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Harrison Ullom (1835-1920) and
Rebecca Jane Yates (1838-1926)

Rebecca and Harrison Ullom in front of the old Ullom farmhouse

 

 

   

Harrison and Rebecca Ullom

Harrison Ullom was born on Jan. 23, 1835 in or near Aleppo, Greene County, PA, the son of Peter and Hannah "Matilda" (Kinney) Ullom.

At the age of 21, on June 29, 1856, Harrison married 18-year-old Rebecca Jane Yates (1838-1926), a native of Westmoreland County, PA.

They went on to have an astonishing 14 children, born over a 26-year-sweep between 1856 and 1882 -- Peter Ullom, Lucy Samantha Whitlatch, Franklin "Frank" Ullom, Sarah A. Spragg, Mary Ellen Moninger, Hannah Catherine "Kate" Wilson, Robert John Ullom, Lucinda Belle Bissett, David Thompson Ullom, Adaline Zelma Ullom, Jessie Lovenia Geho, Effie Edith Weimer, George C. Ullom and Charles Edward Ullom. They also raised a grandson, Ralph Charles Snyder.

When the federal census was taken in 1860, Harrison, Rebecca and their three eldest children lived under one roof in Aleppo Township. During the Civil War, Harrison did not serve, but his ill-fated brother Henry was a member of the 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry, and died of starvation as a POW in the Confederacy's harsh Andersonville Prison in Georgia.

 

Farms of Harrison and his father 
and brother David near Aleppo, 1875

Harrison eventually purchased 280 acres of land about two miles from the village of Aleppo. His father and brothers David and Madison resided on their own nearby properties and collectively they controlled about 960 acres of farmland, more or less. 

The census enumeration of 1880 shows the large family together in Aleppo, with Harrison and his sons Peter, Franklin and Robert working on their farm. The census-taker recorded that Harrison could not read.

In August 1899, suspecting that there might be valuable coal reserves on his farm, Harrison gave William T. Hughes an option to purchase the mineral rights under the farm as well as a portion of the surface. With the option set to expire within four months, Hughes sold the option to Mr. Slease. The new owner then accepted the option the day before the deadline expired. The two parties disputed who had the proper title to the land, and Harrison sued the first option-holder, Hughes.

When a grandson fathered a baby out of wedlock, Harrison paid to settle claims for the child's support and told the grandson: "I Goddie, after this I want you to keep that [body part] in your pants."

Family reunion. Front, L-R: Ida & Robert Ullom, Rebecca & Harrison Ullom, Sarah & David Spragg; Effie & John Ullom; Middle: Mary & Johnson Moninger; Fannie & Frank Ullom; Belle & Newt Bissett; Kate and Warren Wilson. Back: Jessie Geho; Ed Ullom; George Ullom; Lucy Whitlatch; David Ullom; Peter Ullom.

 

Harrison was not a veteran of the Civil War, but he kept company with a number of veterans who were members of the J.F. McCullough Post of the Grand Army of the Republic. They had their photograph taken together at the Civil War monument in Waynesburg.

A local newspaper once said that Harrison and Rebecca "are among the most popular people in the community and for people of their years take more than an average interest in affairs that are usually left to younger people."

On Sept. 12, 1915, a reunion was held at their home, with 11 of their dozen living children able to attend, and 10 of their spouses. A newspaper account said that there were 67 grandchildren, of whom 56 were living, with 38 attending; and seven great-grandchildren. Other family members and friends who came to the affair included Rebecca's brother Hayes Yates of Rea, Washington County; and Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Wilson of Rices Landing; Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Yates and children Goy and Clinton; Sarah Mitchell and daughter Bertha; Jane Hughes and daughter Alta of Nettle Hill; and Joseph and Olive Whitlatch. Said the news story: "Dinner was served at noon and ice cream and cake in the afternoon.... The family being scattered in many sections, were all delighted to again break under the parental roof. The time was pleasantly spent in reminiscences."

In gratitude for a grandson taking care of him and Rebecca in old age, Harrison is said to have attempted to give his homeplace to a grandson. Some of the other heirs objected, so Harrison is said to have cut them out of his will, giving each only a dollar so they could not attempt to break the document. He bequeathed $500 each to the rest.

Harrison died on June 16, 1920, at the age of 85. He was placed into repose in the Centennial Church Cemetery.

Rebecca lived for another six years. She passed into eternity on July 14, 1926.

The Ulloms' farm was passed down for many generations through their daughter Mary Ellen "Molly" Moninger and grandson Donley Moninger. Donley's great-grandson Stephen J. Creighton was the last to own the tract. He sold it out of the family in December 2020 to Derek Courtwright.

 

Family reunion with Harrison and Rebecca seated at center

 

 

Peter as a youth

~ Son Peter Ullom ~

Son Peter Ullom (1856-1932) was born on July 21, 1856 in Greene County, the eldest of his parents' 14 children. He was named after his grandfather, Peter Ullom.

He wed Mary Elizabeth Hamilton (1864-1894), daughter of William and Marinda A. Hamilton.

The two sons born to this union were Alva "Alvie" Ullom and William "Billy" Ullom. 

Sadly, Mary Elizabeth died at the age of 30 on or about Dec. 26, 1894, of causes not yet known. In a lengthy obituary, the Waynesburg Republican reported that:

She leaves a husband and two children, a father, mother and one sister besides a host of other friends to mourn her loss, but their loss was her eternal gain. her many friends miss her bright face but rejoice in the hope of meeting her in heaven. Not long before she died she requested those around her to sing songs of praise.... Many the bereaved ones be comforted by the Holy Spirit and sustained in their sad affliction by His blessing.

