Misc. Abshire information
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"ABSHIRE ABSTRACTS" September-October 1981 Pages 34-35 BOONES MILL, FRANKLIN COUNTY, VIRGINIA by Howard D. Abshire Rt 1, Box 470 Boone Mill, Va. The Lodowick or Luke Absher (Abshire) family was the first white settlers in this region which in those days was called Bedford County, Virginia. Named after the Duke of Bedford this area where the early Abshire's settled is located on the rolling meadows south of Windy Gap Mountain. From the native forest they built small log cabins, which usually were one story, although some were two stories high. The window, which let in some sunlight, was made of greased animal skins. The door usually faced south and the chimney to the north. The door facing and the sills were usually marked by notching the shadows of the sun. This was their timepiece. All cooking was done on the open hearth fireplace. These pioneer homes were usually located two or three hundred feet from a fresh water spring. This area is located approximately five miles north of Boones Mill, Virginia, on State Route 684. Today this area is known as Shannon Forest Subdivision. It included both sides of Route 116, which is shown on early maps and charts as the north fork of Gills Creek. This area was to become Franklin County, Virginia, on November 8, 1786. Peter Abshire owned the portion of land which is now owned by Pete Perdue. These early settlers migrated westward up the James River to places that are known today as Buchanan and Eagle Rock; from there to a location called Big Lick, which was on the Sepony River which is known today as the City of Roanoke and Roanoke River. They traveled to a ford in Southeast Roanoke to a place called Buzzard Rock Ford where they crossed the Sepony or Roanoke River, and traveled to a gap or pass in the mountain called Windy Gap southward on to Franklin County. This place is the present highway 116 and is known today as the Jubal Anderson Early Highway. In the Virginia State Archives of 1773 it is recorded where Lodowick or Luke Ashur (Abshire) obtained a land grant from King George III of England when Dunmore was the governor of Williamsburg. This boundary had its beginning on the north fork of Gills Creek including the lands on both sides of Maggodee Creek to Cahase Mountain west of Boones Mill. Some of the early Indian names of this area were the Illinois, Iroquois, Delaware, Cherokee, Occanneechi, Totera, Mingo and Sapony. Two of their leaders were Chief Cornstalk and Chief Cahase. The early trails were established because of the terrain, by buffalo trails, migration and Indian war parties raiding the early settlers in the East and South. IN the early years, portions of State Route 684 were known as the Old Liberty Floyd Trail or Turnpike. Floyd has kept their burial spots secret from the Indians because they did not want the Indians to know how many died from disease, accident and exposure. This is thought to be the reason why many of our early ancestor's burial location is unknown. It was rumored that Lodowick was killed by Indians. Thomas Abshire, a descendant of Lodowick, granted a parcel of land on Maggodee Creek to Peter and Jacob Boone. These early settlers migrated from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. They, being skilled woodworkers or millwrights, carved out of the native timber the machinery to establish Boone Mill's first grist mill. Wild cherry and other suitable wood was used for this purpose. This mill was located on Maggodee Creek where Ruff's Antique Shop is today on U.S. Route 220. George Wright, Sr., was the first postmaster of Boones Mill. He rode horseback carrying the mail east and west of the village. The first post office was located approximately one mile down Maggodee Creek from todays post office. The small log building was built by George Wright, Sr., at an area known in those days as the Devil's Steps. This was across the creek from this early post office. The home of William B. Poff, Jr., is located today approximately where this building was. George Wright, Sr., is buried on a hill a short distance from this location. Portions of this information were obtained some time ago from George Wright, who is now 90 years old, and in a nursing home. He is the son of Charles Wright, who was the son of Otey Wright. His mother was Fannie Meadow. She was the daughter of Joseph Meadow and Fannie Abshire Meadow, who was the sister of my great grandfather, Giles WIlliam Burwell Abshire (a Civil War veteran). Today Shannon Forest Subdivision is located on the old Meadows farm. The oldest house in Boones Mill is the old Jabez Abshire house, which is centrally located in the small village. It is a log body structure with the rafters mortised and pinned and is now covered with huge poplar siding. It is said to have been built by Peter and Jacob Boone. Extra living space has been added to this large (by standards of that day) two story log house. It is located where four hollows come together where early Floyd Liberty and Carolina Trails crossed. It also served in early days as a place where slaves were sold at auction and later as a stage coach stop. This stage line traveled the old Carolina Trail, which included large portions of