Hannah (Friedrich) Pauly was born on Feb. 28, 1813 in Rockland Township, Berks County, PA, the daughter of George "Adam" and Sarah (Meinder) Friedrich.
She was baptized three-and-a-half months later at the Salem Reformed Church of Spangsville, Berks County.
On March 13, 1830, at the age of 17, she wed 23-year-old Abraham Pauly (1807-1891), a native of Pennsylvania. The family name also has been spelled "Pauley" - "Pauli" - and "Paulus" in official records.
They had six known children -- Daniel Pauly Sr., Charles Pauley, Susanna Pauley, Reuben Pauly, Elizabeth Reinert and Frederick Pauley.
When the federal census was enumerated in 1860, the family resided on a farm in Rockland Township. By 1870, after they had relocated to Albany Township, Berks County, all of their children except Frederick were no longer in the household. That year, 64-year-old Abraham continued to make a living as a day laborer, while son Frederick worked burning charcoal, likely at a local iron furnace.
The census of 1880, with the family back in Rockland Township, shows that Abraham suffered from rheumatism, and that Hannah could neither read nor write. Their married son Charles lived next door with his large family.
Hannah's fate is not known.
Abraham died in 1891, at the age of 84. His burial location has not yet been learned.
~ Son Daniel Pauley Sr. ~
Son Daniel Pauley Sr. (1836-1924) was born in 1836. As an unmarried 24-year-old, in 1860, he resided with his parents and worked as a farm laborer. He may be the same Daniel Pauley (1836-1924) who resided in Alburtis Borough, Lehigh County.
If so, he was married to Catharine DeLong (Nov. 20, 1844-1907), daughter of Daniel and Rebecca (Specht) DeLong, a surname sometimes shortened to "Long."
The couple produced these known children -- Daniel Pauley Jr., Hannah C. Bortz, Reuben Pauly, Mary Alice Gehris, Matthias Pauley, Sarah Ann Boyer, Rebecca M. Dries, Henry A. Pauley and John Pauley.
In 1862, the Paulys briefly lived in Ohio at the birth of their daughter Hannah. But within a few years, they returned to Berks County and were members of the Evangelical Church at Shamrock.
Tragically, at the age of 63, Catharine suffered a stroke and died within a day on Dec. 30, 1907. Her remains were lowered into repose in Shamrock Cemetery, Longswamp Township, Berks County.
Daniel lived for another 16 years and endured the heartbreak of the accidental drowning of son Matthias. He died just a few weeks shy of his 88th birthday on June 16, 1924. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call said that "Death came after a six days' illness with pneumonia" and that all services were held in the home of daughter Hannah Bortz, with Rev. Fassnacht officiating. Burial was in Shamrock Cemetery. On his death certificate, informant son-in-law Charles Bortz of Alburtis gave the name of the deceased's father as "Abraham Pauley" and maiden name of the mother as "Hannah Steele." [Find-a-Grave]
Son Daniel Pauley Jr. (1861- ? ) was born in about 1861. He resided in 1908-1924 in Reading.
Daughter daughter Hannah C. Pauley (1862-1939) was born on Oct. 18, 1862 in Ohio. She and her parents later returned to Pennsylvania. Hannah married Charles O. Bortz ( ? - ? ). Their nine known children were Charles Bortz, Mrs. Erwin Moser, George W. Bortz, H. Jacob Bortz, Daniel Bortz, Mrs. Cyril Smith, John A. Bortz, Mrs. Howard Kline and Edwin S. Bortz. Their home in 1924 was at Lockridge in Alburtis. Suffering from heart disease and hardening of the arteries at age 76, Hannah died on Jan. 19, 1939. Burial was in the Longswamp Cemetery. An obituary in the Reading Times numbered her survivors as 39 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Son Reuben Pauly (1865- ? ) was born in about 1865. He lived in Reading in 1908-1924 and in Kempton in 1939.
Daughter Mary "Alice" Pauley (1869- ? ) was born in about 1869. She wedded William Gehris ( ? - ? ), also spelled "Gehrit."
Son Matthias Pauley (1870-1913) was born on Sept. 22, 1870. In May 1897, at the age of 26, he married Barbara Einsel ( ? - ? ) of 1345 Cotton Street, Reading, daughter of German immigrants George and Barbara (Springer) Einsel. The Reading Times noted that the nuptials were performed by Rev. C.D. Dreher, in the home of Mr. Rauch, without any attendants present. They dwelled in Reading in 1897-1908, with Matthias earning income as a laborer. He wore a handbar mustache. Their home circa 1913 was at 531 South 17½th Street. On the fateful day of May 3, 1913, the 42-year-old Matthias and his friends Anthony Lemmer and Harry Luebka boarded a boat and went fishing in the muddy Schuylkill River near the dam at Klapperthal, Berks County. After darkness, the men lost their way and were "swept over the waterfall," said the Reading Times. Unable to swim, Matthias and Lemmer drowned, while Luebka was saved. His body was not found for several days. Matthias and Lemmer were pictured in the Times on May 6, 1913, with authorities said to be on "an almost constant search." Their bodies were found on May 8, within 45 minutes and several hundred yards of each other. Burial was in Aulenbach's Cemetery, with Charles Einsel of Reading signing the official Pennsylvania death certificate.
