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May - July 1999

Peaska MacCay
Sheridan Wilcox married Irene Violet Griffs Died: November 27th,1930. Buried Linesville Cemetery. Shows residence at time of death Sadsbury Township. Irene Violet's father: Sylvester Griffs. Anyone knowing of this family or place of burial, etc., on Sylvester Griffs, Sheridan Wilcox? Irene Violet and Sheridan had five children: Ethel Irene, Amos, Elmer, Sheridan, Nellie (Irene Violet died giving birth to her). All help greatly appreciated thank you for reading....

Jim Jacquet
Nicholas Louis Masson married Marie Rose Jacquet, who was b:14 APR 1849, in OH; d: 2 SEP 1873 and is buried in St. Brigid Cem., Meadville,PA. They had 2 ch: Louis Albert b: 16 MAR 1870 in PA, and Rosanna b: 25 NOV 1871 in PA. Rosanna d: 31 AUG 1872, and is buried in St. Brigid Cem. I am curious about ancestors to the Massons, and also what happened to the son, Louis Albert. In the 1880 census he is living in Louisville, Ohio with his grandfather, Francois JACQUET, so I am assuming he was orphaned.

Was there some sort off epidemic in the Meadville, PA area in the early 1870's?

I know that Louis Albert grew up and after the death of his grandfather in the 1880's, married and moved to Syracuse, NY. His wife (who?) died young, leaving two children, Louis and Weston Masson. At that point I run into a brick wall.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Jim Jacquet

Becky Carter
Am looking for any info on Harvey J. Carter born in Crawford County 1817. Believe his father to be John Carter.

J.R. Raudabaugh
Does anyone have any info on the Raudabaugh family. Please e-mail thank you, J.R.

Bob Clark

James Clark was my great great grandfather. He lived in Crawford County on Sept. 26, 1835 when my great grandfather, George Edward Clark, was born. I am quite sure that he left Crawford Co. before the 1850 census. My sole surviving aunt ( by marriage ) said the family moved to Greenwood, Indiana. I do NOT know my great grandmother's name or whether there were any siblings. I am a novice ~ just started this research last December, and have hit a MAJOR roadblock.
Thank you very much.
Bob Clark - Rowlett, TX

Don Lilley
From: Oringinally from Cambridge Springs/Meadville Area
Looking for any information on an Abner Lilley. My name is Don Lilley. My father is George and ?Lives in Crawford County. Any information as a startiing point would be very helpful. Thank you, Don Lilley

Betty Kovac
Mumford Chapel Cemetery, Julius Bligh grave. When I first found my ggg.grandfather's grave it had an old upright stone. This has been replaced by a marble marker. Are there family members in the Area? Nearby is the grave of Amy Nye. Amy was a dau. of Julius by his second wife, Lois Easton. I descend from son David and 1st wife Amy Avery. Would like to share my information. Haven't been able to find Julius' parents.

Robert Williams
The Personal Start Page of Robert Williams
I am looking for information on Maternal g.grandparents,William Williams Mary Derby or could be Darby Possibly from Geneva Area. I also need info. on their parents. I am also looking for info. on my paternal g.grandparents Jesse Williams m. toTryphena or ( Frythenia) Turner from Greenwood Township. I also have nothing on their parents.

Charles McKelvey
Would anyone have access to an obituary for Margaret Triphena Morse McKelvey Rodgers. She died in Meadville 12/25/1930 at the age of 90. She was the daughter of William V. Morse of Crawford County. Married John McKelvey in 1860, he died 4/11/1880 in Meadville. She married (2nd) Platt Rodgers of Crawford County 6/27/1894. Any info on any of these names appreciated.

Patty Rohne
GALBREAITH and MARTIN William GALBREAITH b. abt. 1791 and wife Janett b. abt. 1794. Both buried in the South Shennago Cemetery. Daughter Margaret married Mcready MARTIN in 1858. There are two graves of children with parents names as W. and J. GALBREAITH but these do not fit with the time frame I have that they came to theis country which I have as 1818 from a letter of recommendation from their minister. I'm interested in finding where they came from. Thank you

Sharon E. Kern
Would like to find information on George Francis Walker, born 3/28/15 to Phillip B. Walker and Gertrude Schwartz in Verona (or Sandy Lake or Grove City)PA. Married Helen Marie Minnis 6/10/38. Two children, Phyllis Dell Walker (3/26/39) and Sharon Elizabeth Walker (2/20/42).

