Carl & Elaine (Grove) Rhodes' Genealogy Pages

This Site is Dedicated to Our Forebears, and their Descendants


Matches 1 to 50 of 2,635

      1 2 3 4 5 ... 53» Next»

 #   Notes   Linked to 
1 Birth
1700 abt
Yorkshire, England

Marriage to Anne Hessay
1728 28 Apr Age: 28
Market Weighton, Yorkshire, England

Marriage to Elizabeth Hill
1728 10 Dec Age: 28
Holme upon Spalding Moor, Yorkshire, England

Anne Hessay
? 1728

Elizabeth Hill
1706 ?

Elizabeth Watson
1729 ?

John Watson Jr.
1730 ? 1731

Issabel Watson
1731 ?

Thomas Watson
1733 ?

Christopher Watson
1739 ?

Jane Watson
1742 ? 1811 
Watson, Jane (I6401)
2 Birth
1797 13 Sep

Marriage to Barbara Zinsmaster Christmann
1822 17 Jan Age: 24

1858 5 Sep Age: 60
Bolivar, Tuscarawas, Ohio, United States

New York, 1820-1850 Passenger and Immigration Lists
about Theobald Zinsmenter
Name: Theobald Zinsmenter
Arrival Date: 13 Jun 1846
Age: 48
Gender: M (Male)
Port of Arrival: New York
Port of Departure: Havre
Place of Origin: Deutschland
Ship: Narraganset
Family Identification: 133682
Microfilm Serial Number: M237
Microfilm Roll Number: 62 
Zinsmeister, Theobald (I3164)
3 GEORGE KITE is a member of one of the pioneer families of Richland county and is numbered among the successful and prominent farmers of Richwood township. He was born in the town of Eagle, this county, Mar. 24, 1859, and is a son of George an (Myers) Kite, the former of whom was born in Champaign county, O., in 1822, and the latter in Marion county, Ind., in 1829. Their marriage was celebrated in the latter county, in 1848, and they continued to reside in the Hoosier State u ntil 1857, when they came to Wisconsin and settled in Eagle township, Richland county, where the father bought eighty acres of wild land, to which he subsequently added forty acres, here developing a good farm and remaining on the old homestea d until his death, in October, 1822. He wife is still living on the old homestead. Of their nine children five are living. He was a Republican in politics and was a member of the town board for a number of years, having served as chairman of th e same for several terms. He and his wife were devoted members of United Brethren church, in which he was ordained a minister when but twenty years of age. He made farming his vocation but exercised his clerical functions, having been one of th e pioneer clergymen of his church in the county. He was a son of Michael and Catherine (Tofflemeier) Kite, the former of whom was born in Virginia, and the later in Ohio. She died near Terre Haute, Ind., having been communicant of the Catholic c hurch. Michael Kite came to Richland county about 1853, settling in Eagle township, where he passed the residue of his life, having been eighty ears of age at the time of his death. The maternal grandparents of the subject of this review were Wi lliam and Massie (Conner) Myers, the former of whom was born in Virginia and the later in Indiana. George Kite, the immediate subject of this sketch, was reared on the home farm of his parents and is indebted to the district schools for his earl y educational discipline. He is now the owner of a well improved farm of eighty acres, and devotes his attention to general agriculture and stock-raising. He maintains a liberal and public-spirited attitude as a citizen and his political suppor t is given to the Republican party. In June, 1885, Mr. Kite was united in marriage to Miss Effie Hofius, a daughter of James W. Hofius, of whom individual mention is made in these columns. They became the parents of seven children: Andrew and Gr ace died in childhood and the third child died in infancy. Flossie was the next in order of birth; Carrie is deceased, and the two youngest children are Tressie and Ruth.
From: History of Crawford and Richland Counties, Wisconsin, Union Publishing Company, Springfield, IL, 1884 
Kite, George W (I457)
4 John Watson
1700 ?

Elizabeth Hill
1706 ?

John Winter
1737 ? 1819

John Winter Jr.
1765 ? 1838

Edward Winter
1767 ? 1780

Elizabeth Winter
1770 ? 1839

William Winter
1771 ? 1831

Thomas Winter
1773 ?

Ann Winter
1775 ? 1867

Robert Winter
1776 ? 1779

Jane Winter
1778 ?

Hannah Winter
1781 ?

Edward Winter
1784 ? 1870 
Winter, Anna (Ann) (I4235)

WILLIAM S STOCKER is an honored veteran of the Civil War, in which he sustained a wound that sent him home when the struggle was still at its height. He has been a resident of Kosciusko County for more than half a century and the productis of the earlier years have enabled him to enjoy a comfortable retirement. . . .

He was born in Tuscarawas County , Ohio, May 1, 1842, a on of Andrew and Margaret (Strieby) Stocker. His parents were both born in Stark County ,Ohio. In the Spring of 1863 the parents and eight children came to Indiana and settled just ovine in Noble County, just opposite the farm of William Stocker. Andrew Stocker died near Webster, December 13, 1882, at the age of sixty-five.

Will S Stocker was reared in Ohio and in that state on August 17,1862, enlisted in Company K of the ninety-Eighth Ohio Infantry. He was sent to General Buell's army in the Kentucky campaign and only a few weeks after his enlistment took pae Battle of Perryville. where he was wonded in the left side. He was sent to a field hospital at Perryville, was later removed to Lebanon and from there to Louisville and after a partial recovery was given an honorable discharge. Dec 28, 1862 and sent home. He accompanied his parents to Indiana

The following article is found in the "Biographical and Historical
Record of Kosciusko County" by pp. 272-273.
"William S. Stocker resides on section 1, in Tippecanoe Township,
where he owns sixty-three acres of land. He came to this county in
the spring of 1863, with his parents and seven other children, who
settled across the road in Noble County, opposite to where he now
lives. The father died near Webster, on a farm he then owned, the
13th of Dec., 1882. He was born in Northampton County PA, and was
sixty-five years of age when he died. The mother, formerly Margaret
Strieby, is living on the old farm where the family first settled when
they came to Indiana. She is two years younger than her husband.
Both parents were born in Stark County, OH. The brothers and sisters of
our subject were the following--Nathaniel, who died in 1878, near
Aetna, Noble County; Eliza Jane married Alexander Miksch, and died in
1865, while her husband was in the army. William S. was born May 1,
1842, in Tuscarawas County OH, where he was reared to manhood. August
17, 1862, he enlisted in the United States service, and was honorably
discharged the 28th of Dec. 1862. He was a member of Company K,
Ninety-eighth Ohio Infantry, and served under General Buell, in KY.
He was discharged on account of a wound received at the battle of
Perryville. He was wounded by a minie ball in his left thigh, and was
taken to a hospital at Perryville; thence to Lebanon; thence to
Louisville. He was married Nov. 19,1868, to Miss Sarah C. Knepper,
who was born in Franklin County PA, Jan. 29, 1847. When she was a year
old her parents brought her to Noble County, where she was reared to
womanhood. Her father was born in Cumberland County PA, and is now
sixty-seven years old. The mother was born in Franklin Co. same
state, and is now sixty-five years old. They are living on the farm
where they first settled. Both parents are of German origin. Mr.
Stocker's grandfather died when William was five or six years old. He
has given considerable attention to bee-raising. In the spring of
1885 he had three swarms of bees, and they have now increased to
twelve swarms and produced 300 lbs. of honey. In the fall of 1885 he
sold two swarms, and in the following spring commenced with ten
swarms, and they have produced five or six hundred lbs. of honey. The
comb honey sells for 15 cents per pound.Politically he affiliates
with the Republican party."
1900 Census, Kosciusko County, Tippecanoe Twp. 1880 Census, Kosciusko
County, Tippecanoe Twp. 1870 Census, Kosciusko County, Tippecanoe Twp.,
Boydston Mills

Andrew Stocker January 4, 1883
NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION: William Stockler (Stocker) has been appointed administrator of Andrew Stocker estate.

1900 United States Federal Census
about William Stocker
Name: William Stocker
Home in 1900: Tippecanoe, Kosciusko, Indiana
Age: 58
Birth Date: May 1842
Birthplace: Ohio
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relationship to Head of House: Head
Father's Birthplace: Ohio
Mother's Birthplace: Ohio
Spouse's name: Sarra
Marriage Year: 1866
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 34
Residence : Tippecanoe Township, Kosciusko, Indiana
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
William Stocker 58
Sarra Stocker 53
Rosey B Stocker 50
Samual W Stocker 10
Murtle D Stocker 16

1880 United States Federal Census
about William S. Stoker
Name: William S. Stoker
Home in 1880: Tippecanoe, Kosciusko, Indiana
Age: 37
Estimated birth year: abt 1843
Birthplace: Ohio
Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
Spouse's name: Sarah C.
Father's birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's birthplace: Pennsylvania
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Farmer
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Cannot read/write:

View image
Household Members:
Name Age
William S. Stoker 37
Sarah C. Stoker 33
Franklin S. Stoker 13
Perry W. Stoker 11
George E. Stoker 9
Edward H. Stoker 4
Rosa B. Stoker 7M 
Stocker, William Sylvester (I892)
6 John was a merchant in Urbana, Champaign County, Oh. from about 1817-1822 and in
Bellefontaine, Logan County, OH, from about 1822 till his death. He mentioned in "The History of Champaign and Logan Counties, from their first settlemet:" by Joshua Antrim, 1872, page 270, listed as one of Champaign County first electors in 1 811. Also in "History of Logan County and Ohio" by O.L. Baskin & County, Historical Publishers", 1880, page 338, "William Scott built a two-story log house...... He there kept the first tavern in town. This he soon sold to John Rhodes, of Urb ana, who kept the first stock of merchandise in Bellefontaine." In the book "History of Champaign County" by Unigraphic Pul., 1881, John Rhodes is mentioned as Urbana township Clerk in 1815. In going over early town records of Urbana, OH, the re is found that John Rhodes was a town Trustee as early as 1816.

Record Book 10 pg 90 Filed Oct 2 1827 Partition
William H Fyffe
William Glenn, Nelson Rhodes, james Rhodes and Minerva Rhodes
On 22 Mar 1817 William Ward converyed In-lots 6 and 7 and Out-lot 4 in Urbana to Fyffe, Glenn and John Rhodes. John Rhodes died leaving Nelson Rhodes, James Rhodes and Minerva Rhodes as heirs, all of Logan Co and Elisha Tabor was appointed guard ian ad litem. The appraisers were Adam Mosgrove, Edmund B Cavalier and Daniel Helmick, who divided the lots on 9 Feb 1828

Champaign Co, Guardianship & Indentures Vol 1 pg 216 22 April 1833 Israel hamilton gdn of Nelson Rhodes 15yr; james Rhodes 14yrs, children and minor heirs of John Rhodes, dec'd. Surities Samuel Taylor and William Vance. 
Rhodes, John S. (I6)
7 "ABRAM W. SOLLENBERGER FAMILY" by Samuel G. Sollenberger (1967)--
Coyle Library, Chambersburg, PA, information obtained in a letter from
Carole Magnuson, 2617 Zurich Ct., Woodridge, IL 60517, May 10, 1988.
"Both (John and Elizabeth) buried at Burkhart Cem., near Pleasant
Hall, Franklin County Pa now within Letterkenny Army Depot. Graves
marked with rough limestone and no inscriptions. Will recorded
Chambersburg, Pa. Book E. Page 386, June 7, 1852. There children are:
John, Daniel, Christian, Catherine, Martin, Elizabeth, Peter,
Susanna, Maria, Henry, Jacob, Abraham." 
Sollenberger, John (I1673)
8 "DESCENDANTS OF HANS GRAF" by Lindsey M. Brien (hand-typed book at
Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN, 1966) "From notes of Miss
Julia Grove of Shepherdstown, who died Jul 26, 1923, aged 83 years.
'Hans Graf was born in Switzerland in 1661, and during the persecution
of the Mennonites in his native country, he with others fled to
Alsace. In Alsace he bore the title of Baron von Weldon. His coat of
arms is in possessions of his descendants; he was the brother-in-law
of Lieut. Col. Duke of Metzer, Govenor of Breda, and it was from him
the Grafs or Groves were entitled to the immense wealth in the father
land. At one time none stood nearer in confidence to the throne that
Hans Graf, but owing to this very prominence he became the target for
false accusations and his wealth confiscated. The accusations were
proved utterly false and he was publicly exonerated, given invitation
to return and his wealth and property and position would be fully
restored to him, but Hans Graf scorned their overtures and declined to
return. He came to America and became in the new world a man of
wealth and prominence.' 'Hans Graf arrived in PA about 1695, moved
westward to a stream now known as "Groff's Run" in Lancaster County,
where he established a trading post with the Indians, exchanging
blankets for furs which he hauled to Philadelphia on a stout wagon
drawn by six powerful horses. Subsequently he purchased from the sons
of Wm. Penn a tract of land containing some 1400-1500 acres and laid
our Earl Twp. (so named from his title). Later East Earl and West
Earl Twp. were formed. He was always called "der Graf" (the Earl) and
lived to be a very old man and was buried in the grave yard attached
to Groff's Meeting House. His grave is marked with a rough sand stone
slab on which the letters H.G. are still decipherable.' 'According
to Ellis and Evans History of Lancaster County, the first settler in what
is now Earl Twp. was Hans Graf. He was a refugee from Switzerland,
and about the year 1696 emigrated to Germantown, PA., where he
remained several years, then removed in 1717 to Pequea
Valley...."Upper Leacock Twp.- the whole eastern part of this Twp. was
included in a warrant of land granted to Hans Graf...Hans Graf with
one of his brothers were among the early persecuted Christians who
fled from Switzerland to Alsace, then a province of France. About
1695-6 he came to Germantown and remained a short time, afterward
settling in the Pequea Valley, but not being content there he settled
in Groff's Dale, which was named in honor of him." (Ellis and Evans
"History of Lancaster County", p. 925)' 'Rupp's "Collection of Thirty
Thousand Immigrants to PA" Hans Graf was naturalized Oct. 14, 1729.
His brother Martin was first constable. Hans Graf was one of the men
appointed to lay out the Kings Highway in 1733, from Lancaster to
Mr. Diffenderfer (1876) is quoted as saying:
"...Hans Graf, a Swiss refugee, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1696
and after remaining some years at Germantown, first located in the
Pequea Valley. While in pursuit of his strayed horses, he found his
way into what is familiarly know as Groff's Thal, within the limits of
West Earl Township. Pleased with the country, he had his wife,
children and chattels conveyed thither and located on the stream, now
called Graf's Run, where he soon took up land. He was the earliest
settler in these townships, so also was the wealthiest citizen at the
time of his death in 1746.
This Hans Graf was a man of more than ordinary force of character.
He was the principle person in the new settlement that sprung up
around him, even to the time of his death in 1746; his name frequently
occurs in the Colonial Records; he was one of the persons named to lay
out the King's High Road from Lancaster to Philedelphia in 1733.
Along with many others he was naturalized on Oct. 14, 1729, in the
third year of the reign of George the Second. He had already built a
mill prior to 1729, and when in that year the township was organized
the citizens honored both themselves and him in giving his name 'Graf'
in its English equivalent, Earl, to the new district."
"THE GROFF BOOK" by Clyde Groff, Walter Groff, and Jane Evans Best,
(Groff History Associates, 1985) "The transition of Hans Groff from
'husbandman' in 1715 to 'wagoner' in the 1724 tax list is verified by
his great-grandson, John Groff, who said he conducted trading between
Philadelphia and the Indians and dealt in blankets and other articles
of merchandise which he procured in Philadelphia. He took them to a
ferry on the Susquehanna River and exchanged them for skins and furs.
He spoke the Indian language fluently. According to Levi Groff, "Hans
Graf started a Big 6 horse Team." The inventory of his estate dated 5
May 1746, included an 'old waggon', valued at L 5.0.0, a 'little
waggon' valued at L 3.15.0, and a 'big waggon' valued at L 12.0.0. It
also inclued smith tools, ropemaker tools, potter tools, and 'several
sorts of Tools'." "The German word 'graf' translates into 'earl' in
English. West Earl was separated from it (Earl twp.) in 1833, and
East Earl was established in 1851." "The inventory of 'Hance Graff of
Erltown' was dated 5 May, 1746 and totaled L648.3.10, including L300
for the plantation and L 123 credits. Bibles and other books included
the 1580 Froschauer Bible he had brought with him from Europe, and
which is still in the family in Lancaster County They were valued at L
8.14.3 and 'Spectaculs' at L 0.8.0. His gold scales, valued at 15
shillings, are on exhibition at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical

Originating in B?aearetswil, Switzerland, the Groff family became during the early seventeenth century one of the founding families of both the United States and what was later to become Canada. The original German spellings of the family name ar e Graf as well as Graff and the Z?aeurich line, known in the area since the early 1300's, are a branch of the ancient rabbinical Graff family. Forced to convert to Catholicism in the early 1300's they became Anabaptists in 1560 and migrated from S witzerland to the area around Sinsheim, Germany around 1651.

