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VOLUME 7 NUMBER 4 - December 2008
EDITOR: PETER C. CHENOWETH - E-MAIL: p.chenoweth@comcast.net

2008, Some Giants Fell

A part of genealogy is the recording of dates of death. Granted genealogy is a celebration of who they were and of their memory within the family, it is still not easy when it is someone you know. When I wrote my Laprath study in 2003, after 8 years of research, I noted that 15 family members had passed away in that brief span. I had personally talked to 14 of them. And though I was able to salvage a small bit of knowledge from each, about the family, much was lost. It always is. My file on the Lapraths is about 1,100. Yesterday my file on the Chenoweths hit 160,000. Certainly an 1,100 name file is closer and more personal. I have noted that each year about 50 people in the US named Chenoweth pass on. This year, so far, the count is 44, and the full reporting some 4 months away perhaps. We don�t really have a good ratio as to how many daughter lines there are for each Chenoweth. About 6.3% of the file last August was Chenoweth named. By this inexact measure, there would be 15 daughter lines for each Chenoweth, translating to perhaps a figure of 800 family members that pass away. That being the case, surely there are over 1,000 born into the family each year, though our newsletter honors only a couple dozen that we know about each year. Last year we reported on 144 deaths we knew about in the In [DIRECTORS]Memoriam honor roll section of the 4 quarterly newsletters. At best this is but 18% of what actually happened.

In a way genealogy is worse than undertaking, as many of these names are people one knows. And though the preserving and celebration of their lives might assuage the sense of loss, it can but save a small fraction of the real knowledge which passes with each parting. This year we lost some giants. I keep a list on the main site page of contributing cousins who have passed away since I started the site. This summer at the Fort Wayne Reunion we honored 41 of them in a remembrance of their names and contributions. Six more have been added since and this list is now at 47.

The first entry begins in 1998, 2 years into the site, with David Hugh Dyer, though it was a couple of more years before I learned that David had passed away. He was from the Tennessee Chenoweth lines of Richard�s son John. There are many Dyers in the Hale lines of this family from Elizabeth Chenoweth who married Thomas Haile. And thought the list kept growing each year, it was not until 2004 that it got more personal with the passing of Albert Summerfield. A Randolph Co., WV descendant, Albert lived on Greenwood Avenue, a few blocks from an apartment that Deanna and I had lived in the 1970�s and only a few miles from where my Chenoweth grandparents had lived. I had met Albert through an introduction by Richard Harris when I purchased a book in 1996. Albert had been generous and patient with me. I admired his careful sourcing of information and keen interest in the subject of the family.

The next year, 2005, lost Virginia Bird Johnson, who I had finally met at the 2002 Elkins� reunion. There are not words to describe what she preserved for us. Shirley and Richard Harris had �discovered� her on their field trip to Randolph Co. Virginia gave them her life�s work, preserved now in 2 boxes at Bowling Green, and filled with the rich delineation of the families of �Revolutionary John�. Virginia had attended every Elkins Chenoweth Picnic-Reunion from 1915 until she died, 91 in all.

Later that year, Eugene Victor Chenoweth, of Indianapolis, IN passed away. I had enjoyed many letters from Gene as well as receiving a box of research material he had done over the years. Gene was of the Morgan Co., IN lines of Ephraim.

2005 lost Luverne Harstine. Her work on the Reip family is legend. We exchanged so many emails. She shared my conservative views and even her name tweaked odd ties in my memory banks, Harstine being an island in Puget Sound and her first name, Eudora, which she didn�t use, the mail program I use.

That same year another great family genealogist was lost with the passing of Mary Padden of Tacoma, WA. Mary had done a thorough study of the Casebiers of Elizabeth Chenoweth, one of Jonathan�s daughters. I had found her in February of 1996, even before Peter and I had begun our collaboration. Over the years I would call her with tidbits of progress we had made with her line, and always she answered in a happy voice that sparkled.

2006 lost us the Carter Cousins, Marie Eberle and Margaret Henley. Their two books, aptly named, are detailed and well researched and a great contribution to the family. I had had many dealings with Marie. The next year lost Shannon Graham of Jefferson City, MO, my closer cousin from Thomas of Botetourt Co. Shannon was always full of odds and ends about the family, and had a true love of its genealogy. She led me to Elmer Haile.

But the toll in 2008 has been staggering. We lost Edith [Edith Pearl Chenoweth], the spark and wit of 4 reunions. Raymond Murray Chenoweth of Florida who had helped with the lines of James Milton Chenoweth and Elmer Leroy �Bill� Kelley of Puyallup, WA, who I had visited about the Randolph Co., WV Kelley lines of Eli, both fell.

In August my uncle, Harry Holt Chenoweth passed on. He was not only a personal friend and mentor, but Harry had been instrumental in solving the ancestry of Henry S. Chenoweth as a son of James Francis. Now we have also lost Elmer Rathbun Haile, Jr of Baltimore, MD, perhaps the biggest giant of them all. I have learned so much from him of the early family. His help was invaluable in piecing the lives of Baltimore into their proper place. But as much as I gained from Elmer, more was lost with his passing. He knew so much of the workings of early Baltimore.

As we were about to go to press. Dot sent an email of an obit for Rosella Vohs. An article about Rosella can be found in the September 2005 issue. I knew she was not doing well, but this is like double whammy. It was Rosella that first questioned the Harris placement of William S. Rosella always looked for 2 sources before she accepted things. Her thorough work on the families of Williams S. and the Warren Co., OH families of William, Jr were a fine body of work.

Included in the 6 since the reunion, besides my uncle Harry and Elmer, was the revelation that Lynne Robinson of California, had passed away last October. Lynn was a descendant of James Bruce Chenoweth, one of the grandsons of John�s son Absolom. She had been very knowledgeable of the families that had settled in Bureau Co., IL. In February I had received an email from our newsletters to her saying simply �unsubscribed�. Now this month I sadly learned that this cancellation was precipitated by her passing, when I entered her name into the posted SSA listings.

2008 has been a difficult year in so many respects and the family has lost some giants.

Time at the Top Peter Clinton Chenoweth, Chairman

On behalf of your Board of Directors, Jon Egge and our families, I would like to take this opportunity to extend to each and every one of you a most joyous holiday season.

I have been advised, by Bill Chinworth, that the identification template for the 2008 reunion photo has been completed and can be found at his website: www.chenowethfamily.org. Everyone interested in this template needs to click on �contents� and than �forms�. Scroll down and you will find the template. It is Adobe format and the latest version of Adobe should be downloaded prior to attempting to open this document. Pictures from that reunion will also be posted to that website in the near future. We thank Bill for his assistance in maintaining the photographic posterity of past reunions.

Coat of Arms

In this issues� Comments from the Clan there is a letter from 9th generation Bruce Wesley Chenoweth. Bruce has put together a modern version of the Chenoweth Coat of Arms (shown here). This coat of arms is now displayed at our website.

Some people are more dedicated to the preservation of the family than others are. One of those individuals is 10th generation Steven Andrew Chenoweth of Livingston, TN. Attending his first reunion Steven proudly declared his dedication to the family with a tattoo on his back of the family crest. It is my understanding that this one of several within his family.

Coat of Arms

As DNA Program coordinator I would like to thank the many family members who inquired about participating in the DNA project. I would again like to state that this is only a Chenoweth surname project. It is strictly a male descendant project. Individuals who are descended from a Chenoweth female are not eligible for this project. If you wish to participate and feel that you qualify please contact me at p.chenoweth@comcast.net.


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With thanks and appreciation to Dot Tucker-Houk of Maryland who makes much of this list possible each newsletter. So far in 2008 there have been 47 Chenoweths entered in the SSA listings. All have been identified. Three remain unidentified from 2006 Any help in placing these individuals would be appreciated:

age 76 - EDITH JEANNE10 EAGAN nee GREER (EDITH GERUTIA9 MCDONALD, SCOTCH8, GERUTIA CHENOWETH 'RUSH'7 REIP, EDITH AMANDA6 CHENOWETH, ROBERT T.5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born February 28, 1932 in Marshfield, Webster Co., MO, and died September 23, 2008 in Sedgwick Co., KS. She married (1) JOHN DILL. She married (2) MARTIN L. EAGAN.

age 88 - CORRINE L.9 RICHARDS nee STALNAKER (CHENOWETH8, LAVERNA7 CHENOWETH, ROBERT JAMES6, ROBERT T.5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born December 1919 in Arnoldsburg, Calhoun Co., WV, and died May 23, 2008 in Parkersburg, Wood Co., WV. She married DELMAS R. RICHARDS. He was born March 23, 1915, and died January 08, 2002.

age 80 - WILLIAM A.10 STALNAKER (EUCLE WILLIAM9, CLARK LEMUEL8, LAVERNA7 CHENOWETH, ROBERT JAMES6, ROBERT T.5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born February 28, 1927 in Ohio, and died September 28, 2007 in Grantsville, Calhoun Co., WV. He married JEAN MCKOWN.

age 69 - CARLTON CADELL HATHAWAY, son of ORVAN HATHAWAY and EULANEE STUMP, was born May 01, 1938 in Calhoun Co., WV, and died May 18, 2007 in West Virginia. He married BONITA RAE9 CHENOWETH (JOHN KNOTTS8, CAPTAIN KNOTTS7, ROBERT JAMES6, ROBERT T.5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) September 06, 1960 in Mt. Zion, Calhoun Co., WV

age 73 - JANET LEE "JAN" CHENOWETH nee BAKER, daughter of HOWARD BAKER and IRENE MCKITTRECK, was born May 09, 1935 in Parkersburg, Wood Co., WV, and died August 29, 2008 in Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA. She married DAVID ALLEN9 CHENOWETH (DAVID WILLIAM8, DAVID OSCAR7, DAVID WASHINGTON6, ROBERT T.5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) October 02, 1955 in Parkersburg, Wood Co., WV

age 76 - MILDRED 'MILLIE'11 HOTTLE nee COBERLY (ADDIE DOLLIE10 TAYLOR, ADA MAE9 SCHOONOVER, JUDITH8 CHENOWETH, MARSHALL7, JOHN KITTLE6, WILLIAM PUGH5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born June 12, 1932 in Elkins, Randolph Co, WV, and died August 18, 2008 in Cedaredge, Delta Co., CO. She married (1) CLEOPHUS DURWOOD HART September 24, 1950, son of CLEOPHAS HART and ELVA CROSS. He was born July 31, 1927 in Elkins, Randolph Co, WV, and died November 04, 1975 in Baker, Hardy Co., WV. She married (2) DON HOTTLE.

age 82 - ESTA MAE CHENOWETH nee MILLER, daughter of WILLIAM MILLER and MYRTLE CARTER, was born February 08, 1926 in Rosedale, Braxton Co., WV, and died November 19, 2008 in Virginia. She married HERBERT10 CHENOWETH (OKEY EVERETT9, ULYSSES THOMAS8, LLOYD HYRE7, EVERETT6, JEHU5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) October 27, 1950 in Harrison Co., WV. He was was born July 07, 1923 in Randolph Co., WV, and died December 19, 1998 in Harrison Co., WV.

age 93 - JAMES ORVILLE10 STALNAKER (CLARK LEMUEL9, WILLIAM ANDERSON8, JEHU CHENOWETH7, ELI CHENOWETH6, MARY M.5 CHENOWETH, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born November 28, 1914 in Orma, Calhoun Co., WV, and died February 18, 2008 in Parkersburg, Wood Co., WV. He married JEWELL LUZADER. She was born May 07, 1943, and died August 26, 1992 in West Virginia.

age 84 - C. CARLTON SIMMS, son of ERNEST SIMMS and ETHEL WRIGHT, was born November 02, 1922 in Mason Co., WV, and died April 28, 2007 in Waterloo, Laurens Co., SC. He married FLORENCE NAOMI10 STALNAKER (CLARK LEMUEL9, WILLIAM ANDERSON8, JEHU CHENOWETH7, ELI CHENOWETH6, MARY M.5 CHENOWETH, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1)

age 59 - JOHN ROBERT9 CHENOWETH (JOHN DAVID8, PERRY WEESE7, JOHN SKIDMORE 'JS'6, JEHU5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born September 13, 1949, and died September 28, 2008 in Randolph Co., WV. He married (1) CONSTANCE BARRETT. He married (2) PAMELA W. "PAM" JOHNSON.

age 93 - LOUIS JACOB9 CASEBIER (ERNEST NOBLE8, LOUIS DUDLEY7, ABSALOM BURDINE6, ELIZABETH5 CHENOWETH, JONATHAN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born April 03, 1914 in Winchester, Jefferson Co., KS, and died February 27, 2008 in Topeka, Shawnee Co., KS. He married RUTH COBURN September 03, 1940 in Quinter, Gove Co., KS. She was born April 27, 1914, and died January 20, 2003 in Kansas.

age 85 - HARLAN ERNEST9 CASEBIER (ERNEST NOBLE8, LOUIS DUDLEY7, ABSALOM BURDINE6, ELIZABETH5 CHENOWETH, JONATHAN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born March 16, 1923 in Topeka, Shawnee Co., KS, and died April 15, 2008 in Nevada. He married MARGARET ELAINE SCOTT 1946 in Topeka, Shawnee Co., KS. She was born September 20, 1924 in Studley, Sheridan Co., KS, and died April 18, 2007 in Nevada.

age 98 - MARGARET LUCILLE SELF nee BEELER was born October 11, 1919 in Grantville, Jefferson Co., KS, and died August 08, 2008 in Kansas. She married BENJAMIN HARRISON10 SELF (BENJAMIN BOWLBY9, MADISON CAMPBELL8, MARJORIE ELIZABETH7 CASEBIER, ABSALOM BURDINE6, ELIZABETH5 CHENOWETH, JONATHAN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) November 06, 1940 in Reserve, Brown Co., KS. He was born December 28, 1918 in Ozawkie, Jefferson Co., KS, and died January 28, 1996 in Muscotah, Atchison Co., KS.

age 74 - WILLIAM HAROLD9 MORRIS (WILLIAM8, LOUISIANA7 PERCEFULL, MARIAH JANE6 CHENOWETH, ISAAC CALVERT5, WILLIAM4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born March 04, 1932 in Uniontown, Crawford Co., AR, and died February 04, 2007. He married BETTY JO VINCENT April 08, 1953 in Van Buren, Crawford Co., AR, daughter of CAGLE VINCENT and AGNES PIXLEY.

age 85 - VANCE CLIFTON9 BALDWIN (VANCE CHENOWETH8, ELLA LEE7 CHENOWETH, ABRAHAM BIRKHEAD6, JAMES HACKLEY5, WILLIAM4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born April 27, 1922 in Texas, and died November 21, 2007 in Tarrant Co., TX. He married ALICE SUE HARRIS June 27, 1959 in Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., TX

age 79 -ROSELLA MARGARETTE9 VOHS nee BERRY (GRACE PEARL8 CHENOWETH, WILLIAM ALVA7, HEZEKIAH STITES6, CASPER5, WILLIAM S.4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born February 01, 1929 in Bunker Hill, Russell Co., KS, and died November 25, 2008 in Illinois. She married JOHN THOMAS VOHS May 07, 1955 in Kansas.

age 20 - RICKY K.11 CHENOWETH (MATTHEW K.10, WILL E.9, OWEN KAY8, GEORGE WASHINGTON7, JOHN C.6, WILLIAM E.5, ELIAS4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born September 26, 1987 in Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV, and died September 07, 2008 in Colorado Springs, El Paso Co., CO.

age 51 - LARRY JON10 GARTHE (GLADYS DELPHINE9 TUTTLE, CLARENCE WEBSTER8, WILLIAM HENRY7, HENRY6, SARAH5 CHENOWETH, JAMES FRANCIS4, THOMAS3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born August 15, 1956 in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN, and died March 21, 2008 in Minnesota. He married TRACY L. LANDER September 10, 1976 in Crow Wing Co., MN

age 80 - MARION IONE LLOYD nee WATLEY was born May 10, 1928 in Norfolk, AR, and died August 02, 2008 in Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO. She married EVAN MERRILL9 LLOYD (JESSIE OTTO8, JULIA ANNA7 MILLER, MARY6 TUTTLE, SARAH5 CHENOWETH, JAMES FRANCIS4, THOMAS3, JOHN2, JOHN1) August 14, 1948 in Jackson Co., MO. He was born February 25, 1924 in Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO, and died November 05, 1993 in Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO.

age 75 - LYNNE ELLEN10 ROBINSON nee STIMSON (GORDON JEWETT9, RAY HEWITT8, ELLA MAY 'NELLIE'7 THOMPSON, REBECCA BRUCE6 CHENOWETH, JAMES BRUCE5, JAMES4, ABSOLUM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born September 28, 1932 in Hollywood, Los Angeles Co., CA, and died October 27, 2007 in San Diego Co., CA. She married JOHN ARTHUR "JACK" ROBINSON June 02, 1957 in Chula Vista, San Diego Co., CA, son of RALPH ROBINSON and DONNA MCLEAN.


age 87 - EDNA FAY10 VENNARD nee LEMMONS (ERNEST LYLE9, JAMES EVERETT8, GEORGE THOMAS7, NANCY6 ASHBROOK, LEVI5, JOHN4, MARY3 CHENOWETH, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born January 18, 1920 in Russellville, Lawrence Co., IL, and died August 16, 2007 in Vincennes, Knox Co., IN. She married JOHN MILTON VENNARD, son of CHARLES VENNARD and ESTELLA SCHNEIDER. He was born July 11, 1917 in Russellville, Lawrence Co., IL, and died June 09, 1996 in Robinson, Crawford Co., IL.

age 90 - MARY LOUISE DEYOUNG nee ISCH was born April 09, 1917, and died September 16, 2007 in Montana. She married JOHN WESLEY 'WES'9 DEYOUNG (CLARA HELEN8 REISINGER, EFFIE LEONORA7 ADAMS, JAMES ALEN6, ELIZABETH5 CHENOWETH, ABSOLOM4, ARTHUR3, JOHN2, JOHN1) November 1937. He was born April 20, 1916 in Blaine Co., MT, and died June 06, 1969 in Kalispell, Flathead Co., MT.

age 45 - JAY DOUGLAS10 CHENOWETH (CHARLES DAN9, CHARLES GILBERT8, JOHN ANDRE7, RUTH A.6, JOSEPH5, NICHOLAS4, JOHN3, RICHARD2, JOHN1) was born July 19, 1963 in Champaign, Champaign Co., IL, and died September 25, 2008 in Harris Co., TX. He married MARY AMANDA BEAUCHAMP June 07, 1986 in Houston, Harris Co., TX, daughter of PAUL BEAUCHAMP and PAULA LOW.

age 43 - GLEN L.9 PALMER (RUBY MAE8 CHENOWTH, HOWARD PINCKNEY7, JOHN ADDISON 'GUS'6, JOHN AUGUSTUS5, NICHOLAS4, JOHN3, RICHARD2, JOHN1) was born August 23, 1964, and died April 08, 2008 in Arizona.

age 77 - DONALD LEE9 CHENOWETH (ISAAC NEWTON 'IKE'8, ROBERT PACE7, ISAAC NEWTON6, ARCHIBALD S.5, NICHOLAS4, JOHN3, RICHARD2, JOHN1) was born May 06, 1931 in Ottawa Co., OK, and died September 09, 2008 in Craig Co., OK. He married ELIZABETH ANN PIERCE December 24, 1952 in Miami, Ottawa Co., OK, daughter of SAMUEL PIERCE and ANNA GARDE.

age 98 - ELMER RATHBUN8 HAILE, JR. (GRACE EMORY7 RECKORD, LILLIAN R.6 CHENOWETH, JOHN BRADFORD5, BENJAMIN NORRIS4, THOMAS3, RICHARD2, JOHN1) was born November 14, 1909 in Towson, Baltimore Co., MD, and died November 03, 2008 in Baltimore Co., MD. He married (1) AMELIA REBECCA KOLK July 23, 1938 in Hydes, Baltimore Co., MD. She was born August 14, 1910 in Gittings, Baltimore Co., MD, and died June 28, 1991. He married (2) MILDRED FRANCES (SHERRY) SPRINGER November 21, 1992 in Baldwin, Baltimore Co., MD. She was born December 28, 1913 in Baltimore City, MD, and died June 16, 2003 in Baltimore Co., MD. - See article on Elmer this issue

age 90 - FERN APT nee McNEMMEE, daughter of LEO McNEMEE and CYNTHIA SPRINGS, was born June 19, 1917, and died November 28, 2007 in Missouri. She married THOMAS EUGENE8 APT (FRANK ALDEN7, CELIA6 MILLER, PRISCILLA5 CARTER, HENRY BOWEN4, JAMES3, HANNAH2 CHENOWETH, JOHN1) August 19, 1939. He was born May 21, 1916 in Henderson Co., IL, and died April 20, 1960.

age 86 - HAVEN D.9 VAUGHN (PAUL DEAN8 WILLIAM CLAUDE7, NOVELLA BETHANY6 BONHAM, SARAH5 CARTER, HENRY BOWEN4, JAMES3, HANNAH2 CHENOWETH, JOHN1) was born February 07, 1922 in near Lomax, Henderson Co., IL, and died October 07, 2008 in near Lomax, Henderson Co., IL. He married BETTY MYERS August 02, 1942 in Dallas City, Hancock Co., IL.

age 102 - ESTELLE JULIA8 LASHURE nee RUTHERFORD (CHARLES ALBERT7, JOHN CARTER6, JAMES WILLIAM5, MARY SUSAN 'POLLY'4 CARTER, JOHN3, HANNAH2 CHENOWETH, JOHN1) was born August 12, 1904, and died January 09, 2007 in Indiana. She married LOUIS ELEMER LASHURE October 01, 1923, son of LEWIS LASHURE and ICY OOLEY. He was born June 08, 1900 in Summitville, Madison Co., IN, and died February 21, 1988 in Anderson, Madison Co., IN.

age 85 - A. LAVONNE RUTHERFORD nee CALHOUN, daughter of ARWIN CALHOUN and AUDREY MUNDY, was born May 18, 1922 in Miller, Osage Co., KS, and died June 07, 2007 in Winchester, Frederick Co., VA. She married SETH HOUSTON8 RUTHERFORD, JR. (SETH HOUSTON7, ARTHUR HOUSTON6, JAMES WILLIAM5, MARY SUSAN 'POLLY'4 CARTER, JOHN3, HANNAH2 CHENOWETH, JOHN1)

age 73 - LARRY L.9 SNYDER (LETA FERN8 CHENOWETH, JOHN BOWEN7, JOHN MURRAY6, JOHN BAXTER5, WILLIAM4, ARTHUR3, ARTHUR2, JOHN1) was born February 22, 1935 in Richmond, Wayne Co., IN, and died August 27, 2008 in Richmond, Wayne Co., IN. He married NANCY

age 66 - LORENA "RENA" CHENOWETH nee WEAVER was born Abt. 1942, and died November 04, 2008 in North Carolina. She married JAMES MICHAEL9 CHENOWETH (JOHN JACKSON8, JOHN BOWEN7, JOHN MURRAY6, JOHN BAXTER5, WILLIAM4, ARTHUR3, ARTHUR2, JOHN1) - [the maiden name of Lorena is uncertain]

age 78 - IDA MARIE9 ACKERMAN nee CHENOWETH (WARREN GRANT8, BARTON BATES7, WILLIAM ERASMUS6, ALFRED GRIFFITH5, JOHN4, JOHN3, ARTHUR2, JOHN1) was born July 1930 in Callaway Co., MO, and died October 11, 2008 in Texas. She married GEORGE RAY ACKERMAN. He was born August 12, 1924, and died June 21, 1993 in Bexar Co., TX.


age 83 - OLIVER DORSEY8 CHENOWETH, JR. (OLIVER DORSEY7, WILLIAM F.6, ROBERT5, WILLIAM4, RICHARD3, ARTHUR2, JOHN1) was born October 09, 1924 in Baltimore City, MD, and died October 02, 2008 in Westminster, Carroll Co., MD. He married FLORENCE MOORE. She was born July 20, 1924, and died January 09, 1976.

age 100 - MAYBELLE ELIZABETH8 NATION nee HEATON (GUY EDGAR7, ASA CLAY6, ABRAHAM5, JOANNA4 SUTTON, MARY3 CHENOWETH, WILLIAM2, JOHN1) was born April 25, 1907 in California, and died March 19, 2008 in Arkansas. She married WALTER JAMES NATION November 10, 1934. He was born November 19, 1905 in Texas, and died July 05, 1979 in Templeton, San Luis Obispo Co., CA.

age 90 - EVERETT E.10 KESTERSON (FANNIE M.9 SPRAY ADA BELLE8 FISHER, NANCY JANE7 HEATON, DAVID F.6, DANIEL5, JOANNA4 SUTTON, MARY3 CHENOWETH, WILLIAM2, JOHN1) was born July 01, 1917 in Clinton Co., IN, and died September 22, 2007 in Clinton Co., IN.

age 76 - BOBBY LEMUEL9 REED (BESSIE HUNT8 CHENOWETH, CLINTON ABRAHAM7, WILLIAM C.6, WILLIAM5, THOMAS4, WILLIAM3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1) was born July 22, 1926 in Vermilion Co., IL, and died November 13, 2008 in Frankfort, Clinton Co., IN. He married DOROTHY EDITH ARION March 27, 1948.

age 74 - CHARLES WALKER8 CHENOWETH (CHARLES FRANCIS CALVERT7, CHARLES SHERMAN6, JAMES WALTON5, ISAAC J.4, ISAAC3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1) was born April 02, 1934 in St Louis, MO, and died September 04, 2008 in Oklahoma. He married (1) SHIRLEY NADINE CHASTAIN He married (2) NANCIE CARROLL JONES He married (3) KAREN SCHMIDT

age 89 - INA LUVERNE8 PEMBERTON nee DAVIS (ETHEL GAY7 DOWNING, ELLSWORTH6, GEORGE5, JOHN4, MARY3 CHENOWETH, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born October 09, 1918 in Collins, Story Co., IA, and died October 08, 2008. She married ENOS ROBERT PEMBERTON July 21, 1940 in Iowa, son of CLINTON PEMBERTON and IDA ROBISON. He was born September 17, 1916 in Iowa Falls, Hardin Co., IA, and died April 16, 1997 in Eldora, Hardin Co., IA.

age 88 - RALPH CHENOWETH8 ASHLEY (GRACE7 CHENOWETH, FERDINAND CLAY 'FRED'6, WILLIAM5, ISAAC4, JOHN3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born January 01, 1920 in Chicago, Cook Co., IL, and died August 27, 2008 in Alaska. He married (1) JANE THOMAS. He married (2) ERNESTINE. He married (3) BEVERLY

age 73 - ROBERT CHARLES8 CHENOWETH (JW7, JAMES WILLIAM6, THOMAS LEWIS5, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN4, THOMAS3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born December 10, 1934 in Dallas, Dallas Co., TX, and died August 05, 2008 in Tarrant Co., TX. He married (1) COLLEEN YVONNE WRIGHT. He married (2) ELIZABETH ANN JOHNSON December 17, 1978 in Johnson Co., TX. She was born July 24, 1936, and died March 11, 2007 in Texas.

age 81 - ANNA LOUISE CHENOWETH nee WRIGHT, daughter of THOMAS and MINNIE WRIGHT, was born April 09, 1927 in Ross Co., OH, and died October 06, 2008 in Columbus, Franklin Co., OH. She married WILLIAM EARL8 CHENOWETH (WILLIAM ARTHUR7, REASON COLONY 'REESE'6, ARTHUR5, JOSEPH4, ARTHUR3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) He was born December 08, 1925 in Ohio, and died January 31, 2000 in Chillicothe, Ross Co., OH

age 53 - MARK STEPHEN9 CHENOWETH (IRVING E.8, IRVING EVERETT7, RICHARD ADDISON6, URIAH5, RICHARD4, RICHARD3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born September 10, 1954, and died August 17, 2008 in Oklahoma.

age 92 - JUANITA RUTH8 CORDELL nee HILTON (LUCINDA7 WARNER, CHARLES SUMNER6, ISABELL JANE5 CHENOWETH, JOHN FOSTER4, ELIJAH3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born October 23, 1914 in Oklahoma, and died September 14, 2007 in Idaho. She married GRAYSON VAUGHN CORDELL.

age 77 - HAGER "BILL" RUSSELL was born June 22, 1931 in Magoffin Co., KY, and died August 30, 2008 in Columbus, Franklin Co., OH. He married JUNE GENEVA8 CHENOWETH (HALFORD MAHLMAN7, HOWARD GLEN6, JOSEPH HILL5, ELIJAH4, ELIJAH3, THOMAS2, JOHN1)

age 78 - CHARLES LINDEN8 MULFORD (NELLIE GRACE7 CHENOWETH, ANDREW CARSON6, JOHN JOHNSTON5, WILLIAM4, ABRAHAM3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born September 16, 1929 in Stuart, Holt Co., NE, and died September 08, 2008 in Scottsbluff, Scotts Bluff Co., MO. He married (1) LORETTA BERRY August 12, 1951. He married (2) SANDY KAY PICKENPAUGH

Unknown lines

age 78 - CHARLOTTE ANNE CHENOWETH nee SWANSON, daughter of MACK and ROSE SWANSON, was born September 27, 1930 in Los Angeles Co., CA, and died November 19, 2008 in Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego Co., CA. She married WALTER A "WALLY"3 CHENOWETH, JR. (WALTER ALOYSIUS2, WALTER1) February 07, 1953 in Los Angeles Co., CA

age 84 - HAZEL PHYLLIS5 FERGUSON nee ELLIOTT (HAZEL EUGENIA4 CHENOWETH, JOHN GEORGE3, ASBURY INDEPENDANCE2, JOHN1 m: ANN PERINNE) was born Abt. 1924 in Baltimore Co., MD, and died November 16, 2008 in Manassas, VA. She married HARRY SUMNER FERGUSON. He was born October 19, 1922 in Akron, Summitt Co., OH, and died June 1973.

A Window To The Past

Copyright Illustrated History of Union and Wallowa Counties, 1902

JAMES W. CHENOWETH, Deceased � Capable, progressive and conscientious, the subject of this memoir is worthy of representation in any volume that purports to detail the lives of its leading men, and it is with pleasure that we are enabled to give space here to mention the salient features in his interesting career. Mr Chenoweth was a man of broad views and a good public spirit, while his abilities and energy were commensurate with the stanch integrity and intrinsic moral worth which he constantly manifested in his course of uprightness and worthy achievement.

On April 10, 1860, James W. Chenoweth was born near Bedford, Taylor county, Iowa to William T. and Minerva Chenoweth. During his youthful days his time was divided between gaining a good education, assisting his father on the farm and in learning the carpenter trade, and to his credit be it mentioned that he was very successful in each line. At the age of eighteen he was ready to enter the Agricultural College at Manhattan, Kansas, and thither he went, continuing in that institution until he graduated. Following this important event in his life he went to teaching for a time, but not being enamored of the confinement gave up the profession and turned his attention more particularly to the prosecution of his trade. His proficiency in it will be understood when we mention that for a number of years he wrought for the Pullman Car Company, which company requires a high grade of skill in its workmen. He also was engaged with a piano firm for a time. After spending some years in this work he turned toward the west, selecting Wallowa county as his destination. He secured a homestead near Enterprise, which afterward he sold and then purchased a farm near the mountains, it being well improved. Subsequent to this he purchased the present home place of one quarter-section, which is situated three and one-half miles southwest from Enterprise. This farm used to be owned by the venerable and worthy couple who were well known throughout the county as the earliest settlers here, being Mr and Mrs Thomas H. Veasy. The farm now owned by Mrs Chenoweth is the first one taken in this part of the country. Mr and Mrs Veasy were very estimable people and were beloved by all for their real worth and for their faithful labors. The place is well improved, having good house, commodious barn and substantial outbuildings and is tilled in a skillful manner.

Mr Chenoweth was married to Miss Amanda A., a native of Willamette valley, and a daughter of Edward and Sarah J. (Roberts) Parrish, pioneers to that country in 1850, and the nuptials occurred on November 1, 1884. Six children were born as the fruit of this happy union, their names being as follows: Clara B., Horace C., Murrel R., Herbert, Grace L., and Ruth M. Mrs Chenoweth�s mother died in January 1898 near Enterprise, and her father has removed to the Willamette valley to reside. Our subject and his worthy wife always took an active interest in Sunday school and in church work, and demeaned themselves in such a commendable manner that they won the confidence of all. In the spring of 1901, Mr Chenoweth was attacked by pneumonia and although all was done that love and skill could accomplish the messenger of death snatched away his prize on March 4th, of that year. His remains were interred in the Alder cemetery and it was a time of sincere mourning when the good and beloved man was laid to rest. The widow has taken up the added burdens of life in a commendable manner and is going forward with them nobly. She is esteemed and confided in by all and is a valuable member of society.


The family has lost a giant. Elmer Rathbun Haile, Jr, 98 years, 11 months and 20 days, has passed into the next world to greet his ancestors that he so dearly knew and loved. He attended 2 of our reunion, Portland, OR and Baltimore, MD. He knew old Baltimore very well. He knew the roads and the lands. He was very exact and equally exacting. He helped me with so many little things in understanding the Chenoweth families of Arthur and Richard. Together we sorted it out into a proper framework. I will always remember him. His obit is included rightfully with this edition. For more of Elmer�s contribution the reader is referred to the August 2006 newsletter -------- Jon Egge

The following obit is contributed by Deborah Rosalie Chilcoat (Elmer�s niece)

Elmer Rathbun Haile, Jr., highway design engineer, historian, community volunteer and decorated World War II Army Captain died November 3, 2008 at Oak Crest Village of heart failure. He was 98. Mr. Haile was born into a prominent Towson family on November 14, 1909. His father, the late Elmer Rathbun Haile, Sr., was a Towson attorney for 61 years and was a former president of the Baltimore County Bar Association, of which he had been a member since 1920.

Mr. Haile, Sr. served as president of of the Bank of Baltimore County in Towson, which later became a branch office of Maryland National Bank. He was also the director of The Jeffersonian's publishing company since 1911 and the first editor of The Jeffersonian and its president from 1943-1965. His mother was the late Grace Reckord Haile, a schoolteacher and housewife. In 1919, his family moved to a 48-acre estate near Cockeysville. A 1927 graduate of Towson High School, Mr. Haile was the oldest member to attend Towson High School's Centennial Alumni Celebration in October 2007. He earned a bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University in Civil Engineering in 1931.

After graduating, he was employed for the U. S. Dept of Commerce as a Regional Design Engineer for the Bureau of Public Roads in the Eastern Parks and Forests. His first job was building roads and bridges in Gettysburg Park. In 1937, as he supervised the building of a stone bridge near Gettysburg, he discovered some dinosaur tracks which were about 180 million years old. Some specimens are on display at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. Mr. Haile continued his engineering work at Morristown, NJ; Fredericksburg and Petersburg, VA. He married the late Amelia Rebecca Kolk on July 23, 1938, at her home in Hydes. He served in World War II as a Captain for the U.S. Army from 1940-1946. He received the American Defense Service and Theatre Ribbons and the WWII Victory Medal. He loved playing the piano and his mother was proud when he wrote the music for a well loved Army tune "Keep 'Em Flying," which could be heard over the radio. He moved to Arlington after World War II with his wife, Amelia, and continued working for the U.S. Government in Washington and Falls Church, VA. On February 14, 1965, he was presented the Silver Medal Award for Meritorious Federal Service. His citation reads, "For exceptionally meritorious leadership in highway design, with particular reference of the Federal highway program in the East." He retired in 1975 after working for forty three years with the U. S. Government.

Following his retirement, he and Mrs. Haile moved to their farm, "Gunpowder Manor" in Hydes. Mr. and Mrs. Haile joined the Baltimore County Historical Society (now The Historical Society of Baltimore County/HSBC) in 1970; founded its library in 1976; he was its president from 1993-1995 and he volunteered twice weekly in the library until 2005. He and his wife, Amelia, personally recorded information from tombstones in Baltimore County for the HSBC. He was the guiding light of the library for 29 years! Mr. Haile was the Long Green Valley's Outstanding Senior Citizen of the Year in 1976. He was the chief historian of the Historic Long Green Valley which was formed in 1980. Mr. Haile was the Secretary of the Long Green Valley Lions Club from 1976-1986. He was the Treasurer at the Baltimore County Genealogical Society from 1984-1986 and at the Wilson United Methodist Church where he and his wife were both long time members. He did research on the history of the Long Green Area in the Forks of the Gunpowder as a Bi-Centennial project. In 1988, Mr. and Mrs. Haile celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary; in 1991, Mr. Haile lost his beloved Amelia to cancer. On November 21, 1992, surprise! surprise! an 82 year old Mr. Haile was married a second time to the late Mildred Springer Sherry at Union United Methodist Church in Baldwin. She moved to Hydes and in 1998 they both moved to Oak Crest Village in Parkville. His dear Mildred died in 2003. He loved researching family genealogy and flew to the National Chenoweth Family Reunion near Portland, OR in 2004. He was a member of the Maryland Historical Society, the Methodist Historical Society, an associate member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a member of the Oak Crest Lions Club, a member of The Johns Hopkins Club, an active Alumnus of Towson High School and Johns Hopkins University, and a regular attendee at Union United Methodist Church. As a geologist, Mr. Haile enjoyed long hikes in the countryside. History and genealogy were the loves of his life next to his wives. He loved gardening and photography and was especially fond of his season tickets to the symphony. He enjoyed apartment life at Oak Crest Village and walked to his meals every night. Mr. Haile was a remarkable man and he will be missed by his widespread family and a multitude of friends. He loved typing his annual Christmas greetings on his electric typewriter. Those of us who knew him will have to remember to thank God for all of the wonderful memories we have of him; some of us will be typing our season greetings on our computers!

Mr. Haile is survived by a step-daughter Bernice G. Wilson of Lawrenceville, GA; two sisters Evelyn Haile Price of Corvallis, OR and Barbara Haile Chilcoat of Durango, CO and two sisters-in-law Mary Pinto of Neshanic Station, NJ and Ruth Silva of Seattle, WA. He was preceded in death by step-daughter Carol H. Appleby in 1989. He is survived by the following Haile nieces and nephews: Joan Haile Sanow of Baltimore, MD; Marilyn Price Willis (Dave) of Lake City, IA; Rosemary Price Hundal of Vancouver, Canada; David Crawford Haile (Nancy) of Towson, MD; Sandra Price Willis (Tim) of Corvallis, OR; Douglas Haile Chilcoat (Donna) of Orlando, FL; Deborah Rosalie Chilcoat of Durango, CO; Barbara Chilcoat Von Harten (Rick) of Ft Myers, FL; Rosalie Jean Chilcoat (Mark) of Durango, CO; and is survived by many Kolk relatives including nephew, Dr. Anthony Pinto III (Janis) and niece, Katherine Pinto of Baltimore, MD. A memorial service will be held at the Oak Crest Village Chapel, 8800 Walther Blvd, Parkville at 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 14th. A family burial will follow at Jessops Methodist Church Cemetery, 14019 York Road, Sparks at 2:30 p.m. Gifts of remembrance can be sent in his name to: Jessops Methodist Church Cemetery c/o Epworth UMC 600 Warren Road Cockeysville, MD 201030 OR Union United Methodist Church 5225 Sweet Air Road Baldwin, Md 21013 .

By Jon Egge, WA
(18th Installment of a series - This is the 10th installment on the grandchildren.)
Menu of previous series articles

Samuel, The Last Virginian

Samuel was named for his grandfather, Samuel Hooker. He was born to Arthur Chenoweth and his wife Sophia, called Saphira, on December 12, 1747 in Baltimore Co., MD. Samuel lived to his 93rd year, dying in Berkeley Co., VA on November 27, 1841. His first wife was Patience Cromwell, the daughter of William Cromwell and Constant Wilmott, and sister to Hannah Cromwell who had married Samuel�s brother John. Samuel and Patience had 4 sons before she died in Baltimore Co. after only 12 years of marriage. Samuel remarried to Elizabeth Murray, the widow of Stephen Cromwell. Stephen was a 1st cousin to Samuel�s first wife, Patience. They would have 3 daughters. Both Samuel and his brother John would migrate from Maryland to Virginia becoming what I call the �second wave� of the Chenoweth migration into Virginia. Samuel settled there after his brother John in 1796 near Martinsburg. Samuel�s line would continue the Chenoweth name in the Berkeley Co., WV area into the 1920s. Many daughter lines still exist in this area, but almost from the start, Samuel�s line has struggled in its growth.

Son John married Isabel Van Meter but had no children. Joseph married Rachel Gorrell, but only his daughter Mary Patience Chenoweth was known to marry, her husband being Thomas Cromwell Miller. The lines of the other two, older sons were more robust. Philemon Cromwell Chenoweth married Sarah �Sally� Lyle. Of their 2 daughters, Harriett married Jacob Curtis and Aurelia married John T. Kerney. The Curtis lines have never been brought into the 20th Century. Elmer Wilhite has documented some of the Kerney lines. Though he had 4 sons, Bushrod died young, Samuel never married, John Harris died in Missouri leaving one daughter whose fate is still unknown, and Nimrod Hunter who settled in Ohio with only daughters that lived to marry. This would leave the Chenoweth name in Samuel�s line to his oldest son Samuel, Jr. Nothing is known of his oldest son, George Miller Chenoweth, so presumably he died young without issue. James William Chenoweth would become the sole male Chenoweth line and had continuing presence in West Virginia. Of Samuel Jr.�s 2 daughters, Lavina Hester married George Couchman migrating to Ohio and then Indiana. More work is needed to bring this line into the 20th Century. Julia Ann married 2nd John George Ramsburg, whose descendants still live in the Berkeley Co. area.

Of the three daughters from the 2nd wife Elizabeth, we know very little. Henrietta Maria married Robert Wilson. We know of only one daughter from this marriage who died young. Julia Ann married Alexander Stevens but no children are known. Charlotte married Jacob Shellman Baer, but no descendants from this marriage are known.

SAMUEL CHENOWETH (ARTHUR2, JOHN1) was born December 12, 1747 in Baltimore Co., MD, and died November 27, 1841 in Berkeley Co., VA (now WV). He married (1) PATIENCE CROMWELL 1770 in Baltimore, Baltimore Co., MD, daughter of WILLIAM CROMWELL and CONSTANT WILMOTT. She was born Abt. 1750 in Anne Arundel Co., MD, and died Abt. 1784. He married (2) ELIZABETH (CROMWELL) MURRAY October 06, 1785 in Baltimore, Baltimore Co., MD, daughter of JOSEPHUS MURRAY and RUTH HAWKINS. She was born 1749 in Dorchester Co., SC, and died June 22, 1808 in Jefferson Co., VA.


  1. SAMUEL CHENOWETH, JR., b. July 20, 1771, Baltimore Co., MD; d. September 20, 1852, Berkeley Co., VA (now WV); m. MARY 'POLLY' MILLER, August 08, 1799, Berkeley Co., VA (now WV); b. September 20, 1780; d. August 14, 1838, Berkeley Co., VA (now WV).
  2. PHILEMON CROMWELL CHENOWETH, b. January 07, 1774, Baltimore Co., MD; d. February 20, 1834, Berkeley Co., VA (now WV); m. SARAH 'SALLY' LYLE, January 01, 1802, Berkeley Co., VA (now WV);
  3. JOHN CHENOWETH, b. August 28, 1779, Baltimore Co., MD; d. October 08, 1842; m. (1) MARTHA 'POLLY' EVANS, September 22, 1817, Berkeley Co., VA (now WV); b. Abt. 1790; d. February 28, 1820; m. (2) ISABELLA VAN METER, March 17, 1823, Berkeley Co., VA (now WV); b. February 02, 1797, Virginia; d. August 12, 1879, Berkeley Co., WV.
  4. JOSEPH CHENOWETH, b. October 10, 1782, Baltimore Co., MD; d. February 19, 1836, Rock hall, near Martinsville, Berkeley Co., VA (now WV); m. RACHEL GORRELL, December 21, 1807, Berkeley Co., VA (now WV); b. May 02, 1790, Martinsville, Berkeley Co., VA (now WV); d. May 30, 1855, Berkeley Co., VA (now WV).


  5. HENRIETTA MARIA4 CHENOWETH, b. September 10, 1787, Baltimore Co., MD; d. Unknown; m. ROBERT WILSON, October 23, 1810, Berkeley Co., VA (now WV);
  6. JULIA ANN CHENOWETH, b. February 20, 1789, Baltimore Co., MD; d. Unknown, Berkeley Co., VA (now WV); m. ALEXANDER STEVENS, December 21, 1809, Berkeley Co., VA (now WV);
  7. CHARLOTTE CHENOWETH, b. June 10, 1791, Baltimore Co., MD; d. March 07, 1811; m. JACOB SHELLMAN BAER, May 22, 1810, Berkeley Co., VA (now WV); b. 1785; d. 1866.

Samuel is listed with the name Samuel Churchill Chenoweth. It is not known where the middle name of Churchill came from, no records have been found to support this name. In 1850 there were 9 households of 54 family members in the line of Samuel, one in MO, 2 in OH and the rest in present day WV. Two of these listings were Chenoweth widows with no continuing lines. The only living males named Chenoweth were Nimrod Hunter in Ohio, who had no surviving sons, Samuel, who never married, and James William, both living in Berkeley Co. Today there is but two Chenoweth named male living from Samuel�s line. One, George and his wife Mary Ann, have attended all five of our Chenoweth National Reunions. The other falls to David Richard Chenoweth, II, born 2001, George�s half 3rd cousin once removed.

In thirteen years I have only had contact with 14 cousin descendants of Samuel. All of them come from Samuel, Jr. or Philemon.

The 1500�s

used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500�s:

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, �Don�t throw the baby out with the bath water.�

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying �It�s raining cats and dogs.�

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That�s how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, �Dirt poor�. The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway. Hence the saying �a thresh hold.�

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme, �Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.�

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, �bring home the bacon�. They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and �chew the fat.�

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the �upper crust.�

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When re-opening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a �dead ringer.�


(The following e-mail was received from a member of the family with regards to the reunion. Comments, articles, questions and other items for this newsletter are always appreciated. - editor)

My parents, James William and Fronia Marie (Smith) Dunn, were married 71 years on September 5, 2008.

9 September 2008
Barbara Faye (Dunn) Loyall

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. As we said in the previous newsletter, only those that our research turns up are we aware of and most times we are not sure that they are still with us. � editor.


Fill me in a bit more on how one determines who is a fourth generation male, as I don�t know where are starting to count. I got all my Chenoweth information from my hubby Paul�s 1st cousin, Janice Ashford, and I don�t think her info and your info jibe very well. I�m not sure which one to believe, although I would lean towards your information. Paul is the son of Floyd Butler, the son of Tessa Huffman Butler, the daughter of Selina Chenoweth Huffman, the daughter of Joshua Chenoweth.

Why only the males? Does the fact that Paul comes from a female Chenoweth make him uninteresting?

What do you accomplish with the DNA sample? I ask because I am involved in a much smaller family (on my mother�s side) that still meets for an annual reunion. We are having our 89th reunion at the end of the month. So far we know almost every descendant because of how the name was translated from German for the first immigrant in 1860. Do you learn anything more with the DNA than what you already know from a family line confirmed by oral history?

9 September 2008
Anita Butler

This email is in regards to the gathering of DNA samples for the sampling of the Chenoweth family descendants. My mom actually told me to reply to this, I personally had no idea what a Chenoweth was :) But anyways, my mom told me to mention that my 4th generation line is through the ancestor Susannah Poteet. My parents are Charles Allen Callaway and Janice Malone . So, just let me know what I need to do if you would like to include me in this study. Hope I can help.

10 September 2008
Benjamin Tuck Callaway

Thanks, as always, for the great newsletter and data. Have forwarded that DNA offer, newsletter, etc. to my mom and siblings. My brother has been silent on the subject but maybe he will think about it. Thanks again for all your work year after year.

9 September 2008
Dianne Hall Skidds

The DNA marker is passed down from father to son. Thus your husband would carry a Butler DNA marker. It is not that your husband is uninteresting, but his DNA marker is not that of a Chenoweth name. My own DNA would be EGGE not CHENOWETH. We are limited to looking at Chenoweth DNA markers. Female DNA markers are much more complex, at present very expensive to do and not as well defined as to how it can be used in genealogy. Pete has developed a Chart in the 5th generation of all Chenoweth named males that have existing lines that extend to present day. At present we are limited to a small number of samples. The hope is as more data is developed, the mutations observed could be used to identify given branches. Mutations occur about every 13 generations or so. Most of our samples have one mutation. More samples would maybe sort these out as to where the mutation occurred. We are also trying to get samples from other Chenoweth lines, which one day may lead to a placement to John Chenoweth in the Cornish lines of Chenoweth. � Jon Egge


It was very interesting to find your Chenoweth newsletter as I have little history of the family on my father�s side. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

21 October 2008
Patricia Alice Chenoweth Townes

Since this email there has been several emails between us and much data has been exchanged. � Jon Egge.


Thanks for the very interesting newsletter. I realize how much work it represents and thank you for taking the time to do it. We, here

in South Florida, are today breathing a sigh of relief, having been spared the fury of Hurricane Ike, but, in saying that, also realized that the residents of Hispanola, Cuba, and the Turks and Caicos Islands were recipients of the full force of the storm. We are getting reports of hundreds dead in Haiti and expect to learn of similar impacts in Cuba. Fortunately, the Turks and Caicos are so far reporting no loss of life, but they have severe property damage and we can expect many post-storm fatalities due to loss of essential services, including food and water. As it leaves Cuba sometime later today or tomorrow, it will be heading into the Gulf of Mexico, where it is expected to regain its strength and could hit anywhere from Louisiana to northeast Mexico as a Category 3 or 4 storm.

Please consider making some contribution to the international aid organization of your choice to help the unfortunate survivors in those countries. My expectation is that some churches will also be collecting money for aid. The current embargo on assistance to Cuba is going to be an obstacle to the provision of disaster aid there, but we should be charitable enough to somehow get around that in the fact of this event. I spent much of the last 6 years, before I retired from the Army in 1998, working as a disaster manager for the Corps of Engineers. I know how devastating the impacts of a storms like this one can be and how important the relief efforts of non-profit organizations are to the survivors.

9 September 2008
Michael F. (Florida) Chenoweth

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We realize that this natural disaster has long since passed but there is always a need for contributions to aid organizations, as past expenses need to be replaced and preparations made for the next one. � editor..


I hope this finds you well.

Attached is a PDF file of a modern version of the Chenoweth Coat of Arms. It employs actual photographs of Cornish Cloughs rather than the outline drawings seen on other versions. I had it made for my belt buckle insignia on Second Life, and asked the artist to send me a high resolution versions in Photoshop layered format in case some of the other cousins wanted to modify it for use with Chinworth, etc. It accurately depicts the reddish coloring of the beak and legs of the Cornish Clough.

I am considering having posters made up at a nearby printing company, which I will then frame and give to my kids and grandkids as Christmas presents. If other Chenoweths wanted to go in on that with me, we can get a much better price per copy as the quantity goes up. Have anyone who is interested contact me by e-mail or phone [208-278-5800]

I am not copyrighting it, and it is okay for all the cousins to copy and use it however . . .

If there are other cousins who �play� on Second Life, I have been considering starting a Chenoweth region there. It will take about $256 a month to maintain, so maybe others would like to participate. A region can be divided up into up to 64 lots that are 32m x 32m, so that is only $4/month maintenance fee per lot after an initial purchase of less than $25 for the lot. It would be fun to re-create some of the old Chenoweth estates there, for virtual visitation and historical education.

19 October 2008
Bruce W. Chenoweth

Thank you for the artwork. My adapted version is posted at the site with a thank you on the main page�.I don�t really know anything about Second Life but if you want to write up an article about your concept for the December newsletter I am sure that Pete would be happy to include it. I will mention the change in the accompanying newsletter� Finding 64 people who do this sort of thing would likely be a steep hill. � Jon Egge


Hope you had a good Thanksgiving. I happened to read your Vol 7 #2 newsletter from June 2008 where a fellow from Porterville mentioned a Chinowth house restaurant and store and gas. Well this is true and the restaurant did close recently after changing hands some time ago but I don�t think it was operated by any Chinowths. The grocery store and gas was many years ago, perhaps pre 1950�s, one did not close and the other open at the same time, the Chinowth House restaurant or Ryans Place at the Chinowth House as it was called in recent years probably ran from the 1980�s to several months ago. There is much more information locally here if you are interested. I attend church with one of the families descendants. I had met some Chenoweths from OK several years ago, also. I also live on a street off of Chinowth Rd (now St).

27 November 2008
Dana Switzer

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Any information you can provide us would be greatly appreciated. � editor


I saw the official photo (the only one I could find) at the Indiana Reunion 2008, you all look great and very relaxed, especially you Jon. Sorry we couldn�t make it this year, hopefully we�ll see you in Ft Worth, TX. My wife is suffering from vertigo, the doctors don�t know the cause inspite of several studies including CAT scan, MRI, etc.. I ask you for your prayers and would be a great idea to forward to the cousins that you think would help us pray for her health. Well hope you�re doing fine. I remember you had mild stroke (or something like that) I ask the Lord that you�ll do and feel better, and find someone to help you with the database and/or the website. God Bless and Best Regards.

22 November 2008
Daniel & Marisela Chenoweth

Nice to hear from you and I am sorry to hear of your wife, Marisela, problems. You both will be in my thoughts. We missed you at the Ft Wayne Reunion and it is good to hear that you are considering coming to the Dallas/Ft Worth reunion. It will certainly be closer. � Jegge


Excellent September 2008 CFA newsletter. Would you pass on my thanks to the Board and Jon.

9 September 2008
Dick Buchanan

Nice to hear from you and I am sorry to hear of your wife, Marisela, problems. You both will be in my thoughts. Thank you for the comments and continued assistance. � editor


Thank you for the Chenoweth newsletter, I really enjoyed reading it. On the subject of marriages over 50 years, my uncle Mathias Earl Chenoweth and wife Marlene I believe just celebrated their 60 something or around there. He was not mentioned in the newsletter. That�s ok though just thought I�d give you a FYI. I really hope to try to make it to the reunion next year�we�ll see how things go.

9 September 2008
Sheri Chenoweth

Yes the newsletters have been extremely popular. I am glad you enjoy them. When Pete first proposed the anniversary section, the fly in the ointment was that we really didn�t know in most cases, if we had a marriage date to go by, if both people were still alive or even if they were still together. To avoid making a mistake, we have opted to do this as they are reported�.Thank you for the information. Our database indicates that Mathias Earl & Marlene (Freed) Chenoweth were married on 6 Aug 1949, Inglewood, Los Angeles Co., CA. So 60th anniversary should be next year, unless our info was wrong, which is always a possibility. � Jon Egge


It was very interesting to find your Chenoweth newsletter as I have little istory of the family on my father�s side. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

21 October 2008
Patricia Alice Chenoweth Townes

Since this email there has been several emails between us and much data has been exchanged. � Jon Egge


I am one of those who can�t view the newsletter. I�ve kinda fallen by the wayside, but am interested in what�s going on with the Chenoweth family. This August, I went to a DeGroot, Metzger, and my 60th High School reunion. They were all driveable in a day. If you can send the newsletter in an other way, I�d like that, but if not, I understand.

9 September 2008
Shirley Oliver

Nice to hear from you. The newsletters are posted at the site, so if this link will get you what you want, have at it. If you would rather have a word doc, I will see if I can figure something out. The PDF file should be readable by acrobat freeware�� � Jon Egge


Thank you for the Newsletter. I enjoy reading it. I like the chuckles too. I�ve just gotten some time to look into the family genealogy and am finding it very interesting. To find the marriage of first cousins in the early family history was interesting. I have been told that there is Native American heritage on the side of Esther Chenowith5, Ed4, Isaac3, William2, John1. But can�t validate it. It is a story passed down. Do you have evidence of this? Esther married Joseph Flamon Gordon, the son of Elizabeth4, Isaac3, William2, John1.

11 September 2008
Mary Ann Krumm

See Jon�s story in this issue �Indians in the tree�. � editor


Just thought I would forward this email I sent to Donna Morgan (Calloway Family Association newsletter). Hopefully there will be some family from Ruth at the next reunion.

I just received the latest newsletter from Jon Egge, webmaster at the chenowethsite.com web site. The newsletter spoke of the Chenoweth Family Reunion held in Ft Wayne, IN this past July. Jon mentioned that since the beginning of the family reunions not one member of Ruth�s line has ever been to one reunion. Perhaps you could spread the word to the Calloway cousins to check out the Chenoweth Web site for further information. I am positive that the cousins would welcome any participation.

18 September 2008
Marilyn Forham

Thanks for the attempt to generate interest within Ruth�s line. � editor


Thank you for including me in your newsletter presentation � that�s a lot of information to absorb! I didn�t know that the documentation of the Chenoweth history was so detailed � what a treat!! Thanks!!

11 September 2008
Patti Mueller

All the newsletters are posted at the website. Glad you enjoyed the September issue. � Jon Egge


Hello, I am currently working on a Northern China Missionary Timeline, which of course includes James Harvey Chenoweth, husband of Louise Simpson. I was most delighted to find �A Love Story� in your newsletter about their courtship. It wonderfully fleshed out some details of their lives. In old magazine articles I found mention of the birth of their first son, whom they called �baby Stuart�. Is this child the same as the one listed in that article by Louise?

Also could throw any light on why they left the field in 1929, never to return to China? If you have any other personal information on this heroic couple I would be very grateful for your help. I am constructing stories that are called �vignettes�, not complete bios, because I have scant personal information on some of the older missionaries.

16 October 2008
Mary P. Anthony

Mary was put in contact with my cousin, James Harvey, Jr and he was able to assist her with her quest. � editor

THE GRUMPY GOURMET (Alive & Unedited)

(By G.A. Benton, Columbus Dispatch, 31 Jul 2008)

[Doral Parks]Doral Park9 Chenoweth, Jr (Doral Park8, George McClellan7, Ira Stout6, Robert T.5, John4, William3, John2, John1.

Thru the 9th generation, Doral and his son are the leading edge of the male line in the family and the Chenoweth name. From John to Robert, the first born child to marry was a male. Robert had many daughters but his 10th child was Ira Stout, who the mantle was passed to. George McClellan, Ira�s son, was not the first born son, but his brothers produced no sons who lived to marry. So the oldest Chenoweth male lines carrying the name forward fell to George�s son Doral Park Chenoweth and subsequently to Doral Park, Jr.

�I was in the right place at the right time in the �80s and �90s� said Doral Chenoweth, aka the Grumpy Gourmet. Chenoweth was explaining his prime tableside view of the profound restaurant revolution that broke out in our town during that culinarily explosive era.

But the Grump got a lot more things right than just place and time. As restaurant reviewer for the Columbus Dispatch from 1981 to 2000, he laid down some of the wittiest newspaper prose this city has ever been privileged to read. That Twainian, crisp and flat-out funny style also earned this restless octogenarian the 2006 Society of Professional Journalists� award for Best Website (grumpygourmetusa.com).

Over a lengthy lunch at Thom�s on Grandview (a Grump hangout), his trademark crusty humor was on frequent display � as was his encyclopedic and insidery knowledge of local and journalistic history. Here�s a few of the (printable) highlights.

What are some of the big restaurant changes you�ve witnessed in Columbus over the years?

In the �50s and �60s, it was all Downtown. Back then, restaurants greeted you with a tie in case you didn�t have one. The dining was very formal and many of the best restaurants were Italian. Marzetti�s was outstanding; they introduced pasta and real Italian cooking to Columbus.

Then in the �70s, everything died. In the �80s, really talented chefs started coming in and [the scene] moved out all over town. Suddenly chefs were stars, like Hartmut Handke, who put Columbus on the map. Now what�s happened is they�re coming back Downtown. Credit Cameron Mitchell for taking a chance on his steakhouse. Anyway, we�re still not recognized by assholes like Zagat and nutcases like Rachael Ray.

What are your favorite Columbus eateries?

There are some world-class restaurants in this town that could make it even in New York. Handke�s, Rigsby, Spagio, the Refectory, and Sue Doody [of Lindsey�s] runs a good one, too.

Are there any particular dishes you seek out?

Right here for this [points to Thom�s terrific fried, cornmeal-crusted walleye sandwich and handmade fries with a balsamic glaze]. The best pizza restaurant is Spagio, and my favorite dish at Hartmut�s is scrambled eggs with morels, eated at 3 o�clock in the afternoon when nobody else is there.

What�s one of the worst meals you remember writing about?

After eating at a local racetrack clubhouse, I wrote, �The steak on my plate should have been running in the race,� That got me sued.

You�ve seen a lot of food trends come and go over the years, what have been the silliest?

The diets! There are so many phony diets out there. But dieting is an excuse for not living right, frankly. That�s why my hero in the diet business is Richard Simmons, a person friend. Richard told me once, �you can eat anything you like, as long as you work it off.�

I like to think I had a part in his success. I hired him [way back when Chenoweth was booking live acts for shopping malls] and he was one of the best draws I�d ever seen. Of course, I had all the bad ones � I once had a porpoise die din front of 2,000 children. Anyway, I dedicated my website to my accountant, my urologist and Richard Simmons.


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

Indians in the tree

I am constantly answering questions about Indian ancestry in the Chenoweth family. I have never found such a case, anywhere. These stories seem to persist in many family trees. There was one in mine on my grandmother�s side, Minnie Jane Holt, who married my grandfather Harry Chenoweth. The story was that Minnie�s father, Napoleon B. Holt was 1/16 Cherokee from �Lodusky� Cobb whose mother was "Dis-squaw-nee" and had a child by a Cobb near the White River, AR. In the early 1900s Napoleon had filed a claim to this affect with the US Bureau of Indian Affairs. So had his brother George Washington Holt, Jr. Both claims were denied for lack of proof. The White River location would not have been possible. I have not found any possibility of this in the Cobb links I know of. But my story is repeated in altered versions in many families. Each has a family story that somewhere in the tree there was an Indian. Few know the exact link. Most believe it to be in the Chenoweth family, but that instance does not exist. Harris says there was an Indian Chief named Chenoweth in Montana. There is a documented case of a Chief Chenoweth in the history of Washington Territory. In 1856 the 9th U.S. Infantry Regiment quelled an uprising of the Yakamas, Klickitats and Cascades lead by Chief Kamiakin of the Yakamas. As cited from HistoryLink.org Essay 5190, �Wright's military commission found nine Cascades, including Chief Chenoweth, guilty, based on their freshly fired rifles and their own statements. Each condemned man was positioned on a barrel, a rope affixed around his neck, and the barrel kicked out from under him. Chief Chenoweth gave a war whoop and shouted, "I am not afraid to die!" As he slowly strangled he was killed with a bullet.� This chief Chenoweth is likely connected to this 1870 Census listing of an Indian family named Chenoweth in Pierce Co., WA. A genealogy tree of Paul Chenoweth Horn who died July 26, 2004 in Kelso, WA traces back to a Taswatha Ellen Chenoweth b: 1841-Wy-AckEck, Cascade Falls, OR. Her father Welawa Chenoweth was the Chief Chenoweth who was executed by Wright's military commission. How Welawa acquired the name Chenoweth is unknown. As Chenoweth is Cornish, was it some phonetic interpretation of a Indian word, or did the Chief adopt the name from knowing someone like Francis Chenoweth who was in the area at the time? It is something that we will never probably know.

I offer this list below, from past emails, and certainly not inclusive as a sense of how prevalent the belief in Indian ties are:

  • Sandy Lester here. I heard from Rea Moore today and she said that she had found something interesting. She asked me if there was anyone on the Chenoweth side that was Indian? I was always told that we had Choctaw Indian in us. But I didn't know for sure.
  • My great grandma moved to Argyle, Texas in 1910 while my grandma was a baby. She lived in Denton, TX her entire life. I do know that we are descendants of an Abigail and John Glenn. Abigail supposedly used an Indian name until she had to use a white man's name. -- Nicky
  • My grandmother always told us that the Chenowith name came from an Indian tribe descended from the Cherokee. I haven't seen anything to support that yet. - Tami McGuire
  • My father Paul E. Coberly, (I didn't know him very well due to a combination of divorce and distance) told me that his grandfather George Washington Coberly was 1/4 Cherokee Indian. Do you know how that is. Which one of his grandparents would that be? It seems that whenever an Indian (or Native American) gets in the picture, there is no last name or just a blank. - Paulette
  • My entries which number over 15,000 on the FAGrave site have been chosen to commemorate all the Cherokee families, including many of my Mother's. I know that once I thought, hey, Chenoweth, is that Cherokee? but as far as I remember I found that it was Cornish and probably found that out from one of your sites. Isn't that strange that I put the Cherokee reference on Roy Chenoweth's memorial? Looks funny now. I have erased that.
  • Could you tell me how the Harris and Chenoweth families are related? And if the two families are of native American Indian as well. I was born Harris but I was told I really was a Chenoweth and American Indian ways. She died in 1915 in either Estill, Powell, or Clark county Kentucky. My mother was the only child of Henry Flinchum and Rachel Larson ( Larrison). I have searched for her in all these counties. She may have been an Indian.
  • We have also been told that we are descendents of an Indian Chief. - Linda Bouton
  • We would like to know more about the wife of Perry Edward Chenoweth, my great grandmother. Her name was Mary Florence Wise. She was married to a Mr. Sherwood before she married Perry Edward on December 31, 1984 in Knox County, Tenn. She was reported to have been of Cherokee Indian descent but we could never prove it - James B Eippert
  • Mary Ann Hibbs from Salmon, Idaho around 1869. She was married to a James Ruben Hibbs. They were my great grand parents. I'm trying to find out, if she was from an Indian tribe. - Julie G
  • I am trying to find the earliest ancestor of Arthur Ostendorf, here in Dayton, ... Arthur's ancestor supposedly married an Indian woman. - Gail Horvath
  • I have been working with my cousin to trace my father's family back to our great grandmother, Mary Mahala Buckaloo, who was the daughter of an Indian tribal chief. We have had lots of difficulty locating the tribe - Della Simmons
  • My mother said that George and Kathryns Mothers maiden name was Chenowith/weth and that she married a Wood and that they came from Pennsylvania. My grandmother was 1/2 Cherokee. I've seen pictures of her and it shows. My Mother probably assumed the Indian came from the Chenowith, it does kind of have an Indian ring to it. I just don't have enough information on this line. - Carla Harris
  • In fact, one of our family legends is that Margaret was Native American (I think they thought Chenoweth was an Indian name!) - Betty Warner

Uncle Harry

My mother had but one sibling, Harry Holt Chenoweth, born June 21, 1914 in Hobart, Washington, up the road from Maple Valley near the foothills of the Cascades. Then it was a lumber town, and now it is a suburb. The family would move to Alpine and eventually settle in the Greenlake area of Seattle where Harry attended Lincoln High School and the University of Washington. Harry became a professor in hydraulics at the University. As a young man he worked on some of the engineering problems in the construction of Grand Coulee Dam. As I grew up, they lived in Laurelhurst in a home that Harry and my grandfather built. Later they would move to Kirkland and then Redmond. Harry married Loretta Hoopes and had three daughters, Nanette, Linda and Patty Sue. Later he and Loretta would adopt a 4th daughter, Shelley, to raise. After my grandmother, Minnie, died in 1984, I lost track of Harry. When I started the website, I was able to reconnect with Harry in 1997. On my first visit to his home in Redmond, he showed me some research he had done on the Chenoweth family and I explained to him the dilemma I found myself in with the implications of the will of James in Grant Co., IN. The upshot of this will made it likely that our ancestor, Dr. Henry S. Chenoweth, was misplaced in Cora�s book. Harry joined with me in earnest to confront this problem. There were several points we agreed on as a basis for our search. The family Cora described was likely correct, but for a different James. This James would have had to live in Virginia. I provided Harry with one of the Harris books and Harry looked through it with new eyes. Shortly there after he suggested that the right James may be James Francis, the son of Thomas in Botetourt Co. James had married Rebecca Safley. As I reviewed what we knew of James Francis, I had to concur that this was an excellent fit. Proving it would take years of plowing through records. Harry even made a trip to Greenup Co., KY where we believed James had relocated in 1820. In the interim, I gave Harry another project, to read through some of the Chenoweth Heirs Association correspondence with C.C. Taggart of Ash Grove, MO. He came up with an excellent article, which is posted on the main page of the website.

Over these years, Harry told me stories of his trips back to Rocky Comfort and the home that Laura Yonnce Chenoweth Lamberson lived in, and how his father Harry had met Minnie in a cafe that Harry worked in in Rocky Comfort. Another story from Harry I treasure is how he would get rides home to Greenlake on occasion with my father while they both attended the University of Washington, debunking my father�s stories to me, as a teenager, that he never had a car and had often walked five miles in the snow to school. In 2004 after 6 years of sifting the sands, Harry found a mention of Chenoweth heirs in Champaign Co., OH in the will of Henry Safley. He did this at the age of 90, on a trip to the Seattle Library. We had already found that Henry Safley was the father of Rebecca. A few months later, Greg Wulker would journey up to Urbana, the county seat of Champaign Co. Here the land record transactions stemming from the estate settlement of Henry Safley would prove our theory and fix four of the six children of James Francis and Rebecca for the record. Cora�s entries of the children had been right, she had affixed them to the wrong James, and now, thanks to Harry, we had solved this one. Harry lived to the age of 94, still playing in a weekly bridge club, passing away in August 2008, the last living grandchild of the 27 grandchildren of Dr. Albert White Chenoweth. I will miss his keen mind and thoughtful help. What is lost in memory is large. I am glad though we had this adventure to share.

A Bond Correction

In the first years of assembling the database, we added in many family trees from Broderbund�s World Family Tree project published on CD. Broderbund was bought by Genealogy.com which is now Ancestry.com. One of these early trees was Mary Elizabeth Bond who married John Franklin Raver in Maryland. The tree listed Mary as a daughter of Benjamin Bond a son of Henry Bond and Charity Chenoweth. Two sons of Charity�s are found in Cora�s 1925 book. Charity was a sister to Cora�s grandfather, John Baxter Chenoweth. In the Spring of 2007 while working with data in the 1860 Census in our effort to document the over 1,400 family details of this Census, I realized that this placement was incorrect. Mary never appears in a Census with the family of Benjamin and Caroline. As this is a large family tree, I was a bit stunned that this error had been embedded in our work for nearly ten years. A check of the 1860 Census, found that a Mary E. Bond was a daughter of Mary Ann Bond, living as a widow in Carroll Co. next door to Benjamin Bond. There were several other children. I then looked at the 1850 Census and found a married couple of Jackson Bond and Mary Ann in the household between the widowed Henry Bond and his son Benjamin Bond. I suspected that Jackson must have been Mary Elizabeth�s father and related to Henry.

Another fortunate find in the World Family Trees was a tree submitted by Robert Olin Bond, a descendant of Benjamin Bond. I had contacted Robert as a newfound cousin and he had been a considerable help to the database in detailing his Bond line. Robert attended both the Elkins and Baltimore Reunions. I lost little time in calling Bob to see what he might know of this and he confirmed that Mary was a daughter of Andrew Jackson Bond and Andrew Jackson was a son of Henry and Charity. Apparently as Andrew Jackson had died just before the 1860 Census, Cora did not know of him or his family and had not listed him among the other two sons of Henry and Charity. An online visit to Ancestry.com gave a birth date of October 20, 1849 and Mary Ann�s maiden name as Fowble, a sister to Benjamin�s wife, Caroline Fowble. I am glad this correction has been made. This opens a new door to explore. In 1880 the 3 living sons of Samuel, Alexander and Andrew, Jr. are found in Kansas City, MO, a separation from the Maryland family and perhaps another reason why Cora missed this line.

What we now know:

ANDREW JACKSON6 BOND (CHARITY5 CHENOWETH, WILLIAM4, ARTHUR3, ARTHUR2, JOHN1) was born Abt. 1829 in Maryland, and died Bef. March 1860. He married MARY ANN FOWBLE October 20, 1849 in Carroll Co., MD, daughter of JOHN FOWBLE and REBECCA ?. She was born Abt. 1828 in Maryland.

Children of ANDREW BOND and MARY FOWBLE are:

  1. SAMUEL A.7 BOND, b. Abt. 1853, Carroll Co., MD; m. SUE ?; b. Abt. 1859, Kentucky.
  2. MARY ELIZABETH BOND, b. September 28, 1854, Carroll Co., MD; d. May 02, 1891; m. JOHN FRANKLIN RAVER; b. October 13, 1846, Pennsylvania; d. February 17, 1902.
  3. ALEXANDER BOND, b. Abt. 1856, Carroll Co., MD.
  4. ANDREW J. BOND, b. Abt. 1858, Carroll Co., MD.
  5. IDA BOND, b. Abt. 1859, Carroll Co., MD.
  6. JOHN BOND, b. Abt. March 1860, Carroll Co., MD.

A cousin marriage uncovered

One of the most pleasant aspects of managing the Chenoweth website is the constant surprise of some of the cousin sign-ins. While many are routine, there are often gems that pop up in surprising ways. The site is fortunate to be displayed on the first page of a general google search on the Chenoweth name. This is not the case with rival search machines. Netscape and Yahoo also rank the site high on a search. Just recently MSN has begun to list it in its top site response. There are few one-name genealogy sites that enjoy this accessibility. The happy result is constant cousin traffic.

In June 2007 I received a snail mail request to purchase a CD from Rhonda Gerth of Renton. I was surprised on two accounts: Rhonda had not first contacted me by email and though she was in my file from Census work and an obit found by Dot Tucker Houk, this was a line I had little contact in, so was anxious to get in touch with Rhonda. She had provided a phone number, so I made a call. As I found out it was really Rhonda�s mother, Joanne who had the genealogy skills and had found our site on the internet in a search. This line was from Thomas N. Chenoweth of Vermilion Co., IL, a grandson of Elijah and a brother to the Francis Chenoweth who was an early resident of Whidbey Island, WA where I am presently building a summer home, my family having had homes on Saratoga Passage for some 57 years. I had had contacts from Thomas, but not from his daughter Mary Elizabeth. She married Josiah Baker on January 19, 1873 in Vermilion Co., IL. This is where the Harris book had left it. Pete, through careful Census work had brought this line down to the 1930 Census where William Baker was a 3 year old child of Thomas and Myrtle Baker in Los Angeles. Later Dot had found an obit for William who died in Nevada in 2003. This had added Rhonda to my file and now she had contacted me.

In talking to her mother Joanne, I learned that Myrtle Annett Ewing, the mother of William was also a Chenoweth. Looking in the file I see I had failed to see this connection (one does get a bit lost in a sea of 145,000 names) and I had two Myrtle Ewings in my file both born in April of 1898. This turned out to be a 2nd cousin once removed marriage. Myrtle�s line went back to Emily Chenoweth who was a sister to Mary Elizabeth. I remembered Emily very well as an early cousin contact had been Marsha Davis of Arkansas. Marsha was #13 on my cousin list and now Rhonda is #2,400 with more than 11 years in between. Marsha had explained to me Emily�s second marriage to Nathan Sawyer not listed in Harris. She had also sent me the first copy I had seen of the work of Arthur L. Keith, in a paper delivered to an early Elkins family reunion. I have since lost contact with Marsha, but her help in Emily�s line is still appreciated. Now Rhonda represented a first contact from Emily�s first marriage to Isaac E. Watkins. Hopefully Joanne�s input will add to both of these lines as there is a lot still to reel in. I of course was happy to add another line to the �kissing cousins� page.

THOMAS CHENOWETH7 BAKER (MARY ELIZABETH6 CHENOWETH, THOMAS N.5, THOMAS C.4, ELIJAH3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born May 02, 1888 in Kansas, and died February 08, 1971 in Los Angeles Co., CA. He married MYRTLE ANNETT EWING Abt. 1926, daughter of ALBERT EWING and IDA WATKINS. She was born April 17, 1898 in Oklahoma, and died April 14, 1985 in Los Angeles Co., CA.

MYRTLE ANNETT8 EWING (IDA M.7 WATKINS, EMILY6 CHENOWETH, THOMAS N.5, THOMAS C.4, ELIJAH3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born April 17, 1898 in Oklahoma, and died April 14, 1985 in Los Angeles Co., CA. She married THOMAS CHENOWETH BAKER Abt. 1926, son of JOSIAH BAKER and MARY CHENOWETH. He was born May 02, 1888 in Kansas, and died February 08, 1971 in Los Angeles Co., CA.

The 4th generation

The 4th generation is where the family begins to blur in size. It also is the first bridging generation between the known 3rd generation and the emergence of Census information that starts in 1850. There were 52 third generation descendants, the grandchildren of the family. 29 were Chenoweth males and 19 of these carry the Chenoweth name into present day. The mind can grasp and remember these lines as distinct parts of the family. In the next generation, the great grandchildren, the number expands to 310 with 92 Chenoweth males and 51 carrying the name forward to today. The heavy male Chenoweth name bias that exists in the family today is readily seen in the 4th generation. A normal distribution of great grandchildren would yield only 25% carrying the Chenoweth name and only half of that male to carry on the name. The actuality is that 2/3 of the 4th generation bears the Chenoweth name and almost a third were male Chenoweths. The numbers become too big to easily sort through.

Of the 310 lines, cousins from over 140 of them have contacted us. About a third of these 310 descendants, either lack enough information to be ever solved or died without continuing lines. This leaves some 13 lines brought to modern times that we have not contacted and some 36 lines that appear to be developable with some additional work. Of the 51 male lines that we have to carry the name into present day, 16 are from John, 2 from Richard, 10 from Arthur, 6 from William, and 17 from Thomas. Each of John�s 6 sons comes down to today. The 3 oldest from William form a huge body of the family: John in Randolph Co., WV, and Jonathan and William in Kentucky. Like William, all of John�s sons are accounted for, 5 in all: William of Warren Co., OH, John of Washington Co., IN, James whose families spanned Ohio and Indiana, Absolom whose family was in Perry Co., OH and Elias wound up in Jay Co., IN. Thomas has two sons: Nicholas who settled in Williamson Co., IL and James, my ancestors, whose descendants ended up in Missouri and Texas. Richard�s two sons were Thomas of Indiana and James whose lines stayed largely in Kentucky and Indiana. Of the two sons of Absolom, the descendants of James ended up in Illinois and Absolom, Jr�s lines were split between Indiana and Kentucky. John and Arthur of Arthur were in Illinois and Indiana.

