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#27 David Hibbs {52 Ancestors}

My husband’s three times great grandfather was David Hibbs.  I found a great photo and some wonderful information, which I combined together here, about David Hibbs from the following 2 books:
Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County Pennsylvania, Volume 2 By James Hadden


History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania: with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men by Franklin Ellisdavidhibbs


David Hibbs was born July 18, 1809, on the old homestead near New Salem, Menallen Township, Fayette county, PA. His parents were Lacy Hibbs (1762-1819) and Sarah Craft (1766-1848) who were both born in Pennsylvania as well. He was of English descent, and was educated in the common schools. He engaged in general farming and did an extensive business in live stock, which he raised and sold, and if the opportunity offered when he could do so to advantage, he bought. Mr. Hibbs held the usual township offices entrusted to a careful business man, and was for three years a member of the almshouse board.

In all positions he conducted the public business in a satisfactory manner. In politics he was a Democrat. For many years he was a member of the German Baptist Church, and held the office of elder for a number of years. His pecuniary start was small. By industry and careful business management he was able to leave his family in comfortable circumstances. His success was due to his integrity, his industry, his devotion, his unselfishness, and charity. These made his character great, – “The virtues are the forces and powers in life.” He was a quiet man, made but little show, and did his duty as nearly as he was able, and was content. The best legacy he left his family was a good name.

He married, on April 18, 1839, Hannah Walters , born in Masontown , daughter of Ephraim Walters. Jr. They had nine children, two of whom died in infancy. The other children were:

Jefferson Walters (1840-1909)

Mary Frances (1843-1922) Sarah Elizabeth (1847-1917)

Harriet Ann (1849-1938)- Dan’s 2nd great- grandmother

Lucetta Hibbs (1854-1922)

George Lacy (1858-1907)

John Gibson Hibbs (1862-1940)

David Hibs died on May 18, 1868 in Fayette County, PA. His wife died 37 years later in Fayette CO. as well.

and here’s his scrapbook page:

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#26 Ephraim Walters Sr {52 Ancesters}

My husband’s 5 times great grandfather was named Ephraim Walters Sr. and he was born in 1744 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to John Casper Walters (1715 – 1756) and Hannah Barbara Baer (1714 – 1756).  Ephraim’s story is a particularly interesting one!

On July 8, 1756, when he was about 12 years old, his family’s home was raided by a group of Native Americans.  The story states that Ephraim’s father, Casper, was killed right away and that his mother was tortured, but survived.  Three of his younger siblings are said to have been killed at the same time.  The four oldest children, including Ephraim, his brother John, Mary and Rebecca the children were taken in by Native American families and traveled through Ohio and Western Pennsylvania areas.   Ephraim was eventually adopted by a Shawnee chief named Yougashaw.  Over time Ephraim and his siblings were rescued from the Native American families they were with.  John, however after serving in the Sandusky Expedition in 1782 was displeased “with the ways of the whites” and family legend has it that he returned to the Native Americans and married a Native American woman.

During his time with the Shawnees, Ephraim became a skilled hunter and warrior.  He also fought with the Native Americans who sided with the French.

Ephraim was ‘liberated’ by Col. Henry Bouquet in November 1764, as reported by the Pennsylvania Gazette of January 17, 1765.

In 1770, Ephraim married Mary DeBolt, who interestingly enough was the granddaughter of a full blooded Shawnee woman.

Ephraim claimed 7,00 acres of land by “tomahawk title” meaning that he claimed the land he purchased by carving his initials into some of the trees he felled.  This land was in what is now Fayette County, PA.

Ephraim and Mary had the following children:

George Washington Walters (1770 – 1844)
Andrew J Walters (1771 – 1831)
Elizabeth Walters (1772 – 1838)
John E Walters (1774 – 1864)
Ephraim Walters (1776 – 1865)  my husband’s 4 times great grandfather
Jacob Walters (1780 – 1870)
Henry Walters (1782 – ?)
Mary Polly Walters (1783 – 1859)
Henry Walters (1785 – 1836)
Aaron John Walters (1788 – 1866)
Charity Walters (1790 – 1851)

On May 15, 1774, he was elected to help chase Tories and Native Americans away from the Fayette and Greene Co, areas of Pennsylvania.  He served in Captain Bazil Bowell’s 1793 Fayette Co. Militian where he acted as an “Indian Scout.”  Since Ephraim Walters had spent so much of his youth with Native Americans he knew their fighting styles and taught this to the whites he was now working with.  I do find this interesting, as I have read accounts of how his wife Mary was a frontier nurse and assisted both whites and Native Americans.  I wonder how they came to terms with these kinds of differences in their household.

