Re: William HARBARGER & Mary Ellen WARNICK of IL
I can't believe that I haven't seen this message before now!William E. Harbarger was my greatgreatgrandfather.
He was born 29 April 1852; however, I can't determine where!Various censuses have him born in Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky.He died 1 April 1895 in Moweaqua, Illinois, and is buried in a small cemetery known as the Warnick Cemetery.It's in a very small cemetery that contains few stones, and is located in a pasture not far from Decatur, Illinois.
Mary Ellen was born 30 October 1847 in Macon County and died 5 January 1908 in Macon County, Il.She too is buried in Warnick (aka Peru) Cemetery.Their stone is a replacement stone.I do have a picture of it.
I have hunted more info on William for years, but haven't found him yet.Even his birth info changes from 1850 to 1852.I'm including various notes I have on him:
I have been doing some additional investigation into William E. Harbarger.Several items of notation:(1)In the 1870 Macon County census, William Harbarger is listed with the family of John Moffett.William's age is 19, which means he should have been born in 1850, not 1852.(2)The reason for my questioning his birth date has been that I have been trying to find his parents.Harbarger was not a common name.I have been able to find only one other William Harbarger.His history so far has started in Pennsylvania, moving southward to Fayette County, Pennsylvania, in 1830; north to Venango County, Pennsylvania in 1840; and then in 1860, I found him in Vinton County, Ohio, with his family and his 10-year-old-son, William.(3)If this Young William was 10 in the 1860 census, it would then be right that he could be 19 in the 1870 census, depending upon the months of the two census takings.His (Young William's) birth state is Pennsylvania.
More research will be necessary in order to nail down the parents and family of William E.But of interest is that many of the Macon County inhabitants came from Pennsylvania.
Then again, many came up from the south as well.More avenues.I'll just take them one at a time.I think finding William Harbarger (Sr. and Jr.) in the 1850 census, assuming they are entered prior to April, may be even more helpful .. if the April date is correct for Young William's birth.I may try to find birth records of him in Pennsylvania.
Note:8/11/01While working on the Warnick and Meisenhelter lines, I discovered history of one of the Moffett grandsons of John Moffett which offered some insight into the occupation of William since he was a laborer on John Moffett's farm in 1870.QUOTE:...He (William T. Moffett, son of John Moffett) came to Macon county at an early period in its development and settled in Blue Mound township upon land which his father, John B. Moffett, had entered from the government at an early age.The tract upon which he took up his abode was entirely wild and unimproved, but with characteristic energy he began its development, transforming the wild land into richly cultivated fields.He continued to make his home thereon until his death, which occurred in 1863.END QUOTE.
ADDITIONAL NOTE:My brother lives a farm not far from the old Moffett farm, and is the farm William's son, Henry, farmed.
Once again I have conflicting information.Family genealogy has March 15th, but according to the records in the Illinois Archives, the date is November 15th, 1871.I will order a copy of the marriage license to determine the exact date.(Ordered 6/29/99)
ADDITIONAL NOTE:I never have ordered that marriage license.I'll put it on my to-do list again.It might give more information!
QUOTE:DEATHS .. WM. HARBARGER:Wm. Harbarger, of Blue Mound township, four and a quarter miles north of this place, died last Monday morning at 8 o'clock, of lung fever.He had been sick only about a week.Deceased was well known throughout the neighborhood, having been engaged in the huckstering business for a number of years.END QUOTE.4 April 1895 death date.Obit is from the Blue Mound Leader.
Note 5:I can take the Warnick line back to 1741 if you want it.If you want the package, just send me your snail mail.It's an interesting line because of its tie to Abe Lincoln, who is referenced several times in the family history and a couple of history books.
Feel free to e-mail me at [email protected] apologize if I have already shared the info with you.I know I've seen your name before.Jane