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Arthur S. Voorhis (ca. 1829 - 1894)


Captain Arthur S. Voorhis, who died at his residence in Audalusia on the 17th, was born at Lebanon, O., and was a classmate of the late Hon. Stanley Matthews, Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and of ex-President Harrison. He was an intimate friend of the family of the late Hon. Thomas Corwin and enjoyed the pleasure and benefit of almost daily association with that distinguished statesman. On September 4, 1862, having prior to that time removed to Philadelphia, he was appointed by Governor Curtin quartermaster, with the rank of first lieutenant, of the One Hundred and Fiftieth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, and served with honor during the war, having subsequently been appointed brigade quartemaster, with the rank of captain. He leaves a widow, daughter of the late Nathaniel Knowles, of this city, and a son and daughter. - Phila. Record.

Source: "Obituary; The Late Capt. Arthur S. Voorhis," Western Star (Lebanon, Ohio), November 18, 1894.
Copy from the Obituary Collection at the Warren County Genealogical Society,
406 Justice Drive, Lebanon, OH 45036-2349, (513) 695-1144 -

Arne H Trelvik
21 August 2015

Elma (Hitesman) Vorhes (1860-1941)


Elma, daughter of John R. and Mary Carson Hitesman, was born at Butlerville, Ohio, on January 14, 1860. In her early youth she united with the Methodist Episcopal Church at Butlerville.

On August 7, 1893, she was joined in marriage to Fred C. Vorhes, of Tama, Iowa. Two sons to bless this union.

Their early married life was spent in Iowa but in the year 1912 they came to Ohio where they have since made their home.

She passed to the Great Beyond on March 8, 1941, her husband having preceded her on October 2, 1940.

She leaves to mourn her loss her son, Lisle and wife, Rebecca, of Lebanon, Ohio, and her son, Leslie and wife, Florence, of Dayton, Ohio. She also leaves a sister, Mrs. Anna Runyan, and two nieces, Marie Runyan Earnhart, and Mamie Runyan Ihrig, all of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Source: unidentified 13 Mar 1941 newspaper [copy obtained from obituary collection at the Warren County Genealogical Society]

Arne H Trelvik
1 4 February 2004

Daniel Voorhis (1796-1869)

VOORHES - Died, April 22, 1868, Daniel Voorhes, in his 74th year.
The deceased was a native of the State of Kentucky, came to Lebanon with his parents in 1796, while in his infancy, since which time he has been a resident of this place.

Source: "Deaths," Daniel Voorhes obituary, The Western Star (Lebanon, Ohio), April 29, 1869 [buried at Lebanon Cemetery]
14 Apr 2011 Jay G. Lamb email:
"I also have the obit for Daniel Voorhis. But it is lengthy and contains no family details."

Jay G. Lamb
18 April 2011


Daniel Voorhis (c1812-1826)

" - On Thursday morning last, Daniel, son of James Voorhis of this vicinity, aged 14. By the accidental fall of a horse, the deceased was thrown against a stump and instantly killed."

Source: The Western Star (Lebanon, Ohio), Wednesday, August 30, 1826
Copy from the Obituary Collection at the Warren County Genealogical Society,

Arne H Trelvik
10 October 2013


Mary F. (Stevenson) Voorhis (1800-1871) [same as Mrs. Mary F. Vorhis - see below]

May 16, 1871, after a protracted and painful illness, in St. Louis, Mo., Mrs. Mary F. Voorhis, relict of Daniel Voorhis, whose mortal remains she followed to their last resting place about two years ago.

Mrs. Voorhis, whose maiden name was Stevenson, sprang from an ancient family, and was born in New Jersey in the year 1800. Her parents removed to Ohio in 1803, and established their residence in the south western portion of this (Warren) county, in the then unbroken wilderness. Her younger days were spent under the great disadvantages of a new county; but she was possessed of an energy and will, and of that great, good sense, which forms the foundation of real character, which enabled her to maintain a position of worth and influence in the community in which she lived.

After her marriage, in 1824, Lebanon became her home, where she has ever since resided.
In December last she accompanied her daughter, who resided in the vicinity of St. Louis, to her home, proposing to spend the winter. On the very day of her arrival she was taken ill, and although she recovered sufficiently to occasionally visit her relatives in the city, she did not gain strength enough to undertake a journey home.

The invisible and unerring Destroyer had laid His hand on her, and the days of her pilgrimage on earth were numbered. From the first a presentiment took possession of her mind, that she would never again see her own beloved home, endeared by so many hallowed associations; but she ....(unreadable copy) ..... to be the will of her Master with astonishing Christian fortitude. No murmuring escaped her, only a mildly expressed regret.

The ravages of complicated diseases, so insidious as to occasionally excite the hopes of her friends, were unrelenting. Slowly but surely life yielded up its vitality. In a moment when the fell Destroyer seemed to relent, and hope revived, the spirit, freed from the frail earthly tenement, calmly and peacefully took its happy flight "to the Father's house of many mansions."

Early in life, with characteristic sincerity, she professed her faith in the revealed plan of salvation, in which Christ is the middle figure; and for fifty years a member of the Presbyterian Church. She has illustrated in her life the efficacy of divine grace. In all domestic relations she was scrupulous, and vigilant in her duty. She was a conscientious wife, and deeply devoted to her husband's interest, and in her his heart safely trusted; a tender and affectionate mother. She reared her children with a Christian conscience, holding herself amenable for the trust, and her maternal solicitude was manifest to the latest moment of her life; an unostentatious but true friend, beloved and esteemed by all who knew her; a kind neighbor, and responsive to all demands in that relation. She had a lively appreciation of the labors and peculiar trials of the clergy, and her doors were always hospitably open to the ministers of her own and of other denominations.

In all the relations she bore in life, her influence was that marked character which evinces moral excelience (sic).

For Weeks she suffered almost incessant and excrutiating (sic) pain; but armed with that fortitude which only the grace of God can give, she resigned her will to that of Him in whom she trusted, and with true Christian patience and heavenly fortitude, she endured the suffering, esteeming it - light as compared with what her Master had suffered for her, and at the last, without a struggle, answered to the welcomed call, "Come up higher." A voice sayeth, "Be ye also ready."

Source: "Died," Mary F. (Stevenson) Voorhis obituary The Western Star (Lebanon, Ohio), June 15, 1871 [buried at Lebanon Cemetery]
14 Apr 2011 Jay G. Lamb email:
"Mary F. (Stevenson) Voorhis was a daughter of Robert Stevenson and Hetty Johnes who married second to Abraham D. Lowe."

Jay G. Lamb
18 April 2011

Mrs. Mary F. Vorhis [same as Mrs. Mary F. Voorhis - see above]

In St. Louis, May 16, 1871, Mrs. Mary F. Vorhis, deceased. Funeral took place in Lebanon, Friday afternoon at 2 ½ o’clock, at the First Presbyterian Church.

Source: The Western Star 1 Jun 1871 [copy obtained from obituary collection at the Warren County Genealogical Society]

Arne H Trelvik
24 February 2006

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