The Groff family has largely remained an East Coast family found both on the United States and Canadian sides of the border. A large number of notable Groffs have migrated back and forth between the two countries during the past two hundred year s. The recognized seat of the U.S. Groff family is the area of southeastern Pennsylvania. In Canada the Groff family is best known in the area around Markham, Ontario. In both countries, the family has often comprised a formidable political an d economic power and was instrumental in the founding of the Mennonite Church Canada.

* 1 Family tree
* 2 Ancestors
o 2.1 Hans Groff
* 3 Connections to other prominent families
o 3.1 de Beauvoir / Beaver family connections
o 3.2 Eisenhower family connections

The following is an approximate tree of some of the members of the Groff family:

* Jacob Groff (1751-1824), was a prominent Pennsylvania Revolutionary War soldier of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
o Ulysses Grant Groff (1865-1950), was a noted philanthropist who donated tracts of land to Amherst College and the City of Amherst, Massachusetts
Charles Wister Groff (1898-1987), a renowned real estate developer and philanthropist

Hans Groff (1661? 1746) founder of Earl Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania was the uncle of the father of Jacob Groff. He is believed to be the oldest known member of the Groff family in North America and the holder of the title Baron v on Welden of Grafenwald Castle near B?aearetswil, Switzerland.
External links for Hans Groff:
* "A Biographical History of Lancaster County" (1872) by Alex. Harris pg. 237-239
* Hans Graf Family descendants

Inscription: HANS GRAF, The first Settler, Came from Switzerland A.D. 1696. Settlement was made at the head of Groff's Run. He purchased 1419 Acres of land from John Richard, S Thomas Penn, for 141L. 18 S. [equal to $686.80] along Groff's Run. H e Built a log Cabin on the old Groff farm A.D. 1717. His purchase included the land on which the Groffdale Meeting House is built. Died A.D. 1746.

Hans Graf founder of Lancaster, PA, Baron von Welden

Originating in B?aearetswil, Switzerland, the Groff family became during the early seventeenth century one of the founding families of both the United States and what was later to become Canada. The original German spellings of the family name ar e Graf as well as Graff and the Z?aeurich line, known in the area since the early 1300's, are a branch of the ancient rabbinical Graff family. Forced to convert to Catholicism in the early 1300's they became Anabaptists in 1560 and migrated from S witzerland to the area around Sinsheim, Germany around 1651.

The Groff family has largely remained an East Coast family found both on the United States and Canadian sides of the border. A large number of notable Groffs have migrated back and forth between the two countries during the past two hundred year s. The recognized seat of the U.S. Groff family is the area of southeastern Pennsylvania. In Canada the Groff family is best known in the area around Markham, Ontario. In both countries, the family has often comprised a formidable political an d economic power and was instrumental in the founding of the Mennonite Church Canada.

* 1 Family tree
* 2 Ancestors
o 2.1 Hans Groff
* 3 Connections to other prominent families
o 3.1 de Beauvoir / Beaver family connections
o 3.2 Eisenhower family connections

[edit] Family tree

The following is an approximate tree of some of the members of the Groff family:

* Jacob Groff (1751-1824), was a prominent Pennsylvania Revolutionary War soldier of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
o Ulysses Grant Groff (1865-1950), was a noted philanthropist who donated tracts of land to Amherst College and the City of Amherst, Massachusetts
# Charles Wister Groff (1898-1987), a renowned real estate developer and philanthropist

[edit] Ancestors

[edit] Hans Groff

Hans Groff (1661? 1746) founder of Earl Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania was the uncle of the father of Jacob Groff. He is believed to be the oldest known member of the Groff family in North America and the holder of the title Baron vo n Welden of Grafenwald Castle near B?aearetswil, Switzerland.

External links for Hans Groff:

* "A Biographical History of Lancaster County" (1872) by Alex. Harris pg. 237-239
* Hans Graf Family descendants 
Graf, Hans (I290)
9 "STREVEY FAMILY HISTORY" by Maxine Strevey Scott, p. 5 and 6
"Young Michael (he followed the German custom of using his middle
name)..." " On Oct. 22, 1753, Michael Strieby purchased title to 56
acres and 132 perches of land near Easton, Pa. from Jacob Fisher.
This plot, known as STRIEBYTOWN, had been surveyed and warranted to
Conrad Yost on May 9, 1751. Mr. Yost had sold his land to Jacob Fisher
on Sep. 10, 1753." "STRIEBYTOWN was a portion of the Penn's Manor
Fremor patented to Michael Strieby by John Penn, Lt. Gov. of the
province...Michael's patent cost 8 pounds thrirteen shillings, and was
recorded on Apr. 15, 1767." "According to dept. of internal affairs of
the commonwealth of Pa., Patent book, Vol. AA 8, p. 259. Striebytown
was situated partly in Lowmill Twp. and partly in Whitehall Twp. From
Oct. 22, 1753 until Feb. 9 1787 it remained in the possession of
Michael Strieby when he and his wife sold it to Jacob Bare for 225
pounds in specie (Northampton County Pa. File Book, File y, Book D-9, p.
216)." " With the exception of Jacob, the eldest, all of his
children were born in the Striebytown area or on a farm south of there
containing 172 acres and located aside or on the west side of the
Jordon Lutheran Church in South Whitehall Twp., according to a map by
Isaac Chapman." "From there Michael and his wife move to Lynn Twp.,
Northampton County Pa, where he owned 224 acres of land at the time of
his death in May 1790. Barbara died sometime between Feb. 1787 and
Michael's death in May....The final settlement being exhibited on Sep.
13, 1791. After the death of his father, John Strieby chose John
Mosher of Whitehall Twp. for his guardian." 
Strieby, Hans Michael (I1476)
10 After the death of Joseph, Sarah worked as a housekeeper. She also sold off lots in the town of Argos, which were left to her by late husbands estate. The last land record found on Sarah (Kite) Rhodes was
on 17 Nov 1873, when she sold land in the town of Argos (recorded in Deed Book 8 pg. 395 in the Marshall County Courthouse at Pymouth IN).
Her remaning property was later seized by the county sheriff and sold for deliquent taxes.
OBITUARY: from a news paper, The Bourbon Mirror, (Bourbon, Marshall County IN) Dec. 10 1874 "From Argos ---- Died of brain fever, on 3d inst., the widow of Joseph Rhoads. She was a consistent member of the Chistian church, and leaves a large circle of relatives and friend to mourn her loss".: From a news paper, the Marshall County Repubican, (Plymouth, Marshall County, Ind.) Dec. 10 1874 "Argos Items ---- Died, on 3d inst., Mrs Rhodes, aged 63 years" 
Kite, Sarah (I15)
11 All information about children of John and Mary (Brown) Grove taken
from "History of Shepherd and Related Families", by Frank Shepherd
(1858-?), Pub. in 1943. Book at Indiana State Family. 
Hall, John (I2132)
12 Birth and death date from the 1850 Mortality Schedule of Pike Co
Breeden, William (I1180)
13 Birth date calculated from death date in Jacob Baugher's bible and
age 73 years, III m. and 13 (taken to be 73 y, 3 m and 13 d) Death
date taken from Jacob Baugher's Bible record, recorded in German.
Death date taken from Daniel Baugher's Bible. 
Stemler, Elizabeth (I1517)
14 Birth date was estimated from the 1830 census of Urbana Twp.,
Champaign, County, OH, pg. 63, Susan (Susannah) Rhodes's age 60-69 born
1761-1770. Her son Joseph was born 1811, figuring 45 to be a fair
realistic maximum age for her giving birth, this would put her
birthdate as being around 1766-1770.
Champaign County OH Common Pleas Court, March Term 1830, Record Book
11, pg. 71-76, "James Dallas admr. of Wm. Rhodes vs Susan Rhodes
widow." Lawsuit mentions William Rhodes, and his widow, Susan Rhodes,
along with heirs Sanford Rhodes, William Rhodes, James Rhodes, Isaac
Rhodes, Joseph H. Rhodes, Nancy Largent late Nancy Rhodes wife of
William Largent, Polly Wallace late Polly Rhodes wife of John Wallace,
ElizabethRhodes and Susan King late Susan Rhodes wife of John King,
also Nelson Rhodes, James Rhodes and Minerva Rhodes heirs of John
Rhodes late of Logan County Decd. plus Samuel, John and James Rhodes
heirs of James Rhodes Decd. 
Susannah (I3)
15 Birth date was estimated, figuring she may have been around 20 when she married William Largent (20 was the average age of women to marry during that time. Rhodes, Nancy (I4)
16 Birth date was from a Bible Record. Breeden, Paul (I1181)
17 Blan Ballard Breeden was likely named after a soldier in his
father's regiment in the Rev. War, named Bland Ballard. Bland Ballard
settled in Shelby County Ky. Death date was est. from Shelby County,
Kentucky Deeds, Book V, page 151. 
Breeden, Bland Ballard (I1188)
18 Death Record, Kosciusko County Book H-19, P. 50
death and birth dates taken from this document
1900 Census Kosciusko County Tippecanoe Twp. Phebe states that she emmigrated in 1848, having been in the U.S. for 52 years. She says she was the mother of 8 children, 3 of whom are living.


1920 United States Federal Census
about Phebe Zintzmaster
Name: Phebe Zintzmaster
[Phoebe Zintsmaster]
[Rube Zintzmaster]
Home in 1920: Tippecanoe, Kosciusko, Indiana
Age: 94 years
Estimated birth year: abt 1826
Birthplace: Germany
Relation to Head of House: Mother
Father's Birth Place: Germany
Mother's Birth Place: Germany
Marital Status: Widow
Race: White
Sex: Female
Year of Immigration: 1844
Able to read: No
Able to Write: No
Image: 824
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Phebe E Goppert 54
Minnie M Goppert 24
Phebe Zintzmaster 94

1910 United States Federal Census
about Phoebe Zimtsmaster
Name: Phoebe Zimtsmaster
[Phoebe Zintsmaster]
Age in 1910: 81
Estimated birth year: abt 1829
Birthplace: Germany
Relation to Head of House: Mother
Father's Birth Place: Germany
Mother's Birth Place: Germany
Home in 1910: Tippecanoe, Kosciusko, Indiana
Marital Status: Widowed
Race: White
Gender: Female
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Phoebe Goppert 45
Minnie Goppert 15
Phoebe Zimtsmaster 81

1900 United States Federal Census
about Phebe Pintsmaster
Name: Phebe Pintsmaster
[Phoebe Zintsmaster]
[Phebe Lintsmaster]
Home in 1900: Tippecanoe, Kosciusko, Indiana
Age: 72
Birth Date: Jun 1827
Birthplace: Germany
Race: White
Gender: Female
Immigration Year: 1848
Relationship to Head of House: Wife
Father's Birthplace: Germany
Mother's Birthplace: Germany
Mother: number of living children: 3
Mother: How many children: 8
Spouse's name: K E Pintsmaster
Marriage Year: 1851
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 49
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Jacob Pintsmaster 75
Phebe Pintsmaster 72
Phebe Gowppert 35
Minney Gowppert 5 
Ruschae, Phebe (I1515)
19 Died in infancy. Pletcher, Christian (I2346)
20 Florence Tilton Sowers graduated from Bellefontaine High School in 1909. The June 8, 1909 edition of the Bellefontaine Examiner lists her as a graduate. She stayed in Bellefontaine during the week with an uncle and aunt Milton and Jennie M nle she attended high school. After graduation, Mabel thinks she took a Patterson exam to qualify as a teacher. She taught school in a one-room school located somewhere on what is now Ludlow Road south of Bellefontaine.

