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Jane (Younkin) Showman
(1819-1893)

 

   

Jane and David Showman

Jane (Younkin) Showman was born on Dec. 19, 1819 in Somerset County, PA, the daughter of George and Nancy (Johnson) Younken.

At the age of 20, Jane married 22-year-old David Showman (1817-1895) on her birthday on Dec. 19, 1839. 

David was a native of Somerset County, and when he was age 18, in about 1835, had moved to Springfield Township, Fayette County, where he spent the remainder of his long life.

 

The Showmans produced nine known children -- William "Harrison" Showman, Alexander Showman, Nancy Jane Hart, George Washington Showman, Catherine Johnson, Albert Showman, Mary E. Showman, Jeremiah W. Showman and Sarah Strawderman.

 

David and Jane, year unknown

David kept a record of the children's births in a family Bible. In about 1868, the "old bible was pretty well worn," recalled son Alexander, and David "drew off a list of the ages" and gave it to his son. The list later was mislaid or destroyed. Son Harrison also recalled as an older man seeing the handwritten inscriptions, important information used to verify his age for purposes of a Civil War pension..

 

In the 1850s, when her parents and some of her siblings migrated to Greene County, PA, Jane was married, in her 30s and had five or six children, and thus she and her husband chose not to follow. 

 

The couple worried during the Civil War when two of their sons served as soldiers in the Union Army -- Harrison in the 85th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry -- and Alexander in the 54th Infantry. One became ill due to disease, and the other wounded in battle, but both returned home after the war.

 

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1870, the couple remained on their Springfield Township farm. That year, David earned a living as a domestic servant," as did his 28-year-old son George and 25-year-old son Albert. Daughter Mary, unmarried at age 20, lived under their roof, as did her younger siblings Jeremiah and Sarah.

 

The federal census of 1880 shows Jane and David living under one farmhouse roof in Springfield Township, Fayette County, while their married son Alexander and his wife and children made their home next door.

Jane passed away at age 73 on July 13, 1893. She was laid to rest in Imel Cemetery.

 

David lived for another two years. He died at the home of their eldest son Alexander at the age of 78 on March 8, 1895. Burial was in Imel Cemetery. An obituary in the Springfield Mountaineer said he was "a highly respected citizen of Springfield township... [and] was one of the pioneer settlers of Springfield township, having been a resident of it for 60 years." [Find-a-Grave]

 

The Showman grave markers in Imel Cemetery, with Nancy's at left.

 

~ Son William Harrison "Harry" Showman ~

Son William Harrison "Harry" Showman (1840-1918) was born on Nov. 6, 1840 in Normalville, known at the time as "Elm." He spent his entire life in that community except when away at war. As an adult, he stood five feet, six inches tall, with a dark complexion, blue eyes and dark hair, and weighed 158 lbs.

At the age of 19, in 1859, he married 23-year-old Katharine Bungard (1836-1914), daughter of Christian and Elizabeth (Miller) Bungard. The ceremony was performed in Saltlick Township by justice of the peace Zona Witt.

The couple produced at least four children -- Minerva Elizabeth Earley, George E. Showman, William Harrison Showman Jr. and Samuel Showman. 

During the Civil War, Harrison served as a member of the 85th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Company K. He enlisted in the county seat of Uniontown on Aug. 25, 1861, was promoted to the rank of sergeant and spent three years and three months in the service. In late June 1862, while lying in trenches at White House Landing/Deep Bottom, VA, Harrison was stricken with diarrhea and left the regiment for treatment. He recovered after a month and returned to his unit. He received an honorable discharge in Pittsburgh on Dec. 7, 1864, and returned home to a life of farming in Normalville.

 

Harrison likely is among these Civil War veterans in Normalville. But which one?

 

Circa 1880, the Showmans resided on a farm in Normalville and in about 1885, the family relocated from the country into the city of Connellsville. Their home was on West Eighth Street.

 

Surgeon's sketch of the bullet wound

In a freak accident, Harrison was shot during a nighttime public dispute in Normalville in October 1876. The backstory of the argument is unknown. He was standing in a crowd when, "without provocation or cause," he wrote, and "molesting no one," someone fired a pistol from 50 or 60 feet away, with the bullet entering the calf of his right leg below the knee. The ball never was removed, remained in the muscle for the remaining 42 years of his life.

Harrison was injured with a hernia while supervising a team of laborers on a public road in Normalville in May or June 1899. He and Andrew Johnson were lifting and turning a large stone when he felt a tearing in the left side of his groin. A few days later, he showed the injury to his friends M.C. Whipkey, Wilson Whipkey and A.M. Ritenour.

Later in life, in about 1890, Harrison applied for a pension as compensation for his wartime ailments. He complained of a kidney infection which caused weakness in the small of his back and a weakness in his urine stream. He also reported neuralgia which affected his neck and side of his head, an enlarged prostate and cystitis. Friends Josiah S. Murray, Andrew Johnson, H.K. Brooks, S.W. Whipkey, John K. Grim, Charles Johnson, Carl C. Brooks, John Walter Miner and Reuben Morrison provided support for his claim. The pension was approved, and he began receiving payments of $10 each month. [Invalid Application #848.171 - Cert. #982.289] 

 

Normalville Cemetery

Sadly, Katharine contracted a deadly case of bronchial pneumonia and influenza and succumbed in Normalville at the age of 77 on May 14, 1914. Interment was in the Normalville Cemetery, then known as the Springfield United Brethren Church Cemetery.

In retirement, Harrison suffered for five years with hardening of the arteries, and then in the summer of 1918 was afflicted with his recurring acute cystitis. He died on Aug. 15, 1918, at age 77. Burial was in the Normalville Cemetery, following a funeral service held in the Methodist Church. His daughter Minerva Earley of Normalville provided information for the official Pennsylvania death certificate. [Find-a-Grave]

Daughter Minerva Elizabeth Showman (1862-1942) was born on Feb. 12, 1862 in Normalville. She married John B. Early (1861-1939) (also spelled "Earley") and resided in Bullskin Township in 1882 and later in Normalville. They had one daughter, Maude Johnson. The family were members of the Methodist Church in Normalville. John suffered later in life from senility and organic heart disease. He died at home just a few weeks before his 78th birthday on Jan. 31, 1939. Minerva survived her husband by three years, making her home with her daughter at 506 Lloyd Lane in Connellsville. Sadly, while en route to visit her granddaughter Mrs. Ralph Hart in Normalville, she was rocked by a stroke and "dropped dead as she arrived at the Hart home," reported the Daily Courier. Her passing occurred at age 80 on Nov. 14, 1942. Interment was beside her husband in Normalville Cemetery. In a lengthy obituary, the Courier observed that she had five grandchildren, a dozen great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild, and thus "was the oldest of five generations."

  • Granddaughter Maude Early (1882-1953) was born on Feb. 17, 1882 in Bullskin Township. She married (?) Johnson. They had at least two sons -- Raymond Johnson and Harold Johnson. Circa 1942, they dwelled in South Connellsville. Maude died in Connellsville on March 11, 1953, at the age of 71, from a heart attack. Interment was in Normalville Cemetery. Helen Ritenour was the informant for her official state death certificate.

Son George E. Showman (1864- ? ) was born in 1864. As a young man, from about 1904 to 1914, he was employed by the post office as a letter carrier. He resigned after 10 years and relocated to Conneaut, OH and was there in 1922. A gossip item in the Connellsville Daily Courier reported that in December, 1922, he had returned to Connellsville to visit with his brother Samuel and other relatives. By 1942, his home was in Florida, and he was there in 1951 in Tallahassee.

Son William Harrison Showman Jr. (1869-1957) was born on June 11, 1869. He married Mary Elizabeth Kemp (1866-1953), daughter of William T. and Elizabeth (Tressler) Kemp of Pleasant Hills, PA. They lived in Connellsville in 1951. Mary died at age 86 in Connellsville State Hospital on Feb. 8, 1953. Suffering from heart failure, William died in Somerset State Hospital on Sept. 22, 1957, with burial in Hill Grove Cemetery in Connellsville. Mrs. Leland Whipkey of Connellsville signed his death certificate.

Son Samuel Messemer Showman (1871-1951) was born on Oct. 4, 1871 in Normalville. He moved to Connellsville age age 14 and spent his entire life in the area, with his home on Edna Street circa 1923. Said the Connellsville Daily Courier, "After teaching school for several years, he was employed by the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company. In 1911, he founded the showman Tea Company which he conducted along with the Showman Appliance Company until September 1949, when he retired because of ill health." Samuel married Jane "Jennie" (Warrick) Brooks ( ? - ? ), who brought a daughter to the marriage, Pearl O. Barnes. The couple went on to have six more children of their own -- Frank W. Showman, Katherine Showman, Harry Showman, Ross Warrick Showman, Ruth Shaw, Eva Whipkey and Frank Showman Jr., the latter of whom was adopted. The Showmans were members of the First Christian Church of Connellsville, where Samuel served on the church board and for two decades was a deacon. Samuel died of heart and artery problems at the age of 79 on Jan. 15, 1951. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Earle R. Starkey, with a male quartet singing "Abide with Me" and a duet "Beyond the Sunset." Burial followed in Normalville Cemetery, with his pallbearers including grandsons Samuel Showman, Robert Neil Whipkey and Joseph Shaw, and granddaughters' husbands Ralph Hostetler, James Schultz and Paul Longenecker. An obituary in the Daily Courier observed that his survivors included 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

 

Battle ruins at Chateau Thierry, where Frank Showman was wounded

 

  • Grandson Frank W. Showman married (?) Conway of Morgantown, Monongalia County, WV. Frank was a soldier with the 110th Regiment, Company D, during World War I. His arm and foot were badly wounded in the Battle of Chateau Thierry, and a nurse wrote to his parents with details, saying he would be hospitalized indefinitely. Frank returned stateside for treatment at Camp Sherman. In the 1950s, they lived in Connellsville on Robbins Street. They had one known son, Frank Showman Jr. Frank Sr. lived in Connellsville in 1965. During the Korean War, Frank Jr. served for two and a half years on the crew of the U.S.S. Rombach, a destroyer escort. Then, he was transferred to Philadelphia where he taught atomic defense at the U.S. Navy base.
  • Granddaughter Katherine Showman died young.
  • Grandson Harry Showman died young.
  • Grandson Ross Warrick Showman (1894-1941) was born on May 27, 1894. He married Zoe Millard ( ? - ? ), daughter of James B. and Annie (Kyle) Millard. They had three daughters -- Mrs. Ferdinand H. DeChambeau, Norma Jeanne Showman and Audrey Ruth Showman. The family lived at 509 Edna Street. Ross assisted his father in the operation of the tea and coffee business, specializing in the tea department. The local Connellsville Daily Courier newspaper said he was "widely known throughout Fayette and Westmoreland counties because of the vast coverage of his route in business." Active in the community, he was a deacon, male chorus singer and Bible class member of the First Christian Church. Heartache shook the family in early October, when Ross had a stroke. At 9:30 a.m. that day, he had left his house "to go on his daily route," reported the Courier. "About an hour later when his wife looked out of a window, she noticed that the automobile was still near the garage. When she went to the car she found her husband sitting behind the steering wheel where he had been stricken as he prepared to start the machine." The tragedy was front-page, headline news in the paper. He died at home five days later on Oct. 13, 1941, at the age of 47. His remains were placed into rest in the Normalville Cemetery, with Rev. Merrill L. Cadwell preaching the funeral sermon.
  • Granddaughter Ruth Showman wed Theodore Shaw and resided in 1965 in Connellsville.
  • Granddaughter Eva Showman was married to Leland S. Whipkey and called Connellsville home in 1965.
  • Grandson Frank Showman Jr. was adopted. In 1951, he lived in Santa Monica, CA.
  • Step-granddaughter Pearl O. Brooks (1890-1965) was born on Aug. 6, 1890 in Upper Tyrone Township, Fayette County. She married Jesse Barnes (1880-1963), son of James and Sophia (Miller) Barnes of Springfield Township. The Barnses lived in the Poplar Grove outskirts of Connellsville at 1310 Purdy Street. Their only known daughter was Kathleen Stephens. Jesse was a longtime employee of Aaron Furniture Store. Pearl was involved with the community as a member of the Daughters of America, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Brookman-Hernley Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the First Christian Church of Connellsville. Sadly, Jesse died of a coronary occlusion on July 22, 1963. In the final year of her life, she dwelled with her married daughter Kathleen in the White Oak section of McKeesport. She died in McKeesport Hospital at the age of 74 on March 10, 1965. Rev. George D. Massey officiated at the funeral and burial in Normalville Cemetery.

 

~ Son Alexander Showman ~

Son Alexander "Alex" Showman (1842-1923) was born on Dec. 18, 1842 near Scullton, Somerset County, PA. As an adult, he stood five feet, six inches tall, with a fair complexion, grey eyes and dark hair.

