More Washington Co. History.Crumrine, Boyd, "History of Washington County,
Pennsylvania with Biographical Sketches"
(Philadelphia: L. H. Everts & Co., 1882), pp.
325-329 in a section entitled "War of the
Rebellion". Transcribed by Karen Souhrada of
Pittsford, NY and Jean Suplick Matuson of
Plano, TX. And Georgiann of Irish Genealogies
Amwell Township/Borough Histories:
For More info
In 1832, Mr. Samuel Andrew removed to Ohio, where he
served as ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church of
Bucyrus until his death in 1849. About the time of Mr.
Andrew's removal, Mr. Cooper united with the
Cumberland Presbyterians. This reduced the session
again to two members, viz., Messrs. Jonas Condit and
Nathan Axtell. In the autumn of 1837 the congregation
agreed to go into an election of six, and as a result
Messrs. William Patterson, James McFarland, Luther
Axtell, John Buckingham, James Braden, and Thomas
McFarland were chosen. They were all ordained and
installed on Nov. 6, 1837, except Mr. Thomas McFarland,
who retained the call until the next summer. His
ordination occurred on July 22, 1838.
The trustees serving in this congregation in 1817, when
Upper and Lower Ten-Mile became each independent of
the other, were Messrs. John Carter, Thomas Ringland,
and William Patterson. Since then sixty-one persons in
all have served the church in this responsible position.
Mr. James Ringland served in this office thirteen years;
Messrs. Daniel McCollum, Sr. and Caleb McCollum, each
twelve years; Mr. William Patterson, Sr., eleven years;
Dr. S. S. Strouse, ten years; Messrs. Joseph Evans,
James Millikin, Silas Clark, and Andrew P. Vandyke,
each seven years; Mr. James Braden, six years; Messrs.
Zachariah Sharp, Sr., John Millikin, Robert Boyd, and
Isaac Horn, each five years. Those serving a less
number of years are: Messrs. John Carter, Thomas
Ringland, Ephraim Cooper, Stephen Corwin, William
Lindsley, Samuel Andrews, William S. Millikin, Daniel
Cooper, Isaac Clark, Martin Clark, John Mullen, Ezekiel
Clark, Asa Luellen, Jacob A. Saunders, Nehemiah
Baldwin, John Buckingham, Thomas McFarland, Luther
Axtell, Reason Luellen, Samuel Johnston, John
McFarland, Daniel Cary, Adam Weir, Sr., John Saunders,
Lemuel Luellen, George French, Daniel Condit, Jacob
Braden, James B. Montgomery, Samuel Condit, T. J.
Patterson, Jesse Jordan, Samuel Braden, William
Luellen, James F. Dodd, Milton Clutter, B. B. Bradbury,
Nelson McCollum, L.F. Pershing, William Hazlet, John
Johnston, Workman Hughes, Zachariah Sharp, Jr., Henry
W. Horn, David B. Baker, Edward Depue, and Hiram
Clarktown, or Ten-Mile Village. – The tract upon
which this town is situated was called "The Mill-Site."
The town was named in honor of Abner Clark. The first
lots sold are now occupied by the brick building in
which the post office is located. In 1834, Freeman
Hathaway erected a grist-mill. In 1838 a post-office was
established at this place and named Ten-Mile. Freeman
Hathaway was appointed postmaster. About 1840, Dr.
George Reed, a physician, located here and commenced
practice. The village has at present fourteen dwellings,
two stores, two blacksmith-shops, cabinet-maker, grist-
and saw-mill, -- owned by Huffman & Swart,
--harness-maker, drug-store and post-office, and two
physicians, --Dr. J. W. Moore and Dr. L. W. Braden. A
Masonic lodge was organized at this place several years
ago, but was discontinued in 1876.
The following-named physicians have practiced at
Ten-Mile, viz.: Drs. George Reed, John Cary, _____
Wilson, George Lewis, Thomas Morton, J. C. Milliken,
Joseph Moore, L. W. Braden. Crumrine - Hanover Twp.
Hanover Twp. (pp. 802-811) Schools.—
In the year 1805 a Mr. Shaw taught school in
a cabin on the farm now known as the D.C. Fulton farm.
In 1810, George Cunningham taught one year in the
same cabin. In 1817, Richard Shillcock taught in a house
on the farm now owned by John W. Duncan. Hugh Barton
afterwards taught about two years in the same house,
and still later John McCreary taught a school in it.
