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Daniel and Lois Gray
We are looking for information on William Murray Gray (born January 3, 1822/1827 and moved to Indiana in 1852), Daniel Gray (moved to Michigan in 1844), and the Persing family.
John Flora
I am looking for information on William MOHR and his wife, Hannah SNYDER. William MOHR was born in Limestone Twp. on 12 December 1828 and died on 25 August 1910. Hannah SNYDER was born 23 December 1840 and died 17 July 1890.

Any information would be tremendously helpful, particularly about William's and Hannah's parents.

Warren Acker
Searching for information on Jacob Stewart who lived n Danville 1850-1870. His daughter Elizabeth married my great grandfather John Simpson in 1873 and moved to Scranton. Please let me know if you have any information on this family.
Paulette Haynes
Looking for information on the family of John HAYNES and his wife Jane LOWRY. John Haynes died in 1830, administration 24 Dec 1830 Madison Township, Columbia County, PA. Wife, Jane listed on 1850 census in Madison Township, Montour County. Children: Mary Haynes born ca 1790, Clarke Haynes born ca 1804, and a son who apparently died leaving two children, Joseph and Mary Haynes.
Sunny Seidel
, born South Wales abt 6 Jan 1834, died 14 Mar 1900, Milton, PA; buried IOOF, Danville, PA. Brothers believed to be: Daniel and Sylvester possible. Wife, Susanna (DAVIES?), born Wales in 1840. Who were THOMAS JONES parents? Sunny Seidel (
Bill Hurst
Seeking information on my ggg grandfather James Wilson MOORE, born Sept. 14, 1797 at his father's farm near Milton, in Northumberland County. He was the youngest of 6 children born to his parents, James MOORE and Mary (WOODS) MOORE. His parents died when he was young and he went to live with an older sister and her husband, William MILLER. I am trying to find information on his parents and family.
Tom Gillett
Margaret "Susannah" SHORTLEY married John HARTMAN in about 1783 in Columbia Co. They had nine children: Jacob (b 1787),Susannah (1788), John Jr (1790),George (1792), Joseph (1795), Adam (1798), Charles (1800), Mary Polly (1804) and Catherine (1810). Charles HARTMAN married Elizabeth GIRTON and moved to Michigan in about 1840. I'm seeking information about John and Margaret (SHORTLEY) HARTMAN.
Yancy J. Mort
Researching the family/descendants of Benjamin F. Terry born c1821 in Pa. Benjamin and wife Rebecca born c1829 moved from Montour 1850, to Northumberland 1860, and on to Union County 1880. They had the following children: John S. 1852, Matilda 1853, Mary E. 1855, Abbie 1858, Sarah F. 1861, Henry E. 1863, George W. 1864, William P. 1868, and Ida 1873. I only have descendants of William P. at this time, and would like to make contact with other members of this family.
I am looking for descendants of John McGinness,1777-1852, buried at Warrior Run.
John Butler
I am looking for information on a Vincent Dye, son of David Dye of Middlesex County, New Jersey who migrated to Montour County after 1800,
Jean Cawley Corazza
I am searching for any information on the parents of Andrew B. WAGNER, born 25 Oct 1840, died 25 Nov 1917. According to his obituary he was born in Montour County, near Danville. His parents were George and Sara BEYERIN WAGNER. Andrew later settled in Schuylkill County but there is no record of his parents leaving the Danville area. Andrew was a tinsmith by trade and is buried in the Vine Street Cemetery in Hazleton.
Donald R. Warren Sr.
Simom Mearl Umstead Born Danville PA around 1898 Married Carrie Ella Kirman From Broome County NY. Last seen around 1930 Binghamton, NY. Has two daughters Betty and Louse. Listed on birth record as Mechanic. He is my Grand Father Any info on his family or his fate please contact me. Donald R. Warren Sr. (SilentBear)
Bill Seaton
Henry Harris, b. UK ca 1792.. arrived Montour Co. 1832-36. Danville. died 1865 married Mary A. ______. children Daniel , Jacob, Henry , Frederick, William, Isaac.
Isaac Harris, b. ca 1825 UK. He was married by John Miller Esq. on 13 Feb 1845 in Milton, North Cumberland Co., Pa. to Lydia Ann Snyder, b. Danville 29 Aug 1822.
Looking for parents of Lydia Ann Snyder and info children/wife of Henry Harris.
Jo Ann Patterson Baxley
  This is from material I copied from "Egle’s Notes and Queries"  a long
time ago and recently came across.  The first mentioned Hannah Boyd is
my g-g-g-grandmother.
 	The ancestor of this family came from Ireland in 1732, and settled in
Londonderry Twp, Chester Co., Pennsylvania. In 1733 he was appointed a
Justice of the Peace and in 1760 was chosen a member of the Assembly.
Late in life he removed to Oxford Twp., where he died April 17, 1767
aged 58. His wife died eleven days afterwards. Both are buried at Faggs
