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Barbara Jean (Younkin) Swarner
(1846-1920)

 

 

Rockwood IOOF Cemetery

Barbara Jean (Younkin) Swarner was born on July 15, 1846, near Kingwood, Somerset County, PA, the daughter of Frederick F. and Sarah (Faidley) Younkin.

She wed Henry S. Swarner (1848-1911), son of Adam and Polly (Marker) Swarner -- or possibly of Henry and Betsy (Enos) Swarner.

Their six children were John H. Swarner, Salome Snyder, Cora Etta Younkin, Ella Vought (Vough), Sarah J. "Sadie" Blubaugh and Susan Wiltrout.

During the Civil War, in June 1863, Henry responded to President Lincoln's call for men to voluntarily join the Union Army and serve for six months. He apparently mustered into the service at a recruiting station at New Centerville. He was assigned to the 1st Battery of the Pennsylvania Light Artillery, Company H, an independent organization of local soldiers known as Capt. William M. Schrock's company. Other Younkin relatives who were members of the company were John Enos (family of Mary Ann [Younkin] Phillippi, George Cunningham (of the family of Barbara [Younkin] King, Jacob J. Rush (family of Frederick Dull) and Harmon Younkin.

The regiment had no weapons, so it remained in camp until July 6, 1863, when it moved to Berlin, Somerset County and drilled there, quartering in a vacant house on East Diamond Street. After a few days there, the company was ordered to Huntington, PA to provide provost duty. The company then was transferred in mid-September to Chambersburg and Gettysburg, PA, where it guarded field hospitals until late October. Henry received his discharge from that regiment in October 1863.

 

Rockwood Odd Fellows Cemetery

Then, in February 1864, he enlisted again, in the 61st Pennsylvania Infantry, Company B. He remained until discharge in July 1865 following the war's completion. More about his service will be added here when learned.

Shortly after their marriage, Barbara and Henry migrated to Clay County, Kansas, following other family and friends who had ventured there as pioneers. 

While in Kansas, Henry applied for an invalid soldier's pension from the federal government. It was awarded to him on Nov. 14, 1887. [Invalid App. #629015 - Cert. #582.458]

Later, the Swarners returned to their old home of Rockwood, where Henry resumed farming, and eventually retired from the occupation. Circa 1890, when a special census of Civil War veterans was taken, they made their residence in Casselman.

 

Barbara's obituary, 1920

Circa 1894, Henry served as a supervisor of Black Township. 

Henry suffered a stroke of paralysis and passed away at the age of 63 on April 19, 1911. He was laid to rest in the IOOF Cemetery in Rockwood, and Jacob Marker of Rockwood was the informant for his death certificate.

Barbara survived her husband by nine years. She began receiving Henry's monthly pension payments on April 28, 1911. [Widow App. #963.884 - Ceret. #726.817]

She was felled by a stroke and died at her residence in South Rockwood at the age of 73 on May 7, 1920. Interment was in the Rockwood Odd Fellows Cemetery. A local newspaper noted that "The family resided in Black township for many years, and also spent several years in the west.... There are also several daughters living in the west."

 

A rare bird's eye view of bustling Rockwood

 

~ Daughter Salome (Swarner) Snyder ~

Daughter Salome Swarner (1871-1955) was born on Feb. 13, 1871 in Black Township near Rockwood, Somerset County.

She married David W. Snyder ( ? - ? ). They made their residence in rural Milford Township near Rockwood.

They had at least two children, Edna Speicher and Lloyd Snyder.