U.S. Route 220. Today it is the home of Bessie Hodge Abshire, who is in her 80s, and who is the widow of Henry Thomas Abshire. Peter Boone later migrated westward. It was common practice in the early days for our early ancestors to go on what was known as long hunting parties. They traveled in small groups over many miles. This was done in order not to arouse hostility of the native Indians. This usually took place from late ate fall to early spring. Jacob Boone later built another log house north of his mill at a rock on the east bank of Maggodee Creek. It is said he could not see around the bluff from his first house to the mill. This house has been remodelled and is the present home of John Hatcher Ferguson, Sr. Jacob Boone lost his leg in an accident at his mill. He died sometime later and is believed to be buried at a community graveyard, which was referred to as the old Hardy Graveyard when I was a boy. This graveyard is located on the east side of the ridge behind Continental Homes in Boones Mill, Va. Many of our early ancestors were buried there and I have hunted rabbit in this area many times in my youth. Most all graves were unmarked and at one time this graveyard covered several acres. Boones Mill today is a lazy little town with much history. To describe it best, it is a small town in Virginia where many of our early settlers of the midwest, west coast, Louisiana, Florida, and every state in the union started their migration. THE END
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"Hello again Cousins!" Welcome any and all input in getting this family data correct! Might we be able to link our families? Craig Some ABSHIRE Family Cousins! 1. Peter ABSHIRE b. Abt 1700/1710, ,,poss. VA, m. Eve _____, b. Abt 1700/1710, ,,poss. VA. Peter died Abt 1761, ,Augusta,VA. Augusta Co., VA - Inventory dated 10 Aug 1761. Children: + 2. i Luke ABSHIRE b. Abt 1730/1735. Second Generation 2. Luke ABSHIRE b. Abt 1730/1735, ,,poss. VA, m. (1) Christina MAGGOTY, b. Abt 1745/1750, ,,poss. VA, d. Abt 1840/1841, m. (2) <Unknown> _____. Luke died 1822, ,Franklin,VA. 1782 through 1785, resided Bedford Co., VA. From 1786 resided in Franklin Co., VA. 1810 Franklin Co., VA census. 1820 Franklin Co., VA census, page 132A. Who were the James and John ABSHIRE who are listed as delinquents on the 1796 Tax List of Madison County, KY, and as having removed to Green County? Children by Christina MAGGOTY: + 3. i Edward ABSHIRE b. Abt 1767/1768. 4. ii Isaac ABSHIRE b. 1770, ,,VA, d. Aft 1850, ,Franklin,VA. + 5. iii John ABSHIRE b. Abt 1770/1775. 6. iv Mary ABSHIRE b. Abt 1772, ,,VA. + 7. v Jacob ABSHIRE b. Abt 1774. + 8. vi Elizabeth ABSHIRE b. Abt 1775. + 9. vii Nancy ABSHIRE b. Abt 1777. 10. viii Susanna ABSHIRE b. Abt 1780/1785, ,,VA, m. 1 Jan 1810, John FERGUSON. Susanna died 1861. "Sukey" + 11. ix Catharine ABSHIRE b. 13 Mar 1791. Children by <Unknown> _____: + 12. x Abraham ABSHIRE b. Abt 1755/1760. 13. xi William ABSHIRE b. Abt 1757, ,,VA, d. Abt 1837, ,Botetourt,VA. Will probated 4 Dec 1837, names no wife or children. + 14. xii Peter ABSHIRE b. 1765. Third Generation 3. Edward ABSHIRE b. Abt 1767/1768, ,,VA, m. 17 Nov 1790, in ,Franklin,VA, Dinah SHORT. Edward died Abt 1818/1822. Children: 15. i Luke ABSHIRE. 16. ii Fannie ABSHIRE. 17. iii Nancy ABSHIRE. 18. iv Polly ABSHIRE. 19. v Ansolem ABSHIRE. 20. vi Sally ABSHIRE. 21. vii Abraham ABSHIRE b. 1800, m. 1827, Hannah NAFE. Abraham died 1892. 5. John ABSHIRE b. Abt 1770/1775, ,,VA, m. 21 Sep 1796, in ,Franklin,VA, Elizabeth BINNION, b. Abt 1770/1775, ,,prob. VA, (daughter of Martin BINNION). John died Abt 1820/1822, ,Lee,VA. 1820 Lee Co., VA census, page 126. Children: -1- Some ABSHIRE Family Cousins! 22. i Edward ABSHIRE b. ,,VA. "Edward or Edmond?" + 23. ii Abraham ABSHIRE b. Abt 1799. + 24. iii William ABSHIRE. 7. Jacob ABSHIRE b. Abt 1774, ,,VA, m. Susannah Boone NOFTSINGER. Children: 25. i Randolph ABSHIRE m. 28 Sep 1840, Mary A. ANGEL, (daughter of William ANGEL). 26. ii Allie Ann ABSHIRE. 27. iii John ABSHIRE. 8. Elizabeth ABSHIRE b. Abt 1775, ,,VA, m. 8 Feb 1800, John D. WRIGHT. Children: 28. i Mary WRIGHT. 29. ii Nancy WRIGHT. 30. iii Skelton WRIGHT. 31. iv Wright WRIGHT. 32. v Mathew WRIGHT. 33. vi John B. WRIGHT. 34. vii Ona WRIGHT. 35. viii Asa WRIGHT. 36. ix Rhoda WRIGHT. 37. x William N. WRIGHT. 38. xi James WRIGHT. 39. xii Lewis WRIGHT. 40. xiii Otey WRIGHT. 9. Nancy ABSHIRE b. Abt 1777, ,,VA, m. 10 Feb 1795, Philemon SMITH. Nancy died Bef 1837. Children: 41. i son SMITH. 42. ii Millie SMITH m. Armistead BURGESS. 11. Catharine ABSHIRE b. 13 Mar 1791, ,,VA, m. 4 Oct 1813, John SHOWALTER, b. 1783, d. 1851. Catharine died 20 Nov 1849. Children: 43. i Mahala SHOWALTER. 44. ii Charlotte SHOWALTER. 45. iii Randolph SHOWALTER. 46. iv Sallie SHOWALTER. 47. v Teglithia SHOWALTER. 48. vi Cornelius SHOWALTER b. 1825. 12. Abraham ABSHIRE b. Abt 1755/1760, ,,VA, m. (1) <Unknown> _____, d. Bef 1801, m. (2) 14 Jan 1801, in ,Franklin,VA, Susannah VINSON. Abraham died 28 Jul 1842, ,Franklin,VA. Pensioned veteran of the American Revolution - Pension #S6459. Children by <Unknown> _____: + 49. i James ABSHIRE b. 1777. -2- Some ABSHIRE Family Cousins! 50. ii Jenny ABSHIRE b. Abt 1780, m. (1) 16 Apr 1802, Samuel HUSTON, m. (2) 9 Nov 1805, Christian KINGERY. "Jane ?" + 51. iii Abraham ABSHIRE b. Abt 1782. 