In 1897, at the age of about 19 or 20, Gertrude married Edward Jacob Ullery (Aug. 5, 1875-1960), the son of George W. and Mary "Jane" Ullery of Wooddale, Fayette County, PA. Their marital union endured for an extraordinary 63 years.
The couple produced a family of seven children -- Mary Garrison, Lloyd E. Ullery, Harry Ullery, Earl L. Ullery, Roy Ullery, Wilbert Minerd Ullery and one who died young.
At the birth of one son, reported the Connellsville Courier, Edward "is wearing a great big smile these days. The cause was the arrival of a little son…"
The Ullerys resided at Pennsville, near Connellsville, PA, where Edward was a laborer. In 1898, the Courier said he "has accepted a partnership with his father … in a dairy business." But a few years later, in October 1906, the Courier stated that he "has resumed blacksmithing again at the J.J. Richey shop." He remained a blacksmith for most if not all of his working life.
The family were members of the Pennsville Evangelical United Brethren Church.
Gertrude and her mother and brothers must have been close, as the gossip columns of local newspapers of the time reported many weekend visits between them. She also was close with her cousin, Tamzon (Inks) Grimm.
Gertrude is said to have been very neat and tidy, and to have been a fastidious housekeeper. When her farmer-brothers would come to visit, she would make an extra effort to clean up after they left.
In the summer of 1919, Gertrude held a party at her home in Pennsville. Said the Daily Courier, "Games and music were indulged in and lunch was served at a late hour." Attendees included Mrs. George Detwiler, Mr. and Mrs. Horner, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Brant, Mr. and Mrs. Grant Orbin and daughter Ethel, Mr. and Mrs. George Ullery, Mrs. Ruth Edwards, Mrs. Clark Edwards, Miss Lydia Keck, Mr. and Mrs. F.S. Roadway, Mrs. Eliza Miller, Mrs. O.P. Lenhart and daughter Frances, Miss Josephine Minerd, Miss Mary Minerd, Calvin Minerd and George Winebrenner.
Gertrude's widowed mother deeded 1.5 acres of land to Gertrude and Edward in April 1928. Within a few weeks, they "flipped" the property and sold it to Charles Kurtz.
In 1947, the Ullerys celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple enjoyed a family gathering at the home of their daughter, Mary Garrison, at Norvelt, Westmoreland County. They posed for photographs holding a five-layer cake decorated with white and yellow frosting.
Sadly, Edward and Gertrude died just five days apart in the winter of 1960. He died first, on Feb. 7, 1960, from the effects of heart disease and hardening of the arteries followed by a heart attack.
Gertrude suffered from heart disease and hardening of the arteries. She contracted a respiratory infection and passed away at the age of 82 on Feb. 12, 1960. Her son Roy signed the death certificate. An obituary in the Connellsville Daily Courier noted that she was survived by 22 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren.
They sleep at each other's side at the Mt. Olive Cemetery in Bullskin.
~ Son Earl Lawrence Ullery Sr. ~
Son Earl Lawrence Ullery Sr. (1905-1968) was born in 1905.
He married Edna "Pearl" Freed (1904- ? ) and Lorraine Kennison ( ? - ? ).
He "spent most of his life at Pennsville," said the Daily Courier, and "formerly had been employed as a millwright by the Ford Motor Co. at Cleveland, Ohio."
Earl and Pearl had seven children -- Betty Jane Hancock, George Edward Ullery, Lois "Sleepy" Burke, Alberta Jean "Chicky" Darrell Albright, Lola "Annie" Heck, Earl Lawrence "Bing" Ullery Jr. and Harry William "Billy" Ullery.
Earl had two children with Lorraine -- Jack R. Ullery and Linda Ullery.
Earl died at the age of 63 in Connellsville on May 14, 1968. At the time of his death, he had 29 grandchildren.
Daughter Betty Jane Ullery (1925-1987) was born in 1925. She married Charles Hancock. They resided in Indianapolis.
Son George Edward Ullery (1926- ? ) was born in 1926. In August 1948, he weddedd Bernardine (?).
Daughter Lois June "Sleepy" Ullery (1927- ? ) was born in 1927. She was united in matrimony with Donald Burke.
