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Posted Queries for May 1998

Researcher: Steve Gore

Date posted: Friday, May 1, 1998

I am researching information about a Joseph W. RIEG, who was born in Cumberland, MD on Sept. 30, 1888. According to his death certificate, his parents were Michael GORE (born in Germany) and Caroline MILLER (born in Cumberland, MD). I would be interested in any information about the above listed individuals.

Surnames: FAW
Researcher: Jack Lynch

Date posted: Friday, May 1, 1998

Abraham FAW approx 1770's operated Faw's tavern on Greene St., which was used as first Allegany Count courthouse there was said to be a photo of this tavern in county courthouse in recent years I would like to get a copy of that photo. The URL posted here is for Abraham FAW info I developed.

Surnames: REED, REID
Researcher: Barbara Bartels

Date posted: Friday, May 1, 1998

Phineas REED or REID lived in Allegany Co., MD , and died there in 1817. He first appeared in the 1810 census with 3 Males and 5 Females. He bought land in Cumberland in 1816, on Mechanic Street. People associated with him were John Scott, who was named in the land deed as witness, and as a payee in Phineas REED's administration of estate.

I would like to have the will or estate of Phineas. The only record I have found is of his administration. A newspaper announcement of the marriage of his daughter Eliza, to George Ogden in 1819 in Fayette Co., PA names her father as "the late Maj. Phineas REED of Cumberland, MD." Any information on Phineas Reed would be greatly appreciated.

Researcher: Barbara Raschka

Date posted: Friday, May 1, 1998

Researching a Mary POWELL, born circa 1740,daughter of Thomas POWELL and Sarah. She married Thomas Mac-kelfish, Jr. circa 1770. They came from Frederick Co., Md. where they lived around 1776; moved to Allegany Co. and lived there around 1805.

They had the following children:

Thomas MCELFISH, III, born circa 1771. Died in All. Co., Md. He married Drusilla
JOHNSON, 27 Oct 1808.
Joseph MCELFISH who moved to Ohio.

Thomas and son, David, operated a gun powder mill anda game chicken farm in Flintstone.

My question is this: Does anyone know of this particular Thomas MCELFISH, Jr. & Mary POWELL having a daughter named Susannah. It has been said in our family line that the parents of Susannah MCELFISH (my g.g.g. grandmother) were Thomas MCELFISH married to Susannah CHENEY, dau. of Richard & Mary CHENEY. But this couple was born much too early to be our Susannah's parents. I believe instead that our Susannah was the granddaughter of this couple, the child of Thomas MCELFISH, Jr. & Mary POWELL. But we have no evidence of their having a dau. named Susannah.


Researcher: Sharon Banzhoff

Date posted: Saturday, May 2, 1998

In the past week I found the surname of my gr-gr-grandmother, Aurelia HARE was ATHY/ATHEY. She was the daughter of George Washington ATHY and Susannah HOUSE. Susannah was the daughter of James HOUSE and Margaret HARTLEY of Allegany Co. Can any HOUSE/HARTLEY researchers tell me who the parents of James or Margaret were? I would appreciate any information I can get on these lines.

Surnames: HALFIN, WADE
Researcher: Tim Wade

Date posted: Saturday, May 2, 1998

Could the person doing the lookups on Allegany County marriages look for any WADE or HALFIN marriages? My great-great grand parents were Henry J. WADE and Mary HALFIN. Henry was supposedly born in 1825, but I don't know where and I don't know when or where he died. I don't know anything about his parents. He married Mary HALFIN in 1852. Mary was from Frostburg and lived there her entire life (1834-1925). Mary's parents were Sarah and Michael HALFIN, also from Frostburg.

I've reached a roadblock trying to find out more about Henry J. WADE. He and Mary had 11 children. One of his sons, Charles (1855-1904), is my great grandfather. Charles was a grocery store owner (corner of Union and Broadway) and he was mayor of Frostburg in 1893. Mary's obit describes Henry as a pioneer merchant in Frostburg. I found a listing for a Henry J. WADE who was the first City Clerk for Frostburg from 1870-1874. I'm guessing that might be the same person. Any help that would lead me to more information about Henry's past would be appreciated.

