Daniel H. May was born on Aug. 4, 1833 in New Centerville, Somerset County, PA, the son of Leonard and Maria "Catherine" (Younkin) May. He was one of five brothers and three brothers-in-law who were veterans of the Civil War.
Daniel grew up in Bard, Bedford County, PA and spent more than 30 years in this community. A friend observed that he was "a stout and able-bodied man before the war." He stood 5 feet, 10½ inches tall, with a light complexion, hazel eyes and dark hair.
He was twice married. His first bride was Julia Ann "Julian" Ringler (March 19, 1838-1891). They were united in matrimony on May 20, 1855, when Daniel was age 21 and Julia Ann 17. Justice of the peace Isaac Coughenour officiated at the ceremony held in Glencoe, PA. The couple remained together for 36 years until cleaved apart by death.
The Mays went on to produce 10 known children -- among them were Rachel "Jane" Shuck, Millard "Filmore" May, Edward M. May, Nancy Catherine "Kate" Wahl, George W. May, Sarah E. "Sadie" Meyers, Emma Elizabeth Annie Mansberry Smith Harding Licking, James May, Louisa Thomas and Theodore Umphrey May.
Circa 1860, Daniel made a living as a day laborer, and they dwelled near his parents and brother John and family in Juniata Township, Bedford County. He eventually became a carpenter and supported himself through his craft. His residence in the early 1860s was Dry Ridge, Bedford County.
During the latter part of the Civil War, on Nov. 14, 1864, Daniel joined the Union Army and was a member of the 82nd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C. He was sent immediately to City Point, VA for duty. He was promoted to corporal. Daniel was afflicted with hemorrhoids in about March 1865 as the war was drawing to a close. Then while on a June 1865 march from Danville, NC to Richmond to Washington, DC, with the regiment stopped at Hanover Court House, VA, he was exposed to heavy rains and began to suffer from kidney problems, including a blockage of his urinary tract. The mud and water along the road delayed the regiment's advance for three days. Daniel experienced throbbing for five or six hours at a time, after which they subsided. He did not report for the sick list, but his friend William M. Hill obtained medicine for him from the regimental surgeon.
On July 13, 1865, while at Halls Hill, VA, he received an honorable discharge. In all, he served for eight months. He returned home and resumed his labors in farming and carpentry.
Daniel eventually learned that he was eligible for a military pension. On Oct. 17, 1877, he filed his paperwork, and the pension was awarded. [Invalid App. #243.434 - Cert. #240.627]
In February 1880, the Mayses relocated to Meyersdale, Summit Township, Somerset County. Daniel applied for an increase in his monthly military pension payments. Providing written testimony on his behalf were friends Hill, William H. Holler, Adam Diehl, John H. McCreary, George Troutman and longtime family physician Dr. John C. Ealy Sr.
The special U.S. Census of 1890, of Civil War veterans and their widows, shows Daniel making his home in Wills Creek/Fossilville, Bedford County.
He retired in about 1891, the same year that his wife died on Sept. 27, 1891. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in the Lybarger Lutheran Church Cemetery in Madley, Bedford County. [Find-a-Grave]
Later, in nuptials held at Cumberland, MD on the Fourth of July 1893, he wed his second wife, Anna Delilah "Annie" Mull (Sept. 7, 1862-1920). She was 29 years younger than her husband. Rev. Bradley W. Kindley officiated.
Daniel and Annie produced these additional six children -- Thomas "Scott" May, Hobert Earl May, Martha Ritenour, Olive Adaline McNamara and Ross May. Son Ross is believed to have died in infancy. One of the daughters married Fred MacFaugh of Connellsville.
In about 1896, Daniel began to be treated by Dr. D.T. Rees of Hyndman. Over the ensuing years, Rees monitored Daniel's health issues including hemorrhoids and diseased lungs. "He coughts a great deal ane expectorate a great deal," Rees wrote. "I find in his left leg quite a large cavity, with all the rolls and lumps which goes with that condition. He is very much emaciated and is loosing flesh all the time."
Daniel himself wrote, "For weeks at a time I am unable to do manual labor in consequence of said diseases."
Their home in 1910, as shown by the census, was in Londonderry Township, Bedford County. Circa 1926-1931, they resided at Fossilville near Hyndman, Bedford County.
Daniel spent four decades in retirement, a longer period than some people work. Sadly, he endured the passing of his second wife Annie on Feb. 6, 1920. She too was lowered into repose in Madley Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]
He outlived Annie by 11 years. At his 90th birthday in August 1923, a number of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren came to his home to celebrate. As reported by the Meyersdale Republican, they included William Shuck, wife and grandchild; Albert Wahl and wife; C.E. Thomas and wife; Humphrey May and wife; Christopher Wahl, wife and four children; Charles Wahl, wife and three children; Hilary Wahl, wife and two children; Scott May, Elmer Seiler, Sherman Dean, John Seignor Sr., John Seignor Jr., George Thomas, Samuel Evans and wife, Dannie Ringler and Milt Shuck.
He succumbed on Dec. 5, 1931, at the age of 98, due to what a physician noted as "general debility." Son Scott May of Cumberland, MD signed the death certificate. An obituary was printed in the Meyersdale Republican, and burial was in the Lybarger Lutheran Church Cemetery in Madley/Buffalo Mills.
~ Daughter Rachel L. "Jane" (May) Shuck ~
Daughter Rachel L. "Jane" May (1855-1933) was born on June 14, 1855 in Somerset County.
At the age of about 25, in 1880, she married 18-year-old William U. Shuck (Jan. 1862-1942), son of William U. and Mary (Patton) Shuck. The groom was six years younger than the bride.
The couple produced seven offspring -- Ira C. Shuck, Hillary U. Shuck, Mary A. Thomas, George H. Shuck, Asa F. Shuck, Albert "Milton" Shuck and Charles E.M. Shuck.
They made their home for decades in or near Meyersdale, Summit Township, Somerset County. The 1900 federal census shows William laboring as a farmer and sons Ira and Hillary as coal miners, and his widowed father living under their roof.
In 1909, their home was in Sand Patch, Somerset County and in 1933, they lived in the community of Vim.
Said the Meyersdale Republican, "Mrs. Shuck was a splendid lady and was familiarly known by all her acquaintances as Grandma Shuck. She was a fine mother and good neighbor and friend."
At the age of 78, on Aug. 3, 1933, Jane suffered an acute heart attack. She lingered for a little more than two months but finally succumbed at home on Oct. 9, 1933. Burial was in Union Cemetery in Meyersdale, with Rev. W.C. Price leading the funeral service at the Main Street Brethren Church. An obituary in the Republican attributed her death to "diseases incident to old age" and said she was survived by 30 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
William lived for another nine years as a widower, remaining in the Vim community. He died at home at the age of 80 on April 17, 1942. His funeral service was led by Rev. Orville A. Lorenz.
Son Ira C. Shuck (1878-1949) was born in May 1878. On March 27, 1907, at the age of 29, he was united in holy matrimony with Susan E. Swindell (1886-1977), daughter of Thomas G. and Ida Elizabeth (Logue) Swindell of Meyersdale. Rev. B.B. Collins officiated. In reporting about the wedding, the Meyersdale Republican said that the couple "immediately started in housekeeping on a small farm owned by the father of the bride, southwest of town." They produced these known daughters, Mildred Yoder, Mary Weimer and Gladys Emerick. They made their home in the 1930s in Meyersdale and in 1942 in Vim. Ira passed away in Feb. 1949. Among those traveling to attend the funeral were Ida Swindell and her daughter Mrs. Charles Mazer of Pittsburgh. Susan outlived him by nearly three decades. She was a member of the Meyersdale Church of the Brethren. Her final years were spent under the roof of her daughter Gladys Emerick. Susan died at the age of 91 on March 31, 1977. Burial was in Union Cemetery, following funeral services officiated by Rev. Bobby Phillips. Her obituary in the Republican appeared directly below one for her nephew Harry George Shuck. Survivors included seven grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Son Hillary U. Shuck (1883- ? ) was born in Sept. 1883 in Bedford County. He was a longtime tenant farmer. Hillary married Barbara Ellen Siegner (March 16, 1877-1960), daughter of Andrew and Anna Catherine (Werner) Siegner. The couple produced four daughters, Velma Miller, Ida Gray, Leila Shuck and Gertrude Shuck. They made a home in the Meyersdale area, moving to different residences over the years. In February 1914, the Meyersdale Republican announced that Hillary, "one of our good neighbors, will move out to Sara Berkley's in the near future, to farm for Mrs. Berkley." They spent a number of months at Berkley's Mills before moving back to Woodlawn in August 1914. They were in the community of Vim in 1918 and in August of that year moved to a farm near Roxbury. Then in November 1928, the Republican reported that they had "moved from Shaw Mines into the tenant house of P.C. Miller." When Hillary's father died in 1942, the family made a home in Vim. The Shucks were members of the Meyersdale Church of the Brethren. They also were socially oriented and spent many weekends visiting or hosting family and friends. Sadly, Barbara died on Christmas Day 1960 "after a long illness," said the Republican. Rev. William H. Snell preached the funeral sermon. Hillary survived his spouse by seven years. As his health declined toward the end, he was admitted to Meyersdale Community Hospital, where he succumbed at the age of 84 on Sept. 14, 1967. Rev. Snell again officiated at the funeral service, followed by burial in Union Cemetery. In an obituary, the Republican noted that he was survived by four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Daughter Mary Ann Shuck (1886-1954) was born in May 1886. She married James A. Thomas ( ? - ? ). In 1933, their home was in Gray, Somerset County and in 1942 in Meyersdale. Their home in 1954 was located on Lincoln Avenue in Meyersdale. Their children were William Thomas, Clarence Thomas, Percy Thomas, Mrs. Joseph Bittner, Mrs. James Hay and Mrs. William DuVall. Mary Ann was admitted to Somerset Community Hospital where she passed away at the age of 68 on Aug. 30, 1954. Funeral services were held at the Church of the Nazarene on Meyers Avenue, officiated by Rev. John C. Kuhn. Burial followed in Union Cemetery. An obituary in the Meyersdale Republican reported that her survivors included 27 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Son George H. Shuck (1888- ? ) was born in Sept. 1888. He was united in matrimony with Alice Burley (May 2, 1898-1948), daughter of Harry and Mary (Albright) Burley. They dwelled in Salisbury Junction in 1942 and later in Meyersdale. They were the parents of Harry George Shuck, Ira Wiliam Shuck, Stella Edith Shuck, Rachel Jane Kemp, Alice May Atchison and Shirley Livengood. Heartache swept through the Shucks when daughter Stella Edith, age six, died on April 23, 1935 following an attack of bronchial pneumonia. More sadness blanketed the family when, at the age of 50, Alice died at home near Meyersdale on Oct. 24, 1948. Rev. Robert M. Earle, of the Meyersdale Church of the Nazarene, oversaw the funeral service.