Manor. They left three sons and three daughters viz: Jane, John,
William, Jane, Mary, Hannah. Mary married George Boyd of another family
of the same name. Hannah married Matthew Boyd brother of George by whom
she had three children, Jane, Rebecca, and John. Her husband died from a
fall from his horse and she afterward became the third wife of Gen. William
Montgomery of Danville. Rebecca, her daughter, married Rev. John Boyd
Patterson of Danville and left nine children. Jane never married and
John died unmarried at the age of twenty-three.
     James Boyd the eldest son of William Boyd immigrant was born in
Chester Co., in 1749 and died Aug. 10,1821. His wife Mary died July 22,
1822 aged seventy five years, James Boyd served in the Revolution and
participated in several battles. He was a member of the Assembly
during the years 1779,1780,1782,1790, and 1791; also of the
constitutional convention of 1790 and an associate Judge from Nov 1,
1793 until his death. Judge Boyd was a devout member of the Presbyterian
Church and served forty years as a ruling elder in Faggs Manor Church.
     John Boyd second son of Judge Boyd married December 18, 1782 Mary
Cowan of Chester County. He was appointed Brigadier General of First
Brigade , Third Division, State Militia; serving many years in the
legislature from Chester Co., and was a ruling elder in the Presbyterian
Church of  Fagg's Manor for twenty years. The date of his death has not
come down to us. His Children were:
	i. 	Jane; m. Alexander Montgomery of Danville by his first wife
	ii. 	Joseph; m. Margaret Steel
	iii. 	William; m. Eliza Steel
	iv.	James; d. unm.
	v.	John-Cowan;b1793;d.Aug.18,1849
	vi.	Mary;m. David Whitehill
	vii.	Hannah-Eliza; never married
     John C. Boyd youngest son of General Boyd married Hannah , daughter
of Gen. Daniel Montgomery of Danville, May 18, 1820 and moved to
Danville soon afterwards. He opened a store in the building where his
father-in-law had carried on the same business. This business he
conducted quite successfully until 1824, when he removed to a farm , on
the south side of the river, two miles above Danville.  This farm was
given to Mrs. Boyd by her father General Montgomery, as her marriage
portion, and it came to be known as the "Boyd Farm." Here he engaged
extensively in farming . Much land was purchased until the farm
contained 900 acres. He built a fine mansion, a grist mill and was
active in making other improvements.
	Not contented to farming and milling, Mr. Boyd became interested in the
Pottsville and Danville railroad company, and the Susquehanna canal, in
both of which he was a corporate member. Having purchased a tract of
land , he laid out the town of Shamokin, organized a company erected a
furnace, furnishing a large share of the capital himself. Business
     The railroad was completed from Pottsville to Shamokin. In April, 1835,
the act of chartering the Susquehanna canal company was passed, and he
became one of the commissioners and leading spirit in the enterprise.
From 1838 to 1841 the iron business became very active. When
his furnace was finished the event was celebrated at Shamokin by a
banquet. That night the building took fire and burned  down. Undaunted
by this misfortune, he started to rebuild the furnace, largely out of
his own means. In the meantime the Iron business declined. He succeeded
in rebuilding the furnace, but as there was no demand for iron, the
business languished, and finally operations ceased. This is the
finishing stroke to his great efforts. His fortune was swept away.  But
being endowed with great pluck, he vigorously set about retrieving it ,
and for nine years he struggled with untiring energy, and just as he
came to the point where he could see relief he was struck with dysentery
and died August 18, 1849, at the age of fifty six years. 
     John C. Boyd and Hannah Montgomery his wife left seven children
	i. 	Mary L.; m. William Neal 
	ii. 	Daniel-Montgomery. 
	iii. 	Hannah-Eliza;d. unm
	iv. 	James
	v. 	J. Alexander
	vi. 	Christiana 
	vii. 	Joseph C. 
I have been to Fagg’s Manor Church and Graveyard and to Upper Octorara
Church and Graveyard and found the records for those who are buried
there.  The church people were  very helpful and the Fagg’s Manor
secretary gave me a small history of that church and I would share info.
I also have a small history of Upper Octorara Church and will share

Hannah Boyd Boyd later married William Montgomery and lived for a time
in Montour County, PA.  There is a Hannah Montgomery buried in the
Warrior Run Cemetery according to a list and  says this Hannah died in
1804.  I am looking for the death/obit/burial record of the particular
Hannah Boyd Montgomery and would like any assistance anyone can give.