52. iv Elizabeth ABSHIRE b. 1782, m. 29 Feb 1796, in ,Franklin,VA, William MILLS. + 53. v Catherine ABSHIRE b. Abt 1785. 54. vi Susannah ABSHIRE b. 1789, m. 3 Oct 1808, in ,Franklin,VA, Enoch WRIGHT, b. Abt 1785, ,Bedford,VA, d. Aft 1870, Visalia,Tulare,CA. Susannah died 29 Sep 1846. + 55. vii Isaac ABSHIRE b. 1792. Children by Susannah VINSON: 56. viii George W. ABSHIRE m. 11 Jan 1836, in ,Franklin,VA, Lucinda ANGEL. + 57. ix Thomas J. ABSHIRE b. 16 Dec 1814. 58. x Miriam ABSHIRE. 14. Peter ABSHIRE b. 1765, ,,VA, m. 19 Aug 1787, in ,Franklin,VA, Ellender DORAN, (daughter of Harthum DORAN and Mary _____). Peter died 1853, ,Franklin,VA. Will probated 4 Jul 1853. Children: 59. i Polly ABSHIRE. 60. ii Rhoda ABSHIRE. 61. iii Millie ABSHIRE. 62. iv Ambrose ABSHIRE m. 17 Jan 1827, in ,Franklin,VA, Charlotte WRIGHT. 63. v John ABSHIRE. 64. vi Andrew ABSHIRE m. 25 May 1819, in ,Franklin,VA, Calley PAYNE. 65. vii Allen ABSHIRE. Fourth Generation 23. Abraham ABSHIRE b. Abt 1799, ,,VA, m. Rebecca HUGHES, b. Abt 1800, ,,VA, (daughter of Isaac HUGHES) d. 1857, ,,KS, bur: ,,KS. Abraham died Abt 1875, ,,VA. 1830 Lee Co., VA census, page 291. 1850 Lee Co., VA census, Dist. 31, page 349. 1860 Brown Co., KS census, Claytonville TWP, Hsld. 321. 1870 Brown Co., KS census, Claytonville TWP, Hsld. 161. Family tradition stated that Abraham left Brown Co., KS, aft 1870 for VA. Children: 66. i John ABSHIRE b. Abt 1824, ,,VA. 1870 Brown Co., KS census, Claytonville TWP. 67. ii Isaac ABSHIRE b. Abt 1826, ,,VA, d. 1900. May have resided Owsley Co., KY, from before 1870 till after 1880, and then in Robinson TWP, Brown Co., KS, by 1885 as one Isaac ABSHIRE and family appear in the 1870 and 1880 Owsley Co, KY census, and the 1885 Brown Co., KS state census. If these two Isaac ABSHIREs happen to prove to be the same, then the reported death dates of 1899 and 1900 need be resolved respectively. CrB Check this out! 68. iii Mary ABSHIRE b. Abt 1828, ,,VA. 69. iv Catharine ABSHIRE b. Abt 1829, ,,VA. -3- Some ABSHIRE Family Cousins! + 70. v Elizabeth ABSHIRE b. Abt 1832. 71. vi Louisda ABSHIRE b. Abt 1834, ,,VA. + 72. vii Amelia Christina ABSHIRE b. 18 Aug 1836. + 73. viii Lucinda ABSHIRE b. Abt 1838. 74. ix Alexander L. ABSHIRE b. Abt 1840, ,,VA. May have been twin of Zachry T. ABSHIRE. Served Co. H 13th Kansas Volunteers during the Civil War. 1870 Brown Co., KS census, Claytonville TWP. 75. x Zachry T. ABSHIRE b. Abt 1840, ,,VA. May have been twin of Alexander L. ABSHIRE. 76. xi Mary Y. ABSHIRE b. Apr 1850, ,Lee,VA. 24. William ABSHIRE b. ,,VA, m. Sarah _____. Children: + 77. i James ABSHIRE b. Abt 1825. 49. James ABSHIRE b. 1777, m. 6 Mar 1804, in ,Franklin,VA, Elizabeth OVERHOLTS. James died 1868. Lived in Somers TWP, Preble Co., OH; then in 1821, to Randolph Co., IN. Children: 78. i Aaron ABSHIRE. 79. ii Nancy ABSHIRE. 80. iii Mary ABSHIRE. 81. iv Cloe ABSHIRE. 82. v Isaac ABSHIRE. 83. vi Abner ABSHIRE. 84. vii Elizabeth ABSHIRE. 85. viii James B. ABSHIRE. 51. Abraham ABSHIRE b. Abt 1782, ,,VA, m. 3 Feb 1814, in ,Franklin,VA, Phoebe WRIGHT, b. Abt 1787. 1850 Franklin Co., VA census. Children: 86. i Mary ABSHIRE m. Peter FISHER. "Polly". + 87. ii James Luke ABSHIRE. 88. iii John ABSHIRE. 89. iv Jacob ABSHIRE m. Pharaby TEEL. 90. v Susan ABSHIRE. 91. vi Permalia ABSHIRE m. Tarpley MITCHELL. 92. vii Eleanor ABSHIRE m. John WRAY. 53. Catherine ABSHIRE b. Abt 1785, m. (1) 24 Dec 1806, in ,Franklin,VA, Peter KINGERY, m. (2) 3 Feb 1835, in ,Franklin,VA, Joseph MCEVETT. "Caty" Children by Peter KINGERY: 93. i Betsy KINGERY. 55. Isaac ABSHIRE b. 1792, m. (1) 3 Apr 1809, Joanna WRIGHT, m. (2) Bef 1824, Mary _____, b. 1791, d. 1864. Isaac died 26 Jul 1866. Lived in Preble Co., OH; then Elkhart Co., IN; served in the War of 1812. Children by Mary _____: 94. i Hiram ABSHIRE b. 6 Aug 1829, ,Preble,OH, m. 1854, in ,,CA, -4- Some ABSHIRE Family Cousins! Margaret ALFORD. 57. Thomas J. ABSHIRE b. 16 Dec 1814, m. 1845, Eliza FRANCE. Thomas died 1880. After 1845, lived in Elkhart Co., IN; then in 1856, to KS. 1860 Jackson Co., KS census, Franklin TWP, p 113. Children: 95. i Mary Jane ABSHIRE. 96. ii Clementine ABSHIRE. 97. iii Florence ABSHIRE. Fifth Generation 70. Elizabeth ABSHIRE b. Abt 1832, ,,VA, m. 16 Oct 1855, in ,Andrew,MO, Robert A. LEWIS. 1870 Brown Co., KS census, Claytonville TWP. Children: 98. i Samuel E. LEWIS b. Abt 1857, ,,MO. 99. ii Rebecca E. LEWIS b. Abt 1859, ,,VA. 100. iii John A. LEWIS b. Abt 1862, ,,VA. 101. iv Milla S. LEWIS b. Abt 1864, ,,VA. 72. Amelia Christina ABSHIRE b. 18 Aug 1836, ,,VA, m. 15 Jun 1856, in ,Andrew,MO, John Henry MAXWELL, b. 17 Feb 1826, ,Mason,(W.) VA, (son of Thomas Patrick MAXWELL and Frances WHITTEN) d. 1 Nov 1894, ,Brown,KS, bur: Robinson,Brown,KS. Amelia died 6 Aug 1898, ,Brown,KS, bur: Robinson,Brown,KS. Children: 102. i Jonathan S. MAXWELL b. 17 Mar 1857, ,Brown,KS, m. 1 Oct 1882, in ,Brown,KS, Emma C. RENNEKER, b. ,,MO. Jonathan died 30 Nov 1922, ,,KS. 103. ii Sarah Margaret MAXWELL b. 10 Oct 1859, ,Brown,KS, d. 18 Apr 1877, ,Brown,KS, bur: ,Brown,KS. + 104. iii Lucy Ann MAXWELL b. 5 May 1862. 