On Christmas Day 1862, when he was 20 years of age, Alexander married 24-year-old Christiana "Tina" Beal (1838-1917, the daughter of John C. and Sarah "Sally" (Boyd) Beal. The ceremony was performed at New Centerville by justice of the peace John Weller.

They had eight children -- Owen Showman, Sarah Susanna Geary, George W. Showman, Emma J. Showman, Martha Showman, John Showman, Lucartha "Cartha" Basinger and Lloyd Showman. Two of the children were born deaf and mute. Alexander recorded their names and dates of birth in the family Bible.

Sadly, daughter Martha died at the age of 2 years, 2 months on Nov. 20, 1876, and her elder sister Emma followed her to the grave 18 days later, on Dec. 8, 1876, at the age of 4 years, 4 months. Their remains were interred together in the family burying grounds of Imel Cemetery in Clay Run, Fayette County, where their stones stand erect but only somewhat legible today. Etched on one face of the children's grave marker is this epitaph:

On earth no more to
hear thou voice.
They have gone with
angels to rejoice.

 

Graves of young sisters Martha (left) and Emma, 1876, Imel Cemetery

 

On June 17, 1863, during the Civil War, Alexander enrolled in the Union Army with the First Provost Battalion of Pennsylvania for a six-month's duration. He was discharged at Harrisburg, PA on Jan. 8, 1864 and returned home to Somerset County. Not wanting to end his wartime service, he enlisted again on Feb. 19, 1864, traveling to Gephart's post office where he joined the 54th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company H. This regiment was recruited from Cambria, Somerset and Northampton Counties, PA.

During the Battle of New Market, VA, on May 15, 1864, he was wounded in the back of his right shoulder and was treated at Claysville Hospital. At that battle, the Union Army was forced out of the Shenandoah Valley, with 120 Union soldiers killed, 500 wounded and 240 missing, and with 85 Confederates killed and 320 wounded, among them cadets from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI). 

He received an honorable discharge at Annapolis, MD and mustered out with his regiment on May 31, 1865.

After the war, the Showmans resided in Wooddale, Fayette County circa 1866. By the time the federal census was enumerated in 1880, they had relocated to a farm next door to Alexander's parents near Normalville in Springfield Township. They eventually moved back across the state line to Scullton, Somerset County.

 

Re-enactment of the Battle of New Market, where Alexander was shot

 

 

Surgeon's sketch of Alexander's wound

In the summer of 1870, while on a ladder picking cherries, the ladder slipped from under Alexander and he fell to the ground, dislocating his left wrist.

In the late 1880s, claiming that kidney disease rendered him unable to earn a living, Alexander applied for and began receiving a veteran's pension. [Invalid Application #805.042 - Cert. #578.674] He also complained of a wound and rheumatism in his right shoulder and dislocation of his wrist. He began receiving monthly payments of $12 in July 1891, while living in Normalville, Fayette County. His friends Casper Schmuck and William Geary signed affidavits of testimony supporting his claim.

Apparently a practical joker, Alexander played a trick on his younger brother George in October 1895 which backfired into painful consequences for both. Reported the Connellsville Courier

George W. Showman, our blacksmith, was hastily summoned to Laurel Hill by Alex Showman and William Gary this week. George hitched his horse into the buggy and drove to Laurel Hill, accompany by his wife. When they arrived at laurel Hill Alex informed his guests that he had located a beetree and that wanted George to be 'in at the fluish.' Gary climbed up a very tall tree, and after plugging the hole where he bees had been seen coming out and going in, he sawed off the limb. The limb being very large was let down with a block and tackle. When the plug was taken out a swarm of hornets darted from the exit, and the only honey Alex and George is devouring these days is the funny look all their neighbors give them when they pass by.

Circa 1901, Tena was afflicted with some sort of malady. The Connellsville Courier noted that "Mrs. Alexander Showman, who has been quite poorly for a week past, is some better."

Suffering from angina pectoris, Tena passed away on Oct. 17, 1917, at the age of 78. She was interred at Scullton Cemetery.

The census of 1920 shows Alexander heading a household in Normalville including his bachelor sons John (age 42) and Lloyd (33) as well as 19-year-old servant Mary McCoy. Among their neighbors were the families of John Walter and Mary (Miller) Miner and Grant and Ida (Whipkey) Imel (grandson of Rebecca [Younkin] Imel -- all distant cousins of Alexander's in the Younkin clan -- but whether they knew of these ancient connections remains a mystery. 

Alexander suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died at the age of 81 on March 5, 1923. Burial was beside his spouse in Scullton Cemetery.

Son Owen Showman (1863- ? ) was born on Sept. 13, 1863, presumably in Milford Township, Somerset County. He was deceased by 1910.

 

Rare aerial view of Indian Head

 

Daughter Sarah Susanna Showman (1866-1953) was born on March 3, 1866 in Wooddale or Scottdale, Fayette County, or in Milford Township, Somerset County. She married William Geary ( ? -1942). In about 1930, they moved to Indian Head, Fayette County, where William made a living as a woodsman, and they were members of the Mt. Nebo Church of God. Their 11 children were Wilson Geary, Alexander Geary, Emma Hostetler, Theodore Geary, Jacob Geary, Lloyd Geary, Jess Thomas Geary, John Geary, Grant Geary and Ida Lowery. Sadly, William died in 1942. Sarah also outlived her sons Wilson and Alexander and married daughter Emma Hostetler. Sarah survived her husband by 11 years. She passed away at home in Indian Head on Nov. 9, 1953. Burial was in Mt. Nebo Cemetery. The Connellsville Daily Courier reported that her offspring included 40 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. 

  • Grandson Wilson Geary (1888-1904) died at his grandparents' home the age of 16, on April 10, 1904, having contracted cerebral meningitis. Reported the Connellsville Courier, "The young man was sick but a few days and his death was quite a shock to his friends." His remains were placed into rest at Scullton Cemetery.
  • Grandson Theodore Geary made his home in Melcroft in 1953-1960.
  • Grandson Jacob Geary resided in the early 1950s in Normalville and in 1960 in Indian Head.
  • Grandson Lloyd S. Geary (1901- ? ) was born in 1901 in Scullton. He made a living as a laborer. At the age of 22, on Nov. 8, 10923, at Holsopple, Somerset County, he married 18-year-old Mary L. Stahl (1905- ? ). She was the daughter of Amos and Emma (Ferguson) Stahl of Jones Mills, Fayette County. Circa 1953, they lived in Champion, Fayette County.
  • Grandson Jesse Thomas Geary (1904-1960) was born on July 3, 1904 at either Scullton or in Saltlick Township. He married Mary Irene Ferner ( ? - ? ), daughter of John S. and Minnie (Miller) Ferner. Their wedding took place on Sept. 10, 1929, when Jess was age 25 and Mary 24. They did not reproduce. The couple were members of the Middle Creek Church of the Brethren. In 1953, he made his residence in Rockwood, Somerset County and in 1960 in New Centerville, Somerset County. Jesse died at age 56 on Aug. 25, 1960. Burial was at the Middle Creek Church Cemetery, and an obituary was printed in the Daily Courier.
  • Grandson John Geary lived in Indian Head.
  • Grandson Grant Geary resided in Indian Head in 1960.
  • Granddaughter Ida Geary married (?) Lowery. In 1953-1960, she made her home in Melcroft.
  • John Showman

    Granddaughter Emma Frances Geary (1898- ? ) was born in 1998 in Fayette County. At age 17, living in Scullton, she worked as a maid. She wed laborer Walter Leroy Hostetler (1894- ? ), son of George P. and Mancy C. (Geary) Hostetler of Alverton, Westmoreland County. Justice of the peace C.D. Cramer officiated at their wedding, in Saltlick Township, Fayette County, on July 3, 1915. Emma was age 17, and Walter 21, at the time of marriage. She died sometime before November 1953.

Son George W. Showman (1868- ? ) was born on June 23, 1868. Nothing more about his life is known.

Son John Showman (1876-1962) was born on July 21, 1876 at Scullton, Somerset County. He was born deaf and was mute. At the age of 23, in 1900, he was unmarried and lived at home, working as a farm laborer. Said the Connellsville Daily Courier, he "resided in the Scullton and Melcroft areas all his life." When the federal census was enumerated in 1910, he continued to resided under his parents' roof and earned a living with farm labor. After his mother's death, he remained on the family farm with his widowed father. John also assisted family members with farm work, including his niece Goldie (Basinger) Shroyer and family at their Clay Run farm. At age 85, on March 22, 1962, he died in Uniontown Hospital. Burial was in Normalville Cemetery.

 

Lucartha Basinger

Daughter Lucartha "Cartha" Showman (1878-1966) was born on Aug. 14, 1878, as recorded by her father in the family's Bible, although her birth year also has been stated incorrectly as 1880. At the age of 34, on Aug. 16, 1914, she married 22-year-old Alva P. Basinger (1892-1935), son of Jacob and Sadie (Pirl) Basinger. It was a first marriage for both, even though she was a dozen years older than her husband. Justice of the peace A.G.C. Sherbondy officiated. At the time, Alva worked as a laborer and lived in Springfield Township. The couple went on to have at least three daughters -- Stella Miner Neel, Goldie Shroyer and Grace Basinger. Circa 1930, the family resided in Vanderbilt, Franklin Township, Fayette County, where Alva worked as a foreman in a sawmill. He contracted typhoid fever in December 1931 and was admitted to Connellsville State Hospital but fortunately recovered. Tragedy shook the family in the summer of 1935, when Alva was employed at a sawyer at a sawmill in the Indian Creek Valley. Reported the Connellsville Daily Courier, "he was struck by a log which flew around from the saw and struck him in the head." He was rushed to Connellsville State Hospital, where he died at midnight on July 17, 1935. Lucartha survived her husband by more than three decades. She passed away on Sept. 15, 1966, and was placed into repose in Normalville Cemetery.

  • L-R: Lucartha, Goldie Shroyer, unknown, 
    Shroyer girl, Laura Belle Shroyer

    Granddaughter Stella Basinger (1914-1996) was born in 1914. She married a distant cousin, John "Raymond" Miner, son of John Andrew and Susan (Pletcher) Miner. They were wed on Nov. 8, 1930, in Oakland, Garrett County, MD, when she was age 17 and he 17. They had one known son, Clayton "Eugene" Miner. After a divorce, she married again to Leslie Neel (1909-1967). She passed away on Nov. 6, 1996 in Navarre, Stark County, OH.

  • Granddaughter Goldie Basinger (1917-1997) was born in 1927. She married a distant cousin, Kenneth Melvin Shroyer (1912-1993), son of Jacob Adam and Laura Bell (Younkin) Shroyer. They hosted a visit from the founder of this website in the winter of 1993. See their biography for more.
  • Granddaughter Grace Basinger (1922-2005) was born in 1922. She married (?) Baer. She passed away in 2005 and is interred in Scullton Cemetery.

Son Lloyd Showman (1881-1957) was born on June 8, 1881 in Fayette County. He never married, and may also have been deaf and mute. He lived at home at age 18 in 1900 -- age 28 in 1910 -- and age 38 in 1920 -- and worked with his father and elder brother John as a farm laborer and woodsman. He resided in Clay Run until the time of his death at age 75 on Jan. 15, 1957. His remains were laid to rest in Normalville Cemetery, and the cause of his passing was noted as a cerebral hemorrhage and hypertension. An obituary in the Connellsville Daily Courier noted that he was "a laborer [who] had been unemployed for many years."

 

Nancy in younger and older years

~ Daughter Nancy Jane (Showman) Hart

Daughter Nancy Jane Showman (1845-1916) was born on April 5, 1845 in Springfield Township.

 

She married George Hart (1832- ? ). The groom was a baker's dozen years older than his bride.  

 

Their known children were Jonathan "John" Hart, William Harrison Hart, Fred Hart, D.B. Hart, Ada Kimmel, Clyde S. Hart and Sarah Tressler.

 

When the federal census count was made in 1880, the family dwelled near Normalville, Springfield Township, with George earning income as a laborer. That year, son Jonathan, age 12, also worked for wages as a laborer.

George died sometime between 1880 and 1900. More about his fate will be added here once discovered. Census records for 1900 show the widowed "Nancy Jane) living with her sons Jonathan and Clyde and 14-year-old newly married married daughter Ada Kimmel  in Springfield Township. Both 31-year-old Jonathan and 12-year-old son Clyde supported the family that year through their labor work.

 

In the summer of 1916, when she was age 71, the widowed Nancy was diagnosed with cancer of her uterus. Her health sank rapidly, and she died on Aug. 3, 1916. Burial was in Normalville Cemetery. John Hart of nearby Mill Run, Fayette County was the informant for her death certificate.

