Sarah (Comp) Lepley was born on Oct. 17, 1828 in Buffalo Mills, Bedford County, PA, the daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth "Betsy" (Sturtz) Comp.
She married Adam Lepley III (March 5, 1821-1903), son of Adam and Elizabeth (Horn) Lepley Jr. Adam was a native of Wellersburg in Southampton Township, Somerset County.
They dwelled for decades near Wellersburg.
Sarah and Adam were the parents of a dozen offspring -- Simon Alexander Lepley, Susannah Matilda "Susan" Broadwater, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Shumaker/Shumaker, Jacob Lepley, Emma Frances Lepley, Samuel Lepley, Minerva Jane Lepley, Norman Lincoln Lepley, Missouri Lepley, Effie Louellen Lepley, Adam Lepley and Sarah Alice Lepley.
Adam's farm comprised 146 acres adjacent to the farms of Simon Lepley, Samuel Lepley, Wilson Korns and others. He is known to have leased the mineral rights to Cumberland Basin Coal Company.
Sadly, Adam passed away at the age of 82 on June 9, 1903. Rev. B. Knepper preached the funeral sermon and was paid $2 for his services. Interment was in the Lepley family burying ground in Wellersburg. Inscribed on his grave marker was the phrase, "Gone but not forgotten."
The family farm was sold to daughter Effie Kennell, wife of William B. Kennell, for a price of $2,500, far more than could have been raised at a public sale.
With her health failing due to the debilities of old age, Sarah died at the age of 80 on Jan. 11, 1909. She was laid to rest in the family cemetery on the farm. Simon Lepley of Wellersburg, Somerset County was the informant for the certificate of death. [Find-a-Grave]
~ Son Simon Alexander Lepley ~
Son Simon Alexander Lepley (1852-1937) was born on April 27, 1852 in Southampton Township.
On Christmas Day 1882, at the age of 30, he was joined in matrimony with 23-year-old Mary Ann Shumaker (March 14, 1859-1953), daughter of Bailey and Rebecca (Kennell) Shumaker of Wellersburg.
The couple produced these known sons -- Oscar Lepley, J. Elmer Lepley and Jesse Lepley.
They were longtime farmers in and around Mount Savage, Allegany County, MD about a mile or two from the Pennsylvania state line. They were members of the Reformed Church at Gladdens, Somerset County.
Sadly, Simon died in the home of his som Oscar in Wellersburg at the age of 84 on March 27, 1937. Burial was in Cook Cemetery in Somerset County, led by Rev. R.a. Shontz, with an obituary appearing in the Cumberland Evening Times.
Mary Ann survived another 16 years as a widow. She joined her husband in death at the age of 94 two days before Christmas 1953. Rev. F.D. Oberkircher officiated at the funeral service, held in Wellersburg Reformed Church. The Bedford Gazette printed an obituary.
Son Oscar Adam Lepley (1890-1983) was born on May 9, 1890 in Southampton Township. In 1915, he wedded Cora Elizabeth Getz (1892-1981). The couple were the parents of Hazel Marie Deffenbaugh, John Getz Lepley and Howard Philip Lepley. They lived in Wellersburg in 1937 and Hyndman, Bedford County in 1953. The family worried and then grieved when son Howard joined the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II and was killed when his aircraft was shot down over France. Cora passed away in 1981, ending their marital union which had endured for 66 years. Oscar died at the age of 93 on July 22, 1983. Burial was in Cook Cemetery in Somerset County.
Son J. Elmer Lepley dwelled in Hyndman, Bedford County in 1937.
Son Jesse Lepley made his home in 1937 in Windber, Somerset County and in 1953 in LaVale, MD.
~ Daughter Susannah Matilda (Lepley) Broadwater ~
Daughter Susannah Matilda Lepley (1855-1886) was born on Sept. 18, 1853 or 1855 in Somerset County.
She was united in holy matrimony with Charles Pierce Broadwater (March 1850-1932), reputedly the son of Ephraim and Lydia (Tressler) Broadwater.
Together, the couple produced a brood of six sons -- Gilbert Hitchcock Broadwater, Samuel L. Broadwater, Alfred Broadwater, Lloyd Broadwater, Stephen Girard Broadwater and James Broadwater. All appear to have been born in Pennsylvania, likely in Glencoe, Somerset County.
Sadness cascaded over the family when son Samuel died at age 22 months on Sept. 24, 1875. His tender remains were laid to rest in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery in Berlin, Somerset County. A modern stone marks the burial site today.
Just a month after the birth of their youngest son Stephen in October 1879, the couple pulled up stakes and left family and friends for a life in Kansas. They migrated to Rawlins County, KS, taking possession of a homestead tract on Nov. 12, 1879. The acreage, numbered 13,281, was part of the northeast quarter of Section 1, Township 4 South, Range 33 West.
But a long life together in Kansas was not to be for Susannah and Charles. Perhaps she became ill and needed to return to the care of loved ones back in the comfort of their Pennsylvania home. Or possibly the hardscrabble life of a farmer in Kansas, fighting to cultivate the hard-baked sod and endure non-stop winds, became too much to bear.
Their son James, born on July 22, 1882, who died in infancy on Dec. 6, 1882, rests in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Berlin.
Susan died at the age of 32 on April 5, 1886. The cause of death has not been found. What's known is that her remains were lowered into the sacred soil of Mt. Lebanon Cemetery in her hometown of Glencoe. [Find-a-Grave] In addition to her dates of birth and death, the face of the grave marker is inscribed "Wife of Chas. Broadwater."
Charles abandoned their Rawlins homestead property in Kansas without cultivating it. Five years after the Broadwaters' homestead began, Henry J. Ormsby filed a complaint in the U.S. Land Office in Oberlin, KS, asking that the contract be canceled. News of the case was published in the Atwood (KS) Patriot.
Charles apparently obtained a patent for another piece of Kansas real estate from the land office, made available to him in May 1889. But whether he took occupancy of the tract is not known.
As of 1887, he made his home in Mutual, Westmoreland County, PA, laboring as a farmer.
On Nov. 2, , 1887, at age 37, he wed a second time to 29-year-old dress maker Jennie Stoner (June 17, 1854-1914), daughter of Chauncey and Mary Ann Stoner. Justice of the peace W.A. Keener presided, with the wedding held in Greensburg, the seat of Westmoreland County.
They bore another 10 children, of whom six died young. Among those living to adulthood were son Roy (born Dec. 1892) and daughter Nellie (Broadwater) Gennaro (June 1894).
In February 1890, in Glencoe, PA, he applied for a tavern license.
The United States Census of 1900 shows Charles and Jennie living in Glencoe, laboring as farmers, with son Roy and daughter Nellie in the household.
The Broadwaters relocated again during the decade of the 1900s. By 1910, they dwelled on a farm in North Jackson in Milton Township, Mahoning County, OH.
Sadly, stricken for eight months with a rare cancerous tumor in the bones and soft tissues of the thigh, Jennie died on Aug. 19, 1914 in Milton Township, at the age of 60. Burial was in Newton Township Cemetery in Newton Falls, OH.
When the federal census enumeration again was made in 1920, the widowed Charles and son Roy and daughter Nellie remained together in their Milton Township farm home. At that time, Roy worked as a house painter.
After daughter Nellie wed John Gennaro, the couple moved to Florida, settling in Winter Garden, Orange County, and taking Charles and Roy with them. Son-in-law John Gennaro earned a living in 1920 selling specialties.
Evidence hints that Charles died in Winter Garden in 1932. Floyd Broadwater was named as executor of the estate.
The Gennaros are known to have opened a gift shop in December 1953, along Tampa's Nebraska Avenue, known as Jon-Nel Gift Shop and Florida Gardens. Nellie died in Bradenton at the age of 88 in June 1983. Her funeral was led by Richard R. Avis of Central Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall, with interment in the mausoleum of Myrtle Hill Memorial Park.
