Knox County, Ohio, Posted Queries for March 1998
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Knox County, Ohio
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March 1998
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Researcher: Bev
Date posted: Monday, March 2, 1998

Am just starting out this endeavor for information anyone might have information on. Minni (Hixenbaugh) Purdy born Feb. 2, 1867. Married H. F. Purdy of Mt. Vernon. They had 6 children: Anna B. Purdy, Edna F, Harold F., Ray J., Roy G., Bertha. My mother who has lived all her life in the Akron area and is the only child of Roy, would like to get in contact with anyone who knows anything about the family. She thought her Grandmother might have lived on Chestnut St..

Researcher: Patti Jones
Date posted: Monday, March 2, 1998

Searching for any information on Elizabeth WALKER and family. She was born October 2, 1822 in Knox Co., OH She was given name at birth "Mary Elizabeth Walker". She married Stephen Lee KIDWELL and moved to Texas, where she is buried. Please e-mail me if you know anything about this family or have any information.

Researcher: Nancy
Date posted: Monday, March 2, 1998

BOYLE / BOYLES, HUNT, MERRITT Jonathan BOYLE, my gggggrandfather, date of birth & place unknown. Married Elizabeth HUNT date & place unknown. History books for Knox Co. tell of early settlers from Green & Washington Co's in PA including the HUNT'S & BOYLE'S about 1806. Jonathan BOYLE died 1808 in Clinton Twp, Knox Co, Ohio leaving 7 children: John b 1790 in VA according to census records, married Nancy MERRITT date & place unknown; James; Thomas; Christiana mar. 2 Apr 1811 in Knox Co, Ohio to John MARETT (could possibly be MERRITT); Hannah mar Robert MASTERS; Sarah; and Mary. Jonathan's will is in Knox Co. Ohio (have a copy). Morrow County histories report John BOYLE in Canaan Twp in 1823 and his parents (Jonanthan & Elizabeth) as natives of New Jersey. Would appreciate hearing from anyone researching these families or any info to unlock the puzzle.

Surnames: FOOTE, PURDY
Researcher: Bev
Date posted: Wednesday, March 4, 1998

Am looking for information on the Henry F and Minnie PURDY family/children: Ray, Anna Bernice, Edna, Harold, Roy, and Bertha from Mt. Vernon. Also the FOOTE family from Fredrickstown.

Surnames: WHEELER
Researcher: Hank Muma
Date posted: Thursday, March 5, 1998

I'm looking for any information I can find on George W. WHEELER. He was my Grandfather. I have reach a dead end in my research on the Wheelers.

George W. Wheeler, b.1808 (location not known), married 11/6/1851 (location not known) Hannah or Hanna their children: (1) Louisa Wheeler, b. 4/12/1832 Muskingum Co. OH; d. 7/28/1904 Zanesville, OH and buried in Woodlawn Cem, Zanesville. (2) Elias Wheeler, b. 1834, Listed in1850 Muskingum Census; (3) Mary I. Wheeler, b. 1835, Listed in 1850 Muskingum Census ; (4) Caroline Wheeler, b. 1837 Listed in the 1850 Muskingum census. Married Mason French. (5) Hannah Wheeler, 1839, Listed in the 1850 Census. (6) Charlotte Wheeler, b. 1840, Listed in the 1850 Muskingum Census. (7) Clarissa Wheeler, b. 1842, Listed in the 1850 Muskingum Co. Census. (8) George W. Wheeler, b 1844, Listed in the 1850 Census of Muskingum Co.

Hank in Baltimore

Researcher: Hank Muma
Date posted: Thursday, March 5, 1998

Hello Ohio Researcher,

I'm looking for any information on Daniel Marpel JOHNSTON. All I have on his is the following; Daniel Marpel Johnston,3/4/1823 (place unknown), d. 4/29/1855 near Gambier Ohio, buried in Mt. Zion Cery, 2.5 miles East of Gambier, Ohio. He was a farmer. He masrried 8/11/1846 in Knox Co., IL Henrietta Hammond STOCKET b. 2/26/1826 in Ann Arundel do., MD, d. 12/12/11912, St. elmo, IL and is buried in Maplewood Cemetery, St. Elmo, IL.

Their children:

Presley Morgan Johnston 1847 m. (1) Martha Sarah "Mattie" Shera (2) Elsa Mabel Moss 1888, (3) Anna Bell Howell 1890.

I have no clue as to where Daniel M. Johnston came from, but I would love to know. Help!

