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Nancy (King) Leichliter Conn 

Nancy (King) Leichliter Conn was born on March 23, 1841 in Somerset County, PA, the daughter of Thomas R. and Sarah "Sally" (Younkin) King.

She was twice married. Her first spouse, whom she wed in 1860, was John Leichliter (1840-1863), son of Samuel and Mary Ann (McNair) Leichliter.

The couple bore one daughter, Candace Dull.

John died sometime in the year 1863. No further details are known, and he has faded in the misty haze of the past. There are no clues to suggest that he served or died in the military during the Civil War.

As a young widow, perhaps as she was preparing to marry again, Nancy entrusted her little girl with John's sister and brother-in-law, Catherine and Henry Phillippi. The couple raised her to adulthood.

Then in about 1864, Nancy wedded her second husband, Eliah "Eli" Conn (Feb. 11, 1839-1920), son of farmers Emmanual and Margaret Conn of Upper Turkeyfoot.

The Conns went on to produce six more children of their own -- Sarah Jane Hyatt, Rush R. Conn, Ellen Younkin, Alexander Wilson "Wilse" Conn, James Austin Conn and Harvey Leslie Conn.

Unlike many of her older siblings, Nancy chose not to leave the home region, and stayed in Somerset County for the balance of their lives.

They made a home on a farm in Draketown, where in all Eli spent 43 years of his life, and were members of the local Methodist Church. Said the Meyersdale Republican, Eli was "a man of sterling qualities."

Sometime in late 1915, Nancy was felled by a stroke of paralysis and was rendered entirely helpless. She passed away on Dec. 12, 1915, at the age of 74. Interment was in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery in Ursina.

Eli outlived his wife by a little more than four years. He succumbed to pneumonia at home on his 81st birthday, Feb. 11, 1920. Rev. C.D. Firster led the funeral service.

~ Daughter Candace (Leichliter) Dull ~

Daughter Candace Leichliter (1861-1935) was born on March 24, 1861. She was raised by an uncle and aunt, Henry and Catherine Phillippi. On Dec. 19, 1886, at the age of 25, she married a cousin, Frederick Wilson Dull (1860-1943), son of Frederick and Margaret "Peggy" (Faidley) Dull. See the Dull biography for more.

~ Daughter Sarah Jane (Conn) Hyatt ~

Daughter Sarah Jane Conn (1866-1937) was born on April 19, 1866. She married Jacob Lewis Hyatt (1862-1931). He was married previously to Alcenda Gahring ( ? - ? ) and brought two children to the second union, John Hyatt and Parmelia Hetzel. Three more children were born to the second marriage -- Paul Hyatt, Naomi "Ruth" Moon and one other. The family lived in Draketown, Somerset County. Burdened with senility at the age of 71, Sarah Jane suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died two days later on Sept. 27, 1937. Funeral services were led by Rev. Turrel at the Draketown Methodist Church, with burial following in Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery. An obituary was published in the Meyersdale Republican.

