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Burdine Blake Sr. was born January 13, 1800, in Washington Co., MD, and died August 26, 1874, in Martinsburg, Blair Co., PA, at age 74. Buried in Fairview Cemetery, Martinsburg, Blair Co., PA. He is the son of James Blake Sr. of Washington Co., MD, and Ann Burdine of Pennsylvania. 

Mazey Ann "Mary" Simpkins was born February 1794 in Hagerstown, Washington Co., MD, and died April 1, 1867, in Martinsburg, Blair Co., PA, at age 73. Buried in Fairview Cemetery, Martinsburg, Blair Co., PA.  She is the daughter of William Simpkins of Baltimore Co., MD, and Ruth Walling of Frederick Co., MD.

Burdine Blake Sr. and Mazey Ann Simpkins were married December 14, 1818, in Keedy, Washington Co., MD.

Burdine Blake Sr. and Mazey Ann (Simpkins) Blake had nine children:

  1. James W. Blake: Born September 18, 1819, in Washington Co., MD; Died July 6, 1896, in Martinsburg, Blair Co., PA (age 76). Buried in Fairview Cemetery, Martinsburg, Blair Co., PA. Married March 14, 1844, in Duncansville, Blair Co., PA, to Margaret Ellen "Maggie" Brown: Born born February 11, 1827, in Laurel Hills, Armaugh Borough, Blair Co., PA; Died September 4, 1910, in Martinsburg, Blair Co., PA (age 83). Buried in Fairview Cemetery, Martinsburg, Blair Co., PA.
  2. William Simpkins Blake: Born April 25, 1821, in Morrison's Cove, Bedford (now Blair) Co., PA; Died June 8, 1899, in Mount Morris Twp., Ogle Co., IL (age 78). Buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Mount Morris Twp., Ogle Co., IL. Married May 18, 1843, in Blair Co., PA, to Catharine Gearhart: Born October 28, 1824, in Beaver Creek, Washington Co., MD; Died December 22, 1903, in Colfax, Washington Twp., Jasper Co., IA (age 79). Buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Mount Morris Twp., Ogle Co., IL.
  3. Burdine Blake Jr.: Born September, 1823, in Martinsburg, Bedford (now Blair) Co., PA; Died November 23, 1906, in Mountain View, Howell Co., MO (age 83). Buried in Kirkwood Cemetery, Union Twp., Madison Co., OH. Married April 12, 1849, in Lawrence Co., OH, to Mary Ellen Murray; Born about September 1831 in Pennsylvania; Died March 4, 1857, in Brighton, Clark Co., OH (age 25). Buried in Kirkwood Cemetery, Union Twp., Madison Co., OH.
  4. Mazey Ann Blake: Born February 3, 1825, in  Martinsburg, Bedford (now Blair) Co., PA; Died August 24, 1870, in Eagle Corners, Eagle Twp., Richland Co., WI (age 45). Married (1) August 11, 1844, in Pennsylvania to Henry Brenneman: Born November 15, 1822, in Bedford Co., PA; Died November 5, 1852, in Martinsburg, Blair Co., PA (age 29). Married (2) March 1840 in New York to Waldron Drew: Born January 25, 1819, in Miami Co., OH; Died August 14, 1893, in Dorchester, Saline Co., NE (age 74).
  5. Rebecca Jane Blake: Born  December 31, 1826, in  Martinsburg, Bedford (now Blair) Co., PA; Died January 4, 1908, in Kimball, Brule Co., SD (age 81). Buried in Section A, Lot 2, Block 64, Grave 6, Kimball City Cemetery, City of Kimball, Brule Co., SD. Married about 1849 in Pennsylvania to Jacob Hamilton: Born March, 1825, in Blair Co., PA; Died July 23, 1912, in Wenatchee Pct., Chelan Co., WA (age 87). Buried in Wenatchee City Cemetery, Wenatchee, Chelan Co., WA.
  6. Simon Simpkins Blake: Born October 29, 1829, in  Martinsburg, Bedford (now Blair) Co., PA; Died March 5, 1904, in Richland Center, Richland Co., WI (age 74). Buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Orion Twp., Richland Co., WI. Married January 18, 1855, in Richmond (later Orion) Twp., Richland Co., WI, to Mary Magdalena Ambrose: Born April 30, 1836, near Ligonier, Westmoreland Co., PA; Died May 11, 1909, in Richland Center, Richland Co., WI (age 73). Buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Orion Twp., Richland Co., WI.
  7. Thomas Monroe Blake: Born August 23, 1831, in Martinsburg, Bedford (now Blair) Co., PA; Died October 6, 1912, in Town of Fontanelle, Summerset Twp., Adair Co., IA (age 81). Married (1) April 22, 1856, in Grant Co., WI, to Anna G. "Ann" Lamberton: Born about 1838 in New York; Died about 1861 in Illinois, Maryland or Pennsylvania (about age 23). Married (2) August 28, 1863, in Carroll Co., MD, to Mary Ella Barkman: Born January 29, 1841, in Maryland; Died October 15, 1900, in Yale, Cass Twp., Guthrie Co., IA (age 59). Married (3) January 1, 1908, in Creston, Union Co., IA, to Emma Elizabeth (Mingus) Blair: Born May 17, 1841, in Willsburg, WV; Died May 4, 1927, in the Town of Fontanelle, Adair Co., IA (age 85).
  8. Charles Wesley Tipper Blake: Born June 24, 1834, in Martinsburg, Bedford (now Blair) Co., PA; Died November 24, 1905, in Jefferson, Jefferson Twp., Greene Co., IA (age 71). Married (1) August 2, 1853, in Bedford Co., PA, to Margaret Elizabeth Moses: Born about 1837 in Blair Co., PA; Died after 1900 in Unknown. Divorced August 2, 1858, in Bedford Co., PA. Married (2) about September 2, 1858, in Bloody Run, Bedford Co., PA, to Sarah Ann Taylor: Born December 1831 in Hopewell Twp., Bedford (now Blair) Co., PA; Died June 20, 1904, in Jefferson, Jefferson Twp., Greene Co., IA (age 72).
  9. Unknown Son: Born Unknown; Died Unknown.

