Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Posted Queries for October 1999

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JETTER, YETTER posted by Bruce Starner Yetter on Friday, October 15, 1999


Seeking info on the parents of Samuel Yetter, born circa 1756.  Married Mara Yocum 1780 and listed in early 1780 tax lists in New  Hanover Twp. Served in Philadelphia Militia. Possible parents are John  Yetter & Dorothea Schade.

PARAMORE posted by Addie P. Howell on Friday, October 15, 1999


Looking for the parents of James Paramore , he was in Philadelphia Co, Pa 1860.   Looking for the parents of  John Paramore Sr. he was in Philadelphia  Co, Pa in 1790, believe he died there. Would appreciate any information on these men.

HUMPHREYS, POWELL posted by Peggy Wallace on Friday, October 15, 1999

Searching for information on JAMES HUMPHREYS who married ANN POWELL in Christ Church  Philadelphia 5 September 1759.  Served as a private in Capt. John Hewsons' 2nd Regiment of Foot, of Philadelphia militia, Revolutionary War.

HENRY posted by Ed Weaver on Friday, October 15, 1999


I am looking for information on the Henry families living in the Phila. area 1700-1775.  I am gathering as much as I can in hopes that I can pull all the pieces together and post the data on a web site.    

OKRZYNSKI posted by Robert Okrzynski on Friday, October 15, 1999


My grandfather Feliks lived in the Frankford nieghborhood of Philadelphia from 1903 to 1910.  His marriage certificate lists his occupation as "Morrow Worker".  Can anyone give me information as to what a Morrow Worker is or did at that time?

HALL, LOE posted by Jeanie Davis on Friday, October 15, 1999

Looking for John Loe and Alice Hall married in Phila. around 1774.

BUTLER, NANNAMAKER, WOERN posted by Sheila Butler on Friday, October 15, 1999

I am seeking information on Thomas Joseph Butler, of Philadelphia,b.1878 d.1952 married to Saah Thomas Butler b.1877 d.1934. They had a son Thomas Josep Butler b.May 5, 1904 in Philadelphia d. Feb.14,1962 in Ft. Lauderdale,Fl. He had two siters one was named Reba. He was married twice. The first wife died after giving him a daugher Eleanor. The second was Ellen Marie Woern b. April 14, 1962 daughter of Carl Fredrick Woern and Ellen Elizabeth Nannamaker.  

NONNAMAKER posted by Sheila Butler on Friday, October 15, 1999

I am seeking information on Kate Ruby Nonnamaker of Philadelphia. She had a daughter Ellen Elizabeth Nonnamaker b. Sept 22,1883 d.Dec. 7,1964. 

BUTLER, COONEY, NONNAMAKER, WOERN posted by Sheila Butler on Friday, October 15, 1999

I am seeking information on Carl Fredrick Woern b. 1882 in Frankfort,Germany son of Mary Woern and d. Easter 1927 in Philadelphia.  He was married to Ellen Elizabeth Nonnamaker b.Sept.22,1883 d. Dec.7,1964 in Philadelphia. They had two daughters Ellen Marie Woern Butler b.Apr. 14,1916 Married to Thomas Joseph Butler of Philadelphia and Ruth Woern Cooney of Philadelphia who was married to JoeCooney. They had a son Joey. 

DIXON, HONESTY posted by P. B. Honesty on Friday, October 15, 1999


I am looking for my grandfather's family in Philadelphia, PA.   In 1932 Louisa Dixon HONESTY moved to 314 Wyota St., Philadelphia, Pa.from Fairfax County, Falls Church, Virginia Shortly afterwards her siblings Edward DIXON and Nannie BLACK followed.  My grandfather was William Henry Honesty.   I am searching for any information or reference to them in your city.

KINKADE, MCFADDEN posted by Patricia Kostelnik on Friday, October 15, 1999

Looking for information on KINKADE & McFADDEN in Philadelphia.   Sarah Anne KINKADE, b. c. 1855 in PA and her sister, Margaret KINKADE  b. c. 1860 in PA, were living in Philadelphia in 1920.  Census has them at 5024 Cedar Avenue.  Sarah Anne was married to a McFADDEN.  The parents of Sarah Anne and Margaret were born in Ireland. Looking for descendants of Sarah Anne Kinkade McFadden, or information on her parents.

