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Sarah 'Sally' (Younkin) 
Weimer King

(1807-1854)

 

Sarah's headstone (flat) and footstone lettered "S.K."

Sarah “Sally” (Younkin) Weimer King was born on Feb. 10, 1807 (or Jan. 8, 1808) in Turkeyfoot Township, Somerset County, PA, the daughter of Johannes "Frederick" and Catherine (Patton) Younkin. She was christened in baptism on July 3, 1808. 

At about the age of 19, in or before 1826, she married her first husband, 27-year-old Michael Weimer (1799-1828), son of John and Maria Margaretha (Schneider) Weimer of Milford Township. There was a difference of eight years between the couple.

To them were born four children over the span of just a few years – Aaron "Harry" Weimer, Joanna Weimer, Adeline Weimer and Michael Weimer. 

Fate and heartache rocked this family on Sept. 15, 1828, when Michael died at the age of 29. The cause of his untimely death is not known, but his demise left Sally a single mother with four mouths to feed.

Sally remained a widow for about two years and then in the mid-1830s, she was joined in holy matrimony with widower Thomas R. King (1807-1861), son of John Christopher and Delilah “Hiley” (Rush) King, also of Turkeyfoot Township. (The Younkin and King clans were close, and Sally’s brother Henry married Thomas’ sister Mary.) 

 

Grave of Thomas' 1st wife Susannah who died 1834

Thomas' first wife Susannah (1811-1834) tragically had died Nov. 27, 1834, at the age of 23 years, 6 months and 23 days, with burial in the Younkin family cemetery. On her grave marker, which survives today despite being cracked in half vertically, contains this epitaph: "Vain world farewell to you, Heav'n is my native air. I bid my friends a short adieu, Impatient to be there."

Sarah and Thomas produced eight known children of their own -- Freeman King, Susan Elder, Alexander King, Amanda Rodman, Nancy Leichliter Conn, Sarah A. King, Josephine King and Anna A. King.

Sally's father passed away in August 1843. A few weeks later, an estate sale was held to dispose of inventory from his farm and home. Thomas attended the event and purchased a shovel, bees (second choice), hogs (first choice) and a beef cow.

When the federal census was taken in 1850, the Kings resided on a farm in Upper Turkeyfoot. All seven of the children were in the household, ranging in age from 18 to 2. Sally's son Michael Weimer, a 21-year-old blacksmith, also lived under their roof that year. Their near neighbors included 82-year-old widow Rebecca King and, several farms away, Sally's widowed mother and married brother Frederick F. Younkin and his family.

Sadly, having borne 11 children, Sally died at age 46 on July 29, 1854. She was laid to rest in the family cemetery on the Younkin farm.

Thomas survived another seven years. He is believed to have married again, to Catherine (?) (1812- ? ), a talented spinner. They are thought to have had a son of their own, Martin King (born 1856). The combined family is listed together on the 1860 census of Upper Turkeyfoot.

Thomas died at the age of 54 on Dec. 11, 1861. He is reputedly burned in Ursina, Somerset County.

Tree line and partial stone fence mark boundaries of the Younkin family burying ground where Sally (Younkin) Weimer King was laid to rest in July 1854.

 

~ Son Aaron Weimer ~

 

Addison Cemetery. Courtesy Caine Luckey

Son Aaron Weimer (1826-1909) was born on Jan. 7, 1826 in Somerset County.

He was a farmer and resided circa 1858 in Listonburg, Somerset County. 

Aaron married Elizabeth Clark (1826-1890), a native of Addison, Somerset County. While she could not write, she was a talented spinster and seamstress.

The Weimers were the parents of four known offspring -- Joseph Weimer, Mary Herrington, Martha "Mattie" Weimer and Lavinia W. "Vennie" Latham.

The federal census enumerations of 1860 and 1870 shows the family living in Lower Turkeyfoot, with Aaron earning a living as a tanner. During those years, Elizabeth's widowed mother Catharine Clark lived in the household.

Aaron was considered "one of the best known men in Somerset county," reported the Meyersdale Republican. For many years, he and daughter Mattie "conducted the famous 'Weimer Cottage' at Harnedsville, famous among summer boarders." The beautiful residence was located on the banks of the Casselman River near the road from Listonburg to Confluence and "was patronized by some of the best families of Pittsburgh and other cities."

The family is believed to have attended church at the Harnedsville Chapel, considered a "union" church because it hosted services for several Protestant denominations -- Lutheran, Baptist and Methodist. Aaron's name is on a list of members circa 1871, along with William Hanna, Harrison Younkin, J.J. Daniels, Alex Hanna, Harriet Colborn, Harrison Kemp, John Goller, Mollie Kretchman, George Beitzel and J.P. Humbert.

In 1880, census records show the Weimers in Harnedsville, with Aaron continuing his work as a tanner, and Elizabeth's widowed mother residing in the dwelling.

Sadly, Elizabeth passed into eternity at the age of 66 on Aug. 6, 1890. Aaron outlived his bride by 19 years.

The 1900 U.S. Census lists the 74-year-old Aaron at the head of his household which now included 31-year-old daughter Mattie as well as orphaned granddaughters Bertha Harrington (age 20) and Lavana Latham (16). His occupation that year was farming.

In later years, he made his home in Confluence. Afflicted with lesions of his heart valves, added to a severe cold, he died at the age of 83 on April 15, 1909. He was buried in Addison Cemetery. Daughter Mattie was the informant for his Pennsylvania death certificate. An obituary in the Meyersdale Republican referred to him as "Harry" and not "Aaron." [Find-a-Grave]

Son Joseph Weimer (1851- ? ) was born in about 1851 in Somerset County.

Daughter Mary Weimer (1854-1886) was born on Aug. 31, 1854. She married Charles L. Harrington (1855- ? ), also spelled "Herrington." They were the parents of a daughter, Bertha Herrington, and perhaps others. In the 1870s or early 1880s, Mary was the federal postmaster serving the town of Harnedsville. The federal census enumeration of 1880 shows the couple living in nearby Falls City (Ohio Pyle), Fayette County, with Charles employed there as a railroad clerk. Grief blanketed the family when Mary died on Feb. 3, 1886, at the age of only 31. She was laid to rest in Addison Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave] Charles' fate after that has not yet been discovered.

  • Granddaughter Bertha Harrington (1881-1951) was born on Sept. 6, 1881 in Harnedsville. She never married. At the age of 20, in 1900, she lived with her mother's parents in Harnedsville. Later, after their deaths, she shared a home with her unmarried aunt Mattie Weimer. Bertha is known to have spent three weeks in Pittsburgh's Mercy Hospital in the early summer of 1914. Then again in March 1920, she was reported to be "very sick from a complication of diseases," said the Meyersdale Republican. After her beloved aunt's death in 1928, Bertha may have been brought especially low by the loss. Three years later, in September 1931, she decided to end her life. She placed a revolver against her breast and pulled the trigger. The bullet ripped through her torso and exited without striking the heart. She was admitted to the local Frantz Hospital, where, the Republican reported, she was "getting along well." She remained in Harnedsville, performing housework, for most of the balance of her years. Toward the end, she was admitted to the Somerset County Home. She was burdened with chronic heart disease and endocarditis and died there, at age 69, on July 8, 1951. Burial was in Addison Cemetery, with Louisa Whipkey of Somerset providing key details for the death certificate.

Daughter Martha "Mattie" Weimer (1858-1928) was born on Aug. 12, 1858 in Listonburg, Somerset County. She never married. In 1880, at the age of 23, she dwelled with her parents. Her nieces Bertha Herrington and Lavana Latham also were in the household for decades, and Mattie was priased for having "showed every kindness that any mother could show to the orphaned nieces committed to her care." For many years, she and her father "conducted the famous 'Weimer Cottage' at Harnedsville, famous among summer boarders," said the Meyersdale Republican. After her father's death in 1909, she continued to live in Harnedsville. In 1910, she sued the Connellsville and State Line Railway Company for damages when the company claimed a right-of-way over local properties for constructing a new rail line. Then in 1912, when Meyersdale celebrated its Old Home Week, she and Bertha attended. She continued to operate the boarding house and, in July 1915, the Republican reported that she was "painting her house, barn and other buildings and is preparing for summer boarders." Mattie also was considered as a "well and favorably known" member of the Harnedsville Christian Church. When local soldiers returned home from World War I, Mattie and Bertha went to Connellsville to attend a homecoming celebration. Sadly, in August 1927, while feeding one of her chickens, she was pecked at her ankle, and the wound became infected. Already suffering from diabetes, she was diagnosed with blood poisoning and gangrene of the lower limb. It was feared that amputation would be needed. She was treated by Dr. H.P. Meyers of Confluence, and a story in a February 1928 edition of the Republican indicated that her health was improving. "To make Miss Weimer's affliction still worse," said the article, "her niece, Miss Bertha Herrington, who lives with her, has been an invalid for a number of years." But a cure was not to be had. In all, Mattie suffered for nine months until the Angel of Death spirited her away at the age of 69 on May 24, 1928. Her niece Bertha Herrington signed the Pennsylvania death certificate. Rev. Frank L. Stuck officiated at her funeral service, with burial in Addison Cemetery. Her pallbearers were James Marsh, Herman P. Dull, L.R. Goller, Grant Pyle, Edwin McClintock and Edward Holiday.

 

Lavinia's grave, Addison Cemetery.
Courtesy Caine Luckey

Daughter Lavinia W. "Vennie" Weimer (1859-1883) was born on June 29, 1859 in or around Listonburg, Somerset County. At the age of 19, in 1880, she was unmarried and lived at home with her parents. She eventually was joined in wedlock with Atwood P. Latham (April 21, 1861-1927), a native of Wheeling, Ohio County, WV and the son of Abner Oilvie and Felicia (Sturgis) Latham, now living in Addison, Somerset County. During their all-too-brief marriage, the Lathams bore one known daughter, Laura "Lavana" Latham. Evidence suggests that Lavinia had a difficult pregnancy with her daughter and died a short time after childbirth, on April 24, 1883, at the age of 23 years, nine months and 26 days. The young mother's remains were placed into eternal repose in Addison Cemetery in Somerset County. [Find-a-Grave] A single inscription at the botom of the face of her grave marker reads "Asleep." Two other offspring may have been involved with this family, Lavana Lanion and Florence Smith, both of whom lived in Oklahoma in 1928.

