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Susanna (Gaumer) Fögle



Susanna (Gaumer) Fögle -- Americanized to "Fegely" -- was born on Feb. 1778, the daughter of Johann Heinrich and Anna Margaretha (Meitzler) Gaumer.

She was joined in wedlock with David Fegely (April 20, 1779-1866).

Their known offspring were Lydia Fegley, Esther “Hettie” Kline, Benjamin Fegley, Jesse Fegley, Hannah M. Dankel, Evan Fegley, David Fegely Jr. and James Fegley.

David made a living as a weaver. When the federal census was enumerated in 1850 and then again in 1860, the family dwelled in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County, PA. The 1860 census shows David and Susan residing with their son James and his wife Mary and their offspring.

David died in 1866, at the age of about 87 years and two months. His and his wife's grave markers were inscribed with the family name spelled "Feglie."

She passed away the following year, at the age of 90 years, 26 days, on March 6, 1868.  Burial was in Lehigh Zion Cemetery in Alburtis, Lehigh County. [Find-a-Grave]

~ Daughter Esther “Hattie” (Fegley) Kline ~

Daughter Esther "Hattie" Fegley (1803- ? ) was born on Sept. 26, 1803.

On Sept. 18, 1825, at the age of about 21, she is believed to have married Philip Kline (1799-1848), a native of Northampton County. The wedding took place at the Zion Lutheran Church in Lower Macungie.

~ Son Jesse Fegley ~

Son Jesse Fegley (1807-1904) was born on Sept. 11, 1807 and lived a long life.

He married Elizabeth Baer (Aug. 8, 1813-1863).

They produced these known offspring -- Maria Sarah Bortz, Ephraim Fegley, Willoughby Fegley, Caroline Fisher and Elizabeth A. "Lizzie" Rothrock.

Jesse earned a living as a stone mason and, said the Macungie Progress, "helped to erect many a building in this neighborhood. He was an honorable and respected citizen and by his frugality, laid up enough to keep him comfortably..."

Sadly, at the age of 49, Elizabeth died on March 23, 1863.

Jesse lived for another 40 years as a widower. For decades, he lived in Upper Milford near the town of Shimerville. When the 1900 federal census was taken, he made a home with his married daughter Caroline Fisher. In about 1901, he moved into the home of his son Ephraim in the Shamrock community. On Jan. 31, 1904, at the age of 96, he succumbed. Burial was in Zions Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery in Old Zionsville, Lehigh County, with Rev. F.K. Berndt officiating.


Sanctuary of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Old Zionsville


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.

  • Grandson George William Bortz ( ? - ? ) lived in Hellertown in 1916-1940.
  • Grandson Henry Bortz (1857- ? ) was born in about 1857. He is believed to have relocated to Trumansburg, NY and was there circa 1916.
  • Granddaughter 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.

Great-grandson David Reidnauer lived in Allentown in 1942.

Great-granddaughter Alice Reidnauer wedded Josiah Fetter. They lived at 424 East Court Street in Allentown.

Great-granddaughter Emma Reidnauer married (?) Clauser. Her home in 1942 was in Allentown.

Great-granddaughter Katie Reidnauer was joined in wedlock with Joseph Kibblehouse. They dwelled in North Wales in 1942.

  • Grandson 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.
  • Granddaughter 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.
  • Granddaughter 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.
  • Grandson 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."
  • Granddaugher 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.


Zionsville Reformed Church, Old Zionsville

Daughter Caroline Fegley (1838-1920) -- also spelled "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" Gorman, 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.

  • Granddaughter Emma Fisher (1860- ? ) was born in about 1860.
  • Granddaughter Hannah F. "Annie" Fisher (1862- ? ) was born in about 1862. She appears to have been wed twice. Her first spouse was Anderson ( ? - ? ). In 1906, her residence was in Allentown. Then by 1920 she had married William Barba.
  • Granddaughter Caroline "Carrie" Fisher (1864- ? ) was born in about 1864. She was united in wedlock with James B. Gorman. Circa 1920, he was employed as warden of the Lehigh County Jail.
  • Grandson 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. Buril was in South Easton Cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Elizabeth Fisher (1870- ? ) was born in about 1870. She married Milton H. Lehman. Their home in 1906-1920 was in East Greenville, Montgomery County, on Fourth Street.
  • Granddaughter Martha "Mattie" Fisher (1872- ? ) was born in about 1872. She was joined in holy matrimony with John O. Oswald ( ? - ? ). In 1920, John served as commissioner of streets in Allentown.
  • Grandson William Fisher (1874- ? ) was born in about 1874. He resided in Allentown in 1901-1906.
  • Grandson Edward Fisher (1875- ? ) was born in about 1875. He dwelled in Allentown circa 1901-1906.
  • Granddaughter Katharine "Katie" Fisher (1879- ? ) was born in about 1879 in Lehigh County. She wedded Jesse A. Croslett (or "Goslett") ( ? - ? ). Their address in 1920 was 549 North Ninth Street in Allentown.
  • Grandson James Lewellyn Fisher (1882- ? ) was born in Sept. 1882. He lived at home with his parents in Allentown in 1901 and in Easton in 1906.


Mertztown landmark: ruins of the old Sally Ann iron furnace


Son Ephraim B. Fegley (1847-1913) was born on Jan. 15, 1847. He was wedded to Emaline Berkey (1849-1916). Their offspring were Mrs. N.B. Reinert, Mrs. Reuben Wean, Victor Fegley, William Henry Fegley, Mrs. William Kratzer, Mrs. John Eck and John Ephraim Fegley. Over the years, Ephraim made a living as a tenant farmer, moving from farm to farm as opportunities came and went. 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. 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 Allentown 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.

