Cumberland County, PA Genealogy Collection #3 - CD / DVD
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Cumberland County Pennsylvania Genealogy Collection #3
This collection consists of various smaller and more obscure publications published on Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. These include local church histories, family histories, publications on professions, business, industry, education, government, war involvement, etc. Published between 1852 and 1946, these publications include over 4,600 pages, providing a wealth of information on the history of the county and its residents. Often these smaller publications contain historical and genealogical gems found nowhere else - such as portraits, biographies, and records.
This is a wonderful opportunity to own your own library on Cumberland County. To find and purchase all of these publications would be a huge investment in time and money. Yet, here you can have all of this information to use at your convenience - and in a format that makes research much easier. The work in collecting this information has already been done, and now you can take advantage of it!
This collection is an excellent place to begin or continue research in Cumberland County. In addition to this collection, other Cumberland County Collections include the major historical and biographical volumes, town and township histories and directories published for county, and represent other great sets of resources. These additional sets of information can be found in the PA-Genealogy Store, along with many other titles of interest.
1) Churches of the Valley, or An Historical Sketch of the Old Presbyterian
Congregations of Cumberland and Franklin Counties in Pennsylvania
Rev. Alfred Nevin, 1852, 340 pages
From the Preface:
"The early history of the old Presbyterian Churches of Cumberland Valley is fast growing dim. Many of those in whose memories interesting facts and incidents were treasured, are now dead; and others, to whom they were trusted by tradition, are rapidly passing away.
That it is desirable to have embodied in an accessible form, the recollections and records connected with the origin and progress of these venerable congregations, none, it is believed, will question, who appreciate the ties which bind them to the past, or the duty which they owe to the future. These churches, are almost the only relics of antiquity that are not to be met with in our new country, and for this reason, to say nothing of their deep religious associations besides, an effort should be made to save them from oblivion."
Early history of the Presbyterian churches in the Cumberland valley. Churches covered: 1) Middle Spring Church, 2) Big Spring Church, 3) Church at Silver's Spring, 4) Church in Mercersburg, 5) Welsh Run Church, 6) Church at Chambersburg, 7) Church at Shippensburg, 8) Greencastle Church, 9) Rocky Spring Church, 10) Path Valley Churches, 11) Dickinson Church, 12) Church at Carlisle, and brief accounts from several others located in surrounding counties.
2) Historical Exercises of Middle Spring Presbyterian Church
Published by D. K. & J. C. Wagner, 1876, 112 pages
This is an extensive history of an early Central PA church of the Cumberland valley. It covers the beginnings of the church and its progression through the years. In doing so, the information also related details of the lives of its members, many of whom were early settlers of the area.
3) A Discourse on the History of Donegal and Carlisle Presbyteries
Conway P. Wing, 1877, 37 pages
This publication is a brief history of these early Cumberland County Churches.
4) A History of the First Presbyterian Church of Carlisle, PA.
Rev. Conway P. Wing, 1877, 194 pages
This is a history of the First Presbyterian Church of Carlisle, Cumberland Co., PA. It covers the settlement and growth of this early Pennsylvania Church, as well as the ministries of its various pastors.
5) History of the United Presbyterian Church of Big Spring 1764-1878
S. B. Scouller, 1878, 46 pages
6) Industrial and Commercial Resources of Pennsylvania Historical, Descriptive and Biographical Review
Historical Publishing Company, 1886, 122 pages
This publication is a history and description of the business operations from dozens of towns throughout south eastern Pennsylvania. Each business is detailed in sketch form, giving, in many cases, a brief history of its existence, management, and a description of its operations. This information was only published in this publication making this a rare and useful resource for historical or genealogical research in these counties of PA.
-- From Carlisle: -- J. Donovan, Stephens & Beetem, Saxton & Bixler, Jacob Livingston & Co.
7) Pollock Genealogy - A Biographical Sketch of Oliver Pollock, Esq. of Carlisle PA
Rev. Horace Edwin Hayden, 1883, 62 pages
8) The Thompson Family
Anonymous, 1887, 21 pages
This is a brief history and genealogy of the Thompson family which settled in various areas of central PA, including Cumberland County.
