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Jesse 'Bruce' Nicklow


Jesse "Bruce" Nicklow, Jr. was born on May 24, 1856, the son of Jesse B. and Julia Ann (Ream) Nicklow Sr.

He was to married Martha "Ellen" Brooks (1868-1896).

The five children born to this union were Della Bitner, Harry Nicklow, William Nicklow, J. Bruce Nicklow III and Frank Nicklow.

For years, Bruce worked as a coal miner in and around Pennsville, Bullskin Township north of Connellsville.

Grief blanketed the family when Ellen died in 1896 at the age of about 28. The cause behind her untimely death is not known. Her remains were lowered into the soil of Mount Olive Cemetery near Pennsville.

In mid-August 1922, at the age of 66, while working on the farm of James Richey at Pennsville, Bruce fell from a wagon filled with oats and fractured his skull. The damaged brain tissues abscessed, and he lingered for several weeks before dying on Sept. 11, 1922. Reported the Connellsville Daily Courier, "Mr. Nicklow had been in a serious condition ever since the accident but for a time seemed to be improving. He had been worse for several days. The end came at 12:25 o'clock."

Funeral services were held in Bruce's home. Son Frank Nicklow of Pennsville signed the death certificate, with burial following in Mt. Olive Cemetery.

Over the years, on the anniversary of Jesse's death, the Daily Courier featured the incident in its "Looking Backward" column.


~ Daughter Della (Nicklow) Bitner ~

Daughter Della Nicklow (1884-1925) was born on Sept. 6, 1884.

She married Frank Bitner ( ? - ? ). The Bitners lived in the Pennsville area of Bullskin Township near Connellsville.

Grief cascaded over the family in about 1923 or '24 when Della was diagnosed with stomach cancer. She lived for another year or two under the treatment of Dr. James P. Strickler of Scottdale.

She succumbed to death at the age of 41 on Dec. 14, 1925. Interment was in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Pennsville.


~ Son Harry Nicklow Sr. ~

Son Harry Nicklow Sr. (1886-1964) was born on Jan. 16, 1886 in Somerset County.

He was joined in wedlock with Opal Goswick (Sept. 15, 1897-1977), daughter of Lloyd F. "Jack" and Anna (Workman) Goswick.

They bore eight known children -- Harry Nicklow Jr., James Nicklow, Joseph Nicklow, Frank Nicklow, Alvin Nicklow, Pauline Richey, Jean Pastore and Arlene Darrell.

They couple established their residence in Bullskin Township in 1920 and remained there for the balance of their lives. They attended the Pennsville Baptist Church. Harry labored in local coal mines. He eventually retired from mining and spent his retirement years in Bullskin.

He suffered a heart attack in late June 1964 and was rushed to Uniontown Hospital, where he was carried away by the Grim Reaper at the age of 78 on June 29, 1964. His remains were lowered into the soil of eternal repose in Green Ridge Memorial Park.

Opal survived her spouse by a baker's dozen years in Pennsville. As her health failed, she was admitted to Connellsville State General Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival at the age of 79 on April 17, 1977. An obituary in the Connellsville Daily Courier reported that she was survived by 31 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

Son Harry Nicklow Jr. lived in Connellsville in 1977.

Son James Nicklow resided in 1977 in Pontiac, MI.

Son Joseph Nicklow made a home in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, PA in 1977.

Son Frank Nicklow dwelled in Mount Pleasant.

Son Alvin Nicklow married a distant cousin, Martha Lee Jennings ( ? - ? ), daughter of Edgar and Thelma (Johnson) Jennings of the family of Alvin H. Jennings. See the Jennings biography for more.

Daughter Pauline Nicklow wedded Harry Richey. They were in Scottdale, Fayette County in 1977.

Daughter Jean Nicklow was joined in wedlock with Ralph Pastore. In the late 1970s, they lived in Connellsville.

Daughter Arlene Nicklow was united in matrimony with Frank Darrell. They called Connellsville their home.


~ Son William Nicklow ~

Son William Nicklow (1887-1955) was born on Jan. 11, 1887 in Pennsville, Bullskin Township, Fayette County.

He was united in holy matrimony with Ella "Ellen" Brooks ( ? -1932).

The pair together bore a family of seven offspring, among them Clifford Nicklow, Helen Miller, Dora Clark, Emma Jean Martin, Harry Nicklow, William J. Nicklow and Della Nicklow. Sadness cascaded down over the family when son Harry died in infancy.

Over the years, William earned a living as a miner for the H.C. Frick Coke Company. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America at Leisenring No. 1 and in his spare time belonged to the YMCA.

Ella died in May 1932. Details are not known.

William outlived her by 23 years and endured the untimely death of their son William in 1947. In the mid-1950s, he resided with his son Clifford at 411 East Washington Street in Connellsville.

Suffering from a heart attack and a virus infection, death overtook him at the age of 67 on the second day of the new year in 1955. Clifford Nicklow of the home signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Rev. R.A. Nelson led the funeral service. William's remains rest for eternity in Green Ridge Memorial Park.

Son Clifford Nicklow resided at 411 East Washington Street in Connellsville.

Daughter Helen Nicklow married Francis Miller. They lived at Fort Storey, Virginia Beach, VA in 1948 and in Tampa in 1955.

Daughter Dora Nicklow wedded George "Byron" Clark. They dwelled in 1948 in Melcroft and in 1955 in Normalville.

Daughter Emma Jean Nicklow was joined in marriage with James Martin. They made a home in Connellsville.

Son William E. Nicklow ( ? -1947) was born in (?). He was joined in wedlock with Gertrude Barron ( ? - ? ). Two children born to this couple were Dorothy Nicklow and William Nicklow. They made a home at 717 Pittsburgh Street in Scottdale and were members of the Pennsville Evangelical United Brethren Church. In about 1938, William secured employment at the Irvin plan of Carnegie Illinois Steel Company near McKeesport. A decade later, on the fateful day of Jan. 20, 1948, he suffered a heart attack after leaving work and while riding the Irvin Works bus. He was admitted to Frick Memorial Hospital in Mount Pleasant and died there the same day, at the age of only 38. Rev. W.S. Harr led the funeral service, with interment of the remains in Green Ridge Memorial Park in Pennsville. An obituary was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier.

Daughter Della Nicklow resided in Connellsville.


~ Son J. Bruce Nicklow III ~

Son J. Bruce Nicklow III (1893-1965) was born on Jan. 26, 1893.

On Sept. 4, 1912, when he was 19 years of age, he wedded Leora Baker (Sept. 18, 1893-1971), daughter of Joseph and Lydia (Rhodes) Baker.

The children born to this union were Robert Nicklow, Evelyn Pearson, Ruth Miller, Hazel Herbert, Geraldine MacBurney, Betty Bixler, Dorothy Young, Elsie Naomi Nicklow and Mary Louise Dunlap.

The Nicklows dwelled in Bullskin Township near Connellsville, where Bruce was an active member of the Pennsville Evangelical United Brethren Church. Leora enjoyed her memberships in the Can-Do Garden Club and Mount Carmel Community Church.

With Bruce laboring over the years as a coal miner for United States Steel Corporation, he was a member of the United Mine Workers of America.

When Bruce and Leora reached their golden wedding anniversary, an open house was held at their home, with a story appearing in the Connellsville Daily Courier.

Sadly, while working near their home, he was felled by a sudden, acute heart attack and died at the age of 72 on April 12, 1965. Interment was in Green Ridge Memorial Park, with Rev. William Hoffman officiating at the funeral service. An obituary in the Daily Courier reported that he was survived by 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Leora lived on as a widow for another six years. On March 1, 1971, with her health failing, she was admitted to Spears Convalescent Home in Markleysburg. She succumbed there at the age of 77 on April 23, 1971.

Son Robert Bruce "Bob" Nicklow ( ? -2008) was born in (?) in Pennsville near Connellsville. He married (?) Eutsey ( ? - ? ), daughter of James Eutsey. They produced two sons -- Robert "Bruce" Nicklow Jr. and Ronald Nicklow. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Armed Forces, attaining the rank of sergeant. The Nicklows relocated to Trenton, NJ, where they spent a quarter of a century and he was employed by the Fairless Works of United States Steel Corporation in Morrisville, Bucks County. They also were members of the Bible Baptist Church Independent where, said the Daytona Beach News-Journal, "he served as a deacon and an elder and was instrumental in the land acquisition and construction of the church." Upon retirement, Robert retired to Orange City, FL. He passed into eternity at the age of 86 on Sept. 5, 2008. Interment was in Hollywood Cemetery in Orange City.

  • Grandson Robert "Bruce" Nicklow Jr. married Betty and made a home in 2008 in Evergreen, CO.
  • Grandson Ronald Nicklow wedded Carol. They dwelled in 2008 in New Gretna, NJ.

Daughter Evelyn Nicklow (1913- ? ) was born in about 1913 in Pennsville. On Aug. 15, 1931, the 18-year-old eloped to West Virginia to marry 21-year-old James D. Pearson ( ? - ? ), a native of Pitcairn, Westmoreland County, PA. Their wedding was held in Wellsburg, Brooke County, officiated by the hand of Rev. Burt David Evans. They lived in Trafford, Irwin and Jeannette, Westmoreland County, PA. She was deceased by 2008.

Daughter Ruth Nicklow ( ? - ? ) wedded Robert Miller ( ? - ? ). They made a home in McDonald, Washington County, PA. She was deceased by 2008.

Daughter Hazel Nicklow ( ? - ? ) was united in wedlock with James Herbert ( ? - ? ). They lived in the Homestead section of Pittsburgh in 1951 and later moved to Allentown (Lehigh County?). She was deceased by 2008.

Daughter Geraldine D. Nicklow (1917-2013) was born on Sept. 17, 1917 in Bullskin Township near Connellsville. She was joined in matrimony with Wendell Elroy MacBurney ( ? - ? ). They dwelled in Dickerson Run, Fayette County and produced two sons -- Dennis W. MacBurney and William Elroy MacBurney. Tragedy enveloped the family on March 1, 1974 when their 16-year-old son William was klled "when the car in which they were riding over turned on Rte. 819, three miles south of Scottdale," reported the Connellsville Daily Courier. Police noted that "the venicle was traveling ... at an apparently high rate of speed when it failed to negotiate a curve to the left. The car ran off the east berm of the highway, struck a stone culvert then flipped end over end coming to rest in a field on its top. MacBurney was thrown from the vehicle..." Rev. Joseph Harshman led the young man's funeral service. Over the years, Geraldine earned income through her work as an assistant manager with Market Basket Grocery and a clerk with McCrory's 5 and 10, both in Connellsville. She belonged to the Church of the Open Door. As her health failed in her mid-90s, Geraldine was admitted to Excela Health Frick Hospital in Mount Pleasant. She passed away there at the age of 95 on Feb. 2, 2013. Pastor Harry Powell officiated at her funeral service, with interment in Dickerson Run Union Cemetery. The Connellsville Daily Courier published an obituary.

  • Grandson Dennis Wendell MacBurney (1954-2019) was born on Aug. 6, 1954 in Connellsville and spent his entire life in the Dickerson Run/Connellsville community. He was married and the father of four -- Sean William MacBurney, Marteine Marie Harewicz, Chad Wendell MacBurney and Shane Andrew MacBurney. Dennis belonged to the Moose lodge in Scottdale and coached youth baseball. For a quarter of a century, he was employed by Lenox Crystal as a glass blower. He then went on to a 16-plus-year career with D&T Construction as a pipe layer. Sadly, as a patient at Greenbriar Healthcare Center in Boardman, OH, he succumbd to death at the age of 64 on July 30, 2019. An obituary was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier.

Daughter Betty Nicklow ( ? - ? ) was married to William Bixler ( ? - ? ) . The Bixlers were in Salem, NJ in 1955-1958 -- Clinton, IA in 1962 -- and Northern Ireland circa 1965-1971. She was deceased by 2008.


Composing room of Dorothy (Nicklow) Young's employer, Mennonite Publishing


Daughter Dorothy Nicklow ( ? -2006) was born in Connellsville. She lived in New York City in 1954. At some point she wedded Edwin Young ( ? - ? ). The couple resided in Uniontown and bore a son, Dr. Eric Young. Dorothy was employed over the years with the Mennonite Publishing House in Scottdale as a file clerk administrator. Later, after they relocated to Greenville, SC, they were members of Hampton Park Baptist Church. The Angel of Death gathered in Dorothy at the age of 85 on Jan. 16, 2006. Her obituary was printed in the Greenville News.

  • Grandson Dr. Eric Young resided in Piedmont, SC in 2006.

Daughter Elsie Naomi "Diddy" Nicklow (1924-2013) was born in 1924. She never married and lived at home in 1965. She and her sister Mary Louise Dunlap eventually relocated to South Carolina, making a home in Greenville. She was affiliated with the Hampton Park Baptist Church. Elsie died in Greenville at the age of 89 on Dec. 11, 2013. A brief obituary was printed in the Greenville News.

Daughter Mary Louise Nicklow ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). As a young woman, she obtained employment at R.E. Uptegraff Manufacturing Company in Scottdale, Westmoreland County. On June 13, 1951, in nuptials held at the Pennsville Evangelical United Brethren Church, she was united in holy matrimony with Charles Dunlap ( ? - ? ), son of Leland Dunlap of Dawson, Fayette County. Rev. R.A. Nelson officiated. Charles was a graduate of Waynesburg College and, at the time of marriage, worked for the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad at Dawson. Their home in the mid-1960s was in Pennsville. By 2013, she had relocated to South Carolina.


~ Son Frank Nicklow ~

Son Frank Nicklow (1894-1960) was born on Dec. 2, 1894.

He migrated to Southern California and was in Los Angeles circa 1955.

Frank died in Los Angeles on Aug. 27, 1960.


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