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Genealogy: Mary Della Book

Mary Della Book Born 10-8-1876. Died 9/8/1949 and buried in the Presbyterian cemetery, Cherry Twp, Butler Co, PA. Married 5/21/1903 at North Hope, PA, to Joseph David Gibson. (Butler Co. marriage license 15:114, #6953, 18 May 1903.) Della was a twin of Bella Book.
Children were:
Harry Kenneth (1904-1937)
Mary Gertrude (1906-1984)
Emma Lois (b.1910-1990)
Merritt Book (1914-1979)
Della (Book) and Joseph Gibson
After the tragic death of Joseph Gibson, Della married Saunders Brown and lived on the Brown Brothers farm in West Sunbury, Butler Co., PA; there were no children of this marriage.
Della (Book) Gibson

David Porter Book David Porter Book Born 24 Dec 1840, Butler County, PA. Died 2 Feb 1914 [PA Death Cert File #15747, Registered #63]. Buried in Greenwood Cemetery in New Castle, PA. Married 9/20/1871 to Mary Elizabeth Jameson (1842-1928). Children were: Harry Milton (1874-1961, m.Amy Belle Whitacre), Mary Della (above), Lizzie Bella (1876-1956, m. William Plummer Hoover), and Ethel Garfield (1879-1913, m.1913 Charles Wray).

In the picture at the left David is in his Civil War uniform. See Roster of Col. Maxwell's Co. E, 100th PVI, "The Roundhead Regiment" from Samuel P. Bates' 1870 Roster "Pennsylvania in the Civil War".

David Porter Book's military service record in the Civil War is shown below:

IT IS HEREBY CERTIFIED that records on file in the Department of Military Affairs, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, indicate the military service of DAVID P. BOOK in the Pennsylvania Volunteers (Civil War) to have been as follows:
Enrolled as Private, Company E, 100th Regiment Infantry, at Harlinsburg, Penna. on August 27, 1861
Residence: Lawrence County, Penna.
Age at enrollment: 24 years
Height: 5 ft. 10-1/2 in. Eyes: Dark, Hair: Black
Complexion: Dark, Occupation: Blacksmith

Mustered in at Camp Wilkens, Penna. August 31, 1861
Promoted to Corporal May 1, 1862
Wounded at South Mt., Maryland September 14, 1862
Promoted to Sergeant February 15, 1863

Promoted to 1st Sergeant May 15, 1864
Wounded at Petersburg, Virginia June 17, 1864
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant November 26, 1864
Promoted to Captain December 25, 1864
Mustered out with Company July 24, 1865

The Adjutant General
Dept. of Military Affairs
Harrisburg, Penna. November 23, 1954

After the war was over, David took his young family to the booming oil fields of Venango Co, PA. He was an oil well driller and pumper at Rouseville, Venango Co, PA. Later he farmed at Six Points nr Eau Claire, Butler Co, PA. He had worked on some of the richest oil wells during his oil days, Rep. S: 5.

James Book Born 7/20/1812. Died 4/8/1868. Married c.1833 to Elizabeth Mary "Molly" Studebaker. James was a twin of Samual Book. James and Molly are both buried in Pleasant Valley Presbyterian cemetery, Cherry Twp, Butler Co, PA.

Children of James and Isabella were:
Isabella (b.c.1836), mar. Aquilla Miles
Elizabeth Ann (1837-1841)
David Porter (1840-1914)(above)
John G. (1841-1874)
Charles H. (1847-1916), mar. Martha Wasson
Uriah H. (1850-1911)

After residing in New Castle, PA he returned to farm in Worth Twp. until 1859, then moved to Cherry Twp. where land was like the wilderness. James cleared his farm and erected a comfortable log house. Occupations: stonemason, shoemaker, farmer. Members of the Mount Zion Baptist Church in Worth Twp, PA.

George Book* Born about Sep. 1758 in New Jersey; died 2/3/1823. Buried Plain Grove cemetery, Plain Grove, Lawrence Co, PA. Moved to Buffalo Valley, Northumberland Co., PA (later Union Co.) just before the Revolutionary War. He appears in the 1790 census. Settled in Worth Twp, Butler Co, PA. Married Isabella Vogan (4/25/1776 - 10/25/1854), probably daughter of Robert Vogan and Ann Wiley. [It is possible that Isabella was the daughter of Robert's brother John Vogan and Ruth Griffin. Father of Robert and John was probably William Vogan.]

Children of George and Isabella were:
Christiana (1797-1864), m. Joseph Studebaker Jr.
Ruth (1798-1862), m. Charles Slade Fullwood Brantz
Sophia (b.c.1802), m. Samuel Campbell
John (1803-1887), m. Mary Emery
**George Jr (1805-1873), m. Elizabeth Humphrey
***William (1807-1885), m. Anne Emery
Samuel (1812-1870), m. Sarah Rebecca Davis
James (1812-1868) (above), m. Elizabeth Mary "Molly" Studebaker
Mary "Polly" (b.c.1817-1892), m. Harlan Vogan
Isabella (b.c.1823-1868), m. Thomas Shannon

The Zion Baptist Church, Worth Twp, Butler Co, PA was founded 11/15/1841 with seven original members: John and Margaret O Elton, William and Annie Book, Robert and Mary Hampson, and Phoebe Cooper. Thirteen others became members by baptism at the first service. They were William Emery, Ruth Brant, John Book, Thomas and Sarah Josephs, Burton and Margaret Josephs, Samuel and James Book, Harlan and Mary Vogan, Bernard Stoughton, and Nancy Uptegraft. It appears that five of George's children were baptized in one day: Ruth (Brant), John, Samuel, James, and Mary (Vogan).

