From History of Reedsburg and the Upper Baraboo Valley, by Merton Edwin Krug, Publ. February 1929 by the author. Printed by Democrat Printing Company, Madison, Wis., Page 449
Orloff Twist. The last resident member of the Westfield's pioneer family, Mr. Orloff Twist, living retired on his farm south of Loganville, is one of the few residents of his community who hold dear the tradition and significance of owning the homestead upon which his people settled in pioneer days.
Mr. Twist was born June 23, 1859, in Hingham, Sheboygan Co., Wis., son of Lewis and Emma (Brooks) Twist. The name of Twist is Holland Dutch, and was brought to America during the early 1600's by the immigrant ancestor, Lyman Twist, who settled in New York. Lyman Twist married and had a son Nathaniel, who, in turn, had two children, Elijah and David Twist. David, our subject's ancestor, married Anna Baker, by whom he had five children, two of whom were Joseph and Lyman Twist. The former, Orloff Twist's grandfather, was born Aug. 29, 1800, in Cambridge, N.Y., and married Margaret Grosebeck, March 2, 1823. They had a numerous family, and Lewis, our subject's father, was born June 17, 1835, in Chenango Co., N.Y. In 1847 the Joseph Twist family came to Sheboygan Co., Wis., where they resided until 1856, when, with their son Lewis and wife, they located in the town of Reedsburg, where Joseph Twist died, April 17, 1875. His wife preceded him about 1873. Mrs. Lewis Twist, whose maiden name was Emma Brooke, was born in Cinningsby, England, Jan. 28, 1837. Her father, Thomas Brooke, was born in Kirkstead, England, Jan. 10, 1807, and was married to Mary Auckland, Sept. 13, 1813.
Orloff Twist grew to manhood in Reedsburg township, and on March 4, 1880, was united in marriage to Mary Alice Twist, daughter of Lyman and Lydia (Scoon) Twist. Lyman Twist, son of David and Ann (Baker) Twist, was born Nov 3, 1808, and married his wife in the East. She was born Dec. 21, 1812, daughter of William and Nancy (Pratt) Scoon. William Scoon was born in Scotland April 24, 1776; married, in America, March 24, 1808. Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Twist settled in Westfield in 1853 on the farm now occupied by our subjects, where they died, she, Oct. 18, 1879; he, June 8, 1897. Mrs. Mary Alice (Twist) Twist, was born in 1854, and died Sept. 28, 1921. She was the mother of two children, Fleta and Emma. Fleta married Andrew Meechler, and had one daughter Gertrude, who, wife of Morgan Barke, is the mother of three children, Betty Jane, Morgan and Janette Alice. Emma married Elgie Seldon, and has four living children, Alice, Ardell, Ruth and Glyde.
On Nov. 8, 1922, Orloff Twist was married to the present Mrs. Twist. This lady was born March 22, 1863, Jennie, daughter of John and Catharine (Holton) Bates. The Bates family settled in Reedsburg about 1853, where Jennie was born, the fifth of a family of nine children. Mrs. Bates died in July 1892. Jennie Bates grew to womanhood in the home of Mr. and Mrs. George COX, of Loganville, and was married Oct. 21, 1877, to William E. Westenhaver. He was born Nov. 4, 1864, in Delton, son of Jonas and Sarah (Weary) Westenhaver. Jonas Westenhaver was of Pennsylvania Dutch descent. Mr. and Mrs. Westenhaver located on a farm in Westfield, and later moved onto a farm in the town of Franklin, where his death occurred, Dec. 8, 1918. They had four children, of Franklin, where his death occurred, Dec. 8, 1918. They had four children, Crittie B., Earl, Leola and Chester W. Crittie married William Giles and has three children, Arlo, Leslie and Naomi. Arlo married Hazel Brooks, daughter of Frank and Deette (Ransom) Brooks, of Winfield, and has two children, Gene Marie and Duane Merle; Leslie married Ruth Miles, and resides at Evansville. Naomi is a school teacher. Earl Westenhaver married Emma Carpenter, daughter of Isaac and Keno (Dewey) Carpenter, and has one child, Gladys, now the wife of Maurice Hoege, of La Valle. Leola Westenhaver married E. P. Turner, and has two sons, Donald W. and Robert. Chester Westenhaver married Leona Schultze, daughter of Wm. Schultze, of Reedsburg, and has five children, Gareldine Emogene, Harriett, Chester W. and Leona. Chester Westenhaver resides in Long Beach, California. Since her marriage to Orloff Twist, Mrs. Twist has resided on the Twist homestead, where she and her husband live in quiet retirement.
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