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Elizabeth (Rowan) Hall


Maple Summit Cemetery
Courtesy Brenda Turner Luckey

Elizabeth (Rowan) Hall was born on April 19, 1831, in Maple Summit, Fayette County, PA, the daughter of James and Catherine (Harbaugh) Rowan.

Unmarried at the age of 19, in 1850, Elizabeth resided with her parents in Youghiogheny Township, Fayette County. Then again in 1860, still single at age 29, she remained in her parents' household in Stewart Township, Fayette County. Evidence suggests that sometime between 1862 and 1866, when she would have been in her early 30s, she married widower Joseph Hall (1811- ? ). He was two decades older than she, and could neither rear nor write.

Joseph and his first wife, also named Elizabeth (1811- ? ), had had 11 offspring -- Abigail Hall, David Hall, Samuel Hall, Hilah "Hiley" Hull Baker, Henry Hall, William Hall, Winfield S. Hall, Mary Hall I, Susanna Hall, Mark Hall and James R. Hall.

Evidence further suggests that our Elizabeth and Joseph went on to produce five additional children -- Sabina Catherine Knopsnyder, Levi Hall, Josiah Hall, Mary Hall II and one unknown.

There were 16 children in the combined family, with a span of 45 years in between the ages of the eldest and youngest. Elizabeth herself was only three years older than her eldest step-daughter.


Wharton Furnace ruins

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1850, Joseph and his first family lived in Henry Clay Township, Fayette County, with Joseph eking out a living as a farmer. By 1860, the Halls dwelled at Wharton Furnace in Fayette County, where Joseph worked with his sons David and Samuel as a day laborer. Their next door neighbors at the Furnace were Andrew Jackson and Minerva (Minerd) Inks and James and Sarah (Walters) Minerd Sr.

Our Elizabeth came into the picture in the mid-1860s.

By 1870, Joseph and our Elizabeth had relocated to a farm at Maple Summit, Stewart Township, Fayette County. The United States Census of 1870 shows the family as next-door neighbors to Elizabeth's parents, in whose home also lived Elizabeth's 81-year-old step-grandmother Martha (Minerd) Imel Harbaugh and cousin Lucinda Minerd. They apparently did not own their farm as the family is not shown in a detailed Stewart Township map in the 1876 Atlas of Fayette County.

Census records for 1880 list the Halls remaining near Maple Summit, and making their home near Elizabeth's parents and brother Allen H. and Joanna "Annie" (Linderman) Rowan.

Joseph's fate is not yet known, but will be included here once discovered.

At the age of 75, Elizabeth suffered a stroke and died quickly in the Knopsnyder home near Markleton in Black Township, Somerset County on March 5, 1907. A physician later wrote that "the death of the above named Person was caused by paralysis the left side of the body being paralyzed. there was no Doctor in attendance. the above information given by Son in law the undersigned who was Present and at whose home she died." Son Levi of Victoria, Fayette County, was the informant on her death certificate. Burial was in the Maple Summit Cemetery.


~ Step-daughter Abigail Hall ~

Step-daughter Abigail Hall (1834- ? ) was born in about 1834. At the age of 16, in September 1850, she lived at home with her parents in Henry Clay Township, Fayette County.

Nothing more about her is known.


~ Stepson David Hall ~

Stepson David Hall (1836- ? ) was born in about 1836. He could not read or write.

At the age of 24, in 1860, he resided with his parents at Wharton Furnace, Fayette County and earned a living as a day laborer at the Wharton Furnace.

Evidence is very strong that he served in the Civil War and died in captivity as a prisoner of war. This connection needs to be proven and confirmed with greater precision.

Thelma Chidester Anderson's 1962 book, Workman Family History, reports of a "David Hall" who was "born about 1840 in Wharton Twp., Pa.; drafted in April 1862 for service in the Civil War and was later reported missing in action."

This David had a middle initial of "L." and married Susan Workman (1842-1896), daughter of Solomon and Ann (Keifer) Workman. They produced one daughter, Mary Margaret Fike, born Oct. 27, 1862 (or 1863) in Wharton. The Halls resided in Elliottsville, Fayette County.


14th Pennsylvania Cavalry
history naming "David L. Hall"

Records show that David L.'s enlistment date was Nov. 2, 1862 and that he joined the 14th Pennsylvania Cavalry, as did our David's brother in law Jacob Hull. The book The Fourteenth Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry in the Civil War states that he was captured and died as a POW.

After the war, on July 18, 1865, the widowed Susan began receiving a military pension as compensation for her loss. [Widow App. #102.174 - Cert. #84.704]

She appears in about 1870 to have remarried to farmer Ezra A. Thomas (Oct. 31, 1847-1938), but they had no further offspring. Upon this marriage, Susan no longer was eligible to receive the first husband's pension, but on Sept. 8, 1870, it was awarded to their daughter Mary Margaret. [Minor App. #190.317 - Cert. #145.435]

Ezra was born in an 18 ft. by 18 ft. log cabin. As a boy, he joined the Church of the Brethren. The family was so poor that his mother used a certain store box for both a cupboard and table, and a large log was used as the fireplace mantel. Mortar for the cabin was handmade and carried in a bucket which Ezra helped to apply. At the age of 21, he relocated from Preston County to Wharton Township, Fayette County. He remained a member of the Brethren Church for 75 years and "was noted from early boyhood for his kind deeds and consideration of others," reported the said the Uniontown Morning Herald. "He had served as a member of Wharton township school board but was content to devote his life to God and to follow the tilling of the soil. Even after he passed the 85 mark, Mr. Thomas often drove his farm products in Uniontown and vicinity. He was noted for his square dealings. Although he never had a brush in his mouth or never cleaned his teeth, not one tooth was missing at the time of his death. A razor never touched his face or a barber cut his hair until several years ago."

Sadly, Susan died on July 12, 1896, terminating their marriage of about 26 years.

A little more than a year later, on Sept. 4, 1897, in Uniontown, at the age of 45, Ezra remarried to 30-year-old Sarah "Sadie" Van Sickle (March 15, 1867-1932), daughter of Samuel and Frances (Hensel) Van Sickle and a native of Somerfield, PA. The couple made their home in Farmington, and their marriage lasted for 35 years until the separation of death.

Suffering from chronic kidney and heart disease, Sadie died in Uniontown Hospital at the age of 65 on July 29, 1932. An autopsy was performed to determine the precise cause of death. Her remains were placed into rest in the Bethel Cemetery. Charles E. Collen of Uniontown signed the death certificate. An obituary in the Morning Herald stated that she was survived by a brother, Marion Van Sickle of Elliottsville.

Ezra spent his final years living alternately with his brother James M. Thomas at Gibbons Glade and brother Josiah A. Thomas at 26 Lawton Avenue in Uniontown. His eyesight remained "far above ordinary at that age," said the Herald, and he "still was able to read without the aid of glasses." In early February 1938, he attended both church and Sunday School at the Uniontown Church of the Brethren, and the Herald added that "The Holy bible was his constant companion and eternity held nothing but anticipated happiness and everlasting joy for him."

While under brother Josiah's roof, Ezra passed away at the age of 90 on Feb. 18, 1938. A lengthy story in the Herald noted that he had collapsed that morning as his sister in law "was washing his face in bed preparatory to going down stairs to his breakfast" and that he had "been in extraordinary good health until several days ago when his appetite was impaired." The Herald went on to report: "Retiring at 6:30 Thursday evening the remarkable man complained Friday morning of 'not feeling well.' His brother ... had been up to his room earlier in the morning. He had requested that his hands and face be washed for breakfast. Mrs. Thomas was complying with his request at 9:40 when the Deatl Angel removed one of Fayette county's most lovable citizens, who by clean living had gone far beyond the normal span of life.... Mr. Thomas went as he had prayed he would go -- without suffering. The light that burned for more than 90 years just flickered and went out as Death struck at a shinking mark." Funeral services were held in the Bethel Church of the Brethren near Farmington and burial in the church cemetery, with James Fike, Albert Rothermel, Henry Herring, James Fearer, Quinter Barnthouse and Richard Ghrist serving as pallbearers. Traveling to attend the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer McArdle and son Robert of Cumberland, MD, Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Thomas of Meyersdale, Somerset County, PA and Mr. and Mrs. James Thomas of Clifton Mills.

Daughter Mary Margaret Hall (1862-1922) was born on Oct. 27, 1862, an only child of her parents. As a young lady, she joined the Church of the Brethren. When she was 19 years of age, she was joined in marriage with Rev. Silas Wesley Fike on June 3, 1881. They made their home near the Hatfield School House. Their children were John Orville Fike, Plura Pearl Fike, Bertha Ida May Fike, Nora Ellen Fike, George Emmel Fike and Hulda Minerva Fike. Mary Margaret died in Uniontown on July 18, 1922, caused by "acidosis" and shock from a fractured femur after a fall. Burial was in Park Place Cemetery. An obituary in the Uniontown Morning Herald noted that she "was the only child of David L. and Susan Hall, both deceased, of Elliottsville, Pa."


~ Stepson Samuel Hall ~

Stepson Samuel Hall (1838- ? ) was born in about 1838.

