Archived Queries for December 1997


Philbena LAPE was born 30-Dec-1818 in Brothersvalley Twp. She was the daughter of John Nicholas LAPE and Catherine SHUNK. She married Samuel LEAR born 30-Apr-1819 in Somerset Co. This union produced 11 children. Susannah m Nicholas HUGHES, David m Rebecca Jane LEWIS, Mary Agnes m James A. FORSYTHE, Cyrus m Susanna BENNETT, Louina, Moses m Kate, Benjamin m 1st Margaret M. DEEMER 2nd Margaret MUNDORF (my line),Joseph, Henry m Lucinda BERKIBLE, Jackson A.(John) m Lydia WINEBRENNER, Nancy Jane m Richard HARKINS. I am looking for the parents of Samuel LEAR. Can anyone help?

BOYER, FAST, HOWARD, RIFFLE, RODDY, TANTLINGER posted by Judy Lear Douglas on Monday, December 1, 1997

Looking for parents of Rachel RIFFLE m 25-Mar-1853 in Conemaugh Twp. Lewis RODDY. Children were: Thomas 25 Apr 1853, John 17 Jul 1855, Mary Jane 9 Mar 1857, Samuel 22 Jul 1858- 10 May 1916 Jacob 9 Jan 1861- 4 May 1938 m 1st Carrie HOWARD 2nd Alma BOYER Sarah Anna 16 Jan 1865- 10 Jul 1917 m Samuel H. TANTLINGER Anthony 22 Feb 1866- 17 Mar 1927 Lewis 5 Jun 1869 One source gives parents as Thomas RIFFLE and Sarah, and another says they were Joseph RIFFLE and Martha FAST.

JONAS posted by Dawn De Berardinis on Monday, December 1, 1997

JONAS I am searching for the parents of Jeremiah Jonas. Jeremiah was born in Somerset on 15 Nov 1809. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

WISECARVER, WISEGARVER posted by Wyscarver, Lucille on Monday, December 1, 1997

I would be interested in any information concerning the WISEGARVER or WISECARVER families who lived in Somerset Co. during the early 1700's Thank You.

GOSS, KLINES posted by Jim Edwards on Monday, December 1, 1997

GOSS, my g-grandfather and g-g-grandfather, Francis F. and William GOSS lived in Somerset Co- circa 1870-1900. They were in the lumber business there. Am trying to learn if Francis F. GOSS- Keturah KLINES'S children were born there.

FYFE posted by Tom Campbell on Monday, December 1, 1997

Looking for information on Andrew FYFE. He was born in scotland and died in Windber Pa about 1936. He was a brother to my grandmother Margaret. He is buried at Richland Cemetery.

WILT posted by Mark Shaffer on Tuesday, December 2, 1997

I am looking for military records of josiah WILT from the Friedens area. He was in the Civil War...not sure which unit. Please email me if you need more info.

BOYERS, GAUMER, GOMER, GORMER posted by Gilbert R. Gaumer on Wednesday, December 3, 1997


SHADE posted by Ralph E. Shade on Thursday, December 4, 1997

Interested in any information on SHADE family particularly any branch that later emigrated to Minnesota.

BROOKE posted by Kristin Brooke on Friday, December 5, 1997

Looking for information on Samuel Harper BROOKE. Resided in Confluence until death around 1890's. Married to Lida Bell ? and had 5 children. Also any information on Samuel Harper's father, Samuel BROOKE and mother Margaret Anna BROOKE, both born in Maryland.

RUGG posted by Samuel MILLER on Friday, December 5, 1997

RUGG - I am researching RUGG beginning with Samuel RUGG, and Curtis Rugg first show up in Turkeyfoot Twp. in 1790. Like to correspond with any one with any info. Especially like to know the names of children of both.