 

Peter Ullom

The funeral for Mary's mortal remains was held in the Pleasant Hill Church, with Rev. Cain preaching the service. She was placed into eternal repose in the church's burying ground. Inscribed at the base of her grave marker is this simple but moving epitaph: "Weep not, she is not dead, but she sleepeth."

Peter survived her by 38 years. Circa 1910, he was back in his parents' household and earned his keep as a laborer on the home farm. Also in the residence at the time was 18-year-old Ralph Ullom -- possibly one of Peter's sons? He remained in his father's home during the decade of the 1910s and is shown there in 1920, at the age of 63, as enumerated in the United States Census.

After the deaths of his parents, Peter relocated to New Freeport, Greene County. There, in 1930, he lived by himself and continued to generate income as a farm laborer.

Afflicted with illness, he suffered for two years before he finally succumbed on Oct. 24, 1932, at the age of 78. The Waynesburg Democrat Messenger said his funeral was held in the Centennial Church, led by Rev. V.K. Betts of Aleppo, followed by burial in the church cemetery.

Son Alva Ullom ( ? - ? ) lived near Garrison, Greene County in 1932.

Son William "Billy" Ullom ( ? - ? )

 

Family reunion, 1934. Who is whom?

 

 

Lucy Whitlatch

~ Daughter Lucy Samantha (Ullom) Whitlatch ~

Daughter Lucy Samantha Ullom (1858-1933) was born on Dec. 12, 1858 (or 1860). She is not to be confused with her sister Lucinda Belle Ullom, born 12 years later in 1870. 

Lucy married Isaac "Newton" Whitlatch (1864-1923) of McMechen, Marshall County, WV, and the son of Joseph Whitlatch.

 

Steep hillside town of Cameron, WV

They were wed in MeMechen on Feb. 28, 1901, by the hand of Rev. A. Linkletter of the Christian Church. At the time, Lucy would have been age 43, and almost beyond her child-bearing years, while Newton was age 37. On their marriage license, as she in reality was six years older than her spouse, Lucy fibbed a bit on her age, giving it as "39." 

The couple did not reproduce, and spent most of their lives in Cameron, Marshall County, WV. They were members of the Church of God. Newton was employed as a railroad car inspector at the riverside mill near Cameron.

Tragedy shook the Whitlatches in the winter of 1923. Newton was stricken with an infection of lobar pneumonia and influenza. He could not rally, and died in a nearby hospital on Feb. 13, 1923. His remains were interred in McMechen. 

Lucy survived her husband by a decade. In 1932, her home was in Weirton, Ohio County, WV. The following year, with her health failing, she went to live with her husband and wife, Ralph and Maude Snyder in Cameron.

Lucy was felled by a stroke of paralysis and died the same day, in the Snyder home, on June 11, 1933, at the age of 72. Her remains were taken across the state line for interment in Centennial Church Cemetery. Rev. V.K. Betts officiated at the funeral. Her obituary was published in the Waynesburg Democrat Messenger.

 

Frank and Fanny (Minor) Ullom

~ Son Frank Ullom ~

Son Frank Ullom (1860-1951) was born on May 24, 1860 in or near Aleppo, Greene County.

On Sept. 1, 1883, the 23-year-old Frank wed 20-year-old Frances Margaret "Fanny" Minor (1863-1949), the daughter of John and Sarah Jane (Wildman) Minor, and a native of Herrod's Run near New Freeport, Greene County. 

 

Frank and Fanny, with son Charles and
Frances Rizor, in front of their home

Fanny's Minors have no known connection to our German family of Minerd- Minard- Miner- Minor. A search has been made for her family in the book Thomas Minor Descendants 1608-1981, and although not found, it's believed her Minor clan was English in origin and offspring of 18th century Greene County settlers.

The Ulloms remained wed for 66 years, less a few weeks.

They had one known son, Charles Benson "Charley" Ullom. 

They were farmers, and their home for many years was along Herrod's Run in New Freeport, Springhill Township, Greene County. The censuses of 1920 and 1940 confirm that they remained in the same locality during that period of time.

The family were members of the Laurel Run Methodist Church. 

After his father's death in 1920, Frank was named administrator of the estate. At the first sale, he blocked one attempt by his brother in law Johnson Moninger to buy the farm. At a second sale, held outside the county courthouse in Waynesburg, Moninger outwitted him when having a third party capture the bid and then award the deed to him. Frank was furious that he had been outwitted but was forced to accept the payment of $7,490.70.

 

Frank and Fanny's home, New Freeport

At the age of 86, Fanny passed away at home on Aug. 19, 1949. 

Frank outlived his wife by two years. 

He died at his son's home at the age of 91 on Nov. 9, 1951. His obituary in the Waynesburg Democrat messenger said he had "lived all his life in Greene County." His remains were placed into rest at the Greene County Memorial Park in Waynesburg.

Son Charley Benson "Charley" Ullom (1884-1972) was born on Oct. 26, 1884 in New Freeport. He grew up in a farming home and learned that skill set as his occupation. At age 20, on Jan. 4, 1905, he wed 18-year-old dress maker Lillie Hinerman (1886- ? ). She was the daughter of M.S. and Lizzie Hinerman of Big Tree, Greene County. Rev. J.M. Murray offiiciated at their wedding, held at the home of Lillie's parents. Their only child was Frances King. Charley died in Cameron, Marshall County, WV on Sept. 6, 1972, at the age of 88. Burial was in Greene County Memorial Park.

