Information Requests

John Vandervort
I am seeking information and photo of John Vandervort, who was a native of Schoharie county, N. Y., born January 6th, 1832, and relocated to Laceyville, Wyoming County in 1874.

Also seeking photo of the Vandervort planing-mill located in Laceyville.

John Vandervort was a machinist, when he settled at Laceyville he built a planing-mill where he produced bee keepers’ supplies almost exclusively. He was extensively engaged in the bee and honey business and was widely known throughout Pennsylvania and New York as a scientific and successful beekeeper. He was the inventor of several improvements in machinery connected with the business. During his time in Laceyville, he produced an item known as the Vandervort Foundation Mill which was a hand crank machine for making beeswax foundation for beehives.

Vandervort died in March of 1917

Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Best Regards, Joe Waggle
Beekeeping Historian Derry, PA

Andrew and Emily Everett
I am looking for information on Andrew and Emily Everett. The lived in the Braintrim area until about 1930. I believe they died after the 1930 census. Any help would be appreciated.

Andrew was born about 1856.
They had 1 daughter Melissa Everett Holmes Lewis.

Judy Mead Blackman

John F. Detrick
My grandfather was John F. Detrick, father is Howard A. Detrick. I think my great grandfather is Ambrose Detrick. All are at Lacey Cemetery. I also notice at the Lacey Cemetery other Detrick’s, are we all related? Any information would appreciated.
Thank You
James Detrick

The Oldest House of Laceyville – Smith Family
My moment happened Fall of 2008 when we had the pleasure of visiting The Oldest House of Laceyville. It was magic to me because I am a descendant of the Smith Family for whom the house was built.

One thing I would like to know is does anyone have a copy of the Smith Family History that was presented to The Oldest House in 1986 by William Korroch of Michigan? He was in contact with my mother, Hazel Leota Depue Moore, (a daughter of Grace Augusta Smith Depue) early in 1982. My mother died in December 1982 and we did not hear anything further on the history.

We asked about the history when we visited The Oldest House. The person we talked to did not have any information on it. We did have the tour after The Oldest House was closed for the season and was ever so grateful for the graciousness with which our request for a tour was granted. I have just resumed my project of putting together a family tree for our children and grand children. We will appreciate anything you can do to make my Magical Moment and even bigger moment.

Thank you so much.
Ida Moore Depue Richards

Looking for Edward and Margaret Bruder
Hi my name is Don Bruder and I’m looking for my family. I was told my grandfather is Edward Bruder he died in 1949 in Laceyville PA. I dont know what cemetery he is in. My grandmother, Margaret and their daughter Jannette are next to him. Can you please help me find them?
Thank you.

Hiram Ward
Looking for information about Hiram Ward and his brother, John.

In 1810 Hiram Ward opened the first store in the Braintrim area.

Hiram Ward and family left area about 1820 and went to Burrillville, R.I.

As appeared in The Gleaner and Luzerne Advertiser on July 26, 1811: Independence – The Inhabitants of Braintrim and its vicinity, met on the 4th July to celebrate the Anniversary of American Independence, at the house of Hiram Ward, Braintrim.

Additional Information: Pennsylvania, after the Douglases settled in Douglas Hollow, in 1835. Page 651. (sec. 3) Hiram Ward and his brother, John, (Relatives of the Lovelton Wards) settled on land along the Susquehanna River, which became the site of the village of Laceyville, Pennsylvania.

I’m particularly interested knowing his parents and where they emigrated from. However, any information would be appreciated.

Also interested in the Place family – That lived in the Braintrim/Laceyville area. Most moved on to Ohio.
Thanks, Gil Ward

Eva Ross Canfield and George C. Canfield.

Ross Lewis Reunion 1920
Ross Lewis Reunion 1920

The man and woman in the middle are my maternal great-grandparents, Eva Ross Canfield and George C. Canfield. They lived in LeRaysville, Pa which is a distance from Laceyville, but I am hoping someone that sees this may know something!

This photo was taken at the Ross-Lewis Reunion in 1920. I have several other photos of the woman on the far right in the photo who I suspect was a “Lewis”, but I do not know how she and Eva Ross were related. Eva Ross was born in 1863 probably around Middletown or LeRaysville, Pa. George C. Canfield was born July 15, 1860 in Bradford, Pa. They raised their family in LeRaysville, Pa.

I am desperately trying to find where the two of them are buried and just how she was related to the Lewis family.

Please contact me at:
Thank you,

Robert & Ruth Brown Springer
I’m looking for any info on my Great Grandparents, Robert & Ruth Brown Springer. They resided in West Nicholson. Ruth passed away in Montrose in the 1950’s, I don’t know about Robert. Roberts Parents were Walter & Grace Grant Springer; they are buried in the Sunnyside Cemetery in Tunkhannock. On The Brown side I do not know either.

My late Grandparents are Ralph & Marion Springer Sutton. They passed away in the 1980’s, Ralph in 1988, Marion in 1982. I have a complete listing on the Sutton side. I have traced the Suttons from Warren NJ, dating in the early 1800’s.

If anyone can be of help, I too would appreciate it very much; my email is,
Thanks, Bonny Sutton

Mary Ann Adams Burgess
I am trying to verify that Mary Ann Adams is the oldest daughter of Richard Adams and Mary Polly Smith.

    • Mary Ann Adams was born March 8, 1827 in
      Forkston, Wyoming Co., PA.
    • Mary Ann & Russell Park Burgess married on
      Nov. 16, 1845 in Forkston, PA.
    • Mary Ann’s father, Richard Adams, died in 1868
    • Her mother, Mary Polly Smith died in 1875.

North Branch or Adams Cemetery, Forkston, PA

    • ADAMS, Richard, d: 4 Sept 1868 67y 1m 22d
      “Asleep in Jesus Peaceful Rest, Whose waking is supposedly blest.
      In fear no woe shall dim that hour,
      That manifests the Saviour’s Power.”;
    • Polly, his wife, d: 3 July 1875 70y 3m 25d
      “A mother kind lies here at rest, With earthly cares no longer pressed.
      Her soul we trust by pardoning grace,
      Finds now with Saints a resting place.”;
    • Aaron James, son, d: 9 Nov 1857 17y 1m 25d
    • BURGESS, Russell P., 8 Dec 1823 – 14 Aug 1898;
      Mary A., h/w, 8 Mar 1827 – 16 Nov 1888 ‘Tis with believers well;
      Grattan W., son, d: 15 Jan 1862 6y 5m 26d

The probate records for Richard Adams did not contain a will.

I have accounted for all his children in the 1850 census by name, except for Mary Ann Adams who was already married.

Does anyone have any suggestions or references/resources that could document that Mary Ann Adams is the oldest daughter of Richard Adams and Mary Polly Smith?
Thank you,
Bill @