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Josiah Emerick


Indiana's marker, Comp's Cemetery

Josiah Emerick -- sometimes known as "Joseph" -- was born on Dec. 6, 1835 in Southampton Township, Somerset County, PA, the son of Jonathan and Rachel (Sturtz) Emerick Sr.

He married Indiana Davis (1842-1894), who may have been born in Indiana but more likely in Pennsylvania and whose father was an immigrant from England. Census records show that Indiana could not write.

The 10 known children the couple produced together were John Alex Emerick, St. Louis Emerick, Charles E. Emerick, Richard C. Emerick, Ida Emerick, Clara May Emerick, Joseph Emerick, James "Perry" Emerick, Mary Ellen Shumaker and Noah C. Emrick. One son went by the name "George."

During the Civil War, in about 1862 or '63, after the births of their two eldest sons, the family moved across the state line into Maryland and settled on a farm near Cumberland in Allegany County, MD.

They remained there until about 1879 or '80 and then relocated back into Pennsylvania to Fairhope their old home region of Southampton Township. In 1880, the census shows all of the boys who were above the age of 12 working on the farm.

Josiah and Indiana died within a few months of each other. He passed first, on March 15, 1894.

She survived until May, and died on May 29, 1894. They rest for eternity in Comp's Cemetery. Her grave marker remains legible today. [Find-a-Grave]

In 1934, the location of their graves was surveyed and recorded by the Works Progress Administration [link]. In 2016, Indiana's marker was photographed by the founder of this website.


~ Son John "Alex" Emerick ~

Son John "Alex" Emerick (1859-1945) was born in about 1859 in Southampton Township, Somerset County.

When he was 23 years of age, in about 1882, Alex married Clara Jane Kennell (July 1863-1936), daughter of Andrew Jackson and Mary Ellen (Baughman) Kennell.

Together, Alex and Clara Jane produced a family of a baker's dozen number of children -- Mary Carder, Agnes Stemple, Edna Moore, Margaret Kane, Clara "Alberta" Emerick, Gertrude Dietz, Myrtle Robertson, Cora Willison, Clarence Emerick, Walter Emerick, Gilbert Emerick, Leroy Emerick and Edward Edgar Emerick.

In 1899 or 1900, after the birth of their daughter Myrtle, the Emericks migrated across the state line to a farm in Mt. Savage near Frostburg, Allegany County, MD. In addition to farming, Alex earned a living as a coal miner in the Mt. Savage area, as shown in the 1910 federal census enumeration. Sons Gilbert and Clarence also mined coal in 1910..

Clara Jane passed away in 1936.

Alex outlived his wife by nine years and at first lived at 32 Greene Street. He spent his final years in the home of his daughter Edna Moore at 646 Mechanic Street, Cumberland.

He died at the age of 87 on Feb. 27, 1945 at the age of about 87. Burial was in Cumberland's Rose Hill Cemetery, with Rev. William A. Eisenberger, of the First Presbyterian Church, preaching the funeral sermon. An obituary in the Cumberland News said that he was survived by 42 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were led by Rev. William C. Harpold. Interment of the remains was in St. Patrick's Cemetery.


Cumberland's fairgrounds and racetrack, popular local landmarks


Daughter Cora Emerick (1883-1971) was born in Feb. 1883. She married Clifford Earl Willison ( ? - ? ). At one time she lived in Ridgeley, MD. The couple eventually relocated to Baltimore. Together, they produced two children -- Beaufort Willison and Kathleen Bierman. Cora earned a living through employment at the Linen Thread Company of Baltimore, and belonged to the Calvary United Methodist Church. Sadly, Clifford died at the age of 73 on Jan. 20, 1955. His funeral was led by Rev. Carl H. Clapp of St. Mark's Evangelical and Reformed Church. Cora outlived her husband by 16 years. Did she marry again to "Clifton" Willison? She passed away at home at the age of 89 in May 1971. Rev. Ronald R. Winterberg led the funeral service. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park, with an obituary appearing in the Cumberland News.

  • Grandson Beaufort Willison dwelled in Helmer, IN.
  • Granddaughter Kathleen Willison was joined in wedlock with (?) Bierman. Her home in 1971 was in Baltimore.

Daughter Mary Elizabeth Emerick (1884-1969) was born in Nov. 1884 in Cook's Mill, south of Hynman, Bedford County, PA. She wedded (?) Carder and lived in Cumberland in 1945-1969. They were the parents of four -- Eugene Carder, Howard Carder, Dorothy Hughes and Loretta LaGratta. Her address in later years was 451 Waverly Terrace. She was admitted to Cumberland's Memorial Hospital where she succumbed to the angel of death at the age of 84 on March 25, 1969. Rev. Ronald Winterberg, of the Oldtown United Methodist Church, presided over the funeral service. The remains were lowered into eternal sleep in Hillcrest Burial Park. An obituary in the Cumberland News spelled her father's first name as "Ellick."

  • Grandson Eugene Carder lived in Oldtown, MD in 1969.
  • Grandson Howard Carder dwelled in Akron, OH.
  • Granddaughter Dorothy Carder wedded (?) Hughes. Her home in 1969 was in Cumberland, MD.
  • Granddaughter Loretta Carder married LaGratta. She resided in Cumberland, MD.

Daughter Agnes Emerick (1886- ? ) was born in Aug. 1886. She married (?) Stemple ( ? - ? ). She resided in 1945 in Cumberland.

Son Gilbert C. Emerick (1887-1960) was born in Oct. 1887 in Fairhope, Somerset County. In 1910, at the age of 22, he lived at home and labored as a coal miner. In adulthood he made his residence in Barrelville, MD. He was joined in matrimony with Mary Loar ( ? - ? ). Together, the couple bore eight children -- Mrs. George Yeager, Mrs. William Harris, Margaret Emerick, Mildred Llewellyn, Joseph Emerick, Mrs. Robert Bingman, Genevieve Emerick and Vivian Owl. As Gilbert's health declined, he was admitted to Miner's Hospital in Frostburg, MD. He died there at the age of 72 on Feb. 21, 1960. An obituary appeared in the Cumberland Evening Times.

