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Julia Ann (Ream) Nicklow


Normalville Cemetery

Julia Ann (Ream) Nicklow was born on Feb. 22, 1820 in Ursina, Somerset County, PA, the daughter of Samuel W. and Mary (Rheims) Ream. Her name also has been spelled "Julianne." 

In about 1844, when she was 24 years of age, Julia Ann was married to 22-year-old Jesse B. Nicklow (1822-1874?).

The couple produced a family of 10 known children -- Irwin R. Nicklow, Rebecca Jane McNeill, Harriet Ann Prinkey, Dianna Shipley, Marcellus Nicklow, Julia R. King, Jesse "Bruce" Nicklow, Jr., Dora B. Wildey and Forward R. Nicklow.

The Nicklows were farmers. In 1860, the year before the Civil War broke out, they made their home in Lower Turkeyfoot. That year, 75-year-old Rhoda (Spencer) Jennings, widow of Capt. Benjamin Jennings, lived under their roof.

By 1870, the family moved across the county line into Springfield Township, Fayette County, with Jesse earning income as a domestic servant.

Research suggests that Jesse passed away at the age of 54 on April 7, 1874, with burial in Normalville Cemetery.

Now widowed, Julia Ann headed her own household in Normalville when the 1880 federal census was taken. Her children Bruce, Julia, Dora and Forward all were in the household that year. Their next door neighbors were distant cousins Elijah and Hannah (Minerd) Murray.

Julia died on Feb. 25, 1895 in Uniontown, Fayette County. Her remains were transported into the mountains for burial in Normalville Cemetery. Her grave marker is still legible today but lies flat in the ground, toppled over at some point in time. [Find-a-Grave]


~ Son Irwin R. Nicklow ~

Son Irwin R. Nicklow (1845- ? ) was born in about 1845. Nothing more is known.


~ Daughter Rebecca "Jane" (Nicklow) McNeill ~

Daughter Rebecca "Jane" Nicklow (1847-1937) was born on May 1, 1847 in Somerset County, where she spent her lifetime. Her maiden names at times has also been spelled "Nicola."

On Valentine's Day 1864, she was joined in wedlock with Robert Lloyd McNeill Sr. (Feb. 8, 1833-1895), son of James and Margaret (McNeill) McNeill. The family resided in Confluence.

The couple produced six children -- James B. McNeill, Richard McNeill, Bruce McNeill, Margaret Ann McNeill, Dora Charlotte Harris and Robert Lloyd McNeill Jr. Two of the sons died young -- Richard at age one day on June 2, 1867 and Bruce at age three on Sept. 1, 1872.

Further heartbreak wrapped the family in blackness when Robert Sr. died on New Year's Day 1895 at the age of 62. Burial was in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery.

Jane lived for another four-plus decades as a widow. One of their descendants has referred to her as "one tough woman." The Meyersdale Republican once noted that she "was a life-long member of the Jersey Baptist Church, and for many years was an active and sincere church worker." She retired from farming about 1930 after a lifetime of work, and sadly, she outlived four of her six offspring. 

Having endured heart disease, Jane spent her final years residing with her son Robert living in a farmhouse near Confluence. Plagued with an intestinal obstruction, she died at home at the age of 89 on Feb. 12, 1937. Rev. Lester C. Barton led funeral services in Jane's home, with Samuel "Judson" Enos (of the family of Mary Ann [Younkin] Phillippi), Robert Tannehill, William Colborn, Scott Holiday (of the family of Frederick J. Younkin) and P.S. Rowe serving as pallbearers. Her remains were buried in the Jersey Church Cemetery, with a short obituary appearing in the Connellsville Daily Courier and a longer one in the Meyersdale Republican. She was survived by four grandchildren.

Son James B. McNeill (1864-1896) was born three days after Christmas 1864. Very little of his life is known, other than it was cut short just five days before his 32nd birthday. He passed away, reputedly of an accident on Dec. 23, 1896 in Somerset County. Burial was in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery.

Daughter Margaret Ann McNeill (1874-1910) was born three days before Christmas 1874 in Somerset County. She never married but spent her life pursuing a career as an educator in an era when women teachers were not allowed to be married. She died in Dawson, Fayette County on Oct. 6, 1910. Her remains were returned to Ursina for interment in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery. In 1912, she was named in a profile of her brother in law Burley Milroy Harris in the Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania.


Dora (McNeill) Harris and Burley Harris - Courtesy Chuck-X-Gen, Find-a-Grave


Daughter Dora Charlotte "Dorcy" McNeill (1877-1946), also spelled "McNeal," was born on March 30, 1877 in Somerset County. As a teenager, she enrolled in Valparaiso University in Indiana. There, she became acquainted with Burley Milroy Harris Sr. (1881-1946?), son of Winfield and Mary E. (Temple) Harris of Logansport, IN. On March 12, 1903, when she was age 25, and he 21, they were joined in matrimony. They were the parents of Burley Milroy Harris Jr., Dora Charlotte Hammer Perry Beachy, Mary Jane "Jennie" Hinners, Albert Winfield Harris II and one who died unnamed in infancy. The Harrises are profiled in the 1912 book Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, which stated that "The Nicklows and McNeals are old Somerset county families," and that Dora was a "first cousin of Norman B. Ream, the well-known capitalist of Chicago and New York." The text reads that during his senior year at Valparaiso, Burley "taught classes in psychology and physiology in that institution, being then only twenty years of age. The funds for his university course were all provided by himself." Later in 1903, the newlyweds:

...came to Connellsville, Pennsylvania, where [Burley] entered the employ of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad in an humble position in their shops. In 1904 was apponted airbrake inspector, then entered the train service as brakeman, continuing until 1908. In that year he entered the service of the Penn Power Company, in the machine department, remaining thirteen months. He next joined a bridge building gang working for the Pennsylvania railroad, but after three months began canvassing for the International Correspondence School of Scranton, Pennsylvania, continuing as their representative for nine months. In 1910 he entered the employ of the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie railroad as fireman, and in 1911 was appointed night foreman at Dickerson Run, where he still continues.

