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Julia Ann (Ream) Nicklow


Julia Ann (Ream) Nicklow was born on Feb. 22, 1820 in Ursina, Somerset County, PA, the daughter of Samuel W. and Mary (Rheims) Ream. Her name also has been spelled "Julianne." 

In about 1844, when she was 24 years of age, Julia Ann was married to Jesse B. Nicklow (1822- ? ).

They had 10 children -- Irwin R. Nicklow, Rebecca Jane McNeill, Harriet Ann Prinkey, Dianna Shipley, Marcellus Nicklow, Julia R. King, Jesse "Bruce" Nicklow, Jr., Dora B. Wildey and Forward R. Nicklow.

The Nicklows were farmers. In 1860, the year before the Civil War broke out, they made their home in Lower Turkeyfoot. That year, 75-year-old Rhoda Jennings lived under their roof. By 1870, the family moved across the county line into Springfield Township, Fayette County, with Jesse earning income as a domestic servant.

Jesse passed away during the decade of the 1870s. Nothing about his demise is known.

Now widowed, Julia Ann headed her own household in Normalville when the 1880 federal census was taken. Her children Bruce, Julia, Dora and Forward were all in the household that year. Their next door neighbors were Elijah and Hannah (Minerd) Murray.

Julia died on Feb. 25, 1895 in Uniontown, Fayette County. Burial was in Normalville Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]


~ Son Irwin R. Nicklow ~

Son Irwin R. Nicklow (1845- ? ) was born in about 1845. Nothing more is known.


~ Daughter Rebecca "Jane" (Nicklow) McNeill ~

Daughter Rebecca "Jane" Nicklow (1847-1937) was born on May 1, 1847 in Somerset County, where she spent her lifetime. Her maiden names at times has also been spelled "Nicola."

On Valentine's Day 1864, she was joined in wedlock with Robert Lloyd McNeill Sr. (Feb. 8, 1833-1895), son of James and Margaret (McNeill) McNeill. The family resided in Confluence.

The couple produced six children -- James B. McNeill, Richard McNeill, Bruce McNeill, Margaret Ann McNeill, Dora Charlotte Harris and Robert Lloyd McNeill Jr. Two of the sons died young -- Richard at age one day on June 2, 1867 and Bruce at age three on Sept. 1, 1872.

Further heartbreak wrapped the family in blackness when Robert Sr. died on New Year's Day 1895 at the age of 62. Burial was in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery.

Jane lived for another four-plus decades as a widow. One of their descendants has referred to her as "one tough woman." The Meyersdale Republican once noted that she "was a life-long member of the Jersey Baptist Church, and for many years was an active and sincere church worker." She retired from farming about 1930 after a lifetime of work, and sadly, she outlived four of her six offspring. 

Having endured heart disease, Jane spent her final years residing with her son Robert living in a farmhouse near Confluence. Plagued with an intestinal obstruction, she died at home at the age of 89 on Feb. 12, 1937. Rev. Lester C. Barton led funeral services in Jane's home, with Samuel "Judson" Enos (of the family of Mary Ann [Younkin] Phillippi), Robert Tannehill, William Colborn, Scott Holiday (of the family of Frederick J. Younkin) and P.S. Rowe serving as pallbearers. Her remains were buried in the Jersey Church Cemetery, with a short obituary appearing in the Connellsville Daily Courier and a longer one in the Meyersdale Republican. She was survived by four grandchildren.

Son James B. McNeill (1864-1896) was born three days after Christmas 1864. Very little of his life is known, other than it was cut short just five days before his 32nd birthday. He passed away, reputedly of an accident on Dec. 23, 1896 in Somerset County. Burial was in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery.

Daughter Margaret Ann McNeill (1874-1910) was born three days before Christmas 1874 in Somerset County. She never married but spent her life pursuing a career as an educator in an era when women teachers were not allowed to be married. She died in Dawson, Fayette County on Oct. 6, 1910. Her remains were returned to Ursina for interment in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery. In 1912, she was named in a profile of her brother in law Burley Milroy Harris in the Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania.