The grieving, widowed Atwood left Somerset County and is thought to have moved to Washington, DC, where he became a physician and practiced for a decade. Four of those years were spent as a surgeon in the employment of a railroad. In April 1891, he made his way to Kansas and boarded with Mr. Black in the town of Oakland, where he established a medical practice. Later in the 1890s, he went to Louisville, KY, where he pursued an education at the Southwestern Homeopathic Medical College and obtained a degree in April 1900. He established a home and a medical practice in Elizabethtown, Hardin County, KY. He married three more times during his long life -- to Elizabeth Rose Ann Kinney on Aug. 31, 1891, who in turn died in Columbus, IN on May 1, 1894; Ellen E. Dick ( ? - ? ), married in Baltimore in 1894 and divorced in 1897; Nannie M. (?), married in 1896 and divorced in 1918; and Mary Birdie Stewart ( ? - ? ), married on Jan. 15, 1919. He served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Spanish American War. As a patient in the Bush-Bandeed Sanatorium, he passed away at the age of 66 on Oct. 26, 1927. His remains are in endless sleep in Elizabethtown City Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave] Today, the University of Louisville School of Medicine awards an annual Atwood P. Latham Memorial Prize for excellence in anatomy.

  • Granddaughter Laura Lavana Latham (1883-1903) was born on July 13, 1883, with her mother dying soon after childbirth. She was taken into the home of her mother's parents in Harnedsville and was there in 1900 at the age of 16. She was considered an invalid and passed away on Feb. 2, 1903, at the age of 19 years, six months and 20 days. Burial was in Addison Cemetery.

 

~ Daughter Joanna Weimer ~

Daughter Joanna Weimer ( ? - ? ) was born in Somerset County.

 

~ Daughter Adeline Weimer ~

Daughter Adeline Weimer ( ? - ? ) was born in Somerset County.

 

~ Son Michael Weimer ~

Son Michael Weimer (1828-1911) was born on March 18, 1828 in Somerset County. 

At the age of 25, on June 2, 1853, he married 17-year-old Anna McMillen (1836-1884).

The couple bore these six known children, and perhaps others -- Samantha Wright Harmon, Samuel Weimer, Rachel Weimer, William Weimer, Larissa Weimer and John Kirkwood Weimer.

 

The Weimers' graves, Union Township Cemetery, Defiance, Iowa.
Courtesy the late Phyllis Ann (Wilwerding) Heller, Find-a-Grave

 

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1860, the Weimers resided in Upper Turkeyfoot Township, with Michael earning a living as a blacksmith and Anna as a seamstress.

Then during the early 1860s, the family made the decision to migrate to Iowa. They had arrived there by the time daughter Larissa was born in about 1864 and were in Cerro Gordo County, IA when son John was born in 1868.

The 1870 census shows Michael and Anna on a farm in Springdale, Cedar County, IA. That year, 19-year-old Joseph Weimer lived under their roof, and the census-taker spelled the family surname as "Whymer."

During the 1870s, they pulled up stakes again and relocated within Iowa to Harlan Township, Shelby County. The U.S. Census of 1880 shows that only two of the sons remained at home, and that farm laborer John Van Metre boarded in the household.

Sadly, Anna died at the age of 51 on May 22, 1884. Her remains were placed into repose in Union Township Cemetery.

The widowed Michael went to live with his married daughter Samantha Harmon in Defiance, Union District, Shelby County. He died in Defiance on Aug. 21, 1911. [Find-a-Grave]

Daughter Samantha Jane Weimer (1853-1939) was born on April 19, 1853/1854 in Somerset County, PA. She was about age 10 when accompanying her parents as pioneers in a move to Iowa. She appears to have been married twice. Her first spouse was Lyman Wright (1846-1887). They bore two daughters, Blanche McBride and Bessie Wright. Lyman was a veteran of the Civil War, having served with the 1st Iowa Infantry, Company C and the 35th Iowa Infantry, Company D and later the 15th Veteran Reserve Corps, Company E. Sadness blanketed the family when daughter Bessie died at the age of about nine in 1887. Sadly, Lyman died in about 1888. His passing led the way for Samantha to petition to receive a military widow's pension, which she was awarded in April 1888. [Widow Appl. #371.128 - Cert. #974.830] Then on Dec. 10, 1891, at the age of 35, Samantha wedded her second husband, 35-year-old agent Charles Manford Hannan (April 1855-1932), son of Thomas J. and Mary (Harris) Hannan. Rev. L.H. Cook officiated at the ceremony held in Defiance, Union Township, Shelby County. He apparently was married before and brought a daughter to the second union, Lilie L. Hannan. Samantha and Charles then produced a daughter of their own, Daisy B. Hannan. The mixed family was counted together in the 1900 census, dwelling in Defiance. Samantha Jane eventually moved to Dunlap, Crawford County, IA. Having borne chronic heart disease for several years, she died on April 21, 1939, at the age of 85. Interment of the remains was in Defiance.

  • Granddaughter Blanche Wright (1878-1965) was born in Dec. 1878 in Iowa. At the age of 24, she wedded (?) McBride ( ? - ? ).
  • Granddaughter Daisy Beatrice Hannan (1894-1977) was born in Feb. 1894 in Iowa. She was joined in marriage with (?) Hunter. Her home in 1939 was in Dunlap.
  • Step-granddaughter Lilie L. Hannan (1880- ? ) was born in Nov. 1880 in Iowa.

Son Samuel Weimer (1855- ? ) was born in about 1855 in Somerset County, PA.

Daughter Rachel Weimer (1857- ? ) was born in about 1857 in Somerset County, PA.

Son William Weimer (1860- ? ) was born in about Feb. 1860 in Somerset County, PA. He migrated to Iowa with his parents as a young boy. At the age of 20, unmarried in 1880, he lived at home in Harlan Township, Shelby County.

Daughter Larissa Weimer (1864) was born in about 1864 in Iowa.

 

Northeast corner of the public square in Harlan, Iowa, early 1900s

 

Son John Kirkwood Weimer (1868-1927) was born on Oct. 3, 1868 in Cerro Gordo County, IA. He grew up in Cedar and Shelby Counties. On Valentine's Day 1892, in nuptials held in Harlan, Shelby County, the 23-year-old John was joined in the bonds of wedlock with Theodosia Equilla "Doshia" Weigart (Feb. 8, 1876-1940), the daughter of John J. and Elizabeth Elmira (Snyder) Weigart. The couple went on to produce a family of 10 children -- Hazel Idolia Blanchard, Merle Jay Weimer, Georgia Erickson, Ona Luella Petersen Ramey, Jack Oris Weimer, Ethalyn A. Peterson, Russell Orman Weimer, Lou Verne Christiansen, Gaillard Weimer and Clarice Peterson. The couple dwelled in Denver in the 1890s at the births of their son Merle and daughter Georgia. They eventually settled in Harlan, Shelby County, IA, where in 1910 John supported the family through his work as a cement works foreman. At the age of 58, in 1927, John succumbed to death in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, IA. His remains were transported for burial to Harlan Cemetery. Theodosia outlived her husband by a baker's dozen years. Her home in 1940 was on Spring Street in Harlan. She died in Harlan on Aug. 2, 1940, with a brief death notice appearing in the Des Moines Tribune.

  • Granddaughter Hazel Idolia Weimer (1894- ? ) was born in about 1894. On March 15, 1913, in Marion, IA, the 19-year-old Hazel wedded 24-year-old baker Tony R. Blanchard ( ? - ? ), son of H.S. and Clara (Tombleson) Blanchard. Rev. A.T. Bishop presided at the wedding.
  • Grandson Merle Jay Weimer Sr. (1895-1991) was born on Sept. 9, 1895 in Denver, CO. He grew up in Harlan where he became a laborer. At the age of 26, on St. Patrick's Day 1923, at Council Bluffs, IA, he married 21-year-old Clara Jacobsen of Harlan. Justice of the peace A.F. Hollis officiated. Their known offspring were Merle J. Weimer Jr. and Darrell W. Weimer. Census records for 1940 show Merle Sr. owning a hamburger shop in Harlan, with Clara assisting as a cook. In about Sept. 1941, he became employed with J.H. Frederickson Transfer in Harlan. Then by 1944, he had relocated to Pasadena, CA. Circa 1962, he lived in Pasadena and traveled to Harlan, IA to attend the funeral of his brother-in-law Harlan Petersen. They made a home in Big Bear Lake, CA in 1965 and in Oct. 1965 again returned to Harlan to attend a family reunion at Potter's Park. Merle reputedly died in San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, CA on Nov. 15, 1991.
  • Granddaughter Georgia Weimer (1898-1981) was born on Jan. 15, 1898 in Denver, CO. At the age of about 19, on March 28, 1917, she married 29-year-old farmer Carl E. Erickson (Dec. 7,  1888-1986), son of Enoch H. and Mathilda (Olson) Erickson. Rev. G.T. Roberts, of the Methodist Episcopal Church, is believed to have presided. They were the parents of Norman Erickson. Circa 1937, son Norman was with the U.S. Navy, stationed at Honolulu and witnessed the arrival of famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart at Pearl Harbor. Georgia was employed with the Farmers Mutual Co-op Telephone Company office in Harlan in the 1950s. In the spring of 1959, they spent seven weeks visiting their son and siblings in California. The couple celebrated their 455th wedding anniversary in March 1962 at a reception in the Federal Savings and Loan Building. Georgia passed into eternity on Aug. 26, 1981. Carl lived for another five years and succumbed to death on March 20, 1986.
  • Granddaughter Ona Luella Weimer (1899-1943) was born on Aug. 29, 1899 in Defiance, Shelby County, IA. At the age of 22, on Oct. 17, 1920, at Harlan, IA, she wedded masonry worker Edwin G. Petersen ( ? - ? ), son of Peter L. and Mary (Damsgaard) Petersen. Methodist Episcopal Church pastor Rev. G.T. Roberts led the nuptials. Fifteen years later, on Aug. 8, 1935, she married a second time to George William Ramey (Jan. 13, 1890-1960), a native of Templeton, IA and the son of Philander and Christena (Brach) Ramey. The couple bore three children -- Darlene Joann Carr, Bonnie Lou Schutt and Sid Ramey. Carl earned a living over the years as a plumber. Sadly, Ona passed away June 6, 1943. George lived as a widower for another nearly 17 years. At the age of 70, George died in Myrtue Memorial Hospital on May 30, 1960. Harold C. Pauley and his wife provided music at the funeral, with Ole Olsen, George Erickson, Lloyd Benning, George Petsche, Henry Petersen and Lynden Chrstiansen serving as pallbearers. An obituary was printed in the Harlan Tribune.
  • Grandson Jack Oris Weimer (1901-1972) was born on Sept. 24, 1901 in Harlan, Shelby County, IA. Circa 1920-1922, he worked for the Lohrville Bakery but then resigned to begin work for Bon Ton Bakery at Oberlin, KS. He and his wife resided in 1956 in Klamath Falls, OR and owned a ranch house in Langell Valley. They made news in February 1957 when a fire destroyed their home, and his wife jumped to safety through a window. Jack died in Klamath Falls at the age of 71 on Nov. 19, 1972. They rest in Mount Laki Cemetery in Los River, Klamath County.

 

Above: World War II destroyer USS Brownson. Naval History and Heritage Command. Below: the Brownson's sinking in New Guinea, claiming Jack Peterson's life. Attack! Battle of New Britain, U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.

