|Birth: ||Jul. 15, 1844|
|Death: ||Jun. 16, 1933|
Helena was very prominent in social, religious and educational circles in Williamsport. At the time of her death she was the last of Charter Members of the Mulberry Methodist Church and the oldest graduate of Dickinson Seminary (now Lycoming College) B.L. in the class of 1862.
From Lycoming County Womens History Collection
Helena Julia Mussina Burch Helena Julia Mussina was born in Williamsport on July 15, 1844. She was the fourth child of Jacob Lyons Mussina and Jerusha P. Bailey. Her parents were very active in Williamsport. Her father was the proprietor of a very successful watch and jewelry business. He also started the first bank, was the first telegraph operator, the first railroad agent, a clerk to the judge of elections, and a trustee and recording steward of the Pine Street Methodical Episcopal Church. He was active in the founding years of Dickinson Seminary. Helena's mother, Jerusha P. Bailey, was a leader in church and charitable work in the community and her portrait and a history of the local temperance movements are included in the LCWHC collection. Helena was educated at Dickinson Seminary, graduating in 1862, during the Civil War. She was an active member of the Tripartite Union Society (the women's literary society) and was also the salutatorian of her class. One of her short stories and her graduation address are included in this collection. Her autograph album, "A Floral Album," was donated to Lycoming College by her granddaughter and namesake, Helena Burch, and it is included in the collection. Mussina gathered the autographs of many of her classmates and friends, including that of Jean "Jennie" Saylor Brown, who became a prominent Williamsport physician. Helena married Orange Emmons Burch on October 4, 1964, when she was 20 years old. Emmons had just returned from serving in the Civil War. Helena and Emmons were the parents of three children. Helena died on June 17, 1933.
Father: Jacob Lyons Mussina b 4-29-1807 Aaronsburg, PA, d. 1-8-1888 Williamsport, Pa.
Mother Jerusha Bailey Mussina, b Williamsport, PA, d. 2-11-1886 Williamsport, Pa.
Jacob Lyons Mussina (1807 - 1888)
Jerusha P Bailey Mussina (1813 - 1886)
Orange Emmons Burch (1839 - 1901)
Arthur C Burch (1867 - 1946)*
Willard Emmons Burch (1872 - 1964)*
Thomas S Mussina*
Joseph Wood Mussina (1835 - 1912)*
Sylvester Mussina (1838 - 1908)*
Helena Julia Mussina Burch (1844 - 1933)
Mary Agnes Mussina Bryan (1846 - 1904)*
Jacob Lyons Mussina (1847 - 1916)*
Created by: Mary Legg Parenteau
Record added: Oct 16, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 78524214
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