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Julia Ann (Ream) Nicklow
(1820-1895)

 

Julia Ann (Ream) Nicklow was born on Feb. 22, 1820 in Ursina, Somerset County, PA, the daughter of Samuel W. and Mary (Rheims) Ream. Her name also has been spelled "Julianne." 

In about 1844, when she was 24 years of age, Julia Ann was married to Jesse B. Nicklow (1822- ? ).

They had 10 children -- Irwin R. Nicklow, Rebecca Jane McNeill, Harriet Ann Prinkey, Dianna Shipley, Marcellus Nicklow, Julia R. King, Jesse "Bruce" Nicklow, Jr., Dora B. Wildey and Forward R. Nicklow.

The Nicklows were farmers. In 1860, the year before the Civil War broke out, they made their home in Lower Turkeyfoot. That year, 75-year-old Rhoda Jennings lived under their roof. By 1870, the family moved across the county line into Springfield Township, Fayette County, with Jesse earning income as a domestic servant.

Jesse passed away during the decade of the 1870s. Nothing about his demise is known.

Now widowed, Julia Ann headed her own household in Normalville when the 1880 federal census was taken. Her children Bruce, Julia, Dora and Forward all were in the household that year. Their next door neighbors were Elijah and Hannah (Minerd) Murray.

Julia died on Feb. 25, 1895 in Uniontown, Fayette County. Burial was in Normalville Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]

 

~ Son Irwin R. Nicklow ~

Son Irwin R. Nicklow (1845- ? ) was born in about 1845. Nothing more is known.

 

~ Daughter Rebecca "Jane" (Nicklow) McNeill ~

Daughter Rebecca "Jane" Nicklow (1847-1937) was born on May 1, 1847 in Somerset County, where she spent her lifetime. Her maiden names at times has also been spelled "Nicola."

On Valentine's Day 1864, she was joined in wedlock with Robert Lloyd McNeill Sr. (Feb. 8, 1833-1895), son of James and Margaret (McNeill) McNeill. The family resided in Confluence.

The couple produced six children -- James B. McNeill, Richard McNeill, Bruce McNeill, Margaret Ann McNeill, Dora Charlotte Harris and Robert Lloyd McNeill Jr. Two of the sons died young -- Richard at age one day on June 2, 1867 and Bruce at age three on Sept. 1, 1872.

Further heartbreak wrapped the family in blackness when Robert Sr. died on New Year's Day 1895 at the age of 62. Burial was in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery.

Jane lived for another four-plus decades as a widow. One of their descendants has referred to her as "one tough woman." The Meyersdale Republican once noted that she "was a life-long member of the Jersey Baptist Church, and for many years was an active and sincere church worker." She retired from farming about 1930 after a lifetime of work, and sadly, she outlived four of her six offspring. 

Having endured heart disease, Jane spent her final years residing with her son Robert living in a farmhouse near Confluence. Plagued with an intestinal obstruction, she died at home at the age of 89 on Feb. 12, 1937. Rev. Lester C. Barton led funeral services in Jane's home, with Samuel "Judson" Enos (of the family of Mary Ann [Younkin] Phillippi), Robert Tannehill, William Colborn, Scott Holiday (of the family of Frederick J. Younkin) and P.S. Rowe serving as pallbearers. Her remains were buried in the Jersey Church Cemetery, with a short obituary appearing in the Connellsville Daily Courier and a longer one in the Meyersdale Republican. She was survived by four grandchildren.

Son James B. McNeill (1864-1896) was born three days after Christmas 1864. Very little of his life is known, other than it was cut short just five days before his 32nd birthday. He passed away, reputedly of an accident on Dec. 23, 1896 in Somerset County. Burial was in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery.

Daughter Margaret Ann McNeill (1874-1910) was born three days before Christmas 1874 in Somerset County. She never married but spent her life pursuing a career as an educator in an era when women teachers were not allowed to be married. She died in Dawson, Fayette County on Oct. 6, 1910. Her remains were returned to Ursina for interment in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery. In 1912, she was named in a profile of her brother in law Burley Milroy Harris in the Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania.

