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. 4.
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
(Q116) 13 Apr 1997 - Paul E. Helfer
I am looking for info. on Alexander NEAL Sr., m. to
Nancy MAYERS. They had at least two sons: James, b.
Jun 18, 1841, d. Sep 12, 1906; and Alexander, b. Jul 22, 1844, d. Dec 30,
(Q115) 12 Apr 1997 - George Kocher
Surnames: BURROUGHS, FIRST-FURST,
FRANKLIN, KEELER, KEIL, KIGHTLINGER, KOCHER, MILLER, RIDDLE,
George Washington KOCHER. Our records say he was
b. 9 Jul 1790 in Barrie Twp, Huntingdon Co., PA. First m. to ??? and
had three children: Christine, Edward, and Cunnard (both sons were killed in
the Civil War). This info. is not known for sure. He later m.
Elizabeth FIRST (FURST), b. 11 Oct 1813 in
Millvillage, Crawford Co. (she was previously married and had one son Hiram
FRANKLIN. The marriage of George and Elizabeth had
children: George, b. 1837; Christopher Columbus, b. 1839 (there is a
conflict as we are positive of Susan's birthday); Susan Melvina, b. 13 May
1839, m. 1858 to Issac Christ MILLER; and Sarah, b. 1844,
m. George KIGHTLINGER. We beleive these children were
born in Barrie Twp. Records indicate the others were born in Mercer
Co. They include: Margret, b. 24 Feb 1847, m. Tom
BURROUGHS; William Gordon, b. 1 Mar 1849, m. Katherine
Isabel RIDDLE; Tena, m. Mode SPENCER; and
Emma Josephine, b. 27 Jun 1852 m. Leonard KEIL. Would
like confirmation of our info. on Barrie Twp. and also on George ancestors
(possibly George KOCHER and Mary KEELER).
(Q114) 12 Apr 1997 - Dennis M. Busic + Homepage
Surnames: COCHRAN, CUBBISON,
George CUBBISON Sr., b. c1760 in either Ireland or
Cumberland Co., PA, moved to Delaware Twp., Mercer Co., abt 1810, m. 1907 in
Mifflin Co., PA to Martha COCHRAN from Cumberland Co.,
PA. Had three children: George Jr.; Jon, d. Mar 1834; and
Joseph. George was b. abt c1810, d. abt 1885, lived in Mercer Co.
prior to moving to Fairview Village, Fairview Twp., Butler Co., PA abt 1848,
m. to Mary Ann MILNER possibly from OH.
(Q113) 11 Apr 1997 - Eve Olson
Surnames: BURNS, CAREY, DONOVAN,
I'm looking for info. on John Richard BURNS, m. to Mary
CAREY, lived in Sharon Barrough around 1870's. Also
looking for info. on John DONOVAN m. to Catherine
LAVERY, lived in Sharon Barrough late 1870's or 80's.
(Q112) 11 Apr 1997 - Mary C. Fyda-Mar
Surnames: GILLESPY, RUST,
I'm searching for info. on my great-grandfather, Daniel
THOMPSON, b. 1843 in Mercer Co., son of William V. and
Elizabeth L. THOMPSON. Daniel married 3 times: (1)
Nancy Jane RUST, b. 1846; (2) Nancy Anne
RUST (cousin of Nancy Jane), b. 1850; (3) Almyra
GILLESPY. Would appreciate any data on Daniel's
ancestors and siblings, Elizabeth's maiden name, or any of Daniel's
wives. Thank you.
(Q111) 9 Apr 1997 - Arthur G. Austin
Shirley FRY was my only pin-up girl during WWII and I
would love to hear from her one more time. I have a lot that I would
like to discuss with her. Thank You!!
(Q110) 8 Apr 1997 - Mike Brennan
I am looking for any info. on Henry CROCKER. He
was b. 1805 in PA, don't know which county, that is what I am trying to
find. His wife Hetty (Ester) ORWIG, b. 1809,
PA. His children: 1. William CROCKER, b. 1829,
Wolfcreek, Mercer Co., PA; 2. Samuel CROCKER, b. 1833,
Wolfcreek, Mercer Co., PA; 3. Rebecca CROCKER, b. 1842,
Wolfcreek, Mercer Co., PA; 4. Mary CROCKER, b. 1843,
Wolfcreek, Mercer Co., PA; 5. Matilida CROCKER, b. 1847,
Wolfcreek, Mercer Co., PA; 6. John CROCKER, b.1852,
Mahoning Twp., Lawrence Co., PA.
(Q109) 7 Apr 1997 - Joyce
Am looking for any info. on James McKEE, b. abt 1770, m.
