The following notes all pertain to Lycoming County
Revised 6/2/01, William E. Updegraff, Glennallen, AK
Fannie Steinhelper was born on January 7, 1872, the daughter of John and Elenora Steinhelper who lived at Proctor, PA. Proctor is located in Plunkets Creek Township in the Loyalsock Creek valley of Pennsylvania. Proctor is reached by taking route 87 north from Montoursville to Barbours and turning left.
Fannie Married John Oliver Updegraff in Elmira, NY, on ??, 1892. The marriage application indicates Fannie's parents were John Steinehilper and Ellen Hoppes. Fannie listed her birthplace as Proctorville, PA. Proctorville, PA, today is known as Proctor and is located in Plunkets Creek Township.
In the 1870 census, Ellennora Hoppes is listed as being 19 years old, the daughter of George and Netta Hoppes. The Hoppes lived at Barbours Mills, Plunkets Creek Township. In the 1880 census, Elnora Steinhelper is listed as the wife of John Steinhelper in Plunkets Creek Township. Her age is listed as 29, consistent with the age of Ellennora Hoppes. John's age is listed as 40 (but probably was 42). In the 1880 census, their children were listed as Fannie, 8, Charles, 5, Henry 3, and John, 1. By Fannie's age, she would have been born in 1872, confirming she is the Fannie who married John Oliver Updegraff. Fannie died in 1903 after bearing Clayton, Walter, and Golden. Fannie is buried at the Buchanan Baptist Church cemetery just north and west of Williamsport and was probably 31 at the time of her death. She may have died in conjunction with the birth of Golden.
Fannie's parents, Elenora and John Steinhelper, had six children. In addition to Fannie, Charles, Henry, and John mentioned above in the 1880 census, the 1900 census shows an entry for Elnora Steinhelper in Loyalsock Township with children Jessie, 14, and Etta, 15. John Steinhelper is not listed. It seems probable that John died sometime after Jessie was conceived. It seems likely that John died between 1896 and 1900. (It seems unlikely that John and Elnora would have been separated or divorced in that era.)
In the 1870 census for PA, it is indicated that both parents of John Steinhelper were born in Baden, Germany. These locations are critical for my next conclusions
In the 1860 census, the family of Charles and Elizabeth Stinehelfer are listed in Loyalsock Township, PA. The children were John, 22, Lewis, 15, Jacobina, 10 and Katy, 4. I believe John is the John who married Fannie because both parents are listed as being born in Baden. The Loyalsock Township location of Charles and Elizabeth is also strong indication that their John was the husband of Elenora. Furthermore, Elenora was living in Loyalsock Township with her youngest two children later in 1900.
Charles Steinhelfer may have been the son of Ludwig and Faronic? Steinhelfer who were listed in Williamsport in the 1860 census and were 73 and 72 respectively. However, it has not yet been shown that the couple had a son named Charles.
I will try to find church records from the defunct Proctor Methodist Church about the Hoppes and Steinhelper families but I am not very optimistic. It would be great if one of the other Steinhelper descendents had a family bible which we could locate.
The grave for Elenora Steinhelper is located in the Barbours, PA, Cemetery. She is listed as being born in 1850 and dying in 1936.
The name Steinhilper used by Fannie is most likely Steinhelfer although it might have been Steinhilper.