Daughter Alberta Jean "Chicky" Ullery (1929-1997) was born on July 28, 1929, and was married twice. Her first husband was Charles Richard "Chuck" Darrell (1929-1958), the son of John Henry and Lucartha (Bell) Darrell. They were married on July 24, 1949, following his discharge from the U.S. Air Force, where he had served in Japan from 1946 to 1949. They had seven children -- John Charles Darrell, Richard Lee Darrell, Mark Allen Darrell, Jeffrey Earl Darrell, Mary Ellen Darrell and Beverly Jean Darrell. In October 1957, Chuck obtained employment with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission at its Harrison City Division. Heartache rocked the family when Chuck died "of injuries received when he was struck by a truck while working as a flagman on the Pennsylvania Turnpike" on May 27, 1958, reported the Daily Courier. "The accident occurred ... four miles east of the Allegheny Interchange. Internal injuries, skull fracture and shock were listed as causing his death." His remains were laid to rest at Sylvan Heights Cemetery in Uniontown, Fayette County. Pregnant at the time of the tragedy, Alberta later gave birth to the couple's youngest child, Beverly Jean Darrell. A little more than two years after Chuck's death, Alberta married again to Jack Albright ( ? - ? ) on Nov. 10, 1960. They went on to have three children of their own. She passed away at the age of 68, in Connellsville, on Feb. 23, 1998.
Daughter Lola May "Annie" Ullery (1932- ? ) was born in 1932. She was joined in wedlock with Donald "Moe" Heck ( ? - ? ).
Son Earl Lawrence "Bing" Ullery Jr. (1935-1996) was born in 1935. He married Velma Austin ( ? - ? ).
Son Harry William "Billy" Ullery (1937-1967) was born in 1937. He wedded Patricia Moran ( ? - ? ). He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and truck driver who had moved to Dix, IL. Tragically, he was murdered in Gary, IN in July 1967, the victim of a robbery. Reported the Daily Courier: "He had delivered a load in Gary, and was to pick up a truck load of steel. Police said that he had been robbed, and all identification was taken from him except for his shirt, lettered with the trucking company's name. The company was notified and identified him." The senseless act made his wife Patricia a young widow with a three-week-old daughter Lori Ann.
~ Son Wilbert Minerd Ullery ~
Son Wilbert Minerd Ullery (1909-1931) was born in 1909.
He was united in matrimony with Mildred Meader (1910-1993), the daughter of Albert P. and Olive (Lauffer) Meader.
Wilbert in adulthood stood 5 feet, 7 inches tall, and weighed 146 lbs., with brown eyes and brown hair. He was employed at the American Sheet and Tin Plate Company, also known as Marion Machine, located under the Scottdale-Everson Bridge.
Heartache rocked the family around Thanksgiving 1931 when Wilbert, a 21-year-old new father, with his wife expecting again, became deathly ill after drinking unpasteurized milk from the Minerd farm. Three weeks later on Dec. 18, 1931, after fighting desperately for his life, he passed away, at Memorial Hospital in Scottdale.
The unexpected death left his wife alone to birth their second daughter six months later, and to raise the two girls -- Bernetha Christner Pritts and Wilma "Jean" Myers.
Mildred later married Hugus R. "Hugh" Echard (1914-2001), son of George S. and Augusta (Korn) Echard. They produced two children of their own -- Maureen Gower and Sherwood P. Echard -- and enjoyed 57 years of marriage.
The federal census enumeration of 1940 shows Mildred and Hugh with her two daughters living in East Huntington Township, Westmoreland County, with Hugh employed as a laborer with the Works Progress Administration. The WPA was one of the ways President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the federal government tried to overcome widespread unemployment during the Great Depression era. The initiative is 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.
Mildred was an "employee of the Scottdale Review and also worked at the Wolfe Nursing Home in East Huntington," said the Greensburg Tribune Review.
Hugh also earned income over the years as a coal miner and laborer for Garlick Construction Company. At one point he was a custodian for the Mount Pleasant Armory. They belonged to the Scottdale Church of Christ.
She passed away at the age of 82 on Feb. 23, 1993. She was laid to rest in the Green Ridge Memorial Park.
Hugh lived for another eight years. He died at the age of 87 on Feb. 19, 2001.