ADAMS posted by Linnea Ista on Friday, October 15, 1999

I am hoping someone can help me. My g-g-g-g-grandfather Jean (John) Adams was a continental soldier in the Revolutionary war. Family legend says that when his regiment was returning to France, he hid and stayed behind, signing on as an apprentice furniture maker in Philadelphia.   After a few years, the French came to the city looking for deserters and Jean jumped aboard a whaling vessel to escape detection and served a couple years as a sailor before going to North Carolina . Any help?

WEST posted by Neil J. West on Friday, October 15, 1999

George Harry West was from Philadelphia last known address is 200 Blk of Mountain St. in 1910 his daughter Sara was born. He was married to Mary Dougherty and had 9 children. I have all information on children but none on my grandafther.

TEESDALE posted by Don Teesdale on Friday, October 15, 1999


I am researching any and all Teesdale's who lived in Philadelphia.  My earliest Teesdale ancestor was William Teesdale who was born in Scotland in 1822 and immigrated to Philadelphia some time before 1846.  William Teesdale died at the Battle of Gettysburg while serving in Philadelphia's 68th PA INF VOL Regiment.      My Teesdale ancestors and relatives have lived in Philadelphia throughout the years and some continue to this day.   

FRITZ, HAAS, THARAN posted by Judy Finnen on Friday, October 15, 1999


I am looking for information on my great-great-grandfather & grandmother,  Paul THARAN born in Germany circa 1958. I do know that he was an interpreter on trans-Atlantic ships and when he arrived in Philadelphia he became a mounted policeman. He married Henrietta FRITZ born in PA circa 1860. They had 9 children according to the 1900 census. It was also believed that he kept the church records of St. John the Baptist in Manayunk, Philadelphia, PA. Aside from the census, I've only been able to find mention of him in the Philadelphia Directory of 1890 where his address at the time was listed.   His daughter Elizabeth b. circa 1880 was my great-grandmother and she married Charles Christopher HAAS b. circa 1877. 

GRAVENER posted by Herbert Hart on Friday, October 15, 1999

Family has been in city since before 1800.  Seeking any data & will supply same.  One name study

NACE, VANNESS, WICKER posted by Lyn Sherwood on Friday, October 15, 1999

Researching John Murray NACE, b. 1824, Philadelphia, Pa, married Ann Reed WICKER, b. March 27, 1832 in Baltimore, MD (mother Catherine WICKER from Scotland).    This family moved to Atlanta, GA.   Family name was originally VAN NESS.

DUFFY posted by Theresa Pegg on Friday, October 15, 1999

I am looking for anyone who came from Balaheadareen, County Mayo , 1894-1900.  My father Patrick Duffy went to the UK.
HARRIS posted by Jan Rader on Friday, October 15, 1999


I am looking for information on Richard and Susanna HARRIS, probably between 1885 and 1890.  Richard supposedly founded the first Iron Foundry in Philadelphia, but I don't know where to look for this information.  The family later moved to Indiana, but on Richard's death in 1891, Susanna is noted to have received honorary membership in an Iron Founders Guild.

AND, DERR, EALES, GUERRIN posted by Alice Derr on Friday, October 15, 1999


I am researching these families from Phila.  GEORGE DERR  died May 31st, 1939.  Does anyone have access to Obits for that time?  His wife was ANNIE EALES, she died about 1960.  The GUERRINwould be EMILO possibly, also REBA. 

RAFFAELE, TUCCI posted by Barbara J. Burke on Friday, October 15, 1999

Hello, I'm researching information on the RAFFAELE family of the Germantown section of Philadelphia.  Frank Raffaele was my grandfather and he married Mary Tucci. They had ten children whose names are: Alfonso, Joseph, Richard, Phyllis, Edward, Carol, John, Frank, Dominic and James in no particular birth order.  I'm Carol's daughter.  My name is Barbara Burke.