  • Granddaughter (?) Fegley married N.B. Reinert and lived in Reading in 1913.
  • Granddaughter (?) Fegley wedded Reuben Wean. They produced these children -- Robert Wean, Raymond Wean, Ethel Wean and Irma Wean. Their home in 1913 was in Reading.
  • Grandson Victor Fegley made his residence in Walters Park, Berks County in 1913.
  • Grandson William Henry Fegely (1886- ? ) was born in March 1886. He dwelled in Walters Park, Berks County in 1913.
  • Granddaughter Alice Fegley was joined in matrimony with William Kratzer. Their offspring were Harold Kratzer, Lloyd Kratzer, Verna Kratzer and Navin Kratzer. Circa 1913, they lived in East Texas in Lower Macungie Township.
  • Granddaughter (?) Fegley was united in wedlock with John Eck. They were the parents of Robert Eck, Lillie Eck and Elsie Eck. In 1913, they made a home in Shamrock, Northumberland County, PA.
  • Grandson John Ephraim Fegely (1879- ? ) was born in Nov. 1879. He worked as a farm laborer and was at home with his parents in Longswamp Township, Berks County in 1900-1913.

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. He died in or around Bath on Oct. 1, 1909, and is buried in Nondaga Cemetery.

  • Granddaughter Caroline R. Fegley ( ? - ? ) was united in wedlock with (? ) Fairchild.

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.

  • Grandson 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.
  • Granddaughter 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.
  • Granddaughter Ida M. Rothrock ( ? - ? ) wedded (?) Potts.
  • Granddaughter Carrie Rothrock (1888- ? ) was born in about 1888. She was joined in matrimony with (?) Koch.

Daughter Martha Ann Fegley (1855-1888) was born on Sept. 7, 1855. She married Levinus Schlicher (1845-1895). They lived in Shimersville and bore three offspring, Walter F. Schlicher, Ida A.J. Wieser and Cora F. Wieser. Levinus made a living in 1880 loading iron ore on the local riverwharf. Sadly, at the age of 32, she died on May 23, 1888. Her remains were placed into repose in Zions Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery in Old Zionsville, Lehigh County. One of their daughters married Ira Wieser of Allentown, and another Charles W. Wieser of Newark, NJ.

  • Grandson 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.
  • Granddaughter Ida A.J. Schlicher (1876- ? ) was born in about 1876 in Lehigh County. She wedded (?) Wieser.
  • Granddaughter Cora F. Schlicher (1879- ? ) was born in about 1879 in Upper Milford, Lehigh County She wedded (?) Wieser.


~ Daughter Hannah M. (Fegley) Dankel ~

Daughter Hannah M. Fegely (1815-1915) was born on May 2, 1815 in Longswamp Township, Berks County, and “lived there all of her life,” said the Allentown Morning Call.

On Christmas Day 1840, at the age of 25, he wedded David Dankel (Sept. 22, 1809-1884). Rev. John Helfrich officiated. They made a residence in Longswamp, with Hannah remaining there for more than 70 years.

They did not reproduce.

Sadly, David passed away at the age of 74 on April 12, 1884. Burial was in Longswamp Union Cemetery.

Hannah survived him by more than 30 years and made a home in Maple Grove. In her final years, Hannah bore the chronic family health problem, an insufficiency of the heart valves. Said the Allentown Democrat, “She loved to read her Bible and her devotional books until her sight failed. She was fond of telling her experiences in childhood days, concerning which she had a good memory.”

In May 1911, Hannah reached the age of 96, with her family holding a birthday party. The Morning Call said she was “one of the oldest residents of Berks County. She is a member of the Lutheran wing of the Longswamp church. She is the oldest member of the Fegley family and Peter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Fegley, of Monroe Street, this borough is the youngest.” Among the party attendees were Mrs. Peter Fegley, Mrs. Robert Rohrbach and son Stephen, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Fegley and son Peter, Sarah Roth, Beatrice Roth, Shirley Fegley, Earl Fegley, Walter Fegley, Clemmie Christman, Mrs. Samuel Bean, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stansfield and daughter Frances, Fred Clewell and Mrs. Charles Adams, all of Allentown; and Mrs. Willoughby Mohr of Milford Square, Mr. and Mrs. Constantine Fretz and daughter Lillie.

She made a home with the Constantine Fretz family near Maple Grove in 1913 upon reaching her 98th birthday. At her 99th birthday, the Morning Call said she was “enjoying excellent health, considering her advanced years.”

Just three days before her 100th birthday, in Schlossberg, Longswamp Township, she succumbed to the Grim Reaper on April 29, 1915. Interment was in Longswamp Church Cemetery. Lillian Fretz of Longswamp provided details for the death certificate. Their grave markers are inscribed in German.

~ Son David Fegley ~

Son David Fegely (1820-1902) was born in 1820.

He was a lifelong bachelor.

As an older man, he moved into the home of his nephew by marriage, Matthias Roth in Emmaus, Lehigh County. David died in the Roth residence at the age of 82 in Feb. 1902. An obituary in the Allentown Leader said he was survived by his brother Jesse of Shamrock station and sister Hannah Dankel of Longswamp. Rev. D.K. Humbert officiated at the funeral, which was held in the Longswamp Church. Mrs. John Fegley of Zionsville traveled to attend the funeral service.

After David's death, nephew Matthias Roth served as executor of the estate.

~ Son James Fegley ~

Son James Fegley (1823-1900) was born on Aug. 12, 1823.

He married Mary Bernhardt (July 17, 1821-1908), daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Snyder) Bernhardt of Longswamp Township, Berks County. James was two years younger than his bride.

