Frederick Slagle, Somerset County, Pennsylvania

Introduction: The 2017 Whisker book reports that the Frederick Slagle who was born on May 20, 1834 and is buried in Johnstown was identified as a gunsmith in the 1850 census of Somerset County. This would make him a very young gunsmith. I couldn't find Frederick Slagle in the 1850 census of Somerset County. A Slagle family member reports that the same Frederick Slagle appears in the 1850 census of Cambria County as a laborer. Frederick Slagle may very well be identified as a gunsmith in some official Somerset County record, but I haven't found it yet. This project includes individuals who may have been incorrectly identified as a gunsmith, to promote additional investigation.

1834: The death certificate and obituary of Frederick Slagle indicate that he was born on May 20, 1834; see below.

Circa 1846: According to his obituary, Frederick Slagle immigrated to America when he was 12 years old, which would be circa 1846.

1850: The 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Somerset County, Pennsylvania" lists Frederick Slegle/Slagle as a gunsmith based on the 1850 census of Jenner Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. I could not find an individual named Frederick Slagle, Slegle, Slagel, Slegel, Schlegle, Schlagle, Schlegal, or Schlagel in a transcript of the 1850 census of Jenner Township, or in the 1850 census of any other township in Somerset County.

1850: In an August 9, 1850 census record from Paint Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, August Schligle is enumerated as a 45-year-old German-born mason. Also living in his household are 44-year-old Christine, 12-year-old Christian, 4-year-old Deresa, and 2-year-old Caroline.

Gilbert D. Slagle (Hereafter "GDS") reports that Frederick Slagle is listed as a Laborer living with the Charles Von Lunen family on page 250 of the 1850 census of Conemaugh Township in Cambria County, Pennsylvania. He apparently was looking at a copy of the manuscript census document, rather than a transcript, since he mentions a page number. Charles Von Lunen appears as a 43-year-old German-born farmer with a total valuation of $10,000 in the 1850 census. Seven other Von Lunen family members appear in the household, along with two other individuals. In the transcript I reviewed, one of the individuals is listed as 17-year-old German-born laborer Frederick Migle. Since GDS has apparently reviewed the manuscript document, I assume the laborer's name is really Frederick Slagle. The following information about the Von Lunen family is from the 1896 book Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Cambria County, Pennsylvania:

After living in Somerset County, Frederick Slagle eventually returned to Johnstown, and died in 1920 while living on Von Lunen Road.

1855: GDS reports that Frederick Slagle's Declaration of Intent occurred at the Court of Common Pleas on March 28, 1855.

1858: According to his obituary, Frederick Slagle and Mary Rose were married at Davidsville (Conemaugh Township, Somerset County) on March 18, 1858.

1860: Belinda (Slagle)Thomas is buried at the Saint James Lutheran Church Cemetery, which is near Boswell, Somerset County. Her tombstone indicates she was born in 1860 and died in 1903. Her obituary in the December 24, 1903 issue of the "Johnstown Tribune" newspaper indicates that she was a daughter of F. K. Slagle of Johnstown: "Mrs. Harry Thomas died at her home in Conner Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. K. Slagle of this city. She was born Sept 10, 1860. Blood poisoning from a tumor was the cause of death. Mrs. Thomas was the mother of four children: Edward Irvin, Reuben Sylvester, Mary Rachel and Jennie Minerva, all single and residing at home. She is survived by her parents, three sisters; Mrs. S. H. Stahl, Mrs. J. H. Replogle, and Mrs. J. J. Hoffman; also two brothers, N. W. and Harry Slagle, all residents of this city. The funeral will take place at 10am today from St James Lutheran Church, Conner of which Mrs. Thomas was a devoted and highly esteemed member."

1860: GDS reports that Frederick Slagle's Oath of Allegiance occurred at the Court of Common Pleas on April 25, 1860.

