William S. Halteman
was born on 19 June 1880 at home, East Vincent Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania.1,2,3
He was the son of Moses S. Halteman
and Almira Schultz
. William S. Halteman was also known as William Schultz Halteman. However, he had, as far as he knew, no middle name. He used the initial S from his earliest years.1
He received the sacrament of Holy Communion every time it was celebrated from October 1898 till April 1901 inclusive with the exception of October 1900, and also in January of 1902 and October of 1904 in St. Vincent Reformed Church, East Vincent Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania.4
He was baptized as an adult on 13 November 1898 at age 18 in St. Vincent Reformed Church, East Vincent Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. The Rev. Howard Long conducted the services.5
William S. Halteman was by trade, a carpenter.6,7
He was by necessity, a driver, a deliveryman, for the laundry operated by his wife's brother-in-law.8
He joined Carpenters and Joiners Union No. 997 on 18 February 1902 in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.
He married Melvina Raysor
, daughter of William Raysor
and Rachel (?)
, on 28 June 1902 at the parsonage of St. Vincent Reformed Church, which was very probably
at 270 Chestnut Street,9
Spring City, Chester County, Pennsylvania. The Rev. Howard Long conducted the ceremony, which was witnessed by John P. Spring
of Norristown, as best man, and Anna E. Gresh
, also of Norristown, as bridesmaid.10,11
They lived at several different residences during their brief marriage. They both lived in Spring City until they married, then:
517 Kohn Street, Norristown, where he began to board in June 1902, with Millie moving in on June 30th. They spent the 29th at her parent's home, and the 30th at his parent's; it rained both days, and spent the nights at his home.
1213 Willow Street, Norristown beginning on Tues. Aug. 5, 1902
541 Bridge Street, Spring City (her home) beginning Jan. 7, 1903
533 Noble Street, Norristown (boarded) beginning on Aug. 24, 1903
522 West Lafayette, Norristown (a house) beginning on
23 Staubridge Street (a house owned by Wm. J. Beards ) beginning on June 12, 1905
20 E. Chestnut Street (boarded)
741 Astor Street, Norristown (a house) from Monday, Feb. 11, 1907 to May 15, 1907, and then to his home in Spring City for two weeks.
617 De Kalb Street (boarded) for two months June to July 1907
21 W. Beech Street, Norristown (a house) beginning on July 18, 1907.12
A coal black stray cat, named Topsy, showed up at their home at 1213 Willow Street, Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, on the night of Tuesday, 9 September 1902--- and was adopted. He joined a volunteer fire company, Norris Hose Co., on 6 September 1907 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, His badge number was 167, and he fought several fires. He ceased living on 3 October 1909 in 21 Beech Street, Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He took his sons to board with Josiah. He started to board at Hotel Rambo on Monday evening, Oct. 11th. He sold at private sale on October 15th everything, with a few exceptions.13
William S. Halteman went to the Million Dollar Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Monday, 29 January 1912 He started to take dancing lessons. This was when he met Mary Woods and her daughter Ida. They would not meet again for eight years.13
He was a pallbearer at Almira Schultz
's funeral in her home, East Vincent Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, on 11 November 1915.14
He and Ida Gregory Woods
were engaged on 23 July 1921. He married Ida Gregory Woods
, daughter of William Woods
and Mary E. Bissett
, on 28 September 1921 at 124 Second Street, Pleasantville, Atlantic County, New Jersey.15,16,17
The Rev. J. L. Surtees, pastor of Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church, Pleasantville, performed the ceremony. The newspaper, in reporting the marriage, declared that the groom was from a prominent Philadelphia family.
The matron of honor was the bride's sister, May Kline, and the best man was her brother, Charles Woods. The bride's niece, Ruth Woods, was the flower girl. Delma Kline played Lohengrin's Wedding March on the piano. There were 10 others present, none from the groom's family, at the 7 p.m. ceremony.
