The U.S. Census of 1850 shows the family residing on a farm in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County. That year, 14-year-old Henry Long lived in the household.
During the decade of the 1850s, the Fegelys relocated to a farm in Longswamp Township, Berks County, where they were enumerated on the federal census of 1860.
~ Son Jacob Fegley ~
On July 14, 1861, at the age of 25, he wedded Elizabeth A. Stoudt (1838-1904).
During their brief married life together, they made a home in the Mertztown area and produced two sons, Willoughby Fegley and Jacob Fegley.
Grief blanketed the family when Jacob, afflicted with typhoid fever, died at the age of 27 on May 13, 1864. Burial was in St. Pauls Union Cemetery in Mertztown. Evidence suggests that Elizabeth was pregnant with their second son and that she delivered as a widow.
Son Willoughby Fegley (1862- ? ) was born in about 1862. In 1901, he underwent surgery at the University of Pennsylvania hospital for kidney problems. He lived in Allentown in 1904.
Son Jacob H. Fegley (1964- ? ) was born in about 1864. He dwelled in Philadelphia in 1904-1920.
~ Son Elias H. "Eli" Fegley ~
Son Elias H. "Eli" Fegely (1838-1920) was born on Oct. 23, 1838 in Longswamp Township, Berks County. As with several siblings, Elias was deaf and unable to speak.
In 1866, after the death of his brother Jacob, Elias married his widowed sister in law, Elizabeth A. (Stoudt) Fegely (1838-1904).
Their known children were Mary Fegley, Lucy Fegley, Elizabeth Fenstermacher, Magdalene Fegley, Peter Fegley and Rebecca Fegley.
Circa 1870, they lived on a farm in Slocum, Luzerene County. By 1880, they had relocated to Upper Milford, Lehigh County, where Elias found work in an "ore bed." Later, in about 1885, they moved into Allentown, Lehigh County, where he worked at the wire mill.
While employed at the mill, Elias joined the company pension fund. Their address was 246 North 12th Street.
On the fateful day of Feb. 18, 1904, tragedy shook the family when Elizabeth was badly burned after a hanging lamp exploded in their home. She was in agony for 24 hours before death carried her away. An obituary in the Allentown Leader was headlined "Burns Prove Fatal" and listed her surviving siblings as Irwin Stoudt, Peter Stoudt, Mrs. Wilson Urffer, Leanna Scheirer and Mrs. Frank Wenner. Rev. R.M. Kern officiated at the funeral service held at the St. Andrew's Reformed Church. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.
Elias survived his bride by 16 years. At the end of his life, he lived with his daughter Elizabeth Fenstermacher at 758 North 10th Street in Allentown. He suffered a stroke of apoplexy and lingered for six days until death took him away at the age of 81 on April 9, 1920. Mrs. I.W. Moyer, of 758 North 10th Street in Allentown, was the informant for the death certificate. The remains were placed into burial in Highland Cemetery in Allentown, with Rev. R.M. Kern leading the funeral service as he had done for Elizabeth some 16 years before. The Allentown Morning Call printed an obituary. Their daughters are known to have married Asa Knerr Jr. of Allentown/Audobon, George Moyer of Allentown/Philadelphia and Pierson ("Preston") Steckler of Norristown.
Daughter Mary Fegley (1868- ? ) was born in 1868.
Daughter Lucy Fegley (1869- ? ) was born in about 1869.
Daughter Elizabeth Fegley (1870-1941) was born in about 1870 in Slocum, Luzerne County, PA. At the age of about 15, she relocated with her parents to Allentown, Lehigh County. She was united in matrimony with William W. Fenstermaker ("Fenstermacher") ( ? -1940) of Allentown. They were the parents of Mrs. Ira Moyer, Eva Gackenbach and Earl J.W. Fenstermacher. William made a living over the years as a painter, and they belonged to the Ebenezer Evangelical Church. Sadly, William died in July 1940. Elizabeth only outlived him by about six months. She went to live with her married daughter Mrs. Ira Moyer at 736 Seventh Street. She died at home at the age of 70 on Jan. 28, 1941. Burial was in Highland Cemetery. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call said that she was survived by her brother Peter and sisters Mrs. George Moyer and Mrs. Asa Knerr. Daughter Eva married (?) Gackenbach and lived in Yeadon, PA in 1941, while son Earl dwelled in Emmaus.
Daughter Magdalene "Maggie" Fegley (1872- ? ) was born in about 1872. She married (?) Dennis ( ? - ? ). Her home in 1920 was in Willsmount, PA.