  • Granddaughter Frances Ullom wed Paul King. Their two children were William "Billy" King and Jo Ann Grim.

 

Ullom family barns near New Freeport

 

 

Sarah (Ullom) Spragg

~ Daughter Sarah Ann (Ullom) Spragg ~

Daughter Sarah Ann Ullom (1862-1916) was born on Feb. 8, 1862 near Aleppo. 

Circa 1881, when she was 18 years of age, and he 23, she was united in holy matrimony with David A. Spragg (April 24, 1856-1925). They were five years apart in age.

The pair produced 11 children -- Dorsey M. Spragg, Paul C. Spragg, Edward A. Spragg, Floyd H. Spragg, Orpha Jane Ryan, Blanche C. Spragg, Lilly Spragg, Vesta A. Spragg, Merrill M. Spragg and Ollie M. Spragg, and one who died young.

The family made its home on a farm in West Alexander, Washington County, PA. They are enumerated there in the 1910 United States Census.

Sarah died at the age of 54 on Aug. 28, 1916. Her obituary was published in the Waynesburg Democrat Messenger newspaper.

David outlived his wife by nine years. At the age of 69, he was cut down by the Grim Reaper on Aug. 15, 1925. The couple rest in West Alexander Cemetery in Washington County.

 

Sarah and David Spragg

Son Edward A. Spragg (1882- ? ) was born in 1882. At the age of 28, unmarried, he lived at home and labored on his parents' farm.

Daughter Ollie M. Spragg (1886- ? ) was born in about 1886. 

Son Dorsey M. Spragg (1888- ? ) was born in about 1888. He was a farm laborer and at age 22 lived at home, assisting with family farm work.

Son Floyd H. Spragg (1890- ? ) was born in about 1890.

Daughter Blanche C. Spragg (1892- ? ) was born in about 1892.

Daughter Vesta A. Spragg (1894- ? ) was born in about 1894.

Daughter Orpha Jane Spragg (1897- ? ) was born in about 1897 in Greene County. As a young woman, she lived in West Alexander. At the age of 19, on Aug. 7, 1916, she married 19-year-old Lewis Martin Ryan (1897- ? ), a school teacher residing in East Finley Township. He was the son of East Finley farmers William C. and Clara (McCombs) Ryan. Because they were legally underage at the time, their fathers both had to sign their consent to the union in writing. Rev. Henry N. Cameron officiated at the wedding, held in Washington, PA.

Son Paul C. Spragg (1899- ? ) was born in about 1899. 

Son Merrill M. Spragg (1903- ? ) was born in about 1903.

 

Mary Ellen and Johnson Moninger

~ Daughter Mary Ellen "Molly" (Ullom) Moninger ~

Daughter Mary Ellen "Molly" Ullom (1864-1957) was born on Jan. 8, 1864 in Aleppo Township, Greene County.

She married Johnson M. Moninger (1861-1950), the son of John and Emiline (Thomas) Moninger of Greene County. Their wedding was held on June 1, 1885, when she was age 21 and he 23. 

Their nine children -- all sons -- were Randolph Moninger, Benson Moninger, Melvin Moninger, Willie Moninger, Russell Moninger, Wesley Moninger, Bert Moninger, Frank Moninger and Donley Moninger.

At their marriage, the Moningers first lived below what today is the Moninger dam. Later, according to a family history manuscript, they received land from Molly's father "below the Windy Gap Church & above the Win Wright property, later they bought the place from Cathern & Warren Wilson.... Warren Wilson built the big barn on this property, but Johnson Moninger moved the old house back and built the new house 1909."

The Moningers lived in New Freeport, Greene County and were lifelong farmers. The federal census enumeration of 1910 shows the family making its home along Centennial Road. In all, they were married for 64 years.

 

Mary Ellen

After the death of his father in law in 1920, Johnson tried to buy the old family farm dating to Molly's grandfather Peter Ullom in 1854. But he was at odds with his brother in law Frank Ullom, administrator of the estate, and they apparently did not like each other. When Johnson  made the highest bid for the farm at auction, Frank would not make the transfer. Another sale was held, at the courthouse in Waynesburg. After bidding once or twice, Johnson dropped out, but deviously had set a strategy to win nonetheless. Another man quietly representing Johnson, Rinehart, captured the high bid. When Frank announced that Rinehart had won, Rinehart stepped up and said, "Make the deed to Johnson Moninger." Frank was furious that he had been outwitted but was forced to accept the payment of $7,490.70. 

The color-tinted photo portrait of Molly seen on this page was taken at Woolworth's Store in Waynesburg. She did not bother to tell anyone she was having this picture made.

Suffering from pneumonia, added to hardening of the arteries and ongoing senility, Johnson passed away on Feb. 2, 1950 at age 89 and was buried in Centennial Cemetery. His son Russell signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death.

Molly outlived her husband by seven years. During that time, she had become blind and senile, and lacked vigor. She also endured hardening of the arteries and, during the last week of 1956, began to decline because of chronic pulmonary congestion. She died a week later at the age of 92 on Jan. 3, 1957, at home. Rev. Joseph Board oversaw her funeral service, followed by interment beside her husband at Centennial. A short death notice was printed in the Waynesburg Democrat Messenger

Son Benson C. Moninger (1887-1970) was born on July 31, 1887. As a young man, he lived in Nettle Hill, Greene County, where he labored as a farmer. He married Ethel E. Morris (1895- ? ) on Feb. 17, 1912, when he was age 24 and she 17. Rev. J.M. Murray officiated. Ethel was a resident at the time of Delphene, Greene County, and earned an income as a hired servant. Benson and Ethel had five children -- Mae Nelson, Helen Bradley, Mary Bradley and Johnson B. Moninger, and a son who died young. They resided in Cameron, Marshall County, WV, but later relocated back across the state line to Aleppo. He was a longtime driller in the local oil and gas fields. The family belonged to the Centennial Church of God.. He died in Weirton General Hospital at the age of 83 on Feb. 25, 1970, with burial in Centennial Cemetery. In an obituary, the Waynesburg Democrat reported that his survivors included nine grandchildren and a dozen great-grandchildren.

  • Granddaughter Mae Moninger married Walter Nelson and lived in Prosperity in 1970.
  • Granddaughter Helen Moninger wed George Bradley and made their home in 1970 in Weirton, WV.
  • Granddaughter Mary Moninger was united in marriage with Charles Bradley. In 1970, they dwelled in Weirton.
  • Grandson Johnson B. Moninger made his residence in Follansbee, WV.

 

Moningers at home, 1902 -- front, L-R: Bert, Johnson, Mary Ellen, Frank (on lap), Russell, Wesley. Back, L-R: Melvin, Benson, Randolph, Willie

 

 

Nine Moninger sons, front, L-R: Donley, Bert,
Wesley, Frank. Rear, L-R: Russell, Melvin, 
Randolph, Benson, Willie

Son Melvin Moninger (1889-1983) was born on July 17, 1889. He dwelled in Rogersville and lived to the age of 93. He is believed to have passed away in early July 1983.

Son William "Willie" Moninger (1891-1979) was born on Jan. 13, 1891 in Aleppo Township. He was a farmer. At the age of 22, he wed 22-year-old Sarah E. Moore (1891- ? ), daughter of George and (?) (Whipkey) Moore of Aleppo. Their nuptials took place at Aleppo on Dec. 13, 1913 led by Rev. C.W. Dunmire. They made their home in Waynesburg. He passed away in October 1979, at the age of 88.

Son Russell H. Moninger (1893-1994) was born on Aug. 20, 1893. He resided in New Freeport. He died on Jan. 20, 1994, at the age of 100.

Son Wesley Moninger (1895- ? ) was born on Aug. 2, 1895. He made his home in Aleppo and lived to the age of 87.

Son Bert Moninger (1898- ? ) was born on Feb. 28, 1898. He lived in Pittsburgh reached age 90.

Son Frank G. Moninger (1901-1991) was born on Sept. 17, 1901. He dwelled for years in New Freeport. Frank died on Nov. 15, 1991 at the age of 90.

Son Donley Moninger (1903-1995) was born on Sept. 10, 1903. In 1929, when he was age 26, he married Margaret Isiminger (1908-2015), daughter of Henry and Lucinda (Whipkey) Isiminger of Mt. Carmel, Springhill Township, Greene County. In all, they remained wed for 66 years. Margaret was a 1928 graduate of West Liberty State Teachers College and taught for three years in one-room school houses. They inherited the old Ullom farm which continues today to be in the family's ownership. Their four children were Eugene Moninger, Shirley Zimmerman, Sharon Creighton and Calvin Moninger. Don passed away at age 91 on April 8, 1995. Margaret reached her 100th birthday in 2008 and this spurred news coverage in a number of local publications, among them the Washington Observer-Reporter, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. She also was among 6,000 who registered in the Long Life Family Study, "an international survey by the National Institute of Aging through researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and other schools," said the Tribune-Review. Margaret passed away at the age of 107 on April 11, 2015.

  • Grandson Eugene Moninger
  • Granddaughter Shirley Zimmerman
  • Granddaughter Sharon Creighton
  • Grandson Calvin Moninger

 

  

Don Moninger, 1985; and wife Margaret, who lived to be 107

 

 

Kate and Warren Wilson

~ Daughter Hannah "Kate" (Ullom) Wilson ~

Daughter Hannah Catherine "Kate" Ullom (1866-1969) was born in on Sept. 20, 1866 at Aleppo, Greene County. 

She wed John "Warren" Wilson (1860-1924), son of William and (?) (Chatman) Wilson. They had at least six children -- Zella Church, Edith Wilson, Laura Gail Shackelford Sanborn, Harold C. Wilson, James F. Wilson and Mabel Jeanette Wilson.

At their marriage, Kate's father gave the newlyweds 50 acres of property carved from the Ullom homestead. In more recent years, it was owned by Paul and Shirley Zimmerman.

John was a carpenter, working in and around Cameron, Marshall County, WV. They were members of the first United Methodist Church of Cameron, and she belonged to the Order of the Eastern Star of Cameron. 

Suffering from "angina pectoris" -- coronary heart disease -- Warren died at the age of 64 on Sept. 29, 1924 in the home of their married daughter Edith Howards in Grantsville, Calhoun County. The Moundsville Daily Echo reported that his remains were shipped by rail back home for interment. 

 

Moundsville Daily Echo

Kate survived her husband by a remarkable 45 years. She was a volunteer with the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) and a member of the Order of Eastern Star. Having joined the Cameron First Methodist church in 1896, she remained a member for the rest of her life. In 1932, her home was in Cameron.

She was still living at the age of 99 in September 1965 when mentioned in family correspondence. In her final years, she made her home at 1285 Fairlawn Avenue in Morgantown, Monongalia County, WV. When she reached her 100th birthday in 100, a local newspaper printed her photograph and a feature article about her life.

She died on June 27, 1969, at the age of 103. Burial was beside her husband in Cameron Cemetery following a funeral led by Rev. Nellie Lee Williams. At her death, reported the Daily Echo, Kate was survived by three grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.

