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BIGLER, HOON posted by Richard Hoon on Thursday, May 1, 1997

I am looking for information on VALENTINE HOON. He was born in Cumberland Co abt 1766. He married SUSAN BIGLER in Bedford Co in 1796 and raised a family of ten children. About 1810, he moved to Somerset Co and settled in Allegheny Twp.His eldest son, Jacob, was Justice of the Peace there for many years. VALENTINE died in Columbiana Co, Ohio in 1845, at the home of one of his younger children. I have not been able to find any information on his parents nor his siblings. If anyone reading this query has any information on VALENTINE and is willing to share it, I will be eternally greatful. Thank you.

CHORPENING posted by John W. Corpany on Thursday, May 1, 1997

I am looking for info relating to the family name CHORPENING. I have been told that Hendrick Chorpening settled in the Somerset PA area sometime between 1740's & 60's. He had son(s) by the name Jacob & Michael. Also, am looking for his spose's name. My research has led me back to a Noah Chorpening (dob:07/13/1822, dod:02/25/1912) my GG Grandfather. Noah is buried in Nova, OH. He was married to Maryetta Leibensperger (dob 07/28/1824, dod 03/04/1910) It is Noah's linage back to Hendrick that I am looking for. Many thanks!

CLAYCOMB, HAUPT, HOUPT posted by DROZINSKI, Ruth on Friday, May 2, 1997

HOUPT/HAUPT, McAFEE, CLAYCOMB, McQUADE, McALISTER (Somerset Co.) - Looking for info on Capt. Valentine HAUPT or HOUPT, served in Revolutionary War, moved from Berks Co. to Somerset Co. after service in the war. The only offspring I know of is a son, John Daniel b. 1784 d. 13 May 1847, m. to Margaret?. John Daniel had son named Andrew J. b. 1811 m. Catherine McAFEE. They had a son named John b. 1864 m. Sarah CLAYCOMB. Their children were: Maude b. 1881 m. William McQUADE 19 May 1903, Lester Lee b. ?1888, Somerset Co. m. Frances Louis McALISTER b. 1890 d. 1960 Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PA, Mirtie b. 1890 d. 4 Apr 1894, Walter b. 1893 d. 31 Mar 1894. Any info or help greatly appreciated. Thank you. Reach me by e-mail: droz@dbeach.com Sincerely, Ruth Drozinski

KAUTZ, WAITE posted by Janet Waite on Saturday, May 3, 1997

I am seeking information on Ralph Leroy WAITE's parents. He was born on May 29, 1895 in Tyrone, PA, the son of Millard WAITE and Georgia Ann ? It is said that Georgia Ann committed suicide when Ralph was 9 years old. He ran away from home and raised himself. Ralph married Margaret May KAUTZ who was born on May 17, 1892 in Johnstown, PA. They resided in Hancock Co., WV until the 1970's when they died. There were 10 boys born to this union, and 2 daughters that were given away. I have a little information, but seem to be stuck with going any further back. Will be glad to share what I have. Thanks.

BENELL, BRAND, BRANDT, HOCHSTETLER, LAUGHBAUGH, MILLER posted by Debi Benell on Sunday, May 4, 1997

James BENELL, born about 1750 or later. Appears on 1800 census in Stoney Creek Twp, with a wife (name unknown)and three sons. Known names of children are: Andrew BENELL, b. between 1790-1800 in Somerset Co. Andrew married Barbara HOCHSTETLER (descendant of Jacob HOCHSTETLER) 6 April 1819 in Tuscarawas Co. OH. William BENELL, b. about 1794 in Somerset Co. William married Catherine LAUGHBAUGH in Tuscarawas Co. OH. James BENELL II, b. about 1797 in Somerset Co. James married Catherine MILLER. Barbara BENELL, born after(?) 1800. Barbara married Henry BRAND/Henri BRANDT in Ohio. Although I have descendants of most of the children, I have no more information on James BENELL. Any information on the BENELL family would be much appreciated. Thanks.

ROSHON posted by Debbe Tanner on Monday, May 5, 1997

ROSHON, Ephraim, b. ca 1840 in PA. First wife, Martha. Second wife Maggie. Martha and Ephraim's children were Sherman, Charles and Absolum born in Ligonier. Children of the second marriage were: Forrest, Thomas, Matthew (Martha?), Harry, Mary and Sadie. Sherman may have had a daughter who married a Baum. Thanks.

HAMMELL, LEE posted by Karen Gerlach on Wednesday, May 7, 1997

I am looking for info about Alexander LEE and his wife Martha HAMMELL. They supposedly were married in Somerset Co.,PA about 1806, maybe before. Alexander was a native of County Donegal, Ireland. I believe he came here about 1790 and was naturalized in 1802. Can anyone help me?