Mazey Ann (Simpkins) Blake died April 1, 1867, in Martinsburg, Blair Co., PA, at age 73.

Following Mazey Ann (Simpkins) Blake's death, Burdine Blake Sr. married a widow, Barbara Mary/Margaret/Elizabeth (Weir/Wyre) Stiffler.

Barbara Mary/Margaret/Elizabeth Weir/Wyre was born August 31, 1823, in Blair Co., PA, and died November 22, 1879, in Martinsburg, Bedford (now Blair) Co., PA, at age 56. Buried in Claysburg Reformed Cemetery, Claysburg, Blair Co., PA. She is the daughter of Jacob Weir of Unknown and Anna Catharina "Catherine" Helsel of Springfield Twp., York Co., PA.

Barbara Mary/Margaret/Elizabeth Weir/Wyre first married Michael Stiffler.

Michael Stiffler was born November 15, 1811, in Greenfield, Bedford Co., PA, and died April 10, 1865, in Blair Co., PA, at age 53. Buried in Claysburg Reformed Cemetery, Claysburg, Blair Co., PA. He is the son of John Peter Stiffler of Paradise Twp., York Co., PA, and Eva "Eve" Sipes of Bedford Co., PA.

Michael Stiffler and Barbara Mary/Margaret/Elizabeth Weir/Wyre were married about 1843 in Pennsylvania.

Michael Stiffler and Barbara Mary/Margaret/Elizabeth (Weir/Wyre) Stiffler had four children:

  1. Henry Michael Stiffler: Born March 4, 1845, in Freedom Twp., Blair Co., PA; Died July 30, 1931, in Greenfield Twp., Blair Co., PA (age 86). Buried in Riverview Cemetery, Leamersville, Blair Co., PA. Married August, 1868, in Cambria Co., PA, to Lucinda Rager: Born August, 1846, in Cambria Co., PA; Died August 26, 1918, in Freedom Twp., Blair Co., PA (age 71). Buried in Riverview Cemetery, Leamersville, Blair Co., PA. Her parents are John and Sarah Regger.
  2. Mary A. Stiffler: Born April 3, 1853, in Freedom Twp., Blair Co., PA; Died January 30, 1920, at Saint Luke's Hospital, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA (age 66). Buried in Fairview Cemetery, Blair Co., PA. Married September 30, 1873, in Allegheny Twp., Blair Co., PA, to Miles E. Lingenfelter: Born January 1, 1851, in Freedom Twp., Blair Co., PA; Died April 16, 1916, in Altoona, Blair Co., PA (age 65). Buried in Fairview Cemetery, Blair Co., PA.
  3. Hettie Jane "Jennie" Stiffler: Born October 27, 1855, in Freedom Twp., Blair Co., PA; Died June 23, 1928, in Homeopathic Hospital, Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PA (age 73). Buried in Homewood Cemetery, PA. Married to Lewis Guyer: Born July 11, 1853, in New Enterprise, South Woodbury Twp., Bedford Co., PA; Died 1892 -1900 in Blair Co., PA. Louis was a Butcher in Martinsburgh, Blair Co., PA, in 1880.
  4. William W. Stiffler: Born July 30, 1858, in East Freedom, Freedom Twp., Blair Co., PA; Died September 9, 1932, in Logan Twp., Blair Co., PA (age 74). Buried in Grandview Cemetery, Altoona, Blair Co., PA. Married March 28, 1878, in Pennsylvania, to Amanda E. Ott: Born January 23, 1855, in Pennsylvania; Died November 17, 1917, in Juniata Gap., Logan Twp., Blair Co., PA (age 62). Buried in Grandview Cemetery, Altoona, Blair Co., PA.

Michael Stiffler may have been killed in a barn.

Burdine Blake Sr. and Barbara Mary/Margaret/Elizabeth (Weir/Wyre) Stiffler were married November 3, 1867, in Martinsburg, Bedford (now Blair) Co., PA.

Burdine Blake Sr. and Barbara Mary/Margaret/Elizabeth (Weir/Wyre) (Stiffler) Blake had no children.




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Burdine Blake Sr. and Mazey Ann (Simpkins) Blake are buried in Fairview Cemetery, Martinsburg, Blair Co., PA. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


   

Barbara Mary/Margaret/Elizabeth (Weir/Wyre) (Stiffler) Blake and Michael Stiffler are buried in Claysburg Reformed Cemetery, Claysburg, Blair Co., PA. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making these images available.


Mazey Ann Simpkins was born February, 1794, in Hagerstown, Washington Co., MD. 

Burdine Blake Sr. was born January 13, 1800, in Washington Co., MD.

Michael Stiffler was born November 15, 1811, in Blair Co., PA.

Burdine Blake Sr. and Mazey Ann Simpkins were married December 14, 1818, in Keedy, Washington Co., MD.

Barbara Mary/Margaret/Elizabeth Weir/Wyre was born August 31, 1823, in Blair Co., PA.

The 1830 U. S. Census shows Bordyne Blake (age 30 to 40) is living in Woodbury Twp., Bedford Co., PA. Living with him is a female (age 30 to 40). Also living there are children: 1 male under 5, 2 males 5 to 10, and one male 10 to 15, 1 female under 5 and 1 female 5 to 10. Also living there are a male age 60 to 70 and 1 female age 50 to 60.

The 1840 U. S. Census shows Birdine Blake (age 40 to 50) is living in North Woodbury, Bedford Co., PA. Living with him is a female (age 40 to 50). Also living there are children: 2 males 5 to 10, and one male 10 to 15, and 1 male 15 to 20, 2 females 5 to 10, 1 female 10 to 15, and 1 female 15 to 20. James Blake (age 70 to 80) is living next door with a female (age 50 to 60). Also in the household are: 1 male 10 to 15; 1 female 15 to 20, and 1 female 20 to 25.

