Thursday, September 18, 2014

Henry Brouse 1776-1854

Henry Brouse
son of Adam & Catherine (Rotharmel) Braus
Born 1776
Died 1854
Margaret Elizabeth Pontius
daughter of
Born 1780
Died 1860

Henry Brouse 1805 - 1889
  Andrew Brouse 1807 - 1868
  George Brouse 1816 - 1883

Ludewig Scharg - 1769

An interesting tangle of genealogy - 
Ludwig Scharg was Dan's 6th great grandfather (Maternal Line)
Ludwig was also the 2nd husband of my (Heather's) 7th great grandmother Julianna (Ort) Bingaman. (Paternal Line)
Ludwig was the stepfather of my 6th great grandfather, Frederick Bingaman

Ludewig Scharg
son of
Died 1769
Married 1st
Catherine Schmidt
daughter of Peter Schmidt
Died abt 1760
Married 2nd
Julianna (Ort) Bingaman
widow of John Jost Bingaman 1729-1755
daughter of
Born abt 1731

With Catherine:
Catherine 1759-  m. Joseph Zweyer
With Julianna:
Anna Maria 1761-

1753 - Arrival
Arrived on Two Brothers landed Phila. Pa., Sept.28,1753

"Ludwig Schorch immigrated to America on board the ship “Two Brothers“which landed in the Port of Philadelphia on Sept. 28, 1753.  The ship set sail from Rotterdam, Holland last from Portsmouth, England.  The ship’s master was Thomas Arnot.  Qualified Sept. 28, 1753. The captain’s A list has his name spelled Joh Ludwick Shrick; B list has his name spelled John Ladarick (H) Schrack; C list J. Ludewig (+ +) Shork.  The doctor’s report dated Sept. 29, 1753 determined that all were healthy and says the ship was freighted with Palatines. [Source:  Pennsylvania German Pioneers A Publication of the Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia From 1727 to 1808, Ralph Beaver Strassburger, Vol.1 pp. 563-567 list 208A]"


"In 1758, Ludwig (spelled, Ludwig Scharg) partook of communion as did his future wife, Catharina Schmidt, and her family at Trinity Lutheran Church in Springfield Township, Bucks County Pennsylvania. [Source. Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records 1708-1985 Trinity Lutheran, Springfield Buck Co. p.159]"

1759 - found in Northampton PA, baptism record for daughter
Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 about Catharina Scharg
Name: Catharina Scharg
Birth Date: 25 Jul 1759
Event Type: Baptism
Baptism Date: 26 Aug 1759
Baptism Place: Williams Township, Northampton, Pennsylvania, USA
Baptism Age: 0
Father Name: Ludewig Scharg
Mother Name: Catharina Scharg
Denomination: Lutheran
Organization Name: St Luke´s Lutheran Church

On July 25, 1759 Catharina was born to Ludwig and Catharina Scharg.  Catharina’s Baptism occurred on Aug. 26, 1759 at the Old Williams Lutheran Church in Williams Twp., Northampton Co. PA, Sponsor was Peter Schmidt father of Catharina.  [Source. Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records 1708-1985, Old Williams Lutheran, Williams Twp., Northampton Co.PA, p. 25]

About 1760

Ludwig evidently married Juliana Ort Bingeman according to Ludwig’s estate records where he made his step-son, Frederick Bingeman, executor of his estate.  Julianna was the widow of Johan Jost Bingeman who died shortly after their son Frederick’s birth. [The Snyder County Pioneers, Fisher, Charles A, 1938 p. 10]

Ludwig Scharg is in my husbands Maternal Genealogy Line.  Frederick Bingaman is MY Paternal Genealogical line.  The family tree intertwines once again.  :-)

"Ludwig Shorck to Frederick Bingeman step-son of Ludwig Shorck late of Ruscomb-manor Township in Berks Co. deceased, Oct. 28, 1779." This document was from "Letters Of Administration", Berks Co., PA., book 1 to 8, page 271 of original, and page 95 of copy by Mrs. C.M. Steinmetz. We are assuming that Julianna Ort Bingeman was married to Ludwig after her first husband's death.


