Sunday, March 31, 2013

Lewis Penrod & Mrs. Lewis Penrod (Polly Beggs?) (5G Grandparents),_Somerset_County,_Pennsylvania,_Kentucky,_Illinois

Lewis Penrod
Birth: 1789
Quemahoning Twp
Somerset County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Aug. 4, 1832
Union County
Illinois, USA

Lewis Penrod was born in 1789 in Quemahoning Township, Somerset, Pennsylvania. It is not known when Lewis moved to Kentucky with his parents, Solomon and Sarah Penrod.

Territories throughout Virginia and Kentucky were in the process of being divided and the early county of Lincoln became Logan county in 1792.

Lewis was the seventh child of Solomon Penrod, who came from Ireland in 1772 at the age of twenty. His mother Sarah was a good wife and mother.

The Irish countrymen instilled in the hearts of their boys the value of a good wife. "He should look to a house where there has been an industrious and intelligent woman, because she has taught her daughters how to work and this is what is needed." (The Irish Countryman, Arensberg)

Lewis had a happy childhood amid the rolling, lush vegetation of Kentucky. With eight brothers and one sister he was never lonely.

As he grew he realized he had relatives in all directions over the watercourses of the Muddy River. His father had patented 550 acres of land on Clifty Creek. His older brothers owned land on the Muddy River watercourse, gained through land grants, as did their grandfather John Penrod and uncles before them.

Much of the population in Kentucky settled on the watercourses, including Alexander Beggs Sr. and his son Archibald.

Other Penrod families not related to Lewis also owned land on the "Muddy". As Lewis grew he was ambitious and always found work of some kind. The first property he owned was not land but rather two horses. He of course found himself approached by the tax collector.

In the year 1812, when Lewis was twenty-three, his father Solomon died in Logan County, Kentucky. Lewis was now on his own. This same year Lewis married Polly Beggs. the daughter of Alexander Beggs Sr. a native of Ireland. Lewis married 30 Jul 1812 in Butler County, Kentucky.

With his father gone it wasn't as easy for Lewis to get established as it had been for his older brothers. Lewis' brother John died February 1813 leaving his wife Jane and four small children, ranging in age from one to six. This was a difficult time for both Lewis and Polly. For him because he was fond of his brother and for Polly because Jane was her only sister.

Lewis went to work with the surveyors on the road leading from Greenville to Morgantown, Butler County on April 12, 1813. It would seem that our ancestors moved often when in reality counties were being divided and new ones formed. For instance, the county of Muhlenberg was created in 1798 from Christian and Logan Counties. Butler County was created in 1810 from Logan and Ohio Counties. An act approved May 22, 1890 which established the lines between Muhlenberg and Butler Counties briefly states "that Mud River be the line between Butler and Muhlenberg counties." This may make discovering the "where" and "when" difficult for the historian but is was a familiar thing to Lewis.

Lewis and Polly moved to Jonesboro, Union, Illinois sometime before 1815 and this is where their children were born. Their son DAVID was born 9 January 1815 and married Temperance Keller, 14 Oct 1832. A daughter ELIZABETH was born about 1816 and married John F. Gore, 18 October 1832. A Second son LEWIS JR was born 11 February 1818 and married Unity Smith, date unknown. The last son SOLOMON was born 21 January 1819 and married (1) Chelley Gurley and (2) Jane Paterson, both dates unknown.

Lewis was thirty-one at the time of the 1820 census in Union County, Illinois. His wife Polly was age twenty-three. The ages of their children were as follows: David 5, Elizabeth 4, Lewis Jr. 2 and Solomon 1. At the time of this census Lewis had taken into his home his brother Emanual, age 24, and his wife, age 16. For a reason unknown to us they temporarily needed Lewis' help at this time. This shows Lewis' inherited loving and serving spirit.