Jeffrey W. Card
Looking for information on GERALDINE WEST of Danville, PA,. She was living there in 1938. Possible she died there about that time. Maden name was PLUIMERS, daughter of JOHN PLUIMERS and MARY SANDERMAN fromHolland. She was probably born in Holland about 1850-1852. Geraldine was called "GURDY" by her family. She married a Mr. WEST and they had a (only child)daughter MAIE WEST, born 25 July 1893 who married a (GEORGE) GRIMES, and lived in Bakersfield, CA. She was called Mrs. Geraldine West, of Danville, PA. Her sister, Henrietta (ETTA) Strobridge, was of Barnet, Vermont.

Warren Acker
Stewart, Simpson, Harris
I am looking for the family of Elizabeth Stewart who lived in Danville 1850-1870's. She married a John SIMPSON and moved to Scranton, Pa. in 1870. I would be interested in any information on her parents and siblings. I am also trying to locate a Reese Harris who came to central Pa from Wales in the early to mid 1800's. He had two sons Reese II and John Howard. Please email me if you have some information -

Angie Miller
I am searching for a David CARR. He married an Elizabeth Ann something in Montour Co. in approx. 1850. They had a daughter named Sarah Jane CARR 3-19-1851. She is my great-great-great-grandmother. I do not know what happened to David CARR, next thing I can find out is that Elizabeth Ann remarried a Andrew Tindle and moved to Iowa. Unfortunately, this is all that I know bout David CARR, other than the fact that he was born in PA, I believe. Thank you!

Looking for information on William Snyder born c 1806 married Catherine Stetler.

Rob Hinkin
I am interested in any info on my surname HINKIN in Columbia County.

Joanne Baxley
I have received information from the Presbyterian Historical Society about Rev. John Boyd Patterson. He was pastor for forty-four years of the Derry Presbyterian Church. They do not have other information that can be accessed. Is there still a church with this name? Has any church history ever been written? Rev. Patterson had nine children who lived to adulthood and I learned from this informtion that he never was paid over $400 per year, but was able to see that three of his sons were provided college educations and comfortable homes for the other children. Is there an area directory that covers the time between 1800 and 1843 when he died?

Andrea McLain
Searching for information on MCBRIDE family. Starting with James McBride,son of Hugh and Mary McBride of Columbia Co. James moved from Columbia Co. to White Hall, Montour Co. He married Mary Derr and they had 7 children. He died on Feb. 13, 1813. We follow his son William, born Feb. 5, 1812 and died Feb 2, 1888. He was the owner of a store and also the postmaster for White Hall.

Todd Walker
Searching for information regarding ancestors Andrew B. WOOLEVER and his wife, Catharine Elizabeth GROVER. Andrew was born 2 Nov. 1804, Catharine on 3 Dec. 1807. They married circa 1824, and may have resided in present-day Hemlock Township, Columbia County. The first 4 children of Andrew and Catharine were born in PA: Barbara (1825), John (25 Nov. 1827), Mary Ann (1830), Elvina/Lovina (24 Sep. 1832). This family then moved to Hornby, Steuben County, NY by 1834, where they had 7 more children. Anyone out there with data on these family names? Any information or suggestions gratefully accepted. Thank you!

Mary Wetmore
I am looking for a John Snyder, g-g-g-grandfather. He was born on Jan., 9, 1799, in Valley Township, Montour Co., PA. He married a Susanna WARE. They had a very large family:
1) Mary Ann, b. 1820, d. 1897, married Joseph H. CROSSLEY
2) John S. b. 1820?, d. 1901, married Sarah LONG
3) Peter K., b. 1824, d. 1872, married {1} Catharine ? {2}Sarah GERRINGER
4) Christianne, b. 1826, married ? PURCEL
5 )Mickel ? , b. 1829, d. 1906, married Mary SCHAFFER
6 )Sara, b. 1830, d. 1907, married ? ROUP/RAUP
******7) Henry W., b. 1833, d.1907, married Elizabeth BOYER/BEYER (This being my ancestor)
8) Susanna, b. 1834, d.1907
9) Catherine, b.1837, married Lafayette ROUP/RAUP
10) William M., b. 1839, d. 1916, married Carolina BLOOM
11) Jacob, b.1841
12) Lawrence, b. 1846, d. 1934, married Sara Ann KEEFER

I can find nothing backwards on he or his wife Susanna. Any help would be most greatfully appreciated.