On Jan.3, 1761 Ana Maria was born to Ludwig Schoreck and wife Julianna. Ana Maria’s Baptism was performed on April 8, 1761 at Mertz Church, Rockland Twp., Berks Co.PA,  Sponsors were Adam Herrpold and wife [Source:  Notes and Queries Historical and Genealogical/Chiefly relating to Interior Pennsylvania Annual Volume 1900, William Henry Egle M.D. M.A.,  p. 77]


In 1767 Ludwig Sherk paid taxes in Ruscombmanor Twp., Berks, Co. PA.  The tax list   shows 0 acres, 0 horses, 1 cow, 1 tax  [Source: 1767 Proprietary Return Tax Lists, Edited by  William Henry Egler, M.D, Vol. SVIII, 1898]


Ludwig Shorck passed away in Berks County PA in 1769.  Letters Administration, Estate of Ludwig Shorck, dated 6 October 1779, Vol. 3, p. 271, Berks County Courthouse, Reading, Pennsylvania.  Abstract:  Letters of Administration in and for County of Berks, granted to Frederick Bingeman, step-son of Ludwig Shorck, late of Ruscombmanor Twp., Berks County.  Whereas the said Ludwig Shorck lately died intestate, and desiring that the goods, rights and credits of the deceased may be well and truly administered, grant Letters of Administration to the said Frederick Bingeman.  A true and perfect inventory shall be prepared and filed at the Registers Office at Reading at or before 28 November next, and rendering a true and just account at or before 28 Oct 1780.  Document signed and sealed 28 October 1779. [Information provided by Tom Sherk]


Church & Cemetery Record List found here:

The Instructions there are:
Clicking on a letter will take you to that index, where you can select surname(s) to search. Once you have located an individual and have a source code (such as C24), refer to the list of volumes below the letters to determine the church and type of entry. In this example, you would know that the record you found is for a baptism that occurred between 1845 and 1893 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Easton.

LS refers to: Christ Reformed Church (Lower Saucon Township, Northampton County, PA). Includes baptisms 1747-1840 (P. 2-106), catechums and communicants, marriages and deaths (p. 185-188).

P refers to: St. Luke’s Lutheran Church (Williams Township, Northampton County, PA). Includes baptisms 1733-1831 (p. 4-63), marriages 1740-1759 , deaths 1756-1760, communicants. Also known as Williams Township Church.

Fa Refers To: Cemetery (p. 247-248).--Greenwich N.J. graveyard (p. 249-297).--Lower Saucon Church tombstones (p. 298-360).--Mennonite-Limekiln burying ground (p. 361-367).--Lower Tinicum Church tombstones (p. 368-374).--Marshall-Cooper Ridge Cemetery (p. 375-378).--Old Williams Township Church Cemetery (p. 379-400).--Pursell private burying ground (p. 401-403).--Raubsville Tombstone inscriptions (p. 404-415).--Springfield Church (p. 416-487).--Salem Church, Springtown tombstones (p. 488-492).--Lower Saucon church agreement (p. 493-497). Volume compiled in 1933 by B. F. Fackenthal, Jr.

G Refers To: St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (Easton, PA). Includes baptisms 1769-1848 (p. 1-272), marriages 1771-1848 (p. 273-308), deaths 1772-1843 (p. 309-355), catechumen 1770-1845 (p. 356-379). Later records of this church found in C, CC, and CCC.

notes above & below in italics are from researcher Pam Sherrick

Catharina Scharg daughter of Ludwig and Catharina Schmidt Scharg married Joseph Zweyer on April 11, 1779 during mass in Michael Sigfried’s house in Oley Hills, Berks Co., PA witnesses were all that were there. [GOSHENHOPPEN REGISTERS Second Series 1765-1785 Vol. 3 p. 387]  Joseph Zweyer was the son of George Zweyer and Mary Juliana.[Wills: Abstracts, Berks Co., PA 1766-1784, Contributed to USGenWeb by Thera]  Catharina and Joseph Zweyer had a son John b. July5, 1782 who’s birth registration gives Catharina’s maiden name as Schork [GOSHENHOPPEN REGISTERS Second Series 1765-1785, Vol. 3 p. 363] Catharine and Joseph Zweyer made their home in Oley, Ruscombmanor and Rockland Townships . [Source:  1781 & 1783 Pennsylvania Tax and Exoneration Lists 1768-1801 pp. 199 & 225 Year: 1790; Census Place: Ruscomb, Berks, Pennsylvania; Series: M637; Roll: 8; Page: 53; Image: 67; Family History Library Film: 0568148. 1800; Census Place: Rockland, Berks, Pennsylvania; Series: M32; Roll: 35; Page: 667; Image: 253; Family History Library Film: 363338. Year: 1810; Census Place: Rockland, Berks, Pennsylvania; Roll: 45; Page: 195; Image: 00236; Family History Library Film: 0193671

