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William Dull
(1825-1908)

Union Cemetery, New Centerville

 

William Dull was born on May 20 or 25, 1825 in Somerset County, PA, the son of George and Christina (Younkin) Dull.

He married Margaret Flick (1831-1889), and she gave birth to her first child at the age of 17. They had these 10 known children -- Sabina C. Dull, Mary Emily "Emma" Critchfield, Lydia Ankeny, George McClellan Dull, Edwin Elijah Dull, William K. Dull, Belinda Dull, Sarah Dull, Mary Dull and Saloma Dull.

The U.S. census of 1850 lists the couple living Milford Township, Somerset County, residing next to William's parents and with William earning a living as a laborer. They were lifelong members of the New Centerville Lutheran Church. 

When the census again was taken in 1870, the Dulls and their six children dwelled together on their farm in Milford, with William's widowed, 74-year-old mother living next door.

Sadly Margaret passed away on Sept. 5, 1889 at the age of 59. 

William survived his wife by 19 years. 

He was named one of three Directors of the Poor -- along with Harrison Gohn and L.C. Colborn -- of the Somerset County Home, otherwise known as the "House of Employment of Somerset County." The facility included residences as well as a farm on which inmates worked to earn wages. 

In his final year, 1897, William and his fellow directors prepared an annual report to the judges of Somerset County, reprinted in the Somerset Herald. The report noted that an average of 76 adults and children lived at the Home during the year, some of whom were considered "insane." Several of the children were placed in private families. In the report, the directors wrote: 

The office of Director of the Poor is one of the most responsible of any in the county. As well as being an honorable one, it is an office that requires a wise judgment and brings out the noblest promptings of the heart. It calls on one to decide the difference between giving and charity, between truth and error, and judge of the capacity of one by the surroundings. It is not always charity to give, or be moved by the tale of woes and stories of wrongs sympathetically related; yet, withal, have a heart that can be "touched by the feeling of another's infirmities," and whose tenderest sympathy is enlisted to all deserving and honest poor. The Directors of the Poor are the dispensers of the county's charity, having both the keys of office and the office. To us the law commits the care, well-being and happiness of our unfortunate, aged and inform poor, those whose condition must excite your sympathy on every visit you make to the home, those to whom "pity gave ere charity began." To us is also committed the distribution and use of the funds so generously provided by the laws of the Commonwealth to the greatest advantage of those whose comfort, health and happiness the law makes it our especial duty to provide. We are aware that it is expected that the Director of the Poor should have "a tear for pity and a hand open as day for meeting charity," and it is also expected that he should keep an eagle eye upon every department of the institution to detect and prevent extravagance and waste.... We do not claim perfection, nor do we think the Home has reached the standard that the citizens desire it should have, yet we can say without boasting that the Poor Home of Somerset County, and the inmates thereof, are better kept, more comforts with less expense, in proportion to the number of inmates, than any other in the State.

 

Somerset County Home, a.k.a. the "Poor House" where William was a director

 

In his latter years, William's home was in Rockwood, Somerset County. 

Suffering from hardening of the arteries, and complicated by cancer of the lower lip, he went to visit his son Edwin right after the new year in 1908. There, he died on Jan. 8, 1908 at the age of 82. Burial was in the New Centerville Lutheran Church Cemetery, with Rev. D.S. Weimer of the Lutheran church of New Centerville officiating. E.E. Dull provided details for his death certificate. An obituary in a local newspaper said that at the time of death, he was "one of the Milford township's oldest and most respected citizens." [Find-a-Grave]

~ Daughter Sabina C. Dull ~

Daughter Sabina C. Dull (1850- ? ) was born in about 1850 in Milford Township, Somerset County. 

At the age of 20, in 1870, she lived at home with her parents in Milford.

~ Daughter Mary Emily "Emma" (Dull) Critchfield ~

Daughter Mary Emily "Emma" Dull (1853-1936) was born on Nov. 9, 1853. 

She married (?) Critchfield. She lived in Somerset in 1908. 

Circa 1936, her home was in Shade Township, Somerset County. 

Suffering from chronic kidney failure, Emma died at the age of 82 on June 6, 1936. Burial was in the Union Cemetery in New Centerville.

 

Market Street in Rockwood, PA, early 1900s, home of the Dulls

 

~ Daughter Lydia Margaret (Dull) Ankeny ~

Daughter Lydia Margaret Dull (1858-1949) was born on May 5, 1858 in Somerset County.

