Colyer Cemetery

The Colyer Cemetery is in Altoona, Blair County, Pennsylvania. It sits at the top of a steep hill overlooking a large valley. The cemetery is located on private property of a business on Mill Run Road.  It is surrounded by a decorative black iron fence. The main monument is approximately five to six feet tall and bears the names of John Colyer, his wife, Margaret on one side, Susan Colyer and Joseph Colyer on another side and Clara Kelly is on the opposite side of Susan and Joseph.


Susan Colyer, Colyer Cemetery, Altoona, PA

Colyer Cemetery, Altoona, PA


Main monument inscriptions:

John Colyer

Born: April 30, 1803

Died: Oct. 19, 1876

For I know that my Redeemer liveth and that He shall stand at the latter day up on earth and though after my shortcomings destroyths my body yet in my flesh shall I see God.

Margaret Colyer

Wife of John Colyer

Born: June 24, 1808

Died: Jan. 20, 1893

Asleep in Jesus blessed sleep from which no one ever wakes to weep. A calm and undisturbed repose unbroken by the last of foes.

Susan Colyer

Born: Oct. 3, 1839

Died: Aug. 1, 1872

Sitting at the feet of Jesus and clothed in her right mind.

Joseph M. Colyer

Born Jan. 10, 1850

Died July 16, 1859

Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not for of such is the kingdom of Heaven.



Daug of

C.H. & C.E. Kelly

Born May 9, 1873

Died Aug 4, 1873

Budded on earth to bloom in Heaven


The other tombstones in the cemetery are:


Charles H. Kelly

Oct 8, 1849

Apr 21, 1919

Candace E. Kelly

Apr 10, 1847

Apr 16, 1913

John M. Kelley

Son of C.H. & C. E. Kelley


At Rest

Maggie A. Kelley

Wife of S.S. Showalter


A sleep in Jesus

Mary E.

Dau. of C.H. & C. E. Kelley


At home in Heaven

Alex F. Kelley


Solomon Showalter

July 24, 1861-June 18, 1908

(interment per obituary)

Emanuel Duck

Died Dec 23, 1914

(interment per obituary)

Merle Moorhead

Died Aug. 18, 1904

(interment per obituary)


Seven of the above named people are my direct ancestors.

Solomon & Maggie Showalter-great-grandparents

Charles & Candace Kelley-2x great grandparents

John & Margaret Colyer & Alex Kelley-my 3x great-grandparents










Old Naming Pattern

An Old Naming Pattern

First son after the father’s father.

Second son after the mother’s father.

Third son after the father.

Fourth son after the father’s eldest brother.

First daughter after the mother’s mother.

Second daughter after the father’s mother.

Third daughter after the mother.

Fourth daughter after the mother’s eldest sister.

German naming patterns used the middle name as their “everyday” name. If the father’s name was John, they could have had sons named John Daniel or John Henry but would have called them Daniel or Henry. Could be why you see so many names repeat in families.

Also, John the second did not always mean he was the son of John but just the second brother, cousin, uncle or nephew. So don’t assume that John the second is a John Junior.

{source}from Ancestors Unlimited (Contributed by Carol Adams) published in the Blair County Genealogical Society Newsletter, Sept. Oct. Nov. 2015, Vol. 36, No. 3

Military War Timeline



War in Which American Colonists or
United States Citizens Officially Participated

Major Combatants
July 4, 1675 –
August 12, 1676
King Philip’s War New England Colonies vs. Wampanoag, Narragansett, and Nipmuck Indians
1689-1697 King William’s War The English Colonies vs. France
1702-1713 Queen Anne’s War (War of Spanish Succession) The English Colonies vs. France
1744-1748 King George’s War (War of Austrian Succession) The French Colonies vs. Great Britain
1756-1763 French and Indian War (Seven Years War) The French Colonies vs. Great Britain
1759-1761 Cherokee War English Colonists vs. Cherokee Indians
1775-1783 American Revolution English Colonists vs. Great Britain
1798-1800 Franco-American Naval War United States vs. France
1801-1805; 1815 Barbary Wars United States vs. Morocco, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli
1812-1815 War of 1812 United States vs. Great Britain
1813-1814 Creek War United States vs. Creek Indians
1836 War of Texas Independence Texas vs. Mexico
1846-1848 Mexican-American War United States vs. Mexico
1861-1865 U.S. Civil War Union vs. Confederacy
1898 Spanish-American War United States vs. Spain
1914-1918 World War I Triple Alliance: Germany, Italy, and Austria-Hungary vs. Triple Entente: Britain, France, and Russia. The United States joined on the side of the Triple Entente in 1917.
1939-1945 World War II Axis Powers: Germany, Italy, Japan vs. Major Allied Powers: United States, Great Britain, France, and Russia
1950-1953 Korean War United States (as part of the United Nations) and South Korea vs. North Korea and Communist China
1960-1975 Vietnam War United States and South Vietnam vs. North Vietnam
1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion United States vs. Cuba
1983 Grenada United States Intervention
1989 US Invasion of Panama
United States vs. Panama
1990-1991 Persian Gulf War
United States and Coalition Forces vs. Iraq
1995-1996 Intervention in Bosnia and Herzegovina United States as part of NATO


Confederate History

There is a lot of negativity in the news  about using the Confederate flag.  This site has a lot of history and dispels the myths about the flag.

Confederate History-Dispelling the Myths



1917 School Blackboard Found

School blackboards from 1917 found in Oklahoma. One board had the following written on it:

“I give my head, my heart and my life to my God and One nation indivisible with justice for all.”

The video of this amazing story here:

A great article and photos posted by Cassandra Lewis:


Ancestry Up for Sale? – Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems

Ancestry Up for Sale? – Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems.

Jean Stafford Obituary


Obituary for Jean Elaine Stafford
Jean Elaine Stafford, 86, of Kissimmee, Florida passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015. She was born November 20, 1928 in Toledo, Ohio the daughter of Fred and Eunice Lewis. She moved to Kissimmee with her husband Norman in 2014 from Mt. Dora, Florida. Jean was a retired Catering Manager for the University of Toledo for many years.

Jean is survived by her loving husband of over 50 years, Norman G. Stafford of Kissimmee, Florida; son: Martin Stafford (Roberta) of Grand Junction, Colorado; daughters: Susan Stafford of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Janice Trumbell (Brad) of Centerville, Iowa, Debra Kilgallin (William) of Falls Church, Virginia, Cynthia Stafford of Miami, Florida; 6 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

A Memorial Celebration of Life Service for Jean Elaine Stafford will be announced at a later date.

The Stafford family is being cared for by: CONRAD & THOMPSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 511 Emmett Street, Kissimmee, Florida 34741; 407-847-3188.