Looking for information on Henry A. Decker of Pennsylvania, b. 1878

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Henry A. Decker was my great-grandfather. He was born in Lycoming Co. PA in 1878 and married Ella C. Shafer. I have Henry's mother's name, Mary Crum b. 1848, but I know nothing beyond that. From all the information I've found his parents were born  in and they stayed in the Lycoming PA area. Does anyone else have anything that can prove they didn't appear out of nowhere?
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in Genealogy Help by Christopher Decker G2G1 (1.4k points)

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1880 United States Federal Census about Michael Decker

Name: Michael Decker
Age: 53
Birth Year: abt 1827
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1880: Williamsport, Lycoming, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Mary Decker
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Pedler
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Household Members:
Name Age
Michael Decker 53
Mary Decker 36
Antha Decker 12
Harrison Decker 11
George Decker 7
Henry Decker 4
Steven Decker 1


by Betty Fox G2G6 Pilot (158k points)
selected by Christopher Decker
Thank you! I had found this in the census records, but the dates didn't match the information I had already so I didn't want to verify this was the one I was looking for.
Name: Mrs Mary Decker
[Mrs Mary Hanck] 
Gender: Female
Race: White
Age: 77
Birth Date: 30 Jun 1848
Birth Place: Pennsylvania
Death Date: 22 May 1925
Death Place: Williamsport, Lycoming, Pennsylvania, USA
Father Name: Silus Hanck
Father Birth Place: Pennsylvania
Mother Name: Athony Crem
Mother Birth Place: Pennsylvania
Certificate Number: 56495


This record seems to indicate that she was named Hanck at one time.

Father Silus Hanck

Mother Athony Crem or Crum.


That explains a lot. I had Mary listed as Maiden name Crum, pulled from a funeral bulletin. I know she lived with Henry and his family for several years. The 1900 census showed this. Lacking the 1890 census really hinders things!  Thank you!

Death certificate signed by Charles Hanck

Name: Antonie Hanck
Death Date: 7 Jun 1901
Birth Date: 7 Aug 1832
County: St Louis
Death Location: St Louis
Race/Ethnicity: White
Age: 68
Gender: F (Female)

Died at 905 Morrison Avenue

Place of birth Germany

Louis Hanck was the attending physician.

Interred at Bellafon_____ cemetery. *there is a line down the middle of the word making it unreadable in it's entirety*


Charles H. Hanck is the undertaker.


All in the family I suppose. :)


Wow! I guess it was a family affair, after all! :-)

According to a list of cemeteries in St. Louis, Bellefontaine Cemetery, not to be confused with Bellefontaine Methodist Cemetery, formerly known as Old Bissell Cemetery.

How interesting that some of the children would stay in PA while the older generation would move to MO. I guess a road trip is in order, since St. Louis is only a few hours away!


Thank you!

A Louis Hanck:

Name: Louis Hanck
Record Date: 26 Oct 1876
Court: Common Pleas City and County of NY (1-801)
Court Location: New York, New York, New York, USA


Louis born November 1854.




Name: Charles Hanck
Tax Year: 1865
State: Missouri, USA


One wouldn't think that finding a female named Antonie would be all that hard. Oy!!!



Almost every search I try wants to default to Anthony Hancock.  I did find this in Pennsylvania Archives 1906, as part of the 78th Continental Line:  

Hanck, Hiram, died in service, 1781, leaving a widow, Hannah. 

That's the only reference to a Hanck in that document.

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