Daughter Bernetha Ullery (1930- ? ) was born in about 1930. Circa 1948, in Scottdale, she was united in matrimony with Ralph H. Christner (July 7, 1922-2003), son of Harry C. and Mary Ann (Nedrow) Christner of the family of Levi and Catherine (Younkin) Christner. A shower was held in their honor at the Hawkeye Grange Hall. The couple are believed to have produced these known children -- Alvin "Barry" Christner and Dr. Brent Christner. During World War II, Ralph served in the U.S. Army as a member of the 144th Ordnance Company and saw action in the invasion of Normandy. After the war, he founded Ralph H. Christner Construction Company. Said the Greensburg Tribune-Review, Ralph "was a gilder and fixed-wing pilot, a scuba diver and enjoyed classical music and world-wide travel and photography. He developed his own film, color and black and white. He was a cameraman for Channel 11 News. He was a member of the Tri-County Camera Club. Ralph traveled and lived in Canada where he sold coal dryers. He also managed an estate and country club." The couple eventually divorced. She wedded a second time to William L. Pritts ( ? -1986), a native of Somerset, Somerset County and the son of W.L. and Mary (Leichty) Pritts. He was divorced from his first wife and brought three offspring to the second union, Richard Willis Pritts, Robert Paul Pritts and Judith Ann Fink. The Prittses bore one son of their own, William Pritts. Noted the Latrobe Bulletin, William was an inventor who "held the patent for the Pritts rotary kiln coal dryer. He was the owner of the former Pritts Construction Co. Inc. He was a former member of the Boy Scout Council 372, Ligonier, and was a former lay preacher of the Methodist Episcopal Church." Sadness cascaded over the family when William died in Westmoreland Hospital in Aug. 1986. Burial was in Mehoner Memorial Cemetery. Bernetha outlived William by many decades. She has been a private-duty health care provider, caring for infirm clients in their homes. One particularly beloved client was Pam (Lambert) Doak of Ligonier, PA, mother of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard, of the Capt. William Meyers and Mary E. (Foy) Schrock family of Somerset County, PA. Circa 1988, she served as president of Laurel Mountain Quilters. Bernetha attended our national reunions during the early 2000s. At the 2005 gathering, she displayed several quilts she had created. Click here and here to see her quilts in our Online Quilt Museum. She has been a member of the Ligonier Heritage United Methodist Church. Former husband Ralph Christner married a second time to Shirley J. Matheson. He died as a resident of Noble's Personal Care Home in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, PA at the age of 80 on June 2, 2003, with burial in Greenlick Cemetery near Mount Pleasant.
Daughter Wilma Jean Ullery (1932- ? ) was born in mid-1932, after the death of her father. She was a young girl with Hugh Echard became her step-father.
~ Son Lloyd E. Ullery ~
Son Lloyd E. Ullery (1901-1962) was born in Nov. 1901.
He was joined the bonds of wedlock with Elsie Exline ( ? - ? ).
The Ullerys resided in Wooddale, Fayette County and bore three offspring-- twins Anna Mae Wiltrout and Evelyn Ullery and Edgar Ullery.
Lloyd was a draftsman at the Scottdale Works of the American Sheet and Tin Plate Company, and later "was a structural iron engineer for the National Machine Co. and the Pittsburgh Steel Co., and a member of the Pennsville E.U.B. Church," said the Daily Courier.
He contracted a case of polio and was unable to walk, so to continue his skill at making prints and drawings he was transported to work by wheelchair.
Tragically, daughter Evelyn was struck and killed by a moving automobile near Pennsville in May 1930.
Lloyd died at home at 312 West Peach Street in Connellsville at the age of 60 on March 30, 1962. His remains were laid to rest in Mt. Olive Cemetery.
Elsie outlived her spouse by a number of years. Circa 1972, she was in the Hardy Hill section of Dunbar, Fayette County, and endured the death of her married daughter Anna Mae Wiltrout.
Daughter Anna Mae Ullery (1923-1972) was born on Dec. 9, 1923 at Everson, Fayette County. She was united in the bonds of holy matrimony with Harold Ray Wiltrout (March 16, 1922-1950), a son of Edward George and Mae C. (Bowser) Wiltrout of South Connellsville. They were the parents of Ronald Ray Wiltrout Sr., Gerald Eugene Wiltrout and Phyllis Jean Stafford. The couple resided at 416 Johnston Avenue in Connellsville, with Ray working as a mechanic in the transportation field. The family was plunged into grief when the 28-year-old Ray was stricken with a ruptured appendix. He suffered for several weeks and then was admitted to Connellsville State General Hospital. Peritnoitis set in, and no cure was to be found. The Angel of Death carried him away after three weeks of suffering on Dec. 30, 1950. Interment of the remains was in Dickerson Run Union Cemetery, with Rev. Harry O. Kline, of the First Baptist Church, preaching the funeral sermon. The widowed Anna Mae lived for another 22 years and later relocated to nearby Dunbar, making a home in the Hardy Hill section. Sadly, she passed away at the age of 48 on Nov. 21, 1972. An obituary was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier. She is in eternal repose next to her spouse in Dickerson Run.
Great-grandson Ronald Ray Wiltrout Jr. married Marci. They dwell in Connellsville.
Great-grandson Kevin Claycomb lives in Dickerson Run.
Great-grandson Brandon Wiltrout wedded Kira. Their home is in Brownsville, Fayette County.
Great-grandson Robert "Rob" Wiltrout resides in Scottdale.
Great-granddaughter Glenda Wiltrout married or was a companion of Douglas Provance, son of Dorene Provance. They produced a son, Levi Alexander Provance. Glenda lived in Dunbar in 2006-2007. She grieved at the death of her son Levi, an employee of International Liner of Mount Braddock, at the age of 20 on New Year's Day 2007. Burial of his remains was in Mount Auburn Cemetery, with the funeral presided over by Rev. Dr. Bryon Tate Fulton. Levi's obituary was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier.
