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New Queries may be submitted to with Bradford County in the SUBJECT Line - Please - Also you must sign your first and last names. Otherwise I will issue an apology on your behalf. Failure to sign a name is not always intended as rudeness but is interpreted as such, and many people are reluctant to write back to a person who has not given a name

(Updated 1/21/2010)

Subject: STOTZ, Bradford County
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 2009 10:16:13 EST

Vinetta STOLTZ (b. 1921) Fransica or Francine STOLTZ (b.1922) Yvonne STOLTZ (b.1923) I am seeking information on the above sisters or their parents, who lived in Towanda, PA in 1930. They are daughters of Lewis R, and Rosalind Warshofsky STOLTZ. Lewis Stoltz may have been an auto mechanic in Towanda.

By 1942, I believe the family was living in Philadelphia. Both Lewis and Rosalind are army veterans, buried in Beverly National Cemetery, New Jersey.

Meredith Aul

Subject: Chemung Co, NY, Peter Kaiser Bowman b 1819, NY, Francis Bowman, child of same
From: "Cheryl Bowman",
Date: Sun, 20 Dec 2009 15:03:16 -0600

I would appreciate exchanging information with anyone who could give me any leads, suggestions or details regarding the parents of Peter Keyser/Keiser/Kayser/Kyser Bowman, physician, according to the censuses, born 1819, NY. Peter was first seen on record in Lauderdale County, AL., in July, 1848, marrying Margaret Ann Campbell, daughter of Ailsy Reeder (dau of David Reeder) and James Edward Campbell. Peter and Margaret migrated to Hempstead County, AR, in ~1849 and are seen on the Hempstead federal census in 1850 with baby Francis, 2. They are later seen on the Little River, AR, census in 1860 without Francis, but with children, Silas Wright, James Edward, Calbert Cleveland, Villie, John and girls, Mary Ella and martha. Peter died in 1865, intestate, his family indigent, and there is no record that he participated in the Civil War.

I believe that Peter was named after the much respected and well known Bretheren minister, Peter Keyser, from the Philadelphia, PA, an area not so terribly remote from the border of NY state where Peter was born, who had an activie ministry in the early 1800's, and was said to have been able to quote the bible from cover to cover. Peter's first son, his second child, was named "Silas Wright" Bowman, I speculate, after the noted and much beloved NY governor from Canton, Lewis County, NY, who held his post from ~1840-1844. These facts, his namesake and his son's, would seem to place Peter in the NY area from birth until possibly the early 1840's given that at this time, communication between different parts of the county was poor to nonexistent. Most of the population knew very little about people and events beyond the borders of a hundred mile radius of their own homes and communities. Thus, it is easy to surmise that Peter was born in NY and did not leave the area until the mid 1840's, possibly after obtaining his physician training, even. I would appreciate any info or leads anyone can give me on this man, Peter Keyser Bowman, born, 1819, NY.

Thank you. Cheryl Bowman

Subject: Knapp
Date: 11/24/2009

Seeking info for Ella Jane KNAPP Bennett b.1891 unknown, d.1912 New Albany PA, Cocaine Poisoning. m. George E. Bennett 1906 Waverly NY. 4 children. And also seeking info about Ella Jane Knapp’s father Rozelle Knapp & mother Amanda Hatch.

Respond to
Jean Bennett Smith

Subject: Bennett
Date: 9/24/2009

Hello Joyce.
I am fascinated by your brilliant work. I wonder if you can give me a clue of where to find out if Amos Bennett served as George Washington's personal aide. You have Amos Bennet coming to Wyalusing and then in 1793 moving with his sons-in-law to Aslym Township. I ask because my mother gave me a beat up try that she said belonged to Amos Bennett, who was George Washington's personal aide, and that the peuter tray was at Valley Forge. I can trace my ancestry to Col. Ashley, the primary architect of the Massachusetts Declaration of Independence, before the one was signed for the US. But I have to make some links to Bennet and Bennett to Valley Forge or Geoege Washington. I hope you can help with the latter challenge.

Thanks so much.--Barbara Love

Subject: HANSELL of Bradford Co.
From: Erica Roark,
Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2009

Hello, I am looking for any information concerning Grace HANSELL (HANSEL?) born in late 1918 possibly in Barclay Township, possibly in Terry Township. Based on recent research her father may be George Francis HANSELL born in 1883. What I know: Grace was married to Robert Woodruff Sr. in 1936/1937. They had two children (Robert Jr. and a daughter (name unknown)). They were divorced sometime in the early to mid 1940s. She is my mother's birth mother (father unknown--not Woodruff).

