DAGUERREOTYPE AND AMBROTYPE WILLIAM FOLLMER M.D. LYCOMING COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA
A nice double cased ambrotype of a husband and wife identified as Jacob M. and Susannah Hackenberg Follmer [My father and mother wrote W. H. Follmer, Milton, PA]. Included in the back of the ambrotype is the marriage certificate for Jacob M. and Susanna. Married October 29, 1850, by Daniel Gring, Minister of the Gospel. The ambrotype plates are approximately 1/6th plate. (circa 1854-1861) The case is an early leather covered wood-frame with hinges and a spring latch. There is a date engraved on the brass mat of "June 24, 1856, Columbia, PA."
Also included is a wonderful daguerreotype of a mother and child, 1/6th plate--believed to be Susannah Hackenberg Follmer with son William H. Follmer, M.D. (circa 1852-1860) in an early wood-frame case covered with a thistle motif embossed leather and gilt trim, original velvet pads, and hook and eye closure.
[Tintypes of W. H. Follmer accompany the daguerreotype and ambrotype. One of the tintypes also pictures two of his brothers with him--Roland B. Follmer and John H. Follmer, along with another man.]
Jacob Michael Follmer, son of Col. Daniel C., was born May 3, 1825, in Limestoneville, Montour County, PA, and received his education in the public schools and at Danville Academy. He followed farming, lumbering and stock raising, meeting with success in all those lines, and in his later years engaged in the insurance business, representing several of the strongest companies. In 1863 he enlisted in Company E, 37th Militia, received the appointment of regimental quartermaster and served as such until honorably discharged, August 4, 1863. He was a charter member of Bryson Post, G.A.R., at Watsontown, and served as chaplain of Henry Wilson Post, at Milton. He died March 11, 1896, in Milton, Northumberland County, PA. Susannah Hackenberg was born in 1830.
William H. Follmer, M.D., son of Jacob M. was born August 13, 1856, at Milton, and there began his education in the public schools. He graduated from the high school at Watsontown, and then read medicine with Dr. J. B. Ely, at Milton, later entering Hahnemann Medical College, at Philadelphia, from which institution he graduated in 1882. In the spring of the same year he located at Milton for practice, and there he remained until his removal to Williamsport, in 1909. Dr. Follmer gained a wide patronage and considerable reputation in his profession, and was identified with the best homeopathic organizations, local and State. He married Hester Louisa Brown, born January 30, 1861. They had a son, Cyrus Brown Follmer, born May 17, 1894. [A photograph of Dr. Follmer and his wife are included in the collection.]
Cyrus Brown Follmer served in the Bucknell Ambulance corps in WWI and was on the front. After WWI, he became a US Diplomat serving in Tallinn Estonia, Lyons France, Paris France, Berlin Germany and later in Calgery Alberta and in Ottawa Ontario Canada. Cyrus also served brilliantly in WWII and attained the highest rank of a non-commissioned officer. Responsible for passing a bill on the naturalization of non-US citizens serving in the US Army, he spent most of his time at the front naturalizing men serving (and dying) for the US.
Other Follmer/Vollmer genealogy:
Col. Daniel C. Follmer, born in Northumberland County June (or March) 9, 1786, was colonel of a militia company for many years and served with that rank in the war of 1812. He was a leading citizen of his day, and served one term as associate judge of Montour County. Farming was his occupation. He was a member of the Reformed Church, which he served as elder. His death occurred in the seventies. His first wife Susanna Deiffenbacher, a native of Columbia County, PA, died in 1836, and he subsequently married, Rachel Grier.
Col. Daniel Follmer's father, George Jacob Follmer, was born December 14, 1738 in Tulpehocken Township, Berks County, PA, and died August 24, 1804 in Milton, Northumberland County, PA. He was married to Anna Catherine Walters, born February 9, 1741/42 in Upper Riscum, Wurttemberg, Germany.
George Jacob Follmer's father, Hans Jacob Vollmer, was born March 6, 1696/97 in Kohlstetten, Donau, Wuerttemberg, Germany, and died January 1, 1762 in Tulpehocken Township, Berks County, PA. He had two wives: He was married to Agnes Rau on August 16, 1718 in Germany – Rosswag, Neckar, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany and to Anna Maria Dittis on November 21, 1735 in Germany - Rosswag, Neckar, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. He married Anna Abblona Hochund born November 16, 1695 in Eberdingen, Neckar, Wuerttemberg, Germany.
Hans Jacob Vollmer's father, Jacob (Hans Jerg or Joerg) Vollmer, was born 1665 in Rheinland-Pfalfz, Holy Roman Empire and died April 22, 1745 in Wurttemberg, Germany. He married Anna Beck born March 11, 1670/71 in Kohlstetten, Donau, Wuerttemberg, Germany. He had a second wife, Anna Maria Wagner, married on July 6, 1710 in Germany.
Hans Jerg or Joerg (Jacob) Vollmar's father, Hans Jerg Vollmar, was born about 1640 in Germany – Freudenstein, Neckar, Baden-Wuertemberg, Germany. He died before June 9, 1696.
[From Family Treemaker Genealogy]
In addition to the Follmer tintypes, there are a couple other tintypes of groups of men (one of them having several Follmer men). On the tintype labeled "Thanksgiving Day, November 27th, 1884, Milton, PA" there is a gentleman pictured by the name of George Chapin. Mr. Chapin was a cashier for the First National Bank, Milton, PA, and a manager of the West Branch Novelty Company. The West Branch Novelty Company was established in 1893 and for its first few years was confined to the manufacture of bamboo furniture. In 1899 the company expanded to the corner of Upper Market and Arch streets. After 1910 the most important single line of merchandise produced was cedar chests.