52 Documents in 52 Weeks #15 – Susanna Repsher’s Affidavit

Person of Interest: Susanna (Williams) Repsher
Relationship: 3rd great-grandmother


Source Citation:  Widow’s affidavit, 21 February 1907, Susanna Repsher, widow’s pension certificate no. 632, 252; service of Jacob Repsher (Pvt., Co. I, 147th Pa. Inf., Civil War); Case Files of Approved Pension Applications…, 1861-1934; Civil War and Later Pension Files; Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington, D.C.


courtroom_1_smDocument Description: This affidavit (a written statement confirmed by oath or affirmation, for use as evidence in court) is one of many different documents found in Jacob’s Civil War pension file. It is on legal size paper and has a mixture of pre-printed, typed, and handwritten items on it. Susanna made her affidavit on 21 February 1907 at Bartsonville, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. The pension office dated it as received on 25 February 1907. It also has the signatures of two persons as witnesses. It does have one area that is covered by another piece of paper but that does not seem to be obscuring any wording.


susannaaffidavit001Document Scan and Transcription: CLAIMANT’S AFFIDAVIT
Filed by Taber & Whitman Co., Attorneys, Washington, D.C.
Act of June 27, 1890
Widow No. 862970
Jacob Repsher
Co. I 147 Pa
State of Pennsylvania
County of Monroe } s. s.

In the matter of the above described claim for pension, personally appeared before me a Justice of the Peace in and for the said County and State, Susanna Repsher age 70 years, whose P.O. address is Bartonsville, County of Monroe, State of Pa, who being by me first duly sworn according to law declares that she is the claimant in the said claim and that neither she nor the said Jacob Repsher were married prior to their intermarriage in 1851, that no person is legally bound for her support, that all the property she has consists of nothing more than her legal rights in her husband’s estate which consists of a lot of land about one acre with an old house & staple thereon and the same is covered with Judgement and mortgage for all that it is worth, there are a few old household goods, she says that she has nothing in her right, and no life insurance but a will was found and all the property was bequeathed to her but after payment of all the debts and expenses there won’t be anything left for her and she has no income of any kind and is unable to do any work.

That as to any will or life insurance.

Susanna X Repsher, her mark. (Signature of claimant.)

  1. Samuel P. Repsher
  2. Sallie A. Repsher    (Signature of two persons who can write if claimant signs by X mark)

Sworn and subscribed to before me this 21 day of Feb 1907 and I hereby certify that the contents of this affidavit were fully made known to affiant before swearing thereto, and that I have no interest, direct, or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.

Amandus Possinger (Signature of magistrate)
Justice of the Peace (Official character of officer.)

If you have and official Seal impress it here. [Nothing here]


Analysis: This is a statement about the financial status of Susanna Repsher, widow of Jacob Repsher who served in Co. I of the 147th Pennsylvania regiment. She was trying to stress to the pension office the necessity of receiving the pension. She swears that she had no one legally obligated to care for her, that the little real property that she owned was not worth anything because there was a judgement and a mortgage held against it, that there were no household goods that could be sold to contribute to her upkeep, and that there was no life insurance for her to fall back on. In other words, she’s poor, broke and in need of a pension.

Susanna was not a literate woman. She had to sign the affidavit with an “X.” Her mark was not distinctive; it was just a simple x with no embellishments or curlicues. Because she signed the affidavit this way, she was required to have two persons who could write witness her statement. Those two witnesses were Samuel P. and Sallie A. Repsher. Although I know these to be two of her children from other evidence, their relationship to Susanna was not delineated in this affidavit.

There are a few genealogical tidbits to be found in this affidavit.

