Thursday, August 24, 2017

6 Generations of Smith Family of Northampton Co., Pennsylvania

                                          First Generation

1. John (Schmitt) Smith
John Smith was born about 1755, as is indicated by the notice which appeared in the paper, 1835 Der Friedens - Bothe, p. 1537, Thursday, April 2, 1835, "Died - on Feb. 24, in Richland twp., Mr. John Smith, in his 80th year.  The deceased served throughout the Revolutionary War, and since then has been an esteemed resident of this township for the past 56 years."

This also shows us that he first came to the Bethlehem twp. area about 1779, after the Revolutionary War in which he fought. We can also learn that he was a young man in his twenties when he decided to serve the struggling colonies in the war effort.  From a Deed Abstract: Easton Court House, Docket C , Book 6, p.91, Jun.1, 1836, rec., Mar. 30, 1837, it is learned  John Smith, land of his estate to Valentine Smith, son of the deceased.  John Smith bought this land from John and Richard Penn in 1803, as is recorded in Deed Book En. Vol. 4, P 135.   In addition to $1,127, Anna Maria, widow of John Smith to be paid $12 May 1 and $6 on Nov. 1 for the rest of her life.  This reference proves the relationship between John Smith and Valentine Smith.  The will of John Smith, names his wife Anna Maria and his Sons-in-law Peter Ritter and George Moser, Exs.

He married Anna Maria (Schmitt) Smith, Circa 1796. Anna Maria (Schmitt) Smith died after 1835.
Her name is given in the will of John Smith as Anna Marie, the widow of John Smith. Also named in the will are known and probable children as, Sons in Law: George Moser, Bethleham twp. (married Catherine Smith; 1850 Census record, Bethlehem twp., Northampton Co. #233/2h3 shows Val Smith as neighbors of George and Catherine Moser. Since George Moser was a bother in law to Val, Catherine Moser (age 54 , b. circa 1796) must be a sister.) and Peter Ritter, Hanover twp. (married Elizabeth Smith) Sons **Valentine Smith Born 1806 ** Jacob Smith is also named as a son of John Smith.
They had the following children:
2 i. Valentine Smith
3 ii. Elizabeth Smith
4 iii. Catherine Smith
                                          Second Generation

2i. Valentine Smith 
Born in Bethlehem twp. on Aug. 3, 1806, Valentine Smith lived to be 88 years old, a legacy of longevity that continues in the Smith family today.  His father bought the property from the sons of William Penn in 1803.  He must have been a farmer all his life. In his will it is noted that he wishes son Wilson to have the first opportunity to buy the 30 acre farm, which adjoins the lands of George Engler, Richard Dorn and George Stuber. This property was described to me by Franklin Smith to be just north of Macada Rd. on Rt. 191.  He remembers that there were two houses near each other. In 1996 these two houses are still standing. Valentine and Caroline Smith are buried at Altonah Cemetery. Their stone is a tall oblique one in the south east corner of the cemetery directly across from the church. Smith is inscribed in large letters on the front. Dates are clearly marked.
I believe Valentine Smith to be the son of John Smith (1755 - 1835) and his wife Anna Maria (died after 1835) for these reasons;
     1. Deed Abstract . This deed is written as a will of sorts in that it states " ..the last will and testament of John Schmidt late of the twp of Bethlehem... and Valentine Smith ( son of the deceased) of the twp of Bethlehem, (farmer)..." The deed conveys two lots of land, (one 13 acres and a 2 acre woods) bordering on the road leading from Bethlehem to Nazareth. The 13 acre piece bordering lands of George Moser, Michael Moyers, John Lynn and lands of the widow Smith. The 2 acre woods bounded by lands being conveyed to Elizabeth Ritter and Jacob Smith, and Michael Spangler.
     2. 1850 Census record, Bethlehem tw., Northampton Co. #233/2h3 shows the family as neighbors of George and Catherine Moser. Since George Moser was a brother in law to Val, Catherine Moser (age 54 , b. circa 1796) must be a sister. 
     3. The name Valentine Smith seems unusual enough to warrant the assumption that this man is the father of Edmund Smith as family history records and as is listed in the 1850 census .
Valentine married Caroline Bundstine, 18 May 1834, in Bethlehem Twp., Northampton Co., PA. She was born 17 Jul 1816 in Bethlehem Twp., Northampton Co., PA the daughter of George Bunstine and Rosena Billheimer.  She died 24 Mar 1888 in Bethlehem Twp., Northampton Co., PA.  They are buried in Altonah Cemetery, Bethlehem Twp., Northampton Co., PA.