HENCKEL, HINKLE posted by Marian Eyer on Friday, October 15, 1999

My first U. S. Henckel ancestor came with the William Penn settlers and, I have been told, founded St. Michael's Lutheran Church.  The source I found said the Church, founded in 1721, was in Germantown, but said now a part of Philadelphia.  His name was Anthony Jacob Henckel.  The source (about 25 years old) said the Church still existed.  Do you know anything about the location, history, of the Church?   Can you recommend any reference book that I might consult about the Church? 

REAUVEAU, REVEAU posted by Lorraine Jorjenson on Friday, October 15, 1999


Looking for any connection to this surname.  Robert,Mazie,Elizabeth.  Any info.will help.

FELTON posted by Joe Wardell on Friday, October 15, 1999

Great grandfather Joseph D.FELTON BORN 1849.

GALLAGHER, ODONNELL posted by Terri Campbell on Friday, October 15, 1999

Looking for information on Joseph P. Gallagher who lived in Philadelphia, unsure where. Joseph P. Gallagher married Mary A. O'Donnell she was born in 1875. They had 4 children, John P. who was baptized at St. Augustine Church in Phila. in 1901, Joseph, Mary, Bernard. I do know that they moved to Camden, NJ. Were Joseph P. was killed in a factory accident sometime around 1919.

GANNON posted by Jane Gannon on Friday, October 15, 1999

I am looking for information on John, William and Mickey Gannon.   They were brothers  from Delaware.  William,my father and Mickey both lived in Philadelphia.

HUTCHINSON, SCHULTZ posted by Margaret Gorman on Friday, October 15, 1999

Searching for descendants of ANNA SCHULTZ b. 1838 in Philadelphia, Pa . and married THOMAS HUTCHINSON b.1833 in Brooklyn, NY.  They raised a family of eight children [7 boys and 1 girl] in Brooklyn but died when my grandfather DAVID GEORGE HUTCHINSON b. July 29, 1878 was just a young lad.    His aunt raised him and a younger brother until an older sibling could make a home for them.  Both David and his younger brother moved to Pittsburgh in 1899.  Would appreciate finding some connection of my family.

PURSWELL posted by Steve Moody on Friday, October 15, 1999

I'm searching for information on my ancestor Henry Purswell.    According to a letter written in 1931 by his gg grandson, the name Purswell originated when a Scottish seaman named Henry Purs stopped in America and married a lady whose surname was Well.  They combined their surnames and thus originated the name Purswell.   I have not in fact been able to trace the name further back than Henry Purswell, born in Philadelphia in 1782. 

GIVEN, IRWIN, MORNE, RUSSELL posted by Anne Long on Friday, October 15, 1999

Robert IRWIN, born about 1814, most likely in Newtown, Limavady, Derry;  his wife Elizabeth nee GIVEN; and their children John; Samuel, born 1838 Newtown, Limavady, Derry; George; Mary; Robert; born 1846 in Philadelphia, USA; Elizabeth born 1849 in Philadelphia, USA; and Annie Jane.  This family spent several years in Philadelphia in the 1840 and at least two, possibly more of their children were born there.   They subsequently returned to Ireland and then migrated to Australian March 1866.  Robert IRWIN (senior) was a farmer, mostly involved in growing grapes for wine production.  Two of his sons were subsequently involved in the same industry after they came to Australia.   His other two sons became newspaper editors/proprietors.   Does anyone have any knowledge of this family?  Robert IRWIN's parents were John IRWIN and Mary RUSSELL; his wife Elizabeth GIVEN's parents were James GIVEN and Jane MORNE.   Does anyone know whether there was a vineyard/wine growing industry around Philadelphia in the 1840's?

BAKER, WASON, WASSON posted by James R. Baker on Friday, October 15, 1999

Need John BAKER to Mary WASSON (WASON?) marriage record.   Probably in Philadelphia area ca. 1760-1766.

REINHOLD posted by Daniel Reinhold on Friday, October 15, 1999

After the Civil War, where Reubin REINHOLD served as a Major, he "acted in plays, does art, music, sings and dances." This was in the late 1860's and 70's or later. He did this in the Fall, Winter and Spring in Philadelphia.   His father Jessie built the Reinholds Hotel in Reinholds, Lancaster county where "During summer Jesse had his house open to Philadelphians as a resort for recreation."  Does anyone at PHILLY-ROOTS have any idea where to look for information about the artistic career of Reubin REINHOLD?

