Andrew Jack A. Mch 31, 1752 James Jack Book A. P.4 No.1
Newton James Jack T. Nov 7, 1776 Jno Bowman Book B. P.242 Wm Standt Mch 5, 1785
Chambers Robert Jack T. Feby 27, 1778 Rachel Jack Book C. P. 78
burg Col John Adrian Acct A. 13
W.Penn Chas Kilgore T. Nov 13, 1778 Wm Clark Book C. P. 131 A.9.
Wm McClure Dan'l Kilgore
Newton Ezekiel Kilgore Proven May 3, 1775 Book B. P. 204
Newton A.Elizabeth Kilgore T. Feby 14, 1792 William Kilgore Book E. P. 243
Tyrone A.Hugh Kilgore T. Aug 23, 1805 William McClure Book G P. 114
Jane Kilgore Acct A 30
Newton James Kilgore T.Sept 10, 1771 Charles Kilgore Book B P. 109 Elizabeth "
Tyrone Jane Kilgore T. Aug 23, 1811 Jno A. Scroggs Book H P. 86
Newton Jesse Kilgore A. Nov 27, 1823 Robt C. Kilgore Book Acct A 104
Newton James Kilgore A. Feby 11, 1877 Joseph B. Hurst $23,310.48 F 280
Newton Robert C. Kilgore T. Aug 28, 1898 Robert Mickey Book 2 P. 153 F289 $18,800.90
Carlisle Isabella Love T. July 23, 1844 Alex C. Gregg Book L P. 284 A 153
John Love A. May 30, 1782 Samuel Hutchinson Book B P. 33 No 22
W.Penns A.James Love T. Dec 6, 1785 James Love Book E P. 57 John Love
" " A.John Love T. Mch 28, 1801 Margaret Love Book F P. 211 Acct A Geo Clark 44
" " A.James Love T. Sept 10, 1804 Hugh H. Potts Book G P. 38
S. Mid John Love T. June 9, 1814 James Love Book H P. 268 Acct 67
Carlisle James Love T. Mch 18, 1817 James M.S. Neal Book H P. 465 Isabella Love
Frankfort Margaret Love A. Oct 1, 1836 Josiah Carothers D 206
Edward Elliott A. Sept 27, 1777 Acct A.5
Tyrone A.Edward Elliott T. Feby 15, 1791 William Elliott Book E P. 207 James Elliott
Johnston Elliott A. Aug 27, 1761 George Gregg A.40 Ann Gregg
John Elliott A. Aug 26, 1765 Iressel Urie (wife of Robert) Robert Urie A.65 James Elliott C.T.A. Nov 26, 1771 John Elliott Book B P. 105 A 87
John Elliott A. Feby 7, 1775 Rebecca Elliott A94 John Elliott
James Elliott T. Nov 7, 1783 Patrick Campbell Book D P. 181 A16 Samuel Weckley William Lyries
Fanet John Elliott T. May 15, 1784 Francis Elliott Book D P. 209 William Elliott
E.Penn James Elliott T. Sept 2, 1792 Joseph Junkin Book E P. 231 A23 Andrew Irvine
Rye John Elliott A. Sept 24, 1805 Mary Elliott Book C6 Samuel Elliott
Martha Elliott T. Aug 18, 1777 Patrick Maxwell Book C. P. 115 A9 James Maxwell
E. Penn A.Mary Elliott T. Nov 21, 1802 Robert Bell Book F P. 335 Samuel Wanger
Hamilton Robert Elliott T. Aug 30 1763 William Campbell Book A p. 113 now William Holliday A 2 1/2 Franklin
[Note: The following names have a check mark preceding them: Andrew Jack, John Love, James Love, Johnston Elliott, John Elliott, James Elliott, John Elliott, James Elliott, John Elliott, James Elliott. These names have a fermata sign in front of them: James Jack, Robert Jack, Chas Kilgore, Ezekiel Kilgore, James Kilgore, John Love, Edward Elliott, & Robert Elliott. I have no idea what these signs mean. Some noted above have the letter A. before them.]
JVT Page 183 Middle Robert Elliott T. June 2, 1768 James Elliott Book A. P. 184
ton near Church
Peters Robert Elliott Proven Oct 1, 1768 John Maxwell Book A P. 190 A7
Thomas Elliott A. Nov 11, 1777 William Sanderson B 8 A4 Catharine Elliott
John Potter A. Oct 28, 1757 James Potter Inv. Filed Nov 26 1757 Martha Potter Acct filed Feby 22 1764 A3 No 3
Antrim Thomas Poe T. Oct 23, 1770 William Duffield Book B P. 63 Acct
Newton William Peebles A. May 8, 1777 William Duffield Acct filed May 18 Elizabeth Peebles 1779 A10
John Caruthers A. Dec 17, 1753 William Caruthers A9
John Carothers A. Nov 16, 1762 William Carothers Acct filed Aug 23, 1765 A13 A47
W. Penn Rebecca Carothers T. Mch 7, 1800 John Carothers Book F P. 165 James Carothers
Mifflin Robert Carnahan A. Nov 28, 1806 Judith Carnahan Acct A 95 C 29 William Carnahan
Rebecca Carothers T. July 2, 1810 John Carothers Book H P. 47 James Gracy
E. Penn William Carothers T. Jany 6, 1763 Jonathan Hoge Book A p. 100 Nathaniel Nelson
Buffalo William Thompson T. 1810
[Note: The following names have fermata mark before them: Robert Elliott, Thomas Elliott, John Potter, Thomas Poe, William Peebles, John Carothers. The following names have check marks preceding them: Robert Elliott of Peters Co John Caruthers A. Dec 17, 1753, Rebecca Carothers of W. Penn Rebecca Carothers T. July 2, 1810 & William Carothers of E. Penn.]
JVT Page 184 Will Book A Page 113. Will of Robert Elliot Robert Elliott of Hamilton Twp, Cumb Co, Pa being weak of body but of sound memory do on this 13th day of December 1762, make last will as follows:
To my brother Thomas Elliott one horse or mare of value of £8, & allows him to have his maintenance off his R.E. of those gt [sic] possess it & to be decently interred. [reads this way, makes sense?]
To my daughter Elizabeth Elliott alias Stewart £10 for services to be pd 12 mos after decd.
To my daughter Cathrine Elliott alias Lochren £10 to be pd 12 mos after decd.
To my daughter Barbara Elliott £5 to be pd 12 mos after decd.
To my daughter Jane Elliott £30 To be paid when they reach 18. Also her mothers best gown & other six gowns & 3 silver spoons
To my daughter Mary Elliott £30 To be paid when they reach 18 also 3 silver Spoons.
Directs Executors to take particular care yt [sic] Jean & Mary have proper maintenance until they come of age sufficient to act & work for themselves.
To my 3 sons Thomas, Johnston & William Elliott the remaining part of my Estate to be divided Equally between them when William shall come to ye age of 18 years, directs that William be sent to school when it can conveniently be done until he arrives at 18 yrs & be clothed until he come to age 14 & the charge to be paid out of Land Estate. Then William shall be put an apprentice to a trade of his own choice, with the advice of Executors until he be 18 yrs of age. Directs that Thomas & Johnston shall have the profits arising from the farm until William is 18 when a partition is to be made. Although provides that if it shall please got [God?] to remove by death either of my four Children viz Johnston, William, Jean & Mary before they come of age that his her or their share of this Estate shall be divided Equally among the legatees now unmarried. Appoints William Campbell & William Holliday Exes Robert Elliott Seal Witnessed by Jas. Warden, Thomas Armstrong, & Robert Warden. Will proven Aug 30, 1763 before Harman Alricks.
My great great grandfather. See forward to Sept 24, 1901. JVT Oct 27, 1918 1:30 AM
JVT Page 185 Will Book A Page 184 Will of Robert Elliott Robert Elliott of Middleton Tp Cumb Co Pa wills as follows:
To my wife Mary all ready cash 1/3 personal & dower int 1/3 in land
To my son Edward Elliott 5 shillings
To my son Thomas Elliott 5 shillings
To my son William Elliott 5 shillings
To my son Robert Elliott 5 shillings
To my daughter Grisel wife of Joseph McMin 5 shillings
To my daughter Mary wife of John Erwin 5 shillings
To my daughter Margaret Elliot £20 & my own saddle horse
To my daughter Ann Elliot £30.
To my son David Elliot 1/3 of my land Estate
To my son James Elliot 2/3 of my land Estate & bals personal Estate.
Appoints wife Mary & son James Excs Robert (his mark) Elliot Seal
Witnesses John Biggam John Henderson, Proven June 7, 1768
This was my great great great grandfather JVT Dec 15, 1920.
Will Book B Page 242. Will of James Jack I, James Jack of Newton Tp, Cumb Co Pa on this Sept 30, 1776 will as follows:
To My wife Jane Jack bed, furniture, Saddle, Wheel, Pot & all profits of the plantation during widowhood. She to school our young children in customary manner & if she marries to have £20.
To my son John by [sic] black coat & Jacket of Seggathy & no more as he has already recd his share.
To my daughters "Elinors" two sons viz Alexander & James Jack Scroggs sons of James Scrogs [sic] on their mothers acc't viz to Alexander £5 & James Jack £7 & no more.
To my daughter Elizabeth now wife of Wm McFarland £5 & no more.
To my daughter Mary wife to John Hanon £1 & no more.
To my 3 sons Patrick, James & Andrew one share & a half of the remainder of my Estate.
To my daughters Jane, Agnes, Margaret, Synthia, Jemima & Hannah the remainder of my Estate, Directs Andrew to be put to a trade. John Bowman & Wm Standt to be Excs James Jack (Seal) Witnesses William Tomson, John Thompson Jane Jack (Seal & James McGafog. Proven Nov 7, 1776.
JVT Page 186 Will Book B Page 109, Will of James Kilgore James Kilgore of Newton Tp Cumb Co, Pa Farmer will as follows:
To my true & loving wife Elizabeth Kilgore the whole use of plantation while she remains my widow for the payment of my debts & the bringing up & educating of my six youngest sons during their minority.
To my sons, Hugh, Benjamin, Joseph, Patrick & David 5 shillings Each
To my daughter Mary, 5 shillings
To my son Oliver £5.
To my youngest sons Ezekiel, John, Jonathan, William, Jesse & Robert the rest of my Estate.
Appoints true & loving brother Charles Kilgore & my dear & loving wife Excs. Dated Aug 23, 1771 James Kilgore (Seal) Witnesses James Jack, Samuel Kilgore & Alex Laughlin Proven Sept 10, 1771.
Will Book C, Page 78, Will of Robert Jack Robert Jack of Chambersburg, Pa Wills as follows:
To my well beloved wife Rachel Jack house & lot I now live in during life & Hack mare with bald face.
To my son John Jack 1/3 of my lands & "roant" stallion
To my son James Jack 1/3 of my lands & boy colt of 2 yrs.
JVT Page 187 To my son Robert Jack 1/3 of my lands & 1 horse Etc & homestead after his mothers death.
To my daughter "Sitthy" Jack £300 to be paid to her when she is the age of 18 yrs or when she is married.
To my daughter "Marget" Jack £300 to be paid to her when she is the age of 18 yrs or when she is married.
Also gives his wife all his sheep & four of the best of the cows & allows the Still & vessels to be kept for the benefit of the family also. Directs that when son John arrives at 21 yrs of age lands shall be appraised & valued & divided. Provides for sister in law Jean Tuske to live in house with his wife as long as she thinks proper & to have £10.
Further to Robert Jack Son to my brother John Jack £10.
Appoints my weal [sic] beloved wife Rachel & trusty friend Col John Allison Excs. Signed Aug 12, 1777 Robert Jack (Seal)
Witnesses Thomas Shenon, John Jack & Mathew Wilson Proven before John Creigh, Reg's Feby 27, 1778.
Will Book C Page 131 Will of 9*Charles Kilgore of West Pennsboro Twp left wife Jane, & gave to his brothers Son Joseph Kilgore "(whom I raised as a child from his infancy & gave him at his leaving me such things as my then circumstances would admit)" £3, as a further testimony of my regard. (this I presume is James Kilgores Son) Names a son Jesse, dau Esther Beard & children Janet & Charles. Appoints brother Samuel Kilgore one of his Excs signed Jany 5, 1778.
Will Book D Page 178 Will of John Finley John Finley yeoman of Letterkenny Tp, Cumb Co Pa makes will as follows:
To wife Mary 1/3 of rents of plantation & household furniture
To daughter Elizabeth Armstrong 5 shillings
To son James Finley 5 shillings
To daughter Martha Jack 5 shillings
JVT Page 188 To daughter Hannah McConnochee 5 shillings
To daughter Mary Rippey 5 shillings
To son Joseph Finley 5 shillings
To son John Finley tract of land on which I now live in Letterkenny Tp adjoin‑ ing lands of James Finley et al ctg 400 acres & allowance for life then to his children.
To two grandsons John Jack & John McConnochee 1/3 of my horned cattle & sheep.
signed Aug 9, 1783 John Finley (Seal)
Witnesses John Gray, Samuel Finley, & Mathew Henderson. Proven Oct 21, 1783.
Administration acct Thomas Elliotts Estate E No 4, Aug 18, 1779 William Sanderson Adms Balance £99.13.9 distributed according to law to Catrin Christie late Catrin Elliott the widows share 1/3 & to Margaret the only child of the Decd 2/3.
Administration acct Edward Elliott Estate E No 5 Aug 18 1779. William Sanderson & James Elliott Admis Balance £51.0.6 distributed according to Act of Assembly to Margaret the widows Share & Elizabeth the only daughter of the deceased 2/3. The widow is allowed for lying in clothing & nursing the child one year £15, out of the childs share.
Same appraisers viz Jno Black, Wm McConnel & David McClure in Estates of Thos & Edward Elliott. Evidently sons of Robert Elliott of Middletown Tp see Page 185.
Estate of Lieut John Potter Inventory, on Nov 26, 1757 John Rannells & Henry Pawling were sworn before Wm Smith J.P. to faithfully appraise the Real & personal of Capt John Potter, Decd.
The plantation that Capt Potter lived on appraised at £200.
The plantation that Robt Hamilton lived on appraised at 230.
A Plantation in Potters Tp (D.T. Ramsey Reg. says this in Franklin Co) 85.
A plantation adjg Snavly & Mr McGaw 40.
50 Acres of land adjg Snavly's & Hamilton place 10.
JVT Page 189 the lands in the South Mountains appraised at £ 75.
46 sides of sale leather appraised at 18.
62 sides of upper leather appraised at 18.12
16 Cip Skins appraised at 5.12
60 hides of leather left in the tan at the tan yard at 40.
The within Estate was appraised by us Nov 26, 1757 & Dec 2, 1757
On Feby 22, 1764, Martha Potter & James Potter file acct & charge themselves with inventory £1006.12.11
Advance of sales 115. 6. 9
with money not charges in inventory 145 ?
Recd for wages of Negro man who was not appraised 12 ?
16 sides of damaged leather nor charged in inventory 2.12 ? Cash recd of Blackburn 9.
Total £1291. 2. 1
Signed Martha (her mark) Potter Jas Potter,
Examined & approved John Byers, Jno McKnight & Jonathan Hope.
Credit side shows receipts from various parties among them William Thompson £30, Thomas Poe £10, Rodger McBride £2.7.6 Thos Poe again £9, & again £20.18.3, John Elliott £7.10, Samuel Potter for deceased's bond & interest £52.7. Willm Beard for Remds of the deceased payable to Robt Downey Decd 3 notes £6.65, Thomas Beard as per note & receipt £11.18.8 also
Cash lent by the Adms James Potter to the deceased May 1, 1756 £14.8.
Cash lent by the Adms James Potter to the deceased June 1, 1756 12. ?
Cash lent by the Adms James Potter to the deceased Oct 1, 1756 18 ?
Cash the deceased recd for Adam Hoops for Sam'l Potter Nov 16, 11. ?
JVT Page 190
Cash lent by the Adm Jams Potter to the deceased May 3, 1757 £ 31.
Cash lent by the Adm Jams Potter to the deceased May 13, 1757 9.
Cash lent by the Adm Jams Potter to the deceased June 21, 1757 6.
Cash paid for funeral liquor 1.
Cash paid James McBride 0. 2
to a decree record & copy of the Orphans Court 0.12
Expenses allowed the widow for maintenance & clothing the children 3 yrs 83. 8. 3
Allowed the Adm for wheat & oats destroyed in time of the War in inventory charges 14.
To a mare shot by the Indians 8.12.0
Balance for distribution £111.11.11
In Recorders office Orphans Court Docket No 2. Page 79
At a Court held in May 1767 recites that by order of Court of Aug 13, 1766 was sold by inquisition 800 Acres on 102* South Mountain taken by Eldest Son James Potter recites that son James pay yearly to Martha Brom, late Martha Potter £1.2s.6p being the wit on the third part of the Valuation & directs that he is to retain in his hands £7.11.4 halfpenny being his two Shares of said valuation as Eldest son of the said deceased now be distributed To:
Samuel Potter another son of sd decd £3.15.8 farthing
Thomas Potter another son of sd decd 3.15.8 farthing
Margaret, wife of George Lattimore a dau of sd decd 3.15.8 farthing
Annas wife of Alexander Young a dau of sd decd 3.15.8 farthing
Cathrine another daughter of sd decd married James Caruthers 3.15.8 farthing
Mary another daughter of sd decd married Bard 3.15.8 farthing
Hannah another daughter of sd decd married Jno McMillan 3.15.8 farthing
Isabella another daughter of sd decd married Benjamin Jordan 3.15.8 farthing
being the parts or shares of the said younger children of said appraisement after deducting £4.19.8 costs Etc & provides further for payment to above heirs of the shares due & payable to them at death of their mother Martha Brown
JVT Page 191 The acct of settlement of Estate of William Peoples (indexed Peebles) as stated by Wm McCracken & Elizabeth McCracken (late Elizabeth Peoples) & William Duffield filed May 19, 1779 shows a balance of £528.16 2 1/4 distributed as follows:
Widow Elizabeths share £176.5.4 1/4
The eldest son John Peoples share 176.5.4 1/4
Elizabeth Peoples 88.2.8 3/4
Robert Peoples 88.2.8 3/4
Will Book B. Page 63, Will of Thomas Poe Thomas Poe of Antrim Tp Cumberland Co Pa on Sept 3, 1770 makes will & provides, viz:
To wife Mary 1/3 Estate & numerous provisions including Negro Wench Nan & Negro boy Peter
To daughter Kathrin Beard £5.
To daughter Susannah Potter £10.
To daughter Mary Long plantation £10, Negro wench Etc. Etc.
To my son James Poe, the plantation where I now live, Etc. Etc.
Appoints Allan Killough & William [Giffield?] Exd. Witnessed by James
McKee, James McBride & Thomas Feals Thomas Poe (seal)
Proven Sept 20, 1770, Mary Poe widow accepting will.
Acct of Settlement of Estate of John Carithers of Cumberland Co as filed by William Carithers Admin on Aug 22, 1765. Charges himself with £ 75.3.11 & shows a balance of 63£ 7.6. Among what Admi's charged himself was £16.14.11 for 6 yrs interest for £46.12.7 to this date. Distributed as follows:
James' Share £25. 7.0
Rebacca Share 12.13.6
John Share 12.13.6 Signed William (his mark) Carithers
Hugh's Share 12.13.6
JVT Page 192 Recorders office, Carlisle Pa Aug 20, 1898 9:22 Am
James Potter to James Bonner mtge Book 1 A. 154 1777
« James Potter to Humphrey Fullerton 1 F. 183 1781
« John Potter to Jno Forsythe 1 F. 208 1781
Ú James Potter to Jas Stinger 1 F. 305 1781
« James Jack to Jas Young Vol 2 262 1755
« Wm Jack11*3 to Jas Chambers 1 F. 317 1781
Ú Patrick Jack to John McCulloch 1 E. 514 1776
Ú Samuel Jack to Patrick Jack 1 D. 171 1774
Ú Samuel Jack to Wm Goodwin E. 546 1776
A James Kilgore to Andrew Gregg 1 B. 31 1766
A James Carnahan to Jos Wilson 1 G. 19 1783
A James Carothers to Jno Huston 1 G. 380 1783
Ú John Carothers to Andrew Carothers 1 H. 151 1785
« Jas Carothers to John McDonald 1 K. 139 1791
« John Carothers Jr Et al to Andrew Irwin 1 L. 373 1794
« John Carothers12*4 Et Al to Jno Bowman 1 L. 403 1794 « Jno Carothers 13*5 to John Doran 1 L. 523 1794 « Jas Carothers14*6 Et Al to Geo McKeehan 1 M. 670 1796 « Jno Carothers Et al to Com of Penna 1 M. 723 1796
« John Carothers Et al to Thos Carothers 1 O. 34 1800
A James, John Carothers Et al to Jno Noble 1 O. 186 1800
A James Carothers Etal to Wm & John Carothers 1 R. 408 1806
A Robt Carnahan to Jas Nicholson 1 P. 22 1802
A Rebecca Carothers to Jas Greason 1 Z. 519 1804
« Sam'l Carothers Etal to J.J.R. & Wm Wangle 1 R. 177 1806
A Wm Carnahan15*7 to Robt Carnahan 1 P. 549 1789
A Wm Carothers Etal to Sam'l Strohm 1 N. 152 1798
A Andrew Thompson's children to Jno Berry Etax O. 294 1800
« Alex & Hugh Thompson to Wm Thompson T. 336 1809
« Alex & Wm Thompson to Hugh Thompson T. 338 1809
« Jas Thompson's Adm to Wm Thompson C. 256 1769
« James Thompson to Andrew Steel Etal16*8 D. 206 1774 « Jno Thompson Etal17*9 to James Givin T. 488 1809
JVT Page 193 Jane Thompson Agent to Jos Thompson B B. 636 1815
« Rev Samuel Thompson to Robt McKenzie Vol I D. 553 1774
« Samuel Thompson18*10 to Berry Armstrong 1 E. 351 1776 « Samuel19*11 Thompson to Andrew Brown 1 E. 389 1779 « Samuel Thompson20*12 to John Colwell 1 E. 518 1776 « Samuel Thompson to Sam'l Bower 1 M. 706 1796
A Samuel Thompson21*13 to Hugh Gibb 1 S. 88 1807 « Samuel Thompson to Jos Rush 1 S. 428 1807
« Rev. Wm Thomson to Geo Gillespie 2 A.234 1705
« Rev. Wm Thompson22*14 to Edward Morton 1 C. 285 1769 Ú Wm Thompson to Jos Weldon 1 F. 275 1781
« Wm Thompson to Paul Pierce 1 H. 109 1785
« Wm Thompsons Excs to Mary Stevenson 1 H. 273 1785
« Wm Thompson Etal to Henry Shuck 1 I. 499 1789
« Wm Thompson to Jacob Andker 1 K. 284 1791
« Wm Thompson Etal to Henry Shenk 1 L. 739 1794
« Wm & Hugh Thompson (skipped) to Alex Thompson 1 T. 334 1809
« Wm Thompson to Jno & Andrew Thompson 1 EE 233 1819
[« entries are marked with a check mark, Ú entries are marked with a fermata
sign, A entries appear as marked. No idea what JVT meant with this code.]
JVT Page 194 Deed Book Vol 1. I. Page 505 appears letter of Attorney from John Thompson of Tebayne Tp, Cumb Co Pa to Gen'l Fredk Watts recites that for himself & on behalf of his wife Molley Thompson sister & sole heir & distributee of Samuel Thompson late a Soldier in the Army of the U.S. of A. authorizes receipt of money due & to become & due in hands Patrick Ferne Admin of said Sam'l Thompson. Dated Aug 1, 1791 John Thompson Seal Witnessed by Steel Semple & D Watts.
Deed Book 1 H. 151. John Carothers to Andrew Carothers Dated Dec 9, 1785
Recites that John Carothers of the Co of Mecklenburg, N.C. conveys to Andrew Carothers farmer of East Pennsborough Tp for £50 recites that whereas a certain John Carothers the father of the above by his last will dated Oct 14, 1777 devised unto nine of his children the whole of his Estate real & personal excepting wifes dower to each an undivided one ninth part said will of record at Carlisle hence said John conveys to Andrew the one ninth of all the land his father John Carothers was entitled to at his decease by Estimation 400 Acres held by "several warrants of A midling anciant date on granted to John Dutton, one to Robert Carothers one to John Carothers the two former titles being trans to John the testator, in East Pennsbor Tp bounded by mountains on one side & 400 Acres in State of Virginia adjoining Pennsylvania on the waters of Tumbleson's run Etc Etc Acd before Wm Lyon of Carlisle above date & recorded same day by said Wm Lyon Recorder
Deed Book Vol 1 E. Page 514 Patrick Jack & wife to Jno McCullough Dated Mch 15, 1779
made by Patrick Jack (& Margaret Jack his wife) farmer of Newton Tp Cumberland Co & John McCullough farmer of Cumb Co for con of £1000 conveys land in Newton Tp adj John Paton, James McKee Wm Hodge
JVT Page 195 Samuel Wallace Ctg 278 A & allowance (the land being by location No 2064 granted to Patrick Jack) Witnessed by Alexr, Hugh & James Laughlin & Ackd before Alexr Laughlin Apr 6, 1779
Deed Book E Vol Page 546 Samuel Jack to Wm Goodwin Dated Sept 14, 1780
Deed of Trust Conveying 198A 25P called Mount Jack in Hamilton Tp, Cumb Co running by the North Mountain for security of a debt.
Deeds on Pages 182 & 183 Vol 1 F give recitals about Potters, states Geo Latimer was a carpenter his wife was Margaret on deed witnessed by Wm Thomson the other by James Poe the first one made Mch 20, 1763 the other Jany 21, 1782.
Deed Book Vol I F. Page 305 James Potter to Jacob Stringer Dated Mch 6, 1775 between James James [sic] Potter of Northumberland Co Esq & Mary his wife & Jacob Stringer of Antrim Tp Cumb Co recites that in the lifetime of John Potter Esq a warrant had issued to him & Robert Livers for 400 Acres of land on Waters of "Anteetam" & Canagochez in Antrim Tp Cumb Co dated Oct 9, 1750 & said Potter died intestate seized of 1/2 of said land & leaving lawful issue viz the said James Potter his Eldest son & Samuel & Thomas Potter sons of said deceased "Margrat Annas, Cathrina Mary, Hannah, Isabla daughters of the said Decd" & recites that John Holmes High Shff of Cumb Co should choose 12 men & appraise same which being done James comes into Court May 19, 1767 & takes land at valuation, recites also that Robt Livers on Apr 16, 1774 conveyed his half to James Potter, now said James Potter & Mary his wife of £45. Convey one half of said tract to be struck of to Jacob Stringer & warrants & defends from "all persons
JVT Page 196 to clame the same in through by or under me" Witnessed by Willm Cathcart Recorded Feby 27, 1783
Deed Book Vol 1 F Page 275 William Thompson to Joseph Weldon Dated Oct 12, 1781.
and in the sixth year of American Independence between William Thompson & Mary his wife of Derry Twp, Cumberland Co Pa & Joseph Weldon of same place recites that said Thompson is seized of tract of land granted by warrant to John McElhatton as recorded in Land office at Phila which said McElhatton on Sept 14, 1779 conveyed to sd Wm Thompson & now Wm T. conveys said land lying on the North side of Juniata River adj James Johnson East Juniata North James Craswell West & George Bratton South William Gunkers Lantry Johnson & Robert Christy South South East & East to the beginning ctg 300 Acres & allowances now for consideration £464 pd by sd William the said Thompson convey above land Signed William Thompson (seal) Mary (her Mark) Thompson Witnesses Geo Mitchell, Elijah Criswell Ackd before Henry Taylor J.P. Recorded Jany 20, 1783.
Deed Book Vol 1 D Page 171 Samuel Jack to Patrick Jack Wherein Samuel Jack of Frankstown Bedford Co Province of Penna to Patrick Jack of Hamilton Tp, Cumber Co Pa blacksmith for £100 conveys tract of land in Peters Tp ctg 221 A 53 & allowance (surveyed to said Sam'l Jack Mch 3, 1767 No 2952), Deed dated Jany 20, 1775. Witnessed by William Rannels & Martha Jack signed Samuel Jack
JVT Page 197 Deed Book 1 C Page 97 Wm Elliott to James Elliott Dated May 13, 1767 Wm Elliott of Fannet Tp Cumb Co Pa yeoman Conveys to James Elliott of Guilford Tp Cumb Co Pa Merchant for £63 land that was surveyed & granted to Wm June 17, 1763. witnessed by Wm Wilson, Wm McClellan
Will book Vol 1 B Page 305 John Elliott to Wm Elliott Dated Oct 31, 1768 wherein John Elliott of Fannet Tp Cumb Co Pa farmer for the natural love & affection which I have & bear unto my son William Elliott & for other valuable consideration, conveys 200 Acres to be cut off the Northernmost end of my tract of land & of the grist mill & all other appurtenances thereon Signed John Elliott Papus [Pafrus? best guess] (her mark) Elliott witnesses James Elliott Barbra Elliott Ackd before James Elliott J.P.
Orphans Court Docket No 1 Page 77
At a court held at Carlisle Nov 16, 1762 before Jno Byers Wm Spear & John Montgomery
Came into Court James Carithers & Rebecca Carithers minor children of John Carothers late of Cumberland Co Decd & prayed the Court that Wm Clark be appointed guardians of their persons & estates during minority, & he is duly so appointed. At same time William Carithers came into court & asked for guardians over the persons & Estates John Carithers & Hugh Carithers under the age of fourteen years two minor children of John Carithers late of Cumb Co & Court appoints Ezekiel Smith Esq, Guardian.
In same docket Page 115 upon application (at a court held Nov 20, 1764 before John Byer, Robert Miller & John Holmes, Justices Etc) made by Ezekl Dunning? & Wm Clark, guardians of James, Rebecca & Hugh Carithers (Jnos name does not appear here) minor
JVT Page 198 children of John Carithers late of Cumb Co, it is ordered by the Court that an attachment issue against William Carithers Adm of Jno Carithers decd to bring in his body to the next Orphans Court, Attd issued to Feby Court 1765 By the Court.
At Court held Oct 17, 1762 recorded in Orphans Court Book No 2, Page 20 & 21 it appears that the same proceeding referred to on preceding page as occurring Nov 16, 1769 were gone through with same results except that John & Hugh's guardian is named as Ezekiel Dunning instead of Smith. This seems to be the Earliest date but is recorded in a later numbered book.
Orphans Court Book 1 Page 104
At a Court held at Carlisle June 4, 1763 George Carnahan & Adam Carnahan two minor sons of Joseph Carnahan late of Lancaster Co decd above the age of 14 yrs came into Court & chose John Brown of York Co guardian. Appointed Harmanna Alricks
At same Court came Wm Clark & asked that guardians be appointed over Sushanna Carnahan & Jane Carnahan two minor daughters of Joseph Carnahan late of Lancaster Co under the age of 14 yrs. Court appoints Wm Clark
Page 25. At a Court held at Carlisle June 5, 1759 upon application of William Smith court appoints John Rule & Jonathan Smith guardian over James Thompson a minor orphan child of James Thompson late of Cumb Co Pa.
Page 96. At a Court held at Carlisle May 17, 1763 came into Court Mary Ann Thompson & asked that Wm Patton be appointed Gdn over Mary Thompson a minor daughter of Hugh Thompson, late of Cumb Co under 14 yrs of age Appointed.
JVT Page 199 Page 97. At same Court came Mary Ann Thompson, Andrew Thompson & John Stevenson Excs of Henry Thompson late of Cumb Co & produce acct showing a bal of £151.8.5 subject to distribution according to law Distributed as follows:
To the widow £46.9.5 1/2
To Andrew, a minor son £46.9.5 1/2
To Mary, a minor dau £48.9.6 being in full of personal Estate.
Page 108, AT a Court held at Carlisle Feby 21, 1764 came Jane Thompson & asked that guardians be appointed over William, Robert, Agnes, Anthony & John Thompson minor children of Anthony Thompson late of Cumb Co. Court appoints Robert McCay & Thomas Poe
Orphans Court Book 3 Page 31323*15 At a Court held Apr 2, 1801 at Carlisle Came into Court James24*16 McCommon & Margaret his wife, she being one of the daughters of James Carothers, cooper late of West Penns. Tp Cumb Co Pa & petitioned Court saying that James Carothers died intestate leaving Eight children viz Margareth, married to James McCommon, Elizabeth to James Turner, Jane to Richard Stuart, John Carothers, James Carothers, Esther married to Samuel Turner who is since deceased, Rebecca who is since dead intestate, & Isabella who also died intestate without issue. Recites that James owned land 300 Acres more or less in Tp & Co afs'd adjoining John Carothers senior on the South, Armstrong Carothers on the North James Carothers, Senior on the northwest John Davidson on the west John Rhods on the South & Andrew McCallister on the South East with improvements & that he died intestate. Ask for inquisition. Granted.
Page 345 Feby 1, 1802 Samuel Carothers appd gdn over his own children John Waugh Carothers, Mary & Jane Carothers.
JVT Page 200 Registers office again 6:55 PM Aug 20, 1898
Will Book K Page 79 Will of Andrew Thompson Andrew Thompson Sen'r of Mifflin Twp, Cumb Co Pa (Mifflin adjoins Hopewell Western Tp) Wills:
To son James personal property & 1/2 R.E. to have part mansion house is on
To son Joseph 1/2 R.E. to have where he now resides.
To son Andrew $200.
To daughter Mary Ann Mathers $150.
To Rhuhanna Armor (wife of Wm Armor) $50.
To my granddaughter Hannah Lenny (wife of Isaac Lenny) $50
To my grandson Joseph Martin $50.
Appoints James & Joseph Excs. Will dated Jany 5th 1827. Witnesses Jno Harper, Jno Whisler, Teacher, Proven Apr 16, 1827.
Will Book A Page 77 Will of Hugh Thompson Hugh Thompson of Hopewell Tp, Cumb Co Pa (Hopewell adjoins Franklin Co) being sick & weak wills unto:
To My dearly beloved wife Mary Thompson }
To my well beloved son Andrew Thompson }Whole Estate, Equal thirds alike.
To my well beloved daughter Mary Thompson}
Dated Jany 4, 1761. Appoints wife, son Andrew & John Stevenson Executors signed Hugh (his mark) Thompson Prove Oct 8, 1761 & letters issued to Jean Thompson Andrew Thompson & John Stevenson
Will Book A Page 78 Will of Joseph Thompson
Joseph Thompson of Hopewell Twp Cumb Co Pa being very sick & weak, after Extended preamble about the general resurrection wills to:
To my well beloved wife movables & £15 Chestnut horse Etc
To my daughter Jean £20
To my daughter Frances £20.
To the child that my wife is with if it be a woman child £20 & if it be a man child to have its third of the plantation which I leave to:
JVT Page 201 To my sons William } Plantation
To my sons Joseph }
Appoints wife & Robert McCombs Excs Will dated Mch 5, 1759 Joseph (his mark) Thompson Witnessed by Hugh Torrance & John Stevenson
After further mature deliberation considering his wife being delivered of a child, provides for her to be paid for nursing it for two years & other provisions. This dated Mch 7, 1759 Joseph (his mark) Thompson
Jno McKee, Hugh Torance Proven Jany 20, 1761 & letters granted to Mrs Thompson & Robert McCombs.
Will Book D Page 96 Will of Henry Thompson Henry Thompson of Guilford Twp (now in Franklin Co) Cumb Co Pa wills as follows:
To my loving son Samuel Thompson £0.7.6
To Wm Lindsay husband to Margaret my daughter £0.7.6
To loving son in law Jno Fulton husband to my daughter Jenny £0.7.6
To my son John Thompson to keep his mother as she has been kept & after doing so & paying above legacies to have all the R.E.
Appoints Wm Lindsay & John Thompson Excs. Dated Dec 4, 1773 Henry (his mark) Thompson Witnesses Jas Lindsay, Sam'l Rea Proven May 22, 1782.
Will Book C Page 8 Will of John Thompson John Thompson, of Newton Tp Cumb Co Pa, farmer, being very sick wills:
To my son John Thompson £5.
To my son Mathew Thompson £0.40.
To my grandson John Bratton £5 when he reaches 21 yrs
To my daughter Ann £0.40
To my daughter Elizabeth £0.40
To my son Hugh "to get reasonable schooling of the whole head"
JVT Page 202 To my youngest daughters Shusannah } All bals of my personal Estate, To my youngest daughters Margery } Daughters to receive theirs at 18
To my youngest daughters Leacy } or sooner if married.
To my youngest daughters Margaret }
To my loving wife }
To my three youngest sons, Alexander} Alex & Wm to get his wearing apparel
To my three youngest sons, William } The plantation I now live on
To my three youngest sons, Hugh }
Appoints brother in law Alex. Laughlin & son Alexander Thompson Excs. Dated Mch 15, 1777 Signed John Thompson (seal) Witnesses William Tomson Jas. Laughin Proven May 2, 1777.
Will Book D. Page 2 Will of John Thompson John Thompson of Fennauagh Tp Cumb Co Pa being weak in body wills as follows:
To my son Robert One coat & one Jacket
To my son John One coat & one Jacket
To my son Isaac £5.
To my son William £5.
To my daughter Mary £5.
To my daughter Sarah £5.
To my daughter Jean One horse, saddle corn, bed & furniture & £5.
To my daughter Elizabeth} If they conduct themselves prudently until they To my daughter Susannah } are capable of making a choice in marriage agreeable to those who shall have the oversight over them are Each to share equally with Jean.
To my sons wife a living on the farm until she receives a suitable opportun‑ ity & marries & then she is to share equally with the daughters now living at home with me.
To my son James } Also to have one horse when he reaches 21 yrs
To my son Thomas } All my lands
To my son Peter }
To my son Andrew, to be put to a trade to receive learning & clothing for Estate when 21 yrs of age & to have a horse.
To my child unborn whether a son or daughter when reaches maturity to share equally with Thos & Peter.
Appoints wife & son Robert Excs Dated Mch 5, 1779 John Thompson Witnesses Wm McAllister, Thos Palley Proven Nov 26, 1779
JVT Page 203
Will Book H. Page 136 Will of John Thompson John Thompson Of South Middleton Tp Cumb Co Pa wills as follows:
To my wife Jane Thompson }Also life Estate of 17 Acres (residence) in So Middleton Tp All Evidence & indebtedness due me in this State & states that she is one of the heirs of Wm Moore.
To my daughter Eliza Thompson Horse & furniture also brick house & lot on Pompret St, Carlisle.
To my son James 1/2 of above 17 Acres Recites that he is not yet 21.
To my son Andrew } A tract of land on big Hatchery River, Tennesse Ctg 1500 To my son John } Acres & also $500 Each in money.
To my son William 1 Sh Stock Hanover & Carlisle Turnpike Son in law Standish Berry 1 Sh Son in law John Franciscus 1 Sh Son in law David McCormick 1 Sh Son James 1 Sh
To my daughters Agnes Berry, Mary Franciscus, Jane McCormick & Eliza Thompson
To my sons William & James residuary legatees.
Directs R.E. in Baltimore to be sold. Appoints Son William, Son in law Standish Berry & friends James Giffen Excs Date May 12, 1812 John Thompson witnesses Geo Metzgar, Hugh McCormick Proven Nov 4, 1812
Will Book A Page 120 Will of Robert Thomson Robert Thomson of Air Tp Cumb Co Pa being an aged man, directs his Executor to sell his lands in the Colony of Virginia for the use of his children. Directs personal property sold to same intent. Also directs Exc to procure patent for the land he now lives on in S'd Twp. Directs Estate to be divided amongst his children. Children under the care of his Exc until they arrive at lawful age. Appoints Wm Smith of Cumberland Co Exc Dated Sept 24, 1762 Robert Thomson (seal) Witnesses Sam'l Findlay, Robt Smith. Proven Apr 5, 1764.
Will Book D. Page 125. Will of Thomas Thompson In the name of God Amen, I Thomas Thompson of Cumberland Co (now Franklin Co) & Hamilton having occasion to remove to another part and knowing not if ever I shall return, do
JVT Page 204 make & ordain my last will & testament but first of all I commit & recommend my soul & body unto the kind protection of Providence & I do give demise & dispose of my worldly Estate as followeth:
Item, I allow my dearly beloved wife Martha Thompson to be my sole possessor & ruler of all my worldly Effects so long as she liveth to use & dispose the Same at her pleasure. I will five pound to my oldest son Alexander Thompson & also will to my second son Samuel Thompson the sum of forty pounds to rest of my children I leave an Equal share viz Mary Thompson, Joseph Thompson, William Thompson, Margaret Thompson, but to George Thompson twenty pounds more than Equal square [sic] and twenty pounds to be adised [best guess] & levied out of my Effects this ensuing fall. I ordain share reducted of Each legatee a Equal to the maintaining of my Father whilst he lives, that is that Each one give an Equal share except Alexander, Samuel & George & I allow that nothing disposed of til my beloved wife's deceased the forementioned twenty pounds for George which is this fall to be reased [sic]
in order to secure some land in the fronteer [sic] Inhabitance and I do by these presents allow & will this to be my last will, Character & testament absolutely without any manner of Controne [sic] & witness whereof I have herunto [sic] set my hand & seal this 9th day of June and in the year of our Lord God One thousand Seven hundred & Seventy one. Signed sealed published & pronounced in the presence of us Thomas Thompson (Seal) Thos Wallace, Sam'l McCutchan Proven Dec 5, 1782 before Wm Lyon Regs & letters with the will annexed granted to Samuel Thompson & William Archibald.
