THE SCHMEYER/SMYERS FAMILY IN AMERICA
(AND RELATIONSHIP TO WHITED, BOLAR, AND SHECKLER
FAMILIES) WITH EUROPEAN AND PENNSYLVANIA ORIGINS
(INCLUDES SMYERS AND WHITED DESCENDANTS FAMILIES IN BROWN CO.,
IL AS WELL AS IN PA, NC, AND TX)
William Michael Kaffenberger, Jr.
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THIS VOLUME IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF JAMES MICHAEL CLARK AND DAVID JOEL KAFFENBERGER.
My earliest memories of what it means to have a family and to be a part of a family are from family vacations. My Dad was from Beardstown, a small town in rural Illinois, about fourty-five miles northwest of the state capital in Springfield. My Mom was from a small community about twenty eight miles north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We would travel to both places several times a year. In those days, there were few superhighways or interstates where we traveled. We went from Arlington, VA (near Washington DC) through such towns as Pittsburgh, Columbus, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Decataur, and Springfield. Mostly on two lane roads barely wide enough for one car let alone two. And don't even mention tractor trailer trucks. Our destination was usually Beardstown, Illinois, population 6,600, with one movie theater, one drive in, one A&W root beer/hot dog stand, a Dairy Queen, a grand town square with a five and dime and a cigar store complete with a wooden Indian standing out front. Difficulties were a bit less strenuous when we went to my Mom's home town in Pennsylvania due to the availability of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. A trip that now can arguably be done in one day (driving 13 hours straight) used to take three days, with stops in the Pittsburgh area to visit relatives and Indianapolis just to rest, getting to dad's home town on the third morning. And what does all of this have to do with family? Well, there was alot of togetherness and fun experiences when you spent that much time together cooped up in a car. And, as Mom and Dad rarely made reservations ahead of time for motels, there are quite a few humorous incidents I remember regarding motels. And, when we got to our destination, there were grandfathers, grandmothers, aunts and uncles, and cousins galore. Everyone always welcomed you with open arms and a smile that said 'we're glad to have you here'. For as long as I can remember, our family always did things TOGETHER! It became inconceivable to me that it should ever be any other way. From this sense of family has grown my interest in just where our family came from, who our forebears were, and what effect our various family histories in the past have had on our present. For those who read these volumes on the Kaffenbergers, Baehrs, Dunmires, Smyers, Whiteds, and related lines, I hope sincerely that you have as much fun in the reading as I did in the researching and writing.
There are many people to thank as far as contributing time, effort and encouragement to these volumes. First of all, I'd like to thank my wife Amelia and daughter Elena for putting up with my genealogical activities! Also, my Mom, Esther Kaffenberger, and my mother-in-law, Betty Negri, for their contributions and/or encouragement. And a special thanks to all those known and unknown who gave of their knowledge and research, especially the following: Betty Clark, Ron Clark, David Preston, Evelyn Glover, Roberta Neeper, Rose Cooper of the Versailles (Illinois) Genealogical Society, Eunice Baehr Whited, Betty Allen, Zandra Watts, Ed Smay, Doris Quinn, Margie Hamill, Pat Ashton, Harriet Smyers and members of her family, Phyllis Voots, Carl Smyers, Hans Schmeyer of Germany, Donald and Anna Mae Schmoyer, Reba Hicks, Ron Smyers, Elsie M. Carter, Russ Whited, Elmer Dickson, and David Kaffenberger. As most readers of these volumes are likely to be family members, footnotes and numbering systems are kept to an absolute minimum so as to ensure that the flow of the narrative is not unduly interrupted. However, all sources of information are fully credited at the end of each section. In certain special cases, credit is given in the narrative as well. I apologize ahead of time for any factual errors that may be uncovered by readers. As research of this kind is always ongoing, my intention is to publish updates in the future as new and interesting information on the various families is uncovered. Any readers with corrected and/or additional information are encouraged to write the author. Full credit will be given in future editions and updates.
William M. Kaffenberger, Jr.
IN THIS SERIES:
Volume I - The Kaffenberger Family of Cass Co., IL
Volume II - The Baehr Family of Brown Co., IL (with
Volume III - The Dormeyer/Dormire/Dunmire Family in America,
Including Dormire/Dunmire and Rentz Families
of Brown Co., IL (with German and Pennsylvania
Volume IV - The Schmeyer/Smyers Family in America (With
Relationship to Whited, Bolar, and Sheckler
Families), With European and Pennsylvania
Origins (Includes Smyers and Whited Families
of Brown Co., IL)
Volume V - Related Swiss Lines (Dubs/Rohrbaugh/Thoman/and
Bowman) to the Kaffenbergers of Cass Co., IL
POSTSCRIPT: As I have worked on these family histories, I am impressed with the fact that were there one change, no matter how small, in the way these people lived their lives and the choices they made, no matter how bad or how good, I might not be here today. Truly, I have seen the hand of God at work, not only in the history of the world as a whole, but in the history of my family as well.
"FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHALL NOT PERISH, BUT HATH EVERLASTING LIFE!" THE BIBLE, JOHN, CHAPTER THREE, VERSE 16.
BRIEF BACKGROUND ON GERMAN HISTORY
Any volume on family history should probably include some background on the geography and history of the lands from which our forebears emmigrated. Almost invariably, political, religious and economic conditions at a given time and place have greatly influenced individual decisions to leave the familiar for the unknown promised land of America. The following sketch on the history of Germany is based on notes taken from chapters I through VII of the publication "Germany" by Marshall Dill, Jr., copyright 1961 by the University of Michigan Press.
Early times - 1500: Germany had no settled natural frontiers except the Alps in the south. Germany was populated by wandering tribes during and after the fall of Rome. The reign of the great German ruler Charlemagne was from 768 to 814. His empire broke up after 870 into small feudal entities. Churchmen in this time period also carried out political duties. German kingships had a strong connection with the Pope in Italy, especially during the reign of Henry III from 1039 to 1056. This period of the Middle Ages marked the beginnings of town life. There was a degeneration into feudal principalities again around 1125, with chaos and civil war for a twenty year period around 1200. From 1200 to 1500 there was a reascendency of town life and less connection between the government and the affairs of the church in Italy.
1500 through 1714: The Protestant Reformation came during this time. Eventually, the Lutheran Church aligned with the political rulers the same way the Catholic Church had done. As to the general populace, a minority were the electoral princes and lesser princes, as well as the middle class burghers (mayors) of the more prosperous towns. The overwhelming balance of the population were peasants, burdened by dues and duties enforced by both the church and the state. There were many revolts by the peasantry during this time. Hesse-Darmstadt, from which both the Koffenberger and Baehr forebears had come, were strong Lutheran territories. There were continued wars and conflicts through the mid-1600's, then war with the French.
1714 through 1790: Many dynastic rivalries which culminated in a struggle between the Hapsburgs and the Hohenzollerns. However, arts and culture thrived during this period.
1790 through 1814: The French Revolution had a decided effect on Germany. There was more war with France as well as the effect of the Napoleonic Wars. The so-called Holy Roman Empire came to its official end during this period.
1814 through 1848: This era leads up to the general time
period when the various German forebears covered in this series emmigrated to America. This was the era of trying to create a united Germany. However, revolution eventually broke out in March of 1848. The era was marked by censorship, repression and supression of new ideas. The technological revolution began which caused unemployment for many. The revolutionary period of 1848 through 1849 was followed by re-establishment of German monarchs, and this resulted in increased repression between 1849 and 1862. It is no wonder that so many came to see the United States as a kind of Promised Land!
As the reader will see in the sections that follow in this volume, information on the Schmeyer family in Germany was at one point quite sketchy, with the only materials available taking the history just back to Ernst Schmeyer born about 1642. The original text of this book picks up at that point, discussing Ernst Schmeyer and his descendants, with the major emphasis being on his family's descendants in America. However, since the original text of this book was completed, the author was blessed to make the acquaintance of Donald and Anna Mae Schmoyer of Pennsylvania. Donald is a distant cousin of this author, and he and his wife were in contact with Hans Schmeyer of Germany and they introduced me to him by mail. Hans has done a detailed history of the Schmeyer family in Germany which was first published by him in 1993. (He plans a follow-up volume on the Schmeyer family in America, which Donald and Anna are helping research, as well as a third volume which will cover Schmeyer emigrants to Poland, Hungary, and Russia.) A summary of the main Schmeyer line in Germany from his book is provided below as a special introduction. Hans' book is entitled "Die Familie Schmeyer aus dem Hochwald" (in English: "The Schmeyer Family from the High Forest") and is softbound with 163 pages including photographs. Although in German, it provides an excellent survey of most of the known Schmeyer descendants in Germany. If the American reader with scant knowledge of German is willing to learn some simple German genealogical terms, phrases, and abbreviations then this volume would be a most rewarding addition to their family history collection. Interested parties should contact Hans (you can write him in English) at the following address for details and price information:
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SUMMARY OF FACTS FROM "DIE FAMILIE SCHMEYER AUS DEM HOCHWALD"
The following information is based on phone conversations with Donald and Anna Schmoyer of Pennsylvania as well as letters and information exchanged between the author and Hans Schmeyer, including facts from the book that Hans wrote mentioned above. The origin of the name "Schmeyer" is somewhat shrouded in mystery. It is quite possible that the name originated in the Black Forest area of Germany and there were families with this name in the Wurtemburg area. The "Hochwald" or "high forest" is considered part of the Black Forest, thus the title in Hans Schmeyer's book. There were at one time towns or villages in Germany with the name Unterschmeihe and Oberschmeihe from which Schmeyer may have been derived. There lived in Berkenfelt at one time a "Hans from Schmeihe". Below is summarized the basic information from Hans Schmeyer's book on the ancestors of the direct line of Schmeyers that left for America. Those wishing detailed information on the Schmeyer descendants that remained in Germany should contact Hans for details about obtaining his book.
Whatever the origin of the family, eventually there appeared in Ellweiler a Hans Schmeyer, born 1520 and died 1 March 1612 in Ellweiler. His wife was Anna, born 1520 and died in Ellweiler on 28 July 1610. They had at least four children: Peter, Nicolaus, Caspar, and Hans. Of this earliest Schmeyer it is stated that he died in Ellweiler on 1 March 1612 at the age of 92.
Peter son of Hans was born 1559 and died 4 November 1629 in Ellweiler. He was married on 18 July 1585 to Anna Nauw. He was married second to Eva Becker about 1609. She was born 31 July 1569 in Birkenfeld, daughter of Hermann Beck or Becker. "Turm" or "Hermann" was the tower guard of the castle at Birkenfeld. Peter's offspring by his first wife: Maria, Jacob, and Caspar. Peter's offspring by his second wife: Johannes, Hans Bast, Margretha, and Anna Barbel. Johannes was a fisher for the castle at Birkenfeld. Some of the people from the castle sponsored some of the Schmeyer children at their baptisms.
Johannes son of Peter was born 19 April 1609 in Ellweiler. He was married about 1641 to Magdalena Eisenschmidt. She was born July 1616, the daughter of Johannes Hutmann and Barbara Ruppenthal. Johannes had the following offspring: Anna Katharina, Ernst Crafft, Craftlena, Hans Georg, Dorothea, and Maria. Ernst Crafft Schmeyer is the starting point of this present volume in the next section. According to Hans Schmeyer, Ernst Crafft was a grandson of Johannes Eisenschmidt, the "Huttmann" of the iron works at Abentheuer. Hans states that the word "Huttman" is an obsolete title for boss, owner, or leaseholder. The possessors of the works had been the Earls of Zweibrucken.
THE SCHMEYER (SMYERS) FAMILY
At the beginning of my research for this book, it seemed that the Smyers family history would be the proverbial "hard nut to crack". However, through the helpful efforts of many past and current researchers as well as family members, and despite still existing gaps in the information, we now have a good picture. It also helps that Schmeyer or Smyers is apparently a relatively rare name in both America and Germany. The publication "Pennsylvania Pioneers From Wolfersweiler Parish, Saarland, Germany" by Annette K. Burgert (Copyright 1983) and the now defunct Smyers Newsletter published privately by Cheryl-Lynn Walker of New Mexico, were consulted extensively in addition to documents provided by Smyers descendants. Courthouse and census records were also consulted. Census records and indexes show a wide variety ways that this surname was spelled in America: Smiers, Schmeyer, Schmier, Schmayer, Schmoyer, Smyer, Smyers, Schmyer, Smoyer, Smier, Smires, and so forth. The index of "Pennsylvania German Pioneers" also lists Barbara, Georg, Margarita, and Mathias Smeisser as early settlers, but it is not known by this writer if there is any connection between this family and the Smyers. In any event, the ultimate origin is German and the original spelling is Schmeyer. According to the Burgert book, "Wolfersweiler is a small village located in the Saarland, a short distance from the border of the Rhineland-Pfalz." The Schmeyer (Smyers) families under consideration were from both this and nearby villages. Burgert indicates that the Schmeyer families were served by the Reformed protestant parish in Wolfersweiler. According to a conversation with Margie Hammill, a Schmeyers descendant and researcher, the majority of early Smyers settlers and descendants were lumbermen and blacksmiths.
In the now defunct Smyers newsletter, edited by Cheryl-Lynn Walker, she stated that "...Daniel, my great-grandfather had said the Smyers first left Germany for the new world at or shortly after a time of great persecution by the Dukes of the Palatinate. In the book "Pennsylvania German Immigrants" by Don Yoder, I found the following paragraph: 'The Duchy of Zweibruecken became a part of the Palatinate in 1685, when the Zweibruecken-Newburg line of Dukes fell heir to the Electoral Palatinate upon the extinction of the Palatinate-Simmern line of princes who ruled the Palatinate from 1559-1685. The Zweibruecken-Newburg line of Dukes were Catholics, and by their oppressive measures, which they adopted against their Protestant subjects, contributed their share to setting the emigration of their subjects to America in motion.' ...Daniel also said the Smyers first left Germany after a winter so severe the cattle froze in their stalls and the birds fell dead in flight (most likely the winter of 1708-1709). The whereabouts of the Palatine immigrants Johannes Smyer, wife and four children, who embarked from Amsterdam to England in 1709, is still a mystery. Henry Jones... who researched the 847 Palatine families arriving in New York in 1710, says: 'No Smyer et var. arrived in colonial N.Y. in 1710. Remember that many of the Palatines listed at Rotterdam in 1709 never made it to the new world: they were sent back when the emigration became too big for the British government to handle.' Don Yoder, mentioned above, said that the original destination of the 1709 immigration was the Carolinas. More than half of these people, however, settled in Pennsylvania. The big question therefore remains, did Johannes and family die aboard ship (many did!), did they stay in England, did they return to Germany, did they go on to Maryland or the Carolinas?" The present author's research, as well as that of others mentioned in this book, leads me to believe that these original Smyers either returned to Germany or died en route. The settlement of Smyers descendants in North Carolina came subsequent to the arrival of Philip Schmeyer, son of Franz Schmeyer (see below) in America in 1733. One source indicates that there were two main reasons for emigration from Germany: (1) lack of job opportunities, and (2) freedom from religious persecution and wars. Another source indicates that the Schmeyer family may have originally been what is called "Black Dutch". This refers to Germans who had dark complexions, dark hair, and dark eyes. This is far different than the usual light haired and fair skinned Germanic peoples. The "Black Dutch" were found in the Palatinate region. They may have been descendants of Belgian or French immigrants to Germany, and possibly there was some Spanish blood due to Spanish occupation of that part of Germany in the 1500s. Once in America, many of the Smyers descendants were early patriots, serving in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. One descendant, Carl Smyers, reported in the Smyers newsletter the following information: "In the Pennsylvania Archives, Fifth Series, Volume VIII, pages 60 and 107, the name Philip Smyer appears as a private on a general muster roll of the Second Battalion of Northampton County Militia, May 14, 1778 and in the First Battalion of Northampton County Militia, commanded by Stephen Balliet, Lieutenant Colonel, November 1, 1781-January 1, 1782. In the Pennsylvania Archives, Sixth Series, Volume III, page 784, the names Philip Smyer, Jr. and Philip Smyer, Sr. both appear as privates jin a roll of the First Company, Third Battalion, in Macungy Township, Northampton County, commanded by Colonel Trexlor in the year 1785."
The following information was found in the book "The Schmoyer Family (Schmeyer, Schmeier, Schmyer, Smoyer) Descendants of Philip Schmeyer of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania" compiled by Elmer Dickson of Chico, CA: "Philips or Philip Schmeyer emigrated from the small village of Wolfersweiler in the Saarland. The Saar is a district in present day (western) Germany on the Franco-German border. It is named after the Saar River which flows through the area. It is rich in minerals, particularly iron and coal and has been fought over many times throughout its history. It covers 991 square miles in the western Rhineland near Lorraine and Luxembourg." According to Dickson, William Penn, to whom was granted the land later known as Pennsylvania, "...began searching for settlers.... As a young man, Penn had traveled in Germany and was favorably impressed with the farmers of Germany. In his effort to develop his vast holdings he sent agents to Germany to induce them to emigrate.... Emigration began from Wolfersweiler parish in 1709. The area was then under the jurisdiction of the Duchy of Zweibrucken." Regarding the journey to America, Dickson writes that "For German emigrants, the journey to America entailed many hardships and risks in the early eighteenth century. The voyage across the Atlantic ocean was characterized by suffering, hunger, disease, and in many cases death. Children younger than six or seven years old rarely survived the trip. The journey required from three to six months... travel by wagon to the nearest navigable river and seaport was time consuming and at times dangerous... travelers would have to pass through as many as 35 or 40 custom houses (on land)... because prices were high, people often were forced to spend nearly all they had during the time in transit or at the various stopovers. Those immigrants who did not have sufficient passage money or who lost their possessions during the voyage were forced to sign an agreement by which they and their families were sold as indentured servants upon arrival in Pennsylvania. When the ship arrived at Philadelphia, all passengers in sound condition were marched in long columns to a magistrate and required to take an oath of allegiance...."
Regarding emigrant occupations, Dickson continues by stating that "The land acquired by the first settlers of Pennsylvania lay close to Philadelphia with the most fertile and desirable tracts being taken first. As the immigrants came they fanned out in a northwesterly direction into the valleys of the Schuylkill, Perkiomen, Delaware, Lehigh, Conestoga and Susquehenna Rivers. The Quakers generally occupied the area close to Philadelphia. The Germans made up the next wave settling in a rather broad belt in the valleys named above... as many as ninety percent... became farmers. In most cases there were no other alternatives... The one thing they were able to retain was their skill in cultivating the soil. The German emigrants were forced to move into an unbroken wilderness. With their farming experience and trained judgement of soil conditions, they soon had possession of the best available farming lands in the accessible part of the Province."
Dickson writes that in finding the proper land "... An important consideration was the location of a spring or creek on the property. ...The next step would be to erect or find some kind of temporary shelter... When the settlers immediate needs were taken care of, they would begin to clear a small tract of land to plant a garden and to build a house. ...The garden would be fenced off. Part of the clearing was used for vegetables and the remainder planted with fruit trees. Gradually, over time, more land was cleared for farming. The pioneer family's first house was usually built of logs... Their homes were generally one and a half stories high. The first floors were usually hard-packed dirt which would later be covered with rough boards. The roof was usually quite steep and consisted of straw thatching laid on wooden lath which was placed across hand-hewn wooden rafters... The interiors were quite primitive. There were usually three rooms on the first floor, a kitchen, a living room and a bedroom. In the wall between the kitchen and the living room there generally was a fireplace which was used for cooking and for heat. ...Above the first floor was a loft reached by steep stairs or a ladder. This area was used by the children for a bedroom. ...The house had small windows which were protected from outside attack by plank shutters. ...The need to remove trees for farming led to the development of a lumbering industry. ...While clearing the land, the settlers also constructed barns and other out-buildings...." Regarding land ownership, Dickson writes that "After several years, the settlers marked off the tracts they claimed by placing stones or marking trees around the perimeter. Some marked off tracts of unwarranted land while others purchased land held under warrants by speculators. All land was supposed to be purchased either from the Penn heirs or from other owners who had secured the land from the Penns. Some of those who settled on land owned by the Penns at first refused to pay for it, claiming that the proprietor's agents had offered to give them land free if they would come and settle it. Ultimately most of the land was paid for. As the settlers became more prosperous and increased their improvements they desired clear title to the property. In order to obtain full title to his land, a settler had to travel to Philadelphia and first apply for a warrant. They would then present to the Land Office a rough description of the tract and make a small down payment. If the warrant was approved, a deputy of the Surveyor General surveyed the tract to establish its legal boundaries. Then, upon full payment of the remaining balance to the Proprietors and the payment of a fee to the Land Office, the applicant received a patent (deed) to the property. ...The settlers were supposed to pay a nominal annual tax to the Penns called a quit rent. ...Quit rents were collected in Pennsylvania until the beginning of the Revolutionary War and were not legally abolished until 1799."
Dickson had this to say about the life of the early settlers: "The life of the early settler was difficult. They toiled long and hard day after day. Their tools were limited and what they had were heavy and crude. The tools they had generally consisted of a shovel, grubbing hoe, hoe, rake, hay fork, sickle, scythe, flail and axe. The farmers also had a few horse-drawn implements such as a plow and harrow. After 1750, wagons became more prevalent on the farm and were also used for transportation. The settlers at first made their clothing from sailcloth.... they soon began to cultivate flax and raise sheep to provide the material to make linen and woolen garments... The men also wore buckskin clothing... The settler's food was simple and mostly home-grown. It consisted primarily of garden vegetables, meat from their farm animals, fish, nuts, and berries. Rye and buckwheat flour ground in local grist mills was used for bread... Rum, whiskey, and apple jack were also widely used... The German settlers were deeply religious people of the Lutheran or Reformed faith. They were not highly educated but they generally were not illiterate, having received at least the elements of an education through their church schools before coming to America...."
The earliest records we have on the Schmeyer family are German church and marriage records reflected in the Burgert book and, to some extent, in the defunct Smyers newsletter. Also, a copy of Schmeyer genealogical records, in German, was sent to me recently. They were contained in the book "Das Kirchenbuch der Gemeinde Wolfersweiler", a copy of which is on file with the pastor of the Evangelische Kirchengemeinde in Wolfersweiler. All of these together form the basis of the genealogical information given below on the Schmeyer family in the Saarland. There is some uncertainty as to exactly who the first Schmeyer immigrant to America was. According a Smyers Newsletter copyrighted 1986 by Cheryl-Lynn Walker, a Johannes Smyers, his wife, and four children left Germany for England, and then embarked from England to New York on 5 June 1709. However, according to Walker, follow-up research on German settlements in New York failed to turn up any trace of this family. In a later newsletter by Walker dated 25 April 1988, Henry Jones, a German Palatine researcher, is quoted as saying: "No Smyer et var. arrived in colonial N.Y. in 1710. Remember that many of the Palatines listed at Rotterdam in 1709 never made it to the new world: they were sent back when the emigration became too big for the British government to handle." States Walker: "The big question therefore remains, did Johannes and family die aboard ship (many did!), did they stay in England, did they return to Germany, did they go on to Maryland or the Carolinas?" The fact that there are no records thus far from America showing they arrived and settled in any of the above places does not prove that they did not, but certainly is a strong argument against it. Further, the Burgert book of German records shows no Schmeyer families attempting to emigrate during the 1709-1710 period from the Wolfersweiler area.
We now begin details on the ancestors of those in the Schmeyer family who emigrated from Germany to America. Thanks in part to the research of Hans Schmeyer of Grimburg, Germany, we have some details about two of the children of PETER SCHMEYER (see above). JACOB SCHMEYER, who died 8 June 1632 in Ellweiler, was married to Katharina Dielen of Otzenhausen on 30 April 1617. They had the following children: Anna born 21 September 1618; Hans Peter born 18 May 1620 and died 30 August 1627; Barbel born 31 October 1621; Elisabeth born 23 December 1623; and name unknown born and died 7 July 1625. JOHANNES SCHMEYER, who settled in Birkenfeld, was born 19 April 1609 in Ellweiler. He reportedly was a fishermand and lived originally at the castle at Birkenfeld. He was married about 1641 to Magdalena Eisenschmidt, born July 1616. She was the daughter of Johannes Hutmann (see above). Johannes and Magdalena had the following children: Anna Katharina, born 31 August 1641; Ernst Crafft, born 1642; Craftlena; Hans Georg, born 28 September 1646; Dorothea, born 1648; and Maria. From this point, we will limit our discussion to the Schmeyer lines directly related to the families that emigrated to America. For details on those that remained in Germany as well as their descendants, interested readers should contact Hans Schmeyer for details on ordering his fine book "Die Familie Schmeyer Auf Dem Hochwald".
ERNST CRAFFT SCHMEYER was born in 1642 in Ellweiler and died on 1 October 1711 according to the marriage records. He was married to Barbara Hoth on 27 February 1666. She was born in 1641 in Ellweiler and died at age 88 on 24 April 1729. One of the German marriage records describes Ernst as a "Gemeindsmann" or literally a "parish man" or "community man" and resident of Ellweiler. He also built a sawmill along the creek near Ellweiler. This couple had at least four children: JOHANNES, born 19 December 1667, married twice (see below); HANS FRANZ, born in 8 March 1669, married twice (see below); Jacob, born in July of 1671 and died on 26 November 1708, married to Gertraud Schmitt, daughter of Heinrich Scmitt, of Allenbach on 12 February 1704; and Susanna Magdal, born on 13 September 1682. It is the children of the oldest two sons that eventually emigrated to America.
HANS FRANZ SCHMEYER probably later moved to nearby Nohfelden, near Wolfersweiler, where he died on 13 October 1731. He was married first to Anna Elizabeth Bungert around 1692, daughter of Jacob and Margaret Bruch Bungert. Anna Elizabeth was born on 14 March 1674 in Nohfelden and died on 17 April 1713. Franz and Elizabeth had at least eight children: Maria Catharina, born 17 August 1692; Johann Franciscus (see below), born 28 November 1693 and died on 8 February 1755 in Wolfersweiler, married on 11 January 1724 to Maria Barbara Stephan (see below); Anna Margaretha, born 20 February 1695 and died 6 April 1702; Johann Philip (see below), born 26 June 1696; Maria Susanna, born 4 March 1703 (Susanna married Johann Christian Ruth of Walhausen on 4 January 1729. They are known to have had at least two children, Maria Barbel, baptized 9 March 1732, and Lisa Catharina, baptized 19 September 1734. This family emmigrated to America, probably in 1737. According to the Burgert book, they appear as sponsors for a child of Philip Schmeyer at Jordan Lutheran Church, Lehigh Co., PA in 1741. A Christian Ruth of Macungie Twp., Northampton Co. was naturalized on 10 April 1755 according to the same book.); Johann Peter, born 5 March 1705 and died 17 December 1776, married to Anna Juliana Geiss on 20 January 1739; Hans Nickel, born 26 April 1708 and married to Anna Catherina Close of Heimbach on 25 January 1735; and Johann Melchior, born 15 April 1713 and died 29 December 1713. We now provide further details on the family of Johann Franz (or Franciscus) Schmeyer, son of Franz, who married Maria Barbara Stephan. Maria Barbara was the daughter of Michel and Margaretha Kunz Stephan of Wolfersweiler. The known children of Johann Franz and Maria Barabara are as follows: Johann Jacob, born 7 June 1725, married to Sophia Catharina Werkhauser on 25 September 1760; Susanna Catharina, born 13 October 1727; Anna Maria, born 11 April 1731 and died 25 January 1756; a son, name not stated, born in 1732 and died 29 May 1736; Anna Juliana, born 4 October 1733; Johann Nickel, born 22 April 1736; Johann Christian, born 15 March 1739, married first on 6 March 1764 to Maria Catharina Hornberger of Nohfelden and second on 18 April 1775 to Maria Margaretha Stephan of Walhausen; and Johann Michel, born 5 December 1742.
Before proceeding with details on the emigrant Johann Philip born 1698, details are provided on FRANZ SCHMEYER's family by his second wife. After the death of his first wife, Franz was married on 22 May 1714 to Anna Elizabeth Spengler. She was born on 14 September 1692 in Ellweiler and died on 7 April 1762. Her parents were Hans Nickel and Maria Foos Spengler of Ellweiler. Their known children are as follows: Maria Barbara, born 17 March 1715 and died 24 April 1715; Johann Jacob, born 3 August 1716; Johann Matthias, born 1 March 1719; Johannes, born 4 September 1721; Maria Catharina, born 27 May 1723 and died 1 May 1725; Maria Elisabeth Catharina, born 24 March 1726 and died 8 October 1796 (Maria, according to the German records, apparently had a child out of wedlock by Matthias Simon. The child, Johann Nicolaus Schmeyer, was born on 25 November 1754.); Maria Margaretha, born 8 August 1728 and died 10 December 1797 (she had a child, Johann Jacob Schmeyer, father not identified, born 13 September 1765 and died 11 June 1798); and Johann Christian, born 17 December 1730.
JOHANN PHILIP (also known as PHILIP) married Maria Salome Stephan, on 20 November 1727 (a possible earlier birthdate for their first child may indicate a different year for the marriage). Maria was born on 2 August 1699 in Wolfersweiler. She was the daughter of Michael Stephan, born 1660 in Wolfersweiler, and Anna Margaret Kunz, born 1670 in Wolfersweiler. Michael, whose father was Mathias Stephan, died in 1739, and Margaret, whose parents were Nickel and Elizabeth Kunz, died in 1761. Their other children, besides Maria, were: Jacob, born 1695; Michael, born 1697; Catherine, born 1709; and Barbara, birthdate unknown. Philip and Maria had at least three children prior to leaving for America. They were Johann Jacob, baptized 21 March 1728 (born that date according to the German genealogical records), Johann Nickel (Nicholas ?), baptized 1 November 1730 (born that date per the German records), and Elisabeth Catharina, baptized 15 March 1733 (born that date according to the German genealogy). The German genealogy gives a footnote on a child of Philip Schmeyer that died on 9 August 1732. This may have been Johann Nickel as only one Johann along with Elizabeth is listed as coming to America with the parents. Philip and his family came via Rotterdam and Plymouth to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, along with 66 other families from the German Palatine region, arriving on the ship Pennsylvania Merchant of London, England, John Stedman being the master of the ship. The ship landed on 18 September 1733. Philip took the Oath of Allegiance at the Philadelphia courthouse on that date. According to various sources, Philip and family settled in Macungie Township, Lehigh County (formerly part of Northampton County), Pennsylvania shortly after coming to America. According to the Dickson book, a land warrant indicates they settled in the wilderness of what is now known as Lower Macungie Twp. On 3 December 1735, he was granted a land-warrant for 200 acres of land for property on which he had been living for about two years. A deed for this land, called Schmeyerhausen, was granted to Philip's son Daniel on 9 March 1789. In America, Philip and Maria had other children. The family was active in the Jordan Lutheran Church of South Whitehall Twp. It is believed Philip was a farmer. Philip became naturalized in Bucks Co., PA on 25 June 1743. His occupation at that time was listed as "miller". He died at Spring Creek, Lower Macungie (about one mile south of Trexlertown, PA) circa 1750. The Burgert book indicates there was a Philip Schmyer of Bucks Co., PA naturalized as a citizen on 11 April 1743 with his religious affiliation being "Quaker". It is unknown if this is the same Philip or if the Quaker designation is an error. Census records for Northampton and Lehigh Counties from 1780 through 1850 show a multitude of Schmeyers families under various spellings (Smyer, Schmeyer, Schmeier, Smoyer, Schmoyer, and Schmayer). Considering the commonality of the given names encountered, most, if not all, of these individuals are likely either children of Philip and Maria, or descendants of their children. ( Further details on the descendants of JOHANNES SCHMEYER follows the section below on the NC and TX Smyers and the section on the Schmoyer family of Lehigh Co., PA.)
Information on the children of Philip and Maria is as follows:
John (Johann Jacob) Smyre (Schmeyer). This individual is likely the forebear of the Smyre family of North Carolina and the Smyers family of Texas. Primary data on this individual and his descendants in North Carolina and Texas is from the research and biographical sketches of Ronald Wayne Smyers of Richardson, TX with some editorial changes made by and updates added from the research of William Kaffenberger of Stafford, VA. Information from research conducted by Reba Smyers Hicks of Oklahoma City, OK is also included. According to information in "German Settlements and the Lutheran Church in the Carolinas" by G. D. Bernheim, quoted by Ronald Wayne Smyers in his research, John was born on 6 April 1723. This conflicts with the marriage date of his probable parents as well as the 1728 birth date given in the German genealogy noted above. German records quoted in the Burgert book for Schmeyer immigrant families shown no John or John Jacob born in 1723. The date given in the German genealogy is probably the most accurate. After naturalization, which occurred in Bucks County, PA on the 25th of June 1743 with his occupation listed as laborer, Johann made his way to North Carolina. The Dickson book, referenced above, refers to the Johannes Schmeyer that, according to Pennsylvania Archives Series II, Vol. XVIII (p. 453), arrived in PA on 7 October 1755 as the ancestor of the NC and TX Smyers families. However, based on the fact that all other sources I have seen contradict this, I conclude that Johann Jacob, son of Philip and Maria, is the one that made the move to NC. It should be noted that some researchers believe one of the sons of Hans Franz named Johannes is the one that went to NC after coming to America in 1755. (As this is still an open question, new information on this issue is welcomed by the author!) According to sources from that era, many German settlers joined in wagon trains from PA to a new location in the colony of NC. Their migration from PA to NC was precipitated by the fact that land could not be obtained in PA without much difficulty, for the proprietors of the Province purchased the soil by small parcels from the natives, and those lands were soon taken. At that early period, no one ventured to cross the Allegheny Mountains for the purpose of settling there, therfore those seeking new homes went southward instead of westward, and kept to the east of the range of the Alleghenies, until they found unoccupied lands where they could make their settlements. "Lord Carter's land in Carolina, where the soil was cheap, presented a tempting residence to people of every denomination." (p. 151, "German Settlements and the Lutheran Church in the Carolinas" by G. D. Bernheim). Once John arrived in NC, he purchased a mill and farm from Henry Bollinger. The mill was located east of Newton in what is now Catawba County. Sometime during his settlement in Catawba, John met and married Elizabeth Keiffer, and orphan girl. Her parents were Philip and Elizabeth Barringer Keiffer but nothing else is known about them, although tradition has it that they were related to the Bost family. John and Elizabeth made their home along the Catawba River with many other PA Germans. (p. 491, "Catawba County Heritage" by Lucille M. Fulbright). From the Bible records of John and Elizabeth we find that they had six children. These children were: 1) John Smyre, who married Matilda Othello Bost; 2) Phillip; 3) Daniel; 4) Elizabeth; 5) Jacob; and 6) Catherine. John died on the 11th of February 1790, in Newton, Lincoln Co., NC, and Elizabeth died on the 18th of December 1808. They are buried at the Old St. Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery. In 1920, they had marked graves made of old field stones, but they have disappeared. (p. 490, "Catawba County Heritage"). Information on the children of John and Elizabeth and their descendants follows.
1. JOHN SMYRE FAMILY
John Smyre was a patriot in the Revolutionary War and furnished supplies according to records. He
was born on the 16th of June 1752 and died in 1837, making him approximately 85 when he died. Other
sources indicate a death date of 8 January 1846. Further research on this issue is needed. On the
17th of May 1785, John Smyre was married to Matilda Othello Bost, who was born in 1764 and died in
1834. She would have been about seventy when whe died. John is listed with the Daughters of the American Revolution as John Schmeyer/Smyer. In 1818 John gave land to Old St. Paul's Lutheran Church. The deed is recorded in Book 28 page 256 in Lincoln Co., NC. According to sources, the Smyers family was among those instrumental in progression of the Lutheran denomination in NC. (p. 492, "Catawba County Heritage").
Matilda's mother was Cathrine Goodhart, whom her father, William Bost, born about 1746, married on 18 August 1762. William Bost served in the Revolutionary War along with his four brothers: Elias (1747-1822), John (1743-1794), Jacob (1753-1830), and George (died 1808). These four brothers are listed with the DAR. Their father was Johannes Bast who was the only settler in NC by the name of Bast or Bost. The Bost family moved to NC in the autumn of 1754 and settled in a community of Germans near St. John's Lutheran Church in what is now Cabarrus Co. William, the oldest son of Johannes, and his sister Anna Marie, were confirmed on the 23r of October 1753, in Williams Township Congregation (Lutheran) Church, now St. Luke's in Northampton Co., PA.
(p. 69, "Catawba County Heritage").
John II and Matilda Smyre had ten children in their family. They were: 1) John, who married Elizabeth Shuford; 2) Daniel, born 26 April 1787, Lincoln Co., NC, married Catherine Frye on 25 January 1822, had nine children, died 24 October 1875, buried in Old Hass Graveyard, Catawba Co., NC; 3) Jacob, born 18 February 1789 in Lincoln Co., NC, married Sophia Ethel Bullinger and moved to Peary Co., Arkansas, where he died at the town of Alpine in 1875; 4) Elias, born 1 November 1791 in Lincoln Co., NC, married Elizabeth Smith in March of 1815, had a 2nd marriage to Sallie Thorton, and died on 14 August 1886; 5) David, born on 18 November 1793 in Lincoln Co., NC, married Elizabeth Poovey (Bovey), and is buried in Old St. Paul's Lutheran Church cemetery at Newton, NC; 6) George, born 17 June 1795, married Sally Rader on 24 October 1832, and died in 1860; 7) Mary Ann Genelia, born 9 September 1797 in Lincoln Co., NC, married James Hickmanon 30 November 1821, and is buried in the Ebeneezer Methodist Church cemetery; 8) Sarah "Sally", born 16 May 1799, married David Poovey on 18 December 1820, and died in 1855 and is buried in the St. Stephen's Lutheran Church cemetery in Hickory, NC; 9) Anna Katherin "Kathy", born 10 August 1802 in Lincoln Co., NC, married William Deal VI on 10 August 1824, and died on 20 October 1865 in Cald Co., NC; and 10) Elizabeth, born 8 December 1804, never married, and died in 1848.
(pp. 491-492, "Catawba County Heritage").
Daniel Smyre's wife Catherine Frye was the third child of John George Fry and Catherine "Katie" Wilfong. Catherine Wilfong was the daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Wilfong. Katie's grandfather, Johannes Wilfong (written in German as Wildfang), came from Holland in the ship St. Andrew and landed at Philadelphia on the 12th of September 1734. Catherine's father, John George Frye, was the son of Johannes Nicholaus Frey and Maria Elizabeth Papst (Pope). John's paternal grandparents, Johannes and Johaneva Frey, came to America on the ship Britannia from Rotterdam, qualifying at Philadelphia in 1731. John's maternal grandfather was Heinrich Papst. John George Fry and his wife are buried in the cemetery of Salem Lutheran and Reformed Church in Lincoln Co., NC (sec. 234, "Catawba County Heritage").
Jacob Smyre married Sophia Bullinger and moved to Peary Co., Arkansas where he made his home until his death in 1875. His children changed their name to Smyers.
David Poovey, the husband of Sarah Smyre, and Elizabeth Poovey, the wife of David Smyre, were siblings. David was the fifth child of Mathias Bovey (Poovey) Sr. and Ruth Baker, and Elizabeth was their eighth child. Mathias is buried at Old St. Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery in Newton, NC (sec. 606, "Catawba County Heritage").
JOHN SMYRE JR. FAMILY
John Jr., who would actually have been John Smyre III, was the eldest child of John and Matilda. Little is known of his life. He was born on 14 October 1785 in Catawba Co., NC. He was married to Elizabeth Shuford on the 18th of May 1809 and that to this union was born thirteen children, eight boys and five girls. Elizabeth, born in NC on 3 September 1790 and the daughter of Jacob Shuford and Margaret Hoyle, died on the 19th of October 1854 and John died on the 28th of February 1877. They are buried in Catawba Co., NC at St. John's Lutheran Church. Elizabeth's paternal grandparents were Johannes Martin Shuford Sr., born in Alrech, Germany, and his wife Mary Cleft Conrad. Elizabeth's maternal grandparents were John Heyl, born in PA (his parents were Pieter Heyl and Kathern Dales), and his wife Margaret Costner. Margaret's father was Adam Kestner.
The children of John and Elizabeth were: 1) Malinda, who married Joseph Hartman Rowe; 2) Eli, who moved to TX and married Mary Stephens; 3) Rufus, born 1812 and married 1837 to a Miss Durus; 4) Jacob, born 27 April 1813 and died 1847, who married Margaret Caroline McKee; 5) Mahala, born 27 April 1813 and probably the twin of Jacob, and died in 1847, who married Sally Rader; 6) Frank, born 1817 in Lincoln Co., NC, and married a Miss Brannon; 7) Martha, born 1822 in Lincoln Co., NC, and died in 1860 in Texas Co., MO, who married Jacob A. Smyer in Catawba Co., NC on 29 January 1845; 8) Louisa, born in 1821 in Lincoln Co., NC and died in 1828 in Lincoln Co., NC; 9) Frances, born 4 June 1825 in Lincoln Co., NC and died 17 December 1849, who married Sirus J. Frazier; 10) Genelah, a daughter born 1827 in Lincoln Co., NC and died 10 July 1898, who married C. J. Frazier; 11) Elkanah, a son born 1829 in Lincoln Co., NC; 12) Joseph Hoyle, born 1831 and died 1899, who married Mary Ross in 1854; and 13) Jones S.
Malinda Smyre, born 13 May 1810 in Lincoln Co., NC and died 29 May 1884 in NC and buried at St. John's Lutheran Church, and Joseph Hartman Rowe (1808-1868) had six children: 1) John Dallas; 2) Alonzo; 3) Elizabeth; 4) Martha Albertine; 5) Rosa Belle; and 6) Julianna.
Joseph Hoyle Smyre and his wife Mary Ross may have had a son named Joseph Franklin Smyre. There are records of an individual by this name who was born in NC in 1854. He was married to Frances Eugenia Rouse and subsequently migrated to TX. It is unclear as to whether he was married in NC or TX. This couple had at least two children: 1) Horace, born 1878 in TX; and 2) Lena Leoto, born 1880 in TX.
Jones S. Smyre, the youngest child of John and Elizabeth, and brother of Eli, was born around 1833. At Camp Fisher on the 2nd of September 1861, Jones enlisted in the Army of the Confederate States. He mustered in as a Private in the 28th Regiment Company C, who were known as the "South Fork Farmers". He was promoted to Musician between January and April 1862. During a battle at Chancellorsville, VA (which occurred on the 1st through 4th of May 1863), Jones was wounded and captured. He died at Governor's Island, New York Harbor, in prison, of wounds suffered in battle, probably sometime during the latter part of 1863. (p. 151, "North Carolina Troops 1861-1865 Vol. VIII" by Weymouth T. Jordan, Jr.).
The Civil War
The War between the states was also a war that pitted family against family and brother against brother. This held true for the Smyers family as well, as members of both the Pennsylvania and North Carolina contingents of the family fought in the war. There were members of the Smyers family representing both sides in the war. Serving on the side of the Confederate States were: Silas Smyre and L. Z. Smyre with Company A, 12th North Carolina Volunteers; Cicero M. Smyre, Robert A. Smyre, John R. Smyre, and Marcus Smyre with Company K, 46th Regiment; and Jones S. Smyre who served as Musician with Company C, 28th Regiment. Serving on the Union side during the war were, among others: Amandas Smoyer, Charles B. Smoyer, Franklin D. Smoyer, Henry Smoyer, and James Smoyer of the 176th Company A; George Smoyer Jr. of the 176th Company K, who later deserted; Jonas Smoyer of the 157th PA; Aaron Smoyer and Daniel Smoyer, Jr. of the 152nd PA; Francis Smoyer of the 147th PA; Erasmus Smoyer of the 1st Pennsylvania Artillery; Thomas Smoyer of the Infantry Squad; John B. Smyers, Philip E. Smyers, Benjamin T. Smyers, and David Lefler Smyers, all brothers of Cambria Co., PA; Daniel J. Smyers of Cambria Co., PA; Philip C. Smyers of Indiana Co., PA; John W. Smyers of Armstrong Co., PA; and his brother Philip L. Smyers, also of Armstrong Co., PA.
THE SMYERS FAMILY IN TEXAS: ELI SMYERS AND HIS DESCENDANTS
Eli was born in Catawba Co., NC on the 20th of May 1811. He was the eldest son of John Smyre Jr. and Elizabeth Shuford. Eli moved from NC to TX before TX became a state. He probably came to the Republic of Texas for the same reason his great-grandfather moved to NC, because of the promise of cheap land and wide open spaces.
In TX, sometime around 1836, Eli married Mary Ann Stephens. Mary was born in Alabama on the 22nd of May 1822, the daughter of Edward Stephens and Julia Ann Perkins. She was born in NC and was six years older than Eli. She was also reportedly a midwife by occupation. Julia had been previously married to a man named John Ogletree. In 1838, Eli paid a poll tax to the Republic of Texas. At the time of this collection, Eli lived in Red River Co. Eli's name is recorded as "Eli Snyers" in the 1838 tax records. In 1840, Eli had moved to Fannin Co. and was charged a poll tax, as well as a tax on a silver watch, by the Republic of Texas. There was not a notation made on the tax rolls of Eli owning land at that time. According to the 1850 Census of Lamar Co., Eli was listed as a 41 year old farmer who was married to Mary A. and they had four children: John E., age 10, Francis E., age 8, Julia A., age 6, and William F., age 4. Also, we find that Mary's widowed mother Julia E. Stephens, age 47, was living with the family on their farm. Eli's name is recorded as "Eber Miers" in the 1850 Census. Eli did not serve as a soldier in the Civil War, but he did serve as a Commissioner for the State of Texas during that war, in charge of taking care of the indigent families of soldiers killed in battle. Six days before the surrender of Lee at Appomattox, the Lamar Co. court performed some of its final acts. Included among these acts was the attempt to make settlement with its commissioners. Eli reported he had received from the county treasurer $1,292.45 and had spent $1,427.21. This meant that Eli had spent $134.76 of his own money to cover the expenses incurred while caring for these families. The Lamar Co. court issued drafts payable to the commissioners for the amounts they had spent over what they had recieved. These drafts were payable in Confederate money, wholly worthless by the time Eli and the other commissioners received them. (p. 134,"The History of Lamar County" by A. W. Neville). Mary died on the 22nd of July 1853 shortly after the birth of her sixth child, Sarah, who was single and living with Eli as late as the 1880 census. Eli died on the 9th of January 1883. Both are buried in Long Cemetery near Powderly, Lamar Co., TX. Eli and Mary had a total of six children: 1) John E., who is not mentioned in any documentation after the 1850 census, born circa 1841 in Lamar Co., TX; 2) Francis Elizabeth, who married Milton D. Harrell; 3) Julia Ann, who married Carroll C. Mullins; 4) William Franklin, who married Malinda Caroline Mullins; 5) Mary Charlotte "Mollie", born 8 April 1851 in Lamar Co., TX and died on 11 January 1883, who married P. C. Peoples on 29 February 1876, and is buried in Long Cemetery near the grave of Eli; and 6) Sarah Elizabeth, who married William Nixon and had a second marriage to Daniel Rhoads.
FRANCIS ELIZABETH SMYERS HARRELL FAMILY
Francis Elizabeth, the eldest daughter of Eli and Mary Smyers, was born about 1843 in Lamar Co., TX. She married Milton D. Harrell, born about 1836 in Tennessee, on 6 June 1861 in Lamar Co., TX. They had the following children: 1) John, born about 1864; 2) Lemroy, born about 1867; 3) Adrian, born about 1869; 4) Virginius, born about 1869; 5) Anna, born about 1871; and 6) Mary, born about 1872.
JULIA ANN SMYERS MULLINS FAMILY
Julia Ann, the third child of Eli and Mary Smyers, was born on 23 June 1845 in Lamar Co., TX. She married Carroll C. Mullins, born about 1843 in Tennessee, on 22 May 1868. They had the following children: 1) W., born about 1869; 2) J. E., born about 1872; 3) J. L., born about 1873; 4) M. J., born about 1874; 5) C. C., born about 1877; and 6) S. E., born about 1879.
SARAH ELIZABETH SMYERS FAMILY
Sarah Elizabeth, the youngest child of Eli and Mary Smyers, was born in Lamar Co., TX on the 22nd of April 1853. She married William C. Nixon, who was born on the 1st of June 1861 in Lamar Co., TX, on 12 August 1880. They had the following children: 1) Martha Jane, who was born on the 17th of July 1881 in Lamar Co., TX and married Isaac Louis Conder who was born on the 11th of March 1882 at Indian Trail, Union Co., NC; 2) Mary Elisha, who was born on the 17th of July 1881 and was the twin of Martha Jane; 3) William Eli, who was born on the 23rd of January 1883 in Lamar Co., TX and married Bertie Roberts Saffell; 4) James Frank, who was born on the 24th of October 1885 in Powderly, Lamar Co., TX. He was married to Betha Elizabeth "Babe" Conder, who was born on the 12th of March 1890 at McCalla, Jefferson Co., Alabama. They had two children, one of whom was James Frank Nixon Jr. who was born on the 3rd of May 1921 at Burkburnett, Wichita Co., TX, with the other child being Melba Charlene Nixon, born 23 April 1919 in Powderly, Lamar Co., TX, who married Hunter Midkiff; and 5) Frances Cailine who was born on the 7th of November 1886 at Lamar Co., TX.
WILLIAM FRANKLIN SMYERS FAMILY
William Franklin Smyers, the second son of Eli and Mary Smyers, was born in TX on the 4th of April 1847, and, on the 20th of March 1870, married Malinda Caroline Mullins. She was born on 2 June 1850, probably in Tennessee, and she died on 27 October 1908 in Lamar Co., TX. William Franklin listed his occupation as farmer in several census reports. William hauled freight by wagon to Paris from Jefferson when Jefferson was the head of navigation along the Red River. He died at 10 o'clock Sunday morning at the home of his son Pleas Alexander near Powderly, TX. William died on the 19th of January 1933 at the age of 85 and is buried in Long Cemetery beside his wife. Malinda Caroline Mullins was born in Tennessee as were her parents, whose names are not known. According to Robert E. Smyers, Malinda was a Cherokee Indian. Malinda died at the age of 58 and is buried in Long Cemetery. William and Malinda had four children, all of whom were boys: 1) William Coleman, who married Edna Rhoades; 2) John Warren, who married Mattie Rhoades; 3) Martin Tobias, who married Eliza Ann Frederick; and 4) Pleas Alexander, who married Leonia Maggard.
WILLIAM COLEMAN SMYERS FAMILY
William Coleman was the eldest son of William Franklin Smyers and Malinda Caroline Mullins. He was born in TX on the 23rd of November 1870. He was a farmer and also worked for the county. He married Edna Ann Rhoades, born 11 August 1873 in Searcy, Arkansas and died on 2 January 1957. They were married on 11 January 1894. Her parents were Daniel and Sarah Thompson Rhoads. The children of William and Edna: 1) Minnie Ethel, who married Josiah Lee Wilson Sr.; 2) William Warren "Bill", who married Mary Alice Robinson; 3) Joseph Allen, who married first Ruth Foster and second Hilda Berniece Lauderdale; 4) Edith Delora, who married Hubert Lee Tilson; 5) Mamie Eudora, born 1 January 1903 at Powderly, Lamar Co., TX, who married Bill Young Moore; 6) Ellen "Nora", who married Vester Monroe Matlock; 7) Callie Opal, born 12 July 1906 at Powderly, Lamar Co., TX, who married first Bill Beverly, second Harold Fourgerson, and third Vernon Beatty; 8) Lester Homer "Dick", born 29 July 1911 in Powderly, Lamar Co., TX and died on 11 April 1974 and is buried in Long Cemetery, who married Florence Matthews Westbrooks on 29 December 1939; 9) Etta Theo, born 21 January 1915 at Powderly, Lamar Co., TX and married to William Elton Lee; 10) Omah Cleo, born 21 January 1915 at Powderly, Lamar Co., TX and likely a twin of Etta Theo, and married to Daniel Bernard Boone; and 11) Norma Evelyn, born 18 June 1918 at Powderly, Lamar Co., TX, who married William Albert Jones on 19 May 1939 at Waco, TX. William Coleman Smyers died on 23 June 1953. He and his wife are buried in Coor Cemetery, Jefferson, TX. William enjoyed hunting, fishing, and raising his own tobacco.
MINNIE ETHEL SMYERS WILSON FAMILY
Minnie Ethel, the eldest child of William Coleman Smyers and Edna Ann Rhoades, was born on the 29th of December 1894. She married Josiah Lee Wilson Sr. on the 15th of May 1914. Josiah was born on the 7th of January 1889. He worked in production for the Gulf Corporation. He was a public school trustee for several terms, and was a Southern Baptist. His parents were Alfred A. and Mary Catherine Holleman Wilson. Minnie and Josiah were the parents of the following children: 1) Josiah Lee "Bud" Jr.; 2) Leona Ellen, who married John Nathaniel Davis; 3) Willis Woodrow, who married Fannie Lelia Davis; 4) Imogene, who married Richard Mincer; 5) Walter Lewis; 6) Alfred Coleman, who married Beverly June Taylor; 7) Tommy Alvin, who married first Dorothy Miles and second Betty Marie Bates; and 8) William Gordon "Billy", who married Maurice Raye Ward. Josiah Lee Sr. died on the 23rd of July 1984 and Minnie died on the 5th of June 1985 in Marshall, TX. Minnie loved raising her family and providing for numerous neighbor children. She belonged to the Southern Baptist Church.
Josiah Lee, the eldest child of Josiah Lee Wilson Sr. and Minnie Ethel, was born on the 3rd of April 1915 in Powderly, TX. His nicknames were "Bud" and "Little Joe". He graduated from Jefferson High School. He worked for Gulf Pipeline, starting as a Pipeliner and working his way all the way up to the position of Pump Station Supervisor. Josiah married Eunice B. Light on the 14th of November 1936 in Bossier City, LA. She was born on 25 December 1917 and is the daughter of W. Russell and Oma B. Allen Light. She also attended Jefferson High School. She worked as a Dry Goods Clerk. She enjoyed sewing and mission work as a hobby. She currently resides in Goldsmith, TX. Josiah and Eunice had the following two children: 1) Glenis Carolyn, who was born on the 3rd of December 1938 in Jefferson, TX; and 2) Josiah Lee III, who was born on the 7th of November 1940 in Jefferson, TX. Josiah Jr. retired from Gulf Pipeline after 41 years 8 months and served as Mayor of Goldsmith, TX from 1974 until 1984. He also held positions as a volunteer fire department Fire Chief and a councilman. He belonged to the Baptist Church and was a member of Trailer Town Travel Club. Josiah Lee Jr. died on 11 April 1991.
Glenis Carolyn Wilson graduated from Lucedale MS High School and attended Meadows Draughn Business School. On 6 June 1958 she married J. Curtis Tanner in Lucedale, MS. Glenis has been employed as a secretary in various states and is currently with Exxon Geological Department. J. Curtis served in the US Army. Glenis enjoys cooking. The couple attends First Baptist Church of Gardendale, TX. They have two children: 1) James Patrick Tanner, born 4 October 1965; and 2) Susan Lee Tanner, born 25 June 1968.
Josiah Lee Wilson III also graduated from Lucedale High School and attended Mississippi Southern University for a time and studied journalism. He was married to Eva Lena Zeagler in Baton Rouge, LA on 7 April, year not available. Josiah has worked reporting for various papers such as Oil Editor, Odessa American, Shreveport Times and so forth. He is now self employed in the antique furniture business, and his wife is a clothing specialist for the L.S.U. Extension Service. Josiah enjoys rebuilding wicker furniture and fishing, and his wife enjoys home economics and 4-H activities. The attend the Baptist church. They have two children: 1) Mary Eunice Wilson, born 23 October 1974; and 2) Josiah Lee Wilson IV, born 3 August 1977.
Leona Ellen Wilson, the second child of Josiah Lee and Minnie Ethel Smyers Wilson, was born 6 October 1917 in Powderly, TX. She attended Jefferson High School. She was married on 12 January 1936 to John Nathaniel Davis Sr. He was born on 30 March 1910, the son of Dan and Ida Davis of Jefferson, TX. He attended Hartsell High School. He worked for the Gulf Oil Company at Potter Station, TX. His hobby was his family, as was that of Leona. He died in 1984. She died on 11 April 1977. The couple attended the Southern Baptist Church. They had four children: 1) John Nathaniel Davis Jr., born 6 February 1937; 2) Walter Louis Davis, born 16 October 1941; 3) Michael Gene Davis, born 4 October 1945; and 4) Richard Lynn Davis, born 1 December 1954.
John Nathaniel Davis Jr. attended high school in Powderly, TX and Dewitt, AK. He was married to Linda Marie Pearman on 13 January 1957. She was born on 2 April 1938 in Dewitt, AK. John worked as a supervisor for the US Postal Service, and Linda was a legal secretary in Shreveport, LA. John retired from the Air Force in 1977. His hobbies are fishing and working in his yard. The couple attends the Southern Baptist Church. They have two children: 1) Robert John Davis, born 6 December 1958; and 2) James Lee Davis, born 10 September 1960.
Walter Louis Davis attended high school in Dewitt, AK and Greenwood, IN. He married Shirley Ann Pierce, born 6 February 1943, on 18 May 1968. Walter was a sales representative for Keebler. He served in the Navy. His hobby was working in his yard. This family attends the Baptist church. Walter died on 9 January 1991. Walter and Shirley had two children: 1) Walter L. Davis, Jr., born 16 October 1969; and 2) Tammy Davis.
Michael Gene Davis attended Greenwood IN High School. He married Linda Marie Whiteside, born 10 October 1947, on 7 March 1966 at the Greedwood Christian Church. Mike is a conductor for Conrail and Linda is a library assistant in Indianapolis, IN. Mike served in the Air Force. His hobbies are fishing, hunting, camping, and working in his yard. The couple belongs to the American Baptist Church. They have two children: 1) Thomas Gale Davis, born 6 July 1967 at Great Falls, Montana, attended Purdue University, graduated December of 1989, married Beth Marshall; and 2) Timothy Scott Davis, born 14 February 1970 at Franklin, IN, also attended Purdue, graduating in 1994.
Richard Lynn Davis attended high school in Greenwood, IN and Kimundy, IL. He is married to Helen. He is a city employee in Shreveport, LA. They have one child, Andy Davis.
The third child of Josiah and Minnie Ethel Smyers Wilson was Willis Woodrow Wilson Sr. He was born on 29 October 1919 in Powderly, TX. He attended high school. He was married to Fannie Lelia Davis on 8 June 1940. Willis was a Methodist minister for 17 years in such diverse places as Texas, Alabama, and Mississippi. He also worked as an operation supervisor for Gulf Pipe Line Co. He is now retired. During WW II, he was with the US Army Corps serving with the Medics. Since his retirement in 1984, he enjoys arts and crafts as his hobby. They have three children: 1) Willis W. Wilson, Jr., born 3 March 1941; 2) Sharlett Ann Wilson, born 13 January 1943; and 3) Glenda Nell Wilson, born 4 December 1944. Willis Wilson Jr. attended high school. He married Cynthia Ann Hofheins, born 8 April 1943, on 28 October 1959 in Bay Minette, AL. Willis worked as a District Manager for Genesco and Cynthia worked for Winn Dixie. Willis spent four years in the US Air Force. His hobbies are fishing and hunting. They attend the Methodist Church. They have three children: 1) Cinthia Ann Wilson, born 17 August 1961, married to Bill Roden with one daughter, Heather Nicole Roden, born 11 July 1986; 2) John Woodrow Wilson, born 17 July 1968; and 3) Dana Marie Wilson, born 13 November 1972.
Sharlett Ann Wilson attended high school and business school. She married Jimmie Lee Van Winkle, born 27 August 1939, on 19 September 1964. She is a secretary for an oil company and he is self employed, owning road and dirt moving equipment. Sharlett enjoys decorating homes and playing the organ and piano for the Baptist church. She also belongs to the Baptist Women's Club. The couple has one child adopted from Jimmie's prior marriage, Randall Glenn (Mitchell) Van Winkle, born 4 April 1963. Their own child, Shelli Annite Van Winkle, was born on 30 December 1968.
Glenda Nell Wilson attended high school and then two years of college at TCU. She married Jack Arnold Modisette on 9 October 1965 at Wortham, Freestone Co., TX. Glenda is a housewife and Jack works as an operator in a paper mill. Glenda's hobbies are working with youth in both church and school. The family attends the Baptist church. They have two children: 1) Alicia Gaye Modisette, born 21 January 1971; and 2) Aimee Michell Modisette, born 19 November 1975.
The fourth child of Josiah and Minnie Ethel Smyers Wilson was Imogene. She was born on 24 October 1921 in Greenville, TX. She attended Jefferson TX High School and the University of Texas where she majored in Business Management. She married Richard William Mincer, born 12 January 1929. Both worked for the civil service. Imogene was a WAC during WW II and Richard was a US Army paratrooper. Imogene is Methodist and Richard is Catholic.
The fifth child of Josiah and Minnie Ethel Smyers Wilson is Walter Louis Wilson. He was born on 30 June 1923 at Potter Point, Marion Co., TX. He attended Jefferson High School. His hobby was hunting. Sad to say, he died in Jefferson, TX on 25 November 1939 in a hunting accident.
The sixth child of Josiah and Minnie Ethel Smyers Wilson is Alfred Coleman Wilson. He was born on 12 January 1925 in Jefferson, TX. He attended Jefferson High School. He married Beverly June Taylor on 22 May 1951. She was born in Hollis, OK on 16 January 1934. He was a manufacture representative for the Bink Manufacturing Co. prior to retirement. The couple attends the Baptist church. They currently reside in Florida. They have two children: 1) Alfreda June Wilson, born 1 March 1955; and 2) Karen Renee Wilson, born 7 May 1957.
Alfreda June Wilson attended John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City, OK, and beauty school and business school in the same town. She married William Briggs, but they later divorced. She works as a hair stylist. She attends the Methodist church and now resides in Florida. She and her former husband have one child, William Clayton Briggs, born 17 December 1978 in Oklahoma City, OK.
Karen Renee Wilson attended John Marshall High School. Later, she attended Central State College in Edmond, OK, majoring in computer science and business. She married Guisepio Lasavio. She works for Hertz Rental Car Co., and he works for the Oklahoma City Gold and Country Club. She is Methodist and he is Catholic. They now live in Florida. They have two children.
The seventh child of Josiah and Minnie Ethel Smyers Wilson is Thomas Alvin Wilson, Sr. His nickname is "Tommy". He was born on 13 August 1926. He attended Potter and Gray Elementary School and Jefferson High School. He later attended Meadow Draughans Business School and Morton Business College. He also attended Centenary College of Louisiana, majoring in Louisiana Law. He was married first to Dorothy Miles on 23 January 1948, by whom he had one child. He was married second to Betty Marie Bates on 19 June 1954, by whom he had three children. He worked as a bus driver, then served in the US Navy and the US Marine Corps, and is presently an Attorney at Law in Shreveport, LA. His hobbies are fishing, pistol shooting, conservation, pigeon racing, and duck hunting. He is also a seminar motivation speaker and a humorist. He was initially a Baptist, but later affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. His children: 1) Thomas A. Wilson, Jr., born 13 March 1949; 2) Marie Estelle Wilson, born 28 September 1955; 3) John Thomas Wilson, born 31 December 1957; and 4) Madeline Elizabeth Wilson, born 6 June 1960.
The eighth child of Josiah and Minnie Ethel Smyers Wilson was William Gordon Wilson, Sr. His nickname was "Billy". He was born on 17 February 1931 at Potter Point, Jefferson, TX. He attended Jefferson High School. He went for two semesters to San Antonio College and took one course at the University of Maryland. He married Maurice Raye Ward on 28 December 1948. He served in the US Army and is now retired, and she worked as chief deputy clerk for the US Bankruptcy Court until retirement. William received numerous medals and citations during his army career. His hobbies are fishing lures, stamp collecting, and some coin collecting, and she likes fishing and building blue bird nesting boxes. The couple is affiliated with the Pinecroft Baptist Church, where William is a deacon. They have three children: 1) Carole Raye Wilson, born 7 October 1951; 2) Janet Lynn Wilson, born 12 April 1954; and 3) William Gordon Wilson, Jr., born 27 May 1959.