Walter E. Davis
I would like to find history of my wifes family. The Brown family and the Linn Family

Charles Young
> Some of my Mcfadden family were buried in the Brawley and Mumford cemeteries in Crawford County. Do they still exist? Where?

Arlene Peiffer Johnson
I am looking for dates of birth, dates and places of death and marriage of the children of John Peiffer (John George 2, Johannes 1 Peiffer) (b May 16, 1789-d July 5, 1864 Venango, Crawford Co, Pa.) He married (1)Susanna Hedrick (b. 1788-d 1838 Venango, Pa.)do Peter Hedrick & Hannah Schaffer (2) Elizabeth. Also any thread of truth to the Susanna story: Notes on Susanna: Versions of a Peiffer Family story A Before Harriet (Peiffer) Griffen was born, before the revolution, her great paternal ancestor was a French soldier, Colonel DeHetrick, who came over to help the patriots in the Revolutionary War with LaFayette.... The Indians made was on the Frencch settlements ans they killed all of the men in the village and took the wonemn prisoners. Harriet's grandmother was one on the women... John Peiffer married Col DeHetrick's daughter and took her to Venango, Pa. (Memoirs of Mrs Harriot Griffen (1858-1958, Daughter of William Peiffer) Children: 1. Edward Peiffer 2. George W Peiffer 3. Mary Peiffer 4. Henry Peiffer (June 13, 1810 to Feb 9, 1892) M Elizabeth Smith 1839 (Eliz b 1813 Bavaria Germany d 1900 Crawford Co Eliz was the Sister of Simon Smith 5. Nicholas Peiffer b abt 1815 m Elizabeth Kleckner 6. Simon Peiffer M Elizabeth Siverling. Eliz was the grandaughter of Christopher Siverling 7 Margaretha Peiffer (1817-1896) m John Kleckner 8 Hannah Peiffer m Henry Minium 9 John M Peiffer (July 35 1824-1899) m judith Knerr (1828-1899) 10 Sophia Peiffer (1825-1915) m Isaac Peiffer- 1st Cousin 11 Delliah Peiffer m Anthony Munford 12 Susannah Peiffer m Michael Minium 13 Wm Peiffer (June 5, 1831- Aug 11, 1980) M Julia Crouch 14 Asa Peiffer (1834-1910) Child of Elizabeth 15 David Peiffer

Richard Hill
I'm looking for the parents of my gggf - George W. Hill - b 1834 in Stark Co. Ohio, moved to Little Cooley, PA, we believe as a family in his teens. Had 10 siblings. In his early 20's, married Sarah Lewis of LC, had two daughters, Polly and Marian. In 1860 married Malinda Swihart, also native of LC and they had three children - Arden, My gf and George M. and Dora. George W. was the minister of the Little Cooley United Brethren church somewhere between 1860 - 1880. Subsequently, moved by the church to Branch County, Michigan where he pastored a UB church in Bethel, Michigan. Please contact me with any information.

Gayle MacDonald
Website: Greb and Wiser Family History
I'm hoping to connect with someone who has information about Nathanial Wiser of Linesville. A family letter connects him to my Wiser family, but it doesn't state what the exact relationship is. Nathanial was the son of Harman Wiser and Mary Gallup. Any help would be much appreciated, and if anyone is researching Wiser, please visit my website.

Mary Catherine Bolster
Surnames: BOLSTER, WELLS, SMOCK, SUTTON, WILCOX, BARDWELL, HURLEY, ABBOTT, CARMAN. John BOLSTER,( b. abt. 1780 ) moved to Geneva, Crawford Co, PA abt. 1830 w/ his wife, Eunice Wells Bolster,( b. 1788 ), Westerly, RI and eight children. John died abt. 1840, buried in old Methodist cemetery, Geneva; Eunice, died 1865, buried in New Methodist Cemetery, Geneva.

