David Showalter (1772-1825) & Hannah M. Weltmer (1779-1864)

David Showalter & Hannah M. Weltmer are Todd’s 4X Great Grandparents.

I have family history titled “The Pennsylvania Ditesch Family of Showalter” written by Floyd Howes. It was given to us by a neighbor of ours in St. Joseph, Missouri, Fay Haught Murray, who was a Showalter cousin. I’ve relied on this document along with Ancestry.com and other internet sources for this article.

David Showalter was born in 1772 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. His parents are Christian Showalter and Barbara Shirk, and he had 12 siblings. Christian Showalter arrived in Philadelphia with his father Jacob, mother, and 10 siblings on November 3, 1750. Christian’s parents were born in Switzerland and had immigrated to Holland shortly before immigrating to America. Christian Showalter served in the American Revolution with his sons Jacob, Valentine & Christian.

Hannah M. Weltmer was born about 1779 in Pennsylvania. Her parents are unknown.

David & Hannah married in about 1798.

The only record I have of them during their marriage is the 1810 US Census. David Showalter was head of a household of 8 in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania: 2 males under age 10 (David was 6, Samuel was 4); 1 male aged 10-14 (Henry was 11); 1 male aged 26-44 (David was 38); 3 females under age 10 (Elizabeth was 9, Hannah was 7, Sarah was a newborn); 1 female aged 26-44 (Hannah was 31.)

David Showalter died in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania by 1825 when Hannah moved to Wayne County, Ohio with her children.

On the 1850 US Census, Hannah was 71 and lived alone in Chester, Wayne County, Ohio. Her daughter Hannah, married to Jacob Weltmer, lived next door.

On the 1860 US Census, Hannah was 81 and lived in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with the family of Martha Showalter Laise, probably a niece.

Hannah died January 11, 1864 and is buried in Wayne County, Ohio at Bethel Cemetary (Church of God) in Chester Township by her daughter Hannah Showalter Weltmer.

The children of David Showalter & Hannah M. Weltmer:

Henry Showalter – Henry was born January 27, 1799. I have no record of him.

Elizabeth Showalter – Elizabeth was born January 2, 1801. I have no records of her.

Hannah Showalter – Hannah was born January 28, 1803. She married Jacob Weltmer on November 17, 1825 in Wayne County, Ohio. They had 9 children. She died April 26, 1872. She is buried in Bethel Cemetary in Chester Township, Ohio next to her mother.

David Showalter – David is Todd’s 3X Great Grandfather. Read about him here.

Samuel Showalter – Samuel was born September 5, 1806. He married Sarah Jane Blue on November 9, 1827 in Wayne County, Ohio.  They moved to Illinois in 1839. They raised 2 nephews and a niece, and had at least 5 children of their own. He fought in the Civil War at age 55, with the 37th Regiment of Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Company C. Two of his sons fought too. He died August 10, 1881 in Macoupin County, Illinois. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Sarah Showalter – Sarah was born June 5, 1810. She married Jesse Downard, a shoemaker, on February 16, 1828. They had 13 children, and lived in Ohio until after the 1860 US Census. On the 1870 US Census Sarah lived in a hotel in Andrew County, Missouri and worked as a domestic servant. Two of her children lived with her. On the 1880 US Census she lived with a daughter in Knox County, Illinois. She died June 15, 1891.

Jacob Showalter – Jacob was born March 14, 1812. He married Sarah Miller on September 19, 1833 in Wayne County, Ohio. They moved to Indiana and had at least 10 children. It is said that he died in January of 1867.

Anna Showalter – Anna was born January 13, 1815. She married George Filger on April 14, 1833 in Wayne County, Ohio. She is said to have died on November 30, 1891 in Mount Pleasant, Adams County, Pennsylvania.

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