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 By DORIS DIBERT    Life    January 27, 2022

The Underground Railroad Passes Through Bedford County

The Underground Railroad was a name given to an informal system that helped enslaved persons escape from southern to northern states from the early 1800s until the passage of the Emancipation proclamation in 1863. Places where the fugitives or...

 
 By DORIS DIBERT    Life    January 13, 2022

'Jim' Lyons of Potter Creek: Part 2

The obituary for James Lyons also conflicts with the Herald article regarding parentage and age. It reads: "James Lyons, aged colored man and lifelong resident of the southern end of Morrisons Cove,...

 
 By DORIS DIBERT    Life    January 6, 2022

'Jim' Lyons of Potter Creek: Part 1

In addition to James H. Lyons, son of Benjamin, there were two other James Lyons who lived in the New Enterprise area. James M. and Stacia Lyons of Bloomfield Township were the parents of Anna (the...

 
 By DORIS DIBERT    Life    December 30, 2021

The Longevity of the Love Family

In the story of Robert Love of Potter Creek, it was noted that Robert and four of his siblings made their way to Pennsylvania around 1849, after being freed from the Carter plantation. A bill had been passed in 1849, stating that free blacks could...

 
 By DORIS DIBERT    Life    December 16, 2021

The Love Story of Potter Creek: Part 2

George Love, oldest son of Robert and Anna, was living at home in 1900, but soon married Abadora Lyons (daughter of David and Mary Lyons) in 1901. In October of 1907, tragedy struck, for an article in the Bedford Gazette reported a large barn on the...

 
 By DORIS DIBERT    Life    December 9, 2021

The Love Story of Potter Creek Part 1

In addition to the Benjamin Lyons family of Salemville, there was another colored family living a short distance away whose story somehow entwines with the family name of Lyons. The Robert R. Love family lived not far from New Enterprise in...

 
 By DORIS DIBERT    Life    December 2, 2021

A Story about Acceptance or Rejection

In searching Ancestry.com for descendants of James H. and Sarah Lyons through their many children, I found a woman in Minnesota whose husband was descended from James and Sarah’s daughter, Ophelia Kathryn. Through Ancestry.com, she had entered...

 
 By DORIS DIBERT    Life    November 24, 2021

The Children of James H. and Sarah Lyons, Generation Three: Part 4

Editor’s Note: The first 14 children of James H. and Sarah Lyons were detailed in the Nov. 4, Nov. 10 and Nov. 18 editions of the Herald. This article finishes the descriptions of the Lyons children with the final two. Charles was the last son in...

 
 By DORIS DIBERT    Life    November 18, 2021

The Children of James H. and Sarah Lyons, Generation Three: Part 3

Editor’s Note: The first 10 children of James H. and Sarah Lyons were detailed in the Nov. 4 and Nov. 10 editions of the Herald. This article continues with the next four children. The remaining two children will be featured in the next edition of...

 
 By DORIS DIBERT    Life    November 10, 2021

The Children of James H. and Sarah Lyons, Generation Three: Part 2

Editor’s Note: The first four children of James H. and Sarah Lyons were detailed in the Nov. 4 edition of the Herald. This article continues with the next six children. The remaining six children will be featured in the next two editions of the...

 
 By DORIS DIBERT    Life    November 4, 2021

The Children of James H. and Sarah Lyons, Generation Three: Part 1

As told in the previous story of James H. and Sarah Lyons of Salemville, they were the parents of 16 children, born between 1847 and 1876. James continued work as a farmer, store keeper and postmaster of Salemville for many years until his death in...

 
 By DORIS DIBERT    Life    October 28, 2021

The Family of James H. Lyons, Generation Two: Part 3

James, as a widower, head of his family for 23 years after Sarah’s death, developed kidney trouble and was taken seriously ill while in Bedford, dying on Nov. 24, 1899. His obituary in the Bedford Gazette on Dec. 1 begins, “James H. Lyons,...

 
 By DORIS DIBERT    Life    October 21, 2021

The Family of James H. Lyons, Generation Two: Part 2

According to the terms of his father’s will, James was able to stay on the family farm and it came into his ownership after conditions were met. The Jas. Lyons property is noted in South Woodbury Township on both the 1861 and 1877 atlas maps of Bed...

 
 By DORIS DIBERT    Life    October 14, 2021

The Family of James H. Lyons, Generation Two: Part 1

As in the story of Benjamin Lyons, it is important to put into writing the interesting facets of his son, James H. – how he met his wife, his work in the community, and large family of 16 children. If their story is not told, this family...

 
 By DORIS DIBERT    Life    October 7, 2021

The Benjamin Lyons Family of Salemville, Pa.: Part 3

Benjamin Lyons had the foresight to write a will before his death to make sure his family was well cared for. It began with the usual instructions that his debts and funeral expenses be paid. His wife was to live on the farm, receive a share of the...

 

The Benjamin Lyons Family of Salemville, Pa.: Part 2

Benjamin married Mary “Polly” Heck, a white girl, but their marriage date is uncertain. According to a paper written by historian Frank Bayer of New Enterprise, they were the parents of five children: Mary, James H., Catherine, Richard and...

 

The Benjamin Lyons Family of Salemville, Pa.: Part 1

One of the most highly respected families of Salemville, a tiny community in the southwestern corner of Morrisons Cove in Bedford County, is the Lyons family. Salemville was sometimes called “Seven Day Corner” because of early residents coming...

 
 By DORIS DIBERT    Life    September 9, 2021

The Benjamin Lyons Story: The Preface

It is past time to take a step back and reflect on our local history to give new insights in our patterns of thinking. Were slaves ever held in our mostly white Bedford County? Was there a separate school just for the black students? Did racial...

 

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