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Kathi Wertman (#47339668)
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RE: Thomas McQuay
Here is the bio on Thomas McQuay...feel free to use all of it or just some of it or change it to say what you'd prefer. Thanks so much for doing this.

"Thomas McQuay was born 14 August 1846 to William and Caroline McQuay in Lewis, Northumberland County,PA. He enlisted in the Union Army 15 August 1864 as a Private. He was listed as a substitute to Company E Pennsylvania Regiment 102nd Infantry when he mustered out 20 June 1865.

He married Julia A Smith of Port Penn, Lycoming County, PA on 7th January 1868. They lived in Delaware, Northumberland County, PA and raised 6 children. In 1908, they and 2 of their adult children moved to Watsontown, PA and lived with their daughter Jennie, her husband David Flick and their 3 young children. Julia McQuay died in 1910 and her death certificate stated she was an invalid for two years. It is assumed that Jennie took care of her mother Julia as all the adults in the household worked outside the home.

Thomas McQuay died at age 85 on 28 November 1931 and is buried with his wife Julia and grandson Woods Flick in River Church Cemetery, Watsontown, PA."

I looked up the word "substitute" in regards to the Civil War...apparently someone who was drafted could pay a substitute to serve in their place. "These men, and many others, avoided military service by simply taking advantage of that section of the Enrollment Act of 1863 allowing draftees to pay $300 to a substitute who served for them." This Act was changed in 1865 to impose loss of citizenship to anyone accused of draft evasion....assume it was the ones who paid the "substitutes" to take their place in the military and not the "substitutes" themselves.

Thanks again,
Added by Sara on Aug 23, 2015 6:02 PM
gisele kurtz mitchell
RE: Watsontown Cemetery
Hi, I am sorry I didn't answer this earlier....I forgot to tell you the truth...No I am not related to those JONES, that I know of. My great aunt Lura Kurtz, married Cecil Jones. They lived in Milton are buried in Harmony cemetery. His parents were John Franklin Jones, & Gertrude. Hope all is well. oh yeh, I did look into the book. I just haven't ordered it yet. Thanks Again, G
Added by gisele kurtz mitchell on Aug 23, 2015 5:33 PM
RE: Woods Flick
How nice that your church is doing this celebration and will read the names of the veteran's to honor them for their service....very special. If you can, let me know when this is planned and I'll be there if possible.

Your church is lovely...the cemetery is beautifully maintained...and I have seen my share of un-maintained cemeteries!!

Will write up a brief bio of Thomas McQuay and send it to you.

Thanks for all you do,
Added by Sara on Aug 18, 2015 5:25 AM
RE: Woods Flick
Thanks so much for adding the gravestone photo to Jennie's memorial page and doing the edits for Woods Flick.

I am related (remotely) to Jennie McQuay Flick...her parents are Thomas/Julia McQuay..and then Thomas' brother is Jesse great-grandfather. I don't usually go this much in depth on great uncles/aunts/distant cousins and their children...but have found it so easy with census records from this time period and in PA records re: death certificates which have their burial locations.

I have Thomas/Julia's marriage date and his military service...will send you the dates on an edit. Thanks so much for your offer to add any information that I have.

Are you related at all to this branch of the family?? I have lots of information on the PA McQuay family.

Thanks again,
Added by Sara on Aug 17, 2015 1:30 PM
Woods Flick
Just to let you know I sent an edit for him and took his name/birth/death information from his death certificate. How great that PA has made these available..I have found so much information from them including parents names, mother's maiden names and cemeteries buried "easy" some PA records are!!

Thanks again,
Added by Sara on Aug 17, 2015 6:25 AM
David Flick
Thank you so much for taking this gravestone photo...what a nice surprise to see it this morning!!!

I live in CT and went to this cemetery a few years ago. I wandered around and found his wife Jennie's parents Thomas/Julia McQuay (my maiden name and how I have the ancestral connection) but couldn't find David and wonderful that you did.

Speaking of his wife Jennie...she is on this gravestone photo that you took of David Flick. I have a photo request in for her too..and would really appreciate it...when you have the time...if you could also put this great photo on Jennie's memorial page.

Thanks again for all that you do...let me know if you need anything in the CT area.

Good luck with your genealogy,
Added by Sara on Aug 17, 2015 6:18 AM
gisele kurtz mitchell
RE: Watsontown Cemetery
WOW!!...That was quite an undertaking...thanks for the heads up about the book, I will have to get one. I used to go to Milton when I was little, last time I was there with Family was 1982. My great aunt & uncle, Lura & cecil Jones lived there. We would go to the cemetery to pay our respect to Family....I got soooo into this Genealogy business, & decided I would make the trip for a small family reunion in Lewisburg & at the same time visit some cemeteries. I basically "ran" around photographing all the names that I thought/knew where in my tree. I took over 1100 photos between Watsontown, Milton, Harmony, Follmer Lutheran church, Auten Cemetery, Pine Grove in Berwick, & 2 others. I could have spent more time, but I had to get home...WORK! :( Deep family roots in Northumberland county. I spoke to Larry Hill yesterday about his Milton Website. Nice guy. Well, I gotta get back to the photos...very time consuming, as you well know. I try not to be a pest with the corrections!...thanks, G
Added by gisele kurtz mitchell on Jun 15, 2015 1:53 PM
gisele kurtz mitchell
Watsontown Cemetery
Hi, I just wanted to let you know I have been adding photos to the cemetery. You may want to go back & check your well as the WERTMANs added a lot of photos for them! G
Added by gisele kurtz mitchell on Jun 14, 2015 4:49 PM
Larry Hill
Hi Kathi - thanks for linking. No, I am not related, but have been researching the Rhoads families from Milton for the past few days. I am having a rough time with the family of Major Joseph C. Rhoads (b. 1785), who was a pioneer of Milton. Finally pieced together enough leads to identify his first wife, Susannah Straub, but can't seem to find a clue to the identity of his second wife, who was the mother of his kids. She died sometime between 1837 and 1850, so there are no census records for her. I have put my findings on my Milton History web site so you can review them if you like.

If you have any bits of information that might help, and wouldn't mind sharing, maybe we can work together on building the Rhoads family's history.

Also, if you visit the Milton site, you can contact me directly if you like, so we don't have to go through F-A-G.

Larry Hill
Added by Larry Hill on Feb 17, 2015 6:57 AM
Larry Hill
Hi Kathi - please link John McKinley Rhoads #69851677 with his wife Jennie M. (Stoughton) Rhoads #69851687, and add her maiden name. Thanks!

Larry Hill
Added by Larry Hill on Feb 16, 2015 11:18 AM
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