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This is Mercer County query page no. 7.  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 page.

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(Q199)  22 Aug 1997 - John Jaynes


I am looking for info. on JAYNE or JAYNES families in Mercer Co. in early 1800's.  Timothy JAYNES, who is found in southern IN in 1860, was b. approx 1817 in PA, possibly Sharon, PA.  Thank you.

(Q198)  20 Aug 1997 - G. Munz


Looking for info. on parents of Margaret C. RIDDELL, b. 29 Nov 1840 in Allegheny City, d. 21 Apr 1914 in Zion, Lake Co., IL, m. Charles Erastus WAUGH of Mercer Co., PA.

(Q197)  17 Aug 1997 - Dan Carroll


I am seeking info. on the ancestors of John CARROLL b. 1837 in England and d. Mar 1, 1907 in Allegheny Co., PA.  His wife's name was Mary RODGERS who was b. Jun 29, 1847 in Pottsville, PA and d. June 8, 1935.  The earliest record of John CARROLL was in the 1870 census in Mercer Co., PA.  He then shows up in the 1900 Allegheny Co. census.  John CARROLL and Mary RODGERS had seven children:  John, Phebe, Thomas Earl, Martin, Samuel, Briggy, and Mahala.  I am a descendant of Thomas Earl CARROLL.  I am interested in any info.

(Q196)  16 Aug 1997 - Howard Adams


I hope someone might help me.  I've found all of my ancestors back several generations, most all of whom trace to Ireland save one and he to Scotland.  The missing link is the birthplace of my grandmother Elizabeth WALSH (born Elizabeth WELCH) and/or her father.  This is what's known of her.  She was b. Sep 3, 1876 (this date and her name WALSH certified by the PA Orphan's division, Allegheny Co.).  She had several brothers, James WELCH and John WELCH plus a sister Harriet and a sister Ethel.  She m. Jan 19, 1898 at Old St. Andrews Church (no birth or baptismal records with that record or throughout the parishes) to John ADAMS.  She lived with a family named HURLEY at 1 Overlook St. Northside Pittsburgh till her marriage to John ADAMS thence at 15 Montana St. Northside Pittsburgh.  She d. Jan 1927 at 47 years and is buried in Calvery Cemetery, Hazelwood, Pittsburgh (from cemetery records).  Relations include: a sister Harriet who m. George DORSCH and lived in Mt. Washington, Pittsburgh; a brother John WELSH (from a letter, partially destroyed, mailed from Paddington, England in which he laments the great tragedy which befell the family); and finally, another brother whose military records reflect his name as James WELCH, mustered into the Army May 10, 1898 at 23 years old (b. 1875).  Records show James traveled from Sharon, PA to Mt.Gretna, PA to join and that he was b. in Neshannock, PA.  Military records show his guardian (probably Elizabeth's and James' uncle) to be B.D. WELCH of Hermitage, PA.  B.D. WELCH was no doubt their father's brother.
We feel quite sure that Elizabeth's father either never came to the U.S. from Ireland or did, married again and never reunited with the kids.  B.D. WELCH brought the kids (Elizabeth and James) to America when they were small.  At least Elizabeth was raised by the HURLEYs.  She was estranged from her family because her father was wanted by the British authorities for murder, but we're told he was active I.R.A. member (although he could have just been a scoundrel).  The family believes she and her sister were placed with her father's father in England and that her uncle (possibly B.D. WELCH) whisked her away one night to America.  I've searched for her birth or baptism records throughout the Pittsburgh, PA area and parishes to find records indicating her birthplace or the names of her father and mother.  No birth records can be found in America.  Nor do her Baptism or Confirmation records exist although she was a devout Catholic.  She was an admirer of Holy Ghost College, later Duquesne University, established by the Holy Ghost Fathers from Dublin.  She was buried by an Irish funeral home.  Furthermore she hounded her husband John Prespeteiryn from Scotland till he converted to Catholic.  His family then scratched him from their family Bible, but that must wait for John R ADAMS story.  The B.D. WELCH trail may be the best trail to follow, possibly the only one. Any info. on B.D. WELCH of Nashannock, Mercer Co., PA will be appreciated.