The couple's home in 1912 was at the corner of Locust and Snyder Streets in Connellsville. But the marriage did not last. The Harrises divorced in the early 1920s. Burley went back to Indiana and on Feb. 4, 1923, married again to Ada Koogle ( ? - ? ). Burley and Ada relocated to Fort Myers, FL (circa 1927). From there in about 1935 he moved again to Eagle Lake, TX and was wedded to his third wife, Lila Mae Hinton (April 17, 1883-1966), daughter of W.F. and Elizabeth (Farley) Hinton of Billingsley, Autauga County, AL. Burley and Lila established a home in Huntsville, TX. He died in Walker County, TX at the age of 65 on Feb. 16, 1946, reputedly after accidentally ingesting Sloan's Liniment while in the dark. Dora maintained a home on Stauffer Street in Dawson, Fayette County. At the age of 69, suffering from intestinal cancer, she was felled by an infection of peritonitis and died on Dec. 12, 1946. Her remains were transported to Confluence for burial. Son Burley Harris Jr. of Confluence was the informant for the certificate of death. Burley's widow, Lila Mae, then married John Robert Addison (1886-1969), and died in Alvin, Brazoria County, TX on March 26, 1966.


Burley and Alma (Lytle) Harris and family
Courtesy Chuck-X-Gen, Find-a-Grave


  • Grandson Burley Milroy Harris (1906-1985) was born on March 27, 1906 in Fayette County, PA. As a young man, he learned the trade of machinist, and worked in Confluence. When he was 21 years of age, on Aug. 23, 1927, Burley was wedded to 17-year-old Alma Beatrice Lytle (Nov. 28, 1909-1994), daughter of farmers John C. and Leah (Green) Lytle of Confluence. The ceremony was held in Confluence, with Rev. Z.H. Powell officiating. The couple dwelled in the Fair Oaks section of Confluence, Somerset County. They were the parents of Dora Elsetta Moore (1928-1998), Joyce Naomi Phillips (1930-1996), Lena Eleanor Linderman (1936-2009), Alice May Mitchell McClintock (1937-living), Alma Beatrice "Patty" Basinger (1939-living) and Burley Milroy Harris III. Burley provided carpentry services for construction of a garage by Dewey Lytle. He was a member of the Masons and Knights Templar. The family underwent shock in May 1950 when Alma's 25-year-old brother, Charles Lytle of Confluence, was shot and killed by a neighbor. Burley died in Latrobe Area Hospital at the age of 78 on Jan. 16, 1985. At the time, he was survived by 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Burial was in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery. Alma lived for another nine years, and as her health declined she was admitted to the Maple Mountain Manor in Berlin, Somerset County. On Aug. 25, 1994, she died in the Manor. An obituary was published in the Somerset Daily American, and burial was in the Jersey Baptist Church.
  • Granddaughter Dora Charlotte Harris (1908- ? ) was born on Nov. 5, 1908. She was married several times over the years. Her first spouse was (?) Hammer. Her second husband was (?) Perry Beachy. By 1985, she had united in wedlock with (?) Beachy and made her home in Lafayette, IN.
  • Granddaughter Mary Jane "Jennie" Harris (1911- ? ) was born on Sept. 26, 1911. She wedded (?) Hinners. Her home in 1985 was in Carbondale, IL.
  • Grandson Albert Winfield Harris II ( ? - ? ) lived in Des Moines, IA in the mid-1980s.

Son Robert Lloyd McNeill, Jr. (1879-1957) was born on April 5, 1879 near Confluence. He never married. He is believed to be the same "Robert McNeill" who owned 150 acres of farmland near the Jersey Baptist Church. In late October 1913, the Meyersdale Republican reported that his farm was 10 times smaller than in reality. The following week, the newspaper ran a correction, saying "the size of the farm of Robert McNeill could scarcely contain himself on a 15-acre patch, since he is a man who likes to do things on a large scale, and the tilling of 150 acres is none too much for him." He remained on his Confluence farm for the balance of his long life. In October 1924, irritated at intruders on his property, perhaps hunters, he placed a classified notice in the Republican, stating: "No trespassing on the McNeill farm in Lower Turkeyfoot Township, Somerset County, Pa., in any way." Over the years, he developed a gastric ulcer leading to what a physician called a "massive gastric hemorrhage." In late April 1957, he was admitted to the Somerset County Home. There, just five days later, he passed away at the age of 78 on May 3, 1957. Burial was in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery.


~ Daughter Harriet Ann (Nicklow) Prinkey ~

Daughter Harriet Ann Nicklow (1848-1920) was born in 1848.

She was wedded to Samuel Prinkey (May 1848-1911), son of John and Eve (Miller) Prinkey.

The couple's known offspring were Irvin N. Prinkey, Norman Prinkey, Julia Ann Richter, Joseph R. Prinkey, Amanda Prinkey, Jesse Prinkey and Ada Powelson.

The family lived in Normalville in the 1870s and 1880, with Samuel earning income as a farm laborer. Their residence in 1880 was just a few houses away from the family of distant cousins Perry and Joanna (Minerd) Enos. By the early 1880s, they relocated to Bullskin Township north of Connellsville.

Unfortunately, the Prinkey marriage appears to have fallen apart by 1900, and that year 52-year-old Samuel lived by himself in a rented house in Normalville, while Harriet resided elsewhere.

In later years, Harriet dwelled in Mt. Pleasant, Westmoreland County, PA. She died there three days before Christmas 1926, at age 72, caused by organic heart disease. Burial was in Hill Grove Cemetery in Connellsville. Irvin Prinkey signed her death certificate.

Samuel's health failed in 1911 and he was admitted to the Fayette County Home in Uniontown. There, suffering from uremic convlusions and acute kidney disease, he died at the age of 63 on Dec. 9, 1911. His remains were placed into repose in Mill Run, Fayette County.


Hill Grove Cemetery

Son Irvin N. Prinkey (1868-1936) was born on Oct. 18, 1868. He never married. Over the years, he resided in Connellsville and made a living furnishing labor services. His source of income in 1936 was his work as a night watchman at the Consolidated Coal & Supply Company on McCormick Avenue in Connellsville. At the age of 68, suffering from acute arthritis, his bronchial tubes became permanently damaged and thickened. After enduring the illness for two years, he was admitted to Connellsville State Hospital and died from their effects on April 19, 1936. Funeral services were led by Rev. A.r. Mansberger of the First Methodist Protestant Church. Burial was in Hill Grove Cemetery, with brother in law Christian E. Richter of Connellsville signing the official Pennsylvania death certificate. An obituary was published in the Connellsville Daily Courier. When his grave marker was photographed in October 2017 by the founder of this website, it was among a number of markers toppled by vandals, a number of which were face down and unreadable.

