I was finally able to review Harrisburg city directories to see when my great grandfather was living in the city. I hoped that they would narrow the window for his possible employment at the Aetna Explosives Company in Mt. Union, Pennsylvania. It didn’t narrow the timeframe nearly as much as I was hoping it would. […]
Last week I wrote a post about the September 1916 explosion at the Aetna Explosives Company’s factory in Mount Union, Pennsylvania. Following up with additional newspaper research, I found that this explosion wasn’t the first, nor was it the last. Here’s what I’ve been able to piece together regarding the history of this factory. 1 […]
A recent post on Vita Brevis explains the benefits of adding city directories to your go-to research sources.
Newspapers can be an invaluable source of historical information to put our ancestors’ lives in context. But they can also provide direct content, such as BDM—birth, death, marriage—dates, about our ancestors, too. I have found casual, social news about family, marriage announcements, death announcements, and obituaries in newspapers where they lived during the 19th and early […]
While writing this week’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, I recalled a story my grandfather told me about an incident in his father’s life. With a little digging, I was able to discover more information about it.
As part of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge, this week I’ve written about my great grandmother—Isabella Aiken (Smith) Hocker, the daughter of my Scottish ancestors William and Eliza Craig (Bonnington) Smith.
Daniel Bobb of Hereford Township wrote his last will and testament on Saturday, 26 May 1827 and it was proven on Tuesday, 19 March 1833 in Berks County. This post contains a transcription of his will, including his specific requests for the care of his wife by his son Daniel after his death.
Thanks to the sleuthing of some family members on the ground in Pennsylvania, I believe we finally know where Christian Hoover’s farm was located. Turns out, I wasn’t too far off in my guessing!
This week’s ancestor is Daniel Bobb Jr., father-in-law of #18 Henry Moyer Eshbach. Daniel Bobb Jr. of Washington Township, Berks County was the son of Daniel Bobb of Hereford Township. He was born Wednesday, 26 July 1781 in Berks County and died Tuesday, 27 February 1866.1 He was buried in Hill Union Church cemetery in […]
Was your ancestor too poor to trace them in historical records? Quick Tips over at Evidence Explained offers some insight and suggestions for searching for that elusive, not-too-wealthy ancestor.