 

Dora (McNeill) Harris and Burley Harris - Courtesy Chuck-X-Gen, Find-a-Grave

 

Daughter Dora Charlotte "Dorcy" McNeill (1877-1946), also spelled "McNeal," was born on March 30, 1877 in Somerset County. As a teenager, she enrolled in Valparaiso University in Indiana. There, she became acquainted with Burley Milroy Harris Sr. (1881-1946?), son of Winfield and Mary E. (Temple) Harris of Logansport, IN. On March 12, 1903, when she was age 25, and he 21, they were joined in matrimony. They were the parents of Burley Milroy Harris Jr., Dora Charlotte Hammer Perry Beachy, Mary Jane "Jennie" Hinners, Albert Winfield Harris II and one who died unnamed in infancy. The Harrises are profiled in the 1912 book Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, which stated that "The Nicklows and McNeals are old Somerset county families," and that Dora was a "first cousin of Norman B. Ream, the well-known capitalist of Chicago and New York." The text reads that during his senior year at Valparaiso, Burley "taught classes in psychology and physiology in that institution, being then only twenty years of age. The funds for his university course were all provided by himself." Later in 1903, the newlyweds:

...came to Connellsville, Pennsylvania, where [Burley] entered the employ of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad in an humble position in their shops. In 1904 was apponted airbrake inspector, then entered the train service as brakeman, continuing until 1908. In that year he entered the service of the Penn Power Company, in the machine department, remaining thirteen months. He next joined a bridge building gang working for the Pennsylvania railroad, but after three months began canvassing for the International Correspondence School of Scranton, Pennsylvania, continuing as their representative for nine months. In 1910 he entered the employ of the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie railroad as fireman, and in 1911 was appointed night foreman at Dickerson Run, where he still continues.

The couple's home in 1912 was at the corner of Locust and Snyder Streets in Connellsville. But the marriage did not last. The Harrises divorced in the early 1920s. Burley went back to Indiana and on Feb. 4, 1923, married again to Ada Koogle ( ? - ? ). Burley and Ada relocated to Fort Myers, FL (circa 1927). From there in about 1935 he moved again to Eagle Lake, TX and was wedded to his third wife, Lila Mae Hinton (April 17, 1883-1966), daughter of W.F. and Elizabeth (Farley) Hinton of Billingsley, Autauga County, AL. Burley and Lila established a home in Huntsville, TX. He died in Walker County, TX at the age of 65 on Feb. 16, 1946, reputedly after accidentally ingesting Sloan's Liniment while in the dark. Dora maintained a home on Stauffer Street in Dawson, Fayette County. At the age of 69, suffering from intestinal cancer, she was felled by an infection of peritonitis and died on Dec. 12, 1946. Her remains were transported to Confluence for burial. Son Burley Harris Jr. of Confluence was the informant for the certificate of death. Burley's widow, Lila Mae, then married John Robert Addison (1886-1969), and died in Alvin, Brazoria County, TX on March 26, 1966.

 

Burley and Alma (Lytle) Harris and family
Courtesy Chuck-X-Gen, Find-a-Grave

 

  • Grandson Burley Milroy Harris (1906-1985) was born on March 27, 1906 in Fayette County, PA. As a young man, he learned the trade of machinist, and worked in Confluence. When he was 21 years of age, on Aug. 23, 1927, Burley was wedded to 17-year-old Alma Beatrice Lytle (Nov. 28, 1909-1994), daughter of farmers John C. and Leah (Green) Lytle of Confluence. The ceremony was held in Confluence, with Rev. Z.H. Powell officiating. The couple dwelled in the Fair Oaks section of Confluence, Somerset County. They were the parents of Dora Elsetta Moore (1928-1998), Joyce Naomi Phillips (1930-1996), Lena Eleanor Linderman (1936-2009), Alice May Mitchell McClintock (1937-living), Alma Beatrice "Patty" Basinger (1939-living) and Burley Milroy Harris III. Burley provided carpentry services for construction of a garage by Dewey Lytle. He was a member of the Masons and Knights Templar. The family underwent shock in May 1950 when Alma's 25-year-old brother, Charles Lytle of Confluence, was shot and killed by a neighbor. Burley died in Latrobe Area Hospital at the age of 78 on Jan. 16, 1985. At the time, he was survived by 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Burial was in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery. Alma lived for another nine years, and as her health declined she was admitted to the Maple Mountain Manor in Berlin, Somerset County. On Aug. 25, 1994, she died in the Manor. An obituary was published in the Somerset Daily American, and burial was in the Jersey Baptist Church.
  • Granddaughter Dora Charlotte Harris (1908- ? ) was born on Nov. 5, 1908. She was married several times over the years. Her first spouse was (?) Hammer. Her second husband was (?) Perry Beachy. By 1985, she had united in wedlock with (?) Beachy and made her home in Lafayette, IN.
  • Granddaughter Mary Jane "Jennie" Harris (1911- ? ) was born on Sept. 26, 1911. She wedded (?) Hinners. Her home in 1985 was in Carbondale, IL.
  • Grandson Albert Winfield Harris II ( ? - ? ) lived in Des Moines, IA in the mid-1980s.

