Treasure Chest Tuesday – 1936 Death Record for Thomas Noble (1882 – 1936)

Posted on September 19, 2017 in Treasure Chest Tuesday

My treasure for this Tuesday is the 1936 death certificate for Thomas Noble that was found in the database, “Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1964” at Ancestry.

The information I have extracted from this record includes the following:

  • Place of Death: City of Philadelphia, County of Philadelphia
  • Full Name: Thomas Noble
  • Residence: 832 W. 5th St., Mt. Carmel, Pa. Sex: Male
  • Color or Race: W.
  • Single, Married, Widowed or Divorced: Single
  • Date of Birth: Mar. 16, 1886
  • Age: 50 years, 7 months
  • Occupation: Miner + Steam Fitter
  • Birthplace: Mt. Carmel, Pa.
  • Name of Father: Thomas Noble
  • Birthplace of Father: England
    Maiden Name of Mother: Margaret McGinn
  • Birthplace of Mother: Pa.
    Informant: Edw. Noble, Mt. Carmel, Pa.
  • Date of Death: Sept. 13th 1936
  • Cause of Death: Generalized Miliary Tuberculosis
  • Contributory: Tuberculosis Peritonitis preceded by surgery on Sept. 2, ‘36 (Autopsy was performed)
  • Attending Physician: T A Shallow per J A McCormick, Jeff. Hosp.
  • Place of Burial, Cremation or Removal: Mt. Carmel, Pa. Sept. 15 1936
  • Undertaker: H B Mulligan Inc, 1119 W. Lehigh Ave

The source citation for this record is:

State of Pennsylvania, Certificate of Death, State File No. 81970, Thomas Noble, 13 September 1936; ” Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1964,” digital image, ( : accessed 25 November 2014); citing Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Thomas Noble is the son of Thomas Noble and Margaret (McGinn) Noble. He was born in Locust Gap, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Locust Gap outside of Mt. Carmel. According to the baptismal record from Saint Joseph RC Church, Thomas was born 16 March 1882 and baptized 2 April 1882, so the death certificate has an incorrect year of birth for Thomas.

Thomas is my great uncle. Since Thomas never married, I don’t have much information him. In the 1930 US census, he was still living in Mt. Carmel Twp., Northumberland Co. with his parents. He was listed as 46 years old, single and a pipe fitter in the coal mines.

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Family Recipe Friday – Mom’s Meatloaf

Posted on June 2, 2017 in Family Recipes

This is my mother’s recipe but I believe she got it from her mother. The women in this family have been making this meatloaf for several generations. My maternal line is primarily Pennsylvania German contributing many excellent family recipes to my heritage. I love it.

Meatloaf was and remains one of my favorite meals. Talk about a comfort food…

As a young girl, the birthday tradition at my house was that we could invite one friend to dinner, choose our favorite birthday dinner and pick our favorite birthday cake. My choice for cake was always angel food cake with milk chocolate frosting and my dinner selection was always meatloaf. This used to upset my mother because meatloaf was considered an economical dinner and she thought it would give the wrong impression to my friend; but really, I did not like steak as a child.

In our family, it was traditional to serve meatloaf unadorned with sides of mashed potatoes and either peas or string beans. Either beef gravy or stewed tomatoes were served to top off the potatoes and meatloaf (if desired). My favorite portion is from the ends of the loaf.

The big difference between the way we make our meatloaf and most others that I’ve eaten is that we use bread slices instead of bread crumbs.

This recipe makes around 8 to 10 servings, depending upon the serving size.

Mom’s Meatloaf


1 ½ pounds lean ground beef
3 whole bread slices
1 large egg
1 cup milk
¼ cup onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper


Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix all the ingredients except the bread slices together. Dampen bread with water, tear into small bits and add to mixture. Thoroughly knead mixture by hand until well-blended. Spread the meat mixture into an ungreased loaf pan, 9 X 5 X 3-inches or shape into a loaf in an ungreased baking pan. Bake, uncovered, for 1 to 1 1/4 hours or until done.


