Name: Peter WHITSEL
Name: Peter WITZEL
Birth: 1 FEB 1830 in Baden, Germany
Death: 1 APR 1922
Census: 11 JUN 1900 Cromwell Township, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, USA
Occupation: 11 JUN 1900 Farmer
Emigration: 1830 Germany
Burial: Monroe Cemetery
Peter WHITSEL SR., one of the oldest residents of this county passed away
Saturday evening, April 1st, 1922 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John
SHUE in Hill Valley, in his 93rd year. He became weakened physically about
four weeks prior to his death, not seeming to suffer, and although his mind
was not so clear as formerly, he always knew his daughter, Mrs. SHUE; with
whom he had his home in recent years.
Peter Whitsel was born in Germany on February 1st, 1830, and was aged at
death, 92 years and two months.
He was one of ten children born to Paul and Mary Catherine Whitsel who landed in the United States in 1832.
The father died in 1871 at the age of 83 years, while the mother died in the 1875.
Mr. WHITSEL was the last of the family; these brothers and sisters preceding him
in death: Philip, Adam, Elizabeth, Mrs. John WHITE; Eliza, Mrs. Matthew
UMBRELL; Susan, Mrs. Thomas CHILCOTE, of Pennsylvania; Maria, Mrs. Frederick GLOCK, of Nebraska; George, of Missouri, and two died in infancy. It will be remembered that Mrs. CHILCOTE passed away over a year ago, aged 86 years.
He was a veteran of the Civil War serving with distinction in Company D.,
88th Regiment. After his return from military service he was married by
Rev. James R. LANE, deceased, who also united in marriage the daughters of
To this union six children were born, namely: D. P. WHITSEL; Melissa, Mrs. John SHUE; Katie, Mrs. C. D. WEIGHT; Harvey, Sadie, Mrs. W. W. PETERSON; and B. F. WHITSEL, deceased. Mr. WHITSEL was step father to William PRICE; Susan, Mrs. Theodore HELLER; John and Lucinda PRICE, all deceased. Mrs. WHITSEL lost her life thirty-three years ago when she was struck by an east bound freight train in Jack's Narrows west of Mount Union while walking along the tracks with her daughter, Melissa. She was killed instantly.
Besides the five children who survive, there are thirty-three grandchildren
and the following great grandchildren: Edwin, Eva and Christine MOORE,
Geraldine and Mary Mildred HAMMAN, Dalmas SMITH and Stanley RUNK.
Mr. WHITSEL was engaged in farming for many years after the war. After the
breaking up of his home he made his home with his children and of late years
entirely with the daughter, Mrs. SHUE. With the excellent care given him, his children were hoping that his remarkable strength would enable him to live throughout the century, but his life had been lived a few years short of that mark, and he slept away. He was a faithful member of the United Brethren church, at Whitseltown, where he spent most of his life after coming to America. He was converted under the preaching of Rev. E. B. SOMERS, 34 years ago who preeached the funeral sermon. He could ofttimes be heard singing and praying at night as well as during the day, and his passing was very peaceful. He suggested "We Are Traveling to the Grave: to be sung at his funeral. He was a man of a loving disposition, always cheerful and happy, and a character worthy of emulation. Since he was 50 years old, it was the custom of his children to celebrate each birthday anniversary with a turkey dinner and a family gathering, this event taking place two months ago. His children, grand children and friends were loyal and kind to him.
Funeral services were held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John SHUE on
Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock in charge of Rev. SOMERS, assisted by Rev.
DUVALL, of the Methodist Episcopal church.
The body was laid to rest in the Monroe cemetery, where his parents, son and other relatives are buried. W. P. DUNMIRE, director of the funeral.
1880 United States Federal Census
Name: Peter Whitsel
Birth Year: abt 1830
Home in 1880: Cromwell, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Rebecca Whitsel
Father's Birthplace: Baden
Mother's Birthplace: Baden
Neighbors: View others on page
Deaf and dumb:
Idiotic or insane: View image
Household Members: Name Age
Peter Whitsel 50
Rebecca Whitsel 45
Daniel P. Whitsel 13
Benjamin F. Whitsel 11
Martha M. Whitsel 9
Mary C. Whitsel 7
James H. Whitsel 6
Sarah Whitsel 4
Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Cromwell, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1134; Family History Film: 1255134; Page: 320B; Enumeration District: 202; Image: 0640.
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Original data: Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
This database is an index to 50 million individuals enumerated in the 1880 United States Federal Census. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, address, occupation, relationship to the head of household, race, sex, age at last birthday, marital status, place of birth, parentsí place of birth. Additionally, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1880 Federal Census.
Father: Paul WHITSEL b: ABT 1786 in Baden, Germany
Mother: Mary Catherine UNKNOWN b: ABT 1798 in Germany
Rebecca PRICE b: ABT 1835 in Pennsylvania, USA
- Daniel P. WHITSEL b: ABT 1867
- Benjamin Frank WHITSEL b: SEP 1868 in Pennsylvania, USA
- Melissa Martha WHITSEL b: OCT 1870 in Pennsylvania, USA
- Martha M. WHITSEL b: ABT 1871
- Mary Catherine WHITSEL b: 12 SEP 1872 in Cromwell Township, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, USA
- James H. WHITSEL b: ABT 1874
- Sarah WHITSEL b: MAR 1877 in Cromwell Township, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, USA