Dixie Hougen
Michael--b. 1765--d. 1840--Burial--Strawberry Ridge Cemetery. Michael and Elizabeth ? family included: Michael Jr., Samuel, John, Catherine, Nancy. Have information on all of these family members. Michael, Catherin, and Nancy emigrated to Keokuk Co., IA. All appear in the 1870 census. Is anyone else tracing this Herr family?

Dixie Hougen
McDowell, Robert, b. 1818. Married Catherine Herr, sister of Michael Herr, daughter of Michael Herr, and emigrated to Indiana, to Illinois, and finally, to Keokuk County, IA. Decendants of that family still reside in the county. Does anyone know of Robert's heritage?

Dixie Hougen
SHAFER, Solomon, b. 1832--Solomon married Nancy HERR, daughter of Michael Herr, b. 1765, lived in Michigan from 1857-1863, and appeared in 1870 Keokuk County, IA census. I know nothing of Solomon's Montour Co. roots.

William Buss
Anna Marie Buss, born 12 July 1760 and died abt 1798) Married Michael Walter. Lived Monroe County area before it broke from Northampton County. Here father was Johan Jacob Buss born in Palatinate Germany and immigrated with his wife Anna Catharina on ship "Pennsylvania Merchant" arriving in Philadelphia 11 September 1732. I would like to find persons interested in the Buss family as well as associated lines of: SAYLOR (SEILOR,SILAR), GRESS, WALTER, GEORGE, KONIG (KING).

Meghan Cassady
Searching for information on any GEARHARTS living in Pennsylvania, particularly before 1850. David GEARHART married Elizabeth KLINE before 1822. They had ten children, one of whom is named Aaron Kline GEARHART born 04 Oct 1822. Unfortunately this is all the information I have to this line. ANY HELP would be greatly appreciated.
I'm looking for any information on Martin Luther Kerstetter or his children. Nora Ann Kerstetter B: Sept. 07,1872 married John R. Schaeffer or George Washington Kerstetter who married Cora Hartranft. They were from Limestone Twp. Montour County. Thank You. Clara-
My Grandmother Mary Elizabeth Morrison, was born 01-15-1845 in Danville,Montour County, PA. Her father died when she was just a baby. Her Mother Theodosa re-married a man by the name of Deem. I found Mary Elizabeth on the 1850 census, living with her Mother and A. Deem at the age of five. I can't find her fathers name or any thing about him except it was folk lore that he was an Espiscopal Minister and traveled a circuit in Montour County. I need to know his first name and/or any information on his burial or death. Thank You. Phyllis

Nancy Creveling
Thomas Welliver Born ca 1836 Died 21 July 1891 in Danville,PA. Committed suicide. Butied in Odd Fellows Cemetery,Danville,PA Served in Co.E 6 Reg PA Res. Entered service in Danville 1861.Served until 1864. Married 10 Sept 1868 in Danville by Daniel Woodside to Hannah Millhain or Millham. Her maiden name may have been Connors. Her first husband's name was Amos. He died ca 1863 or 64. In 1880 Thomas and Hannah lived in Turbot Twp. Northumberland Co. Children Annie, William, Lizzie, and Franklin(he may have been a grandson) There may be some connection between Thomas Welliver's family and the Robinson and everett families.
Mary Hancock
Searching for information regarding John Matthias Lennartz and Amelia Woll Lennartz. They were married on November 26, 1885 in Montour County. These are my maternal ggrandparents.
Donna M. Thomas
I am searching for any information on Phoebe Jane Evans born in Danville, PA around 1860. I know she had a sister Amelia who married a man with the last name of Bogart/Bogard. She was still living around 1950 or so. Phoebe Evans married James Philip Beacham born in Northumberland Co in 1854. Their first child was born around 1875. Any information as to Phoebe's parents and siblings would be appreciated.
Hower Bitler
I am seeking information on the decendants of James BITLER(1805-Abt1863) m.Matilda FOUGHT(VOUGHT)(1810-1884)-11 children. Migrated to Anthony Twp, Montour Co, Pa about 1853(when children ages ranged from 26 Yr - 1 Yr) from Union Twp, Schuykill Co, Pa. One of the children was my g-grandfather Joel BITLER(1833-1890) M. Eliza Ann DIEFFENBACHER(1841-1902) of Derry Twp. I would be interested in contacting others researching this family.
Chris Grotbo
Looking for any information on Mary Elizabeth Morrison b. Jan. 15, 1845 in Danville, PA. Her father died when she was young and her mother remarried. Her father's last name was Morrison, we do not know his first. He was a minister, Episcopal. Her mother's name was Theodosa.
A birth certificate for Mary Elizabeth would give his name and maybe her maiden name. A marrage certificate for Morrison about 1840 to 1844? Anything! Baptism record?
She also wrote to a man who we think was an uncle. His last name was Shoop and I think his first initial looks like a G. Any SHOOP referance might give us a clue.
Housekneckt's (sp?) Cemetery and Mt. Vernon Cemetery
I'm trying to find the location of these two cemeteries. Housekneckt's may not be in Montour County, but it is supposed to be in the Danville area, and I'm not positive I have the spelling right. Mount Vernon is supposed to be in or just outside of Danville. My web searches of cemetery listings in nearby counties has drawn a blank. They do exist because I have ancestors buried in both! Is there a historical society in Montour Co. I could contact to look this one up for me?
Diane E. Grumell
I am looking for George Elwell, born in England, and brought to the U.S. as a baby/child by an aunt and uncle. I believe he married his first wife and raised several children in the Cleveland, OH area, before eventually settling in Danville, where he married his second wife, Martha Elizabeth Derr Lawrence, who was a widow with one child, Fred Lawrence. They had four children -- Thomas Elwell (my grandfather, who settled in Philadelphia); Gertrude Elwell Burke (who remained in Danville); Alice Elwell (who, I believe, lived in Hollywood, CA) and Agnes Elwell Dalton (who may have lived in Danville or Lewistown). I believe Martha Elizabeth Derr, my great grandmother, was originally from Danville and she may have had several of whom was named Harry and another, Joseph. I would greatly appreciate any information which might be available.
Jo Ann Patterson Baxley
I am looking for the parents of Rev.John Boyd Patterson, pastor of Mahoning Presbyterian Church. Are there any records of this church printed anywhere or of any his work? I have data about the Boyd family that I am more than willing to share.

