OF BIRTHS VOLUME#1 - FROM COURTHOUSE RECORDS -TOWANDA, PA
Transcribed by Pat SMITH Raymond
|We are VERY fortunate to have the start of a massive project in transcribing
the birth records 1893-1901 from the Bradford County Court House thanks
to our very dedicated volunteer helper, Pat SMITH Raymond. Three Cheers
for Pat. For She's a Jolly Good Fellow !!!
As we all know, prior to 1893 Pennsylvania had NO recorded birth records at all. They did NOT exist. After 1906 or so, they were sent to the state rather than the county, so all we have available locally are the recorded births from this limited period of time. They are very valuable to us, but they leave a lot out - example, the mother was recorded by her married alias only rather than by her real name, so if we do not know her identity, we will not discover it here. There are a few instances where her real surname was recorded but not many. Records remain in the order in which they are originally recorded. All pages link back to the main page from the top menu, or you can use your BACK button to return to the main page of the Birth Section.
Even "Official" Vital record such as these contain errors. These were registered by the attending physician in many cases, and they made as many mistakes as anybody. I have found many errors in such records, so even these are not guaranteed to be the final word on accuracy. If you find what you consider to be errors in these, chances are good that the "error" is in the original and not in the transcription. You may submit your commentary on what is wrong or right with the record to Joyce, and it will be included on a separate page of such proposed changes or below on this same page. you MUST include a reason why your version differs from the original and what your source is.
It is my intention to illustrate each of these pages with an infant or early childhood photo and brief biographical information on a child born in roughly the period covered by the birth records. This person should be born in or have lived in the three counties represented by this site. You may submit such photos for inclusion. If you are scanning it, send as a JPG file, HIGH resolution preferred. I can not use photos sent in that are too tiny for me to edit and work with before I use them. Also include the relevant information about the person as represented in the samples I have done so far- full name, birth and death years, where born and or lived, where buried, name of mother and father (Please use mother's real name - not just her married name.) Here's your chance to put Grandma and Grandpa on the Internet.
Note from Joyce - I have taken all of the books that Pat sent and combined into one sequence alphabetical by surname. Book and page are included in the final column as your reference if you want to seek additional information from the original source. This includes a total of 4,681 birth records.
Commentary and Proposed Corrections
Also I am wondering if there is not a record for John G. Dubert, born on March 25, 190l. I did find that record when I was using records at the court house. His parents were Walter and Maud (Davis) Dubert.
Joyce - I am sending this to you
as directed in the heading for the birth records section.
I wonder if you and Pat Raymond and the other volunteers realize what this site means to us "furriners". It is a blessing indeed.
Joyce Dubert Everingham Tucson Castilianaz@aol.com
Subj: RE: Correction to the Bradford County Birth Records
Date: 2/21/2002 12:40:59 PM Eastern Standard Time
I just recently was given my family bible that starts with the John T. Shirner and Sarah Johnson family (my great great grandparents) through my grandfathers family the Albert Loren Canfield family. In that bible it lists all the births, deaths and some marriages from John and Sarah family through my grandfathers death. One of my grandfathers sisters is listed as Hattie Canfield in the Bradford County Birth Records in record C4. Hattie was not Hattie but Mattie. Probably a simple mistake as after reading some of my familys old deeds that I got at the Bradford County Court House I can understand how hard it is to read the handwriting from back then.
I do not have access to a scanner so I could send you a copy of the records from the bible. Is there a another way for me to get you the record sent to you? Let me know of anything I can do to be of help on this matter.
Subj: Birth Listings for Bradford County-Correction
Date: 3/18/2002 3:32:21 AM Eastern Standard Time
I have two corrections for the listings of births on the Tri-Counties Site.
Della S. Herda's birth is recorded on 5/19/1897, the daughter of F W and Julue Herda. This birth is actually that of Sophia A. Herda, born Jan 3, 1897, the daughter of F W and Tula Herda. I know it is difficult to read in the Register of Births for I found it there and read it just as your transcriber read it.,
Recorded on 12/6/1900 is Eugenie M Herda,daughter of Fred W. and Tullie Herda. This is my mother and is Genie M Herda, daughter of Fred W. and Tula Herda. She was born 11/10/1900. She fought the Eugenia thing all her life. Her name really was Genie, like the genie in the lamp.
Joyce Dubert Everingham
Documentation or reason is given for the following "correction"
Subj: Bradford Babies--B1
Date: 03/23/2002 4:02:37 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: email@example.com (Janet Webster)
To: JoyceTice@aol.com (Joyce Tice)
Correction please and thank you:
Barrett, Alice Jane, female, white,
Father: G. Laporte Barrett
Mother: Francis Lovell Barrett [Frank is a commmon nickname for this name and is s listed on the original records]
Columbia Township, Father was a laborer
Birthdate: April 22, 1894 [This date differes from the original record, but no reason is given by the submitter]
Correction by: gr granddaughter
Janet Rinebold Webster, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you in advance.
