Saturday, April 4, 2009

Miscellaneous obituaries

My grandfather Heston Hill (1896 - 1987) and his mother Ora Baker Hill (1877 - 1961) kept multiple scrapbooks with obituaries of family members and people that they knew. Most of them are missing the name of the paper that they came from but Ora lived in Centerville, PA and my grandfather lived in Washington from the time he was married until his death (in the same house all those years) so I am guessing the majority of these obits came from the Washington Observer - Reporter. Some are also missing the date of death as it was not listed in full in the obituary and was not saved from the heading of the paper when the obit was cut out and put in the scrapbook. There are several hundred of these obits so it will take me quite a while to get them all posted but I will do my best. Here is the first installment:

Baker [Oct 12, 1946]
Mrs. Elizabeth Baker, 76, wife of J. Harvey Baker, California, died Saturday at 6:20 pm at the home of her son, Earnest Baker, 38 Pennsylvania Avenue, California, with whom she made her home. She had been in ill health several years. Mrs. Baker was born in Beaver County, August 21, 1870, a daughter of Edmond and Ellen Dungan Staley. Before her marriage to J. Harvey Baker in January 1893, she taught in spring Hill school several years. She was a member of California Methodist Church and an active worker. She was past noble grand of Rebekah lodge, California; past presidents and charter member of the American Legion auxiliary of California. She leaves her husband and two sons, Earnest, California, and Ralph G. Baker, Monongahela; a brother, Robert G. Staley, Coraopolis; three sisters and three half brothers; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Friends will be received at the home of her son in California.

Mrs. Dora E. Cusick, 80, Richeyville, died at her home Sunday, June 3, 1945, at 7:30 am following two weeks illness. She was a member of the pioneer Hill family, originally of Scenery Hill, which place formerly was known as Hillsborough.
A lifelong resident of Centerville Borough, she was born there March 30, 1864, a daughter of the late Robert and Hester Rodgers Hill. She was the wife of the late Rev J. C. Cusick, former pastor of the Evangelical Church. She was a member of the Free Methodist Church, West Brownsville.
Surviving are; on son, Harvey, Richeyville; one sister, Mrs. William H. Cusick, Lisbon O.; and the following step-children; Willia and John Cusick, Lisdbon, O.; Aswell Cusick, Toledo, O.; Mrs. Margaret Sterling, Raylond, O.; two grandchildren, Thelma and Edwin Cusick, Richeyville; also a number of nieces and nephews. The deceased was a sister of the late Harvey, George and Samuel Hill and Mrs. Virginia Duvall.

Mrs. Cora Ann Porter, in her 96th year, widow of Peter Perrine Porter, died at 5:45 am on Wednesday, March 14, 1945, at the home of her son, J. H. Porter, 539 Chadwick Street, following an illness of about five months.
Friends are being received at the Marlatt Funeral Home, 702 Beaver Street, where funeral services will be conducted by Reverand Lockhart Amerman of the Sewickley Presbyterian Church at three o’clock this Thursday afternoon. Interment will be in Cedar Cemetery, Jamestown, R.I.
Born in Watertown, Ohio, a daughter of Jesse and Ann Powell Green, pioneers from Greene County, who traveled by raft down the Ohio River to Mariett, Ohio, and up the Muskingham River. Her parents, who were Quakers, went through Pittsburgh in 1845, about the time of the big fire. She spent her early life in Beverly, Ohio, and resided for a number of years with her daughter, Mabel M. Porter, assistant editor of the Newport, R. I. Daily News. When her daughter died, about 25 years ago, she came to the Valley and to reside with her son. She spent most of the summers visiting at Scenery Hill and Beallsville.
Her brother was a Union soldier in the Civil War and was taken prisoner at the battle of Pittsburgh Landing and died in a Southern prison camp. Her sister died at the age of 93 in Portland, Oregon, about three years ago.
She is survived by her son, J. H. Porter of Chadwick Street; two grandchildren, Mildred G. Porter of Sewickley and James G. Porter of Edgeworth and two great-grandchildren, Barbara G. Porter and James G. Porter, Jr.

