the origins of the Zehner and related lines in North America. One of those lines emigrated to Ohio from Schuykill County, PA, about the same time that the Zaners discussed here went to the Sullivan County area. You can reqaqd about these other "Zehners" at THe Zehner Page.

THE DESCENDANTS OF FREDERICK TAYLOR


The Estate of Frederick Taylor 1804
Introduction to List of Authorized Payments
From the Records of the
Northumberland County Courthouse, Sunbury, PA
Photo Courtesy of David M. Taylor


Taylor Brothers Butchers
P. Monroe (1876-1911) and R. Harvey Taylor (c. 1880-after 1910)
Brothers and Proprietors
Muncy Valley, PA Before 1912
You can also click Here to see a landscape photo of Main Street in Muncy Valley
With the Taylor Brothers and Their Wagon in View
Dated to 1910 by the type of RPPC Photograph
Top Photo Courtesy of David M. Taylor
LInked Photo courtesy of Scott W. Tilden
From an Original Sold on eBay in October 2015

In December 2002, we received the following e-mail from David M. Taylor of Grafton, Virginia, our contributor for this family history:

First, I would like to thank you and sincerely compliment you for the excellent work you are doing. It has only been a matter of weeks since I began my search into our Taylor history, and with the help of your web page and the census information, I have been able to trace my ancestry back five generations!! Your history of Davidson Township was especially helpful, in which you gave biographical sketches of several Taylor families. I have also talked to the Sullivan County Historical Society and have corresponded with Nedra Snyder there. It so happens Nedra knew me when I was 3 1/2 years old and living in Sonestown. What a small world!!!

I need your help regarding the Robert Taylor who settled in Shrewsbury Township in 1804. He was my Great-Great-Great Grandfather. His son was Robert, Jr., then came David Monroe, then P. Monroe, then Paul E., then me. You would do me a great service if you shared with me the source of your information regarding the elder Robert. I have come to believe he was married to Elizabeth, born between 1777 and 1780 and who lived to at least age 93 (from the 1870 census). Robert, I believe, was up to 10 years older than Elizabeth and died between 1820 and 1830. I am in the process of pouring over the early censuses, from 1790-1840, in order to track Robert Sr., myself.

Attached are two pictures, one of Muncy Valley in the first quarter of the twentieth century, and one of the Taylor Brother Butchers. The individuals in the second picture are P. Monroe & Harvey Taylor. P. Monroe was my grandfather and Harvey was his brother. You are welcome to use them as you like. They have been in my family for as long as I can remember.

Sincerely,
David M. Taylor

We have posted these two pictures at the beginning and end of this story, respectively. While his comments were gracious and we are always happy to provide what information we can to inquiring readers, it turns out that David Taylor himself has been the most motivated and successful researcher on his own family, as we shall see.

Another family researcher, Brad Taylor, pointed out that Robert Taylor, and his son George Washington Taylor [see photos further down this page], were profiled in the 1892 History of Lycoming County by John Meginess. This encyclopedic history was reissued in 1996 with the cooperation of the Lycoming County Genealogical Society in Williamsport, PA [Published by HERITAGE BOOKS, INC., 1540-E Pointer Ridge Place, Bowie, MD 20716-1859. ISBN 0-7884-0428-8: Library of Congress #89-83409]. Here is what it has to say:

Robert Taylor was born April 28, 1778, in Ireland, son of Frederick Taylor, who immigrated from Ireland to America in 1783, and located on a farm in Northumberland county, Pennsylvania. He was twice married, By his first wife he had one child, Robert, and by his second wife, whose maiden name was Gailey, he had seven children. In 1802, Robert, the only child by his first marriage, located in what is now Sullivan county, Pennsylvania, where he engaged in farming. In 1831 he built a saw and grist mill, and in 1832 he constructed a still house, operating them in connection with his farm. He married Elizabeth Mahew, and to them were born eight sons and four daughters: Frederick, deceased; Robert; Richard M., deceased; James, deceased; William, deceased; John, deceased; Elizabeth, deceased; Catherine, deceased; George Washington; Matthew, deceased; Mary A., deceased, and Jane. Robert Taylor died, March 17, 1838 and his widow died, February 6, 1878, in the ninety-fifth year of her age.

G. W. Taylor, merchant and farmer, was born in Sullivan county, Pennsylvania, July 21, 1817, son of Robert and Elizabeth (Mahew) Taylor. He received a common school education, and began business for himself on a farm. In 1848 he built a saw mill, and manufactured lumber until 1886. He erected his business room in 1865 at Tivoli, where he has done a general mercantile business ever since. In 1848 he commenced to build the little hamlet of Tivoli, now containing twenty houses, sixteen of which were built by himself. February 28, 1839, he was married to Miss Mary A. Craft, and to them have been born ten children: Norman, deceased; Oliver W.; Maynard, deceased; Jurushia, who married Francis Hall; C. Lloyd; H. Wilson; Amanda, who married J. W. Fiester; Margaret E., deceased; M. Tivoli, and Thomas W. Mr. Taylor has always taken an active interest in the Democratic party, and in 1864 he was elected to the State legislature. In 1841, when at the age of twenty-four years, he was appointed a justice of the peace, and is now serving his eighth term. He is a member of the Masonic order, and in his religious views he is liberal."

David Taylor also investigated the old census records from Pennsylvania. Here is what he found:

I went back to the 1790 and 1800 censuses and reviewed them. In both censuses, there is only one Frederick Taylor in Pennsylvania for both censuses, and he comes from Northumberland County. So, I assume that he is our Frederick Taylor from Ireland. If so, the 1800 census shows Frederick having a wife born between 1755-1774. They have 3 boys, 1 born 1791-1800, 1 born about 1790, and 1 born between 1783-1784; and 5 girls; 2 born between 1790-1800, and 3 born between 1884-1890.

Brad Taylor on the other hand suggests a fifth daughter and also that Frederick was married twice!!!

In late 2002, David M. Taylor also visited the Northumberland County Courthouse in Sunbury, PA and recovered the documents for the settlement of the estate of Frederick Taylor after his death in 1804. We have reproduced several photos from these records on this page.


The Estate of Frederick Taylor 1804
Partial Inventory of Estate Assets
From the Records of the
Northumberland County Courthouse, Sunbury, PA
Photo Courtesy of David M. Taylor

Here is the formal lineage of the Taylor family as provided by David Taylor. At the end of this genelaogy, you will also find a listing of the members of the Taylor family known to be buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville, Lycoming county, PA, with a link to a file where you can view the individual grave markers. These resources are again courtesy of David Taylor, as are the Taylor estate photographs and several other pictures embedded in this history. We are deeply appreciative of this effort on his part.

Generation No. 1

1. FREDERICK TAYLOR was born between 1745 - 1752 in Ireland, and died 1804 in Turbotville, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. He married (1) "MOTHER". He married (2) NANCY GAILEY. She was born about 1756 in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.

More About FREDERICK TAYLOR:
Burial: Turbotville, Northumberland Pennsylvania
Immigration: 1783, from Ireland

Child of FREDERICK TAYLOR and "MOTHER" is:

2. i. ROBERT TAYLOR, SR., b. April 28, 1778, Ireland; d. March 17, 1838, Lycoming Co. Pennsylvania.

Children of FREDERICK TAYLOR and NANCY GAILEY are:

3. ii. FREDERICK TAYLOR, JR, b. 1792, Turbotville, Northumberland Co., Pennsylvania; d. 1860, Shrewsbury Township, Sullivan Co. Pennsylvania.
iii. CATHARINE TAYLOR.
iv. BARBARA TAYLOR.
v. MARGARET TAYLOR.
vi. JAMES TAYLOR.
vii. JANE TAYLOR.


The Estate of Frederick Taylor 1804
Partial List of Authorized Disbursememts
From the Records of the
Northumberland County Courthouse, Sunbury, PA
Photo Courtesy of David M. Taylor

Generation No. 2

2. ROBERT TAYLOR, SR. (FREDERICK) was born April 28, 1778 in Ireland, and died March 17, 1838 in Lycoming Co. Pennsylvania. He married ELIZABETH MAYHEW. She was born December 12, 1780 in Turbot Twp, Northumberland Co., Pennsylvania, and died February 06, 1878 in Shrewsbury, Lycoming Co, PA.

More About ROBERT TAYLOR, SR.:
Burial: Private Estate, Sullivan Co. Pennsylvania.
Moved: 1803, to Shrewsbury Twp, Sullivan Co. Pennsylvania.
Here is his Last Will and Testament (1838).

Notes for ELIZABETH MAYHEW:

Per David M. Taylor:

In my backward search through the censuses, Elizabeth first appears in the 1870 census in the household of William, her son. Elizabeth is age 93 which puts her birthdate as 1777. She appears in her son Richard's household in the 1860 census, where she reportedly is age 78, which puts her birthdate as 1782. Both households are in Shrewsbury Twp. In the 1850 census Elizabeth is still in Richard's household, at age 70, which puts her birthdate at 1780. In the 1840 census she is living with only a daughter age 15-20 and Elizabeth's age is between 60-70, which would put her birthdate between 1770-1780. Elizabeth's husband, Robert, died sometime before 1 June 1840, the date of the census.

More About ELIZABETH MAYHEW:
Burial: Taylor Cemetery, Shrewsbury Twp, Pennsylvania

Children of ROBERT TAYLOR, SR. and ELIZABETH MAYHEW are:

4. i. ROBERT TAYLOR, II, ESQ., b. about 1804, Pennsylvania; died before 1900.
5. ii. JAMES TAYLOR, b. January 05, 1808, Pennsylvania; d. August 31, 1872.
6. iii. FREDERICK TAYLOR, b. December 20, 1802, Turbot Township, Northumberland Co. Pennsylvania; d. April 12, 1886.
7. iv. WILLIAM TAYLOR, b. 1800, PA, m. Martha Parker, b. 1803 in Providence, RI. They relocated to Illinois later in life.
8. v. RICHARD TAYLOR, b. August 06, 1806, Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA; d. February 20, 1864, Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA.
9. vi. JOHN TAYLOR, b. December 04, 1813, Lycoming Co. Pennsylvania; d. April 30, 1857, Williamsport, PA (drowned).
9. b. vii. MATTHEW TAYLOR, b. 1815, m. ADDIE._______ of Spencer Township, Lucas Co., Ohio; died after 1850 in Ohio (drowned).
10. viii. GEORGE WASHINGTON TAYLOR, b. July 21, 1817, Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA; d. February 19, 1897.
ix. MARY ANN TAYLOR, m. SAMUEL VANBUSH.of Hughesville, Pennsylvania
x. JANE TAYLOR.
xi. ELIZA TAYLOR, b. about 1810; m. ROBERT JOHNSTON [?]; b. about 1818.
** Editor's Note: The 1870 census for Shrewsbury has Eliza as age 70. However there is a larger issue here, which came to our attention in an e-mail from Sue Shaner in March 2008, as discussed below.
xii. KATHARINE TAYLOR.

** Sidebar on the Corson Family

In March 2008, a regular contributor, Sue Shaner, reported that she had been exchanging photos with a cousin in Colorado named Margot Corson Armstrong. Margot is a descendant of Robert and Elizabeth (Mayhew) Taylor, as follows: Their daughter Elizabeth (11/24/1813-03/23/1890) married Jacob Corson (son of Isaac Corson, who was born in 1781 in New Jersey) and moved to Ohio. The Corsons are an old family originating in Holland and subsequently living in New Jersey in the 18th century. Here is a partial lineage, for which we are indebted to Scott Stoner of Rochester, NY:

Johannes Corsen, born April 03, 1717 in Readington Twp., Hunterdon Co., NJ; died 1770 in Sussex Co., NJ. He was the son of Jacobus James Corsen, born in 1690 and chirstened in the Dutch Reformed Church in New Amsterdam, and Ariaentje Covert. Johannese married Geertruyd Van Tuyl in 1742 in Readington Twp., Hunterdon Co., NJ. She was born March 01, 1719/20 in Port Richmond, Staten Island, NY; died in Sussex Co., NJ. She was the daughter of Isaac Van Tuyl and Sarah Lakerman.
Children of Johannes Corsen and Geertruyd Van Tuyl were:
i. Isaac Corsen, born in Hunterdon Co., NJ; died February 05, 1810; married Anna Case September 27, 1778.
ii. Jacob Corsen, born July 30, 1743 in Readington, Hunterdon, New Jersey; died June 05, 1815 in Sussex Co, NJ; married Mary Nixon in Somerset Co, NJ.
iii. Benjamin Corsen, born 1747 in Morris Co., NJ; died in Ontario.
iv. Peter Corson, born about 1749 in Roxbury Twp., Morris Co., NJ; died 1828 in Hughesville, Lycoming Co., PA; married (1) Johanna Dotterer; married (2) Catharine ________. Peter and Johanna had several children, including Isaac Corson , born February 21, 1781 in Sussex Co, New Jersey; died October 29, 1847 in Shrewsbury, PA [see more below] *
v. John Corsen, born September 07, 1753 in Morris Co., NJ; died January 12, 1815; married Phebe Goble.
vi. Abraham Corsen, born 1760 in Sussex Co., NJ; died May 22, 1814; married Jemima Van Deren.
vii. Vantile Corsen, born 1765 in Sussex Co., NJ; died November 11, 1829; married Sally Johnson July 16, 1786.
viii. William Corsen, born 1767 in Sussex Co., NJ; married Elizabeth Prine January 20, 1785.
ix. Richard Corsen, born 1768 in Sussex Co., NJ; married Rachel Hardin December 30, 1790.
* Editor's Note: In October 2009, we learned from Larry Pardoe about another branch of the Corson family in the Lycoming/Sullivan County area. This branch was descended from Jacob Corson, another son of Peter and Johanna. The line descended from Peter through Jacob through Peter D. to his children, Pierson L. and Alice Elvetta (Corson) Osler. Fannie Mae Osler, daughter of Clay M. and Alice E. (Corson) Osler of Forksville, Sullivan County, married Walter H. Webster. All these families played a role in local history as can be established by multiple links on this site. You can learn more about these intermarriages at Mark Zettlemoyer's Descendants of Freda (Webster) Moyer.

Peter Corson, Jacob's great uncle, was among the earliest settlers of Shrewsbury and Muncy, then in Lycoming County and now straddling the Lycoming and Sullivan County boundary lines. His farm was near present day Hughesville, PA. You can learn more about the prominent role played by the Corson family in Lycoming County history at the John F. Meginness History of Lycoming County. A second more specific source is the Corson/Colson Family Association, which publishes genealogical research on the various Corson lines. Finally, there is a detailed genealogy developed by Margaret Haberman and accessible on Ancestry.com at The Warn & Corson Tree.

Meanwhile, Isaac Corson, son of Peter and Johanna (Dotterer) Corson, married Sarah Shipman and was the father of our Jacob and several other children. There is an agreement (Source: Lycoming County Deed Book, Vol. 28, pages 494-5, recorded December 1, 1845), found by a colleague of Margot Corson Armstrong, our contributor, In the basement of the Lycoming County Courthouse in Williamsport, PA. Essentially a will, the agreement is between Isaac Corson and his sons Peter and William. In that article of agreement, all of Isaac's children are named--including "our" Jacob. The parents deed their land and property to their children in exchange for the right to live their for the rest of their lives.

Jacob and Elizabeth (Taylor) Corson had eight children, as follows, some born in PA and at least one, William, born in OH:
Theodore (1836-1855)
Robert (1838-1882), m. Rowena Demotte in 1863
Hannah (1840-1895), m. Predom Martin in 1859
Amanda (1842-1928), m. James T. Wood in 1860
Mary Jane (1846-1918), M. Harrison Wood in 1876
Sarah (1847-1911), m. Eugene M. Hill in 1878
Ellis Z. (1852-1898), m. Adillah Euphemia Trowbridge in 1878
William Hutchinson (1857-1943), m. Eliza Anne "Lyda" Milton in 1883

The family move to Ohio seems to have occurred some time in the 1850's before the youngest child, William H., was born. However, we believe that the Corsons owned land in Ohio at least as far back as 1839 because we can find a record of a land transfer from John Pray to Jacob Corson for June of that year in Lucas Township, Ohio, near Toledo. The record is listed in the History of Toledo and Lucas County. The original states that Jacob bought the south 1/2 of town lot #33 in the town of Waterville, Lucas County, Ohio on 28 June 1839. However, the land record says that he was from Ontario Co., NY. That seems like a misentered piece of information, because "our" Jacob certainly was living in Lucas County fifteen years later and there is no other "Jacob" found thereafter in the local records. Or, maybe, he was living in Ontario County at one point earlier in his life. On the other hand, the Corson Plot in the Springfield Township Cemetery in Lucas County was deeded to our Jacob Corson on April 4, 1876 and both he and Elizabeth, as well as several children and in-laws are buried there. You can view their markers at Corson Grave Markers.

