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, Michael Weimer (1799-1828), son of John and Maria Margaretha (Schneider) Weimer of Milford Township.
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.)
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 presumed to be buried in the same cemetery as his wives, but this is not confirmed.
~ Son Aaron Weimer ~
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.
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.
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.
~ 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.
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 Weimer (1853- ? ) was born in April 1853 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 (?) Wright ( ? - ? ). They bore a daughter, Blanche Wright. Then in about 1890, Samantha wedded her second husband, Charles Harmon (April 1855- ? ). He apparently was married before and brought a daughter to the second union, Lilie L. Harmon. Samantha and Charles then produced a daughter of their own, Daisy B. Harmon. They mixed family was counted together in the 1900 census, dwelling in Defiance, Union Township, Shelby County.
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.
Daughter Larissa Weimer (1864) was born in about 1864 in Iowa.
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.
~ Son Freeman King ~
Son Freeman King (1832- ? ) was born in 1832. Nothing more is known.
~ Daughter Susan (King) Elder ~
Daughter Susan King (1833-1917) was born on Oct. 27, 1833 in Pleasant Unity, Somerset County.
On Dec. 4, 1856, when she was 23 years of age, she married 32-year-old Dr. James G. Elder (Oct. 3, 1824-1903).
The five children born to this marriage were Joseph Elder, Amanda E. Elder, Josephine W. Elder and James A. Elder and one who died young.
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 is believed to have served in the Union Army during the Civil War, as a member of the 54th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D. More about his wartime service will be added here once learned.
During 1868, three years after the conclusion of the Civil War, the family migrated to Illinois. 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.
On the move again in 1875, 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. 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.
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.
After suffering from what the Paxton (IL) Daily Record called a "lingering illness," James passed away in January 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]
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.
Son Joseph Elder (1858- ? ) was born in about 1858 in Somerset County, PA. Nothing more about him is known.
Daughter Amanda E. Elder (1860- ? ) was born in about 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.
Daughter Josephine W. Elder (1866- ? ) was born in about 1866 in Somerset County, PA. As a small girl, in 1868, she relocated with her family to Iowa. Nothing beyond that is known.
Son James Alexander Elder (1871-1933) was born on Dec. 18, 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 ~
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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. She grew up learning the work of a seamstress.
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."
Amanda 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
~ 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.