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Nancy Anna (Martin) Metheny


Nancy "Anna" (Martin) Metheny was born on April 2, 1855 in Preston County, WV, the daughter of James K. and Margaret (Minerd) Martin.

One source gives her maiden name as "Langford" and not "Martin."

Nancy married Alpheus (or "Alford" or "Alfred") Metheny (July 11, 1848-1920). They were about seven years apart in age.

Book naming the Methenys
They together produced eight offspring, of whom six are known -- Vergie Olive Johnson, Letitia B. "Tish" Sines Haskell, James "Dolph" Metheny, George "Harvey" Metheny, Marshal "Homer" Metheny and Katie "Pearl" Lowe. Two others died prior to 1900.

The federal census enumeration of 1880 shows the family in the Pleasant District of Preston County, with Alpheus earning a living as a laborer.

By 1900, still in Pleasant, Alpheus' primary source of income was farming. 

Sadness blanketed the family when, at the age of 45, Nancy Ann passed away on Nov. 20, 1900. The cause is not yet known. Her remains were laid to rest at Mt. Moriah Cemetery at Valley Point, Preston County.

Book citing the Methenys
Alpheus outlived her by 19-plus years. Circa 1910, all of the children had left the family home with the exception of his 24-year-old son George. 

He died on Jan. 6, 1920, at the age of 72. His remains were laid to rest beside his wife's.

A record of their burials was published in the 1933 book, Genealogy of Some Early Families in Grant and Pleasant Districts, Preston County, West Virginia, authored by Edward Thorp King, of Marshalltown, Iowa.

Little else is known of the Methenys' lives, except that their descendants are listed in the 1980 book, Genealogy of the Jacob and Mary (Connoly) Feather Family of Preston County, authored by Edna (Davis) Rogers, and published by McClain Printing Company.

~ Daughter Vergie Olive (Metheny) Johnson ~

Daughter Vergie Olive Metheny (1877-1948) was born on May 7, 1874 or 1877 at Valley Point, Preston County.

Circa 1895, when she was about 18 years of age, she entered into marriage with 21-year-old Atha Benjamin "A.B." Johnson (June 3, 1871/1876-1945), sometimes spelled "Asa." He was the son of Neil and Catherine (Everetts) Johnson.

Seven known children born to the couple were Ethel Johnson, Edward Johnson, William "Darius" Johnson, Arden Franklin "Artie" Johnson, Jess Johnson, Dorothy Mersing and Russell Johnson. 

The Johnsons dwelled on a farm in West Oakland, Garrett County, MD in 1900, and in St. George, Tucker County, WV in 1910, with Atha employed as a lumber camp laborer and Vergie working as a cook in a boardinghouse. By 1912, at the birth of their daughter Dorothy Frances, they were in Crellin, MD.

Atha then found work as a coal miner and the family moved to Kingwood, the county seat of Preston County. The 1920 federal census enumeration lists the family in Kingwood, with six children under their roof ranging in age from 19 years to 11 months. Atha continued working as a miner as of 1930.

Records of the United States Census show that Virgie and Atha moved again to  Garrett County and were there in 1930-1945. 

Atha died at home in Crellin on Dec. 28, 1945. An obituary in the Cumberland (MD) Evening Times said he "had resided in Crellin 20 years and his death followed a long illness." Funeral services were conducted in the Crellin Methodist Church, presided over by Rev. George W. Simpson, a minister of the United Brethren congregation of Mountain Lake Park.

As a widow, Virgie made a home with her son Artie at Howesville, Preston County. There, burdened with hardening of the arteries and Parkinson's Disease, she died on April 4, 1948, at the age of 70 years, 10 months and 27 days. She was survived by 35 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were conducted in the church at Crellin, MD, by the hand of Rev. George W. Simpson of the United Brethren Church. The remains were interred in the Ashby Cemetery, Crellin, and an obituary was published in the Cumberland (MD) Evening Times.

Her death certificate lists her mother's maiden name as "Nancy Langford" and not "Nancy Martin."  

Daughter Ethel Johnson (1894- ? ) was born in June 1894 or 1899 in Maryland. Nothing more about her is known.

Bird's-eye view of early Tunnelton, WV

Son Edward Ray Johnson (1901-1969) was born on May 4, 1901 in Crellin, Garrett County, MD. At the age of 19, living with his parents in Kingwood, WV, he earned a living as a coal miner. On Nov. 17, 1924, now at age 23, he was united in holy matrimony with 18-year-old Nellie Elizabeth Jefferys/Jeffries (June 26, 1906-2005). Officiating was Rev. .O. Dale King of the Methodist-Episcopal Church, with the nuptials held in Kingwood. They resided for many years in Borgman, three miles southwest of Kingwood, and later moved to Tunnelton, Preston County. Known offspring of this union were James E. Johnson, Lucille Virginia "Sis" Kephart, Geraldine Frances "Tiny" Root, Franklin B. Johnson, Edward Charles "Heason" Johnson, Mildred Maxine Haskiell and Dorlene E. Weaver. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1930, Edward earned a living as a teamster in a local coal mine near Kingwood. Then in 1940 and 1950, they dwelled in the West End of the Reno District of Preston County, with Edward continuing to ply his labors in coal mining. He is known to have worked with his son Edward in 1955, cutting and hand loading coal into awaiting carts. Edward passed away on Oct. 30, 1969. Burial was in Camp Ground Cemetery. Nellie outlived him by more than 45 years, with her home in Newburg. Death enveloped her on Oct. 26, 2005.

  • Grandson James E. Johnson (1926- ? ) was born in about 1926 in West Virginia. He is believed to have married Maxine. Sadly, he was decesaed by 2007. As a widow, Maxine made her residence in Alabama.
  • Granddaughter Lucille Virginia "Sis" Johnson (1929-2007) was born on May 26, 1929 in Borgman, Preston County. On Sept. 28, 1949, the groom's birthday, she entered into marriage with William Bernard "Bill" Kephart (Sept. 28, 1929-2013), a native of Albemarle County, VA. Their two daughters were Katherine Eble Varner and Brenda Sue Radcliff. The Kepharts attended Masontown Church of the Nazarene. In their free time, they liked to camp, raise animals and bird-watch. They suffered the untimely death of their younger daughter Brenda in 2005. Lucille suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a breathing disorder, and death carried her away at the age of 77, in Masontown, on April 18, 2007. Burial was in Masontown Cemetery, following a funeral service conductd by Rev. Robert Ringer at the family church. William lived for anothr six years. At the age of 83, he surrendered to death on June 28, 2013.

    Great-granddaughter Katherine Virginia Kephart (1946-2017) was born on Oct. 10, 1946 in Tunnelton. She was twice-married. Her first spouse was Dean William Eble (1948-2007). Together, they were the parents of Deanna Mayers and Kevin Eble. She also helped to raise a niece and nephew, Melissa Radcliff and Chad Radcliff. The couple divorced. Her second husband was David Varner ( ? - ? ). The Varners made their residence in Morgantown. With her health in decline, Katherine received medical care at St. Luke's Monroe Campus in Bartonsville, Monroe County, PA. There, she died at the age of 70 on Sept. 16, 2017. Her remains were brought back to Preston County to sleep for the ages in Masontown Cemetery. Pastor David Petitt presided over the funeral. Former husband Dean married again to Jill ( ? - ? ). He worked as an electrician and resided in Washington County, PA. Sadly, Dean was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in early 2007 and faced surgery. On the fateful day of May 13, 2007, he left home without his wallet or medications, and was missing for several days. Police later found his sport utility vehicle body parked in the Waterdam Plaza, and then his body in a wooded section of Peters Township, where he had taken his own life by hanging. The story was covered in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Interment was in Masontown Cemetery. Inscribed on his grave marker is the phrase "Forever in our hearts."

    Great-granddaughter Brenda Sue Kephart (1961-2005) was born on June 15, 1961 in Kingwood. She was wed twice. Her first marriage was to (?) Radcliff ( ? - ? ). Two offspring produced by this union were Melissa Radcliff and Chad Radcliff. Her second husband was Buck Short ( ? - ? ). Her residence in 2005 was in Kingwood. Sadly, at the age of 43, Brenda succumbed to the spectre of death on April 6, 2005. Burial was in Masontown Cemetery. Her children were cared for over the years by Brenda's sister Katherine.

  • Granddaughter Geraldine Frances "Tiny" Johnson (1931-1996) was born on June 21, 1931 in Tunnelton. She was joined in matrimony with World War II Navy veteran Stewart/Stuart E. Root (Oct. 31, 1926-1997). The newlyweds lived with Geraldine's parents in the Reno District of Preston County in 1950. Stuart earned a living as a coal miner. Geraldine died at age 65 in Tunnelton on Oct. 13, 1996. Stuart followed her to the grave just four months later on Feb. 13, 1997. Their remains rest in the sacred soil of Camp Ground Cemetery, Tunnelton.
  • Grandson Franklin B. "Frank" Johnson (1936- ? ) was born in about 1936. He was united in wedlock with Geraldine ( ? - ? ). They have lived in Newburg, Preston County as of 2020.
  • Grandson Edward Charles "Heason" Johnson (1937-2020) was born on Aug. 26, 1937 in Borgman, Preston County. At age 18, in 1955, he began working with his father in local coal mines, cutting ahd hand loading coal into awaiting cars. On April 24, 1957, in Oakland, MD, he wed Agnes F. Haskiell (1939- ? ), daughter of George and Georgia (McCrobie) Haskiell. They stayed together over the span of an extraordinary 63 years. Together, they produced a brood of five daughters -- Barbara Bowman, Debra Brady, Diana Moore, Karen Smith and Kimberly DelSignore. They settled in Newburg, Preston County. Edward spent 43 years in mining, and was a longtime member of the United Mine Workers of America Local 31. He was employed for many years at the North Branch Island Creek coal mine. When the mine closed, he joined Consolidation Coal Company and labored at its Potomad Mine, retiring on Sept. 1, 1996. Said an obituary, "Through his years of dedication to the industry, he saw the innovation from picks, shovels and ponies to long wall miners and conveyer belts. He also saw the difference the union made in safety, wages, benefits, and representation." Edward passed away in Newburg at the age of 82 on April 24, 2020. The remains are interred in Pratt Cemetery. He was survived by a baker's dozen grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Inscribed on their black granite grave marker is the scripture "Love is patient, love is kind."

