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Pennsylvania Biography Collection #3 - PA-Genealogy

Pennsylvania Biography Collection #3

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Western Pennsylvanians - A Work for Newspaper and Library Reference (James O. Jones Company, 1923, 609 pages)
Pennsylvania – A History, Vol. 1-4 & Biographical Volume (George P. Donehoo, 1926, 3049 pages)
Eastern Pennsylvanians (James O Jones Co., 1928, 380 pages)
Who’s Who in the East 1930 (The Mayflower Publishing Company, 1930, 2254 pages)
The Pennsylvania Manual 1935-36 (excerpts) (Bureau of Publications, 1936, 143 pages)
Who's Who in Pennsylvania (The A. N. Marquis Company, 1939, 1053 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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Western Pennsylvanians - A Work for Newspaper
and Library Reference (James O. Jones Company, 1923, 609 pages)
This publication is a rare biographical reference work on men and women of Western Pennsylvania who excelled in their various fields.  Each biography provides an account of their life and accomplishments, and nearly all are accompanied by a portrait of the sketch subject.  This is an excellent resource to supplement the county histories and biographicals published for each county in PA.

Surnames Indexed:
Abraham, Adams, Ahlers, Ahrens, Altman, Anderson, Andrews, Armstrong, Aronson, Arthur, Ayres, Bailey, Baker, Baldensperger, Baldridge, Baltz, Bane, Barbour, Bare, Barnett, Barton, Bauer, Baum, Beardsley, Bearer, Behrend, Bell, Benner, Benson, Best, Bialas, Billinger, Bishop, Black, Blackburn, Blackmore, Boggs, Bond, Bope, Borland, Bortz, Bowers, Bowman, Boyd, Brainerd, Brandon, Brandt, Brashear, Brennan, Brennen, Brown, Brupbacher, Buhl, Burchfield, Burchinal, Cain, Calahan, Calhoun, Callery, Calvert, Campbell, Carhart, Carnahan, Canegie, Carr, Carson, Casey, Chapin, Christley, Christy, Clark, Cluss, Clyde, Cochran, Cohen, Cole, Coleman, Coll, Collins, Congdon, Connelley, Conway, Cook, Cooney, Cooper, Core, Corrado, Corrigan, Costella, Covell, Craig, Cramer, Crane, Crawford, Cray, Cronin, Crow, Culbertson, Cunningham, Curry, Dahlinger, Dailey, Dalzell, Darsie, Davidson, Davis, Dawson, Day, De Camp, Deike, Demas, Dewar, Dickey, Dickson, Didier, Dilworth, Dinkey, Donahoe, Donatelli, Donato, Dougherty, Drown, duff, Dunbar, Dunlap, Dunn, Dyer, Dysart, Eavenson, Eckles, Edel, Egan, Eggers, Eichorn, Einstein, Elliott, Englert, English, Estep, Ewing, Exnicious, Fagan, Ferguson, Fetterman, Fieldner, Finley, Flaherty, Flannery, Fleming, Flick, Flinn, Flood, Flowers, Fluke, Follansbee, Ford, Francis, Franke, Franks, Frary, Frauenhem, Friedberg, Fugassi, Fulton, Furey, Gable, Gaddis, Gainer, Galbreath, Gannon, Gans, Gardner, Garland, Garner, GAult, Gibson, Gillespie, Girts, Ghrist, Glick, Golder, Gordon, Goshorn, Graham, Grange, Gratz, Grimm, Groves, Gumbert, Gumbes, Haberstroth, Hackney, Haddock, Hagan, Hagenlocher, Haller, Hamerschlag, Hamilton, Hamond, Hamor, Handy, Hanley, Hanna, Hare, Harris, Harry, Hart, Hartle, Haugh, Hax, Heiner, Heinz, Hemington, Henderson Henry, Herr, Hertzog, Hess, Hibbs, Hilldorfer, Hill, Hillman, Hockensmith, Hoffman, Holland, Holliday, Holmes, Hoover, Horner, Horton ,Hosack, Hosford, Hostetter, Houlahen, Houze, Howard, Hubbard, Hubley, Hudson, Humbert, Humphrey, Hunter, Hustead, Imbrie, Ingram, Irons, Irwin, Jameson, Jamison, Janssen, Jarrett, Jeffries, Jenks, Jennings, Johns, Johnston, Jones, Jordan, Joseph, Kamback, Kay, Keating, Kelley, Kelly, Kendall, Kennedy, Kessler, Kester, Kidney, Kier, Kilpatrick, Kingsley, Kinney, Kirkpatrick, Kline, Klooz, Kountz, Kramer, Kurtz, Lackey, Lathwood, Lawless, Leech, Lehman, Lenhart, Leslie, Liwellyn, Liebel, Little, Lloyd, Lobingier, Lorch, Love, Lowe, Luman, Lynch, Lyne, Lynn, Lyon, MacConnell, Mackay, Magee, Maglaughlin, Mansfield, Marshall, Martin, Masten, Masterton, Matthews, Maxey, May, Mayer, Mayhugh, McArfle, McBride, McCahill, McCaig, McCandless, McCargo, McCauley, McClernan, McConnell, McConway, McCormick, McCrea, McDowell, McEldowney, McEllroy, McGinnis, McGovern, McGregor, McHugh, McJunkin, McKalip, McKallip, McKean, McKenna, McKinney, McLanahan, McLaughlin, McMahon, McMillen, McNally, McNeil, McNutt, Mehard, Meller, Mellon, Messler, Mesta, Metz, Metzler, Millard, Miller, Miner, Mishler, Mitchell, Monahan, Moore, Moorehead, Morgan, Morris, Mueller, Mulvihill, Munhall, Murphy, Myers, Neeld, Nesbit, Nessle, Neumann, Niemann, Nixon, Nolan, Nomer, Norris, Norton, Obey, O'Brien, O'Herron, Oppenheimer, Orr, Page, Painter, Pargny, Park, Parriott, Parshall, Patterson, Payne, Peevey, Perlman, Petty, Phillips, Pickard, Pierce, Pohe, Porter, Potter, Powell, Purvis, Pyle, Rabe, Reamer, Reed, Reiber, Reiley, Reno, Rentz, Replogle, Richardson, Richey, Riffle, Ritts, Robbins, Robertson, Robinson, Rodgers, Rohrback, Rook, Rosenbloom, Rose, Rowand, Ruff, Ryan, Rynearson, Rys, Sable, Sackett, Salyards, Sands, Saupp, Saxton, Scherer, Schnable, Schoonmaker, Schuette, Schultz, Schwab, Scott, Scovel, Scully, Seefried, Sell, Sensenich, Shanahan, Shearer, Shelby, Sherbine, Sherrard, Shields, Shipp, Shirley, Shoemaker, Shreve, Shute, Sibray, Siebert, Simons, Sisson, Sitnek, Sittler, Slawson, Sleppy, Smith, Snee, Snowden, Snowdon, Sobel, Soppitt, Spaide, Speller, Stadtfeld, Starr, Stein, Stephens, Sterling, Steven, Stevenson, Stewart, Stickel, Stillwagen, Stineman, Stirling, Stone, Strong, Sturgis, Succop, Sunstein, Sutton, Suydam, Swearingen, Tabor, Taylor, Terheyden, Thaw, Thayer, Thomas, Thompson, Titus, Torrance, Townsend, Trautman, Turner, Tyler, Van Dusen, Van Gilder, Wakefield, Walker, Wallace, Walsh, Walters, Ward, Wardrop, Warnock, Wasson, Watson, Weidlein, Weil, Weingartner, Weir, Weller, Westinghouse, Whigham, Whitten, Wheyl, Wickline, Wildin, Williams, Wilson, Winters, Wise, Woner, Wood, Woods, Woodward, Worthington, Wright, Wyant, Wyckoff, Yohe, Young, Zacharias, Zimmerman

Pennsylvania – A History, Vol. 1-4 & Biographical Volume
(George P. Donehoo, 1926, 3049 pages)
This is an extensive history of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  It begins by covering the Indians of Pennsylvania, then on through the settlement by the Dutch, Swedes, English, Germans, and Scotch-Irish.  It covers the war period before and during the Revolution, and the the time of growth following it.  Nearly every aspect of Pennsylvania's history is given some coverage.  The final volume is biographical in nature, sketching the lives of some of Pennsylvania's important citizens.  There also are photographs throughout the five volumes highlighting various places and sights across the State, and in the biographical volume, numerous portraits and color family crests.

