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  1. If I had blogged yesterday, it would have simply stated "We are home." Secondarily, I would have mentioned that we found a lot of Bennetts in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. And I mean a lot, pages and pages. Ron insisted that they must have owned the whole town. We first focused on the Wills, making copies of Bennetts prior to 1900, with a focus on 1800-1860. I have Martha's! Next, we took pictures of early Bennett Land Deeds. I'm not even certain the exact time-period for this because, while I was making copies of the Wills on the microfilm reader, Ron was listing what we should take pictures of next. There were a couple very helpful and knowledgeable people at the courthouse who assisted. I still need to review all the information we captured. It will take a while. I'll post some more information and lessons learned about the visit to the Luzerne County courthouse. The Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, Inc. was a bit of a let-down. There were two rooms of computers (about five in each room) with the seats almost completely filled. That wasn't the let-down. The website states "NEPGS has many available resources which can aid in your genealogical quest." and continues on to list books, newspapers, manuscripts, church records, cemetery records, etc., etc. It further states that the lists on-line are only indexes and that they invite people to NEPGS to visit during operating hours to view the actual files. However, when I asked about any plat books on the cemetery or aids in finding information on my relative Rufus Bennett, we were told to talk to the caretaker of the cemetery and basically escorted out of the building. As the President of the organization walked us out, I asked about the work that was going on in the two rooms and she said they were working on a very important transcription of Scranton records to put on-line. I imagine they must have been on a tight deadline. She also said that all their references are on-line and that all the Luzerne County courthouse records are on-line at Family Search. I will be curious to find out if this is true. Okay, I've grumbled about that enough. The caretaker of the cemetery at Hanover Green could not be found, so Ron and I wandered around what looked to be the old section to find Rufus Bennett. It took us a while but we found him, his wife, and daughter! It would have been quicker if I had remembered what it looked like from FindAGrave. It was very helpful to have this reference because it helped us track down the location. I got some pictures and we headed back to our home base. Because our day ended so early, we decided to pack up and head back home yesterday evening instead of this morning. While it wasn't fun to be on the road for another four hours after we had already driven three hours, it is so very good to be home!
  2. A lot of great information on Jersey archives in this post!
  3. The title says it all. We didn't get back until after 9 pm and I have been prepping for tomorrow until now. A good experience at the Tinsman Farm. We went back to the Sunset Christmas Tree Farm today and the owner, Tim, kindly showed us around. Beautiful old wood floors, a huge stone fireplace in the basement with old crockpot on swing-arm, and a beam with the date William Tinsman put up the barn were the highlights of the tour. Ron was able to take a few bricks with him that came out of the old home as Tim and his wife are in the process of remodeling the whole house. We stopped in at the Mt. Hermon church, what was originally called the Greens Church, as the doors were open. Turns out an artist has purchased the place and is contemplating whether he will use it as a home or his studio. He gave us a quick tour, some parting gifts, and a promise to stay in touch when he removes the stained glass windows. A very good stop and enjoyable time. Off to Flemington, NJ and a couple hours of research at the Courthouse to find Jacob Albright, believed to be Rachel's Dad, and more information on the no longer elusive Tinsmans. Ron says he is "done". Next stop was the Straw Church where Charlotte and Dave showed us around the cemetery to point out the Tinsmans and other interesting "residents". They have been working on a project to document all the old portions of this cemetery and have a lot of knowledge on this cemetery. We stopped at about 7:30 pm for a lovely dinner near our home base. Wonderful surprise was the German dinner special on the menu. It was delicious! Okay, I'm off to bed now. Tomorrow is a search for land deeds and wills on the Bennetts of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
  4. We started our day with a 2-hour drive south to the area of Lumberville, Bucks County. We were meeting a couple who live at Temora Farms, an historic farm built in 1732. We had originally met this couple in Germany when touring during the 2014 Christmas season. At that time, we had exchanged contact information and decided to call them about one week ago to see if they would be interested in a luncheon out. They offered to give us a tour of their farm. Their homestead is beautifully decorated and has some amazing antiques. Then after a tour of a few of the surrounding out-buildings, we got ready to head to the Tinsman Lumberyard and lunch at the Black Bass. The Tinsman Lumber is a quaint hardware store and two buildings of lumber supplies, all situated across from the Delaware River. Ron was able to spend some time talking to Bill Tinsman Sr. and Bill Tinsman Jr., sharing stories. Ron shared information on the research he has been performing for the last five years. It was a good conversation and we all exchanged contact information to keep the sharing of research and stories going. Bill has said he can take Ron around to many of the ancestral places, farms and land, so we definitely plan to visit again in the near future. The luncheon at Black Bass was a delicious meal, eaten within view of the Delaware River. After some time catching up with Helen and Craig, we went our separate ways. Just across the river into Stockton, New Jersey, we made a quick stop at a gas station. We were both so surprised to realize that it is self-serve; haven't seen one of those in years! Our final treat for the day, after being on the road for a while, was a smoothie from Smoothie King and then back to our home base we went.
