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James Allen

Bedford Gazette, January 20, 1806

Died December 11, 1805, James Allen of Little Britain, Lancaster Co.

[Source: Bedford County and Huntingdon County newspapers. Unknown author, 1900 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Mathias Ault

The Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA
October 3, 1821

Died on Wednesday, the 13th ult., in Bart township, Lancaster county, Mr. Mathias Ault, in the 105th year of his age. Mr. Ault came to America in 1752, a servant to General Deshee. He was a shoemaker by trade; and we are creditably informed, that 3 years before his death, he made five pair of shoes a week with ease. - Paradise Hornes

Mrs. Arthur
Harrisburg Telegraph, Harrisburg, Pa, January 5, 1914
Attended Sister's Funeral
Mr. and Ms. Henry Sweigert and family attended the funeral of Mrs. Arthur, Mr. Sweigert's sister, which was held at Bainbridge today.


Lancaster, Pa., Nov. 6, ae. 61, senior editor and publisher of the Lancaster Volksfreund. He was born in Lancaster Co., Jan. 31, 1797. He became connected with the publication of the Volksfreund in 1817, and in 1818 became sole editor and proprietor. Many books of a religious and miscellaneous character, both English and German, have been published by him at various times and in large editions. The first of these was a folio German Bible, which appeared in 1819, the publication of which, at that period of his life, was an undertaking peculiarly difficult and hazardous. It is the largest German Bible ever published in America.
Source Citation:
Annual OBITUARY NOTICES OF EMINENT PERSONS who have died in the United States FOR 1858; BY HON. NATHAN CROSBY; BOSTON: JOHN P. JEWETT AND COMPANY. 1859. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

Russell Otis Bender

Boy Is Fatally Crushed Between Farm Wagon, Post

Lancaster, PA, Today (AP) Ten year old Russell Otis Bender died yesterday in Lancaster Osteopathic Hospital of injuries sustained Tuesday when he was crushed between a farm wagon and a post on a farm near Mt. Joy, Pa. Deputy Coroner Dr. Charles P. Stahr said the boy died as a result of a ruptured stomach. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bender of Mt. Joy. [Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, Pennsylvania) Friday Evening, September 3, 1948 - Contributed by Nancy Piper]

Gunning B. Bedford

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) May 10, 1826

Died in the city of Philadelphia, on Sunday, the 30th ultimo, Mr. Gunning B. Bedford, Editor of the Lancaster Intelligencer in the 26th year of his age.

-Contributed by Nancy Piper

Fulton township, Pa., March 2, ae. 74, late one of the associate judges of his county, and formerly member of Congress, and a member of the constitutional convention. His wife was buried on the 1st of March, having preceded her husband to the grave but two or three days.
Source Citation:
Annual OBITUARY NOTICES OF EMINENT PERSONS who have died in the United States FOR 1858; BY HON. NATHAN CROSBY; BOSTON: JOHN P. JEWETT AND COMPANY. 1859. Transcribed by Kim Mohler

Lancaster, Pa., Feb. ___, late associate judge of the Lancaster (Pa.) District, and a member of Congress from 1841 to 1845. His wife was buried a few days before. During a long life, more or less connected with public affairs, he enjoyed the respect and confidence of his fellow-citizens of all parties.
Source Citation:
Annual OBITUARY NOTICES OF EMINENT PERSONS who have died in the United States FOR 1858; BY HON. NATHAN CROSBY; BOSTON: JOHN P. JEWETT AND COMPANY. 1859. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

James Buchanan
At Lancaster on the 17th inst., James Buchanan, only child of Edwin W. and Elizabeth E. Hutter, aged 3 years & 6 months. (Sunbury American and Shamokin Journal, Sunbury, Northumberland Co., Pa., Saturday, April 29, 1848 - Transcribed by Tammy Clark)


Joseph Denlinger

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)

May 28 1823 Page 2

Lancaster, Pa., May 19

Suicide - On Wednesday last, Joseph Denlinger, of Mt. Pleasant, between this city and Columbia, in a state of mental derangement, put a period to his existence by cutting his throat with a razor. - Free Press

William Dickson

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)

January 22 1823 Page 3

Died in the city of Lancaster Pa, Mr. William Dickson, editor of the Lancaster intelligencer, in the 59th year of his age, after an illness of 8 or 9 days. The deceased, who was the editor of the Intelligencer for upwards of 20 years, was truly a good man.

