George Thomas Berry

A “Southerner” by birth, George’s hometown was Portsmouth Virginia. He must have grown up without his father, who wasn’t listed in the earliest available census. In 1850 his mother, Jane,…

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John Henry Harres

Although the surname Harres is not of German origin, that’s the country John’s father, Gebhard, left to settle in Philadelphia and have nine children. John went to Central High School…

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William H. Letford, Jr.

The name Letford derives from a village named Latchford in either Cheshire or Oxfordshire, England. Only a little more is certain about William’s roots. His parents were both born in…

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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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Watson Holbrook Farrington

A Hollywood screenwriter making up a fictitious name for the son of a fabulously wealthy oil baron could not have found a more prosperous-sounding name than this. However, the real…

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William James Wallace

It is often said a man isn’t defined solely by the work he does. However, most men in the Wallace family held one occupation for their entire lives, and most…

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William Marshall

Bill’s mother was about 17 when she married Thomas Marshall on April 22, 1935. She gave birth to Bill a little more than three months later. Thomas was a cooper,…

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George Potts McLean

Both of George’s parents were from Scotland who married in 1800 in Philadelphia and had 13 children. His early years weren’t documented until sometime just before 1850 when he married…

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Hugh Douglas McLean, M.D.

Hugh was the last child born in a large Irish family and was the only one born after the McLeans left their homeland and settled in Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania in…

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Peter Clarkson Ellmaker

The Ellmaker family’s roots go deep in Lancaster County and well before the Revolutionary War. Peter had a half-brother, Frederick, born in 1811 but their father died in 1816. That’s…

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