Containing the precedents in the family of
Simon P. and Sarah (Lyon) Idleman
whose precedents embrace the family names of

Collected and Compiled by
Ollie F. Idleman
of Scherr, W. Va.

Gary E. Tucker

Ollie F. Idleman (1873-1968), the author of this historical account of early families in present Grant County, West Virginia, was born and raised in Grant County. Both her maternal and paternal ancestral lines included some of the earliest settlers in the community known to local historians as Greenland. The Greenland community, as defined by most researchers, spread considerably beyond the boundaries of the small village once known as Greenland but now known as Scherr.

Ollie Idleman was an extremely talented individual. Her many talents included the production of art work in both charcoal and watercolor, contributing historical articles to the Grant County Free Press, and a love of both music and teaching. She shared her many talents with friends and relatives over a long and productive lifetime. She had a long career of teaching the elementary grades in a number of schools in Grant and Mineral counties and retired in 1927. Her long interest in genealogy and family history extended from her own ancestral lines to those of numerous other families of the Greenland area. Her phenomenal memory for details of the many stories and traditions handed down in her family for generations is highlighted in this work and in her History of the Brick Church, an account of the historical Church of the Brethren congregation at the west end of Maysville Gap, Grant County. That congregation played a vital role in shaping her life and the lives of many other residents in the greater Greenland community.

The Rev. Newton Poling, retired Brethren minister and nephew of Ollie Idleman, provided Gary Tucker a photocopy of Idleman's original manuscript. That photocopy is dim and difficult to read. For that reason, this version of Idleman's family history has been re-keyed on the computer in order to provide a crisp new version that can be photocopied for others who might want one. Poling made a number of handwritten marginal notes and corrections on the copy he provided to Tucker, and the information contained in these marginal notes is included in this new version and indicated in bold face within brackets, i.e., [ ]. Otherwise, this version is faithful to the original with the exception of a few minor editorial changes in the form of minor changes in punctuation to promote clarity and a few changes of obvious misspellings. In addition, Tucker has provided a few clarifications that are enclosed within brackets, i.e., [ ], but Tucker's comments are not in bold face as are those by Poling.

Ollie Idleman keyed the original manuscript of this work on a typewriter, and it has been difficult to find a computer font that duplicates the size and appearance of the original. Likewise, it has been difficult to duplicate the original document's number of words on each line and the number of lines on each page. A font type and page margins that approximate the original manuscript have been used in this re-keyed version. This re-keyed version is not faithful to the original in the number of words to a line, but the material presented on each page duplicates that of the original with two exceptions. Two lines from the original page 60 spill over onto the following page in this version. Otherwise, the content of each individual page is the same as on its counterpart in the original document. This will allow researchers using this re-keyed version to cite page numbers that will agree with Ollie Idleman's original page numbers.

The re-keyed version of Ollie Idleman's important documentation of family history and local history associated with the Greenland community follows. Appreciation is extended to the Rev. Newton Poling for sharing the original, which has made this new version possible.

Gary E. Tucker
2606 West D Street
Russellville, AR 72801
January 15, 1997

Ollie F. Idleman, a daughter of Simon P. Idleman, who was a son of Daniel Francis Idleman, who was a son of Francis Daniel Idleman, who was a son of Conrad Idleman, who came to the United States from Germany, about the year 1782 or 83.

For information as to the different lines of this history, I am indebted to my grandmother, on my father's side, Eve Cosner Idleman, for information concerning the coming to this country of the Idleman family, also to my great uncle, Jacob Idleman, and to my cousin, Jacob F. Idleman, to my cousin, Cicero Idleman, of Portland, Oregon, to Caroline Lippincott of Illinois, to Albert Rohrbaugh of Belington, W. Va., to Jacob Beery of Augusta, W. Va., to Lucy Tucker Lyon, concerning the time of coming, the when and where of settling, and for a great deal of general information, to my own father, Simon P. Idleman.

For the greater part of the early history of the Stingley family, I am indebted to Rev. Daniel Hays, to Thomas Dent Lyon, D. P. Hendrickson, to my uncle, William Lyon, to Martha Reed, to Anna Lyon Clark, to Kate Lewis McDonald, for specific and general information of the Lyon and Stingley families.

To my father, and his mother, for most of the dates, that I was able to obtain, of the living, work, and property ownership of the Cosner family.

Since I began this history, different little sketches have come to me of people, slightly connected with the family, that I could never have known without the making of this history, and for this I am very grateful.

Both my father and my mother were much interested in the history of their families; to them I am indebted for my own interest.

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To every person there comes through the father and mother four lines of blood, that is, unless that person's ancestry runs back to the same parent stock, as in the marriage of relatives.