Obituary, Florence Tilton Sowers, Bellefontaine Examiner, dtg. October 19, 1972.
The death of Mrs. Fred (Florence Mabel) Sowers, 81, 1104 Erie Street, occurred at 10:25 p.m. Wednesday at the Latham Care Center, Inc. where she had been a patient since 1971. Death followed a long illness.
Mrs. Sowers was born in Casstown, Ind. July 28, 1891, a daughter of John W. and Rosanna Henderson Tilton. She was a member of the United Church of Christ in West Liberty.
On Feb. 14, 1914, the deceased was married in West Liberty, to Mr. Sowers who survives with a son, John F. Sowers, R. 4 Bellefontaine; two daughters, Mrs. Gorden (Mabel) Graham, R. 1 Bellefontaine, and Mrs. Wilbur (Mildred) Allender, Springfield , seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren, and a brother, George Tilton, R. 2 Huntsville. Three brothers and one sister are dead.
Funeral services in charge of Rev. Milton Sumerel, will be conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Eicholtz funeral home and burial will follow in Fairview cemetery, West Liberty.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. 
Tilton, Florence Mabel (I3924)
21 In the Largent book by Joanne Eustice, she says: "Eli -- probably the son of William Largent and Nancy Rhodes -----" Then adds that there was a William Largent living in the same household as Eli and Sarah in the 1850 census, but it is not pnthis William was the father of Eli. As for this author, Carl Rhodes, I believe Eli is the son of William Largent and Nancy Rhodes. Largent, Eli (I3696)
22 Information for Marx Graf and his ancestors is taken from April
1990 Issue of Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage, Vol. XIII, Number 2,
written by Jane Evans Best. 
Graf, Marx (I784)
23 Information obtained from a letter from Leallah Franklin, 822 Camino De Los Padres, Tucson, AZ 85718, dated Oct. 1, 1990, in which she speaks about information obtained from a book on the Nestlerodes, by Talwin: "Christian's father J. Christnsth or Sardin Christian Nestleroth came to America on "The Queen of Denmark." Arrived Phil, Pa on 11-2-1752. He settled in Lancaster County, PA. J. Christian was how it was listed on the Queen of Denmark, but he signed it I Christian, on hi s land purchase records in Lancaster, Pa it is listed as Sardin Christian Nesselroth. I found his name on the immigration list in a book in Salt Lake City. A lot of the Nesselrodes came from southern Europe to Germany and then some of them wen t to Russia. Some of them were of Royalty in Germany also. I have a royal chart of the Nesselrodes in Germany, but I can't find any connection yet. A couple of articles I've read says we are of Russian descent. They were members of Trinity Lu theran Church in Lancaster, PA. This Talwin seems to have done alot of research on the Nesselrodes and he says that Sardin Christian Nesselroth had sons of Christian, Isreal, John, Daniel, and Christopher. He did not list the females....I under stand that our Christian had about 26 children between two wives." Will of Christian Nestleroad, Book B, p. 67 Centre County, Howard Twp. March 12, 1834---Apr. 8, 1835
Wife Catharine and her Children Son Samuel Eldest dau Anna Dau. Margaret Witnesses: Dau. Maria
Frederick Shenk Youngest dau. Magdelena Daniel Shenk (in German) Eldest son John Christian Bowers Elizabeth Waggoner Christina (?) Executors: Susannah Bitner Wife Catherine Catharine Rorabough Daniel Snty Bressler 4th son Daniel Isreal Nestleroad (relationship not stated) "My 1st wife's children" 
Nestleroad, Christian (I403)
24 Joseph and Sarah (Kite) Rhodes family moved from Urbana in Champaign County Ohio to Hamilton County IN, in about 1835, along with Sarah's father Michael Kite. In the following year they relocated to Boone County near the village of Thornto .it out of the eleven known children of Joseph and Sarah were born there. On March 5, 1852 Joseph H. (Rodes) purchased a farm in Marshall County, IN, for $1,100.00 (Marshall County Deed Book H, page. 509). November of that year he bough t swamp land from the state of Indiana at a $1.25 per acre. In present day Walnut Twp. of Marshall County, IN, Joseph laid out the village of Fremont, on Nov. 6 1856. He named it in honor of Col. John C. Fremont who was voted that day as th e Republican candidate for President. Joseph laid the village of Fremont out along side the community of Sidney. The following year Joseph opened a small grocery store. In 1859 Joseph, along with seventeen others voted to join the two communi ties of Fremont and Sidney into the town of Argos. :Plymouth Pilot-News, Plymouth, Marshall County IN, Nov. 9, 1979 (from the Marshall County Historical Soc., Plymouth IN); Twentieth Century History of Marshall County, Indiana, McDonald, VOL. 1 , page. 119, 120); History of Indiana, Special Edition for Marshall County, Vol. II, Brant, Fuller & County, 1890, page. 65, 66; History of Marshall County, Indiana, 1836 to 1880, by Daniel McDonald, 1881, page. 145, 146; The Story of Marshall C ounty, page. 44. To this day plat maps of Argos bear the name of Joseph Rhodes. Birth and death date from, Marshall County, Ind., Cemeteries Vol. 2, by Wendel C. and Jean C. Tombaugh, page. 120. Rhodes, Joseph Hector (I14)
25 Mar Rec. Kosciusko County Book K, p. 163 Birth date taken from
Jacob Baugher's Bible, seems to be September

Noah Baugher
Enrolled in Spanish-American War 26 April 1898
Company H, 4th Regiment, Indiana National Guard
Rank: Private
Discharged 4 January 1899
Residence: North Webster
Source: "Record of Indiana Volunteers in the Spanish-American War", p. 251 
Baugher, Noah (I1555)
26 Mar. Rec. Kosciusko County Book L, p. 468 Weaver, Martin J. (I1575)
27 Marriage license states born 1853, obit. said 1854. Schleppi, Rebecca L. (I2738)
28 Mrs. Grant Sower's obituary states she was the last of a family of four children of Rev. and Mrs. A. H. Windsor. Survivors in Bellefontaine at the time of her death were Mrs. Charles Bewley, 536 east Sandusky Avenue and Mrs. W. M. Hildreth, teet, nieces. A nephew was Easton Windsor, west Columbus Ave. Windsor, Louena (I3942)
RITES WEDNESDAY Daniel Baugher, aged 85, a life-long resident of
North Webster, died at 6 a.m. Monday at his home there. Death came
unexpectedly as the result of a heart ailment." "Mr. Baugher was
born in the North Webster community, Nov. 2, 1860, the son of Jacob
and Elizabeth (Stemler) Baugher. He had retired from active work as a
carpenter. His wife, Angelina, died Feb. 22, 1946."
Mar. Rec. Kosciusko Book H, p. 171.
Birth date taken from Jacob Baugher's Bible.

The following is from a newspaper clipping found in bible: Anniversary Dinner. A surprise co-operative dinner was held Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs., Dan Baugher, North Webster, in honor of their 55th wedding anniversary. It was also the 8 0th birthday anniversary of Dan Baugher. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Harry Baugher and daughter, Donna Rose, Syracuse, Mr. and Mrs. John Wortinger and daughter, Paula, Goshen, Stanley Baugher, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Baugher, Mr. and Mrs. Eugen e Baugher, North Webster, and Arthur Baugher, Camp Custer, Mich.

Wed. November 11, 1886 (Republican Indianian) North Webster
Married: on last Thursday Daniel Baugher and Angie Zintmaster, Rev. J.F.Bockman officiating.
(From Kosciousko County Hist. Soc. file) Warsaw, IN

Indianian Republican June 2, 1892 (Webster)
Birth: Dan Baugher---a boy.

Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941
about Angie Zinsmeister
Name: Angie Zinsmeister
Spouse Name: Daniel Baugher
Marriage Date: 4 Nov 1886
Marriage County: Kosciusko
Source Title 1: Kosciusko County Indiana
Source Title 2: Marriages 1846-1891
Source Title 3: Brides Compiled by Ruth M Slevin 1972
Book: H
OS Page: 171

1920 United States Federal Census
about Daniel Baugher
Name: Daniel Baugher
[David Baugher]
Home in 1920: Tippecanoe, Kosciusko, Indiana
Age: 59 years
Estimated birth year: abt 1861
Birthplace: Indiana
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's name: Angeline
Father's Birth Place: Germany
Mother's Birth Place: Germany
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Own
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Image: 824
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Daniel Baugher 59
Angeline Baugher 53
Stanley Theo Baugher 20

1910 United States Federal Census
about Daniel Baugher
Name: Daniel Baugher
Age in 1910: 50
Estimated birth year: abt 1860
Birthplace: Indiana
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: Germany
Mother's Birth Place: Germany
Spouse's name: Angelina
Home in 1910: Tippecanoe, Kosciusko, Indiana
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Daniel Baugher 50
Angelina Baugher 41
Pearl Baugher 22
Cora B Baugher 20
Harry R Baugher 18
Stanley Baugher 11

1900 United States Federal Census
about Danial Baugher
Name: Danial Baugher
[Danial Bougher]
Home in 1900: Tippecanoe, Kosciusko, Indiana
Age: 39
Birth Date: Nov 1860
Birthplace: Indiana
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relationship to Head of House: Head
Father's Birthplace: Germany
Mother's Birthplace: Germany
Spouse's name: Angey
Marriage Year: 1886
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 14
Residence : Tippecanoe Township, Kosciusko, Indiana
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Danial Baugher 39
Angey Baugher 31
Pearl Baugher 13
Cora Baugher 10
Harrey Baugher 8
Stanley Baugher 2 
Baugher, Daniel (I1506)
30 Obituary Notice--Sarah Catherine (Knepper) Stocker "Sarah
Catherine Stocker, nee Knepper, daughter of Anthony and Catherine
Knepper, was born Jan. 29, 1847, and died June 4, 1923. At the age of
2 years the family moved from Pennsylvania to Indiana, and settled in
the vicinity surrounding the place of her demise." "On Nov. 19,
1866, she was united in holy wedlock with Wm. S. Stocker. Eight
children were born to them, five of whom survive: George, of Spokane,
Washington; Edward and Samuel near the old homestead; Rosa Koher and
Myrtle Earll, also residing in the nearby vicinity, also and brother
and a sister, besides eighteen grandchildren, and four
great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends." "On July
24, 1922, her companion left her for that long journey home. About 26
years ago she with her husband joined the Oak Grove United Brethren
church, at which place she was a faithful and estimable member until
she joined the Band Triumphant. She will be greatly missed in the
home and church. Funeral services was conducted from the home of her
son, Edward Stocker to the Oak Grove church and cemetary in charge of
Rev. M. Herner, assissted by her pastor, Rev. Masters. Peace to her
Knepper, Sarah Catherine (I1065)
31 Obituary Notice--Wakarusa Tribune, Sep. 9 1937 "Mrs. Lydia Grove, 79, wife of David C. Grove, died Sunday at her home in Wakarusa. Ill for three years, she was bedfast a week. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Wakarusah nhurch, where she had been a member since 1873. The Rev. Gordon Kemble officiated. Burial in North Union Cemetery. Mrs. Grove was born at Wakarusa, Oct 16, 1857, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Pletcher. She was married to Mr. Grove Ma y 30, 1877. They had lived in Wakarusa all their married life.
Surviving are Mr. Grove; six children, Mrs. Daniel (Myrtle) Myers, Ray Grove, and Mrs. Melvin (Mildred) Myers of Wakarusa, Frank Grove of North Liberty, Clyde Grove of Syracuse, and Mrs. Elgie (Martha) Truex of Warsaw; 23 grandchildren; nine gdchildren, and one sister, Mrs. Martha E. Baker of Elkhart. A daughter, Lillie, died in infancy." Death date--1939 from tombstone. Date from Howard Pletcher, Goshen, IN 1910 Census lists her occupation as a carpet weaver. 
Pletcher, Lydia Catherine (I279)
32 PICTORAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIRS Jacob and Barbara Pletcher moved to Elkhart County IN in 1852 according to this source: "...Samuel and Elizabeth (Reed) Pletcher, the former of whom was a Pennsylvanian, and a son of Jacob and Barbara (N) Pletcher. Samuel was one year old when taken to Ohio, and in 1852 became a resident of Elkhart County IN." Notes on children taken from Military records and from Family Group Sheet by Edna Borger, of Elkhart County HERALD OF TRUTH (Mennonit e Newpaper from Mennonite Historical Library, Goshen, IN, Obituary notice of Jacob and Barbara Pletcher): "On the 13th of October, in Elkhart County IN, JACOB PLETCHER, aged 80 years, 7 months and 2 days. Funeral services by J. Nusbaum, Eli M ishler, S. Yoder and D. Brenneman, from Rom. 4:8. Also Oct 26th, BARBARA PLETCHER, consort of above, aged 72 years, 10 months, and 1 day. Funeral services by Jacob Wisler and D. Brenneman, from Rev. 14: 13. There whole posterity consists of 1 7 children, 100 grandchildren, and 33 great grand-children. The aged father and mother have for many years been faithful members of the Mennonite church. So eager has been their desire after the bread and water of life, and so earnest have th ey been in their efforts to serve God to the end, that feeble old age did not restrain them from attending the service of God in the sanctuary. May have doubtless been encouraged to faithfulness by their example. The mind of the true worshippe r in the sanctuary has been elevated and prompted to bless God at the entrance of the aged father and brother with a staff in each hand, assisted by kind friends, and followed by the aged sister, whose bodily form was bowed down in such a manne r that she " could in no wise lift up herself." One glimpse of the aged mother would naturally lead the mind of the Bible student to think of the daughter of Abraham who was bound and bowed down for eighteen years, and in a miraculous manner wa s loosed, and made straight, by the power of the Savior. Many relatives and friends followed their bodily remains to their last resting place.
Go weary pilgrims to your rest, In desert lands no longer roam, "Come," says the Savior, "come ye blest, Into the joys of heaven, your home." D. Brenneman" Information on children taken reord, information from Howard Pletcher. Jacob Sr. was called "Big Yake". "Born Mar 11, 1790 Big Valley, Huntington County PA. Moved with his father's family below Beech Creek, Center County, PA. about 1804-05. In Center County he mar ried Barbara Nestlerode. From Center County, he moved to Crawford County OH. After being residents of Crawford County OH for 30 years, Jacob and Barbara disposed of their Ohio interests and followed their sons and in-law families to Elkhart Cou nty IN" "In the Mennonite migration during the late 1840's and early 1850's were the Jacob and Barbara Nestleroad family. Jacob and Barbara now making their home with their newly married son John and Christina's family purchased the ancestra l Pletcher farm on the NW corner of IN St. Rd. 19 and Elk. County Rd. #32 Berkey Ave in 1853...The present home was built in 1867 and the large bank slate roof barn in 1890. The family patriarch Jacob's homestead is now a centennial farm owne d by Clifford and Lucille Pletcher Wenger, Lucille being a great-great granddaughter of Jacob and Barbara..." "All children of Jacob and Barbara were married in OH but Polly (Pletcher) Clipp"

Ohio Pletchers 1756 emigration to PA from Germany to OH 1820 , Centre CountyPA and Crawford CountyOH, Indiana This Jacob is known in the family as Big Jake. He was a son of Samuel I and Elizabeth Yoder Pletcher, born in Lancaster CountyPA He m arried Barbara Nestlerode in Centre County PA. Barbara was born in 1795, a daughter of Christian Nestlerode and Anna Margaret Bott Nestlerode. They were Mennonite. Big Jake, family and Barbara moved to Ohio in 1820 or 21 with the rest of the f amilies....from Centre County PA to Ashland, Crawford and Wood Counties Ohio in search of good farm land. Samuel died 15 Mar 1830 and is buried in Pletcher Cemetery, near Galion, Crawford County OH. FrancesEileenBushoriginally submitted this t o Pletcher / Flesher Family Tree-(under construction) on 4 Jul 2008

1870 United States Federal Census about Jacob Pletcher Name: Jacob Pletcher Birth Year: abt 1791 Age in 1870: 79 Birthplace: Pennsylvania Home in 1870: Olive, Elkhart, Indiana Race: White Gender: Male Value of real estate: View image Post Office : Wakarusa Household Members: Name Age John Pletcher 43 Cristiana Pletcher 44 Barbara Pletcher 18 John Pletcher 17 Mary Pletcher 15 Peter Pletcher 13 Christian Pletcher 11 Sarah Pletcher 9 Elisabeth Pletcher 7 Henry Pletcher 5 William Pletche r 1 Frances Pletcher 1 Jacob Pletcher 79 Barbara Pletcher 73

1860 United States Federal Census about Jacob Pletcher Name: Jacob Pletcher Age in 1860: 70 Birth Year: abt 1790 Birthplace: Pennsylvania Home in 1860: Olive, Elkhart, Indiana Gender: Male Post Office: Goshen Value of real estate: View image Hou sehold Members: Name Age John Pletcher 30 Chistina Pletcher 31 Barbara Pletcher 8 John Pletcher 6 Mary Pletcher 5 Peter Pletcher 3 Chistina Pletcher 2 Jacob Pletcher 70 Barbara Pletcher 64

