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Rachel (Sturtz) Emerick


Rachel (Sturtz) Emerick was born on Dec. 4 or 14, 1805 in Gladdens, Southampton Township, Somerset County, PA, the daughter of John "Adam" and Maria "Catherine" (Gaumer) Sturtz Sr. She grew up on the family farm with her eight brothers and sisters.

Rachel married Jonathan Emerick Sr. (1799-1887), the son of Andrew and Christena (Heller) Emrich. Jonathan had been born on the home farm on Nov. 15, 1799.

Jonathan's father Andrew Emerick, a.k.a. Andreas Emmerich (1754-1838) was a German immigrant from Langendiebach in the state of Hesse Cassel. While a young man in Germany, he was a member of the Evangelische Kirchengemeinde of Langendiebach, known in English as the Evangelical Church parish of Langendiebach. Andrew sailed to America on the ship Charming Molly, arriving at the port of Philadelphia with his cousin Casimir May and friend Caspar Adam. Having taken an oath of allegiance to King George III on Oct. 22, 1773, he would have been considered a Tory during the American Revolution. Records suggest that he served as a soldier during the American Revolution, perhaps on the side of the British. Jonathan's mother, Christena (1765-1835?), was a native of Reading, Berks County, PA.

The bride was 15 years younger than the groom, and it's possible he had been married previously. Their 12 known children -- a number which may to increase as further research is done -- were Nathan Emerick, Jacob Emerick, Catherine Troutman, Emanuel Emerick, Christina Burkett, Josiah Emerick, Jonathan Emerick Jr., Solomon Emerick, Rebecca Knieriem, Lafayette Emerick and John Emerick. 

In May 1847, Jonathan was named as a grand juror in Somerset County Court, and was listed in the Somerset Herald and Farmers' and Mechanics' Register newspaper. The family made its home in Southampton Township in 1850 when the census was taken.

The Emericks were members of Gladden's Run Reformed and Lutheran Church, founded in 1846. The 1884 Waterman Watkins & Co. book, History of Bedford, Somerset, and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania, states that in November 1872:

...the congregation was regularly organized by Rev. [Benjamin] Knepper, the pastor, who is still in charge. The first church officers were Israel Emrich and Andrew Everlain, elders; Bailey Shumaker and Samuel Shumaker, deacons. The oldest members were Jonathan Emrich, Benjamin Baker, A. Getz, Frederick Hasselroth, Solomon Shumaker, Nathan Emrich and D. Liebau. The church edifice, erected at a cost of about two thousand dollars, was dedicated November 24, 1872. Present membership of the church, eighty-four; sabbath school, forty-five. The preaching is alternately in English and German. It was formerly wholly in German.


Farms of "J. Emerick" and "A. Emerick" in the Comp District of Southampton Township, just west of the Allegheny Mountain top in Somerset County, 1876\


When the federal census enumeration again was made in 1870, the family dwelled on a farm in Southampton Township, with the census-taker spelling the name "Emrick." Also in the household were 46-year-old Nathan Emrick, 23-year-old Lafayette Emrick as well as Martha E. Emrick (age 2) and Sarah Emrick (one month old). Emma Burket lived under their roof as a domestic servant. Residing nearby were the families of John and Elizabeth Emrick, Solomon and Ellen (Albright) Emrick, and Alexander and Elizabeth Emrick.


The census of 1880 shows the aged couple living with their married son Lafayette and his wife Mary in Southampton Township.

Rachel passed into eternity in Somerset County at the age of 79 years, 10 months and 27 days on Oct. 5, 1885. Her remains were placed into repose in the Emerick burying ground. The cemetery is located at what today is known as the "Jack Lantz farm," 590 Ridge Road in Hyndman.

Jonathan lived for just two years as a widower. He succumbed on Sept. 26, 1887 at the age of 87 years, 10 months and 11 days. Interment was in the private Emerick Cemetery on the home farm in Southampton Township. In September 1889, the Somerset Herald published a notice stating that his sons Nathan and Solomon were serving as administrators of the estate and were expected to file a first and final account. 

He is named in a short reference in the 1912 book by John W. Jordan and James Hadden, entitled Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, Vol. III. In 1993-1994, this family was chronicled in the Emerick Family Newsletter, author unknown.


~ Son Nathan Emerick ~

Son Nathan Emerick (1824-1913) was born in about 1824. He never married and spent his life in Southampton Township as a farmer.

In 1870, he resided with his parents, and in 1880 lived with them under the roof of his married younger brother Lafayette.

Then in March 1894, as reported by the Somerset Herald, he initiated a legal complaint against John Emerick (his brother?) and won damages of $96.33.

Nathan is believed to have died at the age of 86 years, 10 months and 21 days on Feb. 5, 1913. Burial was in Comp Cemetery in Southampton Township. The inscription from his grave marker was recorded by Works Progress Administration laborers in the 1930s. No record of his passing has been found in Pennsylvania death records.


~ Daughter Catherine (Emerick) Troutman ~

Daughter Catherine Emerick (1825-1912) was born on Aug. 25, 1825 in Southampton Township.

At the age of 20, on Christmas Day 1845, she married Daniel Benjamin Troutman (1821-1891).

They produced seven children -- Sylvatus Troutman, Noah Henry Troutman, Mary E. Troutman, Harriet L. Power, Lucy Troutman, Emma Troutman and Perry D. Troutman.

When the federal census was taken in 1850, the Troutmans made their residence in Londonderry Township, Bedford County, where Daniel served as justice of the peace. By 1860, still living in Londonderry, Daniel's primary source of income was as a gunsmith.

At the end of the Civil War, and after two decades of married life, the Troutmans pulled up their stakes in Pennsylvania in 1865 and migrated to Kansas, where they settled in Ottawa, Franklin County. There, Daniel continued his occupational specialty as a gunsmith, and their daughter Reny was born in 1870.

In the spring of 1881, Daniel served as an election polling clerk in Franklin County and received $2.00 in compensation, and he remained active as a judge of elections in the county for many years. He also maintained a weapons store in Ottawa, and in mid-February 1887, burglars made off with a number of ammunition rounds and revolvers.

Daniel passed away during Christmas week in 1891, at the age of 69 years, one month and 27 days. His death terminated a marriage of almost 46 years. Rev. Scherer of St. Paul's Lutheran Church officiated at the funeral service, with burial in the Highland Cemetery. In an obituary, the Daily Republic said that Daniel "was well known to all the old citizens, who held him in high esteem for his many noble and kindly qualities."

Catherine lived for another two-plus decades as a widow and maintained her home at 126 South Oak Street in Ottawa. In October 1904 she traveled to Kansas City to visit relatives. Catherine died at the home of their married daughter Ella Tuly two miles west of Princeton, Franklin County on April 4, 1912. Burial was beside her husband. [Find-a-Grave]

Their great-grandson, George Christian Schempp, wrote extensively about the family in his 1989 book, The Schempp Family History (Gateway Press, 448 pages). There is no known connection between our Troutmans and Kansas Governor James A. Troutman (1853-1926), son of pioneer settlers William H. and Nancy (Smith) Troutman.