BALL, FROWERT posted by Jan Clausen on Friday, October 15, 1999

Searching for information regarding Caroline Frowert, born 23 July 1809, Philadelphia; married Henry Ball 15 March 1826 in Philadelphia, died 29 Nov 1860, Philadelphia.  Father was John Frowert; no other information known.

BALL posted by Jan Clausen on Friday, October 15, 1999

Henry Ball, born 9 Nov 1762, Dublin, Ireland.  Moved to Pa. with parents and to Philadelphia in 1800, died there 17 April 1816.  Married Elizabeth Fulton, b. Philadelphia 1722; she died there 2 Nov 1823.  They had 9 children.  Henry, son of Thomond and Margaret Denham Ball.  Family of Elizabeth Fulton unknown.

YELDELL posted by Roberta Quattlebaum on Friday, October 15, 1999

Anthony Yeldell opened a drug store in Philadelphia in the late 1700's.   I think he had family who went to South Carolina.  Robert & Phoebe Yeldell from Newberry South Carolina sent Power of Attorney to Philadelphia, but cannot find reason.  Anyone working on the Yeldell Family?

FARABEE posted by Sharon Walton on Friday, October 15, 1999

William Curtis Farabee,  b. 2-7-1865 Washington Co., PA, m. Sylvia Holdren b.1868 OH.    He was with the University Museum in Philadelphia about 1917 when the book "Farabees in America" by Louis Farabee was published.   Would like death information on both William and Sylvia. 

SHERER posted by Ian Sherer on Friday, October 15, 1999


I would appreciate any information e.g. census or employment records, relating to my great grandfather, Francis (Frank) Sherer, who reputedly worked on the ferry across the Delaware river as an engineer (stoker) between approx 1867 and 1871 .

MESSENGER, RITTENHOUSE, SMELTZ posted by Linda Eichhorn Burke on Friday, October 15, 1999

Need info on MESSENGER, SMELTZ, RITTENHOUSE.   Messengers = George, Charles, Eliza (m.Charles RITTENHOUSE) and Jesse (m.JOHN SMELTZ)  All lived in Philadelphia 1874 on.

BOSZHARDT posted by Robert F. Boszhardt on Friday, October 15, 1999

My great-great grandfather Andreas Boszhardt is thought to have married a Maragret Bauer in Philadelphia around 1849.  I am interested in trying to find any additional information; primarily marriage certificate/license, etc.

CULLENDER posted by Sue Tyler on Friday, October 15, 1999

I am searching for any members of the Cullender Family.  I found a entry in Benjamin Franklin's Diary that William Cullender bought a Library Bond on Mar 1, 1739.  Any information about the Cullender family is greatly appreciated.

DAUGHERTY, MCFADDEN posted by Lori Elliott on Friday, October 15, 1999

Samuel McFadden and Martha Daugherty were my great great grandparents who married and came over from Ireland together. Along with them they brought Martha's sister Jane Daugherty.  They may have brought other family members but I do not know that for certain. They had 3 children 2 of whom died before the age of 3 and 1 son Alex ander who was born in Philadelphia May 13, 1859. Both Samuel and Martha McFadden died sometime between 1859 and 1870 in Philadelphia. I am looking for any information on the whereabouts of their graves. Also any information on possible other family members who may have come over with them.

HARPER posted by William J. Morgan on Friday, October 15, 1999

John and Ann Harper who arrived in Philadelphia Aug 2, 1682 as part of the William Penn expedition had four sons on arrival, John, Josiah, Charles and Joseph.   They had a fifth son, Ralph,  born in 1687.   I have the descendants of Ralph and Joseph and they do not align themselves with my Harpers.  I feel that Charles, John Or Josiaah is the father or grandfather of my Robert Harper, born in Pennsylvania, county unknown, in about 1727.  Anyone able to helme with this matter will be greatly appreciated.

