Saturday, May 28, 2016

Memorial Day - Our Ancestors Who Died In Service


I'm in the process of compiling a list of all of our ancestors who died in service.


Three Of My 3rd great Aikey Uncles Died in the Civil War - 

Lewis Aikey, my 4th great grandfather, & veteran of the War of 1812, had 2 sons, 1 son in law, & 6 grandsons, who served in the civil war. Three of his grandsons were killed.

His grandson Robert, so of Adam, was mortally wounded at Battle of Shiloh on 6 April & died in the Regimental Hospital 3 days later from a gunshot wound, just 3 months after enlisting.
His grandson William Henry, son of Robart, enlisted in August of 1862.  He was killed at Fredericksburg in December of 1862.  "I sent a faithful detail in search of our lost comrades.  Lieutenant Kepler was left in command and I accompanied Lieutenant Fichthorn with a detail.  Privates William H. Aikey, George W. Lashells, and Henry Stees were known to have fallen, and many others were sorely wounded.  We failed to find Aikey; but several days after we returned to the old camp, when we continued our searched, we found his grave plainly marked with name, company, and regiment, in a field hospital burial ground, near the river, not far from Fredericksburg.  He was doubtless taken up and carried to the rear by our faithful ambulance corps." 
William's Uncle Lewis Aikey, my 3rd great grandfather, also was at Fredericksburg when William was killed.  On February 22, 1864, just over a year after their Williams death,  William's brothers Jeremiah & Zachary enlisted
Jeremiah was captured in august of 1864, and sent a prison in Andersonille Georgia.  In December he was moved to Millen Georgia, where he died from his injuries.

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This link will take you to a page where I am compiling a list of all the direct line veterans in our lines.  This list is all who served in each war.
http://heathersgen.blogspot.com/2016/01/researching-our-veterans.html

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Maryland Lines & Research



As new records are released, I find it helpful to have all of my research grouped by location so that I know which names I should be looking for.  For example, today I read that Family Search has indexed Maryland Marriage Records.  Having this list will make it easier to check those records for our family members from Maryland.

Heather's Paternal Line

John Mitchell 1805-1845
Married
Margaret (McLaughlin) Orem 1803-1866
Margaret was a widow when she married John, she first married John Orem
This line is mostly unsourced and I am not confident in my research to this point, I'm relying heavily on what another researcher has posted.  I don't have enough records to be sure, but the family appears to have lived in died in Maryland.

Albert C. Simms 1835-1883
Married 
Clara Louise Mitchell 1841-1900
Albert was born in Virginia, and died in Maryland.
Albert & Clara's daughters Clara & Beulah moved to Snyder County Pa, where they lived near each other. I don't know if they moved to Pa and then met their husbands, or if they met their husbands and then moved to PA.





William Andrew Ridge 1886-1958
married
Ethel Emma Linderborn 1890-1959
William was born in Rich Hill Missouri, and Ethel was born in NJ. 
Ethel met William while he was in the Navy, and they were married in New Jersey.
This family moved around a lot, with Andrews job, but settled in Maryland prior to 1919, and both died there.



Research Sources:

Maryland Marriages 1666-1970
https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1675199

Maryland Records at Ancestry.com
http://search.ancestry.com/Places/US/Maryland/Default.aspx

Maryland Genealogy Group on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/groups/221399914559665/





Monday, January 11, 2016

Researching In Columbia County PA



Researching In Columbia County Pa

Dan's Maternal Lines:

Enoch Fox 1803-1872 m.Christina Sechler

http://heathersgen.blogspot.com/2015/12/enoch-fox-1803-1872.html

Dan's Paternal Lines

Conrad Whitmore / Whitmoyer 1774-1841

http://heathersgen.blogspot.com/2014/11/conrad-whitmore-whitmoyer_1.html

Daniel Brown Married Sarah Miller
http://heathersgen.blogspot.com/2011/03/daniel-brown-m-sarah-miller.html

John Brown 1785-1864 Married Elizabeth Linnaberry
Buried Mifflinville Cemetery, Mifflinville Pa (near Berwick)

Heather's Maternal Lines

Daniel Ande 1799-1870 m. Christianna Cromley

1876 Map

Resources For Columbia County PA

Historical and biographical annals of Columbia and Montour Counties, Pennsylvania
http://collection1.libraries.psu.edu/cdm/ref/collection/digitalbks2/id/16019

Maps:
http://ancestortracks.com/Columbia_Co_blurb.html
http://www.usgwarchives.net/maps/pa/county/columb/usgs/

Columbia County Historical Society
http://colcohist-gensoc.org/

Columbia County Genealogy Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/102344299893037/




One of the three ice houses in foundryville Pa

New to me blog - lots of info, and pics, here!

