Armstrong County, PA
Posted Queries for May 1997


BLACK, HARTMAN posted by Joe Garrett on Thursday, May 1, 1997

HARTMAN, Philip, b 1776 at sea from Netherlands. BLACK, Archibald, b app 1765, Ireland, son John BLACK. Would like to exchange info re these families. What is modern day location of St. Patrick's cemetery, Sugar Creek?



Searching for information on my ggg-grandparents Zephaniah SPACE (1789-1871) and Catherine ARMSTRONG (1793-1868). They were married 22 May 1811 in Luzerne County. Of particular interest is Catharine ARMSTRONG. I have very little information on her; all I have is from a family history published by Ralph Stephen SPACE and Zephaniah Frederick SPACE and is as follows: "Catharine ARMSTRONG was a hale and hearty scoth (sic) woman and had a rather ruddy complexion. Her hair was of a dark auburn hue, and her eyes were dark brown. In the ARMSTRONG family, there were only two children, Catharine and her brother, John. Catharine's father was John ARMSTRONG, and the parents died when John and Catharine were children. Catharine was reared in East Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in a family by the name of Hart." Zephaniah and Catharine were the parents of nine children; George m. (1) Catherine WECKERLY (ii) Sarah CRIBBS/TEATZ; Sylvinia m. John HIMES; Abigail Ann m. Joseph HIMES; Susannah m. Jacob HOFFMAN; Allen m. Mary Ann MERCER; Catharine m. Septanius ARMAGOST; Zephaniah m. (i) Margaret SHANKLE (ii) Harriet FRYER/DUNBAR; John Armstrong m. Mary Ann WECKERLY; Christian Shick m. Elizabeth RIMER. My gg-grandparents were Zephaniah Allen SPACE and Margaret Ann SHANKLE who moved with their two children, Allen Zephaniah (1848-1923) and Sarah Etta (1853-1903) shortly after Sarah Etta's birth. I am very interested in corresponding with anyone who is related and has information to share. Thank you!


BUTLER, FARNSWORTH, HASTINGS, WILSON posted by Alita C. Melton on Friday, May 2, 1997

WILSON,Thomas Born: 2 November 1791 (either in Ireland or in Armstrong County, Wayne Township, PA) Lived in Armstrong Co. during 1850 and 1860 Census. Died: 15 March 1862 in Civil War at Camp Andy Johnson near Nashville, TN Married 6 February 1823 in Birmingham, Huntingdon County, PA Spouse: HASTINGS, Mary Born 21 December 1804, Centre County, PA Died 22 January 1890 or 91 Father: HASTINGS, Enoch Born: 27 June 1791 in Centre County PA Died: 22 Sept. 1855 at Dayton Road, Wayne Township,Armstrong Co, PA Burried: Glade Run Cemetary, Dayton Road, Wayne Twp, Armstrong Co, PA Mother: D., Jane Born: 11 Nov. 1784, Centre Co., PA Child: WILSON, Theadore Born: 1823, Birmingham, Huntingdon Co, PA Died 1899, Wayne Twp, Armstrong Co, PA Child: WILSON, Jane Born: 31 Jan 1826 Died: 27 April, 1833 Child: WILSON, Enoch, H. Born: Warriors Mark, Huntingdon, Co, PA Married 27 April 1853, Brookville, Jefferson Co, PA Spouse: BUTLER, Esther Child: WILSON, Nancy Ann Born: 28 July 1832, Glade Run, PA (or Warriors Mark, Huntingdon Co, PA) Spouse: FARNSWORTH, Henry Born: 17 Mar, 1828, Glade Run, PA (or Tipton, Huntingdon Co, PA) Married 17 April 1851, Glade Run, PA Died: 23 September 1896, Salt Lake City, Utah I'm wondering if you have any information that could be helpful to me. I am a fairly new geneology researcher and I'm not sure where to look to find any information about amout my ancester, Thomas Wilson. I hope to find his parents names to continue my search, and also learn more about his service to the War. Do you know where I should start looking for Civil War records? In PA or Nashville, TN? My Great, Great, Great Grandfather lived in Armstrong County, Wayne Township, Penn. and took the Pittsburg, Penn. train to go off to war, in 1861 or 1862 to join the Union Army. He died in a town near Nashville, Tenessee - in a place called Camp Andy Johnson, on March 15, 1862. He was born in 1791, so he was 71 years old, which seems too old for joining the war. Does this mean that he could have been a volunteer? I have a photograph of him in his Union Uniform, and he's not a young man, but he doesn't look 71. Any information or leads you could give me is greatly appreciated. Thank you,


