~ Daughter Maria Sarah "Mary" (Fegley) Bortz ~
Daughter Maria Sarah "Mary" Fegley (1836-1898) was born on May 2, 1836.
She was united in matrimony with David H. Bortz (1830-1899), son of Jacob and Susan (Hiestand) Bortz.
They were the parents of nine known children, Henry Bortz, George "William" Bortz, Harry Bortz, Caroline Reitnauer ("Reidnauer"), Charles Oliver Bortz, Emma Fuller, Mary Jane Weida and Annie Bortz.
Early in his working career, David was a mining contractor along the Lehigh River near the East Penn branch of the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad. Circa 1870, they were farmers in Upper Milford Township, Lehigh County. Their home in 1898 was at 393 Oak Street in Allentown.
At the age of 61, Maria Sarah died from the effects of a stroke on April 25, 1898. After funeral services in their home, led by Rev. Dr. A.R. Horne, her remains were placed on the 12:50 p.m. train for transport for burial to Longswamp Union Church Cemetery in Mertztown.
David survived her by about a year. In February 1899, while laboring at the Iowa barbed wire works in Allentown, David lost an arm in a horrific accident. Reported the Allentown Leader:
Just a little before it was time for the night shift to shut down, Mr. Bortz began to clear away the scrap that had accumulated around the barb machines. Through some misfortune his left hand was caught in a loop that formed in the wire feeding one of the machines. He couldn't extricate the hand. As the loop was drawn toward the machine it tightened around the arm just above the wrist. The machines are exceedingly powerful and run very rapidly. Before it could be stopped the arm was cut off as neatly as if it had been done with a knife. The barbs lacerated the skin and mangled the bone, and the shoulder was dislocated by the force with which he was drawn into the machine. Mr. Bortz was carried into the office where the arm was amputated above the elbow by Drs. [E.H.] Dickenshied and [John] Lear.
Over the next three months, as he recuperated at the home of his daughter Emma Fuller, said the Leader, "The arm healed perfectly." But in April 1899, making a home with his son Harry, he suffered a stroke. He died on April 24, 1899. Rev. Horne held a short funeral service at the Fegley home, with Rev. Humbert providing a longer service at Longswamp Church. Reported the Leader, it "was the fifth funeral at which Dr. Horne officiated this week." One of the daughters was married to Leonard Sefing of Allentown in 1916.
Son George William Bortz ( ? - ? ) lived in Hellertown in 1916-1940.
Son Henry Bortz (1857- ? ) was born in about 1857. He is believed to have relocated to Trumansburg, NY and was there circa 1916.
Daughter Caroline Bortz (1858-1942) was born on Sept. 9, 1858 in Shamrock, Lehigh County. She married Daniel Reitnauer ( ? - ? ), also spelled "Reidnauer." The couple produced these offspring -- David Reidnauer, Alice Fetter, Emma Clauser and Katie Kibblehouse. They dwelled in Allentown at 424 East Court Street. On New Year's Day 1911, she held a special dinner at her home at 282 East Saeger Street and hosted her brothers and sisters and their families. As her health failed due to heart valve insufficiency, added to hardening of the arteries, Carolina was admitted to Sacred Heart Hospital, and after a stay of 27 days, she succumbed on April 14, 1942. Daughter Alice Fetter, with whom Carolina lived, was the informant for the death certificate. Rev. E.C. Conrad officiated at the funeral service, held in the Fetter home, followed by burial in St. Mark's Cemetery. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call counted her surviving offspring as 19 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Son Charles Oliver Bortz (1860- ? ) was born on Oct. 1, 1860. He was married to Hannah ( ? - ? ). Circa 1916-1932, they dwelled in Alburtis, Lehigh County. As a widower, Charles was admitted to the Lehigh County Home in Wescoesville. Burdened with pneumonia at age 86, he was admitted to Allentown Hospital and succumbed there on Jan. 6 1947. Mame Smith of 620 West Emmaus Avenue in Allentown signed the death ceretificate. Burial was in Northwood Cemetery in Emmaus.