Amos – funeral notice
Friends of Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Garrett Amos, wife of Austin s. Amos, 133 Maple avenue, who died Sunday, Sept 12, 1948, will be received at the A. Blaine Day Funeral Home, after 7 pm Monday, Sept 13. Funeral services will be held there Wednesday, Sept 15, 1948 at 2 pm, in charge of Rev. Lester I. Snyder, pastor of the Allison Avenue Baptist Church. Interment in Washington Cemetery. A. Blaine Day Funeral Home, funeral director.

Vance L. Henry, 66, of Eighty Four R.D.2, Somerset Township, died at 8 pm Thursday, December 11, 1980, in Washington Hospital.
He was born June 23, 1914, in Clear Ridge,a son of Calvin L. and Lula Fraker Henry. Mr. Henry retired in 1978 from McGraw-Edison. He was a member of USW Local 3968 of Canonsburg. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he served with Co. H, 110th Infantry, 28th Division. He was a member of the DAV, Washington chapter, No 125, and was a 25-year member and deacon of the Pigeon Creek Presbyterian Church of Somerset Township. He also was member of the Washington Area Senior Citizens. On November 16, 1946 he married Edna McCollester, who survives. Also surviving are one son, Barry W. Henry, at home; five brothers, Mack Henry and Wallace Henry, both of Washington, Willis Henry of Chapin, S.C., Carlton Henry of Indian Harbor Beach, Fla., and H. Calvin Henry of West Columbia, S. C; two sisters, Mrs. Grace Kettering of Greensburg and Mrs. Mildred Hamilton of Washington; several nieces and nephews;and several great-nieces and great-nephews. A brother, Rush Henry, is deceased.

Former W-J Coach Dies (appeared in paper on 1-12-1977)
Sarasota, FLA. Stu Holcomb, former Washington & Jefferson football coach and retired general manager of the Chicago White Sox, died here Tuesday. He was 66. Holcomb, a graduate of Ohio State University and captain of the 1931 football team coached the Presidents to a 5-1-1 record in 1941, his only season at W & J. He also served as head coach at Findlay and Muskingham Colleges and Miami University in Ohio; assistant to Col. Red Blaik in the Army during World War II and later as head coach at Purdue from 1946 through 1955 and as athletic director at Northwestern for 10 years. He served as general manager of White Sox for two years, retiring in 1973. Funeral services will be held Thursday in Venice, Fla.

Nicholas Carl Tucci
, of 630 East Beau Street, Washington, died at 8:05 am Sunday, March 1, 1981, of an apparent heart attack, in Washington Hospital. He was born in Washington, a son of Guy and Carmella Macchiaroli Tucci. A pharmacist, Mr. Tucci owned and operated the Annex Pharmacy, a prescription drug store, since 1951. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and the Knights of Columbus, council 1083. Mr. Tucci was a member of the Washington Rotary Since 1952 and had served as a member of the board of directors. He was past director of Rotary Foundation, in which he was recognized as Paul Harris Fellow. Mr. Tucci was a member of the Toastmasters, of which he was a county award winner. He was a life member of the Washington County Historical Society, the Pittsburgh University Club, and he was a liberal supporter of the Heinz Hall opera and symphonic societies. He was a ember of the Nemacolin Country Club. Mr. Tucci was accredited with the endowment programs for the support of Washington and Jefferson College Science building, the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, and the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy. He was a member of the American Pharmaceutical Association, the Pennsylvania Pharmaceutical Association and the National Association of Retail Druggist. Mr. Tucci was a graduate of Washington High School and a 1932 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.
His wife, Josephien Cornetti Tucci, whom he married January 30, 1936, survives. Mrs. Tucci, also a pharmacist, operated the Annex Pharmacy with her husband. Also surviving are one son, Victor Nicholas Tucci of Pittsburgh, a fourth year medical student; three brothers, Michael, Angelo and Amel Tucci, all of Washington and one sister, Mrs. Geno (Tracena) Amanati of Phoenix, Ariz. One brother, Joseph B. Tucci, is deceased.

