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Our grandmother, Irene Wrightstone, married Ed Klinger. Ed's Klinger ~ Kinter Photos, and his Klinger ~ Kinter Lineage are another great piece of our German Heritage.
Irene's parents were Edwin Underwood Wrightstone and Hattie Amelia Arnold. Hattie's parents were Luther H. Arnold and Anna Mary Sollenberger, who married Tobias Bentz. Anna's parents were Jacob M. Sollenberger and Mary Ann Diller.
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Some digital scans were made in black and white, while others were scanned to show their original appearance in color and current condition. If there was anything written anywhere on the front or back of the photo, it will be recorded in the photo descriptions described below. Knowing the photographer of a particular photo allows us to help date the photo. However, unless known, photo dates are estimates (c-circa) based on a number of factors; knowing a person and estimating their age in the photos, clothing styles, photographic techniques, etc.
Samuel and Catherine Diller Family Photos
Samuel Diller was born June 18th 1811 to Casper Elias Diller III and Anna Christina Wolf in Allen Township, present day Monroe Township, near Churchtown located in Cumberland County Pennsylvania.
Samuel married Catherine Richwine of Cumberland County on September 4th 1828, most likely in the Diller hone, and recoded at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Carlisle, Cumberland County Pennsylvania.
Samuel had eleven children.
SD (01A) Samuel Diller.
SD (01B) The back of the SD (01) photo.
SD (02) Written on the back of the photo, Simon Diller, circa 1871 to 1875. About 1871 Simon became a minister in the United Brethren Dover Circuit in York County Pennsylvania for four years before going to Yocumtown for one year.
SD (02B) The back of SD (02) photo.
SD (03A) An older Simon Diller, circa 1885-1890.
SD (03B) On the back of the SD (03A) photo is the photographer's name: Hiram Harman, worked in York Springs circa 1876-1890 s; Adams County Pa. Related Historical Articles, Nineteenth-century Photographers of Adams County.
SD (04) The headstone for Samuel Diller at the Mt Zion Cemetery, Rt. 74 in Churchtown Cumberland County Pennsylvania.
SD (04A) The headstone for Catherine Diller at the Mt Zion Cemetery, Rt. 74 in Churchtown Cumberland County Pennsylvania.
SD (04B) Simon Diller and his wife Lydia Diller headstone at the Mt Zion Cemetery, Rt. 74 in Churchtown Cumberland County Pennsylvania.
SD (05) An 1876 Franklin Township York County map identifying the Diller, Sollenberger, and Arnold homes. Cyrus and Simon are listed as the Diller farms. Their brother Samuel was still in Michigan until 1879.
SD (05A), SD (05B), SD (05C), and SD (05D) are are photos of three farms once owned by Samuel Diller, and then later his sons Cyrus and Simon Diller. The family of Charles Diller, who died in 2012, continues to live in the farm shown in SD (05C)
Jacob and Mary Sollenberger Family Photos
Jacob Mohler Sollenberger was born on July 18th 1832 to Joseph Sollenberger and Mary Mohler in Dickinson Township Cumberland County Pennsylvania. He was a farmer and farm laborer in Dickenson Township and Churchtown area of Monroe Township Cumberland County Pennsylvania.
Jacob married Mary Ann Diller while living near Churchtown, Monroe Township Cumberland County. They had nine children.
JMS (03) An 1876 Franklin Township York County map identifying the Diller, Sollenberger, and Arnold homes.
JMS (03A), JMS (03B), JMS (03C), and JMS (03D) are photos of Jacob and Mary Sollenberger's home, taken in 2010. It is located on present day Southe Mountain Road, about 4 miles west of Route 15 at Dillsburg York County Pennsylvania.
JMS (05B Jacob M. Sollenberger, Mary Ann Diller-Sollenberger's husband, circa 1880.
JMS (06B) Mary Ann Diller-Sollenberger, Jacob's wife, circa 1880.
Start - From Catherine Sollenberger-Shultz's Family Bible
JMS (11) Family Bible Publication page of Christian Shultz and Catherine Sollenberger-Shultz.
JMS (11A) Christian Shultz Paper Insert, and we are not certain of what the recorded date represents. JMS (14A) is the record for the births of Christian Shultz and Catherine Sollenberger.
JMS (12) Family Record-History Cover Page.
JMS (13A) United in Marriage Pages for Christian Shultz and Catherine Sollenberger-Shultz.
JMS (14) The Bible's Birth Record Page, and JMS (14A) is the record for the births of Christian Shultz and Catherine Sollenberger-Shultz.