Janet Rinebold Webster
Subj: Tri-Counties site
Date: 3/27/2002 9:01:43 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: email@example.com (scott l. bogardus)
I wanted to take the time to say thank you for your wonderful site and to set you straight on one record. I have been finding a lot of useful
information on your site about the Learn family, my father Weldon, his father Harry A., his father Nathan, and his father Morris. I have found
even more information on the Messersmith and related lines from New Albany.
The information that is wrong is probably a typographical error. I hope it wasn't recorded wrong. The information is in Bradford County Birth
Records 1893-1901. One of them reads "Messersmith Abelena, M, W, Geo. N., Malissa...born 1/9/1896" I knew this person as AUNT ALLENA, obviously a female, and her mother's name was spelled Melissa.
Thank you again.
Judy Learn Bogardus
Subj: Bradford County PA Birth Records 1893-1901
Date: 4/14/2002 9:56:51 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: BirdJudy@msn.com (Judy Bird)
I was delighted to find your website and all of the work you've put into it. I'm trying to find out more about Henry Anson Glover and his relationship to Lilly Hand, Sadie Hand, and Theresa (Thressie) Knapp. He married Lilly Hand in 1883. She is said to have died in childbirth (no living children). It appears that he also married the "widow of Dr. Knapp". I don't know if Lilly Hand and "the widow" are the same person or was he married twice before he married Bertha Shoemaker in 1893? They had 6 children.
However there is a record in the Bradford County Birth records that is incorrect.
Glover Louis Delphine Male should be Glover Lois Delphine Female. This is my husband's mother.
Thanks, Judy Bird
Subj: Birth Records
Date: 7/28/2002 1:08:33 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: Stanthonys@naxs.net (Tim Drake)
My records show that Tillson, Unknown; Tillison, Oscar A; Tillison, Orrie M;and Tillitson, Milo D would all be Tillotsons, children of Denton and Minnie Tillotson. Unknown would be Pearl L. Tillotson.
Also, Wilcox, Earl, listed twice as the son of J. Denton, and J. Derrister Wilcox would be the child of John Dempson and Jennie Wilcox..
Thanks for the Bradford Birth Records.
Subj: Thank You
Date: 8/13/2002 9:17:41 PM Eastern Daylight Time
It has been awhile since I was on your site but I just came across the birth records and found the record for my great uncle - James Murray born 10/1/1986 under the M2 section. His mother, Mary McKay, is listed as deceased. Does this mean she died when he was born? I have been trying to find out when Mary McKay died and where she died so I think this will solve the puzzle.
I hope you know how grateful we are for all you have done with this website.
Hello Joyce, (August 2006) Thanks for the effort in putting up the birth list!
I have found some things that are wrong but humourus.
the four children born between these dates for Guy Walter Abell and his wife Grace Maude Forbes
your transcription records:
5/1/1899 Abrell, George Lester M W Abree, Gary W Abree, Grace M Rome Boro Buttermaker 3/18/1899 Rome
5/22/1901 Abel, LeLeon M W Abel, Guy W Abel, Grace3 Rome Boro Buttermaker 1/25/1901 Rome
12/01/1903 Abell Augustus Eugene M W Guy W. Abell Grace Abell Rome Farmer 05/29/1903 Rome Twp.
05/24/1905 Able Helen Ida F W Guy W. Able Grace M. Able Rome Farmer 01/30/1905 Rome
The 2nd child is DeLeon (he is my great grandfather) and the 3rd child is Ferdinand Augustus. Funny how all the last names are different!
Next on the list is Guy Walter Abell's brother Dana Abell and his wife Mary E Allyn
12/11/1900 Infant F W Abell, Dana Abell, Mary E Warren Centre Farmer 8/5/1900 Warren Centre
05/30/1903 Abell Ruria ? A. M W Dana Abell Mary Abell Warren Farmer 01/20/1903 Warren
the first is Rena, she died 12 days old, the second is Runa
Hi Adam. I will forward this to Pat to look
at. In most cases, actually all cases examined so far, the error is in
the original record and not in the transcription. Pat transcribes what
is written in the book. Often she notes in the far right column, when she
notices inconsistencies, that she has transcribed as written. She may want
to look at this. Pat does not claim perfection, but to date all reported
"errors" have been in the original and are not hers. I will put your
note in the "proposed comments and corrections section." we can not change
the original records and must transcribe them as they are or we have a
different product altogether, no longer a transcription. Joyce M. Tice
Oct 2007 - I searching these records for my mothers family, I found her name in B5. But her given name was misspelled as well as her mothers given name.
Mothers birth was recorded on 5/25/1897. Her name was Nellie, not Nettie. And her mothers name was Effie Ann Rubert Barrett instead of Effa. The other data is correct.
I found her sister, Mertie on B9 and the mothers name was spelled correctly there.
I have transcribed information from census rolls and know how hard it is to read some of those handwritten notes.
The information that I am passing on to you is not only widely known by family members, it appears on her death certificate.
Elizabeth Ann Pearce Bennett