The appraisement of the personal Effects of Thomas Thompson made Jany 7, & 8, 1783 by Thomas Knox & Oliver Brown who were sworn before George Mathews Jany 11th 1783, aggregated £169.16.4. & a few of the items were:
JVT Page 205 A great array of cows, calves, horses, pigs, beds, bedding, chests & a letter box, cooking utensils, farming Utensils, spinning wheels, flax & Everything conceivable almost including a fur hat, buckskin breeches, blue plush coat, & the following books. Ambrose looking to Jesus, The Confession of Faith, Grays Works, Bible, Gospel Sonnets, The barren fig tree, Elizabeth West, Youth in his uncorrected State, Cloud of Witnesses, Four fold State, Pilgrim's Progress, Wellghes Sermons, Monrow's letters, French Convert, Vincent on the Catechism, Vincent on Judgement, One Streat coat & two west coats £4, one Streat coat £3. one great coat £0.12, Etc Etc Etc
The account sworn to & subscribed by William Archibald surviving Admi before Wm Lyon Regs on May 10, 1796 discloses notes & accts to increase appsm't to £177.13.0 1/2 & of the receipts paid out No 2 is that of Patrick Jack 3. Sam'l McElhatton 4. Wm McElhatton, 15 Rev John Craighead, Stipends 1.15.8 speaks of allowance to Sam'l Thompson one of the Adms for his trouble until his decease. Cash Expended in going to Carlisle with the witnesses to prove the will £4.6.5 & by Expenses in procuring one of the witnesses to the will resident in Washington Co to come on to prove the will £5. Balance in hands of Adms Wm Archibald subject to distribution according to the will.
The above will itself of Thomas Thompson is not on file in the Registers office a slip being inserted saying that the original was missing when they were numbered up.
Will Book F Page 93 Will of William Thompson Will of Wm Thompson of Newton Tp farmer dated Sept 1, 1784 names wife Eleanor, Son Mathew & daughters Mary, Margaret & Margery & son‑in‑law John Moore. Witnessed by Alex McLaughlin, Alex Thompson & William Thompson. Proven Oct 31, 1797. The original will names a daughter Eleanor but she is omitted in the Record of the Will JVT 11:20 PM
JVT Page 206 Room 225 Seventh Ave Hotel [unreadable word] Aug 21, 1898 8:30 Pm
I record here the records Andrew took off at Carlisle so that if anything in it needs explanation he can give it before returning home.
Will Book E Page 310 Will of Adam Carnahan Adam Carnahan of Newton Tp Cumb Co Pa, farmer, being weak on Sept 10, 1793 asks & directs that family live for two years on the plantation. After two yrs Excs to make sale & divide Equally between wife & children only that my son James shall have £50 more, Etc. provided he works at home as usual, otherwise to be Equal. Son Andrew to be kept at school 2 yrs. Sons Adam & Andrew to be bound out to such trades as Exc's direct. Appoints friend Robert Carnahan, son James & Brother in law Wm McFarlane, Excs Adam Carnahan Witnesses Alex Laughlin Wm Wilson, Wm McFarlane Proven Dec 3, 1793.
Will Book E Page 207 Will of Edward Elliott Edward Elliott of Tyrone Tp, Cumberland Co Pa being weak on Jany 6, 1786 wills as follows:
To my wife Margaret, household goods & maintenance out of my lands.
To my sons William & James Each to pay her 20 shillings yearly & keep her cow.
To my daughter Elizabeth 20 shillings
To John 20 shillings
To my son William 1/2 of my land provided he pays thirty pounds.
To my son & daughter Moses Leathern & Margaret his wife
To my son James other half of land provided he pay my granddaughter Elizabeth Elliott, Daughter of my Decd son Edward £5, at time she is 18 yrs old,;if she died to be divided among my grandchildren, Appoints James & William Excs Edward (his mark) Elliott Witnesses Andrew Kincaid & Archibald Kincaid Proven Feby 15, 1791.
JVT Page 207 Will Book E Page 243 Will of Elizabeth Kilgore
Elizabeth Kilgore of Newton Tp Cumb Co Pa on Aug 14, 1782 being sick wills as follows:
To son Hugh Kilgore one red yearling heifer.
To son Benjamin Kilgore 7 shillings & sixpence
To daughter Mary Borland 7 shillings & sixpence
To son Joseph Kilgore 7 shillings & sixpence
To son Oliver Kilgore 7 shillings & sixpence
To son Patrick Kilgore 7 shillings & sixpence
To son David Kilgore 7 shillings & sixpence
To son Jonathan Kilgore 7 shillings & sixpence & gray horse Jacob
To son John Kilgore 7 shillings & sixpence & cow (Rose)
To son William Kilgore Dark brown mare Nance, new plow irons, new doubletrees Etc one heifer (pirt) & 1 large sow.
To son Jesse Kilgore, Bay mare (Jolly) and fob
To son Robert Kilgore, one filly (Jenny) & brindle cow & calf (Brindle)
To sons John, William, Jesse & Robert the rest of my Estate equally. The plantation I bought from my sons David & William to go to my sons William, Jesse, & Robert. Appoints son William Kilgore & friend Alexander Laughlin Excs. States that if Jesse or Robert should die before they are 21 yrs old their share to go to John & William Elizabeth (her Mark) Kilgore Witnesses Sam'l Cunningham, Alex Laughlin & James Scrogs Prove Feby 14, 1792.
[Margin note reads:] Refer to Page 82 Book 2, Refer to Page 94 Book 2.
Will Book G Page 114 Will of Hugh Kilgore Hugh Kilgore of Tyrone Tp Cumb Co Pa Farmer on Apr 5, 1805 wills as follows:
To my wife Jean, 1/3 of personal Estate 1/3 of the flax 2 cows, Roan mare, bed Etc
To my daughter Rebecca $1.
To my son David Kilgore $1.
To my daughter Elizabeth Kelly $60.
To my daughter Mary Kilgore $20.
To my daughter Margaret Kilgore 1/3, to my son James 1/3, & to my daughter Jean Kilgore 1/3 of my Estate after above legacies are paid. Signed Hugh Kilgore (seal) Witness Edward West, James Wilson Proven Apr 23, 1805.
JVT Page 208 Will Book E Page 57 Will of James Love James Love of West Pennsboro Tp Cumb Co Pa being weak on Apr 17, 1783 wills as follows:
To my wife Elce, bed & bedding, sorrel horse saddle & bridle, cow & £30 to be pd in 1 yr. If she disputes only £30 as by marriage contract.
To my son‑in‑law Josiah McGuin one crown & his dividend hereafter
To my son David One crown
To my son John £150
The rest to John, James, & Thomas Love Except the Schooling, clothes boarding Etc for my youngest son Josiah. When he leaves school to give him a horse, saddle & bridle & £5. Executors to sell the plantation that is over the Creek called the Borland Place. Appoints John & James his sons & cousin John White Executors James Love Witnesses Wm M. Nelly, Wm Clark & David Mitchell Proven Dec 6, 1785.
Will Book E Page 211 Will of John Love John Love of West Pennsboro Tp Cumb Co Pa being weak on Mch 8, 1801 wills as follows:
To my wife Margaret all profits from real & personal Estate until my son James is 21 yrs old. She to clothe & educate him. Appoints Geo Clark, Frankfort Twp & his wife Excs John Love Witnesses Jos Peirce & Jas McFarlane Proven Mch 28, 1801
Will Book G Page 38 Will of James Love James Love of West Pennsborough Tp Cumb Co Pa being weak on July 17, 1804 "give this Estate of mine given me by my father John Love, Decd when I became 21 yrs of age to my mother Margaret and her heirs Etc forever." Appoints James Carothers Esq & his mother Margaret Excs James Love
Witnesses Jean Clark, Nancy Clark, Elizabeth Meghy Proven Aug 20, 1804 No letters issued
The above 3 pages had been corrected by me, but his sheets for the following were not corrected [2 words unreadable] as I had [rest of line unreadable]
JVT Page 209 The 3 pages preceding are from Registers office, that which follows here from Recorders & orphans court.
Deed Book B Vol 1, Page____ By deed dated Sept 3, 1766 James Kilgore of Newton Tp Cumb Co Pa for £5 conveys to Andrew Gregg of Middleton Tp Cumb Co Pa 200 Acres of land on which the said Gregg now resides adjoining lands of John Davis the meeting house lands, Wm Armstrong, Samuel Smith, Robert Magaws & Richard Peters on the north side of the "Canadoquinit" Creek being the land for which the said Kilgore took out a grant about 32 yrs ago but never settled on it (one Benj' Goff having settled & improved it)
James Kilgore (seal) Witnesses John Davis, Sarah Kilgore, Recorded Sept 15, 1766.
Deed Book 1 Page 549
William Carnahan & wife Martha of Newton Tp Cumb Co Pa for £100 convey 100 Acres in Newton Tp Cumb Co Pa to Robert Carnahan, adjoins Wm Brison Etal & Canodoquinet Creek, Dated Sept 8, 1788 Recorded Sept 6, 1798.
Deed Book P. Page 22
Deed from Robert Carnahan to James Nicholson. Recites that Robert Carnahan of Mifflin Twp Cumb Co Pa is a son of William Carnahan Decd. States that the said William obtained a grant for 200 Acres in Hopewell Tp now Mifflin Tp (part of the lands to be here conveyed) states that he got a warrant for it & one of Even date was granted for it to John Carnahan. Recites that on Sept 8, 1788 Wm Carnahan had sold 100 Acres to Robert Etc. Dated Mch 12, 1802 Recorded Apr 7, 1802.
Deed Book O, Page 186
Oct 28, 1800 between James Carothers & Elcy his wife, William Carothers & Margaret his wife, John Carothers & Sarah his wife.
JVT Page 210 Thomas Carothers & Elizabeth his wife, Andrew Carothers, James Bell & Jean his wife and Ann Carothers (which said James, William, John, Thomas, Andrew & Ann Carothers & Jean Bell are children & heirs at law of John Carothers late of East Pennsborough Tp Esquire, Deceased, who died intestate) of the one part John Noble of Carlisle of the other part for the consideration of £2,169. Six shillings convey a tract of land ctg 266 Acres said tract being surveyed in pursuance of a warrant dated Mch 31, 1767, granted to the aforesaid John Carothers, now deceased & for which letters patent issued Sept 24, 1800 Patent Book 43 Page 283 & which on resurvey contained 295 A 145 1/4 p. Signed Jas Carothers Thos Carothers Alcy Carothers Elizabeth Carothers Wm Carothers Andrew Carothers Margaret Carothers James Bell John Carothers Jane Bell Sally Carothers Ann Carothers James & wife & Wm & wife Witnessed by John Reed & Ackd in Allegheny Co Oct 8? 1800 The others all Ackd in Cumb Co Mch 16, 1801.
[Margin note reads:] This is John Carothers who was poisoned & his son Andrew was the lawyer & James with wife Alcy went I think to Beaver Co.
Deed Book Q Page 519
By paper dated Jany 1, 1806 (P of A) recites that whereas James Carothers of West Pennsboro Tp Cumb Co Pa died intestate leaving a widow Elizabeth Carothers & six children viz. Isabella wife of John Nobel, Margery wife of Samuel Workman, Elizabeth Carothers, James Carothers, Rebecca Carothers & Mary, wife of James Greason, now know all men Etc that we Elizabeth Carothers, widow, Margery Workman & Rebecca Carothers two children of said James Carothers Decd appoint James Greason our attorney to demand & sue for recovery of the sums of money that were due said intestate at time of his death, & all rents on his property since his death signed Elizabeth Carothers (seal) Margery Workman (seal) Rebecka Carothers (seal) witnesses Joseph Peirce, Jas McFarland Recorded May 16, 1806.
He was killed in his field Aug 1803.
[Margin note reads:] See Book 5 Page 250 JVT 4/5/25
See Book 9 Page 75 JVT 4/5/25 See Book 17 Page 102 item 30 & p104 item 32 JVT 8/27/26.
JVT Page 211 Deed Book R Page 408
On Dec 4, 1806, James Carothers & Alice Carothers of the Twp of Hanover, Beaver Co for £100 paid by William Carothers & John Carothers of East Pennsborough Tp convey the undivided interest of the Alice Carothers wife of James, said interest being the one fifth of the one third in a tract of land in said Tp ctg 163 3/4 Acres owned by Wm, James, & John Carothers in common as devised to them by their father John Carothers of East Pennsborough Tp & recites that James one of the aforesaid heirs has died intestate & that Alice is his sister & one of his heirs at law Jas Carothers (seal) Alice Carothers (seal) Witnesses Joseph Mensweger, Jno H. Redict. Recorded Dec 24, 1806
Deed Book O Page 294
Deed made June 26, 1801 between John Berry & Sarah Berry his wife (alias Sarah Thompson) formerly minor daughter to Andrew Thompson, Decd & Joseph Culbertson of Green Tp Franklin Co Pa recites that said Andrew Thompson Decd died possessed of a claim & improvement of land in Hopewell Tp Cumb Co Pa Ctg 260 A 97 P which by will be divided among his six daughters one of which is the aforesaid Sarah Berry & further recites that Wm Montgomery & Jno Mckee as guardians of the minors obtained a warrant for said land in name of James Thompson dated Jany 20, 1797 & conveyed in Mch following by said James to above Montgomery & McKee in trust for the minor children aforesaid & same was on June 25, 1801 conveyed to John & Sarah Berry now for £150 they convey & Martha Thompson widow of Andrew for con [unreadable 3 letter word] £8.6 joins in conveyance Recorded July 28, 1801
JVT Page 212 Deed Book S, Page 88
Dated Jany 19, 1808 Samuel Thompson & Elizabeth Thompson his wife, late Elizabeth Gibb of North Huntingdon Tp, Westmoreland Co Pa said Elizabeth being daughter of Samuel Gibb of Hopewell Tp, Cumberland Co Pa Decd, Ack receipt of £30 from Hugh Gibb Recorded Feby 20, 1808
[Margin note reads:] July 31, 1921 this is evidently the son of Sam'l Thompson bro of G.G. father See Page 212 of Book No 4 JVT.
Deed Book G Page 19
Deed dated Jany 12, 1780 recites that a tract of land ctg 270 1/2 Acres lying in Hopewell Tp, Cumberland Co Pa was on June 7, 1763 granted to James Carnahan & the said James Carnahan by instrument dated Feby 26, 1768 conveyed same to his two sons Adam Carnahan & James Carnahan Junior as Equal & joint tenants now this indenture witnesseth that James Carnahan Junior & Hannah his wife of Newton Tp for £7000 do give & sell their 1/2 part of above tract to Joseph Wilson of Hanover Tp Lancaster Co Pa. N.B. before signing the house on which Adam Carnahan lives on said premises is not included in above deed James Carnahan (seal) Witensses Wm Green, John Cooper Recorded Aug 1, 1783.
Deed Book N Page 152
Dated Mch 1, 1790 between Wm Carothers & Jean his wife & Absalom Woodward & Isabel his wife all of the Co of Cumb, Yeoman of one part & Sam'l Strohm, yeoman of York Co Hunting Tp Pa witnesseth that whereas by two warrants from the Prop'r of Pa one dated Aug 1, 1750, the other Mch 23, 1743 which were granted to a Robert Carothers & John Dutton & legally transferred to John Carothers, who died seized of sd two tracts ctg 419 Acres & the said John Carothers in his will gave his whole Estate to his children the
JVT Page 213 said William Carothers & also to John, Andrew, Samuel, Ezekiel, Archibald, Isabel & Margaret Carothers share & share alike, recites further that Margaret intermarried with Samuel Sloan, yeoman & Isabel intermarried with the above named Absalom Woodward now for £350, aforesaid first parties convey their interests witnessed by Robert Bell & Thomas Carothers. Recorded Apr 9, 1799
Orphans Court Docket Book 2 Page 21
On Oct 2, 1762, John Herron, a minor son of Francis Herron late of Cumb Co came into Court & asked that Robert Long be appointed his guardian. Granted
At same time Allen Kelach, Admis of Francis Herron prayed the court that David Herron be appointed G'dn of James Herron, Wm Herron, Mary Herron & Sarah Herron minor children of Francis above mentioned. Granted.
The said Allen Keloch presents his acct as Admis of Francis Herron showing a balance of £6.18.3 distributed as follows to widow. £2.6.0 1/2, John Herron a minor son £1.6.3 1/2, James Herron, son 13 shillings 2 pence, William Herron, son, 13 shillings two pence, _________Herron, minor daughter 13 shillings 2 pence, Mary Herron, dau 13 shillings 2 pence Sarah Herron, dau 13 shillings 2 pence.
Orphans Court Book 2 Page 95
At an Orphans Court held at Carlisle Pa Aug 16, 1768 came James Caruthers Eldest son & heir at law of John Caruthers & complained that neither he nor his brothers or sisters have received from William Carothers the Admis of John Caruthers their respective sums though several times demanded, praying that a summons may issue to the said William Caruthers to appear & show cause why an at‑
JVT Page 214 tachment should not issue against him for not complying with the said decree whereupon it is ordered by the Court that a summons do issue accordingly returnable the 18th of October next. By the Court.
Orphans Court Docket No , Page 103
At an orphans Court held at Carlisle Nov 15, 1768 William Caruthers, Adm of John Caruthers deceased came into Court on an indulgence from last orphans Court to show cause why an attachment should not issue against him and no sufficient cause being by him shewn to the court, The Court do order that an attachment do issue against him the said William Caruthers for not complying with a decree of this Court by paying to the heirs? of the said deceased the respective sums to them ordered by said decree.
[Margin note reads:] See Page 197 bottom for other proceedings.
Orphans Court Docket (Page 95 & date Aug 16, 1768 Andrew says 8/22/98)
Came into Court Wm Thomson & Joseph Thomson minor children of Joseph Thomson late of Cumberland Co above 14 yrs and chose John Bowman guardian over their goods which was granted. (Same date Aug 16, 1768) Also came into Court Robert McCourk & prayeth the Court to appoint a guardian over the goods of Frances Thompson & Elizabeth Thompson minor daughters of Joseph Thompson late of Cumberland Co Court appoints Robert Jack
Orphans Court Docket 2 Page 106 (Andrew says date Feby 21, 1769 8/22/98) (No dates gotten by Andrew) [first note added later, it appears]
Came into Court Robert McComb & Elenor Thomson, Executors of all & singular Etc of Joseph Thomson late of Cumberland Co decd & produced into Court their account of his Estate, showing a balance of £96.1.4 (& presumably distribute) according to the will of the said deceased. (& I could find no record of such a will.)
JVT Page 215 to wit to the widow £ 32. To William the Eldest son £1.7.1 2 1/3 of one penny. To Joseph another son of said Decd 13 shillings & sixpence & 2/3 of one penny. To James another son of said deceased £20.13.6 2/3 penny To Frances a daughter of said deceased £20.13.6 2/3 Penny To Elizabeth another minor daughter £20.13.6 2/3 penny being in full of the personal Estate of said deceased. By the Court
Orphans Court Book No 2 Page 58
At an orphans Court held at Carlisle? Aug 2, 1765 Wm Campbell came into Court & asked the Court to appoint a guardian over the person & Estate of Wm Elliott a minor son of Johnston Elliott late of Cumb Co Decd under the age of 14 yrs. The Court appointed James Campbell
Orphans Court Docket No 2 Page 106
At an Orphans Court held at Carlisle Pa Feby 21, 1769 came into Court William Elliott a minor son of Johnston Elliott late of Cumberland Co Pa decd, above the age of 14 years & prayed the court that Joseph Armstrong may be appointed guardian over the person & Estate of the said Wm Elliott. The Court appointed said Joseph Armstrong.
It is now 1:45 Am Aug 22/98 & I will stop & go to bed JVT.
JVTPage216 Room 225 7th Ave Hotel Aug 22, 1898 10:11 Am
John has just arrived & he & Andrew have gone up to the depot to see about time of departure of train for Zanesville, O. I got up at 6:20 this morning, took a bath, changed my clothing, got breakfast, got shaved & have for an hour & a half been going over the sheets copied by Andrew at Registers office Reading, at Becker St Peters, St Peters & Moselem graveyards & information taken by him on Thursday Copt [Copied?] from Nathan M. Shollenberger, Mrs Peter Wanner & Mrs Franklin Merkel while I was at Kutztown & Fleetwood so I could intelligently record it here. He has some of it somewhat tangled.
Will Book 5 Page 543 Will of Plantina Merkle I Plantina Merkle of Richmond Twp, Berks Co Pa widow bequeath as follows:
To my daughter Maria, wife of John Sweyer $100 to be paid in 1 yr.
To my daughter Hanna, wife of Stanly Kirby all my wearing apparel
To William Merkle the son of my son Solomon my desk made of wild Cherry
To Sarah Merkle, Hanna Merkle & Catherine Merkle two beds & bed stands with sufficient feathers, linen & coverlets to make them complete to be divided by them in Equal shares as they may agree upon.
The rest of my Estate whatsoever I give to my four children viz Jacob Merkle, Benjamin Merkle, Hanna Kirby & Elizabeth Dreibelbiss and to the children of my son Solomon. Appoints sons Jacob Merkle & Benjamin Merkle Executors Dated Dec 22, 1823 Plantina (her mark) Merkle
Witnesses John Messersmith & Benjamin Parks. Proven Oct 13, 1826 before Dan'l Rhoads Rgr.
JVT Page 217 Will Book D. Page 212 Will of Martin Rothermel I, Martin Rothermel of Alsace Tp Berks Co yeoman being sick & weak will as follows:
To Dan Haas lately married to my daughter Esther (now dead) a house & 10 Acres land in Alsace Tp
To Elizabeth, wife of my son Jacob, deceased, life Estate in 15A 113P. in Alsace Tp & at her death to Jacob's children & heirs.
To my daughter Maria, wife of John Boyer life Estate in 16 Acres in Alsace Tp & at her death her children & heirs.
To Samuel Smeck, son of my daughter Sarah intermarried with Jacob Smeck 10A Woodland along road as he wants.
To wife Hanna all the rest of my Estate minus what is sold, also all Stock, farming utensils, & house hold furniture.
It is my will to sell all my property together with grist mill & tenements adjoining & land on East side of road as will take to pay all my debts. Also for my Excs to sell all the property given to my wife (presumably after her death) & with money left over from grist mill viz:
To children of daughter Esther 1/4 less £300 at which am't I value the land given to their father Dan Haas
To children of son Jacob Decd 1/4 less £450 at which I value the property given to them after their mothers death.
To my other daughter Maria 1/4 less £300 at which I value the property devised to her.
To my daughter Sarah 1/4 less £200 at which I value the land given to Sam'l Simcox [Simcok?]
further provision about Jacobs widow. appoints wife Hannah Rothermel & John Roadermel & Peter Rodermel Executors, Dated Nov 12, 1818 Martin Roadermel
Witnesses Jacob Heyer, Mathias S. Richards. Proven Dec 2, 1818.
Will Book Vol 8, Page 580. Will of Debora Rothermel Debora Rothermel of Alsace Tp Berks Co Pa wills as follows:
To my youngest daughter Rebecca } Household goods to be divided in Equal
To my son Peter } shares as they desire.
To my son Peter Rothermel & my daughters Catherine, Sara, Tebra & Rebecca all that is left over in Equal parts, giving Peter her son $3. more. Appoints Peter Rothermel Exc Dated Jany 22, 184 Debora Rothermel Witnesses Jacob Gehret, John Messersmith Proven Mch 19, 1844
Stopped here at 11 Am 22d.
JVT Page 218 Room 44 Clarendon Hotel Zanesville O. Aug 22, 1898 9:30 PM
Will Book 11 Page 137? Will of Daniel Merkel I Daniel Merkel of Richmond Tp Berks Co Pa Will as follows:
To my son John Merkle the farm where I now live provided he keeps my wife Maria during the time God permits her to live Etc.
To my son Jacob Merkel $2000.
To my daughter Catharine, married to John Shollenberger $2000
To my son Benjamin Merkel $2000
To my son Daniel Merkle $2000
To my daughter Esther married to Geo Schaffer $2000
To my daughter Elizabeth married to Solomon Merkel $2000
To my son John Merkel $2000
To my son William Merkel $2000
To my son Solomon Merkel $2000
To my son Isaac Merkel $2000
If any of my children dispute this will by a lawsuit his share shall be equally divided among the rest. Appoints his sons Jacob, Benjamin, & John Merkel his Excs. Dated Nov 20, 1843 Daniel (his mark) Merkel Witnesses, Geo Bieber, Henry Heist. Proven May 17, 1852.
Will Book No Page, Will of Jacob Merkel, Sr.
I, Jacob Merkel Sr of Richmond Tp Berks Co Pa give my home farm to son James for a period of three years. All Chattels ready money Etc to my wife Elizabeth. Dated June 12, 1862 No executor named. Jacob Merkel Witnesses Jack Kelchner & Wm Bernhard Proven July 7, 1862?
Will Book 11, Page 635 Will of Daniel Standt Daniel Standt (of Womald Tp, Berks Co?) orders all his Estates to be sold & proceeds to be divided Equally between his five children, Peter Standt, Susanna Schaffer, Sarah Zerben, Samuel Standt & Reuben Standt. Appoints Wm Klee Exc Dated June 20, 1866. Witnessed by John T. Burkhart & Samuel M. Klee. Prove July 19, 1867.
JVT Volume I Page 218a [Hastings note: Found in Volume I ‑ inserted between pages 218 & 219]
[Wilson note: This does not seem to be the same handwriting as the rest of the notebook.]
Page 234 ‑ Book I
Esther Schaffer, born MERCKEL & wife of Geo Schaffer, born
Jan. 1, 1802 married Apr 8, 1821, ob Nov 23, 1830 aged 20 yrs 10 mos 2 days.
Esther Schaffer, dau of Geo or HANNA Schaffer born Oct 22, 1836 died Nov 3, 1841.
George Schaffer son of Phillip & Elizabeth Shaffer b. July 10, 1798
ob Dec 6, 1850 52 yrs 4 mos 26 days.
P.218 Daniel Merckel's (wife = Elizabeth) will dated June 12, 18 2 proven July 7, 1862(?)
[note: will date June 12, 18 2 has a blot on the 3rd number making it illegible.]
JVT Page 219 Will Book D or P? Page 138 Will of Maria Hill I, Maria Hill of Richmond Tp, Berks Co, Pa, widow will as follows:
To my son Jacob Hill } $100
To my son Frederick Hill}
The rest of my effects I give to my daughters Maria (wife of Abr Deisher) Plantina (wife of Casper Merkel) Susanna (wife of Abr Biehl) in Equal shares & further do appoint my son Jacob Hill Executor. Signed Feby 8, 1811 Maria Hill Witnesses Samuel Heibein & Jacob Sell, Proven Jany 27, 1815.
Will Book 14 Page 697 Will of Sarah Jack I, Sarah Jack of Potts grove Twp, Montgomery Co Pa give & bequeath to my dear husband Thomas J. Jack all my interests, rents issues & profits personal & mixed during his natural life, & at his death to go to the children of my son Dr John A. Jack. Appoints John A. Jack Exc giving him full control & states that he may use it in his business. Signed Aug 30 1880 Sarah Jack Witnesses John Zimmerman & Stephen Gates Proven Feby 21, 1883.
Will Book A Page 358 is will of Jacob Hill dated Mar 23, 1797 in German, Witnessed by John Shomo & Eberhard Sheppel Proven Apr 3, 1797.
11 Pm got sleepy & retire 8/22/98.
JVT Page 220 Aug 23/98 5:22 Am Zanesville time, 6:22 Am our time.
Jacob Hill, Died 28 yrs ago this coming Nov aged 45 years. He married Catharine Hopine so Mrs Peter Wanner told Andrew & she the widow is yet living at Leesport. I think she must be mixed on the time of his death. Says Jacob had a bro John in Columbia Co.
[Children of Jacob & Catharine}
Ephraim Hill M. Hannah Merkel see Page 181.
Hannah born Mch 1839 M. Peter Wanner Live at 843 Locust St Reading Pa
Thomas age 33 yrs lives out west
Samuel age 31 yrs
Ephraim 29 yrs
Anna b. Oct 1870
Adam V. aged 25
Joel Born Nov 1875
Fred 21 in Jany out west
Amanda aged 36
John Died 15 yrs ago
Ephraim went away M. Manda Merkel?
Jacob Hill M. Sophia Merkel sister of Augustus H. Merkel
Louisa aged 49
Charles 47 yrs says he was 5 mos old when Jacob Hill died which does not coincide with above statement about Jacob's death. David out west
Esther ("Hettie") M. L. Deisher
Annie M. David Weink
JVT Page 221 [Descendant Chart]
Frederick Hill, I believe this is the Frederick Hill on preceding page son of Jacob & brother of Ephraim but am not sure. My recollection is that Augustus H. Merkel told me that Mrs Peter Wanner was a first cousin of Mrs Franklin S. Merkels father but I will want this confirmed before so marking it.
[Children of Frederick Hill]
Frederick M. Emeline Yoger
Amelia M. Franklin s. Merkel Live at 1006 Oley St. Reading Pa see 175. W.M. Kaufman & I called at her house the forenoon of Aug 17, 1898 & saw her. Slender woman aged about 38.
[Note under the names of the children of Frederick Hill, not the grandchildren, reads:] All dead but Judith & I think she married a Drei & has one daughter.
It is now 8:55 Am Zanesville time & I have been since 5:22 making the proper collation & Entering from the papers Andrew got on 18th while I was at Kutztown & Fleetwood. Must now call John, if he is not already up & get ready for breakfast. JVT.
JVT Page 222& JVT Page 223 [Descendant Chart]
Magdalena Markle Born Apr 21, 1764, Married John Neyman [Nayman, Nighman]. She died in 1851. Came to Butler during the holidays & during one of the years of the war from Westmoreland Co Jno Nayman was of Swiss descent, Prominent & an Elder in the Presbyterian Church Butler Co.
[Children of John & Magdalena]
Susan Neyman B. Aug 1796 ob July 10, 1871 at Zanesville, O. in cemetery, Married Dec 6, 1815 to David Maginnis who was born Dec 14, 1793 & died Oct 21, 1854 at Zanesville, O.
John Neyman, died unmarried.
Mary Jane Hutchinson, B. Dec 16, 1818, ob Dec 6, 1888 M. Nov 16, 1842 to Carson Porter ob Sept 12, 1850 at Zanesville, O, son of John Porter who was a son of David Porter
Eleanor Susan Porter, M. Benj Wheeler, Junior, on Sept 2, 1875 of Zanesville, O, a son of Benj Wheeler Sr & Ellen Warden from Mt Vernon, O She died May 11, 1892.
David Porter Wheeler graduated 1878 at West Point, now a Lieut. in the army in active service at Philippine Islands. 23d Reg Regular Army Co F. Aged 22 yrs b. July 18, 1876. July 31, 1921 date of graduation no doubt should be 1898.
Mary Warden Wheeler lives at home age abt 19 b. May 31, 1878
John David Porter, M. Harriet Converse Goddard Eastman, a grand daughter of Gen. Goddard of Zanesville, on Jany 27, 1874. He died July 28, 1897 at Kansas City & buried at Zanesville. She died before he did No issue.
Ann Augusta Porter, M. Gen'l Samuel Russell Thomas Sept 18, 1872, a son of James Thomas whose father from Wales died on steamer coming over.
Edward Russel Thomas
Harold Edgell Thomas
Eleanor Nancy Thomas
Belinda Maginnis Porter
Robert Milton, M. Amelia He dead She living No issue
Elizabeth Eleanor Milton, Died unmarried
Belinda, Died unmarried
Milton, Died unmarried
Annie Neyman, M. William Robb at West Newton, Moved to Butler 1811. The parents of Jno N. Robb & the only one of their children living in 1898 was Isaac Robb now 87 yrs old
Sarah Neyman, M Beatty
Mary Neyman, M. Cavin
John H. Neyman
Abraham Neyman, M. Eleanor McCleary
Solomon Neyman, died in the South
JVT Page 224 David Maginnis was born in Greensburg Pa. Was a son of John & Elizabeth Maginnis of Scotch Irish descent. Learned the Carpenter trade & worked at it until the year 1838, when he started the Drug Store known for many years as Maginnis' afterwards as W.A. Graham and in 1880 carried on under the name of Baily & Porter. David Maginnis was the first druggist in Zanesville to put labels on the Medicine bottles. In the year 1812 he left his home & went to Pittsburgh Pa to work at his trade, remained there about one year then went to Butler to assist in building a house for Mr Neyman. He reached Butler Saturday night and as was customary in those days roomed with a number of his fellow workmen. He had a dream that night which so impressed him that he told it to his friends the next morning. It was as follows: He was walking along a road & coming to a spring saw a young girl getting water. She had on a blue sunbonnet and red dress. He asked her for a drink. She filled the gourd & took a drink then laughed & handed it to him. Of course his friends laughed at him, & told him he had better go to church & see if he could find her. He did so & after sitting in church a little while in walked the young girl of his dream, with the same blue bonnet & red dress. When he went to work the next day found she was the daughter of his Employer. Mr Neyman opposed hi marriage with her and dismissed him from his Employ, but an Aunt assisted Susan to get her clothes, & the ran away & were married at the Justices, then went to an Uncle of Davids & remained until they could make their arrangements to go west. In the Spring of 1816 they left Butler & settled at Beaver, Ohio,
JVT Page 225 only living there a short time. Came as far west as Zanesville, moving on two horses & bringing with them simply their clothes and a feather bed. They had one child at this time. (I copied the above from Miss Porters records.) [margin note reads:] 9 PM 8‑23‑98. Miss Carsonette Porter says that when her sister Mrs Wheeler died she came on here from the East, New York, I think & spent two years in Mr Wheeler's family helping care for the children who were Still young & that since for about five years she has been boarding with Mrs M.V.B. Kennedy, where upon her invitation John & I took dinner at 6 this Evening at which bountiful repast were present herself, Mr & Mrs Kennedy & their son & Mr Winn, a bright Keen Democratic lawyer who owns the house & boards & rooms with Mrs Kennedy. Miss Porter was very kind to us, is a lady of Excellent parts, pleasant & engaging demeanor & I should say a very worthy woman. She has arranged to call at 8 o'clock in the morning & take John & I a drive over the city. She is a true blue stocking as she told me she belonged to the Presbyterian Church & also that her sister Mrs Thomas & her husband were members & regular attendants of Dr John Hall's Church New York City. One of the General's sons is six feet four inches tall (General Thomas himself being 6 ft) & graduated recently No 7 in a class of over 200 at Yale College. General Thomas is a man of quick perception, apt & Shrewd, far seeing, & successful in his business operations. We called at 8 last Evening & finding no one at home, went back this morning at 10 & found Mrs Kennedy, Miss Carsonette had come over to the city & we waited her return in the meantime meeting her sister Miss Linnie (Belinda) who came in & talked with us for a half hour or more.
JVT Page 226 I give below the Inscriptions on tombstones in the different graveyards copied by Andrew & myself, & where practical & they are so buried will put the inscription of Man & wife side & side.
|wife of Stanley J. Kirby | | Born Feby 25, 1807 |
|Dau of *Daniel & Mary | | Died Apr 24, 1878 |
|Kaufmann. Born May 17, | |------------------------------|
|1833 obit May 14, 1895. | | A son (unnamed) of Stanley J| |-------------------------------| | & Caroline Kirby Died Mch 10,| | Solomon son of Stanley J & | | 1854 Aged 14 days | |Caroline Kirby, Born July 12, | |------------------------------| |1855 Died July 11, 1856 | | A dau of Stanley J & Caroline| +-------------------------------+ | Died Sept 27, 1857, Aged 10 | | Days | +------------------------------+ *A bro of Wm M. Kaufmans grandfather he says
JVT Page 227 Beckers ‑ St Peters Grave Yard Copied by Jno.
| Born 1721 ob July 12, 1785 | | Geborn Jany 27, 1729? |
+----------------------------+ | ob Feby 13, 1779 | +------------------------+
The above inscriptions were all that we could decipher from a long German inscription on above stones which time has made almost undecipherable. These two Stones along with Casper's & Blantina & two or three much older ones that we could not decipher although much of the inscription is still on them stood immediately in front of the Entrance or front door of the old Church at the further End of the lot from where the present Church Edifice stands.
| Sacred to memory of Jacob | Eva Moyer wife of Jacob Merckel |
| Merkel born in year of Christ | born July 10, 1752 ob May 11, 1827 |
| 1747 & died in 1805 aged 58 yrs | aged 74 yrs 10 mos & 1 day | | | (on back of this stone is "Eva | | | Mercklin" |
Near these two which are just above the upper back corner of the Church is a stone a Merklin with two dates of year 1802 as if it might be a child, & a very old stone, apparently the oldest in the grave yard with "M" on it adjoining back upper corner of Church & closest to it.
Lenhartsville church Graveyard copied by JVT
| David Hoch | Elizabeth Hoch born Schweyer, wife of |
| b Dec 30, 1765 ob Aug 17, 1831| Daniel Hoch b Sept 26, 1772 ob Dec 8, |
| | 1830 |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+ +--------------------------------------------------------------------+ | Standly Schweyer, called home | Lewina Shalter wife of |
| June 27, 1893 aged 72 yrs & 19| Standley Sweyer (no further |
Just above the center of the church are a number of Biehls buried viz. John Christian Biehl & wife & others, also some Schweyers. Just above back corner of Church. Apparently there was no room along side of Elizabeth Merkel to bury her husband when he died some 27 years later & he lays up nearer the center of the graveyard.
Old Lutheran Church Graveyard, Fleetwood Pa Copied by JVT at dusk Aug 18/98
| Jacob Rothermel | Sarah Rothermel, dau of John George |
| husband of Sarah born Merkel | Merkel wife of Jacob Rothermel |
| b May 11, 1798 ob Apr 15, 1886 | b Dec 4, 1798 Married Nov 10, 1822 | | | Died Apr 15, 1857 | +------------------------------------------------------------------------+
JVT Page 236 & JVT Page 237 [Blank]
JVT Page 238 At Perry Wiles & Sons Wholesale Grocers Zanesville, O. Aug 24, 1898 10:20 Am Central Time
Mr Perry Wiles born in 1822 says that when he was two or three years old he was taken by his father & mother on a visit to his uncle Lyles Redburn about 14 miles South of Zanesville to Deavertown in the North West Corner of Morgan Co. Thinks probably this Lyles Redburn may have been same party as Henry L. Redburn. Mr Wiles says his mother was a tall Slender woman. Says his brothers Henry, & Samuel & himself were the build of their mother while Thomas & Lawson were more heavy set like their father. He does not know anything about the Lyles Redburn family since then & does not recall seeing them. Says the fording of a Stream on that visit made a vivid impression on his mind which he never has forgotten. He with his sons are in the wholesale grocery business & he has written today to an old Customer at Deavertown to see if he can learn anything from there about his Uncle Reburn's family. Perry Wiles is a large man 6 ft 3/4 of an inch tall & large build weighing I should say 230 lbs. He has whiskers covering his face identically as I have (no mustache) & they are Entirely white & his hair is also gray all over his head. He has a good set of teeth front & I do not think they are false ones. He is a man of determination & perseverance I would take it & a pleasant expression when he smiles, but rather a determined set expression at other times. He reminded me some of James T. Redburn & wore a high silk hat like he did. His skin is a rare one & baffles my description. Out at Mrs Kennedy's last night they said he had taken a medicine once, nitrate of silver, I think, & it had discolored his skin. It appears very much like silver tarnished, all over his face & neck all though more pronounced [margin note read:] 1 Am 25th
JVT Page 239 in some spots than others. He says he left the farm which was about 3 miles South West of here in Springfield Tp in 1838 when he was 16 yrs old. His father & two bachelor brothers of his Father bought the land all together. The two brothers were not acting just to the Satisfaction of his mother so she got her husband Samuel Wiles to insist on having his cut off which he was loth [sic] to do. After persistent dogging at him however, he got his Share cut off (so A) & not long thereafter the two uncles became involved & if he had not had it divided his Fathers would have gone to. Perry Wiles oldest brother Henry Wiles got the farm buying the other six heirs out, & recently within the past 20 years Henry's heirs have sold it. He says he negotiated the sale. He also says that Benjamin Clark was Employed a Miller at the Granger Flouring Mill, owned by Granger, & lived in an inferior log house on the Granger place. Mill was on Jonathan's Creek one third of a mile above its mouth. Jonathans Creek runs into the Muskingum two miles below town, The old mill dam is now gone. The land is still owned by Judge M. M. Granger & heirs of Jno Granger who were sons of James Granger. The place where Benjamin Clark lived was called Moxahala & his wife was a Redburn & had two daughters Lucinda & Charlotte born probably between 1820 * 1826. H. Lyles Redburn he says was living at Deavertown as far back at least as 1824 when he visited them as above related but he has no further knowledge of the family. Benjamin King, a Carpenter & a brother he says of John H. King was living in Springfield Tp, Muskingum Co & done the Carpenter Work on our new hewed log house (says Perry Miles) about 1826‑7. House on farm is standing yet. Was Weather boarded by his brother Henry, His cousin Berry King came out & boarded & lived with them while at work on the house. His mother he said died in the old house he thinks in 1826 before the new one was completed. His father died in new one about 1828.