Carole Raye Wilson attended Edgewood MD High School. She has a B.A. in Biology from the University of Texas in Austin, and a Master's Degree in Library Science from Sam Houston State University. She married Michael Bell, Sr. on 20 May 1972. He has a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Texas at Arlington, a M.Ed. from the same university, a Master of Library Science from North Texas State, an A.B.D. in Library Science from the University of North Texas, and a Ph.D. in Media Science from the University of Texas. Carole has been a science and French teacher, and is currently a librarian at Brown Middle School in McAllen, TX. Michael works as a Spanish teacher and librarian, and previously was a Director of Public Relations and Library Science at LaJoya, TX and Director of Public Relations Services at McAllen Texas Community College. Carole's hobbies are reading, bird watching, and going to swim meets. They have one child, Michael David Bell, Jr., born 28 March 1977.
Janet Lynn Wilson has an Associate in Science degree from Louisiana State, an Associate in Art and Science degree from Northlake El Centre Community College, and also attended Tarrant County Community College. She has worked as a junior and senior stenographer as well as a secretary and an emergency department registration assistant. Her hobbies are baking, reading, and working jigsaw puzzles. She attends the Baptist church.
William Gordon Wilson Jr. was born at Neuilly, Sur Sein, Paris, France. He attended Woodlawn High School in Shreveport, LA. He has a B.A. in English from Northeast Louisiana University. He married Mary Lynn O'Barr on 23 May 1981. She has a B.S. in Nursing from Northwestern State University at Natchitoches, LA. She has worked as a Registered Nurse instructor at Louisiana Tech University, and is a Registered Nurse at St. Frances Hospital (OB-GYN) Armstrong Clinic at Monroe, LA. William is a Deputy Sheriff for Quachita Parish, LA. He is also an Education and Training Officer as well as a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Officer in the public schools of Quachita Parish, LA. William's hobbies are reading, hunting, fishing, and bird watching. The couple attends the North Monroe Baptist Church, and William also belongs to the Louisiana Peace Officers Association and the Louisiana Sheriffs Association. They have two children: 1) Jared Alan Wilson, born 17 August 1984; and 2) Zachary Sean Wilson, born 28 July 1988.
WILLIAM WARREN SMYERS FAMILY
William Warren Smyers, known as "Bill" to friends and family, was born on the 13th of September 1986 in Powderly, TX. His birth certificate was witnessed by his uncle M. T. Smyers. He had brown eyes and was 5 feet 11 1/2 inches tall. Bill was said to resemble his father in the way he walked and other mannerisms. He went to school until the fifth grade, quitting because a teacher wanted to punish him for something he did not do. After school, he moved to a place called Moisure Spurr, which no longer exists but was near Clayton, OK. There he lived with a brother of Melinda Mullins Smyers. Bill served in the Army in WW I, spending some time in France. When he enlisted, he weighed 170 pounds. Upon his return, he was among the soldiers who paraded through the city of New York. He served as General Supervisor of Chestnut and Smith. This company was later taken over by T. K. Smith and renamed Pioneer Gas and Oil. In the 1920's, Pioneer was the largest oil company in Oklahoma. Bill married Mary Alice Robinson on Christmas Day, 1922 at Paris, TX. She was born on 12 October 1902 in Powderly, TX and was the daughter of Jim A. and Sarah Jane Secrest Robinson. She loved parties and homemaking duties. Bill retired from Pioneer at the age of 65. He died on 20 November 1974 and is buried at the Floral Haven Mausoleum, Broken Arrow, OK. Bill loved fishing, hunting, and gardening, and was a Methodist. Mary worked at Douglas Aircraft during WW II. They had one child, Robert E. Smyers.
Robert Eugene "Bob" Smyers was born on the 9th of February 1927 at St. John Hospital in Tulsa, OK and was the only child of Bill and Mary Alice. Bob graduated from Bixby High School in Bixby, OK. On the 9th of March, 1956 he married Helen Marie Fritze. They have one child named Sandra Cheri who was born on the 1st of April 1960. Robert was a shift supervisor and a utility power plant operator for a Public Service Company before his retirement on 1 September 1986. He served in the US Coast Guard from 1945 to 1955. His hobbies are fishing, hunting, gardening, and reading history. The couple is affiliated with the Christian Church.
Sandra Cheri Smyers, whose nicknames are "Termite" and "Sandy", attended East Central High School in Tulsa, OK, and Tulsa Junior College. She married Dana Mark Cook on 31 December 1990. He was born on 29 December 1959 in Albany, GA. He is the son of Daniel Clarence and Janice Faye McFee Cook. He attended Westover High School in Albany, GA. He attended the Cleveland School of Electronics as well as the Spartan School of Aeronautics. He helped run his father's business, Cook's Appliances, in Albany, GA, until 1980. At that point he moved to Tulsa, OK and opened his own business, also called Cook's Appliances. His hobbies are aircraft such as radio controlled planes, woodworking, and sports. Sandra has worked as a data entry operator, a computer operator, and a programmer. Her hobbies are gardening, sports, and crafts. The couple has one child, Valerie Elayne Cook, born at St. Francis Hospital, Tulsa, OK on 30 November 1991. She currently resides in Tulsa, OK.
JOSEPH ALLEN SMYERS FAMILY
Joseph Allen "Joe" Smyers was born on the 9th of September 1898 in Powderly, TX and he was the third child of William Coleman Smyers and Edna Ann Rhoades. He attended Powderly and Palestine schools. He worked for Warren Petroleum and Gulf Oil Company in numerous locations. On the 13th of September 1919 he married Ruth Morrow Foster. They were married in Paris, TX in the office of Justice Allen. Ruth's parents were Rufus King and Florence Foster. Joseph and Ruth had one child, Christine Lucille. Ruth died on the 19th of March 1926. She had been ill since the 10th of March 1926 with appendicitis and, following surgery, developed pneumonia.
Christine Lucille, the only child of Joseph and Ruth, was born on the 10th of December 1920 in Paris, TX. She attended Capital Hill Junior High and High School in Oklahoma City, OK. She also attended Powderly School in Powderly, TX through the tenth grade. She did not graduate. On the 25th of January 1940 in Hugo, OK Christine married Ernest Thurman "Buddy" Matthews of Powderly, TX. Buddy was born on the 24th of January 1916 in Paris, Lamar Co., TX. His parents were Baxter Napoleon and Dora Jane West Matthews. He attended a small country school to 9th grade and then the Pee Dee School but did not graduate. He served in the Navy in 1945 as a Seaman Second Class. His hobbies were watching ball games and wrestling. He was a member of the Methodist Church. He did body and frame work on automobiles and was also a millwright. Christine was a housewife, but also worked in the food service area for the Pasadena Independent School District. Her hobbies were watching television and embroidering. She was a member of the Christian Church. Buddy died on 3 October 1977 at a nursing home. Christine currently resides at the Oak Sahdows Retirement Community. They had three children: 1) Willard Ray; 2) Joe Albert; and 3) Ernestine Louise.
Willard Ray, the eldest child of Ernest Thurman and Christine Lucille, was born on the 5th of August 1941 in Ft. Smith, Sebastian Co., Arkansas. He attended Oak Cliff Junior High in Dallas, TX and Pasadena High School, graduating in 1959. He also attended Texas A&M University in Bryan, TX. On the 16th of August 1961 he married his high school sweetheart and prom date Glenda Joyce Howe. They were married in Houston, TX. Willard did elevator maintenance for the Otis Elevator Co., and Glenda was a housewife, x-ray technician, and nurse. Willard enjoyed ball games and animals. They belonged to the Methodist Church. They had four children, all of whom were born in Pasadena, TX: 1) Christopher Ray, born on the 13th of January 1962; 2) Craig Bryan, born on the 6th of February 1966; 3) Jason Kyle, born on the 15th of October 1969; and 4) Keith Warren, born on the 16th of April 1972. Willard Ray died on the 26th of April 1965 in Houston, TX and is buried in Magnolia Cemetery in Magnolia, TX.
Joe Albert, the second child of Ernest and Christine, was born on the 4th of February 1943 at St. Joseph Hospital in Paris, TX. He graduated from Pasadena High School and married his prom date Julia Ann Benson on the 3rd of July 1962. They were married at the Second Baptist Church. Joe worked as a machinist for the Lubersal Refinery in Deer Park, TX, and Julia worked for an insurance company and for the Deer Park School District. Joe also served four years in the Navy, from May of 1962 to 1966. They are members of the Presbyterian Church. They have three children: 1) Joey Allen, born on the 19th of April 1966 in San Diego, CA; 2) Kimberly Ann, born on the 25th of September 1969 in Pasadena, TX; and 3) Kaven Scott, born on the 12th of December 1970 in Pasadena, TX.
Ernestine Louise, the daughter of Ernest and Christine, was born on the 13th of March 1952 in Dallas, TX. She graduated from Rayborn High School, Pasadena, TX. On the 3rd of December 1977 she married Arland Dee Wilkinson of Houston, TX. They were married six years, divorcing in 1982. Ernestine has worked for Church's Fried Chicken, the City of Houston, Magna Chemical Company, and Baker Performance Company. Her former husband was a truck driver. Ernestine enjoys crocheting, softball, bowling, and bingo. She attends the Methodist church. They have one child, Cortney Dee Ann who was born on the 14th of December 1978 in Pasadena, Harris Co., TX. Ernestine has worked for Church's Fried Chicken, the City of Houston, and Magna Chemical Company while Arland is a truck driver.
Ernest Thurman died on the 3rd of October 1977 and is buried at Grandview Cemetery, Pasadena, TX. Christine is a housewife and also worked for the Pasadena Independent School District.
On the 21st of November 1928, Joseph married his second wife Hilda Bernice Lauderdale in Sapulpa, Creek Co., OK. Hilda was born on the 13th of July 1909 at Webber Falls, OK. Her parents were John Henry and Josephine Burr Lauderdale. Hilda's fraternal grandparents were John Lauderdale and Bettie Griffin. Her maternal grandparents were Benjamin and Charlotte Burr. Hilda enjoyed poetry, crafts, sewing, and her home and family. Joseph and Hilda's children: 1) Reba Evelyn; 2) Patricia Joann; 3) Margaret Helen; and 4) Beverly Sue, born in Kansas. Hilda died on 8 October 1955 and was buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Pauls Valley, OK on 10 October 1955. On the 28th of July 1958 Joe was married a third time to Kathleen Kimberlin Williams in Gainsville, TX. She was married twice before she married Joe. She was born on 8 May 1916 in Pauls Valley. Her parents were Harvey Dean and Mary Susan Kimberlin Williams. She attended Whitebead School. She worked for two years in Polly's Dress Shop in Pauls Valley. Her hobby was crafts she attended the Whitebead Methodist Church. Joe lived in the Whitebead Community for 33 years and was an engineer for Gulf Oil for 32 years. He also worked for Warren Petroleum at one time. He retired about 1965 after working 32 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pauls Valley. He died on the 2nd of August 1991 of cancer and was interred at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Pauls Valley, OK. He was 92 years old. His hobbies were fishing, hunting, and gardening.
Reba Evelyn, the eldest daughter of Joseph and Hilda, was born on the 30th of June 1930 in Oklahoma City, OK. She attended schools in Hawkins, TX and Maysville, OK, graduating in May 1949. She also attended Hills Business School in 1950 and Vo-Tech School in Ardmore, OK. She married George Stocker Hicks of Moore, OK on the 5th of March 1955 at the Olivet Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, OK. He was born on 15 August 1930. Bro. Grady Cothan officiated at the marriage. George was employed by the Atlantic Richfield Oil Co from 1955 to 1975. He quit to start his own business. They later divorced. He died in March of 1991. Reba has worked for the Oklahoma Lung Association in Oklahoma City, Memorial Hospital of Ardmore, Oklahoma Employment Security in Oklahoma City, and the State of Oklahoma Department of Human Services. Reba enjoys sewing, crafts, reading, and loves her family. She is affiliated with the Southern Hills Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. Reba and George had two children: 1) Nancy Diane; and 2) Jeffrey Allan.
Nancy Diane, daughter of Reba and George Hicks, was born on the 10th of March 1957 in Carmi, IL. She attended Plainview High School in Ardmore. She graduated from East Central University in Ada, OK in 1979 and also attended the University of Central Oklahoma. She married Walter Thomas Fleming on the 18th of July 1981. Walter was born on the 16th of December 1943 at Polly Clinic in Oklahoma City, OK. His parents were Walter E. and Susan Evelyn Martin Nelson. He attended Putnam City High School and was in the Navy from the 18th of September 1962 until the 18th of September 1966 serving in the Philippines and Vietnam as a Petty Officer 3rd Class on the USS DeHaven, and OD 727 Destroyer. Nancy is a computer analyst and homemaker and is going into the teaching field. Her husband works with AT&T as a computer coordinator. He enjoys woodworking, yardwork, gardening, and antiques. Nancy's hobbies are sewing and crafts. The couple is affiliated with Council Road Baptist Church of Bethany, OK. They have four children: 1) James Arnold, who was born on the 26th of August 1963 (adopted from previous marriage); 2) Dee Ann, who was born on the 19th of August 1965 (Dee Ann was also adopted from a previous marriage); 3) Deidra Kay, who was born on the 1st of August 1968; and 4) Stephanie Gayle, who was born on the 4th of January 1985 at Presbyterian Hospital in Oklahoma City, OK. She attends Mustang Valley Grade School in Mustang, OK. She received an award for reading over 1,000 books in first grade. She received an award in second grade for reading over 1,000 books and also another award for reading the most in the school. She was the first in her class to learn all of her multiplication tables.
Jeffrey Allan, son of Reba and George Hicks, was born on the 12th of October 1959 in Carmi, IL. He graduated from Plainview High School in Ardmore, OK in 1978. He matriculated from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK in 1982 and graduated from O.S.U. College of Veterinarian Medicine in 1986. Jeffrey married Sarah Lynn Baker on the 9th of June 1984 in Tom, OK at the home of her parents James Baker and Sybil Pierce. She was born on 27 June 1960 at Little River Memorial Hospital in Ashdown, AK. She attended Haworth High School, O.S.U. majoring in home economics, and East Central University where she earned a Masters Degree in elementary education. She is a public school teacher currently employed as a kindergarten teacher in the Holdenville school system. Her hobbies are sewing, reading, and fishing, and she is a member of the Church of Christ and the E.S.A. sorority. Jeffrey's hobbies include hunting, fishing, collecting duck and geese decoys, carving, martial arts and raising and training labrador retrievers. He is the owner and operator of the Animal Clinic in Holdenville, OK. The couple is affiliated with the Church of Christ in Holdenville and Jeffrey is involved with the Lions Club as well as the AVMA. Jeff and Sarah have one child, Robyn Elizabeth. Robyn was born on the 23rd of April 1992 at Valley View Hospital in Ada, OK.
Patricia Joan "Pat", the second daughter of Joseph Allen and Hilda Berniece, was born on the 23rd of July 1932. She attended school in Hawkins, TX as well as Maysville High School in Maysville, OK. She also attended the Hills Business School in Oklahoma City, OK. She also attended Tulsa University Real Estate School. On the 16th of May 1953 she married Gaylord Lavern Walker of Tulsa, OK. Bro. Grady Cothan officiated at the ceremony. They were married at the Olivet Baptist Church in Okalhoma City, OK. Gaylord was born in Tulsa, OK on 30 November 1930, the son of Lavern and Nadine Ward Walker. He attended Tulsa and Rogers High School in Tulsa, OK. He was inducted for Control Tower Operator at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi in 1951 and served in Korea. In 1957 Gaylord graduated from Tulsa University. He worked for Purolator Productions and for Continental Emsco Inc. He was affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in Tulsa, OK. Gaylord died on the 18th of December 1968. They had three children: 1) Mark Edward; 2) Richard Alan; and 3) Clayton Brian, who was born on the 17th of September 1957 in Tulsa, OK. Pat later was married to John Engbrock of Houston, TX on 9 June 1990. They later divorced. Pat has worked for Sooner Federal Savings and Loan Assn., in sales for Detrick Realtors, as co-owner of the Velvet Closet Boutique in Tulsa, OK, and at present works for Richard Peters Furs of Houston, TX. Her hobbies are reading and tennis. She attends the United Methodist Church in Houston, TX.
Mark Edward, the eldest child of Patricia and Gaylord, was born on the 24th of March 1954 at Tinker Air Force Base, Midwest City, OK. He graduated from Tulsa Central High in 1973 and has also attended Tulsa Junior College, University of Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State University. On the 26th of June 1981 he married Sharon Jack and they have two children: 1) Sarah Katherine, who was born on the 13th of November 1982 in Norman, OK; and 2) Joseph Gaylord, who was born on the 16th of October 1985. Mark and Sharon are now divorced. Mark was married second to Barbara Kueny on the 15th of March 1992 at Brookside Chapel in Oklahoma City, OK. Barbara was born on the 24th of September 1955 in Akron, OH and is the daughter of Paul and Ellen Hansen Kueny. She attended high school in Rock Rapids, Iowa. She has worked as a secretary, in home health care, and as the manager of a movie theater. She enjoys crocheting, sewing, reading, and gardening. She is a charismatic Christian. Barbara has three children from a previous marriage: 1) Josh Kueny, who was born on the 21st of October 1981 in San Diego, CA; 2) David Willis, who was born on the 31st of May 1983 in San Diego, CA; and 3) Michelle Kueny, who was born on the 13th of December 1988 in Nags Head, NC. Mark and Barbara have twins, Clayton Richard and Robert Warren, who were born on the 15th of July 1992 in Oklahoma City, OK. Mark was a Framing Contractor from 1975 until 1987 and is now the owner and operator of the Appliance Shop in Norman, OK. His hobbies are reading, fishing, and baseball. He attends a charismatic Christian fellowship.
Richard Alan who was born on the 20th of July 1955 in Tulsa, OK is the second son of Gaylord Lavern and Patricia Joan. He graduated from Central High School in Tulsa, OK. He also graduated from Oklahoma University and Oklahoma Law School with a Doctorate in Law and has passed the Illinois Bar. Richard has worked for Harold's in Norman, OK, Walker Construction in Norman, OK, taught English at the French High School in Paris, France, and also worked for an Oklahoma Supreme Court Judge in IL. He is now with the firm of Alder, Caplin, and Bagey of Chicago. Richard lives in Chicago, IL. He enjoys foreign travel, art and art history, architectural design, gourmet cooking, antiques, and landscaping and gardening. He has fluent speaking, reading, and writing ability in French and Spanish, and has some lesser ability in German and Italian.
Clayton Brian Walker is the third child of Gaylord and Pat. He was born on 17 September 1957 in Tulsa, OK. He attended Central High School and Oklahoma University at Norman, OK. He is an Art Major and a professional artist. He was married to Edith Wolfe Batson on 10 August 1979 but they later divorced. He has been involved in home building, commercial construction, and is co-owner of Appliance Guys in Norman, OK. He enjoys playing cards. He and Edith had two children, Cassie Batson and Brock Batson.
Margaret Helen, the third child of Joseph Allan and Hilda Berniece, was born on the 12th of February 1936. Margaret attended Maysville High School and East Central State University. She also attended Seminole Junior College and the Gordon Cooper Vocational School. Margaret is now retired from her work as a medical secretary at the Shawnee Medical Hospital in Shawnee, OK. She enjoys gardening, reading, learning in general, and entertaining family and friends. On the 25th of November 1955 Margaret married Joe Houston Reed at the Maysville First Baptist Church. Joe was born on the 10th of January 1928 in Lone Grove, OK. His parents were David Raymond Reed and Mary Hester Bratcher. He attended Ada High School and East Central University at Ada, OK. He is retired from his job as band director at various locations in Oklahoma. He served in the Army for 3 1/2 months in 1946 but was discharged due to rheumatic fever. He enjoys gardening and studying the Bible. He and Margaret are affiliated with the Baptist church. Joe has also been memorial Bible chairman for the Gideons, was inducted into the Oklahoma Band Director Hall of Fame, and has been a member of other organizations as well. Margaret and Joe have two children who were both born in Shawnee, OK: 1) Michael Edward, who was born on the 30th of August 1956; and 2) Joe David, who was born on the 19th of November 1959.
Michael Edward Reed was born in Seminole, OK. He attended Shawnee High School, Seminole Junior College, Oklahoma Baptist University, North Texas State University, and Oklahoma State University. He was married first to Jeri Kaye Nix of Minco, OK. They were later divorced. He was married second to Tracy Leanne Geary of Broken Arrow, OK. They were married at the First Christian Church there. The marriage took place on 26 May 1990. Tracy was born on 3 October 1969 in Tulsa. Her parents are Arthur Dwight and Judith Jane Malroney Geary. She attended Broken Arrow High School, Oklahoma State University, and Central State University. She enjoys crafts, baking, water skiing, and swimming. Michael works as a teacher. He is also in the National Guard. He enjoys fishing and sports. They are affiliated with the Baptist church.
Joe David Reed was born in Seminole, OK. He attended Shawnee High School. He was married to Michelle Day Barrett of McCloud, OK on 1 July 1994 at Liberty Baptist Church in Shawnee, OK. Michelle was born on 5 May 1970 at Oklahoma City, OK. Her parents are Willard Sidney and Wanda Fern Sales Barrett. She attended McCloud High School. She works as a phlebotomist. She enjoys acting at Shawnee Little Theater. She also belongs to the Jaycees. Joe works for the maintenance department at Shawnee Medical Center Hospital. He enjoys sports and skiing. They are affiliated with the Baptist church.
Beverly Sue Smyers Floyd is the fourth child of Joseph Allen and Hilda Berniece Lauderdale Smyers. She was born on 17 June 1941 in McPherson, KS. She attended Pauls Valley High School, East Central University, the University of Arkansas, and the University of Oklahoma. She was married to Glenn Eldon Floyd at Pauls Valley with the Rev. Harold Rogers officiating. They were divorced in 1985. Beverly is a homemaker and photographer, and was in sales associated with Century 21 in Norman, OK. Beverly enjoys gardening, decorating, spectator sports, playing tennis, ballets, plays, travel, and the symphony. She attends the First Baptist Church of Norman, OK and is a member of the State Realtor. Beverly and Glenn have five children as noted below.
Andrew Glenn Floyd, the first child of Beverly and Glenn, was born on 3 June 1965 at Norman, OK. He attended Norman High School and the University of Oklahoma. He works as a building contractor. He is presently training with the Air Force National Guard. He enjoys playing tennis and swimming. He is affiliated with the Baptist church and also belongs to the YMCA, the Building Association, and the Chamber of Commerce.
Erika Lynn Floyd, the second child of Beverly and Glenn, was born on 13 June 1970 in Norman, OK and died on 13 January 1975.
Angela Suzanne Floyd, the third child of Beverly and Glenn, was born on 22 March 1973 and is now deceased.
Cynthia Diane Floyd, the fourth child of Beverly and Glenn, was born on 17 January 1976 at Norman, OK. She attended Norman High School, Cornell University, and the University of Oklahoma. She is currently a student. She enjoys dancing, playing piano and viola, and tai boxing. She is affiliated with the First Baptist Church, plays in the Oklahoma University School Orchestra, and is an apprentice with the Norman Ballet Company.
Mark Eldon Floyd, the fifth child of Beverly and Glenn, was born on 16 November 1977 at Norman, OK. He attended Norman High School. He is currently a student. He enjoys playing basketball, football, baseball, and tennis, and is on the Norman High School Tennis Team. He is affiliated with the First Baptist Church.
EDITH DELORA SMYERS TILSON FAMILY
Edith Delora was born on the 14th of May 1901 in Powderly, TX and was the fourth child of William Coleman Smyers and Edna Ann Rhoades. She was married to Hubert Lee Tilson. They had six children: 1) Elmer, who was born on the 16th of July 1920 and died in 1988, was married to Elsie Marie Clyburn and later to Cordellia Matthews; 2) Edith Jewel, who was born on the 4th of March 1922; 3) Hobert; 4) Robert Andrew, who was born on the 20th of January 1927; 5) Eudora; and 6) Norma Cleo, who was born on the 9th of February 1936. Edith died on 13 November 1951. Information on the children is listed below.
No further information is available on Elmer.
Edith Jewel Tilson Smith was born in Paris, TX. She went to school through the seventh grade. She was married first to Herbert L. Broadhead of Honey Grove, TX on 10 May 1938. He is now deceased. She was married second on 18 July 1947 to James W. King of Tyler, TX. He is now deceased. She was married third to Tony Smith. He is now deceased. Edith worked for twenty five years for the Elincoanto Convalescent Hospital in City of Industry, CA. She enjoys sewing and cooking. She is a member of the Central Baptist Church of Pomona, CA. Her first child, Hertha Faye Broadhead, was born on 19 May 1941 at Honey Grove, TX. She attended high school. She was married to Earnest Dean Leonard. She is a housewife and her husband owns a machine shop. She enjoys paints, fashion, and jewelry. They are affiliated with the Central Bapitst Church of Pomona, CA. Edith has two children, Rebecca Jewell Pfaff Williams born 18 October 1960, and Garland Dean Leonard born 6 February 1966. The second child of Edith Jewell, Reba Joe Broadhead, was born on 10 September 1943 at Honey Grove, TX. She attended high school. She married Jerry Wayne Herin. She works as a waitress and her husband works as a truck driver. She enjoys bowling. They are affiliated with the Baptist church. They have three children: Robert Wayne Herin born 28 July 1962 in Nevada; Gerry Lee Herin born 20 May 1967 in Elmonte, CA; and Kevin Eugene Herin born 9 October 1979 in Elmonte, CA. The third child of Edith Jewell, Judith Ann King, was born on 12 March 1948 at Honey Grove, TX. She graduated from high school. She married Lonnie Mulkey of Covina, CA in the Methodist church on 23 November 1967. They later divorced. She works as a sales lady in the insurance field. Her former husband works with computers. She is affiliated with the Baptist church. She and Lonnie have two children: Christina Lynn Mulkey and Chad Wallace Mulkey. The fourth child of Edith Jewell, James Gary King, was born on 30 June 1950 at Paris, TX. His nickname is Bear. He graduated from high school. He is a warehouse manager and worked for NASA. He spend four years in the Army. He is a stunt man for his hobby.
Hobert Tilson was born on 25 October 1925 at Georgia, TX. He was educated in Honey Grove, TX schools. He married Betty Davis on 21 June 1946. He works for LTV Tubler Service doing oil field work at Moore, OK. He was a medic in the Army. He enjoys hunting and fishing. He is affiliated with the Baptist church. He and his wife have two children: Michael Tilson and Charlotte Tilson.
Robert Andrew Tilson was born on 27 January 1927. He attended high school. He was married to Patsy Juanita Bartely in 1943. She was born on 9 December 1923. Robert retired from the Natural Gas and Pipeline Co. He served in the Army for three years during WW II. The couple was affiliated with the Assembly of God church. Robert died on 1 October 1992.
Ellen Eudora Tilson was born on 20 August 1930 in Hall County, TX. She went to school through the ninth grade. She was married to Robert H. Beste at Clovis, NM on 4 June 1951. She was a clerk for Safeway and her husband worked as a gauger for Phillips 66 for thirty years. He is now retired and drives a school bus. He also served in the Navy. They enjoy camping. They are affiliated with both the Baptist and the Methodist church. They have four children. Mary Kathryn Tilson was born on 17 April 1948 at Honey Grove, OK. She attended Kingman High School in Kingman, KS. She was married to Leroy A. Mertens of Newkirk, OK. They were divorced in 1978. She works as an area lead for Exxon. She enjoys dancing and reading and belongs to the Christian Church. She has three children: Wendy Yvonne Mertens born 5 November 1965; Robert Todd Mertens born 26 August 1967; and Steven Kent Mertens born 27 September 1970. Robert L. Beste was born on 12 January 1954 at Kingman, KS. He also attended Kingman High School. He married Crystal Rogers of Kingman. He works as a truck driver and she works as a waitress. Robert enjoys fishing, boating, and skiing. They are affiliated with the First Baptist Church. They have two children: Josh Beste born 4 March 1976; and Layton Beste born 27 May 1987. Sandra Denise Beste was born on 15 March 1955 at Kingman, KS. She also attended Kingman High School. She was married to Eddie Eugene Hardcastle of Miami, OK on 22 July 1983. He was born on 30 April 1958. Denise works as a pharmacy clerk. They enjoy camping, hunting, fishing, and water skiing. They are affiliated with First Baptist Church. The couple has two children: Cassie Heather Hardcastle born 2 January 1987; and Thomas Allen Hardcastle born 28 January 1988. William Byron Beste was born on 14 November 1956 at Kingman, KS. He also attended Kingman High School. He was married to Connie Youngers on 8 November 1980. He is a construction foreman and she is a real estate assistant. He is affiliated with the Baptist church and she with the Catholic church.
Norma Cleo Tilson was born on 9 February 1936 at Honey Grove, OK. She attended high school. She was married to Royal Vance Whatley of Borger, TX in 1952. Norma worked as a waitress in a cocktail lounge and Royal is employed as a machinist. Norma enjoyed paints, decorating, and fashion. The family is affiliated with the Methodist church. She died on 26 January 1981. Norma and Royal had four children: Deborah Kalene Whatley born 2 March 1952 at Borger, TX; Sonya Rena Whatley born 2 April 1954 at Borger, TX; Marcus Royal Whatley now deceased; and Gena Gail Whatley born 3 July 1961.
MAMIE EUDORA SMYERS MOORE FAMILY
Mamie was born on 1 January 1903 in Powderly, TX and was the 5th child of William Coleman and Edna Ann Rhoads Smyers. She was married to Bill Young Moore of Paris, TX, now deceased. They had one child, Sylvia Inez Moore, born on 1 June 1937 in Dallas, TX. Sylvia attended high school and business school. She was married first to Darrel Norwood. They were later divorced. She was married second to George Henderson, now deceased. She enjoys art, dollmaking, and decorating. She has one daughter, Gina, who is a nurse in Galveston, TX.
NORA ELLEN SMYERS MATLOCK FAMILY
Ellen was born on the 14th of September 1904 in Powderly, TX. She was the 6th child of William Coleman and Edna Ann. She attended elementary school. On the 4th of May 1924 she married Vester Monroe Matlock. Vester was born on the 9th of November 1904 in McNear, TN. His parents were Richard Fonso and Paralee Matlock. They had one child named Billy Joe. He was born on 23 June 1925 at Paris, TX. He also attended elementary school. He was self-employed. The couple were semi-regulars at a Pentecostal church. Ellen died on the 31st of September 1979 and is buried at Pleasant Mound Cemetery. During her life, she was employed as a sewing machine operator and was also a housewife. Vester died on 20 October 1992.
Billy Joe Matlock attended Crozier Tech from 1939 to 1943. He was married to June Carol Mills of Port Arthur, TX on 5 January 1952. June was born on 1 March 1932. Her parents were Archie Rivers and Aline Marie Hebert Mills. She attended high school. She is a homemaker. He is retired from the Butler Shoe Corporation for whom he worked for 42 years. He served as a gunner mate and petty officer third class in the Navy during WW II in the Pacific theater. The couple is affiliated with the Baptist church. They have two children: 1) Vickie Joe; and 2) Steven Michael.
Vickie Joe was born on the 14th of January 1954 in San Antonio, TX, the eldest child of Billy Joe and June Carol. She graduated from Spruce High School in Dallas, TX and attended El Centro and East Field Colleges. In June of 1972 she married Brad Gore and they have one child, Andrew Ryan, who was born on the 19th of February 1984 in Dallas, TX. Brad and Vickie were divorced in 1986. Vickie is currently an Administrative Assistant and lives in Dallas, TX.
Steven Michael was born on the 4th of December 1956 in Dallas, TX, the only son of Billy Joe and June Carol. He graduated from Spruce High School in Dallas, TX. On the 24th of April 1978 he married Mary Louise Davis. He worked for the Postal Service for ten years and is now in business for himself. He enjoys golfing. Steven and Mary have three children: 1) Justin Calvin, who was born on the 23rd of May 1979; 2) Shannon Aline, who was born on the 1st of January 1983; and 3) Mandi Dawn, who was born on the 16th of April 1984.
CALLIE OPAL SMYERS BEATTY
Callie Opal was the 7th child of William Coleman and Edna Ann Rhoads Smyers. She was born on 12 July 1906 in Powderly, TX. She was married first to Bill Beverly of Paris, TX, now deceased. She was married second to Harold Fourgeron of Houston, TX, now deceased. She was married third to Vernon Beatty of Houston, TX, now deceased. She is a housewife. Bill was a moving picture projectionist, Harold was a contractor, and Vernon was a rancher. Callie is affiliated with the Lutheran church.
ETTA THEO SMYERS LEE FAMILY
Etta Theo was born on 21 January 1915 at Powderly, TX and was the 8th child of William Coleman and Edna Ann Rhoads Smyers. She attended Powderly High School. She was married to William Elton Lee of Houston, TX, now deceased. He worked for Standard Oil Company and served overseas in the military. She is affiliated with the Baptist church.
OMAH CLEO SMYERS BOONE FAMILY
Omah Cleo was born on 21 January 1915 in Powderly, TX. She was the 9th child of William Colemand and Edna Ann Rhoads Smyers. She attended the Powderly High School and was married to Daniel Bernard Boone of Waco, TX on 12 October 1936. They later divorced. She worked for and managed a Western Wear Store in El Paso, TX. He worked for the Sheriff's Department in the same city. She is affiliated with the Methodist church.
LESTER HOMER SMYERS FAMILY
Lester was the 10th child of William Coleman and Edna Ann Rhoads Smyers and was born on 29 July 1911 at Powderly, TX. He attended the Palestine area schools. He was married to Florence Matthews Westbrooks on 29 December 1939. She was born on 28 September 1910 in Powderly, TX. Her parents were Baxter and Dora West Matthews. She attended the Pee Dee School in Lamar County. She was a housewife. He worked for the Dow Chemical Company until he retired. His hobby was loving his family. Her hobby was fishing. The couple was affiliated with the Methodist church. He died on 11 April 1974 in Powderly, TX and is buried in Long Cemetery there. She had two children: Hertha Fay Westbrook; and Hope Westbrook.
NORMA EVELYN SMYERS JONES FAMILY
Norma Evelyn was the 11th child of William Colemand and Edna Ann Rhoads Smyers. She was born on 18 June 1918 in Powderly, TX. She attended Powderly High School. She was married to William Alber Jones of Waco, TX on 19 May 1939. She is now retired but worked as the cosmetic lady at a drug store. William was born on 31 October 1912 at Moody, TX. His parents were John Olen and Maude Glenn Jones. William attended Moody High School. He worked for a trucking company and then for Hoffman Produce. The couple attends the United Methodist Church at Waco, TX. They have two children: William Larry Jones; and Donna Kay Jones.
William Larry Jones was born on 14 July 1949 at Waco, TX. He attended Richfield High School and the University of Texas. He was married to Louise Ellis Adleman of Martinsdale, NY on 4 February 1970. They later divorced. He has worked in the Post Office Department of Citizen National Bank in Waco. He is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
Donna Kay Jones was born on 19 September 1953 in Waco, TX. She attended Richfield High School and Texas State Technical Institute. She has worked as a computer programmer for the Commission for the Blind, Austin, TX, for City Bank in the same city, and for Liant Computer Software also in Austin. She is affiliated with the Methodist Church.
JOHN WARREN SMYERS FAMILY
John Warren, the second son of William Franklin Smyers and Malinda Caroline Mullins, was born in TX in 1872 and was 38 years old when the Census of 1910 was taken. He married Mattie Rhoades, born about 1880. Her parents were Daniel and Sarah Thompson Rhoads. John and Malinda had at least six children: 1) Alex; 2) Ivy; 3) Gertie; 4) Mildred; 5) Ethel; and 6) Henry. John Warren died around 1934.
MARTIN TOBIAS SMYERS FAMILY
Martin Tobias "Marty" was the third son of William Franklin Smyers and Malinda Caroline Mullins. He was born in TX on the 18th of July 1874 and died the 3rd of July 1956. On the 19th of September 1897 Martin married Eliza Ann Fredrick, who was born on the 22nd of April 1878 in TX and died on the 31st of August 1931. Both are buried at Long Cemetery.
Eliza Ann was the daughter of John Riley Fredrick and Amanda Chambers, both of whom were born in Alabama and whose parents were also born in Alabama. The red-headed John and Amanda moved to TX and settled in Lamar Co. before any of their children were born. John was a farmer and his wife a homemaker. They lived in Powderly, TX and had nine children including Eliza Ann.
WILLIAM RILEY SMYERS FAMILY
William Riley was the eldest son of Martin Tobias Smyers and Eliza Ann Fredrick. He was born on the 18th of August 1898 and on the 1st of December 1918 he married Ada Myrl Foster, who was born on the 14th of October 1902. William and Ada had two children: 1) Wilma Beatrice; and 2) Ruby Mae. William died on the 1st of December 1946 and Ada on the 13th of February 1975. Both are buried in Monahans, TX.
Wilma Beatrice, the eldest child of William Riley and Ada Myrl, was born on the 20th of December 1921 and died the 25th of June 1979. She married James Leo Badgett and had two children: 1) James Gregory, born in June of 1951; and 2) Shirley Elizabeth, born in February of 1953. Wilma is buried in Lubbock, TX.
Ruby Mae, who was born on the 13th of February 1926, married Richard John Ream on the 5th of November 1944. Richard John Ream was born on the 9th of September 1921 and died on the 21st of March 1979. John is buried in San Angelo, TX. Ruby and Richard had two children: 1) Richard John Jr., born on the 22nd of November 1946; and 2) James Lynn, born on the 30th of September 1950. Ruby was married second to Turney McCoy on the 7th of December 1990 and they currently reside in Garland, TX.
Richard John Ream Jr., the eldest child of Ruby Mae and Richard, was born on the 22nd of November 1946 in Monahans, TX. He married Pamela Jean Owens on the 14th of April 1974 in Austin, TX. Panela was born on the 21st of September 1948 in Dallas, TX. They have three children: 1) Johanna Ruth, born on the 3rd of January 1975 in Austin, TX; 2) Daniel Joseph, born on the 25th of January 1986 in Austin, TX; and 3) Richard John, born on the 29th of November 1986 in Chicago, IL. Richard and Pamela currently reside in Chicago, IL.
MARTIN HURBERT SMYERS FAMILY
Martin Hurbert, the second child of Martin Tobias and Eliza Ann, was born on the 28th of May 1900 and died on the 11th of October 1961. He married Louzell Mathews, who was born on the 28th of January 1904 and retired from Gulf Oil Company. Hurbert was a member of the Palestine Methodist Church. His wife died on the 1st of November 1977. Martin and Louzell had two children: 1) Linda Beth Chambers, who was adopted; and 2) Truman Dale, who was born on the 12th of November and died on the 2nd of August 1980. Dale married Marie Adair and they adopted Dorothy Roberta Hughes, who was born on the 12th of February 1945. On the 4th of June 1963, Dorothy married John Robinson, who was born on the 13th of April 1945. John and Dorothy had two children: 1) Rebecca Lynn, who was born on the 18th of April 1966; and 2) David Wayne, who was born on the 27th of June 1976. Dale later divorced Marie Adair and was married second to Bobby Holbert.
VERLENA MAY SMYERS FAMILY
Verlena May was born on 18 March 1902. She is reported to have married a Mr. Hughes. Nothing further is known about this couple at present.
HENRY LEE SMYERS FAMILY
Henry Lee "Lee" was the third child of Martin Tobias and Eliza Ann. He was born on the 5th of February 1904 and died on Christmas Day 1969. Lee married Willie Oletha "Ola" Burnett, who was born on the 2nd of June 1905 and died the 12th of February 1983, in 1922. Lee and Ola had three children: 1) Wanda Magaline, who was born on the 9th of June 1924; 2) Kenneth Lee, who was born on the 12th of February 1931; and 3) Larry Stan, who was born on the 29th of June 1945.
Wanda Magaline married James Douglas Colwell, who was born on the 15th of June 1917 and died on the 11th of June 1973. They had two children: 1) Charlotte Geraldine, who was born on the 11th of June 1941, married to David Colemand Garner who was born on the 12th of December 1939, and they have two children, Kimberly Elayne, born on 13th of November 1968, and Eric Douglas, born on 4th of January 1974; and 2) Douglas Grant, who was born on the 5th of July 1943 and died on the 15th of August 1943.
Kenneth Lee married Alice Ruth Gray, who was born on the 30th of November 1930 and died on the 18th of May 1988. They had three children: 1) Donald Edward, who was born on the 2nd of September 1950, married Julia Crawford, born on the 29th of December 1950, and they have two children, Tracy Dawn, born 22nd November 1971, and Cindy, born 26th February 1975; 2) Cheryl Diane, born on the 11th of August 1958, married Lee Polk, born on the 17th of November 1958, and they have two children, Jonathan, born on the 12th of May 1978, and Dennis, born on the 21st of May 1980; and 3) name not provided.
Larry Stan married Patsy Sharb, who was born on the 29th of March 1951. They have two children: 1) Craig Allen, who was born on the 25th of April 1970; and 2) Christopher Allen, who was born on the 16th of February 1976.
MURLEN RUBIN SMYERS FAMILY
Murlen Rubin, the fifth child of Martine Tobias and Eliza Ann, was born on the 24th of November 1907, and on the 19th of January 1926 married Clara Pauline "Judy" Coward. Clara was born on the 8th of June 1909 and was the cousin of Ruby Roberson, the wife of Pink Smyers. Clara's father, Joel Brock Coward, and Ruby's grandfather, Thomas Coward, were brothers. Murlen died on 1 June 1970. Murlen and Clara had six children: 1) Laura Maxine; 2) Duane Lee; 3) Nell Marie, who was born on the 9th of September 1933 and died on the 8th of December 1951; 4) Mary Ann; 5) Marty Jo; and 6) Ruben Gale "Butch".
Laura Maxine, the eldest child of Murlen and Clara, was born on the 31st of December 1927. She married R.V. Fugerson but is now married to J.T. Childers and they have four children: 1) Julia Ann, born on the 7th of January 1947, married Webb Baird, two children, Laura Allena, born on the 1st of December 1965, and Eva Marie, born on the 17th of December 1968; 2) Jan Elaine, born on the 7th of October 1948, married Larry Jones, three children, Cari Brynn, born on the 20th of November 1968, Lara Marie, born on the 16th of January 1976, and Lawrence Hunter, born on the 24th of February 1978; 3) Judy Carol, born on the 18th of September 1950, married Ronald Crain, one child, Trey, born 29th of October 1968; and 4) Debra Renea "Debbie", born on the 25th of January 1969, graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in Business.
Duane Lee, the second child of Murlen and Clara, was born on the 10th of September 1929. He married Bethel M. Williams on the 25th of November 1955 in Dallas, TX. Bethel was born on the 29th of March 1931 in Durant, OK. They have three children: 1) David Duane, born on the 14th of March 1957 in Dallas, TX; 2) Tracy Rene and 3) Timothy Clay, twins, born on the 30th of July 1965 in Houston, TX. Duane and Bethel divorced in 1975.
Mary Ann, the fourth child of Murlen and Clara, was born on the 14th of May 1936 in Paris, TX. She married Don Merle Parks on the 24th of November 1956 in Powderly, TX. Don was born on the 3rd of August 1932 in Paris, TX. His parents are Howard Parks and Lucille Springs. Mary Ann and Don have four children: 1) Gregory Don; 2) Brian Jon; 3) Deidrea Ann; and 4) Megan Michelle.
Gregory Don Parks, the eldest child of Mary Ann and Don, was born on the 27th of September 1957 in Paris, TX. He married Mary Annette Henderson on the 4th of March 1976 in Oklahoma City, OK. Mary Annette was born on the 27th of July 1958. They have two children: 1) Jason Eric, born on the 6th of October 1978; and 2) Jeremy Don, born on the 12th of February 1981. Both sons were born in Oklahoma City, OK. Greg and Mary have since divorced. Greg currently resides in Okalhoma City, OK.
Brian Jon Parks, the second son of Mary Ann and Don, was born on the 12th of May 1961 in Oklahoma City, OK. He married Darla Dryden on the 22nd of July 1983 in Oklahoma City, OK. Darla was born on the 17th of January 1962 in Oklahoma City, OK. Her parents are Darl Dryden and Betty Mitchell. Brian and Darla have three children, all born in Oklahoma City, OK: 1) Laci Danielle, born on the 14th of September 1984; 2) Kelci Danae, born on the 9th of September 1987; and 3) Trevor Jon-Mitchell, born on the 31st of October 1991.
Deidrea Ann Parks "Deede", the third child of Mary Ann and Don, was born on the 2nd of September 1966 in Oklahoma City, OK. She married Kenneth Lee Morris on the 31st of May 1986 in Dallas, TX. Thye have one child named Ryan Lee, born on the 2nd of October 1986 in Dallas, TX.
Megan Michelle Parks, the fourth child of Mary Ann and Don, was born on the 21st of January 1971 in Oklahoma City, OK. She married Perry Michael Robb Jr. on the 8th of December 1990 in Oklahoma City, OK. They have one child, Perry Michael Robb III, who was born on the 11th of May 1992 in Oklahoma City, OK.
Marty Jo, the fifth child of Murlen and Clara, was born on the 7th of December 1939 in Powderly, TX. She married Orville "Glen" Bussell on the 10th of September 1960 in Hugo, OK. Glen was born on the 12th of December 1929 in Pattonville, TX. They have three children: 1) Janet Lynn, born on the 30th of August 1961 in Paris, TX; 2) Lesa Gwenn, born on the 4th of August 1963 in Dallas, TX; and 3) Roger Quinn, born on the 6th of September 1965 in Paris, TX.
Ruben Gale "Butch", the youngest child of Murlen and Clara was born on the 12th of April 1942. He married Cindy Bullock and they have three children: 1) Sonny, born on the 19th of January 1970; 2) Jason, born on the 29th of October 1971; and 3) Damon Lee, born on the 3rd of December 1975.
Murlen died on the 1st of June 1970 and Clara died on the 6th of July 1982.
HERMAN CLIFFORD SMYERS FAMILY
Herman Clifford was the sixth child of Martin Tobias and Eliza Ann. He was born on the 30th of June 1910. Clifford was an engineer for Gulf Refining Company. On the 2nd of October 1931, Clifford married Opal Elmira Payne, who was born on the 2nd of April 1911. Clifford died in Kermit, TX, where he had lived for twelve years, on the 3rd of August 1956 after suffering from heart ailments. Clifford and Opal had three children: 1) Billy Maurice, born on the 23rd of April 1934; 2) Gloria Jeanette, born on the 28th of May 1938; and 3) Rita Lou, born on the 8th of June 1940.
Billy Maurice married Jacquelyn Ann Hudson on the 14th of April 1957. Jacquelyn was born on the 20th of June 1938. They have two children: 1) Jody Burl, born on the 21st of November 1961 in Odessa, TX; and 2) Carrie Melinda, born on the 24th of June 1964. Billy and Jacquelyn live in Abernathy, TX. Jody married Jan on the 11th of January 1992 in San Antonio, TX and they now reside in Lubbock, TX.
Gloria Jeanette married Walter Earle Dickie on the 14th of June 1957. Walter was born on the 30th of August 1938. They have three children: 1) Billy James, born on the 19th of June 1958 and lives in Odessa, TX; 2) Michael Wayne, born on the 5th of October 1964; and 3) Tony Kyle, born on the 25th of October 1967. Gloria and Walter now live in Kermit, TX.
Rita Lou married Albert Ray on the 31st of May 1958. Albert was born on the 14th of February 1938. They have three children: 1) Allan Ray, born on the 8th of July 1959, married Lori, they have a son, Jason Ray, and live in Brownwood, TX; 2) David Greg, born on the 4th of November 1962; and 3) Cory Don, born on the 30th of December 1968. Rita and Albert live in Brady, TX.
ELBERT DEWEL SMYERS FAMILY
Elbert Dewel "Doodle" is the seventh child of Martin Tobias and Eliza Ann. He was born on the 7th of April 1912 and died on the 3rd of November 1992. He married Ruby A. Seigler, born on the 22nd of October 1914, in Joy TX on 20 December 1935. Dewel and Ruby had one child who they named Claudia Ileen. Claudia was born on the 28th of July 1946 in Wichita Falls, TX. She married Ralph F. Thomas on the 30th of December 1967 in Emporia, KS. Ralph was born on the 22nd of November 1946 in Emporia, KS. They have two children: 1) Susan Kay, born on the 25th of June 1969 in Emporia, KS; and 2) Carol Ann, born on the 19th of June 1975 in Topeka, KS. Ralph and Claudia live in Emporia, KS where they own a rental business. Susan married Freeman Bradley Haste on the 1st of June 1991 in Emporia, KS. They now reside in Overland Park, KS.
AUBREY ELBURN SMYERS FAMILY
Aubrey Elburn was the eighth child of Martin Tobias and Eliza Ann. He was born on the 17th of February 1914 and died the 28th of February 1989. He married Lena Rivers, who was born on the 11th of August 1913. Aubrey and Lena had one child who they named Lola Gay. Lola married Ronald Neighbors. They had three children: 1) Norman Bradley, born on the 12th of April 1958; 2) Bryan Devin, born on the 16th of January 1963; and 3) Brooks Daron, born on the 10th of October 1964. Lola Gay and Ronald are now divorced.
PINK WILLARD SMYERS FAMILY
Pink Willard was the ninth and youngest child of Martin Tobias and Eliza Ann. He was born on the 12th of October 1917 and died on the 29th of August 1991 with burial at the Red Hill Cemetery, Lamar Co., TX. Pink had blue eyes, black hair, and was about 5 feet 8 inches tall. On the 4th of July 1936 he married Ruby Roberson. Both Ruby and her twin sister Ruth were born on the 22nd of March 1919, the daughters of Charles Milton Roberson and Guss Coward. Guss was born on the 17th of December 1898 and currently lives in Ft. Worth, TX. Ruby and Clara Coward, the wife of Murlen Smyers, are second cousins. Clara's father, Joel Brock Coward, and Ruby's grandfather, Thomas Coward, wer brothers. Therefore, the children of Murlen and the children of Pink are double cousins. The Coward families have lived in Lamar Co., TX for many years. Many of their ancestors are buried in Red Hill Cemetery. Pink and Ruby had four children: 1) Patsy Ruth; 2) Jimmy Pink, born on the 11th of October 1941 and died on the 27th of May 1942; 3) Darryl Wayne; and 4) Debra Lynn.
Patsy Ruth, the eldest child of Pink and Ruby, was born on the 30th of September 1937. She married Billy John Upchurch on the 18th of August 1953. Billy John was born on the 30th of November 1935. They have four children, all of whom were born in Paris, TX: 1) Billy Floyd, born on the 3rd of March 1954; 2) Willie Michael, born on the 26th of October 1955; 3) Jimmy Neal, born on the 3rd of October 1959; and 4) James Lee, born on the 15th of October 1964. Patsy and Billy John currently reside in Arthur City, TX.
Darryl Wayne, the only surviving son of Pink and Ruby, was born on the 3rd of August 1943. He married Camilla Kay Grounds on the 13th of February 1965. Camilla was born on the 21st of December 1946 in Paris, TX, the youngest of six children born to Arthur Vernon Grounds and Martha Lucy Haynie. Darryl graduated from Abilene Christian College and is currently a police officer with the Dallas Police Department. Rookie of the Year is one of his many accomplishments. Darryl and Camilla have two children: 1) Ronald Wayne, born on the 29th of December 1966, graduated from the University of North Texas in December of 1989 with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration; and 2) Gregory Martin, born on the 20th of October 1969 with his middle name coming from his great-grandfather Martin Tobias Smyers, married to Dana Rene Lindsey.
Debra Lynn, the fourth child of Pink and Ruby, was born on the 10th of August 1952. She married Gary Leon Gage on the 4th of June 1971 in Powderly, TX. Gary was born on the 30th of April 1950. They have three children: 1) Clint Leon, born on the 17th of June 1976 in Topeka, KS; 2) Heath Will, born on the 4th of June 1979 in Topeka, KS; and 3) D'Lynn Ruby, born on the 20th of March 1984 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Clint has his father's middle name, while Heath has his grandfather's middle name. D'Lynn's name is an abbreviated version of her mother's name and her middle name is from her maternal grandmother.
PLEAS ALEXANDER SMYERS FAMILY
Pleas Alexander was the youngest child of William Franklin Smyers and Malinda Caroline Mullins. Pleas was born on the 5th of February 1876 and died the 19th of June 1946. He married Leonia Maggard, who was born on the 27th of October 1880 and died on the 20th of September 1951. Pleas and Leonia are buried in Long Cemetery. They had the following children: 1) Earl; 2) Ernest; 3) Louis; and 4) Vernon Tub.
Vernon Tub Smyers, a son of Pleas and Leonia, was born on the 27th of June 1913 in Powderly, TX. He married Ollie Mae Richardson sometime during 1930 in Hugo, OK. They had the following children: 1) Harold; 2) Jessie Jr.; 3) Shirley; 4) Helen; and 5) Sherry.
Children of John and Elizabeth Smyer continued:
2. Phillip Smyre. Nothing more is known of this individual at the present time. Born after 1752.
3. Daniel Smyre. Nothing more is known of this individual at the present time. Born after 1752.
4. Elizabeth Smyre. Nothing more is known of this individual at the present time. Born after 1752.
5. Jacob Smyre. Nothing more is known of this individual at the present time. Born after 1752.
6. Catherine Smyre. Nothing more is known of this individual at the present time. Born after 1752.
Children of Philip and Maria Schmeyer continued:
Johann Nickel. Baptized 1 November 1730.
Elizabeth Catharina. Baptized 15 March 1733. Married to Jacob Mast. No further information.
John Peter (Peter). Born circa 1735. No further information.
Daniel. Information on this individual and his family comes from the Schmoyer family book by Elmer Dickson mentioned above. Daniel Schmeyer was born circa December 1738 or 1739 on the family farm in Macungie Twp. He was married twice. Daniel's first wife was Catharina Barbara Keyser, the daughter of John Peter and Anna Margaret Biery Keyser. She was born 3 September 1756 and died 9 January or June 1843. She is buried at the "Old Cemetery" at the Lehigh Lutheran Church. His second wife was Elizabeth Scherer, born 1742, died 1775. Daniel was a farmer and a blacksmith. He farmed the original home place which was on the road from Trexlertown to Macungie. His blacksmith shop stood in the meadow east of the iron bridge which crossed the Little Lehigh River near the confluence of the river and Spring Creek. From 1799 to 1801 he held a license to distill apple-jack, and paid a duty of six cents per gallon. Daniel also speculated in real estate. In addition to his father's land, Daniel purchased several other tracts. On 20 July 1793, he purchased 267 acres, 142 perches from Caspar Wister and his wife Mary. On 1 May 1798 he bought 209 acres, 3 perches from the Haines family, Wister descendants. This property is about one mile northeast of Breinigsville. The large stone farmhouse is still standing (as of 1986) on the north side of the road leading from Route 100 south of Foglesville to Route 222 west of Newtown, PA. This parcel was left to his two sons from his first marriage. On 23 December 1809, he purchased 150 acres from Christian Rood (Ruth). This parcel was left to his son Solomon. In all, he owned over 1,000 acres at the time of his death. When the second Lutheran church was built in Lehigh in 1784, Daniel was on the building committee. Daniel served in the Northampton Co., PA militia during the Revolutionary War. He died in 1812 in Lehigh Co., PA. He was buried in the old cemetery of the Lehigh Church. His tombstone took John 19:30 from the Bible as its text. His known children:
By his first wife:
1. Susannah Catharine. Born 19 June 1763. Married to Theobald Albrecht.
2. Daniel, Jr. Born 12 May 1765 and died 1 May 1837. He married Catharina Albrecht. She was born on 15
January 1774 and died 22 April 1852. She is buried in the Lehigh Church cemetery.
3. John Philip. Born in Macungie Twp. on 28 December 1769 and died 10 May 1841. He was a farmer in
Macungie Twp. and a member of the Lutheran Church. He was married to Catharine Braus circa 1793/1794.
They were reported to have had nine children, as follows:
(1) Daniel. He was born in Macungie Twp. on 4 May 1794. He married Maria Pauley or Paulus on 16
November 1826. She was born 25 December 1803 and died 6 June 1886. Daniel died on 17 April 1872.
After a public school education, he farmed a small tract of fourteen acres and was also a carpet
weaver. He wove carpets until he retired in 1867. Upon retirement, he moved in with his son
Daniel at Breinigsville. He was a member of the Lutheran Church. Their children:
i. Aaron. Born 5 October 1827 and died 15 August 1899. Married to Mary Steibinger.
ii. Mary Amanda. Born 1 October 1829 and died 13 April 1911. Married on 18 March 1849 to Aaron
iii. Jonas. Born 23 December 1830 and died 16 March 1904. Married to his cousin Catharine Elvina
Schmeyer on 8 October 1864. She was born on 20 March 1842 and died 20 March 1904. She was
the daughter of Stephen Schmeyer.
iv. Julia. Born 23 December 1833 and died 23 June 1913.
v. Daniel Jr. He was born in Upper Macungie Twp. on 10 October 1840. He married Amanda Kuhns on 8
June 1867. He had a public school education and was a carriage maker. He owned his own
carriage plant for many years in Breinigsville. He also conducted an undertaking business in
conjunction with the carriage manufacturing. He was a Republican by political persuasion. He
served as a School Director for three terms and was a member of the Trexlertown Lutheran Church.
He died on 15 September 1903 and is buried in the Trexlertown Church cemetery. Their
(i) Albert Isadorus. He was born in Breinigsville on 7 January 1868. He married Bertha I. Rit-
ter, daughter of Dr. Nathaniel and Louisa Bean Ritter, on 7 September 1889. Albert attended
public schools until he reached the age of 16. In the spring of 1884 he enrolled in the
Keystone State Normal School and Kutztown. He taught in the public schools during the
winter term and attended the Normal School during the summer, graduating in 1895. Following
this, he taught for two years in Upper Macungie Twp. He then moved to Allentown, and taught
for two years in Hanover Twp. From 1900 to 1907 he taught in the boys secondary school in
the Seventh Ward of Allentown. In 1907 he became principal of the Eleventh Ward school. In
politics, he was a Democrat. He was a member of the Lutheran Church and served as a deacon.
(ii) Richard D. L. Born on 28 June 1871 and died on 14 March 1873.
(iii) Wilson. Born 2 December 1873 and died 10 December 1874.
(iv) Clinton L. A. He was born at Breinigsville on 7 August 1879. He married Mary S. Spohn,
daughter of Frank and Katie Weida Spohn. He was educated in the public schools and grad-
uated in 1900 from Keystone Normal School at Kutztown. He taught school for nine terms in
Upper Macungie Twp. In 1903, he took over his father's undertaking and carriage making
business at Breinigsville. In 1909 he sold the carriage business and concentrated on the
undertaking business instead. He was a member and a deacon at the Trexlertown Lutheran
Church. Their children:
A. Kenneth Daniel. Born 29 April 1904 and died 14 June 1904.
B. May B. S.
C. Carl F.
D. Arlene Julia. Born 29 June 1913.
(3) Judith. Married George Hiskey.
(6) Amos. He was married to Diana Lorish. He was tailor and lived near Breinigsville. He followed
this trade all of his life and worked out of his home. He was a member of the Lutheran Church and
is buried at the Ziegel Church. Their children:
ii. Charles. He was born in Upper Macungie Twp. in November of 1836. He married Catharine Folck,
daughter of Samuel and -?- Diener Folck of Weisenberg Twp. He lived in the vicinity of Brei-
nigsville most of his life but moved to near Dorney Park in 1909. He was a carpenter. He
was a member of Ziegel Lutheran Church and served as both a deacon and elder. Their children:
(i) Mary. Married first to Wesley Ziegler. Married second to Frank Merkel.
(iii) William. He died at age 26.
(iv) Benjamin D. He was born in Upper Macungie Twp. on 24 November 1875. He married Nora
K. Kroninger, daughter of Noah and Hattie Dunkel Kroninger, on 25 April 1900. Benja-
min was educated in the public schools and worked on his father's farm until he was 18
years old. He left the farm and became an apprentice baker, ultimately owning his own
bakery in Allentown, PA. He and his family were members of the Reformed Church. Their
A. Martin H. R.
(vii) Katie. Married to Joseph Loback of Dorney Park.
iv. Maria. She married Alfred Peters.
v. Carolina. She married William Diehl.
vi. Angelina. She married Charles Merkel.
(8) Name unknown.
(9) Name unknown.
By his second wife:
4. Maria Catherine. Born 25 June 1776. Married John Butz Jr., son of John and Maria Elizabeth Miller
Butz, on 30 March 1794. She died on 14 May 1859 and is buried in Lower Macungie Twp.
5. Peter. Married first to Maria Barbara Moser. Married second to Maria Lick.
6. John. Born 20 July 1779. Married Sarah Weitzel. They reportedly had no children.
7. Elizabeth. Born 18 November 1785. Married Peter Butz, son of John and Maria Butz mentioned above, on
25 December 1804. She died 20 May 1866 and is buried in Lower Macungie Twp. They reportedly had ten
8. Soloman. Born 25 April 1788. Married his cousin Catherine Schmeyer, only child of Jacob Schmeyer.
9. Sarah (Salome) (Sally). Married John Heist.
10. Susanna. Married Dewald Albreght.
11. Benjamin. He was born in Macungie Twp. on 25 October 1793. He lived on and farmed the original home
place near Spring Creek which had been willed to him by his father. He was a member of the Lehigh
Church renovation committee when it was remodeled in 1843. He married Maria Kuntz, daughter of Jacob
and Christina Mosser Kuntz, on 8 January 1814. She was born in Macungie Twp. on 3 March 1793 and died
16 April 1838. Benjamin died on 3 November 1878. He, his wife, and daughter Elizabeth are buried in
the family plot south of the church adjacent to the Lehigh Lutheran Church. The plot is marked by a
tall marble shaft. Their children:
(1) Unamed infant.
(2) Daniel. He was born in Macungie Twp. on 18 July 1816. He married Mary Ann Jacoby, daughter of
Charles Benjamin and Susanna Kern Jacoby, on 28 September 1841. Mary Ann Jacoby was born on 17
July 1823 in St. Clair Twp., Butler Co., OH. She died 7 December 1900 in Casey, Clark Co., IL and
is buried at the Mead Cemetery at Casey. Daniel died 27 August 1895 in Clark Co., IL and is also
buried at Mead. Daniel was a farmer and a tanner. He left his father's home in PA in 1840 and
moved to Hickory Flat, Butler Co., OH. The circumstances of the move are unknown although his
Uncle James had already moved to OH. Many other PA German families, including the Jacoby family,
had gone there as well. After the marriage, they moved to St. Clair Twp. in Butler Co., OH near
Seven Mile, OH. In 1847 they moved to Darrtown in Milford Twp., Butler Co., OH. In 1849 they
moved to Somerville in the same Twp. In 1859, they moved to the eastern part of IL, settling in
Casey Twp., Clark Co. Daniel retired from farming in 1870. Their children:
i. Samuel S. Born 27 October 1843 in St. Clair Twp. Married Lucy Estella Mumford on 11
August 1871. She was born on 25 July 1850 and died on 18 April 1831. He died in Orlando, FL
on 20 June 1928.
ii. Sarah Ann (Sally). Born 10 January 1845 in St. Clair Twp. Married a Mr. Clausen and they
reportedly had no children.
iii. James. He was born in St. Clair Twp., Butler Co., OH on 3 November 1846. He married Ruth
Emilia "Emma" Owings, daughter of Asa and Ruth Buck Owings on 1 January 1873, Clark Co., IL.