Caroline Bundstine was 18 years old when she married Val Smith on May 18, 1834. He was 10 years older. They were married by Rev. Jaeger as recorded in the newspaper, Der Friedens - Bothe. Caroline lived to be 71 years, 8 months and 8 days old as is recorded on her tombstone. Her birth and death dates and family name were recorded by Beatrice Smith in the Smith Family record book.
They had the following children:

5 i. Edmund H. Smith
6 ii. James Smith
7 iii. Anna Maria Smith
8 iv. E. Catherine Smith
9 v. Oliver Smith
10 vi. Asher Smith
11 vii. Wilson Smith
12 viii. Allen Smith
13 ix. Stephen Smith

                                         Third Generation

5i. Edmund Henry Smith. 
Edmund Smith was born the year his grandfather John Smith died, 1835.  It is thought that he was born on or near the property conveyed from his grandfather's estate to his father in Bethlehem twp..  Family members remember it to be located on Rt 191 near Macada Rd.  He was the oldest son of Val and Caroline Smith. He is listed on the 1850 census record of Bethlehem twp., Northampton Co., age 14 years, living with his parents. Edmund Smith was about 33 years old when he married Camilla Engler.  They were the sponsors at a baptism in 1868, so were married by that time.  An infant named Edmund Smith, who died in 1871 and is buried in the Altonah Cemetery may have been their first born child.  The 1910 census reports that Camilla was the mother of 3 children.   

Edmund and Camilla Smith are buried at Greenmont Cemetery on Rt. 248 in Bath, PA. Their birth and death dates are clearly recorded. Edmund lived to be 90 years old, Camilla was 76 years old when she died 3 years before Edmund. The grave is towards the back on the upper side nearest Rt.248.
Please read  Y is for Camelia Engler ... WHY?

to learn more about this dear grandmother in the Smith family. 
Their families were hard working German speaking people known as the Pennsylvania Dutch. Pennsylvania Dutch was spoken in their homes through out their lives. Some of the older members of the family still have the "Dutchy" accent in their voices today.  Edmund and Camilla Smith instilled strong religious values in their children Arthur and Florence. They enjoyed attending Moorestown Reformed Church once a month for a high German service. Their grandson, Franklin, remembers that he and his father and mother attended these services with them. They last lived in the homestead on Rt. 512 between Moorestown and Bath.
They had the following children:
14 i. Arthur Smith b. 10/ 18/ 1874 d. 8/ 20/ 1970 m. Estella Mae Kunkle b. 3/ 1/ 1878 d. 12/ 25/ 1966
15 ii. Florence R. Smith b. 5/ 11/ 1879 d. 9/ 11/1965 m. Lewis V. Hahn b. 6/ 28/ 1878 d. 9/ 4 / 1945
                                         Fourth Generation

