29 June 2013

Sports Saturday

That's my Zorina all the way on the left.
Her friend Ashley is on far right.
taken at the Lititz Springs Invitational this morning!

27 June 2013

Those Places Thursday: The founding of Lancaster

I am reading John Loose's The Heritage of Lancaster. The late Mr. Loose was well known in genealogical/local history circles.  Since I've traced the hubby's family back to the original permanent settlers in the County, I figured it would be a good read. Hence this entry (and probably next Thursday as well) will be more of a scattered note taking than an actual article.

The County was formed on 10 May 1729. That makes us 284 years old. To put that in perspective, Pennsylvania itself was form on 5 May 1681. That means the Commonwealth was less than a half century old when Lancaster was carved out of Chester County.

The Herr/Mylin/Kendig families have long been credited as being the County's first permanent settlers. They settled in the Lampeter and Willow Street area, where the Hans Herr House is now a registered historical landmark. Loose points out that two other families have recently tried to claim that as well however his mention of them is little more than a note.

William Penn - the founder of Pennsylvania - was known for his religious tolerance and that acceptance is what brought many families to the area.

The county's first courthouse, in 1729, was Postlehwaite's Tavern near Rock Hill on Long Lane. At the writing of this text, the tavern was still standing.

Lancaster City was founded by James Hamilton, son of Alexander Hamilton. He laid out the streets and residential lots and the two mile square town continued to flourish. It officially became a Borough on 1 May 1742. The borough was able to operate without property taxes until 1812.

One early and influential citizen of Lancaster was George Ross (1730-1779). He was an esteemed lawyer and is said to be Lancaster's wealthiest citizen. He was an active member of Lancaster's first fire company - Union Fire Company No. 1. Ross also was a signer of the Declaration of Independence!

Other prominent early settlers were:
Jasper Yeats - a lawyer and member of the Union Fire Company
Joseph Simons - patriarch of the Jewish community, also a merchant and trader
John Joseph Henry - a distinguished justice
Christopher Hager - merchant, founder of the famous Hager Department Store
Matthias Slough - innkeeper at the Sign of the White Swan
Dr. Adam Simon Kuhn - prominent physician, layman at Trinity Lutheran Church
Rev. Johann Casper Stoever - first regular pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church
John Jacob Hoch - first minister of Reformed congregation

Law was tough and justice was swift. Those who broke the law were put on display in the Center Square. Public whipping were common. The county's first prison was erected in the 1730's. The present prison was built in 1852.

The French and Indian Wars of the 1750's led Lancastrians to make and provide guns, weapons, wagons and other supplies. Lancaster was well equipped. and soon became the staging area for the militia.

In 1744 Lancaster was home to a treaty making session between the Six Nations of Indians and the colonies of PA, MD and VA.

Early churches of Lancaster:
1729 - Trinity Lutheran Church (met in 1729, 1st church built in 1738)
1736 - German Reformed Church
1742 - Roman Catholic mission of St John Nepomucene (became St Mary's)
1744 - St James Church (Church of England)
1746 - Moravians (aka United Brethren)
1747 - Jewish congregation met in home of Joseph Simon
1752 - Quakers (aka Religious Society of Friends)
1760 - First Presbyterian Church

The cemetery of Temple Shaarai Shomayim is the fourth oldest Jewish cemetery in the United States!

Source: Loose, John Ward Wilson. The Heritage of Lancaster. CA: Windsor Publications, 1978. Chapter 1: The Founding of the Townstead.
Note: borrowed from the Manheim Twp. Public Library (917.815 LOO)

25 June 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Koshowski

Joseph 1892 - 1955 & Tillie 1897 - 1961
buried at Holy Ghost Ukrainian Cemetery
Valley Township, Chester County, PA

Joseph & Tillie Koshowski lived on Hope Avenue in Coatesville with their three sons: Michael (b. 1917), John (b. 1921) and Stephen (b. 1922). Joseph was born in Austria, according to the 1930 Census, and immigrated in 1909. By 1930 he was a naturalized citizen. He worked, like so many of our ancestors, at the steel mill. There he was a mill hand. Tillie was also born in Austria. She immigrated in 1913 and was still an alien in 1930. The 1940 Census shows both Joseph and Tillie having been born in Poland. Tillie had been unemployed in 1930 but in 1940 - by now the boys were older - she worked at a garment company.