Researcher: Susan Tyson

Date posted: Sunday, May 3, 1998

Worthington MONTGOMERY(b 6 Feb 1822- d May 1897 Westernport) son of Hugh MONTOMERY(b 1792)and Aley WILSON (b 1801) married 5 Dec 1843 Miranda BROWNING (b 1824) daughter of Ephraim BROWNING (1800-1892 ALL Co) and Anna ___(b 1801 d 18 May 1877,ALL Co)

Worthy Montgomery and Miranda had Washington(b10 Oct 1846, MD); Mary Elizabeth(b 21 Feb 1848, Keyser WV); Eugene (b 21 Dec 1851,MD); Henry (b 11 Dec 1853, MD); Lawson (b 10 Sept 1856); William(b 17 Nov 1858,MD); George (b 17 May 1868 WV)

My g grandfather George MONTGOMERY married Emily Margaret (Emma) ANDREU (b 30 May 1876, Quincy IL) daughter of Virginia Twigg (from ALL Co MD) and father ___ ANDREU

Any info on above mentioned families NEEDED ..Thank you for your time...

Researcher: Matt Combs

Date posted: Sunday, May 3, 1998

I am Matt COMBS. I was born in Cumberland, Allegany Co, MD. My father is William L. COMBS, born in Cumberland, Allegany Co, MD.

My GFather is Frank Brown COMBS, b. 7 May 1889 in Cumberland, Allegany Co, MD, d. 12 May 1954 in Cumberland, Allegany Co, MD. He was a paperhanger contractor. He married Pearl Leata LYONS.

My GGFather is John Slidell Mackenzie COMBS. He was b. Jan 1844 in Hampshire Co, WV and d. 02 Dec 1909 in Ridgeley, Mineral Co, WV. He was a printer for the Cumberland Evening Times, Oakland Democrat, and learned the printing trade from his dad. He married Emma V. SEABER. He is buried in Rose Hill Cemetary, Cumberland, MD, but I have not been able to locate his headstone. If anybody has seen his grave, please let me know.

My GGGFather is John Joseph COMBS. He was b. about 1814, reportedly Fauquier Co., VA and d. after 1900 but before 1910, probably in Romney, Hampshire Co., VA. He was a printer by trade. He married Susan Melvina CRAWFORD and Mary RUSH. I am very interested in finding the obituary and grave location for John Joseph COMBS. I imagine that the obituary is in the Romney, WV newspaper.

My GGGGFather is reportedly William Henry Harrison COMBS. He is reportedly from Fauquier Co. VA. He reportedly was a printer by trade. He reportedly married Mary MURPHY. He reportedly worked for Benjamin Franklin at one time, so he probably has some Philadelphia, PA connections.

Researcher: Marlene Conner

Date posted: Wednesday, May 6, 1998

Does anyone out there have any information on the Allegany Cemetery? My ggf, James TOLL, was buried there in Jan of 1924 or so. Here is a copy of the newspaper clipping:

LONACONING, Jan 13 - The funeral of James Toll, aged 82 years of age, who died Friday morning from asthma at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John RETALLICK, Midland, took place today from his late home at 2 o'clock. Interment was made in Allegany Cemetery with Rev. U. S. Wright, Pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church, this place, officiating. The deceased is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Joseph JENKINS, Gilmore and Mrs John RETALLICK, Midland.

Would anyone have any information on the cemetery, i.e., is it still there?, and also the church, i.e., is it still there? I would be interested in finding out how to write/call these places for more information. Also, the names of the two daughters, JENKINS and RETALLICK,...... anyone related? That would be Elizabeth (Lizzy) (TOLL) JENKINS and Mary Ann (TOLL) RETALLICK.

I am interested in finding out about what coal mines are/were operating in the area of Lonaconing, Midland and Frostburg and close surrounding areas around 1870-1920.

Thanks for your help!

Researcher: Ginny Walton

Date posted: Wednesday, May 6, 1998

Is anyone in Allegeny Co. searching for CONNERs? I'm looking for info on William, Jesse, & John P. All born early 1800s. Parents were Patrick CONNER and Mary Ann LANHAM. Thanks for any help; I'm at dead ends!

Surnames: GENTRY, METZ
Researcher: Shirley Berg

Date posted: Wednesday, May 6, 1998

Any relatives pertaining to
Father-D.S. GENTRY
Mother-Elizabeth METZ GENTRY
Residence-211 Oldtown Rd, Cumberland, MD

around 1914 time period had following
Infant-GENTRY Died-October 10,, 1914
Date of Burial-November 2, 1914
Place of Burial-Westernport, MD

Where can I obtain further information?

