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Marietta (Wetzel) Conrad
(1823-1898)

 

Marietta (Wetzel) Conrad was born on Dec. 11, 1823, the daughter of Johan "Peter" and Anna Margaretha (Gaumer) Wetzel.

She wedded widower Elijah "Elias" Conrad (July 8, 1817-1889). Evidence suggests that Elijah had been married previously, to Katie Moyer, and brought a son to the second union, William M. Conrad. Prior to Marietta's marriage to Elijah, the 1850 U.S. Census shows him at age 33 heading a household with no wife but rather with four-year-old son William in addition to David and Susanna Conrad and their infant son Daniel.

Marietta and Daniel went on to produce three known sons -- Daniel Conrad, Charles Conrad and Alfred Wetzel Conrad.

In 1860, when the federal census enumeration was made, they dwelled in Longswamp Township, Berks County, with Elijah earning a living as a laborer. In 1870, now living in Bernville, Berks County, they were farmers. Elijah worked as a carpenter circa 1880.

At the age of 72, Elijah died on Nov. 13, 1889.

Marietta passed away at the age of 74 on Aug. 11, 1898. Burial was beside or near her husband in Huffs Unon Church Cemetery in Berks County. Their grave markers are inscribed in German. [Find-a-Grave]

 

~ Stepson William Moyer Conrad ~

Stepson William Moyer Conrad (1846-1928) was born on Jan. 5, 1846 in Berks County. At the age of 24, unmarried, he lived with his father and stepmother in Bernville, Berks County. For decades, he labored as a shoemaker.

He eventually married Rebecca Romig (Sept. 3, 1856-1942), daughter of John and Esther (Frederick) Romig of Longswamp, Berks County. The couple made a residence near Huff's Church and were members of the Lutheran congregation of the church.

They are believed to have borne these children -- Elsie Edna Conrad, Robert Conrad, Annie Eschbach, Margaret Stover, Emma Gerhart, Blanche Rhoda Engle, Meda Collins and Alma Conrad. Another of their offspring died of scarlet fever in Jan. 1890.

They moved in about 1904 to East Greenville, Montgomery County, where they remained for good.

Suffering from chronic kidney disease and hardening of the arteries, William died on May 7, 1928 at the age of 82. Burial was in Huffs Church Cemetery.

Rebecca lived for another 14 years in widowhood and endured the untimely deaths of her 35-year-old single daughter Elsie and married daughters Annie Conrad and Blanche Engle. Rebecca succumbed on Nov. 29, 1942. Her remains were interred in Huff's Church Cemetery, with Rev. William F. Bond officiating. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call numbered her offspring at 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

Daughter Annie L. Conrad (1873-1934) was born on July 9, 1873. She married William Eschbach ( ? - ? ), also at times spelled "Eshbach." They lived in Palm, Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County, PA. The couple produced these children -- Fred Eschbach, Harry Eschbach, Paul Eschbach, Mrs. Henry Miller and Mrs. Elmer Stahl. During the Christmas season of 1934, when she was age 61, Annie was diagnosed with inflammation of the colon and small intestine, known as "enterocolitis." Her body gave way to death on New Year's Eve 1934. Funeral services were held in the Bethany Evangelical Christian Church in Clayton, PA, followed by burial in the church cemetery, with Rev. J.K. Bergman officiating. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call numbered her survivors as 17 grandchildren.

Daughter Margaret Conrad (1884-1962) was born on April 12, 1884. She wedded Henry S. Stover ( ? - ? ). Their home in 1931-1962 was in Philadelphia, with an address in the 1960s of 7027 Forrest Avenue. Margaret died at the age of 77 on March 27, 1962. Albert H. Stover of Merchantville, PA signed the death certificate. Burial was in White Marsh Memorial Cemetery.

Daughter Emma Mantana Conrad (1888-1956) was born on Feb. 15, 1888 at Huff's Church, Berks County. She was joined in marriage with William Gerhart ( ? - ? ). Their residence circa 1931-1932 was in East Greenville. The widowed Emma made her final home for 16 years in rural Upper Providence, Montgomery County, at the corner of Second Avenue and Old State Road. At the age of 68, stricken with cancer of the left breast, she died on April 1, 1956. Mary R. Stahl of the residence signed the Pennsylvania certificate of death. Interment was in Upper Milford Cemetery.

 

Huff's Union Church, Hereford Twp., 1960
Courtesy Historical Souvenir of the Huff's Union Church

Daughter Meda H. Conrad (1890-1950) was born on Jan. 14, 1890 in District Township, Berks County. She married Joseph L. Collins ( ? - ? ). The couple did not reproduce and eventually separated. Her home in 1931-1932 was in East Greenville and in 1950 at the address of 110 Main Street, living with her sister Alma. She supported herself as a sewing machine operator for a leather goods business. Over the decades, Meda belonged to Huff's Reformed Church, also known as Huff's Union Church in Hereford Township, Berks County. In about 1945, she began to suffer from a bone disease which caused deformation of the skull and a type of psychosis. As a patient in Norristown State Hospital for the last 10 months of her life, Meda passed into eternity on Oct. 26, 1950. Burial was in St. Mark's Union Cemetery in Pennsburg, Montgomery County. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call hinted that her husband was still living.