105. iv Thomas K. MAXWELL b. 14 Feb 1864, ,Andrew,MO, m. 24 Jul 1887, in ,Brown,KS, Hattie S. TUCKER, b. 1864, d. 1945. Thomas died 31 Jan 1953, Topeka,Shawnee,KS, bur: Robinson,Brown,KS. 106. v Alexander MAXWELL b. 17 Feb 1866, ,Andrew,MO, m. 20 Aug 1889, in Hiawatha,Brown,KS, Rosa ANDERSON. 107. vi Jesse Patrick MAXWELL b. 18 Oct 1869, ,Andrew,MO, m. 24 Dec 1890, in ,Brown,KS, Myrtle O. TRENT. Jesse died 11 Mar 1934. + 108. vii Mary Elizabeth MAXWELL b. 2 Jun 1872. 73. Lucinda ABSHIRE b. Abt 1838, ,,VA, m. 24 Mar 1859, Isaac MARTINDALE. Children: 109. i Alice MARTINDALE m. _____ GLOVER. 77. James ABSHIRE b. Abt 1825, d. 31 Jul 1892, ,Lee,VA. Lee Co., VA Death Records. Children: 110. i Zachariah ABSHIRE b. Abt 1848, d. 5 Sep 1867, ,Wise,VA. Lee Co., VA Death Records state that he was accidentally shot to death. -5- Some ABSHIRE Family Cousins! 87. James Luke ABSHIRE m. Elizabeth TEEL. Children: 111. i Louisa Frances ABSHIRE. 112. ii John William ABSHIRE. 113. iii James A. ABSHIRE. 114. iv Demoss T. ABSHIRE. + 115. v Achilles S. ABSHIRE. + 116. vi Charles Thomas ABSHIRE. 117. vii Nick B. ABSHIRE. 118. viii Alice ABSHIRE. + 119. ix Georgia A. ABSHIRE. 120. x Bobbie A. ABSHIRE. Sixth Generation 104. Lucy Ann MAXWELL b. 5 May 1862, ,Brown,KS, m. 21 Mar 1883, Jacob B. GABBARD, b. 21 Dec 1855, ,,KY, (son of George W. GABBARD and Eliza WILLIAMS) d. 20 Mar 1935, Fairview,Brown,KS, bur: Robinson,Brown,KS. Lucy died 20 Jan 1939, ,Brown,KS, bur: Robinson,Brown,KS. Buried Rose Hill Cemetery. Children: 121. i Alice Mode GABBARD b. 16 Jan 1884, ,Brown,KS, m. 20 Mar 1907, in Hiawatha,Brown,KS, William Oscar SNYDER, b. 22 May 1871, Robinson,Brown,KS, d. 8 Feb 1947, bur: Robinson,Brown,KS. Alice died 4 Sep 1959, bur: Robinson,Brown,KS. Buried Rose Hill Cemetery. 122. ii Charles Leland GABBARD b. 11 Sep 1886, ,Brown,KS, m. Dora Grace DILLAPLAIN, b. 10 Apr 1894, Padonia,Brown,KS, (daughter of James DILLAPLAIN and Ella CUNNINGHAM) d. 20 Apr 1978, Marysville,Marshall,KS, bur: Marysville,Marshall,KS. Charles died 23 Aug 1954, Marysville,Marshall,KS, bur: Marysville,Marshall,KS. Buried Marysville Cemetery. 123. iii Hattie Olathe GABBARD b. 16 Dec 1890, ,Brown,KS, m. (1) Louis Austin CYPHERS, b. 8 Sep 1885, (son of Stephen A. Douglas CYPHERS and Lena Alice FANNING) d. 16 May 1936, bur: Hiawatha,Brown,KS, m. (2) Dell Bert LIGGATT, b. 14 Feb 1886, d. 3 Mar 1967. Hattie died 26 Feb 1967, bur: Hiawatha,Brown,KS. Buried Mount Hope Cemetery. 124. iv Sidney Lawrence GABBARD b. 28 Sep 1894, ,Brown,KS, m. Edith Fern LYMAN, b. 8 Apr 1901, Fairview,Brown,KS, (daughter of William Richard LYMAN and Laura B. CASH). Sidney died 15 Sep 1952, Downey,Los Angeles,CA, bur: Downey,Los Angeles,CA. Buried Downey Cemetery. 108. Mary Elizabeth MAXWELL b. 2 Jun 1872, Robinson,Brown,KS, m. 28 Dec 1892, in Robinson,Brown,KS, Alexander Houston MCKEE, b. 7 Sep 1865, ,Cedar,IA, (son of Alexander Huston MCKEE and Sybilla Louisa WHISLER) d. 21 Mar 1943, Horton,Brown,KS, bur: 23 Mar 1943, Robinson,Brown,KS. Mary died Jun 1928, Robinson,Brown,KS, bur: Robinson,Brown,KS. Buried Rose Hill Cemetery. Children: -6- Some ABSHIRE Family Cousins! 125. i Jessie Ione MCKEE b. Nov 1894, Robinson,Brown,KS, m. 24 Dec 1910, Albert SODEN. Jessie died Robinson,Brown,KS, bur: Robinson,Brown,KS. 126. ii Lillie Amelia MCKEE b. May 1896, Robinson,Brown,KS, m. in ,Mercer,KS, Joseph BURKART. Lillie died Huntington Park,Los Angeles,CA. 127. iii Golda Security MCKEE b. 28 Apr 1898, Robinson,Brown,KS, m. in Hiawatha,Brown,KS, Denver BUSSELL. Golda died 30 Nov 1980, Hiawatha,Brown,KS, bur: Robinson,Brown,KS. 128. iv Lawrence M. MCKEE b. 29 May 1901, Robinson,Brown,KS, m. 23 Feb 1929, in Atchison,Atchison,KS, Blanche GLENN. Lawrence died 26 Sep 1971, Horton,Brown,KS, bur: 29 Sep 1971, Robinson,Brown,KS. "Bud" buried Rose Hill Cemetery. 129. v Lucy Drucille MCKEE b. 19 Nov 1903, Newkirk,Kay,OK, m. 11 Apr 1923, in Hiawatha,Brown,KS, Harold WALTERS. Lucy died ,,AR. 130. vi Alice Blanche MCKEE b. 4 Nov 1906, ,Brown,KS, m. (1) 7 Oct 1922, in Des Moines,Polk,IA, Edward Simon LEFFERT, b. 22 Jan 1896, St. Joseph,Buchanan,MO, (son of William Mahlon LEFFERT and Emma Pamela SECORD) d. 28 Feb 1943, Whiting,Jackson,KS, bur: Powhattan,Brown,KS, m. (2) 17 May 1944, in Sapulpa,Creek,OK, Elza Chelton MILLER, b. 18 Jan 1897, d. 28 Nov 1963, Mountain View,Stone,AR. Alice died 19 Jan 1975, Conway,Faulkner,AR, bur: 21 Jan 1975, Rushing,Stone,AR. 131. vii Harold Preston MCKEE b. 30 Nov 1913, ,Brown,KS, d. 6 Aug 1914, Robinson,Brown,KS. 115. Achilles S. ABSHIRE m. (1) Jenny DEEDS, m. (2) Flora BARE. Children by Flora BARE: 132. i James Dewey ABSHIRE. 116. Charles Thomas ABSHIRE m. Lucy Anne HICKMAN. Children: 133. i Cuba B. ABSHIRE. 134. ii James Fred ABSHIRE m. Mary HORALICK. 135. iii Robert A. ABSHIRE. 136. iv Junnie R. ABSHIRE. 137. v Claude ABSHIRE m. Ceacil Vera MASHAW. 138. vi Marvin W. ABSHIRE. 139. vii Bessie A. ABSHIRE m. Harold MATHEWSON. 140. viii Joseph Peter ABSHIRE m. Ethel Elaine SUMPTION. 141. ix Mary Alma ABSHIRE. 142. x Joyce ABSHIRE m. Viola Magdalene BITTNER. "Jack". 143. xi Charles Eston ABSHIRE m. Mary A. BRABB. 119. Georgia A. ABSHIRE m. Kirby D. BOONE. Children: 144. i Paul BOONE. 145. ii Eulalia BOONE. 146. iii David BOONE. -7- Some ABSHIRE Family Cousins! 147. iv Vivian BOONE. 148. v Mary E. BOONE. 149. vi Nellie BOONE. 150. vii James BOONE. -8-
ABRAHAM ABSHIRE OF VIRGINIA
Author: Lester H. Binnie.