Mainly Berwick I think, from what I have seen so far - but she has lots of family obits scanned in too.  Looks like it hasn't been updated in awhile, but still a great collection.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Heinrich Geise

Heather's 6th Great Grandfather, Paternal Line

Heinrich Geise 
Son of
Born: 
Died
Married
Unknown
Daughter of
Born
Died

Children:
 George Adam Geise 1788-1869 m. Catherine Schwartz
Samuel Geise 1792-1876 m. Hannah Bauman
Daniel Geise 
Jacob Geise 


DANIEL GEISE (deceased), for many years a most respected citizen of Jordan township, was well known as a prosperous farmer and a faithful public official. He was born July 18, 1836, son of George Geise and grandson of Heinrich Geise, of Bern township, Berks Co., Pa., among whose children were George, Samuel, Daniel and Jacob. Genealogical and Biographical Annals of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, by J. L. Floyd Published Chicago, Ill., 1911. pg. 812


Time Line:


1788  - Son George Geise is born
George Geise, born July 20, 1788, settled in what is now Jordan township, and died there, on the farm now owned by the widow of his son Daniel, Sept. 2, 1869. He was a miller by trade, but in time devoted himself entirely to farming, owning the farm which is still in the family name. His wife Catharine, daughter of Peter Schwartz, of Berks county, was born Dec. 10, 1796, in Berks county, and died Jan. 9, 1875, and they are buried at St. Paul's (Schwartz) Church, Urban.  Their children were born as follows: Hannah, Aug. 2, 1817; Benneville, June 23, 1819; Peter, Jan. 20, 1822; Catharine, June 26, 1824; Rachel, June 13, 1827; Elizabeth, Jan. 21, 1830; George, March 26, 1832; Daniel, July 18, 1836; David, June 25, 1838 (died Sept. 11, 1906; wife, Catharine, died July 14, 1901, aged sixty-three years, fourteen days). - Floyd's History of Northumberland County

Find A Grave states that George is the son of George Geise and Anna Barbara.

1792- son Samuel is Born
Date is confirmed in his pension file, from the war of 1812

Samuel Geise, son of Heinrich and brother of George (above), was born in either Berks or Northumberland County, and died at Kratzerville, Snyder Co.,Pa., in the seventies; he is buried there. He was a butcher by trade, and owned a small tract of land in Monroe TownshipSnyder County, where he lived. He was well known at Northumberland where he sold his meat. In religion he was a Lutheran.  To him and his wife Hannah (Bowman) were born seven children: Hannah, Mrs. Walter; Henry; Polly, who died unmarried;Samuel, who lived in Dry Valley, Union Co., Pa.; Sarah, who died unmarried; Moses, who owned the homestead and who died unmarried (he had very weak eyes); and Eliza, who never married.

1802 - Son Daniel Geise is born


1805 - On Communion List
23 Dec
Age: 41
St Paul´s United Church of Christ, Amity, Berks, Pennsylvania

Name Heinrich Geiss
Event Type Other
Event Date  23 Dec 1805
Event Place Amity, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA
Denomination United Church of Christ

Organization Name St Paul´s United Church of Christ




Research:

DANIEL GEISE (deceased), for many years a most respected citizen of Jordan township, was well known as a prosperous farmer and a faithful public official. He was born July 18, 1836, son of George Geise and grandson of Heinrich Geise, of Bern township, Berks Co., Pa., among whose children were George, Samuel, Daniel and Jacob. 

George Geise, born July 20, 1788, settled in what is now Jordan township, and died there, on the farm now owned by the widow of his son Daniel, Sept. 2, 1869. He was a miller by trade, but in time devoted himself entirely to farming, owning the farm which is still in the family name. His wife Catharine, daughter of Peter Schwartz, of Berks county, was born Dec. 10, 1796, in Berks county, and died Jan. 9, 1875, and they are buried at St. Paul's (Schwartz) Church, Urban. Their children were born as follows: Hannah, Aug. 2, 1817; Benneville, June 23, 1819; Peter, Jan. 20, 1822; Catharine, June 26, 1824; Rachel, June 13, 1827; Elizabeth, Jan. 21, 1830; George, March 26, 1832; Daniel, July 18, 1836; David, June 25, 1838 (died Sept. 11, 1906; wife, Catharine, died July 14, 1901, aged sixty-three years, fourteen days). 

Daniel Geise was a life long farmer, owning and occupying the place where his widow now resides, a tract of 149 acres located a quarter of a mile south of Urban. This was originally a Schwartz homestead. Besides general farming, Mr. Geise engaged in lime burning and in cattle dealing, and he made a success of his various undertakings. He was a man who took a keen interest in the local welfare and administration, serving the township in the offices of treasurer and overseer of the poor. Politically he was a Democrat and in religion a Lutheran, belonging to the Lutheran congregation at St. Paul's Church, where he is buried. His death occurred Jan. 2, 1900. Mr. Geise married Froenica Trautman, daughter of George and Rebecca (Heckert) Trautman, and ten children were, born to this union: David; Katie, married to Galen Bower; Mary (twin of Katie), married to William Pickering; Sallie, married to Elias Phillips; George; Ellen, married to Charles Deppen; Rebecca, married to Harry Drum; Louisa, married to Charles Tressler; Emma, married. to Albert Phillips; and John. The family is highly respected, enjoying the best standing in the community. Mrs. Geise is a member of the Reformed congregation at the Schwartz (St. Paul's) Church. 

