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Ellen 'Nellie' (Firestone) Nicola


Freeman Nicola

Courtesy Linda Marker

Ellen "Nellie" (Firestone) Nicola was born on Feb. 1, 1840 on the family farm in Lower Turkeyfoot Township, Somerset County, the daughter of George and Catherine "Katie" (Younkin) Firestone.

When she was 38 years of age, on Nov. 3, 1878, Ellen married 36-year-old widower and Civil War veteran Freeman Nicola (March 5, 1844-1928), the son of Jacob and Catherine (Ansell) Nicola of Lower Turkeyfoot. The nuptials were held in the presence of witnesses near Draketown, Somerset County, officiated by justice of the peace Thomas Ream Jr

No official record of the wedding was made. Documents in Freeman's Civil War pension file in the National Archives may provide the only known details.  

Freeman stood 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighed 135 lbs., with dark hair and grey eyes. His first wife was Phoebe Vought ( ? -1878), with their nuptials taking place on Nov. 3, 1872 near Kingwood, officiated by Rev. W.M. Davis. Sadly, though, their marriage only had lasted for six years. She passed away on Feb. 16, 1878 near Rockwood, just a few weeks away from her 24th birthday, with her remains laid to rest in Laurel Church Cemetery.

He thus brought a young son to the second union, five-year-old William Willis Nicklow.

Ellen and Freeman went on to produce three children of their own -- Harry "Bruce" Nicola/Nicklow, Minnie Catherine Trimpey and one unknown who died young.

Freeman was a lifelong farmer who stood 5 feet, 11 inches tall and had a light complexion, grey eyes and dark hair. The family name sometimes was spelled without rhyme or reason over the years as "Nicolay" or "Nicklow."

During the Civil War, Freeman traveled to Chambersburg, PA to join the Union Army on March 31, 1864. The Army established its own spelling of his name as "Nichola." He was assigned to the 12th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company M, commanded by Capt. Henry J. Hites. His regiment also was known as the 113th Pennsylvania Volunteers.


Among his cavalry regiment's engagements were the Second Battle of Bull Run (Manassas), Antietam and the Second Battle of Winchester, VA. While at Harpers Ferry on April 15, 1864, or perhaps in June or July, 1864, Freeman sustained a torn hernia while carrying heavy timbers to help build a bridge across the Potomac River. 

Then on July 7, 1864, during a charge in an enemy skirmish near Solomon's Gap, MD, east of Harper's Ferry, he was cut by a saber above the left knee. He became stricken with chronic diarrhea and  received treatment for two weeks in a field hospital in October 1864 near Sandy Hook, MD. 

Freeman was granted a furlough on Nov. 3, 1864 and returned home and then stayed several months beyond the allotted time. The army declared him as absent without official leave and apprehended him in February 1865, at which time he returned to his unit. In Freeman's version of the story, he wrote that:

...when my furlow was expired i was unable to go back. my father called in doctor meyers from new lexington, Pa. he examined me and said i was ruptured that was the cause of the pain in the back. i told him that i did not know that a rupture worked in that way. he said there was different kinds of rupture and this was an inward rupture. and of course i thought that he knew more about it than i did and so i called it rupture. some of the neighbors that that it was a rupture but my family physician Dr. W.S. Kuhlman says that Dr. Meyers was mistaken and says it is lumbago.

Actual surgeon's sketch of Freeman's saber wound in the left knee. National Archives. Below: He was treated for chronic diarrhea in a field hospital not unlike this one.

His service lasted until July 26, 1865 -- one year, four months and 25 days -- until he was discharged in Winchester, VA and then finally separated from the army at Philadelphia.

Freeman was eligible for a Civil War soldier's pension based on infirmity or disability suffered during his term of service. He was awarded the pension on Sept. 4, 1879 -- about the time he wedded Ellen. [Invalid App. #308.010 - Cert. #960.306] He received monthly checks from the government for the remainder of his long life.

Freeman's 1914 letter to the Pension Commissioner
Ellen and Freeman dwelled on the Firestone farm in Lower Turkeyfoot Township, north of the Draketown community. When Ellen's father wrote a will as he was dying in the summer of 1886, he wanted Ellen to inherit the lower end of the old home farm, but required that she had to pay for the property, giving her sister in law Mary Ellen (Gates) Firestone the sum of $100 to be made in annual installments of $25.

In March 1891, he contracted the "grippe" -- influenza -- and felt afterward that his lungs had been weakened. Friends Levi Hinebaugh and brother-in-law Ross Firestone both testified in writing shortly afterward that they had worked with Freeman, in the harvest field and making logs, and had observed his loss of hearing and weakness in the back. Irvin Younkin of Kingwood -- of the family of Rev. Herman and Susanna (Faidley) Younkin, wrote in 1894 that he had known Freeman for more than 15 years amd that the soldier suffered from lung disease and lumbago, had worked with him at different times, could not perform a half day's work for the past four or five years, and of late could not do any work of any account.

Controversy arose in connection with Freeman's military pension in the 1890s. Thinking himself eligible for a raise in payments, he procured testimony from his wife's cousins Benjamin F.ranklin "Badger" Clevenger, William Lincoln Younkin and Nessly Younkinto the effect that he was too injured to earn support by manual labor. The men cited his lumbago, deafness, lung disease and wound of the knee.

Through his agents Soule & Co., Freeman attempted to submit paperwork to the Bureau of Pensions for an increase, purportedly witnessed by John Hyatt, Jerome B. Jennings , Daniel Albright and Moses Romesburg, in the Kingwood office of justice of the peace Jacob Kreger (husband of Nellie's cousin Susanna (Dumbauld) Younkin Kreger). The Soule firm found the documents suspicious as all of the signatures appeared to officials to have been made by the same person. The Soule firm then wrote to the signers, asking if in fact their handwriting was legitimate.

When asked, Kreger wrote to Soule in July 1895, saying the paper had not been written in his presence and that he believed it to be a forgery, despite the fact that he considered Freeman "a straight upright man." He also wrote to the Pension Bureau with a similar message. In response, the Bureau's Chief of Law Division examined Freeman's petition and wrote "By comparing the handwriting there is hardly a reasonable doubt but that the claimant himself [Freeman] forged the declaration and the affidavit, as all of the signatures to said papers present the general characteristics of his handwriting." 

