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George E. Rowan


George E. Rowan

George E. Rowan was born on Feb. 16, 1868 in Fayette County, PA, the son of Jonas and Julia Ann (Williams) Rowan

He is said to have been nicknamed "One-Armed George" to differentiate him from his cousin George S. Rowan, living nearby in Mill Run. 

In about 1893, when he would have been 25 years of age, George was united in holy wedlock with 18-year-old Althea "Alice" Prinkey (1875-1946), the daughter of John A. and Mariah (Murray) Prinkey.

The couple produced a family of eight children -- Arthur Rowan, Sylvia Prinkey, Jennie Anderson, Clark Rowan, Charles L. Rowan, Joseph "Domer" Rowan, Earl Rowan and Howard Rowan. 


Indian Creek Baptist Church

Sadly, they lost an infant son on Oct. 13, 1916, born prematurely at 7˝ months, living only for four hours and never gaining strength. They also tragically lost adult sons Howard (in 1928) and Charles (1936) in coal mine accidents.

The Rowans resided near the Indian Creek Reservoir, where George labored for many years as a farmer. 

In January 1928, he filed a legal complaint against Fred Bowers, asking for payment of $110 in return for a tractor plow he had sold. The case was heard by cousin William Henry "Squire" Miner, a justice of the peace in Mill Run. George won the civil suit and was paid the following month. Apparently unable to write his own name, George signed the paperwork with an "X."

George injured his left foot in April 1944 and an infection of gangrene set in. With the deadly illness, added to hardening of the arteries, he was taken for treatment to Connellsville State Hospital, where he remained for five weeks.


Connellsville Daily Courier

He passed at the age of 76 away the day after D-Day -- June 7, 1944 -- and a little more than one week after the death of his cousin, George S. Rowan. His obituary was published in the Connellsville Daily Courier.

Althea survived her husband by two years. 

She died at age 71 of bronchial pneumonia on June 15, 1946. At the time of Althea's death, said the Daily Courier, she and George had produced 33 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. They both rest for eternity in the Indian Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Mill Run.

During World War II, the deaths of the two Georges were noted in a hometown newsletter, The Messenger, sent to soldier in the armed forces, and edited by a distant cousin, Ferne (Minerd) Work. One Messenger article in March 1946 reported that: "Since many of you left Mill Run quite a few folks have been laid to rest. To name a few who have passed away during the last year or so George S. Rowan, George E. Rowan, ... and my grandfather Minerd."


Indian Creek Reservoir, near the Rowan residence


~ Daughter Jennie (Rowan) Anderson ~


Indian Creek Baptist Church

Daughter Jennie Rowan (1894-1976) was born on March 31, 1894 in Mill Run. 

She married James "Nelson" Anderson (June 12, 1891-1960), a native of New Brighton, Beaver County, PA, and the son of Marion and Sarah (Johnson) Anderson.

The couple produce a dozen children -- James Ellsworth "Jay" Anderson, Calvin A. Anderson, Lewis Anderson, Mildred A. Miner, Della Mae Arzberger Cuica, Lauretta Shipley, Bertha Shipley, Richard C. Anderson, Howard R. Anderson, Lewis Emery Anderson, Jennie Elaine Anderson and a daughter who died in infancy. 

Sadness blanketed the family when son Lewis, age four months, contracted acute milk poisoning and died on Sept. 22, 1930. Again, death visited the family on Jan. 10, 1932 when daughter Jennie Elaine succumbed to bronchial pneumonia at the age of only one month.

In 1913, when he was about 22, Nelson is believed to have been employed as a night watchman by the McFarland Lumber Company in Indian Creek near Mill Run. He left that job in August 1913 and went to Connellsville to look for work. Nelson was a coal miner for Rice and Wilkins Coal Company in Mill Run circa 1917, when he registered for the military draft during World War I. 

Later, he labored as a miner for the Eastern Gas and Fuel Associates with membership in the United Mine Workers of America local union in Melcroft. When work was scarce, he farmed.

In 1940, when the federal census enumeration was made, the Andersons lived under the roof of Jennie's parents near Mill Run.

The Andersons are named in the 1970 book, A History of Mill Run.

Nelson suffered from what physicians referred to as "senile psychosis" in his later years. He was stricken with a heart attack and passed away at home on Feb. 25, 1960, at the age of 68. His obituary was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier

Jennie survived her husband by 16 years. She died at the age of 82 on Oct. 30, 1976, at the Connellsville State General Hospital. Her remains were buried at Indian Creek Baptist Cemetery. At the time of her death, the Courier said that Jennie was survived by 43 grandchildren and 92 great-grandchildren.

Daughter Bertha M. Anderson (1915-1999) was born in 1915. She wed Charles Kenneth Shipley (Aug. 16, 1914-1981), son of Charles C. Shipley of Mill Run. They resided in Buchanan, PA, Ligonier, Westmoreland County in 1971 and in Mill Run in 1976. The couple together produced at least 10 known children -- Clifford Clark Shipley, Thomas Shipley, Elgie Shipley, Jennie Nicholson, Patricia Miller, Kenneth N. Shipley, Sandra Shipley, Angela Shipley, Richard Shipley and Robert Leroy Shipley. Charles died on Feb. 28, 1981. Bertha lived another 18 years. She passed into eternity in 1999.

  • Grandson Clifford "Clark" Shipley (1939-2014) was born on Jan. 20, 1939 in Buchanan, PA. In about 1960, he was joined in wedlock with Sandra Carol Wolfe ( ? - ? ), daughter of Ray Wolfe and Alice Baluch. News of their engagement was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier. They lived in Connellsville in 1971 and were the parents of David Clark Shipley, Crystal Yvonne Shipley, Brian Douglas Shipley, Kevin Shipley and Carol Hall. Later, he was united in marriage with Bonnie Mosier ( ? - ? ). She brought two sons to the union, Randy Mosier and Nathan Mosier. Clifford was skilled as a sawyer, working for Curry Lumber Company and Mastowski & Fullem Lumber Company. He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and liked to fish, garden and hunt. At the age of 75, Clifford died at home on Feb. 17, 2014. Distant cousin Rev. Lee Maley -- of the family of Martha (Mayle) Mayle -- officiated at the funeral service. An obituary noted that his survivors included 22 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
  • Edgar Thomas Shipley's employer 
    Grandson Edgar "Thomas" Shipley (1944-2012) was born on Sept. 25, 1944 in Mill Run. He married Phyllis Pritts (Nov. 21, 1952-2022), daughter of George and Mary L. (Dugan) Pritts Jr. The couple stayed together for 41 years. One son of this union was Thomas Shipley. They lived in Bakersville near Somerset, Somerset County, PA. Thomas earned a living for 35 years with Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Said the Somerset Daily American, "He enjoyed gardening, cutting grass, and watching pro wrestling." Phyllis earned income through her work at Pioneer Park Camp Ground and also was fond of gardening, animals and Elvis Presley. Sadness blanketed the family when Thomas died in Somerset Hospital at the age of 67 on April 26, 2012. His obituary appeared in the Daily American. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Roger Forry, were held in the Pike Run Church of the Brethren, with burial following in Middlecreek Cemetery. Phyllis outlived her husband by a decade. She passed away on Sept. 14, 2022.

    Great-grandson Thomas Shipley served in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1990-1992 and held the rank of lance corporal. He wed Melissa. They are the parents of Alexander Shipley and Rebecca Shipley and have lived in Summerville, SC. By 2022, he had married again to Tori, with two more children in the family, Skylar Shipley and Kora Shipley.

  • Grandson Elgie Shipley (1953-2023) was born on May 20, 1953 in Mill Run. He was the father of Amy Shipley. He entered into marriage with Terry Starett ( ? - ? ), and their union endured for 36 years. A stepdaughter in this family was Kelly Brooke Otterson. Said the Connellsville Daily Courier, Elgie "enjoyed gardening, hunting and loved spending time with his great grandchildren. He had a special personality, always a jokester." Circa 2002, they made a home in Ligonier, in 2014 in Pittsburgh and in 2023 back in Ligonier. Sadly, at the age of 70, Elgie passed away on July 14, 2023.

    Great-granddaughter Amy Shipley resided in Ligonier in 2023. 

    Step-great-granddaughter Kelly Brooke Otterson was a companion in 2023 of Sean Galbraith. 