Isaac Ruble Hill, a native of Centerville, died Sept 7, 1953, at his hoe in Pasadena Calif., according to word received by Centerville Friends. A son of the late Joseph and Eily Ruble Hill, he was born July 25, 1878, near Centerville. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Effie Baker Hill and two daughters, Mrs. Bernice Miller and Mrs. Frances Doman; also four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, all of California. Three brothers, Ira, Jess and Ray Hill preceded him in death

Isaac Ruble Hill, 478 Toolen Pl., passed away Sept 7, 1953. A native of Centerville, PA., and resident of Pasadena 33 years, he was a member of Lincoln Avenue Presbyterian Church and is survived by his window, Effie M. Hill; daughters Bernice R. Miller and Mary F. Doman; two grandsons; two granddaughters and one great-granddaughter. Services Thursday at 2 pm in Memory Chapel, Ives & Warren Co., 100 N. Hill, Dr. Oscar Raymond Lowry officiating. Interment in Mtn. View Cemetery

David R. Hill
taken by Death in Florida - Retired Stock Broker, Mt. Lebanon Resident
David R. Hill, 76, a retired stockbrocker, died today while visiting St. Petersburg, Fla. [no date listed but it was Nov 25, 1952]. His home was at 613 McCully Sr., Mt. Lebanon. Before his retirement, Mr. Hill worked for the firm of Moore, Leonard and Lynch, Inc., Downtown. He was a member of the Mt. Lebanon Methodist Church and belonged to Lodge No. 684, F & A.M. Originally from Centerville, PA., Mr. Hill spent most of his life in the Pittsburgh area. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Gertrude L. Hill; a daughter Mrs. A. T. Johnston of Mt. Lebanon; two sons, Joseph R. of Birmingham, Ala., and David R. Hill Jr.; six grandchildren; and a brother I. Ruble Hill of Pasadena, Calif. Friends may call at the E. B. Laughlin funeral home, 2310 West Liberty Ave., where services will be at 2 pm Friday. Burial will be in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery.

Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Effie Baker Hill, formerly of Centerville, Friday, Dec 20, 1957, in Pasadena, Calif. She was 73. She was born near Fredericktown, the daughter of James and Mary Baker. Her husband, Ruble Hill, died four years ago. She is survived by one brother, Jesse, Jamestown; one sister, Mrs. Ora Hill, Centerville; two daughters, Mrs. Frances Doman and Mrs. Bernice Mill, both of Pasadena, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Interment was in Mountain View Cemetery, Pasadena. [Effie Baker and Ora Baker, sisters, married Isaac Ruble Hill and Ira Cleaver Hill, brothers - Ira and Ora were my great grandparents]

Mrs. Ora Hill, Centerville, has received word of the death of her nephew Joseph R. Hill, Birmingham, Ala. Mr. Hill, an executive of Standard Oil Company, was killed in a plane crash while flying his own aircraft from Panama where he had been on a business trip for the company. He was a son of the late David R. Hill, formerly of Centerville. Surviving are his wife, Eleanor, a daughter, Emily; his mother, Mrs. David Hill; a brother, David, Detroit, Mich.; and a sister, Mrs. Allan Johnston, Pittsburgh, Burial was in Birmingham Cemetery [no date listed but it was in May 1957]

Ora G. Hill
, 83, Washington, formerly of Centerville, died here Tuesday, March 14, 1961. She was born near Deemston September 16, 1877. Her husband, Ira Cleaver Hill, preceded her in death. Mrs. Hill was a member of the Mt. Zion Methodist Church. Surviving are one daughter, Agnes Burke, Bay Village, Ohio; one son, Heston Hill, Washington; one brother, Jess Baker, Sharon; four grandsons and eight great grandchildren.

Hill - funeral notice
Friends of Ora G. Hill, formerly of Centerville, who died Tuesday, March 14, 1961, will be received Wednesday, March 15,from 7 to 9 pm and Thursday March 16, from 2 to 5 pm and 7 to 9 pm at the John b. Greenlee Funeral Home, Beallsville, where services will be held Friday, March 17, at 2 pm in charge of Rev Jack Fields. Interment in Beallsville Cemetery. Please omit flowers.