Daughter Sarah Ann Pauley was joined in wedlock with George Boyer. Their home in 1908 was in Fleetwood and in 1924-1939 in Reading.
Daughter Rebecca M. Pauley was united in matrimony with Sylvanus M. Dries, sometimes misspelled "Pries." They made a residence in Fleetwood in 1924-1939.
Son Henry A. Pauley resided in Alburtis in 1908 and in Hancock in 1939.
Son John Pauley is believed to have lived in Reading at 307 South Eighth Street. He remained in Reading as of 1939.
~ Son Charles Pauley ~
Son Charles Pauley (1837-1890) -- sometimes spelled "Pauli" and "Pauly" -- was born on Aug. 15, 1837 (or 1840). The 1850 census shows him as a 20-year old "day laborer" living under his parents' roof.
Six months after the outbreak of the Civil War, Charles enlisted in the Union Army on Oct. 13, 1861. He was assigned to the 54th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company K, commanded by Capt. Newhard and Capt. Henry C. Wagner. The Army spelled his name "Pauley" and "Pauli." He received an honorable discharge from the army at Kernstown, VA on Nov. 10, 1864.
On Sept. 15, 1866, in Maxatawny Township, the 27-year-old Charles married 18-year-old Lucinda Folk (1848-1907), a native of Pike Township and the daughter of Benjamin and Mary (Long) Folk. Rev. A.J. Harmar of Maxatawny officiated.
Their six known children were George Pauly, Mary Pauly, Louisa Hilbert, Alfred Pauly, Souri Pauly, Charles Pauley Jr. and Edwin Pauley.
The family belonged to the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Bowers Station, Berks County, and Rev. David K. Humbert baptized several of the children over the years. They lived on a farm of 26 acres which included a house purchased for $850 in 1889.
Charles was stricken with pneumonia, with complications of the stomach and bowels, and died after 21 days of suffering on Aug. 1, 1890 (or Aug. 15, 1891) at the age of 53. The year following his death, Aug. 17, 1891, widow Lucinda, residing in Fredericksville, Berks County, began receiving $8 per month in payments representing his pension. [Widow App. #506.663 - Cert. #413.598].
Lucinda and the seven children agreed to keep the home, she said, "so that we would not need to be all separated." The farm -- said to contain "a considerable portion of wasteland" -- included two cows, 30 chickens and four pigs. Another observer wrote that about two-thirds of the property was arable "interspersed with large rocks and in a low state of cultivation, the other 1/3 is composed of pasture and waste land. One it is erected a stone stable, a one story frame dwelling house and other small outbuildings."
Lucinda outlived her husband by 17 years. She died of heart disease and dropsy at the age of 60 on March 21, 1907. Burial was in New Jerusalem Cemetery. George Pauley of Fredericksville signed the death certificate.
Son George Pauly (1867-1912) was born on New Year's Day 1867. He was married and widowed as a young adult. He was a longtime farmer. In 1912, his home was in Rockland Township. Suffering from a septic infection, he died at age 45 on May 1, 1912. Burial was in New Jerusalem Cemetery. His younger brother Charles signed the death certificate.
Daughter Mary Pauly (1868-1933) was born on Sept. 8, 1868. She was wedded to Isaac Sanders ( ? - ? ). Her home was at 138 Hudson in Reading. At the age of 65, she was afflicted with decomposition of the heart and died on Oct. 21, 1933. Burial was in the Union Cemetery in Topton, Berks County.
Daughter Louisa F. Pauly (1869-1907) was born on Nov. 21, 1869 in Berks County. She married James Hilbert ( ? - ? ). They lived in on Walnut Street in Alliance, Northampton County, PA. At the age of 37, stricken with cancer of the uterus, she died on June 23, 1907. Burial was in Bowers Station.
Son Alfred Pauly (1873- ? ) was born in 1873.
Daughter Missouri "Souri" Pauly (1874-1932) was born on July 18, 1873 in Rockland Township. She married David Shoemaker, and they resided in Mertztown, Longswamp Township, Berks County. At the age of 59, having contracted colon cancer, she died on Aug. 11, 1932. Burial was in Longswamp Church Cemetery.
Son Charles Pauley (1878- ? ) was born on Sept. 29, 1877. He was baptized on Oct. 31, 1877 in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Bowers Station, Berks County, by the hand of Rev. David K. Humbert.
