Robert "Milroy" Everly was born in 1863, most likely in or near Herring, Preston County, WV, the son of Absalom and Sarah (Carroll) Everly.
His father was a Civil War veteran, and Milroy apparently was named after one of his father's favorite commanders, General Robert Huston Milroy -- seen here -- perhaps best known for his exoneration of wrongdoing after defeat at the Second Battle of Winchester, VA.
Milroy was joined in holy wedlock with Amanda Hauger (1866-1928), a native of Elliottsville, Fayette County, PA.
The couple produced seven children, including John Edward Everly, James Milroy Everly, Katherine Rankin and Cora J. Helmick, who lived to adulthood, and Joseph (1894), Goldie (1901) and an unnamed son (1902), who all died in infancy.
In about 1888, the Everlys moved to Revere, in South Union Township, Fayette County, where they remained the rest of their lives. Their residence was located along the McClellandtown Road, just a few miles from the county seat of Uniontown.
The census of 1900 shows Milroy and Amanda, their three children and mother in law Elizabeth Hauger residing in Menallen Township Fayette County. His occupation was written as "farm laborer." Two doors away was the family of distant cousin Arthur McKnight and his family. Whether the Everlys and McKnights knew they were related can only be supposed.
In 1923, when The History of West Virginia, Old and New was published by the American Historical Society, Inc., Milroy was mentioned in a profile of his brother J. Ami Everly (Vol. II., page 412). The profile referred to Milroy as "a farmer near Uniontown." The volume may be found today in the West Virginia and Regional History Collection at West Virginia University.
Amanda suffered from a "lingering illness," said the Uniontown Morning Herald. She died at age 63 on May 26, 1928, at the home of their daughter Cora in Uniontown. She was laid to rest at at Sandy Hill Cemetery, a small graveyard near New Salem, following a service conducted by Dr. Burr McKnight.
Milroy outlived his wife by 21 years. When the federal census was taken in 1930, he made his home with his married daughter and son in law, Katherine and C. Lawrence Rankin, and their three children, near Uniontown. He was employed that year as a laborer in a local coke yard. Living next door was his married son and daughter in law, John E. and Elizabeth Everly, and their five children.
Tragically, later in 1930, he suffered through the heartbreaking death of son John in a coal mine accident. In 1949, he also endured the death of son James, a veteran of World War I.
Milroy died at the home of his daughter Cora Helmick on July 14, 1949, at the age of 86. Funeral services were held in the Helmick home, led by Rev. William Hogg of the Asbury Methodist Church. He was laid to rest beside his wife, with grandson serving as pallbearers. A number of their distant cousins also rest in this cemetery, including Mahala (Minerd) McKnight and her adult children; and Civil War veteran John Freeman Rockwell, but is it not known whether they knew each other, or were aware of the distant Minerd family connections.
~ Son John Edward Everly ~
Son John Edward Everly (1893-1930) was born in 1893. He grew up near the coal fields of Uniontown, Fayette County, and was a coal miner.
He married Mary "Elizabeth" Brooks (1893- ? ) in about 1915, when he was age 20, and she 22. She was the daughter of Anna Brooks.
They had five children -- Leonard Earl "Pie" Everly, Arthur Everly, Cora "Elizabeth" Rockwell, Howard Everly and William Harold "Honey" Everly.
The federal census of 1930 shows the Everlys making their residence near Uniontown, with John employed as a coal mine foreman. Living next door were John's married sister and brother in law, Katherine and C. Lawrence Rankin, and his widowed father Milroy.
Tragically, John was killed on Sept. 22, 1930, "in a fall at the Royal mine of the W.J. Rainey, Inc.," reported the Uniontown Morning Herald. He is one of an alarming number of cousins to lose their lives in the coal, coke and steel industries. The funeral was held at his home near Revere, with burial at the Sandy Hill Cemetery. The Junior Order of United American Mechanics No. 167 read a ritual at the grave, with Christian services conducted by Rev. E.A. Hodil of the Third Presbyterian Church of Uniontown, assisted by Rev. Burr R. McKnight. Said the Morning Herald, "Music was furnished by Mrs. R.H. Jeffrey and Miss Lois Hodil."