John Wilcox
Looking for Crawford County Wilcox's in the 1800s. My Great Grandfather was Orrin 'Aaron' Wilcox (1828-1899) buried in Mumford cemetary. Thanks John Wilcox

Barbara F. Bonham
Website: The Family Snitch's Web
Looking to correspond with researchers for the following families in the Crawford Co. area.
Thanks - Barbara

Dorothy Taft Howland
Searching for my great grandfather Ira Taft born 1822 in N.Y. I think. Married Prudence Marvin and lived in Penn Line, right on the Ohio and PA line. Any help would greatly be appreciated. Thank, Dorothy

Ingrid Skinner
I am searching for the parents of Israel H. Skinner. b. 1/23/1809 NJ, d. 8/3/1887 IL, m. Pollyann Dickson (Daughter of George and Euphania Dickson) 10/18/1832 Meadville, PA. He purchased land in Summerhill Twp in 1838 and sold in 1844 when he moved to Illinois. He is listed in the Summerhill Twp. 1840 Census.

Siblings include Eliza Skinner b. 1798 NJ m. Aaron Fox (in Vernon Twp 1840 Census, purchased land in 1833 in Vernon Twp, sold in 1846 and moved to Illinois)

Reuben Skinner b. 10/15/1801 NJ m. Jane Dickson 4/11/1828 (Daughter of George and Euphania Dickson)Reuben is listed in 1830 and 1840 Census. Purchased land in Vernon Twp in 1833 and also moved to Illinois in 1844.

John Skinner b. 8/22/1806 NJ m. Sally Fox 11/16/1826. We believe he is the John listed in the 1830 Census of Vernon Twp. No Confirmation.

Jesse - who we believe to have been a "lunatic" and incarcerated in county jail for an axe murder. (Talk about skeletons!!)

Cornelius - who we know nothing about. We believe he is the Cornelius in the 1830 Vernon Twp census. No Confirmation.

Mary and unknown female.

There are few Skinner's listed in Crawford County in 1820's - 1840's. We believe Israel's father to be a "John Skinner", who is listed in the 1830 Mead Twp census and 1840 Vernon Twp Census. He would have been born abt. 1760-1770.

Israel H. Skinner was born in New Jersey, then moved to PA and Ohio with his family and later settled in Sandwich, Illinois in 1844.

His parents are unknown and any information about Israel, his siblings or his parents would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your help.

Carol Holstein
Am interested in any of the CROOKHAMS and WRIGHTS who lived around Fairfield Twp. Some of the CCROOKHAMS are buried along with the MUMFORDS and PETERSONS in MUMFORD CEMETERY, which is probably in Fairfield Twp. CROOKHAM names include Aaron Perry (A.P.), b . 1815, d. 1908; ( he possibly had 3 wives - 2 named Margaret and i named Mary); His children: Barbara, James and Jesse S. Jesse was b. 1860, d. 1942, wife Sarah SHUMACHER, their children - Jacob, James Perry (Jimmy), George Henry, Florence, Harry and Ada. James Madison CROOKHAM, my great grandfather was a brother to Aaron Perry CROOKHAM. I am also interested in Aaron WRIGHT, b. 1744, d. 1816; his wife, Jane (Jean) KENNEDY WRIGHT, b. 1755, d. 1836, and their children, Elizabeth, Catherine, Anne and George Washington WRIGHT. Elizabeth married Judge (?) BROOK, Catherine married James MUMFORD, George Washington married Elizabeth PETERSON and Anne married Elijah CROOKHAM. Anne and Elijah CROOKHAM were my g.g. grandparents. I would appreciate info on ANY of the above people.

Kay Aldrich Cutshall
Looking for any information on the father and syblings of Judson O Bunnell[name like this on headstone] His marriage notice in a local paper had Mr.J.O.Bunnell of Linesville, and Miss Emma Morse, of Hayfield Township were married at the residence of the officiating pastor Rev.VB Linn, in Dicksonburg. Dec. 10th, 1884. I believe his parents were Susan A. Irons [dau of George Irons and Rachel Lockey Bishop] and A.W.Bunnell [Arron W ?? Arron W. bur. Linesville Cem b.Apr.13 1824 d. Jan.11, 1890] Their children may have been Judd, George, Theodore, Lovina, John. These childrens names from Irons family information, can not find any information in any Bunnell family for my Judson who married Emma M. Morse. She was the dau. of Wm. V. Morse & wife #2 Caroline McKelvey...Judson & Emma were my g.grandparents.

