Philadelphia County, PAGenWeb Project

Old Queries (Mar 2003 - July 2003)

Researcher: Valerie Reynolds
Date Posted: 05 July 2003

I have a John Reynolds and Hester Foster married in 1797 in what is now Montgomery Co. John was born abt 1776 and Hester abt 1779. I am trying to learn about John, Hester and their children. What I have so far comes from a Northumberland Co book posted on the internet.

FROM GEN. AND BIOGRAPHICAL ANNALS OF NORTHUMBERLAND CO, PENN 1911 p 435 REYNOLDS. The name Reynolds has long been a respected one in the borough of Turbutville, well and favorably known in business and public circles, and two of its worthy representatives there at the present time are Henry Abram Reynolds, justice of the peace, and William N. Reynolds, merchant. They are descendants of John and Hester (Foster) Reynolds, who were married in October, 1797, at which time he was in his "twenty-first year of age" and she was in her "eighteenth year of age." Their children were born as follows: William, Jan. 20, 1799, at 10 a. m.; Grace, Dec. 30, 1801, at 5:30 a.m.; George June 12, 1803, at 10 p.m.; Philip, June 20, 1806, at 6 p.m.; Eliza, Dec. 27, 1808, at 7 p.m.; Henry, Dec. 16, 1810, at 11 a.m.; Hiram, Oct 3, 1812, at 4 p. m. Of this family, Grace died June 26, 1805

William Reynolds, son of John, born Jan. 20, 1799, in Montgomery county, Pa., lived for some time at Willow Grove, in that county, was at one time a resident of Schuylkill Haven, and later came to Turbutville, Northumberland county, where he was a pioneer innkeeper.

Surnames: WHEATON
Researcher: John Wheaton
Date Posted: 03 July 2003

I have an old business card belonging to my uncle, James Watson Wheaton Jr. He had an advertising studio at 237 N. 13th St., Philadelphia, phone RIttenhouse 4269. It is not dated, and I would appreciate it if someone with access to city directories after 1910 could pinpoint when he was in Philadelphia. I have been able to place him in Chicago in 1900, and in Omaha between 1905 and 1910, using census records and family papers, but have had no luck searching the 1920 or 1930 censuses for him.

Thank you in advance.

Surnames: DUETSCH
Researcher: XXXX
Date Posted: 03 July 2003

I am looking for anyone who has information on the following:
George Duetsch (born in Germany, came to US in 1875
Wife: Catherine Galster (born in Germany, came to US in 1882)
Children: all born in Philadelphia, PA
Barbara Duetsch-Tholey
John Duetsch
Elizabeth Duetch-Foley
George Duetsch Jr.
Francis (Frank) Duetsch
Marie Duetsch-Gallagher

Researcher: Shirley Adams Waldera
Date Posted: 03 July 2003

Looking for information on Marshall Adrian Hillsinger b. Sep. 12, 1912 Philadelphia, PA, and his mother Florence Reynolds. Marshall was baptized in a Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia.


Surnames: POLLOCK
Researcher: Lory
Date Posted: 02 July 2003

Looking for a wedding announcement for a William Hill Pollock to a Maryann Hanna, possible date, March 10, 1866 In Philadelphia. Thank you.

Researcher: Ingrid Briles
Date Posted: 02 July 2003

I recently obtained the Naturalization Papers for my GGGGGrandfather, Paul Phy, naturalized in 1808. He was from Germany. On the papers, it said that GEORGE MONTEA, was the man who provided wittness that he had lived in the United States for 10 years. That means Paul was 13 when he immigrated. I am wondering if he was a relative, or family friend from Germany. I would appreciate anyone who might know something about the Montea family.

Researcher: Carl A. Wade
Date Posted: 27 June 2003

I need advice in finding birth or baptism records for Henry Bertram Wilkinson- born in Philadelphia in 1889, probably late in the year, and Ada Wilkinson, also born in Philadelphia on 7/3/1892. Withrespect to Henry, I wrote the City Archives only to be told that no record exists in their files for him. My search of online sources such as and have yield no results. In addition to providing the birth date for Ada, the Ellis island site menstions "Crucifixion , Philadelphia," after these dates. I can't tell if this is a church whose records I should consult or not. The parents of these siblings were William and Mary Eliza (Clarke).


Researcher: Beth Stuebgen
Date Posted: 26 June 2003

Johann Christoph/ J. C./ (Christian) STUEBGEN
Christina/Christianne Amalia {FEES]
married in Oct. 1826 in Philadelphia, PA.

1840 Census shows "STIPGIN" in Philadelphia, PA

Children born in Philadelphia, PA
Christina/Christianne Amalia 1827
Julie/Julia Henriette 1829
Gustav Adolph/Adolf 1832
Charles/Carl F. 1834
Can anyone help me with these ancestors?