Douglas Geary taught in a house on the land of Joseph
Scott, then in Smith township, now Hanover.
Schools were not taught in the township with any
regularity until after the passage of the school law of
1834. David McCoy was appointed from this township to
attend as a delegate the county convention held in
Washington, November 4th of that year, to discuss the
question of accepting the provisions of the school law,
and whether to levy the tax in accordance with it. When
the question was brought to vote, Mr. McCoy was one of
five who voted nay. Election was held at the
school-house in Florence on the 20th of March, 1835, for
directors, and James Braden and Robert Coventry were
elected. The next year the township was districted, and
houses were erected soon after. In 1863 there were
fourteen districts with fourteen teachers in the
township. Six hundred and two pupils were enrolled, and
$2218.07 was raised for school purposes. The districts
remain unchanged since then. In 1873 there were 466
scholars, and $5182.86 was raised, and $4705.08
expended. In 1880 there were 478 scholars, and
$2856.62 received for school purposes, with an
expenditure of $3023.17 for the same purpose.
Crumrine - Morris Twp.For More on Morris
Hugh Hanna, a native of Ireland, moved into Morris
township about the year 1790, and purchased the farm
on which Henry M. Conklin at present resides. Upon this
place he passed the remainder of his days, and at his
death left a family of eight children. They were John
V., James, Hugh, Thomas, Nancy, Elizabeth, Martha, and
Rebecca Hanna. John V. Hanna married Lydia McCollum,
and settled upon a farm near that of his father, where
he lived for many years. He afterwards purchased and
resided upon another farm, remaining on it until his
death. Of his children, the son Thomas lives upon the
farm where his father died, the daughter Matilda became
the wife of John Braden and lives in Rankinville, and
Margaret, who became the wife of Matthias Minton,
resides in the village of Prosperity.
James Hanna, the son of Hugh Hanna, Sr., removed to
Ohio; Hugh, Jr., went to Connellsville, in this State,
and Thomas died young; the daughter Nancy married Jacob
Hathaway, and lived on the home farm; Elizabeth
became the wife of Samuel Clutter, of Hopewell
township; Martha married Dr. Spencer Blachly, of
Waynesburg, Pa., and Rebecca died unmarried. Crumrine -
West Bethlehem Twp.
The fifth son of Adam Wise was Joseph. He came to be
joint owner, with his brother Frederick, of the Peter
Wise mill property, and lived upon it until his death.
He left quite a large family of children. Of these,
Samuel is in Kansas. Hon. Morgan R. Wise resides in
Waynesburg, Greene Co., and is a representative in
Congress from that district. Of the daughters of Joseph
Wise, Elizabeth became Mrs. William Stewart, of Greene
County; Mary married J. M. Day, of Morris township;
Rebecca married Eli Tombaugh; Maria became the wife of
Dr. J. P. Shields, of Pittsburgh; and Barbara became
Mrs. Albert Hill, and located in West Bethlehem
township. The youngest son of Adam Wise was Solomon
Wise. He inherited the greater part of the homestead.
In 1854 he sold it to Dr. James Braden, and removed to
Marshall County, Ill., where he died. None of his
family reside in this township.
"Buck's Haunt" was the name of the tract of land
granted to Daniel Letherman on a Virginia certificate,
and surveyed to him May 2, 1785. It was located next
the land of James Braden, and contained three hundred
and ninety-three acres. Demas Letherman, his son, lived
in this township and died here some three years ago at
about sixty years of age, from what was supposed to be
a paralytic stroke. He was an active politician, and
served several years as State senator. His farm is
located on Pigeon Creek, northwest of Scenery Hill,
upon which Mr. Letherman had erected a large and
handsome stone mansion a few years before his death.
He left a widow, one son, and several daughters, all of
whom reside upon the homestead.
In 1835 a large grist-mill was built here by Jacob
Ulery, which was run by water-power, and for years
did a considerable business. Since it passed into the
possession of Stephen Ulery, steam has been applied
with successful results. The "White Pine" hotel is kept
by W. H. Ulery, the store and post-office are kept by
Messrs. Baker & Lewis. Jacob Nickerson is the
wagon-maker, James Porter the blacksmith, and John A.
