After considerable searching, I finally found a workable spelling of a
family surname: Wiedman. Here is the issue summary.
One of the sons of Aaron Phillips and Susannah Sackett (TSFA# 15838 ) is
Andrew Phillips. While cleaning up the location database, I came across
an entry for Benton, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, reportedly where Andrew's
wife (Elizabeth "Betsey" Reynolds) and daughter (Emma R.) were born.
However, there is no community or township of Benton in that county.
Searching for census records, I found the family in Benton Township,
Luzerne County, PA only a few months after Emma's birth. They remained
in Luzerne County through 1870. Oddly, by 1880, the family had moved to
Benton Township, Lackawanna County, PA, where they remained.
Looking at the 1870 census, I found Emma, then married, living in the
Phillips family with her husband. That was the start of a series of
confusing dead ends. The census taker in 1870 had a flowery script,
causing one Family Search indexer to interpret her husband's name as
Clancy Niedenande. In contrast, an Ancestry indexer of the same census
decided that Ebeny Wildman was her husband's name. Searching for more
census records and family trees found Ebenezer Weideman or Weidman and a
growing family. However, none of the names and dates matched any Find A
Grave entries. Finally, the 1930 census for listed Wideman for the
surname, suggesting that perhaps the i preceded the e. While I found mo
Emma or Ebenezer Wideman, I finally found Find A Grave entries for Emma
Rowena and Ebenezer J. Wiedman; see
respectively. More searching located death records and other details on
Emma and her offspring.
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-- Ted Smith