Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Cora Belle (Abe) Puffinburger 11-007

 Cora Belle (Abe) and Wilmer Puffinburger

     Cora Belle was the (6)fifth child born to Philip and Annie Elizabeth (Largent) Abe. Her (137)birth record lists her as born in Mineral County, West Virginia on January 12, 1886. The (137)place of birth is listed as Alaska. This area was first chartered as Frankfort in 1787, the name was later changed to Alaska and is now know as Fort Ashby. This record seems to establish that Philip may have been living at another location in Mineral County before purchasing the farm on the Old Furnace Road.
     On July 20, 1905 Cora (6)married Wilmer Puffinburger on the steps of the courthouse in Davis, West Virginia. (6)She met Wilmer about one year before at the farm of her brother, Herbert near Paw Paw, Morgan County, West Virginia. Wilmer was (139)(140)born on October 6, 1882, the son of John and Elizabeth Puffinburger of Frederick County, Virginia. (6)He began working for the B and O Railroad as a brakeman and later became a (138)(141)Conductor. At some point they apparently moved to Cumberland, Maryland.
     I cannot find any records of where they were living between the time of their marriage and 1919.
     On September 12, 1919, Wilmer's (139)WWI Draft Registration Card lists him living at 111 Fifth Street in Cumberland, Allegany County, Maryland
     The (138)1920 Census shows the family living at 109 East Fifth Street. This record says that they owned the house. Also in the household with Wilmer and Cora are a daughter, Irene, and two of Cora's sisters, Myra E. and Missouri F. Abe.
     Later in the (141)1930 Census Wilmer and Cora are shown at 119 East Fifth Street. This record says that they were renting the house. Now the household includes two late blooming children (about 20 years after Irene), Helen and Ray. Also included in this household is an Opal P. Largent who is listed as age 20 and a niece. At this time I have not been able to determine exactly how she ties into the family.

NOTE: Fifth Street is now the west bound lanes of Route 51 (Industrial Blvd.).

     On April 26, 1942, Wilmer's (139)WWII Draft Registration Card lists he and Cora still living at 119 East Fifth Street. Wilmer is unemployed from the B and O Railroad because of an unspecified disability.
    Wilmer died on February 20, 1944 and Cora followed on October 30, 1948. Both are buried at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Cumberland, Allegany County, Maryland.

     Children of Wilmer and Cora Belle (Abe) Puffinburger:
          1. Recie Irene (1908-1994)
          2. Helen Elizabeth (still living)
          3. Ray Edwin (1927-1974)

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