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Elizabeth 'Betsy' (Sturtz) Comp
(1804-1883)

 
Final resting places of Elizabeth and Jacob Comp, Dry Ridge Cemetery
Courtesy Brian J. Ensley, Find-a-Grave

 

Elizabeth "Betsy" (Sturtz) Comp was born in about 1804 (or 1809) in Southampton Township, Somerset County, PA, the daughter of John "Adam" and Maria "Catherine" (Gaumer) Sturtz Sr.

She married Jacob Comp (1794-1873), son of John and Elizabeth (Sturner) Comp, the father a native of Berks County, PA and the mother born in Somerset County. Jacob grew up on his parents' farm in Southampton Township in what was popularly known as the "Comp Settlement." 

 

German Reformed Church, Wellersburg, 
a local landmark.
Library of Congress

Jacob and Elizabeth are named in the 1912 book by John W. Jordan and James Hadden, entitled Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, Vol. III.

They produced these known children -- Elizabeth Hufferd, Lucinda Geller, John Comp, Solomon Comp, Samuel Comp, Jacob Comp Jr., Adam Andrew Comp, Catherine Ann "Caty" Comp, Matilda Beltz and Hannah Diehl.

The Comps made a home in the 1840s and '50s in Buffalo Mills, Harrison Township, Bedford County.

In about 1853, his mother purchased a family Bible, published a few years before by John B. Pury, 198 Market Street in Philadelphia. Names of their children and birthdates were inscribed in the pages.

The Comps remained in Buffalo Mills circa 1860 when the federal census again was taken. That year, nine-year-old Rocina Craft lived under their roof, and they were next-door neighbors to their son and daughter-in-law, Samuel and Lucy Comp.

Several of their sons, sons-in-law and grandsons served in the Union Army during the Civil War.

Jacob died on Nov. 1, 1873 at the age of about 78. Burial was in Dry Ridge Cemetery, today known as the Trinity United Church of Christ Cemetery in Bedford County. [Find-a-Grave]

Elizabeth outlived her spouse by a decade and succumbed on May 5, 1883. Afterward, the family Bible was placed in the possession of her son Solomon, who had care of it circa 1913.

 

~ Daughter Elizabeth (Comp) Hufferd ~

Daughter Elizabeth Comp (1823-1904) was born on June 20, 1823 in Somerset County, PA.

On March 16, 1846, in Frederick County, MD, she wedded Solomon Powell Hufferd (Sept. 5, 1824-1875), a native of Frederick County.

The couple established a home in Bedford County and were the parents of John A. Hufferd, Jacob Adam Hufferd and Mary E. Hufferd. Sadly, son Jacob died at the age of four years, nine months and 21 days on Jan. 30, 1860 and was buried in Dry Ridge Cemetery, today known as Trinity United Church of Christ Cemetery.

They were members of the Lutheran Church and, said the Bedford Gazette, she "was respected by all who knew her."

Sadly, at the age of 50, Solomon died on Feb. 10, 1875 in Bedford County. His remains were placed into rest in Trinity United Church of Christ Cemetery.

Elizabeth survived as a widow for another nearly three decades. She spent her final years in Willow Grove, PA, where she died on Feb. 3, 1904 at the age of 80. A lengthy obituary appeared in the Gazette.

Son John A. Hufferd (1849-1923) was born on Jan. 6, 1849 in Bedford County. He wedded Anna Elizabeth Turner (Jan. 14, 1853-1923), daughter of Andrew and Ann Maria (Hillegass) Turner. They were the parents of Oran Osceola Hufferd and Arter Ellis Hufferd. Circa 1904, their home was in Snake Spring Township. On Oct. 9, 1923, at the age of 74, John passed away in Manns Choice, Bedford County. She followed him to the grave just six days later, on Oct. 15, 1923. Burial was in Trinity United Church of Christ Cemetery.

  • Grandchild Oran Osceola Huffers (1877- ? ) was born in 1877.
  • Grandson Arter Ellis Huffers (1884-1965) was born on Nov. 5, 1884 in Bedford County. In about 1913, he was united in holy wedlock with Cecelia Myrtle Walters (1888-1965). Sadly, Arter and Cecelia died the same year, him in March 1965 and her also in 1965. They are in repose together at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Manns Choice, Bedford County.

Daughter Mary E. Hufferd (1862-1949) was born on April 18, 1862. She married Isaac C. Diehl ( ? -1922), son of Michael H. and Eva (Imler) Diehl. They dwelled in Bedford Township in 1904. Isaac succumbed on July 17, 1922. She lived for another 27 years. Mary passed away in Bedford County at the age of 87 on April 19, 1949. Interment was in St. James Lutheran Cemetery in Bedford.

 

~ Daughter Lucinda (Comp) Geller ~

 

Lucinda's grave, Dry Ridge Cemetery

Courtesy Rob and Debi Felten, Find-a-Grave

Daughter Lucinda Comp (1827-1904) was born on March 7, 1827.

At the age of 19, on Aug. 23, 1846, she was united in matrimony with John Geller (March 26, 1828-1907).

They were the parents of four known children -- George W. Geller, Emanuel Geller, Jacob Geller and Elizabeth Matilda Ashbrook.

The United States Census of 1850 shows the couple and their two sons on a farm in Buffalo Mills, Harrison Township, Bedford County.

During the Civil War, John and their son George joined the Union Army on or about Aug. 22, 1862. They were placed within the 138th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company F. At some point, he received a serious wound in the right arm, and the limb was amputated. He received his discharge on March 4, 1865, having served for two years, six months and 12 days.

Just a week later, on March 11, 1865, while the war was still raging, he filed to receive a pension from the U.S. War Department, and it was awarded. [Invalid App. #63.124 - Cert. #40.141]

After the war's end, the Gellers lived for four decades in New Buena Vista and Juniata, Bedford County.

The federal census of 1870 shows the family living on a farm in Juniata. By 1880, they had moved to New Buena Vista within the county, with the census taker marking John as "disabled."

When their son George died as a young father, they took in a grandson, Lewis Andrew Geller, who had been born on Feb. 26, 1874, and raised him as their own until he was age 14. Said the Bedford Gazette, "She was well known in the community and was a mother to every one in the neighborhood. She was a member of the Lutheran church."

In about September 1904, reported the Gazette, Lucinda "fell and sustained bruises which proved fatal." She suffered for about two months and died at the age of 77 on Nov. 13, 1904, in Juniata. Burial was in the Dry Ridge Reformed Church (today's Trinity United Church of Christ) cemetery following funeral services in the New Buena Vista Church led by Rev. D.G. Hetrick. [Find-a-Grave] The Gazette printed an obituary naming her parents as "Jacob and Elizabeth Comp."

John survived his bride by nearly three years. He succumbed on June 3, 1907 at the age of 79. In an obituary, the Gazette noted that "He had been a great sufferer for many months, being unable to walk owing to a stroke of paralysis from the effects of which he died. He was born in this county and lived here all his life." Funeral services were held in the Dry Ridge church, officiated by Rev. Warlick of Mann's Choice.

Son George W. Geller (1846-1897) was born on Aug. 27, 1846 in Harrison Township, Bedford County. During the Civil War, he and his father joined the Union Army and both were assigned to the 138th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company F. He married Sarah Amanda Hillegass (Oct. 4, 1846-1907), daughter of Peter and Sarah Amanda (Kerr) Hillegass of Dry Ridge, Bedford County. They were the parents of William Harrison Geller, Henry Hudson Geller, Lucinda Diehl, Lewis Andrew Geller, Annie Elizabeth "Lizzie" Martz and Jacob I. Geller. When the U.S. Census was taken in 1870, the Gellers lived on a farm in Juniata Township, Bedford County, and in 1880 in New Buena Vista Township, with George earning a living as a laborer. In 1874, George was awarded a military pension as compensation for his wartime ailments. [Invalid App. #193.854 - Cert. #134.785] The couple appears to have separated in the early 1880s but did not divorce. Sarah Amanda and her children were brought into the home of her uncle, Frederick Hillegass, in Juniata Township, where they made a home together in 1900. George passed away on Feb. 10, 1897. Burial was in Dry Ridge Reformed Church Cemetery, today known as Trinity United Church of Christ Cemetery. Sarah Amanda never remarried but successfuly applied for her late husband's soldier pension. [Widow App. #649.470 - Cert. #466.326] The Bedford Gazette said that she "was a kind and affectionate mother, an obliging neighbor, and a true and sincere friend, one who was ever ready to offer the hand of sympathy in time of sorrow and trouble, or again the same hand was extended in a glad and joyous welcome." At the age of 61, stricken with typhoid fever followed by tuberculosis, she died on Dec. 14, 1907. Said the Gazette, she "was a patient sufferer during her long illness.... Where she lived and was best known there she will be the most missed." Funeral services were held at the Dry Ridge Reformed Church, led by Rev. C.W. Warlick.

