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Posted by on July 17, 2019 in Uncategorized


OBIT-Christopher Whittemore

**The following is from a typed document that was duplicated and handed out to various family members for years in my wife’s extended family. I believe it was originally a newspaper obituary. Dayton D. Mix**

Sept. 4, 1922 “TAPS” FOR VETERAN

Christopher Whittemore died at his home in Slack Hollow at 12:45, Monday morning, at the age of 78 years, death being due to a complication of diseases.
Deceased was born at Cherry Flats, Tioga County, Pa., on March 31, 1844, grandson of a War of 1812 Veteran, and greatgrandson of a vet of the Revolutionary War.
On March 8, 1884, he was married to Josephne Duryea, and one son was born to them.
When the call came for soldiers in the breaking out of the Civil War, Mr. Whittemore enlisted in the 149th Pa. Vol. Infty, but his father objected to the boy going at that age and got him back, but the fighting stock of generations could not withstand the call to duty, and in the fall of 1862 he ran away from home and enlisted in Co. A. 3rd N.Y.V.C. from which in August, 1865, at Portsmouth, Va., he was transferred to Co. F. 1st N.Y. Mounted Rifles.
On June 29, 1864, at the battle of Ream’s Station, he was wounded in the shoulder and picked up a captive by the 6th Va. Cav. For six months he endured the hardships of the prison camps of the South, Andersonville for two months, Charleston, three weeks, and Florence, S.C. three months, after which he was paroled. In the foul prison camps he suffered from typhoid fever without care or medical aid and came out of the trials with broken health. He was honorably discharged from the service, at Troy, N.Y., on October 10, 1865. He came to McKean County in 1872, where he has since resided.
His last illness was of short duration, as he was around the house until Sunday, when he was seized with an acute attack of stomach trouble which, with a weakness of heart, took him into the camp of the great army of the boys in blue who have gone on before.
Besides his wife and one son, Harry, of Eldred, there survives two brothers, Charles, of Corning, N.Y. and Lewis, of Sheffield, Pa., and three sisters, Mrs. J. A. Windsor, of Franklinville, N.Y., Mrs. P. C. Jordan, of Limestone, N.Y., and Mrs. Philena Hakes, of Eldred.
The funeral was held from the house, Wednesday afternoon, at 3 o’clock, Rev. Prosper Miller, of Turlepoint, officiating, and burial was made in Oak Hill. His grandfather, James Pettis, who served in the War of 1812, is buried on the plot on the Harris Farm, Slack Hollow.


  • To Whittemore family and friends and/or history hounds, does anyone know who (or when) this obituary came to be copied out and duplicated? Was there a special occasion? I’m assuming it was a reunion or family gathering of some sort.
  • Was the date of Sept 4, 1922, the date of Christopher’s death? or his burial? or the date the obituary appeared in the newspaper?
  • Does anyone have the actual obituary clipped from the old newspaper? (Or a photocopy). I’m assuming it was probably a McKean County newspaper from Eldred, Bradford, Smethport, or Port Allegheny, but there could have been others.
  • Does anyone know where the “Harris farm” up Slack Hollow is (and what its called 96 years later in 2018)? Has anyone ever visited James Pettis’ grave up there? Got any pix?
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Posted by on July 29, 2018 in 1844, 1884, 1922, Civil War


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UB Records: Rev. T. S. Bennett

I discovered another source of church information for one of my wife’s forbears, Rev. Truman S. Bennett. Almost two decades ago, our Conference of The United Methodist Church cleared out some of the extra copies of old reference books from the Archives and History collections. I bought this commemorative volume celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Erie Conference of the United Brethren In Christ Church in 1936 (which was when they merged with the Evangelical Association).

A couple months ago I discovered Truman was in the version of United Brethren church that formed part of the history of our present day United Methodist Church. As I began to search the Methodist history resources on my own shelves, I found this history complete with a picture of Truman AND his pastor/son Walter!!

These pictures are dated August 31, 1887.



Pastoral Bio: Rev. Truman S. Bennett

My mother-in-law, Sherry Housler, shared part of the family history of a distant grandfather, Rev. Truman S. Bennett, who was a pastor in the United Brethren in Christ Church (UB) and was serving in Eldred, PA, at one point. When she died I was given his copies of the UB Book of Discipline for 1872 and 1876.

Sherry was actively searching for more history of Grandpa Bennett and had even written to the present day United Brethren Church headquarters in the Midwest trying to find references. She never heard a thing.

A few weeks ago, I was showing a group of local United Methodist Church pastors in my area a copy of one of our historical resources that we call Pastoral Records, and how they could access information in this two volume information trove. As I randomly opened volume one, I landed in the “B” section and there was Sherry’s Grandpa Bennett! And one of his sons, Walter Ansel Bennett, Sherry’s distant uncle!

Here then is the Pastoral Record as published by the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, the modern incarnation of the former UB church which merged with the Evangelical Association in 1936, which then united with the Methodists in 1968.


Conference Relations: United Brethren in Christ Church Erie Conference 1872.

Appointments: Marshburg Mission 1872-1874; Orleans Mission 1874-1875; Eldred Mission 1875-1876; Unknown 1876-1877; Eldred Mission 1877-1878; Unknown 1878-1884; Port Allegany Mission 1884-1885.

Explanatory notes:

Conference Relations” means how was this person connected to the church.

United Brethren in Christ Church Erie Conference 1872” indicates that he was a part of the UB church’s Erie area conference and he was accepted as a member in 1872. Other ways of wording that would be to say he was ordained in 1872. Upon ordination, his status was an “elder.” (The Beers’ history highlighted in earlier posts referred to him as “Elder Bennett.” This is why.)

“Appointments” refers to communities where he was assigned as a pastor. The UB Church, like its descendant United Methodist Church of today, assigned pastors to specific churches and communities. Where it says “Mission” he was probably the pastor who set up the church or was one of the early pastors who were helping them get established.

In tomorrow’s post, I’ll share another resource where I found Truman and information about his ministry, including a picture!!


Pastoral Records: Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church 1784 – 2017. Compiled and edited by Rev. Norman Carlysle Young and Naomi Kathleen Ivey Horner. Commission on Archives and History. 7/1/2017.



BEERS’ BIO: Rev. T. S. Bennett

About a decade ago I helped research the Bennett family using J.H. Beers & Co.’s 1890 book:  History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron, and Potter, Pennsylvania. Here is the biography of Rev. T. S. Bennett from the McKean County biography section.

Rev. T. S. Bennett, farmer and oil producer, Eldred, was born near Knoxville, Tioga Co., Penn., March 28, 1826, a son of Joseph and Lucinda (Bonney) Bennett. He was reared near Whitesville, N. Y., until sixteen years of age, and received a common school education. In 1842 he located in Bradford, Penn., and after attaining his majority embarked in the lumber business, which he continued fifteen years. He then followed farming; afterward, in 1876, sold his farm for oil purposes, it being the first farm in Bradford sold on that account. The same year he located in Eldred, and purchased a farm he still owns, and where oil was found in considerable quantities in 1887, on which are now three producing wells, and two more derricks in operation. In 1868 Mr. Bennett united with the United Brethren Church, and in 1871 was ordained a minister, since when he has preached in McKean and adjoining counties up to the present time. He has been twice married. His first wife was Huldah, daughter of Nathaniel and Dolly (Ingalls) Edson, of Bradford, by whom he had five children: Walter A., Eveline V. (Mrs. S. Turner), Wellman G., Dolly (Mrs. McClellan Olmsted) and Lowell. His second wife was Mrs. Mary F. (Allen) Hudson, of Wales, Erie Co., N. Y. Mr. Bennett is, to quite an extent, interested in real estate in Eldred and vicinity, and has erected a large number of dwellings. Politically he was formerly a Republican, but is now a stanch advocate of Prohibition.

[Source: “History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron, and Potter, Pennsylvania . . .” Volume 1, J. H. Beers & Co., Published 1890 (pp. 486-487)]

To read more, check out this earlier post:

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Posted by on July 4, 2018 in Uncategorized


Rev. Joseph Baxter

Recently, while researching possible BAXTER ancestors, I stumbled across an entry for a Reverend Joseph Baxter from colonial New England. I’ve no idea if he will turn out to be a distant relative of mine or not, but I found him interesting enough to explore a bit.

I found him in a book I discovered a few years ago, The Colonial Clergy and Colonial Churches of New England by Frederick Lewis Weis. Published under the auspices of the Society of the Descendants of the Colonial Clergy (1620-1776), this book was published in Lancaster, Massachusetts in 1936. Rev. Baxter appears on page 30.


According to the book’s abbreviations and notes key on page 238, this entry offers answers to these headings:

NAME: Joseph Baxter
BORN in Braintree, Massachusetts on June 4, 1676
PARENTS: Lieut. John Baxter and Hannah (White) Baxter
COLLEGE: H.C. means Harvard College, graduating in 1693.
DEGREES EARNED AT THAT COLLEGE: The A.B. and A.M. are the degrees he earned from Harvard.
—A.B. and B.A. are the same thing: this person had a Bachelor of Arts degree

—A.M. and M.A. are the same thing: this person had a Master of Arts degree.

ORDAINED: in Medfield, Massechusetts on Apr. 21, 1697

SETTLED: He ‘settled’ down to be the pastor of a church

SETTLED WHERE: He was the pastor for the Medfield, Massachusetts Congregational Church.

SETTLED WHEN: He served as pastor there from 1694-1745.


ELECTION SERMON: was in 1727

DIED: in Medfield, Massachusetts on May 2, 1745

AGE AT DEATH: 69 years old.

– – – An ELECTION SERMON, apparently, was the message the preacher gave a week or two before an upcoming election. Drawing the listeners to re-examine their own lives and repent of their own sins, before they stepped up to cast their vote on the matters of life in the colony or community.

—An ARTILLERY ELECTION SERMON, it seems, was similar, but preceeded the election of officers of the local Artillery Company. According to Harold D. Mixon, in 1967, “The purpose of the organization was to provide uniformity in drill for the officers of the various militia companies of New England.” (found in Boston’s artillery election sermons and the American revolution, by Harold D. Mixon in Speech Monographs Vol. 34 , Iss. 1, 1967. Accessed 12/31/2017 at

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Posted by on January 1, 2018 in 1676, 1693, 1694, 1697, 1716, 1727, 1745, Uncategorized


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Haynes Boys

The Haynes Boys

The three gentlemen in this picture are the three sons of William Truman Haynes and his wife, Carrie E. (Cleveland) Hayneshaynes-boys

from left to right is Earl, Willis, and Frank.

  • Franklin L. Haynes DOB: 24 Apr 1877 (a.k.a. “Frank”) 
  • Winfield Willis Haynes DOB: 4 Dec 1880 (a.k.a. “Willis”) 
  • Earl Truman Haynes DOB: 31 Jul 1886  

I am suggesting a date between 1905 and 1910 for 2 reasons: 

(1) Earl looks like he ought to be at least 19 years old, however

(2) Frank died 29 Apr 1910.

Other than those two clues I have nothing else to suggest a date.

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Posted by on February 11, 2017 in 1877, 1880, 1886, 1905, 1910, Uncategorized