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Reese Family Plot Marker in New Cumberland Cemetery, New Cumberland, Ohio

Here are some obituaries and notices of  death that family members have given to me through the years and also cousins have found in their research. These are not in any specific order and are transcribed as written. Source is given when known.

Abram Reese d. March 2, 1886 - Abram Reese, a prominent and much respected citizen of Frankstown Township, died at his home at Reese's Station, on the Williamsburg branch railroad about 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon, after a lingering illness. Death was chiefly due to paralysis, though injuries received by a fall in July 1883 contributed there too.

Abram Reese was born in Logan Township, near where the city of Altoona is located, in the year 1808 and spent the greater part of this life in this vicinity. About twenty years ago he removed to Frankstown Township where he remained an honored citizen until the moment of his death. Some nine or ten years ago premonitory symptoms of paralysis appeared and the disease gradually but surely progressed. Mr. Reese was able to get about however, making frequent visits to Holidaysburg and other places, until as above stated in July 1883 he was severely injured by a fall. From that time until his death he was confined to his bed.

Mr. Reese was twice married. Fifty years ago or more, he was married to Miss Katie Meyers, by whom he became the father of several children, eight of whom survive. His wife died and afterwards he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Koch, who became the mother of a son who survives to mourn with his Mother the loss of a husband and father. The surviving children are, Mrs. Elizabeth Morgan, Mrs. Martha McCaulley, Mrs. Elizabeth Figart, Mrs. Mary Leamer all of whom reside in Logan Township. Elijah, Shadrach, and David all residing in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, Mrs. Mollie Glunt of Loydsville, and William Sherman, the latter residing at home. 

The subject of this notice was a quiet, unobtrusive citizen, having the respect of all who knew him. Politically he was a believer in the principles of the Democratic Party, and until his health failed him was frequently a delegate to the democratic county conventions and a member of the county committee of that party. In religion he was a devout adherent of the Baptist faith, having been among the first Baptists of this section. For about 56 years he was a faithful follower of the precepts of the Christian religion. 

In all the relations of life he did well his part. He was a faithful husband and a kind Father. As a neighbor he was courteous and obliging, as a friend steadfast and true, as a citizen without stain and without reproach. He didn't make a great deal of noise in the world; that wasn't his way. But he was a good man and the citizens of Frankstown Township will mourn his death. Source: Altoona Tribune March 3, 1886 


David Fisher Reese d. Aug. 16, 1904 - Formerly of this city (Altoona) died at Urichville, Ohio Tuesday evening. He left Altoona three months ago and secured employment at Urichville on a wrecking crew on the Baltimore Ohio Railroad. On Monday while at work he was the victim of an accident and received injuries that resulted in his death. 

He was born Oct. 27, 1857 and for several years lived in Altoona. He was twice married and is survived by two children of the first union Charles of Benedict, Ohio and Catherine Strong of Altoona. His second wife and several children in Juniata. Three brothers Shaddrack M. and Elijah B. of New Cumberland, Ohio. Sisters Elizabeth Morgan, Mrs. Thomas McCauley, Mrs. Mary Glunt, and Mrs. Allie Leamer all of Altoona. A half brother W. S. Reese of Frankstown.

Mr. Reese was a member of the Baptist Church of Holidaysburg. Source: An Altoona paper about August 18, 1904


Mrs. Elizabeth A. Mower d. 1941 - Died at 4:55 o'clock yesterday morning at 522 Ash street, Garden Heights. She was born Nov. 2, 1902, in Altoona, a daughter of Abraham D. and Martha Kearney Reese. Surviving are her husband Leroy E. Mower, and these children: Eileen, Shirley, Joan, Leroy, and Donna Jean, and four brothers, William F. of Juniata, Harry E. of Canton, Oh and David A. and James E. both of State College and one sister, Mrs. Warren Dean of Altoona. Friends are being received at the Laughlin funeral home. Source: Altoona Mirror

Ethel Kensinger d. Aug. 21, 1988 - Mrs. Kensinger, 68 of Randel Road, Hanoverton, Ohio, formerly of Altoona, died at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, 1988, at her home, following an extended illness.

She was born April 19, 1920, in Altoona, the daughter of Warren S. and Beatrice M. (Reese) Dean, and Feb. 6, 1946, in Altoona, married Adam Blair Kensinger.

Surviving are her husband, two children: Ardythe Ralph of Logan, Ohio, and Daniel B. of Mechanicstown, Ohio, and nine grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers and a sister: Norman and Robert of Massillon, Ohio, and Verda Ratchford of Canton, Ohio.

Mrs. Kensinger was a member of the Trinity Friends Church; Lisbon, Ohio. She was also a member of the Knox Township and Hanoverton Senior Citizens clubs. Interment was made Tuesday in Canton. source: Altoona Mirror


Mrs. Allie Leamer d. Feb. 23, 1937 - Aged 83, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Rhea Foster, 2115 Fifth avenue, at 8 o'clock last night after seven weeks' illness. She was born on Oct. 23, 1854, a daughter of Abram and Catherine Reese, and was the widow of George Leamer. The community of Reese in Frankstown township received its name from her ancestors. Mrs. Leamer is survived by two daughters and two sons, Mrs. Foster, Mrs. Catherine Baer, Harry A. and Roy Leamer, all of the city, eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one brother, William Reese of Geeseytown. Mrs. Leamer was a member of the Calvary Baptist church and taught in the Sunday school for many years. The body may be viewed at the Foster home. Funeral services for Mrs. Allie Leamer of 2115 5th Ave. will be held at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon in the Calvary Baptist church by Rev. Elmer Horner. Interment in the Rose Hill cemetery.  source Altoona Tribune


Edward A. Glunt d. 1934 - aged 63, of 2202 Seventh avenue, a well known local contractor, died at his home at 7:10 o'clock last evening of a complication of diseases after having been bedfast for the past six months. 

He was born at Richlands, Cambria county, on Jan. 9, 1871, a son of Levi and Mary (Reese) Glunt, but had resided in Altoona for a number of years, being employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad company at East Altoona prior to entering the contracting business. 

Mr. Glunt engaged principally in paving and similar work, including bridge building throughout the state. One of his largest contracts covered the rebuilding of the Martinsburg reservoir four years ago. 

He was active in politics and civic affairs and had served as Republican committeeman from his ward for some time. 

On Sept. 6, 1905, Mr. Glunt was united in marriage with Miss Lillian May Garrecht, the surviving son being born to the marriage. The first Mrs. Glunt, died some years ago and on Dec. 24, 1921, Mr. Glunt was united in marriage with Miss Fannie M. Cassidy.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Fannie (Cassidy) Glunt, one son, George E. Glunt, two grandchildren Lillian and Edward and two sisters, Mrs. Ella Cherry and Mrs. Maude Boone and a daughter-in-law Mrs. Grace (Ingram) Glunt, all of the city. 

Mr. Glunt was a member of the First Baptist church for the past forty-two years. The body may be viewed at the home where funeral services will be held at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon with Rev. W. L. Bixler of the Simpson Methodist church and Rev. Elmer Horner of Calvery Baptist church afficiating. Interment will be made in Oak Ridge Cemetery. source Altoona Tribune


William Sherman Reese d. April 28, 1941 - William Sherman Reese, prominent citizen of Geeseytown, died suddenly while engaged in telephoning Saturday evening at 7:45 o'clock. Mr. Reese was born on Dec. 29, 1864, in Juniata valley, Frankstown township, a son of Abram and Elizabeth (Kough) Reese, where he grew to manhood and was educated in the common schools and the Hollidaysburg academy taught by Professor J. A. Stewart. 

Early in life Mr. Reese learned the wagon-making trade, following that vocation for several years, then became associated with the F. A. Winter Music store in Altoona as general salesman of pianos and other musical instruments. He was associated with this firm for a period of twenty-seven years or until he was obliged to retire because of the loss of both legs by amputation. 

Mr. Reese was an active worker in the church and Bible conferences, being for many years Sunday school superintendent and choir leader of the Geeseytown Lutheran church. Early in life he learned to play the cornet and was for several years leader as well as organizer of the old Frankstown Friendship band. 

He also was conductor of an orchestra composed of local talent. Beside being authority on vocal and instrumental music, he was a Bible student of rare ability and in recent years found much pleasure in reading and commenting on the Holy Word. 

On June 14, 1888, he was married to Clara Elizabeth Slippey, daughter of Jonathan and Rebecca Slippey, by Rev. W. A. Shipman. 

To this union were born two sons and two daughters, Blanche Elizabeth Downing, residing in Geeseytown, Dean Slippey Reese of Spartansburg, S.C., Rebecca Helen Etchison and Lewis Bingham Reese, both residents of Geeseytown. Ten grandchildren also survive. 

Mr. Reese was a member of the Hollidaysburg Zion Lutheran church, life member of a musical association and member of Juniata lodge, F. and A.M. 

Friends will be received at the home today and tomorrow until time of funeral. Mr. and Mrs. Reese have been residents of Geeseytown in the same home for fifty-two years.