Son Gilbert Hitchcock Broadwater (1872-1949) was born in March 1872 in or near Glencoe Somerset County and moved to Kansas as a boy of about seven. He was a 14-year-old when his mother died in 1886. Gilbert was twice-married. His first spouse, joined in marriage in about 1889, was Ellen "Lydia" Willison (March 22, 1869-1950), daughter of Jacob Williston of Hyndman, Bedford County, PA. They produced these known children -- Clara Isabella Campbell, Emma I. Campbell, Walter Eugene Broadwater, Bernard Bryant Broadwater and Harold Broadwater. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1900, the family dwelled on Kent Avenue in Davis, Tucker County, WV, with Gilbert working as a day laborer. Circa 1905, he tried his hand at studio photography and moved the family to Thomas, Tucker County, WV. There, sons Bernard was born in 1903 and Harold in 1905. By 1910, census records show he had relocated his studio to the town of Parsons in the Blackfork District of Tucker County. He and his brothers Lloyd and Stephen are known to have traveled to their old hometown of Glencoe, PA to visit their brother Alfred in August 1911. The news of the gathering was published in the gossip columns of the Meyersdale Republican. After a divorce, he was united in matrimony a second time with Martha Falkenstine (1893- ? ), a native of New Jersey. They were 21 years apart in age. Two known offspring born into this second marriage were Daniel Broadwater and Ruth Broadwater. The pair resided in 1922 in Akron, OH and in 1928 in Florida. They are known to have dwelled in the early 1930s in Jacksonville, FL and then relocated in 1933 to St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, FL. Gilbert was a machinist and carpenter by trade and in October 1946 advertised in the Tampa Bay Times that he would furnish carpentry and block-laying for $1.25 an hour. At that time, Gilbert had no occupation, but Martha was employed as a stenographer at a U.S. Veterans Hospital. The Broadwaters' address in 1941 was 560 54th Street South and in 1949 at 302 15th Street North, both in St. Petersburg. The family was plunged into mourning when Gilbert died at home at age 77 on Nov. 20, 1949. An obituary was published in the Times. Former wife Lydia spent her final years in Sand Patch, Somerset County, PA. Burdened with senile dementia and chronic heart disease, she was admitted to the Somerset County Home where she died at the age of 80 on June 23, 1950. Her remains were interred in Comp's Church Cemetery.
Great-granddaughter Alice Jean Campbell (1922-2005) was born on July 23, 1922 in Alliance, OH. In 1935, her home was in Salem, Columbiana County, OH and in 1940 in Canton, Stark County, OH. She married Raymond Oliver Sanderson (1914-2007). The couple lived in North Miami Beach in 1968. Alice died in Polk County, FL on June 21, 2005.
Great-grandson Dale Taze Campbell Sr. (1924-1968) was born on Dec. 16, 1924 in Canton, Stark County, OH. He appears to have received his middle name in a nod of admiration to Rev. Charles Taze Russell, the nationally known pastor whose teachings heavily influenced the Broadwaters and whose church was a forerunner to the Jehovah's Witnesses movement. Dale grew up in Canton and served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War. After the war's end, in 1946 when he was in young manhood, he relocated to Miami, FL. In March 1956, in Dade County, FL, he wedded Anna Marie Menchaca (1935-1986). The couple's two known offspring were Dale Taze "Butch" Campbell Jr. and Elaine Campbell. Dale made a living as a partner in Mermaid Pools Inc. Their address in the 1960s was 2035 Northwest 183rd Street in Opalocka near Miami. Sadly, Dale Sr. died at the age of 43 on Jan. 22, 1968. His obituary was published in the Miami Herald. Son Dale Jr. was a carpenter in Orlando and died on April 7, 2017.
Step-great-grandson David Carpenter
Step-great-grandson Carl W. Carpenter ( ? - ? ) graduated from Boca Ciege High School and St. Petersburg Junior College. Circa 1972, during the Vietnam War, he served in the U.S. Air Force. On Aug. 17, 1972, in nuptials held at the First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville, AR, he married Gwynne Ann Grabill, daughter of Jerry N. Grabill of Jacksonville. Gwynne was pictured in an announcement of the wedding in the Tampa Bay Times. She was an alumna of Jacksonville High School and the State College of Arkansas. At the time of marriage, she worked at the Warren Dupree Elementary School in Jacksonville.
Great-grandson Daniel Broadwater Jr. ( ? - ? ) graduated from Boca Ciege High School. In young manhood he was employed by the Bilmar Beach Resort. On Feb. 22, 1986, he wedded Diane Todd Bowers, daughter of Earl A. and Marion C. Bowers. The ceremony was held at the Church by the Sea in Madeira Beach, FL and announced in the Tampa Bay Times. She also was a Boca Ciega graduate and had studied at St. Petersburg Junior College. At the time of marriage, she was employed by Atlantic Federal Savings & Loan.
Great-granddaughter Mary L. Broadwater ( ? - ? ) entered into marriage on Nov. 12, 1977 with John Stephen Simms, son of Thomas W. Simms of Miami. Their wedding was held at Visitation Catholic Church in North Miami Beach.
Great-granddaughter Ruth Broadwater
Great-granddaughter Carolyn Ann Eastman ( ? - ? ) lived in Sarasota in young adulthood. In a ceremony at the Ringling Museum of Art in St. Petersburg, on April 6, 1996, she was joined in matrimony with Robert Eanell ( ? - ? ), son of Wanda Eanell. The couple was pictured in the Bradenton (FL) Herald.
Son Alfred Broadwater (1875-1955) was born on Oct. 20, 1875 in or near Glencoe in Somerset County. He migrated to Kansas in boyhood, but returned to his home region as a teenager. An April 1893 Somerset (PA) Herald article states that he and his brother Lloyd graduated from the county's common schools at that time. He went on to teach in the one-room Roddy School in the Glencoe area in the late 1890s. On Aug. 28, 1898, when he was 22 years of age, Alfred married 24-year-old Clara F.M. Stief (Oct. 10, 1874-1953), of Glencoe, the daughter of German immigrant John M. Stief and his wife Rosanna Weaver. Rev. J.D. Hunsicker officiated the wedding, held in the Stief home. The four children born to the pair were John Stief Broadwater, Roland "Paul" Broadwater, Grace Yancey and Clarence "Lee" Broadwater. The family lived in Glencoe, Somerset County. In addition to farming, Alfred was trained as a surveyor and made that his business, performing his services in 1903 for local farmers in Southampton Township. He was a member of the Land Surveyors and Professional Engineers. As well, he was active with the Sunday School of the Reformed Church in Glencoe and in 1910 was elected superintendent of the program. He occasionally worked over the state line in Cumberland, MD. The couple appears to have separated, with Clara moving into the home of her son Paul and later to Frostburg, MD, remaining apart for years. In late 1920, having purchased a new automobile, Alfred and the children escaped a tragedy when the car stalled en route to the train station at Glencoe. Reported the Meyersdale Republican, the vehicle "choked in going up a steep hill, the lights went out and the car went down the bank at the side of the road, turning turtle. Mr. Broadwater jumped from the car at the sign of trouble, but Paul and Grace were pinned underneath the car until they were released by their father who, unaided, lifted the car. Both were hurt, but not seriously." Alfred met with a more serious injury when his car stalled again in June 1921, when heading home after Sunday School. Said the Republican, "the steering gear didn't work properly and the car ran up a bank and turned turtle. Grace and Lee jumped from the car, thereby escaping injury, but Mr. Broadwater was pined [sic] under-neath the car and had two ribs broken. Dr. Lichty of Meyersdale was immediately called..."