She was born 29 September 1854 in Casey Twp., Clark Co., IL. She died 9 March 1916 of burns
suffered during a grass fire on their farm near Geary, Blaine Co., OK. James was living in
Ohio at the time of the 1850 census of Butler Co. but was not found on the 1860 census of
either Butler Co. or Clark Co., IL. He moved from Clark Co. to Oklahoma in 1893 with his
brothers Charles and Samuel. He died at Gearyon 20 November 1921. Their children:
(i) Clarence Jacoby (C. J.). He was born on 1 February 1874 at Casey Twp., Clark Co.,
IL. He died 2 February 1960 at Rosewell, NM and is buried at Geary, OK. He was
married four times. Little is known of his first wife other than she was quite young
at the time of the marriage and her first name was Maggie. They lived in Indiana
and were later divorced. He was married second to Ella Angeline Mills. He was
married third to Nellie Viola Ham, daughter of Ephraim and Louellen Gaddy Ham, in
1903. They were divorced on 15 February 1919 in Drumright, Creek Co., OK. Nellie
was born 9 December 1879 in Butler Co., KS and died 24 June 1946 in Longview, Wash-
ington. Clarence was married fourth to Lola Doyle in 1945 at Rosewell. His
By first wife:
A. Thomas Andrew. Married. One child:
B. A son who died young.
By second wife:
C. Luther A. (Bill). Born circa 1898. Died 23 September 1980 in Hemet, River-
side Co., CA. Married a lady named Dorothy. Their children:
By third wife:
D. Francis Irvin (Frank). He was born on 30 November 1903 at Oklahoma City, OK.
He married Elizabeth Clementine Smoot on 25 May 1937 at Seattle, King Co.,
WA. The bride was born 23 July 1910 at Craig, Moffat Co., CO. Francis died on
2 July 1971 at Longview, Cowlitz Co., WA. Their children:
a. Elizabeth Francis. She was born on 10 February 1938 at Portland, OR.
She married Lloyd Sidney Hedglin at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Longview,
Cowlitz Co., WA on 29 July 1954. He was born on 23 April 1936 in Bemid-
ji, Beltrami Co., Minnesota and was the son of Lee and Ella Grande Hed-
glin. Their children:
(A) Daniel Lee. Born 24 February 1955, Longview, WA.
(B) Greg Anthony. Born 24 May 1956 and moved to Taft, Kern Co., CA in 1981.
(C) Juanita Lynn. Born 8 January 1959. Married to Earl Michael Jenkins. Earl
was born on 19 April 1957. They were divorced in 1977.
b. John Irvin. Born 28 April 1939 at Longview, WA. He married Sandra Lee Berglund on 12 September 1958 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Longview, WA. She was born on 18
June 1942 and was the daughter of John A. and Irene Wick Berglund. John and
Sandra were divorced in 1963. John was married second to Peggy Lou McDonald
Willman on 4 April 1966 at Kelso, Cowlitz Co., WA. She was born 22 September 1947
at Astoria Clatsop Co., OR. She was the daughter of Paul and Maybelle Ness
McDonald. John adopted her daughter Lisa Marie Willman, born 30 April 1964. John
and Peggy were divorced in 1975. John's children:
By first wife:
(A) Sheryl Irene (Sheri).
(B) Shelly Beth (Bitsy).
(C) Richard Paul (Rick).
By second wife:
(D) Robin Michelle. Born 27 June 1969.
c. James Leonard. He was born 1 October 1945 at Longview, WA. He married Donna
Marie Overbey on 18 March 1967 at Missionary Baptist Church, Longview, WA. She
was born 27 November 1947 at Longview. She was the daughter of James Martin and
Chessie Allen Oglesby Overbey.
(A) James Allen. Born 3 May 1971 at Longview, WA.
(B) Martin Irvin. Born 18 April 1973 at Longview, WA.
E. Glen Alfred. He was born on 10 September 1905 at Geary, Blaine Co., OK. He married
Ruth Amber McCollough, daughter of Perry and Ida Belle McCullough, on 10 November
1939 at Longview, WA. She was born on 19 November 1905 at Ross, Vernon Co., WI.
a. Glen Anthony. He was born 3 August 1951 at Longview, WA. He married
Christine Marie Wood on 3 October 1970 at Kelso, WA. They were di-
vorced. He was married second to Linda Hall Price in 1978 at Phoenix,
Maricopa Co., AZ. Tony adopted her daughter Jenifer Rebecca Price.
By first wife:
(A) Trina Marie. Born 6 January 1973 in Longview, WA.
By second wife:
(B) Scott Michael. Born 5 October 1980 in Tuscon, Pima Co., AZ.
F. Thelma Iola. She was born on 2 November 1907 at Geary, OK. She married
Samuel Jamot (Ben) Brown on 26 May 1928 at Saguache, Saguache Co., CO. He
died of peritonitis in November of 1928 at Florence, Fremont Co., CO. She
was married second to Merritt Gordon Mills in 1941 at Corpus Christi, Nueces
Co., TX. They moved to Tacoma, WA. They were divorced there in 1944. They
were remarried in 1951 in Kelso, Cowlitz Co., WA. He died in 1973 at Ta-
coma, Pierce Co., WA. She died in August 1974 at Taft, Kern Co., CA.
Her children by first husband:
a. Samuel Jamot III. He was born on 1 April 1929 at Florence, CO. He
married Patricia Ann Crail (Krael), daughter of Edwin Paul Crail of
Apollo, PA and Ina Orr Callihan of Ligonier, PA. Their children, all
born at Torrance, Los Angeles Co., CA, are as follows:
(A) Christine Robin. Born 24 October 1951.
(B) Edwin Crail. Born 21 October 1953.
(C) Kimberly Ann. Born 7 November 1955.
(D) Lawrence. Born 16 September 1957.
G. Donald Rex. He was born on 18 June 1909 at Geary, OK. He married Sevina
Ida Rose, who was born 10 June 1911. He died as the result of injuries sus-
tained in a fall in a construction accident on 21 June 1936 at Portland,
Multnomah Co., Oregon. Their children:
a. Donald Rex.
b. Donald George. He was born on 21 March 1931 at Portland, OR. He
married Marlene Joyce Harrison. She was born on 4 April 1933. Their
children, all born at Portland, are as follows:
(A) Julie Kay. Born 2 October 1952. She married Donald D. Foglio. He
was born on 9 August 1951. Their children:
(a) Kattie Ann. Born 16 November 1972.
(b) Sarah Joy. Born 19 March 1974.
(c) Donald George. Born 29 October 1977.
(B) Marilyn Patrice. Born 21 February 1955. She married Richard
D. Parsley. He was born on 24 August 1955.
(C) Susan Dawn. Born 24 February 1959.
(D) Lisa Joy. Born 22 January 1963.
c. Ronald Rex. He was born on 29 August 1932 at Eugene, Lane Co., OR.
He was married first to a woman named Delores. He was married
second to Glenda Handy. His children:
By first wife:
(A) Daniel. Born in 1956.
(B) Ronda. Born in 1958.
(C) Victoria. Born in 1962.
(D) Christopher. Born in September of 1965.
By second wife:
(ii) Monta (Monte) (Mont). He was born on 17 December 1876 near Casey, IL. He married
Nellie Edith (Nell) Sparks on 29 October 1900 in Canadian Co., Oklahoma Territory.
It was on her twentieth birthday. She was the daughter Francis Marion and Sarah
Frances Warne Sparks. She was born 29 October 1880 in Leavenworth Co., KS. Mont
and his bride began married life in western Canadian Co. In 1901 there was a
drawing for land in Caddo Co. Mont's name was drawn early so he was able to obtain
the tract he had previously selected. The tract chosen was near Fort Cobb, OK. The
family's first home there was a dugout. Their first three children were born
there. In 1908 the family moved to a farm southwest of El Reno. The farm was two
miles east of Nell's sister Mattie and her husband Charley Bradley. Their next two
children were born on this farm. In the spring of 1918 the family moved to El Reno
where the youngest child was born. Mont worked for the Rock Island Railroad
cleaning cars. Later he became an upholsterer and worked at Cox Furniture Store
in El Reno where Nell was a bookkeeper. For awhile he worked both jobs, but left
the railroad following a strike. The couple worked at the furniture store until
retirement. Mont and Nell celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in October
of 1950 with all of their children in attendance. Nell suffered a heart attack
shortly after this event and died on 5 December 1950. Mont died 15 November 1954
in El Reno. He and his wife are buried in the El Reno cemetery. Their children:
A. Daisy Belle. She was born on 28 August 1901 in Caddo Co., OK. She was married
first to Edward (Eddie) Ethredge in 1918. He committed suicide after he
shot their two eldest daughters in May of 1933 in El Reno, Canadian Co., OK.
She was married second to Jack Hawkins. This marriage ended in divorce. Daisy
was living in Alameda, Alameda Co., CA at the time of her death. Her children
by her first marriage:
a. Eleanor Edna. Born 3 July 1920 and died in May of 1933.
b. Bernice Frances. Born 28 July 1921 and died in May of 1933.
c. Mary Lou. Born 17 November 1923. Married Leo Faria but was later
divorced. They had two daughters and one son.
B. Wayne Sparks. He was born on 28 January 1904 in Caddo Co., OK. He was
married first to Eva Nelson in 1921. They were divorced in 1924. He was
married second to Cecil Daly in 1927. Wayne worked in construction installing
floors. He is retired and (as of 1986) lives in South Gate, CA. His children
by his second wife:
a. Wayne Allen. Born 21 October 1937. Married with two daughters.
b. Linda Jeanne. Born 26 June 1945. She married a Mr. Reed and they have
C. Francis James. He was born in Caddo Co., OK on 30 March 1906. He was mar-
ried first to Jennie Brown on 11 August 1930 in Oklahoma City. She died 6 De-
cember 1957. Frank was married second to Annette Bryan Hedges on 14 February
1959 in Oklahoma City. Annette was born 13 June 1908 at Tishomingo, John-
son Co., OK. She is the daughter of William Webb and Amanda Evelyn Shores
Hedges. They live (as of 1986) in Oklahoma City. Frank was an accountant
before retirement and owned his own accounting firm. He and Jennie also
owned a Firestone affiliate store in Oklahoma City after WW II.
D. Marvin Lester. He was born in Canadian Co., OK on 11 October 1909. He was
married to Violet Dunkle on 2 July 1928 at El Reno, OK. She was born on 15
September 1910. Lester was a floor coverer. They lived in Huntington
Park, CA before Lester retired. At that time they moved to Hemet, River-
side Co., CA where Lester died on 1 December 1981. Lester is buried in
Rose Hills Cemetery, Whittier, Los Angeles Co., CA.
E. Sidney Sparks. He was born in Canadian Co., OK on 3 April 1912. He married
Glennis Fay Fike on 10 October 1934 at El Reno. She was born on 18 December
1913 at Altus, Jackson Co., OK. She is the daughter of John Carm and Eva Ear-
line McClendon Fike. Sidney retired from his job at the Federal Reformatory
near El Reno at the age of 50. He became the circulation manager for the
El Reno Tribune. He then worked in Youngheim's Clothing Store, after which
he worked in the El Reno Title Company until his second retirement. Sid and
Glennis spend their summers in El Reno and their winters at Harlingen, TX.
a. Sydney Faye. She was born on 2 November 1935 at El Reno, OK. She
married Elmer George Dickson, son of Homer George and Alice Iva Hark-
ness Dickson, on 2 September 1955 at El Reno. He was born at Aurora,
Kane Co., IL. For the first six years of their married life they
lived on a farm between Yorkville and Plano, IL. The next three years
they lived in Yorkville, IL. In 1964 they moved to Champaign, IL to
attend the University of Illinois. They lived there for six years. In
September of 1970, they moved to Chico, CA where they still reside
(as of 1986). Sydney has her doctorate in education and is a Pro-
fessor in the College of Education at California State University,
Chico. Their children:
(A) Kimberly Fay. Born 5 August 1956 at Aurora, IL. She mar-
ried Fred Polizo, Jr., son of Fred and Joan Winifred Hoover
Polizo, on 2 January 1983 in her parents home in Chico, CA.
Fred was born on 16 August 1958 at Lancaster, Los Angeles
Co., CA. They live (as of 1986) in San Jose, CA.
(B) Clay Matthew. Born 4 April 1958 at Aurora, IL. Clay lives
at home with his parents (as of 1986).
b. John Mont. He was born on 7 April 1940 at El Reno, OK. He married
Harriet Loessburg Austin on 22 October 1971 at El Reno. John spent
six years in the Navy as a communication specialist. Upon leaving the
Navy, he worked for IBM repairing and maintaining electric typewrit-
ers. He left IBM to work for General Electric on computers. Gen-
eral Electric sold their computer division to the Honeywell Corpora-
tion where John continued to work until he was killed in an automobile
accident on 2 October 1975 in Canadian Co., OK. He is buried in the
El Reno Cemetery.
F. Dorothy Irene. She was born in El Reno on 15 December 1920. She was married
first to Robert Stanley. Dorothy and Robert adopted two children, Robert Jr.
and Donna Louise. She was married second to Wayne Eggink on 11 June 1955
in Los Angeles, CA. They lived in Long Beach and Chino for a time, both in CA,
and now reside in Tulare, CA.
(iii) Jessie Burton. Married a lady named Florence. He died at Rosebud, TX on 12 March
(iv) Cyrus Irvin. Born 12 December 1880. Married Eva Milner. He died 12 November
1949 at Landers, WY. They had five children.
(v) Lester. Killed at age six in a runaway horse accident.
(vi) Ernest I. Born 13 April 1887. Married Neva (Nadine) Perry. Ernest was killed 9
February 1923 at Tulsa, OK in an explosion of a dynamite shed. Ernest and Nadine had
four children. Nadine married second to George Schmoyer, son of Charles Schmoyer.
They had no children. Nadine died in 1974 at Sandpoint, Idaho.
(vii) Ralph R. Born 16 August 1889. Married Clara Hepburn. Clara died and he was
married second to a lady named Mary. on 12 July 1955. He died on 2 December 1969
at Kansas City, KS. The children of Ralph and Clara:
(viii) Mattie L. Born 20 February 1892. Married William B. Hart. She died 17 June
1975 at Geary. William died in May of 1980 at Geary. Their children:
B. John Wesley.
C. James LeRoy.
D. Hazel Marie.
E. William Benton.
F. Ruth Irene.
(ix) Nettie Olive. Born 31 July 1895. Married Howard Edgar Armstrong on 8 September
1912. He was born on 6 August 1889 at Augusta, KS. He died and she was married
second to George Carlile. The children of Nettie Olive and Howard Edgar:
B. Harlan Vaits.
C. Ralph LaVern.
iv. William Henry. Born 24 July 1848 at Darrtown. Reportedly married but had no children.
v. Mary Ann (Molly). Born 20 March 1850 in Somerville. Married to Henry Owings.
vi. Charles Benjamin. Born 22 February 1852 in Somerville. Married to Emma B. Wise. She was
born in 1852 and died at Casey, Clark Co., IL in 1889. He died in 1908 at Geary, Blaine Co.,
OK. Their children:
(i) George. Married first to Nellie Moats. Married second to Neva (Nadine) Perry
Schmoyer, his cousin Ernest's widow.
(ii) Ida. Reportedly married and had two children.
vii. Franklin (Frank). Born 23 December 1853 in Somerville.
viii. Daniel Jr. Born 18 February 1855 in Somerville. Died 18 April 1855. Buried at
Hickory Flat Cemetery near Seven Mile, Butler Co., OH.
ix. Laura Ellen. Born 15 October 1856 in Somerville. Married to Edward Troxel but there were
x. Clara Susanna. Born 22 November 1858 in Somerville. Married to Seymour Brown of Westfield or
xi. Reuben Lincoln. Born 8 September 1860 in Casey Twp., Clark Co., IL. Died 10 October
1860 and is buried at the Mead Cemetery in Casey.
xii. Edwin Jerome. Born 14 August 1863 at Casey Twp. Died 10 October 1863 and is buried at
the Mead Cemetery.
xiii. Unamed twin daughter to Edwin Jerome. Born 14 August 1863 stillborn. Buried at the Mead
(3) Maria Anna. Married Jacob Trexler.
(4) James (other records say Jonas).
(5) Samuel. He was born on the family homestead on 20 December 1820. He died in Macungie Twp. on
10 April 1894 and is buried in the Lehigh Church cemetery. Early in his life, Samuel was a
farmer. About 1854, he began operating the "Schmoyer Mill" located on the Little Lehigh River,
near Alburtis, PA. He ran the mill for fifteen years, and then moved to Macungie and operated a
coal and grain business until 1875 when he retired. He was a prominent businessman of the day.
Samuel was married first to Elizabeth Yeager, daughter of Daniel Yeager, a farmer who lived near
the Lehigh Church. He was married second to Mrs. Leah Yeager. His
By his first wife:
i. Clara. Married her second cousin, Solomon Schmoyer. They lived near the Lehigh Church
but later moved to Palm, PA.
ii. Euallen J. He was born on his grandfather's homestead on 6 July 1849. He married Rosa
Weiler, daughter of Peter and Sarah Keck Weiler, of Macungie. He was educated in the
local schools and later attended the Reading Business College. He lived in Illinois for two
years but returned to PA and assisted his father in the coal and grain business for more than
a year. In 1875. he started a butcher shop in Macungie and ran it for ten years. After this
he was a cattle and horse dealer until 1891. At that time he moved to Allentown and was in
the livery business until he and his daughter Elizabeth were killed crossing the railroad at
Northampton on 1 September 1914. Euallen and his family were members of the Lutheran Church
at Macungie, PA. Their children:
(i) George W.
(ii) Howard S.
(iii) Fred P.
(iv) Elizabeth. Died 1 September 1914 at Northampton, PA.
iii. George. He lived at Schmoyer's Mill.
iv. Morris. He was a merchant in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.
v. Leah Arabella. She died during childhood.
By his second wife:
vi. Hattie. She married William N. Decker.
(6) John Benjamin. He was born in Macungie Twp. on 19 December 1822. When he was three years old he
was taken to be raised by his aunt and uncle, John and Sarah Schmeyer, who were his baptismal
sponsors. He was married to Maria Lichtenwalner, daughter of Jacob Lichtenwalner, on 17 December
1843 by the Rev. Joshua Yeager. Maria was born on 23 December 1824 and died 15 December 1906.
John Benjamin died 11 August 1893. Both of them are buried in the Lehigh Church cemetery. John
Benjamin was a farmer. He operated his uncle's farm and eventually inherited it. He also owned
and for a time operated the flour and feed mill near Lehigh Church (now called Brookdale). For
many years he was the director and treasurer of the Trexlertown Mutual Fire Insurance
Company. He was one of the organizers of the Lehigh Church Sunday School and was its first
superintendant. He was also a deacon, elder, and trustee of the church. When Schmoyer's
Schoolhouse No. 12 was rebuilt in 1880, he solicited the funds needed to build a tower and bell
which were added to the building. Their children:
i. Stillborn son, born 25 March 1845.
ii. Stillborn daughter, born 12 June 1846.
iii. John Benjamin Jacob. He commonly wrote his name as "Benj. J.". He was born on the farm
near Spring Creek, Lower Macungie Twp. on 14 February 1848. He attended Wyoming Seminary,
Kingston, PA during 1866. He married Matilda Elizabeth Meyer, daughter of Charles and Maria
Waltman Meyer on 3 November 1867. From 1868 to the Spring of 1900, he operated the
Schmoyer homestead which he inherited from his father. He was a member of the Lutheran
Church and served as a deacon, elder, and trustee for many years. He died on 12 May
1913 and is buried in the Lehigh Church cemetery. His wife died on the "Old Schmoyer
Homestead" on 19 March 1921. She is buried in the Lehigh Church cemetery as well. Their
(i) Melville Benjamin Charles. He was born in the old farm house, built in 1809 by John
Schmeyer, at Spring Creek, Lower Macungie Twp. on 12 October 1871. He married Anna
Kramer Frederick, daughter of Rev. George W. and Rebecca Hinkle Frederick of Phila-
delphia, on 6 October 1897. He attended public school in Schmoyer's Schoolhouse
No. 12. In January 1889 he enrolled in Muhlenberg College, graduating with honors
in June 1893, earning an A.B. degree. He continued at Muhlenberg until earning his
A.M. in 1896. He entered the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Mt. Airy, Phila-
delphia, graduating 26 May 1896. On 1 June 1896 he was ordained to office of the
ministry in St. John's Lutheran Church at East Mauch Chunk, PA, where he served un-
til 6 April 1902. He was pastor at West Hazleton-Sheppton parish from April 1902
until December 1909. He then became the general secretary of the Slav Mission
Board from December 1909 until 1 July 1911. After this appointment he regularly
served as interim pastor where needed. He was the founder and editor of The Monthly
Lutheran (Hazleton edition) for three years. He was president of the Upper
Lehigh Valley Luther League Central. He was also an active historian of the
Schmoyer family, the Lehigh Lutheran Church, and Lehigh Co. He was a member
of the Pennsylvania German Society. Their children:
A. Philip Frederick. Born 24 May 1906 at West Hazleton, PA. Married Elaine
Loretta Edelstein, daughter of Emil and Marie Pfeffer Edelstein, on 8 July
1933. She was born on 17 April 1903. Their children:
a. Lawrence Frederick.
B. Melville Benjamin Charles, Jr. Born 30 April 1915 on the "Old Homestead" near
Spring Creek, Lower Macungie Twp. Married 13 April 1943 to Madeline M.
Butz. Their children:
a. Sandra Jean.
b. Janet Marie.
(ii) Herbert John. He was born at Spring Creek, Lower Macungie on 29 August 1877.
He graduated from Muhlenberg College in 1901 with a Bachelor of Science degree.
He graduated from the University of PA Medical College in 1905 and was a Doctor
who practiced medicine in Bethlehem, PA. On 4 November 1915, he married Bessie M.
Mitchell, daughter of Joseph T. and Rebecca R. Wehr Mitchell. In 1921 he pur-
chased the old Schmoyer homestead at Spring Creek. He died 15 December 1941
and is buried in the Lehigh (Zion's) Church cemetery near Alburtis, PA. Their
A. Harold M.
iv. Susanna Caroline. Born near Spring Creek on 12 June 1850. She married William H. Wagenhorst
in 1869. He died on 16 November 1875. She was later married to Cyrenius W. Kutz on 10 March
1888. He died on 16 May 1916. She died on 10 August 1933 at the home of her daughter Alma at
Reading, PA. She was buried on the family plot of her first husband in the Longswamp Cemetery
in Longswamp Twp., PA.
(7) Jacob Tilghman. He was born in Macungie Twp. on 19 January 1825. He apparently always wrote his
name as "Tilghman Jacob". He assisted his father on the farm and also taught school for several
years. For about fifty years he was a dealer in marble and granite. Many of the tombstones in
the Allentown, PA area were cut and engraved by him. For many years he was a member of the
Lutheran Church, but later became associated with the United Brethren Church. He was a
Republican. On 20 December 1846, he was married to Elizabeth Wickert, daughter of Henry Wickert.
She was born on 17 July 1827 and died on 18 October 1877. Their children:
i. Massianna M. Died in infancy.
ii. Alfred L. Died in childhood.
iii. Alavesta R. She married Rev. Henry V. Mohn.
iv. Llewellyn E. Died in childhood.
v. Almond W. He was born at Allentown, PA on 31 January 1857. He married Louisa Deisher,
daughter of William and Sarah Ann Butz Deisher, on 30 June 1881. Almond was educated in the
public schools and the Allentown Business College. He was a stone cutter and sculptor for
25 years. In 1900, he went to work in the laundry business as a solicitor. In 1909, he
became the proprietor of the Star Laundry, which was conducted under the firm name of H. W.
Schmeyer and Company. He belonged to the Christ Lutheran Church. Their children:
(i) Harry W. he was born on 20 June 1882 in Allentown, PA. He married Martha W. Keiser
of Pottstown, PA on 28 June 1905. He was educated in the Allentown public schools and
graduated from Allentown High School in 1900. He also attended and graduated from the Al-
lentown Business College. From 1903 to 1908 he worked for Woolworth. He was the assist-
ant manager of the Woolworth store in Allentown from 1903 to 1905, then of the Market
Street store in Philadelphia from 1905 to 1908. He was the manager of their Phoenix-
ville store for about a year and a half when he resigned to go into the laundry business
with his father. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and served as Sunday School
secretary for three years. Their children:
A. Frederick L.
B. Kathryn B.
C. Eleanor L.
D. Harriet E.
(ii) Elizabeth F. of Allentown, PA.
(iii) Sadie E. Born 31 January 1889 and died 28 July 1889.
(iv) A. Willis. Married to Frances P. Peters, daughter of Richard Peters of Allentown.
(v) Paul D. of Allentown.
(vi) A. Russell of Allentown.
vi. Ida V. She married Sylvester D. Rohrbach of Topton, PA.
vii. Flora B. She married Edward J. Balliet of Allentown, PA.
viii. Bella J. She died in childhood.
ix. Harvey L. He married Mabel L. Smith of Plainfield, NJ.
x. William H. He lived with his brother Almond at Allentown, PA.
(8) James Henry. Married to Rebecca Schneider.
(9) Sarah Elwina Christine. Married Jonas Bauer.
(10) Anna Maria. Married to Caspar Hinkle.
(11) Emmaline A. Married to Levi Butz.
(12) Sarah Amelia. Married to Henry Ruth.
12. Joshua. He was born in Macungie Twp. and was baptized on 9 May 1796 by the Rev. Mr. Buskirk. His
parents were witnesses. He married Christina (Dinah) Trexler, daughter of Jonathan and Elizabeth
Harlacher Trexler, on 3 January 1818. Christina was born in Macungie Twp. on 7 January 1799 and
was baptized by the Rev. Mr. Buskirk on 17 January 1799. Her grandmother, Eva Harlacher, was the
witness. Joshua died on 21 June 1871, aged 75 years 2 months 28 days. Their children:
(1) Jonas. Born November of 1818. Lived eleven days.
(2) Juliana. Born 20 July 1820. Married by the Rev. Charles Herrmann to William Gift.
(3) Rebecca. Born 12 May 1822. Married on 1 November 1841 by the Rev. Mr. Noeller to Christian
(4) Charles. Born September of 1823 and died young.
(5) Sarah Helena. Born 11 December 1824. Married on 16 April 1843 by the Rev. Mr. Noeller to William
(6) Joseph Benjamin. Born 20 February 1826. Married on 26 February 1846 by Rev. Jer. Schindel to
(7) Thomas. Born in 1827 and died young.
(8) Jonathan. Born 31 October 1828. Married on 31 December 1850 by the Rev. Mr. Noeller to Sallyann
(9) Carolina. Born 12 February 1830. Married on 15 April 1849 by the Rev. Joshua Jaeger to Stephen
(10) Rosalinda. Born 8 March 1832. Married on 16 September 1849 by the Rev. Joshua Jaeger to
(11) Emily. Born June 1834 and died at four weeks old.
(12) Francis. Born in 1835 and died at eight weeks old.
(13) Charles Horace. Born 14 January 1837. He died on 4 March 1843 and was six years, one month, and
twenty days old.
(14) Lewis Edwin. Born October 1838 and died young.
(15) Catharine Elizabeth. Born 14 February 1840 and lived only four months.
13. James. He was born either 14 or 18 January 1801 in Macungie Twp. He married Catharina Unger. She
was born 23 March 1803 and died 25 October 1890. James and his family moved to Butler Co., OH. James
died on 15 March 1874. Their children:
(1) Benjamin Jacoby.
(2) Lydia Catherine Theresa. Born 29 August 1822, probably in Macungie Twp. Married David Jacoby.
She died 5 August 1890 while living in Arcola, Douglas Co., IL. She is buried in the Arcola
(3) John Jacob Franklin.
(4) David James T.
(5) Catherine E. Born 19 November 1839, probably in Macungie Twp. Married Reuben Minor Jacoby on 20
November 1859. Died 5 January 1863. Buried in Hickory Flat Cemetery, four miles south east of
Seven Mile, Butler Co., OH.
Christian. Born circa 22 February 1741. Jordan Lutheran Church records in Lehigh Co., PA show that a Philip Schmeyer with wife Catharina appears in 1741 with the baptism of a son, Christian, on 22 February 1741. The sponsors were Christian Ruth and wife Susanna. Christian died 10 May 1761 and was reportedly buried in Lower Macungie Twp.
Anna Margarentha. Born circa 1742. Married to Jacob Schwartz.
Michael. Information on this individual and his family is from the Dickson book mentioned above. Michael was born in Macungie Twp. on 1 January 1745. When his father died he was still a minor. Michael became a farmer and eventually acquired about 400 acres in the township. He married Maria Magdalena Kuchel who was born 18 March 1748 and died 23 October 1814. Michael served in the Northampton Co. Militia during the Revolutionary War as a private (see Daughters of the American Revolution Patriot Index 1966, p. 597). He was a leader in Macungie Twp. during the Friess Rebellion. Family tradition has it that he chased the assessors from his property when they arrived to assess his house for the hated "window tax". He used his musket as an enforcer. He was arrested along with other followers of John Friess and was taken to Philadelphia for trial. He, with 27 others, pled guilty and threw themselves on the mercy of the court. He was sentenced to nine months in prison and fined $400. There was an outbreak of yellow fever among the prisoners who were moved to Norristown, PA. Michael died there on 5 November 1800. Both he and his wife were members of the Lehigh Lutheran Church. They are both buried in the cemetery there. Their children:
1. Catherine. She married Conrad Fenal.
2. Gertrude. Born 28 July 1772. She married Abraham Schwartz.
3. Maria Loves. Born 28 July 1772 and was likely a twin to Gertrude. Maria Loves married Adam Brouss.
4. John Jacob. He was born in Macungie Twp. on 25 June 1774. He married Maria Susanna Nein on 3 August
1794. She was born 12 September 1775 and died 4 October 1841. John Jacob owned and operated a farm
near Trexlertown. He was also a veterinarian. He died 11 October 1842 and is buried in the Lehigh
Church cemetery. Their children:
(1) John. He was born in Macungie Twp. on 10 February 1797. He married Elizabeth Bieber on 14
April 1828. She was born on 25 January 1794 and died on 8 October 1874. John died on 26 June 1869
and is buried in the Lehigh Church cemetery. John farmed on his father's land which he
later owned. He was a member of the Lutheran Church. Their known children:
i. Charles Benjamin. He was born in Lower Macungie Twp. on 21 February 1832. He married Rosa M.
Albright, daughter of Samuel Albright, on 5 April 1862. She was born on 9 February 1844 and
died on 10 June 1885. Charles received his education in the public schools and was a farmer.
He farmed on his father's land which he later owned. He was a Republican. Their children:
(i) Anna M. E. O. Born 10 April 1863 and died 14 October 1871.
(ii) Kate L. A. Born 25 March 1864 and died 21 April 1874.
(iii) John J. He was born in Lower Macungie Twp. on 25 July 1865. He married Kate E. Barner,
daughter of David Barner, on 8 January 1887. He attended the public schools and then
attended the Kutztown Normal School for two years in 1882 and 1883. After this, he
helped his father and eventually ran the farm for him. He also ran Albright's Mill
for a time. In politics he was a Republican. He served as school director of Lower
Macungie Twp. for two terms (1905-1911) and was a director of the Trexlertown Mutual
Fire Insurance Company. He was a member of the Lehigh Lutheran Church, serving as a
deacon for one term, a trustee for four years, elder for two years, and secretary of
the council. Their children:
A. Harry E. Born 23 June 1887 and died 17 August 1913.
B. Warren E. Married Sadie M. Schmoyer, daughter of Frank Schmoyer.
C. Morris Raymond. Married Miriam C. Schmoyer, daughter of Oliver J. Schmoyer.
(iv) Samuel G. Married to Annie M. Koch.
(v) Charles W. Married to Jennie Bastian.
(vi) Henry E. Born 2 March 1872 and died 16 May 1874.
(vii) Gertie R. Married Elmer J. Schmoyer of Allentown.
(viii) Peter Daniel. He was born in Lower Macungie Twp. on 12 July 1877. He married Rosa L.
Smith, daughter of George and Dina North Smith, on 5 March 1901. He received his
education in the public schools. He was a porter at the Grand Central Hotel at
Allentown until 1898. At that time he operated the Orpheum Cafe for nine months
with his partner, Mr. Edwin C. Merkle. The partnership was dissolved and Peter oper-
ated the cafe alone. In politics, he was a Republican. He was a member of the Lehigh
(2) Rachel. Born 9 June 1800. Died 12 January 1883. Married to Samuel Schwnek.
(3) Jacob. Born 5 February 1803 and died 17 October 1828. Married to Catherine Straub.
(4) Henry. Born 16 July 1808 and died 23 May 1854. Married to Lydia Lichtenwalner.
(5) Lydia. Born 19 May 1811 and died 15 January 1859.
5. Magdalena. Born 22 April 1778. She married Jacob Steffy or Stephan.
6. Abraham. He was born in Macungie Twp. on 10 July 1783. He was married to Susanna Stephen, daughter of
Jacob Stephen. Abraham owned and operated a farm. He was a member of the Lutheran Church. He died 20
November 1848 and is buried in the Trexlertown Church cemetery.
(1) Jacob. Born 6 December 1802. Married first to Lydia Danner. He was married second to his brother
Solomon's widow Anna Biery Schmeyer.
(2) Esther. Born 2 April 1802 and died 6 January 1884. Married to Jacob Diefenderfer.
(3) John. Born 20 August 1805 and died 9 February 1871. Married to Sally Neitz.
(4) Solomon. Born 23 March 1809 and died 23 November 1834. Married to Anna Biery. Solomon and Anna
had Tilghman, born 1837. Tilghman had Preston, born 1852. Preston had Morris, born 1897. Morris
had Willard, born 1917. Willard had Donald, born 1935. Donald married Anna Mae. They had the
following children: Dennis, 1957-1989; Donald Jr., born 1958 (he married and had Donald III, born
1980, and Corey, born 1985); Margaret Ann, born 1959; and Thomas Lee, born 1965 (he married and had
Zachariah Lee, born 1989). This is the Donald and Anna Mae Schmoyer that are helping Hans Schmeyer
with his American research.
(5) Lydia. Born 17 February 1811 and died 14 November 1879. Married to David Leibensperger.
(6) Maria Polly. Born 26 April 1814 and died 10 April 1886. Married to Peter Sell.
(7) David. Born 17 June 1816 and died 31 May 1894. Married to Anna Matilda Steininger.
(8) Abraham. He was born in Macungie Twp. on 28 December 1817. He was married to Maria Ginginer. She
was the daughter of David and Catherine Lichty Ginginer. She was born on 10 February 1818 and died
26 September 1891. Abraham Schmeyer was a journeyman carpenter for several years. He then turned
to farming which he pursued until he retired in 1868. He was a director of the Trexlertown Mutual
Fire Insurance Company for many years, was a Republican, and also a
member of the Lutheran Church in which he served in many capacities. He died on 26 October 1891.
i. Massiann M. She married Reuben Mohr.
ii. Elias A. He was born in Lower Macungie Twp. on 15 April 1844. He married Mary E. Albright,
daughter of Samuel G. and Catharine Moser Albright on 12 November 1867. She was born on
1 May 1848 and died on 17 September 1887. After completing the public school curriculum, he
attended the Bucks County Normal and Classical School at Quakertown in 1859. He farmed his
father's land until 1902 when he retired. He was a Republican and a member of the Trexlertown
Lutheran Church. He served there as a deacon, elder, and trustee. He was married a second
time to Mrs. Mary A. Roth Weickel. The children of Elias and Mary:
(i) Adam A. Born 14 April 1869 and died 4 January 1874.
(ii) Jacob A. He was born in Lower Macungie Twp. on 11 November 1870. He married Annie
S. Bastian, daughter of Jonas and Eliza Smith Bastian, on 1 January 1895. He
attended public schools until he was 16. During 1888, he attended the Keystone State
Normal School at Kutztown. Following this, he worked for three years on his father's
farm. Then for three more years he clerked with E. M. Loux and Company at Allentown.
He returned to the farm for another two years. In the spring of 1897, he began
working on the repair section of the Catasaqua and Fogelsville Railroad, eventually
becoming a section gang foreman. He resided at Trexlertown, PA during this
period. In politics he was a Republican. He was a member of the Trexlertown Lutheran
Church and served as a deacon and trustee.
(iii) K. Elenora V. Married Charles A. Huff of Allentown.
(iv) Ulysses A. Married first to Annie C. Grim. After her death, he was married second to
Cora A. Roth.
iii. Alfred D. He was born on 10 June 1847 and he died on 15 September 1849.
iv. Elizann V. She was born on 1 July 1855 and died on 8 June 1870.
(9) Salome. Born 23 March 1819 and died 23 November 1834.
(10) Michael. Born 18 January 1822 and died 13 April 1895. Married to Eliza Mohr.
7. Rachel. Born 19 October 1789. She married Samuel Yeager.
8. There may also have been another daughter, Elizabeth.
John Philip. Born circa 1744. Died 23 December 1819 in Adams Co., PA. Possible child was (John ?) Philip Jr. who died 19 March 1825. According to the Dickson book, John Philip was married to a woman named Maria Magdalena Seitz. Information from Lehigh Co., PA also confirms this. They had the following known children:
1. Catherine Barbara. Born 24 April 1763. May have died young.
2. Johan Wilhelm.
3. Johan. Born 30 November 1767. Possible that this is (John ?) Philip Jr. above.
4. Lorenz. Born 10 November 1784.
5. Salome. Born 26 March 1787.
6. Catherine. Baptized 1 January 1791. May have been named in honor of their first daughter.
There are other Smyers descendants that lived in the same general area where the immigrants Philip and Maria settled. I believe they may be descended from them, but I cannot tie them to a particular line at this time. They are:
Jacob. Born 1777 in Northampton County. Married Elizabeth Bender. Their children:
1. Julianna. Born 15 June 1812.
2. Sarah. Born 13 January 1816.
3. Jacob. Born either 27 July or 27 December 1817.
4. William. Born 29 September 1820.
5. Jesse. Born 28 February 1823.
6. Hannah. Born 7 February 1826.
7. Daniel. Born 7 September 1830.
William. Born 1821. May be the same as William born 1820 above. His children/descendants:
1. John. Born 1854.
The proper place has yet to be found for these Schmeyer families that are mentioned in the Dickson volume:
John Schmeyer. Father's name was Philip. Lived in Northampton Co., PA near Kreidersville. His father was supposed to have been a gunsmith near Coopersville, PA. John Schmeyer was born 4 January 1775 and died 10 October 1854. He is said to have been married twice. His second wife was Maria Eva Dietrich. She was born on 8 May 1788 and died on 19 June 1853. Both John and his wife are buried in the Zion or Stone Church Cemetery at Kreidersville. Their known children:
1. Jacob. He moved to Greenville, PA and later to Tiffin, OH.
2. Samuel. He lived near Kreidersville, PA.
3. Joseph. He was born in Allen Twp., Northampton Co., PA on 12 August 1812. He was a farmer and lived
near Bath, PA. He owned two farms there. He was married first to Maria Latschar. She was born on 21
April 1817 and died on 23 November 1868. His second wife was a Miss Scheiry.
Joseph died on 29 October 1888 and is buried at Kreidersville, PA. The children of Joseph and Maria:
(1) John Edwin. Born 4 January 1838 at Kreidersville. He married Mary Elizabeth Dieter, daughter of
John and Salome Dreisbach Dieter. John and Mary had a daughter who married Cyrus Marsh.
(2) Thomas. He married Susanna Edelman of Bath, PA.
(4) Emma. She married Abraham Fehnel.
(5) Mary A. E. She married Lake Erie Huber of Northampton, PA.
(6) Mantana. Married to Samuel Lapp.
(7) Amandus. Born 19 November 1845 and died 5 August 1846.
(8) Henrietta Eva. Born 23 May 1847 and died 15 August 1847.
(9) Christian Stephen. Born 25 July 1850 and died 15 September 1850.
4. John. He moved to Medina Co., OH in 1852.
5. Kathryn. She married Thomas Graffin.
6. Sarah. Married Samuel Miller. Lived in Berks Co., PA.
We now return to the German ancestors and other lines of descendants in America.
JOHANNES SCHMEYER was married first on 12 January 1696 to Anna Ursula Alt, born in Walhausen about 1679. She was the daughter of Hans Nickel and Engel von Sotern Alt. They had at least two children, Hans Adam, born 9 April 1696 and died 1 February 1702, and Susanna Magdalena, born 26 March 1699. Anna Ursula died prior to July of 1700, probably in 1699. The widower Johannes married second on 9 July 1700 to Elisabetha Kramer, also known as Liss, born 25 September 1675 in Dillendorf. Her father was Matheis Kramer of Dillendorf, then deceased, and her mother was Katharina Hecken. They had the following children: Anna Maria, born 5 August 1701 and died 6 February 1714; Hans Michel (see below for details - it is through this individual that we trace George Bolar Smyers and the Illinois Smyers); Maria Elisabeth, born 26 January 1710; Johann Lorenz, born 12 February 1713 and married in 1746 to Barbara Reven of Gonnesweiler; and Maria Barbel, born 25 February 1717.
Returning to Hans Michel (Michael), he married Maria Barbel, daughter of Johannes Doll of Lichtenberg, on 4 January 1729, according to the Burgert book and the Schmeyer book. According to the German genealogy, Hans Michel was born on 2 March 1704 in Walhausen, and he and his wife were married on 4 January 1729. Their children known to be born in Germany are as follows: Maria Elisabeth, born 17 July 1729 (sponsors at her baptism were Jacob Hornberger of Nohfelden, Peter Schmeyer of Nohfelden, Maria Lis daughter of Johannes Schmelzer deceased of Walhausen, and Elisabeth daughter of Johanness Dollen of Erzweiler); Joseph, born 10 June 1731; Anna Catherina born 25 January 1733 and died 16 May 1736 (sponsors at her baptism were Georg Christoph Bergner, a miner from Sachsen, Lorenz Schmeyer of Walhausen, Anna Catharina wife of Michel Fries of Walhausen, and Anna Catherina daughter of Lorenz Wolf of Walhausen); Johannes, born 4 July 1737 and died 12 January 1739; Maria Margretha, born 30 August 1739 and died 3 July 1740; Johann Michel, born 11 February 1742; Johann Jacob, born 3 November 1743; Johann Peter, born 19 June 1746; and Maria Catharina, born 30 September 1748. According to the Zweibrucken Emigrant Lists, 1728-1749, Michael and Maria went to America with seven of their eight children in 1749. Initially residing in Pennsylvania after their arrival on 7 October 1749, the family later moved to Frederick Co., MD. Some researchers have listed a possible additional child, Philip, born in 1749, but I believe this is likely incorrect. Based on the information I have acquired from various sources, I conclude that the Philip listed as born in 1749 is really Philip born circa 1762, son of John Michael below, and thus the grandson of Hans Michel and Maria. The Schmeyers homestead was on Little Hunting Creek near Creagerstown, about half way between Frederick and Emmitsburg. The family later resided in Washington Co., MD. A family tradition indicates that Michael, and possibly some of his sons, died in a drowning accident sometime around 1750. This has yet to be verified. This would not be true, however, at least as far as the year is concerned, if this is the same Michael Smyer that received a land warranty for 30 acres in Northampton Co., PA on 3 April 1752. Interestingly, there were several members of the Leffler family (more on them below) that obtained land in the same county between 1771 and 1775 (see Pennsylvania Archives, Third Series, Vol. 26, p. 165). In a letter to William Hays Smyers in 1988, Smyers researcher Margie Hamill provided some interesting thoughts regarding Michael and his descendants: "...Several years ago Richard Ellenberger of Big Run, Pa. found a paper among his sister Audrey Register's genealogical records with an interesting notation. It stated: ________ Smeyres, of German origin, head of branch of family, settled in Maryland on Hunter's Creek. Armed with this clue and the knowledge that a Michael Smyers was listed in the 1800 Pennsylvania Census in Warren Township (Little Cove), Franklin Co., Pa., my husband and I made several trips... to Pennsylvania and Maryland to see what we could find. We learned that Hunter's Creek has its origin near the summit of Cotoctin Mountain and runs in a south easterly direction about 2 miles south of Creagerstown, Md. and empties into the Moncacy River. We believe that Michael Smyers lived in or near the "Old Monacacy Settlement" which is generally believed to be the forerunner of what is now Creagerstown, Md. In the graveyard beside the "Old St. Paul's Lutheran Church" in Creagerstown is a grave marker for a Sally Smyers and the date of her death proves there were Smyers living in this area as late as 1839. Conococheague Creek runs a crooked course south from Chambersburg, Pa., and crosses the "Old National Road" (U.S. Route 40) about 2 miles east of the site of St. Paul's German Reformed Church (where several Leffler families had children baptized) and finally empties into the Potomac River at Williamsport, Md. In the late 1700's Williamsport was known as "Conococheague". The 1800 Washington County Md. Census lists a Jacob Leffler and Peter Leffler living there. Jacob had three females over the age of 16 at that time... There is no indication that any Lefflers ever settled in the "Little Cove" area so it is logical that Philip Smires and Margaret Leffler met and were married somewhere in Maryland...." The name of Michael's land was reportedly "Poor Man's Habitat". The Burgert book lists the following children for Michael and Maria, with the exception of Philip, which does not appear on that list (German genealogical records list the dates below as birthdates and other sources list them as baptism dates):
Maria Elisabetha. Born or baptized 17 July 1729. She may have married and remained behind in Germany while the rest of the family went to America.
Joseph. Born or baptized 10 June 1731. May have been married. Possible children:
1. Male, name unknown. Married.
(1) Joseph. Born about 1780. Died sometime after 1850. Married to Susannah - ? -, born about 1795.
Both of them were born in Pennsylvania according to census records. They turn up in the 1850
Census for Armstrong Co., PA in Madison Township (George Bolar Smyers later settled there - see
below). Joseph was a laborer. Joseph and Susannah had at least two children:
(i) Jacob. Born about 1819 in PA. He was a laborer. He was married to Elizabeth - ? -, born
about 1826. They had at least three children:
A. Joseph. Born about 1847.
B. Mary. Born about 1848.
C. Susannah M. Born about 1849.
(ii) Elizabeth. Born about 1826. She may have been married to a Mr. Smith and may have become a
widow at an early age. She was living with her presumed parents at the time the 1850 Census
Anna Catharina. Born or baptized 25 January 1733 and died on 16 May 1736.
Johannes. Born or baptized 14 July 1737 and died on 12 January 1739.
Maria Margret. Born or baptized 30 August 1739 and died on 3 July 1740.
John Michael. Born or baptized 11 February 1742. He likely lived in both Frederick and Washington Counties in MD. He married, possibly to a woman named Elizabeth, and moved later to Little Cove, Franklin Co., PA. Franklin Co., PA is just across the state line from Frederick Co., MD. A Michael Smyer is listed in the census records for Warren Township, Franklin Co., PA in 1810. According to "History of the Little Cove", page 17, a Michael Smyers was on the tax list there in 1791. A Michael Smier was also on the 1807 business list as running a sawmill. A reference to the Mary Ward Davis diary indicates the death of an Elizabeth Smiers in February of 1862, age 71 years. Page 56 of the same book states that "...there were three other home sites near the southern end of Buffalo (Ridge), one of which was the early Michael Smiers/Abraham Secrist Mill site on Cave Run." Page 145 of that book states that the Smiers name shows up in a "...warrant for 143 acres 89 perch of land which bears the date 1784 and is in the name of Michael Smiers. ...The Michael Smiers will of 1817 mentions his neighbor William Huston as executor... witnesses were two other neighbors, Michael Russell and John Divilbiss. One of the Michael Smiers was operating a saw mill on Cave Run in 1807. This was later the Abraham Secrist Mill. ...Many of the early members of this family are buried at the Stone Church. The name of Elizabeth Smiers was added as late as 1850 from the Presbyterian Roll. One Michael Smiers was married to Elizabeth Stine...." The last will and testament of Michael Smyers reads as follows: "In the name of God Amen I Michael Smyer of Franklin County and State of Pennsylvania being sick and weak in body but of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall please God to call me hence do therefore make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say - First and principally I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God and my body to the earth to be decently Buried at the discretion of my Executors hereinafter named and after my debts and funeral charges are paid. I give and bequeath as follows I give and bequeath unto four of my children namely Elizabeth, Philip, Ludwick, and Jacob the whole of my estate to be equally divided among them I also give all my wearing apparel to my son Jacob. And I do hereby declare that the money which I gave to my son Michael being in all about one hundred and sixty Dollars from which I do by these presents acquit and discharge him and shall go in full satisfaction of all receipt, title, Interest claim and demand whatsoever which he may or can in any way present to have or claim of in or to all or any part of my Estate... In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 30th day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred Seventeen...." Based on her exclusion from the will, it appears Michael's wife Elizabeth died sometime prior to 1817. The known children of John Michael and Elizabeth were as follows, all born in MD:
2. Philip. Born circa 1762. It is from this Philip that I believe the Brown County, Illinois Smyers are
descended. See complete biography of Philip below.
5. Michael. He may be the Michael Smiers listed on the tax list of 1846 for Franklin Co., PA referenced
on page 61 of the "Little Cove" book. May have been married to an Elizabeth Stine. They may have had
a daughter named Elizabeth. An indenture on file in Franklin Co., PA indicates that Michael and his
wife Elizabeth sold seventy six acres and twenty four perches to a George Grefs on 1 April 1845 in
Warren Township, Franklin Co. A total of $325 was paid to them for the land. Michael had sold the
portion of his original land "Rural Felicity", on the Potomac River, that extended into Washington Co.,
MD for $200 to one Frederick Coon on 3 July 1815. The sale was for a total of twenty and one-half
acres of land according to a copy of the original indenture.
John Jacob. Born or baptized 3 November 1743. According to the Burgert book, Northampton Co., PA wills files show that a Jacob Schmeyer of Macungie left a will dated 14 April 1791. He names his wife Waltborga Fegely, and children Jacob, Susanna, Crate, Regina, John, Daniel, Anna Elisabeth, and Philip. John Jacob's brothers Peter and son Philip, born circa 1762, as the executors. There may have been an additional child named Maria.
John Peter. Born or baptized 19 June 1746.
Maria Catharina. Born 30 September 1748 and baptized 31 November 1748.
PHILIP AND MARGARET LEFFLER SMYERS
Philip. Born circa 1762 and likely the son of John Michael and Elizabeth Smyers (see above). Many secondary sources list his birthdate as 1749, but, to my knowledge, this has never been confirmed by such means as a birth record or other similar document. Census records indicate the circa 1762 as being more likely. Philip died sometime between 1843 and 1847 in Cambria Co., PA and is reportedly buried at Strongstown, Cambria Co., PA, just a few miles from the Indiana Co. line. However, one account (see below) places his age at death at 102, therefore the date of his death could have been as late as 1864. The "History of Indiana County, Pennsylvania" provides some sketchy information about Philip and his family. Philip Smyers (or Smires) appeared on a "taxables list" for Wheatfield Township, Indiana County, PA in 1807. He and his family had come to Indiana County from Maryland some years prior to appearing on the list. Philip and family appear on the 1810 Census for Wheatfield Twp., Indiana Co., PA. Philip is listed as head of household with 3 males under age 10, 2 females under age 10, and 1 female under age 16, besides Philip and his wife. George Bowler, for whom Philip's youngest son, George Bolar Smyers, was possibly named, is listed as living nearby (see section on Bolar family below). They may have settled first in Mercersburg, Franklin County, PA. The family with which we are dealing here were probably Lutherans originally, and the book referenced above indicates that many Lutherans from Lancaster, Berks, and Franklin Counties in Pennsylvania moved to Indiana County in 1794. Philip also later lived in Cambria County. Some sources report he had served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. However, I feel he is being confused with one or more other Philip Smyers. Unless, that is, he entered the service at a young age and near the end of the conflict. This is certainly possible. The report that he served in the War of 1812 is more likely accurate. He may have been married prior to his marriage to Anna Margaret Leffler, and the surname of his first wife may have been Bolar. See the section on the Bolar family later in this volume. Further research is needed in this area. Margaret, as noted below, was supposedly born in 1762. However, the age group she is listed in for the Cambria County, PA censuses, as well as the date of birth of her final child, makes a circa 1770 birth date more likely. Philip and his family settled originally at Devil's Delight near Fort Frederick and Clear Springs in Frederick Co., MD. Philip's wife Margaret's family was from near there. The following is a narrative account of the Leffler family, source presently unknown: "JACOB LEFFLER. Date and place of birth unknown at present, though the family in one branch have a record of one of this name, born June 9, 1745, but as the record has been several times copied, it is not likely to be absolutely reliable, especially as there seems to be confusion in the identity of the person, one branch of the family taking it as a record of the birth of Jacob, his son. He seems to have lived, first, at Hagerstown, Md., as one of his children, Anna Margaret (author's note: this is Philip Smyers' wife), the eldest, was born there in 1762. After this time he may have removed to Washington Co., Pa., where he made a settlement in 1774. There is record of a transaction by which a tract of 400 acres of land, named "Sylvia's Plain," is granted Jacob Leffler on Feb. 17, 1785, and the fact of his previous settlement of the tract is mentioned. It was granted by a Virginia certificate, in which it was described as adjoining lands of Jacob Rice and Christopher Wygand... on Buffalo Creek (a place near the present site of Washington College). Rice's Fort, probably occupied the land of Jacob Rice, and all the families of the settlement used it as a post of defense. Later on the county was divided, and Westmoreland Co. erected, and later still Washington Co. It is a very lovely piece of country, and but for the Indians would have proved an ideal home where every kind of game was to be had, abundant fish in the rivers, sugar trees, wild fruits of many kinds, some now unknown, rich land for grain and fine pastures for horses. The hunting of fur-bearing animals was also followed both for pastime and profit. The company at Rice's Fort seem to have included several Swiss people, and there is a probability that the Lefflers and Rices, too, were from Switzerland, as they followed the tenets of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, and their descendants have more of the characteristics of the Swiss than of the German people. They were very religious; seem to have been more than usually well educated, and to have been refined; that is to say, not of a vulgar or ordinary sort, as they had among them breeding and manners, above the common class; and the features of their descendants indicate this in a marked degree." Family History Center/LDS Microfilm 1396389 indicates the following information about the children of Jacob Leffler:
(1). Anna Margaret. Born Hagerstown, Washington Co., MD in 1762. Died 1852. Father: Jacob Leffler, Mother: Elizabeth Hewett. Source "Early Day Settlers of Dutch Fork and Buffalo Creeks" by Smith and Keenan. (2). John Jacob. Born Hagerstown in 1763. (3). Anne Mary. Born Hagerstown in 1769. (4). Elizabeth. Born Dutch Fork Creek, Washington Co., MD in 1774. Died 1831. (5). Isaac. Born Dutch Fork Creek on 4 December 1777 and died 15 August 1833. (Isaac Leffler married Margaret Vance. They had at least one child, Elizabeth, born, possibly at Dutch Fork Creek, on 8 January 1802 and died on 4 February 1830.) (6). Catherine. Born Washington Co., MD in 1782 and died in 1868. As Philip fought in the Revolutionary War, it is suspected he obtained the property on a land grant. The Cambria County, PA Deeds Book, Vol. 6, p. 31 shows that on 7 May 1839, Philip and Margaret purchased an additional 454 acres from the estate of Ruth McConnell, deceased, from the executor John P. Miles. Mrs. McConnell had obtained a warrant for the land on either the 15th or 18th of December 1790. Mrs. McConnell died on 17 November 1837. A survey was subsequently made on the property located in Susquehenna Township in Cambria Co. The description shows the property line running from a sugar (tree ?) to a white pine to a small spruce to a post to a cucumber to another post to yet another post to another post to a chestnut to a chestnut oak to another post to another chestnut oak then back to the sugar. The property contained 454 acres and 73 perches with allowances and appurtenances. Philip and Margaret paid eighty dollars in "lawful money". The official deed was recorded on 6 May 1840. Part of the property, 154 acres, was later sold to a Thomas Adams, the presumed husband of Philip and Margaret's likely daughter Sara Smyers (see below). That deed of sale was recorded on 26 August 1846. Thomas and Sara later sold a portion of the land to Elizabeth and Martin Miller, their daughter and son-in-law, deed recorded 12 November 1860, and yet later a portion, 84 acres, to Gideon Mock, another son-in-law (he married Martha Adams), deed recorded 4 November 1861. According to one article, source unknown, known transactions account for only 154 acres of the Philip and Margaret Smyers property with no indication that any of the children other than Sara acquired part of the land.
The 1840 PA census shows Philip and family in Susquehenna Twp., Cambria Co. Son Daniel and family lived nearby. Other near neighbors included Daniel Sheckler (see section on Sheckler family below) and John Whitehead, whose daughter Barbara Ellen married Philip's son George Bolar Smyers. The known or probable children of Philip and Margaret are:
A. DANIEL. Born 1801, 1804, 1805 or 1806 (gravestone says 1805), probably in Washington Co., MD. He married Anna Beringer, who was born in Cambria Co., PA in either 1806 or 1810 (gravestone). He died at Big Run, Jefferson Co., PA in 1890, according to the gravestone (obituary states 1888 and is probably correct), and is buried at the Bowers Cemetery, Gaskill Township, Jefferson Co. The following article, source unknown, written likely in the 1800s by one Q. S. Reams, a possible Smyers descendant, and titled "Camp Stories", relates an incident about Daniel Smyers in his youth: "In the fall of 1820, when Granddad (Daniel) Smyers was a boy 14 years old, living then with his father near Strongstown, Indiana county , he was let go one wet day with an old bear hunter for company named Cameron and was to return early next morning in case it showed for a fair day, to help his father thresh buckwheat. So they started along a blazed path for a trip of seven miles in the wilderness and saw bears and deer at which the old hunter shot without success, especially one very close with his forepaws on a log, he fired at and missed and then taking the boy's gun shot again and the bear ran off. Little Dan said to him, 'I can do better than that', so they came to camp and the night proved clear. Before sun-up little Dan started for home along the path they had come out on, accompanied by his dog and carrying his neighbor's long barrelled flint lock rifle, powder horn, tomahawk and scalping knife and in hustling along in dense forest, watching the blazes and starting up here and there a squirrel or pheasant, while passing along the edge of a laurel bed a noise of breaking brush as if some animal was smashing through it, attracted his attention so hunkering down with the eager trained dog alongside he had but little time to wait till out steps a large bear close ahead of him and looked the opposite way, leaving most bear spot low behind the foreleg exposed and as he was told that was the fatal spot on bears he took steady aim and fired when Mr. bear gave a leap among some down timber and not seeing it he let his dog go who went in and stood on a log looking for his master to come and on going there he found the bear dead among the logs where he could not well handle it. Wishing to obey his father in helping at the buckwheat he scarcely knew what to do then, but he knew the bear was worth attending to, to have the hide and fat bear meat, so he began skinning and had to quarter it on the ground so he could handle it and hung the pieces on knots sticking out of the logs which taxed his strength to the utmost as his bear was about a 500 pound one. By the time he had his difficult job done it was past noon and he was tired and hungry, bloody and greasy, but finally when done he started again in a hurry and had gone but a couple of miles when on going up a steep ridge as he looked out on the level top he saw something like the fingers of a grain cradle and on closer inspection saw it was a large buck laying close to his path, so again bringing his trusty rifle he carefully though weak, took aim and fired and the buck up and off. He put his dog in pursuit who did as before and on going there found his first buck laying vanquished, which he also had to dress and did not get home until 4 o'clock p.m. When he approached his father timidly and anxious at his threshing about finished, who upon looking at his bloody, greasy son wanted to know what luck and on being told said he could bring both the bear and deer in on one horse but found later the bear was all one horse could pack. Seeing the boy was tired and hungry he was told to go to supper then for he knew the game was worth more than the work. Mr. Smyers said he never again shot so large and fine a furred bear. After he was married, settling near Cherrytree, he purchased a fine rifle, giving for it one ton of venison saddles without a bullet wound in them, all shot in one fall, which rifle he used all his life. He and another hunter cured a canoe load of venison hams making the canoe with a goose necked bow out of a large pine and poled it down the Susquehanna to Harrisburg selling it there at a good price. About this time one winter as the children were going to school they saw the trail of a bear crossing their path and telling their father he followed it on across the river, where it had climbed a large poplar tree and had entered a hole the size of a kettle, about forty feet up. The bear was left there for four or five weeks until another soft spell came when Mr. Smyers cut the tree which had but a thin shell of sound wood and when the tree was felled the bear came out at the butt end when he shot it and found it still fat and sleek. This shows us what a paradise the hunters had in those days." Daniel was in the lumber business. An article from "History of Jefferson County" by Kate M. Scott states that Daniel was "...owner and proprietor of the steam saw and planing-mill, manufacturer of sash, blinds and furniture to order, of Big Run, (and) was born in Cambria county, Pa.... (David L. and Daniel J.) erected the furniture factory and became engaged in business in 1866. In 1876, (Daniel J.) took the business and added steam power and extended the general business...." Daniel and Anna were married in Cambria Co. in 1827. Her father was John Beringer and her mother's maiden name was Lefler. Anna died at Big Run in either 1874 or 1876 and is also buried at the Bower's Cemetery. Daniel and Anna first lived in Susquehenna Twp., Cambria Co., then Henderson Township, and eventually settled in Young Township, Jefferson Co., PA, just across the northern border of Indiana Co. Daniel was commissioned on 6 May 1840 as a Justice of the Peace for Susquehenna Twp., Cambria Co., PA while he was still living there, according to a court document. The family lived in Armstrong Co., PA for a time during the late 1840's, but were back in Jefferson Co. by 1850. The family appears on the 1850 Jefferson Co., PA census. Daniel is listed as a sawyer by occupation. His wife Ann apparently could not read or write. Additional information on Daniel and his family is found in "Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania, Vol. II" published by J. H. Beers and Co. in 1898, as follows: "Daniel Smeyres... was born in 1806, in Maryland, and, coming to Pennsylvania with his parents during boyhood, was reared in Cambria county. In 1827 he married Miss Annie Beringer, a native of the locality and a daughter of John Beringer, whose wife was formerly a Miss Lefler. In 1849 Daniel Smeyres located at Bells Mills, Jefferson county, and some years later moved to Big Run, where he purchased real estate which he improved for a homestead, building a house and barn and otherwise developing the place. Afterwards he bought a tract of timber land on Big run, where, with two sons, Benjamin and George, as partners, he erected a sawmill, run by water power, and for a number of years carried on the manufacture of lumber on an extensive scale for that day. He died at his home at Big Run, at the advanced age of eighty-two years, and the worthy wife, who had shared all the hardships of his early life, passed away in 1874, aged sixty-eight years...." An obituary dated 11 May 1888 that appeared in the DuBois Express states the following: "Daniel Smyers, Sr., died at Big Run, Pa., on Tuesday of last week, aged 87 years, three months and 18 days. The deceased first saw the light in Maryland on the 13th of January, 1806. His father, Philip Smyers, who died at the age of 102, was a Revolutionary soldier and emigrated to and settled near Strongtown, Indiana County, Pa. when the subject of this sketch was about 12 years old. As soon as he was large enough, Daniel settled and cleared a home near Cherrytree, Cambria county, where he was married in 1827 to Miss Ann Berringer, who died 14 years ago. In 1849 he located at Bell's Mills, Jefferson County, and a number of years ago bought a farm at Big Run, where he lived until he was called to join the innumerable caravan.... Mr. Smyers sheltered many a weary pioneer preacher, who often preached in his house and barn, and early in life he identified himself with the Methodist Episcopal Church. His last years were spent in anxiously fitting himself for death and admonishing others to prepare to meet their God. He had many of the experiences of pioneer life, and loved to pursue and slay the game of the dense forests and as evidence of his being a successful hunter, once... in one season, killed and delivered a ton of venison saddles without a bullet hole shot in them. At the age of 14, he killed and dressed a very large bear and a buck without help. Mr. Smyers was a millwright and a blacksmith by trade, and very skilled at both. His energetic toils are all at an end now, and, on the 2nd day of May, he was buried beside his wife and children in the Bowers' graveyard, Rev. Hall officiating. A large concourse of people followed the remains of their respected neighbor to (the) final resting place." Daniel lived with his son George in later years, from 1876 until his death. At the time of the 1850 census they had eight children as follows (some of the information provided below came from "Jefferson County, Pennsylvania History" published in 1982, from an article written by Carl D. Smyers, Sr., as well as from family sheets provided by Pat Ashton):
John B., born 30 September 1828 in Cambria Co., PA. He was a laborer by occupation and was also involved in the lumber business. He served in the military during the Civil War. Three of his brothers also served in that war. He was married to Margaret Mary Rinehart of Jefferson Co. He died on 24 December 1896 and is buried at Ridgemont Cemetery, Bell Township, Jefferson Co., PA. She died on 9 April 1873 and is also buried at Ridgemont Cemetery. The "Central Pennsylvania Commemorative Biographical Record" provides the following information: "J. B. Smeyers... when a young man, in 1849, came to Bell township, Jefferson county, where he purchased a tract of timber land one mile northwest of Bells Mills, which he cleared, rafting the lumber down the Mahoning to the Pittsburg markets. His first house and barn were built of round logs, but these were afterward replaced by more modern structures, and upon that place his wife died in 1873. There he continued to reside until 1880, then went to Union township, Clearfield county, where he followed lumbering for two years. Removing to DuBois, he engaged in contracting for John DuBois until 1885, when he returned to the old homestead in Bell township, Jefferson county, living with (his son B. F. Smeyers) until his death...." John and Margaret had at least eight children, as follows:
1. Philip Winifield Scott. He was born in August of 1853 in Bell Township, Jefferson Co., PA. He was a
farmer. He died on 28 December 1915 and is buried at Ridgemont Cemetery, Bell Township. In 1880, he
was a boarder on his uncle George's property. He married Cora Coleanna Brown on 15 December 1891 at
Bell Township. The ceremony was conducted by Albert Bond, Justice of the Peace. Cora's parents were
Frank and Nancy Frampton Brown. Cora was born on 14 August 1876 at Sandy Valley, Jefferson Co. She
died on 7 August 1959 at Cloe, Jefferson Co. and was buried on 9 August 1959 at Ridgemont Cemetery.
