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EDITOR: PETER C. CHENOWETH - E-MAIL: p.chenoweth@comcast.net

Just Maybe, Greg has found possibility for John Watson�s family

When I first started putting together the database for John Chenoweth�s family, Pete sent me a tree submitted by Barbara Bonham of Massachusetts, describing the family of a daughter named Grizzly or Giddy Watson, d/o of a John Watson who lived in Pittsylvania Co., VA. And for a while we accepted this line. Had I have had any knowledge of the family, I would have quickly dismissed it as wrong. I did contact Barbara and she eventually wrote me that she had found this to be in error, as the John Watson in question, who had a wife Mary, was very much alive long after Mary Chenoweth�s husband, John Watson, had died in Baltimore. For several years I fielded queries about this from other searchers who ran across this data. The questions of what happened to Mary and her family have remained unresolved. For background, I would refer the reader to the December 2005 newsletter article on Mary. What a wonderful thing it would be to find this family and complete the task of brining all eight of John�s children down to present day. Mary�s Watsons have remained an enigma.

[DIRECTORS]Greg Wulker has pointed out to me that there are several mentions of a John Watson in land surveys in early Frederick Co., Virginia including ones that describe Chenoweth lands. Now Greg's endless search of the internet for early data has run across a real possibility, that fits the times and place, posted at a website of George L. Marshall of Shepherdstown, WV. Amazing to me, this is only about 16 miles from Gerrandstown, the nearest locality to the land of William Chenoweth(2), and if correct, the Watsons, like some of the Carters, stayed on in this early Virginia area of the Chenoweth family. So maybe there is some hope. The John Watson, Sr. described by George fits what we know of Mary's son, John Watson, Jr., mentioned in the will of John Chenoweth. is now at 47.

This is the opening page of George's website:

John Watson Sr. died in 1785.

The Watson family, who were probably of English origin, is one of the oldest families in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. It is not known just when the first Watson came here but there were land transactions in Frederick Co., VA in which a John and a Joseph Watson were involved in the 1760's. This is before the formation of Berkeley Co. from Frederick Co., VA in 1801. After the Revolutionary War, there were several persons involved in land transactions in Frederick Co., VA in the 1760's is probably the same John Watson whose will was probated in 1787 in Berkeley Co., VA and therefore is the first member who identified with this family.

In his will, he left his property to his sons, John and Thomas Watson, along with certain properties. His wife was referred to in his will as his beloved Jean Watson, bequeathed �besides what the law allows, a bed, bedstead, bedding, suitable two cows, a horse or a mare as she may choose of what stock I shall leave, likewise all my household furniture to her or her assigns. Likewise I leave my said wife Jean during her natural life, my negro fellow called Jerry as her servant�.

John married (1) Jean Unknown

They had the following children:

Contributors: Vida serves up a cousin
(24th Installment of a series)
Jon Egge

In April 2007 Vida Sue Chenoweth contacted me. Vida was a music professor and hailed as the �first concert marimbist�. She was a twin born in Enid, OK to Louis Alexander & Martha Swaney Chenoweth. Louis was a part owner of Chenoweth & Green Music Store in Enid. I was delighted to have contact with her. This Chenoweth family had come to Kansas in the late 1870s from Ohio, part of the Madison Co., OH family of John Foster Chenoweth, the son of Elijah of Franklin Co. Vida has a portrait of John Foster Chenoweth that has been passed down to her. Vida wrote me with the following question: �When I was a student at Northwestern University in Evanston, my brother Robert L. Chenoweth worked in the piano department of Lyon & Healy in Chicago's Loop. He lived on an historic street (Oakenwald) downtown, once full of notables and their mansions. In about 1955 it was all torn down. My brother had introduced me to an elderly woman living alone in his same building, never married would be my guess. She had on her wall something very precious to her. It was the Baltimore Land Grant title to John Chenoweth. I believe her first name was Helen but am not sure. She was the last member of her immediate family. I have often wanted to see that document again, and wonder if any other Chenoweths have any knowledge of it?�

It was a pretty vague description to be able to work with as Vida did not recall the woman�s name. I replied that John Chenoweth, the progenitor, never owned property in Maryland. Vida, was having none of it, subscribing to the tales that Cora put forth. There is still a lot of resistance in the family to give up the fabled tales of nobility and wealth that Cora spun. The problem is that there is not one record to support her claims and many records that belie what she said. In support of her beliefs, Vida sent me a newspaper article from the 1970s on a story about Ella Stepp who had turned 90 in February of that year (the newspaper date was not evident on the clipping). In the interview, Mrs Stepp had mentioned her Chenoweth connection to the Lords of Baltimore, stuff generated right out of Cora�s book. Articles like this are common place but add nothing to the weight of the argument as they merely perpetuate what Cora claimed. What interested me however was who Ella Stepp was, as she was not in my file.

The article was quite lengthy but a little short on exact details. Ella was born in Beverly, WV and her parents were Mr and Mrs. Frank Triplett, She also had a great grandmother Edith Chenoweth. This was Randolph County, but still I did not have a Frank Triplett in my file, nor did I find any immediate help. The article said that Ella was born in 1876, but I could not find the family in the 1880 Census. Finally I found them in 1900 in Jefferson Co., KS. Ella was born Feb 1878 in WV in that Census and by 1886 the family was in Kansas. Ella�s mother�s name was Delia born July 1854 in WV. There was a Triplett family in Randolph Co. and about 7 listings in the 1860 Census. Patiently plowing through them, I found a Benjamin F., age 7, as the son of Job Triplett and Sidney Wilmoth. The Wilmonths had also been mentioned in Ella�s story, so perhaps Benjamin was Benjamin Franklin. As neither Job nor Sidney were Chenoweth, I looked at Delia and found that Edith Chenoweth, the daughter of William Pugh Chenoweth, had married Eli Weese and had a daughter born about 1853 named Delia. In the 1870 census, Delia is 16, enumerated as �Adelia� and living with her recently widowed father Eli in Beverly. We had not known what happened to Delia. Armed with this information I checked Ancestry.com and found a posting of a marriage on June 05, 1875 in Randolph Co., WV of Benjamin Franklin Triplett and Delia Weese. The connection had been made. Edith was Ella�s grandmother and not a great grandmother. There were a number of such mistakes in the article, but indeed I had found another Randolph County Chenoweth family that had headed to the Midwest. I might note that Jasper Wilmoth Triplett , an older brother of Benjamin Franklin, married Eliza Chenoweth, the daughter of James and a 2nd cousin to Delia Weese.

Armed with this information I reviewed my files and indeed found the family in 1880 in Beverly listed under Benjamin and Lou Ella �Tripplet�. These variations had masked the information from my previous searches. Actually I had found this detail in 2001 and had wondered if this Delia was Delia Weese. Now six years later I had the answer. I was able to find Ella and her husband in the 1910 Census of Kansas. In both the 1880 and 1910 census she was listed as Louella. The three children in the 1910 Census were all mentioned in the article. The 1900 Census had added 3 siblings to Ella that had not been mentioned. From the article, we were able to add Ella�s son Loren Stepp to the list of those who served in World War II. Something not found in the article, but not unusual for Randolph Co., was that Benjamin and Delia were 2nd cousins from the Kittles. Delia�s grandmother being Lydia Kittle, the wife of William Pugh and Lydia�s sister Christina was Benjamin�s grandmother, both daughters of Jacob Kittle. It turns out that Ella was Vida�s sixth cousin and the article was a �gem�

DELIA7 WEESE (EDITH6 CHENOWETH, WILLIAM PUGH5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born April 1856 in Randolph Co., VA (now WV). She married BENJAMIN FRANKLIN TRIPLETT June 05, 1875 in Randolph Co., WV, son of JOB TRIPLETT and SIDNEY WILMOTH. He was born Abt. March 1853 in Randolph Co., WV.


  1. LOUELLA 'ELLA'8 TRIPLETT, b. February 01, 1878, Beverly, Randolph Co., WV; m. LEWIS H. STEPP, Abt. 1900; b. Abt. 1875, Kansas.
  2. CHARLES W. TRIPLETT, b. March 1879, Randolph Co., WV.
  3. S.W. TRIPLETT, b. September 1886, Kansas.
  4. ALMA TRIPLETT, b. July 1892, Kansas.

21-25 JULY 2010

Time at the Top Peter Clinton Chenoweth, Chairman

On 15 Feb 2009 I received an email from Jon Egge indicating that he and Deanna had experienced a severe fire. I am deeply in debt to Jon for taking the time during this difficult period to contribute to this newsletter. Your prayers are asked for them and the following emails are reprinted with Jon�s permission.

Sorry to hear about your bad news, but glad that you are safe. Pam and I send our best wishes for the new year.
Florida Mike and Pam Chenoweth
19 Feb 2009

Thanks Mike,

I will say it has been a bit of a nightmare . We arrived home from Schweitzer (Idaho) the 3rd and on arrival that evening the first call was from my father�s caretaker that he had broke his hip and was in the hospital on Whidbey. So up to Whidbey we went. They operated on him and he is now doing reasonably well (for 93) in a nursing home. It is going to be a long pull.

Then Deanna got news that her Uncle Dick had a massive stroke and in a coma (he died yesterday). Then her brother Don was in the hospital with a leg infection from diabetes.

On Friday the 13th we came home from Whidbey on a 3 day visit to see my father. Deanna and I had a wonderful Valentine�s day and that night she woke me about 1:00AM that the smoke alarm was going off on the girls wing of the house. While she called 911, I rushed over with a bucket of water. Coming down stairs, Deanna said she couldn�t find Amity. I turned back upstairs thinking she might be asleep in the top bedroom. The smoke was so bad that I could not get back to her and had to leave. I apparently then burned my hands touching the walls in the dark. Not noticing, I got a 2nd pail of water and threw it on the open flames next to the computer. There was nothing more I could do. The firemen arrived and after a tense 5 minutes found Amity in deep sleep in her bed downstairs. She was fine and we were all off to the hospital.

So we have a severely damaged house in the upstairs east wing. One room badly burned and the adjoining bedroom covered in soot. The lower 2 bedrooms have smoke damage and some water damage. The living room rug is trash. Sunday we tried to clean up from the elephant firemen (tracking plaster board through the house) and mop up water. Sunday night we were in a hotel. Monday I got the gas back on to the west wing and the power restored to the same wing (the rest has to be left until checked out). Somewhere in this muddle I lost my wallet. That night I came down with the flu (spewing). The next day we got our phone line working and internet restored. Deanna dumped my cell phone in a tub of water. She then came down with the flu. Wednesday to visited the downtown burn center. Everything is healing. I got the remaining part of the house fairly sealed off so we had proper heat and we stopping the bad smoky air from continuing to creep in ( it really bothers Deanna). We were both so exhausted we decided to sleep at home. Today, Thursday we dealt with the insurance company, found my wallet (hooray) so I am not completely naked and left for our beach home, where we have just arrived. Tomorrow we visit Dad. Things have got to get better, maybe finding my wallet (thanks Amity) was the turning point.

Life is good, but sometime strange. Thank God for smoke alarms, metal roofs and my hero wife to hear things. Many pieces to pick up. Thanks for your concern�..

To Carolyn Newby 21 Feb 2009:

Life is full of unexpected twists. Never did I believe I would be involved in a fire. But there were so many blessings: (1) we were all safe, (2) we were home that night (as we had just come back from Whidbey Island the night before), (3) my wife heard the alarm to get us help and out and (4) because of my metal roof, the fire never burned through the roof and lacked the proper oxygen to spread faster. What we have now is a big mess that could have been far, far worse. I count the blessings. My hands are healing, everything else will heal too.

