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.

David Showalter (1804-1856ish) & Christina Likes (1822-1875)

David Showalter and Christina Likes are Todd’s 3X 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 July 10, 1804 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. His parents are David Showalter and Hannah Weltmer. Read about them here.

Christina Likes, who went by the nickname “Teanie,” was born in 1822 in Pennsylvania. Her parents are George and Eve Leix/Likes. See Eve’s Find a Grave memorial here. Read about Christina’s parents here.

David came to Wayne County, Ohio with his widowed mother and siblings around 1825.

David Showalter first married Christina’s cousin Margaret Likes on August 30, 1827 in Wayne County, Ohio. They had 6 children. (We know their names because they were listed in a legal action taken in the estate of Margaret’s father John Like’s, and a transcript of it is included in the book by Floyd Howes.) Margaret died in 1841 in Wayne County, Ohio.

After Margaret died, David married Christina Likes on February 17, 1846 in Wayne County, Ohio. Todd’s 2X Great Grandfather David was the 2nd of their 5 children.

On the 1850 US Census, David was 46 and Christina was 28. The family was farming in Ashland County, Ohio. Children in the home were: John, age 23; Margaret, age 16; Hannah, age 13; Ann, age 11; Sarah, age 9; W. H. age 2; and David, 4 months. Everyone except David was born in Ohio. David was born in Pennsylvania.

The family moved to Defiance County, Ohio and had a son there in 1853, followed by 2 more children.

It is believed that David died between 1856 & 1860, in Noble County, Indiana, because that is where Christina is found in 1860.

After David’s death, Christina brought her young sons back to Ashland County, Ohio. She “bound out” David, Todd’s 3X Great Grandfather, to her cousin Jake Weltmer. She “bound out” William Henry to her cousin John Weltmer. She then returned to Indiana with the other children.

On the 1860 US Census, Christina was 35 and lived with her youngest children (Joseph, age 7; Martha, age 5; Abram, age 4) with her brother Abram Likes, his 2 children, and her mother Eve Likes, age 70, in Wayne, Noble County, Indiana.

A couple of years later Christina married Hezekiah Elwood, said to have been a Baptist Minister. He didn’t want to raise her children so they were “bound out” with relatives. Joseph, age 9, was “bound out” to Christina’s brother Abram Likes. Martha, age 7, and Abraham, age 4, went to other homes.

On the 1870 US Census, Hezekiah was 70 and Christina was 50. They lived in Spring Green, Sauk County, Wisconsin. They had 2 sons: Hezekiah was 6 and Richard was 3. Both children are said to have been born in Indiana. The sons are later known as Thomas and Frank.

Christina died in 1875. There is a stone for her where son David is buried in Holt County, Missouri, and some believed he moved her there.

The children of David Showalter & Margaret Likes:

John Likes Showalter – John was born June 18, 1828 in Ohio. He married Lucinda Tucker, and then he married her sister Martha Tucker. They had 6 children. He died on March 7, 1900 in Whiteside County, Illinois. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Catherine Showalter – Catherine was born about 1830. She is said to have married John Jewell but I can’t find record of it.

Margaret Showalter – Margaret was born about 1834. She married Job Beollier on June 30, 1853 in Ashland County, Ohio.

Hannah Showalter – Hannah was born January 15, 1837. She married Henry Likes in Ashland County, Ohio. (Henry Likes was the brother of Hannah’s stepmother Christina Likes, and her mother’s cousin.) They had at least 7 children. She married John Hollowell on January 14, 1886 in Whiteside Co., IL. She died on July 16, 1904 in Illinois. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Ann Showalter – Ann was born about 1839. She married Thomas Onstott on January 9, 1858 in Wayne County, Ohio. They had 2 sons. Thomas fought in the Civil War and Anna filed for a widow’s pension in July of 1890. She died April 28, 1895 in Wayne County, Ohio.

Sarah Showalter – Sarah was born about 1841. She married Nathaniel Edy in Ashland County, Ohio on October 10, 1859. I don’t have further record of them. It’s confusing because there is a Sarah Eddy in the area, but her maiden name is Merkel and her husband was Asa Eddy.

The children of Joseph David Showalter & Christina Likes:

William Henry Showalter – William was born October 27, 1847. He died in 1867 at age 19. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

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

Joseph Showalter – Joseph was born December 25, 1853 in Defiance County, Ohio. He moved to Holt County, Missouri around the time his brother David did. He married the widowed Sarah Ann Garrett Tharp on February 27, 1881 in Holt County, Missouri. They had 6 children and lived in South Dakota and Sherman County, Kansas before settling in Washington County, Kansas. He died on August 1, 1927 at the home of his daughter in Afton, Iowa, but he is buried in Washington County, Kansas. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Martha Showalter – Martha was born about 1855. There is no record of her after the 1860 US Census. She is said to have died at age 21 of tuberculosis while working as a “hired girl.”

Abraham Showalter – Abraham was born in 1856 in Ohio. The only record of him is the 1860 US Census.

