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 
Frances Marion Forney 
Daughter of Samuel & Louisa Forney
Born 1879
 Died September 24 1943 

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
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.  According to George's death certificate, he was the son of son of Harry & Anna (Pursel) Ziegler.  George Ziegler died in 1962 and is buried in the White Deer Cemetery.

The 1880 Census shows George Heddings, age 2, with his parents Charles & Fieta"Heddens", in Liberty Twp, Montour County PA.  Family Search has the marriage record for George and his first wife, Una Snyder.  They married on May 25th 1904.   George and Una had 4 children - Grace Elizabeth, George Jr (Died at one week old), Martha May, and Edwin.  Una died in 1938.  I'm not sure what year George remarried to Lydia, but they are found together, unmarried, in the 1940 census.  George is listed as a widower, Lydia Zeigler is listed as married, and as housekeeper.   Lydia would have been one year older than George's oldest child, Grace Elizabeth Heddings (who married Dan's great uncle, Clyde Ernest Brown - brother of Dan's grandmother, Thelma (Brown) Truckenmiller). George died on April 10 1963, age 85.  His death certificate lists his spouse as Louisa Lydia Confer Heddings, and gives his mothers name as Feittia Derr.

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.

George Heddings At sawmill

"Original shed on Aunt Louise and Uncle Georges Sawmill. This a shed Uncle George built on property. There were a lot more of these sheds. Most of them are still there. " - Mary Shaffer

Louise then married, sometime before 1970, Harry Reitenbach. In the picture of their wedding, below, it looks like the photo may be dated December 1968?  In her brother Joe's obituary in June of 1970, she is listed as Louise Reitenbach.
Louise (Confer) with her 3rd husband, Harry Reitenbach

Aunt Louise was married to a Zeigler first, then she married George Heddings & he was a lot older than her. After he died she married a Reichenbach who was related to the Murrays. She never had children. After meals she would wipe plates off with her apron and then turn them upside down to be used again. Never saw her wash dishes. She had STACKS AND STACKS of comic books all over the house, and all kinds of knick knacks. - (As remembered by June (confer) Lewis)

Louisa died in August of 1979.

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, daughter of Peter Still & Jennie Mae (Phillips) Dyer.   Freda was previously divorced.  Joe's 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

On Saturday, Ellsworth R. Confer died unexpectedly of a heart attack. He passed away before medical aid coule reach the home. Mr Confer was born June 3 1908 at Jerseytown, but resided in the Milton area since 1930. He was a son of the late Jacob and Frances Forney Confer. For 26 years Mr. Fonder was a truck driver for the Follmer Trucking Company of West Milton. When this buisiness was discontinues last year, he took a position on a construction crew at the new Pennsylvania Power and Light plant in the Washingtonville area. He was a member of Milton Lodge No 171 L.O.O Moose and belonged to Teamsters Union No 764. Surviving are his wife, the former Freda Dyer; a daughter Mrs Emily Heintzelmen, of 237 Mahoning St Milton, 8 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, four borhters, Walter W. Confer, Danville RD1, Jacob R. Pottsgrove, Robert J. Milton RD!, Harold L. New Columbia RD! and one sister, Mrs Louisa L. Reichenbaugh Mifflinburg RD Services will be helf Tuesday at 1pm at the Deal E Rank parlors in Milton in charge of Rev N Reiter past rof St Andrews United Methodist Church, Milton. Internment will be in Harmony Cemetery in Milton.

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

1910 - "Spike" Walter Wellington Confer is Born
Spike Confer was born October 13th 1910. In 1920, ""Daddy & Uncle Spike had bad cases of the flu in 1920's, bedridden for some time, almost died, Daddy developed a mastoid behind ear, had it removed, scar." - as told by June (Confer) Lewis. "Daddy" would be James Robert Confer. Spike married Elsie Odessa Beaver and they had four daughters - Faye, Dorothy, Virginia & Carolyn Confer.
Elsie & Spike Confer
Faye, Virginia, Dorothy & their cousin Mary Confer.

Published January 2, 2016 - Press Enterprise

Dorothy M. “Dot” (Confer) Folk, age 78, of Watsontown, died on Thursday evening, December 31, 2015 a recent resident of the Muncy Skilled Nursing Center. Prior to moving to Watsontown, Dot resided on Surrey Lane in Bloomsburg.

Dot was born on Thursday, April 8, 1937 in Lewisburg, one of four daughters to the late Walter and Elsie (Beaver) Confer. 

While being raised in the Danville area, she graduated from the Danville High School in 1954. She was a long-time member of the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Grovania. 

In addition to raising her three daughters, Dot was employed outside of the home as a bus driver in the Bloomsburg School District for over eighteen years. Most recently, she was employed by the former Bloomsburg Hospital until her retirement. 

Dot loved spending time with her family and especially time with her six grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Dot was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Elmer F. “Bud” Folk, Jr., who passed on May 26, 2005.

Surviving are her three daughters: Cathy M. Mertz and husband, Steven, of Dauphin; Susan K. Lose and husband, Roger, of Watsontown; and Donna F. Doyle and husband, John, of Hillsborough, NC; six grandchildren: Alan Mertz, Cynthia Lose, Ryan Lose, Nick Lose, Michael Doyle and Thomas Doyle; and three sisters: Fay Beaver of Montandon; Carolyn Carroll of Watsontown; and Virginia Shultz of Danville.

A time of Visitation for family and friends will be held on Tuesday morning, January 5 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Allen Funeral Home, Inc. 745 Market at Eighth Street in Bloomsburg.

Funeral services will also begin on Tuesday morning, January 5 at 11 a.m. at the Allen Funeral Home, Inc. in Bloomsburg with Rev. Brian Cieslukowski, of the St. John United Methodist Church in Dewart, officiating. Graveside committal services will immediately follow in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Straub’s) Cemetery in Frosty Valley.

It's a small world - Heather (author of this blog) is the grandaughter of Robert James Confer, Brother to Spike.  Sue Confer Lose is the grandaughter of Spike.  She married Roger Lose.  Sue and Heather now live less than a mile from each other in rural Watsontown, on farms that were owned by their husbands fathers.

L to R Ginny Confer,Pete Confer,Dorothy Confer, Jack Confer on Back of Car, Joe Confer kneeling with Dog , rest unknown

1911 - Jacob helps with Straw Shed Raising

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

1913 - Robert James Confer was born

Robert James Confer married Freda Francis Aikey.  They were my grandparents.
More information about them can be found here - 

1916 - Jacob Rawlen "Jack" Confer is born
March 2 1916

Aida & Jack Confer

Jack married Aida Keefer.  They had one daughter, Marion.

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.

1919 - Harold "Pete" Confer is born
January 21 1919
Pete married Mary Louise Buck

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

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
Children: Jacob Rawlen Confer 
Robert James Confer 
Ellsworth Raelson Confer


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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