Thanks for your concern

Jon Egge
Saratoga Passage at Whidbey Island, WA


Statistics from 1908:

  • The average life expectancy was 47 years.
  • Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
  • Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
  • There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads. The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10mph.
  • The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
  • The average wage was 22 cents per hour. The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
  • A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, A dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
  • More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME.
  • Ninety percent of all doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION. Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as �substandard.
  • Sugar cost four cents a pound, eggs were fourteen cents a dozen, coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
  • Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
  • Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering their country for any reason.
  • The five leading causes of death were: (1) Pneumonia and influenza (2) Tuberculosis (3) Diarrhea (4) Heart Disease (5) Stroke
  • The American flag had 45 stars.
  • The population of Las Vegas, NV was only 30.
  • Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea hadn�t been invented yet.
  • There was no Mother�s Day or Father�s Day.
  • Two out of every 10 adults couldn�t read or write. Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
  • Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counted at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists said, �Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is in fact, a perfect guardian of health�.
  • Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.
  • There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.

Now�..try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.


With thanks and appreciation to Dot Tucker-Houk of Maryland who makes much of this list possible each newsletter. 2008 finished with 56 SSA listings for various Chenoweth spellings. We were able to identify all but Floyd Eli Chaneyworth. Pete and I have been chasing this Arkansas family for sometime without success. Is appears to have come from Texas and is likely to belong to the unknown line of John M. Chenoweth. Sadly, included in this quarter's is my friend and fellow genealogist Rosella Vohs. Any help in placing these individuals would be appreciated:

age 92 - VIVIAN GODDIN nee JOHNSON , daughter of CON JOHNSTON and MARY WAYNE, was born March 05, 1916 in McDowell Co., WV, and died October 13, 2008 in Elkins, Randolph Co., WV. She married March 19, 1938 THOMAS OMAR9 GODDIN (JACOB LAWRENCE W.8, JUDSON CHENOWETH7, RACHEL6 CHENOWETH, ROBERT T.5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) He born December 05, 1895 in Randolph Co., WV, and died July 06, 1973.

age 79 - ELMER EUTICE 'PETE'9 REIP (ERNEST REYNOLDS8, DAVID WASHINGTON7, EDITH AMANDA6 CHENOWETH, ROBERT T.5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born July 30, 1929, and died November 18, 2008 in Washington. He married (1) MARGARET 'PEGGY' BOARDMAN. He married (2) LOTTIE MILDRED CULWELL.

age 91 - ORA KATHRYN9 NUZUM nee THORN (MARGARET BLANCH 'MAGGIE'8 CHEATHAM, MARTHA LOUISE7 WEES, LEAH6 CHENOWETH, ROBERT T.5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born July 21, 1916 in Wirt Co., WV, and died June 11, 2008 in Bakersfield, Kern Co., CA. She married ORLAND BUHL NUZUM. He was born January 21, 1915 in West Virginia, and died February 26, 1996 in Bakersfield, Kern Co., CA.

age 87 - MARIAN R.9 DINSMORE (ZANA8 CHENOWETH, JOB MARCELLUS7, IRA STOUT6, ROBERT T.5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born December 06, 1920 in Ohio, and died March 26, 2008 in North Carolina.

age 92 - DENZIL REED MCKOWN , son of NORMAN and ANNIE MCKOWN, was born September 25, 1932 in Calhoun Co., WV, and died February 2009 in Ohio. He married May 18, 1956 in Calhoun Co., WV JACQUELINE SUE9 CHENOWETH (DENVER OSCAR8, DAVID OSCAR7, DAVID WASHINGTON6, ROBERT T.5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1)

age 76 - HELEN J. FARTHING nee ALYEA, daughter of CORDLIN ALYEA and PHRONA KISNER, was born May 24, 1931 in Norton, Randolph Co., WV, and died August 04, 2007 in Elkins. She married (1) IVAN WOODROW10 CHENOWETH (HARLAN JAY9, BEEBE8, MARSHALL7, JOHN KITTLE6, WILLIAM PUGH5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1). She married (2) DONALD R. FARTHING

age 79 - GLORIA MARIE CHENOWETH (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) was born February 25, 1929, and died January 08, 2009 in Florida. She married IVAN WOODROW10 CHENOWETH (HARLAN JAY9, BEEBE8, MARSHALL7, JOHN KITTLE6, WILLIAM PUGH5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1).

age 82 - FLOYD DALE9 CHENOWETH (FLOYD8, GEORGE WASHINGTON7, HICKMAN6, WILLIAM PUGH5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born May 29, 1926 in Taylor Co., WV, and died January 30, 2009 in Maryland. He married NORMA ESTELLE ZUIDEMA September 09, 1950.

age 53 - JESSE LAVERNE11 CHENOWETH (DONALD LAVERNE10, HOWARD ELSWORTH9, IRA8, DANIEL MCLEAN7, ISAAC NEWTON6, WILLIAM PUGH5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born March 10, 1955 in Colorado, and died December 29, 2008 in Springfield, Baca Co., CO. He married (1) PAMELA JEAN SMITH August 30, 1977 in San Miguel Co., CO. He married (2) LESLEY JEAN OSBAN August 02, 1996 in Prowers Co., CO. He married (3) STEPHANIE A. BOND May 25, 2004 in Baca Co., CO.

age 54 - BETTY ELIZABETH10 HOMER nee FREUNDL (HARVEY ANDREW9, NINA LAURA8 CHENOWETH, MILES LEMUEL7, WILLIAM HAYCRAFT6, JACOB VAN METER5, WILLIAM4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born August 15, 1952 in Blue Earth Co., MN, and died June 26, 2007 in near Waterville, Le Sueur Co., MN. She married TERRY GENE HOMER February 23, 1973 in North Mankato, Nicollet Co., MN, son of WALTER HOMER and BEVERLEE FREDERICK.

age 71 - JAMES ANDREW10 ROAT (GUILFORD GLENN9, ANDREW CHENOWETH8, MARY ELIZABETH7 CHENOWETH, PRESLEY HAYCRAFT6, JACOB VAN METER5, WILLIAM4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born May 12, 1937 in New Albany, Wilson Co., KS, and died December 06, 2008 in Great Bend, Barton Co., KS. He married DORIS VERLEA LEMON March 24, 1959 in Roby, Fisher Co., TX.



age 82 - JUANITA J.9 LAUTS nee JAQUES (AUDREY RAYMOND8, MILES7, MARY 'POLLY'6 CHENOWETH, JACOB VAN METER5, WILLIAM4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born September 09, 1925 in Missouri, and died December 28, 2007.

age 79 - ROSELLA MARGARETTE9 BERRY nee VOHS (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. Rosella was a long time genealogist on the families of William S. Chenoweth. Her help was immense and her loss is great. A short article on Rosella can be found in the September 2005 newsletter

age 36 - MICHELE MARY11 ELLIOTT (DOUGLAS ELLSWORTH10, HAROLD JOSEPH9, JOSEPH WILLIAM8, EMILY ANN7 MCINTOSH, MARY JANE6 CHENOWETH, JOSEPH5, JOHN4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born July 02, 1962, and died October 10, 2008 in Maryland. She married DONALD STROBACK June 1985.

age 88 - JO ANNE9 CORNELL nee REEVES (EMMA OVIDA8 GIBSON, ERASTUS CHENOWETH7, LUCINDA FRANCES6 CHENOWETH, JOHN W.5, JAMES FRANCIS4, THOMAS3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born October 18, 1920 in Purcell, McClain Co., OK, and died December 24, 2008 in Weatherford, Custer Co., OK. She married GEORGE W. CORNELL April 01, 1944 in Gramercy Park, New York, NY. He was born July 21, 1920 in Weatherford, Custer Co., OK, and died August 10, 1994 in Mahattan, New York, NY.

age 90 - GERALDINE9 COLE nee BLAKEY (CHARLIE RAY8, THOMAS EWING7, MARTHA J. 'MATTIE'6 CHENOWETH, JOHN W.5, JAMES FRANCIS4, THOMAS3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born September 07, 1917 in Kentuckytown, Grayson Co., TX, and died September 12, 2007 in Coleman Co., TX. She married (1) TERRY CAROL WAGES. He was born January 15, 1919, and died April 07, 1940 in Cooke Co., TX. She married (2) CLEMMIE WELDON COLE November 02, 1941 in Marrietta, Love Co., OK. He was born January 15, 1910 in Saint Jo, Montague Co., TX, and died June 1981 in Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., TX

age 84 - JAMES D. WILSON was born April 15, 1924 in Gainesville, Cooke Co., TX, and died October 13, 2008 in Grand Junction, Mesa Co., CO. He married May 14, 1941 in Marrietta, Love Co., OK MAURINE9 BLAKEY (CHARLIE RAY8, THOMAS EWING7, MARTHA J. 'MATTIE'6 CHENOWETH, JOHN W.5, JAMES FRANCIS4, THOMAS3, JOHN2, JOHN1)

age 6 - BRIANNON12 WILLIAMS (CHRISTY ANN11, KENNETH WAYNE10, MAURINE9 BLAKEY, CHARLIE RAY8, THOMAS EWING7, MARTHA J. 'MATTIE'6 CHENOWETH, JOHN W.5, JAMES FRANCIS4, THOMAS3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born November 18, 2001 in Sherman, Grayson Co., TX, and died March 16, 2008 in Gainesville, Cooke Co., TX.

age 95 - THOMAS EDISON 'EDDIE'8 BLAKEY (THOMAS EWING7, MARTHA J. 'MATTIE'6 CHENOWETH, JOHN W.5, JAMES FRANCIS4, THOMAS3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born November 20, 1912 in Grayson Co., TX, and died April 16, 2008 in Sherman, Grayson Co., TX. He married LETHA GENELLE FEAGANS September 20, 1942 in Sherman, Grayson Co., TX.

age 79 - WILLIAM G. WORKMAN, son of VIRGIL WORKMAN and BONNIE LIGON, was born June 03, 1929 in Hopkins Co., KY, and died November 21, 2008 in Kentucky. He married CAROLYN EILEEN9 CHENOWETH (MARSHALL G.8, JAMES CLINTON7, THOMAS H.6, JAMES5, THOMAS4, RICHARD3, JOHN2, JOHN1

age 80 - BETTY ANN EVERETT nee MORGAN, daughter of GEORGE MORGAN and MERENA HOOPS, was born June 04, 1928 in Mason Co., KY, and died June 30, 2008 in Kentucky. She married JOHN CHENOWETH9 EVERETT III (JOHN CHENOWETH8, JOHN CHENOWETH7, LAURA R.6 CHENOWETH, JOHN SMITH5, JAMES S.4, RICHARD3, JOHN2, JOHN1)

age unknown - PEARLIE I. BRITTAIN nee STUFFLEBEAM died January 08, 2009. She married JACK DOKE10 BRITTAIN (ESTLE LILBURN9, ORAH B. 'ORO'8, SARAH JANE7 TROUT, MARTHA ANNE6 SMITH, JANE SARAH5 CHENOWETH, JAMES S.4, RICHARD3, JOHN2, JOHN1) He was born September 27, 1918 in Joplin, Jasper Co., MO, and died September 1974 in Whitehall, Jefferson Co., MT.

age 90 - MARGARET ILLGES8 OEHMIG nee CHENOWETH (BEACH MEAD7, WILLIAM ARTHUR6, JAMES MARELYA5, JAMES S.4, RICHARD3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born December 11, 1918 in Columbus, Muscogee Co., GA, and died February 20, 2009 in Lookout Mountain, Hamilton Co., TN. She married VONALBADE DANIEL OEHMIG March 08, 1942 in Jefferson Co., AL, son of WILLIAM OEHMIG and RUTH DANIEL. He was born September 14, 1914 in Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH, and died October 10, 2004 in Lookout Mountain, Hamilton Co., TN.

age 57 - DONNA PAULETTE9 GRANDE nee CHENOWETH (FREEMAN8, CHARLES ROSS7, JOHN RUSSELL6, JAMES ROSS5, ABSOLUM4, ABSOLUM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born July 29, 1949 in Arkansas, and died December 26, 2008 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA. She married FRED P. GRANDE.

