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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Where is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA? 

Philadelphia is the county seat of Philadelphia County and is the largest city in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. It is located in the Northeastern United States at the confluence of the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers.

In 1682, William Penn founded the city to serve as capital of Pennsylvania Colony. By the 1750s, Philadelphia had surpassed Boston to become the largest city and busiest port in British America, and second in the British Empire, behind London. During the American Revolution, Philadelphia played an instrumental role as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Constitution in 1787. Philadelphia was one of the nation's capitals during the Revolutionary War, and the city served as the temporary U.S. capital while Washington, D.C., was under construction. During the 19th century, Philadelphia became a major industrial center and railroad hub that grew from an influx of European immigrants. It became a prime destination for African Americans during the Great Migration and surpassed two million occupants by 1950.


Manayunk is a neighborhood in the northwestern section of the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States. Located on the banks of the Schuylkill River, it contains the first canal begun in the United States (although not the first completed due to budget problems). The area's name comes from the language of the Lenape Indians (later called the Delaware Indians by Europeans). In 1686-dated papers between William Penn and the Lenape, the Lenape referred to the Schuylkill River as "Manaiung", their word for "river", which literally translates as "place to drink"; the word was later altered and adopted as the town's name.Wikipedia


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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - The Exchange and Girards Bank
American Scenery, 
by N.P. Willis, Illustrated by William Henry Bartlett, 1840
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

The Exchange and Girards Bank
American Scenery,
by N.P. Willis, Illustrated by William Henry Bartlett, 1840
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - Philadelphia Botanic Co.
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Philadelphia, Pa.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Philadelphia Botanic Co.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - Burpee Farm Annual for 1898
The Leading American Seed Catalogue
W. Atlee Burpee & Co., Philadelpha

Ladies' Home Journal
January 1898
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Burpee Farm Annual for 1898
The Leading American Seed Catalogue
W. Atlee Burpee & Co., Philadelpha

Ladies' Home Journal
January 1898
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - Buy Your Wall-Paper by Mail from the Manufacturers
Kayser & Allman
1214-1216 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pa.

Ladies' Home Journal
March 1898
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Buy Your Wall-Paper by Mail from the Manufacturers
Kayser & Allman
1214-1216 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pa.

Ladies' Home Journal
March 1898
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - I come in sizes
large and small,
I hold in calm
or bluster weather.
I fasten fabrics
canvas tough
And hook the finest
lace together.
See that hump?

The DeLong Hook and Eye

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Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.A.

The Ladies' Home Journal
July 1898
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

I come in sizes
large and small,
I hold in calm
or bluster weather.
I fasten fabrics
canvas tough
And hook the finest
lace together.
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Chestnut Street, West of 11th Street, Philadelphia, Pa.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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News  1682 - June 18 - Philadelphia is founded by William Penn

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1719 - First Newspaper in Pennsylvania
The first [newspaper] in Pennsylvania was "The American," published in Philadelphia in 1719.

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News  1731 - November 8 - In Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin opens 1st US library

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November 8, 1731
News  1732 - February 26 - 1st mass celebrated in 1st American Catholic church, St Joseph's, Philadelphia

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February 26, 1732
News  1732 - December 19 - Benjamin Franklin under the name Richard Saunders begins publication of "Poor Richard's Almanack"

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December 19, 1732
1736 - The first volunteer fire department, the Union Fire Company, was founded in Philadelphia in 1736 by Benjamin Franklin.

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News  1743 - February 3 - Philadelphia establishes a "pesthouse" to quarantine immigrants

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February 3, 1743
News  1748 - August 26 - The first Lutheran denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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August 26, 1748
News  1751 - Founded on May 11, 1751 by Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Bond, Pennsylvania Hospital was the first hospital in the United States.