Patterson the resident physician of the place, Dr. James
Braden, born in Greene County, educated at Canonsburg,
and graduated at Jefferson Medical College,
Philadelphia, settled in Zollarsville as the first
resident physician of the village, and practiced here
from 1850 until the later years of the war of the
Rebellion, when he removed to Indianapolis, Ind., where
he is still in practice.Washington Co., PA –
Queries Volume 10
Subject: Ulery Submitter: Janis Ulery Bunten
Date: Monday January 5th, 1998 at 01:06:34
I am looking for any information on the Ulery family of
Washington and Fayette counties. Roger Reed ULERY
(b.1912, d.1957), his father, William Braden ULERY (b.1885,
d.1961), and his grandfather William Frederick ULERY (b.1856,
Queries Vol. 15 Subject: Braden, Pounds, Ward, Winters
Submitter: Dean Phillippi
Date: Sunday October 4th, 1998 at 21:33:14
Searching for ancestors of Benjamin F. Braden and his wife
Sarah Agnes (Winters) Braden from Washington or Greene County,
Pennsylvania. Searching for ancestors of Harry Pounds and his
wife Emily (Walker) Pounds from Washington or Greene County,
Pennsylvania. Searching for ancestors of Norton Ward and his wife Sophonia
(Unknown) Ward from Washington or Greene County, Pennsylvania.
Would anyone be willing to share information.
Thank you.Dean Phillipi
Washington Co., PA - Queries Vol. 16
Queries Vol. 16
Subject: Braden, Pounds, Ward, Winters
Submitter: Dean Phillippi
Date: Thursday November 5th, 1998 at 21:40:44
SEARCHING THE SURNAMES OF BRADEN/WINTERS/WARD/POUNDS:
David Braden B: Abt 1764 Washington, Washington County,
Pennsylvania D:1816 Mifflin Township, Ashland County, Ohio married
Ruth (Unknown). Dave Winters B: August 1834 D: 1910 Richhill Township, Greene
County, Pennsylvania, married Mary Marcus. John Ward B: 1805
Greene County, Pennsylvania, D: ?? Greene County, Pennsylvania, married
Minerva Gray. Harry Pounds B: ?? D: ?? married Emily Walker. This is all that
I have, and if anyone has any information onthese names or any of the
surnames listed, I would love to hear from you to share information.
Washington Co., PA - Queries Vol. 17
Queries Vol. 17
Subject: Wildman, Braden, Shafer, Sams
Submitter: Marilyn Vadakin
Date: Monday December 28th, 1998 at 22:20:17
Would like any additional info on the early ancestors of the
following: James BRADEN [b: c1802, PA, d: VA(WV] m: Sarah ?;
James & Sarah were parents of several children. My ancestor,
Ezekiel BRADEN [b: 1828, Greene Co, PA, d: 1905/9, Ritchie Co, WV]
m: 1) Abigail Drake, 2) Amanda WEBB, 3) Marcella WEBB. Who
were the parents of James BRADEN? his wife Sarah? Any siblings
of either? We believe the following lineage is correct, but would like to
have some documentation to support the line: Manassah WILDMAN
[no dates]; father of: Jair (?Jeremiah?)WILDMAN [b: c1766, NJ?/Eng,
d: 1847, Green co, PA] m: Mary ?; f/o: Jair WILDMAN II [b: 1794, VA,
d: aft 1856, Johnson co., IA] m: Elizabeth Sams; f/o: Nelson WILDMAN
[b: c1815, prob. PA, d: 1871, Wetzel co, WV] m: Sarah Shafer. They don't
appear to have been practicing Quakers, although Manassah was mentioned
in one of Henshaw's books. They may have been Dunkards.
Washington Co., PA - Queries Vol. 3
Queries Vol. 3
Subject: Weber, Weaver, Blackston
Submitter: David A. Baker
Date: Fri Jan 17 08:27:35 1997 WEBER/WEAVER
Seeking family of Mary WEAVER (18 Oct 1811- 28Oct 1862) 1st wife of Joseph
BLACKSTON Unity Township. They had13 children. Believe she is daughter
of John Weaver, Jr., the son of John Peter Weaver, who was the younger
brother of John William WEBER, noted early minister. Looking to complete
the early generations of all Westmoreland WEBER/WEAVER families in order
to place her properly. Would like to exchange info with anyone on other Westmoreland
families I am researching: BLACKSTON/BLACKSON, BRADEN, CASSIDY,
HERTZEL/HARTZELL, HOFFMAN/HUFFMAN, KLEIN, LAMER, LOAFMAN/ LAUFMAN,
McCORMICK, THOMAS, and WEST.