age 72 - MARIE LOUISE DIVER nee MITCHELL was born December 14, 1936 in Lake Helen, Volusia Co., FL, and died January 14, 2009 in Orange City, Volusia Co., FL. She married April 01, 1951 in Naples, Collier Co., FL (1) GORDON EDWARD8 CHENOWETH (CHARLES ROSS7, JOHN RUSSELL6, JAMES ROSS5, ABSOLUM4, ABSOLUM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) He was born May 11, 1933 in Blytheville, Mississippi Co., AR, and died August 31, 1985 in Naples, Collier Co., FL. She married (2) ROBERT VAN DIVER

age 26 - JOHN CHRISTIAN10 STOCK (GWENITH CHARLOTTE ROSE9 ASHBROOK, RALPH WELTON8, WILLIAM RAY7, THOMAS RAY6, MAHLON5, WILLIAM4, MARY3 CHENOWETH, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born February 26, 1981 in Gregg Co., TX, and died September 06, 2007 in Al Anbar Province, IRAQ. He married ? LINDSEY. John is one of two family members known to have died in the present Iraq conflict. He died manning a traffic checkpoint, as a result of a suicide car bomber. God Bless him for his service and sacrifice.

age 78 - MATHIAS EARL9 CHENOWETH (JOHN LEWIS8, WILLIAM LEWIS7, MATHIAS ROSE6, LEWIS ROSE5, JOHN4, ARTHUR3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born August 23, 1930 in Kalispell, Flathead Co., MT, and died December 07, 2008 in Dallas, Polk Co., OR. He married MARLENE FREED August 06, 1949 in Inglewood, Los Angeles Co., CA.

age 87 - MARTHA RUTH9 BOLMER nee DUNLAP (MARY ETHEL8 CHENOWETH, NICHOLAS OSBORNE7, EDMUND BEAN6, JOSEPH5, NICHOLAS4, JOHN3, RICHARD2, JOHN1) was born February 22, 1921 in Dallas Co., TX, and died November 21, 2008 in Hot Springs Village, Garland Co., AR. She married (1) FRANK LEWIS GOODSON. She married (2) PERCY WOODRUFF 'BUD' BOLMER, JR.

age 90 - CHARLES VICTOR10 MANES (HARRY LARKIN9, EDMOND VICTOR8, HENRIETTA JOSEPHINE7 CHENOWETH, EDMUND BEAN6, JOSEPH5, NICHOLAS4, JOHN3, RICHARD2, JOHN1) was born November 17, 1917 in Dallas, Dallas Co., TX, and died September 05, 2008. He married JEAN DALE December 14, 1940 in Blanco, Blanco Co., TX.

age 96 - ANITA RUTH 'MAY'8 ELLIOTT nee CHENOWETH (WILLIAM OTIS7, ISAAC NEWTON6, ARCHIBALD S.5, NICHOLAS4, JOHN3, RICHARD2, JOHN1) was born May 24, 1912 in Barren Co., KY, and died December 20, 2008 in Metcalfe Co., KY. She married KELLY ELLIOTT.

age 92 - EVELYN8 PRICE nee HAILE (GRACE EMORY7 RECKORD, LILLIAN R.6 CHENOWETH, JOHN BRADFORD5, BENJAMIN NORRIS4, THOMAS3, RICHARD2, JOHN1) was born May 03, 1916 in Towson, Baltimore Co., MD, and died February 21, 2009 in Corvallis, Benton Co., OR. She married THOMAS HOWARD PRICE June 05, 1937. He was born September 25, 1893 in Phoenix, Baltimore Co., MD, and died September 18, 1981 in Phoenix, Baltimore Co., MD. Evelyn attended the 2004 reunion in Beaverton with her brother Elmer Haile, Jr.

age 62 - KEITH KENNETH10 MCAFEE (WILLIAM KENNETH9, WILLIAM BLAINE8, EMMA JANE 'JENNIE'7 CONDIT, WILLIAM CARTER6, PRISCIILA5 CARTER, WILLIAM4, JAMES3, HANNAH2 CHENOWETH, JOHN1) was born June 18, 1936 in Clarksburg, Harrison Co., WV, and died February 17, 2009 in Springboro, Warren Co., OH. He married (1) PATRICIA LOUISE CRAMER February 27, 1965. He married (2) MARGARET JANE (HANSEN) WATERS August 29, 1975. She was born July 08, 1944, and died December 18, 2003.

age 78 - KENNETH DANIEL9 LYONS, JR. (KENNETH DANIEL8, MAUDE7 ADAMS, MARY ELENOR6 TRIMBLE, EDWARD5, ANN 'NANCY'4 CARTER, WILLIAM3, HANNAH2 CHENOWETH, JOHN1) was born February 06, 1928 in San Diego, San Diego Co., CA, and died January 11, 2007 in Rialto, San Bernardino Co., CA

age 90 - LORRAINE EVON9 MILLS nee CHAPMAN (REVA MARIE8 CHENOWETH, ELMER EDMUND7, CHARLES WESLEY6, WILLIAM THOMAS5, WILLIAM4, ARTHUR3, ARTHUR2, JOHN1) was born December 22, 1918 in Richmond, Wayne Co., IN, and died January 27, 2009 in Muncie, Delaware Co., IN. She married ROBERT C. MILLS 1951. He died Abt. 1994.

age 73 - JAMES CORBETT8 MEEKS, JR. (MABEL VIOLA7 CHENOWETH, PERRY EDWARD6, RUFUS M.5, HENRIETTA4, RICHARD3, ARTHUR2, JOHN1) was born July 02, 1925, and died January 19, 2009 in Texas. He married ELIZABETH ANN HANSEN.

age 82 - 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 19 - THOMAS11 REILLY, JR. (GEORGINA RENEE 'GINA'10 BRAY, DOROTHY HELENE9 CHENOWETH, KENNETH ERSOM8, ERSOM FRENCH7, ELIJAH6, WILLIAM5, THOMAS4, WILLIAM3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1) was born June 28, 1989 in Chicago, Cook Co., IL, and died December 21, 2008 in Karmah, IRAQ. Thomas is one of two family members known to have died in the present Iraq conflict. God Bless him for his service and sacrifice.

age 91 - VERNE ENDSLEY, son of OTHO ENDSLEY and MARY LINDLEY, was born May 25, 1917 in Howard Co., IN, and died January 07, 2009 in Huntington Co., IN. He married BETTY JANE8 CHENOWETH (ARTHUR L.7, DAVID WILLIAM6, THOMAS BENJAMIN5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1)

age 92 - IVY EDITH8 FRANK nee RONN (MARY 'PEARL'7 CHENOWETH, DAVID THEODORE6, ISAAC JACKSON5, ISAAC J.4, ISAAC3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1) was born Abt. 1916 in Washington, and died February 11, 2009 in Washington. She married (1) JOHN JOSEPH PERKEY. She married (2) BERNARD FRANCIS FRANK.

age 94 - ELLEN RUTH8 BINKARD nee BALL (CRESCY ELLEN7 DOWNING, ELLSWORTH6, GEORGE5, JOHN4, MARY3 CHENOWETH, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born February 07, 1914 in Collins, Story Co., IA, and died April 03, 2008 in Iowa. She married FRANK BINKARD July 29, 1945 in Iowa. He was born January 15, 1917, and died February 1979.

age 88 - DORIS MARIE8 CHRISTIAN nee BALL (CRESCY ELLEN7 DOWNING, ELLSWORTH6, GEORGE5, JOHN4, MARY3 CHENOWETH, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born May 04, 1919 in Collins, Story Co., IA, and died February 17, 2008 in Iowa. She married GEORGE LYMAN CHRISTIAN January 17, 1941 in Iowa. He was born November 30, 1915 in Roland, Story Co., IA, and died April 20, 2000.

age 93 - MYRTLE MAY8 NYE nee WITHENBURY (IVA JEAN7 HURLEY, JANE 'JENNIE'6 DOWNING, WILLIAM5, JOHN4, MARY3 CHENOWETH, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born September 15, 1914 in Cicero, Cook Co., IL, and died January 19, 2008 in Michigan. She married LYLE CHESTER NYE October 09, 1941 in Angola, Steuben Co., IN, son of ADRON NYE and EMMA CULVER.

age 81 - BEULAH EILEEN8 BELL nee HORNER (OLIVER HOWARD7, MELVINA ALICE6 CLYMER, EMILIA5 DOWNING, JOHN4, MARY3 CHENOWETH, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born March 25, 1927, and died February 08, 2009. She married MORRIS ADAM 'BUZ' BELL.

age 84 - ROBERT HARRISON8 CHENOWETH (ROSCOE HARRISON7, JEFFERSON HAMILTON6, ISAAC NEWTON5, ISAAC4, JOHN3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born October 31, 1924 in Douglas Co., NE, and died November 18, 2008 in Illinois.

age 80 - NATHAN RICHARD9 HIATT (LOUISE E.8 MUSICK, EDWIN BENTON7, MARELTA O. 'MARRIAH'6 CHENOWETH, ISAAC S.5, JOHN C.4, THOMAS3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born March 13, 1927 in Nebraska, and died December 03, 2007 in Washington.

age 97 - FREEDA IONE8 GLOVER nee BACON (IVA DELLA7 BRUNDEGE, DIALTHA RUTH ELIZABETH6 HANKINS, JOSEPHINE AMERICA5 PARRISH, RUTH4 CHENOWETH, THOMAS3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born January 09, 1910 in Missouri, and died January 12, 2007 in Halfway, Polk Co., MO. She married REX L. GLOVER. He was born June 25, 1906 in Halfway, Polk Co., MO, and died February 16, 1982 in Missouri.

age 90 - ARLIE VERLIN8 BACON (IVA DELLA7 BRUNDEGE, DIALTHA RUTH ELIZABETH6 HANKINS, JOSEPHINE AMERICA5 PARRISH, RUTH4 CHENOWETH, THOMAS3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born June 30, 1916 in Morrisville, Polk Co., MO, and died June 21, 2007 in Buffalo, Dallas Co., MO. He married EVELYN MARIE HENDRICKSON October 15, 1940 in Missouri.


age 92 - VARZENA FRITZLAND EDWARDS nee DAVIS, daughter of JAMES DAVIS and MINNIE PALMER, was born June 02, 1915 in Savanna, Pittsburg Co., OK, and died January 20, 2008 in Oklahoma. She married February 03, 1934 in Gracemont twp., Caddo Co.,OK CARL JAMES8 EDWARDS (AMELIA7 LEATHERS, PERMELA PARALEE6 WOOD, RACHEL5 CHENOWETH, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN4, THOMAS3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) He was born April 25, 1910 in Washita, Caddo Co., OK, and died July 24, 2003 in Oklahoma.

age 60 - JERRY DON9 RECER (JAMES ALVA8, INA ELIZABETH7 MITCHELL, JOSEPH THOMAS6, CASSANDRA A.5 CHENOWETH, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN4, THOMAS3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born March 30, 1948 in Grandfield, Tillman Co., OK, and died December 21, 2008 in Burkburnett, Wichita Co., TX

age 60 - DONALD GLENN BEISER, was born September 17, 1946, and died May 03, 2007 in Illinois. He married October 28, 2000 DELLA MARGARET9 SHAFFER (CLARA MARGARET8 BALES, LINCOLN WILBUR7, RACHEL MARGARET6 HENDERSON, MARY 'POLLY'5 CHENOWETH, THOMAS4, THOMAS3, THOMAS2, JOHN1).