Samuel Geise, son of Heinrich and brother of George (above), was born in either Berks or Northumberland county, and died at Kratzerville, Snyder Co., Pa., in the seventies; he is buried there. He was a butcher by trade, and owned a small tract of land in Monroe township, Snyder county, where he lived. He was well known at Northumberland where he sold his meat. In religion he was a Lutheran. To him and his wife Hannah (Bowman) were born seven children: Hannah, Mrs. Walter; Henry; Polly, who died unmarried; Samuel, who lived in Dry Valley, Union Co., Pa.; Sarah, who died unmarried; Moses, who owned the homestead and who died unmarried (he had very weak eyes); and Eliza, who never married. 

Henry Geise, son of Samuel, was born Jan. 15, 1818, in Ohio, whither his father had emigrated from Mahanoy township, making the trip by wagon. The family remained in that State only one year, however, returning to Pennsylvania and settling in Snyder county. Mr. Geise passed his earlier years in Snyder and Union counties, operating gristmills, and, about 1850 came to Point township, Northumberland county, where he engaged in farming and passed the remainder of his long life, dying July 9, 1900. He is buried at Northumberland. He owned his own farm of eighty-one acres, which he cultivated until his retirement, being succeeded there by his son Samuel, who is now deceased. In religion Mr. Geise was a Lutheran. His wife, Susanna, was a daughter of Henry and Sarah (Frederick) Brouse, of Kratzerville, Snyder county, and they were the parents of two children, Samuel and Henry F. The former was a farmer in Point township; his children were William, Dora, Harvey, Ammon, and Anna (deceased). 

Henry F. Geise was born in Point township, and there received his early education in the public schools, later attending a select school at Northumberland. For one term he taught the school in his native township which he had previously attended as a pupil. He was reared to farm life, and continues to follow agricultural pursuits, giving special attention to dairying. His farm is in the central part of Point township, a tract of 180 acres, which be conducts on modern lines. Since February, 1902, be has been engaged in dairying, now keeping twenty-seven cows and selling his milk at Northumberland, to which place his milk team goes daily. Mr. Geise is one of the most progressive citizens of his locality. He was one of the organizers of the Northumberland National Bank, and served three years as director of that institution. For eleven years he served as tax collector, was at one time a member of the township board of school directors; and is at present one of the supervisors, having held that office since the new road law went into force. Politically he is a Republican, a well known worker in the party in his section, having been county committeeman since 1896 and served as delegate to various county conventions. On June 20, 1882, Mr. Geise married Mary Jane Dagle, daughter of John Frederick Dagle, and they have become the parents of nine children Charles H., who married Marie Von Bargen and resides at Sidney, Ohio; Edna G., who died. when seventeen years old; Frederick D.; Martin; Nora E., who graduated from the Bloomsburg State normal school in 1910 and is now a teacher in Point township; Mary I.; Susan L.; John F., and Mildred L. Mary, Susan and John now attend the Northumberland high school. Mr. Geise and his family are members of the Lutheran Church, and he helped to organize Trinity Church in his township, of which he is a trustee; Prior to the organization of this church, in 1897, he and his family belonged to St. John's Church, at the borough of Northumberland.

 In Will Book A, page 75, Berks county courthouse, is found record of the will of George Adam Geiss, made Jan. 26, 1784, probated March 4, 1784. The witnesses were Matthias Staudt, Matthias Sonnenlich, and Joseph Conrad. George Adam Geise was a farmer of Bern township, Berks county. His wife Anna Barbara and son Michael were the executors, and the following division was made of the property: "Son Michael shall have 10 pds first of all of my personal estate for his birthright and each of my three daughters. shall be equal to the eldest in their first marriage each shall receive the same as the other; son Michael shall have all my real estate but he shall pay to each of his sisters the sum of 700 pounds." The son Michael had a son George, born in 1788, who may have been the George Geise mentioned at the beginning of this article as the father of Daniel Geise, of Jordan township, Northumberland county. (Genealogical and Biographical Annals of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, by J. L. Floyd Published Chicago, Ill., 1911. pg. 812;





"Heinrich Geise, of Bern township, Berks Co., Pa., among whose children were George, Samuel, Daniel and Jacob" - Floyd's History of Northumberland County

 Written by Nelson Sulouff and posted on the Geise ListServe: 

Heinrich Adam GEISE b. 21-JUN-1764 in Tulpehocken (Berks) PA, baptized in Little Tulpehocken Lutheran: Vicar John C. Stoever, d. in Bern Twp. (Berks) PA, buried in PA. A baptismal record for Heinrich Adam appears in Christ's Little Tulpehocken Lutheran Church register as well as in Pr. John Casper Stoever's private records. The Berks Co. census includes Henry in 1790. In the 1800 census, his location is further defined as being in Tulpehocken Twp., Berks Co. We have been unable to locate his will recorded in Berks Co. and do not know the name of his wife. The GENEALOGICAL ANNALS OF NORTHUMBERLAND CO. (1911), p. 812, states that Heinrich Geise of Bern Twp., Berks Co., had 5 children.
Children:
i Jacob GEISE b. abt 1779.
ii George Adam GEISE b. 20-JUL-1788, d. 02-SEP-1869.
iii Samuel GEISE #158 b. 15-APR-1792, d. 24-SEP-1876.
iv Daniel GEISE #2067 b. abt 1802.
v Hannah GEISE #2068 b. 04-JAN-1807, d. 10-JUN-1884

