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Laura Belle (Younkin) Shroyer
(1877-1950)

 

     

Laura Belle and Jake Shroyer

Laura Belle (Younkin) Shroyer was born in 1877 at Clay Run, Fayette County, PA, the daughter of William "Dayton" and Lucinda (Harbaugh) Younkin.

On March 21, 1897, at the age of 19, Laura Belle married 23-year-old Jacob Adam Shroyer (1873-1949). Jacob was a native of Clay Run, and the son of Adam and Lydia (Linderman) Shroyer. Justice of the peace A.G.C. Sherbondy performed the nuptials.

The Uniontown Genius of Liberty reported that the ceremony was held “at the residence of the bride” and that “Quite a number of persons were in attendance.” 

They had eight children – Annabelle Gertrude Harbaugh, Hazel Shroyer, George Osborne Shroyer, William Dayton Shroyer and an unnamed twin son, Lucinda "Mae" Conn, Kenneth Melvin Shroyer and Laura "Marie" Johnson. 

 

       

Graves of 3 children who died young, L-R: Infant (1905), George (1904) and Hazel Shroyer (1907)

Sadly, in addition to the infant twin son who died at birth in 1905, their son George succumbed at the age of eight months (on April 1, 1904), and their daughter Hazel passed away at the tender age of five years, eight months after suffering from diphtheria (on Jan. 3, 1907). All three of the young souls rest for eternity in the Imel Cemetery, with still-legible stones marking their graves today.

The deadly wave of disease struck the Shroyers' home in January 1907. Said the Connellsville Daily Courier

Diphtheria is raging on Laurel Hill near Clay Run school house. The family of Jacob Schroyer are badly affected. Both Mr. and Mrs. Schroyer and one child are down with the disease, while a younger child was buried last week with the same disease.

The Daily Courier said that Jacob was a “well known farmer” and that he was “road supervisor of Springfield township for six years and was a member of the Mill Run E.U.B. Church.” Early in adult life, Laura was a teacher in the Clay Run Union Church Sunday School.  In 1895, she was baptized “at the backwater in Indian Creek near Rodgers’ Mill,” an event witnessed by about 300 people.

 

Shroyer homeplace, 1940s, Clay Run Road, once occupied by Laura Belle's grandfather, Civil War veteran George A. Younkin.

 

 

Laura Belle (far right) in a 
historic five-generation portrait

In the depths of winter in 1901, Jacob purchased his wife's old homeplace, a 186-acre farm at Clay Run, from her grandfather, widower George A. Younkin. In comparison to today’s bank-backed mortgages, Jacob’s arrangement seems to have been a gentleman’s agreement.  According to the Courier, his down payment on the $2,000 farm was $800 cash (40 percent), and a promise to pay $200 annually on the balance. He then built a house on the property.

In about 1919, Laura Belle's first grandchild was born. To mark the occasion, a historic five-generation photograph portrait was taken, seen here -- standing, left to right: mother Lucinda, daughter Gertrude Harbaugh and Laura Belle. Seated, grandmother Mary Harbaugh and granddaughter Evelyn.

History then repeated itself. In 1938, Laura Belle’s first great-grandson was born.  Since Laura Belle’s mother was still living, this again was a rare situation where five generations were alive at the same time. Laura Belle’s brother Charles, at that time the publisher of the national Younkin Family News Bulletin, ran a story headlined “Five Living Generations – Is There Another?” He wrote: “This great [Younkin] family group can boast of at least one, very few persons regardless of age, have known of the fifth generation “to live” and be a part of it is a proud heritage…. [If] there is another within this great family group, would be pleased to know about it." (The photograph may be viewed on the biography of Lucinda [Harbaugh] Younkin-Johnson.)

The Shroyers enjoyed the annual Harbaugh Reunions. They are known to have attended the very first event in 1926, and then later in the mid-1940s, including 1948, when Laura Belle was elected Vice President.

In the photo seen here, Jake stands at left, with a mustache, with his adult sons William, Kenneth and with John Showman (at far right).

L-R: Jake Shroyer, sons Bill and Ken Shroyer, kinsman John Showman, and boys

 

 

Connellsville Daily Courier, 1946

In late March 1933, Jake filed a civil law suit against cousin Ephraim Miner (son of John Andrew Miner), alleging that Ephraim owed him $10.00 "for goods sold and delivered ... over and above all discounts which the said Ephraim Miner may have against him." Ephraim is said to have left the county with intent to defraud Jake, so Ephraim's employer, cousin Oakey Harbaugh, apparently was required to garnish his wages for repayment of the debt. The case was heard by cousin William Henry "Squire" Miner, a justice of the peace in Mill Run.

The Shroyers again were in the news in December 1946 when they filed a legal complaint against their son-in-law and daughter, Oakey and Gertrude Harbaugh. The case involved a family controversy over timber land, reported the Daily Courier. "An agreement was entered, the suit says, for the sale of the acreage to the Harbaughs for $6,000 with the assumpton of the dower interest held by Lucinda Youngkin, later Lucinda Johnson. The court is asked to act to restrain the defendants from cutting and removing saw timber, other than oak. Violation of the terms of the agreement is alleged."

After more than a half-century of marriage, Jacob died of a “coronary occlusion” on Oct. 17, 1949, at the age of 76.

Laura Belle died of leukemia a year later, on Oct. 16, 1950. She was buried beside her husband, near her Younkin and Harbaugh ancestors at the Imel Cemetery.

 

~ Daughter Annabelle "Gertrude" (Shroyer) Harbaugh ~

Daughter Annabelle "Gertrude" Shroyer (1897-1978) was born in 1897. She married Oakey D. Harbaugh, a cousin, and resided at Normalville, Fayette County. More on this family.