Ephraim applied for pension as a Revolutionary War Vet when he was in his 90’s so he was not approved as all those who had served with him had already passed away.  He is listed in the Revolutionary War Rejected Pensions as follows: “Suspended for a more perfect account of his services.”

Ephraim died on December 8, 1835 at the age of 91 in Fayette Co., PA.

The following is from

C. Gerald DeBolt

“In 1770 [Ephraim Walters] located by “tomahawk title” about 700 acres of land in that country, which to-day is among the finest and most valuable land of any in western Pennsylvania. In the same year he married a Miss DeBolt, of French descent, and from this union there were reared seven sons and three daughters, three lived to the age of ninety; six to over seventy-five, and one to fifty-five. During the Revolution, Mr. Walters raised a company for the defense of the settlement. Many a night when he was out on a scout, his wife fearing the Indians, would leave the cabin and with her children sleep “in the bush”. In the war of 1812, his youngest son being drafted, Mr. Walters, though over seventy-five years of age, offered himself as a substitute, and was accepted. His thorough knowledge of the Indian character, rendered him very efficient. For a number of years he filled the office of Justice of the peace. Mrs. Walters was a remarkable woman, always full of life and energy. She served as midwife for the frontier settlement for some forty years; kept a fine horse, and no kind of weather day or night appeared to make any difference to her. She died in 1842, aged ninety-four.’ Ephraim Walters died in 1835. His will was probated Jan.5, 1836. See p.34 for his will. His wife, Mary (Debolt) Walters, died in 1842. As mentioned at the beginning of the story on Ephraim and Mary, they are both buried at Jacobs Lutheran Cemetery.”

A scrapbook page about Ephraim Walters Sr.

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#25 David Stuart Harllee {52 Ancestors}


davidstuartharleeb1800and his signature:

My 4 times great grandfather on my maternal side was David Stuart Harllee.  He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on May 10th, 1800 to Thomas Harllee (1767 – 1827) and Elizabeth Stuart (1767 – 1817).  His father was from Virginia and his mom from South Carolina but they married and spent their lives in South Carolina, where they also both died.  The couple had 11 children (included David Stuart).


On May 20, 1823 David Stuart was issued a license to marry Harriet Pope Barnes Harriet Pope Barnes (1807-1855) who was from Robeson Co, North Carolina.  They were married some time after this date.  The couple had the following children:
James Jacob dates unknown
Elizabeth Ann (1825-1907)
William Frederick (1827-1866)
Mary Ann (1829-1876)- my 3 times great grandmother
Julia Josephine (1833-1920)
Thomas Henry (1835-1920)
Harriet Ellen (1837-1911)

David Stuart Harllee began a partnership with his father at his general store beginning on April 12 , 1819, before David was 19 years old.  About a year later on August 31, 1820, David’s father Thomas gave him 750 acres of land on the southwest side of the Little Pee Dee River, near present day Little Rock, SC.  As time passed he added on to this land.  On May 14 1830, David Stuart was made a Deputy Surveryor by his brother John Harllee and was certified by the Surveyor General on January 22, 1831.  He helped to survey Marlborough and Marion Counties in SC.

In 1825, when he was just 25 years old, he was elected sheriff of Marion District, SC and served as Sheriff until 1829.

Prior to November 12, 1835 he moved to Cheraw, SC where he started a mercantile business.  He was living on a large plantation in Chesterfield Co, South Carolina which he bought for $3000.00 as recorded in the SC, Marion Co, Deed Book.  This area was near the Little Pee Dee River and was about 1500 acres.

Several years later he began studying law and passed his bar exam in December of 1849 when he was nearly 50 years old.

Shortly thereafter he moved once again to Chesterfield, Co, SC to an estate he called “Pine Forest.”  In a letter to his daughter dated December 8, 1849 this new home was nearly completed.  He and his wife Harriet spent the rest of their lives at this home.  David Stuart Harllee died August 28, 1854 and his wife Harriet died the following year on September 3, 1855.

There are some wonderful letters that survive from David and his wife to their children as well as a memorial about him by the Reverend C. Betts written after David’s death.