*See "Archives 3rd Series, Vol 23, p.349." Notes from Vera Mae Book (b.1897) have some different b/d dates than those shown above for the children. Will of George Book: Book A, p.103, Butler Co., PA.

**George Jr. was the g-grandfather of Clare Brant Book, Principal of New Castle Senior High School for many years; and Mae and June Book who were school teachers and who, with their sister Ruth, lived many years on their father's farm (James Henderson Book (1864-1923). Clare was a World War I veteran who was called just "Book" by his siblings. The New Castle Senior High students had a ditty to the tune of the chorus from The Caisson Song: "And if Bookie comes in here, we'll say Bookie have a beer; in the cellars of old NeCaHi."

***William's son George Milton Book (d.1921) was an Admiral who took his coal supply ship out to resupply Admiral Perry notwithstanding that he knew his ship was of questionable seaworthyness. George Milton Book lived with his second wife on Jefferson Avenue in New Castle, PA. She never visited the Book Homestead and only "tolerated" those farmers when they came to visit. (As related on 4/14/1999 by James Henderson Book (b.1912 - d.7/12/2000), brother of the aforementioned Clare Brant Book.)

It is with a reasonable degree of certainty that we can say that George Book was a Revolutionary War veteran. He is probably the George Book who served in Joseph Green's Company of the Northumberland Company Rangers on the frontiers. A Conrad, George, and John Book served in this company (PA Archives, Series III, vol.23, p.248, 160-1, and 349) and received depreciation pay (PA Arch, Series 5, vol.IV, p.359, 674; vol.VII, p.207). After the war, George Books is an ensign and Jacob Dreisbach is the Lieutenant in Capt Joseph Green's company of the 5th Militia (Annals of Bullalo Valley, p.241). Descendents of George Book have joined the DAR on the basis of the Archives data in the past (DAR, vol.142, p.199). The DAR Patriot Index, Centennial Edition, Part I, p.304, Washington: 1990; Copyright 1994 by DAR, has the following listing:
George: b 1758 NJ d 2-3-1823 PA m Isabella Vogan Pvt PA
Jacob: b 12-27-1761 GR d 9-20-1852 PA m Mary Book Pvt PA
Michael: b c 1751 GR d 1813 PA m Barbara --- Pvt PA

From Mrs. W.C. Bartol's articles 'Revolutionary War Soldiers' printed in the Saturday News, Mar-Apr 1915, as quoted by Mary Belle Lontz in 'Union County, PA 1865-1965': "John George Book -- lived in Buffalo Twp. 1775-87 near Heimbach's, buried at Dreisbach's. Wife Christiana. Martin Dreisbach, Jr. was married to his daughter Sabina, b. 1762, d.1849." [It is very possible that Mrs. Bartol confused John George with his son George, the later of whom would have been about 20 years old at the time of service. Either way, it is reasonably certain either John George or son George, or both, were in the militia during the Revolutionary War.]

George Book is listed as a warrantee of land, Northumberland Co, in the PA Archives, 3rd series, vol.25, p.78: Book, Geo. and Wm. Anderson, 160 acres, surveyed, Mar 14, 1793; and p.91 Book, Geo. 200 acres, surveyed, Feb 8, 1803.

Here is a brief quote from Northumberland County In The American Revolution:

By 1781, this pursuit [of indian raiders following raids] was detailed to Ranger Companies, who had the status of militia, yet were enlisted for this daring work, leaving the family men and older men for the more routine militia duty and to work the farms, especially at harvest time. Too much credit cannot be given to the protection these Ranger Companies brought to our distressed frontiers during those dark days. Unfortumately these men did not record their hundreds of encounters with the Indians, only a few such as Sam Brady, Robert Covenhoven and Moses Van Campen have recounted their adventures so that they eventually were put into print. These rangers, even though poorly clothed and equipped performed very efficient duty on the frontier.

Johann Georg Buchs (John George Book). Born in Wuerttemburg, Germany c.1735; died c.1815; bur. Dreisbach Church, Lewisburg, PA. Married c.1761 Christina Metzger (b.c.1740 in Wuertenberg, Germany; died at 97 years). Migrated to New Jersey, later to Union Co., PA.

Children from first wife were: Jacob, Conrad and John.

Children from Christina Metzger were:
Magdalena (1757-1836), mar. Jacob Dreisbach
George (1758-1823)(above)
Anna (c.1759-1823), mar. Michael Schoch
Sabina Frederika (1762-1849), mar. Martin Dreisbach Jr.
Christina, mar. William Emery
Barbara, mar. Christian Wolf

In the 1810's, George's nephew, John Dreisbach, a traveling minister from Union County, PA, records in his diary his visit to his uncle George in Butler County. George's five sisters married Emery, Dreisbach (two of them), Schoch, and Wolf. His three half-brothers migrated to Ontario after the Revolutionary War; Reverend Dreisbach also records a visit to them in his diary.

Geographical Note:
In 1768, Pennsylvania acquires a large band of territory (including the Buffalo Valley area) from the Indians running from the northeast corner of the state to the southwest corner. This territory was assigned initially to Northampton, Berks, and Cumberland Counties, with the Buffalo Valley (except west end) lying in Berks Co. Two huge counties are soon formed, Bedford (1171) in the west, and Northumberland (1772) in the center. About 50 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties were evenutally formed (directly or indirectly from these two counties. Union Co. is formed in 1813 from Northumberland, and Snyder Co. is formed in 1855 from Union Co.

Johannes George Buchs Descendents (RTF File)
The compiler of this document disclaims any knowledge of the accuracy of the data therein; it has been gathered from various sources who may or may not have done original research. Several errors have been noted, but its purpose is just to provide clues to people researching this Book (Buchs) line.
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