Washington Co., PA - Queries Vol. 9
Queries Vol. 9
Submitter: Terry Wilson
Date: Wed Oct 8 13:53:12 1997 BRADEN, BRADIN
Looking for info on David and Solomon BRADEN/BRADIN of Washington
Co. David b abt 1764 prob Washington Co PA d 1816 Ashland Co OH m ? ? b ? d ?.
David and his family emigrated from Washington Co PA in the Fall if 1815 to
Ashland Co OH. He died the following year. His son, Solomon, b 1795 Washington
Co PA d aft 1863 Ashland Co OH m 28 Jan 1819 Richland/Ashland Co OH to
Freelove HARLAN. Also info on David and Daniel BRADEN/BRADIN b 1820
& 1822. 1850 census says living with their wives and families on each side of
Solomon. Poss sons of David or nephews.
Any info would be appreciated.
40 S. Gamble St, Shelby, OH 44875,
Observer-Reporter Obituary Archive
Monday, December 15, 1997 Betty W.B.
Hostess at Pioneer Grill
Betty Watson Braden Minech, 82, of Hickory, died at 7:22 p.m.
Friday, December 12, 1997, in Kade Nursing Home, following
a lengthy illness.
She was born November 29, 1915, in Washington, a daughter
of Lon and Sylvia Boyce Watson.
Mrs. Minech was a member of First Christian Church of
Washington and was a January 1935 graduate of Washington
She had been employed at Pioneer Grill in the George
Washington Hotel as hostess and as a secretary for Andy
She was married twice. She first married Gilbert Braden, and
in February 1961, she married Jack Minech, who died in
Surviving are a daughter, Linda Braden Carlisle of Hickory,
with whom she made her home; a brother, Walter Watson of
Washington; four grandchildren, James Carlisle Jr., Lisa
Duhig, and Matthew and Steven Carlisle; and six great-
Deceased is a brother, Frank Watson.
Saturday, November 1, 1997
Mary Hannah Travis
Member of West Alexander American Legion Auxiliary
Mary Hannah Travis, 60, of Buffalo Township, died at 10:56
p.m. Thursday, October 30, 1997, in her home following a
She was born December 25, 1936, in West Alexander, a
daughter of the late A.B. and Margaret Mahan Danley.
Mrs. Travis had lived in the West Alexander area most of her
life except for seven years she spent in Clinton, Md. She
returned to Washington County in 1995.
She was a former member of West Alexander Presbyterian
Church and a member of West Alexander American Legion
Post 656 Auxiliary.
Mrs. Travis was a 1954 graduate of West Alexander High
She had been employed for the past 10 years as a caretaker
and homemaker for Dr. James Wilson Braden, now retired,
with whom she made her home.
In April 1962, she married James Thomas Travis, who died
March 29, 1986.
Mrs. Travis was the last of her immediate family.
Surviving are two sons, Clyde William Reese Jr. of West
Finley and David R. Travis of West Alexander; one daughter,
Mary M. "Peggy" Kiger of Washington with whom she also
shared her home; and five grandchildren.
Deceased is one son, Ross Edward Reese, who died December
Wednesday, August 20, 1997
Rudolph A. Sadlek
U.S. Navy veteran of World War II
Rudolph "Rudy" A. Sadlek, 69, of Braden Plan, Clarksville,
died at 4:10 a.m. Tuesday, August 19, 1997, at Greene County
Memorial Hospital. He was born October 27, 1927, in Mather,
a son of Vincent and Mary Kacur Sadlek.
Mr. Sadlek worked for 20 years at Plasteel in Washington.
He served in the Sea Bee's in the U.S. Navy during World War
II and was a member of Filer-Sadlek Post 954 American
Legion of Jefferson.
He lived most of his life in the Clarksville area and was a
member of St. Thomas Roman Catholic Church in Clarksville.
His wife of more than 46 years, Dorothy Swaney Sadlek, whom
he married October 28, 1950, survives.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are one son, Rudolph D.