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May 11, 1751
News  1752 - May 11 - 1st US fire insurance policy issued (Philadelphia)

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May 11, 1752
News  1759 - January 11 - 1st American life insurance company incorporated, Philadelphia

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January 11, 1759
1765 - May 3 - 1st US medical college opens in Philadelphia

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News  1770 - June 28 - Quakers open a school for blacks in Philadelphia

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June 28, 1770
News  1773 - December 26 - Expulsion of tea ships from Philadelphia

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December 26, 1773
1774 - September 5 - First Continental Congress formed in Philadelphia
The First Continental Congress was a meeting of delegates from twelve of the thirteen colonies that ...Read MORE...

1775 - In Philadelphia, Johann Behrent built the first piano in America calling it "Piano Forte."

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May 1775 - Second Continental Congress - Philadelphia - plans to form an army.
When the Second Continental Congress came together on May 10, 1775 it was, in effect, a reconvening ...Read MORE...

News  1777 - September 26 - British General William Howe occupies Philadelphia during American Revolution

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September 26, 1777
1778 - In June 1778, a 700 wagon caravan escorted the Liberty Bell on its return to Philadelphia from Allentown along Towamencin's Allentown Road.
Nine months earlier, when British troops threatened to capture the city, the bell had been whisked...Read MORE...

News  1782 - January 7 - 1st US commercial bank, Bank of North America, opens in Philadelphia

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January 7, 1782
News  1784 - September 21 - The Nation's First Daily Newspaper Began Publication
The nation's first daily newspaper, the Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser, began publication ...Read MORE...

News  1787 - September 17 - US constitution adopted by Philadelphia convention

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1790 - December 6 - The U.S. Congress moves from New York City to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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1792 - July 1 - A tremendous storm (a tornado or hurricane) hit Philadelphia and New York City. Many young people were drowned while out boating on that Sunday.

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1793 - Yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia killed about 2,000

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News  1793 - January 9 - 1st hot-air balloon flight in the US lifts off in Philadelphia, piloted by Jean Pierre Blanchard

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January 9, 1793
News  1793 - June 10 - Washington replaced Philadelphia as US capital

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June 10, 1793
1803 - May 8 - A freak spring storm produced heavy snow from southern Indiana to New England. The storm made sleighing possible in Massachusetts, but also ruined shade trees in Philadelphia.

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News  1816 - December 2 - 1st savings bank in US opens (Philadelphia Savings Fund Society)

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December 2, 1816
1827 - Mechanics Union of Trade Associations formed in Philadelphia

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1839 - February 24 - Steam shovel patented by William Otis, Philadelphia

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News  1839 - AWFUL CONFLAGRATION !! DESTRUCTION OF MORE THAN 47 BUILDINGS, AND A GREATER LOSS OF PROPERTY THAN HAS FALLEN UPON PHILADELPHIA BY A SIMILAR CALAMITY FOR MANY YEARS - WITH LOSS OF LIFE.
From the Philadelphia Ledger of October 5.

One of the most disastrous conflagrations that ever...Read MORE...

News  1843 - August 5 - A spectacular cloudburst near Philadelphia turned the small creeks and streams entering the Delaware River into raging torrents.
As much as sixteen inches of rain fell in just three hours. Flooding destroyed thirty-two county...Read MORE...

1843 - Artificial Freezer Patented
1843: Until September 9, 1843, ice cream was made by the "pot freezer method," but on this day,...Read MORE...

News  1844 - FRIGHTFUL RAILROAD ACCIDENT.
We learn from the Philadelphia Gazette of Saturday that the bridge on the Reading Railroad over...Read MORE...

News  1847 - May 7 – In Philadelphia, the American Medical Association (AMA) is founded.

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May 7, 1847
News  1851 - DESTRUCTIVE FIRE IN PHILADELPHIA.
Philadelphia, Saturday, Dec. 27.
A destructive fire broke out at 1 o'clock this morning, in HART'S ...Read MORE...

1854 - December 15 - 1st street-cleaning machine in US 1st used in Philadelphia

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News  1854 - DREADFUL ACCIDENT ON THE READING RAILROAD.
On Friday afternoon week, the locomotive Wisconsin life Richmond for Pottsville, with a train of...Read MORE...