Son Robert Lloyd McNeill, Jr. (1879-1957) was born on April 5, 1879 near Confluence. He never married. He is believed to be the same "Robert McNeill" who owned 150 acres of farmland near the Jersey Baptist Church. In late October 1913, the Meyersdale Republican reported that his farm was 10 times smaller than in reality. The following week, the newspaper ran a correction, saying "the size of the farm of Robert McNeill could scarcely contain himself on a 15-acre patch, since he is a man who likes to do things on a large scale, and the tilling of 150 acres is none too much for him." He remained on his Confluence farm for the balance of his long life. In October 1924, irritated at intruders on his property, perhaps hunters, he placed a classified notice in the Republican, stating: "No trespassing on the McNeill farm in Lower Turkeyfoot Township, Somerset County, Pa., in any way." Over the years, he developed a gastric ulcer leading to what a physician called a "massive gastric hemorrhage." In late April 1957, he was admitted to the Somerset County Home. There, just five days later, he passed away at the age of 78 on May 3, 1957. Burial was in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery.

 

~ Daughter Harriet Ann (Nicklow) Prinkey ~

Daughter Harriet Ann Nicklow (1848-1920) was born in 1848.

She was wedded to Samuel Prinkey (May 1848-1911), son of John and Eve (Miller) Prinkey.

The couple's known offspring were Irvin N. Prinkey, Norman Prinkey, Julia Ann Richter, Joseph R. Prinkey, Amanda Prinkey, Jesse Prinkey and Ada Powelson.

The family lived in Normalville in the 1870s and 1880, with Samuel earning income as a farm laborer. Their residence in 1880 was just a few houses away from the family of distant cousins Perry and Joanna (Minerd) Enos. By the early 1880s, they relocated to Bullskin Township north of Connellsville.

Unfortunately, the Prinkey marriage appears to have fallen apart by 1900, and that year 52-year-old Samuel lived by himself in a rented house in Normalville, while Harriet resided elsewhere.

In later years, Harriet dwelled in Mt. Pleasant, Westmoreland County, PA. She died there three days before Christmas 1926, at age 72, caused by organic heart disease. Burial was in Hill Grove Cemetery in Connellsville. Irvin Prinkey signed her death certificate.

Samuel's health failed in 1911 and he was admitted to the Fayette County Home in Uniontown. There, suffering from uremic convlusions and acute kidney disease, he died at the age of 63 on Dec. 9, 1911. His remains were placed into repose in Mill Run, Fayette County.

 

Hill Grove Cemetery

Son Irvin N. Prinkey (1868-1936) was born on Oct. 18, 1868. He never married. Over the years, he resided in Connellsville and made a living furnishing labor services. His source of income in 1936 was his work as a night watchman at the Consolidated Coal & Supply Company on McCormick Avenue in Connellsville. At the age of 68, suffering from acute arthritis, his bronchial tubes became permanently damaged and thickened. After enduring the illness for two years, he was admitted to Connellsville State Hospital and died from their effects on April 19, 1936. Funeral services were led by Rev. A.r. Mansberger of the First Methodist Protestant Church. Burial was in Hill Grove Cemetery, with brother in law Christian E. Richter of Connellsville signing the official Pennsylvania death certificate. An obituary was published in the Connellsville Daily Courier. When his grave marker was photographed in October 2017 by the founder of this website, it was among a number of markers toppled by vandals, a number of which were face down and unreadable.

Son Norman Prinkey (1872-1917) was born in about 1872 in Normalville/Mill Run. He married Almeda ( ? - ? ). She brought several children from an earlier marriage, but she and Norman did not reproduce. Norman was employed as a railroad brakeman for the Davidson Works of the H.C. Frick Coke Company in Connellsville. During the Connellsville Centennial parade in 1906, he drove the Frick company's 100-horse team. Circa 1917, their home was at 631 Highland Avenue. On the fateful day of Dec. 13, 1917, the 45-year-old Norman lost his life in a freak accident at work. Reported the Connellsville Daily Courier, "his foot slipped in the snow, throwing him under a moving freight train. Before his signal to stop could be given the engineer, Felix McArdle, the wheels of the coke car had decapitated the unfortunate man." Coroner S.H. Baum was summoned from Uniontown and ruled the death accidental. Following funeral services in the Prinkey home, his remains were placed into repose in Hill Grove Cemetery, with his brother Irwin providing vital details for the death certificate. An obituary in the Daily Courier said he was "well known."

