Investigating the Lives of Ancestors, Collateral/Allied Families and Complete Strangers

A collection of narratives, in PDF documents, about ancestors, their relatives, and a few strangers who caught my eye.

      Hansell and Lippincott Families

Hansell Raspberry

Peter David Hansell first appears in Darby, PA in 1754. The widow of his son William moved into downtown Philadelphia about 1800. The widow's son Thomas was the father of James S. Hansell who moved to Willingboro, NJ in the 1850s. His daughter Ella Hansell married Richard R. Lippincott and the couple lived in Rancocas, NJ. To the left is an advertisement for the Hansell Raspberry, developed by James S. Hansell at his farm in Willingboro.

Hansell Families, click here
Lippincott Families, click here

      Peter David Hansell - Revisited


New discoveries for Peter David Hansell: German vital statistics. The Hultgren church census. Where PDH lived and all his friends and neighbors. I got seriously off track with Joseph Sellers and his wife Hannah Paschall: An extant stone dwelling in Kingsessing. Son-in-law famous sword maker William Rose. Grandchildren Peter Rose and Paschall Sellers, Surgical Instrument Makers.

A somewhat improbable family story of a stolen child, surprisingly corroborated by a will in the Chester County Archives, helped sort out Georges claimed to be sons of Joseph Sellers and Hannah Paschall. The Georges belong to one Baltasar Selzer aka Paul Sellers. Read both narratives here

      Rebecca Scattergood Savery - Philadelphia

Whithorn Map

Rebecca Scattergood Savery lived at 20 North Fifth Street in Philadelphia. Of the six known quilts created by Rebecca, her family and friends, three are signature quilts. Maybe your ancestor is on one of these quilts: Scattergood, Savery, Cresson, Dixon, Webb, Betts, Barr, Dill, Cope, Baldwin, VanHorn, Cadwallader, Oldden, Lloyd, Taylor, Bailleul and others. Click here

      Other Hansell Families in the Philadelpia Area

Merion Burial Ground

While sorting out Pennsylvania Hansells, I came across a group of Hansells buried in the Merion Friends Burial Ground in Merion Station, Montgomery County, PA. In 1786 one Lewis Hansell married Mary Bond. Are the people in this burial ground Lewis and Mary and their children? I don't know for sure. Read about them here

      Bertha Clear - The Skeleton's Bride

JB Garrison

A Hansell married Bertha Clear's sister, but Bertha takes center stage in this narrative. Her first exploit was marriage to a Living Skeleton and things only got more interesting after that. Click here

      Archibald Jardine - Whithorn, Scotland to New York City

Whithorn Map

In 1847, a Hansell in the line I am studying married John Sinclair (masonry contractor) and the couple lived in New York City. The Sinclairs crossed paths, professionally and socially, with David and John Jardine, Scottish-born brothers and architects. David and John left a highly-respected architectural legacy in New York City, but it was their father Archibald Jardine 1786-1868 who really caught my attention. Click here

      Ettensperger, Kolb, and Giesregen Families

Ship Splendid

Photographs in a cardboard box of family memorabilia spurred on this research. Paul Giesregen of Bavaria arrived in Baltimore aboard the Ship Rebecca in 1844. Jacob Kolb of Weiler, Germany arrived in NYC in 1852 on the Helvetia. In 1854 Gustave Ettensperger of Ellwangen, Germany sailed on the Ship Splendid to NYC. About these families, click here

      Joshua Mabry & Frances B. Strother

North Carolina

Joshua Mabry and Frances B. Strother married around 1816 and raised their children in Louisburg, Franklin County, North Carolina. Joshua was something of a brick wall. I chipped away for a while and it seems he may be a child of Reps Mabry of Warren County, NC. Joshua's second born child was a mystery. Likely he is James L. Mabry who led a short but adventurous life in Texas. He survived the Santa Fe Expedition only to perish on the Texas Navy schooner "San Antonio" when it disappeared in the Gulf of Mexico in 1842.

Joshua Mabry & Frances Strother, click here
James L. Mabry, click here

      Works in Progress

AE Beers Photographer

Also researching:

      - Beers/Holcomb/Pearce of Rushville NY
      - Blackith/Watson/Adams of NY State
      - Wagner/Clark of NY State
      - Hardy/Waterman of NY State
      - Joseph P. Pollia (1894-1954), sculptor
      - The Wren Family Juvenile Troupe


Ida Wasee

Young women of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School who went on their Outings to Rancocas Village & Willingboro Township, NJ: Adelia Lowe, Ida Wasee (photo at left), Nancy Tadgahsong, Jeannette Rice, Christine Childs, Laura Nalzayash, Sophia Huff, Lilly Huff, Mabel Greeley, Sarah Jackson, Gertrude Jackson, Millie Paisano, Lydia Clute, Lizzie Howard

    Last Updated March 2021
    Nancy Ettensperger, Underhill, VT