They were the parents of nine children, among them Sarah Roth, Marietta A. Eck, David "Wilson" Fegely, Amelia Fegely, Martin Penrose Fegley, Clara Colletta Schneck Reider, James O. Fegley and Aquilla DeLong Wolfe.

James became a master carpenter by the age of 36. The United States Census of 1860 enumerates the family in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County, PA. That year, James' elderly parents lived in the household.

James passed away at the age of 77 on Nov. 15, 1900. Burial was in Longswamp Union Cemetery in Mertztown, Berks County.

Mary outlived her spouse by eight years. She moved into the home of her married daughter Sarah Roth. At her 83rd birthday, in July 1904, a dinner and supper were held on the lawn of her married granddaughter Eleanor Stansfield in Emmaus. Reported the Allentown Leader, "Mrs. Fegley is still very active and enjoys nothing better than working among the flowers. She was the mother of nine children, seven of whom are still living, three sons and four daughters. Among those present at the party were her son Martin and family of Lebanon; son Wilson and family of Mertztown; daughter and son-in-law Sarah and Matthias Roth; granddaughter Hannah Fegley and her husband Peter; Mr. and Mrs. George Roth and family; Mrs. Oliver Schmeci, Addison Romig and son of Emmaus; Mrs. James Schmeck and son Ed Rhiter and married granddaughter Lillie May Adams of Longswamp; and Mrs. Washington Long and family of Wescosville. At the time, she had 27 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Suffering from "senile gangrene" -- common for older adults where the artery walls degenerate, causing poor blood circulation -- she died on July 25, 1908. She was placed into eternal repose in Longswamp Cemetery. An obituary appeared in the Leader.

Daughter Sarah Fegley (1845- ? ) was born in March 1845. In about 1863, when she would have been 18 years of age, Sarah married 23-year-old Matthias Roth (Feb. 1840- ? ). Among their six known children were Emma Elizabeth Schmick, Ida Roth, Hannah S. Fegely, Eleanor "Ella" Christiana Stansfield and George Roth plus one who died young. The couple resided in Maple Grove in or near Longswamp Township, Berks County, PA circa 1869-1880. There, he was an "engineer" at a local coal mine in 1870 and provided "mine labor" in 1880. The federal census of 1880 shows Matthias' 58-year-old uncle, Charles Bernhard, living under their roof and also providing mine labor. Later, sometime before 1900, they moved to Emmaus, Lehigh County. They took care of Sarah's bachelor uncle, David Fegley of Longswamp, until his death in 1902. Matthias enjoyed hunting and made news in November 1900 when he shot a six-foot-long blacksnake. His work in 1900 was as a day laborer at an Emmaus foundry. He was deceased by 1916. By 1923, Sarah had relocated to Green Bay, WI to live with her married daughter Eleanor Stansfield, whose husband was pastor of the Moravian church congregation.

  • Granddaughter Emma Elizabeth Roth (1863-1909) was born on Aug. 3, 1863. She wedded William O. Schmick. They resided in Salisbury Township, Lehigh County. Emma contracted an acute case of kidney disease in her mid-40s. At the age of 46, she died on Nov. 3, 1909. Her remains were lowered into repose in the Emmaus Moravian Cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Ida Roth (1865- ? ) was born in about 1865 in Berks County, PA.
  • Granddaughter Hannah S. Roth (1869-1926) was born on Nov. 3, 1869. She was joined in matrimony with a relative, Peter S. Fegley ( ? - ? ). The family dwelled in Emmaus, Lehigh County. Their address in the 1920s was at 220 Adrain. Hannah was diagnosed with cancer of the abdominal wall, added to pain from gallstones. She underwent surgery to drain fluid from the area, but could not rally. She died at the age of 56 on Feb. 20, 1926. Interment was in the Moravian Cemetery in Emmaus.
  • Granddaughter Eleanor Christiana "Ella" Roth (1874-1948) was born on Feb. 5, 1874 in Maple Grove, Berks County. She was a dress maker. She was twice married. Her first husband was (?) Reinhard ( ? - ? ). The did not reproduce. Tragically, he died young, sometime in or before 1900. Sarah moved back into the home of her parents. Later, she was united in wedlock with Rev. Robert K. Stansfield ( ? - ? ). They were the parents of a daughter, Frances Stansfield. The couple lived in Emmaus circa 1904 and in July of that year hosted a birthday party on their lawn for her aged grandmother, Mary Fegley. Robert graduated in 1912 from the Moravian College and Theological Seminary. He was ordained by Bishop C.L. Moench and received his first pastorate at the Moravian Church of Emmaus. His career lasted for 44 years. He moved on to the Moravian Congregation at Canadensis, PA and was there for five years. Sometime prior to 1924, Robert was named pastor of a Moravian church congregation in Green Bay, and they moved to Wisconsin. In August 1924, in company with Eleanor's mother, they drove back to Allentown for a holiday. Reported the Allentown Morning Call, "Rev. Stansfield has obtained several weeks' vacation which he will spend in town and other points in the east, especially some of the towns in which he preached before he went west.... On Sunday evening he preached an inspiring sermon in the local Moravian church, and Miss Stansfield obliged with a vocal solo. Rev. Stansfield, who is the son of E.A. Stansfield, of town, was reared in this borough, where he still has a host of friends. He is one of the weveral young men who were members of the local Moravian congregation at the time of their ordination into the christian ministry." They made another trip home in June 1925, covering 1,000 driving miles. Later, they relocated to a church in the Bronx in New York City, where their home was located at 1620 Mayflower Avenue. During the summer of 1948, Eleanor returned to Pennsylvania and lived in Bassett Township, Monroe County. Burdened with hardening of the arteries and hypertension, Eleanor suffered a heart attack and died four days later, at the age of 74 on Sept. 7, 1948. Burial was in Emmaus. Robert continued his ministry at the Tremont Terrace Moravian Church in the Bronx until retirement on June 30, 1956. In 1952, he took part in a televised Christmas Eve candlelight service in Allentown with the 12-member Moravian Church Tombone Choir, with the performance televised and recorded for broadcast by NBC-TV. In his later years, Robert resided in Closter, NJ. He died in Sycamore Park Convalescent Hospital in Hollywood, CA at the age of 83 in mid-Nov. 1965. Funeral services were held in the Tremont Terrace church in the Bronx, and an obituary was printed in the Morning Call.
  • Grandson George Roth (1879- ? ) was born in about 1879 in Longswamp Township, Berks County. At the age of 21, living with his parents in Emmaus, Lehigh County, he worked as a silk weaver.

