My mother, born in 1902, daughter of William Gehris and Kathrine Hill Gehris, and born in Mohnton, PA, was the granddaughter of Lafayette Gehris and Catherine Mullen Gehris. Lafayette and his wife Catherine Mullen Gehris were located in Pottsville, Pa at the time the Mollie Maguires were active in the 1870s in the anthracite coal mines. The Mullen family were immigrants from Ireland in the middle 1800s and my great grandmother, Cathrine, was first generation in this country.
Will welcome contact with anyone who has any connection with this family. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
I have corresponded with your cousin George Gehris about the family here in PA. I have done research on the GERES/GEHRES/GEHRIS families here in PA and back into the Palatinate area of Europe, what is now the Rheinland-Pfalz area of Germany. My genealogy homepage is located at: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Hills/7117/genealogy.html
Susanna Davis Garess Woodward
I am seeking information about Susanna Garess, born in February, 1836. Susanna
married Sonneton Brinton Woodward on February 9, 1854 and the newspaper stated that both
parties lived in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania at the time of the marriage. Sonneton had been
living in Upper Merion, Montgomery County and there were Garess living there, but so far no
connection. In the newspaper, her name was stated as Gaines, but in her obituary it was stated as Garess. I
believe the latter to be true because research has uncovered a Sonneton Woodward Garess and
a Sonneton Willard Garess who would have probably been named after Susanna's husband. Susanna
and Sonneton (known as either S.B. or Brinton) lived in Conshohocken where he first worked in the
rolling mill and then retired and became the Health Officer and Tax Collector of Conshohocken. They
had seven - possibly eight- children. Susanna died on April 25, 1920 in Montgomery Hospital, Norristown,
Pennsylvania. She was my great-great grandmother. If you have any information about her, I would be most
Link was found connecting to surname GARRESS and GARESS of Upper Merion, Manayunk, Green Lane of Montgomery Co, PA for Susanna D. Garess, born in Feb 1836 Mtg Co, PA; died 25 Apr 1920 Montgomery Hospital, Norristown, PA, daughter of Joseph Garess and Maria (?); married "SB" or "Brinton" Sonneton Brinton Woodward on February 9, 1854 Montgomery County, PA. Both Susanna D. Garess and Sonneton Brinton Woodward were from Upper Merion, Montgomery Co. PA, after marriage resided Conshohocken where he first worked in the rolling mill and then retired and became the Health Officer and Tax Collector of Conshohocken.
They had seven - possibly eight- children.
1850 Ceneus 401 Upper Merion, Mtg Co, PA
Joseph Garress (Garess)(Laborer)
b. 1801 PA d. aft. 1870 and Maria (?)b. 1807 PA d. aft. 1870.
Children of Joseph Garress and Maria (?) are:
1. MARGARET GARRESS born 1833 PA born Manayunk?, Mtg Co, PA
2. SUSANNA D. GARRESS born Feb 1836 Manayunk?, Mtg Co, PA
3. Samuel B. Garress born 1838 Manayunk, Mtg Co, PA; d. 07 Oct 1899 Houston, TX; Civil War 129th PA Vols; married 07 Jul 1862 Green Lane, Mtg Co, PA by Rev Joseph Castle to Emmeline Elizabeth Shaw, daughter of William A. Shaw and wife Mary (?); known siblings David Shaw and Davis Shaw, prob a James B. Shaw related, county clerk, recorded marriage record Norristown, Mtg, PA and Philadelphia, PA
4. MARY C. GARRESS born 1840 mtg Co, PA "Kate" married Mr. Davis
5. JOSEPH H. GARRESS born 1843 Mtg Co, PA Civil War enlisted Norristown, PA; 1870 census living with parents.
6. GEORGE D. GARRESS born 1844 PA Mtg Co, PA; Hotel Clerk NJ
6. MONTGOMERY GARRESS born 1847 PA Upper Merion, Mtg Co, PA
This family maybe be descendants of the Garress and Garess lines found in Red Hill, Radnor, Germantown, Springfield and Philadelphia, PA.
I am not having any luck finding any info on the name Gehres. Anyone have any ideas?? Have checked Odessa files and found nothing. Karoline Gehres was my great grandmother she married Konrad Lang. It is said that when she came to the US with her husband she left behind a brother and two sisters in Germany. Would like to find info on any of this! Need help Desperately!! Thanks.
