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Updated September 5, 2000


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Polly A. Laubach-Eckrote

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  • Some Ancestors & Relatives of PALE (2/00) (914 KB)
    Some of the ancestors & other relatives of Polly A. LAUBACH-ECKROTE, Columbia Co., PA. Many ancestors came from New York & New Jersey states to Easton, Northampton Co., PA, and then removed "upstate" to Northumberland Co., PA, today (since 1813) called Columbia County, PA.

Family Photos

  • Victoria Ema (DAVIS) FARVER (138 KB)
    Victoria Ema DAVIS, wife of George William FARVER; daughter of Mary "Polly" LONG & Reuben H. DAVIS of Benton area, Columbia County, PA.
  • Glen Ezra & Lois Lucille (FARVER) LAUBACH (164 KB)
    Parents of Polly A. LAUBACH-ECKROTE: Glen Ezra & Lois Lucille (FARVER) LAUBACH, Columbia County, Pennsylvania, circa 1948. Glen is named after his two grandfathers, Glen W. LAUBACH and Ezra O. HESS. He is the son of Daniel Monroe and Marea Theodotia (HESS) LAUBACH. Lois is the daughter of Arle Robert "Bob" and Alverna "Verna" Hulda (DAVIS) FARVER, all of Columbia County, PA.
  • 1929 Tornado hits HESS farm (96 KB)
    In 1929, a tornado swept across northeastern Columbia County, PA, destroying property in Greenwood, Fishing Creek, Sugarloaf, and Jackson Townships. This photo proof from the Benton Argus newspaper shows the remains of the barn of Ezra O. HESS in Waller, Jackson Township, Columbia Co., PA. His daughter, Marcella, heard the loud noise and looked out of the upstairs bedroom window. By then, the tornado had demolished the barn, killing their horse and destroying farm equipment. It had also ripped out many fruit trees across the area. Later, HESS discovered his hen safe among the barn's rubble, still sitting on her unbroken eggs. Surveying the damage are Glen W. [wearing cap, in middle of photo]& Jennie (WARNER) LAUBACH, in-laws of Ezra HESS's daughter, Marea (HESS) LAUBACH. The other man to the right appears to be Lee WARNER, probably Jennie's brother.
  • St. Gabriel's Get-Together in 1998 (90 KB)
    Many descendants of the pioneers of the Benton, PA, area of Columbia County got together at the beautiful St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church in Cole's Creek, Pennsylvania, in 1998. Multi-congregational worshippers met here beginning in the late 1700's, even before the first log church was built circa 1812. The inside of this small, lovely church is all chestnut wood. Stained glass windows feature pioneer names. A get-together is held every year and EVERYBODY is invited. Be sure to bring your family history papers and cameras! E-mail for more info.
  • Anna Rebecca (MANNING) FARVER (545 KB)
    Anna Rebecca (MANNING) FARVER
  • FARVER Line-Up (270 KB)
    Some family of Verna (DAVIS) FARVER in her home, 1974: From left to right -- Nelson REICHERT, Barbara (FARVER) BERROTH, Lois L. (FARVER) LAUBACH, Nancy (FARVER) REICHERT, Alverna Hulda "Verna" (DAVIS) FARVER, Polly A. LAUBACH.
  • B. Cedella SITLER (454 KB)
    Childhood Photo of B. Cedella "Della" SITLER, 1867-1932, daughter of Samuel S. & Sarah Jane (RHINARD) SITLER of Columbia County, PA. She later married William T. DAVIS Jr.
  • St. Gabriel's Ch., Cole's Creek, Columbia Co., PA (250 KB)
    Some of the stained glass windows featuring pioneer names in St. Gabriel's Church at Cole's Creek, Columbia County, Pennsylvania.
  • Arle Robert FARVER (276 KB)
    Arle Robert "Bob" FARVER (left, farthest from building) on bicycle.
  • Anna Maria GODHARD FRUTSCHIE CORRELL (23 Mar 00) (521 KB)
    Photo of stone in Old Stone Church Cemetery, Mt. Bethel, Northampton Co., PA, for Anna Maria (GODHARD) FRUTSCHIE CORRELL, 1739 - 1794, daughter of John J. GODHARD, & her husbands: 1) Frederick FRUTSCHIE & 2) Andrew CORRELL.
  • Glen & Lois LAUBACH's 50th Anniversary (415 KB)
    Glen E. & Lois L. (FARVER) LAUBACH, Columbia County, Pennsylvania, on their 50th wedding anniversary, 23 August 1998.
  • Forks of the Delaware Title Page (685 KB)
    Title Page of Some of the First Settlers of the Forks of the Delaware and Their Descendants by Kieffer
  • Ella (McHENRY) HESS (842 KB)
    Ella McHENRY, probably at engagement to Ezra O. HESS
  • Polly A. LAUBACH 1973 (291 KB)
    1973 High School graduation photo of Polly A. LAUBACH, daughter of Glen E. & Lois L. (FARVER) LAUBACH, Columbia County, Pennsylvania.
  • John J. GODHARD Will, Part One (2952 KB)
    First page of re-typed text of John Jacob GODHARD's will, written 1794; proved 1797; Northumberland County Courthouse, Sunbury, Pennsylvania. He died at the home of his granddaughter & her husband (Johann "Christian" & Anna Maria [FRUTCHEY] LAUBACH) in Northumberland County, PA, near what is today's Bloomsburg/Buckhorn area in Columbia County, PA; GODHARD had previously lived in or near Easton, Northampton County, PA.
  • Ezra O. HESS (845 KB)
    Ezra O. HESS, probably at time of engagement to Ella McHENRY