Daughter Marietta Alavista Fegley (1847-1923) was born on May 1, 1847 in Macungie. She married Reuben J. Eck (1844-1911). They adopted a daughter, Annie Eck. Reuben was deceased by 1916. Marietta was named in the Allentown Morning Call obituary of her brother Wilson in 1916. She underwent surgery in the winter of 1923 and died in Allentown Hospital at the age of 75 on Feb. 27, 1923. Funeral services were held in the home of her nephew Morris Eck near Stahlneckers Crossing, with burial in Allentown's Greenwood Cemetery. A brief obituary was printed in the Allentown Morning Call, which said that "relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend without further notice."


Wilson Fegely's taufschein -- hand-colored birth certificate in German, 1851


Son David "Wilson" Fegely (1851-1916) was born on May 30, 1851 in Lower Macungie Township. At his birth, an elaborate taufschein -- a certificate of birth considered unique to the culture of Pennsylvania Germans -- was hand-lettered in German and decorated in watercolors as a record of the event. He was baptized at age four months, on Sept. 25, 1851, by Rev. Jeremiah Shindel, with David and Sallie (Trollinger) Hertzog standing as sponsors. He was confirmed as a boy by Rev. D.K. Humbert in the Longswamp Church. At the age of 21, on Jan. 15, 1873, Wilson married his first bride, Elizabeth "Liza" Reinert ( ? - ? ), also spelled "Reinhard," in nuptials held at Rothrocksville. The couple produced two sons and four daughters, among them James J. Fegely, Lillie Mary Ann Adams, Amelia Jane Hess and Gertrude Victoria "Gertie" Eck. The federal census enumeration of 1880 shows this family living in Longswamp Township, Berks County, with Wilson laboring in a local coal mine. Sadly, Elizabeth died young, leaving her husband with six children to raise. On Christmas Day 1888, at the age of 37, he wedded his second spouse, Larue Susannah (Haas) Bortz (April 23, 1863-1927), daughter of Alfred and Maria (Knerr) Haas of Chatmaus, Lehigh County. Rev. Humbert officiated, with the ceremony held at Bowers, PA. Larue had been married previously, to William Bortz ( ? - ? ) and brought a daughter to the marriage, Eva A. Conrad. The second marriage led to at least five more children -- Flossie S. Fenstermaker, Ida Maria Adams, Wilson A. Fegely and Helen Minerva Moyer. They dwelled in 1900 in Salisbury Township, Lehigh County, where he earned a living "shaking out" at a foundry. Then by 1906, they migrated to a new home in Mertztown, Longswamp Township, Berks County. Larue and her younger daughters enjoyed visiting friends in Allentown from time to time. Because Wilson's birthday was so close to his daughter Ida's, the two are known to have celebrated together. One of these parties was reported in the Allentown Democrat, headlined "Party at Mertztown," stating that in addition to Wilson and Larue and their younger children, the following were present:

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Fegley and sons Warren and Ernst of Lebanon; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Skeleton and children Margaret and Ray of Rittersville; Mr. and Mrs. James Fegley of Bethlehem; Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Batz and daughter Florence of Birdsboro; Fr. and Mrs. Francis Fenstermacher and son Leroy of Topton; Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Bowlly of Allentown; Mr. and Mrs. Michael Auer of Bethlehem; Mrs. Maria Haas, Lloyd Haas, Gertrude Hess, Mrs. Gertrude Eck, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Haas and daughters Esther and Emma, Augustus Carl, Peter Carl, of Allentown; Verna Rowland, Clarence and Floyd Fegley of Bethlehem; Mrs. Sabine Hilbert and Elmer Adams of Allentown; and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Adams and Mahlon Adams of Alburtis.

One of the social activities Larue enjoyed attending was an occasional "carpet rag party," with known ones held at the homes of Sallie Romig and Mrs. Harry Hertzog in Mertztown in 1916. These events, dating to the Civil War era among Pennsylvania Germans, typically were an opportunity for women to meet for sewing large fabrics from leftover rags, exchange gossip and a enjoy meal. Wilson's occupation in 1910 was as a laborer at "odd jobs," including grave-digging. When digging for a burial in Mertztown Cemetery in April 1916, he suffered a stroke and was considered "in a serious condition," reported the Allentown Morning Call. The family was shrouded in grief in early November 1916 when son Wilson was killed in a horrible accident at a local carpet mill in Topton. (See details below.) Sadly, at the age of 65, Wilson died just 14 days after his son, on Nov. 18, 1916. from the effects of a stroke and cerebral bleeding. Funeral services were held in the Fegely home, following by burial in Longswamp Church Cemetery. An obituary in the Morning Call said he was "a well known resident of Mertztown" and counted 20 surviving grandchildren. Larue survived her spouse by 11 years. In 1922, she earned income as a wood finisher in Allentown. She made a home toward the end of her life in Topton, Berks County, likely with her married daughter Flossie Fenstermaker. Burdened with hardening of the arteries, she suffered a stroke while visiting her daughter Flossie Fenstermaker in Topton and died four days later on Aug. 2, 1927. The gossip columns of the Reading Times said that "Many of our people attended the funeral of Mrs. Wilson Fegley at Longswamp. She was formerly a resident of townbut resided lately in Allentown." The Morning Call added that she was survived by her 89-year-old mother in addition to four daughters, 11 grandchildren, three stepchildren and 14 step-grandchildren. Interment was in the Longswamp Church Cemetery, with her brothers Lloyd and Chester Haas and sons-in-law John Hess, Frances Fenstermaker, Elmer Adams and Frank Moyer serving as pallbearers.

