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Posted Queries for December 1997

Researcher: Donald Coleman

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Date posted: Monday, December 1, 1997

Hello, My grandfather , John Hiram COLEMAN was born in Cumberland, Allegany County Maryland on the 12 Dec. 1849 and was orphaned sometime before the 1860 census. His death certificate lists his parents as Jesse Hiram COLEMAN and Margaret KELLY born about 1831 both in Maryland. Being orphaned at such a young age, he didn't remember much about his family, but was thought to have 3 brothers and a sister. Any help running these down would be appreciated.On the 1850 Allegany Co. census he and his parents were living in the household of Jeremiah and Liza Ann COLEMAN born about 1805 and 1796. Jeremiah was born in PA and is shown on the 1830 census as living in Cumberland, but is not shown on the 1840 census, but is shown on the 1850 census. Did they just miss him?Does anyone have information on this family or other COLEMANs or KELLYs living in Cumberland at this time? Or does anyone have a cemetery inventory of this area that deaths and dates could be found?Would like to correspond with anyone with information about COLEMANs or KELLYs.

Researcher: Kay Mestad

Date posted: Monday, December 8, 1997

I am interested in corresponding with WITT or WILHELM descendants. John WITT had a farm just into Allegany Co., MD, at Wellersburg, PA. His daughter Rachel married Philip WILHELM (s/o Peter and Salome) and they lived on the farm until moving to Lee Co., IL, about 1851. Philip's son Jonathan P. WILHEM moved to Grundy Co., Iowa, in 1880. Deeds in Grundy Co., Iowa, show that a lot of families from this MD region bought land but not many moved to Iowa.

Researcher: Kathy Sullivan

Date posted: Friday, December 12, 1997

Looking for info of the people of Lonaconing circa 1850 and 1862 .Particularly with the Surnames of KIRKPATRICK, STEVENSON and HOPBELL.Thank you. K. Sullivan

Researcher: Sharon Laizure Hofer

Date posted: Monday, December 15, 1997

John LAZIER/LEASURE JR. born 1755. Died 1828. Lived in either Bedford Co., PA or Allegany Co. all his life. Received a pension as a Continental Troop (Rifleman) from Allegany Co. Mustered in at Murley Branch 100. Was Jonathan b.1775 and died 1819 in Harrison Co., Ohio the son of John? Jonathan also moved back and forth between PA & MD.

Researcher: Charlotte Roby

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Date posted: Monday, December 15, 1997

I live in Ohio and am looking for information onThomas J PORTER who married Mary LOGSDON in Allegany County MD on Nov 21,1796. Would appreciate talking with anyone that is doing research along the same family line. Am also looking for information on John PORTER Jr who moved to Allegany County Md in the year 1782. Wife's name was Nancy MACKENZIE.

Researcher: Kathy Sullivan

Date posted: Tuesday, December 16, 1997

I'm interested in learning more about the miners of Lonaconing beginning about 1850. My g-grandfather John HOPBELL (HOPPELL) b. 1834 from Germany (area unknown) arrived in the States circa 1846. Settled in Lonaconing as a miner, married (year ?) Martha Isabella (surname ?)number of children ? died 1919. His son Philip (my g-father) b.March 1862 was also a miner, died of pulmonary disease in 1911, In 1885 married Ann KIRKPATRICK (b.1864. d. 1940, Allegheny Co. Pa.)Three sons out of six children: Philip 1887, William 1889,& John Earl 1893, all sons worked in the mines beginning at age 9 until the 1914, when the family moved to Turtle Creek, Allegheny Co. Pa. for industrial work for Westinghouse Corporation. I was told that many miners left Lonaconing to find safer work in Industries of the Pittsburgh area: Westinghouse Electric Corp., Westinghouse Airbrake, and U.S. Steel Ann's father (my ggfather) William KIRKPATRICK, b 1839, Scotland arrived in Lonaconing about 1864 and worked in the mines. I would like to learn more about William KIRKPATRICK, his wife Jennette (surname ?) Glasgow Scotland. Apparently William and his sons: John b 1860 Scotland, William b.1861 Scotland, and Andrew b 1875 Lonaconing, were all miners. Would like to trace the roots of the KIRKPATRICKS. Thanks,

Researcher: Carl Davidson

Date posted: Saturday, December 20, 1997

My GGGGrandfather was Ebenezer DAVIDSON, born abt 1802, lived in Findlay Township near Clinton PA. He was married to Mary HAMILTON. Any information about his parents, siblings or children would be appreciated. I have the complete lineage of one of his sons, William Hamilton DAVIDSON, but not much else

Researcher: Betty R. Champion

Date posted: Sunday, December 21, 1997

Martin ROHRER b.1809 in Washington Cty., (Lower Antietam area) MD, d.1883 near Buffalo Gap, Augusta Cty., VA, married Mary Elizabeth FUNK b.1807, on October 21, 1830 in the Old Zion, the first German Reformed Church in Hagerstown. Between 1831, when their first child, Catharine, was born, and 1838 when their second child, Mary E., was born, they migrated to Augusta County, VA. Other siblings are Sarah A., Jacob Henry (our ancestor) b.1844, Elizabeth Ann, Elias Mahlon, and Martin T. We believe his name to be Martin Jacob or Jacob Martin. Mary Elizabeth Funk's parents are David FUNK and Catharine LINDE. Her siblings are George {Mary WELTY & Mary NEIKIRK}, Susan {Elisa BREWER}, Nancy {Loudon KOONTZ}, Sallie {Jacob BEAR, Rev}, and Jacob. Death Certificate of Martin states father is David, no mother's name given. We believe this David is the same who married Susannah Funk, Sept 29, 1801 also think they had a son named Henry who married Susanna ALLENBAUGH.

Researcher: Patricia Lowry

Date posted: Monday, December 22, 1997

Seeking information on parents of Sarah HARDEN, wife of Andrew Coleman FRIEND. She was born 28 Jun 1798 in Delaware, but lived in Friendsville, MD most of her life. Her and Andrew's first three children were born in Belmont Co., OH: Joshua, Jonathan and Joab. The five younger children were born in MD. Would appreciate learning anything about her family. Thank you.

Researcher: Charles Hill

Date posted: Monday, December 22, 1997

HUFF, Leonard Wesley, b. 2/1/1833, d. 10/28/1915??. Seeking to confirm date and place of death. Last recorded living in Ellerslie in 1910. Last Civil War Pension document signed by HUFF was on July 1, 1915. Elizabeth (nee: DAVIS), his wife was last recorded with him in the 1900 census living in Rawlings, I also need records of her death, i.e. Date and location.

Surnames: FAIR
Researcher: B D Anderson

Date posted: Saturday, December 27, 1997

FAIR, Jacob - listed in Allegany Co. MD in 1790 Census. Any information will be appreciated. Could he be related to Michael FAIR, listed in Frederick Co. MD in 1790 census?

Surnames: ALKIRE
Researcher: Wm. Allen

Date posted: Tuesday, December 30, 1997

ALKIRE - Looking for any information on the ALKIRE family from Cumberland, Allegany Co., Maryland. My Grandfather, Clarence H. ALKIRE moved to Ohio in the early 1900's and legally changed last name to Allen. Married Cora M. Taylor and had two sons, Clarence and Edgar. Grandfather's brother, Edgar ALKIRE lived in Cumberland for many years and eventually moved to Piedmont, W. Va. He died there in 1977. Any information on the ALKIRE family would be appreciated. Just starting serch and do not have much to go on at this point. Also because grandfather changed name, it makes this twice as difficult. Thanks in advance for any help.

Researcher: Vicki Lang

Date posted: Tuesday, December 30, 1997

Enoch PRESTON was 74 years and 3 mos old on 20, March, 1881 when he died in Barlow Twp., Washington Co. Ohio. He was born in Frostburg , Allegany County, MD. He married Marjory LYTTON/SITTON. Does anyone know who his parents are? Any info appreciated.

Researcher: Dorsey Drane

Date posted: Wednesday, December 31, 1997

Interested in any inf about these three relatives. FRAZEE is from Allegany Co, but I'm unsure about the other two.

Beall, Sarah (1669-1734) MD
Frazee, Margaret (1802-1863) Accident, Allegany Co., MD
Nicholls, William (~1665-?) MD
Thanks, - Dorsey

Surnames: GREEN
Researcher: Ruth Ann O'Hara

Date posted: Wednesday, December 31, 1997

The cemetery records for my ggg-grandfather Zachariah GREEN state that he was born on Feb 29, 1816 in Frostburg, Maryland. He married Elise Riddlemoser in 1843 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. He died there in Jan 1890. Family history says that his father's name was William. I do not know if he had any brothers or sisters and have found no trace of William in Ohio. This is the last piece of the family history I have to prove out (and then I'm on my own as far as further research). Everything else I have been told I have proved as true, so I have no reason to doubt the William. I have records of all of Zachariah's descendants, but am at a brick wall as to his father and mother. Do any birth records exist for this time frame? Where is a good place to start researching? Any help would be appreciated.

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