Christena (Emerick) Burkett --nicknamed "Tena" and "Teeny" -- was born on Nov. 15, 1833 at Kennell Mills, Somerset County, PA, the daughter of Jonathan and Rachel (Sturtz) Emerick Sr. She never learned to write and signed her name with an "X" in legal papers.
On Nov. 1, 1853, when she was age 20, Christena married 21-year-old Jacob "Adam" Burkett (1832-1911), son of Jacob and Catherine (Shirer) Burkett, also spelled "Burket." He was a native of Londonderry Township, Bedford County, PA. The ceremony was held in Southampton Township, performed by justice of the peace George Walker, but with no other witnesses. A record of the marriage was written on a piece of paper measuring 3.5 inches by 6.75 inches, the only known written documentation of the event.
Adam stood 5 feet, 7½ inches tall, weighed 125 lbs, had a light complexion and brown eyes.
The couple produced eight children, among them Emiline Louise "Emma" Lepley, Margaret "Maggie" Korns, Melinda "Linnie" Brady, William Jefferson Burkett, Rachel "Elizabeth" Kennell Tipton, Elizabeth Burkett, John Adam Burkett and Charles Edward Burkett.
Adam served in the U.S. Army for nine months during the Civil War as a member of the 171st Pennsylvania Drafted Militia, Company H, commanded by John Bierer. Among Christena's distant cousins also serving in the 171st Pennsylvania were Jesse Gaumer, Henry A. Miner and Charles Rose. He is believed to have joined others in deserting the regiment on Nov. 22, 1862 but eventually returned. Upon expiration of his service, he was honorably discharged at Harrisburg on Aug. 8, 1863.
The Burketts dwelled in Maryland from about 1863 to 1883, then returned to Somerset County. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1880, the Burketts made their home in East Frostburg, known at the time as "Pompey Smash" and today as Vale Summit, in Allegany County. There, he earned a living as a coal miner. The unusual name of their community is believed to have been traced to a slave who once crashed a wagonload of coal.
For decades, their postal address of their home farm was alternately considered as in Southampton Township, Somerset County or just over the state line in Ellerslie, north of LaVale and Cumberland, Allegany County, MD.
Friend Andew Kennell once wrote that he and the Burketts "visited each other quite frequently and we worked together...." Friend Jacob Burkett noted that he had "been with them many times and they worked together and he lived and kept house of my own in the same house with him...."
In 1890, suffering from wartime ailments, Adam filed for a soldier's pension which he began receiving on Sept. 9, 1890. [Invalid App. #905.218 - Cert. #702.387] He claimed to have felt lameness in his right foot in 1864, which pained him all the way up to the hip; theumatism in 1870; "catarrh" of the head (sinus) in 1886; and lung disease in 1910. Their address in 1902 was Gladdens, Somerset County. The amount of pension payment he received monthly in 1908 was $20.
On March 21, 1902, Adam acquired from Michael Devore a tract of 71.9 perches of land in Southampton, adjoining the farms of Bailey Shumaker, Norman Lepley, Jonathan Emerick, Newton Martz and others, bordering at one point along Gladdens Run.
In 1910, the federal census shows the Burketts in Somerset County, with 35-year-old unmarried son Charles living at home and providing farm labor.
Stricken with pneumonia and la grippe, Adam died at the age of 78 years, four months and 10 days on Feb. 18, 1911. Burial was in Comp's Church Cemetery. John Baker and W.B. Kennell were named as administrators of the estate. An inventory was made listing all of the family possessions in the household and farm. A full list today is preserved in the Minerd.com Archives.
Widowed at the age of 78, Christena lived for another 11 years in Kennels Mills, Somerset County. She was awarded her late husband's pension as his lawful widow. [Widow App. #960.653 - Cert. 722.778] Among those friends who stepped forward to provide supporting testmimony were Ancrew Kennell and Jacob Burkett.
She died on May 15, 1922 at the age of 89. No physician was in attendance. Son-in-law Millard Lepley of Ellerslie, MD signed the death certificate. Burial was in the Comp's Cemetery. An obituary was printed in the Meyersdale Republican, which said she was survived by two sons and four daughters. In the early 1930s, laborers with the Works Progress Administration recorded the words and dates on their grave marker.
~ Daughter Emeline Louise "Emma" (Burkett) Lepley ~
Daughter Emiline Louise "Emma" Burkett (1855-1934) was born on Feb. 5, 1855.
She was united in matrimony with Millard Fillmore Lepley (Oct. 10, 1856-1934), son of Valentine and Maria (Baker) Lepley. He appears to have been named for the popular President of the United States, Millard Fillmore, who had served from 1850 to 1853.
The couple together bore 11 known offspring -- among them Nellie Kennell, Burton Verdie "Bert" Lepley, Dorsey D. "Dorie" Lepley, Leroy Lepley, Oren "Orie" Lepley, Freda Orris, Laura Slagle Bloom, Lawrence Lepley, Florence Hyland, Troy Edgar Lepley and William Carl Lepley.
Early in the marriage, circa 1880, the couple made a residence with Millard's parents in Southampton Township. Millard was elected as a township inspector in 1880 and 1884. The pair moved to a number of nearby communities over the years, including Napier (1910), Friedens (1911), Kennell's Mill (1921) and Fairhope (1930). Millard earned a living in 1900 as a laborer in a local brickyard. Millard is known to have hired Emma Louise's nephew Frank Brady to work at their home in the winter of 1921.
By 1930, all of the children had left home to pursue their lives, and the Lepleys were empty-nesters. A freak accident occurred in June 1933 when Millard fell and was badly hurt while feeding chickens. He was unable to walk and was confined to bed. In time he was up and able to walk with a cane but then fell again and was re-injured.
In mid-July 1933, she was diagnosed with cancer of both breasts and underwent surgery. Upon her return home, she was "very much improved in health," said the Meyersdale Republican. She endured her illness for seven months, but there was no hope. She succumbed to death at the age of 79 on Feb. 20, 1934. D.D. Lepley signed the official Pennsylvania death certificate. An obituary in the Meyersdale Republican reported that she had passed at home "after a long illness." Interment was in the Lepley Cemetery near Kennell's Mill and Wellersburg.
The widowed Millard, only outlived his bride by six months. Having been admitted to the Somerset County Home and Hospital, where he was treated for diabetes, he passed into the arms of eternity on Oct. 19, 1934.
Daugher Nellie Lepley (1880-1962) was born in Dec. 1880. She was joined in wedlock with Christopher G. "Crist" Kennell (March 10, 1876-1945), a native of Southampton Township and the son of Levi and Catherine (Beal) Kennell. The two families were close. Christ's brother had married Nellie's aunt Rachel Elizabeth Burkett, and Christ's sister Mary Elizabeth Kennell had wed Nellie's cousin Samuel Adams Gaumer of the family of Charles Gaumer. They raised a family of a dozen known children -- Velmer Kennell, Gaither Levi Kennell Sr., Robert Millard Kennell, Katherine Shields, Ralph Theodore Kennell, Hazel Fern Berkebile, Will Kennell, Elwood Kennell, Walter Kennell, Glen Kennell, Nellie Genevieve Miller and Donald Kennell. In 1920, the federal census enumeration shows the family in Jenner, Somerset County, with Crist working as a coal miner. He also farmed during the 1920s. In 1930, still in Jenner, Crist earned income as a fireman aa power house. Later, they moved to their longtime residence in Boswell, Somerset County, where Christ was employed later in life as janitor of the Boswell grade school. Their home was located at 601 Quemahoning Street. At the age of 69, while away on a fishing trip, Christ suffered a heart attack and died in a field near Jennerstown, PA. The date was May 12, 1945. Reported the Somerset Daily American, "Coroner P.C. Dosch who investigated, pronounced death due to a heart attack, and learned Kennell had suffered from a heart ailment for several years." Rev. Ira Goss, of the Boswell Reformed Church, led the funeral service. Burial was in Horner Cemetery. A short obituary appeared in the Connellsville Daily Courier. Nellie lived for another 17 years. At her 75th birthday in 1955, her family held a surprise birthday dinner at the home of her daughter Hazel and Irvin Berkebile in Kantner. Reporting on the party, the Daily American said that the "dinner was climaxed with a big birthday cake, baked by Mrs. Donald Kennell; decorated with candles which were lighted and the guest of honor blew them out, making a traditional birthday wish. Following dinner, the gifts and cards were opened, and planned entertainment continued for the evening." Sadly, on Feb. 4, 1962, at the age of 81, Nellie died in her Boswell residence. A short obituary in the Daily Courier said that she was survived by 42 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. In August 1964, the descendants gathered for a family reunion at the residence of William Kennell, with Edna Kennell making arrangements. Said the Daily American, "The affair was in the form of a basket picnic. Games were played during the afternoon... The 53 guests present were from Edgewater, Florida; Newport News, Virginia; Johnstown; Stoystown and the local area." In what must have been a colossal error, the federal census taker in 1920 recorded that both Crist and Nellie had been born in Hungary.
Great-grandson Robert M. Kennell lived in Hampton, VA in 1979.
Great-grandson Gaither Levi Kennell Jr. made his home in the late 1970s in Hampton, VA.
Great-grandson William C. Kennell resided in 1979 in Newport News, VA.
Great-grandson Ronald Kennell ( ? - ? ) made a home in 1969 in Boswell.
Great-granddaughter Gail Kennell ( ? - ? ) entered into marriage with Richard Horner. The Horners were in Boswell in 1969.
Great-grandson Carl C. Shields Jr. married Nellie Walker and lived in Jerome, PA in 1985.
Great-granddaughter Evelyn L. Shields (1926-2011) was born on Aug. 18, 1926 in Newton Falls, OH. During World War II, she served in the Women's Army Corps (WAC). She wedded Dean Reynolds ( ? -1992). They bore together three children -- Katherine "Kathy" Phillips, Elaine Kutchman and Gordon Reynolds. Their home was in Boswell. Evelyn was employed by the Dorfman & Hoffman Garment Factory and the North Star Schools, and belonged to the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, later known as "Unite Here." They held a membership in the Laurel Hill Gospel Tabernacle. Sadness covered the family when Dean died on Sept. 10, 1992. Evelyn outlived her spouse by 19 years. During that time, in June 2005, she endured the death of her daughter Katherine in Jacksonville, FL. Evelyn liked to play games and take trips, once visiting Disney World in Florida and having her photograph taken with Mickey Mouse. She eventually relocated to Hollidaysburg, PA to spend her final years. At the age of 85, on Dec. 3, 2011, Evelyn was cut away by the angel of death as a patient in Bon Secours Hospital in Altoona, PA. She was pictured in her obituary in the Somerset Daily American. Pastor Gary W. Anderson led the funeral. Burial was in Jenner Crossroads Cemetery
Great-grandson Robert W. "Moe" Shields (1928-2011) was born on July 26, 1928 in Windham Falls, OH. He attended Boswell High School and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. On Oct. 22, 1949, in nuptials held in the bride's home in Jerome, PA, he was joined in matrimony with Euldean Reckner ( ? - ? ), daughter of Harry and Ada (Shroyer) Reckner. The wedding was conducted by the hand of Rev. Charles Coller, said the Somerset Daily American, "the first wedding ceremony ever performed by the Rev. Coller after becoming a licensed minister for the Church of the Nazarene." The pair stayed together for an extraordinary 61 years. They put down roots in Jerome, PA and remained for good. The couple's two children were Diana Temyer and Samuel Shields. Robert was employed for 28 years with Bethlehem Steel Corporation's Bar Rod and Wire Division in Johnstown, PA. Euldean generated income through her 23 years of work with garment factories and as an aide for UCP in Johnstown. They attended the Maple Spring Church of the Brethren. In their free time, Robert liked to fish, garden and hunt, and Euldean enjoyed playing bingo, fashioning ceramics and working in her garden. He belonged to the Jenner Rod and Gun Club, and she to the Jerome Ladies Auxiliary. At their 60th wedding anniversary, in October 2009, Robert and Euldean were pictured in the Daily American.
