Presented by Linda Cunningham Fluharty

From Information provided by
Geraldine Raybuck Smith.



(Updated Jan 2008)

1. Andreas Rehbock in Germany, late 1600s.
2. Valentine Rehbock came to America, 1765
3. Johann Adam Rebock in PA (Surname spelling change)
4. Johann Peter Rebock in PA
5. Baltzer/Balthaser Raybuck in Jefferson County, PA (Surname spelling change)
6. Balthaser Raybuck, Jr.

6. Balthaser Raybuck, Jr., son of Baltzer/Balthaser, Sr. and Susannah (Reitz) Raybuck, was born in Beaver Twp., Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, on August, 23, 1849, and was baptized on September 23, 1849. He died at the age of 75 years, 6 mo., and 23 days on March 16, 1925, at 5:45 a.m. in Jackson Center, Mercer County, PA. He married Rebecca Jane Fike on November 1, 1873. Rebecca was born in August 14, 1854, and died June 2, 1927, 9:15 p.m. at the age of 73 years in Butler, PA. She is the daughter of Peter and Ellen (Glonts) Fike of Jefferson County, PA, who are from Wurtemburg, Germany. Baltzer is eighteenth century German for the English name Balthaser.

Rebecca Jane's mother, Ellen Glonts Fike, died between 1854 and 1857 or January 1858. Rebecca would have been between birth and age three when her mother died. At the age of 6 she was living with her father Peter and her stepmother Lucetta Boyer Fike in Oliver Twp. of Jefferson County, PA. At age 16 she worked as a domestic servant in the home of Charles and Mary Elizabeth Wonderling in Oliver Twp. Mary Elizabeth was her sister. At age 17 in 1870 she was living with her brother Adam and his wife Lydia in Beaver Twp. Jefferson County, PA. She married Samuel Nollph/Nolf at age 18 and Balthaser Raybuck, Jr. at age 20. Rebecca may have named her first daughter after her mother, Ellen.


Balthaser (B. S) and Rebecca Jane Raybuck

Rebecca had a young son by a former marriage named Samuel Nolf/Nolph born October 24, 1872. Balthaser was a good stepfather. Samuel died in June 1932 at his half sister, Estella Dye’s home, in Freed, West Virginia, and is buried there in the Dye Cemetery.

Balthaser was listed as a carpenter on a 1900 census. “He was a mechanic, an inventor with a U. S. patent, a painter, a builder of public and private buildings and bridges (dealing in iron bridges).” He owned a sawmill, a shop and a gristmill. “He was a business man and also a farmer owning 207 acres in the Sheridan District of Calhoun County, West Virginia.” Balthaser, commonly known as B. S., and Rebecca had eleven children. They are:

l. Albert Wilson Raybuck, b. August 7, 1874, in Jefferson County, PA, d. 1957. Married Frances Alvretta Freed on July 8, 1894. She was born July 12, 1878, in Calhoun County, WV. Their children are listed later in this file.

2. Edward Franklin Raybuck, b. June 19, 1876 in Jefferson County, PA, d. July 2, 1932. Married Hannah Gay Freed on June 20, 1897. She was born May 9, 1880, in Calhoun County, WV and died in 1920. He married wife #2, Claire Timmins. Edward and Hannah had five children: Edward Raybuck, Jr?, Russell Raybuck, Thelma Raybuck (Shrodes), Ottie Raybuck (Berresford), 1898-1988 and Freeman Raybuck.

3. Reuben Ross Raybuck, b. April 12, 1878, in Jefferson County, PA, d. December 20, 1941. At age 25 he married Lizzie Leota Freed on May 31, 1903, his second marriage. (Geri’s parents.) See Reuben’s file for his first marriage. Reuben is buried in Belmont Park Cemetery in Youngstown, Ohio. Reuben and Leota had three children: Ernest Jacob Raybuck, b. 1904, d. 1919; Goldie Vaughn Raybuck (Swanagan), b. 1909 d. 1993; and Geraldine Beatrice Raybuck (Smith), b. 1922.

4. Ellen Susanna Raybuck, b. September 2, 1879 in Calhoun County, WV. She died August 23, 1883, at the age of 3 years, 11 months, and 2 days.

5. Parentha Estella Raybuck, b. May 22, 1881 in Calhoun County, WV, married George W. Dye, March 31, 1897. She died August 26, 1951. Their children are listed later in this file.

6. Florence R. Raybuck, b. February 2, 1883 in Calhoun County, WV, and died March 25, 1883, just 21 days old. She and Ellen are probably buried in Dye Cemetery, at Freed, WV.