Circa 1923, he earned income as a distributor for "Farmelectric," a piece of equipment which furnished power and light, and regularly advertised in the local newspaper. A January 1925 Republican article said he "has a plant installed at his home and now turns midnight into noonday light." He also operated two farms and a sawmill as well as selling farm machinery, silos and refrigeration equipment. But having borrowed to finance his business, he was forced into bankruptcy by one of his creditors seeking immediate loan repayment. In reporting on the development, the Republican said Alfred had "always been regarded as an honest and industrious man, and he expects, if given time to husband his resources, to be able to pay dollar for dollar all he owes." He apparently worked through the bankruptcy and by 1932 was selling farm and home equipment from his agency in Salisbury, Somerset County. His advertisements promoted Sunbeam Automatic Electric Light and Power plants and Paul Red Knight Electric Automatic Water Systems. In late October 1936, he was jailed for fraudulent conversion, a criminal charge for taking money from one person and using it for an unrelated purpose, with the complaint brought by Edna Schrock. As Clara's health failed, she returned to the family home in Glencoe. She spent the last two years and six months of her life as a patient in the Somerset County Home, and passed away there at age 79 on Feb. 27, 1953. Her remains were interred in the Mt. Lebanon Cemetery in Glencoe, with Rev. J. Earl Dobbs, of the Mt. Lebanon Evangelical and Reformed Church, officiating. The Republican printed an obituary. Alfred's address in his final years was along Eastman Road, on what he called "Sunny Glen Farm." He died at the age of 79 in Cumberland's Memorial Hospital on July 15, 1955. His obituary appeared in the Cumberland News, which said he "was believed to have been the senior practicing surveyor in Maryland." Funeral services were presided over by Rev. Kenneth Grove of Emmanuel Methodist Church. Under the terms of his will, he left his Sunny Glen Farm to his son Paul, two tracts to son Lee and the balance to daughter Grace and other two sons.
Great-grandson James Franklin Broadwater (1933- ? ) was born in about 1933. He ran afoul of the law as a teenager and was incarcerated in the Maryland State House of Correction. Upon his release in 1951, at age 18, he returned home and then befriended another former inmate, Robert Wolf, who had served time in the house of correction for automobile theft. The two bummed around Westernport, MD, where they met some girls, and then drove to James' home. They asked James' father for a $25 loan, to be used as a down payment on a car, but when the father asked for a receipt or assurance of repayment. Reported the Meyersdale Republican, "The two men are alleged to have held Broadwater while a woman beat him over the head with a stove poker in order to make him tell them where his money was hidden. Broadwater said that he had $48 hidden in a bookcase and finally revealed the hiding place. The four then took the money and left." The group was apprehended in Romney, WV. James was sentenced to between two and four years in Western Penitentiary in Pittsburgh and was fined $500 for a combination of rape, assault and battery charges.
Great-grandson Theodore F. Yancey Jr. ( ? -1988) was born in Opelika, AL. He married German immigrant Eveline Helga Horch ( ? - ? ), a native of Berlin and the daughter of Bruno Max and Gerda (Muller) Horch and stepdaughter of Hildegard (?). He spent his working career in the military, and is known to have taken part in the Korean War and Vietnam War. He appears to have retired as a sergeant first class. In 1979, as a volunteer with the Fort Jackson Museum, he helped process two Confederate cannons which had lain underwater since the Civil War sinking of the block-runner ship Georgiana in 1863. The cannons were rare, having been built in London in 1862 by the Blakely manufacturer. Theodore belonged to the Dentsville lodge of the Masons and Syria Shrine, and was a charter member of the Riverbanks Zoo. Their address in the late 1980s was 3246 Pinebelt Road in or near Columbia, SC. Sadly, at the age of 57, Theodor died on April 23, 1988. Burial was in Greenlawn Memorial Park, and an obituary appeared in the Columbia (SC) State. Eveline outlived her husband by more than two decades. Death swept her away on Dec. 13, 2009, as a resident of The Laurels of Forest Glenn in Garner, NC. She was pictured in an obituary in the State.
Son Lloyd Broadwater (1877- ? ) was born on June 6, 1877 in Glencoe. He had no middle name. Lloyd relocated to Rawlins County, KS as a toddler. He was nine years of age when his mother died back in Somerset County. His whereabouts in the 1886-1900 timeframe may be lost to history. He may not have married, or perhaps was divorced. In adulthood he stood 5 feet, 6 inches tall, with brown hair, and weighed 135 lbs. He and his brothers Gilbert and Stephen visited their brother Alfred in Glencoe, PA in August 1911, with the Meyersdale Republican referring to the trio as "now from the western states..." By the time he reached the age of 42 in 1920, he had made his way to Seattle. The United States Census of 1920 lists him as rooming in the home of Daniel and Anna Gardner in Seattle, employed as a business college teacher. After a cross-country move, Lloyd dwelled in Brooklyn, NY in the 1930s, '40s and '50s. In 1930, he lodged in the Hotel Margaret annex, with the International Bible Students Association, engaged in missionary work for the publishing house. Federal census records for 1940 show him as a lodger at the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society Inc., in Columbia Heights, selling religious books to earn a living. He remained with Watchtower circa 1942 when required to register for the military draft during World War II.
Son Stephen Girard Broadwater (1879-1943) was born in Aug. 17, 1879 in Pennsylvania and in infancy moved with his parents to Kansas. He may have been named for the Philadelphia banker known to have helped save the federal financial system from collapse during the War of 1812. What became of the boy immediately after his mother's death in 1886 is not known. In manhood, he had brown eyes and black hair, and was of medium build and height. On Aug. 18, 1904, Stephen was joined in wedlock with Alice Mary Burney (May 8, 1872-1916), daughter of Robert S. and Mary J. (Adams) Burney and a native of Canyon County, CO. Their nuptials were held in Warrensburg, Johnson County, MO, where both were living at the time. A daughter born to this union was Mary Gladys Reid. The marriage apparently fell apart, with Alice moving to Raymore, Cass County, MO, a suburb to the south of Kansas City, and working as a school teacher. He may have inherited his father's wanderlust, and in 1910 made a home by himself in the School District of Yellowstone in Montana, earning a living as a public school teacher. On March 1, 1911, he agreed to purchase a tract of 160 acres in Musselshell, MT in an agreement with the General Land Office in Lewistown. The property was in Township 5 North, Range 24 East, Section 34. By 1917, Stephen migrated to Ohio where his father was residing in North Jackson, Mahoning County, OH. When required to register for the military draft during World War I, he disclosed that his occupation was missionary work, employed in Brooklyn, NY. At the age of 50, in 1930, he was a patient in Kings Park State Hospital in Smithtown, Suffolk County, NY. Census records show that in 1935-1940, he was institutionalized in the Marcy (NY) State Hospital for the Insane near Utica in Oneida County, NY. Death mercifully swept him away from his sufferings on June 11, 1943. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Lee, Oneida County. His former wife Alice, burdened with "cerebral softening," died on Oct. 21, 1917 in Kansas City, with burial in Peculiar, MO..
~ Son Jacob Lepley ~
Son Jacob Lepley (1857-1871) was born on Feb. 1, 1857. He only lived into his early teens.
Sadly, Jacob passed away at the age of 14 years, 10 months and 20 days on Dec. 21, 1871.
The cause of his untimely death is not yet known.
He rests for all time in the Lepley Family Cemetery in Southampton Township. His upright grave marker, still legible today, features a handshake illustration at the top. [Find-a-Grave]
~ Daughter Emma Frances (Lepley) Baker ~
Daughter Emma Frances Lepley (1859-1935) was born on May 19, 1859.
Circa 1875, when she was about 16 years of age, she was united in holy wedlock with George Baker (April 1857-1922).
They are known to have produced a family of three sons, the eldest and youngest born 19 years apart -- Earl Baker, Roy Ervin Baker and Dallas Benjamin Baker.
The couple relocated to Iowa sometime between 1877 and 1880. The United States Census of 1880 shows the couple in Highland, Tama County, IA, residing on a farm. At that time, George's older brother, 39-year-old Chatan Baker, lived under their roof.
When the federal census enumeration was made in 1900, the Bakers dwelled on a farm in Hickory Grove, Jasper County. Emma returned to her home region of Gladdens, Somerset County for a visit in August 1902. Her vacation was reported in the gossip columns of the Meyersdale Republican.
The pair's whereabouts in 1910 have not yet been found, but two of their sons were living independently elsewhere in Hickory Grove at that time.
Emma and George returned to Somerset County in November 1919, and are known to have visited at the home of Emma's sister and brother in law, Effie and William B. Kennell.
In 1920, the family residence was near Marshalltown, Marshall County, IA. the 62-year-old George had no occupation at that time, but the couple provided a home for their married son Dallas and his wife.
George died on June 24, 1922. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Marshalltown.
Emma Frances survived him by a baker's dozen of years. She succumbed at the age of 76 on Nov. 5, 1935.
