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From the Sprowls Family History 
Update: No 2: SECTION: of Wade9, of Robert M.8, of George7, Silas6, Arthur5,
John4, of William3 Sproule, of William2, of Capt. John1.
     Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 1982 for Sylvia Sprowls, 84, of Washington RD7, 
who died at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, 1982 in the Washington Hospital following a long illness. The 
Reverend David Kilgore will officiate and burial will be in Claysville Cemetery.
    She was born April 7, 1898, in East Finley Township, the daughter of William and Ida Ashbrook Mounts. 
Mrs. Sprowls was a Protestant. She was married October 24, 1917, in Wellsburg, W.Va., to Glenn S. Sprowls, 
who died October 13, 1981. Surviving are five sons, Glenn R. Sprowls of East Liver Pool, Ohio, William L. 
Sprowls of Pittsburgh, Donald L. Sprowls, both of Washington, and Gaylord A. Sprowls of Saudi Arabia; five 
daughters, Mrs. Glenn (Marguerite) Boyle and Joanne Martin, both of Elyria, Ohio, Mrs. Harold (Laura J.) 
McDowell of Washington, RD7, Mrs. John (Edith M.) Schrader of Claysville, and Shirley M. Chambers of 
Claysville RD1; one sister, Grace Hess of West Liberty, W.Va.; 26 grand-children, and 23 
great-grandchildren. One sister, Elizabeth Prigg, is deceased.

(In Pen 1928)
Hayes Crossing
Again Scene Of
Fatal Accident
   Mrs. Wade C. Sprowls, 23, and John Polan, Quickly Succumb to Hurts--Child Is Thought Dying.
              MINOR INJURIES
   Parkersburg Express on Baltimore & Ohio Crashes Into
     Machine Stalled on Tracks on 
       City's Western Outskirts.
   Two dead, one believed dying, and two others injured make up the casualty list of another accident at the 
Hayes grade crossing on the western edge of this city, the Parkersburg express on the Baltimore & 
Ohio railroad crashing into the automobile of Wade C. Sprowls, of 215 Fayette street, which was 
stalled on the tracks, at 11:35 o'clock yesterday morning.
                         The Dead:
     Mrs. Fern Phillips Sprowls, 23, wife of Wade C. Sprowls, who died in Washington hospital. John Wesley 
Polan, 53, boarder in the Sprowls home, who was instantly killed.
                        The Injured:
     James Robert Sprowls, aged one year, in Washington hospital with lacerations about head 
and other hurts. Margaret Jean Sprowls, aged three, in Washington hospital with lacerations about 
the head and other hurts. Walter Phillips, 20, brother of Mrs. Sprowls, broken nose, minor hurts and 
suffering from shock.
   It was reported that the engine of the automobile, a Ford, had stalled almost squarely on the tracks, 
Wade C. Sprowls had been in the car but had just got out and was preparing to make an effort to shove the 
automobile off the rails as the passenger train came speeding through the cut at a high rate of speed.
   Every effort was made to stop the train but it was impossible to do. (two lines too light to read) came 
and its helpless occupants. The automobile was carried along the track about 100 feet and demolished.
   Polan's skull was badly crushed and his death is believed to have been
   Mrs. Sprowls was terribly injured. Her skull, neck, both arms and both legs were fractured. Despite the 
fact she was so terribly mangled, Mrs. Sprowls lived for a few hours.
   All were en route to Claysville where they expected to spend yesterday afternoon and evening in 
the home of Mrs. Jesse Montgomery, mother of Mrs. Sprowls and Walter Phillips.
   Arrangements had been completed last night for the holding of the Polan funeral services at the Sprowls 
home, 215 Fayette street, Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, in charge Rev. J.H. Debolt, of 
the West Washington Methodist Episcopal Church. He leaves his wife, Eliza Polan; daughter Mrs. Ida Pearl
Carlton, Fayette street and McCarrell avenue; one son, Arthur Polan, of Washington; a brother, Samuel 
Polan, of Martinsburg, W.Va.; and a sister, Mrs. Della Reeves, of Martinsburg.
   The dead man had been employed at the Tyler Tube & Pipe Company for the past few weeks and previously had 
worked at the Annealing Box Manufacturing company plant. He had been a resident of Washington since 1914.
   Arrangements for the funeral of Mrs. Sprowls, due to the critical condition of baby, had not 
been completed last night. Early this morning the little boy was reported to be weaker than earlier 
last night.

Baby Hurt in Crossing
Crash is Improved and
Recovery Is Expected.
   James Robert Sprowls, year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Wade, who was critically injured Sunday in the 
accident in which his mother was killed on the Hayes crossing, was reported at the hospital at midnight 
as being somewhat improved. It had been thought that the infant had little chance for recovery, but 
indications last night were considerably more hopeful.
   The accident occurred when the car driven by Mr. Sprowls stalled on the crossing in West Chestnut 
street and was struck by a fast train while Mr. Sprowls was endeavoring to push it from the track.
   Besides Mrs. Sprowls, a boarder in the Sprowls home, John Wesley Poland, was killed in the crash, and 
a small sister of the baby and Walter Phillips, a brother of Mrs. Sprowls, were injured.

Pg. 24, Helen Barnhart Morris Scrapbook.
Miss Mary Ellen Post
   After suffering much for the past three years from malignant tumor, Miss
Mary Ellen Post died at the home of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Elizabeth Post,
on Wayne street at 12:30 o'clock on Saturday afternoon, July 2d, 1904, aged 
59 years. Funeral services were held at Mrs. Post's home on Monday forenoon,
conducted by her pastor, Rev. L.B. Llewellan, of Bethel C.P. church, Van
Buren, assisted by Rev. Drs. Fish and Mac Lachlan. The attendance was quite
large. The pall bearers were her cousins, Messrs. Martin, J.M. Enlow, W.M.
Sprowls, Albert, Clark and James B. Montgomery. A service was also held in
the Bethel church, which was also well attended by the people of her home
community, assembled to pay their last respects. Dr. Fish assisted Rev.
Llewellan in these services. The interment was in Bethel burial ground, her
father having set aside a sum for the permanent maintenance of a lot there.
   Miss Post was born February 28, 1848, the second anniversary of her at
brother J.M. Post's birth, and strangely the death of both was at the same
hour of the day.
   She was the daughter of Martin and Rebecca Montgomery Post, born on the 
Old Post farm in South Franklin township, and was the last member of her 
   In early life she became a member, and ever maintained a deep interest in the 
welfare, of the Bethel church, of which her father was a ruling elder and clerk 
of the session for 45 years. She was ever a faithful attendant and worker until, 
sickness over took her. She had twice undergone operations in Mercy hospital, 
Pittsburg, and on April 25th she was taken to the late hospital in Wheeling. She 
was brought to Mrs. Post's home June 3rd where a nurse attended her up to the time 
of her death.

Pg. 56, Helen Barnhart Morris Scrapbook.
Mrs. Emaline Montgomery
   Emaline Elliott, widow of the late Alexander Montgomery, died at the home
of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Lydia Montgomery, at the old Bartholdi
post office, at half-past seven o'clock, Friday morning, April 15, 1910, aged
83 years. She had enjoyed fairly good health until a few months ago.
   The deceased was a daughter of the late William and Nancy Elliott, born
near Fairview church, March 24, 1827, and was the last survivor of nineteen
children. The funeral service was held in Fairview church at three o'clock
Sunday afternoon, conducted by her pastor, Rev. John R. Burson, who had
performed the same service upon the death of three sisters of Mrs. Montgomery. 
The attendance was very large, as she was one of the best known and most 
estimable ladies of East Finley township. The pall bearers were four 
grandsons, A.A. Montgomery, of Shinnston, W.Va.; Ward Keener, of Tarentum; 
George S. and Nicholas S. Montgomery. The interment was in Fairview cemetery.
  About sixty years ago, she was united in marriage to Alexander Montgomery, who 
died in 1890. She was one of the two score members to go from the Concord 
Cumberland Presbyterian (now Presbyterian church) to organize the Fairview 
congregation about 1879, forming the fourth outpost of the mother church 
of Concord. She was interested in the construction of the church edifice and 
always maintained a lively interest in the work and success ofher church, 
in which she was an example of loyalty and faithfulness in her
Christian life.

Pg. 99, Helen Barnhart Morris Scrapbook.
Death of Spencer Montgomery
  Spencer Montgomery, native born, and one of the best known residents of
East Finley township, died at his home, the old Bartholdi postoffice,
at 3:40a.m., Sunday, February 28, 1909, after a lingering illness of paralysis,
aged 57 years, 11 months and 23 days.The funeral service was held in Fairview 
Presbyterian church Tuesday afternoon. Though the highways were in a bad 
condition for travel the church was filled beyond its seating capacity, 
attesting to the respect and good will in which he was held. An impressive 
service was conducted by the pastor, Rev. J.R. Burson. The pall bearers were 
Messrs. J.B. Montgomery,James Montgomery, Hugh Montgomery, W.T. Elliott, Hiram 
Wolfe, and H.B. Brownlee.
  Spencer Montgomery was born March 7, 1851, on the home place, son of the late 
Alexander and Emeline Montgomery, the latter of whom has been making her home 
with him. His birthplace, which was his life-long home, was part of the tract on
which his grandfather, Hugh Montgomery, located in 1830. He was united in
marriage in 1875, to Miss Lydia Pees, daughter of the late Andrew Pees, of
the same township. She, with one daughter and two sons, survive him: Mrs.
J.R. Loughner, of Moravia, Pa.; George S. and Nicholas Montgomery. One
brother, Albert H. Montgomery, survives. He was of a quiet disposition,
neighborly, accommodating and hospitable. For many years, he conducted a
store, in which he kept the Bartholdi post office, serving as postmaster
about 25 years until abolished at the advent of rural delivery.
He was a 
charter member of Fairview Cumberland Presbyterian (now
church, established elder of the church and had attended but one meeting prior 
to being stricken with paralysis Dec. 7th, last, which resulted in his death.

Pg. 92, Helen Barnhart Morris Scrapbook.
   At the home of the groom's sister, Mrs. Maude (Montgomery) Loughner, at
Moravian, Lawrence county, Pa., on Wednesday, October 28, 1908, the marriage
of Mr. Nicholas Pees Montgomery and Miss Anna P Plants, two well-known young
people of East Finley township, took place with impressive ceremony. The
officiating minister was Rev. J.R. Loughner, pastor of the Moravian
Presbyterian church, and brother-n-law of the groom. The young couple will be 
given a reception by the groom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer
Montgomery, on Friday. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert.
"Nick," as his friend know him, and his bride have the good will and best
wishes of many friends.

Pg. 42 Helen Barnhart Morris Scrapbook.
   The many friends of Miss Maudress M. Montgomery, who has been teaching in
the public school at Monessen for several terms, were surprised by her
homecoming, Monday evening, March 12, as the bride of Mr. Jesse R. Loughner,
of Allegheny. The marriage took place at Westminster Presbyterian parsonage,
Allegheny, on Monday, the ceremony being performed by Rev. Ross Paden. Mr.
and Mrs. Loughner are spending some time with her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Spencer Montgomery. Mrs. Loughner taught school several years in her native
township, and was graduated from California Normal school in 1902, since
which time she has been teaching very successfully in Monessen. Mr. Loughner
formerly taught in Monessen, was graduated in 1904, from W. & J. College and
is at present a student of Allegheny Theological Seminary. They have the
good wishes of a host of friends.

Nicholas P. Montgomery
Nicholas P. Nick Montgomery, 64, a former resident of Claysville, died at
his home, 515 First street, North East, Massillon, Ohio, Saturday, Dec. 2,
1950, at 2:30 a.m., after an illness of several months.
   He was born in East Finley township, Feb. 21, 1886, a son of Spencer and Lydia 
Pees Montgomery and had been a resident of Massillon for the past 22
years. Mr. Montgomery was employed as a guard at the Massillon Aluminum Company.
He was a former member of Fairview Presbyterian Church and a member of Odd
Fellows Lodge, formerly of Claysville. 
  He is survived by his wife, Anna Plants Montgomery; a sister, Mrs. Maudress 
M. Loughner, of Washington, and a brother George S. Montgomery, of Claysville.
MONTGOMERY--Friends of Nicholas P. Montgomery, of Massiillon, O., who died 
Dec. 2, 1950, will be received after 1 p..m. will be received after 1 p.m.
Monday at the Brownlee Funeral Home, Claysville, (four lines faded) Church.
Burial will be in Claysville cemetery. H.H. Brownlee and Son, Claysville,
funeral director.

Pg. 36 Helen Barnhart Morris Scrapbook.
  The special event of the season socially in East Finley township was the
marriage of noon, Thursday, June 28, 1906, at the home of the bride's parents, 
Mr. and Mrs. James B. Montgomery, of Mr. Ellsworth Ferrell, of Washington 
and Miss Ida F. Montgomery. Rev. M.L. Wilt, pastor of the Fairmont U.B. 
church, and Rev. Joseph Showers, of Ligonier, a former pastor, participated 
in the ceremony.
  There were many guests present from many sections and from various parts of
the county, the bride having formerly been numbered among the successful
instructors of the county schools.
  The groom is by trade a carpenter and they will reside for the present in
Washington. Later they may make their home in or near San Francisco.

Pg. 168, Helen Barnhart Morris Scrapbook.
  The marriage of Miss Rosella Montgomery, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. 
Montgomery, of East Finley, to Mr. Carl Grimes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl 
Grimes, of Claysville, took place at the home of the officiating minister,
Rev. Lafayette Rexrode, Freeport, Pa., Thursday, July 17, 1919. Mr. Rexrode
was a former pastor of the bride and close friend of her family. The bride
is well and favorably known in this section, and an active worker in church,
Sunday school and missions at Fairmount. The groom, who was formerly carrier
on Claysville R.D. 4; served  over seas in the 319th Field Artillery, and
only returned a few weeks ago. Their many friends tender good wishes. A reception 
was tendered Mr. and Mrs. Grimes at the home of her parents, Wednesday  
evening, and was the social event of the season in that community. 
The attendance was large and the bride was remembered by her friends with 
many tasty and useful gifts. Varied amusements were provided and the event 
was quite enjoyable to all.

Pg. 100, Helen Barnhart Morris Scrapbook.
  The marriage of Miss Jeanette Montgomery, of East Finley, and Mr. William
Edgar Hawley, of Burnsville, took place at the home of the bride's  parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Jas. B. Montgomery, shortly after noon, Thursday, April 22nd,
1909, in the presence of perhaps half a hundred of the immediate relatives
and friend. The Mendelssohn Wedding march was played by Wm. Paul Egan. Miss
Edna Montgomery, niece of the bride, was a winsome little flower girl,leading 
the way, with the bride's sister, Miss Lucinda Montgomery, attired
in old rose silk, and Mr. Wylie P. Clark, of Washington, as attendants. An
attractive couple, they appeared, the fair bride gowned in white silk mull
and the groom in somber black. Rev. Lafayette Rexrode performed the ceremony, 
assisted by the groom's father, Rev. G.W. Hawley. After the season of 
congregation's substantial dinner was partaken of. Many handsome and useful 
mementos of the event were showered upon the bride. Mr. and Mrs. Hawley left 
for a short trip, but after a fortnight will go to Valparaiso,
Indiana, where 
he expects to take a course of schooling and plans to locate later in South 
Dakota. Among the guests were Mr. Hickman and Miss Wright, of Hill's Station; 
Rev. S. May Whitehead and Joseph Ritchey, of near Claysville; Wm. Montgomery 
and wife, of Washington; N.E. Ferrell and family, of West Alexander; with 
friends from East and West Finley. They have many friends who extend best wishes.
  James Buchanan Montgomery, a prosperous and progressive young farmer, and
extensive landowner, of East Finley township, is a native of the same, born
July 27, 1856, a son of Silas and Margaret (Elliott) Montgomery. Hugh Montgomery,
his grandfather, was born in Ireland in 1780, and when yet a young man 
left his native land to seek his fortune in the New World. He landed in 
Philadelphia, whence he pushed on to Washington county, and October 21, 
1803, he took up 200 acres of land embracing what is now the home trace of 
the Alexander Montgomery estate, situate on the headwaters of Bug Wheeling 
Creek. Here he built a log cabin in the midst of the wilderness, and began to 
clear the land. In  1808, he was united in marriage with Ruth Enlow, a resident 
of East Finley township, born the following children: Susanna (Mrs. Thornberry), 
born February 20, 1810; Anne(Mrs. Sprowls), born November 17, 1811; James, 
born in Est Finley, where hedied); Jesse, born September 27, 1817 (settled 
in East Finley); William, born July 23, 1819 (was a resident of Washington 
borough for many years; he kept a store, and was justice of the peace twelve 
years); Rebecca, (Mrs.Post), born May 24, 1821; Phoebe (Mrs. Martin), born 
November 14, 1823 (lived in Ohio); Alexander, born August 6, 1825; Mary, 
(Mrs. Sprowls), born May 13, 1828; and Silas, born June 18, 1830. Only 
one of his family is now living, Mary, residing in East Finley township, the 
widow of Simeon Sprowls.Hugh  Montgomery was a farmer all his life, and his 
success in business wasbut a just reward of his industry in Pennsylvania, 
he afterward purchased over 600 acres, and at his death he bequeathed 150 
acres to each of his six sons; he was also an extensive stock dealer. In 
politics he was a life long democrat. He died May 17, 1847, aged sixty-seven 
years, followed by his wife July 22, same year, aged sixty-one years.
  Silas Montgomery, the  youngest child of Hugh Montgomery, first saw the
light in East Finley township, this county, and his boyhood and early youth
were passed on his father's farm, his education being limited to a few weeks' 
attendance at the old log school-house at Stony Point. On September 7, 
1855, he was married to Margaret, daughter of William Elliott, of Morris 
township. By this union two children were born as follows: James Buchanan and Elliott
Wilson, the latter born October 31, 1857, and died September 15, 1877. Silas 
Montgomery died August 27, 1883, since when his widow has made her home with
her son J.B. Silas Montgomery was a successful farmer, and at the time of
his death owned a considerable amount of property. In politics he was a
Democrat, and in religious connection he held to the Cumberland Presbyterian 
doctrine; he was one of the founders of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church
at Fairview.
  J.B. Montgomery received a good, practical common-school education, and
learned farming with his father, an occupation he has since successfully
followed. On August 22, 1878, he was united in marriage with Kate, daughter
of Samuel Hunt, of West Finley township, and to this union were born children
as follows: Ross, Silas, Ida, Robert, Janettie, Samuel, Lucinda, Rosella and 
Catherine (latter being now deceased). Since his father's death, Mr. Montgomery 
has continued to reside on the old home farm, consisting of 333 acres of 
well-improved land lying between Bartholdi and East Finley postoffice, 
on it being one of the finest residences to be seen in the township. 
Mr. Montgomery, in addition to his general farm interests, is extensively 
engaged in threshing in the season, and has a large sawmill on his property 
which he operates; he also gives particular attention to the breeding of 
Short-horn cattle. In politics he is a Democrat. Religiously Mr. Montgomery 
belongs to the United Brethren. He has always been very charitable, 
giving to all charities and helping the poor.

pp. 92, Helen Barnhart Morris Scrap Book.
   At the Windy Gap Presbyterian church, Sunday, January 24th, 1909, a notable
matrimonial event occurred. At 8:30 p.m. just after the evening service, Mr.
Samuel James Montgomery and Miss Emma Lawrence, presented themselves for
marriage, attended by the groom's sister, Miss Jeannetta Montgomery, and Mr.
Edgar L. Hawley. The ceremony was performed by the pastor, Rev. G.W. Hawley.
  Miss Verna Burns presided at the organ and played the wedding march. Quite a
number of intimate friends aside from the general congregation were present. 
  The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. L. Lawrence, of near Ackley 
  The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Montgomery. They may  reside on 
the farm of the groom's father's near Hill City, Kansas.

John Nelson Montgomery Sr.
   John Nelson Montgomery Sr, son of Jesse and Catherine (Sprowls) Montgomery,
was born in East Finely township, Washington County, Pa., March 18, 1845, J.
Nelson Sr. was reared and educated in East Finley township schools and for a
number of years followed farming and stock raising. In 1878, he married Annie 
E. Reynolds, daughter of Hugh H. and Julia Ann (Taylor) Reynolds, who
was born May 13, 1852 in Washington, Pa. Her father had been a contractor,
but, when she was small, the family moved to a farm near Ten Mile, Pa.
   Nelson and Annie lived in Old Concord, from 1884 to 1906, they lived in the 
Coon Island area, and in the spring of 1906, they moved to Claysville. Annie 
was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington, Pa., but after they
moved to Claysville, Nelson and Annie united with the Claysville Presbyterian 
  One son was born to Nelson and Annie. John Nelson Montgomery Jr. 
Nelson Montgomery died October 14, 1917.
Annie Montgomery died January 12, 1937.
  The home they purchased in Claysville is described in John Montgomery Jr. story.
NOTE: Though Jane Gordon said Annie was named for her grandmother Sophia 
Anne, Annie is listed in the census as Annie E.

   John Nelson Montgomery Jr. was born to Nelson and Annie (Reynolds)
Montgomery, on August 24, 1879. He attended the local public schools and
Washington & Jefferson College. He was for a time bookkeeper for the Penn
Bridge Company, when it was located in Claysville, Pa. He was a correspondent for The
Washington Observer and at the time of his death, September 2, 1963 he was
believed to be the oldest correspondent.
   On November 2, 1906, he was married to Grace McClain Clarke, daughter of J.
Addison Clarke, Prosperity Pike, Washington County, Pa.  On November 21,
1956, John and Gracey Montgomery celebrated their fiftieth wedding
(three children were born to John and Grace.)
  Grace Clarke Montgomery was taken as a bride to the house on Main Street is
Claysville, where Grace presently (1977) resides, at the age of 95 years.
  The house was built by Robert Porter in 1879-80. He had a planning mill in
Claysville, and it took him about two years to fashion the decorative
"gingerbread" trim that adorns the Victorian-style house. It is sometimes
called a "wedding cake" house because it resembles a very ornate cake. The house 
has eleven rooms, with a bathroom built into the original plans, unusual in 
that day. The bathroom built into the original plans, unusual in that day, 
still has the original zinc-lined tile and the commode placed on an elevation. A 
wide staircase extends to the third floor. This house was entered into the 
National Register of Historical Places in 1970.
   This was always a fun place to visit and it brought back happy memories 
when I again visited with Grace Montgomery in August of 1976. Though of
advanced age, 95, years young, she is alert, and agile and eager to show her
collection of goblets and tell from whence they came, their pattern, and
where they were made.

   John N. Montgomery III, was born in Claysville, Pa., November 8, 1912. He
was a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College in 1934 with a Bachelor of
Science degree in physics, later and graduate work at Carnegie Institute of
Technology. After teaching science at Claysville High School for several
years, he went to work in 1942 in logistics management with the Army Signal
Corps at Washington, D.C.On November 25, 1943, at East Greenwich, N.Y., 
he married Mabel Elizabeth Maxwell, daughter of Charles and Alice Emily 
(Arnott) Maxwell, Mabel was born January 22, 1921 at Salem, N.Y.
   John and Mabel have three daughters.
   John Montgomery in 1962 became Chief of Electric Material, at Ft. Monmouth,
N.J. and has resided in Fair Haven, New Jersey.

Pg. 147, The Helen Barnhart Morris Scrapbook.
J. Nelson Montgomery's
Busy Life is Ended
   John Nelson Montgomery passed away at his home on the west border of town
at 4:10 p.m., Wednesday, October 3d, 1917, of cancer of the stomach, 
aged 74 years, six months, and 15 days. Funeral service at his late residence 
at two o'clock this (Friday) afternoon, conducted by his pastor, Dr. A. MacLachlaw.
   Interment in Claysville cemetery.
   Mr. Montgomery was born in East Finley township, March 18, 1843, son of
Jesse and Catherine Sprowls Montgomery. His boyhood was spent in the community 
of his birth near Plant's Store, of Knox's Store, as it then was known. When 
nearing manhood he engaged in Stock dealing and wool buying, which he 
followed successfully the greater part of his active life, his operations 
covering a large section of the southwestern part of the county and extended 
beyond those limits.
  In 1884 he purchased a farm at Coon Island, on the National Road, which 
he still owned and where he resided, with the exception of two years spent 
in Washington, until 1906, when he moved his family to this place.
   He was a charter stockholder of the National Bank of Claysville and 
served as director since its institution, June, 1890. He served continuously as 
director into the 28th year of the bank's history, D.M. Campsey now being the 
one original director remaining. Of recent years, Mr. Montgomery had lived 
a more quiet and retired life, though it was not his nature to be inactive.
   Farming, coal and oil interest had engaged his attention for some years 
back. In politics, Mr. Montgomery was a Republican. Though his illness 
dates back two or three months, he had only been confined to his bed for
about three weeks.
   In early life, Mr. Montgomery united with Concord Cumberland Presbyterian (now 
Presbyterian) church, retaining his membership there until uniting with
the Claysville United Presbyterian congregation after coming to this place.
   In 1878, he was united in marriage with Miss Annie E.E. Reynolds, of Ten 
Mile Village, who with one son, John N. Montgomery, Jr. of this place,
survives him. Two grandchildren, John N. Montgomery, III and Ester Clark
Montgomery, and the following brothers and one sister also survives: James
and Hugh of Morris township; Jesse, of East Finley township; Mrs. Ruth
Burroughs of Winfield, Kansas; Rev. A.J. Montgomery, of Portland, Oregon,
and A. Frank Montgomery, of Washington, are half-brothers of the deceased.

Pg. 35, Helen Barnhart Morris Scrapbook.
   At the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Addison Clark, on the
Plank road in South Franklin township, the marriage of Miss Grace McLain
Clark and John Nelson Montgomery, of Claysville, took place at eight o'clock, 
Wednesday, morning, November 21th, 1906. Only immediate friends of the 
contracting parties were present at the cemetery, which was performed by
the bride's pastor, Rev. James H. Snowden, D.D., of the Second Presbyterian
church of Washington. They were unattended. The bride was gowned in a
traveling suit of French broadcloth. The home was tastefully decorated for
the occasion. The prevailing colors were green and white, carried out to
good effect with chrysanthemum, carnations and smilax. The wedding breakfast
was served soon after the ceremony. The dining room was also given over the
deft fingers in an artistic arrangement of carnations, chrysanthemums,
smilax and other greener. Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery have gone to southern 
points on a wedding trip, and will be at home to their friends after December 
15th in Claysville. The groom has charge of the local office of the Penn Bridge 
Co., and has an extensive local acquaintance. The bride is a popular young 
woman and their many friends extend best wishes.

John N. Montgomery
Teacher at the former 
Claysville High School
  Word has been received of the death of John N. Montgomery, 81, of McLean,
Va. who died Sunday, December 19, 1993, in Doctor's Hospital of Northern
Virginia. Born December 8, 1912, in Claysville, he was a son of John and
Grace Clarke Montgomery.
   He was a graduate of Claysville High School and Washington and Jefferson
   Mr. Montgomery was a science teacher at the former  Claysville High School
before he joined the Army Signal Corps in Washington, D.C., as a civilian 
electronic engineer.
   He moved to New Jersey in 1963 as an engineer with the U.S. Army Electronic
Command, retiring in 1980.
   Mr. Montgomery received a Meritorious Civilian Service Award and a Commander's 
   After his retirement, he managed the neighborhood watch program in the 
Potomac Hills area of McLean and was a tour guide at the National Air and
Space Museum in Washington, D.C.For 62 years, Mr. Montgomery was an amateur 
radio operator.
   He was a member of Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ in
Arlington, Va.Mr. Montgomery was a member and past master of Claysville Lodge 
447 F&AM, a member of Kena Temple of the Shrine in Merrifield, Va., and a member 
of the Royal Arch and Knight Templars in Arlington, Va.
   Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Mabel Maxwell Montgomery; three daughters, 
Carolyn Montgomery of Warminster, Jean Montgomery of Oakland,Calif., 
and Lynn Husted of Cobb, Calif.; and two sisters, Dr. Esther Buchanan of 
Salt Lake City, Utah, and Flora Green of Bountiful, Utah. 
   A memorial service was held at Rock Spring Congregational United Church of
Christ in Arlington, Va.

Gaylord Buchanan
Arrives By Plane
   CLAYSVILLE Oct. 12-- Gaylord A Buchanan Jr., who was held a prisoner of was
by the Japanese in Java, following the fall of Singapore, arrived home
tonight, following a plane trip by easy stages from Calcutta to Cairo and
stopped at Casablanca, the Asores and Newfoundland. He arrived this morning 
in New York And flew to Pittsburgh where he was met by his parents, Mr. 
and Mrs. G.A. Buchanan.
   Buchanan was a representative of the Sperry Corp., installing bomb sights
on British planes at Singapore. Following his liberation from the Japs he
was hospitalized at Calcutta from Sept. 18 to Oct. 8.

James Montgomery, of
Morris Township, Dies
Well Known and
Highly Respected Citizen Passes
Away After Illness of  Paralysis-
-Funeral Sunday.
       (March 16,1928)
   James Montgomery, aged 58 years, one of the well known and highly respected
citizens of Morris township, died yesterday at 12:45 o'clock in the home of
his son-in-law, Lee Gashel. Death caused by a serious illness of one week
resulting from a stroke of paralysis.
      Mr. Montgomery was born March 2, 1845, and had spent his entire life
in Morris township. For many years he was an avid member of the Old Concord
Presbyterian Church. He married Samantha Minton, who died 27 years ago.
   The following children survive: Mrs. Lee Gashel and Mrs. Bessie Bedillion,
of Claysville; Mrs. Elmer Stollar, Earl Montgomery and Milton Montgomery, of
East Finley; Jesse Montgomery, of Washington, and William Montgomery, at
home. He leaves three brothers and one sister, Jesse Montgomery, of East
Finley; Hugh Montgomery, of Prosperity; Frank Montgomery, of Washington, and
Mrs. Ruth Burroughs, of Kansas City.
   Short funeral services will be held in the Lee Gashel home, Sunday, March
18, at 11:30 o'clock. Further services will be held at 1:30 o'clock in the
Presbyterian church at Prosperity. Rev. L.H. Norris will conduct the services.
   Interment will be in the Prosperity cemetery.

John William Montgomery
   John William Montgomery, 61, of Dunns Station R.D. died at (Unable to read
too light) died in the home of his sister, Mrs. Lee Gashel of Claysville. He
had been ill unreadable.Mr. Montgomery was a son of James and Mantia Minton 
Montgomery was born Dec. 4, 1874 in Donegal Township too light         .
   He followed farming all his life. He was never married. Surviving are 
three sisters and three brothers, Mrs. Ruth Stollar of Claysville R.
D.; Mrs. Bessie Bedillion, Mrs. Lee Gashel of Claysville, Jesse and Milton 
Montgomery of Claysville, R.D.; and Earl Montgomery, of WestFinley, R.D.
   The body will be removed today from the Brownlee Funeral home at Claysville
to the home of his sister, Mrs. Lee Gashell, Petroleum Avenue extension,
Claysville, where friends will be received.Rest unreadable.

J. Earl Montgomery
   J. Earl Montgomery, 94, of Claysville R.D.3, died in his home at 4:30 a.m.
Sunday, March 3, 1985.
   He was born March 11, 1890, in Morris Township, Washington County, a son of
James and Catherine Samantha Minton Montgomery.
   Mr. Montgomery was a member of Fairmount Church and had been honored by the
state Sunday School Association for acting as treasurer of the Sunday School
for more that 50 years.
   He was a farmer.
   On January 15, 1916, he married Viva Marshall, who survives.
   Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Cecil N. (Margaret) Brownlee, with
whom he resided; and three grandchildren, Fred Brownlee of New Holland and
Mrs. Lehman (Joann) Brownlee and Mrs. Gerald (Martha Jayne Marcie) Munnell,
both of Claysville.
   Four sisters and three brothers are deceased.
  MONTGOMERY--Friends of J. Earl Montgomery of Claysville, R.D.3, who died
Sunday, March 3, 1985, will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday in the
Ferrell Funeral Home, Inc., 219 Main Street, Claysville, where services will
be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, with the Rev. Thomas Carr officiating. 
Interment in Fairmount Cemetery.

Pg. 177, Helen Barnhart Morris Scrapbook.
Montgomery-Marshall (1911)
   Miss Viva Martha Marshall and Earl Montgomery, a very prominent young
couple of East Finley, slipped quietly away to Wheeling, W.Va., Saturday,
January 15, where they secured a license which they intended bringing back with 
they and then he married, by the bride's pastor, Rev. J.L. Happ, on the
following Saturday, January 22. The clerk of courts informed them that the
valuable paper would become invalid if carried to another state. The young
couple then decided to be married in Wheeling. Following the ceremony the
newlyweds returned to the home of the bride's parents on Saturday evening.
   The bride is a daughter of Mrs. A.M. Marshall and is also one of East
Finley's a prominent school teachers, being engaged as a teacher at the
Rockey school this term. Mr. Montgomery is a prosperous young farmer and is
the son of James Montgomery of near Gale. The young couple will make their
home with the bride's mother for the present.

M. Viva Montgomery
   M. Viva Marshall Montgomery, 92, of Claysville, R.D.3, died at 7 a.m.
Thursday, August 29, 1985.Born July 16, 1893, in East Finley Township, she was 
a daughter of James and Anna Margaret Sprowls Marshall.
   Mrs. Montgomery had been a member of the Fairmount United Methodist Church
since 1906. She was a charter member of the Ladies Aide Society of the church 
and had been a Sunday school teacher for more that 60 years. The state Sunday 
School Association honored her for having more that 50 years of service as 
a Sunday school teacher.
   Mrs. Montgomery attended Indiana State Normal School and taught in the East
Finley schools from 1911 to 1916.On January 15, 1916, she married J. Earl 
Montgomery, who died March 3,1985.
   Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Cecil N. (Margaret) Brownlee, with whom
she made her home; three grandchildren, Fred Brownlee of New Holland, Mrs.
Lehman (Joann) Brownlee of Claysville and Mrs. Gerald (Martha Jayne Marcie)
Munnell of Claysville, 10 great-great-grand-daughters and seven great-great grand-
   Four sisters are deceased.
  MONTGOMERY--Friends of M. Viva Marshall Montgomery of Claysville, R.D.3,
who died Thursday, August 29, 1985, will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Friday in the Ferrell Funeral Home Inc., 219 Main Street, Claysville, where
services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 31, with the Rev. Thomas Carr 
officiating. Interment in Fairmount Cemetery.

Bessie V. Bedillion
   Bessie V. Bedillion, 81, of 109 Mill Street, Claysville, died at 7:15 a.m.
Friday, June 28, 1974, after a lingering illness.She was born August 10, 1882, 
in Morris Township, a daughter of James and Catherine Minton Montgomery. 
   She lived in Claysville most of her life.
   She was married to Herbert Bedillion who died May 10, 1961.
   Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Lloyd (Velma) Staley of Claysville; one
granddaughter, Becky, of Claysville; one sister, Mrs. Ruth Stollar of
Claysville, and one brother, Earl Montgomery of West Finley R.D.1.
   Two sisters and three brothers are deceased.
  BEDILLION--Friends of Bessie V. Bedillion of 109 Mill Street, Claysville,
who died Friday, June 28, 1974, are being received from 2:30 to 4 and 7-9
p.m. Saturday and from noon to the time of the service at 1:30 p.m. Sunday,
June 30, with Rev. G.M. Sayre officiating.  Burial in Fairmount Cemetery.

The Weekly Recorder, Claysville, Pa.
July 10,1987
Page 12
Silver Anniversary
   Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Staley, RD2, Claysville, celebrated their 25th anniversary 
June 30th.
   They were married June 30, 1962, at the Broad Street Baptist Church,
Washington, by Rev. Hugh Eiland.
   The former Velma Bedilion is the daughter of the late Herbert M. and Bess
   The Staley's are the parents of two daughters, Becky, and Betty, both at
   Mr. Staley is employed at McGuffey High School.
   A small party was held by their two daughters.

Annie E. Staley
Homemaker and gardener
   Annie E. Pierce Staley, 81, of Claysville R.D.2 died Tuesday, February 22,
1994, in her home after a brief illness.
   Born February 23, 1912, in Washington, she was a daughter of William and
Martha Rogers Pierce.
   Mrs. Staley was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening.
   In September 1926, she married Clarence L. Staley, who died January 22,1963.
   Surviving are six sons, Clarence H. Staley, Frank L. Staley, Joseph L.
Staley and David R. Staley, all of Claysville, Samuel R. Staley of Washington 
and Edward W. Staley of Jefferson; one daughter, Mrs. James(Freda) Long 
of Washington; three brothers, Homer Pierce of Burgettstown, Eugene Pierce 
of Imperial and William Pierce of Clinton; two sisters, Margaret Emler of 
Clinton and Bessie Lytle of Bethel Park; 26 grand-children, and 25 great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are two sons, Thomas Staley and Lloyd Staley; four brothers,
Russell Pierce, Enoch Pierce, George Pierce and James Pierce; four sisters,
Gertrude Huggins, Mary Mull, Pearl Pierce and Myrtle Pierce; two grandsons,
Douglas Staley and Eddie Staley; and one great-granddaughter.
   STALEY--Friends of Annie E. Pierce Staley of Claysville R.D.2, who died
Tuesday, February 22, 1994, will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday
in Warco Funeral Home Inc., Wilson at East Katherine Avenue, Washington, S.
Timothy Warco, director, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday,
February 24, with the Rev. Bruce K. Merritt officiating.
  Interment in West Alexander Cemetery.

Pg. 7, Helen Barnhart Morris Scrapbook.
   Mr. A.A. Montgomery, formerly of East Finley, and Miss Nellie M. Barry, of
Wallace, W.Va. were united in marriage at New Martinsville, Wetzel county,
W.Va. on Wednesday, June 22, 1904. the ceremony was performed by Rev. Father
M.C. Vandenbussche, of the latter place, came to the home of his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Montgomery on Saturday, and were warmly welcomed by his
many friends, in the neighborhood. They left Wednesday to make their future
home at Wallace. Mr. Montgomery is a capable and industrious employee of the
firm of Easton and Kirklan in the oil field at Wallace, and has been engaged
for several years in that locality. His bride is a daughter of Mrs. Mary
Barry; an estimable young woman of proposing appearance. They have our best
Pg. 116, Helen Barnhart Morris Scrapbook.
Will Irey Charged With
Death of A.H. Montgomery
   A deplorable occurrence took place Friday morning, last when an argument
between Albert H. Montgomery, and Will Irey, an employee of the pump station, 
resulted in Mr. Montgomery's death. Mr. Montgomery went to the station, about 
two miles distant, to learn the cause of an unsatisfactory gas supply. He 
inquired of Irey in the old-time humorous vein, "Are you  still pumping air 
into the gas lines?" The remark was resented and led to further illtimed 
statements, arousing the anger of both men. It is stated that Mr. Montgomery 
struck Irey first, knocking him off his feet. Irey responded with one or more 
hard blows over Montgomery's stomach. As Mr. Montgomery was aged 68 years, and 
at the time was afflicted with a heart affliction and chronic catarrh, 
these conditions were aggravated, and from the first his physician, Dr. 
J.N. Sprowls, recognized the case as a very serious one. Had Mr. Montgomery been 
in good physical condition, it is not likely the encounter would have amounted 
to anything. As it was, with careful medical attention and nursing, he 
gradually sank until 11 o'clock Tuesday night, when he died. A post mortem 
was held Thursday and Irey was placed under arrest. He was taken to jail in 
Washington to await a hearing. Funeral service this {Friday} forenoon at 10:30 
in Fairview church, where the deceased had been a member many years; Rev. V.W. 
McMillen conducting the service. Interment at Fairview.
   Mr. Montgomery was born on the home farm in East Finley, June 7, 1849, son
of the late Alexander Montgomery. His first wife was Miss Caroline Sprowls.
   The children of that union are Mrs. Ina O'Brien, Bucharest, Romania; Allie
Montgomery, at home. Some time after the first wife's death Mr. Montgomery
married Miss Anna Hickman, of near Beallsville, now deceased. They leave two
children Hugh and Clyde Montgomery, at home.

Pg. 96, Helen Barnhart Morris Scrapbook.
Mrs. A.H. Montgomery
   Anna F. Hickman, wife of Albert H. Montgomery, died at her home in East
Finley, about 7 o'clock, Thursday evening, May 27, 1909, of valvular heart
trouble, in her 47th year. The funeral service was held at two o'clock,
Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. John R. Burson. A large concourse of
friends attended the service and paid their last respects. The interment was
in Fairview cemetery.
   The deceased was a daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth (__) Hickman, of near
Amity, and was born July 10, 1862.
   She was married to Mr. Montgomery in August, 1897.
   She had been a member of Concord Presbyterian church a number of years. 
   Her husband and two sons survives her -- Hugh and Clyde, while four 
step-children also survive-- John Montgomery, of Elgin, Ill.; A.A. Montgomery, 
of East Finley; Mrs. John O'Brien residing in Romania, and Miss Nellie at home. 
   She is survived by her father and brother, Joseph Hickman, of near Amity, 
and four sisters-- Mrs. and Miss Kate Hickman, of Columbus,O., and Mrs. Bragg 
and Miss Lou Hickman, of Denver, Col.

Pg. 47, Helen Barnhart Morris Scrapbook. (1911)
Anna E. Montgomery
   A friend contributes the following relative to the death of Miss Anna E.
Montgomery, of Morris township, a brief account of which was published in
The Observer, some days ago.
   Following an illness of but a few days of peritonitis, Miss Anna E. 
Montgomery, daughter of James Montgomery, died January 20, at 2 o'clock p.m.
at her home. She was past 23 years of age. Miss Anna was a member of Old
Concord Presbyterian church, uniting with that church when she was a small
child, but attended church at Fairview Presbyterian, it being nearer her
home. She sang in the choir on Christmas day, it being her last time at
church. She had made many friends by her quiet and unassuming manner, and
was highly respected by all who knew her. Besides her father she leaves four
brothers and three sisters, William, Jesse, Milton and Earl, Ruth, Bessie
and Lillian Montgomery. Her mother died 10 years ago. The funeral was
largely attended.
   Her pastor, the Rev. J.R. Burson, was in charge. He spoke highly of her.
   The songs used were her favorites, "saved By Grace," "Looking
This Way," and 
"God Be With You."
   Her friends and neighbors showed their respect by two large bouquets of cut 
   The pall bearers were her girlfriends: Misses Lucy Dague, Grace Scott, Sara 
Scott and Nelle Montgomery.
   Interment was in Prosperity cemetery.

Pg. 95, Helen Barnhart Morris Scrapbook.
O'Brien-- Montgomery
   At the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, Pa., at 7 o'clock, 
Wednesday morning, November 25, 1908, the marriage of Miss Inez Montgomery, 
daughter of Mr. Albert H. Montgomery, of East Finley township, and Mr. Joseph 
A. O'Brien, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas O'Brien, of McDonald, took place.
   The ceremony was performed by Rev. Father James Gilmore, who has charge of
the Church of the Sacred Heart at Claysville, of which the bride is amember.
   The marriage was witnessed by a number of friends, including the bride's brother, 
John Montgomery, of Elgin, Illinois.
   Mr. and Mrs. O'Brien sail from New York next week for Romania, he being
employed for the Standard Oil company in the oil field near Moreni.
   Mrs. O'Brien spent a year or two in Marvin, Kansas, returning in September,
while Mr. O'Brien came from Romania in October.
   Three years ago this month a number of drillers and tool dressers left this
section to develop the territory in Romania for the Standard, and Mr. 
O'Brien is the forth of the number to take a bride. The others were Frank
McWilliams, whose marriage to Miss Pearl Hess took place at Ploesti,
Romania, August 15, 1906, and Walter and Miss Pearl Hughes were married at
Bucharest, Romania, July 18, 1907, another American couple being wedded at
the same time.
   The Standard Oil company retained its workmen in the Romania fields, the
term of three years having expired. The salaries were increased as an
inducement and several were offered a furlough. The company was enabled to
retain experienced men in the field, of whom Mr. O'Brien is one.
   There are a score of Americans employed by the Standard in Romania.

Pg. 99, Helen Barnhart Morris Scrapbook.
The marriage of Miss Della Montgomery, of East Finley, and Mr. Samuel Hunter, 
of Arden, took place at noon Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1904, in the parlors of 
the Siegel hotel, Washington, Pa. The attendants were the groom's sister, 
Miss Blanche Hunter, and Mr. Thompson. The bride was handsomely attired in 
white chiffon and carried a bouquet of bride's roses. The ceremony was 
performed by Rev. John R. Burson. The wedding march was played by Miss Winnie 
Carroll, of near Arden.
   Among the guests were Mr. and Mrs. Nort Montgomery, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. 
Montgomery, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Sprowls, Mr. and Mrs. Anderson Carroll, Mr. 
and Mrs. Will Cotterrell, Martha Craft, son and daughter, Ada, Misses Ada 
Marshall and Flora Hunter, Mr. Snyder. Messrs. J. Mad Marshall, Linn Montgomery, 
J.B. Montgomery, Wick Carroll and John Montgomery.

Pg. 129, Helen Barnhart Morris Scrapbook.
Mrs. Jesse Montgomery
   The death of Sarah McDaniel, widow of the late Jesse Montgomery, occurred 
at the home of her son, A.F. Montgomery, Washington, Tuesday night, Nov. 
21,1916, aged 85 years. The funeral service was held Thursday afternoon. Her
husband died 42 years ago.
   She is survived by two sons, Rev. A.J. Montgomery, of Portland, Ore., and
A.F. Montgomery, the local Printer and now a clerk in the office of the
county commissioners. These stepsons also survive: J.N. Montgomery, of
Claysville; James Montgomery of Morris township; Hugh and Jesse Montgomery,
of East Finley township, also one step-daughter, Mrs. Charles Burroughs, of
Winfield, Kansas. She also leaves these sisters and brother: Mrs. Enoch
Prigg, of Canton township; Mrs. Mary Chalner?; Mrs. R.H. Short and R.L.
McDaniel, of Washington.

Pg. 122, Helen Barnhart Morris Scrapbook
 Death of Mrs. A.W. Montgomery
   The death of Mrs. Leah Montgomery occurred at her home in Burgettstown,
about 4 o'clock Friday afternoon, Jan. 1, 1915, of pneumonia, after an
illness of three days, aged 64 years, 10 months and 25 days. She had spent Christmas 
with her daughter in Pittsburgh and had only been home a short time.
   The funeral service was held at her late home, Sunday afternoon at
3:30, conducted by her pastor, Rev. R.H. MacCartney, pastor of the First
United Presbyterian church. The remains were brought to this place on the
afternoon train, Monday, accompanied by her son, daughter, son-in-law and
brother. A brief service followed at once in the United Presbyterian church,
Rev. Dr. A. MacLachlan in charge.
   Interment in Claysville cemetery.
   The deceased was a native of Burgettstown, born Feb. 7, 1850, daughter of
Manning M. and Julia P. Canon Brockman, her maternal grandfather being Joshua 
Canon, founder of the thriving town of Canonsburg. Most of her life was spent 
in Burgettstown. She was united in marriage with A. Wiley Montgomery, a 
progressive farmer of East Finley, whose death occurred in 1877, also from 
pneumonia. She resided in Claysville, on Wayne street, for some time and 
later returned to Burgettstown, where she has since resided.
   The family is intimately connected with this section, as 97 years ago John
Brockman came to Claysville and located. He was the father of M.M. Brockman,
who was born at Coon Island and learned the wagon making trade at West Alexander.
   Mrs. Montgomery was left after her husband's death, with two small children
whom she reared, one being Ella, wife of Rev. L.J. Davison, pastor of a
United Presbyterian church, Mt. Washington, Pittsburgh, and Harry Brockman,
engaged in railroading, at Burgettstown. Of a family of none there are now
but three left-- Carrie A., wife of Robert E. Hill, East Liverpool, Ohio;
Ella, wife of Dr. L.F. Gracey, Jonesboro, Ark., and Harry E. Brockman, of

Pg. 114, Helen Barnhart Morris Scrapbook.
William Clarke Montgomery
   One of the most estimable citizen of the community, died at his home in
Donegal township, southwest of Claysville at 1:45 p.m., Saturday, after an
illness of eleven days of bronchopneumonia, aged 52 years, 11 months and 13
   The funeral service was held at 1:30 Monday afternoon. It was Mr. Montgomery's 
desire that Rev. J.R. Burnson, of Charleroi, conduct the service but he was 
unable to come. Rev. James Hamilton, of Washington, conducted the service and 
was ably assisted by Rev. H.M. Evans, of West Alexander. Both made addresses 
which were very appropriate. They impressed their bearers with the thought that 
our lives here should be on the same plane as our ideal of heaven, and the 
necessity of always being ready to answer the summons. Mr. Montgomery had 
calmly made all preparation for his funeral service and desired the officiating 
minister to express his thanks to all persons for assistance and sympathy. There 
was a large attendance through the roads were heavy . Many walked out 
from town. Among the floral tributes was a handsome pillow from the session of 
the Presbyterian church.
   The pall bearers were his nephews: R.R. Bell, of McKeesport; Jesse Snyder,
of Monela; Linn Montgomery, of East Finley; John Craft and Harry Marshall,
of Washington, and Robert Duncan.
   Interment in Claysville cemetery.
   Mr. Montgomery was born in East Finley township, March 24th, 1859, son of
John and Jane (Post) Montgomery. He was united in marriage with Miss Harriet
Marshall in March 1884. They resided on a farm west of West Alexander before
coming to the farm he purchased southwest of town. He was a man of upright
   On May 9, 1908, he was elected as a ruling elder of the Presbyterian 
church. By his sterling qualities he won that confidence and esteem which 
the public reposes in a Christian gentleman. He was successful as a farmer 
and took an active interest in local affairs.
   He is survived by his wife; also by two sisters: Mrs. Martha Craft, of near 
Washington, and Ada, wife of J.N. McCunn, United States consul to Glasgow, 

Pg. 46, Helen Barnhart Morris Scrapbook.
   The will of the late George W. Montgomery, has been admitted to probate. He
desires that his wife shall have use of the family residence and belongings.
   To his son, Norton, he left the home farm of 89 acres. He is directed to pay
his mother $30 a year during her natural life, and one year after her death
he shall pay $500 to the trustees of the Fairview Presbyterian church, the
interest of which is to be applied to the pastor's salary.
   To his son Linnis left a farm of 151 acres. He is directed to pay his sister 
Della J.Montgomery, $1,000 within two years, also to his mother $120 during her
natural life. The money due on mortgages and notes is to go to the daughter,
Della J. Montgomery, W.C. Montgomery is named executor and Della J. Montgomery 
executrix of the estate.

   EAST FINLEY, April 6,--Mrs. Elizabeth J. Carroll Montgomery, widow of
George W. Montgomery, died in her home in East Finley township at 8 o'clock,
Monday night, April 6, 1931, after a short illness of complications. She 
was 82 years of age.She was a daughter of Hamilton and Jane Carroll, and 
was the last of eight children.
   She was born Dec. 27, 1848.
   She was married Dec. 19, 1878, to George W. Montgomery. Their three children 
survive. They are Nort and Linn Montgomery, of East Finley township, and 
Mrs. Samuel Hunter, of Washington,R.D.
   She was a member of the Wheeling Hill United Presbyterian Church.
   Funeral services will be held in the Montgomery home Wednesday at 1:30
o'clock in charge of her pastor, the Rev. H.L. Henderson, assisted by the
Rev. O.S. Fowler, of the Claysville Presbyterian church. Interment will be
in Claysville cemetery.

Pg. 15, Helen Barnhart Morris Scrapbook.
Montgomery-Enlow (Mar. 15, 1905)
   Norton Montgomery and Miss Mary Enlow, both of East Finley township, were
married at the home of the officiating clergyman, the Rev. J.G. Patton,
Saturday. Immediately after the ceremony the couple returned to their home
in East Finley township, where they will reside on the Montgomery farm. 
   The groom is a son George Montgomery, of that township, where the bride is also
well known.

Newspaper source unknown: 
George R. Montgomery,
Aged 22, of East Finley
Township, Passes Away
   Claysville, May 11.-- George Russell Montgomery, aged 22 years, died
yesterday morning at 5 o'clock in the home of his parents, in East Finley 
township. His death came after a lingering. He had been for the past two years
in charge of a Boy Scout camp at Sewickley.He is survived by his parents, his 
wife, Irene Conklin Montgomery; a daughter, Eleanor Jane, aged two years, 
and the following brothers and sisters: Carl, Ray, Nort, Elizabeth, Marjorie 
and Helen Jane, all at home.
  Funeral services will be held in the home of his parents, Monday afternoon
at 1 o'clock, followed by later services in the Stony Point Methodist
Episcopal Church at 2 o'clock, in charge of Rev. John Winwood, assisted by
Rev. A.D. Eberhart. Interment will be in the Claysville cemetery.

Pg. 63, Helen Barnhart Morris Scrapbook.
William B. Montgomery
   A well-known farmer, died at the home of his son, John Montgomery, on the
old Montgomery farm, south of West Alexander, about 4:30 a.m., Monday, March
27th, 1911, of appendicitis, aged 64 years, one month and 21 days. The
funeral service was held at 11 o'clock, Wednesday forenoon, conducted by his
former pastor, Rev. Dr. Frank Fish. Interment in West Alexander Cemetery.
   Mr. Montgomery was born on the farm where he died, February 6th, 1847, son
of Joseph and Rachel Montgomery. He was united in marriage with Miss Anna
McNay, of West Finley township, in 1871. About 1894 he moved to a farm in
Donegal township, about three miles north of Claysville Presbyterian
church. He leaves his wife, one son, John Montgomery, and two daughters,
Mrs. Morgan Miller and Mrs. John Mealy, both residing north of Claysville;
also one brother, Joseph Montgomery, of West Finley township, and three
sisters, Mrs. James Archer, of Claysville, Mrs. George Horr, of Freeport, O., 
and Miss Eliza Montgomery, of Beham.

Pg. 35, Helen Barnhart Morris Scrapbook.
   A pretty home wedding was solemnized at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. John
Linville, in Donegal township, Thursday afternoon. Nov. 22d, 1906, at half
past two o'clock. Miss Mary E. Linville and Mr. John Montgomery, son of Mr.
and Mrs. W.B. Montgomery, were the principals. The ceremony was performed by
Rev. John Mullady, pastor of the Dutch Fork Christian church. The ring
service was used in an impressive wedding ceremony. The attendants were a
cousin and brother of the bride respectively, Miss Florence Linville and
Mr. Willard Linville. The bride wore a becoming white gown. The parlor and
dining room decorations were very attractive. Some two score witnessed the
event, tendered their congratulations and partook of the marriage feast. A
handsome list of presents were bestowed upon the bride. Mr. and Mr. Montgomery 
are a popular young couple of their neighborhood and have the hearty good 
wishes of many friends. The groom's parents tender them a reception on 
Friday. They will shortly go to the farm of the groom's father in West Finley 
township, near Beham, to reside.

Pg. 59, Helen Barnhart Morris Scrapbook.
   Mrs. Joseph Crawford, who suffered a stroke of paralysis Monday of last
week, died at her home in West Finley township at 4 o'clock Sunday morning,
November 27, 1910 aged 64 years. The funeral service was held at 10 o'clock
Monday forenoon, conducted by her pastor, Rev. R.F. Getty, of Dallas
Presbyterian church. Interment in Dallas cemetery. The deceased was a daughter 
of James and Rachel Montgomery, and was born in West Finley township, January 
20, 1846. She was united in marriage with Mr. Crawford in December, 1873. 
She was a faithful member of Dallas Presbyterian church. Besides the husband, one 
daughter Ollie Crawford survives. Two brothers and three sisters also survive:
W.B. Montgomery and Joseph Montgomery, of West Finley; Mrs. James Archer, 
of Claysville; Miss Eliza Montgomery, who made her home with Mrs. Crawford, Mrs. 
George Horr, near Freeport, Ohio.

Pg. 81, Helen Barnhart Morris Scrapbook.
Miss Sarah E. Montgomery.
   Died at her home in Guernsey county, O., near Quaker City, on Monday, Dec.
30th, 1907, of a complication of diseases, aged 46 years. The remains were
brought to Dallas on Wednesday evening, but at too late an hour for aservice.
   Interment in Mt. View Cemetery. The deceased was a daughter of the late 
James and Rachel McKain Montgomery, born Nov, 26th, 1851, on the old Montgomery 
farm three miles east of Dallas. She resided on the old farm for 50 years, or 
until after her mother's death, when she went to Ohio. For about 35 years she 
was a faithful and consistent member of the Dallas Presbyterian church. She is 
gratefully remembered in her old home neighborhood for her skill in caring for 
the sick, possessing natural talent and a willingness to aid when needed. Many 
regretted that they could not have aided her in return in the past year when 
her health was gradually failing. Two brothers and four sisters survive: Joseph 
and Miss Ella Montgomery, with whom she lived; Mrs. George Horn, near Freeport, 
O., Mrs. Joseph Crawford, West Finley; Mrs. Jas. Archer, Claysville; W.B. 
Montgomery, Donegal township; Joseph Montgomery, a brother, served in Co. 
K. 16th Pa.Cav. and was buried at Lynchburg, Va.

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