Sadlek of Dry Tavern; one daughter, Sharon M. Dolan of
Clarksville; two sisters, Helen Gallagher of Fredericktown
and Katherine Bupka of Mather; five grandchildren, Jennifer
Sadlek, Jason Sadlek, Shaun Dolan, Shane Dolan and Chad
Dolan; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are four brothers, Frank Sadlek, Emil Sadlek, Paul
Sadlek and Vincent Sadlek; and two sisters, Millie Basich and
November 21, 1997
Stanley G. Fowler
Retired miner was softball player, umpire
Stanley G. Fowler, 78, of Washington, died Wednesday,
November 19, 1997, in Washington Hospital.
He was born April 22, 1919, in North Bethlehem Township in
Washington County, a son of John H. and Margaret Pearl
Mr. Fowler had attended the Mt. Lookout School in North
He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S.
Navy from 1944 until 1946.
Mr. Fowler was a member of the American Legion Post 744 in
Marianna, and had been employed by the Bethlehem Mine
Corp.'s Mine No. 58 in Marianna for more than 38 years before
retiring in 1977.
He was a member of the Bethlehem-Lutheran Church in Glyde
and was an avid softball player and umpire in the Lone Pine
area for many years.
He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.
On February 10, 1973, he married Edith Moninger Fowler, who
Also surviving are one daughter, Joetta D. McCollum of
Washington; one stepdaughter Dian Cashdollar of Washington;
two stepsons, Harry Lewis of Chesapeake, Va., and Braden
Lewis of Washington; one brother, Ernest G. Fowler of
Scenery Hill; one sister, Noreen M. Hull of Washington; five
grandchildren, Douglas E. McCollum, Jackie M. Miller,
Michael W. McCollum, Michelle E. McCollum and Tracy L.
McCollum;two stepgrandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren one
stepgreat-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are his first wife, Opal N. Locy Fowler, who died
September 15, 1971; and one brother, Clarence A. Fowler.
Monday, December 29, 1997
George A. Bordo
McDonald man was South Fayette teacher
George A. Bordo, 58, of McDonald, died Thursday, December
25, 1997, in Allegheny University Medical Centers-Canonsburg.
He was born July 11, 1939, in Brownsville, the son of Anna
Bordo of McDonald and the late Frank Bordo.
Mr. Bordo was a retired teacher in the South Fayette School
District and was a wrestling coach there for 25 years.
Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his wife, Sylvia;
two sons, George S. and Michael F. Bordo; two grandchildren,
Braden and Jarrett Bordo; one sister, Joanne Beadling; four
brothers, Frank Jr., Robert, John and William Bordo.
Deceased is one brother, Joseph Bordo
Monday, February 2, 1998
Joseph G. Belsky Sr.
Joseph G. Belsky Sr., 85, of Braden Plan, Clarksville, Greene
County, died Sunday, February 1, 1998, in Greene County
Memorial Hospital, Waynesburg, following a lengthy illness.
Arrangements are being handled by the Frank Burkus Funeral
Home, 29 Mill Street, Millsboro. A complete obituary will be
published in a later edition.
Tuesday, February 3, 1998
Joseph G. Belsky Sr.
Retired after 46 years as coal miner
Joseph G. Belsky Sr., 85, of Braden Plan, Clarksville, Greene
County, died at 6:45 p.m. Sunday, February 1, 1998, in Greene
County Memorial Hospital, Waynesburg.
He was born September 29, 1912, in Sharrerstown, a son of
Michael and Julia Salenga Belski.
Mr. Belsky retired after 46 years as a coal miner, retiring
in 1977 from LTV Corp., Gateway Mine. He also worked with the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
He was a member of UMWA Local 6330 and St. Nicholas
Byzantine Catholic Church, Brownsville, and a lifelong
member of the Polish National Alliance.
On November 12, 1938, he married Anna Buchmay, who
Also surviving are a son, Joseph Belsky Jr. of Medina, Ohio;
a daughter, Helen Geiselman of Strongsville, Ohio; a
granddaughter, Joanne V. Geiselman; a sister, Sophie Burish
of Uniontown; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Deceased are four brothers, Paul, John, Mike and Pete Belski;
and two sisters, Annie Belski and Mary Apanasewicz.