John Burns
I am seeking information on Wilson and Mary Ann Burns of Crawford County. I first found the family in Mead Township in 1850. The last location was in Stuben Township 1870. Wilson had a son "Redding" who was in Oil Creek Township in 1870. Reddings' wifes' name was Julia and they had a daughter "Manre" was what I could get from the census. Another son "Sylvester" was at home but moved to Mckean County by 1877. Any info on Wilson would be very much appreciated.

Jim Williams
Searching for parents of Nathaniel Calvine Williams, born March 1811 in Crawford County, PA. Married Lucy Wheeler in New York, Oct 6, 1833 in Carroll, Chautauqua Co. She is the daughter of Daniel Wheeler and Mary Hosmer Forbush. Nathan and Lucy had one son, Francis Wheeler Williams, born in New York and then went to Warren Co., PA and had five children born there, and then went to Missouri and had another six children born there in Schuyler Co., Missouri. Have been searching for a long time for his parents and just can not come up with anything on them at all, if any one has any information on this family please e-mail me, thank you

Kay Barrit
> Looking for my PERKINS ancestors; only one found is WILLIAM R. PERKINS, b. 22 May 1875, Titusville, PA; Parents: Richard & Mary Keeling Perkins. Had 5 siblings: Emma Perkins DALE; Charles Richard Perkins; May Perkins SAVAGE; Frank Perkins; Helen Perkins. At age 21, William settled in Olean, NY & died there 23 June 1945. His brother, Charles Richard Perkins, was my grandfather. Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks so very much.

Anderson, Van Horne and Freeman researcher
Am searching for parents and siblings of George Anderson. Married Elizabeth Freeman-1, Jane Van Horne-2. Lived entire life in county. Was an 1812 veteran and a deacon in the Baptist Church for over 50 years. Had two sons Edmund T. and Lot J. that remained in Meadville as marketmaster and banker. His son Arold Theodore Anderson was my g grandfather who live in Polo, Illinois.

Any help would be appreciated.

Anderson, Van Horne and Freeman researcher
Am searching for parents and siblings of George Anderson. Married Elizabeth Freeman-1, Jane Van Horne-2. Lived entire life in county. Was an 1812 veteran and a deacon in the Baptist Church for over 50 years. Had two sons Edmund T. and Lot J. that remained in Meadville as marketmaster and banker. His son Arold Theodore Anderson was my g grandfather who live in Polo, Illinois.

Any help would be appreciated.

Barry Austin
I am researching the fmily of William and Catherine (nee Phillips) Austin William and Catherine were married in Ont. Canada in 1864. They emigrated to the USA in 1866 with their daughter Ada and Catherine's widowed mother and her family. They first settled at Tidioute where son Albert was born and then they moved to Oil Creek Boro where the rest of the family were born. William's occupation was as a butcher.

The children were, Ada, possibly married an Edwards. Albert, my Grandfather who emigrated to Sask Canada with his wife and family of 6 in 1906. Maude. John, on the 1870 census but not on the 1880. Vinnie, married a Lewis Hasbrouck, settled near Glasgow Montana. Roy, had a son named Ronald, who received recognition for 25 years service to Hanover College.

Any information would be appreciated.

I am looking for any informaation on Morris Reefer, his wife Jeanette or their children. One of heir kids was Leon Nadrew, he was born on July 23, 1868 in Meadville. He later left Meadville and went to Wheeling, WVA, where he became the county vet. He had a sister named Mae. I'm looking for any information on any Reefer.

Kathy Smith
Seeking information on ELLEN SOUTHWICK who married Lewis Smith, son of Rev. Jedediah Smith. She was born in Crawford Co. Her son, Ladovia, was born in Meadville in 1853. She died sometime between 1853 and 1860 when Lewis married VIOLA SOUTHWICK. In 1862, they moved to Lenawee Co. MI. Lewis was said to have been a Crawford Co. Postmaster for 14 years - not sure where. Meadville? Looking for Ellen's family. Am not convinced that she and Viola were sisters, but likely cousins.