age 74 - PATRICIA F.8 NEWQUIST nee CHENOWETH (EDWARD RAYMOND 'EDDIE'7, GILBERT ALLISON6, PETER H.S.B.5, THOMAS T.4, RICHARD3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born August 09, 1934 in Omaha, Douglas Co., NE, and died December 10, 2008 in Shenandoah, Page Co., IA

age 98 - DORIS R.8 WHITAKER nee ANDERSON (LILLY MAY KELLEY7 SPENCER, NANCY ANN6 CHENOWETH, THOMAS JOHNSTON5, WILLIAM4, ABRAHAM3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born December 11, 1909 in San Francisco Co., CA, and died August 27, 2008.

age 97 - VIVIAN ADELINE7 SCHARR nee ROOTS (ELIZA JANE 'LIDA'6 CHENOWETH, ABRAHAM J.5, JACOB4, ABRAHAM3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born March 20, 1909 in Woods Co., OK, and died March 06, 2007 in Kiowa, Barber Co., KS. She married THEODORE 'TED' SCHARR September 19, 1930 in Perry, Noble Co., OK. He was born May 23, 1898, and died January 1967

age 93 - EDWARD CHANDLER8 GATES (LELA MARIAN7 CHENOWETH, EDWARD BENTON6, GIDEON5, JACOB4, ABRAHAM3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born March 22, 1916 in Deland, Piatt Co., IL, and died December 07, 2008 in Mattoon, Coles Co., IL. He married CLAIRE HERMINE 'LECLAIR' PELLAND May 17, 1942 in Chicago, Cook Co., IL, daughter of ALBERT PELLAND.

age 95 - MERCEDES DELORES8 SHELLHAAS nee SPARKS (IVA MAE7 CHENOWETH, JOHN ARTHUR6, ABRAHAM JOHN5, JOHN4, ABRAHAM3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born August 23, 1913 in Darke Co., OH, and died February 05, 2009 in Greenville, Darke Co., OH. She married MAHLON F. SHELLHAAS December 25, 1934. He was born April 01, 1912, and died July 13, 1996 in Ohio.


age 49 - RANDALL JAMES6 LUNINGHAM (ROBERT D. 'BOB'5, CLARA J.4 CHENOWETH, JAMES GARRISON3, JOHN P.2, THOMAS1) was born October 23, 1958, and died December 16, 2007 in South Dakota.

age 74 - FLOYD ELI1 CHANEYWORTH was born June 09, 1934, and died November 05, 2008 in Arkansas. He married (1) SADIE BERNICE LANE He married (2) LINDA A. MEDFORD October 06, 1981 in Eastland Co., TX. She was born December 18, 1944 in Ranger Co., TX, and died November 05, 1992.


age 89 - MARY CHENOWETH nee TULI was born August 09, 1919 in Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY, and died December 25, 2008 in Warren Grove, NY. She married GEORGE WARREN12 CHENOWETH (GEORGE WASHINGTON11, JOHN BENJAMIN10, WILLIAM E.9, JOHN8, EDWARD7, JOHN6, EDWARD5, WILLIAM4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, EDWARD1- Pete's line) He was born September 04, 1910 in Newark, Essex Co., NJ, and died November 15, 1976 in New Jersey.

age 93 - CAROL LYNDAL3 CALGREN nee CHENOWETH (EDWIN JOHN RICHARD CHARLES2, JOHN CHARLES1) was born August 11, 1914 in Taylor, Jackson Co., WI, and died May 21, 2008 in Minneapolis, Hennepin, MN. She married CLAYTON DONALD CALGREN

age 41 - MARY DIANN4 HOOVER nee CHENOWETH (LYLE MORSE3, GEORGE CHARLES2, JOHN CHARLES1) was born March 07, 1965 in Durand, MI, and died February 23, 2007.

age 93 - CHARLES WILLIAM "BILL" KNAPP, son of ARTHER KNAPP and FLORENCE LATHROP, was born October 20, 1915 in Lancaster, WI, and died January 21, 2009 in San Francisco Co., CA. He married 1947 in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN LAVERNE KATHRYN3 CHENOWETH (WALTER ERNEST2, JOHN CHARLES1). She was born April 25, 1926 in Blair, Trempealeau Co., WI, and died 2001

age 53 - JOHN GLENN4 ROSENTHAL (ESTELLA JANE "STELLA"3 CHENOWETH, HENRY PEARCE2, JOHN CHARLES1) was born August 10, 1954 in Wisconsin, and died January 05, 2008.

age 51 - DONNA JO6 WADE nee CHENOWETH (EDWIN JOHN5, EDWIN JOHN "EDWARD"4, FREDERICK3, FREDERICK2, JOHN1) was born July 26, 1955, and died February 03, 2007 in Florida. She married BILL WADE.

A Window To The Past

In the time honored tradition of the recently deceased Paul Harvey I give you:


The four Goldberg Brothers, Lowell, Norman, Hiram and Max, invented and developed the first automobile air-conditioner.

On July 17, 1946, the temperature in Detroit was 97 degrees.

The Four brothers walked into old man Henry Ford�s office and sweet-talked his secretary into telling him that four gentlemen were there with the most exciting innovation in the auto industry since the electric starter.

Henry was curious and invited them into his office. They refused and instead asked that he come out to the parking lot to their car.

They persuaded him to get into the car, which was about 130 degrees, turned on the air-conditioner, and cooled the car off immediately.

The old man got very excited and invited them back to the office, where he offered them $3 million for the patent.

The brothers refused saying they would settle for $2 million, but they wanted the recognition by having a label, �The Goldberg Air-Conditioner�, on the dashboard of each car in which it was installed.

Now old man Ford was more than just a little anti-Semitic, and there was no way he was going to put the Goldberg�s name on two million Fords.

They haggled back and forth for about two hours, and finally agreed on $4 million and that just their first names would be shown.

And so to this day, all Ford air-conditioners show Lo, Norm, Hi, and Max on the controls.

And now you know, the rest of the story.

By Jon Egge, WA
(19th Installment of a series - This is the 11th installment on the grandchildren.)
Menu of previous series articles

Richards Revisited

Though the four Richards of the 3rd generation were introduced in the June 2004 Newsletter, the basic tenor of this article focused on Arthur�s son Richard, who presents one of the more unusual stories of the family. As part of the Grandchildren series, it would be well to revisit the Richards. Certainly they are four very different stories.

John�s son Richard is well known for his early forage into Kentucky to become one of the 7 founding fathers of Louisville. The story of the �Chenoweth� Massacre is well known and several articles at the site describe aspects of his life. He was the first of the two sons of John(2) who headed west and appears to have been a magnet to draw others of the line of John west to the Louisville area of Kentucky including his brother Arthur, his sisters Rachel Seaton and Elizabeth Stewart, and his three nephews, William, Jonathon and Absolom, Jr. This Kentucky base would be the springboard for later migrations into Indiana, Illinois and Texas. Richard married Margaret 'Peggy' McCarty. Her father is believed to be Nicholas McCarty. The Chenoweth histories spell her name as McCarthy and give her father as Thomas. There are still today lots of questions about Richard. His birth is ranged between 1738 and 1748, probably in Frederick Co., VA. I suspect he was on the older side of this. It is possible that Richard was married before Martha as Pirtle�s account refers to his son Gideon as a �near� relative of James. We do know that he was married to Martha by 1773 when he and Martha signed the deed selling the land left to Richard and his two brothers Thomas and Absolom. Shortly after this he left for the west. We know he was in Monongalia Co. as he sold land there to James Seaton, the father-in-law of his sister Rachel. Accounts say that by 1775 he settled near Wheeling on the banks of the Ohio. This was very dangerous territory in those times, subject to constant raids and strife with the many Indian tribes of the Ohio who sought to resist the intrusion of white settlers from the Colonies. In 1776 he joined the party of George Rogers Clark to settle near the Falls of the Ohio. This settlement became known as Louisville. There is far too much here to relate and those interested should read the site articles on Richard. There are only 3 lines of descendants that extend to present day of Richard�s 11 or so children. Three are believed to have died in the Chenoweth massacre, Gideon died in the Indian Wars, Tabitha never married, Jane and Naomi are not known to have had children, and Ann�s Bonderant lines are not brought into the 20th Century. This leaves Thomas, James and Amelia who married Harmon Nash. Thomas moved to Indiana and some of his children went to Iowa. Most of the family of James stayed in the Kentucky area and much of Amelia�s family still is missing to us. The 1850 Census gives us 19 families living in Kentucky, Indiana, Iowa and Ohio.

RICHARD3 CHENOWETH (JOHN2, JOHN1) was born Bet. 1738 - 1748 in Maryland or Virginia, and died June 1803 in Jefferson Co., KY. He married MARGARET 'PEGGY' MCCARTY Bet. 1771 - 1773, daughter of NICHOLAS MCCARTY and MARY ?. She was born Abt. 1751 in Hampshire Co., VA (now WV), and died Abt. 1839 in Shelby Co., KY.


  1. GIDEON4 CHENOWETH, b. Abt. 1773, Berkeley Co., VA (now WV); d. November 03, 1791, Fort Wayne, Allen Co., IN (St. Clair's defeat).
  2. AMELIA 'MILDRED' CHENOWETH, b. Abt. 1774, Berkeley Co., VA (now WV); d. May 1835, Jefferson Co., KY; m. HARMON NASH, June 01, 1792, Jefferson Co., KY; b. 1765, Pennsylvania; d. 1812, Natchez, LA.
  3. THOMAS CHENOWETH, b. Abt. 1775, Berkeley Co., VA (now WV); d. August 31, 1859, near Frankfort, Clinton Co., IN; m. (1) NANCY COLLINS, December 11, 1797, Shelby Co., KY; b. March 23, 1777, Virginia; d. March 1853, near Frankfort, Clinton Co., IN; m. (2) MARY BIBB, January 06, 1853, Clinton Co., IN; b. Abt. 1790, Virginia; d. Aft. 1860.
  4. JANE CHENOWETH, b. Abt. 1776, Berkeley Co., VA (now WV); d. Bef. 1797; m. WILLIAM MILLER, April 22, 1793, Jefferson Co., KY; b. Bet. 1761 - 1776; d. Unknown.
  5. JAMES S. CHENOWETH, b. May 17, 1777, near North Mtn., Berkeley Co., VA (now WV); d. January 19, 1852, Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH; m. MARTHA 'PATSY' SMITH, February 25, 1802, Shelby Co., KY; b. November 17, 1780, Kentucky; d. March 31, 1851, Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH.
  6. LEVI CHENOWETH, b. Bet. 1778 - 1782; d. July 17, 1789, Jefferson Co., KY.
  7. MARGARET 'PEGGY' CHENOWETH, b. Bet. 1778 - 1782; d. July 17, 1789, Jefferson Co., KY.
  8. NAOMI CHENOWETH, b. Abt. 1783, Jefferson Co., KY; d. Unknown, Louisville, Jefferson Co., KY; m. FREDERICK HENRY KALFUS, March 07, 1828, Shelby Co., KY; b. 1756; d. 1833.
  9. POLLY CHENOWETH, b. Bet. 1784 - 1789, Jefferson Co., KY; d. July 17, 1789, Jefferson Co., KY.
  10. TABITHA CHENOWETH, b. Abt. 1790, Jefferson Co., KY; d. March 12, 1866, Kentucky.
  11. ANN CHENOWETH, b. Abt. 1792, Jefferson Co., KY; d. Bef. 1861; m. JOSEPH WILLIAM BONDERANT, JR., March 01, 1827, Shelby Co., KY; b. December 11, 1795, Virginia; d. September 16, 1838.