Thank you, Erica Roark

Subject:  Saints Peter & Paul (Towanda) birth and marriage records
From: "Howdy" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Sep 2009 14:22:39 -0400

Wanted: info on birth and marriage records of Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, Towanda. Year span? Use of? Format? etc.  Many thanks!

Hello Joyce....perhaps in trying to be brief I was unclear. In essence, has anyone out there had experience in gaining access and/or using the Saints Peter & Paul (Towanda) birth and marriage records?
At one time the BCHS provided the service, but their film reader is down so no can do. (As an aside, I attempted to contact BCHS about funding the repairs, but to date have heard nothing) Also I'm told that the records are in Latin, but the translation should be a no brainer. Is there info out on the web that could help get access to the SSP&P records?
Thanks again Joyce for help here and for the wonderful work you are doing. My line is GUERIN and SULLIVAN.
Howard Worley

Subject: Query ; Burlington, Bradford, Pennsylvania
From: Alice Nadeau <>
Date: Sat, 5 Sep 2009 00:29:06 -0500

 Mary PRUYNE, died 23 March 1883 w/o John.burried in Luther Mill's Cemetery. Gravestone erected by Grandaughters Ell, Ada &Belle. In the 1880 Census Mary PRUYNE is living with Grandaughters Ada and Bell MILLER. Belle MILLER maried Paschol BROWN and died in Montanna in 1918. Who are the parents of these 3 girls ?

Alice Nadeau, Owatonna, Minnesota

Subject:  FRENCH
From: "Ronalee Schall" <>
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2009 09:52:10 -0400

I would like to rule out the childhood death of William FRENCH, who was 1 year old on the Herrick township census dated July 30th, 1860. He was the son of James and Sarah FRENCH. He does not appear on the census for Pike township in 1870 with the rest of the family. Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Ronalee Schall

Subject: Looking for information on the Warfield Family
From: Brenda Bennett <>
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2009 09:40:25 -0400

I am the great granddaughter of Aaron N. Warfield and Martha Warfield who farmed land for many years in Rummerfield, Bradford County, PA.  Can you tell me where this farm was located or anything else about this family?  My grandfather, Henry Jackson Bennett, came to work on his farm and met my grandmother, Marjorie Warfield there.  Anything you can tell me would be greatly appreciated.  I'd love to drive through and see the farm or where it was.

I'm sorry I didn't add any dates to my previous request.  I'm not really sure about them but my grandmother, Marjorie Ardell Warfield was born in 1920.  Therefore I'm estimating it was in the 1920's through maybe 1940's that Aaron and Martha Warfield were farming in Rummerfield, Bradford County, PA.
Brenda Bennett

Subject:  Narragon, Jilson
Ricky Valasek, 
Date 9/3/2009

Joyce Tice ...
Thank you GOOGLE!  Found you while surfing the web.
Suggestions on locating information on family names such as Amos Narragon &/or the Jilson families from the early to mid 1800s in the state of PA or the state of NY.  Amos' son was Lyman Jilson Narragon who moved west and died in central Nebraska.
Thanking you in advance for any help or suggestions.
... Ricky Valasek ...

Subject:  RICE
Date:  9/1/2009

I have many previous queries on this site going back into the 1990's.  My
primary search is for details relating to the following Rice names found in
Athens, PA area in 1790 to 1830:

Levi Rice
Silas Rice
M. Abisha (Abarsha) Rice/Royce
Abel Rice
Wanton Rice


Subject: Herrick
From: J T <>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2009 18:07:13 -0700 (PDT)

I am searching for information on the parents of Mary Lovett born 8/24/1798 prob. Connecticut  died 12/16/1876 in Herrick, Bradford Co., PA mar. to ELISHA KEELER JR..3/1/1821 he born 3/23/1796 in PA ? died 4/7/1874 in Herrick, PA.  Both are buried in the East Herrick Cemetery, Bradford Co.,PA.

Thank you,
James H. Taylor
Lewisburg, PA

Subject:  ANNABLE
From: "Lou Brinkerhoff" <>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2009 18:49:15 -0400

I'm looking for the parents of Mary ANNABLE. Born in NewYork State  about 1824.  Married Isaac Williams abt. 1846.  They lived in Canton in the 1880 census.