Son Sylvester Troutman (1849-1895), sometimes known as "Sylvatus," was born in about 1849 in Londonderry Township, Bedford County. As a teenager, he migrated to Kansas with his parents and younger siblings. He married Helen (1856- ? ), a Virginia native who was seven years younger than he. Their children were Pearl Troutman and May Troutman. Early in their marriage, the Troutmans moved to Arkansas, where their eldest child was born. But by December 1879, they were back in Franklin, Ottawa County for the birth of their next child, and where they remained. By 1895, the family migrated again, this time to Oklahoma. Sylvester made news in February 1895 when he returned to Ottawa for a visit and became ill with influenza, known as "la grippe." Reported the Ottawa Daily Republic, he "has manifested insanity of an extremely violent character. The tendency of his ailment was noticable in a pronounced degree Friday night last, since which time the unfortunate man has been constantly under restraint. He became so violent that on Saturday it was deemed advisable to secure admission for him to one of the hospitals for the insane. Information was lodged with the Judge of Probate, and an examination was had Saturday. He was found to be insane, and committed for the hospital. He was being as tenderly cared for and guarded, as possible, but was so wild that it was found imperative to take him to the sick ward of the jail, where in addition to handcuffs and ankle-fetters, it was found necessary to strap him to the bed. Even then the services of two attendants were constantly required. The unfortunate man is less violent today, and has occasional rational moments. He has a wife and large family of children." Within a week or so, he was transferred to an asylum at Osawatomie, Miami County, KS. Sadly, he died in the Osawatomie asylum on March 6, 1895, just a few weeks after the onset of his final illness. His remains were transported back to Ottawa for funeral services held at the English Lutheran Church at the corner of Sixth and Maple Streets. After his death, J.A. Elwell requested reimbursement in the amount of $24 from the county for providing guards for Sylvatus' confinement. Federal census records for 1900 show Helen living alone on a farm she owned in Saline, Woods County, OK and working as a farmer. Their son Pearl made his home in 1905 in Mena, Arkansas.

Son Noah "Henry" Troutman (1851- ? ) was born in about 1851 in Londonderry Township. After coming to Kansas, he learned his father's trade in gunsmithing and, after his father's death in 1891, took over the gun shop in Ottawa, located at 111 First Street. In April 1909, he relocated the business to 117 North Main Street. His name constantly was printed in the Ottawa Daily Republic for his business and civic activities. At Christmas 1893, he exhibited a small, hand-made iron screw said to have been taken from the desk of George Washington, and which had been exhibited at the World's Fair,. In May 1894, he offered the prize of a bicycle lamp for the third-place finisher in an Ottawa Cycling Club race. Circa June 1895, he owned a half-interest in a self-cleaning fishing boat with Charley Nolan. Said the Daily Republic, "It is doubtful if any living man has that much confidence in it." In addition to weaponry, he fixed bicycles and sold such hardware as thermometers and once introduced a scissors sharpener that had been invented by Thomas Edison. Henry also enjoyed fishing, and made it a practice to cast his lines from a local dam following floods, typically an opportune time to snag a croppie. Reported the Daily Republic, "Henry Troutman will be among the first to flit like a fat ghost around a corner of the abutment, accompanied by that dog of his whose tail is everlastingly getting tangled with somebody's line. But whether Henry comes early or late, he is pretty certain to electrify the crowd by yanking out the biggest beauty of the day." In October 1909, when his mother made an extended visit of several months in Washington, IA, Henry traveled there to bring her home. While riding a bicycle in November 1917, he collided with a passing horse and buggy, breaking one of the buggy wheels and bruising him badly. Henry suffered a stroke of paralysis in the fall of 1919. More about this colorful character will be added here when learned.

Daughter Mary "Ella" Troutman (1853- ? ) was born in about 1853 in Londonderry Township. After migrating to Kansas as a girl, she grew up in Franklin County and married (?) Tuly. They made their home in Princeton, Franklin County. Sadly, Emma's mother passed away in their residence in April 1912.

Daughter Harriet L. Troutman (1856- ? ) was born in about 1856 in Londonderry Township. She made the migration to Kansas when a girl. At the age of 23, at Christmas 1879, she traveled to Colorado Springs, CO, reported in the gossip columns of the Ottawa Daily Republic, which added that she "has many friends in Ottawa and Harrison who highly esteem her, and sincerely regret her departure." Harriet at age 29 or 30 was united in holy matrimony on July 27, 1886 with H.C. Power of Harper, KS, with Rev. J.A. Lucas officiating at the Methodist Episcopal parsonage. The Harper (KS) Graphic reported that "The contradicting parties will make Harper their future home," a gossip item reprinted in the Daily Republic.

Daughter Lucy Troutman (1860- ? ) was born in July 1860 or 1862 in Londonderry Township, Bedford County. She wed George C. Schempp (1863- ? ), a native of either Ohio or Canada whose parents were German immigrants. By 1889, the Schempps had relocated to the Pacific Northwest to the city of Tacoma, Pierce County, WA, where George operated a steam laundry. Their children were George Schempp and Aldeth Schempp, both born in Washington, plus two others who died young prior to 1900. The Schempps occasionally returned to Ottawa to spend several months visiting with Emma's brother Henry and other relatives. In 1902, Lucy and her aged mother made a trip to Ohio and Pennsylvania. Lucy apparently died during the decade between 1900 and 1910. The federal census for 1910 shows George and the children living on Pacific Avenue in Tacoma, where he continued to manage the laundry, and providing a home for George's brother and sister in law, Jacob and Aldisa Schemp.

Daughter Emma Troutman (1864- ? ) was born in about 1864 in Londonderry Township.  She was wedded to (?) Powers. In 1912, when Emma was named in her mother's newspaper obituary in Kansas, she lived in Washington State.

Son Perry D. Troutman (1870-1954) was born in about February 1870 in Ottawa, Franklin County, KS. His first wife was Amelia Sehnert ( ? - ? ), daughter of Mary M. Sehnert. The couple had two known children -- Harry Ernest Troutman and Katy Blackburn. Heartache blanketed the family on May 3, 1896, when their three-year-old child died of"sparms," as reported by the Ottawa Daily Republic. In February 1897, he was in Kansas City working at the Armour meat packing house, and returned home for a visit. The local gossip columns said that "his hands have become effected, by the handling of the meats in such a manner that the nails on all the fingers are dropping off." By August 1897, they were in Ottawa at the address of East Second Street. Amelia made news in the summer of 1897 when she was arrested following a fight with Mrs. Frank Wilson, a woman of color, in which abusive language allegedly was used. A local judge heard the case and decided that no wrong had been done. Later that year, Amelia sued Perry for divorce in Franklin County and asked for custody of the children. The request was granted, and when he had returned to Kansas City by 1900, Perry told others he was "widowed." In 1900, census records show him employed as a janitor in kansas City and renting his dwelling on Main Street. In 1912, when named in the Ottawa Daily Republic newspaper obituary of his mother, he was back in Ottawa. Perry returned to Kansas City and was there in the fall of 1918. During World War I, their 28-year-old married son Harry, who was farming in Oklahoma, was drafted into the American Expeditionary Force and underwent training at Camp Logan in Texas. Tragically, the young soldier contracted pneumonia and died in camp in early October 1918. News of his death was telegraphed to his aunt Mrs. C.F. Dale of North Cedar Street in Ottawa. His remains were brought back to Ottawa for interment in Highland Cemetery, accompanied by his married sister and brother in law. Today his name adorns a World War I memorial in the cemetery with names of all local soldiers who served from Ottawa. Perry returned to Ottawa for the funeral and shortly thereafter obtained a marriage license to wed Louise M. Mudd ( ? - ? ) of Kansas City. Perry passed into eternity in 1954 at age 84. Interment was in Ottawa's Highland Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]


Comp Cemetery

~ Son Jacob Emerick ~

Son Jacob Emerick (1829-1913?) was born in March 1828 (or 1829) in Southampton Township.

He was wedded to Eliza Sturtz (1830-1888?). Census records show that Eliza could not read.

Among their known children were Adam Emerick, Christina Albright, Josiah Emerick, Henry Jacob Emerick, Solomon Emerick and Andrew "Jefferson" Emerick.

