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You might have an “Hessian” ancestor too

Our area has a high concentration of descendants of so called “Hessians.” This general term was applied to those soldiers from German-speaking regions whose rulers hired out their regiments to fight on the side of the British during the Revolutionary … Continue reading

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The Hessians of Lewis Miller

You might be familiar with two books featuring drawings of Lewis Miller published by The Historical Society of York County/York County Heritage Trust/York County History Center over the years. Lewis Miller, Sketches and Chronicles: The Reflections of a Nineteenth Century … Continue reading

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Not all York County news of the past was good

Most of us probably think of African American persecution when we hear Ku Klux Klan. The haters cast a broader net in York County in the first half of the twentieth century. Anyone not a white protestant was fair game … Continue reading

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York’s Historical Markers on the Square–Part 2

This is the second on my series on the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission markers in York’s Continental/Center Square. It marks the site of the Black Horse Tavern, one of the earliest buildings in York, The proprietor, Baltzer Spengler, was … Continue reading

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More U.S. Presidental Ancestors Called York County Home

My previous post told how researchers connected U.S. presidents Barack Obama, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and William McKinley with their York County, Pa. roots. Below are a couple more presidents and a vice president whose families have been traced back … Continue reading

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Small Family Left a Large Mark on York County

Philip A. Small examining Christian Roth’s wheat Whenever I start researching some York County history, it seems like someone from the Small family turns up. Pennsylvania German immigrant Lorentz Small settled in Windsor Township in 1743, but soon the family … Continue reading

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York Haven Suspicious of Slavs

It was 1908. Although their families had been immigrants only a hundred years or so before, some York County people weren’t too sure about the new immigrants coming in to work at plants, mills and quarries or to build roads. … Continue reading

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