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This is the Old Query section that existed on the Mercer County Genealogy site prior to September 1999.  The last query added to this section was added in 1998.  Queries since that time can be found on the Rootsweb Message Boards.

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(Q21)  21 Nov 1996 - Kevin P. Probst

Surnames: PROBST

I have done some limited research into the PROBST family who has roots going back to the late 1700's in Mercer Co.  I am a direct descendent of Henry PROBST who moved to Mercer Co. from Eastern PA in the early 1800's.  Henry was my great-great-great grandfather.  George PROBST was my g-g-grandfather, Frederick was my g-grandfather, Arthur was my grandfather and my father was Leslie who moved to Crawford Co., (Meadville) where I was born and raised.  Any info. on the PROBST's of Mercer Co. would be deeply appreciated.

(Q20)  21 Nov 1996 - Charles Bitterli

Surnames: ABBENY-OBENY

I have the following data from Census Records:
1790 James ABBENY  Dickson Twp, Allegheny Co.
1800 James OBNEY  Fayette Twp, Allegheny Co.
1810 James OBNEY  Robinson Twp, Allegheny Co.
1820 James OBNEY  Fayette Twp, Allegheny Co.
         Thomas OBNEY
1830 James OBNEY  Fayette Twp, Allegheny Co.
         William OBNEY
         Thomas OBNEY  Wolf Creek Twp, Mercer Co.
1840 Richard M. OBNEY  Fayette Twp, Allegheny Co.
         Thomas OBNEY  Wolf Creek Twp, Mercer Co.
Thomas OBNEY had 4 sons in that census. 1 under age 5, 1 age 5-10, 1 age 10-15, and 1 age 15-20.
I also have 1870 and 1880 census data from Jefferson Co., OH which shows my g-grandfather Alfred/Alfard OBNEY and my grandfather Thomas A. OBNEY.  From the ages given I believe my g-grandfather was born in 1831.  I, therefore, believe that he might have been one of the sons of Thomas OBNEY from Mercer Co. but I have no proof of that.  I would certainly appreciate it if the names of Thomas OBNEY's sons could be determined by checking birth records in Mercer Co.  Thanks in advance for any help.

(Q19)  20 Nov 1996 - Maurice O'Grady  

Surnames: BRADY, FERN, HARRIGAN, KENNY, McCORMICK, O'HARA, RICE, RYAN, TONER

Bernard McCORMICK, b. abt 1829 Co. Antrim, IRE, emigrated from Glasgow, SCT to Hickory Twp. in 1869, m. 1851 to Ellen O'HARA, b. 1833, Co. Antrim who emigrated with children John, Isabella, Ann, and Angelo in 1871.  Barbara and Mary McCORMICK, b. 1872 and 1874 in Shenango Twp., baptized at Neshannock Catholic Church near West Middlesex.  Also researching the John FERN, Daniel HARRIGAN, Felix RICE, John BRADY, Patrick TOMER, John KENNY, and Joseph RYAN families.  All were active in the Neshannock Catholic Church, coal miners, lived in Shenango and South Hickory Twps. between and 1870 and 1885 and emigrated to Cherokee Co., KS.

(Q18)  20 Nov 1996 - Teresa Thompson Arcangel

Surnames: OSBOURNE, THOMPSON

Who were the parents of Noah OSBOURNE, b. abt 1815 and his sister Nancy OSBOURNE, b. abt 1812?  Noah's wife was named Sarah Ann, and Nancy married John Sampson THOMPSON.  Does anyone know if there were other siblings?  In the 1850 Mercer Co. census, a husband and wife named Jacob and Jemima OSBOURNE appear on the line right above Noah.  Were these his parents?

(Q17)  20 Nov 1996 - Madeline Dodd

Surnames: AXTELL, DODD, FRENCH, MONTGOMERY, VAUGHN

Jacob VAUGHN, d. ca 1826, Irwin Twp., Venango Co., PA.  His "heirs at law" were John VAUGHN (wife Rebecca); William VAUGHN (wife Iraney); Samuel VAUGHN (no wife); Phebe VAUGHN; Daniel DODD (wife was Hannah VAUGHN); Eliza VAUGHN.  Think "heir" John married Rebecca FRENCH; "heir" William married Irene AXTELL; Samuel married Anne MONTGOMERY (who died the month previous); nothing known of unmarried females Phebe and Eliza; have lots on Hannah VAUGHN and Daniel DODD.  Jacob VAUGHN was on 1800 census Washington Co., PA; on 1810 census Irwin Twp., Mercer Co., PA; on 1820 census Irwin Twp., Venango Co., PA.  Any clues to his ancestry or wife's name would be appreciated.

