Sara Jane Bell Nebiolo Passing

This has been the Christmas of sad news with numerous friends and relatives passing away. I have one to share.  Sara Jane Bell Nebiolo passed away in August 2015.  She is a cousin on the Bell side of the family and there are far too many already.  I grew up knowing her as Janie Bell and when I moved to Hershey, occasionally visited with her parents, George and Sara Bell who lived in Harrisburg.

Janie and I reconnected and she was coming for a visit, but something came up so she was unable to Hershey at that time.  We have kept in touch occasionally, mostly at Christmas, so was very happy to see Thomas’ name pop up on our TV.  Thomas was calling to let me know about Janie’s passing.  She had a stroke in June and just never recovered.

Please remember Sara Jane, Thomas and son, Ted in your prayers.  And reach out to those who you haven’t been in touch with for a while before they too, join that great triumvirate.

It is better to carry a single flower

To a living friend at any hour

Then to pile roses white and red

Upon their coffin when their dead.


Alexander Right & Mary Ella (Hess) White Family Reunion 2016

It’s that time again to gather the troops.  I have set up the date for the Alexander Right and Mary Ella (Hess) White families to gather July 23, 2016 at Paradise Park, Paradise, PA.  It is just off Route 30. Pavilion #2.  Further details will be coming in the New Year.

Please mark your calendars so you can be plan to be there.

Romaine Roberts Memorial October 31, 2015

It was a wonderful celebration of Romaine Myers Roberts life at the Glenvale Church of God this past Saturday (Oct. 31, 2015) as she was laid to rest.  The children of Romaine and Jim Roberts offered memories that made you smile and shed a tear.

Romaine and Jim were married 66 years and as long as I’ve known them, were residents of Kings Highway in Marysville, PA.  It is another wonderful wife, mother, grandmother gone  now.

For the White’s who don’t know Jim and Romaine, Jim is descended from James McMaster White, whose daughter, Sarah White married a Roberts.  Jim took care of the Gailey-White Cemetery along with Harold Branyan for many years.  Many of the older generations of Roberts are also buried there.

Thomas White, Revolutionary War Patriot

Some time ago Cousin Mark Myers was in to PA for a visit and asked if we had any White’s who fought in the Revolutionary War.  I answered that I thought they came to late, but then questioned if I ever looked.  I set out to look for an ancestor and with little effort found Thomas White.  Actually, Thomas was not a soldier, but pay the Pennsylvania Supply Tax that helped fund the war.  So Mark,  yes we do have an ancestor that makes you eligible for Sons of the American Revolution or Sons of the Revolution.  Two separate organizations.

Well, it finally was approved.  My two submissions for Revolutionary War Patriot, Thomas White, was approved adding two more bars to my NSDAR chest of pins.  Because Thomas’ great grandchildren married, I can apply for two lines for the same patriot.  I recently was approved for a second line of Adam Shafer.

So, all of you White’s who want to join NSDAR, I have paved the way for this line.  Just let me know if you are interested in joining the Daughters of the American Revolution and I can help with your application.

While I’m on the subject of White Descendants, we will be having a White Reunion next July 2016.  I am looking for a place to hold the picnic, but hope to have a Lancaster County, PA site soon.  So stand by and keep checking my blog.  With this much lead time, I’m hoping the Westcoast cousins will try to make it in for the occasion.

Meg Ellen Spencer Memorial Service

Last week I attended a lovely memorial service for Meg Ellen Spencer, who died suddenly in an auto accident.  I only remember meeting her once or twice at a family reunion, but learned a lot about her from family, friends and colleagues at the service.

Meg was a librarian at the Cornell Science Library at Swarthmore College and headed many programs for the school.  An avid reader, she shared a love of books of all catagories, with everyone.

Meg was 55 years old and is survived by brother, Lon of England; sisters, Amy  and Anne.  Her father, Earl passed away last year.