14i. Arthur Smith.
Art was born 18 Oct 1874 and died 20 Aug 1970.  Arthur Smith was a hard working man who didn't retire until he was 80 years old. He is remembered by his family as a man who expected you to be able to do whatever it was that he had taught a person to do. Aunt Eva says, "He taught kids something once and than they were supposed to know it." She told this story about her experience learning to drive a car. One Sunday when she and her brother Russell were taking a drive in the old Model T Ford, Russell asked his younger, 15 year old sister, Eva, if she wanted to learn to drive. At supper that evening Russell told 'Pa',  "Now Eva can drive the Ford." The very next morning Arthur told Eva to take the milk to the market in the Model T, to which they had attached a wagon bed to haul things. One lesson and she was on her own. Later he showed her how to drive the Studebaker, than told her to take the little children to Sunday School. Eva says no one told her how to stop the thing, so she had to ease up to the side of a building to bring it to a rest. Later when she stepped in front of the car to crank it up, it jumped and almost ran her down. They all laughed and gave her a lesson on how to put the thing in gear. With so many children to care for it's easy to understand that he didn't have time to teach something twice.
Arthur and Estella were married on May 10, 1896 and were married for 70 years when Estella died in 1966. They are buried at Greenmont Cemetery on Rt. 248 in Bath, PA.
Please read K is for Kunkle, Estella May  for the wonderful story of this beloved grandmother.   Two sons, Emmet and Herbert died at an early age. Emmet was injured in a thrashing machine accident and died as a result of those injuries. Herbert became ill with pneumonia. Aunt Eva remembers that Estella did all her cooking and canning on a wood burning stove. She baked fresh pies and cakes every day. They didn't last very long since it took at least two to feed her large family.
They had the following children:
16 i. Emmet E. Smith
17 ii. Helen J. Smith
18 iii. Herbert J. Smith
19 iv. Russell Valentine Smith
20 v. Eva C. Smith
21 vi. Hilda M. Smith
22 vii. Marie K. Smith
23 viii. Dorothy E. Smith
24 ix. Florence A. Smith
25 x. Franklin Arthur Smith
26 xi. Lillian Smith
27 xii. Lester Charles Smith
28 xiii. Walter C. Smith
                                         Fifth Generation

19i. Russell Valentine Smith
Russell was born 19 Sept. 1900 in Bethlehem Twp., Northampton Co., PA. and passed away on 23 April 1989. He was the oldest son in a family that included 13 children. He began working at the Keystone, Portland cement mills in the Bath area as a young man and retired in 1965. He and Beatice raised their three children in Bath and later moved to their home outside of town on Rt. 248 after they bought the 30 acre property from Beatrice's aunt.  He raised a few chickens and pigs and rented out the fields. Russell loved to garden and take care of the lawn and shrubs. He was a 32 degree Mason and belonged the the Monocracy Lodge in Bath. He was a member of the St. Peter's UCC church in Seemsville, PA, where he served on the Consistory and was an Elder of the church. Russell and Beatrice were married 66 years before Beatrice passed away. He lived to be 89 years old.
He married Beatrice Elizabeth Graver, daughter of Wilson S. Graver & Jennie E. Lauer in April of 1919.  She was born 16 Jan 1900 and  passed away on 12 June 1986.  They are buried in Seemsville, PA.
Beatrice Graver Smith was a quilter. She loved to quilt all winter, setting up her large quilting frame in the living room. She made numerous quilt tops, designing her own applique patterns, and then quilting the layers together with intricate stitching. She often finished quilts others had begun. There were years that she completed as many as twenty quilts. It was with pride that she produced a baby quilt for each of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Later she made it her goal to give each grandchild a full size guilt as a wedding gift. These quilts are charished by her family today. Beatrice belonged to the Moorestown Garden Club. She was an avid gardener, enjoying raising flowers, which often took prizes in the fairs and garden club shows. She belonged to the Women's Guild of the Seemsville UCC church, were she and Russell were lifetime members. Beatrice was born near Bowmanstown, PA. After her father left the family, when she was 12 years old, the children were taken in to be raised by her Uncle David Graver. Beatrice recorded her family's genealogical data. Please read B is for Beatrice to learn more about this sweet grandmother of ours.
They had the following children:
29 i. Clarence Edward Smith
30 ii. Arlene E. Smith
31 iii. Margaret A. Smith