  • Grandson James J. Fegely (1873-1941) was born on March 18, 1873. He wedded Amanda Larash (June 29, 1872-1937), daughter of James and Fietta (Rader) Larash. The couple produced four known offspring-- Verna Fries, James Fegely, Carl Fegely and Wilson Fegely. They were farmers and lived in South Allentown in 1916 and in East Salisbury in 1922 and in rural Bethlehem in 1937. Sadly, Amanda was burdened with chronic heart disease and hardenign of the arteries. At the age of 64, she passed away on Feb. 20, 1937. James survived his wife by four years. At the end of his life, suffering from chronic arthritis, he dwelled in the home of his son James at 628 South Filmore Street in Allentown. He was felled by a stroke and was admitted to Sacred Heart Hospital where he died a day later, at the age of 68, on Aug. 29, 1941. Funeral services were held in Eastern Salisbury Jerusalem Church, with burial following in the church's adjoining cemetery. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call reported that he was survived by six grandchildren.

Great-granddaughter Verna Fegely wedded William Fries. They made a home in Allentown in 1941.

Great-grandson James Fegely

Great-grandson Carl Fegely

Great-grandson Wilson Fegely

  • Granddaughter Lillie Mary Ann Fegely (1875-1937) was born on Oct. 27, 1875 in Longswamp Township, Berks County. She married Charles H. Adams ( ? - ? ) and dwelled in Emmaus in 1916-1937. Their address in the mid-1930s was 431 Elm Street in Emmaus. In the dead of winter of 1937, Lillie underwent gallbladder surgery in Allentown Hospital. Post-surgery, she contracted pneumonia and died there on Feb. 20, 1937, at the age of 61. Mahlon A. Adams of the home was the informant for the death certificate. Her remains were lowered into repose in Northwood Cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Amelia Jane Fegely (1877-1929) was born on Jan. 5, 1877 near Shamrock in Longswamp Township, Berks County. At the age of 18, on Dec. 19, 1896, she wedded 19-year-old wire worker John H. Hess (May 25, 1877-1955), son of Daniel B. and Emma (Eddinger) Hess and a native of Churchville, Berks County. Rev. George W. Richards officiated at the wedding. Their four known offspring were Lloyd Hess, Paul Hess, Gertrude Henry and Ruth Bisbing. In 1916-1929, their home was in South Allentown at 1146½ Union Street. In the spring of 1929, Amelia suffered cardiac failure and contracted pneumonia. She was admitted to Allentown Hospital and succumbed there at the age of 52 on May 18, 1929. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery. John outlived his wife by 26 years. He worked as a foreman for American Steel & Wire Company of Allentown. He also was a charter member of the Fairview Fire Company of Allentown. Toward the end of his life, he moved into the home of his son Paul in rural Lower Macungie Township near Allentown. On Jan. 23, 1955, he died suddenly of a heart attack in the son's residence at the age of 77. An obituary was published in the Allentown Morning Call.

Great-grandson Lloyd Hess lived in Louisiana in 1955.

Great-grandson Paul Hess made a home in the 1950s in rural Lower Macungie Township near Allentown.

Great-granddaughter Gertrude Hess wedded Lawrence Henry. They dwelled in Allentown in the 1950s.

Great-granddaughter Ruth Hess married Charles Bisbing. They resided in Allentown.

