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Solomon Emerick
(1840-1921)

 

The Emericks' nearly identical graves, Comp Church

 

Solomon Emerick was born on Feb. 11, 1840 in Southampton Township, Somerset County, PA, the son of Jonathan and Rachel (Sturtz) Emerick Sr.

He was joined in the bonds of marriage with Mary Ellen "Ella" Albright (April 23, 1841-1906), daughter of George and Elizabeth (Kennel) Albright.

Their nine known children were Ida Lepley, James E. Emerick, Charles Edward Emerick, Jonathan Theodore "John" Emerick, Amanda Ellen Hasselrath, Rebecca Devore Shroyer, Hannah R. Emerick, George H. Emerick and Effa "Effie" (Emerick) Emerick.

In 1870, when the census count was made, the Emericks dwelled on a farm in Southampton Township as next door neighbors to Solomon's mother. They may have resided circa 1872 onward near Hyndman, Bedford County, PA.

Circa 1879, Solomon 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.

 

Comp's Church in the distance. Below: the church's dedication cornerstone, darkened and hard to read, dating to May 1879.

 

When the federal census was taken in 1880, the large family resided on a farm in Southampton Township, next door to farmers Daniel and Hannah Gaumer.

In April 1893, he was named in the Somerset Herald as a petit juror for the quarter sessions court, from Southampton Township. Solomon and six other Emericks -- Jacob, William, John L., Valentine, Nathan and John J. -- were listed in a May 1896 issue of the Herald for property owners whose "unseated lands" were to be sold for failure to pay taxes.

 

Detail from Mary's grave

Ellen was burdened with heart disease and in the winter of 1906 contracted consumption (tuberculosis). She died at the age of 64 on April 20, 1906. Her remains were lowered into rest in Comp Cemetery.

Solomon made news in October 1907 in the Pine Grove (PA) Press Herald involving a fight between barn animals. "Speaking of little courage and big cowardice," said the Press Herald, "Solomon Emeick, of Southampton township, has a small game rooster, which attacked a large red bull in a field and routed him. The bovine bellower could not withstand the vicious stabs from the cock's spurs." He was named in the 1913 Meyersdale Republican obituary of his brother Nathan as living in Gladdens.

He also enjoyed traveling from his home in Gladdens to pay visits with family in friends. Gossip columns in local newspapers reported trips he had made over the years in Pennsylvania to Dry Ridge, Meyersdale and Somerset and in Maryland to Cumberland, Midland and Vale Summit. At one sojourn, in February 1909, the Republican said he had gone to Meyersdale "where he intends visiting for a few days. It is his  purpose on returning with him some lady friend who shall hereafter take charge of his house and cuisine. We wish him success on his little journey of conquest."

Politically, Solomon was known for supporting the Democrat party but for keeping an open mind. The Republican in Meyersdale said in June 1910 that he was "one of the Republican's esteemed readers in Southampton township [who] spent several days in the city this week and was a welcome caller at The Republican sanctum. Mr. Emerick belongs to the rock-ribbed Democracy, but he is broad enough to subscribe for a Republican paper that prints about all the news that's worth printing. The Southampton Emericks are of Revolution ancestry and the spirit of '76 still animates them."

The Bedford Gazette published a travel column circa 1918 known as "Snyder's Travelette." The author wrote in April 1918 that during the Easter holiday, while traveling, "Coming up the road I met Solomon Emerick an old war horse Democrat from Somerset county. The Emericks are Democrats who stick and all good fellows."

 

Solomon's last will and testament - Will Book 13, page 234 - Estate #83 of 1921. Courtesy Register of Wills, County of Somerset, PA.

 

Suffering from an insufficient flow of blood to his heart, Solomon knew in early 1921 that his days were numbered. So on March 11, 1921, he wrote his last will and testament, first directing that "considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof" he would "commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator, and my body to the earth to be buried in a decent and Christian manner." His first bequest was $100 each in cash to his grandsons Raymond Hasselrode and Wilbert Emerick. The balance of the estate assets was to be distributed among his children.

He died at age 81 on May 11 or 14, 1921, with burial in Comp's Cemetery. Son George, residing in Ellerslie, MD, signed the death certificate and then with his brother Jonathan were named as the executors of his estate.

 

~ Daughter Ida Elizabeth (Emerick) Lepley ~

Daughter Ida Elizabeth Emerick (1864-1941) was born on March 19, 1864 in Gladdens, Somerset County. She was united in marriage with a Gaumer cousin, Samuel Lepley (Jan. 28, 1861-1947) of Southampton Township and son of Adam and Sarah (Comp) Lepley. See the Lepley biography for more.

 

~ Son James E. Emerick ~

Son James E. Emerick (1866-1912) was born in about 1867.

