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People researching in Meigs County, Ohio

The following are summaries of the interests of various folks who are researching in Meigs County, in order by submission date. You can contact them at the email or other addresses listed. If you would like to be included in this list, send me email with a list of your family names or other research interests, and let me know whether you prefer to be contacted by email or another method. These are queries posted in 1997.

December 1, 1997
CARPENTER:  Looking for death date and burial place of FRANKENSTIEN SIMPSON
CARPENTER  (actual name -- no joke). Frank was born abt. 1878 in Columbia Twp., Meigs, Ohio
to Jeremiah Longfellow Carpenter and Mary Hannah Hauk.  John Carpenter


December 1, 1997 VAN HORN, JONES, SMITH, RALSTON: Gilbert VAN HORN b. 1828 OH, m. Elizabeth JONES (dau of Wm. JONES & Jane RALSTON) b. abt 1829 OH. Children: Mary Jane b. 1847 OH-m. Irvin M. SMITH, William Lewis b. abt 1851 OH or Adams Co., PA, Catherine E. b. abt 1851 OH or Adams Co.,PA, Elizannah b. 1855 PA, John Thomas b. 1858 Athens Co., OH, Eleanor Ann b. 1861 OH, Manerva b. 1864 OH. Who were Gilbert's parents? Will share descendant info. Thanks! Valerie Hurd (Email

December 1, 1997 HASELTON, PERSONS: I am looking for information to complete application for DAR membership. I need information on the following people: Phineas Haselton b. 5-22-1823 m. 8-23-1859, d. 3-3-1908 was married to Sarah Jane Persons b. 1840 her parents are Virgil b. 1803 and Susannah. Any information and documents would be needed. Also, Phineas's father may be James Haselton d. 1869 in Tupper's Plains, OH and mother Elizabeth Armor. Any information on them would be great. I am not sure of the location of Tupper's Plains but I do know that Phineas was in Meigs County. Send E-mails to and mark in Subject area Meigs Co. OH. Thank you, Dawn Hedrick. ( Email

December 1, 1997 CURTIS, SHANNON: I'm reseaching these two Irish families that lived there in 1850 to 1880 or 1900, Owen Curtis and Michael Shannon and any related families. I will exchange any information I have. Don Curtis ( Email

December 1, 1997 FOULKS: I am seeking information on Charles S. FOULKS, who is shown in family correspondence as a farmer in Meigs County in 1864. The land he was farming may have been in his name, or in the name of Charles Morgan FOULKS. Charles S. is my great-grandfather. (Other FOULKS information may be found at, and FOULKS researchers should feel free to contact me for additional unposted information.) Please email me at Thom Foulks ( Email

December 1, 1997 BROWN: My last name is Brown, according to my father I am related to two people from Meigs County, a Frank and Laurence Brown. All I know is the two have been mentioned in a book, entitled "The History of Meigs County". Laurence Brown had two sons, Paul and Robert Brown. Frank and Laurence were twins. My father, Donald Brown, was born to Paul Brown in 1946. His mother died early and I don't recall her name. Paul Brown is still alive but living abroad so I can't contact him, Robert Brown is alive but has suffered several severe strokes. So you see I am stuck. Any help would be greatly appreciated, I am sorry I have no more info. to give. Thanks, Melanie Brown ( Email

December 1, 1997 BYER(S), BURRESS, MCNIGHT, PEARSON, BROOKS, LEWIS, YEAGER: I am searching for relatives of the BYER(s) family that lived in Middleport around 1900. Albert Byer's first wife was Ellen BURRESS. I believe Ellen may have been raised by the MCNIGHT family around Pageville. Albert's second wife was Estella PEARSON. Albert's parents were Isaac and Elizabeth BROOKS, both buried in WELLS Cemetary. One of Albert's children, Virgil, married Mattie LEWIS, whose parents were John LEWIS and Julia YEAGER. Contact by e-mail is preferable. Thank you, Roger Byers ( Email

December 1, 1997 RODENHEBER, APPLE: I am looking for information on the family of Martin RODENHEBER and his wife Susannah APPLE. Martin Rodenheber was born about 1809 in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany and married Susannah Apple in Germany. She was born about 1805 in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany. They arrived in the United States in August of 1835. Their daughter, Mary McIntyre Rodenheber was born in Chambersburg, Franklin Co., PA 1 Apr. 1844. With their daughter, they crossed the Allegany Mountains in a covered wagon in 1844. They took a steamboat to Pomeroy, Meigs Co., OH. They moved to Piqua, Miami Co., OH about 1859. Susannah (Apple) Rodenheber purchased lot 68 in Piqua, Miami Co., OH in 1862. Martin Rodenheber filed a "Declaration of Intent" to become an American citizen on 14 Dec. 1868 in Miami County, OH. He became a naturalized citizen of the United States in Miami County, OH on 2 Jan. 1871. The Rodenhebers appeared in the U.S. Census for Piqua, Miami County, OH in 1880. Martin Rodenheber was listed as a day laborer at that time. Jonathan Snyder ( Email, or 1932 Blue Knob Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464-7408.

November 4, 1997 PAGE: I am looking for info on Amos PAGE, who moved to Meigs Co. in the early 1800`s from Maine. He may have came with Jesse PAGE and his family, or around the same time, and there is a good probability that they came from the same area in Maine. I am looking for a will or death certificate. Who was his wife ,did they have children, where are he and his wife buried? I have reason to believe that Amos is the father of Alfred J. PAGE, my ggggrandfather. Gene Page (Email, or 204 E.-250 S., Valparaiso, IN.

October 29, 1997 BROWN: Samuel BROWN b. 27 Mar. 1824, Ohio, married Sarah Ann (HARRIS) by 1850 in Ohio, and they moved by 1852 to Lawrence Co., Ind. Are they related to the families in Meigs Co., Olive Twp.? Helen Lewis (Email

October 29, 1997 ALEXANDER: Thomas, b. ? 1746, Augusta Co. VA married ? Mary CAMPBELL and married 2nd wife, Elizabeth BUCKNER, b. ? 1769, Caroline Co. VA. Thomas died ?1808, Letart, MEIGS CO. OH and Elizabeth died ?1806-1809?, also at Letart, Meigs Co., OH. Millie Alexander (Email

October 29, 1997 ALEXANDER: William b. ?1792, ? VA, son of Thomas & Elizabeth BUCKNER ALEXANDER. William married Susan LOVE ? 1811 and he died 5 Dec 1870, Letart, Meigs Co., OH. Susan LOVE ALEXANDER died 4 Mar 1860, Letart, Meigs Co., OH. Millie Alexander (Email

October 22, 1997 SMITH, SAYRE, McCLAIN, SKILES, HARTFORD: I'm looking for CHEROKEE people named SMITH who happen to have lived in Eastern OH for a while. Franklin Smith (b. ca 1850) was a Cherokee Indian. He married Augusta HARTFORD and had the following children: Jesse, Margaret, Lena, Crosby, Henrietta Louise, Matt, Carrie and a few others. Henrietta Louise married Charles McClain Sines. I'm looking for his grandparents, Isaac SKILES b. ca 1830 and Cinderilla McClain as well. They all lived in this region of OH until 1900. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Laura McKenzie (Email

October 21, 1997 MURRAY, LOVE, WESTFALL: Does anyone have information on Archibald H. Murray, Jr., that died in Meigs Co. on March 16, 1876? I am researching William Lewis Murray who appeared in Meigs Co. in the 1830 census. He was born in PA and have been unable to determine where in PA. The death record says that A.H. Murray was born in PA. Is he possibly a brother to our William? (Email

October 20, 1997 WHITE: Does anyone know how to obtain a copy of the following text: The White Family of Athens and Meigs Counties, Ohio, and Allied Lines of Boudinot, Hampton and Van Norden, by J. M. Cooper, 1994? If so, could you share that information with me? I'm trying to find to which family my John B. White, born 1786, might belong. Thanks!!!!!! Merry Anne Pierson (Email

October 10, 1997 OVERLY, FOX: I'm looking around for any info I can find on my great-great grandfather, Otis Overly, and his wife Mary Fox Overly who are buried in the Salem Center Cemetery. That's as much as I know--I'm trying to get info from the grave marker in the cemetery--as I don't know where Otis Overly was born, etc. Is there anyone I could contact with the cemetery? Thanks for your help. P.S. - family lore states that Otis was half native american (and by the one picture I have, he certainly looks like it!) Is there any history of local tribes in the area? Lisa McClatchy (Email

October 3, 1997 HAYMAN: John HAYMAN and family came from Somerset Co., MD, VA, and then settled at Letart, Meigs Co., Ohio. Son, Josiah HAYMAN, a Methodist Episcopal minister m. to Nancy Adams Ford also had many children: William T.; Regina; Wesley; Henry; Calvin; Lewis; Charles; Elizabeth; Mary Ann; Esther and Adaline. Please contact Millie Alexander. (Email

October 3, 1997 BURNS: George BURNS came from Philadelphia to Letart, Meigs Co., Ohio, and had a floating mill at Letart Falls and kept a store, said to be the first in Letart, Ohio. Family consisted of three daughters and one son. Caroline became the wife of Thomas ALEXANDER of Letart. Regina BURNS marr. John Caldwell and the eldest daughter marr. Alfred Beauchamp of Elizabeth, W. VA. Any information, please contact Millie Alexander. (Email

