DATESMAN,  John

DATESMAN, John

Male 1810 - 1895  (84 years)

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  • Name DATESMAN, John 
    Born 30 Aug 1810  Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Biography
    • It was in 1834 that John Datesman decided to leave Northampton County. He took up his abode opposite Milton, where he built a store which he opened the following year. This building is still standing opposite the entrance to the river bridge. Here, in the first building in West Milton, he set up a flourishing business which he continued to operate until 1870, when his son, Ephraim, took charge, continuing it to 1906. In this building, which was a house and store combined, were born and lived three generations of Datesmans. But no Datesman ever died there, although two relatives of that family did pass away within the brick walls.

      In the days before the building of the Lewisburg and Tyrone Railroad, the farmers brought their grain and lumber to Datesman’s store on sleds during the winter months. They came regularly each year from Sugar and Brush valleys. As many as 50 or 60 teams would tie up at the store in a single day. They would leave for home loaded up with dry goods and plaster, stopping for the night at White Deer. At Datesman’s store they were assured of a royal welcome, for on the counter was whiskey, beer, cheese and crackers, as was the custom in those days.

      West Milton was originally called “Datesman’s Station” or just “Datesmans.” The Catawissa Branch of the Reading Railroad came to town in 1871-73, and was immediately built through to Williamsport. There was no station or ticket office, but tickets were sold at Datesman’s Store. Consequently, West Milton was known as Datesman’s Station. Ephraim Datesman sold tickets at the store, disposing of 100 in a single day during the Centennial in 1876. One day the railroad officials called on him, asking him to send out an itemized statement each day. This he refused to do, saying that his monthly salary of $3.50 would hardly pay for the postage. Some years later, the company built a station, offering him the agency, but he refused it. After the construction of the station, the name of Datesman’s Station was changed to West Milton.
    Census (desc) 1850  Kelly Township, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    working as a merchant 
    Census (desc) 1870  Kelly Township, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    working as a dry goods merchant 
    Census (desc) 1880  West Milton, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    working as a merchant 
    _UID 7047E77FC63456459F9505747F1722F60D73 
    Died 20 Jun 1895  Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Milton Cemetery 
    Person ID I2097  Milton Families
    Last Modified 2 Jan 2016 

    Father DATESMAN, John,   b. 26 Mar 1762,   d. 12 Sep 1823  (Age 61 years) 
    Mother Magdalena,   b. 24 Sep 1764,   d. 8 Apr 1823  (Age 58 years) 
    Family ID F2637  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family ILLICK, Catherine,   b. 14 Feb 1810, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jul 1900  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 1831 
    Children 
    +1. DATESMAN, Jerome B.,   b. 16 May 1832, West Milton, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1915, Redlands, San Bernardino, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +2. DATESMAN, Robert,   b. 17 Dec 1833, Stroudsburg, Monroe, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Sep 1918, Gregg Township, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    +3. DATESMAN, Anna Maria,   b. 16 May 1835, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1909, Williamsport, Lycoming, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    +4. DATESMAN, Sarah Anna,   b. 26 Apr 1838, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1926, Washington, District of Columbia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    +5. DATESMAN, Charles Franklin,   b. 10 Aug 1839, West Milton, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Oct 1929, Scott Township, Columbia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
    +6. DATESMAN, Malinda Lillian,   b. 15 Jan 1843, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +7. DATESMAN, Ephraim,   b. 2 Feb 1846, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1934, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    Last Modified 26 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F592  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 30 Aug 1810 - Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus (desc) - working as a merchant - 1850 - Kelly Township, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus (desc) - working as a dry goods merchant - 1870 - Kelly Township, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus (desc) - working as a merchant - 1880 - West Milton, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Jun 1895 - Pennsylvania, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Address:
    Milton Cemetery - - Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States
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  • Photos
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  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Gravestone.

    2. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 23.