Other possible children of Ludwig Shorch :

 Mother Julianna Ort:  Jacob Schork: There’s a birth and Baptismal record of Mertz Church for Jacob Schork’s daughter Ana 1812. [Source: "Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709-1950," index, FamilySearch ( : Ana Schork, 19 Jan 1812; Christening, citing MERTZ CHURCH, ROCKLAND TWP, BERKS, PENNSYLVANIA; FHL microfilm 1036047.] Note that this is the same church for Ludwig’s daughter Ana Maria’s birth and Baptismal in 1761.
Mother Julianna Ort:  Ludwig Sherk is listed in the 1789 tax list for Ruscombmanor Twp., PA.  Since code S Ludwig Schorch has passed away by this date, this is possibly his son. [ Pennsylvania, Tax and Exoneration, 1768-1801 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.]
Mother Julianna Ort:  Peter Schork. Born Oct. 9, 1765 and Baptized Dec. 8, 1765.  Parents Ludwig Schork, sponsors:  Peter Schumache and wife. [Source: Pa. Births Lancaster County, 1723-1777, by John T. Humphreys, Wash. DC, 1997, p. 312. (Records Emanuel Lutheran Church, Elizabeth Township, Lancaster County, Pa., also called Old Warwick Lutheran Church.  The same entry is found in:  Records of Pastoral Acts at Emanuel Lutheran Church near Brickerville, Elizabeth Township, Lancaster County, Pa. 1743-1779, edited by Pastor Frederick S. Weiser, Pennsylvania German Society 1983, Vol. 1, p. 78] [Information provided by Tom Sherk]

Mother Catharina Schmitd: Elizabeth Shreck born March 29, 1758.  Elizabeth married Casper Strauss born Jan. 27, 1751 in Tulpehocken, Berks, PA.  Casper was the son of John Peter Strauss and Anna Margaret Reimer.  Elizabeth and Casper made their home in Bern, Berks Co., PA.  One of their sons was named Ludwig.  [Source:  Historical and Biographical Annals of Berks County, Pennsylvania, embracing a concise history of the county and a genealogical and biographical record of representative families, Montgomery, Morton L., Vol. I, p. 386]

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Zacheus Pieresol (Pierce) Lytle 1811-1889

Disclaimer - Relatives tell me that Pieresol was Sarah's father.  I find a Sarah in the 1860 census that is the correct age, living in his household.  But in 1870 the girl that is the right age is now listed as "Ann".  There is also an Ann in 1860, so there are two children, one named Ann, one named Sarah.  But either Sarah is listed as Ann by mistake (Ann should be 16 in 1870 - she is listed as 12 - the age we expect Sarah to be in 1870) or she is not listed at all.  Sarah's death & funeral notices do not list her parents, and I do not yet have her death certificate..  so I can't prove this lineage at this time.

Old Coaly with original owner Piersol Lytle in the late 1850s

Zaccheaus Pieresol Lytle
son of Isaac & Jane (Piersol) Lytle
Born Sept.13,1810 
Died March 23,1889 
married December 18, 1839
Lydia Johnstonbaugh
daughter of
Born 1815 (according to tombstone)
Died  Jan. 16, 1872


Jane P. (1839-) (Daughter, or neice?)
Isaac (1841-1842) 
Charlotte (1844-1845) 
Susannah J. (1845-1846) 
Andrew Jackson (1846-1847) 
John H. 1849-1910
Mary C. (1851-1852) 
Mary Jane (1852-1902) Moses Thompson (1853-1854) 
 Margaret Ella (1854-1855)  m. DreeseAnnSarah Elizabeth 1858

1839Brother Andrew Died(see notes below 1850 census - is Jane possibly the child of Andrew?)