  • Granddaughter Jennie Marie Shipley (1941-living) was born in 1941. She married Wilmer Nicholson (Dec. 6, 1937-1998). They established a longtime home in Mill Run. Their marriage resulted in a family of 10 children -- Orlando Warren Nicholson, Milton Nicholson, Malcolm Nicholson, Lewis Nicholson, Scott Nicholson, Adrian Nicholson, Henry Nicholson, Ervin Nicholson, Cheryl Shultz, and Becky Shultz. Sadly, son Orlando died at one day of age on Sept. 19, 1961, from a collapsed lung ("atelectasis"). Then in about 1976, their teenage son Milton became a quadriplegic sustained in a swimming accident. Said the Connellsville Daily Courier, "Although the life expectancy of a quadriplegic is 10 years, [Milton] outlived the timeline due to the love and care of his devoted mother for the past 39 years." Wilmer passed away on Aug. 5, 1998, at the age of 60. His remains were laid to rest in the Indian Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. The widowed Jennie was in Mill Run in 2002-2015 and endured the deaths of her sons Milton in 2015 and Ervin in 2023.

    Great-grandson Milton Nicholson (1960-2015) was born on Sept. 8, 1960 in Connellsville Hospital. His life was forever changed on the fateful day at age 16 when he was injured in a swimming accident. Rendered a quadriplegic, he spent the remainder of his years in a wheelchair. He spent six months in Pittsburgh's Harmarville Rehabilitation and then returned to Connellsville Area High School where he received his diploma. He then studied accounting at Hiram G. Andrews in Johnstown, PA. Said the Connellsville Daily Courier, "Although being physically limited greatly, his independent spirit was never crushed. He never complained. [and] accepted his life the way it was and went on. Although the life expectancy of a quadriplegic is 10 years, he outlived the timeline due to the love and care of his devoted mother for the past 39 years." Relieved of his sufferings, he passed away at home at the age of 55 on Dec. 14, 2015. Interment was in Indian Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, with a Pittsburgh Steelers logo inscribed in color on his grave marker.

    Great-grandson Malcolm Nicholson married Karen. They have resided in White, PA.

    Great-grandson Lewis Nicholson wed Brenda. Circa 2015-2023, they were in Mill Run.

    Great-grandson Scott Nicholson was joined in wedlock with Mia Wadsworth. The pair put down roots in Mill Run and by 2023 had relocated to Scottdale.

    Great-grandson Adrian Nicholson has dwelled in Mill Run.

    Great-grandson Henry Nicholson entered into marriage with Maureen. The couple lived in Cresco, PA in 2015-2023.

    Great-grandson Ervin F. "Nick" Nicholson (1974-2023) was born on May 2, 1974 in Connellsville. He was married and the father of four -- Jacob Rosenberger, Brandon Nicholson, Clarissa Senft and Bentley Chaney. Ervin resided for a number of years in Meyersdale, Somerset County. Said the Connellsville Daily Courier, "Although he enjoyed the outdoors and farming, his real passion was driving truck. Many who knew him would tell you, if possible, he was always willing to help anyone with a need." He was diagnosed with leukemia and died at the age of 49, in Somerset Hospital, on Nov. 20, 2023.

    Great-granddaughter Cheryl Nicholson was united in matrimony with (?) Shultz. They relocated to Hollow Rock, TN. In 2023, she was a companion of Tim Gateway.

    Great-granddaughter Rebecca "Becky" Nicholson tied the marital knot with (?) Shultz. They also migrated to Tennessee and have made a residence in Hollow Rock and Camden, TN.

  • Granddaughter Patricia Shipley wed Robert Miller. They resided in Scottdale, Westmoreland County. Robert was deceased by 2023.
  • Grandson Kenneth N. Shipley (1935-2002) was born on May 22, 1935 in Mill Run. At the age of 18, on June 27, 1953, he married 16-year-old Sylvia J. Leasure (Feb. 22, 1937-2001). They produced three sons, Kenneth Lee Shipley, Dennis Shipley and Michael Shipley. Grief cascaded over the family when newborn son Kenneth died on July 15, 1954. For 48 years, Kenneth was employed on the road crew at Rolling Rock Farms, retiring as a foreman. In his free time, he was an outdoorsman and liked to hunt. He belonged to the Fraternal Order of Eagles of Ligonier, Westmoreland County and the Sons of the American Legion of Donegal. In the early 2000s, the family dwelled at Rector, near Ligonier. Sadly, Sylvia passed away on Sept. 19, 2001, a week after the World Trade Center attacks known as "9/11." When Kenneth's health declined, he was admitted to Latrobe Area Hospital and died there at the age of 66 on Feb. 26, 2002. Funeral services were led by George Umphlett, with burial in Indian Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. An obituary appeared in the Connellsville Daily Courier.
  • Granddaughter Sandra "Sandy" Shipley ( ? - ? ) was unmarried and lived in Mill Run in 2002.
  • Granddaughter Angela "Angie" Shipley ( ? - ? ) was joined in wedlock with Mike Schroyer ( ? - ? ). She dwelled in 2002 in South Connellsville and in 2014 in Donegal, Westmoreland County.
  • Grandson Richard Ellsworth Shipley (1943-1957) was born on March 16, 1943 in Mill Run. He is believed to have been born with "tetralogy of fallot" -- a defect where the heart produces blood of oxygen-poor quality. He was not destined to reach adulthood. At the age of 13, suffering with an abscess from a ruptured brain, which led to meningitis, he was rushed to Pittsburgh's Allegheny General Hospital. There, he succumbed on Feb. 3, 1957. The remains were lowered under the sod of Indian Creek Baptist Church Cemetery following funeral services led by Rev. Robert Blank. An obituary in the Connellsville Daily Courier said that the "lad had been in the hospital one week [and] was a student in Springfield Township School at Mill Run."
  • Grandson Robert "Leroy" Shipley ( ? - ? ) was deceased by 2002. He may be the same "Robert L. Shipley" (1937-1980) buried at Indian Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Daughter Lauretta Anderson (1922-1999) was born on Sept. 3, 1922. She married Walter H. Shipley (March 4, 1917-1993). They produced five known children -- David Claydean Shipley, Roger Lee Shipley Sr., George E. Shipley Sr., Frankie Shipley and Ruth Ann Shipley. Lauretta lived in Mill Run circa 1977. Walter passed into eternity in 1993. Lauretta died in 1999.


  • Grandson Roger Lee Shipley Sr. ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). As a young man, he was employed as a mechanic by the City Auto Center of Connellsville. On Oct. 11, 1975, in a ceremony held at the Mill Run United Methdist Church, he was united in wedlock with Cheryl A. Bigam ( ? - ? ), daughter of Hughey Bigam of Mill Run. Rev. Robert Blank officiated. In a story about the wedding, which included a prominent photograph of the couple, the Connellsville Daily Courier reported that Cheryl wore "a floor-length gown of satapeau satin with an overlay of venise lace. The gown was enhanced with wide neckline, long bishop sleeves of venise lace and fitted bodice with two rows of tiny seed pearls at the waistline." At the time of marriage, Cheryl earned a living at Sears, Roebuck & Company in Uniontown. They produced a son, Roger Lee Shipley Jr. Roger Sr. was deceased by 2015.


David Shipley's workplace, Anchor Hocking Glass in Connellsville, PA



  • Grandson David Claydean Shipley (1946-2021) was born on St. Patrick's Day 1946 in Mill Run. He was a 1965 graduate of Connellsville Area High School, and that year he worked in Clairton, PA in an automotive garage. He is believed to have been twice-wed. His first wife was Loretta Mae Garletts ( ? - ? ), daughter of Jacob Garletts of Mill Run. Together the pair bore a daughter, Christine Bryner. In time he married Bonnie K. Stroko (June 24, 1951-2022), daughter of Edward Paul and Huldah Catherine (Bittinger) Stroko. She brought a son to the union, Edward John Stroko. Their marital union endured for 35 years. Bonnie was an alumna of North Union High School. The couple lived in Mill Run. Two other children in this family were Steve Shipley and Keith Shipley. David went on to a working career of 37½ years with the cap plant of Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation in South Connellsville. Bonnie also spent more than three decades with Anchor Hocking. David retired in December 2000 at the age of 64. In his retirement years, he liked to travel, cruise, watch NASCAR races, fish, hunt and dine at Bud Murphy's restaurant in Connellsville, home of "world famous pizza." The family belonged to the Indian Creek Baptist Church in Mill Run. As his health failed, he was admitted to Bella Healthcare in Uniontown. He died there on May 3, 2021 at the age of 75. An obituary in the Connellsville Daily Courier said that he was survived by 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren and that he "was the last surviving member of his immediate family." A memorial service was held at the family church, led by Rev. Chris McLaughlin. Bonnie only outlived her sposue by a little more than a year. Death swept her away at home on Oct. 30, 2022. Rev. Randy Newell officiated the funeral service at the family church.

Step-great-grandson Edward John Stroko married Tina and resided in Uniontown

Great-granddaughter Christine Shipley married (?) Bryner. Her home in 2022 was in Mill Run.

