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Elizabeth (Dull) Dumbauld


Elizabeth's badly faded grave
marker, Kingwood Church of God

Elizabeth (Dull) Dumbauld was born on April 9, 1815 in Milford Township, Somerset County, PA, the daughter of George and Christina (Younkin) Dull

At the age of 18, on Dec. 13, 1833, she wed 24-year-old Jonathan Cable Dumbauld (1809-1885), son of Peter and Sarah (Cable) Dumbauld and a native of Saltlick Township in nearby Fayette County. 


Willie's grave, 1857, Delilah
Younkin Cemetery, Hexebarger

Jonathan's grandfather Abraham Dumbauld was a German emigrant and among the first settlers in Fayette County, considered "one of the typical pioneers, strong, hearty and adventurous," said the 1884 book History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania. Jonathan's father was a farmer and drover, serving the community as a justice of the peace and Somerset County commissioner, and among the first members of the Church of God movement in the county.

They produced a dozen children -- George Dumbauld, Susanna Younkin Kreger, Frederick Dumbauld, Sarah "Sally" Rhoads, Christianna Schrock, Daniel Dumbauld, Mary Ann "Mollie" Dumbauld, Peter Dumbauld, Louisa Kreger, William "Willie" Dumbauld, Clarinda "Savannah" Kreger, Jonathan "Beecher" Dumbauld and William Dumbauld. Each child's name and date of birth were inscribed in the family Bible, published in 1864, with their pastor from the Old Bethel Church, Rev. John Andrew Plowman, doing the writing as Elizabeth dictated the information.

Early in their marriage, the couple resided in Westmoreland County, PA but then spent two decades in Fayette County in the 1840s and 1850s. Said the Somerset Herald, "Mrs. Dumbauld dedicated herself to the Lord in Fayette county, Pa., many years ago, and with her husband united with the church of God in this county, being among the first members of the church of God in this county." 

Heartache ran through the family on March 1, 1857, when son Willie died at the age of four years, four months and 21 days. His remains were interred in Hexebarger near Kingwood in a remote Younkin family burying ground known as the Delilah Younkin Cemetery, so named after one of its owners, Delilah (Faidley) Younkin, widow of Frederick J. Younkin. A small stone was erected to mark his grave, and at the base was inscribed this short but moving epitaph: "A bud, Plucked by God to bloom in heaven." A dozen years later, when the Dumbaulds produced another son, he was given the name "William," likely in memory of the older deceased son.

By 1860, they returned to the Kingwood area. The federal census of 1860 shows the Dumbaulds living in Upper Turkeyfoot, with six children in the household, and Elizabeth's double cousin Ephraim Miner living under their roof and working as a farm laborer. Among their close neighbors were widow Susan (Dumbauld) Younkin, "Yankee" John Younkin and Andrew and Susanna (Younkin) Schrock.


Above: Dumbauld farms (circled) west of Kingwood, 1876 Atlas of Somerset County. Below: The Dumbaulds named the 1906 History of Bedford and Somerset Counties



Old Bethel Church, Hexebarger - enlarge

Jonathan is among a number of Younkin cousins mentioned by name as founding members of the Old Bethel Church of God in Hexebarger near Kingwood. In a history of the church penned in the 1880s or early 1890s, Harrison Grant King wrote that as a result of preaching, tent-meetings and evangelism by visiting preachers, a Christian spiritual interest "sprang up with the result that a Church of God was organized, with Fred Dull, Jonathan Dumbauld, wife and daughter Susan and son George, Fred Kreger and wife, William Spencer, James King, Christopher King and wife Rachael, Josiah Gross, William Younkin, Rebeca King and Sarah King, with perhaps a few others, constituted the charter members of the first Church of God in Somerset Co."


Jonathan's badly faded grave
marker, Kingwood Church of God

Circa 1876, the Dumbauld farm is depicted in the Atlas of Somerset County, and was found to be sitting on valuable reserves of coal. The 1880 census shows Jonathan and Elizabeth in Upper Turkeyfoot, with only their son Beecher in the house, and Jonathan engaged at the age of 75 in farming and cattle dealing.

The Dumbaulds moved after 1880 to a farm in Milford Township. They are named in the 1906 book History of Bedford and Somerset Counties, authored by E. Howard Blackburn, William Henry Welfley and William H. Koontz. The entry states that "The Milford Church of God was organized in 1889 at Weimer's school house. In 1891, a church was built near the John Sweitzer farm, in Milford township. The charter members were Peter Dumbauld and wife... [and son-in-law] Perry Schrock and wife.... The pastors seem to have been the same as those of the Kingwood church."

The Herald once said that Elizabeth "was naturally of a quiet and retiring disposition, yet all who came in contact with her soon learned that her life was 'hid with Christ in God,' and from that indwelling reality came to them influences of a holy and benign character. As a wife she was true and devoted; as a mother, kind, considerate and solicitous for the temporal and spiritual welfare of her children as a friend she was constant and true, respected and loved by her neighbors." 


Somerset Herald, Jan. 15, 1896

Jonathan passed away at the age of 76 on Sept. 29, 1885, with burial in New Centerville. The cause of his passing is not yet known.