This book contains the history and genealogy of the Abshire
family of Virginia.
This publication is intended to provide historical information, as well as genealogical data, on the descendants of Abraham Abshire who settled in Indiana. For some families, the data is extended to the fourth or fifth generation, but many persons who are now living will not find their names listed here. If they know the names of their grandparents they should be able to establish their relationship to others.
Many persons who supplied useful information have been recognized in the text. To them and others the author extends his thanks. Special thanks is due Barbara and Bill Abshear, 3803 Marcus Ave., New Port Beach, CA 92663, for their ABSHIRE ABSTRACTS published since March 1979.
No attempt has been made to establish the relationship of the Abshires (various spellings) who settled in Spencer and Warrick Counties, Indiana, but it seems likely that they were descendants of Luke Abshire, the brother of Abraham.
AUGUSTA COUNTY DEED BOOK 11, p. 326.
It appears that Peter Ipsher died before the patent to his land was issued; as, Augusta County court records show that Eve Apinger or Apingher became Administratix of Peter Apinger's estate on 17 February 1760. She signed with an X. The inventory of Peter Abshire's effects was recorded in Augusta County on 18 August 1761. Following the names of the appraisors; Robert Montgomery, Robert Rowland and David Luney the following statement appears: "This inventory or appraisement of the estate of Peter Appinger, deceased, being returned into the court is ordered to be recorded." The inventory lists two horses and five colts, thirteen cattle, farm and household equipment and no slaves.
AUGUSTA COUNTY WILL BOOK 3, pp. 56-57.
AUGUSTA COUNTY DEED BOOK 11, p 326.
The family names Ipshire, Apinger and Apingher disappear from the records. They are replaced by Abshear, Abshere and Abshire. These are found attached to the names of Ludwick (Luke). Christian and Abraham, all believed to have been sons of Peter Ipsher.
It is believed that Peter Ipsher was killed by the Indians. The most important conflicts during the French and Indian War occurred during the period 1754-1763, and Indian raids were experienced on the west side of the Blue Ridge including Augusta County. The ANNALS OF AUGUSTA COUNTY, VIRGINIA, 1726-1871, by James A. Waddell, 1912, refers to these raids and to Dr. Hale's narrative which, it is claimed, may or may not substantiate an Indian raid on the upper James River in about 1761. In the ATLAS OF ELKHART COUNTY, INDIANA, 1874, by Higgins and Beldin, Co., Chicago, p. 30, there appears a statement by Hiram Abshire, grandson of Abraham Abshire. Hiram stated that his "great-grandfather was murdered by the Indians in Virginia."
By 1770 the Johns Creek area had become a part of the newly organized Botetourt County. The LIST OF TAXABLE AND EXEMPTED MEN, BOTETORT COUNTY, VIRGINIA, 1770-1777, does not contain any Abshire names. It is speculated that by that time they had moved south along the colonial Carolina Road, now essentially Federal Highway 220, to that part of Bedford County which became Franklin County in 1785-1786. However, Howard D. Abshire of Boones Mill, Virginia, in material supplied to the a author, indicates that the route followed by the Abshires from the present site of Roanoke was southeast to Buzzards Rock Ford, then south through Windy Gap and via what is now highway 116. Route 116 is now known as the Jubal Anderson Early Highway.
"Abshear, Ludwick, age 21 or over, no slaves, three horses,
Since only one tithe was indicated in each case, one might presume that there were no male children over age 16 in these households. However, of the pages examined by the author only one instance was noted in which more than one tithe was reported in any family! Ludwick, Abraham and Christian Abshire appear in the 1786 TAX LIST FOR 1786, FRANKLIN COUNTY, VIRGINIA. The county was formed from Bedford, Henry and Patrick Counties in 1785-1786. Christian Abshire does not appear in the Franklin County records after that date, and he is said to have removed to Burke County, Nortl Carolina. According to research done by Mrs. W.O. (Ruby) Absher North Wilksboro, N.C., Christian and Jacob Absher were living in the area when Burke County was organized in 1777. Some of her material appeared in the JOURNAL PATRIOT. North Wilksboro, 12 March 1970.
Ludwick and Abraham Abshire continued to live in Franklin County and died there. Their graves have not been found. There are two old cemeteries; the first about a mile east of Boones Mill, the second about a mile north of the first. These were visited in 1981 by W.C. Jones of Roanoke, Virginia. He reported that there were very few stones having inscriptions and no proof that either Ludwick or Abraham were buried there. The oldest stone found with an inscription shows:
Ludwick Abshire, hereafter referred to as Luke, was probably born in 1742 or earlier provided he was of age when he sold land in Augusta County in 1763. He is said to have married Christina McGrady, probable daughter of Laughlin McGradah who appears in the 1782, Bedford Co. Tax List, above, McGrady is said to have moved to Wilks County, North Carolina.