October 3, 1997 BUCK: My GGF, John Buck was born in 1806 in or near what is now Vinton County. I would appreciate any information as to his parents or the exact location of his birth. Gene Schrage (Email

September 26, 1997 WRAY: I am actively seeking the parents of Thomas Wray b. 15 Dec 1776, Gallia Co., Ohio; d. 17 Oct 1843, Gallia Co., Ohio. Thomas married Rachel Neal on 26 Sep 1802 in Monroe Co., WV. They moved to the Gallia/Lawrence Co., Ohio area approximately 1820. Thomas had at least one proven brother, John Wray b. ca. 1775, Virginia and d. 1862 in Christian Co., MO. John married Sarah McGlammery in 1799 in Greenbrier (later became Monroe Co.) Co., WV. John moved to Lawrence Co., Ohio about 1815, later to Vermillion Co., IL about 1829 then to Missouri about 1832. In 1834 he married Nany (Kyle) Rapp (widow of Daniel Rapp) in Greene Co., MO. Thomas may have had another brother named Edmond or Edward. Possibility of more siblings. We have a team of experienced researchers that has gathered a great deal of data on this family and others with the surname Wray - often spelled Ray - and sometimes Wrey, Rae, Rea or Reah. We have seen the name spelled differently within the same document. There is strong evidence that Thomas & John were originally from Buckingham/Amherst counties in Virginia. Of particular interest is Moses Ray who left a will in 1766, Amherst Co., Virginia. His property was originally purchased in Albemarle Co., the part which later became Amherst Co. Moses had sons, Moses Jr. (Later moved to Georgia), William (later moved to Georgia), & Thomas (whereabouts unknown). Any information on Thomas, John and the family of Moses Ray will be most welcome. Because the Buckingham County Courthouse burned in 1869, we must rely on more personal records, i.e., journals, family bibles, letters, etc. We "suspect" that Thomas and John had another brother by the name of Martin who was last found in 1830 in Meigs county. No proof, just suspect. This Martin was married to a woman named Hannah. I also have Meigs county ties through my von Schriltz line. My direct ancestor, Adam Lewis Victor von Schriltz was one of the earliest settlers in Salem township. I am also researching Sloans in that area. Loraine Kerns (Email

September 26, 1997 SHAW, STAATS, COOVER: My g-grandmother's name was Della May SHAW (1874-1910). She was born in Middleport, Meigs County, OH and lived much of her life in Athens County, OH. Her parents names were George SHAW (1840-1923) and Margaret V. STAATS (1853-1924). Della SHAW was married to Melvin COOVER, took ill in 1908 or so and they moved to St. Cloud, FL. I believe she died there, although I have never found a death certificate or discovered the reason for her early death. Melvin brought her body and their six children back to Athens County and buried her in West Union Street Cemetary. I am very interested in any information anyone may have on Della SHAW, or Melvin COOVER. It seems Melvin had several wives and many children both before and after his marriage to Della, and lived the remainder of his life in Fairfield Cty, OH. Barb Waits (Email

September 26, 1997 MARQUIS, LOWRY: The 5th child of William MARQUIS and Mary LOWRY was William MARQUIS Jr., born 11 Jan 1838, d. 6 Sep 1838, at Meigs Co., OH, and buried there? The family lived on a farm in So. Beaver Co., PA, and from that one would assume since Mary had five living children 3 thru 10 yrs of age, that the children may have traveled with her. Also, one might assume that there was a relative living in the Meigs area. I would so much appreciate any of you root diggers helping me find the place of burial for William Jr. and/or family ties. Since Mary was born in Ireland, she had family and this is the closest that I can come to anyone. Margaret D. Pricer (Email

September 25, 1997 GLOECKNER, SCHORN: I am trying to find information on my greatgrandfather, Peter Gloeckner, who I believe lived in Pomeroy ca. 1850. He had three children, one of whom, Peter, also was my grandfather. This Peter married a Mary Schorn and had eight children. I understand that there is still a Gloeckner Restaurant in Pomeroy. I am especially interested if the elder Peter had any siblings and their family lines. I also have seen mention of a George Gloeckner about whom I have no information. Any dates or family information would be appreciated. (Email

September 25, 1997 NORRIS, SHANNON: I am researching the NORRIS family of Meigs county. I am trying to find the father of Gilbert Wilson Norris. He was born in Athens county, Ohio, but lived and married Sarah Catherine Shannon in Meigs. If any one can help, please e-mail me at (Email

September 25, 1997 BALL, BERKLEY: I am looking for information on the Ball family. John M. Ball and Lucy Berkley were married in Meigs County on 27 January 1848. Their daughter Lydia M. Ball was born in Meigs County on June 6, 1856. John M. Ball's parents were William Ball and Margeret (Cooper) Ball. Believe they are part of the 1840 Meigs County Census. Lucy (Berkley) Ball's parents were William Berkley and Margaret (Lickefoase) Berkley. Any information of these families will be appreciated. Darryl R. Stroup (Email

September 25, 1997 MASON: Interested in locating brothers of my John MASON of Fairfield Co. and am looking in other counties for them. Contact from anyone searching MASON is welcome. I believe Jeptha MASON was in Meigs Co. Salisbury Twp in 1820. John, Henry and William MASON had descendants in Fairfield Co. after 1820. Emmett Mason (Email

September 24, 1997 STIVERS: I have an article from the Athens (OH) Messenger dated 12/13/56 that traces Stivers family roots back to Daniel Stivers father of Randall S. Stivers who traveled to Ohio with his wife, Phoebe Ball Stivers in 1816. It also gives info about each of their 10 children. The photo with this article is the headstone of Alvira Stivers, 1833 - 1921, in the Beech Grove Cemetery, Pomeroy, OH. I am just beginning my search to determine if/how my father's family might connect to Randall and Daniel Stivers. I have no living relatives to turn to so I'm hoping others who have been at this for awhile can help. Here's all I have so far: My father: Robert Edwin Stivers (1918-1984) His parents: Charles M. Stivers (1892-1963) Nida Mary Grueser (died at age 37 @ 1933) Charles' parents: John Stivers and Kate Colbert also of Pomeroy. I would appreciate any info you are willing to share and will gladly send you a copy of the newspaper article if you are interested. Sue (Email

September 24, 1997 BEEGLE, BEAVER: I am looking for the parents, siblings, and children of Basil BEEGLE, b. 1818 in PA. He and his wife, Mary Ann Catherine BEAVER lived in Washington Co. in 1850. His parents were David and Ellen Unknown BEEGLE. Any and all information appreciated. Will gladly share what I have. Janis Aguilar (Email

September 24, 1997 BEEGLE, GOODNIGHT, ROUSH: I am searching for any information on Delilah ROUSH, b. approx. 1820's who married George GOODNIGHT/GOODNITE. They had a daughter, Sarah "Catherine" GOODNIGHT, b. 1859, who married George W. BEEGLE. George and Catherine were the parents of Homer, Joseph "Early", John William, Elsie, Dovie Smith, Nettie, Mary "Tudie" Cozart, Okey, and Rush. Any info appreciated. Janis Aguilar (Email

September 24, 1997 WILSON, WARREN: Need info on Henry and Marrila (Warren) Wilson of Meigs Co. They were both born in NY, and then they were married in Geauga Co. Henry died in 1870, but lost track of Marilla. Did she stay in Meigs or did she go out west with some of her children??? Would like to correspond with any descendant of this family. Thank you for your help. Steve Peters (Email

September 15, 1997 CHANEY, HETZER: Looking for information on the parents of William H. CHANEY, born 3 Nov 1809 probably in Baltimore MD. Married Margaret Jane CONGROVE 1835 in Meigs Co., OH and died 12 Feb 1899 in Meigs Co., OH. His mother is Mary HETZER, born in 1789 and died 14 Oct 1866. Trying to find where she was born and where she died. Also trying to find out who was his father. Will appreciate any leads. Ruben Hernandez (Email

September 3, 1997 PETTIT, FREED, DAVIS, LATHEY: I would like information on the Nathaniel PETTIT family of Meigs Co. Nathaniel married Rebecca Freed 7 Dec. l848 in Meigs Co. Children: Elza b. 20 Aug. l852; Eliza M.; Charles A.; Mahala E.; Westley S.; and George W. Nathaniel was born in PA. in l828 and moved to OH. as young man. Does anyone have info on any of his children or parents? Joanne Pettit (Email

September 3, 1997 DAVIS, LATHEY, HUDNALL, BROOKS, PETTIT: Samuel DAVIS b. 29 Jan. 1821 in PA. Moved to Ohio and married Lydia LATHEY b. 7 Aug. l824. Lived Meigs Co. Children: Caroline m. Levi Hudnall; Aaron m. Lydia M. Brooks; Marion; Lon; and Sadie Elizabeth b. l Dec. l858 m. Elza PETTIT 23 Nov. l879. Any info on this family or parents of Samuel or Lydia LATHEY would be appreciated - will share what I know. Joanne Pettit (Email