Another informative document indicates that a brother of Eliabeth (Taylor) Corson, William Taylor and his wife Mary M. were living in Lucas County, Ohio at the time of the a land deed executed in 1851 that names all of the living children of Robert and Elizabeth (Mayhew) Taylor: Geroge W., Elizabeth (Taylor) Corson, Catherine (Taylor) Flick, Richard, Frederick, Robert, James, John, William, and Jane (Taylor) Gardner, . This document (Source: Lycoming County Deed Book, Vol. 32, pages 408-411) was recorded on May 23, 1851 in Williamsport, PA, and releases any claim by the children and their spouses against a certain Samuel Van Buskirk who appears to have come into the lands of their deceased father or father-in-law, respectively, Robert Taylor, located in Hughesville. At this time, Jacob and Elizabeth (Taylor) Corson still lived in Lycoming County. Yet another sibling of Elizabeth, Jane (Taylor) Gardner and her husband Moses Gardner, lived in William County, Ohio. So, the Corsons were not moving into a relationship vacuum when they finally relocated to Lucas County some time between 1851 and 1857.

It would appear that Elizabeth Taylor must be a child not listed in the preceding section of this Taylor history with the Taylor-Mayhew children. It is possible she could be the child listed as Eliza Taylor. Then, this person either would not have been married to Robert Johnson, or perhaps was married twice, the second time to Jacob Corson. According to Margot, this alternative is unlikely; she believes that Elizabeth was the seventh child of the Taylor-Mayhew union and was only married once. In any case, we do know that her husband, Jacob Corson, was a nephew to Ann Corson, wife of Elizabeth's uncle Frederick and sister to Jacob's father Isaac Corson. [See her entry below].

Whatever the exact nature of these relationships, Jacob and Elizabeth ended up near or in Holland, Lucas County, Ohio, about 15 miles west of Toledo. In time, William Hutchinson Corson (1857-1943), son of Jacob and Elizabeth, married Elida "Lyda" Anne Milton and they had Paul Gordon Corson, who married Margaret Mae Cockfield, Margot's mother and father. Lyda was one of several children of William and Mary (Escott) Milton shown in the 1880 Federal census for Waynesfield, Lucas County, Ohio. She was "at school" at that time. Lyda was born on December 19, 1861 in Maumee, Perrysburg, Lucas County, Ohio and died June 17, 1941 in Los Angeles. Margot's grandfather, William Corson, was the last child born (#11) of Elizabeth and Jacob Corson, and the only one born in Ohio. His siblings were all born in Lycoming Co, PA. Elizabeth was the next youngest child, and if you check the 1880 Ohio census you will see her listed as being born in PA.

We know that the family arrived in Ohio, because a set of pictures was found in a trunk by a distant cousin of our contributor. They were found in that community and they were labeled as the "Chicago Pike" pictures. Chicago Pike is the old name of Route 2, now Airways Road, running from Toledo itself west through Holland and on into Indiana in the direction of Chicago. The house shown in the pictures presented here was, according to the caption, located on Chicago Pike when the photos were taken in about 1882. Here are two pictures, with the identities as they were handwritten on the backs of the original photos [editorial comments are in brackets]:


Seated, l to r: Jacob and Elizabeth Corson; four children: Austa and Alyda Wood, Lilli and Ira Cowell; Regamia DeMotte [sister of Rowena DeMotte who was the wife of Robert Corson, neither of whom are shown here], Mrs. Cowell, Mrs. Taylor; standing l to r: James and Amanda [Wood] Tom; Harry Norris and Arretta Wood; Dell Corson; Frank Barker; Coleman Cowell; Rev. Taylor; Mrs. Barker; Clara Cowell; Ada and Alta Wood. There appears to be a child playing in the grass in front of the group as well.

L to r: Marvin Martin and Alta Wood; seated in front of them--Aunt Dell Corson, Jennie Martin, Uncle Gene and Aunt Sarah Hill and "Zoe", Lora Martin-Aunt Hannah-and Uncle Preedom Martin; in front of them: Uncle William "Will" Corson [grandfather of our contributor, Margot Corson Armstrong] and cousin Ethel; next: Aunt Jen Wood and Earl Wood; next: Grandma and Grandpa Corson and, seated in front of them, Arthur Wood; standing: Harry Wood, Austa and Alyda [Wood], Grandma and Grandpa Wood, T. C. Martin and Arretta Wood, Norris Wood and Alson Martin
Jacob and Elizabeth (Taylor) Corson
With Family and Neighbors
At Home on Chicago Pike, Holland, Ohio
Taken About 1882
Based on Estimated Age of Will Corson and His Niece Ethel
Photos Courtesy of Margot Corson Armstrong

In addition, Margot has sent us pictures of (1) Jacob Corson and three of his brothers, and (2) three of the sons of Jacob and Elizabeth (Taylor Corson). All these pictures were taken in Ohio. Robert Corson was the next to oldest child; William, the youngest.



Four Corson Brothers
Seated, l to r: William Jacob Corson
Standing, l to r: Edkin and George Washington Corson
Taken in Ohio About 1880
Photo Courtesy of Margot Corson Armstrong

What do we know about these other brothers of Jacob Corson? According to Margot, George Washington Corson remained with his parents on the farm in Lycoming County until a young man, when he engaged in business for himself in Hughesville. He later managed some lumber mills. After his wife's death in the summer of 1863, he went with his two sons to Toledo, Ohio. Later he went to Waterloo, Indiana, where he engaged in the hotel business. He again went to Ohio after his subsequent marriage to Clara, where he again engaged in the mercantile business of Holland, Ohio. He is mentioned in A History of Holland, Ohio (Lucas County Historical Society: 1953) where he once operated the post office. In 1886 he came west to Sun River, Montana where his two oldest sons had preceded him. When Great Falls, MT was in its infancy, he rented and ran the Higgins House, one of the first, if not the first, hotels in that city. After his second wife died, he went to his old home in Ohio for a year before returning to Choteau, Montana where he remained until his death The 1880 Springfield, Ohio census shows George with wife Clara and son Byron, age 14.

As for William Corson, he appears in the 1870 census, with his wife Martha along with five of their children, in Watertown, Clinton County, Michigan, which is in the dead center of the state. He died in Lansing, MI in 1880, which helps us date the preceding picture on this page. Earlier in life, he acquired a licnese to run a tavern in 1854 in Davidson, PA and ran a stage coach line between Dushore and Muncy, PA:

The same year (1851) Jacob Reed purchased several lots and erected a small tavern, which a few years later he sold to William Corson, who also ran a stage line from Muncy to Dushore. Corson kept hotel for about 10 years when he sold out to James Taylor and moved west. Later, the hotel was sold to Thomas S. Magargle.
--George Streby, History of Davidson Township, 1903


A third brother, Edkin Corson, moved to Clinton County, Michigan with his brother William. Their nephew George Little went, too. Edkin died in Watertown, Michigan on March 5, 1907.




Robert (04/02/1838-12/07/1882), Ellis Z. (02/13/1852 *-09/18/1898) and
William Hutchinson Corson (08/09/1857-08/29/1943)
Photos Courtesy of Margot Corson Armstrong
* Ellis has an alternative birth date of 01/12/1854. This photo is dated to 1885.

Two of the Corson sons and at least one of their brothers-in-law were Civil War veterans. First, Robert Corson, born 4/2/1838, Corsons Corners, Tivoli, Lycoming Co., PA; died 12/7/1882 Adams Twp., Lucas Co. Ohio. The national Archives show that he enlisted 12/17/1861 at Toledo, Ohio Col K 1st Reg. of 1st Artillery Ohio Volunteers, to serve 3 years. He was a private in Battery H, and received a disability discharge on 1/1/1863. He then reported to hospital at Harpers Ferry. He was on the muster roll of Company 26 of that regiment for the months of Sept and Oct 1862 before he was hospitalized. Records on file show that he was discharged March 8, 1863 at Camp Ohio, DC on account of a ruptured groin and vasicoele of the left testicle, which originated from an injury received on the night of Aug 21, 1862 at Warrenton, Va, while under military orders helping to load his battery on the cars.

Second, Montgomery Isaac Corson, born in PA 3/25/1844; died on 3/10/1872 in Sylvania, Lucas Co., Ohio. He was a member of the 2nd Ohio Heavy Artillery, Co H, having enlisted as a private on 7/20/1863. He was subsequently promoted to full musician. He was Mustered out 8/25/1865 at Nashville,. Tenn. with the same company and regiment.

Predom Martin (Hannah Corson's husband), born 8/6/1834 in Vienna, Michigan; died 3/10/1906 Holland, Lucas Co. Ohio. He enlisted as a corporal on May 2, 1864 in the 130th Reg. Ohio Inf., Co A, and mustered out with the same regiment and company on Sept 22, 1864 in Toledo. After the war, he lived in Springfield, Ohio where he was elected treasurer in 1903-1905. Predom was married twice, and that is an interesting story in its own right. His first wife, Hannah (Corson) Martin died 4/4/1895. Four years later, on 4/12/1899, in Lucas Co., Ohio, he married the sister of the wife of William Hutchinson Corson, Emma Jane Milton. To be specific, Emma Jane was a sister to Lyda Milton. The 1900 Federal Census for Springfield, Ohio shows Predom and Emma Martin living next to Predom's sister-in-law Mary Jane (Corson) Wood, another sister of his deceased first wife Hannah. So, Predom married in turn both Margot's grandfather's sister and then her grandmother's sister! Predom is buried in Springfield and Emma Milton Martin is buried at Ft. Meigs, Perrysburg, Ohio (near to Toledo) alongside her siblings and parents.

In May 2008, Bob Sweeney, the Sullivan County Genealogical Web Page coordinator, mailed a Corson Family Group Record sheet, a copy of Robert Corson's Civil War pension application, a plot fo the Springfield Township (OH) cemetery, and a handwritten full Corson Family genealogical chart to the Sullivan County Historical Society. Bob otained these materials from Margot (Corson) Armstrong and donated them on her behalf.

3. FREDERICK TAYLOR, JR (FREDERICK) was born 1792 in Turbotville, Northumberland Co.,PA, and died 1860 in Shrewsbury Township, Sullivan Co. PA. He married ANN CORSON, daughter of PETER CORSON and HANNAH DUDDER (" JOHANNAH DUTTER"). She was born 1790 in Sussex, Sussex County, New Jersey, and died 1860 in Shrewsbury Township, Sullivan Co. PA. Peter and Hannah were also the grandparents of Jacob Corson,husband of Elizabeth Taylor, who relocated to Ohio in the 1830s. Peter was born in New Jersey, son of Johannes Corson, but died in Lycoming County, PA.

More About FREDERICK TAYLOR, JR:

Burial: Muncy Creek, Lycoming Co. Pensylvania

Child of FREDERICK TAYLOR and ANN CORSON was:

i. ROBERT TAYLOR, b. 1816.

Generation No. 3

4. ROBERT TAYLOR, II, ESQ. (ROBERT, FREDERICK) was born about 1804 in Pennsylvania, and died before 1900. He married MARY BENNETT about 1826 in Pemnnsylvania, daughter of THOMAS BENNETT and SUSANN WILSON. She was born about 1806 in Pennsylvania.

Notes for ROBERT TAYLOR, II, ESQ.:

Robert Taylor was a Justice of the Peace. The Sullivan County Democrat for the years 1854-1857 show him marrying several couples.
Residence: Davidson Township, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania

The Sullivan Gazette
January 7, 1892

Robert Taylor Sr. died at the residence of his son D.M. Taylor, at Muncy Valley, on Friday Dec. 25, 1891, at the advanced age of 87 years.

Mr. Taylor was born in Shrewsbury Township and was at the time of his death, the oldest person born in Sullivan County.

He married Miss Mary Bennett in 1826, who survives him, being now in her 86th year.

He leaves three sons and three daughters; D.M. Taylor, of Muncy Valley; George Taylor, of Williamsport; Clark Taylor, of Millville, Pa.; Mrs. Elizabeth Phillips, of Davidson; Mrs. Lewis Speary, of Illinois and Mrs. Angeline Corson, of Michigan.

Mr. Taylor was well known and very highly respected. The remains were interred at Hughesville Dec. 27.

The Republican
Laporte, Pa
August 17, 1894

Mrs. Robert Taylor, widow of the late Robt. Taylor, of Muncy Valley, died of dropsy on Thursday last, aged 88 years, 1 month and 5 days. Interment took place on Sunday.

Deceased, with her late husband, were among the early settlers of Sullivan County. Rev. W. A. Lepley preached the funeral sermon from the text, "Even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you." Isa. 46, 4. She was buried in the Hughesville cemetery. Six out of eight children survived her of whom General Taylor of Tivoli, is the oldest. Two of the daughters are living in the west and one of these, Mrs. Speary of Ill., was present at the funeral.

Children of ROBERT TAYLOR and MARY BENNETT were:

11. i. DAVID MONROE TAYLOR, b. October 01, 1846, Muncy Valley, PA; d. Feruary 22, 1919, Muncy Valley, PA.

12. ii. GEORGE TAYLOR, b. about 1827, Pennsylvania

iii. ANGELINE TAYLOR, b. about 1836; m. EDWIN CORSON, later of Lansing, MI, February 05, 1856, in Sullivan County, PA, At the time, he apparently lived in Davidson Township, according to the Sullivan County Democrat, 8 Feb 1856.

iv. JEREMIA TAYLOR, b. April 06, 1822; d. January 06, 1836.
More About JEREMIA TAYLOR:
Burial: Edkins Hill Cemetary, Shrewsbury Township, Pennsylvania

v. HARRIET TAYLOR, b. about 1843; d. about 1853.

13. vi. ELIZABETH TAYLOR.

vii. ROSETTA TAYLOR, m. JOHN HIDDLESTON Of Iowa

viii. CARL S. TAYLOR of Danville

14. ix. CLARKE TAYLOR, b. about 1821, Pennsylvania

5. JAMES TAYLOR (ROBERT, FREDERICK) was born January 05, 1808 in Pennsylvania, and died August 31, 1872. He married CORDELIA EDKIN about 1832, daughter of GEORGE EDKIN. She was born May 22, 1813 in Pennsylvania, and died September 28, 1875.

More About JAMES TAYLOR:
Burial: Taylor Cemetery, Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA
Office held: Post Master, Muncy Bottom
Residence: Davidson Township, Pennsylvania

More About CORDELIA EDKIN:
Burial: Taylor Cemetery, Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA

Children of JAMES TAYLOR and CORDELIA EDKIN were:

15. i. MATHIAS TAYLOR, b. November 12, 1833, Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA.

16. ii. ALFRED TAYLOR, b. about 1835, Shrewsbury Township, Sullivan Co., Pennsylvania; d. before 1896, Pennsylvania.

17. iii. CATHERINE TAYLOR, b. October 20, 1837; d. December 29, 1903.

iv. SARAH JANE TAYLOR, b. June 24, 1841; d. February 01, 1861.

Notes for SARAH JANE TAYLOR:
Our contributor has Sarah and Laura listed as daughters of James Taylor, born 1808, and Cordelia Taylor, born 1813. It would seem they should be granddaughters rather than daughters, but he does not know who their parents would have been.

More About SARAH JANE TAYLOR:
Burial: Taylor Cemetery, Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA

v. MARGARET JANE TAYLOR, b. August 16, 1844; d. December 13, 1863

More About MARGARET JANE TAYLOR:
Burial: Taylor Cemetery, Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA

vi. SARAH M. TAYLOR, b. about 1868

vii. LAURA TAYLOR, b. about 1864

viii. GAYLORD TAYLOR, b. December 04, 1849; d. November 28, 1863

More About GAYLORD TAYLOR: He was adopted
Burial: Taylor Cemetery, Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA

6. FREDERICK TAYLOR (ROBERT, FREDERICK) was born December 20, 1802 in Turbot Township, Northumberland Co. Pennsylvania, and died April 12, 1886. He married MARGARET EDKIN, daughter of GEORGE EDKIN and DEBORAH MOORBY (aka "Marby" or "Moreby"). George married Deborah in 1794 in New York city. Their daughter, Margaret, was born July 26, 1801, and died February 27, 1893.

Notes for FREDERICK TAYLOR:
Frederick Taylor was a member of the Democratic Standing Committee of Sullivan County, according to an article in the Sullivan County Democrat, 20 Jan 1852.
Burial: Edkins Hill Cemetery, Shrewsbury Township, Pennsylvania
Residence: Shrewsbury Township, Sullivan Co. Pennsylvania

More About MARGARET EDKIN:
Burial: Edkins Hill Cemetery, Shrewsbury Township, Pennsylvania

Children of FREDERICK TAYLOR and MARGARET EDKIN were:

18. i. ROBERT TAYLOR, JR., b. 1831, Pennsylvania; died April 16, 1907 at his home in Strawbridge Township, Sullivan County, PA. See his obituary below.

The Sullivan Review
April 25, 1907

Hon. Robert Taylor, Jr, died at his home at Strawbridge Tuesday evening, April 16, aged seventy-five years and six months. The funeral was held Friday forenoon, April 19, with interment at Mt. Zion cemetery.

Robert Taylor was one of the best known citizens of Sullivan County, and in 1886 was elected one of the associate judges of Sullivan county serving throughout his term with honor and distinction. His beautiful home in the picturesque Muncy Creek Valley was noted for its cheer and hospitality, while the broad acres surrounding it, forming one of the largest farms in this section, fairly groaned with the harvests that his agricultural skill produced. Hard working and thrifty, he could not bear to see things go to waste, but he could give of his bounty as generously as anyone. In all business transactions his word was as good as his note, and he died respected and regretted by all who knew him. Can greater honor come to any man?