  5. Quality thoughts about always making this pleasant and fun.
  6. Our theme for this trip has been "good day, bad day". I do not mean this in the context of experiences, it is purely a reference to finding new information on the TInsman family. Yesterday we had wonderful experiences with the folks at the Warren County Historical & Genealogical Society but there was nothing new discovered. Today, well today was a totally different beast. We started our day with grabbing some travel mugs with coffee to go. A beautiful 45-minute drive on the east side of the Delaware brought us to Newton, New Jersey where we planned to check out the Land Deeds for Sussex County. Voila! There were Tinsmans all over the grantee and grantor land deed records. Ron was amazed. I should mention that I believe his amazement was due to the fact that he had paid someone $80 for a listing of all the land deeds related to the Tinsmans a number of years back and the individual sent information that had no Tinsmans in it, with the statement that this surname was not represented. Regardless, we were thrilled and even more committed to doing our own research. We devoted 1-1/2 hours to gathering (and taking pictures of course) all the land deeds where a Tinsman was either a grantee or a grantor. Ron also took pictures of the early marriages, starting from 1795, and additional land deeds of Samuel Thomas Green. A quick trip out to the van to throw some more quarters in the meter and then we were off to take a few pictures of Newton and find a place to eat. We had foregone on breakfast as we were anxious to get started on the research. After lunch, we decided it was time to get out of the archives and research for a bit and see some sights. We drove through Fredon and Frelinghuysen, we stopped in Blairstown for some pictures, and we made it to the Sunset Christmas Tree Farm. Some people may be wondering why we stopped at this location when there are still 259 days until Christmas. This specific farm is where the Tinsman first built their homestead and farm. Ron contacted the person who currently owns this farm and he was kind enough to agree to meet us this Wednesday so we could see the home and the barns, all original (with improvements I'm sure) from when William Tinsman first built the place. Obviously, we are super excited!
  7. WILLIAM G. FOULKE, attorney-at-law, 221 South Fifth street, Philadelphia, was born in Quakertown, Bucks county, Pa., January 5, 1837, and is a son of Edward and Matilda G. Foulke. His grandfather was Edward Foulke, of Richland township, Bucks county, and of Welsh descent. The subject of this sketch spent his early life on the farm. He was educated in the schools of the neighborhood and at the age of 20 began teaching in the common schools. He afterward attended Normal school, then taught in the grammar school department of the Friends' Central school at Philadelphia for several years. He was admitted to the Philadelphia bar in June, 1865, after a course of study with Judge F. Carroll Brewster, and a two years' course in the legal department of the Pennsylvania university, and has since been engaged in the practice of his profession in the city of Philadelphia. June 5, 1873, he was married to Anna C., daughter of Isaac Jeanses, a merchant of Philadelphia. By her he has three children: Edward, Anna L. and Walter L. History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Part II, Edited by J. H. Battle, Pages 540-1176, A. Warner & Co., 1887 View full record
  8. ISAAC VAN HORN, retired, P. O. Richboro, was born in Northampton township, Bucks county, May 2, 1813, his parents being Abraham and Susan (Ruckman) Van Horn. His maternal ancestors were Welsh and Scotch-Irish, and his paternal ancestors were Low Dutch and English. Abraham Van Horn, great-grandfather of Isaac, came to Northampton township in 1720, and located in the lower end of it, the place now being owned by Mrs. Paul. He was a farmer, and is buried at the Van Horn and Feaster burying-ground. Isaac Van Horn, his son, was born in Northampton township, and died in 1831. His second wife was Mrs. Mary Betts, by whom he had eight children. She died about seventeen years before him, and they are buried in the Friends' burying-ground at Wrightstown, both being members of the Society of Friends. Abraham Van Horn, father of our subject, was born and lived all his life in Northampton township. He married Miss Susan Ruckaman, a native of Plumstead township, and they had eight children: Isaac, our subject; Mary Ann, James R., Isabella R., Sarah R., Elizabeth, Emily, and James (deceased). Mr. and Mrs. Van Horn were members of the Dutch Reformed church at Churchville, and afterward at Richboro. He died in 1869, and his wife shortly after. They are buried at the Richboro cemetery. Isaac, our subject, was reared and received his education in Northampton township, and taught school in his early life. He has made farming his business until about 1869, since which time he has lived on his land, but has not operated it himself. He was married October 1, 1835, to Miss Cynthia Craven, native of Northampton township, daughter of Thomas