Dora (McNeill) Harris and Burley Harris - Courtesy Chuck-X-Gen, Find-a-Grave


Daughter Dora Charlotte "Dorcy" McNeill (1877-1946), also spelled "McNeal," was born on March 30, 1877 in Somerset County. As a teenager, she enrolled in Valparaiso University in Indiana. There, she became acquainted with Burley Milroy Harris Sr. (1881-1946?), son of Winfield and Mary E. (Temple) Harris of Logansport, IN. On March 12, 1903, when she was age 25, and he 21, they were joined in matrimony. They were the parents of Burley Milroy Harris Jr., Dora Charlotte Hammer Perry Beachy, Mary Jane "Jennie" Hinners, Albert Winfield Harris II and one who died unnamed in infancy. The Harrises are profiled in the 1912 book Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, which stated that "The Nicklows and McNeals are old Somerset county families," and that Dora was a "first cousin of Norman B. Ream, the well-known capitalist of Chicago and New York." The text reads that during his senior year at Valparaiso, Burley "taught classes in psychology and physiology in that institution, being then only twenty years of age. The funds for his university course were all provided by himself." Later in 1903, the newlyweds:

...came to Connellsville, Pennsylvania, where [Burley] entered the employ of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad in an humble position in their shops. In 1904 was apponted airbrake inspector, then entered the train service as brakeman, continuing until 1908. In that year he entered the service of the Penn Power Company, in the machine department, remaining thirteen months. He next joined a bridge building gang working for the Pennsylvania railroad, but after three months began canvassing for the International Correspondence School of Scranton, Pennsylvania, continuing as their representative for nine months. In 1910 he entered the employ of the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie railroad as fireman, and in 1911 was appointed night foreman at Dickerson Run, where he still continues.

The couple's home in 1912 was at the corner of Locust and Snyder Streets in Connellsville. But the marriage did not last. The Harrises divorced in the early 1920s. Burley went back to Indiana and on Feb. 4, 1923, married again to Ada Koogle ( ? - ? ). Burley and Ada relocated to Fort Myers, FL (circa 1927). From there in about 1935 he moved again to Eagle Lake, TX and was wedded to his third wife, Lila Mae Hinton (April 17, 1883-1966), daughter of W.F. and Elizabeth (Farley) Hinton of Billingsley, Autauga County, AL. Burley and Lila established a home in Huntsville, TX. He died in Walker County, TX at the age of 65 on Feb. 16, 1946, reputedly after accidentally ingesting Sloan's Liniment while in the dark. Dora maintained a home on Stauffer Street in Dawson, Fayette County. At the age of 69, suffering from intestinal cancer, she was felled by an infection of peritonitis and died on Dec. 12, 1946. Her remains were transported to Confluence for burial. Son Burley Harris Jr. of Confluence was the informant for the certificate of death. Burley's widow, Lila Mae, then married John Robert Addison (1886-1969), and died in Alvin, Brazoria County, TX on March 26, 1966.


Burley and Alma (Lytle) Harris and family
Courtesy Chuck-X-Gen, Find-a-Grave


  • Grandson Burley Milroy Harris (1906-1985) was born on March 27, 1906 in Fayette County, PA. As a young man, he learned the trade of machinist, and worked in Confluence. When he was 21 years of age, on Aug. 23, 1927, Burley was wedded to 17-year-old Alma Beatrice Lytle (Nov. 28, 1909-1994), daughter of farmers John C. and Leah (Green) Lytle of Confluence. The ceremony was held in Confluence, with Rev. Z.H. Powell officiating. The couple dwelled in the Fair Oaks section of Confluence, Somerset County. They were the parents of Dora Elsetta Moore (1928-1998), Joyce Naomi Phillips (1930-1996), Lena Eleanor Linderman (1936-2009), Alice May Mitchell McClintock (1937-living), Alma Beatrice "Patty" Basinger (1939-living) and Burley Milroy Harris III. Burley provided carpentry services for construction of a garage by Dewey Lytle. He was a member of the Masons and Knights Templar. The family underwent shock in May 1950 when Alma's 25-year-old brother, Charles Lytle of Confluence, was shot and killed by a neighbor. Burley died in Latrobe Area Hospital at the age of 78 on Jan. 16, 1985. At the time, he was survived by 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Burial was in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery. Alma lived for another nine years, and as her health declined she was admitted to the Maple Mountain Manor in Berlin, Somerset County. On Aug. 25, 1994, she died in the Manor. An obituary was published in the Somerset Daily American, and burial was in the Jersey Baptist Church.
  • Granddaughter Dora Charlotte Harris (1908- ? ) was born on Nov. 5, 1908. She was married several times over the years. Her first spouse was (?) Hammer. Her second husband was (?) Perry Beachy. By 1985, she had united in wedlock with (?) Beachy and made her home in Lafayette, IN.
  • Granddaughter Mary Jane "Jennie" Harris (1911- ? ) was born on Sept. 26, 1911. She wedded (?) Hinners. Her home in 1985 was in Carbondale, IL.
  • Grandson Albert Winfield Harris II ( ? - ? ) lived in Des Moines, IA in the mid-1980s.

