Burton J. Kollock
The genealogy of the Kollock family goes back to the late 1600s in Sussex County, Delaware, but it appears Burton’s father, David, made the move to Philadelphia before Burton and…Read More
The Charltons, Francis and Mary, arrived in Philadelphia from Ireland in 1838 with an infant daughter, welcoming their first son a year later. That was William, who would later have…Read More
This naturalized citizen was a wounded soldier in his new country’s army, then started his own business and made a successful career. It’s a fairly common story in the last…Read More
Robert Pennock King
“Eminent both as a printer and a public-spirited citizen” is how Robert’s life has been accurately summarized. His parents had a long lineage in Philadelphia and his grandfather was in…Read More
This man was not considered one of the country’s founding fathers but he could at least be considered a founding “cousin.” While not involved directly as a signer of famous…Read More
Nunzio was born to the owner of a large hotel in Naples, Italy and grew up learning the art of cooking for his father’s guests from the French chef who…Read More
David B. Hershey
The first thing people ask if your last name is the same as someone famous is if you’re related. David was probably never asked that since his second cousin, once…Read More
Percival E. Loder, M.D., D.D.S.
Fans of “Trivial Pursuit” could create an interesting game using details uncovered about Percival’s family. One reason would be the size of the family, since he had 11 siblings, and…Read More
Vanroom Robin Tindall, M.D.
A father and son in the same business is a tradition as old as history itself, passing one’s vocation to the next generation. The most common example is farming, but…Read More
William Gustavus Fischer
The son of a German immigrant, William was eight years old when he began singing in a German church in his hometown of Baltimore. He also studied piano and organ…Read More