Surnames: MEIER
Researcher: Mary Kathryn (Meier) Sargentini
Date Posted: 24 June 2003

I am trying to find some information on my Great Grandparents - according to a census I found in 1890 they came to the United States in 1880 and were naturalized in Pa. I am assuming this would be Pennsylvania. They were Germans from Russia, the names were Frederich Meier and Marie K. Meier. Please advise me how to get ahold of Declarations of Intent from that era via the internet. They were in Kansas by 1885 and Okla. by 1890 where they settled during the landrun. Any information would be appreciated greatly. They were born in 1848 and 1849 if this is of any help. Thank you.

Surnames: McDOWELL
Researcher: Thomas R. Mc Dowell
Date Posted: 21 June 2003

I am attempting to find information on the McDowell Family, who lived on Pastorious Street, Germantown, Philadelphia, during the time of the Civil War. Thomas A. McDowell, my ggf, was active in the Improved Order of Redmen who met at a hall on Mill Street, Germantown. Any details you might be able to provide will be greatly appreciated. Many thanks for your efforts.

Researcher: Helen Blackburn Flail
Date Posted: 17 June 2003

I am searching for descendants of Alexander W. Blackburn. Alexander was the son of Christopher & Ann Blackburn of Stafford county Virginia. Alexander was born abt 1817 & died 11/30/1871. He was a fire marshal for Philadelphia. Alexander's wife name was Alice. They had 5 children, Lewis, Charles, Mary, Harry & Alexander. Alexander W was about 54 years old when he died.

Alexander is the older brother of George Kirk Blackburn, my gg grandfather. I am looking for more information on the Blackburn family, as I have found a lot of information in Stafford Co was destroyed during the Civil War. Also, the family bible was destroyed.

Thank you,

Surnames: KOLB
Researcher: Jim Matthews
Date Posted: 17 June 2003

I'm attempting to research the life of Louis J. Kolb, a Philadelphian, Colonel in the U.S. Army, graduate of Penn State Philadelphia, local entrepreneur and member of the Inglenook Dining Club. He died in the late 1930s or early 1940s. Thanks for any help.

Surnames: CARSON
Researcher: C. Elmer Carson
Date Posted: 16 June 2003

Looking for any info on Isaac P. Carson.He was born in Philia. 1829. Married Mary Ann Martindale around 1850. They had 3 children - Christopher R., Elmira,and Isaac P. Jr.

Thank You

Surnames: VILFER
Researcher: XXXX
Date Posted: 12 June 2003

My husband's ancester was Clara Formei Vilfer, not sure of the spelling of Vilfer. She was born in France & came to USA around 1896. Died in Johnstown, Pa. resided with Elech(Alex,Elix) on Coal Street. Any help appreciated.

Researcher: XXXX
Date Posted: 12 June 2003

I am trying to determine the location of the Potter's Field along the Schuykill River just outside Colonial Philadelphia. I need this location to complete a detailed genealogical family study. I need to know the boundaries of Colonial Philadelphia, especially at the Schuykill River. If you know where I can view a readable map, please provide this information.

Surnames: WILSON
Researcher: Lynne Kosher
Date Posted: 9 June 2003

Looking for anyone who is researching this family from Philadelphia.

My grandfather, Francis Arthur Wilson, b. app. 1878, d. 1954. Francis married Mary J. ??, they divorced in 1918. He then married my grandmother, Florence Williams in 1923.

I found a 2 year-old Francis Wilson in the 1880 census, his parents are George Wilson and Margaret ??.

Does anyone have any connection and/or additional information. I am more than willing to share what I have with you.

Researcher: Josephine Charker
Date Posted: 6 June 2003

I am researching my husbands family and we have been given a copy of marriage(from a family bible) of JOHN CHARKER and ELIZABETH J WHITHAM were married ""By ordinance of god and the law of NEW JERSEY John Charker and Elizabeth Whitham of MANNJUNK PENNSYLVANIA were united in Holy matrimony at CAMDEN on 19th August 1891 by J B GRAN Minister oof the Gospel"" Can you tell me if there will be an official record/document that I may be able to obtain to confirm this marriage as appart from this Bible entry I am dawing a blank.

Researcher: Kimberly
Date Posted: 2 June 2003

I'm writing from New Hampshire. I am looking for any information at all that you can offer in locating an Eva Bliehm also spelt Bleam Pleem. She was born March 21 1743 in Pottsgrove Twp Montgomery CO. I have just now found out that Montgomrey Co was not formed untill around 1780's and that the county I should now look for is Philadelphia Co. I hope I am writing to the right place. Her father was Christian Bliehm they were German Mennonites I believe, I know German for sure . She married my 7th Great Grandfather John Strohm in about 1777 , I am despreatly looking for either or all of a birth certifacate or marriage or baptismal cert.

Can you help me at all.