Great-grandson Steve Shipley wedded Jeanie. They have lived in Ligonier, Westmoreland County, PA.

Great-grandson Keith Shipley has made his home in Everson, Fayette County.


  • Grandson George E. Shipley Sr. (1943-2015) was born on Aug. 13, 1943 in Mill Run. He joined Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation in South Connellsville and worked there in 1964. At the age of about 21 in 1964, he married Jean Karen Dahl ( ? - ? ), daughter of Charles Dahl of Indian Head. The couple's marriage endured for 51 years. The couple had three children -- George E. Shipley Jr., Dana Bowser and Craig Scott Shipley. They were members of the Indian Creek Baptist Church in Mill Run. George was a longtime die setter with Anchor Hocking Corporation in South Connellsville. Sadness enveloped the family when infant Craig died at the age of one day on June 1, 1965. George died at age 72 on Aug. 16, 2015 in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Rev. Christopher McLaughlin officiated at the funeral service with burial in the church cemetery.

Son James Ellsworth "Jay" Anderson (1913-1969) was born in about 1913. He married Ethel Pearl Smith (1918-2009), daughter of Charles Emanuel and Alice Mae (Hillen) Smith of Connellsville. They made a residence in Melcroft for decades, and were members of Davistown United Methodist Church. Their family of offspring included Nettie L. Ruff, Betty Burnsworth, Larry Ray "Butch" Anderson, William C. Anderson, Robert G. Anderson, Edward Anderson, David Anderson, Wanda Smith, Linda McMillen and Judy Charlton. At least two of their children graduated from Connellsville High School and another from Rockwood High School in Somerset County. Ethel was a longtime cook at the Pike Run Country Club, where her sister in law Doreen (Snyder) Anderson was club manager. Sadly, James died in 1969, with burial in the Indian Creek Baptist Church in Mill Run. Ethel outlived her husband by a remarkable four decades. As can often occur with people who live long lives, she suffered the deaths of three adult children and a grandson. She spent her final years in Mt. Lebanon, near Pittsburgh. At the age of 91, she succumbed at home on Dec. 16, 2009. Following funeral services led by Rev. Paul Freidhof, she was laid to rest in the Indian Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, with an obituary published in the Connellsville Daily Courier.

  • Granddaughter Nettie L. Anderson (1940-2004) was born on April 6, 1940 in Melcroft, Fayette County. In about 1958, when Nettie was age 18, she married Harry Edward Ruff ( ? - ? ). Their marriage endured for 46 years until the separation of death. They were longtime members of Davistown United Methodist Church. They produced four offspring -- Connie Lender, Carol Ritenour, Kenth Ruff and Brian Ruff. With Nettie's health plummeting, she was admitted to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh. She passed away there at the age of 64 on Oct. 17, 2004. An obituary in the Connellsville Daily Courier reported that Rev. Paul Freidhof officiated at the funeral service, with interment following in Brown Cemetery in Saltlick Township.
  • Granddaughter Betty Jane Anderson (1936-1995) was born on June 3, 1936. She married Charles W. Burnsworth (Jan. 22, 1931-1998), son of Ralph and Ida Bell Burnsworth and stepson of James Barkley of Ohiopyle, Fayette County. Their marriage lasted for 43 years. They bore a family of offspring -- James K. Burnsworth, Robert B. Burnsworth, Kevin R. Burnsworth and Joyce A. Howell. Charles served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1960. Circa 1993, the couple lived in Daugherty Township near New Brighton, Beaver County, PA. Sadly, at the age of 59, Betty Jane died on Aug. 15, 1995 in the Medical Center of Beaver. Rev. Don Blinn Jr., pastor of the Zion United Methodist Church of Rochester, officiated at the funeral service. In an obituary in the Beaver County Times, the family asked that any memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society. Charles then moved to nearby Rochester. Charles was cut away by the Grim Reaper on Feb. 11, 1998. They are in eternal rest in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park in Beaver County.
  • Grandson Larry Ray "Butch" Anderson (1948-1993) was born on June 15, 1948 in Melcroft. He was a graduate of Rockwood High School. He was married and the father of two sons -- Michael Wayne Anderson and Steven Paul Anderson. They lived in Melcroft. Larry was employed as a millwright at the Clairton Works of U.S. Steel Corporation and belonged to the Clairton Local 1557 of the United Steel Workers of America. In the community, he was a volunteer with the United Way and Pittsburgh's Central Blood Bank. He also was president of the Roaring Run Sportsmen's Club and a member of the Mount Pleasant Veterans of Foreign Wars and Scottdale American Legion, where he competed on the legion's bowling squad. Tragedy interrupted his very active life when he was badly injured in an automobile accident and died at the age of 45 on July 11, 1993. Rev. Gald Brooks officiated at the funeral service, with burial in Mt. Nebo Cemetery in Saltlick Township. An obituary was printed in the Somerset Daily American.
  • Grandson William C. "Bill" Anderson married Joann and lived for many years in Greensburg, Westmoreland County.
  • Grandson Robert G. Anderson (1945-2009) was born on March 30, 1945 in Melcroft. In about 1966, when he was 21, Robert was joined in wedlock with Margot E. Wuerl ( ? - ? ) of Germany. The marriage spanned 43 years. In 1969-1970, he served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam as part of a 20-year military career. After retiring from the Army, he spent two decades working for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections in Greensburg, Westmoreland County. They lived in Salem Township near Greensburg and produced three children -- Wayne K. Anderson, Brenda A. Anderson and Sandy J. Paulich. In Robert's spare time, he "was a member of the Slickville American Legion and the Donegal VFW," said the Greensburg Tribune-Review. "He loved to hunt and fish, and looked forward to hunting camp at "Happy Acres", where he was known as the camp cook. He also enjoyed playing pool and was a member of APA. He shot pool for 'The Honeybees' team. He was always willing to lend a hand and he could always be counted on." Robert died at the age of 64 just two days before Christmas 2009. Sharing rites for the funeral service were Rev. Fred Heitzenroder of the Salem Lutheran Church of Delmont and members of Post 981 Honor Guard of South Greensburg. Burial with military honors was in Twin Valley Memorial Park in Delmont. An obituary was printed in the Tribune-Review.
  • Grandson Edward B. "Ed" Anderson made a home in Melcroft, Fayette County in 1993-2004.
  • Grandson David Anderson was united in matrimony with Brenda. They were in Acme, Westmoreland County in 2004.
  • Granddaughter Wanda Anderson married Julius "Jay" Smith. They made a residence in Youngstown, Mahoning County, OH and were the parents of Terry Smith. Sadly, the son was deceased by 2009.
  • Granddaughter Linda Anderson wedded Robert "Bob" McMillen. Circa 2004, they were in Champion, Fayette County.
  • Granddaughter Judy Anderson was joined in marital union with Ronald Charlton. They established a home in Mt. Lebanon in the south hills of Pittsburgh.


Elyria, Ohio, home to Della May (Anderson) Arzberger Ciuca


Daughter Della May Anderson (1918- ? ) was born in about 1918. She apparently was wed twice, first to Arden Arzberger (Sept. 24, 1914-1956), son of John and Myrtle (Paul) Arzberger of Mill Run. They were the parents of Ruth Arzberger, James B. Arzberger, Meredith Arzberger and Harold Duane Arzberger. The couple made a home in Springfield Township, Fayette County in 1940, as shown by the federal census. At that time, Arden earned a living as a construction laborer. He enjoyed his membership in the Mill Run Sportsmen Club. The family grieved when infant son Harold died just a few days after birth on April 28, 1945. The child's remains were laid to rest in the Indian Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. M. Hulihan officiating. Circa 1956, Arden was employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Highways. On the fateful day of March 31, 1956, Arden took his own life at home using a .12 gauge shotgun. He committed the act while his family was away, and the body was discovered by their teenage daughter Meredith. Interment also was at the Indian Creek cemetery, again led by Rev. Hulihan. Della's second spouse was (?) Ciuca ( ? - ? ). In 1960, using the name "Ciuca," she resided in Baden, Beaver County, PA. She relocated to Elyria, OH and was there in 1976.

  • Granddaughter Ruth Arzberger (1935- ? ) was born in about 1935 in Springfield Township, Fayette County. She wedded (?) Gosser ( ? - ? ). Circa 1956, the Gossers made a home in Manor, Westmoreland County, PA.
  • Grandson James B. Arzberger (1939- ? ) was born in about 1939 in Fayette County, PA.
  • Granddaughter Meredith Arzberger ( ? - ? )

Son Calvin A. Anderson (1924-1993) was born on Dec. 22, 1924. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He married Gladys E. (?) (1928- ? ). The couple lived in Connellsville for decades. The Angel of Death carried him away on Dec. 19, 1993. His remains rest in the Indian Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.