(Q16)  20 Nov 1996 - Marjorie K. Hansen

Surnames: CARRIER, DAILEY, DEAN, JEWELL, KECK, KOOTZ, MORRIS, STEPHENS, STEPHENSON

Looking for further info. concerning the family of Jacob CARRIER, b. 1798, eastern PA, d. 1861, Grant Co., WI.  Married Sarah STEPHENS, b. 1798, eastern PA., d. Transfer, Mercer Co., PA.  Children include: 1. George Washington CARRIER, b. 1822, Berks Co., PA, m. Catherine KOOTZ; 2. Catherine CARRIER, b. 1823, PA, m. Abraham KECK; 3. Adeline CARRIER, b. 1833, Trumbull Co., OH, m. George Washington DAILEY; 4. Elizabeth CARRIER, m. William McKNIGHT; 5. Isabel CARRIER, b. 1836, Mercer Co., m. George Jackson JEWELL; 6. Judson CARRIER, b. 1840, Mercer Co., m. Amanda E. STEPHENSON; 7. Lousia CARRIER, b. 1842, m. John Sherman DEAN; and 8. Lyman CARRIER, b. 1842, Mercer Co., m. Sarah Jane MORRIS.

(Q15)  20 Nov 1996 - Gordy Stark
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Surnames: DONNER, McCLIMANS

I am looking to find info. on Alvin McCLIMANS, b. 1835, West Salem Twp., d. 1909, Mercer Co.  Alvin was married to a Maria DONNER, b.1846, d. 1930, Mercer Co.  Alvin owned and operated a Canal Boat on the Erie-PGH Canal.  Where is this Canal?  The USGS does not know either.  I know of the Erie Extention Canal near Greenville.  Where can I get info. as to what boat he owned?  Alvin had a brother named Hugh McCLIMAN married to Elizabeth DONNER.  Children known to Alvin:  Frank, Amy, Harry, Mert, Ralph, Arthur, (twins) Roy and Ray.  Children known to Hugh:  Hugh Jr. and Tom.

(Q14)  19 Nov 1996 - Bill Sowers

Surnames: CANFIELD, DEEDS, FREED, GUMM-GUINN-GINN, HAMILTON, OAKLEY, PATTERSON, RAWSON, WIMER

Looking for descendants and ancestors of Phillip Frederick (or Frederick Phillip) DEEDS, b. abt 1773.  He married Deborah GUMM (or GUINN or GINN).  In 1850 she was living in nearby Butler Co. with an aged woman named PATTERSON.  Their children were: Mary, b. 1804; John, b. 1806, m. Ann Catherine WIMER; Catherine, b. 1809-1895, m. Manuel HAMILTON; Jesse G., 1811-1897, m. 1st Mary RAWSON, m. 2nd Hellen CANFIELD; Hiram W., b. 1813, m. Orilla OAKLEY; Elizabeth, b. 1815; and Phoebe, b. 1822, m. James A. FREED.  They lived in the Butler and Mercer Co. area and some of their descendants stayed on and may still be there.

(Q13)  19 Nov 1996 - Marjorie K. Hansen

Surnames: BUZZA, CARRIER, CRUMP, DeGROFF, JEWELL, NELSON, POSSER, REED, SMITH

Looking for info. concerning George Jackson JEWEL(L), b. 24 Apr 1828, Sharon, Mercer Co., d. 18 Mar 1892, Industry, PA as a result of a mining accident, m. Isabel CARRIER, b. PA, Mercer Co., PA or Trumbull Co., OH, 1830.  Children include: 1. Ida Omelia JEWELL, b. 1856, m. John Thomas BUZZA; 2. Violetta Augusta JEWELL, b. 1859, m. John POSSER 1st and George CRUMP; 3. Sarah Catherine JEWELL, b. 1861, d. young; 4. Judson JEWELL, b. 1863, d. young; 5. Eva Mae JEWELL, b. 1867, m. John REED; 6. Mary Elizabeth JEWELL, b. 1872, d. at birth; 7. Anna Isabel JEWELL, b. 1873, m. Arthur SMITH; 8. George Wesley JEWELL, b. 1877, m. Francis NELSON.  George Jackson JEWEL's father was William JEWEL, b. 1759 in Sussex Co., NJ.  Mother was Esther DeGROFF.

(Q12)  19 Nov 1996 - Michele Roth

Surnames: CONDIT, DEAN, MENTE, MONTGOMERY, MUSE, PATTERSON, WALTERS

I am researching the FAUNTLEY MUSE family.  Fauntley MUSE, b. 17 Jan 1757 Winchester VA , moved as a child to Elizabeth Twp., Allegheny Co., PA.  He was married second to Margaret MENTE widow of Nathan PATTERSON on 7 Sep 1820 in Mercer Co., probably Salem twp.  Some of his children came to Mercer Co. with him: James, b. 12 Oct 1801; Anne, b. 1784, m. John MONTGOMERY, d. 1876 in New Vernon, Mercer Co., PA; Sarah, b. abt. 1788; and Fauntley Jr., b. 15 Sep 1791.  James MUSE m. Jane WALTERS on 27 Dec 1821.  Their children: John Walters MUSE, b. 13 Oct 1823; Fauntley, b. 1824; Philip Kimball MUSE, b. 15 Jan 1826; Sarah Ann, b. 1828; and William M., b. 5 May 1834.  James MUSE m. second Hannah CONDIT and they had children: Mary, b. 20 Sep 1838, m. Wilson DEAN; Addison, b. 1841; Norval, b. 1844; Lucretia, b. 1846; Caroline, b. 1848; and Frank, b. after 1850 census.  I am interested in records available from Salem Twp., and want to find out what happened to the children mentioned.  Appreciate the help.  I will share any info. I have.

(Q11)  18 Nov 1996 - Vonda Minner

Surnames: MINNER, ORR, PATTERSON, WOODS

I am researching the following surnames: PATTERSON - George PATTERSON married a Matilda ? from Baden in Beaver Co.  They lived in Scott Twp., Lawrence Co.  They had a daughter Mary Jane PATTERSON who married Thomas James PATTERSON, b. 9/25/1826 in Westmoreland Co.  They married circa 1855 (they also lived in Scott Twp., Lawrence County).  The children of George and Matilda PATTERSON: Mary Jane, b. 23 Mar 1835; James; Thomas F., b. 24 Aug 1843 who married a Mary J. Unknown; Joseph married Melissa; Sarah Elizabeth married David P. ORR; Matilda married a Mr. WOODS; and George.
Also, interested in any info. on the surname of MINNER.  Would like any info. available on the MINNER surname.  Thanks to anyone who can help in anyway.

(Q10)  7 Nov 1996 - Aaron D. Thomas

Surnames: HARRIS, THOMAS

My ggg-grandfather and his wife both died in Sharon PA in Mercer Co.  Thomas M. THOMAS, d. 08-27-1873 and Margaret HARRIS THOMAS, d. 12-12-1894.  They were both born in Wales but I don't have birth dates or other info. for them.  I know they had several children that they brought with them from Wales.  I need to know where I can go to get the copies of their death certificates and any other documentation from the public records.  Any help would be appreciated.

(Q9)  6 Nov 1996 - Eric Wagoner

Surnames: WAGONER

My gg-grandfather, wife and children lived in Mercer Co. from approx. l838 to l844.  They had come from Northampton.  His name was Ernest WAGONER and the l840 census shows them in Salem Twp.  He died in that county shortly thereafter and the family moved on to IA in l845.  Many years I wrote both the county and the genealogy assn. and they said they had no records because the courthouse had burned.  Would there be any cemetery or other records anyone might suggest to find out more about this family.  Thank you.

(Q8)  2 Nov 1996 - Kevin Gray

Surnames: PATTON, WALKER

I am looking for any info. Jane M. WALKER and James PATTON who were married in the early 1800's in Mercer Co.

(Q7)  1 Nov 1996 - Gideon A. Fetterolf III

Surnames: FETTEROLF, GUINTER

My family name is FETTEROLF ... traced to a Charles Henry FETTEROLF and Bertha Frieda GUINTER to Schuylkill Co.  I am beginning to fill in the blanks prior to them.  Charles's father was Gabriel FETTEROLF married Lydia.  Charles FETTEROLF was b. 12 Sep 1885 in Hepler.  Bertha Frieda GUINTER was b. Aug 11, 1931 in Schuylkill.

