DATESMAN, Ephraim

DATESMAN, Ephraim

Male 1846 - 1934  (88 years)

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  • Name DATESMAN, Ephraim 
    Born 2 Feb 1846  Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census (desc) 1850  Kelly Township, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census (desc) 1870  Kelly Township, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    living with his parents and working as a clerk in a store 
    Census (desc) 1880  West Milton, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    working as a merchant 
    Census (desc) 1900  Kelly Township, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    working as a merchant 
    Sold 1906  West Milton, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    his store 
    • 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 (1931) 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.
    Census 1910  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Biography
    • 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.

      John Datesman (father of Ephraim) built the first house. This first structure was followed by two others, belonging to the Keisers and Hoffmans. These three houses are still standing (1931), and were the only ones there when Ephraim Datesman was a boy.

      In 1906, Ephraim Datesman sold the old store to Levi Reedy, who rented it to Lincoln Mertz. Mertz ran it for several years, and then closed out. Later, Reedy sold the property to Miss Annie Lohr, of Lewisburg. It is interesting to note that the year before Datesman sold his business, he took in receipts totaling $15,000.
    Census (desc) 1920  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    living at 550 Broadway and working as a grain dealer 
    Census (desc) 1930  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    living at 550 Broadway and working as a grain merchant 
    _UID 314853D41A81C04DB3E52190B3326027FD48 
    Died 1 Mar 1934  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 3 Mar 1934  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Address:
    Milton Cemetery 
    Person ID I329  Milton Families
    Last Modified 2 Jan 2016 

    Father DATESMAN, John,   b. 30 Aug 1810, Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jun 1895, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother 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 
    Family ID F592  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family FREDERICK, Ada L.,   b. 15 Sep 1850, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Aug 1929, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 1871 
    Children 
    +1. DATESMAN, Bertha,   b. 27 Jan 1872, West Milton, Union, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1963, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
    +2. DATESMAN, Frederick J.,   b. 16 Dec 1873, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1903  (Age 29 years)
     3. DATESMAN, Catherine A.,   b. Oct 1876, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. DATESMAN, John Ralph,   b. Nov 1879, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1967, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 87 years)
     5. DATESMAN, Edward Stuart,   b. 27 Apr 1886, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jan 1960, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    Last Modified 11 Jan 2020 
    Family ID F108  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
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  • Sources 
    1. [S26] Death Certificate.

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

    3. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 1.

    4. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 4.

    5. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 7 Ward 2.

    6. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 3 Ward 3.

    7. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 31 Ward 3.