BAKER, KNOWLES, WESSELS posted by Linda Herman on Friday, October 15, 1999

I am looking for information on the WESSELS family. Nicholas (or Claes) Wessels born 1698 in New York. He is believed to have married Sarah BAKER in 1719 New York and then moved to Philadelphia. He died in 1734 in Philadelphia. Mother was Susannah. Brothers: John, Lucas, Edward. Sister: Catherine.   Brother-in-law: John Knowles Junr. Friend and Exec. Joseph Lyn.  He may have had a son named Joesph.   Also there is a birth in Philadelphia of an Edward Wessel, b. July 1729 to John & Ann Wessels at Christ Church. Edward is believed to be the nephew of Nicholas.

CRAIG, SCOTT posted by Richard Craig on Friday, October 15, 1999

Robert CRAIG married Mary Scott probably in Scotland, approximatly 1825.   Their children are Agnes Craig, b. in Scotland 11JUN1826.; Robert Craig b. in Philadelphia, 10FEB1837;  and Margaret Craig b. (probably) in Philadelphia 18JUN1839.  On Robert Jr. Navy Pension records; lists "Fairmount" which I presume is a district within Philadelphia.

DURNAL, HALL posted by Cindy Courtier on Friday, October 15, 1999

Looking for a marriage record for Samuel DURNAL and Rebecca HALL, daughter of Jarvis & Hannah JONES HALL, supposedly married 6 Dec 1804 in Philadelphia.    I am especially interested in confirming the parents of Rebecca HALL and locating any information on the parents of Samuel DURNAL.

FORSYTH, LAUGHHEAD posted by Andy Mills on Friday, October 15, 1999

Andrew FORSYTH and James LAUGHHEAD.  Daughter of James, Agnes, married Andrew Forsyth.    All lived in Phila around the time of the Revolution.

HASLAM posted by Wilbur Haslam on Friday, October 15, 1999

I am looking for Thomas HASLAM. His death certificate says born in Philadelphia ca. 1837. No parents listed.

DISSTON posted by Claudia Brookman on Friday, October 15, 1999

I am trying to find family tree information on the DISSTON family, in particular, the connection (if any) between MORRIS DISSTON of Wyndmoor and the HENRY DISSTON saw company.  Also, I'd like to know how/if they are related to HAMILTON DISSTON who, in 1881, left Philadelphia and created Disston City in Florida (doesn't exist anymore--it's an area in St. Petersburg).

BUDDEN posted by Doug Snelling on Friday, October 15, 1999


Am searching for descendents of Captain Richard Budden, b. 1706, d. 1766.  Oral history has my husband's family descended from him.  We have an Alice Elizabeth Budden, b. 1862, d. 1927 married to Martin Patrick Snelling.    Does anyone have a link for me?

BODYCOATS, SWIFT, TODD posted by Ralph J. Turner on Friday, October 15, 1999

Joanna SWIFT, b abt 1650, d 1700, m abt 1681, Philadelphia, PA: Joseph Tudor TODD, b abt 1625, Eling, Southamptonshire, England, d 20 Sep 1699, Southampton, PA.   Joanna's father was reportedly: John Swift who d 1680 and married Miss BODYCOATS.  Anyon have a clue as to this PA Swift family?

SNYDER posted by Margaret Snyder Pugliese on Friday, October 15, 1999

Clarence SNYDER, 1875-1948; lived in the Germantown area and was a noted Philadelphia artist.   

BROOKE posted by Clarence C. Bearden Jr. on Friday, October 15, 1999

Seeking  info. on John BROOKE (bn c l8l0) and family.  He came to Penn. ab. l840 from Holland with wife and a number of children.  It is not certain but John may have lived in Philadelphia or possibly Berks Co.  Due to unknown causes the parents died about l850(?) leaving minor children.  One son, John BROOK(S) bn l837 is my gtgt grandfather.  John came to Tenn. about l860 where he married.  John had two brothers, Henry and Edward and a sister Christine and it's believed they remained in Penn. and spelt their last name BROOKE without the (s) on the end.  One of the brothers had a son named Abraham Lincoln Brooke but not much is known of him. 

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