Sunday, June 3, 2012

Jacob Wellington Confer 1876-1963

Heather's Great Grandparents, Maternal Line


Jacob Wellington Confer
son of Isaac & Lydia Jane (Crossley) Confer
 Born March 6 1876 
Died 1963 
Married
Frances Marion Forney 
Daughter of Samuel & Louisa Forney
Born 1879
 Died September 24 1943 

Children:
Louise Lucinda Confer 1904 – 1979. M.Zeigler, M. Heddings, M.Rittenbach
Ellsworth Raelson (Joe) Confer 1908 – 
Walter Wellington (Spike) Confer 1910 – 1992
Robert James Confer 1913 – 1971 m. Freda Frances Aikey
Jacob Rawlen (Jack) Confer 1916 – 1987 m. Aida Keefer
Harold LaRue (Pete) Confer 1919 – 1994


1876 - Jacob Born
6 Mar
Montour, Pennsylvania, United States
Source - Census, tombstone, death certificate

From his obituary - 
 Mr. Confer was born March 6 1876, in Montour County, the son of the late Isaac & Jane Crossley Confer.  He was a retired farmer.

1879 - Frances Forney Born
Source - 1880 Census, Tombstone, death certificate

1880 - Residence
Age: 4
Derry, Montour, Pennsylvania, United States
1880 Census
Jacob in 1880
Name: Jacob W. Confer
Age: 4
Birth Year: abt 1876
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1880: Derry, Montour, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Son
Marital Status: Single
Father's Name: Isaac Confer
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Name: Lydia J. Confer
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: At Home
View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Isaac Confer 32
Lydia J. Confer 26
Jacob W. Confer 4
Charles A. Confer 2
George O. Confer 3m

Frances in 1880 - 
1880 United States Federal Census about Francis Forney
Name: Francis Forney
Age: 1
Birth Year: abt 1879
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1880: Danville, Montour, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Son
Marital Status: Single
Father's Name: Samuel Forney
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's name: Louisa Forney
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Neighbors:  View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Samuel Forney 30
Louisa Forney 27
Robert Forney 7
Francis Forney 1

Frances Marion (Forney) Confer

1889 - October 11
Frances is found in the church records of the Danville Methodist Episcopal Church

1900 - Residence
Age: 24
Madison, Columbia, Pennsylvania
Age: 23; Marital Status: Single; Relation to Head of House: Boarder

1900 Census
Name: Jacob Canfer
[Jacob Confer] 
Age: 23
Birth Date: Jun 1876
Birthplace: PA
[Pennsylvania] 
Home in 1900: Madison, Columbia, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Boarder
Marital Status: Single
Father's Birthplace: PA
Mother's Birthplace: PA
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
William Guiser 59
Carline Guiser 56
Harris Guiser 12
Jacob Canfer 23

1903 - Unknown Marriage
Age: 28
Montour County, Pa
"Grandpap was married twice. First time for about 6 weeks. His wife would not leave home, so he divorced her."

1904 - Married Frances Forney
6 Apr
Age: 28
Emmanuel Evangelical Congregational, Danville, Northumberland, Pennsylvania


1905- Daughter Louisa Lydia Confer is born
November 8 1905
She married first George Zeigler, second George Heddings & 3rd Harry Reitenbach
In 1920 she is age 14. She lives at home on Sunbury St, Northumberland Pa, and works at the silk mill. In 1930 she's married to George Zeigler,and listed as a seamstress.  They live on Grand street in Danville Pa. In 1940 she's married to George Heddings, living in West Chillisquaque, Northumberland County Pa.  It tells us she completed 7th grade.  Her husband George is almost 30 years older than her.
George Heddings first wife was Una Snyder, she died in 1938. They had 3 children - Grace Heddings, Martha Mae Heddings & Edwin Lewis Heddings.

Grace Heddings is the stepdaughter of Louisa (Confer) Heddings (sister of Heather's grandfather, Robert Confer). She married Clyde E. Brown, brother of Dan's grandmother Thelma Brown.
George Heddings, Louisa (Confer) Heddings, Jacob Confer
We don't know who the two boys are.

