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Julia A. (Nicklow) King
(1855-1905)

 

Julia A. (Nicklow) King was born in about 1855, the daughter of Jesse B. and Julia Ann (Ream) Nicklow.

When she was 25 years of age, in 1880, she lived with her widowed mother in the village of Normalville in Springfield Township, Fayette County.

Julia was joined in the bonds of wedlock with Wilson C. King (1844-1897), said to have been the son of Charles Frederick and Rebecca (King) King.

 

They were the parents of four offspring, Jesse Bruce King Sr., Daisy Weaver, Cleon Ream King and Carrie Julia King.

Circa 1885-1895, they lived in or near Normalville, Fayette County. In 1895, on May 24, the Connellsville Weekly Courier published a Normalville gossip column item reading: "Forward Nicklow and Mrs. Julia King visited their brother and sister at Ursina over Sunday."

Sadness blanketed the family when Wilson died at the age of 52 or 53 in 1897. His remains were lowered into repose in the soil of Normalville Cemetery.

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1900, the widowed Julia headed a household with her four children in Upper Tyrone Township. Son Jesse, age 14, earned income for the family that year as a rope maker.

Then in May 1902, the Weekly Courier again mentioned Julia in its columns. The article said that she and her son, of Kingview, Fayette County, joined with her sister Dora Wildey and family of Connellsville in a visit to their brother Jesse "Bruce" Nicklow Jr. to help him mark his 46th birthday.

Julia passed into eternity at the age of 51 on June 15, 1905. Burial was in Scottdale Cemetery.

 

~ Son Jesse Bruce King Sr. ~

Son Jesse Bruce King Sr. (1885-1963) was born on Dec. 3, 1885 in Normalville, Fayette County and was named after his paternal grandfather.

He married Jennie Porterfield (1886-1968).

The Kings were longtime dairy farmers in Upper Tyrone Township.

The children born to this marriage were Mary Agnes King, Isabella R. King, Julianna Martin and Jesse Bruce King Jr. Sadly, Mary Agnes died in infancy circa 1912.

Jesse served in Upper Tyrone as a school director and tax collector. He also was a board director and president of the Farmers Cooperative Dairy Association in Connellsville and held a membership in the Fayette County Agricultural Conservation Association. In the later years of his career, he was a state representative for the Production Marketing Administration in Harrisburg, the state capitol.

The family belonged to the First United Brethren Church of Scottdale and the Pleasant Valley Grange, where he once served as master. As with his brother, he was a member of the Odd Fellows lodge in Scottdale.

In their later years they dwelled in Scottdale, Westmoreland County.

At the age of 77, suffering from artery disease, Jesse died in Frick Community Hospital in nearby Mount Pleasant. The remains were interred in Scottdale Cemetery.

Daughter Isabella R. King (1910-1988) was born in 1910. Circa 1963, she was on the faculty of California (PA) State College. She never married. She died in 1988.

Daughter Julianna King (1912-1994) was born in 1912. She wedded Wilford Martin ( ? - ? ). Their home was in Scottdale. She passed into eternity in 1994.

Son Jesse Bruce King Jr. (1921-2005) was born on New Year's Day 1921 in Upper Tyrone Township, Fayette County. He attended Penn State University upon graduation from high school. During World War II, from 1943 to 1945, he served in the U.S. Navy and was a pilot, bearing the rank of ensign. He was twice married. His first bride was Betty Jane Miner (July 26, 1923-1987), daughter of Roy and Irene (Eicher) Miner of the family of David and Jane (Younkin) Showman. (Roy Miner's branch is of the English Miner-Minor clan and not related.) The couple eloped on Nov. 27, 1943 to Blacksburg, VA to tie the knot in a Methodist Church. He was age 22 and a soldier at the time, and she 21 and employed as an inspector. Over their entire lives, they dwelled in or near Kingview, Fayette County. Two children were born to this marriage -- Jesse Bruce King III and J. Elaine King. Jesse was a longtime machinist working for a variety of employers, including R.E. Uptegraff of Scottdale, Dunbar Machine, Duraloy Blaw-Knox of Scottdale, National Tube, Pittsburgh Steel and Scottdale Machine. They also were farmers, raising dairy cattle. The Kings held a membership in the Pennsville Baptist Church. Jesse also belonged to the Dairy Board Farmer's Cooperative and at one time was road supervisor for Upper Tyrone Township. Sadly, Betty Jane succumbed to death on Aug. 8, 1987. On July 1, 1988, Jesse married again to Vivian June Parker (June 10, 1926-2016), daughter of William Wallace and Sarah Emma (Gongaware) Parker. Vivian had served in the Cadet Nurse Corps at the tail end of the second world war. From there she graduated in 1947 from the Westmoreland School of Nursing. Her career was spent doing private duty, doctor's office, nursing home and Frick Hospital nursing services. Then she went to work as a school nurse for the Connellsville School District, retiring in 1986. She was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Scottdale and the Kingview Ladies Club. In her free time she liked to quilt, crochet, make crafts, solve crossword puzzles and read. As his health declined, Jesse was admitted to Frick Hospital in nearby Mount Pleasant, where he passed away on Jan. 20, 2005. An obituary was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier, which said that the funeral was co-officiated by Pastor Robert Bixel and Pastor Terry Murray. Interment of the body was in Green Ridge Memorial Park. Vivian outlived her spouse by 11 years. She died at home in Scottdale at the age of 89 on June 8, 2016. At her burial in Green Ridge, she received full military honors, said the Greensburg Tribune-Review.

  • Grandson Jesse Bruce King III married Susan. They live in Scottdale.
  • Granddaughter J. Elaine King dwells in Connellsville.

 

~ Daughter Daisy (King) Weaver ~

Daughter Daisy King (1887-1973) was born on July 28, 1887 or 1888 in Normalville, Fayette County.

She married Joseph F. Weaver  (July 27, 1882-1949), son of Samuel and Matilda (Wadsworth) Weaver of Fayette County.

Together, the couple produced a family of six children -- Jean Schrecengost, Dorotha Weaver, Geraldine Stoner, Betty Weaver, Kenneth W. Weaver and Arnold C. Weaver.

In about 1946, the family relocated to Scottdale and moved into a residence at 703 Mulberry Street. Joseph earned a living as a laborer with R.E. Uptegraff Manufacturing Company. The pair were members of the Scottdale Christ Evangelical United Brethren Church, later renamed as the Christ United Methodist Church, and he took part in the Berean Bible Class and she was active with its United Methodist Women.

Sadly, without warning, Joseph suffered a heart attack and succumbed to death at home on April 16, 1949. Reported the Connellsville Daily Courier, "When he arose this morning he was apparently in good health. he went down town as usual to buy a morning paper, returned to his home, sat down on a chair and died.." Burial was in Scottdale Cemetery, with Rev. Donald B. App officiating the funeral service.

Daisy outlived her spouse by 23-plus years. Her residence remained at 703 Mulberry Street for the balance of her life. After suffering what the Daily Courier called "an extended illness," she passed away at the age of 84 on Feb. 3, 1973. She was survived by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Daughter Jean Weaver (1906-1994) was born in 1906. She married Thomas Ed Schrecengost (1907-1995). The couple was in Scottdale in 1973. Jean died in 1994, and Thomas a year later. They are in eternal sleep in Green Ridge Memorial Park.

Daughter Dortha Weaver was unmarried and resided in 1973 in Scottdale.

Daughter Geraldine Weaver (1917-2006) was born on July 27, 1917 in Kingview, Fayette County. As a young woman, she graduated from Franklin Commercial College. She was united in matrimony with Frank Stoner ( ? - ? ). The couple did not reproduce, and their marital union endured for 56 years. They made a home in Scottdale. Geraldine earned a living working for Arcade and Strand Theaters in Scottdale and at the Murphy Furniture Store and Funeral Home. At one time she was employed by the Mennonite Publishing House in its book division. For decades, she was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church in Scottdale, active with its Sunday School as secretary and teacher. Exceptionally active in the community, the Woodland Area Progress Star once reported that her involvements included the Otterbein Guild and Christian Endeavor Society, as a charter member of the Scottdale Women's Garden Club, the Scottdale Auxiliary of Frick Hospital and Community Health Center, the Pleasant Valley Country Club and its Ladies Association, local bridge clubs, the Women's Saturday Afternoon Clubs of Scottdale and Mount Pleasant, the Beta Gradale, the Scottdale Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Toward the end, she became a resident of Scottdale Manor and Rehabilitation Center. She died there at the age of 88 on May 4, 2006. Rev. Dennis M. Henley led the funeral service, with interment in Scottdale Cemetery.

Daughter Betty L. Weaver was in Scottdale circa 1973.

Son Kenneth W. Weaver settled in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, PA. He was deceased by 2006.

Son Arnold C. Weaver lived in Scottdale. He was deceased by 2006.

 

Cleon King's one-time employer, the U.S. Cast Iron Pipe and Foundry in Scottdale, PA, billed as "the largest pipe mill in the world."

 

~ Son Cleon Ream King ~

Son Cleon Ream King (1889-1967) was born in Aug. 1889. He appears to have been named for his mother's cousin, Cleon Ream of the family of Levi and Hily (King) Ream.

In September 1915, he entered into marriage with Olive Shively ( ? - ? ).

The two daughters born in this family were June Boyd and Phylliss Smith.

For a number of years, Cleon was employed at the U.S. Cast Iron Pipe and Foundry Company in Scottdale. He was a member of the Marion lodge of the Masons and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows lodge in Scottdale.

Later, about 1931, they relocated to Burlington, NJ and eventually migrated to New York when he was tapped to be foundry superintendent of Sandy Hill Corporation in Hudson Falls, NY. They remained in Glens Falls for about 18 years. When the couple marked their 43rd wedding anniversary, in 1958, it was in the form of a dinner party at the home of Olive's brother William B. Shively in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, PA, an event covered in the Connellsville Daily Courier. Some 32 guests attended.

The family belonged to the Hudson Falls Presbyterian Church, with Cleon holding the post of trustee in 1958. Later, he relocated to Burlington, NJ, making a residence at 31 Sycamore Drive.

As a patient in Burlington County Memorial Hospital in Mt. Holly, NJ, Cleon died at the age of 76 in June 1967. An obituary in the Glens Falls (NY) Times said that burial was in Lakeview Memorial Park in Cinnaminson, NJ.

Daughter June King Boyd

Daughter Phylliss King Smith

 

~ Daughter Carrie Julia King ~

Daughter Carrie Julia King (1893-1965) was born on July 11, 1893.

She never married. Her address in the 1960s was on 703 Mulberry Street in Scottdale, Westmoreland County, PA.

In her later years, she was burdened with hardening of the arteries and Parkinson's Disease.

She was swept away by the angel of death at home at the age of 72 on Dec. 2, 1965. Burial of the remains was in Scottdale Cemetery. Many years later, she was named in the obituary of her niece, Geraldine (Weaver) Stoner.

 

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