JMS (15) The Bible's Death Record Page, and JMS (15A) is the record for deaths of Christian Shultz and Catherine Sollenberger-Shultz.
Photos From the Catherine Sollenberger-Shultz's Family Bible
JMS (16) This is the wedding photo of Christian Shultz and his 1st wife Catherine Sollenberger who he married in 1874, Catherine died September 1880. JMS (16B) is the back of the photo.
JMS (16C) This is the wedding photo of Christian Shultz and his 2nd wife, Sarah, who he married about 1883. JMS (16E) is the back of the photo.
JMS (17) Alice Sollenberger who married Calvin Knaub. JMS (17B) is the back of the photo.
JMS (18) Calvin Knaub who married Alice Sollenberger. JMS (18B) is the back of the photo.
JMS (19) This is the wedding photo of Simon Sollenberger and Catherine Aker, c.1877; Simon is Anna's Sollenberger-Bentz's older brother, and Catherine Sollenberger-Shultz's younger brother. JMS (19B) is the back of the photo.
JMS (20) The earliest known photo of Anna Sollenberger, circa 1874, about 20 years old. She married Tobias Bentz. JMS (20B) is the back of the photo.
JMS (21) Levi Sollenberger, circa 1878. He married Mary E. Smith. JMS (21B) is the back of the photo.
JMS (22) Levi Sollenberger's wife, Mary E. Smith, and JMS (22B) is the back of the photo. The photographer is the same person who took JMS (16E) and JMS (21B).
End - From the Catherine Sollenberger-Shultz's Family Bible
JMS (23B) Anna Sollenberger, possibly in her mid 20's, circa 1885 to 1890.
JMS (23D) The earliest known photo of Anna Sollenberger's daughter, Hattie Amelia Arnold circa1896.
JMS (23G) and JMS (23F) comes from the same photo session, but a different pose.
JMS (24B) This photo was taken at the same photographer as Anna's photo JMS (23B). The photo may be Julia Sollenberger, Anna's younger sister, who would be 17 years old in 1890.
JMS (25A) Ira Sollenberger, who is also in EUW (41) with his niece, Hattie Wrightstone, sitting in the wheelchair.
JMS (26) Ira Sollenberger with his first wife Anna, he later married Elizabeth (Lizzie). EUW (41) is a photo of Ira and his 2nd wife Lizzie with Ira's niece, Hattie Wrightstone, sitting in the wheelchair.
JMS (27) Simon Sollenberger and his wife Catherine Aker; JMS (19) is their wedding photo.
JMS (28) Simon Sollenberger family: Left to Right:
JMS (29) William J. Sollenberger, same person in JMS_(28), back row 2nd from the left, this photo appears to be a soldier, Marine strips (Sergeant). He is young in the photo. William died in 1916. In 1916 Simon lives with William's wife and children. JMS (29A) is the back of the photo.
JMS (29B) Earl R. Sollenberger, and he was a marine Sergeant. The photo was obtained from the Find-A-Grave Web Site.
JMS (30A) Levi Sollenberger Family; He is the same person in JMS (31C); standing behind, and to the left, of Mary Diller-Sollenberger sitting in the wheelchair. Levi is also in JMS (21) and his wife is on photo JMS (22).
JMS (31 C) Sollenberger Family Reunion, Summer of 1910 or 1911, Mary Ann Diller-Sollenberger died January 1913; taken at Mary Ann Diller-Sollenberger home at the intersection of present day Union Church Road and South Mountain Road Franklin Township Dillsburg PA. Mary Diller-Sollenberger's husband Jacob died in 1899. Mary and some of her children are in the picture: Catherine died in 1882; Simon is not in the photo but his sons are; Diller and his wife and children are in the photo; Levi and his wife are in the photo; Abraham died in 1864; Anna and her husband Tobias and children are in the photo; Alice and her children are in the photo; Ira is not in the photo, but his wife Anna is; and Julia is in the photo.
Based on our research, and reading of the hand written notes, JMS (31D) and JMS (31E), we created JMS (31A), which is the photo with names imposed on it. The following is also a written account of the photo.
JMS (31A) This is the same photo as JMS (31C), but with names imposed on it.
JMS (31D) Our grandmother's, Irene Klinger's, hand written note on Sollenberger Family Reunion Photo, my grandmother is referencing her mother as Grandma Wrightstone.
JMS (31E) Hattie Arnold-Wrightstone hand written notes on the Sollenberger Family Reunion.
JMS (32) Mary Ann Diller-Sollenberger who is seated, and bBehind her to the left are her grandson Clinton who is standing next to his father Diller (Mary's son), and standing in front of Diller is Clinton's son Charles (Mary's great-grandson).