Elizabeth spent several years as a widow, and made her home circa 1936 in Uledi, Fayette County. She married again to (?) Schell ( ? - ? ). In 1939, she dwelled in Grindstone, Fayette County.
Son Leonard Earl "Pie" Everly (1915-1993) was born in 1915. He married Dorothy Lentz (1910-1974), daughter of Albert E. and Charlotte (Bates) Lentz. She brought a son to the marriage, James H. Wood. The family made its home on Gaddis Street in Hopwood near Uniontown in the 1960s and 1970s. Sadly, as her health failed, Dorothy was admitted to Uniontown Hospital. There, she passed into eternity at the age of 64 on April 7, 1974. He later married Evelyn McClelland Dennis ( ? - ? ) of Uniontown. Earl died in 1993 and is buried with Dorothy at Sandy Hill Cemetery near New Salem.
Son Arthur G. Everly (1916-2001) was born in 1916. He married Thelma "Jane" Speelman (1918-1985) and had two children, one of whom was Terry E. Everly. Arthur labored for the Clyde Mine in Fredericktown and for Republic Steel Corporation. They endured the death of their son Terry in 1982 at the age of about 41. Sadly, Thelma passed away in 1985. Burial of the remains was in Sylvan Heights Cemetery. Arthur married again to Maxine Freeman ( ? - ? ). They made their residence in Uledi, Fayette County. Arthur succumbed to death on Dec. 19, 2001. Arthur, Jane and son Terry rest for eternity at Sylvan Heights.
Son William Harold "Honey" Everly (1922-1999), also known as "Bill," was born in 1922. He married Alice Divil ( ? - ? ), daughter of Lewis and Jessie Mae (Davis) Divil. Together, they bore two children -- John Everly and Joy Everly. He served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II. At one point he was captured and held for a year as a prisoner of war. Their residence in 1969 was in Mechanicsburg, PA. In April 1970, with 26 years of experience under his belt, they returned to Uniontown where he established Everly Tire Sales at 318 Main Street. William was "factory-trained," said the Uniontown Evening Standard, in its primary products of UniRoyal and Eldorado tires. Alice assisted as secretary of the company. Their address in the 1970s was 26 Gentile Drive. Politically minded, he stood for election in 1973 as a school board director for Laurel Highlands School District, and In 1974 and 1976 as committeeman of District 1 in South Union Township. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Amvets and lodges of the Elks and Masons.
Daughter Cora "Elizabeth" Everly (1917-2003) was born in 1917. On July 11, 1935, when she was 18 years of age, she married Albert Henry Rockwell ( ? - ? ) of Nemacolin, PA. The wedding was held at the parsonage of the Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church in Uniontown, led by Rev. C.J. Whitlatch. At the time, Albert earned a living at Nemacolin. The couple bore a brood of these known children -- Leonard David "Rocky" Rockwell, Delores Mae Rockwell, Connie Rockwell, Richard Rockwell, Charles Rockwell, Albert Rockwell and Carol Rockwell. Their home in 1939 was in Revere, Fayette County. Later, the Rockwells moved to Michigan, settling in Wyandotte, Wayne County. Many of their descendants remain in Michigan today.
Great-granddaughter Mary Ann Rockwell married (?) Moreno. Her home in 2010 was in Abilene.
Great-granddaughter Amy Lou Rockwell was joined in matrimony with Israel Pequeno Sr. They have resided in Abilene.
Great-granddaughter Melinda Rockwell entered into marriage with Clifford Rodriguez Jr. They put down roots in Abilene.
Son Howard Edward Everly (1919-1979) was born in 1919. In 1941, he married Phyllis Griffiths ( ? - ? ), a native of Brownsville, Fayette County. He served in the Japanese Theatre during World War II. Following his discharge and return home, they relocated to Michigan where they raised their four children in Ferndale, Oakland County. Howard and their son William Earl Everly (1952-1992) are buried at their former homesite in Fairview, Oscoda County, MI. The family continues to expand and three sons and nine grandchildren live today in Iowa.
~ Son James Milroy Everly ~
Son James Milroy Everly (1888-1949) was born on Aug. 3, 1888 in Uniontown, Fayette County.
