Nancy Jane Mansfield Haney: Moving Through Life – Part 2

This is part two of a two-part series narrating the life story of Nancy Jane Mansfield Haney. This second part begins in Apollo, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. Nancy, her second husband, Samuel Haney, and their children had moved from Webster, Westmoreland County to Apollo by the early 1880s. The story follows Nancy and Samuel to Saltsburg, Indiana County, Pennsylvania in 1895 and ends in Oklahoma Borough, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania in 1917. If you haven’t read part one of Nancy’s story and would like to do so before reading part two, you may do so here Nancy Jane Mansfield Haney: Moving Through Life – Part 1

Between 1881-1882, Nancy and Samuel settled in Apollo, Armstrong County, not far from where Nancy spent her childhood years. This small community along the Kiskiminetas River was well populated in the 1880s. One of the largest employers of the time was the rolling mill which had gone under various name changes with the most well-known name being the Apollo Iron & Mill Co. It is highly probable that Samuel went to work at this mill.

August 21st, 1882 Nancy was received into the United Methodist Church in Apollo, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.[1] Her husband, Samuel, was received on August 26th, 1883.[2] In June of 1890, Nancy’s and Samuel’s daughter, Jennie (Eliza), married Lester W. Taylor in Allegheny county.[3] It is in this county that Jennie and her husband, Lester, would take up residence.[4] Two months after Jennie’s marriage, Nancy’s daughter, Melissa, purchased property in Apollo.[5] The family was here to stay, so it seemed.

By 1890 this small community that Nancy and Samuel came to call home was thriving. Its population had grown from 449 residents in 1860 to 1,156 in 1880.[6] The population reached its peak of 2,000 about 1890. The main attraction was the available employment at the Apollo Iron & Mill Co. All seemed to be going well for this company and the small community it occupied when, in 1893 in reaction to an economic downturn, the then president of the mill, George McMurtry, cut wages by 8 to 15 percent. In protest, several rollers angry with the current situation walked out in protest. In response, McMurtry closed the mill down for several months. He reopened the mill a few months later with non-union workers. With the exception of those who chose to leave the union, the doors of this growing company were forever closed to the unionized skilled laborers who once worked there. With no alternative form of employment in the local area, these skilled laborers drifted away.

In 1895, the same year McMurtry moved the Apollo Iron & Steel Co. down the river to a newly built community, Nancy’s daughter, Melissa, and son-in-law, John, sold their property in Apollo.[7] While Melissa, John and their children moved to their newly purchased eight acres of land just north of Saltsburg in Indiana County,[8] Nancy and Samuel with their son, Samuel M., settled in Saltsburg. Their son, James, had married in 1891 and was living with his wife, Frankie Kipp,[9] on Market Street in Scottsdale, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.[10]

Nancy and Samuel did not own property and appeared to have moved around in the small community of Saltsburg. In the early part of 1898, they moved from an area of Saltsburg known as the Extension to Ms. Murray’s property at Point Pleasant, at the opposite end of town.[11] By the end of the year, they were living at the Waddle’s property on the corner of Grant and Market Streets.[12] Samuel and his youngest son were employed as sheet iron workers.[13]

Samuel Haney moved from the Extension to Point Pleasant in Saltsburg, PA early 1898.


Samuel Haney and his wife, Nancy, moved from Point Pleasant to Grant and Market streets late 1898.

Nancy’s and Samuel’s youngest son move to Pittsburgh shortly after the turn of the century.[14] By World War I, he was married and living in Cleveland, Ohio near his brother James.[15] Nancy and Samuel moved to Salina, Westmoreland County as of 1907.[16]

Samuel and Nancy were living in Salina. PA in 1907.

Ten years later, Nancy passed away in the home of her granddaughter, Ruth Slicker Hardwick. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Apollo, and Nancy was laid to rest at the Riverview Cemetery in Apollo, Pennsylvania.[17] Her husband, Samuel, moved to Cleveland, Ohio where he lived with his son, Samuel, at 9342 Amesbury Avenue.[18] It was almost one year from the date of Nancy’s passing when Samuel crossed over the threshold of this mortal life joining his wife in the everlasting life leaving behind family and friends whom he loved.[19]

Nancy Jane Mansfield Haney’s Find-A-Grave Memorial


[1]  Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1669-2013 for Nancy Haney,, accessed 30, December 2018.

[2]  Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1669-2013 for Samuel Haney,, accessed 30, December 2018.

[3]  Pennsylvania, County Marriage Records, 1845-1963, database, ( :  accessed 30, December 2018, entry for Jennie Taylor, 25, June 1890; citing                   Pennsylvania County Marriages 1852-1973; County: Allegheny; Year Range: 1889-1890; Roll Number: 549747.     

[4]  1900 United States Federal Census,”, ( : accessed 28, January 2018), entry for Jennie Taylor (age 31), Pittsburgh Ward 5, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

[5]   Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, Deed Book 75:75, S.M. Jackson to Melissa Slicker, 13 August 1890; Recorder of Deeds Office, Kittanning.

[6]  Martin, Louis C., Tin Plate Towns, 1890-1910: Local Labor Movements and Workers’ Responses to the Crisis in the Steelworkers’ Union, A Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies, Vol. 74, No. 4, Autumn 2007, pp. 494-495, online, accessed 30, December 2018.

[7]  Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, Deed Book 84:196, John Slicker to Esther Owens, 4, November 1895; Recorder of Deeds Office, Kittanning.

[8]  Indiana County, Pennsylvania, Deed Book 6976:296, Julia A. Hartlett to Malissa J. Slicker, 10 December 1895; Recorder of Deeds Office, Indiana.

[9]  Pennsylvania Marriages, 1852-1968, database, ( accessed 30, December 2018, entry for James Haney, age 20, 7 Oct 1891; citing Marriage Records. Pennsylvania Records. VariousCounty Register of Wills Offices, Pennsylvania.  

[10]  1900 United States Federal Census,, ( accessed 30, December 2018), entry for James Haney (age 29), Scottdale, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

[11]  Saltsburg, The Indiana Gazette, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Weds, 13, April 1898, pg. 13, column 1, database, ( : accessed 30, December 2018), entry for Samuel Haney.

[12]  Saltsburg, The Indiana Gazette, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Weds, 12, October 1898, pg. 13, column 2, database, ( : accessed 30, December 2018), entry for Samuel Haney.

[13]  “1900 United States Federal Census,”, ( : accessed 30, December 2018), entry for Samuel Haney, Saltsburg, Indiana County, Pennsylvania.

[14]   Local Correspondences, Saltsburg. The Indiana Weekly Messenger, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Weds. 11, April 1906, pg. 13, column 1, database ( : accessed 30, December 2018) entry for Samuel Haney.

[15]  U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, (https:/// : accessed 30, December 2018), entry for Samuel Haney; citing Cleveland, Ohio, City Directory, 1917.

[16]  Local Correspondences, Saltsburg. The Indiana Weekly Messenger, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Weds. 29, May 1907, pg. 2, column 1, database ( : accessed 30, December 2018) entry for Samuel Haney.

[17]  Died, Mrs. Nancy Haney. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sat. 27, January 1917, pg. 3, column

8, database ( : accessed 30, December 2018) entry for Nancy Haney.

[18]  U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, (https:/// : accessed 30, December 2018), entry for Samuel Haney; citing Cleveland, Ohio, City Directory, 1917.

[19]  Ohio Department of Health, death certificate 1256 (1917), Samuel Stewart Haney, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Columbus.

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Welcome to a Slicker Family History!

If you are a descendant of Philip and Magdalena Slicker and want to learn more about them and other Slicker ancestors or, you would like to share knowledge about or to help preserve your Slicker ancestry, you have come to a good site for doing just that!

Philip and Magdalena were both born in Germany. They were the parents of John Slicker, born 1857 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and the grandparents of Samuel John Slicker, born 1885 in Apollo, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. It is unknown to me if Phillip and Magdalena met in Germany or in the United States. They were living near Library in Baldwin Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania (Baldwin Township covered a larger area in the nineteenth century then it does presently) when the 1860 U.S. Census were taken.

Magdalena’s family name was Friend. Before marrying Phillip, she married John Joseph Steinogle (I’m not 100% certain on this name) in Germany. Magdalena and John Steinogle had at least three children: Conrad, Eva and Mary. I am guessing that Magdalena married Philip Slicker sometime between 1852-1857.  For an overview of this family, take a look at the combination pedigree/family chart posted below.

Each column represents a family with the parents listed at the top of the column. The column on the right shows the family of Phillip Slicker and Magdalena Friend. Their son John Slicker, who is highlighted in blue, is shown in the middle column (2 & 3) with his spouse and children. Samuel John Slicker, the son of John and Melissa , and his spouse, Ethel Hardwick, are shown in the first column with their children. To decide if this is your family tree, you must know if you are a descendant of Samuel John Slicker and Ethel Hardwick. Depending on your age, there may be as many as two or three generations between you and Samuel and Ethel. Typo on above table: Frank Walter is Frank Walton.

To learn more about Philip and Magdalena, go to the Category menu on the right near the top of this page to find their stories and timelines.

In addition to the stories posted for Philip and Magdalena Slicker, you will find several posts narrating the life of their son, John, and daughter-in-law, Melissa Mansfield. You will also find a post telling the life story of Nancy Jane Mansfield Haney, the mother of Melissa Jane Mansfield Slicker.

The initial purpose of this website was to discover, preserve and share the family history of Phillip Slicker and Magdalena Friend and their descendants. But, two plus years into writing stories, I realize that all who descend from Samuel John Slicker share other family lines like Hardwick and Mansfield; and so, I have begun to include the history of these family lines.

So, what’s up next? John Mansfield will be the star of the next published post. John married Nancy Jane Mansfield in 1857. They were the parents of Melissa Jane Mansfield Slicker and Matilda Belle Mansfield Owen. Shortly after the birth of their third daughter, John enlisted as a private in Company G, 101st Regiment of the Union Army. If you have read the posts covering the life of Melissa Mansfield Slicker and Nancy Jane Mansfield Haney, you know John’s fate. John’s story, however, will tell more about his life.

I also plan to write mini-biographies on each of John and Melissa’s children and stories about James Mansfield (father of Nancy Jane Mansfield), Samuel John Slicker and Ethel Hardwick. So, if you don’t find what you are looking for today, be sure to revisit often for the latest updates.

If you don’t know how these names fit into the family tree, click here to view a Slicker and Mansfield Family Tree Chart.

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How to Navigate the Published Posts: There are two ways you can read the published posts for this family’s history. You could scroll down this page to the most recent published post. If you use the scrolling method, realize you are starting with the most recent post and moving backwards chronologically to the earliest published posts. So, if an ancestor’s story is told in three published posts, you will begin with the last part and move backwards to the first part. You may notice that I have placed hyperlinks in the second and third posts of a two or three part series. These hyperlinks will take you to the first part and allow you to move in the order the posts were written. The second method for reading the published posts is to use the Categories menu on the right near the top of the Home page. Once you are in a category, you will find the published posts begin with the most recent published post in that category and move backwards chronologically to the earlier published posts for that category.

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1 Fred Manners was an adopted son. “1910 U.S. Federal Census.”, ( accessed 1, November 2016), entry for Fred Manners (age 6), Conemaugh, Indiana County, Pennsylvania.