James Cubbage and Barbara Black Cubbage, my second great-grandparents, both died in February, less than a year apart. James died on 28 February 1906 and Barbara died on 9 February 1907. They both died at their home in Glade Mills, a part of Penn Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania.
James’s obituary was much shorter than Barbara’s – I wonder who provided the information for each of them? I have a photocopy of a lengthy obituary or funeral program for Barbara. The source is unknown, but the contents are amazing! There is so much detail about the Cubbage family.
James and Barbara were buried at Thorn Creek Cemetery. Today it is known as Rockdale Cemetery and is located off of Rockdale Road in Penn Township, Butler County, not far from the small Thorn Creek and the Thorn Creek Church. Thankfully, there is the “Rock Dale Cemetery” sign, as the cemetery is not visible from the road.
Frank Speck and Elizabeth Linneman, my great grandparents, were married on 18 January 1915 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I found this marriage certificate for Frank and “Lizzie Lineman” in a file of old family pictures and memorabilia.
Marriage records for this time are available at the Allegheny County Courthouse and I was able to get a copy of their application for a marriage license at the Orphans’ Court. This record provides some details about Frank and Elizabeth:
Frank reported that he was born in Germany to Peter, deceased, and Agnes, who resided in Germany.
He lived in Monessen and worked as a hotel clerk.
He was 28 years old (born about 1887).
“Lizzie” reported that she was born in Germany to Albert, a miner, and Elizabeth, who resided in West Virginia.
She lived in Sprigg, West Virginia.
She was 22 years old (born about 1893).
The above information confirms much of what I know about Frank and Elizabeth, yet there are still come conflicting details. Elizabeth reported that her father’s name was Albert, yet all other records name him as Gerhard Linneman. It is unclear at this time if it was a nickname for him or an error (maybe Frank provided the information to the Clerk).
Elizabeth also reported that she as 22 years old, conflicting with the June 1897 birth date found in her German birth record. This means that Elizabeth was actually 17 years old when she married Frank.
This marriage application also leaves a big question – how Frank and Elizabeth met each other if he lived in Monessen and she lived in Sprigg, which are about 300 miles apart! My current theory is that Frank knew her brother Christian. Around the time of their marriage, Frank worked as a bartender and a hotel clerk, and Christian also worked as a bartender, both in the Monessen/Greensburg area.
The Orphans’ Court record also included the marriage return, which stated that Frank and Elizabeth were married at St. Peter’s Church in Pittsburgh, signed by the Rector, Edward H. Ward.
I looked up St. Peter’s, which was an Episcopal Church in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Sadly, this beautiful church was torn down in 1986. Since neither Frank and Elizabeth lived in Pittsburgh, it’s not likely that they were church members, but it still may be worth it to see if the Episcopal diocese has a marriage record as well.
This newspaper clipping was also found in the family memorabilia and I was able to locate it in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette edition from 19 January 1915.
Frank and Elizabeth settled in Monessen after they married and my grandmother Agnes was born just over nine months later on 26 September 1915.
Happy Anniversary Frank and Elizabeth!
 Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Application for Marriage License and return no. 6374, 18 January 1915, Speck-Lineman; Office of Orphans’ Court Clerk, Pittsburgh.
 Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, Geburtsregister [Births], no. 644, Elisabeth Maria Linnemann (1897); Institut für Stadtgeschichte, Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
 Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, Court of Common Pleas, no. 3682, Christ Linneman, declaration of intention; Prothonotary’s Office, Greensburg.
Here’s a lovely picture of my parents in 1965 – their first New Year’s Eve as a married couple! Looks like they had fun!
As we begin another decade (2020!), I wish you all a happy and healthy new year filled with exciting discoveries from your unique ancestors and family history. I am looking forward to a year of research, writing and sharing. Please contact me if I can be of service to you this year!
Today is the Winter Solstice, and it’s getting cold here in New Jersey. And with the change in seasons come the change to winter sports! I recently came across some pictures of my father and uncle playing ice hockey.
This is a picture of my father Corky’s ice hockey team in 1957 – the New Providence Rangers. His brother Jeff was also on the team, and the head coach was Joe Dill (wo was their next-door neighbor). The uniforms were maroon and white and had been donated by Summit High School (they were old football jerseys). My father’s thoughts on the hockey team:
“We played in a league (can’t remember the name) and games were at Branch Brook Park Arena (outdoor) in Newark on Sunday mornings – 6am (we had to get up at 3am!). The other teams were Summit Redwings, a team from Cranford and I think Chatham & Englewood. We also played some independent games with private schools like Lawrenceville & Oratory. They had their own rinks. Great Times.”
Side note: be sure to ask your family about any pictures that you have! These awesome details about the league were not noted on my grandfather’s slides – just the date.
My father lived in New Providence, New Jersey as a teenager. The Passaic River ran along the back edge of their yard. The river would freeze over in the winter and Corky, Jeff and their friends would play ice hockey there as well.
Mary Simko was my husband’s grandmother. I love this picture of her, taken when she was probably about a year old. Mary was born on 21 November 1914 as “Maria” Simko in Creighton, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania to Michael Simko and Mary Kelovcy. She moved to Slovakia with her family in the late 1920s and returned to American in 1936 with her husband and daughter.