Thomas Duncan

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania), November 28 1827

Died on Friday the 16th instant, at Lancaster, Thomas Duncan, Esq., one of the Judges of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.


Christian Frederick Ludwig Endress

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania), October 10, 1827

Died on Sunday the 30th ult., between the hours of one and two o'clock, pm, after a short but severe illness, in the 53d year of his age, Christian Frederick Ludwig Endress, D.D. for the last twelve years Pastor of the German Lutheran Church of Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Harry C. Erb
Harrisburg Telegraph, Harrisburg, Pa, January 12, 1914
Harry C. Erb, Tollgate Keeper Dies Suddenly
Marieta, Pa., Jan 12. - Just a few minutes before the time to quit work, Harry C. Erb, one of the most prominent and leading citizens of the west end, fell dead at the Engle farm, just above town. He was 69 years old.

Mrs. Harry Eschback

Taken from the Reading Eagle dated December 23, 1899

Contributed by Vicki Hartman

Out of Town Deaths: Mrs. Harry Eschback, near Millersville, Lancaster County, aged 45 years, leaving one daughter.


John C. Forrey
Harrisburg Telegraph, Harrisburg, Pa, January 10, 1914
Columbia - John C. Forrey, 75 years old, a well-known retired farmer, died at his home here. He was a prominent member of Salome United Brethren Church and a director of the Columbia Truch Compan and the Columbia Wagon Company

Class of 1883 - JOHN THOMAS FREEMAN. M.S. B. 1 June, 1859, Lancaster, Penn. Teacher and civil engineer. Mem. Nat'l Educ. Assoc., 1898-1910. D. 6 Feb., 1910, Washington, D.C.
Source is: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1909-1910, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.


Col. Wm. Hamilton
Apr. 25. Lancester, Pa. on 10th, d. age 49, Col. Wm. Hamilton, for many years editor of Lancaster Journal. [Genius of Liberty, 1820, (Leesburg, VA)]

John I. Hartman

Reading Eagle, Reading, Pennsylvania 27 Dec 1899

Contributed by Vicki Hartman

John I Hartman, president of the Lancaster Trust Co., and until recently a member of the wholesale grocery firm of Miller & Hartman, died Tuesday night, at Lancaster, after a long illness from Bright's disease.

John Joseph Henry

The Centinel, Gettysburg, PA, May 8, 1811

Died in Lancaster on the 15th of April, in the 53d year of his age, John Joseph Henry, Esq., late President of the 3d Judicial District of Pennsylvania.

Mary (Reifsynder) Hoffman

Contribured by Christine Walters

Mary (Reifsynder) Hoffman
09 February 1903 - 29 May 1999
Daughter of Martin & Mary (Coldren) Reifsnyder
Grandaughter of John & Elizabeth (Styer) Reifsnyder
Great Grandaughter of Samuel & Catherine (Dolby) Reifsnyder
Mary Hoffman, 96, formerly of Morgantown, died Saturday of natural causes at Zerbe Sisters Nursing Center Inc., where she was a resident.

She had been the oldest member of St. John's Center Lutheran Church, East Earl. She was a member of a fire company auxiliary and a Morgantown senior citizens group. Born in Churchtown, she was a daughter of the late Martin and Mary (Coldren) Reifsnyder. She was married to the late George S. Hoffman.

Surviving are a daughter, Dorothy M., married to James F. Harner of Morgantown. A sister and three brothers preceded her in death.

Source: Intelligencer Journal Lancaster PA 1 Jun 1999

George W. Hubley
The Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, January 30, 1828
Died in Frederick, on Sunday morning the 20th inst., Mr. George W. Hubley, Surgeon Dentist, from the city of Lancaster, in the 28th year of his age.



