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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George D. Turner

There are certain terms that most every Philadelphian would recognize. One is Franklin Field and another is the Penn Relays. George Turner was there when they were first created. George…

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Jack O’Brien

People change their names for various reasons but it seems more prevalent when they aspire to achieve celebrity status. Jack’s given name was John K. Byrne, the second of seven…

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William Reed Hapgood

William R. Hapgood was born in Philadelphia to Herbert Cecil Hapgood (1876-1945) and Frances G. Anderson Hapgood (1875-1922). They lived at 3419 Hamilton St. in the Powelton Village section of…

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John Deasley

John was the son of an Irish couple, William and Margaret Gable Deasley, and the younger brother of Thomas “Pat” Deasley, a fellow Mt. Moriah Notable.  Both Pat and John…

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George W. Ewell

A painting of a group of people eating oysters in front of the Chestnut Street Theater

The National Association of Professional Base Ball Players was established in March of 1871.  Baseball would have its first league made up of professional clubs with an established method of…

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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

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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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George Dovey

George was one of at least three sons born to John and Catherine Dovey when they lived in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. At an early age, George moved to Central City in…

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Thomas H. “Pat” Deasley

Thomas H. “Pat” Deasley was the son of an Irish couple, William and Margaret Gable Deasley, who escaped from the Potato Famine of the 1840s. His brother, John Deasley, a…

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