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Pennsylvania Death Records from the Chicago City Directory

Transcribed and Donated by Kim Torp

All of these individuals were living in Chicago in 1843 and were listed in the 1843 City Directory (which was updated in 1896 with their death dates)  The format is name, occupation and perhaps whose employment they were in or the  address they worked at, the residential address or who they boarded with

Bolles, Nathan Howard, land agent, res Lake, east of Dearborn [died, Philadelphia, Pa., February 14, 1861.]

Hoffman, Charles Fenno, author, died, Harrisburg, Pa., June 7, 1884, aged 78.

Larrabee, Lieut. Lucius Sherman, killed at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863, aged 26.

Kinzie, John Harris, register U.S. land office, 82 Lake, res 243 Michigan  [died, on cars near Pittsburg, Pa., June 19, 1865, aged 62.]

Reed, Col. Charles Manning, died, Erie, Penn., Dec. 16, 1871, a. 68.

Snow, George Washington, lumber merchant, S, Water, res 244-6 State. s.-w.  cor Jackson [died, en route to Philadelphia, at Altoona, Pa., July 29, 1870,  aged 72-10-13]

Updike, Peter Lewis, carpenter and builder, res and shop, 104 Randolph  [died, Philadelphia, Pa., December 19, 1850, aged 45½.]

Wright, John Stephen,, editor and proprietor Prairie Farmer [died,  Philadelphia, Pa., Sept. 26, 1874, aged 59]

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Miscellaneous Death Records - Transcribed by FOFG

Adams, Hannah, b. Lancaster Co., Pa., 1775; when young, went to Ky. with her sister, their parents being dead. At age 20 moved from Ky. to Ill. m. William Adams. Had ten children, three surviving at time of her death. Husband d. 1816. She did not remarry. William instrumental in early church. (Central Christian Advocate, Vol. 1, 10 Nov. 1853, p. 179)

Shinn, Ann Elizabeth, in her 19th year, d. 15 Apr. 1853, at the house of her father in Ill. She born Perry Co., Pa., 25 May 1834. Member M.E. Church three years. (Central Christian Advocate, Vol. 1, I July 1853, p. 103)

Gwinn, William B., one of the Stewards of Hedding Chapel, d. of dysentery on the 1st inst. Converted three years ago in Pa. ((Central Christian Advocate, Vol. 1, 15 Apr. 1853, p. 59)


The History of Pennsylvania

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

-- From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennsylvania

 Before the state existed, the area was home to the Delaware (also known as Lenni Lenape), Susquehanna, Iroquois, Eriez, Shawnee, and other Native American tribes.  In 1643, the southeastern portion of the state, in the vicinity of Philadelphia, was settled by Sweden as part of New Sweden, with a capital city of New Gothenburg built on Tinicum Island in the Delaware River, south of present-day Philadelphia, but control later passed to the Netherlandsas part of New Netherland, and then to England (later Great Britain).

On March 4, 1681, Charles II of England granted a land charter to William Penn for the area that now includes Pennsylvania. Penn then founded a colony there as a place of religious freedom for the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and named it for the Latin phrase meaning "Penn's woods".  Beginning in the early 1700's, large numbers of German immigrants began settling throughout Pennsylvania and for many generations, the German language dominated in many rural areas of the state. Individuals claiming German ancestry currently make up a majority of the ethnic composite of Pennsylvania.

A large tract of land north and west of Philadelphia, in Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware Counties, was settled by Welsh Quakers and called the "Welsh Tract". Even today many cities and towns in that area bear the names of Welsh municipalities.

The western portions of Pennsylvania were among disputed territory between the colonial British and French during the French and Indian War. The French established numerous fortifications in the area, including the pivotal Fort Duquesne on top of which the city of Pittsburgh was built.

The colony's reputation of religious freedom also attracted significant populations of German and Scots-Irish settlers who helped to shape colonial Pennsylvania and later went on to populate the neighboring states further west. In 1704 the "three lower counties" of New Castle, Kent, and Sussex gained a separate legislature, and in 1710 a separate executive council, to form the new colony Delaware.

Pennsylvania and Delaware were two of the thirteen colonies that revolted against British rule in the American Revolution of 1776. Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the U.S. Constitution on 12 December 1787 (five days after Delaware became the first).  Pennsylvania also saw the Battle of Gettysburg, near Gettysburg. Many historians consider this battle the major turning point of the American Civil War. Dead from this battle rest at Gettysburg National Cemetery, site of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

In the latter half of the 19th century, the U.S. oil (kerosene) industry was born in western Pennsylvania, which supplied the vast majority of U.S. kerosene for years thereafter, and saw the rise and fall of oil boom towns.

During the 20th century Pennsylvania's existing iron industries expanded into a major center of steel production. Shipbuilding and numerous other forms of manufacturing flourished in the eastern part of the state, and coal mining was also extremely important in many regions. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Pennsylvania received very large numbers of immigrants from Europe seeking work; dramatic, sometimes violent confrontations took place between organized labor and the state's industrial concerns.


William Penn


Portrait of William Penn

William Penn's Landing At Philadelphia

The Bucks County Patriot contains a letter from Samuel Preston of Stockport which gives many interesting particulars relative to the founder of this commonwealth. Mr. Preston states that his grandmother, upwards of 100 years old when she died in 1774, often related that she had seen William Penn first land near or where Philadelphia now stands. There were great guns on the ship; they fired and all the settlement at the mouth of Neshamony, Indians and all went to meet the Governor. She was then of age and strength to travel that distance, say 19 miles, through the woods. She used to say that as the ship came up, the mast struck the trees at Swede’s Hill, (the present Navy Yard;) that the white people had prepared the best entertainment they could for the Governor and family, the Indians had done the same. Both invited them. William Penn walked with the Indians; sat down with them on the ground and ate with them roasted Acorns and Hominy. That pleased them so that they began to show how they could hop and jump. She said William Penn stepped up and beat them all.* Such wise complaisance won and secured their friendship and affection for William Penn during his life.

*Penn was 38 years old when he first landed.

[Source: Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) May 17, 1826 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

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