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Anna Mariah (Younkin) Herlinger


Anna Mariah (Younkin) Herlinger was born in about 1815, the daughter of Henry and Anna Mariah (Overpeck) Younkin Jr.

She entered into marriage with Frederick Herlinger (1811-1890), a native of Northampton County, PA.

The Herlingers’ brood of offspring included, among others, Amelia Wolfe, William Henry Herlinger, Frederick Herlinger Jr., Francis "Frank" Herlinger and Sarah Rugh.

Circa 1839, the couple established their longtime residence in Brush Valley Township, Indiana County.

Deep heartache struck the family in mid-July 1870. A bolt of lightning struck their Brush Valley barn, setting it afire. It "was burned to the ground," said the Indiana Democrat. "The barn had been recently filled with grain and this, together with valuable farming implements, was also destroyed. The loss is total, as there was no insurance on the property."

The Indiana Democrat once said he was "an honorable and industrious citizen, an old time Democrat."

Sadly, Frederick was felled by a stroke of paralysis in mid-June 1890. He "never spoke afterwards," said the Democrat, and lingered for two weeks before death claimed his life, at age 79, on July 2, 1890..

Death swept her away into eternity at the age of 79 on June 20, 1894.


~ Daughter Amelia (Herlinger) Wolfe ~

Daughter Amelia Herlinger (1848-1918) awas born in 1848 in Brush Valley.

She entered into marriage with Joseph Wolfe ( ? - ? ).

In 1872, when she was 23 or 24 years old, Amelia and her husband relocated to Colorado. They established a residence in Westminster near Denver, CO.

Five children were born to the couple.

Sadly, Amelia died at home on Jan. 15, 1918, at the age of 69 years, nine months and nine days. An obituary appeared in her old hometown newspaper, the Indiana Weekly Messenger.


~ Son William Henry Herlinger ~

Son William Henry Herlinger (1852-1923) was born on March 13, 1852. He made his home in Brush Valley Township, Indiana County.

He married Jemima Adams ( ? - ? ). The Herlingers made their lives as farmers in Brush Valley.

The known children born to the couple were William "Russell" Herlinger, Emma J. Herlinger, Ernest J. Herlinger, Clyde H. Herlinger, Spear Herlinger, Sadie M. Spahr and Annie M. Herlinger.

William was burdened with an enlarged heart and, after he contracted influenza, the angel of death swept him away in Brush Valley on Feb. 1, 1923. Russell Herlinger of Homer City, PA gave vital information for the death certificate. Burial was in the U.P. Cemetery in Brush Valley.

Son .William "Russell" Herlinger resided for many years on his parents' old farm in Brush Valley

Daughter Emma J. Herlinger.

Son Ernest J. Herlinger ( ? - ? ) lived in Millvale near Pittsburgh in 1955.

Son Clyde H. Herlinger ( ? - ? ) made a home in Butler, Butler County, PA in the mid-1950s.

Son Spear G. Herlinger (1888-1955) was born on Feb. 6, 1888 in Brush Valley, Indiana County. He was married and the father of Royden S. Herlinger. As a young man he lived in Brush Valley and for a time in Pittsburgh. He spent part of his working career as a teacher in Indiana-area schools. Eventually they relocated to Oregon, settling in Portland, OR. He was divorced. Then in about 1930, Spear returned to Brush Valley. His final years were spent with the effects of hypertension. After an acute digestive system infection leading to severe vomiting, and then a cerebral hemorrhage, he was admitted to Indiana Memorial Hospital. He surrendered to death there on Feb. 1, 1955. Rev. Kenneth H. Conant led the funeral. The remains were interred in the United Presbyterian Cemetery in Brush Valley. An obituary in the Indiana Gazette reported that his son was living in Sisters, OR.

Daughter Sarah M. "Sadie" Herlinger (1875-1923) was born on Sept. 24, 1875. She married Edwin Spahr (June 14, 1873-1916), son of Joseph and Mary Spahr. One daughter born to the pair was Edna Olbeter. The couple dwelled in Pittsburgh, where Edwin was employed as a steelworker. They often made visits to Sarah's parents in Brush Valley. Tragically, Edwin contracted pulmonary tuberculosis and in 1913 was sent for treatment to the Pennsylvania State Sanatorium in Cresson, Cambria County. There, he died at age 42 on March 12, 1916. His remains were placed into the sleep of ages in Homer City, PA. Sarah lived for another seven years as a widow. Sadly, while visiting the old homestead in Brush Valley occupied by her brother Russell, she was felled by a stroke of paralysis and died on Sept. 7, 1923, just 17 days shy of her 48th birthday. News of her sudden passing was printed in the Indiana Weekly Messenger. Burial was in the U.P. Cemetery in Brush Valley in the outskirts of Mechanicsburg.