A special examiner in March 1896 was dispatched to investigate. He obtained a deposition from Romesburg (age 71, of Ursina), who said his signature had been forged, that he knew nothing of Freeman's disability and had not been in Kingwood in 10 years. Hyatt (age 26, of Confluence) also gave a deposition, saying he was the only "John Hyatt" in the vicinity, knew nothing about Freeman's health and had not been to Kingwood for four years.

Freeman himself wrote to his agent, saying he had not signed any such papers nor had others sign as witnesses. In that letter, dated June 21, 1895, he said that "I have been confined to my house since february suffering with lumbago & rheumatism. I live in the country 5 or 6 miles from the post office. My mail is brought by my neibors or by my boy." Around that time, Dr. Winfield Scott Kuhlmanof Ursina, another Younkin cousin by marriage and the Nicholas' family physician, examined Freeman and found him deaf in the right ear and weak in the back and unable to perform hard manual labor. Another local physician, acting as an agent of the military, Dr. W.S. Mountain of Confluence, also performed a physical examination and noted similar defects. He noted that the saber wound was three-quarters of an inch in length, "contracted, depressed and moderately tender."

Nellie's grave, Kingwood

Courtesy Linda Marker

The special examiner then recommended to the Secretary of the Interior in Washington that Freeman be prosecuted on criminal charges by the District Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. A legal complaint was filed soonafter by U.S. Attorney Harry Alvan Hall in Pittsburgh. In the case held in U.S. District Court in October 1896, Freeman pleaded "nolo contendere," Latin for "I will not contest it." Black's Law Dictionary says the term "has a similar legal effect as pleading guilty." The matter was briefly covered in the Pittsburgh Daily Post.. Freeman was sentenced to pay a $5 fine and spend four months in Somerset County Jail.

In a twist, Freeman was granted an increase in pension to $8 per month in 1898, with his name and others' published in a number of newspapers throughout the state. Coming forward to provide affidavits citing his poor health and financial circumstances were another Younkin cousin by marriage, Charles Rose of Ursina, and Josiah Ohler of Kingwood.

The couple lived on that farm in 1900 when enumerated in the U.S. Census, and among their near neighbors was the family of a cousin Levi Younkin, a son of "Weasel Jake" Younkin. They were members of the Old Bethel Church of God. The Meyersdale Republican once said that Freeman "was a good Christian and citizen and honorable and honest in all his dealings with his fellowmen."

Suffering from heart failure, due to chronic heart valve problems and an enlarged heart, Ellen underwent treatment from a Younkin cousin, Dr. Winfield Scott Kuhlman of Ursina (of the family of Louisa [Smith] Kuhlman), but a recovery was hopeless. She died on Feb. 21, 1909 at the age of 69. Her remains were lowered into eternal repose in the Old Bethel Church of God Cemetery in Kingwood, Upper Turkeyfoot. Freeman was the informant for the death certificate.

Freeman survived Ellen by about 19 years and retired from farming. 

At the age of 69, he married again on Dec. 21, 1913 to 30-year-old Saloma Pyle (1883-1937), daughter of Zachariah and Mary M. (Bird) Pyle. Justice of the peace Andrew J. Case officiated at the ceremony held at the bride's home in Lower Turkeyfoot. The Republican printed the news of their marriage license. The couple was 39 years apart in age.

Saloma had been married once before, to Fred Kreger ( ? - ? ) and brought a stepson into her marriage with Freeman, Zachariah Samuel Kreger (1911-2000).


Freeman's grave, Kingwood

Courtesy Linda Marker

During their four years of marriage, they made a home in the logging town of Humbert, Somerset County.

Freeman and Saloma bore two more sons -- Charles Nicola (1915) and James Nicola (1917). 

But the "young wife and old husband did not live harmoniously together," reported the Meyersdale Republican, "so the old man left her after she had borne him two children." She filed a legal claim citing "desertion and non-support," and he agreed to pay her $5 a week. She was not satisfied with that amount, and filed a second claim attempting to compel him to pay more. 

Saloma stated that "during these times of high cost of living ... she cannot make out with such a small stipend. Nicola put up the plea tat his pension of $19 amonth was all the income he had, therefore it was impossible for him to pay more than $5 a week to support his superfluous family." The claim was dismissed, and the couple remained separated.

The final years of Freeman's life were spent in the homes of his grown children. Circa December 1921, he dwelled in the residence of son and daughter-in-law William Willis and Minnie (Stairs) Nichola.in Upper Turkeyfoot. Minnie wrote an affidavit at that time that she was Freeman's caregiving attendant. "Because [he] is very staggery," Minnie wrote, "she has fixed up a room down stairs in the home as he would be unable to go up and down stairs; [he] is very short of breath and gets spells in his back that he can scarcely get up from a chair & or when in bed; that she assists him in various ways like around a sickly person -- leads him at times and takes things to him, is at his beck and call anytime she might be needed."

Charles F. Cook, secretary of the Captain James S. Hinchman Camp No. 122 of the Sons of Veterans in Somerset, wrote a letter on Freeman's behalf in December 1921 to their Congressman Samuel A. Kendall in Washington, DC. 

Then in September 1928, the Republican reported that Freeman had been in fairly good health for a man of his age until about two months ago, when he had a light paralytic shock and on the Saturday before his death, he received another shock, which confined him to his bed and on Sunday morning he became unconscious until death took place." 

The angel of death spirited him away on Sept. 16, 1928 at the age of 84. Interment was in Old Bethel Church of God Cemetery, following funeral services in the church, led by the pastor of the Kingwood Church of the Brethren. Son William of Markleton signed the Pennsylvania death certificate.

Among the mourners who traveled a distance to attend the funeral were Mrs. Frank Shelkey and son of South Connellsville, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gove of Scottdale, George Firestone and family from Greensburg, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Nicola and daughter Eva of Confluence, and Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Reeves and daughter Verdella, also from Confluence.

Saloma maintained her own home next to her father's in Lower Turkeyfoot. In 1920, census records show her house filled with seven children, ranging in age from 14 years to seven months -- Eliza Porterfield, Benjamin Kregar, Zacharia Kreger, Susie Kreger, Charles Nicola, James Nicola and Anna Nicola. In 1931-1932, she resided in the Somerset County Home and Hospital at a cost of $244 to the county. 

Her final years were spent in Champion, Fayette County. She suffered for three years from an umbilical hernia and acute obstruction of the intestines. She was admitted to Connellsville State Hospital, and underwent surgery for a bowel resection, but her health declined. At the age of 54 she died on May 24, 1937 under the name "Salone Nichola." Burial was in Ursina, Somerset County, and a short obituary was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier.