1839 - MarriageDecember 18, 1839, Married Lydia Johnstonbough

18501850 United States Federal Census about Pursol LytleName: Pursol LytleAge: 40Birth Year: abt 1810Home in 1850: Harris, Centre, PennsylvaniaGender: MaleFamily Number: 1456Household Members: Name AgePursol Lytle 40Lydia Lytle 30 (if born in 1815, she's 35)Jane Lytle 11Isaac Lytle 9Charlotte Lytle 8Susannah Lytle 6Andrew Lytle 4John Lytle 3Mary Lytle 0
Note that Piersol & Jane were married in December of 1839, according to a marriage record ref. Sprangler Collection at Pattee Library,Penn State University.  Jane is 11 in 1850, & 21 in 1860.  That means she was born in 1839- or by the estimate of the 1870 census, even 1838.  Although that's certainly possible, finding her in 1870 with Keturah (Lytle) Watts makes me wonder if she is a relative, but not a daughter of Piersol?  I really need to go look up his will.

In 1859 son Issac died, age 18.  On Isaac's tombstone, it says "son of Zaccheus & Lydia Lytle".  Persol's grandfather was named Zaccheus Piersol, it looks like his full name was Zacheus Piersol Lytle, after his grandfather.
18601860 United States Federal Census about Pierce LytleName: Pierce LytleAge in 1860: 49Birth Year: abt 1811Birthplace: PennsylvaniaHome in 1860: Harris, Centre, PennsylvaniaGender: MalePost Office: Farmers High SchoolValue of real estate: View imageHousehold Members: Name AgePierce Lytle 49Lydia Lytle 40 (If born in 1815, 45)Jane Lytle 21Charlotte Lytle 18Susan Lytle 14Andrew Lytle 13John Lytle 11Mary Lytle 10Ellen Lytle 8Ann Lytle 6Moses Lytle 5Sarah Lytle 2John Murphy 21

1870In 1870 Piersol's son John H can be found living with his sister's family - Charlotte (Lytle) & WG Obryan.  Charlotte has a child named after her father, Piersol Obryan.
The 1870 census lists Anna age 12.  In 1860 Anna is listed as age 
6, and Sarah age 2.  So 10 years later, Sarah should be age 12 and Anna age 16.  
Margaret Ella - "Ellen" is listed as age 16 in 1870, in 1860 she was listed as age 8.  If Sarah is no longer in this household in 1870 - where did she go?  I had thought her name was listed incorrectly as Anna, until I found that there IS an Anna in 1860, as well as Sarah.

1880 United States Federal Census about Piersol Lytle
Name: Piersol Lytle
Age: 69
Birth Year: abt 1811
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1880: Pine Grove Mills, Centre, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Widower
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Neighbors: View others on page
View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Piersol Lytle 69
Mary C. Lytle 24

Web: Pennsylvania, Find A Grave Index, 1682-2012 about Piersol Lytle

Name: Piersol Lytle
Birth Date: 13 Aug 1810
Age at Death: 78
Death Date: 23 Mar 1889
Burial Place: Pine Grove Mills, Centre County, Pennsylvania, USA



Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania: Including 
the Counties of Centre, Clearfield, Jefferson and Clarion: Containing 
Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Etc. 
Chicago: J. H. Beers, 1898.

  SAMUEL FOSTER LYTLE, M.D., deceased October 9, 1896, occupied for a 
score of years a prominent position in his profession, and was 
recognized by his colleagues, far and near, as one of the leading 
physicians of Centre county.  He was a member of the County, State and 
National Medical Associations.  President of the Board of Health, and 
State Health Inspector for his District.  Esteemed as he was by the 
members of his profession, the people, whose good fortune it was to be 
subject to his ministrations, loved him for his sympathetic nature, and 
venerated him for his rare ability and skill.
  Possessing as an inheritance the qualities of an ancestry whose 
lineage was noble in the highest sense, not because of descent from 
progenitors of rank and title, but because of that intrinsic strain of 
valor, firmness and fineness of character, and integrity of purpose 
which is the measure of worth and constitutes true nobility and 
gentility.  He was also richly endowed by nature with a talent for the 
profession he loved and to which his life was devoted.  
  The remote history of Dr. Lytle's family goes-back to County Donegal, 
Ireland, where the name still adheres, honored and respected, and 
begins in this country with the settlement of a branch of the family in 
Lancaster county, Penn., more than a century ago, where they became-
distinguished for their patriotism during the period of the Revolution.  
Foremost in loyalty was Col. Andrew Lytle, who was commissioned  as 
colonel of the 8th Pennsylvania Regiment in the Revolutionary army, 
July 23, 1781, in command of which he served with distinction, 
receiving the personal commendation of Gen. Washington, and honorable 
mention in the Archives of the State.  He was a charter member of the 
Order of the Cincinnati, and died in 1784 of camp fever.  His son, 
Isaac Lytle, grandfather of Dr. Lytle, was born in Lampeter, Lancaster 
county, in 1772, and was married in 1802, to Jane, daughter of Zaccheus 
Piersol, of Pequa Valley, a descendant of an ancient and honorable 
Scotch family in direct line from Archibald Douglas.  He removed to 
Harris township, Centre county, in 1814, where he died September 30, 
1854.  His eldest son, Griffeth, father of Dr. Lytle, was born in 1806, 
coming with his father to Centre county in 1814, where he engaged in 
agriculture.  He married Susan Foster, born in Huntingdon county in 
1812, a woman of remarkable beauty of character and refinement of