Surnames Sketched:
Acheson, Acton, Adams, Alden, Allen, Altman, Anderson, Artman, Atkinson, Balmer, Barde, Beale, Bell, Bencker, Bendere, Best, Beyea, Biddle, Bittinger, Bixler, Blair, Blankenburg, Blinn (Blin), Booth, Borden, Bosler, Boyd, Bregy, Brengle, Bright, Brock, Brodnax, Bromley, Brooke, Brown, Bryson, Buchanan, Bucher, Buckley, Burgwin, Burpee, Burt, Cadwalader, Calpin, Cameron, Carnegie, Chadbourne (Chadbourn), Chew, Childs, Clark, Clarke, Clawson, Coates, Conyngham, Cook, Cooke, Correll, Cortright, Cotton, Creighton, Cronin, Crumrine, Curtin, Curtis, Custer, De Frehn, Dallas, Dalton, Daly, Darlington, Dietrich, Dixon, Delano (de la Noye), Denison, Dundore, Eckels, Eckert, Egbert (Egert, Eggert), Ellis, Ely, Emley, Ewing, Fackenthal, Fahler, Fehr, Fetzer, Field, Fisher, Fletcher, Foerderer, Forsgren, Fox, Frankenfield, Frick, Fritz, Frock, Fulton, Gallison, Garrett (Garat, Garratt), Geary, Gemmill, Geuting, Gibson, Gillam, Gilmore, Girard, Goodwin, Gordon, Gore, Grazier, Green, Groff, Grove, Grow, Hager, Hall, Hamil, Hand, Harding, Hardt, Harkness, Harmon, Harper, Harrah, Harte, Hartranft, Hastings, Hatch, Heard, Heidenreich, Heine, Heinz, Henderson, Henry, Henson, Hogg, Holden, Hoopes, Hopkinson, Horn, Hornbeck, Howell, Hoyt, Humphries, Irving, Jack, Janvier, Jenkins, Jenks, Johnson, Jones, Jordan, Kaier, Kaul, Keiper, Keller, Kelley, Kessler, Kincaid, King, Kirk, Kirkpatrick, Klapp, Knight, Knox, Koch, Kulp, Kurtz, Kyle, Ladner, Lambing, Lavino, Lea, Leh, Lehman, Leland, Lewis (Ludewig), Litch, Little, Longstreet, Luckenbach, Lukens (Lucken), Macabe, Macaulay, Mack, MacMorris, Magee, Mahaffey, Mansure, Margerum, Maris, Marshall, Mather, Mathews, Maurer, McClain, McCrea, McCutcheon, McFadden, McIlhenny, McKown, McMichael, McMurray, McParland, Meade, Means, Meredith, Merritt, Metzgar, Middleton, Mifflin, Miller, Missimer, Mitten, Morris, Mott, Mullhaupt, Mullin, Mullins (Molines), Munford, Munroe, Murray, Musser, Naglee, Nelson, Newbold, Newlin, Nichols, Nicholson, Nolan, Oberkirch, Odenwelder, Olson, Opp, Osborne, Otis, Ott, Overton, Pabodie, Parker, Parsons, Pennock, Pennypacker, Penrose, Pepper, Physick, Posey, Pugh, Putnam, Quay, Quinby, Quinn, Rambo, Randall, Ray, Redding, Reed (Reade), Reider, Reidy, Reynolds, Rice, Roach, Robbins, Roberts, Robinson, Root, Ross, Rowland, Russell, St. Clair, Sartori, Scarborough, Schoen, Schwab, Scott, Scranton, Seidel, Sellers, Sentman, Seward, Sharples, Sheridan, Shimer, Shoemaker (Schoonmacher, Schoommaker), Shores, Short, Shunk, Simkins, Simmons, Sisson, Slokom, Smaltz, Southall, Spencer, Spiess, Spinney, Sproul (Sproule), St. Clair, Steckel, Steele, Stephens, Stevens, Stevenson, Stillman (Stileman), Stine, Stoll, Stone, Stratford, Steeper (Streaper), Supplee, Swaim (Swain), Swing, Taulane, Taylor, Templeton, Thayer, Thomas, Thompson, Tonkin, Tuft, Underwood, Updegrove, Van Eeghen, Van Horn, Vare, Vauclain, Wagener, Walker, Wanamaker, Warner, Warren, Watson, Wayne, Wentz, West, Westinghouse, Weymouth, Wiederseim (Wiedersheim), Wilbur (Wildbore), Willard, Williams, WIlmot, Wolff, Worrell, Worthington, Wright, Wynne, Yarnall, Yerkes, Young