24 June 2013

Military Monday: Victor Eckman

Victor Hugo Eckman fought in WWI.
He was born 1 September 1892 in Kansas City, MO to Victor (1860 - 1940) and Beda Nelson (1865 - 1956) Eckman. His parents immigrated from Sweden in 1877 and 1884 respectively. The family moved from Missouri to Salt Lake, Utah sometime between 1910 and 1910. Both parents were naturalized in 1892.
Victor married Marie Louise Dudley, who was five years his junior. Louise was born in California. Her father was born in Maine and her mother in Missouri. Victor and Louise married on 6 October 1917 in Jackson, Missouri.
Victor was a car salesman in 1920. Victor and Louise had one child - Jean Louise (1923 - 1925). He died 21 December 1923 in Logan, Utah. He was killed in a car accident.
Ancestry.com. Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2007.
Find A Grave. Find A Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgibin/fg.cgi.
Utah State Archives and Records Service; Salt Lake City, Utah; Military Service Cards, ca. 1898-1975; Creating Agency: Department of Administrative Services, Division of Archives and Records Service; Series: 85268; Reel: 5.
Year: 1900; Census Place: Kansas City Ward 13, Jackson, Missouri; Roll: 864; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 0129; FHL microfilm: 1240864.
Year: 1910; Census Place: Bingham Canyon, Salt Lake, Utah; Roll: T624_1605; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 0091; FHL microfilm: 1375618.
Year: 1920; Census Place: Salt Lake City Ward 1, Salt Lake, Utah; Roll: T625_1865; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 76; Image: 690.

23 June 2013

Sunday's Obituary: Cyrus James Eckman, Jr.

Cyrus James Eckman, Jr., 41, of Cherry Hill Rd. in Peach Bottom, died at the Hershey Medical Center on August 6th. Cyrus was born in Lancaster, the son of Cyrus James and Pamela Joyce Keeble Eckman, Sr. of Peach Bottom. He worked at Ferguson and Hassler Grocery Store in the bakery dept.

Surviving besides his mother and father is a brother, John M. Wilhelm, Sr., husband of Jane, of Peach Bottom; and paternal grandmother, Ruth A. Eckman of Christiana. Cyrus was preceded in death by a brother, Barry A. Wilhelm, Sr.; and grandfather, Cyrus E. Eckman.

Memorial Services will be on Monday, August 14th at 6:00, from Dewald Funeral and Cremation Services, 227 W. 4th St., Quarryville, PA. Interment will be private.

Please omit flowers; contributions may be made to Hershey Medical Ctn., 500 University Dr., Hershey, PA 17033.

Obituary was printed in Lancaster Newspapers on 8 August 2006

18 June 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Frank & Helen Euler

                               Husband Frank J. Euler, Jr.                   Wife Helen Z Euler                       
                              3 Jan 1924 - 11 Dec 1995                       5 Jan 1924 - 5 March 1973

Frank & Helen Euler are buried at Holy Ghost Ukrainian Cemetery in Valley Township, Chester County, PA.

Frank served in the US Navy during WWII. He enlisted 11 July 1941 and was released 20 December 1945.

Frank was the son of Frank and Margaret Huskins Euler, who married 8 November 1923. Both Frank and Margaret was born in Pennsylvania. Both of Margaret's parents and Frank's father was born in Pennsylvania as well. In 1940 Frank and his father, now divorced, lived with his widowed grandmother (also named Margaret) who was from Northern Ireland.

  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • Chester County Online Indexes. http://www.chesco.org/DocumentCenter/View/1728
  • Year: 1930; Census Place: Downingtown, Chester, Pennsylvania; Roll: 2019; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 19; Image: 433.0; FHL microfilm: 2341753.
  • Year: 1940; Census Place: Caln, Chester, Pennsylvania; Roll: T627_3464; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 15-4.

16 June 2013

Sunday's Obituary: Frank M Eckman

Frank M. Eckman, 81, died at his Lancaster home on Thursday, 9 August 2012. Born in Strasburg, he was the son of the late Willis E. and Emma Martin Minney. Frank was the husband of Dolores A. Haefner Eckman for 61 years.

A graduate of J.P. McCaskey High School, he served in the US Marines during the Korean War. Frank was a machinist for Armstrong Cork Company and then Kerr Glass for a total of 46 years. He was a member and ordained Deacon at St. Anne Catholic Church. A 4th Degree Knight he belonged to the Knights of Columbus Council 867. Frank loved to hunt and fish.

Surviving in addition to his wife Dolores are 5 children, Celeste L. Eckman, Mount Joy, Joseph M., husband of Kimberly Eckman, Elizabethtown, Valerie A., wife of Kevin W. Carroll, Morgantown, Stephanie M., wife of Thomas W. Childs, Lancaster, and F. Martin Jr., husband of Kristyn R. Zaenglein Eckman, Lancaster; 6 grandchildren, Michael T. Wagner, Kentucky, Jessica L. and Christopher J. Wagner, Lititz, Ryenne Carroll, Morgantown, and Zoe Z. and Sophie Z. Eckman, Lancaster; and his great-granddaughter Cambria Creter, Lititz. Frank was preceded in death by his daughter Michelle L. Eckman and his brothers George M. and Donald M. Eckman.

