Elizabeth (Younkin) Wiltrout (1823- ? ) was born on Sept. 21, 1823 in either Somerset or Fayette County, PA, the daughter of Charles and Jane (Johnson) Younkin.
She married Adam Wiltrout (1824- ? ), son of Johannes Gottfried "John Godfrey" and Margareta "Margaret" (Dietrich) Wiltrout of Summit Township, Somerset County. The two families were close, and Elizabeth's sister Eleanor wedded Adam's brother James.
The brood of seven children produced by this marriage, over the span of years from 1846 to 1864, were John Wiltrout, Melinda Imel, Caroline Wiltrout, Elias Franklin "Frank" Wiltrout, Adam A. Wiltrout Jr., Jacob Wiltrout and Nelson Wiltrout.
In 1860, the Wiltrouts lived in Berlin, Elk Lick Township, Somerset County.
Elizabeth's father died in Fayette County on Nov. 12, 1861. Under the terms of his will, she was bequeathed the sum of $50, to be made in annual $10 payments, which were to commence eight years after his death. Thus in about 1869 or 1870 she would have begun receiving the cash inheritance.
By 1870, the family had migrated to a farm near the booming industrial town of Dunbar, Fayette County. That year, their post office was Connellsville.
The census of 1880 shows the Wiltrouts in Bullskin Township, north of Connellsville, with Adam earning a living as a laborer. Then in 1884, Adam (father or son) filed legal charges against C.A. Ebersole for "larceny." A judge heard each side's testimony and dismissed the case, assessing court costs to Adam.
Their fates are not yet known, but at their deaths, they are believed to have been buried in what became the family plot at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Bullskin Township.
~ Son John N. Wiltrout Sr. ~
Son John N. Wiltrout Sr. (1846-1927) was born on May 23, 1846 in Somerset County, PA. He was twice married.
In 1869, he was united in wedlock at the age of 23 with Elizabeth Miller (June 21, 1844-1901).
They produced one daughter, Mary Ellen Wiltrout.
Heartbreak visited the family twice, in 1890 and 1901. Daughter Mary Ellen died unmarried at the age of 19 on Jan. 10, 1890. Her remains were lowered under the sod of Greenlick Cemetery. On her grave marker was carved the epitaph, "Christ is my hope."
Eleven years later, Elizabeth succumbed to the angel of death on Jan. 14, 1901 at the age of 56.
That same year, he married again to Lydia M. Bowman (1854-1944), daughter of Henry and Susan (Kelly) Bowman and widow of James Boyd.
They were farmers and made their home in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, PA.
John suffered an injury in about 1927 when he fell from a load of hay, leading to his death. Suffering from pneumonia, he died a week before his 81st birthday on May 16, 1927 in Mount Pleasant's Memorial Hospital. Interment was in Greenlick Cemetery, following services at Paradise Evangelical Church in Bullskin Township, with Rev. Clewell E. Miller and Rev. Henry H. Faust officiating.
An obituary in the Connellsville Daily Courier noted that pallbearers included William Coughenour, Edward Poorbaugh, F.L. Freed, H.A. Jackson, B.M. Ridenour and Theodore Shiery, and that the choir sang "Nearer My God to Thee" and "Sweet Hour of Prayer." The Courier listed everyone who attended the funeral -- J.J. Wiltrout and Mrs. Wiltrout of Coolspring, Mrs. Andrew Bishop and son Charles, and Miss Tillie Rhodes of New Castle, R.F. Wiltrout and family and W.E. Wiltrout of South Connellsville, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Baker and children of Pennsville, Mr. and Mrs. Beatty and children and Anna Belle Wiltrout of McClellandtown, Maude Hart of Normalville, F.S. Wiltrout of Dunbar, Bessie Martin and children and Mrs. Charles Brierly of South Connellsville, Mr. and Mrs. T.S. Provance, E.B. Provance and Grover Provance of Uniontown, Alma L. Provance of Detroit, Mr. and Mrs. George Bowman and daughter Mrs. Ben Crosby of Greensburg, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Wiltrout and children and Mrs. Samuel Robertson of Greene County, Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Martin, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wiltrout and Ada Huey of Coolspring and Smith Rhodes of Juniata.
Lydia survived her husband by 18 years and lived to the age of 90. She died at home at Wooddale on Dec. 7, 1944. Her survivors included her brother James Bowman and sisters Susan Provance and Sarah Baker. Interment was in the Greenlick Cemetery.
~ Daughter Melinda (Wiltrout) Imel ~
Daughter Melinda Wiltrout (1847-1905) was born on April 25, 1847 in Somerset County.
At the age of 12, in 1860, she dwelled with her parents in Elk Lick Township, Somerset County. In June 1866, she entered into the bonds of wedlock with her first cousin, Civil War veteran Samuel H. Imel (April 7, 1845-1931), son of John Henry and Rebecca "Becky" (Younkin) Imel. The groom could neither read nor write.
Together, they bore five known children -- Josiah Imel, Caroline Elizabeth "Carrie" Bertholf, Henry Adam Imel, Mary Emma Warfield, Otis Immel and William N. Imel.
Samuel was one of three brothers to join the Army during the Civil War. He enlisted at the age of 19 on Sept. 1, 1862 and initially was a member of the 14th Pennsylvania Cavalry. After a little more than two months, he was re-assigned to the 2nd United States Cavalry, Troop B, commanded by Lieut. Will Blanchard.
