Katie was born on a Thursday in late January. She is likely a twin to her brother, William Franklin. No record of her birth has been uncovered, however they state the same birthday on various other records.
March 11, 1875Death of Family Member
At only a little over one year old, Katie lost her father, Thomas, to a bad bout of pneumonia. The family buried him in St. Peters Cemetery beside his older brother, Martin.
A 6 year old Katie is enumerated in her mother's household in Bolivar District (likely near Bakerton). Her three older brothers are working to support the household, with John and Thomas likely working in the quarries, and Patrick as a farm laborer. All three of the brothers were probably working for the Flanagan family during this time period. Interestingly enough, Annie lists Katie as being one year older than William.
February 15, 1891Marriage
On Sunday, February 15, 1891, a 17 year old Katie married George Lee Eichelberger. George was a son of Eli Hamilton Eichelberger and Annie Virginia Roulette. The Routlette family was known for owning much of the present day Antietam battlefield land.
December 31, 1891Birth of Child
On Thursday, December 31, 1891, Katie and George's first child, Harvey Lee Eichelberger was born in Bakerton, likely in Annie's, Katie's mother's, household. Harvey took his father's middle name.
August 12, 1894Birth of Child
On Sunday, August 12, Katie and George's second child and first daughter, Iva May, was born. Iva was also likely born in Annie's, Katie's mother's, household.
August 3, 1897Birth of Child
On a Tuesday, Katie and George's third child was born. They gave their son the name Charles W. Eichelberger. Charles was likely born in Annie, Katie's mother's, household.
May 23, 1900Birth of Child
Katie and George's fourth child, George Franklin, was born on a Wednesday in Dargan, Maryland. Their son was given his father's first name, and Katie's brother, and possible twin's, middle name.
June 7, 1900Census
A 24 year old Katie is enumerated in the Sharpsburg District on a Thursday. She is living with her husband and her three children (her fourth child would not have been included as she would have been pregnant at the end of the census year). Katie notes that she was born in January of 1876 (likely 1874) and that she, and her parents, were born in Virginia. George was employed as a laborer, and was not out of work any time during the past year. The couple states that they have been married 9 years.
May 27, 1903Birth of Child
The couple's fifth child, Martin Luther, was born in Sharpsburg on a Wednesday.
October 15, 1905Birth of Child
Katie and George's sixth child, Walter Lloyd, was born in Washington County, Maryland on a Sunday.
April 27, 1908Birth of Child
The couple's seventh child, Marvin M. Eichelberger, was born in Washington County, Maryland on a Monday.
April 28, 1910Census
A 36 year old Katie is enumerated along with her husband and seven children in Sharpsburg District. She notes that she is the mother of seven children, all of which are still living, and that her and George have been married for 20 years. She lists her and her parents as having been born in West Virginia. George and their oldest son Harvey are both working as laborers in the stone quarry, probably across the river in Bakerton.
November 2, 1910Birth of Child
On a Wednesday in early November, Katie and George's eight child, Ethel Irene, was born in Washington County. Their daughter took Katie's middle name.
January 5, 1913Birth of Child
On a Sunday, the couple's ninth child, Daisy Virginia, was born in Washington County. Daisy was the couple's third and youngest daughter.
October 14, 1915Birth of Child
Katie and George's tenth and youngest child was born on a Thursday in Sharpsburg, Maryland. They named the boy Lester Donald Eichelberger.
January 20, 1920Census
In the 1920 census, Katie and George share a household with their daughter, Iva May Kretzer, son-in-law, George, and grandchildren Lillian and Charles. Both George Kretzer and George Eichelberger state that they own the home in which they live, so it is unclear who actually retains ownership of the home. Katie states that she is 45 and was born in West Virginia. Her husband is working as a Carpenter for W. B. P. Co. Two of her sons, George F. and Martin M., and her son-in-law, George Kretzer, are working as a laborer for the stone quarries. Their oldest son, Harvey had relocated to Bakerton by this time period. Their other son, Charles, had his own household to tend to in Sharpsburg.
November 17, 1922Death of Family Member
Katie lost her mom, Annie Gertrude Murphy Welsh, on a Friday in Bakerton. Annie left all of her children $1, to be paid the the executor of her estate and her youngest son, William. The cause of Annie's death was senility.