Son Richard C. Anderson (1927-2005) was born on Dec. 29, 1927. He wedded Doreen E. Snyder (Nov. 1, 1923-2006), a native of Melcroft, Fayette County and the daughter of Braden R. and Daisy (Barron) Snyder. They were the parents of Donna Anderson, Dianne Perkins, Susan Bell and Randy Anderson. The couple resided for many years in Champion, Fayette County. For a quarter of a century, Doreen worked at Pike Run Country Club and eventually became the club's manager. They were members of the County Line Church of the Brethren, and Doreen was active with the church's Ladies Aid Society. Richard died at the age of 77 on Aug. 13, 2005. Doreen lived for another eight months as a widow and succumbed as a patient in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital at the age of 82 on April 14, 2006. Her remains were lowered into eternal repose in Indian Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Barry Conn officiating at the funeral service.

  • Granddaughter Donna Anderson lived in Fenton, MI.
  • Daughter Dianne Anderson wedded Arnold "Butch" Perkins. Their home in 2006 was in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County.
  • Granddaughter Susan Anderson was joined in marriage with Thomas Bell. They dwelled in Champion.
  • Grandson Randy Anderson married Ruth Ann White, daughter of Gerald R. White of Champion. They resided in Champion and bore a daughter, Renee Anderson.

Son Howard Ray Anderson (1933-2021) was born on Feb. 7, 1933 in Mill Run, Fayette County. During the Korean War, from 1953 to 1956, he served in the U.S. Navy. At the age of 20, on July 11, 1953, he was united in matrimony with his first bride, Janet L. Lanning (Aug. 16, 1934-2012), daughter of Alvin Clarence and Opal Ruth (Hull) Lanning of Normalville. Their marital union endured for 58½ years. They bore a family of two daughters, Catherine "Cathy" O'Brien Hull and Sharon Foster. The Andersons spent their married lives in Ohio -- circa 1960 in Barberton and by 1976 in Doylestown, Wayne County -- where he was employed for 42 years by PPG Industries. For two decades, Janet was employed at the locak K-Mart. In her free time, she liked to read poetry and admire birds and flowers. Janet passed away in Doylestown at the age of 77 on April 11, 2012. Rev. Randy Newell led the funeral service held at Indian Creek Baptist Church, with an obituary published in the Akron Beacon Journal. Howard outlived his wife by nine years and returned to Connellsville. He wed a second time to Ida Ruth (Hull) Johnson. She too had been married previously and brought these adult children to the second union -- Glenn Johnson, Donna Bigham and John Johnson. He held a membership in the Hampton Church of God in Mill Run and enjoyed watching NASCAR races, guns and travel. Sadly, he succumbed to the spectre of death at home on Aug. 23, 2021 at the age of 88. Rev. Bobby Miner presided at the funeral service.

  • Granddaughter Catherine Anderson married (?) O'Brien. Her home in 2012 was in Barberton, OH. By 2021, she had wed a second time to (?) Hull ( ? - ? ).
  • Granddaughter Sharon Anderson wedded (?) Foster. They are the parents of Jennie Foster. Circa 2012, she lived in Uniontown, near Canton, OH.


~ Son Charles L. Rowan ~


Indian Creek Baptist Church

Son Charles L. Rowan (1898-1936) was born on May 12, 1898 at Mill Run. 

He married a cousin, Grace Bigam (1900-1984), daughter of David D. and Lucinda (Cole) Bigam, and granddaughter of John and Eliza (Harbaugh) Bigam. The two families were close, and Charles' brother Earl married Grace's sister Geraldine.

The couple resided in Mill Run and did not reproduce. 

At the age of 37, in about May of 1936, Charles began employment as a coal laborer at the Boston No. 4 (or 5) mine of the Vesta Coal Company at Vestaburg, a job to which he commuted from his home. Compounding the family history of coal industry tragedy, he was killed at the mine on Aug. 18, 1936, after only having worked there for three months. Said the Daily Courier:

Rowan ... was decapitated and two other workers miraculously escaped a similar fate ... when a large slab of slate let go as they were leaving the Vestaburg workings after completing their day's work. The trio comprised a group of workmen who had left the man trip several minutes before the tragedy. Rowan was struck by the full  force of the slate which landed on his head and severed it from his body, according to Deputy Edward Hagerty of Millsboro. The fatality was the first of the year at the Vesta Company mine.


Vesta mines where Charles L. Rowan was killed. Here, a 20-ton motor hauls 70 cars of coal (about 500 tons) along 6.5 miles of track in the No. 4 and 5 mines.



Connellsville Daily Courier

Charles' funeral drew 600 mourners. It was held at the Mill Run United Brethren Church, led by Rev. Frank S. Wortman, Rev. Paul O. Morris and the Junior Order of United American Mechanics. Said the Daily Courier, "A quartet composed of Mr. and Mrs. William Griffiths, Edward Hiltabidel and E.D. Small, with Miss Alice Small at the piano, sang 'Face to Face,' 'Abide with Me' and 'Going Down the Valley.' The Vestaburg Local of the United Mine Workers of America came in a large delegation and led the funeral process from the home to the church and then to the cemetery, holding its ritual at the grave. 

The pallbearers were George Colborn, E. Sturgis Colborn, Robert Laughery, Dayton Newill, Preston Williams and Foster Bigam." Burial was in the Indian Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Later that month, Grace placed a classified advertisement in the Daily Courier, saying: "I take this means of expressing my sincere appreciation and thanks to my many kind neighbors, friends and relatives for their many acts of kindness and sympathy following the death of my husband. Especially do I desire to thank the U.M.W. of A., the Jr. O.U.A.M. for their service, those who sent flowers, those who so kindly furnished cars and all who assisted me in any way."

As a widow, Grace kept herself busy with family and community activities and occasional out of town visits. She died in July 1984 at the age of 83.

~ Son Joseph "Domer" Rowan ~

Son Joseph "Domer" Rowan (1902-1974) was born in 1902. 

He married Opal "Marie" Kemp (1912-2003), the daughter of William T. and Mary Jane (Showman) Kemp.

The Rowans lived in Mill Run and had 10 children -- Howard Kemp Rowan, Domer Ellsworth Rowan, David Rowan, Donald Rowan, Bradley Rowan, Jeffrey Rowan, Marjorie Miller, Janet Young, Sharyn Gorman and Debra Hoyman.

In the fall of 1926, Domer was employed by the Indian Creek Mine Drainage Company. He injured his back at work and underwent treatment, and received $196 from the company as compensation. However, when seeking additional recompense, he was turned down because "of his failure to file and application for the renewal of his compensation within the one year period," reported the Uniontown Daily News Standard. He appealed to the Court of Common Pleas of Fayette County and lost the case per the ruling of a panel of three judges.

Domer later was the proprietor of a general merchandise store and gasoline filling station in Indian Creek. He was robbed at gunpoint at the store in September 1931, which made news in the Daily Courier. Later, he was a longtime line foreman for the West Penn Power Company. 

Marie was seriously injured in an automobile accident in about 1934. A July 23, 1934 story in the Daily Courier said she was "getting along as good as could be expected."

Later, they resided at Breakneck, near Connellsville, for more than three decades.

Domer passed away at the age of 72 on Sept. 8, 1974 "following a lingering illness," said the Daily Courier. He was survived by 21 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

Marie outlived her husband by more than 30 years. She attended the Church of Christ in Connellsville. She died at the age of 90, at Frick Hospital in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, PA on Jan. 7,  2003. She was laid to rest at Green Ridge Memorial Park near Connellsville, with Rev. David Brothers leading the service. A newspaper obituary placed the count of her survivors as 26 grandchildren and "numerous" great-grandchildren.

Son Howard Kemp Rowan (1928-2006) was born in 1928 and apparently was named for his ill-fated uncle who was killed in a coal mine accident that year. He married Betty Herman ( ? - ? ) and was the father of Ann "Penny" Rowan, Kevin D. Rowan and Brian L. Rowan. Howard served in the U.S. Navy for 26 years and was a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Upon his retirement in 1973, said the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, he "led the fight to keep the Los Alamitos Naval Air Station open. In his retirement, he had a successful civilian career as he served as the director of public works for the cities of Cerritos, Pomona and Irvine, Calif. he also was very active in local politics, serving on the Cypress City Council and as mayor of Cypress." Howard died in Cypress at the age of 77 on March 30, 2006. Following funeral services at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, his remains were shipped back to his hometown for burial at Green Ridge Memorial Park, with Rev. Philip Ramstad officiating at the interment service.

  • Granddaughter Ann "Penny" Rowan lived in Irvine, CA in 2006.
  • Grandson Kevin D. Rowan wedded Rosa. Their home in 2006 was in Buena Park, CA.
  • Grandson Brian L. Rowan resided in Westminster, CA.

