Donally's Mills PA (1903)

Donally's Mills PA (1903)

This little town in Perry County PA was the home of Howenstines who migrated there from Franklin County PA after 1830. A Civil War veteran Howenstine (Hounstone) is buried at the Bull Hill Cemetery and others are buried at the Markelville Church Cemetery in Perry County.


Donnally Mills, PA

The Howanstine discussed above is Andrew Jackson Howanstine. He was born on September 18, 1829 and was a carpenter by trade. He enilsted with the 133rd PA volunteer regiment on August 6, 1862 and was discharged on March 23, 1863 on a disability certificate. He died on April 21 or 23, 1863. He was married to Mary E. Duffield and had two children: Anna Laura ("Laura") who married Philip Fickes; and, Clara Elizabeth ("Carrie") who married Lewis E. Donnally whose family operated the mill. I have more information on this line, including Andrew's military pension records and marriage certificate, and am happy to provide it. Also, I am wondering whether it would be possible to get a copy of the picture of Donnally Mills. It is classic. Also, do you have any other shots of Donnally Mills or the area? Thanks!

Chuck Long

Andrew Jackson Howanstine and family

Do you have further information on the Howanstine family? My husbands grandfather was David B. Howanstine of Markelville PA. We are looking for more info. on conrad, George of Franklin County and need to trace the family to wither Germany area or Switzerland. We have been to the Franklin County Historical Society.

Thank you.

Howanstine and Family

My grandfather also was David B. Howanstine, married to Sara Jane Temple. My mother's name was Laura. I have traced Conrad to Ober Lundstadt, in the Palatine region of Germany. Due to the 30 Years War and disease, the population of the Palatinate had been decimated. Incentives were offered to have people immigrate and repopulate it. Some of the immigrants came from German speaking areas of Switzerland. I have no evidence that the Howanstines may have ultimately originated from the Switzerland area. I would be interested in any information that you may have on this family.



I'm just making sure you know that Howenstine is an Anglicized version of Hauenstein, which would be the German spelling. My husband's family in Perry County, PA, can be traced to Magdalena Hauenstein, daughter of Henrich Hauenstein who came from Europe in 1750. His name is in the list of men who came from Rotterdam on the ship Royal Union, which arrived in Philadelphia on August 15. Henrich(Henry married Anna Maria Grehbuehl on Feb 15, 1769.
Rotterdam is in the Netherlands at the mouth of the Rhine, and would be the primary place where Germans would have left the continent. Don't know if our Hauensteins are related to your Howenstines, or not.

Donnally's Mills PA;Howenstine

I appreciate your posting on the
I am descended from the brother of Joseph Wilson Howanstine(1826-1909), named John Howanstine(1823-1863). J.W. was the father of your David, I believe.
I have David b.1863 as the father of Irene who never married and that is all I have on him. Are we talking about the same people here?
Hope to hear from you soon.


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