Son Norman Prinkey (1872-1917) was born in about 1872 in Normalville/Mill Run. He married Almeda ( ? - ? ). She brought several children from an earlier marriage, but she and Norman did not reproduce. Norman was employed as a railroad brakeman for the Davidson Works of the H.C. Frick Coke Company in Connellsville. During the Connellsville Centennial parade in 1906, he drove the Frick company's 100-horse team. Circa 1917, their home was at 631 Highland Avenue. On the fateful day of Dec. 13, 1917, the 45-year-old Norman lost his life in a freak accident at work. Reported the Connellsville Daily Courier, "his foot slipped in the snow, throwing him under a moving freight train. Before his signal to stop could be given the engineer, Felix McArdle, the wheels of the coke car had decapitated the unfortunate man." Coroner S.H. Baum was summoned from Uniontown and ruled the death accidental. Following funeral services in the Prinkey home, his remains were placed into repose in Hill Grove Cemetery, with his brother Irwin providing vital details for the death certificate. An obituary in the Daily Courier said he was "well known."


Railcar operations, Davidson Works, where Norman Prinkey was killed


Daughter Julia Ann Prinkey (1873-1945) was born on Dec. 16, 1873 in Normalville. She was joined in holy matrimony with Christian E. "Christ" Richter ( ? -1945). Their offspring were Jesse Richter, George Richter, Albert Richter, Mrs. John Yecheck, Margaret Rowe, Louis Richter, Mrs. John Freeman, Irwin Richter and Norman Richter. Circa 1936-1945, their address was 630 Highland Avenue in Connellsville. Both Christian and Julia passed away within four months of each other. He died on May 24, 1945. As she turned 70, Julia was burdened with heart disease and in early September 1945 was felled by a cerebral hemorrhage. She lingered for two weeks before passing away on Sept. 23, 1945, at the age of 71. Interment was in Hill Grove Cemetery, with Rev. Howard W. Jamison, of the Central Methodist Church, officiating at the funeral service. Son Jesse Richter of Dunbar R.D.#1 was the informant for the death certificate. An obituary in the Daily Courier noted that she was survived by 28 grandchildren, of whom four were serving in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, and two great-grandchildren.

  • Grandson Jesse Richter resided at Leisenring No. 3 coal mine works in 1945.
  • Grandson George Richter made his home in Highland Avenue in Connellsville.
  • Grandson Albert Richter dwelled on York Avenue in Connellsville.
  • Granddaughter (?) Richter married John Yecheck. In 1945, their home was in Perryopolis, Fayette County.
  • Granddaughter Margaret Richter wedded (?) Rowe. Her residence in the mid-1940s was on York Avenue in Connellsville.
  • Grandson Louis Richter lived at Colonial No. 3 coal mine works in 1945.
  • Granddaughter (?) Richter was united in matrimony with John Freeman. Their home in 1945 was in Brownsville, Fayette County.
  • Grandson Irwin Richter served with the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, with deployment in the Pacific Theatre in Manila, The Philippines.
  • Grandson Norman Richter lived on Highland Avenue in Connellsville.

Son Joseph R. Prinkey (1876- ? ) was born in about 1876 in Normalville.

Daughter Amanda Prinkey (1879- ? ) was born in about 1879 in Normalville.

Daughter Ada Prinkey (1880-1947) was born on Aug. 14, 1880 in Normalville. She may have been married twice, first to Ralph Lenhart ( ? - ? ). The Lenharts made their home in Wilmerding, PA in 1917. She later married Elmer E. Powelson (1880- ? ), sometimes misspelled "Paulson." For many years, their home was in Pittsburgh. In 1936, their address was 7700 Tioga Street and in 1947 it was 7124 Bennett Street. Stricken with colon cancer in her mid-60s, Ada was admitted to Columbia Hospital in Wilkinsburg. She died there on Aug. 5, 1947. Her remains were returned to Connellsville for burial in Hill Grove Cemetery.

Son Jesse Prinkey (1882-1907) was born on March 1, 1882 in Bullskin Township, Fayette County. Ne never married and pursued baking as is occupation. At the age of about 25, he contracted a deadly case of typhoid fever and perforated bowel and died on Oct. 11, 1907. He was laid to rest in the Prinkey plot at Connellsville's Hill Grove Cemetery.


~ Daughter Dianna (Nicklow) Shipley ~


Squire Shipley

Courtesy Iva Kressler,


Daughter Dianna Nicklow (1850-1933) was on May 11, 1850 in Somerset County or in Normalville.

On Jan. 5, 1867, in nuptials held near Kingwood, Somerset County, the 16-year-old Dianna married 19-year-old Civil War veteran Squire Shipley (Feb. 24, 1847-1920), one of 13 children of Levi and Catherine (Linderman) Shipley of Ohiopyle. Rev. Benjamin Walker, of the Church of God, officiated at the wedding.

They were the parents of these children -- Irvin Shipley, Mary Melsina Estlick, Albert Shipley, Dora Alice Shipley, Squire Azaniah Shipley, Forward Shipley, Rose Oleva Fields and Tressie Martin.


The couple's marriage certificate

Squire stood 5 ft., 11 inches tall, weighed 160 lbs and had a dark complexion, dark hair and brown eyes. During his growing-up years, Squire and his cousins Branson Burnworth and John Burnworth and friend John Hiles are known to have fished, hunted and bathed together, with Branson calling him "a sound man at enlistment" in the U.S. Army. He is known to have been temperate and never under the influence of liquor.

During the waning weeks of the war, Squire was age 18 and traveled to Greensburg in nearby Westmoreland County to enlist in the Union Army. He was sent to Pittsburgh and thence to Baltimore and Alexandria to join his regiment, the 101st Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D, commanded by Capt. Winebrenner.

The Confederate Army surrended at Appomattox right around that time, on April 9, 1865, and Squire did not join his unit until April 12, 1865. He served for three months and six days.

While initially at Alexandria, Squire and his brother Everhart Shipley, boyhood friend James W. Hann and cousin Jesse Burnworth were housed there for a week or 10 days in Camp Distribution, a.k.a. Camp Convalescent, and at the "Cotton Factory." Then Squire and Hann and the 101st were ordered to travel by steamer across 360-plus miles of river to Moorhead City, NC.

Squire did not perform any guard or picket duty in the army but spent his time doing "camp duty." He bunked with Hann and Thomas Moreland. At times the soldiers had to march through marshy land in mud and foul water. While at Newbern, NC in the spring of 1865, he began to suffer from "salt rheumatism" -- an exzema disease of the skin -- with eruptions breaking out on his shins and hips. Friend Hann, his bunkmate, observed the outbreaks. They blamed the ailment on "impure water" they drank aboard the steamer "and the vile pork we ate," Hann recalled.

One day, while resting on the banks of the James River near Fortress Monroe, VA, Squire and friend Hann saw some soldiers cleansing themselves in the river. "Shipley refused to go in bathing," Hann recalled, "on account of his legs being so sore with saltroom [sic]. He showed me his legs at this time & they were very sore and swolen."