Son Peter Fegley (1875- ? ) was born in Sept. 1875. He married Cora Binder ( ? - ? ). They bore two daughters, Martha Wieder and Christine Kapp. His home in 1904 was in Allentown and in 1915 on Chestnut Street in Allentown. By 1920, he was in Emmaus. In 1942, he became employed in maintenance for the Allentown Morning Call newspaper. When he reached the age of 78, in Sept. 1953, the Morning Call printed a feature story.
Daughter Rebecca Fegley (1878- ? ) was born in about 1878.
Son James W. Fegley ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). He lived in Allentown in 1904. His address was unknown to the family in 1920. In 1941, he lived in Emmaus, Lehigh County.
~ Son James Fegely ~
Son James Fegely (1843-1915) was born on Feb. 25, 1843 and could neither speak nor hear. Labeled at the time as a "deaf mute," he made a home for decades in Longswamp Township, Berks County.
He was a lifelong member of the Mertztown Lutheran Church. Reported the Allentown Morning Call, he "was with the late col. Wm. Trexler for fifty-two years."
He was married and widowed.
He died from the effects of chronic heart valve disease at the age of 72 on March 29, 1915. Interment was in Mertztown, with Rev. F.K. Bernd officiating. At the time of death, he was survived by brothers Hiram and Eli Fegley and sister Mrs. Charles Reese.
~ Son Charles Fegely ~
He dwelled in Longswamp Township, Berks County and earned a living as a laborer. In later years, he made a home with his brother Hiram.
In the winter of 1911, Charles was diagnosed with cancer of the bowels. He suffered for a year, and his heart began to fail during that time. On Feb. 26, 1912, just a few weeks prior to his 67th birthday, he succumbed to his illnesses. Burial was in Mertztown. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call referred to him as "a deaf-mute."
~ Daughter Sarah (Fegely) Reese ~
Daughter Sarah Fegely (1847-1935) was born on Aug. 22, 1847 in Mertztown, Lonkgswamp Township, Berks County.
She was considered "deaf and dumb," meaning she could neither hear nor speak.
Despite her disability, she married Charles Henry Reese (Sept. 16, 1842-1918), son of Christian and Elizabeth (Wagner) Reese of Macungie, Lehigh County.
The couple were the parents of Henry Reese, John William Reese, Ida Black Urquhart, Jennie Hassler, Vesta Conrad, Ella Shankweiler, Amelia L. "Millie" Titlow.
When Charles reached his 48th birthday in September 1900, a surprise party was held to celebrate. Those attending, said the Allentown Leader, were Mr. and Mrs. William Long, Marcus Long, Daniel Reinert, Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Fegley, James Fegley, Charles Fegley, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Shankweiler, and Nathan Fegely of Cementon, PA, and John Reese, Vesta Reese and Ida Reese of Barto.
For the last two years of his life, Charles was burdened with bowel and stomach cancer. At the age of 76, he died at Henningsville on May 14, 1918, "after an illness of several months," said the Allentown Morning Call. "He was bedfast one week." Burial was in Mertztown, officiated by Rev. Bernd of Kutztown. The Morning Call identified Charles' surviving sisters as Mrs. Michael Gery of Hereford, Sabina Boder of East Texas, Annie Reese of Macungie and Mary Bittenbender.
Sarah lived for another 16 years after her husband's death. her home in 1920 was Longswamp, Berks County and in 1927 was in Alburtis, Lehigh County.
As a widow, Sarah suffered from heart valve problems and died at the age of 88 on Christmas Eve 1935. After a funeral sermon preached by Rev. W.S. Dry, her remains were placed into repose in the Mertztown Cemetery. Daughter Ella Shankweiler signed the death certificate. An obituary in the Morning Call said her survivors included 23 grandchildren and "a number of" great-grandchildren.
Son Henry Reese (1870-1937) was born on Christmas Eve 1870. He married Mary Rohrbach ( ? - ? ). they dwelled in Chester County, PA in 1918-1925 and in Lancaster, PA in 1935. His home in 1937 was on Whitford Street in West Whiteland, Chester County. Stricken with cancer of the descending colon, and suffering for two years, he succumbed at the age of 66 on Sept. 9, 1937. His remains were placed into repose in a memorial park in Chester.
Son John A. Reese (1886-1965) -- who may also have gone by the name William -- was born on June 26, 1886 in Berks County. He married Sarah A. Moyer ( ? - ? ). The couple were the parents of Stella Miller, Eva Moyer, Mae Hilbert, Gladys Wetzel and Carl Reese. They lived in Fredericksville, PA in 1918; Longswamp Township, Berks County in the 1920s; and Alburtis, Lehigh County in 1949-1965. John made a living over the years by providing highway maintenance labor, a position from which he eventually retired. He suffered from kidney failure and a lack of oxygen to the brain and passed away at age 79 on Nov. 13, 1965. Interment was in Longswamp Church Cemetery. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call said he was survived by 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Daughter Ida Reese ( ? - ? ) was born in feb. 1884. At the age of 16, she lived with her married sister and brother-in-law, Vesta and John Dankel in Washington Township, Berks County, and worked there as a servant. Ida was twice married. Her first spouse was (?) Black. In 1918, she made a home in Reading, Berks County. Later, she was joined in wedlock with Norman Urquhart ( ? - ? ). In 1925-1949, she resided in Columbia, SC.