  • Susanna was 70 years old on 21 February 1907 which puts her estimated birth year around 1837
  • She was married to Jacob Repsher in 1851
  • Neither she nor Jacob were previously married
  • She had a bit of real property, one acre with an old house
  • In 1907, she was living in Bartonsville, Monroe County, Pennsylvania
  • Jacob passed away before 21 February 1907
  • Jacob died testate

screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-6-10-01-pmWhat can I do with these tidbits? Dig some more! This affidavit provides plenty of clues or direction on what to look for next. First, I would comb through the rest of the file to glean what I could from it. But let’s say this is the only document I had to work from. I would start looking for a marriage record between Jacob Repsher and Susanna in 1851 in Pennsylvania, I would look at the probate records at the Monroe County, Pennsylvania, since Jacob died with a will, and I would look for legal notices about judgements/mortgages on Jacob’s property. Looking for a birth record for Susanna would have to wait a bit since I’ve only got an approximate year, no maiden name, and no indication that she was born in Pennsylvania. One thing I love about genealogy is that it’s never-ending. There’s always some where else to look, a new stone to overturn.

This is an original source record since it’s a straight copy of the document found in the pension file. The affidavit was created for the Civil War pension board at the time of Susanna’s claim. The affidavit has lots of good primary information and we know that Susanna is the informant because it’s her sworn statement. First-hand information would be Susanna’s marriage to Jacob in 1851 (she was present), her age (she’s aware of the passing of years for herself), her address (she knows where she lives), the existence of Jacob’s will (she knows it was found and that she was the beneficiary), and her financial status (she knows how much she’s struggling).

The evidence is either direct or indirect based on the format of the research questions take. For example, it is direct if the question is “What year was Susanna married to Jacob Repsher, Civil War veteran from Pennsylvania?” That would be 1851 which explicitly answers that question. It is indirect if the question is “What is the marriage date for Susanna married to Jacob Repsher, Civil War veteran from Pennsylvania?” That would be unknown except for the year. We would need to combine it with other evidence in order to find the full marriage date for this couple.

CONCLUSION

Susanna Repsher was in some financial distress in early 1907 when she applied for a Civil War pension based on her deceased husband’s military service. She sat down with Amandus* Possinger, a Justice of the Peace, who verified that Susanna swore to the statements she made in the affidavit, in order to make some statements about her age, address, and financial status. Her children accompanied her to office in order to witness her statement since she wasn’t literate enough to sign her own name.


* I’d never heard of this name for a man before so I looked it up. It is derived from Latin amanda meaning “lovable, worthy of love”. Saint Amandus was a 5th-century bishop of Bordeaux. It was also borne by a 7th-century French saint who evangelized in Flanders.

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #27 – Susanna (Williams) Repsher

Relationship: 3rd Great-grandmother
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Susanna’s story picks up as Jacob Henry Repsher’s story (http://wp.me/p4WHi0-54) ends….

Once Jacob H. Rephser passed away on 14 January 1907,[1] his military pension income ceased. That meant his wife Susanna really needed to file a widow’s claim in order to have an income to support herself. She filed a claim on 02 February 1907.[2]

While she had no children under 16 years of age to support, the small parcel of land that she was left in Jacob’s will couldn’t provide the income she needed to care for her own needs. The land was “about one acre with an old house and shoemaker shop on, located at Bartonsville PA.” The taxable property was worth about $350 as listed on the tax assessment books for the year of 1905.[3]

Unfortunately, in the years before Jacob died, the property became encumbered with a couple of liens. J.E. Everitt was awarded a lien against the property on 31 January 1905 for $35 in the Court of Common Pleas during the December term of 1904.[4] Another lien was awarded on 05 January 1907 during the December term of 1906 for $125 to cover a mortgage on the property taken out in 08 June 1898.[5]

Rental of the property was explored to see if that might be an option for Susanna. Nope, that would have only brought in $36 per year income. Selling the property was also considered. Nope, a public sale wouldn’t bring in enough to cover the liens and mortgages. Also, the property was likely to be foreclosed on at any moment.[6]Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 12.28.57 PM

Eventually, Susanna was awarded an $8 a month pension retroactive to 05 February 1907.[7] It must have been a struggle for her to live on this sum after the $24 a month pension Jacob had been receiving. She would receive this small pension amount until her death 07 July 1908.[8]

Susanna Repsher was 71 years old when she passed away but she had a life filled with large families.