Great-granddaughter Nancy Jean Shields (1930-2017) was born on July 30, 1930 in Boswell, PA. She was united in wedlock with Carl V. Lamb Sr. ( ? - ? ). They dwelled for decades in Boswell. Together, they produced four children -- Lisa R. Horner Albright, Mark E. Lamb, Carl V. "Butch" Lamb Jr. and Michael L. Lamb. Nancy Jean worked for many years for Dorfman & Hoffman Garment Factory in Boswell. Said the Somerset Daily American, she "enjoyed having a good laugh, cooking, playing cards, polka dancing and going to picnics." In 2017, Nancy Jean resided in Boswell and Carl with their son Carl Jr. in Milton, WV. Sadly, Nancy Jean died at home at the age of 86 on July 13, 2017. Her obituary was printed in the Somerset Daily American.
Great-grandson Jack R. Shields Sr. (1932-2008) was born on May 23, 1932 in Boswell, PA. During the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Army and was awarded the Bronze Service Star. He entered into marriage with Janet Linko ( ? - ? ). Their union endured for a remarkable 53 years. They established a residence in Stoystown and later on Quemahoning Street in Boswell. Their children included Jack R. Shields Jr. and Nicholas R. "Nick" Shields. The family were members of Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church of Boswell. Jack belonged to the Jenner Local 1742 of the United Mine Workers of America, the Jenner Rod and Gun Club, the Boswell Volunteer Fire Department and the Boswell post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also held a membership in the Boswell Area Historical Society and volunteered his time with the Boswell Food Pantry. Sadly, as his health plummeted, Jack was admitted to Memorial Medical Center, where he passed away at age 76 on Oct. 8, 2008. An obituary appeared in the Somerset Daily American. Rev. Fr. John W. Govrusik officiated the funeral service, with burial following in Jenner Crossroads Cemetery. The widowed Janet grieved again a year later at the death of son Nicholas at the age of 50, just four days before Christmas 2009.
Great-granddaughter Faye Shields wedded Cornelius G. "Cornell" Donati (Oct. 31, 1924-1967), son of Vigillio and Josephine (Carnella) Donati of Kansas. They dwelled in Boswell and were the parents of Donna Donati, Gloria J. Smith Sharp and Paul J. Donati. Cornelius was a veteran of the Korean War. Later, he earned a living as a television cameraman for WJAC-TV in Johnstown. The family home was in Tire Hill in Conemaugh Township, Somerset County, with a Johnstown postal address. Cornell held a membershipo in St. Andrews Catholic Church of Benscreek. Sadly, at age 42, Cornell was stricken with a massive cerebral hemorrhage and rushed to Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital in Johnstown, and succumbed to death there on Sept. 24, 1967. Interment of the remains was in Holy Cross Cemetery in their home township, with the funeral mass sung by Rev. Clyde Little. The widowed Faye resided in Somerset. She was featured and pictured in a Nov. 13, 2000 article in the Somerset Daily American about her life as a single mother, especially in connection with the Down's Syndrome condition of her daughter Donna.
Great-granddaughter Janice Shields married Ernest Tasin. They found a home in Lehman Acres in Jerome, PA. Sadly, Ernest was deceased by 2008. The widowed Janice lived in Boswell, PA in 2008.
Great-granddaughter Donna Shields was joined in wedded union with Robert Dively. They moved to Latrobe, Westmoreland County, PA and in 2008 were in nearby Mount Pleasant, PA.
Great-granddaughter Marian Shields was unmarried and in 1985 was in Boswell.
Great-grandson Richard Shields relocated to Florida.
Great-grandson Donald Shields was joined in wedlock with Carol Blough. In 1985, the Bloughs were in Fredericksburg, VA.
Great-granddaughter Linda Shields entered into the bonds of marriage with Richard L. Cook (Nov. 20, 1924-1983), a native of Windber, PA and the son of Charles L. and Louise (Wagner) Cook. Together, they produced these children -- Jane Pristow, Lois Korzi and William Cook. For years, they lived in Boswell. Richard served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He earned a living at the Johnstown plant of Bethlehem Steel. The Cooks were members of the Scalp Level Church of the Brethren. He was active socially and in the community and belonged to the Windber Aerie of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Travelers Protective Association, Jenner Rod and Gun Club, Hollsopple Sportsmen's C, National Rifle Association and the Somerset County Old-Timers Baseball Association. At the age of 59, Richard was stricken and rushed to Somerset Community Hospital on Dec. 10, 1983, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. His obituary appeared in the Somerset Daily American. Rev. Samuel E. Charlton presided over the funeral service, and interment was held in Horner-Mt. Tabor Cemetery. The widowed Linda dwelled in Schellsburg, PA in 1992.
Great-grandson Edward Dean Shields was at home in 1985. He lived in Davidsville, Somerset County in the late 1990s. At the age of 49, in about 1997, he wedded 54-year-old Carol Louise (Wanko) Gilbert ( ? - ? ), daughter of John and Mary E. (Toath) Wanko and stepson of Chester Polinsky. News of their marriage license was printed in the Somerset Daily American. The Shieldses made their residence in 2003 in Davidsville, PA.
Great-grandson David Shields was at home in 1985. By 2008, he was living in State College, PA.
Great-grandson Ralph D. Kennell resided in Hampton, VA in the 1970s.
Great-grandson Irvin S. Berkebile Jr. ( ? - ? ) was deceased by 1994.
Great-granddaughter Joanne Louise Berkebile ( ? - ? ) was born in Kantner, Somerset County. Circa Oct. 1955, she wedded Joseph Super ( ? - ? ), son of Michael and Rose Super of Clymer, PA. The nuptials were held in the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Kantner. Their three offspring were Jodell Zimmerman, Bonnie Mills and Sherry Walker. For 46 of their first 50 years together, they dwelled in Stoystown. He earned a living as a lineman for Pennsylvania Electric Company, and Joanne worked at North Star School District as a teachers' aide. They were active with the Kantner United Methodist Church, with Joanne serving on the nominating committee and as congregational historian, and Joseph as a trustee. Joanne was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, and Joseph a master of the local lodge of the Masons and a member of the Old-Timess Baseball Association, and was elected to the Somerset County Baseball Hall of Fame. In retirement, Joanne liked to read and cook, while Joseph spent his time playing golf, in his garden, with a book or working with wood. To mark their golden wedding anniversary in 2005, the family celebrated with a dinner at Green Gables in Jennerstown, and were pictured in the Somerset Daily American.
Great-granddaughter Velmer Kennell married Wade Thomas. In 1977, they resided near Hollsopple, PA.
Great-granddaughter Jane Kennell wedded Glenn Brown. Circa 1977, they lived in rural Somerset, PA.
Great-grandson William R. Kennell Jr. was joined in wedlock with Myrtle Berkley. The couple made a home in the late 1970s near Boswell.
Great-granddaughter Donna Kennell was united in matrimony with (?) Moon and Roy Sheeler. They put down roots near Berlin, PA.
Great-grandson Robert Kennell entered into marriage with Linda Loughry. They dwelled near Somerset, PA in 1977.
Great-granddaughter Sandra Jean Kennell ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She and three other Somerset Area High School students won a $25 prize at the 1968 Pennsylvania Farm Show for a demonstration of home-making, entitled "Flower Capers." Sandra married Edward Staats. In 1977, they resided near Somerset.
Great-grandson Elwood L. "Butch" Kennell Sr. ( ? - ? ) was joined in marriage with Boswell resident Jean Hurl ( ? - ? ). The pair bore two known children, Dawna Michele Kennell and Elwood L. Kennell Jr.
Great-grandson William J. Miller wedded Margaret E. Ravenscraft. They lived in 1982 in Boswell.
Great-grandson Thomas L. "Jake" Miller married Carleen Miller. Their home in 1982 was in St. Michael.
Great-granddaughter Linda Miller was joined in wedlock with Gary A. Kallman. They put down roots in Boswell.
Great-granddaughter Betty Miller was united in matrimony with R.J. Chronowski. Circa 1982, they dwelled in Boswell.
Son Burton Verdie "Bert" Lepley (1882-1939) was born on Oct. 27, 1882. He was joined in wedlock with Laura "May" Swearman (May 1, 1882-1921), daughter of Francis and (?) (Bitner) Swearman. They were the parents of Burton Lepley Jr., Margaret Lepley, Evelyn Lehman, Selma Brown and Mildred Lepley. Evidence suggests that they considered their nephew Charles Lepley as a son. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1920, the family resided in Jenner Township, Somerset County, with Burton emploed as a laborer in a rubber factory. Sadly, burdened with heart disease and acute enlargement of the heart, May was admitted to Memorial Hospital in Johnstown. She died there as a patient at age 39 on Nov. 23, 1921. Interment was in Boswell. Burton survived her by 18 years. He made a home in the early 1930s in Boswell. He appears to have relocated in about 1932 to the steel mill town of Homestead, near Pittsburgh, but by 1936 moved to Ruffsdale, Fayette County. In a few years he returned to Boswell. Circa 1939, he worked as a machinist in a brewery and held a membership in the Junior Order of United American Mechanics. The cruel hand of fate shortened his life in a freak accident. While repairing the roof of his garage on Aug. 2, 1939, he fell and was badly fractured the tibia and fibula of the lower third of his right leg. He remained in a bedfast condition until a blod clot led to an embolism and death 20 days later on Aug. 22, 1939. Son-in-law Harry F. Lehman, of 1407 Hunter Street in Wilkinsburg, signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Burial was in Jenners Crossroads United Brethren Cemetery in Somerset County, and an obituary was published in the Somerset Daily American.
Great-grandson Alan V. Lehman (1928-2009) was born on Sept. 10, 1928. He wedded Dolores M. (June 4, 1935- ? ). Their final years together were spent in Charlotte Hall, St. Mary's County, MD. Alan died there at age 81 on Sept. 18, 2009. Burial was in Sewickley Union Cemetery in West Newton, PA.
Great-granddaughter Shirley Jean Lehman (1930-1976) was born on July 11, 1930, a twin with her sister Gloria. She never married. Her home in the mid-1970s was in rural West Newton, Westmoreland County, PA. She succumbed to the angel of death at age 45 on April 26, 1976. She was laid to rest in Sewickley Union Cemetery in West Newton, PA. The Pittsburgh Press published a death notice.
Great-granddaughter Gloria M. Lehman (1930-2004) was born on July 11, 1930, a twin with her sister Shirley. She married Raymond A. Franks (Nov. 13, 1935-1996). Sadly, Raymond died on Dec. 2, 1996. Gloria lived for another eight years and joined him in death on Nov. 28, 2004. Burial was in Sewickley Union Cemetery in West Newton, PA.
Son Dorsey D. "Dorie" Lepley (1885-1960) was born in about 1885 in Wellersburg, Somerset County. He married Cora Smith ( ? - ? ). Their only son was Ellery Lepley. In about 1910, he relocated to Cumberland, Allegany County, MD, and spent the final 50 years of his life there. He was employed as a conductor for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and held a membership in the Local 440 of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen. They are known to have enjoyed regular visits to his parents back home as evidenced by the numerous mentions in the gossip columns of local newspapers. He belonged to the local Aerie of the Eagles and the Knights of Pythias, and the family to the First Christian Church. Dorsey retired from the B&O with 44 years of service in 1954. Circa 1960, the family address was 355 Bedford Street. For the last two years of his life, Dorsey suffered a serious illness. He died at the age of 75 on Sept. 7, 1960. His obituary in the Cumberland Evening Times said that funeral services were led by his pastor Rev. Ralph E. Burnett, with interment following in the cemetery of Fairview Christian Church in Artemas, PA.
Son Leroy Lepley (1886-1918) was born on June 27, 1886. In 1909, he was married to Margaret Mae "Maggie" Hoffman (Oct. 10, 1893-1959) of Hyndman, Bedford County, daughter of William and Jane (Deneen) Hoffman. News of their marriage license was printed in the Bedford Gazette. The brood of children they bore together were Margaret Mae Flowers, Martha Lepley, Emma Christine Lepley and Leroy Lepley Jr. The family mourned at the death of nine-month-old daughter Emma on Nov. 30, 1915, from the effects of bronchial pneumonia. Burial took place in Garrett, PA. Leroy was employed as an engineer with Cambria Steel Company. In January 1918, Leroy was diagnosed with appendicitis which led to an abscess and then to a deadly infection of peritonitis. Sadly, at age 31, he died in Johnstown City Hospital on Jan. 6, 1918. The remains were laid to rest in or near Hyndman, PA. The widowed Margaret married again in 1919 Homer R. Sullivan (1899-1957) and moved to Hancock, MD. The Sullivans bore eight more children -- Bettie Wahl, Lillian Derencin, Jand Waldron, Evelyn Zonvik, Homer Sullivan, John R. Sullivan, James Sullivan and William Sullivan. They lived in Hollsopple, PA. She died in Johnstown at the age of 65 on May 31, 1959. At death she was survived by 50 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Burial was in Somerset County Memorial Park.
Great-granddaughter Marie Flowers married (?) Gladhill. They lived in Garden City, MI in 1971.
Great-granddaughter Hilda Flowers wedded (?) Fink. The pair settled in Smithsburg, MD.
Great-grandson William Flowers moved to Detroit.
Great-grandson Donald L. Flowers relocated to Detroit.
Great-grandson James Flowers migrated to Phoenix, AZ.
Great-grandson Harold Flowers established his residence in Romulus, MI.
Son Oren Alvin "Orie" Lepley (1887-1939) was born on Valentine's Day 1887 in Southampton Township, Somerset County. Oren in 1915 was married to Veronica Ellen "Vera" Kent (1898-1974). They were the parents of four -- Frances Kemp, Charles Lepley, Millard Lepley and William Lepley. Oren as a bachelor joined the U.S. Navy in about 1909, and served for eight years. The U.S. Census of 1910 shows him serving aboard the USS Kansas. He was transferred to Philadelphia where he married Veronica and dwelled at 1241 South 15th Street. He was discharged in 1917 and, unemployed, decided to re-enlist. He was posted aboard the USS Delaware in 1918. The Lepleys' next stop was Newport, RI, where he was attached to the Fleet Reserve and worked at the naval training station as a turret captain. They eventually lived in Boswell, Somerset County, where he was a "well-known Meyersdale policeman" circa 1925, said the Meyersdale Republican. They made another move by 1930 to New Brighton, Beaver County, PA, where Oren labored as a riveter for a bridge company. Then in about 1939 he carried mail for the U.S. Postal Service. Veronica sued for divorce in May 1939, with the case filed in Allegheny County Court in Pittsburgh. Oren was dying at the time, stricken with diabetes and cancer of the left lung. He was admitted as a patient to the U.S. Veterans Hospital in the Bronx, NY. He died there four months later, at the age of 52, on Oct. 2, 1939. The body was shipped to Cumberland, MD and thence to Wellersburg to rest for all time in Lepley Cemetery. . Reported the Republican and the Cumberland Evening Times, he "was an ex-sailor, member of the American Legion, and of the Evangelical and Reformed Church of Hyndman." The divorced Veronica remained in Pittsburgh, making her home in 1942 at 526 Brookline Boulevard.
Great-granddaughter Carol Ann Lepley (1940-2013) was born on June 4, 1940. She was twice-wed. Her first husband was (?) Trotta ( ? - ? ). The four children produced by this marriage were Steve Trotta, Gary Trotta, Leslie Brunsting and Riley Loosemoore. At the age of 54, on June 25, 1992, she married again to Robert "Bob" Ferlin (Feb. 10, 1944- ? ). In time their union was sealed in a ceremony in the Bountiful Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Carol Ann spent her working career as a certified home health aid and was employed in health care centers and by private families. In her free time, she liked to cook, read and sew as well as be involved with her church. The spectre of death swept her away at age 72, in Ogden, UT, on Feb. 11, 2013. The headcount of her survivors included 32 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She sleeps for eternity in Mountain Green Cemetery.
Great-granddaughter Marjorie Virginia Lepley (1941-2014) was born on Oct. 24, 1941. She was a 1959 graduate of Ben Lomond High School and a 1962 alumna of St. Benedict's Nursing School. She spent a half-century in the field of nursing, which is where she met her future husband, who was a patient. On Aug. 11, 1962, she was wed to Graham Neil Porter (March 20, 1932-1974), son of Horace W. and Elsike (Buck) Porter. Their nuptials were held in Roy, UT. The couple's five children were Brian Elliot Porter, Tina Marie Comer, Amy Jo Mitchell, Roger Horace Porter and Rebecca Ann Morrill. The Porters made a home together in Peterson, Morgan County, UT. Graham was a graduate of Weber State College. He earned a living through his employment by Clark Brothes Feed Company and W.W. Clyde Construction Company, and belonged to the Utah Idaho Teamsters Union. Later, he went to work for Amcor Inc. in Ogden. They grieved at the death in infancy of son Roger in 1970. Graham served as an elder in the Peterson ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and at some point the marriage was "sealed" in a ceremony of the Ogden Temple. Sadly, after a lengthy illness, Graham died at the age of 42 on Oct. 6, 1974, bringing to a close their marriage of a dozen years. He was pictured in an obituary in the Ogden Standard-Examiner. Bishop Raymond VanTassell officiated the funeral service. Marjorie outlived him by four decades. Her nursing work was provided in nursing homes and home health care until retirement. She passed away in Utah's Morgan Valley on June 16, 2014. Interment was in South Morgan Cemetery.
Great-granddaughter Margaret Eleanor Lepley married Paul Funkhouser.
Great-granddaughter Marian Lepley was deceased by 2009.
Great-granddaughter Mildred Lepley was deceased by 2009.
Great-grandson Charles Kent Lepley ( ? - ? ).
Great-grandson James P. Lepley was in South Plainfield in 1976.
Great-grandson Millard Edgar Lepley Jr. lived with his parents in 1976.
Great-granddaughter Barbara Lepley wed (?) Boschen. In the mid-1970s, she dwelled in South Plainfield.
Great-granddaughter Laurel Lepley married (?) Kassay. Her home in 1976 was in Barnegat, Ocean County, NJ.
Daughter Laura Lepley (1890-1983) was born in Feb. 1890. Her first husband was Charles Christian Slagle (1888-1921), a native of Morrellville near Johnstown, Cambria County, PA, and the son of David H. and Mary (Lininger) Slagle. They were wed in about 1908 and dwelled in Boswell, Somerset County. Four children of this couple were Mary Slagle, Kenneth Charles Slagle, Richard Slagle and Earl Slagle. Circa 1920, Charles was employed as a miner in a local coal mine near Jenners. His employer in 1921 was Consolidation Coal Company, working in a mine in Boswell. Tragically, while at work on Feb. 25, 1921, Charles was caught in a fall of rock in the mine and fractured his spine. He was admitted to Johnstown's Memorial Hospital, where he lingered for 80 days. Death claimed him at age 32 on May 16, 1921. His broken remains were lowered into the sacred soil of Johnstown's Grandview Cemetery. The Meyersdale Republican published an obituary. The widowed Laura relocated to Geistown near Johnstown. She entered into marriage with Walter A. Bloom (Oct. 15, 1889-1938), the son of Leonard and Anna (Lamm) Bloom. During World War I, Walter served as a corporal in Company D of the 28th Infantry. Walter earned a living with Johnstown Traction Company, but his employment there ended in 1930. The pair lived in Geistown near Johnstown, PA in the 1930s, but evidence suggests that Walter did not work much more during that time. In his late 40s, he suffered from high blood pressure and acute heart disease. He died on March 18, 1938, at age 48, from heart failure in Johnstown's Memorial Hospital. Burial was in Richland, Cambria County. Laura spent her widowed years in Johnstown and is known to have been there in 1960. She died in Johnstown on Jan. 6, 1983.
Son Freda/Freeda Mae Lepley (1892- ? ) was born on Oct. 14, 1892 in Wellersburg, Somerset County. In 1915, she married William H. Orris (1888- ? ). The pair were the parents of at least two offspring -- William Orris and Helen Louise Boyd. They resided in Johnstown, Cambria County, PA. The federal census enumeration of 1930 shows William employed as an inspector in a Johnstown steel mill. The couple divorced. William went on to marry again to Irene Myrtle Seaman (1904-1997). Freda died at age 82, in Southmont, Cambria County, on Dec. 8, 1974.
Great-grandson Ronald Orris married Barbara Sue Shriver. She was deceased by 2017. As a widower, Ronald lived in Uniontown, PA.
Great-grandson Duwayne Orris dwelled in Johnstown, PA.
Daughter Florence Lepley (1894- ? ) was born in about October 1894. At the age of 16, census records for the year 1910 show her living with her parents in Napier, Bedford County, PA. She reputedly entered into the bonds of marriage with Evelyn Hyland (1896- ? ). Three presumed children were Evelyn Hyland, Millard Hyland and Dorothy Hyland. Nothing more is known, and all of this needs to be confirmed.