Elizabeth survived him by a decade. It's believed that the final years of her life were uneventful..

She died in New Centerville at the age of 80 on Dec. 17, 1895, just four days after what would have been her 60th wedding anniversary. Almost a month after her death, the Herald reported the details of her passing:

The disease that caused her death was not of very long standing. She was confined to her room only a little over two weeks, but during that time her decline was rapid. During her suffering she was cheerful and happy all the while, and upon her face rested the smile of gladness that was a sure index to the joy that was within. It was an inspiration to be in her presence and to witness the fearlessness with which she faced the 'last of foes.' When the roll is called up yonder, and the trials and triumphs of God's people on earth are rehearsed, we have every reason to believe that this humble and unostentatious christian will receive a rich reward.


Adult siblings, front, left to right: Savannah Kreger, Mollie Romesburg, Christina Schrock, Sallie Rhodes and Susanna Kreger. Back, L-R: Beecher, Peter, Daniel, Frederick and George. Date unknown.



George L. Dumbauld, 1884

~ Son George Luther Dumbauld ~

Son George Luther Dumbauld (1834-1928) was born on Jan. 27, 1834 in either Fayette or Westmoreland County, PA. He migrated as a boy with his parents to Somerset County -- was an adventurer spending 26 years in American West -- and is pictured and profiled in the 1884 book History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania

He grew up learning the milling business. In 1849, after gold was discovered in Sutter's Mill, California, the 15-year-old George decided to travel there with some friends to seek their fortune. Their voyage by ship took them to New York and thence through the Isthmus of Panama. When arriving in Calaveras County, CA, he filed a claim for land and spent three years in placer mining -- panning for gold in streams -- "with reasonable success," said the 1884 History


History of Bedford, Somerset 
and Fulton Counties, 1884

He then removed to San Joaquin county, and until 1864 engaged in farming and milling. In the spring of this year he, in common with thousands of others, decided to try his luck in Idaho, and the journey there was made up the coast to Portland, Oregon; up the Columbia river to the Dalles, and from there by means of Indian ponies to the mines on Moore's creek, where he met with gratifying success -- placer mining -- until fall, when he returned to San Joaquin county, and engaged in farming until the fall of 1869, when he returned home via the Union Pacific railroad, which was this year completed, after and absence of fifteen years. The following spring he returned to California, and located in Merced county, where he took up government land and became among the first farmers, thus demonstrating the fertility of the soil, which had, prior to this time, been doubted. He also engaged in teaming with sixteen mules, which were attached to three and sometimes four wagons fastened together. This was in the mountainous counties of Inyo and Kern, along narrow defiles where the least misstep would have precipitated them down thousands of feet into a yawning abyss below. 

He was present when the first church, which was free for all denominations, was dedicated in the Yosemite Valley by Rev. J.H. Vincent, well known among sabbath-school workers. Among the celebrities present were Joseph Cook, of Boston, and Rev. Thomas Gard. In 1880 Mr. Dumbauld decided to return to the land of his fathers, from which he had been absent, except for one brief visit, twenty-six years, and the journey home was via the Southern Pacific railroad.


George's 340-acre farm in Milford Township, 1884


Upon his return to Somerset County, George married Mary "Ellen" Faidley (1877-1973), daughter of Simon and Nancy (Swarner) Faidley. Ellen was 43 years younger than her husband. (In a twist, George's cousin Jesse F. Ream wed Ellen's sister Anna "Annie" Faidley.) 

They were longtime farmers and had four children -- Jonathan Beecher Dumbauld II, DeElda Dumbauld, Olive Hall and Ada Savannah Bungard. 


Clockwise from upper left: Ada, Jonathan, 
Olive, Ellen, DeElda and George Dumbauld

The family resided on a 340-acre farm in Milford Township, which he purchased from Jacob Walker in 1882, two years after his arrival home. The farm operations focused on stock raising and dairying and became such an attractive place that it was sketched to illustrate the 1884 History. 

Tragedy shook up the family in October 1920 when daughter DeElde died at the age of 13 due to a blood disorder. 

George was afflicted during his later years with heart valve problems as well as senility. He died at the age of 94 years, five months and 13 days on July 10, 1928. Following a funeral service preached by Rev. S.A. Miller, burial was in the Kingwood Odd Fellows Cemetery. 


George, 1890s

Mary Ellen survived him by 45 years. She passed into eternity on Nov. 8, 1973 at the age of 96. Ellen's obituary in the Somerset Daily American said she was the "oldest living member of the Kingwood Church of God" and said she was survived by 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. 

Son Jonathan Beecher Dumbauld (1896-1970) was born in 1896 and named after his father's brother. He married Amelia E. Schmuck (1901-1980). They had at least one son, Quentin O. Dumbauld. The Dumbaulds endured the senseless death of their 35-year-old married son Quentin in April 1955. Self employed, he had been working in the woods, felling trees, when a limb unexpectedly fell from a dead tree and struck his forehead, fracturing his skull and killing him instantly. Jonathan passed away in 1970 at the age of 74. Burial was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Rockwood. Amelia survived her husband by a decade. She died in 1980, at age 89.

Daughter Ada Savanna Dumbauld (1898-1988) was born on Oct. 26, 1898. She married Weldon Lloyd Bungard (1892-1963), son of Fred and Alice (Weyant) Bungard of Scullton. She was two years older than her spouse. The couple produced 10 children, among them George Bungard, Olive Mae "Ollie" Kreger, Namoi Cramer, Mardelle Duppstadt, Luella Pletcher, Edward Bungard, Dortha Brown, Ruby King and Fred Bungard. Tragedy shook the family in the dead of winter in 1963. While driving on the snow-covered Route 53 in Milford Township, Weldon lost control of his vehicle, which careened down an embankment and struck several posts. He sustained multiple fractures of his skull in addition to contusions of his right wrist and forearm. He was rushed to Somerset Community Hospital, where he succumbed five days later on Feb. 24,  1963 at the age of 63. Ada survived as a widow for nearly four more decades. She joined her husband in death on Feb. 27, 1988. They rest together in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Kingwood. In her obituary, the Somerset Daily American noted that she was survived by 19 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. 

Daughter Olive F. Dumbauld (1900-1991) was born in 1900. She was united in holy matrimony with a Younkin step-cousin, Forrest Hall (1896-1997). Visit his bio for more.

Daughter DeElda Dumbauld (1907-1920) was born on March 10, 1907. She attended school as a girl but suffered from a blood disorder involving her albumin levels. Tragically, at the age of 13 years, six months and 22 days, she died on Oct. 2, 1920, with interment in the Kingwood Odd Fellows Cemetery.


Frederick Dumbauld

~ Son Frederick Dumbauld ~

Son Frederick "Fred" Dumbauld (1837-1917) was born on June 25, 1837 in Fayette County, PA and served his nation during the Civil War. 

On Nov. 19, 1868, when he was 31 years of age, Frederick was united in holy wedlock with 32-year-old Jane McNeill (1836- ?  ), daughter of Irish immigrant Laughlin McNeill and his Somerset County-born wife Sarah "Sally" McClintock of Lower Turkeyfoot Township. Justice of the peace Jacob Gerhard pronounced them married at the bride's home, Gerhard wrote, with the couple "having plighted the solemn vows of duty and affection." 

The Younkin/Dull/Dumbauld and McNeill families were close. Frederick's cousin Louisa Irene Younkin -- of the family of David and Maria (Culver) Younkin of New Centerville -- wedded Jane's brother Edwin R. McNeill  -- and another cousin Anna Maria Younkin married Edwin's brother Neal McNeill.

The couple produced these known children -- Harvey P. Dumbauld, Sarah Dumbauld, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Dumbauld, Jonathan "John" Dumbauld, Edward D. Dumbauld, Mary Ellen Dumbauld and Frederick Dumbauld Jr. 


History of Frederick's
Civil War regiment

Frederick stood five feet, six inches tall, with a fair complexion, grey eyes and light hair, and a weight of 160 lbs. During the Civil War, he enlisted in the 142nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry and was assigned to Company C. Also serving in that company were his Younkin kinsmen Michael A. Firestone, Ephraim Minerd, Martin Miner, Jacob Phillippi, Andrew Jackson Rose and John S. Trimpey as well as his brother in law Henry Kreger. More about his military service will be added here when discovered. 

On May 29, 1865, the was now over, he mustered out of the regiment at Harrisburg, PA and returned home to Kingwood. During the postwar years, Frederick and Jane were farmers in the Somerfield region of Lower Turkeyfoot Township, Somerset County. 

The federal census enumeration of 1870 shows the family living near Somerfield and laboring as farmers, with Jacob W. and Catherine Younkin residing in a nearby dwelling. After the birth of their daughter Mary in September 1879, the family relocated from Ursina, PA to Wakefield, Clay County, KS, to try their hand at farming the flatlands there, as had Frederick's grand-uncle Henry F. Younkin (in 1874) and many of Younkin cousins (as early as 1856). At the time of the move, Frederick was age 42 and Jane 43. 

Census records for 1880 show the family as farmers in Milford Township, Davis County, KS, with five children under their roof. On July 1891, while in Kansas, as compensation for his wartime suffering, he was awarded a federal government pension. [App. #1042097, Cert. #760.419] He complained that he had lost sight in his left eye, and that he had to sleep with a "high pillow" to avoid pain. 


Old Bethel Cemetery

Again in 1900, when census records were made, he and Jane made their home in Milford, Geary County, KS. By that time, two of their children had died, and the remaining five were alive. After retiring from farm work, Frederick and Jane moved into the home of their son Edward and his wife Winnie in Milford. He was living in Wakefield in May 1915 as referenced in both of the Meyersdale Commercial obituaries of his sister Susanna Kreger and brother Daniel. 

Suffering from chronic heart disease, Frederick returned to Somerset County. He died in Rockwood on Oct. 30, 1917, at the age of 80. His remains were placed into rest in the Old Bethel Church of God Cemetery near Kingwood. His sister Sally Rhodes was the informant for his Pennsylvania certificate of death.

When his next pension check arrived at the post office in Milford, the postmaster sent it to Frederick's attention in Pennsylvania, only to have it returned undeliverable. Back in Kansas, Jane petitioned for and began receiving her husband's monthly pension payments. [App. #1.110.806, Cert. #849.575] 

In 1890, when a history of his regiment was published in the book War History, authored by Col. Horatio N. Warren, Frederick was mentioned in a roster of soldiers. 

Jane died just two years after her husband, on Nov. 28, 1919, at the age of 83 years, three months and 27 days. Burial was in Kansas. Inscribed on her grave marker in the Old Milford Cemetery were the familiar words "Gone but not forgotten." [Find-a-Grave] An obituary was published in the Junction City Weekly Union. It's believed that Jane's grave in Milford Cemetery, along with those of her son Edward and his wife Winnie, were moved and reburied circa 1962 to make way for construction of the Milford Dam and Reservoir. At that time, Mrs. Clayton Kidd was named as next of kin and was residing on West 3rd Street in Junction City, KS.

Son Harvey P. Dumbauld (1869-1870) was born in December 1869 near Somerfield in Lower Turkeyfoot Township, Somerset County. He only lived for 10 months and 20 days, and died on Aug. 20, 1870. He was lowered to eternal rest in the Old Bethel Church of God Cemetery.

Daughter Sarah Dumbauld (1870-1922) was born on Oct. 9, 1870 in Somerset County. At age eight, she and her family left Pennsylvania and were pioneer settlers of Kansas. She married Robert G. Wilson (1852-1937), a native of Indiana who was 18 years her senior. The couple had six known children -- Lee A. Wilson, Werton Witt Wilson, Fred Wilson, Edward Wilson, Lizzie Wilson and Dudley F. Wilson. They were farmers and resided in Milford, Geary County, KS circa 1919. Sadly, Sarah died in Minnesota at the age of 52, in Rochester, Olmsted County, on Aug. 3, 1922. Robert survived her by 15 years and died in 1937. Their remains were laid to eternal rest in the Milford Cemetery in Milford, Geary County, KS.

Daughter Elizabeth "Lizzie" Dumbauld (18721903) was born on Feb. 7, 1872 in Somerset County. When she was age seven, she and her parents and siblings migrated west to Milford, Geary County, KS. She wed Francis M. Richardson (1862-1905). Sadly, Lizzie died at the age of 30 on Jan. 7, 1903, with burial in the Milford Cemetery. Her grieving husband followed her to the grave just two years later, on July 9, 1905, at the age of 43.

Son Jonathan "John" Dumbauld (1873-1927) was born on April 3, 1873 in Somerset County. He died in 1927 and rests under a single stone in Milford Cemetery, Geary County, KS.

Son Edward C. Dumbauld (1876-1949) was born on Aug. 22, 1876 in Somerset County. At the age of 23 in 1900, he lived at home with his parents and earned a living as a farm laborer. In about 1905, when he was 29 years of age, he married Kansas native Winnie (?) (1887- ? ) who was a decade younger in age. They had at least one daughter, Bertha. The 1910 census shows this family residing in Milford Township, Geary County, KS, with Edward's aged parents residing in the household. Winnie passed away on Dec. 14, 1943, with interment in Milford Cemetery, Milford, Geary County, KS. Edward lived for another two years. He died on May 13, 1949. Their graves were relocated several years later for flooding to create the Milford Dam and Reservoir.

Daughter Mary Ellen Dumbauld (1879-1909) was born on Sept. 10, 1879 in Somerset County. She migrated to Kansas as an infant with her parents and older siblings. While in Kansas, she married Clarence E. Stittsworth (1881-1964). Sadly, Mary died at the age of 30 on Jan. 12, 1909. She was placed into repose in the Milford Cemetery in Milford, Geary County, KS. Clarence lived for another 45 years and moved to Larned, Pawnee County, KS. He succumbed in 1964 and is buried in the Larned Cemetery.

Son Frederick Dumbauld Jr. ( ? - ? ) apparently died young as he was deceased by 1898. More work needs to be done to determine his story.


Sally Rhoads

~ Daughter Sarah C. "Sally" (Dumbauld) Rhoads ~

Daughter Sarah C. "Sally" Dumbauld (1840-1923) was born on Feb. 9, 1840. 

She wed Daniel Rhoads (or "Rhodes") (1835-1899). 

Their six daughters were Minerva Conway, Etta Rhoads, Catherine "Katy" Rhoads, Mary Ellen Rhoads, Anna "Annie" Walter and Cordelia "Cordie" Rhoads. 

Sadly, at the age of 64, Daniel died on Oct. 8, 1899. 

Sally outlived him by several decades. In 1917, she lived in Rockwood and provided information for the death certificate of her brother Fred. At age 83, debilitated with paralysis, she died in Rockwood on March 15, 1923. She was entombed in the Rockwood Odd Fellows Cemetery, with a prominent stone reading "RHOADS CONWAY" placed at the grave.

Daughter Anna E. "Annie" Rhoads (1869- ? ) was born in 1869. On Jan. 8, 1888, at the age of 19, she married 27-year-old A.B. Walter (1861- ? ), son of A.W. and Mary A. Walter. Rev. W.A. Jackson officiated at the ceremony held in Rockwood. At the time of marriage, A.B. resided in Nebraska, where he farmed, and it's believed the couple would have moved there to begin their married lives together.

Daughter Etta Rhoads (1873-1965) was born in 1873. She passed away, apparently unmarried, in 1965, at the age of 92. Burial was in the Rockwood IOOF Cemetery.

Daughter Minerva Rhoads (1877- ? ) was born in about 1877. At the age of 21, on Nov. 15, 1896, she was united in marriage with 25-year-old William Benjamin Conway (1873-1942), son of Samuel and Lydia Ellen (Close) Conway. Rev. D.R. Ellis led the ceremony. At the time, William was employed as a telegraph operator in Markleton. Later, he held the positions of ticket agent for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad at Ohiopyle and Rockwood. He was a longtime member of the Meyersdale lodge of the Masons and the Jaffa Shrine of Altoona, PA. The couple resided in Rockwood and produced one daughter, Mrs. J. Arthur Stotler. After retiring from the B&O, William "entered the retail gasoline business and was seriously burned two years ago by a gasoline explosion," reported the Meyersdale Republican in 1942. Further burdened with congestive heart failure and aorta problems, William died at the age of 71 on Oct. 4, 1942. Burial was held in the Rockwood Odd Fellows Cemetery, led by Rev. J.C. Moses and Rev. D.N. Clampa. Daniel Snyder of Rockwood was the informant for his death certificate. 

  • In 1942, grandson John Stotler, a native of Cumberland, MD, was in a military officer's training school at Aberdeen, MD.


~ Daughter Christianna ( Dumbauld) Schrock ~

Daughter Christianna ("Christina") Dumbauld (1842-1924) was born on Jan. 16, 1842. She married a cousin, Perry Schrock (1846-1911), son of Andrew and Susanna (Younkin) Schrock. Click the link for more.


Daniel Dumbauld

~ Son Daniel Dumbauld ~

Son Daniel Dumbauld (1844-1915) was born on April 26, 1844 in Turkeyfoot Township, Somerset County. He spent his life in the farming industry in Upper Turkeyfoot and was a lifelong member of the Kingwood Church of God. 

He "was never married," said a newspaper, "living the alotted time of 'Three score years and ten' without a helpmate...." The Meyersdale Commercial once called him a "well known farmer" and another newspaper said he was "well-to-do." 

In about 1914, he was stricken with heart valve problems which caused leaking, although he nearly recovered by the time of his death. But in January 1915, he "was attacked with a severe chill, which left him with severe pains in his limbs, as the days went by he became worse and worse, until blood poison set in and caused his death." He succumbed at the age of 70 on Feb. 4, 1915. Burial was in the cemetery of the Kingwood Church of God, with Rev. Harry White officiating at the burial, preaching from the scripture Job 14:14 -- "If a man die, shall he live again?" 

In an obituary, the Commercial noted that "This is the second recent death in this family, Susan Dumbauld Kreger having passed away Jan. 20." In reporting on his passing, a newspaper said that "Another soldier of the Cross falls in the battle of Life.... The Church has lost a faithful member, both spiritually and financially; the community has lost a good citizen and a kind and helping neighbor."


Mollie Romesburg

~ Daughter Mary Ann "Mollie" ( Dumbauld) Romesburg ~

Daughter Mary Ann "Mollie" Dumbauld (1846-1926) was born on Aug. 13, 1846 in Turkeyfoot Township. 

Unmarried at the age of 22 in about 1868 or '70, Mollie and Henry Lucas produced a son, who was given the name William Lucas. 

Within a year or two, in about 1872, Mollie wed William Romesburg (1853-1920), son of Jonathan (or "Jonas") and Rachel (Nicola) Romesburg. Mollie was seven years older than her spouse. 

They had three known children of their own, Minnie Brougher (born 1873), Amelia Romesburg (born 1877) and George D. Romesburg (born 1881). 

The federal census of 1880 shows this family residing in Upper Turkeyfoot Township, with William earning a living as a farm laborer. Their next-door neighbors were Mollie's parents. By 1900, still in Upper Turkeyfoot, only George among their children remained in the household. Cousins William "Henry" and Rachel (McClintock) Younkin lived in an nearby dwelling that year. Circa 1908, the Romesburgs possessed or had access to her parents' family Bible. 

Felled by heart blockage, William died on Jan. 30, 1920, at the age of 67. 

Widowed and stricken with throat cancer in the summer of 1926, Mollie survived only a few months, and passed away in Upper Turkeyfoot on Nov. 12, 1926, at the age of 80. She was laid to rest in the Kingwood Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Son William Lucas (1868?-1937) was born in about 1868 or 1870. He was a longtime farm laborer in Kingwood, apparently never married; and spent the final nearly 22 years of his life in the Somerset County Home & Hospital, where he succumbed of pneumonia at age 69 on Sept. 23, 1937. 

Daughter Minnie Belle Romesburg (1873-1955) was born on March 2, 1873. At the age of 18, she wed 19-year-old Charles H. Brougher (1871-1957), son of Franklin and Harriet Brougher, on Aug. 2, 1891. Their four known sons were Dr. Floyd O. Brougher, Willis M. Brougher, Oscar Miles Brougher and Harry Melvin Brougher. The family lived in the Rockwood area. The Grim Reaper of death descended upon this family in 1946, when their 49-year-old married son Willis was fatally injured when he was "thrown from his horse and trampled under its hoofs while preparing to plant potatoes," reported the Meyersdale Republican. "Shortly after the dinner hour Brougher harnessed his team and went to the farm of a neighbor to get a potato planter. When he reached the neighbor's home, the horse which he was riding shied at some object and reared, throwing Brougher to the ground, and tramping on his head, fracturing his skull." Minnie died on April 10, 1955, at the age of 82. Charles survived her by two years and passed into eternity on March 5, 1957. Interment for both was in Rockwood's Fairview Cemetery.


Floyd Brougher, left, and Harry Kreger. Photo courtesy Yvonne Brougher Deluke and Linda Marker


  • Grandson Dr. Floyd O. Brougher (1891-1973) was born on Dec. 16, 1891. He married Millie Sanner ( ? - ? ) and became a physician, residing in Dover, DE. They had three daughters -- Laverne Berryhill, Lee Brink and Jean Garvey. Floyd died in Denver, CO at the age of 81 on March 23, 1973. His remains were brought back to Kingwood to rest in peace at the IOOF Cemetery.
  • Grandson Oscar Miles "Shorty" Brougher (1902-2001) was born on Aug. 19, 1902 in Kingwood. He married a cousin, Gladys Kreger (of the family of John S. and Nancy [Younkin] Trimpey). Click on the link for more.
  • Grandson Willis M. Brougher (1897-1946) was born on April 22, 1897. He married Pauline Kreger (1900-1990), daughter of Charles S. and Edith (Meese) Kreger. They had one son, Ray K. Brougher. They resided in Kingwood and were farmers. In 1940, the Broughers went on a driving trip to Wisconsin and Oklahoma with Willis' brother Oscar and family to visit extended clan. One of their stops was Baraboo, WI, to visit a distant Trimpey uncle, and to Oklahoma to spend time with Pauline's Kreger relatives. After Willis' tragic and untimely death, Pauline married again to Ross A. Brougher (1894-1973), son of Madison and Maggie (Meyers) Brougher of Kingwood. Ross had been wed once before with three children to that marriage, Thelma Brougher, Robert Brougher and Orville Brougher. Pauline was a member of the Kingwood Grange, Queen Victoria Rebekah Lodge of Kingwood, the Kingwood Church of God and the Willing Workers Sunday School class. She died at the age of 89 on New Year's Day 1990. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, following a funeral led by Rev. James Monticue, with an obituary appearing in the Somerset Daily American.

Son George D. Romesburg (1881- ? ) was born in about 1881. When he was age 23, he married 22-year-old Minnie Catherine Sechler (1882-1967), daughter of Daniel and Susan (Gerhardt) Sechler, on Dec. 11, 1904. They had one son, Harold E. Romesburg. They lived in Markleton and were members of the Messiah Lutheran Church of New Centerville. Sadly, they endured the death of their son Harold died on July 2, 1966. Minnie passed away at age 84 on July 10, 1967, with burial in the Kingwood Odd Fellows Cemetery. An obituary was printed in the Meyersdale Republican.


Peter Dumbauld

~ Son Peter Dumbauld ~

Son Peter Dumbauld (1849-1926) was born on March 21, 1849 in the newly formed Upper Turkeyfoot Township. 

He married Ellen Gerhart (or "Gerhard") (1861-1927), daughter of William and Catherine (Brougher) Gerhard. 

Their six children were Lavenia Mary "Venie" Younkin, Jacob Dumbauld, James M. Dumbauld, Charles Dumbauld, Mabel Sechler and Ruth Evelyn Schrock. 

They pursued a life of farming. In 1881, he bought a farm of 220 acres in Milford Township, where they had "a beautiful and pleasant home," said the 1884 book, History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania. Peter's aged father came into their home in later age and died there in 1885. 

Peter was elected a Somerset County Commissioner circa 1885. That year, he weighed some of his cattle on the borough's scales and "were the finest seen in this section for many a day," reported the Somerset Herald. The average weight was 1,321 lbs., and were "sleek, fat and handsome, being stall red, and were calculated to make the mouths of lovers of good beef water... [He] sold them to a Johnstown butcher b the name of Jacob Trefts, at a price in advance of what our home butchers were willing to pay for them." He also raised horses, and in about 1890 "sold a gelding three years old, past, for $280, the highest price ever realized for a gelding in the county," noted the Herald


Conestoga Wagon on display at Braddock's
Grave, a landmark near Uniontown

When the World's Fair was held in Chicago in September 1893, Peter and Ellen, along with Daniel Will and Edward Freese, spent two weeks touring the exhibit. In 1895, he displayed a Conestoga wagon and six horses at the Somerset centennial event, and the following year took the same team to nearby Uniontown, Fayette County, for a similar celebration. 

