James E. Batdorf & Beulah I. Wert

Having been born in Loyalton, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, in 1885, James Edward Batdorf had little control over his fate. In an area where nearly all employment was tied directly or indirectly to the world’s largest deposits of anthracite coal, he became a coal...

Some Port Trevorton/Sunbury Narratives

In 1868, William and Elizabeth lived a couple miles west of Port Trevorton, Snyder; sadly the this is year she passes away. Their home was very rural, as they were outside even the small town, surrounded by very little but nature. To the north of their property was...

My mother remembers Ollie (RIP brother)

My Brother-in-law Ollie Mazo passed earlier this year. He was laid to rest in Philly. My mother wrote a small remembrance: “My mind was on Oliver tonight as I prepared my dinner and fed Sky and Foxy. Oliver looked at me one night at Marc’s table and said to me,...

Ancestor’s Words

May each and every feather in its wings serve to write a Declaration of Independence for as many nations. Henry Bucher (Newspaper comment) Scattered o’er various fields by heaven, Through various pathways lead, What happiness in peace to meet, Around a common head!...

Abel Thompson & Gussie Hensel

Abel Robert Thompson came into this world on the eve of another cold Pennsylvania winter. He was born after Thanksgiving, November 28, 1880, to proud parents, Robert Bruce Thompson and Lydia Ann Goodman both Pennsylvania natives living in Sheridan at the time....

Notable Ancestors and Collaterals

Cousins, here are some of our more notable relatives. Ancestors are in regular font. Collaterals are in italics. See our bio book coming out August 2020 with updated list. Each two surname heading is which line those folks belong to. Thompson Russell John Thomson of...