Susan (Younkin) Lichliter was born on Aug. 5, 1819 in Somerset County, PA, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth "Betsy" (Weimer) Younkin.
In about 1840, when she was age 21, Susan married 25-year-old John Campbell Leichliter (1815-1853), son of Jacob and Jemima (Campbell) Lichliter of Turkeyfoot Township and one of 17 children in the family. He was a grandson of German immigrants John and Lydia (Green) Lichliter, who came to Bedford County, PA and thence settled in Somerset County where his son Jacob was born in 1792.
The two families were close, and John's brother Rev. Levi Lichliter was wedded to Susan's cousin Catherine "Katie" Younkin. John's younger half sister, Margaret J. Leichliter, was wedded to Susan's cousin Joel Minerd, son of Jacob and Catherine (Younkin) Minerd Jr.
Their known children were Henry H. Lichliter, Harriet Lichliter, Levi Lichliter and Almira (or "Elmira") Boucher. Heartache blanketed the family on Nov. 13, 1852 daughter Harriet died as she was nearing her ninth birthday.
John was "one of the first public school teachers in Somerset county," according to a 1906 biographical sketch. He also was "engaged in farming throughout his life," as noted in a profile published in 1939.
Sadly, John died at the age of 36 years, three months and 16 days on Sept. 12, 1853. The cause of his untimely passing is unknown. He is buried in the Younkin Cemetery at Paddytown. [Find-a-Grave]
Susan survived her husband by many decades and made her home in Salisbury, Somerset County. She passed away in 1890 at the age of 71.
John is named in a chapter about his son Levi in the 1906 book History of Bedford and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania.
Records of this family were compiled and typed by Edith Susan Lichliter. A copy came into the possession of Ruth Robertson and thence was forwarded to Loree (Morrison) Cross in the early 1980s who in turn shared them with Joseph Warren Thomas III.
When Lewis Clark Walkinshaw's book Annals of Southwestern Pennsylvania was published in 1939, the Leichliters were profiled in Vol. IV in a section headlined "Lichliter Family."
~ Son Henry H. Lichliter ~
Son Henry H. Lichliter (1841-1921) was born in October 1841 in Turkeyfoot Township.
He moved to Illinois as a young adult. He married Patsy Booker (1840- ? ), a native of Tennessee. She brought a son to the marriage, William Booker, who had been born in Tennessee.
The couple produced several children of their own, including Almira Lichliter and Sherman Lichliter.
When the federal census count was made in 1900, the family lived on a farm in Somerset, Jackson County, IL.
Henry died at about age 80 in 1921 in Murphysboro, Jackson County, IL.
A son and daughter made their residences in Jackson County in 1939.
Daughter Almira Lichliter (1868- ? ) was born in about 1868 in Illinois.
Son Sherman R. Lichliter (1869-1948) was born in April 1869 in Illinois. At the age of 30, in Christmas week in 1899, he was married to Brittie (or "Birttie") (1876- ? ). The census of 1900 shows the newlyweds living with his parents, with Sherman helping his father on the family farm. They produced five known children -- Henry Lichliter, Edith Graff, George E. Lichliter, Homer Lichliter and Lillian Hahn. Sherman eventually became a grower of large amounts of wheat. They also owned several lots in the town of Murphysboro. Circa 1927, he used McCormick Deering combine machinery on the farm. The equipment was lubricated with high grade oils and greases, as furnished and advertised by Bantel's Service Station on 14th and Illinois Avenue in Murphysboro. The combine technology was big news for local farmers, and after a public demonstration on the Lichliters' farm, the Murphysboro Daily Independent noted in June 1927 that it "has been tried out, and is working fine. 150 farmers visited the field Saturday and were surprised to see this machine handle all kinds of wheat, doing excellent work in down and tangled straw." The following year, in January 1928, he announced his candidacy for the elected position of highway commissioner of Somerset Township. In the mid-1930s, Sherman and Brittie celebrated Christmas at the home of their daughters in St. Louis. The couple celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in 1939 with a party at the home of their daughter Lillian Hahn in St. Louis. Sherman died in 1948.
~ Son Levi Lichliter ~
Son Levi Lichliter (1845-1925) was born on Nov. 16, 1845 near Paddytown in Upper Turkeyfoot Township. He is profiled extensively in several books, among them the 1906 History of Bedford and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania, authored by E. Howard Blackburn, William Henry Welfley and William H. Koontz -- and also the Annals of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Vol. IV, by Lewis Clark Walkinshaw.
