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Jacob Emerick


Comp's Cemetery

Jacob Emerick was born in March 1828 (or 1829) in Southampton Township, Somerset County, PA, the son of Jonathan and Rachel (Sturtz) Emerick Sr.

He was wedded first to Eliza Ellen Sturtz (1830-1888?). Census records show that others spelled Eliza's name as "Elise" but that she herself could not read.

Among their known children were Adam Emerick, Christina Albright, Josiah Emerick, Henry Jacob Emerick, Solomon Emerick, Andrew "Jefferson" Emerick and Jonas Emerick.

The family dwelled on a farm next to his parents in Southampton Township in 1860 when the federal census was made, with Jacob's personal estate valued at $215. When the federal census again was made in 1880, Jacob and Eliza dwelled on their farm with their sons Josiah, Henry, Solomon and Jefferson -- ranging in age from 23 to 17 -- all worked on the family farm. They also provided a home that year for their seven-year-old granddaughter  Missouri Albright.

Circa 1879, Jacob and his brothers, Gaumer cousins and others helped erect a new house of worship for the community, known as Comp's Lutheran and Reformed Church.

Sadly, Eliza died in about 1888 just 11 days prior to her 58th birthday -- precisely 57 years, 11 months and 19 days. She rests for eternity in the Emerick home farm cemetery. Jacob is believed to have survived her by a quarter of a century in a home in rural delivery section of Ellerslie, MD.

In about 1892, he appears to have married again to Delila "Lilah" (?) (1849-1921), daughter of Elizabeth Keefer. They were 21 years apart in age. They made their home on a farm in Southampton Township and had two children -- Aaron Emerick and (?) Emerick.

Circa 1911, when his widowed sister Tena was attempting to obtain her late husband's Civil War pension, Jacob provided an affidavit on her behalf. He was named in the 1913 Meyersdale Republican obituary of his brother Nathan as living in Gladdens.

He is believed to have died in 1913 as indicated on his grave marker. Burial was in Comp's Cemetery, but no Pennsylvania death record has been found. The text and dates on his grave stone were recorded in the early 1930s by laborers with the Works Progress Administration, and his marker was photographed by the founder of this website in 2016.

Delila survived as a widow for just eight years. She spent her final time in Larimer Township, Somerset County. On Nov. 28, 1921, she passed away at the age of 72, having endured the rigors of old age added to a case of bronchial pneumonia. Her remains were lowered into eternal repose beside her husband in Comp's Cemetery, with her son Aaron Emerick of Ellerslie, MD signing the death certificate.


~ Son Adam Emerick ~

Son Adam Emerick (1852-1871) was born in about 1852 or 1858. Sources of his birth year differ, with the 1852 date provided by the 1860 census, when he was age eight, and the 1870 census, when he was age 16.

In 1870, he worked on the family farm with his father and younger brother Josiah.

He died on Jan. 12, 1871. Depending on how one makes the calculation, his age was about 17 years, four months and 25 days at the time of death.

His remains were lowered in burial in the Emerick home farm cemetery. No stone is known to stand at the grave today unless perhaps one of the rough field stones in the high grass surrounding a central concrete shaft.


What's left of the old Emerick burying ground near Hyndman


~ Daughter Christina "Tena" (Emerick) Albright ~

Daughter Christina "Tena" Emerick (1854-1934) was born in Feb. 1854 and grew up in Southampton Township.

When she was 18 years of age, circa 1872, she married William Albright (Dec. 1853-1920). The Albrights dwelled in Wellersburg. Neither wife nor husband knew how to write.

They produced these nine known offspring -- Missouri Albright, Emeline E. Albright, Laura Rebecca Beal, Lola Albright, Harry Albright, Effie Yost, Clara Albright, Martha Albright and Lola Albright.

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1880, the young family resided in Southampton, just a few houses away from Christina's parents. By 1900, the Albrights relocated over the state line to Mt. Savage, Allegany County, MD. There, in 1900, William earned his wages as a day laborer, and 17-year-old son Harry as a coal miner.

The 1910 United States Census shows the family planted in Mt. Savage, with William laboring as a miner, likely of clay, and widowed daughter Martha Dorsey in the home with her two young sons. During the decade between 1910 and 1920, their daughter Martha and children moved out, and their married daughter and son-in-law, Lola and Ezra Dorsey, moved in.

The 1920 lists William as a clay miner.

Sadly, William is believed to have died in 1920. Burial of his remains was in St. George's Episcopal Church Cemetery in Mt. Savage.

Christina outlived her husband by 14 years. Death carried her away in 1934.

Daughter Missouri Albright (1873- ? ) was born in about 1873. At the age of seven, she lived with her grandparents Jacob and Eliza Emerick, just a few houses away from her parents.

Daughter Emeline E. Albright (1877- ? ) was born in about 1877.

Daughter Laura Rebecca Albright (1878-1971) was born in about 1878 in Wellersburg, Somerset County. Circa 1894, when she would have been age 16, she married 22-year-old John Louis Beal (1871-1946). Laura belonged to the Cumberland Central Assembly of God Church. A baker's dozen brood of children was born to the couple -- Margaret G. Murray, Lottie Beal, Lewis E. Beal, Minnie Lemmert, George D. Beal, Albert Beal, James Beal, Elizabeth Blank, Clara Kennell, Kathleen Kirby, Hilda Twigg, Ida Often and Benny Leonard Beal. Over the first 16 years of marriage, Laura bore nine children, of whom two died young. In all, she spent 26 years in some aspect of birthing. Circa 1905-1906, they may have lived in Newburg, Preston County, WV, where at least one son is known to have been born. In 1910, when the federal census enumeration was made, the family lived in Mt. Savage, with John working as a coal miner. The 1920 shows that the family remained in Mt. Savage, with Louis and their son Louis laboring that year as coal miners. That year, Louis' 69-year-old aunt, widow Charlotte Keller, was in the household, probably helping Laura care for the children. By 1930, sons George and James had joined Louis in working in the mines. Sadly, John died in 1946. Laura outlived him by a quarter of a century. The angel of death carried her away at the age of 94, on March 5, 1971, when she was pronounced dead on arrival at Memorial Hospital. Her detailed obituary was printed in the Cumberland News, which reported that her survivors were counted as an astonishing 87 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren. Her funeral was preached by Rev. Vincent Beemer in the Central Assembly of God Church, followed by burial of the remains in Mt. Savage Cemetery.

  • Granddaughter Margaret G. Beal (1898- ? ) was born in about 1898 in Maryland. She married (?) Murray. The couple relocated to Richeyville, Washington County, PA (by 1966) and Brownsville, Fayette County, PA (by 1971).
  • Granddaughter Lottie B. Beal (1900- ? ) was born in about 1900 in Maryland.
  • Grandson Louis/Lewis E. Beal (1902- ? ) was born in about 1902. At the age of 18, in 1920, he lived at home and worked with his father in a local coal mine. He made his home in later years in Mt. Savage.
  • Granddaughter Minnie Beal (1903-1966) was born in about 1903 in Mt. Savage, Allegany County, MD. She wedded Charles R. Lemmert ( ? - ? ). The pair became the parents of eight -- Alice Jones, Margaret Albright, Catherine Hite, Dorothy Lee Leonetti, Gwynne Weimer, Nancy Bertrone, Robert Lemmert and Albert Lemmert. The Lemmerts' home in the early 1960s was at Calla Hill near Mt. Savage. Minnie was a longtime member of Cumberland's Central Assembly of God Church. Minnie became seriously ill in the summer of 1966. At the end she was a patient in Western Maryland Hospital. There, she died at the age of 63 on Nov. 1, 1966. The Cumberland Evening Times published an obituary. Rev. Frank J. Fratto led the funeral service in the Central Assembly of God Church, with interment in the Methodist cemetery in Mt. Savage.
  • Grandson George D. Beal (1905-1973) was born in about 1905 in Maryland or in Newburg, Preston County, WV. He was the father of George S. Beal and Carl S. Kenney. He married Thelma (Atkinson) Bridges, who brought four children of her own into the family -- R. Galen Bridges, Robert B. Bridges, Wanda M. Thompson and Coleta M. Liller. As a bachelor, George earned wages at the age of 25, in 1930, as a coal miner. In time he joined the employ of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, where he worked for years. He also was a custodian for St. Patrick's Cemetery. The family belonged to the Central Assembly of God Church. Their address in Cumberland during the early 1970s was 313 Valley Street. Sadly, at the age of 68, on Aug. 7, 1973, he was pronounced dead on arrival at Memorial Hospital. An obituary appeared in the Cumberland Evening Times. He was survived by 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Rev. Thomas Gulbronson officiated the funeral, with the remains lowered under the sod of Mt. Savage United Methodist Cemetery.
  • Grandson Albert F. Beal (1906- ? ) was born in about 1906 in Maryland. He relocated to Newburg, Preston County, WV, a community where many of his distant Minerd-Minard-Miner-Minor cousins settled in the 1800s and early 1900s. He is known to have entertained a visit there from his mother in February 1949.
  • Grandson James H. Beal (1908- ? ) was born in about 1908 in Maryland. He worked at the age of 22, in 1930, mining coal. He later put down roots in Finzel, MD.
  • Granddaughter Elizabeth C. Beal (1910- ? ) was born in about 1910 in Mt. Savage. At the age of 20, in 1930, she worked as a housekeeper. She wedded (?) Blank. They made a residence in 1966-1971 in Mt. Savage.
  • Granddaughter Clara Beal (1912- ? ) was bon in about 1912 in Mt. Savage. She was joined in matrimony with (?) Kennell. Their home in 1966-1971 was in Mt. Savage.
  • Granddaughter Kathleen Beal (1915- ? ) was born in about 1915. She married (?) Kirby. They settled in LaVale near Cumberland.
  • Granddaughter Hilda Beal (1917- ? ) was born in about 1917. She was united in wedlock with (?) Twigg. They were in Mt. Savage in 1966-1971.
  • Granddaughter Ida Beal (1919- ? ) was born in about 1919. She entered into marriage with (?) Often. The couple lived in the 1960s and '70s in Mt. Savage.
  • Grandson Benny Leonard Beal (1924- ? ) was born in about 1924 in Mt. Savage. He was 26 years younger than his eldest sister. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and trained at Fort Meade, MD and North Carolina. He resided in Mt. Savage.

