Isaac Short (1795-1858) and Susannah Combs (1798-1872)

Isaac Short and Susannah Combs are Todd’s 4X Great Grandparents.

Isaac Short was born in about 1794 in Virginia. He is thought to have been the son of Isaac Short and Dorcas.

Susannah Combs was born in about 1798 in Kentucky. Her parents are unknown.

Isaac and Susannah married around 1818.

On the 1820 US Census, Isaac was head of a household in Jefferson County, Indiana. There were 4 in the household: 1 male under age 10 (Isaac was a newborn); 1 male aged 26-44 (Isaac was 26); 1 female under age 10 (an unknown daughter); 1 female aged 16-25 (Susannah was 22).

I found two land records for purchases Isaac made in Vermillion County, Indiana. On June 1, 1831 he purchased 80 acres. On March 18, 1837 he purchased 40 acres.

On the 1840 US Census, Isaac was head of a in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana. There were 11 in the household: 2 males aged 5-9 (Elijah was 7 and Richard was 9); 1 male aged 10-14 (Amos was 11); 1 male aged 15-19 (Arthur was 12); 1 male aged 40-49 (Isaac was 46); 1 female under age 5 (Matilda was 4); 1 female aged 10-14 (Lydia was 6); 2 females aged 15-19 (Amassa was 13 and Dorcas was 17) ; 1 female aged 20-29; 1 female aged 30-39 (Susannah was 42); 1 female aged 60-69. The ages don’t match up perfectly, but it’s close.

On the 1850 US Census, Isaac was 55 and Susannah was 52. They lived in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana with 9 of their children: Isaac, age 30; Arthur, age 22; Richard, age 19; Amassa, age 23; Eliza, age 17; Matilda, age 14; Reuben, age 10; John, age 3; Susannah, age 1.

Isaac died September 8, 1858 in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana.

On the 1860 US Census, Susannah was 63 and lived in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana with son Reuben (Todd’s 3X Great Grandfather), his wife Sarah, and their daughter. Susannah’s daughter Susannah, age 11, was also in the home, along with a Nancy Lewis, age 60.

On the 1870 US Census, Susannah was 72 and lived in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana with son Elijah, his wife and their children. Also in the home is Nancy Lewis, age 69. Since Nancy lived with Susannah in 1860 and 1870, I wonder if they aren’t sisters. This could help me figure out who Susannah’s parents are.

Susannah died October 12, 1872 in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana.

The children of Isaac Short and Susannah Combs:

Isaac Short – Isaac was born January 1, 1820 in Hamilton, Ohio. He married Elizabeth Taylor in 1846 in Vermillion County, Indiana. They had 2 children. Elizabeth died in 1849, and Isaac married Mary Ann Kessler Harmon on December 7, 1851 in Vigo County, Indiana. They had 7 children. Isaac served in the Civil War with Company F, 126th Regiment of the Indiana Infantry. He died April 1, 1882 in Indiana. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Dorcas Short – Dorcas was born in 1823 in Clermont, Ohio. She didn’t marry. She died in October of 1850 in Vermillion County, Indiana.

Amassa Short – Amassa was born February 1, 1827 in Hamilton, Ohio. She married John Smith on December 24, 1852 in Vermillion County, Indiana. He had been widowed and had at least 4 children from his first marriage. Amassa and John had 2 daughters. John died in 1880. Amassa married Bayless Rutherford on August 29, 1889 in Vermillion County, Indiana. She died November 10, 1911 in Montezuma, Parke County, Indiana. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Amos Short – Amos was born in 1828 in Ohio. He married Mary Ann Laswell on July 29, 1849 in Vermillion County, Indiana. They had at least one child. Amos’ sister Lydia was living with him on the 1850 US Census. I have no record of him after that census.

Arthur E. Short – Arthur was born in Clermont, Ohio in 1829. I have no record of him after the 1850 US Census.

Richard Short – Richard was born in May 1830 in Vermillion County, Indiana. He married Malinda Blakesley on October 28, 1856 in Vermillion County, Indiana. (Malinda’s sister Sarah married Richard’s brother Reuben. Richard is a widower living with his brother Reuben on the 1900 US Census.) They had a son. Richard died August 7, 1906 in Danville, Vermillion County, Indiana.

Martha Short – Martha was born about 1831 in Vermillion County, Indiana. I don’t find her listed with the family on the 1850 US Census, so she died prior to that, or was married.

Elijah Short – Elijah was born October 5, 1832 in Vermillion County, Indiana. He married Genette Gosnell on December 9, 1858 in Vermillion County, Indiana. They had 6 children. He died March 2, 1918 in Montezuma, Parke County, Indiana.