At the age of 22, in 1860, he resided with his parents at Wharton Furnace, Fayette County and earned a living as a day laborer at the Wharton Furnace.


~ Step-daughter Hilah (Hall) Hull Baker ~

Stepdaughter Hilah Hall (1840-1909) was born in about 1840 in Stewart or Wharton Township, Fayette County. Her name also has been spelled "Highly," "Hiley," "Hollie," "Hilda" and "Hyley." She never learned to read or write.

By 1860, when she was age 20, Hilah had married 20-year-old farmer Jacob Hull (1840-1887). They made their home in Wharton Township and produced these known children -- Jane Hull, Lydia M. Hull, Mary Ellen Hull, John Henry Hull, William S. Hull, Anna May "Annie" Hixson, Sarah C. "Sadie" Shettler, Charles B. "Charley" Hull, Enoch H. Hull and J.C. "Cooley" Hull.


14th Pennsylvania Cavalry
history naming Jacob Hull

Jacob joined the Union Army during the Civil War. He was sworn in as a private on March 9, 1864 as a member of the 14th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company E (or "K"). The regiment also was known as the 159th Pennsylvania Volunteers. Later, on Feb. 26, 1865, he mustered out of the 14th Cavalry and transferred to the 47th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company K. Many others in the extended Minerd-Minard-Miner-Minor family were mates of Jacob's in the 14th Cavalry, among them Adrian Johnston, Andrew Minerd, Jordan Nesmith, David J. Rowan and Jonas Rowan. Other 14th Cavalry soldiers within the Younkin family, which had very close ties to our clan, were Samuel H. Imel, Alexander Rush and William Henry Younkins,

The Civil War service record for Jacob will be added here when learned. He remained in the army even after the end of the war and was discharged at Washington, DC on Jan. 31, 1866, after which he returned home.

When the United States Census count was made in 1870, the Hulls were next-door neighbors to the farming families of James and Sarah (Walters) Minerd Sr. and Eli and Catherine (Dean) Leonard.

As compensation for his wartime ailments, Jacob was awarded a soldier's pension on Jan. 26, 1885. [Invalid App. #530.923 - Cert. #432.757]

Heartbreak enveloped the family when Jacob passed away at the age of 47 on Feb. 13, 1887. The cause of his untimely death is not yet known.

Now without a source of regular income, Hilah petitioned the War Department and began receiving Jacob's pension payments in 1887. [Widow App. #351.216 - Cert. #255.221].

After a dozen years as a widow, at about age 59, on May 8, 1899, Hilah was wedded a second time, to 61-year-old neighbor farmer Jonathan "John" Baker (1838-1915), son of David and Catharine Baker of Dunbar Township. The couple united themselves in marriage. At the time, Jonathan was a laborer and dwelled in Hopwood, while Hilah was in South Union Township. Some years earlier, in September 1891, Jonathan had sold his Hopwood lot to his son Otho.

Research is underway to confirm that Jonathan also was a Civil War veteran as a member of the 6th Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery, Battery K. The regiment also was known as the 212th Pennsylvania Volunteers. If so, he too was a pensioner, having been awarded monthly payments on Aug. 18, 1890. [Invalid App. #796.877 - Cert. #575.981] He would have enlisted at the age of 26 at Uniontown, PA on Aug. 23, 1864 by Captain Stone, and mustered into the army in Pittsburgh 10 days later, on Sept. 2, 1864. He thus would have served until the war's end, mustering out with his battery on June 13, 1865 at Fort Ethan Allen. This same Jonathan Baker dwelled in South Union Township in 1890 when a special census was taken of Civil War veterans. The 1890 census states that Jonathan's sight had been "injured."

Jonathan's first wife -- Cassandra Lucinda "Cascinda" (or "Catherine") Ogle (1839-1880), daughter of Hannah Ogle -- had died on April 22, 1880. Thus he brought these children to the marriage with our Hilah -- David Baker, William Baker, Otho W. Baker, Andrew "Andy" Baker, Lydia "Liddie" Wolfe, John Baker and Jennie Baker.

The Hall and Baker families had a close relationship, and Hilah's niece Mary Margaret Hall married Jonathan's son Otha Baker.

The second marriage lasted for a decade, and the couple dwelled in Hopwood, where Jonathan earned a living as a day laborer.

At the age of 67, in late August 1909, Hilah contracted tuberculosis with diarrhea, and while under treatment from Dr. C.W. Adams, the illness was incurable. She succumbed on Sept. 5, 1909. Interment was in Wharton Cemetery.

Jonathan survived his wife by six years, remaining in Hopwood. In the spring of 1915, burdened with paralysis, prostate problems and cystitis, he was stricken with influenza, and his health plummeted. He passed into eternity on April 10, 1915. Son Andy Baker of Hopwood signed the certificate of death. His remains were placed into rest at the Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Chalk Hill.


Men on a trail near an ancient Chalk Hill landmark, Nemacolin's Wigwam


Daughter Jane Hull (1861- ? ) was born in about 1861.

Daughter Lydia M. Hull (1863- ? ) was born in about 1863.

Daughter Mary Ellen Hull (1865- ? ) was born in about 1865.

Son John Henry Hull (1868-1934) was born on April 15, 1868. He was a laborer as a young man. When he was age 22, on Feb. 2, 1891, he and 18-year-old Melverda "Melverdie" Rishel (1872- ? ) united themselves in marriage. She was the daughter of Jacob and Emma Rishel. Neither John nor Melverda could write their names other than with an "X." The Hulls dwelled in Wharton Township and were farmers. Their seven known offspring were Hallie Hall Van Sickle, Jonathan Hull, Williams Hull, Henry Hull, Isaac Hull, Winifred Hull, Mrs. Harold Parks and Martha Browning. In about 1933, John began to show symptoms of an obstruction in his heart, and he underwent surgery. His health slipped away until death occurred on June 3, 1934. Interment was in the Lutheran Church Cemetery in Chalk Hill, with Rev. Calvin Wolf officiating. Ruth Hull of Chalk Hill was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. In an obituary, the Uniontown Daily News Standard reported that his survivors included 29 grandchildren.

  • Granddaughter Hallie Hull (1897- 1971) was born in about 1897. She was twice married. Her first spouse was (?) Hall. They produced two children, Winfield Ray Hall and Hazel Hall. Later, she wedded Orville Van Sickle ( ? - ? ). They lived along Wharton Furnace Road. The couple grieved at the untimely death of daughter Hazel in 1958. At the age of 74, Hallie died at home on Sept. 22, 1971. Her funeral service was held at the Chalk Hill Lutheran Church, with Dr. Earl P. Confer officiating, and followed by interment in the church cemetery. The Uniontown Morning Herald printed an obituary.
  • Grandson Jonathan Hull (1892-1976) was born in about 1892. He was a longtime farmer and coal miner in Wharton Township and was a membe of the Wharton Furnace Chapel. He was twice married. His first bride was Catherine Jane Lewis (Nov. 5, 1895-1953), daughter of George W. and Frances (Beal) Lewis. The Hulls lived near Uniontown. Their children were Wilmer Hull, Joseph Hull, Charles Hull, Jonathan Hull Jr., Frances Thomas, Mary Hull and Roselene Funkhouser. Sadly, at the age of 58, Catherine suffered a heart attack and died on Feb. 8, 1953. Her remains were lowered into eternal rest at the Chalk Hill Lutheran Church Cemetery. Jonathan wed his second wife, Ella Bowie ( ? -1973). Sadly, Ella succumbed in June 1973. Jonathan was admitted to Uniontown Hospital where he expired at the age of 84 on March 9, 1976. Dr. Earl P. Confer led the funeral service at the Chalk Hill Lutheran Church, with burial afterward in the church burying ground. Surviving him, according to the Uniontown Morning Herald, were 41 grandchildren and 52 great-grandchildren. At the time of Jonathan's death, his offspring Wilmer and Joseph lived in Farmington, Charles in New Salem, Jonathan Jr. in Ralph, Frances Thomas in Republic, Mary (Hull) Hull in Farmington and Roselene in Maryland.
  • Grandson Williams Hull resided in Wharton Township in 1934 and in Farmington in 1971.
  • Grandson Henry S. Hull made his home in 1934 in Wharton Township and in 1976 in Farmington.
  • Grandson Isaac Hull dwelled in Wharton Township in the 1930s and in Farmington in the 1970s.
  • Granddaughter Winifred Hull lived in 1934 in Wharton Township.
  • Granddaughter Emma Hull ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). In September 1924, she married Rev. Harold S. Parks (1904-1963). They made their home in Hopwood and bore three children -- Robert Parks, Fuhrman Parks and Lucille Cooper. In about 1946, after the end of World War II, they relocated to Albion, IA. As Harold's health failed in 1963, he was admitted to University Hospital in Iowa City, where he succumbed at the age of 59 just two days after Christmas 1963. The Uniontown Morning Herald, in an obituary, said his survivors included six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, brothers William A. Parks, Harvey A. Parks, Alonzo Parks and George Parks and sister Mrs. Palm Carples. Emma survived her husband and was still in Iowa in 1971. Circa 1963, heir son Robert lived in Los Angeles, son Fuhrman in LaGrande, IA and daughter Lucille Cooper in LaGrande.
  • Granddaughter Martha Hull was wedded to (?) Browning ( ? - ? ). She may have been divorced or widowed and resided at home with her parents in 1934. She made her residence in New York in 1971.