In August 1823 Lewis served on the Grand Jury of Union, Illinois with the following: Isaac Beggs, Levi Patterson, Joseph Keller and David Penrod - all relatives. Kinship and family ties were an important part of their lives. At the time of the 1830 Union County Census Lewis was forty-one. His children ranged in age from 11 to 15. His beloved wife Polly was not in this census. She died sometime in 1829 at age thirty-two. We can only imagine Lewis' grief at her loss. Especially at a time when her children needed her guidance and love.

Lewis married Mrs. Elizabeth Barber, the widow of Joseph Barber, 13 Jun 1830 to help finish raising his family. Fate struck the family a second time when Lewis past away. Lewis Penrod died, Intestate (without having a will) in 1832 at the age of forty-three. His children ranging in age from 13 to 17 were orphaned. Lewis' estate was probated 4 August 1832 at Jonesboro, Union, Illinois. the settlement, after credits, totaled $837.90 to be distributed to the next of kin. Elizabeth Barber Penrod, relict of deceased, the sum of $279.34. to each of his children - David, Elizabeth, Lewis Jr. and Solomon - the sum of $139.50. Levi Patterson (2nd) husband of Jane Penrod, widow of Lewis' brother John) was approved as guardian for David and Solomon. Elijah Willard was appointed guardian for Lewis Jr.

The two guardians respectfully affixed and initiated three bonds, one for each ward, in the general sum of $350.00 with security and conditional according to the law - which said bonds are on file, 3 February 1834. "Elizabeth Penrod Gore, married, person and property not available until she shall arrive at the age of eighteen years." David Penrod, a minor, appeared in court 13 October 1832 and proved to said court that he was of lawful age to choose a guardian and therefore made the choice of Joseph Keller, who then initiated his bond with Nathan Keller as security.

Joseph Keller was officially approved guardian of David "person and property, until he shall arrive at the age of twenty-one years." Even though Lewis and Polly were not privileged to remain long with their children we see the strength of family kinship as loving and caring relatives provide for their welfare. Our hearts go out in love and gratitude to our Father in Heaven for our Penrod heritage and the lives of our valiant Lewis and Polly Penrod.

Researched and Written by L. Lyman & Beth Penrod

Family links:
  Solomon Penrod (1754 - 1812)

  Polly Beggs Penrod (1793 - 1829)

  David Penrod (1815 - 1872)*
  Solomon Penrod (1819 - 1898)*

*Calculated relationship
Jonesboro Cemetery
Union County
Illinois, USA

Created by: Sharla
Record added: Jul 05, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 72809781

Polly Beggs (1792 - 1836)

Born in Roean, North Carolina, USA on 1792 to Alexander Beggs and Ann Hemphill. Polly married John Penrod. Polly married Lewis Penrod and had 4 children. She passed away on 1836 in Jonesboro, Illinois Union.

Lewis Penrod (1789 - 1832) (

Born in New York, USA on 1789 to Samuel Penrod and Polly. Lewis married Jane Beggs. Lewis married Elizabeth Rothrock. Lewis married Polly Beggs and had 4 children. He passed away on 4 Aug 1832 in Jonesboro, Illinois Union.

Polly Beggs
20 Mar 1793
, Somerset, Pennsylvania
Jonesboro, Union, Illinois

Lewis Penrod
Quemahoning, Somerset, Pennsylvania
Of, Union, Illinois, USA

William Yarnell (Yarnold) (1790-1826) and Elizabeth Hayden (?) (---1850) (5G Grandparents)

So Richard Evans had a mother named Elizabeth Haden and a mother-in-law named Elizabeth Hayden?  Seems odd...

They lived in Dudley, Worcestershire, England

Elizabeth Hayden
Dudley, Worcestershire, England
22 Jan 1850 (51)
Dudley, Worcestershire, England

William Yarnell (Yarnold)
10 OCT 1790
SEP 1826
Frith Common, Lindridge, Worcester, England

James Evans & Elizabeth Haden (5G Grandparents)

He's buried in Albrightonparish, Albrighton, Shropshire, England,_Bridgnorth

Can't find any stories on this couple.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Al Huntington (Clark Allen Huntington (3 or 4G Grandfather)

Found some more books that have information on Al Huntington.

