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B. L. Pugh

B. L. Pugh

Photograph by Roshon's New Gallery, Selinsgrove, PA.

Written on the back of the photograph -  B. L. Pugh Somerset, Pa. 

B. L. Pugh possibly could have been  a student or teacher at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove.


Possibly James L. Pugh?

James L. Pugh, born August 1844, was a longtime lawyer in Somerset PA. He served in the Civil War. I don't know why he would be photographed in a smoking coat, but the book may signify that he is reading law. The connection to Selinsgrove is unclear. Susquehanna University, founded 1858, has never had a law program.

Reverend Boaz B.F. Pugh

Boaz F. Pugh, b.4 August 1847, was the youngest son of James Pugh (1764-1841)and enlisted in the army with his older brother James L Pugh on 21 August 1864 in Company K, 204th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers.

After honorary discharge from the army, Boaz attended normal schools of the county. He taught school, entered the Missionary Institute, now Susquehanna University at Selinsgrove, Snyder County, PA. He studied theology and prepared himself for the ministry under Dr. James H Zeigler and graduated in June 1877. He was ordained a Lutheran minister on June 20, 1877, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Orangeville, IL. Here he met his wife Frances Adaline Cadwell and they were married on 10 Apetember 1878 in Elmira, NY.


According to "Directory of Pennsylvania Photographers, 1839-1900" by Linda A. Ries and Jay W. Ruby, Roshon worked in Selinsgrove before 1861. James L. Pugh would have only been about 16 at this time, and the man in the photo is obviously older than that, so it can't be him.


B.F. Pugh

It is written in "History of Bedford and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania; Bedford County by E. Howard Blackburn" the following:

Rev. B. F. Pugh, the youngest son of James Pugh, whose family name is Boaz, was born August 4, 1847. He attended the country schools and when a mere boy enlisted, August 21, 1864, Company K, Two Hundred and Fourth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, in the Union army of the War of the Rebellion. He did good service as a soldier and was honorably discharged at the close of the war.
He returned home, attended the normal schools of the county, taught school, entered the Missionary Institute, now Susquehanna University, at Selinsgrove, Snyder county, Pennsylvania, studied theology, prepared himself for the Lutheran ministry under Dr. H. Zeigler and graduated in June, 1877. His first charge after being ordained a Lutheran minister, June 30, 1877, of the Evangelical
Lutheran church, was at Orangeville, Illinois, where he met his future wife, Frances Adaline Cadwell. They were married September 10, 1878, at Elmira, New York. He is now located at Ottawa, Kansas, and writes: "It is time to be old, To take in sail".

If you have any further information about the Pugh Family from Sommerset, PA or photos, I would greatly appreciate any information as I am also researching my Pugh family history from the same region.



I have some info on the somerset co Pugh family

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