                                           Sixth Generation
29i Clarence Edward Smith
He was born 1 Nov 1919 in Bath, PA. and passed away on 3 Jan 1983 in Bethlehem, PA.  Clarence attended school through the 8th grade in Bath, PA.  He enjoyed the Big Band sound, having played the trombone in different bands during his youth. He started working on his grandfather Arthur's farm at about age 15.  By age19, he moved to the Richmond area with his first wife Lottie Hess, who died in October, 1946. They were married a few years.   He continued to live on the farm on Gravelhill Rd. in Lower Mt. Bethel, sharing the house with his sister Arlene and brother-in-law Carl Miller and their family.  On 1 Feb 1948 he married Dorothy Alice Good, daughter of Earl Sanford Good & Edna Marie Frey in Mt. Zion Reformed Church, L.Mt.B.twp. , Northampton Co., PA.   Clarence bought the 117 acre farm on Gravelhill Rd., Bangor, PA in 1955, after having rented and farmed the land for a number of years.  He operated a dairy herd of 30 or so Holsteins.  Clarence raised corn and hay in the fields and kept pigs and chickens on the farm.  Pigs were butchered during the winter months.  Clarence and Dorothy, along with his dad, Russell and his mother Beatrice, and his Uncle Franklin and Aunt Marion worked together to butcher and process several pigs at a time. The meat was sold, lard rendered and homemade sausage and scrapple produced for family and friends in the area.  Clarence was a lifetime charter member of the Richmond Lions Club, having served terms as president, treasurer and commitee chairperson.  He also served terms on the consistory of Christ Evangelical Reformed Church (now Trinity UCC) as president. 

Please read D is for Dot,  the story of this precious lady.  She accepted her role as big sister throughout her life, hostessing family get togethers and preparing fabulous meals for family celebrations. Mom was well known for her bountiful table. Meals of fried chicken, roast beef, roast pork, stuffing, homemade sauerkraut, and fresh vegetables from her garden were always looked forward to. A meal wasn't complete without homemade ice cream, cake, and pie. Dot spent the summer months canning and freezing garden produce. She made several kinds of pickles and relishes which were always served at family dinners as well as her jams and jellies. Dorothy was a faithful member of the Trinity UCC Church. She belonged to the Adult Sunday School Class and the Women's Guild. She served on many committees to help prepare the church suppers, She could always be counted on to lend a helping hand. She is remembered for her caring concern for others. It was her habit to send cards to the sick and to visit shut ins.

Your comments and suggestions are appreciated. It is with pleasure that I am able to present this information here for you to see. If you discover a relationship here, I would very much enjoy hearing from you.  Additional documentation is available. I have not posted my references and sources here, but can provide them to interested persons. 


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Saturday, May 20, 2017

John Houck 1779 to 1856

Finding a Family Bible that  has a publication date of 1844, and inscribed inside, "This is the property of John Houck in the year of our Lord, 1856" is a genealogists dream come true.  John Houck and  Elizabeth Mullar were my 4th great grandparents.  Perhaps the Bible was bought the year John died to record family history. The Family Bible is entitled "Die Ganza Heilige Schrist" and is written in German.  There are two different hand-writings on the family records pages. One that records the births of John Houck and Elizabeth Mullar and their marriage is written in the old German script. That may have been written by Elizabeth after John died.

Notice the different hand-writings here.   On the left is the marriage record of John and Elizabeth.  It says, Johannes Houck entered into marriage with Elizabeth Muller on 8th May, in the year of our Lord, 1801, possibly written by Elizabeth.  On the right side, daughter Anna has  written, Anna Houck was married with William McEwen the 6th day of November in the Year of Our Lord, 1828.

On this page you can also see the two different hand- writings.  On the left side  the birth records of John and Elizabeth are given.  His birth date does not match what is given on his tombstone. Here it says Johannes Houck was born 28th day of March in 1776, but maybe that is 1779.  It looks like a correction was made.

Beneath that entry is Elizabeth's birth record and it provides us with date and place of her birth.  It says, Elizabeth Mulleran was born on the 10th day of February in Williams Township, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, 1789.  That information was significant to documenting the fact that her father was Valentine Miller.

The last entry on the right side is the birth record of Anna Houck.  Anna must have become the keeper of this wonderful Family Bible. Hats off to you Anna for preserving your family history!

The Houck Family Bible was located in the attic of my grandparents, Homer and Eliza McEwen about 1976. It was stored with a collection of family Bibles of different branches of the McEwen family.