DONAHUE, MCDOWELL, STEWARD, STEWART posted by Sue Johnson on Friday, May 9, 1997

I am looking for information on the family of LIDDIE STEWARD (STEWART) in Fayette County, PA in the early 1800's. She married ANDREW MCDOWELL believed to be from Dunbar, PA. Their daughter MARY ELIZABETH MCDOWELL was born April 9, 1860 in Dunbar, PA. She married THOMAS DONAHUE born February 11, 1853 in Frostburg, MD and died October 12, 1928 in Indiana Coounty, PA.

FISHER, JOHNSON posted by Sharyn L. Marang Dana on Saturday, May 10, 1997

Looking for ancestors and descendants of Peter FISHER (1785-1871) and wife Mary JOHNSON (1785-1864). They were in Turkeyfoot twp early 1800's, removed to Tusca- rawas Co., OH, to St. Joseph Co., IN TIA

COLLIER, CRESAP, FRAZEE posted by Norman Bragg Collier on Sunday, May 11, 1997

Seeking information on John COLLIER, son of Isaac COLLIER,II and Elizabeth CRESAP. John was said to have been born in Va, reared in Kentucky, and returned to Maryland as a young man where he worked as a Wagoneer. He was the original proprietor of the old tavern at Mt. Augusta on the "Old Pike" from 1805 to death, in 1857. He purchased a farm in addison Township, Somerset Co., in 1810 from George Miller. This land was later sold to his daughter Maria and her husband Samual FRAZEE. Any information regarding John COLLIER, his son Joseph COLLIER the tavern, the farm or other information would be appreciated.

PITMAN posted by Jean Hudson Masco on Sunday, May 11, 1997

PITMAN, Jonathan b. NJ,1747; died:1834 OH, Reading. Father: Isaac, member Boston Tea Party. From: Soldiers of the American Revolution Buried in Ohio I am interested in learning more about this family and other descendants of Isaac

BERRY posted by Martha Conrad on Monday, May 12, 1997

BERRY John I have no knowledge of this man other than he was an early settler of Woodbury Twp in 1788.I am trying to ascertain if he was an ancestor of John Berry,Jr of Altoona John Jr. was in the Civil War.Thanks for any information

EISMAN, HIGHBERGER, WHITEHEAD, WHITHEAD posted by Dwight Lambert on Monday, May 12, 1997

I have two Peter WHITEHEADs and I am trying to find out if there is a connection. The first is Peter B. WHITHEAD(abt. 1829-?) who was married to a Mary M. (?); the second is Peter WHITEHEAD (1830-1908) who married to Sarah EISMAN. Is this the same man married to different wives? The second Peter is the son of yet a third Peter WHITEHEAD (1796-1867) who was married to Barbara HIGHBERGER and to Catherine HIGHBERGER. This last Peter is the son of Valentine WHITEHEAD. All these people are from Westmore- land Co. Thank you for any help.

BOYER, MULL, SHAFER, SHAFFER, SHAVER posted by Robert Shaffer on Tuesday, May 13, 1997

Seeking information on SHAFER, SHAVER, SHAFFER and etc. John SHAFFER b. abt. 1764 and his wife (name unknown)lived in Allegheny twp., Somerset Co., they had at least 8 siblings, I have the names of four, which are: John SHAFFER JR. b. abt 1784, Peter SHAFFER, b. abt 1789, Daniel SHAFFER b. abt 1792, George SHAFFER b. abt 1793. George SHAFFER married Mary Anna _____ and also lived in Allegheny Twp. from abt 1800 until abt 1840. George and Mary Anna had at least 15 siblings, Elizabeth SHAFFER b. abt 1814, married John MULL, Samuel SHAFFER b. 1 Oct 1819, married Catherine _____, Rachel SHAFFER b. 29 Mar 1822, Solomon SHAFFER b. 17 May 1823, d. 19 Sep 1884 (Westmoreland Co.), married Julie Ann BOYER b. 1831 (Stoneycreek Twp., Somerset Co.), d. 24 Oct 1871. Solomon SHAFFER and Julie Ann lived in Southampton Twp., Somerset Co. until abt 1856 and then moved to Fayette Co. and then in 1870 they again moved to Westmoreland Co., they had at least 10 siblings.

BERKEY, LIVENGOOD posted by Joan Berkey on Friday, May 16, 1997

surname: LIVENGOOD in Somerset Co., Pa. Looking for parents of Susan/Susanna LIVENGOOD, b. 2/15/1806 d 1871 m. Samuel BERKEY (s/o Joseph and Mary Good Berkey, b. 1806 d. 1894). They lived in Jenner Twp., Somerset Co. Samuel died in Cambria Co., Susanna died probably in Somerset Co. Had 10 children. Looking for parents and siblings of Susanna. Have lots of BERKEY information and will gladly share what I have.

ARNSPIGER, BRUNER, BRUNNER, ERNSBERGER, ERNSTBERGER posted by Jo Arnspiger on Sunday, May 18, 1997

ARNSPIGER/ERNSTBERGER/ERNSBERGER/BRUNER/BRUNNER. Paul ERNSTBERGER lived in Upper Turkeyfoot twp, Bedford county from about 1775 until 1795. He had married Maria BRUNNER in Lancaster county, PA, prior to moving to Bedford. Maria's family also moved to Bedford county at the same time. I am looking for any information on this family.

