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George Washington Ebert

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

George Washington Ebert was my great great grandfather.  He was born 13 Aug 1810 and died in Georgetown, PA on 24 Apr 1879.  Those were the years of great experiences and many great men.  During his lifetime,  GW Ebert established quite a record as a wide-ranging steamboat captain and owner.  According to the Certificates of Enrollment for vessels more than 20 tons registered at the Port of Pittsburgh, GW Ebert was the principle owner of fifteen (15) packets and was a partner in eight (8) other boats owned by Georgetown men.  My definition of “principle owner” is the person first named on the Certificate of Enrollment record for registration of the vessel.  And I have not yet concluded my review of the Certificates of Enrollment for the Port of Pittsburgh.  No doubt some data is missing due to water damage of early volumes and even worse because of lost or misplaced volumes.  Even with incomplete data, the fragments pieced together paint an impressive picture.   


Ebert Steamers

Date:  24 Mar 2013


Packet Name Build Date Way’s Directory Original Primary Owner (Signed Cert of Enrollment)
Belfast    1843 George W Ebert
Bridgewater 1843 George W Ebert
New England 1844 George W Ebert
Hudson 1846 George W Ebert
Hibernia* 1847 George W Ebert
Glaucus   1849 George W Ebert
Washington City  1852 George W Ebert
Yorktown   1853 George W Ebert
Clifton    1855 George W Ebert
Belmont  1856 George W Ebert
Melnotte  1856 George W Ebert
Argyle 1859 George W Ebert
Kenton     1860 George W Ebert
Yorktown * 1864 George W Ebert
Mollie Ebert 1869 George W Ebert
Fairmont 1837 Jacob Poe
Financier 1845 Adam Poe
Pioneer 1846 Adam Poe
Euphrates 1847 Joseph MC Calhoon
Tuscarora 1848 Jacob Poe
Golden Gate 1852 Joseph MC Calhoon
Caledonia * 1854 Richard Calhoon
Grand Turk 1854 AB Galatin

Note:  The asterisk indicates the second boat with that name.



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Missouri River Steamboats

Friday, February 25th, 2011

At a local library, I found a copy of “The Material Culture of Steamboat Passengers” by Annalies Corbin.  The book published in 2000 was an archaeological study of the artifacts from the steamers Bertrand and Arabia.  More work like this report should be conducted on other steamers lost on the Missouri.

In Appendix H, Ms Corbin listed the steamers on the Missouri River.  Steamers owned and operated from Georgetown, PA named on the list included:

            (1)  Amelia Poe
            (2)  Ida Stockdale
            (3)  Yorktown
            (4)  Mollie Ebert
            (5)  Nick Wall
            (6)  Georgetown

Several Georgetown steamboats were omitted from the list.  Most notably, the str Sallie was omitted, or confused with other boats with the same name.  The Sallie docked at the levee in Ft Benton in 1868, 1869, and 1870.  


Two other Georgetown owned steamers were also omitted.  Poe family records indicate that the Financier No 2 and Ella worked on the Kansas River in 1854 -55 with the  Georgetown.  The Poe brothers had three boats operating on the Missouri and Kansas Rivers before the outbreak of the Civil War.

My final contributions to Appendix H are three boats named by Capt Adam Poe who travelled to Missouri in 1837.  During his trip he steamed from St Louis to Glasgow on a boat named Izora.  His original fare was with Capt Kyser who had a boat named Shawnee, but the water was too low so he booked passage on the Izora.  After surveying his land, he returned to St Louis aboard the str Zora


If ever Appendix H is updated, these boats should be added.

Packet Memorabilia

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

My collection of boarding passes and advertisements for the Poe and Georgetown steamboats lacks richness and volume.  The sad number is  doleful four.  The scanned images of these mementos have been loaded on the page entitled Steamboat Memorabilia


One recently acquired boarding pass for cabin passage on the steamer Yorktown was dated 1868 for passage from St Louis to Ft Benton;  a boarding pass for the steamer Mollie Ebert after the packet was sold by Capt George W Ebert is circa 1874; a boarding pass for the Pittsburgh and Cincinnati Packet Line dated 1900 was signed on the reverse by T Poe (Theodore Cochran Poe of Georgetown, PA who managed a wharf boat in Pittsburgh); and one advertisement for the Pittsburgh and Cincinnati Packet Line was dated 1896 based on the packets listed in the pool of steamers.

