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BERTHA HALL HELMER

 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2006 12:41 pm    Post subject: BERTHA HALL HELMER Reply with quote

[b]"McKean: The Governor's County", Rufus Barrett Stone. Lewis Publishing Company, Inc. New York, 1926. Pages 283-4[/b]

[b]Bertha Hall Helmer[/b], daughter of John G. Hall and Elnora Grinolds Hall. Mr. Hall operated a planing mill at Port Allegany. Mrs. Helmer's grandmother, Anne Dunbar Hall, was a direct descendant of Admiral Coligny, whose daughter Louise married William the Silent, Prince of Orange. Their daughter, Sara, married Prince Wolfert Webbert, and after his death came to America, arriving Manhattan with three children. This was Mrs. Hall's first American ancestor. The line comes down through the daughter, Anneka Jans Bogardus, whose son, William had a daughter, Anne, who married Jacob Brower-their youngest daughter, Magdalena, marrying John Drake, the great-grandfather of Mrs. Hall. A first cousin of Princess Anneka Jans Bogardus was William the III, who was king of England from 1869 to 1702.

Mrs. Helmer, from generation to generation, has lost none of the royal qualities in her ancestral line. In Port Allegany she is a moving spirit in community enterprises. The Canoe Place Historical Society, under her inspiration and initiative, has entered with much success upon a promising career. The community has a record to be proud of, and its unfolding is a new source of public vitality. Mrs. Helmer is a graduate of the Port Allegany High School and of the Clarion State Normal School. She has also taken a special course at Pennsylvania State College. She is the wife of Daniel Steuben Helmer, a member of the McKean County bar. Mrs. Helmer is corresponding secretary of Canoe Place Historical Society, historian for Frank Burt Post, No. 258, American Legion, and historian for Canoe Place Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
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