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VOLUME 4 NUMBER - 1 March 2005
EDITOR: PETER C. CHENOWETH - E-MAIL: p.chenoweth@comcast.net


One of the joys of family research is when you can connect family members that have become separated. It has happened a couple of times over the past few years for Jon and I. Each time a sense of accomplishment, [DIRECTORS] satisfaction and purpose lets us know that what we are doing is definitely beneficial. Once again an individual has asked us to assist in their quest. This time we don't have the capability of making a connection and are hoping someone can help. At the individuals' request we have only provided enough information to make sense. If you can help please respond to e-mail boydland22@aol.com or the editor.

White male; born June 7, 1967 at Los Gatos Community Hospital in Los Gatos CA; Mother's maiden name is Cook; father's name believed to be a Robert Chenoweth, born in the 1940s in New York and served in the US Navy.

SONS OF JOHN1 Continuing our look at the sons of John1, Jon Egge provides us with an article on William, the second son. Though not much information was contained about this son in both Cora Hiatt and Harris' books, there is now enough information within the database to elevate William from "runt" status. That honor now belongs to Richard, but it should be noted that the two of them combined do not equal any of their three other brothers.

Humorous Causes of Death
by Mert & Eleanor Erber (Apr 1997 Rootsweb.com)

My friend found her grandmother's death certificate a couple of weeks ago. Listed under Part II "Conditions contributing to death" was the statement "an unfaithful husband of 40 years". Needless to say, everyone in the country clerks office got quite a kick out of it. Then by some strange coincidence, my father included in his letter a small note about "Causes listed on 4 real death certificates: Went to bed feeling well - woke up dead; Don't know � never fatally ill before; Don't know - died without the aid of a doctor; and Nothing seriously wrong." - I wonder if others have come across humorous interpretations by doctors on the causes of death. - editor

Genealogy, the only hobby where dead people can excite you!



(The following e-mails have been received from members of the family with regards to the newsletter. Comments, articles, questions and other items for this newsletter are always appreciated.-editor)


Was unable to make the Family reunion in OR. Was their any news on the Family DNA report? This Steven Chenoweth in Piketon, Ohio, I live where the Chenoweth Brothers settled in Ohio at Pee Pee Prairie along Scioto River which I'm a descendent from. Was John Chenoweth, Welsh or from Cornwall and the name Trevelisek is way back.

12 Feb 2005
Steven Chenoweth
Piketon, OH

I am guessing but maybe you are Steven Craig Chenoweth s/o William Earl Chenoweth?. But I am not sure . . John Chenoweth probably was born in Cornwall. We are still looking for enough DNA volunteers to make a sufficient database � Jon Egge


Dear Peter, I was happy to see your site and found the names of my grandmother, Elizabeth Chesebro Larkin, daughter of Martha May Chenoweth Larkin, daughter of William and Sarah Carr Chenoweth. I have some information and can give you more, or you could contact my aunts, Martha Shelby or Rev. Margaret Smart. They may have more info than I do. Thanks for keeping up with all this. It is fun and frustrating at the same time. I love it!

It is interesting to see that I live very near some distant relatives here in Tennessee. I may have to get in touch!
30 Dec 2004
Nancy Thrasher

It is always satisfying when a family member makes contact. As another Chenoweth line there are not many of us out there. Again thanks for the connection. - editor


Hi, Just a quick note to say that our book on my great great grandfather, Lemuel Chenoweth, and the building of the Philippi Covered Bridge, has been published and is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc

The title is "The Great Bridge-Building Contest," illustrated by me (Roxie Munro) and written by my author husband, Bo Zaunders. It is published by Harry Abrams in NYC; it's in full color, $16.95; and the ISBN# is 0-8109-4929-6. (You can go to Amazon, go to books and put in Roxie Munro and scroll down the list to see it).

3 Jan 2005
Roxie Munro Studio
Long Island City, NY

I have a copy on order and am looking forward to receiving it. � editor


I always enjoy the newsletter, and especially this time since it concerns Thomas and his descendants. A couple of things - - Mary Prickett is listed as being born in Burlington, NC; I'm sure this is a typo for NJ. The other thing you might want to change is that the Chenoweths settled first in Ross County, Ohio. The area later became Pike County, but the early records will be found in Pike County. Thanks for all your input and hard work!
4 Jan 2005
Long Island City, NY

Yes that is a typo. It is correct in other places and I will correct this as well. I will also update the front page too �Jon Egge


Don't know if this fits your fine newsletter style. . . but, as a Chenoweth of long standing. . . if you want to call attention to another Chenoweth thing. . . my website . . .a teaching site for hospitality students at Ohio State and other such places. . . is for want-to-be restaurant reviewers . . . since everyone is a food critic, most without ink exposure . . . the site seems to have some interest . . . feel free next time around to offer free clicks into the field. . . (It is a non-commercial site).

9 Dec 2004
Doral Park Chenoweth, Jr
Columbus, OH

Doral writes for the Columbus Dispatch as the Grumpy Gourmet. Doral's line is the oldest 9th generation male line in the family. � Jon Egge.


Was glad to see the information about the Chenowith newsletter. Had a computer crash and lost your address and all of the newsletters you had sent me. Is there a way I could get them again, also had lost all of the letters that were sent. I'm not sure of the persons name I met here in The Dalles, OR. It's gone, sure would like any help you could give me."

8 Dec 2004
Ruth Brittle
The Dalles, OR

All the newsletters are posted on site including the one about meeting you, "A Trip to "Chenowith" and a Chance Meeting" in the Mar 2004 edition. In that article it was Bill Chinworth who first found you and introduced us. � Jon Egge


I see that you keep track of births and deaths. Just in case no one had informed you, and you didn't read it, Paul Lee Chenoweth, son of Raymond William Chenoweth and Virginia Elizabeth Rinehart, died on November 14, 2004 at 5:50AM.

7 Dec 2004
Justin Lee Chenoweth
Westminster, MD


Again, thank you for the newsletter. Since you appear to be in a researching mood, I have some puzzles for you. While I was at the State Archives, I met a woman from Baltimore. A Mrs Bardwell. She isnot related to us, but is related to the Wilmotts. I hate to tell you, but, her name was Mary Smith.

She told me there were Chenoweths in Maryland in the late sixteen hundreds. She thought the date was bout 1668. She said Wilmott, Moore, Owings all came to Virginia together about that date and moved to Maryland later. She said, as she remembered from her readings, Chenoweths came into VA about the same time. She said she was researching Church Records of the period. I thought you and Peter might like a go at this connection. Elmer, Pearl and I could never prove for sure when we came into this country or how. Do you have access to manifests of ships coming into VA in the 1600s? They do exist. I'm very curious about this.

There is a story of John coming to this country in his own ship and that he was in Trade. However, Pearl swore he was deported from prison on the Isle of Wight for his political beliefs.

Now let's talk about DNA. Adele, Nick, Lucille and I all have deformed platelets. I bleed excessively from injuries, Nick, Adele and Lucille are the opposite, their blood clots too quickly. The doctor who does our blood work all the time says that shows our Viking ancestors. The Cornish always have said they had nothing to do with the Vikings. It might be fun to check out those who have had blood work done and see how many have these deformed platelets. Our DNA also shows we came from Southeastern Asia, also, it shows our Schweitzer connections throughthe Alamine Tribe that came from Asia into Switzerland, then into Germany. The rest of our profile is Celtic (Irish, Scots and Welsh). Fascinating stuff DNA. Have a Happy holiday and a healthy, prosperous New Year.

7 Dec 2004
Shannon Graham


I see that you keep track of births and deaths. Just in case no one had informed you, and you didn't read it, Paul Lee Chenoweth, son of Raymond William Chenoweth and Virginia Elizabeth Rinehart, died on November 14, 2004 at 5:50AM.

7 Dec 2004
Justin Lee Chenoweth
Westminster, MD


Hello to you and Good Wishes for a very meaningful Christmas. I just wanted to make sure you have our new address here in VA. I haven't had any newsletters lately and kind of miss them.

9 Dec 2004
Carl Bochau


I don't know why but I read the December 2004 newsletter with much more thoroughness than I usually do. Of the several marriages you listed for John P. (or several John P's as the case may be) the one to Sarah Elizabeth Moore caught my eye. This Sarah was the sister of my great great grandfather, Andrew Jackson Moore. Sarah was born November 25, 1846 in Barbour Co., VA (now WV). She married William Morgan Hamric December 19, 1869. They had seven children. William died in 1891. My source says she married John Chenoweth after William died. The source had no other information on John and did not have his middle initial. Now I am able to add the date of marriage to John P. and his middle initial from your newsletter. It appears that William may have left his wife (in a similar fashion to what John P. may have done with several wives).

My source is the Gilmer County, WV history Book and the contributor of the specific article was Geraldine Marks. Geraldine writes a column in the Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder, a weekly newspaper from Gilmer County. The paper has just this summer begun an online edition. Geraldine does not have an email address. She has a daughter who lives near her who would relay emails. She mentioned your name and the huge Chenoweth database in one of her recent articles, so I assume you may have been in contact with her.

This information probably will not help you in your attempt to solve the John P. enigma. If it does, so much the better. I just wanted to say thanks for the pieces of information that affect me personally. Good newsletter � keep up the good work.
7 Dec 2004
Darrell B. Stalnaker

This is some good information on Sarah. They did have a child, Sarah Margaret Chenoweth who married H.W. Cash according to Harris. This marriage is on page 620 of Harris. They are found in the 1900 and 1910 Census of Rockbridge Co. The wife is in the 1920 Census same place. The child is not in the 1900 census but Sarah the wife says she has had 1 child and 1 living. In 1910 she says: (md 1x) 8child/5 Liv. I don't have the parents of Andrew Moore. Maybe you could elaborate on this family. It might be a place to hang this "unknown line" with a side connection to the main file.

SARAH ELIZABETH MOORE was born November 25, 1846 in Barbour Co., WV, and died Aft. 1920. She married (1) WILLIAM MORGAN HAMRIC. She married (2) JOHN P. CHENOWETH November 16, 1882 in West Virginia, son of THOMAS CHENOWETH and RACHEL SWANE. He was born December 11, 1822 in Ross Co., OH and died August 2, 1913 in Rockbridge Co., VA


  1. SARAH MARGARET2 CHENOWETH, b. September 27, 1883, Indiana; m H.W. CASH
I have never talked to Geraldine Marks. I know that I have seen references to her name from Don Norman. � Jon Egge.



It is the consensus opinion of the newsletter staff that this section intended for Golden Wedding anniversaries would be better suited as submittals. It is feared that we might not have current data on married couples and that one or more of the spouses recognized might be deceased. Information for this recognition would be appreciated. � editor (p.chenoweth@comcast.net).


By Jon Egge
(Cottage Lake, Woodinville, WA)
(Descendant of Dr Henry S.5 Chenoweth of Chillicothe, OH)

Greg Wulker made a trip to Champaign Co., OH this week and found the detail on three (3) Champaign County land transactions in 1839 that prove the line of Dr Henry S. Chenoweth and Dr John W. Chenoweth as sons of James Francis, son of Thomas, son of John, son of John. William Safley, the uncle of the children of Rebecca Safley Chenoweth, buys land from Benjamin and Margaret Sharp, Jesse and Sarah Tuttle and Henry S. and John W. Chenoweth. Each describes the land as having been received as heirs of Rebecca Chenoweth to the estate of Henry Safley. These transactions very clearly prove that Sarah, Margaret, Henry S. and John W. were children of Rebecca Chenoweth who married James Francis Chenoweth.

This one deed of Henry and John jointly in part reads:

  • HS & JW Chenoweth to William Safley � Know all men that . . Henry S. and John W. Chenoweth of the County of Pickaway, Ohio and the State of Arkansas in consideration of One Hundred and sixty dollars in hand paid by William Safley of the County of Champaign (Ohio) hath bargained and sold and hereby grant, bargain, sell and convey unto the said William Safley, his heirs and assigns forward, the following premises estates(?) in the County of Champaign in the State of Ohio and in Goshen Township as follow to wit two twentieth parts of all the real estate and landed property of Henry Safley deceased late of County of Champaign, State of Ohio, aforesaid being the same that was left to us as the heirs at law of Rebecca Chenoweth by the last will and testament of Henry Safley.

JAMES FRANCIS4 CHENOWETH (THOMAS3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born 1774 in Maryland, and died Bef. 1825. He married (1) REBECCA ROBINA SAFLEY August 20, 1799 in Botetourt Co., VA, daughter of HENRY SAFLEY and MARGARET DUNLAP. She was born November 18, 1784 in Rockingham Co., VA and died February 28, 1813 in Botetourt Co., VA. He married (2) NANCY CRAWFORD November 14, 1813 in Botetourt Co., VA, daughter of WILLIAM CRAWFORD. She was born Bet. 1769-1789 and died Unknown.


  1. THOMAS5 CHENOWETH, b. Aft 1799
  2. MARGARET5 CHENOWETH, b. Aft 1802, Virginia; d. 1853, Ohio; m. BENJAMIN N. THARP, January 10, 1822, Champaign Co., OH; b. Bet. 1787-1804
  3. HENRY S.5 CHENOWETH, b. December 13, 1804, Virginia; d. April 19, 1869, Nesosho, Newton Co., MO; m LEVINA FRANCES WHITE, August 26, 1829, Chillicothe, Ross Co., OH; b. 1811, Ohio; d. May 29, 1889, Newton Co., MO
  4. SARAH5 CHENOWETH, Abt 1806, Virginia; d. Bef. 1900, Missouri; m. JESSE TUTTLE, February 26, 1834, Champaign Co., OH; b. Abt. 1801, Ohio; d. Bef. 1880
  5. JOHN W.5 CHENOWETH, b. December 25, 1807, Virginia; d. October 5, 1874, Grayson Co., TX; m. FRANCES JACKSON RANDLE, September 1, 1831, Madison Co., IL; b. November 20, 1811, Illinois; d. April 24, 1894, Texas.
  6. JAMES5 CHENOWETH, b. Aft 1799.

There is a puzzle yet here. Henry divided his property 4 ways between his 2 sons Adam and William and the heirs of his two deceased daughters: Sarah Snodgrass and Rebecca Chenoweth. Son Henry was not included. This means Rebecca's share was 25% and the 3 land transactions covering Sarah, Margaret, Henry S. and John W. are 4/20ths or 20%. There must be one other child, probably Thomas, though I don't know what happened yet to his share. Sarah Margaret, Henry S. and JohnW. sold their shares at $80 each for $320. Adam sold his share to William for $400. Again the $80 difference indicated an additional heir in Rebecca's share.

I assume the Thomas is the Thomas we have who moved down to Virginia from Ohio after he married. This bears further investigation.

Common Pleas Court, 1st of January 1839, Will was produced by William Safley and witnesses John Owens and Hiram Doty, $1100 bond entered by William Safley and Elizabeth Safley, widow. (transcribed by Greg Wulker)

  1. I will and bequeath my soul to God who gave it, and my body to its mother earth, to be interred by my living friends in a plain, decent and Christian like manner.
  2. I will all my debts, funeral and other expenses be paid out of my estate by my executor.
  3. I will and bequeath unto my beloved wife Elizabeth Safley all my household furniture and bedding, one cow of her own choosing, four head of sheep, and one hundred dollars and all my clapboard house.
  4. I will and bequeath unto my son William Safley $100, to my son Adam Safley $150 dollars, and to my son Henry Safley $10 dollars to be paid out of my personal estate and the balance of my estate both real and personal, I will to be divided equally between my two sons William and Adam Safley and my two daughters, late Sarah Snodgrass and Rebecca Chenoweth, both deceased which will is to be understood that the legal heirs of said Sarah and Rebecca deceased are to have their deceased mother's interest equally divided amongst them.
  5. I hereby nominate, constitue and appoint my son William Safley sole executor, signed Henry Safley dated 3rd of February 1838, witnesses: John Owens and Hiram Doty.

Index of pictures Greg took of items that he found that supported the analysis:

  1. Land transaction Benjamin and Margaret Sharp to William Safley
  2. Land transaction Jesse and Sarah Tuttle to William Safley
  3. Land transaction Henry S. & John W. Chenoweth to William Safley
  4. Inventory of personal property � page 1
  5. Inventory of personal property � page 2
  6. List of debts owed to the estate
  7. Sale of property � page 1
  8. Sale of property � page 2
  9. Sale of property � page 3
  10. Picture of new gravestone of Henry Safley
  11. List of documents by Greg
  12. Transcription of will by Greg � part 1
  13. Transcription of will by Greg � part 2
  14. 4 Safley marriages
  15. Land sales of William Safley � part 1
  16. Land sales of William Safley � part 2 (includes Sales of Estate share from Adam to William Safley for $400)


Dear Jon, Greg, et al,

Many, many thanks to all of you who have had a hand in this research! It was such an important project to those of us who were from the "disconnected" line of James Francis Chenoweth. Your persistent, thoughtful work followed a weaving path that resulted in an important piece of Chenoweth scholarship.

And special thanks to you, Jon, for your continuing support and enthusiasm for the researchers and then for keeping the rest of us updated and informed. I loved the progress reports.

I'm popping the top on the champagne I had saved for this event and toasting the health of all those who unearthed and tied together the evidence we needed.

Here's to you!
Your cousin, Jan Cloud


Civil War Remembered

Contributed by Edmund P. Willis (Alexandria, VA) the following is a letter describing an event during the Civil War involving the family of Lemuel Chenoweth of Beverly, WV (the noted bridge builder) and his great grandfather.

Christmas Evening
December 25th

Mrs. Mollie Chenoweth Weymouth

My dear Madam:

This evening fifteen years ago we met for the first time. You may have forgotten it, but it was a bright spot in a dark epoch of my life and will never be forgotten by me. It was a cold Christmas day and after a long tiresome march I entered Beverly under guard, a prisoner of war, about three o'clock in the afternoon. It was the first time my eyes had ever rested on the old town and I thought at the time, under the peculiar circumstances of my condition, and the feeling of loneliness and despondency which oppressed me, that it was the most desolate looking place that I ever saw.

I was taken up to Gen. Averill's [page 2] headquarters and the General very generously offered to release me on parole for the night if I desired to stay with any of my acquaintances. Alas, I didn't know a single person in the whole town. Verily I was a stranger in a strange land, and I told the General so. At this point the noble, good fellow, Tom Edwards stepped up and told me that he knew a family of Southern people in the place who would be glad to accommodate me and offered to accompany me to the house of your father.

I accepted his offer gladly and as I recall the incident you may remember our appearance when we entered your house late that afternoon. I recollect distinctly as if it had been yesterday, the cordial greeting [page 3] your family gave me, and as we fathered around the bright fire in the grate I felt that for the time I had been permitted to stop in Paradise. I also remember in the same connection the Christmas supper your Mother had prepared for us, particularly the fine fat turkey which your mother informed me she had prepared for the Christmas dinner, but learning that Averill was to reach Beverly that day it occurred to her that perhaps he might have some poor Rebel prisoner with him, and she reserved the turkey with the hope that she might have the gratification of sharing it with some Confederate. I know one Johnny Reb who made her heart glad by eating a memorable meal from that gobbler, but then after supper all of us, your father, mother, yourself and sisters, Tom Edwards and myself, gathered in the cozy little parlor and while the [page 4] cheerful fire glowed and sparkled in the grate in defiance of the storm which raged without, we had a long talk of old times "away down South in Dixie."

I detailed to you a running history of events as they were occurring within the Confederate lines, and you in turn related to me the troubles and difficulties you had to contend with inside the lines of the enemy. I remember, too, how tenderly you spoke of the death of your gallant brother, Maj Chenoweth, who fell at Port Republic. We had a great deal to talk about, of friends in the Southern army, of friends who had refugeed South, of friends who had befriended you when a refugee yourself, and although I remained with you the next day and the next night we didn't get through talking.

Fifteen years have passed since then, but as I sit at my desk tonight writing [page 5] this letter the whole scene rises up before me as inviolate as a thing of the present, and I am fain to permit my mind to dwell there.

But as all bright dreams have their waking to a darker real life, so my pleasant sojourn at your home was cut short, and on the second morning I resumed my march towards a northern prison. I have not forgotten your continued kindness and the pleasant gleams of light, which your letters proved to me, penetrating the gloom of my prison hours at Fort Delaware. I have never ceased to think of you, and as in time to time as opportunity presented I have made inquiries as to yourself and your father's family. I had not learned of your marriage, however, until a few days ago. I received a letter from your husband in which he informed me that his wife was no other than the noble-hearted little woman who so generously contributed to my wants in the days when I [page 6] was "hard up," but I hope that I may be able by my vote and influence to contribute something toward securing the position for your husband, and thus in a small way contribute something in return for the kindness of his wife.

I do not know how old time has served you in all the years that have intervened since the time of our meeting, but I hope you have fared well at his hands. To me they have brought a varied experience, I have had a fierce contest in the battle of life. Wrestling with Fate, sometimes under, but more frequently on top, and taking all in all I have just cause for thankfulness that I have succeeded as well as I have. I am comfortable domiciled with a reasonable share of earthly comfort, have a most excellent wife and three bright little cherubs- two girls and a boy � to gladden our home. For several years I have been in bad health � at one time despaired of ever being well again, but now [page 7] think that I will be restored to the vigor of my younger manhood.

Just think of it � fifteen years have passed by since you took me beneath the shelter of your home, and it seems as but a day ago. I was a boy then, and now am settled down into mature manhood-taking a retrospect of the years that are gone. What numberless pictures hang on the walls of the Past! In some respects the years have proved hard teacher � in others, they picture to me "faces beaming with many a smile from the bowels of memory's magical isle." As I call up these forms from the tomb of the vanquished years what varied shadows they cast on memory's wall. There are pictures of bitter pain, ashen memories, and crushed hopes. There are recollections of strong passions and wild ambitions when the heart of the child is crushed in the breast of the struggling man; but, there are also other pictures more blessed one, pictures of quiet, peace, and domestic love: and joys arising from faith and truth: kisses of children on cheek and lip: and there [page 8] is also a tender one thru all, it is a little grave, and a mourning for the pressure of tender life and the light of eyes darkened in death's eclipse.

"How the winters are drifting like flakes of snow,
and the summers like birds between,
And the years in the sheaf-so they come and they go
On the river's breast with its ebb and flow
As it glides in the shadow and gleams."

In the quiet of my room this Xmas night I have lived over again the Christmas of fifteen years ago � 1863 � and the years that have followed, but I know that I am wearying you so I will close.

I hope Mrs Weymouth (I can hardly resist saying Miss Mollie) that your future may be bright and happy, and when the death shadows at last shut out the light of life may you find shelter in that home where neither storms, nor war, nor even death can come. And may you then find the full joy and truth of the Scripture. "Even as you have (done) it unto one of these little ones ye have done it unto me,"

Mrs Moffett joins me in best wishes, and we have that both of us may yet meet you and thank you in person for your kindness to me � Always your friend.

Geo. Moffett


By Peter C. Chenoweth (editor).

Though not a literary critic, I do enjoy a good book. Every now and then I prefer something other than a "classic". I recently purchased one of those "other" books and even though the reason I purchased was because it was written by my cousin, James Harvey Chenoweth, Jr, I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in law enforcement.

James, born of missionary parents on the Chinese-Tibetan border in 1922, was a police officer, Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal, a Treasury agent and a Congressional investigator. His latest book, "Down Darkness Wide.", tells of his exploits as one of the last frontier US Marshal's in the Third Judicial Division in the Territory of Alaskan, from 1951 to its becoming a state in 1960.

Reviews of this book can be found at www.publishamerica.com

James' previous venture into literary waters was a unique book, "Oddity Odyssey: A Journey Through New England's Colorful Past". This book masquerades as a guided tour through each of New England's six states � Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Having lived in New England from 1989-1994, I can only say that I wish this book had been available then as it brings the country side alive with little publicized oddities.

Other literary works, by members of the Chenoweth Clan, will be reviewed in future editions.


Age 86 - MILTON E.9 BALLARD (IVIE LUDA8 LILLY, ADELIA FLORENCE7 HARLOW, ELIZABETH SUSAN6 CHENOWETH, GABRIEL5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born May 30, 1917, and died January 23, 2004. He married KATHRYNE EVA 'KATHY' LONG. She was born April 16, 1916, and died July 26, 1996 in Tucson, Pima Co., AZ.

Age 90 - ELEANOR FRANCIS8 BANKS nee HEAD (ELLA VANCE7 HOLLYDAY, AMY JANE6 VANCE, MALINDA BROMWELL5 BALDWIN, ELEANOR 'NELLIE'4 CHENOWETH, ABSOLOM3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1) was born October 23, 1913 in Walkerton, St. Joseph Co., IN, and died September 20, 2004 in Evansville, Vanderburgh Co., IN. She married MORRIS DEACON BANKS July 11, 1937 in Plymouth, Marshall Co., IN, son of OWEN BANKS and FLORENCE DEACON. He was born July 25, 1909, and died December 07, 1990.

Age 94 - FLOSSIE MARIE BINEGAR nee FOREMAN daughter of BUEL FOREMAN and STELA JULIAN, was born March 16, 1909 in Keystone, Wells Co., IN, and died January 12, 2004. She married 21, 1934 in Wells Co., IN THOMAS FRANCIS 'FRANK'8 BINEGAR (SARAH MATILDA 'TILLIE'7 CHENOWETH, ELIAS6, WILLIAM E.5, ELIAS4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1). He was born September 27, 1891 in Loblolly Swamp near Geneva, Adams Co., IN, and died August 19, 1978.

Age 88 - ALICE MAE8 BRAISHER nee LEATHERS (BENJAMIN MILTON7, PERMELA PARALEE6 WOOD, RACHEL5 CHENOWETH, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN4, THOMAS3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born August 07, 1915 in Gracemont twp., Caddo Co.,OK, and died April 01, 2004 in Bakersfield, Kern Co., CA. She married CLAUD FRANKLAND BRAISHER December 02, 1933 in Marlow, Stephens Co., OK. He was born February 28, 1912 in Milburn, Johnston Co., OK, and died March 18, 1974 in Bakersfield, Kern Co., CA.

Age 24 - SARAH R. GRIFFITH nee BUNTON was born October 20, 1979 in Martinsville, Morgan Co., IN, and died January 09, 2004 in Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN. She married BRYAN10 BUNTON (TERRY WAYNE9, GERALDINE8 CHENOWETH, ROY LEE7, JOHN H.6, EPHRAIM B.5, ABSOLUM4, ABSOLUM3, JOHN2, JOHN1)

Age 74 - ALTA AUDRA CHENOWETH nee VAUGHN , daughter of LESLIE VAUGHN and AUDRA BROWN was born January 22, 1930 in Humboldt, Richardson Co., NE, and died October 12, 2004 in Omaha, Douglas Co., NE. She married August 24, 1954 in Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO GUY WILLIAM9 CHENOWETH, JR. (GUY WILLIAM8, JOHN WESLEY7, WILLIAM H.6, RICHARD5, NICHOLAS4, JOHN3, RICHARD2, JOHN1). He was born October 26, 1922 in Brackettville, Kinney Co., TX, and died January 11, 1989 in Texas.

Age 78 - BETTY LOU CHENOWETH nee MACE, daughter of JAMES MACE and RISSI WELCH was born June 05, 1926 in Norton, Randolph Co., WV, and died December 01, 2004 in Geneva, Ashtabula Co., OH. She married HERBERT WILLIAM9 CHENOWETH (DELIA8 CHENOWETH, MARSHALL7, JOHN KITTLE6, WILLIAM PUGH5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1).

Age 83 - BUHL L9 CHENOWETH, JR. (BUHL L8, GIDEON HARRISON 'BIRD'7, IRA STOUT6, ROBERT T.5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born June 13, 1921 in Summit Co., OH, and died December 12, 2004. He married MARY M. VAUGHAN, daughter of LOREN VAUGHAN and MARY HEMMIGER.

Age 66 - DIAN CHENOWETH nee KNAPPE was born September 09, 1938 in Albuquerque, Bernalillo Co., NM, and died December 30, 2004 in Germantown Hills, Montgomery Co., MD. She married July 18, 1981 in McDonough Co., IL KENNETH ELOISE 'K.C.'9 CHENOWETH (ELLSWORTH 'ELZIE'8, WILLIAM HARRISON 'SWELLY'7, ELIAS BIRDINE6, WILLIAM5, JOHN4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1). He was born September 26, 1931 in Fulton Co., IL, and died May 30, 1992 in McDonough Co., IL.

Age 83 - DOROTHY MARIE 'DOT' CHENOWETH nee SPROW , daughter of CHARLES SPROW and CLENNA KRISHER, was born December 01, 1921 in Reading twp., Hillsdale Co., MI, and died January 06, 2005 in Marshall, Calhoun Co., MI.: She married ARTHUR WILLIAM8 CHENOWETH (WILLIAM HENRY7, WILLIAM HENRY6, HARVEY R.5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1). He was born January 26, 1920 in Branch Co., MI, and died September 08, 1984 in Barry Co., MI.

Age 94 - ELTHADORA M. CHENOWETH nee PENCE was born December 10, 1910, and died December 23, 2004. She married in 1936 JOHN BARTLETT8 CHENOWETH (FRED7, JOHN SKIDMORE 'JS'6, JEHU5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1). He was born March 28, 1914 in Elkins, Randolph Co., WV, and died 1966.

Age 81 - HOWARD EARL8 CHENOWETH (WILLIAM HENRY7, WILLIAM HENRY6, HARVEY R.5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1) was born March 24, 1923 in near Coldwater, Branch Co., MI, and died December 26, 2004 in Carmel, Marion Co., IN. He married (1) MAXINE V. BURRITT June 05, 1943. She was born September 05, 1925 in Coldwater, Branch Co., MI, and died April 25, 1994 in Marion, Grant Co., IN. He married (2) NORMA LEE RECTOR.

Age 71 - KATHARINE GRAY CHENOWETH nee RICHARDSON , daughter of GRAY and ISOBEL RICHARDSON, was born January 17, 1933 in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA, and died January 06, 2005 in Dallas, Dallas Co., TX.: She married 1954 ROBERT AUSTIN8 CHENOWETH (MATTHEW LAWRENCE7, ROBERT FINLEY6, FRANCIS MARION5, JOHN FOSTER4, ELIJAH3, THOMAS2, JOHN1). He was born May 19, 1931 in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA, and died March 11, 1999 in Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC.

Age 90 - LENNIE W. CHENOWETH nee unknown was born September 24, 1914 in Dillon Co., SC, and died October 12, 2004 in Zephyrhills, Pasco Co., FL. She married CHARLES DUANE10 CHENOWETH (HARLAN JAY9, BEEBE8, MARSHALL7, JOHN KITTLE6, WILLIAM PUGH5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1). He was born November 21, 1932 in Elkins, Randolph Co., WV, and died October 10, 1994 in Tampa, Hillsborough Co., FL.

Age 93 - LEONA I. CHENOWETH nee HIGBEE was born July 16, 1911 in Nebraska, and died July 22, 2004 in Sacramento Co., CA.. She married in California WALTER LEE8 CHENOWETH (WALTER7, NELSON6, WILLIAM5, THOMAS4, WILLIAM3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1). He was born March 25, 1909 in Beadle Co., SD, and died April 06, 1971 in Sacramento Co., CA.

Age 91 - MABEL MARIE CHENOWETH nee ANTHONY , daughter of HENRY ANTHONY and ELIZABETH REEDER was born September 03, 1913 in Henry Co., IN, and died December 06, 2004 in Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ. She married CARROLL N.8 CHENOWETH (THOMAS W.7, NELSON TILLMAN6, THOMAS FOSTER5, JOHN C.4, THOMAS3, THOMAS2, JOHN1). He was born February 08, 1909 in Randolph Co., IN, and died July 27, 1994 in Sierra Vista, Cochise Co., AZ.

Age 94 - ROSE MARIE CHENOWETH nee AKERS was born August 08, 1910 in Iowa City, IA, and died December 29, 2004 in Orange Co., CA. She married RICHARD HOUSTON8 CHENOWETH (HALSEY WHITE7, ABRAHAM BIRKHEAD6, JAMES HACKLEY5, WILLIAM4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1). He was born October 26, 1906 in Tennessee, and died February 15, 1995 in Westminster, Orange Co., CA.

Age 72 - SHIRLEY MAY CHENOWETH nee CHRYSTAL August 26, 1949 was born August 19, 1932 in Baltimore, Baltimore Co., MD, and died February 02, 2005 in Hanover, York Co., PA. She married TUNIE8 CHENOWETH (GEORGE THOMAS7, GEORGE THOMAS6, GEORGE5, WILLIAM4, RICHARD3, ARTHUR2, JOHN1). He was born October 27, 1927 in Baltimore City, MD, and died July 28, 1995 in Baltimore, Baltimore Co., MD.

Age 87 - STUART CURRAN7 CHENOWETH (LAWRENCE EVERETT6, ARTHUR WILLIAM5, ABSOLUM4, ARTHUR3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born November 09, 1917 in Kern Co., CA, and died December 07, 2004 in California.

Age 84 - VIRGINIA MAE CHENOWETH nee HOWELL , daughter of WILLIAM HOWELL and CLARA ALLEN was born May 06, 1922 in Perryville, Wayne Co., MO, and died January 01, 2005. She married January 12, 1957 HARRY PAUL9 CHENOWETH (ARTHUR BENTLY 'BEN'8, WILLIAM SIEGAL7, WILLIAM HAYCRAFT6, JACOB VAN METER5, WILLIAM4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1). He was born March 13, 1923 in Ventura Co., CA, and died January 29, 1998 in Redding, Shasta Co., CA.

Age 72 - WILLIAM DALE8 CHENOWETH (JACK HYDE7, WILLIAM ANDREW6, RICHARD5, RICHARD B.4, JOHN3, ARTHUR2, JOHN1) was born August 22, 1932 in Murray, Calloway Co., KY, and died December 12, 2004 in Henry Co., TN. He married (1) MAUNONE CLEMENTINE MITCHELL September 01, 1950. She was born April 18, 1931, and died November 09, 1998 in Henry Co., TN. He married (2) GLENDORA HORN.

Age 93 - AMY LOU8 DINIUS nee HEAD (ELLA VANCE7 HOLLYDAY, AMY JANE6 VANCE, MALINDA BROMWELL5 BALDWIN, ELEANOR 'NELLIE'4 CHENOWETH, ABSOLOM3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1) was born November 26, 1910 in Walkerton, St. Joseph Co., IN, and died September 27, 2004 in Logansport, Cass Co., IN. She married DONALD DAVID DINIUS September 26, 1937 in Plymouth, Marshall Co., IN.

Age 76 - DUANE E.9 DUKE (CLARENCE J.8, SARAH OLIVE 'OLLIE'7 CHENOWETH, PETER6, WILLIAM E.5, ELIAS4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born December 25, 1927 in Indiana, and died September 11, 2004. He married JACQUELINE MACE. She was born August 14, 1939, and died March 04, 2001.


Age 75 - RUBY ILENE8 FREDERICK nee CHENOWETH (ROSS WARNER7, EDWARD WOODWARD6, WILLIAM5, JOHN4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born March 11, 1925 in Table Grove, Fulton Co., IL, and died June 07, 2004 in Macomb, McDonough Co., IL. She married LELAND WAYNE FREDERICK January 15, 1947 in Ipava, Fulton Co., IL. He was born October 22, 1916, and died July 18, 2001.

Age 76 - EILEEN CLAIRE8 GOETZ nee CHENOWETH (RAYMOND NEWTON 'RAY'7, SIMON PETER6, THOMAS BENJAMIN5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1) was born August 31, 1927 in La Porte Co., IN, and died January 15, 2004. She married WAYNE FREDERICK GOETZ, son of WALTER GOETZ and ESTHER BLOCK.

Age 50 - MICHAEL HARLAN10 HAYS (FRED9, PAUL ROOSEVELT8, IRENE JANE 'JENNIE'7 WHITAKER, NEWTON J.6, BLANDFORD B.5, MARGARET ELIZABETH4 SEATON, RACHEL3 CHENOWETH, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born May 25, 1954 in St. Charles, Kane Co., IL, and died November 2004 in Colorado. He married SHARON YATES, daughter of ORVIL YATES and V. FOSTER.

Age 85 - BETTY JEAN9 HORNER nee MILLER (ETHELYN MAY8 CHENOWETH, WILLIAM L.7, JOHN THOMAS6, WILLIAM THOMAS5, WILLIAM4, ARTHUR3, ARTHUR2, JOHN1) was born December 06, 1918 in Winchester, Randolph Co., IN, and died February 11, 2004 in Winchester, Randolph Co., IN. She married IRA M. HORNER. He was born February 04, 1919, and died March 08, 2001 in Winchester, Randolph Co., IN.

Age 83 - EVERETT EUGENE9 HUFFMAN (DELLA ADELAIDE8 CHENOWETH, WILLIAM HARRISON 'SWELLY'7, ELIAS BIRDINE6, WILLIAM5, JOHN4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born October 24, 1921 in Table Grove, Fulton Co., IL, and died January 05, 2005 in Springfield, Sangamon Co., IL. He married BARBARA J. FLOWERS, daughter of EMORY FLOWERS and MARY ROBINSON. She was born February 19, 1924, and died November 15, 2002.

Age ca 85 - MARGARET ELLA9 KELLY nee DEWITT (BERNICE8 HASLETT, SARAH MARGARET7 ASHBROOK, ELI REES6, JONATHAN P.5, ELI4, MARY3 CHENOWETH, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born September 24, 1918 in Buchanan, Berrien Co., MI, and died 2004. She married (1) CHARLES JOHN RENKES 1937. He was born October 25, 1913, and died October 1974. She married (2) DAVID LEWELLYN LARKIN 1942. He was born January 01, 1895, and died March 1980 in Battle Creek, Calhoun Co., MI. She married (3) VIRGIL CLIFFORD TODD June 1947 in Angola, Steuben Co., IN, son of ROY TODD and MARY ROWLEY. He was born October 20, 1916 in Michigan, and died September 05, 1978 in Jackson, Jackson Co., MI. She married (4) HYMIE FORD 1962. He died in Jackson, Jackson Co., MI. She married (5) PAUL DREYER 1976. He was born October 02, 1914, and died January 1985 in Nobleton, Hernando Co., FL. She married (6) WILLIAM KELLY 1984.

Age 81 - BASI D. KING , son of ERNEST KING and VERDA DUFF was born August 23, 1922 in Wells Co., IN, and died June 22, 2004. He married JESSIE9 STAUFFER (MARY ELLEN8 BINEGAR, SARAH MATILDA 'TILLIE'7 CHENOWETH, ELIAS6, WILLIAM E.5, ELIAS4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1).

Age 92 - JAMES IRA LAMB was born July 17, 1910 in Everett, Snohomish Co., WA, and died December 23, 2004 in Plantation, Broward Co., FL. He married June 28, 1933 in Berwyn, Cook Co., IL LAURA PETITE8 GEORGE (HARRY H.7, FREDERICK W.6, SUSAN DELPHIA5 PETEET, CHENOWITH4, RICHARD JOHN3, RUTH2 CHENOWETH, JOHN1). She was born August 28, 1910 in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA, and died March 08, 2003 in Plantation, Broward Co., FL.



Age 90 - RICHARD E.8 MARTYR (LOYOLA AGNES 'OLA'7 CHENOWETH, JOHN ADDISON 'GUS'6, JOHN AUGUSTUS5, NICHOLAS4, JOHN3, RICHARD2, JOHN1) was born December 25, 1913, and died April 04, 2004. He married VIRGINIA CRABTREE October 01, 1937. She was born November 03, 1921, and died January 13, 1995 in Klamath Falls, Klamath Co., OR.

Age 88 - HOWARD MILLER , son of CHARLES and SUSIE MILLER was born September 29, 1916, and died January 30, 2005. He married DOTTIE MAURINE9 CHENOWETH (LEONARD COLUMBUS8, WILLIAM HENRY7, WILLIAM COLUMBUS 'LUM'6, WILLIAM THOMAS5, WILLIAM4, ARTHUR3, ARTHUR2, JOHN1). She was born April 25, 1917 in Randolph Co., IN, and died 1972.

Age 87 - DEO AUSTIN10 PADGETT, JR (GLADYS ALFARETA9 POE, BERTHA8 EDWARDS, HARRIET ELIZABETH7 CHENOWETH, LEMUEL6, JOHN I.5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born October 31, 1917 in Wichita, Sedgwick Co., KS, and died January 14, 2005 in Bernardo, San Diego Co., CA. He married DOROTHY MARIE DOUGLASS.

Age 89 - BESSIE MAY8 PEDDICORD nee RAY (BESSIE H.7 CHENOWETH, ARTHUR PHILIP6, JOHN5, WILLIAM4, RICHARD3, ARTHUR2, JOHN1) was born May 21, 1915 in Elkridge, Howard Co., MD, and died January 18, 2005 in Berkeley Springs, Morgan Co., WV. She married JOHN H. PEDDICORD.

Age 79 - INA ALTA8 PLEASANT nee HARSHMAN (EDNA BLANCHE7 CHENOWETH, CHARLES A.6, WILLIAM NEWTON5, ARTHUR4, ARTHUR3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born May 09, 1925 in Michigan, and died November 04, 2004 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co., MI. She married JOHN WENDELL PLEASANT November 01, 1947. He was born June 01, 1923, and died November 26, 1988.

Age 81 - BARBARA9 REASER nee FLETCHER (MARY LEWIS8 CHENOWETH, ERNEST BERNARD7, BERNARD PEEL6, ALFRED GRIFFITH5, JOHN4, JOHN3, ARTHUR2, JOHN1) was born October 04, 1923 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA, and died February 08, 2005 in Mosinee, Marathon Co., WI. She married DONALD C. REASER 1948. He died August 14, 1989.

Age 75 - ISAAC LEROY RICE was born January 25, 1929, and died January 11, 2005. He married December 06, 1952 BARBARA LAURA10 PENDERGRAFT (MYRTLE MAE9 REITER, WILLIAM SHERMAN8 RITTER, SARAH C.7 DAVIS, RACHEL6 CHENOWETH, JONATHAN5, JONATHAN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1). She was born May 10, 1933, and died January 05, 2001.

Age 76 - DONALD E.10 SATTERTHWAITE (MILDRED IRENE9 CHENOWETH, FRANK HARGUS8, JAMES WILLIAM7, SAMUEL HAYCRAFT6, JACOB VAN METER5, WILLIAM4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born August 09, 1928 in Udall, Cowley Co., KS, and died January 12, 2005. He married unknown.

Age 53 - EDWARD E.10 SCOWDEN (FRANCIS EARL9, JAMES EARL8, EVERETT7, SAMUEL PARKER6, DORCAS5 CHENOWETH, ARTHUR4, RICHARD3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born December 05, 1952 in Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co., IN, and died January 26, 2005 in Rockville, IN. He married RHONDA SMEDLEY

Age 69 - ROBERTA MAXINE SCOWDEN nee PEARSON , daughter of LLOYD PEARSON and BUFORD WRIGHT was born December 29, 1934 in Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co., IN, and died December 05, 2004 in Tippecanoe Co., IN. She married August 17, 1952 in Delphi, Tippecanoe Co., IN KENNETH WILLIAM 'PETE'8 SCOWDEN (NOAH CLEVELAND7, SAMUEL PARKER6, DORCAS5 CHENOWETH, ARTHUR4, RICHARD3, THOMAS2, JOHN1). He was born November 30, 1925 in Tippecanoe Co., IN, and died March 19, 2001.


Age 79 - WILLIAM AMOS9 STUMP (MARY MAE8 CHENOWETH, CLEMENT7, WILLIAM H.6, ROBERT S.5, ARTHUR4, ARTHUR3, ARTHUR2, JOHN1) was born January 15, 1925 in Pierceton, Kosciusko Co., IN, and died January 06, 2005 in Pierceton, Kosciusko Co., IN. He married LORETTA PARSONS, daughter of FOREST PARSONS and EMMA JONES.

Age 94 - VERA MAY8 SULLIVAN nee WESTLAKE (RHODA PEARL7 CHENOWETH, EDWARD WOODWARD6, WILLIAM5, JOHN4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born February 11, 1911 in Table Grove, Fulton Co., IL, and died February 15, 2005 in Peoria, Peoria Co., IL. She married MICHAEL J. SULLIVAN July 1936 in East St. Louis, St Clair Co., IL. He died December 05, 1954 in East St. Louis, St Clair Co., IL.

Age 79 - DARROLL L.10 TALBOTT (LUCRETIA JANE9 MCCULLOUGH, LORETTA8 FINDLEY, JAMES COLUMBUS7, DEBORAH ANN6 HART, ELEANOR 'NELLIE'5 CHENOWETH, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born January 22, 1925 in Kingsville, Randolph Co., WV, and died July 28, 2004 in Belington, Barbour Co., WV. He married ELLA ROSE SCOTT.

Age ca 64 - BARBARA JEAN10 TEEL nee PETERSON (VERA MADLYN9 CHENOWETH, JOHN J.8, JOHN CASPER7, HEZEKIAH STITES6, CASPER5, WILLIAM S.4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born Abt. 1940 in Hastings, Adams Co., NE, and died November 21, 2004 in Indianola, Red Willow Co., NE. She married WILLIAM L. TEEL.

Age 89 - WILLETTE9 UTLEY (PAUL W.8, EDMONIA ALICE7 SWITZER, JAMES WILSON6, MADISON MONROE5, ELIZABETH4 CHENOWETH, THOMAS3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born January 21, 1915 in Texas, and died January 12, 2005. She married MILTON MAURICE LAWRENCE December 24, 1940. He died 1991.

Age 92 - MARY E.9 WELCH nee CHENOWETH (HOWARD BLAINE8, WILLIAM HENRY7, WILLIAM COLUMBUS 'LUM'6, WILLIAM THOMAS5, WILLIAM4, ARTHUR3, ARTHUR2, JOHN1) was born September 17, 1911 in Greensfork twp., Randolph Co., IN, and died February 24, 2004 in Winchester, Randolph Co., IN. She married DONALD E. WELCH Abt. 1932. He was born August 14, 1912, and died October 07, 1996.

SONS OF JOHN1 - William
By Jon Egge, WA
Part 3: A continuing series of the children of John
Part1: Richard
Part2: Thomas

This is the third in a series of newsletter articles about the sons and daughters of the original family. Both Chenoweth histories give William short shrift. Cora Hiatt covered William's family in one page. In the Harris book there are only 14 pages used to cover his family. Even so, 4of these pages are wrong. But there are another 24 of William's lines in the book that are misplaced under other sections. The net effect would be a 34-page section. Now much more of William's family has been restored. William is no longer the "runt" of the family. That honor now belongs to Richard, but Richard and William combined do not equal any of their three other brothers. William was the second son to have a recorded land purchase and the first in Virginia. He settled along Mill Creek in present day Berkeley Co., WV. At the time it was part of Frederick Co., VA. He married an Ann, who, according to Betty Cruishanks, was Ann Polk.

William did, in numbers, have the smallest family of the five brothers, 4 sons and 3 daughters. Unlike his brothers, William, except for his own name, did not use any of the family names for his sons. There were Joseph, Absolom, Isaac and William, Jr. The son, Joseph, died at the age of 40, just months before William himself, leaving a son and a daughter, called "Newly" who would be Eleanor. Joseph's wife remarried to Dr. Evan Banes and took her family to Ohio just after the turn of the 19th century. This was Sarah "Sina" Hayes, one of two daughters of John Hays, a neighbor of William's, who married Chenoweth brothers. The other, as discovered by Greg Wulker, was Anne Hayes who married Absolom. Absolom is only a name in the Chenoweth books. Through research of Greg and another cousin, Joanne Swartz, we have determined that he had at least 3 daughters and probably 1 son. The land that William lived on was divided upon his death between his two sons, Absolom and William, Jr. Absolom sold his half in 1809 and headed for Ohio, passing through Washington Co., PA and settling in Clark Co., OH. Absolom died there as the result of a fall from a horse when he was drunk, thus resulting in his daughter Eleanor, and her daughter Sarah becoming involved in the temperance movement.

The William, Jr. who resided on the other half of William's land, sold his parcel about 1813 and went to Warren Co., OH. This William is wrongly depicted in the Chenoweth books. His wife was not Nellie Skelly and the listed children in Cora's book had no life except the one called James Mathias. This James turns out to be a duplication of the son of John(3), the James that settled in Perry Co., OH with his 2 brothers. It is all wrong. Actually William, Jr, as proven by land deeds in Berkeley Co., was the William who married Elizabeth Hutchinson, misplaced as a son of John(3). Of all the sons of William, the family of William, Jr. is the largest and most robust. There were 4 sons and 6 daughters. Thomas the oldest, misplaced as a son of Richard, Jr., went to Clark Co., OH. The other three, William, Absolom and John, were part of the 3 cousin marriage with the daughters of William S. Chenoweth of Back Creek, Frederick Co., MD and settled with William, Jr. in Warren Co. It was this very William S., the son of John(3) by his first marriage to Mary Smith, that William, Jr. was mistakenly substituted for by Cora Hiatt, causing William S. to be in turn misplaced and misunderstood for years. Upon his death William, Jr. divided his lands in Warren Co. among his three sons who settled there. His will describes this trisection at painstaking length. Many families of these three sons and cousin wives still live in this same area of Ohio today.

Isaac also died young, at age 40. He had a known family of 5 children, 3 daughters and 2 sons. All would end up in Ohio, most with a preceding stop and stay in Pennsylvania. Isaac's youngest son Isaac J. was born after his death and is not mention in the minor guardianship hearings that followed Isaac's death. This has caused some to question the line. But Isaac J. is mentioned in the division and shares of Isaac's land after his death and is an authentic son of Isaac.

The lines of daughters of William have been equally shrouded. Though mentioned in William's will, their married names were not given. The only one we have a good knowledge of now is Mary who married Abraham Sutton and went with him to Fort Cumberland and then Washington Co., PA. It is believed that the daughter Hannah married Samuel Dunham and Anne married Daniel Wilson, but neither is clear cut.

WILLIAM2 CHENOWETH (JOHN1) was born 1718 in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, and died bef December 20, 1785 in Berkeley Co., VA (now WV). He married ANNE POLK February 12, 1742/43 in Virginia. She was born 1722 in Baltimore Co., MD and died Unknown.


  1. MARY3 CHENOWETH, b. March 22, 1743/44, Frederick Co., VA; d. Aft February 1797, Lone Pine, Washington Co., PA; m. ABRAHAM SUTTON, April 23, 1760, Frederick Co., VA; b. March 22, 1738/39, Summerset Co., NJ; d. Aft May 3, 1791, Washington Co., PA
  2. JOSEPH3 CHENOWETH, b. Abt 1745, Virginia; d. September 22, 1785, Berkeley Co., VA (now WV); m. SARAH "Sina" HAYES, Bef 1780, prob Berkeley Co., VA (now WV); b. August 4, 1757, Virginia; d. March 28, 1836, Clark Co., OH.
  3. ABSOLOM3 CHENOWETH, b. Abt 1747, Virginia; d. Abt 1823, Clark Co., OH; m. ANNE HAYES, b. 1758-1766; d. Aft 1823..
  4. WILLIAM3 CHENOWETH, JR, b. Bet 1750-55, Hampshire Co., VA (now WV); d. November 21, 1820, Warren Co., OH; m ELIZABETH HUTCHINSON, Virginia; b. Bet 1750-1756; d. Aft 1820, Warren Co., OH
  5. ISAAC3 CHENOWETH, b. Abt 1752, Virginia; d. February 1792, near Gerrardstown, Berkeley Co., VA (now WV); m SARAH ?; b. Bet 1747-1755; d. Unknown
  6. HANNAH3 CHENOWETH, b. Bet 1742-1765, Virginia; d. Aft 1785; m SAMUEL DUNHAM; b. May 11, 1742, Woodbridge, NJ; d. February 18, 1824, Berkeley Co., VA (now WV).
  7. ANNE3 CHENOWETH, b. Bet 1742-1765, Virginia; d. November 18, 1808; m. DANIEL WILSON, Abt 1795; b. February 14, 1765, probably Berkeley Co., VA (now WV); d. March 23, 1852.


The following individuals were reported to the web site as new arrivals to the Chenoweth Clan during 2004. Individuals are listed by birth month and their 2nd generation lineage is in parenthesis.

  • January: (William) Ayden Zen Baber in Texas, (Thomas) Chloe Clare-Campbell Chenoweth in Washington, (John) Benjamin Chadwick Comeau, (John) Mia Sunshine Giraldi, (Thomas) Kelsey Jolene Karniewicz in Oklahoma, (William) Aiden David McClendonm, (John) Savana Lee Pringle
  • February: (Thomas) Ethan Donald Chenoweth, (Hannah) Wyatt Dean Rhoades in Florida
  • March: (William) Ethan Michael Baitz in Indiana, (Hannah) Madelyn Grace Blanton, (John) Lauren Olivia Chenoweth in Texas, (John) Lucas Daniel Eggers, (William) Evelyn Hope "Evey" Lancaster in Virginia
  • April: (Thomas) Trevor Joseph Chenoweth in Illinois, (Thomas) Kaleb Kimball, (John) Lexington Grace Olson in Maryland, (John) Connor Davis Richardson in Idaho, (John) Hannah Grace Smith in Kentucky
  • May: (John) Molly Lynn Acarregul in Washington, (Arthur) Ellis James Foster in Virginia, (John) Zane Sprague
  • June: (John) Breanna Daray Vessels in Kentucky
  • July: (John) Carsen Benger in Idaho
  • August: (John) Remington Gage Chenoweth in Colorado, (John) Michaela Madison Hanger, (John) Chloe Elizabeth Jenkins
  • September: (John) Gunner Harrison Cassity in West Virginia
  • October: (John) Tyler James Bagby in Idaho
  • November: (John) Maci Abigail Dorsett in Indiana, (Thomas) Peyton Kennedy Melchi
  • December: (Thomas) Colby James Bommerscheim, (William) Jessa Wren Chenoweth in Indiana
  • Birth Month not known: (Richard) Nathan James Anderson

Mar 2005


[Jon] By Jon Egge
Cottage Lake, Woodinville, WA
Descendant of Dr Henry S.5 Chenoweth of Chillicothe, OH

Christmas Presents

The ebb and flow of the website is constant. Holidays can be sometimes slow or sometimes sizzling as people have time to go on-line. This December and January (04-05) three excellent contacts were made. The first was from Kay Bogart of Newark, DE. She had sent to Bill Chinworth for a copy of the Harris book and Bill faithfully forwarded her letter on to me. Kay's husband is from the Baltimore line of Washington Chenoweth and his wife Sidney Alvera Noohan. This line is thin and rare. Washington was the oldest son of Benjamin Norris Chenoweth. Benjamin's line is the only one we know of today from Thomas Chenoweth, the misplaced son of Richard(2) of Baltimore Co. We have so few early daughter lines in Baltimore, and this one is sixth generation. Thomas lived in Harford Co. as did Benjamin and Washington. Washington and his family are found in the 1850 Census of Harford Co. but we had drawn blanks as to what had happened next. Kay's message spurred me to find Sidney in the 1860 and 1870 Censuses. Apparently Washington died leaving Sidney a widow and living with her parents in 1860. Kay has supplied us with the marriage of the daughter Gertrude to John George. In 1880 she and her husband are living Cecil Co. with 4 children, one of whom, Emma Laura George, was the great grandmother of Kay's husband, Barry. I am looking forward to exchanging more information with Kay.

WASHINGTON52 CHENOWETH (BENJAMIN NORRIS4, THOMAS3, RICHARD2, JOHN1) was born 1822 in Harford Co., MD and died bef 1880. He married SIDNEY ALVERA NOOHAN December 4, 1845 in Harford Co., MD, daughter of MICHAEL NOOHAN and LETTITIA ?. She was born 1825 in Maryland.


  1. WILLIAM E.6 CHENOWETH, b. 1846, Harford, MD
  2. GERTRUDE6 CHENOWETH, b. August 1850, Harford Co., MD; m. JOHN GEORGE, b. Abt 1847, Pennsylvania

Joyce Wiegand prompted the next discovery. In her effort to track down daughter lines of Richard Chenoweth of Tippecanoe Co., IN [one of seven sons of Thomas(2)]. Joyce found Ruth's daughter Sarah living in Clay Co., IN in the 1850 Census. Early on in the life of the website, Joyce had acquired the estate papers of Richard who died on December 28, 1847. This material was instrumental in correcting mistakes in this line. It helped identify Richard's son Arthur, who is found in the unknown page section of the Harris book. Richard's daughter Martha married John Davis. Harris has William Darby, who in reality married Sarah Chenoweth the daughter of Absolom Chenoweth and Nellie Reed. The daughter Ruth married Samuel Findley. This marriage was heretofore unknown. Ruth had died before her father so the estate dealt with Ruth's three Findley children: James B., Richard, and Sarah. Whereas we have not located the two sons, Sarah was known by the estate as the widow of John Powders remarried to William Huffman. It was these name combinations that confirmed to Joyce the Census information she had found as both Powders and Huffman children were living with Sarah in Clay Co., IN in 1850. Subsequent Census work by Joyce found the Powders going to Iowa and then Missouri. The 1930 Census got us close enough to try to find some living descendants, which I was able to do after receiving the research from Joyce. This eventually led to Carrol Powders of Louisiana who is a great, great grandson of John Powders and Sarah Findley. Carroll has done a good deal of research on the Powders family and was delighted to connect this back to the Chenoweths. This is a blossoming of the lines of a 4th generation daughter.

RUTH4 CHENOWETH (RICHARD3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born May 11, 1793 in Kentucky, and died bef 1848. She married SAMUEL FINDLEY in probably Ross Co., OH. He was born bet 1778-1798, and died Unknown.


  1. SARAH5 FINDLEY, b. Abt 1815, Ohio; d. Unknown; m. (1) JOHN POWDERS, b. Aft 1800, Germany; d. Bef 1848; m (2) WILLIAM HUFFMAN, Bef 1847; b. 1815, North Carolina; d. Unknown
  2. JAMES B.5 FINDLEY, b. Aft 1811; d. Unknown.
  3. RICHARD5 FINDLEY, b. Aft 1811; d. Unknown

The third contact came this January from Clarence Joe Freeland of Texas. Joe is a descendant of Sarah Chenoweth and Jacob Sheets. This is another thin line from Archibald Chenoweth, the only other son of John Chenoweth and Francis Haile that give us lines to present day. We know very little of Archibald. For reasons unknown he married in Berkeley Co., VA, a place where we find many Chenoweths, but none of the Baltimore line of Richard. It maybe that Archibald was on some sort of visitation to the two Arthur families of John and Samuel that were 1st cousins to his father John. It is likely that the Barnes family of Prudence Barnes lived in this area. But how Archibald met her, while his mother lived in Washington Co., TN is unknown. Archibald and Prudence did go to Tennessee, settling in Sullivan Co. neighboring to the Haile and Chenoweths that were in Washington Co. By 1840 they had moved over to Washington Co. as well. We know only two children from this marriage, Ezekial and Sarah. Ezekial married Sarah Jobe and his descendants today spell their name Chinouth. Linda Dohse Karrow, who descends from this line found us through the reunion site in the fall of 2000. Now Joe brings detail to Ezekial's sister Sarah. We had known that Sarah married Jacob Sheets and moved to Hardin Co., KY. Neither made it to the 1850 Census but we did have a list of children from the Harris book.

SARAH5 CHENOWETH (ARCHIBALD4, JOHN3, RICHARD2, JOHN1) was born 1805 in Maryland, and died 1840 in Hardin Co., KY. She married JACOB SHEETS March 29, 1827 in Washington Co., TN, son of DANIEL SHEETS and ELIZABETH ?. He was born 1804 in Maryland, and died 1844.


  1. JANE6 SHEETS, b. Aft 1827, m ? WITHERS
  2. ELIZABETH6 SHEETS, b. Abt 1828, Kentucky; d. Unknown; m HARTWELL CHANDLER; b Aft 1817; d. Unknown.
  3. ELDRIDGE6 SHEETS, b. November 11, 1831, Kentucky; m. PALMIRA J. LEE; b. 1842, of Newton Co., MO; d. 1879, Hill Co., TX
  4. SAMUEL E.6 SHEETS, b. February 14, 1834, Hardin Co., KY; d. Bef. 1900; m. BELLE McCOY, 1864; b. Abt. 1849, Indiana; d. Unknown
  5. ARCHIE D.6 SHEETS, b. Aft 1827.

Earlier I had found an 1880 Census listing Eldridge Sheets that looked likely in Hill Co., TX. Peter Chenoweth had supplemented this with some follow-on Census work, but we still lacked positive proof of the linkage. Joe Freeland has provided that in contacting us, confirming the same information we had in question. I look forward to adding in this first line of the Sheets of Sarah. The website has once again worked it's magic in its window on the world.

Jonathan Paul � "first sign-in"

The first "signed-in" cousin to the site was Jonathan Paul of Salinas, CA. We had met on the internet the previous fall when I found his web page on the Chenoweth family. This was 1995 and the website had not yet been launched. I was in the process of learning how to make webpages and just getting interested in genealogy. Back, then, spam was still canned meat. Today Jonathan graciously hosts the GenHTML version of the database. It was Jonathan that explained to me Buckey's theory on Mary Calvert and urged me to get a copy of his book. He also introduced me to the Harris book, which I obtained as well. Jonathan's help and encouragement over the years has been of great benefit to me. We finally met at the first reunion in Bowling Green.

Unbeknownst to me at the time, Jonathan also gave me the first correction to the Harris book. It concerned his ancestor Arthur, the son of the Arthur who died in Bartholomew Co., IN. Cora had listed this Arthur (Jonathan's ancestor), as he was one of the children included in Arthur's bible, but she gave no further information other than his date of birth. For some strange reason, Shirley Harris had him married in Baltimore to an Anne Clark. At the time, his father Arthur was still thought to be Arthur, Jr. from Baltimore, but still the placement was very puzzling. Jonathan had written Richard Harris about this mistake, but he could not get Richard to make the change. It made no sense whatsoever that this Arthur would be back in Baltimore. His father Arthur had taken his family to Kentucky in the 1780s about the time his son Arthur was born, so Arthur, the son, grew up in Kentucky.

Jonathan Paul said that Arthur(4) married Elizabeth Edmonson and is found in the 1830, 1840 and 1850 Censuses of Bartholomew Co., IN. Harris had found him under the name Havilah, and listed him in the unknown section, but he had also included some of Arthur's life and existence in Indiana while still insisting that he was married to Anne Clark. Havilah, seems to have been some sort of a nickname, maybe to differentiate him from his father, Arthur, Sr who would eventually be corrected to be the son of John(2). Jonathan's research opened to a broad well-defined descendant family. The marriage that Harris had used back in Baltimore appears to be Arthur the son of Richard(3), the son of Arthur(2). This Arthur was from Richard's first marriage and Arthur appears to have died shortly after the marriage. There were two children who apparently assumed the Clark name.

It was some months later that Pete queried me about this alteration and I began to examine it. I had entered it into the database before receiving the Harris book and had not yet reached the place where I would have noticed it was a radical departure. Pete in examining the detail identified these families under the unknown listing of Havilah in the Harris book, greatly clarifying the picture. Much later, when the error in the placement of Arthur, Sr became evident to me, I used Jonathan Paul as a sounding board for my arguments. It was a very significant change and one that would lead to other discoveries about who was really Arthur, Jr. and the correction of several other 3rd generation lines in Baltimore.

Actually there has been a third correction to this family. It is now apparent that Arthur(4), aka Havilah, remarried after the death of Elizabeth to a Jackealina Wall. Harris has this marriage, but again gives it to a wrong Arthur, a nephew of Arthur(4) and a son of Rachel and Abraham (Rachel was Arthur's sister). This marriage in turn solved another unknown, William Newton Chenoweth who I finally realized was the son of Arthur and his 2nd wife Jackealina. Jonathan's work has been a real asset to helping correct a series of errors involving these families of Bartholomew Co., IN.

ARTHUR4 CHENOWETH (ARTHUR3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born May 3, 1784 in Jefferson Co., KY, and died December 2, 1858 in Starke Co., IN. He married (1) ELIZABETH EDMONSON September 11, 1809 in Nelson Co., KY. She was born Bet 1779-1793, and died Unknown. He married (2) JACKEALINA WALL November 24, 1836 in Clinton Co., IN. She was born Bet. 1800-1810.


  1. HAVILAH A.5 CHENOWETH, b. September 12, 1810, Hardin Co., KY; d. January 7, 1874, Johnson Co., IN; m. (1) MARY P. MILLER, September 12, 1832, Bartholomew Co., IN; b. January 8, 1812, Kentucky; d. December 16, 1858; m (2) ELIZABETH CHAMBERS, February 11, 1859, Johnson Co., IN; b. Abt 1810, Kentucky
  2. HARRISON5 CHENOWETH, b. Aft 1810
  3. SARAH EDMONSON "Sally"5 CHENOWETH, b. November 10, 1812, Hardin Co., KY; d. August 27, 1878, Burnettsville, White Co., IN; m. JAMES EDWARD, March 8, 1832, Columbus, Bartholomew Co., IN; b. September 15, 1804, Nelson Co., KY; d. August 10, 1854, Monon, White Co., IN
  4. MARY5 CHENOWETH, b. 1815, Hardin Co., KY; d. Unknown; m EPHRAIM M. JEFFERSON, September 11, 1832, Bartholomew Co., IN; b. Abt 1820; d. Unknown
  5. (DAUGHTER)5 CHENOWETH, b. Abt 1820, Hardin Co., KY; d. Unknown
  6. ELIZABETH ELLEN5 CHENOWETH, b. 1822, Hardin Co., KY; d. 1857; m. WILLIAM E. NETHERTON, July 11, 1838, Bartholomew Co., IN; b. January 1, 1809, Oldham Co., KY; d. October 26, 1872, Stark Co., IN
  7. (DAUGHTER)5 CHENOWETH, b. Bet 1825-1827, Batholomew Co., IN
  8. ARTHUR LAWRENCE5 CHENOWETH, b. October 17, 1829, Bartholomew Co., IN; d. October 13, 1897, Missouri; m. HANNAH SAFRONA McGINNIS, October 3, 1854, Indiana; b. December 19, 1835, Owen Co., IN; d. August 20, 1904, Pickering, Nodaway Co., MO
  9. NEWTON5 CHENOWETH, b. 1832, Bartholomew Co., IN; d. Unknown. [may be William Newton with a bad age]


  10. WILLIAM NEWTON5 CHENOWETH, b. April 20, 1839, near Columbus, Bartholomew Co., IN; d. September 23, 1921, Clinton Co., IN; m. (1) ESTHER BOWERS, December 15, 1865, Montgomery Co., IN; b. August 20, 1840, Tippecanoe Co., IN; d. August 2, 1866, Bowers, Montgomery Co., IN; m. (2) ELIZA J. "Ella" GIBSON, April 4, 1867, Boone Co., IN; b. April 13, 1842, IN; d. August 15, 1887; m. (3) MARY O. KING, October 23, 1888, Clinton Co., IN; b. April 1852, Indiana.
  11. ELIZA JANE5 CHENOWETH, b. February 16, 1841, Bartholomew Co., IN; d. January 16, 1889, Indiana; m. SILAS DUNBAR, December 15, 1859, Tippecanoe Co., IN; b. March 23, 1825, Ohio; d. August 14, 1905
  12. AMELIA5 CHENOWETH, b. Abt 1844, Indiana

Bobbie Glyn "Bob" Derryberry: Definitely not Robert

Bob Derryberry was the first Chenoweth cousin I found. This was about 1992 long before I even knew what the internet was. I had just puchased a new Gateway PC with a modem and subscribed to Prodigy. The bulletin boards on Prodigy burbled with life. I was fascinated by the various boards and posts. Eventually I found a genealogy board and there was Bob, a Chenoweth descendant, exchanging information with others under the Chenoweth surname. I knew a little about the Chenoweths, having a copy of Cora Hiatt's book passed down from my mother, who had passed away in 1981.

After a time Bob offered me a gedcom file that he was working on. His one hesitation was that I reciprocate in some way when I was able. He told me had been "burned too many times" in the past by sending the file and then never hearing anything back. I assured him this would not be the case. A week or so later I received a diskette in the mail. This was before attached file exchanges were common place and way before the spammers and viruses of today. The file opened into some kind of a DOS program and I soon lost interest. About the same time Prodigy decided they would start charging for on line time of over 40 hours a month. It radically altered things and the boards began to die. Internet users as a group are very averse to paying for things. I got on to other pursuits. I "burned" Bob.