1850 United States Federal Census about Jacob Pletcher Name: Jacob Pletcher Age: 61 Estimated birth year: abt 1789 Birth Place: Pennsylvania Gender: Male Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Polk, Crawford, Ohio Family Number: 816 Household Members : Name Age Jacob Pletcher 61 Barbara Pletcher 54 John Pletcher 21 Henry Pletcher 19 Catharine Pletcher 15 
Pletcher, Jacob Sr. (I397)
33 RELATIONSHIP: Quaker Records ot the Miami Valley of Ohio, by Eileen
Davis & Judith Ireton, 1980, pg. 25, 75: Encyclopedia of Amerian
Quaker Geneaogy, by William Wade Hinshaw, Vol. I, NC, pg. 1018.
He served in the militia during Revolution: "Roster of South
Carolina in the American Revolution" by Bobby Gilmoer Moss, pg. 179.
MARMADUKE COATE, deceased; was born in South Carolina in 1738, and came of an illustrious Quaker family of England. In Besse?s ?Sufferings of the Quakers,? and John Whiting?s ?Persecution Exposed,? we find frequent mention of one Marmaduke Coate , of English notoriety, who was again and again arrested for non-compliance with the intolerant requirements of the parish priests; he was one of the faithful Quakers, who suffered imprisonment and proscription during the Quaker persecution of E ngland; for liberty of conscience, he suffered imprisonment at sundry times from 1670 to 1685, with short intervals, in all about fifteen years, one of the longest terms on record. All these persecutions could not move him from his steadfast adh erence to the right; he was of Hambridge, Somersetshire, England; he died about 1689, and left, among other children, a son Marmaduke, who married Ann Pole, daughter of Edward and Mary Pole, originally of Wales, but late of Battlehay, near Wivel iscombe, Somersetshire, England. Marmaduke was imprisoned at Ilchester, the place of his father?s long confinement, in Somersetshire in 1683, for attending a meeting at Gregory Stoke, three miles from Curry Revel which latter place appears to ha ve been his place of residence; his mother, Edith, was imprisoned at the same time. He immigrated to America, and settled in Hanover Township. Burlington Co., N. J., in 1690; the house which he built was partly constructed of materials brought f rom England, probably the leaden window-sash, and the 5x7-inch panes of glass. He died Dec. 15, 1729, aged 77, an Elder in the Society of Friends. He reared a family of five children, among whom was William. Our subject was a direct descendant o f this William, probably a grandson. He was married to Mary Coppick, who passed ten or twelve years of her early life as a captive among the Indians. He came to Ohio and located in Newton Township in 1806, where his death occurred Sept. 25, 1822 , at the age of 84. His children were, in order of birth, Esther, Moses, Henry, Samuel, Sarah, James, William, John and Jesse, from whom have sprung numerous descendants.
From: The History of Miami County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1880.
Marmaduke Coate
1738 - 1822

By Michael Waggoner, 5th great grandson and
Margaret Waggoner Wells, 5th great granddaughter
February 1999

Marmaduke Coate was probably a very hearty man who was used to hard work including traveling great distances. Even at an advanced age in 1804 when he was close to 70 years old he traveled with his wife of 42 years and most of their children an d their families from South Carolina to Newton Township in Miami County Ohio. His oldest sons Moses, Henry and perhaps Samuel had scouted the region and reported that it was a fit place for the Quaker family to continue to grow and prosper awa y from the legal slavery they and their religion abhorred. He was to live another 20 years in Newton Township and see his sons and daughters settle and contribute significantly to the growth of Miami County. He was buried in Union Cemetery locat ed on part of his original land grant.

Though one source states that Marmaduke was born in South Carolina (1), most sources indicate that he was born in Hunterdon County New Jersey near the location his forebears chose for their first homes after coming to North America from Englan d sometime before 1695. (2) A commonly cited birth date for Marmaduke is June 13, 1738. There is, however, a strong argument that he was born in 1733. (8) In June 1695 Marmaduke's Grandfather Samuel Coate married Mary Saunders at the Falls Meeti ng in Bucks County PA. (3) Samuel was born in 1670 in Somersetshire England and was from a long line of Coates (de Cote, Cote, Coat) who lived in or near Curry Rivel, Somersetshire in Northwest England where they endured persecution and even imp risonment for their Quaker beliefs. The name Coate may have been originally de Cote. (8)

There is contention about Marmaduke's father, but there is good evidence that Samuel and Mary had a son Henry born about 1700 in Buckingham, PA. Henry married Esther Willson who was born in New Jersey. If parentage is correct, Marmaduke was bor n to the couple in New Jersey and his mother died around 1735 when he was very young. Henry and his three sons moved first from New Jersey to New Garden MM in Guilford County, North Carolina by certificate dated July 14, 1757 when Marmaduke wa s in his early twenties. Sons James, John and Marmaduke are listed in the same certificate with Henry. (4)

Life in North Carolina must have been turbulent. There were "?various complaints against Henry and two of his sons James and Marmaduke" while they attended New Garden MM. (4) Henry was disciplined in 1761, and sons Marmaduke and James were disci plined in 1769. (5) The family moved to the Bush River near Newberry, South Carolina without a removal certificate from New Garden. For this action, the Society of Friends disowned them. The Fredericksburg MM in South Carolina later reinstated M armaduke with wife Mary in 1770. This MM was short-lived and it's records have been lost, but records of the Bush River MM, which accepted Fredericksburg's members, documents the membership of Marmaduke, Mary Jane and their children. The trip fr om New Jersey to South Carolina must have hardened Marmaduke and greatly influenced the man he was to become. It also may have given him a fondness for travel.

In South Carolina sometime before 1762 Marmaduke became aware of a young Quaker named Mary Jane Coppock who was an Indian hostage perhaps living in Georgia. The most extensive reference for this story suggests they had been childhood friends. (5 ) Mary Jane must have held an uncommon attraction for Marmaduke or he felt a strong obligation as a Quaker to rescue her. In either case, he ransomed her for a horse, bridle and saddle and he later married her in 1762. She was nineteen and he wa s in his mid to late twenties. Because of her experience with the Indians, Mary Jane was invaluable to her family and the other early pioneers who had to learn to coexist with their Indian neighbors. (6)

Though the documentation did not hold up in court when challenged in 1914, it is possible that Marmaduke and perhaps one son and some friends were in the land buying business in Pennsylvania. Family documents (copies of the originals) are report ed to show that members of this group bought land in Pennsylvania from the Indians. Though the King granted Pennsylvania to William Penn, he insisted that the land be purchased from the original owners. Marmaduke may have traveled extensively an d often through Pennsylvania. He may have paid the Indians for as much as 5000 acres scattered from Venango County in the west to Philadelphia including some prime downtown real estate. The story is that the land was leased to various interest s in 1816. It must not have been Marmaduke's intention to actually "own" the land though he had been the agent to compensate the Indians for it. Original documents are long lost and copies were actually destroyed by some Quaker descendants so th ey would not be tempted by such spectacular earthly possessions. A charge of mail fraud was brought against the woman who instigated a suit against the federal government on behalf of descendants of Marmaduke and his friends who wanted compensat ion for the 5000 acres. The suit was dismissed.

With the advent of the Revolutionary War, the pacific Quakers had to decide if and how they would participate. Marmaduke decided to house and supply soldiers of the colonial army for which he was paid. This was probably a controversial act in hi s Quaker community where there was a strong dislike of violence. Because he was paid, his offspring are considered descendents of a Revolutionary War soldier though he probably never actually fought in the war. He was reimbursed for supplies a s late as 1787. (8)

After the war, the Quakers contributed diversity to the economy of South Carolina where cotton and slavery were increasing in importance. Quakers engaged in businesses not requiring slaves. Because they did not tolerate slavery, most of a larg e community left the state in the early 1800s. One hundred families left the Bush River MM for Ohio between 1802 and 1808. (7) They probably traveled "?up the Broad River across western North Carolina through the Aleghany (sic) Mountains acros s Tennesse (sic) and Kentucky to Cincinnati." (8) This movement sounded the death knell for this South Carolina MM. In February 1804 sons Samuel and Moses were granted certificates to Miami MM in Miami Co, Ohio. Son Henry's certificate include s his family and is dated July 28, 1804. Marmaduke with Mary Jane, Jesse and John were certified Aug 25, 1804 and William and Samuel were certified to Miami MM in 1805. (9)

With his family settled in Ohio, Marmaduke and Mary Jane watched their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren prosper and multiply. Given the kind of life they led before coming to Ohio, it's hard to imagine that Marmaduke or Mary Jan e rested in rockers on their porch. For one thing relations with the Indians were still not settled. Because of this concern, one son moved with his family to another county for a few years but later returned to Miami County. Marmaduke and Mar y Jane must have had something to say about this decision as well as other issues and problems of pioneer life.

Marmaduke died well into his eighties. Mary Jane Coppock Coate died at age 66 in 1809 only 5 years after the move from South Carolina. Through their values, work and convictions, the couple added immensely to pioneer efforts in Miami County an d elsewhere in southwest Ohio.

Thanks to Linda Coate Dudick, Diana Killen and Alan O. Coppock for their review, additional data and comments.

(1) The History of Miami County Ohio, Chicago, W.H. Beers and Co,
1880, pp. 758-9.
(2) Quaker Families of South Carolina and Georgia, William F.
Medlin, Ben Franklin Press, c 1982, pp. 84 - 85.
(3) Family Search, Ancestral File, The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-Day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah.
(4) History of West Branch Quarterly Meeting of Society of Friends,
West Milton Ohio, 1807 - 1957, pp. 40 - 42.
(5) Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, vol I, William Wade
Hinshaw, Edwards Bros, Inc. 1936, p 532.
(6) www.ancestory.com, Marmaduke Coate (Mary Jane Coppock), Linda
Coate Dudick's web site
(7) Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, vol. I, Hinshaw,
pp. 1015-1016.
(8) www.ancestory.com, Marmaduke Coate, Linda Coate Dudick's web site
(9) Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, vol. I, p. 1027.
Below is from http://www.ancestrees.com/pedigree/95.htm

Little is known of Marmaduke Coate's earliest life. His birth date has been stated to be 1733 or 1738 in various biographical descriptions of him. "Ancestors of American Presidents", by G.B. Roberts gives his birth date and place to be 6/13/173 8 in Guilford County, North Carolina. (C-409) A Roster of South Carolinian Pensions in the American Revolution gives his birth date as June 13, 1738. (C-614p) Rose Amelia Coate (b.1866) submitted the birth date of June 13, 1733 to Mrs. A.E.Krel l in the early 1900's. (C-390p) The oldest record found was from Laura Douglas Coate, b. June 15, 1856. She states that her grandfather, Marmaduke was born June 13, 1738. (C-417) Another of unknown authority lists it as Sunday, 5 January 1738 i n Newberry District, South Carolina. This last date I believe is a mix-up with the date several of Marmaduke and Ann Pole Coate's children and grandchildren died in a Indian raid. (C-202, 1430). A family tree sent to A.E. Krell by Charles Rufu s Coate, b. 1877 lists his birth date as May 9, 1738 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Jun 13, 1738 date is more likely correct from the weight of the sources -- and from the fact as pointed out by Patti Sue McCrary that he would likely have bee n under age 21 when he is listed on a certificate of removal under his father's name in 1757. Hinshaw also lists him at age as upward of 84y when he died on 9/25/1822 in Union MM records. This probably means that he turned 84 in that year, agai n giving him a 1738 birth date.

The parentage of Marmaduke Coate has also been in controversy for much of the last century. Note that of the half dozen records I found from early 20th century family members listing their lineage, all but two said that Marmaduke Coate was the s on of William and Rebecca Sharp Coate. (C-152,390e) This is the same family tradition passed down to my father from my great Aunt Mamie and Aunt Grace, and my great grandmother, Ida Jane Harb. WE NOW KNOW FOR CERTAIN THAT THIS IS INCORRECT. OU R MARMADUKE IS NOT THE SON or DESCENDANT OF WILLIAM AND REBECCA SHARP COATE. The fact that William and Rebecca's sons Marmaduke and William died without children is verified in a deed dispute over land that son Barzilla inherited. This indentur e (located by Gary W. Coats and Pat Moran) dated May 3, 1783 states that William and Rebecca's son's Marmaduke, William, and Israel successively died without issue," leaving son Barzilla in control of the land. His sisters and their husbands mad e claim to their fair share of their father's land in this document. Only son, Barzilla survived and he did not have a son named Marmaduke. Once and for all, we finally know that our Marmaduke could not be the son or grandson of William and Rebe cca as is listed in so much second hand family history.

There are two main lines of thought left as to who Marmaduke's parents are: 1) He is the son of Henry and Esther Wilson Coate or 2) he is the son of William and a Rachel Ann Budd Coate. I am personally convinced that the first line of thought i s the correct one. I state this because Marmaduke came from Newberry, SC before he moved to Ohio. That is agreed upon in all sources. There is only evidence of one Marmaduke of his generation in Newberry, South Carolina. Furthermore, only Henr y is verified as having a son Marmaduke in the records. Marmaduke is specifically listed in the Kingwood Monthly Meeting Quaker records when his father, Henry obtains a certificate of removal to the New Garden M.M. on July 14, 1757 for himself a nd sons, John, James and Marmaduke. (C-319-340, C-476) Furthermore, Henry and his sons live within a few miles of each other in the New Garden M.M., the Fredericksburg M.M. and the Bush River M.M. in Newberry, South Carolina.

Quaker naming patterns also verify that Marmaduke's parents were Henry and Esther. David Hackett Fischer in "Albion's Seed" includes a section on them in which he states that Quakers named their first born after the children's grandparents, ex : The first born son was named after the mother's father, the first born daughter was named after the father's mother, the second son was named after the father's father, the 2nd born daughter was named after the mother's mother. This fits Marma duke and Mary's parents for the first three children named if Marmaduke was the son of Henry and Esther Willson Coate. (C-1969)

In conclusion, the evidence that supports that Marmaduke is the son of Henry and Esther is as follows: 1) Marmaduke had a daughter named Esther and a son was named Henry, named in traditional Quaker order after Marmaduke's parents. 2) Henry ha d a son named Marmaduke as verified in Quaker records. 3) There is only one Marmaduke of this age in any census records 4) There is no overlap in any time-lined event (from deed, church, court, census or bible records) to indicate that there i s more than one Marmaduke of that age group in South Carolina and 5) Henry, Marmaduke, James and John all bought land in what was Berkeley County, SC and lived within miles of each other. After 25 plus years of exhaustive research into all Newbe rry, SC documents, I am personally certain Marmaduke's parents are Henry and Esther Willson Coate.

Here's what is known about Marmaduke's life: Family tradition says that when he was a youth, his friend's family was captured by Indians. Several were rescued, but not their daughter, Mary Jane Coppock. When of age, Marmaduke traveled through va rious Indian tribes until he found her. He bought her back for a horse, bridle and saddle and married her.

