Adams County - Regional and Miscellaneous History Collection
The History and Topography of Dauphin, Cumberland, Franklin, Bedford, Adams, Perry, Somerset, Cambria, and Indiana Counties (I. Daniel Rupp, 1848, 711 pages)
History of Cumberland and Adams Counties, Pennsylvania (Warner, Beers & Co., 1886, 1155 pages)
The Story of the Creation of Adams County, Pennsylvania (Hon. Edward McPherson, 1889, 50 pages)
Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of the Nineteenth Congressional District PA [Cumberland, York & Adams Counties] (Samuel T. Wiley, 1897, 550 pages)
Historic Adams County Pennsylvania – A Pictorial Record (Historical Handbook Committee, 1950, 97 pages)
Souvenir Program – 150th Anniversary of the Founding of Adams County, PA (Anonymous, 1950, 58 pages)
Town, Township & Regional Histories
A History of Abbottstown (Willis W. Eisenhart, 1953, 136 pages)
Church, Family, Education, Military and Miscellaneous Histories
A Historical Sketch of Christ's Church in Union Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania (John Ault, 1876, 18 pages)
Historical Discourse, the Presbyterian Church of Gettysburg, Penn'a. (J. K. Demarest, 1876, 43 pages)
History of Saint Aloysius Church of Littlestown, Penn'a (William McSherry, Jr., 1893, 132 pages)
The Stewarts of Coitsville - A History of Robert and Sarah Stewart of Adams County, PA (Stewart-Bailey Committee, 1899, 207 pages)
Adams County in the World War (Foulk and Eichelberger, 1921, 300 pages)
Eight Centuries of Spanglers (Belmont Farley, 1939, 64 pages)
History of Christ Reformed Church (Evan. & Ref.) 1746-1947 Union Township, Adams Co., near Littlestown, PA (Rev. John Clark Brumbach, 1947, 176 pages)
This is a collection of various historical and genealogical reference works on Pennsylvania. These references cover 1000's of individuals, and are an excellent way to start or continue research focused on PA.
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County Histories & Biographical Volumes
The History and Topography of Dauphin, Cumberland, Franklin, Bedford, Adams,
Perry, Somerset, Cambria, and Indiana Counties (I. Daniel Rupp, 1848, 711 pages)
This publication begins with an early history of the state. It discusses the German and Scotch-Irish immigrants who settled in these counties, and the follows with a discussion of the troubles the early settlers had with the Indians. After the general history of the area, it changes focus to Adams County, covered on pages 511 - 538. These pages discuss the formation of the county (being split from neighboring York County), a description of its geography, agriculture and industry, and a brief history of its major towns. Following this is some discussion of the border dispute between Maryland and Pennsylvania and accounts of the early settlers of the area. At the end is a very useful Every-Name Index that was added to the original publication.
History of Cumberland and Adams Counties, Pennsylvania
(Warner, Beers & Co., 1886, 1501 pages)
This is an extensive compilation of historical and biographical information covering Cumberland and Adams Counties, PA. Part 1 contains a discussion of the early history of Pennsylvania, outlining the involvement of various individuals in its settlement and growth. Part 2 contains a history of Cumberland County, its beginning and growth, a history of each of the townships and major boroughs, and concludes with biographies of prominent individuals arranged by township. Part 3 covers Adams County, and is structured the same as Part 2. Also included are numerous illustrations of those covered in the biography sections. At the end of each section is an every-name index.