Elizabeth Muller was 17 years old when she married John Houck on May 2, 1801. Together they had ten children, eight of whom lived to be adults.  The records of their births are recorded in the Church records of the Lutheran and Reformed Congregation at Mount Bethel.  They were:  Johann Jacob, born January 25, 1802, his sponsors were his maternal grandparents. Valentine and Susanna Mueller.  He married Sarah. He died in 1887.  Next was Susanna, born November 14, 1803, who married Frederick Weaver. Susanna died January 6,1861.  Our Anna who was third was born January 12, 1807. She married John McEwen and died about 1874.  Then came George, born January 16, 1809, who married Hannah Young and died November 5, 1886. Next is Christian, born  October 10, 1813 and died August 25, 1895. He married Sarah Cressman. Maria, born January 24, 1816, died before 1856.  Michael,  November 25, 1817, married Louisa Hartzell and  died September 30, 1909. Johannes died before 1856, he was born December 29, 1820.  Catherine who married Reuben Schoch was born March 15, 1823 and died September 30, 1863. And finally Joseph, born December 4, 1824 and died June 20, 1897 was married to Maria Weaver.

The first evidence of the family of John Houck other than this family Bible record, is found on the 1840 census in Lower Mount Bethel, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania.  There are a number of people in the family including a young boy living there who was probably his grandson, William McEwen, and a woman aged between 30 and 40 on the census who was probably Anna Houck McEwen, his widowed daughter.  It is probable that Anna returned  to  her parent's home after her husband  John died in 1832.  The 1850 census record is a little confusing, as ages of all but 18 year old William Houck (McEwen) are incorrect.  For one thing it looks like William used the family name Houck at this time. He was probably raised in the Houck household all his life and grew up with his mother's younger brothers. At the age of 18, if he was the person the census taker had spoken to, he may not have known correct ages of the others. 

Elizabeth is found on the 1860 Census record living in Lower Mount Bethel with  her daughter Anna McEwen. They are next door to Elizabeth's son Michael and his family.  John  and his wife Elizabeth  Miller Houck  are buried in the Old Union Cemetery at Stone Church in Upper Mount Bethel township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. 

John Houck was born March 28, 1779, but I have never been able to find a birth record for him other than the Bible record.  He died December 29, 1856.  Elizabeth was born February 10, 1784  and died  October 12,  1861.

  • Personal family history records of Cynthia H. Smith, Mt. Bethel, Pennsylvania
  • Houck Family Bible, Biblia - Die Ganza Heilige Schrist, 1844. This is the property of John Houck in the year of our Lord 1856. This Bible is now in the possession of Cynthia H. Smith.
  • Miller, Valentine. Notes given to me by Carol Houck Bollenback, July 10, 1991. These notes are dated February, 1940 and were written by Miss L. Victoria Houck, a granddaughter of John Houck. Photocopies are in my file.
  • John McEwen Family Bible. The Holy Bible, 1827. This Bible was located in 1976 in the McEwen attic now in my possession.
  • Seneca Co. Ohio Court Records. Oct. 10, 1843. Letter of attorney naming Henry McEwen of Seneca Co. Ohio to represent John Houck the guardian of William McEwen, son of John McEwen, deceased.
  • Muller Family Descendants, Doris Rizza. Received Oct. 1996. Research located on the IGI at the LDS.
  • Church Record of the Evangelical Lutheran and Reformed Congregation at Mount Bethel Township, Northampton Co., PA , 1914. Transcribed from the old German Record by the Rev. Dr. Wm. Wackernagel. Containing birth records from 1774 - 1890.
  • Find A Grave website was used to locate death dates of the children of John and Elizabeth Houck
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Monday, February 27, 2017

Hosea P. Scott, Civil War Veteran (1820 - 1899)

I grew up hearing the story of my dad's great grand father, Hosea P. Scott, who had fought in the Civil War.  Dad told me how he  remembered seeing Hosea's old uniform hanging in the attic of their house on Armenia Mt.  As a boy Dad decided to take two of the buttons off the uniform for keepsakes.  Later he was given the Bible that Hosea had in his breast  pocket which took the force of the bullet when he was shot.  Dad said that Hosea always told the story of getting shot and how the Bible in his breast pocket had saved his live.