The family dwelled on a farm next to his parents in Southampton Township in 1860 when the federal census was made, with Jacob's personal estate valued at $215. When the federal census again was made in 1880, Jacob and Eliza dwelled on their farm with their sons Josiah, Henry, Solomon and Jefferson -- ranging in age from 23 to 17 -- all worked on the family farm. They also provided a home that year for their seven-year-old granddaughter  Missouri Albright.

Sadly, Eliza died in about 1888 just 11 days prior to her 58th birthday -- precisely 57 years, 11 months and 19 days. She rests for eternity in the Emerick home farm cemetery. Jacob is believed to have survived her by a quarter of a century in a home in rural delivery section of Ellerslie, MD.

In about 1892, he appears to have married again to Delila "Lilah" (?) (1849-1921), daughter of Elizabeth Keefer. They were 21 years apart in age. They made their home on a farm in Southampton Township and had two children -- Aaron Emerick and (?) Emerick.

Circa 1911, when his widowed sister Tena was attempting to obtain her late husband's Civil War pension, Jacob provided an affidavit on her behalf.

He is believed to have died in 1913 as indicated on his grave marker. Burial was in Comp Cemetery, but no Pennsylvania death record has been found. The text and dates on his grave stone were recorded in the early 1930s by laborers with the Works Progress Administration, and his marker was photographed by the founder of this website in 2016.

Delila survived as a widow for just eight years. She spent her final time in Larmer Township, Somerset County. On Nov. 28, 1921, she passed away at the age of 72, having endured the rigors of old age added to a case of bronchial pneumonia. Her remains were lowered into eternal repose beside her husband in Comp Cemetery, with her son Aaron Emerick of Ellerslie, MD signing the death certificate.

Son Adam Emerick (1852-1871) was born in about 1852 or 1858. Sources of his birth year differ, with the 1852 date provided by the 1860 census, when he was age eight, and the 1870 census, when he was age 16. In 1870, he worked on the family farm with his father and younger brother Josiah. He died on Jan. 12, 1871. Depending on how one makes the calculation, his age was about 17 years, four months and 25 days at the time of death. His remains were lowered in burial in the Emerick home farm cemetery. No stone is known to stand at the grave today unless perhaps one of the rough field stones in the high grass surrounding a central concrete shaft.


Emerick Cemetery

Daughter Christina Emerick (1854- ? ) was born in about 1854 and grew up in Southampton Township. Evidence suggests that she may have married (?) Albright and in 1873 produced a daughter, Missouri Albright.

Son Josiah "Joseph" Emerick (1856- ? ) was born in about 1856 in Southampton Township. Unmarried at the age of 12 in 1870 and again at age 23 in 1880, he helped his father with labor on the home farm.

Son Henry Jacob Emerick (1858-1943) was born on Dec. 30, 1858 in Kennell's Mills, Bedford County, PA or in Southampton Township, Somerset County. Another source gives his birth year as 1854. He spent his entire life as a farmer in and around Hyndman, Southampton Township and never married. He was a member of Comps Reformed Church. In about 1922, he was diagnosed with chronic heart disease. Having suffered with the ailment for two decades,. he died on Nov. 14, 1943 at the age of 89 years, 10 months and 14 days. Burial was in Comps Cemetery, with Rev. George R. Winters, of the Hyndman Reformed Church, officiating. An obituary was published in the Meyersdale Republican.

Son Solomon Emerick (1859-1886) was born in about 1859. He was swept away in death at the age of 26 years, two months and 26 days on April 30, 1886. The cause of his untimely passing is not yet known. Burial was in the Emerick home farm cemetery, located along what today is Ridge Road near Hyndman. Inscribed below Solomon's name was the phrase: "Son of Jacob & J. Emrick." The marker was legible but had come off its base and was standing upright when photographed by the founder of this website in 2016.

Son Andrew "Jefferson" Emerick (1865- ? ) was born in about 1865 in Southampton Township. When he was age 15, in 1880, he lived at home and provided farm labor. Nothing more is known.


What's left of the old Emerick burying ground near Hyndman



Comp Cemetery

Son Aaron Emerick (1893-1941) was born on Aug. 21, 1893 in Kennell's Mills and grew up in Southampton Township. He was 41 years younger than his eldest half-sibling. He was of medium height and slender build, with brown eyes and brown hair. Aaron found work as a coal miner for the Erie Coal and Coke Company and relocated to Ferris, Butler County, PA. At the age of 23, while in Ferris, he registered for the military draft during World War I, disclosing that his mother was dependent upon him for support. He later joined the American Expeditionary Force and served in the war I as a private with Company C of the 10th Infantry Battalion. Circa 1921, when he would have been 28 years old, he dwelled in Ellerslie, MD. In the late 1930s and 1940, he made his home near the grange hall along Route 96 near Hyndman. In August 1940, he was admitted to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Aspinwall, near Pittsburgh, reported the Cumberland News, "for extended observation and treatment." He was transferred to a hospital in Washington, DC. There, Aaron died at the age of 48 in November 1941, and his remains were returned for burial in Comp Cemetery. A short obituary in the Connellsville (PA) Daily Courier noted that he "was a brother of Mrs. P.T. Brown of Sand Patch," Somerset County.


~ Son Emanuel Emerick ~

Son Emanuel Emerick (1830-1920) was born in 1830 in Southampton Township.

He married Elizabeth Brookfield (1837- ? ).

They had three children: Josephine Whelan, Margaret "Maggie" Rugh and Daniel Franklin "Frank" Emerick.

When he was 27 years of age, in about 1857, he migrated to Iowa and settled where the future town of Carnforth would be established. Said the Marshalltown (IA) Evening Times Republican, "He operated a blacksmith shop there for a number of years and shod horses for the old stage coach line which plied its way across the prairies in those early days. Later he moved to Hartwick where he continued his smithing for a number of years."

The federal census of 1870 shows the couple and their family dwelling in Jefferson Township, Poweshiek County, and in 1880 they were in Brooklyn, Poweshiek County, where Emanuel labored as a blacksmith.

Sadly, Elizabeth passed away in September 1882.


Tornado damage in Grinnell, Iowa, where Emanuel Emerick moved after the death of his wife in 1882. Harper's Weekly, July 8, 1882


Widowed at  the age of 52, he moved into the home of his married daughter Josephine Whelen in Grinnell, IA. In about 1908, he became blind and for the final three and a half years of his life "has been practically confined to his room," reported the Republican.

He died 22 days after his 90th birthday on Nov. 12, 1920. In an obituary, the Republican said he was "old of the oldest citizens in Poweshiek county and a man who was one of the real pioneers of this section of Iowa."

Daughter Josephine Emerick (1856-1924) was born in 1856 in Somerset County. She traveled as an infant to Iowa with her parents. In 1880, unmarried at age 24, she lived with her parents in Brooklyn Township, Poweshiek County. When she was age 25, she traveled to visit her grandparents in Somerset County, and kept a diary of her experiences. She married (?) Whelan. She died in Grinnell County on Jan. 23, 1924.

Daughter Margaret "Maggie" Emerick (1861- ? ) was born in 1861 in Iowa. She married (?) Rugh. In 1920, her home was in Portland, OR.

