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Harriet Ann (Nicklow) Prinkey


Harriet Ann (Nicklow) Prinkey was born in 1848, the daughter of Jesse Bruce and Julia Ann (Ream) Nicklow.

She was wedded to Samuel Prinkey (May 1848-1911), son of John and Eve (Miller) Prinkey.

The couple's known offspring were Irvin N. Prinkey, Norman Prinkey, Julia Ann Richter, Joseph R. Prinkey, Amanda Prinkey, Jesse Prinkey and Ada Powelson.

The family lived in Normalville in the 1870s and 1880, with Samuel earning income as a farm laborer. Their residence in 1880 was just a few houses away from the family of distant cousins Perry and Joanna (Minerd) Enos. By the early 1880s, they relocated to Bullskin Township north of Connellsville.

Unfortunately, the Prinkey marriage appears to have fallen apart by 1900, and that year 52-year-old Samuel lived by himself in a rented house in Normalville, while Harriet resided elsewhere.

In later years, Harriet dwelled in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, PA. She died there three days before Christmas 1926, at age 72, caused by organic heart disease. Burial was in Hill Grove Cemetery in Connellsville. Irvin Prinkey signed her death certificate.

Samuel's health failed in 1911 and he was admitted to the Fayette County Home in Uniontown. There, suffering from uremic convlusions and acute kidney disease, he died at the age of 63 on Dec. 9, 1911. His remains were placed into repose in Mill Run, Fayette County.


~ Son Irvin N. Prinkey ~


Hill Grove Cemetery

Son Irvin N. Prinkey (1868-1936) was born on Oct. 18, 1868.

He never married. Over the years, he resided in Connellsville and made a living furnishing labor services. His source of income in 1936 was his work as a night watchman at the Consolidated Coal & Supply Company on McCormick Avenue in Connellsville.

At the age of 68, suffering from acute arthritis, his bronchial tubes became permanently damaged and thickened. After enduring the illness for two years, he was admitted to Connellsville State Hospital and died from their effects on April 19, 1936. Funeral services were led by Rev. A.r. Mansberger of the First Methodist Protestant Church. Burial was in Hill Grove Cemetery, with brother in law Christian E. Richter of Connellsville signing the official Pennsylvania death certificate. An obituary was published in the Connellsville Daily Courier.

When his grave marker was photographed in October 2017 by the founder of this website, it was among a number of markers toppled by vandals, a number of which were face down and unreadable.


~ Son Norman Prinkey ~

Son Norman Prinkey (1872-1917) was born in about 1872 in Normalville/Mill Run.

He married Almeda ( ? - ? ).

She brought several children from an earlier marriage, but she and Norman did not reproduce.

Norman was employed as a railroad brakeman for the Davidson Works of the H.C. Frick Coke Company in Connellsville. During the Connellsville Centennial parade in 1906, he drove the Frick company's 100-horse team. Circa 1917, their home was at 631 Highland Avenue.

On the fateful day of Dec. 13, 1917, the 45-year-old Norman lost his life in a freak accident at work. Reported the Connellsville Daily Courier, "his foot slipped in the snow, throwing him under a moving freight train. Before his signal to stop could be given the engineer, Felix McArdle, the wheels of the coke car had decapitated the unfortunate man." Coroner S.H. Baum was summoned from Uniontown and ruled the death accidental. Following funeral services in the Prinkey home, his remains were placed into repose in Hill Grove Cemetery, with his brother Irwin providing vital details for the death certificate. An obituary in the Daily Courier said he was "well known."


Rail operations, Davidson coke works, where Norman Prinkey was killed


~ Daughter Julia Ann (Prinkey) Richter ~

Daughter Julia Ann Prinkey (1873-1945) was born on Dec. 16, 1873 in Normalville, Fayette County. She appears to have been named for her maternal grandmother.

She was joined in holy matrimony with Christian E. "Christ" Richter ( ? -1945).

Their offspring were Jesse Richter, George Richter, Albert Richter, Mrs. John Yecheck, Margaret Rowe, Louis Richter, Mrs. John Freeman, Irwin Richter and Norman Richter.

Circa 1936-1945, their address was 630 Highland Avenue in Connellsville.

Both Christian and Julia passed away within four months of each other. He died on May 24, 1945.

As she turned 70, Julia was burdened with heart disease and in early September 1945 was felled by a cerebral hemorrhage. She lingered for two weeks before passing away on Sept. 23, 1945, at the age of 71. Interment was in Hill Grove Cemetery, with Rev. Howard W. Jamison, of the Central Methodist Church, officiating at the funeral service. Son Jesse Richter of Dunbar R.D.#1 was the informant for the death certificate. An obituary in the Daily Courier noted that she was survived by 28 grandchildren, of whom four were serving in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, and two great-grandchildren.

Son Jesse Richter resided at Leisenring No. 3 coal mine works in 1945.

Son George Richter made his home in Highland Avenue in Connellsville.

Son Albert Richter dwelled on York Avenue in Connellsville.

Daughter (?) Richter married John Yecheck. In 1945, their home was in Perryopolis, Fayette County.

Daughter Margaret Richter wedded (?) Rowe. Her residence in the mid-1940s was on York Avenue in Connellsville.

Son Louis Richter lived at Colonial No. 3 coal mine works in 1945.

Daughter (?) Richter was united in matrimony with John Freeman. Their home in 1945 was in Brownsville, Fayette County.

Son Irwin Richter served with the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, with deployment in the Pacific Theatre in Manila, The Philippines.

Son Norman Richter lived on Highland Avenue in Connellsville.


~ Son Joseph R. Prinkey ~

Son Joseph R. Prinkey (1876- ? ) was born in about 1876 in Normalville.


~ Son Daughter Amanda Prinkey ~

Daughter Amanda Prinkey (1879- ? ) was born in about 1879 in Normalville.


~ Daughter Ada (Prinkey) Lenhart Powelson ~

Daughter Ada Prinkey (1880-1947) was born on Aug. 14, 1880 in Normalville.

She may have been married twice, first to Ralph Lenhart ( ? - ? ). The Lenharts made their home in Wilmerding, PA in 1917.

She later married Elmer E. Powelson (1880- ? ), sometimes misspelled "Paulson."

For many years, their home was in Pittsburgh. In 1936, their address was 7700 Tioga Street and in 1947 it was 7124 Bennett Street.

Stricken with colon cancer in her mid-60s, Ada was admitted to Columbia Hospital in Wilkinsburg. She died there on Aug. 5, 1947. Her remains were returned to Connellsville for burial in Hill Grove Cemetery.


~ Son Jesse Prinkey ~

Son Jesse Prinkey (1882-1907) was born on March 1, 1882 in Bullskin Township, Fayette County.

He never married and pursued baking as his occupation.

At the age of about 25, he contracted a deadly case of typhoid fever and perforated bowel and died on Oct. 11, 1907. He was laid to rest in the Prinkey plot at Connellsville's Hill Grove Cemetery.


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