The following concerns the ancestors of my parents: James B. Fowler and Jean (Betz) Fowler. The first Fowler, Adam, came to this country in the mid-eighteenth century, settled in Gloucester County, New Jersey, married Elizabeth Haines (descendant of Richard Haines) and had thirteen children.
My mother's side, Betz, has been traced back to Isaac Betz (Betts) (b. 1807) and his wife Margaret Rebecca Hauck (b. 1819) who lived in Luzerne and Schuylkill Counties in eastern Pennsylvania. We have been unable to determine the ancestors of Isaac and Margaret.
Of particular interest is my grandmother, Eugenia Wilcox. Eugenia (b. 1893) and her sister Ella (b.1891) were orphaned in "Willards Home for Destitute Children" in the 1890s in Neptune, Monmouth County, New Jersey. It is known only that their parents names were Thomas Wilcox and Emma Alford.
Some surnames associated with this research: ALFORD, AUSTIN, BALLINGER, BATES, BERKHART, BETZ (BETTS), BORTON, BUBB, ELKINGTON, EPLEY, FEARNE, FOWLER, FRIBLEY, GITHENS, GROB (GRUBB), HAINES, HAUCK, KELCHNER, KESTER, KURZ, NEWHARD, PAINE, RIDER, SNYDER (SCHNEIDER), TULE (TOOL), WEAVER, WILCOX.
Correspondence concerning these associated families would be appreciated.
- Henry Clinton Snyder's taufschein (701 KB)
1820 Baptismal certificate from Zion Reformed Church, Allentown, Lehigh Co., PA
- The Betz Family in Slatington, PA about 1922 (129 KB)
Top row: Joseph Daniel Betz II & his wife Eugenia Wilcox Betz followed by Joseph's 3 children by his first wife: 1) Evelyn Betz; 2) Joseph Daniel Betz III; 3) Marian Betz; Joseph's sister Adelaide Betz Oswald. Botton Row: Charles Bechtel and his wife (Joseph's sister) Clara Betz Bechtel; Joseph's sister Ellen L. Betz Reinert and her husband Robert Reinert.
- David, Jim and Mary Fowler circa 1928 (262 KB)
This was from a collection of photos that Diane Baker Fatzinger generously passed on to me in 2013. (Thanks Diane!)
- Children of George W. & Harriet (Rider) Snyder (83 KB)
About 1894: Back row: Millie & Bess. Middle: Clay, Harry, Frank, Vera. Nora is the baby on big brother Frank's lap. (Myrtle Snyder [Fowler] was not born yet.)
- Fannie Lundy Tule and husband Burr Jeremiah Fowler (62 KB)
Their wedding day, November 21, 1892, Montoursville, Lycoming Co., PA. Fannie was b. 25 February 1871 in Fairfield Twp., Lycoming Co. and d. 17 December 1933 in Montoursville. Burr was b. 04 October 1863 in Marlton, NJ and d. 31 March 1936 in Montoursville.
- George & Mrytle Snyder at Worlds End with the kids (128 KB)
David, Jim, Mary, Myrtle, and George Fowler at World's End in 1940
- Eugenia Wilcox Betz 1893 - 1930 (78 KB)
Married Joseph Daniel Betz on 18 February 1922 in Slatington, Lehigh Co., PA. Date of the picture is unknown. She was originally married to William Roeder (who died July 1917).
- George & Myrtle (Snyder) Fowler (219 KB)
George & Myrtle (Snyder) Fowler on the Loyalsock river at Worlds End the day after they were married.
- Henry Clinton Snyder 1820 - 1910 (90 KB)
Born 28 December 1820 in Whitehall, Lehigh Co., PA. Died 25 March 1910 in Washingtonville, Montour Co., PA. Married Eliza Kelchner. 7 children.
- Fowler Christmas 1953 (207 KB)
Christmas 1953 at 182 Elm St., Emmaus, PA
- Joseph Daniel Betz 1845 - 1896 (65 KB)
JDB was b. 10 April 1845 prob. in Nescopeck, Luzerne Co., PA (location of family in 1850 census). He d. 03 October 1896 in Slatington, Lehigh Co., PA. He m. Lydia Kester.
- Burr Fowler Family about 1914 (464 KB)
Burr Fowler Family about 1914
- Lydia Kester Betz 1845 - 1914 (48 KB)
Lydia Kester b. 02 March 1845 in Sugar Loaf Twp., Luzerne Co., PA and d. 31 January 1914 in Slatington, Lehigh Co., PA. She m. Joseph Daniel Betz (1845-1896). She is the d/o Joseph Kester & Rebecca Gird.
- Snyder & Fowler clan 1948 (306 KB)
see photo for annotations
- Joseph Daniel Betz (1877-1960) & sister Bertha (101 KB)
Joseph Daniel Betz (II) was b. 24 December 1877 in Slatington, Lehigh Co., PA and d. 10 December 1960 at Sayre, Bradford Co., PA. He m. Lydia Kester. Pictured here with his sister Annie Bertha Betz, b. 30 August 1873 in Slatington. She married Henry Schaller.
- Tule Reunion about 1902 (736 KB)
Tule Reunion about 1902: see annotations on the photo
- Joseph Daniel Betz b. 1877 birth certificate (371 KB)
Birth certificate includes notes in pencil at the bottom (not scanned) in the same handwriting naming Joseph's parents and grandparents and some of their dates and birthplaces.
- Snyder Reunion 1940 at Worlds End (167 KB)
Snyder and Fowler Family on the Loyalsock in Worlds End State Park in 1940. Jim is not happy.
- Tule Family Reunion 1917 (526 KB)
Tule Family Reunion near Montoursville, PA on the Tule Farm. Burr Fowler family is present as well as Myrtle Snyder who would marry Burr's son, George in 1922. New England Tules could not be present due to wartime restrictions. The photo is annotated.
- Theodore W. Iobst family (1103 KB)
From about June 1959 in Emmaus, Lehigh Co., PA