and Jane (Krusen) Craven. Her father died about 1867, and her mother several years later. They are buried at the Richboro cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Van Horn were the parents of four children, of whom one, Charles Krusen, is deceased. Those that are living are James, who is cashier of the Hatboro bank; Thomas C., who is in the wholesale grocery and tobacco trade in Philadelphia, in the firm of Reeves, Parvin & Co.; and Julia Ann, wife of Abraham A. Slack, who was captain of a volunteer company in the late civil war. Mr. and Mrs. Van Horn are members of the Dutch Reformed church at Richboro. He was one of the promoters of this church, of which he is a trustee. He is one of the surveyors of the Farmers and Mechanics' Mutual Insurance association of Bucks county. He was elected recorder of deeds of Bucks county in October, 1860, and served three years. He is a republican politically. History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Part II, Edited by J. H. Battle, Pages 540-1176, A. Warner & Co., 1887 View full record
  9. We had another beautiful morning, with sunrise, coffee, and genealogy discussions. We ate breakfast in and spent the morning in genealogy research. We left our home base to meet up with a contact from the Warren County Historical & Genealogical Society for lunch. The Belvidere Diner was a nice spot and I tried a sloppy joe club; Megan said it is called a New Jersey sloppy joe. It was good. The Warren County Historical & Genealogical Society opens from 2 to 4 pm on Sundays. The books and reference material are maintained on the second floor of an old home that doubles as a museum. It definitely was a gathering place for those who enjoyed discussing history, researching, and generally just catching up with each other's lives. We enjoyed the quick tour of the museum and browsing through the reference manuals. A recent acquisition for this Society came from the historic Shippen Manor. We wered told that these good folks shipped over boxes and boxes of records which the Society is still working to go through and catalog. We left with new friends, new experiences, sunny skies, and no more clue as to the Tinsman connection for Dennis Sr. A bit disappointed but not completely discouraged. Tomorrow is another day.
  10. SEXTUS C. PURSELL, Philadelphia, was born in Nockamixon township March 31, 1841. He received his education in the public schools, the Milford, N. J. academy, and at the New York Conference seminary, at Charlottesvile, N. Y. October 1, 1863, he entered the service of the Belvidere Delaware railroad company, as clerk in the superintendent's office, at Lambertville, N. J. He remained in that position until December 1, 1867, when he resigned to accept the agency of the Lehigh Coal and Navigation company, at Bethlehem, Pa. He remained there but a few months when he was promoted to a position in the general office of the company at Mauch Chunk. A change in the management of the company's railroad led to his resignation, and he returned to his native place. May 1, 1870, he again entered the service of the Belvidere raod, in the office of the superintendent, and in the fall of the same year was elected member of assembly for Bucks county, and was re-elected in 1871. June 1, 1874, he was appointed ticket agent for the Pennsylvania railroad company, at Kensington station, Philadelphia, and he still holds that position. He was married January 14, 1875, to Camilla I. Gwinner. They have had three children, one of whom died in 1885 at the age of nine years. History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Part II, Edited by J. H. Battle, Pages 540-1176, A. Warner & Co., 1887 View full record
  11. JAMES R. VAN HORN, retired, P. O. Newtown, was born in Northampton township, this county, March 21, 1818, and is a son of Abram and Susan (Ruckman) Van Horn. His paternal grandfather was Isaac Van Horn, a native of Northampton township, a farmer by occupation, and a son of Abram Van Horn, who settled in Northampton township about 1720. His maternal grandfather was James Ruckman, a son of Thomas Ruckman, of New Jersey. James Van Horn was reared in Northampton township, and on attaining his majority engaged in farming, and was a dealer in cattle upward of twenty years. In 1869 he removed to Newtown, where he has since resided. He married in 1872 Anna, daughter of John and Betsey (Hart) Craven, of Northampton township. History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Part II, Edited by J. H. Battle, Pages 540-1176, A. Warner & Co., 1887 View full record
