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7. Frank (William Frank)2 Decker (John Reed1) was born in Pennsylvania in June 1870.(4130) The 1900, 1910 & 1920 US census indicates he worked as a coal miner and later a coal mine foreman in Fayette County and in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

On November 20, 1890 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania he married Minty (Araminta or Ariminta) Rugh.(4131) Minty (Araminta or Ariminta) Rugh was born in Pennsylvania about 1873.(4132) A U.S. Census record shows her in the household of her parents in Derry Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania in 1880. The spelling of her given name (possibly Araminta or Ariminta) on the census form is unclear. But there is other (unconfirmed) information which hints that she may have once been called "Minty". The 1900 and 1910 census shows her as "Mimmie or Minnie" with her husband and family in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. The 1920 US census clearly shows her as "Minty" Decker at age 47 with husband and family in Sewickley Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Minty was the daughter of Oliver Perry Rugh Sr. and Anna Margaret Maxwell.

She died in 1953.(4133) She was buried at Carmichael Cemetery (somewhere in PA.).(4134)

Frank (William Frank) Decker and Minty (Araminta or Ariminta) Rugh had the following children:

child 12 i. Norman3 Decker was born in Pennsylvania in January 1891.(4135) The 1900 US census shows him at age 9 living with his parents in Vanderbilt Village, Dunbar Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania.

child 13 ii. Bertha Mae Decker was born in Smock, Fayette County, Pennsylvania on September 27, 1892.(4136) The 1900 US census shows her at age 7 with her parents in Vanderbilt Village, Dunbar Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. She died in 1959. She married twice. About 1910 she married Wallace Ward Provins.(4137) Wallace Ward Provins was born in Pennsylvania on June 1, 1873.(4138) The 1880 US census shows him at age 7 with his parents in Masontown Borough, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. His 1818 WWI draft registration card shows him in Scott Haven, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania with his wife Bertha. The 1920 US census shows him as a grocery merchant owning his own home worth $3000 in Industry Village, Elizabeth Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Wallace was the son of Jacob A. Provins and Amy.

He died about 1948 in Elizabeth, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.(4139) (See Wallace Ward Provins for the continuation of this line.) She married Michael Conley.(4140)

child 14 iii. Oliver Decker.(4141) Oliver was probably born after his parents married in 1890 and died young before the taking of the US census in 1900. The 1900 census indicates that his mother had given birth to 6 children and that only 5 were living (by 1900). Oliver does not appear with the others in the census of 1900.

child 15 iv. Frank (Franklin) Decker was born in Pennsylvania in 1896.(4142) The 1900 US census shows him at age 4 with his parents in Vanderbilt Village, Dunbar Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. The 1920 census shows him as a single man at age 24 living with his parents in Sewickley Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania and working as a farm laborer.

child 16 v. John Decker (living status unknown).

child 17 vi. Charles F. Decker (living status unknown).

child 18 vii. Ella Decker (living status unknown).

child 19 viii. Minnie Decker (living status unknown).

child 20 ix. Cora Decker (living status unknown).

child 21 x. Robert Decker was born in Pennsylvania in 1909.(4143) The 1910 US census shows him 1 year old with his parents in Franklin Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. He died as a young man in his twenties.(4144)

child 22 xi. Ernest Decker (living status unknown).

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