Daughter Emma Bortz (1865- 1932) was born on July 23, 1865 or 1866 in Longswamp, Berks County. On Nov. , 1893, she wedded Clinton H. Fuller (July 24, 1858-1909), son of James W. and Clarissa (Miller) Fuller and a native of Catasauqua, PA. The couple did not reproduce. Clinton attended Muhlenbert College in Allentown in 1871 and 1872. He became affiliated with the Globe Metal Works, eventually becoming proprietor, which manufactured Globe bronze and the Viola and Crane brands of anti-frictions metal products. He opened a "yard" at Fullerton, which included three buildings for handling scrap iron and second-hand boilers and engines. In about 1887, he moved into the city of Allentown. The couple's address in 1899 was 391 Oak Street. Later, they occupied a colonial-style mansion at the corner of 18th and Turner Streets. He was profiled in volume two of the History of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, which said that "In 1889 he disposed of his Fullerton plant and with his brother, Abbott, he established a successful furnace at Catasauqua. The five furnaces he operated by electric motors. In the following year he purchased his brother's interest in the works and conducted a profitable business until in 1900, when fire destroyed his entire plant. It was then that he organized the Fuller Oil and Supply Company, which provided to be a most successful enterprise under the able direction and management of Mr. Fuller." While living in Catasauqua, he was a member of the borough council on the Republican ticket. They were members of the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, and Emma was active with its Women's Missionary Society. Clinton belonged to the Masons lodge of Catasauqua, the Knights Templar of Allentown and the Elks Club of Allentown. Sadly, Clinton died on June 19, 1909. Emma survived him by 23 years and married a second time to Leonard G. Sefing ( ? - ? ). She kept herself busy as a member of the Allentown Woman's Club, the Mid-Week Charity Club, the Allentown Hospital Auxiliary, the Muhlenberg College Auxiliary and the Ladies' Auxiliary of the Elks in Allentown. Later, she moved to a residence near the Trexler fishery along the Little Lehigh River. Emma was crippled with septic arthritis and underwent surgery in June 1932. She died 45 days later in Baer Hospital at the age of 66 on Aug. 8, 1932. C.R. Weida of 337 East Union Street in Allentown provided details for the death certificate. Following funeral services led by Rev. G. Harold Kinard of the family church, her remains were lowered into repose in Fairview Cemetery in Catasauqua, Lehigh County. An obituary in the Morning Call referred to her as a "prominent church and charity worker..." By 1932, their former home had become the site of the Church of St. Catherine of Siena.
Daughter Mary Jane Bortz (1869-1922) was born on Oct. 27, 1869 in Milford Township. On Aug. 27, 1887, the 17-year-old Mary Jane was joined in marriage with John R. Weida ( ? - ? ). The marriage endured for 52 years until cleaved apart by death. They were the parents of seven offspring -- Helen M. Weida, Edith N. Martz, Mrs. William Malesky, Mrs. Edgar Poe, Mrs. Harold Sterner, Vincent L. Weida and Claude R. Weida. The couple were members of the Jehovah's Witnesses. They lived at 337 East Union Street in Allentown in 1940. For the last 15 years of her life, Mary Jane suffered from heart problems, and for a decade from kidney disease. She suffered a heart attack and died at home at the age of 70 on April 22, 1940. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, following Jehovah's Witness funeral services. An obituary was printed in the Allentown Morning Call.
Son Harry Bortz (1873-1916) was born on Sept. 7, 1873 in Lehigh County. He married Mary C. Seng ( ? - ? ). The children born to this marriage were John L. Bortz, Helen M. Bortz, William R. Bortz and Clinton H. Bortz. They lived in Allentown in 1899 at 746 Joran Street. Circa 1916, he was employed as a watchman at the Post & Sheldon Silk Mill. Burdened with an enlarged heart, he died at the age of 42 on May 31, 1916. John L. Bortz of 747 North Fourth Street in Allentown was the informant on the death certificate. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call reported that "He had been ill of a complication of diseases for about three weeks and was in his forty-first year."
Daughter Anna M. "Annie" Bortz (1878-1963) was born on April 4, 1878. She never married but lived a long life in Allentown. Her address in the early 1960s was 719 Linden Street. At the age of 85, she was stricken with acute heart problems and passed away in Allentown Hospital on Sept. 7, 1963. Vincent L. Weida Sr., of 1214 Chew Street in Allentown, signed the Pennsylvania certificate of death. Her remains were placed into repose in Greenwood Cemetery.
~ Daughter Caroline (Fegley) Fisher ~
Daughter Caroline Fegley (1838-1920) -- also misspelled "Fehnel" -- was born on Sept. 3, 1838 in Upper Milford Township.
She married Daniel Fisher (Oct. 9, 1830-1901).
Their known offspring were Emma Fisher, Hannah F. "Annie" Anderson Barba, Caroline "Carrie" Garman, John Henry Fisher, Elizabeth Lehman, William Fisher, Martha "Mattie" Oswald, Edward Fisher, James Lewellyn Fisher and Katharine "Katie" Croslett.
Over the years, Daniel labored as a stone mason. Their home was between Macungie and Shimersville. In 1900, they provided a home for Caroline's aged father.
Suffering from dropsy, Daniel passed away in Nov. 1901 at the age of about 70. Funeral services and the burial were held at Old Zionsville, officiated by Rev. O.R. Frantz. An obituary appeared in the Allentown Leader.
Caroline survived him by 19 years and moved into Allentown. She became seriously ill in June 1920 and was confined to her bed. She only lived for three more months until death took her away on Sept. 12, 1920, at the home of her married daughter Katharine Croslett. "Death was due to the infirmities of old age," reported the Allentown Morning Call. Funeral services were held at home, led by Rev. R.M. Kern, and in the Zionsville Reformed Church, with Rev. Blatt officiating. Her remains are in repose in Old Zionsville United Church of Christ Cemetery in Zionsville.
Daughter Emma Fisher (1860- ? ) was born in about 1860. Her fate is unknown.
