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Posted Queries for February 1999

Surnames: FIFE, WHIRL
Researcher: Barbara Nixon

Date posted: Monday, February 1, 1999

Samuel WHIRL and Juliana FIFE WHIRL were residents of Cumberland, MD (Allegany County) back in the 1880's. I would very much welcome any information that visitors have to offer on these individuals. The surname also appears as WHORRELL or WHORL in some places.

Researcher: Martha Gates

Date posted: Saturday, February 6, 1999

Daniel William GATES b1852, Magnolia, WV. marr(1) Irene WOLFEL, (2) Elizabeth THOMAS. She is dau. of Michael THOMAS and Esther COFFMAN. Who were Michael THOMAS' parents? Esther COFFMAN's parents were David COFFMAN and Elizabeth BLAUSER. Clarissa LANTZ marr. George CATLETT. She was born 1799 Allegany Co. Their dau. Margaret Ann marr. John P. BEVANS 1847 Allegany Co. Searching for Henry BEVANS and Eleanor __ his wife.

Surnames: PORTER
Researcher: Richard Koch

Date posted: Sunday, February 7, 1999

Posting a query for Ms Edna Baker, residing in sheltered care facility in Harrisonburg, VA Looking for ancestors of John PORTER born 25 Dec 1805 in Wellersburg, PA. Listed in Allegany Co. MD 1850 census with 10 children, Ms Baker descended from son Andrew Bruce PORTER b 19 Nov 1843. Andrew's baptism listed in book Western Maryland Catholics-1998 as John of Henry and Mary Ann PORTER. Does anyone have proof who this Henry PORTER was? Henry PORTER believed to be son of John PORTER of Moses. Later John Porter identified as (afb) in Samuel Doak Porter's book. I will mail reply to Ms Baker.

Surnames: STARR
Researcher: Nora Tocus

Date posted: Tuesday, February 9, 1999

Searching for surname STARR Allegany County. Any period of history okay. Thanks.

Researcher: Charles Barndt

Date posted: Thursday, February 11, 1999

What is ancestory of Cristian BARND or BARNDT, born 1780, perhaps in Germany. Moved from Cumberland to Ohio prior to 1817. Had several brothers. One, Jacob , married Julia Ann ECKLES who was born in 1815 in Cumberland.

Researcher: Corinne Diller

Date posted: Friday, February 12, 1999

Researching all descendants of John NORRIS (1760-1839) and his wife Christiana POTTS of Allegany Co.

Researcher: Tina McKie

Date posted: Friday, February 12, 1999

I am trying to find any information on the following people buried at Greenmount Cemetery (owned by Mt. Zion Reformed Church in Cumberland, MD):
James C. JONES (b.1854 d. 1935)
Amanda CRUPPER-JONES (b. 1858 d. 1934)
*Carl L. JONES (b. 12/7/1918 d. 10/12/1977)
Shannon Lee JONES (b. 9/5/1886 d. 2/13/1953) and his wife, Margaret Virginia ROBINSON-JONES (b. 5/11/1898 d. 3/24/1955) are also buried there, too.

Shannon is one of James C. JONES and Amanda CRUPPER's children. (*Carl is Shannon's brother.) They had three others: Maude, Lina and Clifford. I am not sure if they are buried there, too. If anyone has information on James and Amanda, can take pictures of all known plots for Jones', or can help me with information on James' children (with their spouses or offspring), or Shannon's offspring, please contact me. Thank you.

Researcher: William (REDDS) Morris

Date posted: Saturday, February 13, 1999

Still trying to find info on Cranshaw MORRIS m Rhoda MCKENZIE. Last seen in the 1850 census. Think he is from VA but don't know...Need to know birth,death,where died and so on...Thanks in advance for any help.

Researcher: Mike Arnold

Date posted: Saturday, February 13, 1999

Looking for information on George ARNOLD (b 12 Mar 1778) who married Rachel WRIGHT (daughter of Henry WRIGHT and Rachel BALDWIN). Rachel WRIGHT was born in Allegany Co., MD on 25 Feb 1793. George and Rachel moved to Perry Cty/Fairfield Cty Ohio in 1815. Information on ARNOLD, WRIGHT or BALWIN appreciated.

Surnames: WHITE
Researcher: Carol White

Date posted: Saturday, February 13, 1999

Looking for ancestors of Henry WHITE. Born ABT. 1777. Had 5 sons: Abraham, Henry II, James, Bushrod, & William. All Born in Allegany County.

Surnames: OSWALT
Researcher: Liz DuBois

Date posted: Saturday, February 13, 1999

Looking for information on the family of Michael OSWALT, living in Allegany County, MD in the 1800 census.

Surnames: GORDON
Researcher: Wesley Gordon

Date posted: Sunday, February 14, 1999

Looking for information on Jacob G. GORDON (1840-1884) and his wife Atcey W. (ASH) GORDON (1844-1886). Both are buried in the I.O.O.F cemetary near Flintstone, Allegany County, MD.

Researcher: Muriel Caillau

Date posted: Sunday, February 14, 1999

Would like to locate ancestors and descendents of Jacob F. HORNBACH b. 1793, Walldurn, Baden,d. 27 Feb 1850, Alleghany Co.,and his wife Mary F. (ACKERMANN) HORNBACH, b. 9 May 1794, Walldurn, Baden. d. 13 Sep 1845, Alleghany Co. MD.

Three known daughters m. in Cumberland: Mary Josephine HORNBACH b. Baden 25 Apr 1827 m. John CONNER 30 Oct 1848, d. Paola KS, 1910;
Mary Barbara HORNBACH, b. Baden 13 Jun 1830 m. John Thomas HARPER 1 Aug 1848, d. Greenbriar Co. WV after 1910;
Mary A. HORNBACH b. Baden 1820's, m. John HANDLEY 20 Apr 1849, d. ID after 1910;
Mary Levinia HORNBACH b. MD 7 May 1835 m. 1851 to Hugh CONNER (Brother of John) d. Brown Co. KS, 12 Jul 1899. (Levinia also had 3 children by Levi ANDERSON) I also believe there may have been an Ellen and another daughter, but not proven.

Researcher: Barbara Amos

Date posted: Monday, February 15, 1999

Looking for information regarding my paternal great-grandparents: Winfield Scott ROBB, born in Frostburg, Maryland, May, 1860; Martha ROBERTSON, born in Midland, Maryland, November, 1861. They later migrated to Kentucky. Sometime in the first half of the 19th century, they had migrated form Pennsylvania to Maryland.

Surnames: MURLEY
Researcher: Larry L Murley

Date posted: Wednesday, February 17, 1999

Can anyone provide me with a map that shows the location of Murley Branch or Murley Glades. I understand it is in Allegany Co or somewhere in the WV-MD-PA area. Apparently the Twigg family once lived along the 'branch'. Thanks

Researcher: Lance Peterson

Date posted: Wednesday, February 17, 1999

I am looking for any information regarding the PORTERS, ATKINSON and KIRBY families of Frostburg and Eckhart Mines. Specific names include Margaret PORTER mar. William KIRBY, Anna Mary or Mary KIRBY mar. James ATKINSON. I'm also interested in anything regarding Harry or Henry W. ATKINSON, son of James.

Researcher: Dorothy Holliday

Date posted: Thursday, February 18, 1999

I am looking for any of these names they tie in with my grandmother who is Sadie ROPSON born 1906 around Cumberland MD. She had one daughter born 14/aug. 1924 in Cumberland MD. Sadie was a housekeeper for a family named HATTERSHELL around 1925. If anyone has information on these names please contact me. Thank you so much.

Researcher: George Cox

Date posted: Saturday, February 20, 1999

I am seeking information on Joseph Prentiss TURNER and Edyth L. DYCHE. Edyth was born in Cumberland, MD, 11/23/1879. Daughter of James Bernard and Elizabeth Ann (LAWTER) DYCHE, she married Joseph around 1907. They moved to Martinsburg, WV.. Joseph died in abt.1916. Any information will be greatly appreciated.

