Eli S. Younkin and Susanna Dumbauld were cousins who married each other.
Eli was born on May 15, 1828 in Turkeyfoot Township, the son of Jacob and Sarah Salome (Weimer) Younkin Jr.
Susanna was born on Dec. 3, 1835 in Turkeyfoot Township, the daughter of Jonathan Cable and Elizabeth (Dull) Dumbauld.
Very little known about Eli, except that he suffered from epilepsy. He is known to occasionally have had spasms or fits, witnessed by family members.
They resided in Milford Township, Somerset County, and had three daughters -- Isabella Arabelle "Belle" Younkin, Sarah Ellen Brougher and Mary Elizabeth Gearhart.
Susan and her parents ares among a number of Younkin cousins mentioned by name as founding members of the Old Bethel Church of God in Hexebarger near Kingwood. In a history of the church penned in the 1880s or early 1890s, Harrison Grant King wrote that as a result of preaching, tent-meetings and evangelism by visiting preachers, a Christian spiritual interest "sprang up with the result that a Church of God was organized, with Fred Dull, Jonathan Dumbauld, wife and daughter Susan and son George, Fred Kreger and wife, William Spencer, James King, Christopher King and wife Rachael, Josiah Gross, William Younkin, Rebeca King and Sarah King, with perhaps a few others, constituted the charter members of the first Church of God in Somerset Co."
Tragedy rocked the family in the dead of winter 1858, when Eli was stricken with another epileptic fit while Susanna was in the ninth month of pregnancy with their daughter Mary Elizabeth. Sadly, he succumbed, exhausted, at the age of 29 on Feb. 7, 1858. His remains were laid to rest in the Delilah Younkin Cemetery in Hexebarger near Kingwood, leaving her as a single mother of three.
The cause of his death may have been lost to history, but his sister in law Delilah (Faidley) Younkin disclosed the facts during an interview she once gave to a government investigator in connection with a Civil War pension claim for her husband, and Eli's brother, Frederick J. Younkin. Susanna's father was named administrator of the estate.
Now alone with three mouths to feed, Susanna petitioned the Orphans Court of Somerset County for a legal guardian to look after her children's welfare.
An inventory of the estate identified these items -- a clock, six pictures, a looking gladd, lot of tine ware, smoothing iron, crocks and bucket, cober [?], chest, cooking stove, stand, two beds, six chains, table, slate, tub, spinning wheel, tray, kettle, 66 lbs. of bacon, 10 bushels of wheat and four bushels of oats. Other items found in the inventory were two bags, three bushels of rye, a lot of oats and stray, lot of hay, hoe, barrel of salt, one bee, five bushels of potatoes, a dozen chickens, one hog, lot of apple butter and crocks, four cows, two heifers, 12 head of sheep, a bay mare, barrels, watch, coffee mill, three chair and one-half basket.
A sale from the inventory was conducted to generate funds to be used to settle debts. The list of buyers is lengthy, but includes the following Younkin relatives --John Minerd (one fork and plow), Garrison N. Smith (sled), Jacob J. Younkin (rifle gun), Henry Minerd (17 lbs. of flich [?]), William Younkin (meat tub), Charles Minerd (wheat straw), Isaac Younkin (three hogs), Jonathan Dumbauld (ham), George Firestone (bushels of wheat and a barrel of salt), Charles Rose (hand saw), Jacob J. Rush (one mare) and Frederick F. Younkin (Timothy seed and harrow).
Using proceeds from the sale, Susanna's father paid a number of debts the deceased had accrued. Among others, payments were made were to cousins by marriage Levi Lichleiter, Garrison N. Smith ($3 for crying a sale) and to the deceased's brother "Weasel Jake" Younkin (a $50 IOU), among others. Rev. Harmon Younkin, Josiah Gross and William Younkin were paid to appraise the property.