Son David Rowan ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). He married Nancy Berger ( ? - ? ), daughter of Robert M. and Janet (Stein) Berger of Bay City, MI. The Rowans lived in Westminster,CA in 1974 and in Essexville, MI in 1999-2006.

Son Domer Ellsworth Rowan ( ? - ? ) served as an interior communications electrician fireman apprentice in the U.S. Navy in the mid-1950s. Circa 1955, he was stationed on the U.S.S. Burdo which was in the Caribbean on his third midshipman training cruise. He married Sarah ( ? - ? ). The couple made a home in San Diego in 1974, in Sumter, SC in 2003 and in later years in Haines City, FL.

Son Donald Rowan ( ? - ? ) was united in wedlock with Diane. They resided in Stark, FL in 1974, Utah in 2003 and in Middletown, DE in 2006.

Son Bradley Rowan ( ? - ? ) wedded Debbie ( ? - ? ). The couple dwelled in Canonsburg, Washington County, PA in 2006.

Son Jeffrey Rowan ( ? - ? ) was joined in matrimony with Kim ( ? - ? ). The Rowans were in Connellsville, Fayette County, PA in 2006.

Daughter Marjorie Lois Rowan (1931-living) was born in 1931. She was a 1947 graduate of Connellsville High School. Marjorie was twice-wed. On June 25, 1949, she entered into marriage with her first spouse, Joseph Davis Miller (1922-2009). Three sons produced by this couple were Gary D. Miller, Joseph "Greg" Miller and Alan "Kent" Miller. The first marriage ended in divorce in January 1962, with Marjorie citing "indignities," as reported in the Connellsville Daily Courier. In time, by 1967,  she married Daryl Miller ( ? - ? ). They dwelled in Indian Head and Melcroft. The second marriage resulted in a daughter, Lisa Miller. Marjorie was included in a group photograph at her 20th high school class reunion in 1967 in the Daily Courier. Circa 1974, the family was in Florida. By 2006, Marjorie had returned to Pennsylvania and lived in Monroeville, near Pittsburgh.

  • Grandson Gary D. Miller (1950- ? ) was born in 1950. He was a 1968 graduate of Connellsville High School and a 1972 alumnus of Pennsylvania State University. He then was hired as a computer programmer by the County of Allegheny. On Aug. 11, 1973, in nuptials held at the Indian Head Church of God, he wed Marsha Wilders ( ? - ? ), daughter of George R. Wilders of Melcroft. The ceremony was led by Rev. Dr. G. Marion Smith. In announcing the marriage, the Connellsville Daily Courier said that Marsha "was attired in a floor-length gown of ivory silk ribbed taffeta and Alencon lace. The slimly-molded bodice of Alencon lace was fashioned with a natural waistline, and appliqued yoke of the same lace with high lace collar, and long tapering sleeves of lace. The silk ribbed taffeta skirt was softly gathered." Marsha was a 1969 Connellsville alumna and graduated in 1972 from the Shadyside Hospital School of Nursing. At the time of their marriage, she was employed as a registered nurse at Somerset Community Hospital. The pair settled in Monroeville near Pittsburgh and are the parents of three, including Michael Robert Miller.

    Great-grandson Michael Robert Miller (1975- ? ) was born in 1975. At his first and second birthdays, he was pictured in the Connellsville Daily Courier

  • Grandson Joseph "Gregory" Miller (1953- ? ) was born in 1953. He is married and has two daughters, including Jennifer Hernandez.

    Great-granddaughter Jennifer Miller wed (?) Hernandez. She is the mother of three and has contributed important content for this biography. 

  • Grandson Alan "Kent" Miller (1956- ? ) was born in 1956. He is believed to have been a 1974 graduate of Connellsville High School. He did not marry.
  • Granddaughter Lisa Miller (1964- ? ) was born in 1964. Her birth was announced on the pages of the Connellsville Daily Courier. She is married and the mother of two sons. 

Daughter Janet Rowan ( ? - ? ) was joined in wedlock with (?) Young ( ? - ? ). Her home in 2006 was in Raeford, Hoke County, NC.

Daughter Sharyn D. Rowan (1949-1995) was born on April 28, 1949. She was united in matrimony with John Gorman ( ? - ? ). They made a residence in Mount Pleasant and Scottdale, Westmoreland County. Sadness enveloped the family when Sharyn died on March 22, 1995, at the age of 46.

Daughter Debra Rowan ( ? - ? ) wedded Bert Hoyman ( ? - ? ), son of Samuel R. and Dorothy (Hoyman) Holzer of Youngstown, PA. They dwelled in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, PA in 1974 and eventually relocated to Connellsville, Fayette County, PA.


~ Son Earl Rowan ~


Indian Creek Baptist Church

Son Earl Rowan (1904-1988) was born on Sept. 13, 1904.

On April 6, 1925, at the age of 21, Earl eloped to Cumberland, MD to marry a cousin, 19-year-old Geraldine Bigam (1906-1999), the daughter of farmers David D. and Lucinda "Lucy" (Cole) Bigam, and granddaughter of John and Eliza (Harbaugh) Bigam. The nuptials were led by Rev. Paul E. Blakney.

The two families were close, and Earl's brother Charles married Geraldine's sister Grace.

The couple resided in Mill Run and bore five known children -- Gladys L. Basinger, Barbara W. Bryner, Donna Jane Novak, James Orland Rowan Sr. and Mary Louise Glotfelty.

Circa 1940, when the federal census enumeration was made, Earl labored as a trackman in local coal mines. He eventually joined Eastern Gas and Fuel Company of Melcroft, and retired from the firm.

Geraldine enjoyed hosting meetings of the Mill Run Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) at their home. They were longtime members of the Mill Run United Methodist Church.

Near-tragedy occurred in mid-July 1965 when Earl and Geraldine, who were riding together in their automobile near Armbrust, Westmoreland County, was struck broadside by another vehicle. Earl suffered a contusion of his right hand while Geraldine's right knee was cut and her head and right arm bruised.

The Rowans hosted an August 1966 visit from Geraldine's cousins Gladys Carpenter of Ashtabula, OH and Edna Bigam of Cleveland. They also enjoyed extended visits their their daughter Mary Louise Glotfelty in Michigan. In April 1975, they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with an open house at the Mill Run United Methodist Church and a family dinner at Glisan's Restaurant along Route 40. To mark the event, their photograph and an article were published in the Daily Courier.

Earl passed away on Jan. 8, 1988.

Geraldine survived for another 11 years and died on July 9, 1999. They are buried at Indian Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. At the time of Geraldine's passing, she had 17 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.


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Daughter Gladys L. Rowan (1926-2020) was born on March 9, 1926 in Mill Run, Fayette County. At the age of seven, having had perfect attendance at school through 2nd grade, she fell from a school bench on which she and friends were seated, and the bench landed on her finger, cutting off the tip. News of her injury was published in the Connellsville Daily Courier. At the age of 17, on April 15, 1943, Gladys wed James Edward "Chuck" Basinger (1922-1984), son of Levi "Lee" and Susan Basinger of East Connellsville. The ceremony was held in the parsonage of the East End United Brethren Church, with Rev. J.W. Ritchey officiating. At the time, James was serving as a private in the U.S. Army during World War II, and he immediately returned to his post at Fort Sam Houston, TX. By 1965, the family returned to Mill Run and made their home on Hampton Road. The couple produced four children -- Robert Earl Basinger, Edward William Basinger, Donetta Thiel Graham and George David "Cubby" Basinger. Sadly, James died in 1984. Gladys outlived her husband by 36 years, making her residence in Connellsville, and during the 1990s endured the deaths of her sons Edward and George. At the end, she dwelled in Hillside Estates Suites, where she succumbed to the angel of death at the age of 94 on Sept. 17, 2020. Burial was made in the Indian Creek Baptist Cemetery in Mill Run, and with a distant cousin officiating the funeral -- Rev. Lee Maley of the family of Martha Ellen (Mayle) Mayle of Philippi, WV.

  • Grandson Robert Earl Basinger ( ? - ? ) married Peggy Sherbondy ( ? - ? ), daughter of John C. Sherbondy of Normalville. They produced at least two sons, James Bradley Basinger and John Robert Basinger. Their marriage ended in divorce. By 2020, he was married to Karen and lived in Connellsville, and Peggy to (?) Peck and residing in Normalville

    Great-grandson James Bradley Basinger ( ? -living) makes a home in Meadville. He is the father of Mack Basinger and Miles Basinger and is a companion of Tara Kelyman. 