  • Lloyd & Daniel M. LAUBACH 1920 (283 KB)
    Lloyd (left) and Daniel Monroe(right, with belted coat) LAUBACH, sons of Glen W. & Jennie (WARNER) LAUBACH, Columbia Co., PA, on 26 February 1920 while visiting Akron, Ohio.
  • John J. GODHARD Will, Part Two (2945 KB)
    Second page of re-typed text of John Jacob GODHARD's will, written 1794; proved 1797; Northumberland County, PA.
  • Glen W. & Jennie (WARNER) LAUBACH (246 KB)
    Old tintype: Glen W. LAUBACH and Jennie WARNER, probably at the time of their engagement.
  • Clipping: COLEs...Trace Ancestry To King Cole (2636 KB)
    17 August 1934 clipping from THE MORNING PRESS newspaper, Bloomsburg, Columbia County, Pennsylvania: "Coles Of Locality Trace Their Ancestry To King Cole." [Clipping courtesy of Mr. Franklin G. Newhart, Benton, PA.] This article is based on the genealogy of Harry E. COLE of the same area. Warning -- this genealogy and article are known to contain some mistakes and unproven statements.
  • John Jacob & Sophia GODHARD at grandson's baptism (1365 KB)
    Johannes GOTTHARD & Sophia, his wife, Godparents for grandson, Johann Paul HESS, at 1784 baptism, The First Reformed Church of Easton, Easton, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, as recorded in "Some of the First Settlers of the Forks of the Delaware and Their Descendants" (see title page image).
  • Verna (DAVIS) FARVER (293 KB)
    Alverna "Verna" Hulda DAVIS, daughter of William T. (Jr.) and B. Cedella "Della" (SITLER)DAVIS, probably at the time of Verna's engagement to Arle Robert "Bob" FARVER.
  • McHenry Tracking Yesterday Article (1762 KB)
    A "Tracking Yesterday" Article on the McHENRY family by the popular local history and trivia writer, the late Ted Fenstermacher, for the Susquehanna Shopper paper, 29 January 1986. It details the visit of Air force Capt. Charles "Chuck" McHENRY to the County Antrim, Northern Ireland, origins of the McHENRY family. Includes photos of the remains of Kinbane Castle.
  • Deacon John GETTERT text (910 KB)
    In 1768, a John GETTERT was named as a Deacon for the First Reformed Church of Easton. This is very likely the same name as "Johannes GOTTHARDT" and "John GODHARD/GODDARD," as evidenced by his name variations in various deeds and his will. Taken from The First Reformed Church of Easton, Easton, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, records as recorded in "Some of the First Settlers of the Forks of the Delaware and Their Descendants" (see title page image).
  • Lois Lucille FARVER (121 KB)
    Lois Lucille FARVER with roses, later married Glen E. LAUBACH
  • Mark & Polly (LAUBACH) ECKROTE 1991 (375 KB)
    Mark and Polly (LAUBACH) ECKROTE at their honeymoon cottage in 1991 (actually Mt. Hope Estates, Manheim, PA).
  • LAUBACH Land: 1792 Survey Map (130 KB)
    Map included in the 1792 survey for Johann George LAUBACH's land warrant for property situated on the Little Fishing Creek, being in Fishing Creek and Mahoning Townships of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, at that time. Today, the land is located in Columbia County, PA, along Route 42 between the Bloomsburg and Buckhorn areas. Johann George LAUBACH died before the patent was granted to his son and executor, Adam LAUBACH, in 1802. This appears to be the same land that George's other son, Johann "Christian" & Anna Maria (FRUTCHEY) LAUBACH were already living on in the late 1700's, and where Anna Maria's grandfather, John GODHARD, died in 1797. Shortly after John GODHARD died, Christian and Anna Maria LAUBACH moved their extended family north-eastward to the Fishing Creek/Sugarloaf Township area, near the present town of Benton, Columbia County, PA.
  • Mark & Polly (LAUBACH) ECKROTE Wedding (409 KB)
    Mark & Polly (LAUBACH) ECKROTE's wedding on the Twin Covered Bridges in Forks, Fishing Creek Twp., Columbia County, Pennsylvania, on 1 April 1991. Yes, it was April Fool's Day! And yes, it was COLD! The Rev. Jerry HAUPT officiating, with Mary (ACKERMAN) GILLEN as witness.
  • Marea & Marcella HESS in 1909 (1277 KB)
    Marea Theodotia HESS (later married Daniel Monroe LAUBACH) & Marcella HESS (later married Minard ASH, twin to Millard), daughters of Ezra O. & Ella (McHENRY) HESS, in 1909. Marea died at a young age in 1948. Marcella was a well-known Benton, PA, 2nd grade school teacher for decades. When her sister passed away, Marcella -- who had no children of her own -- became a surrogate "grandmother" to her LAUBACH great nieces and nephews.
  • LAUBACH & ECKROTE Parents (323 KB)
    Left to Right: Parents of Polly & Mark -- Lois L. (FARVER) LAUBACH, Glen E. LAUBACH, Helen (KELLNER SACHS) ECKROTE, Oscar W. ECKROTE in 1991.

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    Reuben H. DAVIS, Letter of Administration, 1890, Columbia County Court House, Bloomsburg, PA, Will Book Vol. 7, p. 120, Bond No. 38. Retyped by PALE 20 Mar 2000.

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