1860: GDS reports that Frederick Slagle appears on page 80 of the 1860 census of Jenners Township in Somerset County.

1860: The following excerpt from the 1860 Walker map of Somerset County shows the residence of "A Schlegel" southwest of Forwardstown in Jenner Township. I believe this is the residence of August Schlegel, the father of Frederick Schlegel. (In the 1876 "County Atlas of Somerset", this residence is marked "F Schlegel".)

1860: GDS reports that Augustus (Schlegel) Slagle appears on page 71 of the 1860 census of Jenners Township in Somerset County.

1860: GDS reports that August Schlegel gave his Oath of Allegiance at the Court of Common Pleas on April 1, 1860.

1862: The death certificate of Lena (Slagle) Hoffman indicates she was the daughter of Frederick K. Slagle, and was born in Somerset County in 1862:

1863-1865: The 1935 Veteran's grave registration of the Frederick Slagle who is buried in Johnstown indicates that he served in Company B of the 148th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry and also served in Company I of the 53rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. His service and pension records should be reviewed to see if they contain any pertinent information, such as his occupation when he was drafted.

The following composite image is from the 148th Regiment, Company B portion of Bates' "History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865":

The following composite image is from the 53rd Regiment, Company I portion of Bates' "History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865". He was only with the 53rd regiment from June 1 to June 30, 1865.

Frederick Slagle joined the 148th Regiment soon after the July, 1863 battle of Gettysburg. When the Regiment mustered out on June 1, 1865 he was transferred to the 53rd Regiment. An educated guess would be that this transfer was a way to keep him in the Army while he was hospitalized.

The following history of the 148th Regiment is from Bates' "History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865". A red arrow is included at the approximate point in the history where Frederick Slagle jointed the Regiment.

1867: The death certificate of William N. Slagle indicates he was the son of Frederick Slagle, and was born in Somerset County in 1867:

1870: In the 1870 census of Jenners Township, Frederick Schlegel is enumerated as a 48-year-old Prussia-born Farmer with real estate valued at $2,000.00 and personal property valued at $600.00. In his household are 26-year old Mary Schlegel (Keeping House, 10-year old Malinda Schlegel, 7-year old Magdalina Schlegel, 2-year old William Schlegel, and 5-month-old Elizabeth Schlegel, all Pennsylvania-born. If the age in this census is correct, Frederick would have been about 28-years-old in 1850.

1870: August Schlegel appears in the 1870 census of the first ward of Johnstown, Cambria County, Pennsylvania as a 64-year-old Prussia-born Rolling Mill Hand with real estate valued at $2,500 and personal property valued at $150.00. Also living in his household are 62-year-old Prussia-Born Christina Schlegel keeping house, and 19-year-old Pennsylvania-born David Schlegel.

1873: The death certificate of Ella (Slagle) Replogle indicates she is the daughter of Frederick Slagle and was born in 1873 in Somerset County.

1876: The following excerpt from the Jenner Township portion of the 1876 "County Atlas of Somerset, Pennsylvania" shows the residence of "F. Schlagel". On the 1860 Walker map, this residence had been marked "A. Schlagel".

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The following excerpt from a 1915 topographic map is included to show terrain in the vicinity of the Frederick Schlegel residence. I have added a red dot to indicate to identify where I think the residence was located (approximately 40.20680358817603, -79.01640664982577).

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1876: GDS reports that August Schlagol is listed in the 1876 Johnstown directory at 18-1/2 Market Street.

1880: A June, 1880 census record from Jenner Township, Somerset County includes the household of 46-year-old German-born farmer Frederick Slagle. Living with him are his 40-year-old Pennsylvania-born wife Mary (Housekeeper), 17-year old German-born daughter Lena, 13-year-old Pennsylvania-born son Nelson, 10-year-old Pennsylvania-born daughter Elizabeth, 8-year-old Pennsylvania-born daughter Ellen A, and 5-year-old Pennsylvania-born son Harry. If the age in this census is correct, Frederick would have been about 16-years-old in 1850.