Salome suffered from hardening of the cerebral arteries for the last five years of her life. Having fallen and fractured her left hip, she was admitted for treatment to Somerset Community Hospital in mid-August 1955. Sadly, at the age of 84, and after two weeks in the hospital, she suffered a heart attack and died on Aug. 28, 1955. Interment was in the Rockwood Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Daughter Edna G. Snyder (1893-1974) was born on April 23, 1893 in Black Township. In about 1919, she married Clyde E. Speicher (1897-1982), a native of Lincoln Township and the son of Morris W. and Cora (Hemminger) Speicher. Clyde was a veteran of World War I and went on to a lifetime of farming. Edna was a member of the World War I Auxiliary, Milford Grange, Kingwood Rebekah Lodge and Messiah Lutheran Church in New Centerville, where she was active with the Faithful Bible Class. Clyde was a Milford Township Republican Committeeman and a member of the American Legion, World War I Veterans of Somerset County, the Kingwood Odd Fellows Lodge and the Eagles Lodge. They had three children -- Dorothy Stahl, Mary Jane Reiman and a son who died in infancy. In her final years, Edna made her home with her married daughter Dorothy Stahl in Somerset. She died at their home at the ae of 81 on Nov. 23, 1974. In an obituary, the Meyersdale Republic noted that "Her passing ends a marriage union of 55 years." Burial was in the Rockwood Odd Fellows Cemetery, with Rev. Herbert G. Hohman leading the funeral service. Clyde survived for another eight years as a widower. He died on Feb. 9, 1982 in Altoona Veterans Hospital. Rev. Herbert Schimpf preached the funeral sermon, followed by burial in the Rockwood IOOF Cemetery.

  • Granddaughter Dorothy Speicher married William Stahl. In 1974, their home was in Somerset.
  • Granddaughter Mary Jane Speicher was born in (?). In about 1952, she was wedded to Clair M. Reiman (1927-1996), son of Clarence E. and Blanche (Knepper) Reiman of Somerset. They remained together for 44 years and dwelled for decades in Berlin, Somerset County. Their children were Gerald Reiman, Marsha Grossman and Dennis Reiman. Sadly, son Gerald died in infancy. The Reimans were longtime farmers in Stonycreek Township. They were members of the Brothersvalley Church of the Brethren, with Clair volunteering as a deacon. He also was chairman of the Pike Cemetery board of directors, member of the National and State Holstein Association for four decades, a member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and a board director of Farm Credit. Clair passed into eternity at the age of 68 on Feb. 5, 1996 at Somerset Hospital. His remains were placed into repose  in Pike Cemetery in Brotherton, following funeral services led by Rev. Timothy E. Resh and Rev. Owen Preston. An obituary was published in the Somerset Daily American.

Son Lloyd M. Snyder (1899-1984) was born on May 2, 1899 in Black Township near Rockwood. He was twice joined in holy matrimony. Eva Edna Weimer was his first bride ( ? -1937). They lived in the outskirts of Rockwood and are believed to have produced these 11 known children -- Marie Gross, Harold Snyder, Homer Snyder, Myrna Landis Keyes, Lester Snyder, Lloyd M. Snyder Jr., Cleda Brant, Blanche Sanner, Elaine Brugh, Nelda Fox and Shirley Shultz. Heartbreak shook the family when Eva Edna died on May 21, 1937. After six years alone, Lloyd in 1943 married a second time to Edna Mosholder ( ? - ? ). Their marriage lasted for 41 years. Lloyd and Edna were longtime farmers in Black Township and were members of St. Luke's Lutheran Church. Lloyd was a longtime member of the Tri-County Horse and Mule Association. Sadness again swept over the family at the death of their son Homer in 1980. Lloyd succumbed to death on Nov. 23, 1984 in Somerset Community Hospital at the age of 85. Burial was in the Rockwood IOOF Cemetery, with Rev. James Roth leading the service.