 

  • Granddaughter Ethalyn Ann Weimer (1903-1992) was born on Oct. 19, 1903 in Irwin, Shelby County, IA. Circa 1920-1922, she and her brother Jack worked for the Lohrville Bakery but then both resigned. On May 12, 1922, in Harlan, she was united in wedlock with Harlan Peterson (Sept. 16, 1896-1962), son of Peter and Anna (Christiansen) Peterson. They became the parents of Virginia Dobbert and Jack Peterson. During World War I, Harlan served with the U.S. Navy. He returned to Harlan after the war and the couple spent the balance of their lives in the community. They were members of the First Methodist Church. Tragedy struck the family during World War II when son Jack, a seaman second class in the Navy, served on the destroyer USS Brownson. In an attack by Japanese dive bombers near Cape Gloucester, New Britain, New Guinea, the ship was sunk with the loss of 108 crewmen the day after Christmas 1943. The sinking was captured on film and made part of the wartime documentary Attack! Battle of New Britain, produced by the U.S. Office of War Information and directed by Frank Capra. Very active socially, Harlan belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Helmer Reyelt Post of the American Legion, World War I Veterans, Parian lodge of the Masons, Odd Fellows, Zenobia Rebekah Lodge, Adelphia Council and Mt. Zion Commandery of the Knights Templar and the Abu Bu Bekr Shrine in Sioux City. Harlan passed away "very suddenly at his home" at the age of 65 in Feb. 1962, reported the Harlan News-Advertiser. Burial was in Harlan Cemetery, with Rev. Roy W. Pfaff preaching. Serving as pallbearers were Mel White, Bob Nelson, Gene Briley, Earl Baldwin, Wayne Bauerle and Clede Reynolds. Ethalyn outlived her husband by nearly three decades. She died on Jan. 21, 1992. Their daughter Virginia also served in the Navy during World War II. She married Clarence Roy Dobbert (1920-2005) and died in Arizona on May 17, 2010.
  • Grandson Russell Orman Weimer (1906-1992?) was born in (?). He married Fern Anderson (Sept. 29, 1910-2005), a native of Four Acres, OK. The couple's presumed daughter was Barbara Dehlinger. Their home in 1948 was in Green River, WY and in the 1950s in Riddle, OR. Russell is believed to have owned a grocery store in Riddle in 1955 and then in 1960 acquired a tavern. Interested in politics, he was a member of Riddle city council circa 1952-1961 and was elected mayor in 1954. But after only a month in his mayoral term, he resigned, complaining to the press about the "constant stream of people with petty complaints" who interrupted his daily work at the store. In August 1955, they are known to have traveled to Ashland, OR to see Shakespeare plays. Evidence suggests that Russell died in 1992 with burial in Oberlin Cemetery in Decatur County, KS. Ferns followed him into death in Oberlin on Aug. 10, 2005. Her obituary was printed in the Salina (KS) Journal.
  • Granddaughter Lou Verne Weimer (1909-1989) was born on April 17, 1909. At the age of 25, on Dec. 7, 1933, she was joined in holy matrimony with farmer Lynden Christiansen (1906-1986), son of Andrew and Esther (Tobias) Christiansen and a native of Walnut, IA. The wedding was officiated by Rev. S. Grant Lewis in the Methodist Episcopal Church parsonage. They made a longtime home in Harlan and produced these children -- John Christiansen and Mrs. Jerry Summers. Lynden owned the Farmers Market for many years before selling it to Orville Andersen in 1961. She worked in the 1960s at Harlan National Bank. She died on April 1, 1989, with burial in Harlan Cemetery.
  • Grandson Gaillard Weimer (1911-1988) was born on June 21, 1911 in Harlan, Shelby County, IA. As a young man, he relocated to Southern California and made a home in Monrovia at 132 West Olive Street. At the age of 33, on Christmas Eve 1944, he was married to Helene Margaret Duryee ( ? - ? ), daughter of James C. Duryee. Their wedding was held at the First Christian Church of Monrovia, CA, officiated by Rev. Stanley N. Blood. They bore three sons. Their address in 1945 was 212 East Foothill Boulevard in Monrovia near Pasadena. Circa 1956, they dwelled in West Cabina, CA. Clues hint that he died in Los Angeles on Nov. 8, 1988.
  • Granddaughter Clarice Weimer (1915-1996) was born on Jan. 29, 1915 in Harlan, Shelby County, IA. On Feb. 20, 1935, at the age of 20, she married Henry H. Peterson ( ? - ? ). Their wedding was held in the parsonage of the local Methodist Church. They produced a family of four children -- Monna Juhl, Judy Sanders, Roger Peterson and Dorothy O'Grady. The Petersons spent their working lives on the Weimer family farm. In their spare time, they enjoyed bowling in local leagues in Harlan. She also was a member of the Zenobia Rebekah Lodge and the Friendly Neighbor Club. Clarice and Henry retired from farming in 1984 at which time they relocated from the farm into the town of Harlan. Sadly, Henry died on April 22, 1994. Clarice lived as his widow for two years until she too succumbed to death on Oct. 17, 1996 while a patient in the Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha, NE. Funeral services were led by Rev. Jon Benson of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, with interment in Harlan Cemetery. Pallbearers included Jeff Juhl, Terry Peterson, Tim Hanson, Jerry Juhl, Kevin Peterson and Randy Kay, while honorary bearers were Susan Mills, Cynthia Johnston, Melanie Herrick and Holly Peterson. An obituary noted that she was survived by 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

 

~ Son Freeman King ~

Son Freeman King (1832-1889?) was born in 1832 in Somerset County, PA. He grew up working as a laborer on his father's farm in or near New Lexington, Somerset County.

At the age of 18, in 1850, he was counted within the family on the U.S. Census. He attended his sister Susan's wedding in December 1856, held at their father's home..

Evidence hints that Freeman migrated by 1860 to Ohio and established a home in Fairfield County. The federal census enumeration of 1860 shows him boarding in the home of Ralph and Ann Black in Pleasant Township, Fairfield County. If this is all correct, then on Dec. 18, 1862, he was joined in marriage with Elizabeth Jamison ( ? -1889), an immigrant from England. Justice of the peace J. Brisby officiated at the wedding.

The couple went on to bear several known children, all in Ohio -- Nettie King, Williametta/Wilmetta Leckrone, Iva King, Virgie Lewis, Bessie F. King, Finley King, Bertman C. King, Elizabeth George and Xema Park Page.

With the nation aflame during the Civil War, Freeman registered for the military draft in June 1863. Nothing has been found to indicate that he actually joined the army or saw any type of service.

At the birth of their daughter Williametta in 1866, they were in Thornville, Perry County, OH. The 1870 and 1880 censuses shows the family in Rush Creek Township near Lancaster, Fairfield County, with Freeman earning a living as a farmer.

Freeman passed into eternity in Rush Creek, Fairfield County on Aug. 29, 1889.

Elizabeth's fate is not known.

Decades after Freeman's death, their descendants held a local family reunion. One took place in August 1933 at "Ye Olde Mill" north of Newark, Licking County, with son Finley and his son Floyd and family attending. Another was held on Aug. 6, 1939 at Finley's home. The Newark (OH) Advocate reported the names of attendees: Mr. and Mrs. Bert King of Newark; Mrs. Virgil Lewis of St. Petersburg, FL; Wilmetta Leckrone and daughter Fern of Glenford; Elizabeth George and son James, Walter Miller and Steve Golois of Cleveland; Mr. and Mrs. Glen Leckrone of Urbana; Mr. and Mrs. DeVere Wilson of Columbus; Mr. and Mrs. Hugh McTague and daughter Suzanne of Columbus; Mr. and Mrs. John Shaffer and daughter Kay of Columbus; Mrs. Xeina Park of Columbus; Mr. and Mrs. Orville Williams and children Eddia and Willanna of West Alexandria; Rev. and Mrs. Andrew Bradow and children Joyce, Charles and King of West Alexandria; and Mr. and Mrs. Floyd DeRolph and children Lois and Raymond.

Daughter Nettie King (1865- ? ) was born in about 1865 in Ohio.

 

Thornville, Ohio, home of the Leckrones.

 

Daughter Williameta King (1866-1942) -- also spelled Willameeta, Wilmetta and Willmettie -- was born on Dec. 21, 1866 in Thornville, Perry County, OH. She wedded David H. Leckrone (1866-1931). Their offspring were Glenn David Leckrone, Chloe DeRolph, Orval Freeman Leckrone, Luke H. Leckrone and Fern Leckrone. Considered "well known" in the community, David owned a general mercantile business and was a Baltimore and Ohio Railroad agent at Chalfant Station, Perry County for 41 years. The couple dwelled in the Chalfants area and belonged to the Church of the Brethren in Thornville. At the age of 65, David contracted uremic poisoning and suffered for 10 days until the Angel of Death carried him away on Dec. 20, 1931. Funeral services were held at the Olivet Church near Glenford, with Rev. Clyde Mulligan presiding. Wilmetta outlived her spouse by 11 years and resided in Glenford, Thorn Township, Perry County. Having been felled by a cerebral hemorrhage in August 1942, she lingered for several months until relieved of her sufferings on Nov. 24, 1942 at the age of 75. Interment of the remains was in Glenford's Highland Cemetery, and an obituary was published in the Newark Advocate and Lancaster Eagle-Gazette.

  • Grandson Glenn David Leckrone lived in Marietta, Washington County, OH circa 1931. He relocated by 1942 to Beverley, OH.
  • Granddaughter Chloe Leckrone married (?) DeRolph. The couple made a home in Thornville.
  • Grandson Orval Freeman Leckrone established a residence in South Zanesville, Muskingum County, OH. By 1942, he had moved to Gratiot, Licking/Muskingum County, OH.
  • Grandson Luke H. Leckrone (1903-1915) died in about 1915.
  • Granddaughter Fern Leckrone was unmarried and living at home in 1931 and in Celina, OH in 1942.

Daughter Iva King (1869-1939) was born in about 1869 in Ohio.

Daughter Virgie King (1872-1955) -- also spelled "Vergie" -- was born in 1872 in Ohio. She married Albert Emmet "A.E." Lewis (Nov. 17, 1872-1932), son of Almond and Malinda (Boring) Lewis of Ohio. The couple did not reproduce. He is known to have worked for several years as a lumberman and to have retired in 1922. They relocated for a time to Washington, DC. Then in 1926, she and Albert migrated to Florida where they spent the rest of their lives in St. Petersburg, Pinellas County. The federal census enumeration of 1930 shows that neither the 59-year-old Albert nor 57-year-old Virgie had an occupation. Their address at that time was 219 Fourth Avenue North. Sadly, Albert suffered a massive heart attack and died suddenly on June 18, 1932, at the age of only 59. Interment of the remains was in Royal Palm Cemetery in St. Pete. As a widow, Virginia lived for another 23 years.Her address was 335 Seventh Avenue North. She passed into eternity on Jan. 22, 1955. A short obituary appeared in the Tampa Bay Times.