Daughter Lola Albright (1880- ? ) was born in March 1880. She may have died young, as a sister was given that name when born in 1891.

Son Harry Albright (1883- ? ) was born in April 1883 in Pennsylvania. At the age of 17, in 1900, he resided with his parents in Mt. Savage, MD and earned a living as a coal miner.

Daughter Effie E. Albright (1884- ? ) was born in June 1884 in Pennsylvania. At the age of 15, on March 15, 1900, she was joined in the bonds of wedlock with 21-year-old John K. Yost (May 1879- ? ), son of Peter E. and Hanna Yost of Middleton, OH. Rev. Knotts performed the wedding ceremony in the Methodist church in Mt. Savage. The newlyweds made their first home with Effie's parents in Mt. Savage, MD and are shown there in the 1900 census. Together, they bore these known offspring -- Mrs. William F. Leake, Mrs. Fred E. Pope, Mrs. Alvin S. Boor, Mrs Charles Linaburg, John E. Yost, William R. Yost and Charles L. Yost. John earned a living over the years with his work at Celanese Corporation. He eventually retired from the company. They held a membership in the Pentecostal Church. The pair marked their golden wedding anniversary in March 1950 with a family dinner in the residence of their married daughter Leake on Pine Avenue in Cumberland. The Cumberland Evening Times published their photograph in a related story, saying the "couople received many beautiful gifts and bouquets of flowers." At their 55th anniversary, in 1955, they held a family part. A story appearing in the Cumberland News said that "Mrs. Yost, who is 70, does all her housework; and Mrs. Yost, 74,... does the gardening."

  • Granddaughter (?) Yost married William F. Leake. The Leakes dwelled on Pine Avenue in Cumberland in 1950.
  • Granddaughter (?) Yost wedded Fred E. Pope.
  • Granddaughter (?) Yost was joined in wedlock with Alvin S. Boor.
  • Granddaughter (?) Yost was united in matrimony with Charles Linaburg. Their home in 1950 was in Harrisonburg, VA.
  • Grandson John E. Yost lived in Cumberland.
  • Grandson William R. Yost resided in Cumberland.
  • Grandson Charles L. Yost was in Cumberland in 1950.

Daughter Clara Albright (1886- ? ) was born in June 1886 in Pennsylvania. She was united in holy matrimony with (?) Bryant. Her residence in 1971 was in Cumberland.

Daughter Martha Albright (1888- ? ) was born in June 1888, likely in Mt. Savage, Allegany County, MD. In her late teens, she wedded (?) Dorsey ( ? - ? ). During their brief lives together, they begot two sons -- William L. Dorsey and Floyd G. Dorsey. But tragedy intervened sometime between 1908 and 1910, when Martha was rendered a widow. The details are not yet known. She moved back into her parents' household in Mt. Savage, with her two young sons, and was there in 1910 at the time of the federal census enumeration.