The Mass of Christian Burial will take place 11 AM, Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 501 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA 17602, with The Very Rev. Philip G. Burger as Celebrant. Services by the Knights of Columbus Council 867 at 11 AM on Tuesday. The family will receive friends from 10-11 AM at the church. Interment with military honors will take place in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. Please omit flowers. Memorial Contributions may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 1513 Cedar Cliff Drive, Suite 100, Camp Hill, PA 17011.

Source: Lancaster Online & Snyder Funeral Home

14 June 2013

Nazi diary discovered

Alfred Rosenberg, one of the most notorious members of the Third Reich and of the Nazi Party during World War II, was privy to much of the planning for the Nazi racial state, mass murder of the Jewish people, planning and conduct of World War II and the occupation of Soviet territory. His diaries – known as “The Rosenberg Diary” could obviously provide historians a wealth of personal information about Rosenberg, Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich. Federal officials and representatives from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington have recovered this diary. 

"This important record of the crimes of the Third Reich and the Holocaust is now preserved for all to see, study and learn from. The work of combating the international theft of cultural heritage is a key part of our work, and no matter how long these items may appear to be lost to history, that hard but important work will continue." said Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Director John Morton. 

"Although it is a reminder of a dark time, the Rosenberg Diary is important to our understanding of history. Our hope is that it will provide valuable insight to historians." U.S. Attorney Charles M. Oberly III. 

Rosenberg served as head of the Nazi party's foreign affairs department and as the Reich Minister for the Occupied Eastern Territories, which included the Baltic States, Ukraine and parts of Belorussia. As Reich Minister, Rosenberg played a significant role in the mass murder of the Jewish people in the Occupied Eastern Territories, as well as the deportation of civilians to forced labor camps to support the German war effort.

He was a defendant at the Nuremberg Trials in Nuremberg, Germany, from 1945 to 1946 (seen here). He was found guilty on all four counts of the indictment for conspiracy to commit aggressive warfare, crimes against peace, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Rosenberg was hanged Oct. 16, 1946

The photo is from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, which in turn used the photo from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

This information was provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security.

13 June 2013

Those Places Thursday: Mesa Verde

Those Places Thursday is a GeneaBloggers prompt reminding us to write of various places that have special meaning to us or our families. With the deadly wildfires in the news today out in Colorado, my thoughts turned to my godmother and her family and one of our trips "Out West".

My dad worked for Lukens Steel in Coatesville and they used to give long vacations. One year - when I was 13 (I remember because it was the summer going into high school and I was finally old enough to get a job) - he took several weeks off during the summer. We rented a RV (yes - think Robin Williams in RV) and off we went.

One of the most memorable places was of course Yellowstone Park. The other was the Mesa Verde National Park.

I remember thinking it was so cool that these people lived here so long ago and we could actually see how they lived. I also thought it was kind of creepy thinking that hundreds of years from now, someone may be going through my house and reflecting on my life! How bored they would be if they had to reflect on mine!

Mesa Verde was home to the Pueblo peoples, native to that region. They built their community into the landscape, sheltered from the weather and even enemies. They lived there from about 600 to 1300 AD, according to the National Park Service (NPS). The site contains the now-famous cliff dwellings and thousands of archeological sites. According to the NPS, approximately 600 of the over 4700 archeological sites are cliff dwellings. The other sites include mesa top pueblos, farming terraces, towers, reservoirs, and check dams.

Sometime in the late 1200's, the Pueblo people left the cliff dwellings and these communities. They migrated south to New Mexico and Arizona. It is believed that climate changes and a population growth forced these people from their homes.

The site, which some believed to be sacred, went unexplored by people for centuries. The Mesa Verde National Park was established on 29 June 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt.

Photo is from the National Park Service.

11 June 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Zadorozny

John b. 1 June 1888 d. 18 July 1927
Mary b. 6 Jan. 1889 d. 16 Aug. 1970
Sophie b. 19 Dec. 1915 d. 29 Aug. 1931
buried at Holy Ghost Ukrainian Cemetery
Valley Twp., Chester County, PA 

10 June 2013

Military Monday: Henry H Eckman

Henry H. Eckman served the Union during the Civil War as a Private. He enlisted in Company A, Pennsylvania 122nd Infantry Regiment on 11 Aug 1862 and was mustered out on 15 May 1863. A Henry H Eckman also shows up as enlisting in Company I, Pennsylvania 21st Cavalry Regiment on 11 Feb 1864. He was promoted to Full Corporal on 11 Sep 1864 and mustered out on 08 Jul 1865 at Lynchburg, VA.