Son Jonathan F. "John" Hart (1869-1960) was born on Jan. 22, 1869 in Bullskin Township. He spent most of his life residing in Springfield Township. In about 1896, he was married, but the identity of his bride is not known. By 1900, after four years of marriage, and at age 31, he had moved back in with his widowed mother and younger siblings. He eventually married again, to Edith Collins ( ? - ? ). They produced a large family of 14 children -- Ralph Hart, Alex Hart, Smith Hart, Harry Hart, Philip Hart, Paul Hart, Saul Hart, Nancy Jane Cowger, Viola Gentile, Alice Bryner, Margaret Bryner, Rachel Hart, Edith Hart and Ethel King. John was a longtime farmer in Mill Run, and the family belonged to the Mill Run Evangelical United Brethren Church. He died on Dec. 22, 1960 at the age of 91. His remains were placed at rest in Normalville Cemetery following funeral services preached by Rev. Robert Blank.

 

  • Grandson Ralph Hart (1916- ? ) was born in about 1916. He resided in Normalville in 1960.
  • Grandson Alex Hart (1918- ? ) was born in about 1918. He lived in Mill Run.
  • Granddaughter Viola Hart (1920- ? ) was born in 1920. She was wedded to Dominic Gentile. They lived in Wilkinsburg near Pittsburgh.
  • Grandson Smith Hart (1923- ? ) was born in 1923. He dwelled in Connellsville.
  • Grandson Philip Hart (1925- ? ) was born in about 1925. He resided in Beaver, Beaver County, PA.
  • Granddaughter Alice Hart (1927- ? ) was born in about 1927. She was united in marriage with James Bryner and resided in Uniontown.
  • Granddaughter Rachel Hart (1931- ? ) was born in about 1931. She lived in Pittsburgh.
  • Granddaughter Edith Hart (1933- ? ) was born in about 1933. She dwelled in Pittsburgh.
  • Granddaughter Margaret Hart (1935- ? ) was born in about 1935. She was wed to Benny Bryner and made their home in Uniontown.
  • Grandson Paul Hart (1939- ? ) was born in 1939. He may have been a twin with his sister Ethel. Paul lived in Rochester, Beaver County.
  • Granddaughter Ethel Hart (1939- ? ) was born in 1939. She may have been a twin with her brother Paul. Ethel married Howard King ( ? - ? ) and resided in Mill Run.
  • Grandson Harry Hart made his home in 1960 in Connellsville.
  • Grandson Saul Hart dwelled at home with his parents in 1960 in Mill Run.
  • Granddaughter Nancy Jane Hart married Ray Cowger and made their residence in Ohio.

 

Dirt road in Mill Run, early 1900s

 

Son William Harrison Hart (1870-1945) was born on Sept. 14, 1870 in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County. He married a distant cousin on the Younkin side of the family, Sarah "Ellen" Enos. See their biography for more.

Son Fredereick "Fred" Hart (1872-1944) was born on Feb. 22, 1872 either in Normalville, Fayette County or in Westmoreland County, PA. He was a coal miner and in 1914 labored in Mt. Braddock near Uniontown. Fred was twice married. His first bride died in July or more likely August 1911 -- her name may have been Bertha (Firestone) Hart and she may have hemorrhaged after the birth of a child. After almost three years as a widower, the 41-year-old Fred was joined in wedlock with 33-year-old widow Olive Mariah (Hart) Ringer (1871-1942), daughter of James W. and Jane (Grimm) Hart of Hopwood near Uniontown. The ceremony was held on April 27, 1914 at the home of Benjamin Hart of Revere, near Uniontown, officiated by justice of the peace C.B. Conway. He dwelled on Reidmore Road in South Connellsville. Sadly, stricken with inflammation of her arteries, Olive died at age 71 on July 11, 1942. She was laid to rest in Connellsville's Hill Grove Cemetery. Fred outlived her by two years. During the early 1940s, he obtained work as a laborer with the Works Progress Administration (WPA). He died from heart disease and hardening of the arteries at the age of 71 on Jan. 26, 1944. He was interred in Normalville Cemetery.

Daughter Ada Hart (1885-1918) was born on Aug. 25, 1885. She apparently was married in 1900 at the age of 14 to 25-year-old Lee G. Kimmel (1875- ? ). Later that year (1900), she resided under her mother's roof, with Lee's whereabouts unknown. He is known to have earned a living as a log cutter and thus he may have been away at a lumber camp at the time the census was taken in 1900. The couple eventually reunited and produced a large family -- among them Ivan Kimmel, Ira Kimmel, Grace Kerns, Mary "Jane" Brooks, Reed S. Kimmel, Arthur R. Kimmel, Bernard Creed Kimmel, Evalene Kimmel and Helen M. Kimmel. Tragically, three of the children died as infants -- Evelene on March 17, 1909 from bronchial pneumonia and heart infection; Helen on Sept. 22, 1916 as a result of pneumonia and whooping cough; and Bernard on Feb. 12, 1918 due to acute bronchial pneumonia. All three babies were placed into eternal rest in Normalville Cemetery. The family lived in Normalville circa 1902-1916. By 1918, she had moved to Wharton Township, Fayette County. Having contracted bronchial pneumonia, at a time when a deadly strain of influenza was sweeping the nation, she succumbed and died at the age of 33 on Nov. 15, 1918. Her husband Lee, with an address of Hopwood, Fayette County signed her death certificate. Burial was in Normalville Cemetery.

 

  • Granddaughter Grace Kimmel (1901- ? ) was born in about 1901. She wed (?) Kerns. She made her home in 1968 in Connellsville.
  • Grandson Reed S. Kimmel (1902-1956) was born on Christmas Eve 1902 in Normalville. He married Emma Grace Clover ( ? - ? ). Reed was employed as a "fire knocker." Their home was in the rear of 327 South Pittsburgh Street in South Connellsville. Reed suffered a sudden and fatal heart attack in the wee hours of Sept. 17, 1956, at the age of 53, in Connellsville. Interment was in Normalville Cemetery.
  • Grandson Ira Kimmel (1905- ? ) was born in 1905 in Normalville. He lived in South Connellsville in 1968.
  • Anchor Hocking plant in Connellsville

    Grandson Arthur R. Kimmel (1907-1948) was born on Jan. 14, 1907. He married Loretta (?) (1910- ? ). They lived on First Street in South Connellsville, where Arthur worked as a foreman in the forming department of Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation. Arthur was stricken with a heart attack and passed away 10 hours later on Dec. 10, 1948 in Connellsville. His remains were placed below the sod in Mount Olive Cemetery near Indian Head, Fayette County.

  • Granddaughter Mary "Jane" Kimmel (1910- ? ) was born in about 1910. She apparently was married twice, her first husband being (?) Kerns. They produced one known son, Edward Kerns. Later, she wed her second spouse, Abraham "Abe" Brooks (1906-1971), son of Preston and Minnie (Thorpe) Brooks of Dunbar, Fayette County. They had eight known children -- D. Delores Tony, Shirley Yauger, Donna Marlene Brooks, Marshall L. Brooks. Howard D. Brooks, Preston Brooks, Alfred D. Brooks and Gary G. Brooks. Their residence in the 1950s and '60s was in the Leisenring No. 1 coal mining community, where he labored for many years as a miner. Abe was a member of the United Mine Workers of America, and the family belonged to the Uniontown Church of the Brethren. In September 1956, he was struck by a cable, which propelled him against a wall in the mine, and suffered cuts and bruises to his body and scalp. Abe died on June 27, 1971 at the age of 65. The Uniontown Morning Herald mentioned that among his survivors were 28 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Burial was in Mount Olive Cemetery. Jane made her home in the 1970s in Leisenring. In 1972, daughters Delores lived in Leisenring No. 1 and Shirley in Lakewood, OH; and sons Edward resided in South Connellsville; Marshall, Howard and Preston in Levittown, PA; and Alfred and Gary in Cleveland, OH.
  • Grandson Ivan Kimmel (1912-1968) was born on Dec. 5, 1912 in Normalville. He apparently never married. He moved to Connellsville and earned income working for Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation. In his mid-50s, he made his home with his sister Grace Kerns. He died at age 55 on June 28, 1968. An obituary in the Daily Courier said he had "spent most of his life in South Connellsville." Burial was in Normalville Cemetery.

 

Son David Hart (1875- ? ) was born in about 1875.

 

Joseph McNett

Sarah McNett Tressler

Daughter Sarah "Sadie" Hart (1877-1964) was born in September 1877 in Normalville. She was twice married. Her first husband was Joseph McNett (1867-1906), also spelled "McNatt," son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Pirl) McNett They were wed in about 1891, when she was only 14 years old and he 24, and bride and groom were 10 years apart in age. Census records show that in 1900, they resided in Dunbar, Fayette County, PA, where Joseph earned a living as a day laborer. The couple produced three children -- John McNett, Minnie McNett and Grace Kline. In 1906, Joseph labored as a coal miner in Leisenring No. 3 mine for the H.C. Frick Coke Company, and the family made their home in Connellsvile. Tragedy rocked the young family in mid-October 1906. On the afternoon of Oct. 14, 1906, Joseph and fellow workers were busy erecting scaffolding in a coal mine pit -- "the deepest shaft in the Connellsville coke region," reported the Connellsville Weekly Courier.  While about 100 feet below ground level, he and his co-workers lowered short planks of wood from one above to the other below. One of the men dropped a plank, hitting Joseph on the head, which instantly fractured his skull. He began to fall, but one man grabbed him before he would otherwise have plunged 400 feet deeper. Unconscious, he was brought to the surface and rushed to Cottage Stage Hospital in Connellsville, where he expired in surgery. Burial was in Saltlick Township, Fayette County, Later, she was wedded to Edward G. Tressler ( ? -1957). For decades, they made their home in Cumberland, Allegany County, MD. Their address in the 1960s was 701 Bedford Street in Cumberland, and they were members of the LaVale Chapel of Assembly of God Church. Sarah helped earn income for the family by working at S. Schwab Company. Edward died in 1957. Sarah survived him by seven years. She became critically ill in late March 1964 and died three days later, on March 25, 1964, at the age of 86, in Cumberland's Sacred Heart Cemetery. An obituary in her old hometown newspaper, the Connellsville Daily Courier, noted that she was survived by seven grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Following a funeral held in the LaVale church, led by Rev. Hartley Wigfield and Rev. Mike Stottlemyer, she was placed into eternal repose in Zion Memorial Park.

 

Sarah and her 2nd husband Edward Tressler

 

 

  • Granddaughter Minnie McNett (1892- ? ) was born in June 1892. Just four months after her father's tragic demise, when she was a tender age of 14, Minnie too was swept away by the Grim Reaper after she developed a deadly case of typhoid fever.

  • Grandson John H. McNett (1893-1951) was born on Aug. 4, 1893 in Normalville. He grew up in Dunbar and in about 1917 married Rachel M. Lowery (1896-1934. Their three known children were Helen Marie McNett, Jack Edward McNett and Mack Burton McNett. John held solid employment over the years as an engineer with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. They dwelled in Connellsville at 117 South Pittsburgh Street, where they moved in about 1916. Sadly, Rachel died on Nov. 26, 1924. John survived her by nearly 27 years and remarried to Goldie (?). Stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage, John died in South Connellsville on or about Aug. 31, 1951, at the age of 58. His remains were placed into repose in Normalville Cemetery.

 

   

Grace McNett Tressler Kline

 

  • Granddaughter Grace Bernice McNett Tressler (1902-1971) was born in about 1902 and was age four when her father was killed. She is believed to have taken the surname of her stepfather, "Tressler." She married Wallace C. Kline and lived on Bedford Street in Cumberland. She helped support the family by working at S. Schwab Company. Their three children were Cecil E. Kline, John D. Kline and Audrey Hebner. Grace died on Sept. 20, 1971 at the age of 69. An obituary in the Cumberland Evening Times noted that she was survived by 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, and that her children Cecil resided in Tampa, John in Cumberland and Audrey in Puerto Rico. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Park.

Son Clyde S. Hart (1888- ? ) was born in May 1888. He resided in Connellsville in 1945-64.

 

~ Son George Washington Showman ~

Son George Washington Showman (1846-1912) was born in 1846 in Springfield Township or Dunbar Township, Fayette County.

On Nov. 21, 1872, when he was 26 years of age, George wed 30-year-old Frances Hurst (1842-1900), who was five years his senior. They had at least three children -- Mary J. Showman, Lyda B. Showman and James G. Showman. 

Circa 1880, the family resided on a farm in Springfield. Arnie King, age 24, and John Marshall, age eight, lived under their roof as boarders. In March 1882, George suffered a loss on his farm when "a mink killed twelve chickens one night, for George W. Showman," reported the Connellsville Keystone Courier. Then in November 1886, the Courier noted that he had "an apple tree that has borne the second crop of apples this season." 

Sadly, Frances passed away on May 10, 1900. Her remains were placed into rest within the earth at Normalville Cemetery.

George lived for six years as a widower. He also made a living as a carpenter and circa 1906 lived in Connellsville.

On May 30, 1906, he married again, to dressmaker Laura Frances (Smith) Cadwallader (1847-1934), daughter of William R. and Hanna Keziah Smith, and a native of Unionville, Bellefonte, Centre County, PA. Laura also was a widow, having lost her husband Warren on Feb. 24 1898. She brought two children to the marriage, Roy S. Cadwallader and Glenn A. Cadwallader.

They made their home in Connellsville, but the marriage was short-lived. Sadness enveloped the family six years later in 1912 when George passed away at the age of 66. 

Laura outlived him by another 22 years. The Connellsville Daily Courier once noted that she "was a member of the Baptist Church for 71 years, enrolling at the age of 13"

In August 1934, she traveled to State College to visit with some nieces. She suffered a stroke while there, and died. Her remains were returned to Fayette County for burial in Ohiopyle Cemetery. Rev. J.S. Brownlee, of the First Baptist Church, led the funeral service.

Son James G. Showman (1882- ? ) was born in 1882. At the age of 18, he resided in Normalville, Fayette County and labored as a blacksmith. On March 15, 1900, the 18-year-old James married 17-year-old Stella Leonard, also of Normalville and the daughter of S.E. and Sadie Leonard. Justice of the peace C. Stillwagon officiated at the ceremony, held in Connellsville.

 

~  Daughter Catherine (Showman) Johnson ~

Daughter Catherine Showman (1848-1917) was born on Sept. 14, 1848 (or 1849) in Springfield Township. 

She married Charles Johnson ( ? - ? ) and resided in Springfield and in nearby Somerset County. They had at least six children --  William B. Johnson, Wade Johnson, Harry Johnson, James Johnson, Mollie Pearl Channing and Sadie E. King.

 

Catherine was afflicted with acute cardiac dilatation, a condition arising when the heart cannot pump sufficient quantities of blood. She died from the ailment at age 69 on Nov. 20, 1917. Burial was in Normalville Cemetery.

Son William B. Johnson (1871-1943) was born on Aug. 25, 1871 near Connellsville, where he spent his entire life. He married Margaret (?) (1877- ? ). They had two daughters -- Mrs. Joseph Basinger and Mrs. Homer Pearl. In his final years, William resided on North First Street in Connellsville's West Side, and he earned a living as a laborer. He died of heart problems at the age of 72 on Nov. 16, 1943. His remains were lowered into eternal repose in Normalville Cemetery.

Son Wade Johnson (1876-1918) was born on March 12, 1876. He was married and worked as a farmer in Mill Run. Suffering from tuberculosis of the lungs, over the span of three years, he succumbed on March 9, 1918, just three days shy of his 42nd birthday. Burial was in the Normalville Cemetery.

Son Harry Johnson (1885-1961) was born on Nov. 26, 1885 in Somerset County. He married Susan Pearl (?) ( ? -1961). They had no children and resided in Rockwood and Somerset, Somerset County, where Harry labored as a coal miner. Sadly, Susan Pearl died on Valentine's Day 1961, and Harry followed her to the grave just nine days later, due to heart failure, on Feb. 19, 1961. Interment was in Normalville Cemetery. Harry's obituary was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier.

Son James A. Johnson (1880-1952) was born on Nov. 21, 1880 near Normalville. He married Margaret Channing ( ? - ? ). They produced three daughters -- Pearl Christman, Gladys Ritchey and Mildred Johnson. James was employed at the Homestead Steel Works of United States Steel and for nine years resided in Pittsburgh in (1943-1952). Their address in 1952 was 5020 Liberty Avenue. Suffering from hardening of the arteries and diabetes, James died in West Penn Hospital at the age of 71 on March 22, 1952. His remains were shipped to the Normalville Evangelical United Brethren Church for funeral services led by Rev. Smith Hixson followed by burial.

 

Channing family, L-R: Ada, Lester, Mollie, Charles and Olive.
Evelyn stands in front of her father.
Courtesy Marcia Mountan.

 

Mollie
Charles

Daughter Mary Jane "Mollie" Johnson (1878-1961) was born on Nov. 6, 1878 near Normalville. At the age of 17, on Nov. 24, 1895, she married 24-year-old Charles L. Channing (1870-1956), son of James and Phoebe (Deane) Channing of near Elliotsville, Fayette County. They made their home for decades in Normalville. Their nine children were James Walter Channing, Ada Sleasman, Carl Channing, Olive Kern, Evelyn Leggitt Collins, Lester Channing, Donald Channing, Blanche Dunham and Blaine Channing. Charles was a longtime coal miner. For 47 years, he was a member of the General Worth Lodge of the International Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) and for 43 years of the Normalville Evangelical United Brethren Church. In August 1930, Mollie and Charles and many of their adult children and grandchildren attended the first annual family reunion of Carl's ancestors, immigrants James and John Channing of Devonshire, England. The event was held in Brooks Grove near Normalville. The Channings held a family reunion at their home on Oct. 1, 1936, with adult children attending from local communities as well as West Virginia and Ohio. On Nov. 24, 1955, the couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, and were pictured with a feature story in the Connellsville Daily Courier. Charles passed away at the age of 85 on May 27, 1956. The funeral service was held at the family church, led by Rev. Robert Blank and Rev. Paul A. Morris, followed by burial in the Normalville Cemetery. The Daily Courier published an obituary. For the last four years of her life, Mollie made her home with her married daughter Ada Sleasman in Indian Head. She suffered a heart attack and died within 10 hours at the age of 82 on Oct. 2, 1961. Daughter Ada signed the Pennsylvania certificate of death. Interment was in Normalville. The Daily Courier reported in an obituary that her survivors were counted as 29 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren, and that she "was the last surviving member of her family."

  • Grandson James Walter Channing (1897-1947) was born on May 31, 1897 in Normalville. He married Mildred E. Allen ( ? - ? ). Their known children were Blaine Channing, Paul Channing and June Channing. They resided in 1936 in Hollidays Cove, WV. By 1947, they had relocated to Weirton, Hancock County, WV, where he had obtained employment in the blooming plant of Weirton Steel. Tragically, at the age of 50, and suffering from hypeertension, he was felled by a stroke and died on Oct. 16, 1947. Burial was in Chestnut Ridge Cemetery in Florence, PA.
  • Granddaughter Ada Channing ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She married Grover C. Sleasman (1892-1973), son of John B. and Martha P. (Miller) Sleasman of Alverton, near Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County. For many years, they dwelled in Indian Head, Fayette County. Their eight children were Beulah Sleasman, Glenn E. Sleasman, Dale W. Sleasman, Merle R. Sleasman, Carl E. Sleasman, Rev. Earl M. Sleasman, Franklin R. Sleasman and Ruth Wittenmeyer. The Sleasmans endured the death of their daughter Beulah in 1921 and son Glenn in 1936. The Connellsville Daily Courier, summarizing Grover's lifetime of accomplishments, reported that he "was a member of the Indian Head Church of God, whee he was a former member of the Church Council, Sunday School superintendent and Bible Class teacher. He was a graduate of California State Normal School and taught school in Springfield and Saltlick Townships for 38 years before returing in 1954. After retirement, he served as a school director for six years. He was an organizer and former secretary and director of the Mount Nebo Cemetery Association for many years. He was the Democratic Committeeman in Precinct Two of Saltlick Township for more than 30 years." Grover died on March 7, 1973 at the age of 80. Rev. Dr. G. Marion Smith oversaw the funeral service and burial at Mount Nebo Cemetery. In August 1976, at the Channing reunion held at Indian Creek Valley picnic area near Indian Head, their son Carl was elected treasurer.
  • Grandson Carl R. Channing ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). He married Mary Jeannette Tummel (1911-1936), daughter of German immigrants Peter and Eleanor (Hein) Tummel of Akron. They produced a son, Robert Channing. Mary Jeannette was a clerical worker for a rubber company in Akron. They resided at 119 North Forge Street. The family traveled back to Normalville in August 1930 for the first annual family reunion of Carl's ancestors, immigrants James and John Channing of Devonshire, England. Heartache blanketed this young family when Mary Jeannette attempted to terminate her pregnancy in the winter of 1936. An acute infection of meningitis set in, and she was admitted to St. Thomas Hospital in Akron, where she succumbed at the age of 24 on March 10, 1936. Her exhausted remains were lowered into eternal repose in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Akron. Their young son Robert was taken in and raised by Carl's parents. Carl made his home in 1936 in Akron, OH and in the 1950s and '60s was in Massillon, OH. His son Robert served overseas with the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II.
  • Granddaughter Olive Channing ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). On April 19, 1922, she was united in wedlock with William Kern ( ? - ? ). Their known children were Alfred Kern, Elsie Ghost and William L. Kern. They lived in Ohiopyle, Fayette County in 1927, Scottdale, Fayette County in 1936 and later on Oglevee Lane in Connellsville. William was a long-time employee of West Penn Railways Company. In 1947, the couple celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with an open house at their home on 103 Haas Avenue in Connellsville. "The honorees received many beautiful congratulatory cards and gifts," reported the Connellsville Daily Courier in an article which included their photograph. "Bouquets of flowers, included among the gifts, were used in decorating the rooms. Lunch was served by Mrs. Ghost, Miss Dorothy Younkin and Mrs. Evelyn Liggett." In August 1976, at the fifth annual Channing Family Reunion, Olive and William received an award for being the couple married the longest and their son in law Lloyd Ghost was elected vice president.
  • Granddaughter Evelyn Channing was twice married. Her first husband was (?) Leggitt ( ? - ? ). In 1936, their home was in Steubenville, Jefferson County. By 1955, she married a second time to Ross Collins ( ? - ? ). In 1961, her home was in Steubenville.
  • Blaine & Freda Channing

    Grandson Lester Ward Channing (1910-1957) was born on May 27, 1910. He was married to Mary ( ? - ? ). He labored as a coal miner and in 1936 made his residence in Mill Run, Fayette County. Later, they relocated to Mont Alto, Franklin County, PA. He began to suffer in the late 1940s from "bilateral pulmonary tuberculosis" which he endured for the rest of his life. In early 1955, he was admitted to the Samuel G. Dixon State Hospital in Quincy Township, Franklin County. He remained there for two years, 10 months and eight days until death on Dec. 16, 1957 at the age of 47.  His remains were brought back to Fayette County for burial in Indian Head.
  • Granddaughter Blanche Channing moved to Akron, OH where she lived in 1936. She eventually married (?) Dunham. Circa 1945, they dwelled in Phoenix, AZ. She returned to Fayette County and lived at home with her parents in 1956. She was wed a second time by 1961 to Robert Culver and made their home in Mansfield, OH.
  • Grandson Donald Channing moved to Ohio as a young man, where he lived in Steubenville circa 1937. By 1940, he had moved back to Mill Run. He held the rank of sergeant and served in Germany during World War II. After the war, he resided in Lima, OH. He married (?) Thrasher, daugher of Lydia Thrasher.
  • Grandson Blaine Channing (1921-1986) was born in 1921. He married Freda Miller (1922-2007), daughter of Lloyd M. and Agnes (Miner) Miller. See the Miller biography for more.

Daughter Sarah E. "Sadie" Johnson (1891-1916) was born on Aug. 22, 1891. She married John King ( ? - ? ) and lived in Normalville. But the Grim Reaper claimed her just after her 25th birthday, on Sept. 2, 1916, of cancer of the uterus. She was interred in the Normalville Cemetery. Whether or not she reproduced is unknown.

 

 

   

Albert and Mary (Conn) Showman

~ Son Albert Showman ~

Son Albert Showman (1852-1927) was born on Sept. 28, 1852 in Springfield Township. 

His first wife was Anna Hilling (1852-1892). 

Their five children were Jerry Showman, Flora May Channing, Amy Eicher, Elmer H. Showman and David "Hamilton" Showman. 

Heartache shook the family when Anna passed away at the age of 40, in 1892. The cause of her untimely death is not yet known.

Albert wed his second bride, Mary (Conn) King (1865-1948), daughter of Herman G. and Elizabeth (Williams) Conn, and a native of Hexebarger near Kingwood, Somerset County. She previously had been married to Samuel King ( ? - ? ). There was a 13-year difference in Albert's and Mary's ages, and she brought three children to the marriage, Cora Ferrell, W. Hayes King and Esther Millslagle.

They had five more children of their own to round out the mixed family: Ira Showman, Preston C. Showman, Esther Mayme Prinkey, Edward C. Showman and Helen Landenberger. 