  • Granddaughter Marie Snyder (1920-1987) was born on Feb. 3, 1920 in Black Township. She was united in holy wedlock with Philip K. Gross ( ? - ? ). Their only son was Philip R. Gross. They resided in Somerset and were members of the Messiah Lutheran Church in New Centerville. Marie was admitted to Lee Hospital in Johnstown, Cambria County, PA where she died at the age of 67 on March 20, 1987. An obituary in the Somerset Daily American noted that Pastor Greg Pile would officiate at the funeral in the family church, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
  • Grandson Harold Snyder (1921-1996) was born on April 17, 1921 in Black Township. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army. At the age of 28, in about 1949, he was wedded to Pauline Smith ( ? - ? ). Their only known son was Ronald Snyder. The family dwelled in Rockwood and were members of  St. Luke's Lutheran Church. Harold was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Association, Rockwood American Legion and Pittsburgh Piledriver's Union, where he belonged for three decades. Harold entered eternity at the age of 75 on Nov. 3, 1996. Following funeral services held at the family church, he was laid to rest in Rockwood IOOF Cemetery, with Rev. George Mason officiating. An obituary appeared in the Somerset Daily American.
  • Grandson Homer Snyder (1924-1980) was born on Nov. 26, 1924 in Black Township. He was age 13 when his mother died. Homer apparently never married. He lived in outside of Rockwood and attended the Grace United Methodist Church in Somerset. Homer died in Somerset Community Hospital at the age of 55 on Jan. 25, 1980. Rev. Clarence C. Moore officiated at the funeral, followed by burial in the Rockwood IOOF Cemetery. An obituary was printed in the Meyersdale Republic.
  • Granddaughter Myrna Snyder (1926-2001) was born on Sept. 19, 1926 in Rockwood. She was twice married. Her first spouse was Ernest Landis ( ? - ? ). Their children were Charles David Landis, Terry Landis and Roseanna Petty. Her second husband was Charles "Muff" Keyes. She moved to Ohio and in the 1970s lived in Franklin Furnace, OH. Myrna died at the age of 74 on Valentine's Day 2001 in Woodland Oaks Nursing Home in Ashland, KY. burial was in Woodland Cemetery in Ironton, OH. An obituary was printed in her hometown newspaper, the Somerset Daily American.
  • Grandson Lester Snyder ( ? - ? ) lived in Somerset.
  • Grandson Lloyd M. Snyder Jr. ( ? - ? ) made his home in Rockwood.
  • Granddaughter Cleda Snyder was joined in wedlock with (?) Brant. They dwelled in 1984 in Saxonburg, PA. Nothing more is known.
  • Granddaughter Blanche Snyder was united in matrimony with Robert Sanner. Their home in 1974 was in Meyersdale, Somerset County. Nothing more is known.
  • Granddaughter Elaine Snyder married Lynn Brugh. The couple lived in Rockwood.
  • Granddaughter Nelda Snyder was born in (?). In about 1953, she was wedded to Kenneth Fox (1934-1999), son of Homer E. and Lena elizabeth (Mosholder) Fox. They lived along Fox Road in Rockwood with their marriage lasting for 46 years. Their offspring were Nancy Sanner, Barbara DeVore, Carol Flannery, John H. Fox and Teresa Faidley. Kenneth made a living as a farmer and then, after retirement, was a consultant in the timber industry. Active in the community, they were members of the Victory Bible Church in Meyersdale. Kenneth was a Black Township Supervisor, member of the National Rifle Association, Rockwood School Board director and Republican Committeeman. Kenneth also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He died at home at the age of 65 on Aug. 4, 1999. Funeral services were held in a local funeral home, followed by interment in the Rockwood Odd Fellows Cemetery, with Pastor Gary Morris officiating. An obituary in the Somerset Daily American noted that his survivors included nine grandchildren.
  • Granddaughter Shirley Snyder married Harold Shultz. They made their residence in Rockwood. Nothing more about their lives is known.

 

Double obituary, YFNB, 1937

~ Daughter Cora Etta (Swarner) Younkin ~

Daughter Cora Etta Swarner (1869-1937) was born on Aug. 9, 1869 in Kingwood. 

She migrated to Kansas with her parents and siblings.

On Feb. 15, 1884, when Cora was only 14 years of age, she married a double cousin, 22-year-old Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Younkin (1861-1937), son of Frederick J. and Delilah (Faidley) Younkin. The nuptials were celebrated in Junction City, Geary County, KS. 