Daughter Blanche Rhoda Conrad (1894-1932) was born on Jan. 9, 1894. She was united in wedlock with Russell S. Engle ( ? - ? ). The couple dwelled in East Greenville, Montgomery County at the address of 106 Main Street. They were the parents of an only son, Ralph Engle. For a decade, Blanche endured a lingering case of tuberculosis. Her health took a steep decline in the first month of 1932, and she died just 18 days after her 38th birthday, on Jan. 27, 1932. Her remains were lowered into repose in Pennsburg Reformed Church Cemetery, following funeral services preached by Rev. Slifer. An obituary was published in the Allentown Morning Call.

Daughter Elsie Edna Conrad (1895-1931) was born on Dec. 5, 1895. She never married and spent her adult years in East Greenville, Montgomery County. Sadly, she contracted pulmonary tuberculosis in late 1929. She endured the illness for two years and died at the age of 35 on Oct. 18, 1931. The Allentown Morning Call printed an obituary. Following funeral services held in her mother's home and then at the church, burial was in Huff's Church Cemetery.

Son Robert Conrad ( ? - ? ) resided in East Greenville in 1931-1942 and was still living circa 1950.

Daughter Alma Conrad ( ? - ? ) was unmarried and was in East Greenville in 1931-1942.

 

~ Son Daniel W. Conrad ~

Son Daniel W. Conrad (1853-1919) was born on Jan. 16, 1853. As with his elder brother William, he learned the trade of shoemaking.

He wedded Emma S. Carl (Sept. 7, 1857-1934).

Their two known children were Franklin Conrad and Clara Conrad.

The young family lived in the household of Daniel's parents in 1880. Then in about 1904, they relocated to East Greenville, Montgomery County, PA. Daniel earned a living as a laborer.

Just three days after his 66th birthday, stricken with kidney failure, he died on Jan. 19, 1919. Florence Thomas of East Greenville signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Burial was in Huffs Union Church Cemetery.

Emma outlived her husband by 15 years, living at 110 Main Street. At the age of 86, suffering from acute heart disease, she joined him in death on April 13, 1934. Alma Conrad was the informant for the death certificate.

Son Franklin Conrad (1876- ? ) was born in about 1876.

Daughter Clara Conrad (1877- ? ) was born in about 1877.

 

~ Son Charles W. Conrad ~

Son Charles W. Conrad (1856-1934) was born on Sept. 18, 1856 in Berks County.

He was joined in holy matrimony with Priscilla Krauss (June 21, 1857-1926), daughter of Henry and Christiana (Schultz) Krauss. They made a home in Pennsburg, Montgomery County, PA.

The couple bore these offspring -- John Conrad, Harvey Conrad, Charles Conrad, Martha Fegley, Ella Zern and Christianna Moyer Roth.

Sadly, burdened for two years with chronic kidney disease, the 69-year-old Priscilla was swept away by death on June 6, 1926. Funeral services were held in the Conrad residence and in the Pennsburg Reformed Church, with burial following in the church graveyeard. An obituary published in the Allentown Morning Call noted that among her survivors were her sisters Mrs. Samuel Radeliff of Schwenksville, Mrs. Jacob Wagner of Lansdale and Mrs. Susan Jacob of Zionsville.

Charles outlived his bride by eight years. Stricken with prostate cancer, the widowed, 77-year-old Charles passed away on July 8, 1934. His remains were placed into repose in Pennsburg Reformed Church Cemetery. An obituary appeared in the Pottstown (PA) Mercury. Elmer Fegley of Pennsburg was the informant for the Pennsylvania death certificate.

Son John M. Conrad (1881-1965) was born on Nov. 4, 1881. He married Catherine "Katie" Welker (June 12, 1884-1928), daughter of Hiram and Maria (Druckenmiller) Welke of Pennsburgr. They were longtime farmers. Their children were Ida Roeder (Rader), Emma C. Pfrommer, Sallie Mumbauer and Stanley J. Conrad. They lived in Pennsburg, Upper Hanover Township for years. The family was cleaved apart on Aug. 13, 1928 when the 44-year-old Katie, suffering from cirrhosis of the liver and lung and heart failure, died in Allentown Hospital. Interment was in Pennsburg Reformed Church Cemetery. Further heartache blanketed this family eight years later when 26-year-old married daughter Sallie Conrad died on Aug. 27, 1936. Their home in the 1960s was in Red Hill Hotel, Red Hill, Montgomery County. At the age of 84, he suffered a heart attack and passed away in the hotel  three days after Christmas 1965. Burial was in New Goshenhoppen Cemetery in East Greenville. Son Stanley signed the death certificate.