Daughter Bessie F. King (1875-1928) was born in about 1875 in Ohio, possibly a twin with her brother Finley.

Daughter Finley King (1875-1948) was born in about 1875 in Ohio, possibly a twin with his sister Bessie. He was united in matrimony with Lizzie Cooperrider (March 7, 1878-1966), a Thornville native and daughter of Lewis and Margaret (Anspach) Cooperider. The couple produced two children -- Edna Bradow and Floyd King. The family were longtime farmers along the Thornville-Glenford Road in Perry County. They belonged to Grace Lutheran Church, where she was active in the Esther Circle. She also was a member of the Lakeview Garden Club. Finley succumbed to death after a long illness on June 19, 1948. Funeral services were held in Grace Lutheran Church in Thornville, with an obituary appearing in the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette. Rev. Walter S. Langhans officiated at the funeral service, with interment in the Lutheran Reformed Cemetery. Lizzie outlived her spouse by 18 years and remained in Thornville. She died at Grant Hospital in Columbus at the age of 88 on July 15, 1966. Her funeral took place in the family church, led by Rev. Robert Pflueger.

  • Granddaughter Edna King ( ? -1985) was born in (?). She married Rev. Andrew E. Bradow ( ? -1967). The two offspring born to this marriage were Joyce Elaine Juergens and Rev. Charles "King" Bradow. Andrew was a 1926 graduate of the Theological Seminary at Capital University. His first church congregation was Grace Lutheran in Eaton, OH, and he spent four years in this position. Then, for 16 years, he pastored the Salem Lutheran Churc of West Alexandria, Preble County, OH. Circa 1929, Andrew was elected president of the Sunday School Convention of the Dayton Conference of the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod. He was installed in 1947 as superintendent of the Lutheran Welfare League of Central Ohio, and served in this position for two decades until death. He suffered a heart attack at home on Sept. 26, 1967 and was admitted to Grant Hospital in Columbus, where he died at the age of 63 on Oct. 4, 1967. Funeral services were held in the Christ Lutheran Church of Columbus, with Rev. Charles H. Lange presiding. An obituary was published in a number of newspapers across Ohio. Edna endured for another 18 years. Her final address was at 2633 Petzinger Road in Columbus. She passed into eternity at St. Anthony's Hospital in Columbus on Feb. 15, 1985. An obituary was printed in the Dayton Daily News. As of 1967, their daughter Joyce was married to attorney Carl E. Juergens of Springfield, OH, while their son King served as executive director of the Lutheran Foundation at Ohio State University.
  • Grandson Floyd King resided in Thornville in 1966.

Son Bertman C. "Bert" King (1878-1952) was born on April 6, 1878 in Bremen, OH. At the age of 22, he resided at Chalfants, Perry County. The day after Christmas 1900, he was joined in wedlock with 24-year-old Addie Denison (April 1, 1876-1952), also of Chalfants and the daughter of Abisha and Sarah (Cochran) Denison Sr. Rev. D.S. Priest officiated at the nuptials. For more than four decades, Bert worked in Newark for Rutledge Clothing Company in South Park Place and later with the Harry J. Rook Inc. clothing store. He was a member of First Methodist Church of Newark and president of the Retail Clerks' Association of Newark. Sadly, both husband wife died the same year. She succumbed to death in January 1952. Bert outlived her only by five months. As his health failed, he went to live with his sister Zema Page near Thornville, and died there at the age of 74 on June 26, 1952. Rev. Joseph O'Reilly preached the funeral sermon, with burial in Highland Cemetery, as reported in the Newark Advocate.

Daughter Xema King (1884- ? ) -- sometimes spelled "Xena" and "Zema" -- was born on June 22, 1884 in Thornville, Perry County, OH. She was twice wed. Her first husband was flour-miller Wilmer C. Park (Aug. 27, 1885- ? ), son of Charles and Amanda (Sewart) Park of Huron County, OH. The couple tied the knot on Sept. 22, 1907 in Perry County, when she was age 23 and he 22. Rev. R.H. Griffith, of the Methodist Episcopal Church, officiated. The two known daughters born to this union were Elouise Schaefer and Adrienne R. McTeague. She is known to have traveled to Newark for New Year's Day 1938 dinner at the home of her brother Bert. Then, on Dec. 2, 1942, at the age of 57, she was united in matrimony with 67-year-old widower Arthur Alfred Page (June 13, 1875-1951). The ceremony was led by Rev. C. Carlton Babbs. At the time of her marriage to Arthur, she lived at 792 South Remington Road and he at 517 South Champion Avenue, both in Columbus. A native of Sego, Perry County, Arthur was the son of William and Caroline (Duesenberry) Page and had been married before to Bertha L. Ardrey (April 10, 1877-1940). He thus brought a son into the second union, Richard Page. With his first family, Arthur had had lived in Columbus, OH, where he was a cabinet maker and they belonged to the Wilson Avenue Church of Christ and he to the Hombolt lodge of the Masons. He also held a membership in the Bruno Grange in Thornville, where he relocated with Zena circa 1946. When his health declined due to coronary heart failure and hardening of the arteries, Arthur was admitted to Newark Hospital. There, he was cut away by the Grim Reaper at the age of 75 on March 18, 1951. His obituary was printed in the Newark Advocate. W.A. Moore led the funeral service, with burial following in Mt. Perry Cemetery. Zema outlived her spouse for several years but her final fate is not yet known.

  • Granddaughter Elouise Park (1911- ? ) was born on March 31, 1911. She was trained as a stenographer and in her early 20s was employed in Columbus. On Sept. 22, 1935, at the age of 24, she married 21-year-old John L. Schaefer (April 11, 1914- ? ), son of Albert E. and Nellie (Ebright) Schaefer. The event was a double wedding, with her sister Adrienne joined in marriage with Hugh W. McTeague on the same day and by the same clergyman. The groom was three years younger than the bride.
  • Granddaughter Adrienne R. Park (1913- ? ) was born on Dec. 14, 1913. She lived in her early 20s in Columbus where she earned a living as a beauty operator. When she was 22 years of age, on Sept. 22, 1935, she married 24-year-old salesman Hugh W. McTeague (March 24, 1911- ? ), son of Hugh J. and Pearl (Page) McTeague of Columbus. Officiating at the wedding ceremony was Rev. John B. Taylor. The event was a double wedding, with her sister Elouise marrying John L. Schaefer on the same day and by the same clergyman.
  • Step-grandson Richard Page was in Columbus, OH in 1951.

Daughter Elizabeth King (1888- ? ) is believed to have been born on May 6, 1888 in Thornville. This needs to be confirmed. She wedded (?) George. Her residence circa 1942 was in Cleveland.

~ Daughter Susan (King) Elder ~

Daughter Susan King (1833-1917) was born on Oct. 27, 1833 in Pleasant Unity, Somerset County, PA.

On Dec. 4, 1856, when she was 23 years of age, she married a childhood friend, 32-year-old Dr. James G. Elder (Oct. 3, 1824-1903). The nuptials were held at the New Lexington residence of her father, led by Rev. Benjamin Price of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Among those known to have attended the wedding were formal witnesses J.B. Davis, Freeman King, Samuel King and Susan's sister Amanda (King) Rodman.

A record of their marriage, signed by Rev. Price, was written on a piece of paper which the couple kept for the rest of their lives. Inscribed on the back were notations of their and their three-eldest children's births.

 

This is to certify

That Dr. James G. Elder of Somerset County in the State of Pennsylvania and Susan King of Somerset County in the State of Pennsylvania were by me Joined together in

Holy Matrimony

on the Fourth day of December in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty Six.

In Presence of

   J.B. Davis

   Freeman King

   Samuel King

Benjamin Price

National Archives

 

The five children born to this marriage were Joseph C. Elder, Amanda Ellen Elder, Josephine May Elder, James A. Elder and one who died young.

James stood 5 feet, 8½ inches tall. He and his future brother-in-law Alexander King labored together harvesting and haying circa 1858-1860. They also skinny-dipped together during the harvest season of 1859, with Alexander able to see that James was in the prime of physical fitness, free from any disabilities or injuries.

The Elders first made a home in 1860 in Middlecreek Township, Somerset County, where James served as justice of the peace and Susan was a "spinster" -- spinner of fabrics. Among their neighbors at the time were Susan's cousin, Aaron and Mary (Younkin) Schrock.

James served in the Union Army during the Civil War, as a member of the 54th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D. He joined the army on Sept. 4, 1861 and on Feb. 7, 1862 was commissioned as a first lieutenant while in Harrisburg, PA.

While James was away at war, grief blanketed the family at the death of their baby son Joseph on April 14, 1862 at the age of three years and 10 months. There is no record of how long it took for James to receive the news. The death was recorded on the back of the Elders' marriage certificate.

He was present with the regiment throughout the Shenandoah Valley Campaign and to Lynchburg and back. While on duty at Kernstown near Winchester, VA on July 24, 1864, already suffering from diarrhea, he was injured while picketed on the regiment's skirmish line. In his own words, written in the third person, he wrote that "being forced to fall back rapidly, he was struck on the foot by a spent canister shot, and was thrown on some timber, which severely injured his spine, and caused scrotal hernia of left side." After that, he said, he could not stand any marching or fatigue duty.

 

Above: battle action in Winchester, VA in 1864. Below: Clarysville General Hospital in Maryland, where James was treated for his injuries.

 

He received initial medical treatment at Frederick, MD. He was ordered to an Army hospital in Annapolis, MD on Aug. 3. He returned to duty in mid-August but then on Sept. 17 was again ill with what doctors termed "inflammation of liver." He was sent to Clarysville General Hospital near Cumberland, MD. There was little that military surgeons could do, so he primarily treated himself. He received a month-long furlough on Sept. 24. He returned to Clarysville on Oct. 24 and remained until rejoining his regiment the day after Christmas 1864. He received an honorable discharge while at Chapin's Farm in Virginia on Feb. 8, 1865.

James returned home to New Centerville and resumed his medical practice. Among friends who saw him immediately upon his arrival home were William Tospon and J.R. Weimer.

During 1868, three years after the conclusion of the war, the family migrated to Illinois, as did Susan's married sister and brother-in-law, Amanda and Francis A. "Frank" Rodman. They put down roots in Padua, McLean County, and were there as per the 1870 federal census enumeration. James was employed in Padua as a physician, but due to his injuries could not work at any manual labor. Their friend Weimer also left Somerset County at some point and moved to Hardy, NE, while Tospon migrated to Hamilton, MO.

On the move again in 1875/1876, the Elders found a new residence in Fisher, Brown Township, Champaign County, IL, where James established his medical practice, the first one in the history of the town. He also was appointed federal postmaster of Fisher in 1877 as reported by the Chicago Inter Ocean.