I have been researching the Gehres family from Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania for a couple of years and have some information that you may want. I am not familiar with Karoline but we probably hook up somewhere and I may be able to do some lookups for you if you wish.
Re: Susanna Davis Garess Woodward
What information is available on Karoline Gehres?
Re: Susanna Davis Garess Woodward
: Needs further research –Church, Land Records, Newspaper Articles, Obits, Philadelphia, Chester, Delaware & Montgomery Counties PA.
Joseph Garess (Garress), born 1879-1801 PA, died 09 Mar 1870 (71 yrs) West Conshohocken, Montgomery Co, PA
wife Maria “Naria” born 1804-1807 PA, died 30 Aug 1893 (89 yrs) Norristown, Montgomery Co, PA
Henderson Garess born Abt. 1834 PA, died 18 Oct 1836, age 2 yrs PA
Montgomery Garess born Abt. 1847 prob. Upper Merion, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, died 20 OCT 1852 Upper Merion, Montgomery County, PA
buried United Methodist Church, 930 Conestoga Road, Bryn Mawr, Delaware Co, Pennsylvania, USA Phone: 610-525-9588
Radnor Radnor United Methodist Church Cemetery Bryn Mawr Delaware County
Note: 1834-1838 Manayunk & Chester were Delaware Co, Manayunk formerly of Philadelphia Co, PA
This family 1850 found Upper Merion Conshohocken, Montgomery Co, PA, son George D. Garess & Rebecca Unknown went to Coatsville, Chester Co, PA.
JOSEPH GARVIS and wife, MARIA SMITH
Could this be JOSEPH GARVIS and wife, MARIA ROSALIE SAVOY?
Joseph Garess and Maria Smith had grandchild named SAVOY DELILAH WOODWARD, dau of Sonneton Brinton Woodward and Susannah Delilah or Davis Garess.
Children of Joseph Henry Garess and Maria Smith are:
1. MARGARET ELLEN GARESS b: ABT 1834 PA spouse JACOB S. FISHER of Gulp Mill, Mtg Co, PA
2. HENDERSON GARESS b:n ABT. 1834 PA, d: 18 Oct 1836, age 2 yrs Mtg Co, PA (died young, no issues)
3. SUSANNAH DAVIS GARESS b: Feb 1836 PA, spouse SONNETON BRINTON WOODWARD
4. SAMUEL BROOKS GARESS b: 1838 Manayunk, Delaware Co, PA, d: 07 Oct 1899 Mineola, Wood Co, TX (Manayunk formerly in Philadelphia Co)
buried: Washington Cemetery, Houston Harris County, Texas, spouse EMELINE ELIZABETH SHAW
5. MARY CATHERINE GARESS b: 1840 PA, died ____ Norristown, Mtg Co, PA spouse JOSEPH R. DAVIS
6. JOSEPH THOMAS GARESS b: 01 Oct 1843 Chester, Delaware CoPA, d: 26 Dec 1923 Norristown, Mtg Co, PA, bur: Calvery Cemetery, Gulp Mill, Mtg Co PA, spouse NELLIE C. SANDERSON b: 1847 Massachussets (74 yrs-04 Jan 1924), died 04 Mar 1927 Sheltering Arms, Marietta, Cobb Co, GA (living with dau Nellie Zola Garess, aka Dr. Neil Zola Garess who resided PA, NJ, KS, MO, WY, TX, she died 1945 in CA, impersonated herself as a male and married in KS to a woman, MARIA __.
Nellie C. (Sanderson) Garess sister, MARGARET SANDERSON occ: seamtress “Garess & Sanderson Clothing” Chester, Delaware Co, PA.
7. GEORGE DAVIS or DALY GARESS born 1845 Pennsylvania, died ____ of Coatsville, Chester Co, PA spouse REBECCA UNKNOWN
8. MONTGOMERY JOSEPH GARESS born 1847 and died 20 OCT 1852 Upper Merion, Mtg Co, PA, bur: Radnor United Methodist Church Cemetery, Bryn Mawr, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, (died young, no issues)
Garess, Garress, Geress, Gerress, Gariss, Garris, Garriss