Lydia Ann Short – Lydia was born in 1834 in Vermillion County, Indiana. She is found living with her brother Amos on the 1850 US Census. She’s hard to figure out. I think she married Isaac Johnson on January 27, 1853 in Vermillion County, Indiana. I can’t find them on a census together. I think she married the widowed James Elliott Haddon after 1872. I found them on the 1880 US Census. I don’t think Lydia had children. She died in 1904 in Sullivan County, Indiana.

Matilda Short – Matilda was born in 1836 in Vermillion County, Indiana. She didn’t marry. She is found living with her sister Amassa on the 1860 and 1870 US Census. It’s possible that she had a son named Charley Beebe in about 1867, because he is listed under her name on the 1870 US Census. She died in 1874. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Reuben Levi Short – Reuben is Todd’s 3X Great Grandfather. Read about him here.

John Short – John was born in 1847. He is found on the 1860 US Census living with his brother Isaac, his wife and children. I don’t have record of him after that.

Susannah Short – Susannah was born in 1849. She married Wells Miller on May 31, 1866 in Vermillion County, Indiana. He had served in the Civil War. (Susannah collected a pension based on his service after his death in 1894.) I found Susannah and Wells on the 1880 US Census, with no children, living in Prairie, Edgar County, Illinois. I can’t find them after that.

Reuben Levi Short (1840-1906) and Sarah Blakesley (1839-1908)

Reuben Levi Short and Sarah Blakesley are Todd’s 3X Great Grandparents.

Todd’s mother Marilyn is in the DNA Circle for Reuben Levi Short at Ancestry.com.

Reuben Levi Short was born December 5, 1840 in Vermillion County, Indiana. He is the son of Isaac Short and Susannah Combs. Reuben is found living with them on the 1850 US Census in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana.

Sarah Blakesley was born May 22, 1839 in Indiana. She was the daughter of Silas Blakesley and Sarah Edwards.

Reuben and Sarah were married in about 1856 in Vermillion County, Indiana.

On the 1860 US Census, Reuben was 20 and Sarah was 21. They lived in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana. They had a daughter, Melissa, age 3. Also in the home was Reuben’s mother Susannah, age 60; Rueben’s sister Susannah, age 11; and an unknown Nancy Louis, age 60. Nancy lives with Susannah on the 1870 US Census also, so I wonder if they were sisters.

Reuben enlisted to serve in the Civil War on August 11, 1862 in Indiana. He was in Company D, 85th Indiana Infantry. He was discharged June 12, 1865 near Washington DC.

On the 1870 US Census, the family was in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana. Reuben was 29 and Sarah was 30. They had 3 children at home: Laura J, age 10; Albert, age 8; and Malinda, age 2.

On the 1880 US Census, the family had relocated to Brouilletts, Edgar County, Illinois. Reuben was 39 and Sarah was 41. Children at home were: Laura, age 19; Albert, age 18; Lizzy, age 11; and Emma, age 8.

On the 1900 US Census, the family was back in Vermillion County, Indiana, in Elwood. Reuben was 59 and Sarah was 60. Reuben’s brother Robert, age 70, lived with them. They reported having been married 40 years and having 4 children, so it is possible that Reuben had a wife before Sarah and that Todd’s 2X Great Grandmother Melissa is from that marriage.

Reuben was admitted to the US Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Danville, Vermillion County, Indiana on July 30, 1903. He died there of pulmonary tuberculosis on August 7, 1906. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Sarah died of pulmonary tuberculosis also, on March 27, 1908 in Wayne, Henry County, Indiana.

The children of Reuben Levi Short and Sarah Blakesley:

Melissa Short – Melissa is Todd’s 2X Great Grandmother. Read about her here.

(Note: There’s a problem with birth dates for the following two children. Death certificates for Laura and Albert have them born 3 months apart in 1862. On the two census reportings when they were children, they are 1 and 2 years apart and Laura is older. Albert’s birth year appears consistently in documents as 1862, except the 1900 US Census, which says March 1861. Laura’s birth year varies from 1860-1861-1862-1864-1865. The 1900 US Census says January 1862. I suspect Laura was born in 1860 and Albert in 1862. Then there’s a break in births because Reuben was serving in the Civil War.)

Laura J. Short – Laura was born January 2, 1860 in Scottland, Edgar County, Illinois. She married Basil Thomas on February 26, 1886 in Douglas County, Illinois. They had 4 children. He died in 1910 and Laura married Joshua Kight.  She died January 22, 1931 in Paris, Edgar County, Illinois.