Camp Convalescent, Alexandria, VA where Squire was on duty as a soldier.


Squire received an honorable discharge in Newbern on June 25, 1865 and was sent with the regiment to Harrisburg, PA. He received his final pay and left the army for good on July 20, 1865 and returned home. In August that year, his brother Everhart noticed that the rash on Squire's legs "had broken and were watery sores... The sores sometimes heal but soon break."

After their marriage, Squire and Dianna for a few years about five miles northeast of Ohio Pyle, Stewart Township. Then in 1868, they relocated to Mount Braddock in the northeast section of North Union Township near Uniontown, Fayette County

Squire reported to government officials that the salt rheumatism interfered with his ability to do heavy labor, especially in the summer months when the skin was irritated by perspiration. Circa 1876, Squire and his cousin Henry Beck are known to have worked and slept together in the same quarters. Said Beck, "He was then itching and sctratching himself much to my annoyance."

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1880, the Shipleys lived near Mount Braddock, with Squire laboring as a coal miner. Son Irvin, age 11, was working that year as a laborer. They were members of the Percy Methodist Protestant Church.


Details of the Shipleys' ornate marriage certificate. National Archives.



Fairview Cemetery, Percy

Courtesy Chuck X-Gen, Find-a-Grave

Circa 1886, James G. Clifford began to board in in the Shipleys' home and remained there for five or more years. He watched as Squire "could not walk around without great difficulty for six weeks." Squire worked for Clifford at the Dunbar fire brick works but was unable to function. Neighbor Lynch McCutcheon said that "I know that at times he is not able to work for weeks at a time.... [He] is not able to perform manuel labor (that is I mean hard work) at all but being a poor man he is forced to work to maintain his family." Friends Denune Provance and Joseph Wolford also are known to have worked with Squire.

On Aug. 3, 1886, Squire was awarded a military pension as compensation for his wartime ailment. [Invalid App. #581.653 - Cert. #1.120.852] He received payments of $8 each month thereafter.

Providing signed testimony on his behalf were his cousins Beck and Samuel K. Shipley and friend Hann. His brother Elijah D. Shipley, who also had served as a Union Army soldier, said he saw "a red blotch on one of his legs about two by two inches." But Squire's sister Nancy Woodmancy wrote in her affidavit that "I was at home when he came from the army in 1865. He did not then complain of any ailment to my knowledge. Did not have Salt Rheum or exzema then and has not had that ailment at any time since then to my knowledge."

Circa 1895, the couple relocated to live under the roof of their married daughter Mrs. James Fields in Mount Braddock.

Sadly, Squire was a chronic sufferer from tuberculosis of the lungs and had heart valve problems. His health began to decline just five days before Christmas 1920. He fought the illness for a month, but died at the age of 72 on Jan. 28, 1920. His remains were placed into eternal repose in the Percy church burying ground, today known as Fairview Cemetery. The funeral was officiated by a distant step-cousin, Rev. David Ewing Minerd, the famed "Blacksmith Preacher" of Fayette County.


Percy Methodist Church near Uniontown

An obituary in the Connellsville Daily Courier noted that he "was one of the oldest and most widely known residents of the Mount Braddock section..." There now remains at Mount Braddock only one Civil War veteran." In addition to his wife, children, 26 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, the Daily Courier reported that his survivors included brothers Walter Shipley, Elijah Shipley, Levi Shipley and Irvin Shipley as well as sisters Sarah Shipley and Sarah Woodmancy.

Diana survived her husband by 13 years and began receiving his military pension. [Widow App. #1.153.949 - Cert. # 887.998] She appears to have furnished the federal government with a photographic copy of their marriage certificate as proof that they had been legally married. She continued to live with her daughter in Mt. Braddock. Sadly, she endured the death of her son Albert in about 1928.

At the age of 83, Dianna suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died four days later on Oct. 25, 1933. Violet Bryner of 23 Dunlap Street in Uniontown was the informant for the death certificate. Interment was in Percy Cemetery near Uniontown, with the funeral service held at the Percy Methodist Protestant Church, officiated by Rev. William S. Hamilton and Rev. Minerd. An obituary in the Uniontown Daily News Standard reported that her survivors included 25 grandchildren, 69 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Son Irvin Shipley (1868-1950) was born on July 23, 1868. He was united in matrimony with Effie ( ? - ? ). They were the parents of eight children -- Mrs. Alonzo Workman, Mrs. Amzi Hardy, Mrs. Lawrence Gess, Mrs. Elsworth Tapper, Glen Shipley, Ralph Shipley, William Shipley and Charles Shipley. Irvin was a coal miner in and around Uniontown, employed for many years by H.C. Frick Coke Company, a firm from which he retired. He is known to have lived or worked at Percy in 1928 and at the Beeson Works in 1929-1950. In 1950, while their residence was in Beeson, their post office address was Box 387A, Uniontown. At age 82, Irvin was stricken by a coronary occlusion and lived feebly for 10 days before dying on Sept. 13, 1950. His remains were lowered into repose in Percy Cemetery, with Rev. H.L. Davis officiating. An obituary in the Uniontown Morning Herald reported that he was survived by 41 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Irvin's children circa 1950 were in these locations -- Mrs. Workman in Lemont Furnace, Mrs. Hardy in Dunbar, Mrs. Gess in Buffington, Mrs. Tapper in Greensboro, Glen at Ralph, PA, Ralph in Dunbar, and William and Charles at home in Beeson.


Coke ovens in Dunbar Township near Uniontown, PA, circa 1928


Daughter Mary Melsina "Mellie" Shipley (1870-1945) -- also referred to as "Nellie" -- was born on Feb. 22, 1870 in Percy, Fayette County. It's possible that she bore a son prior to her marriage, whom she named James Harford, but this is not proven. At the age of 18, on May 30, 1888, she wedded her first spouse, 27-year-old machinist James G. Clifford ( ? - ? ), son of James and Mary Clifford and a native of Boston, MA. Rev. J.W. Baker officiated at the nuptials held in Connellsville. Because she was underage, her father signed his consent to the union. Their children were Mary Ellen Livingston, Nellie Clifford and Charlotte "Lettie" Estlick Harford O'Brien. Sadly, James died in about 1899. At the age of 30, when the federal census was taken in 1900, she earned a living as a servant in the home of 29-year-old widow Jennie Evans in the Uniontown area. Then in 1901, when she was 31, Mellie wedded coal miner James Estlick Jr. (Jan. 5, 1878-1953), one of a dozen offspring of English immigrants James and Mary Eliza Estlick Sr. of Dunbar, Fayette County. The bride was eight years older than the groom. They bore two children of their own, Evelyn Fordyce and James Estlick. Circa 1910, they lived in North Union Township where James was a driver in local coal mines. Then in 1920, census records show the Estlick family (spelled "Eastlick") residing in South Union Township, with James continuing to be employed as a coal miner. At the age of 74, suffering from anemia and bronchial pneumonia, Mary died at the Percy home of her grandson James Harford on Jan. 18, 1945. Burial was in Percy Cemetery following funeral services in the adjacent Methodist Church led by Rev. W.S. Hamilton and Rev. J.H. Lambertson. An obituary in the Connellsville Daily Courier noted that her survivors included 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. James survived his wife by eight years and went to live in Millsboro, Washington County, PA. Stricken with liver cancer, and as his health plummeted, he was admitted to the Washington County Home and Hospital where he succumbed a day later on April 3, 1953. They rest for all time in Fairview Cemetery in Percy.

  • Granddaughter Mary Ellen Clifford (1895-1967) was born on Dec. 16, 1895 in Dunbar. When she was 18 years of age, on Jan. 19, 1914, she was joined in wedlock with 21-year-old laborer Ortha "Bubbo" Livingston Jr. (1893- ? ), son of Ortha and Ellen (Yauger) Livingston of Mount Braddock. Officiating at the wedding held in Dunbar was Rev. David Ewing Minerd, the famed "Blacksmith Preacher" of Fayette County. The couple produced these offspring -- Edward Livingston, Gerald Clifford Livingston, Bessie Jordan, Helen Crayton and Esther Furajtar. In his youth, Ortha played sandlot baseball in Mount Braddock and later was an umpire in the Middle Atlantic League. He also helped to found the Fayette County baseball league. Federal census records for 1920 show the family in Mount Braddock, with Ortha employed as a machinist. Heartache visited the family on Sept. 17, 1923 at the death of son Edward at the age of seven from an incurable kidney disease. In 1930, Ortha's work was as a machinist in a coke works. They continued to dwell in Mount Braddock into the 1960s. For 18 years, he was an elected supervisor of North Union Township, including terms as president. One of his projects was trying to "solve the township's sewage problems," said the Uniontown Evening Standard. He was re-elected president in 1960. Then in January 1965, he helped cut the ribbon for the new Gallatin National Bank branch office building along Route 40, the National Road, in Hopwood. Mary was a longtime member of the Mt. Braddock Methodist Church and its True Blue Sunday School class and at the time of her death was the oldest member of the church. Sadly, at the age of 71, she died in Uniontown Hospital on Oct. 1, 1967. A death notice in the Uniontown Morning Herald reported that her survivors included 19 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Burial was in Percy Cemetery, with Rev. Ray Snair officiating. Ortha lived for another three years but in declining health. He joined her in death as a patient in Uniontown Hospital on Sept. 29, 1970. The Evening Standard published an obituary.

Great-grauddaughter Bessie M. Livingston (1915- ? ) was born in about 1915 near Mount Braddock. She married Gilbert Jordan and dwelled in Mount Braddock.

Great-granddaughter Helen Agnes Livingston (1918-1959) was born on Dec. 21, 1918 in Mount Braddock. She wedded Frank Crayton Jr. ( ? - ? ). They were the parents of five children -- Beverly Jean Shea, Glenda Minerd, Mary Ann Crayton, Donald Ray Crayton and James Frank Crayton. Sadness blanketed the family when Helen contracted cancer of the abdomen. She was admitted to Pittsburgh's Mercy Hospital where she died at the age of 40 on April 8, 1959. Funeral services were held in Mount Braddock Methodist Church, officiated by Rev. J.D. Schrecengost, with interment in Fairview Cemetery in Percy. Their daughter Glenda Crayton (1938-2014) married a distant step-cousin, James William Minerd (1933-2014) of the family of James William and Minerva (Bodkin) Minerd. See their biography for more.

Great-grandson Gerald Clifford Livingston (1922- ? ) was born in about 1922 near Mount Braddock. As a young man, he worked at Eureka Fire Brick Company in Mount Braddock. Then, after the outbreak of World War II, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. On Oct. 17, 1942, in the parsonage of the First Christian Church of Washington, PA, he was united in wedlock with Violet Faye (Fuller) Hughes ( ? - ? ), daughter of Margaret Hughes and niece of Shade Fuller of Ferguson Road in Dunbar. Rev. John W. Love officiated, and attending the ceremony were Gerald's cousin James and Helen Harford of Mount Braddock and Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Jordan. Immediately after the wedding, he left to rejoin the Army, and she continued her employment with the J.G. McCrory Store in Connellsville. News of the wedding was reported in the Uniontown Evening Standard. They were the parents of Clifford Livingston, Ginger Livingston and Edward Livingston. On Nov. 18, 1954, the three children were pictured in the Evening Standard.

Great-granddaughter Esther M. Livingston (1924- ? ) was born in about 1924 near Mount Braddock. She was joined in marriage with Robert Furajtar ( ? - ? ). In 1959-1970, the family made a home in Mount Braddock.

  • Granddaughter Charlotte "Lettie" Clifford Estlick (1899-1974) was on July 28, 1899 in or near Percy. Born under the name "Clifford," she took on her stepfather's name of "Estlick." On June 31, 1914, in nuptials held in Chestnut Ridge, Fayette County, the 15-year-old Charlotte married her first husband, 21-year-old laborer William Harford Jr. (1893- ? ) of the Royal Mine patch town in Fayette County and son of William and Elnora (Crable) Harford. Rev. M.P. Steele officiated. They were the parents of James Harford, born in 1915. Later, by 1920, she wedded again to Daniel O'Brien (1895- ? ). They were the parents of Melvenia O'Brien, Daniel O'Brien Jr., Kenneth E. O'Brien, Floyd H. O'Brien, Robert M. O'Brien, Charles Cletis O'Brien, Shirley O'Brien and Sylvia O'Brien. In 1920, when the U.S. Census was taken, the O'Briens boarded in the home of Lettie's mother and stepfather in South Union Township, Fayette County. They established their own home by 1930 and were in North Union Township, with Daniel unemployed that year. Census records show the O'Briens in 1935-1940 North Franklin Township near Washington, Washington County, PA, with Daniel earning a living as a slateman and son Daniel Jr. as a loader in a coal mine. In 1945, they resided in Marianna, Washington County. Lettie relocated to California where in 1967 she made a home in Fresno. At the age of 75, two days before Christmas 1974, Lettie passed away in Fresno.

