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VOLUME 4 NUMBER 3 - September 2005
EDITOR: PETER C. CHENOWETH - E-MAIL: p.chenoweth@comcast.net


A time consuming process is explaining to cousins what is at the website and what exactly we are doing and looking for. I have set up an information page, also referred to as the site introduction page, that explains, among other things, how to contact me, what information to send, how to sign-in, where to find Bill Chinworth�s site an descriptions of the various pages. [DIRECTORS] Yet much of the time I end up having to explain these things. I never know what a new cousin has looked at, and if they have read this page. The page, if read, would benefit most anyone. People reach the website in many ways and though I have tried to direct people where to look, often, because of the way they accessed the site, or perhaps, because they have not looked thoroughly at the main page and the introduction page, they miss the posted information.

We are trying to build a database for the future. One that will pass down information to future generations not yet born. The database in itself is remarkable. At this point in time, the 132,000 names are supported by over 915,000 data fields of information. Most all are sourced to the cousin contributors. We continue to document ancestors to individual censuses. For the Chenoweth name, this Census work is complete for each and every census for available indexes. This coverage ranges between 80% to 92% for the various Censuses between 1850 and 1930.

For a researcher, the site background page and various Census pages are valuable insights as to the structure and proofs of the family. Recent additions to the documentation of the family has been the posting of early wills of the family and the complete base of the entire family as found in the 1850 Census covering over 800 families spread out across an emerging country. Warren Montgomery recently enhanced this study page by supplying state county maps where these families are found. I have recently finished going back through the 1850 Census using the Enhanced indexing available at Ancestry.com which indexes every individual. This has added about 60 more families to what I had before this wonderful new tool was available.

Though some of the cousins contacting us are active in genealogy, many of the cousins naturally are unfamiliar with genealogy content and details. Common fields are full names, including maiden names and parents of spouses. Events are births, marriages and deaths. These dates should always be accompanied by the location of that event, and both the date and location should be in full. Other fields we commonly use are military service in wars, Social Security numbers from SSA death indexes, and cemetery locations, occupations and Census locations.

At this point, having worked on this project for nearly 10 years, and based upon the knowledge of the two Chenoweth books by Hiatt and Harris, as well as the many family studies and research of cousins, there are few families that are as well documented and detailed as the Chenoweth family of John Chenoweth and Mary Calvert. Peter Chenoweth continually adds enriching detail of Census work, vital statistic tables and social security index information. Dot Tucker-Houk has become a full partner in this effort ferreting out obituaries and internet data that constantly adds to our knowledge. A number of the cousins continue to work on select branches.

My current project is the preparation for the expansion into a full coverage of the 1860 Census. The DNA project continues to languish for lack of male Chenoweth volunteer contributors (see story this issue). At some point before the 2006 reunion in Baltimore, MD, I hope to attempt to undertake a general database update to include the many corrections and details since our September 2003 posting. At present this would add some 10,000 new names to the file.



(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)


We have not corresponded for some time. I have been engrossed in finding my Anderson line and the Chenoweth�s have suffered. I did enjoy your newsletter. It is the first one I have seen. May I save to disk, the former ones? There is a Chenoweth family in Ross Co., OH that has two male Chenoweth�s with children. I have been in contact with their mother (Father Roy Chenoweth deceased) and believe they are becoming interested in their roots. How can I help update and fill in Chenoweth info for Ross, Pickaway and Madison Co., OH? Will do what I can manage in this are. Thanks.

28 Jun 2005
Cinda Anderson Justice

Pete forwarded your e-mail to me. I did not realize that you two were old genealogy chums, but I am never surprised that there is a Chenoweth descendant that has known Pete. I am constantly amazed at how many Chenoweths he did contact and record. I can not count how many people have told me they still have a survey letter from him sitting in their drawer. The Roy you are speaking of appears to be the family of Roy Maynard, an Elijah line just like you. I am not sure that the Chenoweth name is still in the Pike Co. area from the 2 brothers that stayed there, Arthur and Abraham. Elijah and Thomas, Jr of course were up in Franklin Co., and the other two, John and Richard moved to Indiana. Rounding out the 7 brothers, William, toured and returned to stay in Mason Co., KY. I know that there are daughter lines there as I have run across a few.

Pete and I always could use any help we could get. You certainly are welcome to download and print any of the newsletters you want. That is what they are there for. The newsletters have become a very popular item out there in �Chenowethland�. Pete could use help from people who want to contribute articles. I think it adds a lot of texture than just me pounding out a story, though I enjoy preserving some of the many stories of the last 10 years down on paper.

There are many other possible projects as well. William Charles, in Virginia, is trying to do our picture page. Dot Tucker-Houk, in Maryland, daily surfs the internet for us and has become a part of the �Chennie� team. Pete is constantly doing what he has always done, research in a highly organized way. Joyce Wiegand, Mike Chenoweth and Bill Chinworth have become the mainstays of our reunions. We can always use help especially in the research area. It is a big task tracking this family. It is a big family. � Jon Egge


Thanks for your letter. I am always interested in your findings and admire your tenacity in pursuing each lead. Good work! I wish I had time to research some of the intriguing things that have come up in Nebraska. I just stay too busy. Right now I am in Colorado on a working tour, giving Mission talks in three parishes in the Denver area. Will do the same at one in Philadelphia in July and two in New Hampshire in August.

13 June 2005
Sister Mary Alice

Sister Mary Alice is a descendant of Archibald Chineworth, a Missouri slave. We have never figured out who was the �owner� but she is a very nice lady. - editor


In reply to the last message you sent regarding our local Chenoweth reunion, it seems that our reunion is the Saturday following the 4th of July each year. I think they try to keep it in conjunction with a holiday for our out of state cousins. I am trying to stir up some interest in the national reunion, next summer. I sure would like to see a few of them there. The main problem is, the ones really interested are getting a little old for such a long trip. On a sad note we have laid to rest another 7th generation Chenoweth, George Ellis. This has not been a good year for our Oklahoma family.

30 Jul 2005
Leon Hays


Question � I am in the process of moving to Michigan and remarrying. Which means I�ll be able to attend the reunion in MD. Now I am aware that the different branches wear different colors, but how do I find out what color I am? Please let me know how I do this and where do I get one? Totally to be part of this family.

9 June 2005
De Mine (soon to be �West�)

Your line is Arthur (see the story in a recent newsletter). Arthur�s line is ORANGE. The line goes to Arthur, Jr and his daughter Sarah who married Samuel Baxter and migrated to Muskingham Co., OH. � Jon Egge.


Here is the obituary of Mary Vanmeter Hinton Chenoweth, who married William Chenoweth. A real find since she is my gggg-grandmother. I copied it from microfilm.

9 June 2005
Carolyn Wimp

I am forwarding this to Pete so that he can include it in the next newsletter. There are so many descendants of William and Mary Chenoweth of Nelson Co., KY that should appreciate it. It is a real treasure. I have very few obits this early. They were always full of flowery statements back then and to my frustration omitted family details. - Jon Egge

Bardstown Herald July 21, 1832

Departed this life, the 20th day of June, at a very advanced age, at the residence of her youngest son, Mr James Chenoweth, on Wilson Creek in Nelson County, Mrs Mary Chenoweth, relict of the late Maj. William Chenoweth. In the death of the worthy subject of this obituary, society has sustained a deprivation of one of its most amiable and exemplary members. Emigrating to the state of Kentucky in early life, she had to encounter the dangers and difficulties peculiar to the situation of the country at that time. Those dangers, she sustained with a fortitude which seldom belongs to her sex. A narration of the incidents of a life so eventful, would be truly interesting, but the limits of this notice, precludes the recital. She would often, with fancy�s eye, in the latter part of her life, look back on the hair-breath escapes of her younger days, as a mariner, safe in port, after encountering the dangers and hardships of a tempestuous voyage. In the evening of her life, she enjoyed a repose derived from the comforts and enjoyments of a competence, which she had by her industry and prudence, been greatly instrumental in procuring for the maintenance of a numerous and beloved family. She had been, for about 40 years, a zealous and pious member of the Baptist Church; in which belief she died, and her friends have every reason, that she is now enjoying the fruition of those blessings which this world cannot give, and which she, by her piety and virtue, strove to deserve, while a pilgrim in this vale of tears. -- A Friend


My name is Joshua Luke Chenoweth and I have always been interested in the history of the Chenoweth name. I have many questions conerning this unique name. When did this name first appear in Corwall? Where did the name Trevelesik originate from? (sounds eastern european). If so, what caused us to migrate west towards England? What is the religious history of the Chenoweths? What was the noble line of the Chenoweth name and where did it end? Please contact me and let me know where I can find answers to these tough questions.

1 Jul 2005
Joshua L. Chenoweth

Thank you for contacting me. You do ask tough questions, and though I will tell you what little I know, I have a few questions of my own� I am assuming you have looked at my attempt to explain the origins of the name on my webpage in the background section. As far as I know the name originated in the 1400s in Cornwall. It is a Cornish name and I suspect that Trevelesik is as well. Cornish people were Celts, that predates the English. John Chenoweth migrated west to America. England is east of Cornwall. I don�t know his religion, but I do know that the Quakers advertised for people to come to the Burlington, NJ area from Cornwall a couple of decades before John Chenoweth shows up in this same area. It is believed that Mary Calvert, his traditional wife, was from the Pennsylvania family of John Calvert. This family was Quaker and then left the Church before the marriage occurred. Though there is no evidence that John Chenoweth was Quaker he certainly had many Quaker friends and attended Quaker marriages. Of course most of the population in those areas were Quakers so that would be natural. The early records of the Chenoweths births and marriages in the Maryland area were recorded at the Episcopal church, but at the time that was the official state religion and these events were required to be recorded in the Episcopal Church. The son, Arthur was a vestryman, however at the Episcopal Thomas Parish. The Virginia Chenoweths became Baptists, except for the lines of Thomas, who became Methodist-Episcopalians after they left Virginia. The descendants of Arthur, who stayed in Maryland became Methodist-Episcopalian as well. Both these religions, the Baptists and the Methodist-Episcopalians came into popularity in the late 1700s�.I believe your line were Baptists�

The �noble Chenoweths� of Cornwall, are the source of the name, but what we know of the genealogy of that family, the male lines died out in the 1600s. Nevertheless that name appears to have been adopted by some local Cornish families and has spread from there into every major English colony (ie: The US, Canada, Australia and South Africa). The early name was often spelled Chinouth, a variation that is found in a very narrow part of the family of John Chenoweth and Mary Calvert that settled in Tennessee. It is my understanding that in early times only nobility had surnames as such and as the usage of surnames spread. They often would be picked up from a trade (like Smith or Miller) or a place or some other identifier. The name Chenoweth may have been picked up much like the freed slaves adopted the names of their masters.

This is my best sense of the matter, though I must profess that I have not taken the time to really master the exact details in a way that I could speak on this with authority. I have never really run across a comprehensive discourse on the early name or the family, but have formed this opinion from the various exposures and references I have run across. It is my best guess, for what it�s worth. Perhaps Peter Chenoweth, who I have copied, has a better sense of the name itself. Pete is from a later immigration from Cornwall to the US about 1850.

The first usage of the name Joshua in the family of John Chenoweth and Mary Calvert was from Joshua (b: 1769), so John, s/o Arthur. This Joshua was a 2nd cousin to your ancestor John Chenoweth who settled in Randolph Co., IN - Jon Egge


Thank you so much for your latest Chenoweth newsletter. I was sorry to hear you had been ill and hope you�re much better. I am very slow about pulling together my GOODE-CHENOWETH-BEATY branch that you asked for; I want to be sure of the dates for you, and, so I�m reluctant to pass on the research of others without some more verification on my own of birth and death dates. Again, I hope you're much better.