9) History of St. Patrick's Church, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Rev. H. G. Ganss, 1895, 215 pages
10) Descendants of Archibald McAllister of West Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County, PA. 1730 - 1898
Mary Catherine Archibald, 1898, 193 pages
This is an account of the genealogy of Archibald McAllister, one of the early settlers of Cumberland County, PA. An index is included.
11) History of the Big Spring Presbyterian Church, Newville, PA 1737-1898
Gilbert Ernest Swope, 1898, 217 pages
This is an extensive history and account of the Big Spring Presbyterian Church of Newville, Cumberland County, PA. The information was collected from published sources as well as family accounts, and represents a thorough recollection of the churches history.
The church records include:
A list of new members from 1791-1828, by Samuel Wilson: marriages from 1787-1798, by Rev. Joshua Williams: marriages from 1802-1828, baptisms from 1821-1827, , a list of member of the Bible classes for 1817, by Rev. Robert M'Cachran: marriages from 1831-1874, baptisms from 1831-1851, a list of pew occupants from 1790, transcriptions from the graveyard of persons born prior to 1800, and a list of soldiers buried in the graveyard.
Biographical information on:
James Graham, Alexander Williamson, McKnight Williamson, Moses Williamson, J. Davidson Randolph, William McCandlish, Samuel Davidson, Williamson Nevin Geddes, John Hood Laughlin, Thomas Craighead, John Blair, George Duffield, William Linn, Samuel Wilson, Joshua Williams, Robert M'Cachran, James S. H. Henderson, Philip B. Mowry, Ebenezer Erskine
12) Sketch of Alexander Alexander
Walter Scott Alexander, 1898, 74 pages
According to the title page: Alexander Alexander Emigrated from County Down, Ireland in the year 1770, and Settled in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. This publication includes a genealogical chart and record of his descendants.
13) Church Directory for Cumberland County - 1899
C. D. & D. H. Rishel, 1899, 29 pages
This is a directory of the churches and ministers of Cumberland County for 1899. It is also a listing of the services offered for each church.
14) History of the Middle Spring Presbyterian Church 1738-1900
Belle McKinney Hays Swope, 1900, 239 pages
This is a history of the Middle Spring Presbyterian Church, Middle Spring, Cumberland Co., PA. It covers the formation and growth of this early Pennsylvania Church, as well as the ministries of its various pastors. It also includes biographies of its ministers, and several sets of church records including baptisms, marriages, tombstone inscriptions, etc.
Biographies: Blair, Cooper, Craighead, Hays, Moody, Richardson, Wylie
15) Descendants of Jonathan Kearsley
Elmer L. White, 1900, 81 pages
This is a history and genealogy of the Kearsley family of Carlisle, Cumberland County, PA.
16) The Old Stone Meeting-House 1757-1832
John B. Landis, 1904, 36 pages
This is a brief historical sketch of the early Presbyterian church of Carlisle.
17) Semi-Centennial of the 2nd Presbyterian Church, Carlisle, PA
Mary E. Himes, 1905, 106 pages
Published a number of years later by his daughter, this was a discourse delivered by Rev. Joseph A. Murray for the semi-centennial of the church in 1883. It begins with a biography of Joseph Murray, and then follows with the discourse.
The discourse focused on the founders of the church: Samuel Thompson, John Steel, George Duffield, James Williamson, A. B. Quay, Andrew Blain, John McClure, Robert Clark, Peter B. Smith, Robert Irvine, Robert Giffin, John Proctor, George A. Lyon, Charles Bingham Penrose, John Stuart, James Hamilton, Alexander C. Gregg, Crawford Foster, Abraham Lamberton, John Hays, William Irvine, John Agnew, John Williamson, Andrew Holmes, John Paxton, George Metzger, Gilbert Searight, James Thompson, Benjamin Fernald, John Huston, Robert Young, William B. Murray.