September 3, 1997 BLACKWOOD, SEWEL: I am looking for information about Allen BLACKWOOD, born Sept. 6, 1809 in Snowville, OH (Meigs Co.). He married Polly Sewel on July 26, 1832 and died in 1890?. Children were James, Eleanor, Isaac, Susannah, Marion, Jasper, Mary Ann, Allen, Sarah, Samuel, William, George, and Francis. I have the old family Bible containing this information and more and would like any information anyone could give me. Thanks. Connie L. Blackwood (Email

September 3, 1997 SHIVLER/SCHEIBELEAR/SHIBLEAR/SHIBLER, MERRITT: My ancestors came to Meigs county from Maryland through Pennsylvania. My great-great-great-great grandfather was John George Scheibelear b. 1780 in Maryland. He was in Meigs Co. for the 1820 census where he was listed as Geo Schibelaire. The name changed (or was mis-spelled) throughout the years to what is now Shivler, Shiveler, and Shibler. I have some info from Meigs, but I cannot find out what happened to George Shiblear and his wife Elizabeth (Merritt) Shiblear. They are listed in the Hardesty History of Meigs Co. and in several census, but cannot find anything on their deaths. I know he died in 1907 because it is listed in an old family Bible. Also I would like to research the family back through PA and MD. Jim Shivler (Email

September 2, 1997 SIMS, McAFEE: Lewis Sims was born in Meigs Co. Ohio on October 6, 1825, and married Lydia Ann McAfee, daughter of Mark McAfee and Mary Weatherby, on May 20, 1847, in Athens Co., Ohio. I am looking for more information on them. Lewis's parents may have been John and Mary Sims or perhaps Francis and Catherine Sims. David L. Beavers (Email apc_beavers@MEC.OHIO.GOV).

August 27, 1997 ARMSTRONG, LISTON: Looking for information on the family of George Thomas Armstrong who married Verda Liston. They had a child Hellen B. Armstrong b. April 28, 1906, in Meigs Co. Jack Armstrong (Email

August 25, 1997 FEIGER, BERGSHECKER, FRASCH: Would like to trade information on the FEIGER family of Meigs Co., OH. My ancestor George FEIGER was b. 1799/1800 in Hanover, Germany. He married Christiana. They were in Meigs Co. by April 1853. Children: Susanah, Ernest, Jacob (I think), Catherine, Philip D., and several others (names unknown). Susanah married John FRASCH and Catherine married Frederick Bergschicker. Son Ernest Feiger died on 24 Nov. 1900 and Catherine Bergschicker died on 11 May 1906 (obits needed!). Homer Thiel (Email, or 3975 N. Tucson Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85716.

August 22, 1997 WHITE, POUNDS/POWELL: WHITE, John B. and Susan Pounds or Powell White. John born abt 1786, Susan abt 1788. These are parents of my greatx2 grandmother. I am trying to sort out the Meigs county White families so I can tell which belonged to which group or if they are all related. John was born VA, Susan, PA. I've found them living in Beaver county PA on 1830 census. It appears the Powells, Whites, and Samuel Pierson all returned to Meigs-Jackson county area at the same time around 1840. John B. White owned property in both Meigs and Jackson counties. Can anyone help me clear up these families? Any responses gladly welcomed. I can help with other Meigs county lookups in exchange. Thanks in advance. Merry Anne Pierson (Email

August 20, 1997 GILKEY, LEWIS: I'm the granddaughter of Lester William Gilkey b 10 June 1884 in Meigs Co; son of James W. Gilkey b Apr 1854 in Meigs Co; and Martha Lewis b ?? d ??; they were married 12 Feb 1881 in Meigs Co. My grandfather Lester W. Gilkey married Ethel Leona Smith of Doddridge Co, WV on 6 Feb 1907 in Follansbee, WV. I would appreciate any information about my Gilkey clan, I've come to a dead end, other than someone telling me they're from Gorham, ME. Also I know there is a Gilkey, NC. Thak you for any future help. Marian L. Sohn (Email

August 19, 1997 WARREN: Ithimer H. WARREN purchased land in Hancock Co, 8/10/1849, NW of Findlay. Looking for any information on this Ithimer H. WARREN. I have found an Ithamer Warren, wife Lydia Peck in Champaign Co, 1820 census; Ithamer, age 28, wife Anna, with son, Ithamer age 2/12, 1850 Wyandot Co and Hibbard Warren, age 22, wife, Malissa Founds in Meigs Co, 1870 census. Hibbard's given name was also Ithamer, according to his marriage license. There is also an Ithamer Warren in Geauga and Lake Counties. Hibbard Warren died in 1917 in Stark Co. Are these Ithamer's related? If so, how? willing to share what I have. Michael Wayne (Email

August 19, 1997 KIMES: Seeking the parents of the following KIMES in Meigs County, Ohio. 1. John Kimes married Elizabeth Wilbarger (Willberger), 18 Dec 1828 2. Thomas Kimes married Eliza Shumway, 24 May 1829 3. Elias Kimes married Sarah Wilbarger (Willberger), 01 Apr 1830 4. Samuel Kimes married Jane McIntyre, 08 Apr 1841 Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Michael Anthony (Email daath@NE.INFI.NET).

August 19, 1997 RUMFIELD: I looking for information on the Rumfield family in Meigs County. Peleg and Rachel Rumfield and family arrived in Meigs Co. app. 1860 and family members remain to this day. Henry Rumfield my g-grandfather married Sarah J. Ritz for whom I have no information. Members of the Rumfield family married into the Davis, Taylor, Mayes and Thomas families of Meigs and Gallia counties. Would appreciate any leads or information. Would be happy to trade any that I have. Please e-mail if possible. Richard Sommer (Email, or R.O. Sommer, P.O. Box 31, Stillwater, MN 55082.

August 6, 1997 BARNHOUSE, SHARP, HAINES: My third great grandfather was Ebner BARNHOUSE who married Susannah SHARP in Meigs County. They had a daughter Sampta "Sarah" Marcella BARNHOUSE who married my 2nd great grandfather, Joseph HAINES. Hoping to find siblings and descendants of these.

August 1, 1997 ASHWORTH: I am trying to find information on James Ashworth (born 1759 died Jan. 8, 1844 in Meigs Co.). He was among the first settlers in Chester Township. He had two sons, Thomas and David. I would like to find out the name of his wife and where he was orignally from. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Maryann Robbins (Email

July 31, 1997 MEIGS, DANIEL/DANIELS: I am interested in any and all information on Return Jonathan MEIGS and his family. His daughter, Elizabeth, married Crawford DANIEL. I understand that the county was named after Return. Any information anyone might have on the DANIEL family would also be appreciated. The parents of Crawford DANIEL are Randall and Dicey Clark DANIEL. Thanks! (Email

July 23, 1997 SERVICE, DIXON: I am searching for Sam SERVICE (Family stories say he was French-Canadian who d. Meigs Co., ca. 1833) wife Esther DIXON SERVICE (b. 1802 in KY, m. Meigs Co., ca. 1820) and four daughters born in Meigs County in the 1820's. After death of SERVICE abt. 1833, wife and daughters joined her brother Thomas DIXON and family and about 1835, all removed to LaSalle Co., IL. Will be happy to exchange data! Bill Foss (Email

July 22, 1997 BOWMAN, BUFFINGTON: Jacob Bowman married Mary Ann Buffington in 1813 in Letart Township, Meigs Co., OH. Records say he was born in 1792 somewhere in Maryland, but evidence is mounting that he may have been born in Germany. Mary Ann was born on Buffington Island in 1797, daughter of Joseph and Chloe (Harvey) Buffington and granddaughter of Joel Buffington, the man who originally bought and settled on Buffington Island in 1787. Looking for anyone with info about the Bowmans or the Buffingtons. Don Bowman (Email

July 21, 1997 DAIN: I am researching my family name DAIN from Meigs county. If anyone has any info please email me. Thank you, Audrey Dain (Email

July 16, 1997: HARBRECHT, SENDELBACH, SEITZ, OHLINGER, SOMMER, RIESE: I'm interested in the following individuals and their descendants: Leonard Harbrecht and Anna Sendelbach, Conrad Seitz and Barbara Ohlinger, and Jacob Sommer and Clara Riese. Thanks for any information. Jeff Harbrecht (Email

July 15, 1997 BENTLEY, RUSSELL, GRACE: Families residing in Antiquity around 1880. Need information about these families. Ruth Minnery (Email

July 15, 1997 DAFT, MOORE: Will exchange info on George W. DAFT, 1827-18??, and his wife, Charlotte Jane MOORE, who appear in Columbia Twp., Meigs Co., in the census returns for 1860 and 1870, then moved to Putnam Co., WV, by 1880. George was the son of James DAFT and Lovey TAYLOR, Virginians who resided in Meigs and Vinton counties in their later years. If you have DAFT info, contact: Rick Albright (Email

July 15, 1997 KEMP, HOFFMAN: Looking for any information on my great-grandparents John Russell KEMP and Mame Arvesta HOFFMAN KEMP. They were married at Tupper's Plain, Ohio 8-21-1896. He was born at Marietta, Ohio 1-24-1873. Also looking for anyone who might know their ancestors or their brothers and/or sisters. (Email

July 15, 1997 YOUNG: I am interested in the will of a David Young of Meigs County. The will was written in 1857 and probated in 1858 and is extensive of 5 pages. Can anyone tell me the children who are listed in this will -- I would like to know if he had a daughter named Cynthia Ann. Thanks. Pat Sproat (Email

