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Subject: [PADUTCHgenONLY-L] BROSIUS at PA GENWEB site
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 00:12:36 -0400


The PA Genweb is a goldmine of info! I hadn't stopped by in a while and
noticed significant improvements. This is a sampling of info I found. In
Nothumberland co. O found a whole page worth of births, civil war
participants, burial records and marriages. I wish NJ would follow suit
and start making their vital statistics info available in this way. Joy -
note there is a Seasholtz in the info below too! They also have Dehaven
genealogies at the website.

Bobbie

GEORGETOWN. [Present day Dalmatia]

This village, the most important in the extreme southern part of
the
county, is situated in the western part of Lower Mahanoy on the bank of
the
Susquehanna river and the line of the Northern Central railway. The site
is
embraced in a tract of land which was patented to Thomas McKee by the
colonial
government in 1767. Six years later it was purchased by William Dunbar
and
subsequently passed into the possession of Sebastian Brosius; he willed
it to
his son, John George Brosius, by whom a store was opened and a mill was
erected; the latter is said to have been the first in the southern part
of the
county and was situated on Stone Valley creek at the lower end of the
village.
The town site was surveyed in 1798 by William Gray, deputy surveyor for
Northumberland county, and became within a few years a place of
considerable
local importance. As evidenced by the assessment of 1811, the
improvements at
that date, with the names of respective owners and occupants, were as
follows:
house and stable, owned by Peter Secrist and occupied by George Borell;
house,
owned by James White and occupied by Hugh Bruman, storekeeper; house,
owned and
occupied by Peter Borell, blue-dyer; house, owned and occupied by
Nicholas
Bubb, Jr., carpenter; house and shop, owned and occupied by John Ebright,

hatter; house and stable, owned and occupied by John Fenstermacher;
house,
owned and occupied by Peter Hoffman, inn keeper; house, owned and
occupied by
Daniel Lahr; house, owned and occupied by Daniel Rothermel, inn keeper;
house
and shop, owned by William Witman and occupied by Daniel Seasholtz,
potter;
house, owned and occupied by Jacob Stricken
The town has steadily expanded in population and importance, and
has
always been the business center of the community naturally tributary to
it. The
present business and industrial interests include three general stores,
one
drug store, three hotels, a shingle and stave factory, and a nail mill.
The
postoffice designation is Dalmatia.
Colonel James Cameron Post, No. 186, G. A. R., was organized on
the 9th
of March, 1882.

MALTA.

The post-village of this name is situated three miles from
Georgetown on
the main road from that place to Lykens and at its intersection with the

Mahantango Valley road. It is the location of one store, a Reformed and
Lutheran church, the shops of several mechanics, and perhaps a dozen
private
residences. The former local name was Vera Cruz.

INDUSTRIES.

The Witmer mill, as originally built by George Brosius, was a log

structure; the present frame building is three stories high, equipped
with
three sets of buhrs. The mill now operated by Michael Spotts was built
in 1845
by Michael Wart and Michael Rudel.
A distillery was once operated by John Dockey.
The Dalmatia Iron and Nail Company organized with John Bingeman,
president, L. K. Ressler, treasurer, and W. O. Bingeman, secretary; the
works
include three frame buildings, with the necessary machinery.

SCHOOLS.

The first school house at Georgetown, a log structure, was
situated at
the site of Isaac Fenstermacher's residence; the names of Eisenhower,
Bixler,
Murray, Drake, and Brooker occur among the early teachers.
The public school system was adopted in 1865; the first school
board was
composed of David Seiler, B. M. Bubb, Adam Lenker, S. B. High, Franklin
Markley, and Elias Wiest. Messrs. Wiest and High, being opposed to the
system,
resigned, and Jacob Dreibelbeis and Philip Messner were appointed by the
board
in their places, December 16, 1865. As thus constituted, the directors
organized
on the 29th of December, 1865, with Adam Lenker, president, B. M. Bubb,

secretary, and David Seiler, treasurer. Two new buildings were erected
in
1866, six in 1867, and two subsequently, making ten school houses at the

present time, in which eleven schools are taught.

CHURCHES.

Stone Valley Church, Lutheran and Reformed, was originally known
under
the name of Christian Unity, and it is supposed that public worship and
the
administration of the sacraments were begun in this locality as early as
1765.
The first church building was a small log structure twenty by thirty
feet; the
second, which is in a good state of preservation at the present time
(1890), was
erected in 1796 by Jacob Thani, a carpenter by occupation, who received
one
hundred thirty pounds as evidenced by the agreement, which is still
extant.
The trustees at that time were Nicholas Bubb, Lutheran, and Henry
Bordner,
Reformed. This building was remodeled some years since, and is the
present
place of worship. The joint congregations also own a tract of land
containing
sixty-five acres and ninety-three perches, a patent for which was
gratuitously
granted by the State.
The Lutheran organization was formed by Reverend Wolf prior to
1775 and
probably some years anterior to that date. He was successively followed
by the
Reverends Adam, Gansel, Ulrich, and Walther, whose terms of service are
not
known. Rev. Peter Shindel was pastor, l822-35; John Nicholas Hemping,
1835-51;
C. F. Welden, 1851; Reverends Yeager, Bergner, and Walz, 1852-64;
Jeremiah
Shindel, 1864- 70; J. W. Early, 1870-74; J. M. Ulrich, 1874-82; C. R.
Drumheller, 1883-84, and W. H Geiger, 1884, present incumbent. The
present
(1890) church council is composed of Benjamin Phillips, J. W. Lenker,
Adam
Byerly, J. M. Byerly, J. F. Lenker, and Michael Rudel.
Georgetown Church, Lutheran and Reformed, is a frame building
forty by
fifty feet in dimensions, erected in 1845. The organizers were George
Brosius,
John Bressner, William Shaffer, Peter Witmer, Solomon Ressler, Abraham
Deetry,
Jacob Dreibelbeis, and George Witmer. Among the pastors have been
Reverends
Stiver, Bressler, Engle, Early, Ulrich, Drumheller, Geiger, and Brown.
Vera Cruz Church, Lutheran and Reformed, is a brick structure
thirty-
five by fifty-five feet in dimensions, with steeple and bell. The
corner-stone
was laid on the 12th of August, 1860, and the dedication occurred, June
8,
1862.

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