 

William D. Shroyer, 1991

~ Son William Dayton Shroyer ~

Son William Dayton Shroyer (1905-1992) was born on March 25, 1905 in Mill Run. His unnamed twin brother died at birth and was buried in the Imel Cemetery.

His first wife was Grace Sarah Ann Augustine (1905-1933), the daughter of William Arthur and Ella Blanche (McNair) Augustine. Their wedding took place on Feb. 3, 1925, when both were approaching their 20th year of age. 

The young couple produced three children -- Jessie Lorraine Johnson, William Dayton Shroyer Jr. and Carl Welfy Francis Schroyer.

The family made a home near Mud Pike, approximately three miles from the Maple Summit Church.

 

Connellsville Daily Courier

Heartache rocked this family when Grace became seriously ill and was admitted for treatment at Frantz Hospital in nearby Confluence, Somerset County. Sadly, she could not recover and succumbed in late February 1933, at the age of 27. After a funeral, her remains were laid to rest in the burying ground of the old Maple Summit Church, and an obituary was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier.

Her untimely passing left behind a grieving widower, two young sons and a daughter.

William later married Jenny Hillen (Jan. 25, 1912-1975), daughter of Elias and Chloe (Adams) Hillen and a native of Bullskin Township, Fayette County. In an interesting twist, Jenny's brother Ralph Hillen Sr. married William's distant double cousin Leona "Pearl" Younkin, daughter William "Harrison" and Etta (Strawderman) Younkin of the family of John X. and Eliza Ann (Rose) Younkin.

The second marriage produced 10 more children -- Olive "Ruth" Christman, Esther Faye Powell, Gerald Elias Shroyer, Gilbert Lee Shroyer, Linda "Mardell" Powell, Robert Windell Shroyer, Floyd Edward Shroyer, Donna Jean Smith, Paul Richard Shroyer and Betty "Marlene" Lint.

The Shroyers were farmers, with William also laboring as a coal miner for Eastern Gas & Fuel Co. of Melcroft, PA. Jennie was a member of the Critchfield Christian and Missionary Alliance Church.

The couple relocated to Normalville in about 1956 and made a home along Poplar Run Road.

 

Maple Summit Church

Jennie was admitted to Connellsville State General Hospital and died there at the age of 63 on Aug. 17, 1975. An obituary in the Daily Courier noted that she was survived by 41 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

The twice-widowed William was wedded a third time to Mandy Rugg ( ? - ? ). He was featured in a 1991 Daily Courier story, “Local Mans Turns 86."

Sadly, he outlived his son David (died 1949) and William Jr. (1991).

He passed away in Dawson on Nov. 12, 1992. Burial was in Maple Summit Cemetery, following a funeral service in the Critchfield Missionary Alliance Church led by Rev. Timothy McGarvey and Rev. Thomas Milford. At his death, William had “40 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren,” according to obituaries in the Uniontown Herald-Standard and Greensburg Tribune-Review.

Daughter Jessie Loraine Shroyer (1925-2005) was born on May 9, 1925 in or near Mill Run. She eloped to Accident, MD on March 10, 1943 to marry John "Reid" Johnson (May 23, 1924-1961), son of Alvin R. and Effie (Schmuck) Johnson of Somerset County. The couple went on to produce six children -- Regis John Johnson, Patricia Jean Pirl, Ronald Clayton Johnson, Debra Ann Stonebraker, Leonard Lee Johnson and Karen Sue Johnson. They made a home in Mill Run, where Reid labored as a coal miner. The family belonged to the Critchfield Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. Tragically, at the age of 36, Reid underwent amputation of his right leg below the knee while a patient in Connellsville State Hospital. He then suffered an acute heart attack, and could not rally. He succumbed to death after a nine-days' stay on March 15, 1961. Interment was in Maple Summit Church Cemetery, with Rev. Harry Holliday presiding over the funeral service at the church. An obituary was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier. Jessie supported herself by working in housekeeping at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. She outlived her husband by more than four decades, remaining in Mill Run, and sadly outlived four of her offspring. She was gathered in by the Angel of Death at the ae of 79 on April 30, 2005. Rev. Paul Freidhof officiated at the funeral, with interment of the remains following in Maple Summit Cemetery. An obituary in the Greensburg Tribune-Review said that she was survived by nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

  • Grandson Regis John Johnson ( ? - ? ) was deceased by 2005.
  • Granddaughter Patricia Jean Johnson ( ? - ? ). She married (?) Pirl ( ? - ? ). She was deceased by 2005.
  • Grandson Ronald Clayton Johnson ( ? - ? ) was deceased by 2005.
  • Granddaughter Debra Ann Johnson ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). In about 1978, she wedded Ronald Dale Stonebraker (1950-2003), son of Joseph Dale and Shirley J. (Burnsworth) Stonebraker. Their marriage spanned 25 years. Two sons born to this union were Tony Allen Stonebraker and Ronald Dale Stonebraker Jr. The couple relocated in about 1983 to Champion, Fayette County. Ronald was a longtime coal miner, employed by Tunnelton Mining. He belonged to the Amereican Legion post in Donegal, Veterans of Foreign Wars in Mount Pleasant and the Kosciuszko Club, also of Mount Pleasant. Ronald died at home at the age of 52 on March 11, 2003. Rev. Paul C. Freidhof led the funeral service, with interment in Sands Cemetery in Stewart Township, Fayette County. An obituary was published in the Greensburg Tribune-Review.
  • Grandson Leonard Lee "Lenny" Johnson ( ? - ? ). He and Robert Morrison of Mill Run were lifetime companions.
  • Granddaughter Karen Sue Johnson ( ? - ? ) was deceased by 2005.

Son William Dayton Jacob Shroyer Jr. (1927- ? ) was born on Jan. 28, 1927. He wed Martha Patricia Williams ( ? - ? ) on July 2, 1951. Their four children were William Eugene Shroyer, Agnes Maria Shroyer, Bernice Dawn Reckner and Dennis Lee Shroyer.