KOHLHEPP, PEFFER posted by Jeanne Kramer on Saturday, May 3, 1997

Looking for ancestry of John KOHLHEPP, born in Black Forest, Germany, and his wife Margaret PEFFER, born in Hinglehope, Hesse. They would have been married ca 1850. Were farmers for many years in Armstrong County. Children: Kate, Will, John Andrew, Emma, Mary, George, Sam, Clark, and Lula. John Andrew KOHLHEPP was born at Caldwell Furnace in May 1857, married Mary Agnes Overdorf in 1882, had seven children, was proprietor of concrete block and coal business in Du Bois.


CLICK, SHANKLE, SPACE posted by Cindy Scherwinski on Sunday, May 4, 1997

Searching for family of Margaret Ann SHANKLE born 17 April 1826 in possibly Union County, daughter of Jacob SHANKLE and Rachel CLICK. Believe other children of Jacob and Rachel are: Adam (1830?) - Samuel (1834?) - Sarah (1837?) - Margery or Mary (1838?) - Elizabeth (1840?) - Catherine (1842?) - Rachel Jane (1845?) - Eleanor (1847?) - Elmira (1847?) - Paul (1849?). Believe the family moved to New Bethlehem, Clarion County from Union County around 1840. Margaret Ann married Zephaniah Allen SPACE 1847 in Armstrong County. Two children both born in New Bethlehem: Allen Zephaniah in 1848 and Sarah Etta in 1853. Shortly after Sarah Etta's birth the family relocated to northern Wisconsin. Sister Sarah Shankle moved to Wisconsin in 1859 and lived there until her death in 1897. In the early 1850's an early marriage of Marathon County, Wisconsin was witnessed by Samuel Shankle and Miss Margery Shankle was hired to run a boarding house for Cooper and Anderws. Sarah Shankle Anderson's obituary states (quote) "the deceased leaves besides her husband, one brother, Samuel of Kittanning, Penn., two sisters, Mrs. M. Armagost of Milan, Iowa and Mrs. M.A. Space." Thank you.


ALWARD, BEATTY, KIPP, PHILIPS, PHILLIPS, VANTINE posted by Linda Mockenhaupt on Tuesday, May 6, 1997

KIPP, VANTINE, PHILLIPS/PHILIPS, ALWARD, BEATTY Researching these families in Westmoreland County and the surrounding counties. Especially interested in Kipps, VANTINEs, and PHILLIPS in Allegheny Twp. Also trying to see if there is a connection between the Armstrong County BEATTY family and the Westmoreland County BEATTYS. looking for any mention of William BEATTY, born 1783, and his wife, Isabella Colwell/Caldwell. They may be connected with these families: Graves, Smith, Waddell, Miller. Any help will be appreciated. Always glad to share.


BRANDER, GIRT posted by Connie Wennihan on Wednesday, May 7, 1997

Nathan GIRT was my great-great grandfather (1828-1915) Grandpa GIRT left the Kittaning, Armstrong County area in the mid-1850's.. . He came to Kansas with a team of oxen, served in the Kansas Volunteer Calvary during the Civil War, married Ellen BRANDER (who was originally from Prince Edward Island, Canada). Together they had seven children. I am trying to locate any GIRT family members who may know who his parents were. I have much information about him after he arrived here, but nothing about his family in Pennsylvania. If you know of the GIRT's in Pennsylvania, please write to me. Thank you, Connie.