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In Will Book A, page 75, Berks county courthouse, is found record of the will of George Adam Geiss, made Jan. 26, 1784, probated March 4, 1784. The witnesses were Matthias Staudt, Matthias Sonnenlich, and Joseph Conrad. George Adam Geise was a farmer of Bern township, Berks county. His wife Anna Barbara and son Michael were the executors, and the following division was made of the property: "Son Michael shall have 10 pds first of all of my personal estate for his birthright and each of my three daughters. shall be equal to the eldest in their first marriage each shall receive the same as the other; son Michael shall have all my real estate but he shall pay to each of his sisters the sum of 700 pounds." The son Michael had a son George, born in 1788, who may have been the George Geise mentioned at the beginning of this article as the father of Daniel Geise, of Jordan township, Northumberland county.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Adam Stahl 1778-1863

Heather's 5th great grandfather, paternal line
Adam Stahl
Son of Frederick Stahl
Born June 30, 1778
Died October 16, 1863
Married
Eve Susanna Albright
Daughter of Frederick Albright
Born May 10, 1782
Died April 3 1863

Children:
Frederick Stahl
Jacob Stahl
Peter Stahl
Mary Stahl
Susanna Stahl
John Stahl 1818-1879
Daniel Stahl
Samuel Stahl
Elizabeth Stahl
Benjamin Stahl


Adam Stahl was born June 30, 1778, and was but a boy when he accompanied his parents on their removal to Snyder county, where he subsequently married Eve Susanna Albright, who was born May 10, 1782. Her father, Frederick Albright, was one of the very earliest settlers of Flintstone Valley, where he located several years previous to 1788, as a warrant for land was issued to him November 27 of that year. His farm, comprising 159 acres in Washington township, Snyder county, was called " Garter Snake." On September 22, 1800, Adam Stahl purchased of his father-in-law sixty-two acres of the " Garter Snake " tract, where he continued to live until 1822, and upon the place conducted a distillery, being one of twelve in Washington township at that time engaged in that business. On leaving that farm he removed to Union township, Snyder county, where he passed his remaining days, dying October 16, 1863. His wife had died on the 3d of April, of the same year, and 
both were laid to rest in Reiser cemetery. Union township. He was a powerful man, weighing about 220 pounds, was a shoemaker by trade, a Whig in politics, and a Lutheran in religious belief. - J.H. Beers & Co. Commemorative biographical record of central Pennsylvania (Volume p. 615-1231) 

1850  - Residence
Name: Adam Stahl
Age: 73
Birth Year: abt 1777
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1850: Chapman, Union, Pennsylvania, USA
Gender: Male
Family Number: 209
Household Members:
Name Age
Adam Stahl 73

Susanah Stahl 68


1860 - Adam Stahl Residence
Name: Adam Stahl
Age: 83
Birth Year: abt 1777
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Pennsylvania
Home in 1860: Chapman, Snyder, Pennsylvania
Post Office: Chapman
Family Number: 822
Value of Real Estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Adam Stahl 83
Susannah Stahl 78

1863- Death Of Adam
Find A Grave Entry:
Name: Adam Stahl
Birth Date: 30 Jun 1778
Birth Place: Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death Date: 16 Oct 1863
Death Place: USA
Cemetery: Fairview Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: Verdilla, Snyder County, Pennsylvania, USA
Spouse: Eve Susanna Stahl

Research:
The children of Adam Stahl and wife were as follows: Lydia, who married Jacob Sholly, 
and died in Union township; Frederick, a farmer, who died in Monroe township, Snyder county; Jacob, who died in Wayne county, Ohio; Peter, who died at the age of five years; Mary, who (first) wedded Henry Whitmer and (later) Simon Sholly, and survived both husbands, dying in Union township; Susanna married Jacob Leavengood, and spent her last days in Ohio; John, the father of our subject; Daniel, the only survivor, who is still living on his farm in Union township, where he has now made his home for seventy-five years; Samuel, who died in Chapman township, leaving two sons, Adam and George, the former a merchant and banker of Kansas, and the latter a teacher in the Pittsburg schools; Elizabeth, who married D. J. Heintzelman, and died at Port Trevorton, Snyder county, and Benjamin, who was a Union soldier during the Civil war, and died in Iowa. -J.H. Beers & Co. Commemorative biographical record of central Pennsylvania (Volume p. 615-1231) 