(Q6)  27 Oct 1996 - Barbara Farthing Bonham

Surnames: BURNS, CRAWFORD, EMERSON, HUNTER, MYERS, NODINE

Researching Melissa CRAWFORD and her descendants.
First Generation
1. Melissa CRAWFORD was b. 11 Nov 1850 in Mercer Co., PA, and was the daughter of Alexander CRAWFORD and Mary Ann HUNTER.  She d. 12 Feb 1942 in Paris, Portage Co., OH.  Melissa married Charles Franklin NODINE, son of Samuel L. NODINE and Frances EMERSON on 21 Oct 1876 in Sandy Lake, Mercer Co., PA.  The newspaper report of the marriage stated she was of Venango Co.  Charles was b. 28 Mar 1852 in New Richmond, Crawford Co., PA.  He d. 11 Mar 1930 in Ravenna, Portage Co., OH.
They had the following children: 2. M i. Charles Emerson NODINE was b. 13 Jul 1892 in Fauncetown, Crawford Co., PA.  He d. 14 Mar 1943 in Ravenna, Portage Co., OH.  Charles m. Margaret Oma MYERS, daughter of Daniel A. MYERS and Elizabeth Ann BURNS on 5 Aug 1912 in Ashland Co., Ohio.  Margaret was b. 5 Aug 1895 in Mifflin, Ashland Co., OH.  She d. 8 Feb 1983 in Ravenna, Portage Co., OH.; 3. F ii. Agnes NODINE was b. about 1879 in Butler Co., PA.  Melissa had a brother named Charles.

(Q5)  16 Oct 1996 - Mary Burchfield

Surnames: HUFFMAN, WELKER-WALKER

I am looking for info. on John WELKER/WALKER married to Catherine HUFFMAN.  Both were born in PA.  Their children were: Howard Joseph, b. 1844; Albert, b. 1850; Phoebe, b. 1846; and Mary, b. 1841.  Do not know where the children were born?  Name is listed as WELKER or WALKER in different places.  If you have any info. on this family I would like to hear from you.  Thank you.

(Q4)  13 Oct 1996 - Mary Matheas

Surnames: CRANE, DOWNS, McCUTCHEON, SHILLO

Doing research on Alexander Graham McCUTCHEON, b. 9/5/1868 in Burgettstown, PA.  He married Sadie I. DOWNS, b. 5/7/1876 in Bradford, McKean Co., PA.  They had at least 10 children.  Moved to Wheeling, WV in 1924.  In 1925 Alex and a daughter Sadie SHILLO drowned in the Ohio River.  They were buried in the Carnot, PA Cem.  Need info. on the parents of Alex: James McCUTCHEON & Jane CRANE. Also on Sadie DOWNS: John DOWNS & Hannah ? DOWNS.  Sadie had at least one brother Fred.  Sadie SHILLO was a widow with a nine month old child when she drowned.  Unknown sex of child or what happened to the child as to who raised it.  Thanks in advance Mary Matheas.

(Q3)  7 Oct 1996 - Karen Zach

Surnames: THOMPSON

Lyman THOMPSON, b. 17 April 1811 probably in Mercer Co, PA, d. 24 Oct 1880 in Noble Co., IN.  Lyman is on the 1840 Mercer Co census in Cool Springs Twp.  He likely had a brother Samuel and possibly a sister Harriet.  He may have been the son of a Lyman THOMPSON. Lyman's children were: Albert, Samuel, Lydia, Lyman, Hiram (ours), Charles, David, Mary and Kate.  Love to exchange info.

Burgess THOMPSON was b. about 1787 probably in NY and d. Mar 1, 1858 Noble Co., IN.  His wife was Anna (last name unknown at this time).  He is in the 1830 and 1840 Mercer Co, PA census.  His daughter, Mary Ann was the wife of Lyman THOMPSON.  Were they cousins?  Other known children of Burgess and Anna were: Ruth; Lyman; John; Lorenz; Burgess; Anna; Elizabeth; Elvina; and Robert.  Any info. is appreciated and would be glad to share what we know.

(Q2)  21 Sep 1996 - Julie Matthews Burnette

Surnames: GINDLESPERGER-KINDLESPERGER, KLINGLER-KLINGER

I am seeking info. on the children of Joseph GINDLESPERGER, who was b. May 17, 1781 in Berks Co., PA, and d. Dec 28, 1860.  Hoping to establish that Joseph was the father of Henry GINDLESPERGER, b. in 1823 in PA.  Also seeking any info. on Abraham GINDLESPERGER, b. in 1848.  Surname may be spelled in a variety of ways, such as GINDLESPARGAR, KINDLESPERGER, etc.  In addition, info. on David KLINGLER or KLINGER, who was born in 1860 in PA.  All of these individuals were most likely Amish or Mennonite.

(Q1)  4 Sep 1996 - Sue Benning

Surnames: CARLAND, KENNEDY

Seeking info. concerning the parents and/or siblings of Daniel CARLAND [SR.], b. 1795 Chester Co., PA.  Married Rebecca KENNEDY 15 Aug. 1818, Beaver Co., PA.  Known children: 1. Sarah Jane CARLAND, b. Aug 12, 1823, Sharon, Mercer Co.[?],  PA; 2. Ellen Jane CARLAND, b. 1836 PA; 3. Daniel CARLAND [JR.], b. 1838 PA.  Family was in KY by 1840, then on to OR in 1852.

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