Son Clarence Emerick (1889- ? ) was born in Sept. 1889. He earned a living as a coal miner in Mt. Savage, MD in 1910. He moved to Indiana state and was in Fort Wayne in 1960-1969.

Daughter Edna Emerick (1891- ? ) was born in Dec. 1891. She was joined in matrimony with J.J. Moore ( ? - ? ). They put down roots in Cumberland with an addess of 646 Mechanic Street.

Daughter Gertrude Emerick (1893-1958) was born in Sept. 1893 in Bedford County, PA. She entered into marriage with O.C. "Red" Dietz ( ? - ? ). Their residence for many years was in Mt. Savage, Allegany County, MD. Four children born to this union were Calvin Dietz, Eileen Mowry, Marie Hosselrode and Waneda Hartge. The Dietzes belonged to the Barrelville Presbyterian Church. As her health plummeted, Gertrude was admitted to Memorial Hospital in Cumberland. Death swept her away there at the age of 64 on June 23, 1958. The Cumberland News published an obituary. Funeral services were led by Rev. Maruice D. Robertson of the First Presbyterian Church, Cumberland. The remains were lowered under the sod of Rest Lawn Burial Park.

  • Grandson Calvin Dietz moved to Crestline, OH.
  • Granddaughter Eileen Dietz married (?) Mowry. Her home in 1958 was in Ellerslie, MD.
  • Granddaughter Marie Dietz wedded (?) Hosselrode. She dwelled circa 1958 in Baltimore.
  • Granddaughter Waneda Dietz was united in matrimony with (?) Hartge. She lived in Shelby, OH in 1958.

Daughter Margaret Emerick (1895-1964) was born on March 18, 1895 in Wellersburg, Somerset County. She was united in wedlock with Charles R. Kane ( ? - ? ). They are not known to have reproduced. For decades, the Kanes dwelled in Cumberland, at the address of 407 Fifth Street. On the tragic day of April 23, 1964, the 69-year-old Margaret was was working in the front yard of her home when she was hit and mortally injured by a moving vehicle operated by a 16-year-old boy. She was "in a crouched position when she was struck ... [and] hurled up over the curb," reported the Cumberland Evening Times. She was rushed to the hospital where she died later that day. Rev. Charles W. Bogan, of St. Mary's Catholic Church, sung the funeral mass, with burial in St. Patrick's Cemetery.

Son Leroy C. Emerick (1897- ? ) was born in April 1897. He dwelled in Cumberland and may be the same man circa 1932 who operated the Silver Star Dance Hall, a confectionary and gasoline station along the Mt. Savage Road in Barrelsville. In doing so, he advertised dancing "every Thursday and Saturday." He was united in the bonds of holy wedlock with Ruth M. ( ? - ? ). During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army at Camp Chaffee, AR. After the war's end, Ruth filed for divorce, and it was granted in November 1947. In 1960-1969, Leroy was in Mt. Savage, MD.

Daughter Myrtle Emerick (1899-1978) was born in 1899. She tied the knot with Walter Garfield Robertson (May 4, 1880-1961), son of David and Victoria (Richardswon) Robertson of Ocean, MD. They were the parents of Russell Robertson, Kenneth B. Robertson, Berniece Appleoff, Violet Robertson and Mrs. Donald Trexler. They lived in Mt. Savage, MD in 1968-1969, along Mt. Savage Road near Melody Manor. Walter was emploed by the Safe Deposit and Trust Company of Baltimore. he held a membership in the Kemp lodge of the Masons. Myrtle loved youth baseball and actively followed the Pen-Mar Baseball League. She was "considered one of Allegany county's most loyal baseball fans and she and her late husband... operated Melody Manor, where baseball meetings were held for many years," said the Cumberland News. "Since 1932, Mrs. Robertson has saved the scorebooks of many of the games that were played at Barrelville and her husband scored the games that were played there." Sadly, Walter died at home at the age of 80 on Feb. 8, 1961. An obituary in the News reported that funeral services were conducted by Rev. Maurice D. Robertson, of the First Presbyterian Church. Burial followed in Frostburg Memorial Park. Myrtle outlived her spouse by 17 years. She is known to have hosted the annual Emerick family reunion at her home in August 1968. Then in July 1969, she received the honor of throwing out the first pitch at the Pen-Mar league all-star game, held at Moss Cottage Field. The spectre of death whisked her away in 1978.

  • Grandson Russell Robertson relocated to Pico Riviera, CA.
  • Grandson Kenneth B. Robertson made his home in Berkeley Springs, WV.
  • Granddaughter Berniece Robertson (1917-1988) was born on Nov. 1, 1917 in Maryland. In 1944, she was united in matrimony with Richard Ray Appleoff (1923-1993), a native of Hiawatha, Brown County, KS. The couple's four known children were Bruce Appleoff, Mark Appleoff, Janell Broton and Michelle Chandler. Richard served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. They lived in Falls City, NE in 1961. Berniece passed into eternity at the age of 70, in Cedar Rapids, Linn County, IA on July 19, 1988. Her remains are in eternal repose in Cedar Memorial Park in Cedar Rapids. Richard outlived his wife and apparently married a second time. He died on May 14, 1993. Burial was in the Rock Island National Cemetery in Illinois.
  • Granddaughter Violet Robertson was unmarried and resided with her parents in 1961.
  • Granddaughter (?) Robertson was joined in wedlock with Donald Trexler. The couple put down roots in Mt. Savage, MD.

Son Walter Emerick (1901- ? ) was born in about 1901 in Mt. Savage, Allegany County, MD. He resided in Mt. Savage circa 1945-1969.

