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Re: Looking for info on Benjamin Russell Lightner/Cumberland Co. PA area
Posted by: p sue barr (ID *****7566) Date: March 20, 2005 at 15:31:10
In Reply to: Looking for info on Benjamin Russell Lightner/Cumberland Co. PA area by Amanda Lightner of 511

Russell B. Lightner was a son of Jacob Lightner and Catherine Elizabeth Weaver. Russell was born in August of 1889 in Perry county and can be found with his parents and brother Roy in the 1900 Tyrone, Perry, Pa census. Russell's first wife was Rosa Emma Dunkleberger (born July 1890), a daughter of Charles R. and Jennifer Rebecca (Garlin) Dunkleberger. Russell and Rosa Emma married in 1910 and can be found in the Spring twp, Perry, Pa census. By the 1920 Carlisle, Cumberland, Pa census, Russell is a widower, living with his 3-yr-old son, Russell B. Jr. and Russell's widowed mother Catherine. By the 1930 Monroe, Cumberland, Pa census, Russell has remarried, to Minnie M. Adams Graham. They have had 2 children: Kenneth Eugene (abt 1924) and Betty (abt 1929 or 1930). Living with them is son Russell Jr (age 13) from Russell's first marriage and Jane E.(age 12), a daughter of Minnie and her first husband (Mr. Graham).

1900 Middlesex, Cumberland, Pa census:

William H. Adams, born August 1856
Selina A.(Alise), Nov. 1863 - married 15 years and have had 7 children, all surviving.
Charles R., April, 1885
William R., March, 1887
Keller O., dec 1888
Irvin, July, 1891
Daisy B., May 1893
Samuel J., August 1895
Minnie M., Sep 1897

This William H. Adams family is in the 1910 Silver Spring, Cumberland census

William H., married once, married 25 years and now have had 8 children, all surviving
Alise, married once, 46
Ervin W., 18
Dasie, 16
Samuel J., 14
Minnie M., 12
Miles H., 9

Note: William H. Dunkleberger must have died sometime before 1920 as his widow Salina Alise remarries Charles R. Dunkleberger as is seen in the next census.

1920 Spring twp, Perry, Pa

Charles R. Dunkleberger, 57
Salina A.(Alise), 56
Samuel J., 24
Miles H., 18
Graham, Minnie M., 22 **presume Minnie is a widow here**
Graham, Jane E., 2

So, Minnie's 2nd husband was the widower son-in-law (Russell Lightner) of her step-father (Charles R. Dunkleberger). Unfortunately, I do not know the first name of her first husband, Jane E.'s father and presume that he died sometime before 1920

I'm not studying this family, but hy husband is a descendant of one of the many Lightners, so I was curious when I saw your post. Hope some of this helps out.

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