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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. 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.

Freeman's first wife was Phoebe Vought ( ? -1878), with their nuptials having taken 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, also known as the 113th Pennsylvania Volunteers.


Nellie's grave, Kingwood

Courtesy Linda Marker

Among his regiment's engagements were the Second Battle of Bull Run (Manassas), Antietam and the Second Battle of Winchester, VA. He is believed to have been wounded in the left leg, but this needs to be confirmed. His term of service lasted until July 26, 1865 -- one year, four months and 25 days -- until he was discharged in 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.

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.

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 couple was 39 years apart in age.

Saloma had been married once before, to Fred Kreger ( ? - ? ) and bore at least one son, Zachariah Samuel Kreger.


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, and Saloma bore two more children. 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. She 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. He was "in fairly good health for a man of his age until about two months ago," reported the Republican in September 1928, "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 n 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 Nicola 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.

Their children 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. 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. She was deceased by 2011.

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). 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. He belonged to the Kingwood lodge of the International Order of Odd Fellows, the Somerset lodge of the Masons and the Carpenters Local 2274. 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.
  • 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.

Son Clarence William Nicklow (1895-1981) was born on Sept. 15, 1895 in the Kingwood area. He was wed twice. His first spouse was (?). Their four offspring were Lawrence Nicklow, Albert Nicklow, Clifford Nicklow and Robert Nicklow. Clarence's second bride was Mary 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. 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 Somerset 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.


Orion Nicklow (circled), at the "old" Old Bethel Church, 1950s.


Son Orion M. Nicklow (1904-1993) was born 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 (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.

Minnie passed away 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 on July 7, 1962. Minnie and Lyman are mentioned in the 2010 book by Samuel Miller, A Place Called Hexie.


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Research for this page graciously shared by the late Olive Duff, the late Donna (Younkin) Logan and the late Joseph Warren Thomas III.