  • Grandson William Harrison Geller (1867-1929) was born on Jan. 3, 1867 in Juniata Township. He was united in holy matrimony with Dora Stock ( ? - ? ). They lived in Lorain, OH in 1904 and in West Virginia in 1907. Evidence suggests that he was back in Ohio by 1912 and in Akron in 1918. In the late 1920s, their address was 609 North Beaver Street in Lisbon, Columbiana County, OH. William was employed as a laborer by R. Thomas Sous Company. At the age of 62, suffering from acute heart valve problems, William died on Sept. 19, 1929. Burial was in Lisbon Cemetery.
  • Grandson Henry Hudson Geller (1869-1947) was born on Nov. 23, 1869 in Juniata Township. He married Elizabeth Diehl ( ? -1893). They bore two daughters -- Mary Miller and Olive Geller. Sadness enveloped the family when Elizabeth died on Nov. 23, 1893. Henry outlived his wife by many years. Circa 1904, he dwelled in Buffalo Mills and in 1907 in Dry Ridge. He was a longtime elder and deacon at the Dry Ridge Reformed Church, where he also volunteered as a Sunday School teacher and secretary. He died in Manns Choice at the age of 77 on July 8, 1947. In an obituary, the Bedford Gazette reported that Rev. Clarence Whetstone officiated at the funeral service.
  • Granddaughter Lucinda Margaret Geller (1872-1953) was born on Jan. 3, 1872 in New Buena Vista, Bedford County. In about 1895 or '97, she wedded Michael Diehl ( ? -1907). The couple did not reproduce. In 1904, they resided in Alum Bank, PA. Circa 1907, at the age of 38, Michael was employed in the Fort Cumberland Paint Factory in Cumberland, Allegany County, MD. Tragically, he lost his life in a horrible workpalce accident on June 26, 1907. Reported the Bedford Gazette, "While working, he saw a flame of fire blaze up from among the coal tar. There was also a quantity of gasoline nearby and before he could escape he was caught by the flames. He ran from the building a mass of flames and fell to the ground exhausted. Some men rushed to his aid and tore off what clothing had not been burned. He was at once removed to the hospital where he lived in awful agony until early Wednesday morning when death relieved his sufferings." His charred remains were transported to the Trinity Reformed Church on Dry Ridge for funeral services officiated by Rev. C.W. Warlick. Then on July 29, 1908, Lucinda wedded again to T.E. Barncord ( ? - ? ). He had been married previously and brought a daughter to the second union, Ethel Hall. The couple produced a son of their own, Walter Edward Barncord. She was a member of the First Reformed Church of Hyndman. In 1947, her home was in Hyndman. She died in Jan. 1953. Among those attending the funeral, said the Gazette, were Mr. and Mrs. Harry Martz of Corrigansville, MD; Homer and Fred Martz of Ellerslie, MD; Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Miller of sulphur Springs; Mr. and Mrs. Hite Olivhan of Johnstown; Olive Geller of Bedford; and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hay of Glencoe, PA.

 

Bird's-eye view of Hyndman, PA, early 1900s

 

  • Grandson Lewis Andrew Geller (1874-1904) was born on Feb. 26, 1874 at New Buena Vista. As an infant, he was baptized by Rev. W.D. Lefevre and later was confirmed by Rev. D.G. Hetrick of the Reformed Church. He was raised by his paternal grandparents until he reached the age of 14 in about 1888. Then he went out on his own and worked in a grist mill in New Baltimore, Somerset County. After a year or two, he left and migrated to Greensburg, Westmoreland County and learned the trade of plastering. Then in 1892, at the age of 18, he pushed into Pittsburgh where he continued to make a living as a plasterer. Their home in 1900 was on North Braddock Avenue. On June 10, 1893, he married Ada Hufford (May 1875-1903), a Pittsburgh resident. They produced four children -- among them Cora E.P. Geller, Lucinda M. Geller and George A. Geller. Heartbreak blanketed the family when Ada died on May 9, 1903 after less then a decade of marriage. Just a few months later, the grieving widower became stricken with tuberculosis, then known as "consumption," in October 1903. In an effort to get well, he quit his labors and returned to New Buena Vista, Bedford County. The move was not successful. He died in the home of Frederick Hillegass at Harmon's Bottom on April 5, 1904, at the age of 30. Funeral services were held at the Dry Ridge Reformed Church, with Rev. Hetrick officiating. Burial was beside his father in the church's burying ground. Pallbearers included George Diehl, Fred Diehl, S.W. Bittner, Charles Mowry, Warren Mowry and Harry Suder. "The bereft have the sympathy of the whole community in their sorrow," said the Bedford Gazette

Great-granddaughter Cora E.P. Geller (1894- ? ) was born in April 1894.

Great-granddaughter Lucinda M. Geller (1895- ? ) was born in June 1895.

Great-grandson George A. Geller (1898- ? ) was born in Jan. 1898.

  • Granddaughter Annie Elizabeth "Lizzie" Geller (1877- ? ) was born in about 1877. She married Frank Martz ( ? - ? ). Their home in 1904 was in Hyndman, Bedford County and in 1907 in Hyndman and Forward, PA.
  • Grandson Jacob Irvin Geller (1881- ? ) was born on Aug. 13, 1881 in Juniata Township. He was very young when his father died, and he and his widowed mother were taken in by a grand-uncle Frederick Hillegass of Juniata Township. Jacob was united in holy wedlock with Mary Dora Heltzel (1881-1958), daughter of Emanuel and Malinda Virginia (Griffith) Heltzel. They bore a daughter, Edna L. Diehl (1913-1980). They resided in 1904-1947 in New Buena Vista. Jacob died at the age of 72, in Bedford, Bedford County, on June 1, 1954. Mary Dora outlived her spouse by four years. She succumbed on Feb. 5, 1958 at the age of 76. They rest for eternity in Schellsburg Cemetery.

Son Jacob Geller (1849- ? ) was born in about 1859 in Harrison Township, Bedford County. At the age of 21, in 1870, he was unmarried, lived at home and helped his father in farming labors. Jacob was united in marriage with Caroline Kinzey ( ? - ? ), daughter of Henry and Sophia Kinzey. They relocated to Chicago, where they lived in 1900-1907.

Son Emanuel Geller ( ? - ? ) is lost to history for now. He was deceased by 1904.

Daughter Elizabeth Matilda Geller (1850-1916) was born on Dec. 30, 1850 or Jan. 1, 1851 in Bedford County. She wedded John Solomon Ashbrook (Feb. 4, 1845-1915). They were the parents of Albert Maywod Ashbrook. John's work took them to West Virginia, where they are known to have resided in Viola, Marshall County in 1890 when their daughter Laura was born. In 1904, they made a home in Hooversville, Somerset County and in 1907 in Forward, PA. In the mid-1910s, they dwelled in Hooversville. Sadly, husband and wife died less than a year apart. John passed away first, on Dec. 6, , 1915. Elizabeth went to live at 169 Harrison Street in Johnstown, Cambria County, PA. She began to suffer from heart disease and ilio colitis, a condition today known as Crohn's Disease caused by inflammation of the intestines. She succumbed there on Aug. 21, 1916. W.B. Pebley of Johnstown was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. They are interred in the Patriotic Order Sons of America Cemetery in Hooversville.

  • Grandson Albert Maywood Ashbrook (1873-1963) was born in 1873.
  • Granddaughter Laura L. Ashbrook (1890-1964) was born on Jan. 28, 1890 in Viola, Marshall County, WV. She wedded William Blair Pebley ( ? - ? ). They are thought to have had a daughter, Agnes Wagner. They made a home in 1916 in Johnstown, Cambria County. Circa 1925-1931, they owned property in West Wheatfield Township, Indiana County, PA. Later, they relocated to Windber, Somerset County, with an address of 1005 Hoffman Avenue. As her health failed due to a combination of hardening of the arteries, diabetes and chronic urinary tract infections, Laura was admitted as a patient in the Church of the Brethren Home in Paint Borough, Somerset County. She died there at the age of 74 on March 19, 1964. Her remains were placed into rest in Johnstown's Grandview Cemetery.

 

~ Daughter Sarah (Comp) Lepley ~

Daughter Sarah Comp (1828-1909) was born on Oct. 17, 1828.

She married Adam Lepley III (March 5, 1921-1903), son of Adam and Elizabeth (Horn) Lepley Jr.

They dwelled for decades near Wellersburg in Southampton Township, Somerset County.

 

Wellersburg, early 1900s

 

Sarah and Adam were the parents of a dozen offspring -- Simon Alexander Lepley, Susannah Matilda Lepley, Elizabeth Lepley, Jacob Lepley, Emma Frances Lepley, Samuel Lepley, Minerva Jane Lepley, Norman Lincoln Lepley, Missouri Lepley, Effie Louellen Lepley, Adam Lepley and Sarah Alice Lepley.

Sadly, Adam passed away at the age of 82 on June 9, 1903. Interment was in the Lepley family burying ground in Wellersburg. Inscribed on his grave marker was the phrase, "Gone but not forgotten."

With her health failing due to the debilities of old age, Sarah died at the age of 80 on Jan. 11, 1909. She was laid to rest in the family cemetery on the farm. Simon Lepley of Wellersburg, Somerset County was the informant for the certificate of death. [Find-a-Grave]

Son Simon Alexander Lepley (1852-1937) was born on April 27, 1852 in Southampton Township. On Christmas Day 1882, at the age of 30, he was joined in matrimony with 23-year-old Mary Ann Shoemaker (March 14, 1859-1953), daughter of Bailey and Rebecca (Kennell) Shoemaker of Wellersburg. The couple produced these known sons -- Oscar Lepley, J. Elmer Lepley and Jesse Lepley. They were longtime farmers in and around Mount Savage, Allegany County, MD about a mile or two from the Pennsylvania state line. They were members of the Reformed Church at Gladdens, Somerset County. Sadly, Simon died in the home of his som Oscar in Wellersburg at the age of 84 on March 27, 1937. Burial was in Cook Cemetery in Somerset County, led by Rev. R.a. Shontz, with an obituary appearing in the Cumberland Evening Times. Mary Ann survived another 16 years as a widow. She joined her husband in death at the age of 94 two days before Christmas 1953. Rev. F.D. Oberkircher officiated at the funeral service, held in Wellersburg Reformed Church. The Bedford Gazette printed an obituary.

  • Grandson Oscar Adam Lepley (1890-1983) was born on May 9, 1890 in Southampton Township. In 1915, he wedded Cora Elizabeth Getz (1892-1981). The couple were the parents of Hazel Marie Deffenbaugh, John Getz Lepley and Howard Philip Lepley. They lived in Wellersburg in 1937 and Hyndman, Bedford County in 1953. The family worried and then grieved when son Howard joined the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II and was killed when his aircraft was shot down over France. Cora passed away in 1981, ending their marital union which had endured for 66 years. Oscar died at the age of 93 on July 22, 1983. Burial was in Cook Cemetery in Somerset County.

