Through the kind help of cousin Beth Caporali of Vandergrift, I now
a little information on the elusive Hiram Held branch of the family.
is a cousin through our Frantz (Regina's husband) connections, and is a
librarian at one of the local genealogical societies in Armstrong
The library had a private scrapbook donated that contained newspaper
of local people, and many were the Held and Riggle obituaries. In this
scrapbook were obits of old Hiram Held, Isabella Young Held, and
of their children.
As an interesting side note, one of the pages cousin Beth sent just
happened to have the obit for the father of a very close youthful
of mine, Dave Harmon. It describes the terrible auto accident he had at
the Dime Road - Leechburg Road intersection.
June 1998 visit to Pennsylvania
The was our first trip back to Pennsylvania since Christmas time. It
planned as both a family visit and to visit some of the old churches
the Helds, Riggles, Bowmans, Lessigs, and Allshouses lived in the
1800s. We finally found the gravestones of the original Helds, Johann
and Christina in the St. Michaels Cemetery at Brick Church. We had
this cemetery a year ago and somehow missed the gravesite. In our
to Bethel, Boiling Springs, and Forks-Zion Churches we also found the
of many other Helds and relations.
to July 1998
Copyright 1998 by Fred H. Held