Great-grandson James Harford (1915- ? ) was born in about 1915. He lived in Percy circa 1940 and married Helen ( ? ) (1920- ? ). They produced a daughter, Rochelle Harford. The family provided a home for James' widowed grandmother until her death in 1945.

Great-granddaughter Melvinia O'Brien (1918- ? ) was born in about 1918.

Great-grandson Daniel O'Brien Jr. (1921- ? ) was born in about 1921.

Great-grandson Kenneth E. O'Brien (1922- ? ) was born in about 1922.

Great-grandson Floyd H. O'Brien (1925- ? ) was born in about 1925.

Great-grandson Robert M. O'Brien (1927- ? ) was born in about 1927.

Great-grandson Charles Cletis O'Brien (1929- ? ) was born in about 1929.

Great-granddaughter Shirley O'Brien (1934- ? ) was born in about 1934.

Great-granddaughter Sylvia O'Brien (1937- ? ) was born in about 1937 near Washington, Washington County.

  • Granddaughter Evelyn Estlick (1913- ? ) was born in about 1913. At the age of 15, in about 1928, she was united in matrimony with 21-year-old Walter Fordyce (1907- ? ), son of Howard Fordyce of Coolspring near Uniontown. Their only known daughter was Shirley Jean Fordyce. The family almost immediately moved to Detroit, where they resided in 1929-1958. The federal census of 1930 shows the Fordyces in Detroit, with Walter employed as a machinist in an automobile factory and Evelyn as an "ice man" in an ice-making company. That year, Walter's 21-year-old brother Ernest, also an "ice man," lived under their roof.
  • Grandson James Estlick (1916- ? ) was born in about 1916 in Fayette County.

Son Albert Shipley (1872-1929) was born on March 13, 1872. He married Nora Feathers ( ? - ? ). The couple produced 10 children -- Gillespie Shipley, Susie Dunaway, Stanley Shipley, Phillip Shipley, Ernest Shipley, Mildred Dunaway, Gerald Shipley, Minnie Shipley, Evelyn Shipley and Nellie Shipley. Their home in the late 1920s was in Mount Independence near Uniontown. In October 1921, family and friends threw a surpise birthday party for Nora. Their home in Mt. Braddock "was the scene of a pleasant party," reported the Uniontown Morning Herald. "The evening was spent in playing games, music, etc. Refreshments were served. The honor gues received many useful and beautiful gifts from her many friends." Tragically, on Christmas Eve 1928, Albert caught a deadly case of influenza. He struggled for 15 days but gave out and succumbed on Jan. 8, 1929, at the age of 55. Funeral services were held in the Percy Methodist Protestant Church, officiated by Rev. O.O. King and Rev. Gladden, with burial in Percy Cemetery. He was survived by 21 grandchildren. Heartbreak compounded in the family just a few days after the burial when one-year-old grandson Leslie Shipley -- son of Gerald -- died in Mount Independence.

Daughter Dora Alice Shipley (1877- ? ) was born on May 15, 1877. She was deceased by 1915.

Son Squire Azaniah Shipley (1879- ? ) was born on Aug. 27, 1879. He was deceased by 1915.

Son Forward Shipley (1881-1953) was born on Nov. 1, 1881 at Mount Braddock, Fayette County. He was a longtime coal miner and laborer. Forward made his residence in 1929 in Maxwell, PA and in 1950-1953 in Brownsville,Fayette County. His final address was Union Street Extension in rural Brownsville Township. Stricken with a gastric ulcer, which led to uncontrollable bleeding, he succumbed on Feb. 19, 1953, at the age of 71. Clara Monahan of Brownsville signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Burial was in Percy Cemetery.

Daughter Rose Oleva Shipley (1884-1956) was born on Aug. 23, 1884. She married James Fields ( ? - ? ) and dwelled in Mt. Braddock, near Uniontown. Her final years were spent living in the coal mining patch town of Allison No. 2 Mine in Luzerne Township, Fayette County. Burdened with coronary heart disease and hardening of the arteries, she suffered a severe heart attack and passed away in Brownsville Hospital in Fayette County on April 27, 1956. Her remains were transported to Percy for burial in Fairview Cemetery.

Daughter Tressie Shipley (1888-1957) was born on May 22, 1888 at Mount Braddock. She was joined in wedlock with immigrant Martin "Luther" Martin (Oct. 22, 1874-1945), son of Abraham and Anna (Hancock) Martin of Liverpool, England. For four decades, from about 1917 to the late 1940s, their home was on Woodvale Street in Dunbar. Luther earned a living as a pumper in local coal mines. Sadly, burdened with organic heart disease, Luther died at the age of 70 on April 10, 1945. Tressie outlived him by a baker's dozen of years. Toward the end, she suffered from Parkinson's Disease as well as heart and breathing problems. She died four days after Christmas 1957. Burial was in Percy Cemetery. Diana Martin Isalls of Dunbar was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death.


~ Son Marcellus Nicklow ~

Son Marcellus Nicklow (1853-1928) was born in about 1853. He was married.

Over the years, Marcellus made a living as a laborer.

At the age of 76, he was a patient in the Fayette County Home near Uniontown. On March 19, 1928, he suffered a cardiac embolism, leading to his death four days later on March 23, 1928. No obituary has been found in Uniontown newspapers.


~ Daughter Julia A. (Nicklow) King ~

Daughter Julia A. Nicklow (1855- ? ) was born in about 1855.

She married (?) King ( ? - ? ).

Circa 1895, they lived in or near Normalville, Fayette County.


~ Son Jesse "Bruce" Nicklow ~

Son Jesse "Bruce" Nicklow, Jr. (1856-1922) was born on May 24, 1856.

He was married Martha "Ellen" Brooks ( ? - ? ).

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

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

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 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 (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. (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.

  • Grandson Harry Nicklow Jr. lived in Connellsville in 1977.
  • Grandson James Nicklow resided in 1977 in Pontiac, MI.
  • Grandson Joseph Nicklow made a home in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, PA in 1977.
  • Grandson Frank Nicklow dwelled in Mount Pleasant.
  • Grandson 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.
  • Granddaughter Pauline Nicklow wedded Harry Richey. They were in Scottdale, Fayette County in 1977.
  • Granddaughter Jean Nicklow was joined in wedlock with Ralph Pastore. In the late 1970s, they lived in Connellsville.
  • Granddaughter Arlene Nicklow was united in matrimony with Frank Darrell. They called Connelsville home.

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 ( ? -1932). They had 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 covered 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 1932. 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 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.