7. Okie O. Raybuck, b. July 27, 1884 in Calhoun County, WV. Married Helen May Crest. George and Catherine were born to this union.

8. Bertha May Raybuck, b. August 4, 1886 in Calhoun County, WV, and died on December 8, 1907, at 9:07 p.m. at the age of 21 years, 4 months. She died in a railroad accident, as did my mother’s brother, Robert Warren Freed. It was a terrible tragedy.

9. Peter Cleveland Raybuck, b. November 28, 1888 in Calhoun County, WV, and died August 19, 1977. He married Willa S. Stump who died February 21, 1981. Children: Eugene Raybuck, Dessell Raybuck (Hoff), Dorothy Raybuck (Hays), Kenneth Raybuck, Kester Raybuck, Delores Raybuck (Congelton) and Linda Raybuck (Moeller).

10. Bessie Blanch Raybuck, b. August 29, 1890 in Calhoun County, WV, d. Apr, 25, 1987. She married Ollie Blaine Kroh, b. Apr. 9, 1890, in Brookville, PA., d. Dec. 12, 1971, in Butler, PA. Three children were born to this union: Beulah Rebecca Kroh (Campbell), b. Nov. 3, 1916, in Clarksburg, WV; Blanche Louise Kroh (Morrow); Blaine Louis Kroh, b. Mar. 23, 1919, in Clarksburg, WV. Blanche and Blaine are twins. Blanche d. Feb. 10, 1996; Blaine d. July, 27, 1988, in Butler, PA.

11. Dora Raybuck was b. November 15, 1892 in Calhoun County, WV and married -- Barnett. She died in 1994 at the age of 102 years. Her children are: Thelma Barnett, Midge Barnett (Wood), Marie Barnett (Bland), and Dallas Barnett.

The first three Raybuck brothers, Albert Wilson, Edward Franklin and Reuben Ross, married Freed sisters: Frances Alvretta, Hannah Gay, and Lizzie Leota Freed.

THE RAYBUCK NAME: Rehbock is the original spelling of the Raybuck name. German REH means roe and deer. Bock means buck. So Rehbock means male deer. The German eh is pronounced like the vowel in our word say but with the lips extremely spread and no offglide into and "ee" sound. The h was seemingly silent. Clerks and census takers spelled the name as it sounded to them. - There is a village named Rebuck north of Harrisburg, PA. This is where our ancestor who came to America in 1765 settled. His name was Valentine Rehbock/Rebock. I have been to this village. They celebrate a reunion every Labor Day there in beautiful picnic grounds beside the Rebock/Raybuck covered bridge.

Balthaser, age 15, was in the 1864 Civil War draft from Beaver Twp., Jefferson County, PA.

Balthaser bought the mineral rights under his 207 acres in Calhoun County of West Virginia in 1906 from A. H. and Rebecca Reitz who lived in Beaver Twp, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania. A. H. and Rebecca Reitz were probably Adam Hiram and Rebecca Haugh Reitz. They lived in Ohl, PA, and owned a store there. He was postmaster in Ohl for 25 years. Adam Hiram Reitz and Susannah Reitz Raybuck are second cousins. (Susannah is Balthaser Sr.’s wife.)

Balthaser, known as B. S. Raybuck, has been written about in The Herald, a WV newspaper, as an inventor who obtained special U. S. patents for a locking nut and bolt system in 1892. See Advertisement for Invention.

Balthaser/Baltzer/B. S. built this two story, nine room house up Cole Fork and Two Mile Run at Freed, West Virginia well over 100 years ago. It is said to have been built in the 1880’s. The house and one hundred six acres of the 207 originally owned, have been purchased and are being restored at this time (1999). It was built by a master carpenter and embellished with “gingerbread”.

It is said that Balthaser, Rebecca and four children, Samuel, Albert Wilson, Edward Franklin and Reuben Ross, who was a one year old baby, moved from Pennsylvania to West Virginia in a covered wagon pulled by one old mare in the year 1879. Balthaser is said to have had one quarter in his pocket when they arrived in Brooksville, now called Big Bend, on the Little Kanawha River. Balthaser found work and prospered. In his work he found that having a nut and bolt with parts that cannot move when in use to be a necessity. This nut and bolt could be taken apart without damaging it. I'm sure his patented invention of metal was instrumental in helping him prosper.


The B. S. and Rebecca Jane (Fike) Raybuck Home and Family

Standing, left to right: B. S. (Balthaser) Raybuck, Rebecca Jane (Fike) Raybuck, Dora Raybuck,
Parentha Estella Raybuck, Peter Cleveland Raybuck. Seated: Bessie Raybuck, Bertha Raybuck.