Great-grandson Gerald "Skeeter" Wiltrout
Great-granddaughter Kirstie Wiltrout
Great-granddaughter Barbara Brooks lives in Little Summit near Dunbar.
Great-granddaughter Linda Stafford married James Miller and dwells in Connellsville.
Great-granddaughter Tina Wiltrout resides in Dunbar.
Great-grandson Scott Wiltrout has made a home in Dunbar.
Great-granddaughter Bonnie Stafford wedded Shaun Wingrove. They live in Dunbar.
Great-granddaughter Kimberly Stafford was joined in wedlock with Cliff Murphy. The couple has put down roots in Dawson, Fayette County.
Son Edgar Exline Ullery (1925-1984) was born on Dec. 13, 1925 in Pennsville. He married a distant cousin, Donna Jean Miner (1935-2018), daughter of Albert Clyde and Myrtle (McCarthy Martin) Miner of the family of Grant Ulysses Miner. See the Miner biography for more.
~ Daughter Mary (Ullery) Garrison ~
Daughter Mary Ullery ( ? - ? ) was born in (?).
She married George W. Garrison ( ? - ? ).
They had two known children -- George Garrison Jr. and Gladys Thompson.
The Garrisons made their home in Youngwood and later in house A-50 in Norvelt, Westmoreland County.
Mary was known for her talents in sewing, and in August 1968 received several prizes at the Westmoreland County Fair at Mutual. The awards included pillow slips, one-inch edging and solid centerpiece tatting.
Son George Garrison (1928-1994) was born in 1928. He married Betty Marie Akins (May 1, 1931-2015), daughter of Lawrence and Laura (Garris) Akins. The Garrisons produced two children -- Deborah L. Gorton and Gregory A. Garrison. George was a longtime "employee of the Elliott Co., where he was a machinist and instructor at the Elliott Training Center," said the Greensburg Tribune-Review. Betty was employed for many years by Old Republic Insurance Company. The family belonged to St. Paul Reformed United Church of Christ in Trauger. Sadly, George died at the age of 66 on Nov. 12, 1994, with burial in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery. As a widow, Betty relocated to Brookville, Jefferson County, PA, where her married daughter was living. As she aged and her health failed, Betty was admitted to Clarion Hospital. There, at the age of 83, she succumbed to the Grim Reaper of Death on Jan. 31, 2015. Her survivors included four grandsons and five great-grandchildren. Her remains were returned to Westmoreland County to rest for all time in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
Daughter Gladys Garrison ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). In about 1945, she married Robert E. Thompson Jr. (Aug. 28, 1918-2006), son of Robert E. and Josephine (Warheit) Thompson Sr. of Armbrust, Westmoreland County. Their marital union endured for 61 years. The couple's two daughters were Linda Kowalewski and Patricia Hassler. During World War II, Robert served in the U.S. Army. The family lived in Norvelt, where Robert was plant manager for Amco Clothing Factory. They were members of Maplewood Presbyterian Church, with Robert holding the positions of deacon and elder. He also belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post of Mount Pleasant. At the age of 88, Robert died at home on Dec. 23, 2006. Rev. Stephen M. LaSor led the funeral service, with interment of the remains in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Military rites were furnished by the Armbrust Veterans and the AmVets post of United. The Greensburg Tribune-Review printed an obituary.
~ Son Harry J. Ullery ~
Son Harry J. Ullery (1903-1962) was born on Feb. 15, 1903 in Pennsville, Fayette County.
He married Florence Butler ( ? - ? ).
The Ullerys had three children -- Ronald Ullery, Robert W. Ullery and Jean Rutherford.
They lived along the Scottdale Star Route in Bullskin Township.
Said the Connellsville Daily Courier, Harry was "a lifelong resident of this vicinity. He was a coal miner, and also had been employed by the Duraloy Co. at Scottdale." He held a social membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars post of Scottdale.
Harry was stricken with a massive heart attack and died immediately at the age of 59 on May 1, 1962. Burial was in the Mount Olive Cemetery, with Rev. R.A. Nelson officiating at the funeral service. An obituary was printed in the Daily Courier.
Son Ronald Ullery relocated to Curwensville, Clearfield County, PA, where he lived circa 1962.
Son Robert W. Ullery established his residence in Curwensville, Clearfield County, PA.
Daughter Jean Ulllery wedded (?) Rutherford. Her home in 1962 was in West Newton, Westmoreland County.
~ Son Roy Ullery ~
Son Roy Ullery (1907-1978) was born on April 30, 1907 in Bullskin Township.
Evidence suggests that circa 1927, at the age of 20, he married Mary M. Huffman (1912-1990) of Mount Pleasant. News of their marriage license was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier.
The couple made a home in Mount Pleasant.
Roy passed into eternity in 1978, with burial in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
Mary outlived her husband by a dozen years. She died in 1990.
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