Son William S. Hull (1870-1938) was born on Nov. 18, 1870 in Wharton Township. He was a coal miner working at the Oliphant coke ovens. While twice married, he did not reproduce. At the age of 30, he obtained a marriage license to wed 39-year-old Emma (Smith) Congrove ( ? - ? ), daughter of James and Mahala Smith of Ross and Meigs Counties, OH, and who had lost her first husband to death on Sept. 9, 1892. But the actual wedding did not take place for another seven years, until they united themselves in marital union, on Sept. 21, 1910, when he was 37 and she 44. Later, he was joined in wedlock with Emma Smith (1856-1930), daughter of James Smith of Ohio and some 14 years older than her husband. William and Emma lived in Chalk Hill. Sadness blanketed the family when Emma suffered from aortic regurgitation and died at the age of 74 on Dec. 10, 1930. Interment was in Chalk Hill. William survived his wife by eight years. He became afflicted with acute cerebro-spinal syphilis, and was unable to continue working. As a patient in Uniontown Hospital, he died at age 68 on March 19, 1938, of what the Uniontown Morning Herald called "a lingering illness." Burial was in Chalk Hill, with Jonathan Hull providing details for the death certificate.

Daughter Anna May "Annie" Hull (1874- ? ) was born in about 1874. On Aug. 27, 1894, when she was about age 20, she and 19-year-old Morris Hixson (1875- ? ) submitted a marriage license application, but it was never completed or returned to Fayette County officials. Nonetheless, the couple became married. Morris was the son of Louisa Hixson and a fellow resident of Hopwood. Neither could read or write, but signed their names with an "X." In 1938-1949, the Hixsons (spelled "Hixon") lived in Hopwood. Nothing more about them is known.

Daughter Sarah C. "Sadie" Hull (1876-1950) was born in about 1876. She lived in Hopwood as a young woman. When she was age 20, on Dec. 14, 1896, she applied for a marriage license with 22-year-old laborer Harry P. Smith ( ? - ? ), a resident of the coal mining patch town of Brownfield and the son of George H. and Mahala Smith of West Virginia. As the marriage license was never returned, the couple may not have actually been joined together in matrimony. Sadie eventually married Joseph C. Shettler ( ? - ? ). Their only known daughter was Cecelia Show. They dwelled in Puritan, near McClellandtown, Fayette County in 1938-1950. At the age of 72, Sadie died at home on April 24, 1950. The Uniontown Morning Herald reported that Rev. David Hunter officiated at the funeral service with burial in the family plot at Church Hill Cemetery.

  • Granddaughter Cecelia Shettler ( ? - ? ) married (?) Show and made their home in Puritan, near McClellandtown, Fayette County in 1950.

Son Charles B. "Charley" Hull (1878- ? ) was born in about 1878 in Wharton Township. In young manhood, he lived in Hopwood and worked as a laborer. On April 25, 1900, at the age of 21, he was joined in holy matrimony with 16-year-old English immigrant Margaret Kegg (1883- ? ), daughter of Alexander and Anna Kegg. Because she was so young, her parents had to provide their consent. The couple united themselves in wedlock, with O.G. Chick and A.D. Williams as witnesses. After 13 years of marriage, the couple divorced on May 31, 1913. Eight months later, the 33-year-old Charley was wedded to his second bride, 17-year-old Elizabeth Rhodes (1897- ? ), daughter of Otho and Martha (Fouch) Rhodes of Bitner, PA. The ceremony took place on Jan. 20, 1914, again without benefit of clergy or alderman, with Charles O. Schroyer and H.R. Fitterington serving as witnesses. When asked on the marriage license application for his parents' birthplaces, Charley replied, "Can't say." In 1938, he made his home in Jefferson, PA -- in 1949 in Clarksville, Greene County, PA -- and in 1950 in Lippencott, PA.

Son Enoch H. Hull (1880-1949) was born on April 12, 1880 in South Union. Enoch was married but later divorced. Their four daughters were Nelle Baer, Mildred McMillen, Ruby Jones and Ruby Karites. Enoch earned income over the years as a laborer. As did his half-brother Andrew Baker, Enoch made his residence on Buttermilk Lane in Hopwood. He was a member of the Hopwood Methodist Church and the Fayette Fox Hunters Association. Enoch suffered a coronary occlusion and died suddenly at home on Aug. 14, 1949. Signing the death certificate was Fred Baer of Hopwood. His remains were placed into repose in White Rock Cemetery in Fairchance. The Uniontown Morning Herald noted in a front-page obituary that he was survived by a dozen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

  • Granddaughter Nelle Hull ( ? - ? ) married (?) Baer. In 1949, their home was in Hopwood.
  • Granddaughter Mildred Hull ( ? - ? ) married (?) McMillen. They lived in Walden, NY in the late 1940s.
  • Granddaughter Ruby Hull ( ? - ? ) married (?) Jones. Their dwelling in 1949 was in West Point, NY.
  • Granddaughter Ruby Hull ( ? - ? ) married (?) Karites. They relocated to Highland Falls, NY, where they made their residence in 1949.

Son Jacob "Cooley" Hull (1885-1954) was born on April 28, 1885 in Hopwood, Fayette County. He married Bessie Van Sickle ( ? - ? ). They produced three children, among them Morford Hull and Raye Leckemby. In about 1917, they established a home in Smithfield, Fayette County, where they remained for the duration of the marriage. Cooley was a longtime coal miner and a member of the United Mine Workers' Kyle Local No. 6707. In December 1940, Cooley and his son Morford traveled to Potter County, PA to hunt deer, and both brought back kills. Reported the Uniontown Morning Herald, "Their grandson and nephew, Roy Paul Leckemby, found that acres of diamonds can be closer home for he killed a large buck within a few miles of his grandfather's residence in the neighboring township." Then in July 1941, Cooley and his daughter and grandchildren were among 53 who attended the Hull family reunion held at Mt. Vernon Park near Connellsville. "Dinner was served picnic style and during the afternoon there were races and games for young and old with attractive prizes for all the winners," noted the Morning Herald. Other attendees were Margaret Dean, Samuel Dean and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dean of Southwest, PA; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Johnson and David Johnson of Uniontown; Mr. and Mrs. George Hull of Mormonville, PA; Geraldine Witt, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Lanning, Blair Grimm, Ruth and Jean Grimm, Brade Ritenour and John K. Ritenour of Breakneck, PA; Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Hull and children Ruth, Paul and Martha of Mormonville; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hull Sr., John Grist and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bashoun of Ruffsdale, PA; Mr. and Mrs. Charles King and daughter, Mrs. Joseph Hull and children Bobby, Junior, Jake, Eugene, Jimmy, Margaret, Lucille and Janet of Alverton, PA; Katherine Brooks and daughter Rebecca of Republic, PA; and Mr. and Mrs. Jake Murphy and sons Kenneth and Teddy of Ronco, PA. Trouble came the Hulls' way in late 1950 when Mary Breakiron, relationship unknown, filed a claim of assault and battery against Cooley and Bessie, leading to a grand jury inquest and embarrassing publicity in the Uniontown newspapers. Sadly, burdened with congestive heart failure, Cooley died at the age of 68 on Feb. 1, 1954. Their daughter Raye signed the Pennsylvania death certificate. Interment was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Smithfield.

  • Grandson Morford Hull ( ? - ? ) married (?) Their daughter (?) married John B. Reese of Smithfield.
  • Granddaughter Raye Hull married Robert P. Leckemby. They resided in Smithfield. Their four known children were Roy Paul Leckemby, Everett Leckemby, Lorraine Leckemby and Priscilla Leckemby.

Stepson David Baker (1862- ? ) was born in about 1862.

Stepson William Baker (1866- ? ) was born in about 1866. Is he the same as Otha Baker? Evidence hints that he applied to wed 21-year-old Mary "Margaret" Hall (1864-1926), daughter of Henry and Mary Hall, on Nov. 17, 1889, but that the union did not take place. She later married his brother Otha. See further on this page for more.

Stepson Otho W. "Otha" Baker (1867- ? ) was born in about 1867. He married a step-cousin, Mary "Margaret" Hall (1864-1926). See more on this page for details.

Stepson Andrew "Andy" Baker (1869-1951) was born on March 17, 1869. He was a longtime coal miner, spending 40 years in the employment of H.C. Frick Coke Company. Andrew was married and produced these nine children -- Clarence Baker, Ellsworth Baker, Thomas Baker, Donald Baker, Erma Dawling, Mollie Hall, Lydia McDade, Jessie Schultz and Nora Whoolery. They resided on Buttermilk Lane in Hopwood, Fayette County and were members of the Chalk Hill Evangelical Church. For two decades, Andrew was plagued with bronchial asthma, likely a black lung type of illness. He also contracted hypertensive heart disease and went into acute congestive failure at the age of 82. He died four days later on Oct. 27, 1951. Burial was in Hopwood Cemetery, with Rev. P.J. Null officiating, and an obituary printed in the Uniontown Morning Herald.