Son Earl H. Baker (1876-1943) was born on Nov. 22, 1876 in Somerset County. Having migrated to Iowa in childhood, he grew up helping his father with farmwork in Hickory Grove, Jasper County, IA. In young manhood he lived in Gilman, IA. When he was 25 years of age, on Jan. 9, 1901, he entered into the bonds of marriage with 17-year-old Mahala Green (1885-1925), a native of Jasper County, IA and the daughter of William A. and Emily C. (Saylor/Taylor) Green. The couple bore at least one son, Louis Baker. Early in their married years, in October 1908, Earl was one of five Marshall Countians to win a free 160-acre farm in Tripp County, SD, an area considered part of the Rosebud Indian Agency. He and Mahala decided to move there to make their future. The federal census enumeration of 1910 shows the couple on a farm in Huggins, Tripp County, SD. The Bakers remained in Tripp County during the decade of the 1910s and are listed there in the 1920 census, but having moved to the town of Winner. Earl's occupation changed during that time to carpentry. The couple appears to have moved back to Marshalltown in about 1922, making a home at 206 North Fourth Street. Sadly, having undergone surgery at Marshalltown's Deaconess Hospital to remove her gallbladder ("cholecystectomy"), the 41-year-old Mahala died on Sept. 1, 1925. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery. Earl outlived his wife by 18 years. The 1930 United States Census lists Earl as widowed and residing in his mother's household in Marshalltown, earning a living as a common laborer. After his mother's death, he remained in town, with a room in the Anson Hotel. Toward the end, Earl suffered from heart disease and was admitted to Marshall County Hospital. Two weeks later, he passed away as a patient there on Jan. 22, 1943.
Son Roy Ervin Baker (1886-1975) was born on April 19, 1886 in Iowa. Single at age 24, in 1910, he was a farmer in Hickory Grove and provided a home for his 13-year-old brother Dallas. He appears to have moved to a farm in Gilman, Marshall County later that year or early the next. He was tall and slender in young manhood, with grey eyes and dark hair. On Jan. 11, 1911, now 24 years of age, Roy wed 22-year-old Gladys Lillian Adams (Jan. 5, 1888-1948), a Nebraskan by birth but a Mason City resident and the daughter of Frederick and Carrie (McTaggart) Adams. Their nuptials were held in Mason City, by the hand of Rev. L.C. Clark. During the early years of marriage, the couple made a home in Clear Lake, IA. But by 1920, they relocated to Nebraska, with a home at that time on a farm near Pawnee City, Pawnee County, NE. They became the parents of Walter Dale Baker, Warren Adam Baker and Lucille V. Baker. Roy was required to register for the military draft during World War I, and disclosed that he was a self-employed farmer. The Bakers as shown in the 1930 census were still making a living on a farm in Sheridan. Then in the early 1930s, they moved to a farm in South Fork, near Pawnee City, Pawnee County, NE, and were enumerated there in the 1940 U.S. Census. Grief blanketed the family when Gladys passed away on Sept. 19, 1948. Burial was in Pawnee City Cemetery. A year later, Roy married a second time to Olive May (Cruse) Fournell (1887-1976). She brought two stepchildren to the union, Leonard Fournell and Naomi Eisenbarth. Their home in 1954 was in Tecumseh. In addition to farming, Roy is known to have generated income through carpentry. He succumbed to the angel of death at age 88, in Tecumseh, on Jan. 6, 1975. A brief notice of his death was published in the Lincoln (NE) Star, saying he was survived by five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Son Dallas Benjamin Baker (1896- ? ) was born in Sept. 1896 in Gilman, IA. In 1910, Dallas at age 13 resided on a farm with with his 24-year-old bachelor brother Roy in Hickory Grove. On Oct. 25, 1916, Dallas was united in holy matrimony with 18-year-old Anna B. Dressen (1899- ? ), daughter of Peter and Anna (Koepneny) Dressen of Montour, IA. Rev. B.F. Martin officiated the wedding, held in Marshalltown. The newlyweds made their first home with Dallas' parents in or near Marshalltown, Marshall County, IA. By 1928, the marriage ended. Dallas wed again on Oct. 22, 1928 to Rella (Johnson) Simpson (1901- ? ), an Iowa native and the daughter of J.P. and Ida Belle (Winters) Johnson. Presiding at the marriage was Rev. H.W. Cope of the Friends Church. At the time, Dallas was working as a painter and living in Marshalltown.
~ Son Samuel Lepley ~
Son Samuel Lepley (1861-1947) was born on Jan. 28 or 29, 1861 in Southampton Township.
He was wedded to a Gaumer cousin, Ida Elizabeth Emerick (March 19, 1864-1941), daughter of Solomon and Mary Ellen "Ella" (Albright) Emerick of Gladdens, Somerset County, of the family of Jonathan and Rachel (Sturtz) Emerick.
They were the parents of Cora Alice Lepley, Earl Theodore Lepley, Ella "Sarah" Korns, James Albert Lepley, Harvey Victor Lepley, Bertha Rebecca Bittner, Alonzo S. Lepley and Mary Edna Lepley.
They were lifelong farmers and made their residence near Wellersburg. The couple belonged to the Wellersburg Reformed Church.
In March 1899, Samuel was a candidate for constable of Southampton Township and was named in the Somerset Herald. The federal censuses of 1900-1920 show the family on a farm in Southampton.
Sadness descended on the family on Oct. 9, 1941, when Ida, age 77, was found dead in bed. Said the Meyersdale Republican, "She had been in failing health for a number of months.... Her death broke a marriage of 57 years." Rev. G.R. Winters officiated at the funeral service held in the family home. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in the Lepley Cemetery in Hyndman. She was survived by her brothers John Emerick and George Emerick and sister Mrs. Christ Emerick as well as 20 grandchildren and a dozen great-grandchildren.
Samuel survived for another six years. At the age of 86, suffering from general arterial and heart valve disease, Samuel died on Nov. 10, 1947. In obituaries, the Bedford Gazette and Cumberland Evening Times reported that Rev. John Bucher, of the Wellersburg Reformed Church, officiated at the funeral service. The headcount of his survivors included 20 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. His remains are at eternal rest in Lepley Family Cemetery in Wellersburg.
Daughter Cora Alice Lepley (1884-1926) was born on Nov. 20, 1884 in Southampton Township. She appears not to have married but to have "spent her entire life at the place of her birth," said the Meyersdale (PA) Republican. At the age of 25, in 1910, she lived at home with her parents. In 1923, at the age of 39, she was confirmed in the Gladdens Reformed Church by the hand of Rev. C.A. Hauser. Sadly, Cora succumbed to death at the age of 42, in Southampton, on Nov. 27, 1926. Following funeral services held at the residence, led by Rev. George Ealey of Hyndman, her remains were lowered into eternal sleep in the home cemetery.
Son Earl Theodore Lepley (1886-1956) was born on July 6, 1886 or 1887 near Wellersburg in Southampton Township, Somerset County. He grew up working on the home farm in Southampton, and made farming his life's occupation. He entered into marriage with his first bride, Anna Mae Delbrook (1888-1928). The known offspring in this family were Ida C. Lepley, Cecil H. Lepley, Irwin Theodore Lepley, Raymond Robert Lepley and Earl Harvey Lepley. Sadly, their daughter Ida died in infancy in 1924. Grief swept over the family when Anna Mae succumbed to death in 1928, at the age of about 40. The widowed Earl lived across the state line in Allegany County, MD as of 1930. Earl wedded a second time to Mary Staggs ( ? - ? ). She had been married previously and brought these additional children into the marriage -- Grant L. Staggs, Carroll H. Staggs and Ida B. Moore. The Lepleys were in Mt. Savage, MD for decades, living along the Mt. Savage Road. They belonged to the Wellersburg Evangelical United Brethren Church, where he served as an elder. Earl died in their home at the age of 70 on Feb. 24, 1957. His remains are in eternal repose in Cook Cemetery, following services conducted by Rev. F.D. Oberkircher. An obituary appeared in the Meyersdale Republican.
Great-grandson Ronald C. Lepley (1937-2006) was bon in 1937. He put down roots in Wellersburg.
Great-granddaughter Barbara Lepley married (?) Bittner. Their home in 1986 was in LaVale, MD.
Great-granddaughter Janet G. Lepley (1941-2009) was born in 1941. She wedded (?) Taccino. She was in Frederick, MD in the mid-1980s.
Great-granddaughter Diane Lepley entered into marriage with (?) Mosholder. She dwelled in Meyersdale in 1986.
Great-granddaugher Patricia Ann "Patty" Lepley wedded Wayne Fleegle. They established a home in Corriganville, MD.
Great-granddaughter Linda Kay Lepley was joined in wedlock with Ronald Bridges. The couple relocated to Beaufort, SC.
Great-granddaughter Donna Lee Lepley was united in matrimony with Howard "Bub: Carpenter. Circa 2003, they were in Cumberland.
Great-grandson Richard Irvin "Rick" Lepley married Cindy Snyder. They have dwelled in Cumberland.
Great-grandson Glenn Earl Lepley was deceased by 2019.
Great-granddaughter Portia Ann Lepley married Allen Blank. In 2019, they were in Mt. Savage.
Great-granddaughter Connie Mae Lepley wedded Robert Crabtree. They have made a residence in LaVale, MD.
Son James Albert Lepley (1888-1984) was born on Nov. 8, 1888. He grew up working on the home farm in Southampton. He tied the knot with Emma Catherine Delbrook (July 27, 1892-1984). The only known children of this union were Gladys Edna Graham and Wilbert H. Lepley, and possibly also Victor Lepley and Lucella Lepley. The couple dwelled in Wellersburg/Hyndman circa 1926-1941. Research is underway to confirm whether he is the same man who served as president of the Wellersburg School Board and resigned in 1931 to become tax collector of the borough. James and Emma passed into eternity just a month-and-a-half apart, with her dying on Oct. 14, 1984 and him on Nov. 26, 1984. Burial was in Cook Cemetery.
Daughter Ella "Sarah" Lepley (1891-1969) was born on May 8, 1891 in Southampton Township. She was joined in the bonds of wedlock with Earl Theodore Korns (Feb. 21, 1888-1970), son of John Wilson and Mary Elizabeth (Geiger) Korns. The family dwelled in or near Hyndman, Bedford County and Ellerslie, MD, near the state line. The pair were the parents of Lester H. Korns and Lucretia Sturtz. Sadness blanketed the family when Ella died at age 77 on April 8, 1969 in Cumberland's Memorial Hospital. An obituary appeared in the Cumberland Evening Times. Earl only lived for another 10 months. The grim reaper cut him away at the age of 81 on Feb. 2, 1970. Interments were in Cook Cemetery, with Rev. C.D. Larson preaching the funeral sermon.
Daughter Bertha Rebecca Lepley (1893-1950) was born in Jan. 1893 in Southampton Township. In about 1915, when she was about 23 years of age, she wedded widower Allen Bittner (1883-1957), a native of Wittenberg, Somerset County and the son of John F. and Matilda (May) Bittner. Allen's first wife, Annie Elizabeth (Weimer) Bittner, had died in 1913. He brought a daughter from the first marriage into the second, Ruth Viola Kennell. Children of the second union were were Alverta Bittner, Merle Theodore Bittner, Harvey Samuel Bittner and Lester Vernon Bittner. Circa 1926, the family dwelled near Ellerslie, MD and in 1941-1947, resided in Hyndman. Death took away Bertha in 1950. Burial was in the Lepley Family Cemetery.
Son Harvey Victor Lepley (1896- ? ) was born in about 1896. He made a home in Wellersburg in 1926-1941 and by 1947 was in Sand Patch, Somerset County. He entered into wedlock with Bessie Hall ( ? - ? ). Their children were Alvin H. Lepley, Stanley H. Lepley, Ida Lepley, Marie Lepley, Galen Lepley, Mary Lepley and Faye Lepley. He is known to have been in Meyersdale in 1969.
Son Alonzo S. Lepley (1899-1973) was born on April 30, 1899 in Southampton Township. He was united in matrimony with Edna P. (March 8, 1908-1971). Edna passed first, on Dec. 12, 1971. At the age of 74, on July 7, 1973, he succumbed to death. Their remains are in eternal sleep in Lepley Family Cemetery. Inscribed on the face of their grave marker are these words: "Our love for each other will last forever."
Daughter Mary Edna Lepley (1902- ? ) was born in about 1902. She established a residence as of 1941 in Cumberland, MD, when she was named in the newspaper obituary of her mother. She remained as of 1969.
~ Son Norman Lincoln Lepley ~
Son Norman Lincoln Lepley (1864-1940) was born on April 15, 1864 in Wellersburg and named in part for the President of the United States.
He was twice married. His first spouse was Martha E. Boyer (1869-1897).
Their offspring were Gertrude Lydia Emerick, Elsie Nevada Gnagey and Allen M. Lepley.
Sadly, Martha died in 1897, possibly in childbirth with their son Allen. The son died the following year in 1898.
Norman's second bride was Hannah Elizabeth Troutman (Jan. 12, 1868-1931), daughter of David and Mary (Knippenberg) Troutman.
Their children were Erma Edna Kennell and Carlton R. Lepley.
The Lepleys lived in Gladdens Run in the early 1930s.
Sadly, stricken with heart disesae and severe gallbladder inflammation, Hannah passed away three days before Christmas 1931. Burial was in Comps Cemetery.
Norman survived his wife by nine years and resided in Hyndman. In about 1937, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and bore the illness for three years until death swept him away on Aug. 14, 1940. Interment was in Comp Cemetery, with son Calton Lepley of Hyndman serving as informant for the death certificate.
Daughter Gertrude Lydia Lepley (1889-1969) was born in 1889. She married a cousin, Jesse Emerick (1884-1972), son of John J. and Elizabeth (Albright) Emerick. See the Emerick biography for more.
Daughter Elsie Nevada Lepley (1890-1965) was born on Oct. 27, 1890 in Southampton Township. In June 1923, not yet married, she and (?) Murphy bore a son together, Merle E. Murphy. The father's precise identity is not yet known. In January 1915, she wedded Alvin C. Gnagey (Nov. 6, 1878-1949), son of Conrad and Mary (Handwerk) Gnagey of Summit Township near Meyersdale. Their wedding ceremony was held in Cumberland, MD. Seven children produced by the couple were Glenn Gnagey, Rev. Ray E. Gnagey, Bruce E. Gnagey, Mrs. Robert Fike, Guy E. Gnagey, Clay Gnagey and Max Gnagey. Just a few months after their wedding, in May 1915, Alvin purchased a farm from his father on the outskirts of Meyersdale and purchased 95,000 shingles for re-roofing the old barn. During his working career, Alvin was a self-employed farmer. Sadly, Alvin was felled by a cerebral hemorrhage and died at home two days later on Feb. 16, 1949. During the final years of Elsie's life, she endured diabetes, hardening of the arteries and heart disease. She passed away at the age of 74 on July 17, 1965. Roy E. Gnagey of Sarver, PA signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Her remains were laid to rest in Lichty Cemetery in Meyersdale following a funeral serviceled by Rev. Donald Hursh. An obituary appeared in the Meyersdale Republican.
Daughter Erma Edna Lepley (1901-1987) was born in 1901. She was joined in wedlock with a cousin, Hobart James Kennell (1896-1975), son of Franklin Perry "Frank" and Susanna (Emerick) Kennell of the family of John J. and Elizabeth (Albright) Emerick. See the Emerick biography for more.
Son Carlton R. Lepley (1910-1968) was born in 1910. In 1940, he lived in Hyndman.
~ Daughter Missouri Lepley ~
Daughter Missouri Lepley (1865-1893) was born two days after Christmas 1865 in Southampton Township.
She may never have married but in 1889, at age 23 or 24, bore a daughter Virginia "Virgie Bell" Lepley. The chid's father was James Emerick.
Sadly, at the age of 28, Missouri succumbed on Oct. 25, 1893 in Southampton. The cause of her untimely death is unknown.
Missouri's remains are at repose in Lepley Family Cemetery.
Daughter Virginia "Virgie Bell" Lepley (1889- ? ) was born on April 8, 1889 in Southampton Township and was age four at the time of her mother's demise. She was taken into the home of her mother's parents and lived with them in Southampton in 1900. Then in 1906, after the death of her grandfather Adam Lepley, she learned that she was entitled to an inheritance of $500. She submitted a petition to the Orphans Court of Somerset County, saying that she "resides too far from Somerset to make it convenient to appear in court," and asking that her uncle, William B. Kennell of Southampton Township, be named as her guardian. At the age of 17, circa 1906, she was joined in marriage with her first husband, Amos "Cleveland" Troutman (Nov. 21, 1885-1918), son of Amos and Isabel (Bluebought) Troutman. The known children born to the pair were Merle Troutman, Hazel Troutman, William Troutman, Stewart Troutman, Lewis Troutman and Grace Troutman. The couple moved to Ohio after the birth of their eldest son and by 1910 settled on a farm in North Jackson, near Youngstown, Mahoning County. Grief rocked the family when, at age 33, Cleveland was stricken with a ruptured appendix and developed an infection of peritonitis. He died in Youngstown's City Hospital on June 29, 1918. Virgie Bell lived as a widow for just under four years, remaining on their North Jackson farm. When she was age 31, on Feb. 11, 1922, she married again to 47-year-old widower Frank Carnes ( ? - ? ), also a farmer of North Jackson and the son of Joshua and Almeda (Bolman) Carnes. Methodist Episcopal Church minister Rev. G.S. Hoover presided. Frank brought a daughter from his first marriage into the second union -- Grace Carnes. The Carneses went on to produce at least two more daughters, Edith G. Carnes and Edna Carnes.
~ Daughter Effie Louellen (Lepley) Kennell ~
Daughter Effie Louellen Lepley (1868-1958) was born on March 13, 1868 in Southampton Township.
She was joined in wedlock with William B. Kennell (1863-1938).
The couple produced nine children, among them Dora Alice Kennell, Guy Filmore Kennell, Roy Edward Kennell, Robert Harry Kennell, James Lewis Kennell, Clinton Wilbert Kennell, Albert Adam Kennell, Pearl Emerick, Viola Getz, Jennie Weimer and Clara Kennell.
After the death of Effie's father, the Kennells purchased the old home farm for a price of $2,500, far more than could have been realized at a public auction. At about that time, William was named as legal guardian for their underage and motherless niece Virginia Lepley.
They were members of the Gladden Reformed Church and in 1947 made their residence in Hyndman.
A five-generation photograph published in the Sept. 4, 1957 edition of the Cumberland Evening Times featured Effie, her daughter Pearl Emerick, granddaughter Nellie Witt, great-grandson Richard Witt and infant great-great grandson Richard Witt Jr.
Effie passed into eternity at the age of 90 on April 9, 1958. Funeral services were held in the family church, with burial following in Cook Cemetery. In an obituary, the Cumberland Evening Times reported that her survivors included 46 grandchildren, 60 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Son Guy Filmore Kennell (1889-1967) was born in about 1889 near Hyndman. He dwelled in the early 1910s in Southampton Township. In 1911, he and James Lepley operated the Berkey lime kiln near Cumberland, as reported in the gossip columns of the Meyersdale Republican. He is known to have helped his friend Jesse Lepley move to Windber, PA in April 1912, where Jesse had rented a farm. He married Blanche Shaffer (1893- ? ),daughter of Enoch and Susie (Hendrickson) Shaffer. Blanche brought a daughter to the marriage, Helen Shaffer. They went on to bear two more children of their own -- Mildred Martha Kennell and Clifton Kennell. As he and Blanche built a life together. he purchased the "Benjamin Baker farm" from Jefferson Emerick. In noting the transaction, the Republican said that "The lumber firm of C.H. Poorbaugh has been cutting timber on this land all summer and Mr. Emerick has realized a nice little sum from the proceeds. Mr. Kennell is well and favorably known in this locality and is known as a hustler." When his aunt and uncle Emma and George Baker returned from Iowa in November 1919, at the home of Guy's parents, Guy and Blanche went for a visit. In addition to farm work, Guy served as an auditor of Southampton Township circa 1924-1935 and is known to have attended annual Somerset County Supervisors conventions during that time. In July 1927, with fortunes going well, he purchased a Dodge automobile. Their homeplace was considered Wellersburg, and they belonged to the Reformed Church. Their social lives included church services and events, family gatherings, weiner roasts, corn cuttings and other activity. In the 1940s and '50s, he was elected to the position of tax collector for Southampton Township. Sadly, at the age of 77, Guy died in Cumberland's Memorial Hospital on Feb. 20, 1967. An obituary in the Cumberland News said that Rev. John Klindt would lead the funeral service, followed by burial in Hyndman Cemetery.
Son Roy Edward Kennell (1891-1948) was born in 1891. On May 13, 1917, at the age of about 26, he wed Naomi Emerick (April 27, 1894-1952), a native of Fairhope and the daughter of John T. and Emma (Martz) Emerick. Together, living in Southampton, they produced a family of 11 children. The known names were Idella May Weese Lucero, Madeline Marie Dom, Stanley Warren Kennell, Emma Ronelda Bittner, Marybelle Elaine White, Arvada "Ruth" Imler, Alzene Sweitzer, John William Kennell, Marion E. "Toodie" Romesberg, Gerald W. "Jerry" Kennell and Frances Faye Troutman. Circa 1920, Roy labored in a sawmill while Naomi was employed as a school teacher, rare for a married woman at the time. Then in 1930, he had become foreman of a lumbering operation. The Great Depression of the 1930s may have changed Roy's fortunes, as by 1940 he had turned to farming, assisted by his son Stanley. He belonged to the Cumberland Aerie of the Order of Eagles. Tragedy plunged the family into unspeakable grief when, in the wee hours of May 12, 1948, Roy was critically injured in what the Everett (PA) Press called "a highway accident" along a rural road near Wellersburg. Family members discovered him about two hours later and took him into the house. When a Hyndman physician was called, he ordered that Roy be rushed to Cumberland's Memorial Hospital. There was no hope, and Roy died there later that day at age 56, on May 13, 1948. The Pittsburgh Press first reported it as a hit-and-run. But as police dug deeper, they learned that Roy and his cousin Jesse Kennell had been "out during the evening," said the Everett newspaper. Jesse "said he left his uncle out of a truck near his home and drove off. It is believed Mr. Kennell may have fallen under the wheels of the truck after climbing out of the vehicle." A longer article in the Bedford (PA) Gazette referred to him as a "sawmill worker and father of 11 children..." Rev. Carl H. Clapp presided at the funeral, with burial at Comps Church Cemetery. The widowed Naomi only outlived her husband by four years. She was stricken and admitted to Memorial Hospital in Cumberland, where she succumbed to the spirit of death at age 57 on Feb. 8, 1952. Rev. George Bittner led the funeral service and burial at Comp Cemetery, with an obituary appearing in the Gazette.
Daughter Pearl Kennell (1893-1987) was born on Aug. 13,1893. When she was 20 or 21 years of age, circa July 1914, she married Orrie Vernon Emerick (April 17, 1891-1889), son of William and Sarah Ann (Clites) Emerick. Their union endured the ups and downs of an extraordinary 73 years. Five known children produced by the marriage were Melvin Emerick, Nellie Edna Witt, Alma Elizabeth Burkett, Helen I. Clites and Ruby Mae Jordan. The couple's residence over the years was about 2.4 miles south of Hyndman, along Route 96. In January 1973, their home was badly damaged when a vehicle lost control, hit a stone culvert and plowed into the house. When marking their golden wedding anniversary in July 1964, they held an open house, announced on the pages of the Cumberland News. Sadly, Pearl passed away at age 94 on Sept. 16, 1987. Orrie outlived her by a little more than two years. Death enveloped him at age 98 on Dec. 12, 1989. The pair sleeps for all of eternity in Hyndman Cemetery.
Son Albert Adam "Jack" Kennell (1895-1991) was born on June 29, 1895 in Southampton Township, Somerset County. During World War I, he joined the U.S. Army and served with the rank of private. He was deployed to France and was wounded in action. Albert was thrice-married in his lifetime. His first bride was Clue Alma Troutman (1906-1923). Albert was 11 years older than Clue. The two children they bore together were Ray W. Kennell and Dolly Clue Bishop. Grief blanketed the family just after Clue delivered their baby girl Dolly on April 16, 1923. Her health plummeted, and she passed away in early May 1923, at the age of just 17. Her remains were interred in Getz Cemetery. No obituary is known to have been printed. However, her death was noted a few weeks later in the Meyersdale Republican when her 18-year-old sister Hazel Marie Wingerd also met an untimely death following childbirth. Albert's second wife was Josephine Rebecca Kerr (Aug. 2, 1891-1942), a native of Manns Choice, Bedford County and the daughter of John C. and V. Alice Kerr. They lived in Wellersburg and belonged to the Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church of Cumberland, MD. They were the parents of two more offspring -- Alice L. Booth and Albert "Kerr" Kennell. Albert was a longtime coal miner and carpenter. For the last three-and-a-half years of her life, Josephine suffered frm a malignancy of her left ovary. She finally succumbed to the spectre of death at age 48 on Feb. 1, 1942. Her remains were lowered into rest in Cook Cemetery. An obituary was published in the Cumberland Evening Times. His third and last spouse was a cousin, Edna Elizabeth Gomer (March 8, 1920-2007), daughter of James T. and Maude (Beall) Gomer of the family of Charles and Sarah Ann "Sally" (Shoemaker) Gaumer. They lived in Wellersburg and attended Calvary Bible Church in Ellerslie, MD. Albert held a membership in the Cumberland aerie of Eagle and the American Legion post in Bedford. Death overtook him at the age of 96, in Southampton Township, on Nov. 22, 1991. Rev. Kenneth L. Korns officiated at the funeral service. He sleeps for the ages in Cook Cemetery. See the Gomer/Gaumer biography for more about the pair.
Daughter Jennie Mae Kennell (1897-1987) was born on nov. 27, 1897 in Kennells Mill, Somerset County. She was united in marriage with Charles T. Weimer (1895-1956), son of Theodore and Alpharetta (Bittner) Weimer. The three daughters produced by the pair were Mrs. Charles Powers, Mrs. Albert McKenzie and Violet Shockey. Charles earned a living as a coal miner, working in the Wellersburg area. The couple held a membership in the White Oak Reformed Church, and he belonged to the Cumberland aerie of Eagles. Tragedy struck on the fateful morning of Sept. 4, 1956. While at work in a mine owned by Robert Meyers, reported the Meyersdale Republican, Charles:
With a fractured skull, broken nose and severe lacerations over his body, he was rushed by a Mt. Savage ambulance to Sacred Heart Hospital in nearby Cumberland, MD, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Stories about the fatal accident were printed in the Cumberland (MD) News, Somerset (PA) Daily American and Connellsville (PA) Daily Courier as well as in newspapers in Scranton, Latrobe and Kane, PA. The widowed Jennie survived for another three-plus decades and dwelled in Wellersburg. Just two days before Christmas 1987, the spirit of death swept Jennie away at the age of 90. The remains were interred in White Oak Cemetery in Wittenberg, near Meyersdale.
Son Robert Harry Kennell (1899-1978) was born on March 13, 1899. He entered into marriage with Velma Lillian Hall (Aug. 26, 1900-1992). They resided in Wellersburg (1969) and Hyndman. Sadness cascaded over the family when Robert died at age 79 on July 12, 1978. Velma spent the next 14 years as a widow. She passed away on the third day of the new year in 1992. Their remains are at rest in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Berlin, Somerset County.
Daughter Viola Emma Kennell (1901-1984) was born on Aug. 26, 1901. She wedded John Bernard Getz (Nov. 28, 1898-1952), a native of Southampton Township and the son of Phillip and Mary (Ashley) Getz. Five offspring born to this union were Robert Getz, Jay Getz, John Getz, Mary Louise Diehl and Mrs. Homer Murray. Their home was in Hyndman in the 1940s and in Wellersburg in the early 1950s. John was self-employed, owning a gasoline service station near Wellersburg. The family belonged to the Wellersburg Reformed Church. On the fateful day of Aug. 17, 1952, John was involved in a minor automobile accident and shortly afterward suffered a massive heart attack. Reported the Cumberland (MD) Evening Times, the mishap occurred near Hopwood on the outskirts of Uniontown, PA: "The car driven by Getz, who was returning from a family reunion in Uniontown, was rammed from behind when he stopped suddenly to avoid running into a car that had stopped in front of him. Upon returning to his car after the accidenthe slumped over the wheel and died instantly." He was pronounced dead on arrival at Uniontown Hospital. The remains were shipped to Cumberland, MD for interment in Hillcrest Cemetery, with the family's pastor, Rev. Carl H. Clapp, leading the funeral service. Viola is known to have resided in Wellersburg. At the age of 82, she surrendered to the spirit of death on Jan. 31, 1984, in Hyndman. Burial was in Restlawn Memorial Gardens in nearby LaVale, near Cumberland, MD.
Daughter Clara Edna Kennell (1903-1977) was born on Nov. 19, 1903 in the rural outskirts of Hyndman. She never married. For many years, she lived at home with her parents. Clara belonged to the Kennell's Mills Church. As her health failed, she became a resident of the Somerset County Home for the Aged in Berlin. Death carried her away there at age 73 on Feb. 19, 1977. Rev. Kenneth L. Korns presided over the funeral service, and an obituary appeared in the Cumberland (MD) News. She sleeps for all time in the family plot in Cook Cemetery in Somerset County.
Son John J. Kennell (1905-1956) was born on March 27, 1905 in Somerset County. He was a lifelong bachelor. In adulthood, John at one time owned a tavern near Wellersburg. Later, he labored as a lumberman and farmer and was considered "prominent" in the community. He shared a home in Kennell's Mills with his widowed mother and single sister Clara. John held a membership in the Evangelical and Reformed Church and belonged to the Eagles aerie in Cumberland, MD. In his later years, he was burdened by heart disease. At age 51, while working at home on July 8, 1956, he was stricken by a cerebral hemorrhage and died suddenly. Rev. Carl Clapp and Rev. Charles Evans co-officiated the funeral. Burial was in Cook Cemetery near Wellersburg. The Somerset Daily American and Cumberland News both printed an obituary.
Son James Lewis Kennell (1907-1990) was born on Aug. 10, 1907. He was joined in the bonds of wedlock with a cousin, Pauline Ida Shroyer (1910-1990), daughter of Solomon and Rebecca (Emerick Devore) Shroyer of the family of Solomon and Mary Ellen "Ella" (Albright) Emerick. See the Shroyer/Emerick biography for more about this couple.
Son Clinton Wilbert Kennell (1909-1969) was born in 1909 near Hyndman. He entered into marriage with Thelma Lowery ( ? - ? ). Four known children borne by the pair were Richard Kennell, Leroy Kennell, Wayne Kennell and Anna Abe. Over the years, he was employed by the George F. Hazelwood Company as a construction worker, and he held a membership in Local 616 of the Carpenters Union. Clinton and Thelma dwelled in the late 1950s in Hyndman and belonged to the Reformed Church. After enduring a lengthy ilness, he was admitted to Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh where he died at age 59 on Jan. 12, 1969. An obituary in the Cumberland (MD) News said he was survived by five grandchildren. Rev. Milton M. Benny and Rev. Kenneth Korns co-officiated the funeral, followed by burial in Rest Lawn Memorial Gardens.
~ Daughter Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Lepley) Shumaker ~
Daughter Elizabeth "Lizzie" Lepley (1855-1947) was born on Aug. 4, 1855 in Wellersburg, Somerset County.
Circa 1877, when she was about age 21, she was joined in marriage with Samuel Shumaker (April 19, 1854-1925), son of Bailey and Rebecca (Kennell) Shumaker.
The couple together produced three children -- Harvey Hayes Shumaker, Clara Elsie Shumaker and Roscoe E. "Ross" Shumaker.