Edward B. Lorah
Harrisburg Telegraph, Harrisburg, Pa, January 2, 1914
Death of Edward B. Lorah
Bowmansville, Pa., Jan. 2 - Edward B. Lorrah, a retired business man, 81 years old, died yesterday. He was a member of the Reformed Church and lived in Lancaster County all his life. His wife, seven children, several grandchildren, two brothers and a sister, survive.

John Lorenz

Gettysburg Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
November 20 1822 Page 1

Lancaster, Pa. Nov. 7

Another Distressing Accident

John Lorenz, a young man residing a few miles from this city, accidentally shot himself, on Saturday last. He was endeavoring to frighten a rabbit from a thicket, and forcing the butt end of his gun in for that purpose, something touched the trigger and lodged the contents of the gun in his breast. He has been married but about three months. His parents reside in this city. - Free Press



Mrs. Deila Oberlin
Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, PA) January 13, 1914
Denver - Mrs. Deila A. Oberlin, 45 years old, wife of H. John Oberlin, died yesterday. She is survived by her husband, six children and one sister.


George Price

The Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA
October 10, 1821

Died on Monday morning, the 1st instant, Mr. George Price, Editor of the Free Press, Lancaster, Pa., in the 29th year of his age.

The Lycoming Gazette, Williamsport, PA
October 16, 1821

Died in Lancaster, on the morning of the 1st inst., Mr. Geo. Price, printer and editor of the Free Press, in the 29th year of his age.


Vaux Raub
Harrisburg Telegraph, Harrisburg, Pa, January 3, 1914
Newport, Pa., Jan. 3
Mrs. Hiram M. Keen has been summoned to Quarryville, Pa., on account of the death of her brother-in-law, Dr. Vaux Raub.

Dr. Richard Vaux L. Raub, one of the prominent physicians in Lancaster county, died at his home in Quarryville, after an illness of one year.

Thomas H Reifsnyder

Contribured by Christine Walters

Thomas H Reifsnyder
St John's Center Church Cemetery - East Earl Township, Lancaster Co PA
Son of Samuel & Catherine (Dolby) Reifsnyder
1835 - 1 February 1877
Death from Small Pox --

With pain, surprise and sorrow, we are compelled to chronicle the death of Prof. Thomas H. Reifsnyder, of Churchtown, from that loathsome and fatal disease, smallpox. He lately attended the Reading market and there contracted the disease, from which he died on Thursday morning and was buried in the afternoon by undertaker Weaver, of Churchtown, at Centre Church, without any ceremonies.

Mr. Reifsnyder was a man that stood as a prominent and shining light in this world, before all who came in contact with him. He was known throughout the eastern end of the county for his moral and good influence that he exerted in all spheres of life; whether in church, in the school room, or on the farm, he was always, the same, a model for others to copy. He was a devout member of the Reformed (Center) Church, and the leading member of the Sunday school. Many were the lessons of Holy Writ that he taught there to the young mind in whose estimation he stood high as a Christian and scholar and who now mourn his untimely death in the prime of life, and yet, cut down by a contagious disease, it made it impossible to pay due respect and honor to his remains. For a number of years he had been engaged in teaching school, and being very successful, he became principal of the Churchtown Academy, where he taught a long time, and many are living to-day who can testify as being once his students, and the kindness and instruction which they received during their school days, he being always willing to solve and explain all knotty and difficult questions.

May his good deeds, his noble acts and his moral influence that he left behind, live forever as the proudest monument ever erected in memory of one who is no more. A wife and three children, who have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement, are left of the once happy household to mourn the death of a husband and father.

Source: Jodi Reifsnyder Adrian

Mrs. Mary Reigart

Bedford Gazette, January 20, 1806

Died Thursday the 9th, Mrs. Mary Reigart, consort of Adam Reigart Junior of Lancaster County.

[Source: Bedford County and Huntingdon County newspapers. Unknown author, 1900 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Mrs. Ann Ross

Bedford Gazette, September 21, 1805

Died at the home of W. Coleman in Lancaster County Friday the 13th Mrs. Anne Ross, consort of James Ross Esq. of Pittsburg in her 34th year.