Peter ran for the elected position of Somerset County Treasurer in the fall of 1899. In a related story, the Herald said "A vote for Peter Dumbauld for County Treasurer will be not only a vote for a genial gentleman whose friends are spread all over the county and whose enemies are an unknown quantity, and he has none that the HERALD has ever learned of. Mr. Dumbauld has been a life-long Republican, has filled the office of County Commissioner and will be a safe custodian of the county's finances." Upon his successful election, the Herald reported that he "will radiate sunshine throughout the gloomy corridors of the temple of justice and will discharge [his] duties diligently." 

At the age of 77, Peter tragically was involved in an accident when he was run over by a moving vehicle. His chest was crushed, a lung punctured, his heart traumatized and his brain bled internally. He died the same day as the incident -- April 3, 1926. Interment was in the Husband Cemetery. Mrs. A.W. Sechler was the informant for his death certificate. 

Ellen only survived him by one year. Suffering from cancer, she died at age 66 on June 20, 1927. She joined her husband in eternal repose in the Husband Cemetery.

Son James M. Dumbauld (1881-1977) was born on Nov. 21, 1881 in Milford Township, Somerset County. He married Eva D. Weigle ( ? - ? ). They had four known children -- James Dumbauld, Peter T. Dumbauld, Ruth Brubaker and Richard W. Dumbauld. The family belonged to the Somerset Church of the Brethren, and James was a member of the Somerset lodge of the Odd Fellows. he died in Somerset Community Hospital on Jan. 2, 1977, at the age of 95. Burial was in the Husband Cemetery.

  • Dumbauld Tire, Somerset, PA

    Grandson Peter T. Dumbauld (1909-1975) was born on Nov. 14, 1909 in Somerset Township. He graduated from California State Teachers College and became prominent in the county in business and community service. The Somerset Daily American noted that Peter was a member of the First Christian Church in Somerset, the Somerset Rotary Club the Somerset Lodge of the Eagles, the Elks Club of Meyersdale; and a director at Somerset Trust Company. In 1965, he was elected as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, serving for one term. He also taught in the Somerset and Fairhope Township schools, was a veteran of World War II, and from 1945 to retirement in 1972 owned and operated Dumbauld's Tire service in Somerset.

Son Jacob G. Dumbauld (1887- ? ) was born in about 1887 in Milford Township. As a young man, he migrated to Colorado, and in 1910, at the age of 23, lived with his widowed uncle Jonathan "Beecher" Dumbauld on a farm in Larimer County, CO.

Daughter Lavenie Mary "Venie" Dumbauld (1889-1982) was born on Jan. 12, 1889 in Milford Township. She wed a cousin, Charles E. Younkin (1891-1978), son of William "Henry" and Rachel (McClintock) Younkin. See their link for more.

Daughter Ruth Evelyn Dumbauld (1898-1990) was born on April 6, 1898 in Milford Township. She married Richard Ernest Schrock ( ? - ? ). They resided in Somerset and had one son, Rodney Kenton Schrock. Evelyn worked as a clerk and later as a news reporter for the Somerset Daily American. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a member for 68 years of the Trinity Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. As well, she was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and was regent of its Forbes Road Chapter. Richard was a member of the American Legion. They also were supporters of the Somerset School's Education Foundation. Evelyn passed away at age 91 in Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital on Jan. 16, 1980. She was laid to rest in the Husband Cemetery.

  • Grandson Rodney Kenton Schrock (1932-2017) was born on Jan. 20, 1932 in Johnstown, Cambria County. In about 1960, he wedded Marian Elizabeth Bowman ( ? - ? ) and they remained together for 57 years until the separation of death. They produced a son, Lynn A. Schrock. Rodney served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Later, he joined AT&T as a repairman and retired in 1989 at the age of 57. He belonged to Lodge 358 of the Masons, the Somerset County Shrine Club, Amateur Radio League and Calvary United Methodist Church. As a member of the Antique Wireless Association, he authored articles for the organization's magazine. He also was a member of the Somerset Historical Society and Berlin Historical Society and the Sons of the American Revolution. Rodney died at the age of 85 in The Patriot in Somerset on Dec. 12, 2017. Rev. Arnold T. McFarland officiated at the funeral and interment in Husband Cemetery, with additional rites provided by the Somerset County Honor Guard. In an obituary, the family asked that any memorial contributions be made to Meals on Wheels.

Daughter Mabel Dumbauld (1880-1979) was born in about 1880. She married Allen U. Sechler ( ? - ? ). They did not reproduce. Mabel died at the age of 99 on Nov. 22, 1979 in the United Methodist Church Home in Quincy, PA.. Her remains were returned to Somerset for funeral services in the First United Methodist Church, led by Rev. John Cox. She was laid to rest in Somerset County Memorial Park, and an obituary was printed in the Somerset Daily American.


Louisa Kreger

~ Daughter Louisa (Dumbauld) Kreger ~

Daughter Louisa Dumbauld (1854-1901) was born on Jan. 27, 1854 in Upper Turkeyfoot Township. She married a cousin, Wilson S. Kreger (1853-1895), son of John Frederick and Sarah A. (Younkin) Kreger. This couple migrated to Kansas, where they established a permanent home in Wakefield, Clay County. Click on the Kreger link for more.


~ Daughter Clarinda Savannah (Dumbauld) Kreger ~

Daughter Clarinda "Savannah" Dumbauld (1857- ? ) was born in 1857. 

She wed Silas Kreger (1856-1916), whose father Bernard Kreger was an immigrant from Prussia. Immediately after marriage, the couple set off for new farming opportunities in the flatlands of Illinois. 

Their six children were Ira Kreger, Myrtle Hildebrand, Pearl Garwin, George Kreger, Ray Albert Kreger, Elsie F. Judd and Ruby F. Kreger. 

Circa 1880, the U.S. Census shows them residing in Bradford Township, Lee County, IL, where 24-year-old Silas was a farmer. Later, by 1910, they relocated to Lostant, Hope Township, LaSalle County, IL. The census of 1910 shows Silas continuing to be a farm laborer, with his 24-year-old unmarried son Ray -- a graduate of the Chicago Veterinary College -- operating a general practice as a veterinary surgeon; 20-year-old daughter Elsie employed as a post office clerk; and 18-year-old daughter Ruby a school teacher. 

Sadly, Silas died in Lostant at the age of 65 in May 1916. An obituary in Somerset County's Meyersdale Commercial headlined that he "died in the west" and that his father had been "an early settler in the Turkeyfoot region." His brother in law Peter Dumbauld traveled from Somerset to Illinois to attend the funeral service and burial. 

Savannah was still alive when named in the 1928 Connellsville Daily Courier obituary of her brother George.

Daughter Myrtle Kreger ( ? - ? ) wed (?) Hildebrand ( ? - ? ).

Son Ira Kreger ( ? - ? )

Son Raymond Kreger ( ? - ? ) was a graduate of the Chicago Veterinary College and operated a general veterinary surgeon's practice.

Daughter Ruby Kreger ( ? - ? ) was an unmarried school teacher in 1910 and was still unmarried in 1916.

Daughter Pearl Kreger ( ? - ? ) wed John Garwin ( ? - ? ).

Daughter Elsie Kreger ( ? - ? ) was employed as a post office clerk in LaSalle County in 1910. She married Oran Judd ( ? - ? ).


J. Beecher Dumbauld

~ Son Jonathan "Beecher" Dumbauld ~


Son Alva's grave,Kingwood

Son Jonathan "Beecher" Dumbauld (1859-1940) was born on Aug. 4, 1859 or 1860.

He was a longtime farmer and also tried his hand as a merchant. 

Beecher was married twice, first to Felecia G. Flanigan (1867-1897).

They had one known son, Alva S. Dumbauld, who sadly died at the tender age of three months on Aug. 31, 1892. His remains were placed at rest in the Church of God Cemetery in Kingwood. 

Heartache compounded within this family just five years later when Felecia passed into eternity on Sept. 7, 1897, at the age of 30 years, one month and 24 days. 

After about two years as a widower, Beecher wed his second bride, teacher Ida E. Shaff (1856-1908), daughter of John and Josephine Schaff, on Aug. 17, 1899. He was age 40, and she 43, at the time. Whether or not he had children is unknown. 

Ida is mentioned by name in a list of early Rockwood school teachers in the booklet Rockwood Centennial 1857-1957.

When the federal census was enumerated in 1900, the Dumbaulds were newlyweds and lived in Upper Turkeyfoot. That year, Beecher earned a living as a dry goods merchant, and 26-year-old servant Mary Ann Hechler dwelled under their roof.

Sadly, Ida passed away at the age of 52, after just nine years of marriage, on Nov. 30, 1908. The place and cause of her death are unknown, but it's possible that she succumbed in Colorado. Burial was in the Union Cemetery next to the Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church at New Centerville. 


Booklet naming Ida and picturing the school where she taught


New Centerville, PA

Beecher relocated to Colorado, at some point in time, purchasing a farm in Larimer County. He and Ida may have moved there before her death.

The U.S. census of 1910 lists him as a farmer in Larimer, with 23-year-old Jacob G. Dumbauld in the household, assisting with farm labor. Beecher was referenced as living in Pike View, CO when mentioned in the 1915 Meyersdale Commercial obituary of his brother Daniel.

Beecher retired from farming in April 1920, at the age of 59 and returned to his old home region of Somerset County. 

He died of a coronary occlusion in Somerset County on April 12, 1940, at the age of 79. Burial was in the Kingwood Church of God Cemetery, near the graves of his first wife and infant son. J.B. Dumbauld provided information for his Pennsylvania death certificate.


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Research for this page graciously shared by the late Donna (Younkin) Logan,  Clark Brocht and Linda Marker.