Daughter Zella Wilson married Carl Church. She resided in Alma, MI in 1969.

Daughter Edith Wilson (1888- ? ) was born in 1888. At age 30, she wed 32-year-old Omar C. Howard of Cameron in or about February 1918. In 1924-1969, she lived in Grantsville, WV.

Daughter Laura Wilson married (?) Sanborn. Her home in the late 1960s was in Cameron. 

Son H.C. Wilson made his home in Morgantown, at 1285 Fairlawns Avenue.

 

Harrison and Rebecca's adult children: front row, left to right: Belle Bissett, Effie Weimer, Jessie Geho, Mary Ellen Moninger and Catherine Wilson. Back, L-R: Edward Ullom, Robert Ullom, George Ullom and Frank Ullom

 

 

Robert and Ida Ullom

~ Son Robert John "Daddy Bob" Ullom ~

Son Robert John Ullom (1868-1965) was born on July 20, 1868. He was a lifelong farmer.

On Feb. 10, 1898, at the age of 30, John married 18-year-old kitchen maid Ida Moore (or "Keffer") (1880-1968). The ceremony was held at the office of justice of the peace James Courtwright in Sugar Grove near McCracken, Greene County. The marital union lasted for 67 years.

Ida has been ascribed to two different fathers, one of whom may have been a birth father and the other a step-father -- Daniel Keffer and John Moore -- but which is which? Her mother was Margaret Ellen Miller. In a twist of fate, Ida's sister Emma Moore married Robert's brother George Ullom.

At their marriage, Robert's father gave the newlyweds 50 acres of property at the foot of Centennial Hill.

Said a newspaper, "Following their marriage they set up housekeeping on a farm in Aleppo Township and a few months later their home was destroyed. They rebuilt the house and have lived in it ever since."

They had 11 children -- Rex Ullom, Robert John Ullom Jr., Clara McDonald, James "Warren" Ullom, Edna Nichols, Nelle Pounds, H. Pauline Jones, Olive Miller, Margaret Riffle, Kathryn Hinerman and Norma Jean McCracken. 

 

Robert and Ida -- 56th anniversary

Robert spent his entire life in Greene County and circa 1906 is thought to have owned his parents' farm. That year, he allowed a well to be drilled seeking oil, but it turned out to be "dry." He also was considered as a "well known" stock raiser and farmer, and at one point acquired the nickname "Daddy Bob." They were members of the Aleppo Brethren Church.

On Feb. 10, 1948, the Ulloms celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. A few days earlier, a family dinner and open house was held, with 113 guests attending to congratulate the couple, including 10 of their 11 children -- only daughter Nelle Pounds could not be there. Reported a local newspaper:

Mr. and Mrs. Ullom received numerous gifts. Their children presented Mrs. Ullom with a diamond ring and a corsage of flowers and Mr. Ullom with a gold pen knife and chain and a boutonniere. Other gifts included flowers from Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Reed and the Aleppo Brethren church, of which they are members. The couple presented each of their children with a photograph of themselves. For the open house the table was centered with a three-tiered wedding cake with a gold-colored icing and bridal decorations. Table decorations included yellow tapers and yellow jonquils.

Among others at the anniversary party were a nephew and niece, Carl Church and his wife of Alma, MI; John's brothers Frank and George and their spouses; John's sister Kate Wilson; Ida's mother, aunt Hester Rinehart and sister and brother in law Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Whipkey; and Mrs. Raymond Blood of Freemont, OH.

For their 56th anniversary, in February 1954, the couple celebrated with a family dinner at the Mansion House in Old Concord, Greene County. At the time, they were pictured in a local news article, which noted that they had 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Robert was alive circa September 1965 at the age of 97, when mentioned in a family letter. Sadly, he died later that year, on Dec. 15, following a one-month illness. An obituary in the Waynesburg Republican said he was "the oldest resident of Aleppo Township" and was survived by 18 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Burial was in Centennial Church Cemetery.

 

Rex and Meryl Ullom

Daughter Edna Ullom wed Charles Nichols (or "McNichols").

Daughter Nelle wed (?) Pounds. They resided in New Freeport and in 1948 in Follansbee, WV. Unfortunately Nelle was the only one of her siblings unable to attend their parents' wedding anniversary in Aleppo in 1948.

Daughter Olive Ullom married Michael Miller. They dwelled in Elkins, WV in the mid-1960s.

Son Rex Ullom wed Meryl Miller. In 1965, he lived in Aleppo Township.

Daughter Edna Ullom wed (?) Nichols. Her home in 1948 was in Cameron.

 

Ed and Kathryn Hinerman farm

Daughter Margaret Ullom married Perry Riffle. Their residence was in Aleppo and New Freeport. They had at least one son, Robert Riffle. 

  • Grandson Robert Riffle married Lois Wallace on Aug. 6, 1951. They lived in Washington, PA where Robert was employed for many years with Columbia Gas. They were members of the Abundant Life Baptist Church. They had four children -- Barbara Harkness, Perry D. Riffle, Stephen D. Riffle and Wendy Kudaroski. In 2001, the Wallaces celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a family picnic followed by a vacation to Branson, MO.

Son Robert John Ullom Jr. married Vaughn McCracken. His home in 1965 was Washington, PA.

Daughter Kathryn Ullom wed Edward Hinerman. In the mid-1960s, they resided in Woodruff near Cameron, WV.

Daughter Pauline Ullom married Howard Jones. They lived in New Freeport.

Daughter Norma Jean Ullom wed Peter McCracken. Their residence was near Cameron, WV.