JVTPage240& JVT Page 241 [Descendant Chart]
Permelia Redburn, Daughter of Henry Redburn, Married Samuel Wiles in Maryland. He born June 22, 1771. She born Jany 25, 1777. All the children born in Maryland Except the youngest Perry. They removed to Muskingum Co Ohio in 1815.
Henry Wiles, born Mch 22, 1802 ob Apr 13, 1863, M. Eliza Mathew of this county. Buried in Woodlawn Cem here. great many children. Son in Kansas, Dau, here another in the county.
Eliza Wiles, b Nov 23, 1803 never married ob 1851 buried in Woodlawn Cem here Stone at her grave gives date.
Mary Wiles, b May 9th, 1806 Never married. ob May 21, 1884 (buried in Wood‑
lawn Cem here.) aged 78 yrs 12 days
Samuel Wiles, Junior, b Nov 23d, 1808, M. Ann Maria Donaldson, from Virginia Remembers that she introduced tomatoes in their family. He died 1867? Buried in Woodlawn Cem, here. A dau lives full 4 miles down the river this side. married to Geo Lawhead, a gardener. Another a teacher in St Louis, MO is widow of Alex, Van Hamm
Alva T., was Supt of Schools in Zanesville & died in South Dakota near 6 yrs ago Buried here.
Martha, M. Geo Laughead Have Children
William, Died unmarried Crippled in boyhood
Jane, died unmarried
Mary Frances, M. Alex Van Hamm He dead. No issue. She teaches in St Louis. His mother was a Van Horne a sister to S.L. Wiles grand‑ mother Jane Van Horne
Thomas Wiles, b Sept 17th, 1811, M. Rebecca Maines of Somerset, O & she is yet living in Chicago aged abt 86 or 88. Her mother was living two years ago & was 100 yrs old. Lives he thinks with one of her sons but dont know which. He died in 1882 & buried in Indianapolis, Ind.
Flora, M. W. Henry Craft, Jeweler at Indianapolis. He dead Have issue. She lives Indianapolis, Ind.
Thomas, married & divorced. S.L. thinks there [sic] mother & there [sic] boys live together.
Lawson Wiles, b July 3d, 1814, ob Jany 28, 1890 M. *Eliza Van Horn, a grand‑ daughter of Gen Van Horn of Rev War fame & who owned the property or ground where I am now writing. Lawson is buried in Woodlawn Cem having married Apr 28, 1836 in Muskingum Co, O. She was daughter of Isaac & Jane Van Horn (Jane being a dau of Gen Isaac Horn viz married her cousin.) Eliza was born Mch 20, 1816 *She died Dec 29, 1898 [maybe 91?]
Samuel Lewis Wiles, born in Putnam, Muskingum Co May 27, 1837, M. Caroline Jones, dau of Henry Jones of Zanesville, O. Nov 10, 1868.
Lewis Henry Wiles, Born in Putnam Mch 8, 1870 ob Aug 14, 1870.
Ina Wiles, born (Zanesville, O, formerly Putnam) Nov 17, 1877.
Jefferson Van Horne Wiles, born in Putnam May 29, 1840, Died Oct 25, 1877. Buried in Woodlawn Cem. Unmarried.
Charles Carroll Wiles, born in Putnam Jany 10, 1843 M. Alice Rownd dau of Henry Rownd of Columbus, O. on Aug 18, 1887 & She is now here visiting here brother in law, is in very poor health & here to recuperate. They Live in Columbus, O. Agt for Hosiery Co. Lives 690 East Long St.
Henry Rownd Wiles, b July 6, 1888
Bernard Lawson Wiles, b Feby 26, 1890
William Henry Wiles, born in Putnam Apr 11, 1846. Died Aug 10, 1852 Buried in Woodlawn Cem being the 2nd burial in the Cem after it was incorporated as a cemetery.
Amelia Jane Wiles, born in Putnam Apr 19, 1848, Single, now in Chicago visiting her sister Julia
Julia Eliza Wiles, b In Putnam, May 9, 1850 M. William W. Fellows in Zanesville Nov 25, 1875. Reside in Chicago, Ill.
Perry Wiles, b March 22, 1822 M. Dec 1846 to Marcella E. Hartley, Dau of Levi Hartley one time of Balto, Md.
Theodore P., now East buying goods
John Herman, was at the store. Large & heavy about 40 yrs old
Edward, Died an infant
Cornelia, Died when a young lady
another child, Dead
Samuel L. Wiles went out to the Civil War as a 100 day man in Co B. 159th O.V.I. & was 2nd Lieut of the Co. After the Morgan Raid a National Guard was organized here. He mounted a horse to go to a volunteer raid. Most of time spent in Balto. Was detached from the Co & at Balto as Adjutant (4 Cos were detached) & recounted the 11th & 12th Maryland Regiments which were but in their charge until they were restored into service.
Says his Father Lawson Wiles taught School when he was 18 yrs old & in 1836 Commenced Merchandising in Zanesville, O (then Putnam) in partnership Joseph Thomas. That partnership was afterwards dissolved & along about 1845 he went into partnership with his brother Perry in General Merchandising business, retail, which continued he thinks until during the War. He was Elected Justice of the Peace soon after he came to town & served for many years. Settled up many Estates of old pioneers & others. He was a Whig up until 1848 when he voted for Martin Van Buren free sail Candidate & upon the formation of the Republican Party, joined it & voted for Jno C. Fremont. He had attended Abolitionist meetings in the old Stone Academy in Zanesville while he was teaching School & lived on the farm, before he was married, & at a time when such meetings were very unpopular, probably 1832‑4. He imbibed the Abolitionist Sentiments from his mother Permelia Redburn who was a "strong Anti‑Slavery Advocate" & left Maryland because it was a Slave State. Her husband was lukewarm on the subject, but she insisted that they leave & go to a free State, refusing to live longer in a Slave State. Says his father was nine months old when the family moved here & that he was carried here by his mother in her arms on horse back. S.L. was not old Enough to vote for Fremont but with a couple others organized the "wide Awakes" who paraded the Streets & got many young voters to support Fremont.
JVTPage242 Court House (Probate Court) Zanesville, O. Aug 24, 1898 4:35 Pm Easter Time
I find in Settlement record July 1834 to June 1843 Pages 174‑176, 345‑ 347 & 610‑611 the following records:
Page 174 Abraham Kessinger was appointed Adms of Benj Clark (the widow having relinquished her right) on June 24, 1835, & at Apr term 1837 he comes forward & files his acct charging himself with $1,934.26 & taking credit for $1070.68 paid out & showing a balance of $861.58 in his hands & from which it appears that Benj Clark was a tanner. Acct approved Nov Ten 1837
Page 345 Ann Clark widow & guardian of the minor children of Benj Clark viz John Clark, Ellen Clark, Nehemiah Clark, Edwin Clark, George Clark, & James Henry Clark charges herself with $850. Recd from Admis & with $500 proceeds of Real Estate, deducting $350 for her dower of personal Estate (1/2 on first $400 & 1/3 on bals) leaves $1000, & 2 yrs int on same from Nov 20, 1836 to Nov 20/38, is $120 in all $1120. Deducting for schooling children [ste] she shows a balance of $833.34 distributable as follows: To John $144.87, Ellen $147.63, $138.13 for Nehemiah, for Edwin $134.40 For George $134.40 for James Henry $134.40.
The guardian remarks that the reason she has not charged her children for more than one years support is that after her years allowance was exhausted her benevolent brother (does she mean her own brother or her husband's) Nehemiah Clark of the State of Delaware furnished her & family with the means of support, Approved Apr Tenn 1839.
Page 610 She comes in again Sept 14, 1841 & files another acct. Claims Credits for boarding & clothing her children & wards for Edwin $108.33 for 2 yrs 2 mos for George & James Henry Each $112.50 for 2 yrs 4 mos & shows balances due her children as follows: John Clark $163.29, Nehemiah Clark $155.32, Ellen Clark $154.30, Edwin Clark $36.08, George Clark, $34.10 & James Henry Clark $37.10. Approved June Tenn 1842
JVT Volume I Page 243 Room 44 Clarendon Hotel, Aug 25th 1898 12:44 Am
I finished my dinner at 1 o'clock (yesterday it is now) & started out & it is now after midnight, have returned to the hotel & write up the days adventures. I also wish to make the 6:19 train (7:19 our time for Dayton, O) in the morning. I arose at 6 this morning & wrote up the pages 227‑232, & a part of page 233 from records Andrew & I had taken on 16th visit & I still have what I took on 18th to write up. At 8:30 Am (9:30 my time) Miss Carsonette Porter & her hostess or landlady Mrs M.V.B. Kennedy called at the hotel & took us a drive over through Putnam out through Natchez passing the Lovers Spring to the Edge of the city, driving out Woodlawn Ave & passing the Grant & Garfield Schools & coming back across the famous & odd Y bridge. Y the base of the Y resting in Putnam & the bridge crossing at the Junction of Licking & Muskingum Rivers, one prong going to Tenace & the other into Zanesville proper. Miss Carsonette said there was not another bridge like it in the United States & only two in the World, one at Lucerne & the other in South America. Mrs K. said Miss "Carrie" [maybe Cassie] was a good customer of the Doctor, that she paid him something like $200 every year. Said the Doctor would come & eat watermelon with her & then charge her for doing nothing. Said he was a handsome bright Doctor but was married. "Carrie" said that made no difference. She liked him & she guessed he thought very well of her, & was a brilliant man. We got back to the hotel about 10 Central time & I went to Mr Simeon M. Winn's law office, the man we met at dinner last Evening & we went to the Court House to see what we could find from the Records. We searched the records in the Sheriffs office, the dirtiest, dustiest & [cont on page 246]
JVTPage244& JVT Page 245 [Descendant Chart]
Henry Wiles, born Mch 22, 1802 & died Apr 13, 1862 aged 61 yrs & 22 days married Eliza Mathews (Dau of Geo Mathews) who was born Mch 30, 1807 who died Oct 24, 1880. Married Oct 13, 1825.
Austin Wiles, b Jany 14, 1827 ob Apr 11, 1833 aged 6 yrs 2 mos 28 days
Benjamin Milton, b June 30, 1828 ob Apr 8, 1857 aged 28 yrs 9 mos & 8 days m. Catharine Marcer Apr 13, 1854 by Rev Wm Stuart of M.E. Ch
Ellva Wiles, teaches School at & about Zanesville
Mary Pane, b Aug 23, 1829 ob May 20, 1833 aged 3 yrs & mos & 27 days
Henry Thomas, b Apr 1, 1831 ob Oct 5, 1844 aged 13 yrs 6 mos 24 days
Samuel, b Sept 11, 1832 ob Sept 23, 1832
George Washington, b Sept 1,, !832 ob July 23, 1834 aged 22 mos & 12 days
Lawson Lorenzo, b June 10, 1834 M. Eliza Galbreath Sept 29, 1858 by Rev E.W. Kirkham of ME Ch Died about 6 yrs ago near Athens, Ala. She is living
Henry Howard, married & lives in Birmingham, Ala
Lulu, M McEnery lives in Bessemer, Ala
Clara, M. John? Crawford, Live in Athens, Ala
Joseph, He enlisted in the Army at Birmingham & is now sick with typhoid & fever being at Miami, Florida when last heard from
Cynthia Ann, b Mch 17, 1837 M. J. Henry Green Sept 1862 by Rev S. Frompton of M.E. Ch. Buried at Philo, this Co 10 miles from here. Mary, M. John W. Plants of Philo, O & died Inne, 1890.
Frederick, married & lives in Denver, Colorado, been married abt 1 yr
Lewis, single lives at Philo
Ettie, died aged about 5 yrs
Harriet Ann, b Mch 26, 1839, M. J. Henry Green June 20, 1880 by Rev J.M. Sonars, No issue, Live at Philo (P.O.), O Taylorsville
William Harrison, b Nov 22, 1840 ob at Nashville, Tenn from gunshot wound in right leg recd in the battle of Stone River Feby 4, 1863 ‑ 35 days after the battle‑ aged 22 yrs 2 mos 13 days
George Washington, b Jany 7, 1842, M. Rebecca Hunt Dec 1882 in Oswego, Kansas where he now lives was farming.
Sarah Elizabeth, b May 23, 1843 ob Oct 14, 1884 aged 41 yrs &
Emily Samantha, b Aug 21, 1846, M. Philip Stockdale Oct 20, 1868 by Rev T.R. Taylor M.E. Ch
William Edgar, b Oct 12, 1870, M. Juliet Curtis, Live in Zanesville O.
Married in Apr 1895. No children
Francis Gilbert, b May 28, 1872 M. Katie Weaver Nov 24, 1890 Live in Zanesville, O
Helen May, Dead
Cora Anna, b Jany 11, 1875 M. Edgar Bowers on Feby 28, 1894 Live in Zanesville, O.
Grace Minnella, b June 10, 1896
Paul Martin, b Oct 11, 1897
Ralph Wiles, b July 26, 1877 in Battery C. Zanesville 1st Ohio Light artillery now stationed at Chickamaugas, unmarried
Carrie Estella, b Dec 24, 1879. A large fine looking well built Jolly girl fully as tall as myself, handsome shapely & pleasant. Large for her age & not one of your wasp waists, a girl I would say that will make someone an Excellent wife, a good mother & Pleasant companion. She admitted me & gave me the Bible records from which the dates given on these two pages are taken, with her mothers assistance after her return from Church. When I found the three other members of the family married & Ralph gone to war, I looked up smiling & taking her to be Carrie said they are crowding you
pretty close. You will have to look out. She said smiled & I now say the sooner she marries the better for herself & the fellow who gets her.
Herbert, b Nov 13, 1882
Hattie May, b Mch 21, 1887
Homer Clifton, b May 29, 1890
In "genealogy of the Fell Family" in possession of Mrs Emily Stockdale 240 Linden Ave. Zanesville, O, on page 287 No 1537 is name Jesse F. Stoneman b Mch 23, 1834 m. Dec 14, 1871 to Josephine Carothers b Mch 8, 1840, dau of Jesse & Polly Carothers. They reside in Rostover Tp, Westmoreland Co Pa & have five children listed in the book.
JVTPage246 blackest book I ever struck in any County & we could not find that John Redburn had ever been sheriff. I came to dinner shortly after twelve & at 1:20 Pm Central time went back to Perry Wiles to get what additional information he could give me. He said his brother Thomas's widow was living in Chicago now with some of her children, Thomas, frank & Fred. Also has a daughter Mrs Craft living in Indianapolis. He said his wife remembered when he went home at noon & was talking to her that John H. King had been at their house. He said when his mother died he was out swinging on a Sassafras pole & a cousin (on his father's side) came to the door & told him that his mother was dead. I shook hands with him & with his son the heavy set one John Herman, & bid them good‑bye. I then went again to Mr Winn's office & arranged for him to come to the Court House. Not finding anything in the Sheriffs or Commissioners offices we went to Recorder's office & found record of deeds made by all the Sheriffs from the organization of the county up to this date & no John Redburn among them. The County was organized in 1804 from Washington Co & he might have been Sheriff of that County before Muskingum was cut off. I did find that Carson Porter (Miss Carsonette's father) had been Sheriff 1847‑1850 & was probably Sheriff when he died, Sept 12, 1850. Carsonette said this evening when I went out to bid her good bye that he had been Shff, had died at that time & that she was born the following March, 1851. We then went over to the Probate Judge office & found the letters of Admis about Benj Clark recorded on Page 242 & which I thought must be some other Benjamin & which I learned later from Samuel L. Wiles was so the record on that
page is of no value to me. At 4 pm Central time, I took a car & went to 138 Woodlawn Ave. Was admitted by handsome & pleasant demeanored young girl which I learned afterwards was his daughter Ina, his only living child. She kindly went up the street a short distance where some street repairs were being made & got her father after seating me in the parlor. He came In & I introduced myself & he was very kind & assisted me all in his power, first saying however that he did not know anything he could give me but his talk disclosed many interesting things worthy of being recorded. He is a very intelligent man aged 61 yrs with whiskers & moustache all over his face, clean, well chiseled features & his whiskers & hair entirely gray (white). He gave me all the information about the descendants from his grandfathers children as shown on Pages 240 & 241 & supplied the Exact dates of birth of the children as his uncle Perry (who by the way did not seem to think I need to to see Samuel) had only given me the record shown of his own mother & father & the list of their children with simply the year when they were born. The dates Samuel L. gave me were from the family Bibles. Except those of his brothers Charles' Children & they were given by their mother who is there on a visit but whom I did not see. He says he remembers seeing Benj Clark when he was 15 to 18 yrs of age 1852‑55 & thought him to be then 70 yrs of age. His daughter Lucinda Clark lived with them as a domestic during a part of the fifties say 1853 until near 1860. dont think she ever married. Knows nothing further of her. Says Wm W. Fellows was a Methodist preacher when he married his youngest sister & that he afterwards became an Episcopal Clergyman &
JVTPage248 & [sic] then a Congregationalist & that now he was Employed in literary work. Said his two sons had Employment in Chicago. He said when he was in the service in 1862, I think or 1863, that they stopped off the train at a Station called Berlin on the B&O RR 2 miles East of Harpers Ferry & went into Camp on Bolivar Heights. When telling about it after he returned he says his Aunt Mary who was always talking about old family matters at every opportunity said that he had been within two or two & a half miles of their old home where they had lived in Frederick Co Maryland. When they moved out here said she described a fine spring, walled up, at the old home. He says the farm or home was on the left hand side of the RR, probably west of the road & in Frederick Co Md. He says there was a Mrs Fancett also related to them & of whom he had heard his Aunt Mary talk & when he was laying there just after the battle of Antietam, army laying on Bolivar Heights above Harpers Ferry, he heard some one speak of her name as she was boarding some of the officers of the army & he inquired where she lived & was directed to her house which was in a little town situated on an elevated plateau, midway between Bolivar Heights & Harpers Ferry. He went to see her & when he came face to face to her he was thunderstruck at the remarkably striking resemblance between her & his Aunt Mary & he would have thought her identical with his Aunt Mary except that she seemed older probably as much as 80 yrs, certainly over 75. Says she was small & light just about his Aunt Marys size with Small round face. Her husband was older than she & more tottery. He does not know whether she was related on the Wiles or Redburn side but knows she was the one related &
JVTPage249 not her husband. I talked to him until 7:45 Central time, walked over here to the Hotel, waited for a car to 240 Linden Ave across the river on the other side toward Converse Ave to go to call on his cousin Mrs Emma Stockdale. The car not coming, I called in M.V.B. Kennedy's book & wallpaper store near the Court House on Main Street & getting a car reached 240 Linden Ave about 8:15 Pm Central time 9:15 my time. Carrie Estella & Hattie May came to the door, I having gone to the Sitting room Screen door where they were sitting reading. I asked for Mrs Stockdale. They said she was out. For Mr S. & he was out. When would they be back. He not until Saturday & she not until church was out. I said to Carrie "have you your Grandfather's Bible" She said yes, come in. I went in & told her I was getting up records of the Redburn family. She got the Bible for me & I had most of the records of births, deaths, & marriages made when her mother arrived. Homer Clifton was laying on the floor asleep. Hattie May is a pretty young girl & Carrie Estella was cleanly & neatly dressed with a large well rounded face & I should judge weighing 155 to 160 lbs, a diamond in the rough, ready to be polished. I gave her my address & told her when she followed suit to her brothers & sisters & changed her name to write me, So I could record it. Herbert came in after his mother. Mrs Stockdale is dark complected, particularly about the eyes like the Redburn & is not handsome. Her daughters Carrie & Hattie are clear light Complexion not at all dark. They have a genealogy of the Fell family with which they are connected & from which I got the ages of her children Except Homer Clifton who has been born since that record
JVTPage250 & book was made up. I did not get away from their house until after 10 PM their time, 11 PM my time, bidding them all good bye (Hattie however having retired) & Carrie especially with a warm hand clasp bidding her not to forget her Charge to keep. I walked up to the bridge & as a car just came across going to Converse I jumped on & went out to bid Miss Carsonette good bye. She was in the sitting room writing & received me warmly & kindly & told me about her long illness brought on by her brothers death & the death of Mrs Kennedy's father in the house. Said that her old doctor had died some years ago & she employed his son, who commenced by giving her hypodermic injections of morphine. She objected & he said there was nothing else he could do for her. She told him all right & dismissed him & got someone else & has never taken morphine since. At 11 PM Central time midnight my time, I bid her good bye, Earnestly urging that she make us a visit, which she [fert] she would do. She spoke of a Dr Nye living (in Putnam) Zanesville, who is old, & an old resident & well up on the history of the neighborhood families. I was too late for the car, as they stop at Eleven, & walked in with a Mr Wilson whom I ran across near the far side of the bridge from here. The town clock has struck 3 (four Am by my time) & as I missed my supper & have given instructions to call me at five in the morning so as to get John out pack up get breakfast & leave at 6:19, I had lay down & get a little rest even if it will not be quite two hours. J.V. Thompson
JVTPage251 Recorders office, Dayton Ohio, Aug 25, 1898 2:30 Pm (3:30 our time)
Deed Record T. Page 514
I find that on Mch 16, 1832 David Stout of the County of Montgomery, O. for consideration $500, conveyed to John Sheppard all that certain tract of land as follows: "Beginning on the western bank of the Great Miami River at the upper or North East Corner of a tract of 100 Acres belonging to the heirs of Henry Brown, Decd & running from thence South 85o W 29 chains & 89 links thence N 28o W 3 chains & 12 links to the middle of the road leading from Dayton to Greencastle, thence N 62o E. with the middle of said road six chains 96 links, thence N 77o E 17 chains & 33 links: thence South 29o E one chain, thence S 41o E. 12 chains & 77 links to the place of beginning containing 20 79/100 Acres more or less situate in fractional section 33 of Twp 2, Range 6 East of a Meridian line drawn from the mouth of the Great Miami river in Montgomery Co, Deed signed by David Stout, Electa Stout.
Recd for record Mch 14, & recorded Mch 16, 1835.
Deed Record V No 1 Page 174
Is recorded a mortgage made May 20, 1835 by John Sheppard & Joanna his wife of the Co of Montgomery, O. to the Ohio Life Insurance & Trust Co (of Cincinnati, O) for $250 on above tract, securing a note of John Sheppard for above amt with 7% int signed John Shepperd, Joanna Shepperd
Recd for record May 23, 1835 5 Pm, recorded May 25, 1835, Satisfied Sept 24, 1835.
Deed Record V No 1 Page 423
On Sept 1 1835 John Shepherd of Mont Co, O for $800 pd by Mathew L. Harbison conveys
JVTPage252 above tract of land, but no wife with him in the deed which he signs John Shepperd (seal) Witnessed by D.H. Bruen & Abraham Barnett, & Acknowledged before Abraham Barnett J.P. Sept 1, 1835. The mortgage was Ackd by he & wife before Barnett on May 23, 1835.
Deed Record C, Page 286
Wherein on Dec 13, 1813 Wm C. Schenck & Elizabeth his wife of the County of Warren to John Sheppard of the Co of Montgomery, all of Ohio for $1060 conveys to said Sheppard a tract of land being part of section 29 Tp 2 Range 5, between the Miami Rivers beginning at a Stake on the Bank of the Great Miami River & after various courses running along said river ctg 211 52/100 Acres Recorded Feby 14, 1814.
Deed Record O, Pages 552 & 553 A Appears that John Sheppard gave a mtge to Stout, for the land bought of him, on said tract signed John Sheppard & Ackd Mch 16, 1832 before John Folkerth J.P. Mont. Co.
Deed Record N Page 85
Mtge given Apr 3, 1803 by John Barns, Rachel his wife, Lloyd Farmer & Elizabeth his wife, Wm Ewing & Sarah his wife, Jane Barns & John Barns & Maria his wife all of Mont Co O. to Jno Wiffins for $500 in lot Dayton
Signed James Barnes, Rachel Barnes Etal.
JVTPage253 Room 144 Phillips House Dayton, O. Aug 25, 1898 11:17 Pm Central
We left Zanesville at 6:19 Am Reaching Columbus at 8:20 where we changed cars in the fine Union Depot & came on here passing through London, O. with its fine depot & nice streets. Cedarville with its garden of tobacco growing luxuriantly & changing cars again at Xenia reached here at 11:20 Am I went over to the Court House, across the Street from here & tried in the Probate Court office to find out something about the Barnes & Jno? Sheppard who according to Rev John Redburn of Iowa had married sisters of his Father. But finding nothing at 1 o'clock, I came over & got dinner & then John & I went to the Recorders office & got the information on Pages 251 & 252 but whether it refers to the parties I am seeking I cant say. We then went down to Jno F. Edgar's 136 West 2nd St to whom we had been referred but did not gain admittance. We then went down to 141 S. Locust & called on C.H. Scott. We then went into his next door neighbors but he could give no information but referred us to ________ _______, Musman [this line is really hard to read next words living? main?] He could tell us nothing. We then went out to John Wolf outside the Corporation limits. He gave us no information but referred us to Geo Hikes further out. We came in I got shaved, got supper & started out to see Aunt Ruth. We took a car & went to 223 N Hydraulic St & found they had moved to Dayton View. We walked on & finally came to their handsome residence No 46 Arnold Place & found on the porch John J. Schaeffer owner, his wife Fanny, Cousin Jennie F. Hixson & Aunt Ruth Richey, the three latter saluting us with kisses. Mr & Mrs Chas Slagle (He Employed for 17 yrs in Merchants NBK here) & Mrs Dixon, Cousin Elliott Forsythe came about 10 PM. Had a talk & pleasant Evening & at 11 took a car for the Hotel.
JVTPage254 Room 28 St Charles Hotel, Hamilton, O. Aug 26, 1898 10 PM Central Time
Arose at 5:15 this morning Central time & wrote up the record on pages 233, 234 & first half of 235 before breakfast. After breakfast, John took a car for cousin Fanny Schaeffer's to have her go with him to the National Military Home & the National Cash Register Co while I went down to C.H. Scotts at 141 S. Ludlow St & he hitched up his horse & drove me out North Main St beyond the city limits to Geo Hikes aged 83 yrs. He was not at home, had gone into Dayton but we met him on the way back. Said he remembered a John Sheppard but could not tell me anything about him. He referred us to a Joseph Eudsley over by the Troy pike so we drove across over the bridge where France some 18 mos ago had killed a woman Bessie Phillips? & thrown her into the Stillwater River. We found Eudsley but he could give us no information but referred us to Rev Sam'l D. Clayton, of Dayton, O. We came in & I went to Jno F. Edgar's again No 136 W 2nd St & found the house closed. The lady living adjoining told me he was in Pennsylvania on a visit & would be away probably a month yet. She also referred me to Rev Sam'l D. Clayton. Went down to his place No 28 S. Wilkinson St & found that he had gone to the Country to his farm. Then went to Booker's lane to see Jesse Booker, born in 1821, who says he did not remember the Barnes or John Sheppard. After talking awhile he recalled a Dick Sheppard who had once cut old Daniels with a knife. Daniels was a fellow who always was picking a fight & Dick was a quiet inoffending young fellow. Daniels crowded him for a fight & he picked up a butchers knife & cut Daniels unmercifully but he recovered. Said Dick ran to his Fathers & told him he had killed a man & wanted to know what he should do. The people all thought that Daniels had got only what he deserved & would not allow them to arrest Dick. Booker [looks like Booper]
JVTPage255 said his Father came to Dayton in 1804 from Maryland. I gave him my address & he promised to write if he heard or thought of anything beneficial. I then went down Jefferson St across the Viaduct to 50 E. Green St. to see Mrs Alice E. Sheppard, who was away on a visit, but I learned from the lady with whom she boarded that she was not the Mrs S. I was looking for, but if I would go to Mrs Opdykis Cor E. Lojum & E Sixth St she could tell me. I went but found that she had gone away for the summer & closed the house. I then walked up to the depot & asked about departure of trains to Hamilton. Then walked up to the Hotel & saw that S.L. Mestrezat had arrived there this morning & had just eaten his dinner & gone. I then took a car to 229 N. Main St to see John W. Darst. He is an Elderly fine appearing, & well to do man I should judge. He said he knew a John Sheppard aged 76 yrs living out the Brandt pike six miles. He thought was not the family I was hunting out referred to a Mr Bin? a half square distant from him on N. Main. He has a very finely furnished hard wood lobby but knew nothing. I then came to the Hotel & John & I went in & got our dinner. After dinner we went to McGowans livery, got a horse & buggy & John & I drove out six miles, almost to Sulphur Grove & saw John Sheppard. He gave us no information. His father was Wm J. Sheppard & his mother a Lovejoy. He was born in 1821. We then drove back in one hour & at 4 PM, I went around again to see Rev Sam'l D. Clayton, who had just returned from his farm. Could give us no information but took my name thinking he could learn something on the subject & promising to then write me. At 4:00, I took a car for 46 Arnold Place & bid Aunt Ruth, Cousins Jennie & Fannie & the 15 mos old baby Valentine Hixson Schaeffer, a bright boy, good bye. On reaching the hotel John & I went to the depot, where by reason of the misinformation of the Hotel Clerk we had to wait 3/4 of an hour to get a train for Hamilton. Got train at 6:15 & got here at 7:15. Got my supper & went out to see Dr J.B. Scott
JVTPage256 who I found at his office No 329? High St looking well & prosperous. He says Darrtown is 9 miles from here but he does not know the Markles but has heard of them. He got out a County & township map issued 25 yrs ago but could not find any Markles on it, Then hunted up a County Directory issued about the same time in which we found the names J.L. Markle, Darrtown, & C.P. Markle, Oxford. Dr Scott owns the property where he is located 45 feet front 100 feet deep with a large 3 story brick on the corner which he refused $40,000 for recently. He owns a lot 300 feet front in Toledo, O. on which he pays $250 taxes per year. Also owns a farm near Cincinnati, has a mortgage & Judget on a farm near Darrtown for $8000, & he showed me a map of Washington Tp, Blackford? Co Indiana in which he is put down as the largest property holder. Having one full section of 640 Acres which he bought at $40 per acre & was offered the other day $500 per acre it being in the newly formed oil belt & a good well having been brought in on an adjoining farm. He also owns another farm of 240 Acres in the Tp for which he paid $45 per acre, & he must own 220 more than I saw marked on the map as he said he had 1100 Acres in that Tp. It is now 11 Pm & I must go to bed. JVT
Popst Hotel, Darrtown, Ohio, Aug 27, 1898 11 Am Central
Arose at 5:30 this morning. Went over to the Market at Hamilton to see if I could find anyone there from Darrtown. The array of people & produce in the Market was great. They were arranged all the way around the Court Square, four sides & across the street on two other squares jammed in as close as they could back in their wagons with every conceivable article of Country produce. The first man I asked was form Franklin, Co, Indiana. After asking some half dozen more found an old man from Darrtown who said he knew a Markle at Darrtown who had two or three sons. The man was "Dick" Overholt,
JVTPage257 whose grandfather had gone from Pennsylvania. The Markles he said lived in Darrtown & worked in the tobacco fields. I find on coming here that the party he referred me to & who he said was in the same regiment with him in the Civil War is David Markle a son of John & a grandson of George, the eldest son of Casper, of Christian. We left Hamilton at 7:30 Am & reached here nine miles at 9 AM. We went around by the racetrack & going down over a bank to a big shed ‑ where I found him with a number of young men up in the tobacco barn putting up the green tobacco just as it was hauled in. I arranged for him to give me his time this afternoon in order to get from him a record of his branch of the family. He said he lived in the house where his grandfather had lived & died & where his father had lived & died & that he owned it. Said he had left us good a team as you ever saw, dropped the lines on the plow handle, stopped the team, leaving it stand in the field & getting in a passing wagon had gone to Hamilton & Enlisted. Was mustered in at Dayton in 1862 when he was 17 yrs old & served over 3 yrs in the war being in 7 or 8 battles. He was upstairs getting ready to go back the second time & his father came up & asked him what he was doing. He told him he was going back South to the War, but his Father says "no, you have been there long enough & you cant go back." Being still under age he did not go again. He says he has an older brother Cyrus living a mile this side of Seven Miles which is that distance out the road that goes by the race track. John & I drove back to town & then drove back to the other side of town 3/4 of a mile to the cemetery where we copied the inscriptions form seven tombstones of the Markles buried there & came then up here to a hotel (Saloon) on the Main St & had our horse put out to be fed & I am sitting in the back end of the bar room on an improvised table near the billiard table writing this with four fellows playing Cards front. Dont seem to be anyone drinking.
JVTPage258& JVT Page 259 [Descendant Chart]
George Markle, Son of Casper Markle & Elizabeth Grim settled on a farm in what is now Milford Tp, Butler Co O when he came here from Pennsylvania. The farm contained 190 Acres & is now owned by David Schollenbarger. It is out by the cemetery, the house being on the right hand side of the road just as you turn around to the cemetery gate & there David Markle my informant was born in 1837 (says his wife) not in the house that is now on it but in an old one that was torn down to make room to build this one on. David Markle remembers him & says that when a small boy he used to comb his hair every morning & that he died in the room just above where I am now writing. Mrs Markle says she thinks she must have not ever remember seeing his grand mother. They are both Equally certain that he died before David's father married his second wife. He was a very heavy set man, a good bit the build of David Markle his grandson but not so tall even as he is.
[Children of George Markle] John L. Markle, Born June 15, 1802, twin brother of Joseph & ob Apr 1, 1888. Married Elizabeth Mann on March 31, 1833. She died Mch 28, 1844 M.2. Sarah A. Cook on Jany 2, 1845 & she died Aug 8, 1849.
1st Wife‑Cyrus Painter Markle, b. June 22, 1834 M. Nancy J. Cregar
of Darrtown on January 28, 1857. Now live about 5 miles from here on the Seven Mile Road. She was born Aug 30, 1837
William Markle, Single, Lives at home. born Oct 24, 1858.
Adam J., born August 15th, 1864, M. Sallie Morgan Lives with his father.
Charles, b May 17, 1870, M. Ora Cregar his own cousin. Runs on RR & lives in Cincin, O.
Paul B., B July 23, 1893
Alice U., was burned to death at Cincinnati, O a month or two ago [two letter word unreadable] yrs. She was born Oct 13, 1895 & died from burns July 25, 1898.
1st Wife‑Minerva Markle, b Dec 27, 1835 ob Nov 15, 1842 aged 6 yrs 10 mos, & 20 days
1st Wife‑David Markle, b June 15, 1837, M Oct 8, 1868 to Mary Kendall of Darrtown O who was born Dec 4, 1834, Dau of Stephen Kendall & he a son of Reece Kendall, married in Darrtown by Rev John Crozier Presbyterian preacher.
Horace Walter Markle, b Oct 12, 1871, single & lives at home.
John Albert Markle, b Nov 28, 1875 single & lives at home.
1st Wife‑Martha Markle m. James Wilson Morton of near Darrtown cemetery. They are living at Collinsville, Ohio.
1st Wife‑Mary Elizabeth Markle, M. Taylor Marshall of Cincinnati. Dont live with him. He is married again but do not know that any divorce was gotten. lives out of Hamilton, O. with a family named Staub.
Jeannette, Dead, single
A dau, single
John, m. to a Cincinnati girl
May, m. Frank Krucker. Live 4 miles from here.
2nd Wife‑Frances Jane, M. Robert Marshall a bro of Taylor. Live East of here on a farm. She was born Nov 31, 1845.
A girl died soon after birth, was a twin of Nellie
Nellie Marshall, M. John Cook
Harry Marshall Cook
Jesse Eugene } Twins, named by their grandmother Marshall
Bessie Irene }
All single but Nellie
2nd Wife‑Joseph Whitesell, [unreadable small word] Named for Dr Whitesell of Knightstown, Ind. His relative. M. a widow at Urbana, Ills, where now lives & works at Car[rest unreadable] shop. He got his Fathers Bible & they are not sure but what he might have gotten his grandfathers Bible. Mrs Markle says he lives in Champaign Co. He is aged abt 51 yrs. In the Bible it is down Joseph Whitzel Markle born Mch 29, 1847.
Joseph B. Markle, Born June 15, 1802. Twin Bro of John L. ob July 23, 1849. M. Elizabeth McCollonyl of Oxford. She buried at Oxford, He died of cholera. His bones taken up and removed to Oxford & his tombstone put up at his fathers grave.
Ann, oldest, Dead
Elizabeth, Dead, M. John Bender
A child, buried at Oxford
Frances, M. Charles_____, a cousin of Jno Bender. Lives in Colorado Dont know about them.
Ellen, M. John Bender after sister Elizabeth died. Live in St Joe, Mo Dont know about their family
Martha (Mat), Dead, M. Jno George McGonigle. Had four children buried two or three with diptheria close together only one Lulu living & she is married.
Lulu McGonigle M. Ed Kumber
Harry J. McGonigle ob Nov 17, (abt 20 yrs ago) aged 2 yrs 10 mo & 10 days
Eddie P. ob Nov 19 (same Year) aged 6 yrs 5 mos & 2 days
Samuel, Dead M.1. Gear, M.2. Gear sisters Live out west.
Louis, married, did live at Anderson, Ind, was in poor health when Mrs Homer was killed. Could not come to funeral. He died so Gertrude says before her father died.
Jessie Markle, M. Edwd Cole & live at Knightstown, Ind. She takes an interest in family matters & is the part Gertrude & Warren advise me to write to.
Joseph, died single, died at Oxford O & buried there.
Georgianna, M. James Horner, of Oxford. After he died she lived in Oxford with her daughter & a nigger she had employed to do work on the farm hit her with a stick of stonewood & killed her abt 6 yrs. they strung him up as soon as they found him & shot him full of holes. It was winter time & snow was very deep. She used to teach school at Uniontown over 50 yrs ago. Buried at Oxford, O.
A daughter, dead
Lizzie, M. Hull M.2. a lawyer Alexander & live in Oxford O. No Children by Hull & dont know of any by Alexander.
Jacob Markle, moved below Louisville, Ky (& died there) about 15 miles, thinks Kentucky side. Married
Casper Markle, Lived in the town was a dry goods merchant. Moved to Cambridge City, Ind abt 44 miles from here. Was very poorly when his bro John L. died & could not come to the funeral. His wife was then dead. She was not from this Section.
David Markle enlisted as a Private in Co "C" 93d Regiment Ohio Volunteer Inf'y on the 6th day of August 1862 at Hamilton Ohio by Capt Wallace & was mustered into the United States Service as such for the period of 3 yrs on Aug 20, 1862 at Dayton, O. by Capt Howard, U.S.A. mustering officer & was mustered out at Nashville Tenn June 8, 1865. He was in the battle of Missionary Ridge, where he lost the first two fingers of his right hand, & in the battle of Chickamauga, battle of Stone River at Murfreesboro, Tenn, Resaca Crab Orchard & others. Was under old Gen Thomas, 2ndDivision 4th Army Corps. His father John L. Markle belonged to the Light horse Co was Captain of the company & the paraphernalia & Regalia (uniform, Swords, Etc) were about this house for many years. This property was sold at Sheriff sale as the property of E'd Reed many years ago & John L Markle bought it. He sold to William L. Smith & David bought it back afterwards from Smiths widow. He says his grandfather could not talk English nor read it, but was very fluent in German. He had a large German Bible with all the records in it in German more that a foot long & a foot wide & fully four inches, possibly five or six thick. It was all he could do to carry it to him when he would call for it. Was a great man to fish & hunt. The land he settled on is now known as Coulters Run, near Four mile Creek. He & Thos Cooch gave the ground for the 1st cemetery & additions have since been made to it from his George's old farm.
JVT Page 260 At Cyrus Painter Markles on Seven Mile Creek, Wayne Tp Butler Co Aug 27, 1898 5:11 Pm Central 6:11 Pm my time.