Daughter Clara "Alberta" Emerick (1905-1948) was born in about 1905 in Mt. Savage, MD. She was not married. Alberta made a home in Cumberland at 212 Cecelia Street. She was employed for years at the Celanese Corporation plant in Cumberland, retiring due to poor health in 1946. She was a member of Moffatt memorial Presbyterian Chapel of Barrelville, MD. She died at home at the age of 44 on Feb. 8, 1948. An obituary appeared in the Cumberland Evening Times. Rev. Robert M. Campbell, of Southminster Presbyterian Church, officiated the funeral. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Son Edward Edgar Emerick (1908-1966) was born in about 1908 in Mt. Savage, Allegany County, MD, the youngest of 13 children. He entered into the union of marriage with Elva Weatherholtz ( ? - ? ). Two children born in this family were Leo Edward Emerick and Mrs. Earl Jennings Dennison. They made their home for decades in Mt. Savage. Edward earned his wages in maintenance at the motor vehicle garage of the County of Allegany. The family belonged to the Barrelville Presbyterian Church. He was carried away by the angels, as a patient in Cumberland's Memorial Hospital, at the age of 58 on July 24, 1966. An obituary in the Cumberland News reported that Rev. Rodney L. Casteel preached the funeral sermon, with burial following in Rest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

  • Grandson Leo Edward Emerick served with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, posted to Norfolk, VA as an engineman first class in 1966.
  • Granddaugher (?) Emerick was united in wedlock with Earl Jennings Dennison. The couple dwelled in Mt. Savage in 1966.


~ Son St. Louis Emerick ~

Son St. Louis Emerick (1860-1934) was born on Oct. 9, 1860 in Southampton Township.

He was a longtime self-employed farmer.

His bride was Anna Willison ( ? - ? ).

In the early 1930s, they dwelled at 333 Strayer Street in Dale, Cambria County, PA.

St. Louis suffered from chronic heart disease and, when contracting pneumonia in the spring of 1934, his health declined quickly. He died at age 73 years, six months on April 10, 1934. His remains were returned to Southampton Township for interment in Comp's Cemetery. Mrs. Mae Miller of 127 Joseph Avenue signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death


~ Son Charles Edward Emerick ~

Son Charles Edward Emerick (1863-1948) was born in about 1863 in Vale Summit near Cumberland, Allegany County, MD.

He married Elizabeth A. Walsh (1868- ? ).

Their four known children were Winona Vinyard, Bertha Ann Zonker, Russell Emerick and Isabelle Trahan.

The family was in Frostburg near Cumberland in 1910. In the early years of adulthood, he worked as a butcher in a meat market owned by James Engle in Frostburg.

He helped found the Frostburg Aerie of the Eagles and the Mt. Savage Lodge of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics. Then in 1917, they relocated to Indiana and settled in Kendallville, Noble County.

The federal census enumeration of 1920 shows Charles as widowed at the age of 56 and working at a refrigerator factory. That year, he provided a home with his 18-year-old daughter Isabelle. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1940, he was in the household of his married daughter Brtha Zonker in Kendallville.

Charles died in Kendallville in 1948. They are interred together in Frostburg Memorial Park in Frostburg, Allegany County, MD. [Find-a-Grave]

Son Russell Emerick was a World War II veteran and a patient in 1948 at Great Lakes Naval Station.

Daughter Winona Emerick wedded (?) Vinyard and in 1948 was in Buckhannon, WV.

Daughter Bertha Ann Emerick (1899- ? ) was born in about 1899 in Maryland. She married Clarence Zonker. Circa 1940, census records show that they were in Kendallville, Noble County, IN, and in 1948 she was in Rome City, IN.

Daughter Isabelle Emerick was joined in wedlock with (?) Trahan. They were in San Francisco in 1948.


~ Son Richard C. Emrick ~

Son Richard C. Emrick (1866-1949) was born on Christmas Day 1866 in Bedford County, PA.

Circa 1888, when he was 21 years old, he married 20-year-old Martha M. Kennell (1867-1944), daughter of Andrew Jackson and Elizabeth (Baughman) Kennell and a native of Kennell's Mill. (The two families were close, and Richard's brother John Alex Emerick married Martha's sister Clara Jane Kennell.)

They together produced a family of eight children -- Joseanna "Josie" (Emerick) Emerick, George Emerick, James Robert Emerick, Ola "Oley" Mull, Irvin Clay Emerick, Clara Burkett, Edgar William Emerick, Myrtle Nichols Schuida, Cletis Eugene Emrick and Leo Emerick.


Comp's Church Cemetery


Richard earned a living in various ways over the years -- as a farmer, postmaster and storekeeper. They were members of the Gladdens Reformed Church. When the federal census enumeration of 1900 was taken, the family was on a farm in Southampton Township. At that time, Richard's bachelor uncle Nathan Emerick, age 76, lived under their roof.

During the decade between 1900 and 1910, the family relocated to nearby Fairhope Township, Somerset County, with Richard employed as an engineer in a local clay mine. They remained in Fairhope as of 1930. Census records for 1920-1930 show him engaged as postmaster for the U.S. government, and in 1920 that 13-year-old grandson Arthur E. Emerick was in the household.

Sadly, suffering from hypertension and heart and kidney failure, Martha passed away on March 22, 1944 at the age of 77. The Cumberland Evening Times printed an obituary. Among those attending her funeral were Edward Kennell of Kendalville, IN, Russell and Harry Kennell of Fort Wayne, IN, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Emerick of Helmer, IN, Cletus Emerick of Gadsden, AL, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Emerick and Alex Amereick of Cumberland, Kenneth and Melvin Emerick of Pittsburgh, Edward Emerick of Burgettstown, PA, Mr. and Mrs. O.A. Mull, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Biggs and Mr. and Mrs. Warren Wakefield of Seward, PA, Joan Emerick and Mrs. Walter Suiba of Philadelphia and Ward Kennell of Wellersburg, PA.

Richard was felled by a heart attack and died instantly at the age of 82 on March 26, 1949. Burial was in Comp's Cemetery, with Rev. Charles Evans officiating at the funeral, and an obituary appearing in the Cumberland (MD) Sunday Times.