  • Grandson Paul E. Hyatt (1901-1956) was born on Feb. 1, 1901. He married Sadie L. Burnworth ( ? - ? ) and resided in Draketown as tenant farmers. Their two offspring were Betty L. Conn and Donald Conn Hyatt. In April 1934, they are known to have left his father's farm and moved to the Younkin farm in Draketown. As Paul's health failed, he was admitted to Price Hospital in Confluence. He died there at the age of 55 on July 22, 1956. Burial was at the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Arnold Arcel preaching the funeral sermon. The Meyersdale Republican printed an obituary.
  • Granddaughter Naomi "Ruth" Hyatt married Charles E. Moon (1908-1953), the son of Harrison R. and Ella (Daniels) Moon. They produced two children, Ruth Ann Stillwagon and Louis Moon. Over the years, the Moons moved frequently, pursuing work as it became available. Their home in 1937 was in Vesta No. 5 and in 1943 in Bobtown, Greene County, PA. Charles died in Confluence's Price Hospital at the age of 44 on Feb. 7, 1953. Dr. A.J. Allen presided at the funeral services, with interment in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery. An obituary was published in the Meyersdale Republican. Circa 1974, Ruth made a home in LaVale, MD.
  • Step-grandson John Hyatt made a home in 1956 in Cumberland, Allegany County, MD.
  • Step-granddaughter Parmelia Hyatt ( ? -1974) was born in (?). She wedded Edward U. Hetzel ( ? -1943). The family relocated to Connellsville, PA and later to LaVale, MD. Their only daughter was Mrs. George K. Bishop. Parmelia maintained her membership in the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Connellsville. Later in life, Parmelia dwelled in Grantsville, MD. She died on Feb. 26, 1974, at the age of 92, as a patient in Meyersdale Community Hospital. Burial was in Hill Grove Cemetery in Connellsville, following a funeral service led by Rev. Melvin Nussbaum in LaVale. Her obituary was carried in the Meyersdale Republican.

~ Son Rush R. Conn ~

Son Rush R. Conn (1870-1947) was born in 1870. On March 4, 1896, he wedded Mary Jane "Molly" Phillippi (1877-1929). Their three known children were Edna May Gorsuch, Nancy G. Johnson, Kirkland William Conn, Sarah Murphy and Gladys Cash. The family dwelled in Draketown and then by 1918 moved to Star Junction, Fayette County, where they were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The Conns mourned at the untimely death of their daughter Edna May Gorsuch in 1927. They were plunged into grief again when Mary Jane was diagnosed with cancer. She underwent surgery at the age of 53 in Connellsville Hospital, but there was no hope. She was gathered in by the Angel of Death on Dec. 9, 1929. An obituary in the Meyersdale Republican reported that burial was in Star Junction Cemetery. In 1947, Rush died at the age of about 76 or 77. Burial was in Mount Washington Cemetery in Perryopolis.

  • Granddaughter Edna May Conn (1897-1927) was born in 1897. She married a cousin, Carl V. Gorsuch (1891-1964). Their grave at the Rockwood IOOF Cemetery was a stop on the 2019 Younkin Reunion cemetery tour, led by the founder of this website. See the Gorsuch biography for more.
  • Granddaughter Nancy G. Conn (1899-1943) was born in 1899. In about 1915, she wedded Frank C. Johnson (1894-1965). Her home in 1929 was in Morgantown, Monongalia County, WV. The couple are buried together in Mount Union Cemetery in Morgantown.
  • Grandson Kirkland William "Kirk" Conn (1902-1959) was born in 1902. He was joined in matrimony with Frances Marie Barricklow (1902-1985). Kirkland passed away in 1959. They are interred in LaFayette Memorial Park in Brier Hill, Fayette County, PA.
  • Granddaughter Sarah Conn married (?) Murphy and lived in Star Junction in 1929.
  • Granddaughter Gladys Conn wedded (?) Cash. In 1929, they made a residence in Star Junction.

~ Daughter Ellen (Conn) Younkin ~

Daughter Ellen Conn (1871-1940) was born on Oct. 4, 1871 in Draketown, Somerset County. She was united in holy wedlock with a double cousin, Harvey G. Younkin (1869-1957), son of Balaam and Amanda (King) Younkin. See the Younkin biography for more.