Freeman and Saloma's presumed son Charles Nicola (1915- ? ) was born in about 1915

Freeman and Saloma's presumed son James Nicola (1917- ? ) was born in about 1917. 

Freeman and his first wife Phoebe are mentioned in the 2010 book by Samuel Miller, A Place Called Hexie.

~ Stepson William Willis Nicklow ~

Stepson William Willis Nicklow (1874-1952) was born on June 18, 1874 in Somerset County. He was just three years of age when his mother died, and about five years old when his father remarried to our Ellen Firestone.

On the Fourth of July 1894, at the age of 20, he was joined in wedlock with 21-year-old Minnie Rebecca Stairs (1873-1970), an orphan who was the ward of (?) Strayer. The ceremony was led by Rev. A.B. Miller at the home of E.M. Stairs in Kingwood.

Five children born in this family were Harry Nicklow, Lulu Yoder, Clarence William Nicklow, Orion M. Nicklow and Lola Gertrude Williams.

They were farmers for decades in the Kingwood area and are believed to have owned a tract in Hexebarger which earlier had belonged to John Minerd and his parents Jacob and Catherine (Younkin) Minerd Jr. dating to 1804.

William was burdened with cardiovascular and kidney disease and died at age 77 on April 14, 1952. His remains rest in Old Bethel Cemetery.

Minnie outlived her husband by 18 years. At the Nicklow Reunion held in Kingwood at the Odd Fellows Grove in June 1968, she received the prize as the honored member of the day at age 95. She passed into eternity in 1970.

Son Harry Freeman Nicklow (1897-1945) was born on Aug. 21, 1897. He married Mollie Belle Tressler (March 13, 1898-1991), daughter of Lloyd and Cora (Growall) Tressler of Upper Turkeyfoot. They dwelled in the Kingwood area and were lifelong farmers. Their seven children were Etta Grace Turney, Evanell Ream, Annabelle Pletcher, Harold Nicklow, John "Von" Nicklow, Geraldine "Gerry" Cameron and Peggy Carolus. Sadly, another daughter, Martha, died at less than a month of age on Jan. 25, 1925. Tragedy visited this family in September 1945, when an accident turned Harry into a "human torch" in the aftermath of "a severe electric storm which swept over Somerset County." Reported the Meyersdale Republican, Harry was:

...trying to get his automobile into his garage when caught outside with the car when the storm broke, Saturday evening. The storm was so fierce that he could not get the car into the garage and was forced to leave it outside until the storm was over. On Sunday morning, assisted by his 12-year-old son, John, he was trying to get the water drenched car started to take his family to Sunday School. He had difficulty in getting ignition, and while he had the hood open and was working on the engine, the boy poured some gasoline into the carburator from an open container, just as a switch was accidently turned, causing a spark that ignited the gasoline which suddenly flamed up and set Mr. Nicklow's clothing on fire. Almost instantly the man became a human torch. He threw himself on the ground a few feet from the car and rolled himself over and over, trying to smother the flames, but nearly all of his clothing was burned off him and the skin on his abdomen and back was burned almost to a crisp. A nearby camper rushed the suffering man to the Price Hospital in Confluence in his car. Nicklow was able to walk into the hospital, but his burns were so severe and covered such a large area of his body that healing was impossible. All that could be done to alleviate his suffering was done by Dr. Price and the hospital staff, until death put an end to his agony.

Burial was in Old Bethel Cemetery, with Rev. J.I. Kalp leading the funeral service. Son Harold Nicklow served as informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Mollie survived her husband by a remarkable 46 years. She wed a second time to farmer Harry "Clark" Kreger (April 29, 1885-1961), son of William Henry and Mary "Malinda" (Schrock) Kreger. He had bee married previously and brought these two stepchildren into the second union -- Mary Brant and Ruth Lape. The Kregers remained in the Markleton area and belonged to the Old Bethel Church of God. In 1961, burdened with hardening of the arteries, Clark suffered a broken hip and was admitted to Somerset Community Hospital. he remained for five weeks and, after having been stricken by a cerebral hemorrhage, died there at age 75 on March 25, 1961. His remains were laid to rest in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Kingwood, with Rev. Earl Show officiating the funeral service. An obituary appeared in the Somerset Daily American. Mollie survived for three decades after her second spouse's death. On Feb. 27, 1988, she was pictured in a five-generation photograph which was printed in the Daily American. At the age of 93, as a patient in Somerset Hospital, she passed into eternity on May 1, 1991. Her obituary in the Daily American said she was survived by 24 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren. Rev. Douglas Baker preached the funeral.

  • Granddaughter Etta Grace Nicklow (1916-2011) was born on June 8, 1916 in Upper Turkeyfoot Township. She married Floyd W. Turney (1912-1989). They produced a family of two daughters, Patsy Pletcher and Brenda Zoscak. They were members of the Kingwood Church of God, Kingwood Grange and the International Order of Odd Fellows/Rebekah Lodge of Kingwood. As Etta Grace's health failed, she was admitted to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, Cambria County. There, she succumbed to the angel of death at the age of 92 on May 31, 2011. Rev. James Monticue and Rev. Paul Tobias jointly led her funeral service, held at the family church, with burial in Somerset County Memorial Park. An obituary was printed in the Somerset Daily American.

Great-granddaughter Patsy Turney wedded Larry "Beanie" Pletcher ( ? -2023), son of Earl and Zelma (King) Pletcher. Their trio of offspring were Jill Heiple, Darrell Pletcher and Matthew Pletcher. Larry was a 1960 graduate of Rockwood ARea High School. He went on to 35 years' of employment in construction with the Local Carpenters Union 2274. The family held a membership in the Scullton Rod and Gun Club. In his free time, Larry liked to fish and hunt. Sadly, Patsy was deceased by 2011. Larry made his final home in Scullton. He died at the age of 80 on July 22, 2023. Pastor Ernest E. Pletcher presided over the funeral rites, with interment in Wesley Chapel Cemetery.

Great-granddaughter Brenda Turney married John M. Zoscak Jr.