Lee's Ferry

from Mormon crossing to national park Page 137-142


The Colorado River survey

Robert B. Stanton and the Denver, Colorado Canyon & Pacific Railroad p. 115

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Christen Christensen & Karen Jensen (5G Grandparents)

Born in Segalt, Randers, Denmark on 1755 to Jens Sorensen and Karen Laursen. Karen married Christen Pedersen and had 5 children. Karen married Christen Christensen and had 6 children. She passed away on 9 Jan 1819 in Tolstrup, Hjorring, Denmark.

Niels Jensen & Anna (5G Grandparents)

No information found.

Underhill & Mrs. Underhill (5G grandparents)

No information found.

Thomas Barnhurst & Susanna Phillips (5G Grandparents)

  Xeroxed copy of an old letter from Priscilla Barnhurst to Georgina Barnhurst Rice, tells of a permit from the King to one Thomas Barnhurst to practice law in some city in England. The city directory of Birmingham, England 1770 shows a Thomas Barnhurst, lawyer living on Park St.. In Birmingham (the yard) church records of St. Martins, shows the birth of the children of Thomas Barnhurst and Susanna Phillips in Birmingham.

The following is found on a list of British Aliens in the US during the War of 1812 dated 25 Jul 1812.

"Thomas Barnhurst age 39 in US since Aug 1811, wife and two small children, current alley, Locust Street, copper plate maker."

Declaration of Intent - 26 Apr 1813 - Common Pleas Court, Philadelphia
Naturalization - 2 Oct 1822, Common Pleas Court, Philadelphia

Ref: Descent chart - Robert Barnhurst

Compiled and edited by Allen Alger, Alger Family Historian - email: [1]

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Elam Meacham Sr. & Mary "Polly" Williams (5G Grandparents)
Elam MEACHAM Sr. was born on 2 MAY 1776 in Canaan, Grafton County, New Hampshire. He died on 4 MAR 1874. He has Ancestral File Number 2TCN-WB. Parents: Samuel MEACHAM and Phoebe MAIN.
Elam MEACHAM SR 1 was born on 2 May 1776 in Canaan, Grafton, New Hampshire, New England. He died on 4 Mar 1874. He married Mary WILLIAMS on 18 Mar 1798 in Canaan, Grafton, NH

Samuel Galloway & Eleanor Reeder (5G Grandparents)

Father:    Samuel Galloway
Birth/Chris:     ... 1764 at ...
Death/Burial:    ... 1828/1829 at ...
Mother:    Eleanor Nellie Reeder
Birth/Chris:     ... 1768 at ...
Death/Burial:    ... 1836 at ...
Married:    ... 1790/1791 at ...

Children: 1. Galloway, James - Birth/Chris: ... 1791 at ...
2. Galloway, Patty - Birth/Chris: ... 1793 at ...
3. Galloway, Isaac - Birth/Chris: ... 1794 at ...
4. Galloway, Mary Polly - Birth/Chris: ... 1796 at ...
5. Galloway, John Or John Charles - Birth/Chris: ... 1798 at ...
6. Galloway, Thomas - Birth/Chris: ... 1800 at ...
7. Galloway, George - Birth/Chris: ... 1802 at ...
8. Galloway, Matilda - Birth/Chris: ... 1812 at ...
9. Galloway, Reeder - Birth/Chris: ... 1813 at ...
10. Galloway, Job - Birth/Chris: ... 1815 at ...
11. Galloway, Sally - Birth/Chris: ... 1816 at ...
12. Galloway, Hannah - Birth/Chris: ... 1817 at ...
13. Galloway, Simeon - Birth/Chris: ... 1818 at ...