News  1856 - February 18 – The American Party (Know-Nothings) convene in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to nominate their first Presidential candidate, former President Millard Fillmore.

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February 18, 1856
News  1856 - July 17 – The Great Train Wreck (the worst railroad calamity in the world to date) occurs near Philadelphia, PA, USA.
The Great Train Wreck of 1856 occurred in Whitemarsh Township, Pennsylvania, between Camp Hill...Read MORE...

March 30, 1858: H. L. Lipman, of Philadelphia, patented the first pencil with eraser

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March 30, 1858
News  1869 - Pastors Unite
Over a dozen Philadelphia pastors have united in the determination to attend no more Sunday...Read MORE...

News  1870 - February 5 - 1st motion picture shown to a theater audience, Philadelphia

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February 5, 1870
News  1871 - In Philadelphia, there is a blacksmith shop, the bellows of which are operated by dog power.


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News  1874 - July 1 - 1st US zoo opens (Philadelphia)

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July 1, 1874
1876 - May 10 - Centennial Exhibitiion
May 10, 1876: The Centennial Exhibition opened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at which Caroline...Read MORE...

1884 - A SHOCK OF EARTHQUAKE Felt Over a Large Region – A Vibratory Motion from Washington to Maine
...In Philadelphia the shock was very perceptible and the undulation apparently extended from...Read MORE...

1885 - August 3 - A tornado hit Philadelphia and Camden along its eight mile path.

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News  1889 - ANOTHER HORROR. A WOMAN AND FOUR CHILDREN ROASTED TO DEATH WHILE ASLEEP.
Philadelphia, Dec. 3. - Fire in GUSTAV GROSS' bakery and dwelling, northeast corner Second and...Read MORE...

News  1894 - Both Are Now Dead
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 14. - Mrs. John Heard, who was shot by her jealous husband on the night of Jan....Read MORE...

News  1896 - When Should a Man Feel Encouraged?
The first steps toward courting a wife are taken with a certain diffidence.

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News  1902 - November 21 - 1st night football game, Philadelphia Athletics beats Kanaweola AC, 39-0

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1906
Philadelphia, a port of entry, the third city in population of the United States, the metropolis of ...Read MORE...

News  1906 - BUILDING INSPECTORS BLAMED FOR PHILADELPHIA CHURCH HORROR. EIGHTEEN DEAD AND MORE THAN SIXTY INJURED IN PANIC FOLLOWING DISCOVERY OF FIRE IN CHURCH - DISASTER ACCOMPANIED BY MOST HORRIBLE SCENES.
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Philadelphia, Jan. 22. - The building inspectors are blamed for...Read MORE...

1918 - influenza epidemic in Philadelphia killed 11,000

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News  1918 - EXPLOSION AT NAVY YARD. TWO KILLED, 7 SCALDED WHEN BOILER LETS GO AT LEAGUE ISLAND.
Philadelphia, Jan. 2. - Two negro firemen were killed and seven other men injured in an explosion...Read MORE...

1921 - November 15 - KYW-AM in Philadelphia PA begins radio transmissions

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News  1936 - June 11 - Presbyterian Church of America founded at Philadelphia

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June 11, 1936
1940 - April - 1st electron microscope demonstrated (RCA), Philadelphia, Pa

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News  1943 - REPORT 150 DEAD IN WRECKED TRAIN.
Philadelphia, Sept. 6 (AP) - One hundred and fifty persons were reported killed and more than 90...Read MORE...

1946 - Philadelphia became home to the first computer.

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1955 - Hurricane Diane - NINE DEATHS REPORTED IN EASTERN PA. 650 YOUNGSTERS MAROONED; RAIN REACHES 9 INCHES.
Philadelphia (AP) - Rain-swollen rivers rampaged through eastern Pennsylania today, causing at...Read MORE...