Son Asa F. Shuck (1893-1968) was born on March 6, 1893 in Meyersdale, Somerset County. He resided in Sand Patch in 1942 and in rural Meyersdale in 1967, possibly the same place. He was married to Elva M. Handwerk ( ? -1972), daughter of John and Mary Ann (Crowe) Shuck of Meyersdale. The couple bore five known offspring -- John W. Shuck, Elizabeth Fisher, Mary Jane Reese, Dalton H. Shuck and Evelyn Knieriem. While in Frostburg in nearby Allegany County, MD, he died at the age of 75 on Nov. 1, 1968. The body was brought back to Meyersdale for burial in Union Cemetery, with Rev. Robert Hoffman leading the funeral service. The Meyersdale Republican published an obituary. Elva lived for another four years. She entered the realm of eternity on Oct. 1, 1972, at the age of 75. Rev. Hoffman again preached the funeral. Her Republican obituary noted that her survivors included 19 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Son Albert "Milton" Shuck (1895-1989) was born on Oct. or Nov. 28, 1895 in Summit Township. On March 14, 1914, when he was age 18, he married 20-year-old Mary Etta Christner ( ? - ? ), daughter of C.M. and Sarah (Deitle) Christner. Rev. H.L. Goughnour officiated. The Shucks produced a family of six -- Wauneta Boyce, Rev. Karl Christner Shuck, Bernice Housel, Margaret Petenbrink, Ada Briskey and Pauline Nider. Milton was a longtime employee of the Western Maryland Railroad, working for the company for 38 years. He also was a farmer. They lived in Wittenburg, Somerset County, PA in 1942, rural Meyersdale in 1967, Deal, PA in 1977 and Wellersburg in 1989. In 1976, their grandson Wayne Briskey published a photographic essay, entitled Down the Tracks, about the Western Maryland Railway operations in the region, and he dedicated it to Milton. At the age of 93, Milton was admitted to Meyersdale Community Hospital and died therein on Jan. 18, 1989. His obituary appeared in the Somerset Daily American. He was survived by 19 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Interment of the remains was in Temple/St. Johns Cemetery, and Pastor William Davis officiated at the services.
Son Charles E.M. Shuck (1898-1981) was born on Oct. 1, 1898 in Meyersdale. On Nov. 26, 1919, at the age of 21, he married Louise Mary Zipfel (Feb. 14, 1901-1988), a German immigrant and the daughter of George and Freida (Farber) Zipfel. Their nuptials were held in Sts. Philip and James Catholic Church in Meyersdale, officiated by Rev. John Brady. They made a residence for decades in Gray, Somerset County and were the parents of one daughter, Hazel Mostoller. Over the years, Charles earned a living as a coal miner and farmer, and belonged to the United Mine Workers of America Local 1742 of Jenners, Somerset County. Louise held a membershipo in the St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Boswell. Charles and Louise celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in November 1969 with an open house at their residence. The Meyersdale Republican printed a story about the happy event. As his health plunged, Charles was admitted to Somerset Community Hospital. He died there at the age of 82 on June 30, 1981. The widowed Louise moved to nearby Friedens, Somerset County where she spent her final years. She succumbed to death in Somerset Community Hospital on Oct. 21, 2088. Msgr. Samuel J. Tomaselli led the mass of Christian burial. Burial was in Somerset County Memorial Park.
~ Son Millard "Filmore" May ~
Son Millard "Filmore" May (1857-1914) -- sometimes known as "Miller" and "Millerd" and also "Philmore" -- was born on May 9, 1857. He appears to have been named after the President of the United States, who had completed his term just a few years before the birth.
As a young man, he made a home in or near Madley, Bedford County.
When he was about 20 years of age, in 1877, Filmore married 19-year-old Hannah L. Saylor (Nov. 22, 1857-1942), daughter of George and Jane (Keyser) Saylor, and also known as "Helen."
They produced eight known offspring, among them James Edward May, Lottie A. May, Emma S. Miller, Lucretia Nettie Shumaker Streeter, Julia Jane Twigg, Vola B. May and Nellie Lida Lewis, and one who died young.
Circa 1880-1881, when their two eldest children were born, the family lived in West Virginia. They returned to Hyndman by 1883. Then sometime between 1900 and 1909, the family relocated to Cumberland, Allegany County, MD. There, in 1910, he was employed as a dipper in a tannery, their home was on Smith Street and they kept boarders Cecil Twigg and Wilson Hutchinson.
Sadly, Fillmore died in Cumberland at the age of 56 on Jan. 27, 1914. His remains were transported back to his native Madley to be interred in the burying ground of the Lybarger Lutheran Church. His death was noted in the Bedford (PA) Gazette.
Hannah outlived Filmore by several decades and moved to LaVale on the outskirts of Cumberland. In January 1939, she endured the untimely death of her son James.
In June 1942, with her health in decline, she was admitted to the Allegany County Infirmary. She remained until death cut her away on Aug. 1, 1942. She was survived by a dozen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She is asleep beside her spouse for all time at the Lybarger cemetery.
Circa 1939-1942, one of their daughters was married to Brice Twigg ( ? - ? ), who lived in Brooklyn, NY. The 1940 federal census enumeration suggests that her name was "Beulah" (1882-1978) -- that he was an apartment building superintendent -- and that they had one son Ludwell Twigg married to Helen. Beulah passed on May 20, 1978, followed by Brice on Jan. 23, 1983 with burial in Hillcrest Burial Park in Cumberland.
Son James Edward May (1880-1939) was born in July 1880 in West Virginia. He was employed as a railroad fireman in 1900 and lived with his parents in Hyndman. In August 1900, according to the Bedford (PA) Gazette, he and Blanche Minnich ( ? - ? ) of Hyndman obtained a marriage license in neighboring Cumberland, Allegany County, MD. But whether or not they wed is unknown. In time he was united in holy wedlock with Sophie (Eschenbach) Reed ( ? -1938), daughter of Albert and Anna Margaret (Bopp) Eschenbach of Cumberland. She had been married before and brought a son to the second union, John Albert Reed. James was employed by Kelly-Springfield Tire Company of Cumberland, working until ill health forced him to retired in about 1930. The couple's address in the 1930s was 433 Columbia Street. Sadly, the Mayses died just a few months apart. Sophia succumbed to death at the age of 54 on Dec. 3, 1938, with an obituary appearing in the Cumberland Evening Times. The widowed James, living at 203 Valley Street, died at the age of 60 on Jan. 18, 1939.
Daughter Lottie A. May (1881- ? ) was born in Sept. 1881 in West Virginia.
Daughter Emma S. May (1883-1942) was born in Aug. 1883 in Fulton County, PA. She married Charles W. Miller ( ? -1972), son of George E. and Alice (Drenning) Miller. The two children born to this union were Mrs. Casper Hyre and Percy W. Miller. The couple put down roots in Cumberland, Allegany County, PA and dwelled at 318 Davidson Street. Charles earned income over the years as a plasterer. Emma belonged to the Church of the Brethren. In mid-June 1942, she became seriously ill. After less than two months of suffering, she was swept away by the Angel of Death at the age of 59 on Sept. 4, 1942. Funeral services were held at the family home, under the officiating of Rev. Howard Whitacre and Rev. W.J. Hamilton. Burial was in Hyndman, and an obituary was printed in the Cumberland Evening Times. Charles lived for another three decades after his wife's passing, and dwelled in Hyndman. Toward the end, he was admitted as a resident of the Bedford County Home. He died on Nov. 7, 1972, at the age of 93. Burial was in Hyndman Cemetery, with Rev. Leroy Logsdon and Rev. Earl Harper co-officiating the funeral service. An obituary appeared in the Cumberland News.