Wednesday, July 8, 1998
Homemaker affiliated with the Presbyterian Church
DeEtta Tennant, 71, of Prosperity R.D.2, died of an apparent
heart attack at 5 p.m. Monday, July 6, 1998, in Greene County
Memorial Hospital, Waynesburg.
She was born August 14, 1926, in Franklin Township, a
daughter of Charlie and Estella Braden Tennant.
Miss Tennant was a homemaker and was affiliated with the
Surviving are a son, Robert Tennant of Prosperity R.D.2; a
brother, Donald Ray Tennant of Villa Park, Ill.; a sister,
Donnis May Hupp of Addison, Ill.; and several nieces and
nephews. Deceased are four brothers, Glenn,
Everett "Pete," Charles "Jack" and Clarence "Bob" Tennant.
Tuesday, August 4, 1998
Margaret E. Williams
Pittsburgh native active in Strasburg civic causes
Margaret E. (Peg) Williams, 87, a long-time resident of
Strasburg, died at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, August 2, 1998, in Arbor
View Rehabilitation Center at Willow Valley, Lancaster.
She was born in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Clyde E. and Elsie
Mrs. Williams was a graduate of Perry High School,
Pittsburgh. She attended Westminster College, where she was
a member of Chi Omega Sorority. She graduated from the
University of Pittsburgh, majoring in chemistry.
Following her graduation and prior to her marriage in 1934,
she was employed as a chemist by H.J. Heinz Co., Pittsburgh.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg,
served on the board of directors of the Easter Seals Society
of Lancaster County for several years and was one of the
founders of the Strasburg Reading Center, which now is
Mrs. Williams was a charter member of Strasburg Heritage
Society, and for many years was chairman of the stands
commitee of its annual antique and craft sale. She also was a
member of the Buchanan Foundation, Rockford Foundation
and DeMuth Foundation. In December 1997, she was honored
by the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County, with
the C. Emlen Urban Award for leadership in historic
preservation. She took an active role in the preservation of
the historic Octorara Covenanter United Presbyterian Shrine
In late 1997, she and her husband were awarded the New Era
Red Rose, a newspaper award for humanitarian service.
Surviving are her husband, Fred A. Williams, with whom she
celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on June 23; a
daughter, Margaret Young of Washington, D.C.; a son, Fred A.
Williams of Richmond, Va.; four grandchildren; and a brother,
Charles W. Young of Leesburg, Fla.
Saturday, August 22, 1998
Charles R. Manion
Retired Washington city fireman
Charles R. Manion, 81, of Hall Avenue, Washington, died at
2:20 a.m. Friday, August 21, 1998, in Greenery Rehabilitation
Center, Canonsburg, following a lengthy illness.
He was born December 18, 1916, in Washington, a son of
Thomas J. and Catherine Curran Manion.
Mr. Manion was a member of Immaculate Conception Church,
its Ushers Club and the Holy Name Society, Veterans of
Foreign Wars Post 927 of Washington, the Keystone Club and
a former member of American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post
He was a 1935 graduate of Washington High School and
served as a sergeant in U.S. Army during World War II,
receiving the EAME Ribbon, three bronze service stars,
Combat Infantry Badge and Good Conduct Medal.
For four years, he was a steelworker with Jessop Steel before
becoming a fireman with the Washington City Fire
Department, retiring in 1984 after 36 years.
Mr. Manion enjoyed dartball and was a player with many local
On May 9, 1943, he married Catherine Ketterman, who
Also surviving are a daughter, Kathleen Rockwell of Amity;
three sons, Dennis M. Manion of Waldorf, Md., Thomas C.
Manion of Rolla, Mo., and David J. Manion of Washington; two
sisters, Alice Fuller of Syracuse, N.Y., and Sally Lynch of
Las Vegas, Nev.; 11 grandchildren, Eric and Bret Rockwell,
Meg Bular and Michael, Christopher, Jennifer, Mary Katheryne,
Beth, John Michael, Tony and Frank Manion; two
great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are three brothers, John, James and Francis "Jinx"
Manion; three sisters, Mary Tress, Ellen Martin and Catherine
Braden; and a grandson, Todd Manion.
Thursday, October 8, 1998
Helen Boles Coleman
Teacher in Burgettstown and Washington
Helen Boles Coleman of McKinley Avenue, Washington, died
at 9:10 p.m. Tuesday, October 6, 1998, in Washington
She was a daughter of John A. and Isa Danley Boles.