Son Carl Welfy Francis "Doc" Schroyer (1929-2014) was born on March 11, 1929 in Clay Run, Fayette County. He was but a young boy when his mother died. When he was 18 years of age, on Oct. 6, 1947, in Cumberland, MD, he married Dorothy Jean Channing (Jan. 3, 1932-2009), a native of Wintersville, OH and the daughter of Lester and Mary (Daley) Channing. She was the daughter of Lester Ward and Mary Blanche (Dailey) Channing. As an adult, he added the "c" to the spelling of the family name. They resided in Chambersburg and Greencastle, Franklin County, PA and had five children -- Carol Ann Witmer Lowe, Michael David Schroyer, Beverly Louise Schroyer, John Steven Schroyer and Timothy Carl Schroyer. Carl earned a living over the years as a truck driver and is known to have logged more than three million miles without an accident. He was a member of the Teamsters local union in nearby Hagerstown, MD and was last emploiyed by Rider-Pie Trucking of Hagerstown. Dorothy Jean loved her flower gardens and was a member of the Greencastle-Antrim Homemakers. She also followed the Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devils high school sports teams. Their home in the early 2000s was at 3643 Hill Road in Greencastle. Sadness enveloped the family when Dorothy Jean was gathered in by the Angel of Death on Aug. 24, 2009. Carl survived his bride by five-plus years. In his final years, Carl went to live with his granddaugher in Falling Waters, Berkeley County, WV. Then as his health was in decline, he was admitted to the Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, where he died at the age of 85 on Dec. 28, 2014. Dorothy Jean's nephew David Channing officiated at Carl's funeral service, with burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Greencastle.

  • John S. Schroyer, March 
    1990, at the grave of his 
    great- great- grandparents

    Granddaughter Carol Ann Schroyer was twice married. Her first husband was (?) Witmer ( ? - ? ). Later, she wedded Charles Lowe ( ? - ? ). Their home in 2009-2014 was in Smithsburg, MD.
  • Grandson Michael David Schroyer dwelled in Greencastle, Franklin County in 2009-2014.
  • Granddaughter Beverly Louise Schroyer was united in holy matrimony with Gary Meadows. They resided in 2014 in Waynesboro, Franklin County.
  • Grandson John Steven Schroyer ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). In the early 1990s, he was active in researching his family roots and contributed significantly to the content of this webpage. He and the founder of this website toured historical family sites in the Connellsville and Clay Run areas on a snowy day in March 1990. He was joined in wedlock with Robin and lived in Waynesboro in 2009-2014.
  • Grandson Timothy Carl Schroyer made a home in 2009-2014 in Carlisle, Cumberland County, PA.

Daughter Olive "Ruth" Shroyer (1938- ? ) was born on June 24, 1938. She married Charles Richard "Dick" Christman ( ? - ? ) on April 21, 1956, in Rockwood, Somerset County. He was the son of Charles William and Elva Pauline (Scotts) Christman. Their six children were Charles Dayton Christman, Kimberly Rae Jones, Teri Lee Baldwin, Tammy Ann Kesslar, Joyce Elaine Jones and Lori Kay Christman. Ruth's home in 2007-2020 was in Dawson, Fayette County.

  • Grandson Charles Dayton Christman was united in matrimony with Wanda. They established a home in Dawson, Fayette County.
  • Granddaughter Kimberly Rae Christman (1959-2017) was born on Nov. 5, 1959 in Connellsville. She wedded George Allen Jones Sr. ( ? -living). Their marital union lasted for 38 years until death cut them apart. The family dwelled in Waltersburg, Fayette County and produced two offspring, Zandra Lee "Sis" Jones and George Allen "Bub" Jones Jr. Kimberly earned a living as a cook for such employers as Barbara Joyce Restaurant, the Fayette County Prison system and Bob Evans Restaurants. She often opened their home to others as a refuge in times of crisis. The family was plunged into deep grieving when Kimberly Rae died on Christmas Eve 2017.
  • Granddaughter Teri Lee "Jo" Christman (1961-2007) was born on July 21, 1961 in Connellsville. She was married several times. One of her spouses was (?) Rhoades ( ? - ? ). The couple bore a son, Alvian K. Rhoades. At some point she married (?) Baldwin ( ? - ? ). Another spouse, her last, was Greg Sisson ( ? - ? ), son of Michael and Janet M. Sisson and stepson of Linda Sisson. She and Greg produced a son, Charles R. Allen Sisson. As had her sister Kimberly, Teri Lee worked for several years at Barbara Joyce Restaurant in Mount Pleasant. From there she became a nurse's aide and spent five years employed at Harmon House. The family attended the Connellsville Revival Center. Circa 2007, the Sissons' home was in Vanderbilt, Fayette County. Teri Lee loved to cook, and her specialty was desserts, especially homemade pies. Sadly, without warning, Teri Lee died at the age of 45 on March 19, 2007 while a patient in Highlands Hospital.  Burial was in Mt. Nebo Cemetery in Champion, Fayette County, with the funeral service preached by Rev. Charles Pringle.
  • Granddaughter Tammy Ann Christman ( ? -living) was born in (?). She was joined in wedlock with Ronald Eugene "Gene" Kesslar (June 28, 1956-2018), son of Melvin Eugene and Janet Marie (May) Kesslar. Their marriage endured for 37 years. The couple dwelled in Liberty/Dickerson Run, Fayette County and were the parents of a son, Timothy Kesslar. Ronald was employed in the warehouse of Pechin Supermarket in Dunbar. He spent his free time outdoors and liked to hunt, root for the Pittsburgh Steelers and listen to the heavy metal band Rush. Sadness cascaded over the family when Ronald died suddenly at the age of 61 on May 30, 2018. Rev. Matthew P. Goldsberry presided over the funeral service, with burial held in the Dickerson Run Union Cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Joyce Elaine Christman married Jeff Jones. Their home in 2017 was in Vanderbilt, Fayette County. They are the parents of Shannon Jones-Davila.
  • Granddaughter Lori Kay Christman wedded Marshal Flynn. He brought two daughters to the union. The couple went on to bear two children of their own, Ashley Flynn and Richard Flynn. They resided in Leisening in 2007 and in Brownsville, Fayette County in 2017.