Abraham Abshire died on 28 July 1842 as judged by his pension records. The value of his personal property was only $58.50. Abraham named only two of his 15 or 16 children in his will, and for that reason it was necessary to identify the children of Luke in order to aviod confusing them with the children of Abraham. Lukes children have been identified through the use of Franklin County court records including the following:
A death report filed by James L. Abshire and recorded in the Register of Deaths, Franklin County, Virginia. James reported that his father, Abraham a son of Luke, died on 17 Dec. 1867, age 87 years of a sore leg. This report can not be certified because the present officials believe the law, in use only a few years, was not reliable as it depended on voluntary reporting. This data was obtained by Gertrude C. Mann of Rocky Mount, Virginia.
Peter, married Nelly Doran, Marriage Bond, 19 Aug. 1787.
The first reference found pertaining to Abraham appears in VIRGINIA TAX PAYERS. 1782, in which he is listed with Christian and Lodewick Abshire in Bedford County, Virginia. He appears with Luke in the TAX LIST FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY, VA. in 1786. AN OLD VIRGINIA COURT, by Marshall Wingfield, shows that Abraham was appointed Ensign in Capt. Renfro's Company of Militia, 1786; appointed Lieut. of Militia in 1787; appointed surveyor of a road in the place of Daniel Morgan, and that he filed the list of the members of his gang in June 1788, all in Franklin County.
On 1 Oct. 1832, Abraham Abshire appeared in the Franklin County Court in relation to his application for a pension as a soldier of the Revolution, No. S-6459. The following is quoted from his application:
On the basis of this statement, it is calculated that he was born in 1755; however, THE CENSUS OF PENSIONERS, FRANKLIN COUNTY, dated 1 June 1840, shows Abraham Abshire, age 92, living in the home of George W. Abshire. By this record, he would have been born in about 1748. Continuing from his application:
"...early in the Revolutionary War, about 1778, he went in a company raised in Bedford County, Virginia, under the command of Capt. Moses Greer...guarding the lead mines against the Indians and the Tories...and later a tour under the orders of Col. James Calloway...still later sundry expiditions or short terms of service under Capt. Moses Greer, after the Tories who had taken shelter in the mountains ...also in the year 1780 or 1781, he marched from Bedford County, Virginia, to Petersburg in Virginia under said Greer...in a company thus called to Petersburg by his excellency, Thomas Jefferson, Governor of Virginia...at Petersburg he was attached to General Lawson's Brigade."
On 31 August 1832, Moses Greer Sr. age 88 years, certified that Abraham Abshire served 12 to 18 months under his command and that of Capt. William Leftwich at the lead mines and under Col. Charles Lynch at Petersburg.
Abraham's pension was at $30.00 per year, under certificate No. 4308, issued 7 Jan. 1833. Records from his file show that his widow, unnamed, received the final payment for the period 4 March 1841 to 28 July 1842. The last date is considered his death date.
Abraham made his will on 28 April 1832, in which he left a tract of land to his two sons, George W., and Thomas J. Abshire on condition that they care for his wife, Susanna. He naned his granddaughter, Betsy Kingery, "that I have raised from infancy...lastly I leave the balance of my heirs, 13 in number, one dollar apiece..." The sons, named above, were named as executors. The witnesses were Gabriel Swanson, Isaac Boon and Peter Kesler. The last two had died before the will was produced in court on 2 Jan. 1843. Thomas J. Abshire refused to take upon himself the responsibility and his brother, George, was given time to qualify. An inventory of Abraham's personal property, 18 Feb. 1843, listed the following:
FRANKLIN COUNTY WILL BOOK, 5. p. 451 and 472
Abraham had children by at least two wives; and only two, George W. and Thomas J. were named in his will. If one concludes that the granddaughter, Betsy Kingery, was the child of a deceased daughter, then three children are accounted for. These three added to "the balance of my lawful heirs, 13 in number" gives a total of 16 children. On the other hand Abraham, having raised Betsy from infancy, may have singled her out for special treatment, and her mother may have been counted among the 13. In this case, the total number of children would be 15.
Fourteen persons have been identified as his children with some assurance through the use of.; marriage records, known family relationships, other court records and the elimination of known children and grandchildren of Luke Abshire who bore the same given name. Some of the fourteen listed below are presented with less assurance than others, and the circumstances related to these are explained. The year of birth and death for some of those listed has not been discovered.
James ABSHIRE, Born 1 Aug. 1777.
A male, born between 1794 and 1804, appears in the 1810 census only. It is noted that Nelson Abshire, whose parents are unknown, was born ca. 1794 and may have been this unknown male. However, the inventory of his estate, 14 May 1859, shows that he was a slave holder, and the children of Abraham seem not to have been owners of slaves.
A female, born between 1800 and 1810, appears in the 1810 census only. She could, possibly, have been Sally, a daughter of this Abraham; however, is seems more likely that her father was the son of Luke. Her marriage bond shows Abraham Abshire as surity. Abraham, the son of Luke would have been about 42 years of age at the time of her marriage in 1832 to William Turner.
The children 10 to 14 inclusive were no doubt children of Abraham and his second wife, Susannah Vinson. In this connection, it is of interest that Charles Vinson owned land adjacent to Abraham Abshire on Maggodee Creek on 21 Feb. 1782.
James ABSHIRE, from page 7, the first known child of Abraham.
1. James ABSHIRE, b. 1 Aug. 1777. d. 18 July 1868 in Randolph County, Indiana. He married Elizabeth Overholtz in Franklin County, Virginia, M.B. 6 March 1806, bond William Brown. She was born in Maryland. A photograph of James in the possession of James Abshire, Calumet Park, IL. has the following on the back side:
"James Abshire, born in Franklin Co. Virginia. Aug. 1,1777. Son of Abraham Abshire. Left his boyhood home 1813 arriving to western Ohio, Preble Co. Eight years after, he removed to Randolph County, Indiana where he spent the remainder of his days. His death occurred July 18, 1868. He married Elizabeth Overholtz . The children were Nancy, Mary, Chloe, Isaac, Abner, Betsey, and James B. James B. is the only one left and is now 86 years.
An extended biography of James appears in the HISTORY OF RANDOLPH COUNTY, INDIANA, ( ) p. 378, in which it states that he served in the War of 1812, was a famous hunter and served as Township Trustee of Washington Twp. James and Elizabeth were parents of eight children.
1-1. Aaron ABSHIRE, born 3 March 1805, died young.
1-2-5. Julia Ann (Jones) ABSHIRE, born ca 1841, married C.Bird Abshire on 25 April 1858 in Wells County. The following is extracted data from a biographical sketch of Lewis C. Abshire, found in BIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIRS OF WELLS COUNTY, INDIANA, B.F.Bowen, 1903, Logansport, Indiana, p. 258.