July 10, 1997 BARBER, HETZER: Adam Barber came to Reedsville, Meigs Co. about 1851. M. Sarah Hetzer 1 Aug 1852 in Reedsville. Adam died 27 Jun 1900 in Reedsville. Am searching for Adam's burial location; Sarah subsequently went to Wyoming with my Grandfather, Phillip and is buried there. Adam's first wife: Lanah CLOWES Barber may have died in Reedsville on 14 May 1851. She may also have died in PA and is buried there. One of Adam's daughters, Isabelle, is buried in the Kibble Cemetery, but no other of that family is there. Any info on this family would be appreciated. (Email

July 10, 1997 LORENTZ, BARBER: LORENTZ, Harriet Virginia (known as Jennie). My grandmother, married Phillip BARBER 25 Jun 1889 in Reedsville. Her family came there from West Virginia; don't think they were there long. Jennie's sister, Mary Ida married George KIBBLE on 1 Sep 1881 and died at Reedsville on 3 Mar 1951. Would be interested in any LORENTZ info. (Email

July 10, 1997 SPRINGER: My great-grandfather was Harvey Washington Springer, b. 26 Sept 1851, Caltoti (?), Meigs Co. Ohio. His sibling were William b. 11/17/1848; Newton b. 6/4/1854; Elizabeth b. 8/26/1856; Mary Erlinda b. 1/24/1859; Alice b. 1/20/1862; and Frank (Frances?) b. 6/5/1865. The problem is - I only know for sure that Harvey was born in Ohio. His parents (James F. Springer and Abigail Frost) were married 1 July 1847 in Athens Co. Ohio - but I don't know when they left the state. Abigail was b. 1827 in Ohio, James was b. 1824 in Fayette Co. Pennsylvania. Harvey's wife, Mabel Cornelia (Belle) Nims was b. in Ashtabula, Ohio 22. Oct. 1861. I don't know where her parents were from (John Nims and Candes Bailey). Linda Hermes (Email

July 8, 1997 WITHEE: Researching a Pearl Alonzo Withee (male) who was born in 1881 and put into an orphanage in Middleport, Ohio. Is there any hope to find information about Pearl or about orphanages? Lisa Wilson (Email

July 8, 1997 COOK: Warren Josephus Cook, b. Jan. 27, 1838, d. April 24, 1901. Would like information on his father, if you would have any information. This person lived in Meigs Co. Ohio. Wife Clarissa Wood Cook. James A. Cook (Email

July 7, 1997 WARREN, FOUNDS: Looking for info on Ithamer Hibbert Warren, b. bef. 1850, d. 1887. Married Malissa Founds 5/6/1869. The Founds family settled in Meigs Co.; and several of Malissa's younger siblings were married in Meigs Co. He is mentioned in 1820, 1840 & 1850 Ohio census. His father's (or an uncle's) name may have been Ithamer H., also. I found info on an Ithamer Warren, b. 1787 in VT whose family then migrated to Geauga Co, OH, but due to the age differences, I doubt he's who I'm looking for. I would like to find a connection between the two Ithamers or be able to abandon that entire line. Willing to share any info I have. Michael L. Wayne (Email

July 1, 1997 WEBB, CARR, ROMINE, SCHNEIDER/SNIDER: I am searching for information on William Webb (his name could be William Homer Webb). He is mentioned in the Federal Census Record of 1850 Page 305 Family 0620, Letart Twp. If this is the man I am looking for, his spouce was E. Carr. They had a daughter whose name was Mary Clementine Webb, b. 9 May 1854. She married Thaddeus Sabiski Romine in Harrisonville, Meigs County, Ohio on 3 Feb 1872. I am also looking for any information on the Romine family in the same area. Steve Snider (Email

June 16, 1997 WALBURN, SEARLES, YOUNG, MARK, RUTHERFORD, OTHERS: I am researching these families and their children. Edward & Elizabeth (Young) Walburn, Jacob and Anne (Young) Mark, Samuel S. Searls/Sorrells, Gideon & Cassandra (Rutherford) Searls. Most of these came originally from Harr. Co. W. Va into Meigs/Gallia Counties. The 2 Youngs' may be related as both say born in Md. Children of above married into the following families: Brooks, Goff/Gough, Nate, Townsend, Sexton, Betz, Grover, Cottrill, Gregory, Davis, Wise, Brown, Grate, Lasley, Others? Looking specifically for info on Samuel S. Searls and Cassandra Rutherford. These 2 lived in Gallia, but some children/grandchildren came into Meigs. Willing to exchange information. Selma Bonewald (Email

May 29, 1997 OLSON, DECKHART: I'm looking for info on Thor Olson married to Irene Deckhart. They had two children, Hjalmar and Thora born here around early 1900's. Thanks. Eve Olson (Email

May 28, 1997 ALER, AILER: I am looking for an African-American family, father was Morgan Ailer, mother was Mary J. I'm interested in finding out what Mary J.'s maiden name was. Their children were Julius E., Naaman R., Andrew N., Osceola, Lenoard Z., Walter C. (my great-great grandfather), America and Lucy. They owned a small farm in Rutland Township. If anyone may have information, where Morgan and Mary are buried. Also Naaman R. fought in the Civil War Pv. C.2 U.S. Colored Calvary. Does anyone have any information on this unit or where he may be buried in Ohio? He died January 14, 1919. Walter C. fought in the Spanish-American War, he was Sgt. Band 48 U.S. Infantry. Died October 24, 1913. Does anyone have information on this unit and where he may be buried? I found this family on the 1870 and 1880 Federal census in Ohio. Would like to find them from 1860 back in West Virginia or Virginia. Lila Hardin (Email

May 28, 1997 EAKIN, CALVIN, SMITH, LASLEY, HUGHES, VANZANT: I am researching maternal ancestors. Joseph EAKIN was born in PA but came to Meigs Co. sometime in the 1830's; his daughter, Abigail EAKIN, married John CALVIN. Joseph EAKIN was married to Catherine. In addition to Abigail, their other children included Stephen S. EAKIN, married in Miegs Co. to Charlotte SMITH; John E. EAKIN; Joseph S. EAKIN, married in Meigs Co. to Esther M. LASLEY; Nancy EAKIN married in Meigs Co. to Hiram M. HUGHES; and Mary EAKIN married in Meigs Co. to Absolon Allen VANZANT. Will gladly exchange further information about this family. David Frey (Email

May 28, 1997 SMITH, DOWNING, WATKINS: John Smith, a justice of the peace in Meigs county, was born in NH and came with his family first to the Marietta area and then to Meigs county in about 1800. This sounds like the Esquire John Smith described in the Larkin history of Meigs county, except that "my" John Smith had at least the following children: Phebe who married Columbia Downing in 1836, Jane who married Hollis Downing abt. 1840; Catherine who married A.P.T. Watkins in 1837; and Mary who married the same Mr. Watkins in 1851 after Catherine died in 1850. The Esquire John Smith in the Larkin book, which may or may not be correct, had different children. Can someone help me figure out which John Smith I'm looking for? John Cook (Email

May 27, 1997 GRAHAM, MCGEE: GRAHAM, Margaret(Maggie)Josephine. Athens Co.,USA; 1880-1958. I'm looking for information on my grandmother, Margaret J. Graham also went by the name Maggie. Maiden name: McGEE. Born in Meigs County, Pomeroy, Ohio. Father was Lewis McGee and Mother was Eliza (McLean) McGee. Sister was Francis and Half-Sister was Rose Boyce (Garlinger/Cunningham). Married Frank B. Graham in Athens County and resided in Buchtel, Ohio. Had 6 children: Earl, Orin, Charles, Pearl, Margaret Lucille (Miller) and Kenneth (Kenny). I understand that she was of Indian descent, and I would like very much to research her family roots. I'd appreciate any information family members can provide. Rhonda Snyder (Email

May 27, 1997 SLOAN/SLONE: I am trying to find info on IRA SLOAN born apx. 1818. I have found him in the 1830 and 1840 Meigs County census and as IRA SLONE in the 1860 census, all in Bedford Twp. His children: Sarah and Allen, born apx. 1853, Freeman born apx. 1857, Ann, and Theophilus born apx. 1841. He may have lived in Scioto County, OH, as his son, Theophilus, was married there to Nancy Eunice Morris. He is listed on the Macon, MO 1880 census under his son-in-law and daughter's census, as IRA ROBERT SLOAN, age 62, stone cutter, born in OH, parents born in OH. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Phyllis Zachow (Email

May 20, 1997 MOORE, GIBSON, NICKLES, PERKINS, CARMEL INDIANS, MELUNGEON FAMILIES: I am trying to find connection between the families of Meigs County OH and the people known as Melungeons in VA and TN. Does anyone have the history of the Carmel church and cemetery? I can't find it listed as a defunct town or post office. How can I access the River City News, back issues? I understand that there were several articles written about the Melungeon people in this newspaper. I am also trying locate information on a Melungeon researcher known only as "Miss Ginger". Miss Ginger died within the past ten years and I am hunting for her descendants or her research. Mary K. Goodyear (Email

May 20, 1997 BAILEY, BUCK: Searching for siblings of Eliza Bailey b. 1820 m. Robert Buck in 1837 in Meigs Co. OH. Glida Bothwell (Email