  • Somerset Daily American, July 1989

    Granddaughter Evanell Rebecca Nicklow (1922-2008) was born on Jan. 16, 1922.  She was united in wedlock with a double Younkin step-cousin, Ray D. Ream (Jan. 15, 1914-1991), son of Frederick Albert and Alice Jane (Younkin) Ream of Upper Turkeyfoot Township. To tie the knot, the couple eloped to Winchester, VA, where their nuptials were held in the Centenary Evangelical Reformed Church. Their birthdays were a day apart. They remained together for 52 years, in the same Markleton residence, until the separation of death. Their offspring were Patricia Weaver, Terry Ream, Barbara Pletcher, Fred Ream, Von Ream, Bonnie Barron, Donna Norseen and a son who died in infancy. Ray grew up in a farming family and maintained this occupation throughout the decades of his life until retirement in 1986. Active in the community, they were members of the Kingwood Church of God and attended the Somerset Alliance Church. They belonged to the Kingwood Grange, and Ray to the International Order of Odd Fellows and Evanell to its companion Queen Victoria Lodge of the Rebekahs in Kingwood. She also loved to do needlepoint crafts and and collect angels and salt and pepper shakers. Ray enjoyed the out-of-doors and liked to raise sheep and hunt. The couple attended the Nicklow Reunion in June 1968, with 105 people attending at the Odd Fellows Grove in Kingwood, and with Evanell and Mollie Nicklow tied for having the most children present (seven). The Reams celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in July 1989 with a dinner at the fire hall in New Centerville and were pictured in the Somerset Daily American. Ray passed away on July 20, 1991. Evanell outlived him by 17 years and endured the death of their son in law John D. Norseen. She died at home at the age of 86 on April 4, 2008. Rev. James Monticue, Rev. Paul Tobias and Rev. Scott Ream co-officiated at the funeral, with burial in the Kingwood Odd Fellows Cemetery. At the time, she was survived by 18 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. On the anniversaries of their respective birthdays, in 2010 and 2014, the family arranged for a memorial remembrance to be placed in the Daily American.

Great-granddaughter Patricia Ream married Terry Weaver. They are the parents of Daniel Weaver, son of Bernard and Pat Weaver of Rockwood. Their home in 1989 was in Rockwood.

Great-grandson Terry Ream wedded Margaret Singer. They have dwelled in Markleton.

Great-granddaughter Barbara Ream was joined in matrimony with Jack Pletcher. They have lived in Markleton.

Great-grandson Fred Ream was united in wedlock with Wilma Pritts.

Great-granddaughter Bonnie Ream married Eugene Barron. Their home in 1989 was in Somerset.

Great-granddaughter Donna Ream wedded John D. Norseen. They established a residence in Herndon, VA.

Great-grandson Von Ream was united in marriage with Gail Cramer. They were in Markleton in 1989.

  • Granddaughter Annabelle Nicklow (1919-2012) was born in 1919. She married John Pletcher ( ? - ? ). She died in 2012.
  • Grandson Harold "Bud" Nicklow (1917-1994) was born on Nov. 26, 1917. He married Mildred Dwire (Feb. 17, 1919-2005), daughter of Harry and Lola (Trimpey) Dwire. They were the parents of two children, Barry Nicklow and Judy Clevenger. Harold was a longtime farmer and coal miner, and the family were members of the Old Bethel Church of God. Minnie earned a living through her work at Henry's of New Centerville and the Siemon Lakeview Manor Estate. He belonged to the Kingwood lodge of the International Order of Odd Fellows, the Somerset lodge of the Masons and the Carpenters Local 2274. Minnie held a membership in the Kingwood Rebekah Lodge. Harold died in Conemaugh Hospital in Johnstown, Cambria County, PA at the age of 76 on May 31, 1994. Rev. Douglas Baker officiated at the funeral service, with burial in the Kingwood Odd Fellows Cemetery. The widowed Mildred relocated in May 2004 to Oklahoma, where her married daughter Judy was residing in the town of Soper. Mildred died in Choctaw Memorial Hospital in Hugo, OK at the age of 86 on March 29, 2005. The remains were transported back to Kingwood for burial at the Kingwood Odd Fellows Cemetery, with services led by the hand of Rev. Douglas Baker.

    Great-grandson Barry W. Nicklow ( ? -living) was born in (?). He appears to have been twice-wed. His first bride was Rena Kay Walker ( ? -2012), daughter of Homer and Julia (Weimer) Walker. He was the father of five children -- Julie Nicklow, Lara Nicklow, Bryan Nicklow, Brandon Wayne Nicklow and Antares Nicklow. The Nicklows lived in Lorain, OH in 1966-1969 and in Wakeman, OH in 1970. In August 1966, the family traveled back to Kingwood to attend the 43rd Dwire reunion, held at the Odd Fellows Grove. Barry and Rena divorced in the mid-1970s. Circa 1973-1978, Barry served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed at Twenty Nine Palms, CA. While in California, he is believed to have married again to Lucille L. Ramirez ( ? -2022) daughter of Henry and Julia Ramirez of Arcadia, CA. The pair dwelled in Garner, NC in 2005. Reported the Somerset Daily American, Lucille "had a whirl wind spirit, a love for adventure, and travel which She did and enjoyed. Her love for all was boundless. Lucy never met a stranger and to know her was to love her." Their son Bryan authored a loving tribute to his grandfather Harold Nicklow in the May 31, 1995 edition of the Somerset Daily American. Sadly, Lucille died at the age of 69 on Aug. 24, 2022. In the obituary, the family asked that any memorial donations be made to Focus on Family Pregnancy Resources. Former wife Rena married again to Steve Kittle, bore several more offspring and spent her final years in Casa Grande, AZ. She passed away on Nov. 23, 2012.

    Great-granddaughter Judy Nicklow wed a distant cousin, Albert A. "Sonny" Clevenger ( ? - ? ), son of Lawrence L. and Marie (Tressler) Clevenger of the family of Benjamin Franklin "Badger" and Emily J. (Younkin) Clevenger. Through this marriage, Judy became a sister-in-law to her own uncle, John "Von" Nicklow. 

  • Grandson John "Von" Nicklow wedded Frances Clevenger ( ? - ? ), daughter of Lawrence L. and Marie (Tressler) Clevenger of the family of Benjamin Franklin "Badger" and Emily J. (Younkin) Clevenger. See more in the Clevenger biography.
  • Granddaughter Geraldine "Gerry" Nicklow married a distant cousin, Gene Cameron of the family of Jackson Grant Rose. See their biography on the Rose page.
  • Granddaughter Peggy Nicklow (1941-2021) was born on Nov. 11, 1941 near Markleton. She wedded Merle Carolus ( ? - ? ). The couple's marriage endured the ups and downs of a remarkable 58 years. They established a home in Markleton and together bore these children -- Jodi Toennies, Terri Mitchell, Molly O'Brien and Sondra Laub. She was known for many years of providing piano and organ music and choir singing in her church and for her home-style cooking. Sadly, at the age of 79, Perry surrendered to the spectre of death on Oct. 12, 2021. Rev. Tim Dietrich led the funeral service, followed by interment in the Kingwood IOOF Cemetery.