My paternal grandfather was Idleman; my paternal grandmother was Cosner. My maternal grandfather was Lyon; my maternal grandmother was Stingley. I shall take these up in that order.

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Years and years ago, while America was still struggling for her rights, in a little town in Germany, lived a German family. The town where they lived was Baden-Baden [LDS records indicate it was probably Kaiserslautern], situated on the Rhine River. This German family was the family of my ancestor, Conrad Idleman (Eidelmann).

In about the year 1782 or 83, Conrad Eidelmann, his wife and small son, Francis Daniel, came to America. They tell us the voyage to America took about nine months, I don't know why.

They settled near the foot of the Allegheny Mountains, in what is now W. Va. We have no detailed account of them until the children were grown and married.

Conrad Idleman's family --- now spelled in English --- Idleman --- married as follows: Francis Daniel, born Oct. 31, 1778, married Judith Rohrbaugh, born Dec. 10, 1785; Jacob married Susanna Rohrbaugh and went to Ohio in 1817. John married Abbey Frey; Lewis married Mary Rush; Elizabeth married Jacob Rohrbaugh; Nancy Katherine married John Rohrbaugh; Margaret married Christian Cosner; Mary married Jacob Powell.

Francis Daniel is my direct ancestor, and was by trade, a weaver of fine cloth and was renowned for fine workmanship.

Francis Daniel had nine children as follows: John Oliver, born March 30, 1809; Elizabeth, born Jan 13, 1812;

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Conrad D., born July 30, 1814; Daniel Francis, born Nov. 8, 1817; Mary Ann, born Jan. 29, 1820; Eunice, born April 22, 1822; Jacob R., born July 22, 1824; Lewis Scott, born Dec. 28, 1826; Catherine Jane, born Dec. 22, 1830.

John Oliver married Elizabeth Ann Cosner, daughter of Jacob Cosner, Oct. 1, 1840. To this union were born eight children, six boys and two girls. The two girls and two boys died in young adulthood. Those that remained were Jacob Francis, Zackary Taylor, Felix Vance, and John Johnson. Of the four boys of John Oliver, only one, John Johnson, ever married. He married Adeline Ebert, a daughter of Henry Ebert, and they had the following children: Sadie Pearl, Oliver Ebert, Jesse Milford, Nina Catharine, and Haven Lincoln.

Elizabeth, the second child of Francis Daniel, lived to be 86 or 87, but did not marry. She lived by herself, close to her brother, Jacob R. My first recollection of her was of an elderly gray-haired woman, with small but very bright blue eyes that opened just a little wider as she looked at or listened to you. She was an aristocrat to the backbone; not in the sense of being snobbish, but in the belief that blood will tell and that one should choose the best blood, when it comes to marrying.

Conrad D., the third child of Francis Daniel, married Belinda Rohrbaugh, the daughter of Henry Rohrbaugh, Dec. 7, 1848. They had no children and Conrad died Feb. 17, 1856. His wife, Belinda, died about 1880.

Right here I am going to digress, in giving the history of this family, and give some interesting bits of information that was handed to me after I had given the history of this family. I will put it here as it was given to me.

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Lottie Weimer brought her uncle, Adam Evans, for an afternoon call and while here he asked if we were any relation to the Conrad Idleman who used to live up on Jordan Run. When I told him that Conrad Idleman was a brother to my grandfather, Daniel Francis Idleman, he said that he, Adam Evans, owned and lived on the farm owned by Conrad Idleman. He said that when Conrad Idleman came to the Jordan Run neighborhood, that a man by the name of Jon't Cosner came with him. They stayed in that neighborhood, marrying sisters. Conrad marrying Linda Rohrbaugh and Jon't marrying Mary Rohrbaugh. They bought and lived on adjoining farms. Jon't had a son called Welly; likely his name was Wellington. Adam said that Conrad was a fine young man and well esteemed among his neighbors and friends. By what Adam said, he must have been about the same age as Adam. Adam was a real old man when he gave me this information, and at this time, Jan. 1960, Conrad would likely be 150 or more.

Adam told that one Christmas the young men of the neighborhood were trying which one could made the loudest noise by loading a gun heavily and firing it; when Welly fired his gun, it exploded and a piece of the steel struck him in the temple. A doctor, Dr. Groves, Sr., was sent for who told them that when he extracted the steel he would die of hemorrhage of the brain, which he did.

Now to continue the history of this family: Daniel Francis the fourth child of Francis Daniel, and my grandfather married Eve Cosner, daughter of Jacob Cosner, Feb. 20, 1840. To this union were born eight children, namely: Martha Ann, born May 5, 1842; Mary Jane, born April 22, 1844; Simon Peter, born April 28, 1845; Joseph Gabriel, born March 31, 1848;

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Barbara Ellen, who died young. Edward Simeon, and Judith Lydia, and I have not the date of either of these. Frances, who died in infancy shortly after the death of her father.