Michael Stiffler and Barbara Mary/Margaret/Elizabeth Weir/Wyre were married about 1843 in Pennsylvania.

The territory now included in Blair County was a part of Cumberland County from July 6, 1754, to March 9th, 1771, when Bedford County was erected and it became a part of that. It was included within the limits of Bedford from March 9th, 1771, to Sept. 20th, 1787, when Huntingdon County was formed and all except North Woodbury and Greenfield townships were included in that County. It remained a part of Huntingdon from Sept. 20th, 1787, to June 1st, 1846, when it became a separate county, being formed from a part of Huntingdon County and the two townships of Bedford before named.

The 1850 U. S. Census taken on August 27, 1850, shows Burdine Blake (age 50) born in Pennsylvania with real estate of $7,000 is a Farmer living in Martinsburg Borough, Blair Co., PA. Living with him is Maza Blake (age 50) born in Pennsylvania. Also living there are two Blake children, both born in Pennsylvania: Wesley Blake (age 16); and Mazee Blake (age 17).

The 1850 U. S. Census taken on November 27, 1850, shows Michael Stifler (age 36) born in Pennsylvania with real estate worth $1,200 is a Farmer living in Juanita Twp., Blair Co., PA.

In 1855 and again in 1857, Burdine Blake of Martinsburg, PA, was granted Land Patents in Richland Co., WI. This is most likely Burdine Blake Jr.

 Living with him is Margaret Stifler (age 27) born in Pennsylvania. Also living there is Henry Stifler (age 1) born in Pennsylvania.

William W. Stiffler was born July 30, 1858, in East Freedom, Freedom Twp., Blair Co., PA.

The 1860 U. S. Census taken on June 2, 1860, shows Burdine Blake (age 60) born in Pennsylvania, with real estate of $2,400 and personal estate of $2,500 is a Methodist Clergyman, and is living in Martinsburg Borough, Blair Co., PA. Living with him is Mazey Blake (age 62) born in Maryland.

The 1860 U. S. Census taken on June 22, 1860, shows Michl Stiffler (age 50) born in Pennsylvania with real estate of $2,400 and personal estate of $900 is a Farmer living in Freedom Twp., Blair Co., PA. Living with him is Eliza Stiffler (age 36) born in Pennsylvania. Also living there are Stiffler children, all born in Pennsylvania: Henry Stiffler (age 15); Mary Stiffler (age 7); Hetty Stiffler (age 4); and William Stiffler (age 1).

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Drafted - Mustered out with Company on July 16, 1865.

Michael Stiffler died April 10, 1865, in Blair Co., PA, at age 53. Buried in Claysburg Reformed Cemetery, Claysburg, Greenfield Twp., Blair Co., PA.

Mazey Ann (Simpkins) Blake died April 1, 1867, in Martinsburg, Blair Co., PA, at age 73. Buried in Claysburg Reformed Cemetery, Claysburg, Greenfield Twp., Blair Co., PA.

Following Mazey's death, Burdine married Barbara Stiffler in November, 1867. It appears that Barbara Stiffler was then the widow of Michael Stiffler, who died on April 10, 1865. Seven months after the death of Mazey Ann Blake in 1867, Burdine married Mrs. Barbara Stiffler, a widow with grown children. At the time she was a Catholic but joined the Methodist Church in 1871. By terms of his will, Burdine was to be buried by the side of Mazey Ann in the Martinsburg cemetery. Barbara first married Michael Stiffler about 1844 in Blair Co., PA. After Michael Stiffler died on April 10, 1865, Barbara was a widow with several children to care for. It appears that the children were split up among her relatives, and that Barbara eventually married Burdine Blake on November 3, 1867, in Martinsburg, Bedford (now Blair) Co., PA.

Burdine Blake Sr. and Barbara Mary/Margaret/Elizabeth (Weir/Wyre) Stiffler were married November 3, 1867, in Martinsburg, Bedford (now Blair) Co., PA.

The 1870 U. S. Census taken on August 1, 1870, shows Birdine Blake (age 70) born in Pennsylvania with real estate of $2,400 and personal estate of $400 is a Minister and is living in Martinsburg Borough, Blair Co., PA. Living with him is Barbra Blake (age 47) born in Pennsylvania, who is Keeping House. Also living there is Hettie Stifler (age 16) born in Pennsylvania. Mary Stifler (age 18) is living nearby in the Jacob Keagy household, along with John Brennaman (age 43).

The 1870 U. S. Census taken on June 22, 1870, shows Henry Stifler (age 22) born in Pennsylvania with real estate of $1,500 and personal estate of $500 is a Farmer living in Freedom Twp., Blair Co., PA. Living with him is Lucinda Stifler (age 23) born in Pennsylvania, who is Keeping House. Also living there are three Stifler children, all born in Pennsylvania: Samuel Stifler (age 4); William Stifler (age 11); and Harry Stifler (age 10/12).

Burdine Blake, Sr. died August 26, 1874, in Martinsburg, Blair Co., PA, at age 74. Buried in Fairview Cemetery, Martinsburg, Blair Co., PA.

Barbara/Mary/Margaret/Elizabeth (Weir/Wyre) (Stiffler) Blake died November 22, 1879, in Blair Co., PA, at age 56. Buried in Claysburg Reformed Cemetery, Claysburg, Greenfield Twp., Blair Co., PA.

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 11, 1880, shows Henry W. Stiffler (age 38) born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents is a Farmer living in Freedom Twp., Blair Co., PA. Living with him is his wife, Lucinda Stiffler (age 33) born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents, who is Keeping House, and cannot write. Also living there are his four sons, all born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents: Samuel M. Stiffler (age 12); Harry M. Stiffler (age 9); John M. Stiffler (age 7); and James M. Stiffler (age 2).