After seven years as a widow, the 30-year-old Susanna married again, to one-legged Civil War veteran Jacob Kreger (1839-1922), son of German immigrant Henry Kreger. The ceremony was held on Jan. 12, 1865, by the hand of Rev. Benjamin F. Walker, after Jacob had returned home from the Civil War. Among those attending the ceremony were Susanna's sister in law and her husband, Christianna and Perry Schrock.
Jacob stood 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighed 130 lbs., and had a fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. During the war, Jacob served in the U.S. Army as a member of the 142nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, enlisting on Aug. 12, 1862. Many of Jacob's relatives and friends also were part of the 142nd Pennsylvania.
At the fierce, bloody battle of Fredericksburg on Dec. 13, 1862, a slaughter at the hands of Confederate forces, Jacob was wounded in the right thigh, with the minié ball shattering the bone. He was rushed to the U.S. Army Stanton Hospital in Washington, DC, where the limb was amputated below the hip. After treatment, his health was sufficiently good that he was honorably discharged five months later on April 22, 1863, and he returned home to Kingwood.
On April 28, 1863, at the age of 24, the one-legged Jacob began to receive a federal pension [App. #20467 - Cert. #14686].
Susanna and Jacob produced four more children of their own, among them Charles S. Kreger, Oliver Kreger, Calvin Augustus Kreger and Domer Kreger.
The names and birthdates of the children were recorded in a family Bible. No longer able to labor as a farmer, Jacob was a longtime merchant in Kingwood, and lived right across the street from his store, at the point where today's Route 281 branches into Coke Oven Hollow Road. Circa 1876, Susanna was a charter member of the Kingwood Church of God.
The federal government sent him a prosthetic leg to wear, made by B. Frank Palmer, but he couldn't stand to wear it. When examined by military surgeons in October 1886, Jacob complained that the amputation was "so near the hip joint that I can't wear an artificial limb & have a good deal of pain in stump." He petitioned the government for an increase in his pension, and his friends John A. Shultz and Elias Griffith provided supporting testimony in writing of his suffering.
In 1882, when the Waterman & Watkins book History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties was in preparation, Jacob served on a committee to help raise funds and secure information for the narrative. A related story in the Somerset Herald encouraged others to help "by active co-operation and united aid, to insure the success of the enterprise, and to furnish such data, early reminiscences, etc., to the historians as they may possess, to the end that it may be complete in every detail." The Herald went on to ask
Could the people who have made our county what it is to-day, who have passed to their final reward, again revisit the scenes of their early labors, how great would be their desire that their names be embalmed in history that they be not forgotten? The erection of tablet to the memory of those departed and in commemeration of those living is almost as old as the human race, dating back to our certain knowledge to the erection of the pyramids of Egypt, which shows that pervading the breast of man is a fine sentiment that is never entirely obliterated. The greater the intelligence, the more the refinement of the people, the more considerate they are of each other's feelings and the more tenderly are their memories cherished, which is shown forth to the world by recording them in history. If we as a people wish our history recorded, and we have a very interesting one,... let us step forward and offer the necessary financial assistance to the publishing house of Waterman, Watkins & Co., as they call on us individually.
Deeply interested in politics and public service, Jacob was elected justice of the peace of Upper Turkeyfoot Township and served in the role in 1891. Other township officers that year were school directors Irvin Younkin and John F. Younkin, who were Susan's cousins and the sons of Rev. Herman and Susanna (Faidley) Younkin of Paddytown.
In 1905, he was a candidate for the office of treasurer for the County of Somerset and was elected by 1908. Then in 1911, as one of 14 candidates for the treasurer position, he came in second in the election to Alex Markle, with Markle pulling nearly twice the votes as Jacob.
Sadly, Susanna suffered a stroke in 1905, and while she lived for another decade, "her health declined slowly," reported a newspaper. "She spent the past two years in a wheel chair [until her death].... When the end approached she was able to say with Paul: 'I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith'." She died on Jan. 20, 1915, at the age of 79. Her remains were interred in the Church of God Cemetery, with her former pastor, Rev. J.W. Umstead, officiating. An obituary in a local newspaper noted that she was survived by 34 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Jacob lived for another seven years. At the age of 83, he suffered a stroke and died on May 26, 1922, with burial in the Kingwood Church of God Cemetery. At his death, his real property was assessed at $11,000 in value.
