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Borough of Gettysburg

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Borough of Gettysburg

Author: Cory Kegerise

Cory Kegerise is the Community Preservation Coordinator for Eastern Pennsylvania at the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office. He is a native of Berks County, Pennsylvania and holds a Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s Degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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  1. Elizabeth "Betty" Ann King Jones says:

    I am looking for historical verification of how and when Gettysburg was settled. I do Family History Research and have traced some of my family (Geddes) back to Scotland and Ireland. They came to America in 1752 and settled all around the South Central PA area. My GG Grandfather and Mother lived in Ft. Loudon just West of Chambersburg. He was Hezekiah Easton and is the towns Civil War Hero having died at the Battle of Gains Mill in the 7 Days battle for Richmond. His body was never recovered but there is a memorial to him near his wife’s grave in the Fort Loudon Cemetery just off Main Street (The old Lincoln Hwy) behind the old church (now a residence and art studio. He was a member of the George Washington Masonic Lodge in Chambersburg (built in 1825 and still in use as a Masonic Temple today. I am asking for this info because I have a relative who swears that Gettysburg was named for a James Geddes. While we have many James Geddes in our family line and they did settle in that area I cannot connect him to our family or to the naming of Gettysburg. For what ever reason I am not finding much on the history and naming of Gettysburg. I need verifiable sources.
    I will not put false information into our family history after 30 years of verifiable research and documentation.

    I was born and raised in Glenshaw, PA (Shaler Twp) just north of Pittsburgh and have visited this PA area extensively, however I now live in Las Vegas, NV because my only daughter and her husband live here. I don’t get back to PA as often as I would like and I still consider Pittsburgh “Home”.

    Thanks for your assistance,

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