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. 13.
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
(Q376) 21 Apr 1998 - Emma Jean Smith
Surnames: BLAIR, CAMPBELL, CURRY,
EAKIN, McCLELLAND, PERRY, RILEY, SMITH
I am researching the following families. William
EAKIN m. Phebe PERRY, Samuel
EAKIN m. Mary RILEY, Margaret
EAKIN m. Adam CURRY, these 3 families were
brothers and sisters. John EAKIN m. Mary
EAKIN, they were cousins, her brother, John M.
EAKIN, m. Margaret CAMPBELL McCLELLAND,
Martha EAKIN m. Robert David SMITH, Robert
Hawthorne BLAIR m. Nancy A. EAKIN.
The latter 4 families were all related, the women being sisters. I have
a database of 14,000 names with 5,600 marriages and history for many of them,
or any allied families thereof. These families were found in southern
Venango Co., northern Butler Co., Mercer Co., Lawrence Co., Warren Co., and
Clarion Co., PA. I would like to correspond with anyone related to any
of them. Seeking obituaries and further proof on all of the data that I
(Q375) 20 Apr 1998 - Toni Carlon Collins
Surnames: ABRAHAM, BARTON, CARLON,
DUNNIVAN-DUNNAVAN, JOHNSON, McFARLAND, O'MALLEY, STANLEY, STEVENSON,
I'm searching for any relatives of my ggg-grandparents, William J.
CARLON, b. Nov 8, 1788 in Westmoreland Co., PA, m. Hanna S.
DUNNIVAN (DUNNAVAN), b. Sep 30, 1798 in
NJ. They had 10 children, all b. in Mercer Co., PA: Elizabeth, b. Sep
12, 1822, d. Oct 15, 1825 in Mercer Co., PA; name?, b. May 23, 1824; Joseph,
b. Jul 12, 1826, d. Oct 12, 1828; Mary, b. May 27, 1828; Elizabeth?, b. Oct
28, 1830, d. Apr 5, 1873 in Brieter? Co., m. STOUGHTON;
Sarah Jane, b. Jan? 31, 1833, d. Aug 26, 1876 in Lawrence Co., PA; Hannah, b.
Jan 31, 1835; Joseph W. (my gg-grandfather), b. Jul 12, 1837; William J., b.
Oct 2, 1839, d. May 3, 1867 in Lawrence Co., PA; and George, b. Jan 11,
1842. William and George are buried in Myrtle Creek, OR. George
was a soldier in the Civil War and may have family ties in Algon, IA.
Joseph W. CARLON (my gg-grandfather) m. near Roseburg,
Douglas Co., OR to Macy BARTON? STEVENSON,
b. Jun 26, 1850 in KY. They had ten children, all b. in and around
Roseburg, OR: Joseph Raymond; Hannah M., m. O'MALLEY; Belle;
William Edgar; Ernest (my g-grandfather); Thomas W.; Bertha M., m.
JOHNSON; Elizabeth, m. McFARLAND; Madge Y.,
m. ABRAHAM; and Hazel Carlon, m.
STANLEY. All of these children are buried in Roseburg,
Portland, Bend, and Paisley, OR. If you have any info. concerning any
of these family members, especially William J. and Hannah, please
contact me. I'm at a standstill as to where they came from, their
parents, country of origin, etc. I'll trade info.! Good luck with
any endeavors you are searching on!
(Q374) 20 Apr 1998 - Edward Mark
Surnames: BROWN, MURPHY,
Looking for relatives of Amanda BROWN, b. 24 Oct 1837 in
Mercer Co., PA, dau. of Samuel and Anna BROWN. Amanda
m. 3 Jul 1859 in Apponoose Co., IA to S.A. SNIDER. She
d. 21 Jun 1923 in Wayne Co., IA. Amanda BROWN was my
g-grandmother's cousin. Also looking for relatives of Lydia A.
BROWN, b. 5 Jan 1836 in Mercer Co., PA, moved to Appanoose
Co., IA when she was 14 with her parents. She m. 1855 in Apponoose Co.,
IA to William MURPHY (my gg-grandfather).
(Q373) 18 Apr 1998 - Dana Wood
I am looking for Alice NEWTON who m. John
GARNER. They had a son, Burton Darwin
GARNER, b. 1874. I believe they were all b. in Mercer
Co., PA. I can find no trace of them until Burton's marriage. Any
info. would be helpful.
(Q372) 17 Apr 1998 - Tim Spence
Seeking any info. on HOOVLER and FIRSTER
families. Census and other info. places them in Mercer Co. abt
1810-1860. John and Frances HOOVLER fought in Civil
War. Frances was killed at Gettysburg. Also, Mary
FIRSTER, possibly her father, John
FIRSTER. Family tradition says John
FIRSTER was in Perry's fleet on Lake Erie. Does anyone
know where or if the crew lists are available? Will share any info. in
return, but research limited. Thanks.