He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. A.T. Armstrong of Hughesville, and Miss Edna at home, and one son Harry.

ii. SARAH TAYLOR, b. about 1826; m. J.B. KITCHEN.

iii. GEORGE E. TAYLOR *, b. February 13, 1833, Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA; d. December 6, 1918 in Sonestown, PA; m. MARGARET BIDDLE, December 16, 1881; b. about 1842, Bradford Co., Pennsylvania; d. 1910.
More About MARGARET BIDDLE:
Burial: Edkins Hill Cemetery, Shrewsbury Township, Pennsylvania
* Editor's Note: We are grateful to Nancy Spencer for a copy of the Death Certificate for George E. Taylor, which provides additonal information.

iv. SOPHIA TAYLOR, b. about 1835; m. JOHN FOUST of Muncy , Pensylvania

v. THEODORE TAYLOR, b. about 1837; died in the Civil War

vi. DEBRAH TAYLOR, b. June 07, 1839; d. April 17, 1881; m. JOHN ROACH; b. July 27, 1817; d. January 27, 1892.
More About DEBRAH TAYLOR:
Burial: Edkins Hill Cemetery, Shrewsbury Township, Pennsylvania
More About JOHN ROACH:
Burial: Edkins Hill Cemetery, Shrewsbury Township, Pennsylvania
Residence: Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA

vii. MARGARET JANE TAYLOR, b. about 1841; d. 1863.

19. viii. WILLIAM TAYLOR, b. September 02, 1828, Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA; d. August 26, 1891, Tivoli, Lycoming Co., Pennsylvania.

The Sullivan Gazette
September 1, 1891

Killed by the cars-William Taylor, of Shrewsbury, met with a horrible accident last Friday morning near Tivoli by which he was instantly killed.

Mr. Taylor was on his way to Hughesville and was driving a spirited horse when he met a freight train coming up east of Tivoli, Lycoming County, at a point where the wagon road runs along and a little above the Williamsport & North Branch railroad.

The horse became frightened and Mr. Taylor got out of the carriage and held the horse by the bridle. Just as the train approached the frightened animal plunged forward over the bank on to the track, throwing Mr. Taylor with one arm and his neck across the rail, and before the train could be stopped the engine, tender and two cars had passed over him, and the horse, severing Mr. Taylor’s head from the body and breaking one arm. The horse was killed and the wagon demolished.

Wm. Taylor was about 65 years of age, was the owner of a very large farm in Shrewsbury and was considered one of the most progressive and enterprising citizens of the township; honorable and upright in all his dealings. His sudden death is a severe shock to the bereaved family and to the community. The remains were interred at Hughesville Sunday.

7. WILLIAM TAYLOR (ROBERT, FREDERICK) was born in 1800 and lived in Muncy Valley, PA. He married MARTHA PARKER, born in 1803 in Providence, RI.

Child of WILLIAM TAYLOR and MARTHA was:

i. DANIEL TAYLOR, b. February 11, 1838 in PA, d. April 19, 1919 and was buried April 26, 1919 in Hughesville, PA. He died from "exhaustion" with a contributing cause of "paralysis". As a widower, he was living with his daughter, Alice Mae Taylor and her husband, Merton S. Houston at 85 Lincoln Street, in Waverly, NY, when he died. Danile married AMANDA EDGAR, b. in 1837, daughter of Andrew EDGAR and Dinah GLIDEWELL. She December 25, 1910 while living in Hughesville, PA. Daniel and Amanda had the following children:

I. Elmer Ellsworth TAYLOR was born on March 28, 1866 in Sonestown, PA.. He died on June 12, 1898 in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, PA. He was buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, 2 Lot 154A He resided in Wilkes_Barre, Luzerne County, PA. Elmer was married to Emma Lenora HOUSER (daughter of Levi HOUSER and ________ ESCHENBACH) in September 1892. Emma Lenora HOUSER was born on July 10, 1868 in Locust Ridge, Pa. She died on November 2, 1953 in Virgil, Cortland County, NY. She was buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Elmer Ellsworth TAYLOR and Emma Lenora HOUSER had the following children:

A. Grant R. TAYLOR was born on March 23, 1893. He died on November 14, 1969 in Cortland, Cortland Co, NY. He was buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. He served in the military. CPL 34th MG CO 7th Div WWI.
B. Ernest TAYLOR was born on November 6, 1894. He died on February 7, 1895. He was buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
C. Harold TAYLOR was born in 1896. He died on December 16, 1981 in Arnot Ogden Hospital, Elmira, NY. He was buried in Willow Glen Cemetary, Dryden, Tompkins., Co., NY.
D. Effie Amanda TAYLOR was born on October 13, 1898 in Pocono Lake, PA. She died on October 4, 1988 in Lynchburg, VA. She was buried in Cortland Rural Cemetary, Cortland, NY. Section O, Lot 1, Cortland, NY.

II. Eldora TAYLOR was born in 1868 in PA.
III. Charles TAYLOR was born in 1871 in PA.
IV. Alice Mae TAYLOR was born in 1879 in PA. She died in 1948. Her husband was Merton HOUSTON and they resided in Waverly, NY.
V. unknown TAYLOR.

Our source on the Daniel Taylor family is Patricia Givens Warner.

ii. MATILDA TAYLOR, b. about 1846.

8. RICHARD TAYLOR (ROBERT, FREDERICK) was born August 06, 1806 in Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA, and died February 20, 1864 in Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA. He married RHODA FARR April 19, 1835 in Lycoming County, PA, daughter of WILLIAM FARR, per the Lycoming Gazette of March 4, 1835 which predates the recorded marriage date. She was born November 28, 1804 in Moreland Township, PA, and died June 01, 1894.

More About RICHARD TAYLOR:
Burial: Taylor Cemetery, Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA
Notes for RHODA FARR:
The 1880 census for Shrewsbury has Rhoda living with her son, William. She was age 75.
Burial: Taylor Cemetery, Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA

Children of RICHARD TAYLOR and RHODA FARR were:

5 i. ANDREW JACKSON TAYLOR, b. December 17, 1836; d. October 25, 1862, Norfolk, Virginia during the Civil War.
More About ANDREW JACKSON TAYLOR:
Burial: Taylor Cemetery, Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA

20. ii. WILLIAM FAIR TAYLOR, b. about 1839, Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA.

iii. JAMES M. TAYLOR, b. about 1841.
More About JAMES M. TAYLOR:
Residence: Tivoli, Lycoming Co., Pennsylvania

iv. ROBERT MATTHEW TAYLOR, b. about 1844.
More About ROBERT MATTHEW TAYLOR:
Residence: Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA

v. ELIZABETH ANN TAYLOR, b. about 1845; d. August 13, 1862.

vi. RICHARD B. TAYLOR, b. December 18, 1839; d. October 20, 1852.
More About RICHARD B. TAYLOR:
Burial: Taylor Cemetery, Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA

vii. REBECCA BALSAM, b. about 1834.

viii. BARTLEY TAYLOR.

9. JOHN TAYLOR (ROBERT, FREDERICK) was born December 04, 1813 in Lycoming Co., Pennsylvania, and died April 30, 1857 in Williamsport, PA (drowned). He married DELILA BENNETT, daughter of THOMAS BENNETT and PHEOBE WOOLSY/WORLEY/WOOLEY. She was born April 14, 1813, and died November 08, 1881.

Notes for JOHN TAYLOR:
John Taylor drowned while attending court in Williamsport according to an article in the Sullivan County Democrat, 29 May 1857. It was never determined if it was by foul play.

29 May 1857

John TAYLOR, of Shrewsbury Twp., Lycoming Co., while attending the last Court in Williamsport, was suddenly missed, and his hat being found in the canal, his death by drowning or by foul means was apprehended. The canal and river were searched in vain, and up to the last accounts he was still missing. He is a brother of Robert TAYLOR, Esq., Commissioner of this county. P. S. Since the above was put in type, we learn by the Muncy Luminary, that the body of Mr. TAYLOR was found in a mill-race near Williamsport, on Saturday last.

More About JOHN TAYLOR:
Served in the military
More About DELILA BENNETT:
Burial: Riley Center Memorial Cemetery
Residence: appeared in 1870 census in McHenry Co. IL

Children of JOHN TAYLOR and DELILA BENNETT were:

i. HANSON TAYLOR, b. about 1840.

ii. MALINDA TAYLOR, b. about 1843.

iii. TILEMAN TAYLOR, b. about 1846, Lycoming Co. Pennsylvania.

21. iv. UVILLA TAYLOR, b. about 1847, Lycoming Co. Pennsylvania.

v. JOHN C. TAYLOR, b. 1849.

22. vi. ASHER TAYLOR, b. October 05, 1851, Lycoming Co. Pennsylvania.

23. vii. ERASTUS WILSON TAYLOR, b. November 1854, Lycoming Co. Pennsylvania; d. April 12, 1931, Elkhorn, WI.

viii. HEBERN TAYLOR, b. 1855.

9.b. MATTHEW TAYLOR (ROBERT, FREDERICK) was born in 1815 and, at some point, relocated to Ohio, where he married Adaline "Addie" _________, born in 1821. He drowned after 1850 in the Miami (Ohio) River. He may be the "Matthew Taylor" referenced in the Ohio State Census records:

The 1840 census has Matthew Taylor, wife and one daughter, living in Lawrence Twp, Tuscarawas County The 1850 census, which is the first to name the spouse and children, has a Matthew B. Taylor, age 35 (born 1815), who was born in Penna. His wife's name was Adaline, age 29 (born 1821). The were living in Warren Twp, Trumbull County and in 1850 had 5 children: Emily, age 8, Gertrude, age 6, Helen, age 4, George, age 2, and Adaline age 1.

On the other hand, Beverly Hale of Michigan claimed in 2004 to be the ggg-granddaughter of Matthew Taylor via a daughter named "Mary Deborah". This whole line of Taylors is still being researched.

10. GEORGE WASHINGTON TAYLOR (ROBERT, FREDERICK) was born July 21, 1817 in Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA, and died February 19, 1897. He married MARY ANN CRAFT. She was born March 25, 1821, and died December 31, 1905.


George Washington Taylor
1817-1897
Photo Courtesy of Bobbie Patterson of Suffolk, VA
His ggg-granddaughter


Mary Ann (Craft) Taylor
1821-1905
Photo Courtesy of Bobbie Patterson of Suffolk, VA
Her ggg-granddaughter

More About GEORGE WASHINGTON TAYLOR:
Burial: Taylor Cemetery, Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA
Occupation: Served in the military; merchant & Farmer
Residence: Tivoli, Lycoming Co., Pennsylvania


George Washington Taylor
Civil War Veteran
Grave Marker
Taylor Cemetery
Tivoli, Shrewsbury, Lycoming County, PA
Photo Courtesy of Bobbie Patterson of Suffolk, VA
His ggg-granddaughter

More About MARY ANN CRAFT:
Burial: Taylor Cemetery, Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA

Children of GEORGE TAYLOR and MARY CRAFT were:

i. NORMAN TAYLOR, b. January 09, 1849; d. December 18, 1849, Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA.
More About NORMAN TAYLOR:
Burial: Taylor Cemetery, Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA

ii. OLIVER W. TAYLOR.

iii. MAYNARD TAYLOR.

iv. JURISHIA TAYLOR.

v. C. LLOYD TAYLOR.

vi. H. WILSON TAYLOR.

vii. AMANDA TAYLOR.

viii. MARGARET E. TAYLOR.

ix. M. TIVOLI TAYLOR.

x. THOMAS W. TAYLOR.


Copper Point, Tivoli, PA
The Town that George Washington Taylor "Built"
About 1900
Photo Courtesy of Bobbie Patterson of Suffolk, VA
His ggg-granddaughter

Generation No. 4

11. DAVID MONROE TAYLOR (ROBERT, ROBERT, FREDERICK) was born October 01, 1846 in Muncy Valley, PA, and died February 22, 1919 in Muncy Valley, PA. He married MARY C. GRAY in 1869, daughter of JOHN GRAY. She was born February 1849 in Pennsylvania and died on December 2, 1905 in Dushore.

Notes for DAVID MONROE TAYLOR:
David Monroe was born Oct 1, 1846 according to an article in the Sullivan Review, 30 July 1896. He held a number of Township offices such as Inspector and School Director. He ran for County Commissioner in July 1896.

The Sullivan Review
December 7, 1905

Mrs. David Taylor of Muncy Valley, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. C.M. Croll, in this place Saturday morning December 2, age about 55 years.

The remains were taken to her home at Muncy Valley Monday morning, and the funeral and interment was on Tuesday. Mrs. Taylor had come to Dushore to visit her daughter, and was attacked only a few days before with pneumonia, but no serious results were apprehended.

Her son, P.M. Taylor, was here the day before, and left on the evening train, thinking his mother was improving. It was a great shock to all when on Saturday morning she grew suddenly worse, and almost immediately died.

She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, and four children two sons and two daughers, The sons are P.M. and R.H. Taylor, of Muncy Valley, and the daughers are Mrs. C.M. Croll of this place, and Miss Mable Taylor, of Muncy Valley.

Children of DAVID TAYLOR and MARY GRAY were:

24. i. P. MONROE TAYLOR, b. about 1876, Muncy Valley, PA; d. January 19, 1912, Muncy Valley, PA.

25. ii. R. HARVEY TAYLOR, b. about 1880; d. after 1910.

iii. MABEL TAYLOR, b. January 1883.

iv. JOHN C. TAYLOR, b. January 1872, d. October 12, 1903 (Obituary below).

v. CARRIE TAYLOR, b. 1867, Pennsylvania; m. CHARLES CROLL, about 1891, Pennsylvania; b. about 1855 in Pennsylvania.

The Sullivan Review
October 22, 1903

The funeral of John Taylor took place at Muncy Valley on Wednesday last, interment being made at Hughesville. Mr. Taylor died on Monday, October 12, aged about 33 years.

For a number of years he had been a sufferer from cancer, and was operated on twice at the Williamsport hospital, several of the lower vertebrae being removed. For a time he showed improvement, but soon grew worse, and the surgeons at the Williamsport hospital refused to operate the third time, fearing that he might die while under the influence of the ether.

He was then taken to Sayre, where the operation was performed, and it gave him relief for a time. Disease, however, had too firm a grip, and he soon was as bad as ever, and all hope abandoned. It was then that the indomitable pluck of the man showed itself, and although no food had passed his lips for forty-nine days previous to his death, it was only a few days before that he gave up the struggle and calmly awaited the end.

Mr. Taylor was a single man, and very highly thought of by those who knew him. He was a brother of Mrs. C.M. Croll, of this place.

12. GEORGE TAYLOR (ROBERT, ROBERT, FREDERICK) was born about 1827 in Pennsylvania. He married ELEANOR ______ about 1851. She was born about 1830 in Pennsylvania.
More About GEORGE TAYLOR:
Residence: Williamsport& Davidson Township, Pennsylvania

Children of GEORGE TAYLOR and ELEANOR were:

i. LEONARD TAYLOR, b. about 1852.

ii. CLOYD TAYLOR, b. about 1853.

iii. ESTELLA L. TAYLOR, b. about 1855.

iv. ALICE TAYLOR, b. about 1857.

v. LAURA TAYLOR, b. about 1860.

vi. WALTER TAYLOR, b. about 1864.

vii. MARY TAYLOR, b. about 1868.

viii. LIDDA J. TAYLOR, b. about 1870.

13. ELIZABETH TAYLOR (ROBERT, ROBERT, FREDERICK) married DAVID J. PHILIPS. He was born in Hemlock Grove, PA and died in 1880 in Pennsylvania.

Child of ELIZABETH TAYLOR and DAVID PHILIPS was:

i. HARVEY E. PHILIPS.

14. CLARKE TAYLOR (ROBERT, ROBERT, FREDERICK) was born about 1821 in Pennsylvania. He married KATE _______ . She was born about 1842 in Pennsylvania.

Children of CLARKE TAYLOR and KATE were:

i. JAMES MARTIN TAYLOR, b. about 1870.

ii. CORY TAYLOR, b. about 1877.

iii. IOLA TAYLOR, b. about 1866.

15. MATHIAS TAYLOR (JAMES, ROBERT, FREDERICK) was born November 12, 1833 in Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA. He married SARAH ANN RICHART. She was born about 1845 in Penn Township, Lycoming Co. Pennsylvania.

Children of MATHIAS TAYLOR and SARAH RICHART were:

i. LAURA ISABELL TAYLOR, b. about 1864; m. LLOYD BURKHOLDER.
More About LLOYD BURKHOLDER:
Residence: Muncy Valley, Pennsylvania

ii. MARGARET JANE TAYLOR, b. about 1866; m. LANSON FOUST.
More About LANSON FOUST:
Residence: Williamsport, PA

26. iii. GEORGE STEWARD TAYLOR, b. about 1868.

iv. ANNA M. TAYLOR, b. about 1870; m. SAMUEL SECULES.
More About SAMUEL SECULES:
Residence: Muncy Valley , Pensylvania

v. CLYDE W. TAYLOR, b. about 1876.
More About CLYDE W. TAYLOR:

Residence: Hughesville, Pennsylvania

16. ALFRED TAYLOR (JAMES, ROBERT, FREDERICK) was born about 1835 in Shrewsbury Township, Sullivan Co., Pennsylvania, and died before 1896 in Pennsylvania. He married MARTHA J. MONTAGUE about 1874 in Pemnnsylvania. She was born about 1854 in Tivoli, Lycoming Co., Pennsylvania, and died after 1910.