The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 13, 1900, shows Henry W. Stiffler (age 52) born March 1848 in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents is a Farmer owning his farm with a mortgage and is living in Freedom Twp., Blair Co., PA. Living with him is his wife of 32 years, Lucinda Stiffler (age 53) born August 1846 in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents, with all 4 of the children born to her still alive. Also living there is his son: John N. Stiffler (age 22) born July 1877 in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born parents and married for one year, a Farm Laborer.

Lucinda (Regger) Stiffler died August 26, 1918, in Freedom Twp., Blair Co., PA (age 71). Buried in Riverview Cemetery, Leamersville, Blair Co., PA.


Lucinda (Regger) Stiffler Death Certificate.


Jane "Jennie" (Stiffler) Guyer died June 23, 1928, in Homeopathic Hospital, Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PA (age 73). Buried in Homewood Cemetery, PA.


Jane "Jennie" (Stiffler) Guyer Death Certificate.


Henry W. Stiffler died July 30, 1931, in Greenfield Twp., Blair Co., PA (age 86). Buried in Riverview Cemetery, Leamersville, Blair Co., PA.


Henry W. Stiffler Death Certificate.


William W. Stiffler died September 9, 1932, in Logan Twp., Blair Co., PA (age 74). Buried in Grandview Cemetery, Altoona, Blair Co., PA.


William W. Stiffler Death Certificate.


WILL: John STIFFLER, 1851, 1908, Juniata Township, Blair County, PA

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1851 Blair County Will Book, Volume A, pages 276- 278.

Last Will and Testament of John Stiffler

The Last Will and Testament of John Stiffler of Juniata Township, Blair County and State of Pennsylvania, I, John Stiffler, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it should please God to call me hence and being of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say) first I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Eve Stiffler two milk cows, two beds and bedding, one stove, one bureau, two chest, one table and kitchen and household furniture sufficient for her house with all her clothing and her saddle and also my clock and the interest coming to me on the Article of Agreement between George Harker and me during her natural life, and after the decease of me and my loving wife, Eave one year, I give and bequeath to my daughter Catherine intermarried to Henry Conrad one hundred and seventeen dollars and sixty-four cents, I Then one year afterwards give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth intermarried unto Jacob Clapper one hundred and seventeen dollars and sixty-four cents, I Then one year after the above payment give and bequeath to my daughter Mary intermarried with William Hughes one hundred and seventeen dollars and sixty-four cents, I Then one year after the above payment give and bequeath unto my son Jacob Stiffler one hundred and seventeen dollars and sixty-four cents, I Then one year after the above payment give and bequeath unto my son Michael Stiffler one hundred and seventeen dollars and sixty-four cents, I Then one year after the above payment give and bequeath unto my daughter Susannah intermarried to Philip Beight one hundred and seventeen dollars and sixty-four cents, I Then one year after the above payment give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah intermarried to Jacob Burket one hundred and seventeen dollars and sixty-four cents, I Then one year after the above payment give and bequeath unto my daughter Barbara intermarried with Peter Miller one hundred and  seventeen dollars and sixty-four cents, I Then one year after the above payment give and bequeath unto my daughter Margaret intermarried with Daniel Burket one hundred and seventeen dollars and sixty-four cents, I Then one year after the above payment give and bequeath unto my daughter Rachel intermarried to George Harker one hundred and seventeen dollars and sixty-four cents.

And, whereas my son John Stiffler is now deceased and has left one son named David Stiffler now in the State of Ohio, I therefore give and bequeath unto my said grandson David Stiffler one hundred and seventeen dollars and sixty-four cents, his father's legacy in my estate to be paid out of the last payment of my real property sold to George Harker it is now by meaning and will in these my bequeaths to my children.

As the first payment commences one year after the decease of me and my loving wife Eve, to my oldest child and there continues on from year to year according as they are named, which corresponds with the article of agreement between me and George Harker whom I sold my real property to and his payments corresponds with my bequeaths to my children - and lastly I direct my executor shall sell all the residue of my personal property after my decease and divide the same equal share and share alike amongst my children.  I also hereby authorise and empower my executor and his executor or administrator to make and execute a clear Deed of conveyance to George Harker for the Real Property I sold to him when the same is paid up agreeable to the article of agreement between me and him and lastly, I hereby appoint my son Michael Stiffler sole executor of this my Last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

In Witness Whereof, I have here unto set my hand and seal this thirteenth day of December A. D. one thousand eight hundred and fifty one.

Signed  John (his mark) Stiffler

In re: WILL of John Stiffler, husband of Eve Sipes, there is an Addendum: written on the right margin of the first page:  NOW, November 4, 1908 See the Decree of the Orphan's Court of Blair County, dated November 2, 1908 and recorded this day in the Recorder's Office of Blair County aforesaid in Deed Book Volume 184, Page 480, satisfying, extinguishing, releasing and discharging the legacies in this will bequeathed to Barbara Miller and David Stiffler respectively.

Claude Jones, Register


Ogle Co. Portrait and Biographical Album, by Chapman Bros., Chicago, IL, 1886

William S. Blake, a farmer of the Township of Mt. Morris, came to Ogle County in 1869. He was born in Blair Co., Pa., April 25, 1821. Burdine Blake, his father, was a farmer, a native of Washington Co., Md., and was of German extraction. His ancestors, who were farmers, came to this country prior to the period of the Revolution, and settled in the same county which has been named as the native place of the father of Mr. Blake. Burdine Blake learned the trade of a moulder, and was occupied in that business in Washington Co., Md. He operated as mechanic until he married. He formed a matrimonial alliance with Miss Mary Simpkins, Dec. 15, 1818. She was a native of Washington Co., in the State of Maryland, and was of American parentage. Her ancestors were Scotch. After their marriage they removed to the part of Pennsylvania which is now included in Blair County, and where their nine children, seven sons and two daughters, were born. One of the latter is deceased. Mr. Blake is next to the eldest of the first family of children, his father having married after the death of the first wife, which occurred April 1, 1867. Mrs. Barbara Stiffler became his second wife Nov. 3, 1867. She is now deceased. She had been married, and by her first husband was the mother of several children, but none by the second marriage. The father was a local preacher in the interests of the Methodist Church, and lived in Blair county until his death, which transpired Aug. 26, 1874. He was born in 1800.

Mr. Blake was educated in the common schools, and was married in the county in which he was born, May 18, 1843. Miss Catherine Gearhart became his wife. She was born in Washington Co., Md., Oct. 28, 1824. Her parents, Daniel and Elizabeth (Mong) Gearhart, were both natives of the same county, and of unmixed German descent. Her father was a mechanic. The lives of both were passed from first to last wholly within their native county. They were members of the German Lutheran Church. Of seven children, of which Mr. and Mrs. Blake have been the parents, only three survive. Laura is married to Scott Kennedy, of Mt. Morris. He is a mechanic and an Elder in the Christian Church. Millard F. married Miss Jennie Angell, and they live at Mt. Morris; he is a carpenter by trade and is also an Elder in the Christian Church. Franklin is living in Iowa and is a telegraph operator.

Mr. and Mrs. Blake resided in Pennsylvania until 1853, when they went to Washington Co., Md., and Mr. Blake operated there as a farmer until 1869, when he removed to Ogle County. In 1870 he purchased a farm which contained 120 acres, and has since been its owner and occupant. The dwelling occupied by the family is a fine brick structure, and the barns on the farm are of a suitable character, and in keeping with the other buildings on the place.

Mr. Blake is a Republican of decided principles, and has served in several local offices, being now a School Trustee. He and his wife are active workers in the interests of the Christian Church, in which he is a Deacon.


The Altoona Mirror, Altoona, PA, Friday, September 9, 1932

MAN FOUND DEAD ALONG HIGHWAY

William Stiffler, Aged 74, Dies Suddenly While En Route to Physician’s Office In Juniata.

William Stiffler, aged 74, who resided with his daughter, Mrs. Catherine Martz, at Twelfth avenue and Hill street, Juniata, was found dead along the Hill street highway in the vicinity of Tenth avenue this morning about 9 o’clock. The man’s body was lying off the highway near a fence when discovered by R. M. Lowmather of 218 Sixth avenue, Juniata. Mr. Stiffler left his daughter’s home about 8 o’clock this morning to go to the home of his physician, Dr. J. L. Brubaker, who has been attending the man in recent weeks for physical disability. He had walked but a short distance from his daughter’s home when he was fatally stricken, presumably from a cerebral hemorrhage. Dr. Brubaker was called to the scene and upon examination the body found life extinct. Deputy Coroner Guy S. Kline was notified of the man’s death and also went to where the body had been found. After learning the circumstances surrounding the man’s death, he announced that no inquest would be held. Mr. Stiffler was born at East Freedom on July 30, 1858, and was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Stiffler, both deceased. He was the last member of his immediate family. His wife, Mrs. Amanda E. Stiffler, died on Nov. 17, 1917. He is survived by the following children: Mrs. Mary Smith of Canoe Creek, Mrs. Clara Yon of Wehnwood, Mrs. Bessie Vanaman of Brownsville, Pa., S.R. Stiffler of Juniata gap, M. I. Stiffler of Juniata gap and Mrs. Catherine Martz of Wehnwood. He also leaves twenty-five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mr. Stiffler spent most of his life engaged in farming. He was a member of the Mardorf Methodist church in Juniata gap. The body was given in charge of Funeral Directors Mauk & Yates to be prepared for burial and will be removed to the home of the daughter, Mrs. Martz, where funeral services, in charge of Rev. C. W. Karns will be conducted at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon. Interment will follow in Grandview cemetery.


History of the Ironton City Schools

The Schools from the Beginning

The first school in Ironton was taught during the winter of 1849-50, in a house built by Berdine Blake on Front Street. The little brick house was next to Dempsey’s flour mill. The town had only been named six months when the school started.

Dr. J. J. Wood was the first teacher and established his school with thirty scholars. Fees were charged by those able to pay. The nearest school was taught by S. P. Calvin, near Kelly’s cemetery, which is now part of the Ironton incorporation lines.

During mid-winter, a meeting of citizens was called at the Blake home for the purpose of building a schoolhouse. John Campbell presided, with S. R. Bush, secretary. Others in attendance were P. Murphy, D. W. Voglesong, M. Gillen, Berdine Blake, John Haney, James Smith and perhaps others. Resolutions to build a school were adopted.


HANGING ROCK IRON REGION

THE METHODISTS ORGANIZE

The Methodists organized a class in 1850, the year following the founding of the Town of Ironton. This gradually developed into the Spencer Methodist Church. In 1872 forty members withdrew from the parent organization to join the charge known as Wesley Chapel, and in June, 1913, the Spencer and Wesley churches were united as the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Ironton.

Rev. John C. Maddy, junior preacher of the Hanging Rock circuit, delivered the first sermon and conducted services for the assembled Methodists, in February, 1850, at a residence on Fourth Street between Center and Railroad. Two weeks later Rev. T. T. Holliday, considered the first local preacher, organized a class of seven members at the same place; they were Ebenezer Corwin and wife, Shepard and Sarah Gillen, Burdine and Mary Blake and Mary Murray. Shortly afterward the class met at a brick house on Front Street below the Sheridan House and later held services in the new schoolhouse on Fourth Street. There they continued to worship until 1851, when old Spencer Chapel was erected.

SPENCER CHAPEL

In the fall of 1851 subscriptions for the erection of a church had been raised amounting to over two thousand dollars. The site was selected by John Peters and donated by the Ohio Iron and Coal Company, and the basement of the chapel was occupied before cold weather set in. When Rev. W.C. Hand, the first pastor of Spencer Chapel, assumed charge he found ninety members awaiting him. The charge assumed its name from R. O. Spencer, then the presiding elder. Besides Mr. Hand there were Daniel Young, local elder; Thomas Murdock, local preacher, and Burdine Blake, exhorter. In the summer of 1852 the audience room was completed and dedicated.

THE NEW CHURCH

Spencer Chapel was repeatedly repaired to meet the demands of a growing congregation and was the home of an earnest body of worshipers for more than forty-one years. The new Spencer M. E. Church, corner of Fifth and Center streets, was dedicated May 7, 1893.


History of Greenbrier County

J. R. Cole

Lewisburg, WV 1917

p. 341-343

WILLIAM B. BLAKE, JR.

William B. Blake, Jr., was born at Dayton, Rockingham county, Virginia, August 14, 1883. He is a grandson of the late Burdine Blake, of London, Madison county, Ohio, who was a gunsmith by trade and who served in the Civil war in the 154th Ohio Infantry on the Federal side. For many years following the war he was a resident of London, Ohio, but died about eight years ago at Mountain Grove, Mo., at the age of 84 years. His wife was Miss Mary Ellen Murray, who bore him three sons: James F., William B. and Daniel F. 

William B. Blake, Sr., was born January 21, 1852, in London, Ohio; went to Virginia in the early 1870s and became connected with the music publishing house of the Ruebush-Kieffer Company, and remaining with this firm until 1889, when he moved to Ronceverte. He married Miss Alice Mary Home, of Augusta county, Virginia, a daughter of Strother P. and Sarah Home. (Strother P. Home was a Confederate soldier throughout the Civil war.) To this union were born seven children: Charles Stanley Blake, Bessie Mabel, William B,. Jr., Henry St. John, Robert Russell, Mary Ellen and Edward Lester. At Ronceverte, Mr. Blake, Sr., associated himself in partnership with J. W. Hess in the publication of the Ronceverte News, a newly-established paper in the new lumber town, buying out the interest of Richard Burke, who had been a prominent figure in West Virginia journalism for a number of years. Burke had been the publisher of a vigorous newspaper at Union, Monroe county. About the year 1891, Mr. Blake bought out the interest of Mr. Hess and became the sole proprietor of the enterprise, changing the name of the paper to the Valley Messenger and News. This publication continued until April 21, 1901. Several years prior to this, in December, 1897, The West Virginia News had been established with Mr. Blake as publisher, and from one newspaper plant two newspapers were issued until April 21, 1901, when the latter publication, which covered a more extensive field, absorbed the Valley Messenger. This consolidation brought to the newer paper the good will of the older and the growth of the West Virginia News has been steady and continuous to this day. At the present time and for a number of years the News has enjoyed a larger circulation than any other weekly newspaper published in the State. 

The connection of William B. Blake, Jr., with the publication business established by his father began in early youth, he being active in its affairs from the age of fourteen. On January 1, 1905, the joint partnership of William B. Blake & Son was formed for the ownership, editorial and business management of the paper. This firm continues. The News has its home in its own building, a modern three-story brick and stone structure, virtually fire-proof, erected in 1909, and its plant equipment is modern in every way. 

On November 16, 1909, Mr. Blake, Jr., married Miss Lena Lee Edwards. then of St. Louis, Mo., but a native of Belton, Tex., and a daughter of Joseph F. Edwards, of Texas. To this union came three children: William III, Norman Bradbury and Marjorie Alice.


(4) Burdine Blake and (5) Mazey Ann Simpkins.  

Burdine Blake was born Jan. 13, 1800 in Lancaster Co. , PA and died Aug. 26, 1874 in Martinsburg, PA. Mazey Ann Simpkins was born in February of 1794 in Washington Co., MD and died April 1, 1867 in Martinsburg, PA. They were married in Washington Co. Dec. 14, 1818 by the Rev. Mr. Keedy of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

There are no records to tell us of the exact place of Burdine's birth. His father, James, as a founderer went from place to place in the course of his occupation, and no doubt went to the furnaces in the Blue Ridge Mts. of Maryland from those in Lancaster Co. PA. It must have been there that he met Burdine's mother, Ann, after his first wife's death. A man with five small children would not remain long unmarried. It was natural that Burdine would become a moulder under his father's supervision. The Simpkins family who lived between Beaver Creek and Boonsboro were probably neighbors.

Mazey Ann Simpkins (5) was the seventh child in a family of ten children: seven girls and three boys. She was six years older than Burdine at the time of their marriage and twenty four years old. She was probably considered an "old maid", but her picture taken years later reveals her as a gentle, sweet person, poised, and no doubt capable. That she was sensitive about the difference in their ages is revealed by the fact that in all Federal Census reports she gives her age the same as her husband's, but the truth is revealed on her tombstone.

In 1820 shortly after the birth of their first child, James, they joined the flow of settlers leaving Maryland for Morrison's Cove in Bedford (now Blair) Co., PA. James Senior and Junior were already at the furnaces in Huntington Co., PA. Morrison's Cove was a broad, fertile valley in the heart of the Appalachian Mts. which were known to the early settlers as the Endless Mountains. Burdine took up land, as did his brothers, Simon and James, and became primarily a farmer, but it was by no means his sole interest.

Morrison's Cove in Blair and Bedford counties of western Pennsylvania is a long narrow valley extending from the town of New Enterprise on the south, then northward for 35 miles to the Juniata River at Williamsburg. The width of the valley varies from 10 to 15 miles. The valley extends from the Tussey Mountains on the east, westward to the Dunning, Loop, and Lock Mountains. The valley is bounded on the northwest by the Bald Eagle Mountains. Entirely surrounded by mountains, the only openings are at Loysburg Gap in the south, McKee Gap in the west, and Williamsburg to the north. The towns of The Cove are Roaring Spring, Martinsburg, Wiliamsburg, and Woodbury. Although on the other side of the mountain, Claysburg is included in this list because of the shared culture and customs of the area.

It is probable that Burdine was influenced in his decision to become a preacher by the Rev. Jacob Gruber who was a dynamic and unconventional evangelist of that time and area. Ella Snowberger writes of him in "Bygone Days in the Cove" as follows:

Rev. Burdine Blake, pioneer farmer, at one time owned several hundred acres of land in and toward the north and west of Martinsburg. . . Sensing the need of missionary work among the forgemen working at the Peter Schoenberger iron banks at Rebecca Furnace, Henrietta Ore Hill, Maria Furnace, Neff's Mill and Royer, he entered the ministry. Daniel Bloom, a tanner, answering the call, associated himself with Rev. Blake. The two of them, the farmer preacher and the tanner preacher, established mission points in the school houses at these various places and spread the gospel under the auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Physically a powerful man and blessed with a stentorian voice, Burdine Blake preached with fist and tongue. As proficient at quelling a riot as at exhorting, the iron‑workers, hard‑boiled lot as many of them were, regarded him with profound respect... In instances when some unruly spirit was moved to unseemly outburst during divine service, it was nothing unusual for Burdine Blake to jump down from the pulpit and lay corrective hands on the recalcitrant. However after the stalwart preacher's reputation for physical prowess became, established, disorder in and around the mission points became beautifully rare. Perhaps "Buck and Berry", as they were known, were at their best at camp meetings in the grove which stood formerly along the Bloomfield road south of Martinsburg between the State Highway and the River Brethren church. . . The old exhorter left an imprint on the religious life of this section which the exigencies of time cannot blot out."  

He was ordained an elder, and his name appeared in the Minutes of the Central Pennsylvania Annual Conference as such until 1870. By terms of his will his house and the lot on which it stood became the property of the Martinsburg Church as long as it was used as a parsonage.


The children of Burdine and Mazey Ann Blake were:

James b. Sept. 18, 1819, Washington Co., Md.: d. July 6, 1896, Martinsburg, PA. m. Margaret Ellen Brown, March 14, 1844. Their children were John W., James, Ulysses Grant, William Packer, Millard Fillmore, Charlotte, Burdine, Mary and Alice.

William Simpkins b. April 25, 1821; d. June 8, 1899 in Ogle County, IL; m. Catherine Gearhart, May 18, 1843. Their children were Albert McClay, Charles E., Wilbur, Laura, Millard Fillmore, William and Franklin G.

Burdine 1823 ‑ 1907. M. Mary Ellen Murray. Their children were James F., William Burdine and Daniel F.

Mazey Ann b. Feb. 3, 1825; d. Aug. 24, 1870. M. 1) Henry Brenneman, Aug. 11, 1844 by whom she had five sons, Martin, Albert L., Anthony, Alexander, Marion and Henry Burdine; m. 2) Waldron Drew, 1855 by whom she had Josephiae Blanch, Samuel Wesley, Hubert Lee, Cordelia, Caroline and Elmer Ellsworth.

Rebecca Jane b. _____ d. 1906/7 in Wisconsin; m. Jacob Hamilton. Their children were John, William Byrdine and Laura.

Simon S. (2)

Thomas M. b. Aug. 23, 1831. Children: Fannie and Orren

Charles W.T. b. 24 June, 1834; d. Nov. 24, 1905. M. Sarah C. Taylor. Children: Belle Saloma, Mazey E., Hattie D., Harlan Burdine, Etta, James T., Dr. Charles W.

In the 1850s sons Simon, Charles and Thomas went to Wisconsin. William spent a few years in Washington Co., MD before moving on to Ogle County, IL. Burdine, Jr. went west then returned to Ohio before settling in West Virginia. The husbands of Mazy Ann and Rebecca Jane moved their families to Richland Co., WI and settled near Simon. Charles and Thomas eventually established themselves in Iowa. James alone remained in Martinsburg.

Seven months after the death of Mazey Ann Blake in 1867 Burdine married Mrs. Barbara Stiffler, a widow with grown children: At the time she was a Catholic but joined the Methodist Church in 1871. By terms of his will, Burdine was to be buried by the side of Mazey Ann in the Martinsburg cemetery.


  • ID: I29873

  • Name: Barbara (STIFFLER)

  • Sex: F

  • Birth: 31 AUG 1823 1

  • Death: 22 NOV 1879 2

  • Burial: Claysburg Reformed Cemetery, Claysburg, Greenfield Twp. Blair Co. PA


    Marriage 1 Michael STIFFLER b: 16 OCT 1811

    Children:

    1. Henry STIFFLER  b: 4 MAR 1845

    2. William STIFFLER b: 30 JUL 1858 in East Freedom, Freedom Twp. Blair Co. PA

    Sources:

    1. Title: Claysburg Reformed Cemetery, Claysburg, Greenfield Twp. Blair Co. PA
      Page: tombstone inscription
      Text: [birth date reckoned from age at death, 56y 2m 22d]

    2. Title: Claysburg Reformed Cemetery, Claysburg, Greenfield Twp. Blair Co. PA
      Page: tombstone inscription


  • From: Michael S. Caldwell's website

  • ID: I29857

  • Name: Michael STIFFLER

  • Sex: M

  • Birth: 16 OCT 1811

  • Death: 10 APR 1865 1

  • Burial: Claysburg Reformed Cemetery, Claysburg, Greenfield Twp. Blair Co. PA

  • Note:

    Was Michael Stiffler married more than once? His wife was "Margaret" (1850), "Eliza" (1860), and/or "Barbara" (tombstone]. Also, the death certificate of Michael's son Henry Stiffler, d. 30 July 1931, lists Henry's mother as "Mary Wyre".
    _______________________________________________

    1850 PA Census: Blair Co. Juniata Twp. p. 196a, lines 1-3
    Series M432, roll 755, dwelling 301, family 310, 27 November 1850

    Michael STIFLER, 36, Farmer, $1,200 Real Estate, b. Pa.
    Margaret, 27, b. Pa., cannot read or write
    Henry, 5
    _______________________________________________

    1860 PA Census: Blair Co. Freedom Twp. P.O. East Freedom, p. 200, lines 37-40 & p. 201, lines 1-2
    Series M653, roll 1078, dwelling 412, family 410, 22 June 1860

    Michl. STIFFLER, 50, Farmer, $2,400 Real Estate / $900 Personal Estate, b. Pa.
    Eliza, 36, b. Pa.
    Henry, 15, at school; Mary, 7, at school; Hetty, 4; William, 1
    _______________________________________________

    Claysburg Reformed Cemetery, Claysburg, Greenfield Twp. Blair Co. PA

    MICHAEL STIFFLER / DIED / April 10, 1865 / AGED / 53* Yrs. 5 M's. / [remainder unclear]

    BARBARA / Wife of / MICHAEL STIFFLER / DIED / Nov. 22, 1879, / AGED / 56 Yrs. 2 Mos. 22 Ds.
    _______________________________________________

    Father: John STIFFLER b: ABT 1775
    Mother: Eve SIPES b: ABT 1785

    Marriage 1 Barbara (STIFFLER) b: 31 AUG 1823

    Children


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    Birth:  Apr. 3, 1853
    Blair County
    Pennsylvania, USA
    Death:  Jan. 30, 1920
    Philadelphia
    Philadelphia County
    Pennsylvania, USA

    Altoona, PA: Altoona Mirror, issue of Monday, 2 February 1920

    MRS. MARY A. LINGENFELTER,

    Widow of Miles Lingenfelter, and residing at 1411 Eighth avenue, this city, died at 6.30 o'clock Friday evening at St. Luke's hospital, Philadelphia, of cerebral embolism, following an operation. She had gone to her daughter's home in Philadelphia in November and entered the hospital on Jan. 21 for the purpose of undergoing an operation for a slight infirmity. To all appearance she was getting along well and convalescent, when she was stricken with embolism and passed away within a short time. Mrs. Lingenfelter was a daughter of Michael and Mary Stiffler and was born in Freedom township, April 3, 1853. She was married to Miles Lingenfelter in 1873. Her husband was engaged in milling for many years, conducting the Brooks mill and later the mill near McKee. In 1901, they came to Altoona and for a number of years they conducted a boarding house on Eighth avenue. Her husband died April 16, 1916. Last fall she leased the house and went to her daughter's home in Philadelphia. She is survived by three children, John J. of Martinsburg, Michael Irvin of Pleasantville, N.J., and Mrs. Mazie Thompson of Philadelphia. She is also survived by fourteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; by two brothers, Henry M. Stiffler of Freedom township and William Stiffler of this city, and one sister, Mrs. Jane Guyer of Pittsburgh. She was a member of the Church of God throughout her life, being affiliated with the church at Roaring Spring and later with the First church of this city. The body was brought to this city yesterday and taken to the N.A. Stevens mortuary on Eighth avenue, where friends may call up to the time of the funeral, which will be public, at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon in the Stevens chapel; private burial will be made in the mausoleum at Fairview cemetery.

     

    Birth:  unknown
    Death:  Apr. 16, 1916
    Altoona
    Blair County
    Pennsylvania, USA

    Altoona, PA: Altoona Mirror, issue of Monday, 17 April 1916, p. 16, col. 1

    MILES E. LINGENFELTER,

    A lifelong resident of Blair county and for many years one of the leading millers of this section, died very suddenly at 1.30 o'clock Sunday afternoon at his home at 1411 Eighth avenue, of heart failure, the culmination of a long illness due to a complication of asthma and dropsy. Mr. Lingenfelter was usually able to be about and before his death he was assisting in serving the dinner and sitting down to the table, he was stricken a moment later and fell to the floor, death ensuing in a short time. Mr. Lingenfelter was the son of the late ex-County Treasurer John G. and Catherine Lingenfelter, and was born in Freedom township, Jan. 1, 1851. In his young manhood he was indentured to the milling trade at the D.M. Bare mill at Roaring Spring and subsequently worked for Mr. Bare and at Spruce Creek and Spring Meadows, Bedford county. About 1878 he formed a partnership with H.H. Hileman and they operated the mill at Brookes Mills for about six years, when in association with his brother, Thad, he purchased the Soyster property at Leamersville and they erected a large mill which they continued to operate until December, 1901, when they sold out and moved to Altoona.

    He was married to Miss Mary Stiffler on Sept. 30, 1872, by Rev. King, pastor of the Hollidaysburg Baptist church. To this union four children were born, three of whom survive, as follows: John J. of Martinsburg, M. Irving, who is engaged in business in the south, but who has been at home with his parents since the first of the present year, and Mrs. S.C. Thompson of Philadelphia. A daughter, Myrtle, died before the family removed to Altoona. He is also survived by four brothers, Thad and Harry of Altoona, Mary [sic] of East Freedom and George of Johnstown, and three sisters, Christina and Sarah Lingenfelter of East Freedom and Mrs. Rebecca Beegle of Altoona. There are twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was a Republican in politics and formerly took an active part in political affairs. He was a member of the First Church of God, and of Portage lodge, Free and Accepted Masons at Hollidaysburg.
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    Altoona, PA: Altoona Mirror, issue of Tuesday, 18 April 1916, p. 16, col. 1

    Funeral Notice.

    The funeral of Miles E. Lingenfelter will be held on Wednesday afternoon with services at the Stevens chapel at 2.30 o'clock, in charge of Rev. Charles F. Reitzel, pastor of the Church of God. Interment in Fairview cemetery. Friends and relatives are invited to attend the funeral. The remains may be viewed at the late home, 1411 Eighth avenue, any time before 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.