5 Jul 2005
Linda Huddleston

Thank you for the kind words. Glad you enjoyed the newsletter. I will enjoy seeing what you come up with. The line of Joseph Chenoweth, s/o William, is a singular sliver. - jegge


Thank you for the update. Hope you will soon feel better. AOL won�t let me download the newsletter. Would it be possible for me to get it another way? Hope to get back to the genealogy research this coming winter. With many thanks.

13 June 2005
Marsha Devers

You can always go to the site and print one off. Or you can subscribe to Pete�s snail mail listings but he appreciates a donation to cover costs. You are the 2nd person from AOL who I find blocked from attachments. The others, and there are many, seem to go through. I started sending the Newsletters as an attachment as too many people were including it in their replies and it was taking up too much space. � jegge

I was able to go to the website and read the newsletter. Thank you for the offer. I really appreciate it. What a wonderful website! I hope to get back into the genealogy this winter. Right now I am swamped with two jobs and keeping up with my family and friends from overseas here in Scotland. We are Baptist missionaries serving in Dunfermline. You don�t need to send me anything snail mail. Hope to be able to buy the Chenowith book one of these days when we come home on furlough.
14 June 2005
Marsha Devers

I�m glad you were able to access the newsletters as well as the website. - editor.


Thanks for the information. This genealogy thing is getting pretty sophisticated, DNA testing and all. All I need is to fully retire and start digging in I guess.

13 June 2005
Ronald Coker

By mistake I replied to Ruth Coker. This followed: Ruth, Well I now have it straight. I had incorrectly assumed that Ron was you as the email address was similar and you are the only Coker I have in my cousin file (Ron is sort of a near cousin). As you were the only Coker receiving the newsletter, I jumped before I looked. Apparently someone had forwarded the newsletter to him.

Ron Coker contacted me some years ago. He also lives in Arlington, TX, which makes it weirder. He descends from the marriage of Margaret J. �Meg� St. John and James William Coker (b 4 June 1849, d 16 Apr 1871). Margaret had 2 Coker sons, Felix Hardin Coker and Randolph Madison Coker and after James died she married John King Chenoweth and had several children with him. All this is Arkansas. I know nothing about your husband's Coker background, but you have to admit that two Cokers doing genealogy in Arlington, TX, both with some sort of Chenoweth distant ties is like a strange coincidence. � Jon Egge


I forgot to mention that I have a 10 year old son and would be interested in the DNA study. Let me know the details and if you need a male from our line.

1 Sep 2005
Cyndi Veras

Only males with the name of Chenoweth are of use for the DNA study. This would mean one of your brothers. The cost is about $200. I have sent this to Peter Chenoweth who could explain everything, but there is a DNA page at the site which pretty much explains most everything. This would be a good line to get a sample from.


About the DNA testing, although I am a Chenoweth descendant, I do not share the surname. I am however, part of a similar family DNA project for my surname (Trout). We are experiencing the same meager involvement so I wouldn�t take it personal. I just think that DNA testing for genealogical purposes is something relatively new. The whole idea of DNA is kind of ominous for many people and I think people are naturally cautious. If you can think back to the popular advent of the Internet there was a time when most folks were very reticent to make purchases over the Internet. It was just too new, too �ominous�, there was too much unknown. However, today we find that for the majority of folks, that reticence is gone. I believe the same thing will happen with DNA testing. It might take another year or two, but I do think it will explode in popularity and will revolutionize genealogical research. So you�re set up perfectly right now � �if you build it, they will come.� One last note, as I�m sure you�re aware, within each generation it is estimated that perhaps up to 5% of the births are actually illegitimate. Right now you are dealing with a very small sample size of descendants who�ve tested their DNA. If a particular line (even the unknown lines) appear to have their relatedness disproven through a descendant�s DNA test. I would just be cautious to declare that until more descendants of that same line can be tested as well. I�ve been enjoying your website for years now. Keep up the good work, Sincerely,

19 June 2005
Noel Trout

Noel, I do remember all the fine help you gave me in the line of Jane Sarah Chenoweth. I am sending this on to Pete. There seem to be lots of families trying to get a start on this DNA thing. I agree with you on what a variance in a test means. In this case it is weird because they say it is Chenoweth, but a much older line that the family, but the genealogy of the line looks pretty solid. I would hope that we get some other testing around it. � jegge


For those who have not visited the website I offer the following from the DNA page:

DNA REVIEW: A Brief Background

In 2000 Jon Egge became interested in the aspect of using DNA to "prove" the various lines, identified and unidentified within the Chenoweth family. In January of 2001, Pamela Woodward, a cousin contacted Bill Chinwoth, Michael Chenoweth, Joyce Wiegand, and Jon about a BYU project on a DNA genealogy that was underway. That summer, Bill, Peter Chenoweth and Jon met with the Molecular Genealogy Research Group at BYU headed by Dr. Ugo A. Perego. It was descided to include a presentation on the subject at our next Reunion in Elkins, which was received at the reunion with much general interest. Bill Chinworth continued to follow up on the possibility of using a DNA tool for Chenoweth genealogy and Peter Chenoweth, living in Utah at the time, was induced to head up this endeavor..

Wanted: Chenoweth Males Now: We are trying to get a sample of each of the 21 continuing lines of the 29 grandsons of the family of John Chenoweth and Mary Calvert, as well as one from any of our unknown lines. This would create a broad band test family identification. Can you help? Read on below for a listing of DNA samples that we require. So far we have a few volunteers. We had originally set June 2004 as the tentative date to analyze the results. This has been extended as interest in the project continues. Interesting enough, Pete's sample for his 1850 immigration has been found to have a common ancestor with the line of Our John 8 generations back. Though this is a lengthy reach, it is the first positive tie we have of John Chenoweth to Cornwall.

  • John(2):
    • William(3) - needed
    • John(3) - needed
    • Richard(3) - needed
    • Thomas(3) - needed
    • Absolom(3) - needed
    • Arthur(3) - needed
  • Richard(2):
    • John(3) - needed
  • Arthur(2):
    • Arthur, Jr.(3) [Have one sample: Arthur(3) Arthur(4), would also like to get a Arthur(3) William(4)] and Arthur(3) Richard(4)]]
    • John(3) - needed
    • Thomas(3) - needed
    • Samuel(3) - needed
    • Richard(3) - needed
  • William(2):
    • William, Jr.(3) - needed
    • Joseph(3) - needed
    • Isaac(3) - have Issac(3) Issac J(4)
  • Thomas(2):
    • John(3) - needed
    • Richard(3) - needed
    • Arthur(3) - anomaly found need second sample
    • Thomas, Jr.(3) - needed
    • Elijah(3) - have Elijah(3) Thomas(4)
    • Abraham(3) - pending volunteer Abraham(3) William(4)
  • Unknown Lines:
    • Charles m: Anne Doll of Baltimore Co: - needed
    • George of Baltimore Co: - needed
    • Dr. Henry S of Springfield, MO - needed
    • Isaac N(ewton) of Logan Co., AR - needed
    • James Garrison Chenowith, Arkansas - needed
    • John m: Ann Perine of Baltimore Co: - needed
    • John M. m: Mrs. Elizabeth Reed, Texas - needed
    • Dr. John W of Grayson Co., TX - needed
    • John Wesley of Piatt Co., IL - needed
    • John m: Christina Hall - needed
    • Richard m: Keziah Coe of Baltimore Co: - needed
    • Richard C. m: Anne of Baltimore Co: - needed
    • Thomas m: Ann Quirk, Louisana - sample indicate line to be part of the family of John & Mary
    • Thomas J. of Baltimore Co: - needed
    • Thomas m: Rachel Ann Swane - needed
    • William, Jr. m: Sarah M. McClelland, Ohio - needed
    • William R. m: Mary Ann 'Maria' McKinney, Oregon - needed
  • Projected matches needed for tying in unknown lines:
    • male descendant of Arthur(2) John(3) Joshua(4) Alexander Holmes(5) Henry Owen (6) William H(7) if existing - needed
    • John(2) Thomas(3) Nicholas Ruxton(4)- needed
    • all the sons of Thomas(2) Arthur(3): Jospeh, Abraham, Luke (George, Hiram not available) - 3 needed
    • William(2) Isaac (3) Edward (4) Ison (5) George W (6) - needed
    • Thomas(2) Thomas, Jr.(3) Joseph(4) - needed
    • Thomas(2) Abraham(3) John(4) - needed
    • four sons of Thomas: John, Arthur, Richard, Thomas, Jr. 4 needed

How the �project� works:".

  1. This is a Y chromosome Genetic Study, which is strictly paternal.
  2. Only males with a last name of Chenoweth (or it's variation) can participate, since a "Y" is only based from male to male. Sorry Jon but you can't do it.

The following is a list of procedures that need to be followed for this to work.

  1. All individuals wishing to participate need to contact me first in order that I establish them in the website. They can either provide me with a password they wish to use or I can give them one. (would prefer they provide it). This password, along with their e-mail address) will allow them to view their results.
  2. When they are established a genealogical line is posted. Since some individuals are unclear as to their lineage maybe we should post this information based on what we have. I wouldn't want someone listing themselves as a Thomas2 descendant when recent information has indicated that they are an Arthur2 line.
  3. It is important that they understand what to expect from this test. Each individual will receive personal genetic information in the form of a Personal Genetic Identification Report. A sample of this report is found on pg 13 of our portfolios. Individually this report does not help them identify where they fit in to the family, but is a key ingredient to the whole picture.
  4. After they have been established as a member of the project, I will notify Relative Genetics and they will send them a sample kit (as we received in the packet). After this kit has been returned, along with payment of $195, a tracking number will be assigned. It will take between 4-6 weeks for the sample to be analyzed and posted on the website. If the kit has not been returned in a 3-4 week period this tracking procedure would show me that and allow me to contact the individual for follow-up.
  5. Along with the sample is a consent form that needs to be filled out. There are three options available, though only 2 appear on the form.
    1. Results to be provided to only the Family Group project
    2. "all close matches" � If this is selected anyone who is a close match to you (24/27 chromosome locations) will be notified, as you will be if they also select this option. This would be of value if it is someone in another group study.
    3. "everyone" � If this is selected anyone who comes close to matching you (21/27 locations) will be notified, as you will be if they also select this option. This would be of value if it is someone in another group study, but keep in mind that this is for remote matches. It should be noted that I selected everyone.

As discussed in the past, I feel that it is important that we find individuals within each male line that would be willing to volunteer for this so as to establish a base line. If we have anyone in our HU (Unknown) database that would like to participate, this might be a good way to see if we can figure out where they fit in. I had originally indicated that I would like the project to last until 1 Jun 04. We would then be looking at a final project report in time for the '04 Reunion in Portland. Diahan Southard, of Relative Genetics, visited us in Portland and provided us with an update to the project. As of this time no closing date has been set.


I received an e-mail from Jon with a link to your newsletter. A lot of years have gone by since we first corresponded. As I remember you were in the military in Springfield, MA area and had posted a query in �Yankee� magazine. You and Jon have come along way since that time!!!!!!!!!! I want to congratulate the two of you on a job well done, and to offer my prayers that the damage caused by your stroke (Jon) will heal itself. Marie and I have been married 62 years and are finishing out our lives in a Methodist continuing care community in Charlotte, NC. I am now 83yrs old and doing little genealogy research. I have a family tree on the Ancestry website, but it has just occurred to me that I better check my Chenoweth entries against your data. I think I corrected it when you first put the website on line, but am not sure when I last updated it. Once more, I have nothing but admiration for your dedication to this very worthwhile task, even when you get snubbed or ignored when you are searching for info.

9 June 2005
Jack Springston

It has indeed been a long time since we last talked. I have found through the years that you use what ever means is available to get peoples attention and �Yankee� magazine was one of those means. Several individuals responded to my post. Thanks for the update and congratulations on your lengthy married life. � editor


Just read newsletter. Thanks for giving all the credit on my past research. Now to the update. Our children (Stephen, Karen and John M.) gave us a reception for 50 years of marriage (May 7, 1955) on June 5, 2005. We have one grandchild (son of Stephen) who was married on April 16, 2005, in Wildlife Prairie State Park, Hanna City, IL (Jacob Stephen Vohs and Janette Denise Cowling). I said I waited 27 years to get a granddaughter. Now I�m hoping for great grandchildren.

9 June 2005
Rosella Vohs

I have another article on you and your work in this issue. My best to you. Amen that growing old is not easy on some of us. �Jon Egge.


Just wanted to let you know the Reginald Foch �Red� and Hazel Lenora (Baldwin) Chenoweth will be celebrating their 62nd wedding anniversary on December 25th. They were married on December 25, 1943 by Rev Aaron Napier in the Friends Church parsonage in Winchester, IN. Mr Chenoweth, a graduate of Spartanburg High School, is a World War II veteran. He was a farmer and worked for Aid Ambulance in Richmond.

7 Feb 2005
Dorothy Keesling


Juanita (Ingle) Chenoweth, widow of William Bowen8, (JAMES LINCOLN7, EDWIN MILTON6, WILLIAM THOMAS5, WILLIAM4, ARTHUR3, ARTHUR2, JOHN1) will celebrate her 101st birthday on September 28th. She and her husband were married 63years prior to his death in 1990. Her children are Suzanne Arquette, Patricia Lord, and Ed Chenoweth. She has 13 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.


Age 92 - MARJORIE H.9 LEARY nee STALNAKER (CHENOWETH8, LAVERNA7 CHENOWETH, ROBERT JAMES6, ROBERT T.5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born January 28, 1913 in Orma, Calhoun Co., WV, and died June 19, 2005. She married (1) DELBERT LYNCH She married (2) EDWIN EUGENE 'GENE' LEARY Abt. 1947. He was born February 10, 1922 in Reedy, Roane Co., WV, and died March 20, 2003.

Age 67 - CARL LELAND DOLAN, son of STOKES DOLAN and SYLVIA RANDOLPH, was born October 16, 1937 in Weston, Lewis Co., WV, and died June 03, 2005 in North Ridgeville. Lorain Co., OH. He married YVONNE GAIL9 CHENOWETH (LEWIS TALBERT 'BUD'8, COFFMAN7, JOHN KITTLE6, WILLIAM PUGH5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1)

Age 78 - CARL EDGAR9 CHENOWETH (OPHA8, EMMETT GEORGE7, ISAAC NEWTON6, WILLIAM PUGH5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born Abt. June 1927 in Barbour Co., WV, and died August 01, 2005 in Fresno, Fresno Co., CA. He married DOROTHY ?.

Age 91 - KELSIE O.10 STALNAKER (VANCE9, SULLIVAN J.8, JEHU CHENOWETH7, ELI CHENOWETH6, MARY M.5 CHENOWETH, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born September 11, 1913 in Braxton Co., WV, and died April 29, 2005.

Age 87 - HERBERT C. 'HUB'9 DANIELS (JACOB LEE8, JOHN I.7, JERUSHA6 CHENOWETH, JOHN I.5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born August 02, 1917 in Randolph Co., WV, and died March 31, 2005.

Age 82 - PAUL TELEMECO was born November 07, 1922, and died March 24, 2005. He married ZETA M.9 SCOTT (SARAH ELLEN8 CORLEY, FLORENCE ALMEDA ANNIE7 ROWAN, MARY ELLEN6 CHENOWETH, JEHU5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1)

Age 81 - L.D.9 CHENOWETH (GLENN ORA8, EDWIN DUNCAN 'EDWARD'7, EDWIN DUNCAN6, GABRIEL5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born August 10, 1923 in Westimber, Washington Co., OR, and died August 04, 2005 in Washington. He married (2) CAROLYN ?

Age 70 - THOMAS LYLE GROAT, son of MILO GROAT and ESTHER BARNETT, was born September 15, 1934 in Sequim, Clallam Co., WA, and died May 19, 2005 in Tacoma, Piece Co., WA. He married MARY ANN10 CHENOWETH (ALFRED LEROY9, JOHN VIRGIL8, STONEWALL JACKSON 'SAMUEL'7, JOHN W.6, SAMUEL5, JONATHAN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1)

Age 72 - MELVIN L. 'SQUEEK'10 CHENOWETH (CHARLES A. 'CHARLEY'9, THOMAS ADISON8, JOHN BENTLY7, WILLIAM HAYCRAFT6, JACOB VAN METER5, WILLIAM4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born July 25, 1932 in Kansas, and died June 30, 2005 in Emporia, Lyon Co., KS. He married (1) NELLIE JO STRUM, daughter of ALFRED STURM and HAZEL HOWEY. He married (2) LINDA FAYE RICHARDSON December 17, 1976 in Kenner, Jefferson Parish, LA, daughter of SAM RICHARDSON and EVELYN ?. She was born December 09, 1953, and died October 13, 2003 in Emporia, Lyon Co., KS.

Age 72 - JAMES ROBERT9 DORSEY (JOE HARRISON8, RACHEL ANN 'ADA'7 CHENOWETH, JAMES HACKLEY6, ABRAHAM5, WILLIAM4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born December 17, 1932 in Santa Ana, CA, and died November 2004 in Illinois. He married PATSY JUNE O'DELL.


Age 86 - ALTA MAIDA CHENOWETH nee WEST, daughter of ALTA WEST and INEZ MOORE, was born December 15, 1918 in Traskwood, Saline Co., AR, and died July 01, 2005 in Huntsville, AL. She married on December 20, 1936 in Perry, Noble Co., OK EDD PRESTON8 CHENOWETH (CLARK BRADEN7, JOSEPH STEAVEN6, JAMES HACKLEY5, WILLIAM4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1). He was born September 16, 1913 in Carmen, Alfalfa Co., OK, and died August 04, 2002 in Perry, Noble Co., OK.

Age 87 - NEALE OPHEIM JENSON, son of WILLIS C. JENSON, was born July 11, 1918 in Norge, Jamnes City, VA, and died July 25, 2005 in Texas. He married VESTA9 CHENOWETH (STEPHEN DEAN8, BENJAMIN MATTHEWS7, ROBERT ATKINSON6, JAMES HACKLEY5, WILLIAM4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1)

Age 73 - JACK RAMON10 CHENOWETH (HERBERT FREDERICK9, AURELIUS PEARL8, ENOS ADDISON7, JOEL6, JACOB5, WILLIAM S.4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born July 22, 1931 in Huntington Co., IN, and died June 15, 2005 in Huntington Co., IN. He married GATHEL ANNE PAUL

Age 94 - EVELYN L. CHENOWETH nee FROHOCK, daughter of MAURICE FROHOCK and EMILY LOWE, was born February 25, 1911, and died July 13, 2005. She married on April 03, 1932 RUSSELL M.8 CHENOWETH (PAUL RUSSELL7, ERASTUS M.6, JAMES H. 'LEWIS'5, WILLIAM S.4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1). He was born March 09, 1909 in St Louis, MO, and died December 03, 1989 in Clearwater, Pinellas Co., FL.

Age 75 - MARY FRANCIS9 MCFADDEN nee NEWBY (HAZEL B.8 BUNDY, ELSENA 'SENIA'7 DEREMIAH, ELIZABETH6 CHENOWETH, LEVI5, JOHN4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born November 11, 1929, and died January 16, 2005. She married WILLIAM MCFADDEN. He died 2003.


Age 78 - WILLIAM S.10 KINGSOLVER, JR. (PEARL VENETTIA9 SCOTT, ORA8, SARAH ANN7 GREGG, ELIZA6 THURMAN, MARY5 CHENOWETH, ABSOLUM4, ABSOLUM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born January 13, 1926 in Indiana, and died November 16, 2004.

Age 87 - STANLEY GALE DUCKWORTH was born December 07, 1917 in Sharpsville, Tipton Co., IN, and died March 20, 2005. He married on February 25, 1940 in Fairmount, Grant Co., IN. EVELYN LOUISE9 WHITCOMB (THURMAN A.8, RACHEL MARGARET7 THURMAN, JOSEPH ABSOLOM6, MARY5 CHENOWETH, ABSOLUM4, ABSOLUM3, JOHN2, JOHN1). She born November 17, 1918 in Michigantown, Clinton Co., IN, and died January 15, 1972 in Cotulla, La Salle Co., TX.

Age 87 - THOMAS MARTIN9 SANDERSON (LAURALEA8 MARTIN, ELIZA OLIVIA 'TOAD'7 THURMAN, JOSEPH ABSOLOM6, MARY5 CHENOWETH, ABSOLUM4, ABSOLUM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born January 07, 1918 in Texas, and died February 26, 2005. He married (1) IMOGENE TRACY He married (2) GENEVA RAMSEY

Age 87 - FRANCES CHARLENE9 MASON nee SCOTT (CHARLES WESTERN8, MARY JANE7 LOW, ANGELINA6 THURMAN, MARY5 CHENOWETH, ABSOLUM4, ABSOLUM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born October 08, 1917 in Johnson, Clinton Co., IN, and died November 19, 2004. She married (1) DON CARNEY March 22, 1940. He was born August 28, 1915 and died October 1963. She married (2) AUBREY MASON December 24, 1968. He was born August 06, 1914, and died December 1975.

Age 95 - DORIS SCOTT nee CLIDENCE, daughter of HOMER CLIDENCE and MABEL LOUCKS, was born October 11, 1909 in Clinton Co., IN, and died October 28, 2004 in Schaumburg, Cook Co., IL. She married RALPH9 SCOTT (OLIVER BURTON 'BERT'8, MARY JANE7 LOW, ANGELINA6 THURMAN, MARY5 CHENOWETH, ABSOLUM4, ABSOLUM3, JOHN2, JOHN1). He was born November 16, 1905 in Kirklin, Clinton Co., IN, and died April 1981.

Age 87 - IOLA RUTH8 BRANDT nee CHENOWETH (JAMES EPHRAIM7, CLINTON LAFAYETTE6, EPHRAIM B.5, ABSOLUM4, ABSOLUM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born August 03, 1917 in Shelbyville, Shelby Co., IN, and died June 23, 2005 in Marion Co., IN. She married (1) ALDRIC 'AL' SMITH. He was born June 19, 1916, and died August 15, 1994. She married (2) NORMAN BRANDT

Age 76 - ROMONA CHARLOTTE CHENOWETH nee WHITEHEAD, was born February 21, 1929 in Oakland, Alameda Co., CA, and died June 21, 2005. She married BRUCE ROBERT8 CHENOWETH (ARTHUR7, JOHN6, JUSTIN5, JOHN4, ARTHUR3, JOHN2, JOHN1) He was born November 18, 1924 in Portland, Multnomah Co., OR, and died January 07, 1972.

Age 91 - HARRIETT MABEL8 BRIGGS nee SHRONTZ (SAMUEL GAYMAN7, HARVEY CARTER6, REBECCA5 CARTER, JOHN4, JAMES3, HANNAH2 CHENOWETH, JOHN1) was born January 11, 1914 in Marianna, Washington Co., PA, and died July 24, 2005 in Washington, Washington Co., PA. She married DAVID KENNETH BRIGGS March 26, 1938, son of ANDREW BRIGGS and ELIZABETH DURBIN. He was born March 23, 1915, and died March 25, 2005.

Age 80 - ARTHUR FRANKLIN8 SHRONTZ (SAMUEL GAYMAN7, HARVEY CARTER6, REBECCA5 CARTER, JOHN4, JAMES3, HANNAH2 CHENOWETH, JOHN1) was born January 24, 1923 in West Bethlehem Twp., Washington Co., PA, and died January 16, 2004 in Washington, Washington Co., PA. He married - Age 76 - MARGARET EUNICE TUCKER January 09, 1944, daughter of WALTER TUCKER and MARGARET ACAFEE. She was born December 29, 1926 in Amity, Washington Co., PA, and died September 11, 2004 in Washington, Washington Co., PA.

Age 84 - JEROME F. MOORE, son of FRANK MOORE and AGNES NEWARK. was born September 13, 1920 in Brackenridge, Allegheny Co., PA, and died April 21, 2005 in Marianna, Washington Co., PA. He married GERALDINE8 SHRONTZ (ARLIE G.7, HARVEY CARTER6, REBECCA5 CARTER, JOHN4, JAMES3, HANNAH2 CHENOWETH, JOHN1).

Age 92 - OLIVE SHRONTZ nee WILLIAMS, daughter of THOMAS WILLIAMS and KATHRYN TURNER, was born July 02, 1913 in "Rocklick", WV, and died August 10, 2005 in Washington Co., PA. She married on December 19, 1933 THOMAS MCCLELLAN8 SHRONTZ (RUSSELL LOWELL7, THOMAS MCKEE6, REBECCA5 CARTER, JOHN4, JAMES3, HANNAH2 CHENOWETH, JOHN1). He was born October 13, 1911 in Lone Pine, Washington Co., PA, and died July 27, 1981 in Washington, PA.

Age 77 - VALORA JANE9 HANSON nee MESECHER (JAMES BLAINE8, CHARITY7 BUTLER, JESSE6, CHARITY ANN5 BAXTER, SARAH4 CHENOWETH, ARTHUR3, ARTHUR2, JOHN1) was born March 13, 1928 in Duncombe, Webster Co., IA, and died June 02, 2005 in Des Moines, Polk Co., IA. She married LLOYD LESTER HANSON January 19, 1947 in Webster City, Hamilton Co., IA. He was born February 05, 1922 in Stirum, Sargent Co., ND, and died July 25, 1993 in Newton, Jasper Co., IA.

Age 98 - MERRILL CHENOWETH8 WISE (IVY MILLICENT7 CHENOWETH, SAMUEL BAXTER6, JOHN BAXTER5, WILLIAM4, ARTHUR3, ARTHUR2, JOHN1) was born October 26, 1906 in Randolph Co., IN, and died July 22, 2005 in Bluffton, Wells Co., IN. He married GRACE ?.

Age 56 - NANCY JANE10 THORNTON nee CHENOWETH (JAMES HARVEY9, LEONARD COLUMBUS8, WILLIAM HENRY7, WILLIAM COLUMBUS 'LUM'6, WILLIAM THOMAS5, WILLIAM4, ARTHUR3, ARTHUR2, JOHN1) was born December 27, 1948 in Portland, Jay Co., IN, and died August 15, 2005 in Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN. She married (1) CLOYCE EDWIN BRINKERHOFF. She married (2) ROGER THORNTON.

Age 86 - FRANCES J. 'FRAN' CHENOWETH nee TUREK was born September 24, 1918 in Pennsylvania, and died April 17, 2005 in Ohio. She married on December 19, 1945 VAUGHN LEROY9 CHENOWETH (ERNEST WESLEY8, JAMES AUGUSTA7, CHARLES WESLEY6, WILLIAM THOMAS5, WILLIAM4, ARTHUR3, ARTHUR2, JOHN1). He was born June 13, 1919 in Darke Co., OH, and died June 04, 2003 in Greenville, Darke Co., OH.

Age 60 - RAYMOND WILLIAM9 CHENOWETH, JR. (RAYMOND WILLIAM8, PAUL EARL7, WILLIAM EDWARD6, OLIVER BUCKMAN5, THOMAS4, THOMAS3, ARTHUR2, JOHN1) was born August 30, 1944, and died September 03, 2004 in Baltimore Co., MD. He married ALICE MARIE BASTA, daughter of ANTHONY BASTA and ALICE CONKLIN.


Age 55 - GALE KENNETH9 CHENOWETH (KENNETH ERSOM8, ERSOM FRENCH7, ELIJAH6, WILLIAM5, THOMAS4, WILLIAM3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1) was born March 09, 1950 in Chicago, Cook Co., IL, and died July 24, 2005 in Chicago, Cook Co., IL. He married JEAN MARIE DOEDEN.

Age 80 - RICHARD ELDON8 CHENOWETH (HOMER ELDON7, WILLIAM B.6, HENRY5, THOMAS4, WILLIAM3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1) was born July 04, 1924 in Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN, and died July 03, 2005 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co., MI. He married (1) MARILYN JEAN ZUILL. He married (2) MARION (SIMKINS) NOBLE.

Age 84 - LAWRENCE MORRIS SETTLEMYER, son of JOHN SETTLEMYER and EFFIE LAWRENCE, was born June 29, 1920 in Indiana, and died February 18, 2005. He married SUZANNA JEAN8 CHENOWETH (ARTHUR L.7, DAVID WILLIAM6, THOMAS BENJAMIN5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1). She was born April 21, 1927 in Huntington Co., IN, and died March 1983.

Age 54 - STEPHEN DELL9 SETTLEMYER (SUZANNA JEAN8 CHENOWETH, ARTHUR L.7, DAVID WILLIAM6, THOMAS BENJAMIN5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1) was born August 21, 1950 in Huntington Co., IN, and died June 08, 2005 in Norfolk, VA.

Age 71 - EFFEEN CAROLINE CHENOWETH nee SCHNEIDER was born November 05, 1932 in Galveston, Galveston Co., TX, and died September 04, 2004 in Texas City, Galveston Co., TX. She married RICHARD THEODORE8 CHENOWETH (RICHARD JACKSON7, DAVID THEODORE6, ISAAC JACKSON5, ISAAC J.4, ISAAC3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1). He was born February 14, 1930 in Orange Co., TX, and died December 29, 1991 in Galveston Co., TX.

Age 96 - ALVIN ELWOOD TUOHINO was born March 13, 1909 in Hamlin Co., SD, and died June 06, 2005 in California. He married BARBARA JEAN8 CHENOWETH (HAROLD FISK7, WILBUR FISK6, RICHARD FOSTER5, THOMAS C.4, ELIJAH3, THOMAS2, JOHN1).

Age 29 - STEVEN GRAINGER9 CHENOWETH (DAVID GRAINGER8, WILBUR ROSSITER7, WILBUR FISK6, RICHARD FOSTER5, THOMAS C.4, ELIJAH3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born January 07, 1976 in Pasadena, Los Angeles Co., CA, and died June 17, 2005.


Age 87 - RUTH LILLIAN GIBSON nee REBER, daughter of JOHN REBER, was born March 02, 1917 in Boyd Co., NE, and died September 14, 2004 in Aurora, Arapahoe Co., CO. She married on February 29, 1936 in Burke, Gregory Co., SD, BERDELLE WAGNER7 GIBSON (EUPHEMIA PERMELIA6 WAGNER, JOSEPHINE ADELINE5 REYNOLDS, PERMELIA 'MILLIE'4 CHENOWETH, ARTHUR3, THOMAS2, JOHN1). He was born October 29, 1913 in Brocksburg, Keya Paha Co., NE, and died October 23, 1974 in Denver, CO.

Age 89 - GEORGE ELLIS7 CHENOWETH (GEORGE EDGAR6, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN5, LUKE4, ARTHUR3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born July 07, 1916 in Hinton, Caddo Co., OK, and died July 25, 2005. He married FRANCIS EVELYN COX.

Age 64 - ROBERTA JANE9 COLLINS nee SPARKS (EARL MONROE8, IVA MAE7 CHENOWETH, JOHN ARTHUR6, ABRAHAM JOHN5, JOHN4, ABRAHAM3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born March 31, 1941 in Richmond, Wayne Co., IN, and died March 31, 2005. She married (2) LARRY ATCHISON, son of HOMER ATCHISON. She married (3) HOOVER COLLINS.

Age 68 - DEWITT CLINTON8 PETEET, JR. (DEWITT CLINTON7, WILLIAM MARSHALL6, RICHARD WILSON5, CHENOWITH4, RICHARD JOHN3, RUTH2 CHENOWETH, JOHN1) was born November 19, 1936 in Greenwood, Leflore Co., MS, and died April 19, 2005 in Memphis, Shelby Co., TN. He married JULIA CLARE COCKRELL.

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Age 91 - EDNA I.4 CATTERSON nee THOMAS (EVA PEARL3 CHENOWETH, WILLIAM H.2, RICHARD C.1) was born May 21, 1914 in Maryland Line, Baltimore Co., MD, and died August 25, 2005. She married FORD R. CATTERSON.

Age 71 - CHARLOTTE CAROL.5 ALFONSI nee CHENOWETH (WILLIAM W. LLOYD4, JOHN GEORGE3, ASBURY INDEPENDANCE2, JOHN1) was born August 30, 1933 in Baltimore, MD, and died February 21, 2005 in Salisbury, Wicomico Co., MD. She married PAUL JOSEPH ALFONSI.

Age 79 - JAMES DAVID5 CHENOWETH (DAVID EDWARD4, DAVID NEWTON3, SAMUEL2, AMON1) was born January 30, 1925 in Burfordville, Cape Girardeau Co., MO, and died October 19, 2004 in Missouri. He married RUTH WOODS.

Age 62 - JAMES WILLARD4 CHENOWITH (WILLIAM HOWARD3, JAMES GARRISON2, JOHN PRICKETT1) was born June 17, 1942, and died March 14, 2005 in Tulare Co., CA. He married (1) MARY S. LEWIS. He married (2) JUDITH A. VAUGHT.

Age 71 - JANET EVA3 PERSINGER nee CHENOWITH (WALTER ELMER2, HARRY JEROME1) was born February 17, 1933 in Maryland, and died September 13, 2004. She married RAY HUGH PERSINGER. He was born November 22, 1925, and died May 1979.

Age 86 - LORNA MARGARET CHENOWETH nee BILBROUGH was born December 06, 1919 in Horseforth, Leeds, ENGLAND, and died May 07, 2005. She married on May 21, 1947 in Oregon LAURENCE MARION4 CHENOWETH (RUDOLPH WILLIAM3, JOSEPH RICHARD2, WILLIAM R.1). He was born October 14, 1909 in Pullman, Whitman Co., WA, and died November 29, 1973 in Union City, Alameda Co., CA.

Age 40 - JEFFREY ALAN THOMAS was born September 04, 1964 in Detroit, Wayne Co., MI, and died December 14, 2004 in Missouri. He married TERESA ANN6 CHENOWETH (JAMES DAVID5, DAVID EDWARD4, DAVID NEWTON3, SAMUEL2, AMON1).

By Jon Egge, WA
Part 5: A continuing series of the children of John
Part1: Richard
Part2: Thomas
Part3: William
Part4: Arthur

This installment of descriptions of the children of John and Mary concerns John, the oldest son, who is both the largest and most complex part of the family tree. Today families of John represent approximately 50% of the entire known family. Like his father, John was a blacksmith. He is said to have been born in 1706, but there is no known record of this. This is true basically for all the children of the original family except Arthur. The first known record of him is his November 26, 1730 marriage to Mary Smith, parents unknown, in Baltimore Co., MD, recorded at St. John's Parish. John�s first 3 sons appear to have been born in Baltimore Co. There is also a 1737 tax record of John and his family living in the Middle River Hundred of Baltimore Co. next door to his sister�s family, the Watsons. It is probable that he moved within the next few years with his father and some of his siblings to Frederick Co., VA. His brother William is known to have bought property on Mill Creek in 1743.

Though John�s own parcel was not recorded until 1764, he likely purchased it much earlier. This follows from an on going land dispute in this area, with the result that many properties were not officially recorded until long after their actual purchase. There are two pieces of antidotal evidence to the timing of John�s move to Virginia. One is that the name John Chenoweth is not found in Baltimore Co., MD after 1740 until much later when later generations came into play from the lines of Arthur and Richard who remained behind. The other is that the birth of John�s first two sons, William and John, were recorded respectively in 1732 at St John's Parish and 1735 at St Paul's Parish, but the birth of the later children were not.

The earliest record of John in Virginia is 1748 when he signed as surety with James Wood to the will of George Hobson in Frederick Co., VA. He is found in the rent rolls of Frederick Co. in 1759 with his brother William. In 1762 he bought 248 areas near the Great Capon, in present day Hampshire Co., WV. In 1764 he was granted a patent from Lord Fairfax for his 314 acres which straddled the border of present day Berkeley Co and Frederick Co. In that same year he and his two brothers, William and Thomas, are again listed in the Frederick Co. rent rolls. He wrote his will on November 3, 1770 and died in Frederick Co., VA five months later on March 05, 1771.

In 2002, Greg Wulker showed me John�s property, the 314 acres parcel in the Mills Creek drainage area, where John built his home. This land lies next to the border of what would become Berkeley Co., WV, several miles south of where his brother William settled. Today this land is easily identifiable from the structure built there possibly after the land was sold. John acquired a second property, 248 acres in what would later become Hampshire Co., WV. At the time both were located in the large area of early Frederick Co., VA. These properties would be left to 5 of his six sons, and help in their identification. In all John and Mary had 9 known children, six sons and 3 daughters. All would marry and 8 of the 9 establish long lines of known descendants that spread out across the country.

John�s will establishes his family, mentioning his wife Mary and all 9 of his children. He divided his lands among five of his six sons, mentioning that Arthur was to receive one shilling and three pence. The Hampshire Co. land was divided between his two older sons, William and John. A year later, just before his death, William would sell his share to his brother John. The 314 acres that John lived on was divided among his sons Richard, Thomas and Absolom. They in turn sold this land the following year, a transaction that identifies Thomas as being back in Maryland and married to Rachel Moore. Richard took his proceeds and soon started his journey westward to Kentucky. Absolom settled in Berkeley Co. The daughters were named Elizabeth, Mary and Rachel. Elizabeth married James Stuart and would go to Kentucky, as would Rachel who married Kenner Seaton. Mary married the Rev Levi Ashbrook and settled in Hampshire Co.

Sons William, Absolom and John would die in Virginia. Thomas went from Maryland to Botetourt Co., VA where he died. Arthur joined Richard in Kentucky and later settled in Bartholomew Co., IN. His line is the only one of the six sons misplaced by Cora Hiatt. William was the first to die, just a year after his father, followed the next year by Absolom. Thomas died in 1780 and Elizabeth in 1786. It is not known whether Elizabeth and James Stuart had children. The remaining five, John, Richard, Arthur, Rachel and Mary all lived into the 19th century.

First born blood was strong. All these children, but Elizabeth, give us strong lines to present day. William, the first born son of John, had just three sons, but today his lines represent half of his father�s family and a quarter of the whole Chenoweth family.

JOHN2 CHENOWETH (JOHN1) was born 1706 in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, and died March 05, 1771 in Frederick Co., VA. He married MARY SMITH November 26, 1730 in St. John's Parish, Baltimore Co., MD. She was born Bet. 1701 - 1713 in Baltimore Co., MD, and died Aft. 1773.

Children of JOHN CHENOWETH and MARY SMITH are:

  1. WILLIAM3 CHENOWETH, b. January 08, 1731/32, St John's Parish, Baltimore Co., MD; d. Bef. September 01, 1772, Frederick Co., VA; m. (1) RUTH CALVERT, Bef. 1755, Hopewell MM, Clearbrook, Frederick Co., VA; b. Abt. 1730; d. Bef. 1772; m. (2) JANE ?, Aft. 1760.
  2. JOHN CHENOWETH, b. November 13, 1735, Baltimore Co., MD; d. April 29, 1812, Hampshire Co., VA (now WV); m. (1) MARY ?, Bef. 1760; b. Bet. 1730 - 1743; m. (2) ELEANOR PARKE, Aft. 1760; b. Bet. 1735 - 1740; d. Bet. 1819 - 1820, Hampshire Co., VA (now WV).
  3. THOMAS CHENOWETH, b. 1737, Baltimore Co., MD; d. May 08, 1780, Botetourt Co. VA; m. (1) RACHEL RUXTON MOORE, September 14, 1766, St. Geo's Parish, Baltimore Co., MD; b. January 08, 1747/48, Baltimore Co., MD; d. 1775, Baltimore Co., MD; m. (2) ANN CARROLL, August 10, 1777, Baltimore Co., MD; b. Bet. 1732 - 1752.
  4. RICHARD CHENOWETH, b. Bet. 1738 - 1748, Maryland or Virginia; d. June 1803, Jefferson Co., KY; m. MARGARET 'PEGGY' MCCARTY, Bet. 1771 - 1773; b. Abt. 1751, Hampshire Co., VA (now WV); d. Abt. 1839, Shelby Co., KY.
  5. ABSOLUM CHENOWETH, b. 1745, Frederick Co., VA (now Berkeley Co., WV); d. April 1773, Berkeley Co., VA (now WV); m. RUTH ?, Abt. 1765, Frederick Co., VA; b. Abt. 1745, Frederick Co., VA (now Berkeley Co., WV); d. Aft. 1779.
  6. MARY CHENOWETH, b. 1748, prob Frederick Co., VA; d. July 27, 1830; m. (1) LEVI ASHBROOK, 1768, Frederick Co., VA; b. 1738, Gloucester Co., NJ; d. September 01, 1794, Hampshire Co., VA (now WV); m. (2) JAMES MCBRIDE, 1804; b. Bet. 1734 - 1740, IRELAND; d. Abt. 1818.
  7. ELIZABETH CHENOWETH, b. 1750, Frederick Co., VA; d. February 07, 1786, Jefferson Co., KY; m. JAMES STUART, Bef. November 1770; b. Bet. 1735 - 1750; d. Unknown.
  8. ARTHUR CHENOWETH, b. July 16, 1752, Frederick Co., VA; d. 1828, Columbus, Bartholomew Co., IN; m. ELSPA LAWRENCE, April 01, 1773, Frederick Co., VA; b. October 20, 1749, Frederick Co., VA; d. 1829, Bartholomew Co., IN.
  9. RACHEL CHENOWETH, b. May 07, 1754, Frederick Co., VA; d. July 04, 1807, Jefferson Co., KY; m. KENNER SEATON, 1772, Berkeley Co., VA (now WV); b. March 13, 1753, Stafford Co., VA; d. July 29, 1829, Jefferson Co., KY.


By Joyce Wiegand I just saw on the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) website they have improved their index as of May 31, to the GRC [Genealogical Research Committee] records. These records consist of records local chapters have sent to them of records they have typed in their area, church, cemetery, births, marriages, wills, bible, private, etc. Over the years, the DAR has published this information into books for their own usage. Many [probably all] have been microfilmed and I know the Ft Wayne library has some of them as I have used them. You may have some of the microfilms in your area. You do not have to be a member to access these records AT THIS TIME, this could change, I don�t know. From this index, you can enter a persons name, get the Series/Volume and page number. Check with your local library, if they have an online card catalog all the better, and look at the film to see what records they have. A note to the wise, sitting in Alaska is a record on my potential William Hinshaw, who was in the Revolutionary War. The title says Alaska DAR GRC report; s2v019; pleas and quarter sessions court records [the text ran off the page from my printer but continues on the next line] North Carolina, February through November 1843 --. I have not looked up the record, but I�ll bet it does have to do with my William Hindshaw, probably not my direct line. The point being don�t narrow your thinking to just the locale of the person you are researching. I have found female names in the index database also. Requesting records from them is quite expensive, but can be done. The SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) just paid $10 or $20 for my 4 page application for 2 of my brothers to join. The copy furnished to me didn�t have �Record Copy� stamped on it! This should work for you: members.dar.org. Under Latest Announcements click on �New DAR Libarary GRC National Index Upgrade�. The latest announcements does not stay on the screen too long. You probably can still get to the index, on the right side of the screen, the 3rd hot link is GRC Database.

(CORRECTION: In an Email recived in March of 2006, The DAR suggests this link: www.dar.org/natsociety/pi_lookup.cfm. The URL cited by Joyce is restricted to members only.


By Eudora Luverne (Hanger) Harstine

I mentioned this story to Jon recently. California DAR had asked for �Rosie the Riveter� stories of their membership. They will be bound in a book and placed in a Rosie the Riveter Museum in Richmond, CA. My son thought that I should send it to the local newspaper. Anyhow here it is. � Eudora Luverne Hanger Harstine

I was born 26 December 1923 on a shall farm in Decatur Twp., Washington Co., OH. My parents were Richard F. Hanger and Emma Reip. They had moved to Ohio from West Virginia in Apr 1922. I have two brothers, both of whom served in the Navy during World War II. They both still reside in Ohio.

I attended a one room school with the exception of my 5th grade when the school board decided to bus us to a three room school in the district. I was the last 8th grader to attend the one room school. I graduated from Belpre High School in May 1941. The summer was spent at home on the farm. In the Fall I worked at two different jobs as a housekeeper. I normally had the weekends off, however the weekend of December 7th my employers were expecting guests and had asked me to stay over and prepare the meal. The guests had left and my employers had turned on the radio and heard the news about Pearl Harbor and came to the kitchen to tell me the news.

I had a boyfriend who lived and worked in Columbus, OH. In February he persuaded me to come to Columbus and find work. Jobs still weren�t that plentiful, especially for inexperienced 18 year old females. I finally decided to apply at the Curtis Wright Corporation training school. Curtis Wright had sent a core group of men and women from the plant in Buffalo, NY to establish a plant in Columbus where they were to build the Hellcat and Helldiver for the Navy. After standing in line all day I finally was at the front of the line at the training school. The young woman ahead of me was turned down because she was 18. I stepped up and said that I too was only 18. The woman that spoke to me said, �You look like a farm girl who knows how to work, come back and see me tomorrow.� I asked her to give me a note to that effect which she did. I was in training for a little over a week and had just begun riveting when they asked for some volunteers to work in the Anodizing Department. Three of us went out and two of us took the jobs offered. My job was mixing nuts and bolts of various sizes, putting them in a tube which was then run through an anodizing solution. After they had gone through the solution I had to sort them. After I had been there 2 or 3 months the boss over Anodizing, Heat Treating and Sand Blasting learned that I had taken a business course in high school and asked me to work for him in the office. I was there until the end of the war. I could not have asked for a nicer boss. Later he became Superintendent, adding two more departments to his supervision, Drop Hammer and Tube Bending. Many of the men I worked around, especially Drop Hammer, were a rough lot, however they were always ver respectful of me.

During those years between April 1942 and August 1945 I felt like my life was in limbo. I had various roommates who came and went, living in rooming houses and apartments. We went to movies and church. My last roommate and I participated in a folkdance group on the Ohio State University campus on Sunday evenings. There was usually folk dancing somewhere on Saturday evenings. Several times a year the University Agriculture Department would sponsor a square dance and it was at one of those that I met my husband, Emmet L. Harstine. He was in the Army, stationed in Alaska and was home on a rehabilitation furlough. My last roommate and I have remained close friends. I remained in touch with another roommate and couple of work friends. I owned a car in order to be able to go the 100 miles home every three works. I would drive down after work on Saturday evening and return on Sunday evening. My folks would give me tractor gasoline to get around rationing and I would bring back farm produce that was hard to obtain. Also I had several service men that I corresponded with besides my brothers and fianc�e. One of them was killed in the Battle of the Bulge. He was an only child.

I do not remember what I was doing on VE day or how I reacted. I do remember several of us predicting when the war with Japan would end. I had the right month and day but wrong year. I had predicted 1944 and VJ day was 14 August 1945. I had come home from work and we had eaten our dinner. My roommates boyfriend and sister were there and the landlords older son. We walked 5 miles down to the center of Columbus, High and Broad Streets and watched the celebration, graffiti and folks in nightgowns carrying potties. On the way down we had encountered light showers from which we soon dried off. We finally were able to board a street car on our way back. I got the work not to come to work. In approximately 3 weeks I received my termination notice. I went in to say goodbye to my boss, the general foreman and foremen. My boss said he saw no reason for my termination since they were hiring in the main office and so I went to see Personnel and was immediately hired to work in the Contract Termination Department where I stayed until January when my husband returned home. We were married in February. When we returned to Columbus for Emmet to re-enroll at Ohio State University to finish his education, I again went to work in the main office of Curtis Wright for a few months.


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

Alice: down the rabbit hole

In the summer of 1997, Alice Sanders, contacted me about her ancestor Sarah Chenoweth who had married Jesse Tuttle on February 26, 1834 in Champaign Co., OH. Sarah is found in the unknown section of the Harris book on page 629. Alice suggested to me that Sarah, born in Virginia about 1806, was the sister to my great great grandfather, Dr. Henry S. Chenoweth, who married in Ross Co., OH five years earlier. I was still finding my feet and had no way of knowing if this was true. Alice began sending me reams of material she had accessed on Chenoweths in Ohio including an introduction to the Draper Papers. For years since, this material has helped me understand the intricacies of the Chenoweth family. It was no help however to resolving Alice�s inquiry.

Later that year, with the will of James in Grant Co., IN provided by Pete, I found that the children of James were very different than those described by Cora Hiatt in her 1925 book. James did have a daughter Sarah, but she had married Oliver Cromwell Ball on December 28, 1827 in Perry Co., OH. Oliver was the named executor of the will of James. So it seemed that this possibility suggested by Alice was not possible. For a while I struggled with the delusion that my Henry was still a possible son of James and his wife, Sarah McBride. One of my interests had been finding the McBride ties of this family. Cora had given her name in two places, once as Susan and once as Nancy. Neither was right, she was Sarah, the daughter of James McBride of Hampshire Co., VA (now WV). I had just acquired a whole bunch of new ancestors, when I, in horror, saw them all slip away, as I came to face the reality that Henry could not be a son of James of Perry Co. James had a son, John who had died before the 1848 will and Henry had a brother John who had served in the Civil War.

Slowly my uncle Harry and I set up the premise that Henry and John W. were indeed brothers and that the family that Cora had described were placed under the wrong James. As the depth of my understanding of the Chenoweth family grew, I made up a lengthy analysis for Alice of the Virginia families of John, William and Thomas that had come to Ohio and how none of them had a suitable Sarah that we knew of. The single possibility became the family of Absolom, son of William(2) whose family was just emerging with the help of Greg Wulker. Parts of this family had been in Champaign Co. Alice wasn�t buying any of this.

As Harry and I groped for information on Henry�s origins, we slowly began to consider that Alice�s Sarah was a possible sister, as Alice had originally proposed. Her age and Virginia birth fit. Moreover she had named her children: Henry, Mary, Rebecca and John Wesley. The name John Wesley implies a Methodist Episcopalian following. This was the same religious belief that Henry had held. It also was espoused by the families of Thomas(2), while the Virginia families of John and William were Baptist. There was no fit however for either Henry or Sarah within the families of Thomas.

The more perplexing question on these people, Henry, John W. and Sarah was why they had married in three disparate places: Ross Co., OH, Champaign Co., OH and Madison Co., IL? It was not a story that seemed plausible. As the search widened we added another possible family member from Coras� list of six children: James, Thomas, Henry, John W, Sarah and Margaret. A Margaret Chenoweth had married on January 10, 1822 in Champaign Co., OH. The solution of all this was chronicled in the Chenoweth Family Newsletters of December 2004 and March 2005 with the proof of Margaret, Sarah, Henry and John W. as children of James Frances of Botetourt Co., VA. That proof resolved the story and Alice became my 3rd cousin, just as she had suggested eight years prior.

Just before this successful, and I might add joyous, event, Alice and I finally met face to face at the Oregon reunion. She felt like an old friend that finally had a face for me. Her early massive detail of data has aided my understanding of the Chenoweth family many times over. Now we have brought all her Tuttles into the database.

SARAH5 CHENOWETH (JAMES FRANCIS4, THOMAS3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born Abt. 1806 in Botetourt Co., VA, and died before the 1900 Census in Missouri. She married JESSE TUTTLE February 26, 1834 in Champaign Co., OH, son of OTHNEIL TUTTLE and CLARISSA JACOBS. He was born Abt. 1801 in Ohio, and died before the 1880 Census.


  1. HENRY6 TUTTLE, b. Abt. 1835, Ohio; m. NANCY ?; b. Abt. 1839, Illinois.
  2. MARY TUTTLE, b. Abt. 1839, Dayton, Montgomery Co., OH; d. June 25, 1937, Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO; m. TYRE LANDRUS MILLER; b. Abt. 1836, Illinois; d. May 31, 1912, Harper Co., OK. (Alice�s line)
  3. REBECCA TUTTLE, b. Abt. 1840, Indiana.
  4. JOHN WESLEY TUTTLE, b. Abt. 1845, Illinois.

Ruthanna and Abner Burns

Cora Hiatt tells us that Elizabeth Kinnear married a Burns. Elizabeth was one of the children of Katurrah Chenoweth, the 5th generation granddaughter of Richard of Louisville, in the line of John(2). Katurrah was born in Shelby Co., KY and moved with her parents, Thomas and Nancy Collins Chenoweth to Jefferson Co., IN. We know that Katurrah married Robert Kinnear. This probably occurred just after the family moved to Indiana. Thomas is found there in the 1820 Census. Thomas, one of the two sons of Richard to live and to marry, was the son who had been captured by Indians when a teen and lived among them for some six years until he was ransomed with the help of George Rogers Clark. He and Nancy had 10 children and celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at their homestead near Frankfort, Clinton Co., IN.

We know very little about this family of Katurrah�s Kinnears. Cora listed the children and gave a line of some children of eldest son James Kinnear, but the dates don�t match up. Until the summer of 2004, when Mary Thompson contacted me, this was another of the many Kentucky line dead ends. Though I had searched, I�d had little success finding what happened to these Kinnear children, so Mary was indeed a welcome knock on the door.

Mary lives in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Her great-grandmother, Henrietta Burns, moved to Alberta, Canada sometime in the early 1900s, and that is where her daughter, Lucy Raiff Hatch, Mary�s grandmother, married James Daniel McInnis. There are about a half a dozen Chenoweth families that moved up into Canada and still live there today. Mary grew up on Saturna Island, one of the gulf islands in the Strait of Juan De Fuca just off Vancouver Island. This is a wonderful area to visit. I have had many great fishing trips to the west side of Vancouver Island around Torfino and Barkley Sound.

Mary wrote me that Elizabeth Kinnear married Abner M. Burns on July 19, 1836 in Jefferson Co., IN. We now know of ten children, developed from Census data, including Henry B. Burns who married Charlotte M. Ross. They were Henrietta�s parents. The Burns family is found in 1840 living in Jefferson Co. and about 1848 moved to Iowa, first to Davis Co and then to Decatur Co., IA where Elizabeth and Abner would live out their lives. Things have evolved over the last eight years. When I first started doing this, the wonder was in where people belonged. Now when a cousin contacts me, I get busy trying to find the surrounding Census data. The new access to Census data via the internet is a godsend. In the winter of 2004 I found that I had access to the Census images at Heritage Quest through my home computer using my King County library card. This gives me online access to the 1860, 1870, 1900 thru 1920 Censuses. I already possess the 1880 CDs done by the LDS, and a number of 1850 Census image CDs of various States. The trick with any of these is using the index to find the right household. This can be problematic and one needs to be flexible sometimes. I think we live in a �golden age� for genealogy.

With Mary feeding me data and success with Census look ups, the file has grown in a short time from Elizabeth Kinnear m: ? Burns to a tree of 200 descendants and spouses. Mary had a good listing of branches in Canada, while I unearthed family in Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado and Oregon into the early 1900s. I am sure that this work will lead to other cousins:

KATURRAH5 CHENOWETH (THOMAS4, RICHARD3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born October 06, 1798 in Shelby Co., KY, and died August 11, 1875 in Leon, Decatur Co., IA. She married ROBERT KINNEAR, son of MICHAEL KINNEAR and ELIZABETH CAMPBELL. He was born February 01, 1795 in Rockbridge Co., VA, and died June 1887 in Iowa.


  1. JAMES H.6 KINNEAR, b. 1818.
  2. ELIZABETH KINNEAR, b. November 23, 1820, Vernon, IN; d. April 18, 1908, Leon, Decatur Co., IA. - see below
  3. NANCY KINNEAR, b. 1822.
  4. ISABELLA KINNEAR, b. Abt. 1826, Inddiana; m. (1) ? KELSO; m. (2) ? SMITH, Private, Leon, Decatur Co., IA; b. Bet. 1823 - 1843.
  5. MARGARET KINNEAR, b. 1828.
  6. JOHN A. KINNEAR, b. 1831, Edgar, Clay Co., NE.
  7. THOMAS R. KINNEAR, b. 1837, Indiana; d. 1864.
  8. RUHANNA KINNEAR, b. 1840.

Generation No. 2

ELIZABETH6 KINNEAR (KATURRAH5 CHENOWETH, THOMAS4, RICHARD3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born November 23, 1820 in Vernon, IN, and died April 18, 1908 in Leon, Decatur Co., IA. She married ABNER M. BURNS July 19, 1836 in Jefferson Co., IN. He was born October 13, 1815 in Madison, IN, and died June 19, 1893 in Leon, Decatur Co., IA.


  1. THOMAS C.7 BURNS, b. November 1837, Jefferson Co., IN; m. ELLA ?, Abt. 1864; b. November 1848, Indiana.
  2. ROBERT K. BURNS, b. December 1838, Jefferson Co., IN; m. ELIZABETH ?, Abt. 1861; b. February 1846, Pennsylvania.
  3. HENRY B. BURNS, b. July 01, 1842, Inddiana; d. August 11, 1867, Des Moines River, IA; m. CHARLOTTE M. ROSS; b. November 10, 1844, Jefferson Co., OH; d. December 07, 1906, Oskaloosa, Mahaska Co., IA.
  4. SIMON BURNS, b. Abt. 1845, Indiana.
  5. ISAAC T. BURNS, b. Abt. 1847, Indiana; m. ELIZABETH ?; b. Abt. 1852, Illinois.
  6. JAMES CALVIN BURNS, b. December 1849, Davis Co., IA; m. (1) ANNA E. ?, Bef. 1874; b. Abt. 1854, Illinois; m. (2) MARTHA ?, Abt. 1882; b. October 1863, Iowa.
  7. MARGARET ISABELLE BURNS, b. February 1855, Decatur Co., IA; m. JEROME L. HARVEY; b. June 1844, Indiana.
  8. EMMA D. BURNS, b. Abt. 1858, Decatur Co., IA.
  9. MARY ADDIE BURNS, b. Abt. 1862, Decatur Co., IA.
  10. JOHN R. BURNS, b. August 1864, Decatur Co., IA; m. NANCY M. ?, Abt. 1886; b. January 1860, Pennsylvania.

Rosella and William S.

One of the first divergent opinions I heard from with regards to the published structure of the Harris book on Chenoweths was a letter written by Rosella Vohs of Decatur, IL. In a lengthy presentation and argument she had set forth her life�s quest for William�s proper place within the family and what was wrong with his insertion into the family of Thomas. She had sent this letter to Pete and Pete, having brought me on board, was presenting it to me as sort of an opening salvo across the bow that all was not right in �Chenowethville�. It took me a while, but I came around to agreeing with Rosella, William S. was indeed misplaced, now for the 2nd time. The cracks and warts of Cora�s book were beginning to show through the wonderful rich context of the Harris book.

Rosella was from Casper, one of the two sons of William Chenoweth and Catherine Rinker that married Cabe sisters, Sarah and Charlotte, daughters of the Pennsylvania family of Elias Cabe and Sarah White. Casper�s brother Jacob had married Charlotte and Casper had married Sarah. Casper had been named for his grandfather, Casper Rinker, the father of Catherine. Casper and Jacob lived in Warren Co., OH where so many Chenoweths from Virginia settled in the very early years of the 19th century. Both brothers had started families and been struck down in their prime leaving the sisters widows with young families. Both would remarry and end up in Wayne Co., IN where the families are found in the 1850 Census. In Sarah�s case, she had married to Elijah Harris. In the 1850 Census the youngest son of Casper and Sarah is misnamed as William Harris. These anomalies are part of the patient task of sifting through Census data. It helps to have good knowledge about the family, to find a Chenoweth in a household with no Chenoweth name to lead you there. But such is Rosella, a patient and thorough researcher, who set out to find the ancestors of her grandfather, William Alva Chenoweth. Rosella�s mother was Grace Pearl Chenoweth, born in 1890 in Russell Co., KS to Louisa Esther Sellens and William Alva. Neither William Alva nor his father, Hezekiah Stites Chenoweth, are in Cora�s book. Moreover, though Casper, the father of Hezekiah, is listed, he is misplaced, as are all of the children of William S. as the children of William Pugh. Rosella made the trace back to William S., but the correct placement of William remained an enigma that had daunted researchers.

This misalignment, made in her 1925 book, was perhaps the first recognized mistake of Cora�s work. The good residents of Randolph Co., WV knew William Pugh and his children, well defined by his 1853 will, written twenty-one years after the 1832 will of William S in Allen Co., OH. William Pugh never left Randolph Co. and the fact that this obvious mistake was made speaks volumes as to the absence of real research behind Cora�s work. Today it is impossible to know for sure the extent of knowledge that her book was based on, as the source documents were all lost in a 1976 fire. It is probable they were mostly letters from descendants who knew some of the story of their immediate ancestors. We know from earlier writings that the family in the late 1800s had no knowledge of the true shape of the original family nor how the first three generations spread out. Thus various descendants had knowledge of their grandfather�s and great grandfather�s but little of where they rightfully belonged within the family tree.

Arthur Keith was the first real researcher of the Chenoweth family. Not a Chenoweth descendant, his thorough analysis of the early Chenoweth wills found in Virginia and Maryland, accurately defined the early family framework, a structure that Cora Hiatt would use to hang the various family trees submitted to her. The placement of the children of William S under William Pugh was a colossal mistake that would have many repercussions. It is probable that the mistake was made because both William Pugh and William S had parents named John and Mary. This has only become apparent some 76 years later when the true placement of William S came to light. In the interim between, William became this ill-fitting puzzle that would become again misplaced by Shirley Harris and initially misplaced for a record third time by myself. Shirley�s downfall was her desire to find a family for William, a son of her Thomas family. Certainly a surface glance would make this placement attractive, the age was right, the Virginia roots were right and the family of William the son of Thomas was unknown, lost to the shadows of time. But a closer look at the story easily belies this �Harris� fix. The William of Thomas was clearly in Mason Co., KY when William S was still back in Virginia. They could not have been the same person.

So Rosella was protesting and still searching for the truth. In the interim her determined research had extended and broadened the families of William S in a broad well-developed tree that I would find in an early World Family Tree submittal to Broderbund, now part of Genealogy.com. I had heard of Rosella�s prowess from descendant cousins who told me of her thorough knowledge of these Ohio based families. Finally in March of 1998 we would connect up, two years into the launch of my own Chenoweth research. Rosella immediately sent me reams of family sheets she had developed over the years filled with rich textured notes. Much of her work had been incorporated into the Harris book, albeit in the wrong place. Rosella also opened the door for me to finally connect up with Greg Wulker, who had been working with Rosella on the Warren Co., OH families for years. Rosella told me that Greg did the legwork. He certainly does. Within two months of connecting up with Rosella, I had established contact with Greg.

Filling his rightful place with another William, the one who married Elizabeth Hutchinson, compounded the problem that Cora Hiatt had created with William S. This mistake was not at all apparent. This William�s rightful place, that of William, Jr., had been filled with rubbish, a William who married Nellie Skelly and children with no known descent. This was a Gorgon�s knott. How to disprove something invented out of thin air is not easy. Since the whole of Cora�s book has no sourcing that we can look at today, she has become the undocumented source for many aspects of the family. In my own case Cora�s book remains the one source that correctly lists the children of James Francis and Rebecca Safley albeit they are misplaced under the James who married Sarah McBride (called by Cora in one place Nancy and in another place Susan). So Cora�s book is a darkened prism that has precious facts jumbled into the wrong places. It has taken a broad deep knowledge of the facts of the family to sort all this out. When I finally grew confident enough to oust Nellie Skelly, the vacancy provided a third misplaced and temporary home for William S and his two wives Catherine Rinker and Ann McCool. But if this was another wrong step, at least it was a step in the right direction for now the two Williams of Warren Co., OH were juxtaposed but in swapped positions. In trying to write their stories, it became obvious to me that the real fit was that one was the other and visa versa. This was in the fall of 2001. The next spring Greg and I confirmed the validity of this in our visit to the Berkeley Co. Courthouse in Martinsburg, WV.

I think Rosella has been vindicated and pleased that this long search has been resolved and William Alva, Hezekiah Stites, Casper and William S have been correctly aligned in the family.

CASPER5 CHENOWETH (WILLIAM S.4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born Abt. 1800 in Frederick Co., VA, and died Bet. 1832 - 1833 in Wayne Co., IN. He married SARAH CABE November 17, 1820 in Waynesville, Warren Co., OH, daughter of ELIAS CABE and SARAH WHITE. She was born 1805 in Bucks Co., PA, and died Aft. 1850.


  1. GEORGE6 CHENOWETH, b. Abt. 1823.
  2. ABRAHAM CHENOWETH, b. Abt. 1824, Warren Co., OH; d. July 26, 1885, Salem, Steuben Co., IN; m. (1) JANE FISHER, June 27, 1846, Wayne Co., IN; b. 1821, Indiana; d. 1879; m. (2) MARY ANN (WOOD) BROWN, April 05, 1883, Stuben Co., IN; b. March 06, 1834, Phelps, NY; d. April 06, 1920, Salem, Steuben Co., IN.
  3. CATHERINE CHENOWETH, b. Abt. 1826, Ohio; d. Unknown; m. LESTER WAYNE WALTON, March 21, 1840, Wayne Co., IN; b. 1815, Pennsylvania; d. Unknown.
  4. HEZEKIAH STITES CHENOWETH, b. March 08, 1827, Wayne Co., IN; d. Bef. 1880; m. SARAH ELIZABETH PARKER, May 09, 1847, Huntington Co., IN; b. November 24, 1827, Lawrence Co., OH; d. May 07, 1903, Oklahoma.
  5. WILLIAM THOMAS CHENOWETH, b. April 01, 1829, Fountain City, Wayne Co., IN; d. January 09, 1894, Salem, Marion Co., OR; m. (1) MINERVA JANE STARBUCK, October 29, 1852, Wayne Co., IN; b. April 12, 1833, Randolph Co., IN; d. January 06, 1863, Iowa; m. (2) ANNA (BOND) ARNETT, October 28, 1869, Wayne Co., IN; b. March 19, 1843, Indiana; d. April 03, 1900, Enterprise, Wallowa Co., OR.
  6. ABIGAIL CHENOWETH, b. Abt. 1831, Wayne Co., IN; d. Unknown; m. JOSEPH PYLE, September 06, 1849, Wayne Co., IN; b. 1819, Pennsylvania; d. Unknown.
  7. REBECCA CHENOWETH, b. Abt. 1832, Wayne Co., IN; d. Unknown.

Teddy Roosevelt was a Chenoweth

I am of course not speaking of the �The Roughrider President�. The Chenoweths have never had a President in their tree. The closest they come is that Eleanor Scott 'Nellie', the daughter of Absolum Chenoweth and Nellie Reed married Isaac Newton Brown, a widower in Perry Co., OH. Isaac had had several children by his first marriage to Mary Clayton. One was a daughter Jane who became a 16 year old step daughter to Nellie. Jane was the great, great grandmother of Richard Milhous Nixon.

Theodore Roosevelt Chenoweth was born July 09, 1901 in St Joseph, Buchanan Co., MO. In early 2001, Pete had been in contact with this family through Teddy�s son Frank Leroy Chenoweth. They were searching for the parents and lineage of this Missouri son. They knew that the mother�s name was Cora and understood that both parents had died. A few months later I talked on the phone with Mildred Chenoweth, Frank�s wife. She added 3 siblings of Teddy�s to the mix. Cora had died in 1904. Try as we might we could not find the family in the 1900 Census. Later, Pete found the 1910 Census listings for this family in St Joseph. Three of the children were living with their grandmother Nancy Riggs, which gave us Cora�s maiden name. The oldest son, Paul, appears to have been off to school in Cooper Co. The real breakthrough came in June 2005 when Dot Tucker-Houk�s relentless search of the internet came up with this newspaper item:

�Issue Date: 29 Mar 1945-6: Montgomery Co. MO, Bonnie Bell Chenoweth died, she is listed as the daughter of Jess Chenoweth age or birth date: 9 Feb 1900, death date: 21 Mar 1945�

This matched the date of death that Mildred had given me for Bonnie and the Census age of her in 1910. Voila! We were looking for a Jesse. Turning to our comprehensive spreadsheet of Chenoweth males, I found 14 Chenoweth males named Jesse. Two had not been found in the 1900 Census and one was in Buchanan Co. in 1910. The other lived in Oklahoma and had married there in 1904. In that Census, Jesse, age 32, was living on his own and working in a packing house. He stated that he was a widower. This was a true fit: a plausible age, the right location, the right name and the right circumstances and the single spreadsheet fit. Obviously Jesse had not died with Cora as the family had thought. Rather, a young man with four small children, he had given them to Cora�s mother to raise. The connection had been lost over time. Many lost links come from family breakups.

Jesse was the son of John Caspar Chenoweth and Mary Eliza Puckett. In the June 2005 newsletter there was an article describing the finding of the family of his brother Hezekiah. This was another extension to be added to this line of William S. Chenoweth and Catherine Rinker. I am sure that Rosella Vohs will be pleased. Jesse went to Iowa before the 1920 Census where he is found with a 2nd wife Lettie. He died in May 1958. The children of his first marriage grew up in Missouri. I called Mildred with the good news. A family found!

JESSE8 CHENOWETH (JOHN CASPER7, HEZEKIAH STITES6, CASPER5, WILLIAM S.4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born August 20, 1874 in Decatur Co., IA, and died May 1958. He married (1) CORA RIGGS, daughter of NANCY A. ?. She was born Bet. 1869 - 1877, and died 1904. He married (2) LETTIE ? Bef. 1920. She was born Abt. 1887 in Iowa.


  1. PAUL L.9 CHENOWETH, b. Abt. 1895, Missouri; d. October 14, 1960.
  2. NELL CHENOWETH, b. Abt. 1899, Missouri; d. February 09, 1958.
  3. BONNIE BELL 'IDA' CHENOWETH, b. February 09, 1900, Missouri; d. March 21, 1945.
  4. THEODORE ROOSEVELT 'TR' CHENOWETH, b. July 09, 1901, St Joseph, Buchanan Co., MO; d. April 01, 1967, St Joseph, Buchanan Co., MO; m. MARIE ANN (FARROW) DAILY; b. August 24, 1893, Savannah, Andrew Co., MO; d. 1970, St Joseph, Buchanan Co., MO.

