Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Richard D. Carter

Richard D. Carter
Born about 1830, probably in the United States
Murdered about 1869 in Philadelphia, Pa.
Mother: Mary Fitzpatrick (1805-1885), came to America from northern Ireland
Father: Andrew Carter (1806-1885), came to America from northern Ireland

Married: newspaper clipping says he was married at the time of his death

Children: newspaper clipping says he has one child, name unknown

Siblings:
Margaret Carter
William Carter
Andrew Carter (1834-1902)
Thomas Fitzpatrick Carter (1842-1913)
Robert Carter (1849-?)

A distant relative, Robert Lyman Carter, sent me the following newspaper clipping, which appears to be from The Philadelphia Inquirer, recounting the details of Richard’s murder on Sept. 4, 1869. Robert told me this was part of the reason that my great-great-grandfather, Thomas Fitzpatrick Carter, and his brother Robert Carter, moved to Virginia about 1870. 


Text of this clipping:

A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY
A Man Shot Dead in Fairmount Park
CAPTURE OF THE MURDERER
Revenge the Cause of the Deed


“On Saturday morning, about half-past nine o'clock, Richard D. Carter, foreman of the masons employed at the Water Works by the Water Department, was shot by Joseph Snyder in Fairmount Park, and died in a few minutes afterwards. Captain Lyon, of the Park Police, was sitting in his station house when he heard the shot. He ran out over the forebay to the foot of the reservoir, on Coates street, and saw a numer [number] of people running away from Snyder, who was walking down one of the paths with a revolver in his hand. Suspecting that something was wrong, he went up to Snyder and said, "Joe what does this mean?" Snyder replied, "I will not be taken inside the Park: I am going home," and at the same time pointed the weapon at Captain Lyon, who immediately struck him in the face and seized the hand containing the revolver. Lieutenant Jacoby, of the Harbor Police now came up and threw his arms around Snyder, and he was then secured. During the struggle Captain Lyon has his hand badly lacerated by the trigger of the revolver.
The facts of the case are about as follows: –
Snyder had been seen lounging around the Park for nearly an hour apparently in search of some one, but no particular attention was paid to him, as he was well known. A few minutes before the tragedy he met the deceased, and some angry conversation passed between them, but its purport is not known.
Carter then turned away and began measuring some stone. He was on his knees, and arising said to one of his men, “I guess that will do.” Snyder, who, at this time, was within about ten feet of him, now drew a revolver and fired at Carter, the ball entering the left breast, about one inch and a half below the heart, and passing diagonally through the body and coming out on the right side.

The wounded man was picked up and carried to the Park Police Station House, where he died in a few minutes. Snyder, after firing began to revolve the chamber of the revolver, and as some workmen approached him he pointed the weapon at them and then walked off.

Dr. E. B. Shapleigh, on Saturday afternoon, made a post mortem examination of the body. The body of Mr. Carter was conveyed to his late residence, No. 2209 Coates street and during the remainder of the day a knot of people were assembled n the vicinity discussing the terrible tragedy.


After he was captured Snyder was taken to the Park Police Station House, where he was given in the charge of Sergeant Phy, who took him to the Mayor's office at Fifth and Chestnut streets, where he was afterwards locked up in a cell. On the way he conversed with the Sargeant and told him that he had taken the pistol that morning and put it in his pocket and went to the Park with the intention of committing the deed.

He refused to see any one during the morning except one of his sons, who remained with him for some time. At two o'clock he was taken before Alderman Kerr, where the above facts were detailed by Captain Lyon and Lieutenant Jacoby. He was then committed to prison to await the Coroner's investigation. He is a man well advanced in years, having been born in 1803, but he carries his age remarkably well. He is about five feet nine or ten inches in height, and has an exceedingly broad and thick body. He has a wife and three children, who reside on Corinthian avenue, above Parrish street.

The deceased was about 40 years of age, and leaves a wife and child. He was an active member of the Masonic Order, and also a prominent member of the Republican party in the Fifteenth Ward.

The pistol is a seven-barreled navy revolver, and when examined tow loads were found in it. It will be produced by Captain Lyon at the Coroner’s inquest this morning.

It seems that Snyder had entered the Park shortly after seven o'clock in the morning, and had made many inquiries as to the whereabouts of Carter before he succeeded in finding him. It is supposed that he desired employment as he had been formerly engaged by the department, and had been visiting the Park frequently of late. His connection with Carter ceased nearly two years ago, when he was discharged on account of his intemperate habits.

Th impression on the minds of those who have examined the subject seems to be that Snyder believed that he had been removed without good cause, and having repeatedly applied for a job and refused, be determined to punish Mr. Carter. Only about two weeks since, the deceased was waylaid in the evening and beaten by a crowd, who, on quitting him, remarked that he had not seen the last of it.

For deliberation and wilfulness this murder is not surpassed by any on record, and the age of the murderer and his having a family serve to make all the details of this terrible crime most painful to relate.

Captain Lyon and Lieutenant Jacoby deserve great credit for their courage in thus arresting a murderer who had in his hand the weapon with which the deed was performed.”
According to an account I found online in the William Penn Public Ledger Almanac, Volume 187/1878, Snyder committed suicide in his cell a few days after his arrest, on September 7, 1868. He drowned himself in a bucket of water. His death certificate says he was 66 years old.