Have been here for half an hour & have inserted dates of birth, marriage & deaths on two preceding pages from the family Bible of John L Markle which turns up here instead of being with Joseph W. in Illinois. In it is the following record in the handwriting of John L. Markle so Cyrus says. George Markle, Senr departed this life25* Feby 3, 1850 in his 89 year of his age." Notwithstanding this record Cyrus thinks there must be a mistake in the year. He says it was in the winter Jany or Feby that he died but he thinks he died before his step mother did & his wife thinks he must have died between the two wifes. [sic], although at than time she was not in the family, nor living either in Darrtown. Cyrus feels pretty sure that his mother died before his grandfather did. Cyrus says that his Father (& of course Joseph B. also) were born in Pennsylvania & were small boys when their father came to Darrtown & settled on a farm just west of the town, the neighborhood there being mostly in woods. Cyrus says the five boys listed of his grandfather was all the children there were that there were no girls. Also that Jacob lived at Rockport, either Kentucky or Indiana & that he died there, leaving a family. He says his uncle Casper is still living or was two months ago at Cambridge City, Indiana. Says he knows this as his information came through a reliable source. Knows that he has one son but does not know his name nor anything further about the family He thinks he was at Cambridge City when his Father died but he may have been at Oxford yet. he says his Uncle George lost his wife
JVT Page 261 & went away off west he does not know where. Was living over by Darrtown at the time his wife died but did not have any children that he knew of. Says he recalls of his grandfather telling him often about being in the Revolutionary War & how they had to fight & did fight then. Remembers of his telling of being in a number of different battles. Says he would take him up on his knee & tell him about. Says he was in the War a good while. After he lost his wife, he made his home with Cyrus' father & being in the family with him he often recited the hardships they endured. Says he recalls the old powder horn he used in the Rev. War, it was a long one that went around his body & buckled on hooked. He, George Markle, belonged to the German Lutheran Church & attended its services regularly every two weeks. The church was on Hamilton Darrtown & Fairhaven pike three miles north of Darrtown toward Richmond. Says he used to drive him to church when he was a boy & if the old church record could be found his name would be one often found on said record.
This point is about six miles from Hamilton.
Room 63 Hotel McFalen, Connersville, Indiana, Aug 28, 1898 6:22 my time 5:22 Am Central
David Markle of Darrtown is a low heavy set man with a smooth face with his mouth, nose & brows shaped very much like uncle Joe Markle. he reminds me more in size build & appearance of Crawford the chimney flue builder of Uniontown. His wife is a small slender woman not as tall even as he is. His brother Cyrus P. Markle is about his height but not nearly so heavy. He is smoothfaced also & a very kind
JVTPage262 & accommodating man. His wife is a rather large woman, taller & slender than he & would weigh I think 175 pounds. There was a young rosy cheeked plump well developed woman there with a large growth of light colored hair, light auburn, I suppose whom I took to be Harry's wife. She was pleasant & talked some to me & was interested but they did not introduce me. Just as I was leaving the sons William & Harry came in from the field where they were plowing. They were both tall & slender.
Vintons Hotel, Cambridge City, Ind Aug 28, 1898 7 Am Central time Room 9
The bus came & I had to stop & go to the train at Connersville. Left there at 6 Am & reached here at 6:30 Am & am now quartered in corner room of this hotel 3d story front. The Markle boys were pleasant & affable hard working farmers. Their father & mother had been into Hamilton & had just returned a short time before we got there. We left there at 6 PM Central & 1 1/4 miles this side of their house 4 3/4 miles from Hamilton passed one of the best improved farms I have seen in my travels. The buildings on the right hand side of the road as we came in. A little girl we met said it belonged to Jasper or Jacquith. We reached Hamilton at 7 PM got supper, packed up & took a street car at next square for the depots. Left Hamilton at 8:11 Pm Central & got to Connersville at 9:11 Pm & were driven to the Hotel McFarlan, where we were stowed away in the largest room we had struck, a large airy room No 63 on third floor with a bay window front with seven windows (3 of them large circular bay windows) on corner of Central Ave & Sixth St. I arose at 4:44 Am Central time, washed up Etc. & wrote a little of this record while John was getting ready. We then came here passing through a small place called "Beesons"
JVTPage263 With 8 to 10 houses, but a nice laying Country surrounding. On our way up here to the Hotel we passed "Beeson's Meat Market" so it seems one of the old Uniontown names is a common one here. The RR agt & operator at the depot thought that Casper Markle was dead but that his widow was living although he was not sure not being well acquainted with the family. Said his son Warren was in the Western Wayne Bank here. The porter at this hotel since Casper Markle had died a couple years ago he thought but such does not coincide with Cyrus P. Markle's information. It is now 7:20 Am & breakfast will soon be ready, so I will stop.
Have Eaten our breakfast & then took a walk out to the cemetery, a miles from here, North West I should Judge. Found no Markle's tombstones there but a man we ran across in the cemetery said that Casper Markle was buried there about a year ago & in the outer circle toward the corner of the cemetery next to town, when John & I were out to the Darrtown graveyard yesterday forenoon we copied the following.
| Eliza M., infant daughter of J.B. & E. Markle Died Aug 24, 1826 aged |
| 7 yrs mos & 17 days. | +----------------------------------------------------------------------+
JVTPage264 From page 165.
Moselem Creek coming W.M.K. said from a Spring in the Cellar, up in the gable above the front door among the branches of a shade tree standing in front is a stone with an inscription something like this:
George Mercklen : Alle Die in diesen Hans
und : Gehn ans und Ein Las bins
Christina : Gott be Fohlen Sein
Anno 1767 : The translation of above W.M.K. says is: All those that go in & out of this house shall God Direct.
Mrs Wentzel now lives in the house, a tenant of the Rothermels, & She was a large dirty woman with 8 or 10 children of all sizes, dirty, ragged & half clad standing around. I asked a 12 or 14 yr old daughter to go around & open the front door but she did not do it or return & Mr Rhoads says he asked Mrs Wentzel to open it & she refused. Suppose it was too dirty or unpresentable as it certainly looked dingy & rough from lack of care. If cleaned up the premises could be made a very desirable home as it is nice spot. Mr Kaufman & I went across the creek & a few steps around the road to the old spring which is near an old Springhouse in the open unprotected & notwithstanding the fact that the sin was beating down on it when we were there 11 o'clock AM Aug 16, 1898 the water was cool & good.
[There is a map of this location at the bottom of the page.]
JVTPage265 W.M. Kaufman says the old mill stood between the dam & bridge faced up to the road & Extended across the creek & was operated by a shaft undershot water wheel. He also remembers an old log house across the creek, all of which are shown in above drawing, & says there was then a ford no bridge across the creek. This old log house is probably the one my great great grandfather Casper Merkle & the rest of the children were born. It is located in Richmond Twp, Berks Co Pa. Mr Rhoads says he thinks Christian Merckel had Eleven hundred acres there. Mr Kaufman said the selection was one of great vantage by reason of the water power, the source of the water being only three quarters of a mile above the original mill site & on the tract he took up. He was a miller, his son Casper was a miller & yesterday at Seven Mile Creek Cyrus P. said that his father George (Caspers oldest son) was a miller. We drove on to Moselem Church graveyard & took from the stones there many inscriptions which are recorded on pages 228‑231. In driving along I asked Wm M Kaufman what the English of Mercklen was & he said "mushrooms". In speaking of Maiden Creek he said it was the English translation of the name given to it by the Indians which was Onterlawnee. Aside from the Creek taking its name from this Indian derivative is Maiden Creek Tp & also as well an Onterlawnee Tp. We stayed at Moselem church for dinner Mrs Elias S. Wile the wife of the Janitor or sexton getting up a large dinner for us & detaining us a couple hours by reason thereof. They had some "Fresh air fund" children there from Brooklyn. I asked her husband if he did not have some of the church records there & he said no but he thought that Dr Milton Z. Fritch of Virginsville, Pa Secretary of the Church
JVTPage266 had them. We drove over to Virginsville passing the old Furnace that the Merkels had run years ago & Mr Kaufman pointing out the large possessions they had once owned & the many fine buildings erected by them. I called at Dr Fritch's but he was not at home. I left my name with his wife telling her my business & asking her to have him make search & write me. She then told me there was a Wm M. Merkel living across the Street. I went over & a plain Elderly woman in her bare feet came to the door & admitted me. She proved to be Mrs Wm M. Merkel & on page 157 is recorded what she told me. Her daughter Sally Nevada 11 years old came in & she has a frightful scar about the center of her forehead & also a couple others on her face, which her mother says was from a horse kicking or stepping on her one day when some neighbors took her along to Moselem Church. I then went down to the lower end of the village to the workshop of Jacob Dreibelbis & got from him the record on Pages 158 & 159 of this book, going with him to his fine brick house to get from his fathers & his own Bible the dates of birth of the children of the respective families & finding I would not have time to go into an exhaustive tracing of the descendants of his grandfather gave him $5. & told him to get it for me with dates where practical & send to me, which he said he would do & if the $5. will not pay him I am to pay him more. We then drove across the bridge & up a short distance to where Wm M. Merkel was working, his daughter Sally Nevada going with us. He had gray chin whiskers was rather short & heavy set but not inclined to stop long from his work. We drove back recrossing the bridge & leaving about 6 PM while I was at Jacob Dreibelbis' shop a young man (I think a son of Fritch) came in & said Dr Fritch had returned but he did not have any of the Moselem Church records but referred
JVTPage267 me to Dr S.L. Harkey, Kuztown. We drove on past Dreibelbis Station. Drove into the barn yard of Thomas Merkel at the old Dunkel place. ( think this was after we left Virginsville, not before we came to it). He was away but his son a young man with glasses on was helping with the work of loading & hauling out manure. We then drove over the hill coming to Dunkels church another large Massive church edifice of brick. Mr Kaufman & I got out & made the transcript from the tombstones that appears of Page 232. We then drove on to the Lenhartsville church, another brick one but not quite so large, & on pages 232‑233 appears what we took off there. We then drove up in the town & he & I went over to see Rev B. Weiss, a very intelligent but delicate man. He cheerfully gave us the record of his immediate family which appears on page 160. We met his wife, his daughter Caroline & son Zwingle. Mr Kaufman showed us several very fine properties about Lenhartsville including a fine mansion house & a large farm which he said belonged to Mrs Spang of Reading, but she would not make good to her brother Wilson the money he lost by endorsing for her husband Jacob K. Spang. Spang had been in the iron business & it was in it that he lost his money. Wm M. Kaufman said he too had lost money in the iron business in the depression of a few years ago estimating his loss at $250,000. When we left Rev Weiss' it was dusk & a half dozen young ladies were sitting out on the sidewalk in front of the house adjoining the hotel where our team was standing. Mr K introduced me to them, two of whom were daughters of Mrs Spang. I mentioned the nice stream of water they had there, Maiden Creek, & one of them said, "Yes indeed & we availed ourselves this morning of the benefit of a good bath in it." We left Lenhartsville about 7 PM & at 8:08 Pm passed through Hamburg
JVTPage268 with its array of fine buildings. Mr Kaufman pointing out the store of James L. Merkle as we passed through, but being late we did not stop to see him.
At 9 PM we drove into Shoemakersville & stopped to water our horses & swab their mouths & got a light lunch at the hotel kept by Daniel Rothermel. We left after 20 minutes rest & passed on through Mohrsville, Leesport, where Wm M. Kaufman says he commenced work in the store when 13. I think he said at $50. a years wages & he had to pay $77. for his board, which his Father paid. His father was then with others running a furnace at Leesport & at other places. He showed me the house where his father had died, a large brick with spacious yard on left hand side of road. He also as we came through showed me a mile out of Leesport where his Father in law Shalter had lived & where he courted his first wife Isabella & with whom he went to school near there. We passed also through or by Onterlawnee Sta & in speaking of J.K. Olwine who I said I wanted to care & see, Mr Rhoads said he was a very nice old man & took things easy driving out most of the time with some very spirited horses which he managed himself. He further said that Olwine was worth $300,000 to $400,000. We drove up to Mr Rhoads's residence at 11 PM & letting him out, we went to our room & I wrote up what appears on pages 161‑163 before retiring, got up the next morning & wrote same of page 164, then after breakfast went up to see Elijah A. Merkel to know if he would drive me out to his fathers at Friedensburg (Oley PO). He said it was their market morning & he could not get away but would go at 1 PM. Andrew & I then went up to No 1039 Penn St to call on Jacob K. Olwine found him a tall well preserved man apparently 20 yrs younger than he is for he said he was born on Nov 8, 1808, in what was
JVTPage269 then Chester Co. at I think Yedons Springs but the name of the place is since changed. He left home about 60 yrs ago & went to Phila engaging in business there for about 15 yrs, then went to New York City where he was in business for 25 yrs? when he thought he would retire & go back to Phila to live. He found, however, that all his old friends were either dead or gone & came out to Reading to look around about 20 yrs ago & some of his friends prevailed on him to located there & he has lived there since.
I recall that WM M. Kaufman was telling about one of the Merkles in Early times loading his wagon one wintry day with three hogsheads of whiskey which they had manufactured to drive to Phila. When out near Perkiomen, going along a sideling [sic] road, the wagon slipped on the ice; the whiskey was pitched off & went rolling down into someone's orchard. When the son returned, his Father was sitting in the old Stone house & as the boy drove up & turned in the gate he saw something was wrong because only half enough time had elapsed. He called out "whats up" but the boy drove in & coming in the house lager said "Father, the whiskey has all gone to the devil down in so & so's orchard" & that was all that was ever mentioned about it. Mr Olwine wanted me to come up or let him drive down that Evening or the next morning & take me a drive over Penn's Mount, but I did not have time to avail myself of his kind offer.
At 1:30 Pm Aug 17th, I started with Elijah N. Merkel in his buggy to his fathers at Friedensburg & about four miles out (we went the Ridge road) we stopped at Mrs Edwin Kutz, a good substantial house with barn & other buildings. Just a little ways before we came to Stony Creek where the Mills of Louis Keemer [Kramer?] & Co are located. Mrs Kutz is a daughter of John Merkle & a granddaughter of Daniel Merkel. She was a dark com‑
JVTPage270 plected woman above medium size, but with the strongest voice I ever heard from a woman. Stronger even, I believe, than Jim Barne's. She talked German or Dutch altogether & my, but she could talk. She said her father John Merkle died abt 19 yrs ago last Spring & is buried at Fleetwood & she says she had heard her Father tell that his Father was born in Germany (in this, however, she is mistaken as the Church records at Moselem prove, but it may have been a generation further back that was born in Germany) & came here when 8 yrs old & died in 1852 aged 84 m & buried at Kutztown. Says they came from Wittenberg. We drove on & about 6 miles out or 7, E.U. showed me off to the right on another road on a gently sloping hillside, his fathers farm which is certainly a good one & in good repair. Says they paid $150. per acre for it. His Father said afterwards that he had paid interest for some years on $10,000, but now the interest was coming the other way. We got to his place in Friedensburg barely in time to escape a heavy downpour of rain with lots of wind with it & soon was at work getting from him what information appears on pages 166 & 167. He is very dutch, is short heavy build, with grayish whiskers with every indication of a prosperous farmer. He was so Dutch that he could barely understand me & made some mistakes as Erasures will show, but his wife returning from town with her son Irwin Isaac (who is six feet tall & rather slender) helped him out some. He insisted that I have supper & we had a very good supper & after supper in speaking of Esther, a sister of his Father who had married Geo Schaeffer, he said he thought she had died before he was born. Says he has often heard his Uncle Jacob & his Father talking about their ancestry & recalls hearing them say there were three brothers came over.
JVTPage271 He said he lived on the farm (I think he meant on the flat out at the old home near Fleetwood) 14 yrs after his marriage. E.U. Merkel said that the schools in his Fathers time were all German & he does not think English was taught. It was 6:17 PM when we left Levi S. Merkels home at Friedensburgh & was 8 PM when we drove up to Elijah U. Merkels Store. He told me he did not own the store property, but paid $425 per year rent & would have to pay twice that if it was a square further down town. I had an appointment with Wm M. Kaufman to go that night at 7:30 to see Augustus H. Merkel & from his place to Franklin S. Merkel's 1006 Oley St. It developed on my trip to Friedensburg that I should go to Kutztown the next day & I am very thankful that I did. E.U. said he would call his brother J.J. of Kutztown up on the telephone & arrange for him to go with me on the next day the 18th. I jumped on a car & went down to the Hotel saying I would send Andrew up to see what he heard from Kutztown, but as Andrew was not there, had to send one of the hotel boys. I then went over to Wm M. K's office & found him. He had been at the Hotel looking for me, & asked him if he was ready to go to Augustus's. He said it was late, but all right. We went up & found Augustus at home, also his wife & young daughter, a very stout handsome twelve year old with full regular features, large arms & legs & built throughout much like John was when her age. Her mother has a remarkably large strong arm. Augustus is not so heavy rather medium build, but very much interested in family lore. He gave me the facts recorded on pages 168‑173. About 11 PM, W.M.K. wanted to go home, but we detained him, Augustus saying he had to go to his work in the morning, but he was ready to put the whole night in if need be.
JVTPage272 A little after half past Eleven, however, W.M.K. got up & said he must go as they closed his Hotel at midnight. Augustus said, "See here, I was Standing the other evening on the corner across from your hotel & remarked that those four corners had a distinction that I do not believe can be duplicated. On once corner, a large hall (Odd Fellows or Masons) on another, a public school building, another a church & on the other the hotel where you board & I remarked to someone that they had it all there, Initiation, Education, Salvation, & Damnation", it being evident that there was a bar connected with the hotel. I left Augustus's 541 Birch St at 1:20 Am the morning of the 18th & as all street cars had stopped, I had to walk all the way to the hotel about a dozen big squares. Found Andrew asleep & a letter from E.U.M. saying his brother James J. would meet me at Kutztown. I went to bed at 2, & got up at five & took a bus for the depot, I think shortly after six. Took the train for Kutztown passed through Temple, Blandon, Walnutville, Fleetwood, Lyons, Barners, & Topton where I changed cars & took a train back to Kutztown & recognized James Jared Markle at the deport from his resemblance to his brother Irwin Isaac although he is not so tall,but their faces are much alike. He is a traveling salesman for Krause, Ingham & Hiester, Phila, Pa, a grocery firm. We went up the street & met John Wink, born in 1815 who said that Daniel Merkel married for his 2nd wife a Stimmel who had been married first to Jno Merkel (Jno George Merkel, I think) a bro of Daniel. She a sister of Wm Stimmel now living in Kutztown, he said, but it does not seem possible that she could have a brother living yet. He recalls a son she had by John Mercle who lived in Richmond Tp & thinks also a daughter but she had no children by Daniel.
JVTPage273 On the way up on the train, a woman aged say 26 to 28, & slender got on at Bowers with a pretty daughter 6 to 8 yrs old built from the ground up (as most of the Dutch girls in Berks Co are) & a baby in her arms, with a satchell addressed A.K. Fregeley, Mertz town, Pa. We went up the Main street & found Joshua Merkel at a blacksmith shop where I sit down in the shop & wrote on my knee the record on Page 175. I had however, stopped first at Mrs Anna DeTurks aged 90 yrs, grandmother of my chaperone, James J. Merkel & got from her & her granddaughter Ellen Sarton's Dreibelbis, a pleasant mannered modest young girl with a very sweet face when lit up by a smile, the information on the upper half of page 174.
On our way down from Joshua Merkels, we stopped at the home of Rev S.L. Harkey & got from the original records commencing 1737 of Moselem church, many of the most interesting data I had yet struck & went back after dinner at about 2 PM & got much more, but will not insert it here as I gave him $10 to make me a complete record of what appears there about the Merckels & their relatives & will wait until I get it complete. l Rev Harkey said his Father came from Switzerland & his mother from Wittenberg, That his Father always wrote his name Herch'e & that his brothers & himself changed the spelling to correspond with the pronunciation his Father gave. He says he lived in North Carolina some years ago & knew Merkels there in Cabassus [Cabarrus?], Montgomery, & two or three other counties. Said he once delivered an address in Uniontown, Pa for Prof J.M. Hautz. When he had the school there. He is a strong man, I should judge being near or altogether six feet high with a massive forehead & very kindly man, but I caught him in a four slight mistakes in transcribing, upon leaving him at 12:30 PM 18th, we went to James J.
JVTPage274 Merkel's, where his wife had prepared us a very good dinner & we met her Father Mr Peter there, a tall slender man who would not pass as handsome, but was very affable & Pleasant. After dinner, J.J. & I went back to the old Kutztown Church graveyard, & I copied a number of births & deaths from the stones there which are recorded on Pages 233 & 234. The name of this church is the St Johns (Lutheran). We then went back to Rev Harkey's & were there for more than an hour & made the arrangement above referred to. Found from his church books that the date of birth of Daniel Merkel _(grandfather of Levi S. Merkel) was Nov 18, 1767 same as shown on his tombstone, but instead of being the son of George of Christian as shown by will on Page 126, he was the son of George Merkel "flat" & Mary Magdalena, his wife & not of George & Christina who that year erected the old stone house. After leaving Dr H. James J. went to get up his horse & I went into the store of Oscar D. Merkel, General Mdze & got the record of his branch of the family as shown on pages 176 & 177. Also bought 25 cts worth of candy from him for James J. Merkels two children, Marie & Paul. We then started for Fleetwood & I think it must have been about 4 o'clock.
On the way, we stopped at Daniel M. Merkels on the left hand side of the road some two miles out from Kutztown, the house sitting back & with a very pretty yard with flowers in it. He is very dark complected & weighs now 195 had weighed 220 in winter. He is almost an exact counterpart of Jno W. Dearth of Hasdenville, Pa in size, was very kindly & intelligent & actually knew more about his early ancestors than any I had yet met. I have recorded what he told me on page 178. The old Benjamin Merkel farm, his grandfathers, had been just across the road from his farm & I believe is now owned in part at least
JVTPage275 by Lewis Merkel, his grandson. Louis Merkel a son of Daniel S. whose wife Emma is a daughter of Mrs Isaac Schuler who was herself a Markel & who Daniel M. Merkel said we ought to see as she was well versed in the family history. We intended doing so as she lived on the adjoining farm, but J.J. said her house was on (that is Mrs Isaac Schulers house) the other road & we would have to go almost back to Kutztown to get on it, so we did not go. We drove on through the flat between Kutztown & Fleetwood & I tell you it is magnificent land & nearly all owned by the Merkels & their relatives. We drove into Fleetwood passing two large brick houses on the way, owned by the Dreibelbis & passed the big lodge room they are putting up near the principal corner of the town. It is an immense structure, brick, for the town & I should say is easy as large or larger than our Opera House. James J. drove me up to his uncle Isaac Merkel's & it was almost dusk. I told him what I wanted & he did not seem much concerned about it & he called his son Charles Benjamin Merkel, born June 28, 1880, a big nosed, bright boy who acted as my chaperone. I then bid good bye to J.J. & he drove back to Kutztown & Charles B. & I started as fast as we could walk to the old Lutheran Church graveyard which proved to be at the very furthest end of town. It got dark before I finished, but I think I got what I wanted & made a record of it on pages 234 & 235. We then walked at a rapid gait back to see the widow of Isaac Merkel of Daniel (Nathaniel's mother) who is about 85 yrs old, but were too late as the house was closed & everything dark. We then went to the Daniel S. Merkel home (I believe he is dead) & saw his daughter Sallie Ann & her mother
JVTPage276 who was very hard of hearing & she gave me the information in connection with the family Bible & her mother that appears on the upper part of page 179. I was very favorably impressed with her demeanor. Her little niece Bertha Fox is a very fine looking little girl. We then went up to Edwin M. Schollenberger's & he & his housekeeper were still up & we went in. He is in feeble health by reason of great physical & mental afflictions. He is a very intelligent man of good mind if he had not been wrecked as he says himself by mental & physical suffering. His wife died Aug 7, 1896 which was the last fully day that Mary, my dear Mary, had on Earth & on which she suffered such excruciating pain. Mr Schollenberger also said that they took 41 stones from him (his bladder, I think) a picture of which he showed me, with plenty of them as large as hazel nuts & some as large as walnuts. We left him about 10 Pm & walked up to the depot reaching it just before a heavy raining poured down. The only party I did not see that I had on my list was Wm Heffley of Kutztown who was working & we did not hunt up. The information given me by Edwin M. Schollenberger is recorded on the lower half of page 179, on page 180, & on the upper & central part of page 181. When I left Reading in the morning, I commissioned Andrew to go & see Nathan M. Schollenberger, Mrs Peter Wanner, & Franklin S. Merkel, some of the information he got from Nathan M. being same I got & notice of which is on page 181, & also on pages 220 & 221 is what he got from the other parties. The train was late at Fleetwood, more than half an hour & I did not get to Reading until 11:30 Pm Aug 18th & it rained I think all night. I went to bed & got up early the
JVTPage277 next morning & prepared to leave. We went over to bid Jno H. Rhoads good bye & Mr Wm M. Kaufman went with us in the bus to the train. Andrew & I with Mr Rhoads however had gone around to see Gen Gregg who is a very excellent gentleman & who received us very kindly. He had been so Mr R said, a 2nd Lieut of Infantry when 22 yrs of age. Just after he left West Point & was sent in a Co of 40 to Seattle, Wash Ter, the Indians about a thousand strong surrounded them, & made the woodland hideous with their yells & whoops. A Jesuit priest came to the small band of M.S. forces 7 told them he would use his influence to not have them tortured, but he could not save their lives as the Indian Council had decided to massacre them. They, however, do not as a rule if ever make attacks at night, so that band of 40 decided to escape that night & escape they did by long & forces marches, but they heard the fearful yells of the Indians pursuing them for over a week. He was a very important Commander at Gettysburgh & has a most brilliant war record as well as spotless & blameless private life. Speaking about our descent from Lieut John Potter, he spoke of Dr Wm H. Egle of Harrisburgh as a walking Encyclopedia & most wonderful man & he referred me to him & told me to tell him that he sent me. He also showed me a copy of the History of Centre & Clinton? Cos by Jno Blair Linn & said that Mr Linn was still living in Bellefonte though much broken in health. Gen Gregg & Mr Rhoads spoke of Hinzinge Messchart living the life of a hermit almost at Douglasville, Pa, a small station on the Penna RR & being worth a million dollars. Said he lived in finest style in a big house with well kept lawns & was a
JVTPage278 most Excellent, lovely man & always treated those who came royally, but he did not aim to entertain any while his Father in his lifetime, when living in Phila was a most lavish entertainer. Going to the depot, Wm M. Kaufman spoke of his grandfather who was a large heavy set man with a shuffling gait & shoulders stooped as a great fighter if imposed on or occasion offered. Said once he was sleighing coming from Kutztown with his wife & some fellow encroached too much on him or said something to him & he stopped his sleigh at the cross roads from Kutztown gave the lines to his wife & gave the fellow a most unmerciful thrashing. He said his grandfather always told his family to never make any appointments to fight to attend to the matter at the time & leave no question about it being effectually done. At the station, the train being late & he having given me a record of the descendants of his first wife (saying Andrew had gotten the children that were dead) he spoke of having been married the second time to a niece of Thomas A. Scott, a daughter of James Scott, but who Mr Rhoads told Andrew was a widow, saying that she thought she was getting a rich widower & he thinking he was getting a rich widow & both were widely disappointed. He said they had agreed to separate by reason of incompatibility of temperament & that a divorce was to be procured soon on those grounds. He said she was a woman of Excellent character & no scandal whatever connected with her, but they simply could not get along together. Said she was now at the seashore with his two younger children, but would be home soon. He said the children came to see him every day when they were in Reading.
JVTPage279 Below is a sketch of his family.
William M. Kaufman, born July 29, 1834
M.1. Isabella Shalter who was born Mch 15, 1835 on Nov 1853 & She died Oct 17, 1883. M.2. Mary Scott, Dau of James Scott & niece of Thos A. on Nov 3, 1886.
[Children of the first wife]
Mary Dora, b. Aug 24, 1854 ob Feby 16, 1861
Norman Shalter, b June 29, 1856 ob Oct 3, 1856
Eliza Shalter, b Aug 22, 1858, M. on Mch 6, 1879 to Isaac Eckert now Prest of Farmers Natl Bank, Reading Pa
Wm K. Eckert, b Nov 29, 1879
Carrie Eckert, b June 1882
[Children of the second wife]
Wm Scott, b May 29, 1888
J. Douglas, b July 5, 1892
He said there was no trouble in his family until the children came along by his second wife, & then it commenced.
We got away from Reading about 10:30 Am Aug 19/98 the train having been late, got to Harrisburg & took dinner at the Lochiel House. Went up to the Treasure Dept & saw State Treasurer James S. Beacom & told him we wanted an additional deposit of $100,000 to accomplish what I was aiming at & that we wanted it from the sinking fund. He said we had more now of the sinking fund than any except the regular depositories. I asked him if he could not check it out the sinking fund deposits at Harrisburgh & Phila half each & then replace it there as the sinking fund came in. He said he would see & went out bringing Benj J. Haywood with him to where he introduced me. He said they had decided to let me have $100,000‑but instead of me taking it with me, asked to allow it to go regularly by mail as was their custom saying that it would reach Uniontown in the morning. I assented & just there is where I
JVTPage280 got left for they sent General fund & I hardly know yet what to do with it, but think I should return it. Had I been at home, would not have used the check. J.S. then took Andrew & I through & introduced me to Dr Wm H. Egle who is a wonderful man & who I think give me the name of my great great grandfather Caruthers. He asked if my great grandfather James Caruthers had any brothers & sisters & I told him yes, Rebecca & John & he turned to an orphans court proceeding at Carlisle showing that they were children of John Caruthers & had a younger brother Hugh. He said that he thought he could tell what relation John was to some of the other Carothers families in the Cumberland Valley & would write me. He also had a list of John Potters family, another great great grandfather which he gave me as follows:
John Potter Wife, Martha d. Jany 1782 M.2. Thomas Brown of Antrim Children was:
1. James, General in the Revolution
2. Samuel, M. Susannah Poe
3. Thomas, Killed by indians in Apr 1758
4. Margaret, M. George Lattimore
5. Annie, M. Alexander Young
6. Catharine, M. James Caruthers
7. Mary, M. Beard
8. Hannah, M.1. John McMillan 2nd Thomas Robinson
9. Isabella, M. John Jordan
Andrew & I then went up in the Gallery & looked at the paintings, particularly P.F. Rothermel's Battle of Gettysburgh which cost $25,000 & another by him that cost $1,500. We then took a street car & rode out to Paxtang Park & by old Paxtang Church & back. Came back & telegraphed the Register at Carlisle that I would be there that Evening & wan‑
JVTPage281 ted to make arrangements to have access to the office. Worked that morning until 4 o'clock & then went to the Hotel Wellington & went to bed. Slept until 9 & missed my breakfast, but worked right along in the Registers & recorders office until a quarter of twelve Saturday night 20th inst & on pages 182 to 215 are shown what records we took off. On pages 216‑219 inclusive are some that Andrew took off at Reading, but which I did not have time to record in regular order, & remarkable to relate from Sunday 14th to Sunday 21st, my bowels did not move once all that busy week & I felt all right, But on Sunday look out, that has been my day for being relieved on this trip for I had five passages on 21st & home had six to day the 28th. Sunday morning we left Carlisle for Harrisburgh & changing cars was soon on our way for Pittsburgh where we arrived at about 7 PM & went to the 7th Ave Hotel & got our suppers. Wrote at this record that night & next morning & at about 10 AM Monday, 22d, John landed at our room 225. At Eleven, I went around to the H.C. Frick Coke Co office & not seeing G.B. Bosworth with whom I had correspondence & who was away on his vacation, I went in to see Mr Frick about getting some paper. He said our rates were too high, & showed me a discount register in account with Chas Hathaway & Co NY City Brokers where they had placed thousands of their paper at 3 3/4. He advised me to buy "Bessamer Lands" (P.B. & L.E.) saying they would would be listed on the N.Y. Exchange & would then go higher. I told him about my intervention with our Co Coine's [best guess] on their behalf & he said to stop on my way back from Ohio & Mr Bosworth would be home & they would see what they could do. Then went down & saw James Carothers
JVTPage282 & arranged for him to buy for our Bank $100,000 P.B. of E bonds if he could get them by not going over $105. Went with him to Tradesmans & directed Mr Bradley & Mr Landis to pay him & retain the bonds if he bought any. Then went down to see Herbert DuPuy but he was not at Deer Park, having gone back. Then hurried to the Hotel got the quickest dinner they ever brought me in & went to the Union Sta. Andrew leaving at 1 PM for home & John & I at 1:15 Pm 22d for Zanesville where we arrived about 7 PM. Ate our suppers & took a street car to Miss Carsonette Porters, calling there at 8 PM, but no one was at home. Went back to the Clarendon & I wrote at the records on this book & the next morning went out to Miss Porters about 10 AM & remained until about 4 PM getting the records from her shown on Pages 222‑225. This brings my record up to Aug 23, 1898 Page 225 connecting on that page with the record of my doings since then. Miss Porter told me that there was a Prof J.R. Merkel of the Mecklenberg College at Allentown, Pa & that he has a family tree of the Markles so C.F. Hill of Hazelton Pa wrote her.
I had gone in the Probate Judges office at Reading looking up information on the names Rev John Redburn had given me & the clerk there told me that a son of Lawson Wiles (Samuel L. Wiles) was living at 138 Woodlawn Ave.
Have put most of this day 28th in writing up this record & running to the water closet with a bad diarrhoea, & have written from page 261 forward & am rejoiced to say that I have about caught up. Except the last day past. We left Cyrus P. Markles at 6 PM Central last night & reached Hamilton at 7 PM Central, got our suppers, packed
JVTPage283 up quickly & took the train at 8:11 for Connersville, Ind. after getting the statement form C.P. Markle that his uncle Casper was living here at Cambridge City instead of going direct from Hamilton to Bucyrus as previously intended. We reached Connersville at 9:11 PM & went to bed forthwith in room 63 Hotel M.S. Farlan. I slept well until 2 PM & very poorly the rest of the night. Left Connersville at 6 AM Central & reached here Vinton House room 9 (John has No 11 across the hall & is now & for an hour or so last past sleeping there). Asked the RR agt where Casper Markle lived & he thought he was dead. At half past five this afternoon, John & I walked over beyond the depot to see Casper Markles family. His daughter, a slender pleasant woman came to the door & ushered us in & then went & told her brother who came in in his shirt sleeves saying he had just been taking a bath. They were the only children of their father they said & had very meagre information about their Fathers relatives not being sure what their grandfathers name was said their father Casper Markle had died two years ago viz on Aug 13, 1896 aged 80 yrs 11 mos & 4 days, having been born in Butler Co, Ohio Sept 9, 1815. They said they were not sure that the month & day was correct but that 1815 was. His daughter Gertrude said he was left an orphan when young (I suppose when his mother died in 1825) & that he was put out to raise with a family at Oxford O, & for many years he never knew anything about his family. She said he came to Cambridge City in 1842 & boarded at the house or hotel of what afterwards became his father‑in‑law where he met his wife & married her two years later. She said he had quit
JVTPage284 the dry goods business before she was born & Warren said he afterwards engaged in the Hardware business. Said he had had a stroke of paralysis in the Kitchen when they were making some repairs about six weeks before he died & that he lingered along not being able to communicate anything to their questioning them about the date of their grandfathers death Warren went up stairs & when he came down he said "Did you say grandfathers name was George". I said "yes". "Well then" said he "he was living on July 17, 1847 because I find a note with his name as endorses at that date. He signed by making his mark which was regularly witnessed. I suppose it was a note he had endorsed for his son Casper. Miss Markle said she had often heard her father speak about his Father being in the Revolutionary war but Warren could not recall that he had. Gertrude said that she believed her Aunt Margaret, a sister of her mother & who lived with the family after marriage & across the street opposite to them for many years would remember more about what had been said of old things & Rev war than anyone else said she was living in Indianapolis Ind & would write to her. She also spoke of the telegram announcing the death of Georget (this is what they called her) Homer [Horner?] being delayed & her Father much to his chagrin did not get it until the day of the funeral & it was then too late to make connections. It is now 11:30 PM Central time 12:30 Aug 29th my time & as i have given orders to be called at 5:30 in the morning so as to go over to the Markles by 6:30 or earlier I will go to bed & try to get some rest.
Casper Markle, son of George Markle, born in Butler Co, Ohio Sept 9, 1815. Married on Aug 22, 1844 to Eliza Jane Owens who was born He died Aug 13, 1896. She died Dec 31, 1887 at Cambridge City, Ind, & were buried in Riverside. She was born Oct 23, 1825 & was aged 62 yrs 2 mos & 5 days.
An infant son never named b. June 4, 1849 ob June 22, 1849
Warren Thaddeus, the Thaddeus begin for his grandfather on his mothers side born Dec 12, 1830
Gertrude Amelia, born Sept 12, 1855
JVTPage286 Warren T. Markle's Aug 29, 1898 6:30 AM, Cambridge City, Ind
Warren T. Markle says he found letter from his Uncle John L. Markle to his father Casper Markle dated Feby 5th, 1850 saying that their Father George Markle had died Feby 3, 1850 about 3 AM & was buried the next day Feby 4, 1850 at 2 PM.
He also shows deed for two lots in Oxford, O. from George Markle, signed by him, dated July 21, 1845 & conveying same to Casper Markle, Deed witnessed by Reese Kendall & Jack W. Harris J.P. It is presumed that in 1847 when he endorsed note by making his mark, he was more feeble. The lots were designated as University lots Nos 293 & 294. They also find among their Fathers papers a will of John Calglazer of Westmoreland Co Pa, dated Mch 29, 1790 in which he mentions several children viz sons Abraham, Jacob, Daniel, & Daughters Susanna & Mary. They do not know who he was or anything about it, but I wondered if it might be the grandfather or a relative of George Markle's wife Barbara. Warren & his sister remember an Ann Merkle that used to live with them here & taught school & they think probably she was Joseph's dau, as Gertrude's impression is that she was a sister to Georget.
Warren says his uncle Joseph's son Samuel was a prominent business man of St Joe, MO, & went several times to England on business in connection with the shipment of Walnut timber to England. Cut timber in Arkansas & would sell the land afterwards & shipped timber by raft to New Orleans & thence to England. Stopped here several times on his return from England. Has some sons in St Joe
JVTPage287 who are now prominent business men there. Thinks the name of one of the sons in Charles, who is in the hardware business. Warren T. Markle says he has been in the Banking business for 8 yrs being in the Western Wayne Bank, a private Bank. Gertrude says that Dr Joseph Whitesell of Knightstown, Indiana is dead but that a son of his still lives in Knightstown. Think Jessie Cole could give list of Doctors descendants.
Warren says his Father was a strong Republican & a Presbyterian, but that his Uncle John was a strong Copper head Democrat & used to have bitter arguments on politics with his Father.
