|Birth: ||Sep. 25, 1844|
|Death: ||Feb. 1, 1905|
Daughter of Isaac and Isabella (Ramage) Hershberger. Wife of William Smith and William Lewis. She was also associated for a number of years with Albert Sanders of Duncansville and is referred to in the obit of one of her children as his wife, but the marriage was never valid. Mother of Grant Hershberger, Annie Smith Weaver, Ora Smith Dunmire, George and Merrill Smith. Also mother of Mary Sanders, Thomas Hershberger and John Smith, all of whom died in childhood. Stepmother of William Lewis, Lucy Lewis Garman and Mary Lewis Garman. Sister of Wilson, Samuel and William Hershberger, Mary Ling and Martha Cartwright. Emma died in Glen White, Blair Co., and was buried with her first husband, William Smith. I could locate no individual tombstone for her in 1988, although records indicate that one existed. It is probable that her inscription is on the same stone as William, although I could not detect any other inscription in '88. Her husband's stone is now face up in the river ravine below the cemetery, so the opposite side cannot be checked. The Smith plot is located near the bottom center of the lower cemetery, just to the west of the stone for Margaret Mingle.
Update - October 2009: Jim Snyder, of the BCGS, whom I met by chance at the cemetery in August, recently went down into the ravine and turned over the Smith stone, and found Emma's inscription was indeed on the opposite side.
Altoona Mirror, Monday, 6 February 1905:
"MRS. EMMA SALOME - died suddenly of stomach trouble last Wednesday at her home at Glen White. She was a daughter of Isaac and Isabella Hershberger of Frankstown and was 62 years old. She is survived by two sisters and one brother, Mrs. Mary Ling, Mrs. Martha Cartwright and William Hershberger -- and by five children, Mrs. Annie Weaver, Mrs. Ora Dunmire, Grant, Harry (sic) and Merrill Smith of Glen White."
Altoona Mirror, Thursday, 9 February 1905:
"Mrs Emma Lewis, of Glen White, died at that place last Wednesday, aged 61 years. She is survived by the following children: Grant of Blandsburg, Mrs. Maurice Weaver, Mrs. Harry Dunmire, George and Merrill, all of Glen White. She is also survived by two sisters: Mrs. Mary Ling of Frankstown and Mrs. Martha Cartwright of Hollidaysburg and one brother, Mr. William Harshberger of Hollidaysburg. The body was brought to Frankstown on Saturday afternoon, where services were held in the Methodist Episcopal church, after which the body was laid to rest in the Geeseytown cemetery."
Note: Middle initial, day of death, and age all incorrect on tombstone.
Isaac Hershberger (1805 - 1854)
Isabella Ramage Hershberger (1816 - 1871)
Albert Sanders (1842 - 1929)
William Smith (1853 - 1883)
William Lewis (1845 - 1891)
Samuel Grant Hershberger (1864 - 1926)*
Mary Isabel Sanders (1867 - 1870)*
Thomas Hershberger (1868 - ____)*
Annette Viola Smith Weaver (1870 - 1934)*
Orie May Smith Dunmire (1875 - 1927)*
John Smith (1878 - 1882)*
George Ira Smith (1879 - 1930)*
Merrill R. Smith (1881 - 1909)*
Note: First and second photos kindly provided by Jim Snyder, Geeseytown. Used with permission.
Created by: Zella
Record added: Jul 28, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11438730