My grandmother, the mother of my father, Simon P. Idleman, was Eve Cosner. She was a daughter of Jacob Cosner. She was born and lived on the ancestral farm at the west end of Maysville Gap, or as it was then called, Cosner Gap.
Jacob Cosner's mother was Christianna Horn. She was born in Pennsylvania in 1760; was raised there; was of German blood. Jacob, her son, was born in 1788. Jacob Cosner's grandfather came from Germany and settled in Pennsylvania, when Jacob's father was a child. There he grew up, the father of Jacob Cosner, and married Christianna Horn, and their son Jacob was born in 1788.
I have not given, nor do I know, the name of Jacob's father nor of his grandfather. Neither do I have the date when Jacob came to Virginia, or what is now West Virginia, but he must have come as a young man, as he married a Virginia girl.
The brother whose name was Martin comes in my direct ancestral line, so I shall tell first of his marriage and family.
Martin Hawk married Mary Ann Madalene Wise. I have no history of her people nor of her back of this. They had three children, one boy and two girls. The son's name, I think, was also Martin. There is a story that our father used to tell us children of young Martin who took his life when a young man. It was that this young Martin had a wager with another young man as to which could eat the most warm maple sugar. Young Martin ate so much that he destroyed his health. Always after he had dyspepsia and was morose and melancholy. He made an attempt to drown himself in the "Big Spring," as it was called, behind the Brick Church. NOTE: (turn to p. 25 for the rest of this story).
Anna, born October 25, 1815, married Martin Wolford. They were cousins and I have wondered if the other daughter of Martin Hawk may not have married a Wolford, or why this relationship to the Wolfords? But we have no proof of it.
NOTE: (from p. 24) third paragraph continued: He carried his bed covers and threw them in and was trying to make them sink. When they were about to sink, he said, "I'll make you sink," and was preparing to jump in on them when he was caught from behind by some of the family, who had followed and were watching him. Later he cut his throat.
We do not know who the one daughter married, and can only guess by related families who she may have married, but the other daughter, whose name was Barbary, married Jacob Cosner and became my great grandmother, on the Cosner side of the family.
Barbary Hawk was born March 24, 1789, and in the year 1810 she was married. Jacob and Barbary Cosner had the following children: Polly, Adam, Anna, Henry, Elizabeth Ann, Eve, Martin, Isaac.
Polly, born July 22, 1811, married James Marquis. These are some of their children: Nige, Charles, Rachael, Ida, Minnie and Dora. Adam, born March 24, 1813, married Rachael Michael, a sister to Adam and William Michael. Their children were: Israel, Isaac, Wayne, Gabe, Aaron, Lydia Ann, Maria, Margaret, Polly, Paulina, Florence, Elizabeth and Nancy. These daughters, Lydia Ann, who married Jerry Rinehart, and Nancy who married Isaac Weller are the only ones of the family that I can report on their marriage, as the family went West after the death of the father, and married in western states.
Henry Cosner, son of Jacob Cosner, born Jan. 28, 1817, married Katherine or Katie Schell, a daughter of old Dan'l Schell and a sister to Joab and Billy Schell. They had the
Daniel, Samuel, Ellen, and Jacob. Daniel married Matilda Tucker, a daughter of Joseph Tucker. They had the following children: Anna, Flora, Bernie, Dick, Jasper, Havelock, Arnold, Homer, and one other one. They moved to the far west and I can give nothing of their marriages or farther history at present.
Samuel, son of Henry Cosner, born Jan. 31, 1845, married Lurinda Powell. Their children were Esta and Lulu. Estie married Hunter Feaster, a son of Henry Feaster, familiarly called "Squire." They had two sons, but I can give nothing farther of them. Lulu died single while yet in young womanhood.
Ellen married Charley Frantz, a son of old Dr. Frantz. Their children were Albert and Lelia. Albert married a western girl. Lelia married Albert Smoots. They have one child, a daughter.
Jacob, son of Henry Cosner, born Jan. 1854, married Olie Fout, a daughter of Henry Fout. Their children were Addie and Ervin. Addie married Granville Paugh. They separated and Addie married a Fout. Granville also married Edna Landis. Addie has had no children. Ervin died a young man, unmarried.
Elizabeth Ann, fifth child of Jacob and Barbary Cosner, was born June 6, 1818. She was familiarly called "Betsy Ann." She married John O. Idleman. Their children were: Jacob Francis, Zackary Taylor, Felix Vance, John Johnson, and two girls who died in girlhood. There were two other boys, Conrad and Lewis who died young. John Johnson was the only one in this family that ever married. He married Adaline Ebert, a daughter of Henry Ebert. Their children were: Pearle, who married Albert Hawk, son of Bill Hawk, and had a large family. Ebert, who is unmarried. Jesse, who married Grace Groves, daughter of John Groves.
Martin, seventh child of Jacob and Barbary Cosner, was born Jan. 15, 1825. He married Anne Maria Lyon, daughter of John Lyon, who was a brother to my grandfather Thomas Lyon. They had the following children: Mary, who married Samuel Weimer, son of Jacob Weimer, and had four or five children: Ida, Ami, Ira and Otis. They left here and went to Michigan. The first winter they were there nearly all of the children died of membranous croup. The other children of Martin Cosner -- Martha, Adam, and Ashford -- all died young and unmarried. These three are all buried in the cemetery on this farm. The eighth child of Jacob and Barbary Cosner, Isaac, I have no record of him. He must have died young, unmarried.
Jacob Cosner, whose history I have just given, and my direct ancestor, had a brother who settled in this section of what was then Virginia. I do not know his given name, but he had two sons, named Washington and Solomon. Also, the Cosners who settled in the Alleghenies -- David, John, Jesse, and Christian. They either were brothers of my great grandfather or else their father was a brother to my great, great grandfather.
I now have the name of the father of Washington and Solomon Cosner. It was Henry. Washington married Elizabeth McDonald,
David Cosner, who we think was a brother to our great grandfather, Jacob Cosner, or a first cousin, lived in that section of Allegheny known as the Grassy Ridge. He married Estie Hanlin, and they had sixteen children. Let us see if we can name them. Samuel, Andrew, Jonathan, Joseph, Christian, Jacob, Adam, David, John Tyler, Archibald, Wesley, Elizabeth, Christina, Margaret, Moore, and Catherine. Samuel married Mary Ann Idleman, a sister to my grandfather, Daniel Francis Idleman. Their children were Mahalah, who married a Bonner, Eunice, who married John Shank Cosner. Their children - Clara, who died of burns when a girl. William, who became a Presbyterian minister, died young and single. Linda, had one child, Gertrude. Nettie, who married Richard Mackley, late in life and had one child, Clara. Andrew, David's son, married Peggy Cosner. Their children were: Aaron, Ella, and Jennie. David's sons Jonathan, Joseph, and David - I do not know who they married.
Archibald married Ruhama Hawk. Their children were Edward, Thomas, Albert, Roy, Emmett, Walter, Mary, and Cora.
Moore married Sarah Reel. Their children were Rosa Bell, Mary Susan, Edward and Norah.
Christine married Charley Cosner. Their children were Noah, Edward, Christian, Abraham, Seymour, and Arbelia.
Eliza married Fred Lee, but I can give no children, neither can I tell anything of Magg, Catherine, or Jacob.
John, a brother of David, was born about 1799. He married Eve Hanlin. Their children were Benjamin, Solomon, Hiram, John Shank, Margaret, Eve, Rebecca, and Katie. Solomon married Eunice Idleman, a sister to my grandfather, Daniel Francis Idleman. Their children were Daniel Francis, John Lewis, Jacob, Elizabeth, Moton, Solomon, and Levi.
Hiram married Mahala Reel. Their children were James, Joseph, Florence, Neri, and Essie. Benjamin married a Cosner. Their children were: Paulina, Emma, Summers, and Sara.
Margaret, Eva, and Katie married Cosners, I think, but I have no farther knowledge of them. Adam, son of David Cosner, married Nancy Cooper. Their children were Arnold, David, Wesley, Jesse, and Anna.
Benjamin Cosner married a Cosner. Their children were Paulina, who married John (Jack) Lyons and had the following children: Frances, Gertrude, Minnie, Calvin, Millard, Gilbert, [Poling's marginal note says "and Esther"].
Job, or Shank John, as he was known, married Eunice Cosner, daughter of Samuel and Mary Ann Idleman Cosner. As Shank John was the son of John Cosner and Samuel the son of David Cosner, and David and John were brothers, you can see the close relationship between the children. These three brothers, David, John, and Christian, settled close together in a section isolated to a great extent from other families, especially during the long cold winters. So it is not strange that the children of these families would become interested in each other and marry, which they did, some quite close kin. As a result of this indiscretion, many defects of eyes and hearing and others resulted. They were to be pitied rather than censured.
The children of John Shank Cosner were: Archibald, Samuel, Zaccheus, Lloyd, George, Eva, Anna, Eliza, Katie. I have not followed these families through their divisions and marriages, and not only to establish the family connection with these families. Anyone interested can trace a line forward or back, if they so desire. And so we leave them.
I think I should say something of the brother [John] of Martin Hawk. As he settled close to where Martin did. Also, he took up land the same as Martin did, so I shall given the main divisions of his family. I do not know who John Hawk married, but his children were: Solomon, Henry, and a daughter, who, we think, married the first old Benjamin Roby. At least old Benjamin Roby married a Hawk, and it could not have been any other, unless she was the daughter of Henry Hawk, by his first wife, a Michael.
Enoch married Sally Reel. Their children were: Margaret, Eunice, Stingley, Smith, and another daughter, who married a Groves. Can't give her name.
Jacob married Polly Gray. Their children were: William, Edward, Ruhama, Frances, and Emma.
Milly married Joab Schell. Their children were: Hiram, Louise, Jane, Anna, Paulina, and Garfield.
Henry, son of John Hawk, married Rachael Michael. Their children were: Abe, Nickolas, Henry, and Margaret. These boys, at least two of them, went West. Margaret married Philip Schell, a brother of Joab Schell. They had a family of five, I think. The diphtheria scourge struck them and only two were left. These two were Wallace and Samuel.
Old Henry Hawk's wife died and he married a Conrad. She died leaving no children and Henry married for a third wife Eliza Dayton. They had these children: Susan, Clora, Sarah, Catherine, and Samuel.
I have given the offspring of John Hawk down to his grandchildren, and so I leave them.
Going back to my family line, there are some incidents and occurrences that are of interest to the family, because they occurred in our own family tree and was told us by our father.
It was told of Martin and John Hawk that they at one time
Another thing that I want to speak of is the land that was owned by Jacob Cosner, my great grandfather. The ancestral home at the west end of Maysville Gap that came to be known as the Weimer place. It extended to the first ford in the Gap. The Isaac Kessel farm, now owned by Maggie Cosner, the farm now owned by Otto Hesse, the farm known as the Samuel Secrist place, and this home known as the Simon Idleman home, all were owned at one time by Jacob Cosner. Then the farm owned by John O. Idleman came to him through his wife, daughter of Jacob Cosner. John O. Idleman's descendants now own and live on the farm and John's son during his lifetime had in his possession a deed for the land, obtained by Martin from the governor of Virginia. My father also had a deed from Gov. Lee of Virginia that was turned over to him when he bought this farm from great uncle Henry Cosner, who was a son of Jacob Cosner.
I feel sure that some of the land owned by Jacob Cosner, came through his wife, as a daughter of Martin Hawk. The deed in our possession from Richard Henry Lee, Governor of Virginia, conferring land, I feel sure is conferred on Martin Hawk. But however it is, Jacob Cosner owned quite a bit of land. He had
A natural ledge of rock across the stream leading from Walker's Ridge to New Creek Mountain, made an ideal place for the building of a dam, and there a dam was built that raised the water to level of the race that brought the water to the wheel.
I have heard my father tell many stories of the people who came to mill there, and of his grandfather as the miller, where he, as a little boy, helped his grandfather in the mill. For my father's's father died when he was only ten years old, and the grandfather took the family of his daughter as his special charge. How the boy loved his grandfather, only those who lived with him and heard him tell of his grandfather could know. And, in his mature years, when his judgments were sound, his opinions did not change.
There was at that time no church in the community, so when Jacob Cosner turned his land over to his children, the two sons who joined lands at the place where he thought a church house should be, were directed to reserve a certain amount of land on which to build a church. This they did, and accordingly a deed was given for the land on which the "Brick Church" now stands, minus that taken by the state for a road.
In speaking of the land owned by Jacob Cosner, Zina Cosner found on the records of Hampshire County a Jacob Cosner who owned a large tract of land, about eighteen hundred acres on the Moorefield Road, in about the year 1800. This is interesting whether it is our own Jacob or not.
The Little Family There was a little family, who lived in Bethany Two sisters and a brother composed this family With prayer and with singing like angels in the sky At morning and at even they raised their voices high. They were poor and without money, their kindness made amends Their house was always open to Jesus and His friends. But while they were so happy, so poor, so kind, so good Their brother was afflicted and rudely thrown in bed Poor Martha and her sister now wept aloud and cried But still he grew no better, and lingered on and died. The Jews went to the sisters, put Lazarus in the tomb, And tried their hearts to comfort, and drive away their gloom. When Jesus heard the tidings, far in a distant land, So swiftly did he travel to join this lonely band, When Martha saw His coming, she met him on the way, And told Him how her brother had died and passed away. He cheered her and He blest her and told her not to weep; For in Him was the power to wake him from his sleep. When Mary saw Him coming, she ran to meet Him too, And at His feet a weeping, rehearsed this tale of woe. When Jesus saw her weeping, He feel a weeping too, And wept until they showed Him where Lazarus was entombed. They rolled away the cover and looked upon the grave And prayed His Heavenly Father His loving friend to save. Now Lazarus in full power came from that gloomy mound And in full strength and glory He walked upon the ground. So if we but love Jesus and do His holy will
Like Martha and like Mary, do always use Him well; From death He will redeem us and take us to the skies, And bid us live forever, where pleasure never dies. They lived in peace and pleasure for many happy years They laid away their treasures beyond this vale of tears. ------------------------
Samuel Cosner seems to have done quite a bit of work for the family, of different kinds. He must have been rather adept at different jobs, and most likely not afraid to do whatever came to his hand to do. There came to my hand just lately, a day book, kept by my great uncle, Samuel Cosner. The entries in it tell of work done by him for my grandfather. It is of so much interest that I shall give some of the entries in this.
Aug. 6, 1850. Daniel F. Idleman debtor to Samuel H. Cosner for 6 1/2 days mowing and haymaking at .50 a day.
1850. Samuel H. Cosner worked for Conrad Idleman, hewing, masoning, making doors, and door and window facings, making window sash, staining and waxing table.
June 1853. S. H. Cosner debtor to Daniel F. Idleman for flour, running from June to December. For flour and corn, a number of items, showing it was obtained from the mill.
July 1853. Jacob Cosner debtor to S. H. Cosner for reaping, cradling, and mowing.
1853. Harvesting for Jacob and Martin Cosner for .60 a day.
1853. Hewing and shingle making for John O. Idleman at .75.
Dec. 1853. Worked for Martin Cosner, hauling firewood, hewing, working at limekiln, and laying foundation for house at .50 a day --- This is of interest because it shows when Davis store was at Greenland ---:
1853. Bought of L.W. Davis at Greenland, brown muslin at .11 ½
1853. Dec. D. F. Idleman debtor to S. H. Cosner for making shoes for Martha and Mary, each .45 to making shoes for Joseph at .45 to making shoes for Simon at .50, to one days work on head block for a sawmill.
Dec. 8, 1854, there is the settlings of an account with D. F. Idleman running over several months. Then in Feb. 1855 there is the following account with Eve Idleman, showing that grandfather has died in between these two accounts.
Eve Idleman Dr. to S. H. Cosner for 1 pr. shoes for Simon .50, one pair shoes for Martha, .50, to one pair of shoes for Mary .50, to one pair of shoes for Simeon .37 ½, to one pr. shoes for Ellen .12 ½.
June 10, 1856. This day we Samuel H. Cosner and Mary Ann Cosner moved from Allegheny, Abram's Creek on Daniel Idleman's land and in Daniel Idleman's house on Walker's Ridge. May 7, 1858 this day we move from Daniel Idleman's house to Belinda Idleman's farm in White Hollow.
He says that April 24, 1852 the greatest sleet fell that was ever known in that section of the country, and that April 24, 1855 David Cosner commenced plowing on rented land of Eve Idleman.
He says that Jan., Feb, and March of 1856 snow ranged from three to five feet; that until March 1st it was the most intense hard winter; the hardest remembered by the oldest inhabitants. The spring of '56 wet and cool; late plowing and planting. Snow fell the 30th of May and on the 31st of May the most destructive frost and freeze that killed a vast quantity of valuable oak and hickory timber.
Summer of 1852 wheat ranged in price from .50 to .70 per bushel.
My great grandfather [Jacob Cosner] died ______. My great grandmother [Barbary Hawk Cosner] died ______. They both lie together in the little country graveyard on this farm. My father talked a great deal of his grandfather - things he would tell him and advice he would give him. Of course, when my father's own father died, he was thrown a great deal with his grandfather, and came to know him well and to depend upon him.
My great grandmother, Barbary Hawk Cosner, was known for her sweet disposition and her generosity. In my early girlhood I can remember hearing old people, who knew her, say that she was always doing something for somebody. Always thinking of someone else.
Somewhere in this history, I have said that Papa's family, his mother, brothers, and sisters, all excepting him, sold the home and went West. His two oldest sisters, Martha and Mary were then married, I think I have said that this was in 1866. I am not certain as to whom they sold, for my great uncle, Henry Cosner, must have owned it for awhile, for where this land joined his brother Martin's land, the Brick Church was built. But in my earliest recollection, this home was occupied by Jacob Weimer; and I can remember, as a small child, that this home was owned by Sampson Smith.
When Papa's family went west they settled in southern Iowa and northern Missouri, Putnam County, Missouri. Papa was married in 1868, and I am a little in the dark, as to where he lived in this interim between the going west of his family. Perhaps he worked for different families, for we can remember
Papa often talked of his visit to Indiana and of the friends he made there. There was a young man, with the family name of Simmons, a relative of his Aunt Polly, that he thought a great deal of, who was a minister in the Brethren Church, he often talked of him and there was also a girl, that he came to know, by the name of Meribah Votah. He often spoke of her and when he was married, and had a girl baby, he named her Meribah. She didn't like her name, as a young girl, because, she said it was different from girl names.
Back in '62, when the Civil War came on, papa wanted to join the army; but he was too young and they would [Poling's marginal note says "not"] enlist him. He afterwards joined the Home Guards, and did some service, enough to make the Rebs watch him and try to take him.
He told of us of this incident: Papa was at home and young Benny Lines, who also belonged to the Home Guards, was there with him, when a Rebel soldier, or Rebel sympathizer, rode up to the house and called for them to come out. Papa's mother met him, while the boys slipped out the back way, and up the hill, which was covered with brush. The Reb saw them and attempted to follow, but grandmother seized his bridle reins and held on, in spite of his trying to dislodge her; when he found that he could not get her loose, he began to shoot at them, and papa said that the bullets just peppered around them, but happily none of them found mark.
Papa often talked of things that took place during the War, and spoke of this incident with amusement and some pride,
And so we leave them.
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