The Family of Michael Propst

(John) Michael Propst, born 1713, came from Germany, by way of Rotterdam and England, on Captain Hugh Percy's ship, "Samuel". The ship arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania August 17, 1733. Accompanying him on the voyage were Michael Propst (born 1679), Barbara Propst (born 1680) and Barbara Propst (born 1725). This Propst family is listed three times in Pennsylvania German Pioneers. List #29 A, taken when the ship left Rotterdam, includes the entire family with their ages and sex. Only the males over 16 were listed in list #29B, when they arrived in Philadelphia and in list #29C, when they took Oath to the Mayor of Philadelphia. This is probably the Michael Propst, his parents and sister who settled in Pendleton County, West Virginia, on the south branch of the Potomac River, before 1753.

This Propst Family established the Propst Lutheran Church, the oldest church in Pendleton County, West Virginia, located two miles above Brandywine. Michael's son, Philip, was the first person to be buried in the church cemetery.

(John) Michael Propst (Probst) was a soldier in the French and Indian War and was exempted from the Revolutionary War in 1775. He willed 100 acres to his son, Henry, and 20 pounds to each of his daughters. The inventory of the property of Frederick, his son who died in 1801, amounted to $2321.80. Most of Michael's children remained around the original homestead, the locality being known as "Propstburg". The next generation of Propst, like all other pioneers of this nation, became restless and moved on south and west, until they are found in every state in the union.

This family furnished more soldiers to the Confederate army than any other in the country. A number of these Propst soldiers were in Camp Chase, Columbus, Ohio with Henry Wayne and are buried with him in that cemetery. Jacob and his son, John J., were noted powder-makers in their day and the product was considered of superior quality.

The proof of the connection of this family to Tunis and Catherine (Propst) McElwain is established by a deed in the Pendleton County, West Virginia Courthouse, made by them to Jacob Propst, Jr., son of Jacob Propst, Sr., and grandson of Frederick Propst, dated March 15, 1846.

The lineage of Michael Propst and his children is hard to trace because of the large families, the marriages between cousins, and the sons of each family using the same Christian names.

The Pendleton County West Virginia History by Oren F. Morton was used in compiling this book. The facts were changed and additions made only when Court Records and United Census Records differed from the book.

HUSBANDMichael Propst
BirthUnknown
Deathc1785, Pendleton County, WV
BurialPropst Church, Pendleton County, WV
MarriageUnknown
Father(John) Michael Propst
MotherBarbara
Other wives 
 
WIFECatherine E.
BirthUnknown
Death1804, Pendleton County, WV
BurialPropst Church, Pendleton County, WV
FatherUnknown
MotherUnknown
Other husbands 

CHILDREN
BIRTH
DEATH
MARRIAGE
PhilipUnknownUnknown 
DanielUnknown1780Sophia Caplinger
LeonardUnknown1822Mary Catherine Miller
MichaelUnknown17 Dec 1829Mary Rexroad
HenryUnknown20 July 18201) Barbara Eye
2) Mary Crummett
CatherineUnknownUnknown 
ElizabethUnknownUnknown1785, John Cowger
MaryUnknownUnknownHenry Huffman
Frederick (George) 1801Barbara Swadley

Sources for the information on this Family Record:

  • Court Records and Personal Property Tax records of Rockingham, Augusta and Pendleton Counties, West Virginia and Virginia Cemetery Records Pendleton County, West Virginia.

    The Descendants Of
    Michael and Catherine E. Propst

    DANIEL

    HUSBANDDaniel Propst
    BirthUnknown
    Deathc1780, Pendleton County, WV
    BurialUnknown
    MarriageUnknown
    FatherMichael Propst
    MotherCatherine E.
    Other wives 
     
    WIFECaplinger, Sophia
    BirthUnknown
    Deathc1815, Pendleton County, WV
    BurialUnknown
    FatherUnknown
    MotherUnknown
    Other husbands 

    CHILDREN
    BIRTH
    DEATH
    MARRIAGE
    Ann ElizabethPendleton County, WVUnknown1793, Frederick Keister
    HenryPendleton County, WVUnknownMary Propst
    JohnPendleton County, WVUnknownMary Coplinger
    BarbaraPendleton County, WVUnknown1806, William Hoover
    Eva Katherine1782, Pendleton County, WV1853George Havenor
    MaryPendleton County, WV19 May 18431795, Nicholas Havenor
    MablePendleton County, WVUnknown 
    Daniel1779, Pendleton County, WVUnknown 

    Sources for the information on this Family Record:

  • United States Census Records and County Court Records from Pendleton, Upshur, Lewis and Randolph Counties, West Virginia and Arkansas Cemetery Records, Pendleton County, WV

    The Grandchildren of
    Daniel and Sophia (Coplinger) Propst

    (I) Ann Elizabeth married Frederick Keister, Jr. , b. 1774, d. 24 Nov 1857 Pendleton County, WV, son of Frederick Sr. and Hannah Dyer. Second wife (of Frederick) Malinda Grim buried Keister Cemetery Pendleton County, WV.

