Reuben Somers Family Bible

The information on this page was originally part of the Genealogical Society of Page County (GSPC) website. GSPC was dissolved in 2005. Permission has been granted for use by Teresa Kelley


GSPC Newsletter Vol. 6, No. 2 Spring 1995

The following information was transcribed from photocopies of the Reuben Somers Family Bible which are housed in the Genealogical Society Pamphlet Collection at Page Public Library. This Bible is in the possession of Mr. Dale Hoak of Luray, VA.


Reuben SOMERS born 16 day of March 1814; Married 19 of Aug 1841

Anna his wife born 2 June 1819

Silas A. SOMERS born 16 Jun 1842 died 10 September 1863

Philip M. SOMERS born 14 February 1844 died 5 May 1864

Sarah J. SOMERS born 12 May 1846 died 23 April 1931

David W. SOMERS born 8 January 1848 died 29 Jan 1939

Peter Paul SOMERS born 14 February 1850 died 2 Oct 1884

Julius F. SOMERS born 12 June 1854

Victory SOMERS born 18 March 1858

Joseph A. SOMERS born 10 September 1860

Julius F. SOMERS died 19 July 1943 aged 90

Abram Joseph SOMERS died 5 January 1950 aged 89

Laura Somers PRINTZ died 11 June 1877

Dewey Lee SOMERS died 17 July 1986 aged 88

Julius F. SOMERS and March B. SOURS were married 3 June 1896

Julius F. SOMERS born 12 June 1854

Dewey Lee SOMERS born 18 March 1898

Maud S. SOMERS born 10 September 1899

Mary Maglene SOMERS born 22 July 1901

Martha Sirriene SOMERS born 2 June 1905


Newspaper clipping placed in Bible

Funeral services were held yesterday at 3:00 p.m. from his late home in the Valleyburg section for Julius F. Somers, 90 year old resident of Page County, who died on Monday evening at 5:45 in the Page Memorial Hospital following two weeks of illness.

Julius F. Somers, one of the oldest residents of this county was a man of remarkable talents and character. During his interesting lifetime he saw and was a part of much of Page County's history.

He was born on June 12, 1853 at Valleyburg and was the son of the late Reuben Somers and Annie Printz Somers. As a young man he was well known for many trades, among his most popular being that of a cooper and carpenter. He also worked at farming and was an adept blacksmith. His advice, often sought after, was freely given and his thoughtfulness to his fellow man will not soon be forgotten. He was a faithful member of the Lutheran Church.

His wife, Miss Annie Belle Sours, whom he married when a young man, passed away thirty years ago leaving four children. They are Mrs. Isaac (Martha) Hoak of Luray, Mrs. Clarence (Maude) Hoak of Ida, Mrs. Vernon C. (Mary) Broyles of Luray, and Mr. Dewey Somers who resides at the home place at Valleyburg. He also leaves sixteen grandchildren and one brother, Abram Somers, who is in his 83rd year and also lives at the old Somers home place at Valleyburg. His deceased brothers and sisters are: Paul Somers of Indiana, David Somers of Culpeper County, Phillip and Silas Somers both of whom were killed in the Battle of the Wilderness during the Civil War, Misses Victoria and Jane Somers, and Mrs. Wesley (Laura) Printz all of Page County.

His pastor, Rev. B. D. Castor, conducted the funeral yesterday with Rev. A. L. Boliek assisting. Interment was in the family cemetery not far from the home.

Serving as pallbearers were: Lewis Somers, Junior Hoak, Leonard Broyles, Drexel Somers, Ralph Somers, and Charles Price. (There was more of this obituary but the last ten lines have the left side portion missing.)