Daughter Hannah F. "Annie" Fisher (1862-1933) was born on Sept. 7, 1862. She appears to have been wed twice. Her first spouse was Anderson ( ? - ? ), a Swedish immigrant. They were the parents of four offspring -- Rev. W. Lloyd Anderson, Mrs. Rev. W.S. Schelley, Clarence Anderson and Ella Ihrie. Sadly, Mr. Anderson is believed to have died sometime before 1900. Federal census records for 1900 show her residence in Allentown. She was a charter member of the Dubbs Memorial Reformed Church in Allentown and regularly attended its Bible Class and sewing circle. On July 15, 1909, age 47, she was united in marriage with widower William H. Barba (March 29, 1852-1936). He was the son of Karl and Elizabeth (Mann) Barba and a native of Lower Sancon Township, Northampton County. The ceremony was performed by Rev. E.E. Kresge, and news of the wedding was printed in the Allentown Morning Call. William had been married previously to Susanna/Christina Smith ( ? -1904) and brought two sons to the second marriage -- Charles E. Barba, P.E. and Dr. Preston A. Barba. Early in William's career, he designed and manufactured farming tools in Hellertown and Freemansburg. Some of his designs remained widely in use in the 1930s. He eventually obtained a position as foreman with Escelsion Knitting Maching Manufacturing Company in Allentown, covering the span of 32 years. They dwelled in Emmaus at 150 Main Street. In about 1929, Hannah began to attend the Emmaus Moravian Church. Burdened with chronic heart disease, Hannah succumbed at the age of 71 on Oct. 4, 1933. Funeral services were held in the Dubbs church, at Allen and Fifth Streets, and burial was in the Old Zionsville Reformed Cemetery. Stepson Preston A. Barba of 729 North 24th Street, Allentown, was the informant for the death certificate. In an obituary, the Morning Call said "Emaus lost one of its oldest and best-loved residents." She was survived by 24 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. William outlived his wife by three years. He passed into eternity at age 84 on April 24, 1936. Rev. M.F. Klingaman of Allentown officiated at the funeral, with burial in Hellertown Union Cemetery in Hellertown.
Great-grandson Charles E. Barba Jr. (1906- ? ) was born in about 1906. Unmarried at the age of 24 in 1930, he lived and home and worked as an oil salesman in Newton, MA. He married (?) and had a son Peter Barba, making a home in New Haven, CT in 1932.
Great-granddaughter Margarita C. Barba (1907- ? ) was born in about 1907. Single at age 23 in 1930, residing at home, she was employed as a bookkeeper for a telephone company in Newton, MA.
Great-granddaughter Dorothy A. Barba (1908- ? ) was born in about 1908.
Great-grandson Preston A. Barba II (1910-1990) was born on July 2, 1910. He earned income as an apprentice in the rubber industry in 1930. He passed away in St. Louis, MO on Feb. 15, 1990.
Great-grandson Francis Barba (1913- ? ) was born in about 1913.
Great-grandson William H. Barba (1914- ? ) was born in about 1914. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps and circa 1938 held the rank of lieutenant. He was married to Marjorie Hathaway, daughter of Lt. Commander F.W. Hathaway of Coronada, CA.
Great-granddaughter Elizabeth Barba (1916- ? ) was born in about 1916. At the age of 22, spent spent the summer of 1938 as a swimming instructor at the Girl Scouts Camp Mary Day in Natick, MA.
Great-grandson Robert Barba (1918- ? ) was born in about 1918.
Great-grandson John Barba (1923- ? ) was born in 1923 in Newton, MA.
Muhlenberg conferred upon him an honorary dictorage of literature degree in 1952, and he received a distinguished achievement award from the Muhlenberg Alumni Association in 1968. Preston authored many publications and books, among them They Came to Emmaus, 1939, considered the standard history of the community. For 34 years, he edited a weekly column in the Allentown Morning Call, " 'S Pennsylvanisch Deitsch Eck," considered the "authoritative ... recounting the history, customs, and traditions of the Pennsylvania German." He traveled back to Europe every year and led 40 tours for scholars and friends from the Lehigh Valley. His community activities included membership in the Pennsylvania Folklore Society, the Pennsylvania German Society and as an officer and board director of the Lehigh County Historical Society. He was a member of the Goethe Society of America, the Sons of the American Revolution and the Modern Language Society of America. Eleanor was an artist who illustrated many of his articles, and his traveling companion on annual trips to Europe.
Their address in Emmaus was at 150 Main Street, and they belonged to St. John's United Church of Christ. Sadly, at the age of 73, Eleanor suffered from Parkinson's and was stricken with bleeding on the brain and was admitted to Sacred Heart Hospital. She passed away there on July 14, 1966. Burial was in Hellertown Union Cemetery. Preston survived his wife by five years. He died on Easter Sunday, April 11, 1971 at the age of 88. He was eulogized in the Morning Call as "one of the foremost authorities on the life, literature and lore of the Pennsylvania Germans." In summarizing the "Eck" column, the Morning Call said that "He projected this unique newspaper feature primarily to bring new generations the heritages of this area's pioneer forebearers and their descendants but also used it to encourage contemporary writers by publishing some of their work. he himself wrote little for the column except for the editorial comment, but his vast knowledge of his subject and where to find the material he used is what gave it substance. He himself once said that when he began the Eck, he knew most persons recognized the humorous columnist in the dialect but had come to believe this humor was all there was to the Pennsylvania German dialect. His aim was to bring their more serious cultural contributions to public attention and thereby help preserve them. Because the Eck was a mixture of English and Pennsylvania German, it had wide readership. It was sent to libraries across the country and in many parts of the world and has become an important source for scholarly research as well as for pleasant, entertaining reading."