He wedded Florence Brooks ( ? -1946), the daughter of Anna (Banzer) Brooks. The Everly and Brooks families were close, as James' brother John wed Florence's sister Mary Elizabeth.
James served in the U.S. Army for 18 months during World War I. He later belonged to the local American Legion. Trained as a painter, he made a living as a painting contractor and was president of Uniontown Paint and Glass Company.
Sadly, Florence died in September 1946 at the home of her mother in McClellandtown. Following a funeral held at Uniontown's Third Presbyterian Church, she was laid to rest in Sylvan Heights Cemetery. Six nephews were pallbearers -- Jack Fleming, Don Helmick, Earl Everly, Arthur Everly, Howard Everly and Harold Everly.
James only survived Florence by a little more than two years. He married again, to Ruth Fuller (1912- ? ).
The couple's address in 1948-1949 was at 3532 California Avenue in Pittsburgh.
On Dec. 13, 1948, having been stricken with cancer of the stomach which led to acute pulmonary edema (buildup of fluid in the lungs), he was admitted to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Aspinwall, near Pittsburgh. He remained there for the balance of his life. Death swept him away on March 12, 1949 at the age of 60. He was buried in the Everly family's traditional resting place of Sandy Hill Cemetery near New Salem, or possibly in Allegheny County Memorial Park in Allison Park, PA. An obituary was published in the Uniontown Morning Herald.
~ Daughter Cora (Everly) Helmick ~
Daughter Cora J. Everly (1890-1973) was born on Dec. 12, 1890 in Uniontown.
She married Albert Earl Helmick (1887-1943), the son of N.H. McElroy.
Three children born to this union were Gladys R. Fleming, Donald Helmick and Karl Helmick.
They resided in Uniontown and later at 904 Morrell Avenue in Connellsville, Fayette County.
Cora was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church, the A.E. Jones Sunday School Class, the Women's Civic League, the YMCA Auxiliary and the Golden Age Club.
Albert, a veteran of World War I, was a member of the Milton L. Bishop Post No. 301 of the Connellsville American Legion.
Sadly, Albert died at the age of 56 in the Veterans Hospital in the Bronx, NY, on Dec. 26, 1943. His remains were returned for burial at East Oak Grove Cemetery in Morgantown. An obituary was published in the Connellsville (PA) Daily Courier.
At the time of Albert's passing, in the midst of World War II, son Donald was serving in the U.S. Navy in Michigan City, IN and son Carl in the Navy in Miami and daughter Gladys Fleming lived in Connellsville.
Cora outlived her husband by three decades. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and the Ladies of the GAR Civil War circle, who were "active... in keeping alive the traditions of the Grand Army of the Republic," said the Uniontown Morning Herald. She also is known to have spent a week or so at a time at the Methodist Training Center at Jumonville, near Uniontown.
She passed away on March 1, 1973, at the age of 82, and is buried at LaFayette Memorial Park. Rev. Thomas R. Thomas led the funeral service.
Daughter Gladys Ruth Helmick (1921-1993) was born on Jan. 20, 1921 in Uniontown. She wedded John N. Fleming (1916-1985), son of Harry P. and Edra A. Fleming. She dwelled in 1943 in Connellsville and in 1958-1973 in Uniontown of 327 Derrick Avenue. Together, the pair bore a brood of three offspring -- Ronald F. Fleming, Karl N. Fleming and Susan Fleming. John was a veteran of World War II, having served as a first sergeant in a field artillery with deployment to Po Valley, Italy. Sadly, John died in May 1985 at the age of 68. Burial was in Sylvan Heights Cemetery in Uniontown. Gladys Ruth survived him by eight years. The angel of death carried her into eternity at the age of 72 on the Fourth of July 1993.