(Q195)  15 Aug 1997 - John H. MacDonald


Researching Mc/MACDONALD, ECHOLS (ECKLES), and CLINGINSMITH (KLINGINSCHMIDT).  Would like any info. regarding Charles (?) McDONALD (MACDONALD) and Marie DE MERCHANTE (?), likely in Mercer Co. mid 1800s.  Their dau. (name unknown) m. an ECHOLS (ECKLES) and had a son named Munroe.  Their son, Lemuel (1831-1889) m. Cordelia CLINGINSMITH (1833?-1910, dau. of Ester CLINGINSMITH of Salem Twp., Mercer Co.).  Their other son, William (1836/1837-?) m. Cordelia's sister, Elizabeth CLINGINSMITH (1838-?).  Lemuel supposedly b. in Stoneboro.  Shows up in 1860 census in Beaver Co. PA, then in 1870 census in Erie, PA.  Any info. on the three families would be greatly appreciated.

Note from submitter (14 Sep 1997) -  This query is outdated and some parts are wrong.  I will post update later.

(Q194)  12 Aug 1997 - Richard Campbell + Homepage

Surnames: CAMPBELL

I am looking for the parents of Daniel S. CAMPBELL, b. 1811/12 in Mercer Co., PA.  He may have been b. in Bellesville, OH.  I have no concrete proof of either.

(Q193)  9 Aug 1997 - Donald B. O'Leary


Looking for info on the LEARY/O'LEARY surname in the counties of Mercer, Lawrence, Venango in the years 1870 through the 1950's.  Births, marriages, deaths, kinship, etc.  Richard O'LEARY, b. 1839 Ireland (Venango Co. Complanter Twp.); Patrick O'LEARY, b. 1834 Ireland (Venango Co. 1st-Wd. Franklin); Peter LEARY, b. 1848 Ireland (Mercer Co. Sharon Boro); William LEARY, b. 1857 PA (Mercer Co. Clarksville Boro); Michael Patrick O'LEARY Sr., b.10/13/1831 in Co. Kerry, Ireland, d. 1902; Johanna Sullivan O'LEARY, b. 9/1837 in Co. Kerry, Ireland, d.12/15/1900; Michael Patrick O'LEARY Jr., b. 9/25/1856 in Llangattock, Wales, d. 2/27/1932; Mary Ann O'LEARY (WILSON), b. 3/20/1861 in Ebbw Vale, Wales, d. 6/2/1946; John O'LEARY, b. 12/21/1863 in Ebbw Vale, Wales, d. 12/18/1918; Thomas O'LEARY, b. 4/29/1866 in Bedwelty, Wales, d. 1931; Catherine O'LEARY (MALONEY), b. 9/20/1869 in Bedwelty, Wales, d. 12/26/1939; William O'LEARY, b. 8/24/1872 in Bedwelty, Wales, d.10/22/1929; Anna O'LEARY (KEENAN), b. 2/5/1875 in Bedwelty, Wales, d. 2/4/1966; Maria Elizabeth O'LEARY (DOOLAN), b. 11/1/1858 in Waterford, Ireland, d. 3/14/1941; Elizabeth O'LEARY, b. 4/4/1881 in Bedwelty, Wales, d. 5/28/1882; Ellen Cecilia O'LEARY (SMYTH), b. 8/24/1883 in Sharon, PA, d. 11/1/1969; Johanna Ellen (Anna) O'LEARY, b. 2/18/1885 in Sharon, PA, d. 12/16/1911; Catherine V. O'LEARY (MAHER) b. 1/10/1887 in Sharon, PA, d. 1983; Mary Gertrude O'LEARY (DONNELLY), b. 1/24/1889 New Castle, PA, d. 4/6/1937; John V. O'LEARY, b. 5/27/1891 in New Castle, PA, d. 1/11/1946; James Thomas O'LEARY, b. 11/8/1893 in New Castle, PA, d. 3/21/1928; Michael Joseph Francis O'LEARY, b. 10/14/1895 in New Castle, PA, d. 4/3/1976.
Also looking for other LEARYs/O'LEARYs in Sharon, Sharpsville, Meadville, New Castle that may have been related in that time frame.  Grandfather Michael Patrick checked in at Sharon in 1881.  I have reason to believe that he had relations already there who had preceded him from either Ireland or Wales.  The great grandparents Michael & Johanna came over in 1886 or 1890 with the three youngest children from Wales, where he had gone in 1850.  The others in the years between.  Great great grandfather's name was Richard LEARY, b. in Ireland.  No dates.  Any LEARYs or O'LEARYs that already lived in the mentioned counties of western PA may have been related.  I have no record of any siblings of my great great or great grandfathers.