May 19, 1997 MISNER, WOODYARD: Seeking information on family of Nicholas Misner and wife Margaret Woodyard. Settled in Athens Co. about 1818 in what was later to become Meigs Co. Married 3/3/1811 but have not located any records of deaths or of children. Census would indicate at least 5 children. Jim Woodyard (Email

May 19, 1997 DECKER, ROSS, BAKER, HOOD: I seek and have information on these Meigs County, OH families. (Email

May 19, 1997 ERVIN: Searching for parents of Hiram E. ERVIN (born 20 Aug 1842, Ohio, died 26 Jan 1914, Clark County. Married Elizabeth Frances Wallace (born 7 Aug 1844, died 16 Oct 1922) on 3 Dec 1861 in Champaign County. They had seven children. It's believed Hiram E. Ervin had a brother, Thomas Jefferson Isaih Ervin. Any help will be appreciated. Also searching, principally in Ohio, for HOLMES, BALLARD, GERMAN, WALLACE, SNYDER, MARTIN, LLOYD. Willing to share my info on these families. (Email

May 19, 1997 HEINEY, BARTON: Need proof Michael & Lucetta Heiney were the parents of Genelle (Jennatte) Heiney born circa 1849 in Olive Twp, Meigs Co, married William H. Barton circa 1867-1868. The 1850 census shows a daughter Jane, age 11, who may be Genelle, but I need proof. My late grandmother remembered her grandmother Genelle (who died in 1925 when my grandmother was 21) and her brother "Jap" (Jasper). Genelle and William are buried in the Heiney Cemetery in Olive Township, said cemetery presumably on land once belonging to Michael. I've seen the articles about Michael in the "recent" Meigs County History books and the Tuppers Plains book and would like to link up with the author(s) of those pieces. One, I understand, was Michael's granddaughter and may now be deceased. Helen A. Shaw (Email, or 1727 N Dayton St, Chicago, IL 60614.

May 19, 1997 SPAWN, BAKER: Would like to correspond with anyone connected to or having information on the Spawn and Baker families of Meigs & Athens Counties. My line is Andrew (born circa 1815, VA) & Margaret (born circa 1818, VA), through their daughter Elizabeth (born circa 1840, VA). Elizabeth married Zenemba (many variant spellings) Baker 29 July 1860 in Meigs Co. I don't have a death date or burial place for Elizabeth. Zenemba was born 24 December 1834 in Ohio, the son of John & Sarah Baker. He died 28 November 1903 and is buried behind Eden Church near Reedsville; his parents are buried at the Coolville Cemetery. On another note, I would be willing to trade research time here in Chicago at the National Archives or the Newberry Library (or any other local facility) for research time (mainly land & probate records) in Meigs & Athens Counties. Helen A. Shaw (Email, or 1727 N Dayton St, Chicago, IL 60614.

May 19, 1997 PEARSON, DAY: PEARSON, LUCY married DAY, JAMES 23 Nov 1836. Seeking parents of LUCY PEARSON. Would appreciate any information regarding her backgroud. My gggrandfather was Samuel Pearson who married in 1840. Suspect they are brother and sister. If anyone had information regarding these individuals , would appreciate a contact. I'll gladly share what I've found. Thanks. Merry Anne Pierson (Email

May 19, 1997 RARDIN, ASHTON, CUCKLER, HANING: I am searching for info on the parents of John Clarence Rardin (John H. Rardin and Mary Ashton) and Elma Denora Cuckler (Rardin)(Daniel T. Cuckler and Margaret Haning). Eve Olson (Email

May 19, 1997 FRAZIER, JONES, YEAGER: Need any info on James Frazier who married Polly Jones 1837. James Frazier who married Rozetta Frasior Yeager abt 1864. Their children: Albert 1864, James 1877, and two girls Nevada & Lovella. Anything? Please email. Thanks, Carrol Swanson (Email

May 19, 1997 ADAMS, CARON, RIDEMOUR: My husband's gr-grandpa James Madison Adams was born near Chester, Ohio, Aug 4, 1846. He married Delphine Argentine Caron March 3,1870. They had ten children, 3 of which are still living. His father was Thomas Adams born Wheelington? West Virginia 1820. Thomas married Margaret Ridemour and they had 13 children. I am looking for other branches of the family as well as ancestors. Thank you, Linda Lane (Email

May 19, 1997 NEVEGOLD, ALLIS: Looking for info on my gggrandparents, Frederick NEVEGOLD and Abiah M. ALLIS. Frederick was born in PA in 1835/36, married ?? and had two children: Nellie (b 1860) and William (b 1862). He married Abiah Jan 30, 1865, in Pomeroy, Meigs Co. Children: Walter W. (b 1866), Ray (b 1868), Charles Frederick (b 1876) and a daughter named either Kathie or Hattie, born between Ray and Charles. The children were born in Meigs Co., except for Charles and possibly the daughter. The family left Meigs Co. and moved to Bucks Co., PA in 1869/70. Abiah was born in OH in June 1843. It's possible that at least one child died and was buried in Meigs Co. If you have any info, please email me -- I will be happy to share findings!! Thanks. Robin Nevegold Scharff (Email

April 25, 1997 CARL, SWICKARD, EASTERDAY, CARREL: Who were the parents of Wilson Carl, allegedly born 1 Mar 1817 in Jefferson? Co, Ohio. He married Elizabeth Swickard, born 24 Dec 1816 to Daniel Swickard and wife Margaret (Easterday). After starting their family in Meigs County, Ohio about 1838 in Jefferson County, Wilson and Elizabeth moved to Meigs County. In all they had 16 children: Mgt Ann, Mary, Wm John, Daniel, Barbara E., Christopher Samuel or Christian, Nathan, Benton, Leroy, Wilson Jr., Christena Melissa, David, Jonathon, Elizabeth , Murray, and Steven. Still a resident of Meigs Co, Elizabeth (Carrel) died in Bedford Twp, Jackson Co 28 Dec 1900, but I do not know where she and her husband, Wilson, are buried, and when and where he died. Betty Jane Carl (Email

April 23, 1997 CLEM, SAYRE, WOODWARD, COZART, PEARSON: Searching for ancillary families related to Pearson/Pierson. Amanda Clem married William Henry Pearson. Would like to find her family. John Woodward married Lucy F. Pearson. Would like to find his family. Cozarts married into the family also and would like to share information. Looking also for John Pearson born 1845 and Winfield S. Pearson born 1860 who disappear from Meigs County family of Samuel Pearson between 1870 and 1880 census. Any help greatly appreciated. Merry Anne Pierson (Email

April 23, 1997 BRALEY, SANSBURY, BROWN: The names I am primarily interested in are: BRALEY, Cyrus, Ebenezer; SANSBURY, Benjamin; BROWN, Dr. J.E. Gwen G. (Email

April 23, 1997 CHEADLE/CHIDLE, WOOLMAN: I am looking for some help with the descendants of Alfred Francis CHIDLE or CHEADLE and his wife Rachal WOOLMAN. Their children were born in Meigs County, Ohio between 1843 and 1860. I have considerable info on their firstborn child: Francis Marion CHEADLE and his descendants that I am MOST WILLING to share. It is their other children and their descendants that I woud like to know more about. Those children and approx. birth year are: George W. CHEADLE 1845 Nane (spelling??) W. CHEADLE 1847 Louisa M. CHEADLE 1853 Milby W. CHEADLE Nathaniel CHEADLE 1859 Dave Wright (Email

April 23, 1997 BURCHARD: Researching Frank Burchard b. 1857 d. 1909 m. Katherine ----- b. 1866 d. 1929. Both are buried in the cemetery on the hill in Middleport. I can't find who his parents are or where he was born. I also can not find information on Katherine's last name, who her parents were or where she was from. They had one daughter who was my grandmother. Bertha b. 1892 . Amos Allen Smith d. 1958. My grandmother was born in Middleport. She also had a daughter who was born there whose name was Frances Louise. She was born 31 12 1914. I would appreciate any information on this line you could find or let me know where I can find this information. Pam Carte (Email, or 8810 Sissonville Dr., Sissonville, WV 25320.