 

John Busby (1774-1853) & Agnes Wisner (1778-1855)

John Busby & Agnes Wisner are Todd’s 4X Great Grandparents. There’s a page from their family Bible available on Ancestry.com which lists their birth and death dates, and those of their children.

John Busby was born on February 15, 1774 in Baltimore County, Maryland. His parents are John Busby (1750-1791) & Edith Price (1755-1830). Their Find A Grave memorials are here and here.

Agnes Wisner was born May 10, 1778 in Baltimore County, Maryland. Her parents are Mathias Wisner and Sarah Mannon. Their Find A Grave memorials are here and here.

John & Agnes married in about 1795 based on the birth of their first child.

John Busby is one of the earliest settlers of Harrison County, Ohio, arriving in 1805. John came with his mother, as his father had died young.

It is said that John served in War of 1812 but I haven’t found records.

I can’t find the family on the 1810 US Census. On the 1820 US Census, John is head of a household of 11 in Archer, Harrison County, Ohio. 2 males under age 10; 1 male aged 10-15; 1 male 45 and over; 4 females under age 10; 2 females aged 16-25; 1 female aged 26-44. John’s mother Edith is enumerated with her own household.

On the 1830 US Census, John’s household is still in Archer, Harrison County, Ohio. It totals 11: 1 male aged 10-14; 1 male aged 15-19; 1 male aged 50-59; 1 female aged 5-9; 2 females aged 10-14; 3 females aged 15-19; 1 female aged 20-29; 1 female aged 50-59.

On the 1840 US Census, John’s household is still in Archer, Harrison County, Ohio. It totals 6: 2 males aged 30-39; 1 male aged 60-69; 1 female aged 15-19; 1 female aged 40-49; 1 female aged 60-69.

On the 1850 US Census, the family is enumerated for the last time. John was 70 and Agnes was 73. Also in the home were their son Abraham Busby, age 36; his wife Elizabeth Busby, age 30; grandson John B. Busby, age 1; and John’s sister Huldah Busby, age 60.

John died December 10, 1853. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Agnes died March 12, 1855. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The 14 children of John Busby & Agnes Wisner:

Sarah Busby – Sarah was born on January 9, 1796. She married Edward Healea in about 1815. They had at least 9 children. She died March 12, 1889.

Rachel Busby – Rachel was born on July 24, 1797. She married David Smith on May 21, 1818 in Harrison County, Ohio. They had 9 children. She died in 1880 in Richland County, Ohio. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Belinda Busby – Belinda was born on October 14, 1799. She married Nathaniel Baker on November 11, 1819 in Harrison County, Ohio. They had 6 children. Her husband’s probate records are available on Ancestry.com but I can’t find any further record of Belinda.

Edee Busby – Edee is Todd’s 3X Great Grandmother. Read about her here.

Elizabeth “Betsey” Ann Busby – Betsey Ann was born on January 1, 1804. She married David Bricker on October 14, 1845 in Harrison County, Ohio.  They had 1 child. She died February 28, 1883 in Gallia County, Ohio.  Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

John Wisner Busby – John was born on March 28, 1806. He married Anna Merryman in April of 1826. They had 14 children. He died December 26, 1870 in Harrison County, Ohio. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Mary Ann “Polly” Busby – Polly was born January 10, 1808. She married John McCombs on December 23, 1834 in Harrison County, Ohio. John was a carpenter. They had 8 children. They moved to Iowa in 1863 with their 7 living children. She died on November 17, 1890. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Dorcas Busby – Dorcas was born March 30, 1810. She married Aaron Conaway in 1833. They had 10 children. She died on January 20, 1901. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Anna Busby – Anna was born February 27, 1812. I have no further record of her.

Abraham H. Busby – Abraham was born on January 22, 1814. He married Elizabeth Marshall on May 18, 1848. They had 6 children. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Deborah Busby – Deborah was born June 5, 1816. She married Albert Singhaus in 1838. They had 8 children, and he died in about 1855. The last record I have of her is the 1900 US Census.

Jane T. Busby – Jane was born April 21, 1818. She married William Strausbaugh on March 24, 1840 in Harrison County, Ohio. They had 10 children. She died November 3, 1905 in Morgan Township, Gallia County, Ohio. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Isaac Busby – Isaac Busby was born April 7, 1820. He died October 3, 1847.

Harriet Busby – Harriet was born on January 6, 1824. She married Levi Atkinson in 1848. She died March 26, 1849.

Zachariah Baker (1770-1841) & Susanna Washburn (1771-1849)

Zachariah Baker & Susanna Washburn are Todd’s 4X Great Grandparents. We know we are tracking the right line because Todd’s dad Lanny’s DNA puts him in the Zachariah Baker DNA Circle at Ancestry.com.

Zachariah Baker was born November 12, 1770 in Maryland. His parents are Zebediah Baker & Cassandra Evans. Their Find A Grave memorials are here and here.