  • Grandson William L. Dorsey (1906- ? ) was born in about 1906 in Maryland.
  • Grandson Floyd G. Dorsey (1909- ? ) was born in early 1909 in Maryland.

Daughter Lola Albright (1891- ? ) was born in September 1891, likely Mt. Savage, Allegany County, MD. Evidence suggests she was named for an older sister who had died young. She entered into marriage with Ezra C. Dorsey ( ? - ? ). The couple's two known children were Howard Dorsey and Martha Dorsey. The United States Census of 1920 shows the Dorseys living in the home of Lola's parents in Mt. Savage, with Ezra earning a living as a brickyard laborer. Lola relocated to Baltimore in later years and was there circa 1971.

  • Grandson Howard Dorsey (1908- ? ) was born in about 1908 in Maryland.
  • Granddaughter Martha Dorsey (1910- ? ) was born in about 1910 in Maryland.


~ Son Josiah "Joseph" Emerick ~

Son Josiah "Joseph" Emerick (1856- ? ) was born in about 1856 in Southampton Township.

Unmarried at the age of 12 in 1870 and again at age 23 in 1880, he helped his father with labor on the home farm.


~ Son Henry Jacob Emerick ~

Son Henry Jacob Emerick (1858-1943) was born on Dec. 30, 1858 in Kennell's Mills, Bedford County, PA or in Southampton Township, Somerset County. Another source gives his birth year as 1854.

He spent his entire life as a farmer in and around Hyndman, Southampton Township and never married.

He was a member of Comp's Reformed Church.

In about 1922, Henry was diagnosed with chronic heart disease. Having suffered with the ailment for two decades, he died on Nov. 14, 1943 at the age of 89 years, 10 months and 14 days. Burial was in Comp's Cemetery, with Rev. George R. Winters, of the Hyndman Reformed Church, officiating. An obituary was published in the Meyersdale Republican.


Emerick Cemetery

~ Son Solomon Emerick ~

Son Solomon Emerick (1859-1886) was born on Feb. 6, 1860.

His birth was notated in the records of St. Luke's Lutheran Church of Cumberland, MD.

Sadly, Solomon was swept away in death at the age of 26 years, two months and 26 days on April 30, 1886. The cause of his untimely passing is not yet known.

Burial was in the Emerick home farm cemetery, located along what today is Ridge Road near Hyndman. Inscribed below Solomon's name was the phrase: "Son of Jacob & J. Emrick."

The marker was legible but had come off its base and was standing upright when photographed by the founder of this website in 2016.


~ Son Andrew "Jefferson" Emerick ~

Son Andrew "Jefferson" Emerick (1862- ? ) was born on Feb. 5, 1862 in Southampton Township. His birth was note in the records of St. Luke's Lutheran Church of Cumberland, MD.

When he was age 18, in 1880, he lived at home and provided farm labor. Nothing more is known.


~ Son Jonas Emerick ~

Son Jonas Emerick (1865- ? ) was born on May 30, 1865. A notation of his birth was made in the records of St. Luke's Lutheran Church of Cumberland, MD.


~ Son Aaron Emerick ~


Comp's Cemetery

Son Aaron Emerick (1893-1941) was born on Aug. 21, 1893 in Kennell's Mills and grew up in Southampton Township.

He was 41 years younger than his eldest half-sibling. He was of medium height and slender build, with brown eyes and brown hair.

Aaron found work as a coal miner for the Erie Coal and Coke Company and relocated to Ferris, Butler County, PA.

At the age of 23, while in Ferris, he registered for the military draft during World War I, disclosing that his mother was dependent upon him for support. He later joined the American Expeditionary Force and served in the war I as a private with Company C of the 10th Infantry Battalion. 

Circa 1921, when he would have been 28 years old, he dwelled in Ellerslie, Allegany County, MD. In the late 1930s and 1940, he made his home near the grange hall along Route 96 near Hyndman.

In August 1940, he was admitted to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Aspinwall, near Pittsburgh, reported the Cumberland News, "for extended observation and treatment." He was transferred to a hospital in Washington, DC. There, Aaron died at the age of 48 in November 1941, and his remains were returned for burial in Comp's Cemetery. A short obituary in the Connellsville (PA) Daily Courier noted that he "was a brother of Mrs. P.T. Brown of Sand Patch," Somerset County.


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Minerd.com thanks the late Gilbert R. Gaumer for his contributions to this biography.