Ferdinand Buri
Maria Anna Scherer
Johann Heinrich Papenkuhl
Emma Franziska Alwine Vogelmann
Hubert Bury
Martha Alwine Sophie Papenkuhl
Violet Pearl Bury


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1. Frederick Hale

2. William Christman
3. Winslow E. Barrigan

Violet Pearl Bury 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

  • Born: 16 Jun 1892, Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA 1 3 10 11 12
  • Marriage (1): Frederick Hale
  • Marriage (2): William Christman on 3 Jul 1915 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA 1 2 3
  • Marriage (3): Winslow E. Barrigan in 1941 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 4
  • Died: 4 Apr 1989, Philadelphia: Germantown Lutheran Home, Philadelphia, PA at age 96 7 10 11 12 13
  • Buried: 6 Apr 1989, Emmaus: Moravian Cemetery, Lehigh, PA 6 7 11

   FamilySearch ID: KZKG-DH3.

  General Notes:

Her father is listed on her marriage license to William Christman as Hubert Bury.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. To America from Antwerp on the ship The Belgenland (built 1878) on 2 Aug 1893 in New York: Ellis Island, New York, NY. 14 On the ship's passenger list:

Mrs. Martha Bury, 26 years, 8 months, female. Occupation: none. Citizen: USA. Destination: Shenandoah. Compartment or location: 3 C between decks. Baggage: 3.

Infant, 11 months, female. Occupation: none. Citizen: USA. Destination: Shenandoah. Compartment or location: 3 C between decks.

[Note: After the birth of daughter Violet, Martha returned to visit her homeland, taking the baby with her. This record is her return to America.].

2. Census in 1900 in Salisbury Twp., Lehigh, PA. 15 The 1900 Census for Salisbury Township in Lehigh County lists Hubert Bury, age 43, born Apr 1857 in Germany, parents born in Germany, occupation jeweler, renting his home. He was married for 16 years to Martha A., wife, born Oct 1867 in Germany, parents born in Germany. In 1900 she had born seven children, four of whom were still living.
With them is daughter Helen C., born Apr 1885 in Germany, age 15, single. Helen, Hubert, and Martha all immigrated in 1886. All can read and write English. Also in the home are three children born in Pennsylvania: Frank H., born Aug 1886; Violet P., born Jun 1892; and Martin H., born Oct 1898.

[Note for researchers: Hubert is indexed in this census as Burg, not Bury, although the handwriting of the census taker clearly wrote Bury. His immigration is incorrectly reported as 1886, but should have been 1885. Further, on the ship's passenger list his name appears as Burg, not Bury!].

3. Residence: Allentown City Directory: Bury Frank H, cashboy, h 1222 Gordon; Bury Hubert, watchmaker, res 1222 Gordon. Martha A.; Violet P., Martin in 1903 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 16

4. Residence: 1222 Gordon St., Allentown, PA on 24 Jul 1904 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 9

5. Census in 1910 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 17 Following the death of Martha Bury in 1904, we find her children living in 1910 with their older sister's husband. Horace N. Benfield, age 27, occupation house painter, is listed living at 229 West Street in Allentown in the 1910 Census in enumeration district 0160 as visit 0151. Living with him is his wife, Helen (nee Bury), age 24, whose birthplace is listed as Germany and 1885 as the year she immigrated, which is her year of birth. She was married to Horace for 4 years at in 1910 had no children born. Her marital status is listed as M2, to indicate this was her second marriage -- Horace is listed as M1. Also in the household is brother-in-law Frank H. Bury, age 23, single, bookkeeper in a cement mill; sister-in-law Violet P. Bury, age 17, single, stitchery in a shoe factory; and brother-in-law Martin H. Bury, age 11, single. Horace and his parents were born in Pennsylvania. Frank, Violet, and Martin were born in Pennsylvania with both parents born in Germany.

6. Occupation: stichery in a shoe mill in 1910. 18

7. Fact: It appears Violet Bury never married Frederick Hale because on her 1915 marriage record to William Christmas she listed previous marriages: no, 2 Aug 1913, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.