From Floyd's History of Northumberland County -


Adam Stahl, a native of Northampton county, Pa., became a pioneer settler in Union county, this State, in that part now embraced in Snyder county. He had a farm in Union township, three miles west of Port Trevorton, near Keiser's Church, and besides farming distilled applejack and rye whiskey. He died at an advanced age, late in the fifties, and is buried in the cemetery at Keiser's Church. He and his wife were Lutherans in religious faith. He is remembered as a venerable old man, with long white hair hanging down over his shoulders. His children were: Benjamin and Jacob, both of whom settled in Ohio; Daniel, who settled on the homestead farm; Frederick, who settled on a farm adjoining the homestead; John, who settled on a farm adjoining the homestead; Mrs. Jacob Sholly; Mrs. Dieter Heintzleman; and Mrs. Simon Sholly. John Stahl, son of Adam, was born in 1814 in what is now Snyder county, and received the limited educational advantages there afforded in his boyhood, but as soon as old enough, to be of any use he was put to work helping to clear the land and get it under cultivation. The winters were occupied in pulling stumps and other work for which there was no time in the summer season, so he had little opportunity to attend even such indifferent schools as were conducted in the neighborhood at that time. But he prospered by industry and owned his own farm. He died July 12, 1879, and is buried in the cemetery at Keiser's Church. He and his family were Lutherans in religion. He married Mary Shotsberger, daughter of Jonathan Shotsberger, and she preceded him to the grave, dying July 12, 1868, aged fifty years. All of the seven children born to them survive: Elias S., of Selinsgrove, Pa.; Levi, who lives on his father's homestead at Verdilla, Snyder county; William, who lives two and a half miles west of Selinsgrove, in Penn township, Snyder county; Hannah, widow of William Krebs, living at Wyoming, Del.; Aaron S.; Leah, who married John Aucker and lives near Keiser's Church; and Hiram, who lives near Thompson, in Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania. AARON S. STAHL, son of John, was born Oct. 4, 1849, in Snyder county, Pa., was reared to farm life and educated in the local public schools. At the age of twenty he went to learn shoemaking, to which trade he devoted all his attention for the next thirteen years, in Freeburg, Snyder county. He learned the business thoroughly, becoming a skillful mechanic, able to turn out all kinds of footwear, and made many gaiter shoes in the days of their popularity. Wooden shoe pegs were in general use at the time he took up the work, but he kept abreast of the progress of the times and improved his products whenever possible, taking out patents of his own and showing a spirit of enterprise throughout his connection with the business. He did repairing and had a good trade for custom work, making boots for which he received from six to fourteen dollars. After giving up the shoe business Mr. Stahl farmed for a time, and then for five years conducted the "Mount Pleasant Hotel." At the end of that time he removed to Shamokin Dam, and thence, in 1890, to Sunbury, where he has since made his home. In Sunbury he and his son Charles W. Stahl started Stahl's restaurant, at the present site of the "Aldine Hotel" and conducted the establishment successfully for a period of three years in partnership, the father then selling his interest to his son and taking the "City Hotel" at Danville, Pa., which he carried on for six months. In 1899 he engaged in the insurance business, which he has since continued, having his office at No. 336 Market Street. Mr. Stahl has established an excellent patronage in this line. He is a capable business man, and has the confidence END OF PAGE 767 of his patron's, who are numerous in Sunbury and the surrounding territory. On Feb. 25, 1872, Mr. Stahl married Salome Martin, daughter of George and Mary (Schaffer) Martin, who lived in Washington township, Snyder county, and seven children have been born to this union: Charles W., proprietor of a leading restaurant at Sunbury; William E., who is engaged in business in Sunbury; John Howard, who is engaged in business at Lewisburg; George Omar, telegraph operator in the employ of the Pennsylvania Railway Company, at Sunbury; Della G., who married O. P. Bell and lives at Williamsport, Pa.; and Mary and Harry, who died in infancy. Mr. Stahl and his family are members of the Reformed Church, and politically he is a Democrat.

Stahl Line to Carl Sulouff

Frederick Stahl 
Immigrated from Switzerland
married

Adam Stahl
Married
Eve Susanna Albright

married
Lydia Stahl

Married
Susanna Sholly

William Henry Houser 1860-1923
Married
Sarah Jane Snyder 1863-1927

Married July 27 1899
Anna Celestia Houser 1882-1930

George Emery Sulouff 1904-1987
married
Elizabeth Jane Witmer

Carl Lucion Sulouff
married




Research
J.H. Beers & Co. Commemorative biographical record of central Pennsylvania (Volume p. 615-1231) 

S. STAHL, a prominent representative of 
the agricultural interests of Union township, 
Snyder county, belongs to an old and honored 
family of Swiss extraction which was founded 
here previous to the nineteenth century. 

His great-grandfather, Frederick Stahl, was a 
native of Switzerland, and previous to coming to 
Snyder county lived for a time near Hummels- 
town, Penn. Here he located near Freeburg, in 
Washington township, where his death occurred. 
He was married in this country, and became the 
father of three sons: Adam, the grandfather of 
our subject; Peter, who went to Wayne county, 
Ohio, during pioneer days; and Frederick, of 
whom nothing is known. 

Adam Stahl was born June 30, 177S, and was 
but a boy when he accompanied his parents on 
their removal to Snyder county, where he sub- 
sequently married Eve Susanna Albright, who 
was born May 10, 1782. Her father, Frederick 
Albright, was one of the very earliest settlers of 
Flintstone Valley, where he located several years 
previous to 1788, as a warrant for land was 
issued to him November 27 of that year. His 
farm, comprising 159 acres in Washington town- 
ship, Snyder county, was called " Garter Snake." 
On September 22, 1800, Adam Stahl purchased 
of his father-in-law sixty-two acres of the " Gar- 
ter Snake " tract, where he continued to live 
until 1822, and upon the place conducted a dis- 
tillery, being one of twelve in Washington town- 
ship at that time engaged in that business. On 
leaving that farm he removed to Union township, 
Snyder county, where he passed his remaining 
days, dying October 16, 1863. His wife had 
died on the 3d of April, of the same year, and 
both were laid to rest in Reiser cemetery. Union 
township. He was a powerful man, weighing 
about 220 pounds, was a shoemaker by trade, a 
Whig in politics, and a Lutheran in religious 
belief. 

The children of Adam Stahl and wife were 
as follows: Lydia, who married Jacob Sholly, 
and died in Union township; Frederick, a farmer, 
who died in Monroe township, Snyder county; 
Jacob, who died in Wayne county, Ohio; Peter, 
who died at the age of five years; Mary, who 
(first) wedded Henry Whitmer and (later) Simon 
Sholly, and survived both husbands, dying in 
Union township; Susanna married Jacob Leaven- 
good, and spent her last days in Ohio; John, the 
father of our subject; Daniel, the only survivor, 
who is still living on his farm in Union township, 
where he has now made his home for seventy- 
five years; Samuel, who died in Chapman town- 
ship, leaving two sons, Adam and George, the 
former a merchant and banker of Kansas, and 
the latter a teacher in the Pittsburg schools; 
Elizabeth, who married D. J. Heintzelman, and 
died at Port Trevorton, Snyder county, and 


COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD. 
1063 

Benjamin, who was a Union soldier during the 
Civil war, and died in Iowa. 

NearFreeburg, in Washington township, John 
Stahl, our subject's father, was born October 20, 
1813. and was about nine years old when he was 
taken by his parents to the new home in Union 
township, where he was reared and continued to 
remaiij for several years after attaining his 
majority. At Freeburg, in 1840, 'Squire Mohr 
performed a marriage ceremony which united the 
destinies of John Stahl and Miss Mary Shotz- 
berger, who was born in Chapman township, 
October 28, 1S18, and never attended school but 
about a month during her entire life, while her 
husband had no educational advantages. She, 
however, became able to read the German Bible, 
but was entirely unfamiliar with the English 
language. Her parents were Jonathan and 
Catharine (Matter) Shotzberger. Her father was 
born September 26, 1783, and died February 4, 
1859, while the mother was born April 3, 1794, 
and died August 29, 1874, the remains of both 
being interred in Reiser cemetery, Union town- 
ship. After his marriage John Stahl located on 
the old Stahl farm in Union township, which he 
and his brother Daniel operated for a short time, 
and then he rented the old Sechrist farm for 
three years. At the end of that period he pur- 
chased a farm in Union township, where he con- 
tinued to make his home for many years, and 
where our subject was born May 19, 1841. The 
other children were as follows: 

(i) Levi Stahl, born October 16, 1842, inter- 
married on July I, 1866, with Catharine Benner, 
whose parents were Christian and Sarah Benner, 
and to them were born the following children — 
Hiram B. , born January 30, 1867, died Decem- 
ber 5, 1870; Henry, born September 20, 1868, 
died December 29, 1870; Harvey, born Decem- 
ber 16, 1869, who in 1889 went to Nebraska, 
was married May 6, 1894; and is now in partner- 
ship with his brother Christian, owns and oper- 
ates a farm in Nebraska; Mary, born March 3, 
1 87 1, was but fourteen years old when her 
mother died, took charge of the family and helped 
her father raise the children, and, when all have 
left but one, she still remains to keep house for 
her father, who is a blacksmith and farmer; 
Christian, born July i, 1873, went to Nebraska 
in 1892, and later became a partner in a farm 
with his brother Harvey, and now assists him in 
farming; Sarah, born August 27, 1874, married 
to Benjamin Benner, and now lives at Shamokin, 
Penn. ; Meta, born October i, 1875, married to 
John Stauffer,and lives in Iowa; Allen, born March 
I, 1S77, went to Iowa in 1896, where he now 
resides. James, born September 11, 1878, died 



November 8, 1878; Ammon, born December 20, 
1880, now lives with his father in Union town- 
ship. 

(2) William S. Stahl, born June 23, 1844, in- 
termarried on September 11, 1870. with Lydia 
Row, whose parents were Peter and Lydia (Fet- 
ter) Row, and to them were born the following 
children: John Keamer, born April 7, 1871; 
Annie Matilda, born April 17, 1873; James 
Franklin, born May 22, 1877; Jacob Peter, born 
February 3, 1879; Jonas Aaron, born March 27, 
1 88 1; Jeremiah Melanchton, born March 31, 
1883; and Lewis Edward, born February 15, 
1886, died August 7, 1888; the others are all 
living in Penn township. The above mentioned 
Annie Matilda Stahl was married on September 
10, 1S93, to Oscar Herman, and they have a 
child, Mary Jane Herman, born March 7, 1S94. 

