William Charlton

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…

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Samuel Miles

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…

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John Templin Potts

John’s first name was in honor of his great-great grandfather, John K. Potts, and his middle name is his mother’s maiden name. Although he was born in the central Virginia…

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Clifford P. MacCalla

Clifford P. MacCalla, Lawyer and Grand Master of Masons

Son of successful printer and newspaper publisher James Sherron MacCalla and Ruth White Paynter, Clifford graduated from Central High School in 1855, then read law in the office of Francis…

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Frank McAnally Wallace

Black and white photo of Col. Frank McAnally Wallace in uniform

Frank Wallace had Irish roots, but his parents and his maternal grandfather were all born and lived their lives in the Irish communities of South Philadelphia. Frank was born in…

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William J. Graham

William James Graham was born on November 30, 1878 in Philadelphia to William and Margaret (McAvoy) Graham. He was the youngest of six siblings.  Sometime in 1881, while still a…

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George T. Snyder

George grew up in the City of Brotherly Love with four brothers. His marriage to German immigrant Catherine “Katie” Myer began in 1872. Their family was completed with the birth…

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Israel Wilson Durham

Israel Wilson Durham headstone israel-durham

Israel W. Durham was born in Philadelphia, the son of Thomas and Jane Norris Durham, both Irish immigrants. The year of his birth has been listed on various documents, including…

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Thomas Kittera

Framed portrait of Thomas Kittera

Thomas Kittera was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to John Wilkes Kittera and Ann Moore, and had a sister and brother. His father graduated from Princeton, practiced law, and was a…

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