Surnames: GROVES
Researcher: Matt Combs

Date posted: Wednesday, May 6, 1998

Today I received some information on my GROVES line. It includes many new surnames (too many to mention) by way of marraiges of the children. If you want to check for a relation, go to:
Apparently these GROVES came to Allegany County about 1880 from Hollidaysburg, PA.

Researcher: Brenda Brock

Date posted: Thursday, May 7, 1998

Looking for any information or leads on ancestors of Dennis DAVIS b. abt. 1791 in Maryland. He married a Joanna THOMAS Davis.

They were in KY by abt. 1812, in Adams Co. Illinois by abt. 1838 and in Caldwell Co. Missouri by spring or summer of 1839.

Had at least two sons, John T. DAVIS b. abt 1812 and Samuel D. Davis b. abt. 1820-21.

This family was connected with the OWENS at least from Illinois to MO.

Thank you for your time.

Researcher: Susan Tyson

Date posted: Thursday, May 7, 1998

My gg grandparents Worthinton MONTGOMERY (b 6 Feb 1822 - d 8 May 1897)and Miranda BROWNING MONTGOMERY (b 6 Dec 1823 - d 24 July 1895 ) are said to have been buried in Westernport. Is the only cemetery located in that area at the Mt Calvary Lutheran Church? Does that exist ? Is there any way to check for those buried well as other family members?

Also interested in any info regarding Ephraim BROWNING ( b. 2 May 1800 - d 27 March 1892) married Anna (b 1801 - d 18 May 1877)

Researcher: H. Wayne Leimer

Date posted: Friday, May 8, 1998

Am searching for ancestors and descendants of George SPEARS and Anna May THOM. They were born in Scotland in 1816. They came to the US from Glasgow onboard the British Ship Brooksby arriving NYC on 5 April 1848. Their children were:
Ellen(b. 1838) who married Adam THOMPSON. They had 14 children.
Andrew(b. 1840)
Catherine(b. 1842)
Robert Burns(b. 1845) who married Helen Bruce WHITE. They had 5 children.
Elizabeth(b. 1847)
Mary Ann(b. 1850) who married John BOYD. They had 4 children.
George B.(b. 1852) who married Marion Bell 'Minnie' DIXON. They had 5 children.
Richard T.(b. 1857) who married Jane McINDOE. They had 6 children.

Most births, marriages, and deaths after 1848 occurred in Allegany County, MD. Many are buried in either the Old Coney Cemetery or the Oak Hill Cemetery in Lonaconing, MD. Thanks for any help.

Surnames: FRENCH
Researcher: Paul Beauregard

Date posted: Saturday, May 9, 1998

I am searching for any records of the brothers Lott and Daniel FRENCH, sons of James and James French. James has a will in this county and one in Bedford Co., PA. I have posted this information on the internet. Daniel FRENCH is of the most interest but his D.A.R. brother's records may contain something about Daniel. It is BELIEVED that Daniel's wife was part indian and I would like to confirm this if possible. Her name could be Little Star or Little Flower. Thank you for any information you can provide.

Researcher: Susan Tyson

Date posted: Saturday, May 9, 1998

Anyone have any info on Hugh MONTGOMERY (b1792) married 24 Feb 1821 to Aley WILSON(b 1801) Hugh son of Edward MONTGOMERY (b 1760-1765)

Lived in Allegany Co...Edward in 1810-1840 MD census(ALL Co), Hugh in 1830-1850 MD census (All Co)

Surnames: COLEMAN
Researcher: Don Coleman


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Date posted: Sunday, May 10, 1998

Need relatives of Jermiah COLEMAN and his wife Eliza Ann. Jermiah was born ca. 1805 and Eliza Ann was born ca. 1796. They were living in Cumberland Maryland on the 1830 census. Does anyone have a inventory of cemetaries of Allegany County to look up the dates of death?

Researcher: G 0 Noles

Date posted: Sunday, May 10, 1998

Searching for information on KESLER/SELL/MUIR families. Settled in Cumberland around 1900; worked on railroads.

Researcher: Jack Templeton

Date posted: Monday, May 11, 1998

I'm researching the WIGFIELD family of Prince Georges County. In the 1776 census of Maryland, there are 3 WIGFIELD families:

Mathew WIGFIELD, age 41 w/other males 27, 5, 3, 1 and wife Elizabeth age 36, and o/females aged 12, 10, 7.