Louise (Confer) with her 3rd husband, Harry Reitenbach



1907- Sleighing Party

Sleighing Party
The Morning News
(Danville, Pennsylvania)
9 Feb 1907, Sat • Page 3


1908 - Son "Joe" Ellsworth Rollinson Confer is born
June 2 1908
In 1930 Joe is single and lives at home at Ridge Rd, Point Twp, Northumberland County Pa.  His occupation is "traveling logs", and we have photos of him at his brother in law's saw mill.
In 1938 Joe married Freda Alice (Dyer) Stahl.  His occupation is truck driver.  They were married in Front Royal VA.
In 1940 Joe lives in East Chillisquaque twp, with his mother in law and his wife and stepdaughter.  His occupation is truck driver, and the census tells us he only completed the 4th grade.
Joe died June 13 1970, and is buried in Harmony Cemetery in Milton.

Joe Confer

Emily (Stahl) Heintzleman with her stepfather Joe Confer

1910 - Residence
Age: 34
Madison, Columbia, Pennsylvania

1910 Census
Name: Jacob W Confer
Age in 1910: 33
Birth Year: 1877
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1910: Madison, Columbia, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
[Self (Head)] 
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Francis M Confer
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Jacob W Confer 33
Francis M Confer 31
Louise L Confer 4
Robson E Confer 1 10/12

1910 Miracode
Name: Jacob W Confer
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
State: PA
Age: 33
Color: W
Enumeration District: 0026
Visit: 0049
County: Columbia
Relation: Head of Household
Other Residents:
Relation Name Age Birth Place
Wife Francis M 31 Pennsylvania
Daughter Louise L 04 Pennsylvania
Son Roloson E NR Pennsylvania



1911 - Jacob helps with Straw Shed Raising

Straw Shed Raising
The Morning News
(Danville, Pennsylvania)
7 Oct 1911, Sat • Page 3

1917 - Occupation, Hauling Molding Sand
Draft Registration Card


May Confer?  Did he call his wife, Frances Marion,  May?

Frances Attends Wedding Anniversary, along with  children: Louisa, Robert & Roland Confer.

 Pleasant Party - Great grandparents & grandfather attended
Clipped from The Morning News, 23 Jan 1917, Tue, Page 2
The Morning News
(Danville, Pennsylvania)
23 Jan 1917, Tue • Page 2





Jacob Confer & son Joe Confer "back at the mountain skidding logs for Fred Ritter"



Robert, Frances, Louisa
Roland, Jacob, Walter
(From the looks of the photo, Frances is probably pregnant with Harold - so Taken about 1919?)

Frances About 1919, Roland at her feet.

1920 - Residence
Age: 44
Gearhart, Northumberland, Pennsylvania

1920 Census
Name: Jacob W Confer
Age: 43
Birth Year: abt 1877
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1920: Gearhart, Northumberland, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Fancis M Confer
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home owned: Rent
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Jacob W Confer 43
Fancis M Confer 40
Louisa L Confer 14
Ellsworth R Confer 11
Walter W Confer 9
Robert J Confer 6
Roland J Confer 3
Harold L Confer 0
[11/12] 


1927- Surprise Party Held For JW Confer
Mr & Mrs Samuel Forney (Samuel & Louisa Forney are Frances Parents)
Mr & Mrs Henry Forney (Is this an Uncle of Frances?)
Mr & Mrs Archie Hileman  & children (Wife is Mabel Remely Hileman - no connection?)
Mr & Mrs Jacob Welliver (Malinda Confer Welliver, Aunt of JW, Sister of Isaac)
Mr & Mrs Roy Koser, daughter Ruth (Eva Welliver Koser, daughter of Jacob Welliver)
Mr & Mrs Wilson Lamberson & son Wilson (m. Margaret Bookmiller. No connection I can find - but buried at Odd Fellows. Probably just friends.)
Harry Forney (brother of Frances, wife of JW)
Mr & Mrs George Zeigler  (JW's daughter Louisa & husband George Zeigler)




1930 - Residence
Age: 54
Point, Northumberland, Pennsylvania

1930 Census
Name: J W Confer
Gender: Male
Birth Year: abt 1876
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Race: White
Home in 1930: Point, Northumberland, Pennsylvania
View Map
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name:  Frances M Confer
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
J W Confer 54
Frances M Confer 51
R Ellsworth Confer 21
Walter W Confer 19
Robert T Confer 16
Jacob R Confer 14
Harold L Confer 11

Frances & Jacob with son Pete (small children unidentified)


McLoughan Reunion
The Morning News
(Danville, Pennsylvania)
28 Jul 1930, Mon • Page 3

The Morning News
(Danville, Pennsylvania)
26 Aug 1930, Tue • Page 3

1935 - Residence
Age: 59
Rural, Montour, Pennsylvania

Jacob & Frances


Grandma Forney's Cookbook
I found the photo below online, showing what the cover looked like before it was torn - 
Food for the Hungry; A Complete Manual of Household Duties, compiled by Julia MacNair Wright and Marion Harland, published by LM Palmer, 1896, Hard Cover, 532 pages with some B&W illustrations, 7.5"X9.5"
1940 - Residence
1 Apr
Age: 64
Liberty, Montour, Pennsylvania, United States
Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Head

Jacob, Bob, & Frances

1943- Frances Died
 Frances Forney Obit
Clipped from The Morning News, 1 Oct 1943, Fri, Page 3
The Morning News
(Danville, Pennsylvania)
1 Oct 1943, Fri • Page 3



1945 - Jacob Confer Farm sold at Public Sale
Jacob Confer Farm Sale
The Morning News
(Danville, Pennsylvania)
26 Mar 1945, Mon • Page 7



Jacob in the 1950s

Mary Alice Oberdorf & Jacob Confer

1963 - Jacob Died
18 Dec
Age: 87
pleasant view convalescent home, Northumberland RD.

    Jacob W. Confer, 87, Liberty Township, Montour County, died at 9 o'clock last night in pleasant view convalescent home, Northumberland R.  He had been a gues there one week following five weeks as a patient in Geisinger Medical Center.
    Mr. Confer was born March 6 1876, in Montour County, the son of the late Isaac & Jane Crossley Confer.  He was a retired farmer.
    His wife, Frances Forney Confer, preceeded him in death in 1943.
    Surviving are a daughter, Mrs Louisa Heddings, Mifflinbug RD 2; five sons, Ellsworth R., 273 Walnut St, Walter W., Danville RD1, Robert J, Milton RD1, Jacob R., Pottsgrove, and Harold L. New Columbia Rd; eight grandchildrren and nine great grandchildren.


Name: Jacob W Confer
Gender: Male
Race: White
Age: 87
Birth Date: 6 Mar 1876
Birth Place: Montour County, Pennsylvania
Death Date: 18 Dec 1963
Death Place: Point, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, USA
Father Name: Isaac Confer
Mother Name: Jane Crossley
Certificate Number: 122103-63


Burial -  Lewisburg Cemetery, Lewisburg PA
Name: Jacob Wellington Confer
Birth Date: 1876
Birth Place: Pennsylvania, USA
Death Date: 1963
Cemetery: Lewisburg Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: Lewisburg, Union County, Pennsylvania, USA
Has Bio?: N
Spouse: Frances Marion Confer
Father:
Mother:
Children: Jacob Rawlen Confer 
Robert James Confer 
Ellsworth Raelson Confer


Research

Notes from Justin Kirk Houser:
8. Jacob CONFER was born ABT 1824. He was the son of 16. Philip CONFER and 17. Margaretha HAINES.

9. July Ann Martha ANDES was born ABT 1828.


Children of July Ann Martha ANDES and Jacob CONFER are:

4. i. Isaac CONFER was born 5 Sep 1847 in , , Pennsylvania, and died 30 Apr 1910 in Eyers Grove, Madison Twp., Columbia County, Pennsylvania. He married Lydia Jane CROSSLEY, daughter of Jacob CROSSLEY. She was born Aug 1854 in , , Pennsylvania, and died 19 Mar 1927 in Mahoning Twp., Montour County, Pennsylvania.
ii. Roseanna CONFER was born 1849, and died 1920. She married Solomon DEWALT. He was born 1848, and died 1925.
iii. Franklin Pierce CONFER was born 24 Apr 1852 in Jerseytown, Columbia County, Pennsylvania, and died 22 Feb 1939 in Warrior's Mark, Hunitngdon, Pennsylvania. He married Mary E. ADAMS 25 Dec 1873 in Unionville, Centre County, Pennsylvania, daughter of Ezra ADAMS. She was born 14 Jun 1853 in Northumberland, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, and died 8 May 1941 in Warriors Mark, Warriors Mark Twp., Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.
iv. Jefferson F. CONFER was born 1 Nov 1856, and died 14 Jul 1937. He married Harriet Louise CROUP ABT 1875. She was born 30 Jan 1856, and died 8 Jan 1932.
v. Linda CONFER. She married WELLIVER.
vi. Martha CONFER. She married CARNS.
vii. Malinda CONFER was born ABT 1866 in , , Pennsylvania.
viii. Philip CONFER was born ABT 1871 in , , Pennsylvania.

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