I love how the description was written, in particular the end, “As a husband and father none could be more devoted–none more affectionate…”

A scrapbook page for David Stuart and his wife Harriet:

and a second just about David Stuart Harllee

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#24 Jane Foster {52 Ancestors}

Still playing the catch up game with my family tree!

This week I am focusing on Jane Foster who is my husband’s three times great grandmother.  I found this wonderful photo of her on


Jane Foster
28 April 1826 North Union, PA
12 December 1875 Uniontown, PA
Jane was born in North Union, PA to John Ferree Foster (1788-1860) and Jane Fetz (1794-1870).
In 1846 she married Robert W. Hogsett and the two had 8 children:
Lucinda (1848-1916)
John foster (1849-1922)
Fuller (1850-1929)
Daniel Sturgeon (1853-1870)
William (1855-1941)- My husband’s 2 times great grandfather
Samuel E. (1856-1942)
Robert W. (1861-1925)
Jane Jennie (1865-1894)
She lived her whole life in Pennsylvania and died on December 12, 1875 at the age of 49.
After her death, Robert Hogsett married a woman named Susan Allen (1823-1889).

my scrapbook page for her:

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#22 Mary DeBolt ~ 52 Ancestors 52 Weeks

I’m back to blogging about my family history after a brief-ish summer hiatus! It’s so busy at home with my girls not in school or daycare and we have so many fun adventures and are also gearing up for a big Disney trip this fall, but now I’m hoping to get back on track with my blogging and catch up with everyone else. I’m 11 weeks behind though! yikes. Anyhow here is my next ancestor who is my husband’s 5 times great grandmother on his mother’s side.

Mary Debolt was born in Lancaster Co, PA on March 4, 1748 to Hans Michael DeBolt (1723-1788) and Elizabeth Burt (1723-1789). Mary’s grandmother, Mary Seaworth Chartier was the daughter of Martin Chartier (1659-1725) and his Shawnee wife Sewatha Straight Tail (1660-1759). Mary DeBolt married Ephraim Walters Sr. (1744-1835) around 1769/70. The two had 10 children, George Washington Walters, Elizabeth, John, Ephraim Walters Jr., Andrew, Jacob, Mary, Henry, Aaron, Charity. The two originally settled in Virginia where their oldest son George was born. Soon after his birth they moved to Fayette Co., PA. Mary DeBolt was a pioneer nurse, doctor and midwife among both the white settlers and Native Americans in the area now known as Fayette Co., PA. Family stories state that she would ride a pony to see her patients and that “she always took the most direct route, often having to jump small fences along the way.”

Mary DeBolt Walters died in the home of her daughter Mary in Greene Co., PA on December 18, 1842. She was 94 years old. She is buried in Jacob’s Lutheran church beside her husband Ephraim Sr.

I love to imagine her cantering over the hillsides and through the woods to give aid to those her were in pain. I also love that she was a doctor to Native American people, which I imagine might not have been very common at this time.  This is also amazing given the fact that her husband’s father, and three youngest siblings had been killed by a tribe of Native Americans on their farm in West Virginia. The four oldest children were taken by the tribe and raised as their own. Ephraim and his sisters Rebecca and Mary eventually left the tribes they were with. Ephraim’s brother John decided to go back to Native American culture after some time back with the Whites as he disapproved of the ways of the Whites. Mary’s husband, Ephraim, joined a militia where he taught the soldiers how to fight Native Americans as he knew their techniques and tactics. I do wonder how he and Mary came to terms with their differences. Was this something they ever talked about? Did he agree with her helping the very same people he was fighting?


And here’s a page for Mary DeBolt:


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#21 my dad~Happy Father’s Day! {52 Ancestors}

In honor of Father’s Day this weekend, I thought I’d take the time to write about my dad for this week’s post of 52 Ancestors.  I will not include his first name for his privacy.

I started writing this for a father’s day post, but got super busy before finishing it, I’d still like to add more after talking with my dad, we were all together for father’s day, but I just wanted us all to enjoy each other’s company and I didn’t want him to feel like he was being interviewed!

My dad was born on August 8, 1943 in New York.  His parents were Anna Dorthea (Thea) Reighel (1914-?-deceased)and Louis Adam Villhauer (1912-1999).