 

Railcar operations, Davidson Works, where Norman Prinkey was killed

 

Daughter Julia Ann Prinkey (1873-1945) was born on Dec. 16, 1873 in Normalville. She was joined in holy matrimony with Christian E. "Christ" Richter ( ? -1945). Their offspring were Jesse Richter, George Richter, Albert Richter, Mrs. John Yecheck, Margaret Rowe, Louis Richter, Mrs. John Freeman, Irwin Richter and Norman Richter. Circa 1936-1945, their address was 630 Highland Avenue in Connellsville. Both Christian and Julia passed away within four months of each other. He died on May 24, 1945. As she turned 70, Julia was burdened with heart disease and in early September 1945 was felled by a cerebral hemorrhage. She lingered for two weeks before passing away on Sept. 23, 1945, at the age of 71. Interment was in Hill Grove Cemetery, with Rev. Howard W. Jamison, of the Central Methodist Church, officiating at the funeral service. Son Jesse Richter of Dunbar R.D.#1 was the informant for the death certificate. An obituary in the Daily Courier noted that she was survived by 28 grandchildren, of whom four were serving in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, and two great-grandchildren.

  • Grandson Jesse Richter resided at Leisenring No. 3 coal mine works in 1945.
  • Grandson George Richter made his home in Highland Avenue in Connellsville.
  • Grandson Albert Richter dwelled on York Avenue in Connellsville.
  • Granddaughter (?) Richter married John Yecheck. In 1945, their home was in Perryopolis, Fayette County.
  • Granddaughter Margaret Richter wedded (?) Rowe. Her residence in the mid-1940s was on York Avenue in Connellsville.
  • Grandson Louis Richter lived at Colonial No. 3 coal mine works in 1945.
  • Granddaughter (?) Richter was united in matrimony with John Freeman. Their home in 1945 was in Brownsville, Fayette County.
  • Grandson Irwin Richter served with the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, with deployment in the Pacific Theatre in Manila, The Philippines.
  • Grandson Norman Richter lived on Highland Avenue in Connellsville.

Son Joseph R. Prinkey (1876- ? ) was born in about 1876 in Normalville.

Daughter Amanda Prinkey (1879- ? ) was born in about 1879 in Normalville.

Daughter Ada Prinkey (1880-1947) was born on Aug. 14, 1880 in Normalville. She may have been married twice, first to Ralph Lenhart ( ? - ? ). The Lenharts made their home in Wilmerding, PA in 1917. She later married Elmer E. Powelson (1880- ? ), sometimes misspelled "Paulson." For many years, their home was in Pittsburgh. In 1936, their address was 7700 Tioga Street and in 1947 it was 7124 Bennett Street. Stricken with colon cancer in her mid-60s, Ada was admitted to Columbia Hospital in Wilkinsburg. She died there on Aug. 5, 1947. Her remains were returned to Connellsville for burial in Hill Grove Cemetery.

Son Jesse Prinkey (1882-1907) was born on March 1, 1882 in Bullskin Township, Fayette County. Ne never married and pursued baking as is occupation. At the age of about 25, he contracted a deadly case of typhoid fever and perforated bowel and died on Oct. 11, 1907. He was laid to rest in the Prinkey plot at Connellsville's Hill Grove Cemetery.

 

~ Daughter Dianna (Nicklow) Shipley ~

Daughter Dianna Nicklow (1850-1933) was on May 11, 1850 in Somerset County or in Normalville.

She wedded Squire Shipley (Feb. 24, 1848-1920), the son of Levi Shipley of Ohiopyle.

During the Civil War, Squire served in the Union Army as a member of the 101st Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D. More about his wartime service will be added here when learned.

They resided in Dunbar Township, Fayette County and produced these children -- Albert Shipley, Irvin Shipley, Mrs. James Estlick, Forward Shipley, Mrs. James Fields and Mrs. Luther Martin.