 Eleanor Reeder is the daughter of Joseph Reeder and Dorothy Sutton.

Dorothy's parents were Amariah Sutton and Mary Letitia Haines.
Born in Northumberland, Pennsylvania, USA on 1776 to Joseph Reeder and Dorothy Sutton. Eleanor married Samuel Galloway and had 13 children. She passed away on 1836 in Pennsylvania, USA.
Researcher on line said that they found Samuel Galloway's birth-date in "Frandson Family Book " as June 4, 1764, and his death 1828 at Edinboro, Erie County, Pennsylvania.
Edinboro is a picturesque town located on the south shore of beautiful Edinboro Lake in Eri e County PA. According to C. J. Billings in Trigger and Reel "Until 1910, the Lake was know n as Conneauttee Lake. This Indian name means, "The Valley of the Living Snow Flake" and to v iew it from the hills on a bright afternoon one can readily imagine why the sparking body o f water was so named. That the Indian made more of the lake than the white man ever has, is p roven by the great numbers of flint stone relics found upon the shores. Arrow heads, spear he ads, scalping knives, etc. have been found in abundance in and around Edinboro. But the nam e was very confusing to strangers as nearby there is a Conneaut lake and Conneaut , a town i n Ohio." Thus, the name change.
The town was without a doubt named after Edinboro, Scotland and many of the early settlers ha d their roots there. The original settlers came from Lycoming PA, in particular, Williamspor t and Muncy, though over the years people have arrived in this beautiful town from every stat e in the union.
The village was founded more than two hundred years ago, with the arrival of the earliest set tlers. These families immediately began to clear the land, build homes, and establish a futur e for themselves, their children and posterity. These stalwart pioneers came, survived thei r first harsh winters, and set up their lives in this wilderness we now know as Edinboro. The y brought with them the traditions and cultures of the world and taught each other as they co nquered the wilderness.

Samuel Galloway had contracted for four hundred acres in Tract #431, but this was settled adv ersely to his claim. The tax records of 1825 through 1828 show him having 150 acres in trac t #429, which is now downtown Edinboro. From 1829 through 1833, Eleanor Galloway was taxed o n 64 acres, having been transferred to her from Samuel. What happened to the 86 acres is unk own. Samuel or Elanor probably disposed ofthem by sale or deed. We do know that John Charle s was deeded 50 acres in 1828 from his father-in-law, Elam Meacham, which was in tract #420 . From 1833 to 1836, Charles had 42 Acres in tract #436. He eventually moved from the stat e as di the other Galloway sons. The Reeders remained in the area.
Frandsen History has information about how the land was settled (History of Erie County, Penn sylvania, pages 213-215) A Pennsylvania Population Company was formed in Philadelphia, for th e purpose of settling the area. A John Nicholson, speculator and former Comptroller of the St ate held large quanities of land. He was known to have 3,700,000 acres of Pennsylvania and ha d formed joint-stock companies to which he had conveyed large portions of land. He eventuall y had financial chaos , he was sent to prison, and died insane in 1800. The state had a hug e claim against him for unsettled land warrants. Because of this, the original settlers foun d their titles to the land in jeopardy.
The Holland Land Company took up numerous tracts of Land in Erie and Crawford Counties issue d in 1793, 1794, 1795, and numerous sales were made. In consequence of the Indian troubles , the settlers upon some of the tracts were prevented from making the improvements required b y law within two years, then the titles became involved in litigation, the same as in the cas e of the Population Company. Thus, lands were taken away from settlers because of these situ ations.
The orginal plan of settlement by the Population Company in 1793 for Erie County:
A gift of 150 acres each to the first twenty families that shall settle on the French Creek.
A similar gift to the first twenty families that shall settle in the Lake Erie Territory.
A gift of 100 acres each to the next fifty families (after the first 20) who shall settle o n French Creek.
A similar gift to the next fifty families (after the first ten) who shall settle in the Lak e Erie territory.
The settlers were privileged to locate on any lands of the company they chose, and if they cl eared at least ten acres, and erected a comfortable house thereon, in which they resided, wer e to have a deed after two years. In case they were driven off by the Indians, no part of th e two years was to run against them, and no title was to vest in any person or his heirs wh o abandoned the lands before receiving the deed. 30,000 acres were offered for sale to actua l settlers, in tracts not exceeding 300 acres, at $1 per acre, payable at the option of the p urchaser.
Looking for any information on Samuel Galloway born 4 June 1764, and married Eleanor Reeder. Samuel was born near or in Erie County Pennsylvania and died some where around 1828/1829 in the same area.
Eleanor Reeder, b. May-21-1815, Erie County, Pennsylvania, d. date unknown.
Job Reeder (son of Joseph Reeder and Dorothy Sutton) was born Apr-29-1776 in Sussex, New Jersey, and died Nov-02-1851 in Edinboro Erie County Pa. He married Nancy Campbell on Mar-10-1800 in Erie County, Pennsylvania.