James was eligible to receive a military pension as compensation for his disabilities as a soldier, and he submitted his application on May 13, 1876. Among those signing affidavits of support were 54th Pennsylvania veteran P.W. Fadely of Morrill, KS.

It was granted, and he received monthly government checks for the rest of his life. [Invalid App. #219.145 - Cert. #580-641] He also was a member of the local chapter of the Grand Army of the Republic.

When examined by military surgeons in 1876, he weighed in at 180 lbs. But as time went on his weight grew. In February 1891 he was measured at 210 lbs. and by December 1893 at 225 lbs. Their report for 1892 observed him as "distressed & very obese and plethoric muscles large & flabby & considerable Bronchia breathing over left lung... On the slightest exertion he puffs like a steam engine."

In 1900, living in Fisher, the 74-year-old James received income as a landlord. Under their roof that year were bachelor son James and 12-year-old granddaughter Mable E. Marsh. The census-taker reported that they had outlived four of their five children. He suffered a stroke of paralysis in later 1901 and suffered from senility, rendering him nearly helpless.

After suffering from what the Paxton (IL) Daily Record called a "lingering illness," James passed away on Jan. 9, 1903. Funeral services were held in the local Methodist Church, with burial following in Naylor Cemetery in Fisher. An obituary reported that he was "one of the oldest citizens in Fisher."

Susan then applied for and was awarded his pension. [Widow App. #777.776 - Cert. #549.404] She claimed in government affidavits that she was "totally disabled" with varicose ulcers in her lower limbs and was "unable to stand or walk sufficiently to perform any labor." She also said that she had no income or investment vehicles, but that she owned several lots in Fisher including a frame house, which she estimated would not sell for more than $1,500.

The U.S. Census for 1910 shows Susan and her single son James sharing a home in Fisher.

On June 2, 1917, Susan died at home following a bout with bronchial pneumonia. An obituary in the Gibson City (IL) Courier noted that "the death angel visited this vicinity and took away one of our oldest and most highly respected citizens." Rev. J.W. Dundas officiated at funeral services held in the local Methodist Episcopal Church. Her remains were placed beside her husband's in Naylor Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]

James is cited in J.R. Stewart's 1918 book A Standard History of Champaign County, Illinois.

Daughter Amanda Ellen Elder (1860- ? ) was born on May 19, 1860 in Somerset County, PA. She was in girlhood when she joined her family in a pioneer migration to Illinois. Unmarried at the age of 20 in 1880, she earned a living as a school teacher in Fisher, Champaign County, IL. She was deceased by 1898.

Daughter Josephine May Elder (1866- ? ) was born on Nov. 19 or Dec. 13/18, 1866 in Somerset County, PA. (Sources for the date differ widely.) As a small girl, in 1868, she relocated with her family to Iowa. She was deceased by 1898.

Son James Alexander Elder (1871-1933) was born on Dec. 18, 1870/1871/1874 in Illinois. He grew up in Fisher, Champaign County, IL and earned a living as a house painter in 1900-1910. During that time, he shared a home with his parents in Fisher. He is thought to have remained in Fisher for the rest of his life. He died just five days after his 59th birthday on Dec. 23, 1933. Interment was in Naylor Cemetery in Fisher.

 

~ Son Alexander King ~

 

Alexander and Medora King
Courtesy Rev. J. Keith Cook

Son Alexander "Alex" King (1837-1918) was born on Sept. 1, 1837 in Somerset County, PA.

When he was age 23, in 1860, Alexander resided at home with his father and step-mother and helped with farming chores. 

A year later, in the autumn season of 1861, Alexander migrated west to Illinois. His sister and brother in law, Susan and Dr. James G. Elder followed in about 1868. They all settled initially in Padua, McLean County.

After arriving in Padua, on Sept. 25, 1865, Alexander married a local woman, Anna Bell Morain (Sept. 1,1844/1846-1876), daughter of Jonathan and Zipporah (Outen) Morain. Their marriage lasted for 11 years until the separation of death.

They were the parents of William Sherman King and Nora E. King.

Census records for 1870 show the family in Padua, with Alexander marked as a farmer.

Sadly, Anna Bell died on March 11, 1876, at the age of 32, in McLean County. The remains were interred in Frankeberger Cemetery in Ellsworth, McLean County.

Alexander grieved as a widower for about 19 months. Then on Nov. 2 (or 29), 1877, when he was 40 years of age, Alexander was united in marital union with his second wife, Medora R. "Dora" Morris (April 1851-1937), a native of Ohio and the daughter of Israel Morris. Their wedding ceremony was held in Champaign County, IL.

The couple produced three more children -- Charles Morris King, Richard "Dick" King and Maggie May King.

Alexander became a member of the local Methodist Episcopal Church in Fisher, Champaign County in 1879. Federal census records for 1880 show the family residing on a farm in Condit, Champaign County. They pulled up stakes in 1883 and moved to Nebraska, settling on a homestead near Emmet, Holt County, where daughter Maggie May was born in 1885. After a stay of nine years in Holt, they moved once more to a rented farm in Enterprise in the Mira Valley section of Valley County, NE. They are shown there in the 1900 federal census enumeration record.

 

Sunday School rally in Ord, Nebraska, early 1900s

 

Alexander wrote and signed an affidavit in February 1903 in support of his sister Susan Elder's efforts to secure a Civil War soldier widow's pension.

In February 1909, living in Ord, Valley County, NE, the Kings made news in the gossip columns of the Gibson City (IL) Courier when they traveled to Illinois to visit Alexander's widowed sister Susan Elder in Fisher.

The United States Census of 1910 lists the family as farmers in Vinton, Valley County. That year, 29-year-old bachelor son Dick and 25-year-old daughter Maggie were unmarried and living in their household and providing labor on the farm.

Alexander passed into eternity in Ord on Nov. 2, 1918. Rev. Hosman officiated at the funeral service, followed by burial in Ord Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave] An obituary in the Ord Quiz said that "When at the end of a long and useful life, a man can lay down the burden with the knowledge that he has so lived his life that everyone who knew him or came in contact with him, grieves at his going, he had not lived in vain. Such a man was Mr. King, a faithful neighbor, a true friend, a good man. He left his impression upon the community where he lived and though his body has been laid in the cemetery on the hill north of town, he will still live on in the minds of those who knew him and loved him."

Medora outlived her spouse by 19 years. The Angel of Death carried her away in Ord at the age of 85 on Feb. 12, 1937.

 

William and Anna King. Courtesy Rev. J. Keith Cook

Son William Sherman King (1866-1954) was born on Nov. 17, 1866 in Champaign County, IL. He may well have been named for the famed Union Army general of the Civil War, William Tecumseh Sherman. After the death of his mother, when he was about 10, he lived with his father and stepmother in Condit, Champaign County circa 1880. Then in 1883, he likely joined his family in a move to a homestead farm near Emmet, Holt County, NE. During that period of time, on April 24, 1890, in nuptials held at Fisher, Champaign County, the 23-year-old William was united in the holy bonds of matrimony with 19-year-old Anna Elizabeth Cochran (Aug. 5, 1870-1943), the daughter of John Cornelius and Louisa (Gibson) Cochran. The couple almost immediately established a home with or near his parents in Holt County, NE. Five children were born to this union -- Nellie May King, Clara Belle King, Maggie "Grace" Royer, William Irving Cochran King and Theodore Roosevelt King. Grief cascaded over the family at the deaths of daughter Nellie May in infancy on May 31, 1891, with burial in Vinton Cemetery. Inscribed at the bottom of her small grave marker is the Scripture verse from Matthew 19:14, "Of such is the kingdom of heaven."

William and Anna migrated with his parents in about 1891 to a farm in Enterprise in the Mira Valley section of Valley County, NE. They appear to have spent the rest of their long lives farming in the valley. Reported the Ord Quiz, "In youth Mrs. King affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal church but later united with the United Brethren church at Midvale and at the time of her death was a member of the U.B. Church of Ord. She was active in church work, serving in various capacities most efficiently. She was a member also of the Jolly Sisters club and of the Woman's Home Missionary society." They retired in 1930, a year in which William celebrated his 64th birthday, and moved into the town of Ord. The couple were members of the Evangelical United Brethren Church. In April 1940, they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Anna suffered a long decline in health and passed into eternity at age 72 on May 16, 1943. Rev. P.W. Rupp preached her funeral sermon. William outlived her by 11 years. Sadly, at the age of 87 and after enduiring a year of poor health, William died in Ord on April 12, 1954. Burial was in Ord City Cemetery, and an obituary published in the Quiz. A short death notice in the Lincoln (NE) Journal Star noted that he was a "farmer and long time resident of Valley County."

 

Left: Clara Belle and Maggie Grace. Right: William and Anna in later years..
Courtesy Rev. J. Keith Cook

 

  • Granddaughter Clara Belle King (1892-1985) was born on Aug. 30, 1892. Evidence suggests that she did not marry. She became a teacher of English at Washington High School in East Chicago, Lake County, IN. She is known to have been there in 1929-1954. She made news in the gossip columns of the Munster (IN) Times when she traveled to see her parents in Nebraska in June 1936 and then took a driving trip to New Orleans. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1940, she and fellow teacher Lillian Sowerby shared an apartment in East Chicago owned by Wayne and Florence Wilson. At the end of her life, she was back in Ord, Valley County, NE and died at the age of 92 on March 30, 1985.
  • Granddaughter Maggie "Grace" King (1896-1974) was born on Sept. 11, 1896 in Valley County, NE. Upon her graduation from high school, she became a school teacher and taught in Ord and other communities in Nebraska. She obtained a degree in 1922 from York College and a masters degree in home economics in 1928 from the University of Chicago. She accepted a position with the University of Mississippi in Oxford and eventually created its Home Economics Department. She relocated to California in the 1940s, where on March 19, 1949 she wedded fellow school teacher Clinton Stover Royer (July 15, 1895-1968), a native of Arcadia, CA and the son of David and Emma (Quinten) Royer. He was divorced from Nene Sorensen (1896-1980) and brought an adult son to the marriage, James S. Royer. He also was a U.S. Army veteran of World War I and a recipient of the Purple Heart. They made a residence in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, CA, where he belonged to the Lancaster United Methodist Church, Antelope Valley Post of the American Legion and Porter Lodge of the Masons. Clint died at the age of 73 on Aug. 31, 1968. His remains were shipped to Ord for interment, with an obituary appearing in the Ord Quiz. As a widow, Grace maintained her residence in California until the last year of her life, when she returned to her old hometown of Ord to reside with her sister. She passed into eternity at the age of 77 on Feb. 2, 1974. Burial was in Ord City Cemetery following funeral services in the United Methodist Church of Ord.
  • Grandson William "Irving" Cochran King (1899-1993) was born on June 12, 1899 in Ord, Valley County, NE, where he spent his entire life. Irving married Esther Bethene Ingerson (1899-1958), daughter of James Eber and Addie (Mayers) Ingerson. She was a native of Gresham, NE who had grown up in Worthington, MN and then in Ord. Their four known children were Neola Bethene King, Thelma Marie Harkness, Harold Irving King and Eva Esther Rice. Sadness swept over the family at the death of infant daughter Neola in 1923. The Kings lived on a farm for years southwest of Ord. Esther died from lingering heart problems at the age of 59 on July 9, 1958. An obituary noted that her funeral service was held at the Ord Methodist Church, led by Rev. E.H. Sohl, with music performed by Orel Koelling and Mrs. Orin Kellison.
  • Grandson Theodore Roosevelt "Ted" King (1903-1979) was born on Sept. 20, 1903 in Valley County, NE. He was named for the popular President of the United States. He did not marry. After graduation from high school, he received a degree in 1926 from the Nebraska College of Agriculture in Lincoln. He applied that knowledge to a lifetime of farming near the town of Ord in Valley County. He belonged to the Sod House Society and was an honorary member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Agricultural Fraternity. He died at the age of 75 on May 12, 1979. Burial was in Ord City Cemetery, with Rev. Earl Reed presiding over the funeral service. In an obituary, the Ord Quiz reported that "Michael Johnson sang, 'The Old Rugged Cross' and 'Abide With Me', accompanied by Mrs. Freda Beerline. Pallbearers were Gary Harkness, James King, Alan King, Ronald Rice, and Mike Rice."