On Aug. 3, 1886, Squire was awarded a military pension as compensation for his wartime service. [Invalid App. #581.653 - Cert. #1.120.852] 

Sadly, Squire was a chronic sufferer from tuberculosis of the lungs, and his health began to decline just five days before Christmas 1920. He fought the illness for a month, but died at the age of 72 on Jan. 28, 1920.

Diana survived her husband by 13 years and began receiving his military pension. [Widow App. #1.153.949 - Cert. # 887.998]  In her later years, Dianna made her home with her married daughter Mrs. James Fields in Mt. Braddock near Uniontown. She endured the death of her son Albert in about 1928.

At the age of 83, Dianna suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died four days later on Oct. 25, 1933. Violet Bryner of 23 Dunlap Street in Uniontown was the informant for the death certificate. Interment was in Percy Cemetery near Uniontown, with the funeral service held at the Percy Methodist Protestant Church, officiated by Rev. William S. Hamilton and a distant step-cousin, Rev. David Ewing Minerd, the "Blacksmith Preacher" of Fayette County. An obituary in the Uniontown Daily News Standard reported that her survivors included 25 grandchildren, 69 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Son Irvin Shipley (1868-1950) was born on July 23, 1868. He was united in matrimony with Effie ( ? - ? ). They were the parents of eight children -- Mrs. Alonzo Workman, Mrs. Amzi Hardy, Mrs. Lawrence Gess, Mrs. Elsworth Tapper, Glen Shipley, Ralph Shipley, William Shipley and Charles Shipley. Irvin was a coal miner in and around Uniontown, employed for many years by H.C. Frick Coke Company, a firm from which he retired. He is known to have lived or worked at Percy in 1928 and at the Beeson Works in 1929-1950. In 1950, while their residence was in Beeson, their post office address was Box 387A, Uniontown. At age 82, Irvin was stricken by a coronary occlusion and lived feebly for 10 days before dying on Sept. 13, 1950. His remains were lowered into repose in Percy Cemetery, with Rev. H.L. Davis officiating. An obituary in the Uniontown Morning Herald reported that he was survived by 41 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Irvin's children circa 1950 were in these locations -- Mrs. Workman in Lemont Furnace, Mrs. Hardy in Dunbar, Mrs. Gess in Buffington, Mrs. Tapper in Greensboro, Glen at Ralph, PA, Ralph in Dunbar, and William and Charles at home in Beeson.

Son Albert Shipley (1873-1929) was born on March 13, 1873. He married Nora Feathers ( ? - ? ). The couple produced 10 children -- Gillespie Shipley, Susie Dunaway, Stanley Shipley, Phillip Shipley, Ernest Shipley, Mildred Dunaway, Gerald Shipley, Minnie Shipley, Evelyn Shipley and Nellie Shipley. Their home in the late 1920s was in Mount Independence near Uniontown. In October 1921, family and friends threw a surpise birthday party for Nora. Their home in Mt. Braddock "was the scene of a pleasant party," reported the Uniontown Morning Herald. "The evening was spent in playing games, music, etc. Refreshments were served. The honor gues received many useful and beautiful gifts from her many friends." Tragically, on Christmas Eve 1928, Albert caught a deadly case of influenza. He struggled for 15 days but gave out and succumbed on Jan. 8, 1929, at the age of 55. Funeral services were held in the Percy Methodist Protestant Church, officiated by Rev. O.O. King and Rev. Gladden, with burial in Percy Cemetery. He was survived by 21 grandchildren. Heartbreak compounded in the family just a few days after the burial when one-year-old grandson Leslie Shipley -- son of Gerald -- died in Mount Independence.

Daughter (?) Shipley wedded James Estlick.

Son Forward Shipley (1881-1953) was born on Nov. 1, 1881 at Mt. Braddock, Fayette County. He was a longtime coal miner and laborer. Forward made his residence in 1929 in Maxwell, PA and in 1950-1953 in Brownsville, PA. His final address was Union Street Extension in rural Brownsville Township. Stricken with a gastric ulcer, which led to uncontrollable bleeding, he succumbed on Feb. 19, 1953, at the age of 71. Clara Monahan of Brownsville signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Burial was in Percy Cemetery.

Daughter (?) Shipley married James Fields and dwelled in Mt. Braddock, near Uniontown.

Daughter (?) Shipley was joined in wedlock with Luther Martin. In 1929, their home was in Dunbar.

 

~ Son Marcellus Nicklow ~

Son Marcellus Nicklow (1853-1928) was born in about 1853. He was married.

