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" Baughman (1849-1921), daughter of Elizabeth Keefer. Groom and bride were 21 years apart in age. They made their home on a farm in Southampton Township.
The two children they produced together were 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.
~ 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.
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."
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.
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.
~ Son Josiah "Joseph" Emerick ~
Son Josiah "Joseph" Emerick (1854-1928) was born on Nov. 17, 1854 in Southampton Township, Somerset County..
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.
He was married to Anna Marie "Annie" Burns (1857-1942), daughter of Joseph and Delilah (Beal) Burns of Shelbysport, PA.
Their family of children included William Howard Emerick, twins Earl Theodore Emerick and Delilah "Mae" Fichtner, Clay Jefferson Emerick, Lottie Emerick, Edna Pearl Bagley, Ross Timore Emerick and Goldie Emerick. Sadness cascaded over the family at the deaths of infant children Lottie (in 1890) and Goldie (1902).
For years, Josiah earned a living as a brakeman for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Their residence was in Londonderry Township, Bedford County.
Stricken with cancer of the stomach and liver, Josiah passed away at the age of 73 on Sept. 14, 1928. On the death certificate, his mother's maiden name was written as "Elizabeth Witt." Burial was in Cooks Mill Cemetery.
Anna lived in widowhood for many years. Her final residence was in Stringstown near Hyndman. At age 84, she succumbed to death on Sept. 1, 1942. Her obituary was published in the Cumberland (MD) News. Rev. C.W. Evans led the funeral service, with burial in Cooks Mill Cemetery.
Son William Howard Emerick (1881-1935) was born in about 1881. On July 26, 1906, he was joined in wedlock with Edith Josephine Watts (Jan. 14, 1888-1963), native of Buffalo Mills, PA and daughter of Joseph M. and Catherine (Grahame) Watts. The wedding was held in Cooks Mills, Bedford County. Among their known children were William Frederick Emerick, Donald Emerick, Billy Eugene Emerick, Marguerite Wisler, Leanna Hoyle, Mary Jane Garlitz, Emily Retallick and Joan See. Edith was a longtime seamstress. She was a member of the United Chruch of Christ in Cumberland, MD, the McKinley Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, Rebekah lodge of the Dames of Malta, Friendship Club and Daughters of American. Her final residence was at 234 North Centre Street in Cumberland, MD. She succumbed to death at the age of 75, in Sacred Heart Hospital, on Feb. 12, 1963. An obituary appeared in the Cumberland News.
Son Earl Emerick (1883-1971) was born on July 2, 1883 in Kennells Mills, PA, a twin with his sister Mae. Earl was united in matrimony with Emma Watts ( ? - ? ). Their brood of five children were Charlotte Wolford, Rollan Emerick, Joseph Emerick, Robert Emerick and Leland Emerick. Earl was employed by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad as a track foreman. Later, he went to work in Cumberland, MD at the Amcelle plant of Celanese Fibers Corporation. They dwelled in the Hyndman vicinity and belonged to the Cooks Mills Methodist Church. Sadly, at the age of 87, Earl died in Sacred Heart Hospital in Cumberland, MD on Jan. 7, 1971. His obituary was printed in the Cumberland Evening Times, which said he was survived by nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Daughter Delilah "Mae" Emerick (1883-1971) was born on July 2, 1883 in Kennells Mills, PA, a twin with her brother Earl. She wedded John Feichtner/Fichtner ( ? - ? ). She was in Hyndman in 1942.
Son Clay Jefferson Emerick (1886-1958) was born in (?). He wedded Sadie Elizabeth (Evans) Miller (Oct. 30, 1899-1964), widow of Howard Miller and daughter of Samuel and Annie (Troutman) Evans of Hyndman. Sadie brought at least one son into the marriage with Clay, Troy E. Miller. Together, they bore more offspring of their own -- Raymond Emerick, Floyd Emerick, Zane Emerick and Marian Robinette. The family resided in Corrigansville, MD in the 1940s and 1950s and held a membership in the Methodist Church. Sadly, Clay died on Jan. 17, 1958, with burial in Hyndman Cemetery. Rev. John Zinn presided at the funeral. At the age of 64, Sadie died in Sacred Heart Hospital in Cumberland on Dec. 5, 1964. Her obituary was printed in the Cumberland (MD) News. Funeral services were led by Rev. Richard C. Chambers, and burial was in Hyndman Cemetery.
Daughter Edna Pearl Emerick (1892-1954) was born on Sept. 1, 1892 in Cooks Mills. On Jan. 24, 1912, at the age of 19, she wedded Ross Bagley ( ? -1960). The couple put down roots in Ellerslie, MD. Together, they bore these children -- Charles M. Bagley, Mrs. Elton T. Wenrich, Almeda Stroup, Ross Bagley Jr. and Maynard Bagley. She belonged to the Ellerslie Methodist Church and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen. Sadly, at the age of 62, Edna Pearl passed away at home on Nov. 29, 1954. An obituary in the Bedford Gazette said she was survived by nine grandchildren. After a funeral led by Rev. T.D. Richardson, interment of the remains was in Cook Mills Cemetery. Ross outlived his bride by six years. He died at age 73 on Oct. 14, 1960.
Son Ross Tilmore Emerick (1895-1982) was born in 1895. His home circa 1942-1971 was in Hyndman, Bedford County.
~ 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.
~ 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.
In about 1894, at age 32, he married Margaret Meyers (Nov. 1868- ? ).
The couple's two known offspring were Elmer Clen Emerick and Millard Emerick.
The federal census enumeration of 1900 shows the family in Eckhart, Allegany County, MD. Jefferson's occupation was as a day laborer, and Margaret's younger brother Maurice lived under their roof that year.
By 1910, the Emericks had moved back into Somerset County and dwelled on a farm in Southampton.
Son Elmer Clen Emerick (1894-1960) was born in Nov. 1894 at Eckhart, Allegany County, MD. He was joined in wedlock with Lucretia Watts ( ? - ? ). They were the parents of Ellsworth James Emerick. The Emericks' address in the late 1950s was 210 South Street, Cumberland. Elmer was employed by City Products Company of Cumberland. He held memberships in the Ohr lodge of the Masons, Cumberland Consistory of the Ali Ghan Temple, the Ali Ghan Relief Association, Cumberland lodge of the Elks, Queen City Council of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics and Local 453 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. They also belonged to the Second Baptist Church. Sadly, at the age of 65, he died at home on Jan. 16, 1960. His obituary appeared in the Cumberland Evening Times. Rev. Archie McIntyre Jr. led the funeral service, with burial in Sunset Memorial Park.
Son Millard I. Emerick (1896-1974) was born in March 1896. He was united in matrimony with Olive B. Smith (1895- ? ). They produced a daughter, Eileen Emerick. The Emericks put down roots in Washington. As a widower, Millard moved into the Queen City Towers apartments in Cumberland. He belonged to the Grace Baptist Church as well as Senior Citizens and Sixty Plus Club. Toward the end, he went to live in the Cuppett-Weeks Nursing Home in nearby Oakland, MD. He died there at the age of 77 on Jan. 2, 1974. The Cumberland Evening Times printed an obituary.
~ 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 ~
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.