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901 When Delilah was four years old, the weather was cool and she was alone in the house. She gathered some firewood in her apron to put on the fireplace and the apron caught fire and she died from the burns. She told the family she had pulled the water bucket over her, but the bucket was empty. Benjamin left not long after this happened. She is buried near her mother's headstone in an unmarked grave.

Charlotte Gayle Zentmyer Price 
ZENTMYER, Delilah (Delcia) (I3109)
902 When James and Helen married they were both living in Allegany Co., MD. James listed his occupation as a miner on their marriage application which was issued on 20 August 1875. There was no record of the marriage as the minister did not return the license. Helen was listed as a maid of 17 and James as a 21 year old. When they were first married, the couple lived in Keyser, WV. They were probably in Keyser until about 1884. From Keyser, the family moved to MT. Pleasant, PA. It's confusing as to how long they remained in MT. Pleasant. Interview notes show the family in Scottsdale, PA from 1890 to 1895. But, these same notes list Minnie's 1888 birth in Scottsdale, F. Ethel's 1890 birth in Scottsdale and Margaret's 1895 birth in Star Junction, PA. F. Ethel Santmyer Rowley supplied all the above information. However, the copy of Ethel's and Stephen's marriage certificate gives MT. Pleasant as her place of birth. I think she probably remembered her place of birth better at age 21 than at age 85. This would place them in MT. Pleasant until May 1890 and would still allow for the move to Scottsdale in 1890. Margaret's birth in June of 1895 places them in Star Junction and still allows for them to be in Scottsdale in the earlier part of that year. They remained in Star Junction until 1918 when they moved to Homestead, PA. The family lived on a rented farm in Scottsdale. James was working for the B&O Railroad. He was an engineer on the passenger train that ran from Scottsdale to South Bend (an area in Westmoreland Co.). B&O wanted to move the family to South Bend, but before the move transpired there was a train wreck at South Bend. His wife, Helen, then refused to move as she didn't want him to have that dangerous run. James then took a more local run and the family moved to Star Junction. It appears that the family attended the Methodist Episcopal Church during their early years in Star Junction. Somewhere around 1902 they were attending the Baptist Church, Helen was baptized here on 17 December 1905. I had no record of James being baptized, but would have to guess, he was. Around the 1920's they became Christian Scientists - perhaps when they moved to Homestead. James belonged to the Knights of Pythias, Prospect Lodge 507, Star Junction and to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Tygarts Valley Lodge No. 284. Upon moving to Homestead, James operated a grocery and confectionery store at 141 East 16th Avenue from 1918 until January 1922, when he retired. He and Helen then went to live with their daughter Ethel and family in Hayes, PA. He died while visiting at his son Oscar's home in Star Junction. The Ira Blair Funeral Home in Perryopolis handled the funeral arrangements. James was buried in MT Washington Cemetery in Perryopolis, PA.
James was a red head.
Records vary with date and even name for the birth of James:
*Family Bible: James Jacob Santmyer b. 5 November 1854
*Marriage application dated 20 August 1875: James Santmyer age 21
*Death certificate #78827 James J. Santmyer dob 5 November 1854
*Courthouse records in VA, Rockingham Co.:
Birth - James S. Santmyers 14 September 1858
Father Harrison Santmyers - Occupation Blacksmith
Mother Lad Santmyer
Residence Portsmouth Furnace
*Charted Information from Fred M. Chilcott:
James Isreal Santmyer b 5 November 1854
1880 CENSUS WEST VIRGINIA, Vol. 2, Mineral Co.
K023 (Keyser-New Creek area)
Santemier, James - age 24 - RR Fireman - VA - VA - GR
" Helen 21 - Keeps house - MD - MD - MD
" Harry 4 - MD - VA - MD
" Oscar 1 - MD - VA - MD
Neff, David - boarder - 28 - RR Fireman - MD - MD - MD

Santemeyer, James P. age 54 b. MD
" Y Helin age 50 b. WV
" William age 33 b.
" Oscar Y age 31 b. MD
Other children: Mimi, Ethel, Donald and Margaret
For his 53rd birthday a number of his friends presented him with a "magnificent chair". I wonder if this is the same chair that appears in many photos of him in his later years?
Ref: Family records and papers located in the family Bible
Interviews with Fanny Ethel Santmyer Rowley
Death cert. 10935 File No. 78827
Marriage Application from Allegany Co., MD
Newspaper articles 
SANTMYER, James Jacob (I0013)
903 While Frank died at the notorious Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia, it is not known where his remains are buried. A Memorial Stone sits in the Zentmyer family plot in the Alexandria Presbyterian Cemetery, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, and lists his date of death as 27 December.

"Maj. Frank Zentmyer, of Huntingdon, wounded and taken prisoner by the rebels at the battle of Fredericksburg, died of his injuries, at Richmond, on the 31st."