DILLINGER posted by Carolyn Dillinger Gregory on Saturday, December 6, 1997

I am searching for info on my Great-Great- Great grandfather Jacob DILLINGER Sr. and his brothers and sisters....Henry, Solomon, George, William and Elizabeth. Also, My grandfather's, Byrd Dillinger Sr., brothers and sisters:John Lewis, Adaline and Letitia Dillinger...married names unknown. George Dillinger Jr. was his father and mother was Catherine (maiden name unknown.

LOWERY, MOSTOLLER posted by Dave Petersen on Saturday, December 6, 1997

uriah MOSTOLLER, samual LOWERY, looking for any additional information ,locations of records or pictures of any decendents of MOSTOLLER , LOWERY, I have pictures, other items to share as well.

KEEFER, NICHOLSON posted by John C. Oester on Saturday, December 6, 1997

I am searching for the parents of Benjamin John NICHOLSON. He was born in Fayette or Somerset Co PA in 1832. He married Margaret KEEFER. They had five children: Mary Ann, Irvin, Lucy, Weldon, and Benjamin John Nicholsn Jr. Pvt Benjamin Nicholson was in Company B, 16th Regiment, Pa Cavalry. He was captured by the Rebs June 14th, 1864 near White House Va. He was a prisoner of war, held for a short time at Libby Prison. He was then moved to Andersonville Prison in Georgia where he died of Dysentery on August 24, 1864. He is buried in grave # 5595. His name is listed in Bates Pa Volunteers 1861-1865. If you are a descendant of Benjamin and Margaret and have information of Benjamins parents please contact me. I believe he is a brother of my gg grandfather, Simon C R Nicholosn.

ALBRIGHT posted by Janice Albright Studly on Saturday, December 6, 1997

ALBRIGHT, Jonathon Need any Information on parents & spouses of Jonathon ALBRIGHT b abt 1836 PA per census, d 27 Aug 1897 in Summit Twp, Somerset Co. PA. (sp Julia? may not be the mother) had 3 Sons : Albert ALBRIGHT, John C. ALBRIGHT, George Lincoln ALBRIGHT 6 Daughters: Menerva ALBRIGHT Ida ALBRIGHT Annie ALBRIGHT Lydia L.ALBRIGHT ?? ALBRIGHT ?? ALBRIGHT per 1880 Census index PA, Vol 82, E.D. 12, Sheet 3, Line 10 color /sex/age/ birthplace Albright, Jonathon W M 44 PA relationship/age/birthplace Albright, Julia W 34 PA Albright, Menerva D 17 PA Albright, John C. S 14 PA Albright, Ida D 12 PA Albright, Albert S 9 PA Albright, Annie D 4 PA Albright, Lydia L. D 1 PA newspaper death notice "ALBRIGHT-- George L., age 72 years, passed away Wednesday afternoon at his home, 502 Orchard ct. Survived by his wife, Emmaline; two sons, Harry and Milton, and a daughter Mrs nina Bowman; a grandchild, all of Akron; TWO brothers and SIX sisters. He was a resident of Akron for 20 years. Funeral services Saturday, 2:3- p.m. at the residence, rev. George A Snyder officiating. Internment East Akron cemetery. Friends may call at the residence. (Hummel). " p26 Akron Beacon Journal, February 4, 1937.

BRIGGS, EDWARDS posted by Glenda Tressler Smith on Saturday, December 6, 1997

EDWARDS and BRIGGS: Looking for information on Sally Edwards and her children, Mary, Jane and William. Sally was the niece of Anthony and George Briggs. Who was her parents? Any information on George and Anthony Briggs would also be appreciated.

IMMEL, KING, KNECHT, KNIGHT posted by Ann Nicholas on Sunday, December 7, 1997

I am researching the names KNIGHT (KNECHT), KING, and IMMEL in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. I would like to contact others researching the same names.

DARR, GNAGY posted by Doug Beal on Sunday, December 7, 1997

DARR-Seeking information on John DARR family. John married to Catherine Ellenberger. Their son, was also named John (1850-1917). John Jr. married Mary GNAGY (1852-1934) Sept 2, 1873 in Dale City, which is now called Meyersdale. Willing to share information.