In 1763 or 4/29/1769, Marmaduke left New Garden Monthly Meeting without a letter of transfer and was dismissed from membership for such. Marmaduke Coate had a plat drawn for 200 acres of land from John Thorpe in Berkley County (now Newberry), S C on Dec. 1, 1767 on the fork of the Broad and Saludy Rivers on Bush Creek called Reedy Branch. This was granted to him on Feb. 6, 1771/Apr. 10, 1771 depending upon which index is checked and the meaning of the dates. It appears to have been sol d as a plat to an unknown person on July 6, 1826 well after his death. (C-95, 692, 2083*). Reedy Branch flows into Big Beaverdam Creek about a mile north of the Town of Newberry. (Note: This Big Beaverdam Creek is different than the Beaver Dam C reek that Big John Coate lived on.) His adjoining neighbors were Clement Davis, Elijah Teague, and Thad Pearson. This property is near and possibly on the land where the current Newberry airport is. My best guess by comparing his plat map and ma ps of the region is that it's southwest of the current day airport on property that includes the forks of Bush River, Big Beaverdam Creek and Reedy Creek (Branch). This is land that is filed with current day Greenville County but was the 96th di strict back in his day. Son Samuel also owned land in this same area. (C-2112, 2113, E)

"Quaker Families of South Carolina and Georgia", states that Marmaduke moved to South Carolina in 1769. Marmaduke made condemnation in 1770 to the Fredericksburg MM, South Carolina. He was accepted back into the Quaker church by the Newberry Mon thly Meeting at which time they gave his wife, Mary a transfer also. In this same year on Oct. 16, 1770, a Thomas Pearson purchased land on "Roudy" Branch of Bush Creek in the fork of the Broad and Saludy Rivers, Berkley County that was bordere d by land owned by Marmaduke Coate and Elijah Teague. Both Pearsons and Teagues married into the Coate family verifying that this is our Marmaduke. (C-1412)

"During the Revolutionary War, ... (the Marmaduke who lived in South Carolina), many times gave food to the soldiers and fed and kept overnight as many as 80 men and horses. For this he was paid by the government which entitled his descendents t o become members of National Societies of Sons or Daughters of the American Revolution and if his specific grave can be located, to be marked with the official marker." A c.1995/6 book on Revolutionary War Veterans of South Carolina, and in tha t volume it says he was in the militia. It gives his birth date as c. June 13, 1738 and his wife as Mary Jane Coppock. It sources Audited Account #1316, y1039 in Columbia records. I have Audited Account 1316 and it lists many bills of payment t o Marmaduke for forage for horses and soldiers in 1781, 1782 and 1787. It does not however, list his birth date or his wife's name, so I suspect I did not receive the entire document. (C-793, 1413, 2003)

He is in the 1779 census for the 96th District of South Carolina. Marmaduke was listed in the Petit Jury Records for June, 1786 and Feb. 1793 in Newberry County, South Carolina. He is listed as an early businessman in the area in Summer's "Newbe rry County, SC" book. There is only one Marmaduke Coate living in the Ninety-Sixth District, Newberry Co, South Carolina in the 1790 census. It lists 5 males over age 16, 4 males under age 16 and 3 females. This fits Marmaduke's children and h e and his wife except for 1 extra male over age 16. Possibly they have another male living with them to help with the work load or it's a miscount. (C-219, 559) In the 1800 South Carolina census there is one Marmaduke Cote living in Newberry tha t fits our Marmaduke perfectly. His household consisted of 1 male between 10-16, 2 between 16 and 26 and 1 male over age 45. One female age 10-16 was listed and one over 45. (This second female is missed in some readings of the census I have see n.)

He is in the Bush River Monthly Meeting Minutes multiple times. He and several others were appointed to go check out a new Monthly Meeting that was requesting full status in the 1770's. In a 1780 meeting, he and Robert Evans (his brother-in-law ) were appointed to write up a certificate of transfer for John Wilson who needed to return to Pennsylvania to work on his "outward" affairs. (E)

Marmaduke purchased 100 acres of land which was surveyed and platted on Apr. 14, 1788 located in the 96th District on Bush River adjoining Clement Davis's land. Marmaduke purchased 100 acres of land from Simon and Lucynda Reeder of Randolph Coun ty in Newberry on Aug. 28, 1798. (C-893) He is the Marmaduke that purchased land from Joseph Caldwell on Sept. 6, 1798 as son Moses and daughter-in-law, Elizabeth witnessed it. (C-1062, 1077) He purchased 160 acres from George Abernathy on Jul y 26, 1802 also in Newberry. Witnesses to the deed of sale were Samuel Miles and William Miles. (The only other Marmaduke in Newberry at the time was is nephew, aged 13.) Marmaduke and Mary sold 160 out of 200 acres of their land on the Broad an d Saluda Rivers to (son) James Coate on Sept. 1, 1804. He is also probably the Marmaduke who sold land to William Hall on July 31, 1804 in Newberry.(E)

Marmaduke, wife Mary, sons John and Jesse removed from Bush River MM, SC to Miami MM, Warren County, Ohio on a certificate dated Aug. 25, 1804. (C-100) The route they likely took (that most of the Newberry Quakers took) would have been "up the B road River across western North Carolina through the Aleghany Mountains across Tennesse and Kentucky to Cincinnati" (where the land office was) to Waynesville in Warren County, Ohio where the Miami Meeting was formed in 1803. (C-1519i) Marmaduke 's family actually settled two counties north of there in Miami County, OH where he bought 160 acres of land on Nov. 5, 1804 in section 32, Range 5, Twp. 7, Southeast Quarter, Newton Twp. (C-24, 55) He paid $1.04 in tax on this property in the 1 810 tax records. (C-61b) Marmaduke was listed at age 68 in Beers at the point of this move. He was the second white settler to build a home in Newton Twp. When the first settler and first minister, Michael Williams and his large family heard th e construction work, they discovered their whereabouts via his boat. They became instant friends. The first trail in the township was likely established between their two cabins. (C-10, C-1519g)

Marmaduke appears to have finally gained rights to the land in section 32, township 7, range 5 in Miami Co, OH on Feb 1, 1809 from President Thomas Jefferson, with both Thomas Jefferson and Secretary of State, James Madison signing the origina l deed. He was listed as of Darke County, OH at the time. (C-2230) Fifty Two acres of land from this section apparently was inherited by all of his children and grandchildren of his deceased daughter, Esther, as they sold land from this locatio n to Moses Kelley in 1826. Marmaduke was in the deed records for Newton Twp., Miami County, OH in 1811 and the tax records for same in 1816. (C-1025)

Marmaduke died in 1822 in Miami County, Ohio. His will is dated Oct. 2, 1817. It is included herein transcribed by Annie Natalelli Waloszek: "I Marmaduke Coate of the state of Ohio, Miami County, being at this time in good healthe and sound memo ry and in my perfect senses, have thought fit to make ordain and constitute this my last will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say Firstly I hereby will and order all my just debts and funeral charges to be justly ponctually , and timely paid before any division or other distribution of my estate be made.

Secondly I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary Coates all my Estate, both Real and personal, during her natural life--

Thirdly I give unto my five sonnes, namely Moses, Henry, Samuel, James & William Coate, and also to my daughter Sarah Hall, each one dollar.

Fourthly, I give unto my sons (viz) Moses Henry, Samuel, James, William, John & Jesse, my crofs? Cross? in law, each to have an equal claim to the same.

Fifthly I give I give and bequeath unto my son John Coate (from and after the decease of my above named wife Mary Coate) all that part of the plantation or tract of land whereon I now live, lying on the North side of line made to divide off Mose s Kelly's part to him his heirs and assigns forever-- the Milking? Heiling? house late? excepted.

Sixthly It is my wish and desire that as I and my above named wife are now far advanced in age and we know not the number of our days here, and as we expecte to reside on the above mentioned tract or Quarter section of lands and the Infirmity o f old age may Require filial tenderness and care for our Comfortable living and support, that if such care be Requested and carfully extended to us, or either of us as the occasion may Require, by John and Jesse Coate above named, that all my mo vable estate after the decease of my said Wife be Equally Divided between them -- and lastly, I nominate and appoint my well beloved sons Samuel and James Coate, sole executors of this my last will and Testament, Ratifying and Confirming this an d no other to be my last Will, hereby Revoking and Disannuling all former and other wills by me made or suffered to be made, in Witness whereof I hyave hereunto set my hand and seal this twentysecond day of the Tenth Month in the year of our Lor d one thousand Eight hundred and seventeen -- signed sealed and acknowledged by the said Marmaduk Coate (his signature mark & seal) as his last will and Testament, in the presence of us who were present at the signing and sealing thereof.

Samuel Teague
Isaac Embraee
T. William Elleman"

He is buried in Old Union Cemetery northeast of Ludlow Falls, which was a part of his farm that he donated for a cemetery." No marker currently stands for him. In "Annals of Newberry" it states that all of his sons died (some at an advanced age ) in good standing with the Quaker church. "They are an honor to Miami County". (C-18, 27, 95, 217: WEST MILTON'S SESQUICENTENNIAL, 1807-1957, pg. 7.)

On 4/17/1826, his children and some of his grandchildren sold his land to Moses Kelly. His named descendants who had inherited his land and were selling it were: Moses and Elizabeth Coate, Henry and Rebeca Coate, Samuel and Margaret Coate, Jame s and Susannah Coate, William and Elizabeth Coate, John Coate, Jesse and Polly Coate, Robert and Eunice Pemberton, Nehemiah and Elizabeth Thomas, Isaiah and Elizabeth Pemberton, Abner and Mary Barrett, Sarah Ann Hall and John and Drucella Pember ton. Every person listed not named Coate was a grandchild (with their spouse) of Marmaduke Coate through his deceased daughter, Esther. It contained 52 acres and was located at the southeast corner of section 32 in Newton Twp., Miami County, Ohi o. (C-Doc)

Now lets also look at the second line of thought that Marmaduke is a child of William and Rachel Ann Budd Coate instead. This tradition was collected on paper beginning in 1915 for a court case which will be later described. It was Mrs. A.E. Pem berton Krell, of Whitestone, Long Island, who kept track of all the family lineages sent to her. She was "prevailed upon ... in 1915 to inlist in the research work for proper evidence to establish our rights" to the Coate/Coppock 99 year lease.

The bulk of Mrs. Krell's collection is made up of her transcriptions of each family member's submitted three to five generation charts. No description of their sources were required or entered by Mrs. Krell. However, when I was reading other loo se items in the file, Mrs. Krell mentioned some other sources she had viewed. Sources I found referred to were: Mary Pearson Greenlee's family tree (descendant of Big John Coate), marriages of Quaker records (C-388), Ohio County death records, J udge O'Neals "Annales of Newberry County, SC", Congressional Library in D.C., her mother, Wills of William Coate, d. 1728 and William Coate, who died 1749, Bessies Sufferings, and John Whittings Persecutions Exposed. (C-416)

In her files was a handwritten history of the Coate Family. It had multiple lines that were scratched out and replaced with Amanda E. Pemberton Krell's writing. It is transcribed below VERBATIM.

"Marmaduke Coate born 1733 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania Died 1822, Son of William and Rachel. (Note this last phrase was written on top of the scratched out line: Was the son of William and Rebecca French Sharp Allen Coate.) Just when William Co ate, Marmaduke's father went to South Carolina has not been able (to be) learn.

Mary Coppock Coate was the wife of Marmaduke Coate and the Daughter of Moses and Martha Scarr Coppock who came from England. Mary Coppock was a captive of the Indians, Corn Planter Tribe of Pennsylvania for some 18 or 20 years. Marmaduke Coate b ought her from them in the year of 1764 (or 1754?) for the price of a horse, saddle and bridle. I could not find this white child as a captive in the Indian Department at the Congressional Library, Washington, D.C. (Signed A.E.Krell)

Marmaduke and Mary Coppock Coates children are as follows: Esther b. in S.C. 9/3/1766, d. 1802 in South Carolina. Moses Coate B. 9/5/1768, Henry b. 8/18/1770, Sarah b. 12/11/1774, Samuel b. 8/28/1772, William b. 1/2/1779, James b. 6/23/1777, Joh n b. 7/19/1785, Jerre B. 1/3/1788

Marmaduke Coate was the second white settler in (?) Union Township, was born in Penn. 1733. He came here in his 68th year. He had 7 sons, two daughters. Moses, his second child and Samuel the 4th child came to Miami valley on a Prospecting tou r in 1804 being well pleased with the appearance of things they determined to take permanent home here and were latter joined by the remaining members the fall of 1805. M. Coate died in 1822 the advanced age of 84 years. In his will dated Oct. 2 2, 1817 and probated Apr. 8, 1822 he lists wife Mary, sons Moses, Henry, Samuel, James, John Jesse, William, dau. Sarah Hall. (C-27)

His wife died some years later in Ohio. If her life could be written it would make a large interesting book. She had been capture by the indians at the age of 6 years.

Thomas Coppock was the 4th white man to settle in Union Township, Miami County, Ohio came from SC, 6 boys 3 girls. He also lived in (Warren) county Ohio a short time. The head of these families were all brother in laws, as far as families his we nt they formed a large settlement. Samuel Teague the older located on Section 28, Benjamin (Pearson) on South Section 33, William Furnas took the north quarter section 33, Jacob (Embrell) was a native of Tennessee. He was the second husband of A nn Coppock (Hawartt) widow of James (Hawartt) and the father of Pheba Coate the wife of Benjamin Coate.

And in 1917, 4 other children of Marmaduke & Mary Coppock Coate were located in the South namely: Stephen Marmaduke, Sus(annah), Emily Estela, (Petter) J. Coate." *

( *This added 1917 information was basically from Mrs. Mary Pearson Greenlee, an Aunt by marriage to Mrs. Pemberton Krell. In that info she lists three extra children for them, namely: Steven Marmaduke, b. 10 March 1757, m. 1) Polly McNut, 2) m . Martha Ann Mathews; Susannah, b. 1758?; and Emily Estell, b. 1762?. (C-151, C-208, C-210, 482) Stephan married/stayed in the southern states. His children are listed in C-210 and 482. This is the family tradition of descendants of Stephen Marm aduke Coate. I, personally, have found no record of any Steven in any southern state so far. There was a Stephen Coats who was a PA Revolutionary Soldier and a Stephen Coates who was between age 70 and 79 living in New York City, 7th Ward in th e 1830 New York Census records, C-1423. Susanah, according to Mary Greenlee, married Richard Thompson in her later years & then moved into Montgomery County, Ohio. She is possibly the Susan Thompson who lost her husband in 1816 and was living i n Sycamore Twp., Hamilton County, OH in 1820. If so she was over age 45, had a 2 daughters between 16 and 26, 1 son under age 10, and 1 between 10 and 16. She does not appear in the 1830 census. (C-1574)] Stephen, Estell and Susanah were not rec orded in Ohio meetings." (C-387) There are multiple Coates now living that trace their line back through them to our Marmaduke and Mary Coppock Coate. I have become convinced , however, that they are not the children of Marmaduke and Mary Coppoc k for the following reasons. One, Stephen's birth date would have been 3 months before Marmaduke is listed with his father, not with a wife, in his certificate of removal to New Garden MM, North Carolina. When he begins the purchasing process t o obtain land in Berkeley County in 1767, he purchases 200 acres. This means that there were 3 persons in his household; he, his wife and one child. This would account for himself, his wife Mary, and his first daughter Esther born in 1766. In Ma rmaduke's bible records, will and in Quaker records only the children I've listed are referenced beginning with Esther Coate. In a April 17, 1826 deed in Miami County, Ohio, all of the children of Marmaduke, their spouses and the grandchildren o f Marmaduke's deceased daughter, Esther, sell land they inherited from Marmaduke - whether they lived in Miami County, Ohio at the time or not. Not one of the EXTRA children listed above are included. Again, like the bible record and Quaker reco rds only the following children were heirs of Marmaduke Coate: Moses, Henry, Sarah, James, William, John, Jesse and children of his daughter Esther, desc. namely: Robert, John, Isaiah, Mary and Elizabeth Pemberton and their spouses. Lastly, Quak ers did not give their children middle names in that time period. He might have been named Stephen or Marmaduke, but not both. From my point of view, there is enough evidence to state that the Stephen Marmaduke, Susanne, Emily and Peter often co nnected to him are not his children.)