8. Residence: 1735 N. 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA on 2 Aug 1913 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 19

9. Newspaper: Allentown Democrat: Party for Miss Bury., 17 Jun 1915, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 20 In honor of her twenty-third birthday anniversary the friends of Miss Violet Bury, 229 North West St., Tuesday gave her a delightful surprise party. Games, music and refreshments constituted the evening's pleasure. In the party were:
The Misses Anna Bury of New York city, Vera O'Neill, Oline Heiss, Mary Boyer, Mildred Boyer, Lillian Moyer, Helen Kummery, Marie Miller, Mildred Raindenbach, Anna Stauffer, Helen Bury, Eva Weidner, Ruby Lesser, Grace Casteline, Violet Bury, Mrs. A. Benfield, Mrs. A. M. Musselman, Mrs. Frank Bury, Alvin Musselman, H. Benfield, H. S. Kummery, F. H. Bury, M. Lesser, Howard Sell, Chas. Sell, Alvin Musselman and Carl Musselman.

10. Occupation: shoe operator on 3 Jul 1915 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 3

11. Residence: 229 North West St., Allentown, PA on 3 Jul 1915 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 2 3

12. Newspaper: Allentown Leader: Marriage Licenses: William Christman of Macungie and Violet P. Bury, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Hubert Bury of 229 North West Street., 6 Jul 1915, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 21

13. Newspaper: Allentown Leader: A Night in Fairyland, 25 Nov 1916, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 22 The second annual children's "fairyland" concert will be given in St. Andrew's Reformed Church auditorium on Thanksgiving evening and Friday evening, November 30 and December 1, under the direction of F. Willard Wolfe.
There will be a chorus of 200 boys and girls and the Boy Scouts of Troop No. 2 of Allentown, numbering 40. Other participants are a mandolin club composed of five young people, of whom Mrs. Violet Christman is the soloist, and Miss Edna Bernhardt the soprano soloist. A very fine program is arranged and a treat is in store for every one who attends on either night.

14. Census in 1920 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 23 The 1920 census recorded at 2014 19th Street: Violet Christman, divorced, clerical in wholesale drugs, 27, living as a lodger in the home of Alice Lazarus, widowed, 48. Violet and her parents were born in Pennsylvania.

15. Newspaper: Morning Call: Granted A Divorce In Philadelphia Courts, 7 Mar 1923, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 24 In court No. 5., Philadelphia, Violet Christman, formerly Violet Bury, of this city, was granted a divorce from her husband, William Christman, a native of Macungie, according to court reports published in the Philadlephia newspapers. The reason for the divorce is not given.

16. Census in 1940 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 25 Violet Christman, 47, divorced, was living alone and renting a room at 1423 16th Street. She was self-employed as a musician.

17. Residence: on 17 Jun 1959 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 26

18. Newspaper: Lock Haven Express: Fire Destroys Barrigan Home, 2 May 1963, Lock Haven, Clinton, PA. 27 Fire Destroys Barrigan Home near Haneyville

HANEYVILLE - A new space heater, operating improperly, was blamed by firemen for the complete destruction by fire of the home of Mr. and Mrs. Winslow E. Barrigan near here early last night.
The Barrigans, former Philadelphians who visited this section often until locating here permanently after his retirement, did not have any insurance on the home, but there was some coverage on the contents. Mr. Barrigan said the loss may exceed $6,000.

Mrs. Barrlgan Away

Mr. Barrigan;'who lived four miles northwest of here, had left his home on the height of Hyner Mountain to have supper with his neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Lester D. Funk, who live nearby. Mrs. Barrigan was visiting in Philadelphia.
A passing motorist noticed the flames at the Barrigan house and stopped at the Funk home, which is closer to Coudersport Pike, to notify them of the fire.
Mr. Funk tried to telephone the Waterville Fire Co. but found that his telephone line was out. He drove to Haneyville and informed Samuel M. Saylor, a member of the Waterville Fire Co. A call was made to the Waterville firemen.
Aid came from the Woolrich, Dunnstown and Castanea Fire Cos. and from the Pennsylvania Department of Forest and Waters, all of which had tankers at the fire.