~ Son James Austin Conn ~

Son James Austin Conn (1876-1929) was born in Jan. 1876. In 1899, he was joined in the bonds of marriage with Matilda Florence "Tillie" Sheeler (1883-1966), daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Hutzell) Sheeler. They bore a dozen offspring -- Samuel D. Conn, Homer F. Conn, Zachary Conn, Ruth Hazel Fisher, Wilson Conn, Harry E. "Red" Conn, Nora Heining, Pearl M. "Nan" Uphouse, Iva Thompson, Hattie Maule Stoddard, Jennie Heining Wickham and Marie Helen Bee. The Conns lived in New Centerville, Somerset County in 1920 and Somerset Township in 1929. James was considered a well-known farmer in the community. Near tragedy struck in 1928 when James was badly injured but survived an automobile accident. The trauma to his head never fully healed. A year later, on Oct. 25, 1929, despondent over prospects for his future, the 53-year-old James hanged himself in his barn. Reported the Meyersdale Republican, "Discovery of the lifeless body dangling from a rafter was made by the unfortunate man's son, Harry." The coroner conducted an investigation and ruled the death as a suicide. Rev. V.N. Miller of the Rockwood Lutheran Church, officiated at the funeral service. Matilda outlived her spouse by 37 years. She passed away in 1966.

  • Grandson Samuel D. Conn (1900-1972) was born on Sept. 27, 1900 in Draketown. As a young man, he lived in Milford Township and went on to a life as a "familiar character in police circles," said the Somerset Daily American. Circa late 1923, he was arrested for stealing a truckload of grain from the farm of W.H. and H.J. Kretchman. He was found guilty and sentenced by Judge Berkey to between 18 and 36 months in Western Penitentiary in Pittsburgh in addition to a $300 fine plus court costs. Reported the Meyersdale Republican, "Conn has no doubt concluded that it is cheaper to raise one's own grain than to appropriate that of other farmers." Samuel married Blanche Corbin ( ? - ? ). Their children were Mary Belle Mazik, Betty Carnes, James Conn, Tillie Kimmel and Bethel Maust. The Conns lived in Middlecreek Township in 1929. Police raided their Milford home in July 1933 and seized eight gallons of moonshine whiskey, leading to his arrest. Newspapers reported that he sold four tracts of land in Middlecreek Township in early 1934, likely to pay for his legal obligations. Then in September 1934, during Prohibition, he and 44-year-old John Clyde Miller were arrested for operating a moonshine still in Black Township near Rockwood. The sentence was a fine of $34.50 each and six months of incarceration in Somerset County Jail. Circa 1942, he again faced jail time when found to have brewed and sold malt beverages without a license. Samuel ran a store and rooming house in Edie, Somerset County in 1956 and was raided by state and federal officials, who found him illegally in possession of liquor. The store and house in Edie mysteriously burned to the ground in March 1960. He was a member of the Somerset lodge of the Eagles and the Uniontown Motor Club. Circa 1972, he lived on a farm in Stonycreek Township, five miles north of Roxbury. He came to a grisly end on April 1, 1972 when he and farmhand Charles Schilling got into an argument. Schilling swung a spade and hit Samuel in the head, causing lacerations of the face, head and scalp and a fractured skull. He was rushed to Somerset Community Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries at the age of 71 on April 2, 1972. An obituary in the Daily American noted that he was survived by 17 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Burial was in Edie Cemetery, with Rev. Warren Maceachern preaching the funeral sermon. State police arrested Schilling and charged him with murder.
  • Grandson Homer Floyd Conn (1902-1967) was born on Oct. 31, 1902 in Draketown. He dwelled in 1929 in Somerset. Homer was joined in marriage with Elizabeth Bockes ( ? - ? ). They were the parents of one son, Floyd Homer Conn. As with his elder brother Samuel, Homer ran afoul of the law as a young man. In 1933, during the Great Depression and Prohibition, he and his brother's friend John Miller operated a 50-gallon moonshine whiskey still "secreted deep int he Laurel Hill mountains in Middlecreek," reported the Somerset Daily American. They were arrested at the site by state police in March 1933, while operating the still in a heavy rain. Police then destroyed the apparatus. Homer appears to have veered away from further criminal activity. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Home Aid Society of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the New Centerville Lutheran Church. He passed away in Somerset Community Hospital at the age of 65 on Nov. 23, 1967. Rev. James Vandevort presided over the funeral, held in the family church, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.