Son David "Clair" Ullom married (?) McDonald. He made his home in 1948 in Midway, PA and later in Kittanning, Armstrong County, PA.

Son James "Warren" Ullom wed (?) Wright. They dwelled in Cameron, WV and in 1948 in Dayton, Montgomery County, OH.

 

~ Daughter Lucinda Arabelle "Belle" (Ullom) Bissett ~

 

Belle Bissett

Daughter Lucinda Arabelle "Belle" Ullom (1870-1949) was born in 1870. She is not to be confused with an older sister, Lucy (Ullom) Whitlatch, born in 1858. 

On Sept. 20, 1890, at the age of 20, Belle wed 21-year-old laborer Newton Calvin "Newt" Bissett (1869-1927). He was the son of Jeremiah and Fannie Bissett of Springhill Township. Their nuptials were performed by justice of the peace J.R. Stiles at Laurel Run Church.

At their marriage, Belle's father gave the newlyweds 50 acres of property "below" the Centennial Church. They remained there for many years until the tract was purchased by their brother in law Johnson Moninger.

The Bissetts had 11 children -- William Bissett, Erma Eagon, Earl Bissett, George Bissett, Mildred Six, Mary Phillips, Charles Bissett, Naomi Huffman, Cecil Bissett and Herschel Bissett, in addition to an unnamed infant daughter who passed in 1904.

Newton was a longtime farmer, and the family resided near New Freeport, Greene County. 

When the federal census count was made in 1900, Newton and Belle resided on a farm in the vicinity of her brother Robert John Ullom and his wife Ida; and her married sister Mary Ellen and husband Johnson Moninger.

Newton was a heavyset man. He died at the age of 58 on Sept. 7, 1927. Burial was in Centennial Cemetery. 

Belle survived her husband by 22 years. Twice in the 11-year span from 1924 to 1935, Belle buried adult children, both of them victims of Addison's Disease.

In 1930, widowed Belle made her home on the Main Street of New Freeport, and continued the never-ending work of farming. Living under her roof were her 16-year-old son Herschel and three-year-old grandson Eugene Bissett.

She died on June 21, 1949 at the home of her son Charles in New Freeport. The Waynesburg Democrat Messenger said that she was a "well known resident of New Freeport" and that she had been "in ill health for several weeks but her condition became serious only a few days ago." At her death, she was survived by 28 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

 

Two portraits of the Bissett family -- 6 sons and 4 daughters

 

Daughter Erma Bissett (1890- ? ) was born in February 1890. She married Albert Eagon ( ? - ? ).

Son William Bissett (1892- ? ) was born in January 1892. He married Ethel ( ? - ? ). They made their home circa 1949 in New Freeport.

Daughter Frances R. Bissett (1896- ? ) was born in 1896. She did not survive childhood. She passed away in 1900 at the age of about four years. Burial was in Centennial Cemetery.

 

Circa 1946, Earl Bissett (far left) and sons,
L-R: Paul, George, Bill, Hubert, Walter

Son Raymond Bissett (1897- ? ) was born in October 1897. He made his home in Evans City, Butler County, PA.

Son Earl Bissett (1900- ? ) was born in 1900. Census records from the year Earl was born suggest that he did not receive his Christian name for perhaps two or more months after his birth. He lived in New Freeport in the late 1940s. He and his wife are believed to have had eight children -- Jean Antill, Marilyn Huskey, Rosemary Fletcher, Paul Bissett, George Bissett, Harold William "Bill" Bissett, Hubert Bissett and Walter Bissett.

Son George Bissett (1902- ? ) was born in about 1902. He made his home in Holbrook, Greene County.

Son Cecil Bissett (1904-1924) was born on Dec. 12, 1904. As a young man, he worked with his parents on the home farm. But tragically, he was afflicted with Addison's Disease, a tuberculosis of his adrenal glands. After suffering for five years, he died on Feb. 11, 1924. His remains are believed to have been placed into rest in the Centennial Cemetery near Aleppo.

 

Addison's Disease 
victim Mary Phillips

Daughter Mildred Bissett (1907- ? ) was born in about 1907. She wed Charles Six (1904- ? ) in about 1927, when she was age 20 and he 23. They had one known son, Eugene Bissett Six. Charles was employed as a tool dresser and later as a bolter for a bridge company. Circa 1935-1949 they lived in Warrendale and Wexford, Allegheny County, PA, north of Pittsburgh.

Daughter Mary Bissett (1910-1935) was born on June 14, 1910 in New Freeport. On Sept. 5, 1928, when she was age 18, she married Merle (or "Murl") Phillips ( ? - ? ). They produced three children -- Eugene Phillips, Ivan Phillips and Wilma Phillips. Tragically, Mary suffered from the same chronic illness of her adrenal glands as did her brother Cecil, who died in 1924 from the effects. She died on Aug. 28, 1935 at the age of 25. An obituary in the Waynesburg Democrat Messenger reported that she "had been ill for the past three years of Addison's disease." Interment was in Centennial Cemetery, following a short funeral service held at her mother's home, led by Rev. Thomas Presnell. 

Son Charles Bissett ( ? - ? ) resided in New Freeport.

Daughter Naomi Bissett ( ? - ? ) married Arthur Huffman and lived in Pittsburgh in the 1940s.