(Q192)  7 Aug 1997 - Karen L. Kimball


I am researching the family of John and Mary J. HUMPHREY of Springfield Twp.  I would like to find the birthdate of Mary (her maiden name was possibly KERR) and her parents.  Mary was b. approx. 1812 in Mercer Co.  I would also like to find the marriage record of John and Mary, probably 1830 or so, since their first child was b. 1831.  Any info. on the birthdates of their 10 children b. between 1831 and 1852 in Springfield Twp., Mercer Co. is welcome.  I'd like to contact anyone researching HUMPHREY or KERR in Mercer Co.

I am also researching the SWEESY and FORBES families of West Middlesex, Shenango Twp., Mercer Co.  Thomas SWEESY, b. 1813, was m. to Alice FORBES.  I would like to find the marriage record and the death record of Alice, who d. around 1846.  Many other SWEESYs are buried in Haywood Cemetery in West Middlesex - is Alice there too?  Have lots of info. for anyone looking for the SWEESY family on Shenango Twp.

(Q191)  1 Aug 1997 - Elizabeth Renee Esopenko


Looking for info. about the families of Jacob GRAHAM and Margaret MORELAND who were both born in Mercer Co. and married each other.  They had a son in 1854 in Bascobel, WI named William GRAHAM and he was a farmer.  I need any info. on the ancestry of these two surnames, dates and names of parents.  Jacob is my 3rd great grandfather.  Can anyone help me?

(Q190)  28 Jul 1997 - Barb Taylor

Surnames: CRAWFORD

Alexander CRAWFORD, b. 12/22/1822 in Lawrence Co., PA, possibly Mercer or Beaver Co. since Lawrence Co. didn't officially exist in 1822.  Seeking info. on parents and siblings.  Believe Alexander's father's name was also Alexander; mother unknown.  Alexander arrived in DeKalb Co., IL on 11/24/1839, possibly with other family members.  Any leads on this line would be greatly appreciated.

(Q189)  25 Jul 1997 - Linda Holub

Surnames: STEIN, VOGAN

Looking for info. on John Harlan VOGAN, b. 10/31/1878 or 79 in North Liberty, PA.  Parent info. if available also appreciated: father, Julius Harlan VOGAN, b. around 1850, Harlanburg, PA; mother, Louisa Wilhilmena (STEIN) VOGAN, b. 1855 or 56 in Sunbury, PA.  They were m. 1871-76.  Thank you!

(Q188)  23 Jul 1997 - Charles Ohl


Robert CRAIG m. Sara BILLIG and had three children.  William Billig CRAIG, b. 1870 in Greenville, Mercer Co., PA, d. 1930 in Youngstown, OH.  His brothers were Ira CRAIG and John CRAIG.  All three were plaster contractors in Youngstown, OH.  William's wife was Jenny Elmira MORRIS, b. 1869 in Sharon?, Mercer Co., PA.  Her parents were Frank MORRIS and Sara REICHART.  Other brothers and sisters were: Annette MORRIS, Edna MORRIS, William MORRIS, Frank MORRIS, Pearl MORRIS, Charles MORRIS, Gennie MORRIS, Maude MORRIS, and Archibald MORRIS.  Any info. really appreciated.

(Q187)  23 Jul 1997 - Bonnie Lundberg


I am interested in finding the names of the children of George FELL, b. 7 Sep 1783, d. 12 Jun 1853, and Rachel CAMPBELL.  George and Rachel  m. 1807.  I do know the names of two of their children: my gg-grandfather, Andrew FELL, b. 27 Jun 1819, d. bef 1880, m. 13 Apr 1842 to Susan FOLLETT; and John R. FELL, b. 1816.