I have drawn a floor plan for both upper and lower floors. This drawing is not to scale but it is very close because the living room is square and was used as a base. The left porch and storage area off the kitchen and dining room (looking from rear to front) has been made into a bathroom. A door was cut from the kitchen into a utility room built behind the bathroom. A wall separating the two downstairs bedrooms and also a wall separating the kitchen and dining room have been removed. The metal roof has been painted red. The two crumbling chimneys were removed. This house backs up to about 15 feet from a steep hill where a root cellar and springhouse had been located at its base. The house faces a run across which there is another steep hill. The barn and out buildings are all gone. Natural gas and electricity are used.

Rebecca Jane’s first husband was Samuel H. Nolf/Nolph, b. 1846. He had been part of the 206 Pennsylvania Volunteers during the Civil War. His death was recorded in the September 4th 1872 issue of the Jeffersonian. "He was killed by a falling tree. He had been recently married." Rebecca’s son, Samuel, Jr. was born Oct. 24, 1872 in Jefferson County, PA. This was after his father’s death. Rebecca then married Balthaser Raybuck on November 1, 1873. Samuel, Jr. was 1 year and 8 days old when Balthaser and Rebecca married. Samuel H. Nolf’s parents were Henry Gum and Sara Reed Nolf. An interesting story about Henry Gum Nolf can be found under Jefferson County, PA, biographies.

Balthaser and Rebecca Jane Raybuck’s grandchildren:

The 9 children of Albert Wilson Raybuck (child # 1) and Alvretta (Freed) Raybuck: Homer Skudrick Raybuck, b. 5-22-1895; Franklin Earl Raybuck, b. 2-22-1897; Glen Roscoe Raybuck, b. 12-23-1898; Lottie Gay Raybuck (McCarty), b. 3-17-1901; Sherman Ivan Raybuck, b. 7-12-1903; Charles Burl Raybuck, b. 8-7-1905; Forest Jasper Raybuck, b. 10-10-1907; Alvy Clay Raybuck, b. 1-21-1910; William Doy Raybuck, b. 5-22-1912.

These are the 12 children of Parentha Estella Raybuck (Child # 5) and George W. Dye: Benjamine (Bennie) Dye, 1898 - 2000. He lived in three centuries; Ada Dye (Freed), 1899 -1995; Casper Dye, 1901-1980; Cokie Dye (Turner), b. 1903; Olive Dye (Campbell), 1905-1985; Orpha Dye (Hale), 1907-1991; William Dye, 1909-1995; Shirley Dye, b. 1911; Edith Dye (Barr), b. 1914; Ernest Dye (twin), 1916-2000; Oral Ray Dye, 1916 (twin); Everett Dye, b 1919. Everett was born in the Raybuck house.


101 Year Old Calhoun Native Lived In Three Centuries

     A former Calhoun resident, Benjamin B. Dye of Parkersburg has died at the age of 101. Dye was the son of the late George Washington and Parentha Estella Raybuck Dye.
     Mr. Dye is the first Calhouner we have identified has lived in three centuries, although there may be others.
     His father, George Dye, was the son of Benjamin and Roena Dye, and his mother, Stella (Estella) was the daughter of B. S. Raybuck of the Freed area. Raybuck has been written about in The Herald as an inventor who obtained special U. S. patents on a locking nut and bolt system prior to 1900.
     The deceased was a retired supervisor with American Viscose Company, an antique dealer and a member of the Lockport Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dollie Richards.
     Surviving are two daughters, Dessell Foy of PA and Patricia Carr Lucas of Parkersburg; two sisters, Cokie Turner of Zanesville OH and Edith Barr of Frazeyburg OH.
     Three brothers, Shirley of Duncan Falls OH, Ernest of Parkersburg and Everett of Big Springs. Also surviving and several grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.
     Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday (3/16) at the Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home in South Parkersburg. Burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation 2-4 and 7-9 Wednesday.



(Updated April, 2001)

1. Peter Friedt of Germany, born about 1655.
2. Paulus, b. 1692 & Catherine Friedt arrived in America, 1747.
3. Jacob b. 1732 in Germany, arrived 1752. m. Elizabeth Heffletrager Friedt/Freed in PA.
4. Paul b. ca. 1755 in Bucks County, PA & Mary ---- in PA & Shenandoah County, VA
5. John b. 1775 in Bucks County, PA & Elizabeth Funkhouser Freed
in Shenandoah County, VA & Beaver County, PA.
6. Jacob Freed, Sr.