manner.  Purchasing a farm near Lemont, which is still the home of his 
eldest son, William, he resided there until 1855, when he bought a farm 
in the vicinity of State College, where his death occurred in 1875, his 
wife, Susan, surviving him fifteen years.  Of their ten children, Dr. 
Lytle was the youngest son.
  Dr. Lytle was born March 14, 1851, and from early childhood evinced a 
decided trend of mind toward medicine and surgery, which increased with 
years until in early manhood it became his passion and determined his 
career.  Graduating from State College, he pursued the study of 
medicine under Dr. J. Y. Dale, of Lemont, with the eagerness and 
intensity of one whose aspiration was to master the science.  Entering 
Bellevue Hospital Medical College as the next step forward in his 
profession, he graduated honorably in 1875.  Still bent on the 
acquirement of learning, he pursued a post-graduate course at Columbia 
College before entering upon the active duties of a physician.  At this 
time he received an appointment as surgeon in the regular army, but the 
death of his father led him to decline the position.  In the autumn of 
1875 he came to Philipsburg, rapidly acquiring a practice.  Four years 
later he married Nannie, daughter of Thomas Crissman (deceased) and 
Margaret Crissman, whose family still occupy a position of high 
standing in the community.
  With the increase of his clientage as the Doctor's popularity 
increased, the demands upon him became so great that his health 
suffered from the strain; but through his deep sympathy with others and 
his great fortitude, he bore his own suffering silently and bravely, 
ministering to the sick when needing help himself, and struggling 
against physical disability that would have broken a less heroic 
spirit.  Gentle and generous to the last, courteous and brave, he died 
literally with harness on, coming from the bedside of a patient where 
with all his skill he was fighting for the life of another against the 
dread destroyer, to yield suddenly his own life up to that relentless 
  Dr. Lytle was a man of broad culture, studious habits, in touch with 
the most advanced movements in the science of medicine, and a type of 
the scholarly professional gentleman, beloved and mourned by the 
community which he served and healed.

LYDIA2 JOHNSTONBAUGH (JACOB1)143,144 was born 1815 in Pa.145,146, and died January 16, 1872147,148. She married PIERSOL LYTLE149,150 December 18, 1839 in Rev.William Stewart. 

Notes for L
Buried Pine Grove Mills, Centre Co.,Pa; Ref. will of Piersol Lytle, Bellefonte Court House #5593. History of Centre & Clinton Counties by John Blair Linn p.325. Piersol Lytle was constable of Howard Twp., 1837 -1842. Linn's History p.209 Ref. Biographical Records of Central Penna p.394. 1840 Census lists them in Harris Twp., Centre Co., Pa. Marriage record ref. Sprangler Collection at Pattee Library,Penn State University.[noland1.FTW]


Buried Pine Grove Mills, Centre Co.,Pa; Ref. will of Piersol Lytle, Bellefonte Court House #5593. History of Centre & Clinton Counties by John Blair Linn p.325. Piersol Lytle was constable of Howard Twp., 1837 -1842. Linn's History p.209 Ref. Biographical Records of Central Penna p.394. 1840 Census lists them in Harris Twp., Centre Co., Pa. Marriage record ref. Sprangler Collection at Pattee Library,Penn State University.