Over the years, Marcellus made a living as a laborer.

At the age of 76, he was a patient in the Fayette County Home near Uniontown. On March 19, 1928, he suffered a cardiac embolism, leading to his death four days later on March 23, 1928. No obituary has been found in Uniontown newspapers.

 

~ Daughter Julia A. (Nicklow) King ~

Daughter Julia A. Nicklow (1855- ? ) was born in about 1855.

She married (?) King ( ? - ? ).

Circa 1895, they lived in or near Normalville, Fayette County.

 

~ Son Jesse Bruce Nicklow ~

Son Jesse Bruce Nicklow, Jr. (1856-1922) was born on May 24, 1856.

He was married.

For years, he worked as a coal miner and dwelled in Bullskin Township north of Connellsville.

In mid-August 1922, at the age of 66, Jesse fell from a hay wagon and fractured his skull. The damaged brain abscessed, and he died on Sept. 11, 1922. Frank Nicklow of Pennsville signed the death certificate, with burial following in Mt. Olive Cemetery.

 

Hill Grove Cemetery

~ Daughter Dora B. (Nicklow) Wildey ~

Daughter Dora B. Nicklow (1858-1941) was born on June 16, 1858 near Ursina, Somerset County.

On Aug. 3, 1881, at the age of 23, Dora was united in matrimony with widowed immigrant Jacob Wildey (March 23, 1847-1926), a native of Berne, Switzerland, who had come to the United States with his parents at the age of 12 and initially settled in Allegheny County. His first wife was Swiss-born Margaret Elizabeth Derschinger, and he brought two sons to the marriage with our Dora -- John Henry Wildey and Clarence Wildey.

Dora and Jacob produced four more children of their own, Nevada Nickel Rigger, Dakota Mitchell, Theodore H. Wildey and Lloyd Wildey.

Jacob made a living over the years as a wagon maker, and was well and widely known for his craft. His shop was located next to their residence at 213 East Apple Street. Reported the Connellsville Daily Courier: "...when as a young man, Mr. Wildey came to this city. He learned his trade in the employ of a man named Matthews, and later was associated in business with him. The establishment was located in East Crawford avenue, and when he began business for himself, Mr. Wildey opened a shop where his residence now stands. Later he built the larger plant occupied at present." He sold wagons to customers not only in Fayette County but also the surrounding counties of Greene, Washington and Westmoreland.

The Connellsville Weekly Courier profiled his business in a May 1899 edition:

The proprietor personally superintends all operations of his establishment, selecting material with the utmost care and sound judgment, thus insuring such products as will withstand the most crucial tests, both in regard to their materials and workmanship. The vehicles turned out by him are unsurpassed for strength, lightness, caswe of draft and thorough reliability, while the prices are always low. A full stock of buggies, wagons, both single and double, are constantly carried, while he does all kinds of repairing, putting on new wheels, rims, spokes, painting, etc. Those who want the best carriages that can be made at a reasonable price can do not better than to place their orders with Mr. Wildey. All orders are promptly attended to.

He installed new technology to add efficiency to his work, including a new rip saw and planer in July 1903. He told a Weekly Courier correspondent that he "can now do work in an hour that it took half a day to do by hand."

 

Hill Grove Cemetery

Jacob was a member of the "Three Link Fraternity" -- known for short as "FLT" -- today known as the International Order of Odd Fellows. He also belonged to the German Lutheran Church, was a Democrat in politics and in 1895-1898 served on the board of education in Connellsville, representing the Third Ward. He owned stock in the West Penn Power Company as well as bonds, coal and stock and coal properties. They also owned a farm in Connellsville Township.

The coal land was known as the "Zollar Tract" in Washington County, and was purchased in 1907 for $65,600 through a syndicate of Connellsville investors also including George W. Campbell, Daniel Sinclair, Grant Dull, John B. Davis J.W. Buttermore, Anthony Brookman, P.H. Beighley, J.B. Echard, Joseph T. Johnston and Charles F. Bishop.

The Wildeys enjoyed day trips in their wagon to visit relatives in friends. A May 1898 article in the Weekly Courier states that they "drove out last Sunday and spent a few hours visiting the family of Mrs. Wildey's brother, J.B. Nicklow."

Sadly, Jacob was stricken at the age of 79 with a deadly case of bronchial pneumonia, and died on Dec. 29, 1926. His death was front page news in the Daily Courier, which said that "Although not feeling well during the past year he had remained active in the business." His remains were placed into rest in Connellsville's Hill Grove Cemetery. The FLT's symbol is included on his grave marker.