He suffered from a disease of his ears which led to loss of hearing, which he blamed on exposure to the elements. He was treated at a military hospital on Turner's Lane in Philadelphia, but could find no relief. One surgeon wrote: "Almost entire loss of hearing of both ears -- the membrana tympani of the left side also being ruptured. Has been gradualy [sic] growing worse since his reception into Hosp. Origin of disease unknown. Is disabled in my opinion to the extent of one half."
The army discharged him on May 28, 1863, and he returned home from Philadelphia. He immediately applied for an invalid army pension as compensation for his wartime injuries. Henry K. Eicher and David Bruner provided support for his claim. All of his comrades from home, he stated, had been killed in battle at Malvern Hill and Deep Bottom, VA.
The Imels first resided at Elm (Normalville), Fayette County.
Sometime prior to 1868, the couple migrated cross-country and settled in Illinois, with their new home on a farm in Thomson Township, Carroll County. The federal census enumeration of 1880 shows the Imels in Thomson. They belonged to the Hope Church in Chadwick, IL.
Sadly, Melinda passed away at the age of 57 on New Year's Day, 1905, in her daughter Carrie's home in Wacker, Carroll County. Burial was in Lower York Cemetery in Thomson, Carroll County. An obituary in the Savanna Journal said she was a good and pious mother and Christian woman, and had belonged to the German Baptist Brethren Church for three decades.
Samuel outlived his bride by more than a quarter of a century.
In March 1905, he was arrested at his home by a U.S. deputy marshal and taken to Chicago where, reported the Pittsburgh Daily Post, he was "charged with drawing a soldier's pension illegally... He was employed as a teamster and is about 60 years old... Years ago Imel, then a mere stripling, voluntarily took his father's place in the Union army so that the father, already well along in years, might continue to care for the wife and chldren at home." The same article that his son Otis, "an engineer at the Standard works of the H.C. Frick Coal and Coke Company, two miles from here, is said to be related..." He was extradited to Pittsburgh and upon arrival was placed in jail to await a trial in the May 1905 term of the United States District Court. Nothing more about the case is known.
Circa 1910, U.S. Census records show him living on his son Henry's farm in Fairhaven, Carroll County.
The spirit of death carred him away on March 23, 1931, at the age of 86. An obituary in the Thomson (IL) Review said that death had occurred in the residence of his son. Reported the Review, Samuel had "farmed in this township for the greater part of his life [and] had a great many friends in this section of the county. He was a popular friend, a good father, and a kind husband." In another obituary, the Review noted that he had "lived a faithful and quiet live" and was a "patient sufferer." His funeral was held in the Baptist Church. His survivors included 15 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
Son Josiah Imel (1868- ? ) was born on Aug. 6, 1868 in Pennsylvania, likely in Fayette County.
Daughter Caroline Elizabeth "Carrie" Imel (1869-1948) was born in 1869 in Chadwick, Carroll County, IL. She wedded William Bertholf (1864-1941), also spelled "Berthoff." The couple's two known offspring were Mrs. Earl Bullock and Bert Bertholf. In 1905, the family is known to have been in Wacker, Carroll County, IL but for the most of their years were in Savanna, Carroll County. In about 1935, they moved to Nebraska and dwelled in or near their daughter in Omaha, Douglas County, NE. She died there on May 3, 1948. The remains were transported back to Savanna for burial in Savanna Township Cemetery. An obituary appeared in the Chadwick (IL) Review.
Son Henry Adam Imel (1871-1943) was born on June 2, 1871 in Pennsylvania. He relocated in child to Illinois with his family and "spent the greater part of his life on farms near Chadwick," said the Freeport (IL) Journal-Standard. On Oct. 19, 1894, he was united in holy matrimony with Clarissa Isenhart (1873-1949), daughter of Peter and Emma (Johnson) Isenhart. The five offspring produced by this union were Alma Bailey, Gladys Decker, Harold Imel, Cecil Imel and Clarence Imel. They lived in Fairhaven, IL in 1905-1931. Henry died at home in Chadwick at the age of 72 on Aug. 21, 1943. An obituary in the Journal-Standard reported that the cause of death was "an illness of three years." Rev. E.E. Encook led the funeral service held in the Fair Haven Church. Burial followed in Fair Haven Cemetery. Clarissa lived for another six years. She passed on May 1, 1949, age 75.
Daughter Mary "Emma" Imel (1875-1943) was born on Feb. 22, 1875. She married (?) Warfield. Together, the pair bore two known children, Leone A. Warfield and Woodrow Warfield. Circa 1905, she was in York, IL. By 1913, the Warfields had migrated to North Dakota and later dwelled in the town of Meadow, Perkins County, SD. Emma became widowed sometime in the timeframe of 1918-1930. Federal census enumeration records for 1930 place Emma in Clarke Township, Perkins County, SD, employed as a housekeeper by two bachelor farmer-brothers, Samuel and James P. Chambers. In November 1935, Emma and her son Woodrow traveled to Thomson, IL from their home in Thunderhawk, SD to spend time with her brother Henry and family. The news of their visit was published in the gossip columns of the Thomson (IL) Review.