The Water Works, which sits on the bank of the Schuylkill River below the Philadelphia Museum of Art, was built as the water purification system for the city of Philadelphia, and in the late 1860s, was undergoing major renovations to deal with the effects of the industrial revolution, as well as pollution due to Civil War encampments. It was built to look like a Greek temple. More information on the history of the Water Works is available on the website Philadelphia Reflections. The Philadelphia Museum of Art now sits on land in the decommissioned Fairmount Water Works.

Old postcard showing the Water Works at Fairmount Park

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Emily Cowling Warren

Emily Cowling Warren
Photo and digital image in possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp
Emily Cowling Warren
Born: 1843 in the United States
Mother: Emily Leach Cowling, born in England 15 February 1810, came to America 16 May 1836
Father: James Cowling, born in England 30 January 1810, came to U.S.A. 16 America 1836
Married: 24 March 1861 to Isaac Warren
Died: 1932 in New Brighton

Children:
William, b. 1863
Mary “Molly,” b. 1865
Emily b. 1869
Adalaide, b. 1871
James Raymond, b. 1875
Agnes Loretta, b. 1877
Hannah, b. 1879
Edward Isaac, b. 1880

Siblings:
Mary E./Mare Ethel Ella, born 1845, married Walter Morris
Eleanor, born 1848, married Samuel J. Bennett
Mariah Margaret, born 1851

Emily was born in the United States to Emily Leach and James Cowling of London, who had married in England, and immigrated to America aboard The Ship Napier, arriving in New York in 1836. They were both 26 years old. Emily was born 1843, but it is unclear where she was born. According to my mother, family lore tells of her crossing the Allegheny Mountains in a covered wagon as a young girl, with the sugar firkin shown below:
This sugar firkin belonging to Emily Cowling Warren has been passed down to me.
Firkin and digital image in possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp.

Inside the lid of the sugar firkin belonging to Emily Cowling Warren.
Firkin and digital image in possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp.
According to my mother, “When she got to Pittsburgh, her parents had her protrait painted. It hung in the home of Miriam Carter [Emily’s grand-daughter] until her death, when it was mysteriously stolen by a scoundrel Warren cousin!” I remember my parents telling the story this way: My aunt Miriam was very dear to my mother, and since Miriam had no children of her own, she left much of her estate to my mother. When Miriam died in the 1960s, my parents went up to clean out her house. While they were working, they heard the front door slam, and ran to the window, where they saw a man running away with the portrait. They believe that the portrait was stolen to be sold for cash, rather than for sentimental reasons. What a shame. How I wish I could see what Emily looked like when she was little!

By 1850, Emily is listed on the 1850 U.S. Federal Census as living in western Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County (this is the county where Pittsburgh is located) Ward 4, with her parents and two sisters, Mary and Eleanor. Her father is listed as a tailor, a profession he had learned in England.

The 1860 U.S. Federal Census lists 17-year-old Emily as living with her parents and sisters Mary E. (15), Eleanor (12) and Mariah (9) in Patterson, Beaver County, Pennsylvania. James Cowling is now listed as a merchant. 

Emily married Isaac Warren on March 24, 1861.

Isaac Warren
Their marriage certificate (shown below) reads: “This certifiies that the rite of Holy Matrimony was celebrated between Isaac Warren of Old Brighton, Pa., and Emily Cowling of Old Brighton, Pa., on 24 March 1861 at Mr. Cowlings by William Reeves, V.D.oll; James Cowling, Witness.”

Marriage Certificate for Emily Cowling and Isaac Warren
Document and digital image in possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp
The 1870 U.S. Federal Census shows Emily (age 27) living with Isaac (age 31, a soap manufacturer) and their first three children, William (7), Mary “Molly” (5) and Emily (1).

By 1880, the U.S. Federal Census shows Emily (age 37) living with Isaac; by this point they had added four more children: Adelaide, James, Agnes Loretta, and Hannah. Son William, now 17, appears to have joined his father's business, as he is listed as a soap maker, too.

Emily Cowling Warren is seated, far right. 1880s-90s. I believe the other women are her three sisters:
Mary E./Mare Ethel Ella, Eleanor, and Mariah Margaret. Photo and digital image in the possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp.

In 1900, when Emily was 57, the U.S. Federal Census shows her and Isaac living with James (a photographer), Edward (a day laborer) and Isaac (their grandson, age 16).

The 1910 Census has just Emily (age 67) and Isaac; it also lists Emily as the mother of 14 children, with only 7 alive at that date.

Warren family members, about 1915-1920
Photo and digital image in possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp
There were no names on the back of this photo (above), but I believe I can identify the following people:
1. Warren E. Brashears, seated in first row, far right (son of Hannah Warren and Claude E. Brashears)

2. Lynn McKee Carter, seated in first row, second from right (son of Agnes Loretta Warren and Thomas Lynn Carter); my grandfather
3. Miriam Leedom Carter, kneeling in second row, above and slightly to the right of Lynn (daughter of Agnes Loretta Warren and Thomas Lynn Carter)
4. Emily Cowling Warren, the oldest woman, standing at the center with her arms crossed
5. Agnes Loretta Warren Carter
(daughter of Emily Cowling and Isaac Warren), standing in the back row, with just her head showing, to the right of the woman in black looking at the pointing baby. (Agnes is my great-grandmother.)
6. Hannah Warren (daughter of Emily Cowling and Isaac Warren), just to the right of Agnes Loretta, wearing a white dress.
It is possible that the oldest man in the photo, who is standing on the far right at the back, in a partially faded-out section of the photograph, is Emily’s husband Isaac Warren.