The appendix provides biographical data on a number of other early members of the congregation: Jame (Blair) McClure, Elizabeth (Hays) Blair, Anna (Lyttleton) Lyon, Margaret (Ramsey) Jackson, Sarah (Harris) Irvine, Ann (Shields) Craighead, Elizabeth (Phillips) Kerr, George Murray, James Wilson, Lydia (Spencer) Biddle, John Harper, John Smith, Ann (Metzger) Blaine, Rachel (Craighead) Cooper, Elizabeth and Sarah Boden, Mary (Province) Sterrett, Mary (Young) Laird, Martha (Duncan) Callender, Isaac Weakley, Priscilla (Denny) Boyd, Catherine (Irvine) Ross, and James Bredin.
18) The Simpsons of Rye Top, Cumberland Valley, PA
Elizabeth Simpson Bladen, 1905, 32 pages
19) Pennsylvania Archives - Fifth Series, Volume 4
Thomas Lynch Montgomery, 1906, 672 pages
This volume is a portion of the Pennsylvania Archives series. The title is "Muster Rolls relating to the Associators and Militia of the County of Cumberland", and includes muster rolls of the Revolutionary War for the various battalions and companies from Cumberland County, PA.
20) Silver Spring Presbyterian Church 1734-1909
E. Rankin Huston, 1909, 74 pages
This is a program and history of one of Cumberland County's earliest churches and also includes some biographical matter on some of its early pastors: William Bertram, Thomas Craighead, John Thompson, Samuel Thompson, Samuel Waugh, John Hays, James Williamson, George Morris, W. H. Dinsmore, and Thomas J. Ferguson. Also included are a number of transcriptions from the church cemetery of men who served in the Revolution. Another section of the work highlights "the Early Patriots of the Silver Spring": William Trent, George Croghan, Edward Ward, Robert Callender, James Hendricks, Ephraim and Alexander Blaine, Jonathan Hoge, George Gibson, James and Andrew Galbreath, William Hendricks, and Oliver Pollock.
21) International Magazine of Industry
Charles M. Nichols Editor, 1913, 76 pages
This publication was a periodical focusing on various areas and their industrial, commercial and business interests. This edition focused on the Cumberland Valley of Cumberland and Franklin Counties, PA. It contains sketches (and sometimes photographs) of businesses and businessmen in several towns of the area, giving a description of the business operations, when the business began, who was involved, etc.
From Cumberland County:
Goodyear Brothers, M. S. Diehl, Clarence M. Liggett, The Carlisle Deposit Bank, W. N. Reeder, J. T. Smith, Thudium House, S. H. Jackson & Son, Austin B. Hertzler, Anna S. McCommon, Hartzell Bros., The E. J. Garner Axle and Machine Co. Reg., Kost's Poultry and Produce Market, J. E. Einstein, Geo. W. Weitzel, Plough's Millinery Shop, John S. Low, R. Williams, Indian Rug Company, E. A. Lau & Sons, E. E. Lay, J. F. Mulgrew & Son, William W. Herr, Carlisle Commerical College, Sheafer's Housefunishing Store, Benfer's Pharmacy, The Sentinel, Jackson Elevator, Carlisle Evening Herald, R. N. Beetem & Company, Carlisle Optical and Watch Company, Neusbam & Bettilyon
John K. B. Brandt, The D. Wilcox Manufacturing Company, Happle & Swartz, L. F. Eberly's Son, Miller & Eurich, First National Bank, Mechanicsburg National Bank, A. B. Harnish, D. J. Beitzel, S. S. Deihl, Seidel & Hinkel, The Second National Bank, W. L. Singiser
Mt. Holly Springs:
W. B. Zullinger, United States Hotel, Mrs. Belle C. Kinsel, Snyder's Drug Store
First National Bank of Newville, H. Manning & Son, The Farmers National Bank, J. S. Elliott Coffee Co., Andrew McElwain, F. E. Charlton Estate
First National Bank, Nickles & Stewart, Heller & Shugars, A. C. Squires, Peerless Furniture Company, Shippensburg Plumbing and Heating Co., D. S. Shulenberger, John E. Blair, Rummel, Himes & Co., Peoples National Bank, The Morris Produce Co., Thrush & Stough, G. W. Wilt, Raum's Drug Store
22) Five Typical Scotch Irish Families of the Cumberland Valley
Mary Craig Shoemaker, 1922, 84 pages
This publication consists of the genealogical and historical data collected by the author, outlining five branches of her family that settled the Cumberland Valley in Pennsylvania: Boyd, Craig, Orr, Vance, and Watson. The information was collected from old records, archives and graveyards, as well as personal contact with many individuals of the older generation.
