Alfred Herman Behnke, Jr.

Americans of German ethnicity faced various kinds of discrimination in the first half of the 20th century, which is why many of them changed their names. This family did not.…

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William John Smith, Jr.

Bill’s parents were William Sr., born in 1887, and Mary Glasgow, born in 1893. Not much more is known about them other than Mary’s brief but prior marriage. She had…

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John Harold Austin

Three generations of this Philadelphia clan were named John H. Austin. The first was in the Civil War and belonged to two veterans organizations, the Grand Army of the Republic…

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John David Bowman, III

Secane, Pennsylvania is an unincorporated appendage of Upper Darby Township in Delaware County. It’s a small bedroom community known mostly for its commuter rail station, and is connected by a…

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David Norman Lamond

David’s father and grandfather were entrepreneurs, running their own plumbing business in West Philadelphia. A quirky fact in his father’s story is that the names of the women in his…

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George W. Hawkins

In 1850 the Hawkins family lived in Upper Darby township just to the west of Philadelphia County.  (The city and county merged in 1854.) George was the middle child of…

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Richard Albert Moffitt

Richard was raised with an older brother and sister, Fred and Florence, by their parents, Charles and Sarah. The Moffitt house was on Larchwood Street, just around the corner from…

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James Glendinning

The Glendinning heritage was Scottish and Presbyterian. James’ father, Robert, graduated from the University of Edinburgh, came to America in 1832, and married Elizabeth in 1833. They had seven sons,…

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William Edwards and Tyson Evans

Tyson Evans shares almost all of the same biographical data as William Edwards except their birthdays. These two single white males joined Company A of the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry on…

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