His parents separated when he was young and he bounced around a couple foster homes before he was taken in by his grandfather Adam Villhauer.  He lived with his grandfather for a while before he was then taken in by his uncle John Villhauer.  I really need to sit down with my dad and talk about his childhood with him, but unfortunately we just haven’t had the time.  My mom remembers that when his parents divorced that his mom (Thea) married a man who was part of a traveling carnival which was why she couldn’t raise my father.  I’m not sure why he didn’t go to live with his father, unless that was a part of the divorce requirements.

I don’t have a lot of photos of my dad growing up, just a few here and there, I really wish I had more.


My dad with his two older brothers


My dad at age 4, this is one of my favorite photos of him.


My dad went to Holy Cross High School High School in Burlington Co., New Jersey.  I was ecstatic to find some year book photos of my dad during high school on
I especially love this page which shows my dad and his co-captain accepting the passing of the trophy from the senior captains.  My dad is the guy on the left.  He is also in the group photo at the top.   I can’t tell you how amazing it was to see these yearbook photos!  I have a few of him as a little kid and then a bunch after he met my mom, of course.  So finding these photos of his teenage years was just incredible!

I also love this one of him zoning out in typing class

and then my dad in chess club as well 🙂

Finding all these great photos made me want to find more and luckily I still live near John Carroll University where both my dad and I went to college, so it was super easy to stop by there and ask to see the old yearbooks.  I looked in every year book while he was in school there and found a few more photos.
Of course there was the senior photo, he graduated in 1968.  But I also found a photo of him on the football team again:


My dad is in the top row, 5 from the left (#69), he was kind of a jokester, to say the least, so he gave the wrong name – B. Starr, the name of one of his friends  when he filled out his name for this photo.

I also found this great candid of him playing guitar in the dorm room:
He’s the top guitarist in the back.


My dad took a couple years off from college to join the Navy during the Vietnam War.  He was on the USS Austin at this time in the Caribbean.

Robert Villhauer - E-3 Navy

My dad in his Navy uniform

I was also able to find this photo of the ship he was on:


I have so many stories I want to share about my dad that I could probably write a book.  He is certainly one of those people who lives life to the fullest and has been involved in all sorts of adventures, both good and kind of scary!

There was the time, while in the navy, that he was arrested in Mexico and put in this open air prison with just a dirt floor and fencing to keep people in.  He was with several Navy buddies and they’d been drinking and being a little crazy and were therefore arrested.  Fortunately another Navy friend was able to track them down.  He says he worried that they’d never get out.  There was another man there who said he didn’t even know why he was in jail or how long he’d been there.  Just this poor forgotten guy.

When I was really little, my dad got in a really bad fight and was hit over the head really hard with a bat.  After a few days he started having severe headaches and went to the doctor.  They told him to take it easy and just go home and take some extra advil.  A few days later he was still having really bad pain and went back.  The doctors took a closer look and discovered he had a blood clot and needed immediate brain surgery.  My dad was shocked and asked why there wasn’t a step between advil and brain surgery.  He was rushed off and the next time I saw him his head was shaved and he had a huge bandage on his head.

My poor dad has been electrocuted more times then he probably cares to remember!  Once during a bad thunderstorm his friend’s car rolled over power wires that had fallen and the car was all tangled up in them.  My dad got out to help direct the driver away from the power lines.  He put his hand out to direct the driver, and as the car was slowly rolling over the wires my dad’s tip of his middle finger grazed the car door and he was electrocuted so badly that he burned holes in his socks.

Another story that stands out about my dad and electricity was when I was in either high school or middle school.  My dad is a general handyman and can fix everything, and once when he was working on a ladder three stories up, his ladder somehow came into contact with an electrical wire.  Unfortunately it was a metal ladder and the whole thing started bucking so badly from the electricity that it actually carved gouges into the cement driveway below.  Fortunately the ladder bounced away from the house and he fell backwards into the wall of the house next door (the houses were close together, fortunately, just separated by a driveway).  I remember my dad driving me by the house later to show me the grooves in the drive way.

Then there was a time more recently, like in the past 5 years or so, that my dad was trimming trees at his and my step mom’s house.  Her house’s backyard is right up against a deep ravine.  He was trimming trees near this ravine when somehow the bottom of his ladder broke off and he was left dangling from a branch over the ravine.  My step mom wasn’t home at the time, but somehow, by the grace of God, she came home right after this happened and was able to get a second ladder under my dad’s feet.

I swear this guy is part cat!  The number of times he’s been severely injured and lived to tell the tale!