Son Edwin Pauley (1887-1908) was born on May 8, 1887. He was baptized on May 24, 1887 in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Bowers Station, Berks County, by the hand of Rev. David K. Humbert. He was married, and they resided in Longswamp Township. But tragically, in early May 1908, Edwin began to suffer from typhoid fever. After 18 days, he succumbed, on May 28, 1908. His remains were lowered into rest in the New Jerusalem Cemetery.
~ Daughter Susanna Pauley ~
Daughter Susanna Pauley (1841- ? ) was born in 1841.
~ Son Reuben Pauly ~
Son Reuben Pauly (1844-1897) was born in 1844. He was confirmed in the family church by Rev. B.E. Kramlich.
He married (?) Smith and resided in Albany Township near Kutztown, Berks County.
The couple had three daughters -- Emma Pauly, Jane Pauly and Sallie Pauly.
More is known about his death than his life.
At the age of 53 years, two months and four days, on March 9, 1897, he succumbed of pneumonia at home. Reported the Kutztown Patriot, "The funeral was well attended" and was led by Rev. J.N. Bachman of Lynnport. Added the Patriot: "The body was attired in a white shroud and reposed in a walnut casket, trimmed with silver and embellished with a silver plate with the inscription "Father." The floral tributes consisted of a cross made of carnations and roses. The body was covered with an eiderdown blanket trimmed with smilax and roses." His remains were interred in the Eckville Cemetery, carried to his final rest by pallbearers Henry Berk, Joshua Miller, James Leibensperger and J.E. Snyder.
~ Daughter Elizabeth (Pauley) Reinert ~
Daughter Elizabeth Pauley (1845-1923) was born on Sept. 30, 1845 (or 1847).
She resided in Berks County and married (?) Reinert.
In her 70s, widowed and afflicted by heart disease, she was admitted to the Berks County Almshouse in Cumru Township. The almshouse facility included a farm of 514 acres, founded in 1825, in the gently sloping hills of the county. She died there at the age of 76 on Nov. 17, 1923. Burial was in the almshouse cemetery.
~ Son Frederick "Fred" Pauley ~
Son Frederick "Fred" Pauley (1848-1922) was born on March 5, 1848. In 1870, at the age of 21, he earned a living burning charcoal at a local furnace in Albany Township, Berks County.
He married Rebecca S. Keller ( ? -1939).
The couple resided in Albany Township and bore one son, Charles W. Pauley.
Frederick supported the family over the years as a laborer.
In about 1920, he became blind and was in darkness for the final two years of his life. Suffering from hardening of the arteries and heart disease, he died on Oct. 24, 1922, at the age of 74. Son Charles was the informant on his official Pennsylvania death certificate. Burial was in the Bolich Church Cemetery. A one-paragraph obituary was printed in the Reading Times.
Rebecca survived her husband by 17 years and was considered "one of the oldest residents of Albany township," said the Times. Her final years were spent in the home of her son. She and her son, granddaughter Mamie A. Kamp, great-granddaughter Mrs. Harry Bowers and great-great grandson Stanley Bowers were pictured in a five-generation photograph in the Times on July 7, 1938. She died at the age of 85 on or about Feb. 24, 1939. Funeral services were held at Bolich's Evangelical Church in Kempton, preached by Rev. Park Adams of Albright College, with an obituary published in the Times.
Son Charles W. Pauley (1870-1945) was born on May 25, 1870 in Kempton, Albany Township, Berks County. He was a farmer and spent his entire life in the Kempton community. In March 11, 1898, the 28-year-old Charles was united in matrimony with 18-year-old Clara M. Turner (Jan. 1880- ? ), daughter of William and Lizzie Turner, also of Albany. Justice of the peace Albert D. Levan officiated. The Reading Times reported on the wedding, saying "After the ceremony the newlywedded pair drove to the residence of the bride's parents, where a wedding dinner was served and a reception was held. A short wedding trip through Lehigh and Schuylkill counties followed." Their children were Mamie A. Pauley, Charles W. Pauley, Lizzie R. Geiger, Jennie A. Wink, Mabel S. Pauley, Emma E. Miller, Fred M. Pauley and Pauline M. Pauley. Circa 1920, they helped raise a young nephew, Paul W. Pauley, whom they may have considered or adopted as their own. The 1900 and 1910 federal censuses showsthe couple in Albany, with Charles marked as a laborer. At some point, Charles retired from farming. They lived in Eckville, PA in 1935. He contracted prostate and heart disease and succumbed to their effects at the age of 74 on April 20, 1945. His remains were placed into rest in Bolich Church Cemetery following funeral services officiated by Rev. Luke Rau. The Allentown Morning Call printed an obituary.