Daniel Francis, my grandfather, died Feb. 5, 1855, in the prime of life, being only a little past 37 years old. My father was only ten years old when his father died. He was the oldest boy. They lived at the western end of Maysville Gap, or Cosner, Gap, as it was called then, on what was a part of my great grandfather, Jacob Cosner's farm. I can remember when the houses stood in the meadow just below the Brick Church at the mouth of the Gap. A part of the stone milkhouse is still standing, but the dwelling houses were torn down. They were comparatively good houses then.

My great grandfather, Jacob Cosner, owned a mill at the mouth of Cosner Gap. There had been a small mill there before, owned by Martin Hawk. His father-in-law, our great, great, grandfather built a dam, put in buhrs and made a good flouring mill from the old tub mill owned by Martin Hawk. This was along about 1830. Then about 1850 my grandfather, Daniel Francis Idleman, took the mill. He had it remodeled entirely; he expended a great deal in making these changes and in the midst of his labors he was stricken down suddenly and seriously with cerebro-spinal-meningitis. He lived only about four days after being stricken with this fatal malady. This left the mother with seven children and one expectant to make her way alone. The grandfather, her father, had retired from the mill when her husband took it over, but now at the death of the husband, he took upon himself the responsibilities of the family. He again entered the mill, and my father, Simon P., was the grandfather's help in the mill. They worked

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together, the old man and the little boy, for a while then, later Jacob Hilkey became the miller there.

My father talked so much of his father's early death, dying, as he said, at the age of thirty-eight, just in his prime. It seemed that his father must have depended quite a bit upon the little boy, for Papa talked often of the errands upon which his father would send him, sometimes for miles, alone, on horseback. He seemed proud that his father trusted him to this extent.

He told often of how his father took him with him one time as he was going away, and Papa went part of the way to bring back the horses. They took the road North toward Greenland, and, when they got to the top of the Dolly Hill, as it was familiarly called, they heard the baying of hounds. Grandfather dismounted and stood watching. Pretty soon came a deer with lolling tongue and drooping tail, spent with the chase, and in its wake, came a dog. While waiting, grandfather had cut a stout tick and now was ready. So he whistled to the dog, who soon got his dues while the deer was allowed to go on its way unmolested.

Sportsmen, living in the South Branch Valley, kept hounds and were in the habit of chasing and catching deer which they did in all times of the year and in all weather conditions. Farmers, whose lands were thus run over, resented this indignity, and the fact that the deer were chased and killed at a time when they should have been unmolested. So, often the dogs paid for this folly with their lives.

Papa often spoke too, of his grandfather Cosner, of his kindness and wisdom in dealing with the children and of the many valuable lessons learned of him.

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The family lived at this same place till the children were about grown, except the youngest girl, then they sold out and went West, all but my father; in September 1866. They settled in southern Iowa and northern Missouri. Three of them married in the west and all are dead now. My father, who stayed in W. Va. was the last to go, at the age of eight-four, no three.

The children of Daniel Francis Idleman married as follows: Martha Anne married John Foley in Dec. 1860; they had seven children, as follows: Cantwell, Emma, Ella, Jennie, Ida, Maud, and Truman. Mary Jane married John Burkhiser in the spring of 1865 or 1866. They had nine children who lived to grow up as follows: Conda, Tilla, Laura, Dorothy, Anna, Mary, Charley, John and Ernest. These two women married before they went West. John Burkhiser was a Catholic.

Joseph Gabriel married Anna Colby in Missouri. They had three children, namely, Mignon, Bessie, and Gerald. Gerald was crushed under an engine, when a culvert over which he was driving broke through. Mignon married a man by the name of Hays. She had two children, then died leaving them. Uncle Joseph died Dec. 31, 1917 of cancer of the stomach. Mignon died Jan. 8, 1917 of appendicitis. So Bessie is the only one living at this time. [note: Poling's marginal note says "married Darrah L. Fluke. No children."]

Edward Simeon also married in the West. He married Elizabeth Neff. They had three children: Eva, Thomas, and Tillie. His wife then dying, he married Mary Pence for a second wife.

Judith Lydia married Marion Fife about 1874. They had three children to live and grow up, namely: Elmer, Bertha, and Pearle. Aunt Lydia died Jan. 23, 1921, of cancer of the stomach. Our family kept in closer touch with Aunt Lydia's family then with the others because Grandmother lived with Aunt Lydia's

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as long as she lived and was a regular correspondent with Papa as long as she lived. She died Jan. 13, 1907, at the age of 85 years, 3 months and 3 days.

Simon P. Idleman, my father, married Sarah Lyon, Nov. 5, 1868. To this union were born seven children, six of whom lived to grow up. Their names and births follow: Meribah Virginia, born Aug. 20, 1869. Russell Thoburn, born April 26, 1871. Ollie Frances, born Sept. 16, 1873. Willye Alma, born Dec. 9, 1875. Maynard Marcellus, born April 10, 1893. Maynard died May 9, 1894, being one year and one month old.

Meribah married John H. Cassady. To this union were born seven children. I should have said that Meribah was married June ___, 1896, and that John Cassady was the son of William Cassady. The names of their children are as follows: Maynard Lamar, born May 11, 1897. Virginia, born Feb. 14, 1900. Helen Lyon, born Nov. 9, 1902. Robert Idleman, born Feb. 10, 1906. Mildred Myrtle, born April 5, 1908. Paul Francis, born May 17, 1910. John Junior, born April 15, 1912. Virginia Cassady died June 21, 1902.

Russell Thoburn married Amanda Weaver, Aug. 29, 1909. To them were born four children, namely: Sara Elizabeth, born Oct. 9, 1910. Ruth Levina, born July 31, 1913. Mable Esther, born Jan. 10, 1916. The second child, a boy, died in infancy.

Willye Alma married Columbus Poling, son of Albert W. Poling, August 19, 1907. To them were born four children: Wendell Idleman, born Oct. 22, 1908. Mary Alice, born Feb. 4, 1910. Newton Lyon, born March 25, 1914. The fourth child only lived a short time. Wendell went to bed with typhoid fever March 7, 1921 and died May 11, 1921. Mary Alice died Feb. 11, 1926. They lived in Phillipi, W. Va.

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Myrtle Lyon married Clarence Hesse, son of Charley Hesse, August 11, 1920. Clarence has held pastorates in the Brethren Church in the following places: Somerset, Pa.; Roanoke and Bridgewater, Va., Greenville and Hartville, Ohio. He is now retired and lives in Petersburg, W. Va.

Amanda Weaver Idleman was born March 10, 1879. She died June 4, 1929.

Now, going back two generations -- Jacob Rush, the seventh child of Francis Daniel, married Sophia Thomas, daughter of Aaron Thomas, ____ 24, 1858. Their children were Samuel, Charity, James J., Edward Porter, Margaret, David, Francis, and John.

Samuel died single while away from home attending school, of typhoid fever. Charity married Robert Neville, son of Mortimer Neville. They had six children: Mable, who married a Mr. Alexander, and who had four children. Ethel, who married Ernest Hillery and had two children, Ralph and Ernest. Ethel's husband died leaving Ethel a widow. She afterwards married a doctor Phillips, who at this time is dead, but Ethel is living.

Paul, Blair, and Carl, yes, and Ervin, who married Edna Harvey, daughter of Scott Harvey, were sons of Charity Idleman Neville. Blair was killed in an automobile accident in the spring of 1928.

James J., the third child of Jacob R. Idleman, died single but I have not the date of his death.

Edward Porter, the fourth child of Jacob R. Idleman, married Florida Freeland. They had three children: Core, Harry, and the other I cannot name. Harry died a sudden death in his car, found dead.

Margaret, the fifth child of Jacob R. Idleman, lived single. She died in 1911, I think Oct. 4, 1911.

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David, the sixth child of Jacob R. Idleman, married Cora Dixon, daughter of Jesse Dixon. They had four children. Ina, Mary and Virginia and one boy who met his death by a dropping window sash as he climbed out the window. Dave and Cora afterwards separated and after a time Dave married Florence Bane Baker.

Francis, the seventh child of Jacob R. Idleman, married Cynthia Mackley. They had three children, Bernice, Audry, and Lawrence.

John, the eighth child of Jacob R. Idleman, married Edna McNair. Jesse, Clyde and Ruth were their children, but there were others that I cannot name.

Now, back a generation -- Lewis Scott, the eighth child of Francis Daniel, was married Oct. 27, 1859, to Elizabeth Foley, daughter of Isaac Foley. Their children were Elza, William, Hattie, Edward, and Laura. Elza has been married three times. The first to Rosa Bell Cosner, daughter of Moore Cosner. The second time to a Mackley, who died leaving no children. Elza's third venture into the sea of matrimony was to find Mary Reed. She, at this time, Jan. 1960, is still living. She had three or four children, but I know nothing of them. To Elza's first wife was born one child, who married Walter Mackley, who died after they had a family of several children. She then married Neil Hanlin, son of David Hanlin. He also died, leaving her with quite a family to support.