Son Daniel Franklin "Frank" Emerick (1863-1935) was born on July 29, 1863 in Pennsylvania (or Iowa). On April 26, 1887, when he was 24 years of age, he wedded 19-year-old Michigan native Margaret McNally (Feb. 26, 1866-1954), daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth McNally of Niles, MI. The ceremony was held in Malcolm, Brooklyn Township, Poweshiek County, IA. Their offspring were Edna Mae Stineburg, Lester Emerick, Kathryn Johnson, Clara Crider, Earl Emerick, Joseph Emerick and Genevieve wiese. They made their home in Rock Island, IL at some point and by 1920 were in Orion, Henry County, IL, where Frank was employed as a clerk in an gasoline filling station. They relocated to Geneseo, Il in about 1920, where they were members of Grace Evangelical United Brethren Church. Their postal address was 115 South Williams Street. In September 1935, the 72-year-old Frank complained that he did not feel well, but went to work anyway on the fateful day of Sept. 28, 1935. He suffered a massive heart attack and fell to the floor of the gasoline station, dead. An ice delivery man discovered the body and notified authorities. An inquest was held lby deputy coroner Dr. J.H. Ellingsworth. Margaret outlived her spouse by many years. For decades, Margaret believed that her actual birthdate was Feb. 22, but at age 77 she received a copy of her birth certificate showing the correct date. The human interest story was covered in the Moline (IL) Dispatch. In February 1943, for her 77th birthday, she was profiled in the Dispatch, which noted that she was "in good health; arising at 4 a.m. every morning, she does all of her own work. Her hobbies are raising chicks and growing flowers. This spring she plans to plant her own garden." She was seriously ill for the last six months of her life and died in Gradert Nursing Home in Geneseo at the age of 90 on Dec. 9, 1954. An obituary in the Dispatch said she was survived by 10 grandchildren, a dozen great-grandchildren and sisters Mrs. Charles Chapman and Mrs. Tress Collum. Funeral services were led by Rev. E.A. Schmidt of the family church, with interment in Western Cemetery in Orion. Clyde Walter performed a song, with Mrs. Dale Sieben accompanying him. Pallbearers included William Armstrong, Edward Biddison, Eugene Whitmyer, D.S. Nicely, William Durack and Jay Durack.

  • Granddaughter Edna Mae Emerick (1888-1933) was born on May 30, 1888 in Belle Plaine, IA. She married Edgar "Ed" Stineburg ( ? - ? ). The couple did not reproduce. In about 1919, the Stineburgs relocated to Bartlett, near Chicago, IL. Sadly, at the age of 45, Edna Mae died at home on Nov. 22, 1933. An obituary in the Moline Dispatch ntoed that funeral services were officiated by Rev. F.F. Gordon, and burial was in Lake Street Cemetery. Edwin survived his bride, and in February 1942 attended a birthday party for his mother-in-law.
  • Grandson Lester Emerick ( ? -1918) died on Dec. 15, 1918.
  • Granddaughter Kathryn Emerick was joined in marriage with Lester Johnson. In 1935-1943, their home was in Geneseo, IL. Their daughter Rosalie Johnson worked as an airline stewardess with United Airlines in Chicago in 1942.
  • Granddaughter Hazel Clara Emerick ( ? - ? ) married Clair Crider (or "Krider"). In 1935-1942, their home was in Brooklyn, IA and by 1954, she had relocated to San Diego, CA.
  • Grandson Earl Emerick (1899- ? ) was born in about 1899 in Illinois. He was single and lived at home in 1935. By 1942, he was married and had sons. In 1943, they dwelled in Annawan, IL.
  • Grandson Joseph F. "Joe" Emerick (1904- ? ) was born in about 1904 in Illinois. When he was about age 30, he was employed with the Rock Island Railway at Green River as a foreman. On Nov. 21, 1934, he was joined in matrimony with Alice May Wahlheim ( ? - ? ), daughter of Charles Wahlheim of Geneseo. The ceremony was held in the parsonage of Grace Evangelical church, with Rev. E.G. Vaubel officiating. Their initial address was with Alice's father at 322 North Vail Street. They lived in Geneseo, IL in 1943.
  • Granddaughter Genevieve Emerick (1908-1960) was born in about 1908 in Illinois. On June 27, 1927, in nuptials held in Geneva near Chicago, IL, Genevieve married Lysle Wiese (July 7, 1902-1988), son of William Wiese of Geneseo. The couple did not reproduce. Their first home was on East Exchange Street in Geneseo, where Lyle worked at the Tracy Garage. Later, they made a residence in Sterling, IL. Lysle earned a living for many years as a meter reader with Commonwealth Edison in Sterling, IL, followed by work at Sauk Valley College in Dixon as a maintenance man. Genevieve passed into eternity on March 28, 1960. Lysle maintained a home as a widower in Geneseo and survived his wife by more than a quarter of a century. He died at the age of 85 on March 22, 1988, while a patient in Hillcrest Nursing Center in Geneseo. An obituary was printed in the Moline Dispatch.


~ Daughter Christina "Tena" (Emerick) Burkett ~

Daughter Christina "Tena" Emerick (1833-1922) was born on Nov. 15, 1833 at Kennell Mills, Somerset County.

On Nov. 1, 1853, when she was age 20, Christina married 21-year-old Jacob "Adam" Burkett (1832-1911), son of Jacob and Catherine (Shirer) Burkett, also spelled "Burket." He was a native of Londonderry Township, Bedford County, PA and as an adult stood 5 feet, 7½ inches tall, weighed 125 lbs, had a light complexion and brown eyes. The ceremony was held in Southampton Township, performed by justice of the peace George Walker, but with no other witnesses. A record of the marriage was written on a piece of paper measuring 3.5 inches by 6.75 inches, but it was the only known written documentation.

The couple produced eight children, among them Margaret "Maggie" Korns, William Jefferson Burket, Rachel Burket, Elizabeth Burket, John Adam Burket and Charles Edward Burkett.

Adam served in the U.S. Army for nine months during the Civil War as a member of the 171st Pennsylvania Drafted Militia, Company H, commanded by John Bierer. Among Christina's distant cousins also serving in the 171st Pennsylvania were Jesse Gaumer, Henry A. Miner and Charles Rose. He is believed to have joined others in deserting the regiment on Nov. 22, 1862 but eventually returned. Upon expiration of his service, he was honorably discharged at Harrisburg on Aug. 8, 1863.

The Burketts dwelled in Maryland from about 1863 to 1883, then returned to Somerset CountyWhen the federal census enumeration was made in 1880, the Burketts made their home in East Frostburg, known at the time as "Pompey Smash" and today as Vale Summit, in Allegany County. There, he earned a living as a coal miner. The unusual name of their community is believed to have been traced to a slave who once crashed a wagonload of coal. For decades, their home farm was alternately considered as in Southampton Township, Somerset County or just over the state line in Ellerslie, north of LaVale and Cumberland, Allegany County, MD.

Friend Andew Kennell once wrote that he and the Burketts "visited each other quite frequently and we worked together...." Friend Jacob Burkett noted that he had "been with them many times and they worked together and he lived and kept house of my own in the same house with him...."

In 1890, suffering from wartime ailments, Adam filed for a soldier's pension which he began receiving on Sept. 9, 1890. [Invalid App. #905.218 - Cert. #702.387] He claimed to have felt lameness in his right foot in 1864, which pained him all the way up to the hip; theumatism in 1870; "catarrh" of the head (sinus) in 1886; and lung disease in 1910. Their address in 1902 was Gladdens, Somerset County. The amount of pension payment he received monthly in 1908 was $20.

In 1910, the federal census shows the Burketts in Somerset County, with 35-year-old unmarried son Charles living at home and providing farm labor. Stricken with pneumonia and la grippe, he died at the age of 78 years, four months and 10 days on Feb. 18, 1911.

Widowed at the age of 78, Christina lived for another 11 years. She was awarded her late husband's pension as his lawful widow. [Widow App. #960.653 - Cert. 722.778] Among those friends who stepped forward to provide supporting testmimony were Ancrew Kennell and Jacob Burkett. She died on May 15, 1922 at the age of 89. No physician was in attendance. Millard Lepley of Ellerslie, MD signed the death certificate. Burial was in the Comp Cemetery. In the early 1930s, laborers with the Works Progress Administration recorded the words and dates on their grave marker.