For best results, have the beef ground once more as it gives a finer texture. As an alternative, you can use a mixture of 1lb. lean beef, 1/4lb. lean pork and 1/4lb. veal, all ground together twice.

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Wordless Wednesday – Is This My Grandmother?

Posted on May 24, 2017 in Wordless Wednesday

I am using this theme primarily to post my mystery photos in hopes that someday I’ll be able to solve them. This photo was unidentified and in the box of photos that my sisters and I inherited from our mother.

Unknown woman, ca. 1925

Unknown woman, ca. 1925

I recognized the background of this photo being exactly like the background in the photo of my mother at the age of 7 seen below. The tree, the snow and the basket of flowers are identical, so the photo above was probably taken on the same day in 1925.

Based on the background similarities, I believe the woman above is mostly likely my maternal grandmother, Lorraine Gunther Noble. I am not familiar with how my grandmother looked in her younger years and none of the photos that I think may be her are labeled.

Lorraine Gunther was born Ilene Gunther on 9 October 1897 in Johnson City, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. The family story is that she was supposed to be named Lorraine but the godparents got it wrong and named her Ilene. The family ignored this and always called her Lorraine.

Marguerite Noble 1925 age 7

Marguerite Noble 1925 age 7

She married William Noble on 29 June 1917 in Elkton, Cecil County, Maryland (a local Gretna Green for many folks from Pennsylvania). My mother
was born 21 May 1918, my uncle Bill (William) followed on 20 September 1923, with my Aunt Lorraine being born 29 January 1931. All were born in Ranshaw (formerly Johnson City), Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. My grandmother died on 21 March 1977 and is buried in St. Dominic’s Cemetery in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

If possible, I would like to firm up the identification, so I am open to any information or corrections concerning this photo. I am hoping some family members recognize this photo.


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I Remember Mama – A Mother’s Day Tribute to My Mother

Posted on May 14, 2017 in Family Memories, Family Photos

In 1948, there was a movie called “I Remember Mama” starring Irene Dunn as Mama. From 1949 to 1957, there was a TV series called “Mama”, based on the movie, starring Peggy Wood as Mama. In these stories, the eldest daughter in this Norwegian family, reminisces about her life with her Mama.

Marguerite Noble 1925 age 7

Marguerite Noble 1925 age 7

This Mother’s Day I remember my Mama or Mom, Marguerite [Noble] Furlani aka Mickey. She was a great bowler and could have gone Pro (10 pin) if she hadn’t had a family. She collected ceramic dogs with glass gems for eyes. I have those dogs now. She also collected salt and pepper shakers.

She taught me everything I know about cooking. I made shoo fly pie, pot pie or bot boi (a Pennsylvania Dutch soup using flat noodles) and potato bread with the best of them thanks to her Pennsylvania German heritage.

They used to call her gas-a** Mickey because she was always busy running around town. I remember when she worked at the Sweet Shop and I would stop in for breakfast—usually a bacon sandwich with grape jelly (I can hear the groans but it tastes great).

She delivered prescriptions and other orders for Cook’s pharmacy in an old Chevy panel truck, later in a VW bug. I bought the panel truck for $25 but it only lived a month. I don’t think I got my money’s worth.

I remember our Christmases. Although we did not have much money, as children we did not really feel it. It was only later in life that I learned what she had sacrificed to provide these wonderful Christmas mornings.

I remember that her favorite flower was the gardenia. I remember that she seemed to live on a diet of Tastykakes but never gained weight. I called it the Mickey Furlani diet.