Son Otis Immel (1877-1920) was born on March 24 or Aug. 31, 1877 in Carroll County, IL. In adulthood, he relocated back to his parents' home region and resided in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, PA. There, he earned a living as a machinist. On April 30, 1903, Otis was joined in wedlock with widow Annie Carbaugh (April 15, 1865- ? ), a native of Westmoreland County. Justice of the peace Hugh Henderson officiated. Annie had lost her first husband in July 1900, was a dozen years older than her second spouse, and brought four offspring to the second marriage -- among them Clara Carbaugh, Ethel Carbaugh and Frank Carbaugh. The family dwelled in 1910 in Mount Pleasant. He earned a living as an coal mine engineer with the H.C. Frick Coke Company. On the tragic day of Aug. 25, 1920, while working outside at Frick's Standard Mine, the 43-year-old Otis accidentally was crushed between coal cars and was killed. His broken remains were interred in Mount Pleasant. The accident appears not to have generated any press coverage. Annie outlived her husband by many years. Her world again was shattered in September 1927 when her new son-in-law of only two weeks was electrocuted to death in a coal mining accident in Fairmont, WV.
Son William N. Imel (1878- ? ) was born on Aug. 22, 1878, the last of the offspring to be born in Pennsylvania. Thus he traveled with his family to Illinois as an infant and likely had no memories of his home in the mountains of Fayette County. As an adult, he dwelled in Kersey, Weld County, CO.
~ Daughter Caroline Wiltrout ~
Daughter Caroline Wiltrout (1851- ? ) was born in 1851.
In 1860, when she was nine years of age, she lived with her parents in Elk Lick Township, Somerset County.
During the decade of the 1860s, she migrated with her family to Dunbar, Fayette County, PA. The 1870 census shows her in the household at the age of 18.
She was deceased by 1927.
~ Son Elias Franklin "Frank" Wiltrout ~
Son Elias Fanklin "Frank" Wiltrout (1854- ? ) was born on July 12, 1854 in Somerset County, PA. He spent his boyhood years in Elk Lick Township, Somerset County.
Having moved, he worked on the family farm near Dunbar, Fayette County at the age of 16 in 1870.
During the 1870s, Elias was married to Elizabeth Grace Nickelson (Oct. 3, 1857-1940), a native of Springfield Township, Fayette County and the daughter of John J. and Magdalena Nicholson.
They became the parents of three -- Jesse A. Wiltrout, James W. Wiltrout and Daisy Keefer.
When the federal census count was made in 1880, Elias and Elisabeth lived in Wooddale, a small community in Bullskin Township, Fayette County, with him earning a living as a coal miner. That year, they lived next door to Elias' married brother Adam and provided a home for Elias' bachelor brother, age 18, Jacob Wiltrout.
The spectre of grief descended upon the family when Elias died in Bullskin at the age of 38 on July 27, 1892. His remains were laid to rest in Mt. Olive Cemetery.
Elizabeth Grace outlived her first spouse by nearly five decades and supported herself as a seamstress. After 11 years as a widow, at the age of 47, she married a second time on Oct. 15, 1903 to widowed 51-year-old farmer Edward Mason (Jan. 1, 1847-1917), son of Emanuel and Sarah Mason of Somerset County. The couple united themselves in marriage.
Edward's first bride had been Isabella (1849-March 18, 1894).
Burdened with bladder cancer, Edward died in Bullskin on Jan. 14, 1917, just two weeks after his 70th birthday.
She lived for another 23 years in widowhood. Suffering with heart problems, she succumbed to death in her daughter's residence on Dec. 17, 1940. An obituary appeared in the Connellsville Daily Courier. She was survived by 25 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held in the Mt. Olive Church of the Brethren, followed by interment of the remains in the Mt. Olive Cemetery.
Son James W. Wiltrout (1879-1954) was born on Aug. 7, 1879 in Wooddale, Bullskin Township, Fayette County. He entered into marriage with Emma Dillinger ( ? - ? ). The couple together produced seven children -- Ernest Wiltrout, Presley Wiltrout, Jesse Wiltrout, Walter Wiltrout, William Wiltrout, Gladys Kosak and Bernetha Kovach. For 38 years, he earned a living as a state fire warden. He lived in Scottdale, Fayette County in 1940. Sadly, James was gathered away by the Grim Reaper of Death at the age of 75 on Oct. 16, 1954. His obituary in the Connellsville Daily Courier said he was survived by 36 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Rev. L.G. Mulhollen presided over the funeral service, held at the Stauffer Evangelical United Brethren Church. The remains were lowered under the sod of Eutsey Cemetery in White, PA.
Son Jesse A. Wiltrout (1885-1966) was born on Aug. 16, 1885 in Wooddale, Fayette County. On April 9, 1908, he was married to Hattie Kinneer ( ? - ? ) of Wooddale, the daughter of James W. Kinneer. Their nuptials were officiated by Rev. Charles Watson, pastor of the First Christian Church of Connellsville. The Wiltrouts were the parents of a dozen offspring -- Frances "Mae" Karfelt, Kenneth Wiltrout, Ella Jean Hixson, Betty Kreinbrook, Gertrude Sanner, James Wiltrout, Robert Wiltrout, Howard Wiltrout, Lewis Wiltrout and Earl F. Wiltrout, plus two others who died young. Jesse was a longtime mill worker and coal miner. Later, he was employed by Earl F. Detwiler in Connellsville and retired from the position. In about 1928, Jesse joined the Pleasant Valley Grange and continued his membership for decades. They dwelled in Wooddale, Bullskin Township. The couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in April 1958, and were pictured in a related article in the Connellsville Daily Courier. Said the story, "Mr. wiltrout is 72 years old an dhis wife is 70 years old. Both are in fairly good health." Stricken with hardening of the arteries and heart disease, Frank succumbed to death at the age of 81 on Oct. 14, 1966. The body was lowered into the sacred soil of Greenlick Cemetery to rest for all time. For many years afterward, the family placed an "In Memoriam" statement in the Daily Courier on the anniversary of his death.