Daughter Margaret "Maggie" Burket (1858-1933) was born on Jan. 29, 1858 in Vale Summit, MD. She is believed to have wedded (?) Korns ( ? - ? ). They made their home in Southampton Township, Somerset County. Their one known son was Clayton Korn. In 1911, she was with her father when he died at home. Suffering from chronic heart disease, Margaret passed away at the age of 75 on April 21, 1933. Burial was in Cook Cemetery.

Son William Jefferson Burket (1866- ? ) was born on July 25, 1866 in Maryland. He was still living circa 1898.

Daughter Elizabeth Burket (1868- ? ) was born on Sept. 21, 1868. She was alive in 1898.

Daughter Rachel Burket (1870- ? ) was born in about 1870 in Maryland.

Son John Adam Burket (1870- ? ) was born on Aug. 6, 1870 in Maryland.

Son Charles Edward Burkett (1874-1957) was born on Sept. 3 or 13, 1874 in Maryland. He came to Somerset County with his parents in the late 1870s or early '80s. He never married. In 1910, at the age of 35, he resided at home with his parents near Hyndman in Southampton Township, Somerset County, and helped his father with farm labor. He was present at the death of his father in 1911. In April 1914, with a post office address of Ellerslei, MD, Charles wrote to the U.S. Pension Commissioner in Washington, DC, stating that "i stayed at home all my life and help my father and mother along. now my father is dead. But my mother is living yet and she gets 12.00 a month pension. now i will tell you that i have only one hand and i Cant make a living and i wood lik to know if i Can get a pension to help me along." He lived to the age of 82, continuing his occupation of farming, with death occurring from a heart attack on June 12, 1957. Elizabeth Tipton of Cumberland, MD signed the official death certificate. The coroner wrote that "Above deceased found about 24 hours after death, both has skin slip." Burial was in Comp Cemetery.


~ Son Josiah "Joseph" Emerick ~


Indiana's marker, Comp Cemetery

Son Josiah "Joseph" Emerick (1835-1894) was born on Dec. 6, 1835 in Southampton Township.

He married Indiana Davis (1842-1894), who may have been born in Indiana but more likely in Pennsylvania and whose father was an immigrant from England. Census records show that Indiana could not write.

Their 10 known children were John A. Emerick, St. Louis Emerick, Charles E. Emerick, Richard C. Emerick, Ida Emerick, Clara May Emerick, Joseph Emerick, James "Perry" Emerick, Mary Ellen Shumaker and Noah C. Emrick.

During the Civil War, in about 1862 or '63, after the births of their two eldest sons, the family moved across the state line in to Maryland and settled on a farm near Cumberland in Allegany County, MD. They remained there until about 1879 or '80 and then relocated back into Pennsylvania to Fairhope their old home region of Southampton Township. In 1880, the census shows all of the boys who were above the age of 12 working on the farm.

Josiah and Indiana died within a few months of each other. He passed first, on March 15, 1894.

She survived until May, and died on May 29, 1894. They rest for eternity in Comp Cemetery. Her grave marker remains legible today. [Find-a-Grave] In 1934, the location of their graves was surveyed and recorded by the Works Progress Administration [link]. In 2016, Indiana's marker was photographed by the founder of this website.

Son John A. Emerick (1859- ? ) was born in about 1859 in Southampton Township. Nothing more about his life is known.

Son St. Louis Emerick (1860-1934) was born on Oct. 9, 1860 in Southampton Township. He was a longtime self-employed farmer. His bride was Anna Willison ( ? - ? ). In the early 1930s, they dwelled at 333 Strayer Street in Dale, Cambria County, PA. St. Louis suffered from chronic heart disease and, when contracting pneumonia in the spring of 1934, his health declined quickly. He died at age 73 years, six months on April 10, 1934. His remains were returned to Southampton Township for interment in Comps Cemetery. Mrs. Mae Miller of 127 Joseph Avenue signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death

Son Charles E. Emrick (1863- ? ) was born in about 1863 near Cumberland, Allegany County, MD. He married Elizabeth A. Walsh (1868- ? ). They are interred together in Frostburg Memorial Park in Frostburg, Allegany County, MD. [Find-a-Grave]

Son Richard C. Emrick (1866-1949) was born in 1866 near Cumberland, Allegany County, MD. He married Martha M. Kennell (1867-1944), daughter of Andrew Kennell. They resided in Hyndman, PA and had eight children -- Joanna Emerick, Mrs. O.E. Mull, Shannon Burkett, Mrs. Walter Schuida, George Emerick, Edward Emerick, Cletis Emerick and Leo Emerick. They were members of the Gladdens Reformed Church. Sadly, Martha passed away on March 22, 1944 at the age of 77. The Cumberland Evening Times printed an obituary. Richard died at the age of 82 on March 26, 1949. Burial was in Comp Cemetery, with Rev. Charles Evans officiating at the funeral, and an obituary appearing in the Cumberland (MD) Sunday Times. In 1944, daughter Joanna lived in Philadelphia; Mrs. Mull in Seward, PA; Shannon in Hyndman; Mrs. Schiuda in Philadelphia, son George in Cumberland, Edward in Burgettstown, Cletis in Joliet, IL and Leo in Hyndman.


Comp Church Cemetery


Daughter Ida Emerick (1869- ? ) was born in December 1869 near Cumberland, Allegany County, MD. She may have passed away during the decade of the 1870s, but this needs to be confirmed.

Daughter Clara May Emerick (1871- ? ) was born in about 1871 near Cumberland, Allegany County, MD.

Son Joseph Emrick (1873-1949) born in about 1872 or 1873 near Cumberland, Allegany County, MD. He miegrated to Indiana and was wedded to Dollie Jeannette Cain (1877-1962). Joseph passed away in 1949. Burial was in Lake View Cemetery in Kendallville, Noble County, IN. [Find-a-Grave] Dollie joined him in eternal repose in 1962.

Son James "Perry" Emrick (1875-1952) was born on July 10, 1875 near Cumberland, Allegany County, MD. He was twice married. His first bride was Margaret "Maggie" Milks (1878-1958). The couple produced one son, Charles P. Emrick, and later divorced. Perry's second spouse, whom he married in or before 1918, was Josephine Toellner (1875-1956). Their two sons were Toellner Emrick and Perry J. Emrick. Perry passed away in Helmer, Steuben County, IN on June 15, 1952. Josephine outlived him by four years and passed away on Oct. 11, 1956. They rest together under a red barre granite stone in Lake View Cemetery in Kendalville, Noble County, IN. [Find-a-Grave] Former wife Maggie married again to Guy F. Failor and died in Indiana on Oct. 28, 1958.

Daughter Mary Ellen Emerick (1878-1938) was born on Nov. 16, 1878 near Cumberland, Allegany County, MD. She was united in holy wedlock with Samuel J. Shumaker ( ? - ? ). They made their home in the late 1930s in the rural outskirts of Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, PA. When she was about age 37, in 1915, she began to develop a goiter. She also began to endure congestive heart failure and kidney disease. She was unable to continue with housework in about June 1937 as her health failed. She died on June 24, 1938, at home. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Son George W. Emerick (1881-1959) was born in 1881. He migrated to Indiana and at one time lived near Helmer, Steuben County, IN. He married Mary E. (1882-1939). They produced at least one son, Ralph Lowell Emrick, born in 1917. Mary died in 1939 at the age of 57. George lived on for another two decades. He expired in 1959. Burial is in Wright Cemetery in Hudson, Steuben County. [Find-a-Grave]

Son Noah C. Emrick (1887-1973) was born in 1887, the youngest of 10 children and 28 years younger than his eldest sibling. He was united in holy wedlock with Lulu E. (1890-1970). Noah died in 1970 and Lulu in 1973. They are buried together in Fairfield Cemetery in Fairfield Center, DeKalb County, IN. [Find-a-Grave]


~ Son Jonathan Emerick Jr. ~

Son Jonathan Emerick Jr. (1837-1923) was born on June 18, 1837. He was a lifelong farmer in Southampton Township.

