Matilda Jane (Robinson) Harwick

On this day, 19 August 1929, Matilda Jane (Robinson) Harwick passed away. She was my spouse’s 2nd great-grandmother.

Matilda Jane Robinson was born on 17 January 1857, in Hamilton Township, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, to parents Irvin Robinson and Mary Martha Croasmun. She joined a sister, Melissa, age 3.

On 26 July 1860, the Robinson Family was residing in Perry Township, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania. Irvin Robinson, who was about 50 years old; Mary Robinson, age 38; Melissa Robinson, age 6; Jane Robinson (Matilda Jane), age 3; and Eliza Robinson, age 15. (Eliza is the child of Irvin and his first wife, Martha Armstrong.) Her father, Irvin, was a farmer. Their real estate was worth $400; their personal property was valued at $100.

Circa 1863, sister Margaret E. Robinson was born in Indiana County, Pennsylvania.

In July 1863, Matilda Jane Robinson’s father Irvin (Irwin) Robinson joined the Union Army, enlisting in the 2nd Battalion, Pennsylvania Infantry for six months. Irvin then transferred to Company F, 105th Pennsylvania Volunteers, known as the Wildcat Regiment. In July 1864, he sustained a flesh wound in his thigh at the Siege of Petersburg. Irvin Robinson was discharged on surgeon’s certificate on 20 April 1865.

On 14 June 1870, the Robinson Family was still living in Perry Township, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania. Residing in the household were Irvin Robinson, 60 years old; Mary Robinson, age 47; and Jane M. Robinson (Matilda Jane), age 13. Also living with the family was Daniel Blose, laborer, age 54. (Daniel Blose served with Irvin in the 105th Pennsylvania Volunteers. He was in Company G.) Irvin Robinson also worked as a laborer; his wife Mary was keeping house. Their real estate was worth $800; their personal property was valued at $350. In addition, it looks as if Mary owned land valued at $500.

On 12 March 1874, Matilda Jane Robinson married John Michael Harwick. She was 17 years old, and John was 19 years old.

A little over a year later, the couple welcomed their first child, William Byron Harwick, who was born on 24 May 1875, in Trade City, Indiana County, Pennsylvania.

Daughter Mary M. Harwick came along nearly two and a half years later on 7 October 1877.

On 8 July 1879, daughter Melissa Gertrude Harwick was born in Indiana County, Pennsylvania.

On 3 June 1880, the Harwick Family was living in North Mahoning Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania. Residing in the household were father Michael Harwick, mother Jane, son William, daughter Mary, daughter Melissa, and John Michael’s mother Anna, age 66. Michael was a farmer. Jane was keeping house,with help from her mother-in-law Anna.

Son James Irvin Harwick was born on 19 September 1881, in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania.

Less than two years later, Matilda Jane would experience a great loss when on 23 December 1883, her father, Irvin Robinson, died in North Mahoning Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania. He was 73 years old.

Three years after that, on 19 July 1886, son Albert Barton Harwick (my spouse’s great-grandfather) was born in North Mahoning Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania.

Daughter Alma Elizabeth Harwick arrived on 24 July 1889, in Valier, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania.

Several years passed before the couple welcomed another baby to the fold. On 29 September 1895, son Andrew Philip Harwick was born in Indiana County, Pennsylvania.

On 1 June 1900, the Harwick Family was still living in North Mahoning Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania. Residing in the household were Michael and Jane, along with their children William, Gertie, James, Barton, Alma, and Andy.

A few weeks later, circa 21 June 1900, the couple’s youngest child, Jennie B. Harwick, was born.

A deep despair descended on the Harwick household from late 1903 through early 1904.  The first sadness came on 21 December 1903, when daughter, Jennie B. Harwick, died of spinal meningitis. She was only three and a half years old.

Then, on the evening of 19 February 1904, daughter Melissa Gertrude (Harwick) Depp and her six-month-old baby were visiting her parents in Valier, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania. That evening, soon after tucking the children into bed, the lamp in their room flared up. Melissa tried to smother the flames with her skirts. In the ensuing chaos, the globe and the top of the lamp were knocked over, and the burning oil spread, severely burning Melissa on the face, hands, and body. She died from her injuries a week later on 26 February 1904. She was only 24 years old.

Exactly two weeks later, on 11 March 1904, another daughter, Mary M. (Harwick) Heitzenrater, perished from typhoid fever in South Clayville, Indiana County, Pennsylvania. Mary’s husband and one of their children were also stricken with typhoid fever and were unable to attend Mary’s funeral.

Then, on 27 March 1904, Matilda Jane’s mother, Mary Martha (Croasmun) Robinson, died in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania. She was 82 years old.

On 18 April 1910, the Harwick Family was still residing in North Mahoning Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania. The household consisted of Michael and Jane M., along with their son Andy P. and his wife Millie. Michael Harwick was a farmer. Their son Andy was a school teacher.

On 14 January 1920, the Harwick Family was still lived in North Mahoning Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania. Members of the household were Michael and Jennie (Matilda Jane), along with their son Andrew P. and a granddaughter, Carmen E., daughter of Melissa Gertrude (Harwick) Depp. Michael Harwick was a farmer.

Sometime in 1927, Matilda (Jane) Robinson Harwick was diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. This condition ultimately led to her death.

At approximately 11:45 a.m. on 19 August 1929, Matilda (Jane) Robinson Harwick died in Perry Township, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania. She was aged 72 years, 7 months, and 2 days. The official cause of death was peritonitisthe swelling and irritation of the pericardium, the thin sac-like membrane surrounding the heartand uremiaa condition involving abnormally high levels of waste products in the blood due to the kidneys not performing properly.

Matilda (Jane) Robinson Harwick was buried on 21 August 1929 in White Church Cemetery, Hamilton Township, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania.

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  1. That’s a lot of tragedy in a very short amount of time! How very sad for the family.
    You’ve got a lot of information here. It’s a great post!

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