Daughter Jennie Reese (1880-1957) was born on Aug. 24, 1880 in Longswamp, Lehigh County. She married Howard B. Hassler ( ? - ? ). The couple made a home in 1925 in Shillington, PA and in 1937-1957 in the Temple community of Reading, Berks County. The couple's address in the 1950s was at 718 Tuckerton Avenue in Temple. Having suffered bleeding on the brain, death swept Jennie away on Jan. 29, 1957. Interment was in Hains Church Cemetery in Wernersville, PA. Howard B. Brown of the home signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death.
Daughter Vesta L. Reese (1874-1920) was born on Nov. 12, 1874. She was married twice. Evidence suggests that a year after she sued him for fornication and bastardy, she wedded her first husband, Longswamp resident John H. Dankel (1868- ? ), son of Henry J. and Sarah A. Dankel of Longswamp Township. The wedding took place in Fogelsville, Lehigh County on March 31, 1894, when she would have been age 19. News of the misdemeanor and eventual marriage were printed in the Allentown Democrat. The couple produced three children between 1893 and 1899 -- Elsie Dankel, Pearl Dankel and Edith Dankel. The 1900 federal census shows the family living in or near Washington Township, Berks County, with John employed as a hotel keeper. The Dankels' marriage did not last, and by 1910, she was united in marital union with Philadelphia and Reading Railroad conductor Jeremiah "Jerry" (or "Jere") Conrad (Nov. 17, 1848-1933), son of Benjamin and Sarah (Moyer) Conrad of Pike Township. Jeremiah was 25 years older than his bride. He also had been married before, possibly to Emma Fry (?), and brought these offspring to the second union -- Alice Conrad, George A. Conrad and John Conrad. The Conrads established a home in Pottstown, Montgomery County, PA, where Jeremiah was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church. Said the Pottstown Mercury:
Mr. Conrad entered the employ of Reading company in 1871 as a brakeman. He later became a baggagemaster and in 1881 he was promoted to conductor. He moved to Pottstown in 1873 and resided here ever since. During 48 years of service on the railroad, Mr. Conrad figured in only one accident. His train was derailed at Fegley's coal yard in 1871, his first year in the company's employ, Charles Bell, baggagemaster, was killed and Mr. Conrad suffered several broken ribs. He held a record of having several hundred thousand passengers travel on his trains but not one was injured. After many years of service on the Pottstown-Reading line, Mr. Conrad was transferred to th Colebrookdale Branch, where he remained until his retiement in 1918. During 1890, the late Thomas Edison rode on Mr. Conrad's train twice monthly. Edison was experimenting with the removal of foreign particles from iron ore. He was carrying on his tests at the old Bechtelsville mines. Although he attained the 70-year-age limit on November 17, 1913, Mr. Conrad continued working until December , when he was retired formally. He was a devoted hunter and each year spent several days gunning for rabbits. During the past two years, ill health forced him to discontinue the sport. He told a story about a time he carried a gun on a trip to Boyertown and stopped the train to bag a rabbit.
Jeremiah suffered a broken ankle in March 1911 when he stepped on the side of an abandoned well near Barto and the structure caved in. In 1918, the couple was in North Coventry Township, Chester County. In about 1920, Jeremiah retired and began receiving a pension. Tragically, at the age of 45, Vesta was diagnosed with cancer of the uterus. Her health declined for five months until death relieved her of her sufferings on July 11, 1920. Her remains were lowered into eternal rest in Longswamp Church Cemetery. Jeremiah lived for another baker's dozen years and spent his final time at his daughter Katie Ginther's home at 4 West Fourth Street. At the age of 84, on April 15, 1933, he succumbed to the effects of a heart attack. Interment was in St. Aloysius Cemetery, following a high requiem mass sung at his church led by Assistant rector James F. McDonald. Pallbearers included grandsons Harry Ginther, William Ginther, Paul Ginther and William J. Schultz and grandsons-in-law Raymond Noble and John Andre.
Daughter Ellen "Ella" Reese (1868-1949) was born on Nov. 11, 1868 in Mertztown, Longswamp Township, Berks County. She wedded Frank Shankweiler ( ? -1948), son of Benjamin and Sarah (Geist) Shankweiler of Longswamp Township, Berks County. They produced three sons, a daughter and two adopted daughters -- Irwin Shankweiler, Raymond Shankweiler, Ralph Shankweiler, a daughter who died young, Mrs. Raymond Wetzel and Stella Hassler. Their home in 1919-1948 was in Alburtis, Lehigh County, with an address in later years of West Second Street. They were members of the Lutheran wing of the Longswamp Church, and he belonged to the Washington Camp of the Sons of America at Alburtis. Ellen became blind in about 1938 and was an invalid for the remaining 11 years of her life. Frank retired from his work in about 1945. At the age of 78, he passed away on Aug. 16, 1948. The Allentown Morning Call ran an obituary which gave the number of his grandchildren at five and great-grandchildren at one. Ellen outlived her spouse by four-and-a-half months. On Christmas 1948, she became seriously ill from chronic heart valve disease and died a week later on New Year's Day 1949.
Daughter Amelia L. "Millie" Reese (1877-1925) was born on Feb. 27, 1877. In 1919, she lived in Hancock, PA. She was united in matrimony with William Titlow ( ? - ? ). They bore a daughter, Eva Titlow. The Titlows dwelled in the 1920s in Topton, Longswamp Township, Berks County. Stricken with cancer of the bladder and uterus, Amelia underwent surgery in the summer of 1922. She survived another three years but succumbed at the age of 48 on Oct. 13, 1925. Burial was in St. Paul's Cemetery in Mertztown, following funeral services co-officiated by Rev. W.S. Dry and Rev. M.H. Brensinger. An obituary was printed in the Allentown Morning Call.
~ Daughter Ellen Jane (Fegely) Dorney ~
She wedded Henry William Dorney (Aug. 22, 1846-1908), the son of William and Maria A. (Mertz) Dorney.
The couple produced two known children, Katie L. DeLong and William Dorney.
They dwelled in or around Allentown, Lehigh County.
Sadness swept over the family when Ellen Jane died at the age of 33 on May 22, 1887. Her remains are in eternal repose in Allentown's Cedar Church Cemetery.
Henry survived his bride by more than 20 years. He suffered cardiac paralysis and succumbed on Sept. 11, 1908, just 19 days after his 62nd birthday. Interment was in Cetronia Cemetery.
Daughter Katie L. Dorney (1875-1968) was born on April 19, 1875 in Berks County. In about 1895, when she would have been age 20, she married Benjamin F. DeLong (1870-1945). They bore a daughter, Carrie Mabelle Parry, and adopted another, Ruth Moyer. The family belonged to St. Mark's Lutheran Church of Allentown. Grief covered the family in 1922 when married daughter Carrie, a farmer's wife, died at the age of about 24. Benjamin passed away in 1945, ending their marital union which had endured for about half a century. Katie lived for another 23 years. Toward the end of her life, she went to live with her married granddaughter Mrs. Stanley Santee in Allentown at the address of 235 East Susquehanna Street. She died in the Santee residence at the age of 93 on Dec. 18, 1968. Interment was in Cedar Church Cemetery in Cetronia, PA.
Son William H. Dorney ( ? - ? ) lived in Cetronia, PA in 1968.
~ Son Hiram R. Fegely ~
Son Hiram R. Fegely (1859-1927) was born on Oct. 20, 1859.
He married Kate Rebecca "Katie" Miller ( ? - ? ).
The children born to this couple were James A. Fegely, Henry S. Fegely, Charles William Fegley, Laura Sarah Dankel, Carrie May Pilgert and (?) Brensinger. Their son Henry died as an infant in 1894.
Hiram was a farmer, and their residence was in Longswamp Township, Berks County. They were longtime members of St. Paul's Church of Mertztown.
Sadly, Katie died in about 1908, and Hiram spent his final 19 years as a widower. Circa 1912, he shared his home with his brother Charles, who could not speak nor hear.
His home in 1920 was in Longswamp. Depressed on Christmas Day 1927, he used a razor to slice the common femoral artery on his left thigh, about six inches above the knee, and bled to death. Charles W. Fegely of Mertztown was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. The remains were lowered into eternal repose in Mertztown Cemetery, with funeral services officiated by Rev. W.S. Dry of Kutztown. In an obituary, the Allentown Morning Call graciously said he had "passed away at his residence" and was "a highly respected citizen of Longswamp township." He was survived by eight grandchildren.
Son James A. Fegely ( ? -1907)
Son Charles William Fegley (1897-1990)
Daughter Laura Sarah Fegley (1899-1985) wedded Charles Dankel.
Daughter Carrie May Fegely (1902-1996) was born in 1902. She married William Pilgert.
Daughter (?) Fegely ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She was united in wedlock with Charles Brensinger.
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