Son Robert Lloyd McNeill, Jr. (1879-1957) was born on April 5, 1879 near Confluence. He never married. He is believed to be the same "Robert McNeill" who owned 150 acres of farmland near the Jersey Baptist Church. In late October 1913, the Meyersdale Republican reported that his farm was 10 times smaller than in reality. The following week, the newspaper ran a correction, saying "the size of the farm of Robert McNeill could scarcely contain himself on a 15-acre patch, since he is a man who likes to do things on a large scale, and the tilling of 150 acres is none too much for him." He remained on his Confluence farm for the balance of his long life. In October 1924, irritated at intruders on his property, perhaps hunters, he placed a classified notice in the Republican, stating: "No trespassing on the McNeill farm in Lower Turkeyfoot Township, Somerset County, Pa., in any way." Over the years, he developed a gastric ulcer leading to what a physician called a "massive gastric hemorrhage." In late April 1957, he was admitted to the Somerset County Home. There, just five days later, he passed away at the age of 78 on May 3, 1957. Burial was in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery.


~ Daughter Harriet Ann (Nicklow) Prinkey ~

Daughter Harriet Ann Nicklow (1848-1920) was born in 1848.

She was wedded to (?) Prinkey.

In later years, she dwelled in Mt. Pleasant, Westmoreland County, PA.

She died there three days before Christmas 1926, at age 72, caused by organic heart disease. Burial was in Hill Grove Cemetery in Connellsville. Irvin Prinkey signed her death certificate.


~ Daughter Dianna (Nicklow) Shipley ~

Daughter Dianna Nicklow (1850-1933) was on May 11, 1850 in Somerset County or in Normalville.

She wedded Squire Shipley (Feb. 24, 1848-1920), the son of Levi Shipley of Ohiopyle.

During the Civil War, Squire served in the Union Army as a member of the 101st Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D. More about his wartime service will be added here when learned.

They resided in Dunbar Township, Fayette County and produced these children -- Albert Shipley, Irvin Shipley, Mrs. James Estlick, Forward Shipley, Mrs. James Fields and Mrs. Luther Martin.

On Aug. 3, 1886, Squire was awarded a military pension as compensation for his wartime service. [Invalid App. #581.653 - Cert. #1.120.852] 

Sadly, Squire was a chronic sufferer from tuberculosis of the lungs, and his health began to decline just five days before Christmas 1920. He fought the illness for a month, but died at the age of 72 on Jan. 28, 1920.

Diana survived her husband by 13 years and began receiving his military pension. [Widow App. #1.153.949 - Cert. # 887.998]  In her later years, Dianna made her home with her married daughter Mrs. James Fields in Mt. Braddock near Uniontown. She endured the death of her son Albert in about 1928.

At the age of 83, Dianna suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died four days later on Oct. 25, 1933. Violet Bryner of 23 Dunlap Street in Uniontown was the informant for the death certificate. Interment was in Percy Cemetery near Uniontown, with the funeral service held at the Percy Methodist Protestant Church, officiated by Rev. William S. Hamilton and a distant step-cousin, Rev. David Ewing Minerd, the "Blacksmith Preacher" of Fayette County. An obituary in the Uniontown Daily News Standard reported that her survivors included 25 grandchildren, 69 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Son Irvin Shipley (1868-1950) was born on July 23, 1868. He was united in matrimony with Effie ( ? - ? ). They were the parents of eight children -- Mrs. Alonzo Workman, Mrs. Amzi Hardy, Mrs. Lawrence Gess, Mrs. Elsworth Tapper, Glen Shipley, Ralph Shipley, William Shipley and Charles Shipley. Irvin was a coal miner in and around Uniontown, employed for many years by H.C. Frick Coke Company, a firm from which he retired. He is known to have lived or worked at Percy in 1928 and at the Beeson Works in 1929-1950. In 1950, while their residence was in Beeson, their post office address was Box 387A, Uniontown. At age 82, Irvin was stricken by a coronary occlusion and lived feebly for 10 days before dying on Sept. 13, 1950. His remains were lowered into repose in Percy Cemetery, with Rev. H.L. Davis officiating. An obituary in the Uniontown Morning Herald reported that he was survived by 41 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Irvin's children circa 1950 were in these locations -- Mrs. Workman in Lemont Furnace, Mrs. Hardy in Dunbar, Mrs. Gess in Buffington, Mrs. Tapper in Greensboro, Glen at Ralph, PA, Ralph in Dunbar, and William and Charles at home in Beeson.