Daughter Esther Faye Shroyer (1939-living) was born on Sept. 25, 1939 in Mill Run. On Oct. 10, 1969, in Winchester, VA, she eloped to marry Gordon W. Powell (Dec. 20, 1936-2005), son of Thomas W. and Minnie Marie (Plens) Powell of Masontown, Fayette County. Their union endured for 46 years. They resided for many decades in Connellsville and bore two offspring, Mark Wayne Powell and Darla Faye Powell. For 42½ years, Gordon was employed by Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation in South Connellsville, operating a tow motor in the shipping department. In his free time, he followed a wide variety of sports and especially liked to hunt, fish and walk. They were affiliated with or members of the Calvary Assembly of God Church in Connellsville. As Gordon's health failed, he was admitted to Highlands Hospital in Connellsville. He died there at the age of 68 on June 12, 2005. Burial was in Dawson Methodist Church Cemetery, following a funeral led by Pastor Matthew P. Goldsberry. An obituary was published in the Uniontown Herald Standard.

  • Grandson Mark Wayne Powell (1961-living) was born in 1961. Mark lived in Uniontown. He married Teressa, and they bore a daughter, Madison Powell..
  • Granddaughter Darla Faye Powell (1971-2010) was born on July 2, 1971 in Connellsville. After high school graduation, she attended the Valley Forge Christian College. She was employed as a selector by Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation in South Connellsville. She followed professional wrestling and raised and showed English bulldogs. She also was a member of the Assembly of God Church Church, also in South Connellsville. She contracted cancer and endured it for a lengthy period of time. She succumbed in Pittsburgh's Magee Womens Hospital, at the age of 38, on June 29, 2010. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Roger Richter, with burial in Bryan Cemetery in Dawson. The Uniontown Herald Standard published an obituary.

Son Gerald Elias Shroyer (1940-1992) was born on Oct. 14, 1940 in Mill Run. He married Lois Gail Workman (1940- ? ), daughter of Oliver and Helen (Crossland) Workman. Their nuptials took place on Sept. 17, 1966 in Winchester, VA. The Shroyers had two daughters, Tonya Gail Krause and Julie Renae Shroyer. For 22 years, he was employed by Westinghouse in Greensburg for many years as a craftsman, and served with the Pennsylvania National Guard for more than 26 years. He also attended the Calvary Assembly of God in Connellsville. He died just 16 days after his father, on Nov. 28, 1992. He was laid to rest in Green Ridge Memorial Park in Pennsville, near Connellsville, with his funeral service officiated by Rev. George McLean, with full military rites.

Son Gilbert Lee Shroyer (1942- ? ) was born on May 17, 1942 in Mill Run. He wed Joyce Workman on Oct. 9, 1965, in Connellsville. (Gilbert's brother Gerald married Joyce's sister Lois.) Their three children were Cheryl Ann Shroyer, Brian Lee Shroyer and Shawn Ray Shroyer. In 2012, Gilbert attended the Younkin Reunion in Kingwood, PA and in 2013 came to the Minerd-Minard-Miner-Miner Reunion in Indian Head, PA.

Son Robert Wendell Shroyer (1943-2003) was born on July 9, 1943 in Clay Run. A six-year military veteran, he was a carpenter and resided at Lemont Furnace near Uniontown, Fayette County, PA. He married Katherine Emerick ( ? - ? ), daughter of Caton and Hazel (Wingrove) Emerick, and they produced four children -- Robert Scott Shroyer, David Shroyer, Kathleen Pesuti and William "Bill" Shroyer. Two stepsons were involved with the family -- Mark Faust and Timothy "Tim" Faust. Robert died at age 59 in 2003 and was laid to rest in Cove Run Cemetery, following a funeral led by Rev. Charles Pringle.

Daughter Linda "Mardell" Shroyer (1944- ? ) was born on June 10, 1944 in Mill Run. She married Lee Randolph Powell Sr. (June 24, 1939-2016), son of Thomas and Minnie (Plan) Powell. Their known offspring were Lee Randolph Powell Jr., Keith Powell, Tina Lash and Gerald Eugene Powell Sr. For 14 years, Lee was employed as a custodian by Geibel Catholic High School in Connellsville. He liked to watch automobile racing and to hunt and fish. Sadly, Lee died in Highlands Hospital at the age of 77 on Oct. 11, 2016. His obituary was published in the Connellsville Daily Courier. Mardell dwelled in Connellsville in 2020.

  • Grandson Lee Randolph "Randy" Powell Jr. ( ? -2012) was born on April 29, 1964 in Connellsville. He married Verna Jean Jacobs ( ? -living), and their union endured for three decades until cleaved apart by death. They dwelled in Connellsville and bore six children -- Randy Lee Powell, Jason S. Powell, Korie M. Powell. Brandon Lee Powell, Tyler Powell and Jennifer Lynn Thomas. As with his brother Gerald, Lee was self-employed over the years as a plasterer. He played pool and horseshoes in his spare time, and liked to fish and hunt. Sadly, suffering from leukemia at the age of 48, he was admitted for treatment to UPMC Shadyside. No recovery was possible, and he died on Oct. 5, 2012. Pastor Charles Kessler officiated at the funeral service, with an obituary appearing in the Greensburg Tribune-Review.