Hosea's birth date, August 7, 1820,  was recorded by his father, Jonathan Scott, on his handwritten note, "A Reckend of Ages", which was part of the Revolutionary War Pension Records of Hosea's grandfather, Thomas Merritt.  Note to the wise: when tracking down documentation, never leave a stone unturned! Finding the "Reckend of Ages" written in his father's own hand was an epiphany moment for me! 

When celebrating a family reunion descendants visited the graves of Hosea and Sarah Angeline Scott at Covert in the Burman Cemetery. Here my father, Richard Hughes (in red sweater) is reminiscing with his cousin, Clem Loomis (wearing white cap).  They often visited their grandparents on Armenia Mountain, Armenia Township, Bradford Co.,  Pennsylvania.

This cemetery is near the  Wesleyan  Methodist Church at Covert. The graves are marked Hosea P. Scott, died Nov. 3, 1899, age 79 years; Civil War Veteran.  Mother, Sarah A. Scott, 1820 -1921.

At the age of 44, on Sept. 10, 1864,  Hosea enlisted  in the service to fight in the Civil  War.   He was a resident of East Troy,  Pennsylvania, but went to Elmira, New York to enlist as a private in Company A, 142nd Regiment of New York Volunteers, 3rd Brigade.   He served in the Battle of Fort Richmond, Virginia on December 25, 1864 and on January 15, 1865 fought in the Battle at Fort Fisher, North Carolina where he was wounded by gunshot in the left breast and lung.  He was hospitalized at Ft. Schuyler, NY for three months and furloughed on April 30, 1865.   This YouTube video tells the story of The Battle at Fort Fisher.  Seeing this re-enactment and hearing the story of this battle brought that day when Hosea fought for his country to life. 

He married  Sarah Angeline Chauncey on March 2,  1850 in East Troy, Bradford Co., PA.  They became the parents of three children.  Mable, who was born August 12, 1855 and died April 23, 1928.  A daughter, Laura, was born around1858 and died before 1870. My great grandmother, Helen Florence, was born Nov. 5,1860 and passed away on August 13, 1930.  Helen married Charles Estep and they were the parents of my grandmother, Zilpha.

On May 29, 1900 the County Commissioners Clerk filed a certificate of property assessment in his estate.  Real property assessed in the name of Hosea P. Scott in Armenia Township was 100 acres, with a value of $525.  His personal property included 1 horse valued at $20 and 1 cow valued at $15. His Civil War pension papers describe him as a man of sandy complexion who was 6 feet tall and weighed145 pounds.

  • Personal family history records of Cynthia H. Smith, Mt. Bethel, Pennsylvania
  • Civil War Pension Application of Hosea P. Scott
  • Fort Fisher - Wilmington, NC, YouTube Video
  • Find A Grave Memorial # 20051622 and # 20051655
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Henry Good - Civil War Veteran (1841-1919)

Henry Good fought in the Civil War at  Gettysburg where his name appears on The Pennsylvania Monument.   The picture here is of a young Henry in uniform with his weapon.  He was a private in Company K of the 153d Regiment from Lower Mt. Bethel,
Northampton Co., PA, under Captains Isaac Johnson and Isaac Buzzard.  He enlisted on Oct. 11, 1862 when  he was 21 years old.  Records indicate that he was not injured in the fighting.  Which was a good thing, because many were.

The PA 153d engaged in battle at Chancellorsville,VA on May 2, 1863 and at Gettysburg, PA in the infamous battles of July 1863.   The 153d was an infantry company.  There is a monument at Gettysburg  to their honor on Barlows Knoll,   where they  fought in the Battle of Cemetery Hill.  Company K  from Lower Mt. Bethel mustered out on July 23, 1863.