Susanna Washburn was born December 17, 1771 in Pennsylvania. Her parents are Nathaniel Washburn & Christine Shafer. It is said that Nathaniel served in the Revolutionary War and also in the War of 1812, when he was over 70 years old. See their Find A Grave memorials here and here.

Zachariah served as a Private in Ford’s Regiment of Militia, Territory South of the Ohio, commanded by William Miles, for the month of May, 1794.

Zachariah and Susanna married in about 1794 according to the birth of their first child. They bought 50 acres of land in Brooke County, Virginia and they sold that land in 1806 to move to Jefferson County, Ohio. Zachariah was named on the first grand jury in Harrison County, Ohio (which was created from Jefferson County) in 1811.

Zachariah served in the War of 1812 as a Lieutenant in Bevier’s Battalion, New York Militia. Zachariah and Susanna had 12 children at the time of his service, and would eventually have 2 more.

On the 1820 US Census, Zachariah was head of a household in Archer, Harrison County, Ohio. There were 13 in the household: 4 males under age 10; 2 males aged 10-14; 2 males aged 45 and over; 2 females under age 10; 1 female aged 10-14; 2 females aged 45 and over.

On the 1830 US Census, Zachariah was still head of a household in Archer, Harrison County, Ohio. There were 8 in the household: 1 male aged 10-14; 2 males aged 15-19; 2 males aged 20-29; 1 male aged 50-59; 1 female aged 15-19; 1 female aged 50-59.

On the 1840 US Census, Zachariah was head of a household in Perry, Carroll County, Ohio. There were 3 in the household: 1 male aged 70-79; 1 female aged 20-29; 1 female aged 60-69.

Zachariah Baker died on December 19, 1841 in Carroll County, Ohio. His Find A Grave memorial is here. His probate records are available at Ancestry.com. His will, written a month before his death, lists his wife Susan and his children Otho William Baker, Cassa Muckelroy, Elizabeth English, Christina Endley, Zachariah Baker, Eli Baker, Evan Baker, Samuel Baker, Abraham Baker, James Harvey Baker, John Baker, and Zabe Baker, grandson Zachariah Baker (son of Nathaniel), and granddaughter Peggy Smith.

Susanna died March 21, 1849 in Carroll County, Ohio. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The 14 children of Zachariah Baker & Susanna Washburn, as listed in his will:

Cassandra Baker – Cassandra was born about 1795 in Virginia. She married James Samuel McIlroy on November 21, 1816, and they had 11 children. She died January 27, 1852 in Union County, Ohio. Her Find A Grave memorial here.

Nathaniel Baker – Nathaniel was born in 1796 in West Virginia. He married Belinda Busby on November 11, 1819 in Harrison County, Ohio. They had 6 children. He died in August of 1883 in Richland, Ohio. His probate records are available at Ancestry.com.

Zachariah Baker – Zachariah was Todd’s 3x great grandfather. Read about him here.

Susanna Baker – Susanna was born between 1797 and 1801 in Virginia. She married George Smith on February 12, 1818 in Harrison County, Ohio. Their daughter Peggy Smith was mentioned in Susanna’s father’s will in 1841 so Susanna died prior to that.

Evan/Iven Baker – Iven was born August 2, 1800 according to his tombstone. (I’m skeptical because his brother Zebedee was born in July 1800 according to his tombstone. Census records have Evan/Iven’s birth year as 1796 and 1797. Census records have Zebedee born consistently in 1800.) He married Malinda/Belinda Cox on January 23, 1823 in Harrison County, Ohio. They had at least 7 children. He died December 27, 1886 in Carroll County, Ohio. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Zebedee Baker – Zebedee was born in July of 1800 according to his tombstone. He married Martha Shriver. They had at least 7 children. He died April 2, 1880 in Marion County, Ohio. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

John Baker – John was born in 1801 in Virginia. He is mentioned in his father’s will, but I’ve been unable to find records of him.

Eli Baker – Eli was born in 1802 in Virginia. He married Polly Easlick on December 16, 1823 in Harrison County, Ohio. I can’t find any other record of him.

James Harvey Baker – James was born February 17, 1804 in Virginia. He married Margaret Caves on October 12, 1842 in Harrison County, Ohio. He died November 30, 1879 in Harrison County, Ohio.

Samuel Baker – Samuel was born December 19, 1804 in Virginia. He married Mary McCombs on October 28, 1830 in Harrison County, Ohio. They had 5 children. He died November 1, 1879 in Harrison County, Ohio. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Christina Baker – Christina was born January 9, 1807 in Ohio. She married James Endsley on October 29, 1829, and they had 6 children. She died on her birthday, January 9, 1844, in Coshocton County, Ohio. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Abraham Baker – Abraham was born September 8, 1808 in Ohio. He married Edna Brock on June 18, 1836 in Tasacawasa County, Ohio. They had 7 children. He died April 3, 1886 in Carroll County, Ohio. Find A Grave memorial here.