Daughter Nora E. King (1868- ? ) was born in about 1868 in Illinois. Shew grew up in Condit, Champaign County, IL. She was deceased by 1918.

Son Charles Morris King (1878-1977) was born in Oct. 1878 in Champaign County, IL. He was three years of age when he was brought by his family to a farm near Emmet, Holt County, NE. Then in 1892, the 14-year-old migrated again to Mira Valley in Valley County, NE. On New Year's Day 1903, at the age of 24, Charles was joined in wedlock with Myrtle Belle Stark (1877-1957), daughter of James Jefferson and Druzilla A. (McNeff) Stark. The couple's only known son was Charles "Merritt" King. They farmed in Mira Valley for about 43 years, until retirement circa 1946. From there they moved in 1946 to Central City. They joined the Christian Church in Central City and were active members. After their son apparently relocated to California in the 1950s, Charles and Myrtle moved there as well and made a home in Redlands, San Bernardino County. Myrtle passed away in Redlands at the age of 80 on Nov. 27, 1957. Her remains were lowered into repose in Hillside Memorial Park. Charles spent the next two decades as a widower and returned to his old hometown of Ord. He enjoyed attending services at the Christian Church in Ord until he became too infirm to go. He died in Ord at the age of 97 on Oct. 2, 1977. Funeral services were conducted at his church by Rev. R.E. Buchtel, with music performed by vocalist Eldon Mulligan and organist Mrs. Paul Wray. Pallbearers included Paul Wray, Charles Hackel, Leonard Marks, Russell Hackel, Fern Johnson and Archie Mason. He rests in Ord City Cemetery.

  • Grandson Charles "Merritt" King (1914-2002) was born on Oct. 14, 1914 in Ord, Valley County, NE. He relocated to Southern California and lived in or near San Bernardino County. He was married. Merritt died in California on Aug. 17, 2002, at the age of 87. An epitaph on his grave marker reads "Always Smiling."

Son Richard "Dick" King (1881-1939) was born on March 13, 1881 in Champaign County, IL. Then in 1883, he relocated with his family to a homestead farm near Emmet, Holt County, NE. After a stay of nine years in Holt, they moved once more to a rented farm in Enterprise in the Mira Valley section of Valley County, NE. On June 14, 1910, in nuptials held at Grand Island, NE, the 29-year-old Dick wedded 30-year-old Emma Prien (April 21, 1880-1954), a native of Fulton, IA and the daughter of Henry George and Johanna Wilhelmina (Selk) Prien. The couple produced a family of three known children, including Irma B. King, Richard Alec King and Irene E. Jelinek. For the first decade of the marriage, Dick and Emma lived on his parents' farm in the valley. The Kings were plunged into grief in 1915 at the untimely death of three-year-old daugher Irma. Then in 1920, they moved to a farm near North Loup, NE, remaining for good. In poor health for several years, and bedfast for the final six weeks, Dick died on March 11, 1939, just two days shy of his 58th birthday. At his funeral service, a quartet of singers provided musical selections, with Mamie Young officiating as a representative of the United Brethren Church. Burial was in Ord Cemetery. Emma survived her spouse by 15 years. She died at age 74 on July 8, 1954. Funeral services were held in St. John's Lutheran Church of Ord, with an obituary printed in the Ord Quiz. Interment was in Ord City Cemetery.

  • Grandson Richard Alec King (1916-1991) was born on Nov. 4, 1916 in Ord. He married Helen B. Kess (July 31, 1912-1981), widow of Fred W. Kess. They were the parents of Richard "Rick" King. Over the years, Richard belonged to Local 404 of the Brotherhood of Carpenters Union. She passed into eternity on Jan. 8, 1981. Richard lived for another decade, with an address of 6800 A Street. On April 6, 1991, Richard died in Lincoln. A death notice was published in the Lincoln Journal Star. They rest in Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln, with Helen next to her first husband. Son Rick married Tami and they have a son Jesse.
  • Granddaughter Irene Emma King (1918-2008) was born on Dec. 10, 1918 in Ord. She married Jelinek ( ? - ? ). They were the parents of Kenneth Ray Jelinek, Connie Jelinek and Randy Jelinek. In 1973, her address was 1545 South 26th Street. At her 80th birthday, in 1998, she held an open house and was pictured in the Lincoln Journal Star. She was gathered in by the spirit of death at age 89 on March 27, 2008. Interment was in Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln. Son Kenneth Ray Jelinek moved to Madison, WI and on Nov. 27, 1987 married Dr. Jane Marshall Pembertson.

Daughter Maggie May King (1885-1986) was born on Feb. 9, 1885 near Emmet, Holt County, NE. As a young girl, she moved with her parents to a rented farm in Enterprise in the Mira Valley section of Valley County, NE. She never married and lived to the age of 101. She dwelled for decades in Ord, Valley County, NE, and in 1940 lived by herself in her own household, with no occupation. She succumbed to death in Ord in May 1986.

 

~ Daughter Amanda (King) Rodman ~

Daughter Amanda King (1839-1916) was born in Feb. 1839 in Somerset County..

She grew up learning the work of a seamstress. In 1856, she is known to have attended the wedding of her sister Susan to James G. Elder, held at their father's home in New Lexington, Somerset County.

Presumably in her early 20s, during the 1860s, she and several adult siblings and their families relocated to Illinois, where they settled in McLean County.

Amanda married Francis A. "Frank" Rodman (June 20, 1837-1920), a native of Zanesville, OH and the son of Scammon and Eliza Ann (Wolf) Rodman.

Frank had been married previously and brought two sons to the second union -- Henry Rodman and Arthur Rodman. He was an early settler of Illinois, and "drove overland from Ohio arriving in Bloomington, oct. 16, 1853," reported the Bloomington (IL) Pantagraph. "He spent the winter at Dodd's Grove and in the spring of 1854, he moved to the Davis farm where the country club is now located. In 1856 he moved to Old Town township...."

They produced a daughter of their own, Eliza F. Rodman, born in 1879.

Federal census records for 1880 show the family residing on a farm in Old Town. Frank was a Republican in his politics and for many years wrote a gossip column for the Pantagraph about comings and goings in the town of Holder. He and his parents were charter members of the Pleasant Grove Methodist Protestant Church, and he belonged for nearly six decades. The original church was constructed in the summer and fall of 1858 and was in place for 30 years until replaced across the road. Said the Pantagraph, "The success of the enterprise was largely due to the liberality of the late Scamon Rodman and his son, Francis A. Rodman. They deserve much credit for developing and pushing forward the spirit of community welfare."

Residing in Holder, McLean County, Amanda wrote and signed an affidavit in 1903 in support of her sister Susan's effort to secure a Civil War widow's pension.

She died in 1916. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Downs, McLean County. [Find-a-Grave]

Francis outlived his wife by four years. As his health failed, he went to live with his married daughter Frances Carlock in the town of Carlock. He died there on April 7, 1920. His remains were shipped back to Old Town via the Lake Erie & Western Railroad, where Rev. Read led funeral services.

Daughter Eliza "Frances" Rodman (1879- ? ) was born on Sept. 18, 1879 at Holder in Old Town Township, McLean County, IL. In 1903, at the age of about 23, she was united in the holy bonds of matrimony with Harry G. Carlock ( ? -1968). Their marriage endured for more than 64 years until cleaved apart by death. They were the parents of Marion F. Carlock, L. Delos Carlock, Mrs. Raymond Classen, Mrs. Bruce Green and Don Carlock. The couple made a home in the village of Carlock, McLean County for virtually all of their married lives except for one year each in Ambia, IN and Champaign, IL. They were active in the Carlock Christian Church. Sadly, Harry died in 1968. When she reached the age of 90, in September 1969, she was pictured in the Pantagraph and honored with a reception at her home.

  • Grandson Marion F. Carlock lived in Ladue, MO.
  • Grandson L. Delos Carlock resided in Prophetstown, IL.
  • Granddaughter (?) Carlock married Raymond Classen. Her home in 1969 was in Danforth, IL.
  • Granddaughter Genevieve Carlock ( ? -1995) wedded Bruce Green. They did not reproduce. She dwelled at 3 Cherrywood Lane in the Bloomington area. Genevieve died on Sept. 21, 1995, with an obituary published in the Pantagraph.
  • Grandson Don Carlock was in Glen Ellyn, IL in 1969.

Stepson Henry H. Rodman (1861- ? ) was born in about 1861 in Illinois. At the age of 19, in 1880, he was a bachelor and lived with his father and stepmother in Old Town, McLean County. In 1920, when named in his father's newspaper obituary, he was living in Cheney, KS.

Stepson Arthur Rodman (1866- ? ) was born in about 1866 in Illinois. He became a teacher in the Bloomington area as a young man and then sought his fortune in Chicago. He obtained employment with the furniture firm Andrews & Company and later with Revell. By 1914, he owned and operated his own business. In August 1914, he was prevented from returning to Bloomington to attend a home coming reunion at the Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church, but sent his regrets and a poem he had authored.

 

~ Daughter Missouri E. King ~

Daughter Missouri E. King (1840- ? ) was born in 1840.

She was educated at home as a seamstress.

 

~ Daughter Nancy (King) Leichliter Conn ~

Daughter Nancy King (1841-1915) was born on March 23, 1841.

She was twice married. Her first spouse, whom she wed in 1860, was John Leichliter (1840-1863), son of Samuel and Mary Ann (McNair) Leichliter.

The couple bore one daughter, Candace Dull.

John died sometime in the year 1863. No further details are known, and he has faded in the misty haze of the past. There are no clues to suggest that he served or died in the military during the Civil War.