Michael Montour
I am looking for information about the person/persons for whom Montour County is named after. Any information to this extent will be greatly appreciated. I'm looking for who, what, and when information. Thank you in advance.

Donna M. Thomas
I am searching for any information on Phoebe Jane Evans born in Danville, PA around 1860. I know she had a sister Amelia who married a man with the last name of Bogart/Bogard. She was still living around 1950 or so. Phoebe Evans married James Philip Beacham born in Northumberland Co in 1854. Their first child was born around 1875. Any information as to Phoebe's parents and siblings would be appreciated.

Jeanne Marie Klein
I'm looking for information on my gg-grandmother, Mary Cavanaugh. I need some help in locating a hosital for the insane in Montour County. According to the 1900 census records, I believe my gg-grandmother is enumerated as a patient at Shale/Shabe (sp?) Hospital for the Insane. I'm trying to find out if this hospital is still operating and if not where can one find information on patient records? According to the census, this hospital is located in Mahoning Township (formed from Hemlock Township), Montour County. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

John R. Long
I need help with parents of Gen. William Montgomery of Danville. His father was Alexander Montgomery, and his mother is thought to have been Mary MCCULLOUGH, but I can't find any verification of her name. Also, was Alexander's father Major Wm Montgomery, wounded at the Battle of the Boyne, and if so, where can I find that info? Were the McCullough's who were buried at the Presbyterian Ceme. kin to Gen. William?

Loren Toomsen
Joseph Donbert killed in the Danville area in an automobile accident in 1938. Seeking his family, parrents and / or siblings. I don't know anything beyond Joseph. He married a Ruth Gable and they divorced in 1933. Ruth married Harry Lehmann or similar spelling. Would like to make contact with anyone doing this research.

Mary Lee Jones
I am seeking information on Abraham HERR b. 1816 and his wife Lucy Ann (SNYDER) HERR. Their children were Susan, William W., Christianna, Lucinda, Abraham (Oliver) and Mary A. They resided in Montour Co. for over 30 years. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Liane Elliot
I'm looking for a Caroline Bogart that was born in Danville. Circa 1884. Any info helpful, ie birthdate, siblings names and birthdates, parents names and birthdates.

Milo Frey
Looking for any info on Henry WEAVER and Cath/Sara REESER, my GG Grandparents. All I know about them is from the 1850 census of Cooper Twp, Montour Co. Henry's age is given as 56, occupation farmer, birthplace PA. Catherine's was also 56 and born in PA. Where were they before 1850? Where in PA were they born? Any info at all would be appreciated.
Would like information about Samuel Blue - he was my gg grandfather (father of my greatgrandfather, Horace Case Blue, who was married to Stella Scott Beaver, daughter of Thomas William Beaver.
Would like information on Agnes Gearhart, my greatgrandmother. She was married to Lamar Hahn in about 1869 or '70 and was a cousin, I think, of Wilson M. Gearhart. My grandfather, Horace F. Hahn was her son. Thank you.

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