Richard, the son of Arthur was born June 01, 1755. Cora Hiatt said virtually nothing about him in her 1925 book and mistakenly gave his birth in 1844. Unlike his older siblings, his birth was not recorded at St. Thomas Parish in Baltimore Co., leaving his birth uncertain until it was found in the research of his descendants. This mistaken date in part precipitated the misplacement of Richard�s family in the Harris book. His is a very important and strong line. He served in the American Revolution and was the executor of his father�s will. He inherited the balance of Arthur�s property, including Arthur�s home and mill. He married twice, first to Eleanor Askew in Maryland. Well into his 50�s he fell into an amorous liaison with a new Irish maid, Ellen Hammer, hired by his wife. So caught up in the younger Ellen, he left his wife and family in Baltimore for Knox Co., TN. This was about 1813. Here he and his paramour Ellen produced a second family. Trying to sell his lands, he was forced to make an agreement with his wife Eleanor in Maryland, and seems to have waited out many years until January 14, 1823, when he was finally able to wed his love, Ellen. More details on these circumstances are detailed in a June 2004 newsletter. Richard did found the line that makes up the majority of Chenoweths still residing in Baltimore. The Tennessee children for the most part moved west across the county. The 1850 Census gives us 16 families, 11 from his Baltimore children, 8 of which resided in Maryland, and 5 in Tennessee from Ellen.

RICHARD3 CHENOWETH (ARTHUR2, JOHN1) was born June 01, 1755 in Baltimore Co., MD, and died 1828 in Tennessee. He married (1) ELINOR ASKEW November 14, 1779 in Baltimore, MD, daughter of WILLIAM ASKEW and CATHERINE ?. She was born 1762 in Virginia, and died Aft. 1821. He married (2) ELLEN HAMMER January 14, 1823 in Knox Co., TN, daughter of ADAM HAMMER and CHARITY ARMSTEAD. She was born March 12, 1791 in Maryland, and died November 23, 1859 in Knox Co., TN.


  1. SARAH ANN4 CHENOWETH, b. January 15, 1780, Baltimore Co., MD; d. 1861; m. RALPH GREGORY, August 25, 1798, Baltimore Co., MD; b. 1772, Twenlows, ENGLAND; d. 1854.
  2. ELIZABETH CHENOWETH, b. December 18, 1782; d. 1819; m. GEORGE KEYSER, Baltimore, Baltimore Co., MD; b. September 17, 1784; d. September 18, 1837.
  3. JEMINA CHENOWETH, b. October 07, 1784, Baltimore Co., MD; d. Unknown; m. WILLIAM STONE, October 22, 1806, St. Paul's Parrish, Baltimore Co., MD; b. Bet. 1769 - 1784.
  4. MARY CHENOWETH, b. January 30, 1786, Baltimore Co., MD; d. December 12, 1810, Baltimore Co., MD; m. LLOYD MARSH, December 22, 1808; b. Bet. 1770 - 1890; d. Unknown.
  5. ARTHUR CHENOWETH, b. October 07, 1790, Baltimore Co., MD; d. Bef. 1821; m. ANN CLARK, August 04, 1811, Baltimore City, Baltimore Co., MD; b. 1789, Baltimore Co., MD; d. October 01, 1813.
  6. WILLIAM CHENOWETH, b. May 09, 1792, Baltimore Co., MD; d. April 10, 1853, Baltimore Co., MD; m. AMY 'EMMA' DAVIS, September 16, 1813, Baltimore Co., MD; b. 1791, Maryland; d. September 26, 1869, Baltimore Co., MD.
  7. JOSHUA CHENOWETH, b. July 10, 1796, Baltimore Co., MD.


  8. ANNA MARIAH4 CHENOWETH, b. April 19, 1813, Tennessee; d. Alabama; m. (1) JOHN HICKEY, September 06, 1832, Knox Co., TN; b. July 10, 1809; d. September 20, 1835; m. (2) JAMES H. THOMPSON, June 28, 1837, Knox Co, TN; b. Abt. 1813, Tennessee.
  9. GEORGE WASHINGTON CHENOWETH, b. December 14, 1815, Knox Co., TN; d. November 05, 1885, Ray, Camden Co., MO; m. (1) NANCY MINTON NESTER, August 27, 1835, Knox Co., TN; b. March 22, 1819, Knox Co., TN; d. January 18, 1870, Ray, Camden Co., MO; m. (2) DELILA ELIZABETH SORTAR, Aft. 1870; b. December 04, 1838, Miller Co., MO; d. March 23, 1915, Jack Co., TX.
  10. ADELINE SAPHIRAH CHENOWETH, b. 1817, Knox Co., TN; d. Bet. 1853 - 1854.
  11. RICHARD CHENOWETH, b. October 31, 1819, Knox Co., TN; d. July 16, 1865; m. MARY 'POLLY' MCCLAIN, April 30, 1843, Knox Co., TN; b. March 30, 1822, Tennessee; d. June 29, 1907, Tennessee.
  12. HENRIETTA CHENOWETH, b. April 19, 1822, Knox Co., TN; d. Unknown; m. (2) JOHN P. CHENOWETH, November 20, 1850, Knox Co., TN; b. December 11, 1822, Ross Co., OH; d. August 02, 1913, Virginia; m. (3) ALLEN DALRIMPLE, July 04, 1860, Knox Co., TN; b. Abt. 1803, South Carolina.
  13. ELIZA JANE CHENOWETH, b. May 25, 1824, Knox Co., TN; d. May 25, 1907; m. RUSSELL MCBATH, September 10, 1841, Knox Co., TN; b. October 08, 1812, near Stock Creek, Knox Co., TN; d. February 02, 1902.
  14. ABSOLOM CHENOWETH, b. June 27, 1827, Tennessee; d. November 1861, Knox Co., TN; m. SARAH MARTHA M. COX, September 04, 1845, Knox Co., TN; b. Abt. 1828, Tennessee.

The Richard of Thomas also founded a large family. Like his cousin namesakes he served in the American Revolution. Born on April 01, 1758 in Frederick Co., VA, the youngest of the four Richards, much of his boyhood to an adult was spent in present Allegeny Co., MD, where his father had settled near Old Towne. Here he probably married Martha Smith. Her parents at this time still remain unknown to us. They migrated with Richard�s siblings to Mason Co., KY and then Ross Co., OH. Late in life he took his family to Tippecanoe Co., IN where he died on December 28, 1847, the last of the 3rd generation Chenoweth sons to die. Though he died intestate, his estate records have been preserved, with his son Arthur serving as the executor. There are several mistakes in the marriages of his daughters in the Harris book, corrected by Joyce Wiegand in reviewing Richard�s estate papers. Two of his sons, Arthur and Thomas settled with him in the Tippecanoe area of Indiana as did his daughters Hannah Williams, Ruth Findley, Rebecca Shoemaker and her Hollenback children. Martha Davis remained in Ohio as did the children of the first marriage of his son, Arthur. Arthurs� children would however eventually move to Indiana where their cousins lived. The other two sons, Richard, Jr. and Uriah went to Grundy Co., MO. Despite Richard�s status as the youngest of his cousins, his families in the 1850 Census number 20, the largest of the four. Fourteen resided in Indiana, four remained in Ohio, and 2 had migrated to Missouri.

RICHARD3 CHENOWETH (THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born April 01, 1758 in Frederick Co., VA, and died December 28, 1847 in Tippecanoe Co., IN. He married MARTHA SMITH. She was born December 25, 1758, and died December 04, 1845 in Tippecanoe Co., IN.


  1. ARTHUR4 CHENOWETH, b. January 03, 1786, Maryland; d. June 05, 1859, White Co., IN; m. (1) ELIZABETH PARKER, May 02, 1811, Ohio; b. Abt. 1791, Kentucky; d. Bet. 1868 - 1871, Indiana; m. (2) ANNA WARREN, October 20, 1837, Tippecanoe Co., IN; b. Abt. 1802, North Carolina; d. Abt. 1874.
  2. THOMAS T. CHENOWETH, b. January 29, 1787, Maryland; d. February 24, 1864, Tippecanoe Co., IN; m. (1) ASSENETH MOUNTS, April 15, 1813, Ross Co., OH; b. January 09, 1797, Ross Co., OH; d. 1816; m. (2) SALLY 'SARAH' STEENBERGEN, March 25, 1819, Pike Co., OH; b. March 25, 1801, Virginia; d. August 28, 1873, Tippecanoe Co., IN.
  3. HANNAH CHENOWETH, b. September 11, 1788, Kentucky; d. November 04, 1847; m. JOSEPH WILLIAMS, March 02, 1813, Ross Co., OH; b. Bet. 1773 - 1793; d. Unknown.
  4. RICHARD CHENOWETH, b. February 11, 1790, Mason Co., KY; d. December 03, 1857, Grundy Co., MO; m. ELIZABETH C. 'BETSY' SMITH, November 01, 1821, Pike Co., OH; b. February 13, 1805, Maryland; d. 1879, Grundy Co., MO.
  5. SARAH CHENOWETH, b. December 01, 1791, Kentucky; d. Bef. 1847.
  6. RUTH CHENOWETH, b. May 11, 1793, Kentucky; d. Bef. 1848; m. SAMUEL FINDLEY, prob Ross Co., OH; b. Bet. 1778 - 1798; d. Unknown.
  7. URIAH CHENOWETH, b. April 29, 1795, Mason Co., KY; d. November 14, 1862, Tippecanoe Co., IN; m. MARY 'POLLY' MOORE, March 09, 1826, Ross Co., OH; b. July 28, 1807, Ross Co., Ohio; d. October 03, 1888, Tippecanoe Co., IN.
  8. NATHAN CHENOWETH, b. March 12, 1797, Mason Co., KY; d. Unknown.
  9. REBECCA CHENOWETH, b. March 12, 1797, Mason Co., KY; d. Unknown; m. (1) THOMAS HOLLENBACK III, January 01, 1822, Pike Co., OH; b. Bet. 1790 - 1800, Virginia; m. (2) DANIEL SHOEMAKER, April 27, 1835, Tippecanoe Co., IN; b. April 14, 1790; d. December 14, 1847.
  10. MARTHA 'PATTY' CHENOWETH, b. March 13, 1799, Pike Co., OH; d. Unknown; m. JOHN DAVIS, October 14, 1824, Pike Co., OH; b. Abt. 1781, Virginia; d. Unknown.

We have no descendants for Richard, Jr., the elusive Baltimore son of Richard. The sole line ascribed to him by Cora Hiatt is wrong. Like his three Richard cousins, he served in the American Revolution. He appears to have married by Census data and is thought to be the progenitor of many of the lost Baltimore lines. This is best discussed in the 2006 Baltimore Reunion. He remains an enigma.

RICHARD3 CHENOWETH (RICHARD2, JOHN1) was born Abt. 1745 in Baltimore Co., MD, and died Abt. 1815.

This article completes a series of 11 articles about the 26 grandsons in the male lines that married. The Chenoweth name is still carried in 20 of these lines. Next quarter we will start to review the granddaughters.


The following individuals were reported to the web site as new arrivals to the Chenoweth Clan during 2007. Individuals are listed by birth month and their 2nd generation lineage is in parenthesis.

  • January: (JOHN) Reese Nightenhelser, (THOMAS) Camden James Post
  • February: (JOHN): Isabella Rose Collins, Makenna Marie Durfee, (ARTHUR) Allie Francine Stump
  • March: (WILLIAM): Ethan Matthew Edens, Isabella Jo Richardson
  • April: (JOHN): Brady Parker Allen, Kyler Wesley Young, Christian Luke Chenoweth, Gavin Read Lamarche, (THOMAS) Zack David Grimes
  • May: (WILLIAM): William David Mingus, Duncan Scott Baitz
  • June: (JOHN) Collin Michael King, (ARTHUR) Nicholas Tunie Chenoweth
  • September: (JOHN) Katie Lynn Furnas
  • November: (THOMAS): Clarie Josie Chenoweth, Harper Elizabeth Hood
  • December: (ARTHUR) Melina Marie Chenoweth
  • Birth Month not known: (THOMAS) Harrison David Dearing


(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)

I wanted to email you to �THANK YOU� for the greatest genealogy site I have found. I cannot imagine the time and effort you have spent on this wonderful report. One of my family lines is the �Mayflower� Doty�s and of course I think everyone in the U.S. is related to our �Mayflower� ancestors. I have several Chenoweth�s in my file and I am double checking my input with your file.

Thanks again.
5 February 2009
Betty Dooley Collins

Doty is not a surname I am too familiar with, though I have a couple of dozen maybe of recent times in my file. Nor do I know of many Chenoweth-Mayflower family connections as they would all be deep buries as the Chenoweths don�t connect well with anything New England. There were lots of Chenoweths in Indiana however. Thank you for the kind words about our site. If I can help you with Chenoweths, please let me know. � Jon Egge


It helps to know the state, age, and other info of the people you are looking for in Ancestry�s Census records. However, here is a link with James Chenoweth

9 December 2008
Maylene Hamaha

Oh, I know how to search Ancestry records and trees, the problem is the stuff I have added does not come up on any search, so no one can find me. Moreover my public profile has no email, even though I have correctly entered it and checked that I want it to be public. When I question Ancestry they give me a bunch of gobble-de-gook and nothing changes. It is a mystery to me�Thanks for trying, but I sort of sent you on a goose chase�- 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.


I really enjoy getting the Chenoweth newsletter. I thought about the project you called grandpa stories. Both my grandpas had died before I was born, but I did hear some stories, and that meant a lot to me. It was my connection to them.

This is a story about my grandfather, David Howard Chenoweth, as told to me by my dad Albert Jennings Chenoweth, Sr:

My grandfather worked in the shipyard in Bremerton in the early 1900s. I don�t know exactly what he did, something to do with sailing ships. Anyway the family lived at the top of navy yard city hill. Grandpa would walk to work every day. A long walk especially coming back up the hill at the end of the day. Grandma (Mary Hilton Chenoweth) would take the empty lard bucket and wash it clean. It had a tight fitting lid and a handle. It made a perfect lunch bucket for grandpa. She would pack him lunch in it. He emptied the bucket at lunchtime; so on the way home he would stop at the tavern at the bottom of the hill and have it filled with beer. This made the climb back up the hill easier.

Merry Christmas and keep up the good work.

9 December 2008
Albert Jennings Chenoweth, Jr

This will go up next week�.Hope things are going well. If you ever get to Whidbey Island, let me know, we will be going up there a lot more, contributing to the Ferry Fund. PS. It should be David Theodore. David Howard was your uncle. At least that is the way Harris has it. He sure moved around a lo. - Jon Egge.


Thanks again for your newsletter and holiday thoughts. You mentioned building your dream home on Whidbey Island. Have you seen the movie THE LAST MIMZY? Part of it takes place on Whidbey Island.

All is well in our family. We are blessed. Mom and Dad are both 82 and still very active in church and with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

May you and yours be blessed with another year of discovery, enchantment and joyful sharing.

9 December 2008
Lexy Alexis Namaste

No, I didn�t, but after seeing the Utube trailer, I think I saw a preview in a theatre at one time. Will have to wait to see if it comes on Pay-per-view. Very few good Sci-fi movies. Always fun though to see one that is shot in your locale. My Dad is 93 and is living about a quarter mile from our new home one Bells Beach�.God bless you and yours too�- Jon Egge.

Happy Holidays to you and Deanna also. Thank you for the great newsletter. My husband and I moved from suburbia in 1994 full time to this rural remote NE WA site of 46 acres. We both love it. There are adjustments however and it can get lonely for people who are used to a lot of people around them.

What you find over time is not the quantity of people around you but the true interaction in an old fashioned way of small town people. They get to know you more and you them. Not so many but more real and in-depth, more real friends. Too many people move to rual areas thinking they are bigger, better, smarter, faster, more educated, wealthy, etc. The rules are different there and many of those things do not apply, most especially the condescending attitude they bring along. The old saying not to judge a book by it�s cover is a perfect thing to remember when meeting country people. They are not all kind and innocent either, some are crooks like anyplace. We have fit in well and have more �real� friends here than at almost anytime in our lives, but we know far fewer people! Good luck and God bless you and your family. Thank you for the web site and Chenoweth data as always.

9 December 2008
Dianne & Ken Skidds

When I tried to google map Evans, WA it came up with random Evans businesses, finally the zip yield Kettle Falls as an alternate. Then we are closer neighbors when we go to Schweitzer Mountain. Both Deanna and I really enjoy Sandpoint. I don�t like however getting involved with Idaho State Income taxes. Maybe I can find some way to die there to avoid the Washington Death taxes. Dilemas only found in the good ole USA. Deanna has always wanted to take the northern route back from Sandpoint, but it seems we are always in a hurry and the beeline through Spokane has been used every time. God�s Country�- Jon Egge


Thanks for the wonderful letter! I enjoy hearing about your place on Whidbey Island. We lived in Seattle 1953-55, and love that whole area.

We, too, are unable to open the pdf version of the newsletter. I get an error message from adobe that the file could not be opened. Sorry. Do I need to update my adobe to 9.0, from present 8.0 version? Please add us to the list that Shirley Oliver is on.

Mark & Julia McKinney, Tipton, IN (descendants of Mary Chenoweth who married Elijah Thurman) & came to Indiana about 1829. Hundreds of documented descendants here, even though they are not listed in the newest Harris book.

We farm some of the farm that Mary & Elijah Thurman bought in 1840s.

Merry, merry Christmas. We so enjoy all of the material on the Chenoweths.

9 December 2008
Mark & Julia McKinney

Yes the Thurmans of Clinton Co., IN is a mighty big line. OK, have your set for the notice version only, though you still will have to suffer through my rambling blurbs� - Jon Egge


Thank you for your dedication to the Chenoweth family records. I appreciate the effort.

10 December 2008
Mark Chenoweth


The following is an excerpt from the book Home is Where the Heart Is by Arnold Douglas Dyre9 (Daisy Bell Chenoweth8, Howard Pinkney7, John Addison6, John Augustus5, Nicholas4, John3, Richard2, John1)

Chapter One

Before the Beginning

I was born on a frosty Halloween morning as the fourth child of Arnold and Daisy Dyre. My father was a native of the area and we lived on the Dyre old home place in Poplar Creek Community across the Big Black River out from the town of Kilmichael in Montgomery Co., Mississippi.

My mother was a dark-eyed, dark-haired half-Spanish beauty who was born in Brazil, South America. Hernative tongue was Portuguese and she also spoke Spanish and English. There is quite a story of how it came about that my mother�s father, Howard Chenowth, went from the territory that is now New Mexico and Arizona to Brazil and there married my Spanish grandmother. Speaking only Portuguese and at the age of twelve, my mother, together with her six siblings, came to America after the death of their mother in Brazil. There is also an interesting story of how my own father came to be in Arizona and of his bringing Howard Chenowth�s South American-born oldest daughter to Mississippi. I think it ironic that my great-grandfather, Gus Chenowth, found his wife in Mississippi and took her to Arizona and my father found my mother in Arizona and brought her to the state of her grandmother�s birth.

To properly tell the story of how my mother came to be born in Brazil, it is necessary to begin with her grandparents. My great-grandfather, Gus Chenowth, married a lady named Mary Murray from Pontotoc Co., Mississippi, whom he first met en route on his journey westward by a southern route that brought him through Mississippi.

When Gus got to the Mississippi River, he had to wait for about a year to find a means to cross the river and he spent some time for a while near Vicksburg and made some contacts there. Those contacts later had a bearing on how my grandfather, Howard, made his way to Brazil. Once across the mighty Mississippi and underway westward again, Gus eventually crossed the New Mexico and Arizona Territories in 1854 and found areas to his liking but the country was too wild and Gus came to realize that he would need to be better situated to make a stand in southern Arizona against hostile Indians and cut-throat outlaws. Gus was nearly 7 feet tall and such size, in those times, no doubt helped him to distinguish himself and he further distinguished himself as an accomplished Indian fighter in the mostly unsettled region just North of the Mexican border in the southern Arizona Territory. Despite his desire to settle in the Arizona Territory, Gus moved to California and worked for about ten years as a logger on the Feather River.

When Gus had accumulated the guns, supplies and other where-with-all that he thought necessary, he went back to the Arizona Territory but elected to go to a location not quite so wild as the area he had first visited. Since Gus knew the route between Arizona and California and had the wagons, horses, mules and men, he started a freight-hauling business and made regular trips back and forth for hire. At that time, Gus stayed at various temporary settlements near La Paz and what would later become Prescott, Arizona. Gus became quite successful in the freight-hauling business and, like he had done in the southern region of the territory, he quickly became very respected as a protector of the community. There are some stories and accounts that Gus was perhaps sometimes too diligent in the protector role and he is credited with killing a good many Indians that probably did not need killing.

In 1869, Gus moved to the Salt River Valley in the area that is now Phoenix, Arizona, and helped build the first dam and canal in that region. He put in a farm of his own and became one of the founders of Phoenix. At the same time, he kept his wagons rolling pulled by 8-horse teams. Maricopa Co., Arizona (then, still not a state) was formed in 1871 and, the same year, Gus married Mary whom he had gone back to fetch from Mississippi. Motivated by Mary�s strong Baptist beliefs, Gus and Mary had visions of bringing Baptist Christianity to the �Wild West� and Gus became a preacher, as well as a freight-hauler and farmer.

Gus attended the Arizona Territory Democratic Convention in 1871 and was nominated for Sheriff of Maricopa Co. Later, he got in a gun-fight with his opponent for sheriff and killed the man. The other man fired on Gus with a shotgun without warning while Gus� gun was holstered. Somehow, the man managed to miss with the shotgun and it is said that the man was running when Gus drew his pistol and shot the man dead. Even so, it was pronounced self-defense but the event soured Gus on being sheriff. Reportedly, Gus declared that, if he was going to have to kill folks in a civilized place like Phoenix, he would just as soon go back down to the southern Arizona Territory that he liked better where all he would likely have to kill would be Indians. So, Gus withdrew from the race for sheriff, saying it was not honorable to run since he had shot and killed his opponent, and it was not long after that (maybe 2 or 3 years) when he and Mary, with their two small children, left Phoenix, driving a small herd of cattle.

Gus and Mary settled on the prairie on the east side of the Huachuca Mountains. Gus found work for his freight-hauling teams, freighting lumber from a new Chiricahua mill on West Turkey Creek. He made regular runs to Tombstone and, in time, obtained some land at the upper end of the San Simeon Cienaga, where the family settled permanently. The Cienaga�s most notable feature was that it had an adobe-plaster wall which was the remnant of an old Spanish mission and it had a well that supplied water even during the driest times. The Cienaga was an oasis in the desert with big cottonwood trees.

Not long after they began living at the Cienaga, when Gus was away on a cattle drive or freight-hauling trip and when Mary was alone with the two small children (one just an infant and the other about 3), Mary noticed dust on the horizon and knowing that it could only be the Army cavalry, a cattle herd, or Indians, she decided to make it appear that the homestead was vacant. She put things away to make it look like the inhabitants were gone and she climbed up into the branches of the largest cottonwood tree, with a little food and some water in a leather bag. It turned out to be an Apache raiding party. The Apache camped overnight, watered their horses and slaughtered some of the stock they located and, all the while, Mary and the children stayed up in the tree. Years later, after his capture, the Indian Geronimo was shackled to the same cottonwood tree and Mary fed him. Geronimo called Mary �a kind lady� and gave her a gold Mexican coin in payment for the food that she prepared for him.

Back in those days and prior to Geronimo�s final capture, the Apache had signed a treaty under Chief Cochise but, from time to time, various ones would jump the reservation and go on killing and raiding sprees. One such was Nana�s raid in 1881 and another was Loco�s breakout in 1892, both of which have had movies done about them. Of course, Geronimo�s breakout and extended rampage is the most famous. In any event, whenever such situations occurred, Gus would be called upon to help the Army in some fashion and the Cienaga was generally the place where all the other settlers came to take refuge, because of Gus and his guns, because of the water supply, and because of the adobe wall.