JMS (32B) This is a photo of Harry Guy Diller who was born August 29th1891 to Diller Sollenberger JMS (28), and Mary Kochenour in Harrisburg Dauphin County Pennsylvania. Harry married Ella Sewart of Ickesburg Perry County Pennsylvania on January 13th 1913.
JMS (32C) This is a photo of Harry Guy Diller in his uniform when he was attached to the 8th Regimental Infantry of the Pennsylvania National Guard. The photo was obtained from the Find-A-Grave Web Site.
JMS (32D) This is a photo of Harry Guy Sollenberger, seated all the way on the left, in the 8th Regimental Infantry of the Pennsylvania National Guard. The photo was obtained from the Find-A-Grave Web Site.
JMS (33) The head stones of Jacob M. and Mary Ann Sollenberger, and their daughter Julia located at the Mount Zion Cemetery, at the intersection of Route 74 (York Road) and Route 174 (Boiling Springs Road) Cumberland County PA.
JMS (34) This is a photo of Julia Ann Sollenberger taken in the summer of 1922. Julia is holding her sister, Anna's granddaughter, Julia Ethel Wrightstone, who was born on December 21st 1921. Julia was born to Anna's daughter, Hattie, who married Edwin Wrightstone.
JMS (34A) Julia Ann Sollenberger's newspaper article on her death.
JMS (34B) The headstone of Julia Sollenberger, at rest next to her parents, Jacob and Mary Ann.
JMS (35) The headstone of Ira Sollenberger, at Barrens Church and cemetery, south on Route 74 (Carlisle Road) out of Dillsburg PA, to Kralltown Road, at the intersection of Kralltown Road and Barrens Church Road.
JMS (36) Levi Sollenberger's daughter, Rosie A. Sollenberger-Wherley's memorial pamphlet.
JMS (37) Alice Sollenberger's daughter to Calvin Knaub; Ruth Alice Knaub-Brandt's memorial pamphlet.
JMS (38) Alice Sollenberger's oldest daughter to Calvin Knaub; Bessie Knaub's Brandt's memorial pamphlet. She who never married.
JMS (39) Simon Sollenberger's son, Earl Sollenberger's memorial pamphlet.
Tobias Bentz was married twice. His 1st wife, Alice Barbara Sollenberger died in 1887. He then married Anna Solleberger in 1890.
Tobias and Alice had five children.
Alice died in 1887, and Tobias Bentz married Annie Sollenberger in 1890. Together, Tobias and Anna had two children.
GB (01) The Bentz Family Farm: George Bentz and Nancy Grove, GB (00A), built their home in 1849 and a barn in 1863. The photograph was located in the back of Dale Bentz's book "Reflections on a Lifetime", of the house in an earlier era. The farm is located on Crane Road, which is connected to Dabin Road off route 74 south of Dillsburg Pennsylvania. This is an 1876 map of where the farm is, and this is an 2002 photo of the farm.
MB (01C) 1900 – Tobias Bentz and his family on the family farm. This is a close up of Tobias. Notice the open air pockets on the in the sides of the barn.
MB (00) This photo was in Margaret Bentz's photo collection with other Bentz and Sollenebrger photos, which is why I believe the is a photo of a Bentz or Sollenberger family member. I will continue my research into this photo.
MB (01A) Margret Bentz’s grandmother, Susannah Heiges (Heikes), who married Michael Bentz. Their son was Tobias Bentz, Margaret’s father. MB (01B) is a close up of Susan, and MB (01AB) is the back of the photo.
MB (02) Margaret Bentz was born August 15th 1905. MB (02A) is the original photo, and MB (02AB) is the back of the photo.
MB (07) This is a photo of the 1911-1912 Mt. Zion School, part of the Dillsburg Northern York School System in York County Margaret Bentz is six years old, and she is standing in the second row from the left, second girl in. Calvin Cook was the teacher. MB (07B) is a close up of Margaret. This si the back of the photo
MB (08) Margaret Bentz High School or Thompson Business School photo, circa 1923-1924.
TB (01A) Written on the back of the photo, Grandpa Bentz: Tobias Bentz.
TB (02A) Written on the back of the photo, Grandma Bentz: Anna Sollenberger-Bentz.
TB (03B) Tobias Bentz Family taken at George and Nancy Bentz's home c. 1905:
TB (03BB) Tobias Bentz
TB (03BBB) Anna Sollenberger-Bentz
TB (03C) The hand written note by Irene Wrightstone-Klinger, which was attached to the photo.