Son Donald Raymond Helmick (1910-1960) was born on Oct. 9, 1910. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and in 1943 was posted to Michigan City, IN. He was joined in wedlock with Dorothy Elizabeth Fritchman (June 13, 1910-1974), a native of McDonald, Washington County, PA and the daughter of Frank M. and Margaret (Crilley) Fritchman. Two children born to this marriage were Donald Kurt Helmick and Karen Terney. Their residence for years was in rural Vanderbilt, Perry Township, Fayette County. Donald was employed as an operations engineer, and Dorothy earned a living as an examiner with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. They belonged to the Asbury United Methodist Church. The family was plunged into grief when Donald suffered a massive heart attack at home on Aug. 13, 1960 and in 10 minutes was dead. Interment of the body was in LaFayette Memorial Park. Dorothy endured for another 14 years and kept a residence at 27 Johnson Avenue in Uniontown. She succumbed to death at the age of 64 on Sept. 24, 1974. Rev. Thomas R. Thomas preached the funeral sermon, with burial at LaFayette. An obituary was printed in the Uniontown Evening Standard.
Son Karl Thomas Helmick (1912-1958) was born on Nov. 23, 1912 in Uniontown, Fayette County. He joined the U.S. Navy and served in World War II. His post in 1942 was in San Francisco, aboard a transport ship, and in 1943 in Miami. On May 2, 1942, at the age of 29, he was united in matrimony with Jane Ann Moxley ( ? - ? ), daughter of John W. Moxley. She flew to California from Uniontown for the wedding, with the ceremony held in St. Mary's Cathedral and reception at the historic Cliff House. Rev. Fr. Thomas Cullen presided over the nuptials. In announcing the marriage, the Uniontown Morning Herald said that the "wedding ring used during the service was that of the bride's [late] mother. The bride was wearing a light blue suit, with navy accessories, and corsage of red roses." At the time, Jane Ann was a graduate of St. John's High School and employed in Uniontown by Bell Telephone Company. After the war, they returned to Fayette County. The couple made a home in Vanderbilt, Fayette County and appears not to have reproduced. He earned a living as a loan manager. Suffering from what the Connellsville Daily Courier called an "extended illness," in actuality cancer of the lungs which spread to the lymph nodes and diaphragm, he was admitted to the Veterans Administration Hospital in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. There, he died just a few days later at the age of 45 on May 9, 1958. The remains were laid into honored rest in LaFayette Memorial Park in Brier Hill, Fayette County.
~ Daughter Katherine Z. (Everly) Rankin ~
Daughter Katherine Z. (Everly) Rankin (1898-1969) was born in Aug. 1898.
In about 1916, when she was age 17 and he was 22, Katherine married Charles "Lawrence" Rankin (Sept. 25, 1894-1983), son of Clark Smith and Margaret B. (McClay) Rankin of Oliver No. 3 in Fayette County. Lawrence was slender and stood 5 feet, 1 inch tall, weighed 135 lbs. and had dark hair and grey eyes.
Together, the couple bore three children -- Margaret L. Rankin, Charles R. Rankin and Katherine J. Rankin.
The Rankins lived in the coal mining town of Uledi, Fayette County in 1917. There, he earned a living as a teamster. By 1930, they relocated to another mining town, Revere, south of Uniontown, as shown in the federal census. That year, Lawrence was employed as a truck driver for an explosives company, most likely in the coal mining industry. Katherine's widowed father made his home under their roof.
In 1932, the family made headlines in the Uniontown Morning Herald when they organized a surprise birthday party for daughter Margaret, which was "a delightful social affair... Guest found entertainment and diversion in games and dancing, with gifts and luncheon, concluding features of the party, and music by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jeffries and children of Uniontown, and Bert Frost of Revere." Among the guests from Revere were Evelyn Higginbotham, Helen Frost, James Speelman, Lois Richter, Mary Ellen Ringer, Elizabeth Everly, Margaret Rankin, Katherine and Joseph Rankin, Dorothy Dressel, Dwight and Ralph Higinbotham, Vernon Ringer, Terny and Donald Lapenta, distant cousin James Minerd (which one?), Roy Williams, Harwood Everly, Harold Everly, Charles Rankin, Robert Mouser, Donald Williams, Walker Harshman, Earl Everly, Arthur Everly, grandfather Milroy Everly, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sickles and Mary Mouser. Other guests, said the Morning Herald, were aunt Cora Helmick and children Carl and Gladys, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jeffries and children Evelyn, Robert, Ruth and Beatrice of Uniontown; Leta Cramer, Frances Bryan, Myers Newman and Bernard McIrravey, of Balsinger; Vera and June Ramsey of Belle Vernon; and Virginia Rawson of New Salem.
