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
This is Mercer County query page no. 1.
The query pages are numbered from the oldest (page no. 1)
to the latest. All surnames mentioned in all
queries are indexed on the Surnames/Index
(Q21) 21 Nov 1996 - Kevin P.
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
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.
1830 James OBNEY Fayette Twp, Allegheny Co.
OBNEY Wolf Creek Twp, Mercer Co.
1840 Richard M. OBNEY Fayette Twp, Allegheny Co.
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
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
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,
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
(Q15) 20 Nov 1996 - Gordy Stark
** Note - E-Mail Address is Invalid. Will
submitter please contact me.
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,
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
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
(Q10) 7 Nov 1996 - Aaron D. 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
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
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
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
(Q6) 27 Oct 1996 - Barbara Farthing
Surnames: BURNS, CRAWFORD,
EMERSON, HUNTER, MYERS, NODINE
Researching Melissa CRAWFORD and her descendants.
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
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
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,
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
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
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
(Q2) 21 Sep 1996 - Julie Matthews
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
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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