CABLE, CALLIHAN posted by Rosemary Miller on Sunday, December 7, 1997

I am researching the CABLE family, starting with Philip Cable,and his wife Maria, who arrived in Somerset Co., Pa. in 1732. Their children were: Barbara, Abraham, Benjamin, Jacob, and Salome. I am particularly interested in the John Cable m. Maria CALLIHAN family.

BEAL, HUTZEL posted by Doug Beal on Sunday, December 7, 1997

BEAL- seeking information on BEAL family with roots in Sand Patch-Wellersburg and Meyersdale areas. Maybe some info at Twin churches between Berlin and Wellersburg. Have George William BEAL (1874-1942) married to Emma Christner (1873-1932). Emma is daughter of Jacob Christner. Parents of George William are Simon BEAL and Lavina HUTZEL . Lavina born 1856, is the daughter of George Hutzel. Trying to follow BEAL line. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

BARRON, BARRONE posted by Adam J Barrone on Tuesday, December 9, 1997


HARSHBARGER, HARSHBERGER posted by Ed Hershberger on Tuesday, December 9, 1997

Looking for information on JOHN HARSHBARGER /HARSHBERGER. He owned a 130 acre farm in Somerset County in the early 1800's. He married Anna Miller and had a son named Isaac in 1811. I'd like to get his birth/ mariage/death date and also information on his parents and any other children.

CLARK posted by Anthony W. keefer on Wednesday, December 10, 1997

I am looking for anyone who is researching the Noah CLARK family. he had a son John born 1804 and I am trying to find who John may have married.

HOLIDAYS, HOLLIDAYS, MOLOSKI, SMOLARSKI posted by Bonnie Fetter on Wednesday, December 10, 1997

I was interested in information regarding the HOLIDAYS/HOLLIDAYS of Addison Township....Also (SMOLARSKI, MOLOSKI) Maloski. My grandmothers name was Goldie Holiday Maloski...she died when very young...her brother was Russell...she married Edward Maloski...also of Addison Township...There are still plots of land deeded to these names....In the process of contacting others for info....Any help would be appreciated...maybe a point in the right direction...I'm new at this...

WOLFORD, WOLFORDS posted by Mike Wolford on Wednesday, December 10, 1997

WOLFORD Any information on WOLFORDS in Somerset County Pa.

MALKIN posted by Kim Renick on Wednesday, December 10, 1997

MALKIN: My Grandparents lived in Central City and are buried there. Any information appreciated.

MEESE, PENROD posted by Charles L. Meese on Thursday, December 11, 1997

Looking for descendants of George D. MEESE who was born in 1785 and was married to Lydia PENROD and lived in Somerset County and was county sheriff in early 1800's. I do know that some of his descendants are buried at Greenville Cemetary.

CHRISTNER posted by Warren Shumaker on Thursday, December 11, 1997

Would like to make contact with Jay CHRISTNER. He was raised in Garrett, but now lives in Somerset. I think he is working the same CHRISTNER line I am. Thanks, Warren

BAKER, BECKER, SHAW posted by Kathy Acklin on Thursday, December 11, 1997

I am looking for information on James SHAW, born June 15, 1769, dies August 1, 1846. He was married to Elizabeth BAKER or BECKER, born October 8, 1772, died October 2, 1843. I am especially interested in the names of his parents.


We are searching for KAUFMAN, GASHA/ GASHCA/GASHAW, HOCHSTETLER, STUTZMAN, RUMMEL, SPEICHER, GRIFFITH, SAYLOR, YODER, ROGERS and others in Somerset Co. Quemahoning, Berlin, Jerome.