In the 1920 Census, Emily was 77 years old, and Isaac, 81. As in previous censuses, they appear to live near their daughter Hannah, who had married Claude E. Brashears (listed as a garage owner).

Emily’s husband Isaac died in 1922. In the 1930 Census, Emily, age 87, is listed as living only with a maid, Jennie Lahnson. Hannah and her family still lived nearby.


Emily died in New Brighton on May 15, 1932. She is buried with Isaac in Beaver Cemetery, Beaver County, Pennsylvania.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Dorothy Eleanor Paulson Carter (1901-1981)

Dorothy Eleanor Paulson Carter, about 1902
Photograph and digital image in the possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp

Dorothy Eleanor Paulson Carter
Born Jan. 5, 1901
Mother: Gertrude Drusilla Funkhouser Paulson
Father: Joseph Fillmore Paulson, bricklayer
Graduated from New Brighton High School
Married June 6, 1925 to Lynn McKee Carter
Married in 1960s to Charlie Brandt (separated after a few years)
Died: April 18, 1981

Children:
Thomas Lynn Carter, b. 1932
Eleanor Ann Carter Brubaker, b. 1936

Siblings:
Alma Gertrude Paulson, b. 29 August 1888; d. 12 March 1970; m. Samuel Ellsworth West
Carrie Marie Paulson, b. 1891; m. Marshall Cowsert
Lila Catherine Paulson, b. 1892; d. 1971; m. Gabe Thompson
Ruth Mae Paulson, b. 1895; m. John Thomas Wilson
Lois Christine Paulson, b. 1897; m. Seth W. Hulmes
Joseph Osmon Paulson,b. 1899; m. Mildred Irene Jones
Cromwell Truby Paulson, b.25 Sept. 1903; d. Oct. 1979; m. Etta Jones
Virginia Elizabeth, b. 1906; died at 8 months

More information about the Paulson family is in this post.

Dorothy in 1901



Dorothy, about 1905
Photograph and digital image in the possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp

Dorothy (cropped from photo below)
Dorothy was one of the youngest children – and the sixth daughter – born to Gertrude Drusilla and Joseph Fillmore Paulson, a bricklayer.

Dorothy Eleanor Paulson Carter (far left) with her sisters, 1907
Photograph and digital image in the possession of Bob Brubaker

The Paulson home. Dorothy is the little girl leaning against the porch post on the right.
Photograph and digital image in the possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp

Dorothy (top row, fifth from left) with what I believe to be her first grade class. Probably 1906 or 1907.
Photograph and digital image in the possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp

Dorothy, about 1919
Photograph and digital image in the possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp
According to my mother’s records, Dorothy attended New Brighton public schools, and after graduation, worked as a bookkeeper for the Union National Bank in New Brighton. In 1925, she traveled to join Lynn in California, where he was working for an engineering firm. They were married in a Methodist church there on June 1, 1925. Some of Lynn’s friends and the church’s congregation were in attendance. “Dorothy took clothing design courses and was a talented seamstress,” my mother wrote. “She was a tiny thing, only 4'11" and 85 pounds, and Lynn was very tall and auburn-haired. At this time, Los Angeles was a beautiful place and Dorothy always remembered it as a paradise.”

Dorothy with her husband, Lynn McKee Carter, late 1920s or early 30s.Photograph and digital image in the possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp
Lynn took many photos of Dorothy when they traveled, which they appear to have done extensively in the western United States.

Dorothy in silk Chinese pajamas, late 1920s
Photograph and digital image in the possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp

 

Dorothy looking stylish on the rocks near Laguna Beach, California, late 1920s
Photograph and digital image in the possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp

Dorothy at Laguna Beach, California, 1920s
Photograph and digital image in the possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp
Dorothy, 1920s
Photograph and digital image in the possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp

Lynn and Dorothy, 1920s
Photograph and digital image in the possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp


Lynn and Dorothy, 1920s
Photograph and digital image in the possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp

Dorothy (left) with her mother-in-law and sister-in-law, 1920s; this may be Yosemite.
Photograph and digital image in the possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp

Dorothy, 1920s
Photograph and digital image in the possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp


Dorothy (left) with her mother-in-law and sister-in-law, 1920s
Photograph and digital image in the possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp


Dorothy, 1920s
Photograph and digital image in the possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp

Dorothy had two children with Lynn, Thomas Lynn Carter (born 1932) and my mother, Eleanor Ann Carter (born 1936).

Dorothy with Eleanor, 1936.
Photograph and digital image in the possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp
Dorothy with Lynn, Eleanor and Tom, about 1937.
Photograph and digital image in the possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp

In 1938, Lynn died suddenly, and Dorothy returned to New Brighton, where she lived for some time with her mother-in-law, Agnes Loretta Warren Carter, and her sister-in-law, Miriam Carter. She worked hard, and long hours as a seamstress and a librarian, often working two jobs to keep her family afloat. Her obituary states that she worked as a librarian at New Brighton Library, and at Berkman’s Clothing Store in Beaver Falls. My mother used to tell me that her mother could see a dress or a coat, and then come home, make a pattern for it, and stitch it up. She made almost all of her own clothing, and my mom’s. 
Dorothy at her sewing machine, 1940s
Photograph and digital image in the possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp

Dorothy with Lynn, Eleanor and Tom, about 1945.
Photograph and digital image in the possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp
Here is a story my mother told me several times when I was a child. She wrote it down for my daughter Lea in 2004: 
“When I was about nine or ten, my mother, brother and I no longer lived at my grandmother's house; we had moved into a house of our own. In fact, it was the same house where my mother was born, way back in 1901. This was before most women went to hospitals to have babies. So it was about 1945 when this story happened. 