Great-grandson Alfred Karfelt was deceased by 2001.
Great-grandson Ronald "Buck" Karfelt married Patricia Sue and dwelled in South Connellsville in 2001.
Great-grandson Leonard Dean Karfelt wedded Elaine. They made a residence circa 2001 in Greensburg, Westmoreland County.
Great-granddaughter Gwenneth "Joanne" Karfelt ( ? -1995) was born in (?). She was joined in matrimony with Jack H. Grimm (June 18, 1935-2013), son of Harold and Helen (Snyder) Grimm of Connellsville and the stepson of Mary Grimm. Together, they produced a family of three -- Brian Grimm, Laura Bruner and Judy Ritenour. Jack served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, with the rank of sergeant. After his service ended, he joined the U.S. Air Force and its Reserves. For years, he worked as a machine operator for Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation's Cap Division in South Connellsville. They belonged to Albright United Methodist Church in South Connellsville. Sadly, Joanna died in 1995. Later, he began to attend the Christian Church of Connellsville. Death swept him away at the age of 77, on Jan. 23, 2013, while a patient in UPMC Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh. Rev. Chris Stillwell led the funeral service, with military rites provided by the Mount Pleasant post of the American Legion. The remains were laid to rest in Green Ridge Memorial Park, and an obituary was published in the Greensburg Tribune-Review.
Great-grandson Donivan Joseph Karfelt made his home in 2001 in West Leisenring, Fayette County.
Great-grandson Edward Gerald Karfelt (1942-2021) was born on Sept. 3, 1942 in South Connellsville, Fayette County. The Connellsville Daily Courier once said that he "born and raised into a hunting and fishing family." After graduation from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was posted to Germany. He entered into marriage with Ethel Mae Bittner ( ? -living). Their union endured for 51 years until the separation of death. The only child born in this family was Crystal Schafer. He spent his working career as an operator with the Chessie System/CSX Railroad, retiring in 2003 at the age of 61. His retirement included working as a greeter at Giant Eagle and Wal-Mart. In his free time, said the Daily Courier, he "enjoyed being outdoors and making many trips to his family's hunting cabin, Little Beaver. Ed was an avid hunter of deer, turkey, and the occasional bear. He also spent many hours trout fishing along creeks." He liked to tend his garden, gather firewood, raise pets and root for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penn State Nittany Lions football teams. Their later years were spent in Somerset, Somerset County, PA. As a patient in Meadow View Nursing Center, Edward succumbed to death at the age of 78 on April 24, 2021. Pastor Doug Burns led the funeral service, with interment of the remains in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery in Rockwood, Somerset County.
Daughter Daisy Wiltrout (1887-1950) was born on Dec. 18, 1887. She wedded Grant Keefer Sr. ( ? - ? ). Seven children were born into this family -- Mason Keefer, Wendell Keefer, Grant Keefer Jr., Elgy Keefer, Donald S. Keefer, Wayne Keefer and Dorothy Tempest. In 1940, their home was along the Connellsville-Mount Pleasant Road near the Worry service station. The residence location in 1950 was along the Mount Pleasant-Iron Bridge Road in East Huntington Township, Westmoreland County. When she was in her early 50s, Daisy was diagnosed with diabetes. As the years went by, abscesses began to form on her kidneys and spleen. After 11 years of suffering, she underwent treatment in Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg, but the disease was too advanced. Daisy passed away at the age of 62 on May 11, 1950. Burial was in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Bullskin. Fifteen grandchildren survived her. A short prayer service was held in the residence, followed by a longer service at Mt. Olive Evangelical United Brethren Church. The funeral was led by Rev. W.M. Brown of the Free Methodist Church.
~ Son Adam A. Wiltrout Jr. ~
Son Adam A. Wiltrout Jr. (1860-1934) was born on March 23, 1860.
Evidence suggests that he was married twice. His first spouse was Eliza Jane Booker/Booher (1860-1899).
In 1880, the United States Census shows that the Wiltrouts dwelled in Bullskin and that Adam toiled as an iron ore miner.
The couple produced these six known children -- Richard F. Wiltrout, William Edward Wiltrout, John H. Wiltrout, Allen Cooper Wiltrout, Carrie "Marie" Wiltrout and Samuel Albert Wiltrout.
Grief blanketed the family when Eliza Jane died in 1899 at the age of 39.
Not long afterward, Adam married his second bride, Maude (Myers) Wilhelm (March 1876-1922), daughter of George W. and Rebecca (Overly) Myers.
The second union resulted in two children, John Wiltrout and George Wiltrout, the latter of whom died in infancy in 1898.
The federal census enumeration of 1900 shows the family in Bullskin Township, Fayette County, with Adam and his son Richard earning their living as coal miners.
Adam was in trouble with the law in January 1905 when, as a resident of the Mines School District, was accused of "failing to send his son to school," reported the Connellsville Weekly Courier.
They resided in Hemminger's Mill near Scottdale, Fayette County in 1918 and in Wooddale, Fayette County in 1922-1927.
In 1918, when their daughter in law Etta died at age 23, the funeral service was held in the Wiltrout home in Scottdale.
Sadly, Maude was burdened with cancer of the liver and died at the age of 48 at home on Aug. 16, 1922. A short obituary appeared in the Connellsville Daily Courier, and interment was in Mt. Olive Cemetery.