L. to R., Marguerite Noble Furlani, Eileen Furlani, and Lorraine Gunther Noble

L. to R., Marguerite Noble Furlani, Eileen Furlani, and Lorraine Gunther Noble

Most of all, I remember her taking care of me through my many illnesses and broken bones. I broke my left arm (I’m left-handed) three times as a child. The first time I was four. And fell down the back steps into a pile of bricks wearing my Mom’s high heels. The second break occurred when I was in second grade and fell out of a tree. The third time, I was racing in a roller derby, fell and someone skated over my arm (by accident). By this time, my Mom knew the routine; so, she made a makeshift splint using a rolled newspaper, told me to sit down and eat my supper, then we went to the emergency room.

I lost her too early to COPD at the age of sixty-seven. Mom, you will always be with me in my heart and in my memories.

Marguerite Noble Furlani (1918 - 1985)

Marguerite Noble Furlani (1918 – 1985)

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Posted on May 9, 2017 in Family History, Interesting Finds

Today, I was reminded that AncestryDNA had released a new feature called a Genetic Community™. According to their definition:

“A Genetic Community is a group of AncestryDNA members who are connected through DNA most likely because they descend from a population of common ancestors, even if they no longer live in the area where those ancestors once lived.”

I saw that I had only one community to view and it is Connacht Irish. The provided map seemed to imply that this area is partly in County Mayo. My interest really picked up.

In a blog post last May, I discussed my attempts to transcribe the illegible words on the tombstone of Edward Noble, my great-great grandfather, to determine what parish and town/townland that he was a native of in County Mayo. Please see “Tombstone Tuesday – Edward Noble (1827 – 1872)”. I wondered if Connacht Irish might give me another clue.

According to Wikipedia,

”Connacht Irish is the dialect of the Irish language spoken in the province of Connacht. Gaeltacht [Irish-speaking] regions in Connacht are found in Counties Mayo (notably Tourmakeady, Achill Island and Erris) and Galway (notably in parts of Connemara and on the Aran Islands).”

The map below shows the three dialects of the Irish language, with Connacht in the west.

By original uploader Angr, transferred from en.wikipedia to commons,

By original uploader Angr, transferred from en.wikipedia to commons,

I was very intrigued to see that Connaught Irish were found on Achill Island, County Mayo. While this is not a proof, the fact that my DNA placed me in this community does add some weight to my transcription of ‘Parish of Achill’ on Edward’s tombstone.

Next thing to consider is how valid is this new Genetic Community feature. Is the algorithm that placed me in this community science or speculation?

Anymore Connaught Irish out there?

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Amanuensis Monday: Will of Theobald Meisberger

Posted on April 24, 2017 in Amanuensis Monday

Today’s document is the Will of Theobald Meisberger, 1900

Will of Theobald Meisberger, Deceased
Coal Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania
Will Book 11, Pages 188-189
Recorded 25 June 1900
Register of Wills, Sunbury, Northumberland, Pennsylvania
Digital image, Ancestry, Pennsylvania Wills and Probate Records, Wills 1772 – 1907
( : accessed 2 September 2015)

188 [stamped]