My dad is also the guy who always gets a close by parking spot even on days when a parking lot is packed with people.  And it’s not like he circles until he finds one, it just always magically appears as he begins to look for a spot.

He also is the type that know literally everyone!  It doesn’t matter where we go or how far from home we are, my dad will see someone he knows.  He once went to Toronto, we all live in Ohio, and on an elevator in some building he ran into some guy he knew from way back.

It’s really no surprise that so many people know him and remember him.  My dad is really a pretty cool guy, and in fact he’s such a cool and fun guy that even in high school when you are supposed to think your parents are ridiculous and be embarrassed of them, I still thought he was a cool guy then.  He used to do a lot of open mic, playing his guitar and harmonica as well as singing, at coffee shops and on Coventry which was a big hangout place for a lot of us in high school.  Everyone knew my dad and liked that he sang and played guitar.  He was a great dad to have growing up.  My parents separated when I was about 5 or so, but he remained a big part of my life and my parents both loved me so much that despite the fact that they didn’t love each other any more they both still worked really hard to still be parents together and they once again became really good friends.  I remember thinking as a child that even though my parents didn’t live together that I had a better relationship with my dad than some of my friends did who still had a dad living with them.  He’s the kind of person who is totally un self-centered.  He is good natured and people are just happy to be around him and hear is crazy stories and be involved in whatever he is doing because something strange, funny, or unusual will probably happen.

He was always willing to be as silly as  a kid could ever want their parent to be.  He would always race with me down the street whenever I wanted, and for a long time he would pretend to let me win.  One day he told me that he realized he lost because I really had become faster than him.  I was really into puffy paint shirts for a while and I made him tons of shirts with frogs on them, or horses, and who knows what else.  He was such a good sport about wearing these shirts too!  I spent a lot of my summer days with him when I was out of school and my mom was still working.  I remember these being care free times where we would wander the city, making quick stops to area homes where he would touch up some paint, fix a leaky faucet, or repair something else broken, hanging out at coffee shops, and always  running into people he knew.  People loved meeting me because basically I was a smaller identical version of my dad!  I look more like my mom as I get older, but as a little kid I was the exact image of my dad, goofy grin and all!

My dad encouraged in me a love of music and sports.  He came to every track meet, every piano recital, every band/orchestra concert, marching band performance, and horse show I was in.  And he was always proud of me, and I was always aware that he was proud of me, no matter who well or poorly I did in a competition/performance.


The best part about this photo, besides my dad pretending to kiss a frog, is that he’s wearing, in public a ridiculous puffy paint shirt I’d made him. He always did stuff like that 🙂



At a family talent show during elementary school




Don’t worry, I was crying because I was happy!

And a bunch of scrapbook pages:
















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#20 Sidney Franklin Mills {52 Ancestors}

My maternal great grandfather was named Sidney Franklin Mills.  He was born on March 21, 1879 in St. Stephen’s, Alabama.  His parents were Burrel Mills (1854-1906) and Amanda Smith (1854-1935). Sidney was one of six children born to Amanda and Burrel.  Their other children were: Lucy (1896-1954) Ada (1894-1958), Ida (1887-1969), Lillian (1882-1939), and William (1876-1935).  I have located Sidney Mills on the 1880 census, living with his parents in Washington Co, Alabama.  At the time Sidney is 1 year old and his brother William is 3.

I found him again on the 1900 census when he was 21 years old.  In addition to all the siblings mentioned above there are 4 other people living in his house.  The first are listed as Burrel’s daughter in law Laura and her child Ida, I think it’s safe to assume she is William’s wife.  The next two are boarders, Knox Mallett (fantastic name!), and Frank Hamilton.  At this time they are all living in Greene, MS.  Sidney is working as a either a booker or booper?-really hard to read, and his father is in timber.  This census record also tells us that Sidney’s mother, Amanda, was actually the mother of 7 children, however only 6 are still living.  My guess is a stillborn, or a child who died very young as I haven’t seen any record of this 7th child as far as a name goes.

The 1930 census shows them living in Piave, MS with 10 of their 11 children (6 of whom were born to his first wife Hallie).  Sidney’s oldest has already moved out at this point.

By the 1940 census, Sidney is living with his second wife Frances in Perry, Mississippi.  At this point, many of their children have moved out and there are just 4 daughters still living with them as well as one son in law.  This is the last census record for Sidney Mills as he died at the end of 1941.