Albert Short – Albert was born in March 2, 1862 in Hillsdale, Vermillion County, Indiana. He married Francis Conley on December 10, 1881 in Ringgold County, Iowa. They had a son, and she died. He married Maggie Ladd on January 24, 1889 in Vermillion County, Indiana. They had no children. He died November 12, 1946 in St. Joseph County, Indiana.

Malinda Lizzy Short – Malinda was born in about 1869 or 1870. The only records I have for her is the 1870 US Census, where she is “Malinda L.” and the 1880 US Census where she is “Lizzy.”

Rosie Emma Short – Rosie was born in 1871. She married James Shanks in 1889. He was a laborer for the railroad and in the automobile industry. They had 8 children. She appears in Quaker meeting minutes for Vermillion County, Indiana. She died in 1962. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

James Rogers Ruby (1791-1845) and Susannah Jane Baysinger (1799-1864)

James Rogers Ruby and Susanna Jane Baysinger are Todd’s 4X Great Grandparents.

Todd’s mother Marilyn is in the DNA Circles at Ancestry.com for James and Susannah, plus both of James’ parents.

James Rogers Ruby was born February 2, 1791 in Kentucky. He was the son of Asa Ruby and Jane Rogers. His Great Grandfather Peter Ruby was born in Switzerland and arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738.

Susannah Jane Baysinger was born March 26, 1799 in Virginia. She was the daughter of Johan Peter Baysinger and Barbara Schneider. Johan was born in Germany and arrived in Pennsylvania in 1770 on the boat Minerva. Susannah’s parents were married in Trinity Lutheran Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on October 14, 1771. Some believe that she too was born in Germany, and arrived in America on the same boat. In about 1796 the family moved to Rockingham County, Virginia.

James and Susannah were married March 8, 1815 in Breckinridge County, Kentucky.brec

On the 1820 US Census, James Ruby was head of a household in Stephens Port, Breckinridge County, Kentucky. There were 5 in the household: 2 males under age 10 (Asa was 2, James was a newborn); 1 male aged 26-44 (James was 29); 1 female under age 10 (Margaret was 3); 1 female aged 16-25 (Susannah was 21).

On the 1830 US Census, James Ruby was head of a household in Breckinridge County, Kentucky. There were 9 in the household: 2 males under age 5 (Valentine was 4 and John was 5); 2 males aged 5-9 (Bonerges was 8 and James was 10); 1 male aged 10-14 (Asa was 12); 1 male aged 30-39 (James was 39); 1 female under age 5 (Barbara was 1); 1 female aged 10-14 (Margaret was 13); 1 female aged 30-39 (Susannah was 31).

Shortly after this census, the family moved to Illinois. James bought 76.32 acres of land in Edgar County, Illinois on September 20, 1838.

On the 1840 US Census, James Ruby was head of a household in Edgar County, Illinois. There were 10 in the household: 1 male under age 5 (Addison was 1); 1 male aged 5-9 (Milburn was 4); 1 male aged 10-14 (Valentine was 14); 2 males aged 15-19 (John was 15 and Bonerges was 18); 2 males aged 20-29 (James was 20 and Asa was 22); 1 male aged 40-49 (James was 49); 1 female aged 10-14 (Barbara was 11); 1 female aged 40-49 (Susannah was 41).

We know James died between 1840 and 1850. There’s a Find A Grave memorial is here that says James died on August 29, 1845 and is buried in Clinton, Vermillion County, Indiana. I don’t have record of him living there, but some of his children were married there in the 1840s. Edgar County, Illinois and Vermillion County, Indiana are close together, about 25 miles apart.

On the 1850 US Census, widowed Susannah was 55 years old. The family lived in District 19, Edgar County, Illinois. Children at home were: Jonathan, age 16; Addison, age 10; Lezetta, age 8. Sons Bonerges, Asa and Valentine lived nearby.

The family, with the exception of son Milburn’s family moved to Ringgold County, Iowa in 1856.

On the 1860 US Census, Susannah was 63 and lived with son Jonathan, age 34, and his wife and children in Washington, Ringgold County, Iowa. Sons Asa, James, Bonerges, Valentine, and Addison lived nearby. Married daughters Elizabeth and Margaret were nearby too.