In the book, A Portal to Paradise, there is an account of an Indian breakout and much killing when a number of the area�s settler families were hosted by Gus and Mary behind the adobe wall at the Cienaga while the Army was out chasing the Apache. Gus had been told by the Army officer in charge to keep everyone at the Cienaga until he sent a rider saying that the danger was past; however, it went on for several weeks and some of the other men got frustrated and wanted to leave in order to go check on their own places and belongings. Gus told them they needed to stay put and to stop complaining. Some of the settlers were perhaps in their own minds as self-reliant as Gus and, after some private grumblings, a couple of men came forward to announce that they had all decided that they had been there long enouch, that they had not elected Gus as boss, and that they could leave if they wanted to. Whether motivated by the desire to do what the Army office had instructed or whether he was indeed concerned for the health and safety of those entrusted to his care or whether his motive was purely selfish knowing that his own family would have a better chance at surviving an Indian attack if they all stuck together, the book states that, without hesitation, Gus told the men that they were absolutely right and they could leave if they wanted to. Yet, Gus warned them, �But the first one of you that goes across that adobe wall, I�m gonna� shoot right where your suspenders cross!�

It is reported that they all decided to stay until word came from the cavalry. Apparently, Gus Chenowth was not one to be messed with!

[I] Source notes: For the most part, Chapter 1 represents my own recollection of things as told to me by my mother; however, some of the events were written about by Alden Hayes in A Portal to Paradise (Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 1999), pp. 109, 110, 111, 137, 138, 167, 169. Hayes� various accounts of things regarding my great-grandparents, Gus and Mary Chenowth, differ in some aspects to the way I remember them as told by my mother and I utilized my recall of her version in writing this chapter and most of what follows.

Individuals interested in purchasing this book can use the following internet link: www.amazon.com/Home-Where-Heart-Arnold-Dyre/dp/1419690833

For more on this family the reader is referred a the March 2007 newsletter "Candace and the Chenowths of Arizona"


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

Obama not

I have received several inquires about a Chenoweth connection to President Obama. Apparently this stems from his ancestry tie to Samuel Dunham, a name associated with the family of William Chenoweth(2) who lived on Mill Creek in present day Berkeley Co., WV. William�s granddaughter Hannah married a Dunham, according to the Warren Co., OH will of William, Jr. The will reads in part �also I will to my daughter Hannah Dunham ten dollars�. This Hannah was born February 12, 1774. It is believed, but not proven, that her husband was Samuel Dunahm, Jr. who apparently went to Muskingum Co., OH. The Obama connection goes to Jacob Dunham, the son of Samuel Dunham, Sr. Samuel, Sr. married a Hannah and the Dunham researchers believe her to be Hannah Ruble. At one time there was a question as to whether this Hannah might be William, Sr.�s daughter Hannah Chenoweth, but the estate records of William seem to indicate that Hannah died before 1795 as her share is not listed. Samuel, Sr.�s wife Hannah lived to 1826, which appears to belie the possibility that William, Sr.�s daughter Hannah was his wife and that Hannah Ruble is probably correct. Thus our Dunham and Obama�s Dunham were probably brothers.

Isaac and Kentucky daughters

In March 2007 Greg Wulker in making a field trip to the Louisville area took the time to visit the Hardin Co. courthouse in Elizabethtown. There he transcribed the lengthy will of Isaac Calvert Chenoweth which is now posted at the site. There are a number of wills we are still looking to post at the site. If anyone has access to these, I would appreciate being sent a copy.

Isaac Calvert Chenoweth is an interesting figure within the family. One of the many children of the 4th generation William Chenoweth who settled in Nelson Co., KY and his wife Mary �Polly� Van Meter. The usage of Calvert in his name is the only known recorded instance of the Calvert name in the Chenoweth family. Tradition has that William�s mother was Ruth Calvert, the probable daughter of Isaac (Isaiah) Calvert. It would then have been natural for William to have used his grandfather�s name in the form of one of his sons. Within the Calverts Isaiah was a nephew of the Mary Calvert who married John Chenoweth, the progenitor of the family. Since there is no recorded documentation of Mary�s name or Ruth�s surname, Isaac becomes a possible validation of what has been passed down by tradition.

Isaac married his 1st cousin once removed, Sarah Elizabeth 'Sally' Fairleigh, and settled in Hardin Co. This relationship was on the Van Meter side, his mother�s family. Sally was a granddaughter of Mary�s sister, Rebecca Van Meter. Rebecca married Edward Rawlings and their daughter Letitia Rawlings married Andrew Fairleigh. Sally was their daughter. There are several of these interfamily ties between the Chenoweths of William and the Van Meters of Mary.

Isaac and his sister Lettia Van Meter Chenoweth who married William Hardin Hawkins were the only of William�s family to remain in Kentucky. Today both these lines have many descendants that still live in the Bluegrass State, accounting for a continuous presence there of nearly 230 years. Isaac and Sally had ten children, eight daughters and two sons. Though both sons lived to maturity, neither married and both died as young men, so that Isaac�s progeny is carried down through his eight daughters. At the time that Isaac wrote his will in 1845, 7 of his daughters were married and of age. He names them all. A careful reading indicates that two of these daughters, Rebecca Burdine and Letitia McNeil, were deceased with surviving children. Both Rebecca�s daughters are specifically mentioned in the will. The three underage children, called infants even though they were all teenagers at the time were Isaac Calvert, Jr, Miles B., and Cinderella. Isaac did mention that two of these were sons in the will, but their names were not included. Cinderella would be the only of these 3 to marry and become entitled to receive a share of Isaac�s estate. Of interest is that the only two children mentioned in Cora Hiatt�s work were these two sons who died without issue and the eight married daughters were omitted.

The will is very convoluted in reading. In essence, Isaac wanted any of his married heirs to receive an equal share of his estate upon the death of his widow, but there is a complex accounting in the will for all prior advancements that Isaac apparently made to each of his daughters. In all, Isaac�s daughters would bear forth 42 grandchildren for him. Today we have twenty known marriages for these. Isaac�s and Sally�s descendant family add a rich mosaic of Kentucky families to the Chenoweth genealogy.

ISAAC CALVERT5 CHENOWETH (WILLIAM4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born July 06, 1789 in Deatsville, Nelson Co., KY, and died July 23, 1858 in Hardin Co., KY. He married SARAH ELIZABETH 'SALLY' FAIRLEIGH June 08, 1809 in Hardin Co., KY, daughter of ANDREW FAIRLEIGH and LETITIA RAWLINGS. She was born 1792 in Hardin Co., KY, and died Aft. 1860 in Hardin Co., KY.


  1. MARIAH JANE6 CHENOWETH, b. Abt. 1810, Hardin Co., KY; d. Bet. 1860 - 1870, Hardin Co., KY; m. (1) WILLIAM PERCEFULL, November 27, 1828, Kentucky; b. 1797, Kentucky; d. 1847, Hardin Co., KY; m. (2) WILLIAM REESE, May 02, 1859; b. Abt. 1808, WALES.
  2. REBECCA 'SARAH ANN' CHENOWETH, b. Abt. 1812, Hardin Co., KY; d. 1834, Hardin Co., KY; m. JOHN BURDINE, July 09, 1829, Hardin Co., KY; b. 1799, Hardin Co., KY; d. 1878, Hardin Co., KY.
  3. MELVINA CHENOWETH, b. September 11, 1814, Hardin Co., KY; d. August 27, 1891, Hardin Co., KY; m. JOHN C. MORGAN, October 17, 1837, Hardin Co., KY; b. 1814, Hardin Co., KY; d. November 05, 1884, Roanoke, Larue Co., KY.
  4. MARY JANE CHENOWETH, b. Abt. 1816, Hardin Co., KY; d. Bef. 1871, Barton Co., MO; m. ZADOCK LOVELACE ROGERS, October 16, 1833, Hardin Co., KY; b. 1813, Kentucky; d. 1868, Gentry Co., MO.
  5. LETITIA CHENOWETH, b. 1818, Hardin Co., KY; d. Bef. 1845; m. JAMES MCNEIL, December 14, 1837, Hardin Co., KY; b. October 14, 1813.
  6. HESTER 'HETTY' CHENOWETH, b. 1820, Hardin Co., KY; d. Bef. October 1852, Hardin Co., KY; m. JOHN YOUNG, January 01, 1839, Hardin Co., KY; b. December 17, 1819, Hardin Co., KY; d. May 19, 1891, Hardin Co., KY.
  7. RUTH F. 'RUTHIE' CHENOWETH, b. January 05, 1823, Hardin Co., KY; d. July 1898, Hardin Co., KY; m. (1) JOHN JEFFERSON KENNEDY, December 05, 1844, Hardin Co., KY; b. 1819, Hardin Co., KY; d. Bef. 1850; m. (2) JOHN YOUNG, November 02, 1852, Hardin Co., KY; b. December 17, 1819, Hardin Co., KY; d. May 19, 1891, Hardin Co., KY.
  8. ISAAC CALVERT CHENOWETH, JR., b. 1825, Hardin Co., KY; d. Hardin Co., KY.
  9. MILES B. CHENOWETH, b. 1831, Hardin Co., KY; d. July 14, 1859, Hardin Co., KY.
  10. CINDERELLA CHENOWETH, b. 1832, Hardin Co., KY; m. JACOB HEBEL, January 11, 1871, Hardin Co., KY;

DAR Records and a find, and some research

Peter Chenoweth used DAR records to expand the original database that he assembled over the years. In March 2007, Joyce Wiegand found that the DAR was slowly entering all approved applications on line for members using the following criteria: the member must be dead, or over 100 years old if membership was not kept up, before being put on line. In a day�s time she sent me over 30 entries. Many yielded some great information. These entries often yield dates and places that were previously unknown and frequently extend lines down a couple of generations. An entry from the family of Ruth Christian Chenoweth who married Charles Oscar Turner, spurred me to re-look at this family. Ruth was a granddaughter of William Chenoweth of Nelson Co., KY, a daughter of James Hackley Chenoweth and Artemisia Catherine Birkhead. She and her family were listed in Harris and we had found them in 1880 naturally living in Pike Co., IL. But the database had ended here. There were 2 sons and 5 daughters with no marriages given. An entry from Dorothy Walsh Schallia gave her parents as Anna Mabel Turner and George Francis Walsh who died in Sacramento, CA. I was able to find Anna in the California death listings. We had not previous identified this listing as her first and middle names had been reversed. Then I found George and Anna with their daughter Dorothy in the 1920 Census of Sacramento. Dorothy was 17, but I could not find her yet in any SSA or CA death listing. Next I looked for Dorothy in the 1930 Census and found her as a boarder with a Nellie Rinchler in Sacramento. Her name was spelled Schallig. I had not turned up a single Schallia in the SSA listings but there were 4 Schalligs, one a D. Schallia born 17 Feb 1903 and who had lived in Sacramento. I tried Schallig in the CA death register and came up with her as Dorothy Walsh Schallig. I had found her. But wait, the Nellie looked very much like Dorothy�s Aunt Nellie Wanda. And there, living with them, was Ruth herself at age 84.

Having her married name I looked for Nellie in the CA death register and found her. Rinchler was spelled Renschler. In the case of both she and her sister Anna, the mother�s maiden name was spelled Chenowet. I then notice other entries with the same spelling matching two more sisters, Mary Elizabeth who had the married name of Seelye and Artie Christian (who I had mistaken in the database as a son) had married a Hughes. I struck out with the Seelyes, but then with Hughes, I found Artie with her husband William and 2 children in Nodaway Co., MO in the 1910 Census. It wasn�t long before I found Ruth and her husband Charles in the same county in 1900. Ruth said all of her 7 children were living and the oldest son James was living in the household with Nellie, called Maud in the Census. This spurred me to look for Charles, and I found him with a wife Laura in Tacoma, WA in 1900. Charles and Laura had only been married 8 months. Living with them was the sister Anna. She would shortly thereafter marry George Walsh. In 1910 Charles had moved back to Nodaway Co., MO and he and his wife with three children were living with Charles and Ruth and his brother James. In a Census error, the Census taker had confused the names of the youngest son of Charles, Edgar, with his Uncle James on the next line, listing Edgar as William (the middle name of James) and listing James as Eddie, I suppose for Edgar. I did not sort this out until 1930 when I found Charles and Laura in Nebraska with a new son, James Leroy, as well as Marjorie and Edgar from the 1920 Census. Nellie, the oldest daughter was gone and maybe married. The next step in all this would be to find a living descendant, but we sure know a good deal more now. My thanks to Joyce for this and a good deal more.