CHRISTNER, YODER posted by Donna Jenkins on Friday, December 12, 1997

Information regarding a birth and death of a young infant born between 1925-26, in Elk Lick Twp. Summit Mills PA. Born to Sadie Alma (YODER) CHRISTNER daughter of Abraham and Nellie Yoder. Any information regarding this matter please contact me. Thank you.

MELICK posted by Cheryl Berthelsen on Friday, December 12, 1997

Need info on John MELICK b: abt 1760 and is listed in Somerset Tax List in 1795. He moved to Perry Co, Ohio in 1810. Wife's first name was Eleanor.

FAIR, WINTER posted by Lowell Butch Fair on Friday, December 12, 1997

Looking for information on the chhren of John R. FAIR & Mary WINTER. Also need siblings & Parents of John R. FAIR. Have decendant info on almost all of their first child, George. For more information, go to http://ddi.digital.net/~bfair/ ...

HINKIN posted by Rob Hinkin on Saturday, December 13, 1997

HINKIN query Hi, I am interested in any info on my surname HINKIN in Somerset county. Thanks & Happy Holidays!

HOLTSAPPLE, HOLTZAPFEL, HOLTZAPPLE, HOLZAEPFEL posted by Dennis Hultzapple on Saturday, December 13, 1997


BLANSET, DEFIBAUGH, FLEEGLE posted by Caryl A Mitchell on Saturday, December 13, 1997

Researching FLEEGLE, BLANSET, DEFIBAUGH families of Somerset and Bedford Counties.

WILLIAMS posted by on Saturday, December 13, 1997

I have a letter from my grandfather to my g-grandmother dated July 26,1909 from a camp in Somerset. It is difficult to read the writing, so I am not sure what the name of the camp is. It looks like Camp Hunt. My grandfather was 32 years old at this time, and I am wondering what he would be doing in a military camp at this age. Is there anyone who can shed some light on this Camp? His name was Edmund J. WILLIAMS and was from Connellsville Fayette County.

SAVAGE, SEMBOWER posted by Susan Dickson on Sunday, December 14, 1997


BROWN posted by Terri Smith on Monday, December 15, 1997

Interested in corresponding with anyone researching the BROWN surname in Somerset County. They moved from Maryland to Pennsylvania. I descend from Peter Brown.

DECKER, RODDY posted by Judy Lear Douglas on Monday, December 15, 1997

Looking for info on John RODDY b. 24 Dec 1790 Somerset Co. PA d. 24 Sep 1861 Somerset Co. buried in Yoder Cem. Conemaugh Twp. Married Mary M. DECKER issue: Arabella, Catherine, Hannah, Lewis, Mary, Elizabeth, John D., David, Samuel D., Daniel, and Jacob.

BOYER posted by Batha Karr on Tuesday, December 16, 1997

BOYER ANNIE EDITH b. 2/11/1887 d. 4/18/08 m. 1/29/1905 to George Webster Risher


Will exch. re Christian STURTZ- born c.1770-d. 29 June 1830-Southampton twp. Somerset Co. m Margaret STREIN (c. 1768) ch. Jacob m Susanna GAUMER; Catharine m Jacob WITT; Elizabeth m Jacob GAUMER; Mary m Peter CLOSE; Margaret m John SMITH; Christian; William m Catherine...; Adam m Catharine STURTZ; John m Rebecca BEAL; Daniel m Mary BEAL; Peter m Margaret HUTZELL; George m Rebecca WISECARVER; Susan m Adam SHROYER; Rachel m Jacob STURTZ; Sarah m Adam HUFFMAN. .

LEICHLITER, WILLIAMS posted by Glenda Tressler Smith on Tuesday, December 16, 1997

WILLIAMS. Searching for information on Daniel WILLIAMS (11/12/1803 - 3/17/1873). He married Elizabeth LEICHLITER and lived in Hexiebarger, Somerset Co. Around 1860 the family moved to Stewart Twp, Fayette Co. When Daniel died he was buried on his farm in Hexie. Who were Daniel's parents? Where was he born?