The family address in 1936 was on McClellandtown Road.
By 1942, the family had relocated to Washington, DC. When Lawrence was required to register for the military draft in 1942, their address was 125 U Street Northeast. His employer was J.L. Bratt & Son, located at 2101 Second Street Northeast.
Katherine and daughter Katherine are known to have returned to Connellsville from time to time for family visits. They remained in the vicinity of the nation's capitol circa 1949.
Katherine passed away in Mount Rainier, Prince Georges County, MD on Nov. 13, 1969.
Lawrence remained in Prince Georges County as a widower. He surrendered to death in Hyattsville, MD in Dec. 1983.
Daughter Margaret Lillora Rankin (1917-1975) was born on April 30, 1917 in Fayette County. She is believed to have wedded twice. Her first spouse was Donald Alpheus Freeman (Sept. 6, 1915-2006), son of farmers George C. and Letitia J. (Beeson) Freeman of Uniontown. The wedding was held on or about March 12, 1936. Together, they produced a son, Donald Beeson Freeman, born in 1938. Two years later, the couple appears to have separated, and Donald was back in his mother's farm residence on McClellandtown Road in German Township, Fayette County. Toward the end of World War II, Donald joined the U.S. Armed Forces in May 1945. He was discharged at Fort Meade, MD in July 1946. After a divorce, Margaret moved to the District of Columbia. There, on Feb. 18, 1941, she married again to Spencer Leroy Fish (Nov. 17, 1914-1986), a New York City native, while ex-husband was joined in wedlock with Eva Mae Richardson (1918-2002). Spencer also served in the Army during the second world war. The Fishes' address in 1944 was 3838 34th Street in Mount Rainier, Prince Georges County, MD. At the outbreak of the Korean War, Spencer rejoined the Army. Sadly, Margaret died in 1975. Spencer joined her in death on Feb. 3, 1986, with burial in Arlington National Cemetery. Former husband Donald died on Feb. 28, 2006 in Wexford, Allegheny County, PA.
Son Charles Robert "Bud" Rankin (1921-1997) was born on March 6, 1921 in Uledi/Revere, Fayette County. He moved with his parents to the District of Columbia when he was a boy. He was 6 feet tall and weighed 138 lbs. His address in 1941, when required to register for the military draft during World War II, was 125 U Street Northeast. His employer at the time was Payne's Esso Station on Rhode Island Avenue. On Jan. 14, 1949, in nuptials held in the District, Charles was united in holy matrimony with 30-year-old Catherine Virginia "Kay" Stacy (April 14, 1916-2010). Their final residence was in Berlin, Worcester County, MD. They also owned property in or around St. Petersburg, FL. Death claimed him in Berlin on Jan. 18, 1997. Catherine lived on as a widow for a baker's dozen years. She passed into the arms of the angels in Berlin on June 25, 2010. Burial of their remains was held in Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Brentwood, Prince Georges County.
Daughter Katherine Josephine Rankin (1925-1991) was born on March 11, 1925 in Uniontown, Fayette County. She too relocated to the District of Columbia with her parents when she was young. Katherine is known to have been married thrice. Her first spouse was Edwin Leon Brownie (1922-2014). The couple's wedding was held in the District on Sept. 17, 1942. The pair eventually separated and divorced. Then at the age of 22, on Jan. 26, 1948, also in the District, she wedded again to 21-year-old Michael Thomas Hagan (1925-2007). Together, the Hagans produced a brood of four known offspring -- Joyce D. Ward, Barbara E. Hagan, Kathleen Hagan and Carlene Hall. The second marriage dissolved, and Michael moved to Annapolis Roads, MD, while she dwelled in Hyattsville, MD. Katherine's third husband was Thomas A. Hall Jr. (June 3, 1920- ? ). They tied the knot in or before 1969. In 1988, she lived at 6207 Fernwood Terrace in Riverdale, MD and also had a house at 12422 Stonehaven Lane in Bowie, MD. Katherine died in 1991. A year later, Thomas made his home at 13211 10th Street in Bowie.
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