James Russell Baker
, 48,of 212 Ninth Street, Charleroi, died suddenly of a heart attack while at work at Corning Glass Works, Charleroi, Monday, December 14, 1955 at 2:10 pm. He was born in Centerville, October 5, 1907, a son of the late Frank L. and Jennie Morton Baker. He was a member of the First Methodist church of Charleroi and the American Legion Post no 22. He served in the Army Air Force during World War II. He was a life time resident of Charleroi and worked in the shipping department of Corning Glass, Charleroi plant. Surviving are two brothers, Paul M. Baker and L. Lloyd Baker, both of Charleroi, two sisters, Mabel, wife of Earl Thayer, Unionville, VA. and Jane, wife of Henry Galloway, Monongahela. R. D. 2.

Baker - funeral notice
Friends of James Russell Baker, 212 Ninth Street, Charleroi, who died Tuesday, December 13,1955, will be received by the family during the hours of 1to 5 and 7 to 10 pm at the Harold L. Schrock Funeral Home, where services will be held on Friday, December 16, at 1:30 pm. Rev Robert Laing officiating, Interment in Beallsville Cemetery.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

East Bethlehem Township, Washington Co., PA List of Voters 1852

In one of the boxes of family history "stuff" that I inherited from my Grandfather Hill, was a small booklet that was handwritten and contained a list of voters for East Bethlehem Township, Washington Co, PA for 1852. I sent scanned images to a distant cousin of mine who is a local historian for that area of Washington Co and he put together a typed transcript of the names along with a forward explaining the list and the background. A copy of this list can be found at Citizen's Library in Washington PA. The following is the forward and the list. Maybe it will help with someone's research. Make sure you check the end of the list as there are names that were added at the end of the booklet and they are not in alphabetical order.

The names on the following pages are of the registered voters of East Bethlehem Township, Washington County, PA. 1852. They were found in a small booklet in the pssession of Debbie Hill Day, great great great granddaughter of David Ruble. David Ruble (1800 - 1870) resided on Barneys Run Road in what is now Centerville Borough formerly a part of East Bethlehem Township. This booklet was in a box of old papers, pictures, etc. that came from David Ruble's estate. No doubt David Ruble was involved with the election board in 1852.
As one reads this list of names, keep in mind that not all the adult male residents of East Bethlehem Township were registered to vote just as you will find in the lists of today. Also the boundaries of East Bethlehem Township changed from time to time since its formation in 1790. The town of Millsboro was set off as a bourough in 1840 and did not become a part of East Bethlehem Township again until 1878 when Millsboro Borough was dissolved. Centerville Borough and Deemston Borough were later created out of East Bethlehem Township reducing considerably the size of the Township as we find it today.
We are indeed indebted to Debbie Hill Day, daughter of David Hill and granddaugther of the late Heston Hill, for sharing the information in this little booklet that we might copy it and prepare for the use of the general public working on genealogy in this area. We believe it is another tool in genealogical research. We found it very helpful and interesting as we hope you will.
Yvonne Frank Liberatore
W. Floyd Gillis


Alexander, Andrew
Allison, William
Adams, George W.
Arnold, Michael
Arnold, Robert


Brooks, David
Bowser, Michael
Bowser, David
Bane, John
Butler, Peter
Bane, William
Bane, Seth
Buckingham, William
Ball, George
Ball, William
Buffington, Joseph
Buffington, John
Baker, Enoch
Beall, Zephaniah
Beall, John P.
Beall, Joshua
Beall, Charles
Beall, Neal G.
Barnhamer, Nathan
Barnhamer, John
Bane, Sebastian
Bane, Joseph
Bane, Garret
Bishop, David
Bishop, Isaac
Beall, William
Beatty, Thomas
Bishop, Harrison
Beall, Thomas
Baker, Hiram
Beall, Samuel
Boram, Richard
Butts, Eli
Bradley, Thomas
Bane, James
Baker, Nehemiah
Brown, Harrison I.
Brock, James
Blackburn, Abel
Blackburn, William
Brock, Parsons
Bentley, Joseph
Bishop, Thomas
Bishop, Salem
Blackburn, David
Bishop, Andrew
Beuley, Amos
Booth, William
Barr, Jeremiah
Buckingham, William
Baker, Aaron
Bishop, James
Blackburn, John
Binns, Edwin
Boyd, George
Baker, Joseph
Baker, Aaron L.
Baker, John
Bane, Henry
Baker, Nehemiah
Bower, Benjamin
Bower, Charles
Barnard, Nathan
Boyd, William
Bennet, Henry
Burson, Edward
Baggs, Hugh
Barnard, Zephaniah
Bower, John K.