TB (04) Written on the back of the photo, Uncle Albert Bentz: Tobias's first born; Albert Bentz.
TB (04B) Albert Bentz when he lived in Homestead Allegany County Pennsylvania. He may be in a uniform of the Knights of Columbus.
TB (06) Written on the back of the photo, Gertie Burguard: Tobias's daughter with his 1st wife, Alice B. Sollenberger.
TB (06B) Hand written on a piece of paper taped to the back of the photo was written: Evelyn Burgard Myers. I'm not sure about Myers, possable her married name, but the photo is of Gertie Bentz-Burgurad's daughter, Evelyn M. Burguard. Also, here are photos TB (13A) and TB (07D).
TB (07B) The photo shows Harry, Evelyn M. and Clare B., and Gertie Bentz-Burguard. TB (07C) is the back of the photo post card sent from Harry Burguard on October 1908 from Siddonsburg to his father in-law, Tobias Bentz in Wellsville Post Office area, Warrington Township; Harry married Tobias's daughter Gertrude.
TB (07D) This is Evelyn and Robert Burgard; the children of Gertrude Bentz-Burgard, Hattie's Step Sister; the photo was most likely taken about 1920 at the Burgard home in Monaghan Township York County.
TB (07E) This is a hand written note by Irene Wrightstone: My friend, Evelyn, with Robert Lee and Buster-the-Pony.
TB (08A) The Burgard Home: Gertie Bentz's husband's, Harry's, parent's home on Mountain Road Monaghan Township York County .
TB (09A) Hand written on a piece of paper taped to the back of the photo was written, Nettie Bentz Firestone: Nettie Bentz, the daughter of Anna Sollenberger and Tobias Bentz, who married Roy H. Firestone.
TB (10A) Margaret Bentz is the second daughter of Tobias and Anna Bentz. Margaret was born 1906. Photo TB (11) is a different pose, and written on the back was the name, Margaret.
TB (12) Margaret Bentz
TB (12A) Left is Irene Wrightstone and right is Margaret Bentz; Irene's mother Hattie, is Margaret's half sister; known as uterine siblings; sharing the same mother. Irene and Margaret both share a relationship to Hattie's mother Anna Sollenberger-Bentz, and her parents Jacob and Mary Sollenberger. This makes Irene a first cousin once removed of Margaret Bentz. Their closeness makes them plain old cousins. TB (12B) This is the same photo as TB (12A), but with another girl who is a girlfriend or relative.
TB (13) This photo was taken about 1920 maybe 1921, with cousins. The mountains in the background appear to be the same contours as the ones in the Sollenberger reunion, which was held off Mountain Road Dillsburg PA. TB (13A) has names imposed on the photo.
TB (14A) Written on the back of the photo: 2 women and man that Grandpa Bentz brought over to Eberley farm to visit. TB (14B) This is a close up of the people. The Eberley farm was located in Hampton Township, which Edwin and Hattie would have been at from the early 1920's to the late 1930's. I don’t know who wrote on the picture, but the guy resembles a young Ed Klinger.
TB (15) February 26th 1932 Newspaper Article on Albert Bentz's son, Clair Bentz Auto Accident.
TB (16A) Tobias Bentz, circa 1929, and TB (16D) are the 1934 Newspaper articles on the death of Tobias Bentz in Kraulltown, York County..
TB (17) Margaret Bentz
TB (17B) Margret Bentz-Sweigert and her half brother, Clyde Wrightstone.
TB (19) Tobias and Anna Bentz's oldest daughter, Nettie Bentz-Firestone's Memorial Pamphlet.
TB (22) Tobias and Anna Bentz's youngest daughter, Margaret Bentz-Swiegert's husband's Memorial Pamphlet.
TB (16) This is a photo of the Barrens Salem Union Cemetery located at 242 Kralltown Road, Dillsburg, York County Pennsylvania. It was taken from the Bentz Gravesite.
TB (24A) Tobias Bentz and his fist wife Alice, and their son William, with his second wife Anna Sollenberger-Bentz were laid to rest at the Barren Salem Union Cemetery. This is their memorial.
TB (24D) Albert's son, Clair Bentz's, headstone at the Jefferson Memorial Park at 401 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills, Allegheny County Pennsylvania. This is his memorial.
TB (24E) Albert's headstone, and his memorial. TB (24F) is his wife Hettie's headstone, and her memorial. They were both laid ot rest at the Jefferson Memorial Park at 401 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills, Allegheny County Pennsylvania.
TB (24G) Albert Bentz Family Cemetery Record.