Deal House Parlor 2d floor Bucyrus, O. Aug 29, 1898 10:05 my time 9:05 Central
We left Cambridge City, Ind, at 7:43 Central time this morning, Warren T. Markle coming with me to the train from their house. Their home is back of the depot & is a large one and a half story old brick house. Showing much the worse of the wear on the outside, but very comfortably arranged & furnished within. He said he got $1000 of the new Government 3% loan, he subscribing for $500 & his sister for $500. Was fearful if they made larger subscription that they would not get it. Said their Bank also got $7000 of which $4000 was in one subscription. We passed through Newcastle, Ind, a good town & reached Muncie, a city of 20,000 at 9 Am, got shaved there, read the Genins [best guess] & left at 10:19 for Lervia [best guess] O, passing through Portland, Fort Recovery & Celina at which point I ran across rather unexpectedly a large body of water which I could not understand & upon inquiry of the Conductor learned that it was the St Mary's Reservoir, ten miles long & over two miles wide extending
JVTPage288 to St Marys, O, & in view of the train the greater part of the distance. A man who got on at Celina & whom I saw at the Hotel French, Lima, O said it covered 17,000 acres, & was fed by streams entering it on all sides. It belongs to the State & is maintained to feed the Canal. I asked if the State bought up all the ground & the man said a greater part of it belonged to the State being a Marsh & had never been sold, & they bought up the rest. The conductor said he believed it was the largest know artificial body of water. It certainly makes a nice lake of fresh water. St Marys is a good town with fine buildings. After passing it & particularly on nearing the Chicago & Erie Junction, we saw hundreds of large oil tanks thicker than I ever saw them & right up to the edge of Lima. The Deputy Sheriff Summers (of Somers) who we saw at the Court House said each tank held 35,000 gallons & they had their pipe lines so arranged that they could tell to the fraction of a gallon just what was in them. Said the Standard Oil Co was the greatest monopoly in the world & paid their men the best wages of any company known, always continuing the pay if the party should be sick, even for a long time. Further, that they never had any strikes & always promoted their officers from the ranks of their employees. We reached Lima at 1:30 PM Central Time, got our dinner at Hotel French at the depot & then walked up street. Saw them closing the Banks at 2:30 PM as we went by. The public square John said reminded him of Hollidaysburg, Pa being laid out the same way. Saw the large brick B.C. Fannet block & Opera House, built by him when he was in the high tide of prosperity & possibly the amount of money that it would cost may have brought on his failure, but the Dep. Shff
JVTPage289 Somers said that it was Mexican Speculation that brought him to grief & that he got in it through one of the many sons of Brigham Young he had been told. We left Lima at 3:19 PM & passed through Ada, Ohio, the home of Ed's cousins the Campbells & a very nice town with a nice grove of young trees about the depot, & with young maples lining the streets, also passed through Dunkirk, Upper Sandusky, & reached Bucyrus, O. the place of my dear Mary's nativity at 5:19 1 PM Central time 6:19 my time, the first time I had ever stopped off in the town. We were driven to this hotel in a carriage & John & I registered & forthwith started out South West to the cemetery which is a mile from town & a very handsome plot of ground for the purpose. We started through the cemetery taking the left hand or upper side & in a short time near or on the summit of the cemetery found the graves of our
relatives, in the North West corner of a layer lot or plot as follows:
Eastern line of division
+-------------------------------------+ Northern side of| 18 feet | Southern line of lot | +-------------+ +-----+ | Division | | #1 | | #2 | | 24 feet 1. Jacob | +-------------+ +-----+ | 5. Desdamona Poundstone | +-------------+ +--------+ | Poundstone |‑| #3 |‑‑| #4 |‑‑‑‑‑‑‑‑‑| 2. Crabs Marker | +-------------+ | | | 6. Sarah F Redburn | +--------+ | wife of Jno 3. Julia A Crabs | | | | | | | | | | | | Andrews his 2d wife | |#5| |#6| |#7| |#8| |#9| | | | | | | | | | | | | | 7. Martha Andrews 4. Monument | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | 8. Ophelia +-------------------------------------+ Anderson Western side of lot 9. Mary Redburn
& inscriptions as follows:
Sarah F. Redburn Ophelia
wife of 1837‑1840
John Anderson Martha
1816 ‑ 18481844‑1845 Daughters of J. & S.F. Anderson
1810‑1898 Mary Redburn (no dates)
His wives The above on West side of monument
Julia Crabs It is now 10 PM Central 11 Pm by my
1824‑1872 time & the ink in my pen is running
These on North side of monument out
See Book 12, p123
JVTPage290 Room 127, Seventh Ave Hotel, Pittsburgh Pa Aug 20th 1898 7:11 Am
Have just arrived here from Bucyrus, O, & I continue my record as left off last night on the preceding page when I went to hunt Mr Gormly. Just west of our plot or lot is a large irregular plot embracing four lots occupied by the Sweneys, Swigarts, Kearsleys & Hetich's & the remaining lots in our plot are occupied by Stuckeys, Hetichs & Shecklers. We then walked out through the cemetery which lays very nicely & is nicely kept. I came back by our lot & noticed that a line drawn from north to south passing through the center of the monument would about divide the lot in half as shown by dotted line & decided that I would arrange to have the west side, our half of the lot put in condition & so kept. Went across to the Janitors or sextons house & found him sitting on the steps & he said his name was Jacob Ridgely, a German by birth, well up in years, who has had charge of the cemetery for 34 yrs & who said he came to Bucyrus 47 yrs ago. We then walked rapidly back to town reaching there at 6:45 & got our supper at the Deal House. We then prepared to go out to see Uncle Jacob Poundstone's widow at 825 East Mansfield St, but a couple of heavy showers coming up, we were detained 20 minutes. After the rain, we walked out crossing the Rail Road & asking a crowd of boys where she lived (we were within two or three houses of the place) they said she did not live there, but lived further back in town on the same street, but opposite side. Mike Gable said he would take us to the place which he did & we were admitted by Miss Lightner, a sister of Uncle Jacobs widow. Mrs Poundstone was there & their father aged 90 was in the room just back but we did not see him, but heard him, they speaking
JVTPage291 of him being there & that age when I remarked that John Poundstone, Uncle Jacob's brother would complete his 94th year today. Mrs Poundstone looked feeble & weak & said that her health had been very much shattered since her husband's death, that he had suffered most excruciating pain. She had noticed all winter that he did not seem like himself, but on speaking to him to know if he was not sick, he would not admit it, & was entirely uncomplaining & was only down in bed with his clothes off for one week before he died. He had she said Catarrh of the bladder & poverty of the nerves, which Miss Lightner said a Doctor told her was like unto a thousand bees stinging you & to which Uncle Jacob acquiesced. The house where they lived out 825 E. Mansfield was her property & he had a house on Sandusky or Main St beyond Warren & this side of the brick street where we turned out to the cemetery. She said a will turned up after his death, dated ten years previous, but was not signed, so letters of Admin were taken out by one McDonald (Geo., I think). She said Uncle Jacob did not know his age rightly until she was in to Fayette Co with him two years ago & hunted it up & found that he was four in the year 1810. Said he always thought he was two years younger & I recall that he had so told me when he called at the Bank in Aug 1896. She said the reason she did not come to town then was because of the hanging of that man (young Morris I think) for killing some people over the mountain. Miss Lightner said she knew Mary & she & Mrs Poundstone spoke of knowing Aunt Mary Redburn & spoke of the black curls she used always to wear hanging around her head, but they could not recall the
JVTPage292 date of her death. I asked them where my father‑in‑law kept hotel during the forties. They both said it was up Main St (Which is what they call Sandusky St) on the right hand side as you go South just on the corner before you come to Warren St being the North West Corner of Sandusky & Warren St where is now a lot of low cheap one story buildings, the hotel property having been burned down or torn down some years ago. They also said that his residence was just this side (north) of the hotel, a large brick house which he had built & Miss Lightner thinks Mary was probably born in it as she does not remember her except as in that house. They further said that Mr George C. Gormly now lived in the house & that he had failed in business. Mr Ridgely told me that he was President of the Cemetery Co but that Frank Kaler attended to matters & was boss. I asked Mrs P if she had talked of endowing the lot & she said she wanted her husbands Admin to do that. I told her I would pay for endowing the west half of the lot. I asked her if she had her husband's bible & she said she had given it to his son by his second wife, Frank Poundstone of Bowling Green, Ohio. That there had been no record in it, the record being on strips which she had had him transcribe in the bible, but that Bible & strips both had gone to Frank. She said that he had two children by his first wife Desdemona, James (or Jimmy as she called him) who she said was born Jany 5, 1832 as he was two years older than she was & who died at the age of four years, & Alvin who was born in 1841 now living at Oakland, California. She said Mr Poundstone was a cabinet maker & had often told her that he was working in the
JVTPage293 shop & was down on his knees or stooped down painting one day when Jimmy was about four years old & he came in so full of life & jumped on his back before he was aware of it & put his arms around his neck, laughing etc, & that that night, he was taken with croup & died before morning. The inscription on the triangular tombstone which Mrs P. said was erected without Mr Ps knowledge by some of his second wife's folks gives "Julia A. Crabs, wife of J. Poundstone, born Oct 31, 1821, died Nov 28, 1872 & there must be some mistake somewhere as the monument gives date of her birth as 1824. It also gives date of death of dear Mary's mother as 1848 when I think she died in 1845, & Mrs P & her sister did not think that she & Desdemona died the same year. They said they had made their arrangements to visit again in Fayette Co this fall if Mr P. had not died & that he had so often spoken that he would have liked us to have stopped off to see him when passing through. We bid them good bye & went direct to Mr Gormly's No 229 (it may be 239) Sandusky or Main St. It is a very large fine two story spacious brick house, with pilastered columns, high stories, fronting by stepping 45 feet on the street & running back further than that with a projecting bay window on the north side & an extending circular exterior widening out some I think on the south side back & a very pretty yard say 45 feet wide with it on the south side. It was as handsome a home as I had seen in the town & a most substantial house. A lady came to the door who I took to be Mrs Geo C. Gormly & said Mr G. was not in. It was then 9 o'clock PM & I went down to the hotel & wrote for an hour & then leaving John in the parlor of the Deal house where
JVTPage294 I was writing, I went again to his house at 10 PM & found him. I introduced myself & told him what I wanted & he said he would go with me & try to find Frank P. Kaler who had all the books. We went to the First Natl Bank & called his residence upon the telephone, but got no response. Then went down by the Court House to two saloons found that he had left one of them 30 minutes ago & the other ten minutes ago for home. Then called up his residence from the Cutter Saloon on the other telephone & got his wife & arranged for her to have him come to the Bank as soon as he reached home. Going back to the Bank, Mr Gormly said the house was practically just as Mr Anderson had built it on the outside, but that he had made improvements & changes within. There is now a lobby entrance with five hardwood doors, large hall with rooms on each side, high ceiling & stairs ascending straight up from front door entrance. Mr Gormly said he had lived in the house of 32 yrs, that his mother was from Fayette Co & his father from Allegheny Co Pa. His mother was a Bowman, a sister of Capt Geo Bowman & of James Bowman who died recently in Bucyrus, O, an old settler & a cousin of Goodloe A. Bowman. He said he had graduated at Jefferson College Canonsburg, Pa in 1864, had eaten at same table with S. S. Gibson & was married in 1866. That he used to spark Mrs Milbahand, Ziller as he called her, & said she was about 53 yrs old & thought Dr Milbahand was about 65 yrs. He said he thought his wife could tell when the house they lived in was built by Mr Anderson & he would write & tell me. Mr Kaler came in shortly & on getting the books found that
the lot was No 26, Section C & was 220.127.116.11. chord measure & was in the name of Jacob Poundstone. I told him I wanted to endow the west side of that lot which would be 18.104.22.168 & he figured it & said it would cost $18 to endow it to be cared for forever. I paid him & he gave me a contract to that effect. I gave him a $50 to take it out of & we all three walked down to the hotel. I stopped to get my things as it was now 11 Pm Central time 12 midnight my time & they went to the Saloon who they had called up to get it cashed. I went up to the parlor & found John sound asleep on the sofa, woke him up, paid my bill & in short time Mr Gormly came back with the change $32. Bid him good bye & took carriage to depot. Mr Kaler had a very complete & well arranged lot of cemetery books which he said he had arranged himself after much study & had had made by B.F. Wade & Co Toledo, O.
We left Bucyrus at 11:30 PM Central time, the train being 11 minutes late & Bucyrus being 201 miles west of Pittsburgh. There were no sleepers on but we did not want any. The cars were full, but John & I got one seat & retained it to Pgh, passing through Crestline, Mansfield, Wooster, Massilton, Canton (McKinleys Home) Alliance, O, Beaver Falls & Sewickly Pa & reaching Pittsburgh at 5:55 Central time 6:55 my time & came to the hotel & took this room. John has prepared for breakfast, & I am now ready to wash up also. I read the home papers on the way & did not sleep scarcely any. It is now 9:05 Am my time & we will go to breakfast. JV Thompson
[Page 296 is a duplicate of 297, there are only a few lines readable from the original 296 which I include here]
up all the onions in the N.Y. Phila, Balto markets & sent them forward to the troops, we then went to Fourth Ave to see James Carothers, broker & found that he was on the way to Boston but left instructions
JVTPage297 to his assistant to buy $90,000 worth of P.B.& L.E. bonds if he could get them, not to cost over $105 1/2. When went in Trade NBK & met Mr Bradley, introducing John, also Mr Landis. Then went down to 8 Wood St & found that Herbert DuPuy was still at Deer Park, .H. Hillman was out & J.J. Gray the only one present. We then started up Wood st & met A.O. Twistman at the St Charles, who said he had about completed arrangements to send Cyrus to Chester or West Chester Pa. We then went around by Market to Cain Bros where John got a pair of shoes & where we found Barker C. Willson up stairs seeking a fit. We then went to 7th Ave Hotel & got our dinner & left for home at 1 PM. I occupying seat to Greensburg Pa with Grant H. Thompson, Republican Candidate for Prothoriotary [?] of Clearfield Co Pa, living at Burnside in said Co. At Dunbar, Dr C.H. Smith got on whose services came in good play at Redstone Junction to take a cinder from my eye that got in a mile below the first since I left home on 12th. Reached home at 4:22 Pm & at 4:30 was at work writing up our Bills receivable. After supper tried to write up my acct book ‑ expenditures while gone ‑ but going to sleep went to bed not having had any sleep the night before. Got up next morning at 5:50 Am & had breakfast at 6:45 Am & went to work, a busy day. Notified notes after supper last night & did not get away from Bank until 1 AM & undertook to finish writing up my account book, but went to sleep & at 3 AM went to bed. Up at 6:20 Am, breakfast at 7:15 Am & after breakfast finished writing up my acct book, & then went to Bank & the Fair being in Progress, we had an extremely busy day with thermometer yesterday & today up to 94% in the shade. At Eleven o'clock, Mr Christian Scholl came in accordance with my invita‑
JVTPage298 tion & is now with us having retired at 11 PM. Andrew took him to the Fair this afternoon & I was with him after supper, the boys then being out at the Bicycle races. Mr Scholl, now 84, says that when digging a grave for some of the friends, he assisting, they came upon the bones of the first wife of his grandfather Casper Markle which was partly crosswise. He said his uncle Joe was there & he said that it was the remains of this father Casper Markles first wife, that she had been buried on the fourth of July & had located the course of the graves from the Sun on that day. [note looks like 1811] He said that the location of the sun on that date gave a delusive course. He further said that his uncle George Markle was married twice, his first wife being a Colglazer (which accts for the will found at Cambridge City, Ind by Warren T. Markle). Said the Colglazers lived second farm South of where he now lives & that her parents were opposed to her marrying him, & once when he called there he bid her Father or Mother good day saying "how are you" & they answered "None the better of you, sir" & he quickly answered & "by God (his by word) none the worse". His first wife was a very pretty little woman his mother told him. They were married a week before Christmas, each however, going to their own home & on Christmas, they went together. She died about 18 months afterwards on July 4th 1790 he thinks from childbirth. She & the child both dying. His second wife was a Deere from Allegheny Co, he thinks. Near the Whitesells. The first wife, I believe was buried in the Markle Cemetery & the inscription on an old stone had just been written on but Uncle Joe afterwards made Cyrus cut it on with a chisel. He said that his Uncle George was a great hunter & had at first gone to Kentucky & was often a companion of Daniel Boone.
JVTPage299 in his hunts & intended at one time to move to that State, but afterwards located in Ohio. Says he never knew of him being in the Revolutionary War, but that his mother had always told him that he, George was older than her own mother. Mr Scholl said that Abraham had never been in Rev War either, that it was the Whiskey Insurrection that he was in & he was in it no question. I read him the will of his great grandfather Christian Merckel & he said that there were Kramer's in Westmoreland Co related to the Waltz's who were relatives of the Markles about whom he had heard many years ago. He said the Waltz's were also relatives of the Markles, same as the Shearers, but he did not know how. But said the Kramers were related to the Markles. Said old Frederick Shearer went to Berks Co once about the fortune & when he came back could talk of nothing but a big apple tree 200 yrs old & very large which stood at the spring at the old mill or spring at Moselem. He said also when I read him will of Rothermel who had a daughter married to a Long that there were Longs lived way beyond him in Westmoreland Co on Barn Run who were related to the Rothermels. He spoke of the fights his uncles Abraham, Joseph & John Markle used to have & of one time in particular when each of them had a man at same time & every one of them licked their man. Said he thinks a brother of his grandmother Markle (Rothermel) went to Ohio or West & was a very large man & upon some one so remarking to her she said "you ought to see a brother I have back in Berks Co. He is much larger than this one." He said it was Christian Funk whose funeral he recalls attending when a boy, who carried the whiskey, a barrel on each hip, through the streets of New Or‑
JVTPage300 leans with John Markle. Said John Markle would weigh 250 was 6 1/2 ft tall raw boned & not fleshy. Spoke of Dan Funk, a bro of Christian one at the Carnahans old house (Jno M.'s where we were last year) someone hit him with a single tree & instead of hitting him with his fist (which might have killed the fellow as Funk had a tremendous arm) he just took him by the neck & seat of the breeches & threw him over the fence into the field.
Mrs Sarah Brown (Andrews mother) of Fayette City called at the Bank this afternoon about 2:30 with Miss Elizabeth Irwin her cousin & remained until 3:15. Her sister from the west is with her at Miss Irwin's & she promised to come bringing her sister along to our house tomorrow evening for supper & perhaps overnight. She spoke of our Jack relatives & while her grandfather John Jack was of a family that had nine daughters (he having nine sisters) she said that one of the grandfathers further back had nine sisters, & she did not know whether it was James Jack (Jno's Father) or still further back. Says that she thinks it was the one who was driven out of France who had the nine daughters. Says he was driven out by reason of his religion begin a persecuted Huguenot & fled to Scotland where he remained for a short time & then removed to the North of Ireland. Said he had hid in a cave for three days (I dont know whether this was at time of his flight or on his return) & at any rate when he returned he found a neighbor who lived adjoining them, a Catholic, had taken care of his property for him. When he turned it over Jack wanted to pay him for his kindness, but he would take no pay but said he asked
JVTPage301 that they always call a son (the oldest?) for him, Patrick, & a daughter, Bridget, for his wife. Says she does not know however where the Bridget came in. It is now 1:20 Am 2d Sept & I must quit & go to bed as I am sleepy. JVT
Home Sept 2, 1898 10:44 PM
Arose at 6 AM this morning, read last nights papers & had to wake Mr Scholl who was sleeping soundly for 7:30 breakfast. We then went to the Bank & at ten o'clock went up to see D.M. Hertzog as Mr Scholl had a letter to him from his niece Lenora Martin, nee Pool who lives near Indianapolis, Ind with three sons between ten & twenty & who had known Mr Hertzog out there. He not being in his office, took Mr S. up & showed him the Court House, then went over to Mr Hertzog's house & was informed by his wife that he was out of town attending a Sale. We then came back & called on Dr Jno. M. Fuller & while there Sam'l B. Rotharmel passed & I called him in. We then went over to the Mchaney Hotel to call on Miss Lizzie M. Fuller, but she had gone. We then took a car & went to the cemetery where I showed him fathers & John's monuments etc. then went up to "Tutes" & from there to Lenora's. On leaving Lenora's Mr Scholl said what was her husbands name & I told him Niccolls, a grandson of Sheriff John Niccolls, who used to live in West Newton. Said he knew the children of Sheriff John, Viz John, Rebecca?, James, Jane, Robert & Thomas. Said Rebecca (I think it was Rebecca or Rachel) married a man named Paul, a blacksmith who used to work at times & would then go & sit down in the shade & shoot the tails off the pigs to hear them squeal. He left here & went to California & was elected Judge. While he was gone his wife
JVTPage302 became very much afflicted with rheumatism & was almost drawn together & could not stand or raise herself erect. He came back stayed some time & she became well, straightened out & could walk as erect as ever. While he was back east they elected him Judge again in California & he went back again leaving her here. Said Jane was pretty, that John went out to Illinois, near Bloomington, that James took two or three partners to California overland, that Robert studied medicine with old Dr Hasson, under whom also Dr Smith Fuller read medicine, & went to the Sandwich Islands where he practiced & became very popular & that Thomas H. (Jno A's father, Tom, as he called him) "was the devilishest boy he ever saw." Said their mother was a great old piece & after Jno Niccolls died, she married uncle John Robertson & went out there to live with four of her children, he thinks Rebecca & Jane & Robert & Tom. Uncle John was a hard old character & fell out with her & told her to "take yer brats & gae home" which he made her do. After she died, he went out to Ohio, near Steubenville in the neighborhood where Abraham Markle's Jacob lived & married a third wife who for many long years drew a dower from the Robertson farm. (When this dower was paid off, would give all the children of John Robertson) Mr Scholl says he never had any children by his second & third wives. We then went around on Ben Lomond St & called at Jno C. Fultons, but he was not at home. After dinner, Andrew took Mr S. over through the ice house. I went to the Bank & John took Mr Scholl out to Uncle Potters. About 3:15 PM Mrs Sarah Brown, Mrs Nancy Jane Scott, her sister of Huntington, Indiana & Mrs John Blackburn widow, came in the Bank & I brought them down home, waiting on Wm W. & Isaac A Brownfield Exc's & receiving a $15,250 deposit just be‑
JVTPage303 fore leaving, Mrs Brown spoke in the highest terms of her son Andrew & his new wife saying that it had made no change in Andrew's treatment of her. I told her it gave her the privilege of getting away from home to visit which before she did not have. Her Andrew's wife's father's name is I believe John Patterson & her grandfather Geo Patterson is still living. She also told me of the death of Ewing Patton, son of Finley Patton & brother of Celia, & husband of the daughter of Harvey J. Steele to whom he was married recently (June 1st if I recall rightly). He died of typhoid fever, which leaves Celia the only child remaining, but I hope his widow is pregnant & will be safely delivered of a male child.
Mrs Brown said she had had five children in all Mrs Wilson & Andrew living, a daughter who lived to be 20 yrs old, & two other daughters Ada & Anna twins, who died when a little over two years old of scarlet fever. Said Anna died first & in a short time Ada & that all the children had it at the same time, that when Andrew was getting over it, it settled in one rib or vertebrae of his backbone, the one that has the sympathetic chord or nerves running to the stomach. I think she said old Dr Porter was their Doctor & he said Andrew was all right & they told him something was wrong with his spine. He said no, but upon commencing at his neck & trying everyone when he came to this particular one, it would make him give or wince. He continued on down & came back up without any further pain until he came back to this particular one. The scarlet fever having settled in it & affecting his stomach is what made him so weak, & the climbing of stairs would when young always exhaust him.
JVTPage304 She said the Power chart as printed was incorrect, but that the original was well arranged. Said that Mrs Fairman refused to take the chart because of the bad arrangement & errors in it, one of which was giving the name of James Jack's sister as Margaret Kilgore, when it should be Elizabeth Kilgore. Mrs Scott has grandchildren at East. She named one Earl Wilson as a grandson. Her husband is a retired lawyer & was four years & four months in the Civil War. They remained for supper & went to Miss Elizabeth Irwin's at 8:30 Pm, sister of Mrs Blackburn's on the street car. John got back with Mr Scholl about 8, & they both met the company. After they had gone Mr S. & I at 8:45 went up to D.M. Hertzog's office & found him there. If left Mr S. there & went down & ordered a team for 7:15 in the morning as I had told Saml B. Rotharmel this morning that Mr S. & I should be out to his house tomorrow for dinner. I also went to Frank Huston's & got a 50 ct Rev. Stanyl [best guess] for Henry C. Huston & while talking to him brother Will came along & said the Fair receipts would reach $3,000 & he thought they would clear one thousand dollars. I then went up to Mr Hertzog's office to get Mr Scholl & asked Mr H. how he became acquainted with Mr S's niece. He said that Mrs Patterson (then Roxie Pool) had been visiting at her sisters in Spring Dale Tp. Mrs Rotharmels & got the Bunker Hill School & taught it a winter or so & he went to school to her & that it was the last public school in the country he ever attended. Later he went to Indianapolis for treatment for his lame knee & hunted her up & she urged him to apply for a school there which he did &
JVTPage305 she recommended him & had such influence that he got the school forthwith without question. He then met her sister Mrs Martin who had been but shortly before married & they were both extremely kind to him, more like sisters than strangers. I said then you were not always lame & he said "no, I went to a spelling school one night & the teacher not coming, they all young & old (he was 14) began playing some catch game running around the school house & just as he was about to turn one of the corners, he almost ran into the arms of someone coming meeting him & jumped to one side to avoid being caught & struck his knee against the sharp corner of the school house. it cut a scar an inch or two long, but he went about & paid no attention & finally his knee got to hurting him, seeming when he would put his weight on it that the two parts of the joint were grinding together with no cushion for them to work on. It became so painful when he became 19, that he counseled with Dr Greene & others, but could not tell what was the matter not dreaming that it was that old hurt & he not being able to contrive how it had been hurt. When he went to Indianapolis, the doctor asked, "What made that scar" & when he told him he said that is the cause of your lameness. He says they worked a remarkable cure, as far as freeing him from the pain was concerned as he has not suffered from it since except some slight rheumatic pains at times. It is now 12:40 Am 3d & I will stop & read the papers & go to bed. JVT
Home, Saturday Sept 3, 1898 11:22 PM
I left home at 7:15 Am today with Christian Scholl & drove out to Spring Dale
JVTPage306 & showed him our farms. Will showed us his clod cutter & manure spreader & weighed us on his Fairbanks, Mr Scholl weighing 126 lbs & I 190 lbs. In passing John Gilmore's going out he asked who lived there & I told him Jno G., son of Judge Gilmore & he said about thirty or more years ago a handsome well developed young girl giving the name of Mollie Gilmore & saying she was a daughter of Judge Gilmore stayed for a year or two down in Robb's woods & was waited on by forty to fifty men, young & old, among the number being John Miller, bro of Leah Robb, with a "larger round" of satisfaction & could quaff a "deeper draught" than any the country round. He talked to her & so did Aunt Leah Robb & tried to get her to give up such practices. She said she had been engaged to a prominent lawyer of Uniontown who had gone to the war & then cast her off when he returned, that she was on her way to Pgh, but some young man had her stop off there. She showed Mr S. all she had but he never touched her. Speaking of Rebecca Niccolls who married Elsie Paull he said she was a large girl but that Jane was smaller & a "deal of a pretty girl" not slender but rather short heavy, well developed & handsome. He said his brother Jacob used to board at her mothers hotel in West Newton & that Jane supplied & furnished his room in the most complete & handsome manner, but remarked to him that she did not supply all the rooms so handsomely with furnishings as she did his bed. She afterwards married "Daws" or (*Dawson) Davis a fellow from over in the forks who sold whiskey
*Dawson is correct. See Book 5 Page 30 line 26 JVT [can't read date]
JVTPage307 bar tender, for Gasper Markle of John & they then moved to Illinois. He said "Tom" Niccolls was the "devilishest creature" he ever saw. Said he guessed he was older than he, Mr Scholl was, & then remarked that he wasn't sure of that ever, that perhaps he was oldest, himself. He said he thought Uncle John Robertson was buried at Sewickley Church. We drove down Cross my meadow & by "Millers" Mill to the pike & on to Samuel B. Rotharmels in Redstone Tp, reaching there about 10:30 Am. I showed S.B. the sketch of the Rothermel family that I had gotten in Reading from Ira Rothermel & he said he had often heard his father speak of the Longs & Grosscups as relatives. Said his Father was born in 1801 in Franklin Co at London & Mr Scholl said he Benjamin Rothermel had told him that they came to Westmoreland Co in 1814 the year he was born & that Sam, the youngest of the family was a sucking child when he came. Said he sucked his mothers breast until he was five years old, would stand & suck. The children in order of their ages were as follows he thinks: Peter, Polly, Benjamin, & Betsy (Mrs Waggoner) Daniel, Jacob, Julia, Mollie? & Samuel. Said Peter, Polly & Jacob never married. Their father was Peter by name. Benjamin came to Fayette Co in about 1863 & Mr Scholl said that at all their big gatherings, musters, huskings etc, he could jump father on a running jump than any body. That he never had to make more than one jump, as no one could jump further. Samuel B. said he had that kind of a reputation for a running jump himself, but did not know his Father had. Neither of them was much on a standing jump, but Jno N. Robb beat all comers on a standing
JVTPage308 jump & could jump about as far backward as forward. In speaking of the hot weather this week, Mr Scholl said he had known a hotter week in Sept in 1854 when the thermometer stood at 106 for a week. It was the dry summer & things were terribly parched & scorched.
Samuel B. Rotharmel has but two children, a daughter & a son. The daughter was married to a son of Theodore Kelley about two years ago & they live on one of the Kelley farms. When we were driving away about 1:15 PM, Mr Scholl looked back at Sam & said to me "There is nothing about a Rotharmel I dont like". I got in at 3 Pm a very hot ride indeed & left Mr S at the Holler. Went with him to the 5:10 Pm B&O train & put him aboard for West Newton a very lively 84 year old [unreadable small word] It is now twelve minutes past midnight I find & I will close. JVT
Home, Sept 16, 1898 11 PM
Mrs Margaret McCormick, born Hess, of beyond New Salem adjoining A.W. Finley was in the Bank this afternoon & in conversation she said that her grandfather Daniel Fuller came from Ireland, near Dublin, she thought, & that his wife was Nancy Young from the same place. She has a dish they brought with them when they came over which was given to her by her mother & which is well preserved. From her talk I got the following genealogical facts about her mothers family & the family of her late husband Samuel McCormick. She said she remembered seeing both her grandfathers, but never saw either of her grandmothers.
JVTpage309 [Descendant Chart]
Daniel Fuller married Nancy Young [Their Children]
John Fuller, m. Miss Smith from the forks
Dr Smith Fuller, m.1. Alvira Markle
of Penyopolis, Pa
A dau, m. Geo? Hess
Margaret, living m. Saml McCormick
[Descendant Chart for the family McCormick] James McCormick, of Georges Tp, whom I well knew
Dr. Wm H.
Eugenia H., M. Jno T. Robinson Others Mary J., M. Lewis M. Dawson
John McCormick, Carpenter, built out Spring Dale House for Josiah S. VanKirk
Samuel, M. Margaret Hess above named my informant
Ebenzer McCormick, went to Iowa & died there leaving several daughters
A daughter, came to Waynesburg to be educated & married Geo W Crow now of Uniontown, Pa
A daughter, M. a McCormick but who was no relation
Wm M. McCormick
Chas J., m.1. Searight, m.2. Lizzie Lenhart
A dau, m. J.A. McCombs
Probably other children
Mrs McCormick wanted me to examine for her an option she had given an 18th inst on her Coal to Peter Ness Franks & Geo w. Crow, both relatives she said at $150. per acre, & on questioning her how Mr Crow was related brougth out the above McCormick genealogy. She said the Wm B. McCormick family were "very distant" relatives. Speaking of her cousin Alvira Fuller, cousin by marriage, she said she was as good a woman as ever left this world, always pleasant, kind, cheerful & always the same. She was a first cousin of Fathers she said, which of course I knew. Speaking of mothers family she said "Your Aunt Catharine Finley & your mother were the two best women to the poor in all our country round. They were always kind to everyone & exceptionally good to the poor & I havent a doubt but that they are now
JVTPage310 in that better world reserved by God for his saints. Your Aunt Jane is the only one of the girls left & I want much to go & see her" She spoke of Father helping & advising her & that she always felt safe in acting on his advice. This forenoon I as Adm of Capt Kendall paid off the mtge given by him Jany 16, 1885 to Hilary J. Bennot of Greensburg & since transferred to Hon John K. Ewing. In paying him, I dectated the following receipt as I recall it. "Sept 16, 1898 received of E. H. Reppert & Josiah V. Thompson, Admis of the Estate of Isaac P. Kendall, Decd, Ninety Nine hundred, sixty two & 00/100 dollars in full paykent of the principal sum & accrued interest secured by this mortgage & assigned to me of record and satisfaction of the same is hereby acknowledged" when I had completed the dictation he said, "You ought to have been a lawyer", "Yes", said I, "there was a man told me that several years ago". He did not know that Judge E.H. Reppert had worded the satisfaction for me last night, the same Reppert who he said a year ago in the campaign for Judge against his son Nathaniel was not competent to be Judge. He is however, making as good a Judge as his Nathaniel ever made & he is free to acknowledge that he would never have been nominated or elected if it had not been for me. Just as Judge Mestrezat after his election in 1893 came to me & said he owed his election to me but his recent actions somewhat indicate that he is large enought to secure his own re‑election five years hence. We will see JV Thompson 11:42 PM
JVTPage311 Home, Oct 5, 1898 9 PM
Cousin Ruth Plumer Andrews is in town attending Missionary meetings in our church & is stopping with us. Came last evening, a Miss Perkins from Webster Pa came this afternoon, & they will both be with us tonight. They are now at the night meeting & Minnie is with them. At supper time in speaking of the Neels of Mt Pleasant Pa Cousin Ruth said that Uncle John Richeys first wife was a Neel, that is the mother of Mary Jane Woods of Greensburg, Pa.
Home, Oct 8, 1898 10:25 PM
Cousin Ruth Plumer Andrews was with us Thursday night 6th inst also & left yesterday morning on the 9:23 B&O train. In talking Thursday night she said that her mother used to tell her that her Aunt Martha Cook (wife of Col Edwd Cook) was a woman of high intelligence & with sufficient assurance to make her a very prominent woman. She would often read the chapter in the Bible & herself conduct the family worship while her sister Ruth Elliott, was so Mrs Plumer, her daughter said, of a retiring disposition & could not or would not have taken charge of family worship. She thought it partly the result of her husband being killed Mch 19, 1805 & her son Johnston four years later Jany 19, 1809 which brought a sadness into her life from which she never fully recovered. Cousin Ruth said her mother was ten years old when her father was killed but from her own record of dates on Page 87 of this record she was twelve yrs old. She said her mother was a very unselfish woman, that she gave the two daughters of her Father by his previous marriage as much, even more care & attention than
JVTPage312 her own children, because they were delicate & often sick, while her own were healthy. She always referred to them as her own children & never called them step children. The older one Susanna Allen Plumer married Rev Thomas Stevenson who was the man who married Dr & Mrs R.M. Walker. He also, I think in the fifties, married Ruth's full sister Martha to Jno P. Horwick. In about two weeks or so after Martha's marriage her half sister Susanna Stevenson died at her Fathers home in West Newton, leaving four children two older boys, a girl & the baby, Thomas Chalmers Stevenson (now living in Wheeling WVa Ruth says) then seven months old. Cousin Ruth said her mother said she would take the daughter & the baby which she did. In a short time, Rev Stevenson married again & he wanted the daughter which Mrs Plumer did not like, but when he insisted on taking her Mrs Plumer said he should take the baby too, which was done. Afterwards, Mrs Plumer conceived or heard that the baby was not received very cordially & she feeling distressed about it sent her husband Jno C. Plumer over the Mountains to the neighborhood of Huntingdon, Pa on horseback to bring the baby back which he did notwithstanding his age & returned with the baby wrapped up in his great coat. Cousin Ruth's other half sister married A.F. Stevenson. In speaking of the birth of her sister Martha, she said her mother told her that she had intended to name it Ruth, but something or everything seemed to tell her that it should be called Martha for her Aunt Martha Cook. Then when she, Ruth, came little was said about what
JVTPage313 the name should be by her Father & mother, but her mother concluded she should be named for her own mother Ruth Elliott. So when she was taken out to Sewickly church to be baptized "Aunt" Betsy Carnahan came & sit down by Mrs Plumer (her sister) & said "Maria, what will the baby's name be today" & Mrs P. answered "I think it will be Ruth" & Ruth it was. Cousin Ruth said I ought to have seen Mrs Paul Hough ‑ daughter of James Cook before she died as she was full of genealogy & family records, & a great talker. Cousin Ruth told me yesterday morning that she wanted to sell her house in New Castle & then she would have her will re‑written & she wanted me to do it for her.
Cousin Calvin B. Power was in the Bank today & I told him he had stolen away my guest Miss Lydia Neel of Mt Pleasant (who we were to have had instead of Miss Perkins). He said that her sister Mrs Wilson Shields (the mother of C.B. Powers present, 3rd wife) was with her, that they were his cousins. I asked him whether they were daughters of Robert or Samuel Neel, & he said they were Samuel's daughters & that Lydia lived with her brother Wm B. Neel. Both Robert & Samuel Neel married sisters of C.B. Powers mother all of whom were sisters of Col Wm Jack of Hollidaysburgh & Wm B. Neel I think married a daughter of Nathaniel Hurst of James who had married another sister. JV Thompson 11:17 PM
JVTPage314 Home, Oct 11, 1898 11:55 Pm
This morning at 9 o'clock started with two horse black team with O.J. Stough, Miss Ella S. Wood, & Minnie L Redburn to go to Masontown etc. In front of Lenora's & in passing the street car one of the horses broke the tip of the single tree & we had to unhitch & telephone back for repairs. Finally got started. Stopped at Will's to leave a letter Lenora had given me. Our next stop was at John Sterlings to see the old Harrison burying ground & I gave John Sterling ten dollars toward building a fence around it & told him I would pay for what additional cost there would be & would then send a man to put up the stones that had fallen down. Miss Ella S. Wood is a granddaughter of Dr Samuel Stough, who was an older brother of Uncle Jonas Stough. She said her grandfather died at their home, as I understand in 1889 & that he was 98 years old. Her mothers name is Mary & her father Dr S.E. Wood is in the cattle commission business at Union Stock Yards, Chicago, the firm name being Wood Bros. She said her father came form Woodstock, Canada, & that he or his family were from Scotland. She is a handsome Pleasant girl, large & commanding figure with a beautiful set of well cleaned & well preserved teeth & is I should judge 27 years old. She is a musician of no mean ability & sings heroically as evidenced in our parlor tonight. Oliver says her father spent $15,000 on her music. She says she has crossed the ocean several times four I believe she said & has never yet been the least homesick on any of her trips. She is good enough eater to
JVTpage315 keep well. Oliver says his father, Uncle Jonas Stough, died in 1882 aged 80 years & that his mother Aunt Nancy (Redburn) Stough died in 1836 & I believe he said in July or August. He says Marys mother, his Aunt Sarah F. Anderson was dead before he went to the Mexican War in 1846 & that he wept on his Aunt Desdemona Poundstone's bosom when leaving. There was in his company a cousin named Gearhart (whose mother was a Stough) from Ohio who is still living along with Judge Dickey of Cleveland another surviving member of his Co. Clark Stough, the Banker, of Poland O., another cousin was a son of his Uncle Jehn [sic] Stough. We stopped to see Eliza E. Smith & talked a half hour with her. She is in frail health. She says her brother Allen Z. Darrall lives at Greenfield, Dade Co, MO [or MD] & we learned from Jesse V. Hoover that his uncle Jonas Stough Hoover lived at Alton, Oregon? Co MO. I asked her about the girl Oliver used to spark & found that it was Miss Mary Bowman, an Aunt of Morgan H. Bowman & a daughter of John Bowman who lived just back of their farm in an old stone house, now owned by Peter A. Johnson & it was she that he laid down with on the parlor floor on the warm summer night to awake after daylight with his horse hitched all night down at the farther end of a long lane & which he quickly made for & off to Uniontown. I then pointed out to him "Harrisons Knob" & also to Minnie named for their great grandfather Robert Harrison & Minnie said as often as she had driven out the fourth of July & other holidays with her Father, he had never spoken of that, or of aught else about the generations
JVTPage316 that preceded him or their belongings. We then drove on passing Maria Ramseys old place turning off there to the right & Passing Jesse V. Hoover's & driving down to "Kitty" Hoovers. Thomas A. had gone on Sunday to Pittsburgh to be at the parade today of the Knight Templars at their 27th annual conclave. Jesse & his wife was there & we fed our horses & got dinner there. Oliver picked up a picture of Henry Clay & said "Ah, there is the man who should have been president". Said he road [sic] in Stage with him once from Wheeling to Harrisburgh & had great veneration for him. Leaving Mrs Hoovers at 1:55 PM we drove into Masontown & learned through Alex Mack, Mrs Sparks (Jeff Bice's mother‑in‑law) A.J. Allebaugh & others that Jonas Stough lived & kept tin shop on the Main Street left hand side going you way three & four buildings from the corner (now Shawmans) in what is now the Temperance Schroyer property, formerly Nathaniel Darrall's. The old house which had a porch roof extending out over the sidewalk was torn away years ago & a new one has been erected. Rev John Stough, Oliver's grandfather, lived on the corner of Water & Market. I guess was the names, at any rate as you go down toward the old Redburn property & turn to the right to go down to Grays distillery it is just below the road in the Corner of what is now Will Gray's field? He also lived on the farm at the glebe, near to the church. We then drove down to John Poundstones & it had commenced raining. I took Oliver in & introduced him to M.P. now in his 9th year, & leaving him there a few minutes, the girls & I drove down to see the beautiful Monongahela.