More About P
cemetary: Pine Grove Cemetery151,152
Children of L

i.JANE P.3 LYTLE153,154, b. June 16, 1839155,156.
ii.ISAAC LYTLE157,158, b. 1841159,160.
iii.CHARLOTTE LYTLE161,162, b. May 26, 1844163,164.
iv.SUSANNAH J. LYTLE165,166, b. 1845167,168.
v.ANDREW JACKSON LYTLE169,170, b. 1846171,172.
vi.JOHN H. LYTLE173,174, b. 1847175,176.
vii.MARY C. LYTLE177,178, b. 1851179,180.
viii.MOSES THOMPSON LYTLE181,182, b. August 1853183,184.
ix.ELLA MARGARET LYTLE185,186, b. August 21, 1854187,188.


In 1870 oldest daughter Jane is found here:
1870 United States Federal Census about Jane Sztee
Name: Jane Sztee
[Jane Lytle] 
Age in 1870: 32
Birth Year: abt 1838
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1870: West Mahoning, Indiana, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Female
Post Office: Smicksburg
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Thomas Watt 46
Ketturah Watt 47
Johnston Neal 13
Isabella Neal 12
Jane Sztee 32

Keturah's maiden name was Lytle.  

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Melchior Beyer

Melchior Beyer
Born before 1665

"the only immigrant Schwenkfelder known to have gone back to Europe after the migration to Pennsylvania, for he again returned to America in 1749 from Holland and brought with him Hans Ulrich Seiler, a Swiss Redemptioner, who murdered Abraham Beyer's daughter, Anna Rosina, wife of David Schultz (see The SCHOLTZE Family.)"

1736 Immigration
Name: Hans Melchior Beyer
Arrival Year: 1736
Arrival Place: Pennsylvania
Source Publication Code: 1804
Primary Immigrant: Beyer, Hans Melchior
Annotation: Taken from original manuscripts in the state archives. Names given throughout pages 1-677. Foreigners arriving in Pennsylvania named on pages 521-667. No. 3776, Kelker, supplements this.
Source Bibliography: EGLE, WILLIAM HENRY, editor Names of Foreigners Who Took the Oath of Allegiance to the Province and State of Pennsylvania, 1727-1775, with the Foreign Arrivals, 1786-1808. (Pennsylvania Archives, ser. 2, vol. 17.) Harrisburg [PA]: E.K. Meyers, 1890. 787p. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1967.
Page: 121

Name: Hans Melchior Beyer
State: PA
County: Philadelphia County
Township: Philadelphia
Year: 1736
Database: PA Early Census Index

Name: Hans Melchior Beyer
Arrival Year: 1736
Arrival Place: Pennsylvania
Source Publication Code: 1804
Primary Immigrant: Beyer, Hans Melchior
Annotation: Taken from original manuscripts in the state archives. Names given throughout pages 1-677. Foreigners arriving in Pennsylvania named on pages 521-667. No. 3776, Kelker, supplements this.
Source Bibliography: EGLE, WILLIAM HENRY, editor Names of Foreigners Who Took the Oath of Allegiance to the Province and State of Pennsylvania, 1727-1775, with the Foreign Arrivals, 1786-1808. (Pennsylvania Archives, ser. 2, vol. 17.) Harrisburg [PA]: E.K. Meyers, 1890. 787p. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1967.
Page: 121

Name: Eva Margaret Beyer
Description: Born
Event: Birth
Date of Event: 20 Nov 1742
Church: Records of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, City of York, York County, Pennsylvania, 1733-1800

Name: Melchior Beyer
Description: Father
Event: Baptism
Church: Records of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, City of York, York County, Pennsylvania, 1733-1800


Possible Match?

Deutschland, Heiraten 1558-1929 Germany, Select Marriages, 1558-1929 about Melchior Beyer
Name: Melchior Beyer
Gender: Male
Marriage Date: 18 Dez 1693 (18 Dec 1693)
Marriage Place: Wiesenbach, W├╝rttemberg, Germany
Spouse: Eva Barbara Naser
FHL Film Number: 1528624

Friday, April 18, 2014

John H. Welsh 1793-1853

John H. Welsh
son of
Born May 4 1793 in Pennsylvania
Died Sep. 20, 1853
Lydia Whitmoyer
daughter of
born 1802
died 1863

Catherine Welsh 1829 – 
John Welsh 1835 – 
Thomas Welsh 1838 – 
Harriet Welsh 1840 – 