Daughter Lucretia Nettie May (1885- ? ) was born in Dec. 1885. In about 1908, at the age of 22, she married Grover Cleveland Shumaker ( ? - ? ), son of John Shumaker of Hyndman. The couple secured their marriage license in Cumberland, Allegany County, MD and news of their license was printed in the Bedford (PA) Gazette. The Gazette reported in July 1908 that she was very ill and staying in her father-in-law's home in Hyndman. The Shumaker's marriage was troubled, and in September 1910 Grover filed for divorce, citing "libel." The Bedford County Court of Common Pleas then issued a public notice, stating that she allegedly had "wilfully and maliciously deserted [Grover] and absented yourself from his habitation without a reasonable cause for and during the term and space of two years" and that she had failed to respond to the charges. Lucretia eventually remarried to Harrison "Harry" Streeter (Feb. 2, 1885-1959), son of Edward and Mary (Williams) Streeter. He was a longtime salesman for Tetley Tea Company. Circa 1943-1959, their home was on Main Street in Harrison's hometown of Tullytown, Bucks County, PA. Sadly, at the age of 74, Harrison was felled by a heart attack and died on Oct. 8, 1959. His remains were interred in Sunset Memorial Park in Bucks County.
Daughter Julia Jane May (1888-1918) was born on April 23, 1888. When she was 17 years of age, on May 10, 1905, she was united in holy matrimony with 24-year-old laborer Owen Robert Twigg (June 16, 1880-1943), a native of Town Hill, Allegany County, MD and the son of Moses and Elizabeth (Bender) Twigg. Justice of the peace M.H. Kramm officiated. The couple dwelled in Hyndman and were the parents of Eugene Palmer Twigg, Clyde Robert Twigg, Howard Twigg and Grace May Rowe. During the autumn season in 1918, the 30-year-old Julia contracted a deadly case of influenza which was followed by an attack of pneumonia. The combination was lethal, and she died after just a few days of suffering on Nov. 2, 1918. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in Hyndman. Owen survived his wife by 25 years. He worked as a trackman for the Western Maryland Railroad. He succumbed to death in Londonderry Township, Bedford County on Jan. 25, 1943. Howard Twigg of Hyndman signed the death certificate.
Daughter Vola B. May (1891- ? ) was born in Dec. 1891.
Daughter Nellie Lida May (1895-1943) was born in June 1895. She was joined in the bonds of wedlock with Earl Edmond Lewis ( ? -1941), son of Theopilus and Ida Lewis. The Lewises produced one daughter, Pauline Faymon. They resided in LaVale near Cumberland, and he earned a living as an engineer with the Queen City Brewing Company plant. They were members of Mt. Savage Methodist Church. Sadly, at the age of 46, Earl suffered a heart attack at work and was admitted to Allegany Hospital, where he died shortly after arrival on Aug. 22, 1941. An obituary was published in the Cumberland Evening Times, naming his six surviving adult siblings. Nellie only outlived her spouse by two years. She relocated to Tullytown, Bucks County, PA to reside near her sister Lucretia and then toward the end back to Cumberland, making a home at 415 Walnut Street. At the age of 48, she too died in Allegany Hospital on Oct. 19, 1943. The Evening Times printed her obituary.
~ Son Edward M. May ~
Son Edward M. May (1859-1909) was born on May 26, 1859 in Bard, Bedford County.
When he was 21 years of age, circa 1880, he married Mary Owens (May 14, 1852-1941) of Bedford, Bedford County and the daughter of Silas and Ellen (Brown) Owens. The bride was several years older than the groom.
They became the parents of Myrtle Hale, Julia Ann Baker Seiler, Silas May, Eva Belle May, Robert Lincoln May, Florence J. May and Rachel L. May.
The couple moved in about 1896 to Meyersdale, Somerset County. Their home in 1909 was on Large Street.
Edward earned a living as a coal miner and laborer. The Meyersdale Republican said he "was very well known to all the people of the city among whom he had many friends."
Tragically, he came down with a deadly case of typhoid pneumonia and died on Nov. 18, 1909, at the age of 50. Funeral services were officiated by Rev. C.P. MacLaughlin of the Zion Lutheran Church, assisted by Rev. B.B. Collins. His remains were placed into repose in Union Cemetery in Meyersdale.
Mary outlived her spouse by more than three decades. For the last 15 years of her life, she made a home with her married daughter Florence Humbertson on Reidmore Road in South Connellsville, Fayette County. Afflicted with hardening of the arteries and senility, she succumbed to death in the Humbertson residence at the age of 88 on Jan. 13, 1941. The body was taken to Meyersdale for interment. An obituary appeared in the Connellsville Daily Courier, which stated that she was survived by 39 grandchildren and 49 great-grandchildren.
Daughter Myrtle Belle May (1882-1961) was born in about 1882. She married Andrew "Andy" Hale (1875-1968). The children born to this union were James E. Hale Sr., Mary Lillian Reed Cureton, Alice M. Priel, Almira Jenette Ranc, Roy Hale, Thomas Hale, Elizabeth Miles and Katherine Balash. The Hales relocated circa 1900 to Coalport, Clearfield County, PA and before 1909 to Johnstown, Cambria County, PA. By 1941, they had migrated to Ohio and were living in Cleveland. Their address was 950 East 223rd Street. Myrtle Belle died at the age of about 78 on March 10, 1961. A death notice in the Cleveland Plain Dealer said she was survived by 42 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren. She sleeps in eternal repose in Sunset Memorial Park in North Olmsted, Cuyahoga County, OH. Andrew lived on for another seven years as a widower. Death swept him away at the age of 93 on Sept. 7, 1968.
Daughter Julia Ann May (1885-1951) was born in on April 29, 1884 or in Nov. 1885 in Buffalo Mills, Bedford County. She was wedded at least twice. On May 1, 1902, in nuptials held in Somerset County, the 17-year-old Julia was joined in the bonds of marriage with 26-year-old widower Harvey E. Baker ( ? - ? ), son of Michael and Caroline Baker of Meyersdale, Somerset County. Rev. B.B. Collins officiated at the wedding, held in Meyersdale. Harvey's first wife had died the previous year on Aug. 28, 1901. He earned a living as a coal miner at the time of marriage. Their union did not last, and by 1907, she had married again to coal miner Peter Robert Seiler (July 18, 1883-1947), a native of Meyersdale and the son of German immigrants Louis and Lena (Miller) Seiler. Peter is thought to have brought a daughter to the union, Blanche G. (Larry/Seiler) Blough (born in 1901). They were the parents of these known children of their own, Margaret Irene Foore Carper, Homer Seiler Werner, Rosella May Foore, Clarence Seiler, Emma Elizabeth Conley, Evelyn Viola Gordon, Eleanor Seiler, John Seiler, Wavidell Dunmire, Beatrice P. Seiler, Boyd P. Seiler, Charles Filson Seiler, Peter Allen Seiler, and Julia I. Butler. Their home in 1909 was in Somerville and in 1910-1920 was Meyersdale at an address on Chestnut Street. Then in about 1928, the couple relocated to Lewistown, Mifflin County, PA, where Peter had secured work as a crumb packer with American Viscose, a rayon silk mill. They remained In Lewistown for the balance of their lives, at an address of 10 Juniata Street. Some in the family considered the Seilers to be "Amish" and to have raised their children in the Pennsylvania Amish country. Peter became an invalid in the early 1930s and eventually could no longer hold a job. He was unemployed circa 1946. Sadly, he died of a heart attack at home at the age of 63 on April 23, 1947. Interment of the remains was in Lind Memorial Cemetery in Lewistown. An obituary in the Sunbury Daily Item noted that he was survived by his 15 children, 23 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Julia outlived her husband by just four years. Burdened with the hardening of her heart valves, and hypertension, she was stricken by a cerebral hemorrhage and succumbed to the spectre of death in Lewistown on Sept. 27, 1951.
Son Silas E. May Sr. (1886-1960) was born on March 22, 1886 in Meyersdale. At the age of 26, in about 1912, he wedded 19-year-old Dorothy C. Diehl ( ? - ? ), daughter of Frederick Diehl of West Salisbury, Somerset County. Their wedding was held in Salisbury, officiated by justice of the peace A.B. Lowry. News of the marriage was printed in the Meyersdale Republican. The three known children they bore were Margaret A. May, Eva May and Silas E. May Jr. Silas secured employment as a moulder in a steel foundry, and the couple relocated to Versailles, Allegheny County, PA. Their address circa 1930 was Foster Road and in 1959-1960 was 4500 Second Street. Over the years he bore heart disease and silicosis, leading to emphysema. In April 1959, Silas suffered a heart attack and was admitted to John J. Kane Hospital in Scott Township, Allegheny County. He died there at the age of 69 on Jan. 11, 1960. Burial was in Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Elizabeth Township, Allegheny County.