  • Grandson Clifford Nicklow resided at 411 East Washington Street in Connellsville.
  • Granddaughter Helen Nicklow married Francis Miller. They lived in Tampa in 1955.
  • Granddaughter Dora Nicklow wedded George Clark. They dwelled in 1955 in Normalville.
  • Granddaughter Emma Jean Nicklow was joined in marriage with James Martin. They made a home in Connellsville.
  • Grandson William J. Nicklow ( ? -1947)
  • Granddaughter Della Nicklow resided in Connellsville.

Son J. Bruce Nicklow (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.

  • Grandson 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.

Great-grandson Robert "Bruce" Nicklow Jr. married Betty and made a home in 2008 in Evergreen, CO.

Great-grandson Ronald Nicklow wedded Carol. They dwelled in 2008 in New Gretna, NJ.

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

Great-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.

  • Granddaughter 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.
  • Granddaughter 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.

Great-grandson Dr. Eric Young resided in Piedmont, SC in 2006.

  • Granddaughter 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.
  • Granddaughter 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 (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.


Hill Grove Cemetery

~ Daughter Dora B. (Nicklow) Wildey ~

Daughter Dora B. Nicklow (1858-1941) was born on June 16, 1858 near Ursina, Somerset County.

On Aug. 3, 1881, at the age of 23, Dora was united in matrimony with widowed immigrant Jacob Wildey (March 23, 1847-1926), a native of Berne, Switzerland, who had come to the United States with his parents at the age of 12 and initially settled in Allegheny County. His first wife was Swiss-born Margaret Elizabeth Derschinger, and he brought two sons to the marriage with our Dora -- John Henry Wildey and Clarence Wildey.

Dora and Jacob produced four more children of their own, Nevada Nickel Rigger, Dakota Mitchell, Theodore H. Wildey and Lloyd Wildey.

Jacob made a living over the years as a wagon maker, and was well and widely known for his craft. His shop was located next to their residence at 213 East Apple Street. Reported the Connellsville Daily Courier: "...when as a young man, Mr. Wildey came to this city. He learned his trade in the employ of a man named Matthews, and later was associated in business with him. The establishment was located in East Crawford avenue, and when he began business for himself, Mr. Wildey opened a shop where his residence now stands. Later he built the larger plant occupied at present." He sold wagons to customers not only in Fayette County but also the surrounding counties of Greene, Washington and Westmoreland.

The Connellsville Weekly Courier profiled his business in a May 1899 edition:

The proprietor personally superintends all operations of his establishment, selecting material with the utmost care and sound judgment, thus insuring such products as will withstand the most crucial tests, both in regard to their materials and workmanship. The vehicles turned out by him are unsurpassed for strength, lightness, caswe of draft and thorough reliability, while the prices are always low. A full stock of buggies, wagons, both single and double, are constantly carried, while he does all kinds of repairing, putting on new wheels, rims, spokes, painting, etc. Those who want the best carriages that can be made at a reasonable price can do not better than to place their orders with Mr. Wildey. All orders are promptly attended to.

He installed new technology to add efficiency to his work, including a new rip saw and planer in July 1903. He told a Weekly Courier correspondent that he "can now do work in an hour that it took half a day to do by hand."


Hill Grove Cemetery

Jacob was a member of the "Three Link Fraternity" -- known for short as "FLT" -- today known as the International Order of Odd Fellows. He also belonged to the German Lutheran Church, was a Democrat in politics and in 1895-1898 served on the board of education in Connellsville, representing the Third Ward. He owned stock in the West Penn Power Company as well as bonds, coal and stock and coal properties. They also owned a farm in Connellsville Township.

The coal land was known as the "Zollar Tract" in Washington County, and was purchased in 1907 for $65,600 through a syndicate of Connellsville investors also including George W. Campbell, Daniel Sinclair, Grant Dull, John B. Davis J.W. Buttermore, Anthony Brookman, P.H. Beighley, J.B. Echard, Joseph T. Johnston and Charles F. Bishop.

The Wildeys enjoyed day trips in their wagon to visit relatives in friends. A May 1898 article in the Weekly Courier states that they "drove out last Sunday and spent a few hours visiting the family of Mrs. Wildey's brother, J.B. Nicklow."

Sadly, Jacob was stricken at the age of 79 with a deadly case of bronchial pneumonia, and died on Dec. 29, 1926. His death was front page news in the Daily Courier, which said that "Although not feeling well during the past year he had remained active in the business." His remains were placed into rest in Connellsville's Hill Grove Cemetery. The FLT's symbol is included on his grave marker.

In widowhood, Dora remained in their East Apple Street home and continued to enjoy traveling. She is known to have spent many visits with her married daughter Dakota Mitchell in Warren, PA.

Dora suffered from senility and organic heart disease toward the end of her life. She died at home on Nov. 11, 1941 at the age of 83. Following funeral services led by Rev. Dr. William H. Hetrick of Trinity Lutheran Church, her remains were placed into rest in Hill Grove Cemetery in Connellsville. Her daughter Nevada of Connellsville's Jefferson Street signed the death certificate. She was survived by eight grandsons, one granddaughter and four great-grandchildren. The Daily Courier and Uniontown Morning Herald printed obituaries.

When the founder of this website photographed her grave marker in October 2017, he found it upside down, toppled presumably by vandals.

Stepson John Henry Wildey (1874-1951) was born on Sept. 22, 1874 in Connellsville. In about 1906, he relocated to Point Marion, Fayette County, where he remained for the balance of his life. There, he was employed as a blacksmith at a coal mine. He married Bertha Bell Cromwell (Feb. 28, 1881-1943), daughter of John and Susan (Grover) Cromwell and a native of Chalk Hill, Fayette County. They produced these known children, Marguereite Shriver, Elizabeth Schmidt, Marie Maple, John Wildey Jr., Milton Wildey and Rev. Donzel Wildey. Sadly, Bertha Bell died of a heart attack at age 60 on Jan. 25, 1943. His address in the early 1950s was on Sadler Street. He suffered for 15 years with hardening of the arteries and, in late November 1951, he suffered a heart attack. He lingered for three days and died at the age of 77 on Nov. 30, 1951. His remains were placed into eternal rest in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Point Marion.