 

Howard Lepley, standing, 2nd from right, with crew mates from the
doomed Little Sheppard bomber, shot down over France in 1944,

 

 

Howard P. Lepley

Courtesy Jason Danielson,
Find-a-Grave

Great-grandson Howard Philip Lepley (1923-1944) was born on Sept. 14, 1923. As a young man, he earned a living as a carpenter with Consolidation Coal Company in or around Hyndman, with a home in Mount Savage, MD. He was a member and taught Sunday School in the Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church in Wellersburg. During World War II, on Dec. 4, 1942, he joined the U.S. Army Air Force and trained as a radio operator. He held the rank of technical sergeant with the 714th Bomber Squadron, 448th Bomber Group. Howard lost his life in action on June 10, 1944 when his aircraft -- the Little Sheppard -- was shot down over Ebreux, France. News of his missing in action status was printed in the Pittsburgh Press and Altoona Mirror. Four years after his death, his parents and Uncle Jesse Lepley made a significant donation of chancel furniture and furnishings in his memory to the Zion church. They included an altar, altarcloths, pulpit, lectern, cross, candlesticks and vases, of of which the family had made. A story about the gesture was published in the Cumberland (MD) Evening Times on July 8, 1948. Howard's body was recovered and buried in Europe and later shipped back to the United States for re-interment. In July 1949, a funeral service was held in the family church, with graveside military honors provided by the Old Rail Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Mount Savage. Pallbearers were George Abucevicz, Junior Robinette, Robert Gray, Alfred Pollock, Henry Pfister, Donald Lewis and Orville Bridges. His photograph appeared in a related story the Cumberland (MD) News. A grave marker for him was placed in Cook Cemetery in Somerset County. [Find-a-Grave]

  • Grandson J. Elmer Lepley dwelled in Hyndman, Bedford County in 1937.
  • Grandson Jesse Lepley made his home in 1937 in Windber, Somerset County and in 1953 in LaVale, MD.

 

Zion Reformed Church, Wellersburg, PA

 

Son Jacob Lepley (1857-1871) was born on Feb. 1, 1857. He only lived into his early teens. Sadly, Jacob passed away at the age of 14 years, 10 months and 20 days on Dec. 21, 1871. He rests for all time in the Lepley Family Cemetery.

Daughter Emma Frances Lepley (1859-1935) was born on May 19, 1859. She was united in holy wedlock with George Baker (1857-1922). The couple relocated to Iowa, where they put down roots in Marshalltown, Marshall County. George died on June 24, 1922. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Marshalltown. Emma Frances survived him by a baker's dozen of years. She succumbed at the age of 76 on Nov. 5, 1935.

Son Samuel Lepley (1861-1947) was born on Jan. 28 or 29, 1861 in Southampton Township. He was wedded to Ida Elizabeth Emerick (March 19, 1864-1941), daughter of Solomon and Ellen Emerick of Gladdens, Somerset County. They were the parents of Cora Alice Lepley, Earl Theodore Lepley, James Albert Lepley, Ella Sarah Korns, Bertha Rebecca Bittner, Harvey Lepley, Mary Lepley and Alonzo S. Lepley. The family lived on a farm in rural Southampton Township, Somerset County. Sadness descended on the family on Oct. 9, 1941, when Ida was found dead in bed. Said the Meyersdale Republican, "She had been in failing health for a number of months.... Her death broke a marriage of 57 years." Rev. G.R. Winters officiated at the funeral service held in the family home. She was survived by her brothers John Emerick and George Emerick and sister Mrs. Christ Emerick as well as 20 grandchildren and a dozen great-grandchildren. At the age of 86, suffering from general arterial and heart valve disease, Samuel died on Nov. 10, 1947. In an obituary, the Bedford Gazette reported that Rev. John Bucher officiated at the funeral service. His remains are at eternal rest in Lepley Family Cemetery in Wellersburg.

  • Granddaughter Cora Alice Lepley (1884-1926)
  • Grandson Earl Theodore Lepley (1886-1957) was born in 1886. His home in 1941-1947 was in Mount Savage, MD.
  • Grandson James Albert Lepley (1888-1984) lived in Wellersburg in 1941-1947.
  • Granddaughter Ella Sarah "Ellen" Lepley (1891-1969) was born in 1891. She married Earl Korns and dwelled in 1941-1947 in Hyndman.
  • Granddaughter Bertha Rebecca Lepley (1893-1950) was born in 1893. She wedded Allen Bittner. Circa 1941-1947, the Bittners resided in Hyndman.
  • Grandson Alonzo S. Lepley (1899-1973) was born in 1899. He lived in Hyndman in 1941-1947.
  • Grandson Harvey Lepley ( ? - ? ) made a home in Wellersburg in 1941 and by 1947 was in Sand Patch, Somerset County.
  • Granddaughter Mary Lepley ( ? - ? ) dwelled in 1941-1947 in Cumberland, MD.

 

Schellsburg Street in Hyndman, early 1900s

 

Son Norman Lincoln Lepley (1864-1940) was born on April 15, 1864 in Wellersburg and named in part for the President of the United States. He was twice married. His first spouse was Martha E. Boyer (1869-1897). Their offspring were Gertrude Lydia Emerick, Elsie Nevada Gnagey and Allen M. Lepley. Sadly, Martha died in 1897, possibly in childbirth with their son Allen. The son died the following year in 1898. Norman's second bride was Hannah Elizabeth Troutman (Jan. 12, 1868-1931), daughter of David and Mary (Knippenberg) Troutman. Their children were Erma Edna Kennell and Calton R. Lepley. The Lepleys lived in Gladdens Run in the early 1930s. Sadly, stricken with heart disesae and severe gallbladder inflammation, Hannah passed away three days before Christmas 1931. Burial was in Comps Cemetery. Norman survived his wife by nine years and resided in Hyndman. In about 1937, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and bore the illness for three years until death swept him away on Aug. 14, 1940. Interment was in Comp Cemetery, with son Calton Lepley of Hyndman serving as informant for the death certificate.

  • Granddaughter Gertrude Lydia Lepley (1889-1969) was born in 1889. She married (?) Emerick.
  • Granddaughter Elsie Nevada Lepley (1890-1965) was born in 1890. She wedded (?) Gnagey
  • Granddaughter Erma Edna Lepley (1901-1987) was born in 1901. She was joined in wedlock with (?) Kennell
  • Grandson Calton R. Lepley (1910-1968) was born in 1910. In 1940, he lived in Hyndman.

Daughter Missouri Lepley (1865-1893) was born two days after Christmas 1865 in Southampton Township. She may never have married. Sadly, at the age of 17, she succumbed on Oct. 25, 1893 in Southampton. The cause of her untimely death is unknown. Her remains are at repose in Lepley Family Cemetery.

Daughter Effie Louellen Lepley (1868-1958) was born on March 13, 1868 in Southampton Township. She was joined in wedlock with William B. Kennell ( ? - ? ). The couple produced nine children, among them Dora Alice Kennell, Guy Filmore Kennell, Roy Edward Kennell, Robert Harry Kennell, James Lewis Kennell, Clinton Wilbert Kennell, Albert Adam Kennell, Pearl Emerick, Viola Getz, Jennie Weimer and Clara Kennell. They were members of the Gladden Reformed Church and in 1947 made their residence in Hyndman. Effie passed into eternity at the age of 90 on April 9, 1958. Funeral services were held in the family church, with burial following in Cook Cemetery. In an obituary, the Cumberland Evening Times reported that her survivors included 46 grandchildren, 60 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

  • Grandson Guy Filmore Kennell (1889-1967) lived in Hyndman.
  • Grandson Roy Edward Kennell (1891-1948)
  • Granddaughter Pearl Kennell (1893-1987) married (?) Emerick. Her residence in 1958 was in Hyndman.
  • Grandson Albert Adam Kennell (1895-1991) lived in Wellersburg.
  • Granddaughter Jennie Mae Kennell (1897-1987) was united in marriage with (?) Weimer. In 1958, they dwelled in Wellersburg.
  • Grandson Robert Harry Kennell (1899-1978) resided in Hyndman.
  • Granddaughter Viola Emma Kennell (1901-1984) wedded (?) Getz. Their home was in Hyndman.
  • Granddaughter Clara Edna Kennell (1903-1977) may never have married and lived at home with her parents.
  • Grandson John J. Kennell (1905-1956)
  • Grandson James Lewis Kennell (1907-1990) made his home in 1958 in Hyndman.
  • Grandson Clinton Wilbert Kennell (1909-1969) dwelled in the late 1950s in Hyndman.
  • Daughter Susannah Matilda Lepley ( ? - ? )

Daughter Elizabeth Lepley ( ? - ? )

Daughter Minerva Jane Lepley ( ? - ? )

Son Adam Lepley IV ( ? - ? )

Daughter Sarah Alice Lepley ( ? - ? )

 

John's grave, Dry Ridge Cemetery

Courtesy Rob and Debi Felten, Find-a-Grave

~ Son John Comp ~

Son John Comp (1824-1853) was born on Dec. 6, 1824 in Southampton Township, Somerset County.

He was mentioned in the 1884 book History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties. The paragraph says that John "followed farming, and passed the most of his life on a farm situated below Buffalo Mills [Bedford County]."

John also is named in the 1912 book by John W. Jordan and James Hadden, entitled Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, Vol. III.

When the federal census was taken in 1850, the 25-year-old John lived at home with his parents and labored as a farmer.

Evidence strongly suggests that John married Julia Geller (1831- ? ), daughter of Elizabeth Geller. During their brief married life together, they produced a son, George A. Comp.

John died at the age of 29 on Dec. 9, 1853. His remains are in repose for eternity in Dry Ridge Cemetery, today known as Trinity United Church of Christ Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]

Julia apparently never remarried. In 1880, she lived with her son and 70-year-old widowed mother on a farm in Juniata Township. Also in the household that year were Julia's unmarried nephew, John W. Comp, son of Samuel and Lucy Comp.

