Biographies of the Children of Benjamin Earhart 1806 - 1894
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Biographies of the Children of
Benjamin Earhart / Rebecca Donalson
Benjamin Earhart / Sarah Shotwell
Hiram Boulware / Sarah Shotwell
1806 - 1894
Father of Kansas Pioneer Martha (Earhart) Millirons
Compiled by Norris Taylor
Primary Researcher: Linda Emry
With assistance from Norris Taylor and Gay Nyce
Benjamin Earhart's life spanned almost the entirety of the nineteenth
century, from the Louisiana purchase and Lewis & Clark, through the
Mexican War, Civil War, the California Gold Rush, and the settling of the
West. See his Time-Line Biography.
Benjamin Earhart was married twice and had a total of 6 children.
Thus, his descendants by these two different women are "half cousins" (the
opposite of "double cousins" <G>). Additionally, Sarah Shotwell, his
second wife had three children from a previous marriage to Hiram Boulware.
The descendants of her children to Hiram are half-cousins to the descendants
of her marriage with Benjamin.
Children of Benjamin and Rebecca (Donalson) Earhart
Henry Harvey and Elizabeth (Scarbough) Earhart
Henry Harvey was born in Brown County, OH, in 1835, and married Elizabeth
Scarbough in the late 1850's. Texas, under Sam Houston, had just won independence
and formed the Texas Republic in 1835. Henry was in the Civil War in Co.
D, 1st Cav, MO State Militia. They had two boys, Joseph and George, who
gave him at least four grandchildren we know of by 1900. We believe they
lived their lives in and around Unionville, MO. Henry was listed as a cooper
in the various censuses. A cooper is a special kind of carpenter who is
able to curve wood, particularly for making barrels, or sometimes the wooden
wheels for wagons. Elizabeth died in 1905, and Harvey in 1916, both near
Unionville, in Putnam County, MO, where the family pioneered to in the
Samuel James and Mary Jane (Millirons) Earhart
Samuel James Earhart was born in Brown Co, OH, in 1837, and married
Mary Jane Millirons in 1864, during a leave from military service in the
Civil War. (Mary Jane's brother, John Millirons, married Sam's sister,
Martha Jane Earhart.)
Following is Sam's Civil War Record:
Sam was a farmer, and farmed in Missouri all of his life, after the
Civil War. He and Mary Jane had six children: Hiram, Martha, Elizabeth,
Lena, John, and Joseph Alonzo between 1866-1884. He died in Missouri in
1898. Mary Jane went to Oklahoma to live with her daughter, Elizabeth,
and lived there until her death, in 1928, at age 88.
July 27, 1861: Enlisted with Co. D, 18th Regiment, Mo Infantry Volunteers.
Apr 6, 1862: Captured at Battle of Shilo, near Pittsburg Landing, TN
Dec 31, 1862: Listed as an exchange prisoner in St. Louis, MO
Mar 1, 1863: Promoted to Corporal
Jan 31, 1864: Discharged first time
Feb, 1864: Re-enlisted at Pulaski, TN as a Veteran Volunteer. Promoted
Mar 1864: Took 39 day furlough, married Mary Jane Millirons Mar 17.
Apr, 1864: Joined General Sherman's march into the south at Chattanoga,
TN and made the march to Savannah, GA
Jul 18, 1865: Mustered out a second time.
Martha Jane Earhart and John Millirons
John and Martha Jane married at the outset of the Civil War. Then, John
joined in the Civil War. See his war record.
They stayed in the Putnam Co, Missouri area for a number of years after
the war, but moved to Kansas in 1877, and became one of the early pioneers
of Kansas. This was about the time that the Kansas cowtowns were coming
into prominence as the railroads were being built across the state and
Texas cattle were driven to these cowtowns to be loaded and shipped back
east. Contemporaries in Kansas at the time included Wild Bill Hickok, Wyatt
Earp, and Bat Masteson. See the Story of John and
Martha Jane (Earhart) Millirons and their Children.
Children of Benjamin Earhart / Sarah
Mary Eliza (Earhart) Branaman
Mary Eliza was born in 1852. We know she married a man by the name of
Branaman, but have lost track of them... stay tuned!
Nancy Lewella Earhart
Nancy was born in 1855. She was alive in 1903, as her mother died at
Nancy's home in Newkirk, Kay Co, OK. Nancy was named to receive the proceeds
from real estate, if any, of her father after her mother died. She was
apparently not married at that point, as she was referred in her father's
will by her maiden name. She was in Newkirk, OK in 1903.
William S. Earhart
We know that William went with his dad to Kansas, and suspect he may
have gone back to Missouri when his dad returned, about 1890, but not sure.
Children of Hiram Boulware / Sarah Shotwell
We believe Hiram Boulware was born in 1816, but do not know where. He
married Sarah Shotwell in 1838 and they had three children. Hiram died
in 1845 at the age of 29. We do not know why he died at such a young age.
Since Sarah Shotwell had three more children with Benjamin Earhart, the
descendants of the children of Hiram and Sharah Boulware will be half cousins
to the three children of Benjamin and Sarah Earhart.
Charlotte was born in 1842 in Ohio. We last see her in a census with
Benjamin and Sarah in 1860, just before the Civil War, age 18, before we
lose track of her.
Elizabeth was born between 1842-44 in Ohio. She is not in the 1860 census
with Benjamin, causing us to wonder if something happened to her. She could
be staying with relatives, or married young, however.
Hiram Boulware (Jr.)
Hiram was born in 1845 in Ohio and is at home with the family in the
1860 census in Missouri. We then see he was in the Civil War before we
lose track of him.
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