Daughter Eva Belle May (1888- ? ) was born in Feb. 1888. She was united in the bonds of wedlock with Roy "Jesse" Pyles (Nov. 25, 1887), a native of Hyndman, Bedford County and the son of Alonza P. and Malinda (Burkett) Pyles. The couple did not reproduce and spent their lives in Hyndman. Roy was employed by Kelly Springfield Tire in Cumberland, MD. They were members of Hyndman Evangelical Church. Sadly, at the age of 57, he died in Cumberland's Memorial Hospital on Dec. 18, 1944. The remains were interred in Hyndman, with Rev. C.E. Miller of the family church presiding. An obituary appeared in the Bedford Gazette. In April 1947, she is known to have traveled to Lewistown, Mifflin County to attend the funeral of her brother-in-law Peter Robert Seiler.
Son Robert Lincoln May (1891-1964) was born in Dec. 1891. He married Anna C. Logsdon ( ? -1970), a native of Hyndman and the daughter of Moses and Ellen (Emerick) Logsdon. Their only son was Millard May. They resided in Hyndman, where he earned a living as a painter. They were members of the Hyndman Evangelical United Methodist Church. Robert died at the age of 72 on Jan. 7, 1964 in Lawrence F. Flick Sanitorium in Cresson. Rev. Charles Evans officiated at the funeral, followed by burial in Hyndman Cemetery. An obituary was printed in the Cumberland Evening Times. Anna lived for another six years at the address of 606 Somerset Street in Johnstown. She died in Mercy Hospital at the age of 75 on Nov. 15, 1970. An obituary in the Evening Times said her survivors included siblings Ruth Sarver, Earl Logsdon, Clarence Logsdon, Emanuel Logsdon, Noah Logsdon and Carl Logsdon.
Daughter Florence May (1893-1964) was born on May 1, 1893 near Meyersdale, Somerset County. She resided in 1909 in Connellsville, Fayette County, PA. She married widower Chauncey Ernest Humbertson (Sept. 22, 1887-1955), son of Joseph and Olive (Hart) Humbertson and a native of Somerfield, Somerset County, PA. Chauncey was tall and of medium build, with blue eyes and chestnut-colored hair. He had been married previously to Cora Mansberry ( ? -1918) and brought a son to the second union, Alan F. Humbertson. They were the parents of seven children of their own -- Chauncey Ernest Humbertson Jr., Ernest Humbertson, Evalene Chambers, Idella Chane, Vera May Yanovich, Myrtle Rumble and Mary Hale. Circa 1917, the Humbertson address was 222 Apple Street, and Chauncey earned a living as a boiler maker for Scottdale Machine and Manufacturing Company. Grief cascaded over the family when their infant son, suffering from Crohn's Dieases ("acute ileocolitis"), died at the tender age of five months, 13 days on Oct. 13, 1923. The child's remains were laid to rest in Connellsville's Chestnut Hill Cemetery. The family address in the 1950s was 121 East Peach Street, Connellsville, with Chauncey earning a living as a city police officer. He was fired from the force in about 1936 and sued the city for $3,105 in back wages, but the charge was dismissed. Some years later, Chauncey was arrested and paid a fine and costs in January 1948 for failing to require their 15-year-old daughter to "attend Connellsville High School regularly," said the Connellsville Daily Courier. "Illness was given as the excuse for the girl's absence." Two years later, Florence and her daughter Evalene were jailed in Uniontown in January 1950 "on charges of forcible detainer by their sister and daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Rumble, in Connellsville," reported the Daily Courier. At the birth of a granddaughter in Cleveland, OH in November 1954, Chauncey called the office of the Daily Courier to report the news. Having contracted cancer, Chauncey was admitted to Connellsville State Hospital and died there at age 68 on Nov. 20, 1955. Interment of the body was in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, with the officiant Lt. Fred W. Seiler of the Salvation Army. He was survived by 15 grandchildren, according to an obituary in the Daily Courier. Florence lived as a widow for nine years, likely with her daughter Idella Chane. She bore hardening of the arteries as well as bronchial asthma and emphysema, and died as a patient in Connellsville State General Hospital at the age of 71 on Nov. 5, 1964.
Daughter Rachel L. May (1897- ? ) was born in Feb. 1897. She was joined in marriage with (?) Stewart. She dwelled in 1941-1964 in Johnstown, Cambria County, PA.
~ Daughter Nancy Catherine "Kate" (May) Wahl ~
Daughter Nancy Catherine "Kate" May (1863-1932) was born on March 12, 1863 or 1864 in Bedford County, PA.
In about 1880, when she would have been about 17 years of age, she wedded Albert Wahl (Oct. 19, 1860-1946), son of German immigrants Christopher and Marian Wahl of Rockwood, Somerset County.
The Wahls were the parents of 12 children -- Harvey Wahl, Christian "Christ" Wahl, Ray Wahl, George Wahl, Marling Wahl, Charles E. Wahl, Hillary U. Wahl, Pearl Ray Wahl, Eva Seiler, Lulu Ringler and two who died young prior to 1900.
Federal census enumeration records for 1900 and 1910 show the family in Elk Lick Township, Somerset County. In 1900, Albert and sons Harvey and Christian labored as coal miners. Then in 1910, Albert and son George earned income in the coal mines.
Their son Marling is known in 1930 to have boarded in the home of his uncle and aunt, Charles and Louisa (May) Thomas in LaVale, Allegany County, MD. There, at the age of 18, he worked as a tester in a silk mill.
Said the Meyersdale Republican, "All of Mrs. Wahl's children and grandchildren were much devoted to her. She was a loving wife and mother and was held in very high esteem by a large circle of friends." They were members of the Pentecostal Church. Sadly, they endured the early deaths of their married daughters Eva Seiler and Lulu Ringler.
Agony set in when Kate's appendix became inflamed and ruptured in April 1932, causing a deadly infection of peritonitis. She was rushed to Memorial Hospital in Johnstown, where she died at age 68 on April 18, 1932. Burial was in Meyersdale's Union Cemetery, with Rev. Groves, of the family church, preaching the funeral sermon. "Six grandson acted as pall-bearers," said the Republican. "The funeral was very largely attended by relatives and friends." She was survived by 26 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Albert by 1934 spent extended periods of time in the Narrows Park section of Cumberland, MD. He appears to have received word that his sons Charles and Ray were visiting in the Woodlawn community, near Meyersdale, and paid a surprise visit to them in company with his brothers-in-law Charles Thomas and Humphrey May.
Toward the end, he went to live with his married son Ray in Meyersdale. He died there at the age of 85, after a short illness, on April 29, 1946. An obituary in the Republican noted that his survivors were counted as 37 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren, and that two sons and three daughters has preceeded him in death. Rev. S.M. Whetstone, of the Berlin Brethren Church, led the funeral service. Interment was in Union Cemetery.
Son Harvey Edward Wahl (1880-1948) was born on May 25, 1880. He wedded Elizabeth Seigner/Siegner (Oct. 26, 1883-1924), the daughter of German immigrants Andrew and Anna (Werner) Siegner. Their seven children were Homer Wahl, Carl Emert Wahl, Paul Wahl, Grace Carver, Hilda Baker, Hazel Baker, Martha Bittner and Barbara Wahl. Sadly, daughter Barbara died in infancy. The Wahls resided in Summit Township, Somerset County in the early 1920s, The family was plunged into grief when Elizabeth, suffering from chronic bacterial infection of the lungs, contracted pneumonia and died at the age of 40 on Jan. 8, 1924. She was laid to rest in Meyersdale's Union Cemetery. The widowed Harvey lived in Meyersdale in 1932 and in 1936 relocated to Aliquippa, Beaver County, where he had found employment as a clerk with Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation. He stayed in Aliquippa for the balance of his life, a dozen years, with an address of 429 Franklin Avenue, sharing a home with his son Homer. On July 12, 1948, at the age of 68, Harvey died from the effects of a heart attack in Rochester General Hospital in Beaver County. His body was shipped back to Meyersdale for funeral services, led by Rev. S. Loren Bowman, and burial in Union Cemetery.
Son Christian "Christ" Wahl (1883-1972) -- also referred to as "Christopher" -- was born on Oct. 13, 1883 in Meyersdale. He appears to have spent his life in and around the community. He wedded Lucinda Domer ( ? -1968). The children born to this union were Harry Wahl and Stella Keim. Sadly, Lucinda succumbed to death in 1968. Christ outlived her by four years. On the day after Christmas 1972, he died at the age of 89 in Meyersdale Community Hospital. Rev. Robert Burns preached the funeral, after which the remains were laid to rest in Meyersdale's Union Cemetery. The Meyersdale Republican published an obituary.
Daughter Eva B. May (1885- ? ) was born in Sept. 1885. She married William Seiler ( ? - ? ). They produced one son. Sadly, Eva is believed to have died sometime before 1932.
Son George W. Wahl (1888-1980) was born on April 22, 1888 in Bedford County, PA. He made his home in Meyersdale, Somerset County and wedded Grace Thomas ( ? - ? ). The couple's two sons were Karl Wahl and George A. Wahl. In 1932, when his mother died, the funeral was held at his home. Their address in 1946 was North Street, Meyersdale, and the Wahls were members of the Assembly of God Church in neighboring Grantsville, MD. George passed away in Meyersdale Community Hospital on Oct. 23, 1980, at the age of 92. He was survived by four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, two stepchildren and 10 step-grandchildren. Rev. Bowman led the funeral service, with interment in Union Cemetery, Meyersdale. The Meyersdale Republican printed an obituary.
