The Fine family branch I am part of and now the oldest living member started when my Grandfather, Jacob Franklin Fine Sr. came to Seal Road, Eighty Four, Somerset Township, Washington County, PA to work a summer garden. This garden happened to be on a corner of a farm owned by Wilhelm Jacob Wergin and his wife Mary Josephine (Bell) Wergin. Grandpap would stay some evenings in a small tool shed at the corner of the farm and my Dad would come out to visit him. Another son Jacob Jr., also moved to the area about this time and had a small farm at the corner of what became Carlton Drive and Brownlee Road.
Well, Father of course met Mr. & Mrs Wergin and a relationship was started with the youngest daughter, Loretta (Retta) Wergin, which ended in the two of them being married in June of 1926. They lived around the area renting different places from Monongahela to Eighty Four over the next several years, 1935 found them living in the village of Eighty Four at what was known as the Zediker House. Later that year they bought another place at the East end of the village that was a small gas station and store, to which they added living quarters too. This began my branch of the Fine's in Eighty Four. My Brother, Ernest Leroy was born at the Wergin farm on September 25, 1927 and the home in Eighty Four seen my birth in October 13, 1942. The home was in the family until the fall of 1973, when it was sold to Mr. & Mrs James Patterson, also of Eighty Four and made into apartments. It is now owned by Craig & Melanie VanRiper. Mother moved across the road and built a house with my Brother when Dad died in December, 1972. I still live directly across Old Monongahela Pike from my "old home place" where my wife, Edna Mae (Shrum) Fine and I built our home in 1967 and raised our two Son's, Bret Wayne Fine and Todd Larry Fine.
This branch of the Fine's in America was started by Phillip Fine and Beatta Christina Cuhl. These both were born in Germany in 1820 and 1819 respectively. At present it is believed they came to America some time around 1840.
Several of the families in my family tree and my wifes have fallen into place easily such as the following surnames; Opfer, Bailey, Shrum, Garrett and Amos. Others such as: Fine, Bell, Scott, Dixon, Elliott and Reed have been much more hard to find as they are much more common names. Unfortunately if you are researching names that are common, only the more affluent branches are mentioned in most histories and facts can only come from hard to locate records such as land grants, titles, marriage license tax rolls if you can prove property was owned by a definite family member.
I have worked over twenty years on my families genealogy and the work will continue. The computer has become an aid that allows for more fast reserach into places one may never get to before. I will be placing my family tree on line for all to use and I hope some of my work helps someone else in the future.
Wayne Larry Fine
- The Fines of Eighty-Four, PA (75 KB)
In this tree the following surnames can be found: Fine, Shrum, Wergin, Hulska, Opher, Amos, Bell, Bailey Scott, Reed, Short, Garrett, Altman and others yet to be added.