Thank you.    Agnes Brinkerhoff 

Subject: Bradford County MORNINGSTAR
From: "Marion Reeves" <>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2009 20:04:36 -0400

   In  6/6/2001  Carol  SHEDDEN  submitted queries about Charles MORNINGSTAR and Joseph Clinton DICKINSON. I would like to get in touch with her as I have been researching these families.
Marian Reeves

From: "Brian" <>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2009 20:27:17 -0400

Looking for any information pertaining to GORMAN and POWERS families from Canton, Pa., in late 1890's and early 1900's.
               Brian O'Donnell

Subject: BRADFORD COUNTY, Athens Boro
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2009 16:59:13 EDT

I am trying the find out what education my grandfather, Robert John Davis, had while in Athens, PA. He was born on December 25, 1869 in Buffalo and moved with his family to Athens, PA.  He was the oldest of four living children. The family was living on his father's Civil War pension of $17.00 a month.  Very poor.
As an adult, he worked as the Manager of the Eastern Division in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Manager for the American Bridge Company.
The 1880 Federal Census says that he (11 yrs). was in school. Were there primary-type schools within walking distance of the Tyler Farm?
Another statistic was found on a married return from Waverly,NY.  1896 the marriage return says his occupation was CIVIL ENGINEER.  Were there any advanced schools for engineering? Virginia Davis Gross

From: John Rryland,
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2009

Researching RIDGWAY, YORK, HINMAN, RYLAND all but RYLAND lived in Wysox, Malva Anna RIDGWAY Married Samuel Vinton RYLAND 27 Sept. 1870 they moved to Athens PA. where they lived until going to Australia then to California.

I would like to hear from anybody reaching these families. You can reach me at
John Ryland

From: William Armstrong,
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2009

Harriet Woodward COOLBAUGH, b 29 Oct 1862, Wysox, PA, d 1945, buried Wysox Cemetery. Married Dr. Addison A. Armstrong Dec. 25, 1883 in Wysox. Dr. Armstrong died 1914 and buried Tioga Point Cem. Athens, PA. Last known residence of Harriet COOLBAUGH Armstrong is Monmouth, NJ , 1900 Fed Census. Would very much appreciat any information on Harriet COOLBAUGH Armstrong after 1900. including day and month of death and custodian of records at Wysox Cem.

Many thanks to anyone who responds.
Bill Armstrong, Maine Island

Subject: Murder of Edwin A. PURPLE IN 1874, East Troy, Bradford Co., PA
From: Sue Hickey,
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2009

I am looking for a Bradford Co., PA researcher who would be willing to research the murder of Edwin A. PURPLE. His brother was a suspect and, later in 1886 in Kansas, murdered his family and was lynched by local people.

I'm a volunteer doing the research in Kansas. You can see extensive information under RootsWeb/Samuel Sheffield PURPLE/suehickey4. Partial newspaper account from the "Hodgeman County Scimitar": "He (Sam Purple) has tried several times to kill his stepfather (Augustus Heimer), his mother (Mary Baldwin Purple Heimer), his father-in-law, and his brother-in-law. He had beaten two of his horses to death, and shot and killed another. He had shot at several men, for which he has been arrested. On last Monday night a week, he went to Marena, where his stepfather lives and keeps a store, avowing his intention to kill him. His brother (Edwin A. PURPLE) was murdered a few years ago and it is stated that there is a good reason to believe that he (Sam Purple, brother to Edwin Purple) was his murderer".

Sam PURPLE'S brother was Edwin A. PURPLE, born 24 Aug 1850 in East Troy, Bradford Co., PA. and died 6 Oct. 1874 in East Troy. He is buried in the East Troy Cemetery next to the Methodist Church.

Thank you, Sue (Heimer Faulkner) Hickey
Boulder, Colorado 303-499-0530

Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2009

Looking for Frank Soper, probably burried in Big Flats cemetary. He was married to Nellie Soper in the 30ths and fathered 3 children: Edna Marie, Anna Ruth and Harold. This is my grandfather as i am the daughter of Edna Marie Soper Lundergan Tuller. They lived in Bradford, PA and Wellsville., NY. Anna Ruth Taylor and Harold moved to corning, NY

Thank you for any help you can give!

Subject: GOODWIN - Lewis (Louis) - Bradford County
Sent: Thu, May 14, 2009

Hello All - I am trying to locate more information on my GGGGrandfather - Lewis (Louis) Goodwin. This is the information I have come up with so far and may not be 100% accurate. He was born December 28th,1819 Towanda Township PA, married Maryette Bosworth August 15th,1841, died October 21st,1897 Pike Township PA.

If anyone has information on parents and/or siblings please contact me.

Thank You, Annette Goodwin

Subject: Bradford Co/Overton Twp
From: Rich Lancaster
Date: Thu, 05 Feb 2009 21:09:21 -0500

I am looking for a point of contact for the Methodist Cemetery records in Overton township. I found a 1999 list as Jane Dibble was the POC but she has passed away. I am trying to see if my GGrandmother is buried there.