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Nellie married Fahrenheit Cosner and when she had two children, she died. Amelia married Walter Foley, a grandson of old Isaac Foley. Hattie died in the spring of 1928. Edward Idleman married Esther Hanlin, daughter of Martin Hanlin. They had one child, a son. The mother has been dead for several years.

Laura, the youngest child of Lewis Scott Idleman, married a Bonner. They are both living at this time, but have no children.

Katherine Jane, the ninth child of Francis Daniel, died single, Feb. 26, 1868.

This ends the direct line of Francis Daniel, son of Conrad Idleman. We shall now take up the brothers and sisters of Francis Daniel.

Jacob, the second son of Conrad Idleman married Suzanna Rohrbaugh. In 1817 he moved to Ohio. For the rest of the genealogy of this family I am indebted to C. M. Idleman, a grandson of Jacob Idleman. His account follows:

Jacob Idleman, my grandfather, came to Ohio from Virginia in 1847; locating first in Lancaster Co., in the southern part of the state; later moving to Highland and then to Delaware Co. He took some contracts of grading the old Sandusky turnpike and received script which he turned into land on the old Sandusky plains.

A short time after this he was instrumental in procuring a bill through the legislature of this state which cut off part of Delaware County on the North, and which was named Marion Co. He was the first judge this county ever had. He lived there during his natural life, dying of typhoid fever at the age of 52 years. Before coming of Ohio, he was married to Sarah or

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Susanna Rohrbaugh, who lived to be eight-nine years old. They had four children: four sons and one daughter. Christian, Jacob, Silas, John, and Anna.

John died comparatively young, unmarried. Christian was a minister living his entire life in Ohio, devoting his life to the ministry and dying at the age of 87, in Fostoria. He married Susan Pontius and they had three children: Catherine, Amos, and Silas. All three are dead. Silas, having died a bachelor, Catherine married David Eckert, they had two children: Frank and William. The last heard of they were living in Texas. Both parents being dead. Amos had three children: Elsworth, the oldest son, is now a minster in the Methodist church. Nina married Sidney Newcomb, and the last heard of they were living in Tennessee. Carrie, the youngest, is married and living in southern Ohio.

Jacob Idleman, son of the first Jacob Idleman, was a miller and farmer, residing in Waldo, Ohio. He married a Jones. He lived in Ohio until 1865, when he moved to Salem, Ill. He had six children: Elijah, George, Samantha, Clara, Isabella, and Ada. Samantha and Elijah did not go with their father to Ill., both having married in Ohio. Samantha married Elijah Thompson and lived in Ridgewood, Ohio, then she moved to Prospect, Ohio. Elijah had two sons, Elton and Frank. Elton lives in the neighborhood of Prospect and Frank in Marion. Samantha had two children, Sherman and Ida. George married, going to Ohio. They had one daughter who is now married to George C. Hubos and lives in Detroit, Mich. Isabella and Ada have died, but Clara and George, with their descendants, still live in southern Illinois. "Silas, my father," says Cicero, "married Catherine Pontius, a sister of uncle Christian's wife, to whom

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were born twelve children: Clara, William, Franklin, Christian, Cicero, Ida, Lydia, Hattie, Kate, Jacob, Charles, Lawrence, and Harry. Clara, the oldest, was married to William C. Rapp, and is still living and has one son, and lives in Marion, Ohio. Franklin died in infancy. Joseph died at the age of 14, with spinal meningitis. William, still unmarried, resides in Portland. Christian, a widower, has one son, Arnold, who practices dentistry in Portland. Cicero, myself, married, no children, living in Portland. Ida M. married to a Jones, living in Portland. Lydia, married to a Waddell, has one son married, all living in Portland, Oregon. Kate married a Dumble, a physician, living in Hood River, Oregon. Charles, married, no children, living in Galdwell, Idaho. Lawrence, a minister, not married, lives in Los Angeles, California. Harry, a bachelor, lives in Portland. Anna, my father's sister, the only daughter of the family, married a Snyder and died in Marion, Ohio at the age of 80 years. The Idleman residing in Iowa is Rev. Francis F. Idleman, pastor of the Church of Christ at Des Moines, Iowa. He comes from one of the West Virginia branches and not the Ohio branch. He is a magnificent fellow, bright, and a very eloquent speaker. He was in attendance upon a convention here years ago, and was considered one of the best speakers in the convention, although comparatively a young man.
Sincerely, C. M. Idleman, Oregonian Building, Portland, Oregon.

Now back to Conrad Idleman ---

John, the third named son of Conrad Idleman, married Abbey Frey. We have the account of only two sons: William and Henry. We think that Henry married a Blackburn, but of the children, we have no data at present. William married a McNemar, a sister of old Josiah McNemar. Their children were Samuel, Edward, William, Charles, Elizabeth, Jane, and Rebecca.

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I do not know who the boys married or where they live, but I think that some of the boys, if not all, went West. Elizabeth married Daniel Tucker. Their children were Laura, Lucy, Carrie, John, Milt, and Dave. Laura married Henry Hetzler, a son of Mary Frantz by a former marriage. Lucy married Franklin Lyon, son of my uncle Hiram Lyon. They had three sons: Vernon, Leo, and Franklin Jr. Then the father died and afterwards Lucy married Aaron Spiker. The boys all married, but I know nothing of them, excepting Leo, who married a Ravencraft and lives in Florida. Carrie married Dyce Spiker, a brother of Aaron Spiker, and lives in Oakland, Md. Jane married a Bond, but I have no record of her family. Rebecca married Isaac Taylor. She was his second wife, and they had no children.

Lewis, the fourth named son of Conrad Idleman married Mary Rush, we think his cousin, as his mother was a Rush. Lewis was born Mar. 26, 1795. After his marriage, he went to Ohio, that was in 1822, and in 1845 he went to Ill. He had six children, namely: Jacob, Lewis, Jonathan, Nathan, Caroline, and another daughter, who died in infancy. Jacob has two children living, a son living in southeast Kansas and a daughter living in Ill. Lewis Jr. has three children living. Winfield Scott, living in Iowa, L. H. Idleman living in St. Paul, Ill.

Jonathan has seven children living: Wilson, living near Dallas, Texas; Lincoln, living near David, Oklahoma; James at Kansas City, Mo.; Warren William, living near Avena, Ill.; Lathero, in Vandalia, Ill., and Susie, near St. James, Ill.

Nathan Idleman moved to Joplin, Mo. about 1878 and his three children are living somewhere in the Southwest.

Caroline Idleman, married a Lippincott. Her children were Lewis, Grant, Joseph, and Mary. Mary is married; the

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three boys are still single.

The first Lewis Idleman was lost sight of by the rest of the family in the East, after he went West. By accident, the name Finis Idleman, was seen in the "Christian Herald." He was to speak at a convention in New York City. We communicated with him and found him to be a descendant of the last branch of Lewis Idleman. Finis Idleman is a son of Winfield Scott Idleman. Winfield Scott is the son of Lewis Idleman Jr., and he is the son of Lewis Sr., son of Conrad Idleman.

When we wrote to Finis Idleman, his great aunt, Caroline Lippincott, to whom he referred the letter, was then living. That was in 1917 and she was 82 years old, the youngest child of Lewis Jr. She died in 1920, being past 84 years old.

She said she was ten years old when her father went from Ohio to Illinois. Her father took up a claim, paid two horses and a wagon for it. Part of it was fenced and broken, with a young orchard set out; the rest in prairie grass as high as a man's head, when he was on a horse; and that all you could see was land, land on every side. They lived in a log house, 14 by 16 feet with puncheon floor and clapboard doors; and at night they could hear the wolves howl; and once in a while a panther. They had no schools, and had about six miles to church. Their trading place was Vandalia, 13 miles away. There were eight in the family, one brother bringing a young wife along with him. They all lived in that house together and were as happy as larks.

Elizabeth, the fifth child of Conrad Idleman, married Jacob Rohrbaugh. They had one son, John, who moved to Arkansas, somewhere in the fifties, do not know his locality. Elizabeth, a daughter married Silas Randal. They moved

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somewhere in the West. Susanna, another daughter, married David Beery, in 1847. Susanna was born March 24, 1808 and died Nov. 9, 1892. Their children were: Jacob, born June 22, 1850; Jane and Rebecca, date of birth not known, they were sisters to Jacob.

Jacob married a Haines, April 28, 1874. He had twelve children, six boys and six girls. A daughter, Myrtle, died at the age of nine and another girl, Cora, died at the age of twenty-one. Jacob Beery's wife died in 1907. In 1913 he married Eliza Cheshire. Later she died and he married a Mrs. Grapes, who in Jan. 1939, is still living. Jacob Beery has four children living in Manessen, Pa.: Susan Rogers, who has four girls; Grayson Beery, who has one son; Wilbert Beery, who has three girls and Mr. J. K. Beery, who has no children. William lives near Augusta, W. Va. and has four boys and three girls; John Beery has two boys and three girls and lives at Cacapon; Bertie Rogers has two girls and lives in Sebring, Florida. Lillian Beery, single, also lives at Sebring, Fla.