As a young widow, perhaps as she was preparing to marry again, Nancy entrusted her little girl with John's sister and brother-in-law, Catherine and Henry Phillippi. The couple raised her to adulthood.

Then in about 1864, Nancy wedded her second husband, Eliah "Eli" Conn (Feb. 11, 1839-1920), son of farmers Emmanual and Margaret Conn of Upper Turkeyfoot.

The Conns went on to produce six more children of their own -- Sarah Jane Hyatt, Rush R. Conn, Ellen Younkin, Alexander Wilson "Wilse" Conn, James Austin Conn and Harvey Leslie Conn.

Unlike many of her older siblings, Nancy chose not to leave the home region, and stayed in Somerset County for the balance of their lives.

They made a home on a farm in Draketown, where in all Eli spent 43 years of his life, and were members of the local Methodist Church. Said the Meyersdale Republican, Eli was "a man of sterling qualities."

Sometime in late 1915, Nancy was felled by a stroke of paralysis and was rendered entirely helpless. She passed away on Dec. 12, 1915, at the age of 74. Interment was in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery in Ursina.

Eli outlived his wife by a little more than four years. He succumbed to pneumonia at home on his 81st birthday, Feb. 11, 1920. Rev. C.D. Firster led the funeral service.

Daughter Candace Leichliter (1861-1935) was born on March 24, 1861. She was raised by an uncle and aunt, Henry and Catherine Phillippi. On Dec. 19, 1886, at the age of 25, she married a cousin, Frederick Wilson Dull (1860-1943), son of Frederick and Margaret "Peggy" (Faidley) Dull. See the Dull biography for more.

Daughter Sarah Jane Conn (1866-1937) was born on April 19, 1866. She married Jacob Lewis Hyatt (1862-1931). He was married previously to Alcenda Gahring ( ? - ? ) and brought two children to the second union, John Hyatt and Parmelia Hetzel. Three more children were born to the second marriage -- Paul Hyatt, Naomi "Ruth" Moon and one other. The family lived in Draketown, Somerset County. Burdened with senility at the age of 71, Sarah Jane suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died two days later on Sept. 27, 1937. Funeral services were led by Rev. Turrel at the Draketown Methodist Church, with burial following in Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery. An obituary was published in the Meyersdale Republican.

  • Grandson Paul E. Hyatt (1901-1956) was born on Feb. 1, 1901. He married Sadie L. Burnworth ( ? - ? ) and resided in Draketown as tenant farmers. Their two offspring were Betty L. Conn and Donald Conn Hyatt. In April 1934, they are known to have left his father's farm and moved to the Younkin farm in Draketown. As Paul's health failed, he was admitted to Price Hospital in Confluence. He died there at the age of 55 on July 22, 1956. Burial was at the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Arnold Arcel preaching the funeral sermon. The Meyersdale Republican printed an obituary.
  • Granddaughter Naomi "Ruth" Hyatt married Charles E. Moon (1908-1953), the son of Harrison R. and Ella (Daniels) Moon. They produced two children, Ruth Ann Stillwagon and Louis Moon. Over the years, the Moons moved frequently, pursuing work as it became available. Their home in 1937 was in Vesta No. 5 and in 1943 in Bobtown, Greene County, PA. Charles died in Confluence's Price Hospital at the age of 44 on Feb. 7, 1953. Dr. A.J. Allen presided at the funeral services, with interment in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery. An obituary was published in the Meyersdale Republican. Circa 1974, Ruth made a home in LaVale, MD.
  • Step-grandson John Hyatt made a home in 1956 in Cumberland, Allegany County, MD.
  • Step-granddaughter Parmelia Hyatt ( ? -1974) was born in (?). She wedded Edward U. Hetzel ( ? -1943). The family relocated to Connellsville, PA and later to LaVale, MD. Their only daughter was Mrs. George K. Bishop. Parmelia maintained her membership in the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Connellsville. Later in life, Parmelia dwelled in Grantsville, MD. She died on Feb. 26, 1974, at the age of 92, as a patient in Meyersdale Community Hospital. Burial was in Hill Grove Cemetery in Connellsville, following a funeral service led by Rev. Melvin Nussbaum in LaVale. Her obituary was carried in the Meyersdale Republican.

Son Rush R. Conn (1870-1947) was born in 1870. On March 4, 1896, he wedded Mary Jane "Molly" Phillippi (1877-1929). Their three known children were Edna May Gorsuch, Nancy G. Johnson, Kirkland William Conn, Sarah Murphy and Gladys Cash. The family dwelled in Draketown and then by 1918 moved to Star Junction, Fayette County, where they were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The Conns mourned at the untimely death of their daughter Edna May Gorsuch in 1927. They were plunged into grief again when Mary Jane was diagnosed with cancer. She underwent surgery at the age of 53 in Connellsville Hospital, but there was no hope. She was gathered in by the Angel of Death on Dec. 9, 1929. An obituary in the Meyersdale Republican reported that burial was in Star Junction Cemetery. In 1947, Rush died at the age of about 76 or 77. Burial was in Mount Washington Cemetery in Perryopolis.

  • Granddaughter Edna May Conn (1897-1927) was born in 1897. She married a cousin, Carl V. Gorsuch (1891-1964). Their grave at the Rockwood IOOF Cemetery was a stop on the 2019 Younkin Reunion cemetery tour, led by the founder of this website. See the Gorsuch biography for more.
  • Granddaughter Nancy G. Conn (1899-1943) was born in 1899. In about 1915, she wedded Frank C. Johnson (1894-1965). Her home in 1929 was in Morgantown, Monongalia County, WV. The couple are buried together in Mount Union Cemetery in Morgantown.
  • Grandson Kirkland William "Kirk" Conn (1902-1959) was born in 1902. He was joined in matrimony with Frances Marie Barricklow (1902-1985). Kirkland passed away in 1959. They are interred in LaFayette Memorial Park in Brier Hill, Fayette County, PA.
  • Granddaughter Sarah Conn married (?) Murphy and lived in Star Junction in 1929.
  • Granddaughter Gladys Conn wedded (?) Cash. In 1929, they made a residence in Star Junction.

Daughter Ellen Conn (1871-1940) was born on Oct. 4, 1871 in Draketown, Somerset County. She was united in holy wedlock with a double cousin, Harvey G. Younkin (1869-1957), son of Balaam and Amanda (King) Younkin. See the Younkin biography for more.

Son James Austin Conn (1876-1929) was born in Jan. 1876. In 1899, he was joined in the bonds of marriage with Matilda Florence "Tillie" Sheeler (1883-1966), daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Hutzell) Sheeler. They bore a dozen offspring -- Samuel D. Conn, Homer F. Conn, Zachary Conn, Ruth Hazel Fisher, Wilson Conn, Harry E. "Red" Conn, Nora Heining, Pearl M. "Nan" Uphouse, Iva Thompson, Hattie Maule Stoddard, Jennie Heining Wickham and Marie Helen Bee. The Conns lived in New Centerville, Somerset County in 1920 and Somerset Township in 1929. James was considered a well-known farmer in the community. Near tragedy struck in 1928 when James was badly injured but survived an automobile accident. The trauma to his head never fully healed. A year later, on Oct. 25, 1929, despondent over prospects for his future, the 53-year-old James hanged himself in his barn. Reported the Meyersdale Republican, "Discovery of the lifeless body dangling from a rafter was made by the unfortunate man's son, Harry." The coroner conducted an investigation and ruled the death as a suicide. Rev. V.N. Miller of the Rockwood Lutheran Church, officiated at the funeral service. Matilda outlived her spouse by 37 years. She passed away in 1966.