In widowhood, Dora remained in their East Apple Street home and continued to enjoy traveling. She is known to have spent many visits with her married daughter Dakota Mitchell in Warren, PA.

Dora suffered from senility and organic heart disease toward the end of her life. She died at home on Nov. 11, 1941 at the age of 83. Following funeral services led by Rev. Dr. William H. Hetrick of Trinity Lutheran Church, her remains were placed into rest in Hill Grove Cemetery in Connellsville. Her daughter Nevada of Connellsville's Jefferson Street signed the death certificate. She was survived by eight grandsons, one granddaughter and four great-grandchildren. The Daily Courier and Uniontown Morning Herald printed obituaries.

When the founder of this website photographed her grave marker in October 2017, he found it upside down, toppled presumably by vandals.

Stepson John Henry Wildey (1874-1951) was born on Sept. 22, 1874 in Connellsville. In about 1906, he relocated to Point Marion, Fayette County, where he remained for the balance of his life. There, he was employed as a blacksmith at a coal mine. He married Bertha Bell Cromwell (Feb. 28, 1881-1943), daughter of John and Susan (Grover) Cromwell and a native of Chalk Hill, Fayette County. They produced these known children, Marguereite Shriver, Elizabeth Schmidt, Marie Maple, John Wildey Jr., Milton Wildey and Rev. Donzel Wildey. Sadly, Bertha Bell died of a heart attack at age 60 on Jan. 25, 1943. His address in the early 1950s was on Sadler Street. He suffered for 15 years with hardening of the arteries and, in late November 1951, he suffered a heart attack. He lingered for three days and died at the age of 77 on Nov. 30, 1951. His remains were placed into eternal rest in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Point Marion.

  • Step-granddaughter Marguerite Wildey married (?) Shriver. In 1936, with the marriage apparently over, she lived with her parents in Point Marion. Later, she married (?) Trump and made their home in Lake Lynn, Fayette County.
  • Step-granddaughter Elizabeth Wildey (1908-1973) was born in about 1908. She lived in Pittsburgh circa 1936. She married (?) Schmidt by 1943. Later, she wed Carl L. Curry ( ? - ? ). Her two known offspring were Richard W. (?) and Carla Albridge (or "Albright"). Their home was at 2987 Crab Hallow Road in the Pittsburgh suburb of Penn Hills. They were members of Edgewood Presbyterian Church, the Penn Hebron Club and Edgewood Country Club. Sadly, Elizabeth died at the age of 65, on Nov. 21, 1973, in Columbia Hospital. An obituary was printed in the Pittsburgh Press.
  • Step-granddaughter Marie Wildey married (?) Maple ( ? - ? ). The Maples dwelled in the coal mining town of Dilliner, Greene County, PA.
  • Step-grandson John Wildey Jr.
  • Step-grandson Milton Wildey was a student in the Ad-Art Studio School in Pittsburgh in 1937, studying commercial art. He made his home in New York in 1973.
  • Step-grandson Rev. Donzel C. Wildey was enrolled in 1937 in Waynesburg College and in 1939 was in school in Western Maryland, studying for the ministry. He often filled in as a guest preacher at the First Methodist Church in Point Marion. On Aug. 25, 1942, Donzel was wedded to Ellen E. Renner ( ? - ? ), daughter of Larry S. Renner of Flemington near Lock Haven, PA. The ceremony was held at the Flemington Methodist Church, officiated by Rev. W.H. Gould. Also in 1942, he was assigned to a congregation in Leeds, MD. Then in 1943 he had charge of a church in Flemington. At some point he was named executive director of the Maryland Council of Churches. Then by 1973, they had relocated to Wilmington, DE.

Stepson Clarence Wildey (1877-1934), also spelled "Wildie," was born on Jan. 16, 1877, presumably in Connellsville. He made his home in Carnegie, near Pittsburgh, in the mid-1920s and on the Steubenville Pike in McKees Rocks in 1934. He married Mary ( ? - ? ). Their one known daughter was Virgie Wildie. Clarence was a longtime laborer. Just four weeks after his 57th birthday, stricken with chronic heart problems, he died on Feb. 13, 1934. Burial was in Union Cemetery.