Cumberland County Surnames:
Ahl, Allen, Altick, Ames, Anthony, Ayres, Babb, Babble, Baker, Balsley, Bamford, Barber, Barner, Barnes, Barnitz, Barrick, Bashore, Baughman, Bear, Beattie, Beidler, Beltzhoover, Bender, Bentz, Berkheimer, Best, Biddle, Biggs, Bishop, Blair, Bloser, Bobb, Bosler, Bowman, Bradley, Brandt, Bratton, Brechbill, Brehm, Bretz, Bricker, Brindle, Brinkerhoff, Bruckhart, Bucher, Burgner, Burkhart, Bushman, Carl, Carothers, Chestnut, Christlieb, Chronsiter, Clark, Clendenin, Clepper, Clever, Cockman, Coffey, Coover, Corman, Cornman, Coyle, Craig, Crawford, Cressler, Crist, Croft, Croman, Dale, Davidson, Davis, Deardorff, Deitz, Dietz, Derland, Dewalt, Dixon, Doner, Dornbach, Drawbaugh, Duncan, Dunlap, Earley, Eberly, Eckels, Elcock, Emminger, Eminger, Erb, Erford, Ernst, Eshelman, Evans, Eyster, Feeman, Fenstermacher, Fickel, Fishburn, Foreman, Forry, Fosnot, Fulmer, Fulton, Galbraith, Gardner, Garrett, Garver, Gettel, Getter, Gibble, Gibson, Gillespie, Givin, Gladfelter, Glessner, Goodhart, Goodyear, Gorgas, Graham, Greason, Greider, Grove, Guswiler, Hailman, Hance, Hargleroad, Harmon, Haskill, Hauck, Haverstick, Hays, Heagy, Heberlig, Heck, Hefflefinger, Henderson, Hensel, Herman, Herr, Hertzler, Hess, Heyd, Highlands, Hoerner, Holler, Hollinger, Hoover, Horst, Houston, Hull, Hummel, Humrich, Hursh, Hurst, Huston, Hutton, Irvine, Jacobs, James, Kast, Kauffman, Keiser, Keller, Kendig, Kerr, Kieffer, Killian, Kimmel, King, Klepper, Knoderer, Koller, Koons, Koser, Kost, Landis, Lantz, Leas, Leberknight, Leeper, Lefever, Lehman, Leib, Leidich, Leidigh, Lenher, Lindsay, Lindsey, Line, Lininger, Lloyd, Logan, Long, Longenecker, Longnecker, Longsdorf, Loudon, Lutz, Mains, Manning, Mansfield, Martin, Marshall, Masonheimer, Mauk, May, McAllester, McCachran, McCarrell, McClure, McCrea, McCulloch, McCullough, McCune, McElwain, McGaw, McKeehan, Megaw, Meixel, Meloy, Mentzer, Merkel, Messinger, Mickey, Middleton, Milleisen, Miller, Minnich, Mitchell, Mohler, Moltz, Montgomery, Moore, Morret, Morrison, Mosser, Mountz, Mowery, Mullin, Mumma, Mumper, Murray, Musselman, Musser, Myers, Niesley, Noffsinger, Norcross, North, O'Hara, O'Neale, Orris, Ott, Otto, Palm, Patton, Paul, Paxton, Peffer, Penrose, Phillips, Piper, Plank, Ployer, Porter, Pratt, Pressel, Ralston, Randall, Rea, Reigart, Reigel, Reighter, Reily, Reinhardt, Rice, Ringrose, Ringwalt, Ritner, Ritter, Rudy, Rupley, Rupp, Russell, Sadler, Saxton, Schell, Scherich, Schmohl, Schroeder, Seidle, Senseman, Shaeffer, Shambaugh, Shapley, Sharp, Sharpe, Shaw, Sheely, Shelley, Shoemaker, Shoop, Short, Shreiner, Shuman, Shumberger, Sibbet, Simmons, Singiser, Sipe, Smead, Smith, Snyder, Sollenberger, Souder, Sours, Spong, Sponsler, Stauffer, Staver, Steiner, Stewart, Stricker, Strickler, Strock, Strohm, Stuart, Swartz, Swigert, Swiler, Tanger, Taylor, Thomas, Thompson, Titzel, Totton, Tritt, Trone, Turner, Umberger, Underwood, Van Camp, Vance, Voglesong, Waggoner, Wagner, Wagoner, Wallace, Walters, Watts, Weakley, Wentz, Wertz, Westhafer, Wetzel, Wherry, Wilbar, Wilder, Williams, Williamson, Wilson, Wilt, Wing, Witherspoon, Witman, Witmer, Wolf, Wonderlich, Woods, Woodward, Worley, Worst, Wylie, Young, Zearing, Zeigler, Zimmerman, Zinn, Zug