  • Step-grandson Clarence Baker lived in Brownfield in 1951.
  • Step-grandson Ellsworth Baker resided in Uniontown in 1951.
  • Step-grandson Thomas Baker was a private first class serving at Fort Campbell, KY in 1951 during the Korean War era.
  • Step-grandson Donald Baker dwelled in Hopwood.
  • Step-granddaughter Erma Baker married (?) Dawling. She made her home in Uniontown.
  • Step-granddaughter Mollie Baker married (?) Hall. They lived in Uniontown.
  • Step-granddaughter Lydia Baker married (?) McDade. In 1951, they resided in Arnettsville, WV.
  • Step-granddaughter Jessie Baker married (?) Schultz.Their residence was in Hopwood.
  • Step-granddaughter Nora Baker married (?) Whoolery. They dwelled in Hopwood.

Step-daughter Lydia "Liddie" Baker (1872- ? ) was born in about 1872 in Wharton Township. She lived in Hopwood in her late teens. When she was age 18, on Oct. 30, 1890, she was joined in holy wedlock with 19-year-old Edwin L. Wolfe (1871- ? ), a railroad fireman residing in Fayette Springs and the son of Samuel M. and Eliza A. Wolfe of Washington, Washington County, PA. Because the couple was so young, their fathers had to sign their consents. Rev. W.P. Turner officiated at the ceremony held in Uniontown.

Step-daughter Jennie Baker (1875-1953) was born on Aug. 12, 1875 (or 1873). She did not know how to read or write. She did not marry until she was age 39, although she fibbed on her marriage license application and stated that her age was actually 32. On Nov. 18, 1914, she united herself in matrimony with 30-year-old Hugh Robinson (1884- ? ), a coal miner living at the Filbert plant of H.C. Frick Coke Company, and the son of William and Margaret (Hagan) Robinson. Hugh's late father was a native of England, and his mother of Ireland, and she was living in Youngstown, OH at the time of her son's marriage. The marriage ended in divorce, and in 1951, in the obituary of her brother Andrew, she was referred to as "Jennie Baker of Brownfield [PA]." In her final years, Jennie made her home at 256 East Main Street in Uniontown. She died of gall bladder problems at the age of 79 on Jan. 27, 1953. A death notice in the Uniontown Morning Herald named her brother John Baker of Brownfield as her only surviving relative. Burial was in Hopwood Cemetery, with the ceremony officiated by Dr. Herman H. Will.

Stepson John Baker (1885-1962) was born on May 8, 1885 in Chalk Hill, Fayette County. On June 20, 1908, when he was 23 years of age, he married 18-year-old Ethel Logston ( ? - ? ), daugthter of Hiram and Emma (Mosier) Logston and step-daughter of Hester Ann (Devan) Logston. Foregoing a clergyman, the couple united themselves in wedlock, with G.L. Schmick and Earl Huston witnessing the event. John was a longtime coal miner. The Bakers dwelled in Brownfield, near Uniontown, in the 1950s, and in the early 1960s, their address was House #36 in the coal mining patch town of Leith, near Uniontown. They are thought to have had at least two daughters, (?) Fox and Doris Wilson. As his health declined, due to kidney and heart problems, John was admitted to the Uniontown Nursing and Convalescent Center in Uniontown. There, he died at the age of 77 on Oct. 26, 1962. Mrs. Doris Wilson of Uniontown was the informant for the death certificate. Burial was in Mt. View Memorial Park.

  • Step-granddaughter (?) Baker is believed to have married James Fox and moved to Chicago.
  • Step-granddaughter Doris Baker married (?) Wilson. She lived in Uniontown in 1962. Her daughter (?) Wilson was wedded to J.W. Dreer II of Uniontown.


~ Stepson Henry Hall ~

Stepson Henry Hall (1842-1921) was born in about September 1842. He grew up in Wharton Township but never learned to read or write.

During the Civil War, he served with the 116th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company K. He joined the Union Army in May 1864 and remained through the duration of the war, receiving his discharge in July 1865.

In 1865, at the age of 23, Henry married 24-year-old Mary Catherine Hull (April 1841-1916), daughter of John Hull. She also lacked reading and writing skill.

The couple produce these children -- David X. Hall, Mary "Margaret" Van Sickle, Winfield S. Hall II, John W. Hall, Levi Hall II, Archibald William "Archie" Hall, George Hall, Walter Hall and Washington Hall.


Ruts of old Braddock's Road in Chalk Hill dating to the French & Indian War


The Halls made their home on a farm near Chalk Hill, Fayette County. When the federal census was taken in 1870, their home was in Fayette Springs, Fayette County.

On Dec. 16, 1891, Henry was awarded a military pension for his service during the Civil War. [Invalid App. #1077818 - Cert. #881402].

Henry and Mary lived in Uniontown in their older years. Sadly, Mary was burdened with heart disease ("myocardial degeneration") and chronic bronchitis and passed away at the age of 71 on Aug. 4, 1916. Interment was in the Christ's Church Lutheran Church Cemetery in Chalk Hill, with son John W. Hall of Uniontown signing the certificate of death.


Christ's Church Lutheran
Chapel, Chalk Hill

At the age of 78, for three months, Henry suffered a deadly case of dropsy (congestive heart failure), and on Aug. 7, 1921, Henry died at home from the effects of a mitral heart lesion. Burial was in Chalk Hill Lutheran Church Cemetery. Son Winfield signed the death certificate, but while knowing the name of Henry's father, was unable to provide the maiden name of Henry's mother. In an obituary, the Uniontown Morning Herald reported that he "was well known in the county having spent the greater part of his life here." As well, a one-paragraph obituary was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier. Several members of his old army company attended the funeral held at the Hall home, and other veterans participated in the burial service, which was officiated by Rev. Jasper Barnthouse.

Son David X. Hall (1862-1936) was born on March 13, 1862. He lived in Jumonville in the mountains above Uniontown, Fayette County, and earned income as a laborer. On Oct. 4, 1891, when he was 28 years of age, David married 18-year-old Alice Cassidy (1872- ? ), of Wharton Township, daughter of George and Margaret Cassidy. Justice of the peace George W. Hansel officiated. At the time of marriage, David earned a living as a laborer. They produced these known children -- Lucy Hall, John Hall, George Hall, Earl Hall, Winfield Hall III, Mary Miller, Ida Crum, Bertha Lee Hull, Lulu Hall and Dorothy Hawk. The Uniontown Morning Herald once called David "beloved" and also "one of the most highly respected residents of the mountain." Burdened with an ulcer of his foot, and added to heart problems which were common in the family, David began to fail in health from aortic regurgitation and died in Jumonville at age 74 on Oct. 13, 1936. Burial was in the Fulton Cemetery near Jumonville, with Rev. William King of the Percy Methodist Protestant Church officiating. Daughter Mary Miller of Edenborn, PA was the informant for the Pennsylvania certificate of death. An obituary in the Morning Herald noted that his survivors included 19 grandchildren and five brothers.

  • Granddaughter Lucy Hall wedded Wilbur Kuhn (or "Kehn"). Circa 1971-1974, their home was in Isabella, OK.
  • Grandson John Hall lived in Jumonville in 1971-1974.
  • Grandson George Hall
  • Grandson Earl Hall resided in 1917 in Hopwood and along Coolspring Road in Hopwood in 1971.
  • Grandson Winfield Hall III made his home in 1974 in Elizabeth, Allegheny County, PA.
  • Granddaughter Mary married (?) Miller
  • Granddaughter Ida May Hall (1894- ? ) was born in about 1894. She was twice married. At the age of 19, on Sept. 19, 1913, she was joined in marriage with her first husband, 29-year-old coal miner Frank Costolo (1884- ? ), a resident of Coolspring, near Uniontown, and son of George and Ella (Luckey) Costolo. The ceremony was held at the parsonage of the Free Methodist Church, officiated by Rev. L.N. Campbell. Later, she wedded (?) Crum ( ? - ? ).
  • Granddaughter Bertha Lee Hall (1897-1971) was born in about 1897. She married William J. Hull ( ? -1961). They lived in and around Farmington, Fayette County and produced these six children -- Abraham Hull, John Hull, Jacob Hull, Edna Smithburger, Susan Myers and Sarah Parnell. They were members of the Jumonville Methodist Church. Sadly, William died on March 6, 1961. Bertha Lee outlived him by nearly a decade, remaining in Farmington. She was admitted to Uniontown Hospital where she passed away at age 74 on Feb. 10, 1971. A death notice in the Uniontown Morning Herald said she was survived by 19 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
  • Granddaughter Lula "Lulu" Hall
  • Granddaughter Dorothy Pearl Hall (1906-1974) was born on Sept. 6, 1906 at Jumonville. She married Elmer Hawk ( ? -1974) and made their home in Lemont Furnace near Uniontown and later in Yauger Hollow. They were members of the Cove Run Free Methodist Church. The Hawks had two children -- Eugene Hawk and June Hall. Sadly, Earl passed away on July 10, 1974. Dorothy Pearl only lived for another six days and died in Uniontown Hospital at the age of 67 on July 16, 1974. A death notice appeared in the Uniontown Morning Herald, which noted that her survivors included eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Cove Run church, led by Rev. Harry E. Cooley, with burial in Percy Cemetery. Son Eugene made his home in Cleveland in 1974 and daughter June in Yauger Hollow.