SOMERFIELD posted by Don Shrader on Tuesday, May 20, 1997

SOMERFIELD, PA., Where were the Somerfield, Pa. graves transplanted when they were dug up for the damn? Would like to have location and list of graves removed if possible....

STERNER posted by Patricia Lowry on Wednesday, May 21, 1997

Seeking information on Michael STERNER, living in Magungee Twp., Northampton County prior to purchasing land in Somerset Co. PA in 1796. Wife Catherine, children Michael, Jr., Caty, Susanna, Salome [b. 21 Apr 1791], Mattieny, John, Lydia, Jacob [b. 18 Jan 1796, Berlin, Somerset Co.], Solomon [b. 28 Aug 1798, Somerset Co]. Who were his parents and was he really a Revolutionary War Veteran?

BONTRAGER, LEHMAN, SHANK posted by Brenda Wallace on Wednesday, May 21, 1997

JOHN AND ELIZABETH BONTRAGER LEHMAN. Looking for info. on this family. They had a dau. Anna b. 1803 in Somerset. Would like to know if this Anna md. LEWIS SHANK and moved to Indiana Co., PA. Thanks for any help.

YODER posted by Chris Yoder on Saturday, May 24, 1997

The Yoder Newsletter is seeking to restore the Old Yoder Cemetery located north of Brotherton on the property of the Cambria Tipple. It has been overgrown for years and is in sad shape. This is the apparent resting place of the earliest Yoder immigrant to Somerset County and first leader of the Glades Amish Congregation..."Schweitzer Christian" YODER (born in Europe, immigrated in 1742 on the ship "Francis and Elizabeth". We have started to raise funds for the effort and are looking to a brass plaque and a "clean-up weekend" to tackle the underbrush, etc. Local volunteers needed to help orchestrate this...please visit our Yoder Archives Webpage "http://www.genealogy.org/~yoder/" and drop us a line if you'd like to help out in this project. -Chris Yoder, Editor, YNL, published continuously since 1983.

BOUCHER, CLOSE, KORNS, NOEL, STURTZ, UHL posted by Peter Everhart on Monday, May 26, 1997

I have been a member of the Somerset County Historical Society for more than 3 years.I have information on the following Surnames CLOSE,UHL,KORNS,BOUCHER,NOEL,and STURTZ I have all of these names traced back into the 1700s. If anyone needs to find out about these surnames they can E-mail me at StoroItaly@aol.com

BIESECKER posted by Bea Horner Hayes on Monday, May 26, 1997

BIESECKER, Frederick and Daniel arr. abt. 1794. Trying to verify related. Daniel lived in Chambersburg, Guilford Twp., Franklin Co. moved to Somerset Co. abt. 1803. Frederick's widowed mother arrived in 1794 from Germany with her other children. Any BIESECKER info. would be appreciated. Have descendants of Fred's daughter Wilhelmina.

LOWRY, WAESCHENBACH posted by Patricia Lowry on Tuesday, May 27, 1997

Seeking information on the LOWRY family, Jacob, Michael and John who moved to Somerset County in the 1780's and 1790's from Hagarstown, MD. According to their Revolutionary Pension requests, Jacob and Michael Jr. were born in Lancaster, PA in 1758 and 1760, respectively. They lived in Lebanon 1762-1777, before moving to Hagarstown. They married Dillman WAESCHENBACH's daughters Anna and Maria. I would like to verify that my 2nd g-grandfather, John Lowry [b. 1780 in Hagarstown, MD], was Michael Jr.'s son, and learn his wife's [Polly's] maiden name. Michael Sr. died in 1803; Michael Jr. died in 1832 and is buried at the Stull farm cemetery in Shanksville. Several families with similar names lived in the Brothersvalley, Stony Creek, and Greenville Twp. areas. Any help in sorting out these relationships would be greatly

LAUB posted by George Welsh on Tuesday, May 27, 1997

I am looking for LAUB Amy Anne b.March 25, 1823 in Somerset Co. Pa. She married Jeremiah Glessner probably in Berlin, Pa. about 1850.

BALDASAURRA, BALDASSAURA, BENVENUTI posted by elizabeth clavelli on Tuesday, May 27, 1997

I would like some information on Peter BENVENUTI. He came to this country in about 1915, perhaps later. He married Luisa BALDASAURRA and after her death Rosa BALDASSAURA. He worked in the coal mines near Johnstown or Jerome. He was killed in a coal mining accident. What I meed are some specific dates.

LINDERSMITH posted by Robbi Lindersmith on Wednesday, May 28, 1997

LINDERSMITH Looking for information on Yoast LINDERSMITH. Found in Census Index for Somerset Co in 1800. Please help.

BENDER, RENINGER posted by charles corle on Friday, May 30, 1997

JONATHAN BENDER-STELLA-VIOLA PHYLIS RENINGER BENJAMIN BENDER


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