Category Archives: Family Histories

York-Shipley connections

My post Quonset huts of York-Shipley in Springettsbury resulted in many reader comments; among them were a host of York-Shipley connections questions: Is Sam Shipley, the president of York-Shipley, related to William Shipley who championed the York Plan during WWII? … Continue reading

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Ensuing burials of colonial Spangler bodies

Several YorksPast readers asked me to research the ensuing burials of the bodies unearthed from the colonial Spangler Graveyard; a forgotten private burial ground that was eventually built over in the first block of North Harlan Street within Springettsbury Township. … Continue reading

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Spanglers in York: Plantation of earliest family member

Caspar was the earliest Spangler to settle in York County, Pennsylvania; doing so in 1729 with his brothers Henry and Baltzer following in 1732. Several YorksPast readers wanted to see the whole extent of Caspar’s initial plantation via the same … Continue reading

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Mahlon Haines starred in a Paramount movie

Mahlon Haines, of Shoe House fame, starred in a Paramount movie that was shown around the nation. The title of the 10-minute short is “The Spirit of Seventy.” It was shown prior to featured attractions between 1953 and 1955. In … Continue reading

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Digging up human bones in Springettsbury

Human bones were dug up on at least three occasions while constructing buildings within the East York tract in Springettsbury Township. A 1927 newspaper article reported, “It is said that the land on which these bodies have been found was … Continue reading

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Widespread One-Room School names in York County

While working on a family history for a neighbor in Arizona, Sally Snyder found the following passage in an old, although relevant, connecting family history. “He walked two-miles to Miller’s One-Room Schoolhouse, from the family farm in southern York County, … Continue reading

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Readers Choose Top 10 Posts during April 2017

Near the beginning of every month, I’m sharing with my readers the top 10 posts from the previous month. This single graphic, features illustrations from all top 10 posts; however giving greater space to the higher ranked posts. Synopsis and … Continue reading

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Meadowbrook Tavern Menu loaded with neat stuff

Meadowbrook Tavern menus were always loaded with neat photos and history about the Meadowbrook Mansion. This enlarged section of a photo from a menu is most likely of the Edwin B. Myers family, with a farm hand, showing off their … Continue reading

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First York County WWI soldier dies in France

Walter L. Fitzgerald was the first York County WWI soldier to die on foreign soil, doing so on January 5, 1918. Private Fitzgerald is buried in the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery just east of Fere-en-Tardenois in France; within Plot C, Row … Continue reading

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Local WWI Veterans buried in Europe

Writing a family history book produces appreciative actions and notes of thanks for connecting distant, and sometimes no so distant, family members. The French gravesite of WWI Veteran Blaine B. Barshinger has received numerous floral decorations by even distant Barshinger … Continue reading

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