Daughter Mary "Margaret" Hall (1864-1926) was born on June 8, 1864. Evidence suggests that she was twice married. She apparently had an intention of marrying a step-cousin William M. Baker (1866- ? ), son of Jonathan and Cascinda "Catharine" (Ogle) Baker of Wharton Township, with the license issued on Nov. 27, 1889, when he was 23 and she 25. But the wedding seems to have not materialized. Instead, she was joined in wedlock not long afterward with Otha H. "Oas" Baker ( ? - ? ), also a son of Jonathan and Cascinda "Catharine" (Ogle) Baker. The couple produced three known children, Bessie Lee Cooley, Earl W. Baker and Chauncey Baker. Later, Margaret married (?) Van Sickle. She lived in Hopwood, Fayette County in 1921. Sadly, at the age of 62, Margaret suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died on Dec. 15, 1926. Her remains were laid to rest in the Chalk Hill Lutheran Cemetery, with the Edward E. Minerd Funeral Home handling the arrangements. Son Chauncey Baker of Hopwood signed the death certificate. A stone marks the grave today, inscribed "Mother" and "In Loving Memory."

  • Granddaughter Bessie Lee Baker (1890-1979) was born on Sept. 17, 1890. She dwelled in Hopwood as a young woman. At the age of 21, on April 6, 1912, she was married to 25-year-old railroader Elmer Cooley (1885-1968), son of Joseph and Belle Cooley. Justice of the peace P.M. Buttermore officiated at the nuptials held in Connellsville. They produced at least one daughter, Mary Margaret Cooley. In 1937, her home was in Cokeburg, Washington County, PA. She occasionally wrote letters to the editor of the Pittsburgh Press. One such letter, published on July 19, 1937, saidtheir "In regards to this labor war we are having, I think labor should have a vote and let both sides abide by the election and stop this killing and damage to property. A vote tells the situation in other business and the men have the right to vote for themselves. Everything is run by a vote except labor unions. They cannot have a vote for their rights, but can only vote for the benefit of others." The family went into crisis in September 1940 when their 19-year-old daughter eloped to Cumberland, MD to marry her 52-year-old widowed uncle Joseph Marshall Cooley of Brownsville, Fayette County. The case went to court, with Fayette County Common Pleas Judge W. Russell Carr weighing what the Uniontown Morning Herald called an "Unusual case -- in which it was shown the law prevents a woman from marrying her father's brother but does not specifically prohobit a man from marrying his brother's daughter." The judge found the husband and wife guilty of incest. Elmer passed away in 1968 at the age of 83. Bessie outlived him by nine years. She joined him in death in April 1979. They rest together in Scenery Hill Cemetery in Washington County.
  • Grandson Chauncey Baker (1891-1958) was born on March 10, 1891 in Wharton Township, Fayette County. When he was age 18, in 1910, he boarded with the family of Thomas G. and Della Hager in Wharton Township and supported himself as a farm laborer. On New Year's Day 1918, at Uniontown, Chauncey married Pauline (?) (1901- ? ), who was 10 years younger. They produced one known daughter, Rebecca Louise Cunningham. Chauncey and Pauline resided in or near Hopwood in 1920, with him laboring as a coal miner. In about 1933, Chauncey obtained employment with the Rose Iron Works and, over the next 25 years, worked his way up to foreman. He suffered lacerations of two fingers on his left hand in a work accident in December 1940 but eventually returned to work. In April 1948, Chauncey filed for divorce, with the Connellsville Daily Courier reporting that Pauline allegedly was "neglecting her household duties and remaining away from home at nights." He dwelled in the 1950s at 300 West Main Street in Uniontown. At the age of 67, on Sept. 1, 1958, stricken with cancer of the pancreas and heart disease, he died as a patient in Uniontown Hospital. Elizabeth Shaw of the residence signed the death certificate. His remains were lowered into eternal repose in White Rock Cemetery in Fairchance, Fayette County. An obituary in the Daily Courier noted that he was survived by a daughter, sister, half-sister and two grandchildren. Pauline went on to marry again to (?) Jones. She filed legal action against Chauncey, asking the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas to order the sale of her former home so that she could receive her half share, but the judge refused as she could produce evidence that she had any ownership. Their daughter Rebecca married Paul Cunningham on Dec. 10, 1939, with him working at the time at Fayette Chemical Company.
  • Grandson Earl W. Baker (1898-1937) was born on Feb. 11, 1898. He was wedded to Edna (?). The Bakers made their residence at House 75 in the coal mining patch town of Continental #2 near Uniontown. Their children were Gretna Baker, Jean Baker, William Baker and Gerald Baker. Earl was a member of the United Mine Workers Local 6324. When coal mines shut down during the Great Depression, Earl obtained work laboring for the Works Progress Administration (WPA). In 1930, Earl began suffering from a bronchial infection which, on top of asthma, was not easily cured. Then in July 1936, his heart problems led to fluid buildup in his abdomen and legs. Unable to recover, he died just four days before his 39th birthday on Feb. 7, 1937. Burial was in White Rock Cemetery in Fairchance, with Rev. Betz officiating at the funeral held at the Hopwood Methodist Protestant Church, and with Edna signing the death certificate. An obituary in the Uniontown Evening Standard incorrectly gave his age as 28.


Winfield S. Hall II

Son Winfield S. Hall II (1867-1952) was born on April 17, 1867. He was married and earned a living as a laborer, dwelling in Chalk Hill, Fayette County. In the 1920s, afflicted with stomach and kidney problems, Winfield tried Konjola, a medicine said to cure a variety of ailments and which was available at Central Drug Store in Uniontown. Pleased with the results, he consented to allow his photograph and words to be published in a Konjola testimonial in the Jan. 5, 1929 edition of the Uniontown Morning Herald. "Hapy beyond expression of the wonders Konjola wrought for him," the testimonial continued:


Uniontown Morning
, 1929

I shall never stop rejoicing that I decided, after weeks of hesitation, to give Konjola a chance to relieve me of rheumatism and stomach trouble. For two years or more I was a fictim of a complication of diseases that caused all kinds of misery. I developed rheumatism in my lower limbs shortly after my stomach and kidneys became disordered. Every time I put my weight on my feet, sharp, shooting pains shot through my limbs. I was unable to sleep at night, work efficiently during the day. Loss of appetite resulted in a weak and rundown condition of my system. Glas bloating followed every meal. At night I had to rise several times because of my kidneys, and every morning found me weak and tired. I had heard Konjola recommended for such troubles as mine and many friends sincerely indorsed it. So I decided to see what it would do for me. What a surprise and pleasure was in store for me. I have taken but a brief treatment, and yet the results obtained were almost beyond imagination. I can eat any kind of food and in any quantity without trouble with my stomach. I am stronger in every way and have begun to pick up in weight. My kidneys no longer bother me and I enjoy sound, refreshing sleep at night. The rheumatism has been so relieved that I can get around and do my work without suffering and only a dim memory remains to tell me of the many years of suffering I formerly endured.

(An interesting twist is that one of Winfield's neighbors and distant step-cousins, Bartholomew "Beth" Minerd, also of Chalk Hill, also used the Konjola and also was profiled in a Morning Herald testimonial around that time.) In July 1935, Winfield and a number of local men assisted in cleaning and weeding historic sites including Jumonville's Grave and Washington's Rocks. The team included John K. Hall, Joe Fitzsimmons, Dan Varndell, Daniel Varndell, Ludwig Wedel, John Varndell, Wesley Johnson, Russell Varndell, David Hall and Earl Hall. Under the supervision of road construction foreman John Bradley, the men tore out undergrowth allowing the sites to be "more attractive and easier to locate," reported the Morning Herald. "For the past year nothing has been done at either site and weeds and underbrush had taken firm root to grow up over tablets and other markers, making them difficult to find.... Refreshments were furnished gratis throughout the day by Harry Whyel, proprietor of Jumonville Inn. The workers visited the spots again yesterday for a last minute's survey befor letting the general public in on the back-breaking labor contribution which has resulted in two of the county's historic spots again becoming places that apparently have been given special care to perpetuate Fayette's historic sites and make them drawing cards for the large number of tourists who frequent this section and Fort Necessity." At the age of 84, suffering from hardening of the arteries, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, Winfield died on Leap Day 1952. Interment was in the Chalk Hill Lutheran Cemetery.

Son John W. Hall (1870- ? ) was born in about 1870 in Wharton Township. At the age of 21, on Nov. 26, 1891, John was united in wedlock with 21-year-old Alice Klink (July 4, 1870-1938), daughter of William and Hannah Klink of Wharton Township. Justice of the peace George W. Hansel led the nuptials. The Halls and Klinks were close, and John's brother Levi married Alice's sister Emma. John and Alice resided in Jumonville, Fayette County. The couple had these offspring -- William H. Hall, John W. Hall Jr., Clyde Hall, Bessie Craig, Viola Shipley, Nina Greenwalt, Lida Basinger and Delphia Hall. At the age of 67, having endured a lingering illness of rheumatic endocarditis, Alice succumbed at the age of 67 on April 1, 1938 in their home. The Uniontown Morning Herald published an obituary. Her remains were lowered into the earth for eternal rest in Chalk Hill Lutheran Church Cemetery.