Daughter Lulu A. May (1893- ? ) was born in April 1893. She was united in holy matrimony with George Ringler ( ? - ? ). They had three daughters. Lulu was deceased by 1932.
Son Charles Ellsworth Wahl (1900-1979) was born on April 12, 1900 in Elk Lick Township, Somerset County. Charles wedded A. Margaret Mull ( ? - ? ). They were the parents of R. Eugene Wahl, Claude Wahl, David Wahl, Della Burkholder and Mabel Kreger. He resided in 1932 in Boynton, Somerset County. He earned a living for years as a coal miner and then as a supervisor for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. They were members of the Maranatha Assembly of God Church in Grantsville, MD. During an August 1934 visit to his brother Ray, in Woodlawn/Aliquippa, PA, they received a surprise visit from their father, who had been away in the Narrows Park section of Cumberland, MD. The family was in Meyersdale in the timeframe of 1946-1972. By 1979, they were living in nearby Salisbury. Charles died in Meyersdale Community Hospital on Sept. 26, 1979, at the age of 79. Rev. William Ferguson preached the funeral sermon, and burial followed in the Reformed Cemetery. His obituary was published in the Meyersdale Republican.
Son Ray Wahl Sr. (1907-1994) was born on July 30, 1907 in Elk Lick Township, Somerset County. He married Ethel Gertrude Pritts ( ? - ? ), and the couple dwelled in Meyersdale for decades. Their marital union endured for 62 years. They produced six children -- Ray Wahl Jr., Harold Wahl, Ronald Wahl, Lois Decker, Ruby Hershberger and Wanda Wahl. Ray spent his working career as a coal miner, and he also operated heavy equipment for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The family were members of the Cornerstone Assembly of God Church, where Ray taught adult Sunday School for 15 years and served as a board member and treasurer of the congregation. Ray passed into the arms of the ang3els at age 86, in Meyersdale Medical Center, on July 8, 1994. Following services at the family church, led by Rev. Garry Kipe, the body was lowered into repose in Salisbury Cemetery.
Son Hillary U. Wahl (1902- ? ) was born in about 1902. He was married. He and his wife produced two sons, Cecil Wahl and James Wahl. The couple initially dwelled in Keystone Mines. He then found a job in Akron, OH circa 1925, and they were there in 1927 -- Coal Run, PA in 1928 -- and in Hooversville and Boynton, Somerset County in the early 1930s.
Son Pearl Ray Wahl (1908- ? ) was born in about 1908.
Son Marling E. Wahl Sr. (1911-1994) was born in about 1911. Census records show that at the age of just eight, he was a coal mine worker in 1920. Then at the age of 18, in 1930, he boarded with his uncle and aunt, Charles and Louisa (May) Thomas, in LaVale near Cumberland, Allegany County, MD, and earned income as a silk tester in a silk mill. During World War II, he served as a corporal in the U.S. Army. He returned to Cumberland after the war. Marling wedded Myrtle L. (Dec. 26, 1919-1974). From Cumberland he moved to Indiana and was there in 1972 (Hammond), 1980 (Monticello) and 1994. Myrtle died at the age of 54 on Nov. 22, 1974. Marling outlived her by nearly two decades. He passed away at the age of 84, on Aug. 12, 1994. The remains were lowered into eternal repose in Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens in Schererville, Lake County, IN.
~ Son George W. May ~
Son George W. May (1865- ? ) was born on Feb. 22, 1865 at Manns Choice, Bedford County, PA.
He was married and was a longtime coal miner.
They lived in Grassy Run, PA in 1909 and in Coal Run, PA in 1932-1933.
Their home in 1936 and 1957 was in Boynton, Somerset County.
Sadly, at the age of 86, George was stricken with a cerebral embolism, was rushed to Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital in Johnstown and succumbed five days later on Feb. 28, 1957. Mary Jane Millward of Nanty-Glo, PA signed the official death certificate. His remains were placed into repose in Meyersdale Union Cemetery.
~ Daughter Sarah E. "Sadie" (May) Meyers ~
Daughter Sarah E. "Sadie" May (1867-1913) was born on Feb. 22, 1867 (or 1872).
She was joined in matrimony with (?) Meyers ( ? - ? ).
Her home in 1909 was in Meyersdale.
Widowed at age 41, she made her home at 405 Baldwin Avenue in Connellsville, Fayette County. Sarah was afflicted with cancer of the uterus and died just three days after her 41st birthday on Feb. 25, 1913. J.L. Mansbury of Connellsville signed her official Pennsylvania death certificate. Burial was in Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Connellsville.
~ Daughter Emma Elizabeth Ann (May) Smith Mansberry Harding Licking ~
Daughter Emma Elizabeth Ann May (1870-1936) was born on June 21 (or April 5), 1870. She seems to have used all three of her names during her lifetime.
She was four-times married, first to John Wesley Smith (April 22, 1867-1896), son of Elizabeth Smith.
They produced two sons -- Oscar Daniel Smith and John "William" Smith.
Sadness enveloped Annie when John Wesley died at the age of 29 on Oct. 6, 1896. The cause of his untimely passing is not yet known. His fatherless sons were taken in by his mother Elizabeth in Londonderry, Bedford County.
Emma married a second spouse, in 1909, Jacob L. Mansberry (1863- ? ), an Ohio native whose parents were Scottish immigrants. He appears to have been married before and thus brought several children to the second union -- among them Foster F. Mansberry, Charles Mansberry, Oliver F. Mansberry, Lawrence J. "Lonzie" Mansberry and Harry Bruce "Red" Mansberry.
When the federal census enumeration was made in 1920, the Mansberry family made a home in Connellsville, with Jacob having no occupation. Annie's first name was written as "May." Her unmarried sister Olive May lived in the their home that year, along with boarder Frederick C. McNamara, who later married into the family.
Annie's third spouse was Robert Elton Harding (Aug. 10, 1873-1951). They did not reproduce, and may have divorced. Robert died on July 17, 1951.
Spouse number four was Herman Licking ( ? - ? ). The couple dwelled in Connellsville at 510 West Murphy Street.
Toward the end of her life, Annie was burdened with hardening of the arteries and heart vessels. She suffered a stroke, likely in mid-July 1935, and appears to have survived for a time. But no cure was to be had, and she died just under seven months later on Feb. 4, 1936. Interment of the remains was in Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Connellsville. Serving as pallbearers were Carl Stehle, William Van Meter, John Kapper, Jacob Kapper, Bert Turney and John Swope. Rev. David Ewing Minerd, the famed "Blacksmith Preacher" of Fayette County, preached the funeral sermon. Obituaries in the Cumberland Evening Times and Connellsville Daily Courier numbered 25 grandchildren among her survivors.
Son Oscar Daniel Smith (1889-1963) was born on June 22, 1889 in Bedford, Bedford County, PA. After the untimely death of his father in 1896, when Oscar was age seven, the boy and his younger brother went to live in the home of their grandmother Elizabeth Smith in Londonderry, Bedford County, and was there in 1900 at the age of 11. He was joined in marriage with Ruth G. Baer (Jan. 1, 1895-1928), daughter of Harry and Louise (Bohn) Whorrel/Whorel. The children born to this union were Robert Smith, Viola Christner, Velma Lehman, Edna Eutsey, Charles Kinnan, Helen Hogan, Mabel Smith and Bud Smith. Oscar made a living as a coal miner, and circa 1911 worked at the Keystone Mine near Meyersdale. During the winter of 1928, the 33-year-old Ruth contracted a severe case of influenza and pneumonia. She was treated at the Somerset County Home and Hospital, and died there, on March 12, 1928. Oscar outlived his bride by 35 years. He spent his final years in Garrett, Somerset County. Toward the end of his life, he suffered from hardening of the arteries and chrnoic heart disease. On Oct. 7, 1963, at the age of 74, after contracting acute bronchitis, he succumbed to death as a patient in Meyersdale Community Hospital. An obituary appeared in the Meyersdale Republican, stating that the count of survivors was 24 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Burial was in Highland Cemetery in Garrett, following a funeral preached by Rev. James Lumadue of Somerset. Other children somehow mingled into the mix of these marriagew were Ray Smith, Mabel Miller and Beatrice (Kinnan) Kent.
Son John "William" Smith (1891- ? ) was born in May 1891. Age six when his father died in 1897, William was raised with his elder brother in the home of their grandmother Elizabeth Smith in Londonderry, Bedford County. William at age nine is shown in the Smith dwelling in the 1900 census. He made a home in Meyersdale, Somerset County and was there in the early 1960s.
Stepson Charles N. Mansberry (1882-1959) was born on March 26, 1882 in Garrett, Somerset County, PA. He married Emma V. Stallings ( ? - ? ). The couple bore two children, a son and a daughter. They established a home in Cumberland, Allegany County, MD, where he worked for many years as a yard foreman for the Western Maryland Railway. In late August or early September 1959, Charles died at home at the age of 78. His obituary appeared in the Connellsville Daily Courier.