23) The Meeting House Springs Graveyard
Allan D. Thompson, 1926, 21 pages
This was an historical address read before a few Cumberland County societies. It briefly discusses the meeting house, but focuses more on the graveyard. It includes a transcription of a number of older gravestones, which is a useful collection since there were originally no burial records kept.
24) Cumberland County Pennsylvania Marriages 1761-1800
The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 1927, 41 pages
This is a set of early marriage records of Cumberland County residents. The information includes details such as the names of the marriage parties, date, Minister, Bondsmen, Witnesses, etc.
25) Memories of Carlisle's Old Graveyard
Sarah Woods Parkinson, 1930, 257 pages
"Containing a list of the inscriptions on all stones in the enclosure in 1898 and describing a walk through a part of the graveyard."
26) Bicentennial 1734-1934 - First Presbyterian Church, Carlisle PA
Bicentennial Committee, 1934, 29 pages
This booklet is a brief historical sketch of this church and a program of the events associated with the Bicentennial celebration. It also contains a membership roll for 1934.
27) On Making One's Mark
Thomas Creigh, 1935, 32 pages
This booklet is a history of the Creigh family of Cumberland County, PA. It includes a copy of the family Bible birth records from the late 1700's.
28) St. Paul's Reformed Church, Mechanicsburg, PA 75th Anniversary 1863-1938
W. Bruce Wister, Mrs. Bruce R. Mowery, & David I. Gleim, 1938, 16 pages
29) Military History of Carlisle and Carlisle Barracks
Lt. Col. Thomas G. Tousey, 1939, 461 pages
This is a history of the barracks at Carlisle, Cumberland County, PA, and Carlisle's military history from before the revolution.
30) 150th Anniversary of Zion Lutheran Church, Newville, PA
W. E. Waybright, 1945, 13 pages
This is a brief account of the history of Zion Lutheran Church of Newville. It also contains a list of its past pastors, and a list of the events of the anniversary celebration.
This publication is a memorial to the service men and women of Pennsylvania who served in WWII. It contains brief sketches of 1,000's of soldiers from across the state. The sketches provide a variety of information on each soldier: Name, rank, branch of military, engagements, discharge date, military awards, birth date, parents, spouse, address, religion., etc. The information varies from soldier to soldier but most contain the information above. Also, nearly every sketch is accompanies by a portrait of the soldier.
31) Young American Patriots
The Youth of Pennsylvania in World War II
National Publishing Company, 1946, 674 pages
This publication is not an exhaustive listing of all the soldiers of Pennsylvania who fought in World War II. Nearly all counties are represented, but some more extensively than others. Those given more extensive coverage include: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Cumberland, Dauphin, Erie, Fayette, Indiana, Lawrence, Northampton, Westmoreland,
Here is a sample listing:
Abbott, William Edward
Cpl., Army. Born Apr. 6, 1925. Entered Serv. June 12, 1943. Ft. Belvoir; N. Guinea; Phil. Is.; Okinawa. Awarded GCM, As-Pac Rib., BS, Phil. Lib. Rib. Disch. Mar. 2, 1945. Attended Clymer HS. Protestant. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Abbott. Husband of Margaret Herrington Abbott, 818 Sandusky St., N. S., Pgh, 12, Pa.
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