In about 1880, when she was 21 years of age, she wed 26-year-old William S. Ankeny (1854-1942). He was the son of Henry and Mary (Cunningham) Ankeny. 

They produced four children -- Grace Wilt, Edward Ankeny, Goldie Edwards and Harry Ankeny.

In 1900-1942, their home was in Milford Township, where they earned a living as farmers and were "well known," said the Meyersdale Republican. The federal census enumeration of 1900 shows that 24-year-old coal miner Frank Critchfield boarded under their roof.

Suffering from "general paralysis," William died at home at the age of 88 on Nov. 28, 1942. Funeral services were held in the Ankeny residence, officiated by Rev. H.G. Hohman of the Lutheran Church in Rockwood. His remains were taken to Johnstown for interment in Grandview Cemetery. An obituary appeared in the Republican, and son Harry signed the certificate of death.

Lydia lived for another seven years after her husband's death. At the age of 90, she fell off a chair and fractured her left hip, and died several weeks later on Feb. 12, 1949. Burial was with her husband in Johnstown.

Daughter Grace Anna Ankeny (1880-1949) was born on May 27, 1880. She married George C. Wilt (1878- ? ). They apparently did not reproduce. In about 1916, the couple established a home in Youngstown, Mahoning County, OH, and remained there for the rest of their lives. The 1920 federal census shows George working as a "stationery engineer." He died first, but the details are not yet known. Grace's final address was 27 Shadyside Drive in Boardman Township on the outskirts of Youngstown.  She suffered an acute heart attack and died instantly on Feb. 24, 1949 at the age of 68. Mrs. Fern Holzhausen signed the Ohio death certificate. She was placed into eternal repose in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Youngstown.

Son Edward C. Ankeny (1885- ? ) was born in April 1885. In 1942, his home was in R.D. 1, Somerset.

 

Bird's eye view of Johnstown, PA, home of the Edwardses

 

Daughter Goldie Ankeny (1887-1937) was born on Aug. 12, 1887 in Somerset County. In 1910, at the age of 22, she worked as a servant in the home of Albert L. and Emma B. Hay in Somerset. At age 27, on Feb. 4, 1915, she was united in wedlock with 26-year-old Frederick Neville Edwards (1888-1926) of Johnstown, Cambria County, and the son of Jonathan D. and Margaret "Maggie" (Hoover) Edwards. The ceremony took place in Johnstown by the hand of Rev. H.S. Rhoads. At the time of marriage, Fred was divorced and worked as an inspector in Johnstown. The couple made their home in Ferndale, Cambria County, with an address of 543 Ferndale Avenue. There, Frederick was employed as a crane man in the mill of Bethlehem Steel Company in Johnstown. But Fred suffered from acute heart disease caused by insufficiency of his heart valves, and died at age 38 on Sept. 23, 1926. Interment was in the famed Grandview Cemetery in Johnstown, with Arthur Edwards of the home signing the death certificate. As a widow, Goldie returned to Somerset County where she resided in Milford Township and was employed as a matron in the Somerset County Children's Home, continuing the public welfare work begun by her grandfather. Tragically, she contracted a deadly case of pneumonia in early October 1937 and succumbed four days later, on Oct. 10, 1937, at the age of 50. Burial was in Johnstown's Grandview Cemetery, and Goldie's brother was the informant for the Pennsylvania certificate of death.

Son Harry Ankeny (1891- ? ) was born in January 1891. In 1942, his home was in R.D. 1, Somerset.

~ Son George Brinton McClellan Dull ~

Son George Brinton McClellan Dull (1862-1936) was born on April 27, 1862 in Milford Township, Somerset County. He was named after the popular Civil War general for the Union Army.

In about 1894, at the age of 32, he was united in holy matrimony with a 22-year-old double cousin, Elizabeth Schrock (1873-1935), whose birthdate was May 2, 1873. It was a first marriage for both. Elizabeth was the daughter of Perry and Christianna (Dumbauld) Schrock -- he of the family of Susanna (Younkin) Schrock and she a descendant of Elizabeth (Dull) Dumbauld.

They produced two children, Perry W. Dull and Margaret C. Mickey.

The Dull family made their residence in 1908-1911 on a farm in Milford Township and in Somerset during the 1920s and '30s, at 3660 West Patriot Street. 