Children of ALFRED TAYLOR and MARTHA MONTAGUE were:

i. WILLIAM C. TAYLOR, b. April 1875, d. 1937. He married Hannah Mary Litzelman (1885-1973) about 1906 in Dushore, Sullivan County, PA. You can learn more about this family at Descendants of Joseph Sick.

ii. CHARLES TAYLOR, b. September 1876.

Notes for CHARLES TAYLOR:
According to the 1910 census, Charles was still single at age 33, and living with his Mother, Martha who was widowed.

iii. ELLIS MILTON TAYLOR, b. July 1879.

iv. CLARA LOIS TAYLOR, b. May 1883.

v. JESSIE GRACE TAYLOR, m. WILLIAM MORAN OF Muncy Valley.

17. CATHERINE TAYLOR (JAMES, ROBERT, FREDERICK) was born October 20, 1837, and died December 29, 1903. She married JAMES F. STROUP in 1866. He was born October 21, 1842, and died March 27, 1886.

More About CATHERINE TAYLOR:
Burial: Taylor Cemetery, Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA
More About JAMES F. STROUP:
Burial: Edkins Hill Cemetery, Shrewsbury Township, Pennsylvania

Children of CATHERINE TAYLOR and JAMES STROUP were:

i. INFANT STROUP, b. August 15, 1881; d. September 05, 1881.
More About INFANT STROUP:
Burial: Edkins Hill Cemetery, Shrewsbury Township, Pennsylvania

ii. FLORA J. STROUP, b. February 06, 1875; d. February 21, 1875.
More About FLORA J. STROUP:
Burial: Edkins Hill Cemetery, Shrewsbury Township, Pennsylvania

18. ROBERT TAYLOR, JR. (FREDERICK, ROBERT, FREDERICK) was born in 1831 in Pennsylvania. He married SARAH SELLERS in 1867. She was born about 1847 in Pennsylvania.

Notes for ROBERT TAYLOR, JR.:
Frederick Taylor was elected Associate Judge in 1886.
Residence: Davidson Township, Pennsylvania

Children of ROBERT TAYLOR and SARAH SELLERS were:

i. OCY ADDIE TAYLOR, b. about 1870; m. OCIE ARMSTRONG; b. Sonestown, PA.

ii. HARRY E. TAYLOR, b. about 1872.

iii. EDNA TAYLOR, b. about 1873.

19. WILLIAM TAYLOR (FREDERICK, ROBERT, FREDERICK) was born September 02, 1828 in Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA, and died August 26, 1892 in Tivoli, Lycoming Co., Pennsylvania. He married MARY ANDERSON November 10, 1859. She was born about 1835.

More About WILLIAM TAYLOR:
Residence: Shrewsbury Township, then later in Muncy Valley, Lycoming Co, PA

Children of WILLIAM TAYLOR and MARY ANDERSON were:

i. MARTHA LUDINDA TAYLOR, b. June 30, 1860.

ii. MARGARET JANE TAYLOR (see obit below), m. JACOB A. MEYERS.
More About JACOB A. MEYERS:
Residence: Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA

The Sullivan Review
February 10, 1937

Mrs. Margaret Jane Meyers, 74, died Sunday evening at her home near Strawbridge.

She is survived by the following sons and daughters: Ebner, Foster and Alma at home; Garrison, of Eagles Mere; Ida of Sunbury; Mrs. Charles Kline, of Muncy; Mrs. Emory Worthington, of Muncy Valley; Mrs. Elwood Brooks, of Belvidere, N.J.; Mrs. Albert Christian, of Northumberland; Mrs. Albert Geiser, of Montoursville; Mrs. Bernard Krause, of Muncy Valley. The following brothers and sisters also survive: Mrs. James Poust, of Hughesville; Irvin Taylor, of Eagles Mere; Theodore Taylor, of Syracuse, N.Y.

Funeral services were at the home Wednesday at 1:30 o’clock. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville.

iii. THEODORE WELLES TAYLOR, b. about 1865.
More About THEODORE WELLES TAYLOR:
Residence: Syracuse, New York

iv. WILLIAM IRVIN TAYLOR, b. about 1871; m. CORA B. , about 1904; b. about 1880.
More About WILLIAM IRVIN TAYLOR:
Residence: Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA

v. SARAH E. TAYLOR, b. about 1874.

20. WILLIAM FAIR TAYLOR (RICHARD, ROBERT, FREDERICK) was born about 1839 in Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA. He married RACHAEL J.. She was born about 1835.

More About WILLIAM FAIR TAYLOR:
Residence: Hughesville, Pennsylvania

Child of WILLIAM TAYLOR and RACHAEL J. was:

SUSAN C. TAYLOR, b. about 1873.

21. UVILLA TAYLOR (JOHN, ROBERT, FREDERICK) was born about 1847 in Lycoming Co., Pennsylvania. She married LYOYD CORSON on August 26, 1874 in Winnebago Co., IL. He was born about 1846.

Child of UVILLA TAYLOR and LYOYD CORSON was:

i. BABY CORSON, b. about 1880; d. May 19, 1880.
More About BABY CORSON:
Burial: Riley Center Memorial Cemetery, Riley Township, IL

22. ASHER TAYLOR (JOHN, ROBERT, FREDERICK) was born October 05, 1851 in Lycoming Co., Pennsylvania. He married MARY E. HARDING in October 1875.

Children of ASHER TAYLOR and MARY HARDING were:

i. BERNIE TAYLOR, b. September 02, 1877; d. November 07, 1880.
More About BERNIE TAYLOR:
Burial: Genoa Cemetery, Genoa, IL

ii. INFANT TAYLOR, b. November 07, 1884; d. November 07, 1884.
More About INFANT TAYLOR:
Burial: Genoa Cemetery, Genoa, IL

iii. ASHER TAYLOR, b. August 1885; d. June 14, 1907, Genoa Township, DeKalb Co. IL.
More About ASHER TAYLOR:
Burial: Genoa Cemetery, Genoa, IL

23. ERASTUS WILSON TAYLOR (JOHN, ROBERT, FREDERICK) was born November 1854 in Lycoming Co. Pennsylvania, and died April 12, 1931 in Elkhorn, WI. He married ANNIE ELIZABETH ANTHONY on January 01, 1879, daughter of JACOB ANTHONY and MARY PEES. She was born October 24, 1852 in Washington Co., Pennsylvania, and died September 30, 1944 in Garden Prairie, IL.

More About ERASTUS WILSON TAYLOR:
Also known as Wilson E. Taylor
Occupation: Cheese & butter maker
Residence: 1870 census; Riley Township, McHenry Co., IL
More About ANNIE ELIZABETH ANTHONY:
Also known as Hannah

Children of ERASTUS TAYLOR and ANNIE ANTHONY were:

27. i. MERTON JACOB TAYLOR, b. June 09, 1879, Riley Township, McHenry Co., IL; d. February 18, 1948.

ii. MINNIE OLIVE TAYLOR, b. 1884; d. October 13, 1917, Chicago, IL; m. CHARLES RUDOLPH, October 21, 1902; b. 1879, Illinois; d. 1948.
More About MINNIE OLIVE TAYLOR:
Burial: Garden Prairie, IL

iii. JOHN H. TAYLOR, b. December 05, 1881, Riley Township, McHenry Co., IL; d. December 13, 1956.

Generation No. 5

24. P. MONROE TAYLOR (DAVID MONROE, ROBERT, ROBERT, FREDERICK) was born about 1876 in Muncy Valley, PA, and died January 19, 1912 in Muncy Valley, PA. He married MABLE JARRETT about 1904 in Pennsylvania. She was born about 1884, and died about 1940 in Muncy Valley, PA.

Notes for P. MONROE TAYLOR:
P. Monroe was a school teacher, according to the Sullivan Review, 9 April 1896.
More About P. MONROE TAYLOR:

Burial: Wood Cemetery, Hughesville, PA

Children of P. MONROE TAYLOR and MABLE JARRETT were:

28. i. PAUL EUGENE TAYLOR, b. November 12, 1908, Muncy Valley, PA; d. February 13, 1958, Dover, N.J..

ii. UNKNOWN INFANT TAYLOR, b. between 1904 - 1910.

iii. UNKNOWN INFANT TAYLOR, b. between 1904 - 1910.

25. R. HARVEY TAYLOR (DAVID MONROE, ROBERT, ROBERT, FREDERICK) was born about 1880, and died after 1910. He married IVA BENNETT about 1902, daughter of BOYD BENNETT and MABEL ______. She was born about 1882, and died after 1910.

Children of R. TAYLOR and IVA BENNETT were:

i. CARRIE ALTA TAYLOR, b. April 14, 1903.

ii. RITA ANITA TAYLOR, b. August 20, 1905.

26. GEORGE STEWARD TAYLOR (MATHIAS, JAMES, ROBERT, FREDERICK) was born about 1868. He married HARRIET E.. She was born about 1875.

More About GEORGE STEWARD TAYLOR:
Residence: Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming Co, PA

Children of GEORGE TAYLOR and HARRIET E. were:

i. CHARLES TAYLOR, b. about 1894.

ii. EZRIAL [?] G. TAYLOR, b. 1901.

iii. FRANCIS R. TAYLOR, b. 1903.

27. MERTON JACOB TAYLOR (ERASTUS WILSON, JOHN, ROBERT, FREDERICK) was born June 09, 1879 in Riley Township, McHenry Co., IL, and died February 18, 1948. He married EVA SOPHIA RUDOLPH, daughter of JULIAS RUDOLPH and SOPHIA NAKER.

More About MERTON JACOB TAYLOR:
Burial: Shattucks Grove Cemetary, Spring Township, Boone Co, IL
Social Security Number: 357-20-4048

Child of MERTON TAYLOR and EVA RUDOLPH is:

29. i. MELVIN GRANT TAYLOR, b. August 11, 1903; d. January 24, 1994, Belvidere, IL.

Generation No. 6

28. PAUL EUGENE TAYLOR (P. MONROE, DAVID MONROE, ROBERT, ROBERT, FREDERICK) was born November 12, 1908 in Muncy Valley, PA, and died February 13, 1958 in Dover, N.J.. He married OLGA VIOLA STRUM about September 1930 in Pemnnsylvania, daughter of HERBERT STRUM and CHARLOTTE TALLADAY. She was born October 18, 1907, and died November 28, 1961 in Morris Plains, N.J..

More About PAUL EUGENE TAYLOR:
Burial: Morningside Cemetery, Dubois, PA
More About OLGA VIOLA STRUM:
Burial: Morningside Cemetery, Dubois, PA

Children of PAUL TAYLOR and OLGA STRUM are:

i. UNKNOWN INFANT TAYLOR, b. about 1932.

30. ii. DAVID MONROE TAYLOR, b. December 24, 1934, Williamsport, PA.

29. MELVIN GRANT TAYLOR (MERTON JACOB, ERASTUS WILSON, JOHN, ROBERT, FREDERICK) was born August 11, 1903, and died January 24, 1994 in Belvidere, IL. He married NELVA MARETTE LOBDELL.

Children of MELVIN TAYLOR and NELVA LOBDELL are:

31. i. MELVIN EUGENE TAYLOR, b. May 31, 1928.

ii. LUANNE TAYLOR, b. December 08, 1931.

Generation No. 7

30. DAVID MONROE TAYLOR (PAUL EUGENE7 P. MONROE, DAVID MONROE, ROBERT, ROBER3, FREDERICK) was born December 24, 1934 in Williamsport, PA. He married BARBARA ANN MCMILLAN on October 27, 1956 in Harrison, N.J., daughter of ROBERT MCMILLAN and STELLA WALUKIEWICZ. She was born May 10, 1937 in Harrison, N.J..

Children of DAVID TAYLOR and BARBARA MCMILLAN are:

32. i. DAVID PAUL TAYLOR, b. August 17, 1958, New Brunswick, N.J..

ii. KIMBERLY ANN TAYLOR, b. November 14, 1960, Marquette, Michigan.

33. iii. KEITH ROBERT TAYLOR, b. July 01, 1963, Okinawa.

iv. KEVIN SCOTT TAYLOR, b. April 16, 1967, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

31. MELVIN EUGENE TAYLOR (MELVIN GRANT, MERTON JACOB, ERASTUS WILSON, JOHN, ROBERT, FREDERICK) was born May 31, 1928. He married BEVERLY JEAN BEECHAM on May 02, 1954. She was born June 16, 1934.

Children of MELVIN TAYLOR and BEVERLY BEECHAM are:

34. i. BRADLEY EUGENE TAYLOR, b. January 05, 1955.

35. ii. MARK RANDALL TAYLOR, b. September 25, 1956.

iii. STEPHANIE KAY TAYLOR, b. November 09, 1967.

Generation No. 8

32. DAVID PAUL TAYLOR (DAVID MONROE, PAUL EUGENE, P. MONROE, DAVID MONROE, ROBERT, ROBERT, FREDERICK) was born August 17, 1958 in New Brunswick, N.J.. He married KAREN ADDISON onAugust 14, 1984 in Williamsburg, VA, daughter of ROBERT ADDISON and ELIZABETH DAVENPORT. She was born September 14, 1955 in Crete, Nebraska.

Children of DAVID TAYLOR and KAREN ADDISON are:

i. LUKE MONROE TAYLOR, b. November 07, 1985, Williamsburg, VA.

ii. JENNY REBEHAH TAYLOR, b. November 21, 1986, Williamsburg, VA.

33. KEITH ROBERT TAYLOR (DAVID MONROE, PAUL EUGENE, P. MONROE, DAVID MONROE, ROBERT, ROBERT, FREDERICK) was born July 01, 1963 in Okinawa. He married ELIZABETH HUGHES on May 01, 1993 in Langley AFB, VA, daughter of FRANKLIN HUGHES and CAROL ABLE. She was born December 26, 1966 in San Angelo, TX.

Children of KEITH TAYLOR and ELIZABETH HUGHES are:

i. ZACHARY MONROE TAYLOR, b. November 07, 1995, Newport News, VA.

ii. NOAH ROBERT TAYLOR, b. August 17, 1998, Newport News, VA.

iii. JACOB ABLE TAYLOR, b. February 12, 2001, Redmond, OR.

34. BRADLEY EUGENE TAYLOR (MELVIN EUGENE, MELVIN GRANT, MERTON JACOB, ERASTUS WILSON, JOHN, ROBERT, FREDERICK) was born January 05, 1955. He married CYNTHIA LOUISE SANDERS.

Children of BRADLEY TAYLOR and CYNTHIA SANDERS are:

i. SHAUN KRISTEN TAYLOR TAYLOR, b. January 25, 1979; m. JONETTE ANN HOLTZ on December 30, 2000. She was the daughter of Leroy James Holtz and Nancy Ann Schmidt, and was b. November 10, 1979 in Olathe, KS. Their child is JILLIAN MARIE TAYLOR, b. July 2, 2003 in Rockford, IL.

ii. ASHLEE NICOLE TAYLOR, b. September 06, 1984.

iii. TROY CHRISTOPHER TAYLOR, b. January 28, 1987.

35. MARK RANDALL TAYLOR (MELVIN EUGENE, MELVIN GRANT, MERTON JACOB, ERASTUS WILSON, JOHN, ROBERT, FREDERICK) was born September 25, 1956. He married (1) SUZANNE MARIE BARWIG, daughter of Ronald Edward Belwig and Edith Mae Welcker, on July 24, 1982. She was born on May 30, 1963. He later married Lori _____ on April 4, 1998. She was born on May 4, 1961

Children of MARK TAYLOR and SUZANNE BARWIG are:

i. KIMBERLY BELLE (VINCENT) TAYLOR, December 31, 1979 in Florence, SC; daughter of prior marriage by Suzanne, adopted in Rockford, IL by Mark Taylor.

ii. ZACHARY GRANT TAYLOR, b. August 11, 1983.

iii. KORTNEY ANNE MARETTE TAYLOR, b. March 31, 1989.

The child of MARK TAYLOR and LORI _______ is:

i. HOLLY TAYLOR, b. October 23, 1998, in Rockford, IL.

Many of the members of the Taylor family are buried at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hughesville, PA. The list of interments is at: Pleasant Hill Taylors 1 and Pleasant Hill Taylors 2. PIctures of associated grave markers can be accessed at The Pleasant Hill Taylors.

 


Muncy Valley, PA
Early Twentieth Century
The Taylor Family Lived in and Around this Community
at the southern end of Sullivan County
Photo Courtesy of David M. Taylor

 

THE DESCENDANTS OF JOSEPH AND MARY BORDE SOLINGER

We are once again indebted to the Sullivan County Historical Society and Museum for this family genealogy and history. The Solinger family was also closely related by marriage to the Marshall family, one of the old German immigrant families of the Forks and Overton area. The administrator for the Sullivan County Genealogical Web Page, Bob Sweeney, has a strong interest in the Marshall family. His paternal grandmother, Agnes Elizabeth Kelly, wife of Peter Francis Sweeney, had a colorful sister named May Kelly who was married into the Marshall family. May was one of the first women to own and drive an automibile in Sullivan County and Bob's father often related that the "only thing scarier than the beach on Guadalcanal was a front seat ride with Aunt May through the back roads near Dushore"!!

