Agnes Neubauer

The title of “Oldest Old Maid” was proudly claimed by Mary Ann Crothers before she died in 1898 at age 104 because she had never been married. So far, three…

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Katharine Rosengarten

Europe was well represented in this family’s lineage. Katharine’s father’s parents were German and Swiss who settled in Pottsville, Pennsylvania while her mother’s parents arrived in Philadelphia  from Scotland and…

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Annie Hall Evans Waples

Many children are given the same middle name as their mother’s maiden name. That’s significant in this case because the settlement where this family lived was originally known as Hall’s…

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Amelia Lidazky Gilfillan

The Lidazky family brought Amelia into the world when they lived in Germany, then brought her to America in 1880. Nothing more is known of her family or her life…

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Mary Ann Crothers

The definition of an “old maid” is a woman who never married and is no longer young. Today it’s considered an offensive term, but in 1897 Mary considered it an…

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Grace Hickman

Grace was born to a family that was already well-acquainted with grief. Her father was a carpenter who married in 1861. The couple had a son in 1862, but he…

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Mary Elizabeth Poynter McClure

Mary Poynter’s family was created when William Poynter married Ann Savin in 1828. The only other family information available is that Olive was their oldest child and that they lived…

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Olive Gertrude Landis Lannon

Olive’s father, George, was a house painter who married her mother, Elizabeth, a dozen years before Olive was born. She had three older siblings but two died before she was…

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