...... Mrs. Krell's information is continued herein.....

"Many of these records (could) I believe to be incorrect in dates of birth - marriages do not seem to date correct.

But copies is found to be in records in homes of relatives (and) Friends Records and as take to be mistakes of different record keepers appointed.

As many like my self uneducated which our great mistake if one has the advantage of an Education in Early Life. Can say for my self I was among the western indians until a girl of between 10-11 years and miles from any school. My father moved fr om the western country again into Iowa, Keokuk Iowa, (Lee) County and that was mostly settled at that time with half Breeds and collard People. I was some of an independent nature and wanted to learn something of the world in which we lived so g ot my schooling by out side. Experience has been my own teacher and (trainer), married young, (with) my husband had 3 children, was compelled to take up work in order to live and educate my children was my one great life then in life and thank s be to God I still have my 3 children. Mrs. A.E. Pemberton Townsend Krell." (C- 391)

Evidence supporting Mrs. Krell's lineage that Marmaduke was the son of William and Rachel instead is as follows: 1) Mrs. Krell and the "Old Coates Genealogy" that is highly inaccurate, lists a Marmaduke as the son of William and Rachel Ann Budd . 2) William Coate purchased land one week prior to Marmaduke's first purchase in 1767 in adjoining counties. They both had John Thorpe as a witness to their purchase. This evidence obviously is a weak case.

I am personally convinced, that because there is only one Marmaduke that can be verified as living in SC in the 1770s -1790's, he has to be the Marmaduke who is the son of Henry as verified in Quaker records of that time period.

The last interesting chapter of Marmaduke Coate's life occurred years after his death. "In 1914 between three and four hundred descendants of Marmaduke Coate (and Moses Coppock) met at the Friends Church in Ludlow Falls, to lay plans for a lega l battle for a supposed vast estate in Pennsylvania to which they had been informed they were entitled. The land was valued between forty and two hundred million at the time. Family members, in sincerity, believed the claim to be true. (C-676) T he claim was not proven in court, and one of the promoters was brought to trial by the U.S. Government.

According to one researcher's grandparents, the land partly in Philadelphia was under a 99 year lease placed in a Quaker Church. The Quaker Church had burned with no trace of the original. (C-656) The land was supposedly originally negotiated fo r purchase in 1816 by Marmaduke Coate and Moses Coppock with their sons, Moses Coate and Benjamin Coppock with the Cherokees. When the deal was negotiated, they were joined by Daniel Boone and Henderson on the Watauga (River) to conclude the bar gain. Over peace pipe, they paid in merchandise and purchase money for land in what is now Chester County, PA (where Coatsville now stands), Philadelphia County (around Copperstown, Oil City and Cranberry, PA) and Venango Co, Pennsylvania (C-151 9f) They supposedly received a deed for the property on buckskin from the Indians. Marmaduke and Moses had intended to start a Quaker settlement on this land. When this didn't work out, they then leased it out to several families, two of them be ing nephews of Daniel Boone. (Park, 1960, pp. 217-218, C-1519) This particular pattern was a part of early PA history. According to a Quaker web site, "Although William Penn was granted all the land in Pennsylvania by the King, he and his heir s chose not to grant or settle any part of it without first buying the claims of Indians who lived there. In this manner, all of Pennsylvania except the northwestern third was purchased by 1768." Knowing this, the Coate land claim, would only ha ve been true if the Coates and Coppocks purchased it from the Indians previous to 1768. They then could have leased it out in 1816. Still possible, but this is obviously a new stretch to the story. (C-1042) There is also another version of thi s story that says the Coates and Coppocks received this land for their service in the Revolutionary War. The only service we definitely know of, is Marmaduke Coate's supplying provisions in the war.

This land lease was eventually thought to be a hoax. One reason was because Moses and Martha Coppock, signers of the lease, were known to be deceased by 1816. However, there is a Moses William Coppock married to a Martha Lester, that were a gene ration younger than Moses and Martha Coppock - parent's of Marmaduke Coate's wife, that were still living as far as is known. So this "proof" that the lease was fictitious from this point of view is not solid.

In the early 1900's, some persons gave as much as $500.00 for which they received nothing" to prove the validity of this lease in court. (C-210) It seems that many Coate and Coppock families had partial copies of this lease in their possession e ven back in the 1800's. According to Corinne H. Diller via Mary Helen Pemberton, some heirs visited their land holdings in 1849 and were amazed at the developments on their property. From 1850-1870 many of these Quaker relatives destroyed thei r copies because they were afraid of the corruption that greed would bring into their lives. Others apparently hid their copies in safe places.

In 1908, Mrs. Amanda Krell revisited her birth place, Ludlow Falls, Ohio for the first time in 50 years. She visited and talked with her mother's sisters and apparently learned about the lease from them. By 1914 she had organized the heirs to cl aim their land. Each family was required that they prove their descent from the signers of the lease, Marmaduke Coate and or Moses Coppock, and CONTRIBUTE MONEY to get a share of the profits for the land which they supposedly owned. They forme d the Coate-Coppock Organization of Legal Heirs (Coate Coppock Estate Corportation) and hired a Lawyer by January of 1920. The first attorney's I have evidence of them hiring were Abbott & Monell in Washington D.C. In a letter to interested part ies on Mar 15, 1922, Abbott & Monell recommended that the heirs for a trust company that would finance the Coate-Coppock National Bank in Miami County, Ohio. I'm personally not certain if this Bank was ever actually formed. In a 1924 letter fro m the attorney's, Glenn B. Coate of Philadelphia was apparently working closely with them to collect funds from the heirs. By Mar. of 1922, an off-branch called the Indianapolis Organization was also formed, William A. Coppock, President. The or ganization published a newsletter entitled "Independent Coate-Coppock News". (C-2397, 2398)

Before the court case was decided, the Coate-Coppock organization switched to two different lawyers. Newly hired Attorney Colonel Abbot produced a map in 1920 that placed the land in Philadelphia at it's heart, near Broad and Market Streets. Th e description of the original land was so nebulous, that it was very difficult to pinpoint most of it on current maps of the day. (C-701)

In 1927, an unnamed newspaper clipping states that the Coate-Coppock Corporation (headed by Amanda Pemberton Krell? or E.C. Abbot and H.S. Allonell, lawyers for the Original Coate-Coppock Corporation until 1922) and the Coate-Coppock Estate Corp oration (headed by Glen D. Coate) were brought up on fraud charges by the U.S. Post Office. (The way the transcription states it, I can't tell who headed the main corporation charged with fraud). Since they were collecting money through the mai l to help with their legal expenses, the Post Office charged them with obtaining money via the mail by false pretenses. This charge seems to have been the main defeat of their claims. That and the fact that the original deed and lease had neve r been found, took the dreams of many.

The following document is from Steven Taylor. It was a transcription of an old handwritten copy in possession of his grandmother.

"State of Pennsylvania, Chester County, Philadelphia County and Venango County. To all whom it may concern: We, Marmaduke Coate and Mary Coppock, his wife, Moses Coate and wife Elizabeth, also Moses Coppock and Martha Coppock his wife, and son J ames Coppock do hereby agree to enter into a 99 year lease contract for and between Marmaduke and Moses Coate and Moses W. Coppock and James Coate and Martha Coppock, wife of Moses Coppock to Wm. Penn Fannazy and Rachel his wife, Caleb Mendanhal l and wife Alice and Wm. Tomlinson and Rebecca Teague, Elizah Furnace, Joseph Mendanhall, the last two men are nephews of Daniel Boone, they are the original owners of the 99 year lease.

We leased this land for the price of one ($1.00) dollars per acre, 1889 acres in Chester County, PA, 2056 acres in Venango County, PA and 796 acres in Philadelphia. This contract was entered into by us and them in the year of our Lord, 1816, Jul y 22nd, and all improvements from time to time to remain therein by said holders and at our death to descend to our heirs wherever found, the heirs of Marmaduke and Mary Coppock Coate, and of Moses and Elizabeth Coppock Coate, Moses Coppock an d Martha his wife and James his son and Benj. Coppock. Be it also understood that the holders of the 99 year lease have the privilege of a release for another 99 years at the expiration of the lease if so desired by them and in agreement to ou r heirs at law. We do hereby bind ourselves and relatives. Administrators to warrant, prove and defend us in all these rights at the end of lease and deliver same into the hands of all or any of our heirs living at that time. We, this 23 day o f July, 1816, appear before one James Wade Haworth, one of the Justice to keep the peace in and for the County of said Chester, personally came Marmaduke Coate and his wife Mary, Moses Coate and wife Elizabeth, Wm. Moses Coppock and his wife Mar tha, James son of Moses, Benj. son of Moses. The within grantors of the lease after examined agreeable to the act in such case made and received acknowledged act, the above intentions to be their voluntary act and purpose which therein consist t he presence of those present we the 23rd day of July, 1816, we set our hand and n__ thus to. (C-211, 2305) Marmaduke Coate Mary Coppock Coate Moses Coate Elizabeth Coppock Coate Moses Wm. Coppock Martha Coppock James, son of Moses Coppock Witnes ses: Abiathar Davis, William Miles, John Furnace (C-543e and another record in my files)

There will possibly always be a mystery surrounding this document. In a 1914 letter which had no signature, a cousin Mary supposedly had sent the lease a few years earlier to the Newberry Library in Chicago where it apparently was not preserve d and could not be located in 1914. There is also a tradition that the original was in a Quaker Meeting House in SC or Georgia. In any case, it was never found. These Coates and Coppocks had not lived in Pennsylvania for many, many years when th ey signed the lease in 1816. Then, a couple people who supposedly signed it were dead at the time. Even though all these facts make it seem fictitious, the fact that many heirs had copies of the lease in the 1800's and that some of them went t o check on their land in 1849, does lead to the supposition that it could be based in truth. (C-701) The 2056 acres of land in Venago County PA are supposedly held in Franklin County Courthouse records. Many other land records for Coates are i n the Chester County, PA courthouse. The land supposedly began at the cave of William Coate's property in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Sources which show some of the Coates land are: "Homes Map" of the Province of PA, by Sharf & Wescott, 1884, i n Marple, Old Philadelphia titles available through the Ridgeway Library, Philadelphia, PA, and the Philadelphia Directory of 1835 by Robert De Silver, 110 Walnut St.

One very interesting note comes from a couple dozen family letters between Coate members from 1917 to 1921 transcribed by John Ammel. Several patterns are evident in this one group of Coate descendants. These people ranging from age 21 to 65 di d not know exactly how they were related to Marmaduke Coate. They first tried to get that information from their elders records, but the elders were suspicious of the court case and had hidden or destroyed their records. They then seemed to hav e gotten that information from Mrs. Krell so that their lineage was consistent with other Coate relatives. These people were hardworking, conservative families that honestly felt they had a rightful claim to the Coate/Coppock estate settlement . Mrs. Krell worked very hard and traveled the country to various Coate/Coppock meetings to make this case successful. She and other officers were probably the source of some of the information that family members contributed. Also note that whe n one of these family members received information of import, they copied it in a letter and sent it on to a cousin or Aunt. Lastly note that none of John Ammel's ancestors had a copy of the deed. (C-207, 795, 2305) Pat Moran also sent me copie s of a 1924 newspaper that literally published our Coate lineage incorrectly as from William and Rebecca Sharp Coate's son Marmaduke as the leaseor and the immigrant who moved to South Carolina. (We know this is absolutely false from a lease bet ween his brother Barzilla and all his sisters that their son Marmaduke died without having children.) Glenn B. Coate had then taken over the Coate Coppock Estate venture as Amanda Krell had had a breakdown. Glenn was the write of much of the len ghthy newspaper article that included the incorrect family tree and often requested any descedant of the persons signing the lease to join the cause.

An even larger scam was started in the late 1800's for the family of Baker making the claim that a Jacob Baker owned the land on which Philadelphia sat and had leased it out for 99 years. Any persons who could prove their lineage were due to a p iece of the pie. Clearing houses were set up throughout the U.S., Canada and England, all as a part of this scam which wasn't proved as fraudulent until the 1930's. By then, the Bakers had contributed millions of dollars to get a piece of the pi e. It looks like the Coates and Coppocks were taken in by an almost identical scam to me. (C-2114, 2602)
Coate, Marmaduke (I2766)
34 Served in the Civil War in County C, 48 Indiana Volunteers, the same as
his brother Joseph. He enlisted Jan. 1, 1862 at Marshall Co. IN, by
Capt. Crumpacker at the age of 21. His dischage said he had black
eyes, black hair, light complexion and was born in Boone Co., IN. He
was discharged Jan. 2, 1864 at Louisville, KY (information from the
Indaina State Archives). He also reseved a pension for being wounded
during the war. Obit. in the Argos Reflector (Argos, Marshall CountyIN)
March 12, 1883. 
Rhodes, George Washington (I19)
35 Served in the Civil War in County H, of the 59th Regiment of Indiana
Volunteers. He was drafted Jan. 5, 1865 at Laporte Indiana. Military
record state he was drafted he was age 31, had gray eyes, brown hair
was 5 ft. 9 3/4 in. tall he had a fair complexion. It stated on his
discharge he was born in Champaign County OH and was a farmer by trade.
He got Musterd out on July 17 1865 ( this infomation obtained from
the Indaina State Archives). An obit. in the Plymouth Tribune,
(Plymouth, Marshall County IN) Oct. 13 1910 
Rhodes, Lemuel (I16)
36 Served in the War of 1812 as a Pvt. in Capt. John McCord's County of Ohio Militia, out of Champaign County Oh., and in the 19th Regiment of U.S. infantry. Military records show he was born in Mason County, KY, twenty five when he enlisted at ,o in 1814, was six foot tall, had a fair complexion, black eyes, fair hair, and was a farmer by trade. He witnessed a deed along with Conway Rhodes on 28 May 1823, of his parents, Wm and Susannah Rhodes in Champaign County OH., recorded i n Champaign County Deed book Vol. F pg. 313.
Champaign County OH Common Pleas Court, March Term 1830, Record Book 11, pg. 71-76, "James Dallas admr. of Wm. Rhodes vs Susan Rhodes widow." Lawsuit mentions William Rhodes, and his widow, Susan Rhodes, along with heirs Sanford Rhodes, Will, James Rhodes, Isaac Rhodes, Joseph H. Rhodes, Nancy Largent late Nancy Rhodes wife of William Largent, Polly Wallace late Polly Rhodes wife of John Wallace, Elizabeth Rhodes and Susan King late Susan Rhodeswife of John King, also Nelson Rhode s, James Rhodes and Minerva Rhodes heirs of John Rhodes late of Logan County Decd. plus Samuel, John and James Rhodes heirs of James Rhodes Decd.