Next is Joseph WIGFIELD, aged 40 with another male aged 4, and wife Elizabeth aged 28, and 3 other females aged 6, 3, and 1.

Lastly, Thomas WIGFIELD, aged 33, with 3 other males aged 20, 13, and 2, and wife radie aged 34, and 1 other female aged 73.

Mathew appears listed as an overseer of roads for the lower part of New Scotland in 1776 and 1777.

I've found WIGFIELD women marrying 3 times in the county, Jane marrying Nath'l HORNER on 26 April 1764; Rachel marrying John MARSHALL on 27 Dec 1787 and Ann marrying Eleazor STANDAGE on 23 Dec 1783.

I would greatly appreciate any information on this family, or where "New Scotland" is/was. Thanks in advance.

Researcher: Joan Marie Meyering

Date posted: Tuesday, May 12, 1998

Am interested in exchange re any and all HARBIN/HARVIN/ARVIN families in Prince George County.

William HARBIN died 1733 and left 6 sons and 3 daughters: John, William, Joshua, James, Edward Villers, Elias, Margaret, Joanna and Elizabeth. His wives were Mary & Alice. Their plantation was "The Gleaning" on Tiber Creek, and was out of the family by abaout 1770 but would have been in the Capital Mall area.

Joshua went to Indiana, Elias died 1801, and the other sons went south. Name varies to HARBEN, HEARBIN, HARVIN, ARVIN (which is another family too). Great fun keeping them straight!

Researcher: Susan Tyson

Date posted: Friday, May 15, 1998

My great grandfather George Edgar MONTGOMERY(b 1868 in WV - d 1953 Cumberland MD) owned a bicycle shop located at No. 48 N. Centre Street in Cumberland, MD from 1895 until the flood (St Patrick's day 1936). Any suggestions on where to look for more info about the shop, the flood, the man?

Researcher: Susan Tyson

Date posted: Friday, May 15, 1998

Feb 24, 1821 Allie (Aley) WILSON (b 1801) married Hugh MONTGOMERY (b 1792)in Allegany County around Flintstone area. Lived in Allegany Co MD from at least 1821 until 1852 when moved to Springfield WV with son Worthy MONTGOMERY and family. Looking for anyone with info on Allie WILSON's parents names or Wilson family info! Thanks

Researcher: Betty Warn Warner

Date posted: Sunday, May 17, 1998

Researching WARN and WARNE families. Have located and detail information on William WARN and Jane WILLIAMs who immigrated in 185l to Frostburg. Am looking for Joseph WARN cousin of William WARN. They came together from England or Wales 1851. Married into YEAT, BATH, THOMAS families. One of their children William WARN was a policeman in Frostburg. He is buried in Frostburg Cem, cannot locate his family. All letter inquiries have been return "unknown".

Also researching MATTHEWS. Maria MATTHEWS married Frederick MILLER of Vale Summit, Lots 4,5,7 other wise known as "Pompey Smash" area. Have info regarding Sarah their daughter who married Frederick WARN. Have no info on Fredrick MILLER's family, only on MATTHEWS family. Have lots of info on MATTHEWS family is anyone interested. Unable to locate death location of Frederick MILLER and Maria MATTHEWS or how they died. Info drops off after marriage and purchase of lots. Have death dates from family Bible but not where buried or how died.

Maria MATTHEWS had siblings. All desc. of John MATTHEWS, all inherited real property of John MATTHEWS, JR. Have picture of Maria MATTHEWS if anyone interested and would like to exchange info. Hope someone out there sees this and can help! I have run into block wall on these. Thank you.

Surnames: HAMILTON
Researcher: Robert Hamilton

Date posted: Sunday, May 17, 1998

Seeking information parentage of HAMILTON, Leroy(e), Lee Roy; born Jul 11, 1890 Cumberland or vicinity. Father: George, mother: Rosa? Father (George) may have died in accident 1894 or thereabouts.

Researcher: Susan Tyson

Date posted: Monday, May 18, 1998

I have located my gg grandparents Worthy MONTGOMERY(b 6 Feb 1822 MD -d 8 May 1897 Westernport MD) and Miranda BROWNING MONTGOMERY (b 6 Dec 1823 Pa - d 24 July 1895 Westernport MD) in the 1880 Census in Westernport. Worthy is listed as 58 years old and a deputy sheriff.