Sidney Franklin Mills


Hallie Pauline Covington and Sidney Franklin Mills


On March 2, 1904 Sidney married Hallie Pauline Covington (who I wrote about here)

After she died in 1916, he married a woman named Frances Menerva Smith who was nearly 20 years younger than he was.  The two were married from 1878-1941, when he passed away.  Frances was born on March 30, 1898 and died on May 13, 1984 in New Augusta, MS.  Her parents were John Jordan Smith and Sarah Emaline Burge.

Frances and Sidney had 5 more children together: Mary (1924-1992), Mildred (1920-1998), as well as three more who are still living so I will keep their names unlisted. My grandmother Sadie (written about here) was a daughter of Sidney and his first wife Hallie, but she loved Frances very much and called her Miss Frances.


Miss Frances with her and Sidney’s daughter Mildred around 1920 shortly after Mildred’s birth

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I also found his 1918 WWI draft registration card on  I love finding little tidbits like this for several reasons.  I love seeing a relative’s signature, which you can see at the bottom of the first page, and I also like seeing characteristic details, like he was 5’9″, had blue eyes, and dark hair and that he was stout (!).  It helps make him seem more real than a serious looking face in a black and white photo.


Sidney was a turpentine man and therefore traveled around quite a bit with his job.  I love this old photo I have of him in this awesome horse drawn buggy.  The photo was sent to my grandmother many years ago by one of her cousins.  The letter stated that the photo was of “uncle Sid” (as it was her uncle, but my grandmother’s father) and Grandpa Mills.  However, I am pretty sure that the man on the right (as you look at the photo) was actually the Mills’ store clerk Burton Core.  Looking closely at the photo the second man doesn’t seem old enough to be Sidney’s father. I wish it was’t so damaged.  The photo here is actually after I did a TON of work on it with photoshop.  The original is horribly damaged 😦

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Sidney died on December 27, 1941 at the age of 62, in New Augusta, MS.

His scrapbook pages:
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#19 Ephraim Walters Jr. {52 Ancestors}

Ephraim Walters Jr. was my husband’s 4 times great grandfather on his mother’s side.  He was born on May 27, 1776 in Fayette Co, PA and died in the same city on 17 April 1865.  I wonder what he was really like in real life, because judging by his photo he looks like the grumpiest man alive!


Ephraim was the son of Ephraim Walters Sr. (1744-1835), he had a super interesting life- and his wife Mary Debolt (1747-1842).  Ephraim Jr was the 4th of 10 children.

According to the book Centennial Portrait and Biographical Record of the City of Dayton and of Montgomery County, Ohio Pub: A. W. Bowen & Co. 1897:

“Ephraim Walters, also a native of Fayette county, was born in 1776, was reared a farmer, and, while still a young man, also engaged in trading, and as early as 1800 floated flour to New Orleans, La., on a keel-boat.  In 1803 he married Miss Elizabeth Ache, daughter of a Dunkard preacher, and thenceforward confined himself to agricultural pursuits, and died at the ripe old age of ninety-one years.”

In 1803, (when he was 27) he married Elizabeth Ache (1778-1848) who was 25 at the time.

The two had 7 children:
Hannah (1820-1904)-married David Hibbs (she is my husband’s maternal 3 times great grandmother)
Jefferson (1810-1898)
Ephraim III (1813-1903)
Charity (1805-1875)
as well as Michael, John, and Elizabeth (the last three died as infants)

I wish I knew more about who this man was.  I have found him on the 1850 census in Fayette Co. (working as a farmer) as well as on the 1860 census in the same place (retired and living with his son Ephraim)

Sometime between 1848 when his wife Elizabeth died and the 1850 census he remarried a woman named Harriet Tarr Hesth (who was about 23 years younger than him).

Ephraim died on April 17, 1865 in Fayette Co, PA.

I wish I knew more about who this man was, was he really as grumpy as his photo might indicate?  I found this second photo of him online and he looks just as irritated!  This photo was found at:

And Finally here is a scrapbook page about him, I still need to do his write up page, but I have the photo one done at least!


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#18 Dorthea Elizabet Mueller {52 Ancestors}

Dorthea Elizabet Mueller is my husband’s 4 times great grandmother on his father’s side.  She was born in Hofgeismar, Germany on June 11, 1799.  Her parents were John Christopher Mueller (1757-1822) and Anna Franziska (1765-1818) and she was one of 7 children.