After the death of Philip, she married Irvin Thomas Wineberg on 15 April 1933. Philip and Cora had
the following children:
(1) Laura M. Born in April of 1892 in Bell Township. She married Harry L. Rupert on 25 January 1913
at Punxsutawney, Jefferson Co., PA. She later married a Mr. Waltman.
(2) Dennis Dunbaire. Born 2 October 1893 in Bell Twp. He was their oldest son. He married Beulah
Viola Weaver, born 25 January 1896, on 23 May 1918 at Punxsutawney. Her parents were Harry and
Mae Florence Grube Weaver. Dennis D. served in France during WW I in the US Army. He returned
to his home in Sykesville in 1919. He died on 25 December 1951 in Jefferson Co. She died on 18
August 1960. Both are buried in Morningside Cemetery, DuBois, Clearfield Co., PA. They had four
i. Delbert J. Born 21 April 1920. Resident of Media, PA.
ii. Barbara J. Born 4 December 1921. Married a Mr. Harvey. Resident of Sykesville, PA.
iii. Lois Ruth. Born 17 June 1926. May have married. Resident of Phoenix, AZ.
iv. Carl D. Born 9 September 1930. He resides in Sykesville. Carl D. graduated from Sykesville
High School, attended Penn State, served in the Air Force, and was employed by the Nupp
Printing Co. He was eventually employed as a designer by Rockwell International. He mar-
ried Alice Ann Anderson, daughter of Elmer H. and Letha Eileen Smith Anderson of Sterling
Run, Cameron Co., PA, on 25 April 1959 at the First Methodist Church in Emporium, PA. Alice
graduated from Emporium High School in 1957 and was employed as a secretary first by Cur-
tiss-Wright and then by the DuBois schools. Their children:
(i) Carl D., Jr. Born 12 February 1960 at DuBois, PA. Graduated from DuBois Area
High School in 1978. Attended Pennsylvania State University, majoring in Mining
(ii) Susan Gayle. Born 5 April 1962 at Winter Garden, FL. Graduated from DuBois Area
High School in 1980. Attended Edinboro State College, majoring in Nursing.
(iii) Daniel Mark. Born 20 October 1967 at DuBois, PA. Attended DuBois Area
(3) Clarence Armour. Born on 26 August 1895 in Bell Twp. He married Edna Lorene Young on 20 January
1918 at Rossiter, Indiana Co., PA. He died on 29 December 1972 at North Tonowando, NY and is
buried at the Union Cemetery, Rossiter, Indiana Co., PA.
(4) Mary E. Born on 4 September 1897 in Bell Twp. She married Lloyd Dunmire on 1 January 1916 at
(5) Lester S. Born 14 January 1900 in Bell Twp. He is a twin to Elizabeth S. below. He died of
dysentary on 27 July 1900 in Bell Twp. and was buried on 29 July 1900 at Ridgemont Cemetery in
(6) Elizabeth M. Born 14 January 1900 in Bell Twp. She is the twin of Lester S. above. She also
died of dysentary, but on 9 October 1900. She was buried at Ridgemont Cemetery on 11 October
(7) Walter Mirl. Born 14 September 1901 in Bell Twp. He married Mary Alice Fennell. He died on 14
July 1983 at Indiana, PA and was buried on 16 July 1983 at the Union Cemetery, Armstrong Twp.,
Indiana Co., PA. He was a twin to Zelda Pirl below.
(8) Zelda Pirl. Born 14 September 1901 in Bell Twp. She is the twin to Walter Mirl above. She
married Adrian King. She died on 9 August 1986 at Indiana, PA and was buried on 12 August 1986
at Greenwood Cemetery in Indiana, PA.
(9) Elsie Marie. Born 29 November 1902 in Bell Twp. She was married to Norman Dunmire. She died on
1 December 1985 in Kansas City, KS and was buried on 4 December 1985 at Lakewood Cemetery,
Reynoldsville, Jefferson Co., PA.
(10) Bertha Viola. Born 20 March 1905 at Punxsutawney, Jefferson Co., PA. She married Percy LeRoy
Reiter on 29 May 1931 at Indiana, Indiana Co., PA.
(11) Della. Born in 1908 in Bell Twp.
(12) William D. Born in 1910 in Bell Twp.
(13) Clyetta A. Born in 1913 in Bell Twp. She married Alexander Clark on 29 July 1932 at
Sykesville, Jefferson Co., PA.
2. Adelaide A. Born circa 1855. She died at the age of twenty-four and is buried at Ridgemont
3. Emma (Emaline). Born circa 1857. She was married to a Mr. Stagerts of Jefferson Co.
4. Christina M. Born circa October of 1859 and died on 30 March 1861 at the age of 1 year 5 months 16
days. Buried at Ridgemont Cemetery.
5. Benjamin F. Born in April of 1860 in Bell Twp. He died in 1931 and is buried at the Troutville
Reformed Church Cemetery in Clearfield, PA. He was a farmer. He married Laura M. Stigers in June of
1886. She was born in May of 1870 in Bell Twp. Her father was Charles Stigers and her mother was
Moranda Framton. She died in 1954 and is buried in the Troutville Reformed Church Cemetery. The
"Central Pennsylvania Commemorative Biographical Record" has the following information on Benjamin:
"B. F. Smeyers is one of the most progressive and energetic agriculturists and lumberman of Bell
township, Jefferson county. His fine farm invariably attracts the eye of the passing traveler as
being under the supervision of a thorough and skillful farmer, and a man of otherwise good business
qualifications. ...His paternal grandfather was one of the honored pioneers of the county, where his
children grew up to be numbered among its best citizens. ...In 1884 B. F. Smeyers, the subject of
this sketch, purchased a partially improved farm in Bell township from Marion Dinsmore, and to its
further development and cultivation devoted his energies. ...Mr. Smeyers brought his bride to the
old homestead, where they have since continued to reside, and there their... children were born.
...(B. F.) has added to his farm until he now has 114 acres of rich and arable land, which he has
placed under a high state of cultivation and greatly improved, having erected a large two-story
residence in 1891, supplied with all modern conveniences. He also owns 100 acres of land in Union
township, Clearfield county. He uses the latest improved machinery, and is everywhere recognized as
one of the most thrifty, industrious and enterprising farmers of Bell township, as well as one
of its highly esteemed and honored citizens. Politically he is a stanch adherent of the principles
of the Republican party, and religiously he and his wife are members of Mt. Zion Evangelical Lutheran
Church." Their children:
(1) Sylvester H. Born 27 February 1887 in Bell Twp. Married Alice Louella Smith on 22 June 1911 at
Punxsutawney. She was born on 14 November 1891 and died on 8 February 1975. Sylvester died 8
September (buried 11 September) 1962 at Sykesville. Both are buried at Grube Cemetery,
(2) Charles V. Born 29 September 1889 in Bell Twp. Married Bessie Straitwell on 24 July 1912 at
Knox Dale, Jefferson Co., PA. Died 29 May 1971 at Brookville, Jefferson Co., PA. Buried on 2
June 1971 at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Union Twp., Jefferson Co., PA.
(3) Melzeana Iselin. Born 26 May 1894 in Bell Twp. Married William Floyd Flory on 18 June 1914 at
(4) Ethel G. Born 24 November 1897 in Bell Twp. Married a Mr. Flory. Died in 1928 and was buried
at Troutville Reformed Church Cemetery in Clearfield, PA.
(5) Benjamin D. Born in August of 1899 in Bell Twp. Married to Arville N. Phelps on 12 April 1925
at Luthersburg, PA.
(6) Eva E. Born on 20 April 1905 in Bell Twp. Married to Russell Thornton.
(7) Harry G. Born in 1908 in Bell Twp. Married to Margaret L. - ? -. Died in 1984 and was buried
at the Troutville Reformed Church Cemetery.
6. Christianna May. She died on 30 March 1861 at the age of 1 year 5 months and 16 days. She is buried
at Ridgemont Cemetery.
7. John G. (or C.). Buried at Ridgemont Cemetery.
8. Burtran D. (or Bertrand). Buried at Ridgemont Cemetery.
9. R. W. (Reuben W.). He was married.
William S. Born 1830 or 1831 in Cambria Co., PA. He was a laborer and also worked in the shoe business. He was married to Caroline Rapine of Indiana Co. He was still alive at the time of the 1880 census. The couple settled in Big Run after having lived in Indiana Co. for a time. At present, the only known children are:
2. George Tyson Smyers. Born 1 December 1868 and died 8 November 1915. He married Mary Amanda Foulks of
Emrickville on 20 April 1886. Information from Jefferson Co., PA Application for Marriage No. 96
states that George was 18, occupation laborer, and Mary was 19. Her parents were George and Sarah
Foulks, and parental permission had been required for the marriage. George and Mary reportedly had
eleven children. Included was:
(1) Sarah Mabel. Married Perry Franklin Emery, grandson of Jacob Emery who came to Brookville in 1864
from Philadelphia. He had a brother, John Emrick, who settled in Emerickville. They had at least
i. Daughter, name not known at present. Married and had at least one child:
(i) Rita. Married a Mr. Shilling. Rita resides in Brookville, PA.
Philip E. Born 20 December 1832 in Cambria Co., PA. He was a laborer and also was involved in the lumber business. He served in the Civil War, having enlisted in Company B, 206th P. V. I. Additional information on Philip's Civil War activities comes from enlistment, pension request, and other related papers. In his Volunteer Enlistment, Philip is listed as a resident of Henderson Twp., Jefferson Co., PA. He lists his occupation as farmer and the enlistment date is given as 2 September 1864. Philip, who enlisted as a private, had blue eyes, dark hair, fair complexion, and stood five feet six inches tall. The Company Descriptive Book sheet states he was 33 years of age, five feet seven inches tall, and a laborer by profession. He was born in Cambria Co., PA and enlisted at Pittsburgh, PA. He was due a bounty of $100 to be paid in enstallments. His Muster Roll showed him sending his pay home to Bell Twp. as opposed to Henderson Twp. Philip was mustered out with the rest of his company on 26 June 1865 at Richmond, VA. According to the Central Pennsylvania Commemorative Biograhpy volume, he "...served in the Army of the James under Gen. Grant, participating in all the battles of his regiment. After he returned he followed lumbering at Big Run until his death...." He was married first to Christeann (Christiana) Rinehart on 8 December 1853 at Punxsutawney, Jefferson Co., PA. She was born on 11 January 1834 and died on 29 July 1857. Marriage Application No. 30 states that Philip was a lumberman whose residence was Punxsutawney and that he was born in Cambria Co. Christiana's parents were listed as Frederick and Mary Magdelain Rinehart. The couple was married by Justice of the Peace William Davis in Punxsutawney. Philip was later married to Amelia Rhodes. Her middle name may have been Ann. They were married on 23 June 1861. He died at Bell Township, Jefferson Co., PA on 31 August 1871 (gravestone says 20 December 1871) and is buried at the Ridgemont Cemetery in Bell Township. Records on Philip's estate (Estate No. 60, Jefferson County Records) indicate that Philip's brother David was the executor of his estate and that, on several occasions, Philip's minor heir Amanda Ann had to request the court to file a citation against David requiring him to give an accounting of the estate. Daniel Smyers had been appointed guardian on 13 September 1871. On 6 May 1884, Daniel applied on behalf of the four children of Philip for the pension due them as a result of an Act of Congress for children under the age of sixteen. In the application, he stated that Philip "...died at Big Run, Jefferson Co., PA on the 31st day of August AD 1871 of dropsy... chronic diarhoea and its attendant consequences contracted in the service of the United States and in the line of duty in May 1865 on a march from Richmond to Lynchburg...." A later affidavit, by David L. Smyers, Philip's younger brother, dated 25 March 1891, states that Philip "...came home from the Army in the last days of June or beginning of July 1865 suffering from chronic diarrhoea from which he continued to suffer and to gradually decline in strength and flesh until he died... Some little time before he died his lower limbs swelled and seemed to take on a dropsied form before he died for nine days. He had lost his reason and seemed to drift away alltogether. I was present when he died and could not more definitely state the immediate cause of death. Some days before his death Drs. Shields and Altman taped him and he never rallied after that but sank away. I believe chronic diarrhoea was the cause of his death...." On the same day, Daniel Smyers gave testimony in an affidavit that "...when Philip E. Smyers came from the Army he was healed some by a young doctor then at Big Run, PA, but whose name I do not now recall and whose whereabouts I do not know. After this and up to the date of his death, he was treated by Dr. William Altman and Joseph Shields of Punxsutawney, PA. Dr. William Altman is dead. ...I send herewith the affidavit of Dr. Joseph Shields as to what he remembers about (Philip's death). I remember that he came home from the Army suffering from chronic diarrhoes and steadily declined in health and flesh until he died. That toward the last his disease seemed to take on a dropsical form. His lower limbs swelled and breathing became more and more difficult and that just a few days before his death the doctors taped him and that he never rallied after that but gradually sank away. I know nothing more of his immediate cause of death than gradual failure all over. He had lost the use of his reason a few days previous... I was present when he died...." Additionally, on 7 August 1889, Philip's widow, despite her remarriage to a Mr. Henry Miller, applied for her widow's pension based on Philip's service. Her Widow's Declaration states that Philip "...contracted chronic diarrhoea by reason of exposure in the service resulting in abdominal dropsy..." and that she and Philip were married "...on the 25th day of June 1861 by Rev. Grindmiler (Grainmiller) at Troutville, PA...." At the time, Amelia Smyers Miller was residing in Indiana Co., PA. A Secondary Proof of Marriage showed Troutville as being in Clearfield Co., PA. Amelia was unable to offer definite proof of the marriage because no records were kept at the church and the Rev. Grindmiler (Grainmiller) had moved from the area and could not be located. On 12 September 1889, one Adam Knaee submitted an affidavit stating that Amelia and Philip had been married at his house and that he was a witness to it. He also stated that Rev. Grainmiller had been pastor of the Lutheran church. Interestingly, Amelia Smyers Miller is now shown as a resident of Brady Twp., Clearfield Co., PA. On 13 September 1889, one Mary Clayton of Henderson Twp., Jefferson Co., PA gave testimony to the accuracy of the birthdates of the Smyers children by stating she was there at the birth of all four of Amelia and Philip's children. She made a further attempt via a Widow's Claim for Pension on 3 July 1900 to obtain the pension. At that time she listed herself as a resident of Punxsutawney, PA. On 30 November 1899, the four children involved in the original guardianship, by now adults, applied on their own in an attempt to be paid Philip's pension. Based on information in Kate Scott's History of Jefferson Co. of 1858, the Central Pennsylvania Commemorative Biography, and cemetery records, Philip's children are as follows:
1. J. C. Freemont. Died 30 November 1857 aged 1 year 1 month and 28 days. Buried in Ridgemont Cemetery.
The mother was probably Christeann.
2. Sarah Jemima. Died 16 April 1861 aged 2 years 6 month and 22 days. Buried in Ridgemont Cemetery. The
mother was probably Amelia.
Listed in Philip's will:
3. Amanda Ann. She married Christ Rupert.
4. Andrew Curtin. Born 15 September 1863. Lived at Big Run, PA.
5. Hannah Viola. Amelia was the mother. Hannah was born on 20 February 1867. Hannah married a Mr.
Fetters. They lived at Smicksburg, Indiana Co., PA.
6. Lucinda Alice. Amelia was the mother. According to Application for Marriage No. 131, Alice L. Smyers,
age 21 of Indiana Co., born at Big Run, occupation housekeeper, was married to Clarence J. Smith, age
20 of Bell Twp., Jefferson Co., born in Indiana Co., occupation farmer, parents W. and Eliza J. Smith.
Consent of the man's mother was required. The couple eventually resided at Eleanor, Jefferson Co., PA.
7. Margaret Jane. Amelia was the mother. Margaret was born on 31 October 1869. She married James M.
Davidson. They likely resided at Mahaffey, Clearfield Co., PA.
Benjamin T. Born 1834 or 1835 in Cambria Co, PA. He was a laborer but was also attending school during part of 1850. He served in the Civil War. He was married first to Cynthia Cupler in 1861. She was born on 2 June 1845 and died on 12 April 1867. She is buried at the Bowers Cemetery. After her death, he married his second wife, Eliza Crissman, around 1869. The Central Pennsylvania Commemorative Biography volume provides the following information: "... in August (of 1861), (he) enlisted in Company A, 62nd P. V. I., with Col. Black, of Pittsburg, and was assigned to the Army of the Potomac, under McClellan. During the seven-days' fight at Malvern Hill he was wounded in the right leg, and lay for eight days on the battlefield. He was then captured by the enemy and taken to Libby prison, where he remained two months. His wound was neglected during all that time, and when exchanged he was nearly dead. He came home where careful nursing restored his health; but nothing daunted by his previous experience, he re-enlisted in Company B, 206th P. V. I., and remained in the service until mustered out in July, 1865. Later he engaged in the lumber business with his father, continuing until his death. His first wife died soon after his return from the army, and left no children; but by his second wife, Eliza Crissman, who survived him several years, he had four children...." According to Appointment of Guardian No. 16, John Crisman, the grandfather, was appointed as guardian of the children on 18 July 1878, having paid $700 each in fees for each of the four heirs. A document on file in Jefferson Co. indicates that 1/6 of Benjamin's land in Henderson Twp., Jefferson Co. was sold to David S. Smyers on 10 February 1879. By 12 July 1881, guardianship had changed to a Mr. John Bell, who applied to the court for $500 out of the estate for maintenance of the children. On 6 June 1887, David S. (other documents say L., which is probably correct; see David L. Smyers biography below) Smyers posted appropriate bond and took over guardianship of the children. A further petition was filed on 14 June 1889 indicating that some of the Smyers land had been sold by the estate to the Punxsutawney Railroad for right of way. On 1 December 1890, an expenditure of $125 was authorized out of the estate to send David Smyers to the Clarion State Normal School for two terms. On 16 March 1896, Margaret E. Smyers filed a petition with the Orphan's Court indicating that David L. Smyers, guardian, had failed for eight years to file and exhibit a proper accounting of the estate. The petition requested that he be compelled to file the appropriate accounting. The children of Benjamin and Eliza:
1. David B. Born 19 August 1870.
2. John D. Born 2 March 1872. According to court records, he was the victim of an unnamed affliction
that left him weak minded, apparently dependent on others for support his entire life.
3. Margaret E. Born 19 February 1875.
4. Andrew P. Born 1 November 1877.
Lucinda June. Born 1836 or 1837 in Cambria Co., PA. Was attending school in 1850. She married Babizer Stiver on 24 February 1853 in Young Township, Jefferson Co., PA. He was originally from Union Co., PA. The Application for Marriage indicated that the husband was a lumberman. His parents were Jacob and Mary Materling Stiver. The couple was married by Justice of the Peace William Davis and later moved to Shellsburg, Iowa. Mr. Stiver owned real estate there. Their children:
David Lefler. Born 15 April 1839 in Cambria Co., PA. Was attending school in 1850. He served in the Civil War and served in Co. B. of 206th Pa Infantry. He was also involved in the lumber business and farmed at Big Run, Jefferson Co., PA. He married Maria Cupler in 1863. Maria's parents were Adam and Elizabeth Cupler. Maria was born in March of 1843 in Cambria Co., PA. She died in 1911 and is buried at the Bower Cemetery. He died in 1925 at Big Run and is buried at the Bower Cemetery. The Central Pennsylvania Commemorative Biography volume provides additional information, as follows: "David L. Smeyres, a wealthy and influential resident of the borough of Big Run, Jefferson county, is prominently identified with the agricultural and lumbering interests of that locality, and is also a leader in the various progressive movements which mark the development of the community. As a citizen he is highly esteemed, and by his gallant service as a soldier during the Civil war, he did credit to an ancestry which was distinguished in Colonial days for courage and patriotism. His grandfather, Philip Smeyres, served in the Continental army in the war of the Revolution, and also in the war of 1812. With such blood in his veins it is not strange that our subject should have been found among the defenders of the Union in the days of the Rebellion; three other brothers also fought for the old flag, one of them being severely wounded, and two having suffered the horrors of imprisonment, confined in Libby prison, Richmond, Virginia... David L. Smeyres, the subject proper of the sketch, was born April 15, 1839, at the Cambria county homestead, and, accompanying his parents to Jefferson county, grew to manhood there. He received a common-school education. In 1863 he was married to Miss Maria Cupler, of Cambria county, Penn., daughter of Adam and Elizabeth Cupler, who later removed to Clearfield county, where her father died in August, 1866. After his marriage Mr. Smeyres settled in Big Run, purchased real estate and erected a fine residence. This he afterward sold, and in 1866 he bought sixty acres, a part of which is in Big Run borough, where he built a large two-story house and a bank barn and made many other improvements, his homestead being one of the best in the vicinity. He also owns a number of good houses in the same borough, which he rents, and has other property, including a tract of land in Indiana county. The war record of our subject deserves especial mention, although he was fortunately spared some of the sufferings which befell two of his brothers. In 1864 he enlisted in Company B, 206th P. V. I., under Captain Neal, of Perrysville, but, before going to the seat of war, was taken with typhoid fever at Camp Copeland, on the Monongahela river. On recovering he came home on a furlough, but later returned to Pittsburg, and from there was sent to Virginia in General Ord's division of the Army of the James to take part in the campaign under Grant. For about five months his regiment was on picket duty at the Chapman farm, and had daily skirmishes with the "Johnnies." Later they built Fort Brady while under a heavy fire from the enemy, some of the brave workers being killed each day. On April 3, 1865, orders came to march upon the Rebel forts about Richmond, where the Union forces were met by the mayor, who surrendered the city, and Mr. Smeyres' regiment was probably the first to plant their flag in the fallen capital of the Confederacy. They remained there on guard duty for six weeks, and then marched 147 miles up the James river to Lynchburg to relieve General Horner, but soon marched back again to resume guard duty at Richmond. On being mustered out of the United States service, the men returned to Pittsburg to receive their final discharge. In politics Mr. Smeyres has always been a Republican. He has held numerous local offices, serving eight years as councilman. While he is not identified with any church, he was reared in the Protestant faith, and takes a generous interest in religious advancement. His wife and family belong to the Christian Church at Big Run...." Their children:
1. Cynthia C. Born 15 June 1864 at Big Run. She died at Big Run on 6 August 1872 and was buried at
Bowers Cemetery. (Kate Scott's 1858 History of Jefferson Co. says the date of death was 5 May 1872).
2. David Lefler. Born 5 October 1866 at Big Run. He died 20 January 1867 and is buried at the Bowers
3. Benjamim Clarence. Born 29 March 1869 at Big Run. Married Clara Mae Gray of Henderson Twp. The
resided on a portion of the old Smyers homestead at Big Run. Died in a gas explosion on 14 November
1905 at Uniontown, PA. Buried at the Bowers Cemetery. Their children:
(3) Terry Emerson.
4. John L. Born 14 December 1870 at Big Run. Married to Amy L. Heilbrun (Hillburn) of Bell Twp. on 15
November 1897 at Brookville, PA. Amy was born in 1873 and died in 1939. The couple apparently built a
"comfortable and tasteful residence" on a part of the old Smyers homestead according to one source. He
was employed by the Rochester Coal and Iron Company at Big Run. Died in 1938 at Pittsburgh. Both John
and Amy are buried at the Mt. Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Grube, Jefferson Co., PA. Their children:
(1) The Christina Smeyres, born 1901 and died 1970, and buried at Ridgemont Cemetery, may be either
their first child or the wife of Arthur C. below.
(2) The Arthur C. Smeyres, born 1902 and buried at Ridgemont Cemetery, may be their first son.
(3) Byer L. Probably the infant son born 2 October 1904. Likely died as an infant and may be the son
buried at Mt. Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Grube, PA.
(4) Beatrice L. Probably died young. May be one of infant daughters with no name buried at Mt. Zion.
(5) Lala B. Probably died young. May be one of infant daughters with no name buried at Mt. Zion.
5. Harriet. Born in March of 1871 at Big Run. Died at Big Run on 7 May 1873. Buried at the Bowers
6. Theodore W. Born 15 February 1874 at Big Run. Died at Big Run on 22 May 1875. Buried at Bowers
7. James Henry. Born 10 January 1875 at Big Run. Married to Rhoda V. Cornnesser on 26 June 1898 at
Winslow, Jefferson Co., PA. Died in 1962 and buried at McClure Cemetery, Henderson Twp., Jefferson
(1) They may have had a daughter, Ella Smeyers Conrad, who died at the young age of 22 and is buried at
8. Edgar B. Born 22 September (the Central PA book says August) 1876 at Big Run. Died in 1908 and is
buried at Bowers Cemetery. He was employed by the Rark Glycerine Company at Bradford, PA.
9. Terry C. Born 17 June 1878 and died 26 August 1879.
10. Ella Mae. Born 23 March 1881 at Big Run. Married to Franklin P. Ellenberger on 14 December 1904 at
Big Run. Died 15 April 1960 and is buried at McClure Cemetery.
11. Marion Dinsmore. Born 24 January (February says one source) 1883 at Big Run. Married to Cora Bell
Brown on 25 October 1904 at Big Run. Died in 1955 and is buried at Bowers Cemetery. His wife Cora
was born in 1886 and died in 1955. She is also buried at Bowers Cemetery.
Daniel J. Born in March of 1843 in Cambria Co., PA. Was attending school in 1850. He served in Company A, 105th Wildcat Regiment from Jefferson Co. during the Civil War. Served in the Army of the Potomac and was also a prisoner for a time at the infamous Libby Prison. He was by occupation a cabinet maker. He was affiliated with the Methodist Church. He was married first to Mary Elizabeth Kerr in February of 1863. She was born on 8 August 1844 in Pennsylvania and died at Big Run in on 6 October 1890. She is buried at Bowers Cemetery. He married his second wife, Elizabeth M. Henry, a Methodist, in 1891. She was born in 1863 and died in 1945. She is buried at the Circle Hill Cemetery. Daniel J. died on 20 June 1923 and is buried at Circle Hill Cemetery, Section D, Punxsutawney, Jefferson Co., PA. During 1880, there was a David K. Smyers, born circa 1868, "boarding" on his property. The exact identity of this person is currently not known. The Central Pennsylvania Commemorative Biography volume provides the following information on Daniel: "Daniel... enlisted in Company A, 105th P. V. I., with Capt. John Hastings, of Punxsutawney, and served in the Army of the Potomac under McClellan. They encamped on Lee's farm at Franklin Hill, Va., and were there for a month before they were uniformed and equipped. Their first engagement was a skirmish near Alexandria, Va., in April, 1862. Later they went by boat from Alexandria to Fortress Monroe and engaged the Rebels at Williamsburg, and again at Savage Station. They fought all through the seven-days' campaign near Charles City Cross Roads, and Mr. Smeyres was captured there and taken by way of Fort Darling to Libby prison. There he remained until September 25, 1862, having an attack of typhoid fever in the meantime; and on being finally paroled and released from the loathsome place, he, on reaching Baltimore, was discharged because of disability. He returned home in January, 1863, and, in February was married to Miss Mary E. Kerr, of Big Run, who died in 1890. In 1891 he married his second wife, Elizabeth M. Henry, of Lock Haven. He has continued to reside in Big Run... he built a cabinet factory and planing-mill... Politically he is a Republican; he has served... terms as a town councilman, one as assessor, and two or three as school director. He and his wife, in their religious belief, are both Protestants, being identified with the M. E. Church...." The children of Daniel and Mary:
1. George W. Born 10 November 1863 at Big Run. Married to Mamie Kelley on 28 December 1886 at
Brookville. Application for Marriage No. 284 from Jefferson Co. indicates that George was 23 and Mamie
17 at the time of the marriage. Mamie's parents were Robert and Agnes Kelley, and they had to give
consent for the wedding. George's occupation was listed as Planing Mill Man, and Mamie was listed as a
miliner. George worked in the family cabinet factory. They resided for a time at Big Run. He died on
20 September 1933 at DuBois, Clearfield Co., PA and is buried in Sec. 6, Lot 42 of Morningside Cemetery
2. David Lefler. Born 16 October 1865 at Big Run. Died there on 5 October 1869. Buried at Bowers
Cemetery. Twin to Benjamin Grant below.
3. Benjamin Grant. Born 16 October 1865 at Big Run and twin to David Lefler above. Married to Della
Salsgiver, born 1875 and died 1938, buried at Cloe (Oaklawn) Cemetery. Died on 26 April 1944 at Cloe,
Jefferson Co., PA and is buried at Cloe (Oaklawn) Cemetery. Ben worked in the family cabinet factory.
Ben and Della lived in Rossiter, PA where they reportedly built a fine brick home. The plot of land on
which their house sat eventually developed into the small town named Smyerstown. This was about 1901.
The town at one time had a population of about 1,000. Benjamin owned many properties there, including
a store and a livery stable. This couple had nine children.
4. Anna M. Born in 1868 at Big Run. Married to Clark Brooks. Died in Jefferson Co. in 1949 and is
buried at McClure Cemetery.
5. Lucinda Jane. Born in March of 1870 at Big Run. Married to Joseph H. Williams in 1886. Died in 1934
and is buried at Cloe Cemetery. The couple lived at Punxsutawney.
6. Robert C. Born in August of 1873 at Big Run. Died on 10 October 1898 at Cortes, Jefferson Co., PA of
spinal meningitis. Buried on 11 October 1898 at Bowers Cemetery.
7. Leanore. Born 5 February 1874 at Big Run. Died on 12 May 1875 at Big Run. Buried at Bowers Cemetery.
8. Lawrence. Born in April of 1876 at Big Run. Married to Ida Wheeler on 6 June 1895 at Indiana, Indiana
Co., PA. The couple resided at Philipsburg, PA.
9. Andrew P. Born 1 November 1877 and died 25 October 1906. Buried at Circle Hill Cemetery.
10. Henrietta (Hadie ?). Born in 1879 at Big Run. Married to Mr. B. Colson. Died in 1949 and buried at
McClure Cemetery. (Note that another source indicates that it was Henrietta that was married to Mr.
11. Don J. Born 10 August 1880 at Big Run. Died 18 May 1882 at Big Run. Buried at Bowers Cemetery.
12. Charles W. Born in April of 1883 at Big Run. Married to Anna M. - ? -. Died on 25 October 1973 in
Pittsburgh but had resided at Big Run for some time before going to Pittsburgh. Buried on 27 October
13. Janet Gennetta (Nettie). Born in August of 1885 at Big Run. Never married. Died on 12 January 1958
at Pittsburgh. Buried on 15 January 1958 at Cloe (Oaklawn) Cemetery. She lived with her sister,
By his second wife, Elizabeth, Daniel J. had the following:
14. Phoebe DeeDee. Born 21 July 1896 at Big Run. She was married on 20 June 1923 to Matthew Kemp Elkin
at Punxsutawney. She died on 28 April 1973 at Lawrence, Massachusetts. She is buried at the Circle
Hill Cemetery at Punxsutawney. She was a teacher.
15. Male, name unknown. Born 28 March 1898 at Big Run.
16. Catherine M. Born 16 August 1899 at Big Run, and died there on 24 August 1899 of jaundice. Buried at
the Bowers Cemetery.
George W. Born 4 February 1847 at Pine Creek Furnace, Armstrong Co, PA. He was a mill manager. He was married to Naomi Cupler of Jefferson Co. She was born on 7 March 1853 and died on 10 June 1905. He died on 4 October 1898 in Jefferson Co. and he and his wife are buried at the Bowers Cemetery. According to the 1880 Census, George's father Daniel was a "boarder" with him, as was nephew W. Scott Smyers. The couple resided for a time at Big Run, but later settled in Henderson Twp. where George managed his father's mill. The children of George and Naomi, based on census records, information in the Central PA book, and information provided by Margie Hammill of Canfield, OH are as follows:
1. Clara J. Born circa 1870.
2. John W. (William ?). Born circa 1872. This may be the same individual as the Wm. J. Smyers, born 2
July 1873 and died 25 October 1903, that is buried at Bowers Cemetery.
3. Clarence Lynn. Born 27 April 1874 at Big Run. He died on 1 January 1952 at Akron, OH and was buried
on 4 January 1952 at the Mt. Peace Cemetery in Akron. He was a timekeeper by profession. He was
married on 12 June 1895 to Lydia Catherine Rudolph, daughter of Jacob G. and Anna Catherine Zufall
Rudolph. Lydia was born on 25 September 1875 at Big Run and died on 18 April 1961 at Akron. She was
buried on 21 April 1961 at the Mt. Peace Cemetery. Their children:
(1) Ona Grace. Born 6 September 1895 in Big Run. Died 10 May 1968 at Bethesda, Boynton Beach, FL and
was buried at Evergreen Cemetery at Westlake, OH on 14 May 1968. She was married to Mark Addison
Gardner on 24 November 1917 at Akron, OH. Their children:
iv. Marjorie. She married Glen Hammill.
(2) Hervaugh McKinley. Born 1 February 1897 at Big Run. Died on 2 February 1986 and is buried at
Resthaven Park Cemetery at Phoenix, AZ. He was married in his parents home on 18 May 1920 to
Bertha J. Letzel. She was born on 21 December 1897 and died on 2 June 1978. They had no children.
(3) Freda Ethel. Born 22 September 1898 and died on 15 May 1987. Buried at Mt. Peace Cemetery, Akron,
OH on 19 May 1987. She was married to Benjamin McDowell. Their children:
(4) Rudolph John. Born 18 February 1901 at Big Run. Died 21 October 1966 at Akron, OH. Buried on 24
October 1966 at Mt. Peace Cemetery. He was married to Laura Moore at Akron on 26 May 1923. Their
i. Rudolph L.
ii. Dawna Mae.
(5) Arveta Lynn. Born 21 June 1904 at Big Run. Buried at Mt. Peace Cemetery. Married to Walter Lipps
on 26 May 1923 at Akron, OH. Their children:
(6) George Clarence. Born 15 March 1913 at Akron, OH. Married to SeDara Pugh on 9 June 1937. They
had one child, Terry L.
4. Mary C. (Catherine ? Katie ?). Born circa 1876.
5. Andrew P. Born circa 1877.
6. Maggie. Born circa 1879.
7. Infant, no name given (James of Central PA book?). Born 1880.
8. Minnie L.
10. There may have been an additional child named Hassie.
Ninth child, name unknown. Kate Scott's 1858 Jefferson Co. history implies there may have been an additional child.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON SMYERS BURIALS IN JEFFERSON CO., PA.
The following information is from "Tombstone Hopping (Jefferson Co.)" by Patricia Steele. The individuals
involved may have some connection to A. Daniel above, but the exact nature of the connection has yet to be
established. There is a Ruth Smyers, born 6 December 1920 and died 29 March 1921, whose precise
relationship to the above Smyers descendants is presently unknown. She is buried at the Horatio Cemetery,
Young Twp., Jefferson Co., PA. The cemetery is located on Township Road #374 and north of its
intersection with LR33024. There is a James L. Smyers, 1881 - 1946, and his probable wife Ella M. Smyers,
1892 - 1952 buried at the Perry Memorial Cemetery in Perry Twp. This cemetery is located along Rt. #536
between Frostburg and Grange at the site of the old Perry Presbyterian Church which was torn down some
time ago. The relationship to the Smyers descendants above is presently unknown. There is a Wm. C.
Smyers, 1886 - 1947, and his probable wife Viola M. Smyers, 1897 - 1941, buried at the Pifer Cemetery in
Henderson Twp. This cemetery is located at the intersection of Rt. #952 and LR#33051 close to the
Paradise Church. The relationship to the Smyers descendants above is presently unknown. There is a John
D. Smeyers, who died on 25 September 1896 at the young age of 23 years 6 months and 5 days, buried at the
Bowers Cemetery near the graves of George W. (1847), Elizabeth M. (wife of Daniel J.), and Daniel (1805)
Smyers. His exact relationship to the various other Smyers is presently unknown.
B. WILLIAM. According to the "History of Indiana County", William "...was born in 1808 (one source says 19 November 1808) in what is now East Wheatfield township... William located on the present homestead (likely in Grant township) in 1835. Our subject's first wife was Martha King, d. Their children were: Philip, m. to Nancy Titterington; Mary J., d; and George W., d. His second wife was Elizabeth Riddle - their children were: William R., m. to Mary E. Hunter; John C., m. to Mary Sylvia; Daniel W.; Nina; and Delsa." The same source provides additional information on William's son by his second wife, William R., as follows: "W. R. Smyers was born on the homestead in what is now Grant township, in 1847, and was a son of William and Elizabeth Smyers, nee Riddle. ...W. R. was married to Mary E. Hunter. Their children are: Arzy Glair, Bertrand H., and Sadie, d. Our subject was originally a farmer, then learned the blacksmith trade with his father-in-law, and for the last seven years has managed the establishment in Marion." A deed dated 6 April 1839 shows that William purchased 65 acres of land for $120 from Leonard and Elizabeth Shankle of Indiana Co., PA. Another deed dated 30 September 1847, shows that Leonard and Elizabeth Shangle (Shankle) sold William another 39 acres of land for $235. This land was located in Montgomery Twp., Indiana Co., PA. Yet another deed, dated 25 April 1867, shows that William bought 38 acres of land in Indiana Co. for $700 from Andrew Shankle of Bourbon Co., KS. "The History of Indiana County, Pennsylvania", published in 1880, states, in reference to William, that "...the first minister to preach at (Decker's Point) was the Rev. Thomas Wilson, a Baptist, who spoke in William Smyers' log cabin. ...There is no hotel in the village, the only place of entertainment being at the residence of William Smyers...." Records provided by descendants of William Smyers, including Pat Ashton of Pittsburgh, PA, indicate he was born on 19 November 1808 at East Wheatfield Township, Indiana Co., PA. He was a farmer and a Baptist. He later ran a boarding house at Decker's Point in Indiana Co. He died on 21 May 1890 at Decker's Point of paralysis of the bowel and was buried at Marion Center, Indiana Co. He married first, on 3 April 1834, Martha King. She was born on 2 February 1818 and died at Decker's Point on 9 October 1841. She is buried in Shilo Cemetery at Decker's Point. She was also of the Baptist denomination. He married second, on 16 October 1845, Elizabeth Riddle. She was born on 6 July 1825 and was the daughter of William and Eve Mogle Riddle. She died on 5 August 1903 at Decker's Point, and was buried at Marion Center Cemetery. The 1850 Census of Indiana Co. shows, on 16 August 1850, William and family living in Montgomery Township on a farm with a real estate value of $600. Philip was the only child attending school at that time. William's will was filed at the Indiana Co. Courthouse on 16 August 1852 (Will 6, p. 472, Will No. 4865). It was apparently updated on 5 April 1881 and proved 21 June 1890. According to the record, William had died at 3:20 p.m. on 21 May 1890. He was listed as a farmer and resident of Grant Twp. He owned a home and lot in the village of Colfax. The will called for his debts to be paid, his home and lot to be sold, and all else to be bequeathed to his wife Elizabeth for the balance of her life and for the care of their son Daniel (he had, however, died in 1882). At her death, equal distribution was to be made to William's remaining children. William Riddle Smyers was named executor of the estate. Descendants' records were the source for information on children. Children of William Smyers and Martha King:
Philip C. He was born on 24 May 1835 in Montgomery Twp., Indiana Co., PA. He died of a paralysis on 13 February 1907 in Cambria Co., PA. He was buried at Citizens Cemetery, Cherry Tree, Indiana Co., PA. He married Nancy Titterington on 15 December 1855 at Decker's Point, Indiana Co., PA. She was born on 17 September 1836 and was the daughter of William Titterington and Martha Smith. Both Philip and Nancy were of the Presbyterian denomination. By occupation, Philip was a raftsman and later a farmer. Philip served on the Union side during the Civil War. His enlistment papers, provided by the National Archives, Washington DC, read as follows: "Volunteer Enlistment. State of Pennsylvania. Town of Indiana. I, Philip Smyers born in Indiana Co. in the State of Pennsylvania aged twenty six years, and by occupation a raftsman do hereby acknowledge to have volunteered this nineteenth day of September 1862 to serve as a Soldier in the Army of the United States of America, for the period of THREE YEARS, unless sooner discharged by proper authority: Do also agree to accept such bounty, pay, rations, and clothing, as are, or may be, established by law for volunteers. And I, Philip Smyers do solemnly swear, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the United States of America, and that I will serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies or opposers whomsoever; and that I will observe and obey the orders of the President of the United States, and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the Rules and Articles of War." He served in the army from 19 September 1862 until 1 June 1865. Handed down to the Smyers descendants was a copy of a letter Philip wrote home during the war. It reads as follows (in his own spelling): "Camp neer Rapahanoe Station Va. Sunday August 16th 1863 Dear Wife your kind and affectionate letter of the 10th inst came to hand on last friday it was received & red with pleasure it allso found me well I hope these few lines may find you & the children the same I understand by that you sent your picture in the letter I got & a piece of silver to put in some rings but there was nothing in side of the letter at all when I got it you either for-got to put them in or they was taken out it might be I misunderstood it as for the rings I cannot make any now for I have nothing to make them out off and cant get anything here them I sent home to libby I made before I left vienna I sent you thirty dollars of money on this day a week I allso sent you a letter the same day but for fear you might not get it I thought I would mention it in this well I dont know what to write this morning I have nothing new more than we are again under marching orders to be all the time ready I cant tell where we will go too we have ben here one week yesterday the weather is verry warm here at preasent our ambulance corps is going to have a general inspection today at 12 oclock I will finish this this evening I might get some news three oclock & nothing new we had inspection & get the praise of having the best corpse & the best trimed of any in the army we drove all the ambulances in the crick and washed them as clean as water would make them we have a good many sick in our division at present we sent off about 40 some time ago to washington & have that many more to send we took little J. Baringer to the hospittal this morning
H Ruth is gone to Washington the rest of the Cherrytree boys are all well twenty of us went out the other day with a four horse wagon & gathered ten bushels of fox grapes for the sick & our selves they are a most splended when stewed & well sweetend we have orders to make use of all such things by the doctors I was just out & gathered a lot of elderburys for supper but they are not plenty in this country the blackburryes are all done Dunlap is in a bad way about Charley & (like)? abusing his wife again there will be a big time of it if he ever gets home well I suppose you can tell me how you like your new home when you answer the letter I wont live there if I get back again I want to know of Georgie K Riddle went to the army when he was Drafted I rote your father a letter the other day I expect they began to think that I had forgotten them too. well there is no use in writing any more such noncense I will quit I will send you that (?) dollar back I cant doo anything with it here Nothing moves Yours truly Philip Smyers To Nan Smyers & children." Philip's obituary reads, in part, as follows: "OBITUARY Philip Smyers Philip Smyers, aged seventy-two years, died Wednesday morning after an illness of more than a year. The cause of death was paralysis. Mr. Smyers came here more than a year ago and made his home with his daughter, Mrs. J. A. Trinkley, on Keystone avenue. Mr. Smyers was a Civil War veteran, having served three years with the Army of the Potomac in the Bucktail Brigade of the 3rd Division, 5th Army Corps. ...Services were held at the home of J. A. Trinkley Thursday evening by Rev. Ware, of Johnstown, assisted by Rev. J. C. Steele, of this place. The remains were taken to Cherrytree yesterday morning where the funeral services were in charge of Grant Post No. 40, G.A.R. Rev. Roberts, pastor of the Cherrytree Presbyterian church, preached the sermon and interment was made in the Odd Fellows cemetery at that place." Nancy Smyers' obituary reads, in part, as follows: "OBITUARY Mrs. Nancy Smyers Sunday, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R. O. Miller, of Wilkinsburg, occurred the death of Mrs. Nancy Smyers, widow of the late Philip S. Smyers, aged 73 years, and six months. The final cause of death was dropsy. Deceased, whose maiden name was Nancy Titterington, was born in Indiana County, September 17, 1836. On December 15, 1855 she was married to Philip S. Smyers at Decker's Point, Indiana County, where they resided until 1900, when they moved to Pittsburg. Philip S. Smyers died February 13, 1907, at the home of his daughter... Funeral services over the remains of Mrs. Smyers were held at the home of her daughter in Wilkinsburg, Tuesday evening. The body was removed to Cherrytree, Wednesday forenoon. Services were conducted in the Presbyterian church at that place at 11 A.M., Rev. Berkey conducting the service. Interment was made beside the remains of her husband in the Odd Fellow's Cemetery at Cherrytree...." The children of Philip and Nancy are as follows:
1. Martha Elizabeth. She was born in May of 1857 in Indiana Co., PA. She was married to Cornelius S.
Drake, by the Rev. Jacob Smith, on 11 June 1883. They lived in Wilkinsburg and in the state of Oregon.
They had at least four children.
2. Elmer Ellsworth. He was born 26 June 1861 at Cherry Tree, Clearfield Co., PA. He died on 1 January
1910 at Swissvale, Allegheny Co., PA. He was buried on 3 January 1910 at Woodlawn Cemetery,
Wilkinsburg, Allegheny Co., PA. He was married to Emily Amelia Lutman, by the Rev. Jacob Smith, on 11
June 1883. By occupation, he was both a raftsman and a miner. He and his family lived at various
times at Cherry Tree, Cookport, Glen Campbell, and Swissvale, PA. His wife Emily was born on 20
October 1865 at Cookport, Indiana Co., PA. She was the daughter of John Henry and Rachel Wolfe Lutman,
and she was affiliated with the Methodist Church. After Elmer's death, she married David B. Rodkey.
Elmer and Emily's children:
(1) Dalvin E. Born 23 September 1883 in Indiana Co. Married in Allegheny Co., PA to Mathilda Till
Meier on 10 September 1908.
(2) Roy H. Born 22 February 1885. Married to Madeline Mier on 24 May. Died in Florida on 7 Novem-
ber 1950. Buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Miami. He went by the name Roy Miller.
(3) Alverda Sylvania. Born 4 February 1887 at Irish Bottom, Clearfield Co., PA. She was christened
at Wilkinsburg in March of 1902. Died at Wilkinsburg, PA at Columbia Hospital on 25 December
1976. She was buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Penn Hills, Allgheny Co., PA. She was married first
to James Humphrey Low on 29 November 1904 at Pittsburgh. He was the son of George Albree and
Armina Caskey Low and was born on 5 July 1884 at Wall, Allegheny Co., PA. They were married by
S. Carlson, Justice of the Peace. She was divorced from Mr. Low. He later was married to Elsie
M. Fisher in 1911. She married Joseph H. Guy. He was killed in a hunting accident at Turtle
Creek, PA. They had one child, Florence Emma, who married a Mr. Henderson. She was born on 13
November 1910 at Swissvale, Allegheny Co., PA. She has two sons. Later, Alverda married John
Milligan Frazier. They had six children: Mary Ethel, born 6 August 1913 and married to Clarence
Sloan Herr, Jr.; Alverda Mae, born 18 July 1917 and married to William Thomas Sembower; John
Edward, born on 21 January 1919 and married to Pearl Adell Marshall; Dorothy Blanche, born 6 May
1921, died 29 October 1986, and married to John Richard Boyle; Betty Jane, born on 26 April 1924,
died on 14 July 1991, and married to Daniel Frederick Meharey; and Jean Evelyn, born 27 April
1926 and married to Chester Malvin Wade, Jr. The children of Alverda and Humphrey are as
i. Homer Delroy. Born 12 February 1905 in Wilkinsburg. Married to Arline M. Eckert on 21
August 1926 at Pittsburgh. He died 24 January 1952 at Pittsburgh and was buried at
Rosedale Cemeter, Bellevue, Allegheny Co., PA on 27 January 1952.
ii. Warren Charles. Born 11 June 1907 at Wilkinsburg. Married to Myrtle Edna Willmet by
Rev. Andrews at Wellsburg, Brooke Co., WV on 5 November 1926. He died on 21 April 1969
at Penn Hills, Allegheny Co., PA. He was buried at William Penn Cemetery, Churchill,
Allegheny Co., PA on 24 April 1969. He was a foreman by occupation for Union Switch and
Signal and was also a member of the Methodist denomination. Myrtle was born on 21
July 1909, the daughter of Thomas John and Mary Ellen Riley Willmet. She died on 13
November 1979 and was buried on 16 November 1979 at William Penn Cemetery. She was a
housewife and also worked at the office of Wonday Film Company. She was also a Metho-
dist. Their children:
(i) Myrtle Edna. Born 11 December 1927 at Wilkinsburg.
(ii) Helen Alverda (Pat). Born 27 June 1929 at Wilkinsburg. She was
christened at the James St. Methodist Church by Rev. Davis on 12 June 1936.
Pat is a member of the D. A. R. She worked at Union Switch and Signal Co.
at Swissvale, PA for four years. She is also a member of the Penn Hills
Historical Committee. She married Richard Gardner Ashton on 9 February 1951. The
wedding ceremony was at St. Stephen's Lutheran in Brushton, Allegheny Co., PA. The
ceremony was conducted by Rev. Frederick R. Greninger. Richard Ashton was
born at Magee Hospital in Pittsburgh on 27 October 1926. He was
originally afilliated with the Lutheran Church, but later belonged
to the Methodist Church. His parents were George Elmer and Jean Marshall
Gardner Ashton. Richard was in the Navy in WW II and also worked
for the Westinghouse Corporation. He graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan
College with a B.S. Degree in 1950. He was a member of the Beta Chi
Chapter of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He is a member of Elks Lodge No.
1668, Oakmont. He was also treasurer, Westinghouse Veterans Association. He
was also a Weatherman at the Naval Air Base in Corpus Christi, TX. Over
the years, they have lived in Wilkinsburg as well as Penn Hills. Their children:
A. Patti Gayle. Born 11 November 1951 at Pittsburgh Hospital.
Married Malcolm Neil Sias on 13 March 1982 at Red Lion, York Co.
in PA. He was born on 20 June 1956 in Greensburg, Westmoreland
Co., PA. His parents were Malcolm Franklin and Hazel Rose Mears
Sias. He graduated from the Penn State University. His occupation
is with Parks and Recreation (presently Program Coordinator for
the County Parks where he lives). The couple lived in Greensburg and
Red Lion. Patti is a teacher of those with learning disabilities.
She graduated from Slippery Rock State College in 1973 with a B.S.
in Special Education and Elementary Education. She received her
Masters Degree in Learning Disabilities from Shippenburg State
College, from which she graduated in 1978. She was christened at
South Avenue Methodist Church, Wilkinsburg by Dr. Roy Manne on
30 November 1952. The couple's religious affiliation is with
the Lutheran Church. They have three children: Katie Amanda, born
18 February 1983; Megan Louise, born 29 January 1985; and Molly
Elizabeth, born 17 October 1990. All the children were born in
Greensburg, PA at Westmoreland Hospital. They were all christ-
ened at the First Lutheran Church of that city by Rev. Jeffrey G.
Vayda, Katie on 14 August 1983, Megan on 16 June 1985, and Molly
on 25 November 1990.
B. Sandra Lynn. Born 29 October 1953 at Pittsburgh Hospital.
Married to Bradley Thomas Childs on 6 October 1979 at Jefferson,
Ashtabula Co., OH at the home of the groom by Rev. Ronald Mowry, a
Methodist. Born 25 May 1956 at Ashtabula, OH. Bradley's parents
were Horace Clinton and Jean Ester Martin Childs. Bradley attended
the National Hardwood School of Lumber in Tennessee and is self
employed in the lumber business, and Sandi works as a teacher of
handicapped and retarded children. She graduated from Indiana Uni-
versity of PA with a B.S. in Speech and Hearing Handicapped in
1975. She attended Slippery Rock State College for a year and re-
ceived credits for teaching Special Education in 1976. She was a
member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority. Sandi was christened at
South Avenue Methodist Church by Dr. Manne on 24 July 1955. They
have two children: Christopher Thomas, born 11 July 1983 at Ge-
neva, Ashtabula Co., OH; and Benjamin Bradley, born in the same
city on 2 June 1986. Both sons were christened by Rev. Mowry at
Jefferson Methodist Church, Chris on 13 November 1983 and Ben on 9
C. Joni Diane. Born 12 November 1955 at Pittsburgh Hospital.
Married to Wayne Joseph Carli on 24 March 1984 at St. James
Catholic Curch, West End, Allegheny Co., PA by Fr. James Spel-
man. Wayne was born on 24 November 1954 at St. Clair Hospital in
Pittsburgh and was the son of Alfred Emanuel and Dorothy Ruth
Watters Carlin. Wayne is a Catholic and works in the respiratory
field at Shadyside Hospital. He attended the Allegheny Community
College for two years to obtain a Respiratory Technician degree.
Joni graduated Duff's Business School in 1974 and works for Dravo
Corp. (now called Davey-McKee) where she does word processing.
She was christened at South Avenue Methodist Church by Dr. Manne on
23 February 1959 and is Methodist by faith. Presently they have one
child, Mallory Nicole, born 12 March 1986 at West Penn Hospital
in Pittsburgh. She was christened on 27 April 1986 at Our Lady of
Fatima Catholic Church, Aliquippa, Beaver Co., PA by Father Ni-
cholas A. Pesanka.
(4) Nancy Blanche. Born 7 April 1889 at Cookport, Indiana Co., PA. She died on 15 August 1970 at
Columbia Hospital of Wilkinsburg. She was buried on 18 August 1970 at Woodlawn Cemetery in
Wilkinsburg. She was married in 1905 to Frank Leroy Bradley. They later divorced. She later
married Edward Paul Sommers. He died. Later, she married John C. McLay.
(5) Clarence Robert. Born 1 February 1891 at Mahaffey, Clearfield Co., PA. Died on 12 August 1969
at Orlando, Orange Co., FL. Buried at Greenwood Cemetery, Orlando. Married first to a Miss
Taylor. They were divorced. Later married to Mary Leone Musser on 3 March 1915 at Greensburg,
Westmoreland Co., PA. He went by the name Robert Miller.
(6) Ethel Gertrude. Born 5 December 1895 at Glen Campbell, Indiana Co., PA. Died on 9 January
1951 at Columbia Hospital of Wilkinsburg. Buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Wilkinsburg on 12 January
1951. She was married to Basil Dean Brown Sr. on 30 August 1911 at Pittsburgh by J. G. Harper.
(7) Donald Desmond. Born on 9 January 1897 at Glen Campbell. Died young of measles and pneumonia at
Glen Campbell on 22 March 1899. Buried on 24 March 1899 at Cookport Cemetery, Cookport, Indiana
(8) Jesse Brunell. Born 2 October 1900 at Glen Campbell, PA. Died on 17 February 1973 at Oakland,
CA at the Veterans Hospital. Buried at the Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, CA. Married to
Katherine Marshall in 1921. They had at least one child, Margaret.
(9) Elmer Eugene. Born 21 October 1903 in Wilkinsburg, PA. Died on 22 June 1980 at Millersburg,
Holmes Co., OH. Buried on 25 June 1980 at Woodlawn Cemetery, Wilkinsburg, PA. He married Marion
Ruth Bird on 18 August 1927.
(10) Margaret Emma. Born on 12 February 1908 at Wilkinsburg, PA. Died on 13 August 1960 at Cheektow-
ga, Buffalo, NY. Buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Wilkinsburg, PA. She married first to Robert M.
Humes in 1925. They were divorced. She later married Alexander C. Greer.
3. Mary Catherine. She was born on 3 May 1863 at Cherry Tree, Clearfield Co., PA. She died in Baltimore,
MD on 10 June 1953 and was buried on 13 June 1953 at the IOOF Cemetery, Burnside Twp., Clearfield Co.,
PA. She was married to John Charles Conrath in 1885.
4. Alverda C. She was born on 15 September 1866 at Cherry Tree, Clearfield Co, PA. She was married to
John S. Wolfe. She died on 12 August 1945 in Burnside Twp., Clearfield Co., PA and was buried on 15
August 1945 at the IOOF Cemetery in the same location.
5. Jesse H. He was born in 1869. He married Sadie Miller. He died in 1944 and was buried at the
Citizens Cemetery in Cherry Tree, Indiana Co., PA. At one time he resided in Portland, Oregon. Had at
least one child, Milo.
6. Margaret V. She was born in August of 1871 in PA. She was married first to a Mr. Adams. She married
second, in 1906, to Robert O. Miller. She died on 28 August 1918 in Wilkinsburg, Allegheny Co., PA.
She was buried at Cherry Tree.
7. Onessa M. She was born in May of 1873 in PA. She was married in 1892 to John D. Johns. They lived in
8. Harriett G. She was born in June of 1877 in PA. She was married to Frank A. Patchin on 14 January
1897 in Indiana, PA. They lived in Wilkinsburg.
9. Anna Dora. She was born on 7 August 1878 in PA. She was married in the home of her parents to Joseph
A. Trinkley on 21 October 1897 in Grant Twp., Indiana Co., PA. She died on 26 May 1910 and was buried
in the Citizens Cemetery at Cherry Tree.
10. Harry. Married with at least three children.
Mary J. She was born on 17 September 1838 in Montgomery Twp., Indiana Co., PA. She died young on 9 February 1842 at Decker's Point.
George W. He was born on 24 March 1841 in Montgomery Twp., Indiana Co., PA. He died young on 17 February 1842 at Decker's Point.
Children of William Smyers and Elizabeth Riddle:
William Riddle. He was born on 5 May 1847 in Montgomery Twp., Indiana Co., PA. He died on 22 May 1919 at Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PA in an elevator accident. He was buried on 24 May 1919 in Marion Center Cemetery, Indiana Co., PA. He married Mary E. Hunter on 3 October 1868 in Indiana Co., PA. She died
13 January 1932. Children:
1. Glair Arzy. Born 1870. Married Ella McGreery about 1887. They had at least one child.
2. Bertrand Hunter. Born 10 March 1872 at Marion Center, Indiana Co., PA. Married to Flora Bell Hays,
daughter of Isaac N. and Rebecca H. Hayes. Flora was born on 8 October 1866 at Middle Springs, PA.
She died on 24 April 1950 at Pittsburg and is buried at Uniondale Cemetery # 2. Bertrand and Flora
were married on 20 July 1898 at Allegheny. He enjoyed target shooting with his sons. Based on the
obituary of son Bertrand Jr., Bertrand Hunter was the village blacksmith in Marion Center. Bertrand
died on 18 June 1953 at Pittsburgh, and is buried at Marion Center Cemetery. He was an attorney.
Bert, as he was called, was quite an interesting individual. He was responsible in large part for the
start of college football at the University of Pittsburgh. According to an article entitled "High
Lights in Pitt's Football History", the University of Pittsburgh had intercollegiate athletics "...from
the Fall of 1889, when the first football team was organized and a game played - the result being a
defeat at the hands of Shadyside Academy. That pioneer team (was) organized by Bert H. Smyers and John
D. Scott." Bert Smyers was the quarterback of that first team. In a letter from Harriet Smyers,
Bert's daughter-in-law and wife of son William Hays Smyers, to the University of Pittsburgh in 1990,
sent in preparation for celebration of 100 years of football there, further details about Bert are
given, as follows: "Once they were near the goal line and having trouble getting over so (Bert)
whispered to his pals just to pick him up bodily and throw him over and he'd hold out the ball. Since
he was only about 131 pounds this was easy and they made the touchdown. He told the grandchildren, 'I
was Pitt's first forward pass.' The flying wedge as I'm sure you know was outlawed because of the
serious injuries that resulted. The team locked arms in form of a wedge and plowed through (or over)
the opposing team. At one game only 10 men on the (Pitt) team showed up. The opposing team let them
"borrow" another man "elsewhere" and make up the 11. Your guess is as good as mine as to where the
extra man came from. (Bert) claimed he was the 2nd strongest man at Pitt. The strongest man could
chin himself with ond arm and (Bert) never managed that. Once at a Rotary Club picnic they had a
contest to see who could climb furthest up the flag pole. The pole was over 100 feet tall and so wide
for the first few feet that his arms could not reach around it. He had to grip it with his legs and
arms alternately inching up by grasping the pole with his thighs, reaching up with his arms to get a
higher hold and holding with his arms while he moved his legs up an inch or two. He stopped at 60 feet
and won the contest. He said he could have gone further but since he was 60 years old that year it
seemed a good place to stop. He played tennis every Saturday from April to November and once, when in
his 60's beat the Pittsburgh High School Tennis champion at an informal set...." A press release from
Pitt, circa 1930, gave the following account of Bert's place in football history: "The man who started
football at the University of Pittsburgh (at that time, 1889, Western University of Pennsylvania) is
still at it. He is Bert Smyers, attorney, member of the Ohio State Game committee, working to enthuse
the followers of the Panthers for the trip to Columbus, Nov. 15. Keen of eye and hard of muscle,
though somewhat heavier, Pitt's first quarterback is knee deep in the present campaign, as enthused as
he was that fall 41 years ago. He's chairman of the sub-committee working with the former varsity men
and managers of which association he also is president. Forty one years ago this fall Smyers, a youth
weighing 131 pounds, but hard as nails, arrived at the union station from Marion Center, Indiana
County. Money wasn't so plentiful with him so he walked from the station to the university. Walking
wasn't much of an item to him, anyhow, as he used to drive a herd of cattle from his home town to a
neighboring town, walking both ways a total of fourteen miles. And he did that three times a week at
$1.25 per trip. It was this walking schedule that made his legs so hard and his wind so good. And it
was working about his father's blacksmith shop the other three days that hardened the muscles in his
arms and shoulders. Those muscles are still hard. Arriving at the university Bert was the inspiration
for a football team, the first on the hill... where now one of the finest stadiums in the country
stands and where one of the nation's greatest teams holds forth. 'I played four years, as did most of
the boys... And the last two years nearly all of us wore beards or moustaches. Footbal didn't bring
in any revenue then. When we started the game we started very modestly. The boys had to supply their
own equipment. I had no money to spend recklessly so I wrote home to mother and told her I needed a
pair of football pants and she made them by cutting off the legs of an old gray pair and putting rubber
elastic around the knees. The stockings were contributed by my sister. The girls wore heavier
stockings than they do now. Football players wore jackets and I tried to describe in a letter to my
mother that they were made of canvas. But all the canvas they had was some canvas from some old oat
sacks around the barn. So she made me a vest of that with laces from an old corset and I was all ready
to play! It was a lot of fun even if the game was not so well organized as today. We played the teams
of this section, colleges, prep schools, clubs, etc....'" Bert had also been at Bucknell when it was a
college prep school, having attended during his senior year of 1888-89. He had an academic average of
9 out of a scale of 10, which was an outstanding achievment. Courses taught at the time included
Natural Philosophy, Rhetoric, Algebra, Caesar, Scriptural History, Composition, Declamation, and
Elocution. Apparently, even there Bert was involved in an informal football team, not part of the
school's regular sports, which was probably learned from older brothers attending other schools and
then taught to pals after school. A clipping from "The Rotarian" from 1947 had the following to say
about Bert Smyers: "Busy Bert. Although writing doggerel is one of his hobbies, BERT H. SMYERS, a
member of the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh, Pa., keeps more active physically than many men half his age.