Lots of White/Spencer family attended the service and stayed for cupcakes afterwards, so I was able to catch up with the cousins.  We have decided to hold another White Family reunion next July, 2016 so stand by for further details.

Cousins out West

Al and I are back from our trip out West to cover 2 of the 3 remaining States we need to visit.  We flew to Portland, OR, visited the Capitol in Salem then had dinner with a semi-cousin, Gerry Veley, in Portland.  I first met Gerry through the Lycoming County Historical Society.  There are Veley’s who married Packards, so that is the semi- cousins.  We had a delightful meal at a Greek restaurant and caught up on how we are related, what interesting people we meet through genealogy and fun facts about our relatives.  Gerry gave me some of his Cinnamon Honey from his own company.  I tried it when I got home and LOVE IT.  Thanks, Gerry.  It was wonderful to meet you.

After Portland, we drove out to see Mt. St. Helen’s, but got rained out and headed back to Washington (the State of) to meet up with cousins, Lance and Gay White, for lunch in Tacoma, after a quick visit to the Capitol in Olympia.  Another fun meal seaside at Anthony’s Seafood Restaurant in Puget Sound.  I can see what everyone loves about this area.  The seafood is fresh, the sights are beautiful and it is so relaxing.  It has been a few years since I was in the area and could spend a little time with the West Coast White cousins.

Lance gave me copies of pictures of his Mom and Dad, to put on the World War II website, to honor them for their service.  Lance tells me that is how Charles and Marcia met.  Looking back on growing up with my cousins in Troy, PA, I have such fond memories of hiking over the hill to swim with them in Laurel Lake, sitting with Lynn White in many of my classes at high school, and just having lots of family around.

No more relatives after Tacoma, but fun travels to Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.  This is a great time to go to the parks.  The animals have their babies, haven’t totally headed for the hills and are still around the roads so you can see and photograph them.  Have some free time?  I have a few hundred pictures I can bore you with, of animals, mountains, water, geysers, bison, bison and more bison.

If you are a senior and haven’t heard about the National Park pass, look it up.  Free admission to all National Parks, except Cape Canaveral.  It is the greatest bargain the US Government gives seniors.  We certainly have gotten a return on this $10.00 investment.  Thanks, Jackie and Randy for turning us on to this.

We traveled from Washington, in and out of Idaho to Montana (our second State to check off our list), in and out of Wyoming to the parks and ended our trip in Jackson, WY for our flight back to Harrisburg via Denver and Chicago.  We put 2075 miles on our rental car and would do it all again in a heart beat.

Natalie Marie Blanas Has Arrived in time for the next reunion

Cousins Jim and Ruth (McCord) Blanas are the proud grandparents of Natalie Marie Blanas born 3 February 2015.  She is the daughter of Alex and Jane (Graham) Blanas.  This is the first baby for the Blanas family.  Congratulations to one and all.

Ruth has been so excited to be a grandma.  I doubt this baby will be spoiled.

Ruth and Jim are hosting another McCord family gathering tentatively set for August 15th in Allentown.  Stand by for further news on both.

Thomas White, Revolutionary War Patriot

Hello to all you White relatives.  Cousin Mark Myers asked, on his last visit from Washington,  if we had a White ancestor who qualified for the National Society Daughters or Sons of the American Revolution.  I said no, but then I thought I’d better check my facts.  Lo and behold, Thomas White had already been proven as a Revolutionary War patriot, so all I had to do was prove our connection.

I did it.  Today I sent two supplemental applications to NSDAR for our Patriot Thomas White.  You got it, two supplementals.  Thomas’ grandsons, William and James’ children Sarah Ellen and James McMaster White married.  It is kosher to submit applications through both lines, so I will have two more pins.  Yeah!!!

This has me started on working on my White lines again.  William White married Hannah Milligan/Milliken.  They had Sarah Ellen White who married James McMaster White.  William and Hannah followed their son, David Milligan White to Pana, Christian Co., IL and there is where they all died and are buried.  I have not researched any of their other children, except Sarah and David.