HEAGY posted by Garry Heagy on Thursday, May 8, 1997

I am researching the HEAGY family that lived in South Buffalo Twp, Armstrong County sometime after 1840. Does anyone have information on this family? Both James and John HEAGY were part of this family. I believe the descendants of this family moved to Allegheny County.


BURKET, REARIC, REARICK posted by Fred Brient on Saturday, May 10, 1997

I am searching for descendents of John BURKET and wife Leah REARICK BURKET. John born: 1820, died: 1862, Leah born: 1823, died: 1903. buried Oakland Cemetery. I am descended for their son, Alexander BURKET born: 1844, died: 1918, buried in the Freeport Cemetery. I know John and Leah had several other children. Records in family mention family bible and would like to locate. Also, would like to purchase, borrow and/or copy any pre 1900's era REARICK, REARIC family photographs for publication use. Am particularly interested in REARICKS in Plumcreek and Kittanning Township, Armstrong County areas. I am not the author of this publication but as a REARICK family descendent locally I have agreed to assist in this endeavor and would respectfully urge other family members to assit in documenting and preserving our heritage. I am descended form Lavina REARICK Sell on my mothers side and Leonard Rearick on my fathers side. Thank you


REA, WILKINS posted by Glenna Colwell on Friday, May 16, 1997

I am seeking information on James CRAWFORD who was married to Frances WILKINS. James and Frances had one son, Thomas Thompson CRAWFORD born 1834 probably in Redbank Twp., Armstrong Co., which later became Clarion Co. I feel James may have been a part of the CRAWFORD Family that came to Armstrong Co., but am unable to prove relationship. I have no birth or death date for James but his wife Frances was born in 1808 so he may have been born close to that time. He undoubtedly died before 1840 as Frances married Joshua REA, Jr in December 1840. I also understand the name Thompson, of which their son's middle name was, was a family name from the CRAWFORD Family that settled in Armstrong Co. I feel James may have somehow been related to John CRAWFORD the Civil War Doctor that has a Civil War Descendents Camp named for him. James may have been his uncle. If anyone can provide me with information on James CRAWFORD it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


FENNELL, SHEA posted by Patty LaBarge on Friday, May 16, 1997

FENNELL, Roy V. , 7-18-1885. Married SHEA, Lillian Armstrong co. ; Where did they reside in 1917 when youngest daughter Bertha was born. They had 7 children. Walter, Henry, Ernest, Eugene, Richard, Viola, & Bertha. Were they still living in Armstrong co. in 1932? Thank you. .


BECK, ROSS posted by TJ Shumaker on Saturday, May 17, 1997

Hawk'S Cemetary, Elizabeth "BECK" ROSS Born 5/24/1807 Died 5/11/1891. In Elizabeth's will she requested that she be buried at Hawk'S Cemetary. At the time she lived in Park's Twp. in Armstrong Co. We have not been able to find any information on where this Cemetary is.


ARRIS, METZ, ORRIS posted by Noel Orris on Monday, May 19, 1997

ORRIS / ARRIS and METZ I am interested in any info on the family ORRIS/ARRIS and METZ Adam ORRIS b. ca l785 m. 2nd Martha METZ and Joseph ORRIS m. Sarah METZ. They lived in Armstrong Co. until l840-50 when Adam, Joseph and Sarah disappear. Martha METZ ORRIS is left with chd. Calvin, Ruey, Lavina, Martha J., Sarah H., William, Emma Eliza and Hannah. Family papers state that Adam would go back to Johnstown to visit his chd. from his first marriage.


