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Leanne Keefer Bechdel (#46601597)
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Bio Photo I am ever searching for my ancestors. Both our families are 12 generation Americans, some 13! Most German, Dutch and Native American. Surnames: Bechtel, Bechdel, Keffer, Keefer, DeHaas, Van Houten, Rohrbach ,Strouss, Houser, Lozier, Losier, Le Sueur Begraft, Slot. I have always been seeking their old headstones and cemeteries so I started "collecting" photos years ago. Now, I finally have a place to help people find those long lost graves. I am earnestly trying to photograph the numerous very old graves scattered about my area of Central Pennsylvania. Many a brave pioneer family headstone will be lost to ravages of time. I've been known to commit various acts of genealogy kindness. Willing to headstone hunt in Union, Snyder, Northumberland, Lycoming and parts of Centre Counties. Contact me with any ?s, corrections or requests. Presently trying to start getting all the churches to transcribe their records for better availability as well as historical document preservation techniques. Help is needed. If you see my name on a cemetery photo, then it is accessible to me and I may have more information, feel free to ask. IF I HAVE ENTERED OR PHOTOGRAPHED YOUR ANCESTORS, PLEASE write me, I can give you "ownership" of their memorial here! Follow the guidelines and I need the memorial # and your member number.
Proud member of the Colonial Dames of the 17th Century John Hand Chapter and the Shikelimo DAR chapter, Senior re-organizing President of The Regina Hartman Society of The Children Of The American Revolution. I have been an active living history presenter for the past 20 years. A gunner of Coren's Independent Artillery with the Continental Lines. Living history presenter with focus on Revolutionary War and late 18th c Pennsylvania, various class portrayals, laundress, street cryer, tapes weaving, letter writing, representing everyday colonial American ancestry.
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Storres Myers
RE: Glenn Bechdel sponsorship

You are welcome. You now have room for more photos and we can share the photos of his unique grave site.--Storres
Added by Storres Myers on Mar 29, 2014 12:24 PM
John Barnhart
Matthew Irwin

Hi, My name is John Barnhart, originally from Montgomery, PA (parents out of centre co.). Anyway, I'm looking for info on Matthew Irwin, buried in Christ Lutheran Church cemetery. Do you have a picture of his headstone and/or that of his wife?

Thank you,
Added by John Barnhart on Mar 25, 2014 8:36 PM
RE: Eliza DeHaas
Sorry I do not have a copy of the article from the Newspaper. I will try to find again and email to you. I was looking for another obit and I can't pass up an obit.
Added by McHunter45 on Mar 18, 2014 3:02 PM
Jack Vander-Schrier
Regarding Wendel Bakers wife - her name was Angelina Hottenstein - 4/2/1730-8/29/1814 Hope that helps


Added by Jack Vander-Schrier on Mar 06, 2014 10:54 PM
Anna Dersham Photo
Thanks so much for uploading another picture of this headstone.

Is there any way I can get a newer version of this picture without the vegetation in front of it so I can see the dates?

Thank you so much for your time!
Added by greenlief on Mar 02, 2014 8:42 PM
Elsie Neville Goodrich
Photo added to Thomas Neville
Is it possible the photo of the tombstone you added to Thomas Neville #6155474 belongs to Thomas N Neville #6155450? Your photo shows a definite N for the middle name. Thomas N Neville is my Great Uncle. I know it does not show the dates of birth and death but they are Nov. 22, 1836 as his birth and June 12, 1875 as his date of death. He was killed by a falling tree. Thank you for your consideration in this matter and for the photo. Also thank you for all the work and photos you have taken and added. Elsie Neville Goodrich
Added by Elsie Neville Goodrich on Feb 17, 2014 11:16 PM
Mary Farley
david chapman
I am working on a DAR application and in desperate need of a transcription of the Pine Street Cemetery. Since there is no stone for David, I am guessing that you might be able to point me in the right direction. Please help.
Added by Mary Farley on Feb 01, 2014 5:40 PM
Anne Wagner
George Wendel Wolfe #78865256
Leanne, when I read the lower left hand date on this mans' stone for whom you were the photographer, it doesn't look to me like what is popularly thought to be his date of birth. Can you clarify that date for me? I'm hoping it will be "crisper" for you. Thank you, Anne Wagner #48239969
Added by Anne Wagner on Dec 08, 2013 12:51 PM
Arthur Hepler
George Jacob Hepler 1744
Following is my take on George Jacob Hepler. I keep wondering if there were two Jacob Hepler,s because of the different story. I think that the other story mixes Jacob Hepler Jr. in with Jacob Hepler Sr. Jacob Hepler Jr's brother John's wife was Frederick Shoop's daughter, and would be more inclined to have dealings with Frederick Shoop