Otho William Baker – Otho was born April 22, 1816 in Ohio. He married Nancy Buchanan on September 7, 1837 in Harrison County, Ohio. They had at least 6 children. He died April 19, 1886 in Carroll County, Ohio. Find A Grave memorial here.

Elizabeth Baker – Elizabeth was born in 1818. She married John English on May 28, 1835 in Harrison County, Ohio. She died September 17, 1863. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Zachariah Baker (1800-1863) & Edee Busby (1802-1882)

Zachariah Baker & Edee Busby are Todd’s 3X Great Grandparents. We know we are on the right track with this line because Todd’s dad Lanny’s DNA puts him into the “DNA Circles” at Ancestry.com for Edee Busby and for Zachariah’s father, Zachariah Baker.

Zachariah Baker was born around 1800 in Virginia. His parents are Zachariah Baker & Susanna Washburn. Read about them here.

Edee Busby was born December 18, 1802 in Maryland. Her parents are John Busby and Agnes Wisner. Read about them here.

Zachariah and Edee were married February 3, 1825 by Rev. Elijah Stone in Harrison County, Ohio.

On the 1840 US Census, Zachariah Baker is head of a household of 15 in Vermillion, Richland County, Ohio. The household was: 1 male under age 5 (David was 2); 3 males aged 5-9 (Nathaniel was 8, Abraham was 6, Zachariah was 9); 2 males aged 10-14 (Samuel was 13 and John was 14); 1 male aged 40-49 (Zachariah was 40); 4 females under age 5 (Agnes was 4, Rachel was 3, Sarah was a baby); 1 female aged 5-9 (Mary Jane was 11); 1 female aged 10-14 (Susanna was 13); 1 female aged 20-29; 1 female aged 30-39 (Edee was 38).

On the 1850 US Census, the family was still farming in Vermillion, Richland County, Ohio. Zachariah was 50, Edee was 46. They had 11 children at home: Mary Jane, age 21; Zachariah, age 20; Nathaniel, age 18; Abraham, age 16; Agnes, age 14; Rachel, age 12; David, age 10; Anna, age 8; Belinda, age 6; Henry, age 4; Edee, age 1.

On the 1860 US Census, the family is in Vermillion, now in Ashland County, Ohio. Zachariah was 60 and Edee was 56. Children at home: Rachel, age 22; David, age 21; Anna, age 20; Henry, age 13; Edith, age 11.

Zachariah died in 1863. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

On the 1870 US Census, widowed Edee was 69 and lived with daughter Edee, age 20. Oldest son John lived next door with his family.

On the 1880 US Census, Edee was 78 and lived with widowed daughter Sarah, age 39, and her son John, age 10. It is noted on the census that Edee had a broken arm.

Edee died on October 3, 1882 in Ashland County, Ohio. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The 15 children of Zachariah Baker & Edith Busby, all born in Ohio:

John W. Baker – John was born October 21, 1825. He married Elizabeth Bault. They had 5 children. John was a wagon maker (1860, 1880) and a farmer (1870). He died September 9, 1880 in Ashland County, Ohio. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Samuel B. Baker – Samuel was born October 29, 1826 He married Ruth Bault on February 22, 1848 in Ashland County, Ohio. They had 5 children and farmed in Ashland County, Ohio and then in Noble, Indiana. He died March 12, 1886. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Susanna Baker – Susanna was born January 23, 1827. She married John Bault and they had a daughter. Susanna died in 1855. She is buried in Union County, Ohio. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Mary Jane Baker – Mary Jane was born June 1, 1829. She married McClure Davis on March 10, 1853 in Ashland County, Ohio. They farmed in Ashland County, Ohio and had 5 children. She died November 22, 1895. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Zachariah Curtis Baker – Zachariah was born October 27, 1830 in Ashland County, Ohio. He married Elizabeth Harlan on August 12, 1850 in Ashland County, Ohio. They had 11 children. By 1880 the family moved to Atchison County, Missouri. He died on April 22, 1905. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Nathaniel L. Baker – Nathaniel was born April 7, 1832. He married Margaret Neely. They farmed in Ashland County, Ohio and had 5 children. He died June 24, 1893 in Ashland County, Ohio. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Abraham H. Baker – Abraham was born December 29, 1834. He married a woman named Sallie and they had at least 1 child. He died on February 15, 1881, and probate records for his estate indicate he left no widow or children. The records list the names of his living brothers and sisters. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Agnes Baker – Agnes was born July 14, 1836. She married James Harlan and they had 5 children. She died January 28, 1872 in Noble County, Indiana. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Rachel Baker – Rachel was born August 28, 1837. She married Fredrick Wagner, who had served in the Civil War, on November 19, 1865 in Ashland County, Ohio. They had 4 children. She died in 1910 and is buried in Richland County, Ohio. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

David Baker – David was born on October 7, 1838. He married Catherine Shelly on October 10, 1861 in Ashland County, Ohio. They had 8 children. He died November 8, 1886 in Ashland County, Ohio. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Sarah Ann Baker – Sarah was born January 27, 1840. She married a Mr. Gray. On the 1880 US Census she was a widow, living with her mother as Sarah Gray, with a 10-year-old son John Gray. On the 1900 US Census, Sarah lived with adopted daughter Ivy Pearl McCormick in Ashland County, Ohio. I have no record of her after that.