April 22, 1997 DARST, HYSELL, MILLER, RUSSELL, WINKLER, WRIGHT: Researching these families in Pomeroy, Middleport, and Rutland, Meigs Co. Any information will be greatly appreciated! S. McGilvray (Email

April 22, 1997 SAYRE, BLAIN: I am descended from Sarah Sayre and Francis A. Blain. Sarah Sayre was born 6 Apr. 1819 in Meigs Co., OH (on the 1850 census of Meigs Co., OH she was age 32, born OH, living with sister Martha Radcliff) and died in 1855. She was a daughter of Robert Sayre & Martha "Patty" Jones. She married Francis A. Blain (b. 23 Jul. 1813, d. 9 Dec. 1895 in Portland, OH). Their only child was Francis A. Blain II. Francis II was born ca 1852 in Meigs Co,, OH and died after 1899. His first mar. was to Lorenia "Lona" Malone Coleman on 25 Feb. 1883 in Meigs Co., OH and his 2nd to Mrs. Sarah E. Harris on 19 Apr. 1899 in Milan, Sullivan Co., MO. Other than the Sayre book by Banta, does anyone have proof of the parents of Sarah Sayre or birth of Francis A. II? What happened to Francis II after his 2nd mar.? Any and all help appreciated. Toni Rodgers (Email

24 March 1997 LEWIS, CHINN, PEMBERTON, RICKARD, FRY: Searching for the families of Samuel D. LEWIS and wife, Margaret A. (maiden name unknown) from the Scottown, Lawrence County area; and Josiah CHINN and wife, Elizabeth Ann PEMBERTON, married 25 Dec 1871; and John/Jacob RICKARD and wife, Louisa/Louise FRY of the Meigs County area. Debi Lewis (Email

24 March 1997 RIGGS, BUNKER, BURRISS/BURNS: Virginia Ann RIGGS (1839 Meigs cty, OH - 1902 MI) married Jesse BUNKER (1859 IA). Their children were: Ada, Forest, Torrence (my ancester), Orah and Marium. Virginia was the daughter of William Roby RIGGS (who supposedly died in 1849 in the "gold rush") and Lavinia BURRISS or BURNS (circa 1808 OH - 1887 MI). In Virginia's obituary it was stated she lived in Missouri; Iowa county, Wisconsin; Galena, Illinois; Ohio and then moved to Iowa. Do you have any further information on this family line? Please e-mail me. Kathy (Email or MCMANUS@FC1.GLFN.ORG).

24 March 1997 GILMORE, BRADSHAW: Looking for info on Joseph GILMORE b. 1806 PA and Sara BRADSHAW b. 1807 NY - when and where married and forebears. They settled in Meigs County, OH, circa 1829. I have data on their children. Thanks. R. S. Gilmore (Email

24 March 1997 HOYT: Seeking information about Caleb R. HOYT, born 10 May 1815 in New Hampshire. He moved to Meigs Co. in 1817 with his parents John HOYT and Apphia (MERRILL) CARR. This family joined other family members in Meigs Co., namely: John HOYT, Sr., wife Hannah PRESCOTT and Joseph HOYT who first came to Meigs in 1814/1815. All seven (Joseph, Jeremiah, John, Jonathan, James, Robert, and Polly) of John and Hannah (PRESCOTT) HOYT'S children eventually came to Meigs from New Hampshire. Needing information about Caleb R. HOYT'S marriage to first, Julia MANLY, and second to Mary TAYLOR. The first marriage to Julia produced these children: Affa Diana, Daniel Wesley, and Emily Jane. The second marriage to Mary produced: John H., Merril C., Mary E., William H. or "Hutch" who is said to have been raised by the TAYLOR'S after the death of Mary in 1856. Caleb married two more times in Illinois. Anxious to find the parents of Julia MANLY and Mary TAYLOR. John HOYT, Sr. and wife Hannah are said to be buried in Meigs Co. Where? (this John served in the Revolutionary War from New Hampshire, is the land in Ohio, grant land for services rendered during the revolution?) John HOYT, Jr. married a second time to a _____ Church. I would like her first name. Caleb HOYT'S brothers and sister are: Harry Dudley, Hiram, Lorenzo D., Clement B., Nancy, and Merrill. Any information about this family will be appreciated and I will be glad to share the large amount of data that I do have. Jill Orr (Email

24 March 1997 SISSEL/CEICEL/CECIL, WHITE, PRICE, BATEY, BUFFINGTON: Is John Baptist Sissel (1796-1799-1800 tax list Hampshire Co., Va.) the same James Ceicel who left 1809 will (Gallia Co., Ohio) with wife Sarah, dau. Nancy who married Solomon White (1821 Ohio Co., W. Va.), sons James & William who married Jane & Nancy McMahon (1826 Belmont Co., Ohio) & dau Polly? Is John B. Sissel who married Sarah Batey (1819 Meigs Co., Ohio) an older son? Is Sarah Batey a sister to Thomas Batey (teacher in Meigs Co., in 1820)? How is Sarah Sissel Price (wife of Charles Price) connected to the Buffington's? Her Indian hertage same as Elizabeth Logan Buffington who lived on Buffington Island. Would also like to know if there are any Indian records of if research has been done in Meigs Co concerning this? Have a great deal of information concerning these lines and would be willing to correspond with anyone researching the same lines. (Email

24 March 1997 HUDNALL: My grandmother Ella (Hudnall) Whaley was born Aug., 1887. Her parents were John Hudnall and Julia McCumber. My father Charles V. Whaley, deceased, said he thought John Hudnall was buried in Hebersville, Ohio, close to Albany, Ohio. Please respond by email. Pat Binegar (Email

19 March 1997 HARTUNG: Stories from family members have told that my ancestors moved from Pomeroy to Junction City, KS sometime before 1900. I do not know the names of my great grandparents, but two sons were Lawrence and Otto Val. Lawrence is my grandfather and Otto Val was the namesake of my father, Otto Vincent Hartung, born in Junction City, KS 1889. Hardie Hartung (Email

18 March 1997 MCKINLEY, SMITH, KIMES: Researching the family of James MCKINLEY (s/o Archibald & Sarah (?) MCKINLEY), my 2nd great grandfather. He was born abt. 1837. At the time of his marriage to Lucinda SMITH (d/o William & Elizabeth (?) SMITH) 26 Mar 1861 in Jackson Co., VA/WV, he was listed as being from Meigs Co., OH. Especially interested in his parents and siblings. He had a sister, Mary Ann MCKINLEY, who married James Colman KIMES 17 Mar 1864 in Jackson Co., WV. Michael Anthony (Email

17 March 1997 BUFFINGTON, LOGAN: I'm a descendant of Joel BUFFINGTON and Elizabeth LOGAN who owned Buffington Island until about 1830. I'm descended from their son Abraham BUFFINGTON who moved to Jefferson Co., IL. I have a great deal of information about the Buffingtons and would be glad to share with cousins. Richard C. Renner (Email

17 March 1997 DIXON, DANIELS, SERVICE, BENEDICT, INGALS: Researching the children of John and Sarah (Benedict) Dixon ie: William (m. Olive Ingles 1821 then Sarah Jane Hughes 1864), Esther (m. Samuel Service 1822 then Henry Daniels 1841), Sarah Jane (m. George Ingles 1827?), Thomas (m.Mary Polly Northup 1830) and James (m. Catherine ?). (Email

17 March 1997 WILLS, HAYES, SCHMIDT, HICKS: I am looking for information to clear up a family secret. Granville Hayes Wills was born to Maud Hicks about 1893. He went to school in Meigs County until he was 12. He had a half sister named Dora "Dixie" Hayes (same mother). Verbal history indicates that Granville was named after his father who was a lawyer. This lawyer also had a brother who was a teacher and another brother who was a doctor. I am trying to find out the name of the father of Granville Hayes Wills. I have tried to find a birth certificate with no luck nor a death certificate for Maud Hicks who died in Ross Co. in 1905. To make the story even more complicated it is known that Granville's grandmother, Anna Schmidt, married the father of her grandaughter, Dora, after her daughter, Maud, died. Anna Schmidt and new husband then moved to Arizona. I have a dcert for Dora, but I'm unable to find a mcert for Anna Schmidt and a man named Hayes. To condense: 1. Find father of Granville Hayes Wills b. 1893 named for natural father. 2. Record of Anna Schmidt of any kind. Rene' B. Davis (Email

17 March 1997 THEISS, BOWEN: I'm interested in finding out more about the Theiss and Bowen families. My Grandmother was Louise Leah Theiss and Grandfather was Leo Bowen; my mother's name was Anna Louise Young (born 23 July 21 in Coalport, Ohio). GreatGrandfather, Charles Wesley Bowen and Greatgrandmother, Anna Mary Casper. Then from across the river in Mason, WV, my father's name is William Raymond Young, (born and raised in Mason, WV). Grandfather John Lewis Young and Grandmother Una Mae Ingles. Gene Young (Email

11 March 1997 BOWLES, RHODES, CARTER: I have been looking for a John Boles (Bowles) who married a Malinda Catherine Rhodes March 5, 1857 in Meigs Co. However, after finding the family listed in the 1880 Mason Co., WV, census when I researched one of the marriages of their children, Elver E. Boles, he is listed in Meigs County marriages as stating the parents were John and Malinda (Carter) Bowles. Can anyone give me some direction with this problem? Thanks. Selinda Lay (Email, or 836 Ireland School Road, Radcliff, KY 40160. 10 March 1997 GIBSON, WESTFALL: Looking for all information on children of James Gibson and wife Rebecca Westfall who were in Scipio Twp., Meigs Co., Ohio from 1811 to 1840. Dave Leavenworth (Email

10 March 1997 SCHUMACHER, MITTLEHAUSER, WELLER: SCHUMACHER, Agnes marr. Louis MITTLEHAUSER in Germany. Immigrated 1853 with family and sister Mary Magdalena who married John Jacob WELLER in Meigs Co., 1854. Seek any info re couple. Barbara Madden (Email

