Friday, October 20, 2017

October 28th meeting Lycoming County Genealogical Society - An Historic Trip Down Nepanose Creek

Thomas T. Taber Museum
Wayne Welshans of Nippenose Valley will present a slide demonstration at the October 28th meeting of the Lycoming County Genealogical Society, at the Thomas T. Taber Museum. Following refreshments at 12:30 p.m., the program will begin at 1 p.m.


Wayne has spent most of his life in the Jersey Shore/Nippenose area, apart from his master’s degree in zoology from the University of New Hampshire, a year teaching at a State Department school in Laos, and ten summers as a seasonal Ranger Naturalist at Acadia National Park. He taught for 30 years in the Williamsport School District.

This slide presentation covers the 3 ½ mile length of Nepanose/Antes Creek from Widaagh Spring (largest in Pennsylvania), Little Lochabar past Lochabar, Millport, Nippenose Woolen Mill, Antes Gap, River Mill, Antes Cemetery ending at the West Branch of the Susquehanna just above Long Island at Jersey Shore. It represents only a portion of approximately 8,000 historic photographs from Wayne’s 45-year hobby in photography.

Wayne’s interest in family history began about 1976. He has traced his roots back to Lorraine/Elsass in the mid 1500’s. After the family emigrated to America about 1740, they settled in York, Pa. Principal occupations centered around blacksmithing and gunsmithing. The family ran a bore mill (making gun barrels) and also made guns for use in the American Revolution. Wayne’s ancestor Conrad located to Nippenose Valley in 1837.


The Lycoming County Genealogical Society is an all volunteer organization, whose mission is to encourage  interest in genealogy; to exchange information; and to sponsor educational programs.

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