Jane, daughter of Jacob Rohrbaugh and Elizabeth Idleman Rohrbaugh, married Jethro Ely in about 1857. She died at about the age of 72. Their children were: Joseph, John, Betty, and Belle. Joseph married Mollie Davidson, had no children; they live at Rockoak, Hampshire County, W. Va. John Ely married a Miss Davidson, they have three boys; Belle married William Bean, they have three girls and one boy; they live near Gettysburg, Pa. Bettie married Ben Dean. He died and she married Jacob Shank. They have no children, and live at Augusta, Hampshire County. Rebecca, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Idleman Rohrbaugh, married Harvey Riggleman. They had no children, both are dead.

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Jacob Rohrbaugh, whose issue we have just chronicled, and who married Elizabeth Idleman, was a brother to Susanna, who married Jacob Idleman, and to Judith, who married Francis Daniel Idleman, and is my direct ancestor, and to John Rohrbaugh, who married Nancy Katherine Idleman. Quite interesting! This information was obtained from Jacob Beery, who resided then at Augusta, W. Va. He has since passed on, and I do not know if any of the family live in these parts anymore. I passed by the Jacob Beery home in Dec. 1959, but all seemed quiet - no stir about the place. I hear that two or three of the girls still live in Sebring, Florida.

Another informer on this branch of the family was Gertrude Smith, who lived then at Clarksburg, W. Va. and who was a descendant of Jacob Rohrbaugh.

One of my earliest informers as to the characteristics of the Idleman family said that the Idlemans were very fair-skinned, blond-haired and blue-eyed, but that the Rohrbaughs were a dark skinned race, and that when they married together, quite a number of the Idlemans were dark skinned.

Nancy Katherine, sixth daughter of Conrad Idleman, married John Rohrbaugh and settled on the Buckhannon River, their descendants live in Grant and Barbour counties. Their children were Philip, John, Isaac, Nathaniel, Nathan, Anthony, Jarusha, Anna, Matilda, Ruth, Dresilla, Delilah, and Lucinda.

I have in my possession, a paper prepared by Gertrude Smith. She is a descendant of Jacob and Elizabeth Idleman Rohrbaugh. As her family came through the Rohrbaugh side of the family, she naturally has more Rohrbaugh than Idleman in her history; but that we can take to get the other, and thanks.

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Her paper follows:
John Rohrbaugh

John Reinhart Rohrbaugh came to Philadelphia, Pa. on ship Ranier; Henry Browning, Master, from Rotterdam, last from --- some place --- England, September 1749 with passengers from Hanan, Wurtemberg, Darmstadt, and Eisenberg; was past twenty-one years of age and single. Purchased 400 acres of land in Upper Tract, on the South Branch in Hardy County, Aug. 18, 1761 --- married Elizabeth Harness, daughter of ________? Children: __________

Jacob married Elizabeth Idleman, born at Baden, on the Rhine. Descendants of this family lived at first in Grant County, W. Va.

Barbara Rohrbaugh married Christian Simons. Descendants live in Upshur and Lewis counties.

Anthony Rohrbaugh, born Nov. 18, 1765, in Hardy County died July 27, 1860, in Upshur County. Married Elizabeth Simons, born Jan. 6, 1770, died March 6, 1837 in Upshur Co. She was a daughter of George and Mary Simons, who came with his brothers, sisters and aged father, Nicholas Simons, born 1676, and his uncle Michael Simons, born 1679, and his family from Rotterdam to Philadelphia, Aug. 27, 1739, all traveling first class passengers, and each and every member of the family had his or her personal servant; had purchased two thousand acres before coming to America; but after seeing America, the wilderness, many members of these families returned to England. (Anthony Rohrbaugh was my great great grandfather) --- Gertrude Smith.

John Rohrbaugh, Jr. married Nancy Katherine Idleman born 1777 at Baden on the Rhine. Descendants of this family live in Barbour and Grant counties.

Magdalene Rohrbaugh married Anthony Spohr, born 1774 on the Rhine; Elizabeth Rohrbaugh, born April 26, 1776, died July 11, 1858; married Oct. 154, 1801, to Jacob Harness.

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Anna Rohrbaugh married John Myers.

Judith Rohrbaugh, born Dec. 10, 1785, died Mar. 24, 1862; married May 5, 1808 to Frances Daniel Idleman, born Oct. 21, 1778, died Dec. 3, 1856.

If you will go back to where I followed more directly, the Idleman line of the family, you will see that I chronicled the marriage of four of Conrad Idleman's family to four of the children of John Rohrbaugh. Perhaps, because the country was sparsely settled, and these two families came to know each other, they naturally became interested in each other, because there was no none else to become interested in, or no one else that neither family would have cared to mate with a family of a lower class. Then too, both families were German, and all history and statistics will tell us that the Germans were very clannish, and tried to preserve the German culture in America. All of this is speculation, of course, but I thought it might have had something to do with the mixing of one family with another one to the fourth degree. Not far from my home is a community of people who have intermarried, until the children have become very much lacking in intellect, and some have become deformed and diseased with all the dreadful things that follow such practices. These people live in a community to themselves. They were shut in to themselves by hard winters, heavy snows, which kept them to themselves and away from the outside world. Since writing the above, years have passed, country environment has changed by good roads, and different modes of travel, but older folks can still remember the peculiarities of people of this neighborhood.