In late 2001, Bob met with Anne (Reese) Marshall, the wife of his cousin Mike Marshall, in Mesa, Arizona, and was able to obtain the pictures and information on the Richlin ancestors that are cited below and accessible by link to this page. Anne's information is specifically focused on the Richlin ("Ritchlin" or sometimes "Richlen") family into which Ambrose Marshall married. The Richlins were another old German families in the area. Their emigrant ancestors, Charles F. Richlin and his wife, Mary M. Thall, came from Baden, Germany to the Forks area early in the 19th century. You can see pictures of several of the Marshalls, including "Aunt May", and learn more about the Richlin family history at Faces and Families of Old Sullivan County, Group Eight.

For further information, or to provide additional input or pictures, Anne Marshall can be reached at mgmarshall@qwest.net.

  JOSEPH SOLINGER came to Cherry about 1829, and settled on the farm where Rush Huffmaster now lives.  While fording the Loyalsock at Ringdale, he was accidentally drowned.  He married MARY BORDE , born in 1810 in France, and to them were born........ 
Source: the Streby History of Cherry Township, 1903)

Children of Joseph and Mary Borde Solinger:

1.  Mary Solinger
2.  Frances Solinger
3.  Elena Solinger
4.  Katie Solinger
5.  George Solinger
6.  Joseph Solinger
7.  Emma Solinger

The Sullivan Review
November 26, 1903

Mrs. Mary Solinger, aged 94 years, died Monday, November 23, at the residence of a granddaughter in Philadelphia.
The remains were brought to this place Tuesday evening, and the funeral and interment was at St. Basil's Wednesday morning.
The funeral was attended by a large concourse of relatives.

1.  MARY SOLINGER (Joseph Solinger) born about 1842 in PA; died July 15, 1876
Married Joseph Marshall; he was born in 1824 in Baden-Baden, Germany; died June 30, 1896.

Children of Mary & Joseph Marshall:

1.  August Marshall 1856-1940

2.  Mary Marshall 1859-1922

3.  Emma Marshall 1861-1920

4.  Michael Marshall 1863-1931

5.  Anthony Marshall 1864

6.  Joseph Marshall 1866-1942

7.  John Marshall 1869-

8.  Josephine Marshall 1872-1935

9.  Catherine Marshall 1874-1914

10.  Francis Marshall 1876-1932

The Sullivan Review
July 10, 1896

Joseph Marshall, of Cherry Township, died of heart disease, June 30, aged 68 years, and was buried at St. Basil's in this place July 3. He was watching some cattle, which were grazing beside the road. At night the cattle came home alone, and his children supposed that he had stopped to spend the evening with some neighbor, and would come home during the night. As he was not at home in the morning, search was made for him and his body was found by the roadside. He was an eminently respectable citizen and had many friends.

August Marshall (Mary, Joseph Solinger) born August 1856; died August 12, 1940

Married 1st: Ellen Kelly in 1891.  Born in 1863; died July 1893.

Married 2nd: Elizabeth Barry (about 1856-1917)

The Sullivan Review
August 14, 1940

August Marshall died at his home in Cherry Township, Monday, August 12th at the age of 85 years.
He was born on Ringer Hill, and is survived by four sons, Leo Marshall, of Philadelphia; Joseph, Leonard and Thomas Marshall of Cherry Township; also three brothers, Joseph Marshall of Overton; John Marshall of Cherry Township and Anthony Marshall of Ohio.
Funeral service was held Wednesday morning in St. Basil's church.  Interment in the family plot in the adjoining cemetery.

The Sullivan Gazette
July 20, 1893

Mrs. August Marshall of Cherry died Friday at the age of 28 years. Mrs. Marshall was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Kelly, of Forks. She leaves a husband and two small children, the younger only a few days old. The remains were interred in St. Basil’s cemetery at this place Sunday.

The Sullivan Review
September 26, 1917

Mrs. Elizabeth Barry Marshall died Saturday morning of influenza at her home in Cherry Township at the age of 61 years.  Mrs. Marshall was born in Bradford County and was twice married, her first husband being Michael McMahon of Cherry, who died about thirty years ago.  Mrs. Marshall is survived by her husband, four sons and one stepson, one sister, Mrs. Thos. Hope of Elmira, and one brother, John Barry of Albany Township.  The funeral services and interment was held Monday morning at St. Basil’s church.

Children of August & Ellen Kelly Marshall

1.  Joseph Marshall 1892-1954
2.  Infant Daughter Marshall 1893-1893

Children of August & Elizabeth Barry Marshall:

1.  Leo Marshall 1896-1940
2.  Leonard Marshall 1898-1971
3.  Thomas Marshall 1902-1980

Joseph Marshall (August, Mary, Joseph Solinger); born June 27, 1892; died February 7, 1954

Married Teresa McKernan; born April 8, 1897; died January 25, 1980

Children of Joseph & Teresa McKernan Marshall:

1. Joseph Gerald Marshall 1921-1997
2. John (Jack) Marshall 1924-1974
3.  Mary Ellen Marshall

Joseph Gerald Marshall (Joseph, August, Mary, Joseph Solinger) born November 13, 1921; died June 21, 1997

Married Irene Christ in 1949

Children of Joseph G. & Irene Christ Marshall:

1.  Tim Marshall
2.  Jeannine Marshall
3.  Sandy Marshall 

John A. "Jack" Marshall (Joseph, August, Mary, Joseph Solinger); born January 20, 1924; died May 31, 1974.

Infant daughter Marshall (August, Mary, Joseph Solinger)

The Sullivan Gazette
July 27, 1893

Death has invaded the home of August Marshall, of Cherry, the second time within two weeks and taken the little daughter who was left motherless by the death of Mrs. Marshall a few days ago. The child was only a few days old.

Leo Marshall (August, Mary, Joseph Solinger) born 1896; died August 15, 1940

Married Mary; their children were:

1.  Frances Marshall
2.  Mary Marshall
3.  Betty Ann Marshall

The Sullivan Review
August 21, 1940

Leo Marshall died suddenly at his home in Philadelphia Thursday, August 15th at the age of 44 years.
Mr. Marshall was called to this place to attend the funeral of his father, who was buried on Wednesday, August 14th.  Returning to his home, after attending the funeral, he became ill, dying the following day.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Marshall, three children, Frances, Mary and Bettyann at home.
Those from here who attended the funeral were:  Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Marshall, Leonard Marshall, Thomas Marshall, Bernard Marshall, Francis Litzelman, Leo Rouse, John McMahon and Paul Marshall.

Leonard "Huckle" Marshall (August, Mary, Joseph Solinger); born August 1, 1898; died July 9, 1971

The Sullivan Review
July 15, 1971

Leonard "Huckle" Marshall, R.D. 2, Dushore, died July 9, 1971, at his home.
He was born in Sullivan County August 1, 1898, the son of August and Elizabeth Barry Marshall.
He is survived by a brother, Thomas, R.D. 2, Dushore, and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Marshall was employed in Elmira during World War I.  After returning to Sullivan County he farmed, worked in the A. L. Tubach Furniture Store, Dushore, and operated the Exchange Hotel for a time.  He served in the Army during World War II.
He was a member of St. Basil's Church, Dushore.
Funeral services were held July 12 from the Tubach Funeral Home.  Requiem Mass was celebrated in St. Basil's Church.  Interment was in the parish cemetery.
Pallbearers were Patrick Byron, Eugene Farrell, Earl Insinger, George Kramer, George McCauley, and Jerome O'Neil.

Thomas E. Marshall (August, Mary, Joseph Solinger); born September 15, 1902; died April 17, 1980.

The Sullivan Review
April 24, 1980

Thomas E. Marshall, 77, of Dushore RD 1 died April 17, 1980 as the result of an accident in Dushore borough.
He was born September 15, 1902, the son of the late August and Elizabeth Barry Marshall.
He attended local schools and worked on the highway in New York State for a time and later drove a truck for Baumunk Lumber Co. of Forksville for many years.
He was also the Dog Law Enforcement Officer for Sullivan and Wyoming counties for several years.
He was a bartender throughout the area most of his life.
Mr. Marshall was a member of St. Basil's Church in Dushore and its Holy Name Society.
Surviving are two nephews; Francis Marshall of Deptford, NJ and Gerald Marshall of Orchard Park, NY; two nieces, Mrs. Betty Ann Grill of Philadelphia and Mrs. Mary Ellen Burgess of Friendsville.
A mass of Christian Burial was held on April 21 at St. Basil's Church. The Rev. Eugene R. Carr officiated.
Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were under the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, Dushore.

Mary Marshall (Mary, Joseph Solinger) born 1859; died January 17, 1922

Married William McMahon  ; born in 1856; died February 14, 1903

Children of Mary & William McMahon:

1.  Joseph McMahon 1879-1958
2.  Francis McMahon 1881-1944
3.  Mary E. McMahon 1885-1951
4.  Augustus L. McMahon 1887-1957
5.  Josephine McMahon 1890-1918
6.  Austin McMahon 1896-1920

The Sullivan Review
January 19, 1922

Mrs. Mary McMahon died at her home in Cherry township on Tuesday morning, after an illness of a few days.
Mrs. McMahon was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Marshall and was almost 60 years of age.
She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Jerome Richley of Scranton, and their sons, Frank of Athens, Joseph and A. L. McMahon of Philadelphia and one sister Mrs. Mathias Litzelman of Cherry.  Also two brothers, Anthony and Michael, in the west.
Funeral services will be held in St. Basil’s church Friday morning, with interment in the family plot.

The Sullivan Review
February 19, 1903

On Thursday last Wm. McMahon, of Cherry township, was kicked in the stomach by a horse, while at the residence of Wm. Berry, assisting him with some farm work.  The kick was a severe one, and from the first it was known that it was impossible for him to survive.
He lingered in great agony until Saturday morning.  The funeral and interment was at St. Basil’s on Monday Deceased was forty-five years of age, and leaves a wife and six children.

Joseph McMahon (Mary, Mary, Joseph Solinger); born September 7, 1879; died December 29, 1958.

Married Margaret Casey; she died May 4, 1949

The Sullivan Review
January 9, 1959

Joseph McMahon, 81, of 424 Roxborough Ave, Philadelphia, born and raised in Dushore, died on Monday, Dec. 29, at the Ivy Ridge Convalescent home in Philadelphia.
He is survived by several nieces and nephews, among whom are Mrs. Joseph A. Ryan, Mrs. James Lane Sr., Francis and Joseph Richley, all of Dushore; Mrs. John Madden of Towanda; Mrs. William Hill of Philadelphia, Mrs. Lloyd Hyatt of Philadelphia; and a sister-in-law, Mrs. A. L. McMahon, of Dushore.
Funeral services were held on Friday Jan 2, from the Robert P. Monahan Funeral Home at 134 Rector St. Philadelphia; with John the Baptist Church.
Interment was in the Westminster Cemetery.

Francis J. McMahon (Mary, Mary, Joseph Solinger); born June 6, 1881; died April 22, 1944

Married Phoebe Tracy;.  she died July 2, 1951.

Children of Francis & Phoebe Tracy McMahon:

1.  Hanna McMahon
2.  Martha McMahon 1908-1965

The Sullivan Review
April 27, 1944

Frank J. McMahon of 220 South Street, Athens died Saturday afternoon at the Robert Packer Hospital at Sayre, following a short illness at the age of 63 years.
Mr. McMahon was born in Cherry township, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William McMahon.  He moved to Athens 31 years ago, and during that time has been an employee of the Ingersoll-Rand plant.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. O.J. Bostwick of Washington, D.C; and Mrs. Ralph Andrus of Athens; three grandchildren, Billy Allen, Phyllis Allen and Jerry Allen; one sister, Mrs. Jerome Richley of Cherry township; two brothers, Joseph McMahon and Augustus McMahon of Philadelphia.
Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at St. Joseph’s church, Athens.

The Sullivan Review
July 5, 1951

Mrs. Phoebe J. McMahon, 68, widow of Frank McMahon, died at 11:15 p.m. Sunday at the Robert Packer Hospital.
Mrs. McMahon was born in New Albany and had lived in Athens for the past 38 years.  She was employed at the Robert Packer Hospital.
She was a member of the D. of A. and was a past councilor of that organization; a member of Lady Willard Rehekah Lodge No. 131; the Athens Methodist Church and Betel Sunday school class of that church.
Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Hanna Bostwick of Elmira and Mrs. Ralph Andrus of Athens; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Edna Epley of Towanda and Mrs. Retha Fuller of Seattle, Wash.; a brother, Roy Davidson of Athens, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Thursday at 2:30 p.m., with Rev. George E. Youngs, pastor of the Athens Methodist church, officiating.  Burial in Tioga Point cemetery.

Mary E. McMahon ( Mary, Mary, Joseph Solinger); born March 14, 1885; died August 20, 1951

Married Jerome Richley on January 11, 1905.  He was born January 26, 1880; died October 17, 1956

Children of Mary & Jerome Richley:

1.  Mary Richley 1905-1996
2.  Margaret Richley 1906-
3.  Jerome Richley 1910-
4.  Edward Richley 1912-
5.  Catherine Richley 1913-2000
6.  Francis Richley 1915-1985
7.  Joseph Richley 1917-1994

The Sullivan Review
August 23, 1951

Mrs. Mary McMahon Richley, wife of Jerome W. Richley, of Cherry Township, died Suddenly at her home Monday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. She had been in ill health for sometime, but of late had been able to attend to her household duties.

Mrs. Richley was born at the home where she spent her entire life, a daughter of the late William and Mary Marshall McMahon, sixty-six years ago.

She is survived by her husband and five children; Mrs. James Lane, Mrs. Joseph Ryan, Francis and Joseph Richley of this place and Mrs. John Madden of Towanda, sixteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren and two brothers, Joseph McMahon and A.L. McMahon of Philadelphia.

Funeral services were held Thursday morning from her late home with mass  at St. Basil’s church.  Interment in the family plot in the adjoining cemetery.

The Sullivan Review
October 18, 1956

Jerome Richley was rushed to the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, in the Tubach ambulance, Wednesday evening, after a fall down a cellar stairway.  He passed away twenty minutes after being admitted.

Mr. Richley was Sullivan County’s last Spanish American War Veteran.  He was born January 26, 1880, in Cherry Mills, Dushore R.D. the son of the late Wendell and Jessica Yonkin Richley.  His wife was the former Mary McMahon who preceded him in death during 1951.  He is survived by two sons, Francis and Joseph of Dushore; three daughters, Mrs. James Lane, Dushore, Mrs. John Madden, Towanda, and Mrs. Joseph A. Ryan, Dushore.  Twenty grandchildren and four great-grandchildren also survive as well as two sisters, twins, Mrs. A.T. Baker and Mrs. Walter Keiper of Scranton.

A military funeral will be held from the family home in Dushore, at 10:00 Saturday morning with high mass of Requiem at 11:00 in St. Basil’s Church.  Interment in the parish cemetery.
Mr. Richley was a member of St. Basil’s church and its Holy Name Society.  He belonged to the V.F.W. at Lopez.

Friends may call at the home after 5:00 on Thursday afternoon.  Members of the Holy Name Society will meet at 8:00 p.m. Friday for recitation of the Rosary.

Mary Josephine Richley (Mary, Mary, Mary, Joseph Solinger); born May 11, 1905; died December 30, 1996

Married James Lane on October 7, 1924.  He was born Nov. 7 1895; died June 9, 1970

The Sullivan Review
October 8, 1924

Miss Mary Richley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Richley of Cherry Township and James Lane, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Lane were united in marriage Tuesday morning in St. Basil’s church.  The nuptial mass was celebrated by the pastor, Rev. MF. Sweeny.  They were attended by Miss Margaret Richley a sister of the bride and Raymond Rouse as best man.

A bountiful wedding breakfast was served at the bride’s home to forty-invited guest.
After a wedding trip by automobile to Niagara Falls and other points of interest, they will make their home in Dushore where the groom holds a responsible position with the Harrington Creamery Co.

Children of Mary & James Lane:

1.  Mary Lane 1925-
2.  James Lane 1926-1995
3.  Jerome Lane 1929-
4.  Francis Lane 1936-
5.  Catherine Lane 1939-
6.  Michael Lane 1949-

The Sullivan Review
January 2, 1897

Mary R. (Molly) Lane, 91, of Dushore passed away on Dec. 30, 1996, at Dar-Way Nursing Home in Estella. Molly was born in Dushore, May 11, 1905, daughter of the late Jerome and Mary McMahon Richley.  She married James J. Lane of Dushore on Oct. 7, 1924.  He predeceased her on June 6, 1970.

Molly was a homemaker and a loving spouse, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She enjoyed needlepoint, cross-stitch, crocheting, reading and quilting.  Molly was actively involved with the Sullivan Terrace Community Center, where she enjoyed the people and activities.  She also volunteered at the Sullivan County Loan Closet for many years, and also was for many years the Republican watcher for the Election Board at all Dushore Borough precinct elections.  She contributed a great deal to her community and will be missed by many.