~ Daughter Isabelle Arabella "Belle" Younkin ~
Daughter Isabella Arabella "Belle" Younkin ( ? - ? )
~ Daughter Sarah Ellen (Younkin) Brougher ~
Daughter Sarah Ellen Younkin (1856-1912) was born on Oct. 16, 1856.
She was united in marriage with Jacob S. Brougher (1853-1906), son of Jacob and Mary (Schrock) Brougher.
Their children were Alvin Hudson Brougher, Amelia Melissa Mills, Arthur C. Brougher, Charles Oliver Brougher and Zelda Alta Younkin.
They were longtime farmers of Upper Turkeyfoot Township.
Sadly, at the age of 52, Jacob suffered an accident and three months later he died of complications. Burial was in Kingwood, with John Nicholson of Casselman signing the death certificate.
Sarah only outlived her husband by six years. Stricken with chronic kidney disease and paralysis, she died at age 56 on Nov. 4, 1912.
Daughter Zelda Alta Brougher (1897-1979) married a distant cousin, Earl David Younkin (1890-1972), son of Benton and Elizabeth " Minerva" (Witt) Younkin and grandson of David and Maria (Culver) Younkin. See their bio for more.
~ Daughter Mary Elizabeth (Younkin) Gerhart ~
Daughter Mary Elizabeth Younkin (1858-1910) was born on Feb. 19, 1858, 12 days after the death of her father. Thus she grew up never knowing him but apparently counting Jacob Kreger as her father figure. In the late 1870s, she married William Gearhart (1854-1923), also spelled "Gerhard," son of Jacob and Catherine (Brougher) Gerhardt. The family resided near Kingwood, where Jacob labored as a carpenter.
They produced nine known children, all sons but one -- Harry E. Gerhart, Orval F. Gerhard, Ira Clark Gerhard, Charles S. Gerhardt, Frank Flowers Gerhart, Elmer Harry Gerhard, Maude Estella Countryman, John R. Gerhard and Oran R. Gerhard.
Suffering from hardening of the arteries, she suffered a stroke of paralysis and died at the age of 52 on April 27, 1910. In later years, William relocated to Confluence, continuing his carpentry.
He married again to Almira Trimpey (1869-1939), daughter of John S. and Nancy (Younkin) Trimpey. The couple purchased components of a home via a Sears Roebuck catalog, and William was in the midst of constructing it in the summer of 1923 when tragedy struck. Stricken with an obstruction of his intestines, William died five days after the attack at the age of 68 on July 29, 1923. His remains were lowered into repose in the Kingwood IOOF Cemetery.
The house was said to have been completed by David Shultz, and later was owned by a cousin, Hick and Dorothy Younkin. Some years later, some of their adult children believed that Mary Elizabeth's maiden name was "Kreger" and not "Younkin."
Son Harry E. Gerhart (1878- ? ) was born in about 1878 in Kingwood.
Son Orval F. Gerhard (1879- ? ) was born in about 1879 in Kingwood.
Son Ira Clark Gebhard (1881-1952) was born on May 7, 1881. Following his father's footsteps, he learned the trade of carpentry and was a house builder. He was married and is thought to have had a son, Russell C. Gerhard. In the early 1950s, the Gebhards lived in the Homewood section of Pittsburgh at 713 Hale Street. Ira was burdened with hardening of the arteries and was felled by a stroke, at the age of 71, on Aug. 31, 1952. His remains were buried in Homewood Cemetery.