A little discovery by Pete

On the 4th of July 2005, Pete sent me a snippet of a World Family Tree with the marriage and family of a Marvel Helen Chenowith. We have long used this remarkable series of family trees CD sets originated by Broderbund in the mid 1990s to add to our knowledge of the Chenoweths. Over the years Broderbund�s product Family Tree Maker has become Genealogy.com and one CD had become over 170 CDs. Marvel was found on CD 123, tree #677. The tree gave no dates or place of birth. She had married a Richard Franklin Morgan and the tree continued on with a son Earl Bruce Morgan b: 08 Aug 1935 in Haywarden, Sioux Co., IA. The tree was really a broader part of the Dolah and Gronwoldt families and Marvel was luckily inserted as a parent of a spouse. Pete followed up with a Census search and found Richard and Marvel in the 1930 Census of Hawarden, Sioux Co., IA with a son and a daughter. Earl Bruce was not yet born, but the name Marvel was fairly unique [I had one other Marvel in my file.] and the place matched. This was undoubtedly the family. Marvel was 28 years old and born in Iowa. Her parents were born in Ohio and New York.

Pete then looked up his previous 1910 Census research in Iowa. In 1910, an 8 year old Marvel was one of three granddaughters of John Leonard Chenoweth and his wife Marietta 'Eddie' Hungerford. They had come from Allen Co., OH in the line of James D. Chenoweth and Nancy Skilling. James, misplaced in the Harris book, appears to be the son Lewis mentioned in the 1832 will of William S. Chenoweth. Though this connection has never been exactly proven, it is a very probably fit. The name Lewis comes from the maiden name of the mother of William�s second wife, Ann McCool. Lewis was born about 1813 in Virginia. So was James. James settled in Allen Co., OH, where William died. He is the only Chenoweth who fits the age and circumstances and we have found no other fit for Lewis who was certainly alive when William wrote his will.

Of the 3 granddaughters, Marvel, Gladys and Dorothy, we had previously determined who Gladys and Dorothy were. In 1920, Dorothy is found in Logan, Sioux Co., IA with her father Claude Edward Chenoweth and his 2nd wife Marie Van Nimwegan. Dorothy�s mother, Catherine 'Kittie' O'Connor, died October 21, 1909, when Dorothy was 7 months old. Six months later in the Census, Claude�s parents are caring for Dorothy. Gladys was not her sister, but a cousin. She is found in the 1920 Census of Codington Co., SD with her parents, Earl H. Chenoweth and M. Belle Barnes. Earl was an older brother of Claude, both sons of John Leonard. It may have been that Earl and Belle had just moved to South Dakota as they are there in the 1910 Census with no children, so Gladys was with her grandparents while Earl and Belle were establishing themselves or perhaps she was just visiting with her grandparents. We were unsure still though who Marvel was. In the 1910 Census Belle stated she had 2 children and 2 were living. This would include Marvel, leaving the question of what had happened to her?

Now we knew. Marvel had married Richard Morgan. She would never appear in a Census with her parents as she married before the 1920 Census. The clues were there, but the appearance of the information found in WFT Vol 123, #677, opened the door to adding in the Morgan family of Marvel Helen. We also added the two siblings to Earl Bruce, Harold and Helen, found in the 1930 Census.

I could go on at length about instances and discoveries we have made over the last ten years using WFT CD�s. The fact that the name Chenoweth is almost unique in America to the family of John and Mary makes the Chenoweth search for families very fruitful. I do not understand why Broderbund and now Genealaogy.com makes it so hard to find the submitters of these trees. Exchange of information is the essence of genealogy and you need to talk with the source. That is not Genealogy.com. For years, my Family Tree Maker program has invited me to submit the Chenoweth tree to them. I don�t know what good that would accomplish. We are easily found on the web. Cousins can obtain a copy of the �privatized� file which is every bit as good as anything you can find in a WFT. I think it much better that cousins come to us.


By J. Leon(8) and Peggy Hays

July 9, 2005 � Another great reunion and another great success, headed this year by Connie Heffron, of Bethany, OK and Myrna Robertson, of El Reno, OK. The gathering was of the descendants of John William Chenoweth(6) and George Edgar Chenoweth(6) (John1, Thomas2, Arthur3, Luke4, Benjamin Franklin5). It was really a great time. It is estimated, by paid attendance, that we had 116 cousins at the party. Arthur Lee(7) and Evelyn Chenoweth were honored by having 27 in their group, them and 25 descendants. They were extremely proud! The grandparents of actress �Kristen Chenoweth(9)�, Roy(7) and Mildred Chenoweth were, as always, there. There were cousins from Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Texas and of course Oklahoma, all enjoying the festivities. The organizers this year, as well as the organizers of the past years are to be commended for their outstanding planning efforts and keeping the cost to a minimum so everyone can afford to attend. We are all looking forward to next year, already set in motion, for the Saturday following the 4th of July. There were a few moments of silence to recognize those newly accepted in heaven during this past year. Robert Felix, Maude Chenoweth Leam..(age 101) and Marcelete Chenoweth Smith. They are missed very much. I did announce that the National Chenoweth Reunion for 2006 was to be in Baltimore, Maryland and several were interested in more information. When available, I will pass it on to them. A special Thanks to the daughters of George Edgar Chenoweth(6) for keeping these reunions going for the past 5 decades, they are Evelyn Felix, Maude Leam, Ola Harris, and Betty Kaspereit(7).


In the May 2003 issue we presented birth records of individuals that we had obtained from a website known as Any Birth Date. We extracted 2509 records. Of those we have 663 that have not been identified. In this issue we present some of those individuals. The information contained at this website is a name, birthdate and possible residential address. To this we add remarks (other information we have obtained on the individual). Some of the females may be spouses, while some may be daughters. As always with this column any help in identifying these individuals would be greatly appreciated.

  1. Chenoweth, A.L. b :4 Feb 06 - residence: McDonald Co., MO (comment: Annie in SSA)
  2. Chenoweth, Alayne K. b :8 Oct 51 - residence: Mineral Co., NV
  3. Chenoweth, Alice b :21 Mar 48 - residence: Santa Clara Co., CA
  4. Chenoweth, Allan B. b :29 Jul 49 - residence: Clark Co., NV
  5. Chenoweth, Alonzo W. b :27 Nov 60 - residence: Tarrant Co., TX
  6. Chenoweth, Alta b :20 Dec 00 - residence: Alameda Co., CA (comment: born Alta Howe 20 Dec 1901)
  7. Chenoweth, Alvin D. b :13 Oct 66 - residence: Baltimore Co., MD
  8. Chenoweth, Amanda K. b :23 Dec 77 - residence: Rock Co., WI (comment: wife of Gerald L. (born 1 Jul 1976))
  9. Chenoweth, Amelia b :20 Aug 66 - residence: San Francisco Co., CA
  10. Chenoweth, Amy E. b :6 May 62 - residence: Santa Clara, CA
  11. Chenoweth, Amy G. b :10 Nov 60 - residence: Baltimore Co., MD
  12. Chenoweth, Andrea b :21 Oct 54 - residence: Jackson Co., MS (comment: maybe sister to Richard Eldon)
  13. Chenoweth, Andrea D. b :19 Apr 64 - residence: Tulsa Co., OK (comment: wife of Chris A. (born 24 Jul 1964))
  14. Chenoweth, Angela A. b :30 Aug 69 - residence: Nez Perce, LA
  15. Chenoweth, Anita V. b :3 Nov 19 - residence: San Bernardino Co., CA
  16. Chenoweth, Ann R. b :20 Feb 62 - residence: Calvert Co., MD
  17. Chenoweth, Anna D. b :11 Jul 14 - residence: Clinton Co., OH
  18. Chenoweth, Anna M. b :12 Dec 57 - residence: Ozaukee Co., WI
  19. Chenoweth, Anna M. b :12 Oct 59 - residence: Macon Co., IL
  20. Chenoweth, Anne E. b :20 Aug 66 - residence: Contra Costa Co., CA
  21. Chenoweth, Annette A. b :14 Feb 60 - residence: Lorain Co., OH (comment: possible wife of Lewis Henry)
  22. Chenoweth, Annie M. b :12 May 21 - residence: Carroll Co., MO (comment: wife of Robert N.)
  23. Chenoweth, Anthony J. b :30 Mar 78 - residence: Moffat Co., CO
  24. Chenoweth, Arlene b :11 Sep 38 - residence: Monmouth Co., NJ (comment: wife of George R. (born 19 Jul 1934))
  25. Chenoweth, Arthur b :22 May 23 - residence: Multnomah Co., OR (comment: possibly Arthur C.)
  26. Chenoweth, Arthur b :13 Jun 64 - residence: Anne Arundel Co., MD
  27. Chenoweth, Barbara A. b :12 Jun 55 - residence: Cape Girardeau Co., MO
  28. Chenoweth, Barbara J. b :26 Dec 54 - residence: El Paso Co., TX
  29. Chenoweth, Barbara L. b :16 Sep 36 - residence: Pike Co., IL
  30. Chenoweth, Barbel b :8 Nov 47 - residence: Cook Co., IL (comment: wife of Michael P. (born 4 Oct 1956))
  31. Chenoweth, Beatrice J. b :28 Jun xxxx - residence: Los Angeles Co., CA (comment: possible wife of Richard J.)
  32. Chenoweth, Becky b :6 Apr 55 - residence: Dane Co., WI
  33. Chenoweth, Bessie M. b :27 Feb 01 - residence: Barbour Co., WI (comment: possibly Bessie Kittle)
  34. Chenoweth, Betty B. b :7 Nov 43 - residence: Charleston Co., SC
  35. Chenoweth, Betty C. b :1 Aug 64 - residence: Anne Arundel Co., MD (comment: wife of John R. (born 17 Sep 1963))
  36. Chenoweth, Betty J. b :14 Mar 53 - residence: Marlboro Co., SC
  37. Chenoweth, Betty R. b :2 Oct 09 - residence: Polk Co., IA
  38. Chenoweth, Beverly J. b :29 Aug 53 - residence: Warren Co., OH
  39. Chenoweth, Beverly K. b :13 Nov 58 - residence: Routt Co., CO (comment: wife of Ronald (born 14 Sep 1949))
  40. Chenoweth, Beverly W. b :3 Oct 57 - residence: York Co., SC (comment: wife of Edward E. (born 15 Oct 1963))
  41. Chenoweth, Billy b :15 Jan 43 - residence: Maricopa Co., AZ
  42. Chenoweth, Bina L. b :19 Jun 66 - residence: Cook Co., IL
  43. Chenowith, Brandy L. b :5 Dec 68 - residence: Carroll Co., MD
  44. Chenoweth, Brian K. b :8 Aug 65 - residence: San Diego Co., CA
  45. Chenoweth, Bruce M. b :1 Jan 51 - residence: Monmouth Co., NJ
  46. Chenoweth, Bruce W. b :3 Jan 69 - residence: Franklin Co., OH
  47. Chenowith, C. Ray b :15 Nov 44 - residence: New York, NY
  48. Chenoweth, Cameron T. b :16 Sep 66 - residence: Brazos Co., TX
  49. Chenoweth, Candy A. b :7 Oct 53 - residence: Taylor Co., IA
  50. Chenoweth, Carl b :16 Aug 71 - residence: Montgomery Co., OH (comment: possibly a member of Earl F.�s household)
  51. Chenoweth, Carla L. b :11 Dec 52 - residence: Dane Co., WI
  52. Chenoweth, Carlton L. b :18 Jul 51 - residence: Augusta Co., VA (comment: same location as Rick M.)
  53. Chenowith, Carol b :13 Aug 39 - residence: Maricopa Co., AZ

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