History of Johnson County, Indiana, By Elba L. Branigin, Page 235
The first school taught on the present site of Moore's Hill was by Sanford Rhodes, in 1820, at seventy-five cents per quarter for each pupil, which was paid mostly in trade.

"THE EARLY SCHOOLS OF INDIANA: FROM THE PAPERS OF D. D. BANTA? SECOND INSTALMENT." The Indiana Quarterly Magazine of History, vol. 2, no. 2, 1906, pp. 81? 88. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/27785442. Accessed 15 Sep. 2022. 
Rhodes, Sanford (I5)
37 Served in the War of 1812, as a Pvt. in the 1st Regiment (Sutton's)
Ohio Militia. 
Rhodes, William (I10)
38 Served in the War of 1812, as a Pvt., in the 1st Regiment (Sutton's) Ohio Militia and in the 19th Regiment of U. S. Infantry. I have found no record that states Conway was a child of Wm Rhodes, but Conway's enlistment record (enlisted at Ur, ,814) states he was born in Mason County, KY. about 1791. William was the only Rhodes living in the County in that years 1790/92. He served in the War of 1812 in the same Regiment and Company as Sanford b. ca. 1789, and William Rhodes b . ca. 1785/1795, who I believe were brothers to Conway. Conway could also be Wm's son James. Conway witnessed a deed of his parents(?) with brother(?) Sanford Rhodes on the 28 May 1823, recorded in Champaign County Deed Book., Vol. F, page. 31 3. In Champaign County, OH. Nov. 25, 1825 Conway purchased items from the estate of William Rhodes decd. Rhodes, Conway (I7)
39 The following is taken from a newspaper clipping from the Warsaw
newspaper: "It is our painful duty to chronicle the death by
accidental shooding of one of our citizens near here Saturday. Sam
Stocker accidently shot his young brother Forrest, death resulting in
a few minutes. Their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Stocker, who live on
the northeast farm of the township, had gone to Ligonier and the
brothers took down the gun and went out to hunt rabbits and had killed
two when another was scared up, which the elder boy was prepared to
shoot, when it got away, and in putting down the trigger the gun was
discharged, the contents entering the body of the younger brother in
the region of the heart. He said: "Sam, you have shot me," and
expired instantly. Sam is seventeen and the deceased eleven years of
age. The bereaved ones are deserving of all sympathy, and especially
the one who innocently did the deed."

Forrest Stocker
Northern Indianian Oct. 20, 1896 (Webster)
DEATH: It is our painful duty to chronicle the death by accidental shooting of one of the citizens near here Saturday.
Sam Stocker accidently shot his younger brother, Forrest, death resulting in a few minutes. Mr. and Mrs. William
Stocker, who live on the NE far of the township, had gone to Ligonier and the brothers took the gun to hunt rabbits.
They had secured two, when another was scared up, which the elder boy was prepared to shoot when it got away.
In putting down the trigger, the gun was discharged entering the young brother in the heart. Sam is 17 years old,
and the deceased was 11. 
Stocker, Forrest A. (I899)
40 was born about 1627 in Germany. He died on 3 Apr 1706 in Solingen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

The family appear to have been centered in vicinity of Dornsiepen in southeast Solingen.

Tilmann married Christina BOGEL ? about 1656 in Solingen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Christina was born about 1627 in Solingen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. She died on 19 Feb 1713 in Solingen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

They had the following children.

+2MiHans Peter KNEPPER ? was born in 1658. He died on 17 Oct 1725.

+3FiiCatharina KNEPPER was born on 2 Feb 1662. She died on 28 Mar 1737.

+4MiiiWilhelm KNEPPER was born in 1668. He died on 15 Oct 1727.

5FivMargaretha KNEPPER was born on 27 Aug 1673 in Solingen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Margaretha married Johannes RAUCH.