    1.) John, b. Pendleton County, WV, married Susan Crummitt.

    2.) Hannah Mahala, b. Pendleton County, WV, married John Miller.

    3.) Christina, b. Pendleton County, WV, married (1) ____ Daggs, (2) ____ Kampfer. Went to Indiana.

    4.) Rachel Levina

    5.) Jacob

    (II) John married Mary Coplinger. Buried in Dickerson Cemetery, Pendleton County, WV.

    1.) Mary, b. 1814 Pendleton County, WV, d. 28 Jan 1886, married Henry Dickinson Nov 1836, son of Samuel Dickenson.

    2.) Dorothy, b. Pendleton County, WV, married John Daggy, a Lutheran preacher, and went to Ohio.

    3.) Levi, b. 1808 Pendleton County, WV, married Catherine Weimer.

    4.) James, b. Pendleton County, WV, married Martha Kiser.

    5.) Sarah, b. Pendleton County, WV, married George Keister Nov 1824.

    (III) Mary married Nicholas Havener 1795. He died 3 Aug 1843, son of Jacob and Mary Havener. Lived in Upshur County, WV.

    1.) Mary married Daniel Post 2 Dec 1819.

    2.) Sarah married George Radabaugh 27 June 1818.

    3.) Elias, b. 9 April 1805, d. 10 Oct 1884, married Elizabeth Hyre (Martin) 10 Dec 1826.

    4.) Jacob, b. 1801, married Mary Martin, 5 Jan 1824, daughter of Stephen, granddaughter of Joe Martin who died at Yorktown, stepdaughter of William Stranger. Mary, a widow, with two sons and four daughters, crossed the mountain on the Seneca Trail on foot.

    5.) Phebe married Hinesy Ward 10 Mar 1828.

    6.) Anna married John B. Shreve 26 May 1830.

    7.) Jane married George Coplinger 2 Oct 1833.

    8.) Malinda married Jacob Hyre Dec 1835.

    9.) Catherine (Cynthia) married John Dean, d. 1877, son of John Dean Sr.

    (IV) Eva Katherine married George Havener, b. c 1785 Pendleton County, WV, died 1872, son of Frederick and Rachel Havener, buried Havener Cemetery Pendleton County, WV.

    1.) Jacob, b. 1822 Pendleton County, WV, married 1 May 1851, Amilia (Millie) Keister , b. 1830, d. 1861, daughter of James.

    2.) Susannah, b. 1825 Pendleton County, WV.

    3.) Daniel, b. 1801 Pendleton County, WV, married Julia A. Shaver.

    4.) George, b. Pendleton County, WV, married Christian Dolly.

    5.) William, b. Pendleton County, WV, married (1) Belinda McMullen 9 Sept 1841, (2) _____ Hardy.

    6.) Henry, b. Pendleton County, WV, married Martha Miller. Lived in Ohio.

    7.) John, b. Pendleton County, WV, married Sarah McMullen 1 Dec 1842.

    8.) Elizabeth, b. Pendleton County, WV, married 2 Dec 1825, Frederick Hiser, b. 20 Oct 1802, d. 15 April 1858.

    9.) Sarah, b. Pendleton County, WV, married Martin Dahmer 8 Jan 1829.

    10.) Mary A., b. 1838 Pendleton County, WV.

    (V) Barbara married William Hoover, son of Peter and Mary Hoover.

    (VI) Daniel lived in Hamstead County, Arkansas 31 July 1832 when he sold property to Henry Propst. He is included in the Hamstead County census 1830, 1840, & 1850 (Daniel Propst, age 71, farmer, $2240 property, b. VA.)

    (VII) Henry married Mary Propst b. 177_ Pendleton County, WV, d. 1842, daughter of Frederick and Barbara (Swadley) Propst.

    1.) Michael, b. Pendleton County, WV.

    2.) Sarah, b. 1796 Pendleton County, WV, d. c1850.

    3.) Barbara, b. 1798 Pendleton County, WV, d. c 1890.