Have a look.  Steamboat Memorabilia.

Lightly Touched by Time

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Mr and Mrs John A Trimble celebrated the 35th anniversary of their wedding on Thursday, 5 Jan 1893 in their home in Georgetown, PA.  The celebration was the most important society event of the season according to a local newspaper report. 

Mollie Ebert and John A Trimble Anniverary 35th (Anna L and John F Nash Collection)

Mollie Ebert and John A Trimble Anniverary 35th (Anna L and John F Nash Collection)


Preparations for the anniversary included the redecoration of “their handsome parlors… by a force of artists from Pittsburg”. 


The guests included Capt Thomas S Calhoon and his wife (groomsman and bridesmaid of the original event), the wives of Capt Andrew H Parr and George Poe, and other river and business men.  Of the one-hundred people who attended the wedding in 1858, only twenty some were alive in 1893.


Mollie Ebert Trimble and John A Trimble ca 1910 (Anna L and John F Nash Collection)

Mollie Ebert Trimble and John A Trimble ca 1910 (Anna L and John F Nash Collection)

Gifts were given and received.  The gift giving was notable.  Mollie Ebert and John A Trimble presented each of their guests with a commemorative  silver spoon.  To date, I have failed to find one. 


Dinner for the elderly guests was served at 2:00 PM.  At 8:00 PM, dinner for the younger guests was served.  “An elegant supper was served at 10 o’clock.”  At midnight the celebration ended.

My Poe Women

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Four generations of Poe ancestors. 

1 Elizabeth Hephner                                  1786 – 1864
2 Nancy Ann Poe                                      1818 – 1907
3 Mary Ann (Mollie) Ebert                           1840 – 1925
4 Mary Magdelene McClellan (Delena) Trimble 1873 – 1933

Elizabeth Hephner Poe (F Nash Collection)

Elizabeth Hephner Poe (F Nash Collection)


Nancy Ann (Poe) Ebert ca 1890 (Anna L and John F Nash Collection)

Nancy Ann (Poe) Ebert ca 1890 (Anna L and John F Nash Collection)


Mollie Ebert Trimble and John A Trimble ca 1910 (Anna L and John F Nash Collection)

Mollie Ebert Trimble and John A Trimble ca 1910 (Anna L and John F Nash Collection)


Delena Mollie and Nancy with Clyne Kinsey 1900

Delena Mollie and Nancy with Clyne Kinsey 1900

Comparison of Two Journals

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

I am developing a page comparing, day by day, the two steamer journals of the 1869 Missouri River season:

(1)  Str Henry M Shreve by Nelson Green Edwards
(2)  Str Mollie Ebert by Nancy Poe Ebert


The following table compares their trips by date and position according to entries in their respective journals.  The Nancy Poe Ebert journal resolved conclusively the question of whether the Mollie Ebert  docked at Ft Benton.  The Mollie Ebert  did reach Cow Island, but could not navigate the Dauphin Rapids due to low water.  The Mollie Ebert  spent eight days at Cow Island while the clerk and captain arranged the transfer of their freight to two boats that had successfully negotiated the rapids when the water level was higher.   Emotionally and financially, the failure to dock at the Ft Benton levee was deeply disappointing. 



Henry M Shreve

Mollie Ebert

St Louis


Apr 6

Apr 16

Kansas City


Apr 10




Apr 17


Sioux City


Apr 20




Apr 24

May 6

Bijou Hills


Apr 30

May 13-14

Ft Thompson


May 2

May 16

St John’s Woodyard


May 5

May 18

Ft Sully


May 8

May 20

Swan Lake


May 12


Cannon Ball River


May 15

May 23

Ft Rice


May 16


Ft Berthold


May 19

May 27

Little Missouri River


May 19

May 27

Ft Buford


May 22

May 25?