Knepper, Tilman (I4993)
41 "ABRAHAM W. SOLLENBERGER FAMILY" by Samuel G. Sollenberger, Coyle
Library, Chambersburg, Pa, Information mailed to me by Carole
Magneson, 2617 Zurich Ct. Woodridge, IL 60517, dated May 10, 1988.
"In 1767 Daniel Sollenberger left Switzerland and came to Philadelphia
on the Ship Hamilton, arriving on Oct. 6, 1767. No record of his
activities have been found for the period 1767-1771. In 1772 he was
paying tax on 50 acres, 1 horse and 2 cowes in Cocalico Twp.,
Lancaster County PA. He may have worked out his ship passage as an
indentured servant during his first four years here. Servitude of this
nature was legal and encouraged in the British American Colonies at
the time and after four years a grant of 50 acres of land was made by
the Commonwealth. The indenture contract also usually provided for
the servant to receive 10 bushels of corn, one cow and one calf when
the indenture period was served." "Daniel paid tax on 50 acres in
Cacalico Twp. for a number of years starting in 1772. He evidently
sold this land in or about 1785, for on May 16, 1786, he purchased 164
1/2 acres in Londonderry Twp, Chester County PA, from John Elliot, Jr.
for 450 lbs., near the village of Jennersville. He gave a mortgage in
favor of John Elliot, Jr. for 203 lbs., 10 shillings on the same
date." "Daniel died on this farm in Sep. 1792, and his will, on
record in West Chester, PA, names his children John, Daniel, Jacob,
Catherine, and Peter. He appointed his wife Catherine, son John and
"my trusty friend" John Finney, Executrix and Executors. John Finney
later renounced executorship." "Extensive efforts over the past
quarter century have failed to locate Daniel's grave. It is assumed
that he was buried near Jennersville, since he died there and his will
is on record in West Chester, PA." "John and his mother Catherine
sold this farm in 1794 and the family moved to Franklin Co. PA. A
large number of the descendants of Daniel and Catherine Sollenberger
live there today." "Catherine, wife of Daniel, was buried in the
Brenizer Cem. north of Chambersburg, PA, the grave being marked with a
plain limestone on which no inscription exists at this time (1968)."
"Daniel Sollenberger was a Private First Class in the Lancaster County
Militia in the 9th Battalion in 1778 and 1779, in the 3rd Battalion in
1781 and 1782, and in the 6th Battalion in 1783. No other military
service of his is on record" (Pennsylvania Archives, Series 5, Vol.
VII, pp. 878, 898, 262, 269, 294, 296, 613.) "Home of Daniel and
Catherine Sollenberger located about a mile west of Jennersville, PA,
and one fourth mile north of U.S. Route 1." 
Sollenberger, Daniel (I1686)
42 "AMERICAN VAN METRE FAMILY" by Smyth (Allen County Public Library, Fort
Wayne, IN): Chretian Maxamillien de Fiennes, Seigneur de Beaufermez
and de Bource, married.......? The record of the erasure of
Chretian's marriage and family, that is, the Chretien known to have
been the father of Louis du Bois, makes a break in Louis' line of
descent. The official record was obviously destroyed because of his
Protestantism, and to prevent him--or any of his descendants-- from
ever after establishing a claim to the title or estates. We are
informed that there were not two branches after the resumption of the
title of Marquis des Fiennes. We are also advised that Louis was a
second son; and that the title and arms of the des Fiennes became
extinct with the death of the Marchioness de Poyanne, in 1761.
pub 1943 (Indiana State Library) "Cretian Mazimillian des Fiennes,
Marquis des Feinnes was a captain of cavalry in his father' regiment." 
Dubois, Chretian Maximillian Des (I2021)
43 "AMERICAN VAN METRE FAMILY" Smyth (Allen County Public Library, Fort
Wayne, IN) "John Van Metre was the first white man to visit the
country south of the Conhongaru (Potomac) (Cartmell's History of
Frederick County Va., p. 12 et seq.) Mr. John Van Metre of New York
gives an account of his accompanying the New York Delaware Indians on
their raid against the Catawbas--They passed up the South Branch of
the Potomac, and he afterward settled his boys there. (W. VA. Hist.
Mag. III, p. 191, II, p. 17) At the mouth of the Antietam Creek,
then in Prince George's County, MD, between 1730 and 1736, occurred
the famous battle between the Catawbas and the Delawares by which the
Catawbas secured the victory. This took place what is now the
coke-yard of the Antietam Iron Works, three miles from
Sharpsburg--where numerous skeletons and war implements have been
found. (Scharff's "History of Western Maryland," II, p. 1204) John
Van Metre, a Dutchman from the Hudson, was an Indian trader and
pioneer explorer of the Shenandoah Valley, who spied out land about
the time of Governor Spottswood's expedition in 1716. He traveled
with a band of Delaware Indians at his own expense and traveled far
southward and over unknown lands in the Wappatomaka Valley, on the
South Branch River above the 'The Trough' as it was the finest land he
had ever discovered. (MacKenzie's Col. Fam. of the U.S., VI)
"SHEPHERD AND RELATED FAMILIES" by Frank Shepherd (1858-?) pub. 1943
(Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN) "Jooste Janse Van Meter
was known as 'Van Meter the Indian Trader'. He and his father, it
seems, were known to have made many expeditions into the Indian
country for the purpose of barter with the Indians, even going as far
as Central Virginia and over the mountains into the great Valley of
the Shenandoah. It is claimed that he was the first white man to see
this beautiful valley and was delighted with it. On his return told
his sons to go there if they wanted good land, timber grass and well
watered. It is known that John Van Meter passsed thru this valley as
early as 1725 with a tribe of Delaware Indians on their way to the
South Branch to fight the Catawbas. In this fight all the Delawares
were killed except the two Indians who were with Van Meter."
Birth, marriage and death dates taken from Ancestral file 
Van Meter, John (Joost Jan) II (I299)
44 "AMERICAN VAN METRE FAMILY" Smyth (Allen County Public Library, Fort
Wayne, IN) "Sarah du Bois, Jan's wife, who still retained her maiden
family patronymic, established a home in Salem prior to 1709..." (Ear
Mark Book, Salem County N.J.)
Pub. 1943 (Indiana State Library) p. 4,5,6. "On June 7 1663 the
Indians raided the village of Hurley and carried away captive the
wives and children of the settlers into the fastnesses of Catskil
Mountains where they were held for three months. Owing to the rugged
character of these strongholds covered with dense forest the capture
of these savages and rescue of the women and children was a difficult
matter. The wife of Louis du Bois and his three children with the
family fo Jan Joosten Van Meter ...were among the captives. Capt.
Martin Kreiger, and old Dutch soldier and familiar figure in the Dutch
settlements along the Delaware River in the early days organized a
rescue expedition with the help of Louis du Bois and punish the
Indians. After three months of ineffectual hunting they finally
rounded up the savages and returned the women and children to their
homes. Prof. Obenchain of Ogden College, Bowling Green KY sponsers a
thrilling story in this connection: 'About ten weeks after the raid
the Indians decide to celebrate their skill in eluding capture by
burning one of the captives alive. For their victim they selected
Catherine du Bois. A large pile of logs was gathered and binding
Catherine placed her on the pile with her little daughter, Sara, on
her lap were about to apply the torch when she realized that death was
just at hand, began to sing an old Huguenot hymn she had learned in
childhood in Flanders. The Indians withheld the torch to listen. When
she finished they demanded another, and so she sang on. Her voice
carrying down thru the forest gorges reached the ears of Krieger's
soldiers who rescued the captive women and children and gave the
Indians a terrible beating. Seven years later the Indians again went
on the warpath and Louis du Bois served in th Colonial force against
Dubois, Sarah (I300)
"Benjamin Dorsey, son of Nicholas and Frances (Hughes) Dorsey, was
born in All Hallow's Parish, and baptised at the parish church on Sep.
17, 1717. On Feb. 3, 1741/2, Benjamin Dorsey, then of Anne Arundel
County, sold 100 acre portion of 'Major's Choice' on Elk Ridge, which had
been granted to Edward Dorsey. On Aug. 24, 1741, he purchased for L
223, a portion of 'Talbot's Last Shift' on the main falls of the
Patapsco in Anne Arundel" Benjamin Dorsey died intestate. Letters
of adm. were granted to his widow, Sophia Dorsey, on Jul. 27,
1749....the appraisement of the personal estate was made on Sep. 15,
1749...value of L 248.17.6 (Inventories, Liber42, folio 34)
Death date taken from Ancestral file 
Dorsey, Benjamin (I1611)
"Edward Dorsey, first don of Edward Dorsey and wife Anne, was born in
Virginia and came up the Severn during the days of the Commonwealth in
Maryland. On Aug. 25, 1664, he with his two brothers received jointly
400 acres of 'Hockley-in-the-Hole'. Evidence is unmistakable that he
followed for a time the occupation of his father and was certainly
engaged in ship building as late as May 6, 1667." "Before Nov. 1670,
Edward Dorsey married Sarah, a daughter of Nicholas Wyatt, Gent., by
his first wife. Sarah, his wife, died about 1690. He took for a
second wife, Margaret. All indicators point to the fact that she was
one of the daughters of John Larkin, Innkeepers, by his wife
Katherine. It is quite evident that the children of the second
marriage did not have the advantages of those of the first wife. The
widow remarried soon after the death of Col. Dorsey, but did not
survive her second husband. Perhaps, the children were neglected by
their step-father. Anyhow they were not schooled in letters, and as a
consequence made their mark on official documents." "On Jan 4,
1700/1, Edward Dorsey....assigned...my oldest son Edward Dorsey four
plantations bordering his dwelling-plantation at Elk Ridge and one
south side of Patapsco a little beyond the Falls with negroes,
livestock, household furniture whereon in trust for his five sons,
that is Samuel, Joshua, John, Nicholas, and Benjami. (Provincial
Court, Liber TL no. 2, folios 169,279)
To son Samuel the Patapsco plantation with three negroes and
other personltry To son Joshua the plantation 'where Black
Dick lives' with 100 adjoining acres, negroes and other
personalty To son John plantation that negro Bacon 'now lives on'
with 100 acres, negroes To son Nicholas the plantation 'that
negro Tom lives on' with 100 acres To son Benjamin piece of land
between Dick and Bacon."
"It was not until 1679 that Edward Dorsey entered into public or
political live of the province. In that year he was made a Justice of
the Peace for Anne Arundel County and a Gentleman Justice of the Quoroum.
He continued to serve in that capacity for a number of years
thereafter and in 1686 when he was styled Captain Edward Dorsey of His
Lordship's army he was likewise a Gentleman Justice of the Quorum. He
rose in the provincial forced from Captain to Colonel, a grade he held
at the time of his death. He entered the General Assembly 1694 as a
delegate from Anne Arundel County and continued to serve in all
succeeding sessions of the Lower House until his death. When he
became a domicile of Baltimore County, at the time that Baltimore
embraced both banks of Patapsco, he was likewise elected to the Lower
House. In 1695 he was made the Keeper of the Great Seal of the
Province." "He however was outspoken in his political views...in
1692 'Major Edward Dorsey had made several mutinous and seditious
speeches on board "Capt. William Hill Ship.'" "...he was on
Commission to erect the courthouse and the free school for Anne
Arundel Towne. He was granted the contract for the erection of the
first church of St. Anne in 1696." "Edward Dorsey was a staunch and
loyal supporter of the Calverts,...In politics (he) was a supporter of
the House of Stuart and an acknowledged member of the Jacobean Party"
"After the death of Samuel Wyatt (brother to his wife Sarah) the only
son and heir of Nicholas, Edward claimed his estate by rights of his
wife, as sole heiress. A battle royal insued with Thomas Bland,
Gent., who had married Damaris, the Widow Wyatt, and step-mother to
his wife. Edward had Bland arrested and caused him to be kept
prisoner at the Public Ordinary for several days. Thomas Bland in his
petition to the Provincial Court swore that in July 1677 he delivered
to Mr. Edward Dorsey all the real and personal estate of the late
Nicholas Wyatt, but Dorsey entered upon it and with force carried away
three servants which were his (Bland's) property whom he had purchased
with his own resources. Furthermore, John Booth one of the servants
was so ill-treated by Dorsey that he ran away and that Alice another
servant was so misused that she was 'brought to a dangerous
sickness.'(Md. Archives, vol. 67, p. 420)" "His original will, dated
Oct. 26, 1704 is on file at Annapolis, ...probated in Baltimore County on
Dec. 27, 1705. (Wills, Liber 3, folio 725): To son Nicholas
100-acre portion of 'Long Reach' at Elk Ridge and personalty at
16. The inventory was taken at the 'seated plantation', and also the
Upper Plantation, Elk Ridge Quarters, the Round Bay Plantation, and
'in the store house', and in 'Little Flat House'. There were books,
one Gould Seal ring, one Silver Seale, Ivory headed cane, silver
tobacco box, silver hilted sword, silver plate and surveying chain.
His wearing apparel was appraised at L7.10.-. There were also
thirteen negro slaves and two white indentured servants. Samuel, the
eldest son approved the valuation of L 528.8.11. It was filed at
court on April 1, 1706." 
Dorsey, Edward Colonel (I1620)
"Nicholas Dorsey, son of Col. Edward Dorsey and his wife, Sarah Wyatt,
was born about 1690 in Middle Neck Hundred of St. Anne's Parish. At
the writing of his father's will in 1704, he was mentioned as being
less than 16 years of age. From his father's estate he inherited 100
acres of 'Long Reach', which lay in old Baltimore County Nicholas died
at a young age leaving a widow and four infants. He was buried on
Sep. 23, 1717, according to the records of All Hallow's Parish. His
last will and testament, dated Sep. 15, 1717, was probated in
Baltimore County on Feb. 13, 1717/18.(Wills, Liber 14, folio 478) To
sons Thomas, Nicholas, Benjamin, and Edward personalty at 21 years;
sons to have liberty to choose guardians at 18 To son Benjamin
the dwelling-plantation at the decease of his mother. (Inventories,
Liver 1, folio 40) The appraisement of personal estate on Jul. 4,
1718, reported a value of L347.15.9, including eight negroes. It
seemed as if the Widow Dorsey was a poor manager and by 1724, as
'Frances Dorsey, Widow, of Baltimore County' she prayed relief from her
creditors, yet at the final account filed by her on Jul. 30, 1725,
there was a balance due the heirs of L 117.15.11 (Adm. Accts, Box 3,
folder 68; Archives Vol. 35, p. 6)"
"THE DORSEY BOOK" by Maxwell Dorsey and Jean Muir Dorsey, 1947
"Nicholas Dorsey received by deed of gift in 1700 from his father, 100
acres of Major's Choice, and by his father's will in 1704, he was left
100 acres of Long Reach, 2 silver spoons, a new gun, and a horse named
Dick to be delivered to him at the age of 16 years." "The estate of
Nicholas Dorsey was appraised on July 4, 1718...the inventory included
a Bible, testament, spelling book, psalter, money scales, pocket sack
(?), 2 small deal boxes, chest, lock and key, negroes, Tom, Hagar,
Jenny and child, Isaac, Esther, Maria....The estate valued at
L347.15.9 1/2 (Invts. 1, f.40)" 
Dorsey, Nicholas (I1615)
William Dorsey, son of Elisha and Mary (Slade) Dorsey, was born in
Baltimore County An undocumented source stated that his wife was Margaret
Tracy, another stated her Christian name was Elizabeth. The inventory
of his personal estate was filed at court in Baltimore Co. on Dec. 29,
1847, with Enoch Dorsey as the executor. His will had been written on
Apr. 19, 1842, and admitted for probation on Dec. 18, 1847. (Balt. County
Inventories, Liber 59, folio 50; Wills Liber 22, folio 128) Wills
states: To son Booze Dorsey $5.00, he already having received his
share. To grandson William Dorsey of Booze, $10.00" 
Dorsey, William (I1598)
49 "ANNE ARUNDEL GENTRY--DORSEY FAMILY" by Harry Wright Newman "No
familY of early Anne Arundel is better known thruout the State than
the prolific Dorsey family. More descendants have qualified for
lineal-patriotic societies, especially the Colonial Dames, than any
other family in Maryland." "The family had its beginnings in
Virginia around Lower Norfolk and the emigrant Edward did not figure
to any marked degree in the public life of Virginia or even
Maryland..." "Amidst a strictly agricultural and fur-trading
economy, Edward Dorsey, a shipwright, was one of the early
industrialists and thus constucted much-needed watercrafts for the
early planters along the Bay and the several inlets on which he and
the first settlers established their plantations." "The persistent
belief has prevailed among all early historians of the family that the
name was at one-time D'Arcy, and the belief is not without merit. The
D'Arcy was an ancient family of Old England and was raised to peerage
in 1332...The name is derived from the Norman-French of 'de Adreci'
which is found in Britian by 1086..." "The Virginia records indicate
that sometime before Oct. 7, 1646, Edward Dorsey entered Virginia.
Edward Dorsey either left the colony and returned..." "Edward Dorsey
married in Virginia and his wife was undoubtedly Anne--who later
became convinced of the Quaker preachings....By Edward Dorsey arriving
in Maryland from Virginia with the early contingencies of the
non-conformists, his political beliefs coincided with those of the
Puritans, but during his 9 or more years in the Province, he was
inactive politically...his seat and shipyard was at 'Dorsey' on the
south side of the Severn. It formed a promontory between 'Freeman's'
or 'Norwood's Cove' and Dorsey Creek." "Ultimatley, Edward Dorsey and
his wife became 'convinced' of the Quaker doctrine. ...a letter of
Robert Clarkson of the Severn dated 14th of ye ...1657 '...and
likewise Ann Dorsey is a more larger measure, hir husband I hope
abideth faithfull in his measure.' ("Quakers in the Founding of Anne
Arundel Co". by J. Reany Kelly, pp. 15, 17) "Edward Dorsey with
others was drowned off the Isle of Kent during the summer of
1659....petition to court of Anne Arundel County Tues, 2 Aug 1659:
"Whereas Thomas Hinson hath petitioned this Court Shewing that hee
having taken up the Boate wherein Edward Darcy and some others were
drowned, neare the Isle of Kent, being desyred by the said Darcys
Overseer to take up the same Which he did deliuery the same Boate to
the cheife in Authority...." "No inventory or adm. of his personal
estate is recorded at Annapolis...On Aug. 20, 1664, the three sons of
Edward Dorsey were granted...a plantation on Cabin Neck Branch of the
south bank called 'Hockley-in-the-Hole' some distance from the
"DORSEY" "The Dorseys of Maryland are a branch of the British family
of Darcy, which appears both in England and in Ireland. The first
Darcy in England was Sir Norman d'Areci, who was one of the Norman
knights who accompanied his cousin, William the Conqueror in the
conquest of England. English genealogists have traced Sir Norman
d'Areci back to Rollo, the Viking leader, who became the first duke of
Normandy. (Rollo d. 931, was known to his warriors as Rolf the Ganger
because he was so large a man that no horse could carry him. He
therefore led his troops on foot. His statue may be seen in Rouen.)
His son, called William Longspee (d. 942) was the second duke of
Normandy. Richard Sans Peur (d. 996) a grandson was the third duke.
His son Richard II, the fourth duke, was married several times. His
oldest son, Richard III, the fifth duke, died early and Robert, the
next son, became the sixth duke. Robert's son was William then
Conqueror. The son of Richard II, the fourth duke, by his third wife
Pavia, was William, who became Count of Arques. Among other titles
which he possessed was that of Count of Areci, a Norman town near
Dieppe, which title he passed to his son Norman. The latter became
known as Sir Norman d'Areci or Darcy. He was first cousin to William
the Conqueror." "After the conquest of Sir Norman d'Areci was
rewarded with vast possessions. He was lord of 33 manors in
Lincolnshire. The family became known as Darcy and spread into
Yorkshire and Essex. Hockley in Essex, where the Darcys were lords of
the manor, is generally believed to have been the source from which
the Dorseys of Maryland and Virginia are derived, as the first land
grant which Edward Dorsey, the founder received in Md. was called
Hockley...The Darcy coat of arms with its three cinquefoils also
appears at nearby St. Nicholas Church (in Essex, England)...Joshua
Dorsey, son of Edward Dorsey, affixed a seal to documents he signed
bearing the cinquefoil of the Darcys, thus indicating, prior to 1688,
the fact that he considered himself to be a descendant of the ancient
family of Darcy." 
Dorsey, Edward Senior (I1629)
50 "ANNE ARUNDEL GENTRY--DORSEY FAMILY" p. 11 "Wyatt, a wealthy
planter was first in Virginia and came up the Severn with the
non-conformists. In some manner he became 'convinced' of the Quaker
beliefs and refused to take the oath. He died in 1674 and during his
residence in Anne Arundel County he acquired one of the most affluent
estates of his day. At his death the personal estate alone was
appraised at L 65,788. His will was dated Dec. 10, 1671 and was
written by Conrelius Howard, Gent. After probation which occurred on
Jan 22, 1673/4. Cornelius Howard testified that Wyatt could not
remember 'all what he had'. Plantations were left to his minor son,
Samuel who died soon thereafter and to his daughter Sarah, with his
wife, Damaris as the residuary heir. "The inventory was taken roon
by room which indicates the pretentiousness of his estate...personalty
at the Outward Plantation, in the hall at the Lower Plantation, in the
parlour, in the hall chamber, in the porch chamber, in the staire
case, in the parlour Chamber, in the kitchin chamber, in the kitchin
loft, in the kitchin, in the quarters, in the milk house, in the
cellar, in the cellar loft, in the kitchin bittry, and in the Landing.
There were books, six framed pictures, also three other pictures, and
silver plate. At the Landing there were one servant man, on servant
woman and one negro slave. Also at the Landing were one boat 17
ft.long, appraised at L800, one 10 ft. appraised at L500, one large
canoe at L200, and an ould boate at L100. (Wills, Liber 1, folio 596)"
"THE DORSEY FAMILY" by Dorsey and Nimmo, 1947 (Allen County Public Lib.,
Ft. Wayne, IN) d. 1673 Anne Arundel County; m. Damaris---- widow, before
1653, prob. in Va. "Being a Quaker, he refused to take the oath of
Plantation, therefore had no right to sell land....in 1659, when he
was ordered to refund 510 pounds of tobacco, which he had received for
the sale of ten acres of land...On Oct. 10, 1662, Nicholas Wyatt was
one of the Quakers brought before the court. (Besse's Sufferings,
Vol.2, f. 381). He also refused to take the oath in 1668, when he was
summoned as one of the Grand Jury. (Prov. Ct. Rec. F.F., f. 654)"
"In 1671 Nicholas Wyatt became ill and his wife Damaris, becoming
alarmed, sent for Cornelius Howard to make a will for her husband.
Alto Nicholas Wyatt was very weak and sick and in no condition to make
a will, he said he would give unto his son Samuel Wyatt his plantation
and unto his daughter Sarah, 100 pounds, but when his wife interposed
and asked if he did not remember that she was to be given the Lower
plantation, Nicholas answered that he had forgot that. When his
friends asked if he intended to leave his only son a bare plantation
with neither a cow to give him milk nor a servant to wait on him,
Nicholas seemed indifferent and answered that his son was as much his
wife's son as his. As a result, the greater part of the estate was
left to Damaris. Dec. 10, 1671 Will of Nicholas Wyatt: To my son
Samuel Wyatt at 18 yrs. of age, the Quarter. In the event of
death without heirs, next of kin to inherit same To daughter
Sarah, Lower plantation where the widow Gibbons lives To wife
Damaris, Executrix and residuary legatee (Wills, 1, f.596) Nicholas
Wyatt, afterwards recovering from his illness, was urged by his
friends who thought his will unfair to his children, to destroy it and
make another one. When the subject came up while he was riding in the
woods with his friend Cornelius Howard, Nicholas at last appreciating
the situation, turned to his friend and said, "Do you think I am in my
right senses to leave my only son a bare plantation?" Cornelius
Howard suggested he take his will and burn it, but he did not follow
his advice. Later on much trouble arose in court, when Edward Dorsey
and his wife Sarah brought suit against Damaris, and her then husband,
Thomas Bland, causing the will to be thrown out of court. (Test. Proc.
4 B, folios 1-4) (Test. Papers, Box 3, Folder 30)" "Items of
interest (inventory) were tables, turky work charyes, leather chayres,
Chest of drawers, side cupboards, bedsteads, ruggs, Curtains and
valances, couches, trundle beds, brass and irons, tongs etc., looking
glasses, 20 framed pictures, silver tankard, cups and spoons, books,
nest of Houre glasses, linens, seal skin trunk, 20 pewter dishes, 14
porringers, pewter and brass candlesticks, cups, etc. (Invts. & Accts.
2, f. 263)"
Birth date taken from Ancestral file

Born: about 1620
Married: Damaris ?Stockett/Stockwell.
He died before January 22, 1673 leaving a wife, Damaras, a son, Samuel, and a dau., Sarah. He was granted by patent (surveyed 1651) land on the south side of the Servern, all in the middle neck hundred. [TQFOAAC].
Her unusual name also appears in Powell family of which a Damaris b about 1640 m Charles Fowkes. This is compatible with the description in Maryland Archive "....Damaris Wyatt, who took Attorney Thomas Bland as her third husband, was an approve d midwife. She and Nicholas Wyatt, her second husband, with a daughter by her first husband, had come from Virginia into Maryland, and settled on the Severn River. Wyatt, who may have been a surveyor, had laid out for him several parcels of lan d on the south side of the river, and there they lived. He died late in 1672 or early in 1673, for his will was probated in January 1673. Damaris went on living in the same place, and, on October 4, 1673, she took ?One Dorothy Bruton into her ho use who was then very sick and bigg with Child? (post, p. 261) and cared for her for three weeks. Edward Gardner, whose interest in Dorothy is nowhere explained, had especially asked Damaris to do this, and he had ?faithfully promise[d] to satis fie the said Damoris what she Should reasonably deserve? (ibid.). There may have been some connection between Gardner and Dorothy Bruton: she was never called Mrs., and never said to have had a husband. When she died, in July 1675, she left tw o daughters, and she made Gardner her executor. ...." 
Wyatt, Nicholas Gentleman (I1640)

      1 2 3 4 5 ... 53» Next»

Today's Genealogical Quote

If we know where we came from; we way better know where to go. If we know who we came from; we may better understand who we are