Belinda Baker – Belinda was born June 23, 1841. She married Amasa Jones on December 16, 1858 in Ashland County, Ohio. They had 11 children. She died July 4, 1901 in Ashland County, Ohio. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Emanuel Baker – Emanuel was born April 17, 1843, He died as a child.

Henry J. Baker – Henry was born October 16, 1845. He married Almira in 1875, probably in Iowa, and they had 6 children. He died July 9, 1919 and he is buried in Lancaster County, Nebraska. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Edee May Baker – Edee is Todd’s 2X Great Grandfather. Read about her here.

Abner Clift (1791-1847) & Mary Robinson (1784-1868)

Abner Clift and Mary Robinson are Todd’s 4X Great Grandparents.

Abner Clift was born about 1791 in Virginia. His parents are said to be Benjamin Clift and Frances Peak.

ROBINSON Mary CliftMary Robinson was born in about 1790 in Virginia. Her parents are said to be George & Dinah Robinson.

Photo: Mary Robinson Clift, from her Find A Grave memorial, used with permission.

Abner Clift and Mary Robinson were married on December 21, 1811 in Mason County, Kentucky.

On the 1820 US Census, Abner was head of a household of 5: 1 male under age 10 (unknown); 1 male aged 26-44 (Abner was 29); 1 female under age 10 (America was 6); 1 female aged 16-25 (Mary was 30); 1 female aged 45 and over (unknown). The family had no slaves.

On the 1830 US Census, Abner was head of a household in Mason County, Kentucky, and there were 13 including 5 slaves: 1 male aged 10-14 (Franklin was 3); 1 male aged 40-49 (Abner was 39); 2 females under age 5 (unknown); 1 female aged 5-9 (Lamira was 5); 1 female aged 10-14 (America was 16); 2 females aged 30-39 (Mary was 40, unknown); 2 male slaves under age 10; 1 male slave aged 10-23; 1 female slave under age 10; 1 female slave aged 10-23.

On the 1840 US Census, Abner’s household totaled 19 including 8 slaves: 1 male aged 10-14 (Franklin was 13); 2 male aged 15-19 (unknown); 1 male aged 40-49 (Abner was 49); 2 females aged 10-14 (unknown); 1 female aged 15-19 (Lamira was 15); 1 female aged 20-29 (America was 26); 1 female aged 40-49 (unknown); 1 female aged 50-59 (Mary was 50); 2 male slaves under age 10; 2 male slaves aged 10-23; 1 male slave aged 24-35; 1 female slave under age 10; 1 female slave aged 10-23; 1 female slave aged 24-35.

Abner is said to have died in 1847.

On the 1850 US Census, Mary was widowed and 61 years old. Three of her children were at home: Lamira was 23; Ann was 21; Franklin was 23. Mary Clift is listed on a Slave Schedule as having the following slaves: 1 male age 37; 1 male age 24; 1 female age 24; 1 male age 15; 1 female age 8; 1 female age 2.

On the 1860 US Census, Mary was 70 and lived in Mason County, Kentucky with daughter Lamira Clift Hickman, her husband George, and their children. Mary Clift is listed on a Slave Schedule as having the following slaves: 1 female age 38; 1 male age 16; 1 female age 8; 1 male age 4; 1 male age 2. George and Lamira are Todd’s 3x Great Grandparents, and they moved to Holt County, Missouri after the Civil War.

Mary moved to Henry County, Indiana to live with daugther America Clift Peed, her husband and children. Mary died there on September 27, 1868. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. I believe her birth year to be incorrect on the memorial.

The known children of Abner Clift and Mary Robinson:

Clift AmericaAmerica Clift – America was born about 1814 in Kentucky. She married the widowed Richard Peed and they had 4 children. She died June 14, 1884 in Henry County, Indiana. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Photo: America Clift Peed, from her Find A Grave memorial, used with permission.

Lamira Clift – Lamira is Todd’s 3x Great Grandmother. Read about her here.

Benjamin Franklin Clift – Franklin was born in September of 1826 in Kentucky. He married Ann G. Clift on January 15, 1851 in Mason County, Kentucky. They had 3 children. After the Civil War, they lived in Henry County, Indiana. He died on April 8, 1920 in Henry County, Indiana. His Find A Grave memorial is here. Note: I suspect Ann & Franklin were cousins. They are listed on the 1850 US Census living with Franklin’s mother and sister, and all share the same last name, so they appear to be siblings. However, there is a marriage record for them. On the 1850 US Census (late August 1850) and the marriage record (mid January 1851), she is listed as “Ann G. Clift” and her birth year stays fairly consistent through all Census. To further confuse things, Benjamin has a cousin named Benjamin Franklin Clift, born 8 years after him. By the 1860 US Census, both are married, living right by each other in Mason County, Kentucky, and both have sons named Wyatt. On the 1860 Slave Schedule, Benjamin F. Clift is listed with 7 slaves (a female aged 37, and boys aged 10, 8, 6, 3, 2, and 6 months), but I don’t know which Benjamin this is.