(Q371) 17 Apr 1998 - Greg Zelinske
Looking for any info. on Isaac and Margaret ROSE, or any
of their children. They moved from Washington Co., PA abt 1804.
Their farm was in Springfield Twp., about 8 miles southeast of Mercer and
about 1/2 mile from Perry Highway (Route 19).
(Q370) 16 Apr 1998 - Charles L. Mattocks
Jr. + Homepage
Surnames: MOOK, PETERSON, REED,
SMOCK, SPARGO, WILLIAMS
Looking for more info. on the MOOK family in
Mercer/Crawford Cos. I have the following info. so far. George
William MOOK, b. 1822 in NY, d. near Rock Creek Park,
Crawford Co., PA, m. Ester/Esther REED, b. 1824 in PA, dau.
of ? REED and Catherine __?__. Children of George
MOOK and Ester REED: Aurilla
MOOK, b. abt 1843; Jane MOOK, b. abt 1848;
James MOOK, b. abt 1851; Margaret MOOK, b.
abt 1854; John Reed MOOK, b. Sep 15, 1855 in New Lebanon,
Mercer Co., PA, d. Aug 6, 1929 in Custards, Greenwood Twp., Crawford Co., PA,
m. Feb 8, 1877 in Meadville, Crawford Co., PA to Elizabeth
WILLIAMS, dau. of Jonathan WILLIAMS and
Amelia __?__, 8 children to this marriage; William George
MOOK, b. Mar 1857 in Greenwood Twp., Crawford Co., PA, d.
Sep 12, 1930 in Saegertown, Crawford Co., PA, m. (1) 1883 to Mary Ellen
WILLIAMS, m. (2) aft 1914 to Caroline Elizabeth
SPARGO, 7 children to first marriage, 3 children to second;
Sarah MOOK, b. 1858 in PA; Ruth Matilda
MOOK, b. 1863 in PA, d. Apr 8, 1935 in Meadville, Crawford
Co., PA, m. Thomas Jefferson PETERSON; Lydia
MOOK, b. abt 1864; Jesse MOOK, b. Jun 1865,
d. bef 1892, m. Henrietta SMOCK; and Frank
MOOK, b. 1867, d. abt 1918, killed by falling tree, m.
Matilda WILLIAMS, 10 children to this marriage. (I
descend from here.)
(Q369) 11 Apr 1998 - Jean Carr Cummings
Am looking for the parents of George Washington CARR, b.
1826 in Mercer Co., PA and lived there. He m. abt 1847 in Mercer Co.,
PA to Gitty DANIELS. They moved to Jackson Co., IA
with many DANIELS families. Looking for ancestry of
Kinsey DANIELS of Mercer Co. also. Does it go back to
NJ to Jonathan DANIELS, a Revolutionary soldier?
(Q368) 10 Apr 1998 - Doreen Merritt
Surnames: BOYLAN, LYTLE,
John LYTLE, b. 1815, and Phoebe BOYLAN,
b. 1810, resided in Sandy Lake in 1850. Children: William, Samuel
Solomon, Sara, Martha, John, and James. Phoebe's parents were Aaron
BOYLAN and Sarah THOMPSON. I have
their info. I am searching for info. on John LYTLE's
parents. His father was possibly John LYTLE, b. 1787,
resided in Coal Springs in 1850.
(Q367) 9 Apr 1998 - Glenna K. Owens
Surnames: COLLINS, JARVIS,
I am searching for info. on my maternal grandfather, Frank J.
COLLINS, b. 1884 in Greenville, PA, son of Frank and
Elizabeth COLLINS. Frank J. COLLINS
m. Nov 5, 1917 in Norfolk, VA to Beatrice JARVIS. At
that time he was serving as a seaman in the Merchant Marines. They had
one child, my mother, Gertrude SCHREIBER, b. Aug 18,
1919. Any info. on Frank J. COLLINS or his family
would be most appreciated.
(Q366) 9 Apr 1998 - Julie Perry
Surnames: MAGUIRE, POWELL,
Seeking info. on Charles H. MAGUIRE, b. 1848 in NY City,
m. Emma Jane POWELL, had children: James, George, Catherine,
Charles, Emma, Blanche, Alexander, Mercy, Arthur, Christina, Pearl, and
Howard. Charles H. MAGUIRE's parents were James and
Catherine (ROBINSON) MAGUIRE who m. in NY
City. James came from Ireland and Catherine supposed to be b. in
PA. Their sons: Daniel, George R., William, William S., Robert B.,
Charles H., John, and James.
