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

 

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

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." 

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 may be the same "Jacob" and "Betsy" Comp who dwelled in Harrison Township, Bedford County, PA in 1850 with these nine children -- John Comp, Solomon Comp, Samuel Comp, Jacob Comp Jr., Adam Comp, Sarah Lepley, Catherine Ann "Caty" Comp, Matilda Comp and Hannah Comp. 

The Comps remained in Harrison Township circa 1860 when the federal census again was taken. That year, they were next-door neighbors to their son and daughter-in-law, Samuel and Lucy Comp.

Jacob is believed to have died in 1873 at the age of about 79.

Evidence suggests that Elizabeth outlived her spouse by a decade and succumbed in 1883.

 

~ Daughter Sarah (Comp) Lepley ~

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

She married (?) Lepley ( ? - ? ).

They dwelled in Southampton Township, Somerset County.

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.

 

Wellersburg, early 1900s

 

~ Son John Comp ~

Son John Comp (1825- ? ) was born in about 1825.

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

He 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. If this is so, he had a son, George A. Comp, who settled on a farm near West End, "on a farm that was formerly a part of the Statler estate."

 

~ Son Solomon Comp ~

Son Solomon Comp (1834?- ? ) was born in about 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, and likely more -- Jacob A. Comp.

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

Son Jacob A. Comp (1859- ? ) was born in about 1859.

 

~ Son Samuel Comp ~

Son Samuel Comp (1836?- ? ) was born in about 1836.

He may have dwelled in Harrison Township, Bedford County and married Lucy A. (?).

If so, they produced two known sons -- John W. Comp and Daniel E. Comp.

Presumed son John W. Comp (1856- ? ) was born in about 1856.

Presumed son Daniel E. Comp (1858- ? ) was born in about 1858.

 

~ Son Jacob Comp ~

Son Jacob Comp Jr. (1839?- ? ) may have been born in about 1839.

In 1870, 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.

 

~ Son Adam Comp ~

Son Adam A. Comp (1843?-1936) may have been born in May 1843.

During the Civil War, Adam is believed to have served in the Union Army as a member of the 82nd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C. He joined the army in July 1864 and received his discharge in October 1865.

In April 1892, living in Cumberland, Allegany County, MD, 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.

Evidence suggests that Adam was married twice. His first spouse is believed to have been Amanda (?) (Dec. 1846- ? ). They were united in matrimony in about 1869.

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

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

Later, Adam married Edith J. Carl (1878-1963), daughter of Daniel M. and Annie (Sprinkle) Carl of Hancock, MD. They did not reproduce.

He passed away in 1936.

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 ~

Daughter Matilda Comp (1833?- ? ) was born in about 1833.

 

~ Daughter Hannah Comp ~

Daughter Hannah Comp (1840?- ? ) may have been born in about 1840.

 

~ More ~

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.