Son George Adam Comp (1851-1920) was born on Aug. 3, 1851 (or 1852). He was very young when his father died. As an adult, George settled on a farm near Bedford County's West End, "on a farm that was formerly a part of the Statler estate," said the Jordan and Hadden book. In about 1882, when he was age 30, George was united in holy matrimony with Margaret L. Felton (Oct. 17, 1860-1946), daughter of Henry and Katherine (Shaffer) Felton of Somerset County. They were the parents of Henry Elmer Comp, William "Edward" Comp and Veda K. Comp. The family lived for many years in Juniata Township, where George labored as a farmer in 1900-1910. He also learned the trade of carpentry. The couple relocated later in life to North Braddock near Pittsburgh, where he made a home at 410 Stokes Avenue. Stricken with pneumonia of the lungs at age 68, he suffered for 36 hours until death cut him away on Jan. 31, 1920. Son Henry of North Braddock signed the official death certificate. The remains were shipped back to Manns Choice for interment. Margaret outlived her husband by more than a quarter of a century. Her final years were spent in her longtime residence of 410 Stokes in North Braddock. She was burdened with hardening of the arteries and then suffered a heart attack, with death coming two days later on April 2, 1946, at the age of 85. Interment was in Mt. Zion Reformed Church Cemetery in Wellersburg.

  • Grandson Henry Elmer Comp (1885-1964) was born on May 8, 1885 in West End, Juniata Township, Bedford County. He was a lifelong carpenter and plied his trade early in his career in Braddock near Pittsburgh. At the age of 24, on Feb. 15, 1910, Henry was joined in marriage with 20-year-old Mary S. "Mayme" Hershiser (Jan. 20, 1889-1955), daughter of George and Margaret (Harshrode) Hershiser of Manns Choice, Bedford County. The nuptials were held in the bride's home, led by Rev. Dr. Emmet M. Adair, and were reported in the Bedford Gazette. (His brother Edward married Mary's sister Myrtle and later to another sister, Lucinda.) Their only daughter was Margaret L. McCullough. In 1920, they dwelled in North Braddock near Pittsburgh at 910 Earl Street. In 1946, his address was 31 Inland Avenue in West Mifflin/Kennywood near Pittsburgh. Sadly, Mary contracted cancer of the rectum and died eight months later at the age of 66 n Feb. 13, 1955. Burial was in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park in Versailles Township. Further sadness blanketed the family when married daughter Margaret McCullough died at the age of 51 on the third day of the new year in 1962. Now alone, Henry retired to Florida in about 1963, presumably to reside with or near his widowed son-in-law and grandchildren. After only a year, he died in DeLand, Volusia County at the age of 78 on March 28, 1964. An obituary was printed in the Orlando Sentinel, which said he was survived by three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Great-granddaughter Margaret L. Comp (1910-1962) was born on Dec. 2, 1910. She married Robert M. McCullough ( ? - ? ). They were the parents of Mrs. Michael Gladis, Robert H. McCullough and Mrs. Robert Kipple. Their address in the early 1960s was 4417 Inland Avenue in West Mifflin. Margaret was stricken with a not-as-yet diagnosed illness at the age of 51 and was admitted to Homestead Hospital. There, she succumbed on Jan. 3, 1962. Interment was in Homewood Cemetery. The widowed Robert moved to Florida and established a home in DeLand, Volusia County circa 1963.

 

Pittsburgh's Kennywood Park near where the Henry Elmer Comps lived

 

  • Grandson William "Edward" Comp (1888-1966) was born on July 9, 1888 in Juniata Township, Bedford County. He was united in wedlock with Myrtle V. Hershiser ( ? -1946), daughter of George G. and Margaret (Harshrode) Hershiser of Manns Choice. (His brother Henry married Myrtle's sister Mary "Mayme.") They did not reproduce. Edward and Myrtle relocated to Pittsburgh and resided in Kennywood/West Mifflin, where Edward earned a living as a carpenter. The couple belonged to the Braddock Reformed Church. Said the Bedford Gazette, Myrtle "had a large number of relatives and friends in Kennywood, Braddock, Manns Choice and Bedford, all of whom esteemed her highly." Sadly, at the age of 55, Myrtle died at home on Sept. 7, 1946. Her pastor Rev. Helfrick officiated at the funeral, with burial in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. An obituary in the Gazette reported that "Relatives from Bedford attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Harry L. Stern, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Stern, the Hon. Harry C. James and Mrs. James, Mrs. Lucinda M. Souser, Mrs. Harry E. Cuppett, Harvey Miller, Mrs. Romaine Miller, Mrs. John H. James." After two years as a widower, on July 17, 1948, the 60-year-old Edward married his late wife's sister, 60-year-old Lucinda E. Hershiser (Oct. 28, 1887- ? ). Rev. Herman John Helfrick officiated at the nuptials held in Braddock. Lucinda was a talented seamstress. In 1964, they made a home in Lake Helen, FL. He passed away in Palm Beach, FL in Oct. 1966.
  • Granddaughter Veda Katherine Comp (1895-1978) was born on Oct. 21, 1895 in Juniata Township, Bedford County, where she grew into womanhood. Prior to marriagee, she moved to Braddock near Pittsburgh, where she bore a son in March 1913, whom she named Earl E. Comp. On Oct. 23, 1916, at the age of 21, she eloped to Cumberland, MD to be joined in wedlock with Harvey Franklin Hainsey (May 4, 1895-1920). News of their marriage license was printed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He was the son of Harry Rollins and Margaret Alfreda (Miller) Hainsey of Johnstown, Cambria County. During their brief marriage, they produced a daughter, Margaret L. Knox Watters. The couple made their home at 410 Stokes Avenue in North Braddock. Harvey earned a living as an electric welder with the East Pittsburgh Machine Shop. Tragedy carved apart the marriage when Harvey contracted a deadly case of influenza and bronchial pneumonia and could not recover. After 13 days of suffering, he succumbed at the age of 24 on Feb. 13, 1920. His exhausted remains were placed into eternal repose in Monongahela Cemetery in Braddock Hills. Veda never remarried but survived her spouse by 58 years. Circa 1964, she dwelled in Irwin, Westmoreland County, PA. Her address in 1978 was Rear 211 Oak Street in Irwin. Veda passed away on April 17, 1978. Burial was beside her husband. A death notice in the Post-Gazette reported that she was survived by eight grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

Great-grandson Earl E. "Deac" Comp (1913-1977) was born on March 28, 1913 in Braddock to an unwed mother. He was joined in marriage with Charlotte E. "Bettie" Drylie (May 11, 1911-1990), daughter of Robert and Ethel E. Drylie. They were the parents of Barbara R. Lorence, Bonnie L. Higgs and William E. Comp. At one time he served as acting postmaster of the Braddock post office. Later, they dwelled in Oakland, Garrett County, MD. Earl was an active member of the church council of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, whee he received the Lamb Award. He also belonged to the Garrett County Memorial Hospital's Lohr Auxiliary and was a Boy Scout leader. He passed away in Garrett County Memorial Hospital at the age of 64 on Nov. 20, 1977. Funeral services were held in the family church, loed by Rev. Richard A. Seaks. His remains were transported to rest in the mausoleum of Penn Lincoln Memorial Park in North Huntington Township, Westmoreland County, PA, and an obituary was published in the Cumberland News. Charlotte outlived him by a baker's dozen of years and went to live with her son William in Louisville, KY. She was swept away by death on Nov. 16, 1990. Daughter Barbara lived in North Huntington, daughter Bonnie in Annapolis, MD and son William in Louisville, KY.

Great-granddaughter Margaret Hainsey (1917-2010) was born on Sept. 6, 1917 in Braddock. Her first spouse was James Knox ( ? - ? ). They were the parents of five children -- James K. Knox, Linda Broniman, Leah Timko, Connie Dillon and Carl Knox. After James' death, she married her second husband, Abraham "Abe" Watters (Oct. 30, 1914-1984). They resided in Irwin until Abe's death in Dec. 1984. She also endured the early death of her son James. Margaret spent her final years in Jeannette, Westmoreland County. She died in a hospice environment at home at the age of 92 on Feb. 24, 2010. The Post-Gazette printed a death notice which recorded the number of her offspring as 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter.

 

~ Son Solomon Comp ~

Son Solomon Comp (1834-1917) was born on or about March 17, 1834.

Evidence suggests -- although not proven with precision -- that on Oct. 29, 1857, at the age of 23, Solomon resided in Bedford County, PA and was united in holy wedlock with Rachel Beltz (1834- ? ), also a Bedford resident. Justice of the peace G.W. Horn officiated, and news of the wedding was published in the Bedford Gazette.

They produced one known son -- Jacob A. Comp.

The Comps are shown on the 1860 federal census, making their home in or near Schellsburg, Bedford County.

During the Civil War, Solomon is known to have registered for the Union Army draft and was marked as married. He later joined the army as a member of the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company G. Details about his service will be added here when uncovered. He returned home after his term ended and dwelled in Buffalo Run.

Sadly, it's believed that Rachel died after only a few years of marriage. He married a second time -- on Oct. 23, 1864, at the home of her father -- to Margaret Ann Corley (Jan. 19, 1850-1933), daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Hurst) Corley of Juniata Township. Rev. N.H. Skyles officiated. News of the wedding was printed in the Bedford Gazette. Margaret was neither able to read or write.

They went on to bear these additional offspring -- Emma S. Robb, Sarah Elizabeth Reams, Elmira Sleek, Humphrey A. Comp, Harry L. Comp, Susanna M. Hochard and Elsie J. Sorber.

The federal census of 1870 shows this second family together in Juniata Township.

After the war, in mid-April 1876, he was awarded a pension as compensation for his wartime injuries. [Invalid App. #217.400 - Cert. #560.669]

Solomon is known to have had possession of his mother's family Bible circa 1913. At around that time, they lived in Mann's Choice, Bedford County.

It is thought that Solomon died on Feb. 6, 1917, at the age of 82, due to a series of cerebral hemorrhages and "general weakness." Burial was in Dry Ridge Cemetery -- otherwise known as New Buena Vista -- with daughter Elsie Sorber signing the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Today the burying ground is known as Trinity United Church of Christ Cemetery. There is one major discrepancy on the death certificate, with his parents listed as "Jno Comp" and "Louisa Sprout" instead of "Jacob Comp" and "Elizabeth Sturtz." Yet in all other references of his parents and siblings, everything fits. [Find-a-Grave]

Now widowed, Margaret began receiving her husband's monthly pension payments. [Widow App. #1.106.247 - Cert. #859.853] She lived for another 16 years after her spouse's death and made her home in 1921 in Napier, PA. Suffering from pneumonia and influenza, she died two days after her 83rd birthday on Jan. 21, 1933. Burial was at Dry Ridge. Jane Husband of Claysburg, PA was the informant for the death certificate.

Son Jacob A. Comp (1859- ? ) was born in about 1859 in Harrison Township, Bedford County. His fate is not yet known.

Daughter Emma S. Comp (1865-1940) was born in about 1865 in Juniata Township, Bedford County. She married Edward G. Robb (1866-1939). They resided in Bedford County and were the parents of these offspring -- Ray Robb, Carl R. Robb, William Robb, Grace Marie Shroyer, Daisy Wilhelm and Florence Hillegass. Sadly, Edward passed into eternity in 1939. Burial was in Trinity United Church of Christ Cemetery. Emma lived for just another year as a widow. She died in 1940.

  • Grandson Ray Robb ( ? - ? ) lived in Johnstown, Cambria County, PA.
  • Grandson Carl R. Robb (1897-1971) was born on Aug. 7, 1897 in Bedford County. He was united in wedlock with Frieda W. Beckman (Aug. 24, 1898-1963), a native of Johnstown, Cambria County, PA and the daughter of Adam and Augusta (Meske) Beckman. They established a home in Central City, PA and bore one son, Blair Bernard Robb (1923-2006). At the age of 64, on June 21, 1963, Frieda died in Johnstown. Carl survived her by eight years. He passed three days after Christmas 1971. They lie in repose in Johnstown's Grandview Cemetery.
  • Grandson William Robb ( ? - ? ) made a home in Central City, PA.
  • Granddaughter Grace Marie Robb (1909-1969) was born in 1909. On Sept. 20, 1945, she wedded Nathaniel Shroyer (March 4, 1900), son of Adam and Lavina (Clites) Shroyer of Comps Crossroads, Somerset County. They dwelled in Hyndman, Bedford County and belonged to Comps Church. He had been married and divorced previously and brought these offspring to the second union -- Marshall Earl Shroyer, Sara Loretta (Shroyer) Shroyer, Shirley I. Chaney, June Lyvone Folk and Johnny Edward Shroyer. The couple may have produced a son of their own, Ray D. Shroyer. Nathaniel belonged to the Eagles in Cumberland, MD. On Sept. 14, 1952, after just seven years of marriage, Nathaniel suffered a heart attack and died at home. Burial was in Comp Cemetery, with the funeral sermon preached by Rev. Charles Raley. Grace earned a living over the years by working at Jet Cleaners in Cumberland. Her home in her final years was in Ellerslie, Allegany County, MD, where she succumbed at the age of 59 on Jan. 11, 1969. Her remains were buried in Comp Cemetery in Comps Crossroads, Somerset County, with Rev. Henry A Border officiating.
  • Granddaughter Daisy Robb ( ? - ? ) married (?) Wilhelm ( ? - ? ). Her home in 1969 was in Hyndman, Bedford County.
  • Granddaughter Florence Robb ( ? - ? ) wedded (?) Hillegass ( ? - ? ). Circa 1969, she resided in Johnstown.

Daughter Sarah Elizabeth Comp (1867-1944) was born on Jan. 9, 1867 in Buffalo Mills, Bedford County. She married Andrew "Jackson" Reams (May 26, 1866-1950), son of Alexander M. and Sarah (Hoyman) Reams of Harrison Township, Knox County. In about 1914, they relocated to a new home in or around Monroe Hills, Knox County, OH. Sarah Elizabeth and Jackson produced these known children -- Fern L. Reams, Clarence Thurston Reams, Grace Marie Reams, Hazel Catherine Reams and Mary E. Reams. Sadly, suffering from hypertension, the 77-year-old Sarah Elizabeth was felled by a cerebral hemorrhage and passed away eight days before Christmas in 1944. Jackson survived his wife by six years. During that time, he lived on Coshocton Road in Mount Vernon. As his health plummeted from a cerebral hemorrhage, he was admitted to the Mount Vernon Rest Home, where he died on Nov. 18, 1950. They rest for all time in Mound View Cemetery in Mount Vernon, Knox County.

  • Granddaughter Fern L. Reams
  • Grandson Clarence Thurston Reams (1890-1963) was born in 1890. He was the informant for his father's death certificate in 1950.
  • Granddaughter Grace Marie Reams
  • Granddaughter Hazel Catherine Reams ( ? - ? ) was born on Nov. 20, 1900 in Harrison Township, Knox County. She wedded Bunn McMillan ( ? - ? ) and resided in Morris Township, Knox County. Struggling with an infection of peritonitis, she only lasted for five days and died at the age of 30 on March 23, 1931. Burial was in Mound View Cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Mary E. Reams

Daughter Elmira Cecelia Comp (1867-1908) was born on Sept. 13, 1868. She married Jacob E. Sleek (1864-1953), son of Jacob and Mary Ann (Dobson) Sleek. They made a home in New Buena Vista, Napier Township, Bedford County and were the parents of Luna May Sleek, three other children and infants who died in 1903 and 1907. Sadly, after giving birth to a baby on Jan. 14, 1908, the infant died just four days later, and the agony was compounded when the 39-year-old mother suffered from unstoppable bleeding. On Jan. 29 1908, she "died after terrible suffering," reported the Bedford Gazette. Said the Gazette, "The funerals of mother and child were preached at the same time when a large number of friends and relatives gathered to pay the last respects to her memory. The husband and father, and four little children are left to realize and mourn their loss. The mother died expressing her highest hope of meeting those who have gone before her in the same way of death." Elmira and her baby were buried side by side in Dry Ridge Cemetery, today known as Trinity United Church of Christ Cemetery in Juniata Township. Rev. Warlick officiated. Jacob outlived his bride by 46 years. He succumbed in Windber, Somerset County on Nov. 3, 1953.

  • Granddaughter Luna May Sleek (1895-1926) was born in about 1895. She appears not to have married and spent her short life in Bedford County. In 1926, at about the age of 31, she died. Burial was beside her mother in Trinity United Church of Christ Cemetery in Juniata Township.

Son Humphrey A. Comp (1878-1960) was born on April 20, 1878 in Bedford County, PA, a twin with his brother Harry. Humphrey was joined in matrimony with Sarah E. "Sadie" Hutzel ( ? - ? ). The couple separated, and Sadie filed for divorce in May 1912, with the news published in the Meyersdale Republican. Humphrey made a home in Stoystown in Shade Township, Somerset County and worked over the years as a laborer. Burdened with hardening of the arteries, he suffered cerebral bleeding and died at the age of 82 on Oct. 24, 1960. Mrs. Orie Berkebile of Stoystown was the informant for the official death certificate. He rests for all time in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Manns Choice, Bedford County.

Son Harry L. Comp (1878-1959) was born on April 20, 1878 in in Bedford County, PA, a twin with his brother Humphrey. He married Mary Ellen Miller ( ? - ? ), daughter of Grant Miller of Napier, Bedford County. They lived in Wolfsburg, Bedford County, where Harry supported the family through his work as a carpenter and laborer. At the age of 80, stricken with cancer of the rectum which led to a bowel obstruction, Harry died on April 8, 1959. Interment was in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Manns Choice. Edward Comp of Bedford signed the death certificate.

Daughter Susanna M. Comp (1881-1970) was born on April 13, 1881. At the age of 18 or 19 in about 1900, she married James H. Hochard (Oct. 7, 1879-1962), son of Jonathan and Margaret (Boylan) Hochard. News of their marriage license was printed in the Bedford Gazette. They made a home in or near Altoona, Blair County, PA. Sadly, James died at age 83 on Nov. 26, 1962. Susanna outlived him by eight years. At the age of 89, on Sept. 7, 1970, Susanna died. Interment was side-by-side in Alto Reste Burial Park in Altoona.

Daughter Elsie J. Comp (1885-1967) was born on March 6, 1885. She married Irvin M. Sorber (1888-1917). They produced one known daughter, Irene Custer. Tragedy befell this family in 1917 when, at age 28 or 29, Irvin died of causes not yet known. Burial was in Buckstown Cemetery in the county. Elsie managed to survive her husband by half a century. In 1933, her home was in Cental City, PA. Then in the 1960s, she dwelled in Kent, Portage County, OH. She died in Kent at the age of 82 on Dec. 16, 1967. Her remains were shipped back to Somerset County to rest for all time with her husband.

  • Granddaughter Irene Sorber (1902-1989) was born on July 18, 1902 in Bedford County. She wedded Andrew Martin Custer (March 3, 1898-1983), a native of Shade Township, Somerset County and the son of Wilson Erwin and Annie Nero (Lohr) Custer. They made a home in Shanksville, Somerset County circa 1911. Their children were Betty R. Custer and a stillborn baby boy in 1911. Heartache blanketed the family when daughter Betty died in Baltimore, MD on March 30, 1943. Her remains were brought back to Pennsylvania to rest in Johnstown's Grandview Cemetery. They spent their final years in Windber, Somerset County. He passed away at age 84 on Jan. 23, 1983, and she at the age of 87 on Aug. 22, 1989. They are in repose together in Grandview Cemetery.

 

Samuel's grave, Dry Ridge Cemetery

Courtesy Brian J. Ensley, Find-a-Grave

~ Son Samuel Comp ~

Son Samuel Comp (1836-1862) was born on June 24, 1836 in Bedford County.

He appears to have spent his entire short life in Buffalo Mills, Harrison Township, Bedford County.

Samuel was united in holy matrimony with Lucy A. (1835- ? ). Her maiden name, and the date of their marriage, is not yet known.

They produced two known sons -- John W. Comp and Daniel E. Comp.

When the 1860 federal census enumeration was made, the couple and their sons lived in Buffalo Mills, next door to his parents. Samuel earned a living that year as a "servant," according to a notation made by the federal census-taker.

Unlike a brother, brother-in-law and several nephews, Samuel did not take up arms during the Civil War. Instead, he appears to have remained on the Buffalo Mills farm.

Heartbreak enveloped the family when Samuel died an untimely age of 25 on May 6, 1862. The cause of his early passing is not yet known.

Interment was in Dry Ridge Cemetery, today known as the Trinity United Church of Christ Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]

Inscribed on his grave marker was this epitaph:

 

Sleep brother dear and take your rest.

God called you home. He thought it best.

Twas hard indeed to part with thee.

But Christ's strong arm supported me.

 

Lucy's precise fate after her husband's death is not yet known. Evidence suggests that she died before 1880.

Son John W. Comp (1856- ? ) was born in about 1856. In 1880, at the age of 14, he resided with his cousin George Adam Comp on a farm in Juniata Township, Bedford County. Also in the household that year were John's widowed aunt, Julia (Geller) Comp, and her aged mother, Elizabeth Geller. John's fate after that is not known.

Son Daniel E. Comp (1858-1953) was born on Dec. 13, 1858. He married a cousin, Hannah Elizabeth Beltz (1858-1948), daughter of Lewis and Matilda (Comp) Beltz, and lived in Ohio. See their biography on this page for more.

 

Jacob's grave, Dry Ridge Cemetery

Courtesy Brian J. Ensley, Find-a-Grave

~ Son Jacob Comp ~

Son Jacob Comp Jr. (1838-1863) was born on Nov. 12, 1838.

In 1860, at the age of 21, he was unmarried and lived at home with his parents in Harrison Township, Bedford County.

That year, they were next-door neighbors to Jacob's brother and sister-in-law, Samuel and Lucy Comp.

Jacob was cut away by the Grim Reaper at the age of 24 on April 1, 1863. Interment was in Trinity United Church of Christ Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave] This epitaph was incribed on his upright grave marker:

 

My ... [flesh shall slumber?] in the ground

Till the last trumpet's joyful sound.

Then burst the chains with glad surprise

And in his Savior's image arise.

 

 

~ Son Adam Andrew Comp ~

Son Adam Andrew Comp (1843-1935) was born on May 14, 1843 at Buffalo Mills, Bedford County. The fact of his birth was inscribed in the family Bible. As an adult, he stood 5 feet, 7 inches tall, had a fair complexion, blue eyes and dark hair.

During the Civil War, Adam served in the Union Army. He traveled to Chambersburg, PA, where he joined the army in November 1864 and was assigned to the 82nd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C. Little of his military service is known. One fact that has surfaced is that he was on duty at Petersburg, VA, in about March -April 1865, and personally saw President Lincoln and Gen. Ulysses S. Grant during a visit to the works, with both VIPs "under fire."

While at Hall's Hill, VA, he received his honorable discharge on July 13, 1865 and returned home to Buffalo Mills.

Adam was married twice. On June 15, 1871, when he was 28 years of age, he was joined in wedlock with 24-year-old Amanda Elder (Dec. 12, 1846-1919), daughter of George and Margaret (Cessna) Elder. Their marriage ceremony was held at Schellsburg, Bedford County, officiated by Rev. N.H. Skiles of the Reformed Church of White Sulphur Springs.

They did not reproduce.

 

Adam's letter to the U.S.
Pension Commissioner, 1913
National Archives

The couple relocated in 1871 across the state line into Cumberland, Allegany County, MD, where Adam had been hired by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, which had significant operations in the city. He remained in the B&O's employ for four decades.

In 1880, U.S. Census records show the couple living on Keranen Street in Cumberland, with Adam working as a carpenter for the B&O.

Adam sustained a severe knee injury at work in December 1882 when he fell between beams while carrying a beam on the Salt Works Bridge near Homestead in Pittsburgh. He was incapacitated for six to seven weeks but received workmen's compensation from the railroad. Then in February 1887, also at work, he lost his left ring finger, severed by a jointer machine, in the B&O's Glenwood Shops near Pittsburgh. He wrote that "The stick of timber I was working on turned in the machine and threw my hand against the bits of the machine tearing off the finger." Co-workers James A. Milligan and Charles R. Moffitt observed the accident and testified that it "was not through drink or any other vicious habbits." Adam lost three months of work from the finger amputation but again received benefits from the B&O as long as he visited his physician every week for examination.

He gave up his specialty of building locomotive cabs in about 1891 and took a lighter-duty position as signal foreman for the railroad. He retired in 1912.

When Adam was listed on the 1890 federal census of Civil War veterans and their widows, their address was 33 Front Street in Cumberland. They remained on Front Street during the decade of the 1890s as shown on the 1900 census.

In April 1892, living in Cumberland, he applied for a federal military pension, and it was granted. [Invalid App. #1.105.929 - Cert. #988.078] He received monthly payments of $6 circa 1899 and $65 in 1928.

In the autumn of 1896, Adam began to suffer from heart disease. During that time, he is known to have worked with Michael Burrows and J.W. Clawson of Pittsburgh. He bore the heart ailment for the remaining four decades of his life. He also was debilitated with vision and hearing loss and constipation.

Amanda suffered with kidney disease for the last decade of her life, and heart problems for the last five. She died from their effects at home at the age of 72 on March 19, 1919. Her remains were placed into repose in Cumberland's Rose Hill Cemetery.

 

Adam's obituary, 1936
National Archives

Later, on Sept. 6, 1922, in nuptials held in Philadelphia, the 79-year-old Adam married 44-year-old Edythe Jessie Carl (1878-1963), daughter of Daniel M. and Annie (Sprinkle) Carl of Hancock, MD. The ceremony was officiated by Rev. J. Henry Harms of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion.

Adam endured yet another injury in December 1926 when cutting and repairing his roof. He accidentally hammed a spike through his right hand, and "was laid up two or three months under Dr. Stevanus," he recalled. He passed the time reading the daily newspapers and his Bible.

The federal census enumeration of 1930 shows the couple making their home in Cumberland. That year, Edythe's 43-year-old unmarried brother Benjamin Harrison Carl -- a stenographer with the B&) -- lived under their roof. Adam performed odd jobs for neighbors, such as installing a screen in a door, or a paine of glass in a window.

Adam was required to under physical examinations by military physicians over the years to maintain his pension. In June 1928, after one exam, an inspector in Baltimore wrote:

The pensioner impressed me as a most excellent old man, candid in his statements, and fairly active for a person of his age... [He] is able to dress and undress without assistance most of the time, that he can feed himself at the table, to to the toilet alone, walk down the street several blocks by himself, and tinker in his small carpenter shop in the rear of his house when so inclined. Certain days of the week he collects [dues] for the Chamber of Commerce at Cumberland and walks or drives himself in his auto when so doing. Pensioner requires some slight assistance in dressing and fixing his tie and collar but the assistance is only occasional. Pensioner's mind is good and his sight is fair.

He passed away at the age of 92 on Oct. 22, 1935. Nurial was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Cumberland. Funeral services, provided by G. Stanley Butler, cost a total of $440. He was the last surviving sibling in his family. [Find-a-Grave]

Edith was awarded her late husband's Civil War pension. [C #2.566.112]

As a widow, Edith resided at 329 National Highway in LaVale near Cumberland. During those years, her brother, Frank Lee Carl, served as city editor of the Cumberland Evening Times. She supported herself as a registered nurse and belonged to the St. Paul's Lutheran Church and the LaVale Homemakers Club.

In June 1942, she presented a United States flag, measuring 5 feet by 9 feet, to Allegany County Commissioner James Orr to be raised at North Cumberland Park, at the corner of Valley and Furnace Streets.

Edith was one of the few surviving Civil War widows still living in the early 1960s. She died at the age of 85 on Oct. 13, 1963 as a patient in Allegany County Infirmary in Rawlings. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, with Rev. John F. Sammel officiating. Her obituary was published in the Evening Times, which named surviving nephews Urner G. Carl Jr. and S. Frantz Carl of LaVale and Mary Elizabeth Donovan of Washington.

 

~ Daughter Catherine Ann "Caty" Comp ~

Daughter Catherine Ann "Caty" Comp (1831?- ? ) was born in about 1831.

 

~ Daughter Matilda (Comp) Beltz ~

Daughter Matilda Comp (1832-1908) was born on Jan. 22, 1832 in Manns Choice, Bedford County. She never learned to read or write.

When she was about 22 years of age, in 1855, she wedded 39-year-old widower Lewis Beltz (Dec. 5, 1816-1904), who was 15 years older than she. Lewis was the son of Henry and Mary (Davis) Beltz of Manns Choice.

Lewis had been married previously to Susannah Fait (1820-1849). They were the parents of these children brought to the second union: Daniel E. Beltz, Andrew Jackson Beltz, Margaret Ann Darrand William Henry Beltz

Our Matilda and Lewis produced eight more children, of whom five were living in 1900. The known names were William K. Beltz, Hannah E. Comp, Lewis V. Beltz, John C. Beltz, Adam Beltz and Solomon Elmer Beltz.

When the federal census was taken in 1860, the Beltzes dwelled in Juniata Township, Bedford County, Circa 1870-1904, their home was on a farm in Buffalo Mills, Harrison Township, Bedford County. They were members of the Dry Ridge Lutheran Church, perhaps also known as "St. James."

Lewis died at the age of 87, on April 6, 1904. Funeral services were led by Rev. D.G. Hetrick of Schellsburg. In an obituary, the Bedford Gazette said that "He had been a resident of the vicinity in which he died nearly all his life. He was an upright man, a good citizen and a kind husband and father."

The now-widowed Matilda went to live with her married daughter Hannah Comp in Barberton, OH. She passed away there at the age of 76 on Sept. 10, 1908. The body was transported to Buffalo Mills for funeral services in St. James Church led by Rev. J.W. Lingle of Bedford "in the presence of a very large gathering of sympathizing relatives and friends," said the Bedford Gazette. Interment followed in Dry Ridge Lutheran Cemetery in Manns Choice, Bedford County. [Find-a-Grave] An obituary in the Gazette noted that "Her husband preceded her to the spirit world about four years ago and after his death she made her home with her daughter. Five children and four step-children survive her.... Many bear testimony to the high esteem in which she was held  by the church and community."

Stepson Dr. Daniel E. Beltz (1838-1927) was born on Dec. 3, 1838 in Bedford County. He attended Bedford High School and Rainsburg Seminary as well as Ligonier Academy. He then began to study medicine at the University of Medicine and Surgery in Philadelphia. His education was disrupted by the outbreak of the Civil War. He joined the Union Army and served with the 135th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company G. After his term of service ended, he returned to the university where he received his medical degree in 1864. He returned to the war effort as a medical cadet in the Army, posted at Carver Hospital in the District of Columbia. The war ended, and he returned to Ligonier, establishing a private medical practice which lasted for four decades. In 1867, he married Mary C. Withrow (1845-1932). They bore two children, both of whom died young -- Orin W. "Odie" Beltz (died 1878 at age eight) and Annetta "Nettie" Beltz (died 1876, age four). The children rest for eternity in Old Ligonier Cemetery. During a lifetime of service to the community, he held the roles of U.S. Army pension examiner at Greensburg and school board director in Ligonier. At some point he was elected treasurer of the County of Westmoreland. With an aptitude for finance, he helped found the First National Bank of Ligonier in 1902 and was its president. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ligonier, where he was a trustee for 20 years, and a member of the Masonic lodge for 40 years. He was profiled in the 1906 book History of Westmoreland County, by John N. Boucher and John W. Jordan. On March 8, 1927, at the age of 88, he died in Westmoreland County. He rests under a prominent "Beltz" grave marker in Ligonier Valley Cemetery.

Stepson Andrew Jackson Beltz (1841-1919) was born on Dec. 14, 1841 in Bedford County. He was joined in holy wedlock with Edith Esther Britton (1851-1926). By 1904, they had relocated to Alliance, Stark County, OH where he operated his own general merchandise store. Their address in 1919 was 67 East Columbia Street. Burdened with an enlarged heart and kidney problems, he died in Alliance at the age of 77 on Oct. 2, 1919. Burial was in the mausoleum of the Alliance City Cemetery. Edith survived him by seven years. The Grim Reaper cut her away on June 5, 1926.

 

The Lincoln Highway near Schellsburg, PA

 

Stepdaughter Margaret Ann Beltz (1844-1915) was born on April 24, 1844 in Schellsburg, Napier Township, Bedford County. She was joined in marital union with Daniel W. Darr (April 23, 1834-1912), son of David and Matilda (Beaver) Darr. They produced five children -- Silas Darr, Alexander Darr, James Darr, Harry Darr and Emma Jane Simmons. They were farmers and lived in Schellsburg circa 1870. In 1896, the family relocated to Johnstown, Cambria County, PA, where Daniel earned a living as a laborer. Their address was 709 Horner Street in Johnstown. Sadly, at the age of 77, Daniel succumbed to gangrene of his urinary tract on Jan. 13, 1912. Burial was in Sandyvale Cemetery. Just after Christmas 1915, she contracted acute pneumonia and died on New Year's Eve 1915 at the age of 71. Interment was in Sandyvale Cemetery, with H.L. Darr of Johnstown signing the death certificate. An obituary in the Ligonier Echo noted that her survivors included a dozen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

  • Grandson Silas Darr (1863-1942) was born on March 20, 1863 in Schellsburg. He married Edna Reichard (Jan. 2, 1868-1947), daughter of Samuel and Matilda (Warner) Reichard of New Baltimore, OH. At the age of about 19, in 1882, he relocated to Lima, Stark County, OH, where he operated a grocery store. Silas and Edna returned to Bedford for Old Home Week in August 1907. Reported the Bedford Gazette, they "have been visiting among friends about Schellsburg since. They were the guests of R.C. Smith Monday and Monday night. They will spend some time visiting Mr. Darr's father and mother in Johnstown, and will visit Washington, Boston and several other places before their return. He is in the mercantile business at Limaville, which is a small town but can boast of a marble and several other manufactories." Burdened with heart disease, he passed away in Lima on Sept. 22, 1942. Burial was in Marlboro (OH) Cemetery. Edna survived for another five years as a widow. She suffered a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 79 and joined Silas in eternity on Aug. 27, 1947. J.S. Sassaman of Alliance was the informant for both of their death certificates.
  • Grandson Alexander Darr (1865- ? ) was born in about 1865 in Schellsburg. His fate is lost to history for now.
  • Grandson James Darr (1866-1939) was born on March 26, 1866 in Schellsburg. He never married. James earned a living over the years as a steel mill laborer, and he resided in rural Elim near Johnstown, Cambria County. Tragically, just a few weeks before his 73rd birthday, James accidentally drowned on March 1, 1939. The deputy coroner wrote that "he fell in the river while walking across B&O RR Bridge in a bewildered condition due to advanced age." His body was found more than a month later in the Conemaugh River near Johnstown. The Latrobe Bulletin reported that he "may have met with foul play, according to investigators." His remains were interred in Sandyvale Cemetery.
  • Grandson Harry Darr (1869- ? ) was born in about Sept. 1869 in Schellsburg. Nothing more about him is known.
  • Granddaughter Emma Jane Darr (1874-1958) was born on March 1, 1874 in Schellsburg. She was wedded to William Simmons (1872-1937). Their known offspring were Frederick Daniel Simmons, Margaret "Maggie" Simmons, Silas Ellsworth Simmons, Earl Simmons, William Simmons, Frank Lee Simmons and Elroy Simmons. Ironically, only three of the children survived into adulthood. They made a home in Upper Yoder Township on the outskirts of Johnstown, Cambria County. William passed away on Dec. 9, 1937 at the age of 65. Margaret outlived him by more than two decades. Her address in the 1950s was 477 Edwards Street. For the last decade of her life, she endured hypertension. then in May 1958, she was stricken with cerebral bleeding and died a week later, at the age of 84, on May 29, 1958. Burial was in Richland Township Cemetery.

Stepson William Henry Beltz (1847-1917) was born on Feb. 15, 1847 in Bedford County. He was but a boy of age two when his mother died. After the Civil War broke out, he joined the Union Army and was placed within the 55th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company H. He returned home after his term of army service ended. On July 19, 1869, he was united in marriage with Isabella Douglas (1850-1943), a native of Nova Scotia, Canada who emigrated to the United States as a girl. Their three known sons were Charles E. Beltz, John Beltz and George Francis Beltz. The Beltzes first lived in Lonacoming, Allegany County, MD, where their son Charles was born in 1870 and then in Alliance, Stark County, OH, where son George was born in 1883. While in Alliance, William first began to teach writing and drawing in Alliance High School. Later, in 1893, they established a home in the Hazelwood section of Pittsburgh at 5221 Second Avenue. They belonged to the Presbyterian Church of Hazelwood. William taught penmanship, oratory and dramatic art in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. He was active with the Braddock post of the Grand Army of the Republic and is known in 1896 to have penned a play, "True to the Flag," about the war experience. The Braddock Herald once reported that "True to the Flag" was "a play that lays hold of the motions and you must laugh and can't help but cry. It is by far the best home talent show yet given in Braddock." In 1908, he spoke at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Connellsville, Fayette County on "The Battlefields of the Civil War" and recited his own poem, "The Battle of Cold Harbor," which the Connellsville Daily Courier noted "was highly appreciated by everyone present. The house was filled." William was pictured in the Sept. 27, 1913 edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette when he agreed to speak at the 22nd annual reunion of his former Civil War regiment. He died at the age of 70 on Feb. 23, 1917, with interment in Homestead Cemetery in Munhall. A death notice in the Pittsburgh Press asked newspapers in Cleveland and Alliance, Ohio to copy and publish. Isabella lived for another more than a quarter of a century and spent her final years in Dormont. She passed away at the age of 93 on March 8, 1943 in the home of her son John in Dormont. An obituary was printed in the Post-Gazette.

  • Grandson Charles E. Beltz (1870-1939) was born on May 18, 1870 in Lonaconing, Allegany County, MD. On July 24, 1895, in nuptials held in Allegheny, PA, he wedded Laura Talbott (1872-1937), a West Virginia native and the daughter of Benjamin F. and Mary V. (Enochs) Talbott. They produced these known offspring, William Henry Beltz, Frank Beltz, Harry Beltz, Helen Beltz, Charles Edwin Beltz, Isabella Beltz and Madeleine Virginia Leopard. Sadly, the two older daughters died young, Helen on Jan. 27, 1903 at age 38 days and Isabella in 1918 at age 10. Charles was a longtime railroad engineer with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Eventually they moved to California and made a home in San Bernardino, San Bernardino County. Laura succumbed at the age of 64 on April 21, 1937. Charles only lived for two more years and diedon Oct. 14, 1939 at the age of 69. Burial was in Mountain View Cemetery.
  • Grandson John D. Beltz   ( ? - ? ) is believed to have lived in Callerey, Butler County, PA in 1913. Circa 1917, he was employed as trainmaster of the Pittsburgh Division of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. He later resided in Dormont, near Pittsburgh, circa 1943.
  • Grandson George Francis Beltz (1883-1913) was born on Sept. 12, 1883 in Canton, Stark County, OH. As a young man, he obtained employment as a railroad brakeman and lived in Hazelwood and later at 5221 Second Avenue in Glenwood. Employed as a passenger brakeman with the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad, he was a member of the Joppa lodge of the Masons and the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen No. 321. He married Elizabeth O'Shea (May 28, 1884-1958), a native of Braddock near Pittsburgh, and the daughter of Cornelius and Anna (Fitzpatrick) O'Shea. They had one known son, Arthur Joseph Beltz. Tragically, while traveling between Enon Valley and Petersburg, PA, George was critically injured when he was thrown from a moving automobile and was rushed to Pittsburgh's Mercy Hospital. With a fractured skull, septic meningitis quickly set in and he died four days later at the age of 29 on July 19, 1913. A death notice was published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His friend Charles P. Neff also lost his life in the same accident. George rests in Homestead Cemetery in Munhall. Elizabeth lived for many more years and made a home with her son in Stockdale, Washington County. She endured further heartache when her son Arthur, unemployed at age 36, died of pulmonary tuberculosis on Dec. 1, 1940, with burial in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Lawrenceville. Elizabeth spent her final years at 2112 Sidney Street in Pittsburgh. Stricken by a cerebral hemorrhage, she was admitted to St. Joseph's Hospital in early August 1958 and died two weeks later on Aug. 18, 1958. She is interred in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery. Helen Lohstoeter of 119 North Aiken Avenue signed the death certificate.