[Source: Bedford County and Huntingdon County newspapers. Unknown author, 1900 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]


Christain Sheetz
Harrisburg Telegraph, Harrisburg, Pa, January 3, 1914
Christian Sheetz, a retired farmer and gardener, 60 years old, died yesterday after a long illness. He is survived by his wife, three children and a number of sisters and brothers.

Elias B. Smith
Harrisburg Telegraph, Harrisburg, Pa, January 3, 1914
Elias B. Smith, 54 years old, died yesterday from typhoid fever, after a short illness. He was a cigarmaker and besides his wife, there survive three children and a brother.

Mrs. Catharine A. Snyder

The Centinel, Gettysburg, PA, March 28, 1810

Lancaster, March 17

Died on Thursday morning last, at Lancaster, Mrs. Catharine A. Snyder, (wife of Simon Snyder, Esq., Governor or this commonwealth in the 33d year of her age. Her complaint was of the consumptive kind. On Saturday her remains were interred in the cemterey of the German Reformed Church, at Lancaster, attended by the Speakers and Members of both Houses of the Legislature, and a vast concourse of citizens.

Huntingdon Gazette, March 22, 1810

Died at Lancaster the 15th Mrs. Snyder, consort of the Governor of Pennsylvania.

[Source: Bedford County and Huntingdon County newspapers. Unknown author, 1900 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

John Spera
Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, June 29, 1830
Died at Ephrata, Lancaster county, on Sunday evening the 6th inst. after a long and painful illness, which he bore with Christian fortitude, Mr. John Spera, aged 61 years, 6 months and 21 days. The above deceased was attacked thirty years ago with a rheumatic complaint, and was about 3 years after confined to his bed. His confinement continued to the end of his life, 27 years; 20 years of which he was unable to help himself either to eat or drink. He has left a widow and two daughters, who during the trying time of thirty years attended him - which must do them credit as long as they live and be a blessing hereafter. - Lancaster Intelligencer.

Jacob Stauffer
Lancaster daily intelligencer. (Lancaster, Pa.), March 24, 1880
Stauffer - Died at Lancaster, March 22d, Jacob Stauffer, in the 72d year of his age. Relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral at 2 o'clock on Thursday afternoon, the 25th. Funeral services at the Presbyterian church. Interment at Lancaster cemetery.

George E. Steiger


Fatally Wounded

York, Pa., Today (AP) George E. Steiger, 25 of near Lancaster was fatally wounded while hunting near here late yesterday. His gun fell from his hands and discharged. [Lebanon Daily News, Thursday Evening, November 5, 1931, Page 4]

Peter F. Stein
Harrisburg Telegraph, Harrisburg, Pa, January 12, 1914
Bellaire - Peter F. Stein, 57 years old, one of the leading business men of this section and proprietor of the large mill here, died from an attack of heart disease. His wife and two children survive.

Mrs. Sarah Stober

Reading Eagle, Reading, Pennsylvania 27 Dec 1899

Contributed by Vicki Hartman

Mrs. Sarah Stober, at Schoeneck, Lancaster county, aged 82 years, leaving one son, Senator J. A. Stober.

Mrs. Elizabeth Stouffer

Henry News Republican, Henry IL May 5, 1881

In Bart, Lancaster county, Pa., April 24, Elizabeth Stouffer, 63.

Mrs. Stouffer was the mother of 15 children, 12 of whom, with the husband, survive to mourn hr loss. Five reside in this vicinity, three sons, John, Isaac and Gabriel, and two daughters, Mrs. J. E. Anthony of this city, and Mrs. J. B. McIlwain who resides on the Rollins farm.




John Whiteside
Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, August 10, 1830
Died on Monday moring, the 2d inst. after a long and protracted illness, at Lancaster, John Whiteside, Esq. in the 71st year of his age.


Young Man Commits Suicide

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania May 9, 1827

Suicide - A young man, who was employed in the capacity of ostler by Mr. Russel of this city, on Sunday morning, the 29th ultimo, put a period to his existence by hanging himself. There is no cause assigned for this rash act, but little doubt can be entertained, but that the deceased at the time he committed the act, labored under mental derangement. - Lancaster Intelligencer.



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