Step-great-grandson George M. Barba (1919-1989) was born on Sept. 25, 1919. He resided with his parents in Emmaus. Their historic house was constructed in 1760 and, during the Revolutionary War, was a hospital. After his parents' deaths, he continued to dwell in the home. George died on Feb. 13, 1989. After his passing, the contents of his estate, including many of his parents' German books, artwork, redware, lighting, guns, glass flasks, walnut cupboard, French bronzes, china and pewter were sold at auction.
Step-great-grandson Dr. William M. Barba (1922-1994) was born on Nov. 11, 1922. He lived in Warren, OH in 1971. William succumbed in Warren in Nov. 1994.
Daughter Caroline "Carrie" Fisher (1864-1926) was born on Oct. 7, 1864 in Upper Miford Township. She was united in wedlock with James B. Garman ( ? -1927), the son of William Garman of Shimersville. The couple produced one son, William E. Garman. They initially dwelled in Macungie and moved to Allentown in 1892 and remained there for decades, where they were members of St. Andrew's Reformed Church. Early in his working career, James was a driver on the Allentown and Bethlehem Rapid Transit which eventually became Lehigh Valley Transit Company. Circa 1899, he was employed as deputy warden of the Lehigh County Jail. He then resigned to begin work in the insurance business and in 1901 served on the common council of Allentown's 10th Ward. He was brought back to the deputy warden position when he spent a total of nine years, followed by a promotion to warden, in which he served for a decade. After retirement, he went back to the insurance business and then was named county tax collector for Allentown's 9th Ward. He was a longtime Mason. Their home in the 1920s was at 622 Washington Street. In about 1925, he began to suffer from "nerves of the back and those surrounding the ribs," said the Allentown Morning Call. Then, in the winter of 1926, she began to be afflicted with acute indigestion and heart failure, Carrie succumbed at the age of 61 on Jan. 28, 1926. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, with Rev. M.F. Klingaman of Dubb's Reformed Church officiating. A local news obituary said that "her death came as a severe blow to her relatives and intimate acquaintances." Seemingly lost without his wife, James suffered a nervous breakdown after her passing, and was treated by Dr. Elmer Bausch. In early September 1927, in company with his son and daughter-in-law, in company with friends I.A. Moser and Howard Minner, made a 600-mile drive to Watkins Glen, NY. James drove and he "was in excellent spirits on leaving and drove the entire distance," said the Morning Call. "Throughout Sunday he was in good health and derived great pleasure in touring familir parts of Watkins Glen, which is a summer watering resort, and before retiring in the evening was apparently well." But he suffered a stroke overnight or the next morning and passed away quickly. Word was telegraphed to his only niece, Jennie Lichtenwalner, living at 1032 Hamilton Street in Allentown. His to begin planning the arrangements. His remains were transported to their home at 622 Washington Street for burial. Services were "attended by many sorrowing relatives, friends and members of the organizations with which he was affiliated," said the Morning Call. The funeral was led by Rev. R.M. Kern of the family church, with additional Masonic services conducted at the gravesite. Under the terms of his last will and testament, James bequeathed his entire estate worth $10,000 to their son, except for $100 for the Fairview Cemetery Association to maintain the Garman family plot of graves.
Son John Henry Fisher (1867-1906) was born on April 8, 1867 or 1869 in Lehigh County. He married Flora ( ? - ? ) and produced a son, Raymond Fisher. They lived in Easton, Northampton County, PA in 1901 and South Easton in 1906, where he earned a living as a plumber and steamfitter in the erecting department of Lehigh Valley shops. He belonged to the South Easton Council of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics, the Lehigh Valley Relief Association and St. Peter's Reformed Church. Their address in 1906 was 608 Mauch Chunk Street. The family was plunged into grief in March 1906 when John, having suffered for two-and-a-half years from tuberculosis of the pharanyx (bronchitis), leading to an ability to swallow, passed away at the age of 39. Burial was in South Easton Cemetery. An obituary appeared in the Allentown Morning Call.
