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Re: Rufus Geer moved to PA early 1800's
Posted by: Alice Whipple Willcutt Date: December 30, 2000 at 07:43:50
In Reply to: Re: Rufus Geer moved to PA early 1800's by Sandy Hatch of 1061

Hi Sandy!
My ggrandparents Henry Whipple and Caroline Woodmansee Decker were married in Clifford, PA, Susquehanna Co. not far from where Henry was born and raised in Greenfield, PA. Caroline was a widow with a daughter Etta. Her husband Harvey Decker was killed with a team of horses in the woods (logging). Henry and Caroline moved to nearby Wayne Co. (orson ) and raised a family. Prior to marriage Henry had fought in the Civil War in the Pa 177th infantry. Their children were: Etta Decker (married a Whipple - distant cousin of Henry's) Joseph Wellington, married, no children, lived in Orson---Ord Everett, married, no children, was a Methodist Episcopal missionary to Africa, died in California---Clyde Arden, married to Edna Alice Robinson, 12 children, my grandfather ---Irma Whipple Case, divorced, no children---Sadie,never married, no children. Etta did have a daughter who had at least 1 child. Yes, my grandparents lost 3 young children but not in 1 year, but in a single week from diptheria. Caroline cared for each one, preparing each for burial. They were Myron, 11 years. Ada and a 3rd name unknown. This has been particularly comforting to me in a way, knowing that my ggrandmother had this type of strength. 2 years ago at Christmas time we had a housefire and lost our 10 year old daughter, Ashleigh. Grandma survived her tragedy somehow, but life is never the same.
"Dire" is a name my Dad remembers as a young child, so maybe the nickname is correct.
Also, my dad says that a Theodore Hatch lived next door to Henry and Caroline--any relation to you?
Orson is in Wayne Co. PA but not far from my home. I have been to the cemetery there several times as a child and as an adult. Henry, Caroline, their 3 young children, Irma and Sadie, Uncle Joe and wifeare buried there. Can you tell me how you are related to Caroline and other relatives who may have lived in NE PA? When I find out more I'll let you know. OH, yes we have a picture of Caroline and Henry and their children on the Whipple website: www.whipple.org Look for descendants of Truman Whipple heading.

Hope this helps!

Alice


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