Susannah died on September 1, 1864 in Ringgold County, Iowa. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The 12 children of James Rogers Ruby and Susannah Jane Baysinger:

Margaret A. Ruby – Margaret was born in 1817 in Kentucky. She married Daniel Hardin on August 13, 1838 in Edgar County, Illinois. She married James Benson on January 8, 1840 in Vigo County, Indiana. They had at least 4 children. She married Miles Conley on October 21, 1855 in Edgar County, Illinois. She died on October 11, 1899 in Washington, Ringgold County, Iowa.

Asa Ruby – Asa was born July 18, 1818 in Breckinridge County, Kentucky. He married Anna Conley on December 21, 1841 in Edgar County, Illinois. They had at least 10 children. After moving to Iowa with his mother and most of his siblings, he settled in Lyon County, Kansas. He died December 18, 1897 in Hartford, Lyon County, Kansas. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

James Henry Ruby – James was born May 16, 1820. He married Cynthia Ann Conley on December 24, 1840 in Vermillion County, Indiana. They had 10 children. After 1880, his wife died and he married an unknown woman. Then he married a third time, to Dorcas J. Askren, on December 17, 1891 in Ringgold County, Iowa. They moved to Allen County, Kansas. He died December 12, 1912. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Bonerges Franklin Ruby – Bonerges was Todd’s 3X Great Grandfather. Read about him here.

John Baysinger Ruby – John was born January 2, 1825 in Kentucky. He married Rachel Harvey on June 14, 1847. They had at least 6 children. He died November 6, 1868. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Valentine Gilbert Ruby – Valentine was born December 19, 1826 in Breckinridge County, Kentucky. He married Harriet Conley on January 26, 1847 in Vermillion County, Indiana. They had 10 children. He served in the Civil War with the 46th Regiment of the Iowa Infantry. Harriet died in 1890. Valentine married Eliza Ann Baysinger Burt. He died September 6, 1895 in Ringgold County, Iowa. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Barbara Ann Elizabeth Ruby – Barbara was born January 3, 1829 in Breckinridge County, Kentucky. She married Chauncey B. Blakesley on November 27, 1847 in Vermillion County, Indiana. She was his second wife. They had 9 children. She died May 4, 1900 in Ringgold County, Iowa. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Jane Ruby – Jane was born about 1832 and died at age 2.

Milburn Jonathan Ruby – Milburn was born November 27, 1836 in Illinois. He married Louisa Jane Wilson on July 24, 1853 in Edgar, Illinois. They had at least 5 children. He served in the Civil War with the 7th Regiment of the Illinois Infantry. The family moved to Vermillion County, Indiana after the war. Louisa died in 1897. Milburn married Hannah Riley in 1904. He died March 23, 1916. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Solomon Ruby – Solomon was born in about 1837 and died at birth.

Addison Sparks Ruby – Addison was born December 20, 1839 in Edgar County, Illinois. He married Hortensa B. Whitcomb in about 1860. They had at least 5 children. He married Harriet Belinda Stahl in 1876. They had 6 children. He died in 1936 in Iowa. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Lizzetta S. Baysinger Ruby – Lizzetta was born April 24, 1841 in Edgar County, Illinois. She married Littleton T. Reynolds on July 30, 1857 in Ringgold County, Iowa. They had at least 4 children. She married Thomas H. Brott in about 1868. They had at least 5 children. She died November 8, 1908 in Junction City, Geary County, Kansas. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Bonerges Franklin Ruby (1822-1898) and Mary Polly Blakesley (1823-approx. 1855)

Bonerges Franklin Ruby and Mary “Polly” Blakesley are Todd’s 3X Great Grandparents.

First, let’s talk about that name. Bonerges is probably a misspelling of the name Boanerges, which appears once in the Bible, when Jesus gives it as a nickname to James and John, sons of Zebedee. It is Greek and pronounced “v AW n ee r y eh s” which you can listen to here.

Todd’s mom Marilyn is in the Bonerges Franklin Ruby DNA circle at Ancestry.com.

Bonerges Franklin Ruby was born on April 8, 1822 in Breckenridge County, Kentucky. He is the son of James Rogers Ruby and Susannah Jane Baysinger. (Todd’s mom Marilyn in in the DNA circles for both James and Susannah, too.) See his parents Find A Grave memorials here and here. Read about them here.

Mary “Polly” Blakesley was born around 1823. Her parents are unknown.

Bonerges married Lovina Rogers on April 5, 1843 in Edgar County, Illinois.

He married Mary “Polly” Blakesley on August 29, 1847 in Edgar County, Illinois.

On the 1850 US Census, Bonerges was 28 and Polly was 27. They were farming in Edgar County, Illinois and it is indicated and Polly couldn’t read or write. Children in the home were: Sarah, age 6; and James, age 2 months.

Between 1850 and 1860, they had a 3rd child, Bartholomew, in 1855; Polly died; and the family moved to Iowa.

On the 1860 US Census, Bonerges was 38 and widowed for a 2nd time. The family lived in Washington, Ringgold County, Iowa. Children in the home were: Sarah, age 16; James, age 11; Amos, age 8; Bartholomew, age 5.

On the 1860 Selected Federal Census Non-population Schedule taken July 17, 1860 in Washington, Ringgold County, Iowa, Bonerges listed: 30 improved acres; 50 unimproved acres; $400 cash value of farm; $10 value of implements and machinery; 2 milk cows; 4 working oxen; 6 other cattle; 14 swine; $90 value of livestock; 150 bushels of Indian corn; 6 tons of hay; 20 pounds of honey; $16 value of animals slaughtered.

Bonerges married his third wife, Elizabeth Blakesley, in 1860.

Bonerges enlisted to serve in the Civil War in July of 1863, when he was 42. He served in Company D of the Iowa 8th Cavalry Regiment. He mustered out in Macon, Georgia in August of 1865.

On the 1870 US Census, Bonerges was 48 and Elizabeth was 29. The family lived in Jefferson, Ringgold County, Iowa. Children at home were: Amos, age 18; Bartholomew, age 16; Chauncey, age 9; Ida, age 6; William, age 4; and Albert, age 1 month. They valued their farm at $1000 and their personal property at $800. It’s noted that Elizabeth can’t read or write.

On the 1880 US Census, the family was again in Jefferson, Ringgold County, Iowa. Bonerges was 58 and Elizabeth was 38. Children at home were: Chauncey, age 18; William, age 14; Albert, age 12; Norman, age 8; Charles, age 7; Otis, age 3. It is indicated that Elizabeth is “maimed, crippled or bedridden.” It’s also noted that Bonerges can’t write and the Elizabeth can’t read or write. Elizabeth died soon after.

Bonerges married a 4th time, to Louvina Ellen Jackson on January 30, 1882 in Ringgold County, Iowa. They had 3 children.

They are found on the 1885 Iowa Census living in Jefferson, Ringgold County. Bonerges was 63 and Louvina was 37. Children in the home were: Charlie E., age 12; Albert S., age 15; Branford, age 9; Wary B., age 2; Oscar L., age 0.

Bonerges died on April 13, 1898 in Knowlton, Ringgold County, Iowa. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Bonerges Franklin Ruby and Lovina Rogers:

Sarah Ellen Ruby – Sarah was born in 1842 in Indiana. She married Benjamin Miller. They had at least 7 children. She died on June 1, 1898. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Bonerges Franklin Ruby and Mary Blakesley:

James Addison Ruby – James is Todd’s 2x Great Grandfather. Read about him here.

Amos Fiss Ruby – Amos was born May 31, 1852. He married Serena A. Conley in about 1875. They had 11 children. He died March 28, 1922. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Bartholomew Ruby – Bartholomew was born in 1854. He married Viola E. Work. He worked as a farmer and carpenter and they had 6 children. He died on August 3, 1937. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Bonerges Franklin Ruby and Elizabeth Blakesley:

Chauncey Buel Ruby – Chauncey was born in 1861 in Iowa. He married Mary Rolling (who was born in England) in about 1887 and they had 6 children. After Mary died, he married Eldora Lee Meredith Lowry in about 1911. They had 2 children. Chauncey died in 1936. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Ida May Ruby – Ida was born in 1863 in Iowa. She married Michael Baysinger in about 1878 in Iowa, and they had 6 children. He’d been widowed and had at least 3 children with his first wife. They lived in Iowa, and Oklahoma. They had their last child in 1895, and on the 1900 US Census they are living alone and Ida said she’d had 6 children, none of whom were living. She married a 2nd time, groom unknown. Then she married Lyman Goodrich, a carpenter,  in about 1903. In 1910 she was living in New Mexico with Lyman, 3 of his children from a previous marriage, and the son she’d had with Lyman. Living next door was two of her children from her first marriage. By 1920 Ida and Lyman were living in Colorado with no children. She died in 1939. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

William Reed Ruby – William was born in 1866. He married Emma C. Fries in about 1888. They had 5 children, 1 of which died as an infant. The family farmed in Kansas. William died on October 15, 1907 and he is buried in Iowa. His widow stayed in Kansas, didn’t remarry, and died in 1947. She’s buried with him in Iowa. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Albert S. Ruby – Albert was born in 1870. He married Cora in 1900. They farmed in Kansas and had 3 children. He died in 1927. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Norman Ruby – Norman was born about 1872. The only record of him I have is on the 1880 US Census.