James and Sarah Ellen remained in Perry County, PA.  This line has been researched rather extensively, but I  can always find more.

Joyce Hughes, whom some of you met at the White Reunion some years ago, passed away.  She had been researching the White line and passed her information along to Marsha Pilger to complete.  I have now been in touch with Marsha again and hope we can get the White History completed in the next couple of years.  Keep those updates coming and I will pass them along.

Anyone interested in joining the DAR or SAR or CAR on this line should contact me for help.  With all the information I have compiled, it may not take too much to get your application completed.

Happy New Year


Obituary for Lt. Col. Theodore F. Locke, Jr., age 94

This is the obituary from The Daily Times (DE) Sunday, October 12, 2014.  Ted shares the page with his cousin, Earl Spencer who also died recently.

Lt. Col. Theodore F. Locke, Jr., age 94 of Newtown Square, PA and formerly of Avalon, NJ, died Sunday, October 5, 2014.

Mr. Locke was a 1938 graduate of Collingswood High School, Collingswood, NJ and a 1942 graduate of the Pennsylvania Military College (currently Widener University), Chester, PA.  Lt. Col. Locke had a 24 -year career with the U.S. Army from 1942-1966, serving during WWII and Korea.  After his military service, he was employed with PMC College (currently Widener University) starting as the Asst. to the Dean of Engineering, working his way to the VP of Administration at Widener University.

Lt. Col. Locke served as Chairperson of Budget & Finance Committee at White Horse Village and Chairperson for the Octofair.  He founded and adopted the Food Flex Plan for the residents at White Horse Village. He was the husband of the late Grace H. Locke, who died in 1995.

Survivors: Wife; Marjorie (Smith) Locke; Daughter: Lillian L. Busse (Den) of Torrington CT; sons: Theodore F. Locke, III (Carolyn) of Tolland, MA, and Walter R. Locke (Kathleen) of Avalon, NJ; Six Grandchildren; Five Great-Grandchildren; Brother Charles Locke of Cape May, NJ.

Memorial Service November 11, 2014, Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. at White Horse Village, 535 Gradyville Road, Newtown Square, PA.  Interment Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, DC.

Memorial Contributions in lieu of flowers may be donated to the Theodore F. Locke, Jr. PMC’42 Freshman Undergraduate Scholarship Fund (make check out to Widener Univ. in memory of T.F. Locke, Jr.).

O. Earl Spencer, Died at age 89 yrs.

Another “cousin” is gone.  Earl Spencer died Oct. 4th and last week I reported that “Cousin” Ted Locke, Jr. passed away (I’ll publish his obituary in a separate blog).

This from The Daily Times (DE) on Sunday, October 12, 2014.  O. Earl Spencer, age 89, of Wilmington, DE, formerly of Wallingford, PA, died Saturday, October 4, 2014.

After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Mr. Spencer graduated from Washington & Jefferson College.  He was a partner of Spencer Stationery Company.  After moving to Delaware, Earl worked at the Delaware Art Museum and took classes at the University of Delaware Academy of Lifelong Learning.  Earl enjoyed playing tennis and golf, and riding the waves in Ocean City, NJ.

Earl was the devoted husband of the late Mary Jayne Spencer.  Survivors: son, Lon Spencer (Margaret); Daughters: Amy and Meg Spencer and Anne Holford (Fred); four grandchildren: James (Ranjani), Meredith, Georgina and Spencer; one great-grandson: Elliott:  Brothers: Philip and Robert Spencer; Sisters: Mary Betts and Betty Drusedum.  Funeral Service and Interment are private. Memorial Contributions may be made in memory of O. Earl Spencer to Compassionate Car Hospice Foundation, 248 E. Chestnut Hill Road, Suite 4, Newark, DE 19713; or The Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway Wilmington, DE 19806.  Condolences: