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Subject: Re: [BRE] Harshbarger article 1937
Date: Sat, 09 Aug 2008 19:38:28 +0000
I am looking for a connection between the Christian Simmons family of Penn, VA and TN with the Ammen or Harshbergers. Christian and his family were in VA before then came to TN about 1800.
I would be thankful for any information that might be promising.
George and Sherry IN GOD WE TRUST
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> The Harshbarger Family of Montgomery County
> Jessie C. Watson
> December 1937
> Indiana Magazine of History, Volume 33, Issue 4, pp 505-509
> The Harshbarger Family of Montgomery County
> JESSIE C. WATSON
> About twenty-five years ago [about 1912-13] William Anderson, a
> descendant of the Harshbarger family, compiled the history and genealogy
> of the family, a record of one hundred ten pages. The data relative to
> the Montgomery County, Indiana, line of the Harshbarger family are taken
> from this manuscript record.
> The name Harshbarger is an Americanized form of the Swiss-German name
> Hirschberger. Jacob, the emigrant, was born in Basle, Switzerland, about
> 1722. He went to Holland in 1750, married Maria Eva Petra, and remained
> there four years to earn his passage money to America by weaving, being
> an expert in this art. The young couple sailed for America in 1754, with
> a baby daughter. This child died on shipboard. Jacob and Maria Eva
> landed at Philadelphia, and leter established a home in Lancaster
> County, Pennsylvania .
> They had at least three sons: Christian—b. 1755; d, 1827; m. (1) Barbara
> Ammen and (2) a widow, Mrs. Garman. Jacob—b. 1757; d, 1850; m. (1)
> Margaret Keller and (2) a widow, Mrs. Sellebarger. Samuel—b. 1759; d,
> 1849; M Elizabeth Gish. Little is known of the youth of these three
> sons. All of them left Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Their children
> all lived in Virginia, but Jacob resided for a long period in Maryland.
> Christian lived several years in Pennsylvania, near his wife's people.
> After the Revolutionary War, Barbara's father bought 1512 acres of land
> in southwestern Virginia. In 1784, he took his family, including
> Christian and Barbara (Ammen) Harshbarger, to the new home on Mill Creek
> in Virginia. This was about three miles from Fincastle. Barbara died in
> 1803, leaving a family of eight children:
> * Child—b. 1780; d. in infancy.
> * Catherine—b. 1781; m. John Deardorf.
> * Samuel—b. 1783; m. three times.
> * Child—b. 1785; d. in infancy.
> * Jacob—b. 1786; m. Elizabeth Beckner.
> * Mary—b. 1789; m. John Beckner.
> * Rebecca—b. 1791; m. Jacob Gish.
> * Elizabeth—b. 1794; m. John Stair.
> * Susan—b. 1797; m. David Gish.
> * Anna—b. 1799; m. John Riddle.
> Catherine, the daughter of Christian was born in Pennsylvania and
> married John Deardorf. They moved to Virginia and remained there several
> years. Then, she and several of her relatives moved to Highland County,
> Ohio. In less than twenty years, her family scattered westward. She had
> twelve children, six of whom came to Indiana, but not to Montgomery County .
> Samuel Harshbarger, son of Christian, settled in Highland County, Ohio,
> near Leesburg, about 1812. He moved to Indiana in 1828, and died in
> 1853. He had three wives and fourteen children, and they lived near
> Delphi. Later, some of them moved to Lafayette, and others to points in
> Illinois .
> Jacob, son of Christian, went to Highland County, Ohio, in 1816, and
> lived near Rocky Ford. He later went to Illinois. He married Elizabeth
> Beckner. Their eleven children moved westward, many of them to the
> Pacific Coast.
> Mary, daughter of Christian, married John Beckner. She died in 1810,
> leaving one son, Samuel Beckner, who lived in Lafayette as early as 1832
> and died in 1890. He was the first mayor of Lafayette .
> Rebecca, daughter of Christian, married Jacob Gish and moved to Highland
> County, Ohio. She had seven children all of whom lived in the
> neighborhood of Lafayette .
> Elizabeth, daughter of Christian, came to Indiana in 1829 and married
> John Stair. They liver near the Wabash river, below Delphi. Many of
> their descendants went to California and other parts of the Far West,
> only a few remaining in Indiana.
> Susan, daughter of Christian, married David Gish. They had four
> children, who settled around South Bend and Lafayette .
> Anna, youngest daughter of Christian, married John Riddle (Riddell), and
> died in 1899. They had ten children. Many of the descendants went to Iowa .
> Jacob Harshbarger, second son of Jacob, the emigrant, was born in
> Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and lived most of his life in or near
> Hagerstown, Maryland. His wife, Margaret Keller, died there, leaving
> him, with at least four sons. The name of only one, Jacob, the youngest
> is known. The other three sons, are known to have lived in the
> Hagerstown, Maryland, neighborhood. They probably moved westward, as
> their father Jacob, in his late years, left Maryland and lived among
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> his brothers family in southwestern Virginia. Jacob, son of the
> emigrant, married in Virginia, a widow, Mrs. Sellebarger, and they had a
> son Henry who was born in 1820. He married Fannie Traill in 1855 and
> they had four children:
> * Jacob—b, 1855.
> * Henry—b, 1858.
> * Martha—b, 1860; m.———Patterson.
> * William—b, 1862.
> Samuel Harshbarger, third son of Jacob, the emigrant, married Elizabeth
> Gish, and they had eight children:
> * Maria—b. 1787; d. 1789.
> * Elizabeth b. 1790; m. Samuel Frankebarger.
> * Jacob—b. 1792; m. Salome Ammen.
> * Catherine—b. 1794; m. (1) Jacob Bonsack and (2) Joseph Brubaker.
> * Maria—b. 1796; m. Joseph Nofsinger.
> * Susanna—b. 1799; d, 1888; m. John Bonsack.
> * Samuel—b, 1802; m. Elizabeth Myers.
> * Catrina—b, 1804; (no further record.)
> Elizabeth Harshbarger, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Gish)
> Harshbarger, married Samuel Frankebarger and their children numbered ten:
> * William Frankebarger—b.——; d, 1848.
> * Elizabeth—m. Daniel Graybill.
> * Samuel—b, 1814; (no further record).
> * Susan—b, 1816; d. 1900.
> * Rebecca—b, 1818; m. Samuel Stober.
> * Mary, m.——Wills.
> * Jacob—b, 1823; m. Rachel Byrd.
> * Joel—b, 1825; went to Los Angeles, California .
> * Sarah—b, 1828; m. Reed Clark.
> * Anna—b, 1831; m. Oliver Clark.
> There are many of this family, still living in Montgomery County, Ind.,
> and while the name of Frankebarger is rarely known, the Graybills,
> Stoners, Byrds, and Clarks, are among the oldest families in that locality.
> Jacob Harshbarger, son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Gish) Harshbarger,
> married Salome Ammen, and brought his family from Virginia to Montgomery
> County, Indiana, about 1831. He bought land in the vicinity of Ladoga,
> and taught one of the first schools, in a log house, in this district.
> He was also a miller and farmer. At one time he is said to have owned
> three thousand acres of land in the county. He was a Dunkard, as most of
> the Harshbargers were and are today, and he helped to organize a Dunkard
> Church on Cornstalk Creek shortly after coming to the county. Like many
> of his family, he held tenaciously to German customs and language,
> keeping the record of births in his family by date, month, and sign of
> the Zodiac. Many of his descendants may be found near Ladoga at this time.
> Children of Jacob and Salome (Ammen) Harshbarger:
> * Son—b, 1815; died young.
> * Lydia—b, 1816; m. William Myers.
> * John—b, 1818; d, 1830.
> * Samuel—b, 1820; m. Elizabeth Graves. Lived in Missouri .
> * Catherine—b, 1821; m. Zachariah Mahorney of Ladoga, Ind.
> * Salome—b, 1824; m. M. B. Anderson.
> * Elizabeth—b, 1826; m. S. P. Frame. Lived in Missouri .
> * Ann—b, 1830; m. William Frame of Ladoga, Ind.
> * Jacob—b, 1828, m. Mary Myers of Ladoga, Ind.
> * Mary—b, 1833; m. D. H. Himes of Ladoga, Ind.
> Catherine and Susana Harshbarger, daughters of Samuel and Elizabeth
> (Gish) Harshbarger, who married Jacob and John Bonsack, did not come to
> Indiana, but went into Tennessee from Virginia, and their families
> scattered westward.
> Mary (Maria) Harshbarger, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Gish)
> Harshbarger, who married Joseph Nof-singer, had seven children:
> * Salome Nofsinger—b, 1813; m. Joel Britts. Went to Kansas. William—b,
> 1815; m. (1) Mary Myers and (2) dau. of Gen. Tilghman Howard of
> Rockville, Ind.
> * Elizabeth—b.1817; m. Joshua Baker. Went to Kansas .
> * Mary—b, 1819; m. Daniel Hale.
> * Peter—b, 1823; m. Phoebe LaFollette. Moved to Kansas .
> * Jacob—b, 1825; m. Mary Spears. Moved to Wisconsin .
> * Susan—b, 1825; m. George LaFollette.
> Samuel, son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Gish) Harshbarger, married
> Elizabeth (Myers) Harshbarger. Their nine children were:
> * Sarah Harshbarger—b, 1827; m. Robert Miller.
> * Nancy—b, 1829; mar. Clark Byrd.
> * John—b, 1832; m. Susan Clark.
> * Joel—b, 1834; m. Minerva Daugherty.
> * Samuel—b, 1837; m. Mary LaFollette.
> * William—b, 1839; m., Anna Peffley .
> * David—b, 1842; m. Sarah Davidson.
> * Lizzie—b, 1844; m. Nathan Kessler.
> * Salome—b, 1847; m. David Peffley .
> The record of this family has been carried through several generations.
> The Montgomery County line has been copied and can be used later if
> space permits. Jacob Harshbarger, son of Jacob and Salome (Ammen)
> Harshbarger, married Mary Myers, and was probably the best known member
> of this large Harshbarger family in Montgomery County. He was born in
> Virginia in 1828, and came to Ladoga with his parents when three years
> old. He was a successful farmer, president of the Ladoga Bank, and,
> unlike most of his family, was a member of the Christian Church. His
> father assisted in establishing the Dunkard Church on Cornstalk Creek,
> later located a short distance north of Ladoga. Today there is a marker
> on the Crawfordsville-Ladoga County improved road, just north of Ladoga,
> pointing to "The Church of the Brethen", the Dunkard Church, which seems
> quite as prosperous as any other denomination. Many descendants of this
> Harshbarger family, still members, and one or two of the older women,
> are said to appear at Sunday services in their Dunkard bonnets.
> The old Harshbarger Cemetery, on Cornstalk Creek, is across the road
> from one of the old Harshbarger farms, is still used, and fairly well
> kept. It is hoped that our D.A.R. Chapter will copy the records in this
> cemetery, for it seems certain that we shall find the graves of many
> pioneers of this district. Samuel Harshbarger the son of the emigrant,
> who died in 1849, is buried there.
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