African-American Settlement in Cambria County

This Settlement was founded in the late 1790's by Edinborough Smith and William Harshberger - whose families have called the Johnstown Area home for over 200 years.










Saturday, May 21, 2011

Draft Notice - December 1864

This is John E. Smith's Civil War draft notice - Yoder Township - in December of 1864. He actually ended up serving twice. Double click to enlarge.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Elmer Brown Obituary

Obituary for Elmer Brown. Note: some of the information listed is slightly incorrect. There is a bit of family confusion when it comes to who is who - that I won't explain here. Double click to enlarge the image.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Smith - Adultery Case

A couple of points about the 11 Aug 1894 clipping from the Tribune that just cracks me up. Martha is actually Mariah (Maria) Smith and Boering is spelled Boring. They say that old John E. Smith was 'simple' and was a bit on the slow side. Whether he was born this way or it was a result of being in the Civil War. We'll never know. His wife Mariah (Dorman) on the other hand was known as the 'friendly' type of gal that liked to keep in the company of men. Ephraim Boring (white) on the other hand - lived just off Mountain Road at the time and it seems that he and Mariah may also have had a little something on the side - before it went sour. You know it's lonely living up top a mountain.....