Daughter Annie M. Herlinger ( ? - ? ).


~ Son Frederick "Fred" Herlinger Jr. ~

Son Frederick "Fred" Herlinger Jr. ( ? - ? ) learned the carpentry trade.

He became employed by the Burlington and Missouri Railroad, and in November 1886 was appointed superintendent of carpenters for the company. Said the Indiana (PA) Democrat, "He has ten gangs of carpenters under his management."

By 1899, back in his native Indiana County, he labored as a carpenter, working for contractor John S. Hastings. In May 1899, he completed a 37 ft. by 16 ft. addition to the Clawson House dining room, finishing the job in four days. Said the Indiana Weekly Messenger, "It was speedy work and is a good job." Two months later, in July 1899, he and his partner Robert Kerr received contracts to erect a barn for William Guthrie and a new Lutheran Church parsonage. As the summer wore on, the pair began to erect a home for James S. Blair on Church Street.

The contracts kept coming. He is known to have remained in Indiana as of 1918.


~ Son Francis "Frank" Herlinger ~

Son Francis "Frank" Herlinger ( ? -1916) was born on March 7, 1842 in Brush Valley, Indiana County.

During the Civil War, he enlisted in the Union Army and served successively in two regiments -- the 135th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I (from Aug. 7, 1862 to May 24, 1863), and later with the 6th Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery, Battery L.

The 6th Artillery primarily performed guard duty in the District of Columbia and northern Virginia. In September 1864, the men were posted in protection of the capital, and later in the month transferred to guard the Orange and Alexandria Railroad line between Alexandria and Manassas. Their base of operations at that time was at the Fairfax County Court House.


Damage done by retreating Confederate troops at the Manassas Station of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, where the men of the 6th Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery later provided guard duty. Library of Congress


Frank was joined in the bonds of wedlock with Sarah Rhodes (Jan. 13, 1855-1932), a native of Cherry Tree, PA and the daughter of David and Ann (Duncan) Rhodes.

They together bore a family of these 11 known children -- Fred Herlinger, Charles Herlinger, Frank Herlinger, Marie Reynolds, Nannie Norton, Lizzie Findley, Mary Arnold, Anna Taylor, Indiana "India" Herlinger, Ida Herlinger and Ruth Herlinger.

Frank earned a living over the years as a carpenter. In 1890, the federal government awarded him a military pension based on his wartime service. [Invalid App. #905.500 - Cert. #839.739]

The Herlingers relocated from Brush Valley to Warren, OH in about 1904 and remained for good. Their address in the mid-1910s was 623 South Tod Avenue.

Frank was diagnosed in 1915 with heart disease ("myocarditis"). Sadly, a year later, at the age of 74, Frank died at home in Warren. An obituary in his old hometown newspaper, the Indiana Progress, said that death "was due to heart trouble from which he had suffered for sometime." Burial of the remains took place in Warren's Oakwood Cemetery.

The month after Frank's death, Sarah was granted her late husband's military pension. [Widow App. #1.067.830 - Cert. #875.752]. She spent her widowed years at 1300 South Tod Avenue. Having been stricken by a heart attack in March 1932, she surrendered to death a week later on March 31, 1932.

Son Fred Herlinger was in West Virginia in 1916.

Son Charles Herlinger put down roots in Leavittsburg, OH.

Son Frank Herlinger lived in Leavittsburg, OH in 1916.

Daughter Marie Herlinger married (?) Reynolds. They were in Boston in the mid-1910s.

Daughter Nannie Herlinger wed (?) Norton. Her home in 1916 was in Shalersville.

Daughter Lizzie Herlinger was united in matrimony with (?) Findley. The couple settled in Pittsburgh.

Daughter Mary Herlinger was joined in wedlock with (?) Arnold. She lived with her parents circa 1916.

Daughter Anna Herlinger entered into marriage with I.B. Taylor. She resided in 1916 with her parents and in 1932 at 1145 Paige Avenue Northeast.