George F. Hickman (1820-?) & Lamira Clift (1825-1878)

George F. Hickman and Lamira Clift are Todd’s 3X Great Grandparents.

George F. Hickman was born about 1820 in Mason County, Kentucky, and I’m trying to figure out who his parents are.

Lamira Clift was born January 16, 1825 in Mason County, Kentucky. She is the daughter of Abner Clift and Mary Robinson. Read about them here.

On the 1850 US Census, George was 27 and lived in Mason County, Kentucky with the family of Charles Humphreys. George was the farm overseer for the family. Lamira was 23 and lived with her widowed mother and siblings in Mason County.

George and Lamira were married on August 12, 1851 in Mason County, Kentucky.

On the 1860 US Census, George was 40 and Lamira was 35. Lamira’s mother Mary Clift, age 70, lived with the family. George and Lamira had 4 children: Mary, age 7; Charles, age 6; Abner, age 4; John, age 2. Mary Clift is listed on a Slave Schedule as having the following slaves: 1 female age 38; 1 male age 16; 1 female age 8; 1 male age 4; 1 male age 2.

The Hickmans are said to have lost everything in the Civil War. Their slaves (actually the slaves owned by George’s mother-in-law Mary Robinson Clift) were set free, and the family moved to Holt County, Missouri after 1867 when their youngest son Joseph was born. Todd’s dad Lanny remembers his mother Edna telling about her grandfather, George & Lamira’s son Abner, saying that before they set out for Missouri one of their slaves took his little pair of boots and gave them to her son. According to the Slave Schedule for 1860, there was a 4 year old male slave in the household, and Abner was 4 years old too.

On the 1870 US Census, George was 50 and Lamira was 45. They lived in Union, Holt County, Missouri. They had 5 children: Mary, age 17; Abner, age 14; John, age 12; Anna, age 10; Joseph, age 3. George was working as a laborer.

Lamira died on November 26, 1878 in Craig, Holt County, Missouri.

On the 1880 US Census, George was 60 and widowed. He had 3 children at home: Abner, age 23; John, age 21; Joseph, age 12. George was farming.

George died sometime after the 1880 US Census.

The children of George F. Hickman & Lamira Clift:

Mary Hickman – Mary was born August 28, 1852 in Mason County, Kentucky. I have no record of her after the 1870 US Census when she was 17.

Charles Hickman – Charles was born November 27, 1858 in Mason County, Kentucky.  I have no record of him after the 1870 US Census when he was 12.

Abner Clift Hickman – Abner is Todd’s 2X Great Grandfather. Read about him here.

John H. Hickman – John was born October 25, 1859 in Mason County, Kentucky. His Missouri Death Certificate lists him as single and working as a cook at a hotel. He died April 3, 1933 in Holt County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Anna Hickman – Anna was born about 1860 in Mason County, Kentucky. I don’t have record of her after the 1870 US Census when she was 10.

Joseph Clark Hickman – Joseph was born on August 31, 1861 in Mason County, Kentucky. He married Maude Long. He died on August 14, 1952 in Craig, Holt County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

David Showalter (1850-1927) & Edee May Baker (1849-1899)

David & Edee are Todd’s great great grandparents, the parents of Todd’s great grandmother Minnie Showalter.

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 May 17, 1850 in Ashland County, Ohio. His obituary and his Missouri Death Certificate list his parents as Joseph Showalter & Christina Elwood. However, his father’s name was David. David Showalter married Margaret Likes and had 6 children. After Margaret died, Joseph married her sister Christina Likes, and David was the 2nd of their 5 children. After Joseph died, Christina married Hezekiah Elwood and they had 2 children. Read more about them here.

Edee May Baker was born August 21, 1849 in Ashland, Ohio. Her parents are Zachariah Baker & Edith Edee Busby. You can see Zachariah’s Find A Grave memorial here and Edith’s here. Read more about them here.

On the 1850 US Census, David was 4 months old. His father Joseph was 46 and farming in Ashland County, Ohio. His mother Christine was 28, and his brother William was 2. Half-siblings in the home were John, age 23; Margaret, age 16; Hannah, age 13; Ann, age 11; Sarah, age 9.

On the 1860 US Census, David’s father had died, and the family was divided. David, age 10, lived with his cousin Jacob & Elizabeth Weltmer and their children in Ashland Ohio. The family story, as related in the family history written by Floyd Howes, is that David told his grandson that he was “bound out” for 5 years for $20 a year, and was very badly treated. His brother William Henry Showalter, age 11,  lived with another Weltmer family. His mother Christina lived with her brother Abram Likes, a day laborer; two of his children; her mother Eve; and her children Joseph, 7, Martha, 5, and Abram, 4.