Mrs. Coleman was a member of Church of the Covenant.
She was a 1932 graduate of Washington High School and
graduated from Slippery Rock College in 1934 and California
University in 1952.
Mrs. Coleman was a teacher for 41 years, teaching in
Burgettstown Area School District for 14 years and
Washington School District for 27 years.
She was a member and past worthy matron of Lincoln Chapter
112, Order of Eastern Star, a charter member of Beta Zeta
Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma since 1963, a life member of
PSEA and NEA and a member of Washington Kiwanis.
Her husband, Alexander Clarke Coleman, died October 17,
Surviving are four cousins, Lee W. Danley of West Finley, Dr.
Howard Kuder, Dr. James W. Braden and Mary H. Travis.
Friday, October 23, 1998
Oakley M. Kilgore
Retired carpenter and Army veteran
Oakley M. Kilgore, 89, of Graysville R.D.1, died at 6:20 a.m.
Thursday, October 22, 1998, in Beverly Health Care in
He was born February 15, 1909, in Nineveh (Deerlick), a son
of Lawrence Artie and Elizabeth Braden Kilgore.
Mr. Kilgore resided in Kissimmee, Fla., for 25 years and then
resided in Baltimore, Md., before returning to Greene County
in April 1994. He worked for Rheems Heating and Air
Conditioning in Baltimore for about 20 years, and retired as
a carpenter for the Owen Yacht Co. of Baltimore after eight
years of service.
Mr. Kilgore was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and he
was a Baptist.
His wife, Nola Connelly Zinn Kilgore, died March 12, 1985.
Surviving are a brother, Ralph F. Kilgore of West Finley; and
several nieces and nephews.
A sister, Verbia Anderson, is deceased.
Tuesday, December 29, 1998
Edward J. Collage
Gateway Mine retiree
Edward J. Collage, 83, of 51 Braden plan, Clarksville, died
at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, December 26, 1998, in his home.
He was born August 19, 1915, in Benham, Ky., a son of
Josephine Kost Collage.
He attended the East Bethlehem Township schools and Penn
Commercial in Washington.
Mr. Collage was a retired assistant mine foreman for Gateway
Mine, J&L Steel Corp.
He was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church in
Clarksville, and his family was the original resident of the
On December 2, 1937, he married Eva Shimborske Collage,
Also surviving are three grandchildren, Scott A. Hogue of
Clarksville, Carla Ann Bass of Jacksonville, Fla., and Sean
E. Hogue of Charlotte, N.C.; a sister, Margaret Alexander of
Waynesburg; three brothers, William Collage of Franklin,
Frank Collage of Fredericktown and John Collage of Rice's
Landing; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are a daughter, Marlene A. Hogue, who died June 7,
1990; and a sister, Mary Chase.
Beer's Biographical Record On-line:
Beers: Braden p. 186 John D. Braden, p. 186
JOHN D. BRADEN, of Washington borough, was born in
Chippewa township, Beaver Co., Penn, November 21, 1826.
John Braden, Sr., his father, was a native of County
Fermanagh, Ireland, born at a town called "Five Mile Town,"
His father (the grandfather of John D. Braden) was James
Braden, and his grandmother, Margaret Howe, was of English
parentage. They raised a large family in Ireland, and said
Margaret died and was buried there. The grandfather, James
Braden, with his entire family, came to America some time
about the year 1789; John Braden, Sr., having grown up to
manhood, became the owner of a farm near Youngstown, Ohio,
and resided on the same until the breaking out of the war
of 1812 with Great Britain, when he joined the army and
served therein until the close of the war. After the war
John Braden, Sr., was married to Katherine McIntyre,
daughter of William McIntyre, who was a native of
Scotland, and in early times had migrated to this country,
settling at Hagerstown, Md. John Braden and his wife
Katherine, after their marriage, removed from near
Youngstown Ohio, to Chippewa township, Beaver county,
where they lived for over fifty years, having born to
them a large family, amongst whom was John D. Braden, the
only one of the family who resides in Washington county.
John D. Braden, the subject of this sketch, after several
years' attendance at Beaver Academy, located in the town
of Beaver, Penn., came to Washington in 1849, and entered
the junior class at Washington College, which, later, was
consolidated with the Jefferson College. Mr. Braden
graduated from this institution in the summer of 1851, and
at once commenced the study of law in the office of Hon.