  • Grandson Samuel D. Conn (1900-1972) was born on Sept. 27, 1900 in Draketown. As a young man, he lived in Milford Township and went on to a life as a "familiar character in police circles," said the Somerset Daily American. Circa late 1923, he was arrested for stealing a truckload of grain from the farm of W.H. and H.J. Kretchman. He was found guilty and sentenced by Judge Berkey to between 18 and 36 months in Western Penitentiary in Pittsburgh in addition to a $300 fine plus court costs. Reported the Meyersdale Republican, "Conn has no doubt concluded that it is cheaper to raise one's own grain than to appropriate that of other farmers." Samuel married Blanche Corbin ( ? - ? ). Their children were Mary Belle Mazik, Betty Carnes, James Conn, Tillie Kimmel and Bethel Maust. The Conns lived in Middlecreek Township in 1929. Police raided their Milford home in July 1933 and seized eight gallons of moonshine whiskey, leading to his arrest. Newspapers reported that he sold four tracts of land in Middlecreek Township in early 1934, likely to pay for his legal obligations. Then in September 1934, during Prohibition, he and 44-year-old John Clyde Miller were arrested for operating a moonshine still in Black Township near Rockwood. The sentence was a fine of $34.50 each and six months of incarceration in Somerset County Jail. Circa 1942, he again faced jail time when found to have brewed and sold malt beverages without a license. Samuel ran a store and rooming house in Edie, Somerset County in 1956 and was raided by state and federal officials, who found him illegally in possession of liquor. The store and house in Edie mysteriously burned to the ground in March 1960. He was a member of the Somerset lodge of the Eagles and the Uniontown Motor Club. Circa 1972, he lived on a farm in Stonycreek Township, five miles north of Roxbury. He came to a grisly end on April 1, 1972 when he and farmhand Charles Schilling got into an argument. Schilling swung a spade and hit Samuel in the head, causing lacerations of the face, head and scalp and a fractured skull. He was rushed to Somerset Community Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries at the age of 71 on April 2, 1972. An obituary in the Daily American noted that he was survived by 17 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Burial was in Edie Cemetery, with Rev. Warren Maceachern preaching the funeral sermon. State police arrested Schilling and charged him with murder.
  • Grandson Homer Floyd Conn (1902-1967) was born on Oct. 31, 1902 in Draketown. He dwelled in 1929 in Somerset. Homer was joined in marriage with Elizabeth Bockes ( ? - ? ). They were the parents of one son, Floyd Homer Conn. As with his elder brother Samuel, Homer ran afoul of the law as a young man. In 1933, during the Great Depression and Prohibition, he and his brother's friend John Miller operated a 50-gallon moonshine whiskey still "secreted deep int he Laurel Hill mountains in Middlecreek," reported the Somerset Daily American. They were arrested at the site by state police in March 1933, while operating the still in a heavy rain. Police then destroyed the apparatus. Homer appears to have veered away from further criminal activity. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Home Aid Society of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the New Centerville Lutheran Church. He passed away in Somerset Community Hospital at the age of 65 on Nov. 23, 1967. Rev. James Vandevort presided over the funeral, held in the family church, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
  • Grandson Zachariah Jackson "Zack" Conn (1904-1964) was born on Nov. 18, 1904. He made a home in Garrett, Somerset County in the late 1920s. He wedded Florence Burkholder ( ? - ? ), the daughter of Uriah Burkholder. In the spring of 1931, he was charged with breaking and entering the barn of Mahlon Hauger of Black Township, but was found not guilty. The Conns were farmers for many years. Their address in the 1960s was on Main Street in Berlin. At the age of 59, suffering from heart failure and acute kidney disease, he was admitted to Somerset Community Hospital. He passed away there on July 9, 1964. Interment was in the Rockwood Odd Fellows Cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Ruth Hazel Conn (1909-1977) was born on Jan. 15, 1909 in Somerset County. She lived in Acosta, Somerset County in 1929. She wedded Glen B. Fisher ( ? - ? ). Having been married before, Glen brought two stepdaughters to the second union -- Minnie Burkholder and Sherry Wedge. The Fishers did not bear any offspring of their own. They resided on West Main Street in Somerset, where Ruth was a member of the  Church of the Nazarene in Somerset and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary. At the age of 68, on Oct. 29, 1977, Ruth passed away in Somerset Community Hospital. Burial was in the Rockwood Odd Fellows Cemetery following funeral services led by Rev. Warren MacEachern. An obituary appeared in the Somerset Daily American.
  • Grandson Wilson Conn (1906- ? ) was born in about 1906. He is presumed to be the same "Wilson Conn" who was convicted of malicious mischief in 1932 in Indiana County, PA for trying to use dynamite to destroy the house of Cosgrove Coal Company superintendent W.J. Reagan at Dilltown, on Jan. 22, 1932, while the family was away attending a basketball game. He may have spent time in prison but by 1934 was back in Somerset. In mid-February 1934, he was found guilty of breaking and entering and sentenced to a probation period of three years. He dwelled in Hopwell, PA in 1967 and in Wells Tannery, Fulton County, PA in 1972-1977.
  • Grandson Harry E. "Red" Conn (1910-1984) was born in 1910. In abouit 1934, he was married to Althea ( ? - ? ). Their union endured for half a century. The children born to this marriage were Harry E. Conn Jr., Hazel Speicher and Homer Conn. In about 1959, the Conns relocated to Akron, OH. He was employed by Akron University for 15½ years and retired in 1974. They belonged to Ellet Grace Brethren Church. Harry endured a long illness and was carried away by death at the age of 73 on Sept. 8, 1984. His pastor Rev. Richard E. Bell conducted the funeral service, with burial made in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Wadsworth, OH. An obituary was printed in his old hometown newspaper, the Somerset Daily American.
  • Granddaughter Nora Ellen Conn (1913-1963) was born on July 14, 1913. She married August C. Heining ( ? - ? ). The couple made a home in the rural outskirts of Somerset. Burdened with hypertension and chronic kidney disease, she was treated in Somerset Community Hospital and died therein on Aug. 17, 1963. Her remains were lowered into eternal repose in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Rockwood.
  • Granddaughter Pearl M. "Nan" Conn (1916-2006) was born on Feb. 20, 2006 in Rockwood. She married Charles Sheldon Uphouse ( ? -1994), a Somerset County native. They produced these offspring -- Hazel Rininger, Charles Robert Uphouse, Tillie Cremeans and Shirley Jack. The couple migrated to Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH, where Charles worked for 20 years for Akron University. They were members of the Suffield Fellowship Church. Sadly, Charles died on Sept. 27, 1994. Pearl remained in Suffield to the end of her life. Sadly, she outlived her husband, daughter Hazel, son Charles and son-in-law Bud Cremeans. At the age of 89, on Feb. 20, 2006, she died in Suffield. An obituary in the Somerset Daily American noted that she was survived by six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. As had been done for Charles, Pearl's remains were shipped to Somerset County for burial in Middlecreek Cemetery, with Rev. William J. Dodson officiating.
  • Granddaughter Iva Conn (1918-2007) was born on July 28, 1918 in Middlecreek Township. In January or February 1938, she wedded Raymond E. Thompson ( ? - ? ), son of Ernest Thompson of Blackfield, PA. In reporting on the marriage, the Meyersdale Republican said that Raymond was "a former resident of Garrett [who] is employed in Boswell." They were the parents of Ray Thompson, Mary Ann Holloway, Emma Walters, Margaret Klink, Fred Thompson, Betty Flowers and Hazel Pugh. Their home for decades was in Somerset, where for three decades Iva worked at the Pine Grill Restaurant. They were longtime members of Trinity Lutheran Church. Grief visited this family repeatedly over the years as Iva survived not only her husband but son and daughter-in-law Ray and Sandra Thompson, daughter Mary Ann Holloway, two grandsons and two great-grandsons. After the untimely death of her daughter Mary Ann, she took in and raised the motherless children Melissa Holloway and Daniel Holloway. After a lifetime of work and suffering, she died at the age of 88 on May 1, 2007. Rev. William Dodson led the funeral service, with interment in Rockwood IOOF Cemetery. A Somerset Daily American obituary reported that her survivors included 17 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
  • Granddaughter Hattie L. Conn (1921-2006) was born on Feb. 18, 1921 in Rockwood. She was married two times. Her first husband was (?) Maule ( ? - ? ). The Maules did not reproduce and resided in Akron, OH in the early 1970s. By 1977, Hattie had married her second spouse, World War II Navy veteran John Kenneth Stoddard (Dec. 21, 1925-2001) and returned to Somerset. John's children from an earlier marriage were  Karen Miller and Janet Roth. He was a retired heavy equipment operator for the Federoff and Morman Coal Companies. Hattie was a member of the Somerset Christian Fellowship and the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. She passed into eternity in Somerset Community Hospital at the age of 85 on July 30, 2006. Pastor William Dodson led her funeral service, with burial made afterward in the Rockwood IOOF Cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Jennie Conn (1921-2001) was born on Feb. 18, 1921 in Rockwood. Deeply interested in the underpinnings of Christian faith, she was a graduate of Kingwork Academy and for three years attended classes of the Somerset International College of Bible Theology. She was twice married. Her first husband was John Heining ( ? - ? ). She later was united in wedlock with John Wickham ( ? - ? ). He had been married previously and brought a son to the second union, Rick Wickham. They made a home in Buffalo, NY circa 1972-1984. Later still, the widowed Jennie returned to Somerset to live out her final years. She was active with the Somerset Christian Fellowship, volunteering as a greeter and helping her sister Marie in the church kitchen. She succumbed to death at the age of 80 on June 26, 2001 in the home of Pastor William Dodson. Funeral services were led by Rev. Dodson in the Fellowship facility, with interment in the International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery in Rockwood. The Somerset Daily American printed an obituary. Stepson Rick Wickham is known to have lived in South Carolina in 2001.
  • Granddaughter Marie Helen Conn (1923-2010) was born in 1923. She married Ernest L. Bee (Aug. 26, 1912-1976), the son of Jacob and Lillian (Wensel) Bee of Kregar, Westmoreland County. They did not reproduce. The couple were members of St. John's United Methodist Church of Edie, PA. Circa 1972, they lived in Somerset. Ernest died at the age of 63 in Somerset Community Hospital on March 9, 1976. Rev. Paul Scruton led the funeral service, with burial in the Rockwood Odd Fellows Cemetery. An obituary was published in the Somerset Daily American. Marie later married (?) Miller ( ? - ? ). As senior citizens, she and her sister Jennie Heining Wickham volunteered in the kitchen of the Somerset Christian Fellowship. Marie died in 2010.

Son Harvey Leslie Conn (1882-1972) was born on June 11, 1882. He married Ida Mae Metzler (March 6, 1885-1920), daughter of John and Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Hartzell) Metzler. They produced five known offspring -- Donald Wilbert Conn, Mary Conn, Linzy Sylvester Conn, Florence C. Silbaugh and Charles "Cameron" Conn. The family lived in Draketown and were members of Draketown Methodist Church, and Harvey belonged to the local Odd Fellows lodge. The Conns were plunged into profound grief in the winter of 1920 when Ida Mae contracted influenza while in pregnancy, part of the nation's deadly flu epidemic of the era. No cure could be found, and she died just a few weeks before her 35th birthday on Feb. 10, 1920. Burial was in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery, following services in the home officiated by Rev. C.D. Firster. The widowed Harvey outlived his bride by more than half a century. Even more heartbreak burdened their lives when disabled son Cameron shot and killed himself at the age of 15, in 1930. When reaching his 85th birthday, Harvey was pictured in the Meyersdale Republican, with the article saying he was "the oldest resident of Draketown, and [who] has spent his entire lifetime in that community." As his health failed, Harvey was admitted to Somerset Community Hospital. He passed into eternity at the age of 90 on Oct. 1, 1972. An obituary said that his survivors included 31 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren. Rev. Dennis Dawson preached the funeral. The remains were placed into rest for all time next to his wife, after a separation of 52 years, in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery in Ursina.

  • Granddaughter Mary Conn ( ? - ? ) kept house for the family after her mother's death.
  • Granddaughter Florence C. Conn (1908-1990) was born on June 29, 1908. She married Alvin Silbaugh (1904-1980). Her home in 1967-1975 was in Mather, Greene County, PA. Florence succumbed to death at the age of 81 on June 21, 1990. They rest in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery near Ursina.
  • Grandson Charles "Cameron" Conn (1914-1930) was born on Dec. 13, 1914. In boyhood he contracted polio, known at the time as "infantile paralysis," which rendered one leg badly disabled. He graduated from eighth grade in the one-room Lower Turkeyfoot School in May 1930 and began his term as a high school freshman in Confluence on Sept. 1, 1930. Tragically, he decided to end his life shortly after the start of the school year. On the fateful day of Sept. 4, 1930, he placed a shotgun up against his chest and pulled the trigger, dying instantly. The coroner reported that the heart muscle was torn into pieces. Said the Meyersdale Republican, "There does not appear to have been any cause for the rash act." Funeral services were held in the Jersey Baptist Church, with Rev. H.W. Jamison preaching. His remains are in eternal repose in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery near Ursina. His high school principal Shaffer wrote in the Republican that Cameron "was overly quiet and sensitive, had lost his mother at a young age, had difficulty in "finding his way about" the 12-room high school, "gave promise of being a very good student and appeared happy and contented" and had done his homework for the next day. He left a note for his sister Mary, saying "you tell [bus driver] Lew that he will not need to wait for me any more; that I have quit school. You have some one take my books back to the school. Goodby." Other rumors abounded as well.

 

~ Daughter Sarah A. (or "Sabina") King ~

Daughter Sarah A. (or "Sabina") King (1844- ? ) was born in 1844.

She learned the art of sewing at a young age and in 1860, at age 16, was considered a seamstress.

Her story has faded from view.

 

~ Daughter Josephine King ~

Daughter Josephine King (1848- ? ) was born in 1848 in Upper Turkeyfoot. She is lost to history.

 

~ Daughter Ann A. King ~

Daughter Ann A. King (1852- ? ) was born in 1852.

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