    Great-granddaughter Barbara Johnson married Jim Bowman. They planted themselves in Newburg, WV.

    Great-granddaughter Debra Elizabeth "Debbie" Johnson ( ? - ? ) was born on (?). She wed Robert Dale "Shorty" Brady (Aug. 25, 1963-2017), a native of Elkins, WV and the son of Charles Robert and Helen Marie (Primavero) Brady. They lived in Morgantown, WV, and their union held fast over 35 years together. Four children borne to this marriage were Cynthia Dawn Bolyard, Ashley Marie McCutcheon, Samantha Nicole Brady and Bobby Dale Brady. Robert was a 1981 graduate of Philip Barbour High School. In 1994, he founded Brady Masonry and operated the business for 10 years until 2004. He also was employed as a foreman by Kesler Masonry and Mardo Masonry. In his free time, Robert liked to camp, fish, hunt, ride four-wheelers and watch NASCAR races. Grief cascaded over the family when Robert died at the age of 53 on May 5, 2017. He was survived by eight grandchldren. Burial was in Pratt Cemetery following a funeral preached by Pastor Jason Henshaw. The widowed Debra has remained in Morgantown, WV.

    Great-granddaughter Karen Johnson was joined in wedlock with Ed Smith. They put down roots in Newburg.

    Great-granddaughter Kimberly Johnson entered into marriage with John DelSignore. They established a residence in Fellowsville, WV. 

    Great-granddaughter Diana Faye Johnson (1962-2013) was born on March 22, 1962 in Kingwood. She was an alumna of West Preston High School. Diana was nited in matrimony with Michael Allen Moore (1961- ? ), son of Arthur J. and Anna (Williams) Moore. Their union endured the ups and downs of 32 years of marriage. The pair became the parents of two sons -- Michael Scott Moore and Charles Allen Moore. Diane earned income through employment at Windy Hill Manor in Kingwood ans is said to have been "a devoted caregiver to the patients as if they were her own family." She also worked for a time at Wal-Mart in Morgantown. Said an obituary, she "enjoyed being outside, camping, baking, spoiling her pets, and restoring Ford Mavericks with her husband." The family was plunged into mourning when Diana died at the age of 50, in Newburg, on Jan. 13, 2013. Pastor Delbert Lyons presided at the funeral. Her remains were lowered into eternal sleep in Pratt Cemetery. The widowed Michael has lived in Newburg. 

  • Granddaughter Mildred Maxine Johnson (1940- ? ) was born in about 1940. She entered into marriage with Leo Howard Haskiell (Jan. 15, 1937-2018), son of George and Georgia (McCrobie) Haskiell. The two families were close, and Mildred's brother Charles wed Leo's sister Agnes. Mildred and Leo stayed together for just a few days shy of an extraordinary six decades. Together they bore a family of seven -- Timothy Howard Haskiell, Randy Lee Haskiell, Ricky A. Haskiell, Janet L. Haddix, Sharon K. Swearinger, Michael Eugene Haskiell and Sherry Ann Haskiell. They put down roots in Tunnelton. Leo toiled as a coal miner. Later, he provided maintenance services for Windy Hill. They belonged to West End United Brethren Church, with Leo volunteering as a trustee. They liked to camp and take vacations at the beach. Two of their children were cleaved away over the years -- Michael from leukemia in 1972 and Sherry in 1995. At the age of 81, Leo died at home on Feb. 22, 2018. The remains were lowered under the sod of Camp Ground Cemetery, with Rev. Rick Snyder leading services. 

    Great-grandson Timothy Howard Haskiell married Diane.

    Great-grandson Randy Lee Haskiell ( ? - ? )

    Great-grandson Ricky A. Haskiell wed Vanessa.

    Great-granddaughter Janet L. Haskiell entered into wedlock with Jimmy Haddix. 

    Great-granddaughter Sharon K. Haskiell was united in marriage with Aaron Swearinger.

    Great-grandson Michael Eugene Haskiell (1967-1972) was born on Jan. 29, 1967. He was diagnosed from acute myelogenous leukemia, a rare blood-cell cancer rooted in the bone marrow. He received medical care at West Virginia University Hospital in Morgantown, and for a time the disease was in remission. There, just a few weeks shy of his fourth birthday, he developed diffuse pulmonary infiltration, where a dense substance attaches to the lungs. He then suffered a heart attack and surrendered to death on Jan. 11, 1972. Interment of the tender remains was in Camp Ground Cemetery. His grave marker is inscribed with this scripture: "Suffer little children to come unto me."

    Great-granddaughter Sherry Ann Haskiell (1981-1995) was born on June 14, 1981.She lived into her teenage years. On her 14th birthday, on June 14, 1995, she passed away. Inscribed on the face of her heart-shaped grave marker is the promise "You will be in our hearts forever."

  • Arthurdale Community Center at Reedsville, WV. Courtesy Library of Congress

  • Granddaughter Dorlene E. Johnson (1944- ? ) was born in about 1944. She married Roger Lane Weaver (June 8, 1943-2020), son of Harold and Luetta (Wilson) Weaver. Their marriage held fast over the span of a remarkable 57 years. Their duo of children were Jill Weaver and Bradley Weaver. The family dwelled for decades in Reedsville, Preston County. Roger was a baseball player in the 1961 graduating class of Tunnelton High School. He went on to a career as a coal miner and held a membership in the United Mine Workers of America. His employers over the years were Island Creek Coal Company, Reliable Coal and finally Kingwood Mining. He retired in 2007 from the Whitetail Mine. Said an obituary, "During his career as a coal miner, Roger was an [emergency medical technician], electrician, and supervisor for over 43 years. He took several college-level courses for certifications as an electrician and mining safety expert. Roger witnessed the 20th-century transformation of mining-- from laboring with hand tools to coal buggies, longwall machines and computers. Safety was always a priority for him and his coworkers, who respected his attention to detail and admired his work ethic." In his free time he liked to restore vintage automobiles and exhibit them at car shows, including a 1936 Ford pickup truck and Ford Model-A coupe. He also enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening and hunting, as well as roles in his homeowner's association. He kept his Bible close at hand. Said the obituary, "He served with the Gideons and stepped in at times leading the Howesville United Methodist Church. In recent years, he was part of the congregation at the Victory Evangelical Methodist Church in Reedsville. He served the Preston County [Public Service District] #2 for several years and was recognized for his service in 2004." Roger passed away at the age of 77 on Sept. 8, 2020. His cremains were placed into repose in Camp Ground Cemetery.

    Great-granddaughter Jill Weaver was deceased by 2020.

    Great-grandson Bradley Weaver entered into marriage with Amy. Two daughters of this union were Tess Weaver and Emma Weaver.

Son William "Darius" Johnson (1903-1977) was born on March 2, 1903 in Crellin, Garrett County, MD. He earned a living for decades as a coal miner near Kingwood, Preston County. When he was 25 years of age, on Dec. 1, 1930, Darius entered into wedlock with 21-year-old Isabelle Pauline Lewis (Dec. 1, 1913-1954), daughter of Marshall and Cora (Summers) Lewis of Garrett County. The nuptials were conducted in Kingwood, led by the hand of Rev. T.E.Maness of the Methodist Episcopal Church. They put down roots in Tunnelton, Preston County. Four known offspring produced by the couple were William D. Johnson Jr., Barbara A. Johnson, Donna J. Johnson and Gary L. Johnson. Sadly, Isabell was burdened with "malignant hypertension," where spikes in blood pressure caused damage to the organs. In this case, her illness appears to have led to "nephrosclerosis," a hardening of the kidney's blood vessels. She was admitted to Grafton City Hospital and received treatment for two weeks. At the age of 40, her body surrendered to death on March 25, 1954. He survived his wife by 23 years. Death enveloped him at age 74 on March 27, 1977. His remains sleep for all eternity in Camp Ground Cemetery in Tunnelton.

  • Grandson William D. Johnson Jr. (1932- ? )
  • Granddaughter Barbara A. Johnson (1938- ? )
  • Granddaughter Donna J. Johnson (1940- ? )
  • Grandson Gary L. Johnson (1947- ? )

Son Arden Franklin "Artie" Johnson (1905-1981) was born in 1905 in Crellin, Garrett County, MD. He made a residence in young manhood in Tunnelton. When he was 22 years of age, on Nov. 24, 1928, he tied the marital knot with 18-year-old Flora Florence Teets (Dec. 30, 1909-1981), a native of Glade Farms, Preston County. Rev. Job Jones, of the Methodist Episcopal Church, officiated the happy event in Westover near Morgantown, WV. Five known offspring in this family were Howard Johnson, Everett "Emory" Johnson, Burley William Johnson, Donald L. Johnson Sr. and Shirley Johnson. The Johnsons over the years lived in Borgman, Kingwood and Howesville, Preston County. Circa 1940, Artie was employed as a coal miner, and Flora's uncle Lester Teets, cousin Reed Teets and brother-in-law Arthur Teets all were under their roof. Artie died in Kingwood at the age of 75 on Feb. 22, 1981. Flora only outlived her husband by about a month-and-a-half. Death enveloped her on March 31, 1981. Their remains were laid to rest in Sugar Valley Cemetery.

