Genealogical Queries 

Butler County , Pennsylvania 

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I'm not from Butler, but my grandfather was and I'm trying to do genealogical research. His name was Richard Gerabaldi Thompson, and I do know that somewhere in Butler and sometime each year there is a Thompson reunion which pertains to our branch of the Thompson line. I hear that it's now the Thompson-Wilson family reunion. Can someone out there please help me and let me know who to contact about the reunion? We'd like to find out what research has already been done so as not to reinvent the wheel. Thanks! Jerry W. and Evelyn Ruth Thompson.


Re: Widner or Widener--Fifty year old man was adopted in Miami, Florida at birth - June 3, 1946. Mother and/or father from the Butler Co. area. Father was a struggling portrait artist and mother or father had some connection with a regional amusement park. Mother was blonde, and had another nine-year-old son at the time of the adoption. Older son attended school in Miami while awaiting birth. I'm interested in whatever may have become of my biological family, and would appreciate any information. Thanks! John Lakey


Hello from a Shakeley in California. I am currently doing genealogical research on families in and around Butler County. I am just getting started and have information going back to the mid 1800's on many of these families that I am willing to share. I also have some photos (scanned) of Shakeleys and Diefenderfers from the late 1800s that I would be send via e-mail to anyone who is interested. I go regularly to the very large LDS (Mormon) Family Library in Los Angeles and would be willing to search for you if you do not have a big LDS Library in your area. I hope I will hear from some relatives back there. Betty Shakeley.

The families I am looking for are: 

In or around Petrolia, East Brady, Kaylor, Chicora: Shakeley , (Sheakley, Shakley) 1800 to present - Myers - McClure - Hovis - Snyder - Blystone -Campbell - McKinney 1860 (approx) to present - Goodgasell - Hutchinson - Dunlap - McCollough - Ekas -Southworth - Dahl - Calligan - Mortimer - Siebert - Widger 

In or around Greenville, New Castle: Morrow - DIEFENDERFER -Houk - Buckley - Deets - Reikert - Kelly  


Tinsman (Tinstman)--This family has roots in Butler County and were Mennonites. I would be interested in interacting with other descendants. I am working on a compendium that will be published. Marilyn Humes  


I am looking for information on John Welker/Walker married to Catherine Huffman. Both were born in Pennsylvania. Their children were: Howard Joseph (b. 1844), Albert (b. 1850), Phoebe (b. 1846) and Mary (b. 1841). I do not know where the children were born. Name is listed as Welker or Walker in different census. If you have any information on this family I would like to hear from you. Thank you. Mary Burchfield


I am researching the Cypher Family of Butler County. My earliest research dates back to Matthias Cypher - wife - Elizabeth Little or Lyttle. 

If anyone has any knowledge of this family please contact me at petitpaul@msn.com David L. Richard  


I am researching Richard Dunmore CRITCHLOW, born 14 November, 1829, in England. He married Susan (MACKERAL??), marriage date unknown. Richard CRITCHLOW filed a declaration for naturalization on 21 June, 1869. Richard and Susan's children were all born in Pennsylvania, some definitely in Butler County. The children were: Tillie, Frank, Nancy, Elizabeth, William, John, Harold, Annie, and Mary. Richard CRITCHLOW died on 9 December, 1916. His wife, Susan, died on 23 February, 1897. They are buried at New Hope Cemetery in Butler County. The family lived for many years in Slippery Rock Township. I would like to coorespond with others who are researching this family. Thanks! Mary Spurgeon Jary@nvsn.com  


My name is Ronald Koup. I am trying to trace my family history. Any information that you might have would me greatly appreciated. You can e-mail me at colkoup@epix.net Thank you  


I am researching numerous families from Butler Co. 