Garrett, Somerset County, PA


  • Grandson Zachariah Jackson "Zack" Conn (1904-1964) was born on Nov. 18, 1904. He made a home in Garrett, Somerset County in the late 1920s. He wedded Florence Burkholder ( ? - ? ), the daughter of Uriah Burkholder. In the spring of 1931, he was charged with breaking and entering the barn of Mahlon Hauger of Black Township, but was found not guilty. The Conns were farmers for many years. Their address in the 1960s was on Main Street in Berlin. At the age of 59, suffering from heart failure and acute kidney disease, he was admitted to Somerset Community Hospital. He passed away there on July 9, 1964. Interment was in the Rockwood Odd Fellows Cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Ruth Hazel Conn (1909-1977) was born on Jan. 15, 1909 in Somerset County. She lived in Acosta, Somerset County in 1929. She wedded Glen B. Fisher ( ? - ? ). Having been married before, Glen brought two stepdaughters to the second union -- Minnie Burkholder and Sherry Wedge. The Fishers did not bear any offspring of their own. They resided on West Main Street in Somerset, where Ruth was a member of the  Church of the Nazarene in Somerset and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary. At the age of 68, on Oct. 29, 1977, Ruth passed away in Somerset Community Hospital. Burial was in the Rockwood Odd Fellows Cemetery following funeral services led by Rev. Warren MacEachern. An obituary appeared in the Somerset Daily American.
  • Grandson Wilson Conn (1906- ? ) was born in about 1906. He is presumed to be the same "Wilson Conn" who was convicted of malicious mischief in 1932 in Indiana County, PA for trying to use dynamite to destroy the house of Cosgrove Coal Company superintendent W.J. Reagan at Dilltown, on Jan. 22, 1932, while the family was away attending a basketball game. He may have spent time in prison but by 1934 was back in Somerset. In mid-February 1934, he was found guilty of breaking and entering and sentenced to a probation period of three years. He dwelled in Hopwell, PA in 1967 and in Wells Tannery, Fulton County, PA in 1972-1977.
  • Grandson Harry E. "Red" Conn (1910-1984) was born in 1910. In abouit 1934, he was married to Althea ( ? - ? ). Their union endured for half a century. The children born to this marriage were Harry E. Conn Jr., Hazel Speicher and Homer Conn. In about 1959, the Conns relocated to Akron, OH. He was employed by Akron University for 15½ years and retired in 1974. They belonged to Ellet Grace Brethren Church. Harry endured a long illness and was carried away by death at the age of 73 on Sept. 8, 1984. His pastor Rev. Richard E. Bell conducted the funeral service, with burial made in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Wadsworth, OH. An obituary was printed in his old hometown newspaper, the Somerset Daily American.
  • Granddaughter Nora Ellen Conn (1913-1963) was born on July 14, 1913. She married August C. Heining ( ? - ? ). The couple made a home in the rural outskirts of Somerset. Burdened with hypertension and chronic kidney disease, she was treated in Somerset Community Hospital and died therein on Aug. 17, 1963. Her remains were lowered into eternal repose in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Rockwood.
  • Granddaughter Pearl M. "Nan" Conn (1916-2006) was born on Feb. 20, 2006 in Rockwood. She married Charles Sheldon Uphouse ( ? -1994), a Somerset County native. They produced these offspring -- Hazel Rininger, Charles Robert Uphouse, Tillie Cremeans and Shirley Jack. The couple migrated to Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH, where Charles worked for 20 years for Akron University. They were members of the Suffield Fellowship Church. Sadly, Charles died on Sept. 27, 1994. Pearl remained in Suffield to the end of her life. Sadly, she outlived her husband, daughter Hazel, son Charles and son-in-law Bud Cremeans. At the age of 89, on Feb. 20, 2006, she died in Suffield. An obituary in the Somerset Daily American noted that she was survived by six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. As had been done for Charles, Pearl's remains were shipped to Somerset County for burial in Middlecreek Cemetery, with Rev. William J. Dodson officiating.