Son Lawrence H. Lepley (1896-1988) was born on June 28, 1896 in Fairhope, Somerset County, a twin with his brother Troy. He and his twin brother resided in Scalp Level, PA and both men enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces on the same day in January 1914. The Altoona (PA) Tribune said that "Both men were perfectly developed and had the same excellent proportions, being five feet and ten inches tall, and weighing 142 pounds each, as well as having the same chest and other measurements required by the recruiters." By 1920, at the age of 25, he had migrated to Boston, MA. Circa 1920 he was employed as a brakeman on a Boston elevated railway. He was joined in wedlock with Evelyn J. Allen (1901-1968), a native of Scotland who had emigrated to the United States in 1907 and become a citizen in 1918. She was the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Rust) Allen. Together, they bore a family of children -- Mildred Maloof, Dorothy Kane, Evelyn Considine, Robert Lepley, Richard Lepley and Lee "Joe" Lepley. The couple settled in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood. Lawrence appears to have joined the Hub Club, which held an annual pigeon race from Romeo, MI to Boston. His pigeons took first place in 1933 and 1934. Reported the Boston Globe on July 9, 1934:
Of a flight of 114 birds liberated at 6 o'clock Saturday morning three owned by Lepley found their roost first, the winning carrier covering the distance in 30 hours and 34 minutes. The time was a bit slow due to the tremendous heat and humidity Saturday. Lepley, who won the event last year with his bird finished third in yesterday's race, which tried a mew method on his third place carrier. Last year he had the carrier race home with its eggs waiting in the next while this year a husky young squab about seven weeks old waited for its mother. The baby is a beautiful specimen and Mr. Lepley predicts that it will be a future champion of the airways.
The Lepleys were in Roxbury in 1968. Sadly, Evelyn died on Feb. 27, 1968. Lawrence outlived her by two decades. As a widower, Lawrence made his home in Brockton, MA. He died on Feb. 26, 1988. His Globe obituary reported that he was survived by 14 grandchildren and a dozen great-grandchildren. Interment of the remains was in Mount Hope Cemetery.
Son Troy Edgar Lepley (1896-1973) was born on June 28, 1896 in Fairhope, Somerset County, a twin with his brother Lawrence. He relocated in young manhood to Mahoning, Lawrence County, PA. He entered into marriage with Nellie Othila Lawson ( ? - ? ), a New York native. During World War I, he enlisted on June 18, 1917 and first was assigned to the 4th Infantry, Company A. Then in November 1917, he transferred to the 7th M.G. Battalion, Company A. He was shipped overseas to France and took part in the battles of Saint-Mihiel (Sept. 12-15, 1918) and the Meuse Argonne (Sept.-Nov. 1918). Troy was discharged on April 3, 1920 and sailed home from the port of Antwerp, Belgium, planning to go to his residence on Main street in Scalp Level, PA. Shortly afterward, he re-enlisted, serving until March 10, 1922. He eventually settled in Pittsburgh, at 3564 Brighton Avenue (1932) and later at 314 Ritchey Street. Grief cascaded over the family at the death of their three-year-old daughter Laura Mae, from the effects of meningitis and gastro-enteritis, on Jan. 8, 1932. The child's tender remains were lowered into eternal sleep in Mount Royal Cemetery. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1940, Troy was employed as a painter in the building maintenance industry. The Lepleys' address in the late 1940s is known to have been 20 Brownell in the Steel City. His employer in 1945 was McLaughlin & Keefer Company, of the Empire Building, and within a few years he owned and/or was employed by Allen & Lepley Company. In retirement, Troy moved to Florida and had a home in Volusia County, He died in Alachua, FL at the age of 76 on March 13, 1973.
Son William C. Lepley (1899- ? ) was born in about 1899. He relocated to Pittsburgh, living there circa 1939. He may have been estranged from the family as, at the 1960 death of his brother Dorsey, William's whereabouts were listed as "address unknown" in the Cumberland Evening Times obituary.
~ Daughter Melinda "Linnie" (Burkett) Brady ~
Daughter Melinda "Linnie" Burkett (1856-1942) was born in Jan. 1856.
In about 1877, when she would have been 20 years of age, she entered into marriage with Owen Brady (Dec. 1852-1940), an immigrant from Ireland.
The couple dwelled in 1880 in Loartown/East Frostburg, Allegany County, MD. By 1900, they had moved to the Ocean District of Allegany, where Owen labored as a plasterer. Later, they moved across the state line to Fairhope, Somerset County.
Nine children produced by this union were James Brady, John Brady, Francis "Frank" Brady, Mary Carpenter, Lily Walker, Thomas Brady, Charles Brady, Minnie Eck Paugh and Hilda Caldwell.
The couple separated by 1920. Malinda continued to make a home in Fairhope, and in addition to having two bachelor sons in her household, also took in her grandson Carl Brown and granddaughter Roenelda May when their respective parents' marriages failed.
Owen went to live with his married daughter Mrs. Geoffrey Caldwell at 206 Maryland Avenue in Cumberland. He died there at the age of 87 on Feb. 3, 1940. An obituary was published in the Cumberland News, which said that his survivors were counted as six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Melinda joined him in death two years later in 1942. The couple sleep together in Hyndman Cemetery.
Son James Brady (1877- ? ) was born in about 1877. He may have also used the name "Milford." He is believed to have died prior to 1900.
Son John Brady (1878-1961) was born in Dec. 1878. He was united in holy matrimony with Emma A. Johnson (March 1878-1956), an 1899 immigrant from Sweden. A few years before her marriage to John, she had divorced his great-uncle, Lafayette Emerick. Emma appears to have been married earlier still to Andrew P. Johnson (1854-1907) and brought these four sons into her subsequent marriages -- Ivan J. Johnson, Ray D. Johnson, Walter W. Johnson and Rudolph Johnson. John and Emma bore a son of their own, Woodrow Wilson Brady. The couple resided in Fairhope, Somerset County in 1920, where John toiled as a laborer in a local brick works. He is known to have worked in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, PA in 1922. The marriage collapsed during the 1920s. Son Woodrow was sent to live with another couple in Northampton Township, Somerset County. Emma married again to Wilbert Thomas (1889-1946). John resided in Kennell's Mill, PA in 1940 and by 1956 had relocated to Cleveland, OH. John is believed to have died in 1961. Ex-wife Emma died in Canton, OH at age 78 on June 7, 1956, with burial in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Son Francis "Frank" Brady (1880-1961) was born on May 14, 1880 in Fairhope, Somerset County or in Vale Summit, MD. As a one-month-old, he was listed with his family in the 1880 federal census. He never learned to read or write. His employer in about 1918 was the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Circa 1921, he was named in the gossip columns of the Meyersdale Republican when hired to work at the home of his uncle Millard Lepley near Kennell's Mill. Within the year he relocated to work in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, PA and was there in 1922. He lived in 1940 in Kennell's Mill, PA and in 1956 in Hyndman, PA. As his health declined, he was admitted as a patient to Memorial Hospital in Cumberland. Death cut him away there at the age of 81 on Dec. 7, 1961. The remains were lowered into the sacred earth of Comp's Cemetery, with Rev. J.L. Tenny preaching the funeral service at Comp's Church. His obituary appeared in the Cumberland News.
Daughter Mary Brady (1881-1956) was born in Dec. 1881. When she was 22 years of age, she married 36-year-old Burhman E. Carpenter (Jan. 21, 1869-1950), son of William and Katherine Burhman. His surname also has been misspelled as "Berman," "Burnham" and "Boorham." They planted themselves by 1917 in Hyndman, Bedford County and remained there as of 1940. Together, they bore a family of children, including William C. Carpenter and Harold Leroy "Bunk" Carpenter. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1920, Burhman was employed as a laborer in a local stone quarry. By 1930, Burhman had no occupation, and son William generated income as a railroad track hand and son Harold as a stone quarry worker. Burhman was burdened with chronic kidney disease for the last 15 years of his life. At the age of 81, he surrendered to death on Jan. 26, 1950. Mary outlived him by six years. In early 1956, she was diagnosed with cancer of the abdomen, which doctors thought was centered in her colon. After suffering for six months, Mary was admitted to Bedford Memorial Hospital. There, she died just 12 days after her 74th birthday on Dec. 23, 1956. Her remains were laid to rest in Hyndman Cemetery, with Rev. William T. Richards leading the service. An obituary appeared in the Cumberland (MD) News.
Daughter Lily/Lillie Brady (1883- ? ) was born in Aug. 1883. She appears to have been thrice-wed. Her first spouse, whom she married in about 1907, was Martin R. Perdew (1887- ? ). The couple resided in Rockwood, Somerset County in 1910, with Martin employed as a fireman, likely for a railroad. At that time, Lillie's bachelor brother Charles Brady dwelled in the household. Together Lillie and Martin bore two sons -- Walter L. Perdew and Irvin "Cecil" Perdew. The marriage ended by 1917, and Lillie quickly was joined in wedlock with (?) Brown. The Browns resided in 1917 in Cumberland and bore a son of their own, Carl Brown. The Browns' marriage collapsed by 1920, with son Cecil going to live with his uncle and aunt, John and Minnie Lee (Brady) Eck, and Carl brought into the home of his widowed grandmother Malinda Brady. The pair relocated to Cleveland by 1933. Eventually she married again to John S. Walker ( ? - ? ). Census records for 1940 show John working as a casket salesman. They lived in Cleveland as of 1969.
Son Thomas Brady (1886?-1954) was born in Oct. 1886. He made his home in Cumberland, MD in 1924. In time he relocated to Cleveland, OH. Tragedy struck on May 28, 1954, when the 67-year-old Thomas was killed "instantly ... in a hit and run accident," reported the Cumberland News. His sister Minnie Paugh and niece Ronelda Sapp traveled from Cumberland to attend the funeral service.
Son Charles Henry Brady (1890-1967) was born on March 12, 1890 in Fairhope, PA. As a young man, in Cumberland, MD, he joined the U.S. Army and served from Oct. 12, 1913 to June 12, 1919. He was assigned to the 21st Infantry, assigned to Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. He rejoined the Army at Camp Funston, KS in June 1919 and received his discharge in June 1920. After several months of civilian life, he joined the Army again, on Dec. 6, 1920, and was placed within the 12th Infantry at Fort Howard, MD. His third tour of duty ended on July 19, 1931. As World War II loomed, he rejoined the military and in 1940 was deployed to the Philippines. After leaving the Army, he established his residence in Brooklyn, NY, and is known to have been there in 1956-1966. He surrendered to the spirit of death on Dec. 13, 1967. Burial was in Long Island National Cemetery in East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, NY.
Daughter Minnie Lee Brady (1895-1969) was born on Feb. 10, 1895 or 1896. She was married twice over the years. She first was united in matrimony with John Eck (1885- ? ). The Ecks dwelled next door to Minnie's mother in Fairhope, Somerset County, and in 1920 their 10-year-old nephew Cecil Perdew was in their household. John is known to have worked circa 1922 in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, PA. In time, she was united in the bonds of marriage with Oliver C. Paugh ( ? - ? ), at times misspelled as "Pugh." He was the son of Daniel and Cora A. (Powers) Paugh. The couple's two children were William Paugh and Emily Gillespie. Oliver earned a living in Cumberland with Light and Decker Company. In about 1954, they moved to Keyser, Mineral County, WV. In her later years she was burdened with diabetes, an enlarged thyroid and hardening of the arteries. Minnie surrendered to death at the age of 73, at home, on Oct. 21, 1969. The Cumberland News carried an obituary. Her remains were transported to Cumberland for a viewing and thence into Pennsylvania for burial in Hyndman, Bedford County. Oliver outlived his wife by six years and went to live with a nephew, H.D. "Bud" Paugh. He passed away in Potomac Valley Hospital at the age of 80 on July 13, 1975. His obituary in the Cumberland Evening Times misspelled his wife's maiden name as "Grady." He was survived by 15 grandchildren. Burial was in Hyndman Cemetery following services conducted by Rev. W. Randolph Keefe Jr.
Daughter Hilda Brady (1899-1966) was born on March 9, 1899 in Fairhope, Somerset County. She first married (?) May ( ? - ? ). During their short marriage, they bore two daughters, Roenelda Sapp and Shirley Ward Irons. The Mays' marriage ended by 1920. Later, she was joined in marriage with Geoffrey/Godfrey Arthur Caldwell ( ? -1962), son of Joseph Caldwell of Pratt, MD. The couple's address in 1940 was 206 Maryland Avenue in Cumberland, MD. By 1962, they had moved to another address on the same street, 304 Marland Avenue. Geoffrey earned a living through his work as a mechanic for the Kelly-Springfield Tire Company, a position from which he eventually retired. He belonged the local aerie of the Eagles. Sadness blanketed the family when Geoffrey passed into eternity on May 12, 1962. His funeral was conducted by Rev. Jacob Snyder, with burial following in Hyndman Cemetery. An obituary appeared in the Cumberland News. Hilda continued to live as a widow in Cumberland at 19 Humbird Street. She suffered from that time with hardening of the arteries and bronchial asthma. While in Centerville, Bedford County, she was stricken with a massive heart attack and died instantly at age 67 on June 6, 1966. Rev. Ervin W. Mason Sr., of the Cumberland Valley Assembly of God Church, presided over the funeral. An obituary in the News said her survivors included three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
~ Daughter Mary Margaret (Burkett) Korns ~
Daughter Mary Margaret "Maggie" Burkett (1858-1933) was born on Jan. 29, 1858 in Vale Summit, Allegany County, MD, a small coal mining community south of Frostburg and Eckhart Mines.
In 1887, when she was about the age of 29, she was united in the bonds of holy matrimony with 28-year-old Jacob Albert Korns (Sept. 1, 1859 -1918), son of Daniel and Kathleen (Tressler) Korns..
The Korns family made their home in neighboring Fayette County, PA in 1896 -- then moved to Sand Patch, Larimer Township, where they resided in 1900 -- and later migrated to Southampton Township, Somerset County.
The couple's seven known offspring were Clayton Arbuckle Korns, Joseph Melvin Korns, M. Orpha Korns, Cynthia Korns, Mahlon Korns, Commodore "Dewey" Korns and Sherman Korns.
Jacob earned a living as a teamster in 1900, working in and around Sand Patch near Meyersdale. The federal census enumeration of 1910 shows the family in Southampton Township, living next door to Margaret's aged parents. At that time, Jacob labored on the home farm, assisted in the never-ending work by his 15-year-old son Mahlon. In February 1911, Margaret is known to have been present with her aged father when he died.
The Kornses lived on a farm in Southampton Township in 1918. In his mid-60s, Jacob suffered from heart valve problems and disease of the soft tissues of his kidneys. The family was plunged into mourning when he succumbed to his illnesses on June 24, 1918. Son Dewey signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. The remains were lowered into the sleep of the ages in Cook Cemetery.
His widow lived on for 15 more years and remained in or around Gladdens, Southampton Township. When the United States Census counts were made in 1920 and 1930, Margaret shared her home with her bachelor sons Mahlon and Sherman. Circa 1920, Margaret's eight-year-old granddaughter Eva (or "Emma") was in the household. At the death of Margaret's mother in 1922, she received a bequest of $25 in cash from the estate.
The 1930 census shows Mahlon earning income as a laborer at odd jobs and Sherman appearing to manage the home farm. Suffering from chronic heart disease, Margaret's health began to plummet in the spring of 1933. A gossip column notice in the Meyersdale Republican said she was "on the sick list."
She passed away at the age of 75 on April 21, 1933. Funeral services were held in the family home, conducted by Rev. Evans. Burial was in Cook Cemetery, with an obituary appearing in the Republican. Inscribed at the top of their grave marker are the words "Meet me in Heaven."
Son Clayton Arbuckle Korns (1888-1936) was born in April 1888. He married a cousin, Leora Florence Troutman (1894- ? ), daughter of Benjamin W. and Mary E. (Emerick) Troutman. They became the parents of two sons, Elwood Korns and Luther Korns. In young manhood he dwelled in Gladdens, Southampton Township and is known to have made money hauling lumber to nearby Ellerslie, MD. Circa June 1911, when he would have been age 23, he migrated to Akron, OH to work in one of the city's large rubber factories. But in the late summer, "owing to the approach of the dull season for rubber tires," reported the Meyersdale Republican, he returned home as his services "were no longer needed." The federal census enumeration for 1920 lists the family in Londonderry Township, Bedford County, with Clayton working as a teamster for a timbering business. The 1930 census hints that he was working at a sawmill near Waynesburg, Greene County, PA, while Leora and the boys lived under the roof of Mary E. Martin in Ellerslie, MD. As his health failed, he was admitted to Cumberland's Allegany Hospital, where he slipped away in Feb. 1936. Funeral services were held in the Reformed Church in Wellersburg. An obituary in the Republican said that his remains were lowered under the sod in Cook Cemetery near Wellersburg. Leora married a second time to Clarence William Martin ( ? -1964), son of John and Mary E. (Printy) Martin of Allegany County, MD. The couple bore a daughter of their own, Mrs. George E. Neill. They lived on Cash Valley Road near Cumberland. Clarence died at home at age 77 on Jan. 5, 1964, with an obituary printed in the Cumberland News. Leora survived for another seven-plus years, sharing her residence with her sons. She died at age 81 on April 5, 1974. Following a funeral preached by Rev. Willard M. White, the remains were lowered under the sod of Rest Lawn Memorial Gardens.
Son Joseph Melvin Korns (1889-1963) was born in July 1889 in Wellersburg, Somerset County. He wed Alice Nevada Boyer (March 25, 1891-1970), daughter of James and Elizabeth (Kennell) Boyer of Kennells Mills. Together, they produced two sons -- Merle Edward Korns and James Ralph Korns. The family's home in 1933 was in Stringtown, PA and in 1936 was in Ellerslie, MD. By 1963, their address was considered rural Hyndman. They held a membership in the United Church of Christ in Hyndman, and Joseph belonged to the Cumberland Aerie of the Eagles. On the fateful day of July 30, 1963, having "been ill for some time," said the Cumberland (MD) Evening Times, he took his own life. He was "found dead of a gunshot wound in his yard yesterday by his wife..." Rev. John Zinn officiated the funeral service, with burial in Palo Alto Cemetery. Alice lived as a widow for seven years. As her health ebbed, she was admitted to Cumberland's Sacred Heart Hospital. She died there as a patient at the age of 79 on Aug. 29, 1970. The Meyersdale Republican published an obituary, and the funeral service was presided over by Rev. David Borko.
Daughter M. Orpha Korns (1891-1924) was born on April 27, 1891. She appears not to have been married. During the winter of 1924, Orpha became seriously ill. A Feb. 7, 1924 article in the gossip columns of the Meyersdale Republican noted that she was "still on the sick list." Death overtook her at the age of 32 on Feb. 19, 1924. Burial of her remains was in Cook Cemetery near Wellersburg. No obituary is known to have been printed.
Daughter Cynthia Korns (1892- ? ) was born in Dec. 1892. Evidence suggests in mid-January 1912, prior to marriage, she bore a daughter, Evelyn (Korns) Vought Muhr. At the age of 26, in about 1918, she entered into wedlock with 37-year-old Wesley Eugene Llewellyn ( ? -1976), son of Elijah H. and Julia (Keiling) Lewellyn of Gilmore, MD. Wesley served in the U.S. Army during World War I. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1930, the Llewellyns lived in Midland, Allegany County, MD, where they managed their own poultry farm. The couple later established a home in nearby Rawlings, MD where they were dairy farmers and held a membership in the Cumberland Gospel Hall. Upon retirement, circa 1976, they dwelled along Bedford Road in Cumberland. They were the parents of nine -- Nellie Lohr, Margaret Claycomb, Mary Swanger, Edmund E. "Gene" Llewellyn, William W. Llewellyn, James R. "Bob" Llewellyn, Edward I. Llewellyn, Russell "Dave" Llewellyn and Joseph H. Llewellyn. Sadness cascaded over the family when Wesley, hospitalized at Sacred Heart Hospital in Cumberland, passed away at the age of 82 on March 28, 1976. An obituary in the Cumberland News said that Evangelist Robert I. Surgenor would preach, with burial in Sunset Memorial Park, and that pallbearers included William Knieriem, William Deatelhauser, Earl Harrison, Clarence U. Llewellyn, Granville Collins and Robert Delozier. He was survived by 23 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Great-granddaughter Elaine Lohr received a full scholarship to the University of Maryland in 1966 with plans to major in science. She married George Fike, son of George Fike of Frostburg. They resided in Lakeside Park, Hagerstown, MD and were the parents of Shelby Fike.
Great-granddaughter Cynthia Lohr was an aluman of the Maryland School for the Deaf. She obtained a bachelor's degree in English from Gallaudet College, said by the Cumberland Evening Times to have been "the world's only liberal arts college for the deaf." She went on to receive a master of arts degree in English in 1975 frmo the University of Maryland. She made her home in 1977 in Arlington, VA.
Son Mahlon Korns (1895-1976) was born on Oct. 5, 1895 in Wellersburg, Southampton County, PA. He grew up on the home farm in the township and, in 1910, at the age of 15, worked as a farm laborer. He served in the U.S. Army during World War I. After the completion of his service, he earned a living through employment at Kelly-Springfield Tire Company and Cumberland Cement and Supply Company, both located across the state border in Cumbeland, MD. He was unmarried and resided at home in the mid-1930s. He was admitted to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Altoona, PA and died there at the age of 81 in Nov. 1976. An obituary appeared in the Meyersdale Republican and Bedford County Press, which noted that Rev. Kenneth L. Korns preached the funeral sermon. The remains lie in eternal repose in Palo Alto Cemetery near Hyndman, joined several years later by his bachelor brother Sherman..