Corbet, John
Corbet, John Jr.
Crumrine, Solomon
Crumrine, George
Crumrine, Jacob
Crumrine, William
Conn, Jacob
Crumrine, Daniel
Crumrine, Peter
Crawford, James C.
Cox, Jacob
Crumrine, Samuel
Combs, William
Cox, Jacob
Cox, Noah
Crawford, Henry
Conner, George
Craven, Reason
Craven, John G.
Craven, Job
Craig, James
Cornell, John
Chew, Rogers
Crouch, Elisha
Crouch, William
Conaway, John
Cleaver, Isaac
Crawford, Jacob
Crawford, William
Craig, Samuel
Cleaver, Isaac N.
Cleaver, Sheshbazzar
Cotton, William
Crossdale, Joseph
Chaney, John
Cleaver, John
Cleaver, James H.
Cope, Oliver
Crumrine, John
Crumrine, Abraham
Chessround, Elias


Dalbey, Enoch
Davis, John
Degood, Aaron
Dawson, Levi
Dunson, John
Dorsey, James V.
Deviney, John
Deems, Jacob
Dutton, John
Davis, Joseph H.
Dotson, David
Dales, Henry G.
Dales, John
Daugherty, John
Daugherty, Samuel
Donagho, Alex
Dalbey, Israel
Dalbey, Albert
David, Joseph
Donagho, John

Edlingshaffer, George
Edlingshaffer, John
Ewart, John
Ewart, Hosiah
Ellwood, William
Ellwood, Robert
Evans, Jacob
Elliott, Jackson
Elliott, Samuel
Evans, Thomas

Filson, Archibald
Fogle, Francis
Freeman, William
Fisher, William
Floyd, William
Farquhar, Joseph

Garee, Abraham
Garee, John
Garber, Cornelius
Greenfield, Nelson
Golden, Abraham
Golden, Stephen
Greenfield, Asberry
Greenfield, James
Gillis, Robert
Greenfield, William
Good, Jacob
Gillis, William
Grable, George W.
Geho, George
Gapen, --------


Hawthorne, James
Hupp, George
Hupp, George, Jr.
Hawkins, James C.
Harden, John
Hill, William w.
Hawkins, William
Hill, John W.
Hill, William H.
Horn, John
Huffin, Samuel
Hill, William
Hawkins, Absalem
Hill, Thomas H.
Hawkins, Robert
Hout, William G.
Hawkins, Goden
Horton, John
Horton, Thomas
Horton, Charles
Harrison, William
Huston, John
Hand, Samuel
Hilland, Jacob
Hill, Henry
Holmes, Andrew
Hetherington, James
Hartley, David
Hart, William
Hartley, Peter, V.
Hartley, Roger
Hormell, John
Harry, Lewis
Hartley, Peter
Harrison, G.
Harrison, Joseph
Holmes, Michael
Harford, William
Hancock, Joel
Hancock, William
Hill, George
Hormell, William
Horner, Kent
Harford, Thomas
Harford, John M.
Howe, John

John, Mordecai
Jordan, Jeremiah
Johnson, Joseph


Keys, Enoch
Keys, Parker
Kenworthy, Jesse
Kennedy, James
Knight, Oliver
Kutchen, Thompson
Knight, William
Knight, David
Keys, Abraham


Litzanburg, William
Lowman, Gustavus
Lynch, John
Linton, Joseph
Linton, William
Litton, Edmund
Litton, John
Lewis, Joseph
Linton, Henry
Linton, David
Linton, Hiram
Locy, Abner

Morton, Moses
Morton, Joseph
Miller, John
Miller, James
Morgan, John
Morgan, Andrew
Moore, Joseph
Morton, John
Mitchner, Benjamin
Mitchner, Neal
Morton, Stephan
Matthews, William
McGuire, John
McGinnis, John
Morton, Bennet,
Matthews, William, Jr.
Morris, Samuel
Morton, Joseph
Morton, John
Miller, Morgan
McDonaugh, John
Matthews, Nelson
Mitchell, John
McMath, John
McGirr, Joseph
Mason, Richard
Mason, William
Miller, Joseph
Mason, William
Marlott, Reason
Mayhorn, Nathan
Mitchell, David
Marsh, Milton
McDonald, John
McKay, David
McJunkin, James
Moffit, John
McCutcheon, Samuel
McCutcheon, James
McCune, Jesse
Mitchner, Milton
Murdock, Simon
Morris, Jesse I.
Mitchener, Sebastion
McCleland, Elias
Mitchner, Uriah
McCurdy, Robert
Middleton, Thomas
Moore, William
Middleton, James
Major, Ebenezer


