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The Kresge Family

and Historical Publications

 

The last quarter of the 19th century saw the publication of a series of historical and biographical books generally focusing on communities and/or individuals within a county or several adjacent counties. Pennsylvania is fortunate because virtually every county was the subject of one of more of these historical reference books, including Monroe County. The principal reason that these volumes are valuable to the modern researcher is because they often contain memories of the actual pioneer settlers themselves or their children, families that had been through the trials of settling what in many instances had been unbroken and hostile wilderness.

For the Kresge family the two most important historical reference volumes are arguably, "History of Wayne, Pike and Monroe Counties, PA" by Alfred Mathews, 1886, and "Commemorative Biographical Record of Northeastern Pennsylvania including the counties of Susquehanna, Wayne, Pike and Monroe," J.H. Beers & Co., Chicago, 1900. The first book provides a brief history of Chestnuthill Township, including information on the area’s earliest settlers, their places of worship and early mercantile activity, while the second provides detailed biographies on several members of the Kresge family.

We will begin by presenting the entire chapter on Chestnuthill Township as found in the Mathews book. Rather than transcribing the section on Chestnuthill I have simply scanned the pages as they appear in the book, highlighting references to the Kresge family. This will be followed by scans of pages that mention members of the Kresge family from the “Biographical Record” book.

 

"History of Wayne, Pike and Monroe Counties, PA" by Alfred Mathews, R.T Peck & Co., Philadelphia, 1886.

Chapter XIV Chestnuthill Township, page 1218

 

Title Page

Page 1218 - Physical description of the township and early settlement

Page 1219 - Early settlement continued, and early settler biographies

Page 1220 - Early settler biographies continued and 1790 tax list

Page 1221 - Early settlement continued and list of churches

Page 1222 - Churches, schools, school directors & principal villages

Page 1223 - Principal villages continued, schools

Page 1224 - Justices of the Peace, early roads

 

 

"Commemorative Biographical Record of Northeastern Pennsylvania including the counties
of Susquehanna, Wayne, Pike and Monroe,"

J.H. Beers & Co., Chicago, 1900

 

Title Page Page Number Page Number Comments
Freeman H. Kresge (1847-1917) 127 128 son of George W. Kresge, cattle dealer, former school director, inspector of elections
George W. Kresge (1812-1885) 128 132 father of Freeman H. Kresge, "frequently chosen for office" in Polk Township, Monroe Co., PA
Jacob B. Kresky (1842-1915) 582 583 farmer, election judge & inspector, Jackson Township, Monroe Co., PA
William A. Kresge (1845-1912) 737 738 carpenter, furniture dealer, funeral director, Broadheadsville, Monroe Co., PA
Joseph W. Kresge (1819-1897) 738   father of William A. Kresge, blacksmith, farmer, school director poormaster, Polk Township, Monroe Co., PA
James Kresge (1821-1896) 857   farmer, lumbering, Justice of the Peace
Josiah Kresge (1850-1937) 861   (photo of the Josiah Kresge homestead, Brodheadsville) farmer, mail carrier, Polk Township, general store operator, Broadheadsville, Monroe Co., PA
Mahlon H. Kresge (1854-1938) 132 133 son of George W. Kresge, mill operator, Polk Township, Monroe Co., PA, former county auditor
Sebastian Kresge (1838-1916) 914 915 (photograph below) former school director, father of S. S. Kresge, 5 & 10 store & K-Mart founder
Charles A. Kresge (1848-1923) 1123 1124 former Justice of the Peace for Polk Township, Monroe Co., PA
Timothy Kresge (1836-1917) 1663 1664 (photograph below) former treasurer for Monroe County & Civil War veteran
Owen Kresge (1845-1916) 1664   brother of Timothy Kresge, former school director, elder & church trustee

 

 


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