Son Commodore "Dewey" Korns (1896-1953) was born on May 27, 1896/1897 in Fayette County, PA. He is believed to have been named for Commodore George Dewey, a U.S. naval hero at the Battle of Manila in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War. He married Ethel Arzula Mostoller Ringler (Nov. 6, 1897-1991), daughter of Albert and Clara (Mostoller) Ringler of Somerset Township, Somerset County, PA. Together, the couple produced three offspring -- Woodrow Korns, Thurman Korns and Audrey Buchanan. He was in Berlin, Somerset County in 1933. He relocated to Somerset, the seat of Somerset County, PA, where he lived in 1936, and thence to Friedens, Somerset County, as of the early 1950s. His occupation over the years was coal mining. Ethel was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Midlothian, MD. Grief enveloped the family when Dewey was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage and admitted to Somerset Community Hospital. Four days later, death cut him away at the age of 56 on Sept. 8, 1953. Thurman Korns of Stoystown, Somerset County signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. The remains were interred in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Stoystown. Obituaries were published in the Bedford Gazette and Somerset Daily American, and a short death notice in the Connellsville Daily Courier. Ethel outlived her spouse and in the mid-1950s made a home in College Park, MD. Then in 1955, she relocated to the West Coast, settling in Gardena, Los Angeles County, CA. She spent several months during the early summer of 1957 visiting with her children in Somerset County before flying home. In time she returned to Somerset for good. She was admitted to Somerset Hospital and died there at the age of 93 on March 27, 1991. Rev. Thomas A. Topar led the funeral service, with burial in the Odd Fellows Cemetery of Stoystown, and an obituary printed in the Somerset Daily American. Her survivors included 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Great-grandson David L. Korns ( ? - ? ) was deceased by 2020.
Great-grandson Michael T. Korns married Leslie. The couple was in New Kensington, PA in 2020.
Great-granddaughter Jacqueline Korns wedded Walter Eppler. Circa 2020, they were in Cranberry Township, Butler County, PA.
Son Sherman Korns (1901-1983) was born on Nov. 27, 1901. Unmarried in 1933, he appears to have managed his mother's farm at that time. He may have remained on the home farm for decades. In 1976, he was named in the obituary of his brother Mahlon, and lived in rural Hyndman at the time. In the early 1980s, his residence was in nearby Oakland, Garrett County, MD. Sherman passed away in September 1983. Burial was beside his bachelor brother Mahlon in Palo Alto Hilltop Cemetery.
~ Son William Jefferson Burkett ~
Son William Jefferson Burkett (1866-1955) was born on July 25, 1866 in Maryland.
In about 1889, at the age of 23, he entered into matrimony with 21-year-old Margaret Jane "Maggie" McFarland (March 1868-1928), daughter of John and Elizabeth J. (Loar) McFarland.
At least four offspring were born into this family -- Leah May Fatkin, Earl Burkett, William Carl Burkett and Della M. Scouler.
When the federal census enumeration was made in 1900, the Burketts dwelled in Vale Summit, Allegany County, MD, where he earned his wages as a coal miner. William continued his laborers as a miner into 1910, at which time his son Carl also worked as a coal miner.
By 1920, he had begun working for the Luke Paper Mills. Circa 1922, their home was in Pumpie, MD, thought actually to be East Frostburg, known at the time as "Pompey Smash" and today as Vale Summit, in Allegany County. His is known to have been employed as a local constable in 1928.
Sadly, Margaret Jane passed away in June 1928, at the age of 59, in Miners Hospital in Frostburg. Interment was in Eckhart Mines Cemetery. Rev. H.P. Wise preached the funeral sermon, with services held at the First English Baptist Church. The Cumberland Evening Times published an obituary.
The 1930 federal census lists William as a coal miner and sharing a home in Eckhart Mines with son Earl and daughter-in-law Pearl. Eventually he relocated to Canton, Stark County, OH.
He died in Canton at the age of 89 on Sept. 19, 1955. His remains were transported back to Cumberland for burial in Eckhart Mines Cemetery. Officiating at the funeral service was Rev. Donald A. Vosseler, of the First English Baptist Church. A funeral notice was printed in the Cumberland News.
Daughter Leah May Burkett (1889- ? ) was born on New Year's Eve 1889 in Loarville, Allegany County, MD. She was united in wedlock with William Gladstone Fatkin (March 21, 1887-1954), a native of Vale Summit, Allegany County, and the son of William and Betty (Long) Fatkin. William is believed to have been named for the famed William Ewart Gladstone, prime minister of Great Britain from 1868 to 1894. Together, the pair produced a brood of four children -- Kathryn Fatkin, William Marshall Fatkin, Louis A. Fatkin and Elaine Cheshire. William earned a living as a school teacher. Some of the schools where he taught in his early career were Cresaptown, Miller Mines, Loartown, Cumberland's East Side and Midland. The United States Census of 1920 shows the family in the village of Luke, Allegany County, along Bloomington Road, and with Leah's parents and unmarried sister Della under their roof. He served as principal of the Luke grade school for 35 years. He served a term as president of the Allegany County Elementary Schools Association and as president of the board of trustees of the Teachers Relief Fund of Allegany County. He was a talented piano player and taught privately in his free time. Their address in Luke was Mullen Avenue. On the fateful day of Sept. 2, 1954, while attending a board of stewards meeting in Trinity Church in Piedmont, Mineral County, WV, William suffered a heart attack and was dead in an hour. Reported the Cumberland News, "After he gave a brief talk concerning the Sunday School and church, he sat down and shortly afterward fell from his chair. A physician was summoned but he was reported dead before the doctor arrived." Rev. Clyde W. Ash officiated the funeral. Leah May survived for another 33 years as a widow. She succumbed to death at the age of 97, in Westernport, Allegany County, on June 19, 1987. Her remains were placed next to her husband's in the earth of Philos Cemetery in Westernport.
Son Earl Burkett (1892-1968) was born in April 1892 in Maryland. He moved in young manhood to Ridgeley, Mineral County, WV. On Jan. 3, 1924, at the age of 29, he wedded 27-year-old Carrie Pearl Smith (1898- ? ), daughter of James and Edith Smith. The wedding vows were made in Keyser, WV, by the hand of Rev. A.H. McKinley. The couple's two daughters were Helen Burkett and Thelma Burkett. Circa 1920, Earl was employed in Akron, OH, while Carrie and the girls stayed with her parents in Vale Summit near Cumberland, MD. They made a home in 1930 in Eckhart Mines, Allegany County, with Earl's father sharing the residence. At that time, Earl worked as a coal mine motorman and the father as a coal miner. Evidence hints that Earl may have married a second time to Elizabeth Posthethwait (1909- ? ). The Burketts relocated to Canton, Stark County and remained for good. Earl died there in 1968. Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery in Canton.
Son William "Carl" Burkett (1894-1963) was born in May 1894 in Vale Summit, Allegany County, MD. When he was 19 years of age, Carl was united in matrmiony with 18-year-old Ethel Long (1896-1968). Together, the pair bore these children -- William Clifton "Red" Burkett, Milton Burkett, Howard Burkett, Ruth Alexander, William "Vernon" Burkett and Shirley Jean Piccari. The 1920 federal census enumeration shows the family living in Vale Summit, MD, with Carl laboring as a coal miner. While the family spent the majority of their years in Vale Summit and Frostburg, they are known to have been in Delaware in 1921 at the birth of their daughter Ruth. The 1930 federal census shows the Burketts in Frostburg, with Carl now working as a motorman in the local coal mines. As with his brother Earl, Carl moved to Canton, Stark County, OH in 1949. Sadly, Carl died in Canton's Aultman Hospital, after a stay of a month, at the age of 68 on Feb. 12, 1963. His remains were shipped back to Cumberland, and an obituary stated that he was survived by 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The funeral was preached by Rev. Marvin Simpson of the English Baptist Church. Ethel lived for another five years, and resided in Copleu, OH. She also was treated at the end in Aultman Hospital. She was swept away by the angel of death in Dec. 1968. Her obituary was published in the Cumberland Evening Times. They sleep for all time in Vale Summit Methodist Church Cemetery in Allegany County.
Great-granddaughter Betty Lou Burkett (1940-2010) was born on Aug. 20, 1940 in Frostburg. She was a member of the 1958 graduating class of Mt. Savage High School. She tied the knot with Dale Alan Geary ( ? - ? ), son of Ruth Ann Geary of Mt. Savage. The couple's brood of three children included Dale Alan Geary II, Brian Geary and Jennifer Ream. Betty Lou held a member in the Somerset Alliance Church. She was known for taking in stray animals and raising them as pets. Tragedy swept over the family on July 22, 1975 when 13-year-old son Dale was killed when his mini-bike collided with a pickup truck about two miles north of Route 36 at Mt. Savage. Reported the Cumberland Evening Times, "Police said the truck was traveling north of Blank Road and was negotiating a sharp curve when the mini-bike which was southbound on the wrong side of the road collided with the truck and was lodged underneath." His remains were laid to rest in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. The widowed Betty Lou spent her final years in Rockwood, Somerset County, PA. Toward the end she was admitted to In-Touch Hospice House in the county seat of Somerset. She passed away there age age 69 on Jan. 8, 2010. Her obituary was printed in the Somerset Daily American. Rev. Scott Ream led the funeral service, with burial of her ashes following at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery in Glencoe.
Great-granddaughter Norma Lee Burkett married (?) McKenzie. She resided in Florida in 2010.
Great-granddaughter Mary Virginia Burkett wedded (?) Geary. They made a home in Berlin, PA.
Great-granddaughter Jo Ann Burkett was joined in wedlock with (?) Faidley. The pair relocated to Mt. Savage, MD.
Great-granddaughter Sandra Lee Burkett (1942-2017) was born on Sept. 11, 1942 in Phoebis, MD. She wedded Denny D. Wadsworth ( ? - ? ). The couple remained together for a remarkable 55 years. The family of their children included Kelly Wadsworth, Kari Clarke and Denny Wadsworth Jr. They established a home in Canton, OH. Sandra is said to have enjoyed her cats, sports cars and watching a grandson ice-skate. Sadness blanketed the family at her death due to multiple illnesses at age 74 on Feb. 23, 2017.
Great-grandson Milton John Burkett (1963-2009) was born in 1963. He was self-employed. In July 1986, he married Suzanne Valerie Donley ( ? - ? ), daughter of Joseph and Helen Donley Sr. of Akron. The ceremony was held in St. John's Catholic Church in Akron, with the bride pictured in the Akron Beacon Journal. Suzanne earned a living with Gray Drug at the time of marriage. Milton died in Akron on June 15, 2009 at the age of 46.
Great-grandson Robert Alexander was united in wedlock with Barbara. They migrated to Missouri and in 2015 lived in Raytown, MO.
Great-granddaughter Sharon Alexander was joined in matrimony with John Barb. The couple made a home in 2015 in Massillon, OH.
Great-granddaughter Carla A. Burkett married Jeffrey Gram and stayed in Canton.
Great-granddaughter Rose M. Burkett wedded Kenneth Rennie. They put down roots in Carrollton, OH. In time she was joined in wedlock with (?) Flanary.
Great-granddaughter Sheryl Piccari ( ? - ? ) was united in matrimony with Gary Church.
Daughter Della M. Burkett (1905- ? ) was born on Sept. 22, 1905. She entered into marriage with (?) Scouler ( ? - ? ). The couple migrated to Michigan and resided for years in Detroit. Della died at the age of 92, in Royal Oak Township, Oakland County, MI on Dec. 20, 1997.
~ Daughter Rachel "Elizabeth" (Burkett) Kennell Tipton ~
Daughter Rachel "Elizabeth" Burkett (1867-1968) was born on Sept. 21, 1867 in Eckhart, a coal mining town near Vale Summit and located between Frostburg and Clarysville, Allegany County, MD.