Daughter Elizabeth Fisher (1869-1943) was born on Sept. 3, 1869 in Lehigh County. In about 1888, when she would have been abljt age 18, she married Milton H. Lehman ( ? -1943) of Lehigh County. The couple remained together for 55 years. They bore one daughter, Sara Holter. In his early working life, Milton was employed by the Reading Railroad as a station agent in East Greenville. He then moved to D.D. and N.D. Fritch Milling Company and remained there for "many years, retiring only when his health forced him to," said the Allentown Morning Call. They were members of Western Salisbury Church near Allentown. Active in the community, Milton served on the school board in East Greenville. He was a charter member of the East Greenville Building and Loan Association. Their home in 1906-1943 was in East Greenville, Montgomery County, on 121 Fourth Street. In 1920, they are known to have attended the funeral of Elizabeth's mother in Allentown, and then in 1929 they went to Lewisburg for the funeral of their grandson Walter Lehman Holter. The couple were members of the New Goshenhoppen Reformed Church of East Greenville. In a sad and unusual twist, the Lehmans died within a week of each other in mid-April 1943. Both Elizabeth and Milton had been ill at home and then, after she had been taken to a local hospital, he suffered a heart attack at the age of 81, dying on April 11, 1943. Elizabeth only survived him by five days and, stricken with heart disease, passed at the age of 73, in Quakertown Community Hospital, in Bucks County, on April 16, 1943. Rev. Dr. C.M. DeLong officiated at the funeral service, with burial in Western Salisbury Union Cemetery near Allentown. An obituary ran in the Morning Call, and son-in-law Walter Holter of Lewisburg signed the death certificate.
Daughter Martha J. "Mattie" Fisher (1873-1949) was born on March 11, 1873 in Vera Cruz, Lehigh County. When she was 25 years of age, in aboiut 1897, she was joined in holy matrimony with 40-year-old Jonathan I. "John" Oswald (July 14, 1855-1931), son of Henry Oswald. Jonathan had been married previously to Emaline "Emma" Reinert and brought these children to the second union, who became Martha's stepdaughters -- Mary E. Ruch, Anna White and Kate Oswald. Martha and the eldest step-daughter were about the same age. Martha and Jonathan did not have any offspring of their own. Circa 1900, Jonathan was a foreman at the Lewis Furnaces in Allentown's Sixth Ward. The furnaces eventually closed, and Jonathan went to work as a concrete and cement construction foreman for the contracting firm G.H. Hardner. In 1920, when his son-in-law William Ruth was an Allentown city commissioner, John was named commissioner of streets. They were members of the Dubbs Memorial Reformed Church, and she belonged to the home department of the Sunday School. Heartache blanketed the family in 1923 at the death of married daughter Mary E. Ruch at the age of 50. The Oswalds' address in the 1930s was 738 North Seventh Street in Allentown, and in his final years Jonathan was considered "well and favorably known among the older generations of this city," said the Allentown Morning Call. Sadly, Jonathan endured heart and kidney disease and then was badly injured in an accidental fall down a flight of stairs. He was felled by a stroke and died at age 74 on May 7, 1931. Martha outlived her spouse by 18 years and remained in their home. Having contracted hardening of the arteries, Martha suffered a heart attack and was admitted to Sacred Heart Hospital. Six days later, she succumbed on Oct. 24, 1949. Her brother James was the informant for the Pennsylvania certificate of death. Her remains were lowered into repose in West End Cemetery in Allentown.
Son William D. Fisher (1873-1930) was born on Oct. 27, 1873. He was joined in marriage with a cousin, Ella M.R. Kern (1876-1958), daughter of Edward R. and Mary Ann (Gaumer) Kern of the family of Joseph Gaumer. See their biography for more.
Son Edward J. Fisher (1876-1933) was born on Sept. 22, 1876. He never married. For decades, he dwelled in Allentown where he was considered one of the city's well-known residents. He learned the trade of carpentry and worked in the field and labored as a carpenter. But fate intervened in about 1918, when at the age of about 42 he became partially paralyzed. He no longer could work but continued his membership in the Carpenters' Union. His address in 1933 was with his married sister Martha J. Oswald at 738 North Seventh Street. Sadly, burdened with recurring heart and kidney disease, the 57-year-old Edward suffered a stroke and succumbed on Dec. 8, 1933. His remains were placed into eternal rest in the Old Zionsville Reformed Church Cemetery.
Daughter Kathryn "Katie" Fisher (1879-1955) was born in about 1879 in Vera Cruz, Lehigh County. She wedded Jesse A. Coslett (Aug. 2, 1877-1945), son of John and Rebecca (Dent) Coslett of Buck Horn, Columbia County, PA. The couple did not reproduce. Their address in 1920 was 549 North Ninth Street in Allentown and then in the 1940s at 47 North Seventh Street. She was a longtime member of Dubbs Memorial Evangelical and Reformed Church in Allentown. She earned income over the years as a sales woman with Somach's Store. Jesse endured cardiovascular disease and heart problems and died at age 67 on Feb. 3, 1945. Cremation followed. After her husband's death, she lived with her married niece Ella Ihrie at 15 North Sixth Street. Kathryn passed away at home just four days before Christmas 1955. In an obituary, the Allentown Morning Call noted that "She was the last of 10 in the family." Kathryn left behind an estate valued at $10,000, and she left $1,000 each to local charitable institutions in memory of her brother James. These included the Dubbs Memorial Evangelical and Reformed Church, the Phoebe Home and Good Shepherd Home in Allentown and the Bethany Orphans Home of Womelsdorf.