At the age of about 33, circa 1899, he ventured into marriage with Laura Kennel (1871-1949), daughter of Jacob and Susan (Sturtz) Kennel of Frostburg, Allegany County, MD.

Together, they produced an only son, Wilbert Emerick.

The federal census enumeration of 1910 shows this small family living in Allegany County, with James earning a living as a coal miner.

Tragically, James died in 1912 at the age of about 46. The details are not known.

Laura lived for another 37 years as a widow and dwelled in National near Frostburg. Death swept her away at the age of 80 on Oct. 15, 1949. An obituary was published in the Cumberland News. Funeral services were led by Rev. Raymond Crowe of the Midland Methodist Circuit, with burial following in Allegany Cemetery.

Son Wilbert Clifton Emerick (1900- ? ) was born on Feb. 13, 1900 in National, near Frostburg, Allegany County, MD. He was but a boy of 12 when his father died. Then at the age of 21, he inherited $100 in cash from the estate of his late grandfather, Solomon Emerick. In 1924, he was joined in wedlock with Florence M. Spiker (1903-1984). Their only known child was Eleanor Emerick. For years, they made a home in National. Wilbert earned a living as a foreman in the shops of the Cumberland and Pennsylvania Railroad. Later, he ran a grocery in the town of Emerick near National, retiring in about 1950. They belonged to the Midland Methodist Church. While putting snow chains on his tires on the fateful day of on Nov. 29, 1952, he was felled by a heart attack and died at home at the age of 52. Burial was in a plot with his parents at Frostburg Memorial Park, and an obituary appeared in the Cumberland Evening Times. Florence survived by 32 years. She succumbed to the angel of death in 1984.

  • Granddaughter Eleanor Emerick ( ? - ? )

 

~ Son James E. Emerick ~

Son Charles Edward Emerick (1868-1925) was born on Oct. 2, 1868.

He married Alice Virginia Troutman (1873-1942), daughter of Jacob and Annie Elizabeth (Fair) Troutman.

One known daughter produced by this marriage was Ruth I. Mason.

Charles was a longtime railroad laborer, living in Hyndman, Bedford County.

Just 19 days before his 57th birthday, in 1925, he placed a gun against his head and pulled the trigger, dying instantly. The suicide took place in Hyndman, Bedford County, PA on Sept. 13, 1925. His wife signed the death certificate. Burial was in Cooks Mills, PA.

Daughter Ruth I. Emerick (1898-1972) was born on Nov. 4, 1898. She wedded Reginald Irvin Mason Sr. (1894-1947). Their three children were Col. Charles R. Mason, Reginald I. Mason Jr. and Virginia Elliott. Reginald Sr. passed away in 1947. Ruth outlived him by 25 years. She died in Cumberland, MD on April 11, 1972. She sleeps for all time in Cooks Mill Cemetery in Hyndman.

  • Grandson Col. Charles R. Mason ( ? - ? )
  • Grandson Reginald I. Mason Jr. ( ? - ? )
  • Granddaughter Virginia Mason ( ? - ? ) married (?) Elliott ( ? - ? ).

 

~ Son James E. Emerick ~

Son Jonathan Theodore "John" Emerick (1872-1947) was born on Feb. 11, 1872 in Hyndman, Bedford County.

He married Jennie Bittner (1872-1954), daughter of Nelson and Harriet (Boyer) Bittner of Glencoe, PA.

They dwelled in rural Hyndman for decades, where John labored as a farmer.

Suffering from cancer of his left foot, John died at the age of 75 on Oct. 31, 1947. He was interred in Palo Alto Cemetery in Bedford County.

Jennie lived for another seven years after her husband's death. She endured chronic heart ailments, having been diagnosed in January 1940, and died at age 81 on April 24, 1954. E.T. Martz of Hyndman signed the death certificate.

 

~ Daughter Amanda Ellen "Manda" (Emerick) Hasselrath ~

Daughter Amanda Ellen "Manda" Emerick (1875- ? ) was born in about 1875 in Southampton Township.

On Jan. 7, 1895, in nuptials held in Allegany County, MD, she was united in matrimony with Wesley Hasselrath (March 5, 1879-1944), also spelled "Hasselrode" and "Hosselroth" among other variants.

They were farmers. During their brief married lives, they produced one known son, Raymond Hasselrath. 

Sadly, Amanda died sometime between 1897 and 1900.

Then in 1900, Wesley wedded a second time to Katie Lucinda Bowman (Feb. 16, 1883-1950), daughter of Michael and Clara (Diest) Bowman of Berkley Mills. The second marriage led to eight more children, among them Marling Hasselrath, Theodore Hasselrath, Betty Hasselrath, Mrs. Fred Sherman, Nellie Lowery, Grace Porter, Clyde Hasselrath and Robert Hasselrath.

Wesley died at home near Hyndman at the age of 71 on June 25, 1944.