Census records do show two different Henry H Eckmans. One was from Strasburg Township and the other from Providence Township, Lancaster County. Hence it is quite possible that this is two different Henrys.

  1. Historical Data Systems, comp.. American Civil War Soldiers [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.
  2. Historical Data Systems, comp. U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009.
  3. National Park Service. U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.

08 June 2013

Sorting Saturday - sifting through the Eckman file

One organization trick I learned early on is that if I file it when I find/acquire it, then I stand a much better chance of it staying with the right family unit. I have my husband's ECKMAN line traced back to just before 1687 when Johannes Eckman was born in Germany. Since I trace not only the direct lineal line but also all the branches, you can imagine how many file folders I have used over the years!

When I come across something that looks potentially keep-able but I just do not have time at the moment to deal with it, it then goes in the general surname folder. I have a folder for each and every direct lineal surname. Post it notes are my next best friend. If I do not write the thought when I have it, I may not get it back for months or even years. So today ... I am sifting through the Eckman folder.

Most of the info in the folder is documentation that I just did not get put away yet. For example, I had some info on John Charles Eckman (hubby's grandfather) in there - including info on his first wife (Emma GOEPEL) and his widowed mother's name after she remarried.

Years ago my system had crashed so I lost a lot of my electronic files. I knew the info but did not recall where my documentation had been. Today, I am finding a lot of that. Even when I type something up  - be it here or in my FTM - I try to always add an "according to" note. I have found over the years this comes in very handy. I also like redundancy and it too has worked for me.

As I go through the Eckman file, I found a copy of the "Immigrants into Pennsylvania" dated 1727. Johannes Eckman is one of the men named as having come over on the William and Sarah, docking in Philadelphia on 18 September 1727. The ship left Rotterdam and the passengers are referred to as "Palatine Passengers." Johannes' brother Hans Jacob is also listed.

I have also found many fellow researchers I have met - many virtually - over the years. I started a (not to be published obviously) database of fellow researchers.

Sadly - my surname folder is only a quarter of the way through and my bed is covered in papers (good God I pray the cat is not in here somewhere - she loves paper!) ... but it is time to put the mom-taxi back in motion! It has been nice though to have a day to myself here though I have to admit. So I suppose my advice to everyone reading this is ... do not procrastinate. Put things in their proper place immediately or spend a beautiful sunny Saturday sifting through paperwork!

07 June 2013

New at Genealogical Gems -- For Sale Page

Yesterday Genealogical Gems added a For Sale page. The page will feature various (i.e. random) items related to genealogy or local history. Current items include Hometowne Collectibles and The Cat's Meow items but Sorting Saturday has found many potential items!

While items will be removed from the page once sold, I will still offer as much information as possible. For example, the photo at right here is the Hometowne Collectible from Grace Lutheran Church in Lancaster, PA. The back simply reads: Grace Lutheran Church, Lancaster, PA. North Queen & East James Streets. Established April 1874. 125th Anniversary. 1975 - 1999. One of these "Those Places Thursdays" I may feature the church and her history.

Again items for sale will be random as I come across them. If you are looking for a specific item or information on a specific area, feel free to drop a comment here or email me privately and I will keep my eyes open for it!

06 June 2013

Those Places Thursday: Schuylkill County, PA

Years ago I had written the Historical Society of Schuylkill County concerning local Roman Catholic churches that my ancestors might have attended. My Walsh/Welsh family had come from Ireland to the coal mines of Shenandoah. My Keating ancestors had come from Ireland to Ringtown. The Society was nice enough to include a list of Catholic churches in northern Schuylkill County and the year they were first organized. The list contains 45 parishes started between 1827 and 1909. 

They are as follows:

1.            1827 – St. Patrick in Pottsville

2.            1833 – St. Jerome in Tamaqua

3.            1841 – St. John the Baptist in Pottsville

4.            1842 – St. Vincent de Paul in Minersville

5.            1846 – St. Bartholomew in Brokton

6.            1847 – St. Stephen in Port Carbon

7.            1851 – St. Ambrose in Schuylkill Haven

8.            1853 – St. Boniface in Saint Clair

9.            1853 – Immaculate Conception in Tremont

10.        1855 – Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Minersville

11.        1856 – St. Mauritius in Ashland

12.        1856 – St. Joseph in Ashland

13.        1858 – St. Kieran in Heckscherville

14.        1862 – St. Canicus in Mahanoy City

15.        1863 – St. Fidelis in Mahanoy City

16.        1864 – St. Mary in Saint Clair

17.        1866 – Holy Family in New Philadelphia

18.        1869 – St. Patrick in McAdoo

19.        1870 – Annunciation in Shenandoah

20.        1870 – St. Joseph in Girardville

21.        1872 – St. Casmir in Shenandoah

22.        1872 – Holy Rosary in Mahanoy Plane

23.        1879 – St. Mary Magdalen in Lost Creek

24.        1886 – St. Mary Star of the Sea in Branchdale

25.        1888 – St. Joseph in Mahanoy City

26.        1891 – St. George in Shenandoah

27.        1892 – Assumption B.V.M. in Mahanoy City

28.        1893 – St. Cunegunda in McAdoo

29.        1893 – St. Mary in McAdoo

30.        1893 – St. Casmir in Mahanoy City

31.        1895 – St. Francis of Assisi in Minersville

32.        1895 – Sacred Heart in New Philadelphia

33.        1896 – Sacred Heart in Newton

34.        1896 – SS Peter and Paul in Tower City

35.        1898 – St. Stanislaus in Shenandoah

36.        1899 – St. Stephen in Shenandoah

37.        1900 – St. Stephen in McAdoo

38.        1905 – St. Stanislaus Kostka in Minersville

39.        1905 – St. Joseph in Pottsville

40.        1905 – Immaculate Conception in Saint Clair

41.        1907 – St. Anthony in Cumbola

42.        1907 – St. Vincent de Paul in Girardville

43.        1907 – Sacred Heart in Mahanoy City

44.        1907 – Our Lady of Siluva in Maizeville

45.        1909 – St. Joseph in Frackville

The researcher, a Howard T. Crown, had written me in 1993 that the information the Society has on Catholics was indeed sparse.

04 June 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Wroblewsky

The Rt. Rev. Mitrate Hilary H. Wroblewsky, his wife Mary, his parents and her father are all buried here together in Holy Ghost Ukrainian Cemetery where he was pastor from 1932 to 1950. It was during Rev. Wroblewsky’s pastorate, on 28 October 1940, that the charter of the church was changed to read "Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Holy Ghost of Coatesville, PA". We had previously been a Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

03 June 2013

Jacob Keen Eckman

Today being Military Monday, this post started as what I thought would be a story about an Eckman who had served in World War I. I first found Jacob Keen Eckman by his draft registration papers in 1942 and traced backwards since he was 63 then. I thought perhaps I would find in the first World War. Jacob however had his own story to tell and aside from registering in the drafts, no proof that he actually enlisted or was drafted exists.

In April of 1942, I imagine Jacob read in the daily newspaper about the Allied air raid on harbor city Kupang Timor, about the Destroyer Roper sinking the German U-85 just off our east coast, and how operations had begun to destroy the Sobibor Concentration Camp. Like many other men in America, Jacob Keen Eckman registered in the draft for World War II. Jacob though was 63 at the time.

The 1940 Census shows him and his wife Bertha living in Eden Township. Living with them was a 23 year old domestic named Evelyn Caldwell. She was living with them in 1930, at the age of 13, also but was listed as a lodger. Jacob and Bertha also gave board then to an 18 year old William Edwards. Both William and Jacob listed their occupations as farmer.

The 1920 Census reveals Jacob and Bertha in Eden Township living and working the farm. Living with them is 12 year old George Emore. It (see below) looks like it says that George is Jacob's son however the word between "wife" and "son" is not clear enough to say for sure.

Jacob had also registered for World War I in 1918. The draft registration card reads almost identical, except it reveals a younger man with brown hair instead of gray. Jacob and Bertha owned a 30 acre farm in Eden Township, according to a directory from 1914.

He was born on the first of January in 1879 in Providence Township, Lancaster County to Daniel H. & Martha C. Eckman.

The 1910 Census finds Jacob, age 30 and single,  living with his parents. In addition to his parents, living there were: 23 year old Maude B., 19 year old Lottie V. and two year old H. Hertzler Eckman. Daniel listed the toddler as his grandson. Martha notes she has had five children and all five are still living.

The 1900 Census reveals that Daniel was born in April of 1860 and Martha in October 1858. The census also reveals their other children. D. Martin, 18, was born April 1882. Effie M., 15, was born November 1884. Bertha M., 12, was born July 1887. Lottie V., 10, was born May 1890.

The 1880 Census shows one year old Jacob with his young parents. Daniel was a farmer and they lived in Strasburg Township.

Jacob lived a long life, passing away in February of 1964, according to the Social Security Death Index.
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.