“My mother had to take care of the fire in the furnace, because we had no man in the family, since my father died when I was just a baby. She hated that furnace, because it required attention when she had other things she wanted to do. 

“One cold winter morning, she went down to see how the fire in the furnace was doing and found that it looked as though it had gone out. She was mad and in a hurry, so she looked around in our cellar and found a jar of kerosene. Now kerosene is very flammable. That means that if it comes into contact with fire it bursts into flame. She planned to put some coal in the furnace, sprinkle a little kerosene on it and carefully light it with a match to get the fire going fast. This was not a safe method. Usually one got the fire started slowly with some kind of kindling, like paper or small pieces of wood. 

“Well, when my mother sprinkled in the kerosene, unexpectedly there was a big BOOM! and the fire shot out. It sent out sparks and flames because there had been a small spark lurking under what she thought was a dead pile of ashes. 

“Now, my brother and I were up in the kitchen eating our breakfast and getting ready to go to school. We heard the boom and a scream from our mother. We ran to see her coming up the cellar stairs. She was all black, and all we could see on her face were her teeth and the whites of her eyes. The front of her hair was singed and her eyebrows, too. (Singed means burned a little but not flaming.) Her pretty white nylon blouse was sort of melted around her neck, and she probably would have been badly burned if she had not been wearing a heavy wool jacket and skirt. 

“The crazy thing was – she was laughing!! She just thought it was pretty funny that she had done such a dumb thing and then been lucky enough not to get badly hurt! So she took a bath, put on a clean clothes, and went to work. And for many years she would retell that story, and laugh and laugh!”
Me with Charlie Brandt, Dorothy’s second husband, about 1964
 In the 1960s, Dorothy was married for a short time to Charles Brandt, a farmer, but was very unhappy, and legally separated from him in 1964.  

Dorothy, whom I called “Nanny,” in the early 1970s.
Photograph and digital image in the possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp
Both my mother and father described her as a very open-minded person, and I remember her as a doting grandmother who loved me very much.

Me with my Nanny.
Photograph and digital image in the possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp

Dorothy died in 1981, after an illness of four months, of congestive heart failure. Lynn and Dorothy are buried in the Carter plot at Grove Cemetery in New Brighton.

Photo by Mark R. Brubaker, taken August 2013
Photo by Mark R. Brubaker, taken August 2013

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Henry George Paulson (1838-1898)

Henry George Paulson
Born: 1838 in Beaver County, PA
Died: March 20, 1898 in PA
Mother: Mary Hall 1806-?
Father: Adam/Alem/Elam Paulson, 1801-?
Wife: Julia Ann Alexander, 1935-1921

Children with Julia Ann:
1. Drusilla, 1857-?
2. Charles Hall, 1860-1927
3. Fanny Mary, 1862-1915
4. Joseph Fillmore Paulson, born May 21, 1867 in New Brighton, Beaver County, PA; died 1957

The following information is from Genealogical and Personal History of Beaver County, Pennsylvania (Volume 2) by John W. (John Woolf) Jordan:
“The Paulson family, of New Brighton, Beaver county, Pennsylvania, has been resident there for a number of generations, and in every generation they have proved their worth as good citizens and as valuable members of society.

(I) Henry Paulson was a machinist by trade. He married Julia Ann Alexander, born in New Brighton, Beaver county, Pennsylvania.

(II) Joseph Fillmore Paulson, son of Henry and Julia Ann (Alexander) Paulson, was born in New Brighton, Beaver county, Pennsylvania, May 21, 1867. He was educated in the public schools of New Brighton, and at an early age learned the trade of brick laying, with which he has been identified since he was sixteen years of age. He is a member of the United Order of American Mechanics, and the Knights of Pythias. Mr. Paulson married, December 8, 1887, Gertrude Drusilla Funkhouser, whose ancestral history follows this sketch. They have had children: Alma Gertrude, Carrie Marie, Lila Catherine, Ruth May, Lois Christine, Joseph Osman, Dorothy Eleanor, Cromwell Truby, Virginia Elizabeth, who died at the age of eight months.”
Henry’s life was troubled; he may have been an alcoholic or compulsive gambler. This quote is from the “Record of the Family Powelson” by Frank Wible Powelson:

“Henry Powelson (Paulson) married Julia Alexander of New Brighton, Penna. From reports told by the members of his own family, he must have been a rounder, because his wife divorced him and went back to her people. There were three or four children by this union. Henry married a second time and there was at least one son born, whose name could not be learned.”
Note: A “rounder” is an old-fashioned word that means someone who throws money away by gambling or drinking. Records show that he and Julia divorced in 1867, the same year that their fourth child, a son named Joseph, was born. Joseph is my great-grandfather. 

Henry is listed as one of inmates of Allegheny County, Indiana Township, county work house in 1870 in this document:  


He died on 20 March, 1898, two days after being run over by an ice wagon, in West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. He was only 61 years old. The document below lists him as having lived most recently at 44- 30th Street, and having been buried on March 24, 1898, at Highwood Cemetery in Pittsburgh.