 

Albert's house located on Route 653 between Normalville and Scullton. L-R: Amy, 
Ham, Albert and Elmer Showman , Cora and Esther King and Mary Showman

 

The brood lived on a farm in Mill Run, and then Albert purchased a farm formerly owned by M.C. Hart and Robert Norris. Later, he moved again into East Connellsville in about 1923, purchasing a two-story frame house and building a barn on the property, located on Connellsville Street.

Stricken with an obstruction of his bowel, Albert passed away in Bullskin Township, north of Connellsville, at the age of 74 on Jan. 6, 1927. Burial was in Normalville Cemetery, following a funeral at the United Brethren Church of Normalville. Son David Hamilton Showman, from the first marriage, signed the Pennsylvania certificate of death.

Mary survived him by more than two decades. She suffered a stroke on Oct. 1, 1948 and lingered for two weeks. She died at the home of her married daughter Esther Millslagle in Bridgeport, near Mt. Pleasant, Westmoreland County, on Oct. 10, 1948, at the age of 83. Her remains were returned to Normalville for interment. At her death, said the Daily Courier, she was survived by 21 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

 

   

Albert and Mary's house and barn in East Connellsville

 

Son Jerry Mac Showman (1873-1961) was born on June 14, 1873 in Normalville. He married Nellie McNally (1876-1960), daughter of Patrick McNally of McDonald, PA. The couple had a family of 10 children -- among the known are Albert Showman, Harry Showman, Jerry Showman, Cornelius Showman, Thomas Showman, Leo Showman, Rose Glass, Mary Hoff, Ellen Showman and Agnes Jo Showman. They lived for decades in Lemont Furnace near Uniontown, where he worked as an "engineer." Nellie fell and fractured a pubic bone in addition to having endured diabetes and heart disease. She was felled by a heart attack at the age of 63 and died on June 14, 1960. Jerry spent his final five months in the home of his son Leo in Latrobe, Westmoreland County. He suffered a heart attack and died within 15 minutes at age 88 on April 6, 1961. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery in Uniontown.

Daughter Flora May Showman (1876-1958) was born on Dec. 7, 1876. She was united in matrimony with James "Wesley" Channing (1873-1960), son of James and Phoebe (Dean) Channing of Elliottsville, Fayette County. They initially made their home in Normalville before relocating in 1910 to California, Washington County, PA, with an address of 259 Second Street. Wesley earned a living over the years as a carpenter and police officer. The family were members of the California Presbyterian Church, and Flora belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary and Daughters of America. They had seven children -- Sarah Channing, Anna Channing, Dr. Gilbert Clarence Channing, Vern Channing, Elsie Channing, Lelia Channing and Wesley M. Channing. They endured the death of daughters Sarah and Anna in infancy and son Gilbert at age 51 in 1951. See below for more. Sadly, carcinoma developed in Flora's stomach and liver. She died at home at age 81 on May 16, 1958. Interment was in Highland Cemetery in California. Wesley only lived for two years after his wife's death. He passed away on Jan. 26, 1960, after suffering a heart attack.

  • Grandson Dr. Gilbert Clarence Channing (1899-1951) was born on Aug. 11, 1899 in Normalville. He became a dentist and lived with his wife in California, Washington County, PA. He was afflicted with heart disease and sclerosis of the liver, he died at age 51 in Brownsville General Hospital on April 6, 1951. Burial was in California in Highland Cemetery.
  • Grandson Verne Channing (1901-1977) was born in 1901. He passed away in 1977 at the age of 76.
  • Granddaughter Elsie Channing (1904-1990) was born in 1904. She died in 1990 at the age of 86.
  • Granddaughter Lelia Channing (1905-1993) was born in 1905. She passed into eternity in 1993 at the age of 88.
  • Grandson Wesley M. Channing (1914-2000) was born in 1914. He lived in Pittsburgh in the 1950s and Emsworth near Pittsburgh in 1960. He died in 2000.

Daughter Amy Showman (1879-1945) was born on May 12, 1879 in Normalville. She married Lindley Brooks Eicher (1876-1954), son of George and Martha (Brooks) Eicher. The Eichers lived near Scottdale in rural Upper Tyrone Township, Fayette County. Their eight children were Irene Miner, Russell Eicher, Wright Eicher, Evelyn Brooks, Randall Eicher, Glenn Eicher, Wayne Eicher and Darrell Eicher. Lindley was employed for many years as a custodian by Fayette County Schools. Amy was a member of the Everson United Brethren Church, the Scottdale Dames of Malta and the Ladies Club of Kingview. Suffering from lobar pneumonia, and having taken sulfa medicines, Amy died at the age of 65 on Jan. 26, 1945, in Mount Pleasant Hospital. Burial was in Scottdale Cemetery, with Rev. Paul A. Morris officiating. Mrs. Glenn Brooks of 308 South Hickory Street in Scottdale provided data for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death, and an obituary was printed in the Daily Courier. Lindley survived her by nine years. Stricken with cancer of the lung, he died at age 77 on Feb. 17, 1954. Rev. Millard Lindley of the Kingview Mennonite Church preached at the funeral. An obituary in the Daily Courier reported that he was survived by nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

  • Granddaughter Irene Eicher was united in marriage with Roy Miner (1895-1960) of the unrelated English family of Miner/Minor. He was the son of Amzi and Minerva (Keffer) Miner of Connellsville. During World War I, Roy served with the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) in France. The Miners resided in Kingview, Fayette County and attended the Mount Olive Evangelical United Brethren Church. They had four children -- Betty Jane King, Dorothy L. Dugger, Roy Miner Jr. and Phyllis Miner. Roy was employed for many years by Cast Iron Pipe Company of Scottdale and then in maintenance for 17 years by the Duraloy Company. Circa 1937, Roy was elected school director in Upper Tyrone Township. Roy died at home at the age of 64 on Feb. 12, 1960. His remains were placed into repose in Scottdale Cemetery. An obituary in the Daily Courier noted that his surviving siblings were Warren Miner, John C. Miner, Mary Wilson and George S. Miner. Daughter Betty Jane married Jesse B. King on Nov. 27, 1943 in a Methodist Church in Blacksburg, VA and made their home in Kingview.
  • Grandson Wright A. Eicher lived in Scottdale in 1945.
  • Granddaughter Evelyn Eicher wed Glenn Brooks and dwelled in 1945 in Scottdale.
  • Grandson Randall Z. Eicher made his home in the mid-1940s in Monterey Park, CA.
  • Grandson Glenn C. Eicher lived in the Pittsburgh suburb of Woodline.
  • Grandson Darrell Eicher served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II.

Son Elmer H. Showman (1887-1971) was born in 1887. He married Margaret Sephan (1887-1987). They lived in Windon, MN in 1958. Their five children were Millard Showman, Edith Showman, Forrest Showman, Stanley Showman and Russell Showman.

Son David "Hamilton" Showman (1890-1951) was born on Nov. 29, 1890 in Fayette County. He married Carrie Wray Hurst (1891-1941), daughter of William B. and Ida Belle (Wray) Hurst of Lower Tyrone Township. The Showmans resided in Scottdale, at 925 Mulberry Street. They had four children -- Dorothy Jean Showman, Donald Hurst Showman, Grace Showman and Anna Belle "Peg" Showman. In Scottdale, Hamilton was employed as a shipping foreman by a local distillery, likely the famed Overholt firm. Tragedy shook the family when, at age 50, Carrie suffered a cerebral embolism and died on Aug. 31, 1941. As a widower, he dwelled at 100 North Broadway in Scottdale. Tragically, he met his end on the highway on Aug. 17, 1951, at the age of 60. As an automobile passenger riding with his son Donald on Route 119 in Alverton, at 2:55 a.m., the vehicle struck a pole and crashed, causing a fractured skull, shock and death for both father and son. Their broken remains were buried in Scottdale Cemetery.

  • Granddaughter Dorothy Jean Showman (1915-2007) was born in 1915. She died in 2007.
  • Granddaughter Grace Showman (1923-2002) was born in 1923. She passed away in 2002.
  • Granddaughter Anna Belle "Peg" Showman (1927-2003) was born in 1927 and died in 2003.

 

Ira C. Showman

Son Ira C. Showman (1896-1981) was born in 1896. He married Effa G. Shearer (1898-1968), daughter of Albert and Rebecca (Bailey) Shearer of Mill Run, Fayette County. Their three children were Archal "Archie" Showman, Lorella Showman and Marlin Showman. Upon their marriage circa June 1917, they received a shower at the home of Effa's mother. Said the Connellsville Daily Courier: "The shower was planned by friends of Mr. and Mrs. Showman and all present had a delightful time. Varius games and music were the amusements. At a late hour dainty refreshments were served. Mr. and Mrs. Showman received a number of pretty and useful gifts." In 1920, they made their home in Mill Run and later relocated to Dawson/Dickerson Run, Fayette County. In about 1940, the Showmans moved again to Little Summit near Dunbar, Fayette County, where they remained for a quarter of a century. To get to high school in Uniontown, the county seat, their son Marlin had to travel to and from by streetcar. They then moved to Flatwoods on the outskirts of Vanderbilt, Fayette County. Reported the Connellsville Daily Courier, "She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Connellsville, and in the past had been church pianist in area Baptist churches, including Mill Run, Flatwoods and Dawson. Her name often was printed in Daily Courier articles about church committee activities. Sadly, as Effa's health declined, she went to stay with their married son Archal. She died on Oct. 3, 1968 at the age of 70. In an obituary, the Daily Courier noted that she was survived by four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Ira outlived her by 13 years and passed in 1981. They rest for eternity in Bowman-Flatwoods Cemetery.

  • Grandson Archal R. Showman (1918-2002) was born on July 14, 1918 in Mill Run. On Feb. 4, 1939, when he was age 20, he married 18-year-old Ruth Rachel Smith (1921-2013), daughter of Joseph and Rachel (Lewis) Smith of Venango County. Their wedding ceremony was held in Waynesburg, Greene County, PA, with Archal's uncle, Rev. Lindley Shearer, officiating from the Sycamore Baptist Church. Ruth wore a blue dress with matching accessories including a shoulder corsage of pink rosebuds and lilies of the valley. They had two children -- Janice Critchfield and Brian A. Showman. The familyfirst lived at Star Junction, Fayette County and moved to Vanderbilt, Fayette County in about 1938 and remained for the rest of their married lives. During World War II, Archal served on the aircraft carrier USS Essex which was active in the South Pacific. After the war, he was employed as a salesman. They were members of the First Baptist Church of Connellsville, where he served as a deacon and sang in the choir. Archal died on Sept. 16, 2002. Burial was in Bowman Flatwoods Cemetery with Rev. Larry R. Hellein preaching the funeral sermon. Ruth survived him by 11 years and passed away in Monongahela Valley Hospital on June 14, 2013.
  • Granddaughter Lorella Showman (1920-2015) was born on March 20, 1920 in Mill Run, Fayette County. She never married. She moved to Pottstown, PA, reported the Connellsville Daily Courier, where circa 1968 she was employed as a hospital technician. She then moved to Eaton Rapids, Mich., where she retired from the Super X Drug Store in Lansing, Mich. She returned to Flatwoods and resided there until she took residence in Monongahela. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids, Mich., and as a member of the Eaton Rapids Camp Meeting Association." Lorella died at the age of 94 on Jan. 21, 2015, with burial in Bowman-Flatwoods Cemetery.
  • Grandson Marlin Showman (1925-living) was born in 1925. He was wed three times. His first bride was a distant cousin, Gwendolyn Whetsel (1927-2014), daughter of Jacob and Gertrude (Miller) Whetsel of Indian Head, one of the branches of the family of Jacob J. and Dorcas (Hartzell) Younkin. Their two children were Bernard "Bernie" Showman and Beverly Plunkett. The couple later divorced. Marlin's second wife was Pauline ( ? - ? ) and that marriage also ended in divorce. His third spouse was Patricia "Pat" ( ? -2016). Marlin survived all three of his wives and has lived in Monroe and Charlotte, NC.

Son Preston C. Showman (1897-1961) was born on July 15, 1897 near Normalville. He was a longtime plumber and made his home in the Bullskin Township outskirts of Connellsville. He married Clara Detwiler (1902-1988), daughter of George Detwiler of Pennsville, Fayette County, in about 1923. Their three children were Emogene Blair, Hulda Wingert and Harold Showman. In 1961, their residence was in Connellsville. Sadly, Preston was felled by an acute heart attack and died in Frick Community Hospital in Mount Pleasant on April 20, 1961, at the age of 63. Interment was in Green Ridge Memorial Park.