  • Grandson Howard "Buss" Johnson (1930- ? ) was born in about 1930. He was united in the bonds of wedlock with Pansy ( ? - ? ). Sadly, Buss was deceased by 2003.
  • Grandson Everett "Emory" Johnson (1931-2003) -- nicknamed "Chum" -- was born three days before Christmas 1931 in Borgman, Preston County. He entered into marriage with Mary Joretha "Jo" Sterling (Aug. 11, 1933-2015), the daughter of Herbert and Mary M. (Elliott) Sterling and a native of Kingwood. Their union stood the test of time, a span of 50 years. Mary was a 1951 graduate of Kingwood High School. Emory labored in construction during his career. They lived their lives in Kingwood and went on to bear a family of four -- Vanessa K. Garlits, Everett Randall Johnson, Anthony Todd Johnson and Kimbeerly D. McCourt. The couple loved to dance and to golf. She held memberships in the Wesley United Methodist Church, Grand Squares Dancing Club and Camping Swinging Hillbilly Square Dancing Club. Sadly, Emory died at age 71, in Morgantown, on Jan. 31, 2003. Mary survived for another dozen years in Kingwood. Her children took her on vacations every year for her birthday as well as trips to the ocean, amusement parks and indoor water parks. She surrendered to the angel of death at age 81, in Preston Memorial Hospital, on March 30, 2015. Rev. David Spence led the funeral service. In a Preston County News obituary, the family asked that any memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association. The pair rest in the sleep of eternity in the mausoleum of Sunset Memorial Gardens in Kingwood.

    Great-granddaughter Vanessa K. Johnson married Gary Garlits. The pair has lived in Kingwood.

    Great-grandson Everett Randall Johnson wed Marlene Liston. They put down roots in Kingwood.

    Great-grandson Anthony Todd Johnson was joined in wedlock with Angie Patterson. As of 2015, they were in Kingwood.

    Great-granddaughter Kimberly D. Johnson was united in matrimony with Bernie McCourt. They have made a home in Kingwood.

  • Grandson Burley William Johnson (1936-2019) was born on Christmas Eve 1936 in Borgman, Preston County. He was a 1954 graduate of Kingwood High School, where he was a standout football and baseball player. He went on to graduate from the Radio and Technical College of Kent, OH. Burley wed Betty ( ? - ? ). They remained together throught thick and thin for a remarkable 58 years. A trio of children born into this family were Burley William "Bill" Johnson, Tracy Wheeler and Amy Johnson. They resided in the Pleasantdale community of Kingwood. Burley made a living over the years as a pipefitter and was a member for 53 years of the Local 152 of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union. He had a passion for golf and, as a member of the Preston Country Club, garnered many awards over the years for his play. He also liked to hunt and repair televisions and radios for family and friends. The spirit of death whisked him away in Preston Memorial Hospital at the age of 82 on April 5, 2019. He was survived by nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Rev. Paul Rebelo presided at the funeral service, with the remains placed into rest in the mausoleum of Sunset Memorial Gardens. An obituary suggested that memorial contributions be made to WV Caring Volunteer Department of Arthurdale, Preston County.

    Great-grandson Burley William "Bill" Johnson married Jamie. They have resided in Morgantown, WV.

    Great-granddaughter Tracy Johnson wed William "Bill" Wheeler and have called Kingwood their home.

    Great-granddaughter Amy Johnson has dwelled in Kingwood.

  • Grandson Donald L. Johnson Sr. (1951-2015) was born on July 25, 1951 in or near Grafton, WV. It's possible that he actually was the son of Jesse Andrew and Ruby Helen (Casteel) Johnson and was taken in by Artie and Flora upon the mother's death when Donald was in infancy. In young manhood he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served during the Vietnam War. Donald then relocated to Warminster, PA in about 1972, and for 42 years he worked for Northampton Township Municipal Authority, including a decade as director of operations. He married Karen E. Beck ( ? - ? ). They remained together for 40 years until the separation of death. They together produced two sons -- Donald L. Johnson Jr. and Paul F. Johnson. When time allowed, he liked to camp, fish and hunt, and was a member of the Warrington post of the American Legion. In his final illness, he was featured in a Philadelphia Inquirer article on Sept. 21, 2014, headlined "Waiting to Live." The story opened by saying "When Donald Johnson checked out of Hahnemann University Hospital on June 27, he and his family thought he was coming home to die. Johnson, 63, a Warminster resident and director of a municipal authority, had end-stage fatty liver disease and his kidneys had failed. He needed two organ transplants and had even considered going to Florida to increase his chances of getting help." Sadly, Donald died in Hahnemann University Hospital at the age of 64 on Oct. 8, 2015. Interment was in Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Prospectville, PA.

    Great-grandson Donald L. Johnson Jr. married Megan. They have made a home in Warminster, PA.

    Great-grandson Paul F. Johnson has lived in Warminster.

  • Granddaughter Shirley Johnson made her residence in 2019 at Cheat Lake near Morgantown.  

Son Jesse Andrew Johnson (1907-1976) was born on Nov. 18, 1907 in West Virginia, perhaps the only child in the family to be born in the Mountain State. In about 1930, at age 22, he was joined in wedlock with 18-year-old Ruby Helen Casteel (1911-1951), daughter of Clark and May (Teets) Casteel. The nine known offspring of this family were Juanita Rhodes, Walter Perry Johnson, Bobby Lee Johnson, Harry Rex Johnson, Kenneth Max Johnson, Thomas Dale Johnson, Terry Dean Johnson, Marilyn K. Coffman and Donald L. "Donnie" Johnson. The newlyweds first dwelled with his parents in Kingwood, WV in 1930. At that time, he labored as a coal miner. They moved across the state line into Fayette County, PA and are known to have resided in Gibbons Glade, Wharton Township in 1937 at the birth of their son Harry, and in Fairchance, PA a year later when their son Kenneth was born. Sadly, infant son Harry developed an inner ear infection known as mastoiditis, and death carried him away at age six months, 10 days on Jan. 2, 1938. His tender remains were returned to Preston County for burial at Sisler Cemetery. The Johnsons made their residence in 1948 in Howesville, Preston County and in 1951 in Tunnelton. Census records for 1950 show Jesse working as a coal cutting machine operator in a mine. Grief cascaded over the family when, at age 39 and suffering from hardening of the arteries, Ruby was felled by a brain bleed and died in Monongalia General Hospital in Morgantown on Sept. 4, 1951. Their infant son Donald is believed to have been taken in by Jesse's brother Artie and family where he was raised to manhood.  Jesse outlived his wife by a quarter of a century. He died at the age of 68 on Sept. 10, 1976. The remains were lowered under the sod of Sisler Cemetery in Mountain Dale, Preston County.

  • Granddaughter Juanita "June" Johnson (1932- ? ) was born in about 1932 in West Virginia. She married Darrel Rhodes ( ? - ?). They dwelled with her parents in 1950, with Darrel having no occupation. The Rhodeses were in Tunnelton in 2013.
  • Grandson Walter "Perry" Johnson (1933-2010) was born on June 9, 1933. During the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Army. At the age of about 23, he entered into marriage with Edith Ann (1939- ? ). The pair settled in Tunnelton, WV. Death carried him away on Feb. 10, 2010. Interment of the remains was in Camp Ground Cemetery in Tunnelton. 
  • Grandson Bobby Lee Johnson (1935-2008) was born on May 18, 1935 in Hutton, Garrett County, MD. He was united in matrimony with Nancy Rebecca Childers (May 7, 1936-2019), a native of Kingwood and the daughter of John G. and Ocie Mae (Sterling) Childers. The couple together produced a family of 10, all sons -- Gerald Lee Johnson, Perry Johnson, Larry Johnson, David Johnson, Thomas Johnson, Tony Johnson, Phillip Johnson, Louis Johnson, Kenneth D. Johnson and Timothy Johnson. They dwelled in Tunnelton. An obituary said that Nancy "was a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church, a volunteer for Hope House and was president of the PTA while her children where in school. She was a great cook and loved to bake cakes. She also enjoyed gardening and camping with her family at Smoke Hole." Sadly, Bobby died in Camp Ground, Preston County at the age of 73 on Aug. 27, 2008. The remains sleep for the ages in Childers Memorial Cemetery in Camp Ground. Nancy outlived her spouse by a decade. She passed away in Tunnelton at the age of 82 on Jan. 18, 2019. The headcount of her survivors included 28 grandchldren, 42 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren. Her mass of Christian burial was sung at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Kingwood, led by Rev. Fr. Andrew Switzer. The remains were lowered into the soil of Childers Memorial Cemetery.

    Great-grandson Gerald Lee Johnson ( ? - ? )

    Great-grandson Perry Johnson married Vicky.

    Great-grandson Larry Johnson wed Patricia.

    Great-grandson David Johnson entered into marriage with Bonnie.

    Great-grandson Thomas Johnson was united in wedlock with Linda.

    Great-grandson Tony Johnson was joined in matrimony with Sherry.

    Great-grandson Phillip Johnson ( ? - ? )

    Great-grandson Louis Johnson wed Brenda.

    Great-grandson Kenneth D. Johnson ( ? - ? )

    Great-grandson Timothy Johnson was deceased by 2019. 

  • Grandson Kenneth Max Johnson (1938-2013) was born two days after Christmas 1938 in Fairchance, Fayette County, PA. He tied the knot with Deloris Cogar ( ? - ? ). Their trio of children were Kenneth Johnson, Sandra Carroll and Darlene Mullenax. Said an obituary, Kenneth "loved to work on cars, keep his lawn looking great, the outdoors and a good western movie." He succumbed to the spectre of death at the age of 74, in Tunnelton, on Sept. 19, 2013. Burial of his cremains was in Mount Israel Cemetery in Fellowsville, Preston County, following services conducted by Rev. Ray Frankhouser.

    Great-grandson Kenneth Johnson wed Lisa. They were in Kingwood, WV in 2013.

    Great-granddaughter Sandra Johnson married Michael Carroll. Circa 2013, they resided in Tunnelton.

    Great-granddaughter Darlene Johnson was joined in wedlock with (?) Mullenax. As of 2013, she lived in Morgantown, WV and was a companion of Rocky Cricks. 