Last August, at age 75, he "caught" a game of soft ball at a Rotary picnic, played three sets of
tennis, won a prize in a horse-shoe pitching contest, and won another prize in a waltz contest on the
dance floor that evening. He is the only surviving member of the first football team... of the
University of Pittsburgh...." The children of Bert and Flora:
(1) Bertrand Jr. Born on 27 June 1899 at Pittsburgh. He worked for the Equitable Gas Co. He was
married to Martha Miller. She was born 24 October 1902 and died 7 September 1985. He died on 22
April 1975 at Winter Park, FL. He was buried at Homewood Cemetery in Pittsburgh. Children:
i. Martha Jane Smyers. Born 15 January 1932 (?). Married to a Mr. Warden. Children:
(i) Gay Warden. Born about 1950. Married. Had at least six children.
(ii) Kathy Warden. Born 24 January 1955.
(iii) Diana Warden. Born about 1960. Married. Had at least one child, Rebeka Michelle,
born 22 August 1992.
(iv) Richard Warden. Born about 1960. Married to Ruth -?-.
(2) William Hays Smyers. Born 9 January 1901 and died on 3 June 1990. Married on 26 June 1926 to
Harriet Virginia Arthur. She was born on 30 March 1905. William ran cross country. For his main
career, he was a lawyer. He was at one time manager of a championship high school basketball team.
Was awarded the Rennselaer Gold Medal for high school science achievement. Taught seventh grade at
Uniontown, PA between college years. Coached basketball. Lived with his father on Irwin Avenue
during his first year of marriage. Moved seven times in six years. Worked at Richardson Food, a
chocolate manufacturer, for one year. Worked for Duquesne Slag for two years. Worked for Alumina
Co. for three years. The family vacationed at Shelter Island, Stone Harbor during the early 1940s
and at Bear Mountain for two years around 1942. They had a log cabin on the Hudson River with a
grand piano. Children:
i. William Hays Smyers Jr. Born 13 January 1930. Married on 26 June 1954 to Mary Ann Shenk. She
was born on 10 February 1931. William was born in Allegheny General Hospital. He has a B.S. in
Mechanical Engineering from Yale and an M.S. in Aero. Engineering from Case. Attended a reunion
on Shelter Island in August of about 1943. He rigged a trap for Bill Arthur consisting of a
bucket of water over the kids room door. Heidi cried and Uncle Bob got dumped on. Bill Arthur
sewed William's p.j.s closed with a "he who laughs last...." note attached. Bill later went to
Westfield, Pittsburgh, and Ellwood City and found his p.j.s had been sewn closed by machine and
a "....laughs best" note added. William worked for NASA in Cleveland, OH. Children:
(i) Lynnette Arthur Smyers. Born 10 June 1955. Married on 26 June sometime in the 1980s to
Alan Eusden. Children:
A. William Reiman (?) Eusden. Born 29 September 1985.
B. Caitlin Arthur Eusden. Born 23 February 1988.
C. Gregory Dykstra Eusden. Born 18 October 1990.
(ii) Donna Ann Smyers. Born 6 September 1957. Ran in the 1993 Boston Marathon.
(iii) Gregory Hays Smyers. Born 24 October 1959. A licensed professional engineer. Received
license about 1992.
(iv) Karen Janine Smyers. Born 1 September 1961. Married on 14 November 1992 to Michael Peter
King. Karen won the Bay State Triathalon in 1985 and turned professional. Finished third
in the Vancouver Triathalon on 7 August 1988. Was National Triathalon Champion in 1990.
Competed at Cleveland in 1990/1991 and at Wilkes Barre in 1992. World Triathalon
Champion on 15 September 1990 in Orlando, FL. "Triathalon Magazine" Triathlete of the Year
for 1991. Earned $100,000 and won 15 of 19 competitions. Won first race of the 1993
season at St. Croix. Was fourth in Australia and fourth in an Ironman competition. Was
written up in the Princeton Alumni magazine in the 21 April 1993 edition. Was an
economics major in college.
(v) Mary Ellen Smyers. Born 24 November 1965. She is left-handed. As a result of a
successful utility program, she was loaned to the Cincinatti utility company to design a
program for them. She had a nine-month contract with a free round trip to any place
in the U.S. every other weekend. The company had previously spent $5 million on an
(vi) Richard William Smyers. Born 12 May 1969. Weighed eleven pounds at birth. His employer
sent him to Sweden for five weeks and flew him back during the middle of this time to be
best man in his college roommate's wedding.
(vii) Laura Jean Smyers. Born 27 January 1973. One of four Connecticutt gymnastics repre-
sentatives to Colorado Springs in 1991. Member of Alpha Chi Omega at Colgate Uni-
versity in 1993.
ii. Ann Robertson Smyers. Born 10 December 1931. Married on 7 June 1952 to Dayton Edward Livings-
ton. He was born on 16 September 1926 and retired in 1989 as Vice President for Business and
Finance at Oberlin College. The family lived in Washington DC for two years. Ann skinned and
mounted a bat at age ten. She hung it over her door to terrorize her high school friends.
Attended a family reunion at Shelter Island in August of about 1943. Drew a floor plan of the
William Robertson house near New Brighton, PA around 1947. She received a Bachelor's Degree
from Cornell University in 1952. She belonged to Pi Phi. Moved to "The Pines", Oberlin, OH in
(i) Sheryl Lynn Livingston. Born 9 April 1953. Married on 31 May 1975 to Larry Krauser. He
was born on 17 June 1953. Sheryl was born at 2 a.m. in the morning. Children:
A. Cameron Bruce Krauser. Born 29 December 1982.
B. Gaelyn Briana Krauser. Born 21 February 1986.
C. Lindsey Leigh Krauser. Born 7 October 1988.
(ii) Ann Lorraine Livingston. Born 14 September 1954. Married to Charles A. Shaffer on 10
October 1987. He was born on 26 November 1951. Ann is a graduate of Cornell Univer-
sity. She is currently a geologist working for a geological modeling software company.
(iii) Bruce Dayton Livingston. Born 13 April 1957. Married to Janet Russell on 5 July
1986. She was born in either April or May of 1959. Bruce is a lawyer who won a
Supreme Court Case in 1990. He was a co-counsel in 1991. A senior partner argued the
case and lost.
(iv) Charles Arthur Livingston. Born 23 June 1959. Married to Susan Argyle on 2 January
1983. Charles is a computer systems analyst and engineer.
(v) Douglas Smyers Livingston. Born 20 June 1962. Married to Susan Creighton Rose on
21 September 1985. They have since divorced. Douglas was a physics teacher. He has now
spent eight years with Real Goods, an alternative energy company.
(vi) Harriet Virginia Livingston. Born 24 August 1966. Married to Sean Patrick Kerwin on 26
June 1993. Sean was born on 26 June 1962. Harriet was born at home at 2 a.m. in the
morning. She graduated from Clarkson University in May of 1988. Her wedding ring
is half of her great-great grandmother Harriet Wendt's gold one, covered in platinum
by grandmother Harriet Virginia Arthur who also used it.
iii. Flora Bell Smyers. Born 4 May 1933 and died on 15 June 1968. She married Donald Branum
Lathrop on 13 November 1954. He was born on 21 November 1931. She had a double mastoid
operation at the age of three. She attended the family reunion at Shelter Island in August of
about 1943. She was a graduate of Cornell University. After her death her body was cremated.
(i) Deborah Ann Lathrop. Born 1 June 1955. Married to Robert E. Lechner on 28 June
1986. He was born on 27 March 1948. She graduated from Cornell University in 1977.
A. Carolyn Lathrop Lechner. Born 4 September 1990. Her birth weight was ten pounds and
B. Elizabeth Lathrop Lechner. Born 30 April 1994.
(ii) Lydia Branum Lathrop. Born 15 June 1958. Married to Anatole David Gordon on 27 March
1993. He was born about 1955. Lydia has green eyes. She was sent to a boarding
school at age eleven and never saw home again. She was reunited with the Smyers
clan after she graduated from nursing school.
iv. Margaret Arthur Smyers. Born 16 April 1938. Married to Wilbur Earl Wolf, Jr. on 12 March
1960. He was born on 26 August 1937. Margaret had a strawberry birthmark that disappeared.
She attended the family reunion at Shelter Island in August of about 1943. She was given a
dozen ducklings by her nurse, Mary Hahn. All but one survived to adulthood and provided eggs.
(i) Kathryn Virginia Wolf. Born 10 September 1961. Married to Mark William Sekeres on
13 June 1992. He was born on 14 July 1963.
(ii) Wilbur Earl Wolf III. Born 9 August 1963. Married to Amy Craig Tuckwiller on 6 Sep-
tember 1986. She was born on 8 August 1960. Children:
A. Wilbur Craig Wolf. Born 26 June 1990. Weighed eight pounds five ounces and
was twenty-two inches long at birth.
B. Rachel Margaret Wolf. Born 22 April 1993. Born at 9:43 p.m. Weight at birth
was eight pounds thirteen and one quarter ounces. Length at birth was twenty-two
(iii) Rebecca Ann Wolf. Born 21 September 1965. Married to David Thomas Escott on 5 Octo-
ber 1991. He was born in 1964.
(iv) Margaret Elizabeth Wolf. Born 26 January 1968. Married on 11 January 1992 to Timothy
Scott Richwine. He was born on 31 May 1966. Margaret has a B.S. degree in accounting
from Shippensburg University. Children:
A. Kayla Kathryn Richwine. Born 18 July 1994.
(3) Edward Calvin Smyers. Born 17 August 1902 at Pittsburgh. He married Ethel Marie Bennett on 12
June 1928. She was born on 14 December 1908. He was an Engineer. He founded his own company, the
Smyers Engineering Co., of Pittsburgh, PA, in August of 1948. Many of the Smyers clan worked for
the company. He died on 14 May 1991 at McCandless, Allegheny Co., PA and is buried at the North
Side Catholic Cemetery, Ross Township, Allegheny Co., PA. Edward C. Sr. and Ethel have
twenty-three grand children and thirty-eight great grandchildren as of this writing. Their
i. Edward Calvin Smyers, Jr. Born 6 May 1929. Married to Michiko O'Hashi. She was born about
(i) Daniel David Smyers. Born 2 January 1955. Married to Patricia Callenda on 27 October
1984. She was born on 6 July 1958. Their children:
A. Daniel Christopher Smyers. Born 16 August 1987.
B. Austin Paul Smyers. Born 7 December 1990.
(ii) Audrey Angela Smyers. Born 21 September 1956. Married to Charles T. Bezilla on 23
July 1977. He was born on 19 May 1953. Their children:
A. Justin Bezilla. Born 23 July 1980.
B. Adam Bezilla. Born 6 January 1982.
C. Mark Bezilla. Born 2 September 1985.
(iii) Douglas Edward Smyers. Born 1 December 1958. Married to Eileen Hackett on 16 April
1986. Their children:
A. Serena Smyers. Born 15 September 1987.
B. Samuel "Sammy" Smyers. Born 16 December 1988.
(iv) Diane Debra Smyers. Born 4 March 1961. Married to David Carson on 13 April 1985.
He was born on 12 October 1960. Their children:
A. Michael David Carson. Born 16 May 1990.
B. Brian Edward Carson. Born 6 March 1992.
(v) Andrea Marie Smyers. Born 24 September 1963. Married to David Michael Diaz on 14 February
1987. He was born on 18 June 1961. Their children:
A. Michelle Marie Diez. Born 29 August 1987.
B. Melissa Kathryn Diez. Born 5 December 1992.
ii. Virgina Ruth Smyers. Born 13 October 1930. Married to Basil Lee Cole, since deceased.
As of 1994 she was working at Passavant Hospital. Children:
(i) Lee Arthur Cole. Born 2 May 1953. Married to Loni Chestor in the 1970s.
(ii) Linda M. Cole. Born 5 July 1955. Married to Donald N. Maydak on 18 August 1984. He
was born on 7 October 1957 and was her second husband. Their children:
A. Nicholas Andrew Maydak. Born 29 January 1988.
B. Laura Kathleen Maydak. Born 21 March 1991.
(iii) Lawrence Edward Cole. Born 15 October 1957. Married to Maryann Bartkins on 2
July 1977. She was born on 26 November 1958. They later divorced. Children:
A. Courtney Lynn Smyers. Born 12 June 19??.
(iv) Lance Desmond Cole. Born 18 October 1958. Married to Teresa Hollinger on 18 May 1977.
She was born on 23 May 1959. Their children:
A. Shawn Paul Cole. Born 1 August 1977.
B. Brennon Lee Cole. Born 23 February 1980.
C. Amanda Dawn Cole. Born 23 December 1984.
iii. Thomas Bennett Smyers. Born 17 December 1932. Married to Dolores M. Congalton. She was born
about 1940. Children:
(i) Thomas Bennett Smyers, Jr. Born 18 October 1953. Married to Olga Calamidas on 17
December 1977. She was born on 10 July 1953. Their children:
A. Michael Thomas Smyers. Born 16 September 1976.
B. Stephen Alec Smyers. Born 16 November 1981.
C. Rachelle Lee Smyers. Born 18 March 1988.
D. Kristin Lynn Smyers. Born 18 February 1990.
(ii) Vicki Lynn Smyers. Born 3 February 1955. She has dark hair and eyes. Married
to Joseph Lewandowski on 16 May 1979. He was born around 1950. They later divorced.
A. John William Lewandowski. Born 14 February 1982.
B. Gina Loren Lewandowski. Born 13 April 1985.
C. Jill Lynn Lewandowski. Born 9 August 1987.
(iii) Kenneth William Smyers. Born 28 August 1956. Married to Rita Munkes on 20 May
1983. She was born on 3 November 1962. Their children:
A. Sabrina Marie Smyers. Born 5 May 1987.
B. Stephanie Ellen Smyers. Born 7 November 1991.
(iv) Caryn Marie Smyers. Born 12 February 1960. Married to Michael Sieber on 18 February
1984. He was born about 1960. Their children:
A. Sarah Elizabeth Sieber.
B. Catherine Ann Sieber.
C. Michael Sieber. Born 18 February 1993.
(v) David Michael Smyers. Born 14 September 1961. Married Ann O'Keefe on 2 August
1987. She was born on 28 June 1962. Their children:
A. David Smyers, Jr. Born about 1 September 1991.
(vi) Jesse Allen Smyers. Born 25 October 1962. Married Michelle Louise Bailey on 7 July
1990. Their children:
A. Samantha Smyers.
B. Sydney Smyers.
(vii) Kelly Ann Smyers. Born 5 February 1964. Married Jacob Charles Sieber III on 15
April 1989. He was born on 4 August 1964. Their children:
A. Erin Marie Seiber. Born 9 February 1990.
B. Jacob Seiber IV. Born 7 August 1992.
(viii) Lorri Beth Smyers. Born 19 February 1964. Married Daniel Pond in June of
(ix) Bertrand Hunter Smyers. Born 15 August 1968. Was a sophomore at Harvard for the
1988/1989 school year.
(x) Bart Edward Smyers. Born 24 November 1969. Married on 24 October 1992 to Jill Renee
Aluise. She was born on 16 September 1972. Their children:
A. Mathew Bartholomew Smyers. Born 5 April 1993.
(xi) Gregory Scott Smyers. Born 25 April 1971. Married Shaye Lewis on 30 April 1994. She
was born on 3 February 1973. Their children:
A. Evan Gregory Metrose Smyers. Born 15 April 1991.
iv. Barbara Hunter Smyers. Born 14 September 1946. Married to Chester LeRoy Tennyson Jr. Barbara
works part-time in her husband's office as of 1994. Children:
(i) Nicola Hunter Tennyson. Born 9 July 1979.
(ii) Maria Smyers Tennyson. Born 17 March 1982.
(iii) Richard Leroy Tennyson. Born 15 May 1984.
3. Sadie Smyers. Born 1878 and died 1879.
4. Ora Hehn Smyers. Born 5 October 1881. Died 21 March 1975. Married to Harry E. C. (Campe)
Euwer. He was born about 1880. They had at least one daughter.
John Caruthers. He was born on 19 January 1850 in Montgomery Twp., Indiana Co., PA. He died on 16 November 1915 at Decker's Point. He was buried at Oakland Cemetery, Decker's Point. He married Mary Ann Sylvis. They had at least four children.
Daniel Webster. He was born on 16 November 1852 in Montgomery Twp., Indiana Co., PA. He was baptized on 17 May 1853 at Gilgal Church. He died on 27 August 1886 at Decker's Point and is buried at Marion Center Cemetery. He never married.
Nina. She was born on 30 October 1860 in Montgomery Twp., Indiana Co., PA. She died on 19 July 1913 in Indiana Co. She was buried at Greenwood Cemetery, Indiana, Indiana Co., PA. She was married on 25 December 1879 to John R. Wetzel. They had at least four children.
Delsa. She was born on 18 November 1866 in Montgomery Twp., Indiana Co., PA. She died on 15 May 1918 in Indiana Co. She married George F. Houck on 16 October 1912 at Indiana, Indiana Co., PA. They had at least one daughter.
Other children. Infant son. No date of birth or death given. Buried at Shilo Cemetery, Decker's Point, Indiana Co., PA. One Smyers source also reports another daughter, name and birthdate unknown at this time.
C. MARY SMYERS. Born in 1810 in Pennsylvania. Her first husband was a Mr. Petticord, and her second husband was named John Baum. Nothing more is known of her at present.
D. SARA SMYERS. Born in October of 1812 possibly in Barnesboro, Cambria Co., PA. She died in 1893 in Susquehenna Twp., Cambria Co., PA. She was married to Thomas Adams, a farmer. He was born about 1810 in Barnesboro and died there as well. He was likely married previously, as Smyers researcher Mary Victor indicates two daughters and one son (Margaret Adams, born 21 January 1823 in Barnesboro, died Waldron, Indiana, married to a Mr. Knause; Jane Adams, born 27 January 1825; and William Davis Adams) that would have been too old to have been children of Sara. As noted above, Thomas and Sara purchased land in Susquehenna Twp. from Sara's parents, and later sold some of that same property to one of their daughters and her husband. Sara and Thomas later moved to Green Twp., Indiana Co., PA. They were living there in 1850. Thomas and Sara were originally buried in the Old Cherry Tree Cemetery, but a family story indicates their remains were later removed to a location presently unknown. Their children and their descendants (information provided by Mary Victor):
Mary Adams. Born 13 September 1834 at Barnesboro.
James Adams. Born 21 January 1837 at Barnesboro. Died on 8 October 1838.
Elizabeth Adams. Born 11 April 1839 at Barnesboro. Married to Martin Miller. She died in Pennsylvania.
Martha Adams. Born 20 September 1841 at Barnesboro. Married on 27 February 1903 at Gorman Mills, PA to Gideon M. (George) Mock. She died on 21 February 1903 at Uniontown, Indiana Co., PA. Gideon was born on 11 December 1838 in Bedford Co., PA, the son of Philip and Mary "Polly" Crop Mock. Philip was born in Bedford Co. in 1788 and died on 25 February 1921 in Uniontown. He was buried there as well. Their children:
1. Ermina Maletta "Letitia" Mock. Born 27 May 1866 in Garmantown, Cambria Co., PA and died on 7 December
1939 in Bartow, Polk Co., FL. She was buried at Wildewood Cemetery, Bartow. She was married to George
Washington Conner, born 29 May 1854 in Beringer, Indiana Co., PA and died on 30 June 1916 in Homeland,
Polk Co., FL. He was buried in Uniontown, Indiana Co., PA. His parents were Jacob S. and Catherine
(Fanny) Dishong Conner of Indiana Co., PA. George and Ermina were married on 22 June 1882 in
Cherrytree. On 8 December 1905, the following story appeared in an Indiana Co., PA news-
paper: "CONNERS MAKE GOOD IN FLORIDA ORANGES. Brothers of J.C. Conner Have Prospered Since They Went
South. ONE GROVE IS NOW FAMOUS. Miss Emma Conner, daughter of J.C. Conner, returned on Friday evening
from spending the past four months with her uncles, Henry and George Conner of Barto, Florida. George
Conner is interested in orange and lumber tracts there while Henry owns extensive orange groves. Going
to Florida four years ago on account of his health, Henry Conner, a former well-known resident of
Cherrytree, is now on his way to a fortune. A recent issue of a Southern paper depicts a number of
intersting views which were taken in the orange groves of Conner and Shallenberger, with which firm Mr.
Conner is connected. The property was purchased four years ago for $30,000 and it is said that the
owners recently refused an offer of $80,000 for it. The annual profit yield is 33 1/3 percent."
George Conner's obituary reads as follows: "George Conner, a native of Barnesboro, Cambria County, but
who had been residing near Barto, Florida, for a number of years, was killed in an automobile accident
near his home on Friday. Mr. Conner was thrown or fell from his automobile, receiving injuries which
caused his death. The deceased was about 60 years old... George Conner's remains were brought to
Barnesboro on Monday and Monday afternoon burial was made in the Uniontown burial grounds near
Cherrytree, this county." A more accurate account appeared in the 4 July 1916 edition of The
Courier-Informant, a Bartow paper: "In jumping off the Lakeland-Fort Meade jitney bus near his home
between Homeland and Fort Meade on last Friday afternoon, Geo. W. Conner's foot became caught in the
machine in some way hurling him against the rock road, fracturing his skull and causing his death. It
will probably never be known just how the accident occured. Mr. Conner did not notify the driver of
the bus to slow up as they approached his home, but attempted to jump off before the machine stopped
and in doing so his shoe caught on some part of the machine holding him fast and causing his head to
hit the ground first. The heel and half of the sole of the shoe was ripped from the upper. The
machine stopped as soon as Mr. Conner fell, but he got up and said he was not hurt much and walked to
his house, a distance of probably two hundred yards. The accident occured about 1:30 and while he
complained of having a severe headache his injuries were not considered serious and a physician was not
called until Friday night. When he arrived he told the family an operation was necessary at once, but
before he had completed preparations Mr. Conner expired...." Their children:
(1) Vernilla "Vernie" Catherine Conner. She was born on 21 October 1883 in Garmantown, Susquehenna
Twp., Cambria Co., PA. She was married on 2 February 1901 in Uniontown (Berringer), Indiana Co.,
PA to James Harvey Fleming. He was born on 12 June 1876 in Washington Twp., Indiana Co., PA. He
died on 30 May 1930 in Home, Indiana Co., PA. He was buried at Washington Church Cemetery, Rayne
Twp., Indiana Co, PA. His parents were Samuel and Nancy Ann Stewart Fleming. James Harvey Fleming
was a miner and a school teacher. The couple resided on a farm near Creekside, PA. Both attended
the Presbyterian Church. Vernilla was a housewife who enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and tatting.
She moved to Florida at age 62 in 1945. Vernilla died on 2 July 1962 in Bartow, Polk Co., FL. Her
obituary, published in The Lakeland Ledger on 3 July 1962, reads as follows: "Mrs. Vernie Catherine
Fleming, 78 of 565 S. Central Ave., died yesterday afternoon at Bartow Memorial Hospital following
an illness of several weeks. A native of Garmantown, PA, Mrs. Fleming came here 16 years ago from
Creekside, PA. She was a member of the Washington United Presbyterian Church at Home, PA, and the
Ladies Auxiliary VFW, Post 2405, Bartow. Survivors include four daughters..., two sons..., three
sisters..., two brothers..., 27 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren. Services were held this
morning at the chapel of Whiden Funeral Home with J.P. Pressly, pastor of Associated Reformed
Presbyterian Church, officiating...." She was buried at Home, Indiana Co., PA. Their children:
i. Paul Chalmers Fleming. Born 1 August 1901 in Advance, Washington Twp., Indiana Co., PA. Died
there on 1 September 1903. Death was caused by a sad accidental scalding with hot starch.
Buried at the Washington United Prebyterian Church, Rayne Twp.
ii. James Edgar Fleming. Born 26 March 1903 in Uniontown. Died 10 July 1958 in Willet,
Washington Twp. Buried on 14 July 1958 at Oakland Cemetery, Indiana, PA. Married to Mary
Virginia Kepple on 25 June 1927 in Washington Twp. She was born on 5 August 1905 in Advance.
(i) Robert Edgar Fleming. Born 25 November 1938 in Indiana, PA. He was adopted. Married
Mabel Louise DeCost, born 15 February 1943, on 12 November 1960 in Triverton, RI.
A. Robert Edgar Fleming Jr. Born 30 January 1961.
B. Lisa Marie Fleming. Born 11 May 1962.
(ii) Marilyn Eileen Fleming. Born 26 December 1943 in Dixonville, Indiana Co., PA. She
was adopted. Married to Charles Lloyd Adams Jr., born 14 September 1943 in Indiana, PA,
on 2 May 1964 in Washington Twp., Indiana Co., PA. Children:
A. Rebecca Louise Adams. Born 28 February 1969 in Indiana, PA. Married Richard Melvin
Rager, born 29 July 1968 in Johnstown, Cambria Co., PA, on 30 July 1991 in Johnstown.
a. Benjamin Richard Rager. Born 13 April 1992 in Johnstown.
B. David James Adams. Born 27 January 1972 in Indiana, PA.
iii. George Samuel Fleming. Born 6 May 1905 in Chambersville, Indiana Co., PA. Died 16
November 1947 in Buffalo, Erie Co., NY. Buried on 19 November 1947 at Oakland Cemetery,
Indiana, PA. Married to Barbara Alverta Johnson, born 2 January 1907 in Plumcreek Twp.,
Armstrong Co., PA, on 6 October 1926 in Indiana, PA. Children:
(i) Vivian Alverta Fleming. Born 28 July 1928 in Washington Twp., Indiana Co., PA. Died
25 May 1994 in Cuba, Allegany Co., NY. Married to Eugene Francis Bucki, born 9
September 1923 in Buffalo, Erie Co., NY, on 26 July 1947 in Buffalo. Children:
A. Michael Robert Bucki. Born 24 July 1948 in Buffalo. Married to Mary Syz-
manski, born 1 June 1953 in Buffalo, on 17 March 1973 in Buffalo. Children:
a. Jennifer Michelle Bucki. Born 5 July 1973 in Buffalo.
b. Jarod Michael Bucki. Born 6 April 1982 in Buffalo.
B. Kathryn Dawne Bucki. Born 6 July 1950 in Buffalo. Married to William Berry,
born 15 October 1940 in NY, on 25 September 1973 in NY. Children:
a. Jeffery Berry. Born 26 June 1971 in Buffalo.
b. William James Berry. Born December of 1973 in Buffalo.
c. Kathryn Ann Berry. Born November of 1974 in Scio, Allegany Co., NY.
C. Thomas Eugene Bucki. Born 6 June 1955 in Buffalo. Married to Theresa Szyman-
ski, born 6 February 1954 in Buffalo. She is not related to Mary Szymanski above.
a. Sherri Lynn Bucki. Born 24 February 1981 in Buffalo.
(ii) Samuel Delone Fleming. Born 6 January 1931 in Plumcreek Twp., Armstrong Co., PA.
Married to Margaret Hazel Griffin, born 18 May 1935. Marriage ended in 1981. Children:
A. Dale Samuel Fleming. Born 22 August 1957 in Buffalo, NY. Married to Susan
Fallis. Marriage ended in 1988. Children:
a. Melissa Anne Fleming. Born 4 November 1976 in Buffalo.
b. Andrea Marie Fleming. Born 27 September 1978 in Buffalo.
c. Dustin Samuel Fleming. Born 13 July 1981 in Buffalo.
Dale later married Michelle Camille Krupka, born 30 June 1964 in Lancaster,
Erie Co., NY, on 5 May 1989 in Cheektowaga, Erie Co., NY. Children:
a. Andrew Fleming. Born 31 August 1991 in Buffalo.
B. Larry Wayne Fleming. Born 6 January 1959 in Cheektowaga, NY. Died 21 Jan-
uary 1960 in Buffalo, NY. Buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, NY.
C. Gerald Shawn Fleming. Born 11 December 1960 in Cheektowaga, NY. Died on 2
January 1993 in Eden, Erie Co., NY. Married to Linda Marie Roisweber, born
9 September 1960 in Cheektowaga, on 15 June 1986 in Buffalo. Children:
a. Alissa Jane Fleming. Born 2 September 1987 in Buffalo.
b. Alana Fleming. Born 4 September 1989 in Buffalo and died 13 September 1989
in Buffalo. Buried in Erie Co., NY.
c. Alexa Fleming. Born 13 September 1992 in Buffalo.
D. Jeffery Alan Fleming. Born 5 March 1965 in Cheektowaga. Married to Mary Jane
Wagner, born 4 January 1965 in Cuba, Allegany Co., NY, on 8 October 1987 in
Cuba, NY. Children:
a. Johnathon Jeffery Fleming. Born 22 December 1989 in Cuba, NY.
Samuel Delone Fleming married as his second wife Mary Elizabeth Schrecengost, born 6
September 1935 in Rural Valley, Armstrong Co., PA, on 12 September 1987 in Angola,
Erie Co., NY.
(iii) Harvey Preston Fleming. Born 17 March 1936 in Rayne Twp., Indiana Co., PA.
Married to Sylvia Mae (MacHandock) Hancock, born 16 September 1936 in Ciren-
cester, England, on 7 November 1964 in Cirencester, England. They have since
A. Cynthia Rae Fleming. Born 7 November 1965 in Grand Forks, ND. Married to
John Lancaster on 7 July 1987 in CA. Children:
a. Rebecca Lynn Lancaster. Born in England.
b. Anthony Lancaster. Born at Beal Air Force Base, CA.
B. David Shan (Wayne) Fleming. Born 22 February 1968 at a Base Hospital in
(iv) Martha Kathryn (Marty Kay) Fleming. Born 14 December 1940 in Rayne Twp. Married to
Oscar Ray Pazzaglia, born 15 March 1934. Children:
A. Karen Norleen Pazzaglia. Born 21 July 1959 in Erie Co., NY. One child:
a. Chad James Pazzaglia. Born 7 September 1978.
B. Barbara Lynn Pazzaglia. Born 10 February 1961 in Erie Co., NY. Married
to Michael Kropczyski on 10 June 1978.
C. Lance Allen Pazzaglia. Born 4 November 1962 in Erie Co., NY.
D. Kathryn Susan Pazzaglia. Born 11 January 1964 in Erie Co., NY.
iv. Evelyn Florida Fleming. Born 20 June 1907 in Bartow, FL. Died on 20 January 1983 in Pasa-
dena, Harris Co., TX. Married to Berton Meade Mull, born 4 December 1908 in Armstrong, Indi-
ana Co., PA and died 20 July 1983 in Pasadena, Harris Co., TX, on 4 December 1929 in Armstrong
Twp., Indiana Co., PA. Buried in Harris Co., TX. Children:
(i) John Leslie Mull. Born 30 October 1930 in Washington Twp., Indiana Co., PA. Died
16 December 1988 in Almeda, Almeda Co., CA. Married Charlotte Larue Gravette, born 14
July 1935 in Idaho, about 1961. Children:
A. Timothy Brian Mull. Born 31 March 1962. Married to Patrice Beatrice Greiner on
30 June 1990 in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI.
B. Teresa Ann Mull. Born 22 September 1964. Child:
a. Ehrin Mull. Born 27 April 1986.
C. Tracy Kathleen "Katie" Mull. Born 20 December 1965. Married to Jeff Butler.
a. Christopher Morgan Butler. Born 25 September 1985.
John was married second to Eva "Sandy" Theresa Cedotal, born 31 December 1930 in
Napoleonville, LA, on 19 November 1971 in Reno, NV. Children:
A. Charles Bede "Rocky" Benedetto. Born 15 November 1949 in Donaldsville, LA.
Stepson to John.
B. Nicholas Paul Benedetto. Born 3 March 1952 in Oakland, Contra Costa Co., CA.
Stepson to John.
C. Cheryl Lynn Chamness. Born 7 July 1962 in Oakland, CA. Stepdaughter to
John. Married to Mark Smith, born 8 March 1959 in Oakland, CA, on 10 August
1985 in Oakland. Children:
a. Justin John-Scott Smith. Born 2 April 1989.
(ii). Evelyn "Ebby" Almeade Mull. Born 28 March 1933 in Parkwood, Armstrong Twp., Indiana
Co., PA. Married to Elwyn LaVerne Michael, born 30 August 1931 in Belfast, Allegany
Co., NY, on 12 December 1952 in Angelica, Allegany Co., NY. Children:
A. Patricia Lynn Michael. Born 10 November 1953 in Cuba, Allegany Co., NY. Married
to James Francis Borden, born 5 July 1942 in Cuba, NY, on 25 May 1974 in
Cuba, NY. Marriage ended in 1980. Children:
a. Sara Kathleen Borden. Born 31 December in Olean, Cattaragus Co.,
b. Amanda Marie Borden. Born 23 May 1976 in Olean, NY.
c. Kristina Dyan Borden. Born 11 March 1983 in Port Richie, Pasco Co., FL.
d. Andrea Joanne "AJ" Borden. Born 11 March 1983 in Port Richie, FL.
B. Dean Edward Michael. Born 4 May 1955 in Cuba, NY. Married first to Deborah
Baldwin, born 20 March 1956 in NY, on 8 May 1976 in Belfast, NY. Marriage ended
about 1980. Children:
a. Rebecca Jean Michael. Born 30 March 1977 in Florida.
b. Anita Jo Michael. Born 14 February 1979 in Wellsville, Allegany Co., NY.
Dean was married second to Connie Cox in 1981 in Florida. Children:
a. Melissa Adean Cox. Born 22 June 1982 in Cuba, NY.
C. Elaine Sue Michael. Born 22 June 1958 in Cuba, NY. Married first to Michael
Robert McHugh, born 5 July 1958, on 7 April 1984 in Baytown, TX. Marriage
ended 5 July 1987. No children reported. Elaine Sue was married second
to Noe Acosta, born 4 October 1958 in San Juan, TX, about 1992 in Harris
Co., TX. Children:
a. Aryn Nicole Acosta. Born 14 January 1993 in Houston, Harris Co., TX.
D. Mary Alice Michael. Born 2 January 1962 in Cuba, NY.
(iii) Mary Imogene Mull. Born 10 June 1935 in Wellsville, NY. Married to Stanley Francis
Victor Jr., born 8 December 1929 in Buffalo, NY, on 12 October 1957 in Grand
Island, Erie Co., NY. Children:
A. Audrey Joan Victor. Born 30 May 1958 in Buffalo, NY. Married to Robert Eric
Arnold, born 12 September 1958, on 14 June 1980 in Lake Tahoe, NV. Children:
a. Anna Arnold. Born 6 September 1982 in Fresno, Fresno Co., CA. Died same
city on same day. Buried in Fresno, CA.
b. Lisa Marcella. Born September 1983 in Fresno, CA.
c. Sara LaChelle Arnold. Born 13 November 1986 in Riverside, Riverside
B. Kimberly Sue Victor. Born 9 March 1961 in Covina, Los Angeles Co., CA. Married
to George "Bud" Walter Leonard, born 14 May 1957 in Houston, TX, on 15 August
1981 in Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV. Children:
a. Scott Ryan Leonard. Born 25 February 1986 in Riverside, CA.
b. Brandy Michelle Leonard. Born 26 April 1989 in Riverside, CA.
C. Jacqueline Renee Victor. Born 23 March 1966 in West Covina, CA. Married to
Thomas Robert Fortune Jr., born 12 October 1966 in Fremont, Alameda Co.,
CA, on 2 July 1988 in Yucaipa, Riverside Co., CA.
(iv) Catherine Elizabeth Mull. Born 29 October 1940 in Wellsville, NY. Married to Larry
Dennis Tucker, born 27 January 1940 in Allegany Co., NY, on 29 August 1959 in
Angelica, NY. This marriage ended in January of 1968. Children:
A. Roy Dennis Tucker. Born 5 February 1960 in Wellsville, NY.
B. Pamela June Tucker. Born 6 December 1961 in Wellsville, NY. Married to Ron -?-
on 24 September 1994.
Catherine Elizabeth was married second to William Keith Weilbacher, born 2 September
1943, on 25 December 1969 in Pasadena, Harris Co., TX. This marriage ended in 1974.
No children were reported.
(v) Marjorie Ann Mull. Born 16 October 1941 in Wellsville, NY. Married to Edward Henry
Taylor, born 6 November 1939 in Des Moines, Polk Co., Iowa, on 13 October 1962 in Santa
Ana, Orange Co., CA. Children:
A. Rusty Lee Taylor. Born 21 February 1966 in Pasadena, TX. Married to Charlotte
Denise Aldridge, born 14 May 1967 in Houston, TX, on 15 July 1989 in Houston.
a. Deanna Elizabeth Taylor. Born 21 March 1992 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama
City, Bay Co., FL.
B. Rhonda Renee Taylor. Born 14 April 1971 in Pasadena, TX. Married to Curtis Bur-
nett on 3 March 1994 in Harris Co., TX. Children:
a. Ryan Douglas Taylor. Born 23 January 1994 in Belaire, Harris Co., TX.
C. Jason Scott Taylor. Born 10 August 1973 in Pasadena, TX. Married to Rachael
Susan Boehm, born 6 November 1974 in Houston, TX, about 1993 in Houston.
a. Andrew Nicholas Taylor. Born 22 July 1994 in Houston, TX.
v. Ermina Margaret Fleming. Born 15 June 1910 in Chambersville, Indiana Co., PA. Died 10 Sep-
tember 1987 in Eustas, Lake Co., FL. Married to Stanley Robert Blank, born 22 January 1903,
about 1935. He died on 2 June 1973 in Florida and was buried on 5 June 1973 at Sorrento
Cemetery, Sorrento, FL. Children:
(i) Ermina Mae Blank. Born 1 August 1936. Married to James Franklin Atkinson II, born 16 August
A. James Franklin Atkinson III, born 15 June 1957 in NY. Married Caryn Ann Siwek on
22 August 1992 in Buffalo, NY.
B. Timothy Dennis Atkinson. Born 30 November 1958. Had one child with Paula Penn.
a. Julia Atkinson. Born about 1992.
C. Brian Richard Atkinson. Born 13 June 1962. Married to Jill Marie Neary on 14 May 1994
in Grand Island, Erie Co., NY.
D. Mary Margaret Atkinson. Born 27 August 1965.
E. Karen Atkinson. Born 22 April 1974.
(ii) Betty Frances Blank. Born 28 March 1938 in Niagara Falls, Niagara Co., NY. Died in May
of 1993 in Leesburg, Lake Co., FL. Buried in Sorrento, FL. Married first to Claude Win-
field Fralick, born 3 July 1937, about 1958. Children:
A. Cynthia Ann Fralick. Born 1 June 1960 in FL.
B. Diane Elizabeth Fralick. Born 25 September 1965 in FL. Married to Brian Michael
Martinez, born 1966, on 5 July 1985 in FL. Children:
a. Krista Elizabeth Martinez. Born 28 January 1986 in Jax, FL.
b. Hannah Michelle Martinez. Born 18 July 1987 in Thornton, CO.
c. Kayla Jo Martinez. Born 30 December 1992 in Vicenza, Italy.
Betty Frances was married second to Robert Jackson. No children reported. Betty
Frances was married third to Samuel Greco, born 13 June 1930 in Toledo, OH, on 14
February 1985 in FL. No children reported.
(iii) Donna Jean "Jeane" Blank. Born 6 January 1941 in Niagara Falls, NY. Married to
Robert Calvin Bruning, born 5 February 1940 in Savannah, Chatham Co., GA, on
6 June 1962 in Disneyland, Anaheim, Orange Co., CA. Children:
A. Christine "Kristi" Catherine Bruning. Born 20 February 1963 in Orange Co., CA.
Married to Joe Laws on 19 September 1992 in IL.
B. Patricia "Tricia" Margaret Bruning. Born 13 June 1964 in Westminister, Orange Co.,
CA. Married to Joe Michael Sagarsee, born about 1964, on 30 June 1990 in
Tyler, Smith Co., TX. Children:
a. Bethany Ann Bruning. Born 27 July 1984 in Tyler, TX.
b. Brianna Shea Sargarsee. Born 23 July 1991 in Tyler, TX.
c. Allysa Beverly Sargarsee. Born 25 August 1992 in Tyler, TX.
C. Robert Calvin Bruning Jr. Born 11 June 1965 in Savannah, GA. Died 22 June 1986
D. Jeane "Jen" Donna Bruning. Born 24 June 1966 in Niagara Falls, NY. Married to
Lee Pipkins on 5 June 1992.
E. Jamie Jon Patrick Bruning. Born 21 October 1967 in Orange Co., CA.
F. Michael Stanley Thomas Bruning. Born 5 August 1970 in Florida.
(iv) George Edgar Blank. Born 9 November 1945 in Niagara Falls, NY. Married to Kathleen Rae
Herman, born 17 September 1950 in CA, on 21 September 1968 in Orange Co., CA. Children:
A. Shawna Dawn Blank. Born 27 December 1969 in CO. Children:
a. Shelby. Born 2 February 1992.
b. Georgianna. Born 18 June 1994.
B. Lisa Blank. Born about 1971 in CO. Children:
a. Samantha. Born 15 February 1994.
vi. Blair Gideon Fleming. Born 8 March 1914 in Chambersville, Indiana Co., PA. Died 4 January
1986 in Orange Co., CA. Married to Dorcas May Pierce, born 9 April 1916 in Fillmore, Allegany
Co., NY, on 8 March 1935 in NY. Children:
(i) Kenneth Blair Fleming. Born 9 October 1935. Married to Anne Irene Taylor, born 26 Jan-
uary 1936. Children:
A. Timothy Blair Fleming. born 26 June 1965. Married to Gayle Marie Speckman, born 15
August 1962, on 14 September 1984. Children:
a. Jessica Speckman. Born 21 April 1982. This is Tim's stepdaughter.
b. Justin Blair Fleming. Born 21 March 1986 in OK.
c. Taylor Fleming.
B. Tammy Irene Fleming. Born 5 November 1969. Married to Paul Rodriguez in 1988
in CA. Children:
a. Nathan Paul Rodriguez. Born in CA.
b. Laurene Elizabeth Rodriguez. Born 25 May 1990 in CA.
(ii) Virginia "Ginger" May Fleming. Born 27 October 1942 in Buffalo, Erie Co., NY.
Married to Donald Lloyd Crocker, born 24 September 1942 in MA, on 4 May 1963 in
Garden Grove, Orange Co., CA. Children:
A. Jeffery Donald Crocker. Born 21 March 1968 in Westminister, Orange Co., CA.
Married to Angela Marie Garza, born 13 January 1967, on 22 April 1989 in Mesa,
Maricopa Co., AZ. Children:
a. Keri Christine Garza. Born 4 October 1985 in Riverside, CA. This is
b. Patricia Renee Crocker. Born 1 November 1990 in Mesa, AZ.
c. Jody Allan Crocker. Born 8 April 1971 in Huntington Beach, Orange Co.,
d. Janelle Dawn Crocker. Born 3 July 1974 in Huntington Beach, CA.
(iii) Beverly Ann Fleming. Born 27 March 1949 in Buffalo, NY. Married to L. (Larry) D.
Kline, born 25 January 1947, on 4 December 1968 in Westminister, CA. Marriage ended
(iv) Linda Lee Fleming. Born 7 August 1954 in Leesburg, Lake Co., FL. Married to Mark
Allen Kolbo, born 28 December 1954 in Albuquerque, Bernillo Co., NM, on 6 April
1974 in Westminister, CA. Children:
A. Jonathan Mark Kolbo. Born 28 October 1980 in Provo, Utah Co., UT.
B. Michelle Lee Kolbo. Born 9 April 1982 in Anaheim, Orange Co., CA.
C. Christopher Allen Kolbo. Born 11 June 1984 in Orem, Utah Co., UT.
D. Melissa Lynn Kolbo. Born 10 January 1986 in Fountain Valley, Orange Co., CA.
E. Stephen Scott Kolbo. Born 10 May 1988 in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX.
F. Jason Paul Kolbo. Born 13 July 1991 in Tyler, Smith Co., TX.
G. Shanna Marie Kolbo. Born 13 February 1993 in Tyler, TX.
(v) Infant boy Fleming. Born and died 14 September 1959 in Eustas, FL.
vii. Mildred Pearl Fleming. Born 8 March 1914 in Chambersville, Indiana Co., PA. Died 9 May 1978
in Lake Wales, Polk Co., FL. Buried 11 May 1978 in Glen Abby Memorial Park, Winter Haven, FL.
Married to Samuel Thomas Reitz, born 5 October 1915 in Waterman, Indiana Co., PA, on 3
February 1941. Samuel died on 21 June 1989 in Winterhaven, Polk Co., FL. Buried 23 June 1989
in Auberdale, FL. Children:
(i) Carl Thomas Reitz. Born 3 June 1941 in Freedom, New Sewickley Twp., Beaver Co., PA.
Married to Ida May Dawe, born 13 July 1939 in Coley's Point South (Bareneed), NF,
Canada, on 4 March 1961 in Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada. Children:
A. Sherry Lynn Reitz. Born 27 October 1961 in Goldsboro, Wayne Co., NC.
B. Barry Thomas Reitz. Born 16 September 1963 in Goldsboro, NC.
(ii) Walter John Reitz. Born 6 May 1945 in Buffalo, NY.
(iii) Mary Lou Reitz. Born 15 March 1951 in Buffalo, NY. Married to Michael Martin
Petruno, born 3 December 1947 in Buffalo, NY, on 15 May 1971 in Cheektowaga, Erie
Co., NY. Children:
A. Samuel D. (Dominic) Petruno. Born 20 May 1974 in Buffalo, NY.
Mary Lou later was married to John Malcolm Durham, born 5 July 1951 in Great
Falls, Montana, on 23 March 1980 in Sacramento, Sacramento Co., CA.
viii. Martha Mae Fleming. Born 29 January 1923 in Chambersville, Indiana Co., PA. Died 30 July
1992 in Orlando, Polk Co., FL. Cremated, but has a stone in Sorrento Cemetery, FL. Married
to Donald Goolsby on 9 May 1978 in FL. The marriage ended in divorce about 1981.
ix. John Albert Fleming. Born 23 August 1925 in Washington Twp., Indiana Co., PA. Died 15 March
1969 in Buffalo, NY at the VA Hospital. Buried on 18 March 1969 in Acacia Park Cemetery,
Niagara, NY. Married to Ruth Ella Ruffner, born 16 July 1926 in Rayne Twp., Indiana Co., PA,
on 28 September 1946 in Creekside, Indiana Co., PA. Ruth died 29 June 1987 in Buffalo, NY.
Buried on 2 July 1987 in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendleton, Niagara Co., NY. Children:
(i) John Edgar Fleming. Born 17 February 1948 in Buffalo, NY. Married to Fanny Eileen Bell,
born 4 August 1948 in Petrolia, Ontario, Canada, on 1 March 1969 in Buffalo, NY. May
have been divorced in the 1970s. Children:
A. Christie Eileen Farin. Born 1 October 1964 in Burbank, Los Angeles Co., CA.
B. Shane Lee Fleming. Born 1 November 1969 in Buffalo, NY.
(ii) Helen Marie Fleming. Born 9 April 1952 in Buffalo, NY.
(iii) Richard Ray Fleming. Born 30 July 1957 in Buffalo, NY. Married to Rhonda Lee Gooch,
born 24 April 1959 in Santa Ana, Orange Co., CA, on 2 July 1983 in Lake Tahoe, NV.
A. Jessie Lee Fleming. Born 27 June 1981 in Big Bear City, San Bernardino Co.,
(iv) Robert Paul Fleming. Born 29 January 1960 in Buffalo, NY.
(v) Thomas Roy Fleming. Born 10 August 1961 in Buffalo, NY.
(vi) James Brian Fleming. Born 25 February 1963 in Buffalo, NY.
(2) James Tyson Conner. Born 25 October 1885 in Garmantown, Cambria Co., PA. Died on 2 January 1970
in Salamanca, NY. Buried 6 January 1970 in Wildwood Cemetery in Salamanca, NY. Married to Anna
Josephine Sholl on 16 May 1911 in NY. She died 11 October 1978 and was buried on 13 October 1978.
i. Earl Leroy Conner. Born 1912.
ii. Merle James Conner. Born 1913.
iii. George Wilber Conner. Born 1915.
iv. Floyd Rowland Conner. Born 1921.
v. Vivian Mildred Conner. Born 1925. She married John Craton. Children:
(i) Cynthia Ann Craton. Born 1947.
(ii) Fay Craton. Born 1950.
(iii) Gregory Craton. Born 1957.
(3) Viola Elizabeth Conner. Born 29 September 1887 in Garmantown, PA. Died 13 December 1918 in
Homeland, Polk Co., FL. Buried at Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow, Polk Co., FL. Married to William Ora
Webb in 1916 at Bartow, FL.
(4) Eva Exora "Exie" Conner. Born 4 November 1889 in Garmantown, PA. Died 6 December 1981 in Granada
Hills, Los Angeles Co., CA. Married to William Ora Webb on 24 December 1919 at Bartow, FL.
i. Frances (Skinner) Webb. Died 1979 in CA. She married Robert Johnson in Mexico. He died before
(i) Karen Johnson.
(ii) Jo Anne Johnson. She married a Mr. Rust.
(5) Blair Doyle Conner Sr. Born 4 June 1892 in Barnesboro, Cambria Co., PA. Died 22 March 1967 in
Hialeah, Dade Co., FL. Married to Olive Roselee Totten on 25 November 1926 in Fort Pierce, St.
Lucie Co., FL. Children:
i. Blair Doyle Conner Jr. Born 10 December 1927 in Fort Pierce, FL. Married to Mary Beth Waln on
31 August 1950 in Fort Lauderdale, Broward Co., FL.
(6) Erma Theta Conner. Born 30 December 1899 in Cambria Co., PA. Died 15 June 1967 in Bartow, FL.
Buried 17 June 1967 in Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow, FL. Married to James (Jessie) Pickett. He died
at age 20.
(7) Mildred Imogene Conner. Born 26 May 1903 in Cherrytree, Cambria Co., PA. Died 7 April 1973 in
Winterhaven, Polk Co., FL. Buried at Eagle Lake Cemetery, Eagle Lake, Polk Co., FL. Married to
Newell Benjamin Thornhill on 18 March 1934 in Bartow, FL. Children:
i. James Alwyn Thornhill.
ii. Charles Anthony Thornhill.
iii. Richard Columbus Thornhill.
iv. Erma Jean Thornhill.
v. Thomas Albert Thornhill.
vi. William Robert Thornhill.
2. Franklin J. Mock. Born 20 December 1868 in Barnesboro, Cambria Co., PA. Died 11 August 1955. Married
to Sara Schaffer.
3. Jessie E. Mock. Born 2 April 1871 in Barnesboro, PA and died in PA about the same time.
4. Viola Mock. Born 26 February 1874 in Susquehenna Twp., Cambria Co., PA and died 28 April 1966 in
Spangler, Cambria Co., PA. Buried at Lloyd Cemetery, Ebensburg, PA.
5. Bert Mock. Born 2 March 1876 in Susquehenna Twp., Cambria Co., PA. Died 19 June 1952. Never married.
6. Percy Herbert Mock. Born 3 April 1879 in Susquehenna Twp., Cambria Co., PA. Died 21 April 1962 in
Spangler, PA. Buried at Thompson Cemetery near Hillsdale, Indiana Co., PA. Married to Mary Ann Goss.
Although they had seven children, none of them ever married and reportedly all lived on the same farm
in Montgomery Twp. for their entire life. Children:
(1) Gideon Cletus Mock. Born 19 July 1905 in Susquehenna Twp., Cambria Co., PA. Died 14 February 1984
in Indiana Co., PA.
(2) Clyde Mock. Born 27 July 1907 in Montgomery Twp., Indiana Co., PA.
(3) Clair Mock. Born 15 February 1909 in Montgomery Twp.
(4) Carlton Mock. Born 26 July 1911 in Montgomery Twp.
(5) Erma Mock. Born 24 August 1915 in Montgomery Twp.
(6) Infant Mock. Born 9 October 1918 in Montgomery Twp. and died that same year.
(7) Elda Catherine Mock. Born 14 February 1919 in Montgomery Twp. Never married but had a child:
i. Phillip Herbert Mock. Born 24 June 1937 in Montgomery Twp. Married to Jean Hill. Children:
(i) Catherine Jean Mock. Born 9 August 1957 in PA.
(ii) Janet Kay Mock. Born 6 March 1960 in PA. Married to Daniel Slack.
(iii) Donna Sue Mock. Born 7 April 1961 in PA. Married to Edward Pratt.
(iv) William Phillip Mock. Born 21 April 1962 in PA. Married to Yoko -?-.
(v) Steven Eugene Mock. Born 1 February 1965 in PA. Married to Tracy Lee.
(vi) Ronald Perry Mock. Born 24 March 1967 in PA.
7. Lucy Mock. Born 22 June 1882 in Susquehanna Twp., Cambria Co., PA. Died in February of 1958. Never
8. Rollie Hiram Mock. Born 5 January 1885, Susquehanna Twp., Cambria Co., PA. Died 7 November 1957, PA.
Married to Mary Thompson.
Sara Adams. Born 21 January 1844 at Barnesboro. She was married to Sinclair Fouts. She died in Pennsylvania.
Daniel Adams. Born 16 February 1846. He died at Barnesboro on the same date.
Matilda Adams. Born 16 July 1847 at Barnesboro. She was married to Henry Coy. She died in Pennsylvania.
E. JAMES SMYERS. Born in 1814 in Pennsylvania. The 1850 Pennsylvania Census for Armstrong Co. indicates he was a cabinet maker with real estate valued at $400. He was shown as born in Pennsylvania and in 1850 he was living in Franklin Township in Armstrong Co. He was married to Jane Miller. According to "History of Indiana County" by John A. Caldwell (Newark, OH 1880), Jane was the eldest daughter of Samuel Braddee and Mary Rankin Miller. Mr. Miller was born in Conemaugh Township, Indiana Co., PA. His wife Mary was also from there. They settled "in the woods" in Grant Township in 1838. Mr. Miller was eighty-two when he died, and his wife was seventy-eight. James and Jane had seven known children. According to the Caldwell book, "Jane and husband and six children, were drowned in the Mississippi, in a steamboat collision. One child escaped and died a few years later in Iowa." A book entitled "The Miller Family, 1750 - 1877", on file at the Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County, provides additional details on the family. According to this publication, the Miller family, who were of the Presbyterian denomination, moved from Indiana Co. to Susquehenna Township, Cambria Co., PA and thus became neighbors to the Philip Smyers family. No doubt this is how James and Jane ended up meeting. This publication says of Jane Miller: "... b. 16 Dec. 1816; d. 27 Nov. 1852 in Mississippi River boat accident, drowned with husband and six children; m. 22 Feb. 1838, JAMES SMEYERS (SMYERS) ... The tragic loss of this family is recorded in Samuel (Jane's father) Miller's Bible. He names six of the children omitting the name of Samuel, the eldest. Another account bears this out, mentioning that one boy survived the accident only to die soon afterward in Iowa.... James Smyers had been a cabinetmaker...." The children of James and Jane are as follows: Samuel. Born 1838. Died circa 1855 in Iowa; James. Born 1840. Died 27 November 1852; Margaret. Born 1842. Died 27 November 1852; Mary. Born 1843. Died 27 November 1852; Sarah. Born 1845. Died 27 November 1852; Caroline. Born 1847. Died 27 November 1852; Elizabeth (Ellen). Born 1850. Died 27 November 1852.
F. GEORGE SMYERS. See the section on George Bolar Smyers below for a complete biography and a discussion on the evidence supporting the assumption that he was the youngest and likely the final child of Philip and Anna Margaret Leffler Smyers.
SMYERS DESCENDANTS, CONNECTION PRESENTLY UNKNOWN
Various Smyers family researchers have been combing Pennsylvania and Maryland for clues in recent years. Below are a few of the findings for which the proper connections to specific families have yet to be established.
Cheryl-Lynn Walker published a short paper on one Smyers family for which we have descendants but no definite ancestor connection as yet. The following excerpts are taken from that paper, titled "History of Daniel Smyers" and Copyright 1986 by Cheryl-Lynn Walker: "This document contains the remembered history of the Smyers family as related by Daniel Laurent Smyers in 1916, then 84 years of age. He died in 1923 in Butler, Butler County, Pennsylvania... 'The first of the Smyers family came to America at a time of severe winters (in Germany), after a winter so severe even the cattle froze in their stalls... They eventually settled in Maryland State... Philip and his wife Catherine came from Maryland State to Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Neither spoke English. Philip had two brothers, Jacob and Lawrence. Brother Jacob settled in Adams County, near Whitetown, and raised a family there. Brother Lawrence moved to Ohio.' The 1810 Census shows Philip and Lawrence in Adams County. The records of the Upper Bermudian Church, Huntingdon Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania show that all three brothers, Jacob, Philip and Lawrence, were for a time living in Adams County (before Philip went to Cumberland and Lawrence/Lorenz went to Ohio.)
11 Aug. 1814, Anna Maria born to Loren and Maria Smyer.
22 September 1816, Elisabeth born to Lorenz and Maria
04 May 1823, Jesse born to Jacob and Elisabeth Smyer.
02 July 1820, Katharina born to Philip and Catherine
03 June 1809, Rebecca born to Lorenz and Maria
06 November 1830, Daniel born to Jacob and Elisabeth
08 March 1823, Lydia born to Philip and Cathrine
06 June 1818, Moses born to Philip and Catherine
The 1820 Census also indicates a number of Schmiers in Lehigh County, but their relationship to Philip, Jacob, and Lawrence is undetermined. Philip and Catherine moved to Cumberland County before the 1830 Census. 'Philip and Catherine had seven sons: Jacob, Jonas, Philip, Daniel, John, Solomon, Moses; and two daughters: Catherine and Lydia. Philip and Catherine's son Solomon was born January 19, 1807. He married Rachel Shurr, born June 22, 1809 in York County near Dilltown. She was the youngest of the family. She had two brothers: Jacob and Michael Shurr; and six sisters: Elizabeth, Sara, Mary, Hannah, Rebeca and Hester. Rachel's father, I think his name was John, was a Scotsman who had served as a quartermaster in charge of supplies for Washington's army. Rachel's mother was German, a Kernour.... Rachel's grandfather Kernour ran a distillery and a store on Yellow Breeches Creek, one mile west of Boiling Springs. Solomon drove team for his father-in-law Kernour, taking whiskey to Baltimore, bringing merchandise back on the Carlisle and National Pike. ...Solomon and Rachel had two children, Daniel and George, before Solomon left Rachel widowed. Daniel was born in 1832, and George was born in Cumberland County near Craighead Mills. George married Harriet Lutz, and they had three children: John, Jessie, and George. Solomon Smyer died July 2, 1845. Rachel then married Daniel's friend, Isaac Vanasdlen, who ran the distillery for the Kernours.' ...she must have married Isaac after 1850. 'Daniel Smyers (teller of this narrative), son of Solomon and Rachel, married Susanah E. Neff, daughter of Jacob and Lena Dull Neff, born near Propect, York County, Pennsylvania. Susanah's mother died a week after her birth, and her father died a year after her birth. Thus Susanah, an only child, was raised by an aunt. Daniel and Susanah Smyers had eight children:
George, b. June 7, 1854, d. Feb. 10, 1858 of Diptheric croup.
Jacob, b. March 9, 1856, d. March 3, 1858 of Diptheric croup.
Valiera, b. November 17, 1860, married William Turk.
Charles, b. June 17 1861, married Ada Hays.
Margaret, b. May 5, 1862, married Morgan Thaler.
Mazin, b. October 16, 1867, married Elizabeth Haslett.
Vida, b. 12 July 1870, married Charles Ward.
Norman, b. April 11, 1878, married Clara Stahl.'
Norman and Clara had three children: Alleen, Norma, and Bernard. Norma, born 24 April 1907, is (the mother of Cheryl-Lynn Walker)." The Solomon Smiers mentioned by Mrs. Walker in her article is buried at a cemetery in Boiling Springs, Cumberland Co., PA.
In the same article quoted above, Mrs. Walker makes the following statement: "Other Smyers that I have been able to locate, thanks to the publications of the Pennsylvania German Society, but have been unable to connect with Daniel's history are:
Dec. 22, 1789, Church of Goshenhoppen, the marriage of
Philip Schmayer of Macunge, and Catharina Miller,
daughter of Peter.
April 13, 1818, Great Swamp Church, George and Elisabeth
Schmeir were admitted to the Lord's Supper.
03 Nov. 1808, German Reformed Church of Lehigh, John
Heist marries Salome Schmajer.
15 April 1792, German Reformed Church of Lehigh,
Johannes Schmajer died.
04 November 1793, German Reformed Church of Lehigh,
Philip Schmajer and Catherine.
18 April 1741, Jordan Lutheran Church, Whitehall,
Christian is born to Philip and Catherine Schmeyer.
27 July 1834, Jordan Lutheran Church, Whitehall, James
is born to Amos and Christina Schmeyer.
20 February 1743, Jordan Lutheran Church, Whitehall,
Johann Peter is born to Philip and Catharina.
15 June 1828, Jordan Lutheran Church, Whitehall, Moses
is born to Philip and Lydia Schmeyer.
23 March 1794, Schmayer, F. marries Mar. Schwartz.
30 March 1806, Lehigh and Burk County, Jager Sem.
marries Rahel Schmaier...."
Various Smyers family researchers have been combing Pennsylvania and Maryland for clues in recent years. Below are a few of the findings for which the proper connections to specific families have yet to be established. Sally "Sarah" Smyer, born 9 March 1786 and died 12 January 1832, is buried at St. John Lutheran and Reformed Church, Creagerstown, Frederick Co., MD. She was married to John Heist. Philip, born 1805 and died 25 July 1884, and Sarah, b. 1812 and date of death unknown, Smyers are buried at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Goodyear, Cumberland Co., PA. Michael Smyer, born 1777 and died 22 July 1852, is buried near Boiling Springs, Cumberland Co., PA. Census records for Cumberland Co. show: Philip Smyer in 1830; Philip and Soloman Smyers in 1840; and Catherine Smyars and Rachel Smyers in 1850.