Daughter Joseanna "Josie" Emerick (1887-1966) was born on Jan. 7, 1887 in Gladdens, Southampton Township, Somerset County. She was joined in the bonds of matrimony with a cousin, John A. Emerick (Jan. 1, 1881-1920), son of Joseph and Elemina "Ellen" (McEwen) Emerick. The couple made their residence in Rockwood, Somerset County and were the parents of Arthur Emerick and Elmer J. Emerick. John earned his wages as a laborer. Heartache swept through the family when John contracted pulmonary tuberculosis at the age of 39. After about three weeks of suffering, he surrendered to death on March 2, 1920. Interment was in in Lybarger Cemetery in the community of Madley, Bedford County, PA. The widowed Joseanna outlived her husband by 46 years. She relocated to Pittsburgh and was there in 1926. She often returned home to visit with her parents. She sold a tract of land in July 1952 to Leon C. Emerick which may indicate when she migrated to Philadelphia. She appears to have spent the balance of her life in the city of brotherly love, where she and her son Arthur operated a rooming house. Their address in the mid-1960s was 1718 Arch Street in Center City. On the fateful morning of Jan. 5, 1966, said the Bedford (PA) Inquirer, she was"attacked and brutally beaten" at home. She was taken to Hahnemann Hospital, where she lingered for several weeks until she passed away at the age of 79 on Jan. 24, 1966. The remains were shipped back to Bedford County to sleep for eternity in Lybarger Cemetery. Rev. Charles Evans led the funeral service. She was survived by two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

  • Grandson Arthur E. Emerick and his mother operated a rooming house in Philadelphia in the 1960s, at the address of 1718 Arch Street.
  • Grandson Elmer J. Emerick ( ? -2003) was born in (?). He moved to Pittsburgh and put down roots in its Beechview neighborhood. He was united in matrimony with Edith V. Buckley ( ? -1975). Their two children were Arthur E. Emerick and Geraldine Hunter. He was employed as assistant manager for the A&P Tea Company. The family was plunged into grief when Edith died on June 21, 1975. The remains were transported to Hyndman, Bedford County to sleep for all time in Madley Cemetery. He died at the age of 95 on April 7, 2003. An obituary was printed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Great-granddaughter Geraldine "Gerry" Emerick wedded Howard A. Hunter. They established a home in Jefferson Borough in Pittsburgh's South Hills. The couple's four offspring were James Hunter, Nancy Clutter, Dean Hunter and Karen Hunter. Heartache cascaded over the family when Geraldine died on Sept. 30, 1986. Funeral services were held in the Lebanon Presbyterian Church, with burial following in the Lebanon Church Cemetery. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran an obituary.

Great-grandson Arthur E. Emerick relocated to Florida by 1975.

Son George W. Emerick (1888-1961) was born in July 1888 in Gladdens, Southampton Township. He resided at home in Fairhope in 1910 and earned a living as a railroad brakeman. He was united in the bonds of wedlock with Helen Jane Stillwagon (1892-1954), a native of Connellsville and the daughter of George M. and Cornelia (Valentine) Stillwagon. Their brood of four offspring included Kenneth R. Emerick, George M. Emerick, Wilbert Emerick, Glenn R. Emerick and Helen "Dorothy" Dyer Wandless Klemann. In time the family moved to Pittsburgh (by 1926), living in the Beechview section for 22 years, and with George working as a freight conductor for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Their home was at 1425 Kenberma Avenue in the mid-1930s. George held a membership in the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen union, and his career with the B&O totaled more than half a century. In 1935, the family bore the heartbreak of the death of their 21-year-old son Wilbert to pneumonia. Between 1935 and 1940, George was transferred to the B&O facilities in Connellsville, Fayette County, PA, as shown on the federal census enumeration. They moved again by a954 to Cumberland, MD, making a home at the address of 617 Montgomery Avenue. The couple belonged to Trinity Methodist Church of Cumberland, and George to the East Gate lodge of the Masons. Sadly, her health having been in decline for a year, Helen passed away in Cumberland's Memorial Hospital on Feb. 25, 1954. Her pastor Rev. Clarence L. Beard conducted the funeral. Burial was in Bethel Cemetery in the Pittsburgh suburb of Bethel Park. The Cumberland News published an obituary. George appears to have married again to Margaret (Kreigline) Holler ( ? - ? ). Margaret's children from a previous marriage were Mrs. Charles G. Crawford, Charles E. Holler and Mrs. O.J. Harbell. He retired on June 30, 1958. George was ill for the last two years of his life. He passed away in Cumberland's Memorial Hospital at the age of 72 on July 11, 1961. Following funeral services held in Cumberland, led by Rev. Louis Emerick of the family church, the body was transported to Pittsburgh for interment in Bethel Cemetery. An obituary appeared in the Pittsburgh Press and Cumberland News.

  • Grandson Kenneth R. Emerick ( ? -1990) was born in (?). He wedded Louise B. French ( ? - ? ). Together, the pair bore a son, Kenneth W. Emerick. The couple lived for years in the Castle Shannon neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Kenneth earned a living there as a self-employed painter, retiring in 1977. He was socially active as a member of the Southgate-Marshall lodge of the Masons, the Syria Temple and Shriners. The family belonged to the Castle Shannon United Methodist Church. Stricken with lung cancer, he passed away at home on June 14, 1990. Funeral services were held in the family church, followed by burial of the remains in Jefferson Memorial Park in nearby Pleasant Hills. The Pittsburgh Press ran an obituary.

Great-grandson Kenneth W. Emerick made his home circa 1990 in Finleyville, Washington County, PA. He was the father of Michael Emerick, Douglas Emerick and Jeffrey Emerick.

  • Grandson George Melvin Emerick ( ? -1967) was born on March 5, 1913 in Pittsburgh. He married Margaret Fitzgerald ( ? - ? ). Two daughters were born to this union, Margaret Metzger and Patricia Emerick. The family resided for years in the Beechview section of Pittsburgh, at the address of 2318 Vodeli Street. As with his brother Kenneth, George earned a living as a painting contractor. He held a membership in the Milnor lodge of the Masons. After suffering from heart problems, he was felled by a heart attack and died in St. Joseph Hospital in Pittsburgh, at the age of 54, on Aug. 7, 1967. The remains were lowered under the sod of Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Peters Township, Washington County. His obituary was printed in the Pittsburgh Press.

Great-granddaughter Margaret Emerick married (?) Metzger. They were the parents of Peggy Ann Metzger.