  • Granddaughter Iva Conn (1918-2007) was born on July 28, 1918 in Middlecreek Township. In January or February 1938, she wedded Raymond E. Thompson ( ? - ? ), son of Ernest Thompson of Blackfield, PA. In reporting on the marriage, the Meyersdale Republican said that Raymond was "a former resident of Garrett [who] is employed in Boswell." They were the parents of Ray Thompson, Mary Ann Holloway, Emma Walters, Margaret Klink, Fred Thompson, Betty Flowers and Hazel Pugh. Their home for decades was in Somerset, where for three decades Iva worked at the Pine Grill Restaurant. They were longtime members of Trinity Lutheran Church. Grief visited this family repeatedly over the years as Iva survived not only her husband but son and daughter-in-law Ray and Sandra Thompson, daughter Mary Ann Holloway, two grandsons and two great-grandsons. After the untimely death of her daughter Mary Ann, she took in and raised the motherless children Melissa Holloway and Daniel Holloway. After a lifetime of work and suffering, she died at the age of 88 on May 1, 2007. Rev. William Dodson led the funeral service, with interment in Rockwood IOOF Cemetery. A Somerset Daily American obituary reported that her survivors included 17 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
  • Granddaughter Hattie L. Conn (1921-2006) was born on Feb. 18, 1921 in Rockwood. She was married two times. Her first husband was (?) Maule ( ? - ? ). The Maules did not reproduce and resided in Akron, OH in the early 1970s. By 1977, Hattie had married her second spouse, World War II Navy veteran John Kenneth Stoddard (Dec. 21, 1925-2001) and returned to Somerset. John's children from an earlier marriage were  Karen Miller and Janet Roth. He was a retired heavy equipment operator for the Federoff and Morman Coal Companies. Hattie was a member of the Somerset Christian Fellowship and the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. She passed into eternity in Somerset Community Hospital at the age of 85 on July 30, 2006. Pastor William Dodson led her funeral service, with burial made afterward in the Rockwood IOOF Cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Jennie Conn (1921-2001) was born on Feb. 18, 1921 in Rockwood. Deeply interested in the underpinnings of Christian faith, she was a graduate of Kingwork Academy and for three years attended classes of the Somerset International College of Bible Theology. She was twice married. Her first husband was John Heining ( ? - ? ). She later was united in wedlock with John Wickham ( ? - ? ). He had been married previously and brought a son to the second union, Rick Wickham. They made a home in Buffalo, NY circa 1972-1984. Later still, the widowed Jennie returned to Somerset to live out her final years. She was active with the Somerset Christian Fellowship, volunteering as a greeter and helping her sister Marie in the church kitchen. She succumbed to death at the age of 80 on June 26, 2001 in the home of Pastor William Dodson. Funeral services were led by Rev. Dodson in the Fellowship facility, with interment in the International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery in Rockwood. The Somerset Daily American printed an obituary. Stepson Rick Wickham is known to have lived in South Carolina in 2001.
  • Granddaughter Marie Helen Conn (1923-2010) was born in 1923. She married Ernest L. Bee (Aug. 26, 1912-1976), the son of Jacob and Lillian (Wensel) Bee of Kregar, Westmoreland County. They did not reproduce. The couple were members of St. John's United Methodist Church of Edie, PA. Circa 1972, they lived in Somerset. Ernest died at the age of 63 in Somerset Community Hospital on March 9, 1976. Rev. Paul Scruton led the funeral service, with burial in the Rockwood Odd Fellows Cemetery. An obituary was published in the Somerset Daily American. Marie later married (?) Miller ( ? - ? ). As senior citizens, she and her sister Jennie Heining Wickham volunteered in the kitchen of the Somerset Christian Fellowship. Marie died in 2010.