  • Grandson William H. Hall (1892-1942) was born on Nov. 5, 1892 in Wharton Township. He served in the U.S. armed forces during World War I. He lived with his parents in Jumonville in 1938. He eventually married Bessie "Rosie" Sellers (1893- ? ), although they did not reproduce, and may have separated. At one time William was employed at the Richmond Radiator Plant in Uniontown. Circa 1942, he worked on house construction at the Harry Whyel farm at Jumonville. William enjoyed spending time in his two-room cabin near Jumonville, eight miles from Uniontown. Sadly, on July 13, 1942, while getting ready for work on a Monday morning, but only partially dressed in a shirt and underwear, the 50-year-old William suffered a massive heart attack and fell into bed, dying almost instantly. His sister Nina, having seen from afar that his lamp alit all day, fearing the worst, waited until her friend Ralph Tuning returned home from work that evening before going over to investigate. By that time he had been dead about 12 hours. At the time, his wife was residing in Coolspring near Uniontown. Burial was in Chalk Hill Lutheran Church Cemetery.
  • Grandson John W. Hall Jr. made his home in Uniontown in 1938-1942.
  • Grandson Clyde Hall resided in Beeson, Fayette County in the late 1930s and by 1942 was in Mount Independence, Fayette County.
  • Granddaughter Bessie Hall married (?) Craig and dwelled in Uniontown in 1938 at 45 East Main Street. By 1942, she seems to have resumed using her maiden name.
  • Granddaughter Viola Hall wedded (?) Shipley and lived in Uniontown.
  • Granddaughter Nina Hall was joined in matrimony with (?) Greenwalt. In 1938, their home was in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, PA. By 1942, when she signed her brother William's death certificate, she again was using the name "Hall."
  • Granddaughter Lida Hall was united in wedlock with (?) Basinger. Their residence in 1938 was in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, PA and ni 1942 in Connellsville.
  • Granddaughter Delphia Hall dwelled with her parents in Jumonville in 1938.


Coal tipple at York Run

Son Levi Hall II (1873-1939) was born on Sept. 11, 1873. He married Emma Klink (May 27, 1879-1939), daughter of William and Hannah Klink. The Halls and Klinks were close, and Levi's brother John married Emma's sister Alice. The Halls produced two children, David Hall and Blanche Hall. They kept their residence in the coal mining patch town of York Run, Fayette County, where Levi labored for the H.C. Frick Coke Company, and eventually retired and obtained a pension. Their address was House 162 York Run. Levi stopped working in 1927 and apparently never held steady work for the remaining dozen years of his life. He suffered gangrene of a foot and combined with diabetes, the illness was deadly. He succumbed at the age of 65 on Jan. 25, 1939. Son David Hall of Chalk Hill signed the death certificate. His remains were lowered into eternal rest in Chalk Hill Lutheran Cemetery. An obituary was published in the Uniontown Morning Herald. Emma only survived her husband by a little more than five months and lived with her son David at House 121 York Run. "Suffering from a sudden illness of heart disease," reported the Morning Herald, she died at age 60 on July 5, 1939. She "was a highly respected resident of Georges township." The funeral and interment were held at the Chalk Hill Lutheran Church. She was survived by five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

  • Grandson David Hall lived at House 121 at York Run in 1939.
  • Granddaughter Blanche Hall made her residence in Ohio in 1939.

Son Archibald William "Archie" Hall (1879-1952) was born on Oct. 5, 1979 in Wharton Township, Fayette County. He was wedded to (?). They dwelled for many years in Washington, Washington County, PA, where he was a farm laborer on the McClane farm. Stricken with heart failure, an acidosis coma and diabetes, Archie died four days after Christmas 1952 as a patient in Washington Hospital. Gilbert Hall, of Elm Street Extension in Canonsburg, was the death certificate informant. Interment was in Oak Spring Cemetery in Canonsburg.

Son George Hall (1880-1959) was born on June 17, 1880 in Wharton Township, Fayette County. He grew up as a farm laborer. As an adult, he never married and made his home in Chalk Hill, Fayette County. George supported himself by working as a laborer. Later in life, he relocated into the city of Uniontown. As his health declined, due to chronic rheumatoid heart valve disease, he was admitted to the Fayette County Home, where he spent the remaining 13½ months of his life. George entered eternity at the age of 76 on April 2, 1959. He joined his parents and siblings in repose at the Chalk Hill Lutheran Church Cemetery. Uniontown's Easl Savage gave details for the Pennsylvania death certificate.

Son Walter Hall (1883-1918) was born in May 1883 in Wharton Township, Fayette County. He grew up as a farm laborer. He was married and lived near Uniontown. Tragedy befell Walter in the week leading up to Christmas 1918. He contracted a deadly case of bronchial pneumonia and influenza, and he could not overcome their effects. Just three days after Christmas in 1918, at the age of 35, Walter passed away. Burial was in Chalk Hill Lutheran Church Cemetery. His younger brother Washington signed the death certificate.

Son Washington "Wash" Hall (1884- ? ) was born in February 1884 in Wharton Township, Fayette County. He resided in Uniontown in 1918 and later moved to Lemont Furnace, Fayette County. He enjoyed hunting near Lemont and in 1920 placed an ad in the Uniontown Morning Herald, stating he had lost a black and tan coon hound while on an outing in the mountains.


~ Stepson William Hall ~

Stepson William Hall (1847- ? ) was born in about 1847. When he was age 13, in 1850, census records show him dwelling with his parents in Wharton Township.


~ Step-daughter Mary Hall I ~

Step-daughter Mary Hall I (1850- ? ) was born in about 1850 and grew up in Maple Summit.


~ Step-daughter Susanna Hall ~

Step-daughter Susanna Hall (1853- ? ) was born in about 1853 and grew up in Maple Summit.


~ Stepson Mark Hall ~

Stepson Mark Hall (1855-1927) was born in 1855 and grew up in Maple Summit.

At about age 24, in 1880, he resided by himself next door to his parents' home in Maple Summit and made a living as a laborer.

Mark married Eleanor Hall (1860-1943), born on Leap Day 1860, the daughter of Samuel and Mary (Linderman) Hall. They had these known children -- James A. "Garfield" Hall, William J. Hall, Myrtle Larue and Harrison Hall.

When the federal census was taken in 1900, the Halls dwelled in Stewart Township, where Mark was a farm laborer. Later, he obtained employment as a streetcar repairman, and the family moved to South Connellsville, where they resided circa 1908. He retired in about 1926, and continued to make their home on East Gibson Avenue.

Burdened with lobar pneumonia, added to cancer at the head of the femur, he died on Feb. 27, 1927. Burial was in Hill Grove Cemetery, and son William Hall of Connellsville was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death.

Eleanor survived her husband by 16 years and made her home at 406 Highland Avenue in Connellsville. Sadly, stricken with bladder cander, she died just three days before Christmas 1943. She joined her husband in eternal repose in Hill Grove Cemetery.

Son James A. "Garfield" Hall (1881-1908) was born on May 15, 1881 in Springfield Township, Fayette County. He was named for the recently slain president of the United States, James A. Garfield. At the age of 22, living in Ohiopyle, Garfield married 18-year-old Bertha J. Taylor (1886- ? ), daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Taylor of Dunbar Township. Justice of the peace I.F. Woodmancy officiated at the wedding, which was held on July 3, 1904. The couple produced two children. They made their home in Ohio Pyle, where Garfield earned a living as a laborer. He was a member of the Odd Fellows lodge and joined the newly created Junior Order of American Mechanics. Sadly, his life was not destined to be long. In November 1908, at the age of 27, he contracted typhoid fever. Reported the Connellsville Weekly Courier, "It was thought for a time that he would stand chances of recovery but the Grim Reaper called him.... He was between 25 and 30 years of age." Garfield succumbed on Sept. 15, 1908. Burial was in Whig Corner, following funeral services held at the Baptist church in Ohio Pyle. His obituary in the Weekly Courier ended by saying "Mr. Hall leaves a host of relatives and friends who will regret his loss."

Son William J. Hall (1884- ? ) was born in October 1884 in Springfield Township. As a young man, he relocated to South Connellsville, where he eagned wages as a laborer. When he was 28 years of age, on May 18, 1912, he was wedded to 21-year-old Ora Richey (1891- ? ), daughter of James and Mary Richey, with the couple uniting themselves in marriage.