Great-granddaughter Jodi Carolus married Karl Toennies. Their children are Derek and Brooke.

Great-granddaughter Terri Carolus was united in wedlock with (?) Mitchell. They were the parents of Braxton Mitchell.

Great-granddaughter Molly Carolus wed Chad O'Brien. Two offspring borne of this union are Joseph O'Brien and Kelsey O'Brien.

Great-granddaughter Sondra Carolus was joined in matrimony with Brian Laub. Together, they produced two children, Payton Laub and Makena Laub.

Clarence and Mary Nicklow pictured in a Daily American article, 1976

Son Clarence William Nicklow (1895-1981) was born on Sept. 15, 1895 in the Kingwood area. He was wed twice. His first spouse was Lillie ( ? - ? ). Their four offspring were Lawrence Nicklow, Albert Nicklow, Clifford Nicklow and Robert Nicklow. Clarence's second bride was Mary C. Warrick (1918-1994), daughter of Thomas and Bessie (Sibert) Warrick of Lower Turkeyfoot. Clarence was 23 years older than Mary. They went on to produce three daughters of their own -- Eleanor Cottrell, Darlene Geyer and Ruby Lear. The family were members of the Old Bethel Church of God.On July 16, 1976, shortly after the nation's bicentennial, Clarence and Mary were pictured in a Somerset Daily American article about the legend of the farming community where they dwelled near Kingwood, called "Hexebarger" (German for "witch mountain). Said the piece:

There are few peole that can really tell you where Hexebarger is. The Nicklows and a neighbor, William Pletcher, have lived in that area almost all their lives and have no trouble in pointing out the exact boundaries of this district. A road passes through the area from what was once Humbert, a lumber and coal town, to Kingwood. 

According to legend, Hexebarger got its name from the antics of "Prissy," a local newlywed woman who, seeking her independence, unhitched a horse and rode away from home and husband, with a furious scream that led neighbors to think she was a witch  For many years afterward, children were told stories about "an invisible horse thundering up the rod at full speed and suddenly stopping when it reached them. In a day of supervision this was no laughing matter. It was not only the children that witnessed the ghost of Prissy, many adults were also afraid to travel the road to Humbert." Clarence died at Meyersdale Community Hospital at the age of 86 on Oct. 17, 1981. Funeral services were held at the Old Bethel Church officiated by Rev. Paul Tobias. An obituary in the Daily American noted that he was survived by 20 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Mary lived for another 13 years after Clarence's death. Toward the end, she went to live in the Bouras Personal Care Home in Farmington, Fayette County to be nearer to her daughter Ruby Lear. She died there at the age of 75 on Feb. 24, 1994. As he had before, Rev. Tobias led her funeral at Old Bethel.

  • Grandson Lawrence E. "Larry" Nicklow (1918-2010) was born on June 2, 1918. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Ericsson. He established a home in Akron, OH and remained for good. Lawrence was united in wedlock with Ruby ( ? - ? ). They stayed together for an extraordinary 65 years. Together they bore a family of two -- Vernon Nicklow and Nancy Morris Borcz. Lawrence was employed by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. They were active with the Akron Baptist Temple, with Lawrence volunteering his time with the nursing home ministry in which he taught for 26 years at Pleasant View Nursing Home. He also was a vacation Bible school teacher and leader and enjoyed donating blood through the American Red Cross. Lawrence was a Republican in his politics and served as a precinct chairman. At the age of 92, Lawrence died on June 15, 2010. He was pictured in his Akron Beacon Journal obituary. Rev. Ernie Kemppel led the funeral service, with burial following in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
  • Grandson Albert Nicklow resided in 1994 in Addison.
  • Grandson Clifford Nicklow dwelled in Salisbury, PA in the mid-1990s.
  • Grandson Robert W. Nicklow (1932-2016) was born on May 24, 1932 in Hexebarger. He established a home in Stoystown, PA. Sadly, Robert died at the age of 84, as a patient in UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh's Oakland section, on Oct. 10, 2016. Funeral services were held in the Kantner United Methodist Church by the hand of Rev. Dennis Zimmerman. Burial was in Old Bethel Cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Eleanor Nicklow wed (?) Cottrell. The couple was in Garretsville, OH in 1981. Sadly, Eleanor was deceased by 1994.
  • Granddaughter Darlene Nicklow married David Geyer. They resided for years in Markleton.
  • Granddaughter Ruby Nicklow entered into marriage with (?) Lear. The pair put down roots in nearby Farmington, PA.
Orion Nicklow (circled), at the "old" Old Bethel Church, 1950s.


Son Orion M. Nicklow (1904-1993) was born under the name "Nichola" on Aug. 17, 1904 in Upper Turkeyfoot. He married Nannie G. Saylor (1905-1985), daughter of Ross and Mary (Williams) Saylor. The Nicklows had a family of children -- Howard J. Nicklow, Everett Nicklow, Louise Kreger, Dr. Clark W. Nicklow, Shirley Hoffman, Dale H. Nicklow, Cora Lee Tressler and Robert Nicklow. Sadly, an unnamed baby died at birth on Sept. 8, 1927 and son Robert also died in childbirth on June 4, 1931. They were longtime members of the Kingwood Grange and the Old Bethel Church of God. In 1959-1960, Orion was a member of the building committee that constructed a new, brick building to house the Old Bethel Church. Seven years later, he took part in a mortgage burning ceremony when the church completed repaying a $13,800 building loan. Said the dedication booklet, "Due to the goodness of our Heavenly Father, the faithfulness of members and friends by sacrificial giving, the indebtedness has been liquidated as of January 1, 1967, approximately four years ahead of schedule." A copy of the program booklet for the mortgage burning ceremony is in the archives of the Historical Society of the Churches of God in Findlay, OH. Orion also served on the school boards of Upper Turkeyfoot Township, in 1951-1952 and of Rockwood Joint Schools in 1957-1958. He is pictured and mentioned in the October 1995 edition of the Hexie Gazette, published by the late Clyde Miller. Sadly, Nannie passed away at the age of 80 on Sept. 18, 1985 at home. Rev. Douglas Baker officiated at her funeral service, followed by burial in the Old Bethel Cemetery. After Nannie's death, Orion married again to a schoolhood friend, Evanell (Miner) Kimmel, daughter of John Andrew and Susie (Pletcher) Miner and the widow of Irvin Lester Kimmel Sr. Evanell and Orion were featured in a 1987 issue of the Somerset Daily American, headlined “Couple Given a Second Chance at First Love.” In the 1980s and '90s, the founder of this website was a visitor at their home. Orion died at the age of 88 on Feb. 4, 1993. Rev. James Monticue officiated at the funeral service at the Kingwood Church of God, with burial in Old Bethel Cemetery, attended by the founder of this website. An obituary was published in the Somerset Daily American which noted that Orion's survivors included 22 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