Great-grandson Randy Lee Powell married Jessie Lynn and lives in Connellsville.

Great-grandson Jason S. Powell wedded Stevie Lynn and make a home in Connellsville.

Great-grandson Korie M. Powell dwells in Connellsville.

Great-grandson Brandon Lee Powell resides in Connellsville.

Great-grandson Tyler Powell was in Connellsville in 2012.

Great-grandson Jennifer Lynn Powell was united in matrimony with Robert Thomas. They put down roots in Dawson, Fayette County.

  • Grandson Keith Allen Powell ( ? -living) married Jodi Gallo ( ? -living). They were the parents of Ashley Gray and Amy Powell. Sadly, daughter Amy passed into heaven's embrace at birth in 1997. They made a residence in 2005 in Dunbar, Fayette County.
  • Granddaughter Tina Marie Powell ( ? -living) was born in (?). She wedded (?) Wessel and (?) Lash ( ? - ? ). Her six children are Kelly Lash, Kayle Salivan, Krystal Lash, Nicholas Lash, Jesse Wessel and Gerald Wessel. Tragically, she lost son Nicholas at birth in 2000. Her home in 2016 was in Connellsville.
  • Grandson Gerald Eugene Powell Sr. (1966-2005) was born on April 19, 1966 in Connellsville. He was the father of an only son, Gerald Eugene Powell Jr. Gerald Sr. earned a living over the years as a self-employed plastering contractor. The family were Protestants. Sadly, Gerald Sr. died in Highlands Hospital at the age of 39 on Nov. 23, 2005. Pastor Don Smith preached the funeral sermon, with burial following in the Bryan Methodist Church Cemetery in nearby Dawson. An obituary was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier.

Great-grandson Gerald Eugene Powell Jr. ( ? -living) was born in (?). Gerald Jr. has served as a Pennsylvania State Trooper and in 2012 was one of 56 troopers honored by the Pennsylvania Driving Under the Influence Association for his efforts to combat drinking and driving.

Son Floyd Edward Shroyer Sr. (1945- ? ) was born on July 9, 1943, on his brother Robert's birthday. Floyd married Nancy Fosbrink ( ? - ? ) on Feb. 27, 1966. Their three children were Christine Dawn Spackman, Vicky Rae Shroyer and Floyd Edward Shroyer Jr.

Daughter Donna Jean Shroyer (1946- ? ) was born on Sept. 27, 1946 in Mill Run, Fayette County. She wed a distant cousin, Ronald James Smith Sr. (1942-1990) on Oct. 3, 1966 at the Indian Head Church of God. He was the son of Harvey and Clema (Romesburg) Smith of the family of Harriet (Younkin) Romesburg Turney of Confluence, PA. In Ronald's family tree, he also was a direct descendant of Weasel Jake Younkin of Cranberry Glade, Somerset County. Their three known children were Ronald James Smith Jr., Penny Michelle Moose and Gloria Jean Smith. Sadly, their daughter Gloria Jean died in infancy. Ronald Sr. passed into eternity while in Philadelphia at the age of 48 on March 12, 1990. Donna Jean outlived her husband by many decades and married a second time to widower Allen J. Harman (Jan. 17, 1930-2004), son of Leman and Grace (Hoffer) Harman of Stahlstown, Westmoreland County. Allen and his first wife Charmaine (Kreger) Harman had borne five children whom he brought as adults to the second marriage -- George Harman, Beverly McClain, Toni Ulery, Renee Shafer and O.J. Harman. The Harmans established a residence in Ligonier, Westmoreland County. Allen was a veteran of the Korean War and a self-employed carpenter during his career. He belonged to the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church of Donegal and was a member of the Donegal Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Chestnut Ridge Lions Club. Sadly, Donna became widowed a second time when Allen succumbed to death at home at the age of 74 on March 5, 2004. Funeral services were held in the Mt. Zion Church, led by Rev. Carol Sipes, with interment following in Porch Cemetery in Donegal Township. His obituary was printed in the Greensburg Tribune-Review. Donna spent her final years in North Huntingdon. She died on Jan. 13, 2020. In an obituary, it was said that "Donna was a homemaker and a wonderful cook." A celebration of her life was held at the Calvary Assembly of God in Connellsville.

  • Grandson Ronald James Smith Jr. (1968-2019) was born on Jan. 21, 1968 in Somerset. He was the father of Kyle James Smith and Madeline Paige Smith. Ronald married Kristine (Shadder) Mimis ( ? -living). She brought these offspring to the union -- Nathan Mimis, Elizabeth Mimis, John Mimis and Emily Cavallo. The Smiths made their home in Acme, Westmoreland County, PA. Ronald was a graduate of Waynesburg College. He went on to a career in teaching and football coaching in the Turkeyfoot Valley Area, Connellsville and Waynesburg districts. He was a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) and National Rifle Association, and like to hunt, fish and ride quad vehicles. Sadness enveloped the family when Ronald died at the age of 51 on July 7, 2019. His funeral was led by double cousin Rev. Dean Hay, of the family of Amanda (Younkin) Hechler, with interment in Maple Summit Cemetery. Obituaries were published in the Greensburg Tribune-Review and Somerset Daily American.
  • Granddaughter Penny Michelle Smith ( ? -living) was born in (?). She was joined in marital union with Derron Moose ( ? - ? ). She dwelled in 2004 in Delmont and in 2019 in North Huntingdon, Westmoreland County, PA.

Son Paul Richard "Dicky" Shroyer (1949- ? ) was born on Aug. 22, 1949 in or near Somerset. He married Edith Pritts (1951- ? ) at Deep Creek, MD on Sept. 22, 1964. Her parents were George and Mary (Dugan) Pritts. They had one daughter, Lisa Michelle Shroyer. Paul was in Somerset in 2010.