Also present was the bride's mother, Mary Woods, her sister-in-law, Isabelle Woods, nieces Alverna and Margaret, and nephew Laurence Woods. Also, her Cousin Lilian Woods Buck and her husband, William Ray Buck. Mrs. John Anderson, Mrs. Mary McCue and Mrs. Charles Wiesenberger completed the guest list.
Following the wedding breakfast, the couple left on the 9:09 p.m. train for Niagara Falls, and other places. A good number of friends showed up to wish them well. He and Ida
lived between October 1921 and 8 February 1922 at 124 North Second Street, Pleasantville, Atlantic County, New Jersey. He and Ida
lived between 8 February 1922 and 22 May 1922 at West Jersey Avenue, Pleasantville, Atlantic County, New Jersey. He and Ida
lived on 22 May 1922 at 44 West Reading Avenue, Pleasantville, Atlantic County, New Jersey. He and Ida
lived after 1923 at 43 East Revere Avenue, Northfield, Atlantic County, New Jersey. He was a Methodist after 1926. He joined on 21 February 1926 Central M.E. Church, Linwood, Atlantic County, New Jersey. He enjoyed baseball; he was a Philadelphia fan, but he was realistic about their chances. He was known to say that they would trade any decent player they had playing for them. He was usually right about that. He records in his diary for 'Week of July 28 Aug 3. Aunt Mary here [Pleasantville, NJ] for a week took her back to Bertha's and saw Aunt Louisa Faust.' He petitioned for a delayed birth certificate on 6 August 1942 from the Orphan's Court of Chester County, Pennsylvania. He sought the birth record so he could collect Social Security; he was 62-years-old at the time. The petition was granted by Judge Coust Woods on 3 August 1942. Supporting affidavits were filed by Josiah S. Halteman
, Amos Kolb
and Nora Hartman.1
He left a will on 16 August 1948.18
The transcript of the Will read:
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF WILLIAM S HALTEMAN
I, WILLIAM S. HALTEMAN, of the City of Northfield, County of Atlantic and State of New Jersey, being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, do make and execute this my last Will and Testament, hereby expressly revoking any and all former Will and Wills and all Testamentary papers of whatsoever kind or nature heretofore by me made.
FIRST: I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as conveniently can be done.
SECOND: All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, whether real, personal or mixed, of whatsoever kind or wheresoever situate, I do give, devise and bequeath unto my wife, Ida G. Halteman, absolutely.
THIRD: I nominate, constitute and appoint my wife, Ida G. Halteman, to be the Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament, and she shall serve as such without bond, in this or any other jurisdiction where proceedings may be required to be taken in connection with this my Last Will and Testament.
FOURTH: In the event that my wife, the said Ida G. Halteman, shall predecease me, or in the event that my said wife and I shall perish in a common accident or catastrophe, then and in either or both of said events, I give, devise and bequeath all the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, whether real, personal or mixed, of whatsoever kind or wheresoever situate, unto my daughter, Mary Almira Halteman, absolutely.
FIFTH: In the event that my wife, the said Ida G. Halteman shall predecease me, or in the event that my said wife and I shall perish in a common accident or catastrophe, then and
---WILLIAM S HALTEMAN---
in either or both of said events, I nominate, constitute and appoint my daughter, Mary Almira Halteman, to be the Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament, and she shall serve as such without bond, in this or any other jurisdiction where proceedings may be required to be taken in connection with this my Last Will and Testament.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have on this sixteenth day of August, one thousand nine hundred and forty-eight, signed, sealed, published and declared the foregoing instrument as and for my last Will and Testament, in the presence of each and all of the subscribing witnesses, each of whom I have requested, in the presence of each of the other, to subscribe his name, with his address, as an attesting witness, in my presence and the presence of the other.
WILLIAM S. HALTEMAN (SEAL)
SIGNED, SEALED, PUBLISHED and DECLARED by the said William S. Halteman, the Testator hereinbefore named, as and for his Last Will and Testament, in the presence of us, who were present at the same time, and who at his request, in his presence and in the presence of the other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses on this sixteenth day of August, one thousand nine hundred and forty-eight.