  • Grandson Howard J. Nicklow ( ? - ? ) received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Pennsylvania State University. He went on to a career as an agricultural educator at Bedford Area Schools and Meyersdale Area High School. For 35½ years, he was an advisor to the Future Farmers of America and for 33 years to the Young Farmers Program. He married a double cousin, Etta Kreger ( ? - ? ), daughter of Scott C. and Elsie (Ohler) Kreger of the families of "Weasel Jake" and Catherine "Katie" (Faidley) Younkin and Benjamin Franklin "Badger" and Emily J. (Younkin) Clevenger. They have lived in Meyersdale, Somerset County.
  • Grandson Everett Nicklow ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). He was united in the bonds of wedlock with Mary Eileen Cramer (Feb. 28, 1932-2020), daughter of Luther and Iva (Frazee) Cramer of Fort Hill, Somerset County. The Nicklows dwelled in Berlin, Somerset County and were the parents of Cindy Kalp, Gloria Wieand, Eugene Nicklow, Marianne Lipinski, Dr. John Nicklow and Eric Nicklow. Mary Eileen She was an alumna of Catherman Business School in Cumberland, MD, and went on to own her own drapery and upholstery business. She also created wedding and birthday cakes, led cooking classes, was a 4-H sewing leader and fashioned smocks for those suffering with cancer. She held a membership in the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Berlin, Pius Spring Woman’s Club, Knotty Knotters and Valley Grange. Everett pre-deceased his wife. At the age of 88, on Dec. 9, 2020, Mary Eileen passed away in UPMC Somerset Hospital. Her obituary was published in the Somerset Daily American. Rev. Gary Jenson preached the funeral sermon, with burial following in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in Fort Hill.

Great-granddaughter Cindy Nicklow married Wayne Kalp.

Great-granddaughter Gloria Nicklow wedded Jim Wieand.

Great-grandson Eugene Nicklow

Great-granddaughter Marianne Nicklow was joined in holy matrimony with Dr. Sebastian Lipinski.

Great-grandson Dr. John Nicklow was united in wedlock with Stacy Sontheimer.

Great-grandson Eric Nicklow wedded Aimee Lasky.

  • Granddaughter Louise Nicklow (1933-2020) was born on Jan. 18, 1933 in Upper Turkeyfoot. She entered into marriage with a step-cousin, Clarence E. Kreger (Oct. 20, 1930-1995), son of Benjamin and Alice (Ohler) Kreger of the family of William Harrison "Henry" and Ida (Hyatt) Younkin. See the Kreger biography for more.
  • Grandson Dr. Clark W. Nicklow (1935-2003) was born on Aug. 9, 1935 in Hexebarger. He was twice married. His first bride was Mary Kelly ( ? - ? ). They produced a son, Joel Nicklow. Clark obtained a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University and master's and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University. He went on to a career in agricultural science as an extension specialist at Michigan State University followed by Massachusetts State University. In Massachusetts, they resided in Ashland and were members of the Fiske (MA) United Methodist Church, and Clark belonged to the Ashland Lions Club and volunteered with the Community Harvest Project. After the death of his first wife, Clark married again to Rosemary Kelly ( ? - ? ). She brought these children to the union -- Daniel Kelly and Schaunne Mosccatelli. Sadly, Clark passed away on July 31, 2003 at Elliot Health Care in Natiak, MA. His pastor, Rev. Brandon, officiated at the funeral service, with an obituary appearing in the Somerset Daily American. Circa 2003, his son Joel lived in Denver, CO.
  • Granddaughter Shirley Nicklow ( ? - ? ) was a member of the 1954 graduating class of Rockwood High School. In April 1962, she wedded George Wilson Hoffman ( ? - ? ), son of Clark W. and Anna "Ruth" (Swank) Hoffman of Lincoln Township. News of their marriage license was published in the Somerset Daily American. Rev. Earl Show led the nuptials held in the Old Bethel Church of God. They were the parents of Brian Hoffman, Jeffry Wayne Hoffman, Carolyn Hoffman and Bradley Hoffman. Circa 1960, Shirley was employed by the Coal Operators Casualty Company of Rockwood, later reorganized into Rockwood Insurance Company. Grief swept over the family when son Jeffry died in infancy on Dec. 16, 1967. The couple made their lives in Somerset. George earned a living through his work for Gilmour Manufacturing in Somerset. Their 25th wedding anniversary was noted in the Daily American.


Dale Nicklow in Hexebarger, 1986


  • Grandson Dale H. Nicklow (1939-2021) was born on Aug. 31, 1939 in Kingwood. A lifelong dairy farmer, he was thrice married. His first wife was DeAnna Elaine Walker (1942-1969), daughter of Homer G. and Julia (Weimer) Walker Jr. and stepdaughter of Bettye Mary (Tarr) Walker. They produced four children -- Denise Nicklow, Dennis Nicklow, Duane Nicklow and Darl A. Nicklow. Julia was a 1959 alumna of Rockwood Area High School. The couple belonged to the Old Bethel Church of God. DeAnna also was a lecturer for the Kingwood Grange. Heartache swept over this young family in July 1969 when 27-year-old DeAnna and their two-month-old son were killed in a vehicular accident on Route 53, an eighth of a mile south of New Lexington. Their other three children in the car at the time survived and were hospitalized. Reported the Somerset Daily American, "the car apparently went off the roadway onto the right berm and struck a culvert, according to State Police. The vehicle crossed the roadway and traveled 90 feet until it struck another culvert on the left berm of the highway. The car crossed the road again and traveled a distance of 150 feet and struck a maple tree, where it came to rest." Mother and son were placed into eternal repose at Old Bethel Church of God Cemetery. An inscripton on their grave marker is a quote from John Milton's Paradise Lost: "Grace was in her steps, heaven in her eye. In every gesture, dignity and love."