Daughter Betty "Marlene" Shroyer (1953-2012) was born on March 20, 1953. Her two daughters were Stacey Lynn Shroyer and April Dawn Shroyer. She was joined in holy wedlock with David Lint ( ? - ? ).

  • Granddaughter Stacey Lynn Shroyer was joined in wedlock with (?) Leonard. Stacey has contributed valuable content for this biography.
  • Granddaughter April Dawn Shroyer

 

~ Daughter Lucinda "Mae" (Shroyer) Conn ~

Daughter Mae Shroyer (1910-1999) was born on April 29, 1910 in Springfield Township. She was named in part for her maternal grandmother, Lucinda (Harbaugh) Younkin Johnson.

She married Lester "Toad" Conn (Dec. 1, 1906-1966), the son of Edward and Minnie (Hyatt) Conn of Lower Turkeyfoot.

 

Book picturing the Conns

They had 10 known children -- Alvin H. Conn, Naomi "Pearl" Harbaugh Oakman, Jacob Conn, Laura "Dot" Conn, Warren D. "Chub" Conn, Melda Wilson, Bernon "Bun" Conn, Dana Troup, Sandra Kay Fabin, Jacqueline Conn, and Thomas Donald "Tommy" Conn.

Sadly, son Tommy, afflicted with enteritis and chronic diarrhea, died at the tender age of two months, five days on July 31, 1940. The baby was laid to rest in the Jersey Church Cemetery.

Over the years, Mae and Lester were employees of the Beacon Restaurant, the L&N Restaurant and the Somerset Food Pantry. Circa May 1958, he also operated a gasoline filling station carrying the Atlantic brand of fuel. "You could always depend on Toad, if you forgot inspection time, he let you know," said the Draketown: Past & Present book.

Sadly, Lester passed away at the age of 59 on Feb. 25, 1966. Interment was in Jersey Church Baptist Cemetery, with Rev. Chester Henneman preaching the funeral service. Obituaries were printed in the Meyersdale Republican and Somerset Daily American, noting that he was survived by 20 grandchildren.

Mae survived him by more than three decades, and also outlived her daughter Jacqueline, son Thomas and grandson Michael.

 

Mae Conn, 1980s

The Conns are pictured in the book, Draketown Past & Present, and are mentioned in Reflections: Ursina 1787-1994. Mae also was once profiled in the “Area Personality” feature of the Somerset Daily American, which said that Mae “at 74 displays more energy than some folks half her age.” The article, seen here, also quoted their struggle raising a large brood of children during the Depression:

Was it rough bringing up nine kids? “You aren’t kidding,” says Mae, “it was just really rough. When the Depression was, we had a truck and couldn’t buy gas for it. There were no Food Stamps, unemployment, welfare, nothing. There was the Salvation Army and Red Cross, and that was it.”

Mae passed away at the age of 89 in Somerset Hospital on Oct. 26, 1999. Burial was in the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery. At her death, reported the Daily American, she was survived by 28 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Son Alvin H. Conn (1928-2002) was born on Oct. 31, 1928 in Draketown. He was a self-employed carpenter and World War II and Korean War Army veteran. He married Loretta M. Sproul ( ? - ? ), a resident of Ohiopyle, Fayette County. They resided in Confluence and had six children -- Sheryll Hatfield, Teresa Voss, Geraldine Conn, Rebecca Stechschulte, Randall Conn and Gregory Conn. Alvin died in Westmoreland Regional Hospital in Greensburg, PA on Aug. 23, 2002 at the age of 73. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery with Pastor James Keslar and Paastor James Sproul leading the funeral services. An obituary in the Daily American said he was survived by 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

  • Granddaughter Sheryll Conn married (?) Hatfield and lived in Frankfort, OH.
  • Granddaughter Teresa Conn married (?) Voss and resided in Bellefontaine, OH.
  • Granddaughter Geraldine Conn made her home in Akron, OH.
  • Granddaughter Rebecca Conn married (?) Stechschulte. In 2002, they lived in Delaware, OH.
  • Grandson Randall Conn lived in Fairview Park, OH.
  • Grandson Gregory Conn resided in Marysville, OH.

Daughter Naomi "Pearl" Conn (1930-2008) was born on Jan. 8, 1930 in Lower Turkeyfoot Township. She was married twice. Her first husband was a cousin, James Harold "Hub" Harbaugh (1928- ? ), son of Robert Bacom and Alice Elizabeth (Rugg) (Harbaugh) Jr. They had three daughters -- Brenda Faye Harmon Ahaniz, Rosemary Marie Burkett Fritz, and Mary Jane Harbaugh. Later, after a divorce, she wed Theodore "Ted" Oakman ( ? - ? ) and lived in Somerset and toward the end of her life in Buffalo Mills. Said the Daily American: "She was a retired employee of Gilmour Manufacturing, Somerset and was currently employed at the Somerset Wal-Mart as a greeter, which she loved very much. She also loved bingo, word search puzzles and spending time with her family. She was a member of the First Christian Church." Pearl died at the age of 78 in Somerset Hospital on July 3, 2008. Burial was in Somerset County Memorial Park, with the funeral officiated by Rev. Gerald Deffenbaugh. 

  • Granddaughter Brenda Harbaugh married (?) Alaniz and lived in Somerset.
  • Granddaughter Rosemary Harbaugh was wedded to Barry Dryburg and resided in Somerset.
  • Granddaughter Mary Jane Harbaugh married Roderick Funston and dwelled in Buffalo Mills.

Son Jacob Conn (1932- ? ) was born in about 1932. He married Barbara and elocated to Lorain, OH.