Thank you

Researcher: Becky
Date Posted: 31 May 2003

I am looking for Lauren (Lori) Simmons who lived in Florida Park on Florida Ave. in the early 1970's. She became a disc jockey and worked in Johnstown, PA 1974-75 for WCRO. Her parents moved to the Jersey Shore/Williamsport, PA area. Any information on the family would help. We were best friends but lost track of each other. Her last name could have been spelled Simons but was pronounced Simmons.
Thank you.

Surnames: GIRARD
Researcher: Don Morris
Date Posted: 29 May 2003

I am looking for the names of Stephen Girard's parents and siblings. This is the Stephen Girard of which the college, etc. is named. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you,

Surnames: LEIDY
Researcher: XXXX
Date Posted: 25 May 2003

I am looking for information on Enos Leidy b. 1893 his wife Verna Baugher b. 1897, Siegal Baugher b.1861 his wife Hanora(Anne) McGuire b. 1871. Also Elias Baugher b. 1829 thank you for any help.

Surnames: BERG
Researcher: K. Bruce
Date Posted: 25 May 2003

Seeking information about 2 Brothers-Paul b1861 and KARL (Charles) b1860 in Finland, Emmigrated to the USA in 1873 with thier family. After 1880 the Brothers left home in Clarion CO. PA to find work in the mines. The brothers were never heard from again. Any information would be appreciated.

Surnames: WALTERS
Researcher: XXXX
Date Posted: 24 May 2003

I am seeking any information on Conrad and Jacob Walters.They arrived at the Port of Philadelphia on September 25,26 1732 on the ships Loyal Judith and Mary from Rotterdam,Holland,via Cowes,England.

Researcher: XXXX
Date Posted: 24 May 2003

I am looking for information on Andrew Leszczykowski who immigrated to Philadelphia, Pa. from Poland in 1880.His wife's maiden name was Josephine Kroplewska. They had 5 children born in Philadelpia... Anton, Anna, Frank, Frances and Brousilava(Bernice). Have pictures taken at Philadelphia studios. HOLTS is the name of the photography studio. It was at 923 Market St.and 63 N. 8th Street Philadelphia... Would there be a city directory for that time period of Philadelphia? Any information would be appreciated ... I also have a photograph taken at the Ransom & Smith 709 S. Second Street Phila. Looks like it was taken at a Catholic church in Phila.

Researcher: Ed
Date Posted: 24 May 2003



Surnames: PHILADELPHIA WARDS 1850-1870
Researcher: Diane
Date Posted: 17 May 2003

Does anyone know where (street boundaries) Ward 2 on Philadelphia was in 1850-1870? I am trying to place my George W. Palmer family who lived in Ward 2 in 1860. THey were listed as living in Moyamensing in 1850 and just in Philadelphia (city) in 1880 (according to census). Was Moyamensing Ward 2 or did they move? Thanks

Researcher: Gregg Humphrey
Date Posted: 16 May 2003

I am looking for any information on line of Charles Humphrey (Abt 1689 - 1721) Manor of Moreland, and his wife, Uriah (Urie) Gill, (Abt 1693 - 1759), m. Abt 1709, three known children: Thomas M. Humphrey, b. 1710, Charles Humphrey (Jr. ?) b. 1712, Hannah Humphrey, b. 1716. After Charles Humphrey died, Uriah Gill Humphrey married Rev. Joseph Eaton, 17 Mar 1724.

Surnames: CAMPBELL
Researcher: Bob Brooks
Date Posted: 13 May 2003

I am looking for a Campbell Family who arrived from Scotland around 1842. I don't know the parents first names. Two of the boys were named David and Hugh. A third boy may have been called Campell or C H. All the boys were born in Scotland; David c1818, Hugh 1834, Campell 1838. Because of the difference in their ages, I suspect there were other children whose names I do not know. But they too would have been born in Scotland. The parents were born in Scotland probably around 1790 (+/- 5yrs).

David and Hugh moved from PA to DuPage County IL around 1857-58. They were in the Grocery and Dry Goods business. It's possible that the parents were also merchants. The parents may have moved to Illinois with the boys or may have stayed in Philadelphia.

Around 1846-47 in PA (probably Philadelphia), David married Susan (maiden name unknown). Susan was born in New Jersey c1822. They had three children in Philadelphia, Andrew (1848), James (1852) and Margaret (1856). They had two more, Thomas and David Jr in Illinois.

Hugh did not marry until 1890 in IL. I have no other records for Campell.

My reason for believing the whole family was from Philadelphia is because Margaret's wedding announcement says she is a "native of Philadelphia."

There was a James Campbell who bought land from the BLM in DuPage County IL between 1844-48. I cannot prove a relationship to the others. But he could be another brother. I have not found him in any IL census; so I have no bio info on him. Since all the brothers were merchants, if James was a farmer then he probably isn't a relation; but if he was a speculator, he could be another brother. I don't believe he could be the father, because the ages of the boys would have kept the father in Philadelphia in 1844-48.