Son Herschel U. Bissett (1914-2007) was born on Jan. 14, 1914 in New Freeport. He married Doris Louise Hennen ( ? -2001) on May 9, 1936. They had three children -- John H. "Jack" Bissett, Dennis L. Bissett and Linda L. Cooper. Herschel spent most of his live in New Freeport before moving to Washington, PA. He was an elder and Bible class teacher in the New Freeport Church of Christ. He was a road construction laborer in and around Greene and Washington Counties in the 1930s, and then in 1944 was hired by his brother Charles to work at Bissett Construction and Oil and Gas Company. He became a partner in the business in 1962 and, after retiring in 1972, monitored his investments in Pennsylvania and West Virgiia oil and gas fields. He died at the age of 93 in Waynesburg's Southwest Regional Medical Center on Dec. 5, 2007.

 

~ Son David Thompson Ullom ~

 

David T. Ullom

Son David Thompson (or "Thomas") Ullom (1872-1904) was born on June 16, 1872. As a young man, he pursued the occupation of merchant, residing in Aleppo.

He wed 21-year-old laborer Melissa May "Lissa" Riggle ( ? - ? ) on Dec. 7, 1901, when he was 29 years old and she 21. She was the daughter of Henry and Kesiah Riggle. On their marriage license, he fibbed about his age, stating it as "24 years." Rev. J.M. Murray officiated at the ceremony held at the home of Melissa's mother.

At their marriage, David's father gave the newlyweds 50 acres of property near the Centennial Church.

They had one son, name unknown. 

David kept a store in or around New Freeport or Aleppo.

Sadly, their married life together only lasted for three years. In the spring of 1904, David's heart began to give him trouible. On May 10, 1904, reported the Waynesburg Democrat, he "rode out Tuesday morning to his saw mill and alighted from his horse and expired suddenly without any one noticing that anything was wrong... [He] had not been well for some time...."

He was laid to rest in the Centennial Church Cemetery. 

Melissa's fate is not known.

 

Adult Ullom children - front, L-R: Molly, Johnson and Belle. Back: Kate, Robert, Jessie, Ed, George

 

~ Daughter Adaline Zelma Ullom ~

Daughter Adaline Zelma Ullom (1874-1878) was born in 1874.

Sadly, she died at the age of three years, eight months and 26 days on June 24, 1878. Her tender remains were laid to rest in the Centennial Church Cemetery.

 

Jessie Geho

~ Daughter Jessie Lovenia (Ullom) Geho ~

Daughter Jessie Lovenia Ullom (1875- ? ) was born on Dec. 28, 1875. 

In 1892, when she was age 17, Jessie gave birth to a son, whom she named Ralph Snyder. It's believed that she was not married to the boy's father. The boy was taken into the home of Jessie's parents, who raised him.

Later, on or about Feb. 2, 1895, at the age of 19, she wed 25-year-old Joseph "Morgan" Geho (1870-1939), son of William and Elizabeth (Knisley) Geho of Greene County. At the time, both lived in Nettle Hill, where Morgan was a "well known farmer," said a newspaper. On their marriage license, she disclosed that she had never been married before.

Their six children were Lucy Supler, Bessie Geho, Thelma Richey, William "Bill" Geho and two who died in infancy.

They resided initially in Greene County and then in about 1901 relocated to West Alexander, Washington County, PA, where they remained for nearly 40 decades until Morgan's death.

Tragically, son Bill joined the U.S. Armed Forces during World War I, and died while stationed at Camp Greenlee, GA. Details are being researched.

Morgan passed away at home at the age of 69 on Nov. 2, 1939. Funeral services were held at home, led by Rev. Thomas Pressnell of the South Ten Mile Baptist Church near Graysville and Rev. C.S. DeBarr of the Methodist Church of Dallas, WV. Burial was in the Dallas Cemetery.

Jessie outlived her husband by 22 years. She died on April 23, 1961.

 

Ralph C. Snyder

1993 obituary

Son Ralph Charles Snyder (1892-1993) was born on March 30, 1892 in or near Centennial, Greene County. Raised by his grandparents, he quit school in seventh grade to assist them on their farm near Centennial. He was married twice. He and his first bride, Winifred "Winnie" Williams (1894-1922), daughter of Latin and Zella (Spragg) Williams of New Freeport. They had no children, but kept a store in New Freeport. Tragically, Winnie was afflicted for eight months with "tuberculosis of vertebrae" and an abscess in her pelvis, and was treated at Ohio Valley General Hospital in Wheeling, WV. Unable to regain her health, she died there at the age of 27 on April 6, 1922. Ralph lived in widowhood in Woodruff, WV. After 21 months alone, at the age of 31, he wed his second wife, 22-year-old Maude Lorraine Bryan (1902-1954), a native of Marshall County. They moved to Cameron, Marshall County in 1925 and had two children -- Thomas E. Snyder and Louise Wright. He earned a living as a self-employed oil and gas contractor, retiring in the early 1970s. During the 1940s, he served as chief of police and and as a city councilman in Cameron. Their home was on Maple Avenue in Cameron. Sadly, Maude died in 1954, ending their marriage of 30 years. In his final years, Ralph lived at the Cameron Health Care Center, where he celebrated his 100th birthday. He died there on Oct. 23, 1993 at the age of 101. Burial was in Centennial Cemetery.

Daughter Jessie Geho was unmarried and lived at home with her parents in 1939.

Daughter Lucy Geho (1901-? ) was born in about 1901 in Greene County. As a girl, she moved with her parents and siblings to West Alexander. At the age of 24, on Sept. 17, 1925, she wed 27-year-old Wishart Supler (1898- ? ) of Triadelphia near Wheeling, WV. Their nuptials were celebrated by L.B. Lewellyn at Elm Grove, also near Wheeling. They resided at Triadelphia. 