"The wife of C.B. Abshire, mother of Lewis C. Abshire, was Julia A. Jones, a native of Wells County....daughter of Michael and Nancy (Abshire) Jones who were among the first settlers of Wells. ...C.B. Abshire was among the first settlers of Henry County. Ind.
Lewis C. Abshire was born in Nottingham Township, Wells County, Indiana, 4 July 1861....on 22 Feb. 1885, he married Emma Dawson, born 7 April 1863, daughter of George and Louisa (Lockwood) Dawson of Union City...They are parents of one son, Dawson, born 16 Sept. 1890."
Cebird Abshire. sometimes C. Bird or C.B. Abshire, was born in Dec. 1821, according to the 1900 Federal Census, Wells County, Indiana, which indicates that he was born in Virginia. His relationship to the Franklin County Abshires has not been established.
1-3. Mary (Abshire) BEALS. sometimes BALES, born 27 Sept. 1809, married Pleasant (Bales in several records) who was born in Clinton County. Ohio, 21 Sept. 1810. This family was in Washington Township. Randolph County, Indiana in 1860; removed to Merom, Sullivan County for a brief period, returned to Randolph County where Mary died, on 31 Dec. 1864. Pleasant Bales returned to Merom and died there on 8 Feb. 1865. The HISTORY OF RANDOLPH COUNTY, cited above, gives a good account of the fifth child of this family, Isaac, p. 384. From census and other data it is concluded that the family of Pleasant and Mary Beals included the following and others, unidentified.
1-3-2. Isaac BEALS, born 5 March 1837, said to have been the fifth child, married Martha J. Pratt on 16 Aug. 1856. They were parents of three children; Willian H. married Mary A. Fisher; Mary C. born in 1861, died young; Magnolia M. born in 1868.
1-4. Chloe Leah (Abshire) MILLS, born 26 April 1811 in Ohio, married Thomas A. Mills on 27 Nov. 1832 in Randolph County, Ind., where this family was found in Washington Township with two children. Thomas was born 24 Jan. 1813, Ohio. Chloe died 3 Dec. 1885, and she and her husband were buried in Howard County, Indiana. They were members of the Society of Friends.
1-5. Isaac ABSHIRE, born 26 April 1814 in Preble County, Ohio, married Sarah Ballard on 5 June 1842. She was born ca. 1823 in Ohio and apparently died before her husband, as Isaac Abshire married Sarah Shinn on 16 Dec. 1876 in Randolph County. Isaac died on 12 June 1900 and was buried in the Liberty Cemetery, Randolph County. He was the father of at least two children.
1-6. Abner ABSHIRE, born 28 July 1816 in Preble County, Ohio, married Emily Robbins on 1 Oct. 1847 in Randolph County. He He died in 1859. In 1860 Emily was in Washington Township age 32, born in New Jersey, with three children: Lusetta, born ca. 1848; George S., born ca 1850 and Elizabeth A. born ca.1854. All were born in Indiana. It is of interest to note that a George Abshire and Wife, Lydia J. were recorded on the records of the Cherry Grove Monthly Meeting (Friends) in Randolph County, 1891-1920. James B. Abshire was a member of the household of Abner in the 1850 Federal Census.
2. Jinney (Abshire) HUSTON, KINGERY, date of birth unknown, married (1) Samuel Huston, M.B. 16 April 1802, bond by Abraham Abshire, in Franklin County, Virginia. As Jinney Hudson, she married (2) Christian Kingery, M.B. 9 Nov. 1805 on which she was recorded as a daughter of Abraham Abshire, bond by Philemon Smith, Minister, W. Turner. The author found several Kingery families in the early records of southwest Ohio, but was unable to establish a connection with this family. The data presented below may be useful to others doing research on this family.
An Abraham Kingery died on 27 Oct. 1865, age 58-6-24, according to his stone in the Kingery Cemetery, Israel Township, Preble County, Ohio. It is noted that he was born about a year and four months after Jinney married Christian Kingery, and it is possible that he may have been her son. It is also noted that several Huston and Kingery stones can be found in the Portage Prairie Cemetery, St. Joseph Co. Ind., and is the cemetery in which several members of the family of Nancy (Abshire) Frame were buried. The Frame family had lived in Jefferson Township, Preble County, Ohio, prior to their settlement in St. Joseph County.
ELIZABETH (Abshire) MILLS AND HER FAMILY
Unless otherwise stated, the quotations in this section are from an unpublished typescript prepared by Mrs. William (Carrie) Shumaker in about 1940. Carrie was a granddaughter of 3-4, Abraham Mills and spent much of her early life in close association with him in New Paris, Indiana.
3. Elizabeth (Abshire) MILLS was born ca. 1782. Her tombstone, found by the author in 1969 in the long abandoned Halderman Cemetery in North Manchester, Indiana, showed; "Elizabeth, wife of Wm. Mills, died 8 Sept. 1854, age 72 years." However, she was age 73 years in the 1850 Federal Census, unable to read or write. Elizabeth married William Mills, M.B. 29 Feb. 1796, as a daughter of Abraham Abshire, bond by Abraham Abshire, in Franklin County, Virginia. Her date of birth and marriage are brought into question by tombstone data for her eldest daughter, Polly, indicating that whe was born on 18 June 1795.
William Mills birth date and parents are unknown; but if he was born in that part of Bedford County, Virginia, that became Franklin County, he may have been the son of James Mills, the only Mills found in the Bedford County Tax List for 1782.
FRANKLIN COUNTY, VIRGINIA, WILL BOOK 5, p. 336.
Polly, born 18 June 1795, identified by Abraham Mills
3-1. Polly (Mills) WEST, believed born 18 June 1795, married Nathaniel West M.B. 8 March 1819, bond by William Mills, in Franklin County, Va. Their tombstone in the Fairview Cemetery near North Manchester, Indiana, reads:
By the data thus provided for Nathaniel, he would have been born on 6 January 1792; however, a family Bible of his son, Wilson, now in the possession of Josephine (West) Price, Laketon, Indiana, states that Nathaniel was born 5 January 1790.