Hank in Baltimore

Researcher: Allen Sayre
Date posted: Sunday, March 8, 1998

Researching family history on Elverdo MOWERY 12/10/1922 - 6/3/1979. Parents were George W. Mowery and Inez Marie SPAGUE. Line follows to Silas Maywood Mowery in the Mt. Vernon area. Any information on this line appreciated.

Surnames: SLATER
Researcher: Russ Finley
Date posted: Monday, March 9, 1998

Looking for info on John and Thomas SLATER.
THOMAS SLATER (est prob 1816 Richland Co OH)
JOHN SLATER (1779 VA?or NY-1871 Guernsey Co OH)
Both lived in Knox Co during War of 1812 and both may have lived in VA pre 1800. Looking for proof of whether John was son of Thomas Slater.

Russ Finley

Researcher: Richard & Cassie Brown
Date posted: Wednesday, March 11, 1998

My 4 g grandfather, Reuben GLEASON (son of Elisha GLEASON and Tamsin HIGGINS) came to Chesterville, Morrow Co. (then known as Miles Crossroads, Knox Co.) in 1816. In 1819 he married Mrs. Olive AUSTIN Dodge, whose family had also come to Knox county around 1808 from Marietta, Washington Co. Both families came from the area of Jamaica, Windham Co., VT. Olive traveled with her "mother", "aunt" or "step mother" Hannah RAND (relationship has not been established yet) and her husband, Mr. Joseph HIGGINS (the uncle of her future husband, Reuben). Reuben and Olive had the following children: Mercy, Elisha B. (my line), John, Asa, Sylvester M., Elizabeth, Joseph, Lucy.

I have much information (back to 16th cent. England) on my Gleasons, but would like to correspond with cousins that might be able to shed some light on Olive's family. Her siblings include: David, Benjamin, Hannah, Isaiah, and Mary. Not much is known of their father and the identity of their mother is in question. It's possible that Hannah Rand Higgins is their mother as she took charge of the children at their father's death, but, she could also be their stepmother, and/or a sister of the children's real mother who married Mr. Austin at his first wife's death.

If anyone has any info on the AUSTIN family, or additional info on the GLEASONS, HIGGINS, et al after their resettlement in Knox Co., please let me know.


Richard H. Brown & Cassie Langley Brown
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Sixes, OR 97476

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SEARCHING FOR: Langley, Quillman, Scott, Pennington, Grandstaff, Gleason, Deno/Duenow, Durdel, Sauer, Kersten, Musch, Albrecht, Bowers, Coverdale, Stites, Allen, Burman (OHIO); Quillman, Burman (IOWA); Bowers, McClain, Grandstaff, Woodson, Porter, Winston, Booker, Ferris, Woodard, Miller, Amos (VIRGINIA); Langley, Luce, Orr, Bales (PENNSYLVANIA); Austin, Gleason (VERMONT); Gleason, Higgins, Merrick, Cole, Hamblin, Bearse, Bangs, Hobart, Chandler, Allen, Hoar, Moore, Rice, Maynard, Russell (MASSACHUSETTS);Pennington, Stites, Moor (NEW JERSEY) Pate, Garner, Goodman, Tubb/Tubbs, Sanders, Jones (2 lines), Brunson (ALABAMA); Hollis, Woodson, Johnson, Hooper, Childers (TENNESSEE); Pate, Allen (GEORGIA); Pate, Allen (SOUTH CAROLINA); Childers (NORTH CAROLINA); Langley, Green, Moon, Uppington, Lovell, Tuthill, Jenkins/Jenekings, Jones, Williams (SOMERSET, ENGLAND); Walton, Ash, Paine/Payne, Page, Castle, Neves, Redding, Mudge, Marshe, Daniel, Gleason/Leeson, Kirton, Lowe, Stotesbury, Brailes, Frost, Rice, Moore/Morse, Mosse, Dowes, Bangs, Dewe/Dewey, Stayse, Hobart, Chavis,(ENGLAND); Langley, Matthews, Uppington (TREDEGAR, MONMOUTHSHIRE, WALES); Durdel, Duenow, Rathke, Musch, Albrecht, Sauer (PRUSSIA).

Surnames: HALL, WILCOX
Researcher: Jim Johnson
Date posted: Wednesday, March 11, 1998

HALL - WILCOX - Harley HALL, born 21 Jul 1878, Lena, Brown Township, Miami County, Ohio; died 16 Jul 1952, Mt Vernon, Knox County, Ohio; married Hattie WILCOX, 1900 . Seek exchange of genealogical data on ancestors, siblings and descendants.