6. Jacob Freed, Sr., b. 1806/7 in Big Beaver Twp, Beaver County, PA, d. July 18, 1879 in Calhoun County, WV. He was 44 in the 1850 census. (See note.) He is buried in the Freed Cemetery in Freed, WV. Married wife #1, Margaret Nan Swezey / Swesey and wife # 2, Elizabeth Trover. Wife # 1, Margaret Swezey, b. about 1810/12 and d. July 1, l843. She is buried in the Homewood Cemetery at Homewood, PA. She is my great grandmother. He then married wife #2, Elizabeth Trover in 1945. She was born in 1824, died August 1878. She was 26 on the 1850 Beaver County, PA, census and married to Jacob, Sr. In 1860, Jacob owned 430 acres valued at $1500 in Calhoun County, WV.

Children with Margaret Nan Swezey:
1. John Freed, b. ca 1828 Beaver County, PA.

2. Elizabeth Freed, b. 1832 in Beaver County, PA . Married D. H. McCray, Sr. (the D. is probably Daniel), b. ca. 1830 in PA. Their children were: William, Mary J., and Daniel H. She married spouse #2, John Webb, Dec. 1864 in West Virginia.

3. George W. Freed, b. ca 1834 Beaver County, PA, d. Feb. 1874. He married Louisa Jane Stinson, b. 1842, d. 1927. Louisa remarried --? Braden after George’s death.

4. Barbara Ann Freed, b. Dec. 1836 in Beaver County, PA, d. Sept. 29, 1907, and is buried in the Homewood Cemetery, Big Beaver Twp., Beaver County, PA. Married James Madison Camer on Apr. 27, 1859. He was born in 1837 and died in 1909. Their children were: Jessie, Elizabeth, Elnora, Montezuma, Gertrude, James, and Charles.

5. Jacob Freed, Jr., b. June 4, 1839 in Big Beaver Twp., Beaver Co, PA; d. Jan. 21, 1914 in Beaver County, PA. Served 4 years in the Civil War. Married wife #l Mazy Jane Ferrell, Feb 26, 1860; she died Fall 1872 or 1873. She was the daughter of Hiram Ferrell and Matilda Knight. Married Mar. 19, 1874 in Calhoun County, WV, wife #2, Susanna (Susan) Pride, b. Nov. l7, 1853, d. Aug. l4, 1932. She was the daughter of William Pride and Hannah Bunner.

The Family of William & Hannah (Bunner) Pride

(Note: Jacob Freed, Jr. applied for license to marry Mary Elizabeth Nichols. There is no date but it is the last entry for the year 1873. The remarks column states, "Not Married.")

According to an 1840 Big Beaver, Beaver County, PA, census, Jacob and Margaret had the following children: 2 males under 10 years of age, George and Jacob, Jr.; 1 male under 15, John; 1 female under 5, Barbara; l female between 5 and 10. This is no doubt Elizabeth Freed McCray who was born in 1832 and married to D. H. McCray, Sr. before 1850. They had one child, William, on the 1860 Beaver County census. See child number 2 above. Daniel Sr. was not listed in the 1860 census.

Children with Elizabeth Trover

1. Abraham J. Freed, b. ca 1847, Big Beaver Twp, Beaver County, PA, married Susanna Turner on June l4, 1866 Calhoun County, WV.

2. India Freed, twin to Abraham, b. ca 1847 in Big Beaver Twp, Beaver County, PA. She died in 1859 and was the first to be buried in the Freed Cemetery, Calhoun County, West Virginia. This cemetery is no doubt on what was Freed land.

3. Mary Ann Freed, b. ca 1849 Big Beaver, PA, married Dec 9, 1870, Amos Boner/Bunner in Calhoun Co, WV.

4. Elsie Freed, b. ca 1852 in Big Beaver, Beaver County, PA, married Feb. 17, 1880, John S. Jenkins in Ritchie County, WV. She died 1884 and left two small children, Ophelia Dora Jenkins (maybe Dora Irene) and Vista L. Jenkins.

5. Henry W. Freed, b. ca 1853 in Big Beaver Twp, Beaver County, PA, married wife #l Mary E Belle on Oct. 30, 1873 in Calhoun County, WV; married wife #2 Harriet Almeada Goodnight on June 7, 1883 in Calhoun County, WV.

6. Margaret Ella Freed, b. 1855 in Big Beaver Twp, County, PA, married James A. Long in Calhoun County, WV on Sept 20, 1878. (Twin)

7. Serrilda C. Freed, b. 1855 in Big Beaver Twp, Beaver County, PA (Twin).

8. William Asbury Freed, b. Dec. 2, 1862 in Calhoun County, WV; d. Feb. 26, 1933 in Calhoun County, WV. He married Hannah Retta Pride, on May 26, 1881 in Calhoun County, WV. She was born September 26, 1863 and is a sister to my grandmother, Susan Pride Freed. Hannah Retta was living with Thornton and Mary Ferrel at the age of 6 as stated on the 1870 census.

9. Elizabeth, b. 1867 in Calhoun County, WV.

Margaret and Surrilda/Surilda are twins.

Jacob moved to West Virginia around 1855/1859. The twins were born in PA in ‘55 and India is buried in WV in ‘59. He is counted in the 1860 census in Calhoun County, WV. We can only pinpoint the move to West Virginia between the time the twins were born and the death and burial of daughter India.

The headstone for Jacob’s grave has been found in the Freed Cemetery in Calhoun County, WV. It lies flat on the ground and was almost covered with soil and debris. It says “MEMORY OF JACOB FREED” and an unreadable date. A soft brush and a cleaning fluid were used to be able to read the date. The cleaned stone reads 18779. This is probably the 18th day, 7th month, 79th year. July 18, 1879. The Freed cemetery is located on top of a mountain. It is well cared for and is probably 2 or 3 acres in size surrounded by a fence. See Freed Cemetery

Jacob Senior’s son, George W., is buried in the Homewood Cemetery at Homewood, in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. He served in the Civil War in Company E of the 13th Regiment for 9 months service.

Jacob Senior’s son, Jacob Jr., is buried in Grandview Cemetery at Beaver Falls, PA. He served 4 years, December 1861 to December 1865, in the Civil War in Company C, Regiment 11. I have a copy of a Civil War service medal. It has a blue and gray ribbon. The medal has a picture of Abraham Lincoln and his words, “With malice toward none, with charity for all.” On the reverse side it says, THE CIVIL WAR 1861-1865 surrounded by a garland of oak leaves on the gray side and probably laurel leaves (not sure) on the blue side. They are tied together at the bottom with a bow. Quite symbolic!

1850 Beaver County, Pennsylvania, census taken on August 19, 1850:
Jacob Freed, Sr. age 44, Farmer, value of land 2,000, born in PA.
Elizabeth Freed, age 26, wife - John Freed, age 22, laborer - George Freed, age 16, farmer, student - Barbara Freed, age 12, student - Jacob Freed, age 10, student - Abraham Freed, age 4 - Mary A. Freed, age 2 - Mary J. Trover age 19. She may have been a sister to Elizabeth Trover Freed, Jacob’s wife.

1840 censuses named only the householder. The female on the 1840 census who was not named, Elizabeth Freed McCray, was married at the time of the 1850 census. She would have been eighteen in 1850.

In an article taken from The Calhoun Chronicle written by Bill Umstead it tells his mother’s story. She says, ”My father was Abraham Freed and my mother was Susan Turner Freed.” (See child number 1 of Jacob, Sr. and Elizabeth Trover Freed’s children.) “My father’s twin sister, India Freed, was the first person buried in the Freed cemetery.” (Located adjacent to Leading Creek in Calhoun County, WV.) See The History of Leading Creek

The following was also listed in an old Calhoun County newsletter. The cemetery listings were compiled by Mrs. Ilene Wager. The listing states that India was born in 1847 and died in 1859 and was a twin sister to Abraham Freed. I did not find her listed under Jacob Freed, Sr. in the 1850 Beaver County, PA. census. Could she have been in some other place at that time or ill in a hospital? She died in 1859 at about the age of 12.

Don't know if this is true or not but the first sentence is: The Freed post office was originally contained in Roy Morrison's two story building that burned in the 1933 fire. When Roy Morrison wrote the government requesting that the village have a post office, it was a while before he got an answer. In the meantime Henry Washington Freed bought space on the first floor of the building to house the post office. When the papers arrived from the government, one of the questions asked was, What name will the post office have? Henry W. Freed named it Freed as he became the first post master in Freed. Henry Washington was the son of Jacob Freed, Sr. and wife # 2 Elizabeth Trover Freed. He is child number five in the above file. All three are buried in the Freed Cemetery on top of the mountain located near where Freed Run empties into Leading Creek. The Freed post office had its beginning in 1886 and ended in 1954. The writer of this story saw the small post office building, that was used after the fire, in its original setting.

Henry Washington Freed's ancestors were named Friedt in Germany. The FREED name evolved from the popular German name Friederich. FRIE means PEACE, DER means WHO and ICH means SELF or ME. Thus Frederich means peaceful person and FREED means PEACE. I wondered about the t on Friedt so I went again to my German English dictionary. It said t is an abbreviation for Tonne and Tonne means barrel. So It is my thought that Henry's and my German Friedt/Freed ancestors were barrel makers which is a skillful and honorable occupation. They came to America from an area in Germany which is known for its many vineyards. The Barrels would have to be close fitting, that is, made extremely well to be able to hold liquids.