Eastern Pennsylvanians (James O Jones Co., 1928, 380 pages)
This publication is a rare biographical reference work on men and women of Eastern Pennsylvania who excelled in their various fields.  Each biography provides an account of their life and accomplishments, and nearly all are accompanied by a portrait of the sketch subject.  This is an excellent resource to supplement the county histories and biographicals published for each county in PA.

Surnames Indexed:
Dauphin County, Harris, Sherk, Shoemaker, Slack, Stackpole, Delaware County - Sproul, Lackawanna County - Blackman, Campbell, Comegys, Comerford, Curry, Hussie, Kelly, Lucas, Phillips, Stevens, Watres, Lancaster County - Baker, Carter, Engle, Frantz, Garvin, Heine, Malone, McCollough, Mowrer, Neuhauser, Rote, Sauber, Schaeffer, Sherts, Slaymaker, Stauffer, Steinman, Wickersham, Woolworth, Zimmerman, Lehigh County - Gormon, Kaeppel, Kester, Leisenring, Smith, Weiler, Luzerne County - Adonizio, Allan, Ash, Atherton, Banker, Bedford, Bevan, Bolowicz, Bowman, Brown, Bunting, Burke, Butts, Campbell, Cappellini, Carpenter, Casey, Chapin, Chase, Clift, Cohen, Conners, Conyngham, Coughlin, Creveling, Curran, Curtis, Darte, Davis, Deemer, Dershimer, Dever, Douglas, Ellsworth, Espy, Evans, Farrell, Fell, Fine, Flannery, Fleitz, Flick, Flinchbaugh, Foster, Freedman, Freeman, Gallagher, Garrahan, Giering, Goeckel, Goeringer, Goff, Gordon, Grace, Griffith, Groblewski, Haddock, Harris, Harrison, Hart, Harvey, Healy, Heffernan, Hicks, Hirshowitz, Hoffman, Hourigan, Huber, Hughes, Hugo, Humphrey, James, Jones, Joyce, Keeler, Kehoe, Kelly, Kielty, Knapp, Kniffen, Kohlbraker, Krick, Lawall, Laycock, Lazarus, Leighton, Lewis, Llewellyn, Lopatto, MacLuskie, Malinowski, Mallow, Matheson, Maurer, Mayock, McGovern, McGuigan, McLaughlin, Miller, Moore, Morgan, Mosier, Mulligan, Mundy, Murgas, Newell, Nicholson, Nyhart, O'Boyle, O'Donnell, O'Hara, Paessler, Parkhurst, Payne, Pensyl, Peruzzi, Pethick, Quin, Ransom, Rees, Reynolds, Rice, Rippard, Roat, Robinson, Rosser, Salzman, Schaeffer, Scheifly, Schooley, Schreiner, Schuler, Schwartz, Shapiro, Sharpe, Sheeder, Sheridan, Shortz, Slattery, Sloan, Smith, Sprague, Spry, Stark, Strauss, Steele, Steinhauer, Sterling, Stocks, Sutherland, Taylor, Tennant, Theis, Thomas, Tompkins, Tremayne, Trescott, Trethaway, Turon, Valentine, Vercoe, Wall, Waller, Walsh, Weineck, Weissman, Welles, West, Williams, Wintermute, Winters, Wurman, Yaple, Yetter, Philadephia - Alessandroni, Allen, Anderson, Austin, Bartlett, Beeber, Bell, Bennett, Beury, Bodine, Busch, Carstairs, Chandler, Cook, Cox, Cret, Crossan, DeLong, Dice, Downes, Elkins, Elliott, English, Flaherty, Fleck, Fox, Gadsden, Gaffney, Garrett, Gest, Glass, Graham, Greenfield, Hall, Harper, Hartley, Heiligman, Henderson, Heustis, Heymann, Hires, Holton, Horan, Hutchinson, Johnson, Kennedy, Krusen, Loeb, Mackey, Mayer, McGuirk, McFadden, Miller, Monaghan, Murphy, Neff, Nicholson, Packard, Paul, Peck, Reese, Ristine, Roper, Ryan, Schmidt, Schrenk, Senter, Smith, Squibb, Stearne, Sullivan, Taylor, Thompson, Townsend, Trigg, Vauclain, Vare, Wetherill, Windrim

