This was a special week of White family connecting. Cousin Tim White, from California, called and we had a lovely discussion about our family. Probably the last time I saw him was in the 1960’s when we were visiting Great Uncle Tom White, my grandfather’s brother, in Harrisburg. I’m hoping to catch up with him next time he is in PA and show him where our family grew up, married, had children and are buried, starting with the Gailey-White cemetery in Marysville.
I also got a note from Cousin Lesley Padgett Austin that James Hooker III passed away November 5th and also that his mother, Ann passed away in April of this year. We were in Colorado Springs a couple of years ago and had a lovely lunch with James and Deborah. So glad we take advantage of these opportunities while we are traveling to catch up with relatives.
Mom and I met the Spencer’s in Malvern for lunch this week. What a wonderful visit with Bob, Phil and Mary (Betts), and Sid Baglini. Bob is the oldest of the Alex and Mary Ella (Hess) White grandchildren at 97 years. Still very active as are his siblings. We had a wonderful time reminiscing about visiting “The Farm”, meaning a trip for the Spencer’s to Snedekerville, PA. Growing up in Sned, we always were excited for the Philadelphia cousins to visit and spent much of our time exploring the hills and bringing in the cows.
My nephew, Jeffrey Carroll, also came for a visit and to spend some time with Grandma White. Now living in Lockport, NY it is quite a trip, but we are thankful for the time he makes to visit with Mom. She is a good hostess and so proud of her new digs in Elizabethtown at the Masonic Village.
At this time of the year with, Christmas closing in on us, family is THE most important things in our lives. Here’s hoping this new year will bring us more family visits.
Shirley Brown will be hosting another Brown reunion at her cabin on Armenia Mountain August 13th, 2017 at 1:00 pm. Everyone is welcome. It is always nice to get together and meet with your cousins, at least once a year. If you are interested you can email me at this website.
It is that time again to let you know that the Frank and Lydia (Buckwalter) Hershey Family Reunion will be held at Paradise Park in Gordonville, PA August, 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm. Please share this information with your family. Postcards will be going out to those who have not given me an email address. You can leave a message through this blog if you have changed your email/address, way of notifying you about the reunion. We hope you will attend this year and bring your children.
For all who are interested in the 300th Hershey Anniversary the website is now on line. http://www.christianhershey.doodlekit.com It is a beautiful website to watch and keep in your favorites. They will be posting further information about the reunion as plans are finalized. Hope to see all of you Hersheys at the reunion.
The 300th anniversary gathering of Christian and Oade Hershey’s arrival west of Lancaster in 1717 is planned for September 16, 2017. Please mark this date on your calendar and watch this site for further updates. Chairman of this event is Carl E. Hershey (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to contact him directly. They are working on a website for announcements.
Another death in the family to report – Aunt Bertha Dean White Wolfe has passed away at the age of 94. She was the wife of Hugh Alexander White, my Dad’s brother, who died in 1962. Bertha remarried Robert Wolfe, who died in 2013. She was born in Snedekerville, PA, one of the few of this generation who could say she was born and lived almost her entire life there.
Bertha and Bob Wolfe lived on a farm on Snederville Road, but with the address of Columbia Cross Roads. When Grandma Effie White died in 1963, the post office she ran in Snedekerville was moved to a Columbia Cross Roads address, thus ending zip code 16944.
The Snedekerville Post Office served this rural area for many years and covered a large area that went into Tioga County, PA. Effie’s husband, Walter was the Postmaster before her, but she took over and continued the position of Postmistress of Snedekerville, from 1953-1963.
I finally have time for my own research and have decided to work on First Families of Pennsylvania through the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania (GSP). My initial family was Sarah Shoemaker who arrived in Philadelphia in 1686 and purchased 200 acres. Her husband, George had died on the way over from Germany or before she had left so it was that she landed in Philadelphia with seven children.
From further research, we know that Sarah’s son, George married Sarah Wall, whose family was already here in 1682. I will work on the Wall/Waln family for my supplement to First Families of PA. There is an abundance written about the Wall’s, but I haven’t found EVERYTHING, so if you are researching the Shoemaker/Wall connection and have some records not available on line, I would love to have a copy.
The next families will be the Richardson and Levering families. It is a challenge to get them listed in the oldest division of First Families – Colony and Commonwealth: 1638–1790, but how fun to see how much information is available from that time period at GSP and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, both in Philadelphia.
Happy hunting to those who try.
I haven’t written in a while about the Shoemaker’s, but thought I would give a little update. I had been working on a Welcome Society application for two clients when I realized that I was eligible. That has led me to a quest of completing the application for my ancestor. It has been a long time coming, but I think I now have it all sorted out that George Shoemaker, who married Sarah Wall is my eligiblity. Sarah arrived in Philadelphia in 1682 with her father and grandfather, Richard Jr. and Sr. Wall. Richard Jr. died and Sarah was the only child to survive to inherit her grandfather’s land and home.
The home Sarah inherited is still standing in all it’s glory in Elkins Park, PA. It is owned by Cheltenham Township and may be visited on the 4th Sunday from 1-4 pm. I happened to be there on an off day, but got a sneak peak of the inside. How wonderful to still have this historic home of our family available for viewing and being preserved. They have a cd available at their gift shop or visit their website. http://www.cheltenhamtownship.org/pview.aspx?id=3593&catid=26.
For those interested in The Welcome Society, it is an organization of descendants of those who came on William Penn’s twenty three ships in 1682. If you can prove your descent, this is a very interesting organization. A very helpful article was written about the ships by Marion Balderston, William Penn’s Twenty-Tree Ships with N0tes on Some of Their Passengers. This may be found in Passengers and Ships Prior to 1684, Vol. 1 of Penn’s Colony, by Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr. through Heritage books or from Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
Reservations are starting to arrive for the July 23rd White Family reunion. If you know someone who isn’t on my mailing or emailing list, please share the information. We would love to have as many of Alex and Mary Ella’s children represented as possible.
White Reunion Registration Form 2016
There is a block of rooms at the Comfort Inn Lancaster – Rockvale Outlets, 24 S. Willowdale Dr. in Lancaster. You will need to request White Family Reunion rooms. There may be some confusion since they were formerly Holiday Inn Express, but are now Comfort Inn Lancaster – Rockvale Outlets 877-859-5095 or 717-293-9500.
Also, we are using Perfect Potluck to sign up for what you are bringing. Distance travelers, if you want to bring something easy like snack foods, let me know if you will need containers and I can provide those. http://www.perfectpotluck.com
The group for Perfect Potluck is Hershey, password 1203.
Hope to see you there.
White Reunion Registration Form 2016
We have the place, time, food and now we need you — to fill in the attached form so we know you are coming to the Alexander and Mary Ella (Hess) White family reunion July 23, 2016 at Paradise Park, Paradise, PA.
Meet those cousins you never knew you had. Bring your photos, histories, and stories to share. Please share this information with your brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles.