When the federal census enumeration was made in 1860, the family resided on a farm in Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County. That year, two other farm laborers boarded in their home. By 1870, the Fegleys had relocated to a farm in Lower Macungie.
At the age of 63, George died on Feb. 22, 1876. He rests for all time in St. Pauls Union Cemetery in Mertztown.
Anna Maria lived for another 16 years as a widow. She joined him in death in 1895.
~ Son Levi Fegely ~
Son Fiett Fegely (1853-1931) -- sometimes spelled "Fiette" or "Fayette" -- was born on May 5, 1853.
He married Susanna Moyer (1863-1944), daughter of Henry and Hannah (Keiper) Moyer of Lehigh County.
Their three known offspring were Henry G. Fegely, Mabel Nester and Carrie Fegley.
They made a home on farms in and around Old Zionsville, Milford Township, Lehigh County and were members of the Upper Milford Mennonite Church. Circa 1909, residing in Old Zionsville, he was nominated on the Republican ticket for the position of judge of elections. On the first of April 1913, they are known to have relocated to a tenant house on the farm of Henry Geissinger. They made news in 1921 in the gossip columns of the Allentown Morning Call when they hosted a visit from their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Nester and family of Dillingersville.
At the age of 76, he began to suffer from hardening of the arteries, kidney disease and hypertension. He was felled by a stroke two years later and died on June 20, 1931. Henry Fegely of Spinnerstown signed the death certificate. Interment was in the Mennonite Cemetery in Zionsville.
As a widow, Susanna moved into the home of her married daughter in Emmaus at 1442 Pennsylvania Avenue. She died in the Nester home at the age of 81 on April 24, 1944. An obituary in the Morning Call noted that Susanna was "the last member of her family" and that her suvivors included 13 grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Son Henry G. Fegely (1887-1934) was born on Oct. 1, 1887. He never married. He earned a living over the years providing labor for road projects. In about 1924, when he would have been age 36, he began to experience paranoia. The condition continued for a decade until his death. Circa 1931, his home was in Spinnerstown, PA. He contracted lobar pneumonia and succumbed five days later on March 19, 1934, at the age of 46. Brother-in-law Elmer Nester signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. His remains were placed into repose in the Mennonite Cemetery in Zionsville.
Daughter Mabel A Fegley (1899-1976) was born in about 1899. On her 16th birthday in December 1915, her parents held a party in her honor at their home, as reported in the Allentown Morning Call. On Jan. 18, 1919, at the age of about 19, Mabel wedded Elmer C. Nester ( ? -1969), son of Harvey and Annie (Hoffman) Nester of Berks County. Their nuptials were held in Allentown and officiated by Rev. Victor Boyer. The couple belonged to the Upper Milford Mennonite Church at Zionsville. They produced these 14 known children -- Melvin H. Nester, Linwood Nester, Marian Frankenfield, Norman H. Nester, Donald K. Nester, Lorraine Nester, Merle J. Lorish, Wilmer F. Nester, Elmer "Vernon" Nester, Raymond H. Nester, Kermit D. Nester, Alma A. Miller, Annabelle A. Buss and Mae L. Wentz. Sadness blanketed the family when infant daughter Lorrain died in March 1934 and was buried in the cemetery of the family church, with Rev. Howard Nyce officiating. Circa April 1922, the family moved on to the farm of Allen Fettrman near Verz Cruz. Later, they lived in Dillingersville and Emmaus, PA at the address of 1442 Shimerville Road. Elmer was employed as a steelworker for Bethlehem Steel Corporation, a position from which he retired. Mabel was active with the Boy Scouts circa 1941. When they reached their 40th wedding anniversary in 1959, they were featured and pictured in the Allentown Morning Call, and they held a dinner at the Pine Tree Tavern in Emmaus. A decade later, in spite of the fact that Elmer was a patient in Allentown State Hospital, he and Mabel celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in January 1969. They were featured and pictured in the Morning Call. Sadly, less than a month later, he passed away at the age of 68 on Feb. 10, 1969, ending their marriage after 54 years. Funeral services were held in the family house of worship. Mabel survived him by seven years and became a resident of the Frederick Mennonite Home. She died in Pottstown Memorial Medical Center on March 10, 1976 at the age of 76. The Morning Call reported in an obituary that her survivors included 39 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Daughter Carrie Fegley (1891-1956) was born on March 13, 1891 in Limeport, PA. She never married but dwelled in Doylestown, PA in the mid-1940s. Later, she moved to a home on Spinnerstown Street in Milford Township, Bucks County. Suffering from heart problems, she was admitted to the Bucks County Home in Doylestown where she died at the age of 65 on June 12, 1956. Burial was in the Upper Milford Mennonite Cemetery in Zionsville.
Son Franklin "Frank" Fegley (1856-1899) was born on April 8, 1856. He was twice married.
His first bride was Mary Bartholomew (1860-1893).
They produced these seven known offspring -- Clinton Franklin Fegely, William Jacob Fegely, Weston George Fegely, Titus Alfred Fegely, Irene M. Moll, Anna Cora Specht and Carrie Emma Oswald.
Circa 1880, when the United States Census count was made, the family dwelled in Longswamp Township, Berks County, where Frank labored as a coal miner.
Sadly, Mary died in 1893 at the age of 33. Evidence suggests that she succumbed after the birth of their daughter Carrie Emma.
Two years later, in about 1895, he wedded his sister-in-law, Amelia Bartholomew (Oct. 1861-1925).
They went on to have these additional five children -- Ada L. Link, Amy Susan Sell, Elda A. Fegely, Helen Marie Seislove and Franklin Horace Fegely.
In all, Franklin spawned a dozen children over the span of 22 years. They made their home in Old Zionsville in 1899.
Tragically, Frank contracted tuberculosis ("consumption") and knew he was dying. On Sept. 12, 1899, he dictated an extraordinary last will and testament, printed five years later in the Allentown Democrat. The news story about the document said that it "was attested to by George J. Fegley and Henry O. Bilger. It is a curious combination of German and English, and is sewed together in book form." The will read as follows:
O forgist thr kleiner schwester net. O, Clinton, how often I had lifted thee on my lap when you were a baby and never thought to raise you to your age. If I live a few days you turn to manhood. Now, I hope, if necessary, it is my will that you shoulder my burden with the aid of our brothers and carry on till some more suitable time and keeping everything in good order; farm and cultivate and divide honest. Honesty and righteousness will last in all eternity Pay your blacksmith, your repairing and every debt you owe. Bring every amount of money and all bids before your brothers and Amelia and all money given in her case. See that one has clothes like the other, use one like the other, live together like one. Clinton, you go on; the rest follow. Be kind and not proud. Raise cattle. Do not buy what you do not need. Raise hogs, care for the chickens, feed them well. Do not go to bed and let the chicks on the cold trees nor the pigs without a good bed. Close the stable doors, make them tight and keep them warm; keep your stable clean, feed regular; spare the feed while it is plenty. Amelia shall have the interest of the money in bank to buy clothing and the eggs and chicken money to be used the same as we do in the past time. Never buy till you have money to pay for it you can get along in peace and joy. Everyone has a home and all you need. If you can spare Titus and one of the girls you can find a good place, they can earn their support and a little spare money to the family and if it should happen in some way, either death or difficulties should happen, Willie shall have the same opportunity, or Titus after the age of 20 years. Now, after the age of twenty, the one that leaves home shall have his earnings, but never come home for board and rest upon the others; that is not right, except sickness. If any one is ill, be kind; care the best you can. Now if Clinton and Amelia might find a woman or a husband and he find a home for her and children, she shall have a right at the expiration of any year to such settlement. Clinton and Amelia can administer and find a good man to help them. Bring everything to cash. Amelia shall have her $375 in advance, and Mary's money, $220, to go to her children. Take no money out of bank before you settle everything. George Fegley has no right to sell anything of his stock. You must bring it to money and pay to Uncle William Smick a note of $100 and my note of $60 and sale expenses and the remainder belong to George, but try to make everything in peace. Perhaps he can fix it so. Try to keep on a few years; if you get along well, try more. If you keep on ten or twelve years some will find his own family and can find home and work. By that time you can have a saving. If you sell a horse, it is all saved. Put it in bank. If so, Clinton shall have $50 a year, or if Willie can get along with Clinton, rather let him keep his job, but have no wages till he is twenty. Mother, be kind to the boys; boys, be kind to your mother. Honor her as long as she lives. Do not go away (without) asking permission. Do not run out evenings; if you do, be at home at bed time. Try and please our Lord. If he finds fault, beg to be excused and try to do better or if He has instructions or advice follow it. go to Sunday School and church, pray when you rise, pray when you dine, be thankful and ask forgiveness. So will the grace of God be with thee in all eternity. Now, if you find this right read this often as a guide for your future welfare. Whatever remains divide according to the law. Forgive me if (I) made something wrong; make it better. So help us God.
Frank succumbed at the age of 42 on Sept. 23, 1899, when Amelia apparently was newly pregnant with their youngest son. His remains were placed into rest in Old Zionsville Reformed Church (United Church of Christ) Cemetery, with Dr. Keller and Rev. Ritter officiating at the funeral. A short obituary appeared in the Allentown Leader. Amelia survived her husband by more than a quarter of a century.
The federal census of 1900 shows her heading a household of 10 children, stepsons (nephews) and stepdaughters (nieces) on a farm in Upper Milford Township, Lehigh County. In 1917, she endured the death of her 21-year-old daughter Elda "from a complication of diseases," reported the Allentown Morning Call. She died on Feb. 28, 1925 at the age of 63. Burial was in Emmaus Moravian Cemetery.
Son Clinton Franklin Fegely (1878-1961) was born on Sept. 15, 1878 in Longswamp, Berks County. He attended his first Allentown Fair in 1886 and missed very few over the years. He was 21 years of age when his father died after leaving behind a last will and testament addressed to Clinton. He was employed as a silk weaver circa 1905, working in Allentown. In March 1905, he and his friend Robert Fink "were here and bid good-bye," said the Allentown Morning Call, "and left for New York where they expect to meet with better results financially." Evidence suggests that he returned to Allentown by the summer and was elected an officer of the Liberty Chapter of the Knights of Pythias lodge. Circa 1910, he made a home in Rittersville, PA. He is believed to have married Dora Tracy ( ? - ? ), daughter of Eugene A. and Anna R. (Barber) Tracy. Clinton was a photographer who for 22 years operated a studio at Central Park and was an official portrait photographer for public schools. Over the decades, he photographed thousands of students. He continued to attend the Allentown Fair into his 90s and was interviewed for a story in 1960 by the Morning Call. Their address in the early 1960s was 824 St. John Street in Allentown. Suffering from prostate cancer, he was admitted to the Allentown Osteopathic Hospital. He succumbed in the hospital at the age of 82 on June 5, 1961. Interment was in Woodlawn Memorial Park. Mrs. Claude Weida Jr. of Allentown signed the death certificate.
Son William Jacob "Willie" Fegely (1881-1962) was born on Sept. 10, 1881 in Longswamp, Berks County. He grew up on the family farm and, in after the death of his father in 1899, provided labor on the farm. He married Mary A. ( ? - ? ). They were farmers. After retirement, the couple lived on Main Street in Old Zionsville, Upper Milford Township. Burdened with heart disease and senility, William died at the age of 80 on June 20, 1962. Burial was in the Old Zionsville Reformed Church (United Church of Christ) Cemetery.
Son Weston George Fegely ( ? - ? )
Son Titus Alfred Fegely (1885-1961) was born on May 10, 1885. In Sept. 1899, when he was age 14, while in Shimersville, Titus was "quite badly bruised by falling from the wagon at East Macungie," reported the Allentown Morning Call. "The horses were scared by a freight train and started suddenly, which threw him down. The wagon passed over his face and bruised him severely." In March 1906, evidence suggests that he wedded Ida M. Gilbert (Aug. 4, 1884-1960), daughter of Francis and Emelia (Besch) Gilbert of Shimersville. They made a home on New Street i nEmmaus. In December 1910, they hosted a birthday party for Ida's sister Mrs. Thomas Specht. A story about the event in the Morning Call reported that the attendees included Mr. and Mrs. William Moll and son, Mrs. Frank Mohr, Howard Oswald, Mrs. Frank Fegley and children Ada, Amy, Elda, Helen and Frank of Emmaus, and Clinton Fegley of Rittersville. They moved from their New Street home to a new dwelling in Allentown in March 1912, where Titus was employed in one of the city's silk mills. Then in July 1915, he took a new position as manager of Frederick Bros.' large farm in Ironton, PA. Their home in later years was at 523 Chestnut Street in Emmaus. Sadly, stricken with cancer of her digestive system, Ida died at age 75 on Feb. 17, 1960. The newly widowed Titus moved in with Aileen Wagner (daughter?) 620 St. John Street in Allentown. In his 70s, having contracted diabetes, Titus was admitted to the Parkway Rest Home in Allentown. He died there at the age of 76 on Nov. 19, 1961. Aileen Wagner of the home signed the death certificate. Burial was in Northwood Cemetery in Emmaus.
Daughter Irene M. Fegely (1887- ? ) was born in Aug. 1887. She married (?) Moll.
Daughter Anna Cora Fegely (1889- ? ) was born on Dec. 1, 1889 in Lehigh County. She was joined in wedlock with Thomas H. Specht ( ? - ? ). They lived at 123 North Chestnut Street in Boyertown, Berks County. Anna died from the effects of hypertension and kidney disease in Pottstown Hospital in Montgomery County at the age of 69 on Oct. 7, 1959. Paul Specht of 16 West Fifth Street in Boyertown was the informant for the official death certificate. Her remains were placed into peaceful repose in Fairview Cemetery in Boyertown.
Daughter Carrie Emma Fegely (1893- ? ) was born on March 4, 1893 in Old Zionsville, Upper Milford Township. Her mother is believed to have died in this childbirth. The infant Carrie was taken into the home of her uncle and aunt, George J. and C. Louisa (Meitzler) Fegely in Old Zionsville. Carrie was joined in marital union with Howard (?) Oswald ( ? - ? ). Their address was 522 Jubilee Street in Emmaus. Sadly, Carrie contracted cancer of the left breast and suffered for two years until death brought her peace on July 7, 1961 at the age of 68. Interment was in the Moravian Church Cemetery in Emmaus.
Daughter Ada L. Fegely (1894-1918) was born on July 12, 1894. She wedded Clarence (?) Link ( ? - ? ). They lived in Emmaus, Lehigh County. Heartbreak blanketed the family in March 1918, when the 23-year-old Ada contracted pulmonary tuberculosis. Unable to recover, she succumbed on March 8, 1918. Burial was in the Moravian Cemetery in Emmaus.
Daughter Amy Susan Fegely (1895-1946) was born on Aug. 15, 1895 in Zionsville. She married Morris Sell ( ? - ? ). The Sells resided in Emmaus, Lehigh County at 107 Macungie Avenue. At the age of 48, she was diagnosed with cancer of the abdomen. She endured for two years until death on March 25, 1946, at the age of 50. Mildred A. Sell of the home provided details for the death certificate. Burial was in St. Paul's Church cemetery in Lehigh County.
Daughter Elda A. Fegely (1896- ? ) was born in Oct. 1896.
Daughter Helen Marie Fegely (1897- ? ) was born in April 1897. She was united in matrimony with (?) Seislove.
Son Franklin Horace Fegely (1900- ? ) was born in May 1900 in Upper Milford, Lehigh County, just eight months after his father died.
Son Alfred Fegley (1861-1887) was born in 1861.
~ Daughter Hannah Phillia Philomela (Fegely) Bilger ~
She was joined in matrimony with Henry Oswin Bilger ( ? - ? ).
The couple produced these children -- Mrs. Robert Kehm, Horace Bilger, Mrs. Joseph Koch, Willis Bilger, Mrs. Harlen Weaver, Bertha Bilger, Fred Bigler, Raymond Bilger, Luther Bilger, Clarence Bilger and Christiana Bigler.
She resided at 549 Chestnut Street in Emmaus, Lehigh County.
On Dec. 30, 1915, having been burdened with kidney disease, she suffered a stroke at the age of 50 and died. Funeral services were held in the Grace Lutheran Church in Macungie, with Rev. W.M. Kopenhaver officiating. Interment was in the Lutheran and Reformed Church Cemetery in Macungie. Reported the Allentown Morning Call, "She was in good health until she went to bed on Thursday evening, when she was suddenly taken sick and died in a few minutes."
Daughter (?) Bilger married Robert Kehm. They lived in Emmaus in 1916.
Son Horace Bilger resided in Emmaus in 1916.
Daughter (?) Bilger wedded Joseph Koch. Circa 1916, their home was in Macungie.
Son Willis Bilger dwelled in Emmaus.
Daughter (?) Bilger was united in matrimony with Harlen Weaver. Their residence circa 1916 was in Emmaus.
Daughter Bertha Bilger lived at home in 1916.
Son Fred Bigler resided with his parents in 1916.
Son Raymond Bilger
Son Luther Bilger
Son Clarence Bilger
Daughter Christiana Bigler
~ Son George J. Fegely ~
Son George J. Fegely (1866-1925) was born on July 24, 1866 in Lower Macungie Township.
Several years before marriage, George was a teacher in the Old Zionsville School circa 1889 and the Koch School in Upper Milford Township in 1890.
In about 1895, he married C. Louisa Meitzler (March 4, 1871-1945). A native of Longswamp Township, Berks County, she was the daughter of Benjamin and Caroline (Carl) Meitzler.
The couple produced two known children, Edna M. Helfrich and one who died between 1900-1910. They also helped to raise a motherless niece, Carrie Emma Fegely, born in 1893, the daughter of Franklin "Frank" and Mary (Bartholomew) Fegely.
In about 1900, they established a home in rural Old Zionsville, Lehigh County, where they remained for the balance of their lives. George earned a living as a clerk, and circa 1910 he was employed at a hotel in the town. He also earned income as a laborer, performing odd jobs. He was a member of the Old Zionsville Lodge circa 1915 and belonged to the Odd Fellows and the Patriotic Order of the Sons of America, where he held the office of conductor. In 1923, after a layoff of about two months, he was called back to work at the H.S. Kern store in Shimersville.
George marked his 42nd birthday with a party for 57 guests at their home. Reported the Allentown Leader, "A fine dinner was served."
Circa 1925, the Fegelys were tenant farmers on the property of William J. Fegely in Old Zionsville. When George Buchman of East Allentown acquired the tract, George moved from the tenant house into the main farm house.
At the age of 58, stricken with prostate cancer, cystitis and a septic infection, George underwent surgery at Allentown Hospital. Unable to rally, he passed away on April 19, 1925. Funeral services were held in the home of married daughter Edna Helfrich, led by Rev. D.C. Kauffman, with interment was in the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Old Zionsville. An obituary followed in the Allentown Morning Call. His burial was duly recorded in church records, and in 1968 his name and reference were published in the booklet Burial Record 1758 to 1968: Zion Evangelical Lutheran Congregation Cemetery.
Louisa outlived her husband by two decades and endured hypertension. When she became a great-grandmother in 1943, she and her daughter, granddaughter and infant were pictured in a four-generation photograph in the Morning Call on Jan. 23, 1943. In mid-March 1945, she was felled by a heart attack and died three days later on St. Patrick's Day 1945, just 13 days after her 74th birthday. As he had done for Louisa's husband 20 years earlier, Rev. D.C. Kaufman preached her funeral sermon.
Daughter Edna M. Fegely (1898- ? ) was born in July 1893. She was united in holy matrimony with Stanley C. Helfrich ( ? - ? ). The couple produced four children. Their home in 1925 was at 1548½ Washington Street.
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