Adams County Surnames:
Alleman, Arnold, Asper, Bachman, Basehoar, Baugher, Baumgardner, Bayly, Beales, Beamer, Beard, Bell, Benner, Bigham, Bikle, Bishop, Bittinger, Blackwelder, Blocher, Blythe, Bollinger, Bonner, Bosserman, Bream, Breidenbaugh, Brinkerhoff, Bucher, Buehler, Burkholder, Bushman, Byers, Cashman, Cassat, Cobean, Cole, Colehouse, Collins, Coshun, Coulson, Croll, Crouse, Cunningham, Deardorff, Dechert, Demarest, Detrick, Dicks, Dickson, Diehl, Dill, Diller, Dull, Duncan, Durboraw, Duttera, Eaholtz, Ehrehart, Elden, Elliott, Emmert, Everhart, Eyler, Felty, Fink, Forhan, Forney, Forrest, Forry, Frey, Gardner, Garretson, Geiselman, Gelbach, Gettier, Gilbert, Giettier, Gilliland, Gitt, Goldsborough, Griest, Grove, Group, Hamilton, Hankey, Harner, Harnish, Hartman, Hartzel, Hay, Heiges, Heltzel, Hendrix, Hersh, Hesson, Hickey, Hill, Himes, Hoffman, Hoke, Holtz, Holtzworth, Horner, Howard, Hulick, Jameson, Johns, Kauffman, Kelly, Kemp, Kendig, Kendlehart, Kerr, Kieffer, Kimple, King, Kittinger, Kitzmiller, Klein, Koser, Krauth, Krise, Krug, Kuhn, Lansinger, Laydom, Leas, Lecrone, Leece, LeFevre, Lilly, Longsdorf, Lott, Lower, Lynn, Majors, Mark, Marshall, Martin, McClean, McClellan, McConaughy, McCullough, McCurdy, McGaughy, McIlhenny, McKnight, McPherson, McSherry, Meals, Meckley, Mehring, Meisenhelder, Melhorn, Mickley, Miller, Minter, Moorhead, Morrow, Mumma, Mumper, Musselman, Myers, Neely, Noel, OBold, Ocker, O'Neal, Orner, Pearson, Pensyl, Peters, Pfoutz, Picking, Plank, Pohlman, Poist, Rebert, Reed, Rether, Rice, Riley, Riittase, Roth, Rudisill, Ruff, Rummel, Runkel, Russell, Sandrock, Sangree, Schick, Schlosser, Schmucker, Schriver, Schwartz, Scott, Scoyoc, Seiss, Sell, Sheads, Sheeley, Sheely, Sherfy, Shively, Shorb, Shull, Slaughenhaupt, Slaybaugh, Slifer, Slinghoff, Smith, Sneeringer, Snyder, Spalding, Spangler, Stahle, Stallsmith, Stauffer, Stavely, Stem, Stewart, Stock, Stoner, Stonesifer, Storrick, Stultz, Swartz, Sweitzer, Swope, Taughinbaugh, Tawney, Thomas, Tipton, Trimmer, Trostel, Trostle, Tyson, Valentine, Walhey, Walter, Waltman, Warren, Watson, Weaner, Weaver, Weigle, Weikert, Welty, Wertz, White, Wible, Wickersham, Wierman, Wildesin, Wills, Wilson, Witherow, Witmor, Witmore, Wolf, Wolff, Wolford, Wortz, Wright, Yingling, Young, Yount, Ziegler
The Story of the Creation of Adams County, Pennsylvania
(Hon. Edward McPherson, 1889, 50 pages)
Full Title: The Story of the Creation of Adams County, Pennsylvania and of the Selection of Gettysburg as its Seat of Justice. This was an address before the Historical Society of Adams County.
Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of the Nineteenth
Congressional District Pennsylvania (Samuel T. Wiley, 1897, 550 pages)
This publication is a historical and biographical volume on the 19th Congressional District of Pennsylvania, comprising the counties of Cumberland, York and Adams. It begins with a brief history and description of the area and its features. Following this are biographies of the prominent citizens of Cumberland, York and Adams counties. Many of the biographical sketches are accompanied by portraits of the sketch subjects.