  • Step-granddaughter Marguerite Wildey married (?) Shriver. In 1936, with the marriage apparently over, she lived with her parents in Point Marion. Later, she married (?) Trump and made their home in Lake Lynn, Fayette County.
  • Step-granddaughter Elizabeth Wildey (1908-1973) was born in about 1908. She lived in Pittsburgh circa 1936. She married (?) Schmidt by 1943. Later, she wed Carl L. Curry ( ? - ? ). Her two known offspring were Richard W. (?) and Carla Albridge (or "Albright"). Their home was at 2987 Crab Hallow Road in the Pittsburgh suburb of Penn Hills. They were members of Edgewood Presbyterian Church, the Penn Hebron Club and Edgewood Country Club. Sadly, Elizabeth died at the age of 65, on Nov. 21, 1973, in Columbia Hospital. An obituary was printed in the Pittsburgh Press.
  • Step-granddaughter Marie Wildey married (?) Maple ( ? - ? ). The Maples dwelled in the coal mining town of Dilliner, Greene County, PA.
  • Step-grandson John Wildey Jr.
  • Step-grandson Milton Wildey was a student in the Ad-Art Studio School in Pittsburgh in 1937, studying commercial art. He made his home in New York in 1973.
  • Step-grandson Rev. Donzel C. Wildey was enrolled in 1937 in Waynesburg College and in 1939 was in school in Western Maryland, studying for the ministry. He often filled in as a guest preacher at the First Methodist Church in Point Marion. On Aug. 25, 1942, Donzel was wedded to Ellen E. Renner ( ? - ? ), daughter of Larry S. Renner of Flemington near Lock Haven, PA. The ceremony was held at the Flemington Methodist Church, officiated by Rev. W.H. Gould. Also in 1942, he was assigned to a congregation in Leeds, MD. Then in 1943 he had charge of a church in Flemington. At some point he was named executive director of the Maryland Council of Churches. Then by 1973, they had relocated to Wilmington, DE.

Stepson Clarence Wildey (1877-1934), also spelled "Wildie," was born on Jan. 16, 1877, presumably in Connellsville. He made his home in Carnegie, near Pittsburgh, in the mid-1920s and on the Steubenville Pike in McKees Rocks in 1934. He married Mary ( ? - ? ). Their one known daughter was Virgie Wildie. Clarence was a longtime laborer. Just four weeks after his 57th birthday, stricken with chronic heart problems, he died on Feb. 13, 1934. Burial was in Union Cemetery.

Daughter Nevada Wildey (1882-1947) was born on June 22, 1882 in Connellsville. On Sept. 30, 1908, at the age of 26, she was joined in marriage with 40-year-old Grant Nickel (Oct. 2, 1868- ? ), son of Amzi and Sabina (Jordan) Nickel. Rev. A.J. Heller officiated at the 8 p.m. ceremony at the Reformed Church on Green Street. Said the Connellsville Daily Courier, "Both of the contracting parties are widely known and have a wide circle of friends and acquaintances who will be glad to wish them a long and prosperous matrimonial journey.... The affair was kept unusually quiet and came as a surprise to their friends." At the time of marriage, Grant was a salesman working for wholesale merchant R.J. Welsh. Their first home was a cottage at 117 North Prospect Street. Then circa 1914 their residence was at 206 West Green Street, with Grant earning a living as a teamster. Heartache shook their lives when Grant was diagnosed with tuberculosis of the right lung. His health failed and he died at the age of 46 on Nov. 29, 1914. By the mid-1920s, she had married again to Frank Rigger (1879- ? ), also spelled "Riggar." They dwelled in Connellsville at 337 Jefferson Street. In early 1945, Nevada began to suffer from cancer of the uterus. The malignancy spread into her abdomen and at the age of 65 she died in Connellsville State Hospital on Aug. 23, 1947. Burial was in Walnut Hill Cemetery.

Daughter Dakota Wildey (1883- ? ) was born in October 1883. She was wedded to James J. Mitchell ( ? - ? ). They lived in the mid-1920s in Long Beach, NJ. By 1941, they had relocated to Warren, PA, with an address of 1019 Conewango Avenue. At the death of her mother in November 1941, Dakota traveled to Connellsville for the funeral.


Trotter works in Stella Wildey's hometown area


Son Lloyd S. Wildey Sr. (1885-1953) was born on Nov. 9, 1885. He dwelled near his parents in Connellsville and helped his father operate the family wagon-making business. Lloyd was wedded to Stella Matiben ( ? -1924) of the coal mining town of Trotter in Dunbar Township near Connellsville, and the daughter of German immigrant August Matiben. They made their home near his parents, at 216 Apple Street. The couple produced one known son, Lloyd Wildey Jr. Tragically, Stella contracted typhoid fever at the age of 35 and, after suffering from a hemorrhage, died on Sept. 15, 1924. Interment was in St. Joseph Cemetery. After the parents' deaths, Lloyd moved into their dwelling at 213 East Apple Street. Further heartache compounded the family when son Lloyd Jr., burdened with chronic heart disease, died at the age of 18 on April 19, 1933. Lloyd Sr. continued his work as a carpenter in his wagon shop, a role from which he eventually retired. At the age of 67, he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died on Sept. 14, 1953. Burial was in Hill Grove Cemetery.

Son Theodore H. Wildey (1893- ? ) was born in 1893. In about 1914, he married Antoinette Hefft ( ? - ? ) of Scottdale, Westmoreland County. The couple made their home in Scottdale. They had one known son, Theodore George Wildey.

  • Grandson Theodore George Wildey (1914-1961) was born on Nov. 15, 1914 in East Scottdale, Fayette County. He married Thelma K. ( ? - ? ) and lived at Box 209 in rural Scottdale. To earn a living, Theodore labored at the Melter Steel Works. He suffered from pulmonary emphysema for five years and finally succumbed at the age of 46 on Feb. 18, 1961, while a patient at Frick Community Hospital in Mount Pleasant. His remains were lowered into the earth in Green Ridge Cemetery north of Connellsville.


~ Son Forward R. Nicklow ~

Son Forward R. Nicklow (1859-1926) was born in about 1859 or 1860.

He married Susan (?) and had four known children -- Ewing Nicklow, Roy Nicklow, Mrs. John Ferguson and Mrs. John Letch.

The Nicklows made their home in the Percy Mines village in 1886, and in June that year Percy "brightened his home with a fresh coat of paint," noted the Connellsville Weekly Courier. They resided in or around Normalville, Fayette County in the mid-1890s. In May 1895 Forward and his married sister Julia King traveled back to Ursina to visit relatives, as noticed in the gossip columns of the Weekly Courier. In about 1897, the family moved into the coal mining patch town of Percy near Uniontown, and remained for good, though continued to visit family back in the mountains. The Weekly Courier reported in January 1896 that Forward had "butchered a porker on Tuesday that weighed 468 pounds. This is the largest we have heard of in this section."

They lived in Percy again circa 1920 and were members of the Percy Methodist Church.

Forward died at home at the age of 65 on March 2, 1926. Burial was in the Percy Cemetery.


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