Adam outlived his second spouse by a dozen years and made his home on Reidmore Road. Burdened with arterial and heart valve issues at the age of 73, death carried him away on Feb. 10, 1934. The remains were laid to rest in Mt. Olive Cemetery.
Son Richard F. Wiltrout (1879-1962) was born on June 7, 1879 in Bullskin Township. At the age of 20, in 1900, he lived with his father and stepmother in Bullskin Township, Fayette County, and labored as a coal miner. In time, Richard entered into the bonds of wedlock with Eva Mae (Nedrow) Jacobs (Octr. 23, 1894-1971), daughter of Harvey and Rachel (Steyer) Nedrow. Nine children were born to this couple -- Theodore S. Wiltrout, Clyde R. Wiltrout, Maude Wiltrout, Nettie Gillott, Alice Mowery, Myrtle Beatty, Flora Ringer, Anna Belle Sage and a son who died in infancy. Three stepchildren in this clan were Clarence E. Jacobs, Raymond Jacobs and Della Gerke. They resided in South Connellsville for several decades. He earned a living with employment at West Penn Power Company and later as a gate keeper with Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation. He held a membership for 50 years in the General Worth Lodge of the Odd Fellows, and Eva Mae to the Edna Rebekah Lodge. The pair belonged to Trinity Lutheran Church. The couple moved to a new home in 1944 at the address of 816 McCormick Avenue in Connellsville. At the age of 84, Richard suffered a massive heart attack and succumbed to death at home on Oct. 10, 1963, in Connellsville. Rev. H. Wahl Pfeifer led the funeral service. The remains were lowered into the sacred soil of Mt. Olive Cemetery. An obituary in the Daily Courier counted his survivors as 28 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren. As a widow, Eva Mae migrated to Ohio and spent the last six months of her live in Akron, Summit County. She died in Akron at the age of 76 on June 22, 1971.
Son William "Edward" Wiltrout (1892- ? ) was born in July 1892. He married Etta Brothers (1895-1918), daughter of Kelly and Emma (Barkley) Brothers. They resided in California, Washington County, PA. Tragically, while laid low from pulmonary tuberculosis, Etta died at Coal Center at the age of 23 on Oct. 21, 1918. Her remains were brought to Bullskin Township, north of Connellsville, for burial in Mt. Olive Cemetery. A one-paragraph obituary was published in the Connellsville Daily Courier. By 1922, William had relocated back to South Connellsville, Fayette County. He remained there as of 1963.
Son Samuel "Albert" Wiltrout (1894-1987) was born on July 26, 1894 in Wooddale, Bullskin Township. He was of medium height and stature, and had brown hair and grey eyes. At the age of 22, he earned a living as a watchman for the Vesta Coal Company in Smallwood near California, Washington County, PA. When registering for the military draft during World War I, he claimed to have a "lame arm." He served in the U.S. Army Expeditionary Forces during World War I as a member of the 17th Machine Gun Battalion, Company A. He underwent basic training at Fort Thomas, KY and shipped overseas in mid-1918. When he did not write home for many months, his parents feared the worst, but a letter finally arrived in January 1919. After the war, he entered into marriage with Ruth A. ( ? - ? ). They made a home for decades in South Connellsville, where he was employed by Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation. Samuel is believed to have died in April 1987 in Connellsville.
Son John H. Wiltrout (1899-1957) was born on Sept. 22, 1899 in Connellsville. He entered into marriage with Charlotte Peterson (Aug. 14, 1892-1976), daughter of Charles and Emaline Peterson of Roanoke, WV. Together the pair bore a son, Charles Wiltrout. They made a home in the Wheeler section of Connellsville and were members of the Assembly of God Church of South Connellsville. Charlotte received word in November 1943 that her brother Charles had been seriously wounded in U.S. Army action in Italy. The couple relocated in about 1947 to Ellwood City, Lawrence County, PA, and lived at 503 Laurence Avenue. There, he earned a living as a janitor in a mill of Aetna Standard Company. Sadly, at the age of 58, John contracted pulmonary tuberculosis. He suffered for four weeks and was admitted for treatment to Ellwood City Hospital. Unable to rally, he succumbed to his illness on Oct. 18, 1957. His remains were transported back to Connellsville to sleep for all time in Mt. Olive Cemetery. Rev. Edward J. Hatchner led the funeral service. An obituary was printed in the Connellsville Daily Courier. After about a year of widowhood, Charlotte married again to Harry Schade ( ? - ? ) of Beaver Falls, PA.. Their nuptials were held at the home of her brother-in-law Allen C. Wiltrout in Bentleyville, Washington County. Rev. Otto Z. Tinkey, of the Assembly of God Church in Bentleyville, officiated. A story about the happy event in the Daily Courier said it was a "quiet marriage" and that Charlotte "was attired in a navy blue dress with matching accessories. She wore a pink rosebud corsage." Their address in the mid-1970s was 2925 Taft Street in the Lincoln Heights section of Washington, Washington County, PA. At the age of 84, on Nov. 24, 1976, Charlotte passed away in Washington Hospital.