Stepson Foster F. Mansberry (1885-1957) was born on May 16, 1885 in Meyersdale, Somerset County, PA. He was united in the bonds of marriage with Maude Regan ( ? - ? ). The Mansberry home was in Connellsville at 317 Meadow Lane. The children born to this union were Foster F. Mansberry Jr., Harry Mansberry, Blanche Edwards and Laverne Garon. Foster generated income as a janitor. On Feb. 3, 1957, while a patient in Connellsville State Hospital, he suffered a heart attack at the age of 71 and was dead within 15 minutes. Following funeral services led by Rev. Dewey Buskirk, the body was laid to rest in Connellsville's Chestnut Hill Cemetery. Survivors included 15 grandchildren. An obituary appeared in the Cumberland (MD) Evening Times.
Stepson Oliver F. Mansberry (1893-1960) was born on May 23, 1890 or 1893 in Meyersdale, Somerset County, PA. A bachelor in 1920, at the age of 27, he earned a living as a teamster in the moving ("transfer") business in Connellsville, Fayette County. In time he wedded Margaret McCoy ( ? - ? ). The couple established a home within Springfield Township in the rural outskirts of Connellsville. They produced five children -- Russell Mansberry, Jack L. Mansberry, Gilford Mansberry, Elizabeth Prinkey and Goldie Sipe. Oliver supported the family through his work with Connellsville Trucking Company. Sadly, having endured hypertensive heart disease for two years, he died in Connellsville State Hospital at the age of 70 on Aug. 1, 1960. Burial of the remains was in Normalville Cemetery, following services held in the Normalville Evangelical United Brethren Church, officiated by Rev. John R. Peterson. An obituary was published in the Connellsville Daily Courier saying that he was survived by 27 grandchildren.
Stepson Lawrence J. "Lonzie" Mansberry (1896-1954) was born on May 8, 1896 in Meyersdale, Somerset County. He served in the U.S. Army during World War I, working as a cook with Company D of the 110th Regiment, 28th Division. After the war, he established a home in Connellsville, Fayette County. He married Ruth Hollis ( ? - ? ). Their brood of children were James L. Mansberry, Harold R. Mansberry, Charles H. Mansberry, William J. Mansberry, Edgar Ronald Mansberry, Eugene Dale Mansberry and Beverly Mansberry. The family's address was 106 Connell Avenue. He was employed as a railroad brakeman in Connellsville. He was a member of the Greenwood Methodist Church, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, Walter E. Brown Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Milton L. Bishop Post of the American Legion. In about 1953, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which spread to other parts of the body. He was admitted to Connellsville State Hospital, and then as he grew worse, was transferred to the Veterans Administration Hospital in the Highland Park section of Pittsburgh. As a patient, he was stricken by a cerebral hemorrhage and died at the age of 57 on April 1, 1954. Burial of the remains was in Connellsville's Hill Grove Cemetery, with Rev. B.M. Lenhart preaching the funeral sermon. An obituary was carried in the Cumberland (MD) News and Uniontown (PA) Evening Standard.
Stepson Harry Bruce "Red" Mansberry (1902-1977) was born in about 1902 in Somerset County, PA. He lived at home with his father and stepmother in 1920, at the age of 19, and worked as a machinist in a glass factory. He eventually relocated to Canton, Stark County, OH, where he remained permanently, covering 47 years. He was the father of Randolph Mansberry, Paul R. Mansberry, Harry B. Mansberry Jr., Arabelle Halfhill and Audrey Fry. He was employed by the International Labor Construction Company and belonged to Labor Union Local 521. In his free time, he was a member of St. John's Catholic Church and the local Moose lodge. Harry lost one of his legs at some point in time, but he continued to work using a wooden limb. The Akron Beacon Journal reported in 1965 that, as a steelworker in his late 50s, "following an amputation, he balances on I-beams many stories above street level." At the age of 45, on July 13, 1947, Harry was joined in holy wedlock with Maxine Dolores Lloyd ( ? - ? ), daughter of Thomas H. Lloyd of 1332 Race Court in Canton. The nuptials were held in Canton's Zion Lutheran Church, officiated by Rev. Tom Homrighausen. Reported the Connellsville Daily Courier, "The bride was attired in a navy blue suit with shoulder corsage of white carnations." Their union endured for three decades. The Mansberrys' address in the 1970s was 1204 Third Street Southwest in Canton. He died at the age of 76 on Nov. 11, 1977 as a patient in Molly Stark Hospital. The remains were lowered beneath the sod in Canton's Sunset Hills Cemetery. An obituary was published in the Connellsville Daily Courier, stating that his survivors numbered 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
~ Son James H. May ~
Son James H. May (1872- ? ) was born on Sept. 14, 1872.
~ Daughter Louisa Ann (May) Thomas ~
Daughter Louisa Ann May (1874- ? ) was born on May 8, 1874.
When she 24 years of age, on Dec. 29, 1898, she was joined in wedlock with 23-year-old farmer Charles E. Thomas (1876- ? ). Rev. B.B. Collins officiated at the nuptials held in Boynton. Charles was the son of M.A. and Annie Thomas of Elk Lick Township, Somerset County.
The couple migrated across the state line to LaVale near Cumberland, Allegany County, MD. There, census records for 1930 show Charles employed as a tire tester with a rubber plant. Also in the household that year was Louisa's bachelor brother Thomas "Scott" May -- a house carpenter -- and 18-year-old nephew Marling Wahl, son of Louisa's sister Nancy Catherine.
The census of 1940 lists Charles as a coal mine operator, Louisa's name spelled as "Lilly," and her bachelor brother Thomas still under their roof.
~ Son Theodore Humphrey "Umphrey" May ~
Son Theodore Humphrey (or "Umphrey") May (1879-1952) was born on July 23, 1879 in Bedford County, PA.
In about 1904, when he was age 26, Humphrey was united in the bonds of holy matrimony with 22-year-old Lucinda Larue (1884- ? ) of Salisbury, Somerset County. News of their marriage license was printed in the Meyersdale Republican.
They bore a family of these known offspring, all born in Pennsylvania -- Gladys N. May, Bessie Marcella Myers Chenowith, Robert W. May, Pauline May, Albert May, Emma J. May, Kenneth Leroy May, Charles E. May and Paul H. May.
Mrs. James Seggis, a midwife of Meyersdale, is known to have attended Lucinda in several of her births.
Circa 1910, with Humphrey and Lucinda residing in Londonderry Township, Bedford County, PA, he labored as a brickyard worker. He and friend John Schramm made news again in the local newspaper's gossip columns when their families went to tour the massive construction site of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's new Sand Patch tunnel. Said the Republican, "They went by trolley car to Meyersdale where they procured a team and drove to Sand Patch to spend the day with friends and incidentally went to see 'Little Italy' or 'Shanty town,' and were all quite interested in seeing how the ponderous steam shovels make the dirt fly."
Employed as a driver, his legs were injured in an August 1913 fall of slate in one of the Consolidation Coal Company mines. Reported the Republican, he "is able to get around without the aid of crutches and will be able to go back to work in a day or two." Then in 1914, the family was in the Keystone Mines section of Summit Township, Somerset County, and that year lost their firstborn in a wave of diptheria in the community.
The couple migrated by 1920 to Lincoln Avenue in Meyersdale, Somerset County, with Humphrey employed as a coal miner.
In the wee morning hours of Sept. 14, 1925, the family escaped a near tragedy. While they all were asleep at home, a night policeman in Meyersdale saw flames emanating from their roof. He sounded an alarm, a firetruck soon arrived and the blaze extinguished. "Very little damage was done," reported the Meyersdale Republican. "The fire broke out around the flue and was spreading rapidly over the roof when the firemen arrived on the scene. Through the careful handling of the water, the interior of the house was saved from very much damage."
Then in June 1927, Humphrey was involved in an automobile accident which left him with serious cuts and bruises of the head and face.
By 1930, the Mayses had relocated across the Pennsylvania-Maryland border into the city of Cumberland, Allegany County. Federal census enumeration records for 1930 show Humphrey earning a living by operating a "Bamberg" machine at a tire plant.
The Great Depression of the 1930s must have taken a toll on Humphrey's employment, and in 1940 he earned income as a janitor for a private family. That year, his granddaughter Louise M. Blake (age eight, born in Connecticut) and grandson Robert O. Blake (age 5, born in California) lived under their roof in Cumberland.
The couple relocated to Baltimore by the early 1950s. Their address in 1952 was 2804 Tennessee Avenue, English Consul.
Humphrey died on May 22, 1952. Funeral services were held in the Chapel of Trinity Lutheran Church, located at the corner of Baltimore and Pulaski Streets. Interment followed in Loudon Park Cemetery. A short death notice was printed in the Baltimore Sun.
Lucinda lived for another baker's dozen years in widowhood. She passed into eternity on June 20, 1965. Her death notice also appeared in the Sun.
Daughter Gladys N. May (1904-1914) -- sometimes spelled "Gladdis" -- was born on Oct. 9, 1904. She spent her childhood in the Keystone Mines section of Summit Township, Somerset County. But when diphtheria swept through the community, the nine-year-old girl was infected, and her heart failed. She died on Sept. 7, 1914. The tender remains were lowered into rest in the Meyersdale Union Cemetery. News of her passing was mentioned in the Meyersdale Republican.