Son William K. Beltz (1857- ? ) was born in about 1857. Nothing more is known.

Daughter Hannah Elizabeth Beltz (1858-1948) was born on March 13, 1858 in Buffalo Mills, Bedford County. In about 1879 or 1880, she was united in wedlock with a cousin, Daniel E. Comp (Dec. 13, 1858-1953), son of Samuel and Lucy Comp of Somerset County. They were the parents of Louetta Kensinger. In 1892, they left Bedford County and relocated to a new home in rural Barberton, Summit County, OH, where they remained for the next 56 years. Daniel earned a living as a self-employed building contractor. He also was active in local politics and circa 1901 ran for the elected position of councilman in Barberton. Their address in the 1940s was along the Hametown-Richfield Road. Hannah was felled by a cerebral hemorrhage and died at the age of 89 on Jan. 27, 1948. Interment was in Lakewood Cemetery in Akron. Daniel lived for another five years as a widower. The last three of those years was in the Summit Nursing Home in Akron. He died there from the effects of hypertension and heart disease on Jan. 28, 1953. A death notice in the Akron Beacon Journal said that Rev. H.H. Creager officiated at the funeral service. Olen Comp was the informant for the death certificate.

Son Lewis Valentine Beltz (1860- ? ) was born on May 4, 1860 in Bedford County, PA. At age 20, in 1880, he lived with his parents and helped on the family farm. He eventually married Mary E. Hillegass (April 15, 1859-1941), daughter of Jacob and Catherine (Suters) Hillegas of New Buena Vista, Bedford County. Circa 1905, they left Buffalo Mills and relocated to a farm near Lima, Stark County, OH, where he spent the remaining years of their lives. Mary was burdened for several decades with heart disease. After breaking her hip in July 1941, her health plunged and she died at the age of 82 on Oct. 8, 1941. In the early 1950s, he made a home on the Limaville-New Baltimore Road. Sadly, suffering from heart disease and cancer of the nose, Lewis died at the age of 91 on May 27, 1951. His remains were placed into repose in Fairmount Memorial Park in Alliance, OH.

Son John Beltz (1863- ? ) was born in about 1863. He appears to have been deceased by 1904, but this is not confirmed.

Son Adam Beltz (1869- ? ) was born in about 1869. In 1904, when he would have been age 45, he lived in Buffalo, NY. That year, with his father's health in decline, he returned home to see him one final time. After returning to Buffalo, he received word of his father's death, but could not arrange to attend the funeral service.

Son Solomon Elmer Beltz (1869-1946) was born on Nov. 7, 1869 in Dry Ridge, Bedford County. He was joined in marriage with Emma Belle Hyde (Sept. 22, 1874-1922), daughter of Emanuel and Margaret (Hillegass) Hyde of Bedford County. In about 1903, they relocated to Lima, Stark County, OH where they spent the balance of their lives. Solomon earned a living as a grocery store clerk. The Grim Reaper cut away Emma Belle at the age of 47 on June 8, 1922 due to intestinal tuberculosis. The widowed Solomon lived on Jefferson Street in the mid-1940s. Solomon was felled by a cerebral hemorrhage and died a week later on May 6, 1946. Floyd Beltz of Lima signed the official Ohio certificate of death. Burial was with his bride in Limaville Cemetery.

 

~ Daughter Hannah (Comp) Diehl ~

Daughter Hannah Comp (1840-1909) was born on Dec. 13, 1840. She may also have used the name "Ada."

Circa 1860, when she would have been age 19, she was united in holy matrmony with Adam Diehl (July 21, 1838-1910) of Juniata Township.

The couple produced 10 children. The known names were Julia Ann England, Cornelius A. Diehl, Hannah Hillegass, Bertha Diehl, William Irvin Diehl and George A.C. Diehl.

Sadness blanketed the family when son George died at the age of 16 on Oct. 10, 1894. His remains were lowered in the soil in Trinity United Church of Christ Cemetery. He was one of five of the children to die while their parents were still alive.

Circa 1904, the Diehls are thought to have made a residence in New Buena Vista, Bedford County.

Hannah died at the age of 68 on June 11, 1909. Burial was in Dry Ridge, also known as Trinity United Church of Christ Cemetery in Juniata Township, Bedford County, with Rev. C. Gumbert and Rev. C.W. Warlick co-officiating. [Find-a-Grave] The Bedford Gazette said in an obituary that "To all appearances she seemed better, when all of a sudden the Death Angel came and she was no more. Mrs. Diehl was the mother of six children, one of whom preceded her to the spirit world some years ago." The Pennsylvania death certificate lists her father as "Jacob Comp" and her mother, curiously, as "Mary Leydig."

Adam survived his wife by about a year-and-a-half. He succumbed at the age of 72 three days after Christmas 1910. The Gazette obituary noted that he was survived by nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren as well as siblings Andrew Diehl, Solomon Diehl, Cornelius Diehl, Samuel Diehl, George Diehl and Mrs. Philip Turner. Funeral services were held on New Year's Eve day by Rev. Dr. Emmet M. Adair of the Sulphur Springs Reformed Church.

Daughter Julia Ann Diehl (1860-1930) was born on Aug. 18, 1860 in Harrison Township, Bedford County. She married D.P. England ( ? - ? ). They produced at least three children, Harvey E. England, Mrs. W.L. Dahl and Carrie England. Julia Ann was "a well known and highly respected citizen," said the Bedford Gazette. Their home in 1911 was in Friend's Cove, Bedford County and they were members of the Reformed Church. Said the Gazette in 1930, "She made her home in Friend's Cove until about 8 years ago when they moved to Rainsburg where they resided until about a year ago when she was taken ill and she with her husband moved to Bedford with their son." Julia Ann died on Aug. 1930. Funeral services were held at the Trinity Reformed Church in Friend's Cove, with Rev. R.R. Jones preaching the funeral sermon.

  • Grandson Harvey England lived on East Penn Street in Bedford in 1930.
  • Granddaughter (?) England married W.L. Dahl. Their home in 1930 was in Meyersdale, Somerset County.
  • Granddaughter Carrie England dwelled in Somerset, Somerset County in 1930.

 

The heart of Meyersdale, PA

 

Son Cornelius A. Diehl (1872-1937) was born in 1872 in Bedford County. He married (?). their two daughters were Mrs. Homer Baer and Mrs. Frank Mills. The Diehls resided in 1911 in Friend's Cove, Bedford County. Later, they moved to Meyersdale, Somerset County, where Cornelius operated a grocery and a restaurant. He endured a long illness and succumbed at the age of 65 on Nov. 30, 1937. Rev. Dr. Blanchard A. Black, of the Amity Evangelical and Reformed Church, led the funeral service. Burial was in Union Cemetery, with an obituary appearing in the Cumberland Evening Times.

Daughter Hannah Diehl ( ? - ? ) was born on (?). On Jan. 5, 1905, she wedded Harry Hillegass ( ? - ? ), son of Sarah Hillegass of Windber. Their nuptials were held in Manns Choice, Bedford County, officiated by Rev. Warlick. They lived in New Buena Vista, Bedford County and produced one son, Walter W. Hillegass. For 26 years, Harry was an electrical truck driver for the Kelly Springfield Tire Company. When Hannah became an invalid in about 1915, Harry devoted much of his time to her care. Their address in 1955 was 456 Pennsylvania Avenue in Cumberland. The couple marked their golden wedding anniversary in January 1955 with a family dinner held at the home of their son. Among the guests, said the Cumberland (MD) News, were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Darnley, Edith Darnley, David Lichty, and Mr. and Mrs. Harvey England of Bedford.

Daughter Bertha Diehl ( ? - ? ) lived at home with her widowed father in 1910-1911. She married Robert Darnley ( ? - ? ) before 1930 and moved to Cumberland, MD. In 1948, their address was 40 Humbird Street in Cumberland.

Son William Irvin Diehl (1867-1948) was born on May 25 or 26, 1867 in Bedford County. He never married. He resided in Bedford County and belonged to St. Mark's Church. He was at home with his father in 1911. In younger adulthood, he worked as a trackman at Manns Choice for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Then by 1910 he moved to Cumberland, MD, where he boarded with his sister Hannah Hillegass and was a two-decade employee of the Kelly-Springfield Tire Company, operating an elevator, retiring in about 1940. While in the Hillegass home in Cumberland on Jan. 3, 1948, William suffered a fatal heart attack and died. The Cumberland Evening Times noted that Rev. Carl H. Clapp, of St. Mark's Church, preached the funeral sermon. Burial was in Dry Ridge Reformed Cemetery, known in more recent times as Trinity United Church of Christ Cemetery near Buffalo Mills.

 

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We are grateful for records provided by Gilbert R. Gaumer of Glendale, MO (compiled 1973-1980), Paul K. Gaumer and Mary L. Shirer in the preparation of this biography.

The Gaumer and Hoyman clans are profiled in the 486-page book Some Notes, Quotes, and Quips of the Hoyman Clan and Related Lines, authored by David LeRoy Baldwin and published by Gateway Press in 1993.

 

Copyright 2000, 2011, 2015-2018 Mark A. Miner

Contributing their knowledge to this biography have been the late Gilbert R. Gaumer, Barbara (Moss) Wardsworth and Keith Sturts. German Reformed Church illustration courtesy Library of Congress.