3-1-1. Josiah WEST. born 23 June 1821 in Kentucky, while uncertain, appears to have married Elizabeth Marshall on 24 June 1842, according to Preble County, Ohio marriage records. She may have died in Ohio, as Josiah appeared in the household of his father in the 1850 Federal Census without her and without children. Wabash County, Indiana, records show that Josiah married Foraby (spelling is uncertain) Frame on 9 March 1853. She was apparently the widow of Mahlom Frame who died in about 1850 in North Manchester. Indiana. See TALES OF THE OLD DAYS, by W.E. Billings, 1926, p. 7. In 1969 a broken stone was found by the author in the abandoned Halderman Cemetery, North Manchester; the first name broken off, which showed "( ), wife of Josiah West, died 12 November 1855, age 31-6-6". It is presumed that this stone was for Foraby.
In the 1860 Federal Census there were two children, unidentified, who were listed in the household of Mahlon Frame in the 1850 census. They were:
3-1-2. Alvin WEST, born on 2 November 1822 in Kentucky (his name sometimes appears os Allen) married Susan Moore on 14 December 1843, according to Preble County, Ohio, marriage records. He and his family were found in the 1850 & 1860 Federal Census records in Chester Township, Wabash County, and listed the following children:
3-1-3. Harriett (West) MILLS, named in her father's will, was born ca. 1823 in Kentucky, married Wm C. Mills on 23 February 1843. In the 1850 Federal Census, Jefferson Township, Preble County, Ohio, William was age 29, born in Ohio. There were no children in this household.
3-1-4, James H. WEST, born ca. 1824 in Kentucky, married Rebecca E. Beally on 30 December 1847 in Preble County, Ohio. In the 1850 Federal Census, Preble County, Ohio, he was age 26, a Carpenter, with no children in the household.
3-1-5. Perry WEST, born on 13 March 1826 in Kentucky, married Mary M. Huffman on 13 April 1856 in Wabash County, Indiana, T. Witman, Min. A stone in the Fairvies Cemetery, near North Manchester, shows:
WEST, Perry died 22 October 1911, Mary, his wife, born 1 Jan. 1838, died 11 Nov. 1900.
3-1-7. William B. WEST. born on 16 December 1828 in Greenup County, Kentucky, according to his obituary which states that he moved to Ohio in 1830 and to Indiana in 1848. William was one of the first school teachers in Chester Township and taught there for 14 years. Four of his siblings were living at his death: Perry, Amos L., Mrs. Neri Mowrer, and Mrs. Margaret Rogers of Clayton, Ohio. William, a Republican, lived in Pleasant Township, Wabash County in 1880. The obituary of his wife, Tressa, states that she was born in Franklin County, Virginia, 2 September 1841, died 31 July 1896, age 55 years. She married William B. West on 10 October 1870 and had been a member of the Methodist Church since 1885.
" She (Elizabeth Wray-Wray Mills) first married a second cousin., John Wray. There were two daughters, Mary and Tressa. Mary was the mother of Alice. Scott and Meridith Mills, (See the John W. Mills family) and Tressa was the mother of Wesley West. Grandmother's husband, John Wray, died of Typus fever when the children were small, in Virginia. Grandmother made her living by weaving. They came north with her parents, Andrew and Mary Wray. They stopped for a time in Union County, Indiana...later they came to Elkhart County and Grandfather's brother, Jimmy Mills, got her a place as housekeeper for a Mr. Cart, west of New Paris. She stayed there until she and Grandfather were married..."
3-1-8. Wilson L. WEST, born on 15 July 1830 in Kentucky, married Malinda Mowrer on 2 September in Wabash County, Indiana, C.J. Singer, J.P. In the 1870 Federal Census, he was listed as a sawmiller. According to his family Bible, his eight children were:
3-1-8-3. Charles N. WEST, born on 18 March 1860, became a railway engineer and lost his life in a railway accident on 16 July 1888. In the settlement of his estate, he is identified as Nathaniel West.
3-1-8-5. Ulysses G. WEST, born on 11 February 1864, lost his life in a railway accident with his brother, Nathaniel, died 17 July 1888. Both were buried in the Laketon Cemetery, Wabash County, Indiana.
3-1-8-8. Joseph W. WEST, born 8 September 1871, married Lillie B. Ramey. He died in 1956, his wife, Lillie, on 10 November 1909. Joseph operated a meat market and store in Laketon, Indiana, for many years. Students at the Laketon school, during the 1920s & 1930s, often ate their lunch there. According to Josephine (West) Price, Wilson L. West was buried in the Laketon Cemetery, but his stone was not found. There were three children of Joseph and Lillie West: Grace, living in 1980; Darl. unmarried and deceased and Josephine, wife of Donald Price.
3-1-10.Nancy J. (West) MOWRER, married Neri M. Mowrer on 6 April 1851 in Wabash County, T. Tomplin, M.G. Mr. Mowrer was a carpenter and a farmer, member of the 46th Ind. Inf., a Mason and a member of the Christian Church. A stone in the Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, shows:
MOWRER, Neri M. 1825-1891, age 66-6-16, Vet. 61-65. Nancy J.,
3-1-11. John WEST, age 14 in the 1850 Federal Census, was not named in his father's will, possibly married Amanda H. Armstrong on 21 February 1864, J.W. Williams J.P. A John West , age 50, was in the household of Isaac Shock in Chester Township, Wabash County. He was born in Kentucky, and both of his parents were born in Virginia; however, it seems doubtful that this was the same person, data from the 1880 census.
HEETER, Silas, 1833-1914 & HEETER, Louisa, 1837-1905 This family lived a mile east and a mile north of North Manchester, on the east side of Eel River. The ancestory of Silas and how he lost his house in a fire in 1865 can be found in THE HEETER FAMILY LETTERS, 1842-1884, Edited by Lester H. Binnie, 1978. Their children included the following:
3-1-13. Margaret Ann (West) KUHNLE, born in Ohio, named as Margaret Kuhnle in her father's will, married William F. Kuhnle on 27 September 1860 in Wabash County. Their stone in the Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, Indiana, shows:
KUHNLE, William F., born 7 December 1836, died 3 August 1889.
3-1-14. Amos L. WEST, known as "Tuck", born on 27 March 1842 in Ohio, the youngest of 14 children according to his obituary, married Mary McGuire on 13 May 1864 in Wabash County, by J.W. Williams J.P. Amos came to Indiana with his parents in 1848, served in the 47th Ind. Vol. Infantry. He died on 18 December 1912. His wife, Mary M., born in 1848, died in 1918, stone in the Fairview Cemetery, Chester Township. As judged by census data, there were six children:
3-1-14-6. James WEST, possibly the James W. West, Sp. Am. War Vet. buried in the Fairview Cemetery, no data. He is said to have had a wife, Eva M., possibly the Eva M West, 1878-1931, buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Pleasant Township, Wabash County, Indiana.
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