Researcher: Robert D. Bee
Date posted: Saturday, March 14, 1998

Seeking information about Thomas ORR, M.D. (abt 1800-1854) who died in Martinsburg, OH and his wife Lovina THOMPSON who died 17 May 1852 in Martinsburg. He was a physician. They had at least these children: Gregory, Joseph b. abt 1832, Julia Angie Orr b. abt 1836 d. 1857 in Waukon, IA, John b. abt 1839, William b. abt 1843, Thomas Graham 1847-1920. Julia is my gg-grandmother. She married a Thomas Henry BARNES, M.D. from Coshocton Co., OH.

Researcher: Beth Orman Shuff
Date posted: Sunday, March 15, 1998

Looking for information on the LEVERETT and SPRINGER families. I believe that Fanny LEVERETT was residing in Knox County in 1853 based on an inscription in a Book of Common Prayer. The book was given to her by the Philomathean Society of Kenyon College on May 7, 1853. In 1859 my ggrandmother, Mary Eva SPRINGER, was born to Fanny and Philip SPRINGER. I don't know if they were living in Knox County at the time. I don't know when Fanny married Philip. Any info appreciated!

Surnames: WHITE
Researcher: Tracy Hunter
Date posted: Monday, March 16, 1998

The 1850 census for Knox County, Liberty Twnp lists Bazel WHITE. Would like to know if his wife's name is Matilda.

Tracy Hunter

Researcher: Pauline Phelps
Date posted: Wednesday, March 18, 1998

Looking for Elizabeth1 TROUTMAN was born 1784 in Sommerset Co., PA, and died September 06, 1872 in Knox Co, OH. She married William CRITCHFIELD, son of Nathaniel CRITCHFIELD and Christiana WELKER.

Children of Elizabeth TROUTMAN and William CRITCHFIELD are:
Charles2 CRITCHFIELD, born Abt. 1804 in Sommerset Co., PA; died June 1890 in Howard Twp., Knox Co., OH.
Reuben CRITCHFIELD, born 1805 in Washington Co., PA; died 1897.
Samuel CRITCHFIELD, born September 27, 1809 in Knox Co, OH; died January 17, 1863 in Jelloway, Church cemetery, Knox Co., OH.
Hiram CRITCHFIELD, born May 18, 1809; died May 10, 1851 in OH, ST Luke's Union Twp., Knox Co., OH.
Enoch CRITCHFIELD, born February 11, 1811 in Knox Co, OH; died December 31, 1888 in Jelloway, Church cemetery, Knox Co., OH. He married Maria DICKSON April 30, 1839 in OH.
Solomon T. CRITCHFIELD, born 1816.
William Jackson CRITCHFIELD.
Matilda CRITCHFIELD, born 1818 in Knox Co, OH; died March 21, 1901 in Jelloway, Church cemetery, Knox Co., OH.
Delilah J CRITCHFIELD. She married E. MAST June 28, 1840 in Knox Co, OH. 14 xiii. Catharine CRITCHFIELD, born 1825.

Researcher: Carol Ebinger
Date posted: Thursday, March 19, 1998

Looking for PARKER and LINDSEY pioneer families in KNOX COUNTY, OHIO. James PARKER and Sarah LINDSEY PARKER 's dau. Emiline PARKER was born 26 Mar 1818, Mt. Vernon, Knox County. James PARKER may have had a prior or subsequent wife. Family journals say Sarah LINDSEY PARKER was in Mt. Vernon until approx. 1840. Emiline was in Agusta, Des Monines County, Iowa in 1935 and returned to see her mother in 1836/7. Thank you for your help in locating these families.

Researcher: Hank Muma
Date posted: Saturday, March 21, 1998

Hi Ancestor Hunters,

My name is Hank. I'm retired and I have taken up Genealogy research to keep my sanity and its driving me crazy. Just kidding, I love it. I have two little grand daughters and I think it would be nice for them to some day know their roots. So, I'm asking if some of you good folks out there to give me a hand.

Some of my kin stopped off in Knox County for a generation of two before spreading out over the country. My branch went to Fayette County IL. My Gt.Gt. Grandfather died near Gambier, Ohio. His name was Daniel Marpel JOHNSTON. He married on 8/11/1846 a good looking little gal named Henrietta H. STOCKETT in Knox County Ohio. I have a lot of information on her but nothing on him. They had three children;

Presley Morgan Johnston
Benjamine Franklin Johnston
And Eleanora A. Johnston

Daniel was buried in Mt. Zion Cemetery, 2.5 miles East of Gambier, Ohio. I would like any information on Daniel Marpel Johnston that anyone might have.