Son Charles S. Gerhardt (1883-1959) was born in April 1883 in Kingwood. He married Daisy Pearl Mosteller (1888-1947), the daughter of Josiah and Alize (Schmidt) Mosteller. Their two known children were Lynetta Cale and Kenneth D. Gerhardt. By 1946, the family had moved to Drexel Hill, Delaware County, PA, maintaining a home in the Drexel Court Apartments. Burdened by cervix cancer, Daisy underwent surgery and bled profusely into her periton4eal cavity. She died at the age of 58 on June 20, 1947. Her body was transported back to Kingwood to rest for eternity. Charles outlived her by a dozen years, dying in 1959. They rest in the IOOF Cemetery in Kingwood.
Son Frank Flowers Gerhart (1885-1948) was born on Oct. 16, 1885 in Kingwood. He married Lila ( ? - ? ). He lived in Casselman, Somerset County in the 1920s and signed his father's official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Later, he and his wife relocated to Snyder County, PA, with their address Main Street in the borough of Middleburg. He was a longtime carpenter. Frank spent the final decade of his life enduring kidney and heart disease. He died at the age of 63 on Nov. 27, 1948, in Middleburg. His remains were returned to Somerset County for interment in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Kingwood. [Find-a-Grave]
Son Elmer Harry Gerhard (1887- ? ) was born on april 15, 1887 in Kingwood. Circa 1946-1949, he lived in Connellsville and was named in the Connellsville Daily Courier obituary of his sister Maude Countryman.
Daughter Maude Estella Gerhard (1889-1949) was born on Jan. 17, 1889 in Kingwood. She was united in matrimony with Roy Countryman (1886-1947). The couple produced two children. They made their home in Somerset. In early September 1949, Maude suffered a heart attack and was admitted to Somerset Community Hospital. She died there 16 days later, at the age of 60, on Sept. 18, 1949. Interment was in the IOOF Cemetery in Kingwood, following funeral services at the Kingwood Church of God, led by Rev. C.A. Shilke of Lavansville and Rev. J.L. Hull. [Find-a-Grave]
Son John R. Gerhard (1896- 1946) was born on Aug. 19, 1896 in Kingwood. He was married to Alda Hostetler ( ? - ? ) and had a daughter Leona Watkins and a son Edward Gerhard. In about 1920, they moved into the town of Somerset. John first obtained work with the Schell Hardware Company in Somerset. Then, for 23 years, John was employed as a driver for Somerset Bus Company. Their home in the mid-1940s was at 442 West Patriot Street. He was a member of the Odd Fellows lodge in Kingwood. On the fateful Saturday evening of July 30, 1946, while walking on a Somerset sidewalk, he collapsed from an embolism and died. The Meyersdale Republican reported that "made his last run to Johnstown last Friday evening. He was to have worked Saturday, but, not feeling well in the morning, decided to remain at home and fix the porch roof. He had been under treatment of his physician for several years, but continued to work regularly, often making extra runs to Rockwood or Pittsburgh. Saturday evening he visited his doctor and later was met by his son, Edward, who was talking to him when he fell to the street." An obituary in the Connellsville Daily Courier noted that he was a "life-long resident of Somerset county." Burial was in Somerset County Memorial Park, officiated by a distant Younkin cousin, Rev. William Mullen Minerd.
Son Oran R. Gerhard (1902-1961) was born on Oct. 22, 1902 in Kingwood. He was wedded to Dora Sanner (1907-1998), a native of Casselman and the daughter of Jacob and Sarah (Pritts) Sanner. They produced two known sons, Oran "Russell" Gerhard and James Gerhard. They were longtime members of the Church of the Brethren. Circa 1946, their home was in East McKeesport, near Pittsburgh. Later, they moved to Ligonier Township, Westmoreland County, PA, where Oran was employed as superintendent of administration at Westinghouse Electric Corporation. He died on Dec. 30, 1961, at the age of 59, of a heart attack. His remains were brought back to Somerset County for burial in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Kingwood. Dora lived as a widow for another 37 years. As her health failed, she was admitted to the Siemon's Lakeview Manor Estate, where she succumbed at the age of 91 on Oct. 5, 1998. Burial was with her husband in Kingwood, with a distant Younkin cousin, Rev. Jay Christner, officiating at the funeral. An obituary was published in the Somerset Daily American. [Find-a-Grave]
~ Susanna's Son Domer E. Kreger ~
Son Domer E. Kreger (1866- ? ) was born on April 19, 1866.