(Q365) 8 Apr 1998 - Pamela M.
I am researching Adam RIHEL, m. Sarah Jane
BUCHANAN. I have no dates on these two. I know
of one child, Edward James RIHEL, b. Sep 29, 1885 in Butler
Co., lived most of his live in Harrisville, PA. Sarah Jane was a niece
of President James BUCHANAN. I am trying to find out
who James BUCHANAN's brothers were. I would like to
connect Sarah to one of them. I do have some info. that may lead to a
William BUCHANAN. It is some papers about trying to
get money from his estate by Edward's son, Samuel Milton
RIHEL, b. 1909, d. 1945. I would appreciate any
(Q364) 7 Apr 1998 - Amy
Looking for the parents of Williams Smith McWILLIAMS, b.
29 Feb 1844 in Mercer, Mercer Co., PA, m. bef Apr 1870 to Mary Adaline
JOHNSON. His siblings were: John W., b. ca 1840;
Sabrina, b. ca 1841; and Mary E., b. ca 1846.
(Q363) 6 Apr 1998 - Rob Teeter
I am looking for any info. relating to my grandfather, Robert Joseph
BURNS, b. Sep 20, 1901 in Sharon, Mercer Co., PA. His
father (my g-grandfather) was Joseph Robert BURNS who came
from Ireland. I do not know the name of my g-grandmother. They
had 12 children.
(Q362) 2 Apr 1998 - M. Jay Kimmel
Surnames: HIRST, SHIPLER,
Am looking for any descendants of Jonathan Thompson
HIRST, b. ca 1810, d. 1886, and wife, Mary W. __?__, b. ?, d.
1901, who lived in Mercer, PA beginning 1850 or earlier. Known
children: Lizzie HIRST, m. ZAHNIZER; Mary
J. HIRST, m. P.E. SHIPLER; and O.W.
HIRST. Grandchildren include: Harry H.
ZAHNIZER; Frank R. ZAHNIZER; Bertha
ZAHNIZER, May ZAHNIZER; Stewart
SHIPLER; Wendall H. SHIPLER; Jessie
HIRST, Mace HIRST, Maud
HIRST; and Gertrude HIRST. I'm
particularly interested in the HIRST family, but would very
much like to exchange info. with anyone descended from or researching any of
the people listed above.
See query Q455 for update.
(Q361) 2 Apr 1998 - Donald Pearson
Surnames: MORFORD, PEARSON,
I am looking for info. on Henry Alfred? PEARSON, b. 1876
in Mercer Co., m. Mary Alice MORFORD, b. 1875. Mary
Alice MORFORD was related through the NORTH
family to the ZAHNISER family through Catherine
ZAHNISER. Henry and Mary PEARSON
moved to Sharon, PA abt 1945, having previously lived in Leesburg? and
(Q360) 1 Apr 1998 - Carolyn Ann
Schaefer + Homepage
Seeking info. on Henry and Rebecca VAN CUREN. We
know they lived in PA when their youngest dau. was b. 1839.
(Q359) 1 Apr 1998 - Michael Pierce
I am a descendant of David FARRELL and Hugh
McKEAN, prominent citizens in the 19th century in Mercer
Co. I have some old photos of the FARRELL house in
Sharon. Also, I am looking for photos of the Civil War Unit that Grandpa FARRELL was in. He received a field commission and my
aunt has an amazing diary from the beginning of 1862 to 1864.
FARRELL was a former postmaster and had a tremendous life,
very noteworthy historically. I am looking for photos of reunions of
the W. Middlesex Rangers. Thank you.
(Q358) 29 Mar 1998 - Cheryl Pillar
I am looking for info. on the divorce of David Clyde
JONES and Polly M. (McNEISH)
JONES that may have occurred in Mercer Co. abt 1907 or
later. Any info. would be appreciated. All e-mail's will be
answered. Thank You!
(Q357) 29 Mar 1998 - Paddy Waloven
Surnames: HATHAWAY, VAN
Looking for info. on Abraham VAN VOORHIES, his wife,
Sarah HATHAWAY, and their son, George R. VAN
VOORHIES, b. Dec 17, 1835 in New Lebanon, PA.
(Q356) 29 Mar 1998 - Rhonda Artman
Looking for any info. on the ARTMAN family. The
only info. we have is from the 1850 census. Micheal
ARTMAN, b. 1814, m. Catharine __?__, b. 1818. Their
children: Jeremiah, Drucilla, Albert, WIlliam, Mary, Robert, and
Leander. We think Leander, our g-grandfather, may have lived in IN and
TN. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
(Q355) 26 Mar 1998 - Darin
Looking for info. on Thomas ORR, b. 1840s? in Mercer Co.,
PA, m. Sarah C. JOHNSTON of NY, moved to Jackson Co., IA in
1860, returned to PA in 1899, d. 25 Dec 1905.