1830 United States Federal Census about John Welsh
Name: John Welsh
Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Turbut, Northumberland, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 2
Free White Persons - Under 20: 4
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 3
Total Free White Persons: 7
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored):

Name: John Welsh
Age: 55
Birth Year: abt 1795
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1850: Lewis, Northumberland, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Family Number: 12
Household Members:
Name Age
John Welsh 55
Lydia Welsh 48
Cathrine Welsh 21
Elias Welsh 16
John Welsh 15
Thomas Welsh 12
Harriet M Welsh 10

Turbotville Cemetery, Turbotville, Northumberland County PA

Death certificate for son William Eli Welsh gives the names for his parents as John Welsh & Lydia Whitmoyer

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Henry D. Conrad 1827 -1893

Henry David Conrad
son of
born 1827
died April 17 1893
Lydia Ann Sierra (Sierer?)
daughter of
Birth February 4 1824
Death Sept 11 1881
Married 2nd in January 1883
Mary A. Showers
widow of Samuel Knisely
daughter of
Born abt 1844
Died March 28 1894

Catherine Conrad 1849 – 1924 M. Neimond
Jacob David Conrad 1853 – 1922 M. 
Hannah Amanda Conrad 1855 – 1930 M. John Edmund Sulouff
Margaret A. "Maggie" Conrad 1857 –1936  M. Fred Leister
Sarah N. Conrad 1860 – 1940 M. Peter Blystone
Joanna Conrad 1863-1942 –  M.  Adam Lauver

the 1860 census tells us that his father was from Ohio, his mother from PA.

1860 - Age: 33
Monroe, Juniata, Pennsylvania, United States

1862 - 
Enlisted April 13 1862
Civil War

Civil War
Company D, 2nd PA Art
Enlisted March 14 1864

August 18 1864
Shot in the left breast, then taken prisoner for about 50 days.

treated for injury, during civil war
In Richmond Va, September 27 1864
Excerpt from Pension File*

"The affiant has been shot in the left breast ball penetrating the sternum of left side of ....................................and was removed while a prisoner.  There had been ...... of the ... muscles of the left breast which has rendered the mechanical use of his left arm .......... disable condition and also interferes with respiration.
He cannot lift heavy or make any useful entreaties at labor without being fatigued and disable for some time afterwards.

He had a large scar over the sternum below the ....  which he says occured from a  scald when a child.  ......  of the .....  believe his statements and the wound is distinct and ...........

by deep ......................  which  ........."

1866 - Discharged
Civil War
Company D, 2nd PA Art
Enlisted March 14 1864

Discharged January 29 1866

1870 Age: 43
Monroe, Juniata, Pennsylvania, United States
Age: 40; Census Post Office: Richfield
Occupation - Post Fence Maker

1870 United States Federal Census about Hary Conrad
Name: Hary Conrad
Age in 1870: 40
Birth Year: abt 1830
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1870: Monroe, Juniata, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Female
Post Office: Richfield
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Hary Conrad 40
Lidia Conrad 35
Catharine Conrad 20
Jacob Conrad 18
Hannah Conrad 16
Margaret Conrad 17
Sarah Conrad 4
Joana Conrad 9

HD Conrad elected Monroe Twp inspector 1 Mar 1876 Juniata Sentinel and Republican

1877 Age: 50
land of HD Conrad shown in the 1877 atlas for Juniata, Perry & Mifflin counties - Monroe County

October 26 1877
Filed for Invalid Pension
Received gun shot wound in chest in the civil war

1880 Age: 53
Monroe, Juniata, Pennsylvania, USA

Age: 54; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Self

1880 United States Federal Census about Henry D. Conrad
Name: Henry D. Conrad
Age: 54
Birth Year: abt 1826
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1880: Monroe, Juniata, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Lydia A. Conrad
Father's Birthplace: Ohio
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Laborer
Household Members:
Name Age
Henry D. Conrad 54
Lydia A. Conrad 56

1881 - Amendment to Pension File

Excerpt from Pension File:
State Of Pennsylvania
Juniata County SS

Personally appeared before me a justice of the peace in and for the aforesaid county of Juniata.  Henry D. Conrad, who being duly sworn says he is the person named claim for invalid pension no 243.806  He further says that he has been told that when a child, before his recollection, he was burned or rather scalded to the effect of which left a scar - not on the breast but below the breast, and depended emphatically declares that he never felt the slightest inconvenience or pain of any kind from the effects of said burn or scald, and from no injury to any of his limbs or muscles precious to his enlistment in the military service of the United States.