 Includes NotesNotes for Job Reeder:
LDS Baptism: Oct-14-2000 Temple: Logan
Endowment: Nov-4-2000 Temple: Houst
Sealing Child: Dec-26-2000 Temple: Houst
1850 Census
Samuel & Eleanor Galloway and her brother Job Reeder were among the original settlers of the area. Job Reeder's subsequent mariage to Nancy was the first marriage in Edinboro.
Many of the Reeder's of Erie County, Peensylvania are well documented.
Lycoming Deed County Deed Book 2, Page 178 (Frandsen Family History)
'Job Reeder to Samuel Galloway
This Indenture made this thirty first day of January 1790 between Job Reeder of the and township of Lycoming and one part and Samuel Galloway of the other part. witnesseth that Job Reeder for and in Consideration of 35 pounds... the receipt here of i do acknowledge granted bargained and sold alicated and confirmed and by these presents bargain and sell a land and cofrim unto the said Samuel Galloway ... bounded by the lands of JocobLatsha, James Greer, John Sutton for the said Job Reeder Heir of Joseph Reeder deceased obtained a preemption warrant with the resident the heirs for one chil part of the offore mentioned and described lands.... signed Job Reeder, Henry Thomas, David Eson Jan-31-1797"
Lycoming Deed Book 2, Page 179-181 "Samuel Galloway to Thomas Grant this indenture made this 4th day of May in the year of our Lord 17997 between samuel Galloway of Lycoming County... and Eleanor his wife of one part and Thomas Grant of Northumberland County of the other part... the said Job reeder heir of deceased Joseph Reeder did there by convey to the said samuel Galloway the said office right with all its appurtenances due unto the said Job Reeder..."
This letter mentions Samuel Galloway:
Frandsen Family History:
A copy of a letter written by C.Y. Reeder, the 14th of July 1863, wasincluded in the materia l sent to Florence Frandsen by Mrs. Shannon. Itwas addressed to his grandfather, Moses Reed er, who had gone to Canadamany years ago. This Moses was the twin of Isaac Reeder, Saddle r ofNewtown, Bucks County Pennsylvania. They were the sons of Joseph Reederwho had gone t o Lycoming County with his family.
Moses Reeder, SeniorEdinboro, E rie Co., PA, July 14, 1863
Dear Grand Papa,
I am now in the country
three and a half miles from Edinboro at brother Samuel's. I have beenhere in Pennsylvania o ver three months- Pennsylvania, the state thatgave you birth. I have been to college here o ne term, three months.The term was out on the 20th of June. There is two months vacation i nthe summer season. I have been away for three weeks during vacation--havejust returned . I was away at Harrisburg, Gettyburg is in the southernpart of the state where the last gr eat battle between Confederate Troopsand Federal Troops was fought. I was in Baltimore, Mar yland, andWashington D.C. on the first and second of this month. I was inPhiladelphia on t he 4th--was there for a week---was in New York City onthe 10th--was there for three days---j ust returned to this placeyesterday. In Philadelphia and Germantwon, Pennslyvania. I me t a numberof cousins. They are all very wealthy. I have two cousins keeping hotelin German town. Their grandfather and you were twin brothers. Theirfather's name is Enos. He is 65 y ears old. He has been very sick forthe last four months. He told me some long storeis on e about you andyour old sweethear, Polly Montgomery--Bucks County,PA --do you recollecther- --and how your mother used to scold you about her--before you wentto Canada. Some of the Re eders