Great-granddaughter Patricia Emerick ( ? - ? )

  • Grandson Wilbert R. Emerick (1914-1935) was born on July 1, 1914. He entered into marriage with Catherine Jones ( ? - ? ). The couple apparently did not reproduce. In the mid-1930s, their address in Pittsburgh was 136 Boggs Avenue. He was employed as a service repairman by Hoover Sweeper Company. The end for Wilbert came quickly. In late August 1935 he contracted lobar pneumonia. A week later, on Sept. 4, 1935, he was dead, at the age of 21. The body were laid to rest in Bethel Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
  • Grandson Glenn R. Emerick (1920- ? ) was born in about 1920. At the age of 20, in 1940, he lived with his parents in Connellsville and worked as a house painter. He dwelled for decades in Cumberland, MD and was there in 1990.
  • Granddaughter Helen "Dorothy" Emerick (1930-2006) was born on Nov. 6, 1930 in Pittsburgh and grew up in Connellsville, PA and Cumberland, MD. She was trained as a cosmetologist. She was thrice-wed. She first was joined in marriage with James E. Dyer ( ? - ? ). They put down roots in Cumberland, MD and were there in 1961. In time, she wedded again by the early 1960s to (?) Wandless ( ? - ? ) with their residence in Miami. The second marriage resulted in a son, Henry Lee Wandless, and possibly also a daughter Helen Jane Ring. She moved in about 1966 from Miami to Lakeland, FL. By 1990, Dorothy was united in matrimony with (?) Klemann ( ? - ? ), residing in Lakeland. She was the owner and operator of Aldine Beauty Salon. She held membershipos in the Living Hope Community Church and the Order of Eastern Star. Stricken with cancer, she succumbed to death in Lakeland at the age of 75 on Aug. 30, 2006. An obituary was published in the Lakeland Ledger and Tampa Bay Times.

Great-grandson Henry Lee Wandless ( ? - ? ) lived in Lakeland, FL in 2006.

Great-granddaughter Helen Jane Ring resided in Auburndale, FL in 2006.

Son James Robert Emerick (1889-1926) was born on Oct. 31, 1889 in Southampton Township. He was of medium height and a stout build, with blue eyes and light hair. At the age of 20, in 1910, he labored in the local clay mine in Fairhope. In 1912, James entered into marriage with Edna "Pearl" Frazier (Feb. 21, 1896-1973), a native of Bedford County and the daughter of Andrew J. and Emma Jane (Engleka) Frazier. The couple bore two sons, Alton T. Emerick and James R. Emerick. The small family first lived in Fairhope, Somerset County and then migrated to Connellsville, Fayette County, PA, where James labored over the years as a brakeman and conductor for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Their address in Connellsville was 1122 Vine Street. He held a membership in the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen union. Over the last six years of his life, he suffered from a debilitating illness of paralysis. Evidence suggests that Pearl remained in Connellsville while he returned to Fairhope after he was forced to stop working. Death overtook him on Oct. 29, 1926, just two days before what would have been his 37th birthday. An obituary in the Meyersdale Republican named his wife and son, while his death certificate claimed he was single. The remains were lowered into the sacred soil of Comp's Cemetery. Pearl outlived her husband by 47 years. She wed twice more, first in 1927 to Ira Flesher (1876-1952). Ira brought a son to the union, Ivan Flesher. She married a third time in 1956 to Clarence A. Danner (1895-1984). He too had been married before and was the father of Clarence A. Danner Jr., George Danner, David Danner, James Danner, Thelma Russell and Velva Reeves. She was a member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church and its Philathea Sunday School Class, as well as the Ladies Auxiliary to the Connellsville Barracks of World War I veterans, the Friendship Temple of Pythian Sisters and the Dames of Malta. Circa 1973, her home in Connellsville was at 110 South Fourth Street. At the age of 77, she died on May 30, 1973. Her obituary was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier.

  • Grandson Alton T. Emerick (1913-1977) was born on Sept. 8, 1913 in Connellsville. He was joined in marriage with Gertrude E. Piper (May 19, 1910-2002), also of Connellsville and the daughter of Thomas and Harriet L. (Leighty) Piper. They bore a son together, Robert A. Emerick. The couple lived in South Connellsville for years and belonged to the Albright United Methodist Church. Alton passed away in Pittsburgh at the age of 63 on Sept. 2, 1977. His body was lowered under the sod of Green Ridge Memorial Park in Pennsville north of Connellsville. Gertrude survived him by a quarter of a century. Death claimed her at the age of 92 on June 11, 2002. Rev. Dr. Byron Tate Fulton presided over her funeral, with an obituary appearing in the Greensburg Tribune-Review.

Great-grandson Robert A. Emerick ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). He married Betty R. ( ? - ? ). The family lived in Uniontown, Fayette County. Their two sons were Michael R. Emerick and Thomas M. Emerick.

  • Grandson James R. Emerick (1920-1994) was born in 1920. He resided in Washington, Washington County, PA.

Daughter Ola M. "Oley" Emerick (1890- ? ) was born in Dec. 1890 in Southampton Township. She wedded Oscar Edgar Mull (Feb. 6, 1889-1957), son of John and Norah (Bush) Mull of Bedford County. Three children born in this family were Grace Wakefield, Pauline Briggs and Richard "Curtis" Mull. They resided in Fairfax, WV in 1910 and in Rockwood in the 1920s. The family pulled up stakes again and moved to Seward, Westmoreland County, PA by the early 1930s. Ola often visited her parents, with the news covered in the gossip columns of the Meyersdale Republican. Oscar was a longtime foreman for the Pennsylvania Electric Company and held a membership in the United Electrical Union. The family belonged to the Reformed Church of Rockwood. Sadly, at the age of 68, having suffered for 18 months with hypertension, followed by uremia, Oscar died at home on June 6, 1957. Daughter Grace Wakefield of Seward signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Funeral services were led by Rev. James Shaffer, and burial was in Madley Cemetery in Buffalo Mills, Bedford County. His obituary was printed in the Cumberland (MD) News and Somerset (PA) Daily American. Ola survived for decades. She was named in the newspapers at the births of great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Residing in Hillsdale, Indiana County, PA, she surrendered to the angel of death in 1981.

