I am hoping that somebody will recognize the following information, and that it will finally help identify my Ebersole, and maybe even my Etter, ancestors!John Ebersole and Elizabeth Etter [the daughter of Henry Etter of Franklin County, PA] were my GGGGG-Grandparents.The first place I can positively locate them is in Columbiana County, Ohio, where two of their daughters marry Jacob and Nicholas Criss [brothers].
Jacob Brown, Justice of the Peace, married Julia “Christina” Ebersole to Jacob Criss on November 18, 1819.[Julia went by her middle name, which is misspelled as “Christiana” in the marriage records.]William Brown, Justice of the Peace, married Mary Elizabeth Ebersole to Nicholas Criss on February 20, 1821.Both marriages can be found in “Columbiana County, Ohio Marriages, 1800 – 1870.”
John and Elizabeth’s son, John, Jr., was taken to court by the “heirs and heirs at law” of his parents when he swindled them out of their shares of the estate when Elizabeth died.The case, “Peter Ebersole et al vs John Ebersole,” went before the Court of Common Pleas in Carroll County, Ohio during the September 1847 term.The petition begins with the following opening statement:
“Be it remembered that on 26 Aug 1847, Peter Ebersole, Henry Ebersole, Joseph Snively and Mary his wife, James Long and Eve his wife, Conrad Brandeberry and Sally his wife, Jacob Criss and Christina his wife, by their attorneys Mssr’s Belden & Seiter in Common Pleas Court of Carroll Co, filed a bill in Chancery to wit . . .”
It further provides us with the locations where these individuals lived at the time: “Peter Ebersole of Seneca Co., Ohio, H. Ebersole of Indiana, and Joseph Snively & Mary his wife and Jacob Criss and Christina his wife of Carroll Co., Ohio, and James Long & Eve his wife of Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, and Conrad Brandeberry & Sally his wife of Wood Co., Ohio.”
“Peter, Henry, Mary, Eve, Sally, & Christina and John Ebersole of Carroll Co. [who is made a defendant] are the only children and heirs at law of John & Elizabeth Ebersole, late of said Carroll Co., deceased.”
We have yet to identify Joseph Snively and Mary his wife, but suspect her to somehow be related to Elizabeth’s side of the family.The court case deals with 150 acres of land in Franklin County, PA that was left to Elizabeth by her father; and how John, Jr. tried to swindle the others out of the shares promised to them.As the land came from the Etter family, we can only speculate, at this time, the possibility that the above mentioned Mary Snively was Elizabeth’s sister.
Mary Snively IS NOT the daughter of John and Elizabeth, as their daughter predeceased her husband, Nicholas, who died in November 1845 in Owen Co., Indiana.Mary Elizabeth Ebersole and Nicholas Criss were my GGGG-Grandparents; and, along with their infant son Nicholas, Jr., were among the earliest burials in Palatine Cemetery, also known as Vandalia Methodist Cemetery, in Vandalia, Owen Co., IN.Since Mary Ebersole was already dead by the time of this lawsuit, she would not be listed among the heirs.
And lastly, of John Ebersole, Sr. and his wife, Elizabeth Etter, I know that they are buried in Harsh-Swamp Cemetery located on Lunar Rd. (TR-234), 2 miles west of where Lunar Rd. crosses Kensington Rd. (CR-9) in Washington Township, Carroll Co., Ohio.
"John Ebersole Sr. died Jan 11, 1827, 55 yrs 11mo 23days."
"Elizabeth Ebersole, consort of John; died Sept 2 AD 1840;” age not readable.
From his tombstone, provided the given age is accurate, we get an approximate date of birth for John Ebersole of January 18, 1771, and I would suspect he was probably born in Pennsylvania.Elizabeth Etter’s father, Henry Etter, is mentioned as being from Franklin Co., PA, and she most likely would have been born there; especially since her father left her 150 acres in Franklin County!
Craig A. Davis