Daughter Nevada Wildey (1882-1947) was born on June 22, 1882 in Connellsville. On Sept. 30, 1908, at the age of 26, she was joined in marriage with 40-year-old Grant Nickel (Oct. 2, 1868- ? ), son of Amzi and Sabina (Jordan) Nickel. Rev. A.J. Heller officiated at the 8 p.m. ceremony at the Reformed Church on Green Street. Said the Connellsville Daily Courier, "Both of the contracting parties are widely known and have a wide circle of friends and acquaintances who will be glad to wish them a long and prosperous matrimonial journey.... The affair was kept unusually quiet and came as a surprise to their friends." At the time of marriage, Grant was a salesman working for wholesale merchant R.J. Welsh. Their first home was a cottage at 117 North Prospect Street. Then circa 1914 their residence was at 206 West Green Street, with Grant earning a living as a teamster. Heartache shook their lives when Grant was diagnosed with tuberculosis of the right lung. His health failed and he died at the age of 46 on Nov. 29, 1914. By the mid-1920s, she had married again to Frank Rigger (1879- ? ), also spelled "Riggar." They dwelled in Connellsville at 337 Jefferson Street. In early 1945, Nevada began to suffer from cancer of the uterus. The malignancy spread into her abdomen and at the age of 65 she died in Connellsville State Hospital on Aug. 23, 1947. Burial was in Walnut Hill Cemetery.

Daughter Dakota Wildey (1883- ? ) was born in October 1883. She was wedded to James J. Mitchell ( ? - ? ). They lived in the mid-1920s in Long Beach, NJ. By 1941, they had relocated to Warren, PA, with an address of 1019 Conewango Avenue. At the death of her mother in November 1941, Dakota traveled to Connellsville for the funeral.

Son Lloyd S. Wildey Sr. (1885-1953) was born on Nov. 9, 1885. He dwelled near his parents in Connellsville and helped his father operate the family wagon-making business. Lloyd was wedded to Stella Matiben ( ? -1924) of Trotter, near Connellsville, and the daughter of German immigrant August Matiben. They made their home near his parents, at 216 Apple Street. The couple produced one known son, Lloyd Wildey Jr. Tragically, Stella contracted typhoid fever at the age of 35 and, after suffering from a hemorrhage, died on Sept. 15, 1924. Interment was in St. Joseph Cemetery. After the parents' deaths, Lloyd moved into their dwelling at 213 East Apple Street. Further heartache compounded the family when son Lloyd Jr., burdened with chronic heart disease, died at the age of 18 on April 19, 1933. Lloyd Sr. continued his work as a carpenter in his wagon shop, a role from which he eventually retired. At the age of 67, he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died on Sept. 14, 1953. Burial was in Hill Grove Cemetery.

Son Theodore H. Wildey (1893- ? ) was born in 1893. In about 1914, he married Antoinette Hefft ( ? - ? ) of Scottdale, Westmoreland County. The couple made their home in Scottdale. They had one known son, Theodore George Wildey.

  • Grandson Theodore George Wildey (1914-1961) was born on Nov. 15, 1914 in East Scottdale, Fayette County. He married Thelma K. ( ? - ? ) and lived at Box 209 in rural Scottdale. To earn a living, Theodore labored at the Melter Steel Works. He suffered from pulmonary emphysema for five years and finally succumbed at the age of 46 on Feb. 18, 1961, while a patient at Frick Community Hospital in Mount Pleasant. His remains were lowered into the earth in Green Ridge Cemetery north of Connellsville.

 

~ Son Forward R. Nicklow ~

Son Forward R. Nicklow (1859-1926) was born in about 1859 or 1860.

He married Susan (?) and had four known children -- Ewing Nicklow, Roy Nicklow, Mrs. John Ferguson and Mrs. John Letch.

The Nicklows made their home in the Percy Mines village in 1886, and in June that year Percy "brightened his home with a fresh coat of paint," noted the Connellsville Weekly Courier. They resided in or around Normalville, Fayette County in the mid-1890s. In May 1895 Forward and his married sister Julia King traveled back to Ursina to visit relatives, as noticed in the gossip columns of the Weekly Courier. In about 1897, the family moved into the coal mining patch town of Percy near Uniontown, and remained for good, though continued to visit family back in the mountains. The Weekly Courier reported in January 1896 that Forward had "butchered a porker on Tuesday that weighed 468 pounds. This is the largest we have heard of in this section." They were members of the Percy Methodist Church.

Forward died at home at the age of 65 on March 2, 1926. Burial was in the Percy Cemetery.

 

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