  • Granddaughter Grace Mull married Warren J. "Buck" Wakefield. They dwelled in Seward, Westmoreland County and were the parents of David Wakefield.

Great-grandson David Wakefield married Loretta. They made a residence in Armagh, Indiana County in the 1970s. The couple together bore a daughter Susan Bowers.

  • Granddaughter Pauline Mull ( ? -1974) was born in (?). She grew up in Rockwood and was a graduate of the 1928 class of Rockwood High School. Pauline wedded Dale Briggs ( ? - ? ). She lived in the 1950s and '60s in Seward, Westmoreland County, PA. Pauline is known to have run for election for St. Clair Township tax collector in 1965 and to have served as secretary for the Seward Fire Auxiliary, stepping down in 1966. Having sold her home near the Texaco Service Station in 1973, she held an auction of her household contents. She moved to Alabama to resided with a son in Huntsville, AL. Sadly, Pauline died in Huntsville in October 1974. The body was brought back to Seward for funeral services. Among those attending the services, reported the Somerset Daily American, were old neighbors and girlhood friends from Rockwood, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Barclay and Evelyn Schrock.
  • Grandson Richard "Curtis" Mull (1912-1940) was born on Nov. 26, 1912. In 1935, he was joined in wedlock with Odetta Mary Rager (1913-1999), daughter of Lemon George and Martha (Edkins) Rager. They put down roots in Seward, Westmoreland County, PA and were the parents of Miriam "Elaine" Robb. Curtis earned a living as a salesman for Super Oil Company. On the tragic day of May 4, 1940, at the age of 27, Curtis was killed in an automobile accident near the Blue Ridge gasoline station on U.S. Route 30, about a quarter mile from Ligonier, Westmoreland County. The Ligonier Echo reported that he and a friend "lost their lives ... when a coupe in which they were riding crashed into the rear of a large trailer truck transporting a steam shovel." His neck and skull were crushed. The news was published widely throughout the state. Curtis' remains were laid to rest in Madley Cemetery. Odetta lived on for an extraordinary 59 years. After two years of grieving, Odetta entered into marriage with John Friedrich Eisele (1907-1960). He died in 1960. Her second period of widowhood spanned 39 years. Death swept her away on Feb. 5, 1999 in Cambria County, PA. Burial was in Grandview Cemetery in Johnstown.

Great-granddaughter Miriam "Elaine" Mull (1932-2018) was born in 1932 in Johnstown, Cambria County, PA. She was only eight years old when her father was killed. She grew up in Johnstown and was valedictorian of the Johnstown High School Class of 1950. She received a scholarship to study education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 1953, she was united in matrimony with Korean War veteran Luther Robb ( ? - ? ) of the U.S. Navy. The couple relocated to State College, PA, where Luther began his studies at Penn State University. Miriam worked in Johnstown as head window dresser and fashion designer for the Penn Traffic department store. Interested in politics, she served as a Republican committeewoman in Centre County. The couple eventually divorced. She went on to support herself in the fields of insurance and real estate. She also collected antiques and collectibles. Reported the Lewistown Sentinel, "Possessed with innate creative ability, Miriam was a talented artist, sculptor, painter, gardener, singer and seamstress... In State College, Miriam was a local 'legend' in gardening and landscape architecture. She designed, created and installed terraced flower beds and a variety of unique exotic trees, flowers and plants at the North Oak Lane home. She also developed a line of hybrid, multi-colored daylilies." Sadly, she contracted breast cancer which spread throughout her body. She died in Mifflin County, PA on May 8, 2018. In an obituary, the family asked that any memorial donations be made to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

Son Irvin Clay Emerick (1893-1910) was born on St. Patrick's Day 1893 in Southampton Township. The Meyersdale Republican reported in January 1910 that he had gone to Fairfax, WV to visit his married sister Ola Mull. In 1910, when he was 17 years of age, he worked in a nearby brickyard, maybe known as "Adams." Later that year, he appears to have secured a position as a brakeman with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in Cumberland, Allegany County, MD. On the fateful Christmas Eve of 1910, Irvin died, said to have been asphyxiated in the home of A. Sellers in Cumberland. The remains were brought back to Somerset County for burial in Comp's Cemetery.

Daughter Clara J. Emerick (1895- ? ) was born in Feb. 1895 in Southampton Township. At the age of 18, she was united in wedlock with 19-year-old Shannon Burkett (1894- ? ). The couple did not reproduce. They established a residence in Hyndman, Bedford County and were there in 1917-1966. Clara often returned home to see her parents, as evidenced by numerous short gossip column articles in the Meyersdale Republican. They also traveled to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia at times to visit relatives and friends. In November 1925, Shannon was elected an inspector for Hyndman. Federal census enumeration records for 1930 show the couple in Hyndman, with him employed as a track foreman with the railroad. Nothing more about them is known.

Son Edgar William Emerick (1899-1995) was born on Sept. 26, 1899 at Comp's Crossroads in Southampton Township. He wedded a cousin, Nora V. Emerick (Aug. 8, 1899-1997), daughter of Jacob and Lydia (Martz) Emerick. The couple's seven children were Irvin Emerick, Nancy Santavy, Doris Littleton, Eleanor Wolf, Barbara Emerick, Betty Emerick and Kathryn Anderson. He relocated to Burgettstown, Washington County, PA, and remained in the Pittsburgh region for 45 years. There, he earned his income as a crane operator for American Bridge Company. Nora spent a 45-year career as a teacher in several schools in Somerset County. His home in 1966 was in Carnegie, PA. In retirement, Edgar moved back to Somerset and settled in Glencoe. They held a membership in the Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church near Glencoe, and he belonged to the Hyndman lodge of the Masons and she to the Order of Easterrn Star. Death carried him away at the age of 94, in Somerset Hospital, on Feb. 13, 1994. An obituary reported that he was survived by eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Rev. James L. Fish Jr. preached the funeral sermon, with interment in Comp's Cemetery. Nora outlived her spouse by three years. She succumbed to the spectre of death at the age of 97 on Jan. 19, 1997. Her final resting place is in Lebanon Cemetery in Glencoe.