    Great-grandson John Robert Basinger (1969-2024) was born on Jan. 27,1969 in Connellsville. He grew up in Mill Run and was a 1987 graduate of Connellsville Area High School. He went on to receive a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Pennsylvania State University and a master's degree from West Virginia University. While in college, he volunteered at Camp Conestoga of the Boy Scouts of America and was a tour guide at Fallingwater, the world-renowned house built over a waterfall and designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. John began his career as a teacher and soccer coach at Tappahannock High School in Virginia. He then returned to his home state to accept a position teaching mathematics at Sewickley Academy, Pittsburgh’s oldest independent coeducational school. There, he was named chairman of the math department in 2000, a position he held for the remaining 24 years of his life. As time allowed, he took part in theatre with R-Act of Rochester, PA and attended the Methodist church. He was the father of Robert B. Basinger. Sadly, at the age of 55, John died at home on Feb. 11, 2024. Pastor Randy Newell led the funeral rites, with burial in Indian Creek Baptist Cemetery.

  • Grandson Edward William "Billy" Basinger (1945-1993) was born on Aug. 5, 1945. He joined the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, serving in 1965 aboard the anti-submarine aircraft carrier USS Essex in Quonset Point, RI. Circa 1965, he was engaged to marry Lorraine A. Phaneuf ( ? - ? ), daughter of Edward J. Phaneuf of Pawtucket, RI. At the time, Lorraine worked for Eastern Toy Company in Providence as an office clerk. News of their engagement was printed in the Connellsville (PA) Daily Courier and Uniontown (PA) Evening Standard. But no proof has been found to confirm that they actually tied the knot. He died on Aug. 8, 1993, and sleeps for all time in the Indian Creek Baptist Cemetery in Mill Run.


  • Granddaughter Donetta Basinger (1949-2022) was born on Feb. 9, 1949 in Connellsville. Her first husband was Thomas F. Thiel ( ? - ? ). Circa 1977, their home was in Washington, MI. They together bore two sons, Erik T. Thiel and Michael Thiel. In time, she wedded again to Joseph "Patrick" Graham and returned to Connellsville. The Grahams produced a daughter, Jamie Graham. Donetta liked to read and cross-stitch. Circa 2022, she dwelled in Connellsville and Patrick in nearby Mount Pleasant. Sadly, she passed away at home at the age of 72 on Jan. 30, 2022.        


  • Grandson George David "Cubby" Basinger (1961-1999) was born on Aug. 19, 1961. On his fourth birthday, he was pictured in the Daily Courier. Sadly, at the age of 37, he passed into eternity on June 20, 1999. His remains rest under the sod in Indian Creek Baptist Cemetery in Mill Run.


Daughter Barbara W. Rowan (1928-2016) was born on Oct. 15, 1928 in Mill Run. She married Clifford E. Bryner (1920-2013). The couple made their home in Uniontown and produced three children -- Edgar "Earl" Bryner, Wonetta Miller and Dennis Bryner. They made their home in Ohiopyle and were longtime farmers. Barbara was talented with creativity and laid her own ceramic tile floor. Clifford was well known for his woodworking skills and ability to produce Adirondack chairs. Clifford passed into eternity on Feb. 21, 2013. Barbara survived him by three years. She succumbed in Farland Hospital in Sandusky, OH at the age of 87 on March 25, 2016. Her remains were brought back to Uniontown for interment in Sylvan Heights Cemetery. A distant cousin, Rev. Lee Maley -- of the family of Martha Ellen (Mayle) Mayle -- officiated at the funeral service. The family asked that any memorial donations be made to Stine Hospice Care of Sandusky.


  • Grandson Edgar "Earl" Bryner ( ? - ? ) was born on July 24, 1950 in Connellsville. His early years were spent in Markleysburg, PA, and he was a 1969 graduate of Uniontown Area High School. He went on to study nursing at Uniontown Hospital School of Nursing. On June 9, 1972, at the age of 21, he wed fellow nursing student Michele Shanaberger ( ? - ? ). Their nuptials were held at the United Methodist Church in Carmichaels, PA. Together the pair produced a family of two sons -- Jeffrey Bryner and Gregory Bryner. Earl then joined the U.S. Air Force during the latter part of the Vietnam War and made it his career for two decades. Among the air bases where he served were Andrews in Maryland, Udorn in Thailand, Lackland in Texas, Travis in California, Tyndall in Florida and Lajes Field in the Azores, Portugal. He used the opportunity to receive further education through the Air Force Anesthesia Program and then obtained a bachelor of science degree from Southern Illinois University and a master's from Troy State University. He received many medals and commendations. Earl retired in 1993 with the rank of lieutenant colonel, and the family settled in Burleson in North Texas. There he became a nurse anesthetist at Texas Wesleyan University, Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital, Plaza Medical Center, Huguley Memorial Hospital and Cleburne Surgery Center. He retired in 2018. Sadly, Earl surrendered to the angel of death on Aug. 21, 2023 at the age of 73.

    Great-grandson Jeffrey Bryner tied the knot with Delta. They lived in Colorado Springs in 2023. They are the parents of Zoey Bryner.

    Great-grandson Gregory Bryner entered into marriage with Whitley. In 2023, the couple was in Burleson, TX. Four offspring of this union are Kaylyn Bryner, Cheyanne Bryant, Channing Bryner and Cayden Bryner.

  • Granddaughter Wonetta Bryner ( ? - ? ) was wed to Jim Miller of Ohio. Their dwelling-place in 2023 was Tiffin, OH.


  • Grandson Dennis Bryner ( ? - ? ) was united in matrimony with Brenda. At one time the family resided in Smithfield, near Uniontown. By 2023, they had migrated to Davenport, FL.


Albert Novak, Pittsburgh Business Times

Daughter Donna Jane Rowan (1931-1977) was born on Christmas Eve 1931 in Mill Run. When she was age 24, in the mid-1950s, she made her home in McKeesport, near Pittsburgh. She married Albert Jacob Novak Sr. (1925-1995), son of Louis and Mary (Volkar) Novak of Slickville, Westmoreland County, PA, a farming and coal mining family. Donna Jane and Albert resided in Slickville for 19 years until her untimely death. The couple produced four offspring -- Albert Jacob Novak Jr., Thomas Novak, Robert Novak and Barbara Novak. They were members of St. Sylvester's Roman Catholic Church in Slickville, and Donna Jane belonged to the Rosary Altar Society and the American Legion Auxiliary. In mid-September 1960, the gossip columns of the Connellsville Daily Courier noted that the Novaks hosted a family reunion dinner at their home in Slickville for Donna Jane's sister and brother in law, Mary Louise and Ronald Glotfelty, who were visiting from Michigan. Heartache rocked the family when Donna Jane was stricken with cancer and admitted to Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg. After lingering for five weeks, she passed away on June 25, 1977. Rev. Angelo Ciuffoletti celebrated the mass of Christian burial in the family church, with interment in Twin Valley Memorial Park. Albert survived his wife by 18 years. He joined her in eternity on Nov. 1, 1995.


  • Grandson Albert Jacob Novak Jr. (1959-living) was born in 1959 in Latrobe Hospital. News of his birth was published in the Connellsville Daily Courier. Al received his bachelor of arts in communication from St. Vincent College in 1981 and his master's degree in public policy and management from CMU in 1996. Earlier, from 1991 to 1997, he was director of corporate and foundation relations for the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University.  Then for 13 years, from 2003 to 2016, he served as vice chancellor for institutional advancement at the University of Pittsburgh. During that time, Pitt completed a $2.135 billion comprehensive capital campaign in 2013, with generous donors naming two schools in the process and helping to transform the campus. He often has been quoted in Pittsburgh news stories about higher education issues, such as the one at right from the Pittsburgh Business Times in 2011. In more recent years he has been employed as vice president and chief development officer for Excela Health in Greensburg, PA and today as chief philanthropy officer with St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. He and his wife Sally Anne attended our 2011 national reunion, "A Visit from a Civil War Soldier."


