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Bob, Joanna Stouffer Wilkinson, Stouffer

Letter to Bob regarding Stauffer Book

September 1, 1955

Here is a letter written to my Father (Robert “Bob” Wilkinson) regarding a Stauffer family history book he was purchasing from someone in newport news. I assume that he bought this book for his mother (Joanna Stouffer Wilkinson). He was 16 years old when this letter was written. Note: $4.09 in 1955 would be equivalent to¬†$35.67 today (2015). A bit pricey for a used book.

The book is called Records of the Proceedings of the John Stauffer Memorial Association, 1911. The whole book is available online.



Here are several images of the book.

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Looks like this house is now the Newport New Courthouse.

Joanna Stouffer Wilkinson, Nellie Stouffer, Pershing, Stouffer

2 Pershing Cousins, Ex-Chef Live in the city

July 18, 1948

This a newspaper article that mentions that my Grandmother and Great Grandmother are related to General John Pershing, who died that week.

My Grandmother (who is referred to as “Mrs. Francis Wilkinson” rather than her own name) also discusses when she met General Pershing at a Family reunion in 1923.

I also find it a bit strange that someone who cooked for Pershing gets top billing over actual relatives of his.



Orner, Pershing, Stouffer

Pershing Family Tree

June 11, 1936

This Pershing/Orner/Stouffer family tree was put together by Amos K. Stauffer (1871-?). Amos was a cousin of my maternal grandmother and appears to have been the Stouffer/Stauffer/Pershing family genealogist.

Text on the Family Tree:

“Note: all these branches not marked have hundreds of children. Those marked [short curved branch] died in infancy.”

“Frederic Pershing the 1st Pershing
in U.S.A. French Hugenot born
in France 1724 Died 1794
married in York Co Pa to Maria Elizabeth Weygant born 1729 died 1824
9 children”







Mystery River Picture

January 1, 1902

I found these two old pictures in amongst all the other stuff. No idea where or when this was taking. Probably some time in the early 20th century. Could be Western New York, North Central Pennsylvania, or Germany. I am voting for Germany.

Based on the letters I have found, Joanna Stouffer Wilkinson did a lot of genealogy research. So this could have been a picture someone sent her of where the Pershing, Stouffer, or Orner family are from. But this is just a wild guess.

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Note: the wider shot image was a negative printed on a photo paper. Probably shot with a large or medium format camera.