  • Grandson Thomas Dale Johnson (1942-2011) was born on Oct. 21, 1942 in Tunnelton. He was joined in wedlock with Josephine L. "Jose" White (Sept. 13, 1942-2018). At the age of 68, Thomas died in Tunnelton on May 28, 2011. Josephine lived on for another six-and-a-half years. The angel of death spirited her away in Kingwood at the age of 75 on Jan. 22, 2018. Their remains repose for all eternity in Sisler Cemetery in Mountain Dale, WV.
  • Grandson Terry Dean Johnson (1944- ? ) was born in about 1944 in West Virginia. His dwelling-place in 2013 was in Reedsville, WV.
  • Granddaughter Marilyn K. Johnson (1946- ? ) was born in about 1946 in West Virginia. She tied the knot with (?) Coffman. Circa 2013, she lived in Tunnelton.

Daughter Dorothy Frances Johnson (1912-1949) was born on May 1, 1912 in Crellin, Garrett County, MD. On Aug. 28, 1930, at the age of 18, she wed 22-year-old Randolph County native Clyde Mersing (June 5, 1908-1992), son of Charles Emil and Clara Belle (White) Mersing of Dry Fork, Randolph County, WV. On their marriage license application, the couple asked that the news not be published. Rev. M.O. Cross, of the United Brethren Church, officiated the ceremony held at Terra Alta, WV. The two families were close, and Dorothy's brother Russell married Clyde's sister Miami. At the time of marriage, Clyde dwelled in Crellin. He stood 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighed 160 lbs., with brown eyes and brown hair. At least 11 offspring were born to the pair -- Clyde "Dwaine" Mersing Sr., Nola Virginia "JoAnn" Mersing, Clara Bell Lockhart, Peggy Ann Kelly, Donald R. Mersing, Ervin Benjamin Mersing, Carolyn S. Gibson, John E. Mersing, Charles E. Mersing, Linda K. Mersing and Stanley Francis Mersing. They made a residence in Crellin as of 1940, when census records show Clyde working as a coal miner. When registering for the military draft in 1940 on the eve of World War II, Clyde disclosed his residence as Crellin and his employer as Stanley Coal Company Inc. Their home in 1946-1949 was at Terra Alta. Sadly, after the birth of their youngest son Stanley in 1949, Dorothy was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and only lived for another four months. After the onset of uremia, she died on Dec. 1, 1949, at the age of 37. The remains were lowered into the soil of Ashby Cemetery, Crellin. The grieving Clyde was now faced with feeding 11 mouths ranging in age from 19 to infancy. He persuaded 23-year-old unwed mother Vera Friend and her young daughter Nancy to move into the home and provide maid services, as shown in the 1950 U.S. Census record. Clyde married again to (?) ( ? -1979) and lived a long life and died in 1992.

  • Grandson Clyde "Dwaine" Mersing Sr. (1931-2012) was born in about 1931. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and later joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Dwaine was joined in wedlock with Vonda Helmick ( ? - ? ). They stayed together for a remarkable 58 years. Together they bore four sons and one daughter -- Gary Mersing, Clyde Dwaine Mersing Jr., Terry Mersing, Randy Mersing and Kathy Mersing. Dwaine supported the family through his work for Colonial Building Supply of Bailey's Crossroads, VA and then returned to Terra Alta, WV, where he was hired by Strico Building Supply of Terra Alta. His final job was as a school bus driver for the Preston County Board of Education. In the community, he helped coach Terra Alta's Youth Football League and co-founded the Terra Alta Athletic Boosters. He was electred president of the Preston County School Service Personnel. Sadly, Dwaine died at the age of 80, in Terra Alta, on Jan. 26, 2012. Burial was in Terra Alta Cemetery. The family again was plunged into mourning four months later at the untimely death of their daughter-in-law Donna Faye Mersing.

    Great-grandson Gary Mersing ( ? - ? ) was born on (?). In about 1982, he wed Donna Faye Johnson (Jan. 8, 1964-2012), a native of Bowling Green, KY and the daughter of Joe R. and Novice (West) Johnson. Their union endured for three decades. They planted themselves in Terra Alta and were the parents of three children -- Chris Mersing, Devon Mersing and Lori Ashby. Donna liked to fish and be out-of-doors as well as read, crft latch hook rugs and collect lighthouses. Sadly, at the age of 48, Donna died in Morgantown's Ruby Memorial Hospital on May 2, 2012. She was pictured in her obituary in the Preston County Journal. Co-officiating her funeral service were Rev. Donald J. Clark and Larry Anderson. The remains were interred in Terra Alta Cemetery. 

    Great-grandson Clyde Dwaine Mersing Jr. (1955-2015) was born on March 23, 1955 in Oakland, MD. He was a 1973 graduate of Terra Alta High School. He then served a term in the U.S. Army and afterward joined the National Guard. Clyde married Rowena Britton (Aug. 24, 1956-2021), daughter of Harris Glenden and Edna Louise (Taylor) Britton. They dwelled in Terra Alta and were the parents of Jana Hammerle, Jessica Mersing, Jamie Upton and Andrew Mersing. Rowena was a 1974 graduate of Terra Alta High School. She received her master's degree in social work from West Virginia University and went on to a career as a hospice patient advocate and in court advocacy for the Rape and Domestic Violence Center. They belonged to the Pine Grove United Methodist Church. Clyde may have worked at Preston Parts. When time allowed, he liked to fish, garden and play the guitar. Said the Preston County News & Journal, "Rowena loved cooking and baking with her grandchildren. She could always be found laughing or listening to music or dancing around the kitchen... She was an avid gardener and enjoyed playing softball. She loved reading and learning, and her kindness and strength were inviolable." Sadly, Clyde passed into eternity at the age of 59 on Jan. 13, 2015. Rowena survived as a widow for another nearly seven years. She died at the age of 65 on Nov. 1, 2021. Her obituary appeared in the Morgantown Dominion Post. In the mid-1990s, Rowena's mother, a genealogist, met the founder of this website who was traveling with cousin and fellow researcher Eugene F. Podraza in the basement of the Preston County Courthouse in Kingwood. Not knowing that her son-in-law's family was among the cousins Mark and Eugene were seeking, she remained in contact for several years, providing guidance and research lookups. 

    Great-grandson Terry Mersing ( ? - ? ) was born on (?). He entered into marriage with Sharon. The pair has lived in Amboy and Aurora, Preston County.

    Great-grandson Randy Mersing ( ? - ? ) was born on (?). He was joined in wedlock with Debbie. They resided in Kingwood in 2012-2015.

    Great-granddaughter Kathy Mersing ( ? - ? ) was born on (?). She made her residence in 2012 in Terra Alta.

  • Granddaughter Nola Virginia "JoAnn" Mersing (1932-2017) was born three days after Christmas 1932. On Oct. 24, 1954, she wed Korean War veteran Rev. William Edward Anderson Sr. (Oct. 18, 1931-2003). Their marriage lasted for 49 years until cleaved apart by death. Five children of the couple was were Jeffery L. Anderson, William Anderson, Rev. Larry Anderson, Karen Nordeck and Linda Boatman. During the Korean and later the Vietnam War, William served in the U.S. Navy and Army and garnered a Bronze Star. Said a Methodist publication, "While she loved his service to country, she believed that she was a true partner in his service to the church and felt their partnership allowed her to be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ." He went on to serve as a clergyman with the United Methodist Church. His congregations included Gormania (from 1975 to 1989) andthen Trinity in Terra Alta (1989 to 1998). Said an obituary, "Joann grew up in the depression era as a coal minerís daughter. She loved her big family and valued the family reunions throughout her life. She was a great cook and enjoyed sewing and working in her vegetable and flower gardens." Grief blanketed the family when son Jeffery died in 1973 at the age of about 14. William passed away on Dec. 15, 2003. Burial was in Terra Alta Cemetery. Nola lived for another nearly 14 years as a widow. She surrendered to the angel of death at the age of 84 on June 20, 2017. Her obituary was published in the West Virginia Annual Conference Journal 2018. The headcount of her survivors included 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Her son Larry preached the funeral sermon.

    Great-grandson William Anderson entered into marrige with Lois.

    Great-grandson Rev. Larry Anderson ( ? - ? )

    Great-granddaughter Karen Anderson wed Steve Nordeck. 

    Great-granddaughter Linda Anderson married Jody Boatman. 

  • Granddaughter Clara Bell Mersing (1935- ? ) was born on Jan. 3, 1935. She was joined in marriage with Freddie L. Lockhart Sr. (1933-1970). The Lockharts lived at Fort Riley, KS in 1956 and in Terra Alta by 1958. They are thought to have been the parents of five, among them Deborah Lynn Lockhart and Tony Curtis Lockhart. A parent's worst nightmare occurred in September 1958 when Clara Bell's teenage brother while playing cowboys and indians "tied up, covered with gasoline and set afire" two-year-old daughter Deborah, reported the Associated Press. "Deputy F.D. Roberts said the 13-year-old boy who set fire to little Deborah has been confined to the West Virginia Training School for mentally defective children at St. Marys. Roberts said the girl was tied to the front porch of her home before being turned into a human torch. Hearing screams, her mother rushed out but was unable to loosen the ropes before the fatal burns were inflicted..." She received third degree burns over 40 percent of her body and was taken to Pittsburgh's Children's Hospital. She lingered for a month before death mercifully carried her away on Oct. 9, 1958.
Louis Kelly's workplace, Kelly Springfield Tire in Cumberland, MD
  • Granddaughter Peggy Ann Mersing (1936-2006) was born on Oct. 8, 1936 in Crellin, Garrett County. On Oct. 24, 1954, at the age of 18, she entered into marital union with 21-year-old Louis Dane Kelly (April 23, 1933-2008), a Terra Alta native and son of Webster and Beatrice (Loughrie) Kelly. Rev. F.A. Tinney officiated. The couple settled in Rawlings, MD and produced a family of four -- Michael D. Kelly, Edward W. Kelly, Judy A Giffin and Diane L. Roschli. Louis was employed by the Kelly-Springfield Tire Company in its curing department in Cumberland. They held a membership in the Rawlings United Methodist Church, where he chaired the board of trustees and gave of his time with other leadership roles. Sadly, Peggy passed away in Rawlings on Feb. 13, 2006. Louis lived on as a widower for another two-and-a-half years. He died as a patient at the Western Maryland Health System facility at Braddock, MD at the age of 75 on Nov. 17, 2008. Rev. Dr. Merle D. Correll led the funeral service. His grandsons served as pallbearers -- Branden Giffin, Robert Giffin, Mark Kelly, Michael Kelly, Tim Kelly and Jason Roschli. An obituary was printed in the Cumberland Times-News. They sleep for the ages in Terra Alta Cemetery.

    Great-grandson Michael D. Kelly was joined in wedlock with Helen. They moved to Greencastle, PA.

    Great-grandson Edward W. Kelly was united in matrimony with Linda. They have dwelled in Rawlings, MD.

    Great-granddaughter Judy A. Kelly wed Robert Giffin. They reside in Rawlings, MD.

    Great-granddaughter Diane L. Kelly married James Roschli. They too migrated to Greencastle, PA. 

  • Grandson Donald R. Mersing (1939- ? ) was born in about 1939. He married Leanna Tasker ( ? - ? ). The couple migrated to Virginia and settled in Woodbridge, VA.
  • Grandson Ervin Benjamin Mersing (1941-2005) was born on March 9, 1941 in Crellin, Garrett County, MD. He worked as s driver in young manhood and lived at 829 Pinewood Terrace in Falls Church, VA. On Oct. 20, 1963, at the age of 22, he tied the knot with 19-year-old Bonnie Lee Helmick ( ? - ? ), a resident of Chantilly, VA and the daughter of Arnold Lester and Nannie (Whetzel) Helmick. Officiating was Rev. Hudson T. Hornsby of the Methodist Church, with the nuptials held in Loudoun County, VA. He made his residence in Terra Alta. At the age of 64, death spirited him away on March 29, 2005. Burial was in the sacred soil of Terra Alta Cemetery. The phrase "Father & Grandfather" is inscribed on his grave marker.
  • Granddaughter Carolyn S. Mersing (1944- ? ) was born in about 1944. She wed Hansel Gibson ( ? - ? ). They have dwelled in Bruceton Mills.
  • Grandson John E. Mersing (1945-2006) was born on Aug. 10, 1945. As a 13-year-old, in mid-September 1958, while playing cowboys and indians with his two-year-old niece Deborah Lockhart, he tied her up, doused her with gasoline and used a lit match to ignite her clothing. She was horrifically burned and died a month later, and he was sent to the West Virginia Training School for Retarded Children at St. Marys, WV. At the end he dwelled in Sistersville, WV. He died on July 16, 2006. Burial was in Ashby Cemetery, Crellin.
  • Grandson Charles E. Mersing (1947- ? ) was born in about 1947. He is believed to have entered into marriage with Janice. Their dwelling in 2018 was in Terra Alta.
  • Granddaughter Linda Catherine "Kay" Mersing (1948- ? ) was born in about 1948. Her home as a young woman was at 110 Beverly Street, Kingwood. At the age of 19, on Feb. 10, 1968, she wed 22-year-old Cecil Faye Royce Jr. ( ? - ? ), son of Cecil Ray and Nettie Ruth (Wilhelm) Royce Sr. The ceremony was conducted by Rev. Harold G. Knotts of the Free Methodist Church, Kingwood They made a residence in Terra Alta.
  • Grandson Stanley Francis Mersing (1949-2018) was born on June 27, 1949 in Crellin, Garrett County, MD. He was only six months old when his mother died, and he was taken in by his uncle and aunt, Elmer L. and Lillian (Ashby) Mersing, and raised to adulthood. He married Sarah "Irene" Foster ( ? - ? ). They put down roots in Oakland, Garrett County. Their two sons were Robert Christopher Mersing and Nathan Daniel Mersing. Stanley made a career as a truck driver for Glotfelty Lumber Company. He liked to fish and hunt in his free time. Sadly, at the age of 69, Stanley died in the Garrett Regional Medical Center on April 4, 2018. His obituary also names his first cousins as siblings -- Elmer Alvin Mersing (deceased), Mary Susan Scott (deceased), Keith Mersing of Clarksville, TN and Janice Mills of Tallmadge, OH. His funeral service was held in the Mountaintop Christian Assembly of God Church in Oakland, by the hand of Pastor Cyndi Tichnell, followed by burial in Ashby Cemetery.

    Great-grandson Robert Christopher Mersing was united in matrimony with Aloha "Cherry" ( ? - ? ). Evidence suggests that they bore a son, Kevin Michael Mersing. Their residence in 2018 was in South Korea.

    Great-grandson Nathan Daniel Mersing was joined in wedlock with Amanda L. Ashby. They dwelled in Oakland, MD in 2018. Clues hint that their two children are Brandon Daniel Mersing and Christopher Ryan Mersing.

Son Russell Henderson Johnson (1919-1981) was born on Jan. 22, 1919 in Crellin, Garrett County, MD. On Feb. 24, 1940, he was united in the rites of holy matrimony with Miami E. Mersing (May 11, 1915-1951), daughter of Charles Emil and Clara Belle (White) Mersing of Dry Fork, Randolph County, WV. The two families were close, and Russell's sister Dorothy wed Miami's brother Clyde. Five known offspring of this brood were E. Anne Johnson, Russell L. Johnson, W. Jean Johnson, Kenneth D. Johnson and Richard N. Johnson. The family dwelled in Tunnelton in 1945 and in Crellin, MD in 1948. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1950, the Johnsons made their dwelling-place on Underwood Road in West Oakland, Garrett County. At that time, Russell was employed as a coal miner. Grief cascaded over the family when Miami passed away on Nov. 12, 1951. Russell outlived his bride by 30 years. He was spirited away by the angel of death in Borgman, Preston County, at the age of 62, on May 24, 1981. His remains sleep for all time in the Ashby Cemetery in Crellin.

  • Granddaughter E. Anne Johnson (1941- ? ) was born in about 1941 in Maryland.
  • Grandson Russell L. Johnson (1943- ? ) was born in about 1943 in Maryland.
  • Granddaughter W. Jean Johnson (1945- ? ) was born in about 1945 in Maryland.
  • Grandson Kenneth D. Johnson (1947- ? ) was born in about 1947 in West Virginia. 
  • Grandson Richard N. Johnson (1949- ? ) was born in about 1949 in Maryland.

~ Daughter Letitia B. "Tish" (Metheny) Sines Haskell ~

Daughter Letitia B. "Tish" Metheny (1880- ? ) was born in April 1880.

Letitia was twice-wed. Her first husband, whom she married in about 1906, was Samuel Sines (Sept. 1869-1928), a native of Maryland. They were 11 to 12 years apart in age.

Two known offspring of this union were Martha H. Sines and Walter Bliss Sines. 

The Sineses lived in Sang Run, Garrett County, MD in 1910, with Samuel earning a living as a clerk in a retail store. Still in Sang Run in 1920, Samuel toiled as a farmer, and 24-year-old bachelor nephew Otis N. Pross was in the household.

Samuel eventually was appointed postmaster in the town of Sines and operated a mercantile store there. Tragically, on or about June 25, 1927, at the age of 50, he received a "concussion of the brain following an accident in which he was struck by an automobile driven by Emerson Knox, near the Sines home," reported the Baltimore Sun. Mr. Sines was walking along the Swallow Falls road and turning to watch a passing car crossed the roadway and got in the path of the Knox machine." He was rushed to Western Maryland Hospital in Cumberland.

Sadly, Samuel apparently never recovered from his injury and passed away in 1928. 

Within a year or two, the widowed Letitia was joined in wedlock with Charles Henry Haskell (1871-1943), also spelled "Heiskel" and "Haskiell," and the son of Henry and Lizzie Haskell. He had been married previously and brought two daughters to the union -- Carrie Paugh and Gertrude Ridgeley. 

The newlyweds resided in Ryans Glade, Garrett County at the time of the 1930 census, with him laboring on a farm.

Charles' occupation in 1940, in Sang Run, was as a woodsman working at a saw mill feeder. 

Their final home together was at Sunnyside, six miles south of Oakland, MD. Having borne heart problems for many years, he died in their residence at the age of 79 on Oct. 20, 1943. An obituary was published in the Cumberland News. Funeral services were held at the Deep Creek Baptist Church, led by Rev. C.W. Frank of McHenry and Rev. Taylor of Swallow Falls. Burial was in Thayerville Cemetery, also known as Deep Creek Baptist Cemetery.

Circa 1948, the twice-widowed Letitia dwelled in Crellin, MD. She died in Garrett County in 1951. Burial was in Sines Cemetery in Oakland.

Daughter Martha H. Sines (1906-2013) was born on May 12, 1906 in Garrett County. She lived to be 106 years of age. In 1930, she was joined in wedlock with Charles N. DeLand (1898-1991). One known son of their union was Edwin DeLand. Charles secured employment in the late 1930s as an electrical man at the Cheat River Dam which formed Lake Lynn. The family is shown in the 1940 census of Springhill Township, Fayette County. They relocated during the 1940s to upstate New York and lived in West Eaton, Madison County, NY. When the United States Census again was made in 1950, Charles worked away from home, and Martha earned a living as a clerk in a general store. The pair barely escaped death in mid-November 1961 when a 10-wheel truck loaded with gravel veered off the road in front  of their house and plowed into their structure, taking out about half of the downstairs area. Martha went into shock and was rushed to Hamilton Hospital, but fortunately recovered. Reported the Syracuse Post-Standard, "The big gravel truck, owned by a Madison trucking firm, was traveling east on Route 26 and had just descended the hill here when it failed to make the curve at the foot of the hill. The truck bulldozed through the wooden house, sending boards flying in all directions... The force of the big 10-wheeler punched out 50 perc cent of the downstairs with half of the second floor left hanging over the front without support." Sadly, Charles passed away in 1991, bringing their union of 60-plus years to a close. Martha survived her husband by 22 years. As her health declined, she became a resident of the Elizabeth Church Manor Nursing Home in Binghamton, NY. At the age of 106, she died in the Home on April 8, 2013. Burial was in West Eaton Cemetery. Her obituary was printed in the Oneida (NY) Daily Dispatch.

  • Grandson Edwin DeLand (1932- ? ) was born in about 1932 in Maryland. His early years were spent in Springhill Township, Fayette County, PA before a move to West Eaton, Madison County, NY.
Akron's Goodyear tire and rubber plant, Walter Sines' employer

Son Walter Bliss Sines (1908-1964) was born in about 1908 in Maryland. He relocated to Akron, OK, where Walter found work at the Goodyear tire and rubber plant and dwelled at 1390 Sprague Street. In 1948, at the age of 39, he married 35-year-old Eleanor E. Pasarilla (Dec. 14, 1913-1962), a native of Pittsburgh. News of their marriage license was published in the Akron Beacon Journal The pair did not reproduce. Eleanor earned income as a waitress. Their address was 1381 Newton Street. Eleanor became seriously ill in about 1960 and was forced to quit work. Two years later, at the age of 48, she died in Akron's St. Thomas Hospital on June 28, 1962. Her remains were lowered into eternal repose in Beaver Falls (PA) Cemetery, with an obituary appearing in the Beacon Journal. Walter lived for another two years and moved to the Arcadia Hotel at 1077 East Market Street. At the age of 56, he fell down a flight of stairs at the hotel in early September 1964 and was admitted to Akron City Hospital. There, he passed away a day later on Sept. 8, 1964.  Rev. Dr. H.D. Rose officiated the funeral service.

Stepdaughter Carrie Haskell wed (?) Paugh. She lived in Mt. Lake Park, MD in 1943. 

Stepdaughter Gertrude Haskell married (?) Ridgeley. They put down roots in Fairmont, WV. 

~ Son James "Dolph" Metheny ~

Son James "Dolph" Metheny (1882-1955) was born on Aug. 26, 1882 or 1883 in Albright, Preston County.

Dolph stood 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighed 160 lbs., with blue eyes and dark hair. He was a longtime coal miner. With limited formal education, he appears to have alternated spelling of his surname over the years.

On Oct. 12, 1912, the 30-year-old Dolph was joined in marriage with 21-year-old Lina E. Wakefield (Feb. 19, 1891-1957), daughter of Robert and Mandy (Patton) Wakefield. The nuptials were conducted by Rev. Joseph B. Feather, of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in his residence. 

When required to register for the military draft during World War I, the 36-year-old Dolph lived in Valley Point. At that time, he was employed as a teamster by M.F. Walls of Albright, and disclosed that his father was his nearest relative.

The marriage dissolved, but no one ever knew whether they had divorced. Lina took back her maiden name and lived out her life in Philippi, Barbour County, WV.  

In 1948, Dolph resided in Tunnelton, Preston County. He appears to have been estranged from his siblings, and once wrote that "they have not displayed any great interest in my welfare."

Dolph again was required to register during the World War II era. He resided in Borgman, near Tunnelton, employed by W.R. Liston. He indicated that his brother Homer would always know his whereabouts.

He was felled by a heart attack and passed away at the age of 72, in Tunnelton, on Sept. 11, 1955. Burial was in Mt. Moriah Cemetery, under a marker where the family name was spelled "Metheney." Inscribed on the face of his marker are the familiar words, "Gone but not forgotten."

For her last 20 years, Lina endured hardening of the arteries. She was stricken by a cerebral hemorrhage and succumbed to the spectre of death in the Maples of Philippi on July 21, 1957. On her death certificate, a physician wrote that she was "mentally deficient." Interment was in Philippi's Silent Grove Cemetery.

~ Son George "Harvey" Metheny ~

Son George "Harvey" Metheny (1885-1955) was born in April 1885. 

He grew to adulthood laboring on the home farm in Preston County's Pleasant District.

On Dec. 28, 1918, when he was 32 years of age, and she 17, Harvey married Laura Belle Shears (July 3, 1901-1981), the daughter of Minerva (Feather) Shears. Officiating was Rev. John H. Howard of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Kingwood. They were 15 years apart in age.

They resided in Valley Point near Albright, Preston County, and together produced four children -- Virginia Pearl Christopher, William Ray Metheny, Edna Lucinna Liston and Georgie Pauline Thomas.

Harvey died of heart trouble at the age of 68 on March 14, 1955. He was laid to rest at Mt. Moriah in Valley Point.

Laura Belle outlived him by more than a quarter of a century. At the age of 79, she passed into the arms of the angels in Valley Point on March 12, 1981.

Daughter Virginia Pearl Metheny (1919-2010) was born on Oct. 21, 1919 in Albright. She married a cousin, Gilbert Oscar Christopher (1914-1967), the son of Albert Hall and Ocie Margaret (Liston) Christopher and the grandson of John Anderson and Louisa (Martin) Liston. See the Liston biography for more.

Coal miners' houses, Masontown, WV. Library of Congress

Son William Ray Metheny/Matheny (1921-1996) was born in 1921. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army. On Aug. 9, 1949, he married Virgie Myrtle Rodeheaver (Aug. 5, 1914-1964), the daughter of Grant and Lillian (Teets) Rodeheaver of Albright. The wedding took place in Oakland, Allegany County, MD. Hazel appears to have been wed previously, to Ray Rodeheaver, and to have borne a daughter Hazel G. Rodeheaver who died of convulsions at the age of nine on June 28, 1943. William and Virgie together produced two known children of their own -- Wendy Lee Cress and Billy Metheny. The United States Census of 1950 shows William laboring as a loader in local coal mines. They dwelled in Masontown, Preston County. Suffering from stomach cancer, which spread to the brain, Virgie was admitted to West Virginia University Hospital. After a week's stay, she passed away at age 49 on April 22, 1964, "following a brief illness," said the Preston County Journal, with burial at Mt. Moriah Cemetery. William outlived his wife by more than three decades. Death enveloped him in Masontown, WV on March 5, 1996. He and she sleep for all time in Mount Moriah Cemetery near Valley Point.

  • Granddaughter Wendy Lee Metheny married (?) Cress.
  • Grandson William "Billy" Metheny ( ? - ? )

Purple Heart  
Daughter Edna "Lucille" Metheny (1924-2011) was born on July 21, 1924 in Albright. At the age of 22, on Feb. 5, 1947, she married World War II veteran Edwin Russell Liston (Sept. 13, 1912-2000), the son of Curtis and Jennie (Nedrow) Liston, and a native of Connellsville, Fayette County, PA. They had two children -- Gary L. Liston and Carol Y. Liston. During the war, Edwin had served in the U.S. Army and received a Purple Heart. The family residence was in Valley Point near Albright. The pair owned and operated Liston's Store in Valley Point, and they attended the Cuzzart Wesleyan Church. Sadly, Edwin died on April 10, 2000. Lucille lived on for another 11 years. Death enveloped her on April 18, 2011 as a patient at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. Co-officiating her funeral were Rev. Vicki D. Sheppard and Rev. Gary Reed, held at the Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church. Interment of the remains was in Mount Moriah. In an obituary, the family asked that any memorial contributions be made to the North Central West Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

  • Grandson Gary L. Liston was joined in matrimony with Ann. Two children of this couple are believed to be Kerri Anne Gibbs and Jennifer Marie Liston. Their home in 2011 was in Keyser, WV.
  • Granddaughter Carol Y. Liston was united in wedlock with Tony Glover. They put down roots in Bruceton Mills. They bore two known offspring -- Justin Glover and Jordan Glover.

Daughter Georgie Pauline Metheny (1930-2014) was born on Dec. 1, 1930 in Kingwood. She married Robert Allen Thomas (April 14, 1918-2007), the son of Charles W. and Estella M. Thomas, and a native of Leisenring, Fayette County, PA. The Thomases bore one son, Mark Allen Thomas. During World War II, Robert served in the U.S. Army. They settled in Grafton and seem to have remained planted there. Sadly, Robert was carried away by the angel of death on April 8, 2007. Circa 2011, the widowed Georgie and her son made their residence on Lincoln Street in Grafton, WV. As a patient in Grafton City Hospital, she passed away at the age of 83 on May 22, 2014. Rev. Roni Delligatti officiated the funeral service. Their remains sleep in honored rest in West Virginia National Cemetery.

  • Grandson Mark Allen Thomas ( ? - ? ) resided in Grafton in 2014. 

~ Son Marshal "Homer" Metheny ~

Son Marshal "Homer" Metheny (1888-1907) was born on Oct. 10, 1888 at Valley Point, Preston County.

At the age of 34, circa 1924, Homer entered into the bonds of wedlock with 22-year-old Mabel Lulah Shahan (May 7, 1902-1993). She was 14 years younger than he. 

The trio of  known children of this marriage were Darrel Eugene Metheny Sr., Dorothy "Eloise" White and Betty Iris Emery

The family resided for decades in Albright, Preston County. Homer earned a living as a sawmill laborer in 1930 and as a laborer for the Works Progress Administration in 1940. The WPA was one of the ways President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the federal government tried to overcome unemployment during the Great Depression. It's widely considered one of the Roosevelt's largest and most ambitious undertakings of his "New Deal" to get the nation back on sound economic footing. Over the years, the WPA hired millions of out-of-work individuals to build public works projects, such as roads, bridges, retaining walls and buildings. 

In 1950, when the federal census enumeration was made, Homer earned a living as a loader in a local coal mine. 

At the death of his brother Dolph in 1955, Homer received a dollar of inheritance. 

Death spirited Homer away on Feb. 22, 1977 in Albright, WV. 

Mabel survived as a widow for a number of years. She died in Kingwood at the age of 91 on June 11, 1993. 

Chemical plant on Neville Island -- Darrel Metheny's workplace?

Son Darrel Eugene Metheny (1924-1985) was born on March 14, 1924. (He once gave his birth year as "1921.") In young manhood he moved to Pittsburgh, where he resided at 1401 Nobles Lane and worked as a grocery store clerk. On New Year's Day 1946, at the age of 24, he entered into marriage with 24-year-old Eleanor Marie Strawser (Dec. 10, 1921-1969), daughter of William and Lillian (Trautman) Strawser of Masontown, Preston County. The nuptials were held in Pittsburgh, by the hand of Rev. Fr. Paul M. Lachner. At the time, Eleanor was employed as a chemist. They produced one known son, Darrell Eugene Metheny Jr. A few weeks after their wedding, the Methenys received two dozen roses at a "Breakfast in Hollywood" party held at the Melrose Theatre on Brownsville Road, and as reported in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. U.S. Census records for 1950 show the young family together on Neville Island near Pittsburgh, with Darrell earning a living as a mechanic in a chemical plant. Their address in the late 1960s was Apartment 13-B on Grand Avenue, Neville Island. Sadly, stricken for six months with cirrhosis of the liver, Eleanor was admitted to St. Clair Memorial Hospital in Mount Lebanon, near Pittsburgh. There, she died at the age of 45 on Aug. 13, 1969. Her obituary was published in the Pittsburgh Press. Her requiem high mass was sung at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, followed by burial in Resurrection Cemetery in Moon Township. The widowed Darrel moved to nearby Coraopolis. He married again to Louise (Tyrone) Mastrantonio (1929-2001). She brought three stepchildren into the union -- Gloria Metheny, Nicholas Mastrantonio and Carol Mastrantonio. Another daughter in this family was Marcia Gabauer. In an interesting twist, his son Darrel Jr. wed her daughter Gloria. Darrel passed away on May 11, 1985. An obituary appeared in the Press, with his funeral mass held in the St. Joseph church. Louise outlived her spouse by six years and made her residence in Moon Township. She surrendered to the angel of death on Sept. 9, 2001. Darrel and Louise lie in eternal repose in Resurrection Cemetery. 

  • Grandson Darrel Eugene Metheny Jr. (1949- ? ) was born in about 1949 and grew up on Neville Island near Pittsburgh. He wed his step-mother's daughter Gloria Mastrantonio ( ? - ? ), daughter of Louise (Tyrone) Mastrantonio Martin of Moon Township. Two known offspring of the couple were Michael Metheny and Melissa Marie Metheny.

    Great-grandson Michael Metheny ( ? - ? )

    Great-granddaughter Melissa Marie Metheny (1992-  ?) was born in 1992. News of her birth was printed in the Pittsburgh Press

  • Granddaughter Marcia Metheny ( ? - ? ) married Dennis Gabauer ( ? - ? ).
  • Stepson Nicholas Mastrantonio ( ? - ? ) entered into marriage with Cynthia ( ? - ? )
  • Stepdaughter Carol Mastrantonio ( ? - ? ) was joined in wedlock with Craig Baranowsky ( ? - ? ). 

Daughter Dorothy "Eloise" Metheny (1927- ? ) was born in about 1927. Unmarried at the age of 23, in 1950, she resided with her parents and earned income as a sales clerk in a department store. Evidence suggests that she entered into marrige with Harry White ( ? - ? ). Circa 1977, they dwelled in Deer Park, MD.

Daughter Betty Iris Metheny (1931-2020) was born on Feb. 8, 1931 in Albright. She was united in matrimony with Walter Earl "Dugan" Emery (Sept. 17, 1924-2010), a native of Kingwood. Their union endured the ups and downs of an extraordinary 63 years. Together they became the parents of two daughters -- Cynthia Barlow and Debbie Hayes. During World War II, Walter served in the U.S. Army and received a Bronze Star. The Emerys dwelled in Albright, WV. Over time, Betty was employed in sales by Wright & Smith, Murphy's Mart and Ames in Kingwood. They belonged to the Albright Methodist Church. Sadly, Walter passed away on Aug. 26, 2010. At the age of 89, she died in Morgantown on April 7, 2020. The remains were laid to rest in Kingwood's Sunset Memorial Gardens. The Morgantown Dominion Post published an obituary.

  • Granddaughter Cynthia Emery wed Joseph "Joe" Barlow. Their children are believed to be Perry Barlow, Jodie Haught, Craig Barlow Nichole Barlow, Brittney Barlow and Marshall Barlow. Joseph was deceased by 2020. Cynthia's residence in 2020 was in Kingwood.
  • Granddaughter Debbie Emery married William "Bill" Hayes. One daughter of this union was Lori May. Sadly, William was deceased by 2020. 

~ Daughter Catherine "Pearl" (Metheny) Lowe ~

Daughter Catherine "Pearl" Metheny (1892- ? ) -- nicknamed "Katie" -- was born on July 2, 1892 in Albright, Preston County.

When both were age 22, on March 20, 1914, she entered into marriage with James Walter Lowe (April 1, 1889-1977). The wedding was conducted in Kingwood by Rev. A.D. Craig of the Methodist Episcopal Church. At the time, James was living in his hometown of Belle Center, OH.

Together, they produced a brood of children -- John Calvin Lowe, Elizabeth "Georgetta" Shepard, Dorothy Mae Lowe, Helen Lowe, Adaline Lowe, James Edward Lowe, Jack Leonard Lowe and Robert Lowe 

The Lowes settled in Indiana. At the birth of their daughter Georgetta in 1918, their home was at 571 Indiana Avenue in Hammond, IN. James plied his trade in carpentry at that time.

Federal census records for 1930 show the family near North Judson in Railroad Township, Starke County, with James working as a farmer. They were plunged into grief when their daughter Dorothy Mae, age 10, suffered from acute kidney disease for five months until death carried her away on Sept. 4, 1930. The child was laid to rest in San Pierre Cemetery.

Inland Steel Company in Indiana Harbor, IN 

Their next move was to Indiana Harbor, IN, where James appears to have joined the workforce of Inland Steel Company.

Circa 1937, the family relocated once more to Kouts, Porter County, IN, where they remained for good. In 1940, James and their 25-year-old son John earned a living as a carpenter in the construction industry. They provided a home in 1940 for their married daughter and son-in-law Georgetta and Joseph Shepard.

The decade of the 1940s was a difficult period of time for the family at many levels. They worried as their eldest son John joined the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II. But the marriage itself was troubled. James and Pearl fought, and he assaulted her in their home. On an affidavit from their son John, now home from the Army, James was arrested. In March 1946, their "marital trials and tribulations... were aired in Porter circuit court," reported the Vidette-Messenger of Porter County. "Cause of the trouble is said to have been over a daughter who absented herself from home and resulted in the mother complaining about the girl's actions. Mrs. Lowe, on the witness stand, testified that her husband struck her a number of times during an argument over the daughter and she was forced to obtain medical treatment. Lowe admitted striking his wife, but attributed it to a loss of temper. He claimed the trouble with his wife really started with the return of the son from service." Judge Walter M. Crisman fined him $35 plus court costs. Pearl then filed for divorce, with Judge Crisman awarding her $20 a week in support and issuing a restraining order to prevent any further physical abuse.

Somehow the couple settled their differences and remained together. The census enumeration of 1950 shows the pair in Kouts, with James now employed in maintenance for the steel company. Pearl and John are known to have hosted their family of grown children at Christmas Day dinner later that year, as chronicled in the local newspaper.

At the death of her brother Dolph in 1955, Pearl received a dollar of inheritance. James eventually retired from Inland Steel.

Her final years were spent enduring chronic brain syndrom, hardening of the arteries and senility. She surrendered to death in Beatty Memorial Hospital in Westville, Laporte County, IN at the age of 77 on May 7, 1970. Burial was in Kouts' Graceland Cemetery.

John lived as a widow for another seven years, remaining in Kouts. As his health declined, he was admitted to the Fountainview Manor Nursing Home in Hobart, IN. There, he died at the age of 88 just two days before Christmas 1977. His obituary was published in the Vidette-Messenger, which noted that he was survived by 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Main Street in Hobart, IN

Son John Calvin Lowe (1914-2001) was born on Dec. 26, 1914 in Ohio. He first married Frances Theresa Pac (Oct. 28, 1919-2014), daughter of Frank and Madeline Pac. One son of the first marriage was Robert C. Lowe. By 1940, the couple divorced, and Frances went on to wed (?) Barker. The United States Census of 1940 shows the divorced John living in his parents' household and working with his father as a carpenter in the construction field. He joined the U.S. Army during World War II and trained at Fort Sam Houston. Upon his return home after the war, he found himself in the middle of his parents' violent arguments, and he had his father arrested. In time he again entered into marriage with Mamie Cannon (Aug. 2, 1919-2009), daughter of Hazen and Ella (Jackson) Cannon. Their union endured for a remarkable 53 years. John earned a living as a carpenter and in 1947 settled in Hobart, IN, remaining for good. He was a longtime carpenter employed by the Carpenters Local 1005 for more than half-a-century, and retired in 1979. Their address in 2001 was at 710 South Wisconsin Street. His final years were burdened with kidney and artery disease as well as heart problems. He died at the age of 86 in St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart on Feb. 16, 2001. Burial was in Graceland Cemetery in Valparaiso, with Rev. A.G. McKinley leading the funeral rites. His obituary was published in the Munster Times. Mamie outlived her husband by eight years. Death gathered her away on Nov. 16, 2009.

  • Grandson Robert C. Lowe (1937-2014) was born on June 21, 1937 in Hobart, IN. He made a home with his father and stepmother at the age of 12 in 1950. Robert was a 1955 graduate of Hobart High School and joined the U.S. Air Force. His career with the military spanned two decades. Over time he was posted to Air Force bases in California, France, Libya, England, Okinawa, Korea and Thailand. He retired in 1975 from his final station at Webb Air Force Base in West Texas. He relocated to California and, in April 1981, married Rita R. (Lein) Herren ( ? - ? ), daugher of Olaf and Winifred (Umberger) Lein. The couple endured the ups and downs of 33 years of marriage. She brought three stepchildren to the union -- Lena Leis, James Herren and Janna Rinderneck. The Lowes became the parents of Michael Lowe and Marva "Joey" Lowe. They migrated to Texas in June 1981, with him obtaining employment in the oil service industry with Halliburton and Kykendall Electrical Wireline. In another move in 1985, they returned to California and he worked for another two decades at Ryder Dedicated. They made their residence in Carmichael, CA, where he joined the local Elks Lodge and was active on committees and as exalted ruler for 2009-2010. He was recognized as officer of the year for 2008-2009. The pair enjoyed motorcycling and rode throughout the southwestern United States. They also took recreational vehicle vacations in northern California with friends and family, and made other travel to Alaska, Hawaii, Yosemite National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Robert passed away at the University of California at Davis Medical Center in Sacramento on Nov. 30, 2014. Burial was at the Sacramento Valley Veterans Administration Cemetery. He was pictured in his obituary in the Sacramento Bee, with the family requesting that any memorial donations be made to the Elks Major Project, an initiative to provide physical therapy for children.

    Great-grandson Michael Lowe joined the U.S. Air Force and in 2001 was stationed in Oklahoma City.

    Great-granddaughter Marva "Joey" Lowe made her home in 2001 in Palmdale, CA and in 2014 in Penryn, CA.

    Step-great-granddaughter Lena Herren wed Ronald Leis. They resided in Fair Oaks, CA in 2014.

    Step-great-grandson James Herren has dwelled in Fair Oaks, CA.

    Step-great-granddaughter Janna Herren married David Rinderneck. Circa 2014, they were in Folsom, CA. 

Daughter Elizabeth "Georgetta" Lowe (1918-2003) -- nicknamed "Jet" -- was born on Aug. 5, 1918 in Hammond, IN. Dr. Andrew Hofmann assisted in the birth. As a high schooler, she was homecoming queen in Kouts, IN. In 1939, she gave birth to a daughter, whom she named "Laura Pearl Maul." Not long after, she wed Joseph Otis Shepard (Oct. 23, 1913-1997), a native of Goodland, IN and the son of Roy and Charlotte Shepard. In 1940, the newlyweds resided with Georgetta's parents in Kouts, IN, and Joseph earned income as a truck driver for a grocery company. They were the parents of Laura Pearl Shepard. Joseph supported the family through his work as an electrician in the manufacturing business. He also is known to have been a candidate for Pleasant Township constable/justice of the peace in the mid-1950s. The family remained in Kouts for years. Georgetta was a member of the Ameerican Legion Auxiliary in Kouts for more than 50 years. Sadness blanketed the family at Joseph's death from diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at age 83 on June 20, 1997. As a widow she lived at 251 South Sturdy Road in Valparaiso. Georgetta's mind began to decline from the ravages of Alzheimer's Disesase, and she became a resident of Canterbury Place Nursing Home in Valparaiso. She passed away at the age of 84 on Feb. 2, 2003. Her granddaughter Lori Wray, of Wheatfield, IN, signed the Indiana death certificate. Interment was in Graceland Cemetery in Kouts, and the Munster (IN) Times carried an obituary.

  • Granddaughter Laura Pearl "Lolly" Maul (1939-1997) was born on Feb. 6, 1939 in Kouts, Porter County, IN. She appears to have taken on the "Shepard" surname as a youth. On Dec. 17, 1960, she married Marvin D. Wray (Jan. 26, 1938-2017), son of Austin and Esther (Jahnz) Wray. Two children of this family were Brad Wray and Gary Wray. Marvin was a graduate of Morgan Township Schools and from 1955 to 1959 served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was employed for more than three decades by Miller Glass Company and Lembke Glass in Valparaiso. Sadly, Laura Pearl died in Valparaiso, IN at the age of 58 on Sept. 6, 1997, bringing to a close their marital union of 37 years. Burial was in Graceland Township Cemetery, Kouts. Marvin outlived her by 20 years. During that time he was active with the American Legion post in Kouts as sergeant at arms and on the funeral honor guard. He succumbed to the spirit of death at age 79 on Sept. 6, 2017.

    Great-grandson Gary Wray ( ? - ? ) 

    Great-grandson Brad Wray was joined in wedlock with Lori. They have resided in Wheatfield, IN. 

Daughter Helen Izetta Lowe (1922-1996) was born on Oct. 23, 1922 in Kingwood, Preston County. She was joined in matrimony with William Patrick (Dec. 31, 1917-1971), a native of Hebron, Porter County, IN. Two children borne of this union were James W. Patrick and Susan Miller. The family in about 1943 put down roots in Hobart, IN and in the early 1970s they resided at 809 West Seventh Place. William earned a living as a commercial and industrial carpenter and held a membership in the Carpenters Local 985. He also was involved with politics in town and joined the Hobard Men's Democratic Club. Sadly, at the age of 53, William died in Merrillville, IN on April 20, 1971. Rev. James W. Lowe led the funeral service, followed by burial in Evergreen Memorial Park. An obituary was printed inthe Valparaiso Vidette-Messengeer of Porter County. Helen outlived her first spouse by a quarter-century of time. She is known to have resided in Hobart, IN in 1977. Her second spouse was (?) Moblo ( ? - ? ). At the age of 73, she was spirited away by the angel of death in Michigan City, LaPorte County, IN on June 6, 1996. The remains were lowered into blessed repose in Evergreen Memorial Park.

  • Grandson James W. Patrick made his home in 1971 in Hobart.
  • Granddaughter Susan Patrick wed (?) Miller. They dwelled in Hobart in 1971. 

Daughter Adaline R. Lowe (1925-2000) was born on June 15, 1925 in Indiana Harbor, Lake County, IN. When she was 22 years of age, on March 6, 1948, in nuptials held in St. Paul, MN, she was united in wedlock with Robert L. Bane (April 8, 1918-1987), a native of Goshen, IN and the son of Norman and Idabelle Bane. Robert was divorced from his first wife Opal Flossie McDonald. Adaline and Robert became the parents of five -- James Robert "Jimbo" Bane, William Bane, Claudia Bane, Catherine Prochaska and Frederick Bane. They resided in or near Gary, IN in 1956. Later the family relocated to Wisconsin and in 1977 lived in Racine, WI. Adaline earned a living as a waitress at the Hotel Nelson, while Robert spent the last decade of his working career with Rainfair Company, retiring in 1979. They are known to have been members of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, and in retirement he served as president of the George Bray Senior Citizens Club. The family address was at 1128 North Wisconsin. Sadly, Robert died on May 3, 1987 as a patient in St. Mary's Medical Center. Rev. Allan Sommer led the funeral mass in the family church. Adaline lived on for another baker's dozen years. Toward the end she was admitted to Kenosha Care Center. At the age of 74, she passed away on Feb. 6, 2000. She was pictured in her obituary in the Racine Journal Times, in which the family asked that any memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Her mass of Christian burial was conducted at St. Patrick's, presided over by Rev. Paul Daniels. Their remains are at rest in Graceland Cemetery in Racine. On Adaline's birthday in 2000-2003, the family placed remembrance advertisements in the Journal Times.

  • Grandson James Robert "Jimbo" Bane (1956-2017) was born on Aug. 8, 1956 in Gary, IN. He made his home in adulthood in Racine and sported a long beard. He earned a living through employment with Jacobsen Manufacturing, a producer of lawnmowers and small tractors, until the company relocated in 2001 to Charlotte, NC. James died at home at the age of 60 on May 9, 2017. Burial was in Racine's Graceland Cemetery, with a photograph and obituary appearing in the Racine Journal Times
  • Grandson William A. Bane married Carolyn. They relocated by 1987 to Tacoma, WA. William was deceased by 2017.
  • Granddaughter Claudia Bane ( ? - ? ) has lived in Racine.
  • Granddaughter Catherine Bane wed Michael Prochaska. The pair planted themselves in Racine.
  • Grandson Frederick N. Bane ( ? - ? ) was born on (?). He dwelled in Racine in 2000-2017.

Son James "Edward" Lowe (1929-2011) was born on March 8, 1929 in Knox, IN. He married Eileen ( ? - ? ) and established their residence in Crown Point, IN. Over the years, he earned a living as a school custodian. His address in 2011 was 11708 Gibson Street. Toward the end he suffered from diabetes, Alzheimer's Disease and dementia. At the age of 82, from the effects of coronary artery disease and acute kidney failure, he died in Methodist Hospital Southlake Campus on May 26, 2011. Stepdaughter Sandra Houldson was the informant for the official Indiana certificate of death.

Son Jack Leonard Lowe (1931-2017) was born on April 15, 1931 in Francisville, IN. He entered into marriage with Joanne ( ? - ? ) and put down roots in Crown Point, IN. He was the father of four -- Daniel Lowe, Debra Lynn Browning, Timothy Alan Lowe and Thomas Michael Lowe.  For 31 years, Jack was employed in an automobile manufacturing plant. After retirement, they moved to Mountain Home, AR where they constructed an earth-sheltered residence and he drove a tour bus. After a second retirement, the couple migrated to Arlington, TX. He appears to have wed a second time to Lucretia ( ? - ? ). Sadly, at the age of 86, Jack died on June 10, 2017. The headcount of his survivors included seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

  • Grandson Daniel Lowe ( ? - ? )
  • Granddaughter Debra Lynn Lowe ( ? - ? ) wed (?) Browning 
  • Grandson Timothy Alan Lowe ( ? - ? )
  • Grandson Thomas Michael Lowe ( ? - ? ) entered into marriage with Kathy.

Son Robert Lowe (1937- ? ) was born in about 1937 in Indiana. He and his eldest brother were 22 years apart in age. Evidence suggests that he died young. 


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