Indian Creek Baptist Church

Son James Orland Rowan (1936-2010) was born on about April 9, 1936. On Oct. 25, 1957, the 21-year-old James was united in wedlock with Joyce "Carolyn" Smith (July 24, 1939-2023), daughter of Homer Melvin and Regina (Prinkey) Smith of Mill Run and granddaughter of G.L. Smith of Mount Pleasant. In announcing the engagement, Carolyn was pictured in the Connellsville Daily Courier. Carolyn had attended school in Perryopolis but was a 1957 graduate of Connellsville High School. The couple honeymooned in Michigan and Canada and went on to enjoy 52 years of marriage. James earned a living circa 1957 as a truck driver for Hagan and Fikes' Dairy in Uniontown. They had three children -- Kathy Gail Herchko, James O. "Chip" Rowan Jr. and Karlo Jo White. Said the Connellsville Daily Courier, James "was the owner/operator of James O. Rowan Milk Hauling and also worked for Arsenberger Trucking of Mill Run for 30 years. He was a member of the Mill Run United Methodist church, the Springfield Twp. Vol. Hose Co. for many years, and the Early American Friday Night Bowling League for 37 years." In February 1967, having moved into a new home, the family received many housewarming gifts from the Ever Ready Sunday School Class of their church. Said the Daily Courier, Carolyn "was employed by Kathryn's Jewelry of Connellsville for 25 years and she also assisted her son in the operation of Chip's Corner Cafe for many years. Carolyn was an avid bowler having been in many bowling leagues in Connellsville and Greensburg, both ladies leagues and couples leagues, and she was most proud of her 299 score she achieved. She was a long time member of the Mill Run United Methodist Church." A lifelong resident of Mill Run, James died at the age of 74 on April 19, 2010. He was laid to rest in the Indian Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Their dark black grave marker, photographed in July 2016 by the founder of this website, is etched in color with scenes from nature. Carolyn remained in Connellsville circa 2020 and at the end was back in Mill Run. Suffering with Alzheimer's, she died on Dec. 8, 2023 in Mountain View Memory Care in Hempfield Township near Greensburg. Rev. Rob Kifer presided the funeral rites. In an obituary, the family asked that any memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center of the University of Pittsburgh.


  • Granddaughter Kathy Gail Rowan (1958- ? ) was born in 1958. As a girl, she enjoyed ballet dancing, and was pictured in the Daily Courier. She married Davide Herchko ( ? - ? ), who owns a Certapro Painters franchise in North Hunting don, PA. The known children borne of this couple are Derek Herchko, Drew Herchko and Davis Herchko.

    Great-grandson Derek Herchko married Ashton. They were in Flower Mound, TX in 2023.

    Great-grandson Drew Herchko has made a home in Pittsburgh.

    Great-grandson Davis Herchko dwells in Pittsburgh.

  • Grandson James O. "Chip" Rowan Jr. (1962- ? ) was born in 1962. He has owned and operated Chip's Corner Cafe. James has been a partner of Richard and made a home in Connellsville.


  • Granddaughter Karla Jo Rowan (1975- ? ) was born in 1975. She married Cale White ( ? - ? ). They planted themselves in White, PA. Their two daughters are Marissa White and Mallory White.

    Great-granddaughter Marissa White ( ? - ? ) resides in White, PA.

    Great-granddaughter Mallory White ( ? - ? ) was in White, PA in 2023.

Daughter Mary Louise Rowan (1939- ? ) was born in about 1939. As a nine-year-old, she is known to have spent a summertime vacation at the home of her aunt Mrs. Elmer Day in Columbus, OH. In about 1955, she was wedded to Ronald L. Glotfelty ( ? - ? ), the son of former Ohiopyle residents Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Glotfelty, now residing in Lincoln Park, MI. At the time, Ronald was employed in Michigan with Friano Excavating Company. The couple produced three offspring -- Michael Edwin Glotfelty, Rhonda Glotfelty and Julie Glotfelty. In September 1960, residing in Melvindale, MI, they returned to their home region and were treated to a large family dinner at the home of Mary Louise's married sister Donna Jane Rowan in Slickville, PA. By August 1961, Ronald was a specialist fourth class in the U.S. Armed Forces and stationed at Fort Belvoir, VA. In October 1966, the Glotfeltys hosted a two-week visit with Mary Louise's parents at their home in Romulus, MI, and then in August 1971 another extended visit. Mary Louise and Ronald remained in Romulus as of 2023.

  • Grandson Michael Edwin Glotfelty ( ? - ? )
  • Granddaughter Rhonda Glotfelty ( ? - ? )
  • Granddaughter Julie Glotfelty ( ? - ? )


Reunion of the Earl and Geraldine Rowan family, Aug. 5, 2018, held at the Methodist Church in Mill Run, PA. Their children Mary Louise Glotfelty and Gladys Basinger are at center. The day was planned by Chip Rowan and Barbara Novak.



Indian Creek Baptist Church

~ Son Howard Rowan ~

Son Howard Rowan (1907-1928) was born on Sept. 8, 1907. 

In the spring of 1928, unmarried at the age of 20, he was employed as a coal miner at the Mather Colliery in Greene County, PA. The plant consisted of some 4,400 acres in the town of Mather north of the village of Jefferson. 

Tragically, on May 19, 1928, Howard was one of 194 unfortunate coal miners caught in a fatal explosion at the mine. A coroner's jury ruled that "this disaster was caused by an explosion of explosive gas and coal dust in the north side of the mine. The primary cause of which explosion is unknown." The Connellsville Daily Courier stated that it was "one of the most disastrous explosions in the history of Pennsylvania soft coal mining... Edison Tedrow, Howard Rowan and H.A. Wells are believed to have met with death. Their bodies have not been found." 

As of June 2, two weeks later, the Courier reported that his body was still beyond the grasp of recovery teams. The following day, however, his corpse was were found and identified. His was the 190th body to be removed from the death scene, with only three remaining, according to the Charleroi (PA) Mail

His remains were laid to rest in the Rowan plot at the Indian Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, with a red granite marker erected there in his memory. His brother Clark signed his official Pennsylvania certificate of death. The tragedy is summarized in a rare book, The Mather Mine Disaster, on file today in the rare book room of the Uniontown Public Library.



Mather Colliery at the time of the explosion. Right: rescuers at Mather carry a shrouded body to an awaiting ambulance. ACME Newspictures


~ Daughter Sylvia (Rowan) Prinkey ~

Daughter Sylvia Rowan (1914-1994) was born on Jan. 22, 1914.

She married John Austin Prinkey (1909-1974), son of Walter Mountain and Catharine (Ridenour) Prinkey.


They were lifelong residents of Springfield Township and produced 13 children -- Helen Mansberry, Marian E. Radcliff, Ronald Bradley Prinkey, Bernard Ray Prinkey, William "Clark" Prinkey, John Wayne Prinkey, Gerald Paul Prinkey Sr., Douglas Prinkey, George Prinkey, Raymond Prinkey, Elsie Dial, Nancy Richter and Shirley Cady.

Circa 1940, when the federal census enumeration was made, the family lived in Springfield Township, with John earning a living as a laborer with the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

Sadness enveloped the family when two sons died in infancy -- Ronald in 1936 and Bernard in 1950.

John died at the age of 64 on Jan. 15, 1974. Burial was in Normalville Cemetery. 

Sylvia outlived her spouse by two decades. She succumbed on July 19, 1994 at age 80.

Daughter Helen M. Prinkey (1930-2011) was born on Sept. 15, 1930 in Connellsville. She was united in matrimony with Jack Leroy Mansberry ( ? -  ? ). They were Protestants. The Mansberrys produced five children -- Nancy D. Hill, Janet M. Dawson, Jack L. Mansberry, Donald G. Mansberry and Jimmy J. Mansberry. Their home in 1985 was in Normalville and in 2006-2008 was in Connellsville. Helen passed into eternity while at home in Connellsville at the age of 80 on March 14, 2011. Rev. Rob Allison officiated at the funeral service followed by interment in Normalville Cemetery. The Connellsville Daily Courier printed an obituary.

Daughter Marian E. Prinkey (1933-1999) was born on June 1, 1933. She was joined in wedlock with (?) Radcliff ( ? - ? ). She passed away on Dec. 19, 1999 at the age of 66. Interment was in Normalville Cemetery.

Daughter Elsie J. Prinkey (1936-2011) was born on Nov. 28, 1936 in Mill Run. She wedded (?) Weimer ( ? - ? ), possibly (?) Dial and and later Parsons ( ? - ? ). All told, her offspring were Abraham Lee Prinkey, Norman Weimer, Brenda Wilt, Belinda Hart and Faith Ross. She lived in Hyndman, Bedford County, PA in 1985 and later in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, PA. She spent her final years in Everson, Fayette County. As her health declined, she was admitted to Excela Health Frick Hospital in Mount Pleasant. She died there at the age of 75 on Dec. 13, 2011. Rev. William Nicholson preached the funeral sermon, followed by burial in Normalville Cemetery. An obituary appeared in the Greensburg (PA) Tribune-Review.

  • Grandson Abraham Lee Prinkey ( ? - ? )
  • Grandson Norman Weimer made his home in Connellsville in 2011.
  • Granddaughter Brenda married (?) Wilt and dwelled in Arizona.
  • Granddaughter Belinda wedded (?) Hart and lived in Ohio.
  • Granddaughter Faith was joined in matrimony with (?) Ross. She has resided in Missouri.

