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Bio Photo Up until five years ago I had a rather fuzzy view of my place in this country: of where I come from, who I am and how I got where I am today.

Some years ago I accepted a challenge from an Aunt, the last of my father's generation, to organize her family photograph albums and document her recollections.

The set of six albums contains over a thousand photographs from as long ago as 1860. It seems like there has always been someone in the family who had a camera. Moreover, my Aunt knows the names of the individuals on all but a handful of the pictures.

As I scanned each one I created a page for that individual using a Legacy genealogy program and this project became the basis for all the work that has followed.

Along the way I have discovered stories of loss and suffering, of sacrifice and commitment. A widowed aunt with minor children marries a widower with minor children to protect the young from the ravages of a northern Pennsylvania winter in 1860. A grandfather is wounded in battle at Valley Forge at age 14 but rejoins the fight as soon as he is healed. An uncle dies of typhus in a camp hospital during the Civil War.

Suddenly I am aware of being a whole person, of having a place in this country, of having blood in the ground. And my passion for knowing more is second only to my desire to complete the archive and pass it to the next generation.

There are many people to thank for making the discoveries possible, but no one more than my own parents for giving me a nurturing home, a compassionate nature and a curiosity to explore.
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David Stokes
Sadie Owens
I transferred the memorial today, no problem doing it don't worry. I would love anymore information on the Owens-Vaughn line if you have any, or pictures, etc... Thank you!
Added by David Stokes on Dec 24, 2013 11:21 AM
Scott McManimen
Kenneth Robert Coltri
Email F.A.G. and have them combine the 4 memorials, 2 and 2.... Thanks, Scott
Added by Scott McManimen on Nov 16, 2013 9:20 AM
Joseph & Robin Warfield
Commons Line
Thanks for all of the great info you have sent me. It is very much appricaited.
Added by Joseph & Robin Warfield on Oct 27, 2013 10:03 AM
Conservative Patriot
Daniel A. Owen grave
I have seen this name: Mary Jane Wetmore.
Added link from Daniel A to Simon Decker Owen.
Added by Conservative Patriot on Sep 30, 2013 5:45 PM
Conservative Patriot
Found another Patterson

William H. Patterson
Added by Conservative Patriot on Sep 24, 2013 6:30 PM
Conservative Patriot
Horatio Owen
Revisited Horatio grave today (still bugging me), but stood back from all four cardinal directions to look for associations, and actually I think he is at the tail end of a row of Pattersons... which makes more sense to me based on Maple Hill visit.
Added by Conservative Patriot on Sep 10, 2013 2:38 PM
Conservative Patriot
Horatio Owen
There is a Horatio Owen civil war veteran in New York (NY volunteers), but I tracked down his grave and history, and it is not the same family as Charleston Township Owen's (different parents, etc.). So some censuses of NY after war might be the other Horatio.

Wortman (Workman), yes send the records scanned to my email. My main interest is finding all the civil war vets of tioga county as I have no relatives here to study. Any clue is helpful.
Amazing how many are missing honor flags.
Many who survived moved to free lands in KS, NE, WI, and MI after the war.

Tioga County had the highest casualty rate per 1000 soldiers of all the Union counties in the war. The poor lads, considered rugged woodsman and sharpshooters, ended up being placed in the middle of every major battle at key points (Round Top Gettysburg, bridge at Antietam, etc.) or often send behind enemy lines to take an intersection or rail head (flanks of Petersburg).. out numbered and surrounded.
Added by Conservative Patriot on Sep 10, 2013 10:29 AM
Conservative Patriot
Horatio Owen
His grave is a the section surrounded by Peake and Satterly graves. In fact, for 6 months, I thought, egged on by Peake family members, that he was Horatio Owen Peake. (Plenty of graves in this cemetery leave off last names, driving us crazy as we walk through.) But this weekend, I was cross-checking grave photos against graves in the cemetery to see if I missed any grave photos, and once again came across Horatio Owen. Scratched my head.. this grave is out of place. I then told the Peake family, what if this fellow is really Horatio Owen?? Owen is common historic name in that area of the county and Horatio is quite an uncommon name in the county, so how many Horatio Owen's can there be??? No Horatio Peake or Owen Peake references could be found. Only what you have found... Yes there was a Horatio Owen in Welsh Settlement area and he was related to Daniel Owen. He owned land. He might not have been too well off in his later years if he could not make 16$ tax payment. So sure, that fits now. Little stone, few words, no date. Perhaps, he was enrolled in the nearby county poor farm?? Perhaps Peake or Satterly neighbors helped him out and placed a small stone?? Perhaps Owen family tended to him in his old age?? Did he serve in the Civil War?? Who knows. We need more information.
Added by Conservative Patriot on Sep 09, 2013 3:50 PM
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Horatio Owen
Found stone with name Horatio Owen in Welsh Settlement Cemetery, Charleston Township, Tioga County, PA; maybe 4 miles from Maple Hill Cemetery, both on same road, Arnot Road.
Grave has no dates.
But the Owen graves in Maple Hill came to mind when I encountered it.
Could not find any newspaper entries to date.
Added by Conservative Patriot on Sep 08, 2013 6:41 PM
Bonnie Myers
Moslander photo
Thanks for the photo and the work you do for Find A Grave.
Added by Bonnie Myers on Aug 14, 2013 12:26 PM
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