Molly was a member of St. Basil’s Catholic Church and a member of its Altar and Rosary Society.  She was also a member of the Sullivan County Council of Republican Women and a member of the Sullivan County Senior Citizens Association.

Surviving are: three sons and daughters-in-law:  Jerome J. and Josephine Lane of Cincinnati, Ohio, Francis R. and Dorothy Lane of Honesdale, PA. and Michael J. and Deborah Lane of Wallingford, PA; two daughters and sons-in-law Mary Czygier of Dushore and Catherine and Samuel Minier of Dushore; a sister and brother-in-law, Catherine and Joseph A. (Tony) Ryan of Dushore; a daughter-in-law June Lane of Dushore; a sister-in-law, Mildred Richley of Dushore; 24 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by brothers Francis (Bud) Richley and Joseph Richley and a sister, Margaret (Peg) Madden. The funeral service will be held on Friday, Jan. 3, 1997, at 10 a.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, and will be followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Basil’s Church, Dushore, with the Rev. Patrick J. McLaughlin, her pastor, officiating.  Interment will be in the adjoining parish cemetery.

Friends may call today Jan. 2, 1997, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St. Dushore, PA.  There will be a Scripture Service at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. The family will provide the flowers and requests memorials be directed to:  Dushore Fire and Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 1, Dushore, PA 18614, or the Sullivan County Loan Closet, P.O. Box 419, Dushore, PA 18614.

The Sullivan Review
June 11, 1970

James John Lane Sr., 74 of Dushore, passed away June 9, at his home.

He was born in Jamison on Nov. 7, 1895.  He was a life-long resident of Dushore.  He graduated from St. Basil’s High School and attended Villa Nova University. He was a member of St. Basil’s church and Loyalsock Post 66, American Legion.

He served in World War I as a member of the 314th Infantry Division in the European Theater.  He worked for Harrington Company in Dushore until his retirement.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Richley; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Czygier of Dushore, Mrs. Samuel Minier of Dushore; four sons, James of Dushore, Jerome of Cincinnati, Maj. Francis of Fairfax, Va, and Michael at home; two sisters, Mrs. M.J. Harrington of St Petersburg, Fla., Sister Joachim of Exeter; 22 grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

A military funeral will be conducted Friday at 9 a.m. from the Tubach Funeral Home with 9:30 requiem mass at St. Basil’s Church.  Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

Mary Lane (Mary, Mary, Mary, Joseph Marshall)

James Lane (Mary, Mary, Mary, Joseph Marshall); born May 25, 1926; died April 15, 1995; buried in St. Basil's cemetery; Dushore, Pa.

Married June Huddleson in June 1947.  She was born July 17, 1928; died Nov. 24, 1997.

Children of James & June Huddleson Lane:

  1. David Lane
  2. Joseph Lane
  3. Dennis Lane
  4. Barbara Lane
  5. James R. (Rusty) Lane
  6. Janice Lane
  7. Katrina Lane
  8. Lisa Lane
  9. John Lane

Catherine (Kitty) Lane (Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary, Joseph, Marshall)

Married Samuel “Sam” Minier.  He was born Jan. 5, 1936; died Jan. 26, 2000. The Minier family is an old Germanic family of longstanding in Columbia and Sullivan Counties. See the picture of the Minier homestead in Unityville, PA on the Sullivan County Genealogical Web Page home site toward the bottom of the left-hand side.

Children of Catherine & Samuel Minier:

  1. Ted Minier
  2. Mark Minier
  3. Tim Minier
  4. John Minier
  5. Daniel Minier
  6. Mary Beth Minier

Margaret Adele Richley (Mary, Mary, Mary, Joseph Solinger)

Married John Madden on August 28, 1937.  He was born Sept. 11, 1903; died January 19, 1973.

Children of Margaret & John Madden:

1.  Ann Madden 1938-
2.  Margaret Madden 1951-

Jerome Richley (Mary, Mary, Mary, Joseph Solinger)

Edward Richley (Mary, Mary, Mary, Joseph Solinger)

Catherine Richley (Mary, Mary, Mary, Joseph Solinger); born July 2, 1913; died March 14, 2000.

Married Joseph A. Ryan on July 10, 1943

Children of Catherine & Joseph Ryan:

1.  Michael Ryan 1948-
2.  Jerome Ryan 1949-
3.  Josephine Ryan 1951-
4.  Bernard Ryan 1954-
5.  Robert Ryan 1955-1979

The Sullivan Review

March 16, 2000

Catherine G. Ryan, 86, of Dushore RD, Cherry Township, died March 14, 2000, in Chicago, IL, while visiting relatives there.

She was born July 2, 1913, in Scranton, a daughter of Jerome and Mary McMahon Richley. A life-time resident of Sullivan County, she was the widow of Anthony "Tony" Ryan who died in 1999.

Mrs. Ryan was a member of St. Basil's Catholic Church and its Altar & Rosary Society; also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Loyalsock Post 996, American Legion of Dushore.

As a young woman, she worked for several local factories in the Dushore area and was also employed by the Morse and Mame Harrington family doing domestic work. Her hobbies were quilting and reading.

Surviving are four children, three sons, Michael and Bernard of Dushore; and Jerome of Chicago Heights, IL; a daughter, Josephine Romano of Mildred; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a son, Robert; by sisters, Molly Lane, Peg Madden, and Louise Richley; by brothers, Jerome Jr.; Edward; Francis ("Bud"); and Joseph Richley.

Friends may call at the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, Dushore, tomorrow, March 17 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, March 18, at her church. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Francis Richley (Mary, Mary, Mary, Joseph Solinger); born July 1, 1915; died January 21, 1985

Married Mildred Karge; their children were:

1.  Eugene Richley 1945-
2.  Carol A. Richley 1946-

The Sullivan Review
January 24, 1985

Francis A. (Bud) Richley, 69, of Dushore RD 2, died January 21, 1985 at the Skilled Care Nursing Unit of the Memorial Hospital, Towanda.

He was born July 1, 1915 in Scranton, the son of Jerome and Mary McMahon Richley.  He spent most of his life in Sullivan County and worked over 25 years as a truck driver for M.J. Harrington Co. in Dushore.  He also worked for Herman Rynveld's Son Co. He owned a farm in Cherry Township and was self-employed there until he retired in 1970.

He served in the Army Air Corps in World War II and was a member of Loyalsock Post 996 American Legion at Dushore.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred Karge Richley, and a son and daughter-in-law, Eugene R. and Linda Richley of Chesapeake, VA; daughter and son-in-law, Carol A. and Robert J. Litzelman of Luthers Mills; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Lane, Dushore, Mrs. Margaret Madden of Edison, NJ; Mrs. Joseph A. (Catherine Ryan), Dushore; a brother, Joe Richley, Dushore and four grandchildren, Jeffrey, Julie and Jordan Richley and Pamela Litzelman.

The funeral service will be held today at 10:30 a.m. in the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St.. Dushore, with the Rev. Father John Polinsky officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations or contributions may be directed to the Dushore Ambulance Association.

Joseph Jerome Richley (Mary, Mary, Mary, Joseph Solinger) Born November 13, 1917; died January 21, 1994

Married Pauline Lonser on April 15, 1939

Children of Joseph & Pauline Lonser Richley:

1.  Eleanor Richley 1940-1985
2.  Charles Richley 1942-
3.  Joyce Richley 1946-
4.  Baby Boy Richley
5.  Thomas J. Richley 1952-1992
6.  Linda Richley 1955-
7.  Joseph Richley 1958-

The Sullivan Review
January 1994

Joseph J. Richley, 76, of Dushore, died Jan. 21, 1994, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.  He was born Nov. 13, 1917 in Scranton, the son of Jerome and Mary McMahon Richley.

A veteran of WWII, he was a resident of Sullivan County almost his entire life.  Following the war he worked at the Harrington Dairy Plant of Dolly Madison, Dushore, before retiring in 1971.  Mr. Richley was a member of Loyalsock American Legion Post 996 of Dushore.

Survivors are two sons, Charles of Westerville, OH; Joseph Jr. of Dushore; two daughters, Mrs. Fred (Joyce) Keeler, Montoursville; Mrs. Linda McCarty, Dushore; two sisters, Mrs. Joseph A. (Catherine) Ryan and Mrs. Mary Lane, both of Dushore. He was predeceased by his wife, Pauline Lonser Richley; a daughter, Ellie and a son, Thomas.

Funeral services were held Jan. 24, 1994 at the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, Dushore, with the Very Rev. Patrick J. McLaughlin, V.F. officiating.  Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

Augustus McMahon (Mary, Mary, Joseph Solinger); born April 7, 1887; died June 10, 1957.

Married Mary Hanaway; she was born November 29, 1886; died December 22, 1981.

The Sullivan Review
December 24, 1981

Mrs. Mary C. McMahon, 95, formerly of Dushore, died Dec. 22, 1981, at the DarWay Nursing Home, Estella.

She was born in Cherry Twp. on Nov. 29, 1886, the daughter of William and Catherine Crimmins Hannaway. She married Augustus McMahon of Dushore in 1922.  They made their home in Philadelphia until his retirement in 1953, at which time they moved back to Dushore. Mr. McMahon died June 10, 1959.

She was a member of St. Basil's Roman Catholic Church in Dushore and its Altar and Rosary Society.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held Monday, Dec. 28, at 9:30 a.m. from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, Dushore and will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Basil's Church with the Rev. Eugene R. Carr officiating.  Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.  Recitation of the rosary will be held 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Josephine McMahon (Mary, Mary, Mary, Joseph Solinger); unknown birth date; died November 15, 1918

Married Patrick McDermott

Children of Josephine & Patrick McDermott:

1.  Elizabeth McDermott 1912-1986
2.  Frances McDermott 1917-1987

The Sullivan Review
November 20, 1918

Mrs. Josephine McDermott died at the hospital in Bernice, Friday, Nov. 15, at the age of 28 years. She was a daughter of Mrs. Mary McMahon of Cherry and is survived by her husband and three children; her mother; one sister, Mrs. J.W. Richley of Scranton; four brothers, Frank of Athens, Joseph and Augustus of Philadelphia and Austin of Cherry.  the funeral was held Monday.

Elizabeth McDermott (Mary, Mary, Joseph Solinger) born about 1912; died  January 12, 1986

Married: 1st _______Bowdren

Married: 2nd  Lloyd Hiatt

Children of Elizabeth & ______Bowdren:

1.  James I. Bowdren
2.  Thomas J. Bowdren
3.  William J. Bowdren
4.  Robert  F. Bowdren
5.  Anthony J. Bowdren
5.  Elizabeth Bowdren
7.  Ann M. Bowdren  

Frances McDermott (Josephine, Mary, Mary, Joseph Solinger); born June 5, 1917 died January 31, 1986

Married William E. Hill, Jr.

Children of Frances & William Hill, Jr.:

1. Micheline Hill
2.  Lorraine Hill

3.  Mary Hill

The Sullivan Review
February 20, 1986

Mrs. Frances McDermott Hill, 68, of Roxborough, Philadelphia, died January 31, 1986.

Born in Mildred, she was a daughter of Patrick and Josephine  McMahon McDermott.  Her sister was Elizabeth Hiatt, who predeceased her.

Surviving are her husband, William E. Hill; a son William Jr.; their daughters, Micheline Staronowski, Lorraine Donahue and Mary McElroy; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Burial in Westminster Cemetery, Delaware County.

Austin Marshall (Mary, Mary, Joseph Solinger); born February 14, 1896; died May 16, 1920

The Sullivan Review
May 19, 1920

Austin R. McMahon, youngest son of Mrs. Mary McMahon, died at his home in Cherry township Sunday morning May 16 after an illness of about a week at the age of 24 years.

He is survived by his mother, one sister Mrs. Jerome Richley of Scranton and three brothers, Joseph of Philadelphia, Frank of Athens, and A.L. McMahon of Philadelphia.

Funeral services were held this morning in St. Basil’s church with interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Emma Marshall (Mary, Joseph Solinger); born about 1861; died January 27, 1920

Married F. A. Richart

Children of Emma & F. A. Richart

1.  Regina E. Richart 1895-1973
2.  Lena Richart
3.  Josephine Richart
4.  Raymond Richart
5.  Frank Richart

The Sullivan Review
February 4, 1920

Mrs. F. A. Richart died at her home in Philadelphia, Tuesday, January 27, at the age of 58 years. Mrs. Richart had been in poor health for about five years but the immediate cause of death was gangrene.

She is survived by her husband and five children, Mrs. Martin B. Obert of this place and Lena, Josephine, Raymond and Frank at home. Also two sisters and six brothers, Mrs. Mary McMahon, Mrs. Mathias Litzelman, Frank, August and John of Cherry township, Joseph of Overton, Anthony and Michael Marshall of Ohio.

Funeral services were held Saturday in St. Mary’s church, Philadelphia, with interment in Westminster cemetery.

Regina E. Richart (Emma, Mary, Solinger) born July 27, 1895; died March 15, 1973. Married  Martin Obert

Children of Regina & Martin Obert:

1.  Mary Obert
2.  Joseph F. Obert
3.  Bernard K. Obert

The Sullivan Review
March 22, 1973

Regina E. Obert, 77, of Dushore, the widow of Martin Obert, died March 15, 1973 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Kelton (Mary) Meehan, when she was stricken with a heart attack.

Mrs. Obert was born in Philadelphia July 27, 1895, daughter of Frank and Emma Marshall Richart.

She was a member of St. Basil's Church, Dushore and its Altar and Rosary Society.

Surviving besides her daughter, Mrs. Meehan, are two sons, Joseph F. Obert of Bellefonte and Bernard K. Obert of Dushore, two sisters, Mrs. Daniel O'Donnell and Mrs. Leona Metzler, both of Philadelphia; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  Mr. Obert died in 1958

The funeral was held last Saturday at 9:30 A.M. at the Arthur L. Tubach Funeral Home, Dushore.  Mass of Resurrection was celebrated at 10 A.M. in St. Basil's Church, Dushore.  Interment was in the Parish Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Thomas Collopy, Kerry Meehan, Shawn Meehan, Eric Obert, David Obert, and Mark Obert, all grandsons of Mrs. Obert.

Michael Marshall (Mary, Joseph Solinger); born in 1863; died October 1931

The Sullivan Review
October 28, 1931

The funeral of Michael Marshall of Hamilton, Montana was held Tuesday October 13, from St. Francis Catholic church. Rev. M.J. Donohue conducted the service.

Interment was made in Riverview cemetery, he was 68 years of age, he was formerly of Sullivan County, he is survived by one sister Mrs. Josephine Litzelman of Cherry and five brothers Anthony of Ohio, Joseph of Overton, August, John and Frank of Cherry.

Joseph Marshall (Mary, Joseph Solinger); born 1866; died July 1, 1942

Married May Kelly in 1891; she was born in 1873 on Kelly Hill in Overton, PA; died in 1946. She was the daughter of Daniel Kelly (1828-1902) and Mary Ann Leahy ("Lahey") (1840-1898).

The Sullivan Gazette

May 25, 1893

Miss Mary Kelly and Joseph Marshall, both of Forks Township, were married at the Catholic church at  Overton last Thursday morning.  Mr. and Mrs. Marshall will commence housekeeping on Mr. Marshall's farm in Forks, which he purchased last summer.  The Gazette unites with their many friends in wishing them a prosperous and happy married life.

Children of Joseph & May Kelley Marshall:

1.    Daniel Marshall 1894-1969
2.    Thomas L. Marshall 1895-1918
3.    Joseph Marshall 1897-1966
4.    Paul Marshall 1899-1967
5.    Genevieve Marshall 1901-1975
6.    Bernard Marshall 1903-1970
7.    Lawrence Marshall 1904-1979
8.    Ambrose Marshall 1907-1931
9.    Francis Marshall 1909-1919
10.  Aloysius Marshall 1914-1978
11.  Ivan Marshall 1916-1977
12   Mary Marshall

The Sullivan Review
July 4, 1946

Mrs. Mary A. Marshall, widow of the late Joseph Marshall of Overton township, passed away Monday morning July 1st, at her home following a lingering illness, at the age of 73 years.  Her husband passed away about three years ago.

She is survived by the following children: Daniel Marshall, Binghamton; Lawrence Marshall, Elmira; Joseph Marshall, Overton; Bernard Marshall and Aloysius Marshall of Cherry township Genevieve Marshall, Paul Marshall, and Ivan Marshall at home, grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Agnes Sweeney and Mrs. Charles Sammons, Towanda.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 9:30 in St.. Francis-Xavier Church, Overton.