07 March 1997 PIERSON, BIRAM, BIRCH: I am seeking information on James Morgan Pierson and family, Andrew J. and Charlotte Biram and family, and Thomas and Sarah Birch and family. James was married to (1) Elizabeth Birch, who died in Meigs Co. 1871 d/o Thomas and Sarah J. He was married 2nd to Mary L. Biram d/o Andrew and Charlotte Biram. I know Mary had a brother William because he lived with James in 1880. James came to Meigs Co. in 1868-9 and was there until 1878-9 when he returned to Wirt Co. WV. He was born in Jackson Co. VA to either Simon or Samuel Pierson and Sarah A. White. Any information greatly appreciated and I'll be glad to share whaat I have found. Merry Pierson (Email

03 Mar 1997 MARVIN, WARTH: Researching Picket MARVIN who m. Mary "Polly" WARTH; daughter Ruth b. 1802 Gallia or Meigs OH. She had a brother named Calvin Marvin who lived and died in Letart Falls. I cannot prove that Ruth is the son of Picket and Polly. There is a Shrewsbury/Warth book that cites a Bible that no one can find. Does any of this mean anything to you? Children of Polly and Picket MARVIN: Calvin, Polly, Sally, Betsy, **Ruth, George and Timothy. Val Barneson (Email

03 Mar 1997 PAGE: I am researching the PAGE family and heard there is a PAGEVILLE located in Meigs County and wondered if any one could email me the founders of this little town to see if they connected with my ALFRED PAGE that appears in 1830 census. I believe he could be related to the Jesse or Sargeant Page that also appears in the census. They were located in Scipio Twp., I believe. I do not have a birthdate for Alfred or who his parents or siblings were. I do know that he married Nancy Ann McGhee from Jackson County, Ohio, on July 4, 1835, and who his children were. I am also trying to find where he died and was buried. Any info on the above would be greatly appreciated. Randy Sue McKeever (Email, or 607 S. 12th St., Coshocton, Ohio 43812

03 Mar 1997 BEEGLE, BEAVER, CROOKS, DALTON, McBRIDE, STOBERT: I'm researching my wife's families from Meigs county and the surrounding area. If any one has information on these family names please eamil me directly. Basil Beegle, b. PA d. 19 Jan 1911, m. Ann Catherine Beaver, d. 06 Dec 1910. Creed Beegle, b. 1873, Racine, OH d. 08 Sep 1966, Franklin, OH, m. Alta M., surname unk., b. 1880 d. 1917. McBride, John Ackley, b. 22 Jan 1851, Sycracuse, OH d. 16 Feb 1937, m. Margaret Virginia Stobart, 14 May 1854, Durham, England, d. 01 Sep 1930, Meigs Co. Mother, Anna Dalton, d. 22 Jun 1859, Meigs Co., Father, Robert Stobert/Stobart, b. 07 Mar 1826, Penshaw, England, d. unk, they married St Giles Church, Durham, England, 07 Oct 1848. Alexander Sherman Crooks, b. 1864, d. 1949, m. Jenny Belle Dalton, b. 1868 d. 1945, Meigs Co., They had at least seven children, Myrtle Beatrice Crooks, my wife's grandmother, b. 26 Aug 1896, d. 14 Dec 1978, Pomeroy, OH. I have other names associated with these families. Thanks, Ron Parks. (Email

25 Feb 1997 JONES, PAULK, HYSELL, RUSSELL: Seeking parents/siblings of Hannah JONES born ca. 1811 in NY. She married Cyrus PAULK, Jr. in 1828 in Meigs Co., OH and they had 5 children. Hanna died Aug 1849 in Meigs Co., OH. Also seeking parents/siblings of Martha HYSELL born ca. 1815 in Meigs Co., OH. She married Ira RUSSELL, Jr. Dec 1833 in Meigs Co., OH and they had 9 children. Pam McGee-Martin (Email

Thomas and Mary (Carr) HARTLEY arrived in Meigs Co. about 1855 from Jackson Co., WV with 12 children. These children married the following: Peter mar Sarah HARPER, 1860; John mar Almira HALL, 1855; James mar Martha E. HOPKINS, 1853; Eliza Ann mar Robert STOBART, 1860; Elizabeth mar Eli ROUSH, 1858; William mar Nancy Ann HALSEY, 1862; Marietta mar George TEASDALE, 1859; Thomas mar Matilda J. ROUSH, 1866; Margaret mar James R. STOBART, 1862; Phebe Jane mar Guyan G. WRIGHT, 1867; Virginia mar Isaac HARPER, 1866; Eva B. mar Mathew J. WALTERS, 1886; Charles A. mar Elizabeth KOESTER, 1878; May mar John W. BORHAM, 1888; Aaron mar Virgie Lee WILLIAMSON, 1899; John Carlos mar Bessie A. SALSER, 1905; David Allen mar Florence A. SAYRE, 1875; James W. mar Fannie WATSON, 1888. Joel A. Hartley (Email

25 Feb 1997 MONROE: I am researching the Monroe Family in Scipio Twp., Meigs County, Ohio. It appears that Daniel Monroe (b. 1769 N.J.) moved to Meigs County before 1820. He is listed in the 1820 census. I believe he passed away around 1851/2. By 1852/3 the family had left for Warren County, Iowa. Daniel's wife was Martha and they had at least three sons: Daniel, Francis and Jesse. Daniel "Jr." named his son Francis Asbury Monroe after the famous Methodist circuit rider. I'm looking for any information on this family and the Methodist church around 1820-1850 in Meigs County. Jeff Monroe (Email

25 Feb 1997 HOWELL, JUSTICE, HIGLEY: Matthew HOWELL b @ 1795 Upper Canada (?), d @ 1852 Doyle Twp., Clarke ,IA md. (1) 1816; md. (2) Elizabeth Justice; md. (3) Catherine Phelps Higley. Some of his children were born in Meigs, OH: Ellison; Daniel; Crowell; Loretta; Lucetta; John Mathew (Wesley?); David Will b. 7 Feb 1819; George W. @ 1822 OH. They were living in the Meigs area and most of the family went on to Clarke county, Iowa. Any inf on the HOWELL family will be appreciated. Sharen Chambers (Email

24 Feb 1997 WOLFE, GORRELL, WHITE, LARKINS, HADDOX, KNIGHT, HAUK: I am researching the preceding names in Meigs Co, OH. I would appreciate contact from anyone researching these names or that might know something of these names. Chuck Wolfe (Email

24 Feb 1997 ANDREW/ANDREWS, GALLAGHER: In Long Bottom, Ohio, my Grandmother's parents, JOHN PATRICK ANDREW(S) was born, 1858. His wife, MARY ALICE GALLAGHER, was born in Little Hocking, Washington County, OH, 1861. John Patrick Andrew's father was Francis Andrew, born in 1825, Cornwall, England. I would like to know ANYTHING more about any of them. Carole Ann Heaster (Email

21 Feb 1997 HALSEY, CROOKS: I am looking for information on S. Vienna Halsey b. 4 Oct 1848 near Pomeroy, OH. I need information on the date of marriage to John L. Crooks between 1865 and 1869. I don't know if they were married in Meigs Co. or not. Bruce Kemp (Email

20 Feb 1997 HAYES/HAYS: John & Sarah: Looking for any information on this family. They were farmers from the mid-1830's in the Pomeroy area. Duke Hayes (Email

20 Feb 1997 SANBORN/SANBURN: John & Lydia: Looking for information on this family. They were farmers from the mid-1830's in the Pomeroy area. Duke Hayes (Email

19 Feb 1997 WOLF, NEASE, ZERKLE: I'm trying to locate the parents of Solomon Wolf, b. 1794 in PA, who died in Meigs County on 11-19-1870. His wife was Mary Ann Nease, who was the daughter of Henry and Mary (Zerkle) Nease. Any info would be greatly appreciated. John Grubb (Email

14 Feb 1997 MCKINLEY, TAGART, BROOKS: Seek parents and siblings of Samuel H. MCKINLEY born 6 Aug 1817 in Ohio. Married (1) Nancy TAGART (1823-1863), 10 Nov 1842, Athens Co.; Children: Bailes (1844-1904), Margaret (1847-1866), Asbury (1851- ). Married (2) Samantha RIGGS (nee BROOKS) (1841- aft 1890), 9 Apr 1865, Athens Co. Ohio; Children: Oliver L. (1865-1920), Lydia E.(1870-1963), Emma M. E. (1875-1878). Samuel and his first family moved to Chester Twp., Meigs Co., Ohio in about 1843 and then after the death of his first wife in 1863, to Bedford Twp., Meigs Co. where he died, 8 Oct 1879. Jerry R. Ennis (Email

12 Feb 1997 ROMINE: I am researching the Romine family of Meigs County, Ohio. My Great Grandfather was Thaddeus Sabiski Romine, born 3 Feb 1848 in Harrisonville, Meigs County, Ohio. His father was Elias Romine, born in 1808 in Gallia County, Ohio, and his father was Daniel Romine, for whom I have no information. Any information on the family would be greatly appreciated, as would any information on the families they married into. Stephen E. Snider, Sr. (Email, or 158 North Main #311, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84103-2033

07 Feb 1997 BISSELL, TUBBS: Seeking any information leading to the family of Capt. Warren BISSELL who finally settles in Meigs Co., OH, by 1820 from Trumball and Mahoning counties of OH circa 1800. He had a son Hirum BISSELL who marries Elizabeth TUBBS. Warren possibly son of Benjamin BISSELL of Western Reserve, previously of East Windsor, CT. James Bissell (Email