  • Granddaughter Gertrude Victoria "Gertie" Fegely (1880-1922) was born in Jan. 2, 1880. She was united in matrimony with divorcee and Spanish-American War veteran Morris Eck (Feb. 13, 1874-1943), son of Orlando Eck of Topton. He had been married before in 1895 to Rosa Rintz (or "Riedtz"). Gertrude and Morris bore these daughters -- Margaret Lillian Clauser, Edith Morris, Evelyn Eck and Gladys Eck. Circa 1907, their address was 1210 Walnut Street in Allentown.  That year, Gertrude opened a hand laundry business, advertising in the Allentown Democrat that she accepted washing and ironing, operating in her home. Morris got into trouble with the law in 1907 when he and Dan Adams and Robert Hartzell were accused of arson in the Allentown area, with Morris tried and found guilty. Gertrude was by his side in court the entire time. In coverage in the Allentown Morning Call, he was implicated in burning the barn and stealing property of Richard O. Blose on June 24, 1907 in Washington Township. Said the Morning Call, "Ed. Dunkel was at Mickley's Hotel at 7 o'clock on the night of the fire when Hartzell came along on horseback and Adams and Eck on a wagon. They stopped at the hotel and had several drinks. They were talkative and told how they were going to swap horses at Egypt and left the impression that they had beer on the wagon." Other barns they torched belonged to the Bittner, Husicker & Co. warehouse, the Prince Furniture Co. warehouse, the Ebbert barn in Bath and the Schwartz barn containing goods of Gately & Fitzgerald. He claimed he had only been involved in trying to trade a horse with the other two men when circumstances got out of hand and they stole a horse from the Blose barn. He was convicted on Sept. 10, 1907 of larceny but not arson. He was sentenced to three years of hard labor in the Lehigh County Jail. In the sentencing, said the Allentown Leader, "Judge Trexler remarked that Eck was the most innocent appearing prisoner that ever came before him for sentence." He served his sentence and by 1911 was back home. In Feb. 1911, his family gathered to celebrate his 37th birthday at their residence at 940 Walnut Street. "A number of his friends assembled at his home early in the evening and for a few hours had an enjoyable time," said the Morning Call. "Card playing, vocal and instrumental solos and recitations, constituted the social part of the evening. Charles Holmes, of Hudson, N.Y., officiated at the piano, and acquitted himself creditably. A supper, prepared with taste, was served by Mrs. Eck, to which the guests did ample justice." Among the guests were Gertrude's parents and sister Helen of Mertztown; sister and brother in law Lillie and Charles Adams and son Mahlon of Alburtis; sister and brother in law Ida and Elmer Adams and daughter Sarah; sister and brother in law Flossie and Francis Fenstermaker and son Leroy of Topton; brother and sister in law James and Amanda Fegley and children Verna, Clarence and Floyd of Bethlehem; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Holmes of Hudson, NY; sister and brother in law Minnie and Edwin Sechler and children James, Samuel and Mae; Mr. and Mrs. E. Wetzel; Mr. and Mrs. David Bechtel; Mr. and Mrs. T. Eck; Mr. and Mrs. John McCracken and daughters Clara and Florence; Mr. and Mrs. David McCracken and offspring Ethel and Arthur; Mr. and Mrs. Seagraves and son; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McCracken; Ambrose Hoffman; Mrs. George Gibson and son Wesley; Daniel Heckman; Nora Pfeiffer; Gertrude Hess; Lizzie McCracken; and Myrtle Gehris.

Grief swept over the family when infant daughter Evelyn died in Aug. 1920. They resided at Stahlnecker's Crossing in Eastern Salisbury Township in rural Allentown. Further heartbreak enveloped the Ecks in late December 1922. After giving birth, Gertrude developed a post-partum infection. Just four weeks before her 43rd birthday, she died in Allentown Hospital on Dec. 23, 1922. The grieving Morris signed the death certificate. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery in Allentown, with Rev. C.K. Kressley officiating. The Morning Call printed an obituary, which said that floral tributes at the funeral service included: "Pillow of roses and carnations, Husband and children; narcissus, sisters and children; narcissus, Mr. and Mrs. Strohl and family; carnations and narcissus, Mrs. Robert McCracken and daughter; carnations, employes of Collum & Post Co., mother and sister Helen, Aunt Jetta Eck, Jerusalem Sunday school, Frank Van Gieson, Brother James and family; calla lilies, John Waltz and family; carnations, Albert Eck and family; carnations and narcissus, Mr. and Mrs. James Fegley and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Berger; roses and sago palms, Doherty and Wadsworth Co.; mounted wreath of roses and sweet pease, employees of Doherty & Wadsworth Co.; wreath of roses, office employes and foremen of Allentown Reed, Harness and Mill Supply Co." After a period of grief, Morris married a second time to Susan "Susie." They made a home in the 1940s in rural Allentown. He was employed as a stationery engineer (maintenance) with Dougherty and Wadsworth, a silk mill in Allentown. Morris belonged to the George Schwartz Camp, the Loyal Order of Sparrows and St. Mark's Reformed Church. Suffering from heart problems, Morris died at age 66 on June 1, 1943. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, with an obituary appearing in the Morning Call.

Great-granddaughter Margaret Lillian Eck (1914- ? ) was born in about 1914. She was baptized in July 1914 by Rev. Daniel E. Schaffer. As a young woman, she earned a living performing "piece work" in Allentown. On April 30, 1937, when she was age 22, Margaret was united in wedlock with 26-year-old salesman Arthur C. Clauser ( ? - ? ), son of Daniel and Elizabeth (Heydt) Clauser of Pottstown. Rev. Conrad Wieker officiated. At the time of marriage, Arthur lived along Route 60 in Allentown.

Great-granddaughter Edith Eliza Eck (1916- ? ) was born in about 1916. She was baptized in June 1916 by Rev. Daniel E. Schaffer, with her parents named as sponsors. Edith married Charles Morris.

Great-granddaughter Gladys Eck ( ? - ? ) wedded Harold Schantz.

  • Granddaughter Flossie S. Fegely (1888-1951) was born on Aug. 7, 1888 in Lowhill Township, Lehigh County. She lived in Mertztown as a young woman. At the age of 18, on Aug. 11, 1906, she was joined in wedlock with cabinet maker 26-year-old Francis D. Fenstermaker (Oct. 1, 1880-1963), a native of Topton, Longswamp Township, Berks County and the son of James O. and Floranda (Miller) Fenstermaker. ("Fenster" in English translates to "window.") When their marriage license was filed, the news was printed in the Reading Times, and when the marriage was held, it was reported in the Allentown Leader. The couple produced two sons, Leroy F. Fenstermaker and Harold M. Fenstermaker. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1910, ,the Fenstermakers dwelled in Topton, Berks County, with Francis earning a living making cabinets for a furniture factory. They lived in 1916 in Williamsport, Lycoming County; Longswamp, Berks County in 1920, where he was a cabinet maker for a planing mill; in Emmaus in 1922 and in Topton in 1927-1951, with an address of 34 South Spruce Street. They were members of St. Peter's Reformed Church, with Flossie a member of its Service Class and the Flower Committee. Burdened with hardening of the arteries, she was felled by a cerebral hemorrhage and passed into eternity at the age of 62 on Jan. 26, 1951. Her remains were placed into rest in Topton Union Cemetery. An obituary in the Reading Eagle noted that the funeral services were officiated by Rev. Franklin D. Slider. Francis survived his wife by a dozen years and remained for part of that time at their longtime address of 34 South Spruce Street. Later, toward the end, he became a resident of the Reinmiller Convalescent Home in Emmaus. Burdened with heart disease and an enlarged prostate, he succumbed there at the age of 82 on June 5, 1963. A short death notice was published in the Eagle.