Will of Theobald Meisberger, Deceased

I, Theobald Meisberger, of Brady, Coal Township, in the County of Northumberland and
State of Pennsylvania, do make publish and declare this as my last Will and testament
hereby revoking all former wills by me at anytime heretofore made. _ _ _ _ _
First: – I order and direct that my body be interred in the St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery
in said township beside that of my beloved wife, Mary Catharine, now deceased, according
to the rites and ceremonies of the said Catholic Church and that my funeral be conducted
in a manner corresponding with my estate and condition in life. As to my worldly estate
I dispose of the same as follows, the debts and liabilities of my estate having first been paid
and discharged thereout. _ Second: – I give and bequeath and devise the sum of three
hundred dollars in money to my daughter Mary Eve Ann, intermarried with Andrew
Gunther, to be paid to her by my Executors hereinafter named within one year after my decease
Also, Fifty-two and one half feet by one hundred and forty-five feet of a piece or parcel of
ground Situate in Brady, Coal Township, County and State aforesaid, Known and designated
as the Easter end of said lot (being one half acre lot purchased from John B. Douty
as per deed bearing date September 13″ 1873) as recorded in Deed Book No. 66 Page 370 &c [etc.]
in and for Northumberland County on which is erected a house 30 x 28 feet with the appurtenances
This house extending from six to ten feet over the line allotted, I direct and order should
this house ever burn down or be torn down it is to be built within the limit of the
aforesaid allotted piece of ground and to be removed from the portion of ground hereinafter
allotted to my daughter Sarah Magdalena, intermarried with George Depner. _ _ _
Third: – I give bequeath and devise unto my daughter Sarah Magdalena intermarried with
George Depner the sum of three hundred dollars in money to be paid to her by my Executor
hereinafter named within one year after my decease, and also the following described real
estate viz: fifty-two and one half feet by-one hundred and forty five feet adjoining
the aforesaid piece of ground allotted to Mrs Gunther on the west there being erected
thereon a house 30 by 28 feet with the appurtenances, to her, her heirs and assigns forever.
Fourth: – I give bequeath and devise to my daughter Johanna intermarried with
Dennis Burns the Western portion of said lot or piece of ground forty-five feet by
one hundred and forty-five feet on which is erected a single house twenty-two feet by
forty-six feet with the appurtenances; Also I give and bequeath to her my said daughter
Johanna all my household furniture of which I shall be possessed at the time
of my death, to hold the same to her, her heirs and assigns forever. _ Fifth: – I give bequeath
and devise unto my son William Theodore his heirs and assigns forever the Northern
half part of lot number six in block number one hundred and Eighty-eight fronting
on Shamokin Street on the west and on Franklin Street on the East on which are
erected two double houses the Northern half of each house to belong thereto _
Sixth: – I give bequeath and devise unto my son David Theobald his heirs and assigns
forever, the other or southern half part of said lot number six in block number one
hundred and Eighty-eight in the Borough of Shamokin together with the northern half
part of sad two double houses thereon to belong thereto. _ Seventh: – I give and bequeath
unto my son John A. Meisberger the sum of Eight hundred dollars to be paid to him
by my Executors hereinafter named within one year after my death. _ Eighth: – I give
and bequeath unto my daughter Annie Margaret, intermarried with John Madara the
sum of Five hundred dollars in money to be paid to her by my Executors hereinafter named
within one year after my death. _ Ninth: – All the rest and residue of my Estate, real
personal and mixed of which I shall die seized and possessed, or to which I shall be
entitled at my decease I give bequeath and devise to be equally divided to and amongst
my aforesaid children share and share alike. _ Tenth: – I do hereby appoint and

189 [stamped]

request that my daughter Johanna shall be and act as guardian of the estate
of my minor son David Theobald during his minority and that she ^ shall have full
authority and control over his person and estate until he arrives at his majority
age. _ And lastly I do nominate and appoint my daughter Johanna Burns
and Dennis Burns her husband to be Executors of this my last Will and testament.
In Witness whereof I, Theobald Meisberger the testator, have to this my last Will
and testament written on one Sheet of paper, set my hand and seal this thirtieth
day of December one thousand eight hundred and ninety nine.

Theobald Meisberger [clerk signed] {seal}

Signed, sealed published and declared by the above named Theobald Meisberger
as and for his last Will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto
subscribed our names at his request as Witnesses thereto in the presence of
the said Testator and of each other.