RINGER, SHOEMAKER posted by Susan Ludwick on Wednesday, May 21, 1997

John SHOEMAKER was born in VA in 1788. When he quite young he and his parents moved to Armstrong Co. PA. I do not know the name of his parents. He later married Catherine RINGER and they moved to Ohio near Ashland Ohio. They belonged to Church of the Brethren and are buried in Mohican Cemetery beside the church t


JEWELL, MACKLIN, THOMAS posted by Richard Jewell on Thursday, May 22, 1997

Seeking info on the following: John THOMAS b, 1765, d. 1839 Armstrong County parents: Garrett THOMAS, Mary Magdelena wife: Margaretta MACKLIN, b. Bef 1784 m. Bef 1794 Abraham JEWELL, b. 1822, d. 1880, Plumcreek Twp, Arm. Cty wife: Mary THOMAS, b. 6/13/1824, d. 6/23/1860 Ezekiel JEWELL, appears in the 1850 census in Armstrong Cty with approximate age of 40. Willing to share any info that I have. Richard.


NULF, SILVIS posted by Edia Silvis on Thursday, May 22, 1997

Margaret NULF was born February 06, 1843 in Armstrong County, Pa, Red Bank Twp. She died Dec 01,1924 In Warren Co., PA (Mt. Church Cem Elk Co, PA. She married William Bennett who was born May 18, 1836 in Westmoreland Co., PA. They were married probably in Elk Co., PA in 1860. One of her daughters, Katherine (Catherine) was born in 1867 in Horton Twp., Elk Co., PA. Katherine married my paternal grandfather, Charles Edward SILVIS.


NEVEGOLD posted by Robin Nevegold Scharff on Friday, May 23, 1997

Looking for the NEVEGOLD family. The info I have has John B. Nevegold as being recruited into the Union army (37th PA Infantry) from either Armstrong or Butler Co. He died at Laurel Hill, VA, in 1864. He had either a brother or first cousin named Frederick Nevegold. The name is sometimes misspelled as Nevergold. If anyone has any info, please email me!! Thanks!


DIETZEN, LUKE posted by Conrad Flowers on Monday, May 26, 1997

John LUKE, from Armstrong County, PA, died in South Pittsburg, TN about 1902. Married to Josephine DIETZEN. Any information would be appreciated.


GRAY, MOCK posted by Anthony Gray on Wednesday, May 28, 1997

Trying to locate any information regarding John Boyd Gray. He was born 3 Oct 1844 in either Armstrong or Clarion County. He was the son of a Samuel GRAY and Elizabeth McCLOSKEY. He married Rachel MOCK and lived in Watersville, Armstrong County before moving to Johnstown around 1879. Rachel died around 1898 and John in 1913. I have zero information on Rachel MOCK, Samuel GRAY or Elizabeth McCLOSKEY. I do know that John Boyd had a half brother Samuel living in Tyler in 1913 as well as 3 unnammed half sisters in Warren, Red Bank and Oil City. Any information on any of these or places to look would be helpful.



William R. PATTON, son of James and Jane PATTON, born 1831, married Sarah A. SWIGART, d/o Abraham SWIGART and Mary BOWSER, born 1839. Looking for more information on his parents and family. Joseph C. MCBRIDE, born about 1842, married Elizabeth Jane BEATTY,d/o Robert BEATTY and Sarah GRIM. Looking for any information on Joseph C. and his family or the William BEATTY (1783-1867) family William married Isabella COLWELL/CALDWELL. Also seeking any information on her family. Washington Adams SLAGLE (1852-1909) married Sarah Elizabeth HOFFER. She was probably the daughter of M. HOFFER and Caroline ADAMS. M. may be the son of William HOFFER. Any information on any of these families will be appreciated.


ALTMAN, OBER, OVER, RICHART, SARVEY, SHOEMAKER, WEETER, WEITER posted by Teresa Pennington on Saturday, May 31, 1997

Searching for families related to Peter WEITER/WEETER. He came to Armstrong from Franklin in 1806. Wife was Catherine OBER/OVER. Am looking for SARVEY family, Peter's son Christian married Catherine SARVEY in the late 1820's. After counties split into Armstrong and Clarion, Peter and family were in Clarion Co. Peter had a daughter Catherine that married David SHOEMAKER, a daughter Elizabeth that married a RICHART and a daughter Sarah that married an ALTMAN. Peter had several sons also.


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