She was twice-wed. Her first spouse, whom she married in about 1887, was Perry Kennell (Aug. 13, 1868-1911), son of Levi and Catherine (Beal) Kennell of Kennells Mill.
The couple were the parents of a dozen offspring -- William Kennell, Earl Victor Kennell, Lonie/Loney M. Kennell, Rena Kennell, Archie Calvin "Arch" Kennell, Nina Kennell, Sidna Leora "Sindy" Troutman, Beulah A. Kennell, Melvin M. Kennell and Mina "Minnie" Kennell. Several other of the children were deceased at young ages, perhaps Bessie Kennell and Cecil Kennell.
When the censuses of 1900-1910 were made, Perry is shown as making a living as a brickyard laborer. They endured the awful death in 1910 of their son William in a railroad accident along the Rockwood-Johnstown route.
Sadly, Perry died on Nov. 20, 1911, with burial in Comp's Cemetery, but the details are not known.
Shortly after becoming widowed, she entered into marriage with Charles Tipton (Aug. 27, 1867-1918), son of Joseph and Emiline (Kiser) Tipton of Fairhope.
Charles worked as a laborer in a local brickyard. But burdened with tuberculosis, during the nationwide influenza epidemic of 1918, he was spirited away by death at the age of 50 on Jan. 14, 1918. His remains were lowered into the earth of Comp's Cemetery. Adding to the tragedy, daughter Nina also died of the Spanish flu, on Oct. 27, 1918.
Elizabeth lived for another half-century and endured the deaths of seven of her offspring. Her married name in 1922 was "Perdew" but nothing more about that marriage is known.
Her final years were spent in the household of her daughter Minnie Kennell. She marked her 100th birthday in September 1967 and was pictured in the Cumberland Evening Times. The article said that "Five of her twelve children, three daughters and two sons, are still living."
She succumbed to death at the age of 100 on June 27, 1968. Interment was in Hillcrest Burial Park in Cumberland. The Cumberland News obituary said she was survived by 11 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great grandchildren. Presiding at her funeral service was Rev. Louis Emerick of Trinity Methodist Church. The remains were lowered under the sod of Hillcrest Burial Park.
Son William C. Kennell (1886-1910) was born in Sept. 1886. He was a bachelor in manhood and employed by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. In early summer 1910, he lived at Fairhope and was assigned as a fireman on the B&O's pipe train. On the fateful day of June 23, 1910, at age 23, he was badly scalded in a train wreck at Foustwell along the B&O's Somerset and Cambria Branch. He was rushed to Johnstown's Memorial Hospital and died that morning. His father, Perry, signed the death certificate. Also killed in the accident was the train's engineer, Samuel C. Lint, considered by the Meyersdale Republican as "one of the most popular and reliable engineers in the employ of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company on the Somerset and Cambria branch..." A lengthy article in the Johnstown Tribune, reprinted in the Republican, said that William:
...had been employed by the B. & O. for some time and came here about three months ago to work on the pipe line train. He boarded with the Zimmerman family at 143 Baumer street. Engineer Lint and Conductor Brown of the same train had also boarded in this city since taking runs on the train... An oversight of orders on the part of one of the train crews, permitting the wrong train to have the right of way, is given, although not officially, as the cause of the head-on collision between "Hobnail," a fast freight running from Rockwood to Johnstown, and an engine, derrick and flat car on its way to the Quemahoning Dam, at Stewart siding, between Paint Creek and Foustwell... Both engines were demolished, all but two of ten cars of the "Hobnail" were wrecked, the derrick and flat car were damaged, and the tracks were torn up for a considerable distance. "Hobnail" left Rockwood at an early hour this morning and was due in this city at 6 o'clock. She usually remains here about ten minutes and then returns. The distance between Rockwood and Johnstown is traveled at a fast rate and it is thought she was running this morning at the scene of the accident about thirty miles an hour. The pipe train was also going fast. The two trains met on a sharp curve. They were against each other almost before either crew could realize it.
The freight cars were up into the air and then fell on both sides of the track, piling on top of each other. When the engines came together, [a] coal company employee said, a big cloud of steam went up and for some time afterward the steam pored [forth].... The sufferings of the injured men while waiting to be brought to the Memorial Hospital was heart-rending. When the two engines were demolished, the hot water and steam poured over them, scalding them from head to feet. Their pain was intense and their yells could be heard for a long distance... Kennell was scalded and both legs were ground off. He also had deep cuts in his head and his skull was probably fractured.
Son Earl Victor Kennell (1888- ? ) was born on Nov. 7, 1888 in Gladdens, PA. He was tall and slender, with brown eyes and dark brown hair. Circa 1910, at the age of 21, he entered into marriage with 20-year-old Mary A. Coughenour (1890- ? ), daughter of Charles J. Coughenour of Fairhope. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1910, the newlyweds lived in Fairhope, Somerset County, and Earl earned a living as a brickyard laborer. The couple's one known son was Leo Charles Kennell. During World War I, Earl was required to register for the military draft. He disclosed that he was employed in Fairhope as a laborer, employed by Gloninger & Gloninger. Then in 1920, he found work as a railroad laborer. In 1926, the Kennells lived in Cumberland, and in 1930, the census recorded them as dwelling in Ellerslie, MD. As of 1930, Earl was unemployed, and 19-year-old Helen E. Glessner boarded in their household. Earl's home in 1933 was known to have been in Corriganville, MD.
Great-grandson Kenneth L. Kennell was joined in marriage with Esther. They dwelled in Mt. Savage.
Great-grandson James Kennell wedded Julia. Their home in 2004 was in Mt. Savage.
Great-granddaughter Madeline E. Kennell (1933-2013) married Dale Housel and lived in Mt. Savage.
Daughter Lonie/Loney M. Kennell (1891- ? ) was born in June 1891. Nothing more is known.
Daughter Rena Kennell (1895- ? ) was born in about 1895. Little of her life is known. In September 1917, she made news in the gossip columns of the Bedford (PA) Gazette when she "returned home Saturday from the Western Maryland Hospital, where she is taking treatment for her throat."
Son Archie Calvin "Arch" Kennell (1897-1967) was born in Aug. 1897 in Fairhope, Somerset County. He appears to have been married twice. On May 7, 1934, in Hyndman, Bedford County, he was united in matrimony with his first bride, Margaret ( ? - ? ). That union is believed to have resulted in four children -- Lawrence Kennell, Leo Kennell, Josephine Vontella and Peggy Kimble. Archie was employed for many years as a freight conductor with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in Cumberland, MD. The marriage was toubled, and Margaret alleged that he had treated her with cruelty and had "cused and threatened her," reported the Cumberland News. Margaret was granted a "partial" divorce in Allegany County Circuit Court in May 1942, with her receiving custody of their two infant children, and Archie ordered to pay $75 per month in alimony. He also was issued a restraining order prohibiting him from entering her home at 319 Offutt Street. The case was covered in the News. In time he married again to Esta Liller ( ? - ? ). She too had been married previously and brought these children to the second union -- Russell Liller, Glenn Liller, Ernest Liller and Mary Poland. Archie is known to have survived a July 1957 B&O Railroad derailment involving 36 cars traveling at high speed. In reporting on the wreck, the Cumberland Sunday Times said that "The twin diesels hauling the westbound 'Time Saver' -- bound from New Jersey to Chicago -- were not derailed. The third car of the train left the tracks and pulled 35 other cars with it, blocking both of [the] main tracks... Cause of the wreck was not determined immediately but a railroad spokesman said extreme 90-degree heat of the past few days may have resulted in buckling of the steel track." The couple's residence in the mid-1960s was at 27 Front Street in Cumberland. Sadly, Archie died at home at the age of 70 on Dec. 28, 1967. The remains were interred in Hillcrest Burial Park following a funeral preached by Rev. Everett W. Culp of the First Methodist Church.
Daughter Nina Kennell (1899-1918) was born on Dec. 10, 1899. She resided as a young woman in Fairhope, PA, and did not marry during her short life. At the age of 18, she contracted Spanish Influenza during a time when the global pandemic was sweeping across America. When pneumonia ensued, her life took a turn for the worse. She died on Oct. 27, 1918, in Fairhope. On her official Pennsylvania death certificate, the examining physician spelled her name as "Kendall." Burial was in Comps Church Cemetery.
Daughter Sidna Leora "Sindy" Kennell (1903-1970) was born in about 1903 in Fairhope, Somerset County. She entered into wedded union with Claude Ora Troutman ( ? -1974), son of John and Mary (Smith) Troutman. Five known children born to this union were Robert F. Troutman, John W. Troutman, Edna Gross, Nancy L. Bisbing and Susan Troutman. The marriage was troubled, and the couple is believed to have separated circa 1931. But they appear to have patched things up, and the family home in 1940 was in Southampton Township, Somerset County, along Gladden Run Road, next-door to Sidna's bachelor uncle Charles Burkett. Charles earned a living at that time as a pipefitter for a silk mill. He belonged to the Kennell's Mill Sportsmen's Club. In time Sidna and Claude separated for good. After that, Sidna dwelled with her sisters at 1205 Frederick Street in Cumberland. At the end, Sidna was admitted to Western Maryland State Hospital in Hagerstown. She died there at the age of 67 on April 16, 1970. Rev. Kenneth L. Korns led the funeral service, with interment of the remains in Comp's Cemetery. An obituary in the Cumberland Evening Times said that her pallbearers included George Dennison, Ronald Emerick, Eugene Martz, Wilbert Michaels, Gerald Willison and John R. Willison. Former husband Claude spent his remaining years in Hyndman. He died at home at the age of 76 on Sept. 5, 1974.
Daughter Beulah A. Kennell (1906- ? ) was born in about 1906. She appears to have been wed twice. Evidence suggests that, at the age of 17, she married her first husband, 21-year-old Richard Perdue/Perdew (1902- ? ). The federal census enumeration of 1930 shows the pair in Wellersburg, Somerset County, with Richard working as a coal miner. At that time, their nine-year-old niece Edna Kennell lived under their roof. The couple divorced during the decade of the 1930s, with Richard marrying again to Ada (1912- ? ) and moving to Corriganville, MD, where he labored as a railroad fireman. Later, Beulah was joined in wedlock with Paul H. Shaffer (Jan. 19, 1910-1971). The Shaffers did not reproduce. They lived in Wellersburg, and Paul commuted each day to Maryland to work for Cumberland Cement and Supply Company. On the fateful and dark day of Feb. 16, 1971, Paul took his own life at home at the age of 61 using a gun. In covering the matter, the Cumberland News said his fatal wound was "apparently self-inflicted."