There are many more families. This is just a start, as almost all of my mother's family lived in Butler Co. in the early years. I would appreciate hearing from anyone about any of these families. Jane Byrnes  


Is there anyone out there researching John Eshenbaugh, born ca. 1800 in Pa., resided in 1824 in Butler County, married Jane Freeman (born ca. 1805) by 1824 when their first child was born? They were the parents of Andrew, William, John, Thomas, Joseph , Mary Ann (married a Hamilton), Susannah and I suspect at least one more son, possibly named James. Any information on any Freemans or Eshenbaughs appreciated. Thanks. Judy Weber  


Would like to hear from anyone researching the Shanor name in Butler County Pa. Need to find out the parents of Lucinda Shanor (born ca. 1825) in Pa. , most likely in Butler County. In Nov. 1850, she is listed as Lucinda Shanor on the census. By 1851, she buys land as Lucinda Findley, so it appears she married a Findley. It would appear he died shortly thereafter, and by 1853 she is married to William Eshenbaugh. Lucinda Shanor Findley Eshenbaugh died 31 August 1886. Her will lists her children but does not give me any information on her. Her probate record is short. I cannot find an obituary on her, I cannot find out where she is buried or where William is buried (suspect he died between 1870 -1880 census). They lived in Centre Township. It seems they disappeared. Any help would be appreciated. Their children were: Tamilda Crawford (married Lewis Crawford and lived Allegheny City), Alvin James (A.J.), Anna Adelia Criss/Cress who lived in Crafton, and Susannah who married Dr. Eli Croup and moved to Walla Walla Washington Territory. Any help is appreciated. Judy Weber  


Does anyone have knowledge of George and Mary Ann McElwain who resided in Butler County, and were married before 1842. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. Judy Weber  


Hi, Would like to hear from anyone researching the McGill/Magill name in Butler County,Pa. Need information on William McGill who died by 4 April 1842 in Butler County Pa. He died intestate and his land was divided between his heirs. He bought his land in 1796 and any help would be appreciated.  Judy Weber  


I am seaching on the MCGOWAN line: 

Interested to share with others that may be connected with my line. Iris Wakeling  


I am researching on the BRYSON line:

I'm interested in sharing information. Iris Wakeling  


I have researched on this DODDS family and extended it back to the early 1700's. Good ol' American Blood all the way across those ocean blues. Thomas was born on ship, therefore, his nickname was "Seaborn".

Contact me so we can share more information. Iris Wakeling  


I am searching out the CARTWRIGHT families that lived in Butler Co., Pa from abt 1870 - 1900's. My descendant line is with Thomas CARTWRIGHT b 13 Oct 1864/1865 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England and came to America settling into the Butler area. M. Mary Jane MCGOWAN 22 Jan 1898 in Youngstown, Ohio. They had a family of 9 children.

I'm interested in sharing information. Iris Wakeling  


Paris Bratton b. 1776 in York Co PA. Lived in Butler Co. with wife Hanah and several children. Son George Washington Bratton b. 1812. Looking for info on this family. Also, Samson Armstrong b. Allegheny County PA and lived in Butler Co. mid 1800's. dsterlp@aol.com  


I am researching the McKEEVER family, which I have found living in Donegal Township, Butler County from 1840 to at least 1900. My ggrandmother, Susan McKEEVER was born in 1847 to Cornelius (Neal, Neil) McKEEVER and Margaret BOYLE (?). Susan married my ggrandfather, Thomas O'BRIEN in 1871 in either Butler County or McKean County. I found Thomas, Susan and 3 children (one of whom is my grandfather, Dennis O'BRIEN) in Foster Township, McKean Cty in 1880. Any info on the MCKEEVER's, the O'BRIEN's or the BOYLE's would be greatly appreciated. John E. O'Brien, Jr.  


I'm looking for any information on my 3rd great grandfather, Charles H. Teeter. He was born somewhere in PA abt. 1813, he died in 1882 and is buried in New Albany Twp., Bradford Cty., Pa. Will gladly share any information I may have. Thanks Richard Teeter  


Margaret (Wentzel) Schilt died in Butler Co and left a will in 1865. She mentions her children as siblings. They were left with her father, John Wentzel, back in Berks County about 1815, after her husband John Schilt murdered his parents. I'm searching for info on her after she left Berks. Who did she live with in Butler Co? and any thing else. Thank you. Jean Hopper  


Curfman - My grandfather, Clarence A. Curfman, moved to Sarver in the 1930s 

Bowser - My grandfather, Phillip Bowser, Parkers Landing, Pa.

Thank-You. Kevin L. Curfman  


I am doing research on my family tree. My maternal grandmother's name was Elsie Pauline Mitchell Shaffer. I am trying to find out any information about either of those names and also a Barkley that lived in Harmony, Pennsylvania. My grandmother was originally from Harmony. Thank you. Debbie Schuster  


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