One such paper is a copy of the Schedule 3 for
Buckingham Township, The Schedule lists those who died during the
year ending 1 June 1860. Line three lists a Martha Vanhorn. She was age 80 and
single. She died in December from “Suicide by Landanum.” I cannot fit her into
the family yet. I do have an Aunt Martha but she was a Van Horn by birth. She
married a Robert Newsman. She was also born in 1845. Martha went back in the
folder for a future rainy day. Bucks
On a handwritten note, I have written:C.R. 2 August 1940 obit – George W. Van Horn (CR = Coatesville Record)
well known farmer.
D. 1 August 1940 in 74th year.
Survived by daughter Mrs. Roy Lilley of Ducannanon. Wife passed years ago.
Bur. Doe Run.
My Stills are from the Mortonville area but my Sarah Jennie Van Horn only came to the area when she married Franklin Still. However a “quick” search on Ancestry.com revealed George’s parents were Fred and Mattie Van Horn. All three were born in
. George’s wife Katie preceded him
in death. George, according to his death certificate, was born 13 August 1866
and died 1 August 1940. The informant on the death certificate is not a Mrs.
Roy Lilley but rather a Mrs. Still of Mortonville. It also notes that George is
to be buried in the Delaware Old Doe Run Cemetery in .
So perhaps there is a connection but for now – sadly – George returns to the
surname folder. Chester County
kind of throws me too. Then I came
across another paper – the 1870 Census – for Sarah J Van Horn. She is six years
old here. Here being Delaware Solebury Township, The post
office there is Bucks
County, PA. .
Her parents are Chrispin and Mary. She is my great great grandmother! The census shows she and her parents were all
born in New Hope Pennsylvania but it shows her brother
Thomas A. and her sister Mary A. were born in ! Maybe that George (up above) can
be connected at some point. For now though, this page goes in Sarah Jennie Van
Horn Still’s folder. Delaware
Another note reads:L. 30 January 1917
Thomas A Van Horn
D 30 January 1917 in 51st year
Sister is Mrs. Frank Still
Intern @ Doe Run
Finally one I know I can put in the claim pile! Ironically, I just updated a note in his file earlier today.
The Surname Folder has many random papers I have found through the years and to be honest I have not even made a dent today. So I would like to close with a group of papers that focus on Benjamin Franklin Van Horn.
He was the brother of my 2x great grandfather, Chrispin. The first page is from the Civil War Pension Index. It confirms that he fought with the 11th and the 90th PA Infantry. He applied for his pension on 24 April 1882 in
. The next page is a printout from
Ancestry.com. The database is Civil War Prisoner of War Records, 1861-1865.
Benjamin is listed as “Vanhorn, B.” The last page is a copy of the 1880 Census
for California Milpitas Township,
. He was a farmer there. Living
with him is his wife and their six children. They did actually have eight
children in total but two were born after this census. Santa Barbara County, California
Oh and just to end on an awesome note … when I put Benjamin’s papers in his folder, I “found” information from one of his great great grandchildren which included family photos (print outs of them) and her address!
Surname Saturday is a genealogy prompt of GeneaBloggers.