 

Mae Conn (center) with daughters Laura "Dot" Conn (left) and Melda Wilson, 1994 Younkin Reunion at the Kingwood Odd Fellows Grove

 

Daughter Laura E. "Dot" Conn (1935- ? ) was born on Oct. 17, 1935 in Draketown. She never married but was greatly beloved by her family. Toward the end of her life, she was admitted to The Patriot in Somerset. She died there at the age of 82 on March 7, 2018. Burial was at the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery, with Pastors John and Linda Stoner leading the funeral service. In an obituary, the family asked that any memorial contributions be made to the Geiger Church of the Brethren in Friedens.

Son Warren D. "Chub" Conn (1934-2003) was born on July 22, 1934 in Draketown. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, and was self-employed in Confluence for 31 years. He married Nancy Dwire ( ? - ? ) and had four children -- Keith Conn, Kerry Conn, Jacqueline Miller Coughenour and Sharon Kimmel. Chub died at age 69 on Dec. 16, 2003 in Somerset Hospital. After a funeral offiiciated by Rev. Peter Foreman, he was placed into eternal repose in the Kingwood Odd Fellows Cemetery, and an obituary was printed in the Daily American. In widowhood, Nancy continued to maintain her home in Confluence. In March 2017, she endured the death of her adult daughter Sharon Kimmel.

  • Grandson Keith Conn married Colleen and resided in Confluence.
  • Grandson Kerry Conn was joined in wedlock with Sheri. In 2003-2019, they lived in Boswell, Somerset County.
  • Granddaughter Jacqueline Conn (1959-2019) was born on Aug. 26, 1959 in Confluence, Somerset County, a twin with her sister Sharon. She was a graduate of the West Virginia Career Institute. She appears to have been twice-wed. Her first husband is believed to have been (?) Miller ( ? - ? ). The couple bore several children -- Matthew Miller, Chad Miller and Katie Wass. Later, by 2003, she married (?) Coughenour ( ? - ? ). Her home was in Confluence over the years, and she earned a living as a certified nursing assistant. She eventually became a companion of Jerry Hudson. Jacqueline was a member of the Confluence United Methodist Church and liked art and to read. Sadly, she became ill and was admitted to Henry Clay Villa in Markleysburg, where she died at the age of 60 on Dec. 15, 2019. Pastor Valerie Stark preached the funeral sermon, with the cremains placed into interment in the Kingwood International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Sharon Conn (1959-2017) was born on Aug. 26, 1959 in Confluence, Somerset County, a twin with her sister Jacqueline. She was wedded to (?) Kimmel ( ? - ? ). The couple produced two daughters -- Angiel Kimmel and Christina Kimmel. They were members of the Confluence United Methodist Church. Sharon obtained an associate degree in business from the West Virginia Career Institute branch in Uniontown, Fayette County, PA. Sadly, at the age of 57, on March 1, 2017, Sharon died at home in Confluence. Rev. Valerie Stark officiated at the funeral service, followed by burial in the Kingwood Odd Fellows Cemetery. An obituary appearing in the Somerset Daily American noted that she was survived by eight grandchildren.

Daughter Melda Conn (1939- ? ) was born in 1939. As a young unmarried woman, she worked for Bower Cleaners in Confluence. In about July or August 1958, she married Paul Wilson ( ? - ? ), son of Lula Holliday of Confluence. A reception was held at her parents' home, "with a large number of friends and relatives attending," said the Somerset Daily American. "The couple received many useful gifts." At the time of marriage, Paul had worked in Cleveland, OH. They produced at least three sons -- Lester P. Wilson, Alan Wilson and Michael Ryan Wilson. In 1971, Melda is known to have served as an enumerator for the United States Census in Lower Turkeyfoot. Circa 1994, she hosted a visit to her home in Draketown by the founder of this website. She was a candidate for inspector of elections for Lower Turkeyfoot Township in 2009.

  • Grandson Lester P. Wilson joined the U.S. Army. In 1983, he completed a wheeled-vehicle mechanics course at Fort Jackson, SC.
  • Grandson Alan Wilson resided in Kingwood and among other things was a woodworker.
  • Grandson Michael Ryan Wilson earned a living with Mekis Construction in 1996. On Sept. 27, 1997, he was united in matrimony with April Marie Peck ( ? - ? ), daughter of John W. and Jeanne A. Peck of Ursina. the nuptials were held at the Church of the Nazarene in Confluence, officiated by Rev. Thomas Charles. The couple was pictured in a wedding story in the Somerset Daily American. At the time, he was employed by Brayman Construction Corporation, while she worked as a clerk in the nearby Normalville (PA) Post Office.

Daughter Sandra "Kay" Conn married Ronald Sabin and made their home in Vermillion, OH. 

Son Bernon "Bud" Conn (1946-2015) was born on April 22, 1946 in Confluence. In about 1973, at the age of 27, he was united in wedlock with Linda Nightingale ( ? -living). They were married for 42 years and produced one daughter, Kristy Scarmack. During the Vietnam War, he served in the U.S. Army. Later, he earned a living working at Somerset Hospital and in 1986 was stationed at Fort Balvoir, VA. Sadly, they endured the death of their grandson Michael Scarmack. Bud died on Dec. 28, 2015 at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Funeral services were held at Highland Cemetery in Garrett, Somerset County and led by pastors John and Linda Stoner, with involvement by the Somerset County Honor Guard. An obituary was printed in the Daily American

Daughter Dana Conn ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She married Dennis Troup ( ? - ? ), son of Millard Emerson and Helen Louise (Magill) Troup. They were the parents of Donna Sue Phillippi and Dawn Rena Will. At one point their home was in Bakersville, where they owned a dairy farm. At the death of her mother in 1999, Dana served as executrix of the estate