Randy Custer
I'm researching the family of my wife's mother. My mother-in-law's parent's were Alton Montelle SMOUSE and Eula Lois (?) DURNEY (married 1920-1930). The SMOUSE family originated in Bedford County and we have information therein. The DURNEY connections remain a mystery although it is believed that Eula's parents were James Louis DURNEY (born 1872 in Conneaut Lake) and Gertie BURT (born about 1876), both residents of Crawford County. Any help with these family names would be appreciated. Thanks, Randy

Anne Searer
Am searching for information on my family from Crawford County 1865-1930. Barnard, Catharine (LEONARD) ABEL came to Titusville in 1865 with children William, Barnard, Robert, and Catharine. William married Dora PAULMAN, their children included Barnard Frederick, Roy, who married Alice ?, Edward/Edwin, who married Bertha BRATT, William (Billy) and Louise, who married John CARMICHAEL. Barnard married Nellie EMO; their children include Frank, Arlene and Helen who married Frank WELLS and later John McGEE. Robert was killed in a nitric acid explosion at a brass refinishing firm. Catharine married Jake KUHL and their children included Robert and Jessie who married Arvid FORSBLOM. There were three children to this marriage: Arlene who married Mr. VALLEY, Grace, and Robert.

Would love to share what information I have on Barnard Frederick's branch of the family with those who might be able to help me fill in details on other branches.

Anne Searer
I am looking for members of my O'HARE family who came from Ireland (County Sligo and County Down), through Ontario Canada, to Crawford County in the 1850s-1860s. Hugh O'HARE (the Elder) with his wife Hanna BURNS, left Ireland, settled in Canada, and had a total of eight children. The sixth child, Hugh (the Middle) was born in Addington Lennox Ontairo in 1841 and is found in Titusville in 1869. Hugh (the Younger) was the Senior Partner in the firm of O'Hare and Condra, Druggists in Titusville probably about the turn of the century.

We think there were two other brothers who came to PA, settled in Meadville and perhaps their names were Francis and William. We would really appreciate any information about these two men as well as info on the descendents of Hugh (the Younger)'s second child James Edward O'HARE born 10 Jun 1871. His grandchildren would be named Edward and Judy. Please help us get in touch!

Jason Mushrush
Looking for info. on Edward Taylor who was married to Nancy Newton. They had a daughter Eliza Jennie Taylor b. March 18, 1841. I think they lived around Greenwood Twp.. I would be glad to share any info..

Bud Curtis
My grandmother's maiden name on my mother's side was Bartholme. She (Caroline) was one of several the daughters of Fritz Bartholme. According to my mother's recollection, Fritz Bartholme was the mayor of Union City (my guess would be very early 1900's).

I am trying to track down this line of my family. I have very little information and most of the family records have been lost. Any leads would be appreciated.

Thank you

Bud Curtis

Ava Powell
Would like to correspond with anyone who knows a John Shauberger that lived in Crawford Co, Athens Tp, Pa.

His dau Elizabeth md Darwin Taylor, son of Silas Taylor.

Thank you.

Karl Patterson
Looking for the family of Robert E. Patterson from North Western PA, Around Union City in later 1800's..

Slayton Researcher
Looking for descendents and/information about Slaytons and Treadways in Crawford County-Conneutville, PA who were residents during the 1830-1860's. Particulary, Washington Slayton and his son, Thomas who married Elvira Treadway, and had two children -Eugene and Laura. Thomas and Elvira moved to Lapeer, MI in the mid 1860's where Elvira died. My understanding is that Eugene then remarried and his second wife was Polly Treadway, Elvira's sister. Particularly interested in the Treadways since I have very little other information on this branch of the family.

Patty Rohne
Looking for information on William GALBREAITH b. about 1791 location unknown and his wife Jannett b. about 1794 location unknown. William died Januanry 29, 1836 in South Shennago Twp and Jannett died July 16, 1843. They had a Daughter Margaret that married McReady Martin in 1858.

Their are two other GALBREAITH buried with them in the South Shennago Cemetary John d. 3/21/1816 and Elizabeth d. 1/30/1810. Acording to my information they did not come to this countrry until 1818. Any help on these people would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.


Selma Bonewald
Looking for information on any HADLOCK's. James and Asa HADLOCK came from Cayuga Co. NY in 1835 to be near their children, who lived in and around Crawford County, Pa. Thier children were: Jeremiah, Mercy, Peter, Permelia, Elizabeth, and Charlotte. Some of their descendants still live in the area today. Mercy md Ezra COLE, Permelia md Nathan COOK, Elizabeth md a Mr.SMITH, Charlotte md a Mr FERRILL. Jeremiah's 1st wife is unknown and he may have md 2nd to a Hannah, who after Jeremiah's death md Henry STONEHAM. My line comes from Peter, who married Sarah ALEXANDER.