Any help in identifying the parents and the other children, the ship they arrived on or the year of naturalization would be greatly appreciated.

Researcher: Mike Richardson
Date Posted: 13 May 2003

My great grandmother, Josephine Schillo, is buried at Hillside Cemetery at Roslyn. I have her location numbers, but I have no idea where these locations are. Where can I get a map of the cemetery?

I have a grand aunt, Florence Bogut Kudel, that was incarcerated at the House of the Good Shepherd in Philly according to the 1920 census. She was the daughter of Josephine. I have since heard she lived at Souderton, but nothing after that. I have no info on her reasons for incarceration or her demise thereafter. I don't even know what questions to ask concerning her.

Another grand aunt, Helen Geider, lived in Philly on Wellington. She died November 28, 1958. Where can I get a copy of her obituary?

Researcher: Rachel VonDemmel
Date Posted: 11 May 2003

I am searching for my ancestors and found an August Vondemmel in the 1910 federal census in Philadelphia, PA. Please let me know about any Vondemmel's you find. August was born in Germany, so must have immigrated here (obviously). Thanks so much..

Researcher: Kathie Groll
Date Posted: 11 May 2003

Researching the Winemore/Winnemore surname. Three distinctly different families are living in Philadelphia in the late 1800ís and early 1900ís. Because this is a rather uncommon surname, I am trying to find the common ancestor.

Researcher: XXXX
Date Posted: 10 May 2003

Joseph Mallinson and his wife Ruth came to Philadelphia about 1848 with several young children, including my ggf Jacob. Joseph also had a brother John in Philadelphia. Apparently Joseph and Ruth died in the late 1850's/early 1860's, according to family tradition. They do not appear in the 1860 census.

Surnames: SWISHER
Researcher: Caron
Date Posted: 10 May 2003


Researcher: Inetta Soontay
Date Posted: 10 May 2003

I am looking for information about James Hawkins and Hanna Harper. They were married in 1742 in Philadelphia, Pa. A son, William Hawkins, was born in 1743. He married Frances Erwin of Long Grove, Va. They settled in what is now Monroe Co. WV. Any information will be appreciated. Thank You,

Surnames: MALEY
Researcher: Kris Robertson
Date Posted: 10 May 2003

I have an ancestor (NICHOLAS MALEY) who lived on 4333 Lancaster Ave in Philadelphia--his naturalization papers were "in process" in 1920--this is what the 1920 census shows. I live 30 minutes from the largest genealogy center in the world, the center in Salt Lake City--I am willing to do a LOOKUP for you in trade for finding Nicholas Maley's petition to naturalize. If you are interested in the LOOKUP trade--email me.

Surnames: PHY
Researcher: Ingrid Briles
Date Posted: 05 May 2003

I am looking for any one searching Paul Phy, married to Mary (unk) Phy. Mary was born in 1790, Paul in 1785. Paul's listing in the District Court for Letter of Intent, is dated 1808. I believe they were married in 1811. Their children were Juliann, Elizabeth, George (possibly settled in Chester), John, Margaret, Charles, Rebecca, and my gggrandfather, Jesse. Anyone searching any of these PHY's, please contact me. Thank you.

Surnames: CALDWELL
Researcher: Norman C. Caldwell
Date Posted: 05 May 2003

Timothy CALDWELL was allegedly born in Phildelphia, PA, in 1790 according to the War of 1812 Pension records filed by his spouse, Martha M. (SWORDS) CALDWELL. No parents or siblings are mentioned in family documents. Resided in Maytown. Lancaster Co, PA, 1800-1844, Millbrook, Plains Township, Wayne Co, OH, 1845-1855 and Newville, DeKalb Co, IN, 1856-1865. Any clues on his parentage or ancestry would be appreciated.

Researcher: Jim Moses
Date Posted: 04 May 2003

My family has had a pocket watch for nearly 100 years. My mother showed it to me for the first time yesterday. She said it had been passed down, so I took a close look at it. I am trying to find more about it since it is an interesting watch. The pocket watch is not one of those big ones that you normally see. It is smaller (probably about the diameter of the older silver dollars. It is gold in color and has an intricate design on the front and back. Inside there is a logo of a crown with the words 'Philadelphia Watch Case Co.' around it. There is also a serial number of 8063566. My mother didn't know that the back would open, but when I tried it I saw the same serial number and an inscription, which reads 'R. T. July 6, 1907'. I would like to find out about the Philadelphia Watch Case Company and also to find out if there are still records that might lead me to who 'R. T.' might be. The only person in our whole family whose first and last initials match was born and died in California. She was alive and not married yet in 1907, but I have no idea why this distant cousin's watch should end up here in Michigan. Any help in locating information on the company or the watch itself would be very much appreciated.
Thank you,

Surnames: JOHNSON
Researcher: Jeanne Holder
Date Posted: 04 May 2003

Joseph JOHNSON married Pleasant Vanblunk and lived in W. Southwark, Phila. about 1800.