The couple produced seven children -- Frederick Younkin, Walter Younkin, Robert Andrew Younkin, Gladys Younkin, Frank Younkin, Hazel Younkin and Allen Younkin.

Even though Cora's parents eventually returned to their native Somerset County, Cora and Frank remained in Kansas for the balance of their lives.

Sadly, Franklin and Cora died within 44 hours of each other in Ogden, KS in 1937 -- he on Jan. 29, at the age of 75 years, four months and 28 days -- and she on Jan. 27 aged 67 years, five months and 18 days. A distant cousin living in Wichita, Grover Cleveland Younkin -- son of Thaddeus A. Younkin -- who was president of the Kansas Younkin Reunion, clipped the obituaries from a local newspaper. Grover then sent them east to Charles Arthur "Charleroi Charley" Younkin of Charleroi, PA, organizer and secretary of the Younkin National Home-coming Reunion, and publisher of the Younkin Family News Bulletin. With the clippings in hand, Charley wrote to reunion president Otto Roosevelt "Pete" Younkin in Masontown, PA: "Just to break the news of the death of two more dear old Younkins who have died quite recently in Kansas. Frank and his wife of Junction City Kan. this being a brother of Wm. L. Younkin of Kingwood Pa. They died the latter part of Jan., both died within 30 hrs. of each other, there being a double funeral, this being sent by cousin Grover of Wichita." Charley re-published their joint obituary in the Christmas 1937 issue of the family newspaper, the first edition ever published.

Son Frederick Younkin

Son Walter Younkin

Son Robert Andrew Younkin

Daughter Gladys Younkin

Son Frank Younkin

Daughter Hazel Younkin

Son Allen Younkin

~ Daughter Martha Ellen (Swarner) Vought ~

 

   

John and Ellen (Swarner) Vought Jr.

 

Daughter Martha Ellen "Ella" Swarner (1882-1915) was born on Sept. 7, 1882. She married a triple cousin, John Vought Jr. (1879-1932), son of Missouri Younkin and grandson of William "Shedrick" and Caroline (Cupp) Younkin of near Rockwood, Somerset County. (While the "t" at the end of the "Vough" name dropped away during the 20th century, the family name generally is still pronounced in Somerset County as "Vote.") 

Early in their married life, they relocated to Kansas, although they too eventually returned to Rockwood. Read more about the Voughts.

~ Son John H. Swarner ~

Son John H. Swarner (1880-1968) was born on Feb. 6, 1880 in Kansas. 

He returned to Rockwood and married Bertha Mae Cramer (1882-1953), the daughter of Henry Clay and Amanda J. (Bluebaugh) Cramer. In an ironic twist, her father in 1914 shot and killed John's cousin William H. Trimpey. 

They had five children -- Wilbur H. "Sammy" Swarner, Ferne Heinbaugh, Blanche Pyle, Melda A. Schrock and Yvonne Narad. 

In the 1930s and early '40s, their postal address was Rockwood R.F.D. John apparently was ornery, and one of his grand-nephews recalled this: 

John H. Swarner was my mother's uncle and lived next door to us in Black Twp. (south of Rockwood, on the hill across the Casselman River bridge). In my, and my parents' opinion, he was not a nice man. He planted a hedge row, with pricket like spikes, on the property line so we could not get in his yard. If a ball or other toy went into his yard I and probably my older brothers, had to wait until night when he went to bed before we could retrieve it. If he saw the object he would take it into his house and keep it. I do not remember him being in our home or any of us going into his house. I asked my mother why he was so mean. She said he had always been that way and she did not know why. She also said I was to ignore and stay away from him.

John died at the age of 88 on March 4, 1968, with burial in the Rockwood IOOF Cemetery. He was survived by 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. 

John and Bertha's great-granddaughter Diane (Hostetler) Summers has researched this family's genealogy.