Son Allen Cooper Wiltrout (1906-1986) was born on Oct. 21, 1906 in Bullskin Township, Fayette County. On Feb. 21, 1929, when he was about 21 years of age, he eloped to Wellsburg, WV to marry Lucy Luellen Barnhart (March 16, 1911-1979), daughter of Hamilton Newcomer and Sarah Margaret "Sadie" (Ross) Barnhart of Scenery Hill, Washington County. Rev. Edward T. Carter presided over the wedding. Six offspring were born to the union -- Allen Eugene "Gene" Wiltrout, Clarence Lloyd Wiltrout, Carolyn Johnson, Cora Miller, Alfred Wiltrout and Sandra Wiltrout. Circa 1945, he advertised in the Connellsville Daily Courier that he was selling their 20-acre farm in Wooddale, Bullskin Township, featuring a five-room house, water and electricity. The couple migrated to Bentleyville, Washington County, PA and appear to have spent most or all of the rest of their lives there. At their 40th wedding anniversary, in February 1969, they were pictured in the Daily Courier and the guests of honor at a reception at the Ginger Hill Grange Hall five miles west of the town of Monongahela. Lucy passed away just two days before Christmas 1979 at the age of 68. Allen slipped into the arms of the angels at the age of 79 on Aug. 8, 1986. Burial was in North Ten Mile Baptist Cemetery in Washington County.
Daughter Carrie Marie Wiltrout ( ? - ? ) dwelled in Adah, Fayette County in 1963.
~ Son Jacob J. "J.J." Wiltrout ~
Son Jacob J. "J.J." Wiltrout (1862-1935) was born on June 3, 1862 in Somerset County. He was a longtime farmer.
Unmarried circa 1880, he boarded in the home of his brother Elias in Bullskin Township near Connellsville. Later, he relocated to Smithfield, Fayette County, working on behalf of Alex Sackett.
In about 1883, Jacob was united in holy matrimony with Jemima "Jemmie" Geary (April 1864-1944), daughter of Adam and Susan (Nicklow) Geary of Fayette County.
They produced 11 known children -- Emma Jane Smith Pollock, Elizabeth Bell "Lizzie" Watt, Charles R. Wiltrout, Harry F. Wiltrout, Mae Effie Robertson, Samuel E. Wiltrout, Grace E. Wiltrout, Ada Huey and Blanche R. Martin, plus two others who died young. Sadly, little Grace contracted pneumonia at the age of 14 months and died on Feb. 20, 1908, with burial in the Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery.
The federal census enumeration of 1900 shows the large family in Connellsville, with Jacob earning a living as a coal miner. Boarding in the household that year was their future son-in-law, 19-year-old German immigrant Jacob Smith, also a coal miner.
In 1908, they made their home in the coal mining patch town of Lamberton, German Township near Uniontown, Fayette County. Census records for 1910 show Jacob working as a stable boss in Redstone Township, with sons Charles working as a bratticeman in the mines -- building and adjusting equipment for air flow -- and Harry as a helper in the stables.
By 1920, census records show that the Wiltrouts had moved again within the county to near Uniontown, with Jacob continuing his work as a stable boss and his sons Harry and Samuel also laboring in the mines.
Stricken with chronic heart disease and liver cancer, Jacob succumbed at the age of 72 on Jan. 11, 1935. Son in law Emmett Martin of Uniontown was the informant for the certificate of death. An obituary in the Connellsville Daily Courier reported that he was survived by 30 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, and that funeral services were held in the Martin home in Coolspring followed by burial in Mt. Olive Cemetery near Connellsville.
Jemima survived for another nine years and in about 1942 moved to house #147 in Bobtown, Dunkard Township, Greene County. She endured heart and kidney disease and died at age 9 on Aug. 23, 1944. Her remains were brought back to Fayette County to be placed into repose in Mt. Olive Cemetery.
Daughter Emma Jane Wiltrout (1885-1960) was born on July 25, 1885 in Wooddale, Fayette County. At the age of 18, in 1903, evidence suggests that she gave birth to a son, whom she named Roy Carraher, also spelled "Carrier." Later that year, on Oct. 15, 1903, she was self-united in matrimony with 22-year-old coal miner Jacob Smith (July 1880- ? ), a German immigrant and the son of Martin and Mary Smith. Witnesses to the event were W.W. Greene and Minnie Lee Barbe. Jacob had come to America in 1887 at the age of six. Then at the time of marriage, he had been boarding in her family home and working as a coal miner. The couple went on to become the parents of Estella Minehart Hardy, Ruth Phillips, Isabel Mathews and George Smith. Federal census enumeration records for 1910 show the combined family living in Redstone Township, Fayette County, with Jacob working as a laborer in the local mines. Then on Feb. 17, 1919, she was joined in wedlock with John B. Pollock (March 16, 1883-1965), son of John T. and Elizabeth Pollock. The pair first lived with his parents in German Township, Fayette County. Their brood of three known offspring were Beatrice Smith, Betty Jane Sinsley and Lois Ann Fields. John earned income as a longtime coal miner and held a membership in the United Mine Workers of America Local 6325. In 1935, they lived in Uniontown and in 1948-1960 were in Crow's Works, Georges Township near Uniontown. Burdened with what physicians called "latent syphilis" and heart disease, she suffered a heart attack and died in Uniontown Hospital at age 75 on Aug. 11, 1960. Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery, with Rev. Ira Hancock presiding over the funeral service. The family published a card of thanks to friends and neighbors in the Uniontown Evening Standard. She was survived by 25 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. John outlived his wife by five years. Toward the end he went to dwell in the Uniontown Convalescent Home. Burdened with cancer of the penis and bladder, as well as kidney disease, at the age of 82, he succumbed to death on April 27, 1965. An obituary appeared in the Evening Standard.
Great-grandson Frederick "Fred" Minehart lived in Cleveland in 1950 and in Miami, FL in 1973.