I am also interested in obtaining info. on my great-grandmother, Elizabeth JACK, b. abt 1843.  According to my grandparent's marriage license, she was b. in Mercer Co.  Elizabeth m. 11 Oct 1866 to Erwin FELL.  They had four children: Alice, William, Lula, and my grandfather, Thaddeus.  Thaddeus was b. in Greenville.  Any help will be appreciated.

(Q186)  23 Jul 1997 - Sheila Barr Helser  

Surnames: BARR, HINDE, McCOY

I am trying to locate the materials that a Dr. Howard HINDE found in a secret part of his house in 1957 in Grove City.  They were the possessions of Captain John P. BARR my great grandfather.  I hope he donated them to your historical museum.  I am trying to research my ancestors and I have an article from the Pittsburgh Press, Sunday, Aug 25, 1957 that my father Weldon BARR had saved.  He tried back then to be allowed to view the artifacts but HINDE refused.  My father was the only living BARR direct descendent of John P. BARR.  I know my great grandfather is buried in Grove City because I visited the grave site with my father.  I just wondered if anyone in the area of history of Grove City knew Dr. Howard HINDE or knew where the articles-books, guns, family letters, diaries, toys, trunks, music, and ledgers of 4th PA Cavalry, Co. L are.  John P. BARR was m. to Anna McCOY.

(Q185)  22 Jul 1997 - Donna Dillon


Anyone related by birth or marriage to a veteran of the 142nd PA Volunteer Infantry Regiment of the Civil War is asked to send any info., such as copies of rosters, letters, and other memorabilia, to Donna Dillon at P.O. Box 165, Scottdale, PA 15683.  This info. may be used in a book that Ms. Dillon is currently working on concerning the 142nd.  The Regiment was formed from eight counties: Venango, Westmoreland, Somerset, Union, Luzerne, Monroe, Mercer, and played a vital role in the American Civil War.

(Q184)  21 Jul 1997 - George F. Goodman


John G. GUTMANN (GOODMAN), b. Bern, Switz., came to America in 1870, and first settled in Lock Haven, PA where he was a carpenter.  In 1871 he moved to Titusville, PA and worked at his trade for two years.  He then purchased the Spring Hill Hotel.  (Some place along the line he dropped the last "N" in his surname.)  In 1877 he m. Catherine BELLEN from Erie, PA.  They had three children: Libby Gertie, John Fred, and Charles Frank.  He was also a member of The Knights of Honor and the D.O.H.  To date this is all the info. I have.

(Q183)  14 Jul 1997 - Edith Patsko


I'm looking for the parents of Mariah McCORD, b. 4 Oct 1823 in Kinsman Twp., Trumbull Co., OH.  Her father was George McCORD and ?.  On the 1840 PA census, West Salem Twp., Mercer Co., there is two George McCORDs.  1. George McCORD age 60-70, 1 male under 5, 2 females 15-20, 1 female 40-50.  This George McCORD m. 11 Mar 1819 in West Salem Twp., Mercer Co. to Margaret MAIDEN (MADDEN).  He d. 18 Mar 1842 and could be the George McCORD buried at Rockridge Cemetery, West Salem Twp., Mercer Co., PA.  2. George McCORD age 60-70, 1 male under 5, 2 females 15-20, 1 female 50-60.  This George McCORD m. before 1820 to Elizabeth MOSSMAN and may possibly be buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Youngstown, OH.  I can not determine which George McCORD is Mariah's father.  On the 1850 PA census, Greenville, Mercer Co., Mariah is living with Dr. Reuben and Sarah BRINER (Sarah was the granddaughter of Francis MOSSMAN.  Mariah McCORD then m. 26 Apr 1856 in Youngstown, OH to Samuel C. ROOK.  Does anyone have any info. on these families?

(Q182)  14 Jul 1997 - Linda Holub


Am looking for info. (birth, marriage) regarding VOGAN family.  Julius b. in 1850s.  Also location for Louisa or Louise STEIN or LAWRENCE.  Louisa and Julius VOGAN had two children b. in PA: Jessie, b. Nov 1876; and Jno. (John, we believe), b. Oct 1878.