Circa 1880, the family dwelled on a farm near Wellersburg, as near neighbors to his cousins Lafayette and Mary (Clites) Emerick, John J. and Elizabeth (Albright) Emerick, Solomon and Mary Ellen (Albright) Emerick and Daniel and Hannah (Cone) Gomer of the family of Charles and Sarah Ann (Shoemaker) Gaumer.
They stayed there until about 1900, when they relocated to Cooks Mills in rural Bedford County, PA. There, they remained for good. Samuel earned a living in 1900 as a butcher.
Samuel later was employed by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad as a watchman. He was severely injured one day when the handcar on which he and other trackmen were riding were struck by another train. Said the Meyersdale Republican, "He recovered from the accident in a manner which, from all accounts, left him a far less robust man during the remainder of his life then he otherwise would have been. He undoubtedly was entitled to a considerable sum of money for the injuries he sustained, but being a peace-loving citizen who hated litigation, he generously released the railroad company from all responsibilities and damages except for the doctor's bill and renumeration for time lost while recovering from his injuries, which terms of settlement the railroad company eagerly accepted."
After suffering a series of strokes, Samuel died at home on Nov. 29, 1925. An obituary in the Republican said that "By the death of Mr. Shoemaker [sic], the community in which he lived has lost one of its most exemplary citizens and the bereaved family a most kind and loving husband and father."
The last two-and-a-half years of Elizabeth's life were spent in the residence of her son Harvey in Philadelphia at 3701 Locust Street. During that time, she was burdened with heart disease and hardening of the arteries.
When contracting pneumonia, she died a day later in Philadelphia, at the age of 91, on Feb. 23, 1947. Her remains were transported cross-state to rest for all time in Cooks Mills Cemetery. Rev. John Bucher conducted the funeral service. Her obituary was published in the Bedford Gazette and Somerset Daily American.
Son Harvey Hayes Shumaker (1877-1951) was born on Feb. 9, 1877 in Cook's Mills, Bedford County, PA. He showed an aptitude for business in young manhood. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1900, he lived in nearby Johnstown, Cambria County, PA, where he was employed as an office clerk, and boarded with a local family. At the age of about 24, on Sept. 6, 1901, he was united in holy matrimony with Viola Devore (1880-1953), also a native of Bedford County. The couple's five known children were Victor Hayes Shumaker, Violet Armbruster, Mildred Barr, Richard K. Shumaker and Meredith S. Shumaker. After marriage, Harvey and Viola moved to Rockwood, Somerset County, where he had secured a position as a railroad clerk and later as a bank cashier. They held a membership in the Reformed Church, with Harvey serving as superintendent of Sunday School and secretary of the local district of the Somerset County Sunday School Association. Harvey was politically active and in 1924 ran for a seat in the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives. He lost the race, coming "within a few votes of being nominated," said the Meyersdale Republican, but did not give up hope. He ran again in 1926, with the Republican stating that he was:
...one of the substantial citizens of Rockwood. He is well and favorably known throughout this section. He came to Rockwood a number of years ago as clerk for Michael Foley who was then supervisor for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company at Rockwood. Some years ago he became identified with the First National Bank of Rockwood, of which he is now cashier. Mr. Shumaker is a progressive citizen and has been connected with various movements for the betterment of conditions in town, county, state and nation. For many years he has been a member of the Rockwood Board of Education, acting as its secretary, and has been honored on different occasions by the Somerset County School Directors Association. Mr. Shumaker's qualifications are unquestioned, and his friends are determined that he shall be one of the men to represent this county in the State Legislature during the next two years.
During the 1926 campaign, he suffered a painful injury at home one night when stepping on a shard of broken water glass and sliced deeply into his foot. But he went on to win the election that November. As he began his term in the state capitol of Harrisburg, he is known to have supported road bills among other legislation. Once his term ended, Harvey was hired in the 1920s by the federal government to work on its business census records. To perform this work, the family migrated to Philadelphia, where they stayed for good. Their address in 1930 was on Spruce Street and in the 1950s was 236 South 38th Street. In about 1939, he accepted a position as an accountant with Hertz Driv-Ur-Self Stations, Inc., with offices at 711 Vine Street in Philadelphia. As he was preparing to retire in late summer 1951, he vacationed at the home of his married daughter Violet in Easthampton, Long Island, NY. But fate intervened. While in Easthampton, he was stricken and died at the age of 74 on Sept. 6, 1951. The body was brought back to Bedford County for funeral services led by Rev. Frederick D. Oberkircher, in the Hyndman Reformed Church, and burial in Hyndman Cemetery. The Bedford Gazette printed an obituary. As a widow, Viola remained in their South 38th Street residence. Death enveloped her in Southampton Hospital on Long Island at age 72 on Jan. 31, 1953. Her remains also were placed into eternal repose in Hyndman Cemetery.
Great-granddaughter Gerri Shumaker married (?) Jasperson. They established a home in Panama City.
Great-grandson Richard "Rick" Shumaker has dwelled in Panama City.
Daughter Clara Elsie Shumaker (1885-1944) was born on Oct. 20, 1885 in Wellersburg. She never married and "spent almost her entire life in Hyndman," PA, said the Bedford (PA) Gazette. Clara held a membership in the Reformed Church. In her late 50s, Clara was burdened with hardening of the arteries. Sadly, after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage, she passed away at home three days later, on New Year's Day 1944, at the age of 58. Burial was in Cooks Cemetery, with funeral services led by Rev. G.R. Winters.
Son Roscoe Edward "Ross" Shumaker (1889-1960) was born on Jan. 31, 1889 in Gladdens, Somerset County, PA. He was united in matrimony with Mozelle Huste (1899- ? ), a North Carolina native. She brought a stepson to the union, James H. Huste. Together, Ross and Mozelle bore four daughters -- Elizabeth L. "Betsy" Massey, Frances M. Rhyne, Margaret R. "Peggy" Braswell and Rose "Elaine" Wilks. Single at the age of 20, in 1900, he made a home with his married brother Harvey in Rockwood, Somerset County. He was deeply interested in architecture and in 1916 received a bachelor's degree from Ohio State University. Ross went on to pursue graduate education at Penn State University and then at Harvard University. He is known to have taught architecture in 1916 and 1919 at Penn State and to have worked in the field in 1917-1918 in Beckley, WV. Then in January 1920, Ross relocated to Raleigh, NC, where he was named as professor of architecture at North Carolina State University, then known as the North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering. Mozelle was employed as a nurse. Three years into his career at NC State, in 1923, he was tapped to be head of the college's Department of Architecture. He remained on the faculty for 22 more years, with the family making its residence in North Raleigh. Ross's initial focus of teaching was on classical and Beaux-Arts styles of design, but as tastes changed, he adapted in the late 1930 to include more modern design styles. Ross also served as NC State's in-house architect for decades, supporting consulting architects such as Hobart Upjohn from New York in the design of Morris Hall. During the Great Depression, in 1939, he secured funding from the Works Progress Administration to design and construct eight buiildings on campus, among them Alexander Hall, Becton Hall, Berry Hall, Turlington Hall and a wing of Broughton Hall. He also personally led the design of renovations and remodeling projects. Beyond campus, he designed structures during the 1948-1950 timeframe for the University of North Carolina at Ashville and Pembroke. His Pembroke portfolio included the Arts Building, Library and Administration Building, Science and Agriculture Building and the President's Home. Circa 1956, at the age of 66, he retired and spent the balance of his life in active positions within the profession. Among his later roles was as president, executive secretary and regional director of the American Institute of Architects, North Carolina Chapter. He also spent 28 years with the North Carolina Architectural Registration Board as an officer and executive secretary. Additional memberships included the Society of Architectural Examiners and Society of Architectural Historians. On April 8, 1960, he passed away in Rex Hospital in Raleigh. Mozelle surived her husband by 17 years. Death swept her away on Oct. 2, 1977. Interment was in Maplewood Cemeltery in Clayton, NC. Her obituary was published in the Raleigh News and Observer. Photo of Ross Shumaker sourced with permission from NCSU589953_20210930_27006, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Great-granddaughter Betsy Massey married Curtis Alls.
Great-granddaughter Carol Massey wed Stuart Wiswall.
Great-granddaughter Suzanne Massey entered into marriage with Michael Shoemaker.
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