A Philip Schmayer married Catherine - ? - on 4 November 1793 at Trexlertown Union Church, Upper
Macungie, Lehigh Co., PA. They had the following children:
1. Maria Margaretha. Born 8 April 1792 (correct date ?).
2. Maria Magdalena. Born 22 January 1794.
3. Daniel. Born 29 December 1800.
4. Lydia. Born 5 January 1803.
5. John Philip. Born 8 May 1805.
6. Elisabeth. Born 14 February 1808.
A John Schmeyer was born to a Philip Schmeyer and wife on 4 January 1775. He supposedly died on 10 October 1854. One source lists his father Philip as John Philip Smyers. In Adams Co., PA, a William Smyer paid a head tax in 1805. Also in the same county, a Henry Smyer is listed as a single man in the 1833 and 1834 tax records. Also, David and Betsy Smeyer had a child, Christina, born 28 July 1820. This same couple had another child, Maidlina, who was christened on 19 November 1820 at Upper Bermudian Church, Huntingdon Twp., Adams Co., PA. At the same church, a Jacob and Elizabeth Smeyer had a child, Wilhelm, christened on 19 November 1820. Again at the same church, a Philip and Katy Smyer had two children christened. One was Moses on 6 June 1818 and the other was Lydia on 8 March 1823. In addition, Sarah Schmeyer married Daniel Sipe on 5 February 1835. Further, a Philip Smyer died in that county on 23 December 1819, as did another Philip Smyer on 19 March 1825. Census records for Adams Co. show: Jacob Smyer and Jacob Schmoyer in 1810; Jacob and Philip Smyers in 1820; Jacob Smyer in 1830; Jacob Smae (Smyer ?) in 1840; and Jacob and Jesse Smyer in 1850. Eastern Pennsylvania Marriage Records show that a Magdalena Reifschnieder, bonr 15 May 1771, married a Nicholas Smayer (Schmayer). Census records show that there were Smyers families living in Allegheny Co., PA. In 1840, there was a John Smyers in Findley Township and a Daniel Smyers in Allegheny Township. In 1850, only Daniel Smyers is listed. Also, a Samuel Schmoyer shows up in Mifflin Township, Columbia Co., PA in 1840. He is listed in 1850 as well (as Smoyer), with Peter and two Elizabeth Smoyers living not too far away, again in Mifflin Township. An Abraham Smyers shows up in Clay Township, Huntingdon Co., PA in 1850. The 1850 PA Census for Madison Twp., Armstrong Co., listed a Robert Smires, age 22 (born circa 1828), a laborer, and his wife Ratchel, age 20 (born circa 1830). Both were born in PA. As they lived in Madison Twp., they were probably related to George Bolar Smyers in some way, although the exact connection has yet to be established.
GEORGE BOLAR and BARBARA ELLEN (WHITED) SMYERS
George Bolar Smyers was born on 15 September 1817, the son of Philip and Margaret Leffler Smyers. There is conflicting information regarding his place of birth. Some sources indicate Cambria County, PA. However, information supplied by George himself to a history on Brown County, IL indicates that he was born in Indiana County, PA. As some of the Smyers family settled in Cherry Tree, Green Township, Indiana Co., which is only about 1/2 mile from the Susquehenna Township, Cambria Co. border, where some Smyers forebears also settled, the confusion is understandable. Thus far, no birth certificate or will has surfaced listing George as the youngest and final child of Philip and Margaret Smyers. The circumstantial evidence that he is their son is, however, quite strong. To begin with, the naming practices of George Smyers and other Smyers family members argues in favor of the connection (see Appendix A). Second, several secondary documents mention Indiana County as his birthplace, thus supporting the assumption since Philip Smyers and family lived in Indiana County, PA for a time. (Even as late as 1850 there were Smyers families living in Grant, East Mahoning, and Georgeville Townships in that county.) Third, Barbara Ellen Whited, who married George, lived with her father John Whitehead in Susquehenna Township, Cambria County, PA not far from Philip Smyers, strongly inferring that George had to be living there as well in order to meet her. Fourth, the 1830 PA census listing for Philip Smyers in Cambria County could be interpreted in the following way (my interpretation in parentheses):
Philip listed as head of household.
1 female age 50 to 60 (Anna Margaret Leffler)
1 male age 20 to 30 (William Smyers)
1 female age 15 to 20 (Mary Smyers)
1 male age 15 to 20 (James Smyers)
1 male age 10 to 15 (George Bolar Smyers)
(This would make Anna Margaret no older than 47 when George
was born, certainly within the realm of possibility as far
as age goes.)
Finally, the 1840 PA census for Cambria Co. mentioned above shows Philip with only one son still living at home and helping him in agricultural pursuits. The age bracket (20 - 30 years old) is just right for George, who was born in 1817. As can be seen from the biographies of the other sons above, none were living at the old home place by the time of the 1840 census.
George married Barbara Ellen Whited (Whitehead) on 4 February 1841. See below for a full treatment on the Whitehead family. Barbara was born on 20 November 1820 in Bedford County, PA. After their marriage, they resided in Cambria Co. where George helped his father in agricultural pursuits until around 1844, when they were in Bedford Co. for a time. Family tradition indicates that George and family lived in Indiana Co., PA and Jefferson Co., PA (at Sandy Valley and/or Punxsutawney) before moving to Armstrong Co., PA sometime around the early 1850s. After the family later moved to Brown County, IL, Barbara became well known as a herb doctor and a midwife. She delivered many of the children of her own offspring as well as many others in Brown County. One of her descendants remembers being taken with Barbara out into the woods to collect goldenrod and ginseng root to use for medicinal purposes. The family moved first to Armstrong County, PA, arriving there probably sometime around the early to mid 1850s. During his lifetime, George Smyers worked at several occupations, including oredigger, farmer, and stockraiser. The 1860 Census of Armstrong County, PA, enumerated on 4 August 1860, shows him and his family living near Kellersburgh, Madison Township. He was working as an oredigger. His real estate was valued at $1,000 and his personal property at $176. All of the children, except for the youngest, Airy Anne, had attended school during that year. The Smyers family continued in Armstrong County until 1871. During that year, along with other family members (see below), the family pulled up stakes and headed for Brown County, Illinois and possibly a better life. It was in Brown County that George took up farming and stockraising as an occupation. The family settled in the Cooperstown Township area of Brown County, where they purchased in excess of fourty acres. Brown County court records indicate that, at least in the years closer to his death, George was in a significant amount of debt, apparently having to borrow several times to keep his farming operation afloat. The 1880 Brown County, Illinois Census, enumerated on 1 June 1880, shows the Smyers family living in Supervisory District #6, Enumeration District # 35.
George Smyers died without a will on 22 May 1888. Family tradition indicates the Smyers family was quite poor when they were in Brown County. A review of his probate file in the Brown County, Illinois Courthouse showed a massive number of promissory notes for unpaid debts. For example, a William E. Robbins of Versailles, Illinois loaned George money which was not repaid prior to George's death. $7.25 was loaned in 1877, and by 1889 the amount owed, with interest, had grown to $16.50. George had borrowed $800 from Aetna Life Insurance Company against a policy on 11 January 1884, with payment due at seven percent interest per annum by 1 January 1889. Neighbor August Petri had loaned the Smyers family an unknown amount on which Barbara Smyers had paid a year's worth of interest ($20) on 21 February 1889. $3.00 was owed to one G. A. Byrns for medical services rendered to George in his final illness. These debts were settled out of his estate, leaving not much for widow Barbara other than the land itself. The original Warrant to Appraisers was dated 23 June 1888. Apparently, there was a fire on the property around the time of his death or shortly thereafter which destroyed a portion of the goods in the original appraisal. A Widow's Relinquishment and Selection document also dated 23 June 1888 indicates that Barbara Smyers was left the following amounts out of the settlement of the estate: school books and family library $100; one sewing machine $40; beds and bedding $40; stove and cooking utensils $50; household and kitchen furniture $100; milk cow and calf $35; sheep and fleeces $10; one horse, saddle and bridle $125; provisions for the widow and family for one year $100; food for livestock $50; fuel for three months $10; and other property $100, for a total of $760. Due to the fire mentioned above, $455 worth of the above was destroyed. In lieu of the above, Barbara Smyers elected to take $305 in cash and the following items still remaining in the estate: one bay mare, one black mare, one red cow and calf, one white heifer, another white heifer, two sheep, four lambs, eight pigs, one reaper and mower, seventeen acres of wheat, eight acres of growing corn, six acres of clover meadow, one saddle, two stands of bees, six empty bee stands, four feather beds, four bedsteads, two bureaus, one wardrobe, one clock, one sewing machine, two safes, six chairs, thirty yards of carpet, one cook stove and utensils, one heating stove, a lot of cupboard ware, one brass kettle, one iron kettle, one small brass kettle, and two bushels of clover seed, a total value of $455. The only thing missing from the original appraisal was a dining table valued at $6.
Barbara, in addition to using cash received from goods sold, had to sell part of the Smyers homestead to satisfy the balance of the debts. A legal notice was published in the Versaille Enterprise for four straight weeks, December 1, 8, 15, and 22 of 1888, at a printer's fee of $4, indicating her desire, as administratrix of the estate, to sell some of the land to satisfy the debts. The heirs and others named in the notice had to appear in court the following January regarding the matter. Barbara Smyers continued to live on the unsold acreage from 1888 until she moved to Glouster RFD #2 in Hollister, Dover Township, Athens Co., Ohio around 1909 to live with one of her daughters in old age. To make ends meet after George's death, Barbara continued to work as a midwife and an herb doctor. In addition, according to the 1900 Brown County, Illinois Census, she was a landlord, apparently renting out rooms in her own home. At that point, she owned her home and the land she had left free and clear. She passed away on 28 February 1915. Her Ohio death certificate indicates she died of pneumonia, duration ten days, complicated by the cold weather and old age. Her occupation was listed as "domestic". An obituary from an unknown Brown County newspaper reads as follows: "Miss Barbara Whited was born in Bedford Co, Pennsylvania, November 20, 1820 and died Feb. 28, 1915 at the home of her daughter Mrs. Elizabeth Moody at Hollister, Ohio. She was married in early life to George B. Smyers. To this union ten children were born. The husband and four children have passed to the better world, the husband being dead some thirty years. The living are: Mrs. Elizabeth Moody, Hollister, Ohio; Mrs. Anna Mallory of Beardstown; Mrs. Martha Hemphill of near LaGrange; Mrs. Emma Dormire of Perry, Oklahoma; Phillip Smyers of Pennsylvania; Wash Smyers, whereabouts unknown. She leaves a large number of grandchildren and great grandchildren; about fifteen great great grandchildren, one sister, Susie Young of Iowa and one brother, John Whited of near LaGrange, and many other relatives and friends to mourn her loss. Grandmother Smyers as we all knew her, was 95 years, 3 months and 8 days old. She died with the infirmities of old age with one week of hard suffering. She joined the Methodist church in early life and she was still a true and faithful member, always ready to help and do what she could toward the sick and was loved by every one who knew her. They came to Illinois in 1870 and took up a farm near LaGrange and lived there until about six years ago, from that time she has been making her home with her daughters in her declining years until the death messenger came. She was buried in Hollister, Ohio."
Children and descendants of George and Barbara Ellen:
The following list of the children and descendants of George and Barbara Smyers was compiled from a variety of sources, including research by the author as well as information provided by Evelyn Glover, Roberta Neeper, and Rosemary Smay Adams, among others. The list is somewhat incomplete and requires further research.
ONE: John W. Smyers. Born probably 4 December 1841 (some sources say 1842) in Pennsylvania, most likely Cambria County (this is what his Civil War pension records indicate). He later moved with the family to Armstrong County, where he went to school and was employed as an oredigger at age 17. He died 14 September 1891 in Brown County, IL, where he had moved in 1871, at age 49 years 9 months and 10 days. He is buried at the Lavina Henry Cemetery near the LaGrange Locks in Brown County. He enrolled in the service of the U.S.A. on 14 July 1861 at Putneyville, Armstrong County, PA. He served initially in Co. D, 62nd Regiment of Pennsylvania as a Private. He was apparently in a military hospital in Philadelphia, PA for part of July/August 1862, reason unknown at this time. He was promoted to Corporal on 30 November 1864. He was wounded in the Civil War, receiving a general surface wound of the left arm. This occurred on 6 February 1865 at Hatcher's Run near Richmond, VA. He was treated at a military hospital in Wilmington, Delaware before returning to the front lines. He was mustered out of the service on 9 June 1865 at Arlington Heights (now Arlington County), VA. John's Company Muster Roll sheets provide some details of his service. The March/April 1863 roll has the cryptic remark "Pioneer" written on it. The July/August 1863 roll indicates that he was due a $100 enlistment bounty. At his 1863 reenlistment date the roll showed he was still due $20.83. The next roll indicates his pre-war occupation as coal miner, that he had blue eyes, light hair, fair complexion, was 5 feet 9 inches tall, and was owed $60 in bounty for the reenlistment. The January/February 1864 roll showed John as being on approved furlough, paid $13 for a month's pay, and paid $50 as a first installment on the original $100 bounty. The March/April 1864 roll shows him back from furlough, paid the $60 bounty in full, paid $13 in advance salary, and with the second $50 installment on the original bounty still due. He was promoted to corporal on 1 May 1864 and received another $60 bounty plus $13 more in advance pay. On 3 June 1864 he was transferred to the 155th R.P.V. His muster-out roll showed that he had been paid $160 in bounty with $240 still due and had drawn $39.32 on his clothing account. The excerpts below, taken from "History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, Volume II" by Samuel P. Bates (Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1871), provide some details on action seen by John's regiment. A likely relative, Daniel Smyers, also served in this regiment.
"The Sixty-second Regiment was recruited under authority granted ... this order was issued on the 4th of July, 1861, and in less than a month its ranks were full ... On the 24th of July, the regiment ... moved from Pittsburg to Camp Cameron, in the neighborhood of Harrisburg, whence, after a few weeks' experience of camp life, it proceeded to Baltimore, and thence to Washington (D.C.), encamping at Camp Rapp, on Kendall Green, in the northern suburbs of the city. Here the regiment recieved a complete outfit of clothing, arms, and equipments ..."
"On the 11th of September, the regiment crossed the Potomac and went into camp near Fort Corcoran (Virginia), where it was assigned to the Second Brigade of the division commanded by General Porter. Drill was immediately commenced, but was little prosecuted in consequence of the numerous details required for fatigue duty, the men being almost constantly employed in constructing roads, throwing up intrenchments, and in cutting away the pine forests beyond Arlington Heights. On the 26th, the lines of the army were advanced and reformed, the enemy, who had occupied Munson's Hill, falling back. The camp ... fell near Fall's Church on the Alexandria, Loudon and Hampshire Railroad. A few weeks later it moved to Minor's Hill, where it went into winter quarters in camp Bettie Black ... drill and discipline were regularly and rigidly enforced. The routine here established required squad drill from six to nine a.m., company drill from ten to twelve a.m., and battalion drill from one to five p.m. daily. ... occasionally engaged in sham battles. A school for officers was established ... The men were thoroughly drilled in bayonet exercises, which, however, proved of little practical utility, further than imparting skill in handling the musket, as in practice the troops almost invariably charged with the bayonet in the scabbard ... "
"Early in the winter, a malignant form of camp fever prevailed among the troops, from the effects of which several died. Strict sanitary regulations were adopted ... The winter was spent in constant duty, the men being drilled and disciplined, reviewed and inspected, until heartily sick of camp life, and anxious for the real business of war. On the 10th of March ... it moved upon the enemy's works at Manassas (Virginia) to find them abandoned. At Fairfax Court House, the regiment was halted, where it remained until the 15th, when it marched to Alexandria, it having been determined to transfer ... to the Peninsula. ... it moved to Fortress Monroe ... into camp near the ruins of the little village of Hampton ... it joined in a reconnoisance in the direction of Yorktown. At Big Bethel, the movement terminated, and the troops returned again to camp. On the 3rd of April, the army moved upon Yorktown, the regiment marching up near the enemy's works ... In the skirmishing which ensued, it moved forward under fire and took position in line of battle; but the enemy were soon obliged to evacuate, the Sixty-second losing in the operation one killed and three wounded ... several died from disease ..."
"... remained in the vicinity of Yorktown until the 8th of May ... it moved up the York River to a point opposite West Point, where it landed and went into camp ... moved forward on either side of the Chickahominy ... On the 26th, it arrived at Gaines' Mill, and on the following day ... proceeded to Hanover Court House, for the purpose of destroying the Richmond and Fredericksburg Railroad ... being quickly deployed in line of battle, the order to charge was given, and dashing forward soon engaged the enemy, putting him to flight, capturing all his camp and garrison equipage with many prisoners. ... loss is only six men wounded, none killed, and not one missing ..."
"The division returned at night to its camp near Gaines' Mill ... engaged in picket duty and in constructing bridges across the Chickahominy and roads leading thereto, until the 26th of June, when the enemy, advancing by Mechanicsville (Virginia), encountered the Pennsylvania Reserve Corps at Beaver Dam Creek. ... A severe battle ensued ... the Sixty-second arrived upon the field in the evening and for an hour was under fire, but not actively engaged. ... retired to Gaines' Mill ... and awaited the advance of the enemy. ... Upon the opening of the battle ..., the Sixty-second ... was ordered forward in the face of a terrific fire of infantry, and, charging across a ravine in front, gained the woods upon the opposite side, driving back the enemy, and inflicting fearful slaughter. ... and attained a position considerably in advance of the main line of battle. This being discovered by the enemy, he at once launched his forces upon their flank, and by a grievous enfilading fire forced them to withdraw. ...ammunition was completely exhausted. ...the regiment with ranks sadly thinned was formed, and boldly charged up the hill, and into the wood, receiving, as it entered it, a heavy volley of musketry. ...the entire Union line was carried back toward the river..."
"The army now fell back, fighting its way towards the James, the Sixty-second arriving at Malvern Hill on the night of the 30th of June. (There was a) fierce battle the following day... In this fiery ordeal the regient suffered severely..."
"On the following day the army fell back to Harrison's Landing, where the regiment went into camp. On the 31st of July in the engagement of Harrison's Bar, it was again exposed, but suffered little. The entire loss in the series of engagements upon the Peninsula was two hundred and ninety-eight in killed, wounded, and missing..."
"...on the 14th of August. Crossing the Chickahominy near its mouth, it proceeded by Williamsburg, and Yorktown, and reached Newport News on the 18th, a march of sisty miles in three days. Immediately embarking, it proceeded by transports to Acquia Creek, and thence by rail to Fredericksburg. After its arrival, the regiment was ordered to duty in guarding the fords of the Rappahanock. As soon as it was discovered that the rebel army was crossing above, it was withdrawn, and re-joined the division... In the second battle of Bull Run, the Sixty-second was slightly engaged on the 27th, at Gainesville, losing two wounded... From Centreville, to which the army had retired, the line of march for Maryland was taken up, and on the 4th of September the regiment encamped on the old ground at Minor's Hill, in camp Bettie Black, where it had passed the winter of 1861..."
"In the battle of Antietam, which soon followed ... on the 30th, the enemy having retired across the Potomac, the Sixty-second was ordered on a reconnoissance to the Virginia shore, for the purpose of developing the enemy's strength. Crossing at an early hour, at Blackford's Ford, the regiment was formed ... No enemy was visible, and to all appearances he had withdrawn his forces. A few stragglers were captured, and a number of muskets were gathered, when the regiment re-crossed the river, an the entire corps was put in motion to follow up the retreating army; but scarcely had the ... head of the column ... reached the opposite shore, when the enemy debouched in heavy columns from a thick wood, and made an impetuous assault upon this isolated force, killing and capturing many, and driving the rest in confusion back to the river. ...a battery to cover the crossing ... was immediately opened, and soon succeeded in checking and driving the assaulting party. After this affair, the army remained in comparative quiet, resting upon the banks of the Potomac, until the close of October."
"... The battle of Fredericksburg was opened upon the right by a struggle for laying of the pontoon bridges, and as the buildings upon the opposite bank furnished protection to sharp-shooters, was followed by a heavy cannonade of the town. ... Passing up through the town, over streets raked by artillery, the column, on reaching the suburbs, turned to the right, and moving out past the brick kiln, and crossing the railroad track, was moving along the bank of a canal, when suddenly the line upon the right seemed to have given way, and the crowd of stragglers rushing to the rear, threw the brigade into temporary confusion. Order was quickly restored... Soon afterwards an order was received for the brigade to advance, when, throwing aside knapsacks and overcoats, it moved forward in excellent order, under a heavy fire, until it had reached a point within thirty or forty yards of the stone wall in front of Marye's Heights, behind which the enemy's infantry was concealed. ...the men dropped upon the ground, and for a day and two nights they held this advanced position, where to raise a head in daylight was almost certain death. ...Lying flat upon the ground in mud and water, with the dying and the dead thickly strewn about them, and no possibility of caring for or removing them, the men clung to the ground they had so nobly won, until Sunday night, when, under cover of darkness, they were relieved and returned to the town. On Monday evening the regiment was again sent to the ront to picket the line and throw up sham intrenchments, while the army was retiring across the river. When nearly over, those on picket quietly and hastily followed, and on reaching the shore the regiment returned to its old camping ground. The loss was two officers and five men killed, and seven officers and fifty-six men wounded..."
"... The regiment moved on the afternoon of the 29th of December, and at Hartwood Church ... (they) await(ed) orders. ... the brigade retraced its steps, arriving in camp that evening, having marched during the day under a heavy snow storm, thirty-three miles. In January, 1863, the regiment moved on Burnside's second campaign, which was arrested by the mud, and was for several days engaged in constructing roads for the return of the artillery."
"Active operations were resumed... on the 27th of April, when the campaign resulting in the battle of Chancellorsville opened. ... (they) moved up the river, crossed the Rappahannock at Kelly's Ford, the Rapidan at Ely's Ford, and proceeded with but little opposition to the neighborhood of the Chancellor House, where the line of battle was established ... stretching out towards the river. On the afternoon of the 30th the regiment was ordered... to reconnoitre in the direction of Fredericksburg; but without being engaged. On the following day, May 1st, the division was again ordered to the left, but the time was principally spent in marching and counter-marching with seeming much uncertainty of purpose. ...the Second brigade became separated from the rest of the division. ...No way of escape seemed possible. ...companies L and M of the Sixty-second (were used) as skirmishers to engage the attention of the enemy ... (the) command (was brought in) safely. During the following day the regiment was not engaged."
"On Sunday morning, May 3d, ... the brigade was ordered to the right on the road leading to Ely's Ford, north of Chancellorsville, where the artillery was concentrated. A line of breast-works was thrown up west of the road, behind which the guns were posted, and immediately in the rear of them was the infantry. The Sixty-second was detailed to advance as skirmishers into the woods in front of the works, drive back the enemy, and establish a new and more advanced line. His skirmishers were driven and some prisoners taken; but at this juncture, and before a lodgement could be made, the rebels fired the woods, and the wind blowing in the direction of the Union lines, it was compelled to retire. On the following day, the brigade was ordered to advance in front of the lines, reconnoitre the enemy's position, and without bringing kon a general engagement, ascertain if he was still in kforce. Forming in two lines, the Sixty-second Pennsylvania and Thirty-second Massachusetts ... advanced pushing the enemy's skirmishers before it, until it came upon his intrenched line, when he opened upon its front and left flank a murderous fire of grape and canister. the object of the reconnoissance being accomplished, the command was withdrawn. In this movement the regiment lost fourteen wounded, several mortally ... At three o'clock on the morning of the 6th, the Fifth Corps retired from the front, and re-crossed the river... As the Corps moved, the enemy's cavalry followed and began to be troublesome. The Sixty-second was accordingly sent back to check him and hence was the last regiment to cross the river."
"Remaining in camp in the vicinity of Fredericksburg until the 1st of June, it moved up the Kelly's Ford, and was there employed in picket duty, the rebel army manifesting much activity. About the middle of the month, it having been ascertained that Lee had started northward, the Union army commenced a corresponding movement. At Middleburg the Sixty-second was called to support the cavalry, and in the engagement which ensured the enemy was driven. At sundown of July 1st ... (they) arrived at Hanover Junction. ...orders were received to immediately resume the march, and proceed with all possible dispatch to Gettysburg, where a battle had already opened, and where it was determined to concentrate for a decisive fight. Though in no condition for a forced march, being worn out with the fatigues of the day,the troops cheerfully fell into line and before daylight on the morning of the 2d arrived upon the field. Moving up the Baltimore Pike until it crossed Rock Creek, the division was posted to the left of the road, and in rear of Cemetery Hill, where it remained until late in the afternoon, in readiness to go into action upon any part of the field where needed."
"... (They went) in a strip of woods on the right of the wheat field, and in front of Little Round Top ... (with) the Sixty-second holding the left of the line. ...The fighting became very warm, but as the brigade was favorably posted it easily held its ground, and kept the enemy at bay..."
"At this juncture General Barnes, who commanded the division, ordered Colonel Switzer to withdraw his brigade through the woods as best he could. ...the enemy following in large numbers ... and a hand to hand struggle ensued. ...The woods which surrounded the wheat-field seemed to be swarming with the enemy, every avenue of escape cut off, and the men terribly exposed in the open field. Keeping a bold front, and pouring in volley after volley as they went, the lines mvoed diagonally across the field, crossed the stone fence in front of Little Round Top and had reached the low ground which skirts the hill, when the Pennsylvania Reserves came charging down upon the flank of the enemy, hurling him back in confusion, and rescuing them from further peril. The brigade entered the engagement nine hundred strong, and escaped with barely half that number. The loss in the sixty-second was very heavy. Many of the men were bayonetted... the division was posted during the night along the stone wall at the foot of the hill, to the right of Little Round Top, where it remained until the close of the battle. As it marched away from Gettysburg the regiment could muster but about ninety men."
"Returning to Virginia, the Sixty-second participated in the "campaign of manoeuvres" which followed, and was engaged at Rappahannock Station, at Locust Grove Church, and finally at Mine Run. It went into winter quarters at Licking Run, and was employed in guarding a portion of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad from the incursions of Moseby."
"On the 1st of May, 1864, with ranks recruited, the regiment broke camp and crossed the Rapphannock halting near Brandy Station, where the main portion of the army had passed the winter. On the 3d a general movement was commenced ... Crossing the Rapidan at Germania Ford, the regiment encamped on the evening of the following day near the old Wilderness tavern. On the morning of the 5th it was employed in throwing up breast-works, the enemy in heavy force in its immediate front. At ten o'clock the action opened and continued until dark. The Sixty-second was on the extreme right of the division, and with it advanced a half mile beyond the breast-works, where it became hotly engaged. ...it retired in good order. On the morning of the 6th, the bvattle was renewed and continued without decided advantage. On the morning of the 7th the lines were advanced considerably, buth without driving the enmy from his intrenched position, and on the following night the regiment moved with the corps to the left, in the direction of Spottsylvania Court House. the column was much impeded by passing trains, and was all night kupon the march. At Laurel Hill, Ewell's Corps of the rebel army was encountered, and a sharp engagement resulted, in which the Sixty-second participated, losing heavily. The ground was closely contested, but was held and substantial breast-works were thrown up. On the follwoing day the regiment was engaged in skirmishing, and on the 10th a battery was brought into position on its left, which kept up an uninterrupted fire during the entire day, doing good execution. The enemy's sharp-shooters, secreted in the wood in front, proved very troublesome, and a constant fusilade was kept up. On the 12th a charge was made along the whole line, in which the regiment participated, and suffered severly..."
"... on the night of the 13th moved to the left, taking position in front of Spottsylvania. It was here almost constantly under fire until the 21st, when it was again kordered to move. Taking up the line of march, the Sixty-second in advance, the corps proceeded to the North Anna, and fording the river, soon found the enemy. The troops were formed as fast as they arrived, and by noon the entire corps and a part of the Sixth Corps were upon the field and engaged. The battle lasted until sundown. After this, and until the 27th, the hostile forces were manoeuvred, but little fighting resulted. Recrossing the North Anna, and passing the Pamunkey, the enemy was again encountered at Tolopotomy Creek, and driven. On the 2nd of June the regiment was at the front and engaged, and on the following day in the battle of Bethesda Church performed signal service losing heavily..."
"Crossing the James River on the 16th, the brigade arrived at evening in front of Petersburg. Two days later the regiment was hotly engaged near the Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad, the possession of which was stoutly contested. ... a battery (was advanced) in front of the line of skirmishers, ...opening with grape and canister. The enemy was soon driven, and the brigade advanced, possessed the road and erected strong works beyond. On the 21st the regiment was again engaged at Jerusalem Plank Road, but suffered little loss. Employed in picket and fatigue duty until the 3d of July, the term of service of the original companies having expired, it was ordered to the rear. ...the recruits and re-enlisted men (were transferred) to the One Hundred and Fifty-fifth..."
(Upon his transfer to the One Hundred and Fifty-fifth, John Smyers saw the following action, as excerpted from Volume IV of the Bates book referenced above. John's younger brother Philip L. Smyers was mustered into this same unit as a Private on 17 August 1864, substituting for another man, just shortly after John joined the unit.)
"(After the 18th of June) the regiment was then employed in constructing earth-works and bomb-proofs, and in defending working parties from the assaults of the enemy. On the 18th of August, the corps made a descent upon the Weldon Railroad, at Ream's Station, in which the regiment acted as skirmishers, driving the enemy, and holding him in check while the road was being destroyed. ...In the severe engagement at Hatcher's Run (this was where John was wounded on 6 February 1865), the brigade was warmly engaged, repelling repeated attacks, but, fortunately, the regiment suffered only small loss."
"Continually reaching out upon the left, (they) arrived at Dabney's Mills, on the 7th of February, 1865. But this extension of the line was not made without a serious struggle. ... The One Hundred and Fifty-fifth held its place in the line until after night-fall, when it was relieved."
"At half-past three, on the morning of the 29th of March, the Fifth Corps moved on its last campaign. At the Quaker Road, the advance of the column came upon the enemy unawares, and was repulsed. Three regiments ..., including the One Hundred and Fifty-fifth, were hurried to its relief. As they approached the enemy, sheltered by breast-works, they received a volley, by which a number of men and officers were killed and wounded. ...The enemy was quickly routed, and his works and some prisoners were taken. The triumphal course of the corps was marked by well contested actions at Gravelly Run, Five Forks, and Sailor's Creek, in each of which the regiment was engaged. ... At Appomattox Court House, the regiment... was ordered upon the skirmish line, and having advanced into the town, making numerous captures as it went, was about to attack the enemy's main line, when a white flag was displayed, and the joyful intelligence communicated that Lee had surrendered. Its days of fighting ended, it returned to the neighborhood of Washington (D.C.), where, on the 2d of June, it was mustered out of service. On reaching Pittsburg, whiter it proceeded in a body, it was received by the Mayor and citizens, with marks of honor and rejoicing, and was finally disbanded." John W. Smyers was actually discharged by general order on 9 June 1865, having been promoted to Corporal on 30 November 1864.
On 1 May 1866, according to the marriage certificate, he married Eliza Arabella Knicely at Perry Township, Jefferson County, PA where they likely settled. However, some family members remember hearing stories that they lived in Sandy Valley. The marriage was witnessed by Lucy M. Hopkins, who had known Eliza since 1849. Lucy later testified in a general affidavit in support of Eliza's attempt to get a Civil War Widow's Pension. The ceremony was performed by justice of the peace Michael Palmer. Eliza was born on 20 August 1844 at Hamilton, Jefferson County, PA. Her father, John Knicely (also spelled Nicely or Knisley) was born around 1807 in Pennsylvania and had settled in Perry Township prior to 1850. His wife was named Susannah, and she was born in Pennsylvania around 1812. The 1850 PA Census shows John Nicely as a farmer with real estate valued at $600. In the family, other than his wife, were the following children, all born in Pennsylvania: Margaret, born circa 1832; Catherine, born circa 1835; Sarah A., born circa 1836; Susannah, born circa 1837; Rachael, born circa 1838; Jane, born circa 1841; Elizabeth, born circa 1842; Eliza (six years old at the time the census was taken on 4 August 1850); Lavina, born circa 1848; and Lucinda, born 1850. The following records, transcribed from the Knicely Family Bible, courtesy of Mrs. Elsie Carter of Decatur, IL, provide additional information as well as probably more accurate dates:
John Knisley was married to Susana Lingonfelter April 13, 1830.
Mary Anne Knisley married to George Janes Smith Aug 23, 1849.
Margaret Knisley was married to Franklin Barts Oct. 31, 1850.
Sarah Anne Knisley married to James McCombs Bush Oct. 2, 1851.
Susanna Knisley was married to Peter Wells Nov. 1853.
Rachel Agnes Knisley married to James Wells April 10, 1855.
Catharine Knisley was married to Thomas Watt Oct. 31, 1850.
Nancley (?) Jane Knisely married to Samuel Wells Nov. 19, 1857.
Merva (?) Elisabeth Knisley married Michael Bish Sept. 5, 1860.
Lovina Anzanetta Knisley married Eli Boyer May 12, 1864.
Eliza Abigail Knisley married John W. Smyers May 1, 1866.
Minnie Alvina (unreadable) married James A. McCarthy (?) Dec. 29, 1869.
Lucinda Knisley married John A. Hopkins Feb. 9, 1868.
(Then some unreadable comments).
John Knisley was born Nov. 19, 1807.
Susana Lingenfeler was born Aug. 16, 1810.
Mary Knisley born Dec. 6, 1828.
Margaret Knisley born June 30, 1833.
Catharine Knisley born Dec. 20, 1834.
Sarah Anne Knisley Apr. 25, 1835.
Lovina Knisley May 12, 1847.
Elmira Knisley Apr. 23, 1852.
Susanna Knisley Apr. 17, 1837.
Rachel Knisley Dec. 21, 1838.
Nancy Knisley Dec. 4, 1860.
Minerva Knisley Nov. 26, 1842.
Eliza Knisely Aug. 20, 1844.
Lucinda Knisley Mar. 21, 1849.
Minnie Knisley Apr. 23, 1852.
Eliza died on 23 June 1917 in Beardstown, IL where she had moved after John's death. According to the death certificate, she died of heart trouble at 1:10 a.m. and was buried on 25 June 1917. Her occupation was listed as "housekeeper". She apparently had been living with her son Benjamin Smyers. While in Beardstown, she lived at 1002 Oak Street. The house is still there and is in good condition. A descendant, Marie (Burnett) Behymer said "I was only three years old at the time, but with mother telling me and seeing pictures, I can faintly remember coming down the Illinois River to the LaGrange Landing on a big barge, with all of the people, and the coffin, which they took on to the Lavina Henry Cemetery." Their first three children were born there. They migrated to Illinois by way of Chicago in 1871. There are at present no details on why they left, how they traveled, or the route they took. They came through Chicago in October. The big Chicago fire was October 8th and 9th. It was still burning when John, Eliza and their family came through. They settled in the vicinity of the Old LaGrange Locks in Brown County, IL. They were expecting their fourth child at the time. It is highly possible that his father George Smyers, his wife Barbara, and other family members, made the journey with them. It was perhaps at their urging that many of the Dunmires, Whiteds, and other Smyers relatives made the same migration in 1875.
John Smyers applied for an invalid pension based on his Civil War service. The original declaration dated 3 August 1878 reads as follows: "I am the identical Jno. W. Smyers who enrolled on the 25 day of Dec. 1863 in Company A of the 155th Reg't of Penn Vols., commanded by Captain... John W. Campbell and I was honorably discharged at Arlington H't., Va. on the 9 day of June 1865 and my age is now 36 years. While in the service aforesaid, and in the line of my duty I received the following disability, to wit: 5 February 1865 Virginia wound in left arm which is now very weak and I cannot stand work over one half times. I also contracted rheumatism which very much disables me. When I was wounded I was sent to Hospital at Wilmington, Del. for treatment. I claim pension for wound and rheumatism... I have resided at near Mt. Sterling, Ill. and my occupation has been Farmer before my entry into the Service aforesaid I was of good, sound physical health, being at enrollment a coal miner and I am now so much disabled from obtaining my subsistance by manual labor by reason of my disabilities above stated... I make this declaration..." George Smyers and Silas D. Moody were the witnesses.
John's younger brother Philip L. Smyers, then residing in Bradford, McKean County, PA, provided an affidavit on 18 March 1881, in support of John's pension application, where he stated: "...at the second battle of Hatcher's Run in Virginia in the fall of 1864 (I) was in the line of duty with John W. Smyers and saw him receive the wound... and saw him fall in the line and wanted to help him to the rear but he refused and got away himself. I know him to be unable to do manual labor and know that he never returned to his regiment until time of his discharge...."
A neighbor, Silas D. Moody, provided an affidavit on 1 November 1882 that read as follows: "...Affiant has lived within one half of a mile since AD 1871 of the said John W. Smyers and has seen him very often since that time almost daily and has worked with him a part of that time. When affiant first became acquainted with him toward the beginning of AD 1872 he was down with the Rheumatism and unable to perform any manual labor. That he the said John W. Smyers has from that time to the present not been able to perform more than one fourth the labor of a well man on account of said Rheumatism he is still affected with Rheumatism and not able to do but very little physical labor that he is fully 3/4 disabled on account of Rheumatism - He is a man that has to work physically for a living..." In further support of his pension application, John's father George Smyers, provided the following in an affidavit dated 1 November 1882: "...That the said John W. Smyers is a son of this affiant and lived with this affiant at the time of his enlistment... that on being discharged he in four days thereafter came home to live with affiant and lived with affiant and on his place till 1871. He then moved away about ten months and then he moved into the neighborhood of affiant and has resided there ever since. From his discharge till 1871 affiant saw him almost every day. During the year 1871 he saw him 12 or 15 times and since then has seen him almost every week and sometimes every day in the week. When the said John Smyers came home... his arm was crippled by a wound so that he could not use it. He was also suffering from rheumatism in his back and unable to perform physical labor... from the time of his discharge to the present time... (he) has been afflicted with rheumatism so that for two thirds of the time since his discharge he has not been able to follow any manual labor on account of the effects of the wound and rheumatism... Affiant further states... that the said J. W. Smyers at the time of his enlistment was sound and free from all disease and never was afflicted with rheumatism till after enlisting...."
In October of 1882 he was approved for an allowance of $4 per month (Cert # 219,883) as a disability pension for his service. In a Bureau of Pensions document dated 6 December 1890, his pension was adjusted. The statement reads as follows: "It is hereby certified...That...John W. Smyers...is entitled to a pension at the rate of Six Dollars per month to commence on the thirteenth day of November one thousand eighty four, and Eight Dollars per month from August 20, 1890. This pension being for: 'Gunshot wound of left arm and rheumatism'. Issued in lieu of certificate dated June 7, 1887 to correct disability and rate and allow increase..." After moving to Illinois, he was a miner working in the local strip mines. According to "The History of Brown County 1880 -1970", "...coal was to be found in shallow veins along the creeks and Illinois River bluffs. All of the mining operations were for purely local use." After John died, Eliza applied for a Widow's Pension (based on his military service) on 23 September 1891, just nine days after John's death. On 5 October 1891, Barbara Smyers made an affidavit, in support of Eliza's application, that she had been in attendance as midwife for at least five of John and Eliza's children. She later testified, in a January of 1892 general affidavit, that she knew the dataes of birth of the children from records kept in the family Bible. In support of Eliza's application for a widow's pension, John Whited and Charles Petri stated the following in an affidavit taken on 4 December 1891: "...We are well acquainted with Mrs. Eliza A. Smyers and know that she has not remarried since the death of the late John W. Smyers and that the children of the late John W. and Eliza A. Smyers for whom pension is claimed viz. Martha Emma, John W. Jr., David Elmer, Philip Henry, and Benjamin Harrison are still living. We further know that Mrs. Smyers has no income or other support for her family than from her own labor and that she is in dependent circumstances. We further urge that out of charitable consideration for this dependent family that this claim be put upon the special list for immediate action believing that she is entirely worthy of the same." On 11 July 1892, someone (Eliza ?) brought the family Bibles, one published in 1859 and the other in 1882 and both containing entries on the births of the children, in to a notary public for a certificate of birth to be drawn up as proof of the birth dates. On 15 February 1893, Lafayette (Lafe) and Ari Anna Smyers Mallory provided an affidavit in support of Eliza's claim as follows: "...our acquaintance with the claimant... dates from 1868... (she) has no property or means of support except from her own labor and contributions from those not bound by law for her support. ...the marriage of Mrs. Smyers and John W. Smyers was the first marriage of both parties named...." Eliza's grandson, David E. Smyers Jr., remembers eating big butterbeans cooked by her. Their children were as follows:
Charles G. Smyers. Born 13 April 1867 in Armstrong Co., PA. Never married. Probably died prior to 1909
as he was not mentioned in his younger brother John Jr.'s obituary. He suffered from seizures and drowned
while on the Illinois River. He is apparently buried in Lavina Henry Cemetery in Brown Co., IL.
Clarissa (Clara) Jane Smyers. Born 10 January 1869 in PA. Married first to John Covey. Married second
to George Whited, son of John Whited, in 1902. John Whited was one of Barbara Ellen (Whited) Smyers'
brothers. Clara died 2 March 1952. She was apparently a quiet person, but very nice. Elsie Carter
writes: "Aunt Clara was a petite, quiet, lady with beautiful white hair. Uncle George was a large man
with a full white beard. He had a booming voice, and a wonderful sense of humor. He loved to tell
stories. One summer when we visited them, he took the men out behind the shed and told them some dirty
stories. He didn't realize we could hear them. Aunt Clara was very embarassed, and rocked harder and
faster as the stories progressed. They were a very lovely couple, and I enjoyed visiting them in the
1. Blanch Covey. Born 1888 and died April 1918.
2. Bessie Covey. Born 1890 and died 1910.
3. John Covey, Jr. Born 12 November 1894 and died 1973. Married, but name of wife not known.
(1) Doris Maxine. Born 23 October 1917. Married on 1 September 1934 to Theodore Sorrells, born on
4 May 1912. Children:
i. Doris Evelyn. Born 14 April 1936. Married on 9 January 1956 to Ira Fred Thomas, born 30 June
(i) Cecil Dewayne. Born 2 January 1956. Married 5 September 1973 to Rhonda McCarty,
born 21 July 1957. Children:
A. Becky Sue. Born 5 June 1975.
B. Jeffery Wayne. Born 7 May 1979.
C. William Frederick. Born 7 May 1979.
(ii) Ronald Allen. Born 20 April 1957.
Married 29 July 1978 to Angelia Faye Snyder, born 12 January 1961. Children:
A. Molly Jean. Born 17 November 1980.
(iii) Michael David. Born 14 July 1958.
(iv) Gary Lee. Born 17 November 1960. Married on 30 June 1978 to Kimette Lascelles, born
4 November 1960.
ii. Thomas Edward. Born 30 November 1937. Married to Marjorie Bolton, born 13 October 1937.
They were divorced in July of 1981. Children:
(i) Thomas Jeffrey. Born 1 June 1975.
Thomas Edward then married Rosalie Mayfield on 12 February 1982. She was born on 12 January
1947. Carey Ann, Darren Bert, and Lowell Thomas Mayfield then became stepchildren of
iii. Judith Pauline. Born 4 July 1940. Married on 26 August 1958 to Eddie Mac Young, born 23
October 1938. Children:
(i) Debra Joe. Born 19 October 1960. Married on 26 August 1978 to Kirk Million.
(ii) Cynthia Diane. Born 13 August 1978.
(iii) Sharon Gale. Born 6 December 1967.
(iv) Bradley Alexander. Born 29 June 1974.
iv. Melvin Theodore. Born 9 September 1942. Married on 26 August 1978 to Vickie Jan
Campbell, born 24 September 1942. Children:
(i) Tad Alan. Born 30 April 1960.
(ii) Julie Ann. Born 11 May 1961. Married on 30 May 1981 to Paul Kallenback, born
8 August 1960. Children:
A. Jennifer Gayle. Born 8 July 1985.
v. Shirley Maxine. Born 28 December 1943. Married on 9 December 1962 to Jerry Meek, born
21 July 1943. Children:
(i) Thomas Barton. Born 5 July 1963.
(ii) Jeffery Barton. Born 5 January 1965.
4. Essie Covey. Born 24 July 1897.
5. Leslie. Died at birth.
6. Lucille. Died at birth.
7. Helen Lucille Whited. Born 29 May 1903. Married to Irvin Francis Morrell on 23 September 1922. He
was born on 13 September 1904. Children:
(1) Marjorie Lucille. Born 12 April 1923. Married to Robert Keith on 27 November 1940. Children:
i. Marjorie Lou. Born 27 September 1941.
ii. Barbara Jean. Born 19 July 1944.
Marjorie divorced Robert. She then was married to Gailand Markham on 6 September 1956.
i. Sandra. Born 6 September 1956.
ii. Dannie Lee. Born 2 February 1960.
(2) Robert Eugene. Born 19 June 1925 and died in 1934.
(3) Richard Lee. Born 19 August 1928 and died on 13 September 1965. He was killed when logs rolled
from a truck. Brian Richard, his youngest child, was born 13 days later, and Dale and Margaret
Morrell adopted him in July of 1966. Richard was married to Mary Fawcett in May of 1950.
i. Sharon Kay. Born 29 October 1950.
ii. Sheila Ann. Born 4 October 1953.
iii. Jerry Allen. Born 24 August 1957.
iv. Richie Irwin. Born 10 January 1959.
v. Kevin Leroy. Born 21 June 1960.
vi. Jeffery Dewayne. Born 21 February 1964.
vii. Brian Richard. Born 26 September 1965.
(4) George Edward. Born 24 January 1931. Married to Marilyn Hillenmeyer on 23 March 1952.
i. Kathy Helen. Born 24 September 1955.
George was divorced from Kathy and married to Mary Lacy in November of 1962. No known children.
(5) Norma Jean. Born 28 August 1933. Married to Clark Whited on 9 June 1950. Children:
i. Robert Eugene. Born 24 June 1952.
ii. Michael Richard. Born 25 January 1955.
iii. Debra Jean. Born 10 May 1958. Married to Gene Howe. Children:
(i) John William. Born 4 October 1984.
(6) Gerald Lee. Born 18 August 1936. Married to Shirley Marie Hendricks on 2 March 1954. Children:
i. Gerald Lee Jr. Born 31 December 1965.
(7) Marilyn Joan. Born 9 March 1939 and died 2 January 1940.
8. Ellen Maxine. Born 29 May 1903.
9. Minnie Cathryn. Born 21 December 1905.
Silas Lloyd Smyers. Born 10 March 1870 in Clarion Co., PA. He was married and had a son, Lloyd. He was
a cabinet maker. His last known residence was St. Louis, MO.
Margaret Lucinda Smyers. Born 19 April 1872 in Brown County, IL and died 10 October 1955. She married
William Simon Petri on 6 January 1891. He was born 27 December 1871 and died 3 February 1956. Elsie
Carter remembers: "Aunt Maggie was ill a lot when I was young. ... My father, Benjamin, would take John
(Maggie and William's son) a small gift each time. He was fond of John." Children of Margaret and
1. John August. Born 5 June 1891 and died on 7 April 1957. Never left home or married.
2. Lulu Mabel. Born 30 December 1892. Date of death not known. Married to James Edward Burnett. He
was born on 23 November 1887 and died 25 October 1958. Children:
(1) Margaret Marie. Born 9 August 1914. Married to Loren Adchert (Slippy) Behymer on 18 August
1932. He was born on 22 November 1908. Children:
i. Dorothy Bernice. Born 16 April 1933. Died in July of 1963. Married to Kenneth Long in Evan-
dale, Iowa on 9 February 1953. Children:
(i) Paul William. Born 22 August 1958 and married to Lois -?- on 17 May 1979. Children:
(ii) George Wayne. Born 23 July 1960 and died in 1982. Married to Emily -?-. Children:
(iii) David Warren. Born 12 June 1962. He married Jovane -?-.
ii. Loren Holmer. Born 24 October 1934 and died 7 February 1935.
iii. Thomas Gerald. Born 27 October 1936. Married to Marilyn Allen on 28 April 1956. Children:
(i) Larry Allen. Born on 19 September 1949. (This date is in question but makes sense
considering the dates of his marriages. If anyone has more correct information,
please contact this author and the information will be updated for future editions.)
(i) Gerald Ray. Born 13 October 1956.
(ii) Lucinda Dianne. Born 10 November 1957. One child, Bernella Behymer.
(iii) Larry Allen. Born on 19 September
1959 (?). Died 1 August 1983. He was killed in a motorcycle accident. Mar-
ried first to Mary -?-. Children:
A. and B. Two daughters.
Married second to Venus Di Milo on 10 June 1967. Children:
A. Brian; B. Shane; C. Thomas.
Married third to Syvila Marcias in July of 1978. Children:
Married fourth to Vicky Lisenbee on 29 March 1980. Children:
A. Brandy; B. Cherie; C. Nicole.
iv. William Edgar. Born 9 March 1938. Died on 12 March 1960. Married to Aranka Moho's in Ger-
many on 1 July 1958. Children:
(i) Patricia Ann. Born 4 May 1959. Married to Stephan -?- on 12 September 1980.
v. John Henry. Born 5 July 1940. Married to Judy Efau on 28 November 1964. Children:
(i) John Jeffery. Born 10 June 1967.
(ii) William Joseph. Born 20 June 1970.
vi. Stanley Ray. Born 20 June 1941. Twin to Shirley Marie below. Married to Shirley Monroe
on 25 May 1963. Children:
(i) Shirley Jo. Born 8 November 1963. Married to J. R. Auton on 12 September 1980.
A. Mark Allen. Born in January of 1981.
vii. Shirley Marie. Born 20 June 1941. Twin to Stanley Ray above. Married to James Holler on
4 March 1961. Children:
(i) Ricky Allen. Born 30 January 1960.
(ii) Debra Ann. Born 22 June 1962. One child, Bradley.
(iii) Diana Marie. Born 15 March 1965. Twin to John Patrick below.
(iv) John Patrick. Born 15 March 1965. Twin to Diana Marie above. Married to
(Shirley) Dan DeCreamer about 1971. Children:
A. Cheri Lynn. Born in July of 1972.
viii. Janet Lea. Born 14 September 1944. Married on 11 December 1960 to Glen Smith. Children:
(i) Gale Loren. Born 12 October 1972. This is an adopted child.
ix. Nancy Lynn. Born 27 July 1953. Married on 12 October 1969 to Lloyd Gaines. He died in No-
vember of 1977. Children:
(i) Janet Marie. Born 10 September 1972.
(ii) Rhonda Kay. Born 1 May 1976. Married to Ed Lenover. He was born 6 March 1955.
(2) Beulah Florine. Born 2 September 1916.
(3) Charles William. Born 30 August 1918.
(4) Helen Mabel. Born 12 November 1920.
(5) James Franklin. Born 6 April 1923.
(6) John Francis. Born 31 July 1925. Married on 3 July 1948 to Betty Louise Stevens. She was born
on 9 November 1929. Children:
i. John Michael. Born 27 May 1951.
ii. Patrick Alueir. Born 12 August 1956.
(7) Robert. Born 16 December 1927. Twin to Richard.
(8) Richard. Born 16 December 1927. Twin to Robert.
(9) Martha Lou. Born 12 November 1931. She married Ray McGlauchlen on 9 April 1962. He is
3. Charles Edward. His nickname was Rex. Born 2 February 1896. Rex was in WW I. He was in France
where he was hit with mustard gas. He had a lot of illness because of this. Married to -?- Crow.
(1) Dorothy; (2) Name unknown; (3) Donald.
Minnie Cathryn Smyers. Born 13 January 1875 in Brown County, IL. She married Jim Clark. They were
divorced and had no children. She married as her second husband Charles Burnett. He was born on 25 July
1878 and died on 7 June 1963. They had no children. She is buried in Beardstown
City Cemetery. She loved to crochet and to make quilt tops. According to Elsie Carter: "Minnie was a
very warm person. She loved children although she had none of her own. She made beautiful quilts and
sold them for a good price. She welcomed family members into her home when they needed a place to stay.
She had diabetes and a stroke, but this did not stop her from her sewing and crocheting. Charles was a
devoted husband and took excellent care of her. Charles worked for the railroad, but they closed the
shops when the workers went on strike. They had a hard time, but she sold quilts and he worked as he
could. They loved music and she played the guitar. She had a nice library."
Martha Emma Smyers. Born 25 July 1877 in Brown County, IL and died 14 August 1969 in Lindsay, Tulare
County, CA. She married Oliver Edward Smay. Besides having their own children, they raised two children
of Lloyd and Mary Vandeventer. The children of Oliver and Martha:
1. Lloyd. He married Mary Barbara (Dunmire) Vandeventer. See the book on the Dormire/Dunmire family by
this author for children and descendants.
8. Edward. Died 24 April 1940.
9. Martha Emma.
John W. Smyers Jr. Born 26 January 1880 in Brown County, IL and died 7 May 1909. Brother-in-law to
William Petri and brother-in-law to Paul -?- (born September 1885) according to the 1900 Census. John was
single at that time. He was later married to Pearl (Faye) Roach in Beardstown. According to the obituary
quoted below, they had one son. According to "History of Brown County", John Jr. was a button cutter by
trade. In 1900-1920, collecting mussles from fresh water clams from the Illinois River was quite an
industry. The shells were used for the manufacture of buttons. Factories were at Meredosia and
Beardstown, IL, where buttons were cut and shipped to Muscatine, IA or to Louisiana. Two men usually
worked together. David Smyers (see below) and Bill Bluhm were one such pair who were shelling in
1910-1920. The mussles were cooked in special brick vats on the river bank and the meat was fed to hogs.
Then the shells were hauled to the button factory. Button cutting was a skilled occupation and it took
from three to ten years to become a skilled cutter. The growing industry was ruined when plastic became
popular. John Jr.'s obituary reads as follows: "John W. Smyers was born in Brown County, Ill., January
26, 1880, and died at the home of his brother-in-law Wm. S. Petrie near LaGrange, Ill. May 7, 1909, aged
at time of death 29 years, 3 months and 11 days. He resided with his parents in Brown County, until 1904
when he went to Beardstown, and took up the button cutters trade which he followed till his death. He was
married to Miss Pearl Roach Sep. 5, 1906 in Beardstown where they resided. He leaves to mourn his loss an
infant son and loving wife also a widowed mother, Mrs. John W. Smyers and four sisters: Mrs. George
Whited; Mrs. W. S. Petrie; Mrs. Charles Burnett; Mrs. O. E. Smay; and Silas Smyers of Rex, Ok.; David;
Philip H. and Benjamin Smyers. He was reared in the Methodist faith and was of a kind and loving
disposition, well liked and respected by all who knew him. The funeral was conducted by Dr. J. P. Kerr
and interment in Lavina Hill Cemetery."
David Elmer Smyers. Born 14 October 1882 in Brown Co., IL and died 20 October 1969. He was at one time a
mussle shell fisherman (see above). Married to Alta Mae Thompson. She was born on 15 March 1889 and died
on 1 May 1972. Both are buried in Ripley Cemetery, Ripley, Brown Co., IL. In later life, David Smyers
made fishing nets for a sports store in St. Louis. These were hand tied, and he was a master at making
them. He had a wonderful sense of humor. Mae was a very quiet sweet person. Children:
1. Garnet Mildred Smyers. Born 28 August 1910. Married to Lloyd Otto Bridgewater on 18 December 1934.
She died 9 August 1961. He was born on 13 August 1908 and died 24 January 1983. Their children:
(1) Lloyd Everett Bridgewater. Born 27 September 1935. Married Christian Ann Kunkel on 16 October
1974. She was born on 2 July 1949. They have an adopted child, Patrick Wayne Bridgewater, born
15 November 1980.
(2) Thomas Wayne Bridgewater. Born 24 May 1938. Married Mary Elizabeth McClelland on 6 May 1960.
She was born on 23 February 1940. Their children:
i. Karen Sue Bridgewater. Born 12 December 1960. Married to Richard Lashbrook on 1 December
1979. He was born on 22 July 1957. Their children:
A. Robin Denise Lashbrook. Born 28 June 1980.
ii. Kent Edward Bridgewater. Born 19 October 1962.
iii. Diana Kay Bridgewater. Born 11 October 1963.
iv. Teresa Joe Bridgewater. Born 14 February 1965. Married Richard Miller. Their children:
A. Derrick Lynn Miller. Born November of 1987.
(3) Lewis Henry Bridgewater. Born 18 December 1940. Married Grace Shinnebarger on 1 April 1966.
She was born on 30 November 1935. She had two children previously, Ronald born 25 February 1957
and Rochelle born 16 July 1958. The children of Lewis and Grace:
i. Raymond Scott Bridgewater. Born 14 December 1967.
(4) Dale Ray Bridgewater. Born 2 October 1943. Married to Bette Jane Monroe on 24 September 1966.
She was born on 4 September 1946. Their children:
i. Michael Allen Bridgewater. Born 1 November 1967.
ii. Timothy Eugene Bridgewater. Born 7 June 1969.
iii. Mark Edward Bridgewater. Born 8 November 1970.
Dale Ray Bridgewater was married second to Shirley Annie Pumphrey on 4 October 1980. Annie was
born on 3 January 1936. She had two children previously, Sandra Kay Denton, born 1 August 1952,
and David Gregory Denton, born 9 September 1964.
(5) Walter Lee Bridgewater. Born 5 March 1946. He married Phillis Marie Hite on 6 September 1968.
She was born on 1 January 1948. Their children:
i. Lisa Deane Bridgewater. Born 3 August 1970.
Walter was married second to Jennifer Sue Shuford on 9 June 1979. She was born on 21 December
1951. Their children:
i. Danielle May Bridgewater. Born 11 June 1980.
ii. Ryan Ashley Bridgewater. Born 2 September 1981.
(6) John Paul Bridgewater. Born 25 December 1949. Married to Alita Joy Polhmeyer on 19 June 1971.
She was born on 28 October 1950. Their children:
i. Cheryl Michelle Bridgewater. Born 8 September 1976.
ii. Rachel Beth Bridgewater. Born 8 September 1976.
(7) Harold Lee Bridgewater. Born 9 May 1953 and died on 24 January 1983.
2. David Elmer Smyers, Jr. Born 24 June 1912. Married to Mary Irene Bridgewater on 2 January 1937.
She was born on 1 September 1919. They have no children. They currently reside in Versailles, IL.
3. Loren Leroy Smyers. Born 24 November 1914. Now deceased. Married to Evelyn Fernleaf Turner in
1937. She was born on 16 February 1920. Their children:
(1) Loren Leroy Smyers, Jr. Born 13 June 1938. He married Joni Chillew on 30 December 1960. She
was born on 4 October 1939. Their children:
i. Kevin Smyers. Born 23 April 1963 and died 24 April 1963.
ii. Kathleen Smyers. Born 23 April 1963 and died 24 April 1963.
iii. Keegan Lee Smyers. Born 4 June 1965.
iv. Kristin Leigh Smyers. Born 18 November 1969.
Loren Sr. was married second to Ruby Darlene Ehrenhart on 5 January 1946. She was born on 23
December 1913. She had two previous children, George Eugene Ehrenhart
born on 7 August 1932 and Phillip Terry Ehrenhart born on 22 September 1934.
4. Minnie Margaret Smyers. Born 11 July 1917. Married to Robert Eldon Bridgewater on 20 November 1935.
He was born on 20 November 1915 and died on 18 November 1974. Their children:
(1) Billy Robert Bridgewater. Born 18 September 1937. Married to Carol Ann Layman on 23 July 1959.
She was born on 27 September 1940. They have an one adopted son, Bryan Erick Bridgewater,
adopted on 17 May 1966.
(2) Marilyn Mae Bridgewater. Born 18 July 1940. Married to Larry Hance on 15 April 1960. He was
born on 22 February 1936. Their children:
i. Tracy Dion Hance. Born 26 October 1960. Married to Carolyn K. Burney on 13 November 1981.
ii. Clifford Joseph Hance. Born 4 December 1963.
iii. Lisa Ann Hance. Born 19 July 1965. Married to Dennis James Lierheimer on 24 July 1982.
He was born on 29 May 1957.
iv. Michael Don Hance. Born 16 December 1967.
(3) Richard Lee Bridgewater. Born 29 January 1942. Married to Su Ellen Sloan on 23 February 1964.
She was born on 4 March 1945. Their children:
i. Kelly Martin Bridgewater. Born 11 August 1966.
ii. Ellen Michelle Bridgewater. Born 2 February 1969. Married to Nicklas Arthur Reeves on
7 November 1987. Their children:
A. Gregory Reeves.
(4) Carol Ann Bridgewater. Born 17 December 1943. Married to Vern Eugene Peterman on 2 March 1963.
He was born on 24 May 1942. Their children:
i. Allan Eugene Peterman. Born 17 April 1964.
ii. Dianne Carol Peterman. Born 6 April 1969.
(5) Roger Allan Bridgewater. Born 2 January 1947.
5. Charlotte Faye Smyers. Born 23 January 1920. Married to Joseph Hudson Daigh on 27 April 1935. He
was born on 31 August 1911. Their children:
(1) Evelyn Joan Daigh. Born 22 March 1936. She married William Eugene Polly on 14 June 1953. He
was born on 31 December 1935. Their children:
i. Gail Lynn Polly. Born 28 May 1954. She married Gary Lynn Coffee, Sr. on 5 June 1971. He was
born on 14 September 1952. Their children:
A. Gary Lynn Coffee, Jr. Born 1 December 1971.
Gail was married second to Michael Gregory McKinney on 14 December 1974. He was born on 12
January 1953. Their children:
A. Michael Gregory McKinney. Born 8 September 1975.
Gail was married third to Jerry Dean Denniston on 25 April 1979. He was born on 2 April 1961.
A. Marlana Marie Denniston. Born 17 September 1980.
ii. Lisa Carol Polly. Born 19 September 1956 and died 31 May 1964.
Evelyn was married second to Duward Walter Lamb on 2 November 1957. He was born on 5 July 1939.
i. Thomas Lee Lamb. Born 5 May 1958. Married to Donna J. Hull on 20 December 1975. She was
born on 9 January 1957. Their children:
A. Kyle James Lamb. Born 2 January 1981.
ii. Kelly Joann Lamb. Born 4 March 1963.
iii. Timothy Alan Lamb. Born 23 February 1966.
(2) David Cameron Daigh. Born 24 November 1937. Married to Donna Marie Janes on 29 December 1956.
She was born on 13 November 1940. Their children:
i. Rena Marie Daigh. Born 7 October 1957. Married to Gary Lee Miller, Sr. on 14 August 1976.
He was born on 1 April 1956. Their children:
A. Gary Lee Miller, Jr. Born 20 January 1978.
B. Anne Marie Miller. Born 13 May 1982.
ii. David Cameron Daigh, Jr. Born 19 September 1958.
iii. Dawn Rene Daigh. Born 30 March 1967.
David Sr. married second to Mary L. Adomitis on 31 August 1977. She was born on 16 December
1952. They adopted Tabitha Michelle Daigh on 3 April 1980.
(3) Donald Lee Daigh. Born 3 May 1939. Married to Janice Irene Marsh on 26 May 1969. She was born
on 5 November 1948.
(4) DeEtta Mae Daigh. Born 1 August 1946. She married Kenneth Wayne Gobble on 5 August 1962. He
was born on 4 February 1944. Their children:
i. Michael Todd Gobble. Born 10 March 1964. He married Ester Fracancher on 23 September 1983.
She was born on 1 January 1958. Their children:
A. Michael Sargant Gobble. Born 3 July 1987.
DeEtta was married second to Roger L. Barton on 24 April 1966. He was born on 15 June 1945.
Charlotte Faye was married second to Phillip I. Clayton. He was born on 1 February 1923 and died on
2 October 1983. They adopted a child, Beth Ann Clayton, who was born on 20 January 1966.
6. Beulah Mae Smyers. Born 9 May 1922. Now deceased.
7. Cathryn Louise Smyers. Born 9 May 1925. Married to Wayne Allan Hendricks on 29 March 1958. He was
born on 25 June 1929. Their children:
(1) Child, died 21 September 1958.
(2) David Wayne Hendricks. Born 5 October 1960.
(3) Chris Edward Hendricks. Born 6 March 1964.
(4) Michael Lee Hendricks. Born 15 October 1967 and died 20 January 1984.
8. Billy Robert Smyers. Born 18 September 1927. Now deceased. Married to Audrey Ellen Self on 28
April 1956. She was born on 15 January 1932. Billy adopted her son
Tommy in 1957. He was born on 2 July 1954. Children of Billy and Audrey:
(1) Sandra Youvonne Smyers. Born 6 June 1957. Married to Mark Bumbard on 14 February 1981. He was
born on 7 October 1953. Their children:
i. Candice Youvonne Bumbard. Born 8 July 1986.
(2) Charles Edward Smyers. September of 1959 and died November of 1959.
(3) Patricia Lynn Smyers. Born 8 January 1962. Married to Greg Sarver on 26 June 1982. He was born
on 24 June 1961. Their children:
i. Dana Marie Sarver. Born 4 October 1985.
ii. Gregory Charles Sarver. Born 23 May 1987.
