Israel Helms (est 1818 to 1890) is my patrilineal great-great-great grandfather. He's my earliest Helms family ancestor that I've been able to independently document and verify through primary sources, and he's also my earliest Helms family ancestor whose grave I've visited in the Mason's Circle at Mount Moriah Cemetery. Born circa 1818, Israel was a farmer and dairyman for most of his life.
Welcome to the Helms family genealogy pages! You'll find a lot more than just dead Helms family members here, though. This page includes members of the Monago, Coffey, Erdman, Pile, Monti, Smith, Wahl families ... and many others.
My Helms family ancestors were among the first settlers along the Delaware River. Perhaps the most well known is Israel Helm, who even has his own Wikipedia page. Israel and his father Åke Israelsson are thought to have come to america around 1640.
Every genealogist has brick walls (people whose parents have not yet been identified). Here is a quick list of my current brick wall ancestors that I'm working hard to understand better. Note that they are all great-great-great-grandmothers; sadly, women from this era (born in the first half of the 19th century) are often difficult to research:
- Margarette Brown Russell. The wife of Israel Helms, her parentage is a complete mystery to me, as is her birthplace. Some of the census records say Maryland and some say Virginia, and a common last name like Russell isn't much of a help. I haven't been able to find a marriage record for Israel and Margarette, which could potentially identify her parents. Margaretta is my longest standing brick wall.
- Mary Anne Willis Reynolds. The wife of Philadelphia attorney Joseph Morgan Pile, her parents have been elusive.
- Anna Jones Mowday. Anna is the wife of Civil War veteran John Mowday.
- Frances Armour is the wife of David Schick and the mother of PA state representative Jacob Schick.
Jacob Schick (1858 - 1929) is my great-great grandfather. He's the furthest back I've been able to take my Schick line and my current genealogy brick wall (meaning I haven't been able to ascertain who his parents were).
Born in Pennsylvania (probably Philadelphia) in 1858, Jacob had a colorful career as a hotelier and a state house representative—a representative that wasn't afraid to brawl with his opponents, as one newspaper recounted.
He died in Philadelphia in 1929 and is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon.