Obituaries - Raley
b. July 30, 1835
d. September 14, 1895
“Not a resident of Frostburg probably but regretted to hear last Saturday afternoon of the death of Vincent Raley. He came here from Hyndman, Pa.—then Bridgeport—immediately after the war, and industriously following his trade, that of carpenter, he reared a large and estimable family and amassed some property. He was a Councilman three terms, and in public and private life alike was universally regarded as an honest man. He served through the war in a Pennsylvania cavalry regiment. Mr. Raley was 60 years old July 30, last. His wife and eight children survive—Mrs. Annie Bachman, of Cumberland; William H., of Swamscot, Mass., Mrs. Laura B. Pfeiffer, Misses Mary J., Bertha, Nellie, and Frank and Charles Vincent, of this place. The funeral took place Monday at the English Lutheran church, of which he had been a member many years.” [FMJ 9-21-1895, p. 3]
Mr. Raley’s headstone and perhaps his remains were moved to Allegany Cemetery in the late 1890s.
d. May 6, 1879
“Died on Tuesday evening, May 6, 1879, at Allegheny Mines, Mr. Andrew Rankin, aged 48 years. He leaves a wife and six children. His remains were interred in the old graveyard Thursday.” [FMJ 5-10-1879, p. 3]
Mr. Rankin is listed was a Private in Potomac Home Brigade in 1862 [FMJ 8-14-1909, p.2]. He was also listed as a soldier buried in Percy Cemetery [CET, 5-29-1912, p. 11].
RASE, CATHERINE SEIFORD
b. September 6, 1829
d. July 21, 1916
a. 87 yrs. 10 ms. 15 dys.
“Mrs. Catherine Race [sic], a native of Germany, died at her home on West Union street today. She was in her eighty-seventh year and is survived by four children: Miss Sophia Race [sic], with whom she lived; Mrs. Mary Logsdon, of Pittsburgh; Mrs. Justice Race [sic] , of Braddock.
The funeral will be held Monday. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. by Rev. Leo D. Horn, pastor of Salem Reformed church, of which the deceased was a member. Interment will be made in the Percy graveyard” [CET 7-22-1916, p. 2]. [Note: The fourth surviving child mentioned in the first paragraph was not listed in the obituary; also, Mrs. Justice Rase is probably a Mr.].
“Mrs. Catharine [sic] Rase, aged 87 years, died at her home on East Union street, Friday, July 21st. Mrs. Rase was a native of Germany. She is survived by four children, Mrs. Sophia Jones, this place; Mrs. Martha Campbell, of Cumberland; Mrs. Mary Logsdon, of Wilkinsburg, Pa., and Justus Rase, of Turtle Creek, Pa. She leaves 32 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. The funeral was held Sunday at 3 p.m., services were conducted by Rev. Leo D. Horn, pastor of Salem Reformed Church, of which Mrs. Rase was a member. The flower bearers were: Henry Ort, Henry Fischer, William Eisel, James Close, Henry Lemmert and Lawrence Evans. Pallbearers: George Mayer, John Lammert, George Kneiriem, Conrad Kneiriem, George Vogtman and Moses Porter. Interment was made in the Percy cemetery. [FMJ 7-29-1916, p. 1]
A notice of the death of Mrs. Rase’s son, Louis/Lewis H. Rase, in Omaha, NE in 1910 was found in FMJ, 5-21-1910, p. 2.
RAVENSCRAFT, GEORGE S.
d. October 24, 1878
“George S. Ravenscraft, a little son of Mrs. Peter Langley, died Thursday evening, under circumstances believed by his friends to have resulted from injuries received in an altercation with a neighbor a short time ago. At their instance [sic], therefore, Justice Henry R. Atkinson had Constable John Brady summon a jury of inquest, and the following gentlemen were selected:
William H. Koch, foreman; Thomas Jenkins, Andrew Smeltz, B. Stern, William Armstrong, John N. Benson, William R. Coyner, Hugh McMillan, Frank C. Beall, George Jeffries, Thomas G. Porter, O.J. Moat.
These gentlemen met at the house, viewed the remains, and heard the testimony of Drs. Ravenscraft and Getzendanner. Dr. R. thought it improbable that death ensued from the cause alleged, and Dr. G. assigned congestion of the lungs as the natural occasion of death.
The jury retired to Justice Atkinson’s office and made up the following verdict:
That on the 24th day of October, 1878, at Frostburg, the said George S. Ravenscraft died by the visitation of God in a natural way and not otherwise.” [FMJ, 10-26-1878, p. 3]
“We have a communication from Mrs. Francis Langley which conveys a version of the causes occasioning the death of her little son, George S. Ravenscraft, at variance with the testimony before, and the verdict of the jury of inquest, published last week. We were present and heard the testimony and deliberations of the jury, and cannot see how they could have reached a different conclusion. In the interest of all, therefore, we venture to advise that public debate of this painful topic should not be indulged. The following portion of Mrs. Langley’s letter is unobjectionable:
Anthony E. Crosby and Michael R. Olson
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