Daniel Marshall (Joseph, Mary, Joseph Solinger)
Note: "Danny" Marshall lived on Davis Street in Binghamton about five or six houses from its intersection with Beethoven Street. He was married and had a child who was handicapped. Danny was a quiet man but kind and hard-working. He had a reputation as a deadly shot with a rifle. I can remember him shoveling one of the many snowfalls that struck Binghamton in the winter when I was growing up there. As my Dad's first cousin, Danny and the other Marshalls were known to me by family anecdote and reputation. However, Danny was the only one I really had much encounter with. This little bio is my way of ensuring that he will not be forgotten.--Bob Sweeney

Thomas Marshall (Joseph, Mary, Joseph Solinger); born in 1895; died October 31, 1918

Sullivan Gazette and Herald
Dushore, PA
August 13, 1919

The Death of Thomas L. Marshall,

St. Vistense, 1919

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Marshall
Overton, PA

My Dear People:

Your letter was received, relating to your son Pvt. Thomas L. Marshall. I shall be pleased to give you all the information of his death that is important and available. From the time Pvt. Marshall was transfered to me at Camp Lee, Va., I have always kept him a member of Co. D, 37 Division. His death occurred Oct. 31st, which was in the morning of the first day of the big drive against the enemy in Belgium. He was killed by a piece of shell fragment from the enemy during the Ypres Lye offensive about one kilometer northeast of Obseue, Belgium between eight and nine o'clock of the morning during the first advance of heavy artillery fire from the Germans. Pvt Marshall was in the first platoon of Co. D and when stuck died instantly without saying a word. His body was buried near Obseue, south of Belgium , along Thelbt road. He was buried by Chaplain T. B. Byrne in a separate grave. Pvt. Marshall was at all times willing, obedient, courteous and cheerful; his service was honest and faithful and his character was without question of the best. He wore two gold medals for the capturing of German spys in Va. The members of the company were very sorry to hear of his death. Trusting this information may be of benefit to you and hoping that your hours of grief may be softened by knowledge of the fact that Pvt. Marshall gave up his life for the good cause of his country.
I am sincerely.

K. M. Wilcox
1st Lt. 145th Inf.

The Sullivan Review
May 18, 1921

The body of Private Thomas Marshall, who was killed by the explosion of a shell during the drive of Oct. 30, 1918, at Olsene, Belgium, was brought to the home of his parents in Forks township, Saturday night, May 14.
On Nov. 1, 1918, Rev. Thos. P. Bryne of Kansas, chaplain, officiated at the burial, which was made on the South road leading out of Olsene.
Mr. Marshall is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Marshall and ten brothers and sisters.
Funeral service was held in the Catholic church at Overton Monday, May 16, Rev. O'Malley, officiating.
Loyal Sock Post, No. 532 attended and had charge of the services at the grave.

Joseph Marshall (Joseph, Mary, Joseph Solinger)

Paul Marshall (Joseph, Mary, Joseph Solinger); born  December 24, 1899; died in 1967.

Genevieve A. Marshall (Joseph, Mary, Joseph Solinger); born April 6, 1901; died April 28, 1975. Genevieve never married and lived with her brother Paul on the family homestead on Kelly Hill in Overton, PA. She was a school teacher earlier in her life.

The Sullivan Review

May 1, 1975

Miss Genevieve Ann Marshall, 74, New Albany RD 3, Forks Township, died April 28, 1975.

Born April 6, 1901 in Overton Township, Sullivan County, she was the daughter of Joseph and Mary Kelly Marshall.  She attended school in Sullivan County and continued her education at Bloomsburg State Teachers College.

She taught school for many years and was also active in farming until her retirement.

She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Overton, and a member of its Altar and Rosary Society.

Surviving are three brothers, Lawrence of Millport, N.Y. Aloysius of Dushore and Ivan of Sayre; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held this morning (Thursday) at 9:15 a.m. from the Regina Tubach Homer Funeral Home, Dushore, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church, Overton.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Bernard Marshall (Joseph, Mary, Joseph Solinger); born January 3, 1903; died July 27, 1970

Married Mildred A. Murphy.  She was born Jan. 21, 1910; died June 27, 1983.

Lawrence E. Marshall (Joseph, Mary, Joseph Solinger); born October 15,1904; died December 16, 1979

Married Regina Bustin. Their children were:

1.  Thomas Marshall
2.  James Marshall
3.  Ann Marshall
4   Mary Marshall
5.  Catherine Marshall
6.  Patricia Marshall

Ambrose Marshall (Joseph, Mary, Joseph Solinger); born 1907; died November 5, 1931.  

Married Anna Mareata "Edie" RICHLIN.  She was born February 15, 1909, Overton, Bradford County, Pennsylvania; daughter of Henry & Amanda Hostler Richlin. She died October 6, 1981, Overton, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. After her husband Ambrose died in 1931, she remarried to George Leljedal. She is buried at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Overton, PA under the Leljedal surname.

The Sullivan Review
October 8, 1981

Mrs. Mereata Leljedal, 72, of Overton, died Oct. 6, 1981 at her home.

She was born Feb. 15, 1909 in Forks Twp., a daughter of Henry and Amanda Hostler Richlin. She was a lifelong resident of Overton, where she worked with her father in a merchandising store. After her father died, she operated the business until ill health forced her to close it.

She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Church, Overton and St. Basil’s Altar and Rosary Society. She was a sacristan of the Altar with the late Elizabeth Litzelman for many years.

Surviving are her husband, George (Andy) Leljedal at home; two sons, Robert Marshall, Phoenix, AZ, Edward, Powell, PA; one daughter, Mrs. Patricia Dibble, Dana, IN; one brother, Martin Richlin, Dushore; a sister, Mrs. Mildred Marshall, Overton; 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 10:15 a.m. at the P. Dean Home Funeral Home, Dushore, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. in St. Francis Xavier Church, Overton, Rev. John Polinsky will be the Celebrant of the Mass. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 2-4p.m and from 7-9 p.m. Recitation of the Rosary by members of the Altar and Rosary Society will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Francis Xavier Church.

Edie (Richlin) Marshall was one of seven children of Henry and Amanda (Hostler) Richlin:

Alice Mary Richlin, b. June 21, 1886; d. March 24, 1972
William Henry Richlin, b. Oct. 17, 1888
James Morton* "Martin" Richlin, b. March 30, 1893
Carl Francis Richlin, b. April 12, 1897
Theodore Roosevelt Richlin, b. April 22, 1905
Mildred Amanda Richlin, b. Sept. 17, 1907; d. Dec. 3, 1996
Anna Mareata Richlin, b. Feb. 15, 1909; d. Oct. 6, 1981 in Overton, PA
*Note: Handwritten records from Anne Reese Marshall say his name was "James Martin". The use of "Morton" is taken directly from material in Thomas Ingham's 1899 History of Sullivan County. The four oldest children are listed there. His widow's obituary, shown here, refers to him as "Martin J." We will go with "Martin".

The Sullivan Review
April 13, 1972

Mary Alice Glynn, Rock Springs, Wyoming, died March 24, 1972, in the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. She had been a patient 20 days.

She was born June 21, 1886, in Sullivan County, a daughter of Henry and Amanda Hostler Richlin. Mrs. Glynn had resided in Rock Springs since 1936.

She is survived by her husband Gerald G. and a daughter, Mrs. Edna Andersons, both of Rock Springs; four brothers, Martin Richlin, Dushore; William Richlin, Elmira; Carl Richlin, Henrietta, N.Y. and Theodore Richlin, Overton; two sisters Mrs. Joseph (Mildred) Marshall and Mrs. Mereata Leljedal, both of Overton; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Rock Springs. The Rev. Charles A. Bartek officiated. Burial was in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens.

The Sullivan Review
March 3, 1983

Martin J. Richlin, 89, of Cherry twp., Sullivan County, died Feb. 23, 1983, in the Skilled Care Nursing Unit of Towanda Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness.

Born March 30, 1893, in Forks Twp., Sullivan County, he was a son of Henry and Amanda Hosler Richlin. A lifelong resident of Sullivan County, he was a member of St. Basil’s Catholic Church.

He had been a farmer in Sullivan County, and had retired from Muncy Valley Industries in the early 1960’s. He also had been employed by the former Pennsylvania Department of Highways for 17 years.

Mr. Richlin and his wife, the former Helen Shilkoskie, observed their 56th wedding anniversary last September.

Surviving, besides his wife, are five daughters, Mrs. Alfred Place, of Meshoppen, Mrs. David Miller, of Elmira, NY; Mrs. Margaret Hawley, of Dushore, Mrs. Ellery Weaver, of Dushore RD, and Mrs. David Wood, of Groton, MA; a son, John M. of Dushore RD; a sister, Mrs. Mildred Marshall, of Overton; 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A prayer service was held Saturday at McHenry’s followed by Mass at the church. Burial was in the church cemetery. The Rev. Eugene Carr, his pastor, officiated.

The Daily Review
Towanda, PA
April 15, 2003

Mrs. Helen Shilkoskie Richlin, age 93, of Forks Township, Sullivan County, passed away on Monday, April 14, 2003, at the Highlands in Laporte.

Helen was born Jan. 28, 1910, in West Wyoming, Pa., a daughter of the late Francis and Nellie Ostrosky Shilkoskie. Helen worked for the former Weldon Manufacturing Co. in Lopez, Pa., and later the Towanda Silk Mill and Dushore Lingerie in Dushore. She retired from the Endicott Johnson Manufacturing Co. of Mildred, in 1971. She was married to Martin J. Richlin of Forks Township, who predeceased her in 1983.

Helen lived in Forks Township most of her life and was an accomplished gardener and an expert in crocheting. Helen was a member of St. Basil's Church, Dushore, and a member of the former Altar and Rosary Society.

Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, John M. and Elaine Richlin of Dushore; daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Alfred Place of Meshoppen, Betty Miller of Elmira, N.Y., Margaret and Bernard Fedroff of Montoursville, Pa., Maxine Weaver of Dushore and Sylvia Richlin of Roseville, Calif.; a sister, Leona Richlin of Dushore; 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sons-in-law, Ellery Weaver Jr. of Dushore and David Miller of Elmira, N.Y.; three sisters, Stella Pinkowski of Nanticoke, Pa., Sister Honoria Paluskie (Franciscan sister) and Marian Shilkoskie of Nanticoke; and a brother, John Shilkoskie of Dushore.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Basil's Church, Dushore, with the Rev. Gerard L. Hawley, her grandson, pastor of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Hawley, Pa., presiding. Interment will be in St. Basil's Cemetery. There will be no visitation and the family will provide the flowers. Memorials are directed to the St. Basil's Restoration Fund, PO Box 307, Dushore, Pa. 18614. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore.

The Sullivan Review
May 27, 1976

Carl F. Richlin, 79, former Sullivan County resident, died late Saturday afternoon, May 22, 1976, at St. John’s Home in Rochester, N.Y.

He was born in Sullivan County on April 12, 1897, the son of Henry and Amanda Hosler Richlin. He had been a resident of the Rochester area for 60 years. He was a mechanic by trade and had his own garage in W. Henrietta, N.Y.

Surviving are two brothers, William Richlin of Elmira and Martin Richlin of Dushore; two sisters, Mrs. George (Mereata) Leljedal of Overton and Mrs. Mildred Marshall of Overton.

Funeral services were held May 25 at the Regina Tubach Homer Funeral Home, Dushore, followed by a Mass of Christian burial in St. Francis Xavier Church, Overton. Interment was in the parish cemetery.

The Sullivan Review
March 1, 1973

Theodore R. Richlin, 67, lifelong Forks Township, Dushore, R.D. 2 resident, died February 23, 1973, at the home of his son James of New Albany, R.D. 2 where he suffered a heart attack.

Mr. Richlin was born in Forks Township, April 22, 1905, son of Henry and Amanda Houssler Richlin. He had been engaged in farming most of his life having retired two years ago. Mr. Richlin was a member of St. Francis Xavier Church, Overton, New Albany R.D. 2.

Surviving are his widow, the former Leona Shilkowski of Dushore; three sons, James of New Albany, R.D. 2; Raymond of Dushore, R.D. 1; Carl of Pinella Park, Fla., two daughters, Mrs. Theresa Weaver of Dushore; Mrs. Ruth Thomas of Forksville, R.D. 1; Three brothers, William of Elmira; Martin of Dushore; Carl of Rochester; two sisters, Mrs. Mildred Marshall of New Albany, R.D. 2; Mrs. Merita Leljedal of New Albany, R.D 2; a son, Francis died in 1952 while in the Armed Forces; 12 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held February 26 at the Tubach Funeral Home, Dushore with a Mass of Resurrection celebrated in St. Francis Xavier Church, Overton.

Note: Theodore Richlin married Leona Shilkowsky (Shilkoskie), the sister of Helen Shilkoskie who married his brother Martin Richlin. Brothers married sisters.

THE RICHLIN ANCESTRY

From History of Sullivan County by Thomas Ingham (1899):

HENRY RITCHLEN. --- One of the most popular and faithful officers of Forks township, Sullivan county, is Henry Ritchlen, who is now serving as tax collector, to which position he was elected in 1897 for a three-years term. He is numbered among the progressive and enterprising citizens of the community, and is a wide-awake and practical farmer who owes his success in life to his own well directed efforts and careful management of business interests.

Mr. Ritchlen represents one of the old and prominent families of the county. His father, Charles F. Ritchlen, was widely and favorably known in Forks township and took an active part in public affairs. He was born in Baden, Germany, where he acquired a good education and afterward served as a soldier in the German army. When a young man he crossed the Atlantic to the new world and located in Sullivan county, Pennsylvania. There he married Miss Mary M. Tahl, who was born in that locality, and was a representative of a prominent German family*. Mr. and Mrs. Ritchlen began their domestic life in Forks township, where the father of our subject improved a farm which he afterwards sold to John Kane.He then removed to the farm upon which our subject now resides --- then a tract of wild land covered with a growth of native forest trees. These he at once began to clear away in order to prepare the land for the plow, and in course of time he transformed the undeveloped tract into a finely cultivated farm of ninety-three acres. There he engaged in raising both grain and stock, planted a good orchard, built a substantial residence and made many other excellent improvements. He was a stanch Democrat in his political views, and for twenty-eight years served as tax collector, while for thirty-two years he was justice of the peace, and during all that time not a case which he tried was ever taken to the higher courts --- a fact which stands in unmistakable evidence of the soundness and justice of his decisions. In his family were sixteen children, but the greater number died in infancy or childhood. Only four are now living: Joseph, a resident of Forks township; Frank, a resident of Laporte, Pennsylvania; Henry; and Mary, wife of Bernard Hanck, of Sullivan county. The father died at the age of sixty-seven years, and the community thereby lost one of its most valued citizens --- a man whom to know was to respect and honor.

Henry Ritchlen was reared to manhood on his father's farm, trained to habits of industry and honesty, early becoming familiar with all the duties that fall to the lot of the agriculturist, and acquired a good education in the public schools. He spent one season in the lumber woods near Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and for a number of winters worked in the lumber woods of Sullivan county, but has given the greater part of his time and attention to farming, and has now a valuable and productive tract of land, much of which is under a high state of cultivation.He manages his business interests with system and energy, and in addition to the cultivation of grain he raises horses and cattle of a high grade.

In 1884 Mr. Ritchlen was united in marriage to Miss Amanda Hostler, who was born in Columbia county, Pennsylvania, a daughter of Henry F. Hostler and Sarah (Solinburg) Hostler. The latter is now deceased. Four children have been born of this union: Alice M., William Henry, James Morton and Carl Francis, aged respectively thirteen, ten, six and two years. Mr. Ritchlen is one of the most active supporters of the Democratic party in his township and does all in his power to promote its growth and insure its success. He is now serving as township tax collector, and discharges his duties in a most prompt and faithful manner.He is one of the intelligent and progressive citizens of the community, frank and genial in manner, and his genuine worth has won him the high regard of many friends.

*Editor's Note: Per Anne Reese Marshall, Charles Frank Ritchlin was born in 1823 in Germany and married Maria Thall in 1853; she was born in PA in 1827.

In 1917, a deranged man, Charles "Charley" Kahni, shot and wounded Henry Richlin while he was driving a sleigh from Overton to Dushore. The history of the Kahni ("Kaney") family can be found at the end of Faces and Families of Old Sullivan County, Group Two. At the time, Richlin was Associate Judge of Sullivan county. You can read a newspaper account of the assault, which Richlin survived, and also view pictures of Henry and Amanda (Hostler) Richlin and other family members at The Richlin Gallery. This material is courtesy of Anne Reese Marshall.

The Sullivan Review
April 8, 1936

Hon. Henry Richlin died at his home at Overton, Wednesday, April 1st, at the age of 75 years. Mr. Richlin has been ill for some time.

For a number of years Mr. Richlin has been one of the well-known merchants in Overton. Earlier in life he was a farmer in Forks Township, and during that time was elected Associate Judge for Sullivan County serving one term of 6 years.

He is survived by his wife and seven children; Alice of Rock Springs, Wyoming; William, Martin and Theodore of East Forks; Carl of Rochester; Mrs. Mildred Marshall of Overton; and Marie at home. Also one sister, Mrs. Mary Rider of Overton and two brothers, Frank and Joseph Richlin of Forks Township. Thirteen grandchildren also survive.

Funeral service was held Saturday morning in St. Francis Church, Overton. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Note: It was reported in March 2004 that Henry Richlin lost both his legs before he died. This observation is attributed to Elaine Richlin, daughter-in-law of Henry's son Martin Richlin.

Another avenue for exploration is the various German families with names similar to or related to "Richlin". This name may well have been anglicized after arrival in the New World from something else in the original German. You could at one time, for example, read about these historical connections at the Reuschlein Family Tree, but that link was no longer active in mid-2008. An alternative resource might be the Reuschlein Surname Message Board on Rootsweb.