He is believed to have married Drusilla (1842-1907).

In 1860, this young couple boarded in the home of Jonathan's parents in Southampton. He is thought to be the same "Jont. Emerick" who in 1872 successfully sued Roddy & Findley and won $3,578.38 in damages, an item reported by the Somerset Herald. Circa 1877, he is believed to have owned a tract of 308 acres with rich underlying deposits of coal, iron ore, limestone, fire clay, petroleum and other mineral resources. Then in 1911, when his widowed sister Tena was attempting to obtain her late husband's Civil War pension, Jonathan provided an affidavit on her behalf.

On June 18, 1907, Drusilla died at age 66 at home at Cook's Mills, Bedford County, PA. Reported the Cumberland (MD) Evening Times, the funeral was held at the Cook's Mills Church with interment in the church graveyard.

At the age of 86, he was swept away by the Grim Reaper on Dec. 10, 1923. No physician was in attendance, and no cause of death was officially reported. Allen Bittner of Ellerslie, MD was the informant for the Pennsylvania certificate of death. Burial was in Cook's Mill, PA.


Solomon's grave, Comp Church

~ Son Solomon Emerick ~

Son Solomon Emerick (1840-1921?) was born on Feb. 11, 1840 in Southampton Township.

Evidence strongly suggests that he married Mary Ellen "Ella" Albright (1842- ? ).

Their known children were Ida Emrick, James F. Emrick, Charles Edward Emerick, Jonathan Theodore Emerick, Amanda Emerick, Hannah R. Emerick and George H. Emerick.

In 1870, when the census count was made, the Emricks dwelled on a farm in Southampton Township as next door neighbors to Solomon's mother. They may have resided circa 1872 onward near Hyndman, Bedford County, PA. When the federal census was taken in 1880, the large family resided on a farm in Southampton Township, next door to farmers Daniel and Hannah Gaumer. In April 1893, he was named in the Somerset Herald as a petit juror for the quarter sessions court, from Southampton Township. Solomon and six other Emericks -- Jacob, William, John L., Valentine, Nathan and John J. -- were listed in a May 1896 issue of the Herald for property owners whose "unseated lands" were to be sold for failure to pay taxes.

Suffering from an insufficient flow of blood to his heart, Solomon died at age 81 on May 11 or 14, 1921, with burial in Comp's Cemetery. Son George, residing in Ellerslie, MD, signed the death certificate and then with his brother Jonathan were named as the executors of his estate.

Daughter Ida Elizabeth Emerick (1864-1941) was born on March 19, 1864 in Gladdens, Somerset County. She was united in marriage with Samuel Lepley (1861-1947) of Southampton Township and son of Adam and Sarah (Comp) Lepley. They were lifelong farmers and made their residence in rural Hyndman, Somerset County. In March 1899, Samuel was a candidate for constable of Southampton Township and was named in the Somerset Herald. Suffering from hardening of the arteries and heart problems, Ida died at age 77 in Southampton Township on Oct. 9, 1941. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in the Lepley Cemetery in Hyndman. Samuel survived for another six years. He was afflicted with chronic heart disease for two decades and died from their effects at the age of 86 on Nov. 10, 1947.

Son James Emrick (1867- ? ) was born in about 1867.

Son Charles Edward Emerick (1868-1925) was born on Oct. 2, 1868. He was married and a longtime railroad laborer. Just 19 days before his 57th birthday, he placed a gun against his head and pulled the trigger, dying instantly. The suicide took place in Hyndman, Bedford County, PA on Sept. 13, 1925. His wife signed the death certificate. Burial was in Cooks Mills, PA.


Bird's eye view of Hyndman, PA


Son Jonathan Theodore "John" Emerick (1872-1947) was born on Feb. 11, 1872 in Hyndman, Bedford County. He married Jennie Bittner (1872-1954), daughter of Nelson and Harriet (Boyer) Bittner of Glencoe, PA. They dwelled in rural Hyndman for decades, where John labored as a farmer. Suffering from cancer of his left foot, John died at the age of 75 on Oct. 31, 1947. He was interred in Palo Alto Cemetery in Bedford County. Jennie lived for another seven years after her husband's death. She endured chronic heart ailments, having been diagnosed in Januar 1940, and died at age 81 on April 24, 1954. E.T. Martz of Hyndman signed the death certificate.

Daughter Amanda E. "Manda" Emerick (1875- ? ) was born in about 1875 in Southampton Township.

Daughter Hannah R. Emerick (1877- ? ) was born in about 1877 in Southampton Township.

Son George H. Emerick (1880- ? ) was born in about 1880 in Southampton Township.


~ Son John Emerick ~

Son John Emerick (1842- ? ) was born in about 1842 in Southampton Township.

Census evidence indicates that he married Elizabeth (1850- ? ).

Their children were Emanuel Emrick, Susanna Emrick, Jane Emerick, Edward Emerick, Alfred Emerick, Benjamin Emerick and William H. Emerick.

In 1870, the family lived on a farm in Southampton Township next door to John's mother and brothers. That year, 25-year-old Mary Emrick lived under their roof and earned her keep as a house keeper, as did 15-year-old farm worker William Albright. When the census was taken in 1880, the family remained in Southampton, living next to John's married brothers Solomon and Lafayette.

Nothing more is known.

Son Emanuel Emrick (1866- ? ) was born in about 1866. At the age of 16, he is believed to have dwelled with the family of W.J. and Ellen Myers in Northampton Township, Somerset County, and earned his wages as a servant.

Daughter Susanna Emrick (1869- ? ) was born in about 1869.

Daughter Jane Emerick (1870- ? ) was born in about 1870.

Son Edward Emerick (1874- ? ) was born in about 1874.

Son Alfred Emerick (1875- ? ) was born in about 1875

Son Benjamin Emerick (1878- ? ) was born in about 1878.

Son William H. Emerick (1880- ? ) was born in March 1880 in Southampton Township.


Cook Cemetery

~ Daughter Rebecca (Emerick) Knieriem ~

Daughter Rebecca A. Emerick (1843-1932) was born in December 1843

At the age of 18 in 1861, Rebecca married German immigrant Peter D. Knieriem (1836-1916), of unknown parentage but a native of Hesse Cassel. Aboard the ship Johannes, he came to the United States in 1855 at the age of 16, arriving in Baltimore, declaring himself a coal miner and his destination as Frostburg, MD.

In 1860, the unmarried Peter at age 21 boarded in the home of his future wife's uncle and aunt, Jacob and Eliza Emerick in Southampton and worked as a farm laborer. They were longtime farmers and dwelled in Wellersburg, Somerset County. Neither was able to read or write.

Their known children were Rachel Knieriem, Annie C. Knieriem, Mary E. "Laura" Bradour, Margaret Alice "Maggie" Witt, Clara M. Knieriem, Lottie R. Knieriem, Eva Jeannette Boger, John P. Knieriem and Louis C. Knieriem.

In 1880, census records show Peter, Rebecca and their six daughters in the household along with servant Benjamin Huff. Considered to be widely respected in the community, Peter was a member of the Odd Fellows of Meyersdale, Somerset County, for 47 years. They family also was affiliated with the Reformed Church.

Stricken with cancer on the side of his face at age 79, Peter succumbed in Wellersburg on March 7, 1916. His remains were placed into rest in Cook's Cemetery in American soil to which he had come some 61 years earlier. His nephews Henry Knieriem of New York City and Henry Rinker of New Jersey traveled to attend the funeral.