Charles E. Ruby – Charles was born in 1873 in Iowa. He married Edith Malone in about 1906. They farmed in Kansas and had 4 children. The last record I have of them is the 1940 US Census when they lived in Monticello, Johnson County, Kansas.

Otis Branford Ruby – Otis was born on December 9, 1876. He served in the Philippine Insurrection after the Spanish-American War. He married Carrie H. Fitzgerald in 1906 and they had 7 children. He was a laborer on the railroad. He died July 3, 1942. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Bonerges Franklin Ruby and Louvina Ellen Jackson:

Mary Isabel Ruby – Mary was born in 1882. On the 1900-1940 US Census, Mary was living in the Iowa Institute for Feeble Minded Children. She died in 1944. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Oscar Lewis Ruby – Oscar was born October 14, 1884 in Ringgold County, Iowa. He married Magdalene, last name unknown, in 1907. He married Mary Elizabeth Hampton, who had a daughter from her first marriage. They had a daughter together. Oscar worked as an upholsterer. He died October 25, 1971 in Butler County, Ohio.

Rosetta Ruby – Rosetta was born in November of 1890. She married Levi Sherman Jackson on October 14, 1908 in Ringgold County, Iowa. They had 4 children and divorced. She married Charles Cummins on May 31, 1923 in Jackson County, Missouri. She died March 25, 1986 in Allen County, Kansas.

Daniel Reece Perkins (1797-1866) and Rachel Herring (1806-1829)

Daniel Reece Perkins and Rachel Herring are Todd’s 4X Great Grandparents.

Todd’s mother Marilyn is in the DNA Circle for Daniel Reece Perkins and Rachel Herring.

Daniel Reece Perkins was born on April 22, 1797 in Livingston County, Kentucky. He was the son of Solomon Perkins and Elizabeth Miller. You can read about the family in a biography of Daniel’s brother Isaac and from another researcher of Daniel Reece Perkins here.

Rachel Herring was born in Kentucky in about 1806. She is the daughter of Isaac Herring and Unity Cannon. Isaac was a Baptist minister. Unity was born in Ireland. You can see Rachel’s parents’ Find A Grave memorials here and here.

Daniel and Rachel were married in about 1819 based on the birth of their first child, and probably in Franklin, Illinois. They had 6 children, including Todd’s 3X Great Grandfather Edward Perkins, and Rachel died in about 1828.

Daniel married Evelena Jones shortly after Rachel’s death, and they had 12 children.

On the 1830 US Census, Daniel was head of a household in Tazewell, Illinois. There were 7 in the household: 2 males under age 5 (Jacob was 3 and Daniel was 5); 2 males aged 5-9 (Edward was 8 and Isaac was 9); 1 male aged 10-14 (Solomon was 10); 1 male aged 30-39 (Daniel was 33); 1 female aged 20-29 (Evelena was 21).

On the 1840 US Census, Daniel was head of a household in Ward 2, Warren County, Illinois. There were 11 in the household: 1 male under age 5 (Joel was 5); 2 males age 5-9 (Charles was 6 and James was 9); 2 males age 10-14 (John was 10 and Jacob was 13); 1 male age 15-19 (Daniel was 15); 1 male age 20-29 (Isaac was 19); 1 male age 40-49 (Daniel was 43); 2 females under age 5 (Elizabeth was 1 and Mary was 4); 1 female aged 30-39 (Evelena was 31).

On the 1850 US Census, Daniel was 51 and Evelena was 41. They lived in Polk County, Iowa with their children: Charles, age 17; Joel, age 15; Mary, age 14; Elizabeth, age 10; Oliver, age 8; Zadock, age 7; Amanda, age 5; Neal, age 2.

Evelena died on March 4, 1851 in Warren County, Iowa. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Daniel married Frances Sharp on October 11, 1851 in Polk County, Iowa.

On the 1853 Iowa Census, Daniel is found in Greenfield, Warren County, Iowa. The family included 5 males, 4 females, 1 voter and 1 member of the militia.

On May 1, 1855 Daniel purchased 40 acres in Warren County, Iowa.

On the 1860 US Census, Daniel was 63 and Frances was 54. They lived in Greenfield, Warren County, Iowa. Their children in the home were: Oliver, age 18; Zadock, age 17; Amanda, age 15; Neal, age 13; Margaret, age 9.