    After a time, Dale wedded a second time to widow R. Elaine (Brant) Wagner (Oct. 1, 1929-1977), daughter of George E. and Anna Mae (Shank) Brant. She brought a son to the union, Douglas D. Wagner. Elaine was employed by Cambria Savings and Loan and was a member of the Somerset Church of the Brethren but attended the Christian Fellowship class at Old Bethel. Further grief blanketed the family when Elaine died in Pittsburgh's Allegheny General Hospital at the age of 47 on Sept. 9, 1977. Her remains were lowered into rest in Old Bethel Cemetery, with Rev. Roger Forry, Rev. Paul Tobias and Rev. Douglas Baker leading the services. The Daily American printed an obituary. This scripture from Philippians 1:21 is inscribed on her grave marker: "For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." Dale was united in wedlock a third time to Shirley May (Sarver) Lyons ( ? - ? ), daughter of Russell and Rosie Sarver of Listie. They tied the knot at Grace Brethren Church in Somerset. Their union endured for 43 years until cleaved apart by death. Shirley is known to have enjoyed making crafts. In October 1986, Dale and the founder of this website took part in a shed-building project in Kingwood. The same day, they toured a series of Hexebarger farms once owned by Younkin-Minerd cousins, noting and mapping the locations of long-gone houses, barn sites and abandoned wells.

Great-granddaughter Denise Nicklow is a graduate of Rockwood High School. In 1984, she earned a degree in education from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. She then was hired to teach at Parson Hills Elementary School in Springdale, AR. On July 30, 1988, Denise married Dale Stevenson, son of Max Stevenson of Springdale, AR. The pair was pictured in a Somerset Daily American story about thir engagement, and their wedding was held at the First Baptist Church in Springdale. Dale had received his degree in agro-business in 1983 from the University of Arkansas, and at the time of marriage he was employed with E&E Parts. They relocated to Arkansas. They are the parents of at least one child, DeAnna Nicole Stevenson.

Great-grandson Dennis James Nicklow ( ? - ? ) graduated in 1980 from Rockwood Area High School and the Somerset Vo-Tech School. He worked with his father on the family farm in 1980. On July 11, 1981, in nuptials held in nearby Trent, he wed Diane Renee Gary ( ? - ? ), daughter of G. Raymond Bowlby of Rockwood. Their wedding was presided over by Rev. Don Judy. Diane was a 1980 alumna of Rockwood Area High School, and at the time of marriage was studying in the Somerset Practical Nursing program. The pair has remained in Markleton. The couple's one known child is Renee Deanne Sferro. Dennis is believed to have served in the elected role of board director for Rockwood School District and the Somerset Rural Electric Cooperative.

Great-grandson Duane D. Nicklow was a 1985 graduate of Rockwood Area High School. He studied at the Fayette campus of Penn State University. Circa 1989, he earned a living with D.M. Bowman Inc.'s Gribble Division in Williamsport, MD. Duane first entered into marriage with Melissa Joy Ohler ( ? - ? ), daughter of Fay Edward and Betty M. Ohler of Rockwood. Their wedding was held on July 7, 1990 in the Kingwood Church of God, by the hand of the Rev. Paul Tobias. They were pictured in a wedding announcement in the Somerset Daily American. Melissa was a 1985 Rockwood High alumna and had received her degree in business accounting and computers in 1990 from Cambria-Rowe Business College in Johnstown. At the time of marriage, she worked for Commercial Credit Corporation in Somerset. Later, he wed Malou and migrated to Huntersville, NC.

Step-great-grandson Douglas D. Wagner married Diane.

Step-great-granddaughter Cathy Darlene Lyons ( ? - ? ) resided in Shanksville circa 1973. She married Kenneth T. Kitting ( ? - ? ), son of Kenneth and Shirley Kitting Sr., and a native of Fort Dix, NJ. When their engagement was announced, he was stationed at the time at Fort Devens, MA. The couple's wedding ceremony was held in the Grace Brethren Church of Listie. They bore one daughter together, Cheri Kitting. Kenneth spent two decades in the U.S. Army, and in 1985 was transferred to Newport News, VA, where they remained at least through 1998. After retiring from military duty, he sold automobiles in Newport News. The couple marked their 25th wedding anniversary on March 7, 1998. They eventually relocated to Rockwood. The couple was pictured in a March 2018 Somerset Daily American article noting their 45th wedding anniversary.

Step-great-grandson Donald Lyons put down roots in Somerset.

  • Granddaughter Cora Lee Nicklow was joined in marriage with Paul S. Tressler (Sept. 25, 1940-2012), son of Calvin and Kathryn (Myers) Tressler of Stoystown. They stayed together for a remarkable 52 years. The family resided in Markleton. Their two known daughters were Joy Ann Tressler and Debra L. Ogline. Sadness blanketed the family at the death of their infant daughter Joy Ann. Paul's employers in Somerset over the years included Gilmour Manufacturing Company, as plant manager for Green Garden Inc. and at Fleetwood Folding Trailers. In his spare time he liked to fish and hunt. Paul contracted cancer and endured the illness until death swept him away at age 71 on Feb. 20, 2012. Rev. Paul Tobias led the funeral, followed by burial in the Old Bethel Church Cemetery. His obituary was printed in the Somerset Daily American.

Step-great-granddaughter Debra L. Tressler married Gary Ogline. They are the parents of Jon L. Ogline and Justin P. Ogline.

Daughter Lola Gertrude Nicklow (1910-1980) was born on Oct. 29, 1910 in Upper Turkeyfoot, a twin with her sister Lula. Lola married Edward Williams ( ? - ? ). They did not reproduce and made their home near Somerset. Lola was a member of the Old Bethel Church of God. She died in Somerset Community Hospital at the age of 69 on June 5, 1980. Burial was in Somerset County Memorial Park following funeral services preached by Rev. James Vandervort.

