Happy birthday this week to Donald Epps, and Eileen (Eckman) Walkling! May God grant you both Many Years. Donald is married to my cousin and Eileen is my husband’s sister.
Monday (12 January) will be the 38th anniversary of the passing of my great grandfather, Pierson George Still. PG. He is buried at the
in East Fallowfield, . I was a month shy
of being eight when he passed away and I remember little things – like how
windy it was at the top of that open field! I’m sure he had one but I do not
recall a service. I remember him in great detail – perhaps tomorrow I will
delve more into my memories of him. Chester
The photo at left here is of him with my cousins Ken and Beth. I am on the far right.
Also on Monday, it is the 307th anniversary of the passing of Johann Martin Seitz. He died at age 57 in Waldorf,
He was the father of Eva Dorthea Sietz who immigrated here with her husband,
Johannes Eckman, and their young family. Johann Seitz is my husband’s 7th
great grandfather. Pfafz, Germany
Tuesday (13 January) is the 106th anniversary of the passing of Benjamin Franklin VanHorn. I have written extensively about him over the years and I will elaborate again come Tuesday in his memory. Everyone has that one person in their tree who, although not a direct lineal ancestor, they feel a connection with … and he is mine, for whatever reason. Benjamin is my 4th great uncle. His brother, Chrispin Pierson VanHorn, is my 3rd great grandfather. (Side note: I am so grateful FTM figures those relations for me sometimes!) Benjamin was born in
fought in the Civil War, was a POW at Belle Island Prison, married a Virginian
lady, moved to
where he passed in 1909. California
At right is Benjamin during the Civil War. The photo was given to me by a cousin, one of his direct descendants.
John Henry Eckman, my husband’s 5th great uncle, died on 15 January in 1781 in
. To be honest, I
have not yet explored his branch. He is the son of Jerome Heironimus (numerous
spellings on that one!) Eckman and Anna Barbara Slaymaker. His brother, John
Martin, is hubby’s 4th great grandfather. Lancaster
Friday we remember my cousin Bessie Matys. She was the daughter of my uncle Frank Matys and Helen Volschusk. Bessie was the last of their four children. She was just 17 days old when she died 16 January 1921. She is buried at St. Cecilia’s in Coatesville.
Friday will also be 21 years since my father in law passed. Frank Raymond Eckman died on 16 January 1994. That was a rough winter. He is the son of John Charles Eckman and Mabel Florence Eckman. Dad was the Chief of Police for
Sadsbury Township, , at the time of
his death. He had also been a Lancaster
office (Highway Patrol) and before that he was a truck driver. His death was
Saturday is the fifth anniversary of the passing of Joseph C. Morris. He is my late cousin Joan Welsh’s husband. He was 70 when he died.
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© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015