Bedford County , Pennsylvania
Ancestor Stories

John Edward "Ed" Hartsock & Jarius Steckman

Usually working on one "Brickwall" is difficult enough, but Becci at
has sent in the following:

"I have two brick walls --

One is the location of my Great Uncle John Edward "Ed" Hartsock's grave.
He was born in 1896, lived in Oldtown, Allegany Co. Md., and was once married to Goldie Twigg, of Oldtown.
Ed & Goldie had 3children that I knew of:
Rosalee, Ray & an infant, all dead & buried in Pine Hill Cemetery, Oldtown.
He also had additional children that were raised by a Tripplett family in Cumberland, MD.
The Trippletts were affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene in Cumberland. I would love
to know if that side of the family is still around!
Edward's father was Frank D. Hartsock, his mother, Mizuria Isabell Kifer Hartsock,
Brother, Charles Washington Hartsock,
Sisters; Henrietta & Maggie.
Edward left Maryland and the family lost track of him. Last that was heard, he was in or around
Bedford, Pa. Ed worked at the old Bedford Hotel, which I heard closed 10 years ago. He also worked for a Funeral Home in Bedford, doing Maintenance. It was said that when he died, they took care of arrangements, and also buried him, since none of his family knew what had become of him....what a mystery!!!!!
I would love to know what funeral home, then I could determine where he's buried!!!!
The Pa. State Police had called my Grandpap (Ed's brother Charles) but he was old and not well.
He didn't understand what the police said, so this is where the mixup occurred....
Ed may have died in the early 1960's. Anyone knowing anything about his gravesite,
or of his life, please contact me."

My second brick in the wall is Jarius Steckman.
He was my 3-Greatgrandfather. Any information about him and his linage will be appreciated.
I know that Jarius had at least one son, Giras Steckman.
Giras was listed in the 1850 census in Bedford County.
I also know there are some Steckmans buried some where on Tussey Mt. on a John Blankley Farm.
Does anyone know where that is - and a Steckmans Crossing???
I figure all these Steckmans are the same family, because most of them migrated to
Washington & Allegany Counties in Md.
Giras Steckmans' son Espy Steckman (my GGgrandfather) lived in Fulton Co., PA
Warfersburg(?) for awhile, then moved to the Hancock-Long Ridge area, and then on
to Oldtown, Allegany Co. Md., where they are buried."

I would appreciate any information that you might share with me about my two "brickwalls":
Edward Hartsock & Jarius Steckman.

Thank you Becci, for sending your "Brickwalls". If anyone has information and / or questions for Becci
on Ed Hartsock & Jarius Steckman, please send it to Becci at:
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