Rich Lancaster

From: Shirley Dorn,
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2009 16:42:52 -0800 (PST)

STRICKLAND, Miles, born 1859 in Pennsylvania Have searched endlessly for Miles' family. Lose track of him until 1880 when he arrives in Wisconsin. Also in 1860, in Bradford County are STRICKLAND, William, STRICKLAND, Dennis, children Sarah, Nehemiah, Francis and STRICKLAND, Theron (1834) and wife STRICKLAND, Delight (1842). Cannot find where they came from or what happened to all of them.

Thanks for any help.
Shirley Dorn

Subject: JOSEPH W. ELLIOTT/ 1807-1882 Pepperell/Bradford Co.PA
From: ""
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2009 17:42:28 GMT

Hello Bradford County Researchers! I am REALLY stuck on this one: I am trying to find the wife of Joseph (Warren) Elliott, son of Jeremiah Elliott Jr.. I did figure out he was born in Pepperell, MASS. in 1807 and was one of the first settlers to the Bradford County, PA in 1820's. The rest of his life was lived in Bradford County (records being in Durell, Asylum, and Terrytown). Wife's first name was Elizabeth (as says on gravestone) but called by Betsey during her life. According to records, she was born in PA (approx. 1806-1895) but I cannot find any marriage records or maiden name for her! I've hunted in both Bradford County and Pepperell, Mass.. and there is no record of their marriage (which is bizarre for such a 'late' time period!)

Any help would be greatly appreciated! -Jennifer

Subject: Campbell
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2009 17:11:47 +0000

My Name is Mary Lois Kelley of DeLand, Florida . My Mother, Nina Belle Kendall, was the 5th child of 7 born to Morey Addison KENDALL and Addie Amelia CAMPBELL( born 8 Jan 1868). Addie was the 6th child of 9 born to Albert Campbell ( born 3 Jul,1827 in McNett, Lycoming ,PA) ( died 27 Jun 1886)and Sally McClellan (MCCLELLAND) ( McCallan)( born 1 Oct 1836 and died Jan 1892).

I have not been able to find Albert CAMPBELL's parents . My mother claimed to be Scotch-Irish .Since John McClelland (Sally's grandfather) came from Ireland, I would assume that Albert Campbell 's parents or grandparents would have came from Scotland. I have the Kendalls proven back to Ephraim E. Kendall (born 31 Oct 1784 in Cheshire Co.,N.H. and dying in Canton , Bradford Co., PA on 15 Jul 1871) married Lucinda BROWN ( born25 May 1784 in Westminister,VT and dying on 18 Jan 1874 in Canton, Bradford County, PA) .

Ephraim being in the War of 1812 in New Hampshire. I have not been able to prove that he was the son of Ephraim ( born 16 Feb 1756 in Lancaster , Worcester, MA )married Elizabeth KNIGHT 30 May 1775 ( born 10 Apr 1756 in Lancaster , Worcester, MA) serving in the Revolutionary War , moving to Cheshire Co.,NH in 1780 and moving to VT about 1790. Elizabeth died in 1801 and Ephraim married Experience COLEMAN on 9 Nov 1802 in Poultney,VT. The last deed he signed was 24 Jan.1798 in Dummerton, VT so his service records have his death as ( aft . 24 Jan 1798). He and his 2nd wife moved to Sandy Creek, Oswego Co., NY and were there in the census of 1820, 1830 & 1840. He died on 18 Sep 1842. His 2nd wife died 29 Nov 1856 in Victory , Cayuga Co., NY without receiving his pension.

Lucinda Brown was the daughter of Joseph Brown (born 5 Jul 1746 and dying in 1812 in Rutland, VT) married on 29 May 1770, Annice Knight ( sister of Elizabeth Knight Kendall) who was born 22 Mar 1750/51 in Lancaster , Worcester, MA and died on 11 Sep 1833 in Canton, Bradford Co., PA. Lucinda was the 9th child of 14 children . Annice came to Canton with her son Solomon in March 1814 from Vt riding in a rocking chair on a wagon sled.

I would like to hear from anyone with information about the Campbell family or with proof connecting the 2 Kendalls. My name is Mary Lois Miller Johnson, Buck , Kelley. My e-mail address is :

Subject: Bradford Co. Foss family
From: Don Andrew
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2009 18:05:11 -0800 (PST)

I have info, and am looking for more on Arvin Foss, his wife Elizabeth and their daughter Florence. They lived in Canton/LeRoy in the 1860's, he died in the Civil War.

Don Andrew