George Cochran Murray

Most people think a philanthropist has more money than they can spend, but that’s not the correct definition. The reason “hundreds” mourned his death, according to this headline, is that…

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Louis LeBlanc

Louis Leblanc was born around 1854 in Santiago de Cuba, at the opposite end of Cuba from Havana. The second-largest city in the country is an important sea port on…

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Jacob Koch Griffith

Steel is made from two ingredients: iron which comes from iron ore, and carbon which comes from coal. Both of these raw materials were in abundance in Pennsylvania, making it…

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James Godman Peale

The Peale family included several well-known artists from the post-Revolutionary War era. George Washington sat for seven portraits by Charles Wilson Peale, who painted many of the founding fathers. His…

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Joel Thomas

Joel’s parents had Pennsylvania roots according to census listings, but his childhood years are a mystery. He married a New Jersey girl, Margaret Hetzel, on January 29, 1846. He was…

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James Smyth

In the spring of 1851 two brothers left the port in Londonderry, Northern Ireland and set foot in Philadelphia. James was 19, arriving with William, 23. This may have been…

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William Barkley Grubb

William’s lineage can be traced back to the arrival of John Grubb on a Delaware shore in 1677. He greeted William Penn, who arrived five years later on his way…

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Samuel Smith Cord

Sam’s father, Samuel T. Cord, was born in Indiana. His mother, Phoebe Elizabeth Fithian, was born in Georgia, but her parents were born in New Jersey. That’s where Samuel and…

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George Young

It’s extremely rare to find a gravestone that mentions a person other than the one buried there, but this man’s marker (shown below) includes a reference to Napoleon Bonaparte. The…

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Henry Frorer

Henry’s parents had ten children in their native Germany, but five of them didn’t survive past their first year. The family left the past behind when they immigrated to Lancaster…

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