(3) Hannah Stahl, born December 19, 1845. 
intermarried on July 23, 1863, with William 
Krebs, and to them were born the following chil- 
dren: Jennie and George, who live in Delaware, 
and Franklin, a merchant in Philadelphia, Penn- 
sylvania. 

(4) Aaron S. Stahl, born October 4, 1849, in- 
termarried with Salome Martin, and to them 
si.x children were born: Charles W. intermarried 
with Gertie Coryell; William is a news agent at
the Pennsylvania depot, Sunbury, Penn. ; Jennie, 
who died in infancy; Howard, Omar and Delia, 
all living at Sunbury, Pennsylvania. 

(5) Leah J. Stahl, born May 5, 1854, inter- 
married on December 24, 1871, with John S. 
Aucker, and to them were born eight chil- 
dren: Nora L., born July 10, 1873, intermarried 
on December 24, 1896, with Joseph M. Wal- 
born; Charles E., born March 31, 1875, O" Au- 
gust 25, 1S94, intermarried with Kate Witmer, 
and to them was born a daughter, Esther Marie, 
on April 15, 1895; Rosa E. , born May 17, 1877, 
intermarried on April 4, 1897, with George A. 
Foltz; Arthur E., born February 15, 1779; 
Francis E. , born March 27, 1882; Harry M., 
born March i, 18S4; Robert F., born June 16, 
1886; and Earnest Guy, born December 20. 
1893; all are living in Union township. 

(6) Hiram S. Stahl, born September 3, 1857, 
intermarried on January 8, 1882, with Annie 
Laura Miller, and to them five children were 
born, three of whom died in infancy, and the 
other two are living in Washington township 
with their parents — Olive Annette, born April 7, 
1885; and Mary Cathrine, born May 3, 1887. 

The mother of our subject and of the foregoing 
family, who was a consistent member of the 
Lutheran Church, died July 12, 1868, and was 
buried in Reiser cemetery. 



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COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD. 



After the death of his first wife. John Stahl 
sold his farm .to his son Levi, with whom he 
made his home for a short time and afterward 
lived with our subject. On November 19, 1S71, 
he was again married, his second union being 
with Mrs. Mary Readig, 7u'e Bickle, who was the 
widow of Thomas Readig. Mr. Stahl departed 
this life Januarj' 12, 1879, and was also laid to rest 
in Reiser cemetery. While not a member of any 
Church, he gave liberally to religious work, was 
a peaceful, law-abiding citizen, and a Democrat 
in politics. He possessed much mechanical skill, 
was a man of sound judgment and good business 
ability, and, as a farmer, accumulated a comfort- 
able competence through his own unaided effort. 

As E. S. Stahl was the eldest son, and work 
■ was plentiful upon the home farm, he was unable 
to attend school as much as he would have liked 
during his early boyhood, and at the age of eight- 
een could scarcely speak a word of English, his 
school training having been all in German. His 
first teacher was John Ziegler. He was reared 
in much the usual manner of farmer boys, and 
by work in the harvest and hay fields managed to 
save enough money to purchase his books and 
pay his tuition at Freeburg Academy, which he 
entered April 2, i860. Here he prepared him- 
self for teaching, and for five terms successfully 
followed that profession in Monroe, Penn and 
Union townships, Snyder county. 

On September 27, 1863, Mr. Stahl was united 
in marriage with Miss Julia Crissinger, w'ho was 
born in Northumberland county, Penn., January 
I, 1842, a daughter of John and Christina A, 
(Wolfe) Crissinger. They began housekeeping 
near Fisher's school house in Penn township, 
where Mr. Stahl was engaged in teaching, and 
later lived on the Noll farm in Union towmship. 
Subsequently he operated the Hoover Mill farm 
in Penn township, and in 1868 purchased the 
farm of 100 acres of rich land, where he still lives, 
buying the same of Samuel Pottiger. The log 
house standing upon the place continued to be 
his home for nearly twenty years, but in 1887 
he replaced it by a substantial brick residence. 
A good barn was built in 1S83, and the other 
buildings are all in keeping with the neat and 
thrifty appearance of the place, which is regarded 
as one of the model farms of Union township. 

Four children came to brighten the home of 
Mr. and Mrs. Stahl, namely: Ida G. , born July 
10, 1864, is successfully engaged in teaching 
school; Sarah P., born October 12, 1865, is the 
wife of Frank Brown and has two children, Ida 
E. and Oliver R. ; J. Ammon, born January i, 
1867, is professor of the schools at Bancroft, 
Neb.; and William O., born July 28, 1868, died 



July 25, 1887. Of these, Ida G. and J. Ammon 
entered the Freeburg Academy, while Major W. 
H. Dill, the best and most efficient teacher the 
county ever had, was principal, to whom they 
give the honor of having gained an education. 
Both hold diplomas from that institution, and 
permanent certificates issued by the State De- 
partment of Education of Pennsylvania. Both 
commenced teaching at the age of seventeen. 
Ida G. has successfully taught thirteen terms, 
which vocation she is engaged in now. J. Am- 
mon taught five terms in Pennsylvania, and in 
1889 went to Schuyler, Neb., where he taught 
three terms, then entered the University at Lin- 
coln, Neb., continued his studies two years, was 
then elected principal of the schools at Bancroft, 
Neb., where he successfully taught four terms of 
nine months each, and is employed for another 
term. 

