26 April 2011

Tombstone tuesday ... My sister passed today. Her name is Wilma Lee Eckman LeMon. She was definitly the glue that held my husband's family together. She is missed greatly.

25 April 2011

After a long holiday weekend i am looking fwd to getting back to a routine - ok starting one - and getting more regular w my posts here!

19 April 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Hruszczak


Panko and Bessie Matyz Hruszczak are buried together in the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery in Valley Township, Chester County, PA. The two young immigrants met here in Coatesville and married at Holy Ghost. It was then a Ukrainian Greek Catholic church. (By the time my father was born though the parish had changed to Ukrainian Orthodox). Over the years, the surname has changed to Ruczhak. One son changed it to Ruzchak.

18 April 2011

Military Monday - Benjamin Franklin VanHorn

Benjamin Franklin VanHorn was my great-great-great grandfather's brother (me, Mom, Pops, Pierson George STILL, Jennie S VAN HORN, Chrispin Pierson VAN HORN who was brother to Benjamin).

Chrispin and Benjamin were two children of George and Jane DUDBRIDGE VAN HORN. Benjamin was born in Bucks County on 8 March 1843.

Benjamin joined the army in Chester County in 1863. He served as a Private in Company H of the 90th PA Volunteers. He was captured at Weldon Railroad in Virginia and was a POW from 19 August 1864 to 15 June 1865. He served his time at Liberty Belle Island in Richmond, VA.

After the Civil War, he married Margaret Hensel on 24 April 1867. Their first daughter Virginia was born in 1868 in Virginia. By 1870 the family had moved to California and continued to grow.

Special thanks to fellow family researcher and genealogist Jerrie Finley for copies of the photos here.

11 April 2011

Found John BING on the 1805 Chester County Tax List! Lived in east fallowwfield twp

10 April 2011

Sentimental Sunday - April

April is a rough month. Most people relate April to spring and rebirth. April around here is a time to remember special people. It is a rough month where we all tend to get a little sentimental. Some are obvious and some not so much.

I lost one of my best friends April 26, 2005. She is my sister in law Wilma Lee Eckman LeMon. I had my own business for a few years and worked out of a small office at her house. There were many afternoons that found me up in the house chatting away with her (if I didn't have appointments that day). She was wise beyond her years and yet stubborn as a toddler when it came to certain things. She coud be sitting at her computer in pain and let the right song come on and she would be up dancing in a heartbeat! She was a great folk art artist. One review compared her to a Grandma Moses of her day. I still have one of her paintings - it is of an Amish girl milking a cow! (I have a thing for cows). Her birthday was also this month -- April 6.

Her brother (my brother in law) Frank passed April 3, 2010. To be honest I had a hard time recalling the actual date. He passed on Holy Saturday which of course is a moveable feast but all the same I recall Holy Saturday more so than the date. He was a Marine and proud of it. His son is one now. I am so grateful for their service. My girls absolutley love him. He spent his final months with my husband (while we were seperated) and I recall dropping off or picking up the girls there and Frank and I would sit on the stoop and talk long after expected.

Their mom's brother was also born in April. The 8th to be specific. He was something! He was born in Philadelphia on April 8, 1923 to Morgan G. and Julia Coursault Deyoe. He was baptized at Christ's Church in Philadelphia. He fought in WW2 - was injured, found a bride, brought her home with him. Oh the stories he could tell! He was incredible at storytelling too. The stories never changed no matter how many times you heard them. He would play his guitar and sing and tell stories for hours.

April also reminds me of their mom - Dorothy Marie Deyoe Eckman. Every time I pass a daffodil I think of her. When we lived in Kirkwood, the daffodils would be in full bloom thruought April, sometimes they would even bloom in March! Today on the way home from church we passed daffodils at numerous houses and it made me thing of her.

April indeed is a sentimental month here. To have known them ... was my priviledge.

06 April 2011

George Still - Pvt in the Civil War

I found a George Still in the Civil War from Pennsylvania. He enlisted as a Private on 16 March 1864 and was placed in Company C, 88th Infantry Regiment for Pennsylvania. He mustered out with his Company on 30 Jun 1865 at Washington, DC.

According to the Regiment History (which I read on Ancestry.com), three companies were recruited in Berks county and the remainder in Philadelphia. The Regiment was known as the Cameron Light Guards and was mustered into service at Philadelphia for a three years' term in September of 1861.

Source: Historical Data Systems, comp.. American Civil War Soldiers [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.

01 April 2011