~ Son Harvey Leslie Conn ~


Harvey and Ida Conn
Son Harvey Leslie Conn
(1882-1972) was born on June 11, 1882. He married Ida Mae Metzler (March 6, 1885-1920), daughter of John A.P. Metzler and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Hartzell. They produced five known offspring -- Donald Wilbert Conn, Elva Marietta "Mary Etta" Conn, Linzy Sylvester Conn, Florence C. Silbaugh and Charles "Cameron" Conn. Harvey labored over the years as a coal miner. The family lived in Draketown and were members of Draketown Methodist Church, and Harvey belonged to the local Odd Fellows lodge. They are known to have attended a Hartzell family get-together in or about the summer of 1916 or 1917, when formal photographs were taken. The Conns were plunged into profound grief in the winter of 1920 when Ida Mae contracted influenza while in pregnancy, in the midst of the nation's deadly flu epidemic of the era. No cure could be found, and she died just a few weeks before her 35th birthday on Feb. 10, 1920. Burial was in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery, following services in the home officiated by Rev. C.D. Firster. The widowed Harvey outlived his bride by more than half a century. The United States Census of 1930 shows Harvey heading a household with daughter Marietta and son Cameron and living next door to the households of Ira V. Conn and Lester H. Conn. Even more heartbreak burdened their lives when disabled son Cameron shot and killed himself at the age of 15, in 1930. By 1940, federal census enumeration records show Harvey sharing a home with his married son Linzy, his wife Olive "Aliene" and three grandchildren. By that time, in the waning era of the Great Depression, Harvey made his living as a farmer. Harvey and Linzy's family continued to live together as of 1950, with the two men working together in cutting timber and operating a sawmill. When reaching his 85th birthday, Harvey was pictured in the Meyersdale Republican, with the article saying he was "the oldest resident of Draketown, and [who] has spent his entire lifetime in that community." As his health failed, Harvey was admitted to Somerset Community Hospital. He passed into eternity at the age of 90 on Oct. 1, 1972. An obituary said that his survivors included 31 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren. Rev. Dennis Dawson preached the funeral. The remains were placed into rest for all time next to his wife, after a separation of 52 years, in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery in Ursina.

Harvey and Ida and children at a Hartzell family gathering. Sylvester Everhart Jr.
  • Granddaughter Elva Marietta "Mary Etta" Conn (1911-1961) was born on April 6, 1911 in Lower Turkeyfoot and grew up in Draketown. She kept house for the family after her mother's death. At the age of 23, on Nov. 13, 1933, she self-united in marriage with 21-year-old farmer Isaac Edward Rugg (Jan. 20, 1913-2003), a resident of Lower Turkeyfoot and the son of James B. and Cathering (Ohler) Rugg. Together, the pair bore nine known offspring -- Donald Rugg, Catherine Huddleston, Sue Ravenscraft, Judy Johnston, Emert Rugg, Robert Rugg, Jerry Rugg, Mary Jane Rugg, James Rugg and Kenneth Rugg. Sadness blanketed the family when daughter Mary Jane died of influenza at age three months, 12 days on April 1, 1947. Marietta was stricken by muscular dystrophy which grew progressively worse. She died at the age of 50 on Dec. 29, 1961. After Marietta's death, Isaac married again to Beryl Sipe ( ? - ? ). He passed away at home at the age of 90 on Feb. 11, 2003. An obituary in the Somerset Daily American reported that he was survived by 24 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren. Rev. Carl Ritenour preached the funeral sermon, with burial in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery.

    Great-grandson Donald Rugg (1935-1977) was born on Feb. 27, 1935 in Confluence. He married Jean Show ( ? - ? ). Their two children were Barry Rugg and Lori Kay Rugg. The family relocated to Butler, Butler County, PA. Tragically, while on a hunting trip to Colorado, he died on Nov. 12, 1977 after an accidetal shooting. Reported the Meyersdale Republican, he was "shot in the thigh by a hunting companion and died of shock and loss of blood before rescuers could reach him. He had been hunting in a heavily wooded area near Crested Butte, Col., one mile from the Cement Creek Ranch where Rugg's companiions went to telephone for help. It took rescuers over three hours to reach Rugg." The rescue party found him deceased, having died 10 minutes earlieer, with the bullet from a .30-06 rifle having severed an artery. The body was returned to Fayette County for a funeral service in the Maple Summit Church, led by Rev. Robert Rapalje, and burial in Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery. 