(Q354) 25 Mar 1998 - Donald Stephenson
Surnames: BARBER, CLINGAN,
Seeking an obituary for Catherine BARBER STEPHENSON
CLINGAN from around Mar 4, 1922 in Mercer or Lawrence Co. My
great grandmother d. Mar 4, 1922 according to some info. and I know of no
newspaper in this area. Can someone please help? Thanks.
(Q353) 22 Mar 1998 - Barbara Harvey
Listed on the 1900 census in Jefferson Twp., Mercer Co., PA: George
MINK, age 62, sister, Elizabeth DUNKEL, age
68, her husband, John DUNKEL, age 80, and their son, Adam
DUNKEL, age 27. Seeking info. and contact with
(Q352) 22 Mar 1998 - Sam Ray
Surnames: BURNS, KOONCE, LAWYER,
RAY, SNYDER, STEVENSON
I am researching the RAY, KOONCE,
BURNS, STEVENSON, LAWYER,
and SNYDER families that were in the northwest part of
Mercer Co., Sugar Grove Twp. and Pymatuning Twp. mainly.
(Q351) 22 Mar 1998 - Jerry Moyer
DECKER, MILLER, MOYER, WOODWORTH
Looking for info. on the family of Curtis MOYER, b. 1820,
d. 1895, m. Elizabeth BRESSLER (or
PRESSLER), b. 1830. Children were: George Washington
MOYER, b. 1853, d. 1919, m. Mary Etta
DECKER; William MOYER, b. 1855, d. 1825, m.
Edith MILLER; James MOYER, b. 1857, d.
1924, m. Anne __?__; John MOYER, b. 1860, d. 1925, m.
Frances WOODWORTH; and Frank MOYER, b.
1863, d. 1905. Other children were: Elizibeth; Catherine; Henery; and
Hannah. Curtis MOYER was a miller by trade and they
lived somewhere in the vicinity of the Mercer, Crawford, Venango Cos. border
area. Any info. on any them would be helpful.
(Q350) 21 Mar 1998 - Bill
I am researching my ancestor, Patience MERCER, m. George
SMEDLEY who d. 1783. I believe these families were
from Chester Co., PA bef 1783, but I would be very interested in knowing
where the "Mercer" in Mercer Co. came from.
(Q349) 21 Mar 1998 - Ruth Ridings
Surnames: JAYNE, REESE,
Searching for John REESE, b. 1853, d. 1909, buried in
Morefield Cemetery, if it is still called that. Found an old post card
from his son to my grandfather that he was dying, postmarked May 11, 1908,
but cannot find a death notice. His wife lived until 1919, her maiden
name was TREGOWETH. Elizabeth
TREGOWETH is in the 1900 census and she was her
mother. Also researching Charlottoe JAYNE.
(Q348) 19 Mar 1998 - Ray Magargee
George Washington MAGARGEE, b. Sep 2, 1818, d. Sep 1,
1886, m. Jan 12, 1842 to Mary ROBISON, b. Sep 19, 1820, d.
Jan 15, 1874. We, the family of George Washington
MAGARGEE, are looking for the names and any other info. that
we can find on the parents of George Washington MAGARGEE and
any of his family bef 1818. Thanks in advance for any help that anyone
(Q347) 19 Mar 1998 - Joe Kenney
I recently found in the federal census that my Irish ancestor, Peter
McMAHON, his wife, Hannah, and son, John S., were in
Pymatuning Twp. in 1850. I have a number of questions regarding them
and in need of a guide to my next step. I'd like to know where I can
get a marriage or birth certificate from abt 1845 or 46. Is it
possible? I am also interested in how and why Peter would be in that
part of the world. Was Mercer Co. a mining area, and where could I find
a brief history of the place? This will help me figure out what he was
doing there. His wife, Hannah, was b. in PA according to the
census. So, could someone point me in the right direction to help me
uncover some of these mysteries?
(Q346) 19 Mar 1998 - Penny Haylett
Surnames: CORNER, LASHER,
Researching the following families from Mercer, Crawford, and Venango
Cos. I will appreciate any info. to add to what I have. Charles
Hawkins BLAIR, b. Apr 14, 1860 in Mercer Co., m. Florence
Leah LASHER, b. Apr 12, 1864 in New Lebanon, Mercer
Co. Their children were: Gertrude, Fred, Dessie Mae, Harold, and
Charles Jr. Florence Leah LASHER's parents were John
LASHER, Jr., b. in Venango Co., d. Mar 12, 1895 in New
Lebanon, Mercer Co., and Mary Aurelia STRAW. Also
researching Thomas Burton CORNER.
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