He was united in wedlock with De Elda D. (?) (1888-1953).
They produced one known son, Ross Russel Kreger.
They lived in Listie, Somerset County in 1915-1922. Upon his father's death in 1922, Domer was appointed executor of the estate. He later migrated to Oklahoma as did his brothers Milton and Calvin.
He died on May 3, 1951, with burial in the Tonkawa IOOF Cemetery. De Elda survived him by two years and passed on April 18, 1953. [Find-a-Grave]
~ Susanna's Son Milton G. Kreger ~
Son Milton G. Kreger (1868- ? ) was born on Oct. 5, 1868. He may never have married.
He moved to Oklahoma and resided there in Tonkawa in 1915.
Milton succumbed on Aug. 13, 1937, with burial in Tonkawa IOOF Cemetery.
~ Susanna's Son Charles S. Kreger ~
Son Charles S. Kreger (1870-1939) was born on Dec. 16, 1870.
He married Edith ( ? - ? ), and they were farmers in Kingwood.
After 25 years in the occupation, Charles retired from farming in May 1938.
He suffered a heart attack in May 1939 and died six months later on Nov. 13, 1939, at age 68. Burial was in the Kingwood IOOF Cemetery.
~ Susanna's Son Calvin Augustus Kreger ~
Son Calvin Augustus Kreger (1873-1960) was born on May 10, 1873.
He initially lived in Kimmelton, Somerset County and later joined his brother Milton in Kay County, OK.
Calvin was married to Maggie M. (?) (1878-1955).
Their only known son was Edwin Domer Kreger.
The Kregers' home in 1954 was in Tonkawa, Ka County.
Sadly, Maggie died on Aug. 17, 1955.
Calvin passed five years later on March 18, 1960 and is buried in Tonkawa Odd Fellows Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]
Son Edwin Domer Kreger (1901-1939) was bornin 1901. He married Mary Ellen Marker ( ? - ? ).
~ Susanna's Son Dr. Oliver Judson Kreger ~
Son Dr. Oliver Judson Kreger (1875- ? ) was born on Dec. 23, 1875.
He began his working career as a teacher, obtaining his education at the California State Teachers College, today's California University of Pennsylvania. He taught school for two years and then decided to pursue the medical field.
He went on to earn his M.D. degree in 1902 from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He first interned at the Allegheny General Hospital on Pittsburgh's North Side. He then established a practice in Monessen, Westmoreland County, PA at the address of 524 Donner Street and remained active for half of a century. He belonged to the Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania and American Medical Associations, was on the staff of Charleroi-Monessen Hospital and led the tuberculosis clinic of the State Health Department.
In about 1911, Oliver married Emma J. Meyer ( ? - ? ). News of their marriage license was printed in the Pittsburgh Daily Post. The Valley Independent newspaper once called them "a pioneer medical family of Monessen."
The couple produced two children, Elizabeth Houy and Dr. Oliver Judson Kreger Jr..
Emma was a longtime educator, teaching in the Monessen schools and later becoming principal of Jefferson School.
They were members of the First Methodist Church of Monessen.
While on a mid-winter vacation in St. Petersburg, FL on Feb. 1954, Oliver was stricken by a heart attack and died there. His remains were transported back to Monessen to rest in Grandview Cemetery. A prominent obituary was published in the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph.
Daughter Elizabeth Kreger ( ? - ? ) married William R. Houy ( ? -1994), a native of Homestead near Monessen and the son of Peter and Josephine Houy. They did not reproduce and spent their lives in Monessen. William passed away at the age of 78 on Nov. 28, 1994. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette printed a death notice. His remains were placed into eternal repose in Monessen's Grandview Cemetery.
Son Dr. Oliver Judson Kreger Jr. (1914-1988) was born in 1914. At the age of about 31, in 1945, he joined his father's medical practice.