Sworn and Subscribed before me
this 22nd day of July 1881
Henry D. Conrad
and I certify that I have no interest in the above claim
William Burn JP

William Burn JP

September 11
First wife, Lydia, died.

Her obituary appeared in the Old Mennonite publication Herald of Truth.

CONRAD - Sept. 11th, in Juniata Co., Pa., of consumption, Lydia, wife of Henry Conrad, aged 57 years, 7 months and 28 days. Buried at Neimand Church. Services by Thomas Graybill, Elias Landes and Penrose Brown. Text, Isaiah 38:1. 

January 21st 1883
Married 2nd wife, Mary

Excerpt from Pension:
"That I am the minister of the ?gasfoel? and united in Holy Bonds of Matrimony. Henry D. Conrad and Mary A. Showers on the 21st day of January AD 1884 at the house of Michael Folkroad in Walker  township Juniata County and Sate of Pa as a minister in the German baptist faith and further believe the claimant to be dependent on her daily labor for her support as she owns no property whatsoever for a few household goods."

Source - pension file
"Affadavit of minister who performed the ceremony of marriage and witnessed soldier & death of 1st wife"

Pension File Excerpt
Mary states that she has not been married before, but that Henry had been married before.  Also gived her maiden name - Mary A. Showers.
(but she was in fact married before, with 2 daughters)

Henry died April 17 1893
Age 66

March 28 1894
Mary (Showers) Conrad died at the home of her daughter in Harrisburg Pa.
Affiant is Sallie A. Capples.

Sarah Elizabeth Knisely married George Washington Cupples.
Sarah was the daughter of Mary Showers & Samuel Knisely

So even though Henry's pension states that Mary was not married before - she was.

"That said Affiant is the daughter of Mary A. Conrad, widow of Henry D Conrad, late of Co "D" 151st regt Pa Vols and Battery "D" Pa ..... .... , who drew a pension, at the Pittsburgh agency at the rate of $8.00 per a month, under certf. No 253.465 that her said Mother when living frew a pension at the same agency of a rate of $8.00 oer month under Certf. No 388.958 affiant further says that her mother Mary A. Conrad took sick at her (the affiants) home on Fulron St, Harrisburg Pa, and died there March 28 1894, and when she died she left no money or other valuable thing, no property real or personal with which to defray her funeral expenses.  That the husband of Affiant payed all the funeral expenses and affiant makes this statement for the purpose of received "

The signature is Sallie A. Capples - but I do not know who this is?  Was Mary possibly married before, even though the earlier page from the pension file states she was not?

*In September of 2014 Kyle Clark shared a copy of Henry's pension file with me.  :-)

Hannah's obituary in 1930 lists three sisters:
Mrs Sarah Blystone of Mifflin
Mrs Frederick (Margaret) Leister of McAlisterville
Mrs Joanna Lauver of Sunbury

Son Jacob's Obit:

Mary Showers married first Samuel Knisely.  They had at least two daughters, Anna & Sallie.


I found this record in the Gettysburg Theological Seminary, where Henry & Lidia's children were baptized. I had hoped this was Henry David - but alas, it cannot be.  Wilhelm & Rebecca also had a daughter Anna, who married Peter Good.  In 1870 this Henry can be found in Illinois with her family.  We know "our" Henry was married with children in PA in 1870.

1870 United States Federal Census about Henry Conrad
Name: Henry Conrad
Age in 1870: 43
Birth Year: abt 1827
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1870: Dwight, Livingston, Illinois
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Dwight
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Peter Good 45
Anna Good 39
Lizzie Good 18
Aaron Good 16
Solomon Good 15
Henry Good 13
Emma Good 11
Rebecca Good 8
Alice Good 1
Henry Conrad 43

There are at least 3 Henry Conrads in this general area around the same age.  Many researchers have our Henry confused with Henry Gerome Conrad - but they are in two different census in 1860 & 1870, both with their own wives and children, clearly different men.

There is a Henry D. Conrad here, but no dates given, and no way to determine if this is "Our" Henry