HARRY SOUCBAL 9 E. Washington Ave., Pleasantville, N.J.
CHARLES R. JACKSON 111 Martin Terrace, Pleasantville, N.J.
He and Ida
sold their home at 43 E. Revere Ave., Northfield, Atlantic County, New Jersey, in March 1949 to their daughter Mary and her husband Charles.19
He and Ida
lived on and after on 6 September 1949 in 2606 Wabash Avenue, Northfield, Atlantic County, New Jersey.20
He rented out his home on Wabash Avenue in November 1957.21
He was taken ill with prostate gland trouble on 2 June 1959. He was operated on 5 June 1959 at Shore Memorial Hospital, Somers Point, Atlantic County, New Jersey, On 15 June 1959 he suffered a stroke.22
He died at 2 am on 5 July 1959 in Mayfair Nursing Home, Somers Point, Atlantic County, New Jersey, at age 79 years and 16 days.6,23,24
The cause of William's death was cerebral thrombosis.6
His obituary appeared in The Atlantic City Press
, Atlantic City, Atlantic County, New Jersey, on say 6 July 1959. It read: William S. Halteman
Retired Carpenter, 79
William S. Halteman, 79, of 43 East Revere Ave., Northfield, died in the Mayfair Nursing Home, Somers Point, Sunday after a month's illness.
A resident of Northfield 40 years, he was a retired carpenter. Mr. Halteman was a member of the Artisans and Central Methodist Church of Linwood.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Mary Wolfram of Northfield; two sons, Loren R. of Denver, Colo., and William E. of Alexandra, Va., and one grandson.
Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Sheppard Joslin of Central Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Atlantic City Cemetery, Pleasantville.24
His funeral was held in Parsels Funeral Home, Pleasantville, Atlantic County, New Jersey. The 2 p.m. service was conducted by the Rev. Sheppard Joslin
, pastor of Central Methodist Church, Linwood, N.J.. The pallbearers were his nephew, Eugene Halteman
, his wife's nephew, Lawrence E Woods
, Tiny Robert Bishop
, Charles Henry Wolfram
, and family friends Willliam Delaney and Mulford Potter. Also attending, from among his family were his son William, his cousins Jo McNamara, Anne Kirckoffer, Frank L. Gresh and his wife, Walter J. Fitzpatrick and his daughter Alice English.25,26
He was buried on 8 July 1959 in Atlantic City Cemetery, Pleasantville, Atlantic County, New Jersey.27,28
His estate was probated on 16 July 1959 in Surrogate's Court, Mays Landing, Atlantic County, New Jersey.18
William S. Halteman appeared on the census enumerated on 8 June 1900 in East Vincent Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, living with Moses S. Halteman
and Almira Schultz
as a son. William was recorded as a 19-year-old single white male born in June 1880 in Pennsylvania to parents both of whom were born in Pennsylvania. His occupation was recorded as a carpenter and he had not been unemployed in the previous year. He could speak English, read and write.7
He appeared in the census enumerated on 16 April 1910 in 401 Swede Street, Norristown borough, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He was a boarder, a 29-year-old widowed white male who was born in Pennsylvania to parents both of whom were born in Pennsylvania. He spoke English and could read and write. He was classified as a worker who had not been out of work on April 10, 1910 but he had been unemployed for 10 weeks in 1909. He was a carpenter, a house being the general establishment where he worked.29
He appeared in the census enumerated on 14 April 1930 in 43 East Revere Avenue, Northfield, Atlantic County, New Jersey, as the head of the household. He was recorded with the middle initial S., as a 49-year-old married white male who was 21-years-old at the time of his first marriage. He was recorded as born in Pennsylvania to parents who were also both born in Pennsylvania. He owned the home in which he was living, which was valued at $10,000, and it contained a radio set. The family did not live on a farm. He had not attended school since the previous September, he could speak English, read and write. He was not a veteran and he was employed as a worker, a deliveryman at the laundrey. He had been at work the last regular work day8