Jane. They had a daughter, Sarah, b. 1801, m. Abraham
ENGLISH abt 1830, moved to Crawford, OH. James'
father may have been John McKEE who died when James was a
minor. John's father was probably Big David McKEE of
Pittsburgh. David listed a James, son of his deceased son John, in his
will. Any info. would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
(Q108) 6 Apr 1997 - Pat Brockett
(please put Pat in the
subject line of the email)
I'm looking for the birth year and place of birth, etc. of John
McCREARY (McCRARY) of Mercer Co.,
PA. I do not know the name of his wife. His daughter Mary Ann
McCRARY m. 3 Jun 1830 to Harvey BROCKETT,
and d. 3 Sep 1847 of consumption in Fowler, Trumbull Co., OH. John
McCRARY was in Mercer Co., PA in 1847.
(Q107) 6 Apr 1997 - Bob Bowers
Surnames: FURGUSON, McCONNELL,
Hugh McCONNELL (ca 1752 - 1820) first married Jane
FURGUSON and had a son, James. He next married a Miss
THOMPSON and had sons, Thomas, George, Hugh and John and a
dau, Catherine. These are the children addressed in Hugh's will of Dec
1820. James, b. 7 Nov 1777, Sunbury, Center Co., PA, d. 10 Aug 1877,
Wilmington, Mercer Co., PA; Thomas, b. 1787 Mifflin Co., PA, d. 12 May 1854,
Wilmington, Mercer Co., PA; George, b. Mifflin Co., PA, d. before Nov 1820
in Fallowfield, Crawford Co., PA; Hugh, b. ca 1795, Mifflin Co.; d. after
1840 in Mercer Co., PA; John, d. before Nov 1820 in Crawford Co.; and
Catherine, b. ca 1800 in Crawford Co., PA. James, Thomas and Hugh Jr.
moved from Crawford Co. (around 1830) and settled in Mercer Co. There
is a genealogy of James, "Genealogy of McConnell Family" by Rev.
Ralph I. McConnell, 1955. I am seeking any living descendants of
Thomas McCONNELL who would like to share info.
(Q106) 6 Apr 1997 - Genevieve Kile
Have been researching the MAHAN family for over 12 years
planning on putting the MAHAN family together in book
form. James and Jane MAHAN were the parents of
William, James Jr., John, Wallace, Grace, Jane, Samuel, possibly Joseph and
Sarah Jane. James Jr. obit states he was b. 8/11/1811 in Mercer Co.,
PA and that the family came from PA to OH to IN, then to MO. They were
in the Wayne Co., MO census in 1830. There were also a William
MAHAN, William MAHAN Sr., and Jacob
MAHAN in the census. Legend states that a William
MAHAN came thru Shannon Co., MO with a hunting party of
Delaware Indians in 1879 and or 1899 then returned home and brought his
family back. They were the first white settlers of Shannon Co.
Does anyone have any info. on the MAHANs in Mercer Co.,
PA. Really need the marriage record of James and Jane before 1810 as
oldest son Wm. b. in Mercer Co 1810.
(Q105) 6 Apr 1997 - R. Paul Gookins
Surnames: HODGE, PORTER,
William PORTER and unk. wife were the second settlers in
Wilmington Twp. They arrived on foot in 1798 and purchased the house
built a year earlier by Wm. HODGE, who then removed to
OH. They soon returned to Westmoreland Co. and brought back their
children. The 1800 & 1810 censuses shows that the
PORTERs and WAUGHs lived very close to
each other. My earliest known PORTER relative, James,
married Rachel WAUGH, and in 1825 had my gg-grandfather,
John Waugh PORTER. William d. 9/28/1826 at age 63,
and is buried in Hopewell Cemetery, New Bedford, then Mercer Co. Does
anyone have info. on the spouse and off-spring of Wm.? Further info.
is that two Irish immigrant Wm. PORTERs were naturalized in
Mercer Co. in 1806 & 7. Someone might also have some info. on the
WAUGH gang that would show Rachels' family and the linkage
to James PORTER. James, by the way, d. in New
Wilmington between the 1850 & 1860 censuses; Rachel expired between 1870
& 1880. Thank you.
(Q104) 1 Apr 1997 - Gene Wilson + Homepage
Surnames: FOUST, MORGAN,
Looking for data on my g-grandfather Oliver Hazard Perry
WILSON, b. ca 1865 in Strattonville, Clarion Co., PA, d.
12/15/1937, m. 2/16/1881 to Josephine Cenora FOUST, b.
3/21/1863, d. 12/9/1926. Oliver's parents were C.W. and Julia (nee
(Q103) 31 Mar 1997 - David
I have discovered my Great-Grandfather, Robert Alexander
McFARLANE, was supposed to have been b. Feb 21, 1841 in
Lawrence Co.. I cannot travel there as yet, so help in trying to
locate anything that would tie into the McFARLANE name
would be extremely helpful. He married in OH on his way to
IL. Some first names in the family names are Bruce, Freddie, Ida
Belle, Harry and Minnie. May tie into a James
McFARLANE in Scotland. In trade, I occasionally go
the the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and I could return a
favor on my next visit this summer.
(Q102) 30 Mar 1997 - Sandy Gilliam
John (Janos) KOOSH, KOCH, or
KOO'S - I'm looking for my grandfather's parents names so I
can go on in the family tree. He apparently spelled his name 3
different ways from the time he came from Hungary until moving to the Sharon
area. He spelled it KOOSH, KOCH, and
KOO'S. He was b. 12/6/1871 or 72, and d. 2/22/1930 in
Sharon, PA. Came to this country around 1916, I believe. He
worked in the mill here but was a veternarian over in Hungary.
Hopefully someone will be able to find more info. for me. Thank You.
(Q101) 30 Mar 1997 - JoAnn Betten
Looking for info. on Richard McCLURE, and his wife, who
I think was named Isabella. They came from Ireland in the early
1800's, and moved thru Allegheny Co., PA, and settled in Mercer Co., PA, in
Findley Twp./WolfCreek Twp. Their daughter Isabella was married to
Thomas AUBONY/OBENY. Thanks, JoAnn.
(Q100) 29 Mar 1997 - John Laird
Surnames: ADAMS, BOSTON, CRILL,
GIEBNER, HOSACK, MOON, TODD
I am researching the CRILL family of Mercer Co.,
PA. John CRILL Jr. arrived in 1806, and his brother
Adam and father John Sr., a Rev. War Vet., arrived in 1812. The
children of John Jr. married HOSACK,
ADAMS, BOSTON, GIEBNER,
MOON, and TODD. Am tracing
CRILL ancestry and have much info. to exchange. John
Laird, 1214 King St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
(Q99) 26 Mar 1997 - Helen
Looking for info. on Nicholas MAHANA, b. abt 1803, m.
Lavina DAVIS, b. about 1813. Their son, Harvey
MAHANNAH, b. 1838, m. Margaret A. MOORE,
b. ?, d. 1878. Their son Albert Ellsworth MAHANNAH,
b. 1864, m. abt 1885 to Ida Lorena (or Lorraine)
DAVIS. All couples lived in Mercer Co., PA. Any
info. would be greatly appreciated.
(Q98) 24 Mar 1997 - Lorine E. Koser
Surnames: CRAWFORD, EDMUNDS,
GRIFFIN, KOSER, McFARLAND, ORNDORFF, SMOKER
I am looking for my great-grandfather's parents. His name is John
Weston CRAWFORD. He was married to Elmira
GRIFFIN and their son was John Alexander
I am also looking for the parents of Edward L.
ORNDORFF. He passed away in the summer of 1960.
He was married to Grace Lillian EDMUNDS.
I am also looking for the parents of my great-great grandparents.
Their names are Thomas P. EDMUNDS, d. Jan 27, 1934.
He was a soldier in the Spanish-American war and his wife's name was Anne
I am also looking for the parents of William B. KOSER and
his wife Minnie SMOKER. They had a son named Melvin.
(Q97) 23 Mar 1997 - Larry Nelson
I am researching William NELSON, b. 5 Dec 1790 in Mercer
Co., PA. As Mercer Co. did not exist at that time I am assuming that
he was born in an area which eventually became Mercer. He served in
the War of 1812, with Capt Fisher's Co. of the PA Militia. He m.
Elizabeth WILSON, b. 25 May 1791 in Ireland, some time
prior to 1817 when they removed to Wayne Co., OH. Both are buried in Birmingham, IA where they moved in 1845. I have a couple of obituaries
and a biography by a daughter.
(Q96) 23 Mar 1997 - Marc Harris
Surnames: EMERY, McFARLAND,
Anyone researching the POUNDS family in Lawrence/Mercer
Cos.? We have: Ann POUNDS, b. circa 1813, m. to John
McFARLAND; John POUNDS, b. 1778, m. to
Sarah ??, b. 1797; Adah POUNDS, 1783-1867, m. to Jacob
EMERY; Isaac POUNDS, b. 1817, m. to
Catherine EMERY; Margaret POUNDS, b. 1811
and the daughter of Thomas POUNDS, m. 1833 to Jesse
EMERY. We'd like to find out more about all of
them. If you connect, we'd love to hear from you. Thanks!
(Q95) 22 Mar 1997 - Donna
Looking for info. on Hugh FOX wife Mary. They had
a child Carrie Elizabeth FOX, b. 1/27/1853 in Sharon,
Mercer Co., PA and d. 3/29/1924 in Davidson Co., TN.