Daughter Bessie Marcella May (1908-1996) was born on May 28, 1908 in Summit Township, Somerset County. She was twice wed. One of her spouses was (?) Myers. The other was August "Edward" Chenowith ( ? - ? ), nicknamed "Chick" and the son of Charles W. and Sophia M. (Thuss) Chenowith. The Chenowiths made a home in LaVale near Cumberland and were the parents of Edward Lee Chenowith, John Howard Chenowith and Drinda Kay Chenowith. The Chenowiths are believed to have been members of Park Place Methodist Church and in the early 1950s lived in Braddock Farms. He was employed as a staff consultant to Hercules ABL, formerly Allegany Ballistics Laboratory, an industrial company providing services to the U.S. Navy. He also was a member of the Ohr Lodge of the Masons, Ali Ghan Shrine and Cumberland Lodge of the Elks. The family was plunged into grief on Dec. 7, 1963, when 19-year-old daughter Drinda died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Sadly, two years later, Bessie and Edward divorced in September 1965 in Cumberland. Edward eventually married Evelyn (Vogel) Fuchs and moved to Wheeling, Ohio County, WV, where he spent his final years in the Overlook Park Apartments. As a patient in Ohio Valley General Hospital, he passed away at the age of 67 on July 18, 1977. Interment of the remains was in Hillcrest Burial Park. Bessie was gathered in by the Angel of Death on Dec. 30, 1996.
Son Robert William May (1910-1969) was born two days after Christmas in 1910 in Meyersdale, Somerset County. As a 12-year-old, now living in Cumberland, MD, he developed a tumor on his knee, and a physician recommended surgery. Word was passed throughout Cumberland, and funds were raised to pay for the operation, "in the hope of sparing the limb, and perhaps the boy's life," reported the Meyersdale Republican. He and his mother traveled to Pittsburgh in March 1922 for the surgery. He stood 6 feet in height, weighed 155 lbs. and had blue eyes and red hair. Still a bachelor in 1940, at the age of 29, he lived with his parents in Cumberland and during that era worked for William T. Chenowith on Williams Road in Cumberland. He joined the U.S. Army in early 1941 -- before the nation was plunged into World War II -- and was assigned to the Quartermaster Corps. He trained at Fort Belvoir, VA before going on to Chicago for additional education at the Harley Davidson Light Maintenance School. Robert succumbed to death on Nov. 22, 1969.
Daughter Pauline Margaret May (1913-1969) was born in 1913. She is believed to have been united in wedlock with Robert Orlando Blake (1910-1952. Among their known children were Louise M. Blake (born in 1932 in Connecticut) and grandson Robert O. Blake (born in 1935 in California). The Blakes lived in San Diego, CA in 1937-1939, but appear to have divorced. Circa 1940, their children were sent to live with her parents in Cumberland. Robert remarried in 1941 to Alice H.V. Bergquist (1914- ? ). Pauline returned to Maryland and made a residence in Baltimore. She died on April 5, 1969.
Son Albert May (1916- ? )
Daughter Emma J. May (1919- ? )
Son Kenneth Leroy May (1919- ? ) was born in about 1919. During World War II, he lived in Cumberland with family at the address of 501 North Centre Street.
Son Charles Ellsworth May (1921-1981) was born on Oct. 7, 1921 (or 1918) in Meyersdale, Somerset County. He lived with his parents in Cumberland in 1940 and was a textile worker in a local textile plant. As an adult, he stood 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighed 140 lbs. and had brown eyes, brown hair and a light complexion. Charles joined the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II. Afterward, he worked at the Celanese Corporation of America in Cumberland. At the age of 29, in a ceremony held in the District of Columbia, Charles married Lee Newton (1916- ? ). Death spirited him away in March 1981.
Son Paul Humphrey May (1926-2003) was born on Sept. 30, 1926 in Cumberland, Allegany County, MD. He stood 5 feet, 11 inches tall in adulthood, with brown eyes, brown hair and a light complextion. He carried a birthmark on his left leg. During the World War II era, he lived in Baltimore and worked for Publication Press, Inc. He died in York, York County, PA on May 6, 2003.
~ Son Thomas "Scott" May ~
Son Thomas "Scott" May (1893- ? ) -- nicknamed "Scotty" -- was born on Oct. 29, 1893 in Hyndman, Bedford County, PA.
He grew up in Londonderry Township, Bedford County and, at the age of 16, worked in a local brickyard circa 1910. In adulthod he stood 5 feet, 8 inches tall, had brown eyes and brown hair and a light complexion.
When the federal census enumeration was made in 1930, Thomas lived with his married sister Louisa (May) Thomas in LaVale near Cumberland, Allegany County, MD. That year, he earned his wages as a house carpenter. He was a longtime member of Local 1024 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.
At some point in time, Thomas was shot in the left knee. The bullet hole mark was visible for years afterward.
He resided in Cumberland, Allegany County, MD in 1931-1940. Census records for 1940 show him boarding in the household of his married sister Lilly Thomas and continuing in his trade as a carpenter. His work included as a superintendent for the Vandegrift Company and as an inspector for city construction projects. Circa World War II, his home was in the Jefferson Hotel in Pine Bluff, AR, employed by Sanderson & Porter at the Pine Bluff Arsenal.
After the war, Thomas went to Lewisburg, TN, where he supervised another Sanderson & Porter building project.
On Feb. 11, 1947, in nuptials held in St. Paul's Methodist Church of Hagerstown, MD, Thomas was joined in wedlock with 38-year-old Marion A. Taylor (1909-2004), daughter of Raymond W. and Mary Emma (Hagenbuch) Taylor of Cumberland. Rev. H.C. Marsh officiated at the ceremony, held in the parsonage of St. Paul's Methodist Church. News of the marriage was published in the Cumberland Evening Times, which noted that she "was attired in a brown suit, with matching accessories and wore a corsage of yellow rosebuds."
Eventually they returned to Cumberland, where Thomas continued his work as a carpenter and construction inspector. Representative projects included the Willowbrook Road water line, street resurfacings, water pump and storm sewer installations, central warehouse erection, and improvements to dams at Lake Gordon and Lake Koon.
The Mayses were members of the Centre Street United Methodist Church, and belonged to its married couples club. Marion also was active with the Allegany County Lay Health Council.
Their home in the 1970s was at 519 Valley Street. In October 1977, he was honored by Local 1024 for his 60 years of membership in the organization, receiving a special pin from local president George Brown. The Cumberland News covered the event with a story.
Thomas entered eternity in March 1984.
Marion outlived him by two decades, dying in 2004. They are in eternal repose in Sunset Memorial Park in Cumberland.
~ Son Hobert "Earl" May ~
Son Hobert "Earl" May (1895- ? ) was born on May 1 or 7, in July or on Aug. 7, 1895 in Bedford County. (Records widely differ.)
At the age of 14, he and his brother Scott labored in a brickyard in or near Londonderry Township, Bedford County.
He was united in matrimony with Veda Effa Holler (July 1, 1895-1974), daughter of Newton and Mary (Steele) Holler of Bedford County.
The children believed to have been born to this union were Troy Foster May, Arretta Hook, Vondegale "Winnie" Brown, Neva Ruby Grove Lishia and Earl May Jr.
When the federal census enumeration was made in 1930, the Mays lived in Elk Lick Township, Somerset County. At that time, coming out the grip of the Great Depression, Earl was employed as a public highway laborer.
Earl went on to earn a living as a construction worker and later as a foreman. He was a member of Local 1024 of the Carpenters Union of Cumberland, MD and Local 910 of the Laborers Union of Johnstown.
Their home in 1932-1936 was in Boynton, Somerset County, in 1959 in Baltimore, MD and in 1974 back in Boynton. The family belonged to the St. John's United Church of Christ, with Veda active with its Queen Esther Bible Class.
Sadness cascaded over the family when Beda died at the age of 79, on July 19, 1974, in Meyersdale Community Hospital. Funeral services were held in the family church, led by Rev. David E. Fetter. Burial was in Salisbury Cemetery, and an obituary was printed in the Meyersdale Republican. She was survived by six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Earl outlived his wife by a baker's dozen years and remained in Boynton. The Angel of Death spirited him away at the age of 92, in Meyersdale Community Hospital, on Sept. 7, 1987. Rev. Mark J. Stewart officiated at the funeral. The Somerset Daily American produced an obituary.
Son Troy Foster May (1914-1992) was born on Aug. 10, 1914 in Boynton. He spent his life in the Boynton environs. He was joined in marriage with LaVerne Margaret Robertson (Aug. 3, 1918-1960), daughter of William and Ida Robertson. The couple did not reproduce. Troy served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Later, he earned income as a concrete finisher and carpenter. The couple were members of St. John's United Church of Christ, and he belonged to the Salisbury posts of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. LaVerne was diagnosed with cancer of the uterus in about 1957. She endured the illness for two years until her body finally gave out, at the age of only 41, on Jan. 2, 1960. She was buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Salisbury. Troy lived for another 31-plus years after his wife's passing and resided on Railroad Street. As his health declined, he was admitted to Somerset Hospital, and died there age age 77 on Feb. 9, 1992. Ref. Jeffrey Frantz preached the funeral sermon. Troy's obituary was printed in the Somerset Daily American.