(Q181)  13 Jul 1997 - Brent Dean Morgan


Seeking info on Andrew WILSON, b. 14 Feb 1832 in Pulaski (then Mercer Co.) or Sharpsville?  He m. 5 Feb 1885 at the home of Samuel WILSON in Greenville to 2nd wife Laura Agnes ADAMS.  Andrew d. 11 Sep 1901 in Sharpsville.  Was a musician in Civil War and later had the Pulaski Coronet Band.  I have a lot of info. on him but no preceding genealogical info.  I have the family bible for Andrew and Laura WILSON.

Seeking info. about John ADAM or John ADAMS.  His tombstone does not show the "S".  He was b. 28 Nov 1823, d. 18 Jan 1892 at Kremis, and bur. St.John's Lutheran Cemetery across from Mercer one room schoolhouse.  His wife was Marie B.?  Any info. appreciated.  I have 3 handwritten volumes of records of the ADAMS or ADAM family of Kremis, Mercer Co.

Emanue RUPERT, b. 1844 ... Where?  He m. 24 Jan 1867 to Sarah WIEDER and d. 16 Feb 1921 at New Lebanon.  Was a store owner there much of his life.  Was Andrew RUPERT of Mahoning Co., OH his father?

(Q180)  11 Jul 1997 - Rebecca Koontz

Surnames: WALLACE

Jerome, John, William, or Roscoe WALLACE, early 1900 through 1960's, probably some criminal records existing on Roscoe and William.

(Q179)  11 Jul 1997 - Donald Stephenson


Help!  I'm looking or info. on John STEPHENSON and his brother Josiah and any other siblings that anyone can find.  Josiah was b. 1798 in Mercer Co. and d. 1884 in Mercer Co.  John was b. 1796 and d. 1848 around that time.  There has to be other brothers and sisters.  Also I would like help finding their parents??  Help!

(Q178)  10 Jul 1997 - James Gary Wise


My great grandparents, Charles WISE and Elizabeth GREGG WISE, b. ca 1850-60, probably lived in Mercer Co. at least in the 1880s since my grandfather John Thompson WISE was b. 31 Dec 1881 in Jackson Center, Mercer Co.  I also have another set of great grandparents, James Y. MILLER, b. 20 Aug 1864, d. 9 May 1954, and Flora CORNELIUS MILLER, b. 8 Aug 1868, who were m. in Mercer Co.  I believe their fathers' names were respectively, James Young MILLER and Josiah J. CORNELIUS.  I am interested in any info. anyone may have on these people.

(Q177)  10 Jul 1997 - Barbara Herlan


John GILSON, b. abt 1816, d. aft 1880, m. Nancy ??;  Thomas T. GILSON, b. 1854, d. 1886, m. Clara JONES (2nd m. James TITUS); John Richard GILSON, b. 1877, d. 1913, m. Rosaana Cecilia HUGHES.  Seth JONES, b. 1830, d. aft 1900, m. Margaret SMITH; Clara JONES (above), b. 1857, d. 1938.  Daniel HUGHES, b. 1788 in IRE, d. 1878 in Mercer Co., m. in IRE to Mary McKUMISKY; James H. HUGHES, b. 1830 in IRE, d.1915 in Mercer Co., m. Alice McCONVILLE.  Peter McCONVILLE, b. 1790 in IRE, d. 1862 in Mercer Co., m. in IRE to Mary O'HARE; Alice McCONVILLE m. James H. HUGHES (see above).  I am interested in getting more facts on these individuals, their families, places where they lived, where they are buried, etc.  Any help would be appreciated.

(Q176)  8 Jul 1997 - Stanley Ketchum


Edward SMITH, b. abt 1800 in VA, m. Jane JOHNSON, child John Jasper SMITH, b. 14 Jan 1844 in Mercer, PA.  Trying to trace Edward SMITH back to VA.

(Q175)  8 Jul 1997 - Kevin Leroy Hoovler


John BURROWS (BURROUGHS) settled in eastern OH (Coitsville) and New Bedford, PA area sometime around 1806. He was b. in Ireland and a veteran of the War of 1812.  BURROWS or BURRIS of the Sandy Lake area of Mercer Co., PA. from the 1830's to the present.

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