Son Albert Shipley (1873-1929) was born on March 13, 1873. He married Nora Feathers ( ? - ? ). The couple produced 10 children -- Gillespie Shipley, Susie Dunaway, Stanley Shipley, Phillip Shipley, Ernest Shipley, Mildred Dunaway, Gerald Shipley, Minnie Shipley, Evelyn Shipley and Nellie Shipley. Their home in the late 1920s was in Mount Independence near Uniontown. In October 1921, family and friends threw a surpise birthday party for Nora. Their home in Mt. Braddock "was the scene of a pleasant party," reported the Uniontown Morning Herald. "The evening was spent in playing games, music, etc. Refreshments were served. The honor gues received many useful and beautiful gifts from her many friends." Tragically, on Christmas Eve 1928, Albert caught a deadly case of influenza. He struggled for 15 days but gave out and succumbed on Jan. 8, 1929, at the age of 55. Funeral services were held in the Percy Methodist Protestant Church, officiated by Rev. O.O. King and Rev. Gladden, with burial in Percy Cemetery. He was survived by 21 grandchildren. Heartbreak compounded in the family just a few days after the burial when one-year-old grandson Leslie Shipley -- son of Gerald -- died in Mount Independence.

Daughter (?) Shipley wedded James Estlick.

Son Forward Shipley (1881-1953) was born on Nov. 1, 1881 at Mt. Braddock, Fayette County. He was a longtime coal miner and laborer. Forward made his residence in 1929 in Maxwell, PA and in 1950-1953 in Brownsville, PA. His final address was Union Street Extension in rural Brownsville Township. Stricken with a gastric ulcer, which led to uncontrollable bleeding, he succumbed on Feb. 19, 1953, at the age of 71. Clara Monahan of Brownsville signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Burial was in Percy Cemetery.

Daughter (?) Shipley married James Fields and dwelled in Mt. Braddock, near Uniontown.

Daughter (?) Shipley was joined in wedlock with Luther Martin. In 1929, their home was in Dunbar.


~ Son Marcellus Nicklow ~

Son Marcellus Nicklow (1853-1928) was born in about 1853. He was married.

Over the years, Marcellus made a living as a laborer.

At the age of 76, he was a patient in the Fayette County Home near Uniontown. On March 19, 1928, he suffered a cardiac embolism, leading to his death four days later on March 23, 1928. No obituary has been found in Uniontown newspapers.


~ Daughter Julia A. (Nicklow) King ~

Daughter Julia A. Nicklow (1855- ? ) was born in about 1855.

She married (?) King ( ? - ? ).

Circa 1895, they lived in or near Normalville, Fayette County.


~ Son Jesse Bruce Nicklow ~

Son Jesse Bruce Nicklow, Jr. (1856-1922) was born on May 24, 1856.

He was married.

For years, he worked as a coal miner and dwelled in Bullskin Township north of Connellsville.

In mid-August 1922, at the age of 66, Jesse fell from a hay wagon and fractured his skull. The damaged brain abscessed, and he died on Sept. 11, 1922. Frank Nicklow of Pennsville signed the death certificate, with burial following in Mt. Olive Cemetery.


~ Daughter Dora B. (Nicklow) Wildey ~

Daughter Dora B. Nicklow (1858-1941) was born on June 16, 1858.

She was united in matrimony with Jacob Wildey ( ? - ? ) and lived for decades in Connellsville.

Her address in 1941 was 213 East Apple Street. 

As a widow, Dora suffered from senility and organic heart disease. She died on Nov. 11, 1941 at the age of 83. Her remains were placed into rest in Hill Grove Cemetery in Connellsville. Mrs. Reggis of Connellsville's Jefferson Street signed the death certificate.


~ Son Forward R. Nicklow ~

Son Forward R. Nicklow (1859-1926) was born in about 1859 or 1860.

He married Susan (?) and had four known children -- Ewing Nicklow, Roy Nicklow, Mrs. John Ferguson and Mrs. John Letch.

The Nicklows made their home in the Percy Mines village in 1886, and in June that year Percy "brightened his home with a fresh coat of paint," noted the Connellsville Weekly Courier. They resided in or around Normalville, Fayette County in the mid-1890s. In May 1895 Forward and his married sister Julia King traveled back to Ursina to visit relatives, as noticed in the gossip columns of the Weekly Courier. In about 1897, the family moved into the coal mining patch town of Percy near Uniontown, and remained for good, though continued to visit family back in the mountains. The Weekly Courier reported in January 1896 that Forward had "butchered a porker on Tuesday that weighed 468 pounds. This is the largest we have heard of in this section." They were members of the Percy Methodist Church.

Forward died at home at the age of 65 on March 2, 1926. Burial was in the Percy Cemetery.


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