The Westmoreland account is based on 1798 direct tax records and 1800 census record. Also Jacob's son David of Westmoreland Co. was born in Nescopeck Twp. in 1789. His death certificate supported the year. and his parents were givin as Jacob and Elizabeth

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Jacob Hepler sailed with his parents (Casper & Susanna Schieble Hoeppler(Hepler) to America from Rotterdam, Holland. He arrived in Philadelphia, PA on Sept. 16, 1748 aboard the Ship ", PATIENCE" along with his father, mother, and younger brother Christopher. He grew up in Northampton Co. about 10 miles South of Allentown, PA Jacob was a veteran of the Revolutionary War. He was a private in the 4th Battalion, PA Militia under Colonel Seigfried at Bethlehem, PA, part of General Israel Putman's Brigade. The man who made famous the saying "Don't shoot till you see the whites of their eyes". After the war he sold his portion of the land inherited from his father to his brother. Jacob and Henry Hepler were included in a 1796 list of taxables in Nescopeck Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. About 1797 Jacob with his family moved to the Barren Run Area of South Huntingdon Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA The Direct Tax of 1798 records Jacob Hepler as living in South Huntingdon Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA At that time he was living on a place of 343 acres with a house (17X17) and barn (40X25). 202 acres of this land was owned by Samuel Rule and 141 acres was owned by Thomas Shields. In 1798 Jacob’s neighbors were Henry Hoffman and George Sherbondy. Henry Hoffman died in 1802. Henry Hoffman's Will specified that the sale of his farm was to be used to build a church. A few years later the First Brick Church in Western, PA was built on the Henry Hoffman land patent and dedicated in 1813. The present Hoffman Church, built in 1866 was located not far from this first brick church. Rules’s and Shield’s lands laid some what northeast and southeast of Hoffman’s. This information places our Jacob Hepler in 1798 residing within an eastern 1 mile radius of the present Hoffman Church, most likely along the Barren Run Road. The 1800 census showed Jacob (last name spelled Helper), his wife, three sons, and two daughters living in South Huntingdon Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA, probably at the same 1798 location. About 1802/03 Jacob left his four younger sons in Westmoreland Co. and removed to Sugar Creek Twp., Armstrong Co., PA where his older son Jacob Jr., had settled. Jacob remained in the Sugar Creek Twp. area of Armstrong Co., PA until his death in 1808. Jacob and Elizabeth are buried at Wilson Cemetery, Donegal Twp.. Butler Co., PA The Wilson Cemetery is in the woods behind the White Oak Cemetery which is in Fairview Twp., Butler Co., PA. The township lines cut through the area between the White Oak cemetery and the Wilson cemetery.
Added by Arthur Hepler on Dec 02, 2013 11:52 AM
I am the Records Custodian for the Highland Cemetery in Lock Haven, PA. I have been updating
the records for the Rohe family after we reset a stone that had fallen over. We have seven Rohes listed, but you have fifteen buried in Highland. Could you give me a call to talk about this. I want to make sure our records are up-to-date and correct. Carol Pearsall 570-748-5593 or cell 570-295-9497

Added by Carol on Nov 27, 2013 10:09 AM
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