JVTPage317 We then drove back, got Oliver & went up Cats run by Grays Distillery & Mill & came on by the Lutheran Church, just as McClelland Wilson the janitor was coming out of the cemetery where he was digging the grave of John Huhn who died yesterday morning. Oliver got out in the rain & went in the church. The old log house in which Rev John Stough had lived was further on on the farm, having been moved from its former location in the cemetery & is now occupied by McC Wilson, Miss Ella wanted to look in the house, & go in where her great grandfather had lived & accordingly got out in the rain & with Oliver went in & looked through it. I having gone in & made arrangements therefer [sic]. We came on by High house, Walnut Hill, I pointing out to Oliver & Ella where their relatives Malinda (Troutman) Freeman & Alson W. Freeman lived. Came on by J.M. Griffith's to whom I yesterday paid $18,148.38 & to the Morgantown Road & by the old Mellon [Allen?] place that Oliver wanted to see & reached the "Holler" at 6:30 PM being 3 hours & fifteen minutes from the River & rain all the way, but all the more pleasant under our storm apron with my warmhearted warm handed etc Jovial, genial companion, with Oliver having Minnie to keep him warm in the backseat. We got supper, Lenora coming in as we finished & Lida later & Oliver & I talked in the sitting room while the others sang & talked in the parlor. While in Masontown, I had spoken of the house where Oliver was born & to correct that he told me that he had been born in New Philadelphia, Ohio, on Apr 18, 1828, but that he had been conceived in Masontown, Pennsylvania & always claimed to be a Pennsylvanian. Said his Uncle Samuel Stough was always a great friend
JVTPage318 of his but in his quiet way was always getting of [sic] jokes on him & particularly in company. Oliver says he said to him once, "Now you are a Doctor & are versed on scientific subjects & say I was born in Ohio, was I not born when my mother conceived me", "Well", said the Doctor" in a sense you were". Then said Oliver, I am a Pennsylvanian because it suits my inclinations & purposes better to be a Pennsylvanian. He said his Father was away on a visit & expected to be back home by the time he was born, but he was born 17 days too soon & the top of his head was in a very crude state, & was not fully formed. That his Uncle Samuel was also living in New Philadelphia O. & he went into his brothers tin shop & hammered out a piece of lead to fit over the top of his head & which was so used until the top formation of his head was completed. He said he had a large crowd of friends & relatives to a party one night & his uncle Samuel was there & told this story. He said to his Uncle "Am I the oldest child" to which Samuel said "No", "Well" said Oliver "I never knew there were any premature births except the first child". To which Doctor replied "Oh, Oliver, you will joke on the most serious subjects". He then asked him if he had so adjusted that lead cap as to not impeded or retard the growth of the bump on the back of his head that gave him his veneration. In speaking of his marriages, Oliver said he had been going to California winters with his first wife & had built a big barn or stable 50 feet square just back of the Hotel where he stopped to keep his horses & carriages. He said his present wife landed in California one day & he the next & she bought lots two blocks from his stable. Said she saw his stable & one morning said
JVTPage319 to the old hotel man, who keeps that large fine stable & he replied "an old Codger from Chicago". She said she wanted to be introduced & the hotel keeper demurred & said it was not to her credit to know him saying he was half Joke & half serious. He said she had a way of having her own way, & was infernal high strung & demanded the Hotel man to take her up. He drove up with her introduced her as Mrs Mallinson & went on. She had two fine Arabian imported horses & while she had the stable for them completed she had no place to put her carriages & asked Oliver if she could put them there. He asked how long she wanted to leave them, & she answered that she did not want to leave them a minute after they were in his way. Frank was standing by him & she asked "is this your son". He said it was "Frank Stough," She then said to Frank, come up to my place at 10 in the morning & I will give you the best mount you ever had. He went & was delighted & when he returned told Oliver he was to go the next day. "Well" said Oliver, I will go up the morrow & look her over. He said Frank's lip dropped & he Oliver went with her the next day & before Frank went again it was all arranged although men from Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco & other places were calling. He was married to her he said Sept 26, 1888. Her name is Florence & it had been Acer. Her Father Acer, was the model farmer just outside of Rochester NY & she had a brother in the Abattoir drove yards at Montreal. She had married a Mallinson & I think he said she had had a child. His marriage to her occurred ten months after his first wife's death & he had advice from his friends everywhere to not marry her but he says
JVTPage320 it was the best job I ever done, six months later in Mch 1889 in taking a steamer to San Francisco she had in going into the Saloon parlor on the vessel tipped her toe on the string piece & fell headlong. That night, she was prematurely delivered of a six months, possibly five months baby & has never had any since although he did not think the injury was such as to make it impossible to have children. His first wife went through much the same experience. When she was seven months in pregnancy, she went out with a horse & was holding him & letting him eat grass. Something scared him & he threw up his head striking her in the side & causing the delivery of a still born child & so injuring her as to preclude the idea of having babies. His mother‑in‑law was married the second time to a Doolittle & is now Mrs Acer‑Doolittle. Oliver told me of his enemies in the First Natl Bank of San Diego & his troubles about settling with his partners in the land Cos. He has $20,000 at par in First NBK San Diego & it is only worth par. I told him about my coal & Alabama settlements with Judge J.K. Ewing & shortly after ten went with him up to the hotel. Ella S. Wood went with Lida & Lenora for the night. Sit & talked with Oliver in room 46 until 11:30 & came home & wrote up my expenditures & this record & as it is now 2:30 Am 12th & had been 3 Am last night when I retired, I will now go to bed. J.V. Thompson
Home, Oct 13, 1898 11:54 PM
Oliver & Miss Wood left for Chicago this afternoon at 2:05 on the B&O road I omitted saying before that in talking of his second marriage, he said his friends told him she was marrying him for his money, & he finally told them just before his marriage that he was marrying her for her money & that he needed it in his business & he acted that out. He said, however, that she had been worth $25,000 when she came to San Diego & by the time he married her, she wasn't worth anything. She had first bought a couple lots for $1000, & sold them shortly for $2000 & bought others at $1000 & sold at $1500. She then went on buying more lots going in debt thereafter & also built the house, their present home as I understand it. He also bought two lots adjoining to keep someone from building right up against her property, & gave them to her & at other times paid off mortgages of $6000 & $8000 against various properties she had bought. He said the family name was pronounced "Asser" or "Acker" & that a brother of his wife in Phila put a "k" in it making it "Acker". In talking last evening or yesterday, he said there was a fact not generally known which he did not tell for gossip, but which I might as well know, & that was that none of the children of Capt Andrews (the father of Step Mother‑in‑law Anderson) were born in lawful wedlock, but that he was married on his death bed. He got to cohabiting with the mother of his children, Miss Gates, a sister of Simon Gates of Chicago & E.S. Gates of Geneseo & later of Iowa, who was a sweet active good little body & they just continued so until he was about to die. The children he named were seven Mary (Anderson), Harriet (Perry), Lucy Sallie (Ainsworth) another daughter, Lyman & Loren.
JVTPage322 He said Loren was one of Gods noblemen & that they were very "Chummy" together when boys at Ashland, O. where the family lived. He said he never knew the above facts until a short time before his father died. Said his Father had known it for years but would never tell any ill of anyone & was always very reticent. He said Loren Andrews married his cousin, a daughter of Simon Gates, who was very mad about it & after she was left a widow, she had to work very hard to make a living for her family & had a government position as clerk at Washington D.C. When Simon, her Father was on his death bed, he sent for her & gave her her share, he being a very wealthy man. He said his Father Jonas Stough had sit up & talked with him until midnight one night in the best of health & had died the next day.
Oliver & Ella were here for dinner yesterday & at Lenora's for supper where I also supped & they took dinner with us today, Lida also. Last night up at Lenora's, Oliver got to talking about making his will said he had made several & always put in that if any woman or children turned up after he was gone claiming to be his he gave them $100. in his will to call it square. Said that was the only way you could legally bar them from getting on your Estate with both feet. The conversation came up from talking about the children he had raised & notably Mattie & Frank, I forget the occupation of Mattie's father, but her mother was a working woman & as soon as she was educated
JVTPage323 by him to make her own living at type writing & short hand she left him, at a time when she could have been of great service to him. Frank, he said was the son of a pious professor in one of their schools out there, a very very pious man & one of his scholars & he supposed he had the Bible under his arm at the time. He spoke about the Coal they got at San Diego from New Mexico & the effort made by the operators to raise the price from $10 to $20 per ton, claiming they could not get cars. He telegraphed to Chicago for the Vice President of the Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe RR Co of which he is a director to come out which he accordingly did arranging a meeting with Oliver at Albuquerque, N.M. & checkmated their game, & found they had 150 empty cars side tracked in the neighborhood. I asked him if he knew his Uncle John Anderson was one of the originators & a member of the first Board of directors of the Pgh F & Wayne & Chicago & he said he did & thought his Father had been too, that he had paid $500. which was a big thing for him to pay & kept him poor for years as he had never been worth over $2000. He said he provided for him in his later years. Up at Judge Mestrezats office today, Oliver in speaking of getting married to Mestrezat he said he had married nine months (he told me ten before) after his first wife died & if he had it to do over again, he would marry in less time than that. Referring to my rotundity & the Judge's Lankiness, he said he ought not to but would tell the old womans story who was being twitted about her husband's lank & slender form who answered saying that "for a searching coverer give her the narrow arseted man." Today
JVTPage324 at the Bank he was telling about their old doctor out at San Diego once when he was sick & he said he would go to the hot springs at Santa Barbara. The Doctor asked him what he did there. He told him that he drank the hot sulphur water, bathed every day & eat light meals. He said he would have to take some whiskey too that it would kill him if he stopped right off. Mrs Stough said "Doctor, what do you mean? Do you think Mr Stough is a drinking man?" "Well", said the doctor,"he talks a great deal about drinking". "Yes", she said, "he talks a great deal about a good many things, but that is all there is of it. it is only talk". JV Thompson 12:55 Am 14th Home, Oct 14, 1898 11 PM
I recall that Oliver in talking of the trouble they had in 1893 in the First Natl Bank San Diego, Cal, stated that the Bank telephoned to his house for him to come down. His wife asked what they wanted & he said he supposed they wanted him to help them. She said you shant go & I will telephone them & He said "Oh no, mother, I will go down". He went down & they had two notes of $50,000 each drawn up payable to his order & wanted him to go to San Francisco & get the money on them. He said isnt this unusual to call on me to do this after putting me out of the Board. They seemed crestfallen, but said they thought he was the best one to go. He accordingly went reaching Frisco very early in the morning. He washed up & knowing Lloyd Tevis' habit of getting to his place of business early, he went to Wells Fargo
Bank shortly after seven & sure enough found that Lloyd Tevis had just recently arrived & was at work. He showed him the notes & he said he did not know the parties making the notes but he would give it to him on his endorsements. He then went to his old friend of 35 yrs standing A.N. Towne, since dead, who was another early bird & found him at his place of business & he gave him a letter to another Bank saying that he had known O.J. Stough for 35 years & that his check was good for whatever amount he would make it. He got from that Bank $50,000 in gold which he had them send to San Diego on a special engine & he went next day & the Bank was saved. Another time, they came to him & asked him if he had any gold, that they were short & would have to have some money right off. This was during the McKinley ‑ Bryan campaign. He said to them "you dont suppose I would be locking up money these times do you?" but asked them how much they wanted. They said $20,000. He went to his box & got out that much gold & let them have it. He said that a few months before that his wife had said they would have trouble if Bryan was elected & she wanted to be sure they would have something for expenses for awhile & had persisted in having him put some gold in his safety box. He said almost everybody out there had more or less locked up. These acts are what he called heaping colas of fire on their heads just as he had done by employing David Perry for 12 yrs in his later life after he had failed. When he had refused with his brother Alfred to let their brother Charlie, Oliver's chum also in the store at Geneseo, give Oliver a suit
JVTPage326 of clothes on credit, saying he was wild & it wasnt safe. Oliver never spoke to David about it during the twelve years he employed him, more coals he said. He said President Harris (Robert Harris, I think) of the Northern Pacific RR Co sent him word one day some years ago to pack his grip & go on an inspection tour with him. At Spokane, he met an old friend in the Banking business & who owned a controlling interest in the water power at Spokane. He offered to sell it to Oliver for $12,000 & he wanted Harris to wait over a day until he would consummate the deal. Harris said they would go on & stop on their return, on their return it was a tremendous hot day & he was sick & did not go over in the town which was a mile off so he did not get the water power, but some Methodist preacher bought it later & made $700,000 out of it & came down to San Diego & invested it & lost it about all. coming down yesterday from Judge Mestrezats he said that a man that could select two thousand notes successfully on which to loan over a million dollars ought to be able to select a wife, that there were plenty just as good women as had ever been married. I told him I thought he was right that that accorded with my views & I thought as he did that every man who was pure & able ought to get married. I told him going up to Lenora's of my dear Mary's talk to me under the apple tree & her magnanimous injunction evincing her wisdom & love, a thing I have never spoken of to any other person. On our trip Tuesday 11th, I told him about Henry Clay Dean's remark to John Redburn & also about the time when a young licentrate [best guess] he had been attending a Methodist Conference & some of the DDs surprised at his wonderful abilities said to Bishop Vincent, "Bishop, have you met our young friend, Dean" "Oh yes" said Vincent, "I know him well & never saw a problem he could not solve or a dinner he could not eat". Miss Ella S. Wood in speaking yesterday of her grandfather Dr Samuel Stough said he had read the Bible through 37 times. I would say she was born in 1871 but possibly a year earlier as I believe she unwittingly gave her age as 28 in her conversation Wednesday in this room. I met Charles Phillips yesterday afternoon at Standard office Corner & he said he & his wife would return this morning. His wife was my second cousin, daughter of James C. Elliott. Said he had two children, a boy & a girl, the former being & yrs old. He lives a mile & a half out from Cadiz, Ohio, Minor S. Sangston was in today & said his grandmother Sarah Ann Kefaver was sick seven weeks & that Annie H. Franks her daughter was there all that time to wait on her. Told him of my regret that I could not attend her funeral because of the missionary guests I was entertaining. Weather cold today. JV Thompson midnight
Home Oct 20, 1898 11:25 PM
The German National Bank of Pgh closed its doors yesterday morning, being the first National Bank that has ever failed in Pittsburgh & about 4 Pm yesterday I recd a telephone call from my friend B.O.M. saying that he thought I had better get on the train & come down right away that there was some bad under talk about our
JVTPage328 correspont the Tradesman Natl Bank who also had some of the Natalie Coal Cos paper. I prepared to go but first withdrew the major portion of our acct by increasing remittance to Union NBK by $20,000. asking them to credit to our acct. I left on the 5:16 South West train sitting to Greensburgh with attorney J.B. Adams of this place. His mother was a sister of John & Jacob B. Gallagher & he was born near Merrittstown. Talk about the relative amount of business done by the Banks in town was spoken of & I told him we did, I thought, twice as much business as all the other three put together. He then spoke of the Peoples Bank & its decadence & I told him it was due to James A. Searight's (the President) manner & management or rather mismanagement. An original idea struck me in comparison of his methods with ours & a Banks position with a womans, which I proceeded to state as follows: A Bank is feminine gender, the Bank of England being called the old Lady of Threadneedle Street, a bank is much as a woman in that a breath of suspicion or gossip about its standing or character is almost fatal to it & like the idle gossip about a womans character is very hard to combat. Searight's practice has been to solicit & ask all with whom he had dealings to deposit with them & my statement to Mr Adams was that he could no more expect to get business that way than could the woman get a husband by indiscriminately asking those with whom she came in contact to marry her, that a bank got business by attracting it, just as a modest woman got a husband by attracting him to her & not
JVTPage329 openly soliciting his favor. Mr Adams got off at Greensburgh over night & there I changed cars & while waiting for our train, Chas Eckart of Connellsville spoke to me. He had called to see me during the Reppert campaign, he being very much down on the Ewing methods & saying that Nat Ewing had a note against James Dolan for $1600 for defending Pat Dolan in the Healy murder case & notwithstanding the unsavory record of Dolan both here & in Pittsburgh, he was promised & given a license so he could be in position to pay Nat the $1600 which he did. Eckart is chairman of the street Com of Council at Connellsville, also interested in the ice plant & was on his way to St Louis, MO to buy mules.
Got in to Pgh went to 7th Ave Hotel got my supper and at 9:30 to 10 PM walked around by German Tradesmens & Mellons Banks & went to bed about 10:30. Got up this morning early & went same rounds. Then called in to see G.B. Bosworth & he not being in, left the "oliphant" property mtge with a young woman in his office. Then went down & called to see S.H. Cooke at Pgh Life Ins Co then went down 4th Ave & seeing James Carothers standing in front of his office stopped to speak to him & found he was talking with his Father Samuel Carothers, a six footer whom I had not seen since 1878. James said he was going to take his Father back to Ireland on a visit next year. I asked him how old he was when he left & he said 22 yrs & that he had been here about 50 yrs. Well said I, did you not leave some Carothers relatives there. "Oh yes," said he, "lots of them & then there was a whole township full of Carothers' that were not related or at least not that he knew of" Then went in Tradesmen's
JVTPage330 & met H.M. Landis Asst Cash, Robt Wardrop, Cash, Alex Bradly Prest & his son J.C.? Bradley, director. I told Mr Wardrop that I wanted to take with me the $25,000 Pgh Bessemer & Lake Erie RR Co bonds we had bought & left with them & I also wanted him to go up to Far Dep NBK & identify me so as to lift $10,000 of same bonds we had left here. He went along & I met there T.H. Given Prest & J.W. Fleming, Cash'r I went back to Trades & in talking about the German failure, Mr Wardrop said the also had some of the Natalie Coal Co bonds, an investment that had been made in 1890 before he went in. I asked him how much they had & he said about five hundred thousand dollars & that no coupons or interest had been paid for 3 yrs all of which shows very bad inasmuch as their capital is only $400,000. I then went up Wood & out Diamond through the market to Union Natl Bank & met R.s. Smith, Prest, C.F. Dean Cash & Mr Lyon. Mr Smith thanked me for the deposit & insisted that I remain & lunch with their board, but I declined. He got me my dividend for July & I spoke of the German failure & he being one of the clearing house Com & he said it was a bad failure. Mr dean having come in he & I got to talking about bank clerks & their habits, brought up by reference to those of O.C. Burgdorf late Cashier of German & that I would not take an employee behind our counter who smoked, or chewed tobacco, drank liquor, or run after bad women, & of my stand absolutely against taking one of that kind, a son of a Director & our largest depositor (Hon Chas E. Bagle) when Father then President though we might take
JVTPage331 him & try him awhile. He said from the Employs of the Union, there had developed two bank Presidents, twelve Cashiers & two assistant Cashiers & that usually when a bank wanted a directing officer, they would ask is there anyone at the Union & just recently two of their clerks had been approached to take a cashiership & had refused to leave. Said Mr Smith went largely on family in employing clerks & always wanted to know who the Father & mother was. I then went down to Herbert DuPuys office but he had not returned from the East where he had gone last week to the funeral of his Father. Then went to Edwin S. Craigs office, but he had been sick this morning & had not come over. Then stopped in at W.V. Dewitt & Co's to see about getting another book like this made. Then went to T. Mellon & sons Bank met Bert Lewis, A.M. Thorne, R.Z. Finley & A.W. Mellon. Rob. Finley says he has two boys Frank & Edward the baby born in Mch. I said those are not Finley names, & he said "no they are Homes names" his wife being a Holmes, I guess. Asked A.W. about Oliver & Snyder Steel Co Standing & he said it was better than formerly & nothing damaging or detrimental that he knew of. That A.W. Oliver had paid up his debts & was in the ore fields in partnership with Carnegie Co & it was making plenty of money. Said W.P. Snyder was only worth about $20,000 when he went in the Oliver firms. Then went around to 7th Ave Hotel & dinner not being ready went in Levi's old bookstore adjoining for half an hour but found nothing that I cared much for, although I saw a work American Biography (being lives of signers of Declaration of Independence) in 5 Vols that was desirable. Got
JVTPage332 my dinner & was at 12:35 sitting in the hotel waiting for Mr Willson to come down from his dinner when J.B. Adams came in with a lady, & while I did not see her face, I noticed that he registered her as Miss Nannie J. Stingson who used to be here & I wondered if he was about to get married. Had Mr Shreffler send up for Mr Willson & had five minutes talk with him & got to Depot & just seated on train as it moved off. P.A. Johns was in seat in front of me A.T. Wilkinsbury, Dr R.W. Clark, & wife got on & the car being crowded I told him I could give one of them a seat & he sit his wife down with me while he took seat with "Doll". Mrs Clark looked very well, more handsome & pleasant than I had ever known her (in fact I had never talked much with her) & we had a very pleasant chat to Greensburg where we changed cars. Her boy Robert aged 11 yrs & her daughter Eleanor aged 8 yrs are both in school & she has no other children. Spoke of her brother at Somerset & Abner McKinley, brother of the Pres't, having married sisters, Eudsleys. They, Dr & Mrs Clark, Capt Hustead & wife, J. W. Semans & wife & Dr & Mrs White were going to the mountains tonight, to Olwines, to be there in the morning to gather chestnuts. At Greensburgh while waiting for train, met C.H. Fogg of Martin Coke Co & he said they expected to protect the notes R.L. Martin had given to the Co employees, in fact he was satisfied the men could make them pay them whether they wanted to or not. Reached home at 4:20 & found the boys about ready to square up, but with 23 notes, which I wrote up (after telling them about my trip)
JVTPage333 finishing them at 7 PM. I was working at some other matters when I got a message over the telephone saying that Aunt Jane was at my house & asked that I come home, which I accordingly did finding her & Lenora here. Lenora spoke of seeing the wife of Henry Elliott (son of Robert) who lives in Iowa about 20 miles from J. Howard Bowman's (Waverly), aunt Jane also spoke of Frank Elliott (another son of Robert) living with Piersal his father‑in‑law. Lenora & Aunt got to talking about Karl Norcross & stated that his mother was a daughter of Paul Hough & that it was she & her mother to whom cousin Hunter Richey gave $3000 by will, he having lived with them at Port Royal. Mrs Hough is living in Brownsville & is about Aunt Jane's age so she says. Lenora asked Aunt how old Ruth P. Andrews was & she said she would never tell (in this respect she is much like Aunt Jane) but said she was not more than ten years younger than she was. They also spoke of Mrs Norcross losing her mind the day after her husband was buried & then dying soon after. He hung himself in the barn & was Aunt said a bad man & had an incurable disease & the doctors said he would have died a natural death in a couple weeks time. Lenora having gone & Minnie retiring up stairs, Aunt got to talking about the changes she wanted in her will, but said the paper she had had Ruth E. VanKirk draw of it had been left behind so she will send it to me. Speaking of Ada, she said she was eight years younger than Tillie & that Tillie was born in 1850. Said she believed in girls getting married young
JVTPage334 Said Ada had had too many good offers & she was afraid would now take some good for nothing fellow as she considered Beazele from Ohio who was now waiting some on her. Said E.S. Hackney wrote her when she was at Hollidaysburg at school proposing that they would get married in the future after she was through school etc. That John W. Hackney also proposed to her, also Rev Will Fulton & Dr Henry Fulton sons of Rev J.P. Fulton. Said also that Roland Rogers wanted her now, and said I did not Dr Thos N. Eastman go to see her & she said yes that Uncle Theodore heard him saying something to Ada one night & misunderstanding what he said had gone in & peremptorily ordered him to leave instanter which he did & that uncle said he would have shot him if he had had a revolver. I asked if the Doctor had not proposed to her & she said "oh yes, they were engaged & he had asked me if he could have her." JV Thompson 1:07 Am 21st Home Oct 21, 1898 11:55 PM
From the above our Cashier E.S.H. must have had several applications turned down as I understand he proposed to Miss Katharine W. Howell before he married his present wife. I was reading to Aunt Jane this morning the letter I had recently received from Cousin Ruth P. Andrews about the inscriptions on tombstones at Rehoboth, among them those of her grandfather & grandmother Elliott. She said her grandmother Elliott was a fleshy woman & rather short in stature & she only remembers
JVTpage335 seeing her once. She only recalls seeing her Aunt Eleanor Finley once. Says she was sick sometime & her mother & Aunt Catharine went & nursed her. She said her uncle Michael was a plain man & a very good man. He was a son of Rev James Finley & a brother of Ebenezer the Father of Uncle Robert. He & his wife Eleanor had several children among them being Evans, the father of "Mikey" (Michael Finley whom I know) who is now sick & whose wife died recently, Robert, Sarah, Hannah, & Mary. Hannah & Mary died unmarried of consumption I believe & I think she said Sarah did also. Said that Mary? said when about to die that she was ready to give up everything & her mother said to her that she was not willing to give her up. "What" said she to her mother "not willing mother to give me up to go to Jesus". She said that after her Aunt Eleanor died her Uncle Michael married Mrs Polly Smith, a sister of Uncle John C. Plumer & that they did not live very pleasantly together as she was rather gay & he was a plain good man. Her Aunt Maria Plumer took her Uncle Michael to see the widow in West Newton (who was in a [mesome?] dependent on Jno C.) & she said she could not marry that old man. Aunt Maria took him back again & she was talking the same way but her daughter & Aunt Maria encouraged them & they were married. The Weatley Smith who died a year ago in Phila I believe George I think was his name was a son of this woman by her first husband. Aunt Jane said they always called her Aunt Failey, Aunt "Nellie". she then went on
JVTPage336 to speak of her sister Ruth, my Aunt Ruth Penney & of her three boys Will, Sam & Jim & said Ruth was such a good woman & she thinks that if any of the rest of the sisters had died & she have been left that their children would have received more care from her than hers did from her sisters. She said that she charged her husband to take good care of Beckie, their hired girl, who had waited so faithfully on her during her sickness & told him to build her a house to live in. Instead of Uncle John doing this, however, he took her to his bosom & married her, a grave mistake as she had had two children, illegitimate before that, & these children came there to see her & one (possibly both) a daughter got too close to Jim & had a baby & Uncle John had to pay considerable to make it up it being notwithstanding "all in the family" his son, & his step‑daughter. The child it seems was a daughter & some years ago lived with A.A. Carmack at Brownsville. She said that Evans Finley's wife told her & said that the girl & her mother were both down in that neighborhood near Belle Vernon when Jim Killed himself. Aunt Jane did not know by what name either of them went, nor whether either of them were married. At dinner at Lenora's today, she spoke of her Father being a twin & that Margery Baird was a twin, the one born with her having died in infancy. Miss S. Ella Wood of 3924 Michigan Ave, Chicago having written to know the address of Mrs
JVTPage337 McClelland B. Wilson who lives in the old Log house on the Lutheran Glebe that her great grandfather Rev John Stough lived in a hundred years ago & which she & Oliver got out in the rain on 11th inst to go in & see upon meeting Rev W.O. Wilson, Elder bro of M.B. as I came from dinner, I asked him & he said it was Woodside & that her name was Heath before she was married, a sister of Joe Heath he said that is I think Josiah A. Heath. I will record here several things that I recall one that Christian Scholl when here Sept 1 to 3d said that in corn cutting time in 1854, the dry summer in Sept thermometer stood at 106 for more than a week & that children died of dysentery in large numbers. I am evidently a "root out of dry ground" coming through troublous times & momentous ones my first year as in Jany 1854, Senator Douglas introduced the Kansas‑Nebraska bill in the Senate, which repealed the famous Missouri Compromise. His action startled the North. On Feby 15, 1854, I was born & during that & the following month, Mayor Alvan Earl Bovay now in his 80th year, living in Brooklyn, N.Y. went about in his neighborhood at Ripon, his cousin trying to unite the Whigs, Free & Soilers & Barnburners in a party opposed to slavery & on Mch 20, 1854 was successful in organizing there with suitable declaration of principles the very first branch of the Republican party. In same year, John F. Hogg started his private Bank in Uniontown of which our First National is the legitimate successor so you see, my party, my Bank & myself are coexistent. Mr Kennedy at dinner at
JVTPage338 Zanesville, O. Aug 23, 1898 in speaking of Perry Wiles said he would never sign a subscription to the church agreeing to pay any fixed sum saying he would make his contribution when he went to Church & that he never went often enough to give more than a dollar or two per year to the ministers salary.
In a letter received Saturday from Ruth P. Andrews, she gives me the following inscriptions which she copied a year ago from the tombstones at Rehoboth.
In memory of Capt Wm Elliott who departed this life the 20th of March 1805 in the 54th year of his age. The tender husband, father, friend was in one moment snatched away To guard from death let none pretend For whom God calls no Soul can stay
In memory of Ruth, relict of Capt Wm Elliott who departed this life July the 2nd A.D. 1830 aged 76 yrs.
[Margin note reads:] See Page 87
In memory of Johnston Elliott who departed this life Jany 19, 1809 aged 22 yrs
Here lies the body of George Crawford who departed this life June 11th 1797 in 52d year of his age.
In memory of Martha Crawford consort of George Crawford who departed this life July 16, 1843 aged 84 yrs
Sarah Elliott wife of William Steele born 26*Apr 1, 1793 died Mch 13, 1855 In memory of Michael Finley son of Rev James Finley, died July 29, 1850 aged 77 yrs
In memory of Eleanor wife of Michael Finley died July 12, 1834 in the 57th year of her age.
Aunt Jane said she had heard her mother speak of Martha Crawford & thought she called
JVTPage339 her cousin, but it might have been that she called her Aunt.
I notice some discrepancies in above dates with those she gave before recorded on page 87. JV Thompson 1:50 AM 22d
Home Oct 22, 1898 1159 PM
Cousin Ruth P. Andrews came on the B&O RR this evening at 7:20 from New Castle Pa on her way to York, Pa & will remain over Sunday with us. she says the Uncle Edward spoken of as coming with her grandmother when she came from the East was, she thinks, a brother of her grandfather as her Aunt Betsy Carnahan spoke of him as her "Uncle Edward". she says three of her fathers sisters married Smiths & that the one that married Uncle Michael Finley was the widow of Jimmy Smith. They had lived at Blairsville & when he died the family was left very poor with five children, Geo P., Margaret, Finley, John & Patterson. There had been a Julia, who had died in between George & Margaret. George P is the one who died wealthy a year ago. Margaret married an Eberhart & has issue, & John a worthless fellow & "Pat" are living. She says her father went over to Blairsville in his spring wagon & brought the family to West Newton & put them in the house diagonally across from theirs & they were dependent on her Father. Once Michael Finley came to her mother's & wanted her Mother to take him over & introduce him but she
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JVTPage342 home & when she did so had quite a spell crying saying "it was not a bit pretty place". Her mother said to her "never mind Ruth, you will make it pretty", & she did. She says at the home that Aunt Jane done more of the heavy work than Mother did, that mother did not do so much & when spoken to & asked about it once by her Aunt Maria said "Wait until I get of my own" & bless you said Ruth "when she did get her own, how well she worked." The above were things her mother told her. JV Thompson 1 Am 23d Home, Oct 29, 1898 10:33 PM
Day before yesterday, Thursday 27th cousins Ruth E. & C. Abb Van Kirk came up on the afternoon train & brought from Aunt Jane a present, which when here she told me she was going to give me, of two of her grandmother's (my great grandmother Ruth Elliott's ‑ my mother's mother's mother) large silver spoons, very handsome & well preserved marked "R.E." These spoons had been left by great grandmother to her daughter great Aunt Matilda Robinson who removed to the vicinity of Wooster, Ohio, & died there & after her death Cousin Elijah Craft who had been out there brought in to her nieces six spoons as follows: to his own wife Ruth? Craft two, to Aunt Jane Van Kirk two & to Aunt Matilda Robinson two. Mrs Craft melted her two up, a very foolish act, a few years ago, & Aunt Jane gives me her two & bought from Ruth & Abb the two they got from their mother
JVTPage343 for the purpose of giving them to her daughter Matilda Ruth Cope of Streator Ills. At 11 o'clock today, Joe T. Noble of Claysville, Pa & Prof John M. Birch of Wheeling WVa, old W & Js friends of 30 yrs ago came to see me for the purpose of seeing my coal field near the Thompson Glass Works 700 Acres which I gave them the option to Dec 31, 1898 to sell at $1,100 per acre, verbal option. John said he was offering it to the Bellaire Iron & Steel Co, Mr McCourtney, President & that they had had a meeting of their Board & concluded to buy when they got a telephone message from Pgh that the Illinois Steel Co's coal field could be bought for $750 per acre. They had also through a Mr Ogilvie connected with the Standard Oil Co interested some of the Standard officials. They still hope to make a sale. They left on the 5:16 PM B&O train. Got squared up at the Bank & went to the B&O train at 7:15 Pm to meet Cousin Ruth P. Andrews on her return from the synodical meeting at York Pa, this week. At supper she was telling me about the inquire I had asked her to make for Jenkins Carothers who according to my recollection of what Mrs Stokely told me in Pgh twenty years ago was a son of John Carothers the brother of my great grandfather James Carothers. Cousin Ruth said she stopped at York with Charles J. Ness 217 Market St. York Pa, & that he said that Jenkins Carothers had lived in Hempfield (I find no Hempfield Tp in York Co, wonder if he could have said or meant Hopewell) Township & was a man over or just seven feet tall & the only Whig in the Twp. When Jno Quincy Adams ran for president in 1825 he was sick & unable to go to the polls to
JVTPage344 vote, he however sent his daughter Margaret his only child, to cast his vote for him. She presented herself at the polls & told them she came to cast her father's ballot. They consulted & demurred & said it was clearly illegal for her to do so, but were in a quandary what to do saying if they refused to let her cast the ballot, it would be said that they suppressed the Whig vote, so they decided to let her vote, which she did. When the courier was driving into York with the returns someone asked him what the rate was & he called out "Two hundred votes for (the opposing candidate) Jackson (I believe) & one votes for John Quincy Adams, so that Margaret's vote for her father was the only one Adams got in the Twp. When Jenkins Carothers died, they buried him seven feet & one inch deep so they could say that no Whig could rise up in the township. His wife's name was Margaret, but it is thought that she was dead before the above incident occurred. The daughter & only child was Margaret J. Carothers & she died unmarried Feby 1, 1886 intestate & it being the beliefs that Jenkins Carothers was a lone man without kindred, his daughter's estate was distributed to the relatives of the mother Margaret & strange to relate Mr Ness was one of those heirs receiving about $28.
Lenora dropped in about 9 PM & stayed until after ten, & she asked cousin Ruth if Aunt Charlotte Richey was good to her step daughter now Mary Jane Woods, & she said yes she was. Aunt Charlotte had a daughter of her own that died when
JVTPage345 about 11 months old & prior to the death of this child she had understood from her mother that Aunt Charlotte had not been a very good mother, but afterwards became very good to Mary Jane Richey. Said Mary Jane Richey as it then was, was considered rich, was well raised, refined & cultivated. That she had wanted to marry a St Louis Man & had been opposed & had several times been opposed in love affairs & said she would marry the next man that came along if it was old Nick & the general impression when she married old James F. Woods was that she had gotten old "Nick" & people snapped their fingers in derision. Said Woods & Mary Jane were never congenial, nor was he congenial to his daughter Eleanor, an excellent girl, but was completely wrapped up in Mollie a rapid, rakish girl. Said that Aunt Charlotte & Uncle John got very lonely in their latter years & one day Aunt Charlotte told Mr Woods to "send Mollie down with some of her impertinence to liven us up." She also said that Aunt Charlotte had been engaged to a Penyopolis man who was much beneath her in family raising & ability & the family were opposed to it, but she insisted & the day for the wedding was set & preacher Johnston was notified to be on hand. Her brother James Elliott when he found she was persisting in marrying told her she would have to sell or sign over her interest in the place. The papers were prepared & Cousin Ruth's mother Aunt Maria who was still at home unmarried said to her sister "Now Charlotte, you are about signing away your home & you have no home to go to, consider that". She did consider it & finally said she would not do it & sent word to
JVTPage346 Rev Johnston that he need not come & the wedding was declared off. The man she had intended to marry turned out just as had been expected & never rose above learning about Penyopolis. Although, after it was first declared off, great grandmother Elliott who was then living (Aunt Charlotte's mother) said she would come around again & sure enough sometime thereafter she found a letter under the bed tick that Charlotte was writing to him still contemplating marriage. She took it to Charlotte & stopped further negotiations in that direction. Uncle John Richey used to go to see her before he was first married but she would no have him then said "he was too green". Uncle Henry Fulton also went to see her after his second or third wife died & when he had nine children & leaving his over coat hanging in the hall, she put nine cakes in his pocket & other things of that nature that shied him off the track. Lenora asked if the Elliott women were not all short. Well said Cousin Ruth "most of them that I ever knew were, mother was, so was Aunt Charlotte, Aunt Matilda Robinson & Aunt Steele, but your grandmother was tall & so was Aunt Betsy Carnahan" She had no recollection of Aunt Eleanor Finley's appearance, I showed her the two spoons of her grandmother which she admired very much & said she had tried once to beg one from Ruth E. Van Kirk. At 10:30, Cousin Ruth went up stairs to retire. JV Thompson 11:55 PM
JVTPage347 The "Holler" Oct 30, 1898 10:55 PM
Cousins Ruth P. Andrews & Minnie have gone up stairs to retire. Cousin Ruth said when her mother heard that Tillie Van Kirk was going to marry Eli Cope Jr, she remarked "To think that Jane Van Kirk would allow one of her daughters to marry a Cope. I cannot understand it." She evidently knew the Copes well. Today Cousin Ruth was speaking about the Fultons that lived out the pike from West Newton just beyond Mendon. Squire Henry Fulton owned the farm & she says he was a first cousin of Uncle Henry Fulton & his wife was a Hartley. He, Squire Henry, had a brother, William Fulton who married Nancy Pierce, a sister of Cousin Ruth's fathers' first wife. He moved west to Iowa & had three children, William, now living in Keokuk, Mary & Robert who lived across the river from Keokuk in Illinois & who died from injuries received in falling from the top of a wagon load of baled hay they were loading leaving a widow & several sons. Squire Henry had another brother Robert who lived in Ohio & who had a son Henry a preacher I think, & a son William of whom later. Squire Henry had two Sons Robert, who married Keziah Newlon, a sister to the wife (Rachel I think) of Uncle Henry's son Abraham Fulton, & Perry Fulton who removed to Ohio. The sons marrying & leaving home, he was left with a large family of daughters, two of whom were married one to a Scovel & was living in Wisconsin & another to a White (She died rather early in life leaving a son & two daughters Mattie & Clara) & five daughters at home viz Nancy, Mary, Clara, Hannah & Lizzie. He then removed to Washington Pa with his wife & these daughters.
JVTPage348 There, he started the Fulton House which achieved such an enviable reputation under their management. While living there, Hannah met William Van Kirk who was attending college, a son of Asher Van Kirk of Elizabeth neighborhood. I think Mr Fulton died at Washington during or just prior to the war. The girls moved to Pittsburgh renting a house on Penn Ave from Dr King for some five years at $3000 per year. The rent proved to be burdensome, but he did not offer to reduce it & they paid it until the lease expired. Mattie & Clara White lived with them. Mattie married very much against her Aunt's wishes & protests Will Fulton, a son of her grandfather's brother Robert from Ohio. He proved to be a drunkard & she left him having one child a son, whose name I think is Howard. They afterwards went together again, but she could not live with him & after returning to her Aunt's her brother who was a bachelor lawyer in Seattle Washington, wrote her to come on there with her son & keep house for him which she did & he & she raised the boy. She attended the World's Fair with her boy, then a handsome fellow of 16 yrs & her husband's brother Henry went to see her & urged her to live with Will again. She did not favor it & her boy said he knew not father but his Uncle & would continue with him. After his cousin Robert of Illinois was killed, this Will Fulton turned up there a fleshy bloated drunkard, very much to the chagrin of Robert's widow who did not want him around among her sons. Clara White was a great favorite of her Aunts & was to have been married to a man they were
JVTPage349 entirely satisfied for her to have, a widower with a young son, who himself, as well as others of his family had boarded with them. She, however died a distressing death from inward cancer of the breast some six months before she was to have married. Some two years later the aunts learned that the man she was to have married very much to their surprise had become a regular drunkard & afterwards learned that he had been a companion of Will Fulton & had commenced the drinking habit from having beer for their lunch. After the Fultons girls left the King house, they went to Chicago & started a boarding house, but only remained there a year as they did not like it. They returned to Pittsburgh, taking a large Institute building at Swissvale that had been built by or for Jane Grey Sisshelm & kept boarders. Later they bought a ten thousand dollar house in the East end Brushton Ave near Penn, two houses from corner, a large double house with spacious grounds around it. They expected Lillie Van Kirk, daughter of their sister Hannah, who had married to take half of it but she did not & they kept roomers & boarders as usual having the very best & highest priced patrons. In August 1897, Nancy, the elder of the girls, went into the city, & settled some bills & returned going out to Wilkinsburg to see a sick friend. From there, she returned home, made ice cream for supper or dinner as they called it, & went up stairs to dress for the evening as was her custom. The servant hearing a groan went up & she said she was very sick by the time a Doctor came she was unconscious & died that night or the next morning. Mary, the next eldest
JVTPage350 was a very nervous woman & the shock was too much for her. Her niece, Alice Davis (daughter of Clara, who had married R.S. Davis the book man of Pgh) came & assisted them & being an excellent business woman, attended to the financial & business affairs as her Aunt Nancy had done. A year later in August 1898, Mary died, leaving only Lizzie at home. Cousin Ruth does not know whether Alice Davis is still with her & whether they are keeping boarders or not. Knew the Davis wanted her to come & live with them. Cousin Ruth says that Hattie Hornish, a daughter of Joseph Hornish by his first wife Wycoff (he married three times) a brilliant witty girl of 18 whom I met at her home in Apr 1876, had married a Dr Craighead & they had lived about Pittsburgh but he had not been successful & recently & at present is in the gold diggings in British Columbia. She has two children & visited with them in West Newton the past summer. Her sister Bella married a Miles & lives in Ottumwa, Iowa with her husband & one daughter. (her daughter Madeleine having died to typhoid fever amid visions of rapturous delight) & two aunts Sarah & Susan Hornish, maiden sisters of her Father, John P. Hornish, who married Cousin Ruth's sister Martha was a brother of Joseph K., Sarah & Susan & his daughter Mattie, my second cousin visited here once, with Cousin Ruth. She has five brothers Ruth says.
When out at sister Ruth Sheplers this evening, she spoke of the Elm tree in front of her grandfather Plumers home two miles out from
JVTPage351 West Newton toward mothers old home & the old two story log house now torn down & of her recollection of the little back room where her grandfather died & where she with the other children were taken to receive his blessing when he was on his death bed. He was the Hon George Plumer & died June 8, 1843.
JVTPage352 At Robert Elliott's Jefferson Tp Fayette Co Pa Nov 4, 1898 2:44 PM
James Elliott born Apr 25, 1785 } They were married June 3, 1813 by
Mary Cunningham born Feby 25, 1792 } Rev. Mi Wiley
The names of their children & the dates of their birth as copied from their family Bible now in possession of Robert Elliott are as follows:
William F (Finley) Elliott, born Apr 5, 1814
James Cunningham Elliott, born Feby 26, 1816
Edward Johnston Elliott, born May 1818
Robert Elliott, born Apr 28, 1820
Ruth Elliott, born Sept 1, 1822
Mary Ann Elliott, born Jany 15, 1825
Joseph Sterrit Elliott, born Apr 18, 1827
Alexander Elliott, born Aug 30, 1829
Sarah Rebecca Elliott, born Feby 18, 1832
Martha Elliott, born Sept 12, 1834
Marriages recorded as follows:
William F. Elliott married to Eliza Jane Connell Apr 11, 1837 by Rev Woods
Ruth Elliott married to Eli Johnston Forsythe Oct 28, 1841 by Rev N.H. Gillette.
James C. Elliott married to Jane McKey Dixon, Oct 23, 1845 by Rev Thos Martin.
Mary Ann Elliott, married to A.O. Patterson May 14, 1851 by Rev M.A. Williams.
Alexander Elliott married to Nancy Larimer, May 28, 1852 by Rev W. Hughes.
J.S. Elliott was married to Nancy Jane Forsythe on Oct 7, 1852 by Rev Thos Martin.
Robert Elliott was married to Sarah Caroline Goe Nov 1, 1853 by Rev M.F. Piatt.
Mary Elliott (wife of James) died March 16, 1869
James Elliott died Apr 26, 1842.
Eleanor Elliott, Consort of Michael Finley died July 10, 1834
Johnston Elliott died Jany 19, 1809
Ruth Elliott consort of Samuel Carothers died Feby 1843
Edward J. Elliott, son of James & Mary Elliott died Apr 20, 1854 with the cholera at Fort Madison Iowa.
E.J. Forsythe died June 2, 1857
JVTPage353 Charlotte Richy died 1870
The following from Robert Elliotts own family Bible
Robert Elliott born Apr 28, 1820
Sarah C. Goe born Jany 16, 1831
[f their children are:
Mary Eva Elliott born Oct 27, 1854
Henry B. Goe Elliott born Oct 27, 1854
James Richey Elliott born Sept 1, 1856
Kate Rosetta Elliott born Feby 10, 1859
Martha Oliphant Elliott born Jany 10, 1861
George Johnston Elliott born Oct 24, 1862
Frank Alpheus Elliott born Jany 1, 1864
Lida Goe Elliott born June 4, 1867, Died Dec 13, 1871
Charles Shotwell Elliott born Feby 23, 1872
Lawrence Van Kirk Elliott born Apr 1, 1874
Martha says Henry, her brother, married on Oct 10, 1883 to Eve Barker of Fayette City Pa by Rev Crumsin & James R was married to Mary Patterson daughter of Wm G. Patterson Oct 25, 1883 by Rev Crumsin, & Frank was married to Laura Piersol daughter of Lynn Piersol of Wash Co Pa on Oct 22, 1896 & she died Dec 30, 1896.
At Aunt Jane C. Van Kirk's Redstone Tp Fayette Co Pa Nov 4, 1898 7:35 PM
Arose this morning at the "Holler" at 4:44 Am & started at 6 Am meeting J.S. Langley on his way from Hon__ville [faded] to town & arranged with him to see the Peirsol boys Elijah [faded only ah readable], John & Levi & secure their support for the republican ticket. Along this side of Thos Coffman met Sidney P. Patterson on his wagon with [a couple of words too faded to read] &
JVTPage354 asked him about optioning his coal under the Canfield ‑ Peirsol farm 100 to 106 Acres. I asked him what he wanted an acre for it & he said $100, & I told him I would option it at that as that was the price it was optioning the field at. He said I could consider it signed. Coming on reached here at 8:08 & at 8:30, Aunt Jane & I were on our way through Brownsville to Robert Elliott's, Jefferson Tp. We turned off to the right at Wm C. Steeles store, passing out by the Public School, crossing the RR & also Redstone Creek at its mouth by the old Bailey Mill, & bearing to the left kept up around & out by Harvey J. Steele's. On the way Aunt Jane spoke of it as the road she had often traveled fifty to sixty years ago & said she & her mother had often ridden over it on horse back from their home on little Sewickly Creek Westmoreland Co to Aunt Catherine Finley's near New Salem Tp. Said Aunt Catharine was always rather delicate, & had her children pretty fast & once in her last sickness I think she had sent for her mother & she rode up horseback though not well herself. Aunt Catharine died & grandmother died a year or so thereafter. Said that Ebenezer, the youngest child of Aunt Catharine's was eleven months old when his mother died & they took him down home with them & he became very much attached to her following her around as if she was his mother, but he did not live long. Aunt said the girls, her sisters all seemed rather delicate, but her & once she was sick, mother said to her, Now Jane, dont you get sick too for there
JVTPage355 are too many of us complaining now. Said that when they were building the new (stone) house that she & mother slept out in the Spring house loft. This was when she was about 22 yrs old & mother was a couple years younger & one night mother had a hemorrhage from her periodical spells, not from her lungs, but not having matches then, she could not do much although it was moonlight. When she got up in the morning, however, & saw the great flow of blood & mother's pale ghastly appearance almost white as a dead person, she was scared. Then sent for a doctor & mother's condition for a year or so was such that she had to be favored in the work. She said her father was so very accommodating that if anyone asked him to do anything for them or loan them anything, he would always do it although it often discommoded him to do so. She said her mother was the manager & if it had not been for her by reason of above named trust, her father would not have had much for his children. She said they always did their own work & never had any hired girl for servant.
We stopped at Harvey J. Steele's fine residence on his fine farm & not getting any response at front door wet around to side door & found his wife who is a daughter of Stephen R. Nutt, a very pleasant handsome woman, but found that Harvey & his mother & his daughter May, widow of Patton, were at Uniontown today on a visit. Harvey's mother was a Jackman from Wash Co related to us through her mother who was a Dunkery [?? very faded]. We then went on to the next house which was Cousin Joseph S. Elliott's
JVTPage356 & stopped, was admitted by Colored servant woman & found that J.S. & his wife were across at another farm threshing. Their daughter Grace, however was at home, a tall slender woman with pleasant face & a good cook. She is now Mrs Wood having recently married a butcher from Fayette City, a grandson Aunt Jane says of Warwick Miller, & whose moral character is not very satisfactory. We only tarried a few minutes driving on up to the cross roads saw my old school friend Rev Theo S. Negley in his yard & called him out to us & talked a few minutes & turning there to the right drove a mile coming to Little Redstone Pres Church where he preaches & a half mile further on came to Robert Elliott's. (Ada has just said to her mother that she has worked forty years & I stopped to remind her that she had given her age away.) Noticing the James C. Elliott residence just by & above the Church. It was about 10:45 when we reached Robert Elliott's. Kate came to the door & received us & shortly her mother & father came in. After awhile, Mrs E. brought in her sister‑in‑law Sarah Rebecca Elliott who is totally blind, dwarfed in mind & body & stooped half double not being able to raise her head up when on her feet. She was a pitiable object. Presently, Martha came in & we learned that Mame was out in Iowa on a visit. The boys were finishing up the threshing & at noon they came in, George, Charles, & Lawrence & I was introduced. I do not recall that I had ever met any of the family there except cousin Robert. Had known him since
JVTPage358 I believe it was the first time I was ever in Jefferson Tp. Cousin Robert's mind has parted very much & he could not recall much about the earlier family history, & nothing back of his grandfather. He said it was his brothers William & James who visited Chambersburg in 1871 as spoken of by Frederick Crawford to me in Aug 1895. Kate says she thinks her great grandfather Capt William Elliott was accompanied by a cousin when he drove out to Fayette & she is not sure but thinks perhaps his name was William Elliott too. she said that Chas Elliott who used to live in Uniontown, the father of Wm W. Elliott used to say that he thought he was related as he remembered when a child of his parents taking him out in that valley, (the Little Redstone Creek) to visit relatives. His parents, however, dying when he was young, he did not learn much about his ancestry. I compared the record in the family Bible of James Elliott, Robert's father with record given to me by Ruth P. Andrews on page 87 & found that they agreed & from same Bible copied record on page 352 & from Robert's Bible the record on page 353. We talked over the political situation & while I believe some of them were leaning toward McCormick & Mrs Elliott said she was inclined to Wanamaker. I believe now they will vote the Straight Republican ticket. Lawrence said they had 280 Acres in the home farm & 170 in another farm further up the road. Harvey Steel had two farms also, the one where he lives & his grandfathers old farm, but the farm of D.M. Shearer lays between them. We left Robert Elliott's at 4:40 & came back the near & hill
JVTPage358 road, passing by one of Joseph S. Elliott's farm & came finally near the summit of the high hills to the farm of Shff Fred Shearer Chalfant, now occupied by Chads Chalfant, his cousin, who married my cousin Lulu Hibbs. We drove up to the house, the approaches to which are very bad & the house, yard & grounds are in a desolate & dilapidated condition, the house being an old large brick one. Chads was there but Lulu had not come home yet, having gone yesterday to visit her mother Ellen Hibbs. Coming down the steep hill this side of their house, we met Lulu & Ellen in a buckwagon & had some trouble in getting by each other. We came on & at Brownsville stopped to see Ann Coldren who wants the Brownsville post office for her husband. She is a warm Republican. Coming on we reached here at about 6:30, had our supper & have written up this record & Aunt Jane is now talking of going to bed. JV Thompson 8:54 PM
The "Holler" Feby 10, 1899 10:20 PM
On Tuesday Jany 31, 1899 at 10 Am, I went out to Grant St to meet the Committee & Engineer to Establish the grade of the street a very cold morning with snow on the ground. After arriving at a grade that was satisfactory, I started home, stopping at 11 Am at Mrs A.D. Boyd's to see her about the Jack ancestry of Mr Boyd & was there until after 12 o'clock noon. She sent her colored man over to Mrs Boyd's her mother in laws for the record which was in an old family Bible. There was much about the Boyds that
JVTPage359 I will want to get later but I copied only the earlier & Jack part of the record as written by Judge Robert Boyd, the grandfather of A.D. Boyd. I copy verbatim using his spelling:
"A short cronological of some of my ancestors of my mothers side. John Jack my grandfather was killed by Indians Apr 13, 1757. At that time his father was taken prisoner and continued with them 8 or 9 yrs. His name was Jeremiah Jack. They were the first settlers on the Potomack River where they were forted. Sarah Jack formerly Shearer consort of John Jack, my grandmother born June 11, 1729. Ages & names of their family:
Jeremiah Jack born Nov 18, 1750
John Jack born Dec 14, 1752
Catharine, born Dec 14, 1754
Ann, my mother, born Oct 9, 1757. She was born 5 mos & 25 days after her father was killed by the Indians so she never saw her Father. My grandmother Jack after the elaps of 5 or 6 yrs married a man by the name of William Paul & had 2 children by him:
Wm Paul born Feby 6, 1764.
George Paul born July 2, 1766.
This account was drawn off of my family Bible by myself Aug 23, 1848
For the use of son William & his family."
Ann Boyd formerly Jack died Oct 8, 1797 aged 40 yrs & 1 day. Her husband's name was I believe William Boyd & he or his father emigrated to America from Ireland & settled near Martinsburg WVa & the Faulkners there. E Boyd Faulkner, Senators Faulkner & others are Mrs Boyd says descendants of a
JVTPage360 a brother of William Boyd. Another of the Boyds a near relative in Ireland married a man named Hogsett & their son James Hogsett came to America & married Lydia? Jackson of Fayette Co & became the parents of Robert Hogsett who died in Aug 1895. On Feby 4th Mrs Boyd wrote me enclosing a letter of Gilbert Cope of West Chester Pa dated 8th Mo 1st 1896 & after writing principally about the Darlingtons, he adds:
"There were Boyds & Jacks in this county in early times. Jeremiah Jack was assessed in Nantmeal Twp in 1726. Samuel Jack died in 1739 leaving sons William, Thomas, and John and a cousin Patrick Jack. There were Works in Lancaster County about the same date. Thy friend, Gilbert Cope"
On the night of Jany 31, Frank & I notified notes & the next morning Feby 1, 1899, I left on the early train B&O for Pittsburgh. Went to Herbert DuPuys office & had a talk of an hour & a half with him & practically got his assent to take up the J & J.M. Campbell Coal Woodward farm. Went then at half past eleven to Willis F. Mccook's office & found from him that A.M. Byers had been ready at 10 & also at 11 Am to meet us & would again be ready at 2 Pm. I then went down to the Tradesmens building to see Wallace W. Patrick about the S.T. Gray decd, overdraft on books of R Patrick & Co & got his receipts for same transferring it to acct of J.R. Gray also Dead. He got to asking about Uniontown friends & I told him that Miss Mame Walker was down at Atlantic City for treatment for rheumatism & had been for 6 mos. He is a philosopher.
JVTPage361 He said he had had rheumatism or pheumatic gout & had heard of Levelle's remedy, a French preparation & had tried it, but found that while it relieved the gout, it left him in worse condition than before by breaking down the walls of his stomach, there being mineral in it & some ingredient from South America which was a rank poison. He said that rheumatism was nothing more than uric acid passing into the system by reason of the kidneys failing to act properly & that wherever uric acid lodged, there was pain. That it often lodged in the joints & by reason of its accumulation there formed what is known as chalky joints. He was laying on his lounge one day in his office suffering from rheumatic gout & unable to move when an old friend, a river captain came in to see him. He asked him what was the matter & upon being told pulled out a small vial from his pocket & gave him a teaspoonful. He began to revive in a short time was sitting up. Upon asking what it was that he had taken, his friend told him "Chewalla" a medicine made at New Orleans. He got some & took it home to his wife who had been laid up abed for three months & gave her some & in a couple of days she was walking about. Dr Sutton & his wife called at his house & he spoke of it & Mrs Sutton, a sufferer, from rheumatism said "Doctor, we must have some of that" & got it & took it & was cured. They were at the house of Mrs Gen'l Moorhead who was carrying her arm in sling from rheumatism. They told her about it & she got a bottle next day & took some & in 2 hours had her arm out of a sling. Mr Patrick
JVTPage362 said to Dr Sutton "Doctor you ought to analyze it." The Doctor replied "Do you know what that means?" "yes" said Patrick "it means capability, care, industry, a vast amount of patience". The Doctor, however did make a partial examination of it said he detected traces of wild dogwood bark, wild cherry, sarsparilla, no calomel, no mineral, but all vegetable. Well said Patrick if it is all vegetable & no poison as the doctor reported he could take it without any fear of having bad results to the system. He said three doses in succession was as much as he had ever needed to take & as much as he ever would take at once. He said the medicine could be gotten at Geo A. Kelly & Co's on 7th Ave, but I got a bottle at Christy's Drug Store, corner 4th Ave & Smithfield St.
Mr Patrick asked then "How is my little friend Miss Redburn a niece (cousin I told him) of your wife". I told him she was well & was housekeeper for me & I lived in her house, but that she had occasional spells of neuralgia. He then told me about a client named Hart from about Irwin's Sta coming in his office one day in a deathly condition & that he ran out to an adjoining store & got a bottle of medicine & came back, warmed his hands, poured some of the contents of the vial on them & commenced rubbing his forehead & head with it until he had used the whole bottle full & Hart commenced to revive, saying you have done me much good, have saved my life. Remarked what was that you rubbed my head with. He showed him the empty vial branded "Finks Magic Oil" Well says Hart I will buy a wagon load of that. Mr Patrick told him however to buy two bottles
JVTPage363 which he did. I got a bottle for Minnie. He told me the story about a Rev Fink, a retired Methodist preacher preparing it & selling it on 5th Ave & his aversion to him until his attention was called to its merits. At half past twelve, I bed him good bye & started to the 7th Ave Hotel, got my dinner, found that I had been called up by phone & in calling up Uniontown Central connected me up with Wm H. Baldwin Youngstown, O. I then went around to 5th Ave & met W.F. McCook there talking to Mr Lynch. Lynch spoke about the 5 Acre piece of McClelland Ind & asked me to call at the office & see Mr Frick about it & I told him I would if I had time, but that I would have to buy the coal but that Mr Frick could have it at cost. Mr McCook & I then went down to the Second Natl Bank & met A.M. Byers at 2 PM & were in session with him until 3 PM about the matter of improvements to the Steel Mill property on which I had an option. Saw there a $50,000 Rembrandt that had been left with him to examine. We then went up to the Dollar Savings Bank & going in the side way, saw Mr Pollock. While at the Iron City Bank, Mr Frick called me up on the phone & asked me to come up to see him, but telling him I was pressed for time, arranged that he should take the McClelland Coal at the price I bought it at viz $400 Per acre. I then went to see A.M. Mellon & he told me Mr Frick wanted to see me. I then concluded that I had better go back to the hotel & call up First Natl Bank
JVTPage364 Uniontown to see if there was anything further they wanted & on doing so, found that they had a telegram for me from John M. Birch to come to Wheeling to meet Mr McCourtney. Accordingly, I wired him I would come. Wrote Mr Baldwin of the result of my efforts with Byers & instead of returning home on the 5 PM train, left at 7 PM for Wheeling, arriving there at 7 PM was met by Jno M. Birch who took me over on Wheeling Island to see Mayor McCourtney at his home, he being sick. We talked fully about the sale of the coal field I have of 700 acres of coal adjoining Uniontown & arranged a plan of action. He informed me in confidence of his dealings with Judge Moore of Chicago & the steps that had thus far been taken in the formation of the National Steel Trust, & that he believed he could secure a sale of our coal at at the price asked $1,100 per acre if further time was granted. He managed to go to Chicago on Tuesday of this week 7th inst & I expect certainly to hear from him by tomorrow. John & I came back to the Fort Henry Club reaching there about 12:40 AM & found Jas T. Noble there, he having arrived a half hour before from Claysville. After a short talk, John went home & Joe & I talked until 3 AM & slept in our chairs until 5 & then started for the depot to take the train, he to Claysville & I to Pgh & Uniontown. John had shown me where his girl Miss Bailey lived on the Island adjoining Mayor McCourtney & also where Will H. Heame, & Jim Cummins lived. In Joe's conversation, he mentioned Daniel Moore of Washington Pa & I asked him what had become of his descendants & he said
JVTPage365 Col Philip Henry Moore who died suddenly, dropping dead in Wheeling about a month before was his grandson. I asked him about Hannah Simonson, the step daughter of Daniel Moore & daughter of Jane Simonson, who was Jane Carnahan, a sister of Dr James Carnahan of Princeton College & also sister of mother's uncle John Carnahan of Sewickly Tp, West. Co Pa. Why yes, said he, she was an old landlady with whom we, meaning himself, & others roomed on Wheeling St opposite Robert Long's, I think, & below Byer's where Will & I first roomed when at college. He said she used to talk about her ancestry & had often spoken to him about her uncle Dr James Carnahan & that she was great on blood. He said the house where she lived had been left to her in some way by her brother so that she had a life estate in it. I believe her brother was in the regular army, so he said. I got home at 10:15 Am Feby 2d & have been exceedingly busy since. On Friday, the 3d, I was called to Geo D Howell's office & found that Cecil Hine of Youngstown, O, the attorney for Mr Wick was here examining the title to the Columbia Iron & Steel Co property & had run across the defect in the deed made to father in Dec 1880 wherein it was made to him his "successors" etc instead of to him his "heirs" & etc, making only a life estate title practically. I went out to Andrew Lenox's Friday night through a deluging rain to get him to sign a quit claim deed & found from him that it had been corrected in 1887 when the mortgage was placed on the plant. On Wednesday night 8th inst
JVTPage366 Frank told me that Mr Wick, Baldwin & Hine had arrived on late train & were at the Manhavers Hotel taking supper. They came up to see me yesterday morning & told me they had consummated the purchase of the Steel Mill the day before & had the deed in their pocket having paid the cash for it. They also wanted to form a company in connection with the purchase of the 1250 acres of coal for one million dollars from Henry Clay Frick & needed some residents of Pennsylvania in order to take out a charter & asked me if I would join in & be a Director. I assented & we repaired to Geo D. Howell's office where Henry Wick, Wm H. Baldwin, Geo B. Howell, Frank P. Rush & myself organized the Continental Coke Co.
We have been having the coldest weather yesterday, last night, today & tonight that I have ever known here, at 11 PM last night it was 14 degrees below zero, at 12:15 Am this morning 22 1/2 below at 8 AM 20 below at 1 PM 2 below at 9 PM 17 below & at 11:55 PM it was 24 degrees below zero. It is now 1:06 AM 11th inst & I will close this record & go to bed JV Thompson
At Emily Eliza Smith's German Tp Friday, August 9, 1901 6:30 PM
Mrs Smith says that John Pratt mentioned in her G. Grandfather Robert Harrison's will lived at the Bowman place now owned by J.V. Hoover & that the 15 A named in first section of Will was up above the watering trough to the right of the Road
JVTPage367 that the part of the farm willed to Jacob Harrison was where she now owns & John Sterling, in all about 225. That the 3d section willed to Robert Embraced Jas Hoover's place, part of Tom's 30 Acres of Adam Ramseys, the Bowman place in all 225 Acres. In section 4, the 15 Acres willed to Rebecca Redburn was the old Redburn house that I bought coal under from J.M. Howard, & the field of ground known as the Snodgrass field left to her was over to the left of the road from his house & now owned by Miss Smith, which with the timber tract made 240 Acres & was Mrs Smith says, the first land her Father ever owned after coming to his County. Her Father, Nathaniel Darrall landed in Masontown New Year's day 1820, coming from Mentor Ohio where he then owned 300 Acres of land. His father Thomas Darrall, was an Englishman & came from London Eng after the Rev. War to Stonington Conn to teach school. He was afflicted with asthma & very delicate, and his wife had never been brought up to Wash. had been in her uncle's apothecary shop in London. Her name was Sarah Eelds & a brother of hers came over with them. Her Father often told her that his father Thomas Darrall was the last of the male line of their Darrall family in England. He however had two sisters, Mary, wife of Judge Parker who came to Boston from England & Sarah, who also came to America but she does not know whether she was married or not. Nathaniel, her father, went from Stonington Conn to
JVTPage368 Canada & worked at Journeyman twining work & saved his money & bought the farm at Mentor, Ohio, which he sold in 1835 to Chas & Henry Muncon. Mrs Smith remembers this very well & says that when he sold it, he bought from Martin Mason (of the Mason family for whom Masontown was named) heirs 300 Acres where her sister Mrs Ross lives. He paid $11. per acre for it & sold off 150 Acres to the Coffmans & had the remaining 150 acres, that he left to Mrs Ross, clear. He went back from Mentor to Stonington Conn & S. thinks , & got his wife. The first land he bought in Fayette Co was the 24 acres across from her (the Michael Debolt land named in R. Harrisons will in the D.F. Johnson place) that had been willed by her Father to Rebecca Redburn, James T Redburn had gone to Cincinnati, & was running a hotel in Cincinnati, O. when the war of 1812 broke out & he enlisted & went to the war leaving his wife & children of which there were then three Nancy, Robert & Desdemona, Mrs Redburn's brother & sister Robert & Mary ‑ then unmarried ‑ went out on horseback, leading a horse for Rebecca to ride back. On the way back, they got as far as John Redburn's when they had to stop & Sarah (Mary's mother) was born. Mrs Smith thought it was at Dayton, Ohio, but says it may have been Zanesville. Robert then came on bringing Nancy & Robert with him on horseback & Mary remained until Mrs Redburn was able to travel when they came on one carrying Desdemona & the other the baby Sarah
JVTPage369 Frances & when they came home, Mrs R Laid the baby in Mrs Hoover's, (Mrs Smith's grandmother's) lap & said there is a namesake. The name Frances has been in the Harrison family for over a hundred years, Mrs S. says. She says John Redburn was married & that his wife had visited here at her brother‑in‑laws, James T Redburn Sr. That Mrs R. when she came home, went to her Father Robert Harrison & asked him whether she should continue to live with Redburn ‑ after he would come back from the war, or leave him, this was a short time before his death, but he told his daughter to continue to live with him. She, Mrs Redburn, was over in George Richey's barn in Mch (now owned by D.L. Dun) packing flax & took a severe cold which settling on her lungs finally filled her, but not until almost a year afterwards. This land where we now are was a part of the Jacob Harrison farm that fell to Robert Harrison, Mrs Smith says Jacob had no children, that he was married under peculiar circumstances. He had gone to Masontown & got on a spree & married Sallie Cunningham ( when he was drunk) at Squire Auld's. She was a sister of James Cunningham, both peculiar looking Irishman & Irishwoman who had come from Lancaster & bought the farm where Lockren's now is. Immediately succeeding his marriage, Jacob Harrison went raving crazy, & was so violent that he had to be chained & was kept in a little house in the yard, now torn down, near the corner of the yard at John Sterlings
JVTPage370 & was kept there for three years until his death. He had a Hessian named Sunny Congo for his keeper. One day, his wife came to the door & that made him rave. Nathaniel Darrall took care of his farm while he was in this condition. Mrs Smith does not mind or recall seeing him, but says he died some years before his mother. His widow claimed her rightful dower however & after Nathaniel Darrall bought the place, she lived there with him & died there a short time after, Mrs Smith moved here in 1851, & is buried in the Harrison burying ground. Mrs Smith says Redburn Sr her "uncle" was no good if she must say it. She says her Father had a time buying this property. That Andrew Johnston who came home from the war with Jacob Harrison (Jacob & 27*Abram brothers went to the war of 1812 together & Abram got sick & died in the service, they had gone out under Genl McClelland) & married his sister Mary, wanted to buy the place (Here Mrs Smith says Henry Clay Dean was born in a log house in McClellandtown, half way or midway on right hand side of street as you got from here, that Tarrff [best guess] Any Stewart Educated him, that his father was a stonemason called Dean by name & Henry Clay Dean's mother & Asbury Struble's mothers were sisters that they had come to Fayette from Washington Co to spin. Henry Clay had an older brother Wm) & had gone to town with her Father who was intending to go his security, That he, her father, had bought several shares in the [block?
JVTPage371 & Joshua B. Hormell advised him to take it as if he went on Johnston's bond he might lose it all as Johnston was himself in debt. She said the Hoovers (James H. & his brothers acted very dishonestly with them, he had seven suits against him about it & fought them all through & won them against the Judgment of his wife who thought he could not. She says her Father always told her though that the Redburns came up like gentlemen & ladies & conveyed their shares without any trouble.
Mrs Smith says she always understood that Robert Harrison had over 700 Acres of land that he was a Scotchman & had come from Scotland & was a large man & that the Harrisons in Virginia (up by Morgantown) were relatives of hers. She says Nancy Harrison was a small black eyed woman uncouth & uneducated & would swear, had lived in the fort at Masontown. She was spare, with sharp black eyes, about her own height & that people said that her sister Mrs Ross (before she became fleshy) was very much like her in appearance. Mrs Smith says Mr Harrison died with a Rose cancer & that her mother & grandmother Hoover used to say that Nancy Stough looked just like her grandfather. Mrs Smith says she thought Mrs Harrison died earlier that 1844 or 45, thinks 1843, for she says she was at the funeral, that it was in the fall & she remembers walking across the Ridge opposite here in going to the funeral & gathering chestnuts. Mrs Smith says her grandfather Andrew
JVTPage372 Hoover was the first clerk at the Albert Gallatin Glass works & clerked there on the Greene Co side for 14 years, having however climbed up the Fayette Co side before they moved over. He was valuable to them by reason of his familiarity with the German language, which he spoke, & as he had had the White Swelling, he was well educated. His parents were Germans & had come from Germany (although he himself was American born) Mrs Smith says they (her grandfather Hoover's parents) first settled near Uniontown toward Dunbar & that her grandfather Andrew Hoover when a young man clerked in Ebbert's store in Uniontown & her grandmother going in there to buy a silk dress first met him there. Andrew Hoover was a brother of Henry Hoover (JVs grandfather) & they had another brother who moved to Ohio, Wooster & they called him "Uncle Manny" & she dont know whether his name was Emmanuel or not. They also had a sister Barbara, married to Abraham Houser, who had lived at Greensboro & went to Wheeling, she thinks he was a blacksmith, but they had no children. Also a sister Sallie, married to a local Methodist preacher named Slater. They had no children. There was also a sister named Ruth, who went to Ohio, but dont know who she married. There were also other sisters whose names she does not know. Thinks one married a Duke from Ohio. Mrs Smith has a glass bowl over a hundred years old made at the Albert Gallatin Glass Works which she got from Maria Ramsey & which she
JVTPage373 showed me. She says her grandmother Fanny Hoover died in this house Feby 16, 1850 & lacked four days of being 70 years old. She was buried in the Methodist graveyard at Masontown Pa. "there is a row of 12 or our relatives & friends buried there & the prettiest row in the graveyard". Mrs Smith says Andrew Hoover died in Apr 1820, in the old Auld property in Masontown & is buried in the Harrison graveyard, was about 47 yrs old. Uncle Redburn having set down the date of his death & his age. Aunt Betsy Harrison spoken of by Mrs Kefaver as being buried at Harrison graveyard was Mrs Smith says, a daughter of Robert & Nancy Harrison & died from fright at 16 years of age. She had been scared by the Indians & some person in uniform & big plumes came in the house & she thought they were Indians & it threw her into fits & she died in a short time. Mrs Smith says Mary Hoover, daughter of Henry Hoover was the prettiest girl that came in to Masontown those days. She & her cousins Dessie Redburn & Maria Hoover all married about the same time, but Maria's marriage was unfortunate. Mary is buried same place Pappy Newlon is buried this side of Petersburgh & her brother Jessie & his wife are also buried there. Mary married John Ludington, a brother of Zalinon & all of her five children died before they were 16 yrs old from consumption. Their names were Zalmon oldest, Alfred Newlon, second, Sarah Jane, third, the other two dont know the names. She gave Sarah Jane to
JVTPage374 to Ann McClain, a sister of Pappy Newlon's first two wives before she died.
Mrs Smith says the place where Jesse Hoover died was Charles Rush's, a brother of Sebastian's who kept tavern in a Stone house beyond Farmington.
Mrs Smith says the old log school in Masontown where James T. Redburn senior taught was on Water Street between Dr Neff's property & the S.T. Gray home. She went to school to him. Says he was a very cross teacher, but was always neat, that the Sangston house where Uncle Redburn took his dram was located where the Sterling house now stands & that she lived opposite & often saw him get up on a store box or barrel when he was drunk & quoted "all the scripture in the Bible" & her father often went across & had him get down. His second wife was the widow Campbell (nee Jemima Tarney ‑ she had a sister Sallie married to a Jack Harris who lived in a stone house near Smithfield on Yorks Run she thinks, where he owned a little piece of ground) (Mrs S. says that Sallie & Jack Harris had a daughter married to a Cramer (Godfrey) & Julia, a daughter married a Watson & afterwards Henry Spence & another married "Singer" Wilson of Masontown, & another was taken by Robert Long to raise & married a Burchsial that she used to go with Julia A Long now Brownfield whom Mrs Smith saw when she was a bride a neat, pretty, & small girl) The widow Campbell had by Campbell three children, Robert, Mary Ellen & Thomas. She thinks about 1842 he T.R. sold his life interest in the Redburn property to James C. Edington, father of Tabitha & Hig‑
JVTPage375 inbotham, & moved to Guernsey Co, O. where Mary Ellen Campbell married. After he had moved, he gave his eldest child (Rebecca named for his first wife), to Jesse Wheat at Wheeling to raise, but she died young, in her teens she thinks. His next child Martin Van Buren, next Joseph Benton, Harry, & Priscilla. His wife came back here in 1850 for help & got considerable assistance from his first wife's relations. They had then moved to Leavenworth Kansas & she says they moved later to Nebraska near Lincoln. She says Robert Campbell & Mary Ellen were good children, but Thomas was a bad boy. He came back from Guernsey Co & married his first cousin Sarah Harris. His father was a school teacher a weakly man & a half brother to Zetas Linton, the father of Robt Linton of Masontown Pa.
Mrs Smith says Mrs Geo Williard, whose maiden name was Lamberth (English descent) grandmother of the present teacher Williard knew the Redburns on Sideling Hill mountain or Creek where she was raised. She came out here before she was married. Mrs Smith says that Mrs Kefover Statement about Mary Ellen Campbell dying in Wheeling is a mistake. Mrs S. says if Mrs K. was married in 1840 it would be 1841 that Mr Redburn moved away.
Mrs Smith says that she thinks Jonas Stough's mother was Ellen Troutman. His father had been the pioneer Lutheran preacher in this
JVTPage376 [Descendant Chart]
Fanny married Andrew Hoover Mrs Smith says her grandfather's Bible printed in 1803 is in the hands of her sister & Mrs Ross who will probably give it to her daughter Fannie. That it has the record of her grandfather's family, Allen Darrall's family, her family & her father's family. All in the handwriting of James T. Redburn Senior
[Children of Andrew & Fanny]
Abraham } Both died within a half hour of each other, he of dysentery & Harriet } she of croup, Died before Rebecca was born
Rebecca, born June 6, 1804, Died Apr 25, M. Nathaniel Darrall
Eliza, b. 1822, died before E.E. was born Emily Eliza, born July 17, 1825 M. James Smith Oct 23, 1845. He was born Feby 16, 1822 & was drowned Nov 4, 1866
Allen Darrall, b Aug 23, 1846
Mary Frances, b Oct 30, 1847
Rebecca, b Oct 6, 1849, d Apr 25, 1869 of inflammatory rheumatism
Thomas Hoover, b Sept 3, 1851
Nathaniel Darrall, b May 4, 1855, d Apr 27, 1869 result of scarlet fever when r yrs of age Run into blood poisoning
James Walter, b Mch 7, 1857
Anna Eliza, b June 14, 1858 M. Longanecker
Charley Seaton, b Jan 1, 1861
Jesse Overton [last two letters may be ry], b Jany 12th 1863.
Maria Ramsey, b Apr 22, 1809
Thomas Hoover, B Jan 12, 1814
[This entry appears far right hand side of page not connected to anything that I can determine]
Charles Paul Smith, born Apr 15, 1883.
JVTPage377 section & had moved to Ohio, & that her Father Nathaniel Darrall knew Calvin Truesdell & Josiah Truesdell in Stonington Conn & that Josiah went back to Conn & married a Polly Hill & after his death, she married a Weatly man at Washington. He jumped out of a runaway stage coach on Claysville hill & broke both legs & was killed. He left a daughter Mehitable. Calvin Truesdell moved to Masontown & opened a tin shop & married Rachel Sangston, a sister of hotel keeper James Sangston, who was raised where Eliz H. Mickey now lives & owns. Calvin Truesdell kept writing to Nathaniel Darrall to come to Fayette Co "come & see it for truly Nat, this is the Garden of Eden". He came, & the opened a store in Masontown. Truesdell then insisted on going to Claysville to open a tin shop. They went & Mr Darrall's oldest child Eliza who died young was born & died there & is buried there. While there, Jonas Stough came along & wanted "Journey" work as a tinner & worked with him there a while & then came with him to Masontown & worked Journey work with him until he was married to Nancy Stough, which was after her father was married in Sept 20, 1820. Mrs S. says her father always said Rebecca Redburn "was as good a woman as ever was". Mrs Smith says that Sarah Frances Redburn & her Uncle Thos Hoover (brother of Maria Ramsey) came very near being married, but that her father & his mother both opposed the match because they were cousins & Mrs Smith's father told Mrs Hoover, his mother‑in‑law, that she had better watch Thomas or he would
JVTPage378 marry Sarah Redburn yet, she was so pretty. She used to go out driving with Mr Darrall in his carriage a great deal & in later life so many people used to tell Mrs Smith they had seen her when a pretty little girl at such & such a place. She said no it wasn't me, & once Mr Christopher said he had seen her at an immersion & what a pretty little black eyed girl she was. She then asked Mrs Ramsey who the pretty little girl that used to ride with her father was & she said "why that was Sallie Redburn".
She says Sallie was in once with Ophelia when she was walking, & then after Ophelia died, she was in with James when he was a baby & went around to bid everyone good bye & particularly her Aunt Fannie Hoover & cried Effusively saying she would never see her again. Mrs Smith says she never saw my dear Mary until she came to live with her Uncle James. Mrs S. says Mrs Anderson was about Mary's height & when she first saw her she said "well, Miss Anderson, you are not as good looking as your mother", No says Mr Redburn, not by a good deal.
Mrs Smith said she did not like to say it, but her grandmother was not Harrison's child. This fact she would not have referred to had not I asked her. She was an illegitimate child & her name was McClure & she was married as Frances McClure. Her father McClure had lived in the fort but was killed out in the woods by Indians. Desdemona Wheat was also illegitimate & older but she
JVTPage379 did not know the name of her father nor the name she went by. She said she was a much coarser woman than her grandmother who was a refined & excellent woman in every way. She said however that Mrs Wheat? children were excellent children & good Christians & that when Robert Hoover was on his death bed, Jesse Wheat would not leave him until he was converted.
Mr Smith, her husband was a saddler at Greensboro & his home had been in Virginia, his mother being a Watts at Morgantown28*. When they were married, she said she took his hand & looking him in the eye said "If you ever get to be a drunkard, I will leave you." Someone asked her afterwards how she could say that & asked her if she did not take him for better or worse. Well, said she, "I knew I was all right, & I did not propose to live with him unless he was too." She further said that one of the Luzerne Tp farms, the one I think left to Mary Johnston by her Father was now owned by Jeff W. Hibbs so she understood. She said she went to school to Geo W. Litman about the first term he ever taught. I had gone to Pittsburgh Aug 8, 1901 with J.W. Semans to see Mr & Mrs G. MacConnell & returning that night got off at Dawson & went out to see Julia A McLaughlin & her husband George & Ann Wyatt who was there on a visit & staid over night with them. Next morning 9th, went across to Dickersons Run with George & took the 6:20 train on the P.McK & Y
JVTPage380&JVTPage381 [Descendant Chart]
Capt Robert Ross in Rev. War came from Scotland. His wife was an Andrews, some connection Mrs Smith thinks of the Ewings
[children of Robert Ross & ______Andrews]
Robert, new Gena.
Moses A., M. Isabella Gilmore, a sister of Hugh Gilmore of Merrittstown who was rich & who was a bro of A.J. Gilmore's father David.
Alexis, M. Woolsey
James, High House [or Horse]
Alexis Hugh, Midale Run.
Emily, m. T.F. Farmer
Moses, Nearly 80 yrs
John, m. Betsy Hall
Hamaniah, died crazy at Harrisburg
John, m. Minor
Moses, drowned at Sterlings landing 34 yrs old & that made Wm crazy.
Exivera, m. Jake Hart Mo.
Robert, married a Lamar at Masontown. The Lamars moved to Terra Haute, Ind & drifted south & they had lived at Masontown & senator Lamar was a relative they claim.
Moses A. Ross, the only child, lived at Petersburg, Pa.
Nancy, m. James C. Edington
Dorcas, m. James Ramsey
James C. Ramsey
Harrmariah Ross [Hammariah?], m. Hannah Rider, a sister of George Rider
John, lives in Iowa
Isaac N., m. Frances Darrall sister of Mrs Smith
Jakes, m. Fast
Francis F. Ross
Warwick, lives west
Two children in West
Nancy, m. Ferren
Diana, m. Blackford
Hannah Ann, m. Maleby
JVTPage382 to New Haven, then recrossing the Youngh, took the first B&O train to Uniontown. After a very busy day at the Bank at 4:29 PM took my first ride on the RR to the Klondike & went to Landins where I got off & went on to Mrs Smiths' where I stayed all night. She sitting up until four o'clock AM 10th with me giving me the information embraced in preceding pages, & executing a release of the mortgage she held against me & accepting my note instead, so I could have place free of heirs to convey to the Sharon Coke Co to whom I had sold the coal. Went to bed at 4 Am & got up at 5:55 AM, got breakfast & took the 7 Am train for Uniontown & had a very busy Saturday at the Bank. On Monday morning, G.D. Howell & I went with the deed to Knox & Reeds office & met the Sharon Coke Co folks & spent the day going over the titles & left the deed, they paying us $70,000 that day, the remaining $513,462 to be paid as soon as the bonds can be executed, about 60 days. On Thursday, I asked Chas. T. Cramer who his mother was named for. He said repeating her name "Jemima, Jemima, why I dont know". He said she was 80 & his father 85 yrs old. I told him to ask her what she knew about her Aunt Jemima. Next morning, he came in & said his mother said her Aunt Jemima had married Jimmy Redburn's father for his second wife & her second husband & had moved to Leavenworth, Kansas, that she had
JVTPage383 three children, Robert, Mary Ellen, & Thomas Campbell by her first husband, that Thomas had married her sister & had visited in Uniontown in 1875 or 1876 & was a very worthless fellow. Had a son Charles who was no account. He died about a year after he returned to Leavenworth (& his son Charles also soon thereafter) & that his mother Jemima Redburn was still living at or near Leavenworth after Thomas's death. She did not seem to know that her Aunt had any children by Redburn, at least, she did not tell Charley.