9. Betty Irene Smyers. Born 30 April 1930. Married to Harvey Dean on 31 July 1948. They later
divorced. Married second to Lewis Emmett Vermillion on 17 August 1956. He was born on 11 February
Philip Henry Smyers. Born 7 September 1885 (1886 according to the death certificate) in Brown County, IL.
He never married. According to his death certificate, he died from carcinoma of the liver at 12:20 p.m.
on 27 March 1919, having been ill since at least 18 October 1918. His occupation was listed as "button
cutter". He apparently was staying with William Petri in Versailles, IL at the time of his death. He is
buried in the Lavina Henry Cemetery. He lived with his mother until she died. He loved to play guitar
and sing. He was a sharp dresser. It was said he could not work much because he had "bleeding piles".
He was very close to his brother Benjamin.
Orpha E. Smyers. Born 20 November 1887. Died 19 February 1888. She was only about three months old when
she died. She is buried at Lavina Henry Cemetery.
Benjamin Smyers. A remembrance from his daughter, Elsie Carter: "Benjamin was the youngest child and was
only two years old when his father died. He had little formal education, but he was a history buff and an
avid reader. He passed this on to his children. He talked about skating down the Illinois River when the
ice was thick enough. He loved to play the guitar and sing. The family had many evenings with music and
fun. He was of slight build and worked as a button cutter until he served in WW I. He was stationed at
Whipple Barracks, AZ where he helped care for injured or sick soldiers. He was very proud of his service.
He married Sarah Lydia Yetter 5 August 1922. He passed away just 5 months before their 50th anniversary
date. They moved to Decatur after their marriage and he worked for the railroad a short time. He then
went to work for A. E. Staley Company until retirement. During the depression, he helped Sarah's family.
He made sure each one had food and coal. They had little monetarily, but he was a special person loved by
everyone. He was a Bible scholar and an ordained deacon in the Baptist church. They had two daughters
and eleven grandchildren whom he adored. He left them a wonderful example for life." Benjamin Harrison
Smyers. Born 5 September 1889. Died 24 March 1972. Married on 5 August 1922 to Sarah Lydia Yetter. She
was born on 2 September 1899 and died 28 July 1986. Children:
1. Mary Louise. Born 14 December 1924. Married on 11 April 1945 to William Otto Golembeck, Jr. He
was born on 14 May 1923. Children:
(1) Wilma. Born 10 May 1946. Married to Don Sprinkle on 30 July 1964. Children:
i. Carl Vance. Born 8 December 1968 and died 7 April 1969.
ii. William David. Born 26 December 1972.
Wilma later married Lloyd Lunsford. They were divorced. She later married Charles Pyle on 3
September 1987. He died on 16 May 1988.
(2) Veda Ann. Born 6 May 1947. Married to Seth Ellis Smith. Children:
i. Sean Eric.
ii. Diane Marie.
(3) David Maurice. Born 7 December 1951. Married to Sondra Fleischer. Children:
i. Charles Gene.
ii. Patrick Bryan.
David was later married to Cindy -?-. Children:
(4) Paul Edwin. Born 23 June 1953. Married Regina Ridlen. Children:
i. Christopher Paul.
ii. Jennifer Renee.
Paul was later married to Judy Reardon.
(5) Joan Ruth. Born 22 August 1954. Married to Steve Crawford. Children:
ii. Jennifer Ann.
Joan was later married to Michael Kloepping. Children:
i. Sarah Louise.
ii. Adrian Michael.
iii. Rachel Marie.
(6) Alice Marie. Born 10 June 1958. Married to John Hurst. Children:
i. Jennifer Rebecca.
ii. John Arthur.
iii. William James.
Alice was later married to Jim Chapman.
2. Elsie Marie. Born 23 July 1928. Married on 24 November 1946 to Omer Lyle Carter. He was born on 17
February 1926. They currently reside in Decatur, IL. Children:
(1) Terrie Linn. Born 1 March 1949. Married to William Steakley. Children:
i. Kristine Renee. Born 10 February 1910.
Terrie was later married to Kenneth Meyer. Children:
i. Benjamin Russell. Born 22 October 1980.
ii. Jonathan David. Born 18 January 1984.
(2) Garry Lyle. Born 9 September 1950. Married on 31 May 1974 to Sandra Oddo. She was born on
15 December 1951. Children:
i. Lisa Marie. Born 8 September 1977.
ii. Paul. Born 13 June 1979. Twin to Rachel.
iii. Rachel. Born 13 June 1979. Twin to Paul.
iv. Marie Elizabeth. Born 25 April 1984.
(3) Nancy Lee. Born 30 July 1953. Married on 24 November 1973 to Evan Jay Elliot. Children:
i. Benjamin Evan. Born 21 April 1977.
ii. Jarod Clifford. Born 5 March 1980.
iii. Jaime. Born 14 January 1982.
(4) Cindy Gaye. Born 9 October 1959. Married on 11 December 1983 to Robert John Jenkins. He was
born on 18 March 1958. Children:
i. Angela Jenkins (stepdaughter).
ii. Kyle Robert. Born 8 June 1986.
iii. Katherine Joan. Born 24 May 1990.
(5) Douglas Allen. Born 12 January 1979.
TWO: Mary Jane Smyers. Born 26 January 1844 in Bedford County, PA. Married David Henri Dunmire of Armstrong County, PA. See section on David Henri Dunmire in the book by this author on the Dormire/Dunmire family for complete and thorough biographical information and descendants list. An abbreviated list of children/descendants follows:
Sarah Margaret Dunmire. Married William Thomas Whited.
George Calvin Dunmire. Married Mary Emma Rentz.
William Valentine Dunmire. Married five times.
Lillian May Dunmire. Married Joseph Cooper.
Nora Ellen Dunmire. Married Henry Paul Baehr. See the Baehr family story in the Baehr volume for a
detailed account. Their children:
1. Mary E. Baehr. Married Ira Roate.
2. Della M. Baehr. Died young.
3. Winnifred Catherine Baehr, born 3 April 1896 and died 1 November 1970. Married William McKinley
Kaffenberger, born 8 July 1892 and died 4 December 1958. For more information, see Volume I of this
series which provides more detail on the Kaffenberger family of Cass Co., IL. The children of
William McKinley and Winnifred Catherine (Baehr) Kaffenberger:
(1). Nora Elizabeth, born 4 August 1915, Versailles, Brown County, Illinois. Died in November of
1962 at Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois as a result of cancer. She married Robert Elsbury
Madden on 23 April 1939. They had one daughter, Nancy Kay, born 9 December 1947. Nancy has
two children. Nora was a strong Christian and a friendly, loving individual. She loved to
bake sweet rolls and various types of pies. Her specialty was coconut custard pies. Uncle
Bob and Aunt Nora had a wonderful old house that was, unfortunately, plagued by ants nearly
every time Nora set out pies to cool!
(2). William Michael, born 11 September 1918, Versailles, Illinois at the Henry and Nora Baehr
farm. Died 7 July 1977 at Arlington, Virginia. He married Esther Nettie Chernick on 15 March
1950. They had two sons. William Michael Jr. was born on 22 December 1950. He was married
on 29 March 1980 to Amelia Marie Negri. They have one daughter, Elena. David Joel was born
on 31 March 1955. He is single.
(3). Betty Jane was born 24 Jan 1926 in Beardstown, Illinois. She married Eugene Paul "Red" Clark
on 5 February 1948. They currently reside in Beardstown. They are both retired and are
currently active in the "Meals on Wheels" program for the needy and shut-ins. They also
enjoy frequent camping trips as well as travels around the country to visit relatives and
friends. They had two sons. Ronald E. was born on 12 November 1950. He is married to
Sharon, and they have one daughter, Susie. James Michael was born on 31 December 1960 (died 2
4. Laura Louise Baehr. Married Joseph Kaffenberger.
5. Henry P. Baehr. Married Ollie Bell.
6. Lafayette (Lafe) Baehr. Married first to Albertine Hance and second Beatrice Hance.
7. Herman Alton Baehr. Married Mary Long.
8. Evelyn Baehr. Married to Robert Glover.
Emma Olive Dunmire. Married first to Edward Rentz and second to Philip Lewis Rentz.
John Wesley Dunmire. Died young.
Della Frances Dunmire. Married Ulysses Grant Vandeventer.
Jessie Maud Dunmire. Married Sam E. Ebey.
Lewis Herman Dunmire. Married Catherine Elizabeth Baehr.
Frank Otis Dunmire. Married Bessie Matilda Pruden.
Winnie Catherine Dunmire. Died young.
THREE: Philip L. Born 13 February 1846 in PA. Died after 28 February 1915. According to a family history, some man paid his mother, Barbara Smyers, $500 to let him serve in the Civil War in place of his own son. The man apparently told Philip if he got back home he would take him and raise him. Philip was only 15 years old at the time. Philip came home without injury, due probably in no small part to the fact that his older brother John had enlisted as well to keep an eye on Philip. True to his word, the man took him. Philip would not go back to his own mother who "sold" him. Benjamin H. Smyers, Philip's nephew, related a similar version of this story to his children. He said his (Ben's) father John, Philip's brother, was afraid that Philip would not survive the war because he was so young. Therefore, John enlisted in the same company so he could take care of him. The man who bought Philip's service did take him in and educate him after the war. Philip's new family reportedly moved out West and Philip was supposedly never heard from again. However, the 9 October 1868 edition of the New Lisbon Journal shows that Philip L. Smyers married Clara M. Mullen on 24 September 1868 at the bride's father's residence in Columbiana Co., OH. The marriage was performed by Samuel Hardman Esq. This is the same area in Ohio that David Dunmire and his wife Mary Jane Smyers settled in prior to moving to Brown Co., IL. Although he was not in Brown County at the time his father's estate was being settled, it is probable that the same Philip Smyers that shows up in Versailles, Brown County, IL in the 1900 Census is this Philip. If what I believe is correct, there was obviously a reconciliation with his family at some point. He had been married to a woman named Clara, which is consistent ith the marriage account above. At the time of that census, he had 10 children, including a son Ari (Philip's younger sister was named Ari Anna) age 33 and Benjamin, born in May, age either 17 or 27 (writing is unclear). He may have been a widower by 1900. In any case, Barbara Smyers' obituary above indicates that Philip was back in Pennsylvania by 1915. An affidavit on 18 March 1881 provided in support of brother John's Civil War pension application indicates Philip was living at Bradford, McKean Co., PA. Probate records from the settlement of George Smyers' estate indicate that Philip, at least in 1888, lived in Big Shanty, McKean Co., PA. He may have been back there again by the time of his mother's death.
FOUR: Elizabeth Smyers. Born 4 (death certificate says 5) August 1848 in PA. According to her death certificate, she died of a cerebral hemmorhage at 5 p.m. on 10 August 1926. She had been ill for about three months. She was buried at Hollister, OH on 12 August 1926. Her occupation was listed as housewife. The death was reported by her husband, Silas Moody. They were married on 28 April 1870 in Armstrong Co., PA by S. W. Marshall, Justice of the Peace. Silas was born on 21 April 1843 likely in Clarion Co., PA. He died on 29 January 1930. In his youth he was a laborer. Silas also served on the Union side during the Civil War. His 5 April 1915 application for a pension states that he was born on 21 April 1843 at Grate Western, Armstrong Co., PA. He served in Co. H of the 8th Pennsylvania Infantry P.R.V.C. and Co. H of the 191st Pennsylvania V.V.C. His post office at enlistment was Watterson Ferry. The only proof of his marriage, the family record, had been destroyed by a flood. His brother-in-law, John W. Smyers, gave the following deposition in support of Silas' application: "...he has been personally and intimately acquainted with claimant since sometime in January 1866 when he became acquainted with him at Red Bank Furnace, Clarion Co., PA where we worked together in a coal mine. He was suffering from a disease of chronic diarrhoea and bone scurvy of right knee. He was then incapacitated from manual labor about one half. I know this from the work he did at the coal mine. I have known him constantly from that time to the present and he has constantly been afflicted with same diseases and during all this time his incapacity has been about the same viz. one half and occasionally since I first knew him he has been so affected with these diseases that he has been unable to do any labor to amount to anything. Since about November 1st 1874 he has been farming or attempting to farm in Brown Co., IL and his disability continues to about same extent and during all this time from 1866 I have had constant opportunities to see him although not always living at same place. His disability is now about same as when I first knew him. I have no interest in this claim. My post office address is Cooperstown, Brown Co., IL...." John Smyers' statement was given on 10 January 1883. Following is an obituary of the time written by Molly Robinson:
"The bugle again has sounded
For another boy in blue;
He has answered the Great Commander's call
And bade life's battlefield adieu
Silas D. Moody, son of Joseph and Elizabeth Moody, was born on April 21, 1843 in Clarion County, Pennsylvania, and departed this life on January 29, 1930, aged 86 years, 9 months, and 8 days. Mr. Moody was staying with his son, William Moody of Hollister, Ohio at the time of his death. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Smyers on April 28, 1870. To this union came ten children, three girls and seven boys, five of whom have preceded him to that Heavenly home three years ago the 10th of last August. At the age of eighteen he enlisted in the Civil War for three years in defense of his flag and country. When that time had expired he enlisted for three years more and was honorably discharged for the second time when the war had ended. Mr. Moody not only experienced hardships in the battlefield but was four times a prisoner; once in Castle Thunder, once in Andersonville, once in Libby and once in Salsberry. The suffering in those prisons was worse than death on the battlefield. Brother Moody was not only loyal to his country but tried to be loyal to his Maker, as for it laid in his power through the hardships, disappointments and cares of this life and the large rearing of the family. His last hours seemed to be filled with a bright prospect of Heaven and he said that he soon would be there. God's Word says: "I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE. HE THAT BELIEVETH IN ME THOUGH HE BE DEAD YET SHALL HE LIVE." I believe that Brother Moody had that belief in God and today though he be dead to you sons and daughters and to this world, still he liveth in God. Mr. Moody united with this church many years ago, both he and his wife too. They always attended its services when near or able to do so. He leaves to mourn their loss four sons and one daughter; Mrs. Hook of Zanesville, James Moody of Lancaster, Mr. William Moody of Hollister, Oscar Moody of Fostoria and Albert Moody of Columbus; forty-eight grand-children and thirty-two great grand-children and many other sorrowing friends.
Go home, dear friends, and dry your tears,
I will arise when Christ appears;
You loved me fondly, He loved me best
And called me Home to Heaven to rest."
The family moved to Hollister, Ohio prior to 1909. Their children:
Maggie C. Born 27 December 1870. Died prior to April of 1915.
Joseph R. Born 31 January 1873.
George B. Born 13 February 1875.
John W. (William ?). Born 16 October 1877. May have resided in Carbon Hill, OH which is not far from
James G. Born 25 December 1879.
Bertha E. Born 8 February 1881.
Albert Logan. Born 28 September 1883 at Cooperstown, Brown Co. according to the birth record. His
grandmother Barbara Smyers was the midwife in attendance.
Katie J. Born 17 October 1886. Died prior to April of 1915.
Oscar H. Born 25 November 1888.
Warren H. Born 5 July 1892.
FIVE: George Washington Smyers. Born 20 April 1851 in PA. His nickname was 'Wash'. After moving to Brown County, IL, he worked as a coal miner in local strip mines. He married Nancy Elizabeth Harris, who was born in Ohio on 4 September 1860, sometime between 1874 and 1878. There is an intersting story behind this marriage. Apparently Nancy was an orphan. Brown Co., IL Orphan/Guardian records indicate that George W., his father, and Daniel Whited paid a $2,500 fee on 8 September 1874 and George W. was made Nancy's guardian. The records state that her father was Jacob Clayball, deceased. He invested her money as follows: $800 for 40 acres of land; $131.85 for two horses; $33 for one cow; $35 for one wheat drill; $46 for furniture; $29 for plows; $15 for a harness; $254.93 for child support; $5 for attorney fees; $2 for clerks fees; $4.50 for guardianship letters; and an additional $13 for attorneys fees. In his petition to be discharged from guardianship, which was granted on 1 August 1879, he indicated that he and Nancy had been legally married prior to his originally being made guardian. She had turned 18 on 4 September 1878. Lest the court think he had taken advantage of her, he indicated that he paid for part of the land they lived on with his own money. The 1880 Illinois Census shows an Annie Mallory (born 1856 PA) (this is likely George's sister Ari Anna - the whereabouts of her husband Lafe Mallory being unknown at this point), her son Warren (born 1876 IL), and her daughter Lavina A.(born July, 1879 in IL) as boarders in their home. There is a family tradition that George and Nancy came by a certain home one day. The father of a little two year old girl had a gun out in the yard. He was trying to get some Mexican Gypsies to take her or he would kill her. When Nancy Elizabeth heard what he was doing, she asked for the baby to be hauled up to her in the wagon. She told George to drive on. She kept the little girl and raised her as her own. Perhaps the little girl was Ari Anna's daughter Lavina, and the rest of the family moved in as well. Further research is needed to ascertain the facts. This family apparently later left Brown Co. to parts currently unknown. Barbara Smyers' obituary above indicates he was still alive on 28 February 1915, but his whereabouts were still unknown. George and Nancy's known children:
Carah (Corah? Sarah?) Smyers. Born in IL in 1878.
Thomas S. Smyers. Born in IL in 1880.
SIX: David A. Smyers. Born probably 11 November 1853 in Armstrong County, PA. Died prior to 1900. Margaret (Eddy) Orr. She was a seamstress. Her father was Richard Eddy and her mother was Rebecca -?-. She was born on 12 February 1866 and died on 7 December 1939. Their children:
Ari Hattie. Born April 1884.
Pearl L. Smyers. Born 18 August 1888 in Brown County, IL. She married John Joseph Fry, a carpenter, who
was born on 4 October 1885 in Cass County, IL. They were married on 20 October 1908 in Cass County, IL.
They lived at various times in the following Illinois communities: Beardstown, Hardin, Kampsville,
Beathany, Kane, Feildon, and Otterville. Their children:
1. Olive Cynthia.
2. Fredrick David. Born 20 August 1912 in Beardstown, IL. Married. Children:
(1) Jade Fry. She married -?- Harper and now resides in California.
Rebecca. Born in August of 1889 or 1890.
SEVEN: Ari Anna Smyers. Born 30 or 31 May 1856 (possibly 1854) in Armstrong County, PA. She married Lafe Mallory. She later moved to Beardstown, Illinois and was still alive at the time of her mother's death on 28 February 1915. Their children:
Warren, born 1876.
Lavina, born July 1879
EIGHT: Martha Christine Smyers. Born 14 March 1858 or 1859 (grave stone indicates 1861) in Armstrong Co., PA. She married John Hemphill. The family lived near La Grange, Brown Co., IL. The book "Brown County Cemeteries 1825-1927", published by the Brown County Board of the Schuyler-Brown Historical and Genealogical Society, provides the following information on this family: "John Hemphill came into the Versailles Township area very early. He obtained 40 acres of land thru squatter rights and later he bought sixty acres. This 96 acres were held by this family until about 1890. He married Margaret Copeland. According to the 1860 census the family included the following (children): ...James - 22; Nancy - 17; Rebecca - 16; Eliza - 13; F. H. - 11; Minerva - 7; John - 5; Jesse - 4; Sanford - 8 mos. ... The older Hemphills were buried on their farm in a plot marked by four oak trees - one at each corner of the plot. John Moses Hemphill (1854-1927) married Martha Christine Smyers (1861-1949) of the David Smyers family who migrated from Pennsylvania by way of Ohio. This family grew up on the Hemphill farm which overlooked the Illinois River. Their family consisted of:
A. Archie Hemphill who married Maude Sellars and had children, Charles, who died as an infant, Pearl, Margaret Wolf (1861-1948), Ralph, John, Stella (Mrs. Lloyd Farmer), Wanita, Martha, and Eddie, who died in W. W. II.
B. Nora (Mrs. Henry Wilson).
C. Ernest LaFayette, unmarried (1886-1941).
D. Anna Barbara, unmarried.
E. Edward Simpson, unmarried.
F. Mary Jane (who married) Curtis Wilson, Jr. (and) whose children were Jenny Beatrice, Corinne, Virvle, Henry, Leo, Jack, Crystal, and Garland.
There was a large Indian mound shaped like a buffalo in the Hemphill home area. The legs and head of the mound was on Thompson property and the hump was on Hemphill land. In 1898, Mr. John Moses Hemphill gave permission for an archeologist to open the mound and remove any artifacts found. This was done and some of the artifacts are to be seen in the museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. and others are at Field Museum in Chicago. David Smyers and LaFayette Hemphill were local men who helped in the excavation."
NINE: Emma Elmyra Smyers. Born probably 20 March 1864 in Armstrong County, PA. She married Joseph Calvin Dormire on 18 September 1883. She passed from this life on 25 January 1948. See the section on the Dunmire family for children and descendants.
TEN: James C. Smyers. Born 1865 in Armstrong County, PA. No further information available on this individual at present. As he was not listed as one of the heirs when his father's estate was settled in 1888, it is quite likely he died young. According to the 1880 Brown County, IL Census, he was a farm hand, most likely on his father's farm.
There is also a William and Margaret Smyers family listed in the 1900 Brown County IL Census. They were married around 1891. Their children listed were John A., born probably June 1890, Beula M., born December 1892, and Charles, born February 1895. There was also a William Smyers listed in the 1860 Census for Peoria Township, Peoria County, Illinois. A relationship to the Smyers families listed above is possible, but it has not yet been definitely established.
In researching for this book, a document on an Application for Marriage License for Amanda J. Smyers and David M. Smith was discovered. Amanda and her parents, John and Jane Smyers, were from Polk, Jefferson Co., PA, and David and his parents, John and Esther Smith, were from Ringold Twp. and later Brookville in Jefferson Co. The groom originally was a laborer and born about 1862 and the bride was a cook and born about 1869. The marriage took place about 1 August 1889. I have not been able to connect this Smyers family to any of the others in Jefferson Co. yet.
Also, a William Smyers applied to marry Laura Jane Miller on 2 December 1885 in Jefferson Co., PA. He was a farmer, age 27, born about 1858, and she was a domestic, age 22, born about 1863. The parents were William and Margaret Smyers and John G. and Catharine Miller. The couple was from West Washington Twp. in Jefferson Co. Again, I have not been able to connect this with any other Smyers family.
Marriage License No. 835 Jefferson Co., PA was issued on 18 October 1888 at Brookville to John H. Emhoff and Carrah M. Smyers. John, age 21, was born about 1867, and Carrah, age 24, was born about 1864. Both lived in Clarion Co., PA but were listed as born in Jefferson Co. (John) and Venango Co. (Carrah). John was a laborer and Carrah did house work. His parents were John and Sarah Emhoff and her parents were Samuel and Emma Smyers. No definite connection to a particular Smyers line has been made yet.
THE BOLAR FAMILY
George Smyers (1817) middle name, Bolar, sets up some intriguing possibilities. Due to the disparity in age between Philip Smyers and Anna Margaret Leffler, it is entirely possible that Philip was married at least once before he married Anna Margaret. Quite often, a mother's maiden name was used for the middle name of a son, thus, in this case, providing a possible clue as to the name of the presumed first wife of Philip, George's father. Perhaps Philip was making a tribute to his presumed first wife. Another possibility is that he was named for one George Bowler, a near neighbor to George Smyers' father. Although the connection has not been proved, the information is included as an interesting footnote and a possible subject for future research. The name Bolar is a derivative of Boulware, and was also spelled Boler, Boller, and Bowler. There were Bollers living in Frederick Co., MD not far from where Philip Smyers was born and raised. Some attended the Moravian Church in Graceham and others attended the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Middletown. A branch of the Bolar family settled in Indiana Co., PA near where Philip Smyers and family lived for a time prior to settling in Cambria Co., PA.
The "History of Indiana County, Pennsylvania", published by J. A. Caldwell, Newark, OH, in 1880, in the section on East Wheatfield Township, states: "John Bolar was born on the farm now occupied by him in East Wheatfield township in 1798, and was a son of George and Jeannet Bolar nee McCoy. The former was a son of John Bolar and Mrs. Mary Shaw nee Gray. John Bolar, the pioneer came from England to Pennsylvania when a boy. He served in the Revolutionary war. Prior to the war he had made a small improvement on the land now occupied by our subject, and after his return from the conflict he was married and made an effort for a permanent residence on the above named land. The warrant is dated March 18, 1785, the survey named 'Bolar's Chance'. John and Mary Bolar's children were: Susannah, m. to Daniel Reynolds; Mary, m. to Elijah Garrison; and George, m. to Jeannet McCoy, all deceased. George as well as his father, was in the Indian wars. George's service as a soldier is noted in the Soldier's Grave Register as follows:
Bolar (Bouler) George
Service 10/8/1794 - 11/24/1794
Buried: Armaugh Presbyterian Cemetery
George Bolar's children were: Eleanor, m. to Thomas Bell, d.; John, m. first to Elizabeth Amsbaugh, d., and second to Mrs. Nancy Bryan nee Hess, d.; Mary, m. first to Hugh Bell, d., and second to David Palmer, d.; and Daniel, d., m. to Sarah Weir, d. Our subject's children are: A. J., m. to Martha Kern; Gilson, m. to Nancy Johnson; Jane Ann, m. to Charles Killen; Mary Catherine; George, d., m. to Anna Humphrey, d.; Elizabeth, m. to Reuben Ling; Melinda, m. to David Cramer; Matilda, d., m. to David Cramer; John, m. to Catharine Nagle; Cordilla, m. to John Hess; Lucinda, d.; Findley McCoy, m. to Miriam Spires (Author's note: Could this be a misspelling of Smires?); Sarah F., d., and Orlando, d. Gilson was a soldier in the war of 1861. George was lieutenant in a company of colored infantry." According to the same history, A. J. Bolar, a major in a military unit, lived in the Blairsville area. He was born in 1833 near Armaugh. The 1850 Census of Indiana Co., PA, enumerated on 18 September 1850, shows John Boler, age 53 in Wheatfield Township as a farmer with real estate worth $2,000. His wife Elizabeth was shown as 40 years old. The children noted were as follows: Jackson, born 1829; Gibson (Gilson ?), a farmer, born 1832; Jane, born 1833; Mary, born 1834; George, born 1836; Elizabeth, born 1838; Malinda, born 1840; Matilda, born 1841; John, born 1843; Lucinda, born 1846; and Cordella, born 1848. Mary, George, Elizabeth, Malinda, and Matilda were shown as attending school that year. Daniel and Susannah Bolar inherited in 1825 the land originally owned by John Bolar in 1797 and farmed it.
THE WHITEHEAD (WHITED) FAMILY
This particular branch of the Whitehead (Whited) family is closely allied with the Smyers, Dunmire, Dormire, and Sheckler families. My thanks go to Mrs. Phyllis Whited Voots of Joliet, IL. Her extensive research and materials, both her own and those sent to her by other Whitehead descendants, greatly supplemented my own materials in preparing this section. Much research yet remains on the origins of this particular branch of the family. Mrs. Voots wrote: "Since childhood I have hear the Whiteheads came from England - Lincolnshire to be exact. The story is the family was visited by someone about an inheritance but something went wrong because of the change in name to Whited." Evelyn Baehr Glover also once said that her mother, Nora Dunmire Baehr, whose grandmother was Barbara Ellen Whited Smyers, was once waiting for an inheritance from England that never arrived. There were numerous Whiteheads that came to America from England, settling in various parts of the new land. According to "Original Lists of Persons of Quality, 1600-1700" by John Camden Hotten, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1968, there was a John Whitehedd born about 1607 in England who left there on 17 February 1634 on the Ship Hopewell. The Captain was Thomas Wood and the initial destination was Barbados. This individual may have later come to America. It is known that the Puritans came to Anne Arundel Co., MD between 1635 and 1677. Later, around 1740, English settlers from Anne Arundel Co. migrated to other Maryland counties such as St. Mary's, Charles, and Prince George's. There was a Thomas Whitehead who married Elizabeth Smith on 11 December 1706 in St. Paul's Church, Kent Co., MD. There was also a Thomas Whitehead, born circa 1709, who married Alic - ? - in All Hallows Parish, Anne Arundel Co., MD. Their children were listed as: Reason, born 24 July 1734; Thomas, born 29 May 1737; Sarah, born 17 March 1738; Jacob, born 15 June 1741; Amos, born 11 Aug 1744; Charles, born 24 February 1746; and Caleb, born 10 July 1749. The 1790 Maryland census shows a Joseph Whitehead in Frederick Co. and a Thomas Whitehead in Prince George's Co., both with sons under the age of 16. The immigrant of the Whitehead (Whited) with which we are here concerned came from England and settled in Maryland sometime in the late 1600's or early 1700's. He may have had a son John Wesley Whitehead who in turn may have been the progenitor of the Whitehead (Whited) family listed below. This is the assumption presently made based on family naming practices, estimated birth dates, and other factors. Additional research is definitely required. At present, I believe this Whitehead ancestor had at least two sons, possibly Samuel, born circa 1750, and Thomas (see below). There probably were others. Not much is known of Samuel except that he served in the Continental Army from Prince George's Co., MD during the Revolutionary War. It is assumed that he married and later he, or another brother, along with his presumed brother Thomas, moved to Broad Top Township in Bedford Co., PA as part of the Duvall settlement in the area of Hopewell and Six Mile Creek. The presumed descendants of Samuel or the possible other brother are as follows:
Thomas. Born circa 1778. Married.
1. John Wesley. Born circa 1808. Married Catherine Osborne. She was the daughter of Christopher
Amicost who was the son of John Amicost. The children:
(1) Benjamin P. ?. Born circa 1835. Married to Louemma Jane Duvall, born about 1839. Their
i. William. Born 1861 at Six Mile Run, Bedford Co., PA. Died on 27 September 1896
at Six Mile Run. Married to Minerva Belle Hamilton, born on 12 June 1861 at Coalmont,
Carbon Twp., Huntingdon Co., PA, just across the boundary line from Bedford Co. She died
on 2 January 1951 at Huntingdon, PA. Her father was Matthew Hamilton, born about 1835,
and her mother was Sarah Horton, born about 1839. Their children:
(i) Edna May. Born 10 May 1887, Six Mile Run, Broad Top Twp., Bedford Co., PA. She was
married to Jesse Cutshall, born in PA on 23 May 1884 and died on 23 January 1937 at
Duquesne, Allegheny Co., PA. Edna May died on 3 March 1917 at Duquesne. The couple
was married on 5 July 1907 in Bedford Co., PA.
(2) David Lewis. Born 14 December 1838, Hopewell Twp., Bedford Co., PA. He was married on 16
February 1865 to Rebecca Barnet at Taylor Twp., Fulton Co., PA. She was born on 24 May 1839 in
Todd Twp., Huntingdon Co., PA. Her parents were Philip Barnet, son of Philip, and Rebecca
Horton, daughter of Nathan/Richard/Caleb II/Barnabas II. She died
on 21 May 1921 at Concord, Bureau Co., IL and is buried at the Union Cemetery in Buda, IL. David
was a farmer and served during the Civil War as a private in the 133rd Regiment, Co. C, of
Humphrey's Division of the 5th Army, PA. He and his wife and family, along with two of his
brothers, migrated to the state of Illinois in 1868. David died on 28 June 1925 at Concord,
Bureau Co., IL and is also buried at Union Cemetery, Buda, IL. David's death certificate shows
that he was 86 years 6 months 14 days old at the time of his death, and that he was a farmer.
His son Joseph, of Tiskilwa, Bureau Co., IL was the one who informed the authorities. The cause
of death was listed as chronic myacarditis. He had been ill from 27 May 1924 to the time of his
death. Hazel Whited, a descendant living in Champaign, IL, provided additional details in a
letter to Phyllis Voots in 1980: "... My father-in-law gave me the big, old family bible, so I
have gone to it for information. My husband, now deceased in 1960, told me some things, too. He
said the Whited clan was of English descent. Upon coming to this country they settled in
Pennsylvania. My husband's grandfather, David Lewis Whited was born in Bedford County, Penn., on
Dec. 14, 1838 died Buda, Illinois, June 17, 1925 (note: conflicts with death certificate). David
married Rebecca Barnet, from Fulton County, Penn on Feb. 16, 1865. (The wedding certificate is
in my big bible). They, for some reason, were married by a Justice of Peace. Rebecca was born
May 24, 1839 and died May 21, 1921, at Buda, Ill. The wedding certificate said she was from
Fulton County, so, no doubt, she was born in that county. Their first child, Joseph Whited, was
born Nov. 23, 1865. Shortly after the birth of this child, David took Rebecca back over the
mountains to her people. He enlisted to fight in the Civil War at this time. I don't know much
about his career in the army. Whe he returned from the army, he, his family, and two brothers
moved West to Illinois. They stopped at Buda, Illinois (reason unknown). David remained at this
location for the rest of his life. The two brothers (names unknown) went on to southern Illinois
to work in the coal mines. No doubt, they left descendants who live in southern Illinois today.
David wanted to farm so he stayed in this farming community, supporting his family as best he
could. Other children were born, but this did not stop him. Again he enlisted in the army. The
wife and children were left behind. They had eight children in all, two daughters dying in
infancy. The family had it rough, but the older boys went to work, and they managed to survive.
He came from the war but, apparently was shell shocked. He was put in the "County Farm" for
about ten years. He recovered and was able to farm for the County Farm. The people of Buda
prepared a petition and had it signed by scores of people asking for his release. His family
needed him so very much. He was released and seemed to be able to get along in life okay. He
farmed and worked in that area the rest of his life. Always he was a kind, upright good man. He
acquired a few acres and comfortable home in his advanced years. Rebecca, his wife, was a great
homemaker. Her family always came first with her...." The children of David and Rebecca:
i. Joseph Benjamin. Born 23 November 1865, Fulton Co., PA. Died 23 February 1958, Bureau Co.,
IL. Married first to Anna Kinnamon on 29 November 1892. Married second to Mira Bare on 12
ii. Andrew Thompson. Born 30 August 1867, Fulton Co., PA. Died 21 March 1971, Bureau Co., IL.
Married Eva Trail in 1896.
iii. Rose Ella. Born 10 October 1869, Buda, IL. Died 10 May 1941 at Kewanee, Henry Co., IL.
Married Henry Alexander Brown on 19 June 1888 at Buda, IL.
iv. David Francis. Born 15 August 1871, Buda, IL. Died 1959, Bureau Co., IL. Married Anna
Foltz in 1894.
v. Margaret Jane. Born 27 July 1873, Buda, IL. Died 17 December 1956, Washington, IL. Married
Charles Thomas Hubbard on 14 December 1897 at Buda, IL.
vi. Sarah Rebecca. Born 20 April 1880, Buda, IL. Died 5 June 1966. Married Ernest Elmer
Granger on 15 May 1906.
vi. and viii. Twins. Died at birth in 1882.
(3) Christopher. Born 27 May 1844, Bedford Co., PA. Married to Emily Fisher, born in Maryland in
1840. Their known children:
i. Matilda. Born September of 1865 in Butler, KS. Married to Joseph Beatemcourt, born circa
ii. Simon Wilson. Born 26 May 1868, Peabody, IA. Married to Ethel Theodora Ward, born 15 March
1886 at New Castle, near Aspen, Pitckin Co., CO. Their children:
(i) Charles Ward. Married Gerta Miller. One known child:
A. Shirley Joy. Married Lamar Frank Roberts. Their children:
a. Randy Lamar. Married.
b. Robyn Sue.
c. Joylyn. Married.
d. Karla Jean.
e. Lori Ann. Married.
g. Ricky Allen.
h. Name unknown.
i. Jana Cherise.
(ii) Name unknown. Married.
(iii) Name unknown. Married.
(iv) Edith Esebel. Born 1 January 1915, Ouray, Ouray Co., CO.
iii. Mary Lavinia. Born 22 December 1869, Peabody, Marion Co., KS. Married to William
Clarence Duncan, born 14 May 1873, Cherokee, Crawford Co., KS. Their children:
(i) Son. Born 14 March 1897, Creede, Mineral Co., CO.
(ii) Blanche Lenore. Married Jack Floyd Swofford, born 27 September 1897, Ma-
nassa, Conejos Co., CO. Their children:
A. Mary Lavinia. Married twice.
B. Eveyln Mae.
C. Robert Lyle. Married Mary Jean Coombs. Married a total of three times.
D. Donald Floyd. Married.
E. Gail Lenore. Married four times.
iv. John Calvin. Born 1873, Chariton, Lucas Co., IA.
v. Arminta. Born 1875 in Iowa.
vi. Charles S. Born August 1876, Peabody, Marion Co., KS.
vii. James Henry. Born 1 March 1879, Mechanicsville, Bucks Co., PA. Married to Lena
Richardson, born about 1879.
(4) Probably other children as there were at least two brothers that went with David Lewis Whited to
Illinois in 1868.
Thomas Whitehead, progenitor of the other Bedford Co. Whitehead/Whited line, was born on 7 October 1751 in Maryland and lived first in Anne Arundel Co., MD. During the Revolutionary War, he served in the militia of Anne Arundel Co. He is listed in the Records of Maryland Troops in the Continental Service as one of numerous men drafted for filling up the quota of men from Prince Georges Co., July 13th, 1781. A copy of the actual document from the Maryland Hall of Records Commission shows the following individuals: Thomas Whitehead, Samuel Whitehead, and a number with the Duvall surname (it was the Duvall settlement in Pennsylvania in which Thomas later settled). William Waters and Richard Waters were listed as well. One of them may have been the father of Thomas Whitehead's wife. Another possibility is that they were her brothers. Cindy Detwiler reports a family tradition that Thomas fought under Major Thomas Snowden, Jr. Thomas Whitehead's daughter Mary and son Thomas received a $20 a year pension based on his war service. Although there is no record of it, he is supposed to have served in the War of 1812 as well. Thomas Whitehead was married probably to Mary Waters on 7 December 1779 or 1780 in Prince Georges Co., MD by Rev. Edward Gantt. She was born in Maryland about 1762 (she was 88 in the 1850 Bedford Co., PA census) and died sometime after 1850. Page 98 of the 1790 Maryland census shows a Thomas Whitehead in Prince George's County with four males under the age of sixteen and three females including, it is assumed, his wife. The family had no slaves. The implied birthdates above would necessitate a correction of some of the birthdates in Cindy Detwiler's list (see below), but Mrs. Detwiler made no claims that her listed dates were totally accurate. There is a Joseph Whitehead listed in the 1790 Maryland Census for Frederick Co. Besides Joseph were listed one male under age 16 and two free white females. The family had no slaves. The relation of Joseph to Thomas, if any, is not known at this point. Cindy Detwiler, in a letter to Mrs. Voots, provided the following information about Thomas: "... a son and a daughter were supposed to have witnessed their mother sign pension papers (around the 1840's) for his (Revolutionary War) service, and a pension was supposed to have been granted at $20.00 (per) year in Greensburg or Johnstown, Penn... Two sons, John and Richard were also supposed to be 1812 vets (no records), and one of them was supposed to be the first volunteer to stand night watch at Ft. McHenry the night the "Star Spangled Banner" was written... Thomas owned an "ordinary" (inn) located between Washington DC and Baltimore. Again, this is from family tradition...."
Thomas and his family moved to Bedford Co., PA as part of the Duvall settlement. He died on 4 October 1851, aged 99 years 11 months 27 days. He is buried in Duvall Cemetery, Broad Top Twp., Bedford Co., PA. The children of Thomas and Mary:
Nancy. Born 1782 in Maryland.
John. Born either 1783, 1788, or 1789 (depending on the source) in Maryland. He married Mary Sheckler,
daughter of Frederick and Mary Sheckler. John and Mary's daughter, Barbara Ellen Whited, married George
Bolar Smyers. See below for more details on this family.
Richard. Born 1791 in Maryland.
Isaac. Born 1793 in Maryland.
Tyler. Born 1795 in Maryland.
Thomas. Born either 1790 or 1797 (depending on the source) in Maryland.
Elizabeth. Born around 1790. Married to Vachel Walker on 27 June 1815.
Mary. Born 1799 in Anne Arundel Co., MD. Married to John Stewart. She died on 7 March 1885 in Terre
Haute, Indiana. All four of their sons served in the Civil War. Among her desendants are Cindy Detwiler
of Indianapolis, IN. The children of Mary and John:
1. Alice. Born 12 November 1822 and died 15 June 1897. She was married to Peter Horn on 16 March 1846.
2. Thomas. Married to Mary Pindar on 9 May 1865 in Vigo Co., IN. They later resided at Carthage, MO.
4. William. Died in Vibraza, Indiana on 20 November 1896.
5. Joseph. Born 1835 and died on 12 July 1863. He was never married.
7. Mary Ellen. Born 13 October 1836 and died 9 October 1922. She was born in Indiana Co., PA. She was
married on 13 May 1870 to Warden Hayward.
Evie. Born 1800.
The "History of Bedford, Somerset, and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania" by Waterman, Watkins and Co., 1884, relates a few things about various Whiteheads. A John Whitehead was in innkeeper in the Borough of Bedford in 1840. In 1834, John Whitehead of Woodbury Township was a manager of the King, Swope and Co.'s furnace business. Thomas Whitehead the elder, mentioned above, was described as a Revolutionary War soldier who was a early settler who came after the time of Duval's Colony in Bedford Co. He lived to become very aged and his family (as of 1884) was still represented in Bedford Co. Thomas Whitehead the younger eventually settled in Indiana County, PA. He is listed there, in Blacklick Township, in the 1850 Census for Indiana Co. enumerated on 4 October 1850. He is shown as a farmer with real estate worth $500. His wife Margaret, age 51 at the time, thus born about 1799, was born in Pennsylvania. Their children living at home were: Sarah, born 1822; Mary, born 1827; Thomas, born 1828, occupation boatman; Hiram, born 1831, occupation boatman; Candassa, born 1832; Elizabeth, born 1834, in school in 1850; Nancy, born 1837, in school in 1850; Hannah, born 1839, in school in 1850; Harriet, born 1842; James, born 1844; and William, born 1846. Also living with the family were John Alford, age 8, born 1842, and Martha Anne Alford, age 4, born 1846. It is not known what their relation was to the family. Also living in Blairsville Borough, according to the 1850 Indiana Co. Census enumerated on 16 August 1850, was an Elizabeth Whitehead. She was living in a household headed by a merchant named Nelson B. Loughry. She may have been working for his business as a clerk. Her relationship to the other Whitehead family is unknown at this point.
John Whitehead (Whited), one of the children of the elder Thomas Whitehead, was born between 1783 and 1789 in Maryland. The 1860 Armstrong County, PA census records to my eyes clearly show his age as 77. The 1850 Armstrong Co., PA census could be read as 62 or 67. Although this puts his true birthdate in doubt, the older age would allow for a first wife that could have been the mother of Telar (Peter ?) and David (see below). Both of these men I assume to be sons of John. They did live very near him in Armstrong Co. John Whitehead later moved to Bedford County, PA with his family. His presumed second wife Mary Sheckler was born in Pennsylvania. She may have been his second wife (see below). The 1840 census of Cambria Co., PA shows this family as living in Susquehenna Township as near neighbors to the Philip and Margaret Smyers family. The Whiteheads eventually found their way to Armstrong County, PA, where they settled in Orsville, Pine Township. The 1850 PA Census shows his occupation as farmer with real estate valued at $1,000. The 1860 PA Census, enumerated on 19 July 1860, shows the same real estate value, and adds his personal estate as valued at $200. According to the 1860 census, there was a James Garner or Gardner (not clear as the handwriting is poor), age 6, attending school that was living in the household. The exact relationship is unknown at this time. John Whitehead probably died before the end of 1867. He filed his will on 27 June 1867, and it was proved on 20 January 1868. It reads as follows:
"I John Whited of Pine Township in the County of Armstrong and State of Pennsylvania Being of Sound mind, memory and understanding do make and publish this my last will and Testament hereby revoking and Making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made As to Such estate as it hath pleased God to intrust me with I dispose of the same as follows Vis. First, I give and bequeath to Mary Whited my wife her heirs and assigns all my house hold furniture. Also all my moveable property except a two year old dun horse colt which I give and bequeath to my son George Whited, and further I also give and bequeath to Mary Whited my wife her heirs and assigns all the Farm on which I now reside containing about one hundred and thirty acres it is also my will that Mary Whited my said wife pay out of the aforesaid Real estate at her death to Daniel Whited my son the sum of eight hundred dollars also to John Whited my Son the sum of Two hundred and fifty Dollars it is further my will that Mary Whited my aforesaid wife at her death make equal divide of the Balance of aforesaid Real estate and personal property among my heirs, Daniel and John Sharing alike with the other heirs... (signed) John his X mark Whited"
Children and descendants of John and -?- (his first wife) Whithead (she likely died between 1808 and 1817) (The following list of the children of John Whitehead (Whited) and his presumed first wife, name presently unknown, is based on U.S. Census Records for Pennsylvania. Further research is definitely called for. The list may be incomplete.):
ONE: Peter (?) or Telar (?) Whitehead (the handwriting in the census record is not clearly decipherable). Born 1802 in PA and died after 1850. Married Rachel -?-, born 1804 in PA. He was a farmer living in Pine Township, but the 1850, enumerated on 29 August 1850, PA Census does not show him with any valued real estate. He lived on someone else's farm, so was likely a tenant farmer. Their children:
John. Born 1832.
William. Born 1834. Probably the same William Whitehead that later settled on his in-laws George W. and
Susan Sheckly's (this was a faulty anglicization of Sheckler on the census records) farm that was located
near John Whitehead's property in Orrville, Pine Township. William married Susana Sheckler, born 1837.
He was a farmhand and she did housework. They had at least one child, Elizabeth E., born probably around
April of 1860. George W. above was related to John Whitehead's wife Mary Scheckler.
Wesley. Born 1837.
Elizabeth. Born 1840.
Emily. Born 1842.
Sarah. Born 1847.
TWO: David Whitehead. Born 1808 in PA and died after 1850. Married Barbara A. -?-, born 1814 in PA. The 1850 PA Census showed him as a laborer living in Pine Township with no valued real estate. It is likely that the family lived on rented or leased property. Their children:
James. Born 1833.
Sarah J. Born 1835.
Margaret A. Born 1836.
Hanah A. Born 1838. In school in 1850.
Jeremiah E. Born 1843. In school in 1850.
Mary E. Born 1845. In school in 1850.
Rebeca. Born 1847.
Branhold A. Born 1850.
The following list of John A. Whitehead (Whited) and his presumed second wife, Mary Schickler (Sheckler) born in 1798, is based on U.S. Census Records for Pennsylvania. Mary, whose nickname was Polly, was the daughter of Frederick and Maria Catherina (Mamro) Sheckler (see below). She died in 1881. Further research is definitely called for. The list may be incomplete.
ONE: Daniel. Born 1818 or 1819 in PA. Married Rebeca -?-, born 1820 in PA. The 1850 PA Census shows him as a farmer living next door to his father John in Pine Township, likely on his property as no valued real estate is indicated. They were living in Brown Co., IL by the time of the 1870 census. Their known children:
William. Born 1841 in PA. Attended school in 1850.
John. Born 1844 in Pennsylvania.
Mary J. Born 1847 in Pennsylvania.
TWO: Barbara Ellen. Born 1820 in Bedford Co., PA. Married George Bolar Smyers. See section on the Smyers family for further information on the children.
THREE: Kate (Catherine). Born circa 1823 (another source claims 1826). She eventually settled in Cooperstown Township, Brown County, IL near her sister Barbara Ellen. The following biography from "History and Biographical Sketches of Schuyler and Brown Counties" represents additional information currently available on her: "Catherine Saunders, who has kept a little store for years at La Grange, Brown County, Illinois, is the widow of John Saunders, and was born in Huntingdon County, PA in 1826. Her father, John Whited, and her mother, Mary Sheckler, were of the same place in Pennsylvania. Her husband was from Maryland. Mrs. Saunders is the fourth child in a family of eleven. As her parents were poor, Mrs. Saunders has had no educational advantages, but has worked hard from early childhood. She was married at the age of twenty-three to William Thomas, with whom she lived ten years, bearing him four children, all of whom have died. In 1855, she came West to this part of Brown County, where she has lived the most of the time. She was married a second time when she was thirty-four years old, to George Welbourn, of England. By this marriage, there were two children, one of whom died in infancy, the other at eighteen years of age. Mr. Welbourn died in 1862, aged thirty-two years, of congestive chills. She was married to her last husband, John Saunders, of Virginia. By this husband, she had one daughter Lizzie, now Mrs. John Cisco. Her husband is a native of Ohio, and a farmer by occupation, working by the day. They live at home with her mother. She received a good education at the public schools, and now conducts the store for her aged mother. Mrs. Saunders has seen some hard times in her life, but she has bravely met her troubles and conquered them. She owns her little home and store, which are nestled under the hill on the banks of the Illinois River, where she has done a snug little business, paying as she went. Mrs. Saunders is not wealthy, but she owes no one, and expects to finish her days here happily. She is a good and worthy woman, and deserves much praise for the way in which she has supported herself, keeping out of debt as she has." Page 256 of the Brown Co. History indicates that John and Lizzie Cisco managed this same store as well as the shipping and ferry business located there. They were known as kind and generous people. The book states that "they had no children of their own but reared several who had no other home. Mrs. Cisco alos furnished room and board for those who were obliged to wait with their stock. ...No child in the country could be persuaded to pass that store without stopping. The candy, cookies, cheese and crackers were somehow different from those at Cooperstown..." Page 258 states that "John Cisco was killed on the old LaGrange hill while hauling logs for (Dick) Hulett."
FOUR: Elizabeth. Born 1826. Nothing further is known of her at this time.
FIVE: John. Born 8 August 1828 in Bedford Co., PA and died 8 June 1920. According to the death certificate, the cause of death was arteriosclerosis with senility as a contributing factor. His occupation was listed as "farmer", and son Dan Whited of Versailles, IL reported the death. He was buried in Cooperstown on 9 June 1920. He married Elizabeth L. Gifford, according to the marriage certificate, on 9 April 1854 in Brown Co., IL. John Putman, Justice of the Peace, officiated. She was born 11 May 1829 in Cambria County, PA and died 30 March 1905. They eventually settled in Cooperstown Township, Brown County, IL, each having come to Illinois at least by 1854, she with her parents. They owned 80 acres west of LaGrange. Elizabeth was converted early in life and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church. According to her obituary, she "lived as a true Christian." She was buried in Cooperstown Cemetery after a funeral conducted at the family home by Rev. J. P. Hartman. An obituary on John Whited from an unknown Brown County newspaper source, provides the following information: "John Whited was born in Bedford County, Penn. August 8, 1828, and died at his home three and one half miles east of Cooperstown, Ill., June 8, 1920. At the time of his death he was 91 years and 10 months old. He came to Illinois in June, 1856, and lived here the remainder of his natural life. He was married to Eliza Gifford in August 1956, she being also of Pennsylvania. To this union nine children were born; two daughters died in infancy. His wife died the year 1905. Mr. Whited was married the second time to Mrs. Julia Carpenter, who with the following children survive him; John, George, Mary E. Henry, Daniel, Joseph, all of Cooperstown, Ill. In early life he united with the M. E. Church, and later in life cast his lot with the Christian Church. Funeral services were held in the Christian Church at Cooperstown June 9 at 10 O'clock, conducted by Rev. J. C. Eninger of Mt. Sterling." John's grandson, William Russell Whited, wrote the following to this author: "... when I was very young I remember my mother took me on a steamboat to Lagrange landing and I saw my grandfather Whited for the one and only time... when he was around 90 years old. I also saw my Uncle John's cabin where he lived alone up on a high hill overlooking the locks in the
river." According to documents in the Brown Co., IL Courthouse Probate Box No. 49, Mathias Reich, a neighbor of John Whited, was named his conservator on 15 April 1915. It was stated on
13 April 1915 that John Whited was feeble minded and unable to manage his own affairs. His personal property was valued at $175 and his real estate was listed at 88 acres. However, John's son Daniel, along with F. D. Crane and H. C. Vandeventer, paid the $1,500 fee on 1 May 1915 and were named conservators instead. Final settlement was after John's death in 1920. The personal property was reappraised on 19 July 1920 at $116.10. It included, among other small items, 1 lot of chickens, 2 carpets, 2 small stand tables, 1 floor chest, 1 safe, 3 large feather beds, 1 small feather bed, 2 comforters, 4 old quilts, 2 bed spreads, 6 pillows, 1 hanging lamp, 40 bushels of corn, 1 twenty year old gray mare, 1 harrow, 1 disc, 1 plow, 1 grubbing hoe, 1 harness, 2 iron kettles, vise, anvil and drill, 1 spade and shovel, and one telephone and line. The property was sold at a private sale on 14 September 1920. During the time of the conservatorship, mainly corn was sold to ensure support money for John and family. Bills were for typical things like life insurance, maintenance on the property, groceries, fencing, seed, taxes, and legal fees. At the final settlement on 15 October 1921, $1,232.88 was shown as received, $890.45 was shown as paid out, leaving a balance of $342.43. The 87 and 88/100 acres of land went to Julia, John's widow, the major heirs received $57.07 apiece, and the minor heirs received $9.51 apiece. The children of John and Elizabeth:
William Thomas and Sarah Margaret (Dunmire) Whited. According to the marriage certificate, they were
married at Mt. Sterling on 20 October 1886 by M. Brooks, Police Magistrate. The witnesses were Barbara E.
Smyers and T. J. Russell. It was a first marriage for both. William was a farmer and a resident of Lee
Township at the time. William was born in 1858 and died in 1914. His brother was George Washington Whited
among other Whiteds. George's son Charles married Eunice Baehr, daughter of Fred and Lydia (Robbins)
Baehr. Sarah was born on 22 July 1866 at Armstrong Co, PA and died of TB on 19 July 1920 at Beardstown,
Cass Co., IL. The death certificate showed the cause of death as pulmonary tuberculosis and that death
occurred at 11:55 p.m. She had been ill since at least 25 February 1920. Her occupation was listed as
"housekeeper". She was buried on 18 June 1920. Mrs. Gary Lemcoal (Lehmkull) of Beardstown reported the
death. Sarah and William are both buried in Beardstown Cemetery. Published obituaries of William read as
follows: "(Friday, 3 April 1914, Macomb Daily Journal) W. T. Whited of Beardstown died suddenly at 1:30
o'clock this morning at the St. Francis hospital. The body was removed to the Martin morgue, where it
will remain awaiting the arrival of relatives. Deceased underwent operation two weeks ago from which he
had almost entirely recovered. He was feeling well and expected to go to his home in a few days. Late
last night he suffered a severe smothering spell and before the hospital physicians, who were summoned,
could reach his bedside, he had passed away. Death was caused from a blood clot in the heart. An
obituary will be published later." Also: "(Saturday, 4 April 1914, Macomb Daily Journal) The body of the
late William T. Whited of Beardstown, who died at the St. Francis hospital in this city at 1:30 o'clock
Friday morning, was moved to Beardstown this morning on the 8:37 train and funeral services will be held
at that place Sunday. His age was 56 years, 3 months and 7 days. Deceased was born in Brown county,
Illinois, Dec. 27, 1857, and he has made Beardstown his home for a number of years. He is survived by his
wife who, before marriage, was Miss Maggie S. Dunmire. He leaves the following children: Mrs. Mary
Lehmkull..., Mrs. Lee Horrom..., Loren, Wayne, Leslie and Russell, at home. The following brothers and
one sister survives: John, George, Daniel, Joseph, and Mrs. Mary E. Henry, all of Versailles, Illinois."
The children of William and Sarah:
1. Lula Mae. A headstone in Cooperstown Cemetery states "Lula Mae daughter of W. T. and Sarah Margaret
Whited. Died 1889 aged two years."
2. Livia. In the same lot is a gravestone for this child that reads "Died 1891 age 2 years."
3. Mary. Married Gary Lehmkull and lived in Beardstown, IL.
4. Meda W. Born about 1895. Died young.
5. Laura was married to Mr. Lee Horrom of Knox county, Illinois. They had one son named Donald who now
lives somewhere in Texas. Lee ran a second hand store for years. He had sold a gun to a fellow who
lived in the country out of Bushnell, IL. The fellow quit paying on it and Lee went to collect.
The fellow shot him and buried him in a shallow grave under his house during the early 1960s.
5. Loren H. and Hazel B. (Harmon) Whited. Loren was born on 12 November 1897 in Cooperstown, Brown Co.,
IL and died on 20 February 1976 at Beardstown, IL. He owned and operated the W and W Transfer Company
of Beardstown. Hazel died 15 October 1951. They were married at Beardstown on 26 June 1937. Loren's
obituary reads as follows: "Loren H. Whited, 78, of 1201 East Ninth Street, Beardstown died in the
Beardstown Hospital Friday, February 20, 1976. Mr. Whited was born at Cooperstown
on Nov. 12, 1897, the son of William Thomas and Margaret Dunmire Whited. He was married to Hazel B.
Harmon on June 26, 1937 in Beardstown. She preceded him in death on Oct. 15, 1951. He is survived by
a daughter, Mrs. Sandy Lindley and a brother, Russell Whited of Beardstown. Mr. Whited owned and
operated the W and W Transfer Co. in Beardstown before his retirement. Funeral services were held
Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Cline Funeral Home with Paster Glenn Anderson of the First Evangelical
Lutheran Church officiating. Burial was in Beardstown Cemetery." Their children:
(1) Sandy (daughter), married -?- Lindley.
(2) Information on other children not available.
6. Wayne H. His published obituary reads as follows: "Funeral services for Wayne H. Whited, 49,
Beardstown's first heat exhaustion victim, who died Thursday at Schmitt Memorial hospital in
Beardstown, were held this afternoon at Cline's funeral home there. Mr. Whited, an employee of the
Burlington railroad, became exhausted while working on an extra gang last Saturday at Bushnell. He is
survived by a sister and three brothers, all of Beardstown." He apparently never married.
7. Leslie. It is reported that he was a good musician who played the violin and electric guitar and, in
fact, was good on any kind of stringed instrument. He apparently had many offers from orchestras but
chose to remain in Beardstown so as to enjoy his railroad job as well as
hunting and fishing. He was married and had one daughter.
8. William Russell. Born in 1907. He provided the following information in a letter to this writer:
"All of my family grew up in the Cooperstown area except for me as I was a late comer. My mother was
42 years old when I was born. I lived in Beardstown almost all the time until about 1960 when I began
back to the railroad in 1955. During the so called Depression life was pretty tough in that area and
jobs were very scarce. I can remember renting a house with modern fixtures, furnace, and all for $5
per month just to have someone in there to take care of it. In 1960 I was laid off at the railroad
and spent about a little over 10 years working as a car inspector in Cicero, IL near Chicago and when
a place opened back home I transferred and retired in 1973 as a foreman at the roundhouse." Of his
father, William, Russell states "... he passed away when I was 6 years old and I was told he was a
very intelligent man and could read a telegrapher's sending. Was offered a job in the business office
of the railroad but didn't care for that type of work. As for my mother, I also lost her at age 12
years old and never really knew her long." William related more interesting facts about his life in
another letter, as follows: "I was raised in Beardstown myself and worked about 17 years as a foreman
in a glove factory after the Depression which was rough and we made gloves for both the Army and Navy
during the war... Back in 1928 I worked on the section for the railroad for parts of 7 years due
to the Depression. The (Beardstown flood)... was bad and my mode of transportation for me was two
telephone poles about 12 -14 feet long nailed together with boards on top to stand on and a pole to
push me along. Going up town the current coming in from the river would bring your boat around at
some intersections, and many houses had anywhere from 2 or 3 feet of water in it up to 10 or 12 feet.
I remember going by a few houses in lower sections with the water touching the globe on a
porch light... After leaving the glove factory, I had some good connections and was hired at my age
which was fortunate for me as it put me back in line for a pension. My most memorable occasion... is
as follows. My job was inspecting trains in the yards from other railroads. ...a train of 115 cars
came in and it stopped. I noticed a lot of army cars with an empty flat car 1st and then 18 cars
loaded with long round tanks in a special rack, then a bunk car and 18 more. Right away an officer
came out and a whole string of soldiers with rifles stretched out the length of the property. The
officer came up and said he was in charge and the train was not to be broken up for any reason. The
empty flat I looked at first and told my partner on the other side to put a bad order card on it for a
broken bearing. The officer right away told me to not mess up his orders and told him it would be no
problem as it would be changed in the yards. The next car was of course the tanks and I carried what
we call a scratch hook to examine the bearings on each and every wheel. The first car I told my
partner to put a bad order card on it to have the wheel changed and the officer blew his
stack and advised me again he was in charge and must not be delayed. The next car I again bad ordered
it for a bad wheel again. By that time he was shouting and really wound up but gave me a good
description of the tanks contents. He told me it was poison gas headed for an underground hideaway.
Then I told him he was wrong on one count that he wasn't in charge, that I was. I said if one of those
cars derailed the first person who would be charged would be me as the inspector and could kill
people. He told me there was enough gas in one car to kill everyone in Cicero and elsewhere. I told
him to cool off. I would get the top boss to confirm my inspections... had him come out and verify
my findings, which he did. When he arrived I asked him to look for himself and would he let the cars
go. Right away he said @*#& no! and made the officer realize I was in charge, not him. Since my
partner was a rather green hand I had to inspect both sides and the result was I had ordered 7 pairs
of wheels and three bunk cars for small flat spots. Since the train was scheduled to leave the next
morning they called in 3 crews to change all the wheels. The men got paid time and a half and I
was highly recommended the next day and was very pleased. I also had a talk with the officer about
the cars and the proper care for them. I asked him where they came from which he wouldn't answer but
when I asked him if they were from some place around the ocean he said yes. Then when I asked him if
the cars had been idle for quite awhile, he said yes. I told him there is the answer to your
trouble... tell his commanding officer to move the cars once in awhile so the axles wouldn't rust and
cause pit holes which would eventually chew up the lead in the bearing and cause a wreck. He sure was
a disturbed man until he finally realized he wasn't in charge. As for my part in an interchange
yard, I better be right or I would be in big trouble. The only thing is whatever I write down not
even my boss can change it. He could ask me to change my record, but he can't make me. On the other
hand, if I miss something that could cost thousands of dollars to repair, I could be in big trouble.
...needless to say I was happy with the verdict which sure pleased the boss." Due to the early loss
of his parents, William was raised by his sister Mary (Whited) Lehmkull and her husband Gary. William
was married first to Alberta Efaw who passed away. He was then married to a Mrs. Jones. He lived at
East Falmouth, Massachusetts for a time, but now resides in Glenwood, MO near St. Louis. The children
of William and Alberta:
i. Michael L. Born Beardstown, IL on 4 January 1939 and died at East Falmouth, Massachusetts in
1989. He was married to Stephanie Vose. Following are details from published obituaries of
Michael L.: "Michael L. Whited, steamship authority agent for the Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket
Steamship Authority in Woods Hole died unexpectedly on Monday at his East Falmouth residence. He
was 50. He was the husband of Stephanie (Vose) Whited, also of East Falmouth. Born in
Beardstown, Illinoi January 4, 1939, Mr. Whited was a graduate of
Beardstown High School. From 1956 to 1960, Mr. Whited served in the Air Force until he was
honorably discharged as an airman 1st class from Otis Air Force Base. Mr. Whited celebrated his
20th anniversary with the Steamship Authority last month. He began as a clerk in 1969, rose to
assistant agent in 1971 and became a full agent in 1978. Considered a key job at the Steamship
Authority, a full agent has the same authority on land as a captain does at sea, according to
Steamship Authority General Manager Barry O. Fuller. Mr. Fuller said, 'In his years with us,
his warm smile greeted literally tens of thousands of visitors who passed through our Woods Hole
terminal. Everyone loved Mike. He handled a high pressure job calmly and with grace. In so
doing, he inspired the rest of us who worked around him as he commanded this very busy terminal.
A great many people are going to miss Mike Whited.'... Burial will follow in the Massachusetts
National Cemetery, Bourne." Also, "Michael L. Whited... died at 8:40 p.m. Monday at Falmouth
Hospital in Falmouth... (while in the Air Force) he was stationed at Otis AFB in
Massachusetts...." The children of Michael and Stephanie:
(i) Michael L. of Bourne, Massachusetts.