Child of Ambrose & Edie Richlin Marshall:

  1. Robert Francis 1931-

Robert Francis Marshall (Ambrose, Joseph, Mary, Joseph Solinger); born August 9, 1931, Overton, Bradford County, Pennsylvania

Married Elizabeth Anne NOISEUX on September 3, 1956. She was born June 19, 1936, Towanda, Bradford County, Pennsylvania; daughter of George Fernando and Miriam Elizabeth LYNCH Noiseux. Elizabeth died December 18, 1993, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona.

Children of Robert & Elizabeth Noiseux Marshall:

Michael George Marshall (1957-)
John Ambrose Marshall 1960-
Joseph Marshall 1959-
Karen Anne Marshall 1962-
James Bernard Marshall 1963-
Barbara Lynn Marshall 1964-
Paul Andrew Marshall 1966-
Andrew Patrick Marshall 1971-

Michael George Marshall (Robert, Ambrose, Joseph, Mary, Joseph Solinger); born June 24, 1957.

Married Anne Edmonds REESE on September 3, 1981, Phoenix, Arizona ; born August 2, 1949, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin; Parents Burton Edmund and Mary Jane HANNON Reese. Anne is the contributor for our information on the Richlin family.

Children of Michael & Anne Reese Marshall:

Robert Michael Marshall 1983-
Megan Elizabeth Marshall 1985-
Christopher Rhys Marshall1990-

 
 Aloysius Marshall (Joseph, Mary, Joseph Solinger); born May 14, 1914; died December 1978

Married Ruth Fulmer

Children of Aloysius & Ruth Fulmer Marshall:

1.  James Marshall 1954-1994
2.  Doris Marshall
3.  Janice Marshall
4.  Janet Marshall

Ivan C. Marshall (Joseph, Mary, Joseph Solinger); born February 29, 1916; died August 23, 1977; buried in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Overton, PA.

Married Pauline Roberts

Children of Ivan & Pauline Roberts Marshall:

1.  Ann Marshall
2.  Kathryn Marshall

Josephine Marshall (Mary, Joseph Solinger); born 1872; died June 17, 1935

Married Mathias Litzelman

Children of Josephine & Mathias Litzelman:

1.  Leo Litzelman -
2.  Lydia Litzelman 1903-1974
3.  Paul Litzelman 1905-1997
4.  Francis S. Litzelman 1908-1977
5.  George Litzelman  1907-1989
6.  Charles Litzelman  1912-1992
7.  Helen Litzelman 1915-2002

The Sullivan Review
June 19, 1935

Mrs. Josephine Litzelman of Cherry township passed away early Monday morning, June 17th following a short illness.
She is survived by her husband and the following children: Leo Litzelman of Villa Nova; Lydia, (Sister Emily, of Maryland); Paul, Francis, Charles, Helen and George at home. Three grandchildren, Marie, George Jr, and Gerald Litzelman; also four brothers, Anthony Marshall of Ohio, Joseph Marshall of Overton, John and August Marshall of Cherry township.
Funeral service will be held Thursday morning in St. Basil's church with interment in the family plot in the adjoining cemetery

Lydia Litzelman (Josephine, Mary, Joseph Solinger); born October 12, 1903; died April 17, 1974

The Sullivan Review
April 25, 1974

Sister M. Emily (Lydia) Litzelman, I.H.M., died April 17, 1974 at the Marian Covent, Scranton.

She was born October 12, 1903, in Cherry Township, a daughter of Mathias and Josephine Marshall Litzelman.  After graduating from St. Basil's High School in Dushore in 1920, she entered the order of Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scranton.

She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Helen Broschart; four brothers, Paul, George, and Charles, Dushore and Francis of Overton.  A brother, Leo, preceded her in death in 1968.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated April 19 by Monsignor Griffin at the Marian Convent.  Altar boys were pupils of Sister Emily from St. Mary's School, Avoca.  Nephews served as pallbearers, lector, and offered the gifts.  Interment was in St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow.

Paul Litzelman (Josephine, Mary, Joseph Solinger); born May 21, 1905; died October 31, 1997.

The Sullivan Review
November 1997

Paul Joseph Litzelman, 92, of Dushore, died Oct. 31, 1997, at Memorial Hospital, Towanda.  He was born in Dushore May 21, 1905, a son of Mathias and Josephine Marshall Litzelman.

He attended local schools and St. Basil’s High School in Dushore, but all of his life he was engaged in farming on the family farm in Cherry Township.  After retirement from farming, he worked at St. Basil’s Cemetery, Dushore, along with Eugene (Jake) Farrell.  He also dug graves for the Finan Brothers of Laddsburg.  After this, he was a custodian at St. Basil’s Church.  During three years he lived at Sullivan Terrace, in Dushore, and in 1988 he moved to Dar-Way Nursing Home in Estella.

He was an active member of St. Basil’s Catholic Church, a member of its Holy Name Society and its Cemetery Association.  He always helped at the annual St. Basil’s picnic on July 4, and for many years prepared the cole slaw for the annual hunters spaghetti dinner in November.

With his brothers, he would volunteer to gather and burn the leaves on the church and cemetery grounds each fall.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Vernon (Helen) Broschart of Forks Township; sisters-in-law, Loretta Litzelman of Dushore and Mary Litzelman of Lansdale.  He was predeceased by brothers Leo, George, Francis and Charles; and a sister, Sister Emily Litzelman, I.H.M. of Scranton.

Funeral services were held Nov. 3 from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, Dushore,, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at his church with Rev. Patrick J. McLaughlin presiding.  Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Dushore Fire Co, and Ambulance Association, Box 1 Dushore, PA 18614.

Francis S. Litzelman (Josephine, Mary, Joseph Solinger); born March 21, 1909; died December 22,  1977; buried in St. Basil's cemetery; Dushore, Pa.

Married Elizabeth Litzelswope

George A. Litzelman (Josephine, Mary, Joseph Solinger) born May 28, 1907; died March 19, 1989

Married Loretta Pritchard on April 27, 1931

Children of George & Loretta Pritchard Litzelman:

1.  George Litzelman
2.  Gerald Litzelman
3.  Bernard Litzelman
4.  Donald Litzelman
5.  Gordon Litzelman
6.  Marie Litzelman  
7.  Mary Jane Litzelman
8.  Marlene Litzelman

The Sullivan Review
March 1989

George A. Litzelman, 81, of Dushore died March 19, 1989, at his home.  He was born on May 28, 1907, in Cherry Township, a son of Mathias and Josephine Marshall Litzelman.

A lifelong resident of Sullivan County, he was a  farmer and for 25 years owned and operated the GLF Mill in Dushore (now Agway).  He was a member of St. Basil’s Roman Catholic Church, Dushore, and its Holy Name Society.

Surviving are his wife, the former Loretta Pritchard, whom he married April 27, 1931; five sons, George of Bryceville, FL; Gerald Of Orange Park, FL; Bernard, Donald and Gordon, all of Dushore; two daughters, Mrs. May Jane Trasco of Dushore and Mrs. Marlene Pardoe of Forksville; brothers Paul and Charles, both of Dushore; and a sister, Mrs. Vernon (Helen) Broschart of Dushore; 21 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mrs. Marie Broschart, in 1973; a sister Lydia (sister Emily I.H.M.) in 1974; and brothers, Leo in 1968 and Francis in 1977.

Funeral services were held yesterday at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, Dushore, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Basil’s Church.  Rev. Patrick j. McLaughlin officiated.   Burial was in the parish cemetery

Charles M. Litzelman (Josephine, Mary, Joseph Solinger) born March 4, 1912; died November 24, 1992.
Married Mary T. Cook on October 12, 1940.

Children of Charles & Mary Cook Litzelman:

  1. John C. Litzelman
  2. Joseph P. Litzelman
  3. Michael F. Litzelman
  4. Emily A. Litzelman

The Sullivan Review
November 1992

Charles M. Litzelman, 80, of Dushore, died Nov. 24, 1992, at Memorial Hospital, Towanda.  He was born March 4, 1912, in Dushore, a son of Matthias and Josephine Marshall Litzelman.

He attended St. Basil’s School in Dushore and was engaged in dairy farming with his brother, Paul until the farm was sold in 1968.  He worked for PennDOT for seven years and retired in 1975.

Mr. Litzelman was a member of St. Basil’s Catholic Church and its Holy Name Society and its Cemetery Association.

Surviving are his wife, the former Mary T. Cook whom he married Oct. 12, 1940; three sons, John C. of Northville, MI; Joseph P. of Arlington, VA and Michael F. of Northfield, VT; a daughter, Mrs. John (Emily A.) Hanzok of Lansdale; a brother, Paul of Estella; a sister, Mrs. Vernon (Helen) Broschart of Dushore; 11 grandchildren. He was predeceased by three brothers, Francis, George, Leo; and a sister, Lydia (Sister Emily I.H.M.).

Funeral services were held Nov. 28 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, Dushore, followed by a Mass of Christian burial in St. Basil’s Church with the very Rev. Patrick J. McLaughlin, V.F. officiating.  Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Memorials may be direct to St. Basil’s church, P.O. Box 307, Dushore, PA 18614.

Helen Litzelman (Josephine, Mary, Joseph Solinger); born March 29, 1915; died June 26, 2002

Married L. Vernon Broschart on November 18, 1946

Children of Helen & Vernon Broschart:

1.  James Broschart
2. William Broschart
3.  Josephine Broschart
4.  Anne Broschart

The Sullivan Review
June 27, 2002

Mrs. Helen Litzelman Broschart, age 87, of Forks Township, Sullivan County, passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2002 at the Dar-Way Nursing Home in Estella.
Helen was born March 29, 1915, on the family farm in Cherry Township, a daughter of the late Mathias and Josephine Marshall Litzelman. She graduated from St. Basil's High School, a member of the Class of 1933. She married L. Vernon Broschart of Forks Township on November 18, 1946. Helen was a homemaker but also an active farmer with her husband, sharing plowing, milking and all of the chores of the family farm.
She was a devoted wife and mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She really loved being with her grandchildren. She was an active gardener and also a devoted and artistic quilt maker. She made many, many beautiful quilts throughout her life.
Helen was an active member of St. Basil's Catholic Church in Dushore and always participated and worked at parish activities, the Overton Picnic in particular.
Surviving are: her spouse, L. Vernon, at home; sons and daughters-in-law, James and Georgeanne Broschart of Dushore and William (Burf) and Diane Broschart of Overton, Pa.; daughters and sons-in-law, Josephine and Richard Silverstrim of Dushore and Ann and Frank Ward of Dushore; a sister-in-law, Loretta Litzelman of Dushore; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Helen was predeceased by brothers, George A. Litzelman on March 19, 1989; Francis S. Litzelman on Dec. 22, 1977; Paul J. Litzelman on Oct. 31, 1997; Charles M. Litzelman on Nov. 24, 1992 and Leo Litzelman in 1970.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2002 at 9:30 a.m. from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, and will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Basil's Church in Dushore. Interment will be in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Overton.
Friends may call at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home on Friday, June 28, 2002 from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. The Women's Guild will recite the Rosary at 3 p.m. Friday afternoon at the Funeral Home.

Catherine Marshall (Mary, Joseph Solinger); died April 23, 1914

Married Frank Thall who died in 1931.

Children of Catherine & Frank Thall:

Francis Thall 1895-1938
Joseph L. Thall 18-1898
Charles Thall 1901-1964
Helen Thall 1903-1964
Albert E. Thall 1908-1979

The Sullivan Review
April 30, 1914

Mrs. Catherine Thall, wife of Frank Thall, died at her home on Sugar Hill, Cherry Twp. on Thursday April 23 at the age of 41 years of blood poisoning.
Funeral services were held Saturday with interment in St. Basil's Cemetery at this place.
Besides her husband she is survived by seven children. Mrs. Thall's maiden name was Marshall and she is the first of a family of ten children to depart from this earthly life.

Francis Thall ( Catherine, Mary, Joseph Solinger)

The Sullivan Review
October 12, 1938

Francis Thall, aged 43, a Cherry township World War veteran, met instant death Saturday night at 11 o’clock when he was struck on German street by a car driven by Elmer Fulmer of Dushore.

Surviving are two sisters and two brothers:  Charles, a teacher in Bernice High School and Helen of Mildred; Albert of Cherry township; Mildred, who resides in the West.

The funeral was held Tuesday morning from the home of his sister and brother at Mildred with requiem mass in St. Francis church, Mildred at 9:30.  Burial in St. Basil’s cemetery, Dushore.

Charles J. Thall (Catherine, Mary, Joseph Solinger); born February 28, 1901; died June 1964

Married Gertrude Foley 1912-1999

Children of Charles & Gertrude Foley Thall:

1.  Edmund Thall
2.  Raymond Thall
3.  Agnes Thall

The Sullivan Review
June 19, 1964

Charles J. Thall, 63, a well known and highly regarded Mildred, Pa. resident, died suddenly Thursday morning at 4 o’clock at the Divine Providence Hospital in Williamsport, where he has been a medical patient for just a few hours.

Born in Cherry Township, Dushore RD on February 28, 1901, he was the son of the late Frank and Catherine Marshall Thall.

He was a graduate of St. Basil’s High School in Dushore.  He attended Maryland University. where he was a member of the football and lacrosse teams.  He was a graduate of Lock Haven State College and attended Duke University.  He received his master’s degree from Pennsylvania State University.

Until his retirement in 1963, he taught in the Cherry Township schools for 34 years, being a teacher of science and a former basketball coach in the Turnpike School System.

Mr. Thall was a past president of the Sullivan County Chapter of the P.S.E.A. He was on the executive board of the Lock Haven State College Alumni Association.

He was a past president of the Ber-Mil Fire Company, a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Mildred, and its Holy Name Society.

He is survived by his wife, the former Gertrude Foley; two sons Edmund and Raymond; one daughter Agnes, all at home; one brother, Albert of Dushore, several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held from the Arthur L. Tubach Funeral Home, Water Street, Dushore, on Monday at 8:45 a.. Solemn High Mass of Requiem will be celebrated in St. Francis of Assisi Church, Mildred, at 9:30  Interment will be in St. Basil's cemetery, Dushore.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. on Friday, after 2 p.m. on Saturday, and after 10 a.m. on Sunday. Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Albert E. "Bucky" Thall (Catherine, Mary, Joseph Solinger) born March 13, 1905; died September 12, 1979

The Sullivan Review
September 16, 1976

Albert E. "Bucky" Thall, 71 of Dushore RD 1, Cherry Township, died Sept. 12, 1979 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre after being a medical patient there for five days.

Mr. Thall was born in Cherry Township, the son of Frank and Catherine Marshall Thall.  He was a veteran of World War II, having served for four years in the Army as an infantryman.  He was engaged in farming until his retirement.

Surviving are a niece, Miss Agnes Thall of Mildred; two nephews; Edmund Thall of Dushore RD 1 and Raymond Thall of Mildred; three grandnieces.

Funeral services were held Sept. 15, at the Regina Tubach Homer Funeral Home in Dushore, with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Basil's Church in Dushore.  Interment was in the parish cemetery.

Francis Marshall (Mary, Joseph Solinger); born 1877; died May 1932

Married Catherine Connor. No children.

The Sullivan Review
May 25, 1932

Francis E. Marshall died suddenly Sunday evening at his home in Cherry township, of cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 55 years.

He is survived by his wife, one sister, Mrs. Matthias Litzelman and four brothers, Anthony Marshall of Spokane, Ohio, Joseph Marshall of Overton and John and August Marshall of Cherry township.

Funeral service was held Wednesday morning in St. Basil’s church at this place.  Interment in the family plot in the adjoining cemetery.

2.  FRANCES SOLINGER (Joseph Solinger)

 Married Augustus Sick

3.  ELENA SOLINGER (Joseph Solinger)

Married Andrew Touschner

4.  KATIE SOLINGER

5.  GEORGE SOLINGER

6.  JOSEPH SOLINGER

7.  EMMA SOLINGER

The Sullivan Review
April 13, 1944

Mrs. Emily Solinger Ward of Moscow, celebrated the 97th anniversary of her birthday on Wednesday, March 29th at her home.

She was born in Cherry township, on the farm now owned by Arthur Huffmaster, youngest daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Borde Solinger, who settled on that farm in 1829. Her father was drowned while fording the Loyalsock creek at Ringdale, when she was a young girl.

She was united in marriage with Thomas J. Ward of Wilkes-Barre, and left Sullivan County in 1874 for a home in the anthracite region.

She is still very active (remembering very distinctly when the boys left Sullivan count to engage in the Civil War, and has seen the boys from her adopted county leave and some of them return from all wars since that time.)

She has a number of nieces and nephews still living in this vicinity. Her older sister Mary Solinger was the wife of Joseph Marshall of Cherry township; her second oldest sister married the late Augustus Sick of Forks township, and her third oldest sister was the wife of the late Anthony Touschner of Satterfield.

Contributions by:

Sullivan County Historical Society, (Reeser Family), (Zaner Family) and (Solinger Family)

David M. Taylor, dm_taylor@cox.net, Grafton, VA (Taylor)

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