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I discussed Dorthea’s father, John Christopher Mueller in this post.  She came to America with her family on September 5, 1805, Dorthea was only 6 years old at the time.  The family settled in Clay Township in Lancaster County, PA.  In 1815, when Dorthea was 16 years old, her family moved to Madison Township of Fairfield County, OH.  Her older brothers and sisters had received a formal education back in Germany, however as schooling for girls in America was not as common in her time.  She may have never learned to read or write.

On September 14, 1819, Dorthea married Christian Roessler when she was 20 and he was 31.  Christian was born in Wurttemberg, Germany on January 10, 1788 to Andreas Roessler (1757-1818) and Regina Margaretha Haller (born 1764).

Dorthea and Christian were married in Lancaster, OH.  The two had 9 children:
Reuben (1822-1914
Edward (1849-1904) My husband’s 3 times great grandfather
Regina (1827-1905)
Christian (1830-1831)
August (1832-1833)
Andrew (1834-1906)
Philip (1837-1908)
Elizabeth (1839-1918)
Jophiak (1847-? –maybe a stillborn?)

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Christian was a wagon maker by trade when the two met.  In 1831 the family moved to a farm in Pleasant Township in Fairfeld County, OH where they began farming.  In 1849, when Dorthea was 50, the family moved to Shelby Co, Illinois and settled on a farm there as well.  In Shelby Co., Dorthea and Christian helped to organize the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Shelbyville.

Christian died September 4, 1861 and was the first person to be buried at the St. Paul’s Cemetery.  Dorothea died on June 30, 1871 in Shelby Co., IL and was also burried at St. Paul’s.

Here’s my scrapbook page for her:
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#17 Hallie Pauline Covington {52 Ancestors}

It’s been a busy few weeks as my daughter’s school year comes to a close and we are starting to spend a lot more time outside enjoying the beautiful weather!  So I will be playing catch up these next few posts as I’m a few weeks behind now on the 52 Acnestor’s challenge.


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This post will be about my maternal great grandmother Hallie Pauline Mills.  She was born in Bozimar, Alabama on August 16, 1883 to Edward Lee Covington (1857-1935) and Mary Louisa Oswalt (1862-1943).  I wrote about Edward Lee Covington’s mother Mary Ann in a previous post.  I also wrote about my grandmother Sadie (her daughter) in this post.


I have found record of 16 year old Hallie on the 1900 census in Jackson, MI living with her parents.  Originally Hallie was one of 4 children, but by 1900 only two were still alive.  Her sister Louise who was born in 1888.  I do know that Hallies’s brother, Francis, was killed when he was thrown from a horse, he was only 12 years old.


On March 2, 1904, at the age of 20, Hallie married Sidney Franklin Mills (1879-1941) who was 24 at the time of their marriage.  They were married in New Augusta, MS and then lived in Hintonville, MS.  They purchased a stove and bed on credit and borrowed dishes from family and friends.

He was a turpentine man so the family moved around a lot.  In the 1910’s, Hallie lived on the farm while Sidney was living and working elsewhere 15 miles away.  They called the farm “Camp 1” and Sidney was at “Camp 3” and many weekly letters were sent back and forth between the two.  She talked in her letters about how life on the farm was going and how she was feeling.  She described herself as a “hustler” and kept careful records of expenditures, had enormous scrapbooks of recipes and household hints, made the children’s clothing, and was the first in the community to have an “Edison talking machine!”


Hallie and Sidney had 6 children shown above (taken around 1917 or so)

back left to right:
Sadie (my grandmother), Edward (Buddy), Helen

Frank (Sidney Franklin Jr.), Gladys, Hallie


This photo shows Hallie, Miss Arroyo (the school teacher), Edward, Hallie, Frank Burton Core the school clerk, Gladys, Hellen, Sadie

In 1916 on July 30 Hallie Pauline passed away.  Just months after the photo above was taken and only a few weeks before her 34th birthday.  At the time of her death her children ranged in ages from 2-11 years old.  My grandmother was only 6 and a half when her mother died.  She died of an infection (possibly after an operation in a hospital) before penicillin was discovered.  At the time of her death they owned a 160 acre farm, country store, grist mill and also had running water in their house, store, and barn.
One last photo of Hallie:


Sidney re-married at some point after Hallie’s death to a woman named Francis.  My grandmother dearly loved her step mother and called her miss Francis.  miss Frances and Sidney had 5 more children together.

Some scrapbook pages for Hallie Covington:



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