She started her life out in August 1836 in rural eastern Pennsylvania; born to parents Joseph F. Williams and Susanna [Bellesfelt] Belles. Like her husband, she came from a large family filled with many siblings. Joseph and Susanna Williams had 12 children:[9]

  1. David Williams, born about 1826
  2. Lucinda Williams, born about 1828
  3. Emmanuel Williams, born about 1831
  4. Rebecca Williams, born about 1832
  5. Mary Ann Williams, born about 1833
  6. Sarah Williams, born about 1835
  7. Susanna Williams, born about 1836
  8. Isabel Williams, born about 1839
  9. Christian Williams, born about 1841
  10. Joseph J. Williams, born about 1844
  11. Samuel Williams, born about 1847
  12. Margaret Williams, born about 1849

Susanna started her life with Jacob Henry Repsher (see his blog post) in 1851 and had her own large family. She spent her life as a housewife raising a family and being a partner to a shoemaker.

As with a lot of women in the day, schoolwork was not seen a priority. She wasn’t literate and couldn’t sign her name. On all the pension documents, she consistently signs her name with a mark. [10]

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Because Susanna could only sign with a mark, witnesses who could write their names had to be present for her. Her son, Samuel P. Repsher, and his wife Sallie A., served as her witnesses.[11]

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When she was asked to provide evidence in her widow’s pension claim, her affidavit provides a small semblance of her speaking style. She is recorded as saying, “I am unable to furnish any more evidence in my Claim for Pension for the reason that there haint any more people living around here…”[12]

Susanna was born late enough in American history to not be completely lost as a wife listed as only a first name in a will. Her parents and her maiden name were known. Susanna’s siblings and children can be identified. She was listed in census’ by name, not as just a tic mark in a column. She probably had a hard time making ends meet at the end of her life but she survived her child bearing years, saw most of her children grow up, and lived to be 71 years old.


[1] Tipton, Jim, compiler, “Stockholm Methodist Church Cemetery,” digital image, Find A Grave (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 12 November 2011), entry for Jacob H. Repsher, memorial #17379662.
[2] Jacob Repsher (Pvt., Co. I, 147th Pa. Inf., Civil War), pension no. W.C. 632,252; Civil War and Later Pension Files; Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington, D.C. Declaration for Original Pension of a Widow – Child or Children Under Sixteen Years of Surviving, dated 02 February 1907.
[3] Jacob Repsher (Pvt., Co. I, 147th Pa. Inf., Civil War), pension no. W.C. 632,252; Taxable Property schedule, dated 02 March 1907.
[4] Jacob Repsher (Pvt., Co. I, 147th Pa. Inf., Civil War), pension no. W.C. 632,252; Judgements and Liens vs. Jacob Repsher and Susanna, dated 25 February 1907.
[5] Jacob Repsher (Pvt., Co. I, 147th Pa. Inf., Civil War), pension no. W.C. 632,252; Certified examination of Grantor’s Index, County of Monroe, Pennsylvania, dated 18 February 1907.
[6] Jacob Repsher (Pvt., Co. I, 147th Pa. Inf., Civil War), pension no. W.C. 632,252; Affidavit of Samuel Musselman, dated o8 September 1907.
[7] Jacob Repsher (Pvt., Co. I, 147th Pa. Inf., Civil War), pension no. W.C. 632,252; Dropped pensioner form, dated o1 May 1909.
[8] Jacob Repsher (Pvt., Co. I, 147th Pa. Inf., Civil War), pension no. W.C. 632,252; Form 3-1081, dropped pensioner form, dated 26 March 1909.
[9] Donald R. Repsher, “First Generation in America” (Bath, Pennsylvania:  self-published, 2006), 34.
[10] Jacob Repsher (Pvt., Co. I, 147th Pa. Inf., Civil War), pension no. W.C. 632,252; Declaration for Original Pension of a Widow – Child or Children Under Sixteen Years of Surviving, dated 02 February 1907.
[11] Ibid.
[12] Jacob Repsher (Pvt., Co. I, 147th Pa. Inf., Civil War), pension no. W.C. 632,252; Affidavit of Susanna Repsher, dated 11 March 1907.

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #26 – Jacob H. Repsher

Relationship: 3rd Great-grandfather
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My childhood home was on Merriam Avenue which is in Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey, and was named for Henry W. Merriam. Mr. Merriam built a large shoe factory that he owned from 1873 until his death in 1900. At the height of its production, thousands of pairs of shoes a week rolled off the factory floors.[1] This factory was a far cry from the old world art of hand-crafting shoes and it made Mr. Merriam very wealthy. His gorgeous private residence still stands at 131 Main Street. My childhood home was not quite so grand!