 

Rockwood IOOF Cemetery

Son Wilbur H. "Sammy" Swarner (1907-1987) was born on Sept. 18, 1907 in Black Township near Rockwood. He married Julia A. Benford (1910-1983), daughter of Archie and Annie (Barclay) Benford. They lived in Rockwood and were members of the Rockwood Church of the Brethren. They had four daughters and one foster son -- Lois Jean Shaffer, Anna Mae Snyder, Wanda June Kalp, Karen Walker and Melvin Lasure. Julia died in Somerset Community Hospital at the age of 72 on May 6, 1983. Said the Daily American, "Her death terminates a marriage union of 55 years." She was entombed in the Rockwood IOOF Cemetery. Wilbur survived his wife by four years. He passed into eternity at age 79 on Feb. 15, 1987. His funeral service was led by Rev. Jay Christner.

Daughter Leora "Ferne" Swarner (1899-1981) was born in 1899. She married Ray Austin Heinbaugh (1895- ? ), son of David and Alice (Marker) Heinbaugh. (Ray's brother Lloyd Jacob Heinbaugh wed one of Ferne's cousins, Olga Vought.) They resided in Rockwood and produced four children -- Donald Bernell Heinbaugh, Leo Heinbaugh, M.J. Heinbaugh and Virginia Dosch.

 

  • Grandson Donald Bernell Heinbaugh (1923-2016) was born on Jan. 29, 1923 in Rockwood. After graduation from Somerset High School, Donald joined the U.S. Army and served in World War II. On March 20, 1946, he eloped to Cumberland, MD to marry Lorene J. Bittner ( ? -2004). They remained together for 58 years until separation by death. The Heinbaughs produced three daughters -- Sandra Mironik, Barbara Lydzinski and Michele Mihaljevic. Reported the Somerset Daily American, he and the family "followed the heavy construction trade in various locations around the country. He was a 60 year member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66. Faithfully he attended Palm Bay United Methodist Church, Palm Bay, Fl. Don enjoyed playing golf, gardening, woodworking and whittling 'friendship baskets' from peach seeds, along with spending time with his family." Their final years were spent in Palm Bay. Lorene died in 2004. Donald survived her by a dozen years and passed into eternity on April 25, 2016. His remains were returned to Pennsylvania for interment in Somerset County Memorial Park, with Rev. Shelby McCoy leading the funeral service. An obituary was printed in the Somerset Daily American.

Daughter Blanche Swarner wed Wilson Pyle and lived in Somerset.

 

Daughter Melda Swarner (1910-1988) was born on April 24, 1910 in Rockwood. She married Leonard Schrock in about 1925. They had one daughter, Lenadelle Ream, and two sons. In the years before World War II, Leonard is believed to have owned the East End Garage in Rockwood, purchased from Corbett Miller and later transferred to Ray Pletcher. In 1968, their home was in South Carolina, where their married daughter resided. Melda died in Sumter, SC on Feb. 23, 1988. Her remains were brought back to Somerset County for burial in the Rockwood IOOF Cemetery.

Daughter Yvonne Swarner wed Van Narad and dwelled in Somerset.

~ Daughter Sarah "Sadie" (Swarner) Blubaugh ~

Daughter Sarah Jane "Sadie" Swarner (1874-1949) was born on June 5, 1874 or 1875, a twin with her sister Susan. 

Sarah resided with her grandfather, Frederick F. Younkin, at age six, when the federal census was taken in 1880. 

She married Harvey L. Blubaugh (1867-1953), son of Alexander and Susan (Brougher) Blubaugh of Rockwood, Somerset County. They made their home near Kingwood, Somerset County. Their one known daughter was Minnie (Eppley) Lape.

The marriage apparently did not work out. In 1920 and again in 1940, federal census records show Harvey living with his widowed sister Amanda Cramer and her single daughter Sadie, while in 1920 Sarah lived and worked in the residence of 53-year-old bachelor Wilson Witmier as a housekeeper. Circa 1940, she dwelled with their daughter and son in law, Minnie and Freeman Lape.

Just 11 days after her 75th birthday, Sarah succumbed of a cerebral hemorrhage on June 16, 1949. Her remains were interred in the Rockwood IOOF Cemetery. Freeman Lape of Somerset was the informant on her death certificate.