Alarm at 7 p.m.

The alarm was spread about 7 p.m. The firemen fought the blaze which had a great start but finally the roof caved in. They were there for about two hours. The Dunnstown firemen reported that they drove 24 miles to reach the fire.
The house is on Lock Haven Star Route but is in McHenny Township, Lycoming County, as the pike is the county line at that point.
Snow, still in patches on the ground, helped prevent the spread of the flames to the forest land there.
Mr. Barrigan retired a few years ago after long civilian service at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. He has not been in the best of health recently. He remained at the Funk home today.

19. Newspaper: Evening Herald: Photo of Winslow Barrigan and Violet Barrigan musicians at reunion of 1930 Class of Ashland High School, 8 Jul 1975, Shenandoah, Schuylkill, PA. 28

20. Residence: 6926 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119 in Aug 1986 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 29

21. Residence: 6950 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA on 4 Apr 1989 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 7

22. Obituary: Allentown Morning Call: obituary of Violet Barrigan on 5 Apr 1989 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 13 VIOLET BARRIGAN, 96, EX-MUSICAL DIRECTOR:

Mrs. Violet P. Barrigan, 96, of 6950 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, formerly of Allentown, died Tuesday in Germantown Lutheran Home, Philadelphia. She was the wife of Winslow E. Barrigan. A mandolin player since the age of 16, she was director of The Mellowtones, a group of musicians that included her husband on drums. Between 1972 and 1982, the Mellowtones became well known among senior citizens. They also played in Allentown, Hershey Park and the Granite Run Mall in Media, Delaware County. Barrigan formed her first musical group in 1932, and taught the mandolin until retiring in 1982.

Born in Shenandoah, Schuylkill County, she was a daughter of the late Herbert and Martha (Papenkuhl) Bury. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Allentown. Survivors: Husband; daughter, Mrs. Helen H. Barnes of Allentown, and two granddaughters.

23. Obituary: Hazleton Standard-Speaker: obituary of Violet Barrigan on 5 Apr 1989 in Hazleton, Luzerne, PA. 7 Violet Barrigan, directed Mellowtones
Mrs. Violet P. Barrigan, 96, of 6950 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, a former area native, died Tuesday in Germantown Lutheran Home, Philadelphia.
Born in Shenandoah, she was a daughter of the late Hebert and Martha (Papenkuhl) Bury, and was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Allentown.
A mandolin player since the age of 16, she was the director of the Mellowtones, a group of musicians that became well-known among senior citizens. Between 1972 and 1982, the group played in Allentown, Hersheypark, and the Granite Run Mall, Media, Delaware County.
She formed her first musical group in 1932, and taught the mandolin until retiring in 1982.
Surviving are her husband, Winslow E., who played drums with the Mellowtones; one daughter, Mrs. Helen E. Barnes, Allentown; and two granddaughters.
The funeral will be held on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. from the J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, 16th and Hamilton Streets, Allentown.
Friends may call on Thursday from 12:30 p.m. until the time of service.

24. Letter: Letter about Violet from her daughter, Helen Hale Barnes., 2005. 6 From a letter written by Helen Hale Barnes, Violet's daughter:

"Fred Hale was Violet's husband and my father but he died around the time of my birth and the couple lived in Philadelphia. I was brought to Aunt Helen in Allentown at 3 weeks of age so Mother could look for work in the city. I remained here by choice all my life. Aunt Helen and Uncle Horace were the only parents I ever knew. Helen has always had a difficult, tragic life and I had great respect and sympathy for her."

"When Violet reached 90 years of age, she expressed a great desire to be buried in Moravian cemetery with her parents. I went to the church office seeking the possibility of this and was turned down. I said to the church secretary, "My Mother will be very disappointed. She was hoping to be buried where her parents Martha and Hubert Bury are interred."

"My gracious," replied the woman. "If her parents are there as Moravians she's entitled to be there as well." So I purchased a spot close by Charles and Helen, Martha and Hubert - I'm sure native residents wonder how a "Barrigan" was able to enter Moravian Cemetery."