Son James Lewellyn Fisher (1882- ? ) was born in Sept. 1882 in Vera Cruz, Lehigh County. He lived at home with his parents in Allentown in 1901, in Easton in 1906 and in Allentown in 1926-1933. On Dec. 21, 1900, he married Florence A. Meith ( ? - ? ). The couple were the parents of a daughter, Lillian I. Strausser. James reputedly left the home and marriage on April 15, 1908, and the Fishers eventually divorced. Florence brought a legal complaint against him for non-support, but the case was dismissed in 1919. At one time, James worked as a clerk in the City Streets Department, likely circa 1920 when his brother-in-law Jonathan Oswald was commissioner of the unit. His employment circa 1925 was as a mechanic. He belonged to the Dubbs Memorial Evangelical Reformed Church and to the Jordan Lodge of the Masons. He made a home with his sister Kathryn Coslett in his final years at 38 North Seventh Street. James became bedfast in October 1952 as his health declined. He died on Jan. 12, 1953, at home. An obituary was published in the Allentown Morning Call.
~ Son Ephraim B. Fegley ~
Son Ephraim B. Fegley (1847-1913) was born on Jan. 15, 1847.
In about 1869, when he would have been age 22, he was wedded to Emaline "Emma" Berkey (Jan. 20, 1849-1916).
The couple produced nine children, seven of whom were living circa 1900. Among the known offspring were Alice Reinert, Sarah Wean, Victor Franklin Fegley, John Ephraim Fegley, William Henry Fegley, Alice Kratzer and Mary Susan Eck.
Over the years, Ephraim made a living as a tenant farmer, moving from farm to farm as opportunities came and went. When the United States Census was taken in 1870, the family resided in Upper Milford Township, Lehigh County. By 1880, they had relocated to a farm in Longswamp Township, Berks County.
Circa April 1897, noted the Allentown Leader, they left the farm of Joel Schugar at Huff's Church and moved to Uriah Biery's farm near Shamrock. He is believed to have volunteered his time as superintendent of a Sabbath School of the Evangelical Church. Circa 1913, they made a home near Mertztown.
The Fegelys entertained their children and grandchildren with a turkey dinner on Christmas 1911. The event was mentioned in the gossip columns of the Allentown Morning Call.
Ephraim was admitted to Allentown Hospital where he succumbed at the age of 66 on Nov. 26, 1913. Burial was in Longswamp Union Cemetery in Mertztown, with the body transported there via railroad. An obituary was printed in the Morning Call, which counted 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren among his survivors.
Emaline lived for exactly three more years, and succumbed on Nov. 26, 1916. In a death notice, the Morning Call said that "Funeral services will be held from her late home ... which relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend without further notice. Continued services and burial at Longswamp Church. Teams meet 7:45 and 9 o'clock trains at Shamrock." Services were jointly conducted by Rev. Bond and Rev. Meckstroth. Pallbearers included H.C. Fegley, Oscar Luckenbill, Daniel Romig, Harvey Merkle, David Anthony and George Fegley.
Daughter Alice R. Fegley (1869-1927) was born on March 20, 1869 in Upper Milford Township. She married to Nicholas B. Reinert ( ? - ? ) and lived in Reading in 1913. Their offspring were Cyrus Reinert and Minnie Reinert. In July 1925, the Reinerts attended the first annual reunion of the family of Abraham Reineret at the old homestead, located between Fredericksville and Huff's Church. Alice helped cater the affair, and N.B. was elected secretary. Their address in the mid-1920s was at 135 Poplar Street in Reading. Sadly, Alice contracted diabetes and then, when stricken with pneumonia, died at the age of 57 on Feb. 22, 1927. Interment was in Sinking Spring Cemetery.
Daughter Sarah M. Fegley (1874- ? ) was born in about 1874. She wed Reuben Wean (July 12, 1871-1942), a native of Huff's Church, Berks County and the son of John and Elmira "Ella" (Moyer) Wean. They produced these children -- Robert E. Wean, Raymond Wean, Ethel Wean and Erma Wean. In about 1892, they relocated to the Harlem community of Pottstown, Montgomery County, where they stayed for 50 years and made a home at 265 Manatawny Street. For the last six years of his life, Reuben was burdened with a hardening of his heart arteries. Then in late 1941, he was stricken with a heart attack. He lingered for five weeks and succumbed at the age of 71 on Dec. 18, 1942. His remains were placed into repose in Highland Cemetery. Her address in 1959 was in Shillington, PA.
Son Victor Franklin Fegely (1877- ? ) was born in about 1877 in Shamrock, Berks County. He was united in marriage with Edna Geneva Schueck ( ? -1928?). They made a residence in Walters Park, Berks County in 1913 and in Mertztown in 1933-1941. The couple adopted a daughter, Mrs. William Dankel. They belonged to the Reformed congregation of the Longswamp Church. He died at home at the age of 64 on April 12, 1941. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call reported that Rev. Donald Englert of Mertztown and Rev. William F. Bond of Shamrock co-officiated at the funeral service, held in the family church.