(Q94) 20 Mar 1997 - Joyce Westmyer
Looking for documentation of marriage of gg-granparents, Jacob Cline
(Kline) MATTOCKS & Jane ARBUCKLE,
probably Sandy Lake area. Oldest child b. 1836 so just before
that? Children: Margaret Jane, b. 1836; Rebecca, b. 1838; William R.,
b. 1839; Eli, b. 1841; Levi, b. 1845; and Jacob Cline, b. 1849.
Records of children's births would be great. Jacob's parents were
Jacob and Margaret MATTOX, yes maiden name
MATTOX. Believe she might be the daughter of Richard
MATTOX-MATTOCKS. Who were Jacob's parents and
confirmation of Richard and wife Mary. All children born Mercer
Co. Jacob & Jane with children went to IA abt. 1853. Jacob
MATTOX d. War of 1812 and Margaret went to IA. Thanks
for any help.
(Q93) 17 Mar 1997 - Dan
I am searching info. on the direct line of John Reed
MOOK, b. 15 Sep 1855 in New Lebanon, Mercer Co., PA.
He d. 6 Aug 1929 at Custards, Crawford, PA. The burial took place 9
Aug 1929 at Munford Chapel, Crawford, PA. Spouse Elizabeth
WILLIAM. I am trying to go back as many generations
as possible. Any help would be appreciated.
(Q92) 17 Mar 1997 - Alice Jean Edwards
I am searching for the parents of Isaac Hadley STRIGHT,
b. 9 Jul 1823, m. Mary DICKSON. They were parents of
my great-grandmother Ella Mary STRIGHT, b. 6 Mar 1866 in
New Vernon Twp., Mercer Co., PA. Any help would be greatly
(Q91) 16 Mar 1997 - Jan Lipsiea
Am searching for Benjamin STEWART and his wife Esther
(do not have a maiden name for her). They had a daughter, Della
STEWART, who was b. 23 Sep 1864 in Mercer Co. Della
m. George W. DIXON in MN, and their son Alva Ward was born
there. Am guessing the STEWART family moved to
MN. When Della died she had taken the name Sarah, so it's possible her
given names were either Sarah Della or Della Sarah
STEWART. Are there any marriage or birth records
available for this time period? I was told by someone in the Mercer
Co. Office (several years ago) that records before 1893 were destroyed in a
fire. Does anyone have any suggestions about where to look for these
people? I have not searched the census yet - have just begun.
(Q90) 14 Mar 1997 - Carol Van
I am trying to find info. on my great-grandfather Lewis M.
BROWN. The only info. I have on him is his name and
that he was married to Emma Jane STRUDEVANT. Emma was
b. 1862 in Crawford Co., PA to Charles and Amanda
STRUDEVANT. She d. Jul 4, 1898 in Liberty Twp.
Lewis may have gone by the name of Melvin ( middle initial M. in his
name?). Lewis and Emma had one son that I know of - my grandfather -
his name was Frances Herbert BROWN, b. Jul 9, 1880 in
Slippery Rock, PA, d. Mar 27, 1964 in New Castle, PA. Lewis and Emma
also had a daughter that was b. in 1895 and only lived for 5 days. I
would like to find out any thing about Lewis BROWN such as
date and place of birth and death. Name of parents and siblings and if
there were any other children. Thank you.
(Q89) 10 Mar 1997 - Dick Baith
I am searching for any info. on the family of Jesse
FLICKINGER and Nancy BEIGHT. They
were living at Sandy Lake, Mercer Co. some time after 1863. Jesse may
have been born there in 1810, moved to OH with his parents and then moved
back later with Nancy and some of their seven children: Angeline, Ephraim,
Eliza, Mary, George, Sarah and Alvey. Jesse d. in 1880 and Nancy is
believed to have d. in 1903.
(Q88) 9 Mar 1997 - Bob Hadley
Surnames: HOFFMAN, JOHNSTON,
Searching for descendants of George Washington HOFFMAN
(about 1780-1816). He d. 1816 in Washington Co., PA. His widow,
Rebecca, and their three children, Washington George
HOFFMAN, Jefferson S. HOFFMAN, and Matilda
HOFFMAN, moved to Noblestown, Allegheny Co., PA.
Rebecca remarried to Joseph JOHNSTON. Washington
George HOFFMAN m. 1827 to Mary Link. Jefferson S.
HOFFMAN m. about 1830 to Mariah Jane
JOHNSTON and moved to Greenville, Mercer Co., PA, where he
d. in 1840. Matilda HOFFMAN m. to William
(Q87) 9 Mar 1997 - Kim Policastro
Looking for any info. on the family of Dennis TAYLOR and
his wife Lottie. They had at least one daughter, my 4th-great
grandmother Frances Ann or Fannie, as she was known. Fannie m. 15 Sept
1872 in Franklin to John HOUSER, a Civil War vet..
When I found her death recorded in Westmoreland Co. I discovered that she
had been b. June 1854 in Mercer Co. to Dennis and Lottie. Any
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