  • Grandson Irvin Emerick lived in Carnegie, near Pittsburgh, in the 1990s.
  • Granddaughter Nancy Emerick married (?) Santavy. Her home in 1994 was in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, PA.
  • Granddaughter Doris Emerick wedded (?) Littleton. She migrated to North Carolina and in 1994 was in Goldsboro, NC.
  • Granddaughter Eleanor Emerick was joined in matrimony with (?) Wolf. She dwelled in Casper, WY in the mid-1990s.
  • Granddaughter Barbara Emerick put down roots in Carnegie near Pittsburgh.
  • Granddaughter Betty Emerick relocated to San Antonio, TX.
  • Granddaughter Kathryn Emerick was united in wedlock with (?) Anderson. Circa 1994, she was in Casper, WY.

Daughter Myrtle I. Emerick (1904- ? ) was born in about 1904 in Somerset County. She moved cross-state to Philadelphia by 1926. She appears to have been twice-wed. Her first spouse was (?) Nichols ( ? - ? ). Later, she married Walter Schuida/Siuda ( ? - ? ) and remained in Philadelphia as of the mid-1960s.

Son Cletis Eugene Emrick (1905-1995) was born on April 7, 1905 in Gladdens, Somerset County. He moved to Philadelphia where he known to have been in 1926. In about 1929, at the age of 24, Cletis was united in the bonds of holy wedlock with 24-year-old Effie L. (Goll) Mahan (1904-1975), daughter of Jacob Frederick and Minerva Stewart (McCloskey) Goll. She brought a son to the union, Charles S. Mahan. At least two known sons were produced in this marriage -- Robert E. Emrick and George W. Emrick. The family frequently moved as Cletis secured promotions or new employment. They lived in Philadelphia in 1930, as shown by the U.S. Census, with both working for the railroad, he as a mechanic and she as a bookkeeper. Circa 1933, they lived in Boston, MA and in 1935 in Rimersburg, Armstrong County, PA. Among his projects circa 1933 was with his brother Edgar, working in Jennerstown on relocating a dangerous section of the Lincoln Highway known as the "Picking Curve." By 1940, they had pulled up stakes and moved to Providence, RI, where he earned a living as a construction engineer. Later he migrated to Illinois and in 1944 was in Joliet, IL. A January 1945 article in the Cumberland (MD) Evening Times reported that Cletis was "leaving for New York City to take up new duties with the George A. Fuller and Merritt Chapman and Scott Corporation. Mr. Emerick will be assigned to work in Caracas, Venezuela, South America. His wife and family will join him." His home in 1966 was in Folsom, Delaware County, PA. Cletis died on Jan. 28, 1995. Burial was beside his wife in Comp's Cemetery.

  • Grandson Robert E. Emrick (1931- ? ) was born in about 1931 in Pennsylvania.
  • Grandson George W. Emrick (1934- ? ) was born in about 1934 in Maryland.
  • Step-grandson Charles S. Mahan ( ? -1979) was married and resided in the southwest section of Philadelphia. He was married and the father of Charles Mahan, Robert Mahan, Frances McAllister, George Mahan, Thomas Mahan and Joan Mahan. He earned a living through his work for Conrail. Sadly, Charles died on Sept. 10, 1979. An obituary in the Philadelphia Inquirer said that a mass of Christian burial was held at the M.B.S. Church, with interment following in the Arlington Cemetery.

Son Leo Curtis Emerick (1910-1999) was born on June 22, 1910. He wedded a cousin, Eva Elizabeth Emerick (June 29, 1923-2012), daughter of Clarence Benjamin and Saloma Viola (Clites) Emerick of Southampton Township. The bride was 13 years younger than the groom. They did not reproduce. The couple lived in Hyndman, Bedford County. Eva Elizabeth earned a living over the years through her work at the Garment Factory in nearby Cumberland, MD. She also was a licensed minister. Leo died at the age of 89 on Sept. 3, 1999. Burial was in Comp's Cemetery. Eva Elizabeth survived her husband by a baker's dozen years. She succumbed to death in the home of a caregiver in Cumberland, MD on May 28, 2012. Rev. Jim Peters presided at her funeral service. Pallbearers were Lynn Emerick, Ronnie Emerick, Harry Hutzell, Roy Kennell, Bernard Shroyer and George "Sonny" Walters.


~ Daughter Ida Emerick ~

Daughter Ida Emerick (1869- ? ) was born in December 1869 near Cumberland, Allegany County, MD.

She may have passed away young, during the decade of the 1870s, but this needs to be confirmed.


~ Daughter Clara May (Emerick) Walsh Hollis ~

Daughter Clara May Emerick (1871-1954) was born on Christmas Eve 1870 in Mt. Savage near Cumberland, Allegany County, MD. She appears to have been twice-wed.

Her first spouse was Robert Dobson Walsh (March 26, 1862-1939), and immigrant from England and the son of Robert Walsh.

The pair together bore these known children -- Robert Walsh, Mary Clausner, Russell Walsh and Alfred Walsh.

The family lived in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, where Robert earned a living as a fire boss in the coal mines of H.C. Frick Coke Company. The couple appears to have divorced by 1920.

At the age of 77, Robert was stricken with bronchial pneumonia and acute bronchitis and was admitted to Frick Memorial Hospital in Mount Pleasant. There, he succumbed to death on March 27, 1939. Funeral services were held in the home of his daughter Mrs. Clausner.

On July 28, 1920, Clara May entered into the union of marriage with her second husband, Edward James Hollis ( ? -1970). He had been married previously and brought three children to the second union -- Raymond E. Hollis, Ruth Mansberry Grimaldi and Mazie Ellen Evans.

Their home in 1945 was in Scottdale, Westmoreland County, PA, and in 1954 was 206 College Avenue in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County. During his working career, Edward was a track foreman for the Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railway. He later accepted a position with the U.S. Cast Iron Pipe and Foundry Company in Scottdale.