  • Granddaughter Emogene Showman (1924-living) was born in 1924. She wed John Blair (1927-living).
  • Granddaughter Hulda Mae Showman (1928-1957) was born on March 23, 1928 in Connellsville. She was united in marriage with Clarence Wingert Jr. ( ? - ? ). They made their residence in Hanover, York County, PA, at the address of 227 North Stephen Place. There, Hulda was an office manager at an electric service works. Tragically, she suffered a heart attack at the age of 28 and died on Jan. 29, 1957. Her remains were shipped back to Connellsville for interment in Green Ridge Memorial Park.
  • Grandson Harold Showman (1930-living) was born in 1930. he married June Haught (1936-living).

 

Youngwood's Fourth Street

 

Daughter Mayme "Mamie" Showman (1899-2000) was born on Nov. 28, 1899 and her life spanned part of three centuries. In about 1920, when she was age 21, she married Earnest "Rayburn" Prinkey (1894-1951), the son of Joshua Kern and Ada W. (Miller) Prinkey of Everson. Earnest was short and stout, with brown eyes and brown hair. They dwelled in Youngwood, Westmoreland County and were members of the Youngwood Evangelical United Brethren Church. They produced three offspring -- Robert Curtis Prinkey, Venita (or "Veneda") "Sis" Proctor and Glada Connors. During World War I, Earnest served as a private with the 110th Infantry, American Expeditionary Force (AEF). Later, he was a brakeman and then conductor with the Pennsylvania Railroad. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, Masons, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Syria Temple, Greensburg American Legion, Youngwood Veterans of Foreign Wars and 28th Division Society. Tragically, while on a vacation with Mayme in Gouverneur, St. Lawrence County, NY, Rayburn suffered a heart attack and died on July 6, 1951. His remains were brought back to Youngwood for burial, and the Daily Courier printed an obituary. Mayme survived her husband by nearly a half century. She died on Christmas Day 2000, bringing a close to her remarkable life of 100 years.

  • Grandson Robert Curtis Prinkey (1921-2009) was born on Sept. 16, 1921. During World War II, Robert was a member of the Army Air Corps and was stationed in England. After the war's end, he returned home. On May 29, 1946, at the age of 25, he married Grace Parfitt (1922-2009), and they remained together for 63 years. Their children were Blaine Prinkey and Colette Prinkey. Robert was employed for 43 years by Robertshaw Fulton Controls in Youngwood and retired in 1983. "Always an avid stamp collector, he was a member and former president of the Westmoreland County Philatelic Society," reported the Greensburg Tribune-Review. "He also served as chairman of the committee responsible for planning and hosting their annual stamp shows. After retirement, Robert enjoyed attending and serving as a judge for stamp shows throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio." Robert also helped to plan reunions of the Showman family and the Youngwood High School Class of 1939. They attended Armbrust Wesleyan Church. Both Robert and Grace died in 2009 -- he on Dec. 30, 2009 -- and rest for all time in Westmoreland County Memorial Park.
  • Granddaughter Venita (or "Veneda") "Sis" Prinkey (1923-living) was born in 1923. She married E.F. Proctor (1921- ? ) and had two daughters, Katherine Proctor and Marjory Proctor. In 1951, their home was in Hartzel, AL.
  • Granddaughter Gladys Prinkey (1927-living) was born in about 1927. She married Walter Connors ( ? - ? ). They dwelled in Pittsburgh in 1951. Their six children were James Connors, Sue Ellen Connors, William Connors, Cindy Connors, David Connors and Jonathan Connors.

 

Edward and Sarah Showman, 50th anniversary

Son Edward C. Showman (1902-1974) was born on March 29, 1902 in Springfield Township. On July 5, 1922, at the age of 20, he was united in holy matrimony with 20-year-old Sarah Elizabeth Channing (1902-1984), a native of Springfield Township and the daughter of William Henry and Elizabeth Keefer (Perdew)  Channing. Their nuptials were held in Cleveland, Ohio, with a brief announcement published in the Connellsville Daily Courier. They lived in Connellsville and had four children -- Nesta Ruth Rosendale, Wayne Showman, Edwin Showman and Gerald R. Showman. They resided in Connellsville. Edward spent his working career as a grain elevator operator for the National Distillers of Broad Ford, near Connellsville. He passed away at the age of 72 on Nov. 4, 1974. Survivors included 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren as reported by the Daily Courier. Sarah outlived him by a decade. She died in Pittsburgh at age 81 on April 12, 1984. Burial was in Normalville Cemetery.

  • Grandson Gerald R. Showman (1925-2011) was born in 1925. He worked for many years for West Penn Power, a company from which he retired. He married Anna Mae Haas (1929-living) and lived in Connellsville. Their two children were Carolyn Susan Costello and Kenneth G. Showman. Gerald passed away on June 19, 2011. Burial was in Green Ridge Memorial Park north of Connellsville.
  • Grandson Wayne E. Showman (1928-1994) was born on May 13, 1928. He was united in wedlock with Margaret Wickenheiser (1928-living). Their four children were Dennis Showman, Gary Showman, Donna Williams and Kerry Showman. The family resided in 1974 in Phoenix, Maricopa County, AZ. Wayne died there on Jan.  6, 1994, at age 65, with interment in Phoenix.
  • Granddaughter Nesta Ruth Rosendale (1930-living) was born in  Connellsville. In August 1949, she married Charles Harry "Chuck" Rosendale (1928-2013), son of Charles and Mary Jane (Richter) Rosendale. The couple had three children -- Barbara Mulroy, Keith Rosendale and Ronnie Charles Rosendale. Sadly, their son Ronnie died in 1953. A longtime union carpenter, Chuck was employed for many years with the Sofis Company Inc. of Clinton. During World War II, he was a member of the 5th Army Air Force and stationed in Japan at Nagasaki Air Base. In the community, he was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 21 of Connellsville and a four-decade member of the Connellsville Township Volunteer Fire Department. They were members of the member of the East Connellsville United Methodist Church and later the Otterbein United Methodist Church. Said the Connellsville Daily Courier, "His hobbies included gardening, building his home and some woodworking. He read his bible every day and read through it at least once a year." Nesta and Chuck They attended the national Younkin-Junghen reunions held over the years in Kingwood, Somerset County. In 1976, at the annual Channing family reunion held at the Indian Creek Valley picnic area, Nesta was elected secretary. Chuck passed away at the age of 85 three days after Christmas 2013. Interment was in Normalville Cemetery following a funeral serviced preached by Rev. Doug Johnson.
  • Grandson Edwin K. Showman (1933-2003) was born on Nov. 24, 1933. He grew up in Connellsville and, at the age of 16, in July 1950, suffered severe brush burns in an automobile accident on Route 119 while driving to Uniontown. He was thrice married. His first bride was Dorothy Battenfield (1934- ? ). They produced three children -- Edwin J. Showman, Kay Louise Hayward and David Lee Showman. After a divorce, Edwin married a second time to Betty Kaufman. Following their divorce, he was wedded a third time, to Gertrude Lujan (1934-living). As an adult, Edwin made his home in Winkelman, Gila County, AZ. He died on Aug. 27, 2003 and his remains were placed into repose in Normalville Cemetery.

Daughter Helen Showman (1906-1991) was born on March 4, 1906. She married Ernest Webster Landenberger (1902-1988), believed to have been the son of Albert Oliver and Nevada (Kimmel) Landenberger. They made their home in Connellsville and later in Cumberland, Allegany County, MD. Their children were John Landenberger, Richard Landenberger, Charles Landenberger and Doris Tabler. Ernest died in 1988. Helen survived him by three years and passed on March 9, 1991, five days after her 85th birthday.

  • Grandson John S. Landenberger (1927-2005) was born on Sept. 11, 1927. He married Anna Lee Jones (1927-living). They resided in Cumberland, Allegany County, MD and had one daughter, Terri Woodward Coakley. John died on March 5, 2005.
  • Grandson Richard Landenberger (1929-2004) was born on March 20, 1929. He was twice married and divorced, first to Irene House. His second wife was Goldie Havenor (1927-living). Richard spent his adult years in Cumberland and died on Aug. 2, 2004.
  • Grandson Charles Landenberger (1930-living) was born in 1930. He was twice married. His first wife was Dallas Davis (1933-living). They had one daughter, Diane Sites. Charles' second spouse was Joan Morgan ( ? -2004).
  • Granddaughter Doris Landenberger (1932-living) was born in 1932. She was united in matrimony with Fred Tabler (1935-2004). Their two children were David Tabler and Cynthia Tabler.

Step-son W. Hayes King (1884-1958) was born on March 15, 1884. He never married. Hays made his home at 84 Reppert Boulevard in Uniontown, where he earned a living as a carpenter. In the fall of 1958, under the burden of severe hardening of the arteries, he was admitted for treatment to the Uniontown Hospital. He died after a stay of two months on Oct. 10, 1958. Burial was in Sylvan Heights Cemetery.

Step-daughter Cora Elizabeth King (1889-1953) was born on Jan. 5, 1889 in Fayette County. She married James L. Ferrell (1892-1967). They did not reproduce. Their home in the 1950s was at 69 Lawn Street in Pittsburgh. Suffering from a stroke, diabetes and hardening of the arteries, Cora was admitted to Pittsburgh's Magee Womens Hospital and stayed until death at the age of 64 on July 19, 1953. Both are interred in Sylvan Heights Cemetery in Uniontown.

Step-daughter Esther King (1892-1980) was born  in 1892. She wed John L. Millslagle (1883-1951). Their children were Eugene Sterling Millslagle, Rosinia Millslagle, Winona Millslagle, Everett K. Millslagle and Louise Kemerer. They lived in 1958-1974 in Bridgeport near Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County. There, Esther was active with the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU). Later, they relocated to Delaware City, DE, where John worked for Curtis Paper Company. John died at the age of 68 on March 5, 1951 "after a lingering illness," said the Connellsville Daily Courier

  • Step-grandson Everett K. Millslagle resided in Alverton, Westmoreland County in 1965. He married Charlotte M. Saughman and had at least one son, Larry Richard Millslagle of Mount Pleasant. Everett was employed in the press department at the Mennonite Publishing House in Scottdale, a business which produced Christian magazines, newspapers and other publications. He also was active with the Mennonite Camp at Laurelville. Son Larry married Yvonne Walker, also of the lineage of Jacob and Gertrude (Miller) Whetsel of Indian Head, among the branches of descendants of Jacob J. and Dorcas (Hartzell) Younkin.
  • Step-granddaughter Louise Millslagle wed (?) Kemerer and resided in 1951 in Greensburg, Westmoreland County. She volunteered for many years as secretary of the Westmoreland County Chapter of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, which raised funds for the fight against polio. She stepped down as secretary in 1961.

 

~ Daughter Mary E. Showman ~

Daughter Mary E. Showman (1852- ? ) was born in 1852 in Springfield Township. At the age of eight, in 1860, and then again at age 18, in 1870, she resided with her parents in the Normalville area.

Did she marry? Nothing more is known.

 

~ Son Jeremiah W. Showman ~

Son Jeremiah W. Showman (1857-1928) was born in 1857 in Springfield Township. 

 

At the age of 18, on New Year's Day 1875, he married 19-year-old Malinda Bungard (1856-1921). They resided in Somerset County early in marriage and had 10 known children -- James Showman, Harry Showman, Jeremiah Franklin "Frank" Showman, Albert Showman, John W. Showman, Laura Roseberry, Jacob Showman, Sadie Hawkins, Lucy Wild and Martha "Mattie" Hawkins. They also helped raise two grandsons -- Weldon Showman, son of their daughter Lucy -- and Ray Roseberry, son of their widowed daughter Laura.

They made their home in the Snydertown section of Connellsville. By 1910, Jeremiah had become an invalid. At that time, their home was in Bullskin Township, north of Connellsville.

Malinda died in Snydertown in June 1921 at the age of 64. 

As a widower, Jeremiah went to reside with his widowed daughter Laura Roseberry in Youngstown, Mahoning County, OH. He died there on April 26, 1928, at the age of 71. His remains were returned to Connellsville for interment. Funeral services were held in the home of his other married daughter and son in law, Martha and Henry Hawkins, on East Apple Street in Connellsville. An obituary in the Connellsville Daily Courier reported that he "had been ill for some time."

Daughter Laura Showman (1876-1962) was born on Dec. 7, 1876 in or near Normalville. At the age of 25, in about 1901, she wed (?) Roseberry. They had one son, Ray Roseberry. At the birth of their son in 1903, they lived in West Virginia. For causes not yet known, Mr. Roseberry apparently died during the decade of the 1900s. Now widowed, Laura and her young son went to live with her parents in Bullskin Township near Connellsville. They are shown in the Jeremiah Showman residence in the federal census of 1910. In 1927, when she was age 51, Laura relocated to Youngstown, Mahoning County, OH. The federal census of 1930 shows here there, marked as widowed, with son Ray and boarder John Wild living in her household. In all, Laura spent 35 years of residence in Youngstown. At the age of 88, she died there in St. Elizabeth's Hospital on Feb. 19, 1962. Her remains were brought back to Fayette County for burial in Normalville Cemetery.

