This is the only Caroline V. that we know of, among about 40,000 identified Honakers. She died as an infant according to our info. Can you provide any further info?
Regards, Tom Hanlin, Honaker Family Assn.
10. Henry S. Honaker (also seen as Hensy) (Jacob, Frederick). Born 15 Mar 1815 in Greenbrier Co. (West) Va. Died 16 May 1863 (also reported as 1864) in New Point, Holt Co., Mo. Buried in Nichols Cemetery, location not reported. Henry’s son Thomas A. said that Henry was killed in his front yard by hooded Northern sympathizers. Research by Henry’s latter-day Oklahoma descendants gave his father’s name also as Henry, “of German birth from Old Country,” who “never acquired the English language.” The research was done years after Henry’s death, and may not be based on any information he provided. Family researcher Ruby Brakebill found an immigrant Henry Honaker, with wife and two children, in the 1850 Missouri census. They were all four born in Germany, in no way descended from Hans Jacob.
The contention raises a question about this Henry’s ancestry, which is further clouded because the Oklahoma descendants have good records of this Henry’s children. The Oklahoma descendants didn’t report Fulton and Parker, the only children attributed to this Henry by researchers who did not know of an Oklahoma connection. Fulton and Parker lived geographically distant from the Oklahomans. Also, Fulton and Virginia both were reported born in 1856. Any of these disparities might be explained individually, but they’re less likely to be dismissed when taken together.
Additional research needs to sort out what’s happened here. Jacob did have a son named Henry born on that date and in that place, and the census records collected by the Oklahomans reflect the same date and place, and caused researcher Brakebill to conclude that it was this Henry who was their ancestor. Perhaps Fulton and Parker were descended from another Henry.
Vesta Morris, a descendant who reported the direct German immigration, researched the Honaker family and wrote that Henry, at age 18, was apprenticed to a blacksmith for three years, until “at the age of maturity” he set up business for himself. Soon afterwards he married Mary Jane, who was said to be of Scotch-Irish descent.
The 1840 census found Henry, his wife, and son James in Greenbrier Co., (West) Va. His profession was recorded as manufactories or trades, fitting for a blacksmith. In the fall of 1844, wrote his great granddaughter, Ruby Brakebill, Henry and his father-in-law, James Alford, moved their families to Holt County, northwest Missouri. Henry and his wife Mary Jane had three children at the time. Ruby observed that “Mary Jane must have been pregnant with my grandfather during the trip because on most records Thomas Allen Honaker was born March 29, 1945 in Holt County, Missouri.”
In Missouri, Henry continued blacksmithing until 1856, Ruby said, when he moved his family onto a half-section of land. On 11 Jul 1860, the census taker recorded Henry’s household. Living with them was Harriet McCarty, 17, no known family relationship. They weren’t able to enjoy their home much longer because of the outbreak of the Civil War, in which the three eldest sons joined the Southern cause.
It was war sentiment, also, which led to Henry’s own death, Ruby reported. Ruby was told by her mother, Henry’s granddaughter, that Henry’s son Thomas Allen was 18 years old at the time and the only son at home. Thomas hid in a cornfield to keep from being killed himself.
“Not long afterwards,” Ruby wrote, “The family had to abandon their home & sought refuge in the neighboring state of Iowa, where they remained until 1866. After the Civil War, the two sons who survived, Augustus and Harvey, returned home and the family moved to LaFayette Co., Mo., and after some time moved back to Holt Co., where they brought suit and recovered the old homestead. Later they sold the homestead and Augustus and Harvey with their families and the mother…” [remainder of letter missing]
He married Mary Jane Alford (also seen as Alyard), daughter of James Alford (or Alyard) and Margaret Carlisle, 24 Jul (also reported as Aug) 1836 in Monroe Co. (West) Va. Born 8 Oct 1823 in Nicholas Co., (West) Va. Died 7 Jul 1885 in Mancos, Colo. Buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Mancos. Children:
i. James L. Born 2 Sep 1838 in Greenbrier Co., [West] Va. Index to Service Records of Confederate Soldiers lists James as a private in Co. F, Missouri Cavalry, C.S.A. The index gives his death date as May 1863 in Jackson, Miss., and says he’s buried in a C.S.A. cemetery. An Oklahoma family record gives his death date as 8 Feb 1865.
10. ii. Augustus Chapman. Born 14 Aug 1840 in Greenbrier Co., W.Va.
10. iii. Harvey Alexander (also reported as Harvey B.)
10. iv. Thomas Allen.
v. Caroline V. Born 24 Jan 1849 in Oregon, Holt Co., Mo. Died 1 Sep 1850 in Oregon, Mo.
vi. Almira. Born 11 Aug 1851 in Missouri. Died 24 Jul 1874. Buried in Nichols Cemetery beside her father. Researcher Ruby Brakebill said that Almira and America were buried in Missouri.
vii. America. Born 16 Feb 1854 in Missouri. Died 24 Nov 1874 in Oregon, Holt Co., Mo. Buried in Missouri. She married Monroe Williams.
viii. Fulton B. Born in 1856. He married Emazetta Dillon. [Fulton was reported by one researcher.]
10. ix. Virginia.
31. x. Parker Smith. [Reported by one researcher].
10. xi. Margaret (called Maggie).