The information I gathered on the Turner family, proved pivotal a few weeks later when I received a mailing from Ruth Chenoweth Young of Modesto, CA. I had called Ruth in early February. She was a daughter of Merle Chenoweth. Dot had sent me a few days earlier an obit that had led me to Ruth. This was part of the family of Simeon Chenoweth, the son of Hezikiah Chenoweth of Madison Co., OH. This is an Elijah line, son of Thomas(2). Simeon, with his brothers Zenis and Zendorf, had come to California, with Simeon and Zenis settling in Shasta Co. before the 20th century. Many descendants live today in the Sacramento area. In her mailing Ruth included a 1996 article from the Modesto Bee about Thelma Osborne Pugh, then aged 99. In the article Thelma mentioned cryptically that her grandmother was Ruth Chenoweth, whose picture sat on her mantle. But Thelma did not mention her parents nor Ruth�s husband, only that the family had come from Illinois and Missouri. But Osborne matched nothing in my file. As I looked through Ruths in the 1850 Census, I hit upon Ruth Christian. By the material above, I knew that this was an Illinois family that had been in Missouri and come to the Sacramento area. I began to suspect that maybe this was an unknown marriage of one of the Turner daughters to an Osborne. The article had said that Thelma was born in Tacoma, WA in 1897 and sure enough, the 1900 Census turned up the family of Thelma with a father Sebastian Osborne and a mother Mary born Sept 1872 in Illinois. This was indeed Mary Elizabeth Turner and an unknown marriage before her marriage to a Seelye. This is why I had not found her before. The Census info dovetailed with Mary�s brother Charles Turner being in Tacoma in 1900. Without the details I had recently acquired on the Turners, I would still be wondering who Thelma was. She died the following year after the article, at the age of 100.

RUTH CHRISTIAN6 CHENOWETH (JAMES HACKLEY5, WILLIAM4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born November 27, 1845 in Pike Co., IL, and died December 13, 1930 in Sacramento, Sacramento Co., CA. She married CHARLES OSCAR TURNER December 24, 1865 in Perry, Pike Co., IL. He was born May 30, 1841 in Perry, Pike Co., IL, and died May 17, 1919 in Sacramento, Sacramento Co., CA.


  • Census 1850: IL: Pike Co: 4th Precinct Twp3 s3w page 55
  • Census 1860: IL: Pike Co: Perry twp: page 467
  • Census 1880: IL: Pike Co: Perry twp: page 611C
  • Census 1900: MO: Nodaway Co: Polk: Ed 140: page 247 (n)
  • Census 1910: MO: Nodaway Co: Maryville: page 249 (n)
  • Census 1920: CA: Sacramento Co: Sacramento: ED 123: page 3B (n)
  • Census 1930: CA: Sacramento Co: Sacramento: ED 91 page 9B (n)

6 Ruth Christian Chenoweth b: November 27, 1845 in Pike Co., IL d: December 13, 1930 in Sacramento, Sacramento Co., CA
. +Charles Oscar Turner b: May 30, 1841 in Perry, Pike Co., IL m: December 24, 1865 in Perry, Pike Co., IL d: May 17, 1919 in Sacramento, Sacramento Co., CA
. 7 James William Turner b: December 11, 1866 in Pike Co., IL
. 7 Sue Edna Turner b: April 18, 1868 in Pike Co., IL
. 7 Charles Edgar Turner b: May 01, 1870 in Pike Co., IL
..... +Laura ? b: January 1879 in Illinois m: 1889
.... 8 Nellie Turner b: Abt. 1903 in Washington
.... 8 Marjorie Turner b: Abt. 1905 in Missouri
.... 8 Edgar C. Turner b: Abt. 1907 in Missouri
.... 8 James Leroy Turner b: Abt. 1916 in Nebraska
. 7 Mary Elizabeth Turner b: June 27, 1872 in Pike Co., IL d: September 03, 1968 in Stanislaus Co., CA Twin to: Artie Christian
..... +Sebastian Osborne b: September 1868 in Illinois m: Abt. 1892
.... 8 Cedric E. Osborne b: July 1894 in Washington
.... 8 Thelma E. Osborne b: September 08, 1897 in Tacoma, Pierce Co., WA d: September 25, 1997 in Stanislaus Co., CA
........ +Wesley Pugh b: Aft. 1887
.... 8 Cleo C. Osborne b: November 27, 1899 in Tacoma, Pierce Co., WA d: November 24, 1987
. *2nd Husband of Mary Elizabeth Turner:
..... +? Seelye b: Bef. 1862 m:
. 7 Artie Christian Turner b: June 27, 1872 in Pike Co., IL d: September 03, 1966 in Monterey Co., CA Twin to: Mary Elizabeth
..... +William H. Hughes b: Abt. 1866 in Illinois
.... 8 Claudine T. Hughes b: Abt. 1900 in Missouri
.... 8 Gaylon Edward Hughes b: October 25, 1902 in Missouri d: May 28, 1973 in Santa Clara Co., CA
........ +Ora ? b: Abt. 1906 in Illinois
....... 9 Edward W. Hughes b: Abt. August 1925 in Colorado
. 7 Anna Mabel Turner b: March 18, 1875 in Pike Co., IL d: July 30, 1960 in Sacramento, Sacramento Co., CA
..... +George Francis Walsh b: June 01, 1871 in Chico, Butte Co., CA m: 1900 d: April 21, 1954 in Sacramento, Sacramento Co., CA
.... 8 Dorothy Walsh b: February 17, 1903 in California d: November 17, 1979 in Sacramento Co., CA
........ +? Schallig b: Aft. 1893
. 7 Nellie Wanda Turner b: June 14, 1880 in Pike Co., IL d: October 06, 1961 in Santa Clara Co., CA
..... +Levitt C. Renschler b: Abt. 1874 in California
.... 8 Ruth E. Renschler b: Abt. 1913 in California

There were others

In August 2007, Joyce Wiegand, in her work for the DAR, came across the Revolutionary War records of Thomas and Edward Chenoweth who served and are recorded in the "Records of Maryland Troops in the Continental Service - Baltimore County, enlisted by William Wilmott, passed by John Cradock, August 14th, 1776�. Elmer Haile had sent me information on this record in August of 2000. As Richard Chenoweth was a neighbor of the Wilmotts it is likely that Thomas and Edward were sons of Richard. That Edward�s name is never recorded in the family, and not in Richard�s will, would indicate that he probably died before his father without issue. Of course we have no real proof that this is so, only that it is the likeliest explanation. This highlights however a point to be noted about our knowledge of the early family. In four instances of the 5 sons of the original family, we know the names of their children by will. To be included in a will meant that you survived to the point that the will was written or that you had children who upon your death would be included in the will to receive your share. Sometimes people were not included in a will as there had been a prior settlement between the parent and child. The tenor of all this can be gleaned from the posted wills at the website. Among these are wills for John the father, and sons: John, Arthur, Richard and William. No will has ever been found for Thomas. What we have for Thomas is a family Bible that would include a daughter Anne who died young. It is certainly not usual for the times to have children who died before reaching maturity, rather it is more likely that this would be the common condition. The baptismal record of William Chenoweth in Burlington, NJ in 1703 seems to indicate that the first born son of John Chenoweth and Mary Calvert died young and a later son was also named William. Given the ages and dates we know of William it does not seem likely that he was born so early. The will of John, the oldest son, has 6 sons and 3 daughters all who outlived their father and married. Though there were probable unknown children who died young, it is a remarkably strong family. Richard�s will tells us that his son John had died before him. The Revolutionary War record cited tells us there may have been another son named Edward. It is strange in Richard�s case, we know so little of the 5 sons and 3 daughters that survived. Arthur settled property on his two oldest sons Arthur, Jr and John in his lifetime. They were not mentioned in his will. Neither was William, and as we know of no property exchange, it is likely that William died before Arthur without issue. William�s will mentions the heirs of his son Joseph who died before him.

Of the 30 marriages listed in the Berkeley Co., VA indexes between 1780 and 1830 involving Chenoweths only one cannot be identified. The list when it started was seven and has been whittled down to just one, the marriage of a Rachel Chenoweth to Robert Fryatt in 1783. It is possible that this Rachel was a daughter of William(2) that died soon after her marriage. This Rachel could not be a daughter of John or Thomas and it seems a little early for the family of Arthur�s son John who would settle in the area in time for his daughter Chloe to marry in 1787. A possibility that Greg Wulker and I have discussed is that Richard, the son of John, may have had a previous marriage. Richard�s age is somewhat ambiguous. His son Gideon is described as a near relative by Prittle�s tale of James, and not a full brother. Then there is this fragment of a record that Greg ran across �Mill Creek church first was constituted under one congregation and then re-formed. The first minister was probably elder John Garard between 1730-53. In danger the families fled to Loudon Co. (Waterford area) where the Kectocton church was formed. �. Nancy Chenowith, Elizabeth Chenowith, Tabitha Swarringen, Richard Chenowith, Martha Garard, Sarah Buckles, Samuel Lucas, William Lucas� (Posted by a David). There is no match for Nancy or Elizabeth, but Richard Chenoweth is surely John(2)�s son. Is it coincidence that Richard, thrown in with these names, would later name a daughter, Tabitha, a fairly rare name. All this is food for thought.


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 163 #463 (Updated)
(W.T.) CHINNEWORTH (c �IL/c -1900) md Emma 28 Aug 1883-IL (c Aug 1863-IL/__) [in the 1880 Census of Mason Co., Il Emma is married to William Young]

  1. JULIA A. CHINNEWORTH (c Oct 1879-IL/__) listed as Julia Lanford in 1880 Census of Mason Co., IL
  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) md Flossie __________ c 1927 (c 1908-MO/__)
      1. Betty Lou Glenn (c 1928-MO/__)
      2. Billy Lee Glenn (c 1929-MO/__)
    2. Albert J. Glenn (10 Mar 1910-MO/c May 1986)

WFT 3 #3399


WFT 5 #413
RAY C. CHENOWETH md Marjorie VAN CLEEF (c 1894/c 1939)

WFT 6 #586
KENNETH CHENOWETH (__/c May 1969) md Delores Irene BURLINGAME

WFT 59 #2343

JUANITA CHENOWETH md Joseph W. BARNES (8 Sep 1925-IA/20 Jul 1979-IA)
  1. Pamela Sue Barnes (23 Dec 1954/14 Feb 1971)

WFT 77 #975

  • Josh Ollis

    WFT 29 #146
    LOVINA CHENOWETH md John Wesley SPERRING 5 Jul 1858 (6 Jul 1832-ENGLAND/14 Mar 1914) [Lovina apparently died or was divorced within a year of the marriage]

    WFT 6 #1564

    1. Ronald Andrew Mowdy
    2. Stacy Lynn Mowdy

    WFT 5 #212
    MARGARET A. CHENOWETH (27 Feb 1929/c �WI) md Lyle D. OLESON (28 Sep 1923/15 Sep 1987)

    1. David Oleson
      1. (daughter) Oleson
    2. Mark Clark Oleson (23 Oct 1955/__) m Karen Y. __________ (15 Jul 1962/__)

    WFT 105 #77


    WFT 104 #117


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