Many years later, after the street had been named for him and Mr. Merriam was long gone, there was a humble shoemaker named Charley Williams. He lived on Merriam Avenue, the next block over from our house, just a short distance past Pine Street. He ran his shoe repair business out of his home. Back then, things weren’t as disposable as they are now. If your shoes needed new heels, you dropped them off to have the heels replaced. Occasionally, my mom would take my two sisters and me to his house to drop off shoes for him to fix. When you walked into what should have been his closed-in front porch, you were instantly surrounded by soles, forms, punches, stretchers, uppers, hammers, and heels. There were all manner of things hanging from the ceiling beams by hooks. Inhaling brought the warm scent of leather and polish deep into your nose. Abandoned shoes lounged on the window sills waiting for someone to claim them; gathering dust they longer they sat. No space was left unfilled.

What I didn’t know then was that I was probably looking at the very same things that my 3rd great-grandfather, Jacob H. Repsher, used in his own shoemaking shop in Bartonsville, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. Until I began my genealogy research I had no idea I would  discover a shoemaker hiding in my family tree.

Born to parents John Joseph Repsher and Polly [Mary] Doll, Jacob Henry Repsher arrived on this earth on 20 May 1831 in Pocono Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania,[2] with no shoemaking skills whatsoever. I’m sure, though, one of his first occupations involved teasing his many siblings. Jacob was the second child of eleven children born to John Joseph and Polly:[3]

  1. Catherine Repsher, born 15 December 1829
  2. Jacob H. Repsher, born 20 May 1831
  3. John Joseph Repsher, born April 1833
  4. Andrew Repsher, born 1834-1836
  5. Mary Repsher, born about 1837
  6. Joseph D. Repsher, born about 1839
  7. Simon Paul Repsher, born about 1841
  8. Michael Repsher, born 03 October 1843
  9. William Repsher, born about 1845
  10. Leonard Repsher, born about 1847
  11. Priscilla Repsher, born about 1849

When Jacob was 19 years old, he was still living in his parent’s household.[4] His occupation at this time was simply listed as laborer as was his 17-year-old brother John. Since Jacob’s father was listed as a farmer, it would be safe to assume that the two oldest boys were helping with the daily tasks involved with running a farm.

Shortly after the taking of the 1850 U.S. census, he met and married Susanna Williams. They were married on 11 December 1851 by the Justice of the Peace, Jno. D. Frailey in Jackson Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania.[5]

Between December 1851 and 20 July 1860 when the U.S. census was taken, Jacob and Susanna had five children. They were living in Pocono Township. Their household consisted of Jacob (29), Susanna (26), Emmanel (7), John (6), Jacob H. (5), Aaron J. (4), and Samuel P. (3).[6] It would seem that Jacob was a shoemaker by now but the occupation listed is a tough one to read. One can barely make out Susanna’s occupation as servant and the enumerator’s handwriting leaves a lot to be desired.Screen Shot 2015-06-25 at 7.15.04 PM

There seems to be a letter (M, perhaps?) before the occupation. It could be that Jacob was listed a cordwainer which is another name for shoemaker. But I am grasping at straws, just trying to decipher the handwriting. There was a “miller” (as an occupation, not a name) listed below on the same page along with the same mysterious letter in front of it.

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Jacob Repsher at his shop in Bartonsville.

This is a good spot to explain a little bit about the different types of professions involved with footwear. Shoemakers may produce a variety of items including shoes, boots, sandals, clogs, and moccasins.[7] A cordwainer specializes in making fine, soft leather shoes or other luxury leather footwear. The name is derived from the fine Cordovan leather produced in Spain.[8] Cobblers, in contrast, are shoemakers who specialize in the repair of shoes rather than the making of shoes.[9]