Son Melvin K. Kennell (1908-1976) was born on Oct. 3, 1908 in Fairhope, Somerset County. He wedded Grace M. Clitz ( ? - ? ). Together, they bore three children -- Billy K. Kennell, Leroy E. Kennell and Shirley Lee Martz. The family belonged to the Fairhope Community Church. At the age of 17, in about 1925, he became employed by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's Bolt and Forge Shop in Cumberland. He remained with the company for a remarkable 48 years as a blacksmith helper, retiring on Oct. 1, 1973. Grace also earned a living of her own for 37 years as an employee of the Celanese plant in Cumberland. Melvin made income on the side installing septic tanks and cesspools. They lived four miles south of Hyndman in a community known as Palo Alto, PA. Melvin made headlines in November 1945 when he accidentally shot his 15-year-old son Leroy while hunting rabbits. Reported the Cumberland News, "he did not see his son on the side of the hill when he shot at a rabbit." At Melvin's retirement, he and Grace were feted with a dinner at Corriganville Fire Hall, and they were pictured in the News, cutting a cake. Melvin died at the age of 68, on Oct. 8, 1976, as a resident of Lions Manor Nursing Home in Cumberland. An obituary in the News said he was survived by 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Rev. Leroy Logsdon led the funeral, with burial following in Comp's Cemetery.
Daughter Mina "Minnie" Kennell (1910- ? ) was born in about 1910. She appears not to have married but spent most if not all of her adult life in Cumberland, MD. The gossip columns of the local newspapers record her many visits with family and friends over the years. Circa 1962, she shared a home at 1205 Frederick Street in Cumberland with her mother. She accidentally injured her mother in July 1961 while starting to move her automobile forward while the sister was still trying to get out. The sister was "thrown down on the shoulder of Pine Avenue and sustained contusions and lacerations," said the Cumberland News. Elizabeth filed a "friendly" personal injury lawsuit, and Minnie agreed to settle the matter for $500.
~ Son John Adam Burkett ~
Son John Adam Burkett (1870-1912) was born on Aug. 6, 1870 in Maryland.
He was joined in the bonds of wedlock with Matilda McFarland (March 22, 1871-1957), daughter of John and Elizabeth (Loar) McFarland of Loartown, MD.
They bore eight known children, all sons but one -- Harry Burkett, John W. Burkett, Roy L. Burkett, Adam Burkett, Annie Burkett, Russell Burkett, James E. Burkett, Robert Burkett and Arella Marie Radcliffe.
Federal census records for 1910 list the family in Allegany County, MD, with John Adam and their three eldest sons all working as coal miners.
Sadly, John died at the age of 42 on Dec. 19, 1912. Details of his untimely demise are not known. His remains were lowered into the sacred soil of Eckhart Mines Cemetery.
Matilda far outlived her husband, surviving for another 45 years as a widow. She was a longtime member of LaVale Baptist Church. At the end, she shared a home in LaVale with her son Roy.
She passed into the arms of the angels on Dec. 8, 1957. Said an obituary in the Cumberland Evening Times, her survivors numbered 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were led by her pastor, Rev. J.C. Lanning. Her pallbearers were Richard Burkett, David Burkett, John D. Burkett, William Burkett, Glenn Burkett and Paul Burkett. Burial was beside her husband, reunited in death after four-plus decades of separation.
Son Harry Burkett (1891- ? ) was born in about 1891 in Maryland. He was joined in matrimony with Etholyn J. McIntyre (1899-1962), daughter of David and Margaret (Gunning) McIntyre. The newlyweds made their first home in 1920 with Ethel's parents in Lonaconing, Allegany County. At that time, Harry was employed as manager of a bakery. The couple went on to bear three children together -- Harry McIntyre Burkett, William R. Burkett and Margaret Etholyn Thomas. During the decade of the 1920s, the family relocated to Westernport, Allegany County. The 1930 federal census shows Harry working as a baker in a bakery shop. Then during the 1930s, they again picked up stakes and moved to Frostburg, MD. There, in 1940, Harry earned a living as a bakery salesman, assisted by son Harry who worked as a baker. His employer in 1952 was McIntyre Bakery, Westernport. They were members of the First Presbyterian Church, and Etholyn belonged to the Order of Eastern Star. The Burketts' address in the 1960s was 7 Standish Street. Sadly, at the age of 64, Etholyn died on Nov. 13, 1962 in Miners Hospital in Frostburg. Rev. Emmett Goetschius led the funeral service, with burial following in Frostburg Memorial Park. The obituary was printed in the Cumberland Evening Times. Harry remained in their home at 7 Standish. Within a year or two, along with David J. McIntyre and others, he was sued for unpaid taxes on a cluster of eight lots along Main Street in Westernport, comprised of business and residential properties, and they were advertised for sale in October 1966.
Great-granddaughter Barbara Ann Burkett ( ? - ? ) was born in about 1948. She received the sacrament of infant baptism on Jan. 9, 1949 in First Presbyterian Church in Frostburg, by the hand of Rev. John Cameron Taylor, as announced in the Cumberland News.
Great-grandson William Paul Burkett attended West Virginia University circa 1970 and became a dentist. He married Mary Jo. In 2013, they dwelled in Mt. Airy, MD.
Great-granddaughter Marjorie J. Burkett wedded Robert Fazzalore. They resided in Keyser, WV in 2013.
Great-granddaughter Linda Anne Thomas ( ? - ? ) was born in about 1947. In March 1948, living in Morgantown, WV, she was christened at the First Presbyterian Church in Frostburg, by the hand of Rev. John Cameron Taylor. She was joined in wedlock with (?) Jordan. Sadly, she was deceased by 2018.
Great-grandson Larry A. Thomas ( ? - ? ) - Circa 1972, he was enrolled at Penn State University's Harrisburg campus. He wedded Tina.
Great-grandson Richard S. Thomas married Pauline.
Great-grandson B. Todd Thomas
Son John W. Burkett (1893- ? ) was born in about 1893 in Maryland. At the age of 26, circa 1919, he wed Harriet Llewellyn (1896- ? ), a native West Virginian. He earned a living as an electrician for an electric light company. The couple was childless in 1930 as shown in the federal census return. But in 1934, after 15 years, they bore a son, John Burkett Jr. In 1940, in LaVale, MD, John managed the service department for an electric business. The family remained in LaVale for years.
Son Roy L. Burkett (1895-1980) was born on Sept. 6, 1895 in Loarville, Allegany County, MD. At the age of 22, in about 1917, he wed 23-year-old Emily Hazel Loar (1894-1958), daughter of George H. and Luella (Loar) Loar of Loartown, MD. Together, Roy and Hazel produced four children -- Ida M. Cohen Chlebnikow, Betty Long, Glenn H. Burkett and Dr. Guy Paul Burkett. The family made a home in LaVale, near Cumberland, where Roy was an automobile salesman. Circa 1955, he was co-owner of Glen-Roy Oldsmobile, located at 161 Bedford Street. He held a membership in the Park Place Methodist Church and the Cumberland Automobile Dealers Association. Sadly, at the age of 63, Hazel died in Cumberland's Sacred Heart Hospital where she had been a patient for three days. Rev. Bruce K. Price officiated the funeral service, and an obituary was published in the Cumberland Evening Times. Roy outlived his wife by 22 years. He died at age 84 in Cumberland on July 30, 1980. Interment of the remains was in Eckhart Mines Cemetery.
Great-granddaughter Diane K. Burkett married (?) Oroski. She dwelled in Hagerstown, MD in 1986.
Great-grandson Craig S. Burkett put down roots in Hagerstown, MD.
Son Adam Burkett (1898-1986) was born on Jan. 7, 1896 in Loartown, MD. He was joined in marriage with Nina Patterson (1899- ? ). The family of children they bore together were Gloria Burkett, Peggy Thomas and John "Jack" Burkett. The United States Census of 1930 lists the family in Homestead, near Pittsburgh, with Adam employed as superintendent of what appears to have been the "Thomas Memorial." Circa 1935, the Burketts dwelled in Hagerstown, Washington County, MD. By 1940, federal census records show they had moved, possibly to LaVale, MD, where Adam managed a service station for an oil company. Adam later became a toolmaker for ABL-Hercules Inc. In the mid-1950s, their residence was in Allegany Grove near LaVale. The couple's address in the 1980s was 1120 Wesley Avenue in LaVale. At the age of 88, in July 1986, he died in Cumberland's Memorial Hospital. Rev. Jack R. George led the funeral service, with interment following in Frostburg Memorial Park. His obituary was printed in the Cumberland Evening Times.
Great-grandson John A. Burkett II married Donna. In 2014, they lived in Cresaptown, MD.
Great-grandson Laurence Burkett wedded Telisa. Their home in 2014 was in Cumberland.
Great-granddaughter Barbara "Barbie" Burkett resided in LaVale, MD.
Great-granddaughter Mary Burkett was joined in wedlock with Kenneth Sukow. She dwelled in 2014 in Rawlings, MD.
Daughter Annie Burkett (1900- ? ) was born in about 1900 in Maryland.
Son Russell Burkett (1903- ? ) was born in about 1903 in Loartown, MD. He entered into the union of marriage with Caroline Fischer ( ? - ? ). The couple did not reproduce. Russell earned a living over the years as a distributor for Kendall Oil Company. He also served a term as secretary of the Clarysville Volunteer Fire Company. Circa 1957, their home was in Frostburg, MD and in 1986 in Cumberland. The Burketts' address in the early 1970s was 31 Beall's Lane, Frostburg. Russell died at home at the age of 68 in Jan. 1972. His obituary was printed in the Cumberland Evening Times.
Son James E. Burkett (1905- ? ) was born in about 1905 in Maryland. He relocated to Fort Lauderdale by the mid-1980s.
Son Robert Burkett (1910- ? ) was born in about 1910 in Maryland.
Daughter Arella Marie "Rella" Burkett (1911-2005) was born on Dec. 29, 1911 in West Virginia or Maryland. She was pictured with her 1930 graduating class of Beall High School as published in the Cumberland Evening Times. She was joined in matrimony with Jonathan W. "John" Radcliffe (July 15, 1908-1996). No evidence has been found to show that the couple reproduced. The federal census of 1940 shows the pair making a home in LaVale, with Jonathan working as a truck driver for a retail meats business. After the outbreak of World War II, he joined the U.S. Navy. The Radcliffs were in LaVale, MD in 1957. Sadly, Jonathan died on Oct. 23, 1996. Arella passed away just four days before Christmas 2005. Her remains repose for all time in Rose Hill Cemetery in Cumberland.
~ Son Charles Edward Burkett ~
Son Charles Edward Burkett (1874-1957) was born on Sept. 3 or 13, 1874 in Maryland. He came to Somerset County with his parents in the late 1870s or early '80s.
He never married. In 1910, at the age of 35, he resided at home with his parents near Hyndman in Southampton Township, Somerset County, and helped his father with farm labor.
He was present at the death of his father in 1911.
In April 1914, with a post office address of Ellerslie, MD, Charles wrote to the U.S. Pension Commissioner in Washington, DC, in connection with his father's Civil War pension. He stated that "i stayed at home all my life and help my father and mother along. now my father is dead. But my mother is living yet and she gets 12.00 a month pension. now i will tell you that i have only one hand and i Cant make a living and i wood lik to know if i Can get a pension to help me along."
He lived to the age of 82, continuing his occupation of farming, with death occurring from a heart attack on June 12, 1957. Elizabeth Tipton of Cumberland, MD signed the official death certificate. The coroner wrote that "Above deceased found about 24 hours after death, both has skin slip." Burial was with his parents in Comp's Cemetery.