 


Gertrude Drusilla Funkhouser Paulson (1867-1936)

Gertrude Drusilla Funkhouser Paulson
Photograph and digital image in the possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp

Gertrude Drusilla Funkhouser Paulson
Born: 16 Sept. 1867 in New Brighton, Beaver County, PA
Mother: Catherine Ufferman, 1844-? born in Butler County, PA
Father: Jacob Osmon Funkhouser, 1839-1907, born in Beaver Falls, Beaver County, PA
Married Dec. 8, 1887
Husband: Joseph Fillmore Paulson, born May 21, 1867 in New Brighton, Beaver County, PA
Died : March 8, 1936

Siblings:
Caroline, b. 1863
Samuel Henry, b. 1869
Virginia May, b. 1871
Harvey Allen, b. 1876

Children with Joseph Fillmore Paulson (1867-1957):
Alma Gertrude Paulson, 1889-1970, married Samuel Ellsworth West
Carrie Marie Paulson, 1890-1984, married W. Marshall Cowsert
Lila Catherine Paulson, 1892-1971, married Gabe Thompson
Ruth Mae Paulson, 1894-1970, married John Thomas Wilson
Lois Christine Paulson, 1897-1985, married Seth W. Hulmes
Joseph Osmon Paulson, 1999-1947, married Mildred Irene Jones
Dorothy Eleanor Paulson, 1901-1981, married 1) Lynn McKee Carter and 2) Charlie Brandt
Cromvill (Cromwell?) Paulson, 1904-1979, married Etta Jones
Virginia Elizabeth, died at 8 months

Several times, my mother told me that her mother (Dorothy Paulson Carter) told her the following about Gertrude Drusilla: She loved to read, and was often totally entranced with what she was reading, to the point that her many children were running around the house getting into all sorts of mischief, and she seemed not to notice. I was told many times by my grandmother that I resembled her, both physically, and because of my love of books.
Gertrude Drusilla Funkhouser Paulson
Photo in possession of Ruthann Wilbraham (via Ancestry.com)

Gertrude Drusilla Funkhouser Paulson
Photograph and digital image in the possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp



She is buried with her husband in Grove Cemetery, New Brighton, Pa.

Photo by Mark Brubaker, August 2013

Jacob Osmon Funkhouser (1839-1907) and Catherine Ufferman

Jacob Osmon Funkhouser (1839-1907)

Catherine Ufferman
Jacob Osmon Funkhouser
born Jan 10, 1839 in Beaver Falls, Beaver County, PA
Mother: Caroline Osmon/Osman, born 1808-1810, died 1880-1887
Father: Samuel Funkhouser, 1811-1861
First wife: Margaret Hays
Second wife: Catherine Ufferman (born 1844 in Butler County, PA)
Died 1907

Catherine Ufferman
born Feb. 1844 in Butler County, PA
Mother: unknown
Father: Charles Ufferman (b. 1822

Children of Jacob Osmon and Catherine:
Gertrude Drusilla
Samuel Henry
Virginia May
Harvey Allen
The following information is from History of New Brighton 1838-1939, published by the Historical Committee of the Centennial, Butler, PA, pages 30-32:

JACOB O. FUNKHOUSER was born in New Brighton on January 10, 1839. He learned the blacksmith trade with his father, but about 1866 associated himself with his brother, James Madison, and started a wagon and blacksmith shop at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Sixth Street. James Madison soon withdrew, and later Jacob O. changed to the tinning business which he pursued until he retired. In later life he served ten years as toll keeper at the Brighton bridge and died about 1907. Surviving him were Dallas, Caroline, Virginia M., Harvey A., Druscilla, wife of Joseph F. Paulson, and Samuel H. Funkhouser, all of New Brighton. Samuel H. has continued in the tinning business.”
The following information is from Genealogical and personal history of Beaver County, Pennsylvania (Volume 2) by John W. (John Woolf) Jordan:
“Jacob Osman Funkhouser, son of Samuel and Caroline (Osman)
Funkhouser, was born in New Brighton, Beaver county, Pennsylvania,
January 10, 1839, died in New Brighton. He learned the blacksmith's trade
under the supervision of his father, and worked with the latter until the
Civil War. Upon the conclusion of this struggle Mr. Funkhouser estab-
lished himself in this trade independently, later becoming a tinner, and when
he retired from this calling was toll taker at the bridge between New
Brighton and Beaver Falls for a period of ten years. He took an active
part in the public affairs of the community as an adherent of the Republican
party, and served as high constable and tax collector of the borough. For
a period of nine months he was in active service during the Civil War. He
was brought up in the faith of the Methodist Episcopal Church but later
affiliated with that of the Lutheran denomination. He was a member of the
Knights of Pythias. Mr. Funkhouser married (first) Margaret Hays, (sec-
ond) Catherine Ufferman, born in Whitestown, Butler county, Pennsyl-
vania, of German descent. Children by first marriage: Dallas, Caroline,
and an infant, the last mentioned dying young; children by second marriage:
Drusilla, who married Joseph Fillmore Paulson, of New Brighton, Penn-
sylvania ; Samuel Hendrick, of further mention ; Virginia May ; Harvey
Allen.”