Violet married Frederick Hale. (Frederick Hale was born about 1888 in , , NJ 30 and died before May 1943.)

Violet next married William Christman, son of Benjamin Franklin Christman and Catherine Neumoyer, on 3 Jul 1915 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA.1 2 3 The marriage ended in divorce before 1920. (William Christman was born on 6 Sep 1881 in Macungie Twp., Lehigh, PA 3 31 32 and died on 24 Aug 1953 in Annville, Lebanon, PA.)

Violet next married Winslow E. Barrigan, son of William H. Barrigan and Lina Marie Altvater, in 1941 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.4 (Winslow E. Barrigan was born on 27 Nov 1899 in , , PA 10 and died on 1 Oct 1992 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 10.)


1 Marriage License.

2 The Allentown Leader (Allentown, PA) (Allentown, Lehigh, Pennsylvania), 1915 Jul 6, page 2. Marriage Licenses. William Christman and Violet P. Bury.

3 FamilySearch.org, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VF4K-NKL William Christman and Violet P. Bury, 03 Jul 1915; citing Marriage, Pennsylvania, county courthouses, Pennsylvania; FHL microfilm 2,080,232.

4 Ancestry.com, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Marriage Index, 1885-1951, Marriage License 734253. Violet P. Christman and Winslow E. Barrigan.

5 1910 United States Census.

6 Barnes, Helen Hale, daughter of Violet Pearl Bury (Letters from Helen Hale Barnes. 2005-6.).

7 Hazleton Standard-Speaker, Hazleton, PA (Hazleton, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania), 5 Apr 1898, page 2. Obituary of Violet Barrigan.

8 FamilySearch.org, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VFWQ-MFT Harold S. Barnes and Helen B. Hale, 1943.

9 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 25 Jul 1904, page 1. Obituary of Mrs. Herbert Bury.

10 U.S. Social Security Death Index.

11 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=17218265&.

12 U.S. Social Security Death Index, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JPZR-2P8 SSN 159-09-8673 Violet P. Barrigan.

13 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), Apr 5, 1989. pg. B.14.

14 Ellis Island Passenger Lists (Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. http://www.ellisislandrecords.org).

15 1900 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lehigh County, Salisbury Township, Series: T623 Roll: 1429 Page: 300.

16 Ancestry.com, U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995, 1903 Allentown Directory, printed page 86, online image 45.

17 1910 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lehigh County, Allentown Ward 11, Roll 1364 Book 1, Page 230.

18 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "FamilySearch," database, FamilySearch (http://new.familysearch.org : accessed 17 Apr 2013), entry for Violet Pearl Bury, person ID KZKG-DH3.

19 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, U.S., Birth Certificates, 1906-1913, Helen Hale b. 2 Aug 1913 Philadelphia PA.

20 Allentown Democrat (Allentown, PA), 17 Jun 1915, page 7. Party for Miss Bury.

21 The Allentown Leader (Allentown, PA) (Allentown, Lehigh, Pennsylvania), 6 Jul 1915, page 2.

22 The Allentown Leader (Allentown, PA) (Allentown, Lehigh, Pennsylvania), 25 Nov 1916, page 6.

23 1920 United States Census, Year: 1920; Census Place: Philadelphia Ward 32, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Roll: T625_1633; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 1069; Image: 1108.

24 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 7 Mar 1923, page 11.

25 1940 United States Census, (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KQJJ-NX9 Violet Christman, Ward 47, Philadelphia, Philadelphia City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 51-2027, sheet 2A, family 43.

26 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 18 Jun 1959, page 55. Obituary of Frank H. Bury.

27 The Express (Lock Haven, Pennsylvania) (Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania.), 2 May 1963, page 1.

28 The Evening Herald (Shenandoah, PA), 8 Jul 1975, page 3.

29 FamilySearch.org, United States Public Records Index, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KRK5-QQH Winslow E Barrigan.

30 FamilySearch.org, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VFWQ-MFT Marriage record Harold S. Barnes and Helen B. Hale, 1943.

31 (http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=schwenk&id=I018591).

32 Brĝderbund Software, Inc. (Release date: August 23, 1996), Tree #0678.

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