(ii) Vanessa of East Falmouth, Massachusetts.
(iii) Michele of Falmouth, Massachusetts.
ii. Phyllis. Married David Voots. They currently reside in Joliet, IL.
iii. William of Houston, TX.
iv. Donald of Berwin, IL. He is a school administrator.
v. Ronald W. of Falmouth, Massachusetts.
and Sarah Margaret (Dunmire) Whited's daughter, but reliable family resources say it is not the case. No doubt
further research will reveal the parentage.
Livia. Born 1889, died circa 1916. Her obituary, from an unknown local newspaper, is as follows: "SUICIDE.
Miss Livie Whited of Cooperstown this county who was making her home at Mr. John Taylor's near Chapin,
committed suicide on Monday evening by taking strichnine. She was found by the family after supper,
lying on the floor of her room in great agony and refused to take anything. She died in about one hour after
being found. She was about 27 years old. The remains were brought to this place Tuesday evening at 8 o'clock
and taken to Cooperstown and buried there on Wednesday. We have been unable to learn why she committed the
deed. The following is from Thursday morning's Quincy Whig: 'It seems that general despondency and possibly
overwork caused the suicide of Liva Whited at Chapin on Monday night. She was employed in a large family and
had to work beyond her strength. Yesterday morning her trunk was opened and this letter found.' DEAR MOTHER:
Oh, could you but be here now! I feel that I cannot last much longer. I have stayed away from home so that you will not miss me so much when I am gone. Dear mother you are all that has kept me here this long. I have
thought day after day, week after week, I would take my life but I have tried to tough it out just as long as I could so as to have money to pay expenses. I have almost $30 which will buy a cheap coffin and other things I
may need. Burry me in my white dress. Affectionately, LIVIA." Another published article gave additional
details, as follows: "SUICIDE AT CHAPIN. Leavia Whited of Cooperstown Ends Her Life by Taking a Teaspoonful of Strychnine. Word was received her on Tuesday that Leavia Whited, a young woman whose home was at Cooperstown and who was well known here, had commited suicide at the home of John T. Taylor, near Chapin, where she had been employed at times since last June as a housekeeper. Mr. Taylor was in the city Thursday and in an
interview stated in substance as follows: The girl was in the best of spirits on Monday, when she did the
family washing and prepared the meals as usual. After supper she went up stairs to her room, taking a tin cup
full of water with her. Mr. Taylor's son Charles went up to his room shortly afterward to dress to come to
Mt. Sterling on the evening train. The girl came to his door and asked him not to leave, that he would be
sorry afterwards. She then returned to her room and in a very few minutes called to Charles to bring her a
drink of water. He did so and as soon as he entered her room saw that something was wrong and asked her
what she had done. She replied that she had taken a dose of strychnine, that she was tired of living and
wanted to die. He at once summoned the rest of the family and Mr. Taylor took her down stairs and
endeavored to force her to take an antidote, but to no purpose, as she stated that life had become a
burden to her and she meant to end it. She talked perfectly rational up to her death, which came
within thirty minutes after she took the poison. She would answer no questions regarding the cause, but
told the family that in her trunk they would find a letter to her mother (see above)... Mr. Taylor stated
that there were several matters that seemed to worry the girl, and all combined to make her life miserable.
She was engaged to be married to a young man living in Schuyler county several years ago but her family
objected and the match was broken off. She had since tried to renew their relations but had failed. The
matter had been talked over between herself, her mother and her sister a short time ago and her mother was not
greatly surprised at her daughter's act, as she had expected something of the kind from the girl's actions.
The poison was taken from a bottle which Mr. Taylor had in his desk that he had bought several years ago to
kill dogs that were destroying his sheep. Mr. Taylor and family are terribly worked up over the occurrence,
as they all esteemed the girl very highly and speak well of her. The remains were brought to Cooperstown
for burial on Wednesday. Miss Whited lived with Mr. and Mrs. Barrows in this city about a year ago, and was
here last Saturday as a witness in the replevin suit of Mrs. Barrows against her husband, but the case was set
for trial at the special term. She was 25 years old, of good appearance and kindly disposition, and her
tragic death was a shock to all who knew her." What a sad, sad story!>
John. Born 6 October 1859. He lived in the Cooperstown area. Eunice Whited does not think he ever
married. As noted above, he lived alone in a cabin on a high hill above the locks on the Illinois River
at LaGrange. William Russell Whited stated in a letter to this author: "... As I said before I don't know
why there wasn't more time visiting unless it was the mode of travel. For instance my Uncle John Whited
who lived in his cabin on the hill used to walk the levees to Beardstown...." William Russell also
relates another story: "One story I do remember Uncle Dan told. One time Uncle John years ago found an
exceptional crop of nice pecans and nailed them up in a box so no one could get them and was saving them
for Christmas. But Dan used a wood bit and bored a hole in the bottom where they had stored the box and
he and a few others ate them a few at a time. I remember very well how he laughed about it." According
to Brown Co., IL Courthouse Probate Records Box No. 164, John Whited Jr. died on 21 June 1946. George
Whited, his brother, was the administrator of the estate. The Tarrant Funeral Home provided services at a
cost of $102. The value of his two room frame dwelling house and the land on which it stood was $175.
The value of his personal property was $26.45 and it included a saw, knife, gun, tobacco, bedding, a
clock, desk and stand, lanterns, shoes, a heater, rocking chair, straight chairs, oil stove, a lamp,
cupboard, axe, plow, and etc. The final sale held on 24 January 1947 netted just $32.40.
George Washington. Born 22 March 1861 and died 21 August 1953. He was married first to Mary Jane Watts.
Her brother John was married to Josephine (Feena) Baehr. Mary Jane's parents were William Henry and Eliza
Jane Jones Watts. Mary was born on 22 November 1863 in Cooperstown Twp., Brown Co., IL. George and Mary
were married on 4 January 1887 in Brown Co., IL. Mary died of typhoid fever on 13 January 1901 and is
buried in the Cooperstown Cemetery. The couple resided in the Cooperstown area. Their children:
1. John W. Born 19 January 1888 in Cooperstown Twp. He died on 30 December 1900 just twenty days from
his thirteenth birthday. He is buried in the Cooperstown Cemetery.
2. Samuel. Born 30 September 1890 in Cooperstown Twp. He died 6 February 1901, likely as the result of
a typhoid epidemic.
3. Joseph Daniel (Dan). Born in 1895 in Cooperstown Twp. He died in 1982 and is buried at the Illinois
Veterans Home Cemetery in Quincy, IL. He was married first to Mattie Woods, second to Ruth -?-, and
third to Olga Logsdon Hurst. Her obituary reads as follows: "Funeral services will be held at 2:00
p.m., today, Wednesday, February 23 at the Northcutt Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling for Olga Lillian
Whited, 79, a housewife who resided at 210 W. Franklin, Mt. Sterling. She died at Culbertson
Hospital in Rushville, February 20, 1977. She was born in Brown County, September 30, 1897, a
daughter of Edward E. Logsdon and Minnie Evelyn Brewer Logsdon. She attended school in Brown County
and the First Christian Church of Mt. Sterling. On February 24, 1963 she was united in marriage with
Joseph Daniel Whited. He survives. Also surviving is one son, Carl H. Hurst of Glendale, Calif.,
and one step-son, Robert Milton Whited of Wildwood, Ga. Two brothers, Dorris Logsdon of Mt.
Sterling, Earnie Logsdon of Quincy and one sister Ola Utterback of Quincy survives, along with five
grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Her parents, one son, one brother and one sister are
deceased. Rev. John Binkley will officiate at the services... Pallbearers are Newton Jones, David
O'Connell, Robert Whited, Elbert Logsdon, Cordell Logsdon, and Bill Armel. Burial will be in the
Versailles Cemetery." Joseph Daniel had at least two children: a son named Robert, and a daughter.
It is unknown at this time which wife was the mother or if there were additional children.
4. Charles B. (Chuck). Born 10 October 1899 in Cooperstown Twp. He was married on 14 April 1924 in
Mt. Sterling, IL to Eunice Baehr who was born on 13 April 1908, the daughter of Frederick and Lydia
M. Robbins Baehr (see the book by this author on the Baehr family mentioned in the introduction to
this volume for more information). He died in 1972 and is buried at the Versailles Westside Cemetery
at Versailles, IL. His obituary reads as follows: "Charles B. Whited, retired construction worker
and farmer, died at 4:27 a.m. October 6, in St. Mary's Hospital, Quincy. Mr. Whited was born in
Brown County October 10, 1899, the son of George and Mary Watts Whited. He was united in marriage in
Mt. Sterling on April 14, 1924 with Eunice Baehr, who survives. Also surviving are his children...
Preceding him in death was a daughter and three brothers. Funeral services were held Monday Oct. 9,
at 2 p.m. at the Hufnagel Funeral Chapel with Rev. Wm. Winebrenner officiating. ...Serving as
pallbearers were Everett Wainman, C. M. Kindhart, Marshall Baehr, Russell Tomlinson, Gene Baehr,
Ralph Baehr, Tony Baronauskas and Roy Harvey...." Charles and Eunice had the following children:
(1) Charles H. Born 12 January 1925. He was married first to Betty Ruyle. They had one daughter,
Treasa, who married Carl Meyers. She and Carl had two children, a boy named Chad and a girl
named J. J. Charles was married second to Janise -?-.
(2) Marian C. Died at the age of ten months. Her obituary reads as follows: "Marian Corrine
Whited, baby daughter of Charles and Eunice Whited, was born in Pueblo County, near Avondale,
Colorado, March 6, 1931, and departed this short life at the tender age of ten months and 9 days.
All that skill and loving hands could do was done to relieve her of her constant suffering.
Jesus picked this tiny bud of life to come unto His heavenly home, where sickness or suffering
never enter. She responded to her Master's call Friday evening at 6:10, January 15th, at the
family home. She leaves to mourn her untimely passing a broken-hearted father, mother and one
brother, Charles, and many other relatives and friends. ...The services were held at the Rouch
Funeral Home Monday at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. Edwards of the Grace Community Church...
Interment wa made in the Roselawn Cemetery at Pueblo, Colorado."
(3) Karen Jean. Born on 9 April 1943. She married John Barns. They had four children: Cynthia,
John Brian, Melonie, and Justin Paul (born on 3 May 1978).
George Washington married as his second wife Clara Smyers Covey (see above in Smyers section). She was
born on 10 January 1869 in Armstrong Co., PA, the daughter of John W. and Eliza Knicely Smyers. She died
at Quincy, IL on 2 March 1952. She is buried in Cooperstown Cemetery as was George. John Smyers, born
1880 (see Smyers section), is her brother. Her obituary, from a local newspaper, reads as follows: "Clara
Whited, daughter of John and Eliza Smyers, was born January 10, 1869, in Armstrong county, Penn., and
departed this life on March 2, 1952, at St. Mary's Hospital in Quincy, at the age of 83 years. On April
15, 1888, she was united in marriage to John Covey, who preceded her in death, along with two daughters,
Mrs. Blanche Cole and Mrs. Besse Taylor. Two children also died in infancy. On March 4, 1902, she
married George Whited, and the two would have celebrated their 50th anniversary, had she lived two days
more. Surviving are the husband, four daughters, Mrs. Minnie Wainman of Griggsville; Mrs. Helen Morrell
of Havana; Mrs. Ellen Roate of Rochester and Mrs. Essie Tomlinson of Rushville; a son, John Covey of
Early, Iowa; two step-sons, Dan Whited of California, and Chas. Whited of Chambersburg; a granddaughter,
Mrs. Doris Sorrells of Mt. Sterling, whom she reared from infancy; thirty-six grandchildren; forty great
grandchildren; two brothers, Ben Smyers of Decatur and David Smyers of Mt. Sterling; two sisters, Mrs.
Margaret Petri of Mt. Sterling; and Mrs. Emma Smay of Lindsey, Calif., and a host of other relatives and
friends. She was sincere in her devotion to her friends and lost no opportunity to show her sympathy and
love to them, old and young alike. She was charitable and self-sacrificing. Her life has been marked
with a character (always) studying not only (how) to make her immediate family happy, but with all those
she came in contact... Funeral services were held last Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Tarrant
Funeral Home in Versailles, conducted by the Rev. Carl Lee. The large number present, considering the
almost impassable roads, was evidence of the love and respect which she held... Pallbearers were six
grandsons, Floyd Wainman, Richard Morrell, Donald Tomlinson, Russell Tomlinson, Albert Tomlinson, Clark
Whited. Five granddaughters, Marjorie Marcum, Lois Tomlinson, Mary Volger, Lelia Tomlinson and Lorena
Tomlinson cared for the floral offerings." George and Clara apparently lived in Mt. Sterling. Their
1. Helen. Born 29 May 1903 in Brown County. She is a twin to Ellen M. below. Helen married Irwin
(Bud) Morrell on 23 September 1922. He was born in 1904 and died in 1983. He is buried at
2. Ellen M. Born 29 May 1903 in Brown County. She is a twin to Helen above. Ellen married Raleigh
(Rollie) Roate on 21 September 1921 at Mt. Sterling. He was born in Brown Co. on 21 June 1902. His
parents were Willard Andrew and Laura Hattie Wainman Roate. Raleigh died on 26 October 1978 in
Lindsay, CA and is buried in the Mt. Olive Cemetery there. His published obituary reads as follows:
"Rollie Andrew Roate, son of the late Willard and Laura Wainman Roate passed away Thursday, October
26, in Lindsay, California. He was born near Versailles, Illinois June 21, 1902. He was married to
Ellen Whited in 1921. She survives along with four children, Harold of Springfield; Vera of Long
Beach, California; Verna and June of Lindsay; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; along
with six sisters, Rella of Fowler; Reba of Hillview; Ressie of Rushville; Rena of Coatsburg; Rachel
of Bluffs; Ruby of Versailles; Rozella of Jacksonville; and a brother Randall of Versailles; and
several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his Mother and Father, three brothers, Roy,
Raymond, and Randal and a sister Regina. He worked for his son-in-law in Lindsay at an orange
packing house before his retirement." Ellen died on 21 November 1987 at Lindsay, CA and is also
buried at Mt. Olive Cemetery. Her obituary reads as follows: "Ellen M. Whited Roate, 84, of
Lindsay, California, formerly of the Versailles area died at 6:20 p.m Saturday, November 21, 1987 at
the home of her daughter, in Lindsay, California. She was a housewife. Born in Brown County on May
29, 1903 she was the daughter of George and Clara Smyers Whited. She attended LaGrange School in
Brown County and the LaGrange Chapel Church. She married Rollie Roate September 21, 1921 in Mt.
Sterling. He preceded her in death October 21, 1978. Survivors include a son, Harold Roate of
Springfield, three daughters, Verna Avila of Lindsay, California, Vera Hardy of Coulton, California
and June Nanamura of Riverside, California; three sisters, Helen Morrell of Mt. Sterling, Minnie
Wainman of Griggsville and Essie Tomlinson of Rushville; 10 grandchildren, several great grand
children and a sister-in-law, Eunice Whited of Versailles...." Their children:
(2) Verna. Married a Mr. Avila.
(3) Vera. Married a Mr. Hardy.
(4) June. Married a Mr. Nanamura.
3. Minnie. Born 21 December 1905 in Cooperstown Twp. She married George Anthony (Pete) Wainman on 28
December 1921. He was born on 4 March 1904 in Brown Co. His parents were Rude and Nancy Cooper
Wainman. He died on 24 January 1986 at Illini Hospital, Pittsfield, Pike Co., IL. He was buried at
Griggsville Cemetery, Griggsville, Pike Co., IL. Minnie and George had the following children:
(1) Beulah Marie. Born 16 March 1924 in Brown Co. Married to Ernst E. Turnage in Springfield, IL on
7 September 1945. He was born on 31 January 1918 at West Point, MS. His parents were Leonard
and Jennie Langford Turnage. He died on 29 August 1972 in Scott Co., IL. He is buried in
Winchester Cemetery, Winchester, Scott Co., IL. Beulah died on 3 December 1990 at the Illini
Hospital in Pittsfield. Their children:
i. Jeannie. She was married first to Dan Miller and second to Russ Printy.
ii. Peggy. She was married to Dale Gallagher.
iii. Ernest E. II.
iv. George Lynn.
v. James Wayne.
(2) Dorothy Louise. Born 1 July 1926 in Versailles Twp., Brown Co., IL. She was married to Robert
(3) Anthony J. Born 2 February 1929 in Buenavista Twp., Schuyler Co., IL. Died the same day and was
buried in Lavina Henry Cemetery near Versailles.
(4) Violet. Born 23 July 1931 in Buenavista Twp. and died the same day. Buried in Lavina Henry
(5) Maurene Laverne. Born 8 January 1933 in Buenavista Twp. and died the same day. Buried in Lavina
(6) Floyd (Sonny) Galen. Born 31 May 1934 in Rushville. Married to Bessie Robinson on 7 November
(7) Erma Darlene. Born 4 February 1937 in Brown Co. Married Cleon Miller on 10 September 1954 in
(8) Eldon Lee. Born 9 October 1938 in Griggsville Twp. Married to Darlene Moore on 10 October 1964.
4. Essie. She married one of the Tomlinson boys.
Mary Elizabeth. Born 18 November 1862. Married William T. Henry. They lived in the Cooperstown area. A
published obituary gives some details of her life and family, as follows: "Mary Elizabeth Whited,
daughter of John and Eliza Whited, was born in Cooperstown township, November 18, 1862, and died August
25, 1942. She was married to William T. Henry, July 28, 1882, who died June 26, 1919. To this union five
children were born, Mrs. Eliza Goad of Wisconsin, Mrs. Maude Zimmerman of California, Mrs. Callie Howell
of Sparling, Mrs. Alta Lear and Frank of Cooperstown. Eleven grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, four
brothers, George of Mt. Sterling, Dan, Joe, and John of Cooperstown township and many relatives and
friends also survive. Mrs. Henry has been an invalid for 12 years, bearing her suffering with patience,
never complaining. She has been a member of the Baptist church for a number of years and always ready to]
help in any good cause. Her children, her grandchildren and her neighbors loved her for her kind and
pleasant disposition and all will sadly miss her."
Rebecca. Born and died in 1864. Only 6 months old.
Samuel. Born 9 September 1865 and died 2 February 1901. He lived in the Cooperstown area. His obituary
from a local newspaper: "Samuel Whited died at the home of his brother in Cooperstown township Saturday
evening, after an illness of several weeks of typhoid fever. Mr. Whited is gentleman mentioned in last
week's issue as being in Dan Whited's house when it caught fire. He was moved to another brother's and
this possibly hastened his death. Mr. Whited was a member of the Modern Woodsman of America and carried a
policy of $1,000 which is made payable to his mother. The funeral took place Monday and was conducted by
the Woodman Camp of Cooperstown."
Daniel. Born 31 August 1867 and died in May of 1960. Married Margaret Costello Bowe. They lived in the
Cooperstown area. An obituary from a local newspaper (1907) on Margaret is as follows: "FUNERAL THIS
MORNING. Mrs. Daniel Whited died at her home near LaGrange Monday morning from peritonitis, aged nearly
fifty years. Her maiden name was Margaret Costello. She was a daughter of Lawrence and Mary Costello and
was born in this county July 27, 1857. She was first married to Thomas Bowe and by this marriage had one
daughter, Eva, now Mrs. Fred Ray of Cooperstown. Some time after the death of her first husband, she was
again married to Daniel Whited. Two children of this marriage, Jean and Florence, survive their mother,
besides the bereaved husband. She also leaves a sister, Mrs. Elmer Byrns of this city, and brother, Will
Costello living west of town. Another brother, Christopher, lives at a distance. Funeral services were
held in St. Mary's church this morning at 10 o'clock, followed by interment in the Catholic cemetery."
According to Brown Co., IL Courthouse Probate Records Box 107, Margaret Whited died on 29 April 1907. She
was ten years older than Daniel. The estate consisted of 165 acres of land, situated on the Lamoine River
in Brown County, household and kitchen furniture, 1,000 bushels of corn in the crib, 2 horses, 4 head of
cattle, 10 calves, 5 hogs, and miscellaneous personal property. The estate value was estimated to be
$750. The survivors were listed as Daniel Whited, husband, and children Florence Whited, Regina Whited,
and Eva Whited Ray. There is a long list on a legal size sheet of paper in the file of items sold at a
sale for $1,533.96 on 23 August 1907. In the final report on the estate issued 9 May 1908, receipts were
listed as $5,159.24, debts, including loans and purchases, at $3,034.51, for a net distribution of
$2,124.73 for the heirs. This went to the three daughters at $708.24 apiece. Children:
1. Regina (Jean). Married -?- DeVoy.
2. Florence. She married Edward Ray, son of Van and Calista (Lizzie) Bates Ray. They lived
on and farmed her father's land for their entire married life and had
Joseph. Born in 1869 and died in 1955. The "History of Brown Co.", page 272, indicates that Joseph was
one of the chief carpenters during construction of the LaGrange Chapel, built about 1916, and located 10
miles east and north of Versailles, in Cooperstown Township. He was married to Elizabeth Adams. She was
born possibly in Schuyler Co., IL. They probably lived in Cooperstown Township, Brown County, IL. Her
father George Adams (5 September 1859 - 1937) married Julia Mallory (27 August 1862 - 17 April 1950).
Mr. Adams worked as a farmhand. They had nine children including Elizabeth. The Brown Co. Cemetery book,
states that Joe Whited was one of the Cooperstown Cemetery caretakers. According to the book, he "...took
up the task as overseer. In summer he mowed, sometimes with very meager renumeration from a few
appreciative families, and when graves were to be opened, he did that. He spent much time repairing some
of the fallen stones, and even made some of concrete. For a time, he lived in the tool shed on the
premises. Now he rests there with several other members of his family." The children of Joseph and
1. Dean. His obituary reads as follows: "Funer services were held Monday, August 7, 1978 at 10:00 a.m.
at the Northcutt Funer Home for Dean W. Whited, 77, a farmer who resided at rural route 3, Mt.
Sterling. Mr. Whited died at 1:03 p.m. Friday, August 4 at Culbertson Hospital in Rushville. He was
born March 3, 1901 in Cooperstown, a son of Joseph and Lizzie Adams Whited. He attended Brown County
schools and was never married. He is survived by one brother, Mark of Mt. Sterling and two aunts,
Ida Underwood of Beardstown and Agnes Evans of Canton, along with several cousins. He was preceeded
in death by one sister, his father in 1955 and mother in 1967. Rev. Kenneth Anderson officiated at
the services and burial was in the Cooperstown Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Phil Quinn,
Weldon Hurst, Ilbert Snyder, Horace Wilkerson, Lozelle Davis and Otha Dunbar."
2. Mark. This is probably the Mark Whited who, with his wife Erma (according to "History of Brown
Co."), operated the Whited Nursing Home in Mt. Sterling from 1950 to 1965. They started with a
permit for two patients, then expanded to 10 patients in 1952 and to 14 patients in 1953. A
newspaper story of 10 January 1990 details a fire of the previous day: "An elderly couple escaped
injury Tuesday afternoon from a fire that started in the attic of their home. Mark and Erma Whited
of 113 W. South Street were in the one-story home and unaware of the blaze when emergency personnel
arrived around 4:55 p.m. The couple were helped from the home... and transported... to stay with
friends. ...a passerby ...spotted flames coming from the roof... Firefighters located the blaze in
20 minutes in the attic between two ceilings... The fire is being blamed on an electrical short in
the attic. The home including the living room, roof and part of a bedroom ceiling received moderate
damage... Firefighters were on the scene about 90 minutes."
Anna. Born June 1871 and died on 21 December 1871. Only 6 months old.
SIX: Susan (Sarah ?). Born 1832. She married -?- Young. The family moved to Iowa. She was still alive at the time of her sister Barbara Whited Smyers' death on 28 February 1915. Nothing further is known of her at this time.
SEVEN: Mary. Born 1834. Nothing further is known of her at this time.
EIGHT: Henry. Born 1836. Nothing further is known of him at this time. However, he did serve in the Civil War in Co. D of the 119th IL Regiment as a private, and he was mustered out on 26 August 1865. He was shown in the 1860 PA census as a farmer on his father's property.
NINE: George. Born 1839. Not much is known of him at this time. He is shown in the 1860 PA census as a farmer on his father's property. He eventually settled in Cooperstown Township, Brown County, IL near his sister Barbara Ellen Whited Smyers.
TEN: Samuel. Born probably about 1840. He was in Illinois by 1859. At age 19, he was married to a divorcee, a Mrs. Julia Ann Cox, on 31 March 1959 in Cooperstown by Daniel Fischer, a Justice of the Peace. Mrs. Cox, having been born about 1827, was at age 32 considerably older (13 years) than her young husband. Her first husband, a James P. Cox, served in the Civil War. She had been married to him at about age 14 on 6 October 1841 in Cooperstown by a Minister, John Taylor. James Cox died about 1902 in White Bluff, TN according to one record, but a different record indicates he died on 6 September 1853 (this conflicts with his having served in the Civil War). Samuel Whited enrolled at Versailles, IL on 9 August 1862 as a corporal in Company D of the 119th Illinois Regulars, the same regiment as his brother Thomas, for an initial period of three years. His Civil War records indicate he was 6 feet 1 1/4 inches tall, had a dark complexion, blue eyes, and black hair. His place of birth was listed as Bedford Co., PA. He was a farmer by occupation. He was mustered in at Quincy, IL on 7 October 1862. He had been appointed a corporal in September of 1862. From 19 September 1862 through February of 1863 he was listed as present with nothing out of the ordinary on his company muster roll sheets. Then, for reasons unknown, he deserted his regiment on 6 March 1863 while at Humboldt, TN, and returned to Brown Co., IL. There is no record that he was ever formally charged with desertion. He apparently pursued his farming occupation there until his death in 1901. Brown Co., IL courthouse probate records in box 122 indicate that Samuel died on 2 February 1901. Curiously, no mention is made of his widow Julia, nor of any possible children they may have had, and Samuel, at the time of his death, was living with William Whited, a brother, and in fact died at William's place. Samuel's father John was the administrator of the estate. At the time of his death, Samuel had but eight dollars cash on hand along with various farm type implements. The total value of his personal property was appraised at $696.55 on 16 February 1901. David Dunmire, whose mother-in-law was Samuel's Aunt Barbara Ellen Whited Smyers, was one of the appraisers. The heirs were listed as parents John and Elizabeth Whited, and Samuel's siblings George, John Jr., Daniel, William, Joseph, and Elizabeth Henry. The widow, Julia Cox Whited, is not listed as being one of the heirs. A sale on 12 April 1901 netted the estate $813.43 1/2, cash on hand was $7, and interest paid to the estate on loans was $28.12 for a total of $848.55 1/2 paid to the heirs. Perhaps feeling slighted at being left out of the will or perhaps due to advanced age and not having adequate means of support, Julia Cox Whited filed a Declaration for Widow's Pension on 29 November 1907. She was eighty years old and living in Cooperstown at the time. The application was rejected as follows: "...rejection on the ground of no title under the Act of June 27, 1890 as soldier never received an honorable discharge, as shown by the records of the War Department...." Another document states that "...the charge of desertion has not been removed and no application for its removal is pending."
ELEVEN: Thomas. Born 1841. Nothing further is known of him at this time except that he was shown as a farmer on his father's property on the 1860 PA census. He moved to Illinois shortly after this. He also served in the Union army during the Civil War. He was in Co. D of the 119th Illinois Regiment as a private. He was mustered out on 26 August 1865.
In addition to the above, there are a number of other Whiteds who lived in the Cooperstown area. It is suspected strongly that they are related somehow to the various descendants of John Whithead (Whited), but the exact link has not yet been established. Their names:
Almeda (Meda) Whited. I have a picture of her with Mary Whited as young girls. I have not yet discovered
for certain whose child Meda is.
John H. Whited. Born 1829 and died 1867 in Cooperstown.
Elizabeth Whited, born December 1892; Joseph Whited, born 1893; and John W. Whited, born October 1894.
All three noted in the 1900 Census in Versailles, Brown County, IL. It is yet to be determined if they
are children of one of the Whiteds listed above.
Augusta Lou Whited. Born in 1889 in Madison, IL. It is yet to be determined if she is a daughter of one
of the Whiteds listed above.
John Whited. Born August 1845 (?). Died 1866. Buried in Lavina Henry Cemetery.
There was also a Steven Whited listed in the Brown County published history who fought in the Civil War as a corporal in Co. D of the 119th IL Regiment. He deserted on 6 March 1863.
There was a John W. Whitehead who married Sallie E. Beadles on 17 June 1875 by officiating minister
It is not known for sure which of the Daniel Whiteds is referred to, but there is a story in "History of Brown Co.", on page 272, which says that "one of the preachers of Union Baptist Church of Cooperstown was named Brady. One night when Brady, a big man, was holding a revival, Rev. Brady got so loud that someone told Dan Whited that he should have been there to hear the sermon. He replied, 'I did, I heard it from home.'" Another story on page 258 of the same book says that "pecan groves were once all up and down the river valley... The nuts... were whipped off the trees with poles of hickory, caught in tarpaulins, bagged and shipped to St. Louis... selling for twenty-five cents a pound. Dan Whited" ... was one of the skilled gatherers.
There was an Adelia P. Whitehead living in Fulton Co., IL. There were also Whiteheads/Whiteds in various other Illinois counties, including Calrk, Fulton, Cook, Champaign, Iriquois, Johnson (at Tunnel Hill), and Knox. These may or may not have been related to the Whiteds under discussion above.
An obituary appeared in a local Illinois paper about Viola Whited, who married a Brown County man named Earl Whited. How they relate to the Whiteds above has yet to be determined. The obituary reads as follows: "BEARDSTOWN - Services for Viola E. Whited, 73, of Beardstown, formerly of Schuyler County, who died at 4:45 a.m. Friday at the Beardstown Hospital will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Worthington Funeral Home, Rushville. Rev. Dean Spencer will officiate and burial is in Hersman Cemetery. Friends may call one hour before services. She was born Jan. 29, 1912 near Fishhook, a daughter of Ralph and Carrie Miller Wagner. She married Earl Whited at Mount Sterling on Feb. 13, 1931. He survives. She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Pleasant Hill. Also surviving are two sons, Wayne Whited of Newton, Kans., and Lyle, address unknown; two daughters, Erma Musgrave, Washington, Ill., Betty Latvaitis, Peoria; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Emmett Wayne of Mount Sterling, Loren Wagner of Hernando, Fla., Homer Wagner of Las Vegas, Nev., and Clyde Wagner of Mount Sterling. She was preceeded in death by one grandchild and two brothers."
THE SHECKLER FAMILY
The Shecklers are a family closely aligned with the Whitehead/Whited families, especially during the early days in Maryland and Pennsylvania. As stated above, it was Mary Sheckler, daughter of Frederick and Mary (Nomrow) Sheckler, that married John Whitehead (Whited). Their daughter Barbara Ellen married George Bolar Smyers. There is a fair amount of detail available on the early history of the Sheckler family, and it is reproduced here in abbreviated form. Most of the early Pennsylvania settlers probably had experiences similar to the Sheckler family. The book "St. Clair's Bedford" indicates that Frederick Sheckler was a Private in Captain Kuhn's Company of the Northampton County Militia during the Revolutionary War. Sheckler was buried in the Fockler Cemetery, Saxton, PA, having died in 1829. From Chapter 67 of "The Foster Scrapbook: Frederick Sheckler, An Early Pioneer" by David Ira Foster comes the following account of the life of Frederick Sheckler. "... He was born in Germany about the year 1754, and migrated to Bucks County prior to the Revolution. He married a German girl by the name of Mary C. Nomrow from Philadelphia, Pa. and moved to Shy Beaver and settled at the place where Adam Speck now lives, and had made some improvements before the Delaware Indians came down the Kittanning war path in July, 1778, they were then compelled to leave their improvements and with a good many others go down to Bucks County again. At this time Sheckler met a circumstance which he never could forget. It was in the summer of 1778 when the warning was given to the settlers to take refuge in the Forts. The Indians commenced their depradations in the afternoon, and in the morning of that fatal day (some of the settlers were) made to go out to what is now Riddlesburg to get a supply of shad for the fall and winter use. Sheckler had brought his family into the Fort the evening before for safety, and he accomplished his expedition. They had good luck, and came back with their boat so full of fish that it took two men at the prow steadying to make a landing. Their landing was near where the White mill now stands at the mouth of Shoup's Run. At the landing they were met by Lewis Fluck, the Scout of the fort, who told them that the Indians had broke out in the valley and that one gang was coming down the river and they would not have time to unload their fish, so they grabbed, each man what he could carry and made for the Fort, leaving the balance in the canoe. Sheckler ran with his arms full of fish expecting every moment to hear the yells, or fall victim to the savage wrath. That afternoon they sent out parties to warn the river settlements, and Sheckler was sent to Shy Beaver, he went to warn Frederick Heater of the expected outbreak of the Indians. Heater's house stood near where the mill now stands at Shy Beaver, and is the one that was burned at the time the unfortunate Phillips scouts were captured. When he arrived at the house, Heater's son John, under 20 years of age, was absent and as they heard shots up the river they thought he was amusing himself shooting squirrels, all unconscious of the terrible danger or risk he was incurring. Sheckler was requested if he seen him on his way to his house to warn him of his danger and to hurry home. But he had not gone more than 100 yards from the house when he saw the bloody form of the boy on the ground, shot through the body and his scalp torn from his head, he was still breathing and his eye balls moving and mussels twitching; this was a terrible sight for the settler and it haunted him all his life time. After taking sight of the boy, he hurried back to the house of the Heaters to tell them of the sad fate, he was so excited that he fell several times and he did not know at what moment he would be the next victim. When he informed Heaters of the terrible affair the step-mother of the lad answered him in tones more pointed than polite, saying that she had several years trouble with the boy and the d----d injins had to kill him - just when he was old enough to be of some use. This was a very cold-blooded and unwarranted murder without any excuse whatever, the butchering of this boy in his teens. Sheckler started for Bucks County where he remained until it was thought safe to return. They came back in the fall and that winter proved to be the hardest winter that the settlers ever experienced on account of food. But they kept on improving and were getting along pretty well until the never to be forgotten raid of British hirelings was made through the Valley in July, 1780 which cost the lives of so many brave men. At that time Sheckler, Berkstresser, and many others went down to Duncan's Island, at the mouth of Juniata. After he came back, he traded his Shy Beaver improvement to Silas Sebastian Shoup, the builder of the fort to whose honor Shoup's Run bears its name, for the place now known as the Geo. Berkstresser farm where he raised his family of 13 children, and here he also owned the land which is now called the D. E. Weaver, Wilson Weaver upper and lower and the Jacob Shoup farms. Much more could be said about this old pioneer but space forbids, and to be brief we would say that he died in July, 1829 and was buried in the Fockler graveyard, there a sandstone marked F. S. indicates his resting place. His descendants are counted by hundreds, among the number may be mentioned the names of Berkstresser, Figard, Foster, Reed, Whited, Weavers, Putts and others."
The same author, in Chapter 68 titled "Accounts of the Early Pioneers" writes as follows about Mary C. (Nomrow) Sheckler. "... born in Germany about the year 1755 of poor but respectable parents, and at the age of seven years was put to a school where she remained for several years, this schooling proved very valuable to her in the backwoods after she was married and had children of her own to educate, as schools were out of the question at that early day in the Juniata Valley except by private means."
"When she was 14 years of age a man by the name of Richard Footman procured her passage to America for which she became his bonded servant for a certain length of time. He brought her to Phila. but owing to ill usage she left him before her term of service expired. Some time after she left this Footman, she married Frederick Sheckler of Bucks County, Pa. and the first cow that they ever had she earned by knitting stockings - this cow with the one other she brought to Shy Beaver when they came up the river in 1777."
"At the uprising of Indians in the summer of 1778 she was compelled to go back to Bucks Co. with her family which at that time consisted of three children, husband and herself and it was a very perilous and dangerous trip owing to the disordered condition of the country on account of the British evacuation from Phila. which occurred at this time June 18, 1778."
"They remained in Bucks county until September when the valley became quiet, they again ascended the Juniata and found their property about as they had left it, but an early frost that fall caused much suffering along the river in the winter of 78-79, Mrs. Sheckler's three small children being sick and having nothing to eat but bread made of frost-bitten corn and poorly salted venison. She thought she would make a trip to the residence of one Frederick Heater in order to get a pound of sugar for her children. As it was impossible for to go by the path through the woods, she made herself snow shoes and went down the river, the snow being two feet deep and only wild animals to break the roads. She got the sugar by agreeing to make two pounds in place of it in the spring. She often (said) afterwards that the sugar saved her children's lives. When she returned the sugar she bought a peck of potatoes and the pay was to be the making of five shirts, and from this peck they raised about eight bushels. They had a very fine place cleared out prior to the uprising of the Delaware Indians in July 1780 and they with many others were compelled to flee to the forts for protection and some days afterward went down the river to the mouth at Duncan's Island. They remained at this place for some time as this was a dark summer for the settlers. But a reaction took place early in October by the defeat of the British at Kings Mountain and the confidence restored by the French Fleet under Admiral Turney caused the settlers to return to their farms on the different branches of the Juniata river and among the number was this Sheckler family who sometime after their return to their first improvement moved to what is now known as the Geo. Berkstresser farm, about one mile east of Saxton and on this farm this Mrs. Sheckler raised her family which consisted of 6 sons and 7 daughters, several of them lived to be quite old men and women. Mary and George died in the last year, the later in Nov. 1881 in his 82nd year. The subject of this note lived to see some of her children become grandparents and to see this country a prosperous nation. She died about 1834 and was buried in the cemetery near Saxton where we find her grave marked by a sandstone which bears the initials M. C. S."
Joyce Sheckler Heiss compiled and edited a book entitled "Scheckler (Schackler)". This book includes much interesting information on Frederick and Mary Sheckler from a variety of sources. The following information comes from that book. The sources are referenced if they were noted by Heiss. Apparently, Sheckler was among a band of settlers led up the Juniata River in 1776 by the German immigrant Sebastian Shoup. During the Indian raids noted above, Sheckler was sent on 15 July 1780 to warn the Heater family. The fort from which he set out was apparently abandoned by the time he returned. Some of the settlers went to Maryland for five years. Others, including Sheckler and his family, went to Bucks County. Heiss references "Early Settlement of the Broad Top Area" by T. E. LePhone which provides the following information. "Frederick Sheckler was one of a group chosen to make a trip to the mill of Nathaniel Garred, 6 miles above Standing Stone in Woodcock Valley. He went without his breakfast and when they arrived at the mill he asked the miller for a quart of flour to bake a cake. He received the flour, put into the "toil dish", mixed up a cake without lard or salt and baked it in the ashes. He often told this story, especially when his children complained about their food not being good. He would tell them about the cake, what it was made of, how it was baked and declared it was the best bite that he ever ate (CHAP. XLI)." Also, "... the fort (Shoup's Fort) was completed early in the summer, we are sure, because the massacre in the Wyoming Valley, July 2, 1778, worried Sheckler and others, so they got ready and left the fort a few days later, some went to Maryland and others to Duncan's Island, PA. In early May, Shecklers with some more Bucks Co. emigrants returned (CHAP. XLIII)." Other sources say that the Shecklers went to Bucks Co. in 1778 and did not go to Duncan's Island until 1780. In addition, "... Sheckler, on his long trips back and forth, up and down the river to Shoup's, he looked longingly at the river bottoms owned by Shoup (now called George Berkstresser's place) and at last, for at least a part of it, he traded with Silas Sebastian Shoup giving his Shy Beaver improvement. Sheckler built a house near the spring against the hill, opposite the mansion house which is occupied by the widow Berkstresser and Michael Savits (CHAP. XLIV)." The same book indicates that Frederick Sheckler was a township officer in 1786 (see CHAP. XLCIII). Heiss further quotes from a 1780 Tax List that shows a Frederick Shackler living in Hopewell Township in Bedford County. Heiss references information from the Department of Community Affairs in Harrisburg, PA that states there was "... only one transaction to Frederick Shukler, 1 Feb 1792 for 50 A. in Hopewell Twp. He did not pursue the warrant and the tract was later patented to David B. Weaver in 1907." She also provides information from Commonwealth of PA, Land Warrant #S12, Huntingdon Co., PA, 1 Feb 1792, as follows: "SHUKELER, Frederick, 50 Acres of Land including an improvement on the East side of the River Raestown branch adjoining land of Boston Shoup on the South lying one mile below Shoup's Mill on said River; Huntingdon Co.; Ten pounds per Hundred Acres; interest to commence on first day of March 1792; unto the said Frederick Shukeler; (dated) first Day of February in the year 1792. 1907 May 9th Patented to David B. Weaver and E. E. Law--. H.77-243." A 1788 assessment shows Frederick Shackler, Hopewell Twp. with 25 acres, 2 horses, 2 cows, and a still. Various editions of the Pennsylvania Archives mention Frederick Sheckler as being on the Muster Roll of the Cumberland Co. Militia in 1781, as having 100 acres in Bedford Co., and as being subject to militia duty in Huntingdon Co. in 1788. The Muster Roll of Capt. John Kershner's Company shows a Pvt. Fredk. Shackler helping to guard prisoners at Fort Frederick on June 27th, 1778.
The Heiss book quotes from a number of sources, including letters of administration and deed books, to show various actions concerning the estate of Frederick Sheckler Jr. as well as Frederick Sheckler. Frederick Sheckler and George Buchanan received letters of administration on the estate of Frederick Jr. in Hopewell Twp. on 4 April 1808. Frederick Sheckler paid $500 to Anthony and Kuhl, administrators of the Hillegas estate, for a tract of land called 'Amsterdam' which was situated on the north side of the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River. The application was entered on 1 August 1766 and surveyed on 13 October 1772. Apparently the administration of Frederick Sheckler's estate changed hands several times. Will Book 3-360 indicates that Benjamin Foster stated that Catherine Sheckler, widow of Frederick Sheckler, "is now and has been for about 12 years past deranged or not in her right mind and is entirely incapable of attending to or managing any business whatever...." Mr. Foster was removed from his position as administrator on 18 April 1835 for lack of funds to pay the $2,000 bond. The new administrator, James Entrekin, had not settled the estate by 21 August 1840. There was apparently much confusion over the estate during this period. Frederick had made a contract to sell two tracts of land to son George for $1,200 on 12 December 1828, but without giving him a deed. One David Mountain had somehow obtained possession of the land. He had some liens against the land so sold some of it. However, he could not get the money until he had title to the land. Daniel Africa become the new administrator of the estate on 11 August 1852 by posting $200 bond as James Entrekin had died in 1845 without settling Sheckler's estate. According to Heiss, the clerk at the Huntingdon Co. Courthouse had no record showing that the estate was ever finally settled. One of the descendants of Barbara Sheckler Berkstresser provided Heiss with the following information. She stated that Frederick Sheckler married Catherine Wilhelm in 1771 and that she was the sole heiress in one of the city-states that make up Germany. He was supposedly of a good family but not wealthy enough to protect her inheritance. When the two married, the bride's family was disgraced and so the father gave her a lap full of silver and suggested she and her husband come to America. (However, another descendant who has done much research in the German records states that he is satisfied that Catherine Wilhelm was the wife of George Berkstresser. The mystery deepens as her tombstone apparently clearly shows her name as Catherine W.) This descendant notes that the line between Huntingdon and Bedford Co. runs through the Sheckler homestead as well as between the town of Saxton, Bedford Co., and the old Berkstresser farm. This descendant also related that Catherine, Frederick's wife, when she was very old, forgot her English but remembered her German. She apparently thought she was in her childhood home and painted the walls of the second story of her house to show scenes from the windows of her home when she was a child. The homestead house was supposedly washed away during the big Johnstown Flood. Based on the Heiss book, the basic facts on Frederick and Mary Sheckler are presented. Frederick was born about 1754 in Germany and died on 18 July 1829 in Hopewell Township, Huntingdon Co., PA. He was married in either 1771, 1774, or 1776 (depending on which source is used) in Bucks Co., PA to Maria Catharina Mamro. She was born on 18 May 1755 in Wiesbaden, Germany and was probably the daughter of Anna Margaretha Cromwald (or Cromwaldin) and Nicolaus Jacob Mamro. Nicolaus and Anna had been married at Wiesbaden on 25 October 1744. Mary was baptized on 19 May 1755. Mary died in 1834 in Hopewell Twp. Both were buried at the Fockler Cemetery, Saxton, PA. Their children:
Frederick Jr. Born between 1774 and 1777. Died 1808. His will was probated on 4 April 1808 at Hopewell
Twp., Huntingdon Co., PA. He was buried at the Fockler Cemetery in Saxton, PA. No known marriage or
Susannah. Born between 1776 and 1780 and lived in Bedford Co., PA. Died after 7 February 1851. Married
Henry Keith. In an application for a Revolutionary War Pension dated 30 April 1828, Frederick states that
he "...resides with one of my daughters whose husband had deserted her and left her with Eight Children in
a state of great destitute and want ... My eldest daughter about Fourty three... I reside with my eldest
1. Michael. Born 1809. Married Matilda -?-.
2. John. Born 1814.
3. Mary. Married John Murphy.
4. Catharine. Married Andrew Painter.
Catherine. Born 30 June 1783 in Huntingdon Co., PA. Died 4 September 1843 in Richland Co., OH. Married
Samuel Harley. Children:
1. John, 1806 - 1870. Married Catherine -?-.
2. Susannah, 1807 - 1844. Married Adam Aumend Jr.
3. Samuel. Born 1809. Married Margaret -?-.
4. Elizabeth, 1810 - 1830.
5. Levi, 1812 - 1836.
6. David. Born 1814. Was married several times.
7. Nancy Rachel, 1815 - 1861. Married Adam Aumend Jr. sometime around 1845.
8. Henry. Born 1818. Married Pernelia Davis.
9. Sara, 1820 - 1901. Married William Ewing.
10. George Washington, 1823 - 1919. Married Sarah Elizabeth Gruesbeck.
11. Mary Ann, 1825 - 1901. Married Ebeneezer Dronenberger.
David. Born 11 January 1784 in PA. Died 28 May 1841 in Richland Co., OH. Married to Mary Ridenour.
1. Frederick, 1823 - 1890. Married Elizabeth Hefflefinger. They had at least one child, George L.
They eventually moved to Armstrong Co., PA.
2. Susanna. Born about 1824. Married Jacob Barney.
3. Elizabeth. Born about 1825. Married a Mr. Hafer.
4. George L. Born 1826. Married Susan A. -?-.
5. Mathew. Born about 1828.
6. John. Born about 1830 and died 1892. Married to Christina Mauler.
7. Christina. Born 1832. Married a Mr. Garrison.
8. Mary. Born 1835. Unmarried.
9. Catharine. Born 1836. Married a Mr. Smith.
10. David, 1839 - 1840.
11. Nancy. Born 1840. Married a Mr. Tinkham.
Hannah. Born about 1787 and died 25 December or 3 February 1827. She married Benjamin Penn Foster and
they eventually settled in Knox Co., TN. Benjamin was one of the administrators of Frederick Sheckler
Sr.'s estate. Children:
1. Sarah, born about 1810, married John Reed.
2. Mary, 1812 - 1893, married Jacob Oppenheimer.
3. Eli, born about 1813, married Maria Berkstresser.
4. John, born about 1815.
5. David, born about 1817, married Sarah Ann Elder.
6. Barbara, 1819 - 1881, married Adam Warfel. They had a son, George W. He had a son, John Avery.
7. Catherine, born about 1821, married James Swadley.
8. Nancy, born about 1823.
9. Rosanna, born about 1825, married Abel Osborn.
10. Hannah, born about 1827, married Levi Putt.
John. Born 15 November 1790 and died 15 August 1859. He married Rachel Pettit. They moved to Richland
Co., OH. Children:
1. Elizabeth, 1822 - 1899.
2. Catherine, 1823 - 1899.
3. David, 1825 - 1874.
4. Thomas, 1827 - 1914.
5. John, 1829 - 1913.
6. Christina, 1830 - 1912.
7. James, 1832 - 1899.
8. George, 1834 - 1912.
Barbara. Born 30 November 1791 and died 21 April 1852. She is one of the children that remained in PA.
She was married to John Wilhelm Berkstresser in 1813. She is buried in the Fockler Cemetery.
One of her grandsons, David B. Weaver, purchased the Sheckler homestead (see above) located along the
Raystown Branch of the Juniata River. Children:
1. George Wilhelm, 1814 - 1881, married Sarah Ellen McCall.
2. Mary, 1816 - 1891, married Jacob Weaver.
3. John Wilhelm, 1818 - 1889, married Elizabeth Carper.
4. David, born 1822, married first Barbara Ann Donelson and second Elizabeth Young.
5. William Wilhelm, born 1824, married first Elizabeth Putt and second Catherine Russell Griffith.
6. Daniel S., born 1826, married Eliza Long.
7. Henry S., 1828 -1889, married Margaret J. Stone.
8. Jacob S., born 1836, married Hester Over.
Henry. Born about 1792 and died between 1810 and 1820.
Elizabeth. Born about 1794 and died after 1820. She married a Mr. Hipple. The couple possibly had three
or more children. The family remained in PA.
Daniel. Born about 1796, and died about 1841 in Armstrong Co., PA. May have been married and
had children. May have had a daughter born between 1825 and 1830, a son Daniel born
1831, a son David born 1832, a daughter Jane born 1833, and a daughter Mary born 1840.
Mary. Born in 1798 and died in 1881. She married John Whitehead (Whited). Their daughter Barbara Ellen
Whited married George Bolar Smyers. See the Smyers and Whited sections of this volume.
Nancy. Born about 1799 and died after 1850. Married to James Figart. Stayed in PA. Children:
1. William, born about 1816 and died 1884, was married to May Hoover.
2. A son, born before 1820.
3. Another son, born before 1820.
4. David, born 1821, married Rebecca -?-.
5. James Jr., born 1823, married Rachel -?-.
6. Amos, born 1825.
7. George, born 1829.
8. Joseph, born 1835.
9. John, born 1839, married Melia -?-.
George W. Born 10 May 1800 in PA and died 1 or 2 November 1881 in MO. Married to Susannah Weaver on 17
October 1824 or 1825 in PA. She was born on 16 January 1807 in MD and died on 8 August 1876 in MO. They
lived in Huntingdon Co., PA until about 1830. They were living in Armstrong Co., PA by the early 1840's,
but had moved on to Morgan Co., MO by 1870. Children:
1. Mary Almera. Born 14 December 1825 in Bedford Co., PA and died 23 August 1905 in Kent, WA. She
married James D. Anderson in Kittanning, Armstrong Co., PA.
2. Catherine. Born 2 August 1827 in PA and died after 1880. She was married to Benjamin Walker on 19
September 1850. He was born around 1827 in PA. The couple resided in Armstrong Co., PA. They had
3. Frederick S. Born 17 November 1831 in PA and died 23 May 1864 at Jericho Ford near the North Anna
River in Virginia during the Civil War. He was married on 19 September 1850 to Elizabeth Lucas. He
was a laborer. Although they eventually moved to Armstrong Co., PA, they may have lived at
Schoffner's Corner, Jefferson Co., PA at one time. They lived at Valley, Pine Township when in
Armstrong Co. They had seven children, including:
(1) Thomas Horton. Born 18 December 1850 in PA. He died 19 November 1931. He was a minister. He
was married to Jenny Penfield. They had a son, Harry Haven, born at Mahoning, Armstrong Co., PA.
By the 1880 census they were in Mahoning, and by 1900 they had moved to Iowa.
(2) Susan J. Born 19 May 1852 in Armstrong Co.
(3) Olive E. Born 26 March 1854 in Armstrong Co.
(4) Medora M. Born 15 July 1857 in Armstrong Co.
(5) Barbara E. Born 26 Jan 1860 in Armstrong Co.
(6) George C. Born 27 or 28 October 1861 in Armstrong Co. Died 5 July 1940 in CA or WA.
(7) One other child, name not known at this time.
4. Emilie Barbara. Born 12 December 1832 in PA and died 11 February 1910 in Kittanning, Armstrong Co.,
PA. She was married to James B. Walker. They had at least one child, Alice, born about 1860 and
living in Kittanning at the time of the 1880 census.
5. Henry. Born 4 or 24 March 1834 in PA. Died 13 November 1841 at Kittanning, PA.
6. Jeremiah. Born 20 May 1836 in PA. Died 11 Noveber 1841 at Kittanning, PA.
7. Susannah. Born 4 September 1838 in PA. Died 1 August 1893. Married on 29 May 1859 to William
Whited (see Whited section for more details).
8. George. Born 7 September 1840 in PA. Died 5 February 1863. May have died in service during the
9. Elizabeth A. Born 29 March 1840, reportedly in Indiana Co., PA. Died on 24 June 1920 (?) in Morgan
Co., MO. Married in MO to Daniel Berkstresser. He was born in Cambria Co., PA.
10. Jacob M. Born 25 July 1845 in PA. Died 14 January 1884 at Versailles, Morgan Co., MO. He married
Sarah Ann Berkstresser. He was an elder in the Church of God.
11. John. Born 30 March 1849 at Kittanning, PA. Died there on 14 February 1854.
The Heiss book has numerous references to Sheckler descendants that lived in the same areas and at the same times as many from the Smyers and Whited families. This includes Columbiana Co., OH (more than fourty references) and multiple counties in IL. There were many Shecklers who resided in Armstrong Co., PA as well.
SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
1. "Germany", by Marshall Dill, Jr., University of Michigan Press, 1961.
2. United States Census Records, National Archives, various years.
3. Family History Center/LDS, various resources.
4. Research of William Michael Kaffenberger, Jr. of Stafford Co., VA.
5. Research of Rosemary Smay Adams of Brown Co., IL.
6. Research of Margie Hamill of Canfield, OH.
7. Research of Pat Ashton of Pittsburgh, PA.
8. Research of William Hays Smyers, formerly of NJ.
9. Research of Ann Smyers Livingston of Oberlin, OH.
10. Research of Catherine Wolf Sekeres of PA.
11. Research of Phyllis Voots of Joliet, IL.
12. Research of Carl Smyers of Sykesville, PA.
13. Research of Elsie M. Carter of Decatur, IL.
14. Research of Cindy Detwiler of Indianapolis, IN.
15. Research of Mary Victor of Manchester, TN.
16. Personal recollections of Russ Whited of Dellwood, MO.
17. "Pennsylvania Pioneers from Wolfersweiler Parish, Saarland, Germany" by Annette K. Burgert, 1983.
18. Miscellaneous German Church Records (in German), source and date unknown.
19. "Smyers Newsletter" by Cheryl-Lynn Walker, various issues.
20. "Pennsylvania Archives", various volumes.
21. Research of Ronald Wayne Smyers of Richardson, TX (including unpublished biographical sketches of various Schmeyer descendants in NC and TX). Mr. Smyers cites the following:
a. "Pennsylvania German Pioneers" by Strassburger, Ralph Beaver LL.D., Pennsylvania German Society,
Norristown, PA, 1934.
b. "Catawba County Heritage - NC", edited by Lucille M. Fullbright, Hunter Publishing Co., Winston-Salem,
c. "The History of Lamar County" by A. W. Neville, North Texas Publishing Co., Paris, TX, 1937.
d. "German Settlements and the Lutheran Church in the Carolinas" by G. D. Bernheim, Pastor, St. Paul's
Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wilmington, NC, originally published in Philadelphia, 1872, reprinted by
Regional Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD, 1975.
e. U.S. Census 1850 for Lamar Co., TX.
f. U.S. Census 1880 for Lamar Co., TX.
g. "History of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania" by Charles Rhoades Roberts, Lehigh Valley Publishing Co.,
Ltd., Allentown, PA, 1914.
h. "Pabst/Bobst/Pobst/Pope Family in the South" by Jennings Bland Pope, Ph.D., C.P.A., 1978.
i. "North Carolina Troops 1861 - 1865, Vol. III" by Weymouth T. Jordan, Jr., North Carolina Division of
Archives and History, Raleigh, NC, 1981.
22. "The Schmoyer Family (Schmeyer, Schmeier, Schmyer, Smoyer) Descendants of Philip Schmeyer of Lehigh County,
Pennsylvania" compiled and privately published by Elmer Dickson, Chico, CA, 1986. Mr. Dickson cites the
a. "Americana", American Historical Company.
b. "A History of Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania", Lower Macungie Bicentennial
c. "Emigrants from Wolfersweiler Parish, Germany to Pennsylvania Before 1850" by Raymond M. Bell,
National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 63, 1975.
d. "Ships Passenger Lists for Pennsylvania and Delaware (1641 - 1825)" by Carl Boyer III, editor, 1980.
e. "Pennsylvania Pioneers...." by Burgert (see above).
f. "Yearbook of the Pennsylvania German Folklore Society: A List of German Immigrants to the American
Colonies from Zweibruecken In the Palatinate", Hinke and Stroud, 1936.
g. "Pennsylvania German Marriages", Donna R. Irish, editor, Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1984.
h. "The Jacoby Family Genealogy" by Henry S. and Helen E. Jacoby, 1930.
i. "Jordan Lutheran Church Records", Lehigh, PA.
j. "Emigrants to America from the Duchy of Zweibruecken" by Friedrich Krebs, Pennsylvania German
Magazine, Vol. 23, 1964.
k. "Emigrants to America from the Duchy of Zweibruecken", Pennsylvania Folklife, Vol. 21, Summer, 1972.
l. "Emigrants to America from the Duchy of Zweibruecken and the Germersheim District", Pennsylvania
Folklife, Vol. 27, Autumn, 1967.
m. "Emigrants to America from the Duchy of Zweibruecken", Pennsylvania Folklife, Vol. 28, Spring, 1969.
n. "House of Waltman and Its Allied Families" by Lora S. LaMance, National Society of the Daughters of
the American Revolution Lineage Book.
o. "Pennsylvania Archives, Third Series", State of Pennsylvania.
p. "History of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania" by Charles R. Roberts, Lehigh Valley Publishing Company,
q. "History of the Schmoyer and Allied Families of Eastern Pennsylvania" by Rev. Melville B. C. Schmoyer,
unpublished genealogy, date unknown.
r. "History of a Sparks Family" by Kenneth Edgar Sparks, 1974.
s. "Pennsylvania German Pioneers" by Strassburger and Hinke, 1934.
t. U.S. Census Records.
u. "Wills and Administrations of Lehigh County" by Donald Yoder, The Pennsylvania Dutchman, Vol. I, 10:6,
v. "Pennsylvania German Immigrants 1709 - 1786", Donald Yoder, editor, 1980.
w. "Schmeier and Klein Family Registers", Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 24, 1975.
x. "Amerikaauswander aus der Reformierton Pfarrei Wolfersweiler Vor 1750" in Pfalzisch-Rheinische
Familienkunde, Vol. 10, 1982.
23. "History of the Little Cove", source and date unknown.
24. "Early Day Settlers of Dutch Fork and Buffalo Creek" by Smith and Keenan, date unknown.
25. Cambria County, PA, Deeds Book.
26. Last Will and Testament of Michael Smyers.
27. "History of Indiana County, Pennsylvania" by John A. Caldwell, 1880.
28. "Leffler Family", source and date unknown.
29. Daniel Smyers Obituary, DuBois Express, DuBois, PA, 1888.
30. "Camp Stories" by Q. S. Reams, date unknown.
31. "Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania, Vol. II", J.H. Beers and Co., 1898.
32. "Jefferson County, Pennsylvania History", article on Smyers Family by Carl D. Smyers, Sr., 1982.
33. "History of Jefferson County, Pennsylvania" by Kate Scott, date unknown.
34. "Tombstone Hopping in Jefferson County" by Patricia Steele, date unknown.
35. "Highlights in Pitt's Football History", author and date unknown.
36. Letter from Harriet Smyers to University of Pittsburgh, 1990.
37. University of Pittsburgh Press Release, circa 1930.
38. "The Miller Family, 1750 - 1877", source and date unknown.
39. "History of Brown County, Illinois", author and date unknown.
40. George Smyers Probate File, Brown County, IL Courthouse.
41. "History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, Vol. II" by Samuel P. Bates, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1871.
42. John W. Smyers, Civil War and Pension Records, National Archives.
43. Knicely Family Bible Records.
44. Philip L. Smyers, Civil War and Pension Records, National Archives.
45. Silas Moody, Civil War and Pension Records, National Archives.
46. "Brown Co. Cemeteries 1825-1927", Brown Co. Board of the Schuyler-Brown Historical & Genealogical Society.
47. "History of Bedford, Somerset, and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania", Waterman, Watkins and Company, 1884.
48. Last Will and Testament of John Whited.
49. "Historical and Biographical Sketches of Schuyler and Brown Counties", source and date unknown.
50. John Whited Probate File, Brown County, IL Courthouse.
51. John Whited Jr. Probate File, Brown County, IL Courthouse.
52. Margaret Whited Probate File, Brown County, IL Courthouse.
53. Samuel Whited, Civil War and Pension Records, National Archives.
54. "Sheckler (Schackler)" compiled and edited by Joyce Sheckler Heiss, Closson Press, Apollo, PA, 1988. Mrs.
Heiss cites the following:
a. "The Kernel of Greatness, An Informal Bicentennial History of Bedford County", Bedford County Heritage
b. "The Sebastian Shoup (Schaub) Family" by Marlo K. Schermerhorn.
c. David Ira Foster Scrapbook, 1882 - 1883.
d. "Trials and Tribulations, An Account of the Early Settlement of the Broad Top Area" by David Ira
Foster and Jon D. Baughman, Youth for Progress, 1969.
e. "Revolutionary War Soldiers Buried in Bedford County, Pennsylvania" from "The Pioneer", October 1979,
Vol. S, # 4.
f. Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania Court Records.
g. Land Warrant Records of Pennsylvania.
h. "History of Huntingdon and Blair Counties, Pennsylvania" by J. Simpson Africa, Louis H. Everts, 1883.
i. Letters from Vaughn E. Whisker to Joyce S. Heiss, 1978.
j. "The Pennsylvania Archives" by William Henry Egle, State Printer of Pennsylvania, Third Series, 1897.
k. "Archives of Maryland, Muster Rolls and Other Records of Service of Maryland Troops in the American
Revolution, 1775 - 1783", State of Maryland Historical Society, 1900.
l. National Daughters of the American Revolution Applications.
m. Sons of the American Revolution Applications, Indiana.
n. Sons of the American Revolution, Yearbook of the Pennsylvania Society, 1955.
o. Hopewell Township Map of 1873.
p. Letter from Ruth B. Guida to Joyce S. Heiss, 1979.
q. Letters from Ethel Carpenter to Joyce S. Heiss, 1979 - 1988.
r. Letters from Wayne V. Jones to Joyce S. Heiss.
s. Manuscript of "Bergstresser Family in America", Two Volumes, by Wayne V. Jones.
t. Letters and Items from Opal VanAsdale to Joyce S. Heiss, 1981 - 1987.
u. Letters and Other Information from Jane Brooks to Joyce S. Heiss, 1980 - 1987.
v. Letters and Other Information from Marilyn McPherson to Joyce S. Heiss, 1982 - 1985.
w. Letters from Florence Kinsey to Joyce S. Heiss, 1982 - 1987.
x. Letters and Other Information from Laura B. Waterman to Joyce S. Heiss, 1982 - 1987.
y. Headstones at Fockler Cemetery, Saxton, Pennsylvania.
z. "Roster of Revolutionary Ancestors, Indiana Daughters of the American Revolution", Ft. Wayne Indiana
Public Library, 1983.
55. "Das Kirchenbuch der Gemeinde Wolfersweiler", Evangelische Kirchengemeinde, Wolfersweiler, Germany, compile
by Rudi Jung.
56. "Die Familie Schmeyer Aus Dem Hochwald" by Hans Schmeyer, Grimburg, Germany, 1993.
57. Information provided by Donald and Anna Mae Schmoyer of Pennsylvania.
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