Thank you,

Surnames: VAN NORMAN
Researcher: Mary Ann Kaylor
Date posted: Saturday, March 21, 1998

I am searching for my family of VAN NORMAN'S who were in Knox County in 1837 where my gggrandmother as born. Her name is Cerilda VAN NORMAN sometimes referred to as Lamney Cerilda Van Norman. She was the daughter of THEODORE VAN NORMAN b 1807 in OH or VT and Amanda ? . Need Amanda's maiden name, also. Other siblings were Frederick b 1835 OH; Oscar b 1850 IN; James b ?.

Does anyone have the 1830/1840 Knox Co Census that could search for the VAN NORMAN surname? ANY information on this family would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!

Researcher: Mabel I. Mitchell
Date posted: Sunday, March 22, 1998

I just found OHKNOX-L so may be I will be able to locate information on my GGGrandfather JOHN BURR KELLY b. April 11, 1837 in Mt. Vernon, Knox County, Ohio. d. September 26, 1905 in Stockton, Kansas. He married LOUTITIA TOLIVER July 4, 1867 in Jefferson, Greene County, Iowa d/o HIRAM TOLIVER and NANCY WRIGH. Any information will be greatly appreciated.

SLAINTE, SONAS, AGUS BEARTHAS (Gaelic for) Health, Wealth, and Happiness

Mabel I. Mitchell
15670 Camden Lane
Bucyrus, Mo. 65444
Phone # (417) 967-2076

Researching Surnames:

Surnames: DOWNS, WHITE
Researcher: Jeanne Rogers
Date posted: Sunday, March 22, 1998

I am searching for the family of W. Hamilton WHITE who was in Knox Co. in the early 1800s.

Jeanne Rogers

From Denise Crawford at

I found Hamilton's marriage in the marriage records - do you need it?

Hamilton WHITE m. Hannah DOWNS 21 Dec 1829 by James Smith minister

I found the Knox County tax records and land deeds to be really helpful in placing families and putting them together when the dates are pre 1850 census.

Good Luck
Denise Crawford
Mesa, AZ

Researcher: Richard W. Bailey
Date posted: Sunday, March 22, 1998

Searching for information on the following surnames: BAILEY, HORN, WARMAN, DIAL, MCKIBBEN, VESS, OAKEY

Researcher: Sande Thompson Greenawalt
Date posted: Sunday, March 22, 1998

My great great grand grandfather John N or W THOMPSON, b. PA, 1827; married 12-6-1848, Rachel HALL in Knox Co, OH.

1850 census puts them in Jackson, Knox Co, OH with first son, Urias Dillon THOMPSON, b. 12-9-1849. Found marriage on register for Knox Co but no useful information. No clues to parents, siblings, etc.

Do know that John and Rachel had at least three more children because the obituary for Urias Dillon mentions he is survived by two sisters and one brother. Alas, no names were given.

If anyone doing Knox Co research can help me locate a CLUE to this family, I would be eternally grateful.

Sande THOMPSON Greenawalt

Researcher: Selmah Gatfield
Date posted: Sunday, March 22, 1998

Searching for HENRY NOLAND b.1833, Knox County Ohio (?) wife MARY ASHBY, various spellings possible for sirnames.

Researcher: Barbara Body Matylewicz
Date posted: Sunday, March 22, 1998

Hi, My name is Barbara Body Matylewicz, I'm looking for any information on my fathers family. The names are..JOHN BODY came to Knox Co. from Canada/England at 14yrs of age. MARY GREER born in Union Twp. Father ALEXANDER GREER was born in Virgina, came here to Knox Co. with his father Col. JOHN GREER who was born in Ireland. JOHN BODY was born 1829 no dates on the Greer's. JOHN GREER was one of the first to settle in Jefferson Twp. Knox Co.

LYDIA A. BRADFIELD 1847-1923......Married William Body 1852-1912 (son of JOHN BODY)
VICTORIA L. BODY (daughter of JOHN BODY) H.C. Biggs (husband of VICTORIA)
JOHN COLEMAN 1839-1910.....Married ANNA LIFER 1848-1935

If any one has any information please send information to me, I will be happy to help anyone if I have any information on whom they are looking for. Thank you.