NOTE. German princes elected as their king Friederich Barbarossa way back in the year 1112. The name Frederich was in use much earlier than that. He became emporer of the Holy Roman Empire in 1155. My early Freed ancestors were protestant Mennonites. Religious persecution ran high. This is one reason so many were leaving to come to America. William Penn, a Quaker, promised them freedom of religion in Penn's Forest, Pennsylvania.

See Freed, West Virginia



(Updated Jan 2008)

1.Peter Friedt in Germany, born about 1655.
2. Paulus b. 1692 and Catherine Friedt arrived in America, 1747.
3. Jacob b.1732 in Germany, arrived 1752. m.Elizabeth Heffletrager Friedt/Freed in PA.
4. Paul b. ca. 1755 in Bucks County, PA & Mary (?) Freed in PA & Shenandoah County,VA
5. John b. 1775 in Bucks County, PA & Elizabeth Funkhouser Freed
in Shenandoah County, VA & Beaver County, PA.
6. Jacob Freed, Sr., b. Beaver Co., PA
7. Jacob Freed, Jr., b. Beaver Co., PA


Jacob & Susan (Pride) Freed

7. Jacob Freed, Jr., son of Jacob and Margaret Nan Swezey/Swesey Freed, was b. June 4, 1839 in Beaver County, PA. He moved to WV between 1855 and 1859. Moved back to PA toward the end of his life and d. Jan. 21, 1914. Jacob was buried in Grandview Cemetery, Beaver Falls, PA. He was married twice and was a Civil War Veteran. He served with the 11th Regiment of the West Virginia Volunteers, Company C - enlisted Dec. 22, 1861 and was discharged in 1865 as a private in the Infantry of the Union Army.

Because of Army service, he obtained a government grant for 500 acres along Leading Creek in Calhoun County, West Virginia. Evidence of this grant was not found at the Calhoun County courthouse. However, people who served in the army back then were given bounty land or a land grant. He built his home relatively close to the Freed Cemetery. I believe this cemetery to have been on what was then Freed land. His land bordered that of A. W. Raybuck having been numbered dwellings 73 & 74 on the 1900 census.

Wife #1 Mazy Jane Ferrell, b. in Monongalia County, VA in 1840, the daughter of Hiram Ferrell and Matilda Knight. She married Jacob Freed, Jr. Feb. 26, 1860 and d. 1872 or 1873 in Calhoun County, WV.

Jacob and his first wife Mazy Jane Ferrell had four children. They were according to the 1870 census: Emily Elizabeth, 9; Cassius Clay, 5; Gertrude, 2; William (not yet born). “The children were all separated and placed in homes of relatives when Mazy died. In the 1880 Census, Clay was living with his father and stepmother, but Elizabeth was with her Uncle Henry Washington Freed, and William was with his Aunt Mary Conn.” Mary was probably Mazy’s sister. “Gertrude was with her Uncle Thornton Ferrell, who was married to Mary Knight, her mother’s aunt. There she met, George Washington Ferrell, the man she would marry.” Taken from the book, History of Calhoun County, WV.

Wife #2 Susanna (Susan) Pride, b. Nov. 17, 1853 in Barbour County, VA, married Jacob Freed, Jr., March 18, 1874 in Calhoun County, WV. She d. August 14, 1932 at age 78 in Homewood, Beaver County, PA and is buried in Grandview Cemetery, Beaver Falls, PA. Daughter of William Pride and Hannah Bunner.

Children with Mazy J. Ferrell (also listed above).

1. Emily Elizabeth Freed, b. about 1861 in WV.

2. Cassius Clay Freed, b. Sept. 26, 1865 in Grantsville, Calhoun Co. WV, married Ruhama Columbia Smith, daughter of Levi Smith and Ruhama Morehead, on Aug. 17, 1899 in Ritchie Co. WV. He d. Jan. 4, 1941 in Berea, Ritchie County, WV at age 75. He had 5 sons: Roscoe, Floyd, Sydney, Ernest and Francis, b. Feb. 22, 1896, d. Mar. 5, 1963, Private 54th Infantry, WWI. One daughter, Velva.

3. Gertrude Freed, b. August 26, 1868 in Calhoun County, WV; m. George Washington Ferrell on Aug. 24, 1890; d. April 11, 1930 in Calhoun County, WV. Gertrude had five children: Lewis Thornton (Darl), b. July 21,1892; Chester A., b. born Aug, 19, 1894; Nelly B., b. Dec. 7, 1897; Russell, b. Nov. 20, 1901; Oscar, b. May 6. 1903.