Betty Stark
I am looking for information on Lucy Ann (Bevier) Shader,1845 and after,and Chester and Ann Louisa (Bligh) Shader,1836-1920. Also Calvin Avery and Leona (Reed) Shader,1872-1953. Thanks for any information you can give me.

Elizabeth Macdonald
I have Charles and Margaret Kennedy Magill. I descend from their daughter Jennie m. to Francis Edwin Thorne. They had two other daughters Georgiana who d. in 1884 and Hattie K. m. to Charles H. Hughes. I would like to learn of these people and would appreciate any information someone may have. Are there any Hughes's that would be related? Thank you.

Looking for the parents of Sally Clarinda Hayes who married a Hill and resided in Crawford Co 1820-1830-.

I am looking for the parents and any info about William K. Garwood who married an Austin. He was a wagonmaker born in Crawford Co and married there prior to removing to Il. 1850--

David Brecker
Blanche L Johnson,b.abt.1890?Pa.? m. Harvey D Baldwin,b.abt.1889?PA? dau. Blanche Alice Baldwin,b.10/27/1921, Springboro, Crawford Co,PA. Thank you. David in SC

Researching the family of Peter Free who m. Rebecca Patton. Children included Sarah (m. Jacob Rogers),Margaret (m. John Espy). Mary, Richard (m. Nancy Ann McKay), David m. Euphimia Hankinson), John Noble (m. Mary Ann McMaster), Joseph, Thomas (m. Sarah), Rebecca, Robert (m. Eliza Ann Espy), James (m. Sarah McArthur), Peter m. Angeline) and William. Would like to correspond with anyone researching these Crawford county families.

David Patton m. Mary Free. Children included Joseph Free Patton (m. Phoebe Espy) and Peter Free Patton (m. Jane Henry). Would like to correspond with anyone researching these Crawford county families.

Richard Free m. (Nancy Ann McKay, daughter of Joseph McKay & Nancy Ann Gilliland). Children included Peter (m. Sarah Rodgers), Mary (m. John O Kent), Hugh Gilliland m. Lora Crocker), Emeline (m. Henderson Hurlbert), Joseph Perry (m. Eva Anna Christian), Anna Eliza, Robert Preslie (m. Mary Jane Johnson), James Henry (m. Jessie Campbell), Elmina Agnes and Sara Jane. Would like to correspond with anyone researhing these Crawford county families. (several of these familiess removed to Minnesota)

Kay Kalar
I am looking for information on sons of Joseph Himebaugh and Susan Sherred of Venango, Crawford, Pa. Lewis R. born 1852 and/or Ransom L. 1855 I am wondering if they might be one and the same and the birthdates wrong for one or the other. Lewis R. adopted my Grandmother, Jessie Geneva. She was born in 1884 in Buffalo N.Y. Thanks so much for any help you can give.

Jim Williams
Searching for parents of Nathaniel Calvin WIlliams, born March 1811 in Crawford Co.,PA. Married Lucy Wheeler, looking for brothers, sisters and parents of Nathaniel any info would be appreciated and have lots of info to share from Nathan on.

Jean Branstiter
Hello, My maternal grandmother was Leona Hogue, her parents were Edward and Catherine Mullen Hogue. And I believe his mother was a Shaffer. Grandpa Hogues fathers name was Peter and they had property out on Baldwin St. where the Ford dealership is at the present time.

Does anyone have any information on these people, especiall Catherine Mullen.

Thank you in advance.

Jean Branstiter

Ralph Headley
If you are a descendant of Smith Headley or Adelle Sturgis, please contact me. Smith was from Trumbull Co. OH and I think Adelle grew up in Crawford Co. They married and had 5 children in Titusville. Divorced and Adelle remarried a Bishop. Smith returned to Ohio and is buried in Bazetta, OH. Would like to correspond with descendants of them. Ralph Bruce Headley, son of Arthur Almon Headley, their son.

I am looking for information on sons of Joseph Himebaugh and Susan Sherred of Venango, Crawford, Pa. Lewis R. born 1852 and/or Ransom L. 1855 I am wondering if they might be one and the same and the birthdates wrong for one or the other. Lewis R. adopted my Grandmother, Jessie Geneva. She was born in 1884 in Buffalo N.Y. Thanks so much for any help you can give.