On the 1870 US Census, David was 20 and lived with his future brother-in-law David McClure and family, farming in Ashland County, Ohio.

David & Edee were married on November 26, 1871 in Ohio. They moved to Holt County, Missouri in 1875 and bought a 40 acre farm in Lincoln Township. They lived the rest of their lives on that farm.

On the 1880 US Census, David and Edee were 30 years old, and they were farming in Holt County, Missouri. Son Abraham was 7, and son Ezra was 5.

Edee died on May 13, 1899 in Holt County, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Edee’s obituary as transcribed in the family history by Floyd Howes, reads in part:

Sudden Summons But Well Prepared
Mrs. Edee Showalter, wife of Mr. David Showalter, died very unexpectedly about eleven o’clock Saturday night, May 13, 1899. The family had retired for the night, and about eleven o’clock Mrs. Showalter got up to get more bed covers, but before returning to bed she became violently affected with heart trouble. One of the sons was at once sent to town for a physician, but it was only a few minutes until life became extinct and long before the physician arrived and before any of the neighbors could arrive. The summons was quick, but the good lady had so lived her life that she was fully prepared for the final end. For a number of years she had been in poor health, but during the past two months she had been feeling much better and before she retired for the night she was in the best of spirits. . . . At the time of her death she was aged 49 years, eight months and twelve days. . . Mrs. Showalter was a noble Christian woman, a strong Methodist in her belief, having united with that church when only 14 years old. She had always lived an exemplary life and was much devoted to her family and their religious welfare.

On the 1900 US Census, David was 50 and widowed. He was farming in Holt County, Missouri. Joseph was 19, Edee was 15, Minnie was 8. A servant, Harvey Barrickman, age 22, lived with them.

David married Tena Lawrence, a spinster, on March 28, 1910 in Holt County, Missouri.

On the 1910 US Census, David, age 59, and Tena, age 51, were farming in Holt County, Missouri. Tena died on May 22, 1912.

On the 1920 US Census, David was 69 and widowed again. He lived with daughter Edee, her husband Herman Wright, and their 5 children.

The family history written by Floyd Howes includes this memory from Todd’s grandmother Edna, who was David’s granddaughter:

I remember going to visit Uncle Joe, Grandfather David’s brother, when I was young. Uncle Joe was a tall and large man, quick moving, very jolly, one of those back thumping kind of person. I preferred my grandfather who was also tall and slender and on the quiet side.

David died on October 20, 1927 in Holt County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

His obituary, which appeared in The Craig Leader on Friday, October 28, 1927, and as transcribed in the family history by Floyd Howes read in part:

Death of David Showalter Sr.
David … passed from this life on October 20, 1927 having attained the age of 77 years, 5 months and 3 days. He was the last to survive of a family of six children, namely, William Henry, David, Martha and Joseph Showalter and two half brothers, Frank and Thomas Elwood. Mr. Showalter’s father died when the children were at a tender age, and the widowed mother then moved to Ashland County, Ohio, where the deceased grew to manhood. . . He leaves to mourn his loss 24 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. . . He and his faithful wife toiled together and reared their family, bearing bravely the trials and struggles (of) pioneer life, ever ready to lend a helping hand to a suffering neighbor, or extend hospitality to the many weary travelers who passed their door, and by many tokens of kindness, the weary road was made brighter and shorter. By tireless industry and thrift, a comfortable home was established for the growing family. Mr. Showalter professed Christ in his young manhood and always lived a consistent Christian life, remaining steadfast in his faith to the end. His illness extended over a period of some years and at times his sufferings were very severe, but bourne patiently and without complaint, with a Christian fortitude. During the last few years of his life he had been tenderly cared for in his home, by his devoted daugther Mrs. Wright, with the assistance of the sons, and grandchildren who lived near enough to lend a helping hand. Impressive funeral services were held at the Sharp’s Grove Church Sunday, October 23, 1927 at 2:30 pm. . . . A very large crowd of neighbors and friends assembled to pay their last tribute of respect to the departed. In the passing of “Uncle Dave,” as he was affectionately and familiarly called by the community, in which he lived for so long, it loses one of its most sterling citizens. As a loyal supporter of church and school, his loss will be keenly felt. He was a kind and loving father and a good neighbor.