Great-granddaughter Rose Emma Minehart was married twice. Her first spouse was (?) Morris. The couple dwelled in Ohiopyle, Fayette County in 1950. Then by 1973, she had married again to Robert Gilliam and migrated to Mentor, OH.
Great-granddaughter Lillian Mae Minehart appears to have been twice-wed. She first was married to (?) Rawallo. They relocated to Cleveland. By 1973, she had entered into marriage with Clarence Becker and relocatedd to Tampa.
Great-grandson William M. Minehart Jr. dwelled in Cleveland, OH circa 1950 and in 1973 in East Lake, OH.
Great-grandson John Hardy
Great-grandson Jacob S. Hardy made his home in East Lake, OH.
Great-grandson Robert M. Hardy moved to Willoughby, OH.
Great-grandson Clayton A. Hardy dwelled in 1973 in EastLake, OH.
Daughter Elizabeth Bell "Lizzie" Wiltrout (1888-1945) was born on Leap Day 1888 in Fayette County. She was united in the bonds of holy matrimony with William Henry Watt (Dec. 5, 1877?-1969), a native of Jimtown near Dawson, Fayette County. The three known sons borne to this marriage were James Alan Watt,William Eugene Watt, Louis C. "Lue" Watt, Edgar H. Watt, Betty Dekowski and Delores "Sis" Georgiana. They resided in Marguerite/Klondike, PA in 1907 and in Point Marion, Fayette County in the mid-1930s. In time they moved to West Newton, Westmoreland County. By 1945, they had relocated to Bennington Road in Hopwood near Uniontown. William worked for years as a coal miner and operator, with Fayette Fuel Company as his final employer prior to retirement. Stricken with cancer of her breasts, Elizabeth died at age 56 on Jan. 27, 1945. Funeral services were held in the First Presbyterian Church of West Newton. Burial was in West Newton Cemetery in Westmoreland County, with son James Watt of Hopwood signing her death certificate. Her obituary was printed in detail in the Pittsburgh Press. William outlived his wife by nearly a quarter of a century at the Bennington Road residence. Death cut him away in Uniontown on Jan. 23, 1969. According to the Connellsville Daily Courier, he was survived by a baker's dozen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Great-granddaughter Lee Watt wedded Daryl Kuhl. Their home in 1974 was in Sacramento, CA.
Great-granddaughter Kathy Ann Watt married (?) Grace. She dwelled in the mid-1970s in Fresno, CA.
Great-grandson Samuel Charles Georgiana II served during the Vietnam War with the U.S. Army Reserves' 429th Engineer Construction Battalion.
Great-granddaughter Elizabeth Jane Georgiana ( ? - ? ) - She attended Salem College and, in 1971, was part of a United Service Organizations (USO) tour of Japan and Vietnam as a member of the dance troup known as the "Flirts." In Aug. 1971, she entered into wedlock with George Hartford Young III ( ? - ? ), son of Ms. Albert D'Andrea of 177 South Mt. Vernon Avenue. The wedding was held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, presided over by Rev. G.C. Waldkoenig. She wore "a gown of blush pink ecru of Victorian style with high neckline, inset yoke and puffed sleeves with lace grim," said the Uniontown Morning Herald in an article which included her bridal portrait. "Her shoulder length veil fell from a Camelot headpiece. She carried a colonial bouquet of pink roses, baby breath and stepanotis." At the time of their marriage, George had completed service in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and made plans to relocate to California to enroll in a college.
Son Charles R. Wiltrout ( ? -1962) entered into the bonds of marriage with Edith Gribble ( ? - ? ), daughter of Timber "Lake" and Emma (Beerbower) Gribble of New Salem, PA and Clarksburg, Harrison County, WV. See the Gribble biography for more.
Son Harry Franklin Wiltrout (1894-1963) was born on Feb. 24, 1894 in Wooddale, Fayette County. Single at the age of 25, in 1920, he dwelled at home and earned a living as an electrical engineer in a coal mine near Uniontown. He married Jennie Frances Harris ( ? - ? ). Seven children born to this marriage were Gayle Hammer, Grace Longo, Lois Calabris, Doris Bodnovich, William Wiltrout and two other sons. They lived for 31 years in the coal patch town of Bobtown, Greene County, where he labored as a pumper in the Shannopin Coal Company mine. He held a membership in the Bobtown Local 6159 of the United Mine Workers of America, the Bobtown Volunteer Fire Company and the Greene County Firemen's Association. Harry was felled by a massive sigmoid growth on his liver and died in Greene County Memorial Hospital at age 68 on Jan. 11, 1963. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park in Point Marion, Fayette County, with William Wiltrout of Greensboro, PA serving as the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death.
Daughter Mae Effie Wiltrout (1896-1983) was born in March 1896. At the age of 19, in about 1915, she married 31-year-old Samuel "Sam" Robertson (1886- ? ), the son of Scottish immigrants. The couple were 11 to 12 years apart in age. Together, they produced three known offspring -- Frank Thomas, Harry Robertson and Ruth Robertson. The United States Census for 1920 lists the couple making their home in Perry Township, Fayette County. At that time, Samuel was employed as a pit boss in a coal mine. They dwelled in 1930-1963 in Bobtown, Greene County, PA, with Samuel earning income as a coal miner laborer. Mae succumbed to death in October 1983, with an obituary printed in the Oct. 7 edition of the Waynesburg Democrat Messenger.