Daughter Myrtle Hall (1888- ? ) was born in January 1888. She may have been wedded twice. Her first husband is thought to have been (?) Kailing. The couple produced two children, James W. Kailing and Lucy Marietta. Her second spouse was George B. Larue (Oct. 12, 1885-1946), the son of George and Susan (Tressler) Larue of Somerset County. During World War I, George served in the U.S. Armed Expeditionary Force (AEF) and received a lung injury which plagued him for the remainder of his life. In the mid-1920s, their home was in South Connellsville, where George was employed for 27 years as a conductor with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. Myrtle was very active in the community, and her name appeared scores of times in the Connellsville Daily Courier for her volunteer work. One of her groups was the Daughters of America, Magic Sister Council, where in 1935 she was on the Orphans Committee and in 1938 served as associate councilor. Another was the Lee Etta Lodge, No. 515 of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, which she joined in 1925 and where she achieved perfect attendance for more than a quarter of a century starting in 1932. In January 1946, she was admitted into membership of the R.W.B. Club of the Daughters of America, and circa 1951 she was active with the Salvation Army Ladies Home League. With the ability to easily travel via rail, in September 1934, she and Mrs. R.C. Smith of Connellsville traveled to Chicago to attend the popular Century of Progress Exposition. Then in 1954, she and friends Della Barkley, Lena Barkley, Lilly Fullem and Magdaline Morrison traveled to Chicago for a week of vacation, with stops in Lima and Athens, OH. George was a member of the local Elks, Eagles and American Legion posts and was actively involved in sporting affairs and in 1932 managed the N.W.A.C. team in a local mushball league. He also was named in news stories for his hunting and fishing. Circa 1933, their address was 215 Ogden Street and in 1946 was 615 West Crawford Avenue in Connellsville. Sadly, after what the Courier called "a lengthy illness," George died at home at the age of 61 the day after Christmas 1946. Rev. Meade M. Snyder, of the Evangelical United Brethren Church, officiated at the funeral and burial in Sylvan Heights Cemetery. The cause of death was hemorrhaging caused by pulmonary tuberculosis which in turn, wrote a physician, had been "activated + exaggerated by injury of World War I." Myrtle outlived her husband by many years and made her residence at 514 East Crawford Avenue.


  • Grandson James W. Kailing (1911-1973) was born on March 8, 1911 in Connellsville. On Dec. 23, 1933, at age 22, he was joined in wedlock with Mabel Marie Stewart (May 16, 1912-1950), daughter of John S. and Lillian (Horton) Stewart of Ohiopyle. Their three offspring were Donald Kailing, Suetta Kailing and Glenda Kailing. The family belonged to the First Methodist Church. In 1946, they dwelled in Connellsville at 306 Hill Street and in 1950 at 104 West Patterson Avenue. Sadly, when pregnant with their fourth child at the age of 38, Mabel had excessive thyroid hormones in her system and she died without delivery at Connellsville State Hospital on May 30, 1950. Interment was in Sylvan Heights Cemetery in Uniontown, with services conducted by Rev. G.E. Kelley of the East End Evangelical United Brethren Church. James survived his wife by 23 years. He relocated to Stafford, Stafford County, VA. There, he died on Feb. 7, 1973. His remains were returned to Uniontown for burial in Sylvan Heights.
  • Granddaughter Lucy Kailing wed (?) Marietta. In 1946, their home was at 137 Orchard Avenue in Connellsville.


Blue Stone Quarry where Harrison Hall was killed in 1926.
Photo by H.J. Springer. Courtes Donna Myers.


Son Harrison Hall (1891-1926) was born on Oct. 19, 1891 (or Nov. 1890) in South Connellsville. He was married. Circa 1926, at the age of 35, Harrison was employed at the Connellsville Blue Stone Quarry at Connellsville, near Casparis, reporting to Fred Opperman. On the fateful day of April 19, 1926, while at work in the quarry, Harrison fell, fracturing his skull and neck, dying instantly. Funeral services were held in the home of his parents, led by Rev. J.A. Bulfenmyer of the Church of the Brethren. His broken remains were placed into rest in Hill Grove Cemetery.


~ Stepson James R. Hall ~

Stepson James R. Hall (1862-1933) was born on Dec. 12, 1862 in Maple Summit. He was but a young boy when his mother apparently died, and he considered his stepmother Elizabeth (Rowan) Hall as his mother.

He married a step-cousin, Mary Eliza Harbaugh (1864-1939). Their three daughters were Grace Ohler, Anna Friend and Mabel Harbaugh Burkholder. View their biography for more.


~ Son Levi Hall ~

Son Levi Hall (1866-1955) was born on Oct. 5, 1866 in or near Ohio Pyle, Fayette County. He learned the carpentry trade and spent a long career in that occupation.

On June 18, 1889, when he was 22 years of age, Levi married Elizabeth Daniels ( ? - ? ). The ceremony took place in Ohiopyle.

Their nine children were Raleigh Emerson Hall, Mae Hall, Etta Hepler, Charlotte Hoose (sometimes misspelled "Hose"), Elizabeth Long, Idella Meyers Pritchard, Winona Bowers and a son and daughter who both died in infancy.

The family relocated to South Connellsville, Fayette County in 1909. Near tragedy befell Levi in June 1915 when, while working on repairs to his roof, he was overcome by illness and fainted. Local Boy Scouts in South Connellsville, led by Dr. P.G. Dick, came to the rescue and likely saved Levi's life.

The couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1939, although with Elizabeth in poor health, only 17 immediate family members attended the celebration. "The menu consisted of the many good things accompanying a real chicken repast," reported the Connellsville Daily Courier. "The honored couple and their children were placed at one large table, which was centered with a large three-tier cake, baked by Miss Winona Hall and decorated with fifty pink candles... After the dinner, enertainment was enjoyed. A short program of favorite selections of Mr. Hall and his bride of fity years ago was presented. It was: Piano solo, 'Blue Danube,' Miss Elaine Hepler, granddaughter of the honored guests; reading, 'Grandparents,' Miss Delores Long, another granddaughter; vocal duet, 'The Old Rugged Cross,' Mrs. Meyers and Miss Winona Hall, with Miss Hepler playing the accompaniment." In 1949, on their 60th anniversary, Levi and Elizabeth were pictured in the Daily Courier. Again in 1954, when they reached their 65th anniversary, the Daily Courier published a photo.

Toward the end of his life, he resided with his married daughter Winona Bowers at 111 Atlas Avenue in South Connellsville. Burdened with senile dementia, hypertension and hardening of the arteries, he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died at the age of 89 just two days after Christmas 1955. His remains were brought up to the mountains for interment in Maple Summit Cemetery in a funeral ceremony led by Rev. R.A. Nelson of the Albright Evangelical United Brethren Church. An obituary in the Daily Courier noted that Levi's survivors included five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth survived her husband.

Daughter Mae Hall (1890-1947) was born on May 1, 1890 at Ohiopyle. She never married but lived as an adult at 111 Atlas Avenue in South Connellsville. Mae died at the age of 57 on July 27, 1947. Burial was in the Maple Summit Cemetery following a funeral service at the Hall home, led by Rev. K.M. Bishop of the Albright Evangelical United Brethren Church.


Stereoview image of a dead American soldier at the Meuse Argonne Forest. Published by Keystone View Company. Courtesy Library of Congress.


Son Raleigh Emerson Hall ( ? -1918) lived in Indian Creek, Fayette County as a young man. He served in the U.S. Arny Expeditionary Force during World War I. Tragically, during the blood extended battle of the Meuse-Argonne offensive in 1918, he was killed in action. His name was printed in a list of wartime casualties in the Nov. 25, 1918 edition of the Connellsville Daily Courier. Raleigh's remains were not returned to the United States until September 1921, at which time a funeral service was held in his parents' home, followed by interment in Hill Grove Cemetery in Connellsville. Officiating at the service were Rev. J.O. Bishop, formerly of the Evangelical Church at South Connellsville, and Rev. J.S. Showers of the United Brethren Church. Reported the Daily Courier, "Members of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars attended the services and furnished a firing squad at the grave in Hill Grove cemetery."

Daughter Etta Hall ( ? -1972) was born in (?). She married Dale Hepler ( ? -1967). They produced one daughter, Elaine Schenck. They dwelled for decades in South Bend, IN. Later, she moved to Syracuse, IN. Dale passed away on Aug. 12, 1967. Sadly while visiting her daughter Elaine in South Bend in 1972, she suffered a stroke and was admitted to Memorial Hospital. She died there on Dec. 18, 1972, with an obituary appearing in her old hometown newspaper, the Connellsville Daily Courier. The funeral and burial were held in South Bend. Their daughter Elaine was wedded to Arthur Schenck of South Bend.

Daughter Charlotte Hall ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She was wedded to Francis Hoose ( ? - ? ). They had one known son, James Hoose. Circa 1920, Charlotte was a charter member of the Ever Faithful Sunday School Class of the Albright United Methodist Church. For years, they lived in South Bend, IN. Frances and son James spent a 10-day vacation with her parents in South Connellsville in July 1936. In October 1970, Charlotte returned to Connellsville for the 50th anniversary of her Sunday School class and received a corsage at a turkey banquet and program held at Otterbein United Methodist Church. Then again in 1975, at the class's 55th anniversary, Charlotte and Francis received an honor for traveling the furthest to attend the banquet held at the Wesley United Methodist Church

Daughter Elizabeth Hall was born in (?). In 1927, while in South Bend, IN, the vehicle in which she was riding was involved in an accident, and her body was catapulted forward, with her head smashing through the windshield. She was rushed to the hospital where her facial wounds were repaired with 50 stitches. Elizabeth joined in matrimony to (?) Long. Their only known daughter was Dolores Long. The marriage ended by 1949, with Elizabeth residing that year in Mishawaka, IN. She made her home in 1955 in South Bend.