    4.) Daniel, b. 1802, Pendleton County, WV, married Helena Propst 13 Feb 1827.

    5.) Henry, b. 1801 Pendleton County, WV, married Dorothy Hartman 14 June 1839.

    6.) Solomon, b. 1805 Pendleton County, WV, d. 9 Dec 1860.

    7.) George, b. 1808 Pendleton County, WV, married Phoebe Bowers 21 Sept 1834.

    8.) William, b. 1810 Pendleton County, WV, married Lucinda Eye.

    9.) Sophia, b. c1812 Pendleton County, WV, d. 29 Mar 1862.


    LEONARD

    HUSBANDLeonard Propst, Sr.
    BirthUnknown
    Death1822, Pendleton County, WV
    BurialUnknown
    MarriageUnknown
    FatherMichael Propst
    MotherCatherine E.
    Other wives 
     
    WIFEMary Catherine Miller
    BirthUnknown
    Death1834, Pendleton County, WV
    BurialPropst Church, Pendleton County, WV
    FatherUnknown
    MotherUnknown
    Other husbands 

    CHILDREN
    BIRTH
    DEATH
    MARRIAGE
    BarbaraPendleton County, WVUnknown1787, John Peniger
    LeonardPendleton County, WV1794, Elizabeth WardUnknown
    ChristainPendleton County, WVc1830, Pendleton County, WVSarah
    Georgec1768, Pendleton County, WVc18551792, Appaline Eye
    AnnisPendleton County, WVUnknownEli Keister
    JohnPendleton County, WVUnknownElizabeth Eye
    SarahPendleton County, WVUnknown18 Oct 1826, Samuel Pullen
    MaryPendleton County, WVUnknownPeter Havener

    Sources for the information on this Family Record:

  • United States Census Records for Pendleton County, West Virginia and Highland County, Virginia.

    The Grandchildren of
    Leonard Sr. and Mary (Miller) Propst

    (Author's note: Leonard Sr. and Leonard Jr.'s children were hard to separate. There may some mistakes.)

    (I) Leonard married Elizabeth Ward.

    1.) Hester married John Jordon.

    2.) Francis married Henry Jordon.

    3.) Mary married Jefferson Coulter.

    4.) Leonard, b. 1821 Pendleton County, WV, married Caroline Hickman.

    (II) Christain married Sarah.

    1.) Elizabeth married Jacob Daggy. Lived in Augusta County, VA.

    2.) Rachel married John Pitzenberger 20 Feb 1823.

    3.) Solomon

    4.) John

    5.) Sarah

    6.) Millie (Mary) married Emuel Rexroad 31 Dec 1837.

    (III) Sarah married Samuel Pullen b. Bath County, VA. Lived in Highland County, VA.

    1.) Harriett, b. 1829, Bath County, VA, married Elizah Sampler.

    2.) Elizabeth, b. 1831 Bath County, VA, married John A. Cobb.

    3.) Sarah, b. 1833 Bath County, WV, married George Armstrong.

    4.) Samuel, b. Bath County, VA, married Henrietta V. Oaks.

    5.) Sarah, b. Bath County, VA, married Thomas Armstrong.

    6.) Hughart, b. 1837 Bath County, VA, married Mary A. Rogers.

    7.) Mary, b. 1841 Bath County, VA, married Joseph A. Bishop, Albemarle County, VA. 8.) George, b. Bath County, VA, died young.

    9.) Rachel, b. 1846, died age 21.

    10.) Martha, b. 1843 Bath County, VA.

    11.) Virginia, b. 1849 Highland County, VA.

    (IV) George married Appaline Eye, b. c1774, d. after 1850.

    1.) Samuel, b. 1810, married (1) Francis Propst, daughter of Adam and Rachel Propst. (2) 1 Sept 1836, Ellen Waggy. Buried (Who?) Mt. Zion Cemetery, Pendleton County, WV.

    2.) Jacob, b. 1808, d. 6 Jan 1877, married Matilda Bowers, b. 1816, daughter of John Bowers.

    3.) George, b. 1806, buried Huffman Cemetery, Pendleton County, WV.

    4.) John, b. 1816, married Elizabeth.

    5.) Mary, b. 1785, d. 15 May 1859, married William Propst.


    MICHAEL, JR.