In 1995 I began to get interested in the internet. I was in the process of closing down our construction company and drifting into retirement. The browser had now taken shape and I wanted to learn how to make webpages. Having a good background in basic programming, HTML coding was simple to pick up. I started searching the internet for ideas for a webpage. One of the things I found was genealogy pages, and I thought to myself, "Hey, I could do that". So I started to make my family tree page. One of the things I did was go to the US Census bureau page and find out how common each surname was in this tree I gleaned from my mother's books. Some names were so unusual they did not register among the 88,000 plus surname database. One of these was the maiden name of my father's mother: Laprath. I had never met anyone named Laprath. Chenoweth ranked #6,272nd on the list. Laprath didn't even register. I then tried a national phone disc and found there were only about 21 listings for Lapraths in the whole United States. There were 1,779 listings for Chenoweth. I got curious and wrote a letter and sent it to each Laprath address. I think Peter has written the 1,700 Chenoweths, but that is another story.

To make the story short, I got hooked into genealogy through my pursuit of the Laprath family and finding my grandmother's roots. In the process I finally purchased a genealogy program from Broderbund, Family Tree Maker. It was far easier than the awkward spreadsheets I was using. I did a Laprath webpage and then on a whim picked up Bobbie Blyn's diskette. It opened to a database of about 1,000 Chenoweths. I started adding in names from Cora Hiatt's book. That December I purchased Broderbond's WFT Vol #1 CD to find a single listing of a Rose Laprath. I found many Chenoweths , so I started adding them in as well. Flush with success from my Laprath pages, I thought I would launch a Chenoweth page as well. I had little inkling of what the extra 170 years between an 1870 and a circa 1700 immigration would mean. I was in short order found and beset by Chenoweths.

Back to Bob! Feeling a good deal of guilt for "Burning" Bob, I set out to track him down. Bob lives in Garland, TX and I finally reached him in a phone call. He had in the meantime written a book on the Derryberrys. He had given up Email as too time consuming while writing his book. Bob had started a similar pursuit of the Chenoweths but upon discovering the Harris book had lost interest. I was just in the process of acquiring this asset myself. I purchased one of Bob's Derryberry books as well and he sent me his working Chenoweth file, which was a lengthy word document. About a year later Bob came back online and we have exchanged information on occasion when either of us discovered bits of interest in the line of Benjamin Franklin Chenoweth. This 4th generation Chenoweth was the son of Thomas, Jr. and Bob's ancestor by the daughter of Sarah who married Henry Derryberry. Sarah was not in the Harris book on Chenoweths, one of many missed daughters in the 3rd through the 5th generation. Bob has also been helpful with some Texan Chenoweths. He came to the Reunion in Elkins, but I had little opportunity to sit down with him.

I shall always consider Bob's work as the base start for the Chenoweth database. His generosity has served us all well. The website now has a page for Sarah and her Derryberrys. Sarah's sister Elizabeth married John Derryberry, again a case of two sisters marrying two brothers.

SARAH5 CHENOWETH (BENJAMIN FRANKLIN4, THOMAS3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born Mar 26, 1830 in Indiana and died August 5, 1906 in Boyd, Wise Co., TX. She married HENRY ALEXANDER DERRYBERRY February 22, 1849 in Forsythe, Taney Co., MO, son of ANDREW DERRYBERRY and MARY LASLEY. He was born October 13, 1826 in Maury Co., TN and died March 19, 1901 in Boyd, Wise Co., TX.


  1. JAMES THOMAS "Tom"6 DERRYBERRY, b. February 17, 1850, Taney or Polk Co., MO; d. December 7, 1914, Little Elm, Denton Co., TX; m (1) JOSEPHINE SALMON, September 17, 1872, Collin Co., TX; b. May 23, 1856, Plano, Collin Co., TX; d. July 3, 1893; m (2) JESTON L. CARUTHERS, Abt 1901; b. Bet 1845-1865; d. January 26, 1945, Denton Co., TX
  2. ISAAC M. "Ike"6 DERRYBERRY, b. 1853, Missouri; d. Unknown; m BETTY PARKER, July 16, 1874, Collin Co., TX; b. April 22, 1855, Missouri; d. November 10, 1906.
  3. JOSEPH WILLIAM6 DERRYBERRY, b. April 2, 1855, Missouri; d. September 13, 1864, Collin Co., TX
  4. FANNY HELENA or MILENA "Lena"6 DERRYBERRY, b. June 20, 1859, Texas; d. April 11, 1940; m ELISHA ALEXANDER THURMAN, September 28, 1876; b. August 18, 1853, Taney Co., MO; d. September 16, 1919, Sulphur Springs, Hopkins Co., TX.
  5. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN6 DERRYBERRY, b. January 17, 1861, Plano, Collin Co., TX; d. September 30, 1946, Clinton, Custer Co., OK; m NETTIE AMANDA GANN, November 2, 1890, Wise Co., TX; b. February 5, 1866, Tarrant Co., TX; d. June 22, 1966, Clinton, Custer Co., OK.
  6. HENRY MILTON6 DERRYBERRY, b. Abt October 1866, Texas; d. Unknown; m. BILLIE "Willie" (WALKER) McGEE, Abt 1898; b. October 24, 1871, Texas; d. December 7, 1925.
  7. LOUISA REBECCA ADELINE6 DERRYBERRY, b. January 4, 1868, Collin Co., TX; d. 1904, Hereford, TX; m CHARLES WILLIAM MILLS, April 28, 1884, Aurora, Wise Co., TX; b. 1860, Alabama?; d. 1902, Hereford, TX
  8. JOHN ANDREW6 DERRYBERRY, b. November 26, 1870, Pilot Point, Denton Co., TX; d. December 24, 1960, Texas; m. MABEL HARRISON, April 28, 1900, Wise Co., TX; b. September 23, 1880, Boyd, Wise Co., TX; d. July 29, 1939, Abilene, Taylor Co., TX

Eugene Victor "Gene" Chenoweth

Returning from a birthday dinner for my wife, Deanna, I received an obit from Dot Tucker-Houk for Eugene Victor "Gene" Chenoweth, who died a week prior on June 22, 2004 in Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN. Gene was a remarkable individual. I contacted him by letter several years ago. His line was from Ephraim B. Chenoweth of Morgan Co., IN. Gene had a broad knowledge of the family and had corresponded with many other individuals. He sent me a box of material he had collected over the years which included a copy of a letter that Thomas H. Smith wrote in 1884 that added some wonderful detail to the family of John(3), son of Thomas. Gene was delighted with our placement and proofs of his ancestor Ephraim as a son of Absolom, Jr.

At the time I met Gene he had an eye disorder that only allowed him to read very large print. He would write me letters in large block print, musing on the origins of John Chenoweth. Upon reading the background material I sent, he wrote me a letter detailing his imagined life and activity of John upon his arrival in America. I will forever be grateful for his help and ideas. Gene's fond wish was that everyone in the family would correct the surname spellings to "Chenoweth" and get away from all the variations that had developed. Gene thought them messy. In reality, now that we have them identified, they are helpful clues as to who is who.

At the Beaverton Reunion, I was able to meet Michael Frederic Chenoweth, a nephew of Gene's, who lives in Florida. He and his wife Pamela are both lawyers, active environmentalists and still ranting about the 2000 election in "Chadland". Whereas we are apparently from different poles of the political spectrum, we had a common respect for this wonderful Chenoweth, Eugene Victor. I suspect now that Gene is acquainting himself with his forefather John and finding out the real story to the mystery we all still wonder about.

JAMES EPHRAIM7 CHENOWETH (CLINTON LAFAYETTE6, EPHRAIM B.5, ABSOLUM4, ABSOLUM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born May 30, 1878 in Eminence, Morgan Co., IN and died December 1980 in Marion Co., IN. He married HANNAH FRANCES "Emma" CHANEY September 20, 1901 in Marion Co., IN, daughter of WILLIAM CHANEY and JULIA PRENTISS. She was born January 23, 1877 in Tunnelton, Lawrence Co., IN, and died November 13, 1960 in Marion Co., IN.


  1. LENORE P.8 CHENOWETH, b. July 11, 1902, Marion Co., IN; d. October 10, 1902, Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN
  2. JAMES HAROLD8 CHENOWETH, b. October 21, 1904, Shelbyville, Shelby Co., IN; d. October 13, 1989, Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN; m KATHERYN BUDD, b. February 24, 1913, Columbus, Franklin Co., OH
  3. MAURICE B.8 CHENOWETH, b. June 16, 1907, Shelby Co., IN; d. April 9, 1911, Shelbyville, Shelby Co., IN
  4. EUGENE VICTOR "Gene"8 CHENOWETH, b. July 10, 1911, Shelbyville, Shelby Co., IN; d. June 22, 2004, Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN; m (1) CAROLYN EURETHE MULLET, May 30, 1942, Nappanee, Elkhart Co., IN; b. August 21, 1915, Nappanee, Elkhart Co., IN; m (2) H. CLARE (HULT) BLAKE, June 30, 1964, Lyle, Ford Co., IL; b. April 22, 1922, near Auburn, Nemaha Co., NE; d. October 20, 1989, Ocala, Marion Co., FL.
  5. KARL MARX "Jim"8 CHENOWETH, b. October 12, 1913, Shelbyville, Shelby Co., IN; m MARY ROSALIND BARROWS, 1941; b. August 30, 1917, Connersville, Fayette Co., IN; d. October 2, 2003, Berlin, Washington Co., VT.
  6. IOLA RUTH8 CHENOWETH, b. August 3, 1917, Shelbyville, Shelby Co., IN; m. (1) ALDRIC "Al" SMITH, m (2) NORMAN BRANDT.


As we start 2005 we will continue a look at the data that started this column. The Social Security Death Index. In the last issue we presented 110 individuals that had not been identified. Since then 5 of those have identified. This may not seem like a lot but each one is step in the direction of complete identification. It should be noted that with regards to the death date, dates that are the 1st or the 15th could be default dates and only the month and year should be considered. Any help in identifying these individuals would be greatly appreciated.