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VOLUME 1 NUMBER 2 NOVEMBER 2002
INAUGURAL ELECTRONIC ISSUE:
With this issue we are going to venture into an electronic newsletter. Response to a printed issue was not very good, so we will send this to individuals that have e-mail and post it to the Reunion website. If individuals may print a copy off the web or a printed copy it will be made available upon request.
PORTLAND, OR in 2004
It’s never too soon to start planning for the next reunion that is the philosophy the our Board of Directors President, Bill Chinworth is using. To this end he is calling for a gathering of the Portland clan during the period November 15-17, 2002. The intention of this gathering is to meet, brainstorm and enjoy everyone’s company. And that’s just on Friday. On Saturday they intend to get serious and pick a chairperson and start organizing the reunion. The rest of the time will be used to visit various sites, look for caterers, transportation and entertainment possibilities. It looks like 2004 will be the best reunion yet, especially since the Lewis and Clark Centennial will be in full swing and all of Oregon will be involved.
INCORPORATION DELAYED AGAIN
A recently received e-mail indicates that Darrel Hawkins has hit a snag in getting the Chenoweth Family Association incorporated. The individual that he was planning on using to get the incorporation papers organized is no longer available and that he is looking for a new person to step up and assist with the project.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
COMMENTS FROM THE CLAN
(The following letter was received from Mrs Betty Ann Legan Smith, Great Granddaughter of John W. Chenoweth, who was killed in the Civil War at Chickasaw Bluffs, MS on December 29, 1862. For further information on the items mentioned within this letter visit the Chenoweth Family Website at Chenowethsite.com-editor)
Facts that were not in Shirley and Richard Harris’ Book
Elizabeth Chenoweth Stuart (Stewart) born 1750 died February 7, 1786 at age 36 in Jefferson Co., KY. Elizabeth, daughter of John and Mary M. Smith Chenoweth and wife of James Stuart.
Aaron Ashbrook born January 7, 1780, son of Mary W. Chenoweth, daughter of John and Mary M. Smith Chenoweth and Levi Ashbrook, son of Aaron Ashbrook died April 12, 1865 at age 85 in Fairfield Co., OH. He married Abigail Peters, daughter of Tunis and Francina Adams Peters on December 22, 1800 in Hampshire Co., VA. Abigail born June 7, 1782 died November 4, 1876 at age 94
Following are the children of Rachel Chenoweth and CPT James Kenner Seaton. They married about 1772. Rachel was the daughter of John and Mary M. Smith Chenoweth. Rachel born May 7, 1754 and died July 4, 1807 in Jefferson Co., KY at age 53.
Gideon Chenoweth born 1770, oldest son of CPT Richard and Margaret McCarty Chenoweth, was listed at home when the 16 Shawnee Indians attacked their home on July 17, 1789. Gideon was 19 at the time. At age 21, on November 3, 1791, he was killed by Indians at St Clair’s Defeat at Ft Recovery in Ohio. On February 7, 1792, the Jefferson Co., KY court declared CPT Richard Chenoweth father and heir of Gideon Chenoweth.
Three children of CPT Richard and Margaret McCarty Chenoweth were killed at the massacre at their home. The children were Levi, and Mary "Polly" Chenoweth. The third child has never been correctly identified. Margaret McCarty Chenoweth was on the 1820 census but died before the 1830 census. Margaret died at the home of her daughter Amelia Mildred Nash, wife of Harmon Nash. Margaret never married the second time as has been incorrectly stated. That may have been her brother’s daughter. CPT Richard was listed on the 1800 census but was dead by the 1810 census. It seems he died in 1803 from severe injuries received by a tree falling on him in 1796. Richard and Margaret and a number of their children and family are buried at the Richard Chenoweth Cemetery in Middletown, KY.
Hope you will be able to use it as all info is important to some branch of the Chenoweth Family.
(Website note: Betty’s source for Rachel Seaton and her daughter being at Richard’s home was found in what she describes as military papers she reviewed at the Filson Club in Louisville. Unfortunately she has never been able to locate this citation again to make a copy of it. The account is at odds with other published accounts including the research of Blaine Guthrie. Rachel’s husbands name is correctly just Kenner Seaton, even though Chenoweth accounts list his first name as James Kenner. He did have a brother named James, named for their father. A full listing of Rachel’s and Kenner’s children can be found at the website. Some of the dates vary with those found at the website.)
(The following poem was received in an e-mail by Jon Egge, from Mary Ann Plater Chenoweth, wife of George Samuel Chenoweth, Anna, IL)
August 15-18, 2002
By Jon Egge
Cottage Lake, Woodinville, WA
Descendant of Dr Henry S. Chenoweth of Chillicothe, OH
Several years ago, Shannon Graham of Missouri told me this was the proper address to use when addressing descendants of the family of John Chenoweth and Mary Calvert. Indeed we are all cousins and related to a family that is not only large but also diverse, spanning almost the entire 50 contiguous states as well as neighboring Canada and Mexico. One of my many highlights of the Elkins Reunion this summer was meeting Daniel Fred Chenoweth of Sonoma, MEXICO and his Uncle Gilberto Chenoweth of Arizona. They descended fromSommerville Chenoweth, a grandchild of Elijah Chenoweth of Franklin Co., OH. Elijah was of course 3rd generation of the THOMAS line.
Another highlight of the Reunion was meeting Virginia Bird Johnson who has so lovingly put together the genealogy of the families of Revolutionary John who settled there in Randolph Co. in 1790s. It was a gracious and warm welcome we cousins received from the families of Elkins on the occasion of their 88th annual picnic and reunion. Virginia Bird Johnson has attended every one of these. Her roll call of family members who had passed away since the last picnic was a deeply touching moment. It is a unique family rite. Some were surprised at the length of the list, but the families of John Chenoweth and Mary Pugh are great in number, some 10% of the website’s present database.
Each year some 40 to 50 people named Chenoweth pass away and are published in the Social Security death index. This means that at least 10 times that number, in terms of family members by various surnames, pass away each year. With each of them a bit of family history is often lost. The website and database is dedicated to trying to preserve that knowledge. The task is daunting because of the sheer size and help is most assuredly welcome.
Prior to the reunion, I had the singular pleasure to meet Greg Wulker of Ohio in Winchester, VA. This area is one of the significant cradles of the family. The deeds found in courthouses of Frederick Co., VA and the neighboring West Virginia counties of Berkeley and Hampshire are both numerous and of great import. During the few days there, Greg and I found the deeds that prove the William who married Elizabeth Hutchison was indeed William, Jr., misplaced in both published Chenoweth books. For me it was a fulfilling moment. I feel it confirms and completes the many structural changes in the early family tree that had quite unexpectedly begun in the third year of my work on the family genealogy. There is a sense in me that things have been set right for the first time. The process has rearranged some 16 family lines in the 3rd and 4th generation. Cora Hiatt was correct that the names of the children of the 3rd generation were all known. She was incorrect in who they were.
Another milestone event is that Peter Chenoweth has finished sending me the details of his Census work from the 1850 to 1920 Census on the Chenoweth name. Together we have built a spreadsheet that identifies each male Chenoweth in the family and where they were in each census. We presently believe that there were some 1,650 Chenoweth named males in 1920 that are part of the family. We have identified where 77% of these were in the Census. The bulk of this identification are family listings and the majority of what is missing are single young men, aging bachelors and widowers. This Census work, from years of patient effort by Peter forms a body of documentation on the family that is the solid framework with which we have built the family database.
I would hope as many of you as possible would support, both in terms of funds and interest, Peter’s effort to establish this newsletter as a family connection and genealogy voice. Only you can make it a success. This success in turn will help bind us together and perhaps help with the preservation of knowledge for future generations. Peter and I would welcome any help offered on any level.
THOUGHTS FROM THE TOP
(FAMILY CREST vs FAMILY CREST)
(FAMILY CREST vs FAMILY CREST)
Confused??? Well so are we. Over the past years it appears that there are 2 different version of the Family Crest. So which one is the correct one? In an attempt to gather enough data to determine which one is the correct one, I have sent the following correspondance:
September 26, 2002
The College of Arms
ATTN: The Officer in Waiting
Queen Victoria Street
London, EC4N 4BT United Kingdom
On behalf of the Chenoweth family, I come to ask two or three questions concerning two recorded coats of arms that pertain to the person or persons named Chenoweth or Trevelisek.
In 1925, a Chenoweth cousin published a book on the generations of Chenoweths descending from a John Chenoweth who was born at St Martins in Meneage, Cornwall, and who at age eighteen, came to America in 1700 and was married by 1702. A large grouping of us are descended from this man. In 1820, other people with the same surname started arriving.
In the above mentioned book, the lady included her idea of how one of the two Chenoweth family crests or coats of arms looked. We know that the picture we are all fond of is not really correct and we’re trying to go about getting better information.
Here’s the official descriptions as we have them:
From Celtic or Welch origin under the name, Trevelisek:
SA. On a fess, OR. Three clough’s heads. Motto: "Might makes Right."
From Cornwall, England, under the name Chenoweth:
SA. On a fess, OR. Three griffin’s heads erased, GUELS. The two names mottos were "A Guardian of Treasures" and "Lose Honor rather than Betray a Trust."
We have samples of griffins heads from modern sources and this was the crest that the authoress had created for her book. What we don’t have is an example of how a clough would be portrayed. I’ve also learned that there is also a bird name chough. I understand the former to be a raven sized black bird and the latter to be a crow sized black bird. We are trying to find a picture example of both.
You can communicate with me via electronic mail and electronic photography via the e-mail noted below. If there is a cost involved, we have the means to meet the expense.
Bill Chinworth, for the cousins
On October 23, 2002, the following response was received:
Dear Mr Chinworth,
Thank you for your letter of 26th September which I received as Officer in Waiting.
In order to answer your query it will be necessary to conduct a search amongst our Official Records to try and identify the two Arms of Trevelisek and Chenoweth, the blazons for which you provided in your letter.
My fee for this research will amount to US Dollars $200 and if you would like me to proceed I should be grateful if you could arrange to let me have a US Dollar cheque for this amount (made payable to the "College of Arms") and I will put the research in hand and send you a report in due course.
I look forward to hearing from you further.
The College of Arms
Queen Victoria Street
London EC4V 4BT
To which I have sent a check for $200.00 and am awaiting an official answer to the coats of arms for the titled member of our family whomever that was.
It is my hope that this matter can be resolved to the satisfaction of all.
Bill Chinworth DO YOU KNOW THESE PEOPLE? In the last issue we listed 101 individuals from the Social Security Death List that we were unable to identify. Since that issue we have been able to identify 6 of those individuals. This brings us to 78.3% of the Chenoweth’s listed there that we have identified and leaves 384 individuals yet to go. We show you another 90 names & dates. Do you know any of these individuals? If so please let us know by contacting Jon Egge at Peter Chenoweth, editor, Roy, UT.... Comments and Contributions Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
President, Board of Directors
Chenoweth Family Association
Copyright c 2002 by Peter Chenoweth and Jon D. Egge. All Rights Reserved. Any republication of this page material for personal use requires inclusion of this copyright. Any other republication of this page material requires the express consent of the editor.
DO YOU KNOW THESE PEOPLE?
In the last issue we listed 101 individuals from the Social Security Death List that we were unable to identify. Since that issue we have been able to identify 6 of those individuals. This brings us to 78.3% of the Chenoweth’s listed there that we have identified and leaves 384 individuals yet to go. We show you another 90 names & dates. Do you know any of these individuals? If so please let us know by contacting Jon Egge atJegge@chenowethsite.com or PO Box 1188, Woodinville, WA 98072.
Peter Chenoweth, editor, Roy, UT.... Comments and Contributions Email: email@example.com