Richard�s line is carried through his one son John, with both Archibald and Nicholas ending up in Tennessee. Arthur�s has 10 lines from five of his six sons. Three of these remain in Baltimore today, Richard Beasman from Arthur, Jr., Thomas, Jr. from the sole line from Thomas and William from Richard. Arthur, Jr.�s other two sons are William whose lines went to Randolph Co., IN and Arthur who forms the Indiana Chinworths. John and Samuel went to Virginia. Samuel's line is be left solely to David Richard Chenoweth, II as the last male descendant of Samuel, Jr with the promise of carrying the line. John�s line is carried by Richard whose descendants live in Henry Co., TN today and John, Jr. who went to Indiana. The other 2 of Arthur�s lines are Richard�s Tennessee sons, George Washington and Absolom.

Four of the six lines of William are from William, Jr., including the 3 sons of the cousin marriages that settled in Warren Co., OH, William, Absolom, and John. The other is Thomas who settled in Clark Co., OH. Isaac has a narrow line though his son Edward. The other Isaac line is from Isaac J. who ended up in Iowa.

Thomas had 7 sons and 6 carry lines down. The sole descent from John is from his son Isaac who settled in Vermillion Co., IN. Thomas, Jr. is carried through John who settled in Darke Co., OH and Benjamin Franklin and Joseph who went to Missouri. Arthur�s sons Joseph and Absolom remained near Pike Co., while Luke's family is found in Indiana and Missouri. Lines of Richard�s son Thomas are still found in Tippecanoe Co., IN and Richard, Jr. and Uriah went to Missouri. Elijah is carried by three sons, Thomas who went to Indiana and whose son Frances ended up in Oregon, John Foster in Ohio whose descendants went to Kansas and California, and Elijah, Jr. whose family stayed more closely in Ohio. The yougest line of Abraham is carried by 4 sons. William whose family settled in Warren Co., IN, John and Jacob who went to Dark Co., OH and Joel who went to Iowa and wrote the first family account.

It is Pete�s hope that one day we will have a spectrum of DNA samples across all 51 of these lines, and that the information generated will help to define distinct lines within the family of John and Mary. Whether or not that works out will only be determined when this ambitious goal is reached. For now we are still working on the 3rd generation with 11 of the possible 19 obtained. These have helped to identify the correct sample for John�s family and to confirm that both of the 2 unknown lines tested to date are indeed part of the family

A family snapshot

In 2004 I created what I consider to be the definitive picture of the family. I have updated the page a couple of times adding in �frills� and updating the information with current family knowledge. In essence this page displays all known 310 great grandchildren of the family and indicates which lines continued, which ended and lists those we know nothing about. It is a grand synopsis of the genealogy of the family, but I fear one seldom viewed by any one, as I have never received a comment on it. It certainly would be a good taking off point for any one interested in expanding the family knowledge in key areas.

In the process of my latest revision I have been able to identify the latest nineteen 4th generation lines added to the family to present day since mid 2004. Remarkable half of these are in the line of Thomas, the youngest son. Only one was for the lines of John, the oldest son, but his lines are the best developed in the family. They are:

  • JOHN::
    • Rachel Chenoweth d/o John: (1) Absolum Ashbrook, her cousin (2) Henry Dusenbery b: 1777 in Hampshire Co., VA (now WV), migrated to Ohio - a daughter, Lydia Dusenbery, married Jeremiah Harritt and was living in 1850 Census as found by Cinda Justice in 2007
  • RICHARD: Three Ashton lines of Hannah Chenoweth d/o Richard(2), thanks to finding a website of Eugene Albert �Bucky� Edgett, III and information he subsequently sent me:
    • Richard Ashton b: 1776 in Harford Co., MD - m: Ruth Love, lived in Harford Co., MD. Most of present day knowledge carried from daughter Sarah who married David Streett, Jr.
    • Joseph Ashton, Jr. b: March 08, 1784 in Harford Co., MD - m: Elizabeth Baldwin, lived in Harford Co., MD.
    • Susan Ashton b: m: Thomas Streett - lived Harford Co., MD
  • ARTHUR: Three Butler lines of Ruth Chenoweth, d/o Arthur(2) - each from separate contacts. The Taylor line came from the research of Doug Fisher, a descendant, the Shield line from a kindly researcher, Lynn Dolski and Ammon III from John Rausch:
    • Sarah Butler m: Harry Davis b: May 29, 1781 - have name of only one daughter who married Hezekiah Taylor
    • Amon III b: Abt. 1781 married Jemima Lane and had 6 children
    • Harriet Butler b: Abt. 1795 - m: William Shields
  • WILLIAM: Pete also found the Fox line of Sarah Sutton posted at ancestry.com. This was described in the Decemeber 2005 newsletter (http://www.chenowethsite.com/newsletter/nlvol4-4.htm#j5). This is in the line of Mary Chenoweth, d/o William(2):
    • Sarah Sutton m: David Fox b: September 12, 1767 in Ft. Cumberland, MD d; Warren Co., OH
    • Greg Wulker found and developed the line of Joseph�s daughter, Eleanor (called Newly in Joseph�s will) m: James Mason. The family lived in Warren Co., OH
  • THOMAS: Pete found the Scott line of Sarah Chenoweth�s daughter Harriet posted at ancestry.com. Sarah was a daughter of Thomas(2):
    • Hannah Scott m: John Levi b: Abt. 1789, lived Mason Co., KY

      Mary Lou Cole with the assistance of Joe Downing allowed us to extend the lines of Mary Chenoweth m: Timothy Dowing to 3 additional lines

    • Dorcus Downing m: Ellis Downing
    • William Downing m: Malinda Barton
    • Sarah Downing m: Mesheck Downing

      Rose Inks was my first break through on Sarah and Joyce helped me with another line leading to the Powders

    • Sarah m: Lewis Rodgers b: April 08, 1783 in Maryland, migrated with parents to Mason Co., KY then Pike Co., OH then Vigo Co., IN

      In 1998 a Sue Ellen Peglow contacted me from the family of Hiram, but never furnished any information. Pete�s 1920 Census work filled in some missing information and I reconnected with Sue in 2007 to fill in some of this family. This is the subject of a future article about to be published titled: �Hiram and a descendant�

    • Hiram m: Nancy Wolfe b: 1806 in Ross Co., OH (now Pike Co.), migrated to Vermillion Co., IN then Montgomery Co., IN

      LouAnn Cameron and Joyce Wiegand are responsible for developing the Hallenbecks of Rebecca down to modern day. Rebecca was a d/o Richard, the s/o Thomas. This work was described in the June 2007 article �Joyce, Richard�s children and a new Hollenback�

    • Rebecca m: (1st) Thomas Hollenback (2nd) Daniel Shoemaker b: March 12, 1797 in Mason Co., KY, , migrated with parents to Pike Co., OH, moved to Tippecanoe Co., IN

      Work of Joyce Wiegand located the Powders family of Ruth Findley�s daughter Sarah. This led me to contact Carrol Powders and his assistance in the Powders family genealogy. This was the second present described in a March 2005 article titled �Christmas Presents�

    • Ruth m: Samuel Findley b: May 11, 1793 in Kentucky, migrated with parents to Pike Co., OH - daughter Sarah m: (1) John Powders & (2) William Hoffman - migrated to Clay Co., IN, descendants to Missouri and Oklahoma

      Ken Agans found us and gave me a continuing line for the Lowes of Rachel, one of Elijah�s daughters. I have written an article about this to be published titled: �Finally a Rachel�

    • Rachel m: Elijah Lowe b: October 24, 1792 in Mason Co., KY, migrated with parents to Franklin Co., OH, then Vermillion Co., IN and Kansas

      In September 2006, Tom Blackstone contacted me with continuing lines for the Blackstones of Hannah, another of Elijah�s daughters

    • Hannah m: Thomas Blackstone b: October 21, 1806 in Ross Co., OH (now Pike Co.) d: in Ross Co., OH

21-25 JULY 2010


In past issues we asked you to take a look at information that we had gathered with regards unidentified Chenoweths. In this issue we offer a different type of unknown Chenoweth. The following items have been found in Family Tree Maker files. As always with this column any help in identifying these individuals would be greatly appreciated.

WFT 155 #1256

  1. Niki Marie Schank
    1. Tessa Marie Schank

WFT 163 #463
___(W.T.)_____ CHINNEWORTH (c �IL/c -1900) md Emma (Young)_ (c Aug 1863-IL/__) [m: Aug 28, 1883-Logan Co., IL]

  1. JULIA A. CHINNEWORTH (c Oct 1879-IL/__) � previous marriage =Langford
  2. JAMES H. CHINNEWORTH (c Dec 1882-IL/__)
  3. MOLLIE CHINNEWORTH (c Sep 1884-IL/__)
  4. EMMA GRACE CHINNEWORTH (31 May 1889-IL/__) md Frank GLENN 18 Mar 1906 (25 Dec 1884-MO/c Feb 1972)
    1. Clarence Glenn (13 Jan 1907-MO/c Jan 1980)
    2. Albert J. Glenn (10 Mar 1910-MO/c May 1986)

WFT 156 #39
__________ CHENOWETH md Merle �Bud� HICKS (9 Mar 1913-KS/24 Jun 1967)

WFT 23 #252
ARTHUR �Art� CHENOWETH (__/c �2004) md Donna Belle CLINE (Divorced) (7 Oct 1921-CA/2 Apr 2004-CA)

  1. STEPHEN KENT CHENOWITH (c 1947/__) md (1) Victoria E. Osborne 19 Jun 1965-CA/Div (c 1947/__)
    (2) Odette SAMPLE (McGREW) 10 Apr 1983-CA (c 1954/__)
    1. BRETON K. CHENOWETH (25 Nov 1965-CA/__) md Melissa A. MAYNARD
    2. STEPHEN L. CHENOWETH (8 Jul 1968-CA/__)

WFT 16 #2179 (This may be Bernice Harmon, a Chenoweth niece, but we have no confirmation)
BERNICE ROSE CHENOWETH (c 1897-KS/__) md John Perry WHITEAKER 8 Jan 1918-KS (c 1895-TX/__)

WFT 5 #38-8

  1. Thomas Wade Sisk
  2. Julia Susanne Sisk

WFT 10 #1369

WFT 23 #2959


WFT 32 #29
DEBRA SUE CHENOWETH (maybe Chenowith) md James Allen MILLIKAN - Arkansas

  1. Michelle LeAnn Millikan
  2. John Allen Millikan
  3. Robert James Millikan

WFT 37 #415
__________ CHENOWETH md __________ LITTLE

  1. DIONE LOUISE CHENOWETH (9 Dec 1938-CA/__) md Ross Alan JACOBS 25 Mar 1961-CA (c Aug 1938/__)
    1. Elise L. Jacobs (4 Jan 1964-CA/__)
    2. Kevin A. Jacobs (3 Apr 1968-CA/__)
    3. Scott E. Jacobs (12 Feb 1972-CA/__)

WFT 4 #2007

WFT 4 #2504
ISADORE B. CHENOWETH (c 1893-IN/__) md Wallace Downing FACKLER c 1918 (22 Aug 1892-IL/__)

Note: Isadore is likely "Ida B" d/o Granville Harris Chenoweth. In the 1900 Census Ida is clearly listed as Isa B. They are living in Cass Co., IA which is where the parents of Wallace Fackler were living and where Wallace was in 1910. As Ida or Isa was older than Wallace, there was probably ample reason for her to fudge on her age.....

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