Ahl, Alleman, Allewalt, Bahn, Baird, Baker, Barshinger, Beck, Bellman, Benner, Biddle, Billheimer, Birch, Bittenger, Bittinger, Black, Blasser, Boas, Bollinger, Bond, Bosler, Bowman, Boyd, Brame, Brenneman, Bressler, Brickley, Brindle, Brown, Bucher, Buehler, Bushman, Callender, Carl, Cassatt, Chapin, Cochran, Conrad, Culp, Dale, Daron, DeHoff, Delone, Dick, Dietz, Diven, Dougherty, Dromgold, Durbin, Durkey, Ebert, Eckert, Eichelberger, Ehrehart, Ehrhart, Elcock, Elliott, Farquhar, Fastnacht, Fegley, Fisher, Flora, Floyd, Forney, Franklin, Freas, Frey, Frick, Frysinger, Gable, Gardner, Gerry, Gibson, Gilbert, Glessner, Goodyear, Gotwalt, Graham, Gross, Grossbrenner, Grove, Hagerty, Haines, Hamilton, Hartley, Hay, Hays, Heiges, Heilman, Heller, Hemler, Hemminger, Hench, Henderson, Herman, Hersh, Himes, Hoober, Hoover, Houck, Hubley, Humrich, Jameson, Jones, Kerr, Keyworth, Klinger, Krise, Lafean, Lanius, Latimer, Lenhart, Lewis, Lilly, Lindner, Lloyd, Long, Loucks, Manifold, Mayer, McClean, McCoy, McElroy, McGuire, McIlhenny, McKinnon, McKnight, McPherson, McSherry, Meisenhelder, Milleisen, Miller, Minnich, Mohler, Moore, Mowers, Moyer, Murray, Musselman, Myers, Neeley, Neely, Neiman, Nes, Niles, Nisbet, Nixon, Norcross, O'Neil, Passmore, Patrick, Peffer, Peters, Pitcher, Plank, Quay, Quinby, Reed, Rees, Reese, Robbins, Ross, Ritchey, Rupp, Sadler, Safford, Schall, Schlueter, Seiffert, Sell, Sheely, Shindel, Shulenberger, Slagle, Small, Smead, Smith, Smyser, Snyder, Sonneman, Spangler, Stahle, Steacy, Steck, Stevens, Stewart, Stock, Stuck, Strawbridge, Strine, Stubbs, Swope, Tanger, Taylor, Thompson, Todd, Trimmer, Underwood, Vandersloot, Vale, Valentine, Van Cleve, Wagner, Walker, Wanner, Wasbers, Watts, Weakley, Weaver, Webb, Weber, Weiser, Wetzel, Whiting, Williams, Wood, Wormley, Yeagley, Young, Ziegler
Historic Adams County Pennsylvania – A Pictorial Record
(Historical Handbook Committee, 1950, 97 pages)
From the Foreword: "The history of a people, their hopes, plans and accomplishments, is never fully recorded without the use of visual aids. In presenting this story of Adams County in photographs, it is hoped to acquaint the reader with graphic force something of the life of the early settlers in their effort to establish themselves in a new environment as well as the contributions of successive generations to the enjoyment of life in this region chosen by their ancestors." As noted above, this is a pictorial record. It contains numerous pictures which give insight into the history of Adams County. Each of the pictures contains an explanation or some detail of the significance of the photograph. The photographs are not high resolution and a few are dark, yet, this is still a valuable resource for historical research.
Souvenir Program – 150th Anniversary of the Founding of Adams County, PA
(Anonymous, 1950, 58 pages)
This is a brief history and souvenir of the 150th anniversary of Adams County. It contains a brief account of the early history of the county on through its development into the 20th century. It also include a few photographs of historic locations around the county and a program of the celebration events.
Town, Township & Regional Histories
A History of Abbottstown (Willis W. Eisenhart, 1953, 136 pages)
This publication contains a brief history of Abbottstown (Berwick), its people and development. The information was collected from previous historical sketches, church records, military rosters, court records and tax and census lists. It begins with an account of the founding family, the Abbetts, who immigrated from England. It then follows into a history of the town's development over the years.
Church, Family, Military and Miscellaneous Histories
A Historical Sketch of Christ's Church in Union Township,
Adams County, Pennsylvania (John Ault, 1876, 18 pages)
The account begins with a brief history of the settlement of the area, followed by the formation and growth of the church.