4. William (no information). William was not found on the 1870 census. He evidently was not born until after 1870 and by 1872 or 1973 when his mother died. Then he went to live with his Aunt Mary Conn. Mary was probably Mazy’s sister.

Children with Susan Freed, wife # 2

1. Martin Mortimore Freed b. Dec 24, 1874 in Calhoun County, WV. He married Nora Metz in 1897.

2. Lemont M. Freed b. May 16, 1876 in Calhoun County, WV. He married Mary Ann Snider. Lemont “Doc” died on Dec. 23, 1956 at age 80y, 7m, and 7days. The 6 children of Lemont and Mary Ann are: Earl Freed; Ruth Freed (married name not known), b. 2-10-1907; Icle Freed; Lillie Freed (married name not known); Minnie Freed (married name not known); and Ted Freed, born 2-25-1916.

3. Frances Alvretta Freed, b. July 12, 1878 in Calhoun Co. WV., married Albert Wilson Raybuck on July 8, 1894. He was born 1875, d. 1957. Their 9 children are: Homer Skudrick Raybuck, b. 5-22-1895; Franklin Earl Raybuck, b. 2-22-1897; Glen Roscoe Raybuck, b. 12-23-1898; Lottie Gay Raybuck (McCarty), b. 3-17-1901; Sherman Ivan Raybuck, b. 7-12-1903; Charles Burl Raybuck, b. 8-7-1905; Forest Jasper Raybuck, b. 10-10-1907; Alvy Clay Raybuck, b. 1-21-1910; William Doy Raybuck b. 5-22-1912.

4. Hannah Gay Freed, b. May 9, 1880 in Calhoun County, WV, d. 1920. She married Edward Franklin Raybuck on June 20, 1897. He was b. in 1876 and died in 1932. Their children are: Edward Raybuck, Russell Raybuck, Thelma Raybuck (Shrodes), Ottie Raybuck (Berresford) 1898-1988, and Freeman Raybuck.

5. Henry Sheridan (Sherd) Freed (twin), b. April 30, 1882 in Calhoun County, WV. He died July 16, 1982; burial in Grandview Cemetery. Married twice: Wife #l Rose Mae McKissick on August 1916. Rose, b. 1890 and d. July 16, 1956. She is buried in Grandview Cemetery in Beaver County, PA. H. S. and Rose’s 8 children are: Vesta Freed (Zajicek), Velma Freed (Thompson), Geraldine Freed (Hogue), Ethel Freed (Stakley), Robert Freed, Glenn Freed, Quentin Freed, & Cecil Freed. Wife # 2 Eva (Surname Unknown) died in 1962.

6. John Sherman (Sherm) Freed (twin), b. April 30, 1882 in Calhoun County, WV, d. May 2, 1950. He married in 1903, Ida Virginia (Jane) Duvall, b. ca.1887. She d. Mar. 17, 1959 and is buried in Grandview Cemetery, Beaver County, PA. Their 13 children are: Sherman Russell Freed, Susan Elizabeth Freed (married name unknown), Herbert Hansen Freed, Robert (Dick) Warren Freed, Roscoe Clinton Freed & Lorenzo Ward Freed (twins), Harley (Red) Burl Freed, Opal Faye Freed (married name unknown), Cecil James Freed, Iva Bae Freed (White), Jacob Bernard Freed, & unnamed twins that Ida lost at 7 months due to an accident.

7. Robert Warren Freed (twin), b. May 20, 1885 in Calhoun County, WV, d. December 8, 1907. Killed by a train and buried in Grandview Cemetery in Beaver Co., PA, in the grave immediately back of Jacob Freed, Jr’s grave.

8. Charles Ward Freed (twin), b. May 20, 1885 in Calhoun County, WV, d. 1952 and buried in Clinton Cemetery, Lawrence County, PA. He married Mae E. Davis who was born in 1896 and died in 1967. Buried in Clinton Cemetery. Their children are: William James Freed, Allie Freed (Brenner), Leonard W. Freed, Carl G. Freed, Roy Wilbert Freed, Margaret Freed (Freed).

9. Lizzie Leota Freed, b. January 16, 1887 in Calhoun County, WV. She died on October 14, l965 and is buried in Centuries Memorial Cemetery, Shreveport, LA. She married, on May 31, 1903, Reuben Ross Raybuck, who was born April 12, 1878 in Jefferson County, PA, and died Dec. 20, 1941. Their children 3 were: Ernest Jacob Raybuck, Goldie Vaughn Raybuck (Swanagan) and Geraldine Beatrice Raybuck (Smith).

10. Howard Blair Freed, b. May 18, 1889 in Calhoun County, WV, married Ruth (Surname unknown). Children: Betty Freed (married name unknown) and David. David is Howard’s stepson.

11. Otta Freed, b. September l0, 1891 in Calhoun County, WV. Died in 1891.

12. Homer Russell Freed, b. May 14, 1893 in Calhoun County, WV., d. Mar.7, 1975. He married Violet Mae Schutte on May 7, 1932. She was born Sept. 23, 1915 and d. June 6, 1990. Both are buried in Hillside Cemetery, Akron, Ohio. Their 10 children are Paul Russell Freed, Sherley Blaine Freed, Myrtle Freed (Sparks), twins LaVonne Gay Freed (Ledford) & Yvonne Bae Freed (Dixon), Margie Ann Freed (Harris), Omajean Freed (Masters), Linda Lou Freed, Donald Gene Freed and Nancy Lee Freed (Ridenhour).

From Marriages of Calhoun County 1856 - 1875

Jacob FREED, 21, b. Beaver Co., PA, s/o Jacob & Margaret, married Mazy J. FERREL, 20, b. Monongalia Co., WV, d/o Hiram & Matilda - Feb. 26, 1860.

Jacob FREED, Sr., 33-W, b. Beaver, Co., PA, s/o Jacob & Margaret Nan, applied for a marriage license with Mary Elizabeth NICHOLS, 22, b. Gilmer Co., d/o Daniel & Jane - No Date. Record states, "Not Married." This the last record for the year 1873.

Jacob FREED, 33-W, b. Beaver Co. PA, s/o Jacob & Margaret, married Susan PRIDE, 20, b. Calhoun Co., d/o William & Hannah - Mar. 19, 1874.

Jacob, Jr. Freed and Mary Elizabeth Nichols obtained a marriage license after Mazie Jane Ferrell Freed died but there is no date on the marriage license and the record states, "Not Married.". Mary Elizabeth was born when Gilmer County was in VA. (See Gilmer, VA, above.) The western part of Virginia became the state of West Virginia in 1863. A Freed cemetery list compiled by Mrs. Ilene Wager says Mary Elizabeth Nichols died in 1873. It also says Mazie Jane Freed died in 1872.

Susan Pride Freed’s parents and siblings. ( Jacob Freed’s 2nd wife)
William, Sr., Susan PRIDE Freed’s father, was inducted into the army at age 30 on December 22, 1861. He served in the Civil War’s 11th West Virginia Infantry, Company C, Union Regiment. Susan’s mother is Hannah BUNNER Pride, b. 11/14/1825, d. 2/16/1910.

As a result of the war, William was no longer able to support his family.

The following information is taken from the Calhoun County 1870 census:
Henrietta (Hannah Retta) Pride, age 6, lives with Thornton and Mary Ferrel.
William Pride, age almost 10, lives with John and Sarah Goldsmith.
Manerva (Minerva) Pride, age 12, lives with Benjamin and Roanne Dye.
Elizabeth Pride, age 14, lives with Hiram and Jane Ferrel.
Susan Pride, age 16, lives with Thomas and Louisa Ferrel.
William Pride, age 43, (children’s father), lives with Robert and Nancy Boner/Bunner.
(Nancy is Mary Nancy Boner/Bunner)

The following information is taken from the Calhoun County 1880 census.
Pride, William, (Jr.) age 20, single, son, farmer, VA VA VA
Hannah, age 54, widow, mother, keeper of house, VA VA VA (Hannah Bunner Pride)
Robert, age 14, brother, WV VA VA

1870 & 1880 Censuses - The mother, Hannah Bunner Pride and Robert age 4, did not appear on the 1870 Calhoun County census. Hannah Retta was no longer with the Ferrels in 1880. The other three girls were no doubt married. William, Sr. is deceased. According to the census, Hannah is a widow in 1880. William 43 was physically unable to support his family. He was handicapped from his involvement in the Civil War. The war evidently ruined the home life of this large family as it did so many others.

The PRIDES came to America from England and Scotland. The earliest Pride that we have found is John who died about 1790 in Delaware.

Reuben Adam BUNNER, the first Bunner ancestor that we have of Hannah, emigrated from Mannheim, Germany. He was born in 1697 and settled in Lancaster, PA. He died there on his farm that he had received as a land grant. Some of his descendants moved to Western Pennsylvania and others to Virginia. Hannah Bunner married William Pride in Virginia.

If you have any questions or comments, please e-mail me, Lizzie Leota Freed’s daughter, Geri Raybuck Smith - grshas@aol.com