  • Grandson Ray Roseberry (1903- ? ) was born in about 1903 in West Virginia. He moved to Youngstown, OH as a young adult. In 1930, not married, he lived with his widowed mother and earned a living as a painter for a building construction company.

Son Jacob Showman (1879- ? ) was born in 1879 in Springfield Township. Nothing more is known.

Daughter Martha Jane "Mattie" Showman (1880-1936) was born on Feb. 28, 1880 in Somerset County. She married Henry Hawkins (1878- ? ), son of Thomas and Rebecca (Rowan) Hawkins of Stewarton, Fayette County. Their wedding was held at Mill Run, Fayette County in 1901, when Mattie was age 21 and Henry 23. They moved to Connellsville in about 1920, making their home at 233 East Apple Street. There, they hosted the funeral of Mattie's father in 1928. They were members of the First United Brethren Church and was active with its Royal Circle Sunday School class. Henry was a longtime custodian at Fayette County schools in New Salem and Connellsville. The Hawkinses had five children -- Milton Hawkins, Playford Hawkins, Jean May, Marie McDowell and Geraldine Sechrist. Mattie was stricken with a serious illness in May 1936 and suffered for six weeks. She died at age 56, at home, on July 3, 1936. She was laid to rest in Connellsville's Hill Grove Cemetery, following a funeral led by Rev. Elmer A. Schultz. An obituary in the Daily Courier noted that she was survived by four grandchildren. Henry stayed in their home and in June 1958 celebrated his 80th birthday with a ham dinner at the home of his married daughter Jean May in Mill Run.

  • Grandson Milton Wesley Hawkins (1905-1952) was born on Nov. 25, 1905. He was twice married. His first wife was Martha Jane Zimmerman ( ? - ? ), daughter of Ignatius Zimmerman. Their wedding mass was held in April 1931 at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Connellsville's West Side. They had one son, Bernard Hawkins. Milton worked for the Farmers Cooperative Dairy Association. Later, Milton wed Dorothy ( ? - ? ). They resided in Connellsville at 201 North 7th Street. Their children were Stanley Francis Hawkins, Charlene Hawkins and Evelyn Hawkins. Milton was a longtime foreman for Anchor Hocking Corporation at its plant in South Connellsville. They also were members of the First Evangelical United Brethren Church, and Milton belonged to the Connellsville Lodge of the Moose. Having contracted kidney disease, which he endured for some five to 10 years, he died in Connellsville State Hospital on July 29, 1952 at the age of 46. His remains were placed into rest at Hill Grove Cemetery in the city. A Connellsville Daily Courier obituary noted that members of his Moose lodge conducted a ritual ceremony at the funeral home, and that Rev. Meade M. Snyder oversaw the burial.
  • Grandson Playford Hawkins ( ? - ? ) lived in Connellsville in 1952.
  • Granddaughter Jean Hawkins ( ? - ? ) married Joseph May. In 1952, their home was in Mill Run.
  • Granddaughter Geraldine Hawkins ( ? - ? ) was united in marriage with William A. Sechrist and resided in Connellsville.

Daughter Lucinda "Lucy" Showman (1885- ? ) was born in 1885 in Normalville. In 1902, when she was age 17 and not yet married, she gave birth to a son, Weldon Showman. The son was taken in for a period of years by her parents. On Aug. 28, 1907, Lucy was united in matrimony with 32-year-old railroad conductor John W. Wild (1875- ? ), son of William and Josephine Wild of Martinsburg, Berkeley County, WV. Justice of the peace Frank Miller officiated. They apparently had one or more children of their own, including son William Wild. Lucy resided in Connellsville circa 1936-1956.

  • Grandson Weldon Showman (1902-1959) was born on April 14, 1902. At the age of seven, he lived with his mother's parents in Bullskin Township, Fayette County. He married Ival Gurney ( ? - ? ) and resided in rural Bullskin Township. Weldon was a longtime construction worker. They had four known children -- Donald Eugene Showman, Edward Weldon Showman, Robert Dale showman and Dorothy Quattrochi. Heartache shook the family when they lost an unnamed baby at birth in January 1936. Sadly, they endured the untimely death of their son Donald at age 24 on Aug. 23, 1956..Weldon passed away just three years later, of acute angina pectoris, on May 19, 1959, at the age of 57. He was interred in Greenridge Memorial Park.
  • Grandson William Edward Wild (1908-1941) was born on April 25, 1908 in Bullskin Township. He was a teamster and drove his own truck for a living. He married Bella Baker ( ? - ? ) and made their home in Poplar Grove. Tragedy swooped down on this family on Feb. 20, 1941. William, age 33, was working on a truck in his garage when he was overcome by deadly carbon monoxide. His remains were laid to rest in Greenridge Memorial Park, following a funeral preached by Rev. Elmer A. Schultz. Pallbearers included Austin Showman, Milton Hawkins, Charles Grimm, Playford Hawkins and William Baker.  

Son John W. Showman (1875-1929) was born on May 18, 1875. He married Sinda ("Lucinda"?) ( ? - ? ). John was a farmer and lived in the Connellsville area. He was plagued with multiple sclerosis and eventually admitted to the Fayette County Home near Connellsville. He died on Oct. 14, 1929, at age 54, with interment in Hill Grove Cemetery. His brother James was the informant on his death certificate. The Daily Courier observed that his pallbearers all were nephews -- Playford Hawkins, Byron Harshman, Harold Hawkins, Edward Hawkins, Austin Showman and Albert Works.

 

Fayette County Poor Home, where John Showman died in 1929

 

Son Henry "James" Showman (1882-1956) was born on March 16, 1882 at West Overton, Westmoreland County. He lived in Connellsville and Poplar Grove as an adult, where he worked as a farmer and teamster. On July 8, 1906, the 21-year-old Henry married his first wife, 22-year-old Bertha Tedrow (1881-1910). She was the daughter of McClellan and Cathryn (Whetsel) Tedrow. had two children -- among them Austin Showman and Margaret Romesburg. Sadly, Bertha was stricken with acute kidney disease which led to acute indigestion and rapid death. She passed away on July 19, 1910, after just four years of wedded life together. She was placed into eternal repose in Normalville Cemetery. An obituary in the Connellsville Weekly Courier noted that she "Was ill from cramps only for a day." After two years as a widower, James married a second time, on Oct. 1, 1912, to Olive Getts, daughter of Samuel and Sarah Getts. Four years later, on Oct. 10, 1916, he wed a third time, to Elizabeth Katherine (Walters) Rist ( ? - ? ). The daughter of George and Mary Ann Walter, Katherine apparently had been married once before and brought two children to the marriage -- Rose Montross and Joseph Rist. James and Katherine apparently went on to have a large family of children of their own, including Harry Showman, Lester Showman, Willard Showman, Jack Showman, Richard Showman, Thomas Showman, Louis Showman, Thelma Lilley, Irma Jean Showman and Dorothy Flair. Tragedy struck on March 28, 1930, when five-year-old daughter Irma, playing at home with matches, accidentally ignited her clothing and was severely burned, leading to shock and death. In the 1950s, their home was on East Crawford Avenue in Connellsville. Henry died at home at the age of 74 on July 16, 1956. His funeral service was held at the Normalville Evangelical United Brethren Church, followed by burial in the Normalville Cemetery. He was survived, said the Daily Courier, by 32 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Afflicted with cervical cancer, Katherine only outlived her husband by a year. She died at age 65 on July 15, 1957.

  • Grandson James "Austin" Showman made his home in Connellsville in 1964 and was deceased by 1977.
  • Granddaughter Margaret Showman married (?) Romesburg. In 1977, her home was in Norwalk, CA.
  • Grandson Harry Showman ( ? - ? )
  • Grandson Lester Showman resided in Connellsville and in Normalville in 1977.
  • Grandson Willard Showman (1927-1977) was born on July 31, 1927 in Poplar Grove. He married Maxine Welch ( ? - ? ), daughter of Lester E. and Clara F. Welch. The Showmans dwelled in Connellsville, where they worshipped at the Lawn Avenue Church of God. Willard worked for Laurel Ridge Coal Company and Cavanaugh Trucking Company and for 15 years by Dura Abrasive Company in Bridgeport near Mount Pleasant. Their two children were Kenneth E. Showman and Charlele "Charlie" Showman. In 1970, their home was in Corona, CA when they received the tragic news of the auto-accident deaths of Maxine's parents. Sadly, Willard died at the age of 50 on Nov. 7, 1977 at Connellsville State General Hospital. 
  • Grandson Jack Showman relocated to the West Coast. He made his home in Dell, CA in 1964 and in Norwalk, CA in 1977.
  • Grandson Richard L. Showman resided in the mid-1960s Connellsville and in 1977 in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County.
  • Grandson Thomas Showman lived in Connellsville in 1964-1977.
  • Grandson Louis Showman resided in the 1960s in Industry, Beaver County, PA but by 1977 was back in Connellsville.
  • Granddaughter Thelma Showman (1924-1964) was born in about 1924. She wed Walter Lilley. The did not reproduce. In the 1960s, they made their home in Industry, Beaver County, PA. Sadly, on Jan. 27, 1964, at the age of 40, Thelma died in Rochester Hospital. Interment was in Oakdale Cemetery, Industry. An obituary was published in her hometown newspaper, the Connellsville Daily Courier.
  • Granddaughter Dorothy Showman was united in marriage with (?) Flair. They lived in Industry, Beaver County in 1964-1977.

Son Harry Showman (1891- ? ) was born in about 1891. As a 19-year-old unmarried man, he lived at home and earned income as a farm laborer. He resided in Youngstown, Mahoning County, OH in the 1930s-40s-50s. In 1956, his home was in Erie, Erie County, PA, and by 1962 was in Williamsfield, OH.

Son Jeremiah Franklin "Frank" Showman (1894-1936) was born in about 1894. He married a cousin, Olive Younkin, daughter of John "Scott" and Emma Jane (Thomas) Younkin, of the family of Jacob "of John" and Eleanor Younkin. See their biography for more. 

Son Albert Showman (1899- ? ) was born in about 1899. He lived in Grindstone, Fayette County and later in Smock near Uniontown.

Daughter Sarah Catherine "Sadie" Showman (1886-1953) was born on Oct. 26, 1886 in Normalville. She married James Hawkins ( ? -1942). They had five children -- Harold Hawkins, James E. Hawkins, Grace Rasenberger, Frances Prinkey and John W. Hawkins. They lived in Poplar Grove, Fayette County for 45 years, moving there in about 1908. The family were members of the First Evangelical United Brethren Church. James passed away on June 7, 1942. Sadie survived him by 11 years. She also endured the passing of her adult son Harold on Feb. 4, 1947. She died on Sept. 28, 1953, at the age of 67. Burial was in Hill Grove Cemetery, following a funeral officiated by Rev. E.I. Mankamyer. At the time, reported the Daily Courier, she was survived by 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

 

Sadie Strawderman

~ Daughter Sarah "Sadie" (Showman) Strawderman ~

Daughter Sarah "Sadie" (Showman) Strawderman (1859-1942) was born on March 4, 1859 near Scullton in Springfield Township. 

 

She married widower William B. Strawderman (1851-1906), the son of George Washington Strawderman, and a native of Richmond, VA.

Early in life, William migrated to Hardy County, WV, lived and worked. His first wife was Caroline Wiltrout ( ? - ? ). He relocated again in about 1876 from West Virginia to Connellsville, Fayette County.

After marrying in about 1878 -- when he was age 27 and she 19 -- William and our Sadie lived on Gibson Avenue in South Connellsville. They produced 11 children, of whom 10 are known -- Joseph C. Strawderman, John C. Strawderman, Mary Strawderman, Virgie Glover, Etta Younkin, Martha Snook, Sarah "Sallie" Reed, Jesse Strawderman, Catherine "Kate" Moore and Myrtle Morgan. 

William was a member of the South Connellsville Evangelical Church, American Order of Mechanics and the Knights of the Mystic Chain. In the early 1900s, he secured employment as a carpenter with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. 

But heartache shook this family to the core in early July 1906 when William was killed in a railroad accident along the rail lines. Reported the Connellsville Courier, he "was run down by a B. & O. eastbound freight train ... while on his way to work at Indian Creek.... He had several ribs broken and a punctured lung, the latter injury causing his death. He also had a very bad scalp wound." Adding to the agony, his children Martha, Sallie and Jesse were seriously ill at home with typhoid fever at the time he was dying at Connellsville's Cottage State Hospital. 