Great-grandson Leroy F. Fenstermaker (1907- ? ) was born in about 1907 in Topton, Berks County. Circa 1940, at the age of 32, he was unmarried and employed as a teacher in a public school in or near Topton. He lived with his parents in 1951.

Great-grandson Harold M. Fenstermaker (1915- ? ) was born in about 1915. He dwelled in Reading, Berks County in the early 1950s.

  • Granddaughter Ida Maria Fegely (1890-1967) was born in May 1890 in Emmaus. In Dec. 1909, when she was age 19, Ida married Elmer L. Adams ( ? -1968), son of Erwin and Sarah (Long) Adams of Longswamp, Berks County. The wedding took place in Longswamp, by the hand of Rev. William Meckstroth. The couple were the parents of six children -- Sarah Wieder, LaRue Dankel, Gloria Schlegel, Dorothea Jenne, Winfield Adams and Evan Adams. From 1909 to 1911, Elmer served in the Pennsylvania National Guard and was on duty in eastern Pennsylvania. Later, Elmer worked over the years for L.F. Grammes & Sons in Allentown, which manufactured tools, sheet metal and cigar box machinery. After retiring in 1956, he earned income as a barber, stepping away in 1964 and handing over the shop to his son Evan. Their residence in 1912 was on Second Street in Alburtis and in 1916-1967 was in Emmaus. They belonged to the St. John's United Church of Christ in Emmaus, and their address in the 1960s was 433 Elm Street. In December 1959, the couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a family dinner at the Village Inn in Allentown, and were pictured in the Allentown Morning Call. As her health failed, Ida was admitted to the Reinmiller Covalescent Home in the city. She passed away there at the age of 76 on Feb. 22, 1967. She was survived by 11 grandchildren and three grandchildren, said the Morning Call. Elmer did not outlive his bride by long. He too went to live in the Reinmiller facility. He died there at the age of 81 on Oct. 10, 1968. The Morning Call printed an obituary.

Great-granddaughter Sarah Adams married Ralph Wieder. In 1967, they lived in Emmaus.

Great-granddaughter LaRue Adams wedded Paul Dankel. They dwelled in 1967 in Emmaus.

Great-granddaughter Gloria E. Adams ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). On Feb. 3, 1946, she was joined in wedlock with World War II veteran Wayne Schlegel ( ? - ? ), son of Irwin and Clara Schlegel of Mertztown. Rev. Royce Schaeffer and Rev. Warren Cassel led the service, held in St. John's Evangelical and Reformed Church in Emmaus. News of the nuptials was printed in the Allentown Morning Call. During the war, Wayne joined the U.S. Navy in September 1942 and served in both the Pacific and Atlantic Theatres of war. Their home in the latter 1960s was in Emmaus.

Great-granddaughter Dorothea M. Adams ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). As a young woman, she was employed by Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation during World War II. On Aug. 4, 1945, in a ceremony held at St. John's Evangelical and Reformed Church in Emmaus, she was united in marriage with Gerald Jenne ( ? - ? ), son of Harvey A. Jenne of 1971 South Fifth Street in Allentown. Rev. Royce E. Schaeffer officiated. At the time of the marriage, Gerald was serving in the U.S. Army as a technician third grade and had served for 26 months overseas, primarily in Iran. They resided in Allentown.

Great-grandson Winfield E. Adams lived in Emmaus.

Great-grandson Evan Adams made a home in 1967 in Emmaus. He took over his father's barber shop in Emmaus in 1964.

  • Grandson Wilson A. Fegely (1891-1916) was born on Sept. 22, 1891. At the age of 18, in 1910, he earned income as a railroad laborer. He married Laura Tyson (1895- ? ), daughter of Robert and Emma (Eck) Tyson of Longswamp Township, Berks County. They had two children. At the age of 25, Wilson was employed applying and drying dyes at the Long Valley rug mills at Topton near Longswamp Township, Berks County. On the fateful day of Nov. 4, 1916, Wilson was killed in a grisly accident at work. Reported the Reading Times:

The condition of Daniel Alexander, who is in the Allentown Hospital with two broken legs and other injuries sustained in an accident which happened in the Long Valley rug mills, Topton, Saturday, in which Wilson Fegely, Jr., was instantly killed, was reported as somewhat improved Sunday. The men were struck by parts of a "whizzer," which was suddenly wrecked. The two men were in the whizzing room at the time, being the only occupants. The machine crashed without warning, flying in all directions and the heavy fragments struck Fegely and Alexander. So great was the force of the flying parts that a piece of the whizzer crashed through a nine-inch brick walk and landed on the sidewalk in front of the building. Other members of the plant, attracted by the noise, which could be heard for blocks, investigated and found Fegely and Alexander unconscious. Dr. Long, of Topton, was summoned and when he reached the mill Fegely was already dead. The doctor dressed Alexander's wounds temporarily and then had him removed to the Allentown Hospital. Fegely's body was horribly mutilated, being split from the mouth to the base of the neck. His body was a mass of bruises and nearly every bone was broken.