Whatever Jacob’s profession at this time, it had to be put on hold. The Late War of the Rebellion broke out and Jacob was drafted and served as a private on the side of the Union. According to his sworn affidavit, Jacob said he was drafted into the army in the fall of 1862. He and other draftees traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where they remained for 10 days. At that time he said he contracted typhoid fever and thus returned home to Bartonsville to recover, about one year. When he returned to serve out his term he was stationed at Philadelphia where he did provost duty about the Schuylkill arsenal.  On 20 May 1863, Jacob was sent to Chattanooga, Tennessee. At that time, he was put into active service in Company I of the 147th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Infantry. He participated in Sherman’s march from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Atlanta, Georgia. It was in Atlanta, Georgia, that Jacob was discharged from service on 09 September 1864.[10]

Jacob made his way back to his family in Pennsylvania and settled in to practice his trade of shoemaking. He also expanded his family. In the 1870 U.S. census, Jacob (39) and Susanna (34) were found with children Emmanuel (17), John (16), Aaron (12), Samuel (10), Frederic (7), Firman (5), Josiah (3), and Armin (1) living in Pocono, Monroe County, Pennsylvania.[11] This time, Jacob’s profession was easily readable. He was a shoemaker with $800 in real estate and $300 in personal property. The real estate that Jacob owned in 1870 consisted of a lot of land about one acre in Bartonsville with an old house and a shoemaker shop.[12]

What doesn’t show up in the census was daughter Sally Ann. She was the only girl of the children born so far but did not live long. Born on 22 September 1861 she lived only 18 months and passed away on 26 December 1862.[13]

In 1880, Jacob’s household was smaller as the older children grew up and set out on their own. However, Jacob wasn’t done with his own family yet! Jacob (49) and Susanna (44) were still raising Josiah (12) and Arman (11) along with younger children Mary (7), George (5) and William (2).[14]

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Jacob’s handwritten sheet listing his children “one after the other and living.”

The list of Jacob and Susanna’s children looked like this in 1880:

  1. Emmanuel James, born 08 September 1852
  2. John Joseph, born 03 July 1854
  3. Jacob H., born 23 January 1856
  4. Aaron Jerome, born 03 November 1857
  5. Samuel Paul, born 04 September 1859
  6. Sally Ann, born 22 September 1861
  7. Charles Frederic, born 21 July 1863
  8. Pherman Johnson, born 21 July 1865
  9. Jesiah Kichlein, born 08 July 1866
  10. Armon S., born 27 July 1869
  11. Mary Elizabeth, 24 August 1872
  12. George A., born 12 March 1875
  13. William H., born 02 October 1877
  14. Stillborn child with unknown birth date

Most of the birth information[15] comes from a handwritten sheet that Jacob sent to the Pension Bureau when filing for a pension claim. Sally Ann, was not listed because she died on 26 December 1862 at 18 months old. Charles Frederic, was not listed since he died 04 October 1881.[16] Both died before The Act of 27 June 1890 authorizing the payment of pension to Civil War Veterans.

Jacob was last found in the 1900 U.S. census. Jacob (69) and Susanna (63) were still living in Pocono Township. Their son William (22) was the only child left in the household. Jacob’s profession was shoemaker and William was working as a day laborer.[17]

In the later years of his life Jacob suffered from rheumatism. He began suffering from pains in his legs, arms and hips shortly after his return from the war in 1864. Sometimes the attacks were so acute it prevented him from leaving his house.[18] As a result, Jacob filed an invalid claim for a pension for serving in the military. He was granted the pension and received $12 a month. On 05 February 1905, Mr. Scott, from the Committee on Pensions, submitted a report to the U.S. Senate[19] requesting the increase of Jacob’s pension up to $24 per month. The report listed all the things physically wrong with Jacob at the time:

  • Rheumatism
  • Disease of the heart
  • Hemorrhagic retinitis
  • Post polar cataracts (right and left)

The result of these ailments was that Jacob was virtually blind (vision of two two-hundreths in the right eye and three two-hundreths in the left), unable to labor, and so crippled with rheumatism that he was hardly able to walk. He required assistance in dressing and undressing.