Daughter Lula Grace "Lulu" Nicklow (1910-1993) was born on Oct. 29, 1910 in Upper Turkeyfoot. She was a twin with her sister Lola. Lula was twice married. Her first spouse was (?) Show ( ? - ? ). This marriage produced two children -- Lorene Sabo and Larry J. Show. Later, she married her second husband, Wilbur Yoder (1914-1998), son of Francis and Ella (Yoder) Yoder. They lived in the vicinity of Somerset. Lula worked for the Somerset County Club and attended the Somerset Alliance Church. During World War II, Wilbur served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman. He worked at Somerset Country Club as a groundskeeper for more than 55 years, reported the Somerset Daily American, and enjoyed fishing, hunting and trapping. Lulu died at the age of 82 in Somerset Community Hospital on Jan. 3, 1993. Rev. Melvin E. Vance officiated at the funeral, followed by burial in Somerset County Memorial Park. The Daily American printed an obituary, stating that her survivors included seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. Wilbur lived another five years and joined her in death at the age of 84 on Aug. 29, 1998


~ Son Harry "Bruce" Nicklow ~

Book naming the Nicklows

Son Harry "Bruce" Nicklow (1880-1950) was born on Aug. 28, 1880 on the home farm in Lower Turkeyfoot.

As an adult, he apparently spelled the family name "Nicalo" and at times "Nicola" and "Nicklow."

On May 29, 1904, when he was 24 years of age, Bruce was joined in holy matrimony with 18-year-old Susan Belle "Susie" Romesberg ( ? -1966), daughter of Hiram and Phoebe Ann (Pletcher) Romesberg of Black Township on the outskirts of Rockwood. Officiating at the union was Rev. W.H. Blackburn. At the time of marriage, Bruce earned a living as a laborer.

The Nicalos produced two daughters -- Eva G. Harned and Bessie Irene Reeves.

Initially they made their residence in Rockwood, but by 1913, the family dwelled in Humbert, Lower Turkeyfoot Township. The Nicalos spent the balance of their lives as farmers in the Kingwood area, and in 1940 are thought to have resided along or near Wino Road or Hexie Road in Hexebarger, in between the farms of cousins Alex and Mattie Jane (Younkin) Ohler of the family of "Weasel Jake" Younkin and Charles Milton and Grace (Beachy) Younkin of the family of William Lincoln and Margaret (Nicola) Younkin. That year, in 1940, their seven-year-old grandson Ronald Harned lived under their roof even as his parents made their home in Somerset.

Bruce was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage and died at the age of 69 on May 1, 1950. His remains were returned to the earth in the Kingwood IOOF Cemetery. On Bruce's death certificate, his mother's maiden name erroneously was given as "Vough" instead of "Firestone."

Susan survived her husband by 16 years and made her home with her married daughter Eva Harned "in a more-than-a-century-old stone house near the intersection of the Somerset road," said the Somerset Daily American. In November 1953, to honor Susan's birthday, her family held a dinner party which was reported in the gossip columns of the Daily American. "A large cake was decorated for the occasion, and many gifts were received." She succumbed at the age of 79 on Feb. 12, 1966. An obituary appeared in print in the Meyersdale Republican. Bruce and Susan are named in Samuel Miller's 2010 book entitled A Place Called Hexie.

Daughter Eva G. Nicola (1913-1999) was born on Nov. 24, 1913 in Humbert, Lower Turkeyfoot Township. She married Robert Edward Harned (1907-1992), son of John Edward and Nancy Mae (Cameron) Harned. They had five children -- Ronald Harned, Robert L. Harned, Shirley DeVore and Gloria Johnson and little Nancy Harned who died in infancy. Circa 1940, federal census records show the family making its residence in Somerset, Somerset County, with Robert earning a living as a tunnel construction laborer, presumably along the main line of the new Pennsylvania Turnpike. Eva was a member of the auxiliary of the Ursina American Legion. By 1951, the Harneds lived along Humbert Road. They donated an old piano in 1953 to the American Legion, "where it will be welcome in furnishing music for the accompaniment to the orchestra," reported the Somerset Daily American. Robert also served for a dozen years on the Turkeyfoot Valley Area School board, retiring in December 1971. Robert passed into eternity in Kingwood on June 1, 1992. Eva survived him by almost seven years. She died at Somerset Community Hospital at the age of 85 on March 3, 1999. Burial was in the IOOF Cemetery in Kingwood, with Rev. Edward DeVore leading the funeral service. An obituary was published in the Daily American.

Daughter Bessie Irene Nicalo (1905-1998) was born on June 9, 1905 in Rockwood. She was wedded to Herbert L. Reeves ( ? -1981), the son of William T. and Alta (Jenkins) Reeves of Lower Turkeyfoot. They lived on the outskirts of Confluence and attended the Ursina Church of God. The Reeveses had one daughter, Verdella Metheney. In September 1951, they attended a reunion of the Reeves family held at the "old homestead near Humbert, now a ghost town," noted the Somerset Daily American. Herbert passed away at home at age 77 on April 21, 1981. Rev. Roy C. Bower and Rev. Edward DeVore jointly conducted the funeral service. An obituary followed in the Meyersdale Republic. Bessie died in Somerset Community Hospital on Oct. 29, 1998 at the age of 93. Rev. Edward DeVore offiiciated at the funeral, followed by interment in the Kingwood Odd Fellows Cemetery. The Daily American noted in an obituary that she was survived by two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.


Lyman Trimpey

Courtesy Linda Marker

~ Daughter Minnie Catherine (Nicklow) Trimpey ~

Daughter Minnie Catherine Nicklow (1883-1956) was born on May 10, 1883 in Lower Turkeyfoot Township, Somerset County.

At the age of 24, on March 27, 1907, she was wedded to 31-year-old school teacher Lyman C. Trimpey (Jan. 27, 1876-1962), son of Henry M. and Amanda Elizabeth (Meyers) Trimpey. Rev. W.J. Umstead officiated at the nuptials held at the home of Minnie's brother William.

They are not believed to have reproduced, but in 1920 and in 1930, young William Pletcher lived in their home and attended school. By 1940, federal census records indicate that they had taken in a "hired boy," 13-year-old Virgil Warrick. 

In addition to his work as a school teacher in early adulthood, Lyman spent the balance of his life farming.

As her health failed, Minnie was admitted to Price Hospital in Confluence. After a stay of 15 days, and due to the effects of chronic heart and kidney problems, she passed away at the age of 73 on July 18, 1956.

On March 29, 1961, Lyman remarried to a longtime neighbor and friend, Susie (Pletcher) Miner (1887-1985), widow of John Andrew Miner

They enjoyed a little more than a year of marriage until Lyman's death from a heart attack on July 7, 1962. 

Minnie and Lyman are mentioned in the 2010 book by Samuel Miller, A Place Called Hexie.


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