Samuel Funkhouser (1811-1861) & Caroline Osmon (1810-1880)

Caroline Osmon Funkhouser (about 1810-1880)
Samuel Funkhouser
Born: Jan 4, 1811 in Beaver County, PA
Died: June 18, 1861
Mother: Nancy Ann Showalter (1778-1850)
Father: Jacob Funkhouser (1775- about  1840-50)
Wife: Caroline Osmon, born 1808-1810 in Beaver Falls, died 1880-1887

Children: 
Jacob Osmon, born Jan. 10, 1839 in Beaver Falls, died 1907
James Madison 
George Dallas
Charles
Denny
Samuel, died about 1884

The following information is from History of New Brighton 1838-1939, published by the Historical Committee of the Centennial, Butler, PA, pages 30-32:

“The first blacksmith shop in New Brighton of which there is definite record was that of SAMUEL FUNKHOUSER, which stood on Eighth Street upon the site now occupied by the First Baptist Church and was operated by him prior to 1837 and continued until after the Civil War. He was born in North Sewickley township of German ancestry, his father having been one of the first settlers north of the Ohio River. Samuel was a person of great physical strength.

“In his shop an episode had its inception which resulted in a tragedy and changed the name of a stream. One autumn day about 1845 a man whose oddly appearing garb indicated that he was an European appeared upon the streets of New Brighton and unable to understand him, sensing that he might be German someone directed him to Mr. Funkhouser’s shop. Mr. Funkhouser was known to speak German, but though he could not comprehend all the stranger said, he did understand that the man had been robbed at the market place in Pittsburgh, of most of his money. His clothing however indicated prosperity. Leaving the shop he was again seen about the streets for some time, teased by a coterie of small boys, one of whom was James Madison Funkhouser, son of the former Samuel, who related these particulars. But disappearing that evening the German was soon forgotten.

“In the early Spring of the following year some boys ascending Trough Run, the proper name of the third rivulet north of town, discovered the body of a man in the water, lodged against brush at what is known as the falls in that hollow. He had a hole in the side of his head, and was half frozen in the unmelted ice of the preceding winter. The wound was believed to have been caused by a sharp stick. When men were summoned, the corpse was identified by his garb as the odd appearing stranger seen on the streets of town some months prior thereto. He was never identified hut was buried in a rude box on the nearby hillside. Some years later an earth slide partially exposed the body. The pupils of the Bran Hill, now Thompson school, learned of what had just happened and they flocked down the hollow after dismissal to view the sight. Not knowing the correct name of the ravine they referred to it thereafter as the hollow of the dead man, so Trough Run became, though improperly “Deadman’s Hollow.” Tragedy entered the story, when it was revealed by a man on his death bed, a former town resident of unsavory record, that accompanied by another villager as derelict in morals as himself, they had killed the stranger. Thinking from his appearance that he had money they inveigled him, in some way, out the Mercer Road and into a thicket at the head of the ravine where they shot him in the side of the head. Finding nothing they cast the body in the run where it was washed down against the brush and lay there all winter.

“Mr. Funkhouser’s wife was CAROLINE OSMON who was born on her father’s farm on the site of Beaver Falls. He was an ex-English sea captain. The Funkhouser children were Jacob Osman, James Madison, George Dallas, Charles, Denny, and Samuel. James and Denny were veterans of the Civil War.

JACOB O. FUNKHOUSER was born in New Brighton on January 10, 1839. He learned the blacksmith trade with his father, but about 1866 associated himself with his brother, James Madison, and started a wagon and blacksmith shop at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Sixth Street. James Madison soon withdrew, and later Jacob O. changed to the tinning business which he pursued until he retired. In later life he served ten years as toll keeper at the Brighton bridge and died about 1907. Surviving him were Dallas, Caroline, Virginia M., Harvey A., Druscilla, wife of Joseph F. Paulson, and Samuel H. Funkhouser, all of New Brighton. Samuel H. has continued in the tinning business.


“The second Samuel Funkhouser mentioned, brother of Jacob O. will be remembered by all of the older residents and many Ft. Wayne railroad men not residents. He was a short, extremely strong man with the singular formation of 12 fingers and 12 toes, and for at least 15 years was daily on the streets delivering light freight and baggage from the New Brighton railroad station to local consignees. He used a two wheeled hand cart in which he sometimes pushed loads that were worthy of the strength of a dray horse, often singing as he trod the pavement.


“He had a pleasing personality and an excellent singing voice which he exercised frequently. For these reasons and his physical peculiarity the trainmen nearly all knew him. Upon one occasion when the train bearing the famous singer, Jennie Lind, stopped at the station, the railroaders persuaded Samuel to sing for her and held the train until he finished. He was somewhat embarrassed when she complimented him upon the sweetness of his voice. He died about 1884.

Richard Baxter McDanel

The McDanel family, probably around 1900
Photograph and digital image in possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp
This is a photo of my great-great-grandparents, Richard Baxter McDanel and Lydia Ann Marquis McDanel, and their children. Richard and Lydia are the two older people seated, and my great-grandfather, Frederick, is in the back row on the left, with the wonderful mustache. A distant cousin has written me and identified her relation, Bertha, as the daughter seated on the far left. Here is a close-up shot of Richard taken from the photo above:


Richard Baxter McDanel
Born September 4, 1844 in North Sewickley Township, Beaver County, PA
Died November 21, 1912  in Beaver County, PA
Father: Abram McDanel, born 1802 New Brighton, Beaver Falls, PA. Died 1853 or 54
Mother: Hulda Hasen
Siblings: William, Samuel, Mary, Isaac
Wife: Lydia Ann Marquis McDanel, (1842-1928)
Buried in Grove Cemetery, Beaver County

Children of Richard Baxter McDanel and Lydia Ann Marquis McDanel:
1. Frederick born Sept. 1, 1868. Married Effie Braden. Children: Marion and Helen
2. Lewis (died young)
3. Bertha – Married Henderick LaVern Heesen
4. Frank S.
5. Orrin Palmer, born Feb. 8, 1879
6. Richard B.
7. Elizabeth – Married S. S. McCudy
8. Anna – Married A.C. Kirk

In Genealogical and Personal History of Beaver County Pennsylvania, Volume II, (1914) author John W. Jordan writes:
“Richard Baxter… attended the public schools of New Brighton, but had not yet completed his education when active hostilities between the North and South broke out. Closing his school books, he hastened to enlist as a private in Company C, 63rd Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, although he was compelled to add a year to his age to gain admission to the ranks. His term of service began in 1861 and continued three years, during which period he engaged in some of the bloodiest and most hotly contested conflicts of the war, deporting himself under all conditions as a gallant and brave soldier.

