Surname Saturday – Mary Anna Bahle

Mary Anna Bahle Pepperney is my great great grandmother on my father’s side. Born in 1877 in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Jacob Bahle and (Rachel Snauffer?)*.

On August 5, 1896, in Saint Mary Catholic Church in Pittsburgh, she married George Peter Pepperney with Rev. Enders presiding.

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Together Mary Anna and George would have at least six children, with four surviving into adulthood.

  • George Lawrence Pepperney (1899 – 1900)
  • Mary Margaret Pepperney (1902 – 1980)
  • James Albert Pepperney (1906 – 1999)
  • Katherine Emma Pepperney (1910 – 1978)
  • Baby Pepperney (1910)
  • Eleanor Julia Pepperney (1912 – 1951)
After their marriage, Mary Anna and George lived in Charleroi, Pennsylvania before relocating to Beaver Township, Mahoning County, Ohio. By 1930, they had settled in Leetonia, Ohio where George was a painter of rooms and houses, not canvas. (Interestingly, the 1940 Federal Census lists George as an ‘interior decorator’, which I suppose he was.)

On Sunday, March 31, 1935, Mary Anna was stricken with a sudden stroke at age 58. She was nursed for two weeks before dying on April 11 at 12:30 p.m.

Mary was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Leetonia, Ohio.Her husband George would survive another 27 years before dying in 1962.
Joe Lowry photo.

*Mary Pepperney’s death certificate provides this name, but so far I’ve found no other records of a Rachel Snauffer married to a Jacob Bahle. There is a contemporary Jacob Bahle in Pittsburgh married to Henrietta, but I haven’t explored that further..

“Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 10 Feb 2013), Mary Pepperney, 11 Apr 1935; citing Leetonia, Columbiana, Ohio, reference fn 21925; FHL microfilm 2022486.

“Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 – 1950,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 09 Feb 2013), George P. Pepperney and Mary Bahle, 1896.

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