That genealogy bug bit me one day in the winter of 1983. I was attending my great aunt's funeral in Brooklyn, Pennsylvania, and it was there, at that cemetery that it hit me.
We were standing in the middle of a quaint old cemetery divided in two parts by a small country road. As I looked around at the headstones there, I noticed the name Brown on quite a few. I was told that they were all part of my family. I stood in front of a larger monument of a stone that read W Z Brown and realized that this was my greatgreatgrandfather. I started looking at all the other stones in this area and haven't stopped since.
Later I would come to find out that this was known as Brooklyn Evergreen cemetery and across the road was the "old & new" Brooklyn Cemetery. It would be some time later that I discovered I had ancestors on both sides of that country road.
My Uncle Bill sent each one of his siblings a 1944 booklet with information on the Brown family. It was written by my greatgrandaunts (Permelia & Candace Brown) and updated by Uncle Bill.
It wasn't until I started playing with a computer program called the FamilyTree Maker Deluxe Edition, that I became interested again in that little blue booklet my uncle gave to my mother. From the moment I typed in my name and those of my parents, I was totally hooked.
I have been back to that little cemetery a few times getting the dates off stones and just enjoying a day with the past. That Little cemetery in the township of Brooklyn, Pennsylvania in Susquehanna County is where a lot of my family history begins and ends. My Brown family came from Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont to Lathrop Township, Harford Brooklyn, and Hop Bottom, Pa. They not only came to that lovely place, but raised several more generations there. With the burial of my Great Aunt Edna Cruise Brown Tiffany, it was the end of our family living in an area they had lived in for over 200 years.
My Williams/Koch family history is under construction: I have recently found my Greatgrandfather Thomas R. Williams born in 1851 in Wales married to Mary A. Smith born in 1868 in Wales. They had my Grandfather Alfred S. Williams born in 1892 in Olyphant, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania. Alfred married Ruth Anna Koch born in 1900 in Scranton, Pa. Ruth was the daughter of John H. Koch born in 1872 in Olyphant and Dora (Van Deecke) Dakey born in 1872 in Archbald, Pa., my Great granparents. Dora was the daughter of Henry Van Deecke born in 1839 in Hannover, Germany and Dorothy Miller born in 1847 in Hannover, Germany my 2nd Greatgrandparents.
*(note: "Dorothy Miller married Henry Van Deecke at the age of 16. He loved her so much that he stowed away on the boat when they left Hamburg, Germany. He was an only child of a well-to-do German family--Grandmom Miller had them married in Scranton, as soon as they came to America. He dropped the Van from his name then.")
NEW BOOK: One Branch of the Tewksbury Family.
"The Ancestry of Daniel Tewksbury 1782-1851 and Listing of His descendants" by Ralph Tewksbury.
Email Ralph and see about purchasing a copy.
Research & Records
Tewksbury Cousins Announcements/Events My Family Vine Pennsylvania Family Reunions Names being Researched in
Cousin Natalie's site Natalie's Tewksburys Mom's Branch Memorial to my Mom My Grandpa's Ancestors Dad's Branch My Dad's USS Bogue WWII Pics Brown Cousins Brotzman Site
another cousin in law
My Brown line The Brown Family Album My Williams Line The Williams Family Album Miller/Deecke Cousins Cousin Ed'ssite. My Squire/Squires Line My Voorhees Line My Koch Line The Koch Family Album My Sterling Cousins Hinds/Sterling The Tewksbury Album My (Van) Deecke Line Clan Stirling-Sterling Online Jon Sterling's Home Page My Tewksbury line Tewksbury Family Stones The Deecke Family Album Tiffany, Tingley, & Wilmarth
My Tiffany Line My Wilmarth Line Family Wills Family Reunions of the Past Faith's Tingley/Tiffany/Wilmarth Betty's Tingley/Tiffany/Wilmarth Family News Cemeteries of Susquehanna Co., Pa. and neighboring counties Jury List of April 1, 1858 Maplewood Cemetery Records My Shirttail Cousins Charles Woodruff's ancestors Obituaries Susquehanna Co. Birth Records 1912 Recorded Deeds per the Montrose Democrat paper Squires/Squiers/Squire
Some 1800's Marriages Family Bibles 1912 Listing of Brooklyn, Pa.- Residents over 70 Idaho Sims CAMPGROUNDS
A great place to stay while researching
OHIO Happy Hills Family Campgrounds Sold PENNSYLVANIA Slumber Valley Campgrounds MJ'S PART II Susquehanna Co., Home of my Ancestors
My Cuzzin & Sister n Laws Bosket Family Cemeteries Of Susquehanna Co. Civil War Monument THE ORPHANS PROJECT Mystery Photos Postcards (towns) Schools Churches MARTY'S Slovak & German Ancestors Other Diamond State Data Services La France genealogy
My Family TreeJan's site ****MORE LINKS****
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BOOKS STORIES FROM MY PENNSYLVANIA VOL. 1 STORIES FROM MY PENNSYLVANIA VOL. 2
Books I Own Awards
****** Susquehanna County Historical Society,*** Harford Historical Society, ***Wyoming County Historical Society
*per notes and data from: Permelia and Candace Brown, William E. Brown, Virginia Potter Alleman, Natalie Cottrill, Darleen Purcell, Stan Squires, Mary Jane (Wilmarth) Taylor, various other "new" cousins, and MJ Williams
*Thanks to all who gave me permission to list their links
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