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Re: Look-ups in the 1896 "Biographical Encyclopedia of Juniata Valley"
Posted by: p sue barr (ID *****7566) Date: June 23, 2004 at 14:07:53
In Reply to: Re: Look-ups in the 1896 "Biographical Encyclopedia of Juniata Valley" by Dolores Agnello-Woods of 621

Unfortunately, nothing in the books about any of the above families. However, I did find out a few things going through the various censuses.

Peter A. Britcher (born in January, 1827 according to the 1900 census)was born in York County, Pa (according to the 1850 Jackson twp, Perry, Pa census - he is listed as Peter 'Pretcher'). He first married Naomi (Shuman?). Philip Britcher, born May, 1849 was their son. They had at least 8, possibly 10 children. Peter then married an Elizabeth J. (born July, 1843). In the 1900 census, Peter and Elizabeth say that they have been married 39 years (1861?) and Elizabeth says that she has had 13 children, 9 of whom still survive by 1900. In the 1870 census Peter and Elizabeth have living with them Edward (8), George(6), Anna (4, born January, 1866), Harvey(2), and Adela(1). By the 1880 census, Peter and Elizabeth have living with them the same five children (Adela is now called Adda) plus William R. (8), Alice (5), Della (3), and Charles(1). This totals 9 children but whether or not these are the 9 surviving children by 1900 is unknown. Peter and Naomi's son Philip is in the 1880 springfield, Clark, Ohio census, single and working. By 1900, he is in Juniata twp, Perry county, saying he has been married 21 years. He is married to Annie (who says in the 1910 censes that her marriage to Philip is her 2nd marriage). Annie says that she has had by 1900 6 children, 4 of whom still survive by 1900 (whether or not these 6 children were all from her 2nd marriage is unknown). Philip says that he was born in May, 1849 and Annie says that she was born in March of 1849. The 2 children still at home are Frank (born May, 1880) and Bertha (born March 1882).

Next door to Peter and Elizabeth Bretcher in the 1870 Jackson twp census are Harry (age 28) and Mary Gehr(age 26). No children, so presumbably quite recently married. By the 1880 census, Mary Gehr (now listed as Ann M. Gehr) is with her 3 children Morris (9), Harry(6), and a 29-month-old unnamed infant. Ann M. Gehr is staying with her father and says that she is 'keeping house', so either Harry Gehr died or they are separated or divorced. Ann M.Gehr's father is Thomas Woods, born about 1803 in Juniata county. His wife was Nancy. Thomas Woods was a son of Robert Woods (born Ireland and emigrated to America in the latter part of the 18th century) who married a Miss Lyle of Chester county. Robert Woods had been trained as a shoemaker in Ireland, but after emigrating became a full-time farmer. His son Thomas (father of Mr.s Harry Gehr) married Nancy and had 4 children, 3 girls and 1 boy (James). Ann M. was the youngest of the 4 children.

Eli Etter is a son of Daniel and Catherine Etter and can be found with his parents and siblings in the 1850 Oliver twp and 1860 Newport census. By the 1870 Ridgeway, Elk county, Pa census, Eli (spelled Ely in the census) is married to Martha. He is 26 and she is 25. Their 3 children in the 1870 census are Leila (5), Thomas (3), and James(1). By the 1880 census, Eli and Martha (called Martha Ellen in thes census)are in Sergeant, McKean county, Pa. Their children are Lila May (15), Thomas A. (12), James R.(10), Harry E.(6), Ella C.(5), and Minnie A.(4). By the 1900 Philadelphia, Pa census, they are found living at 1510 Porter Street and only daughter Minnie is with them. Eli says he was born in March of 1844 and has been married 37 years (1863?) and Martha (called Ellen in this census) says she was born in November, of 1844 and has had 7 children - all of whom still survive by 1900. Minnie says that she was born in June of 1876. Looking through other 1900 censuses, Thomas A. Etter, born Pa in June, 1865 has married Emma Buehl and lives in New Jersey. James R. Etter, born april, 1870, has married Lizzie. Harry Etter, born December, 1874, has married Janice.

Hope this helps,

Sue


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