Finally taking research to Harrisburg

Not in person, unfortunately. I may be able to make a trip to Harrisburg later in the year, but at the moment everything is remote. I emailed the Harrisburg library regarding look-ups or microfilm loans; hopefully a reply may come in tomorrow.

Now that I have two specific dates (see previous post), I will be able to get to the details of the Harrisburg connection. One of my primary objectives is to understand the background, personal and family history of not only M.H. Kulp himself, but most especially of his wife, Sarah W. (McConnell) Detweiler; and, of course, both her marriages. The question, finally, is: Who exactly was William Champlin Detweiler?


In a few minutes I’m heading off to Trevorton Road, Coal Township (on the way to Trevorton, that’s west of here), where the Mountainview Manor/Odd Fellows cemetery is located. Sepora (Kulp) Thomas, the sister of M.H. Kulp, is buried there, and there are some details I’d like to clear up. Unfortunately, I don’t have a plot plan for the cemetery, so finding her grave may take some time.

I will post updates once I get back to a computer.

Back from the festival

I have just returned from the festival, after arriving at about 9:45 as planned, heading home for a brief break, and returning for church tours. The cemetery tour, which lasted about an hour and a half, was first on my list, but, unfortunately, I forgot my camera so no photos were taken. In addition to brief mentions of various historical figures buried in the cemetery, a few of them were portrayed by reenactors. Those portrayed included Kimber Cleaver, Henry Reese, J.J. John, Alexander Caldwell, and Sarah W. Kulp. The reenactors, in their roles as prominent Shamokin citizens of the past, spoke in the first person in a conversational, and, I imagine, a partially ad-lib manner, about their lives, careers, and achievements.

Later, I paid a visit to the Trinity Episcopal Church on Lincoln Street, which was open for self-guided tours. The interior was exceedingly beautiful; the vestibule walls were of stone, and large doors led into the nave, which included a vaulted ceiling of magnificent dark wood. The walls, of a pale ivory color, were lined with stained glass windows, dedicated in memory of various prominent members of the parish.

The main window behind the altar, also of stained glass, is dedicated to the memory of Monroe H. and Sarah W. Kulp. Their names, as well as the dates that they were born and died, can be read on the lower panels of the window.

I brought my camera this time, and took three photos, featured below.

Left: A view of the church pews – Center: Toward altar – Right: Stained glass window in memory of M.H. and Sarah Kulp. (Due to the height of the window, I was unable to get close enough for a clear photo.)