“Returning to Beaver County, he searched among the arts of peace for a suitable and congenial occupation, and finally deciding to learn the carpenter's trade. This he did, and from journeyman employment became the proprietor of a lumber and planing mill. Controlling, as he did, a source of supply, and with a thorough practical knowledge of his trade, he engaged in contracting and building. Beginning under such favorable circumstances, his enterprises met with profitable success, and he became one of the most prosperous business men of the county. Honorable dealing and strict consideration for the wishes of those for whom he was conducting operations gained him many clients, and universal satisfaction followed his extensive dealings.

“With the capital acquired in this line he entered the field of oil producing and in this, as in his previous experience, he prospered, acquiring a comfortable competence.  He was a shrewd financier, far-sighted and conservative in his investments, and during his connection with the Union National Bank as director was largely responsible for the successful career of that institution.

“For over forty years he was a member of the Methodist Protestant church, to which his wife and children also belonged and for many years of that period was a member of the official board. He married, March 19, 1868, Lydia, daughter of James and Elizabeth (Sawyer) Marquis, the Rev. H. Colhoner, of the Methodist Protestant church, performing the ceremony.”

R.B. McDanel Co. lumber, after the Beaver River flooded March 27, 1913.
Photograph and digital image in possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp
The clipping below is from an unknown source, given to me by a distant cousin who is the grand-daughters of Bertha McDanel, R.B. McDanel’s daughter. It has photos of Baxter, and four of his sons (Frederick, Frank, O.P., and R. B., Jr., who helped run the company, as well as a gorgeous interior staircase from a residence, and the exterior of an unidentified church (the caption may be cut off).


A closer shot of R.B. McDanel, Sr. from the clipping
Text from the clipping: R. B. McDanel & Sons, contractors and builders, located on the corner of First Avenue and Eleventh Street, New Brighton, are among the best in their line in western Pennsylvania. R. B. McDanel, the head of the firm, served three years in the 63rd Pennsylvania Volunteers in the rebellion, and was discharged in Pittsburg in 1865. He then went to work at anything that turned up, finally drifted into the carpenter business, learned the trade, and in 1876 started in business as a contractor and builder. In 1880 he associated with Hiram McClain and started a planning mill, under the firm name of McDanel & McClain. During the ten years of their business career together they did a large business, extending from Eastern Ohio to Pittsburg and Allegheny. In 1890 R. B. McDanel purchased the interest of Mr. McClain, and since [then] the business has been run under the firm name of R. B. McDanel & Sons, taking in the boys as soon as they were through school. They are all graduates of one or more colleges, but that did not make them afraid of hard work, as each one started in the business at the bottom and is working his way to the top and success if hard work and close …in business will do it. The firm keeps abreast of the times by constantly adding the latest machinery to the plant, and employing the most skilled mechanics. A run through their mill shows they are giving a great deal of attention to fine finish and stair work, nearly one-half of the space in their large plant being taken up with that class of work. …in this line is demonstrated by the fact that they have built stairs in some of the finest residences in Beaver, Rochester, Beaver county and also in the Sewickley valley…The also do a large business in slate and slate roofing, keeping always on hand slate of all kinds. They will make your plans and specifications and take a contract to build your house from cellar to finish, or any part of it in their line, and you can rest assured that the work will be managed by competent men.

Caption under interior shot: Interior of A.S. Mease’s (?) residence, Beaver, PA, R. B. McDanel & Sons, Builders

Internet records for Company C (“recruited at Pittsburg”) indicate that Richard “mustered in” on August 1, 1861 as a Private, served for three years, and “mustered out with Company, August 1, 1864.”
“Company C was organized in New Brighton, Beaver County, in the early part of August 1861. After completion of organization the company left New Brighton for Pittsburgh, Pa., amidst a large delegation of prominent citizens: fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, wives and sweethearts bidding a sad farewell to their loved ones.

“After arriving in Pittsburgh, the company went into camp at Camp Wilkins. In a short time orders were received that all men should be sent to Washington, D.C. Accordingly, on the 26th of August, two companies, under command of Captains Berringer and Kirkwood, and several squads temporarily organized in two additional companies, in all about four hundred men, including Company C, proceeded by rail to the National Capital without arms, uniforms, or equipments.

“During the early part of September 1861, a sufficient number of men had arrived in camp to complete a regiment, and toward the close of the month were transferred to Washington, where they joined the battalion which had preceded them. Their first camp was known as Camp Sprague. On September 28th they crossed the Potomac, and landing at Alexandria, Virginia, marched about two miles out the Leesburg Pike, where they encamped at what was known as Camp Shields. On October 14th they again moved, going across Hunting Creek to the farm of James Mason, on the Mount Vernon Road, and into winter quarters at Camp Johnston. From there they embarked on transports for Fortress Monroe, and began the memorable Peninsular campaign, followed with subsequent campaigns to the expiration of their term of service, September, 1864.