BROWN, STONER posted by J. Cornelius on Tuesday, December 16, 1997

Parents of Margaret BROWN. She was born on 28 Oct 1786 in PA She married Jacob STONER as second wife. She died on 28 Oct 1852 at Clearcreek, Ashland,OH

CUSTER, SWITZER posted by L. Shupe, on Tuesday, December 16, 1997

Looking for Daniel SWITZER b. 1835 in Pa.; parents born in Germany. Daniel married Isabelle CUSTER in Garrett Co., Md.. Would appreciate any clues that come close!!

ALBRIGHT, BAKER, HINER posted by Melissa Connell on Thursday, December 18, 1997

BAKER I know that John BAKER was born in Reading PA in 1784, died in wellersburg, PA on Mar 10, 1859. He married Mary ALBRIGHT born in 1794 deid Feb 15, 1868 also in Wellersburg. They had 16 children George, Samuel, Solomon, Benjamin, John B, Elizabeth B. Maria, Carl, Jesse, David, Catherine, Susanna Jonathan, Michael, Joseph B, and Rachel. Jonathan married Sarah HINER and was born May 6, 1832. I am looking for any info on the parents of John Baker, Mary Albright or Sarah Hiner. Email .

ZUFALL posted by Cheryl Zufall Parker on Friday, December 19, 1997

I am hoping to confirm birth dates and parents of four ZUFALL brothers, Samuel (30 Apr 1813), Jacob (4 Sep 1815), Moses (27 march 1818), and Elijah (Abt 1820). Have had conflicting stories of whether father was John Zufall or Jacob Zufall and who their mother was. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks Cheryl .

LOUGHRY posted by Rebecca Lucas on Saturday, December 20, 1997

I am looking for a John LOUGHRY that was born sometime between 1755-1765 and had the following children: William, Margaret, Susan, Aaron. .

HOWARD, MOORE, MORE posted by Bonnie Schultz on Monday, December 22, 1997

I am looking for descendants of Abraham L.MOORE b.March 1,1863, Harriet MORE b.march 4, 1858, Mary L. MOORE b.May 3, 1866, Idia MOORE b.SEPT 14, 1874, Josiah MOORE b,Sept 9, 1874. They lived in Jefferson Twp Somerset Co.There parents were John A. and Rebecca HOWARD MOORE .

DEMBITSKY, KUTCHMAN posted by Kutchman on Monday, December 22, 1997

I'm looking for any possible links to the Joseph and Pearl DEMBITSKY KUTCHMAN family. The farm was located in the Jenners RD area. It is now owned by the Moravetz family. We have thier children's information, looking for any of Joseph's brothers or sisters, possibly previous .

NEELY posted by Irene West on Tuesday, December 23, 1997

I, am looking for Thomas Weems NEELY Birth 14 June 1785 Place adams Co.Pa. Death:17 Dec.1855 Place: Dublin Twp. Huntington Co. Pa. I, Really just need to Find?How to get info on the Tax.records for Dublin Twp. Huntington Co. 1820-1830 Thank You . Merry Christmas / .

GROSECLOSE, PETERSHEIM posted by Karen A. Groseclose on Thursday, December 25, 1997

I am looking for genealogical information on the PETERSHEIM family and the GROSECLOSE family. They both have roots in Pennsylvania before 1776. Thanks Karen A. Groseclose My daughter will be marrying a Petersheim and I want to give her the gift of some family roots. .

CULPEPPER, OLIN posted by Tyler Hooks on Friday, December 26, 1997


HOLLY, RENFROE, THURL posted by Tyler Hooks on Friday, December 26, 1997


KNOX posted by Doug Knox on Friday, December 26, 1997

Looking for information on any KNOX in Somerset County. John Knox was married to Nancy Bitner (daughter of John Bitner) from Somerset County .