As a widow, Sadie lived in Wooddale, Fayette County, and in 1923 was in Dunbar, Fayette County, at the time of the untimely death of her daughter Etta Younkin. Circa 1927, she was in Youngstown, Mahoning County, OH, where her son Jesse and family lived.

 

1931 news photo printed nationally with Sadie, 
daughter in law Rose and (L-R) grandchildren 
Billy, Jessie and Kathryn. Sadly, diphtheria 
swept away Billy and Kathryn a year later.

In 1929, son Jesse confessed to Sadie and to his wife Rose that a dozen years earlier, he had been arrested in Virginia for breaking into a railroad boxcar with other youths, and that he had escaped jail. After hearing his story, both women "felt convinced the law had forgotten," said their hometown newspaper, the Courier. "But officials of the penitentiary remembered and traced the man to his new home [in Youngstown]." In June 1931, Jesse was arrested and placed in the county jail, facing extradition to the Virginia Penitentiary in Richmond. News spread and he soon reached fame as a "1931 Jean Valjean," referring to a lead character Victor Hugo's 1862 novel Les Misérables. Neighbors and friends rallied on his behalf, saying his family depended upon him for support. In a haunting photograph, 72-year-old Sadie, her daughter in law and three grandchildren were pictured, with the image appearing in newspapers nationwide. Jerry Heiman and Herman S. Bonchek, news reporters with the Youngstown Telegram, apparently lobbied on his behalf, and in late July 1931 he was pardoned. 

While the legal victory led to rejoicing, it was tempered the following year when two of the grandchildren, who had been pictured in the wire photograph, died of diphtheria.

By 1942, Sadie had moved into the home of her son John in Indian Head. 

Sarah died at John's residence on Aug. 27, 1942, age 83. She was placed into eternal rest in Mount Olive Cemetery near Pennsville, following a funeral in the United Brethren Church, with Rev. William Wallace of the Melcroft Gospel Tabernacle leading the service. The Daily Courier reported that she was survived by 28 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. At the time of death, her adult children Jesse, Joseph, Mrs. Glover and Mrs. Snooks lived in Youngstown, while daughter Mrs. Reed dwelled in Akron.

Son Joseph Washington Strawderman (1880-1950) was born on Feb. 21, 1880. He made his home in Youngstown, Mahoning County, OH in 1918, and then was back in Dunbar, Fayette County by 1923. Then again in 1950, he had returned to Youngstown, with an address of 642 Erie Street. He was married and divorced. After suffering a heart attack, Joseph died at the age of 70 on Nov. 3, 1950. Burial was in the Tod Homestead Cemetery in Youngstown. Joseph's sister Sarah Reed was the informant for his official Ohio death certificate.

Daughter Mary Catherine "Kate" Strawderman (1882-1918) was born in 1882. She married Grover C. Moore ( ? - ? ). They resided in Connellsville until 1916, when they relocated to Ohio, settling in Youngstown, Mahoning County. Their home was at 352 Byron Street. The couple's four children were Grace A. Moore, Daisy L. Moore, Marguerite F. Moore and G.C. Moore Jr. Sadly, their time together in Youngstown was cut short by death. Just three months after giving birth to their fourth child, Kate was infected with the deadly Spanish influenza that was sweeping the nation. She developed pneumonia and died at home on Nov. 27, 1918, at the age of 36. Her remains were brought back to Connellsville and thence to the home of her married sister Etta Younkin for viewing and the funeral. Burial was in Mount Olive Cemetery, and the Connellsville Daily Courier printed an obituary.

  • Granddaughter Grace A. Moore (1902- ? ) was born in about 1902.
  • Granddaughter Daisy L. Moore (1906- ? ) was born in about 1906.
  • Granddaughter Marguerite F. Moore (1909- ? ) was born in about 1909.
  • Grandson Grover C. Moore Jr. (1918- ? ) was born in about August 1918 in Youngstown. He was just three months old when his mother died.

 

    

Jesse and Rose Strawderman

Son Jesse S. Strawderman (1900-1945) was born on May 27, 1900 in Connellsville. He ran afoul of the law as a young man which seemed to define his legacy. At the age of 19, he was "convicted of breaking into a box car while hitch-hiking through Virginia enroute to Connellsville, his home," reported the Daily Courier. While imprisoned in the Virginia Penitentiary in Richmond, after three months, he escaped from a road gang in July 1919, and returned home to Connellsville, living with his dark secret. He found a job as a railroad brakeman and worked odd jobs as a painter. He married Rose Raupach (1907-1993) and had seven known children -- Kathryn A. Strawderman, William L. "Billy" Strawderman, Jessie May Tarary, Betty Thompson, Nancy Ann Flaugher, Rose M. Burrows and John "Jack" Strawderman. Circa 1922, the family relocated to Youngstown, Mahoning County, OH, where they spent the remainder of their lives. At times when Rose was to give birth, she returned to Dunbar, Fayette County.

In Youngstown, they lived in dwellings at 537 Foster in 1932 and later at 1207 Oak Street in 1945. The family belonged to the Grace Lutheran church. Circa 1929, Jesse finally disclosed his secret to his wife and mother, who both "felt convinced the law had forgotten," said his hometown newspaper, the Courier.  "But officials of the penitentiary remembered and traced the man to his new home...." In June 1931, he was arrested and placed in the county jail, facing extradition to the Virginia Penitentiary in Richmond. News of his arrest was published in the Courier. News spread and he soon reached fame as a "1931 Jean Valjean," referring to a lead character Victor Hugo's 1862 novel Les Misérables who had spent years struggling to lead a normal life after serving a prison term. Family, neighbors and friends rallied to save him, and photographs of him and his mother, wife and three children were printed in newspapers coast to coast. Sadly, two of their children became deadly ill with diphtheria and died in the early spring of 1932 -- six-year-old daughter Kathryn on March 28, and two-year-old son Billy a week later on April 4, 1932. Jesse found employment in 1934 with the Erie Railroad in Youngstown as a yard freight conductor. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge and the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. Adding further tragedy to their story 13 years later, Jesse lost his life at the age of 45 when he was struck and killed by an Erie Railroad train on Sept. 27, 1945. He was off duty and walking along the Canal Branch of the railroad when he was struck by an Erie switch engine. In the accident, his left and right legs and fingers on his right hand were amputated. He was rushed to the South Side Unit of Youngstown Hospital, but it was too late. His broken remains were lowered into rest in the Tod Homestead Cemetery. Rose outlived her ill-fated husband by a remarkable 48 years. She remained in Youngstown and died there on June 26, 1993.

 

Left: Jesse pictured in a news story, dubbed a "1931 Jean Valjean." Right: Jesse (left) thanks Youngstown reporters Jerry Heiman (center) and Herman Bonchek.

 

  • Granddaughter Nancy Ann Strawderman (1944-2009) was born on New Year's Day 1944 in Youngstown. On Aug. 31, 1962, when she was 18 years of age, she wed Terrence "Terry" Flaugher ( ? - ? ). The following year, the couple relocated across the state line to Sharon, Mercer County, PA. They had three children -- Tracy Elsey, Sharon Wallace and Randy Flaugher. The family were members of the Wes Middlexes United Methodist Church. In her career, Nancy was employed by the Sharon City School District as a cafeteria worker and as a cake decorator for Dairy Queen in South Pymatuning Township. Later, for a decade, starting in 1992, she worked in the housekeeping department of Sharon Regional Health System, retiring in August 2002. Said the Sharon Herald, "She was also a member of a Tuesday evening women’s card club, TOPS, and a former member of the Western Reserve trap shooting team. She enjoyed boating, crocheting and cross stitching, and made many beautiful blankets for her family." Nancy was afflicted with a rare form of cancer known as cholangiocarsinoma and suffered for some years before her passing at age 65 on May 3, 2009. She was laid into eternal rest in Oakwood Cemetery in Hermitage following funeral services led by Rev. Sung S. Chung, with an obituary printed in the Herald.

  • Granddaughter Jessie May Strawderman was the only one of the Strawderman offspring pictured in the 1931 wire photograph to live past childhood. She married (?) Tarary. Her home was in Hermitage.
  • Granddaughter Betty Strawderman was united in marriage with Richard Thompson. They resided in Poland, OH.
  • Granddaughter Rose Marie Strawderman (1940-2004) was born on Oct. 4, 1940 in Youngstown. She was married to David Burrows. Their residence was in Boardman, OH. Sadly, Rose passed away on July 6, 2004 in Youngstown.
  • Grandson John "Jack" Strawderman was wedded to Judy and lived in Sarasota, FL.

Son John C. Strawderman (1884- ? ) was born in 1884. As an adult, lived in Casselman, Somerset County, PA. In about 1910, at the age of 26, he was united in marriage with 22-ywear-old Alice "Pearl" (Ohler) Miner (1888-1973). She the daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Phillippi) Ohler of Humbert, Lower Turkeyfoot Township. Pearl had been married briefly once before, to William "Lincoln" Miner, and brought a son to the marriage, Melvin Miner. (Melvin later changed his name to "Strawderman.") In all, Pearl and John had four children of their own -- John Strawderman, Etta Thomas Dushaw, Sarah Phillips, Robert Strawderman and Bessie Eutsey. In 1923, the Strawdermans lived in Dunbar Township, Fayette County. that year, John's sister Etta came down with a deadly case of double pneumonia and was brought into their home, although she died a short time later. Sadly, son John died on May 11, 1928 from influenza and bronchial pneumonia, and his remains were laid to rest in Bethel Cemetery. By 1928, the family relocated to Grey, Jenner Township, Somerset County, where John and Melvin labored together in the mines for Acosta Coal Company. When John's brother was killed in a railroad accident in 1945, John was named in the Youngstown (OH) Vindicator obituary, and at the time lived in Indian Head. They were members of the Assembly of God Church.

  • Granddaughter Etta Strawderman married (?) Thomas and (?) Dushaw.
  • Granddaughter Sarah Strawderman was wedded to (?) Phillips.
  • Grandson Robert Strawderman 
  • Granddaughter Bessie Strawderman was married to (?) Eutsey.

Daughter Virginia May "Virgie" Strawderman (1889-1949) was born on Feb. 18, 1889 in Pennsville, Fayette County. She married W. Clarence Glover ( ? - ? ). In 1918, their home was in Youngstown, and in the late 1940s their address was 156 Shadyside Drive. Having endured hypertension for two years, Virginia was felled by a stroke and died three weeks later on June 1, 1949 at the age of 60. She was interred in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Youngstown.

Daughter Martha Strawderman (1893- ? ) was born in about 1893 in Pennsylvania. She wed Martin "Frank" Snook (1888-1946) of Youngstown, Mahoning County, OH. (His name also has been spelled "Snooks.") They moved to Youngstown in 1918 and in 1946 their home was located at 24 Rockview Avenue. Their three known children were Clara Belle Snook, Morris Snook and Grace Snook. Frank was a house painter in Youngstown circa 1930 and later earned a living as a painter with Commercial Shearing & Stamping Company. At the age of 57, Frank was stricken with a multiple pulmonary abscesses and died at Youngstown's South Side Unit on June 10, 1946. He was interred in Tod Homestead Cemetery.

  • Granddaughter Clara Belle Snook (1918- ? ) was born in 1918 in Pennsylvania. 
  • Grandson Morris Snook (1920- ? ) was born in about 1920 in Youngstown.
  • Granddaughter Grace Snook (1930- ? ) was born in about March 1930 in Youngstown.

Daughter Sarah "Sallie" Strawderman (1896- ? ) was born in 1896. She was unmarried in 1918 and dwelled in Youngstown. She later was wedded to Pennsylvania native Stephen F. Reed (1890- ? ) and in 1923 their home was in Dunbar Township near Connellsville, Fayette County. Later that year, they relocated to Akron, Summit County, OH. Their address in the early 1930s was 1032 Herbrick Avenue. In Akron, Stephen worked as a laborer for a rubber shop. They had two known children -- Helen L. Reed and Ernest Leroy Reed. Tragically, their son Ernest contracted diphtheria added to an infection under the tongue in his mouth ("Ludwig's angina") and died on Feb. 17, 1932, in Akron. They remained in Akron through the mid 1940s if not longer.

  • Granddaughter Helen L. Reed (1922- ? ) was born in 1922 in Ohio.

Daughter Etta Strawderman (1891-1923) was born in 1891 in Pennsville, Fayette County. At the age of 22, on July 18, 1914, she married a cousin, 25-year-old laborer William "Harrison" Younkin (1889-1950), a native of Broadford, near Connellsville. Harrison was the son of John "Scott" and Emma (Thomas) Younkin of Connellsville Township, and the grandson of John X. and Eliza Anne (Rose) Younkin. See their bio for more.

 

 

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Research for this page graciously shared by the late Olive (Rowan) Duff, the late Donna (Younkin) Logan and Nesta (Showman) Rosendale and Cheri Hebner Ward.