Daughter Thelma Geho (1908- ? ) was born in about 1908 in West Finley, Washington County. At the age of 21, she married 25-year-old J. Erville Rickey (or "Richey") (1904- ? ). Their wedding was held on June 1, 1929 in Brooke County, WV, led by Rev. H.L. Higgins of the Christian Church. They made their home in West Alexander in the late 1930s.

 

Effie and John Weimer

~ Daughter Effie Edith (Ullom) Weimer ~

Daughter Effie Edith Ullom (1877-1965) was born on June 14, 1877. 

She wed John Weimer (1877-1940), a native of Cameron, Marshall County, WV. They had four children -- Edith Weimer, Vaughn Lohr, Fanny Wooten Moore and Fred Weimer. Sadly, daughter Edith died in infancy. 

Their home initially was in Cameron. In 1933, they relocated to Jacksonburg, OH where John held employment with the Manufacturers Gas Company of West Virginia.

After seven years in Ohio, John suffered a stroke in the early autumn of 1940. "He never regained consciousness," said the Waynesburg Democrat Messenger, and passed away on Sept. 24, 1940, at the age of 61. His remains were brought to Aleppo for interment in the Centennial Church Cemetery, with the funeral led by Rev. Thomas Presnell of Rogersville, Greene County.

Effie outlived him by a quarter of a century. In 1949, her home was in St. Clairsville, OH and in 1951, she dwelled in Jacobsburg, OH.

She died on Jan. 22, 1965, with burial in Centennial Church Cemetery.

Son Vaughn Weimer wed Ordille Lohr. Their home in 1940 was in Aleppo.

Daughter Fanny Weimer married Thomas Wooten and lived in Washington. She also wed Walter Moore at some point.

Son Fred Weimer wed (?) Fonner. He lived at home with his parents in 1940.

 

George and Emma Ullom

~ Son George C. Ullom ~

Son George C. Ullom (1880-1962) was born on March 9 (or 27), 1880. 

On Feb. 18, 1905, George was united in marriage with Emma Moore (1882-1956), daughter of John and Margaret Ellen (Miller) Moore. George was age 25 at the time, and Emma 23. Justice of the peace James McCracken officiated at the ceremony held at the Aleppo residence of Emma's father.

(The Ullom and Moore families were close, and George's brother Robert Ullom also married Emma's sister Ida Moore.)

At their marriage, George's father gave the newlyweds 50 acres of property near the Centennial Church that previously owned by George's late brother David. They remained on this farm the rest of their lives.

 

The Ulloms' 50th anniversary

George and Emma had no children of their own, but they raised Mary Margaret Garrison. 

Tragedy shook the family in 1930 when daughter Mary passed away at the age of 15. Details of her untimely death are being researched.

A newspaper once said that George and Emma "spent all their married life in the Aleppo district. Mr. Ullom is still an active farmer and stock raiser. he has been a member of the Aleppo Township school board and board of supervisors and a township auditor."

The couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Feb. 20, 1954 with a chicken dinner at their home for 60 relatives and close friends, followed by an open house. A newspaper noted that George presented his wife with "a gold necklace. Other gifts including flowers, tablecloths and towels were received by the couple"

Emma passed away on Dec. 15, 1956, ending a marital union of 52 years. Following a funeral in the Ullom home, her remains were placed at rest in the Centennial Church Cemetery. Rev. Wayne W. Baker and Rev. James Board led the service.

George survived her by six years. He died on June 10, 1962, at the age of 82.

 

Edward and Verna Ullom

~ Son Charles "Edward" Ullom ~

Son Charles "Edward" Ullom (1882- ? ) was born on July 29, 1882, the youngest of 14 children. He grew up on his parents' farm and continued that line of work in adulthood.

He married Verna "Vernie" Murray (1885- ? ) in about 1906, when he was age 24 and she 21.

At their marriage, Edward's father gave the newlyweds 50 acres of property carved from the old Ullom homestead. It later became game land of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

They in turn produced nine children -- Charles Edward Ullom Jr., Kenneth B. Ullom, Harrison Ullom II, Karl Ullom, Harold Ullom, Lucy K. Zinn, Anna J. Waldron, Wilma Jean Fuller and Josephine Kicer.

In 1910, when the federal census was enumerated, the Ulloms made their home in Aleppo, next door to Edward's aged father and married sister and brother in law. Mary and Johnson Moninger. 

During the decade of the 1910s, Edward and Verna made the decision to migrate to Ohio, where they purchased their own farm. The 1920 federal census shows them farming in the Liberty District of Delaware County, OH.

Then in the 1920s, seeking better or improved opportunity, they moved again, to a new farm in Westerville near Columbus, Franklin County, OH. Their home was along Flint Road, as shown in the 1930 census. The Ulloms made their home in Westerville, OH in 1932, when Edward was named in the Waynesburg newspaper obituary of his eldest brother Peter. 

Edward and Verna and family moved back to Delaware County during the Great Depression years, settling in Genoa Township. There, Edward farmed and also picked up occasional work as a carpenter. In 1949-1951, they made their home in Coshocton, Coshocton County, OH.

 

Edward and Verna's Ulloms -- front row, left to right: Lucy Zinn, Anna Jane Waldron, Ed, Verna, Wilma Fuller, Josephine Ullom. Back, L-R: Junior Ullom, Kenneth Ullom, Harrison Ullom II, Karl Ullom and Harold Ullom.

 

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Minerd.com extends its gratitude to the late Margaret (Isiminger) Moninger and her daughter Sharron (Moninger) Creighton for sharing valuable scrapbook images for this biography. Select images courtesy of Arlene Lantzer and Jennifer (Lantzer) Novak.