State of Pennsylvania               }
County of Northumberland    } SS. Be it Remembered. That on this 25″ day of
} June A. D. 1900, before me The Register for the Probate
of Wills and granting of the Letters of Administration in and for said County, person
-ally appeared W. B. Bowman and John Meenahan the subscribing witnesses
to the foregoing instrument of writing purporting to be the last Will and
Testament of Theobald Meisberger late of the Township of Coal, County and
State aforesaid, deceased, who being duly sworn according to law do declare and
say that they were personally present at the Execution of the same and saw and
heard the Testator therein named, sign, seal, publish, pronounce and declare the same
as and for his last Will and Testament, and that at the time of doing he was
of sound, disposing mind, memory and understanding to the best of their Knowledge
and belief
Sworn and subscribed to before me              } W. B. Bowman [clerk signed]
Frederick Haas                                                  } John Meenahan [clerk signed]
Register                                                              }

Be it Remembered, That on this 25″ day of June A.D. 1900, before me
was proved approved and insinuated in due and Common form of law
the last Will and Testament of Theobald Meisberger, late of the Township
of Coal, County and State aforesaid, deceased, who died on the 13″ day of June
A, D. 1900. And that Letters Testamentary with a copy of the Will annexed
were granted unto Johanna Burns and Dennis Burns therein named
Witness my hand
Frederick Haas [his signature]


The will mentions wife Mary Catharine, deceased; son-in-law Andrew Gunther and wife Mary Eve Ann his daughter; son-in-law George Depner and wife Sarah Magdalena his daughter; son-in-law Dennis Burns and wife Johanna his daughter; William Theodore his son; David Theobald his son; John A. Meisberger his son; and Annie Margaret his daughter.

Theobald Meisberger (1837 – 1900) is my 2nd great-grandfather; Mary Eve [Eva] Ann Gunther nee Meisberger (1861 – 1941) is my great-grandmother, and her daughter Ilene [Lorraine] Noble nee Gunther (1897 – 1977) is my maternal grandmother. What fascinates me most is that Theobald was a coal miner. Yes, I said coal miner. Yet he was able to bequeath all this to his family.


Note: Amanuensis Monday is a genealogy blogging theme. It was started by John Newmark who writes the Transylvanian Dutch blog. His definition of an Amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

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Society Saturday – Using Identity Characteristics to Locate Your Ancestors

Posted on April 8, 2017 in Society Saturday

Logo of the Carroll County Genealogical SocietyThe Carroll County Genealogical Society’s upcoming meeting on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM* features Angela Packer McGhie, CG. Angela is a Certified Genealogist® who focuses on genealogical education. She is the coordinator for the Intermediate Genealogy course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum course at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Angela lectures at other genealogy institutes and national conferences. She served as the administrator of the ProGen Study Program for six years and is now on the board of directors. Angela was recently named as a trustee of the BCG Education Fund and serves on the Gen Fed Alumni board.

She will be presenting Using Identity Characteristics to Locate Your Ancestors. Characteristics beyond name can help locate individuals in records and distinguish men of the same name. Comparing information found in one record to that of another record can help determine if they refer to the same individual. Many different characteristics of an individual can be used in this comparison, such as age, occupation, residence, birthplace, etc. This technique can be especially useful to overcome indexing issues where your ancestor’s name may not be identifiable, or in situations where a name has been changed.

Meetings of the Carroll County Genealogical Society (CCGS) are usually held the third Monday of each month, March through May and September through November, at 7:00 p.m. in the Dixon Room, Westminster Library at 50 East Main Street, Westminster.

*Refreshments are available at 7:00 PM and the meetings, which start at 7:30 PM, are free and open to the public.

Please come to our meeting and bring a friend. You will meet other folks interested in family research and genealogy and enjoy delightful talks that may help you in your own research. I look forward to seeing new faces!

You can also come early and take advantage of our large collection of books and other materials housed at the Westminster Branch of the CCPL. On Thursday afternoons, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., one or more society volunteers will be on hand to assist researchers. Of course, this collection is available to all anytime the library is open.

CCGS Genealogical Section at the Westminster Branch Library. Photo copyright by Eileen Souza

CCGS Genealogical Section at the Westminster Branch Library. Photo copyright by Eileen Souza


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Accolades for Rebecca Koford, CG and “Are You My Grandpa? Men of the Same Name”

Posted on March 28, 2017 in Accolades

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending Rebecca Koford’s webinar “Are You My Grandpa? Men of the Same Name” hosted and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG).