Democratic Standard, Hollidaysburg, Pa., Wednesday, January 28, 1863

"Maj. Frank Zentmyer.- The father of Major Zentmyer has received a letter from Richmond informing him of the death of his brave son. The Major lost a leg at Fredericksburg, was taken prisoner and sent to Richmond where he died on the 31st."

The Huntingdon Globe, January 21, 1863. 
ZENTMYER, Major Franklin (I2328)
904 Wife Mary Listed in 1850 Census as 'Mary Reynolds,' but 'Ronald' in John N. Zentmeyer's Will, the assignment of an interest in said Will by E. L Ronald, and transcriptions by two different sources of the headstone in Zion Cemetery for Sarah Ronald, daughter of Wm. A. and Mary Ronald.  RONALD, William A (I1774)
905 Will probated in 1781, named Andrew and Joseph BERRYHILL, Joseph (I2480)
906 Willard served in World War I in France. His mother received a notice that he had been killed in action, but actually he was only wounded, and returned home in 1919 to marry Florence Lewis. He suffered from 'shell shock,' what we now identify as PTSD.  LOWMAN, Willard Henry (I85948)
907 William Bradford sailed from England on 6 Sep 1620 on the Mayflower, which arrived in Provincetown Harbor on November 11, 1620. In 1621 he was elected Governor of the Plymouth Colony, a position which he retained off-and-on for the rest of his life. BRADFORD, William (I3505)
908 William Garber was born in Rockingham county, Va., September 28, 1833, and died at 7:45 a. m., October 19, 1926, aged 93 years and 20 days.

In his early youth he moved to Owen county, Ind. In 1854 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Pettyman, who died a year later. To this union was born one son Henry Garber.

On Nov. 17, 1861, he was united in marriage to Jane Wark and to this union were born six children, Mrs. Emma West, George Garber, Noble Garber, Mrs. Adelina Swanson, Nathan Garber and Mrs. Zora Botts. 21 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildrensurvive him. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1908 and two sons, Henry in 1889 and Noble, who died in 1923.

He served in the Union army during the Civil War. In June 1870 he came with his wife and four small children from Webster county, Iowa settling on a homestead four and one-half miles northwest of Scandia, where he lived for 35 years. In 1905 he moved from the farm to Scandia and lived here continuously until his death. He was the oldest of the early settlers remaining in this community and a pioneer, who shared with the others all the hardships of the pioneer life and assisting in the settlement and development of this community.

Scandia Journal - Thursday Oct 21, 1926
GARBER, William (I3293)
909 William Gates of Thomastown
His Father was John Caleb Gates, a native of Germany who came to USA when he was 18 years old
His Mother Elizabeth Ganley- "Geaurney"
William was born 14 Jun 1829 at Springfield Furance. He was employed at Bald Eagle tannery. If he had lived unti1 January, he would celebrate 61 years of marriage / wife not named /
Nathan H. of Thomastown
John F. of Altoona
W. Porter of Tyrone
9gchildren and 4 ggchildren
He was the youngest and last of a family of 13 children
He served in the Civil War Co E. 88 PA volunteers
He was a member United Brethren for 59 years
he had suffered a stroke of paralysis 22 years ago/ had been home bound the last 2 years
He died 20 Dec 1912
Interment in Grand View cemetery
(obit information from Tyrone Daily Herald) 
GATES, William C. (I2752)
910 William Harrison (Harry) was probably born in Moscow/Barton area of Allegany Co., MD. (There is a slim chance that the family lived in the Keyser, WV area at the time of his birth). Family lore tells that the Santmyer boys were "real hell raisers" and Harry was certainly not one to pass up a good time. Harry supposedly was a well-meaning roustabout who felt obligated to share himself with all the girls. As well as a drinker, it seems that Harry was also a gambler. In fairness to Harry, perhaps with the loss of his young wife and third child, he was "drowning his sorrows" in women, booze and gambling. They lived their life on the wild side, worked hard and died tragic deaths. From the tales I heard, I imagined the Santmyer brothers donned in cowboy boots and hats, and always chewing a wad of tobacco - but the few pictures I've seen, portray them more like refined bankers.

Harry, as he was called, was named for both his grandfathers - Harrison Santmyer and William Burns Shaw.
Marriage: Bk 21, Pg 116, Fayette Co., PA
Santmyer, Wm. H. to Ghrist - 6 Nov. 1861
Santmyer, Wm. H. Age 21 - woman 17
Residence - Star Junction - wife - Vanderbilt
Parents names - James and Helen
Occupation - Hauler
Birthplace - Maryland
Harry possibly married again after Sadie's death; although, his sister, Fanny Ethel Santmyer Rowley, insists this is not the case. There was an entry in the family Bible under "Marriages"....Harry Wm Santmyer (name also appears as Harry Wm. for marriage to Sadie) - Myrtle Renmyer 30 Dec. (no year is listed, but it appears between 1913 and 1921 entries). Additional information, received from his grand-daughter, Anna Mae Waggett Walls, states that Harry never remarried.
NOTE - January 2006 UPDATE: News article found in the 28 December 1917 edition of the Connellsville Daily Courier "Wed in Pittsburg. Harry Santmyer of Star Junction and Myrtle Renko of Manowa were granted a license to wed in Pittsburg Yesterday."
Connellsville Courier....... 10 April 1903
Harry was charged with breaking into a store in Vanderbilt. He had to pay fines and costs, but was fortunate that he got off going to jail.
Connellsville Courier......24 Dec 1904
Harry Santmyer was sent to Huntingdon Reformatory for robbery.

Harry was killed in a terrible railroad accident in which he was pinned by the coupling apparatus between two railway cars. There wasn't much they could do for him, yet he lingered in pain for several hours in the Fairmont, WV hospital. Funeral services were held by the Christian Church in Perryopolis, PA - burial was in MT. Washington Cemetery.
CONNELLSVILLE DAILY COURIER.........19 November 1923

Harry Santmyer, 45 years old formerly of Star Junction, was killed by a railroad train Saturday at Fairmont, W Va. He was the son of James Santmyer, deceased, and a brother Oscar Santmyer of Star Junction. His mother resides in Braddock.

The body was taken to Perryopolis and removed to the funeral parlors of Ira Blair, where it will remain until Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at which time the funeral services will be held at the Christian Church in Perryopolis.


The funeral service for William H. Santmyer, 47 years old who died last Saturday in the Fairmont W Va Hospital as a result of injuries received in a railroad accident at Fairmont last Friday, was held yesterday afternoon at the Christian Church at Perryopolis with Rev. Davis the pastor officiating. Mr Santmyer was a son of the late James J Santmyer and Mrs Helen Santmyer of this city. He is also survived by two children Mrs. Hilda Waggat of Waltersburg and Roy Santmyer of Dearth, three sisters Mrs. George Bowman of this city, Mrs. Stephen Riley of Willock and Mrs Earl Beighley of Pittsburg, two brothers Oscar of Gates and Donald who is in the Marine Service. Two grandchildren also survive. The interment was made in the Mt Washington Cemetery, Perryopolis.

Ref: Family records and papers located in the family Bible
Interviews with Fanny Ethel Santmyer Rowley, James R. Rowley & Anna Mae Walls.
Newspaper Clippings 
SANTMYER, William Harrison (I0015)
911 William S. Zentmyer, age 90, of Upper Arlington, died Wednesday, July 6, 1994 at Arlington Court Nursing Home. Retired Branch Manager with Dow Chemical.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Thelma H. Zentmyer. Preceded in death by his brother Edgar Zentmyer and his sisters Marguerite and Lucille Zentmyer.

Charter member of the Triangle Lodge #748 F&AM, Upper Arlington, Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus and Noble of the Mystic Shrine of Aladdin Temple, Columbus, and former member of the Drum Corp of the Shrine.

The Columbus Dispatch, July 8, 1994 
ZENTMYER, William Samuel (I731)
912 William Strahorn and his brother Samuel both married sisters named Cuttler. STRAHORN, William Chapman (I174)
913 Williard must have been an extremely active man. Besides the organizations already mentioned, he was also a member of the Pilgrim Commandry No. 21 Knights Templar, Osiris Temple at Wheeling, the Tygarts Valley Shrine Club, Osiris, Klowns, and the H.W. Daniels Post No. 29 American Legion.

Williard was a graduate of Keyser High School; received lab training at Potomac Valley Hospital, Keyser. He worked for a time as a lab technician at Old City Hospital in Elkins, WV.

DATE OF BIRTH: 08/21/1918
DATE OF DEATH: 06/16/1997
ELKINS, WV 26241
Ref: http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/j2ee/servlet/NGL_v1 
SANTMYER, Willard Maurice Sr (I1096)
914 Willie Penn was killed in a coal mine explosion. He was an accountant and somehow they talked him into going down to check on a fuse that did not explode. ZENTMEYER, William Penn (I1737)
915 Worked for the Pensylvania Railroad System LOWMAN, Abraham (I86006)
916 Year of birth 1882 in Zentmyer Family Bible, 1900 US Census, and Oregon Death Index, 1883 in Social Security Death Index, 1884 on headstone.

ZENTMYER, Nona (I2342)
917 Zentmyer, Richard 85 of Charlotte, died Saturday, August 9, 2003 at his residence. Mr. Zentmyer was born June 5, 1918 in Sylvan Center, Michigan, the son of Cyrus H. and Vergie (Stuver) Zentmyer. He owned an appliance repair business until he retired. He served his country during World War II in the 8th Army Infantry Division and was a life member of the VFW Maple City Post #2406 in Charlotte. He married Reatha I. Satterlee December 22, 1946 and she survives him. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lavonne in 1994. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 12, 2003 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, with Mr. George Howe officiating. Interment will be in West Carmel Cemetery. Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Sunday and 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Monday. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Hospice.  ZENTMYER, Richard (I2799)

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