Who’s Who in the East 1930
(The Mayflower Publishing Company, 1930, 2254 pages)
This publication provides brief biographical sketches of thousands people in the eastern states, who were influential or worth of note in various spheres of life.  Entries were taken from across the eastern U.S. including the states of Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.  This is an excellent source for primary data on approximately 22,000 Americans.  Although some are shorter and some are longer, the following represents a typical entry:

"Parker, George Howard
Educator. Born at Philadelphia, Pa., Dec. 23, 1864. Son of George Washington and Martha (Taylor) Parker.  Married Louise Merritt Stabler. Ed: Harvard Univ. (B.S., 1887; D.S., 1891); Univ. of Leipzig, Univ. of Berlin, Univ. of Freiburg, Germany, 1891-93. Mem: American Acad. of Arts and Sciences; American Philosophical Soc.; Natl. Acad. of Sciences. Clubs: Harvard, Boston; Harvard Union. Politics: Independent. Auth: "Biology and Social Problems." 1914; "Elementary Nervous System"; "What Evolution Is." Asst., Instr. in Zoology, 1888-91, Instr., 1898-99, Asst. Prof., 1899-1906, Prof., 1906--, Harvard Univ.; Parker Fellow in Europe, 1891-93; Dir., Harvard Univ. Zoological Lab., 1921--. Office; Harvard Univ.  Home: 16 Berkeley St., Cambridge, Mass."

The Pennsylvania Manual 1935-36 (excerpts)
(Bureau of Publications, 1936, 143 pages)
The Pennsylvania Manual is the same type of publication as the earlier published Smull's legislative Handbook.  It is a collection of laws, proceedures, directories, etc., published as a reference work for lawmakers and others in government in PA.  In addition to the general reference information there are also biographies and portraits of many who served in the State government in 1935-36, including the Governor and his staff, Senators, House Members, Judges, and those who served as various department heads.  This selection contains only excerpts from this publication which are of historical or genealogical value.

Who's Who in Pennsylvania
(The A. N. Marquis Company, 1939, 1053 pages)
The title page notes that this publication is "A biographical dictionary of leading living men and women of the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and West Virginia."
From the Preface: "It has been the aim of the publishers to gather into a single handy volume, brief, dependable personality sketches of the leading men and women of the various localities herein represented....Here are listed and biographically photographed 13,127 men and women who have "achieved" not only for themselves and their respective communities, but many of them also for the nation."

This publication covers thousands of Pennsylvanians living in all parts of the state, and coming from all walks of life.  Although some are shorter and some are longer, the following represents a typical entry:

    "DOUGHTY, Howard Ewing, pres. and gen. mgr. Lorenson-Matthews Mfg. Co.; b. Phila., Pa., Aug 1, 1891; s John and Grace (Hirst) D.; student high sch., Phila., 1905-08, Internat. Corr. Schs., 1907-09; m. Alida Hay, June 30, 1914; Children--Leona, John, Franklin.  Draftsman Link Belt Co., Phila. Pa., 1910-12; chief elk. Gifford-Wood, Hudson, N.Y., 1912-26; pres. and gen. mrg. Lorenson-Matthews Mfg. Co., steel fabricators, Dickson City, Pa., since 1928.  Mem. Scranton (Pa.) Chamber of Commerce. Republican. Mason. Clubs: Kiwanis (Scranton, Pa.); Abington Men's (Clarks Summit, Pa., pres.). Home: 211 Grove Av., Clarks Summit, Pa. Office: Dickson City, Pa."


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