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Hannah (Comp) Diehl


Hannah Comp was born on Dec. 13, 1840, the daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth "Betsy" (Sturtz) Comp Sr. 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.

The Diehls were close with Hannah's family and in the late 1890s are known to have attended a hog butchering at their home.

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) England ~

Daughter Julia Ann Diehl (1860-1930) was born on Aug. 18, 1860 in Harrison Township, Bedford County.

She married D.P. England ( ? - ? ).

The couple 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.

D.P.'s fate will be added here once learned.

Son Harvey England lived on East Penn Street in Bedford in 1930.

Daughter (?) England married W.L. Dahl. Their home in 1930 was in Meyersdale, Somerset County.

Daughter Carrie England dwelled in Somerset, Somerset County in 1930.


The heart of Meyersdale, PA


~ Son Cornelius A. Diehl ~

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) Hillegass ~

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.

More will be added to this biography.


~ Daughter Bertha (Diehl) Darnley ~

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 ~

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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