Daniel died on November 30, 1866 in Prole, Warren County, Iowa. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Daniel Reece Perkins and Rachel Herring:

Solomon D. Perkins – Solomon was born in 1821 in Illinois according to his 1864 Civil War Draft Registration. He married Mary Ann Randall on November 29, 1837. He married Mary Lieurance on October 23, 1841 in Warren County, Iowa. They had at 12 children. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Isaac Herring Perkins – Isaac was born in 1823 in Illinois according to his 1864 Civil War Draft Registration. He married Eliza Ann Holeman. The marriage record says they were married March 2, 1862 in Warren County, Illinois. If he was married only once, to Eliza Ann Holeman, then the marriage year is about 20 years off. They had 9 children. He died after 1880.

Edward Perkins – Edward is Todd’s 3X Great Grandfather. Read about him here.

Daniel Reece Perkins – Daniel was born December 19, 1825. Daniel married Mariah Lieurance on January 18, 1844 in Warren County, Illinois. They had 11 children. Daniel fought with the 34th Regiment of the Iowa Infantry in the Civil War. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Jacob Perkins – Jacob was born in 1827 in Illinois. He married Permetia Carter on March 8, 1845 in Warren County, Illinois. They had a son, William Perkins, born in 1849. Jacob enlisted in the Army and served in the Mexican War.  Jacob died of cholera on June 23, 1851 in Warren County, Illinois.

The children of Daniel Reece Perkins and Evelena Jones:

John J. Perkins – John was born in 1829 in Illinois. He married Margaret Hedges on April 25, 1850 in Polk County, Iowa. They are found on the 1850 US Census living in Des Moines, Iowa. I don’t have record of them after that.

James H. Perkins – James was born in 1831 in Illinois. He married Mary Elizabeth Woody. They had a child in Iowa in 1851, moved to Oregon and had 4 more children, then moved to California and had another child. They divorced and his wife remarried in 1869. In 1870 he was living in California. He died there in June of 1879.

Charles W. Perkins – Charles was born in 1834 in Illinois. He married Elizabeth Hill on August 13, 1858 in Warren County, Iowa.

Joel Perkins – Joel was born in 1835 in Illinois. He married Amanda Brown on February 20, 1859 in Marion County, Iowa. They had 1 child. They moved to Oregon after 1910 and are found there on the 1920 US Census. Their daughter Mary lived there.

Mary Ann Perkins – Mary was born in 1836 in Illinois. She married William Hill on August 28, 1854 in Warren County, Iowa.  They had at least 4 sons. William died serving int he Civil War. She married George Snider on May 9, 1867 in Warren County, Iowa. He had served in the Civil War. She had 12 children in all, and only 6 were alive in 1900 as indicated on the census. She died in 1917. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Elizabeth Perkins – Elizabeth was born in 1839 in Illinois. She married Peter Black on June 15, 1855 in Warren County, Iowa. They had 14 children. She died May 10, 1905. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Oliver Harper Perkins – Oliver was born on January 20, 1841 in Illinois. He married Adaline Iowa Brown on April 20, 1862 in Marion County, Iowa. They had 9 children. Sometime after 1900 they moved from Kansas to Washington State where they are found on the 1910 US Census. Oliver died April 3, 1912 in Republic, Ferry County, Washington.

Zadock Casey Perkins – Zadock was born September 22, 1843 in Iowa. He served in the Civil War. He married Mary Lieurance on August 19, 1869 in Warren County, Iowa. They had 7 children. Zadock died September 10, 1906 in Greenfield, Adair County, Iowa. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Amanda Perkins – Amanda was born on April 20, 1846. She married Samuel Spring on October 12, 1865 in Warren County, Iowa. They had at least 4 children. She died on January 21, 1897. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Neal Jonathan Perkins – Neal was born in December of 1847. He served in Company D of the Iowa 2nd Cavalry Regiment in the Civil War. He had lied about his age to enlist, and deserted a year later. He was caught after two days, found guilty and court-martialed, and restored to duty. (He was later granted a disability pension for his service.) He married Caroline Gilfillen on December 18, 1867 in Warren County, Iowa. They divorced in 1869. He married Anna Augustine on December 17, 1870 in Adair County, Iowa. They had 7 children. She died in 1913 and he married Frances L. Sedgewick on September 25, 1913 in Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas. Less than a year later, Frances tried to get his pension based on abandonment, and he countered that she had abandoned him. They divorced. He died in May of 1916 in Rosedale, Wyandotte County, Kansas.

