Our journey started with overcast skies and Baltimore traffic. Only one hour later we were traveling through the rocky, rolling hills of Pennsylvania. First meal out. We stopped at the Prospect Diner in Columbia, Pennsylvania. A local joint that had delicious breakfast. According to the GPS we will get to the Marx Center at 11 am. A bit behind schedule as we hoped to make it at 10 am when it opened. I get to claim credit for both the good food in Columbia and the lateness of our expected arrival in Easton. Entirely unrelated as the breakfast did not hold us up much, it was me showering at 6:15 am this morning. Oh, and I am supposed to mention that someone (he knows who he is) had to labor at packing the van by himself this morning. He does take good care of me.
Sights along the way... Sign which read "Steam passenger line for Berks County", a white brick barn (seen stone many times but not brick), large stone houses and walls, dilapidated barns, and a sign directing us to turn here for the "Rich Maiden" which was open. I cannot tell you what the rich maiden was as we did not turn.
We got to the Marx Center just before 11 am. The volunteer at the center gave us a tour She called it the five cent tour but it was probably worth more than that as she was very knowledgeable and quite thorough. Then she left us to dive into the stacks. Ron found a file on the Albrights. It looks to be a bunch of type-written letters of inquiries and answers about this family's lineage. So far nothing that looks definitively to be Ron's people. So we are out at lunch now and enjoying some excellent pizza with fungus and pepperoni before heading back for more research.
We decided to hit the Northampton Historical and Genealogical Society (which houses the Sigal Museum and Jane S. Moyer Library) before we went back to the Marx Room. We had found a reference to two family stories, Lee and Tinsman, that we knew were there and we knew we would regret it if we didn't at least check it out. Turns out the Tinsman folder had one page of an obituary from mid-1800s and the Lee folder had many, many pages of 50th wedding anniversaries and obituaries from the 1990s plus a baking contest won by Elizabeth Lee (no historical information about her family). Go Elizabeth! However, I did find a really cool book on the Shoemaker family that had connections to many families in Luzerne County, including the Bennetts. We spent about an hour there, helped by the kindly staff which seems to be the theme so far, and went back to our waiting periodicals at the Marx Center.
It is difficult to say for certain what we found after the four total hours at the Marx Center. Ron so appropriately called it "casting a net and seeing what you catch". It truly felt that way. I found a Hoy history that had nothing (to my knowledge) to do with my Hoy family. I found two histories on the Courtrights/Kortrights but have no idea if any of the information relates to the Margaret Courtwright that married Zebulon Lee. I found a Bennett folder that had a 24-page history on Bennetts that I did not recognize. However, one of the Bennetts in this history married a Catrina Tinsman who may be a distant Aunt of Ron's; interesting coincidence. I found some tax lists from 1621 and 1677 that had many Albrechts/Albrights; took pictures but still need to determine if they have any relation to Ron's family line.
My final thoughts for the day... The two genealogical centers (Northampton Historical and Genealogical Society and the Public Library/Marx Center) in Easton should combine their resources and volunteers. I love the view of the lake directly behind our cabin! I'm sitting here writing (which I love), with a glass of wine to my left and my darling husband to my right. Life is good.