Researcher: Kenneth J. Allwine
Date Posted: 04 May 2003

We are researching Allwine - Alwein at the present time. If we could get information on any Allwine - Alwein in the Philadelphia area in the Late 1700's to 1850. Particularly Hans Jacob Alwine in Philadelphia in 1835. Any help or suggestions you can give us would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

Researcher: Jackie
Date Posted: 03 May 2003

I am searching for additional information on my maternal great-grandparents. I am certain that they all died in Philadelphia however, I am uncertain as to where they were born, possibly Ireland.

Richard Barrett was born in 1871 his wife, Anna Lynch was born in 1871. They were possibly married at the Jesu Parish. Their children were: Gertrude Veronica (1897), Richard E. Barrett, Jr. (b.1903) and Marcelline (b.1895).

Gertrude (my grandmother) married John J. McCoy.

McCoy Family: John Patrick Mc Coy was born in 1866 and died April 6, 1937 he married Mary E. Murphy born 1868 and died in 1930. They had Vincent, John J., Edwin, Francis, Marian, and Charles B. (who later became Msgr. Charles McCoy and served the diocese of Little Rock Ark.)

Gertrude Barrett married John J. McCoy at the Cathedral of SSPeter and Paul in 1918. John P. MC Coy owned and operated the Philadelphia Chaplet and Manufacuturing Supply Company, located at 5200 block of N. Broad STreet in Philadelphia.

If anyone has any information on this family please email me and place FAMILY TREE in the subject box. Thank you.

Surnames: BARRETT
Researcher: XXXX
Date Posted: 02 May 2003

I'm looking for information about my family. My great grandfather's (Thomas Joseph Barrett, born 1888 in Ireland/died1939 in Philadelphia, Pa) brother's name was William Aloysuis Barrett, a congresman from Philadelphia, Pa from 1947- 1976. He was born in Philadelphia 1896 and died in 1976. I believe their mother's name was Mary Margaret or Margaret Mary and she came from Ireland in 1888. I'm trying to find out what William A. Barrett's parents' names were (mother's maiden name). Nothing I've researched mentions William A. Barrett's parents. I thought it would be easier to look up info on William A. Barrett then on Thomas Barrett since William is mentioned in the Library of Congress, but no such luck. Can you help with any ideas on how to get more info?

Surnames: BUCKLEY
Researcher: Libby Stone
Date Posted: 02 May 2003

I am just starting to research Philadelphia. I started genealogy 5 years ago, and while I have hit gold mines on some lines, I am still working on the same problem that got me started in the first place !

Let me tell you what I know, and then ask you how to proceed.

I am tracking Joseph H. Buckley who went by the name Frank as well. He was married March 1, 1893 in Hancock County Illinois. On the marriage certificate he lists place of residence as Philadelphia, and occupation as a baker. On the 1900 census he says that he immigrated from England in 1881 (at the age of 21). It had to be after April 3, 1881, as he is still listed on the Oldham England census for 1881.

Now the question. What Philadelphia city records would be available for early 1890's in Philadelphia. I realize that the 1890 census is non existant, but I wondered if there was a state or town census other than the federal one. Also, would there be city directories at this time? I just cannot find him on passenger lists, and don't know how to go about finding naturilazation or intention records for him.

Any advice you can give me would be such help !

Thank you,

Surnames: GLENN
Researcher: Meta
Date Posted: 02 May 2003

I am researching my family history which brings me back to William Glenn born 1815 or 1816. I have found him in the 1880 census with his 2 sons Charles and Philip. His daughter was my ggrandmother (Ann Elizabeth or some form of it). She may have been a twin to Charles. They are all buried in Magnolia Cemetery in the northeast but have no tombstones. In the 1880 census William, Charles and Philip lived at 273 River Front Road and listed their birthplaces as Pennsylvania and William is listed as being widowed. Ann Elizabeth is not mentioned in the census but later married Sydney King. He immigrated in 1883. I am most interested in knowing who William Glenn was married to and if there were any other children.
William Glenn 1815-1896
Charles Glenn 1852-1889
Philip Glenn 1860-1920 married Mary Glenn 1860-1920
Ann Elizabeth Glenn 1852-1912 married Sydney King 1853-1924
Thank you.

Researcher: Phyllis Vines
Date Posted: 02 May 2003

Does anyone know if the newspaper "American Weekly Mercury" (published in Philadelphia 1716-1747) is online? If not, is there an index of surnames appearing in the newspaper and way to get copies thereof? Thanks for any help.

Surnames: WILLSON
Researcher: Peggy
Date Posted: 02 May 2003

Am searching for information on my greatgreat great grandfather,James E Willson, a Master Marinewr that sailed out of Philadelphia during the years of 1780-1785 aboard the Sloop, Atonnett. Later sailed from Baltimore, Maryland. Wife's name was Ann. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Surnames: WAGNER
Researcher: XXXX
Date Posted: 30 April 2003

Am searching for the descendants of Andrew WAGNER and his wife, Catherine. They arrived by ship in August 1828. They died between 1846 abd 1850. Their issue: John, Helena(my relative), Andrew, William, Philip, Caroline-who married ? Evans, Henry, and Daniel.