Our subject is a Democrat in politics, but is 
not strictly partisan, and often supports men out- 
side of his party when he considers them best 
fitted for the office. He has capably served as 
school director, and in 1892 was appointed to fill 
the unexpired term of D. S. Sholly as justice of 
the peace, to which position he has since been 
elected, and which he is now filling in a most 
creditable manner. Both he and his wife are 
faithful members of the Reformed Church, in 
which he has served as deacon and superintend- 
ent of the Sunda3*-school for several years. He 
at one time held membership in the Grange, and 
also in the Odd Fellows Society, but at present he 
is connected with no fraternal order. An an in- 
fluential and public-spirited citizen, he stands 
deservedly high in the esteem of the entire com- 
munity, and is a pleasant, agreeable and hospi- 
table man, who keeps well informed on the lead- 
ing questions of the day. 

From Floyd's History of Northumberland County -


Adam Stahl, a native of Northampton county, Pa., became a pioneer settler in Union county, this State, in that part now embraced in Snyder county. He had a farm in Union township, three miles west of Port Trevorton, near Keiser's Church, and besides farming distilled applejack and rye whiskey. He died at an advanced age, late in the fifties, and is buried in the cemetery at Keiser's Church. He and his wife were Lutherans in religious faith. He is remembered as a venerable old man, with long white hair hanging down over his shoulders. His children were: Benjamin and Jacob, both of whom settled in Ohio; Daniel, who settled on the homestead farm; Frederick, who settled on a farm adjoining the homestead; John, who settled on a farm adjoining the homestead; Mrs. Jacob Sholly; Mrs. Dieter Heintzleman; and Mrs. Simon Sholly. John Stahl, son of Adam, was born in 1814 in what is now Snyder county, and received the limited educational advantages there afforded in his boyhood, but as soon as old enough, to be of any use he was put to work helping to clear the land and get it under cultivation. The winters were occupied in pulling stumps and other work for which there was no time in the summer season, so he had little opportunity to attend even such indifferent schools as were conducted in the neighborhood at that time. But he prospered by industry and owned his own farm. He died July 12, 1879, and is buried in the cemetery at Keiser's Church. He and his family were Lutherans in religion. He married Mary Shotsberger, daughter of Jonathan Shotsberger, and she preceded him to the grave, dying July 12, 1868, aged fifty years. All of the seven children born to them survive: Elias S., of Selinsgrove, Pa.; Levi, who lives on his father's homestead at Verdilla, Snyder county; William, who lives two and a half miles west of Selinsgrove, in Penn township, Snyder county; Hannah, widow of William Krebs, living at Wyoming, Del.; Aaron S.; Leah, who married John Aucker and lives near Keiser's Church; and Hiram, who lives near Thompson, in Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania. AARON S. STAHL, son of John, was born Oct. 4, 1849, in Snyder county, Pa., was reared to farm life and educated in the local public schools. At the age of twenty he went to learn shoemaking, to which trade he devoted all his attention for the next thirteen years, in Freeburg, Snyder county. He learned the business thoroughly, becoming a skillful mechanic, able to turn out all kinds of footwear, and made many gaiter shoes in the days of their popularity. Wooden shoe pegs were in general use at the time he took up the work, but he kept abreast of the progress of the times and improved his products whenever possible, taking out patents of his own and showing a spirit of enterprise throughout his connection with the business. He did repairing and had a good trade for custom work, making boots for which he received from six to fourteen dollars. After giving up the shoe business Mr. Stahl farmed for a time, and then for five years conducted the "Mount Pleasant Hotel." At the end of that time he removed to Shamokin Dam, and thence, in 1890, to Sunbury, where he has since made his home. In Sunbury he and his son Charles W. Stahl started Stahl's restaurant, at the present site of the "Aldine Hotel" and conducted the establishment successfully for a period of three years in partnership, the father then selling his interest to his son and taking the "City Hotel" at Danville, Pa., which he carried on for six months. In 1899 he engaged in the insurance business, which he has since continued, having his office at No. 336 Market Street. Mr. Stahl has established an excellent patronage in this line. He is a capable business man, and has the confidence END OF PAGE 767 of his patron's, who are numerous in Sunbury and the surrounding territory. On Feb. 25, 1872, Mr. Stahl married Salome Martin, daughter of George and Mary (Schaffer) Martin, who lived in Washington township, Snyder county, and seven children have been born to this union: Charles W., proprietor of a leading restaurant at Sunbury; William E., who is engaged in business in Sunbury; John Howard, who is engaged in business at Lewisburg; George Omar, telegraph operator in the employ of the Pennsylvania Railway Company, at Sunbury; Della G., who married O. P. Bell and lives at Williamsport, Pa.; and Mary and Harry, who died in infancy. Mr. Stahl and his family are members of the Reformed Church, and politically he is a Democrat.