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Jonathan Emerick Jr.


Jonathan Emerick Jr. was born on June 18, 1837 in Somerset County, PA, the son of Jonathan and Rachel (Sturtz) Emerick Sr.

He was a lifelong farmer in Southampton Township.

Circa 1860, he was joined in the holy bonds of wedlock with Drusilla Lowery (1842-1907).

They did not reproduce.

In 1860, the newlyweds boarded in the home of Jonathan's parents in Southampton. He is thought to be the same "Jont. Emerick" who in 1872 successfully sued Roddy & Findley and won $3,578.38 in damages, an item reported by the Somerset Herald.

Circa 1877, he is believed to have owned a tract of 308 acres with rich underlying deposits of coal, iron ore, limestone, fire clay, petroleum and other mineral resources. Circa 1879, Jonathan 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.

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1900, the pair dwelled in Londonderry Township, Bedford County. Jonathan was employed as a salesman at the time.

Then in 1911, when his widowed sister Tena was attempting to obtain her late husband's Civil War pension, Jonathan provided an affidavit on her behalf.

On June 18, 1907, Drusilla died at age 66 at home at Cook's Mills, Bedford County, PA. Reported the Cumberland (MD) Evening Times, the funeral was held at the Cook's Mills Church with interment in the church graveyard.

Jonathan outlived his wife by 16 years. He boarded in 1910 in the home of Martha Baker and her aunt, Mary Kennell, in Southampton.

Jonathan was named in the 1913 Meyersdale Republican obituary of his brother Nathan as living in Gladdens.

At the age of 86, he was swept away by the Grim Reaper on Dec. 10, 1923. No physician was in attendance, and no cause of death was officially reported. Allen Bittner of Ellerslie, MD was the informant for the Pennsylvania certificate of death. Burial was in Cook's Mill, PA.

One researcher has compiled a record that the couple bore a son Cleveland Emerick (1887- ? ), but their 1900 federal census record clearly shows that Drucilla had borne zero children. Cleveland's Pennsylvania death certificate names his parents as Erin Emerick and Mary Bridecome.


Copyright 2000, 2011, 2015-2017, 2021 Mark A. Miner

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