Son John Ephraim Fegely (1879-1941) was born on Nov. 22, 1879 in Longswamp Township, Berks County. He worked as a farm laborer and never married. He lived at home with his parents in Longswamp Township, Berks County in 1900-1913. By 1933, he resided in East Texas, Lehigh County, and eventually became an invalid. Burdened with chronic heart disease, he passed into eternity at age 61 on June 29, 1941. Funeral services were held in the home of his married sister Emma Kratzer in East Texas, with additional services in the Longswamp Church. Interment was in the church graveyard. Rev. Donald Englert of Mertztown preached at the funeral. The Allentown Morning Call reported that "Tributes were from: Sister Emma and family; brother William and wife; R.J. Wean and family from Warren, O.; Reuben Wean and family; Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Schaffer; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Silfies; Clyde, Edith and Minnie and families."
Son William Henry Fegely (1886-1958) was born in March 1886. He married Carrie Mabel Fenstermacher (1889-1974). He dwelled in Walters Park, Berks County in 1913 and in Mertztown in 1933. He died in 1958.
Daughter Emma C. Fegley (1881-1959) was born in March 1881 in Longswamp Township, Berks County. She was joined in matrimony with H. William Kratzer ( ? -1947). Their offspring were Harold Kratzer, Lloyd Kratzer, Verna Kratzer and Nevin J. Kratzer. Circa 1913, they lived in East Texas in Lower Macungie Township, and remained there for decades. In July 1941, at the death of Emma's brother John, they hosted the funeral in their home. Sadly, William died in 1947. Emma outlived him by a dozen years. Emma spent her final month of life in the home of her married daughter, Mrs. Butterweck, at 336 West Lexington Street in Allentown. She died at the age of 77 on Feb. 27, 1959. Funeral services were held in St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Trexlertown.
Daughter Mary Susan Fegley (1883-1933) was born on July 24, 1883 in or around Shamrock, Berks County. She was united in wedlock with a cousin, John F. Eck (Oct. 15, 1880-1959), son of James and Judith (Fegely) Eck of Longswamp Township, Berks County. They were the parents of Robert J. Eck, Lillie Viola Youse, Wallace Ephraim Eck, Elsie Meck and Arlene Geist. Sadly, son Wallace died at the age of two months on March 26, 1907, after suffering from Crohn's Disease and chickenpox. For decades, they made a farm home in Shamrock Station, Longswamp Township. When he was 23, John is known to have helped local farmers with threshing labor. A 1924 article in the Allentown Morning Call referred to their "fine big farm ... near Shamrock." The family belonged to the Lutheran wing of the Mertztown Church, also known as the St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Mertztown. The Allentown Morning Call once referred to Mary Susan as "a woman known for her neighborly qualities and charitable works." She was burdened with heart valve closure problems which allowed blood to seep back into the heart. After contracting rheumatic heart disease, she died at age 49 on March 18, 1933. Funeral services were conducted in their home, led by Rev. William Dry. Interment was in St. Paul's Church Cemetery. An obituary was printed in the Morning Call. Those providing flowers included daughter Elsie and family, daughter Lillie and family, brother Victor, brother William, sister Emma Kratzer, nephew Raymond J. Wean, sister Sarah Wean, a hand bouquet from son John, baskets from Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Reith and a slumber robe from the family. John survived his wife by more than a quarter of a century. His final years were spent living with son John. He was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage and passed away at the age of 78 on Jan. 7, 1959. His remains were lowered into eternal rest in St. Paul's Church Cemetery in nearby Mertztown, Berks County. The Morning Call numbered his survivors as 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
~ Son Willoughby Fegley ~
Son Willoughby Fegley (1850-1909) was born in 1850. He learned the trade of harness making.
Willoughby married Sarah (1853-1929).
They were the parents of Caroline R. Fairchild.
By 1880, they relocated to Ovid, Seneca County, NY. Later, they moved to Bath, Steuben County, NY.
Willoughby died in or around Bath on Oct. 1, 1909, and is buried in Nondaga Cemetery.
Daughter Caroline R. Fegley ( ? - ? ) was united in wedlock with (? ) Fairchild.
~ Daughter Elizabeth A. "Lizzie" (Fegley) Rothrock ~
Daughter Elizabeth A. "Lizzie" Fegley (1853-1922) was born on May 18, 1853.
In about 1873, she wedded Edwin Henry Rothrock (Nov. 18, 1853-1911), son of Joseph and Mary (Steaver) Rothrock.
They produced four known offspring -- Clementine V. Ludwig, Ida M. Potts and Carrie Koch.
When the federal census enumeration was made in 1880, Edwin labored in local coal mines in Longswamp Township, Berks County. Then by 1910, he had turned to the trade of house painting. The 1910 U.S. Census shows the family in Reading, with 12-year-old granddaughter Helen Ludwig living in the household. Circa 1911, their address was 1021 North 11th Street in Reading, where he earned a living as a motorman.
Edwin suffered from heart disease and succumbed on Sept. 13, 1911, at the age of 57. Burial was in Charles Evans Cemetery in Reading.