After returning from the war Henry married Josephine Correll on December 29, 1866 at the Richmond Methodist Church in Richmond, Pennsylvania.  They became the parents of seven children. Annie Catherine, who married Simon J. Pysher,  was  born October 7, 1869 and passed away on Feb. 27, 1951.  Emma Alaura, born Feb. 4, 1871, married Martin Frey and died on Dec. 14, 1901, soon after the birth of her son Harvey. William, who married Gertrude Doremus, was born July 3, 1874 and passed away on Aug. 3, 1967.  John Arthur, born Sept. 23, 1876 died at the age of 4 on Nov. 3, 1880.  George Raymond, who married Lillie Deats, was born July 27, 1880 and died May 23, 1960. Martin, who married Martha Harding, was  born Mar. 12, 1884 and died Mar. 25, 1971.  Bertha married first Clarence Meyers and second Clarence Johnson. She was born April 6, 1888 and died on April 3, 1979.

Here is a wonderful picture of the adult children of Henry Good, taken before 1942, the year Simon J. Pysher died. As far as I know, they are from left to right: Bertha and Clarence Johnson, George and Lillie, Martin and Martha, and Annie and Simon J. Pysher. William is missing.

All his life, Henry Good showed that he was a man who accepted the  responsibilities  that were his.  We see his Civil war record.   From the census records it can be gleaned that Henry Good  understood the obligations of family.  He was the middle son of the 12 children of John Good, Jr. and the Grandson of John Good, Sr.

Throughout his adult life he is seen providing a home for members of his family. In 1870 it is noted on the Census that the family of Henry Good, age 29 included his wife Josephine, age 24, baby Anna C., age 8 months as well as his brother Enos, age 14 and his father, John. On the 1880 Census, the Henry Good family includes Josephine, Annie C., age 11,  Emma A., age 8,  William H., age 6 and John A. , age 4,  as well as Josephine's parents, John and Catherine Correll. The 1910, the Census reports that he was employed as a wagon driver for the Coal Co. His obituary says, "Deceased was a pioneer member of Miller’s Church, near Flicksville, and served a number of terms as tax collector in Lower Mt. Bethel Township.  He was a member of Albert Jones Post. G. A. R. of Bangor.  For twenty years, Mr. Good was in the employ of Milton Flory, of Bangor, as a driver."

Henry and Josephine Correll Good are buried in the Miller Church Cemetery on Heinsone Hill Rd. in Lower Mount Bethel. The little one room church known as the German Methodist Church or Methodist Episcopal Church is no longer there.  It was said that members were very devout Christains who remained in their service until the Holy Spirit came down among them.

Josephine was the daughter of John Correll and Catharine Eilenberger Correll.

The inscriptions on the tombstone provide us
with their birth and death dates.
Henry  Good               Josephine  Correll
b. July 28, 1841          b. Jan. 8, 1846
d. July 4, 1919            d. Nov. 9, 1913

This family is full of men named Henry, John and George.  I have told the story of  Henry Good (1764-1829), our Revolutionary War Veteran.  And his son, John, Sr. Our line of descent continues from John, Sr. to John, Jr. (1808-1871) of Lower Mt. Bethel.  From there we have this Henry (1841-1919) of Civil War fame, whose son George was Ron's Great Granddad.  George and Lillie Good had a son named Earl who married Edna Frey. Their daughter Dorothy married Clarence Smith.  Dot and Clarence were the parents of Ron Smith.

  • Personal family history records of Cynthia H. Smith, Mt. Bethel, Pennsylvania
  • Stocker, Jeffrey D., "We Fought Desperate:"A History of the 153rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment, 2014. 
  • Church record of the Lutheran and Reformed congregations in Upper Mount Bethel Township, Northampton County, 1774-1833 / copied by Wm. J. Hinke, 1934.  
  • Federal Census Records: 1870, 1880, 1910, Northampton, Pennsylvania
  •, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1964 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.
  • Obituary of Henry Good, 5 Jul 1919, Easton Paper.
  • Henry Good Tombstone, photo taken Jan.14, 2017, Cynthia H. Smith


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