Suffering from heart disease, she died on Sept. 26, 1935, at the age of 62. Interment was in the Kingwood Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave

George only lived another eight months after his wife's passing. Ailed by heart failure, he died at age 74 on May 13, 1936. Son Perry signed the death certificate.

 

YFNB, 1938

Son Perry William Dull (1899-1938) was born on April 4, 1899 and apparently named for his maternal grandfather. He was a longtime farmer, beginning the occupation in about 1926, when he was 27 years of age. He married Elva Leona Henry (1899-1995). They lived in rural Somerset and had these children: William Dull, Jack E. Dull, Marjorie Dull, Betty Ann Dull and Doris Elaine Dull. Suffering from malignant hypertension, Perry died in Somerset Community Hospital at age 39 on Oct. 10, 1938. Burial was in Kingwood. Later that year, on Dec. 20, 1938, his obituary was republished in the Younkin Family News Bulletin. The YFNB news item mistook the name of Perry's father as "William" instead of "George."

  • Grandson Jack E. Dull (1927-1998) died in 1998.
First Christian Church, Somerset

Daughter Margaret C. Dull (1906-2000) was born on May 17, 1906 in Milford Township. She was married to Ray Robert Mickey (1896-1966), the son of Daniel and Minnie (Wilson) Mickey of Casselman, Somerset County. Ray was a veteran of World War I. They made their home in Somerset. Their two known children were Betsy "Jane" Mickey and Dr. Dean D. Mickey. Sadly, daughter Jane was stillborn on Feb. 18, 1931. Physicians could not identify a cause, but noted that the baby was eight and a half months in the womb. The baby's tender remains were placed into repose in the Kingwood IOOF Cemetery. The Mickeys were longtime members of the New Centerville Church of God, with Margaret also belonging to the First Christian Church of Somerset. Margaret was a teacher in the Somerset Area Schools and a member of the Rebekah Auxiliary of the Odd Fellows Lodge in Somerset and of the Trinity Chapter 138 of the Order of the Eastern Star. Ray was employed by the U.S. Post Office, a position from which he retired, and he was a member of the Masons. In their later years, the Mickeys enjoyed spending their winters in Bradenton, FL. Ray passed into eternity in Bradenton at the age of 69 on Feb. 20, 1966. His remains were returned to Pennsylvania, where funeral services were held in a local funeral home with Rev. Stanley Darrah and Rev. Paul Weber officiating. Margaret survived her husband as a widow for 34 years. Just five days before her 94th birthday, Margaret died in Somerset Hospital on May 12, 2000. She was laid to rest in Somerset County Memorial Park, with Rev. Daniel Nicksich preaching the funeral sermon. The Somerset Daily American published an obituary.

  • Grandson Dr. Dean D. Mickey ( ? - ? ) was an optometrist. He married Jane Colvin ( ? - ? ) and had four children -- Daniel C. Mickey, Patrick W. Mickey, Christine J. Mitchell and Rebecca Jane Moyer. Dean was an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Somerset for more than four decades and at one time in the mid-1960s served a term as president.

~ Son Edwin Elijah Dull ~

Son Edwin Elijah "E.E." Dull (1865-1952) was born on April 15, 1865. 

He lived on Main Street in Rockwood, where he was a merchant, operating a general store. 

At the age of 23, in about 1888, Edwin married 21-year-old Jennie C. Will (1866-1952), daughter of Albert G. and Elizabeth (Wolfensberger) Dull. Their children were Earl Dull and Florence E. Dull, plus one who died young.

In about 1922, they retired and moved into the town of Somerset, with their residence at 261 East Patriot Street. The 1930 federal census lists his occupation as "laborer - odd jobs."

Sadly, Jennie died of heart problems at the age of 85 on Jan. 5, 1952, in Somerset Community Hospital. Burial was in the IOOF Cemetery in Rockwood. 

Edwin only lived for 10 more months. At the age of 87, he suffered a heart attack and died on Oct. 24, 1952. Kathleen D. Musser of Somerset was the informant for his death certificate. Burial was in the IOOF Cemetery in Rockwood.

Son Earl Dull (1890- ? ) was born in about 1890. He was raised in Rockwood.

Daughter Florence E. Dull (1893- ? ) was born in about 1893.

~ Son William Dull ~

Son William Dull (1870- ? ) was born in 1870.

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Research for this page graciously shared by the late Donna (Younkin) Logan, Clark Brocht and Linda Marker.