Elizabeth passed into eternity at the age of 69, in Berks County, on Sept. 21, 1922.
Son Franklin J. Rothrock (1874-1927) was born on Dec. 3, 1874. He wedded Annie R. ( ? - ? ). He supported the family over the years by working as a machinist. They resided in 1927 at 527 North 10th Street. Burdened with kidney failure and uremia, he died at the age of 52 on Jan. 5, 1927. Interment was in a local mausoleum.
Daughter Clementine V. "Clemmie" Rothrock (1876-1940) was born on July 18, 1876. She married Harry S. Ludwig ( ? - ? ). The couple produced a daughter Helen Ludwig, who was raised by Clementine's parents. They dwelled in Beckersville, Berks County. Burdened with diabetes, gangrene of the leg and hardening of the arteries, she died at the age of 63 on Jan. 4, 1940. Her remains were lowered into repose in Aulenbachs Cemetery in Berks County.
Daughter Ida M. Rothrock (1883-1905) was born on April 7, 1883. At the age of 21, in 1904, she wedded John H. Potts (1869-1943). The Grim Reaper cleaved apart the couple after only about a year of marriage. Ida died at the age of 22 on Oct. 2, 1905.
Daughter Carrie Rothrock (1887-1958) was born on Feb. 11, 1887. In 1912, she was joined in matrimony with John William Koch (1888-1978). She died on Feb. 4, 1958, at the age of 70.
~ Daughter Martha Ann (Fegley) Schlicher ~
Daughter Martha Ann Fegley (1855-1888) was born on Sept. 7, 1855.
She married Levinus Schlicher (Nov. 19, 1845-1895), son of David and Emelia Schlicher of Upper Milford Township, Lehigh County.
They lived in Shimersville and bore three offspring, Walter F. Schlicher, Ida A.J. Wieser and Cora F. Wieser.
Levinus worked as a laborer in 1870, when he was age 25 and unmarried. By 1880, he made a living loading iron ore on the local riverwharf. In about 1884, the family left Upper Milford and relocated to Easton, Northampton County.
Sadly, at the age of 32, Martha Ann died on May 23, 1888. Her remains were placed into repose in Zions Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery in Old Zionsville, Lehigh County.
Levinus lived for another seven years as a widower. He passed into eternity on May 6, 1895.
Their burials were duly recorded in church records, and in 1968 their names and reference information were published in the booklet Burial Record 1758 to 1968: Zion Evangelical Lutheran Congregation Cemetery.
Son Walter F. Schlicher ( ? -1939) was born in (?). He married Mabel Moyer ( ? - ? ). They did not reproduce. In the late 1930s, their address was 550 Washington Street in Royersford, PA. As his health failed, Walter was admitted to Pottstown Hospital, where he died on Dec. 27, 1939, just two days after Christmas. An obituary was published in the Allentown Morning Call.
Daughter Ida A.J. Schlicher (1876-1962) was born on April 2, 1876 in Upper Milford Township, Lehigh County. She wedded William H. Wieser (Nov. 8, 1859-1933), son of Jonathan and Catherine/Caroline (Eisenhard) Wieser, also spelled "Weiser." (Her sister Cora married his brother Charles.) The bride was 17 years younger than the groom. The couple did not bear any children. William made a living over the years selling tobacco and cigars in Allentown, while Ida was a weaver at Pioneer Silk Company in Allentown. They were members of Zion's United Church of Christ. Their address was 728 Linden Street. Sadly, having endured hardening of the arteries for years, William began to suffer "cerebral softening" and was admitted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown. Fluid built up in his lungs, and death cut him away on March 6, 1933. Burial was in Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery in Old Zionsville. Ida survived him by a number of years and lived in her Linden Street home. At the age of 86, stricken with senility added to hardening of the arteries and bronchial pneumonia, she passed away on April 18, 1962. An obituary appeared in the Allentown Morning Call.
Daughter Cora F. Schlicher (1879-1940) was born in about 1879 in Upper Milford, Lehigh County. As a young girl, she moved with her parents to Easton, Northampton County, where she resided for the next 21 years. In 1906, when she was 27 years of age, she wedded Charles Wilson Wieser (March 17, 1879-1952), son of Jonathan and Catherine/Caroline (Eisenhard) Wieser, also spelled "Weiser." (Her sister Ida married his brother William.) They did not reproduce. The Wiesers relocated in about 1931 to Newark, NJ, where he was employed with the Lehigh Valley Railroad. Their address in 1940 was 784 Bergen Street. Sadly, Cora succumbed at home in Newark on Aug. 15, 1940. Her remains were transported back to Lehigh County to rest in Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery in Old Zionsville. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call reported that she was survived by her husband and sister. Charles outlived his bride by a dozen years and returned to Lehigh County in retirement. His address in 1952 was 30 South Dauphin Street in Allentown. He was stricken with a heart attack and died at the age of 73 on Aug. 23, 1952. Burial was in the Zions Lutheran burying ground. Mrs. Ida Hucke was the informant for the Pennsylvania certificate of death.
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