Researcher: Eleanor Lewis

Date posted: Saturday, February 20, 1999

I am searching for orphanages that were operating in the Cumberland Area during the 30's thru middle 50's. I believe it was a Polish orphanage. Any help or suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Surnames: DAWSON
Researcher: Pat Doster


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Date posted: Saturday, February 20, 1999

Edith L. Watt's 1947 DAR papers give documentation for Wm. DAWSON Sr. & Wm. DAWSON Jr. of Allegany Co MD. Wm. DAWSON Jr. d. intestate c1822. His son William DAWSON III of Allegany Co Md. sold p. o. "Clover Bottom" and Lot 3464 to Isaac DAWSON of Allegany Co Md. 14th Feb. 1835. Does anyone know identity of Isaac DAWSON who purchased land from Wm. DAWSON III? Pat Doster

Researcher: Leonard Chaney

Date posted: Sunday, February 21, 1999

Looking for info on Mary Jane SMITH, parents: John and Mary Jane SMITH. She married Joshua Caleb SHANHOLTZ on May 28 1872 in Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md. Joshua was born 1853 in Frederick Co.They had 14 children born in West Virginia. Any help is appreciated. Thanks

Surnames: DAVIS
Researcher: Sheri Sauro

Date posted: Sunday, February 21, 1999

Looking for information on Samuel DAVIS born 1792- married to Julia WISMAN in Allegany.Known children are Lewis, Rezin, Mary, Eliza and Samuel H. DAVIS. Looking for any siblings and parents.

Surnames: MCNABB
Researcher: Mike Sanders

Date posted: Sunday, February 21, 1999

Samuel Thomas MCNABB had at least 2 sons; James William MCNABB (b 2-4-1918) and Samuel Eugene MCNABB (b. 11-2-1913). Both worked in Cumberland, Allegany Co., Md. Does anyone know who the parents of Samuel Thomas MCNABB?

Researcher: Cheryl Singhal


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Date posted: Monday, February 22, 1999

The Cresap Society ( is preparing a new edition of our Genealogy. This is a "2nd Call" for all descendants of ANY surname (list of known associated surnames is on the webpage) to submit updates, corrections, additions, snippets, and anything else not included in the 1987 edition. Thank you! Cheryl Singhal, Genealogist for the Society

Researcher: Sherry Jurgens

Date posted: Tuesday, February 23, 1999

Looking to confirm the parents of Caleb MCKENZIE Sr, born abt 1780/1789 in Anne Arundel, MD. Married Margaret Mattingly MAGERS in 1810 in Allegany County, MD. Moved to Knox County Ohio where he died. One researcher says he is the son of Aaron MCKENZIE and Rachel HARP. Indicates a will written by Aaron in 1821 in Baltimore Co, MD. Aaron was born in 1740. I have not seen this will. Need proof of this relationship. Another source says Caleb is the son of Jonathan MCKENZIE (son of Moses McKenzie Sr). Please Help!

Surnames: MACKIE
Researcher: Jim MacKie

Date posted: Wednesday, February 24, 1999

Am seeking any information you may have on my Great Grandfather James S. MACKIE who was the President of Mt Savage Fire Brick Co at least between July 1874 and 1883. Especially interested in where did he arrive from and when plus how long there, plus where did he go from Mt Savage. I have an 1883 flyer on the company showing many of the bricks made and would be happy to provide a copy if desired. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Researcher: Fern Poe Davidson

Date posted: Thursday, February 25, 1999

Thomas DAVIDSON - b. 1/12/1866, in Nova Scotia. Came to Lonaconing,MD in 1870. Married Annie INGLIS, dtr. of James INGLIS 12/14/88. Who were Thomas' parents? They were supposed to have been born in Scotland. Have much info on the INGLIS family, also from Scotland, and the descendents of Thomas and Annie. Will be happy to exchange info. Thank you.

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