Rebecca survived him by 17 years, and endured the heartache of her daughter's mental illness and eventual death in the county home. At the age of 89, Rebecca suffered a stroke and died on Sept. 15, 1932. Interment was in Cook Cemetery in Wellersburg, following funeral services held in the Wellersburg Reformed Church. Her daughter Laura, living in Cumberland, MD, signed the death certificate, and a short obituary was printed in the Meyersdale Republican. [Find-a-Grave]

Daughter Rachel Knieriem (1862- ? ) was born in about 1862.

Daughter Annie C. Knieriem (1865- ? ) was born in about 1865.

Daughter Mary Ellen "Laura" Kneriem (1868- ? ) was born in about 1868 in Wellersburg. In abouit 1891, when she would have been age 22 or 23, she was married to George "William" Bradour (1858-1928), who was a decade her senior in age. Their offspring were Marie Shaffer, Naomi (Mrs. Richard H.) Mathews, Guy W. Bradour, Paul W. Bradour and Willard M. Bradour. In 1916, they lived near Cumberland, Allegany County, MD. The Bradours were members of St. Luke's Lutheran Church. Federal census records for 1920 show their address as Bedford Road and William's occupation as "truck farmer" -- growing vegetables for commercial sale. Sadness enveloped the family in 1928 at George's death. By 1932, the widowed Laura relocated to Roanoke, VA where her married sister Maggie Witt had resided for some time. At some point she returned to Cumberland During World War II, Laura worried as her son served for two years in the China-Burma-India theatre of war. In September 1945, Laura made her home on Bedford Street in Cumberland when her son Paul married Stella Mae Bortz. She made her home in her final years at 1414 Bedford Street in Cumberland. On Sept. 9, 1950, the 82-year-old Laura died at home. Rev. Dr. H. Hall Sharp of the family church officiated at the funeral, followed by burial in the church cemetery. An obituary in the Cumberland Sunday Times noted that she was survived by five adult children, all living in Cumberland, and by five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Daughter Margaret Alice "Maggie" Knieriem (1870-1953) was born on May 16, 1870. On Nov. 24, 1891, at the age of 21, Maggie was joined in wedlock with 33-year-old widower Levi Witt (1857-1944), son of John G. and Rebecca Margaret (Shaffer) Witt. Rev. B. Knepper officiated at the nuptials held at the Knieriem residence. At the time, Levi made his home in Roanoke, an independent city in Virginia, where he labored as a blacksmith, while Maggie lived in Wellersburg. His first wife, Mary Ella (Gaumer) Witt, had died Oct. 31, 1888, and he brought two children to the marriage -- Nellie V. Witt and Ida Gertrude Witt, both of whom died within a few years. The couple left Pennsylvania to establish residence in Levi's community in Roanoke. They produced these known offspring -- Ruth Witt, Ralph K. Witt and Margaret Witt. When the federal census was taken in 1910, the Witts' abode was on Jefferson Street in Roanoke, with 63-year-old Levi having no occupation, but daughter Ruth teaching in a public school. The Witts remained in Roanoke for several more decades and are shown there in the 1930 census. By that time, their address had changed to First Street. Levi died in 1944, with burial in Roanoke's Evergreen Burial Park. Maggie survived as a widow for nine years and died on Aug. 5, 1953. [Find-a-Grave]

Daughter Clara M. Knieriem (1873- ? ) was born in November 1873 in Pennsylvania. In about 1894, when she was 21 years of age, she was united in marriage with 23-year-old Charles H. Evans (1871- ? ), a native of West Virginia. The couple produced these known children -- Charline S. Evans, Beulah C.M. Evans, Harold K. Evans and Glen F. Evans. In 1900, U.S. Census records show the family on Market Street in McKeesport, near Pittsburgh, with Charles earning a living as a cook, and Clara's younger unmarried sister Nettie Eva under their roof. Between 1905 and 1910, the Evanses relocated to Cumberland, Allegany County, MD, with Charles having obtained a job as a cook in a local hotel. That year, they lived in a rented dwelling on Bedford Street.

Daughter Charlotte R. "Lottie" Knieriem (1878- ? ), was born in about 1878. She was united in holy matrimony with James L. Harper (1878-1938), son of Scottish immigrants John and Jean (Love) Harper of Lonaconing, MD. They produced three known children -- James K. Harper, Raymond L. Harper and Charlotte V. Novak. Circa 1916, their home was in Pittsburgh. James obtained new employment as a molder with the Thew Shovel Company and the family relocated to Elyria, Lorain County, OH. Their address in 1938 was 136 Pasadena Avenue in Lorain. Sadly, James suffered from chronic heart disease and died in Elyria Memorial Hospital at the age of 60 on May 19, 1938. Interment was in Ridge Hill Park Cemetery. The 1940 federal census shows the widowed Lottie heading a household in Elyria, with her adult children living under her roof -- James (a sprayer for a tank manufacturer), Raymond (clerk in a retail drey goods store) and son in law and daughter Arthur R. and Charlotte Novak (he a molder in an alloy manufacturing company).

Daughter Eva Jeannette "Nettie" Knieriem (1880-1926) sometimes spelled "Canary," was born in April 1880 in Wellersburg. At the age of 20, in 1900, she was unmarried and dwelled with her married sister and children in McKeesport near Pittsburgh. She was united in matrimony with Herbert Daniel Boger (1880-1939), son of Henry H. and Lydia B. (Dickey) Boger of Brothersvalley Township, Somerset County. They resided in Meyersdale, Somerset County, where Peter earned a living as a coal miner. Tragically, Eva Jeannette suffered from mental illness, and perhaps as early as March 1924 was admitted to the Somerset County Home and Hospital. She was treated there by Henry Wilson, M.D., of Somerset. Eva Jeannette died in the Home on Nov. 6, 1926, at the age of 46, caused by "general paralysis of the insane," ruled a physician. Burial followed in Union Cemetery in Meyersdale. Herbert lived for another baker's dozen of years. He retired from mining in 1931, when he was only age 51, perhaps as the mines shut down during the Great Depression. Suffering from heart disease and hardening of the arteries, he passed into eternity at age 58 on New Year's Day 1939. [Find-a-Grave]

Son John Peter Knieriem (1882-1963) was three days after Christmas in 1882 near Wellersburg. He stood five feet, seven inches tall, weighed 145 lbs, had grey eyes, black hair and a ruddy complexion. At age 17, he lived at home on the farm and provided farm labor. On Jan. 22, 1908, when he would have been age 26, John married 20-year-old Lyda D. Arnold (1888-1976), daughter of William H. and Rhoda M. (Mahaney) Arnold. The nuptials were celebrated at the First Methodist Church on Bedford Street in Cumberland, MD, with Rev. W.A. Melvin officiating. Attendants were Carrie (White) Shade and Lawrence H. Stutz. Their nine known children, all born in Maryland, were Kathryn Hixson, Lt. Col. John Peter Knieriem Jr., Donald L. Knieriem, Mary E. Weimer, Martha L. McNeill, Robert Brooke Knieriem, Albert "Henry" Knieriem and two who died young. They made their home for decades in Cumberland. The federal census of 1930 shows John at age 48 earning income by work as a building construction laborer. In 1930 and '40, they dwelled along Willowbrook Road, where he was a self-employed farmer. John belonged to St. Paul's Lutheran Church were he was a member of the Duke Memorial Bible Class. Lyda was a member of the Cumberland chapter of the Order of Eastern Star and of Kingsley Methodist Church. By 1940, John had taken on a new occupation as a dairy farm operator in Cumberland. The family was covered in worry during World War II when son John Jr. took part in the invasion of France and later saw action in Germany. He was named in the Cumberland (MD) Sunday Times obituary of his sister Mary Ellen Bradour in 1950 and lived in Cumberland. Sadly, John died in November 1963. Yet confusion abounds as five-plus years later, on Jan. 22, 1969, the couple was reported to have quietly celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. Lyda lived for three more years at their home at 475 Willowbrook Road. At the age of 88, she died in Cumberland Nursing Home on Aug. 31, 1976. Her obituary was printed in the Cumberland News.