The 1906 profile reads that John attended public schools in Upper Turkeyfoot unti 1862, when he would have reached the age of 17:
He then began to teach at Walker's Mills, Addison township, and the following year went back to Upper Turkeyfoot township, where he taught for another year, the next year teaching in Middle Creek township. In 1866 he went to Monona county, Iowa, where he taught during the summer in a school afterward presided over by Dwight Hillis, of New York. On returning home he taught in 1867-68 at Salisbury, there being then only one school in the town. He then became clerk in a general store in Salisbury, remaining until 1876, when he taught one term at Elk Lick. During the ensuing twelve years he taught at Salisbury, with the exception of one term, in 1884-85 in Grantsville. In 1888 he established himself in the grocery and feed business with a capital of only five hundred dollars. His sales now amount to sixty thousand dollars yearly. In 1871-72 he held the office of burgess, and from 1880 to 1883 served as school director. From 1902 to 1905 he was president of the town council and since 1876 has held the office of justice of the peace. He is a charter member of Lodge No. 554, F. and A.M., and a Prohibitionist in politics. He is a member of the United Evangelical church.
At the age of 23, on July 11, 1869, he married Sarah A. Smith (1843-1918), daughter of John and Catharine (Dively) Smith of Salisbury. The bride was three years older than the groom.
Their six children were Christian Stutzman Lichliter, Adaline Mae Keller, Emily Catherine Lichliter, Edith Susan Lichliter, John C. Lichliter, Francis Murphy Lichliter, Almira Lichliter and William Cleveland Lichliter. Sadly, Francis died in 1879 at the age of two.
In September 1912, Levi was a guest speaker at a "harvest home, picnic and reunion of the descendants of the first settlers of the Turkeyfoot region, [which] took place last Saturday, with a very fair attendance. There were exercises both in the forenoon and afternoon in the historic Jersey Church, a place that is venerated by every descendant of the first settlers." Following remarks by N.B. Critchfield, Secretary of Agriculture for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Levi got up to speak. He told the audience "of a number of young men who were his comrades before the war, all of them being residents of Upper and Lower Turkeyfoot townships," reported the Meyersdale Republican. "Among these he mentioned Lieutenant Milton Black in whose memory the Addison Post of the G.A.R. is named; the Sanner boys, Captains Ross Rush Sanner and W.H. Wanner, Norman B. Ream and others." Assisting with refreshments that day was Mollie Younkin, daughter of Levi's cousin Balaam Younkin.
Sarah was burdened by heart disease caused by blood regurgitation in the arteries. She died at the age of 75 on Nov. 2, 1918.
Levi suffered a heart block caused by degeneration of his arteries, and passed away at the age of 79 on May 28, 1925. Burial was in Salisbury.
Son Christian "Stutzman" Lichliter (1870-1951) was born on May 8, 1870. He married Minnie Enos ( ? - ? ), daughter of David Enos of Cumberland, Allegany County, MD. Their eight children were Emily "May" Lichliter, Avoline "Lucille" Lichliter, Frances "Florede" Lichliter, Effie Elmira Lichliter, Levi Garrett Lichliter, Wilbur B. Lichliter, David Lichliter and Heil H. Lichliter. For many years, Stutzman was employed in Salisbury with the Merchants' Coal Company. Later, he was named postmaster for Salisbury. In the 1950s, his home was on Gay Street in Salisbury. Suffering from liver cancer, hardening of the arteries, and then enduring a heart attack, Stuzman was admitted to the Hazel McGilvery Hospital in Meyersdale, where he died at the age of 80 on April 22, 1951. Burial was in the Salisbury Odd Fellows Cemetery.