Edward is known to have been active with the Friendship lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Moyer, Fayette County, and belonged to the Church of the Nazarene.

At the age of 84, burdened with heart disease and hardening of the arteries, Clara May died at home on Aug. 21, 1954. Her remains were lowered into eternal sleep in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, with Rev. Robert C. Roberts leading the funeral service at the Church of the Nazarene in Scottdale. An obituary in the Connellsville Daily Courier counted the number of her survivors as 36 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Edward outlived Clara May by 16 years. He passed away in the home of his stepdaughter Mary Clausner in Mount Pleasant at the age of 93 on or about Sept. 25, 1970. His obituary appeared in the Daily Courier.

Son Robert Walsh lived in Filbert, Fayette County in 1929 and in Fairbank, Fayette County in 1954.

Daughter Mary Walsh wedded Lewis Clausner. They resided in 1939 in Standard/Spring Garden near Mount Pleasant and later in the city of Mount Pleasant.

Son Russell Walsh made his home in Scottdale and Ronco, PA in early adulthood. Russell relocated to the state of California and was in Upland, CA in 1954. He remained in the golden state as of 1970.

Son Alfred Leo Walsh (1908-1967) was born on May 24, 1908 in Scottdale. He was young when his parents divorced, and he considered his stepfather Edward J. Hollis as his father figure. He was united in the bonds of marriage with Freda ( ? - ? ) and dwelled in Scottdale, Westmoreland County. The couple bore a family of 10 children -- Gladys Beaken, Alfred L. Walsh Jr., Beverly Plexico, Donald Walsh, Richard Walsh, Sara Campbell, Janet Ross, Yvonne Wolf, Vivian Baughman and Judith Fabian. Alfred earned a living through his labor for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Sadly,Freda died in 1964. Alfred survived her by three years. At the age of 59, he suffered cerebral bleeding and died in Frick Community Hospital in Mount Pleasant on Jan. 18, 1967. An obituary was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier, which observed that he was survived by 18 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by evangelist Robert W. Chambers. His remains lie in repose in Green Ridge Memorial Park north of Connellsville.

  • Granddaughter Gladys Walsh wedded Louis Beaken and resided in 1967 in West Newton, Westmoreland County.
  • Grandson Alfred L. Walsh Jr. moved to Texas.
  • Granddaughter Beverly Walsh married Claude Plexico. They established a home in Texas.
  • Grandson Donald Walsh relocated to Ohio.
  • Grandson Richard Walsh migrated to New Mexico.
  • Granddaughter Sara Walsh was joined in wedlock with James Campbell and made a home in Connellsville in 1967.
  • Granddaughter Janet Walsh was united in matrimony with Anthony Ross. They put down roots in Connellsville, PA.
  • Granddaughter Yvonne Walsh entered into marriage with Robert Wolf. The couple dwelled in 1967 in Connellsville.
  • Granddaughter Vivian Walsh wedded Scott Baughman. Their residence in 1967 was in Irwin, Westmoreland County, PA.
  • Granddaughter Judith Walsh married Gilbert Fabian. Circa 1967, they lived in Herminie, Westmoreland County, PA.


~ Son Joseph Emerick ~

Son Joseph Emerick (1873-1949) born in about 1872 or 1873 near Cumberland, Allegany County, MD.

As had his older brother Charles, he migrated to Indiana and was wedded to Dollie Jeannette Cain (1877-1962).

The United States Census count of 1940 shows the couple on a farm in Wayne, Noble County, IN.

Joseph passed away in 1949. Burial was in Lake View Cemetery in Kendallville, Noble County, IN. [Find-a-Grave]

Dollie joined him in eternal repose in 1962.


~ Son James "Perry" Emerick ~

Son James "Perry" Emrick (1875-1952) was born on July 10, 1875 near Cumberland, Allegany County, MD. He was twice married.

His first bride was Margaret "Maggie" Milks (1878-1958).

The couple produced one son, Charles P. Emrick, and later divorced.

Perry's second spouse, whom he married in or before 1918, was Josephine Toellner (1875-1956).

Their two sons were Toellner Emrick and Perry J. Emrick.

Perry relocated to Helmer, Steuben County, IN, as did his brothers George and Noah.

He died in Helmer on June 15, 1952.

Josephine outlived him by four years and passed away on Oct. 11, 1956. They rest together under a red barre granite stone in Lake View Cemetery in Kendalville, Noble County, IN. [Find-a-Grave]

Former wife Maggie married again to Guy F. Failor and died in Indiana on Oct. 28, 1958.


~ Daughter Mary Ellen (Emerick) Shumaker ~

Daughter Mary Ellen Emerick (1878-1938) was born on Nov. 16, 1878 near Cumberland, Allegany County, MD.

She was united in holy wedlock with Samuel J. Shumaker ( ? - ? ).

They made their home in the late 1930s in the rural outskirts of Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, PA.

When she was about age 37, in 1915, she began to develop a goiter. She also began to endure congestive heart failure and kidney disease. Her name was printed in the gossip columns of the Connellsville Daily Courier in July 1926 when she received a visit from her sister Clara Hollis. She was unable to continue with housework in about June 1937 as her health failed.

She died on June 24, 1938, at home. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.


~ Son George W. Emerick ~

Son George W. Emerick (1881-1959) was born in 1881.

He migrated to Indiana and at one time lived near Helmer, Steuben County, IN.

He married Mary E. (1882-1939).

They produced at least one son, Ralph Lowell Emrick, born in 1917.

Mary died in 1939 at the age of 57.

George lived on for another two decades. Circa 1945, he resided in Helmer. He expired in 1959. Burial is in Wright Cemetery in Hudson, Steuben County. [Find-a-Grave]


~ Son Noah C. Emerick ~

Son Noah C. Emerick (1887-1973) was born in 1887, the youngest of 10 children and 28 years younger than his eldest sibling.

He was united in holy wedlock with Lulu E. (1890-1970).

In 1945, the Emericks lived in Helmer, Steuben County, IN.

Noah died in 1970 and Lulu in 1973.

They are buried together in Fairfield Cemetery in Fairfield Center, DeKalb County, IN. [Find-a-Grave]


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