Son Louis C. Knieriem (1885-1964) was born in September 1885 in Wellersburg. He never married. In 1940, federal census records show the 55-year-old boarding in the home of Walter and Edith Sturtz along Old Plank Road in Wellersburg, with no occupation.He was admitted to the Somerset County Home in about 1942 and remained there for the rest of his life. In 1950, when mentioned in the Cumberland (MD) Sunday Times obituary of his sister Mary Ellen Bradour, he was living in Somerset, PA. He died in January 1964 and, following funeral services conducted by Rev. John A. Klindt of the Church of Christ, was buried with his parents in Cook Cemetery. An obituary in the Cumberland News noted that his sister in law Lyda Knieriem of Cumberland and several nieces and nephews were his only survivors.


~ Son Lafayette Emrick ~

Son Lafayette Emerick (or "Emrick") (1847-1944) was born on Jan. 6, 1847, on the old homestead of his grandparents, Andrew and Christina (Heller) Emerick in Southampton Township. As a boy, he learned how to operate his father's sawmill, gristmill and fuller mill.

Lafayette was twice wed. His first wife was Mary Clites (1845-1899), who was three years older. She was the daughter of Samuel and Sarah Ann (Shroyer) Clites.

Their known children were Martha Ellen Emerick, Sarah Cordilla Emerick, Levi Franklin "Frank" Emerick, Charles Emerick, George Emerick, Effie Emerick, Nettie Shaffer and Russell Calvin Emerick.

They were farmers and in 1880 lived in Southampton Township, also providing a home for Lafayette's aging parents and his 56-year-old unmarried brother Nathan. In 1880, they lived next to Lafayette's married brother John and sister Mary E. Emerick and their families.

Tragedy rocked the family in about 1899 when Mary, age 56, is said to have been struck by a bolt of lightning and died. Her remains were placed into rest in the Comp Cemetery in Southampton Township.

As a widower, Lafayette eventually moved a short distance north to the town of Fairhope, Somerset County. He purchased a home near the Fairhope Church. After some years alone, he married again, to Emma Johnson ( ? - ? ).

In 1911, they produced one son, Gilbert Emerick.

Emma's fate is unknown.

Lafayette and his youngest son Gilbert relocated to Indiana, purchasing in 1928 a residence in Helmer, Stueben County, said to have been a mile northwest of town on the South Milford Road. His nephew George W. Emerick also owned a farm in Helmer about a mile east of Lafayette's. Lafayette died in Gilbert's home two days after his 97th birthday on Jan. 8, 1944. Interment was in the Wright Cemetery in Hudson, Steuben County. An obituary in the Angola (IN) Herald noted that funeral services were held in the United Brethren Church in Helmer, officiated by Rev. M.E. Burkett.

Daughter Martha Ellen Emerick (1868-1941) was born on March 27, 1868 in Kennels Mill, Somerset County. She married Silas Walter Shroyer (1863-1931), son of Joseph and Catherine Ann (Smith) Shroyer. They were longtime farmers and lived in Fairhope, Somerset County and had these known children -- Clara (Shroyer) Emerick Burley, Mamie Hurt, Nettie Smith, Elmer Shroyer, Cora Diehl, Joseph Shroyer and Raymond Shroyer. Sadly, Silas passed away at age 68 in Fairhope on May 28, 1931. After funeral services held in the home, his remains were placed into repose in the Madley Cemetery near Hyndman, Somerset County. The deputy coroner wrote: "Had suffered with asthma and dropsy for a number of years. For the past month limbs were so swollen he was unable to walk. Which would indicate dropsy caused his death." The Bedford Gazette published an obituary. Martha Ellen outlived him by a decade. In later years, suffering from heart disease and hardening of the arteries, she made her home with her married daughter Clara Shroyer in Fairhope. Martha Ellen died at the age of 73 on July 19, 1941. An obituary was printed in the Cumberland (MD) Sunday Times

Daughter Sarah "Cordilla" Emerick (1870-1907) was born on April 29, 1870. She was married to Benjamin Mills ( ? - ? ). They dwelled in Fairhope, Somerset County. At the age of 37, while suffering a miscarriage, septic shock set in, and her health failed. She died on Dec. 2, 1907. Burial was in Comps Church Cemetery. Benjamin has faded from history's view for now.

Son Levi Franklin "Frank" Emerick (1873- ? ) was born in 1873. In 1941, he lived in Madley, Bedford County, PA.

Son Charles Emerick (1875- ? ) was born in 1875.

Connellsville's B&O Railroad yards with the Youghiogheny River at right


Son George E. Emerick (1877-1937) was born on Sept. 20, 1877 in Glenn Savage, Somerset County. He married Mary Ada Miller ( ? - ? ). They resided at 1122 Vine Street in Connellsville, Fayette County. Reported the Connellsville Daily Courier, he "had been in the service of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad for 36 years -- five years as a brakeman and 31 years as a conductor." He was a member of the Order of Railroad Conductors and of the local orders of the Eagles and Knights of Pythias. For two years before his death, he endured hypertension and "cardiac insufficiency." He contracted a deadly case of influenza in early January 1937 and was forced to stay home from work a few days later. Unable to rally, he succumbed on Jan. 19, 1937 at the age of 60. After funeral services at the residence, his remains were returned to Somerset County for a funeral interment in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, led by Rev. E.A. Schultz, of the United Brethrel Church. Ada Emerick signed his death certificate.

Daughter Effie Emerick (1879- ? ) was born in 1879.

Son Russell Calvin Emerick (1886-1961) was born on March 27, 1886 in Glen Savage, PA. He married Florence May Baker ( ? - ? ). Their known children were Irene Emerick and Vernon Emerick. He labored as a machine runner in a coal mine in Wellersburg, Southampton Township during the 1930s. Circa 1940, they resided on Old Plank Road in Wellersburg and provided a home for their three-year-old grandson, Teddy Theorig. Daughter Irene was employed as a twister in a silk mill in 1940, and Vernon laborered as a coal miner. In May 1961, stricken with cancer of the bladder, Russell was admitted to the Somerset County Home. There, despite treatment, he died at age 75 on July 31, 1961. His remains were placed into eternal rest in Cooks Cemetery in Wellersburg

Son Gilbert Emerick (1911- ? ) was born in 1911. He was 43 years younger than his eldest half-sister. He and his father relocated to Indiana, making a home in Helmer, Steuben County in 1928. The father died in Gilbert's residence in Hamilton, IN in January 1944.

Daughter Nettie Emerick ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She wedded William Shaffer ( ? - ? ) of Connellsville, Fayette County. When mentioned in her father's newspaper obituary in 1944, Nettie made her home in Pennsylvania


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We are grateful for records provided by Gilbert R. Gaumer of Glendale, MO (compiled 1973-1980), Paul K. Gaumer and Mary L. Shirer in the preparation of this biography.

The Gaumer and Hoyman clans are profiled in the 486-page book Some Notes, Quotes, and Quips of the Hoyman Clan and Related Lines, authored by David LeRoy Baldwin and published by Gateway Press in 1993.


Copyright 2000, 2011, 2015-2017 Mark A. Miner

Contributing their knowledge to this biography have been the late Gilbert R. Gaumer, Barbara (Moss) Wardsworth and Keith Sturts.