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Re: Rettig/Hile families
Posted by: Tim Gruber (ID *****9026) Date: November 14, 2009 at 03:11:14
In Reply to: Rettig/Hile families by jim thoman of 1143

You can look at George's Ohio death certificate for free at:;c=1307272

If I have the right couple George & Anna appear in the 1910 census with their 4 children living in Poland Twp, Mahoning Co., OH. The 1920 census just shows George and his son George living in Poland Twp. Annie seems to have taken the other children and was living in Youngstown. Their oldest son Russell was married by then.

Russell Charles Hile's WWII draft card shows he was born May 19, 1896 in East Brady, PA. He was living with his mother Mrs. Edward Sullivan in Mahoning County.

The 1930 census shows Annie Sullivan, wife of Edward Sullivan living in Poland Twp. They were married for about 5 years and Annie had the two younger Hile children with her. My guess is that George and Annie divorced.

The 1900 census shows George and Annie Heile with their son Russel living in East Brady, Clarion County, PA. He was born March 1870, she in June 1877 and son in May 1896. Two houses down is the family of Aug and Barbara Rettig. He was born April 1840 in Germany and she in Sept 1845. Aug immigrated in 1858. On the same page is the family of Simeon and Rachel Hile.

The 1880 census shows Annie 3 as the daughter of August Reddick again in East Brady.

Here's someone who has been working on the same Hile Family:

You can look at the tombstones for Simon and Rachael at:

Simon and his widow received a Civil War pension: Appl 26.622 Cert 17412, Widow Appl 992.128 Cert 749.846. You can get a copy of the pension file from the National Archives in Washington, DC for $75. It's a bit pricey but it could contain some important genealogical data. At the very least it should have info on their marriage as Rachel would have had to prove she was actually married to Simon. As I understand it eventually all the pensions will be online but I don't know the timeline. Some are already online at for a fee.

The 1890 Veteran census shows not only Simon but August Reddig living in East Brady. He served in Company D, 88th NY. His pension numbers are Appl. 764,059 Cert 640,638 Widow Anna B. Appl 1,059,789 Cert 806,204. Since August was born overseas his pension may have info on where in Germany he was born. It should definitely have info on their marriage.

Since George and Mary Ann were married ca 1896 I suggest getting a copy of their marriage which is probably on record at the Clarion County Register of Wills office. It may have info on the parents.

Check with the Clarion County Historical Society and perhaps the Armstrong County Historical Museum and Genealogical Society to see if they can help find more info especially about when August and Barbara died. They may also be able to find obituaries and burial places for both. For any person who died in Pennsylvania after Jan 1, 1906 I suggest getting their death certificates from the PA Div. of Vital Records. The parents' names are usually listed.

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