O’Harra, Charles


Purcell, James
Powell, Albert
Pyle, Curtis
Pence, Benjamin
Phillips, Elijah
Phillips, William
Porter, George
Powell, Esau
Powell, Jephtha


Quail, Jesse
Queen, Elijah

Rheim, John
Richards, Joseph
Regester, James
Regester, John
Regester, Isaac N.
Regester, Jesse
Regester, William
Regester, Aaron
Rogers, John
Rogers, Samuel
Rogers, William
Richards, Jesse
Ruble, William
Ruble, David
Ridenger, George
Rankin, Paul
Rigg, Joseph
Rogers, Jeremiah
Regester, James
Ridges, Zebulon
Ridges, Jacob


Stull, Isaac
Simons, Daniel
Spindler, George
Spindler, William
Scott, Archibald
Shaffer, Jacob
Sargent, James
Snyder, Henry
Smith, Stephen
Smith, John
Sprowl, Thomas
Sinclair, Samuel
Smith, Reuben
Stathers, John
Stathers, Mark
Smith, Hiram
Smith, Albert
Smith, Edmund
Smith, Clarkson
Smith, John
Summers, Benjamin
Smith, Couzens
Smith, George
Smally, Nathaniel
Scott, William
Scott, Francis
Sincler, James I.
Sinclair, Phineas

Teagarden ,Abraham
Thompson, Isaac
Thompson, Jackson
Thompson, John
Thompson, Samuel
Thompson, John J.
Thompson, George
Thornburgh, Benjamin
Thornburgh, Benjamin, Sr.
Taylor, Caleb
Taylor, Charles
Thompson, John
Thistlethwaite, Samuel
Thistlethwaite, Thomas
Theaxton (Theakston), Thomas
Taylor, John J.
Theaxton (Theakston), Philip
Teal, Jonas
Thistlethwaite, Robert
Theaxton (Theakston), John
Theaxton (Theakston), William
Taylor, William
Thistlethwaite, Davis
Thomson, Charles

Vandegraft, Paul
Vandegraft, James
Vandegraft, James, Jr.
Vandegraft, Sampson
Vandegraft, John
Vandegraft, William

Wellington, Thomas
Wise, William
Walton, William
Willes, Robert
Woods, William
Weaver, Adam
Weaver, Solomon
Weaver, Joseph
Williams, John
Wilson, William
Woods, Daniel
Wolf, William
Ward, Thomas
Watkins, John
Watkins, Solomon
Watkins, Thomas
Williams, Joseph
Woodfill, John
Woodfill, Reason
Woodfill, William
Walters, Emmanuel
Watkins, Richard
Watts, John
Williams, David
Wise, Henry
Wise, Adam
Weaver, Jacob
Weaver, John
Woods, Charles
Wise, Jacob


Zollars, Demas
Zollars, George, Jr.
Zollars, George
Zollars, Samuel
Zollars, Solomon
Zollars, Neal

Bane, Andrew
McGowan, George
Mitchenor, Morrison
Stockwell, Jesse
Williamson, Davis
Allum, James A.
Minks, Henry
Vandgraft, Samson Q.
White, Hemmodlonce
Pett, John
Benedict, Cyrus
Brownfield, Craft
Queen, Hiram
Martley, Isaiah (Hartley ?)
Ewart, Josiah
Scott, Hiram
Meddal, James
Bishop, John
Carter, James
Crumrine, Neal
Murry, James
More, William
Hollance, William
Hormell, John, Jr.
Mill, Stephen (Hill?)
Ewart, Jackson
Williams, William
Bowser, George W.
Hoge, John
Smith, Solomon
Sharp, John
Gladden, Barney