Son Samuel Edgar Wiltrout (1898-1957) was born on April 2, 1898 in Connellsville. At the age of 21 in 1920, still a bachelor, he worked in a local coal mine near Uniontown and resided with his parents. He married Florence Hutchinson ( ? - ? ). Together, the couple produced five offspring -- Walter Wiltrout, Mrs. Peter Stofcheck, Shirley Wiltrout, Jean McClure and Frances Kelly. The Wiltrouts made their home in the coal mining community of Bobtown, Greene County, at the address of House No. 307 on Grant Street. He earned a living over the years as a machine operator in the Shannopin Coal Co. mine. Tragically, while at work in the mine on Jan. 24, 1957, he was caught between a coal car and a rib of coal, and fractured his pubic bone and lower back. He was treated in Greene County Memorial Hospital but could not rally and died four weeks later on Feb. 21, 1957. The Uniontown Evening Standard published an obituary. According to a death notice in the Waynesburg Democrat Messenger, the funeral service was held in the Bobtown Methodist Church, led by Rev. Larry Jewell. The broken remains were lowered into eternal sleep in the Evergreen Memorial Park in Point Marion, Fayette County.
Daughter Ada Wiltrout (1901- ? ) was born in about 1901. She wedded William Huey and in 1963 was in Bobtown, Greene County, PA.
Daughter Blanche R. Wiltrout (1904- ? ) was born in about 1904. She married Charles "Emmett" Martin ( ? -1969). The couple bore a son, Emmett Martin. They made a longtime residence in Coolspring near Uniontown. Emmet earned a living as a coal miner and belonged to the United Mine Workers of America. Sadly, he died in Uniontown Hospital on April 16, 1969. An obituary was published in the Uniontown Evening Standard.
~ Son Nelson A. Wiltrout ~
Son Nelson A. Wiltrout (1864-1917) was born on Dec. 14, 1859. He stood 5 feet, 10 inches tall in adulthood.
Circa 1884, he was united in marriage with Hannah Francis Grimm ( ? - ? ).
The couple were the parents of a brood of six offspring -- Nancy Elizabeth "Nannie" Moore, Cora Wiltrout, Goldie Wiltrout, William Wiltrout, Minnie Wiltrout and Pearl Wiltrout.
Census records for 1900 show Nelson -- the only man in America with that name -- as married but single-parenting a household of their children in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, PA. That year, he earned income as a laborer and by renting a room to boarder Pat Rafferty.
Research is underway to confirm whether he was the same man well-known as "the leader of the Mt. Pleasant gang of thieves," said the Connellsville Weekly Courier. In January 1896, he was arrested for stealing more than $16 worth of postage stamps from the Wooddale post office and then using the stamps as currency for purchasing a horse blanket in Pittsburgh and a suit of clothes from Sears Roebuck & Co. Then in November 1900, at the age of 35, he made news again when he unscuccessfully tried to saw his way out of jail. He was dispatched to the Western State Penitentiary in Pittsburgh, arriving on Dec. 29, 1900.
Prison records show that he had left school at age 15, was Dunkard in his religious beliefs, worked as a machinist, "occasionally" was intoxicated and was married with five children. He also bore a large brown mole at the elbow of his left arm.
By 1910, he and daughter Minnie had relocated to Stockdale, Washington County, PA where he was employed as a coal miner.
Circa 1917, he made his home in East Bethlehem, Washington County. On March 15, 1917, he died at the age of 57, with pulmonary tuberculosis as the cause. He was laid to rest in Howes Cemetery, with Mrs. Wilbur Moore of Coal Centre signing the death certificate.
Daughter Nancy Elizabeth "Nannie" Wiltrout (1884-1951) was born on Nov. 4. 1884 in Bullskin Township. At the age of 17, in about 1901, she entered into wedded union with 21-year-old Wilbert E. Moore (1880-1968). The pair did not reproduce. They relocated to Beaver County, PA. Federal census records for 1930 show the couple on Buffalo Street in the county seat of Beaver, PA, with Wilbert working as a house carpenter. Their address in 1940 was West Madison Street and in 1951 was 146 Monroe Street, both in the town of Rochester across the Beaver River. Wilbert earned income in 1940 as a carpenter for a building and loan. He belonged to the Order of Owls and Central Turn Verein in Rochester. Suffering from heart failure, Nancy was admitted to Rochester General Hospital, where she died at the age of 66 on Feb. 17, 1951. The body was interred in Beaver Cemetery. Wilbert survived his wife by 17 years and married again to Julia A. Jerheim. They relocated to nearby Vanport, with an address of State Street. He passed into the arms of the angels at the age of 88 on Sept. 23, 1968. Rev. Robert Philip led the funeral service, with burial beside his first wife.
Daughter Cora Lucinda Wiltrout (1887-1914) was born in Dec. 1887. On Sept. 29, 1906, when she was 18 years of age, she was self-united in wedlock with 22-year-old laborer Frank M. Moody ( ? - ? ), son of J.W. and Annie Moody of Bullskin Township. Fayette County clerks W.W. Greene, and Frank P. Rush, were witnesses as the couple solemnized their union.
Daughter Goldie Wiltrout (1889-1962) was born in Dec. 1889.
Son William Wiltrout (1892-1952) was born in April 1892.
Daughter Minnie Jane Wiltrout (1895-1975) was born June 1895. She lived with her father in Stockdale, Washington County, PA in 1910. On April 15, 1912, when she was 17 years of age, Minnie wedded 24-year-old Donald Black of Allenport, Washington County. Because she was underage legally, her father had to give his consent to the union. Rev. L.Z. Robinson officiated at the wedding.
Daughter Pearl Wiltrout (1901- ? ).
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