Sunday, February 16, 2014

Harold Elwood Seigfreid


This is my great grandfather, Harold Seigfreid.

Harold was born in Shickshinny, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA on 5 May 1918 to Alonzo Elwood and Edna Mae Gensel Seigfreid.

On the 1920 census Harold is living with his parents and he is 1 year 5 months old.  They live in Foundryville, Briar Creek Township, Columbia County, Pennsylvania, USA.

On the 1930 census Harold is living in Philipstown, Putnam, New York, USA with is parents and he is 11 years old.  Also living in the household are his brothers Walter and William Seigfreid and his Aunt (his mother's sister) Myrtle Gensel Meeker with her husband Owen and daughter Mary.

In 1932 Harold leaves school; he is only 14 years of age.

In 1934 Harold started working in the mines.  He worked at the Stackhouse Coal Company in Shickshinny, Pennsylvania from 1934 to 1937; the Glen Alden Coal Company in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania from 1937 to 1941; the Salem Collieries in Shickshinny, Pennsylvania from 1945 to 1948.

On 27 Nov 1938 he marries Hazel Alice Killian; they have two sons Byron and Howard (my grandfather).

1918 - 1995

He also served in WWII serving with the U.S. Army in the 473rd Infantry in the Italian Campaign in the European Theater.  He was a Field Lineman laying  and maintaining permanent and semi-permanent field telephone communication systems.

Harold is in the first row, the second from the right.


He owned and operated a saw mill in Shickshinny Valley, Pennsylvania until 1980 when he retired.

I spent a lot of time with my great grandparents.  They lived out the road from us while I was growing up.  My sister and I would go there after school and we would all have dinner together.  On Sunday's we went to Sunday School and Church with them and on most Sunday's we would go out to eat.  They were there always no matter what!!  I miss them both very much!!






Friday, February 7, 2014

Elizabeth Jane Savage Thomas





Elizabeth Jane Savage is my husband's 3rd great grandmother.  She was born in Columbia County, Pennsylvania on 1 May 1821 to Henry and Elizabeth (Frantz) Savage.  









Elizabeth married Joseph Thomas(#2 of 52) on 19 June 1854 and they had the following children:
  1. Daniel W. Thomas
  2. John W. Thomas
  3. Joshua Eugene Thomas
  4. Parvin Oscar Thomas
  5. Ella G. Thomas
  6. William James Thomas
  7. Anna E. Thomas
When Joseph was killed in April of 1865 in the Civil War Elizabeth continued to take care of their children.  She did not remarry.  She remained in Fishing Creek Township, Columbia County, Pennsylvania where I found them in the 1860 Census.  From the List of Pensioners I found that in 1883 Elizabeth was getting $8.00 a month to care for her family. 


Elizabeth died in April of 1890 and she is buried in Dodson Cemetery in Huntington Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania with other members of her husbands family.

I don't know anything else about Elizabeth.  I do however have the pension file to go through more thoroughly and hopefully I will be able to learn a little more about Elizabeth.
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