Ohio Hospital for Epileptics, where Indiana spent the last 2 months of life


Daughter Indiana "India" Herlinger (1883-1932) was born on July 26, 1883 in Indiana County, PA. She was diagnosed with epilepsy as a teenager in 1897 and never married. Her illness further developed into what doctors called "epileptic psychosis (melancholia)." In about late April 1932, at the age of 48, she was admitted to the Ohio Hospital for Epileptics in Gallipolis, OH. She refused to eat, and the spiral of death began. After a stay of a month and 25 days, having developed bronchial pneumonia, her body gave up on June 23, 1932, and she died. The body was transported back to Warren for interment.

Daughter Ida Herlinger ( ? - ? ).

Daughter Ruth Herlinger ( ? - ? ).

~ Daughter Sarah Maria (Herlinger) Rugh ~

Daughter Sarah Maria Herlinger (1858-1940) was born on Sept. 3, 1858.

Circa 1882, she was united in matrimony with John H. Rugh (Nov. 1857-1903), son of Mary Rugh.

The pair begat five children, of whom three are known -- Vernie Rugh, Charles Frederick Rugh and William Rugh. Their home was on a farm in Brush Valley.

On the fateful day of Dec. 30, 1903, the 46-year-old John was "found dead with a broken neck, on the road near the Rugh school house," reported the Indiana Democrat. "He had been to Heshbon on business, driving a team and sled, and was returning home when it is supposed his team attempted to turned [sic] around and his efforts to get them back he either fell or was thrown out of the sled." Rev. Joel Hunt conducted the funeral service, with burial in Fry's cemetery.

The widowed Sarah moved with her young children into the city of Indiana. They often made visits to family back in Brush Valley.

Sarah died in Indiana on March 30, 1940.

Daughter Vernie M. Rugh (1892- ? ) was born on July 14, 1892 in Brush Valley Township. D.H. Tomb was assigned by the county court as her legal guardian. While on a visit to Cleveland, OH in July 1913, she was stricken with what was believed to be typhoid fever and brought back home to Indiana. During the winter of 1913-1914, she is known to have taught school in Ebensburg, PA for Miss Gallagher. She is known to have graduated in 1914 from Indiana State Normal School. Circa the spring of 1916, she was a teacher in Beaverdale, PA and that fall led a class of 103 pupils at Emeigh, near Cherry Tree. Said the Indiana Weekly, "They must be hard up for schools and teachers over there." On the morning of Sept. 21, 1920, in what the Indiana Gazette called a "quiet, but interesting nuptial event," Vernie entered into marriage with Floyd C. Fowler ( ? - ? ), son of Frank Fowler of South Sixth Street, Indiana. Rev. Chalmers G. Morrow, of the First United Presbyterian Church, led the wedding ceremony, held at his home. At the time, Floyd was considered "one of Indiana's active business men and is a member of the Implement and Machinery firm of Fowler and Fowler," said the Gazette. "The new Mrs. Fowler comes of one of Indiana county's oldest and prominent families. Both [bride and groom] are the proud possessors of a wide friendship, who will wish them the most hearty congratulations." The couple did not reproduce. Vernie was a member of the auxiliary of the Richard Watson Post of the American Legion and the 8 et 40 organization. They resided in the 1960s at 541 Washington Street. As she aged, Vernie became a resident of the Mountain View Nursing Home near Hillsdale. There, at age 75, she died on Feb. 23, 1968. Rev. G. Glenn Stephens led the service, with an obituary appearing in the Gazette. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.

Son Charles Frederick Rugh (1895-1949) was born on May 19, 1895 in Indiana County, PA. He married Florence Thomas ( ? - ? ). The pair did not reproduce. As an adult, they lived in the Philadelphia suburb of Wynnewood, Montgomery County, PA, making a home in the Wyndon Apartments along Lancaster and Morris Road. Circa 1949, he was employed as a book sales representative with the American Technical Society of Chicago. On the fateful day of July 16, 1949, while traveling in Fairmont, WV, he was paralyzed by a stroke and admitted to Fairmont General Hospital. Death mercifully carried him away two days later on July 18, 1949. The body was shipped to Wynnewood for a funeral service, conduced by Rev. Harry Burton Boyd of the First Presbyterian Church. The remains were lowered into the soil of the family burial plot in Greenwood Cemetery, and an obituary appeared in the Indiana Gazette.

Son William H. Rugh (1895- ? ) was born in December 1895. He was in Penn Run, PA in 1968.


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