Tanner David S. Forney was born on November 4, 1787 to Adam Forney and his wife Rachel Shriver. David’s father Adam, a tanner, was an early settler in the Hanover, Pennsylvania area. When David was young, according to his daughter Mary Roland, he worked “in a leather store in Baltimore.
The Cumberland County Historical Encyclopedia is an expanding publication on the history of the Cumberland County. Covering a wide range of topics and the entire Cumberland County geographic region, the Encyclopedia seeks to be an initial entry point to those interested in the County's history. Entries seek to provide a list of resources available as well as showcasing some of the Cumberland County Historical Society's own collections.
While not one of the earliest municipal components of Cumberland County, Frankford Township dates back to the 18th century. It was created from West Pennsboro Township in April of 1795, by the County Court. The court records tell us:
Intellectually, Benjamin Franklin was a very gifted person, with only a few years of academic schooling, he was a self-taught individual. Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts, one of ten children of a soap and candle maker.
Dr. Levi Fulk’s ledger, covering the years 1882-1901, is in the collection of the Cumberland County Historical Society.1 The ledger’s 193 pages contain the names of Dr.
Henry George Ganss (22 February, 1855-25 December, 1912) was a Roman Catholic priest of the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, as well as a musician and historian. For twenty years he served as pastor of Saint Patrick’s parish in Carlisle, and then he became pastor of Saint Mary’s parish in Lancaster.
Amelia Steele Givin was born on October 31, 1845. She was the only daughter of Robert and Sara (Gibson) Givin; she had four brothers who predeceased her. Her father and his brother, Samuel, were the founders of a paper mill in Mt.
American Volunteer, May 2, 1861. “DESTRUCTIVE FIRE. Glass’ Hotel in Ashes—Narrow Escape of the Inmates—Heavy Loss, etc.
Brought to Carlisle from Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1772 at the age of seven, Robert Darlington Guthrie would spend his adult life making silver and clocks for the residents of Cumberland County and train three of his sons to follow his profession.
An “honest laborious man” by his own account; a fighting Irishman judging from the number of times he was indicted for assault and battery,1 Guthrie built many houses in Carlisle during the 25 or more years he worked, including the “English” Church (St.
The Cumberland County Historical Society houses the Day Book of tailor Isaac Haas and covers the years 1840-1848. The 161 pages of entries record the names of local residents, the items of clothing Haas made for them, and the cost of each item. Several pages at the end of the boo