Rebecca reviews tactics for sorting our ancestors from other men or women of the same name in the same general time period and location. Several case studies show how these methods were effective. She presents a difficult subject in both a systematized and thought-provoking style. This is absolutely one of the best webinars I have attended in a long time.

If you get a chance to attend this lecture, I highly recommend it. Those of you who subscribe to the Legacy webinar series can find it in the webinar library here. Right now, it is free until March 31, 2017.

Rebecca Whitman Koford holds a Certified Genealogist® credential. Her focus is in American research with special emphasis in Maryland. She has spoken for the National Genealogical Society Conference, Maryland State Archives, and for groups in Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and Delaware. She is a board member of the Maryland Genealogical Society and volunteers at the Family History Center in Frederick, Maryland. She has published articles in the NGS Magazine and the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal.

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Heaven (Family Recipe Friday)

Posted on March 24, 2017 in Family Recipes

When I young my mother frequently made a dessert that she called “Heaven”. She may have made this recipe up or modified it from a fruit salad called Ambrosia. The addition of optional ingredients such as, mandarin oranges, coconut and chopped pecans turns this dessert into Ambrosia. The fact that she disliked coconut and mandarin oranges were difficult to get back then makes me suspicious. But at the time, we kids had never heard of Ambrosia. We only knew and loved Heaven.

My mother used regular sized marshmallows and cut them into bite size bits, but when I started making this for my own family, I substituted the miniature marshmallows. I found that the mandarin oranges tended to overpower the flavor of the pineapple and I do not care for coconut either so I never make Ambrosia — just Heaven.

This recipe makes around 8 servings.
Prep time: 15 minutes


A dessert so good–it’s a little taste of heaven

Photo of Heaven dessert


Amount    Measure         Ingredient
1                    bag                 miniature marshmallows
1                    can                 pineapple chunks in water – drained
1                    jar                  maraschino cherries – drained
1                    pint                heavy whipping cream


  1. Cut marshmallows into ½” pieces. The pineapple can be cut smaller, if desired or you may substitute pineapple bits.
  2. Mix marshmallows, pineapple and cherries in a large bowl.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat cream until it stands without help. (If you are feeling really lazy, you can use Reddi-Whip but it makes the recipe sweeter)
  4. Fold into fruit mixture until all fruit is thoroughly covered.
  5. Refrigerate to set for 2 hours before serving.

Serving Suggestions

Serve in individual fruit compotes. Top with whole cherries, sprinkle some cinnamon lightly over fruit, or slice a banana thinly over top.



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(Not So) Wordless Wednesday – Two Mysteries and a Cute Dog

Posted on March 15, 2017 in Wordless Wednesday

I am using this theme to post my mystery photos in hopes that someday I’ll be able to solve them.

Side 1. Mary Fanibelle and her dog

Side 1. Mary Fanibelle and her dog

Mary Fanibelle is not known to me—neither is her dog. Supposedly she sent this post card photo of herself to her cousin, my grandmother, Anna Bianchi Furlani. I have not been able to date this photo but think it may be early 20th century. My grandmother married in 1911 so I don’t know if she was single or married when she received this card. These two cousins must have been close since Mary said she had the photo taken just so she could send to Anna. Mary is my Mystery 1. I have some collateral research to do to track this relationship down.

Side 2. Post card signed Mary Fanibelle

Side 2. Post card signed Mary Fanibelle

Mystery 2 is that there does not appear to be a stamp or post mark on this card. Without that it could not have been ‘sent’. I wonder how my grandmother received it. If Mary was local and handed it to her, why would she write on the post card that she was going to send it? She did not include a street address but maybe in those days, in a small community, you could get mail with incomplete addresses. Would the post office mark such a card as postage due in that time period?

I am open to any information or corrections concerning this post card and photo. I would love to be able to solve my two mysteries.

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