in Philadelphi are worth over a hundredthousand dollars--Governor Reeder, a cousin liv es in Ashton. He is verywealthy. He was Governor of this state for two years and also Gove rnorof Kansas for two years. One of my cousins here has been travelling allsummer for hi s health. He has been all over the United States--has justreturned--his health no better. H e is going to Europe this Fall, Ishall go with him if I do not go to college. He is very we ll 0ff--worthabout thirty thousand dollars. Job Reeder has been sick for some time.Job i s your brother Job's son. If I go to Europe I shall not comeback--If I don't go, I shall g o South again as soon as the war is overwith. The "Yankees and Abolitionist-alias Nigar thi eves." BrotherSamuel is doing very well--he has a sweet little lady for a wife. He isdoin g better than he would ever have done in Canada. I myself neverexpect to settle down, but w ill wander this wide world over. I love tobe on the water and the Railroad.
Whizzing through the mountains
Buzzing over the vale
Bless me this is pleasant
Riding on the rail.
I had one cousin killed in this last battle at Gettysburg- and one badlywounded and one slig ht wounded. Drafting has commenced here. They say Iwill be drafted- I am not afraid of it . They can never make me fight tofree the Damnable Negro. I am down on the Aboltion War an d AbolitionParty- and if it was in my power I would sink them all into the deepestpits of H ell. I go to Missouri and Tennessee next week but will be backin ten days. I have some two t housand dollars coming to me then. It hasbeen in court over a year. My attorney writes m e he has a judgement onone note for the balance at the next trem of court. I would like fo r youto write me and have some of the Uncle Emon's boys to write me and tellme how long i t has been since you were in Pennsylvaania. Remember me toall the relations. I remain you r Grandson.
Moses Reeder Sr. was born on 10 August 1772 in New Jersey. In the 1880Census, Emon noted tha t his father was born in New Jersey, his mother inPennsylvania. Other sources said Moses Sr . was born in Pennsylvania. Hewas the son of Joseph Reeder and Dorothy Sutton. He immigrate d toWhitchurch, York County, Ontario, Canada, arriving 1816.2 He died on 5May 1864 in Ontar io, Canada, at age 91 years, 8 months and 25 days.
Moses Reeder Sr. was born on 10 August 1772 in New Jersey. In the 1880Census, Emon noted tha t his father was born in New Jersey, his mother inPennsylvania. Other sources said Moses Sr . was born in Pennsylvania. Hewas the son of Joseph Reeder and Dorothy Sutton. He immigrate d toWhitchurch, York County, Ontario, Canada, arriving 1816.2 He died on 5May 1864 in Ontar io, Canada, at age 91 years, 8 months and 25 days

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Ethan Allen of Revolutionary War Fame (I am reportedly a descendant)

Clark Allen was reported to be a descendant of Ethan Allen in some online information I found. However, I think he is descended from his father Hezekiah  Allen and his grandfather Timothy Allen.

Here is a book he wrote called Reason: The Oracle of Man.

It is available here:

He wrote another book called A Narrative of Colonel Ethan Allen's Captivity ... Containing His Voyages and Travels, With the most remarkable Occurrences respecting him and many other Continental Prisoners of Observations. Written by Himself and now published for the Information of the Curious in all Nations.
It is available at this address: 
Wikipedia page on him: