Margaret (Miner) Bottomley was born on Sept. 16, 1891 in Connellsville, Fayette County, PA, the daughter of Henry and Eliza (Swink) Minerd (or "Miner").
On the third day of the new year in 1908, the 16-year-old Maggie married 22-year-old Charles Edward Bottomley Sr. (1885-1956). A native of the coal mining town of Moyer, near Connellsville, he was the son of Charles S. and Alice (Riggar) Bottomley of Moyer, Fayette County. The ceremony was performed by justice of the peace Frank Miller.
At the time of marriage, Charles was a merchant, residing in Connellsville.
The Bottomleys had at least 10 children – Barbara Ellen Bottomley, Alice Gordon, Elizabeth Margaret Stineman Denvir Sheldon, Charles E. Bottomley Jr., Myrtle Orndorff, Margaret Lindsey, Harry E. Bottomley Sr., Mary Louise Breakiron, Charlotte Reynolds and Thomas J. Bottomley.
The family resided on Mt. Vernon Street in Uniontown in 1918, at 226 North Arch Street in Connellsville, circa 1942, and at 115 West Fayette Street in 1946.
The Grim Reaper of Death took away two of the Bottomleys' children during the decade of the 1910s. On Feb. 2, 1912, in Connellsville, five month old daughter Barbara Ellen died after being stricken with pneumonia. She was buried at the Union Dickerson Run Cemetery.
Then on April 7, 1918, one-year-old son Thomas, suffering from bronchial pneumonia and inflammation of the heart, died at their Uniontown home on Mt. Vernon Street. The child's remains were placed into rest at Park Place Cemetery in Uniontown.
Margaret died at the age of 55, on Oct. 14, 1946, "after a lingering illness," reported the Connellsville Daily Courier. Following a funeral service in the Bottomley home, she was laid to rest in Mount Olive Cemetery. Officiating was Rev. Harry R. Roach, of the First Presbyterian Church.
Charles outlived his wife by a decade. On the evening of Feb. 9, 1956, while at the State Hotel in Connellsville, he suffered a stroke, and fell down a flight of stairs.
He was hospitalized in critical condition, but did not recover, and died of his injuries at the age of 70 on Feb. 10, 1956. His remains were interred at Mount Olive Cemetery, with Rev. Clair Ralston Wick leading the funeral service.
At the time of death, Charles was survived by 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
~ Daughter Alice (Bottomley) Gordon ~
Daughter Alice Bottomley ( ? - ? ) was born in (?).
She married Charles Gordon ( ? - ? ).
Circa 1946-1956, the Gordons made their home in Olean, NY.
~ Daughter Elizabeth Margaret (Bottomley) Stineman Denvir Sheldon ~
Daughter Elizabeth Margaret Bottomley (1911- ? ) was born in about 1911. She is believed to have been wed thrice.
At the age of 21, in 1932, she resided in the coal mining community of Davidson near Connellsville and made a living as a maid. That year, on Aug. 1, 1932, she married 23-year-old John Leonard Stineman (1909- ? ), a native of West Virginia and the son of Harry and Anna (Carlson) Stineman. Justice of the peace J. Cramer Echard officiated the nuptials, held in Star Junction, Fayette County. News of the marriage was published in the Connellsville Daily Courier.
At the time of marriage, John was a laborer, making his home in Scottdale, Westmoreland County, PA.
Another of her husbands was (?) Denvir ( ? - ? ), and a third was (?) Sheldon ( ? - ? ).
She lived in Connellsville in 1946.
By 1956, married to Sheldon, she resided in Windham, OH.
~ Daughter Myrtle (Bottomley) Orndorff ~
Daughter Myrtle Bottomley ( ? - ? ) was born in (?).
Myrtle married (?) Orndorff ( ? - ? )
She resided in Connellsville, and passed away there on March 15, 1993. She rests for eternity at Green Ridge Memorial Park.
~ Son Charles Bottomley ~
Son Charles Bottomley (1919-1994) was born in 1919.
In 1939, at the age of 20, he married 20-year-old Violet Miner (1919-2000), a distant cousin who was the daughter of Raymond and Rebecca (Rugg) Miner.
They resided in Mill Run, Fayette County.
Said the Connellsville Daily Courier, Charles was a "machine operator for the Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation for more than 35 years. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in World War II. He was a member of … the Springfield Township Volunteer Fire Department…"
Charles died on Jan. 27, 1994.
Violet outlived him by six years, and passed away on Sept. 18, 2000.
~ Daughter Margaret (Bottomley) Lindsey ~
Daughter Margaret Bottomley ( ? - ? ) was born in (?).
She married (?) Lindsey.
She lived in Connellsville.
~ Son Harry E. Bottomley Sr. ~
Son Harry E. Bottomley Sr. (1926-2014) was born on Aug. 5, 1926 in Connellsville. At the age of seven, while playing with a dynamite cap, the cap exploded, burning Harry on the leg. He was taken to Connellsville State Hospital, but was soon released and sent home. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army.
Harry wed Nada Kelly (March 15, 1922-2019), daughter of Albert and Blanche (Bigam) Kelly of Coalbrook, Fayette County. Four-plus years older than her husband, Nada grew up in the 1930s attending school in a one-room building on Bellview Road.
They resided in Connellsville, where Harry worked for Anchor Hocking Corporation as foreman of the carton department. Nada began working for Anchor Hocking in 1943 and spent 35 years with the company, retiring in 1978. The family were members of the East Connellsville United Methodist Church, and Harry belonged to the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post.
Their four children were Harry E. Bottomley Jr., Robert Miller, Betty (Miller) Casini Bellus and Connie Kaylor.
Harry died at home on Oct. 30, 2014, at the age of 88. Funeral services were led by Pastor Douglas Johnson, followed by burial in Green Ridge Memorial Park. In an obituary, the Connellsville Daily Courier noted that he was survived by seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Nada survived her husband by five years and remained in Connellsville. At the age of 97, on Sept. 21, 2019, she passed away in Westmoreland Hospital.
Son Harry E. Bottomley Jr. made his home with his parents in Connellsville.
Son Robert Miller married Linda. Their home was in Scottdale.
Daughter Betty Miller ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She was married twice. Her first husband was Peter M. "Pete" Casini (Dec. 23, 1945-2018), future Mayor of South Connellsville. They bore two children, Kristin Marie Casini and Kelly Lynn Casini. The couple was separated by 1968, with Betty moving to Mount Pleasant. She later married William Bellus and lived in Connellsville in 2019.
Daughter Constance "Connie" Bottomley ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). In about 1966, she wed John Raymond Kaylor (April 4, 1937-2015), son of Herman and Alice (Moran) Kaylor of South Connellsville. Their union lasted for 49 years. The Kaylors were the parents of John Kaylor Jr., Thomas Kaylor, Lori Kaylor, Deborah Kaylor and Rebecca Kaylor. They made their residence in South Connellsville and were members of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church. He served in the U.S. Navy and then was hired to operate a forklift at Anchor Hocking Corporation. He worked there for 33 years, from about 1960 to 1993. In his spare time, he was a charter member of the South Connellsville Rod and Gun Club, a lifetime member of the South Connellsville Fire Company and president for 25 years of the local union 125 of the The Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers International Union (GMP). He also loved bicyling and pedaled thousands of miles on the Yough River Trail. He kept a woodshop in their home, fashioning furniture and other objects, and he was a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers. Heartache enveloped the family at the deaths of their infant daughters Deborah and Rebecca . John died at the age of 78, in Ruby Memorial Hospital in nearby Morgantown, WV, on June 27, 2015. An obituary was printed in the Greensburg Tribune-Review, with Father Gerry Juarez celebrating the funeral mass and interment in St. Joseph Cemetery.
~ Daughter Mary Louise (Bottomley) Breakiron ~
Daughter Mary Louise Bottomley (1931-2006) was born in 1931.
She married Norman W. Breakiron ( ? - ? ).
They lived in Monongahela, PA and at Smithton, Westmoreland County, PA. The Breakirons had three children and were married for 56 years, said the Daily Courier.
Mary Louise passed away on New Year's Day 2006 at UPMC Montefiore in Oakland, near Pittsburgh. She was laid to rest at Olive Branch Cemetery in Rostraver Township.
~ Daughter Charlotte (Bottomley) Reynolds ~
Daughter Charlotte Bottomley ( ? - ? ) was born in (?).
She lived with her married sister Alice Gordon in Olean, NY circa 1956.
She married Ronald Reynolds ( ? - ? ).
They resided in Bradford, McKean County, PA.
~ Acknowledgements ~
Many thanks to Jack Lewis and the late Thomas Lewis for their permission to use their book, The Lewis Family of Oliphant Furnace, PA, as source material for this biography.
Copyright © 2003-2004, 2007, 2012, 2014 Mark A. Miner