Daughter Arretta May (1916- ? ) was born in about 1016. She married Harry Hook ( ? - ? ). Her home in the 1970s was in Vermilion, OH. In 1974, the couple went to the 40th class reunion of the Meyersdale Area High School class of 1934, held at the Mountain Chateau in Boynton. Arretta and Harry and family also are known to have attended a reunion of the Charles M. and Amanda (Swearman) Hook family in August 1976, held at the Knieriem Cottage in Schellsburg. By 1987, they had relocated to Englewood, FL, and she remained there as of 2006.
Daughter Vondegale May (1918-1992) was born on June 10, 1918 in Boynton, Somerset County. She was joined in wedlock with Clarence W. Brown ( ? - ? ). The pair bore two children -- Ronald Dale Brown and Shelva Jean Hillegas. They dwelled in Boynton and Salisbury, Somerset County and were members of St. John's United Church of Christ in Salisbury, with Vondegale helping found the Queen Esther Bible Class in Boynton. Over the years, Vondegale earned a living as a packer at Meyersdale Shirt Factory and Salisbury Undergarment Company. She also worked for her sister Neva May Lishia as assistant postmistress in Boynton and was a cook for Pines Drive In. Their address was 157 South Grant Street in Salisbury. On Sept. 4, 1992, at the age of 74, Vondegale passed into eternity in Patriot Manor Nursing Home in Somerset. An obituary was published in the Somerset Daily American, stating that funeral services were led by Rev. Jeffrey Frantz and that burial was in Salisbury Cemetery.
Daughter Neva Ruby May (1921-2006) was born on Feb. 22, 1921 in Boynton, Somerset County. As a young woman during World War II, she was employed as a welder in Detroit, working at a shell casing manufacturing plant. She was married twice. Her first spouse was Clarence "Con" Grove (Sept. 3, 1918-1991), a native of Scalp Level, PA and the son of Dewey and Ethel (Hostetler) Grove. They bore two children, Jeffrey Richard Grove and Dixie Lee McKenzie. The Groves eventually divorced. Neva was united in her second marriage with Anthony Lishia ( ? - ? ). For decades, she was in Berlin, Somerset County, at the address of 425 Main Street. She owned Lishia's Hotel in Berlin, and at one time was the federal postmistress in Boynton. She grieved in 2002 at the untimely death of her married daughter Dixie. She succumbed to death at the age of 85 on March 20, 2006 as a patient in Meadow View Nursing Center. Burial was in Salisbury Cemetery following funeral services led by Rev. David Fetter. Former husband Clarence worked in Lorain, OH as a steelworker for United States Steel's Lorain Works and was a member of the United Steelworkers of America. At his death on April 13, 1991, his remains were placed into repose in Salisbury Cemetery, with Rev. Carl Mitchell leading the service.
Son Earl May Jr. (1929- ? ) was born in about 1929. He relocated to Virginia, where he resided in 1974 in Norfolk and in 1987 in Chesapeake.
~ Daughter Martha (May) Ritenour ~
Daughter Martha May (1898-1961) was born on May 21, 1898.
When she was 19 years of age, Martha married 24-year-old Elmer Ritenour (1890-1977), the son of Austin and Della (Fosbrink) Ritenour of Indian Creek, Fayette County, PA.
Three known children were born to the couple -- Virginia A. Slagle, Raymond Ritenour and Mildred Ritenour.
The Ritenours relocated to Ohio in the late 1920s and established a longtime home in Canton, Stark County, OH. Elmer worked as a truck driver for a steel mill in 1930 and for a coal mine in 1940.
Elmer was driving a tractor-trailer in January 1951 when it collided with a stolen automobile driven by a Canton man. Fortunately he was not injured, but the driver was killed. Said the Massillon Evening Independent, Elmer "told investigating deputy sheriffs that he swerved to the side of the highway in an attempt to avoid a collision as the car headed toward his outfit."
Sadly, Martha died in 1961. Burial was in Canton's Forest Hill Cemetery.
Elmer survived for another 16 years. He died at the age of 86 or 87 in 1977.
Daughter Virginia A. Ritenour (1918- ? ) was born on Aug. 11, 1918. On Dec. 16, 1940, at the age of 22, she married Howard R. Slagle (Dec. 11, 1919-1991). Howard was swept away by the Angel of Death on May 6, 1991. He sleeps in eternal repose in Canton's Forest Hill Cemetery.
Son Raymond Ritenour (1928- ? ) was born in about 1928 in Pennsylvania.
Daughter Mildred Ritenour (1931- ? ) was born on June 28, 1931 in Edgefield, near Canton, Stark County, OH. Evidence shows that she was married twice. Her first spouse was 18-year-old farmer Gilbert D. James (Dec. 16, 1929- ? ), son of Joseph and Oral (Doty) James of Fulton, OH. They tied the knot on the Fourth of July 1948, in Mt. Gilead, Morrow County, OH, when she was age 17. Rev. Kenneth L. Marsh officiated. Four years later, now living in East Canton at the age of 20, she wedded a second time to 25-year-old divorced Canton farmer Chester R. Foust (March 31, 1926-2016), son of Raymond and Gladys (Feigley) Foust. Their nuptials were conducted in East Canton on March 6, 1952. The marriage dissolved within a few years, and Chester sued for divorce, citing "gross neglect of duty and extreme cruelty," said the Bucyrus (OH) Telegraph-Forum. The divorce was granted in June 1958. He wedded again to Joy Ellen Landon (1936-2014).
~ Daughter Olive Adaline "Ollie" (May) McNamara ~
Daughter Olive Adaline "Ollie" May (1899-1959) was born on April 17, 1899 in Hyndman, Bedford County.
Unmarried at the age of 20, in 1920, Olive resided with her married sister and brother-in-law May and Jacob L. Mansberry in Connellsville, Fayette County. When a local teamster began boarding in the household, Frederick C. McNamara, the pair became enamored of each other.
At the age of 21, she wedded 29-year-old Frederick McNamara (Dec. 6, 1890-1937), a native of Connellsville, Fayette County. He was the son of Irish immigrant John McNamara and wife Lucy Shorman of Virginia.
They were the parents of two daughters -- Viola M. McNamara and Stella C. McNamara.
Frederick served in the U.S. Army during World War I.
The McNamaras dwelled in Connellsville for 40 years. One of their addresses was 128 West Beach Street. The 1930 federal census shows Frederick working as a laborer in a garbage plant. Later, he earned a living with the P.W.A. Olive belonged to the Assembly of God Church.
Sadly, at the age of 46, Frederick contracted chronic pulmonary disease, perhaps considered a type of tuberculosis. Two days after Christmas 1936, he was admitted to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Aspinwall near Pittsburgh. His stay was only 24 days until the Angel of Death swept him away on Jan. 20, 1937. Interment of the remains was in Connellsville's Chestnut Hill Cemetery. Funeral services were led by Rev. E.A. Schultz, of the United Brethren Church, held at the residence of Bert Turney. The Everson Post and Walter E. Brown Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars assisted with the funeral.
Olive outlived her spouse by more than 20 years. Her home in the late 1950s was at 417 North Pittsburgh Street in Connellsville, Fayette County.
Sadness swept through the family when Olive was diagnosed with cancer of her right breast. She died at the age of 60 on Oct. 28, 1959 while a patient at Connellsville State Hospital. Her remains were interred in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Bullskin Township north of Connellsville, with Rev. Edward J. Hatcher preaching the service.
Daughter Viola M. McNamara (1922- ? ) was born in about 1922. She was joined in the bonds of wedlock with Charles Vernon Kessler Sr. (Aug. 14, 1920-1954), son of Vernon and Gladys Kessler of Dunbar, Fayette County. The children produced by this union were Carol Kessler, Sharon Kessler, Judy Kessler, Charles Vernon Kessler Jr. and Gloria Lee Kessler. Charles is known to have served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II. The Kesslers' address in the 1950s was at 127 Newcomer Court in Gibson Terrace in Connellsville. Charles earned a living as a bricklayer, working for his father in a family-owned contracting firm. He was a member of the Milton L. Bishop post of the American Legion and the Walter E. Brown post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and they belonged to the Central Methodist Church. Sadly, after years of alcoholism and then a fluid buildup of the lungs ("edema"), the 33-year-old Charles died on June 20, 1954. Burial of the remains was in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, with Rev. R.A. Nelson officiating, and additional graveside rites provided by the American Legion and VFW. An obituary was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier. Now widowed, Viola remained in Connellsville.
Daughter Stella C. McNamara (1925- ? ) was born in about 1925. She was united in marriage with James R. Burrows ( ? - ? ). The couple dwelled at 624 Brown Street in Everson, Fayette County circa 1959. They bore two known children -- Walter Lee Burrows and Holly Dee Burrows. On the 10th anniversary of her mother's death, Stella took out a classified memorium advertisement in the local newspaper. They remained in Everson as of 1977, and that year, Stella served as Everson chairman of the Fayette County Heart Fund campaign.
~ Son Ross May ~
Son Ross May (1902- ? ) was born on the Fourth of July 1902, the youngest in a family of 16 children.
Evidence hints that he may have died young, but this is not confirmed.