Margaret Perkins – Margaret was born in December of 1850 in Iowa. She married John William Pugh on December 21, 1868 in Warren County, Iowa. They must have quickly divorced because he remarried 9 months later. She marred Peter Hookstra on December 28, 1871 in Polk County, Iowa. They must have divorced quickly because he was remarried and had a child in 1876. Margaret married Samuel Augustine on March 16, 1878 in Guthrie, Iowa. They had 6 children. They last record I have of her is the 1920 US Census when she lived in Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas with husband Samuel. (On the 1900 US Census, Margaret said she was married twice, so it’s possible one of the marriages I have noted here was only a license that didn’t result in a marriage.)

 

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.

Andrew Byerly (1785-1845) & Elizabeth Skiles (1787-1866)

Andrew Byerly and Elizabeth Skiles are Todd’s 3x Great Grandparents.

There’s a wonderful publication available online here that covers the Byerly Family. It’s written by siblings D. Jean Byerly Stauffer and Ted A. Byerly. I relied heavily on this document, especially for information on Elizabeth Skiles Black Byerly. Until I read this publication, I thought Skiles was Styles – it is recorded that way everywhere else. I also didn’t know when she died or who her parents were. Most places online record her death as 1826, the year she was married.

Andrew Byerly was born July 28, 1784 in Pennsylvania. He was baptized at Herold’s Reformed Church in Hempfield, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania on September 18, 1784. He is the son of Jacob Byerly (who fought in the American Revolution) and Anna Elizabeth Harmon.

Elizabeth Skiles was born April 15, 1787. She is the daughter of Harmon Skiles and Elizabeth Margaret McGuire. I’ve tried to research them but it’s hard because there are at least 3 generations of Harmons, and even multiples of the same generation. And the spellings – Harman, Harmon, Harmin, Herman, Skyles, Skiles, Skiels. Too much to wade through right now. Anyway …

Andrew served in the War of 1812. He was a Major in Colonel Reese Hill’s Regiment of the Pennsylvania Militia. Andrew then purchased 160 acres of land in Vermillion, Richland County, Ohio.

Andrew Byerly and Elizabeth Skyles were married August 18, 1826 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. (Elizabeth was the widow of James Black, who died in 1823. They had no children.) Andrew was 41 years old, and already farming and blacksmithing in Vermillion, Ohio. Elizabeth was 39.

On the 1830 US Census, Andrew was head of a household in Vermillion, Richland County, Ohio. They were a family of 6: 2 males under age 5 (Peter was 3 and Jacob was 1); 1 male age 40-49 (Andrew was 45); 1 female aged 15-19 (I don’t know who this was); 1 female aged 40-49 (Elizabeth was 43.)

On the 1840 US Census, Andrew was head of a household in Vermillion, Richland County, Ohio. They were a family of 6: 1 male under age 5 (Joseph was 5); 2 males aged 10-14 (Peter was 13 and Jacob was 11); 1 male aged 50-59 (Andrew was 55); 1 female aged 5-9 (Elizabeth was 9); 1 female aged 50-59 (Elizabeth was 53.)

Andrew Byerly died on May 18, 1845 . His Find A Grave memorial is here. (His birth year is incorrect on the stone.) His estate was probated on April 19, 1847 and those records are available at Ancestry.com.

I can’t find the family on the 1850 US Census. On the 1860 US Census, Elizabeth, age 73, lived with son Joseph, age 25 in Vermillion, Ashland County, Ohio. Nearby are son Peter and wife Elizabeth, daughter Elizabeth and husband William, and son Jacob and his wife Nancy. The document cited earlier gives an extensive account of what happened to the family land after Andrew died.

Elizabeth died on April 24, 1866. She is buried next to her husband.

The children of Andrew Byerly & Elizabeth Skiles:

Peter Byerly – Peter was born June 24, 1827 in Vermillion, Richland County, Ohio. He married Elizabeth Harlan on November 10, 1853. They had 2 children. Peter was a farmer and blacksmith like his father. He died on October 6, 1903 in Mifflin, Ashland County, Ohio. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Jacob Byerly – Jacob was born May 4, 1829 in Greentown, Stark County, Ohio. He married Nancy Weddell on October 12, 1848 in Ashland County, Ohio. They had 12 children. He died in 1906. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Elizabeth Byerly – Elizabeth is Todd’s 2x Great Grandmother. Read about her here.

Joseph Byerly – Joseph was born in 1835 in Vermillion, Richland County, Ohio. He married Mary E. Shaffer on January 2, 1868 in Ashland County, Ohio. They had 6 children. Joseph served in the Civil War with the 114th Regiment of the Ohio Infantry. He died December 22, 1907 in Vermillion, Ashland County, Ohio. His Find A Grave memorial is here.