Franklin Maurer
James A. Souders
(1857-Cir 1909)
Mary E. Maurer
(1858-After 1920)
Dr. James Thomas Souders


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Florence E. Gromis

Dr. James Thomas Souders

  • Born: 28 May 1885, Reading, Berks Co., PA.
  • Marriage: Florence E. Gromis in 1907 in Reading, Berks Co., PA.
  • Died: 18 Mar 1945, Reading, Berks Co., PA at age 59
  • Buried: 20 Mar 1945, Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading, PA

bullet  General Notes:

The 1920 Federal Census for Reading, Ward 17, Berks Co., PA (District 130, page 286A) records James (34 - PA/PA/PA) and Florence (28 - PA/PA/PA) with children Leonard (8), Ned (8), Benjamin (7), Eugene (5), and Irving (5) living at 2236 Northmont Avenue [Boulevard]. James is an Optometrist.

The 1930 Federal Census for Reading, Ward 9, Berks Co., PA (District 28, page 19A) records James (44 - PA/PA/PA) and Florence E. (38 - PA/PA/PA) (indexed as Floride E. at with children Leonard (18), Edward J. (absent) (18), Benjamin F. (17), Eugene T. (16), Irving (16), and Mary Son (3 7/12) living at 823 Walnut Street. Also in the household is widowed mother-in-law Kate Grommis (83 - PA/PA/PA). James is an Optometrist in General Practice while Leonard and Benjamin are Assistants in an Optician's Office. James owns his own home valued at $10,000 and was first married at age 21, Florence at age 16, and Kate at age 20.

The WWII Draft Registration Card (for men born on or after April 28, 1877 and on or before February 16, 1897) for James T. Souders dated April 27, 1942 lists his date of birth as May 28, 1885 in Reading, PA. He is living with his wife, Mrs. James T. Souders, at 823 Walnut Street, Reading, PA. He is self employed and his physical description is 5' 7 3/4", 160 lbs with brown eyes, gray hair and light complexion.

Burial information for James and Florence Souders was in a March 2, 2010 email from Nancy J. Freehafer (


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: Optician.


James married Florence E. Gromis, daughter of Isaac Gromis and Kate, in 1907 in Reading, Berks Co., PA. (Florence E. Gromis was born in Aug 1891 in Reading, Berks Co., PA, died on 6 Aug 1957 in Reading, Berks Co., PA and was buried on 8 Aug 1957 in Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading, PA.)

bullet  Marriage Notes:

Berks Co., PA Register of Wills
Florence S. Gromis 01/01/1907 Vol: 32 Page: 79
James Thomas Souders 01/01/1907 Vol: 32 Page: 79

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