At the age of 86, having endured hardening of the arteries for a decade, Harvey was felled by a heart attack and died on Sept. 15, 1953 at home in Upper Turkeyfoot Township. Burial was in the Lutheran Cemetery in Kingwood. A few weeks before his passing, the Somerset Daily American reported that "Harvey Blubaugh, of Kingwood, who has been quite ill remains in a serious condition."

Daughter Minnie Eppley (1916-1982) was born on Dec. 3, 1916 at Hooversville, Somerset County, the daughter of Elmer and Myrtle (Wirick) Eppley. How she came into the lives of Sarah Jane Swarner and Harvey Blubaugh is a mystery. She was joined in matrimony with Freeman "Sammy" Lape (1914- ? ). They made their home in Somerset, where Freeman in 1940 was a laborer on the construction of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. They produced at least four children -- Dorothy Lape, Shirley Lape, Robert F. Lape and Jean Young. Minnie appears to have remained in Somerset for the rest of her years and was a member of the First Christian Church. She also was employed as governess of the girls' floor of the Seay Memorial Home. She died at St. Francis Hospital in Pittsburgh at age 65 on May 3, 1982. Her remains were returned to Somerset County for burial in St. John's Cemetery. An obituary in the Daily American reported that she left behind 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

  • Granddaughter Dorothy Lape (1936- ? ) was born in about 1936. She married Thomas L. Baer and resided in Somerset.
  • Granddaughter Shirley Lape (1938- ? ) was born in about 1938. she was wedded to Garth Burghard. In 1987, their home was in Tyrone, PA.
  • Grandson Robert Lape (1939-1987) was born on March 29, 1939 in Rockwood. He married Virginia Hernley and produced these children -- Robert Scott Lape, Teresa Peiffer, Gary Lee Lape, Amy Lynn Lape and Melissa Ann Lape. He earned a living as a welder for Delta Mining Company. The Lapes were members of the First Christian Church in Somerset and made their home alone Stepping Stones Road in rural Somerset. Sadly, Robert died at the age of 48 at home on Dec. 7, 1987. Rev. Roy Worsham officiated at the funeral service, with burial in St. John's Cemetery, and an obituary printed in the Somerset Daily American.
  • Granddaughter Jean Lape married Max Young and lived in Somerset.

~ Daughter Susan (Swarner) Wiltrout ~

Daughter Susan "Susie" Swarner (1874- ? ) was born on June 5, 1874 or 1875, a twin with her sister Sarah "Sadie." 

In about 1890, when she would have been age 15 or 16, she wed 17-year-old Carl Wiltrout (1873- ? ). They had these known children -- Annie M. Wiltrout, Hannah A. Wiltrout, Jacob Wiltrout and Henry Wiltrout.

When the federal census was enumerated in 1900, the Wiltrouts lived in Casselman, Somerset County, where Carl was employed as a railroad brakeman.

He may be the same "Carl Wiltrout" who died on Oct. 2, 1901 at the age of 28 and was buried in Mt. Union Cemetery near Kingwood. [Find-a-Grave]

The widowed Susan traveled to Kansas to live in or near Junction City, Geary County, where her sister Cora Etta Younkin made her home. 

In later April 1905, at the Geary County Courthouse, Susan was united in marriage for a second time to John F. Knowles ( ? - ? ). At the time, bride and groom both lived in Fort Riley, and they were wed by the hand of Probate Judge J.F. Brown.

When the U.S. Census was taken in 1910, the couple made their home in Kansas City, Wyandotte County, KS. John held a job as a foreman in a packing house. They did not have any of their own children by that time, but nephew 14-year-old Roy Wiltrout lived under their roof and worked as a cash boy at a department store.

More will be added here when discovered.

 

Copyright 2013, 2016 Mark A. Miner

Research for this page graciously shared by the late Olive (Rowan) Duff and the late Donna (Younkin) Logan