Katie spent her final years in Wellersburg and died there at the age of 67 on March 2, 1950. Her obituary was published in the Somerset Daily American.

Son Raymond Hasselrath (1897- ? ) was born in about 1897. He was but a young boy when his mother died. In 1921, at the death of his grandfather Solomon Emerick, Raymond received a $100 cash bequest from the estate. He was still living in 1950 at the death of his stepmother.

 

~ Daughter Rebecca (Emerick) Devore Shroyer ~

Daughter Rebecca Emerick (1876-1918) was born on June 25, 1876. She was twice-wed.

In about 1898, when she was 22, she was joined in wedlock with farmer Michael Devore (April 1874- ? ).

Together, the pair bore two known children -- Bessie J. Devore and Mary E. Emerick.

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1900, the Devores lived next door to Rebecca's aged uncle and aunt, Jacob and Delilah "Lilah" Emerick in Southampton Township. A 1902 article in the Meyersdale Republican said that Michael's farm had been rented by George Emerick and that Michael was thinking about "taking a western trip" in April and would "sell his personal property..." His home in 1905 was in Williams Station.

Rebecca sued for divorce in March 1906, citing "cruel treatment," said the Republican. Attorney John O. Kimmel, at age 92, acted as master in the case and recommended that the court grant her request. Said the Republican, "We have our doubts whether there is another attorney in this state who is still actively engaged in his profession as Mr. Kimmell's age."

By 1910, she again was united in matrimony with 19-year-old coal miner Solomon Shroyer (1884- ? ). The bride was five years older than the groom.

The family made a home in Londonderry, Bedford County, in 1910 and later moved to the Comp's Church area of Fairhope, Somerset County.

At the age of 42, in the fall of 1918, Rebecca contracted a serious case of bronchial pneumonia and influenza. Her 19-year-old Mary daughter Mary also came down with the same illness. Four days later, both women were dead, the end coming within two hours of each other on Oct. 22, 1918. Their bodies were interred the same day in Comp Church Cemetery. Said the Republican, "She leaves a husband and six small children; also one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Walter Shroyer, living at home.... She will be greatly missed by all. She was a true and faithful mother."

 

Comp's Church Cemetery, where Rebecca (Emerick) Devore Shroyer and her daughter Mary (Devore) Emerick were buried the very same day in 1918, and where Rebecca's sister Effie Emerick was longtime caretaker.

 

Daughter Bessie J. Devore (1897- ? ) was born in Feb. 1897.

Daughter Mary E. Devore (1899-1918) was born in March 1899. She entered into marriage with a cousin, Earl Emerick ( ? - ? ). In the fall of 1918, both she and her mother were diagnosed with bronchial pneumonia and influenza. After suffering for four days, Mary succumbed to her illness on Oct. 22, 1918. Within two hours, the mother followed her into eternal life. Mary was only 19 years, seven months and 22 days in age. Said the Meyersdale Republican, "She leaves a husband and one small child 2 months old, her father Michael Devore of Boswell, and other relatives and friends." Burial of both sets of remains was in Comp's Cemetery.

Son Carl Shroyer (1907- ? ) was born in 1907, possibly a twin with his sister Madeline.

Daughter Madeline Shroyer (1907- ? ) was born in 1907, possibly a twin with her brother Carl.

 

~ Daughter Hannah R. Emerick ~

Daughter Hannah R. Emerick (1877- ? ) was born in about 1877 in Southampton Township.

More will be added here once learned.

 

~ Son George H. Emerick ~

Son George H. Emerick (1880-1947) was born on Jan. 16, 1880 in Gladdens, Southampton Township.

On April 24, 1901, George entered into marriage with Mary Ellen Wilhelm ( ? - ? ). Their union endured for 46 years.

The couple's brood of three sons included Russell E. Emerick, Merrill G. "Mearl" Emerick and John M. Emerick.

Their home in 1918-1941 was near Hyndman, Bedford County, and they worshipped at the Hyndman Reformed Church. George worked as a longtime farmer and for a decade as a road supervisor in Londonderry Township, Bedford County, retiring in 1943. He also ran a service station at Palo Alto, located a distance of four miles south of Hyndman.

Sadly, at the age of 67, George died in Allegany Hospital in Cumberland on Nov. 24, 1947. The Cumberland News published his obituary, which noted that the funeral was held in the Palo Alto Evangelical Church, led by Rev. W.L. Lloyd of Ellerslie, MD. Burial of the remains was in Palo Alto Cemetery.

Son Russell E. Emerick lived in Palo Alto, Bedford County in 1947 and rural Hyndman in 1975.

Son Merrill G. "Mearl" Emerick (1908-1975) was born on April 21, 1908 in Hyndman, Bedford County. Merrill was joined in wedlock with Virginia Kennell ( ? - ? ). Four children were produced in this marriage -- Kenneth M. Emerick, Ray C. Emerick, Wayne C. Emerick and Joan M. Lowery. He made his home in Palo Alto, Bedford County and was employed for the Amcelle plant of Celanese Fibers Company in Cumberland. He belonged to the Eagles aerie in Cumberland and the Oscar Jordan Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, named after a cousin who had been killed in World War II. Toward the end, he was admitted to Cumberland's Sacred Heart Hospital and died there at the age of 67 on Sept. 29, 1975. A Meyersdale Republican obituary said he was survived by 18 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

  • Grandson Kenneth M. Emerick made his residence in rural Hyndman in 1975.
  • Grandson Ray C. Emerick lived in rural Hyndman.
  • Grandson Wayne C. Emerick moved to Wiley Ford, WV.
  • Granddaughter Joan M. Emerick wedded (?) Lowery. She was in rural Hyndman in 1975.

Son John M. Emerick relocated to Cumberland, MD and was there circa 1975.

 

Company operating in Kennell's Mill, Somerset County, in the Cumberland coal field, 10 miles from Cumberland, Maryland

 

~ Daughter Effa "Effie" (Emerick) Emerick ~

Daughter Effa "Effie" Emerick (1885-1984) was born on Feb. 18, 1885 in Kennell's Mill, Somerset County.

At the age of about 17 or 18, circa 1903, she wedded a cousin, Christopher "Christ" Emerick (Sept. 15, 1879-1966), son of Valentine and Catherine (Smith) Emerick of the Comp's section of Southampton Township.

They were the parents of sons Clifton C. Emerick and Robert L. Emerick. The couple also adopted a son, Roy Boyer.

The federal censuses of 1910-1940 show the family dwelling on a farm in Southampton Township, Somerset County. In February 1928, for her 43rd birthday, she was thrown a surprise party by her son and his wife, with the news reported in the gossip columns of the Meyersdale Republican.

Circa 1930, their adopted son, cousin Henry Emerick and Christ's brother Albert Emerick lived under their roof. Cousin Henry remained with them at least through 1940.

For decades, Effie served as caretaker for the Comp's Church.

 

Comp's Church Cemetery

 

Sadly, Christ died in Sacred Heart Hospital in Cumberland, MD at the age of 87 on Oct. 25, 1966. His remains were laid to rest in Comp's Cemetery, following services in the adjacent cemetery led by Rev. John Klindt.

Effie survived as a widow for another 18 years. She and her father in law were pictured in a lengthy feature story about the church, published in the June 27, 1968 edition of the Republican. Of the church, the article recounted that Effie's father, uncles and Gaumer cousins had helped erect the building in 1879 as a joint venture between the Evangelical Lutheran and German Reformed congregations, and that it was dedicated the following year.

The two congregations worshipped there until about 1905 when regular services were abandoned. Since then for many years it served only as a chapel for funerals. Lighting struck the church at Comps, shattering its tower. It was repaired and rededicated by pastor F.e. Lauffer, Sept. 17, 1911. During 1937 the building was repaired to the extent of several hundred dollars and was rededicated by Rev.s. A.S. kresge and B.A. Black. Withing recent years, however, the building has undergone complete renovation, inside and out, and serevices are again conducted regularly. Currently Rev. Norman E. Seese of Somerset holds service there every other Sunday.

At the age of 83, the Republican reported, Effie was still overseeing the operation of her farm. She also was known for rmaking rugs from bread wrappers. At her 85th birthday, in 1970, she received gifts including a color television set, many birthday cards and a puppet show performed by Nancy and Kathy Emerick. She again was feted with a surprise 88th birthday party in 1973, where not one but two birthday cakes were served for family and friends.

The angel of death swept Effie away at the age of 99 on June 10, 1984, while in the Maple Mountain Manor Nursing Home in Berlin, Somerset County. Burial was in Comp's Cemetery, with Rev. Kenneth L. Korns presiding.

Son Clifton C. Emerick (1903-1993) was born on July 19, 1903 near Hyndman, Bedford County. He spent his life in the community and devoted his years to farming. He was joined in matrimony with Loretta E. Campbell ( ? -1990). The offspring produced by this union included Clyde C. Emerick and Elsie L. Leydig. They attended the Calvary Bible church in nearby Ellerslie, MD, and he held a membership in the Eagles aerie in Cumberland. Sadly, Loretta passed away on July 18, 1990. Clifton outlived her by three years. Toward the end he was admitted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Cumberland, where he died at the age of 89 on June 14, 1993.

Son Robert L. Emerick (1906-1920) was born in 1906. He died in 1920, at the age of about 14.

Son Roy Boyer (1914- ? ) was born in about 1914 and adopted by the family. At the age of 16, in 1930, he resided with his adoptive parents in Southampton.

 

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