    Great-granddaughter Catherine Rugg wed (?) Huddleston. She relocated to Greensboro, NC. She was deceased by 2012.

    Great-granddaughter Sue Rugg married (?) Ravenscraft. Her home in 1977 was near Mill Run. She was deceased by 2012.

    Great-granddaughter Judy Rugg was twice-wed. She first was united in wedlock with (?) Johnston. The couple migrated to Phoenix, AZ. By 2003, she had married a second time to (?) Morarie and was living in Thornton, CO.

    Great-grandson Emert Rugg lived in Confluence. He was deceased by 2003.

    Great-grandson Robert Rugg (1940-2012) was born on April 13, 1940 in Confluence. He made his residence for years in Confluence. Robert was joined in matrimoy with June Wilt ( ? - ? ). They were the parents of two -- Roger Basinger and Linda (Wilt) Andreuzzi. He was employed for four decades by Purco Coal Company. Sadly, at the age of 72, he passed away in his residence on Sept. 2, 2012. Double distant cousin Rev. Hay, of the family of William Wallace and Amanda (Younkin) Hechler, led the funeral service. The remains were laid to rest in Maple Summit Cemetery, and an obituary was published in the Somerset Daily American.

    Great-grandson Jerry Rugg dwelled in Confluence.

    Great-grandson James Rugg was in Confluence circa 1977 and in New Philadelphia, OH in 2012.

    Great-grandson Kenneth Rugg resided near Mill Run for decades.

  • Grandson Linzy Sylvester Conn (1906-1975) was born in 1906. He wedded Olive "Aliene" Rowan (1910-2004), daughter of William Austin and Hattie (Johnson) Rowan. See the Rowan biography for more.
  • Granddaughter Florence C. Conn (1908-1990) was born on June 29, 1908. She married Alvin Silbaugh (1904-1980). Her home in 1967-1975 was in Mather, Greene County, PA. Florence succumbed to death at the age of 81 on June 21, 1990. They rest in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery near Ursina.
  • Grandson Charles "Cameron" Conn (1914-1930) was born on Dec. 13, 1914. In boyhood he contracted polio, known at the time as "infantile paralysis," which rendered one leg badly disabled. He graduated from eighth grade in the one-room Lower Turkeyfoot School in May 1930 and began his term as a high school freshman in Confluence on Sept. 1, 1930. Tragically, he decided to end his life shortly after the start of the school year. On the fateful day of Sept. 4, 1930, he placed a shotgun up against his chest and pulled the trigger, dying instantly. The coroner reported that the heart muscle was torn into pieces. Said the Meyersdale Republican, "There does not appear to have been any cause for the rash act." Funeral services were held in the Jersey Baptist Church, with Rev. H.W. Jamison preaching. His remains are in eternal repose in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery near Ursina. His high school principal Shaffer wrote in the Republican that Cameron "was overly quiet and sensitive, had lost his mother at a young age, had difficulty in "finding his way about" the 12-room high school, "gave promise of being a very good student and appeared happy and contented" and had done his homework for the next day. He left a note for his sister Mary, saying "you tell [bus driver] Lew that he will not need to wait for me any more; that I have quit school. You have some one take my books back to the school. Goodby." Other rumors abounded as well.


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Research for this page graciously shared by the late Donna (Younkin) Logan, Sylvester Everhart Jr., Linda Marker, Marian (Smith) Posey, Laurel Posey, Loretta (Adams) Kelldorf and Kay Lynn Younkin.