Sadly, co-worker Alexander also succumbed to his injuries. Wilson's funeral services were held in the home of William Eck in Mertztown with additional rites at the Longswamp Church. Burial was in Longswamp Cemetery. News of the tragedy was reported widely in the region, including in the Philadelphia Inquirer and Carlisle Sentinel. Laura remained his widow for five years. Then on Nov. 5, 1921, at the age of 26, she wedded again to 29-year-old chauffeur Herbert D. Schneck (1891- ? ) of Alburtis, Lehigh County. Rev. James N. Blatt led the nuptials. Herbert was the son of William and Amanda (Schlicher) Schneck of Hereford Township, Berks County.

  • Granddaughter Helen Minerva Fegely (1900- ? ) was born in Jan. 1900 in Allentown. She lived at home in 1916. At the age of 19, she was employed as a wood finisher and lived at 433 15th Street in Allentown. On May 3, 1919, in nuptials held in Allentown, she wedded Frank C. Moyer ( ? - ? ), son of Peter and Henrietta (Frey) Moyer. Rev. E.E. Fisher officiated. They resided in Fullerton, PA in 1922. In 1941, when mentioned in the Allentown Morning Call obituary of her brother James, and in 1967, when named in the obituary of her sister Ida, Helen lived in Allentown.
  • Step-granddaughter Eva A. Bortz (1885-1961) was born on Dec. 3, 1885 in Longswamp Township. She was three years of age when her mother married David "Wilson" Fegely. Eva eventually married Richard Conrad ( ? - ? ). They dwelled in Emmaus. Eva earned income over the years as a waitress. Widowed and afflicted with cancer of the rectum in the fall of 1961, she suffered a pulmonary embolism and was admitted to Allentown General Hospital. She succumbed there on Nov. 23, 1961. Russel Skelton of 506 Linden Street in Allentown signed the death certificate. Interment was in Northwood Cemetery in Emmaus.

Daughter Amelia Fegely (1855- ? ) was born in about 1855.

Son Martin Penrose Fegley (1859-1935) was born on Feb. 5, 1859 in Lower Macungie Township, Berks County. He wedded Mary Ellen Beck (1861-1943). Ther offspring were Annie V. Fortna, Warren B. Fegley and Ernest E. Fegley. They resided in 1916-1923 in Lebanon, Lebanon County, PA. Suffering from a urinary tract infection, Martin died at the age of 75 on Jan. 28, 1935. His remains are in repose in Kimmerling Cemetery in Lebanon.

Daughter Clara Colletta Fegley (1861-1908) was born on June 29, 1861. She was twice married. Her first husband was James F. Schneck (1853-1903), sometimes misspelled "Schmick." The couple produced a son, Robert Schneck. Heartache enveloped the family when James died in 1903 at the age of about 50. After a period of grieving, Clara wedded a second time to Edwin Reider ( ? - ? ). They made a home in Alburtis, Lehigh County. Suffering from heart failure at the age of 46, she passed away on Feb. 24, 1908. Interment was in Mertztown in Longswamp Union Cemetery, following funeral services held at the church, led by Rev. W.F. Bond.

Son James O. Fegley (1863-1948) was born on July 9, 1863 in Longswamp Township, Berks County. He was united in holy matrimomy with Emma Swavely (Dec. 28, 1863-1943), daughter of Isaac W. and Susan (Yoder) Swavely of Berks County. They produced two known daughters, Laura M. Berger and Minnie E. Hunsberger. The Fegleys lived in Copley, PA in 1916 and in about 1918 relocated to Allentown, where they remained for the balance of their lives. Their address in 1923 was 1023 Tilghman Street and in the early 1940s was 625 North 11th Street. Sadly, Emma contracted breast cancer in about 1941 which spread to her lungs. As her health failed, her heart began to fail. She died at the age of 80 on Aug. 5, 1943. James survived his wife by five years. He was afflicted with prostate cancer and hardening of the arteries and succumbed to cardiac heart failure at the age of 84 on May 7, 1948. Burial was in St. Johns Union Cemetery in Mickleys, Lehigh County. Mrs. Ray Hunsberger of the home was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death.

Daughter Aquilla Fegley (1868-1964) was born on July 5, 1868 in Longswamp Township, Berks County. She was married twice. In about 1887, she wedded her first spouse, Washington DeLong (1864-1903). They bore these children -- Mamie Frey, Ella Katie Strauss, Minnie L. Sechler, Howard J. DeLong, Clarence J. DeLong, Mabel S. Ainey, Naomi R. DeLong and George Washington DeLong. Deep sadness enveloped this family when Washington passed away in 1903. A year later, in 1904, Aquilla lost her daughter Naomi at the tender age of three. After seven years as a widow, in about 1910, she married her second husband was Charles L. Wolf (1862-1916). Sadly, the second marriage only lasted for six years until his untimely death in 1910. Aquilla returned to a widow's life and was so for more than half a century. In 1923, when she was named in the newspaper obituary of her sister Marietta, she lived at 910 Chew Street. Her address in the early 1960s was 242½ North Hall Street in Allentown. On Feb. 11, 1964, at the age of 95, she died in Allentown from the effects of cancer of her left breast, which she had endured for four years. They rest for eternity in Longswamp Union Cemetery. Daughter Mabel Ainey signed the death certificate.

  • Granddaughter Mamie DeLong married (?) Frey.
  • Granddaughter Ella Katie DeLong wedded (?) Strauss
  • Granddaughter Minnie L. DeLong was united in matrimony with (?) Sechler.
  • Grandson Howard J. DeLong
  • Grandson Clarence J. DeLong
  • Granddaughter Mabel S. DeLong was joined in wedlock with (?) Ainey ( ? - ? ). In 1964, she lived at 2322 Tilghman Street in Allentown.
  • Grandson George Washington DeLong


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