Williams-Stott Line

Susannah Jane (Record) Williams

On this day, 16 June 1877, Susannah Jane (Record) Williams passed away. She was my spouse’s 3rd great-grandmother.

Born on 4 April 1813, in Worth Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania, Susannah Jane Record was the daughter of George Record and Catherine Kelly, who were married on 3 September 1812.

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ABCs & Our Family Trees: Letters I & J


I have always been fascinated by language, specifically where it originates and how it adapts, mutates, and relates to other languages. That is why I found the recent series of blogs by Andrew’s Kindred so intriguing. It combined my love of etymology with my love of genealogy.  I was so inspired, in fact, that I decided to try my hand at chronicling the origins of our families’ surnames.

This is the ninth installment of a series of posts documenting the etymology of many of our families’ surnames (recent and distant, direct and indirect.)

Now that the H names have been discussed, next up are the letters I and J:

Categories: Cole-Marriner Line, Extended Families, Harwick-Bush Line, Spangler-Kenney Line, Surnames from A to Z, Watts-Stark Line, Williams-Stott Line | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments

Hannah Larue (Lewis) Williams

On this day, 11 May 1921, Hannah Larue (Lewis) Williams died. She was my spouse’s 2nd great-grandmother.

Born on 6 August 1848, in Worth Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania, Hannah Larue Lewis was the daughter of William Monroe Lewis and Susan Neal. William and Susan had married seven years earlier on 14 September 1841, in Port Matilda, Centre County, Pennsylvania and were already the parents of three children: Marshall Humphrey Lewis, Rebecca J. Lewis, and Edward Lewis.

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John B. Goss

On this day, 16 April, in the year 1877, John B. Goss died. He was my spouse’s 4th great-grandfather.

John B. Goss was born circa 1797, in Osceola Mills, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Abraham Goss and Elizabeth Emenheiser, who were married in 1791 at Lock Haven, Clinton County, Pennsylvania.

In 1797, Abraham Goss, his wife Elizabeth, and his mother Elizabeth made their way to Stumptown (outside of Osceola Mills). The family cleared many acres and turned the wilds into one of the finest farms in the county.

Together, Abraham and Elizabeth had 13 children. Sadly, when John was only 20 years old, both his mother and his youngest sibling died during childbirth.

Three years later, in 1824, John B. Goss married Rachel Smith at Osceola, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. Together, they had 12 children, including William L. Goss (my spouse’s 3rd great-grandfather).

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Family Food History

When I was a child, I loved television. Of course, we only had three channels, if the antenna was working properly that day. (Move the rabbit ears a bit more, a bit more… stop… now, don’t move!) Our family would congregate around the TV set almost every evening.  My favorite shows were All in the Family, Andy Griffith Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched, The Dukes of Hazzard, Gilligan’s Island, Happy DaysI Dream of Jeannie, Laverne and Shirley, Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons, and Welcome Back, Kotter.  And Saturday mornings?  Those cartoons/kids’ shows were the best!  My siblings and I loved The Bugs Bunny Show, Captain Kangaroo, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, The Flintstones, Hong Kong Phooey, H.R. Pufnstuf, Josie and the Pussycats, and Scooby Doo.

This days, however, I do not watch much television. (I guess I am too busy writing blog entries.) When I do turn on the tube, I tend to prefer:

  • Genealogically related (pun intended) shows (As if you couldn’t surmise that already!)
  • Sappy love stories (What can I say? I have a thing for happily ever after.)
  • Home repair shows
  • And My Grandmother’s Ravioli
Categories: Cole-Marriner Line, Everyday People, Miscellaneous Musings, Spangler-Kenney Line, Taylor-Thomas Line, Williams-Stott Line | Tags: , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

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