Connellsville's Hill Grove Cemetery, where many of the Halls rest


Daughter Idella Hall (1911- ? ) was united in wedlock twice. Her first husband was Kenneth Meyers (July 10, 1907-1946), son of Charles and Susan (Bittner) Meyers of Rockwood, Somerset County, PA. The couple produced two known daughters, Juanita Meyers and Bonnie Louise Meyers. Kenneth was a longtime fireman, employed by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Circa 1936, they lived at 112 Atlas Avenue in South Connellsville, and spent Christmas with her sisters in South Bend, IN. Sadness enveloped the family when the 39-year-old Kenneth suffered a heart attack at work and was rushed to Hazel McGilvery Hospital in Meyersdale, Somerset County, where he expired seven hours later, on Oct. 5, 1946. Interment was in Hill Grove Cemetery in Connellsville. The death left Idella a widow at the age of 35. The following year, in 1947, Idella and Mrs. K.M. Bishop and Mrs. Raymond Johnson presented a play, For Such a Day as This, at the fall institute of the Greensburg District of the Women's Society of World Service, held at the Fourth Street Evangelical United Brethren Church in Greensburg. On the fourth anniversary of Kenneth's death, in 1950, Idella published an "In Memoriam" poem in the Connellsville Daily Courier: "Gone from this earth, But from our hearts -- no never! Love and remembrance -- even death, cannot sever." Then, on Jan. 31, 1954, she married her second spouse, Clifford Pritchard ( ? - ? ), son of Mrs. Jessie M. Pritchard of South Connellsville. The Pritchards' wedding was held in the parsonage of the Albright Evangelical United Brethren Church, officiated by Rev. R.A. Nelson. At the time, Clifford was employed by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. They resided on Hyndman Street in South Connellsville. The marriage lasted for 15 years, but the couple divorced in January 1969 with "indignities" as the cause. By 1970, Idella had relocated to Mishawaka, IN where her sister Elizabeth Long made her home. In October 1970, Idella sent a message to members of her old Ever Faithful Sunday School class of Albright United Methodist Church to help them mark their 50th anniversary. Their daughter Bonnie Louise Meyers graduated from the Naison-Frederic School of Beauty Culture in Uniontown in 1963 and obtained work with Michaline's Beauty Salon in Connellsville. In 1964, she became an Eastern Airlines stewardess and was assigned to New York City. Idella and Bonnie Louise flew to Hawaii for a Waikiki vacation in August 1965.

Daughter Winona Hall married Rexford "Rex" Bowers of Mill Run, Fayette County. While not yet married in May 1937, they motored to South Bend with Winona's mother and niece to visit with Winona's sisters. Circa October 1970, Winona served as treasurer of the Ever Faithful Sunday School class of Albright United Methodist Church and was pictured in the Connellsville Daily Courier as part of the class's 50th anniversary celebration and turkey banquet. Than again in 1975, when the class celebrated its 55th anniversary with a banquet at Wesley United Methodist Church, Winona presented a memoriam for the 26 deceased members.


~ Daughter Sabina Catherine (Hall) Knopsnyder ~

Daughter Sabina Catherine Hall (1867-1921) was born on May 4, 1867 (or 1866).

Unmarried at about age 25, in about 1892, she gave birth to a daughter, whom she named Reba E. Hall.

Sabina was married at least twice. Her first husband, name unknown, died in about 1900. She remained a widow for about five years.

Then at the age of 38, on Feb. 28, 1905, she married 33-year-old farmer Jacob "Wilson" Knopsnyder (April 2, 1872-1925). He was the son of Cyrus and Phoebe (Phillippi) Knopsnyder of Black Township. Their nuptials were held at Rockwood and were performed by Rev. W.H. Blackburn. At the time of their marriage, he earned a living as a log maker.  The couple's marriage is recorded in Harvey Hostetler's book, Descendants of Jacob Hochstetler, the Immigrant of 1736.

The couple resided for many years on a farm near Markleton in Black Township, and Sabina's mother died under their roof in March 1907.

During the early part of the decade of the 1910s, the Knopsnyders made a major move away from southwestern Pennsylvania. Circa 1912, when the Jacob Hochstetler book was published, the Knopsnyders were residing in Ponoka, Alberta, Canada. Later they moved to Washington State, settling on a farm at Blue Slide Precinct in Pend Oreille County. In November 1912, the county commissioners of Pend Oreille County approved a payment to him for road work in the amount of $31.25, with his name published on a list in the Newport (WA) Miner. They and 28-year-old daughter Reba are shown in Pend Oreille on the 1920 federal census.

At some point Sabina suffered a stroke but she survived, and this may have prompted a return to Somerset County.

On Dec. 5, 1921, while in Black Township, she suffered another stroke overnight and succumbed at the age of 55. Burial was at Mt. Zion Cemetery. On the death certificate, which Wilson signed, he spelled the maiden name of Sabina's mother as "Round."

Wilson only lived for another three-plus years. He worked during that time as a laborer for Owen Klink. At age 52, he suffered from gangrene of his left foot. Then, on Feb. 2, 1925, he was stricken with paralysis ("hemiplegia") and, after lingering for a month and 21 days, died on March 23, 1925, just 10 days shy of his 53rd birthday. His remains were placed into repose at Mt. Zion Cemetery. James B. Knopsnyder signed the certificate of death.

Daughter Reba E. Hall (1892- ? ) was born in about 1892 in Somerset County. The identity of her father is not yet known, and she was given her mother's maiden name. At the age of 28, she lived with her mother and step-father in Blue Slide Precinct, Pend Oreille County, WA. Whether or not she returned to Pennsylvania with her parents in the early 1920s is not yet known. More will be added here when learned


~ Son Josiah H. Hall ~

Son Josiah H. Hall (1873-1958) was born on May 3, 1873 in Maple Summit, Fayette County, PA.

In September 1894, when he was 21 years of age, Josiah was united in wedlock with 21-year-old Eleanor Lytle (Sept. 3, 1873-1942), daughter of Levi and Sophia (Augustine) Lytle of Somerset County, PA. At the time of marriage, Josiah earned a living as a laborer.

Their dozen children were Lloyd Jackson Hall Sr., Lena Nicholson, Wesley Hall, Howard L. Hall, Charles E. Hall, Ruth Liston, Cecelia Alexander, Sadie Kimmel, Lewis "Raymond" Hall, Emma P. Hall, Bruce A. Hall and Charlotte E. Hall. Sadly, three of the children died before their parents -- Emma, Bruce and Charlotte.

Josiah was a longtime farmer in Maple Summit. They were members of the Maple Summit Church of God and retired in about 1938, moving to a new ome on First Street in South Connellsville.

Sadly, Eleanor was burdened with fluid buildup in the lungs ("edema") and hardening of the arteries. She succumbed at the age of 68 on Jan. 13, 1942. Following funeral services in the Maple Summit Church, led by Rev. Bert Breakiron, burial was in Linderman Cemetery. An obituary in the Connellsville Daily Courier reported that she was survived by 21 grandchildren in addition to her siblings Edward Lytle of Confluence, PA, Walter Lytle of Fort Hill, PA, Daniel Lytle of Little Summit, PA, Mrs. George W. Miller of Morgantown, WV, Grant Pyle of Confluence and Roy Lytle of South Connellsville.

Josiah in 1951 came to live in Vanderbilt, Dunbar Township, Fayette County, likely in his daughter's home.

At the age of 85, Josiah was felled by a cerebral hemorrhage and died suddenly on May 23, 1958 at home in Vanderbilt. Charles Hall of South Connellsville signed the death certificate. Burial was in Linderman Cemetery in Stewart Township, Fayette County, officiated by Rev. R.A. Nelson, following services at the Maple Summit Church. An obituary in the Connellsville Daily Courier noted that "He was the last member of a family of 16."

Son Lloyd Jackson Hall Sr. (1896-1982) was born in 1896. He married a cousin, Ollie Harbaugh (1900-1995), daughter of Robert Bacom and Elizabeth (Long) Harbaugh Sr. See their biographies for more detail.

Daughter Lena Hall married Frank Nicholson and lived in 1942 in Maple Summit and in 1958 in Mill Run.

Son Wesley Hall dwelled in Mill Run in 1942.

Son Howard L. Hall resided in Doylestown, PA in 1942.

Son Charles E. Hall made his home in 1942 in South Connellsville.

Daughter Ruth Hall married Edward Liston. In 1942, their home was in Newtown Square, PA but by 1958 they were in Mill Run.

Daughter Cecelia Hall married Roy Alexander. They dwelled in Fayetteville, PA in 1942 and in Shippensburg, PA in the late 1950s.

Daughter Sadie Hall married Edward Kimmel. Their residence in 1942-1958 was in Vanderbilt.

Son Lewis "Raymond" Hall lived in South Connellsville in 1942.


~ Daughter Mary Hall II ~

Daughter Mary Hall II (1879- ? ) was born in about 1879 in Maple Summit, Fayette County, PA. She was 29 years younger than an older sister also named "Mary Hall." This needs to be sorted out with precision.


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