SMITH posted by Robert B. Smith on Saturday, December 27, 1997

I a find information about my grandparen ,Walter and Agnes SMITH, they lived in Natrona Heights, Pa. about 1900, but moved to Baltimore, Md. They had a Daughter, Irene and two son Bill and Henry. I would like to hear from any relative or some that knew them. .

BERKEYBILE, FRAIN posted by Ada Beth Craog on Saturday, December 27, 1997

Looking for information on the John George and Annie (BERKEYBILE) FRAIN of Shade Township, Sumerset Co., Pa. According to 1850 census he was still alive at that time. Any information or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Will gladly share the data that we do have. Where were they born and when and where did they die. .

BITNER, FREEMAN, GIBLER, HERSHBERGER, NICHOLS, ZIMMERMAN posted by Mildred Hershberger on Sunday, December 28, 1997

I am searching for information on the family of George ZIMMERMAN and Mary Ann BITNER. George was born in 1812 and Mary Ann was born in 1809 in Somerset Co. They are my gg grandparents and I have very little information on them. I don't have anything on the parents of Mary Ann but I suspect the parents of George may be Jacob ZIMMERMAN and Elizabeth GIBLER, but this has not been confirmed. A daughter of George and Mary Ann, Harriet ZIMMERMAN married Willliam HERSHBERGER and they are my g grandparents. Any information on these families will be greatly appreciated, and I will gladly exchange any information that I have with anyone. Other surnames in my family from that area are NICHOLS and FREEMAN. .

ASH, FRIEND, MCCABE, MILLER posted by Shirley Turner on Monday, December 29, 1997

I am searching for Mary ASH m. Charles MILLER, 1800's. Also, William MCCABE m. Mary or Elizabeth FRIEND, 1800's. Thanks for your help. .

JOHNSON, JOHNSTON, ODELL posted by Clara G.Johnston on Monday, December 29, 1997

Searching for info on Rev. Elias S. JOHNSON/JOHNSTON.Wife name Anna M. ODELL. Believe was pastor of Lutheran Church in Somerset or Elk Lick in late 1800's. Any info would be greatly appreciated and help in our search for family .

STIER, STIERS, STIRES posted by Randy L. Franklin on Tuesday, December 30, 1997

Seeking info on the family of Ralph & Margaret STIER/STIERS from 1788-1808. Resided Milford Twp. Note a Benjamin STIRES along with Ralph on the Tax & Census (1790). Children of Ralph & Margaret STIER settled in Guernsey Co., OH. Ralph died enroute from Somerset to their new home in Guernsey Co., OH. .

LAMISON posted by Jo Ann Beachnau on Tuesday, December 30, 1997

Looking for information on any LAMISON .


Looking for information about Thomas PATTON (1790-Oct. 20, 1824) who married Eva WEIMER (1809-Sep 1, 1848) on Nov. 21, 1824. They had John (d. 1856), Alexander, Elijah (1827-?), Margaret Ann (April 12, 1827- Nov. 18,1897) who m. Ambrose BREIG, Cyrus, 1831-1865)who m. Catherine DIEHL, John McConnell (Feb. 5, 1834-1856), Mayette (1838-1850). I am also researching BREIG, HOCHSTETLER,KLINGAMAN,MCKENZIE,TOMLINSON,and TROUTMAN .

BAKER, CROSSMAN, ERLEBACH, LOWRY, MILLER, MOSTOLLER, MOWRY, RACEY, SCHMIDT, SHAW posted by Dave Petersen on Wednesday, December 31, 1997

I am looking for additional information and contacts on Somerset families, uriah MOSTOLLER family, daughter Minerva MOSTOLLER/SHAW whose husband was Frank SHAW. they were married in Somerset Jan 1, 1896 Minerva's siblings Newton,Percy, Lula, and Elizabeth RACEY. Also related surnames MOWRY BAKER, LOWRY, SCHMIDT, CROSSMAN, ERLEBACH, MILLER. I have photos and other items to share. .

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