Historical Discourse, the Presbyterian Church of
Gettysburg, Penn'a. (J. K. Demarest, 1876, 43 pages)
This is a history of the Presbyterian Church of Gettysburg, Adams County, PA. It covers the formation and growth of the church and the men who served the congregation.
History of Saint Aloysius Church of Littlestown,
Penn'a (William McSherry, Jr., 1893, 132 pages)
From the Preface: "These pages have been written so that some of the good deeds and the memory of those who have gone may not be forgotten."
The account begins with a brief history of the town of founded by Peter Little. It then proceeds into a history of this Catholic church which had its beginnings in 1741. There is a listing of burials, and a section featuring biographies of the men who served the congregation: James Pellentz, D. Stanislaus Cerfoumont, Francis Xavier Brosius, Demetrius Augustin Gallitzen, John Nicholas Mertz, Adolphus Lewis De Barth, Matthew Lekeu, Michael Dougherty, J. Roger Dietz, James Cotting, Peter Manns, Francis Xavier De Neckere, George Villeger, Ignatius Renaud, James J. Gormley, Thomas Joseph Crotty, Basil Anthony Shorb, Florence J. Sullivan, and James Duncan.
After this is a section on Memorials and Obituaries and covers a number of individuals associated with the church: Patrick McSherry, John Shorb and wife Mary, Joseph A. Shorb, Dr. Samuel G. Kinzer and wife Maria L., Dr. John Shorb Kinzer, Joseph Fink, Henry Spalding, Mrs. Eliza T. McSherry, Jacob Baumgardner, F. X. De Neckere, William Rider, Mrs. Louisa Long, Mrs. Matilda Starr, and Joseph L. Shorb.
The Stewarts of Coitsville - A History of Robert and Sarah Stewart
of Adams County, PA (Stewart-Bailey Committee, 1899, 207 pages)
This publication is a brief record of the Stewart family. One of its branches settled in Adams County, Pennsylvania, and this makes up the focus of this publication, following the descendants down through time, and as they spread out across the country, particularly to Ohio.
Adams County in the World War April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918
(Paul L. Foulk & Percy S. Eichelberger, 1921, 300 pages)
This is a history of the involvement of Adams County, PA's citizens in World War I. The goal of this publication was to 'sketch the general work done by each individual during his tour of duty in the War.' It covers various sections of the county in turn, highlighting the soldiers from each area, and providing such information as birth date, parents names, service dates, companies, engagements, injuries, etc. Each sketch is different and covers slightly different information, so not all sketches contain each of the above details. There is also a separate section on the soldiers who died in the course of their service, providing similar information on them but almost all also include a portrait. This is a wonderful collection of information useful for historical or genealogical research in Adams County.
Eight Centuries of Spanglers (Belmont Farley, 1939, 64 pages)
This privately published work was compiled as a brief history of the Spangler family. The history touches on Adams and York County, as some of the early members of the family in America settled in these areas.
History of Christ Reformed Church (Evan. & Ref.) 1746-1947 Union Township,
Adams County, near Littlestown, PA (Rev. John Clark Brumbach, 1947, 176 pages)
This book is a history of Christ Reformed Church near Littlestown, a historic Pennsylvania congregation. This history relates the formation and growth of the congregation through the years, along with details pertaining to its ministers and members. It covers the ministries of Michael Schlatter, Theodore Frankenfield, John Conrad Steiner, Sr., John Waldschmidt, Jacob Lischy, John Jacob Zufall, John Christopher Faber, Charles Lewis Boehme, John Christopher Gobrecht, Charles Helffenstein, Jacob Henry Wiestling, Frederick William Bindeman, Samuel Gutelius, Jacob, Sechler, John M. Clemens, Caspar Scheel, John Ault, John Kretzing, F. S. Lindaman, W. A. Kline, H. H. Hartman, and John C. Brumbach.
Other sections of the publication include: sons and daughters of the church who in turn entered the service of the church in some fashion, a history of the sunday school with lists of students in various classes, lists of members of the various church organizations and offices, a list of veterans who were buried in the church cemetery from the Revolutinary War to World War I, a list of World War II servicemen, and a list of those who sponsored this history.