1880: August Slagel appears in the 1880 census of the first ward of Johnstown as a 74-year-old Prussia-born gentleman (meaning retired) living at 18-1/2 Market Street. Also living in his household was his 70-year-old wife Chsristinea Slagel, keeping house.

1884: Fred Slagle was identified as a class 14 retailer in the following item from the April 16, 1884 issue of the "Somerset Herald" newspaper.

1884: GDS reports that August Schlager is listed in the 1884 Johnstown directory at 18-1/2 Market Street.

1885: The following excerpt is from the January 28, 1885 issue of the "Somerset Herald", and documents the sale of Fred Slegle's Jenner Township farm.

1886: Fred Slagle was identified as a class 13 retailer in the following item from the March 31, 1886 issue of the "Somerset Herald" newspaper.

1886: The following excerpt is from Volume II of the 1918 book "History of the Alleghany Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Pennsylvania":

1887: GDS reports that August Slagle is listed in the 1887 Johnstown directory at 18-1/2 Market Street.

1888: According to his obituary, Frederick Slagle moved to Johnstown circa 1888; see below.

1889: GDS reports that August Slagle is listed in the 1889 Johnstown directory at 18-1/2 Market Street.

1890: Frederick Slagle is listed in the 1890 Veteran's Census of Richland Township, Cambria County with a Johnstown address, and the note, "Brought home in 1864 in the fall, from Hospital at Point lookout".

1890: A secondary source indicates that August Slagle died on June 14, 1890 and is buried at the Sandyvale Cemetery in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

1900: Frederick Slagle appears as a 66-year-old individual on the 1900 census of Dale borough in Cambria County. Dale is part of the Johnstown metropolitan area.

1910: Frederick Slagle appears as a 75-year-old individual on page 22A of the 1910 census of Dale borough in Cambria County.

1920: Frederick K. Slagle is buried with his wife Mary at the Grandview Cemetery (40.31306116, -78.92545177), Southmont, Cambria County, Pennsylvania. His side of the shared tombstone indicates he was born in 1834 and died in 1920. Her side of the tombstone indicates she was born in 1839 and died in 1924. The tombstone also indicates that he served as a Private in Company B of the 148th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.

The following obituary appeared in the December 6, 1920 issue of the "Johnstown Tribune" newspaper: "Fredrick K. Slagle, a veteran of the Civil War, died last evening at the Slagle home, Von Lunen Road, Dale, aged 86 years. His death was due to heart and kidney trouble. Funeral services will be held at the Slagle home on Wednesday afternoon by J.L. Miller, of the 7th ward, with burial in Grandview Cemetery. F.K. Slagle was born in Germany on May 20, 1834, and came to America 12 years later. He settled in Jenners Cross Roads, Somerset County, where he enlisted in Company B, 148th Regiment, P.V.I., during the Civil War. For some time following the war Mr. Slagle was engaged in business at Stantons Mills, Somerset County. Before coming to Johnstown 32 years ago, he and Miss Mary Rose were married at Davidsville on March 18, 1858 by Justice Peter Levy. Mrs. Slagle survives her husband, with these children: Lena, widow of J.J. Hoffman, who makes her home with her parents; W.N. Slagle of Slagle Street; Elizabeth, wife of S.H. Stahl; Ella, wife of J.H. Replogle, and Harry G. Slagle of Wilmington, Delaware. Mrs. Harry Thomas, a daughter died 18 years ago; and two sons who died in infancy. Mr. Slagle is survived by two sisters, a brother, 10 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren." It is interesting that Frederick Slagle's residence was on Von Lunen road, because Von Lunen is the name of the family he was living with in 1850.

The death certificate of Frederick K. Slagle follows.

The death certificate of Mary (Rose) Slagle follows, and indicates that her mother was born in Somerset county.

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