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Feb 28

The Story of Henrietta Cummings and Charles Cassidy

Posted on February 28, 2019 at 8:56 AM by Chester County Archives

In this month's blog post we discuss how the Civil War impacted a young couple from Southeastern PA. Henrietta Cummings of West Chester and Charles Cassidy of Haverford got engaged in January 1863. Less than a year later, Cassidy marched off to war as a Private in Company E of the 25th Regiment of the United States Colored Troops. Unfortunately, no correspondence between the young couple is known to exist, but we can share their story thanks to court records preserved at the Chester County Archives. 

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Feb 27

Spelling Variations in Public Records

Posted on February 27, 2019 at 1:42 PM by Chester County Archives

Genealogists have probably come across various spellings of their family's surname. Common names like Smith, Roberts, and Bernard can be spelled numerous ways, and that can make searching government records difficult. Read this month's blog post about spelling variations in public records.

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Feb 27

Christmas Dinner at the Chester County Poorhouse

Posted on February 27, 2019 at 1:42 PM by Chester County Archives

Nutritional planning and calorie counting are not new phenomena. With the development of food science in the early twentieth century, the Chester County Poorhouse developed its meals based on people’s varying needs for calories, protein, fat, and carbohydrates. In this month’s blog entry, we look at what was served at the Chester County Home on Christmas Day 1925. 

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