  • Granddaughter Donna Sue Troup ( ? - ? ). She graduated from the Westmoreland County and Allegheny County Community Colleges. She then went on to secure a position as a receptionist with Super City Manufacturing Company Inc. On Sept. 21, 1991, she wed Mark Allen Phillippi ( ? - ? ), son of Ray E. and Nancy (Miller) Phillippi of Somerset. At the time of marriage, backed by an education at the Diesel Institute of America, Mark worked as a mechanic for New Enterprise Stone and Lime Company. Donna in 1999 was active as secretary with the Ladies Auxiliary to the Somerset Veterans of Foreign Wars Post. The couple were in Somerset in 2007.
  • Granddaughter Dawn Rena Troup ( ? - ? ). On April 11, 1992, she was joined in holy wedlock with Steven Alan Will ( ? - ? ), son of Robert and Janet Will of Friedens. Their wedding ceremony was officied by Rev. John Guere and held at Bethany United Methodist Church. The couple was pictured in a related story in the Somerset Daily American. The Wills dwelled in Friedens and produced a daughter, Brittany Will. Their daughter Brittany was a member of the Future Farmers of America and was pictured in an October 2013 Daily American article about her many FFA public speaking and leadership activities as well as her plans to attend Allegany College of Maryland.

The late Olive Duff researched the Conn family history and published her findings in the booklet, Moon Genealogy, which is preserved today in the Minerd.com Archives.

 

Kenneth and Goldie Shroyer

~ Son Kenneth Melvin Shroyer ~

Son Kenneth Melvin Shroyer (1912-1993) was born on Aug. 30, 1912 in Clay Run near Mill Run, Fayette County.

He married a distant Younkin cousin, Goldie Della Basinger (1917-1997), daughter of Alva and Lucartha (Showman) Basinger. They remained wed for 59 years. 

In an interesting twist, Goldie's sister Stella Basinger married a distant double-Miner and double-Younkin cousin, John "Raymond" Miner, son of John Andrew and Susan (Pletcher) Miner

Ken and Goldie bore three children -- Kenneth "Dale" Shroyer, Mildred Louise Chrise and Florence Irene Wilt Couts.

When he and Goldie were first married, their neighbor and cousin Lawson Minerd built two chimneys for their new home in Clay Run. It was constructed across the lane from the former homeplace of Ken's great-grandparents, George A. and Charlotta (Younkin) Younkin. Circa 1993, the old George Younkin homeplace was vacant and surrounded by pie trees, near the trailer where Ken's sister Marie Johnson made her home.

The Shroyers were longtime members of the Maple Summit Church, and Goldie also belonged to the Critchfield Christian and Missionary Alliance Church.

A farmer, Ken was a longtime employee of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). He also served for 50 years as a forest fire warden for what is now the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (DER), and in 1992 received a special DER award. He was one of several who jointly purchased the Maple Summit Church when the elders decided to close the congregation. 

Both of his legs were amputated in about 1988.

 

News story about Ken, 1992

He was featured in an article in the Connellsville Daily Courier on June 25, 1988, and in a story in the Tribune-Review of Oct. 4, 1992, seen here, headlined “Warden Rekindles Smoke, Memories.” 

On Feb. 6, 1993, he and Goldie graciously hosted a visit to their home by the founder of this website. 

Ken passed away at the age of 81 on Dec. 9, 1993. Burial was in Imel Cemetery, with Rev. Thomas Milford and Rev. David P. Huey co-officiating. An obituary was published in the Somerset Daily American.

Goldie outlived him by four years. She died at age 80 on Sept. 13, 1997.

Son Kenneth "Dale" Shroyer (1936- ? ) was born in about 1936 in Fayette County. He was married to ( ? - ? ). Their three offspring were Melvin Shroyer, Clifford Shroyer and Wendell Shroyer. Sadly, Dale was deceased by 1997.

  • Grandson Melvin Shroyer married Ruth.
  • Grandson Clifford Shroyer wedded Margie.
  • Grandson Wendell Shroyer

Daughter Mildred Louise Shroyer wed Jess Chrise and lived in Confluence, Somerset County.

Daughter Florence Irene Shroyer was twice married. Her first spouse was Kenneth Wilt ( ? - ? ). Later, by 1997, she wed Roy Couts ( ? -2019). Florence has one known daughter, Shannon Booth. Sadly, Roy passed away on Dec. 19, 2019. Per his wishes there was no viewing or obituary. Rather, the family donated his body to science.

  • Granddaughter Shannon Couts ( ? -living) married (?) Booth and has several children. Shannon and her mother have contributed generously to this biography by sharing information and photographs.

 

~ Daughter Marie (Shroyer) Johnson ~

 

Marie (seated) beside her brother 
William, with brother Kenneth 
and sister Mae Conn standing

Daughter Laura "Marie" (Shroyer) Johnson  (1921-1992) was born on June 19, 1921. 

She married Roy Ross Johnson (1920- ? ) and resided at New Eagle, Washington County, PA and later near Mill Run.. They had four children: Marian Darlene Snyder, Kenneth Alvin Johnson, Roy Ross Johnson Jr. and Russell E. Johnson. 

The Johnsons are mentioned in the book, Chip’s Off the Old Block’s by Kimberly Kay (Ritenour) Gach. 

Tragedy struck at Christmastime 1991 when their son Russell E. Johnson, a US Navy veteran, was killed in an automobile accident in Saltlick Township. 

Marie passed into eternity in 1992, with burial in Imel Cemetery. 

Daughter Marian Darlene Johnson married Thomas Snyder in 1965.

Son Kenneth Alvin Johnson wed Wanda Lee Porterfield in 1968.

Son Roy Ross Johnson Jr. married Audrey in 1970. 

Son Russell E. Johnson (1957-1991) was born on Dec. 8, 1957 in New Eagle. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He worked at Hidden Valley Resorts and Lichtenfells Nursing of Johnstown, PA. He was age 34 when killed in a one-vehicle accident in Saltlick Township, Fayette County.

 

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