Considering the mating of these two families, the Idleman and the Rohrbaugh, made me think that perhaps the same reasons that brought about the intermarriage in the one case may have caused the mating of the two families in the other case.

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The children of Elizabeth Idleman and Jacob Rohrbaugh; John moved to Arkansas; Elizabeth married Silas Randal, went West; Susanna married Jacob Beery, children given elsewhere.

Eunice, daughter of Francis Daniel Idleman, born April 24, 1822, married Solomon Cosner, Octo. 10, 1848, died Sept. 1902. Children: Daniel Francis, Moten, Jacob, John Lewis, Levi, Elizabeth. All of these had families, but can only name children of Jacob --- George, Luther, Simon, Arthur, Miner, Franklin, Oliver, Dennis, Emory, Bert, Jane, Bess, Loretta, and Virgie.

Mary Ann, daughter of Francis Daniel Idleman married Samuel Cosner. Children were: Linda, one daughter --- Gertrude; Nettie, married a Mackley, one child --- Clara; Eunice married Shank John Cosner, several children --- Eva, Anna, Archibald, and others.

Grandfather, Daniel Francis Idleman died Feb. 5, 1855, and the following spring grandmother sold out and went to near Unionville, Missouri. In 1874 she married William Stickler of Centerville, Iowa. This was a very unfortunate affair, for although he was a minister in her church, he fell far short of living up to his calling, and when she could endure him no longer she came back to her daughter at Unionville and ended her days there.

Grandmother's mother's maiden name was Barbary Hawk. She was born March 24, 1789. She had one brother and one sister. The brother is the one, I am told, who tried to drown himself, but was prevented from doing so, but finally ended up by cutting his throat. The sister, Bertha Fike thinks, must have married a Wolford, and gone West, for when grandmother's sister, Anna Cosner, married Martin Wolford, grandmother said that her mother encouraged it; for, said the mother, if Anna married him she will be out there with my sister.

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Martin Wolford and Anna were first cousins. The family opposed Anna's marriage to her cousin, but as I have said, the grandmother encouraged it.

One of my grandmother's (this is my father's mother) sisters, Polly, married a James Marquis. Grandmother said they were afraid to oppose this marriage too strong for fear that they would elope, as, this is wrong, I should say that they didn't oppose Anna's marriage too strong, for fear that she would elope as Polly had done. The man Aunt Polly married was James Marquis. Papa never corresponded with them, but Bertha Fife thought that some of them might be located either at Schell City or Nevada, Mo.

The following information was obtained by myself in a visit to a cousin living in Union City, Indiana in the year 1947. Polly Cosner, daughter of Jacob Cosner, and sister of my grandmother, Eve Cosner Idleman, was born July 22, 1811. She was married to James Marquis and went to Indiana to live. Their children were: William, Rebecca, Nige, Charles, Rachael, Ida, Minnie, Dora, and James Gillespa, Bernie. Rebecca, Polly's daughter, married Aaron Simmons. They had a son called William Kidd. He was born 1841. His brothers and sisters were: John, Andrew, Mary, Jane. Mary married a Hart. Jane married a Mumah.

The children of William Kidd Simmons were: Edgar, now living in Union City, Indiana.; Esta Rensberger, now living in Laverne, Calif. and Dora Nofsinger, living at North Manchester, Indiana.

Polly Stingley, a sister to my grandmother, on my mother's side, and a daughter of William Stingley, was married Sept. 8, 1816 to Kidd Marquis. We just suppose he was a brother to James Marquis, who married Polly Cosner. At any rate, my father and mother both had an Aunt Polly Marquis, who were two different persons. When Polly Stingley married Kidd Marquis, they went to Dark County, Ohio, no! Ross County, in 1818; settling on Paint Creek, then in

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1820 they moved to Union County, and in 1830 to where Dark County now stands. In 1829 she, Polly Stingley Marquis, united with the Brethren Church. Her husband was a minister in the Brethren Church for a number of years. William Kidd Marquis died in Nov. 9, 1857 and Polly died March 29, 1891.

A daughter of great aunt Polly Marquis. The Polly that married James Marquis, Mary, I think, married a Benge, but that is all we know about them.

These last things that I have given were obtained from grandmother Idleman, and rightfully belong in the Cosner branch of the family; but to preserve them, I am placing them here. They didn't mind being placed close together in the old days, so I shall not fear separation.

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