On last night as Capt J.M. Hustead's guest, I went to the mountain with him to chalk Hill for supper at Olwine's & had a very good supper. Left Bank at 5:10 PM & got back at 10 PM. I.W. Semans & A.L. Moser went in another carriage. Saw Mary A. Hibbs & her daughter Debbie Wheeler & her brother James Campbell there. Wm J. Olwine said his uncle Jacob K Olwine of Reading was still living, hale & active at 93 yrs of age JV Thompson
"Home", Friday Aug 30, 1901 11:55 PM
This morning Minnie L. Redburn & I left on the Klondike train at 9:45 for Huron where Tom & Jesse Hoover met us in a carriage & drove us up to their mother's. Mrs Evans W. Hess was on the train going out to Elazama, Mr Williams & A.R. Stimble & wife returning from the Pan‑American Exo & Geo M. Bailey, Wm Barton, Jno H. Cope & Phil Sesler going out on a damage view for pipe line. I wanted to get Mrs Hoover's release from the coal bought of Jesse & Tom, which I
JVTPage384 got as well as her affidavit & those of Jesse & Tom on certain family matters clearing up the title for my transfer to the Sharon Coke Co. In asking for the family Record, Tom brought out the family Bible in which his father had copied the complete record of the family of his father Henry Hoover & also had the original family record of said Henry Hoover on the fly leaf front. Of an old testament printed in 1790. The records were as follows:
Henry Hoover was born Oct 26, 1788.
Sarah Hoover, consort of Henry Hoover & mother of the under mentioned children was born.......
1. Mary Hoover, was born Aug 17, 1811 Greensburgh (boro) Green Co Saturday
2. Jacob H. Hoover was born Apr 13, 1813 Tuesday
3. Rebecca F. Hoover was born Mch 17, 1815 Friday
4. Jesse W. Hoover was born Apr 27, 1871 Sunday
5. Lucinda Hoover was born July 23, 1819 Friday, married Kline Tom said
6. Robert H. Hoover was born Sept 19, 1822 Thursday
7. Jonas S. Hoover was born July 6, 1825
8. Andrew J. Hoover was born Sept 15, 1828, Monday
9. Sarah Luvila Hoover was born June 8, 1834 Sunday morning.
On the old testament fly leaf of Henry Hoover the birth at this last date June 8, 1834 is recorded as Matilda Hoover, but Mrs Hoover says there was no Matilda & that she raised Sarah Luvila. I would infer that after the death of her mother in 1837, her name was changed from Matilda to Sarah, for her mother.
My mother Sarah Hoover departed this life Apr 4, 1837 Tuesday morning 2 o'c AM
Sister Rebecca Hoover departed this life Dec 15, 1839 abt 1 o'c in the after noon on Sabbath day
Sister Mary Ludington departed this life Feby 28, 1841, Sunday evening
Brother Robert Harrison Hoover departed this life Oct 16, 1843, Monday evening
My Father Henry Hoover departed this life Apr 4, 1844, Thursday morning 2 o'c AM
Brother Andrew Jackson Hoover departed this life Nov 1850 Monday evening
Sister Sarah Luvila Hoover departed this life Mch 24, 1852, Wednesday Eve at 10 o'c
JVTPage385 Jacob H. Hoover & Catharine Ann Beard were married on Sunday eve Mch 15, 1840. She was born on Oct 29, 1817 & her memory even today is remarkably good & clear. Their children were:
Sarah Elizabeth Hoover born May 14, 1841 (married John Sterling)
James Henry Hoover born Sept 15, 1843
Jesse Veech Hoover born Dec 25, 1845
Thomas Asbury Hoover born Jany 31 1849
Margaret Jane Hoover born Feby 17, 1851.
Jacob H. Hoover departed this life Monday morning Mch 6th 1854 at 2 1/2 o'clock Am aged 40 years 10 mos & 22 days.
Margaret Jane Hoover, daughter of J.H. Hoover deceased, died Dec 2, 1858 Wednesday 3 1/2 o'clock Am. These last two entries (deaths) are in the handwriting of James T. Redburn.
James K. Provance, notary Public who had come out to take acks for me, drove me up to Elazama McWilliams on adjoining farm & I saw her for the first time apparently healthy & well preserved for one in her 80th year. She made two affidavits for me about McWilliams family. We then drove back from there & it was on my return from there that I copied above data from Bible & have transcribed it here. I then got in Jesse's carriage & he drove Minnie & I up to his house on the hill, adjoining farm on the other side, where we met his wife Martha J. & their two daughters Lizzie & Josie, very nice girls. Jesse has remodeled his house & has it in excellent form with a good modern up to date bath room. We had an excellent dinner prepared by Mrs Hoover & her daughters & after dinner, I drove down with Mr Provance to Emily Eliza Smith where we took her affidavit
JVTPage386 about her Uncle Thomas J. Hoover. She, although in her 77th year & almost blind had been out in the yard mowing the grass with the lawn mower. Mr Provance in driving up to Elazama's spoke of Thos H. Smith coming in bustling & excited on 9th inst when I was at his mother's & also spoke of his neglect about fixing the roads, he being Supervisor, notwithstanding, that he had collected large sums of money from American Coke Co & others, & he said that his mother, Mrs Smith, had once remarked that "She knew he was a rogue the first time he ever opened his eyes." Jesse coming along in the carriage with Minnie, I got in & drove down to Landin to take the train. Met J.M. Howard then with his daughter Mrs Rob Lewellen & her husband, now of Tarentown, Pa. Mr Howard is wonderfully afflicted in the tragic death of his youngest son James C. in a runaway last week at Fairmont W.VA. He had been the only one in a class of 700, I am told by Rev Lewellen, that got grade A in Jeffsn med College. Geo D. Howell, was on the train coming in & talked with me about his very good prospects of selling the 7,200 acres Litzenburg tract of coal in Washington Co to the U.S. Steel Corporation. The Neivers previously mentioned were also on the train returning. Mr Howell had gone out to Smithfield on the B&O & driven across through Nicholson Tp. We arrived home at 4:06 PM & I wrote up my notes & after supper, among other duties had a two hour conference with John G. & Thomas MacConnell who came from Pittsburgh to see me about the sale of the Fayette Co RR Co to them for the Wabash system in conjunction with 15,000 acres Luzerne & Redstone Tp Coal in Fayette Co & 15,000 Dunkard & Perry Tp Coal in Green Co. JV Thompson Aug 31, 1901 1:07 AM
JVTPage387 The "Holler" Sept 24, 1901 1:30 AM
Earlier tonight, I have been reading to Cousins Jennie F. Hixson & Fannie Schaeffer from my records & particularly the wills of Robert Elliott of Hamilton Tp, Cumberland Tp, whom we decide to be the Father of great grandfather Wm Elliott. See Page 184, this book, & that Johnston Elliott, who later made will, leaving two daughters married one to Dr Samuel Duffield & one to David Duffield was a brother of Col William our great grandfather to whom he left his watch. When at Aunt Jane Van Kirk's on 5th inst, I copied following from the family Bible which I found in the room where I slept over the back parlor:
Theodore Van Kirk was born Jany 22, 1819 } They were married Jane Carothers was born Apr 18, 1819 } May 13, 1845
Ellen A. Van Kirk was born June 21, 1846
Tillie R. Van Kirk was born June 12, 1850.
Cyrus P. Carothers was born Feby 25, 1860
Cyrus P. Carothers died Apr 9, 1876
Theodore Van Kirk died Aug 22, 1891
Ruth Elliott Carothers died Feby 21, 1843 aged 52 yrs 6 days
Catharine Carothers Finley died June 9, 1842
Samuel Carothers died Jany 1849
The record of the birth of Ada B. Van Kirk seems to have been studiously avoided or removed. JV Thompson
The "Holler" Dec 22, 1901 9 PM
G.O. Seilhamer (see margin page 190) has just gone up to the hotel (central) John accompanying him. He says that Johnston Elliott named above on this page laid out the town of Fort London & that his descendants, the Duffields very hospitable people, live about four miles south of Fort London toward the Maryland line.
JVTPage388 He further said that James Poe's grandson, a man of 60 years, living in Guilford Twp, a few miles from Fayetteville was the best farmer in Franklin Co & had once told him that he proposed to be worth $100,000, if he lived to be 70 yrs of age & there was no good reason why he might not live so long. He is now thought to be worth $70,000, he says. James Poe's wife was the daughter of Gen. James Potter by his first wife. Mr Seilhamer left Chambersberg in 1866 & went to work on the N.Y. Tribune (Greeley's paper) as a reporter, was with it for 3 yrs, then went to the World & when with it went to interview Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt as to whether his RR, the N.Y. & Hudson River RR? would claim the half of the Hudson River. The Commodore said he was not sure what their rights were "What they are, I caunt tell you. If i could, I wouldn't for your newspapers are all liars & yours (the World) is the damndest liar of them all." He said they did not publish the interview in full, the commodores influence was too great. He said he once had an interview of over two hours with Wm H. Vanderbilt, having been introduced by Depew & that he asked but three questions. He went from the interview & telegraphed his paper at N.Y. if he should wire it to them or bring it in. They said wire it. He had not taken a note, but went immediately & wrote out the interview & wired it in over 2 1/2 columns long. In a few minutes Depew came around & said that Vanderbilt wanted to see it before he sent it in. He told him it had gone. Depew said he did not want the reference he had made to Thos A. Scott put in it. It had been excluded & was to the effect "that Scott was the worst damn scoundrel in America". He said that Horace Greeley loaned Cornelius J. Vander‑
JVTPage389 bilt, (the commodores son & the black sheep in the family, a man of no account in any way) $30,000 & the Commodore told Greeley that he would never pay it. Greeley answered in his thin piping voice "I'll never ask you to". After they had both died it was paid by the commodore's estate to Greeley's daughters. Seilhamer was editor for Governor Sprague at Providence R.I. at one time. He said that the Governor's wife who was Kate Chase, had the most remarkable hair he ever saw. It was "old gold" in color between a red (I think he said) & a brown. Mr Seilhamer is getting up the Bard history for U.S. Senator Bard of California who was a native of Chambersburg region & went to California in the sixties, living now in winters at Los Angeles, with his other residence, I think in Ventura Co. They were boys together. He G.O.S. was born at Middle Spring where his great grandfather (or grandfather) who was a revolutionary soldier had settled. Senator Bard is a great grandson of Richard Bard who was prominent in the Cumberland Valley 150 yrs ago & was a first cousin of great grandmother Catherine Potter Caruthers. JV Thompson
Home, Christmas 1901 10:40 PM
At 4:30 PM today, I returned from "Tutes" where we had taken turkey dinner & at 5 o'clock. David Waltz came by appointment to talk over the family connection & determine if we could (& we did conclusively with his records & recollection & my records coupled with what Father had told me. I read over to him the will of Christian Merckel, who proves to be his great great grandfather as well as mine. He said that Mrs Blythe, whose maiden name was Burchner, & who lives a mile or so above Fayette City, a widow, near the James C. Elliott farm, is a granddaughter of Shearer, who
JVTPage390 he says married a Markle, a sister or half sister of Gen Joseph Merkle, & his father told him Shearer was a brother‑in‑law of Gen Markle. He says Mrs Blythe is a little older than he is (he being I think 76) & is better versed in family lore than he is. He says he has a copy of a letter, the original of which she has about the fortune in Holland in which the parties writing said we must be living in milk & honey out here because we never made claim to the fortune which he said amounted to fifteen million dollars in 1850. He said he remembered Uncle Joe Markle coming to his father's to get money (& his father contributed) to send Tom Keenan, a lawyer of Pgh, now dead to investigate it. He said he talked to Keenan about it 20 yrs ago & he said it was there without any question, if they would prove heirship, said that other Markles also had put in claims. He said the fortune came through Jemima Weurtz, wife of Christian Merklin, & only child of Admiral Weurtz or Weurtzen who the thought was a privateer or [word completely faded.]
In reading the Christian Merckel Will when I spoke of his daughter Frankiana marrying a Rugh (she was delivered of a son Oct 30, 1748 who was christened Christian Ruch) he said they moved to Westmoreland & the old Ruch or Rugh homestead was the brick house, with watering trough in front to the left of the RR coming from Greensburgh here, at or near Huff station & not far from the County Home. He remembers that the old mans name was Christian & that he was about his father's age or perhaps older & lived to be very old. He said his brother Daniel had attended a wedding there once & the relationship was acknowledged & discussed. He said that some years ago some of the descendants lived out near Mt Pleasant & some in North Washington Tp Westnd Co & that years ago one living near Stoneville was robbed & a Dr Rugh of Newlonville was stabbed & killed at Murrysville about 1882 in
JVTpage391 excitement & contention in trying to get possession of the Murrysville gas well. He said the first time he ever went to Pittsburgh, he was about 15 yrs old & went with Father, although it was not Father's first trip. He said he & Father were both there in the Harrison Campaign with a 27 horse team, 26 grays & 1 sorrel with a boy or young man each riding a horse & he & father were two of the boys.
From Rev Dr Harkey's records we find that Anna Maria Merklin, one of the daughters of Christian Merklin (Merckel) my great great grandfather was married on Apr 11, 1745 to Frederick Kramer, son of Sebald Kramer. The had children as follows: (perhaps others)
George Kramer baptized at Moselem church in 1746
Frederick Kramer baptized at Moselem church Aug 30, 1749
Ann Elizabeth Kramer baptized at Moselem Church 13.8 tris, 1751 [sic]
Anna Maria baptized at Moselem Church June 18, 1756
The third one named Elizabeth was married to Daniel Waltz in Berks Co & came to Westmoreland Co in 1772 according to the "Waltz Family History, Genealogical Record" published at Dayton, O. in 1884 by the Reformed Publishing Co & on succeeding pages follows a record of the descendants of Daniel Waltz & Elizabeth Kramer, as copied from said book & to be added to the first time I can get time to have him come down & elaborate or add to it.
I recall that G.O. Seilhamer said Sunday that the Uncle of the Duffields that married Johnston Elliott's daughters, was executor of Benjamin Franklin's will & that Squire Wm Smith Exc of Robt Thompson see page 203 was a brother‑in‑law to Capt James Smith the Indian Fighter who he said moved to Bourbon Co Ky but when there at Lexington last week he telephoned but found no will on record there, nor letters of Adm.
JVTPage392&JVTPage393 [Descendant Chart]
Elizabeth Kramer, granddaughter of Christian Merckel married Daniel Waltz & came to Westmoreland Co in 1772
General Daniel Waltz, Killed in war of 1812
Jacob Waltz, married Catharine Moyer, a sister to the mother of Mrs Gasper Markles & Mrs S.B. Markle (Lobiengier)
Daniel Waltz, m. Annie Kelley
Jacob Waltz, m. Dornelia C. Davis
Wm D. Waltz
Annie F. Waltz
Geo W. Waltz, m. M.J. Kyle?
Carrie F. Waltz
Ethel A. Waltz
E. Lauretta Waltz Jacob Waltz, m. Susan Brenneman
Catharine Waltz, m. Homer
David Waltz, m. Rachel McMaster
Rachel M. Waltz, m. Wm Allison
Elizabeth Waltz, m. John Weaver
Sarah Waltz, m. Thos Mitchel
Polly Waltz, m. Saml Blythe
Katie Waltz, m. Abram Hough
Susan Waltz, m. Joseph Highberger
Polly Waltz, m. Jos Hough
Susan Waltz, m. Wm Suter
Esther Waltz, m. Michael Moyer, a brother of Jacob's wife.
Elizabeth Waltz, m. Stoffel Hepler
Mary Waltz, m. Arch Boyd who lived just beyond the Israel Miller place & whose son‑in‑law or grandson Niccolls lives in the old house that Daniel Waltz built at Waltz Mill & probably has Daniel Waltz's old Bible as the Boyd's got it.
Margaret Waltz, m. John Hill
JVTPage394 At James Thomas King's No 5819 Ellsworth Ave Pittsburgh E.E. Friday Jany 3, 1902 9:50 PM
Came out here at 6 PM finding Mr King in the little store at the time & his daughter Jane came from back part of house in a moment & recognized me at once. Reading over the record to Mr King as stated by John Redburn, He said he understood they were of English & Scotch descent, possibly the Scotch were on his father's side. He said his brother John H. King had 14 or 16 children, Jane thought 17. He also said that the Mrs Fasset referred to on page 248 by Samuel L. Wiles was his sister & Jane says she died in 1871 aged 61 yrs. Mr King had never heard of his Uncles John, William, & Henry Lyles Redburn, nor of his Aunts Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Barnes & Mrs Clark, but had heard of the Wiles. While I was talking & reading the record to him & while Jane was getting supper, his son‑in‑law Wilson came in. He is a substantial strong looking business man in business in the setting of tiles & mantels [sic] at Baum Street near here under firm name of Wilson & Logan. Wilson is the financial man & Logan the mechanic. He said they had increased their business every year until they were now selling $125,000 worth of goods per year. After supper, Jane went into their house 5815 as before I suppose & had her sister Mrs Wilson & her two daughters come in & I read to all of them what I had gleaned from my records at John Redburn's & Perry Wiles, they just returning home ten minutes ago. Miss Jane said that Mrs Phillips, a daughter of Mrs Fassett always said there was blue blood in the
JVTPage395 Redburn family not far removed from Royalty. She lives in Kansas City, MO & is versed in family lore. Her only child, a son, lives with her. She is afflicted with hay fever & travels each year a different place, has been to Europe several times. Mr King said her husband had killed himself about 14 yrs ago. Jane said he had been thrown from his horse two years before & it affected his mind, & when something went wrong with the Co, he was with, it affected his mind & he killed himself, but was not guilty of any wrongdoing. Mrs Wilson's daughter's names are Sarah Elizabeth (named for her two grandmothers) born June 9, 1886 & Helen Virginia born July 15, 1893. Mr Phillips had been general ticket agent at Union sta in Kansas City Mo & had been for 17 years, never making an error. They built a house which they own at 712 Ench'd Ave Kansas City, Mo
Home Jany 4th 1902 11:55 PM
On Thursday night 2nd inst at 10 PM F.H. Rosboro & I went to the Brunswick hotel to a surprise party given by Mrs Beall to Russell W. Beall before his departure south. The supper lasted until near 2 AM 3d & Hon W. H. Playford was toast master. At 6:48 AM 3d, I took the South West train for Pgh, Chair car. R.S. McCrum, Lloyd S. McCrum going on same car as far as Greensburgh, O.W. Kennedy to Pgh, Mary Belle Hogg Childs & Geo A Torrence got on at New Haven or Connellsville. Her husband Jim Childs is Supt at Adelaide & is a brother of Mrs H.C. Frick, J.P.K. Miller got on at Greensburg. On arrival at Union Sta went round to 11th & Pike St & saw E.P.Bates & Hodge Bailey about getting P/A signed by Brightie M. Bailey to satisfy the Rush mtge. Then went to H.C. Fricks office at about 11:22 Am finding J.A.
JVTPage396 Strickler of Wilkinsburgh in the waiting room. Presently met Mr Frick, Mr Hollar & his Mr Reed & Mr F.T.F. Lovejoy, & found that what Mr Frick wanted to see me about was to let them have the Armor plate vault being made for us by the Bethlehem Steel Co for his new Frick building Banking room. He agreed to duplicate it for our use as soon as a new one could be made. He would pay all extra expenses & give us $10,000. I took the matter under advisement for consultation with our Board. I spoke to him about the remaining Klondike Coal of 10,000 to 12,000 acres & he said the U.S. Steel Corporation ought to have it, & that he would take it up with them. Speaking of Thos Lynch, he said he was a small, narrow man in many respects & he was disappointed in him. Said if it had not been for him, they would have had all the Klondike Coal. I also spoke to him about the remaining coal our crowd owned viz 250,000 acres & told him I thought he & I could manipulate that to sell it & clear a million dollars for us. He said to list it to him with price & he would see what could be done. Advised with him about Congress & his views conformed to my tastes saying he would not think of it, that he would prefer to be the man of influence that named the Congressman like Gen C.P. Markle, than to be Congressman. Said Quay wanted him to run for Governor the time Delamater was nominated, but he would not consider it. Spoke to him about my idea of having Andrew sent to the legislature & he thought that a good idea. It was now about 1:30 PM & we went down stairs together & as far as Mellon's Bank where I stopped & then went to 7th Ave Hotel for dinner. After
JVTPage397 dinner went around with Mr Houston of the hotel clerical force to see D.B. Morris who professed to have a buyer for some coal. Told him we would sell the 10,000 A. Fayette Co for $500 per acre & the 7,200 A Wash Co for $250 per acre $10 per acre corn, on each field, but we reserved the right to sell without any liability to him for commission unless we sold to the man he brought. While talking to him J.S. Doe came in & wanted to see me about the Nicholson Tp Coal, & wanted an analysis. Told him would not get an analysis for him as I could not negotiate with a man that acted as he did trying to trump up a claim against me for Davis. This he denied strenuously, which I told him was useless. Then went around the corner to W.V. Dennitt's & ordered two books like this, but with Index. Then went to Carnegie building to see B.J. Foley, Supt for pointers about our new building. Then went up to Willm F. McCook's office but he was out, then went down to Union Trust Co, then to Jas Carothers, then to H.C. Huston's office. Then to A.W. Mellon's & then took a street car out Fifth Ave to Emerson St going around to 252 Emerson St to see Miss Anna M. Stevenson. A petite handsome young girl came to the door & was very pleasant & amiable & directed me around to Baum St Whitfield building, where Miss Stevenson has her piano studio. Going there, found she had gone. Then went around to Ellsworth Ave & going out it to 5819 went in the little storeroom & found James Thomas King as above indicated. He is short & something about him reminds me of his cousin James T. Redburn. His nose, however is big at the end, but with two bridges on it. Retired at Mr King's at 11 PM & got up at 6 this morning, got breakfast & at 7:30 daybreak, came to see Jennie Showalter at 5610 Ells‑
JVTPage398 worth Ave. Saw her John & Robbie leaving there at 8. Walked around to 252 Emerson St reaching there at 8:30 & found Miss Stevenson in, being admitted by an older sister of last night's beauty. Miss Stevenson informed me when she came down that the young girl last night was Lillian Ludwig & the one this morning Hazel, her sister. There [sic] father has left his wife & the mother who was a Wangaman from out by Erwin, sister of the Dr Wangaman's of McKeesport & Greensburg. Miss S. has room on 3d floor both gasses, teaches the girls to pay her way. She spoke of her brother Thomas Chalmers Stevenson, & said that he was now living in Wheeling on the Island, had a nice home, probably his wife's, a Newark, Ohio girl. That he had been with RR Co then with Block bros & now with American Steel & Wire Co. She said that when he got married, not having a cent, he took his wife to Cousin Ruth's & wanted her to provide him money. This she refused to do & she says he then turned on her like a fiend incarnate. Paid her the legacy under Cousin Ruth's will & going at 9:11 Am took a street car for Mrs Frances P. Gray's, found her & Matie & Sylvia & telephoned for a Notary to come & take our acknowledgment to paper reducing dower interest on coal etc to 5 1/2%. Then took a car to City & went direct to Union Trust Co & took off Carbons & then hurried for the 12:45 Pm RR train reaching home at 5 Pm & worked up notes at Banks attended to various matters & at 11:20 PM went around to I.W. Seman's & gave him the letters from Mayor Stelnaker & J.T. Noble about examination of 10,000 A Fay. Co & 7200 A Wash Co case by Haas, chemist for Fairmont Coal Co who is to come tomorrow. JV Thompson 2:22 Am 5th JVTPage399 At Home of Philip Frederick Bortner, Jefferson Tp Mch 21, 1902 12:30 PM
Mr Bortner & his sister Flora Bortner produce an original letter which they think was sent to their grandfather Frederick Shearer which is as follows:
Bretten Apr 14, 1819
Dear and much respected friends in America:
We are of the Wuertzes family rejoiced very much, when in the year 1802 we ascertained that yet some of our family resided in Pennsylvania and were alive by the name of Markle.
My Father died in the year 1801 who was a brother of your grandmother, who was by birth a Wuertz of Bretten.
The person from whom we had information of you, had promised to carry a letter for us, but did not come to take it.
Your country must be the promised land to which so many of our people emigrate, and with whom I had the good luck to sent my letter with. The whole of the Wuertzes family will rejoice to hear from you, especially if you have become fortunate, which is so difficult to become with us, because land are too n_______and too heavy. God grant that you may receive this writtings.
The whole of the Wuertz‑es family desire to be remembered and sent their best respects and recommend you in the hand of God.
Your true friend
Eleanor Ewinger by birth a Wuertz‑en
Dear friends: Something also I will add, The Wuertz‑es
JVTPage400 family had a connection in Holland in Amsterdam, who died and was their buried, without family, he was Admiral of the Sea, whose estate is valued at Five Millions, his portrait or likeness, remains in the Old Lutheran Church. If you could only receive this estate and then according to good wishes, send us a portion, then we might all be fortunate ‑ after which we all have a desires here temporary ‑ and hereafter forever
Extract from the record of babtism of Oberbrown High German Leviring [Liviring?] Arsterburg Goverments Anno Domino 1678 Dec 29, a son of Johann George Markle, Wheelwright, of Schullersburg was babtised and was named Johann Christmann.
The sponsers were the following:
1. Mr John Leanerd Kirester, Shoemaker
2. J.F.C. Margaret Pertin, a daughter of Peter Pertin
3. Johann Philips, clerk, a citizen of this place.
That the above is a true copy from the Book of Baptism Witness the hand of the present parson J.J. Aulber, Done in Overbron Nov 10, 1807
Our friend Henisinger Messchart from Philadelphia was traveling in Urope about five years ago and he was in Amsterdam to see his relations and he got to here about this money, and he made some inquiry about the person that left his name is Paul Wuertz, Baron from Orlhorlrn.
He ascertained that at his death he left
JVTPage401 a large fortune to his only daughter then a child, and she died when she was 9 years of age, then the property was to go to his relations, our great grandmother was his sister. Pn [or Pr] Bushar
At home of Daniel Markle Shearer, Jefferson Tp Mch 21, 1902 2:15 PM
Mr Shearer says that his grandmother was a Christina Markle & her husband his grandfather was Peter Shearer. His brother Frederick Shearer married Rebecca Markle, a sister of Christina & they had a brother Daniel Markle living in Franklin Co Pa near London (about a mile below on the "Conecogig" Creek). He said they were first cousins of Gen Joseph Markle & by reference to my record, Page 126 of this book, I find they were children of George Markle or Merckel, who was a brother of great grandfather Casper Markle. Mr Shearer says he was named for his great Uncle Daniel Merkle. He says his grandfather Peter Shearer lived on the Conocogig about a mile below London & conducted a blacksmith shop there for many years. He says his grandfather Shearer came from Germany & died in Franklin Co near London. Mr D.M. Shearer's mother was a sister of Philip F. Bortner's father & his grandfather Philip Bortner died in 1855, at the present home of P.F. Bortner. His grandfather Shearer had died prior to 1855. Mr S. was born Aug 3d 1820 & saw his grandfather Shearer when he visited there about 1839 or 1840. Mr Shearer's father Solomon
JVTPage402 Shearer when about 20 yrs of age drove his Father's team out here having provisions he thinks for the Army (or possibly emigrants) in the year 1814 (Solomon died, he says in 1842, aged 48 yrs). He remained here marrying Philip Bortner's daughter Susannah, & bought a 100 Acre farm in Perry Tp & lived there until 1837 when he removed to Richland Co, Ohio (now in the bounds of Ashland Co) D.M. went with his father & drove his team & lived with his father on a farm he bought two miles from Ashland for four years. D.M. learned the carpenter trade in Ashland & says he knew father‑in‑law John Anderson & others of the Anderson family. D.M. was born in Perry Tp, came back to Fayette in 1841. His Father is buried in Ashland & 20 yrs after he was buried, they wanted the burying ground for the Court House of the new Co. & he was raised & buried in the cemetery. He thinks Frederick Shearer came out to Fayette Co the same year his father did & settled on the farm now occupied by Robert Boyd near the Red Lion P.O. He was then married & had several children then viz Benjamin, Daniel, Henry, Jacob, Betsy, Sallie Hosler, Christine Brown, Mary Bortner & one born after he came here Malinda Chalfant. He & his wife were buried adjoining the farm on a tract of 5 acres on which the Episcopalians had a tent used for a church.
The family of Mr Shearer's grandfather Peter Shearer were as follows: Peter, Daniel, Solomon, George, Rebecca (m. Paul Grosscup & lived in Ohio ‑ their son4* Peter Grosscup is a Judge in Illinois Chicago, he thinks) then
JVTPage403 Christina (m. Peter Stinger, a storekeeper in London), Paul Grosscup lived in Berks Co & visited at London & married Rebecca there. He moved to Rostover [Rostrover?] Tp Westnd Co near the Fayette Co line about 1814 & lived there until he went to Ohio, about 1827, settling about a mile west of Ashland, O.
Mr Shearer says he never saw his great uncle Daniel Markle, he having died prior to his visit to Franklin O in 1839‑40. She says he feels pretty sure that he was a bachelor as he never heard of him being married, nor of any family. He says he thinks he & his sisters moved out there & they kept house for him Mr Shearer says he does not know the name of his great grandfather Shearer & knew of no brothers of his grandfather except Frederick, but thinks there was a sister, but he cant name her. He says Melinda Chalfant kept the old Shearer record & that Frederick's Bible is now in the hands of Malinda's daughter, Rebecca Chalfant, aged about 60 yrs, sister of Fred S. now living with her niece, Mrs Albright in Brownsville. Albright is a butcher. Mr Shearer says his Father's Bible is in the hands of Margaret Hosler, his sister near Ashland, O. Her husband was John Hosler, a blacksmith from London. He came out to Ashland & married her there. His cousin ‑ he thinks first cousin ‑ John Hosler was a tanner at Mt Pleasant & married Sallie Frederick's daughter. The paymaster killed near Silverton was one of their descendants. The family Bible of Mr Shearer's grandfather Shearer he thinks is likely in the hands of Peter Stinger
JVTPage404 at London, or his family. If living, he would be a very old man, Mr Shearer says he visited in Ohio 20 yrs ago & bought a very fine house there. He has never heard of his death. The Bible might however be in the hands of Peter Shearer's family, a son of Peter Sr. Mr Shearer was suffering with diabetes & heart trouble for some seven years & says he was up every hour last night. He lives on a large farm adjoining Harvey Steele's. He bought 114 A. of it in 1847 & 100 A later & 12 A from Eli Baily still later. He has apportioned some of it off to his boys. When I read the names of the children of Christina & Peter Markle pages 124 & 125 naming the parties the daughters had married, he said he had heard that but had no distinct accurate recollection of it.
Mrs Blythe & Mrs Brownelles went to Gallatin Tennessee, to the funeral of their brother Daniel Bortner, who had lived there for many years. Emanuel Shearer is a son of Jacob, of Frederick. Mr Shearer married Angelina Aubrey Feby 3, 1848, & their children as listed in the family Bible are as follows:
Maragret Jane Shearer born Jany 29, 1849
James Solomon Shearer born Aug 20, 1851
Wilurn Markley Shear born July 23, 1854 [sic]
John Walis Shearer born Mch 20, 1857
Allice Shearer born Dec 13, 1859 M. Wm Baker Fayette City Mary Ellen Shearer born May 23, 1862 a Twin
Eli Forsyth Shearer born May 23, 1862 a Twin
Cora Angelina Shearer granddaughter "Mag's daughter" was born July 31, 1875
Mary Ellen married Geo Stone of Ashland, O. a farmer one mile out. She died there leaving four children; Raymond, Steve, Annie & Jannette May? "We had but seven children, Cora makes eight"
JVTPage405 Wills seen, Lee Daniel Shearer is in a Bank at Monongahela City & is a fine penman.
Home 11 PM Mch 21, 1902
I left here this morning on the P.V.& C. at 7:30 Am for Allenport, Pa, Isaac W. Semans was on the train going to West Brownsville & thence to Beallsville. Arrived at Allenport about 9:40 Am & went across to Fayette City. Met Wm L. Wood & he introduced me to G.W. Spalter & then went up with me to the First Natl Bank where I met Wm H. Binns. With him was David Brownelles to whom he introduced me & who it proved was a relative as he was married to a sister of Mrs Blythe, who I had gone down to see. Learned that his wife & Mrs Blythe were in Tennessee, having gone there a week ago to attend their brother's funeral. Mr Binns said he should support Andrew for the Legislature. Made entry of payt of $750 on the $15,000 5 yr B.F. Hibbs note, talked to him a half hour or more & Andrew Brown not coming in, I went up to the livery stable of L.M. Gilleland & he sent Alfred Knight along to drive me out in Jefferson Tp. Driving in to Philip F. Bortner's met him in his two horse wagon driving out. He said to go on up to the house & that his sister could give as much information as he could & he would be back in a short time. Instead of driving on, he came right back & his sister said her mother's mother was a Markle & she thought David Shearer's mother was also, or grand mother, but she could not give the name of her grandmother's father. She then spoke of the fortune in Holland & that she had a letter about it, & I asked her to let me copy it. She went & got it & it is copied on this record five & six pages back. While I was copying, she was thinking on the connection & she said that Daniel Shearer's grandmother was Christina Markle & hers was Rebecca Markle & she thought they were sisters. Mr Bortner could not find their own family record, having given it to the parties preparing the Fayette Co history & mislaid it, but said he would hunt it up & send it to me. They have a fine residence nicely located everything new, house, fence & stone walks & everything about the house clean ‑ spic & span. We then drove up to Daniel M. Shearer's passing the Presbyterian parsonage (Rev Theo S. Negley's) & Harvey J. Steele's on the way. Mr Shearer's farm being the next one beyond Harvey J. Steele's. He lives in a large frame house, a little ways off the road, to the left. A heavy elderly woman, probably his daughter Margaret came to the door & said Mr Shearer was is bed. I said I was sorry to disturb him but wanted to see him. He got right up & came in & when I told him who I was, he said Oh yes, I know you, I boarded with you over 20 yrs ago at Mrs Wyatt's of which I remembered his stopping there whenever he came to town. I then told him what I wanted & wrote down above what information I got from him. He gave the colloquial pronunciation of "Conocogig" to the Conococheague. On my return tonight speaking of Paul Grosscup & his son Judge Peter Grosscup, Minnie L. Redburn said she often heard mother (in‑law) Anderson speak of the Grosscups at Ashland & I also have heard her & Father Anderson talk of them. Got through at Mr Shearer's at 4:20 PM. He showed me the pictures in the parlor of his wife who died two years ago & his daughter who died & his sons, in a very feeling manner. He is a devout Christian, but very weak & said he
JVTPage406 would not be here very long. As we were driving in met W.H> Binns & son driving out home. Drove in, paid for team & crossed over to Allenport finding the train 40 minutes late. The car being well filled up, sit down with Mrs Gregg (mother of Mrs C.H. Gorley) & had an interesting talk to West Brownsville, where Isaac W. Semans got on. He told me his efforts with Hardin to trade the Cramer surface for his coal which may yet result in a deal. Leaving Mr Shearer's I stopped at Harvey J. Steele's. His daughter came to the door & when I told her who I was, she called her mother, who said that Harvey had come up to town to see me & would be here over night. On the arrival of train, I went to the Mahany & Central Hotels to see if he was there, but did not find him. Run across Joe T. Noble & Dr T.M.T. McKennan who had come up on the last B&O train to see me about the 10,000 acres of coal in Luzerne Tp. They had been down to N.T. & had seen Geo W. Dan of Dan Luke & Moore about it & claimed that they had a Steel Co that would buy it at $500 per acre & pay cash within six months. Walked up past the Gilmore residence with Joe & Doctor McKennan, who had never stopped off in Uniontown before & showed him his grandfather L.W. Stockton's old home, the place he said where his mother was born. It is now 12:30 AM of 22d & the others have all gone to bed & I will do likewise.
Oak Hill Aug 2, 1921 8:55 Am
In going through this book with Cousin Kate Smith during the past five weeks, I find a penciled sheet made when I was in Berks Co in Aug 1898 which I will copy here before throwing it away:
"*William Merkle, grandson, of Mahoney (Mack‑a‑noy) died there at an advanced age over 70, one of his daughters lives near Boyer town, married a Yoder, a blind man. Has a son lives at old home named Solomon between Ringgold & Tuscarora (Lehigh & Scharftill) probably Carton or Potter. Elizabeth Dreibilbis? (daughter of Plantina) husband's name was Manassas Dreibilbis, Augustus High Merkle used to take his grandmother to visit them. Augustus & Kaufman remember old log house door facing toward spring. Augustus says the original Merckel bought 1300 a. at 50 cts an acre. Old deeds in his possession show it. Parties stop for dinner brag about how Hessians bragged abt starving soldiers & he took him by neck & seat of breeches & pitched him out because his brother had gone [think that's the word] Joseph B. children: Fanny Mader, Denver? Colorado Ellen Bender St Josephs Mo
[margin note reads:]
Quilla Heffner Page 168
1 8 This a daughter of Thomas Jack brother of James whom I visited in Cony Pa Sept 6, 1919 JVT July 27, 1921
2 1 Stopped here & went to Bkfast & commenced again at 11:30 AM
3 2 Sisters, says Mrs Augustus H. Merkle & daughters of Jacob Sheridan.
4 3 Dates of death & ages of children taken from his Bible Aug 18, 1898 8 PM in hands of widow of David S. Merkle, Fleetwood Pa.
5 4 The dates of him & wife & family taken from his family Bible at Daniel M. Markle's Rachmond Tp. 1 1/2 miles from Kutztown Aug 18, 1898 at 5:11 PM JVT.
6 5 These two who married Leipelsbergers were daughters of George ( a brother of David) & sisters to Solomon who married Elizabeth Merkle. So says Edwin u. & Nathan M. Shollenberger. (See Page 180.)
7 6 Augustus Hill says his sister Hannah married Peter Wanner lives in Reading & is over 60 yrs of age.
8 7 Augustus H. Merkel & wife say that Philip Leibesperger a cousin of Jacob and a much older man married a Merkel a sister of the wife of Nathan J. Shollenberger, who lives at 344 N. 12th St. Reading
9 1 Evidently the brother named in James' will as Exc & no relation then of ours.
10 2* Dec 22, 1901, George Overcash Seilhamer (named for his grandfather Geo Overcash) on his way home to Chambersburg from Lexington Ky whither he had gone tracing the Bard family & now at the "Holler" with us, says that the South Mountain owned by John Potter & taken by James is in Franklin Co & is now known as the Mt Alto property at which point but not on this property the Cumb. Valley RR has a summer resort. He thinks Geo Lattimore was identical with the member of legislature of that name from Phila & that Alex Young was a Franklin man.
11 3* Blacksmith, Guilford Tp wife Elizabeth date of decd Dec 5, 1764
12 *4 of East Penns Tp wife Sarah a Hope.
13 5* of Monaghan Tp. York Co Pa wife Ann
14 6* of Monaghan Tp York Co Pa & wife Ann
15 7* of Smith Tp Wash Co Pa & wife was Polly dau of Jno Wangle.
16 8* Farmer of Mcpowell Tp
17 9* Blacksmith of Middleton Tp Cumb Co Pa
18 10* of Strabane Tp, York Co & Mary his wife bought by him in Aug 31, 1749 from Penn's
19 11* of Strabane Tp, York Co Pa land he bought in 1772 at Shff. sale
20 12* of Allen Tp Cumb Co Yeoman Convey June 30, 1772 land he got in 1769 recorded 1779.
21 13* Juniata Tp, Cumb Co Pa
22 14* Most Exhaustive list in habendum [best guess] I ever saw
23 15* Apr 5, 1925. See Anjou's Hist P 694‑70 This does not show that James to have a son Wm but he may have died before his father.
24 *16 McCalmont on page 422.
25 17* This record is correct as proven at Cambridge City, Ind Aug 29/98 JVT
26 1* This date is evidently wrong
27 2* She afterwards said it might have been Isaac instead of Abram.
28 3* Conn. here Saturday night Aug 17/01 at Hahns [home?]