Researcher: Darlene Shoemaker
Date Posted: 30 April 2003

Am looking for relatives of Jacob Shoemaker/shumaker/schumaker married to Anna Maria Shoemaker. Jacob and Anna Maria arrived in Baltimore supposedly in 1833 and went to Philadelphia to stay with relatives. Anna was pregnant at the time and delivered the baby in January of 1834. Jacob worked while living here. They attended the wedding of Jonathan and Hannah Kenderdine Shoemaker on 11/14/1833. They left in the spring of 1834 and sent their belongs by wagon over the state to Allegheny City while they walked across the state staying with relatives on the way. Am at a stand still for can not find any info on this side of family who is my husbands.

Surnames: SMITHER
Researcher: Francesa Taylor
Date Posted: 23 April 2003

I'm looking for information on Frances SMITHER, widow of Henry?, who sailed from England on one of Wm Penn''s "widow ships" ca. 1670. Her sons Richard & James arrived on another of William Penn's ship in 1671.

She married Arthur Taylor, a planter & surveyor of Gunpowder River, Maryland. Her son James Smither married the daughter of Thomas LIGHTFOOT of Delaware. I've heard that a Smither, a goldsmith, designed the seal of The City of Philadelphia.

I haven't been able to find information on Frances, James, Lih=ghtfoot or the engraver.

Any help you can give would be appreciated. I have later information I can give to you.

Thank you,

Surnames: MARY AGNES
Researcher: Donna McCarthy
Date Posted: 22 April 2003

my grandmother, mary agnes, of chestnut hill/germantown. her siblings were catherine, born in ireland, thomas, elizabeth, nellie, and josephine. i am trying to find out my ggparents names and where in ireland they came from.ny information will help. thanks.

Researcher: Beth (BENNETT) Stuebgen
Date Posted: 19 April 2003

Johann Christoph (Christian) Stuebgen, b. 1801 in Germany, came to the USA in 1826 married: Christina/Christianne Amalia (FEES) in 1826, I believe in Phila., PA moved to Saxonburg, PA. in 1832.

1830 Census: shows:
Christian Stipgin...5th Ward-North Liberty Co. of Phila.

They had (1) daughter in 1827....Christina Amalia
They had (1) daughter in 1829....Julie Henriette
They had (1) son in 1832....Gustav Adolf

Do you show any information on these people? Thank you for your "time" and "kindness".

Researcher: Beth (BENNETT) Stuebgen
Date Posted: 19 April 2003

Watson D. MULL b. in Virginia, married: Emma (BIERSCHANK), Children: Emma, Dolly, Dora, Margaret (Maggie), Frank, Watson, Jr., Frances,

Watson D. MULL was in "politics" and owned the "Blue Whale" bar. I believe they lived on Front St.

Thank you for any help or suggestions....

Surnames: 1856 Railroad Sunday School Accident
Researcher: Johana Schwartz
Date Posted: 19 April 2003

I am looking for information regarding the railroad sunday school accident in 1856 in Philadelphia. Even just a date would be a big help. Thank you.

Researcher: Joseph Murphy
Date Posted: 19 April 2003

Union officer POW, Civil War; COL John,Kidd,Murphy bn bt 1790 - 1800, Philadelphia,Pennsylvania
Lived resided and died from 289 Dean street Philly,Pa
Age 80 years burried in Mount Moriah Cemetery SC.

I am told we are related And am finding nothing so am looking for John,Kidd,Murphy's parents, and or wife and children John fought in the Civil war. Am also seeking his brothers and sisters to him through his own parents. We believe his ancester is related to the following people: Brothers James,S,Murphy bn in irel, bt 1720 died in York Co,SC. Alexander,Murphy/Murphey bn bt 1690 in ireland. died 1759 York Co,PA.

Am seeking any and all help here on the John,Kidd,Murphy in Mount moriah,Cemetery. PA

Surnames: REED
Researcher: Thomas A. Reed Jr.
Date Posted: 17 April 2003

I am looking for my father's family, his name was Thomas Albert Reed, father's name: Albert Reed. He was born & raised in Philidelphia, PA; mother died early of TB; raised by aunt & uncle John & Ruth Dubas. Thanks,

Surnames: SINDA
Researcher: XXXX
Date Posted: 17 April 2003

Josef or Jozef (variation? Joseph) Sinda, St. Adalbert's Parish, Philadelphia. We think he was married to Sophy --no maiden name. Any Sinda in Philadelphia.