Daughter Adaline Mae Lichliter (1871-1947) was born on May 30, 1871. She married Warren D. Keller (1885-1930), son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Wilt) Keller of Kimmelton, Somerset County. Their two children were Sarah Keller and Lee Lichliter Keller. Over the years, after leaving Salisbury, the Kellers lived in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Philadelphia, where Warren was employed by Westinghouse Electric as a motor turbine tester. They were members of the United Evangelical Church. Sadly, suffering from a bone infection in his knee, which led to septic infection, Warren passed away in Philadelphia's Jefferson Hospital at the age of 45 on June 24, 1930. In a lengthy obituary, the Meyersdale Republican said that:
Warren D. Keller came to Salisbury when still a very young man, and for several years worked in the mines of the Elk Lick coal region. He was a young man of extremely kind and friendly disposition, one who always gave the best that was in him at whatever he undertook; he was naturally industrious and in all respects a young man of fine moral character. It was while employed at Salisbury that he learned to know the splendid woman that afterwards became his wife. Mrs. Keller is a daughter of the late Levi and Sarah Smith Lichliter. Soon after his marriage Mr. Keller began to realize that there was not much chance for advancement for the average coal mine employee, and being ambitious to get employment in some other line of industry that held out more favorable inducements to young men, he went to Pittsburgh and got employment at the Westinghouse manufacturing plant. His employers soon recognized in him the qualities that make for advancement. He was advanced rapidly, and in due time his employers placed him in a very responsible position in their Philadelphia works, and he resided in that city and remained in the Westinghouse employ up to the time of his death. He gave in all about twenty years of valuable service to the Westinghouse Company in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. By his death his employers have lost a faithful and valued employee, his wife a faithful and devoted husband, and his children a kind and loving father. Moreover, humanity has lost an exemplary member, and the state a citizen of the finest type.
Adaline lived as a widow for 17 years and returned to Pittsburgh. In 1947, she lived with her son at 40 C Boone Drive in Turtle Creek, in the city's eastern suburbs. Adaline suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and was admitted to the Allegheny County Institution District at Woodville. She lingered there for about 45 days, finally dying at the age of 76 on Oct. 17, 1947. Her body was brought back to Salisbury for burial beside her husband in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.
Daughter Emily Catherine Lichliter (1872-1966) was born on Nov. 10, 1872. At the age of 19, on March 22, 1892, Emily was joined in marital union with 23-year-old Frank H. Farner (1869-1943) of Salisbury, the son of Harmon aqnd Eliza (Newman) Farner. Their offspring were Glen William Farner, Nita Marie Farner, Mabel K. Miller and Jean James. They spent their entire lives in Salisbury, where Frank labored as a coal miner. They were members of the St. John's United Church of Christ, earlier known as the St. John's Evangelical and Reformed Church. At the death of Emily's brother in law Warren D. Keller in Philadelphia in 1930, Emily and her nephew David Lichliter drove across state to the city of brotherly love to accompany the widow and the body back home. Stricken with many heart problems which kept him nearly bedfast for two years, Frank died on Dec. 5, 1943. Burial was in the Salisbury IOOF Cemetery following funeral sermon preached by Rev. Ira S. Monn. Eulogized a newspaper:
By the death of Mr. Farner, Salisbury has lost a fine, upright citizen, and his family a kind and loving husband and father. Mr. and Mrs. Farner were much devoted to each other and were permitted to enjoy each other's companionship as husband and wife for nearly 52 years. On the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage, March 22, 1942, their numerous friends gave them a great and pleasing surprise in the form of greeting cards and many gifts of various kinds, including money. It was one of the outstanding happy days of their lives, and greatly deserved.
Emily survived for 23 years. She died at home in Salisbury at the age of 94 on Nov. 9, 1966. At her death, said the Meyersdale Republican, she was survived by 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren. Rev. Paul L. Westcoat officiated at the funeral, with burial in the Salisbury Odd Fellows Cemetery.
Daughter Edith Susan Lichliter (1874-1948) was born on Feb. 26, 1874. She was a longtime teacher in the Salisbury area. She never married and maintained a residence on Salisbury's Gay Street. She was very interested in her family roots and in 1933 attended the Harbaugh Reunion, held at Cramer's Grove in New Centerville in Somerset County. At that reunion, she met a double cousin, David F. Younkin of the family of David and Maria (Culver) Younkin and found they shared ancestry. At that reunion, cousin Edith told David that their mutual great-grandfather Henry Younkin was a heavy drinker and did not always live with his wife Betsy -- that Betsy resided with her daughter Phoebe Boucher in a small brick house near Paddytown -- and that Henry was buried in some small country churchyard near Scullton, Kingwood or New Lexington. She also became engaged with the work of the Younkin National Home-coming Reunion and in September 1936 wrote a letter to reunion president Otto Roosevelt Younkin, answering some of his questions. The two continued to correspond, and she wrote another letter dated March 27, 1939. Edith also was a subscriber to the Younkin Family News Bulletin newspaper. Stricken with cancer of the uterus in 1945, she endured the illness for three years and underwent colostomy surgery. The disease spread throughout her body and led to her demise at the age of 74 on June 12, 1948. Interment was in the IOOF Cemetery in Salisbury.