Researcher: Hank Muma
Date posted: Monday, March 23, 1998

DANIEL MARPEL JOHNSTONE married on 8/11/1848 Henrietta H. Stockett in Knox County. They lived in the area of Gambier, Ohio. Their children were: Presley Morgan johnstone, Banjamine Franklin Johnstone and Eleanor A. Johnstone. Daniel was buried in Mt. Zion Cemetery near Gambier, Ohio. Any information on Daniel would be appreciated.


Researcher: Barbara Body Matylewicz
Date posted: Monday, March 23, 1998

JOHN BODY 1829 in the 1860 census was also listed as (BODDY) JOHN BODY married MARY GREER in 1850. She had two brothers H.H. GREER of Mt Vernon and T.J. Greer of Toledo.

Researcher: Tom Pfeifer
Date posted: Monday, March 23, 1998

Looking for a year of death for Carrie (Taylor) CLARK of Mt. Vernon, Knox Co. OH. Will be sometime after June 1951. Her brother, Dr. James Samuel TAYLOR, b.SEP 22, 1850 - d. Jul 5, 1951 was buried in Mt. Vernon. Maybe there is a family plot there. Also looking for their parents & children & spouses.

James also lived in Monroe Co. and Lucas Co.. A brother, George T., possibly lived in Licking Co. All this info has not been verified. Info is from James' obit. and death cert. and the informant for both is not family and no family knows anything or is talking. Two names have surfaced supposedly connected:

Susan TENNANT b.abt 1836 - d. Apr 21, 1921 & Jonathan BARRETT no info except CW vet.

All leads appreciated.

Surnames: LYBARGER
Researcher: Janet Lynn Chandler Bowen
Date posted: Wednesday, March 25, 1998

Unice Rowene LYBARGER b. 11-26-? in Mt. Vernon, Knox Co., Ohio married Nathan Coffman Bolin and possibly moved to Sweetwater,TX where son Robert Paul Bolin was born 2-1-1891. I need her parents and back. Will add to descendents list from my family tree.

Researcher: Linda Ead
Date posted: Saturday, March 28, 1998

Moses BEEMAN /BEAMAN died Knox County Ohio Feb. 14,1843. I would like to find what cemetery he is buried in. Can someone help locate his grave?

Thanks Linda Ead

Researcher: Lew Coleman
Date posted: Sunday, March 29, 1998

I am looking for information on the family of Jonas COLEMAN, who migrated to Jefferson, Knox, Ohio from Pennsylvania. Jonas married Sarah Ann RICE in Knox county on March 30, 1843.

Jonas...b. 8-20-1814 Somerset, Brothers Valley, PA
d. 10-15-1864 Preston, Fillmore, MN
Jonas' parents were John Fredrick COLEMAN and Rachael STAHL-COLEMAN. Sarah's parents were Fredrick RICE and Catherine LAUFFER. I would like to communicate with anyone with knowledge of the COLEMAN or RICE families.

Surnames: MILLER, RUSH
Researcher: Roger Rush
Date posted: Monday, March 30, 1998

Peter RUSH and wife Barbara lived in Liberty Township. They had six children one of which was Andrew MILLER Rush my Great grandfather. I am trying to locate Peter's parents who I believe to be Benjamin Rush (1745-1813) of Philadelphia. He was a Doctor and signed the Declaration of Independence. I need to know who his wife was and the name of the children.

Roger Rush, E-mail
Thanks for your help.

The Compendium of American Genealogy, vol.1, pg. 861, 86, 842. gives the following information:

Dr. Benjamin Rush married Julia Stockton, dau of Richard Stockton, (1730-81], also a signer. Stocken married to Annis Boudinot.

Richard Rush, son of Benjamin, [1780-1859] married Catherine Eliza Murry.


Researcher: Roger Rush
Date posted: Tuesday, March 31, 1998

Peter RUSH and Wife Barbara KOOSMAN are Roger Rush's great grandparents. I am trying to locate Peter parents who I believe to be Benjamin Rush 1745-1813 of Philadelphia PA. He was a doctor and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. I need to know who his wife was and the name of each of his children. My E-mail is

Researcher: Donna Radcliff
Date posted: Tuesday, March 31, 1998

Looking for James THOMPSON (b 1790 Fayette Co., PA, d 1869 Knox Co., OH) and his wife Nancy DODSON COTTON Thompson. Their children were: William, Harris, John, Serna, Mary Jane, Ann and Berthena. Would like to correspond with anyone researching this line.



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