  12. SAMUEL C. CASE, cashier First National bank of Newtown, was born in Buckingham township, this county, August 2, 1843, and is a son of Alexander J. and Letitia E. (Carver) Case. Letitia (Carver) Case was a daughter of John Carver, whose wife was Rachel, daughter of William Smith, son of Mary (Croasdale) Smith, a daughter of Agnes Croasdale, who came from England in the ship "Welcome" with William Penn in 1682. His paternal grandfather, John Case, was for several years a resident of Solebury township, this county. His maternal grandparents were John and Sarah (Ellicott) Carver, of Plumstead township. Alexander J. Case, a shoe-maker by trade, was for many years a resident of Greenville, in this county, where he carried on his trade, and was for several years postmaster. In later life he purchased the farm in Solebury township now occupied by Edward Helwig, and resided there until his death. His children were: John W., Sarah A. (Mrs. Samuel Longshore), deceased; William E. (a physician of Morrisville), Caroline B. (Mrs. Daniel Wharton), Henry C., Elizabeth (deceased), Rebecca C. (Mrs. Edward Helwig) and Samuel C. The last was reared in Solebury township and was educated in the public schools and at the Excelsior Normal school of Carversillve. At the age of 23 he entered the First National bank of Newtown as teller, and in April, 1874, was promoted to cashier, which position he has held until the present time. Mr. Case married in December, 1869, Anna E., daughter of Cronelius and Sarah (Hull) Slack, of Upper Makefield township, by whom he has three children living: Nettie D., Harry C. and Elmer E. History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Part II, Edited by J. H. Battle, Pages 540-1176, A. Warner & Co., 1887 View full record
  13. ANTHONY T. VANSANT, farmer, P. O. Yardley, was born in Lower Makefield, March 10, 1827, and is a son of Amos and Rebecca (Torbert) Vansant. His paternal grandfather was Gabriel Vansant, a native of Lower Makefield, and a son of Isaiah Vansant, who settled in Lower Makefield in the last century, and was originally from New York. All of the Vansants were farmers. Gabriel Vansant reared a large family, among them two sons, David and Amos. THe latter was born, reared and died in Lower Makefield. His wife was a daughter of Anthony Torbert, who was a life-long resident of Upper Makefield township, and a son of James Torbert, a native of Ireland and an early settler of Upper Makefield. Anthony T. Vansant was reared in Lower Makefield, where he has always resided, and has occupied his present farm for thirty-three years. His wife was Catherine L., daughter of Thomas L. and Elizabeth (Torbert) Wynkoop, of Northampton township. He has one daughter living, Elizabeth W. (Mrs. Edward P. Torbert). She has one child, Payson W.; she resides in Springfield, Ohio. History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Part II, Edited by J. H. Battle, Pages 540-1176, A. Warner & Co., 1887 View full record
  14. DAVID C. LEE, carpenter, builder and proprietor of planing mill, P. O. Yardley, was born in Upper Makefield township June 20, 1844, and is a son of Ralph and Ruth (Colman) Lee. His paternal grandfather was William Lee, a native of Philadelphia, who settled in Wrightstown, Bucks county, about 1815, and died there. His children were: William Ralph and Sarah (Mrs. Garrett Johnson). Ralph was reared in Wrightstown and was a carpenter and builder by trade, which he followed in Yardley twenty-five years prior to this death, which occurred in 1876. His wife was a daughter of David and Sarah Colman, of an old family of Upper Makefield. He had nine children, six of who are now living: David C., Edward H. Mary A. (Mrs. Frederick Green), Alfred, Wilbur and George. David C. Lee was reared in Yardley, and educated in the public schools of that place. He learned his trade with his father, and has followed it since he was 16 years of age. In 1886 he built a planing-mill, and engaged in the manufacture of doors, sash and blinds, employing from eight to fifteen hands, and has the only business of the kind in the vicinity. He married Sarah K. Watson, of Falls township, by whom he has three children: Taylor, Emily and Elwood. Mr. Lee and wife are members of the Episcopal church. Politically he is a democrat. History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Part II, Edited by J. H. Battle, Pages 540-1176, A. Warner & Co., 1887 View full record
  15. CHARLES THOMAS LEITCH, druggist, P. O. Quakertown, was born in Hilltown township, Bucks county, in 1865. His father, Thomas Leitch, was a native of Philadelphia and came to Bucks county about 1860. He married Catherine Walp, a daughter of Felix Walp, of Richland township, by whom he had two children, Charles Thomas and Kate Alice (Mrs. Benner). Thomas Leitch died in 1868. Charles T. attended the public schools until the age of 18, when he took up the study of medicine, William M. Bowen, of Philadelphia, being his preceptor. Mr. Leitch has been a student at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, and contemplates graduating at that institution. In 1886 he purchased the drug store of S. F. Penrose at his place, and is continuing the business at the old stand, having always on hand a stock of pure, fresh drugs. Mr. Leitch purchases his stock direct from Philadelphia and New York. He is a member of the St. John's Lutheran church, and is an active member of the order of the Knights of the Golden Eagle, besides has served six months as master of records for the Quakertown Castle, No. 118, K. G. E. History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Part II, Edited by J. H. Battle, Pages 540-1176, A. Warner & Co., 1887 View full record