Among the earliest settlers were many veterans of the Revolutionary War. There were three particular brothers who settled in what was to become Allegheny Township, Cambria County in 1804. John Nagle settled near the Beaver Dam (now Price Gallitzin State Park) in White Township; Richard Nagle and Henry Nagle settled near Carrolltown (Source: souvenir of the Diamond Jubilee and History of St. Augustine's Church, page 57). All three were Revolutionary soldiers who fought in the battles of Breeds Hill and Bunker Hill and others. (Source: VFW Office files Court House). Another Revolutionary soldier, John Baum, also fought in the same battles the Nagle brothers engaged in.
The entanglement does not end here, for both John Baum and Richard Nagle are buried in the same cemetery: Baum Cemetry Susquehanna Township, Cambria County. Baum Cemetry is quite unique in that it is a very old one but mainly because there are no stones remaining on the site, if there ever were any! Each year two flags are placed there by the Barnesboro VFW on Memorial Day but they had no list of names of those buried in the cemetery! Solomon Forshee came from Columbia, Lancaster County, where he was a great althelete. He settled on a farm on Beaver Dam branch of Clearfield Creek near the present site of Chest Springs about 1790 (Source Cambria Freeman, Sept. 26, 1879 under "Sketches of Pioner Life on the Alleghenies"). The article goes to say that Solomon Forshee is buried in the Old Baum Place (John Baumm) below Nagle's Mill. This inconspicious cemetery has two Revolutionary Soldiers and an early settler who could jump great distances and markers were placed along the Susquehanna marking the disance.
Residents in the area speak of children being buried in the Baum Cemetery of the Sommerville family. The 1850 Census of Susquehannah Township, Cambria County, lists David Sommerville, aged 65 years, and his wife Martha and children James, David and William. No evidence could be found to list any members of the Sommerville family as having been buried in Baum Cemetery at this time.
More information can be found on Richard Nagle than any of the other men (source History of Cambria County by Storey, Vol. I, p. 555) Richard Nagle served under General Washington in 1776 to 1783. In 1826 the state of Pennsylvania granted Richard an annuity of $40 per year for his service at Valley Forge, Germantown, Long Island and elsewhere. In the Sky newspaper, March 14, 1837, Richard Nagle's obituary states he came from Ireland in 1761 and lived in Cambria county for about 40 years. He died February 9, 1827, at the residence of his son-in-law in Susquehanna Township at the age of 93 years. Richard and Mary Nagle were the parents of John born 1770 in Adams County, Jacob born 1781, Margaret born 1785, Richard born 1787, George born 1790, and Honora born 1793. (Source: Loretto Centenary, page 218).
To weave the webs of another family in Cambria Country, Jacob Nagle, born 1781, married Honor Baum and their children were: John J. Nagle born Nov. 11, 1803, Cambria county, Nicholas: twins Margaret and Mary; Sarah; George; Richard K.; Jacob; and Michael. Mary Ann Nagle, born 1833, married William Gooderham. William's father, Thomas Gooderharm was born in England and his wife's name is Lydia (source; 1850 census Susquehanna Twp., Cambria County.). William and Mary Ann (Nagle) Gooderham and seven children, Michael, Cecelia, Lydia, Ellen, Bridget, Mary, and Henry M. Gooderham.
John J. Nagle married Bridget Barnical and were the parents of Sarah; Nicholas, MaryAnn, Ellen, Margaret M., Jane, Michael H. and Bridget.
In 1951 Henry Gooderham helped reactivate the Cambria Country Historical Soceity which was organized in 1925. The artifacts that were stored in the basement of the courthouse were moved to the YPC building. In his ofice as President of the society Mr. Gooderham donated to the Historical Society a portion of the Kittaning Path which was a part of his farm. The area of the Indian Path is exactly as the Indians had abandoned it. The Historical Society hired their first curator for the Museum in 1951. Miss Edna Lehman gave faithful and able direction to the Museum for 18 years.
The web woven such a long time ago by settlers such as Richard Nagle, brings us full circle round to the present time! Nagle (or Naugle) Sommerville, Baum, and Gooderham--all family names that are found today in Cambria county!
Ebensburg Mountainer Herald, May 6, 1976.
Note: the date of death for Richard Nagle is 1837 not 1827.