Son Harvey J. Conrad (1892-1959) was born on July 19, 1892 in New Hanover Township. He resided in Pennsburg and Bechtelsville for decades and was employed by Bethlehem Steel. He also was a member of the East Greenville Castle of the Knights of Golden Eagles, holding the office of noble chief. In early 1957, his health in decline due to bronchial asthma and heart disease, he became a resident of the Eastern Mennonite Home in Franconia, Montgomery County. He was felled by a heart attack and died suddenly on July 25, 1959, at the age of 67. His remains were lowered into rest in Perkiomenville Mennonite Cemetery in Montgomery County. Son Harvey Conrad Jr., of 110 South Franklin Street in Pottstown, was the informant for the certificate of death.

Son Charles Conrad ( ? - ? ) dwelled in the 1920s in East Greenville. He may have been deceased by 1934.

Daughter Martha K. Conrad (1886-1948) was born on Oct. 20, 1886 in Pennsburg. She married Elmer F. Fegley ( ? - ? ). They made a home at 102 Quakertown Avenue in Pennsburg and bore these children -- Ernest Fegley, Elmer Fegley, Bertha Sweisford, Verna Keller and Vincent Fegley. Sadly, having contracted colon cancer, Martha underwent resection surgery in July 1947. She lived for another 16 months and was swept away by the Grim Reaper on Nov. 16, 1948, just 26 days after her 62nd birthday. Interment was in Pennsburg Reformed Church Cemetery. The Allentown Morning Call reported in an obituary that her survivors included 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Daughter Ella K. Conrad (1889-1977) was born on Feb. 19, 1889. She wedded Charles Zern ( ? - ? ). Their residence in the 1920s was in Pennsburg. By 1934, they had relocated to Jamaica, NY. Then by 1965, they had moved again to San Diego, CA. Charles may have passed away on May 17, 1969. Ella died in San Diego on June 24, 1977.

Daughter Christianna Conrad ( ? - ? ) was united in matrimony with Moses Moyer (April 14, 1887-1938), son of Charles Moyer. They produced a son, Harvey Moyer. They lived in 1926 in Bethlehem, PA and in 1934 in Allentown. Moses earned a living over the years as a serviceman at a gasoline filling station. Their address in 1938 was 516 Auburn Street in Allentown. Sadly, Moses contracted heart and lung failure. He passed away from their effects at the age of 51 on Sept. 23, 1938. Burial was in Union Cemetery in Bally, Berks County. Christianna then wedded Stacey Roth ( ? - ? ) and made a home at 416 North Lumber Street.

 

~ Son Alfred Wetzel Conrad ~

Son Alfred Wetzel Conrad (1860-1927) was born on May 23, 1860. At the age of 20, in 1880, he was single and lived at home, working as a laborer.

He married Mary Ann Hartman (1868-1927).

They were the parents of Frederick Abraham Conrad and Elsie Krauss.

The family lived in Palm, Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County.

Mary Ann died at the age of 58 on Jan. 30, 1927.

Alfred only outlived her by less than a year. At the age of 67, he succumbed on Nov. 13, 1927. They rest for eternity in Huffs Church Cemetery in Berks County.

Son Frederick Abraham Conrad (1887-1960) was born on May 17, 1887 in Hereford Township, Berks County. He was united in matrimony with Stella J. Fetterman ( ? -1975), daughter of Oscar and Ida J. (Frey) Fetterman of Upper Milford Township. They bore one daughter, Ruth Herrick. Frederick earned income during his working career as a laborer, while Stella worked as a glove sewer for more than 40 years for Palm Glove Factory, retiring in 1953. They were members of Palm Schwenkfelder Church. At the age of 73, having suffered for two years with a kidney infection, he died on Nov. 2, 1960. Burial was in Palm-Schwenkfelder Cemetery. Stella lived for another 15 years and made a home in Wescosville. She passed away on May 25, 1975. An obituary ran in the Allentown Morning Call. Daughter Ruth married Dr. Carleton S. Herrick and made a home in 1975 in Wescosville.

Daughter Elsie Conrad ( ? -1967) was born on (?) in Palm, Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County. In about 1915, she wedded Elmer K. Krauss ( ? -1969), son of Milton Y. and Mary S. (Kurtz) Krauss, also of Palm. The couple did not reproduce. For 45 years, Elmer served as U.S. Postmaster, operating from the general store in Palm. He also was a director of the East Greenville Savings and Loan Association. She belonged to Huff's United Church of Christ, and he to the Palm Schwenkfelder Church, where he held the position of church councilman for half a century. Elsie died at home on April 5, 1967 at the age of 74, with an obituary published in the Allentown Morning Call. Interment was in Palm-Schwenkfelder Cemetery. Elmer joined his wife in death on Aug. 8, 1969.

 

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