1964 - Race riots in Philadelphia

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Ancestors Who Were Born Here

We currently have information about 39 ancestors who were born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
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Ancestors Who Died Here


Atkins
US Civil War Soldiers flag  William H ATKINS (1840, Granville, Massachusetts, USA - 12 August 1862, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) gravestone

Bache
 flag  Benjamin Franklin BACHE (12 August 1769, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - 10 September 1798, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) gravestone

Blancher
flag  Sarah BLANCHER (15 April 1774, , New York, USA - 23 June 1817, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

Bradley
flag  Thomas Scott BRADLEY (15 April 1825, Lee, Massachusetts, USA - 28 June 1863, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) gravestone

Cuttle
immigrant flag  Mary Ann CUTTLE (1724, , Ireland - 1767, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

Dempsey
flag  Patrick DEMPSEY (abt. 1755, , Pennsylvania, USA - 1810, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

Derby
flag  Richard Crowninshield DERBY (18 January 1777, Salem, Massachusetts, USA - 4 April 1854, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) gravestone

Fox
flag  Mabel Desiree FOX (3/29/1894, Newburgh, New York, USA - March, 1977, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

Franklin
 flag  Benjamin FRANKLIN (6 January 1706, Boston, Massachusetts, USA - 17 April 1790, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) gravestone
 flag  Francis Folger FRANKLIN (20 October 1732 , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - 21 November 1736 , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) gravestone
 flag  Sarah "Sally" FRANKLIN (11 September 1743 , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - 5 October 1808 , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) gravestone

Leblanc
Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement flag  René LEBLANC (abt. 1682, Annapolis Royal, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada / Port Royal, Acadia - 6 February 1758, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) gravestone

Mathews
flag  Moses. M. MATHEWS (1809, , New York, USA - 23 November 1867, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

McDonald? Reilly?
immigrant flag  Catherine MCDONALD? REILLY? (, , Ireland - aft. 1810, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

Orrell (Worrell)
immigrant US Civil War Soldiers flag  Sefton "David" ORRELL (WORRELL) (abt. 1836, , England (United Kingdom) - 27 June 1891, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

Poirier
flag  Joseph POIRIER (1710, Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada / Beaubassin, Acadia (Fort Lawrence) - 1764, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

Powell
immigrant flag  William POWELL (1673, , England (United Kingdom) - 19 November 1732, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

Pullen
flag  Samuel Montgomery PULLEN (abt. 1811, Lancaster County, Virginia, USA - 10 August 1881, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) gravestone

Read
 flag  Deborah READ (14 February 1708 , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - 19 December 1774 , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) gravestone

Schneider
flag  Mary (Polly) SCHNEIDER (1 January 1814, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA - 31 August 1870, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) gravestone

Slingerland
  Jos. H. SLINGERLAND (1844, - 23 May 1863, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

Thompson
flag  David THOMPSON (2 October 1771, Clinton, Dutchess, New York, USA - 21 March 1849, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

Wheeler
flag  Jermonah WHEELER (1800, , New York, USA - 4 October 1861, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
 

Ancestors Who Were Married Here


1700
William POWELL (1673 - 19 November 1732) & Elizabeth KELLEY ( - abt. 1707)
married 31 October 1700

1730
Benjamin FRANKLIN (6 January 1706 - 17 April 1790) & Deborah READ (14 February 1708 - 19 December 1774 )
married 1 September 1730

1764
Johann Adam BENGLE (1734 - 1799) & Marie DAVIS (28 December 1733 - 28 October 1805)
married 1764

1767
Richard BACHE (12 September 1737 - 17 April 1811) & Sarah "Sally" FRANKLIN (11 September 1743 - 5 October 1808 )
married 3 October 1767

1790
Jacob SECHLER (15 September 1768 - 14 November 1845) & Catherine ZIEGLER (23 August 1769 - 1 October 1852)
married 5 October 1790
 

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