Daughter Nancy Louise Prinkey (1939-2006) was born on Jan. 17, 1939 in Connellsville. Nancy wedded (?) Richter ( ? - ? ). They bore four offspring, David Richter, Scott Richter, Deborah Woods and Susan Fisher. At some point, she took back her maiden name. She resided in New York circa 1985 and later for many years in Confluence, Somerset County. There, she "was a member of the Calvary Community Church of Fort Hill and Somerset Local U.S. Steel Workers," said the Somerset (PA) Daily American. "After her retirement, she worked part-time for the Deer Valley YMCA Camp." She died at the age of 67 in Select Specialty Hospital in Johnstown, Cambria County, PA on March 24, 2006. Rev. James Keslar officiated at the funeral service, with interment in Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery. An obituary was published in the Connellsville Daily Courier.

  • Grandson David Richter ( ? - ? )
  • Grandson Scott Richter ( ? - ? )
  • Granddaughter Deborah Richter ( ? - ? ) married (?) Woods ( ? - ? ). She lived in 2006 in Friedens, Somerset County, PA.
  • Granddaughter Susan Richter ( ? - ? ) wedded (?) Fisher ( ? - ? ). Their home in 2006 was in Drummond, MT.

Son William "Clark" Prinkey ( ? - ? ) lived in Ohio in 1985 and White, Fayette County in 2006.

Son George Prinkey ( ? - ? ) was in Jacksonville, FL in 1985-2008.

Son John "Wayne" Prinkey (1943-1985) was born on June 24, 1943 in Normalville. He was joined in holy matrimony with Elaine S. Sheetz ( ? -  ? ). She brought a daughter to the marriage, Joy Mitchell. The Prinkeys were the parents of eight children of their own -- Robert Prinkey, Bruce Prinkey, John Prinkey, Sue Prinkey, Marian Prinkey, Peggy Prinkey, Charlotte Prinkey and Hazel Prinkey. Tragically, while driving on Roiute 35 north of Corriganville, MD, the 41-year-old Wayne was killed in an automobile accident. His remains were lowered into eternal repose in Hyndman Cemetery, with Rev. Fay E. Leidig leading the service. The Meyersdale Republic printed an obituary.

  • Grandson Robert Prinkey ( ? - ? )
  • Grandson Bruce Prinkey ( ? - ? ) lived in Cheyenne, WY in 1985.
  • Grandson John Prinkey ( ? - ? ) resided in 1985 in Ohio.
  • Granddaughter Sue Prinkey ( ? - ? )
  • Granddaughter Marian Prinkey ( ? - ? )
  • Granddaughter Peggy Prinkey ( ? - ? )
  • Granddaughter Charlotte Prinkey ( ? - ? ) dwelled in 1985 in Cheyenne, WY.
  • Granddaughter Hazel Prinkey ( ? - ? ) made a residence in Ohio.

Son Douglas Prinkey ( ? - ? ) married Eileen. They made a residence in 2004-2006 in Sevren, MD and in 2008 in Millersville, MI.

Son Raymond Prinkey ( ? - ? ) wedded Pauline. The couple dwelled in Morrisdale, Clearfield County, PA in 2006-2008.

Son Gerald Paul Prinkey Sr. (1944-2004) was born on Oct. 21, 1944 in Normalville. Gerald was united in matrimony with Debra Pirl ( ? - ? ). Their seven offspring were Gerald Paul Prinkey Jr., Sylvia Owens, Geraldine Prinkey, Blair Prinkey, Dolly Prinkey, Jamie Prinkey and John Austin Prinkey. They dwelled in Springfield Township near Connellsville and were members of the Baptist Church. Sadly, Gerald passed into eternity at the age of 59 on June 16, 2004. Burial was in Normalville Cemetery, with Rev. William Nicholson officiating at the funeral service, and an obituary appearing in the Greensburg (PA) Tribune-Review.

  • Grandson Gerald Paul Prinkey Jr. ( ? - ? ) married Tommie and lives in Everson, PA.
  • Granddaughter Sylvia Prinkey ( ? - ? ) was united in wedlock with Tom Owens. They reside in Clearfield County, PA.
  • Granddaughter Geraldine Prinkey ( ? - ? ) makes her home in Clearfield County, PA.
  • Grandson Blair Prinkey ( ? - ? ) dwells in Clearfield County, PA.
  • Granddaughter Dolly Prinkey ( ? - ? ) lives in Akron, OH.
  • Grand(?) Jamie Prinkey ( ? - ? ) makes a residence in Normalville.
  • Grandson John Austin Prinkey ( ? - ? ) dwells in Connellsville.

Daughter Shirley J. Prinkey (1950-2008) was born on Oct. 1, 1950. She was united in marriage with (?) Cady ( ? - ? ). They did not reproduce. In 1985, she made a home in Kansas City, MO. After their marriage ended, she became a companion of Roger Lilley. She resided in 2006 in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, PA. She was gathered away by the Grim Reaper in her home near Normalville at the age of 58 on Oct. 27, 2008. She rests for all time in Normalville Cemetery. The Connellsville Daily Courier published an obituary.


~ Son Clark Rowan ~

Son Clark Rowan (1896-1984) was born in 1896.

In 1926, he married Eunice Harford (1907-1993). 

The couple produced five children -- Jean Harpster, Louise Pegg, Frank Rowan, Paul Rowan and Robert Rowan.

They lived in Bethelboro near Uniontown, Fayette County. For 36 years, Clark was employed with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. He retired as an engineer in on Sept. 30, 1961.

Clark died in 1984.

Eunice outlived her spouse by nine years. She joined him in death in 1993.

Daughter Jean Rowan (1929-1984) was born in 1929. She married (?) Harpster. Jean died in 1984 and is buried with her parents in Indian Creek Baptist Cemetery in Mill Run.

Daughter Louise Rowan ( ? - ? ) married Donald Pegg ( ? - ? ), son of Howard and Alice Pegg of Uniontown. Donald built a career over the years as an executive with Sears, Roebuck and Company. They were in Fairchance, Fayette County in 1954. By 1958, Donald was transferred to Charleston, WV where he was division manager of the furniture section. Then by 1961 they moved to to Buffalo, NY, where they remained for many years. Their known children were Esther Pegg and (?) Pegg. Louise was deceased by 2010.

Son Frank Rowan (1934-2010) was born in 1934. In about 1956, when he would have been age 22, he married Donna Lee Opalka ( ? - ? ), daughter of Andrew Opalka of the Hopwood-Fairchance Road. Their marriage endured for 54 years. They were the parents of six children -- among them Deborah Little, George Rowan, Brenda Dulik, Gary Rowan, Kimberly Ann Slampak and Lynn Rowan. They made their home in Hopwood, Fayette County. Frank passed away at home at the age of 75 on March 2, 2010, and was buried at Indian Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Officiating at the funeral service were his brothers Paul Rowan and Robert Rowan.

  • Granddaughter Deborah Rowan ( ? - ? ) married William Little and lived in Uniontown.
  • Grandson George Rowan ( ? - ? ) wedded Christine and made a home in Bethelboro.
  • Granddaughter Brenda Rowan ( ? - ? ) was joined in matrimony with Richard Dulik. In 2010, their home was in Carmichaels, Greene County, PA.
  • Grandson Gary Rowan ( ? - ? ) was united in wedlock with Melanie and established a home in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, PA.
  • Granddaughter Kimberly Ann Rowan ( ? - ? ) married Brian Slampak. Circa 2010, they were in Uniontown.
  • Granddaughter Lynn Rowan ( ? - ? )

Son Paul Rowan ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). In April 1961, Paul wedded Joyce Sybert ( ? - ? ), the daughter of James Sybert and a Uniontown native but a resident of Midway City, CA. Their nuptials were held in Ensenada, Mexico. At the time, Paul was attending Cerritos College and worked for the autonetics division of North American Aviation Inc., while Joyce was employed by Robert Hall. Offspring born to this union were two sons, Joseph Rowan and Troy Rowan. The couple established a home in Bellflower, CA. Later, they relocated to Garden Grove, CA and in 2010 were in Crawley Lake, CA.

  • Grandson Joseph Rowan ( ? - ? )
  • Grandson Troy Rowan ( ? - ? )

Son Robert Clark Rowan ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). On Sept. 9, 1956, in nuptials held in the Liberty Street Church of God of Parkersburg, Wood County, WV, he was united in holy matrimony with Evelyn Cartmill ( ? - ? ), daughter of Rev. Charles E. Cartmill of Parkersburg. Her father performed the nuptials. The newlyweds were pictured in a Uniontown Morning Herald story about the wedding. Their first home was on Oak Street in Parkersburg, where he worked for Bell Telephone Company and she for Rodgers Jewelry Company. In 2010, they lived in Belpre, OH.


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Jennifer (Miller) Hernandez, Beverly (Murray) Domer and Albert Novak Jr. graciously have shared valuable information for this biography.