The children of David Showalter & Edee May Baker are:

Abraham H. Showalter – Abraham was born September 15, 1872 in Ashland County, Ohio. He married Lydia Catherine Judy on June 21, 1893 in Holt County, Missouri and they had 5 children. She died in 1920.  He married Muriel Maude Adams/Atkins on October 29, 1921 in Troy, Kansas, and they had 2 children. He farmed in Holt County, Missouri, at one time living next door to Alexander Gray. See postcards Abraham sent to Alexander Gray here, here, and here. (Eventually, his niece Edna, Todd’s grandmother, would marry Alexander’s grandson Ralph.) Abraham died July 30, 1944 in Craig, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Ezra Kindig Showalter – Ezra was born July 12, 1874 in Ashland County, Ohio. He married Cora Ellen Strough and they had 3 children. They farmed in Holt County, Missouri. He died on August 11, 1933 in Holt County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

William David Showalter – William was born May 19, 1877 in Holt County, Missouri. He married Lucinda Chrisman on June 23, 1897 and they had 3 children. William worked as a farmer, and as a teamster at the water company. He died on November 27, 1957 in Craig, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

SHOWALTER Joseph Minnies brotherJoseph Ira Showalter – Joseph was born on December 23, 1880 in Craig, Missouri. He married Hattie Ruth Foster on December 23, 1907 in Holt County, Missouri. They had 5 children. They farmed in Holt County, Missouri and Richardson County, Nebraska. He died of malaria on October 22, 1922 in Craig, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

(Photo: Joseph Ira Showalter)

Nannie Jane Showalter – Nannie was born on May 27, 1883 in Craig, Missouri. She died on April 1, 1884 in Craig, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

WRIGHT Wilma Ruth WRIGHT Pauline WRIGHT Herman Jr WRIGHT Lorrine black and whiteEdee May Showalter – May was born on May 15, 1885 in Craig, Missouri. She married Herman Wright on December 4, 1907 in Holt County, Missouri and they had 5 children. They farmed in Holt County, Missouri. She died on March 3, 1964 in Craig, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

(Photo: the children of Edee May Showalter & Herman Wright, left to right: Wilma Ruth Wright, Pauline Wright, Herman Wright Jr., Lorrine Wright.)

Minnie Alice Showalter – Minnie is Todd’s great grandmother. You can read more about her here.

They had 2 more sons according to her obituary, but they aren’t named.

Abner Clift Hickman (1864-1933) & Mary “Mollie” G. Morgan (1864-1918)

Abner & Mary are Todd’s great great grandparents, the parents of his great grandfather George Fletcher Hickman.

Abner Clift Hickman was born January 7, 1864 in Mays Lick (Mason County), Kentucky. His parents are George F. Hickman and Lamira Clift.

Mary “Mollie” G. Morgan was born on March 25, 1864 in Missouri. According to her Missouri Death Certificate, her parents are William Morgan and Mary Smith and they were both born in Kentucky. Later on the US Census, Mollie reported that her father was from Tennessee and her mother from Missouri. I haven’t been able to find them, so I don’t have record of Mollie until her marriage to Abner.

On the 1860 US Census, Abner’s family lived in Mason County, Kentucky. He was 4, his father George was 40, and his mother Lamira was 35. He had three siblings: Mary, age 7; Charles, age 6; John, age 2. Lamira’s mother Mary, age 70, was also living in the home.

On the 1870 US Census, Abner’s family had moved to Holt County, Missouri. He was 14, his father George was 50, and his mother Lamira was 45. Siblings in the house were Mary, age 17; John, age 12; Anna, age 10; and Joseph, age 3.  George’s occupation was laborer.

On the 1880 US Census, Abner was 23 and farmed with his widowed father George, age 60, and brothers John, age 21, and Joseph, age 12.

Abner and Mollie were married on June 21, 1881

On the 1900 US Census, Abner, age 44, and Mollie, age 36, had been married for 18 years and had 3 children. Letha was 15, George was 12, and Laura was 9. They were farming in Holt County, Missouri.

On the 1910 US Census, Abner was 53 and Mollie was 46. Daughter Laura, age 19, lived at home.

Mollie died on November 27, 1918 in Buchanan County, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

On the 1920 US Census, Abner was 62 and widowed. He was still farming in Holt County, Missouri. Living with him was son George, age 31, his wife Minnie, age 27, and their children Geneva, age 9; Clift, age 8; and Edna, age 7.

On the 1930 US Census, Abner was 74 and lived in Douglas County, Colorado, with daughter Letha, age 45; her husband Carlos Gelvin, age 46; and their children Avis, age 19; and Frank, age 13; plus Carlos’ widowed mother Callie Gelvin, age 70.

Abner died on March 23, 1933 in Douglas County, Colorado. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Abner Clift Hickman & Mary G. Morgan:

Letha Hickman – Letha was born on July 8, 1885 in Tarkio, Missouri. She married Carlos Arthur Gelvin. They had 4 children. Carlos farmed, and then owned a gas station. Letha died on January 24, 1950 in Richland, Washington. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

SHOWALTER Minnie HICKMAN George SHOWALTER David HICKMAN Edna Geneva Clift black and whiteGeorge Fletcher Hickman – George is Todd’s great grandfather. Read more about him here.

(Photo: Back row, left to right, Minnie Alice Showalter, Abner Clift Hickman, George Fletcher Hickman. Front row, left to right, Edna Louise Hickman, Geneva Mae Hickman, David Clift Hickman. Taken in Mound City, Missouri around 1919.)

Laura F. Hickman – Laura was born on March 25, 1891 in Holt County, Missouri. She didn’t marry. She died of typhoid on January 12, 1912 in Holt County. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.