Researcher: Bib Masters
Date Posted: 12 April 2003

Most of my family came to the Philly area from Northern Ireland. If you think it would be of interest to your website visitors, many of Philly's Irish were Protstant's who immigrated from Northern Ireland. One of the major route for these people was the port of Londonderry to Philly.

In Omagh, NIR there is an American Folk Park dedicated to the NIR's who made this trip. It's sponsored by the Mellon Bank family of Pittsburgh whose ancestors were among these people. The Folk Park shows a number of period buildings and is on the site of the old Mellon farm. The building show various stages of life in NIR as far back as about 1800, dirt floors and all. They progress through larger homes and other buildings and show an example of the immigrant ships, what Philly looked like on arrival and later what a typical Pennsylvania farm would have been like. All buildings are original and some were moved from PA to Ireland.

I'd like to post queries for: Laughlin, (Any first name.)

Also: McMichael, (John, Eliza, Samuel, George, William. Born in the 1880's and 1890's).

Coryell (any first name, but particularly Emanual).

And last: Jane N. (Jennie) MIller-daughter of Charles Miller and Ann O' Neil Miller.


Surnames: HUMPHREY
Researcher: Marilyn
Date Posted: 12 April 2003

Looking for record of Charles Humphrey 1689 , died in Manor of Moreland tsp. 1721. Appreciate any help!

Surnames: WAGNER
Researcher: Grace Schwartz
Date Posted: 12 April 2003


Surnames: THURBER
Researcher: Richard Springer
Date Posted: 11 April 2003

I am trying to identify whoever lived at 738 No. 19th St, in Philadelphia in 1925 and in 1930. Also, I am trying to find out who lived at 409 Market Street, Philadelphia after June of 1956 - was this possibly a boarding house? I suspect that my Great-Uncle Douglas Thurber may have boarded at these places.

And I am trying to find out if his wife and family lived there too.

Thank you,

Researcher: Suzanne McCartney
Date Posted: 11 April 2003

Neil McCartney Birth place Ireland and Wife Mary McCartney Birth place Ireland had 1 child named Chas N. McCartney born PA 1872. Attended University of PA years ???and then married Catharine M Holland November 20, 1895. Charles and Catharine had 1 child named Charles M. McCartney who married Madalene Spoerl September 13, 1922 - they had 2 children name Patricia who married Harold Jones and they had 2 children name Karen and Charles - the second child was named Charles A McCartney who married Myrtle MacPherson and they had 3 children named Jane, Suzanne and Diane.

James MacPherson married to Jennie 4 children named William, James, Margret and Annie. Bill MacPherson married Mabel G Brown and had 4 children names Mabel G, Myrtle V, William Jr and Jennie (know as Jane).

Annie White - husband's name unknown had 4 children named Mabel G - married William MacPherson, Charles, Caldwell T and Vera.

That is all I have right now but I am still working to get more details.


Surnames: KARRER
Researcher: Josephine Karrer
Date Posted: 09 April 2003

I am looking for information on my grandparents. They were both born in 1909 I am not sure if they were born in Philadelphia but I know they lived there atleast by the 1920's. Their names are Mary Johnston, I don't know if she was born in Ireland or not, and Joseph F. Karrer. I am not sure if they ever married but in February 1929 they had my father Joseph F. Karrer. Any help would be extremely appreciated.

Researcher: Charlie Henry
Date Posted: 09 April 2003

I am looking for information specifically on Maria Sophia Fontanell (Fontenelle, etc.) 15 Mar 1807 - 27 Oct 1880. I have found nothing so far. Associated names are Rosel A. Fontanell, St. Rose Fontanell, John Rihl, Susannah Rihl, St. Rose Fontanell Fryer, Joseph L. Fryer, Sarah C. Fryer. All died prior to 1890.

Surnames: TATLOW
Researcher: Arlene from Canada
Date Posted: 03 April 2003

I am researching my Family Roots, and could use some help! My G-G-Grandfather James Tatlow, born about 1810 in England, ("near" Birmingham) came to Germantown, Philadelphia County, PA around the mid 1830's.
He married Emma, (last name Ashmede?)
They had children: Emily born abt 1833 in PA
Sarah, Harriet Ashmede Tatlow,(married Richard Lukens), Mark Tatlow born abt 1839, Juliet, Mary, Anna and Kate. (Kate Tatlow married Lewis Stackhouse in PA). I believe , James and some of the family moved to Iowa, for a few years, then back to Germantown.

I believe James had a brother John Tatlow.
Anyone, with info, I would love to hear from you.

Researcher: Ingrid Briles
Date Posted: 01 April 2003

In the 1880 census, I found my great grandfather living with a young couple listed as M. Gleeson 23, laborer, M. Gleeson 19 wife, C. Gleeson son 7 months. My great grandfather was Charles Frederick Phy, son of Jesse G. and Martha J. Phy. Does anyone know of this Gleeson family, or of Martha J. who married Jesse Phy around 1850? Thank you.