    HUSBANDMichael Propst, Jr.
    Birth3 June 1743
    Death17 Dec 1829, Pendleton County, WV
    BurialPropst Church, Pendleton County, WV
    MarriageUnknown
    FatherMichael
    MotherCatherine E.
    Other wives 
     
    WIFEMary C. Rexroad
    BirthUnknown
    DeathUnknown
    BurialUnknown
    FatherUnknown
    MotherUnknown
    Other husbands 

    CHILDREN
    BIRTH
    DEATH
    MARRIAGE
    John M.Pendleton County, WVUnknown 
    CatherinePendleton County, WVUnknown5 Feb 1813, Henry Rader
    ElizabethPendleton County, WVRandolph County, WVJohn Wood
    BarbaraPendleton County, WVUnknown1787, John Miller
    SusanPendleton County, WVUnknown 

    Sources for the information on this Family Record:

  • County Court & Cemetery Records, Pendleton County, West Virginia.

    The Grandchildren of
    Michael, Jr. and Mary C.(Rexroad) Propst

    (I) John married E.

    1.) Susannah, b. 1820, d. 24 Feb 1898, Pendleton County, WV, married 17 Jan 1838 Henry Propst, b. 1820, son of George & Elizabeth (Propst) Propst.

    2.) Elizabeth


    HENRY

    HUSBANDHenry Propst
    BirthUnknown
    Death18 July 1820, Pendleton County, WV
    BurialPropst Church, Pendleton County, WV
    MarriageUnknown
    FatherMichael
    MotherCatherine E.
    Other wivesBarbara Eye, b. 1777
     
    WIFEMary Crummett
    BirthUnknown
    DeathUnknown
    BurialUnknown
    FatherChristopher Crummett
    MotherAnna R.
    Other husbands 

    CHILDREN
    BIRTH
    DEATH
    MARRIAGE
    Children of Henry & Mary (Crummett) Propst
    David1782, Pendleton County, WV28 Jan 1861Magdalena Wagoner
    Samuel1795, Pendleton County, WVUnknown30 Nov Feb 1819, Catherine Daggy
    Joseph15 June 1792, Pendleton County, WV15 Jan 187311 Jan 1815, Nancy Smallridge
    Elizabeth18 Aug 1787, Pendleton County, WV10 Mar 1843, Roane County, WV31 Mar 1812, John Sennitt
    Children of Henry & Barbara (Eye) Propst
    John1805, Pendleton County, WVFeb 1876Elizabeth Hoover
    George1808, Pendleton County, WVUnknown1) Sarah Hoover
    2) Sarah Propst
    Barbara1803, Pendleton County, WV22 June 1890, Pendleton County, WVNever married
    Mary1816, Pendleton County, WVUnknown 
    Elizabeth1810, Pendleton County, WV14 Apr 1890, Pendleton County, WVNever married

    Sources for the information on this Family Record:

  • United States Census Records & County Court Records, Pendleton, Ritchie & Roane Counties, West Virginia.

    The Grandchildren of
    Henry and Mary (Crummett) Propst

    (I) Joseph married Nancy Smallridge(sp?), b. 15 June 1793, d. 20 Aug 1861, buried Propst Cemetery Pendleton County, WV.

    1.) William, b. 1825 Pendleton County, WV.

    2.) Henry, b. 1817, Pendleton County, WV, married (1) Nancy McQueen, (2) 9 June 1840, Catherine Sennitt, daughter of Henry & Catherine Sennitt. Lived in Highland County, VA.

    3.) Elizabeth, b. 1820 Pendleton County, WV.

    4.) Samuel H., b. 1828, Pendleton County, WV, married 9 Sept 1849 Levina Hoover, buried Propst Cemetery, Pendleton County, WV.

    5.) John, b. 18 May 1827 Pendleton County, WV, d. 20 Mar 1877, married Lemma, b. Sept 1830, d. 29 Mar 1904, buried Propst Cemetery, Pendleton County, WV.

    6.) James, b. 3 April 1831 Pendleton County, WV, d. 17 Aug 1894, buried Propst Cemetery, Pendleton County, WV.

    7.) Joseph Jr., b. 6 Jan 1825 Pendleton County, WV, d. 1880, married Martha, buried Propst Cemetery, Pendleton County, WV.

    (II) David married Magdalena Wagoner, b. 1788, d. 18 Mar 1861 Pendleton County, WV, daughter of Lewis & Barbara Wagoner.

    1.) Mary, b. 1801, d. 1876, married Henry Propst.

    2.) Sophia C.

    3.) Esther, b. 1815 Pendleton County, WV, d. 27 Oct 1898, married Abraham Lough 13 Nov 1834.

    (III) Elizabeth married John Sennitt, b. 12 Nov 1787, d. 1869, son of Patrick & Catherine (Heveren) Sennitt. (John Sennitt married Elizabeth Caldwell 14 Dec 1858, Roane County, WV.)

    1.) Harmond, b. 14 Sept 1812, d. 9 Mar 1904, married 20 Sept 1835, Frances Moats, b. 1813, d. 8 Mar 1904.

    2.) Able Propst, b. 2 May 1816, d. 21 July 1873, married 20 Nov 1850 Virginia Matthews, b. 18 July 1832.

    3.) Henry, b. 1817, married 5 Nov 1845 Sulvina Heaton, b. 1819.

    4.) Samuel, b. 15 June 1825, d. 3 June 1895, married (1) 14 Nov 1850 Lena Sargent, b. 15 Apr 1832, d. 23 Sept 1864, (2) 9 Aug 1866, Sarah Burke Peters, b. 16 Mar 1842, d. 4 Sept 1885, daughter of Christian & Mary (Karner) Peters.

    5.) Joseph, b. 15 July 1815, d. 7 July 1908, married 3 Jan 1859, Emeline M. Esque, b. 1840.

    (IV) Samuel married Catherine, b. 1806 VA. Lived in Augusta County, VA.

    1.) Elizabeth, b. 1822.

    2.) Joel, b. 1828.

    3.) Samuel, b. 1837.

    4.) William, b. 1839.

    5.) Sarah, b. 1845.

    The Grandchildren of
    Henry and Barbara (Eye) Propst

    (I) John married Elizabeth Hoover, b. 1811 VA.

    1.) Noah, b. 1835, d. 30 Nov 1879, married Susanna Bright 20 March 1858. Noah served in the Civil War.

    2.) William, b. 1837 Pendleton County, WV, married Sarah Eye.

    3.) Valentine, b. 1838 Pendleton County, WV. Served in the Civil War.

    4.) Abel, b. 1839, d. 1 Nov 1867 while serving in the Civil War. Never married.

    5.) Sarah, b. 1841 Pendleton County, WV, died young.

    6.) Samson, b. 1843 Pendleton County, WV, died young.

    7.) Helena, b. 1844 Pendleton County, WV, died young.

    8.) Martin, b. 1845 Pendleton County, WV, married Melinda Joseph (Whistleman), lived in Ohio.

    9.) Morgan, b. 1846, Pendleton County, WV, d. 6 June 1936, married Amanda Hoover, daughter of Daniel Hoover, married 14 Sept 1871. Civil War.

    10.) Francis, b. 1848 Pendleton County, WV, died young.

    11.) John A., b. 1850.

    (II) George married (1) Sarah Propst, daughter of Daniel & Elizabeth (Eye) Propst, (2) Sarah Hoover, daughter of George Hoover.


    ELIZABETH

    HUSBANDJohn Cowger
    BirthUnknown
    DeathUnknown
    BurialUnknown
    Marriage1785
    FatherGeorge
    MotherUnknown
    Other wives 
     
    WIFEElizabeth Propst
    BirthUnknown
    DeathUnknown
    BurialUnknown
    FatherMichael Propst
    MotherCatherine E.
    Other husbands 

    CHILDREN
    BIRTH
    DEATH
    MARRIAGE
    John Jr.UnknownUnknownMary Moyers

    Sources for the information on this Family Record:

  • County Court Records, Randolph, Nicholas & Braxton Counties, West Virginia

    The Grandchildren of
    John and Elizabeth (Propst) Cowger

    (I) John Jr. married Mary Moyers, daughter of Phillip Moyers Pendleton County, WV.

    1.) Peter married Nancy Davis. Lived in Braxton County, WV.

    2.) Josiah married Sarah Cowger. Lived in Braxton County, WV.

    3.) Eunice married Thomas Carpenter. Lived in Braxton County, WV.

    4.) Jessie married Rebecca Cowger. Lived in Braxton County, WV.


    MARY

    HUSBANDHenry Huffman
    BirthUnknown
    DeathUnknown
    BurialUnknown
    MarriageUnknown
    FatherUnknown
    MotherUnknown
    Other wives 
     
    WIFEMary Propst
    BirthUnknown
    DeathUnknown
    BurialUnknown
    FatherMichael Propst
    MotherCatherine E.
    Other husbands 

    CHILDREN
    BIRTH
    DEATH
    MARRIAGE
    Henry Jr.*UnknownUnknownSarah

    Sources for the information on this Family Record:

  • *Revolutionary War Soldier #S5580

  • Court Records Pendleton County, WV


    FREDERICK

    Frederick and his descendants are the subject of Part IV of this publication.

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