Showing posts with label BANK. Show all posts
Showing posts with label BANK. Show all posts

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Johann VonBank and Theresia Baer Family

Johann VonBank (or Bank) was born 7 December 1806 in Bleichheim, Baden. He was the son of Simon VonBank and Eva Eisele. Johann married Theresia Baer on 12 February 1827 in Bleichheim. She was born 24 December 1806 in Bleichheim to Josephus Baer and Theresia Hensle.

By 1860, Johann was living in Union Township, Union County, Pennsylvania with his son's family. It is unknown if Theresia immigrated with the family or died in Germany.

Johann died in 1878 in Danville, Montour County, Pennsylvania and he was buried there at St. Hubert's Cemetery.

Johann VonBank and Theresia Baer had 2 known children, both born in Bleichheim:
  1. Johannes VonBank (or John Bank) (1827-1894) married Ursula Weiss (1830-1905).
  2. Magdalena VonBank (1829-?).

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Johannes VONBANK and Ursula WEISS family

Johannes VonBank (or John Bank) was born 22 Jul 1827 in Bleichheim, Baden. He was the son of Johann VonBank and Theresia Baer.

He married Ursula Weiss (no marriage has been found in Germany). Ursula was born 17 October 1830 in Heimbach, Baden. She was the daughter of Kasper Weiss and Maria Anna Herr.

John and Ursula's first child was born in Heimbach. They immigrated to the United States on 9 April 1852 on board the ship France. After arriving in New York City, they made their way to central Pennsylvania. They lived first in Union Township, Union County, Pennsylvania and moved to Danville, Montour County, Pennsylvania by 1870.

John died on 24 January 1894 in Danville. Ursula died on 22 December 1905 in Danville. They were both buried in St. Hubert's Cemetery in Danville.

John and Ursula had 7 daughters. Emma was born in Heimbach, Baden and the others were born in Pennsylvania:
  1. Emma Bank (12 April 1850 - 7 April 1882) married Harman HILSHER (abt 1848 - 3 January 1937).
  2. Mary Bank (September 1856 - 14 January 1933) married Henry FELIX (September 1855 - 9 October 1918).
  3. Theresa Bank (8 December 1858 - 13 February 1927) married John Jeremiah ECK (19 June 1857 - 8 July 1935).
  4. Anna Bank (5 May 1861 - 26 July 1938).
  5. Catharine Bank (Oct 1863 - 30 April 1917) married John Weis (Jun 1860 - ?).
  6. Margaret Bank (Nov 1866 - 11 Feb 1942) married Francis DeSales Smith.
  7. Elizabeth C Bank (30 November 1870 - 1960) married Frederick A Mayan (Jul 1866 - ?).
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Saturday, January 19, 2013

John J Eck and Theresa Bank family

John Jeremiah Eck was born in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania on 19 June 1857. He was the 4th of 13 children born to William Eck and Lucetta Swoyer. After being raised in Limestone township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, he moved to Williamsport, Pennsylvania by 1886.

On 14 June 1887, John J Eck married Theresa Bank in Danville, Montour County, Pennsylvania.

Theresa was the third daughter of 7 daughters born to Johannes Bank (VonBank in Germany) and Urusula Weiss, born 8 December 1858. Theresa had grown up in Union County and Montour County, Pennsylvania. Theresa moved to Williamsport, Pennsylvania where she worked as a domestic servant in the 1880s before being married.

John J Eck later owned a truck farm with his sons in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Theresa died on 13 February 1927 in South Williamsport. She was 68 years old. John J Eck died 8 July 1935 in South Williamsport. He was 78. They were buried in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Their children were:
  1. Irene Elizabeth Eck (22 Jun 1890 - 21 Feb 1952)
  2. Eugene Jerome Eck (23 Mar 1893 - 2 Jan 1975) married Magdalena Haefner.
  3. John Walton Eck (15 Oct 1895 - 23 Jul 1975) married Eleanor Haefner.
  4. Clyde Augustus Eck (10 Dec 1898 - 13 May 1973) married 1st Margaret Kaiser (1903 - 7 Jan 1964) and 2nd Margaret Smelik (14 Mar 1920 - 19 Jul 2007).
  5. Horace William Eck (24 Dec 1902 - 6 Oct 1992) married Odilla Margaret Hamm (9 May 1902 - 18 Apr 1974).

Sunday, January 3, 2010

What I Found When I Organized my ECK line

Way back in July, I started fixing lots of the source citations in my database and organizing my digital files so that I could find them. I split my tree up between my 4 grandparents. I finished the SUCKLING line in August and the EISWERTH line in October. In mid-December, I finished the ECK line, but never posted my findings. So here we go...

One of the things I have know for a long time was that this line was based on many secondary sources. This was an easy part of the tree to add to my database because a family history book had been created by one of my cousins over 10 years ago. I knew about this book and obtained it from my dad early in my research. But I have found many mistakes in the book as I have furthered my research. One of the glaring mistakes is the it states that my dad was born in Cincinnati, Ohio when he and all his siblings were born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

As I fixed the citation and organized the media for this tree, I realized how many original sources I was missing. A lot of this had to do with the fact that Pennsylvania vital records are not available online and I have not taken the time to try to send away for them. This is something that I really need to start doing.

In filling in the census blanks in my database, I found missing census pages missing on Ancestry. In the 1910 census, there are several pages missing from Williamsport. I originally thought that people had missed the census or had been misindexed and I just couldn't find them. But then I found a family in the 1910 Pennsylvania Miracode Index. After attempting again to find them in the census, I went page by page in the enumeration district and found that the page they were on was missing. I then went and obtained the image from Heritage Quest. This was the first time that I had discovered this problem and will remember in the future to check for this.

Since this family is well documented (whether correctly or not), I haven't spent a lot of time on it. I skip to the families that were not covered in the family history book. I had previously found the parents of Theresa Bank and ordered their probate records. They lived in Montour county, Pennsylvania. In searching for records from Montour county, I came across the Montour County Genealogical Society. I found that they would do naturalization lookups and sent an email looking for the record for John Bank. I received a quick response and it even included the cemetery information for John and Ursula. As another bonus, I was also sent suggestions of where else to search in the county records. (A great resource!) I sent away to the society for a copy of the record and received it in about a week's time. I was very happy with the quick response and kindness of the society member who helped me. It was $5 well spent.

Again, I have found lots of information by fixing my database. For this line, I have mostly learned about myself as an early researcher instead of finding new information in the records that I already had. Now I know what I need to do to improve this line's research. (I just need to get around to doing it.)

The final line to complete is the BASCOM line. Since it is so large, I am splitting it by my great grandparents Dewey Francis BASCOM and Alice Susan HILLIS. I'm going to start with the HILLIS line. One I am finished fixing my database and organizing my files I will know where to focus my next line of research.