George S. Hart, who at that time was District Attorney for
Washington county, and subsequently was elected Judge of
the Courts of said county.
Mr. Braden was admitted to the Bar of Washington County in
1853, and from that time to the present has practiced his
profession with a fair show of success, standing at all
times in a position with those in the front rank of the
Bar. On November 11, 1851, he was married to Miss Anna C.
Ruple, the youngest daughter of Col. James Ruple, Sr.,
deceased, and to them have been born a large family, as
follows: Rebecca, intermarried with D. J. McAdam,
Professor in Washington and Jefferson College; John
McIntyre Braden, who is a member of the Bar in this
county, since 1879, and has attained a prominent position
in the ranks of the legal profession, enjoying a large and
lucrative practice; Alfred Goodrich Braden, a graduate of
Washington and Jefferson College, and for the last eight
years the successful Principal of the schools in the
borough of Washington; George W. Braden, who is by
profession a photographer, and follows that business in
said borough at the present time; Lillie M., who teaches a
select school in said borough; Ernest Braden, who died
December 24, 1881; James Paul Braden, who is a student at
the before-mentioned college; Anna and Kate Braden, who
reside at home with their parents. There were also two
other children, Arthur and William, who died in their
infancy. In politics Mr. Braden has always been a
Democrat, and at all times ready and willing to do his
best for the advancement of the principles of his chosen
party. He never held office except School Director and
Member of the Council, and also Presidential Elector in
the Cleveland and Harrison campaign in 1892, which ended
in a manner entirely satisfactory to the subject of this
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Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers &
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ALFRED G. BRADEN, principal of the public schools of
Washington, was born October 16, 1858, in Washington,
Penn., a son of John D. Braden, Esq., and Anna Ruple
Braden. At the high school of his native town he received
a thorough general educational training, and he then
entered Washington and Jefferson College, where he pursued
a four years' course of reading and study in classics, etc.
Mr. Braden's first business experience after leaving
college was as civil engineer for the Pittsburgh Southern
Railroad Company, in which capacity he served one year,
and then was with the Chartiers & Youghiogheny Railroad
Company in similar service two years. In 1884 he accepted
the appointment of principal of public schools of
Washington, which position he occupies with credit to
himself and the satisfaction of all interested. To the
management and improvement of the schools, Mr. Braden has
given his entire time and attention, and by his assiduous
efforts, coupled with those of an able corps of
assistants, has elevated the educational institutions
under his charge to a high degree of excellency.
On July 21, 1886, Mr. Braden was united in marriage with
Ida Mann, daughter of John H. Hall, of Wheeling, W.
Va., son of Stewart Hall, of County Tyrone, Ireland, son of
John Hall, Esq., of Essex, England, and Irene Zane Howell,
daughter of James Howell, of Scotland. The children born
to Mr. And Mrs. Alfred G. Braden are as follows: Irene
Howell, Alfred Goodrich and Ida Rebecca. Politically Mr.
Braden is a democrat, and in religion he is a member of
the M. E. Church, in which for some years he has taken an
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Biographical Record of Washington
County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers &
Beers: Donaldson p. 969 Dr. W. B. Donaldson, p. 969
DR. W. B. DONALDSON. Among the promising young
physicians of Washington county none are better or more
favorably known than Dr. Donaldson. He was born March 15,
1865, in Mount Pleasant township, this county, where his
family are yet residing. He attended the common schools,
then entered the Eastman Business College, graduating in
1885. After his graduation he worked as a book-keeper for
a time, finally entering the office of Drs. McElroy &
McCarrell, of Hickory, where he studied medicine for some
time. He afterward entered the Western Pennsylvania
Medical College, graduating in 1889, then began to
practice his profession in Pittsburgh. One year later he
came to Midway, this county, associating himself with Dr.
Patterson, whose interests he purchased in 1891. In 1892
Dr. Donaldson was appointed physician of the Pennsylvania
Railroad, west of Pittsburgh. On September 11, 1888, he
was united in marriage with Jennie F. Jackson, a resident
of Mount Pleasant township, to whom two children have been
born, Braden Maxwell (deceased) and Mary Lucile.
Politically, Dr. Donaldson is a Democrat, and in
religion a member of the Presbyterian Church.
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