Family:Widney, William James (1860-1946)

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William James3 Widney (Johnston2, Charles1, James), son of Johnston2 and Mary (Henderson) Widney, was born 14 Apr 1860, Doylesburg, PA, and died 22 Feb 1946, Smithfield, PA. He was buried in Doylesburg United Methodist Cemetery, Doylesburg, PA.[1]

He married, say 1878, Ida Arminta Clugston, daughter of Isaac and Agnes Grace (Hammond) Clugston. She was born 25 Mar 1860, Spring Run, PA, and died 26 Dec 1956, Smithfield, PA. She was buried in Doylesburg United Methodist Cemetery, Doylesburg, PA.[2]

The Daily News, Huntingdon, Pa, December 28, 1956, Page 10

Mrs. Ida Arminta Widney
Mrs. Ida Arminta Widney, 96, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Paul Gilliland of Smithfield, at 4 p.m. Wednesday, December 26, 1956.
Mrs. Wedney was born in Spring Run on March 25, 1860, a daughter of Isaac and Agnes (Hamman) Clugston. She was united in marriage to William James Wedney in 1878 and her husband preceded her in death on February 22, 1946.
She had farmed with her husband in Path Valley most of their married lives. They retired from farming in 1937 and moved to Mount Union.
Mrs. Wedney was a member of the Mount Union Presbyterian Church and of the Cloyd B. Ewing Sunday School class.
She is survived by six children, John A., North Braddock; Mrs. F. W. (Cora) Harris, Shipppensburg; Mrs. Olaf (Edith) Billberg, Wannaska, Minnesota; Mrs. Frances Pollack, Mount Union; Mrs. C. T. (Blanche) Gilbert, Mapleton; Mrs. Paul (Olive) Gilliland, Smithfield.
Also surviving are 44 grandchildren, 85 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, December 29, at the Clark funeral home, Mount Union. The Rev. S. J. Thackaberry and the Rev. Paul K. Schuler will officiate and interment will be at Doylesburg Cemetery. Friends are being received at the funeral home.

Children of William James3 and Ida Arminta (Clugston) Widney:

i. John Alexander4 Widney, b. 6 Oct 1878, Fannett, PA; d. Sep 1965, Pittsburgh, PA; bur. Braddock Cemetery, Braddock, PA;[3] m. 31 Aug 1904, Allegheny Co., PA, Laura G. Rodda; res. North Braddock, PA.
ii. Lillie F. Widney, b. 1880; d. 5 Sep 1881.
iii. Cora May Widney, b. say 1882; m. 14 Nov 1900, Doylesburg, PA, Frank W. Harris; res. Shippensburg, PA.
iv. Edith Myrtle Widney, b. Apr 1884, PA; m. 30 Oct 1915, Concord, PA, Olaf Billberg; res. Wannaska, MN.
v. Frances Mary Widney, b. Aug 1887, PA; m. 28 Mar 1906, Huntingdon, PA, Frank D. Pollack; res. Mount Union, PA.
vi. Blanche Nancy Widney, b. 27 Aug 1889; d. May 1894, Mapleton, PA; m. Carol T. Gilbert; res. Mapleton, PA.
vii. (child) Widney, b. say 1891; d. bef. 1900.
viii. Olive Ladell Widney, b. Jun 1894, PA; m. ca. 1915, Paul Alexander Gilliland; res. Smithfield, PA.


William WIDNEY 20 Self M M W PA Laborer PA PA Ida WIDNEY 20 Wife F M W PA Keeping House PA PA John WIDNEY 1 Son M S W PA PA PA

102 107 Widney, William J. Head W M Apr 1860 40 mar 22 Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Farmer, Owns free farm -----, Ida A. Wife W F Mar 1860 40 mar 22 8ch 6liv Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pennsylvania -----, Edith M. Dau W F Apr 1884 16 sgl Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pennsylvania -----, Frances M. Dau W F Aug 1887 12 sgl Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pennsylvania At school -----, Nancy B. Dau W F Aug 1889 10 sgl Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pennsylvania At school -----, Olive L. Dau W F Jun 1894 5 sgl Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pennsylvania

  • 1910, Concord, Franklin Co., PA.
  • 1920, Mapleton, Huntingdon Co., PA.
  • 1930, Mapleton Depot, Huntingdon Co., PA.
  • 1940, Mount Union, Huntingdon Co., PA.


  • Census records.

1.^  FindAGrave Memorial #150676259, William James Widney.

2.^  FindAGrave Memorial #100381192, Ida Arminta Clugston Widney.

3.^  FindAGrave Memorial #78060025, John Alexander Widney.

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