Researcher: XXXX
Date Posted: 30 March 2003

Anna G. Seibel is removed from an another cemetery and placed at Ivy Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA. on 19 May 1879. She was from Hessen-Kassel, Germany.

Surnames: SHAW
Researcher: Susan
Date Posted: 30 March 2003

I am looking for a Mary Shaw who married Corbin Cooley in Philadelphia 19 Dec 1839. We know she came from England. Thank you so much.

Researcher: Trudy S.
Date Posted: 29 March 2003

I am researching some relatives, John and Belle WOLSTENCROFT and children, Jesse and Thomas. In 1880 the family lived on Columbia Ave. In 1890 John and his family lived at 3061 Almond St. in the Richmond section of Phila. Their ages in 1890 were John (36), Belle (34) Jesse (13) and Thomas (12) John was a carpenter by trade, and the entire family was born in England. I have been unable to locate this family after 1890. Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.

Surnames: CERETTO
Researcher: XXXX
Date Posted: 28 March 2003

My grandmother came from italy to philadelphia around 1920. Her name was Maria (Boetto) Ceretto. I was surprised that she didn't go through Elis Island. Is there any imigration records that would allow me to look up the records of her boat trip to philadelphia (similar to what Elis Island has)? If anyone knows how I can research this, please email me at Thanks.

Researcher: Elmer Carson
Date Posted: 23 March 2003

would like to know if it's possible to get a brith certificate for someone born in Phiadelphia in 1829. Can it be done?

Researcher: Bronwyn Camm
Date Posted: 18 March 2003

I am tracing the family of Lawrence James Tate who married Edna May Douglas they were married in Australia in 1943 then went to America. Lawrence Tate was born in philadelphia, Pensylvania and was in the Air Force. Edna Douglas was born in Australia.

Anyone with any information would be a help.

Researcher: Brian Wray
Date Posted: 15 March 2003

I am trying to trace the family of Joseph (Joe) McGlynn born 1879 in Killashee,Co Longford, Ireland, son of Thomas McGlynn and Mary Jane Notley. He emigrated to USA and married. ( Name unknown). He is said to have had two daughters Helen and Josephine and to have committed suicide after losing money in the 1929 Wall St Crash.

I have an undated photograph of the family taken in a Schuck studio in Germantown Ave, Philadelphia.

Any help or suggestions welcome.
Brian Wray

Surnames: SHIVERS
Researcher: George R. Shivers
Date Posted: 15 March 2003

I am looking for the descendants of Alfred H. Shivers (b. 1852) who married Wilhelmina Fields. He left Haddonfield, New Jersey and became a street car conductor in Philadelphia. He had three children, Lillie Shivers, Stokes Fields Shivers, and Mollie Shivers.

Do you have any clues?

Researcher: Diane Houseweart
Date Posted: 15 March 2003

I have my GGrandfather's marriage certificate from Brooklyn N.Y.29th day of September 1880. The marriage application states that he was born in Philadelphia and his age is given as 21yrs. His parents are Joseph Reed and Mary Jane Andrews, both also born in Pa. This is all I know of them, except that he married Harriet Burtenshaw of Brooklyn. Can anyone give me a starting point for Philadelphia research for the time period 1850 to 1880? Any help would be appreciated.

Surnames: BURGIN
Researcher: Judy Edminds
Date Posted: 10 March 2003

For two years I have been searching for the documentation of Sarah Burgin b.1800 daughter of Deborah Bowen and Reuben Burgin and sister of Dr. George Horace Burgin. I did a search for "Deborah Bowen Burgin" and when I clicked on your website it came to p. 613(Reuben George and Enoch). Please tell me where to find this information and what book so that I can document it in my records.
Thank you

Surnames: STOTT
Researcher: XXXX
Date Posted: 10 March 2003

I AM LOOKING FOR THE MIDDLE NAME OF MY RELATIVES WILLIAM k STOTT AND WILLIAM k STOTT JR. THIS MAY GIVE ME A CLUE WHERE TO LOOK FURTHER. WILLIAM k STOTT MARRIED TO Sarah YEOMANSON DAUGHTER OF Mary AND FRANCIS YEOMANSON. and THEN Married to William K Stott. about 1880 Seen in the census with eliza Higgins ,Clara Higgins and a daughter Jane age 1.They worked in a woolen mill in Philadelphia Pa. The other William K Stott was a son ,born about 1893 and resided in Mapleshade NewJersey in 1930 with wife Helen and son William C .Stott. He was 37 in the 1930 census. I know he died in a side car motorcycle accident after 1930 but before 1939. He had resided in Pa until 1924 where he worked as a motorcycle policeman in Pennsauken police dept. He may have a Pa. death certificate. I am looking for burial info death information obituary or anything that will tell me the middle name so I can determine who was his father and I know that William K( Senior) the father was born in Pa. about 1869 but can`t trace the K to see the lineage . Please give me advise if you can to trace these men. Thanks.

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