What kind of records does Westernport have (ex: death, sheriff dept,etc) and where?
What churches and cemeteries are in the area ?
Historical societies?

I am in Georgia so I need to be able to access by e-mail or snail-mail(regular mail) Thanks for your help!

Researcher: Kay Mestad

Date posted: Thursday, May 21, 1998

I happened across a Milton LEASURE (1874-1923) who married Salome "Sally" WITT (b. 29 Oct 1873 d. 18 Dec 1949). They lived in the Allegany County and Somerset Co., PA, area. Can anyone tell me when they married, his parents, or anything about their children?

Surnames: AIZURE, LOVE
Researcher: Sharon Laizure Hofer

Date posted: Friday, May 22, 1998

I have gotten a lead on the father of Jane LOVE who married Jonathan L AIZURE in Cumberland Valley, Bedford Co., PA in 1800.

A distant cousin saw one of my many queries. The family has a family Bible that lists a name of Robb or Robt. LOVE, born in Ireland, that served for 7 years in the Revolution.That's the same length of time I have listed from an old letter. However, the Bible also says he was known as G.F. LOVE (Grandfather Love??)

In the PA Archives Series 5, I found a reference to a Sgt. Rob. LOVE who was in the Bedford militia under Capt. Thomas FERGUSON. The "G" listing was Gabriel LOVE.

Also, found a reference to Henry and Robert LOVE, and a Jacob LESHER who were Contintental Troops in the Artillery. Henry was a gunner who lost his left leg in the Battle of Yorktown. Jacob and Robert were listed as "Matross". What's a matross??

Anyone out there have any data on Henry or Robert LOVE? Or Gabriel? I have checked the Abstracts for Rev. War Pensioners. There is no Robert (or G.F.) LOVE who was born in Ireland; they were born in the South. Any ideas? Thanks,

Researcher: Jerry Sullivan

Date posted: Saturday, May 23, 1998

Looking for info on Simon HARBAUGH and wife Ellen Believe Simon died in 1878; Ellen in 1900 census at 27 Hanover St in Cumberland Born 1822 may have died around 1906.Children James Hillary, Flora, Aloyius, WIlliam Heyser, Louis Francis "Frank". Ellen was maiden name CALLAHAN - twin sister of my great grandfather.

Surnames: BAUGHMAN
Researcher: Genny Baughman Payne

Date posted: Saturday, May 23, 1998

Still trying to find my BAUGHMAN connections. According to my GG Grandfathers death certificate, Dennis BAUGHMAN, he was born in Allegany Co., MD in 1838. If you have a BAUGHMAN connection from this area please e-mail me. I am trying to connect as many BAUGHMAN families as possible, and perhaps I can connect to someone soon. Thanks.

Surnames: WILSON
Researcher: Susan Tyson

Date posted: Sunday, May 24, 1998

Isaac, William, and Otho WILSON were around Allegany County MD (east of Flintstone) and drifted up to Bedford Co. Pa (around Southampton) Found in 1820-1840 MD/Pa Census.... Interested in any info.

Surnames: DART
Researcher: Jane Ikemura

Date posted: Monday, May 25, 1998

Looking for: DART, Nimrod W. b. Maryland about 1807 then moved to Arkansas and married Mary TAYLOR. On the 1840 census for Alleghany Co, MD, there is listed a John DART which I'm hoping is the brother of Nimrod W. Thank you!

Researcher: Jerry Alvarez

Date posted: Thursday, May 28, 1998

I am looking for information on Capt. John MAGRUDER of Allegany Co. I have read that he attended the surrender of Cornwallis with Washington. I would like to know of his wife and family. One daughter married Sanford MORRISON. Their son, Sanford George Washington MORRISON was born in Westernport MD. Any help would be appreciated.

Surnames: DAY, STONER
Researcher: Bernard J Fergus

Date posted: Thursday, May 28, 1998

Can anyone please tell me about anything they might know about the DAY or STONER families from the Catoctin Furnace area?

Researcher: Charles Connor

Date posted: Friday, May 29, 1998

Thomas CONNOR b Jun 21, 1826 in Scotland d Oct 10,1895 Allegany County. Janet CURLAW b Oct 10, 1828 in Scotland d ? Allegany County. Charles William CONNOR b ABT Apr 1, 1852 d Oct 10, 1926 married Anna HAUSMAN. {parents were Henry Hausman and Anna MARTIN} All of the above lived in and around Lonaconing, MD.

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