Just two short years after the Senate bill, Jacob’s ailments proved too much for him. He died on 14 January 1907 at his residence. Peter Warner, the undertaker, picked his body up and embalmed him that same day. Three days later, on the 17th, the undertaker buried Jacob at the cemetery in Bartonsville.[20]

Jacob has a simple gravestone in Custard’s Cemetery which is also known as St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery.[21] I like that someone still takes the time to remember his military service by planting an American flag at his grave.[22]

REPSHER Jacob H - Find a Grave

 


[1] http://www.newtonnj.net/Pages/merriamshoefact.htm, “The H.W. Merriam Shoe Company: Shoes From Cradle to College”
[2] Tipton, Jim, compiler, “Stockholm Methodist Church Cemetery,” digital image, Find A Grave (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 12 November 2011), entry for Jacob H. Repsher, memorial #17379662.
[3] Donald R. Repsher, “First Generation in America” (Bath, Pennsylvania:  self-published, 2006), 29. This a a copy of Mr. Repsher’s register report starting with Joannes Rebscher (1729 – 1807) and his descendants. Documentation sources are included but not attached to individual facts. There are numerous references to church records.
[4] 1850 U. S. census, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Jackson Township, p. 25 (stamped), dwelling [unreadable], family 6, John Repsher; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 February 2012); citing NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 798.
[5] Jacob Repsher (Pvt., Co. I, 147th Pa. Inf., Civil War), pension no. W.C. 632,252; Civil War and Later Pension Files; Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington, D.C. Affidavit of Jno. D. Frailey, dated 28 December 1864.
[6] 1860 U. S. census, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Pocono Township, p. 153 (penned), dwelling 1062, family 1033, Jacob H. Repsher; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 November 2011); citing NARA microfilm publication M653, roll 1142.
[7] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoemaking
[8] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cordwainer
[9] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobbler
[10] Jacob Repsher (Pvt., Co. I, 147th Pa. Inf., Civil War), pension no. W.C. 632,252; Civil War and Later Pension Files; Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington, D.C. Affidavit of Jacob Repsher, dated 05 November 1884.
[11] 1870 U. S. census, Monroe County, Pennsylvannia, population schedule, Pocono Township, p. 6 (penned), dwelling 44, family 44, Jacob H. Repsher; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 November 2011); citing NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 1376.
[12] Jacob Repsher (Pvt., Co. I, 147th Pa. Inf., Civil War), pension no. W.C. 632,252; Civil War and Later Pension Files; Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington, D.C. Affidavit of Samuel Musselman, dated 26 August 1907.
[13] Donald R. Repsher, “First Generation in America” (Bath, Pennsylvania:  self-published, 2006), 35.
[14] 1880 U. S. census, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Pocono Township, ED 223, p. 3 (penned), dwelling 24, family 25, Jacob H. Repsher; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 November 2011); citing NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 1157.
[15] Jacob Repsher (Pvt., Co. I, 147th Pa. Inf., Civil War), pension no. W.C. 632,252; Civil War and Later Pension Files; Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington, D.C. Undated lined paper listing the children of Jacob Repsher.
[16] Tipton, Jim, compiler, “St. John’s Cemetery,” digital image, Find A Grave (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 24 June 2014), entry for Frederick F. Repsher, memorial #93923398.
[17] 1900 U. S. census, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Pocono Township, ED 135, p. 2A (penned), dwelling 23, family 25, Jacob H. Repsher; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 November 2011); citing NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 1442.
[18] Jacob Repsher (Pvt., Co. I, 147th Pa. Inf., Civil War), pension no. W.C. 632,252; Affidavit of Jacob Repsher, dated 05 November 1884.
[19] Jacob Repsher (Pvt., Co. I, 147th Pa. Inf., Civil War), pension no. W.C. 632,252; Calendar No., 3565, report no. 3697, dated 06 February 1905.
[20] Jacob Repsher (Pvt., Co. I, 147th Pa. Inf., Civil War), pension no. W.C. 632,252; Affidavit of Peter Warner, dated 25 February 1907.
[21] “Pennsylvania Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-1999,” digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 November 2011), entry for Jacob H. Repsher, St. John’s Cemetery, Monroe County, Pennsylvania; citing Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Bureau of Archives and History. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
[22] Tipton, Jim, compiler, “St. John’s Cemetery,” digital image, Find A Grave (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 12 November 2011), entry for Jacob H. Repsher, memorial #17379662