Son John Calvin Lichliter (1875-1959) was born on Oct. 13, 1875 in Salisbury. At the age of 27, on April 12, 1903, John wedded to Mary "Jane" Reese ( ? - ? ), daughter of John Reese of Salisbury. They produced four children -- George Reese Lichliter, John C. Lichliter, Winifred Jean Lichliter and Emily Jane Lichliter. John was a merchant in Salisbury, and they made their home on Ord Street. John was profiled at length in the 1939 Annals of Southwestern Pennsylvania book authored by Lewis Clark Walkinshaw.
He attended the public schools here until he was fourteen years of age, when he joined his father in business, a venture he has since been associated with. Upon the death of the elder Lichliter he became active head of the establishment, which originally was operated on a partnership basis with his brother and two sisters. More recently, however, he and his brother, William C. Lichliter, bought out their sisters' interest. Throughout his life here John ... has been one of the most active leaders of the community, where he is now president of the Town Council, which is supervising the installation of a water system that is costing one hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars. For eighteen years he served as a membe of the local School Board. he has been an active parishioner of the Reformed Church, in which he is treasurer of the Sunday school.
At the age of 83, John died of a heart attack on Aug. 25, 1959. His remains were placed into repose in the Salisbury IOOF Cemetery.
Son or daughter Francis Murphy Lichliter ( ? - ? ) was deceased by 1939.
Daughter Almira Lichliter (1879-1949) -- also spelled "Elmira" -- was born on May 8, 1879 in Salisbury. She was employed as a clerk in Salisbury circa 1906. She never married, and a physician once noted that she was "neurotic." At the age of 70, she decided to end her life. On the fateful day of Dec. 3, 1949, she strangled herself via a drowning in the Casselman River in Salisbury. Her remains were interred in Salisbury.
Son William Cleveland Lichliter (1884-1941) was born on April 2, 1884 in Salisbury and spent his entire life there. He was married twice. His first bride was Helen Gregge Rumgay (1884-1928), a resident of Meyersdale and a native of Peale, Clearfield County, PA. She was the daughter of Scottish immigrants William and Rachel (Lemont) Rumgay. They did not reproduce. In about May 1927, Helen began suffering from "cancer of the womb," wrote her physician. Helen endured for 18 months but finally succumbed at the age of 44 on Nov. 26, Later, he married Nelle Brant ( ? - ? ). They produced one daughter, Anne Marie Lichliter. For nearly two decades, William earned a living with his elder brother John as proprietors of the Lichliter grocery store in Salisbury. He and Nelle resided in rooms above the store. They were members of the Evangelical and Reformed Church in Salisbury. In about 1936, William began to suffer from hypertension and hardening of the arteries and was treated by Dr. B.H. Hoke. Few others knew that he was ailing, and his physician urged him to avoid over-exertion. At the age of 57, on the fateful day of Nov. 25, 1941, he was at work as usual. While waiting on a customer around 2 p.m., reported the Meyersdale Republican, "he felt so ill that he ascended the stairway leading to his living quarters where he was found to be in such a serious condition that he was helped to bed and his doctor sent for. In less than an hour after being put to bed, the spark of life had fled." Word of his unexpected death quickly spread around town, along with a rumor that he "fell dead" in the store itself. Following funeral services held in the Lichliter residence, his remains were lowered into eternal repose in the Salisbury Odd Fellows Cemetery. Officiating were Rev. E.D. Bright, their former pastor, and Rev. S.D. Sigler of the Salisbury Lutheran Church. "The funeral was largely attended, and the floral tributes were numerous and beautiful," said the Republican. "Most of the business places in Salisbury were closed on the day of the funeral from 2 until 4 o'clock."
~ Daughter Almira (Lichliter) Boucher ~
Daughter Almira Lichliter (1847-1935), also spelled "Elmira," was born on Dec. 5 or 8, 1847. At the age of 12, in June 1860, she made her home with her widowed grandmother Elizabeth (Weimer) Younkin in Upper Turkeyfoot.
She married Walter H. Boucher (1846-1924), also spelled "Baucher, son of John and Elizabeth (Walter) Boucher.
They had these known children -- Walter S. Boucher, Elsie G. Boucher, George Sumner Boucher, Susan Boucher, John Boucher, Lester Hiram Boucher, Melissa Belle Boucher, Charles C. Boucher, Stanley P. Boucher and Adeline Cochran.
The Bouchers made their home in 1880 in Salisbury, Somerset County, where Walter was a butcher.
Suffering from organic heart disease, Walter was felled by heart failure at the age of 77 and died within 10 minutes on June 4, 1924.
Almira lived on for another 11 years. She died in Salisbury, Somerset County at the age of 87 on Aug. 14, 1935. Cause of death was a cancerous tumor of the stomach which led to "starvation from inability to eat," reported a physician. Burial was in the IOOF Cemetery in Salisbury, also known as "Elk Lick." [Find-a-Grave]
Daughter Elsie G. Boucher (1886-1969) was born in 1886. She may never have married. In 1946, she made her residence in Boulder, CO. She died on April 21, 1969. Burial was in Salisbury IOOF Cemetery.
Son George Sumner Boucher (1874-1959) was born in about 1874. He married Dorothea Charlotte Kaese (1874-1960) and had three known sons, Walter Stanley Boucher, Paul Boucher and Harry Kenneth Boucher. They lived in Damascus, Washington County, VA in 1916-1959. The Grim Reaper of death swept away their 13-year-old son Walter, a Boy Scout, in March 1916 from a case of cerebro-spinal meningitis. The boy's remains were brought back to Salisbury for burial, with funeral services held at the home of George's parents, officiated by Rev. Dr. Greiner and Rev. C.V. Sporling of the Methodist Church. George died in Damascus on Oct. 3, 1959. He rests in eternal repose in Mock Cemetery in Damascus.
Daughter Susan Boucher (1876- ? ) was born in about 1876.
Son John C. Boucher (1878-1946) was born in about 1878 in Salisbury. He married Edith Harrington of Brownsville, Fayette County. They had one son, John C. Boucher Jr. John was a longtime engineer with the Pennsylvania Railroad, based in Brownsville. In about 1944, suffering from failing health, he retired. He died at home in Brownsville at the age of 67 on Jan. 14, 1946. An obituary was printed in the Meyersdale Republican.
Son Lester Hiram Boucher (1879-1967) was born on Dec. 11, 1879 in Salisbury. He married Katharine "Kate" Mier (1881-1947), daughter of Samuel and Harriet (Smith) Mier of Salisbury. Prior to marriage, Kate had taught school in Salisbury. They produced three daughters -- Theresa Forsythe, Kathryn Forsythe and Mary Gray. In 1945, they relocated to Lafayette near Boulder, CO, where two of their married daughters lived. Kate died in one of the daughters' homes in Boulder in March 1947. Her remains were placed into rest in Green Mountain Cemetery in Boulder, with an obituary printed in the Meyersdale Republican. Lester survived his wife by two decades. While visiting his daughter Mary Gray in Baltimore, he died on June 4, 1967. Rev. Paul Madson officiated at funeral services held in Baltimore, with the remains shipped to Boulder for burial beside Kate. The Republican published an obituary.
Son Stanley P. Boucher (1882-1929) was born on Feb. 28, 1882. He never married. Stanley earned a living as a millwright. But he began to suffer from a type of mental illness, and was admitted to the Woodville State Hospital, also known as the Allegheny County Hospital for the Insane, located in Collier Township near Pittsburgh. He died there of "general paralysis of the insane" at the age of 47 on May 13, 1929. Burial was in Meyersdale Cemetery.
Daughter Melissa Belle Boucher (1868-1953) was born in about 1868. She was united in wedlock with Phineas Compton Boucher (1855-1928). They produced two known children, John Walter Boucher and Lucretia Boucher. They dwelled in 1946 in Grantsville, MD. Melissa Belle died in 1953, with interment in Grantsville Cemetery.
Son Charles C. Boucher (1870-1913) was born on Feb. 28, 1870. He was married and had one known son, Forest Leroy Boucher. Charles obtained employment with the railroad. Circa 1913, they dwelled in Duquesne, PA, with Charles working as a yard master. Tragedy struck when Charles contracted acute peritonitis in late January 1913 and his system went into shock. He died just three days later on Feb. 1, 1913, less than a month before his 43rd birthday. His remains were transported to Salisbury for burial. C.W. Allebrand of Duquesne signed the death certificate.
Daughter Adeline Boucher (1884-1936) was born in 1884. She married George W. Cochran (1881-1971). Sadly, Adaline died in 1936. George survived her by 35 years and married again to Mary Agnes Dittsworth (1902-1980). They made their home in Petersburg, Huntingdon County, PA. George succumbed on Nov. 5, 1971. Mary Agnes died in 1980. They are buried together in Mooresville Cemetery in Mooresville, Huntingdon County.