07 Feb 1997 HAYES, SANBORN: Looking for any information on the family of Eli Hayes or Hays and Sarah Sanborn or Sanburn. I believe they had two sons, Albert Peoria and Thomas. They lived in or around Pomeroy prior to 1888 and possibly ran a sawmill. Sarah had TB. Duke Hayes (Email

January 28, 1997 AUMILLER, HOWARD: I'm trying to find information on the AUMILLER family. I have info for John and Christiana (Howard) Aumiller family (married 1789) and would be happy to exchange info with anyone researching this surname. Thanks!!! John Grubb (Email

January 28, 1997 WHITE: Seeking information on the family of Joseph and Sarah Hall WHITE. This family moved from Harrison Co., VA around 1850 to Long Bottom, Meigs Co., OH. Son Johnson White, was Mayor of Middleport for 23 years. Would like to know names of other children. Any help greatly appreciated. Phyllis Hembree (Email

January 28, 1997 McBRIDE: Looking for information of the various McBRIDE families late 1800s in Meigs Co. I am descended from Bertha McBRIDE, according to census data b 1875 in Meigs Co. According to obit 1964 in Pueblo, CO, she was the daughter of John and b 1880. Marriage info from Kanawha Co, WV gives bd as 1876. There are three McBride Families in Sutton Twp in 1880. Brothers? All three list fathers from PA and mothers from WV. John's wife is listed as Adeline. Any information appreciated, willing to share and help where I can! Happy New Year and Aloha, Cheryl Malo (Email

January 28, 1997 YANSSENS, MARCINKO: Am looking for siblings of Charles Thomas Yanssens b. 11/7/1916 in Pomeroy, Meigs Co. Father August Yanssens. Mother Apolina (Pauline) Marcinko. There were 5 children in this family: Rose, Charles, George, Edward Roderich, Margie. Rose & Edward b. in Belmont Co. Ohio before 1916. Need dates of birth fo the others. Will trade for research in Belmont & Jefferson Co's in Ohio and Wheeling W.Va. Mary Matheas (Email MMatheas@AOL.COM).

January 28, 1997 NEUTZLING: I am looking for any information about the Neutzling family which is supposed to have settled in the Pomeroy area in the mid-1800's. Names I have are Peter Neutzling...who had four children; Paul, Elmer, Matilda, and Carrie. At some point, there was a family feud in Pomeroy and Peter moved his family to Wheeling, WV, and never returned to Meigs they tell me. I believe the family also had connections to Mason Cty, WV across the river...and found an Albert Neutzling who enlisted in the WV Cavalry during the Civil War from Mason. Elmer Neutzling was my Great-great grandfather, but he divorced my GGGrandmother and the family lost track of him....this was in the 1920's. He was born in Pomeroy probably 1880's. I have found that Neutzling is a fairly common name in that general area...but I'm told the entire family immigrated from Germany 1830's together. Any info would be helpful.... specifically, I'm looking for any Civil War service connection. (Email

January 28, 1997 HOUDASHELT, LOVETT, MALONE, LONG: Looking for Houdashelt, Lovett, Malone, Long families from Pomeroy, Meigs County, Ohio. Peggy Pearson (Email

January 28, 1997 RUSSELL, AUTHERSON, SPENCER, YOUNG, REYNOLDS, HYSELL, WILL, REED, RICE, BURROUGHS: My gg-grandfather was Charles Russell, born in NY about May 10, 1809, and married to Catherine McDowell and also Eli B. Russell born in 1834 (place unknown) and married to Mary E. Helsop born Feb.25, 1830, daughter of James D. Helsop and Harriet Bracewell/Brachwell. I am also seeking information on Thomas Autherson (4/10/1836) husband of Margaret Sherlock (3/14/1837) son of Thomas Autherson and Bessie Wilkerson of England. Thomas Autherson (1836) immigrated from England about 1857 but I have been unable to locate from where in England nor have I found him on passenger lists. I am also seeking information on Vincent Reynolds and his wife Isabelle ??, and Haliday Hysell and his wife Susana Weilder/Wilder. On my mother's side of the house I am looking for ancestors and descendants of Jacob Spencer born in Fayette Co., PA and his wife Lydda who was a Cherokee Indian. I think his father may have been Anton Spencer, but I am not sure. Also seeking info on Josiah Rice (1786) and his wife Ursula Hecox(1787) and their children including Levi Rice(4/25/1812) and his wife Nancy Burroughs. My Young ancestors include John H. Young (abt 1809) and Catherine Slack (abt 1812) originally of Jackson Co., WVa. and another branch would be William R. Reed (10/19/1801) and his wife Amelia M. ??, they are buried in the Flora Cemetery in Meigs County. I would be most interested in hearing from anyone who may be related or have information on these families, and I am willing to share the information that I have. Jay C. Russell (Email, or 3747 Poe Rd. Medina, Ohio 44256.

January 28, 1997 STRONG, BLAKELY, CROY, WELLS, ROOT: I have recently learned that I have STRONG and BLAKELY ancestors in Gallia and Meigs counties in the 1800s. My gg grandmother, Harriet Strong was b. 7 Aug 1812 in Gallia Co. She married (first) Benjamin Croy 1833 he died 1841. She then married Zera BLAKELY January 1843. Their daughter, Hulda became my great grandmother. Harriet was the daughter of Daniel Strong and Prudence Wells. Her grandfather was Judge Horatio Strong who died 14 July 1831 in Meigs Co. Zera's parents were James Blakely Sr. and Ruth Root who were in Wilkesville, Gallia Co. in the 1830s. Does anyone have more information on these families? Cleta Terrell (Email or

January 17, 1997 PHELPS: I am researching my GGGrandparents. I need help with any information. The names: JAMES E. PHELPS in Meigs Co. OH. by 1803, and one of his sons, HARLOW PHELPS. I would appreciate any information and will gladly share information. Thank you. Nancy C. Adkins (Email, or 1035 Noel Drive, Portsmouth, OH. 45662-2235.

January 17, 1997 DARST, McCARTY, WALTER, LANG, SCOTT: interests in Meigs County, Ohio. Love to hear from new cousins on these lines -- e-mail me (Email

January 17, 1997 LEACH, ROWLEY, BLANKENSHIP, CAMPBELL: I am interested in finding information on the names... Leach - Kanawha County WV, Meigs County Ohio Rowley - Meigs County OH Blankenship - Lincoln and Logan County WV, Meigs County OH Campbell - Lincoln and Logan County WV Tony Leach (Email

January 17, 1997 WICKLINE: Looking for or will share any information on the Wickline surname. M. Ratliff (Email

January 17, 1997 JOHNSON, WARTH: I am trying to find the names of the parents of a Mary Oretta JOHNSON who married Robert WARTH in Meigs Co in 1830. The Larkin History of Meigs Co. states that Mary's parents were residents of Meigs; however, I have not been able to determine which JOHNSON family she belonged to. According to 1850 census, Mary was born in OH, however other sources indicate she was born in NJ. Robert and Mary O. JOHNSON WARTH later moved to Jackson Co., WV. Judy Warth (Email

January 9, 1997 KOEHLER, NEUTZLING, MAERZ, STAHL, REUTER: I am an old Pomeroy re- searcher but I have one of those "brick wall" problems. I am looking for any descendants of Carolina Koehler (1842-1903). All that I know is....... Carolina Koehler (1842-1903) Married first 1859 Peter Neutzling (Died in a mine accident about 1863) Three children born of the marriage Daniel Maerz (1835-1914) Married Carolina in 1868. Four children. Anna Maerz b 1869 m. Unknown Stahl Elizabeth Maerz b 1871 m. Unknown Reuter Clara Maerz b 1873 Daniel Maerz b 1875 Any little bits of information would be greatly appreciated. Ideally I would like to contact another researcher that I could work with and share information. But I would be delighted to hear from some "family member". Jean Schaefer (Email 76200.1143@CompuServe.COM), or 3913 Woodthrush Drive, Cincinnati OH 45251.

January 9, 1997 STAHL: I am trying to get information on Martin Stahl who lived in Meigs County, Ohio at one time in his life. All I have is oral family history to go on. Martin Stahl and his first wife, unknown, had four children, names unknown and he had four children by his second wife, Margaret Woodruff. Margaret Woodruff had four children by her first husband, making a total of twelve children. The four children of Margaret and Martin were Carrie, also known as Cad or Caddie, she married Frank Herbert and lived in Centerville, Iowa, three sons, Clinton and Clayton (twins), Clayton lived and died in Meigs Co. but don't know about Clinton, third son was Bert Stahl who lived and raised his family in Meigs Co. Bert married Luella Bradshaw, daughter of Hiram Bradshaw, their children were Fritz Stahl, Bertie Stahl, John Stahl, Edna Stahl Schaefer (married Norman Schaefer), Wallace Stahl, Clara Stahl Gilkey (married Pearl Gilkey), Harry Stahl (my grandfather) who married DelCarsy. There were more children but I can't recall the names. Bert Stahl lived on Laurel Cliff Rd, Pomeroy as did his daughter Edna Schaefer. According to family lore Martin Stahl left his wife Margaret with the twelve children to raise alone. He left and was never heard of again. Martin would have been born approximately 1830's, died unknown. If anyone has any connection to any of the above family members and has any info on Martin please E-mail me at (Email

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