“Known as the “Hanna Guards”, the officers of Company C were:
  • Jason C. Hanna, Captain
  • Jos. A. Schonlaw, First Lieutenant
  • Charles W. Taylor, Second Lieutenant
  • Henry Hurst, First Sergeant”
Source:   Gilbert Adams Hays, Captain. Under the Red Patch: Story of the Sixty-third Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1864. Published by the 63d Pennsylvania Volunteer Regiment Association. Pittsburg: Market Review Publishing Company, 1908.
letter written 26 December 1861 by Richard “Baxter” McDanel
Document and digital image in possession of Susan Brubaker Knapp
 The following is my transcription of the letter shown above:
26 December
Camp Jonston [Johnston]
I receved [received] your letter to day and was glad to hear from home [.] we ar [are] all well at preasant [present] [.] we had a nice day Chris mus [Christmas] if a person did not cair [care] what he said[.] we was routed out of bed that morning about 4 oclock [o'clock] and we started to Pohiek [Pohick Church, VA] once more and when we got their [there] they the rebbles [rebels] I mean had left[.] I supose [suppose] they wanted to draw us in to a trap but they was not sharp enough[.] we staid [stayed] there about to [two] hours when they shoad [showed] them self [themselves] on ahil [a hill] about to [two] miles off[.] when our artilery [artillery] threw a shel [shell] among them they scatered [scattered] like sheap [sheep] but they wood not fight[.]

So we had to come home and you may juge [judge] whether their [there] was enny [any] swerring [swearing] or not for we had thirty miles to march through as mudy [muddy] roads as ever you seen[.] So you know what kind of a Chris mus [Christmas] we had and I supoze [suppose] that new years will be the same and I expect that we will git [get] paid about the fifth of next month after the hollow days [holidays] or over and if thur [there] is a Box coming soon you will oblige me by sending a bottle off [of] Whisk [Whiskey] for I hant [ain't] had nothing to drink since I came out hear [here][.] the Boys are all giting [getting] fat sinc [since] cold wheuther [weather] came and iff [if] I ant [ain't git in [getting] fat I arta [ought to] for I eat all my ration at to [two] meals and have to buy grub for the other[.]

you wanted to know about that Box[.] well I was on gard [guard] the day it came and I did not see enny [any] but my one and it was all right and I did not hear enny Buddy [anybody] complaining I am very mutch [much] obliged to uncle for that to Baca [tobacco] he sent me[.]

well I havnt [haven't] got mutch [much] to say this time[.] we ar [are] giting [getting] along verry [very] well[.] we have one drill a day and that last [lasts] from six in the morning til Supertime [suppertime] So we have to wright [write] after knight [night] and if you cant [can't] read it you must not blame me[.] Give my best respects to all the girls[.]
Br McDanel
The following information is copied from the website for the 63rd Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers:
During the late summer of 1861, one hundred men from Beaver County, Pennsylvania banded together and enlisted en masse in the United States Army.  Their aim was to preserve the United States by helping to put down the confederacy.  This military unit was first called "Hanna's Light Guards," named for their commanding officer.  Later, they mustered in as Company C of the 63rd Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers.
The regiment embarked for Washington in August of 1861 and remained in camp there, transforming themselves from citizens into soldiers.  During this time recruiting continued in Pittsburgh until the regiment reached a full compliment of one thousand men.
The first time the men faced their enemy occurred at an obscure place called Pohick Church, Virginia. Three men were killed in this fight.  The regiment did not fare as well at all other battles for the remainder of the war.
The 63rd Pennsylvania embarked on General George McClellan's Peninsula Campaign during the spring of 1862.  Here, they fought in the Battles of Fair Oaks, Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Malvern Hill.  The 63rd lost one half of its men to battlefield casualties and disease during its first year of service.
The 63rd next participated in the Second Battle of Bull Run. At this engagement, the men charged an unfinished railroad cut that a rebel brigade had taken refuge behind.  After charging this position three times, the regiment finally gave ground. Of three hundred and fifty men who went into this fight, seventy-eight remained to answer roll call that evening. Among the casualties was Colonel Alexander Hays, who was severely wounded.
The next battle in which the 63rd found itself was at Chancellorsville. The regiment lost over one-third of its men through their valiant fight at this engagement. During the Battle of Gettysburg the 63rd found itself on the front lines and performed gallantly throughout the second day's fight.  Alexander Hays, now promoted to the rank of General, commanded a division that helped throw back the ill-fated Pickett's Charge.
During the fall of 1863, the 63rd received a large number of drafted men to swell its depleted ranks.  However, it never again reached the 1,000-man strength it had just sixteen months before.
During the spring of 1864, the regiment participated in General Grant's overland campaign to take Richmond.  They fought in the Battles of the Wilderness, Cold Harbor, Spotsylvania, and Petersburg.
On September 9, 1864, the three-year term of enlistment for the 63rd Pennsylvania officially ended, and the men were mustered out of service.  Of the one hundred and three men who left Beaver County in 1861, thirteen remained present for duty.  One dozen of their comrades, who made up the remainder of the company, lay seriously wounded in field hospitals.
I’m not sure if I have all my facts straight yet, but it looks like Richard’s great-grandparents, Rachel (1750-1824) and Archibald McDanel (1751-1819), immigrated to America from Scotland sometime before the Revolutionary War.