Spread Eagle Camp


May 24


Milk River


May 26


Ft Peck


May 26


Mussel Shell River


May 29


Cow Island


Jun 2


Ft Benton












Ft Benton


Jun 15


Cow Island



Jun 20

Spread Eagle Bend



Jun 24

Ft Buford



Jun 26

Yellowstone River



Jun 27

Little Missouri River



Jun 27

Ft Stevenson



Jun 28

Cannon Ball River



Jun 29

Swan Lake Woodyard



Jun 30

Ft Sully



Jul 2

St Louis


Jul 1

Jul 13

Georgetown Cemetery

Monday, November 9th, 2009

I found a document listing the names of the people buried in the Georgetown Cemetery.   Names and dates will be entered into an MS Office Excel 2003 spreadsheet so that the data can be searched and sorted.  The earliest burial date listed was 1795.  On 24 Apr 1968 the Georgetown Cemetery Maintenance Association was chartered according to the document.  The document is 30 pages.  It is unsigned.

Oddly the first reported burial in the Georgetown Cemetery was James Clark.  He was reported to have been the last white man killed by Indians in Beaver County. In 1792 he was shot in what would later become Smith’s Ferry.  That burial predates the establishment of the cemetery according to the found document.

For thoses of you who dig graveyards (sorry about that) Georgetown Cemetery is the place to go to research the names of Georgetown people since the late 1790′s.

Steamboat Stories

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

In the fall of 2006, I inherited a  journal recounting a lively steamboat trip on the upper Missouri River in 1869.  The author, Nancy Ann (Poe) Ebert, was my great great grandmother.  The trip was one continuous adventure.  It is a bit of American History that I shall attempt to bring to life.

Nancy Ann Poe ebert Journal Segment 1 Front

Only two journals, daily written, chronicle that 1869 Missouri River season.  The styles could not differ more, yet their comparison provides meaningful insights.  In his journal Nelson G Edwards, first clerk of the steamer Henry M Shreve, was objective.  Nancy Poe Ebert was observant and emotional.  My great great grandmother wrote about loneliness, fear, flowers, disappointment, beauty, and Indians.  Indians boarded their steamer for three days causing much anguish.  Tracking the two journals, the sidewheeler Henry M Shreve was 8-14 days ahead of the sternwheeler Mollie Ebert at common positions per date along the Missouri.

My transcription of the journal is a rendering with spelling errors and missing punctuation uncorrected.  Its length is 59 pages covering 57 grueling days.

Nancy Poe Ebert Journal Segment 2 Front (Anna L and John F Nash Collection

Investigations of the inherited journal and boxes of old photographs and letters led to other stories about the men and women of Georgetown, PA.  During the Golden Age of Steamboats which some describe as the period from 1850-1870, Georgetown produced some far famed steamboat captains.  Each captain and each steamer has its tale.  At a time when railroad transportation meant traveling mostly in upright chairs on unheated soot filled cars that rocked and pitched their way along state imposed “standard” gauge track, steamboats were admired for their luxury, their comfort, their ornamentation —  in a word – their style.  Steamboats also out performed the rival railroads during that period.  More troops and supplies were transported by packets than railroad cars during the Civil War.  These Georgetown captains and pilots with their civilian crews were contracted and impressed into service by the Army Quartermaster which led to many tales.  The Georgetown captains owned and operated approximately fifty packets during this Golden Age.

Local histories are also numerous, such as the grisly death of a steamboat captain far from home in April 1850, a Paul Revere like ride to warn the area of the danger of attack from Morgan’s Raiders in July 1863, a baseball game with Honus Wagner and his All Stars in August 1924, etc.  I am a retailer, not an inventor, of these tales.  Vexingly, their stories have been virtually ignored by generations of historians.

Their story was not a story of my choosing, but what could make a better story!