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Samuel C Custer, Sr.

Samuel C Custer, Sr.

Male 1855 - 1916  (60 years)

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  • Name Samuel C Custer 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 25 Jul 1855  PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 20 Jul 1860  Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1860 Federal Census, Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Lower Merion Township, Page 74.
    1860 Federal Census, Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Lower Merion Township, Page 74.
    1860 Federal Census, Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Lower Merion Township, Page 74.
    Census 9 Aug 1870  Ridley Township, Delaware County, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1870 Federal Census, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Ridley Township, Page 3.
    1870 Federal Census, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Ridley Township, Page 3.
    1870 Federal Census, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Ridley Township, Page 3.
    Census 5 Jun 1880  Ridley Township, Delaware County, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1880 Federal Census, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Ridley Township, Supervisor's District No. 2, Enumeration District No. 7, Page 9.
    1880 Federal Census, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Ridley Township, Supervisor's District No. 2, Enumeration District No. 7, Page 9.
    1880 Federal Census, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Ridley Township, Supervisor's District No. 2, Enumeration District No. 7, Page 9.
    Census 14 Jun 1900  Andrews Ave., Collingdale Borough, Delaware County, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1900 Federal Census, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Collingdale Borough, Supervisor's District No. 2, Enumeration District No. 166, Sheet 16A.
    1900 Federal Census, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Collingdale Borough, Supervisor's District No. 2, Enumeration District No. 166, Sheet 16A.
    1900 Federal Census, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Collingdale Borough, Supervisor's District No. 2, Enumeration District No. 166, Sheet 16A.
    Census 28 Apr 1910  23 Railroad Ave., Glenolden Borough, Delaware County, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1910 Federal Census, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Glenolden Borough, Supervisor's District No. 2, Enumeration District No. 139, Sheet 11A.
    1910 Federal Census, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Glenolden Borough, Supervisor's District No. 2, Enumeration District No. 139, Sheet 11A.
    1910 Federal Census, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Glenolden Borough, Supervisor's District No. 2, Enumeration District No. 139, Sheet 11A.
    Died 3 Jun 1916  Folcroft, Delaware County, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Wilkes-Barre Times, 5 Jun 1916: LOSES LIFE ON RAILROAD WHILE TAKING 'SHORT CUT'. Chester, PA., June 5--The mutilated body of a man found along the tracks of the Pennsylvania Railroad at Folcroft today, was identified as that of Samuel Custer, 51, of Glenolden. He had been visiting friends at Folcroft and late last night in taking a short route to his home climbed over a fence, it is believed, and in crossing the tracks was struck by an express train and instantly killed.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer, 5 Jun 1916: "Glenolden Man Killed by Train", Special to The Inquirer. CHESTER, Pa., June 4.-The badly mutilated remains of a man found along the tracks of the Pennsylvania Railroad at Folcroft today were identified as those of Samuel Custer, fifty years old, of Glenolden. he had been visiting friends at Folcroft and late last night in taking a short route to his home climbed over a fence it is believed and in crossing the tracks was struck by an express train and instantly killed. The body was discovered by the crew of a train. Custer was the son of the late Bethel M. Custer, prominent in the politics and history of Glenolden and vicinity. He leaves a widow and two children.
    • Philadelphia Inquirer, 5 Jun 1916: CUSTER.-Suddenly, June 3, 1916. SAMUEL C. CUSTER. Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral services Wednesday, 2 P. M., at residence of Charles H. Dreiner, 920 Main st., Darby, Pa. Interment private.
    • Delaware County Daily Times, 5 Jun 1916: Samuel Customer Killed by Train at Folcroft

      Son of the Late Bethel M. Custer, of Glenolden Meets a Violent Death On the Railroad

      Struck by a south-bound express train, as he was crossing the tracks of the Philadelphia, Baltimore & Washington railroad at Folcroft, in Darby Township, Saturday midnight, Samuel Custer, fifty years old, of Glenolden, member of a well known family in that section of the county, and son of the late Bethel Custer, was literally ground to pieces under the wheels of a train. The tragedy was not discovered until ten minutes later when the crew of an accommodation train following in the wake of the express, noticed portions of the dismembered body scattered along the track. The legs were picked up some distance from where the torso and head were found.

      Custer had been visiting some friends in Folcroft and was on his way to his home in Glenolden when the fatality occurred. It is believed that he climbed a fence in front of the Folcroft station for the purpose of taking a short cut home and was in front of the oncoming train before he had time to save himself.

      The crew of the express did not know that a man had been hurled into eternity by their train. The body was horribly mangled, portions of the remains being scattered along the track a distance of fully one hundred years from where the engine struck Custer.

      An employee of the Pennsylvania Railroad notified Coroner Charles H. Drewes, of Darby, who took charge of the remains. By the light of lanterns, the Coroner and his assistants managed to recover what was left of the body and remove it to the morgue.

      Custer is survived by a widow and two children, Samuel and Mabel. He was well known in Darby and vicinity, where he resided practically all his life and was well liked by all who knew him. His death comes as a great shock to his friends.

      The railroad accident is the third to occur is that section of the county in a little over two days. Two of them resulted fatally, the first being the case of eleven-year-old Frederick Duprius, of Norwood, who was killed by a train at Holmes station on the B. & O. road last Thursday night. The other victim had a narrow escape from death under a train at Sharon Hill, Saturday.
    Death Certificate of Samuel Custer
    Death Certificate of Samuel Custer
    Death Certificate of Samuel Custer
    Buried 7 Jun 1916  Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill, Delaware County, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The McCarter / Custer headstone.
    The McCarter / Custer headstone.
    The McCarter / Custer headstone.
    Person ID I1787  Helms Family
    Last Modified 2 Sep 2017 

    Father Bethel Moore Custer,   b. 8 Jan 1828, Montgomery County, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1902  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Jane Crouthers Robertson,   b. 1828, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1870  (Age 42 years) 
    Married Nov 1851 
    Family ID F564  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ellen L Helms,   b. 5 Aug 1859, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1921, 27 Isabel Ave., Glenolden, Delaware County, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Married 27 Jan 1881  St. James Church of Kingsessing, 6838 Woodland Ave., Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    St. James Church of Kingsessing marriage records.
    St. James Church of Kingsessing marriage records.
    St. James Church of Kingsessing marriage records.
    Children 
    +1. Mabel Shallcross Custer,   b. 29 Jul 1881, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jul 1947, 5023 Pentridge St., Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     2. Samuel Bethel Custer, Jr.,   b. 28 May 1893, Glenolden, Delaware County, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1966, Tri-County Hospital, Springfield, Delaware County, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    Last Modified 5 Jun 2012 
    Family ID F562  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Jul 1855 - PA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 20 Jul 1860 - Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County, PA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 9 Aug 1870 - Ridley Township, Delaware County, PA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 5 Jun 1880 - Ridley Township, Delaware County, PA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 27 Jan 1881 - St. James Church of Kingsessing, 6838 Woodland Ave., Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 14 Jun 1900 - Andrews Ave., Collingdale Borough, Delaware County, PA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 28 Apr 1910 - 23 Railroad Ave., Glenolden Borough, Delaware County, PA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 Jun 1916 - Folcroft, Delaware County, PA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 7 Jun 1916 - Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill, Delaware County, PA, USA Link to Google Earth
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