A FAMILY HISTORY
Containing the precedents in the family of
Simon P. and Sarah (Lyon) Idleman
whose precedents embrace the family names of
IDLEMAN COSNER LYON STINGLEY . . . continued


This history, given so far, has been entirely on my father's side of the family, as his father was Idleman, of course, and his mother was Cosner; I have been interested in these two lines of ancestry.

From now on I shall be interested entirely in my mother's side of the family, which were from the strains and connections of Lyon and Stingley.

And as my mother's father was Lyon and her mother was Stingley I shall take them up in that order.


Lyon

My great grandfather, James Lyon, the grandfather of my mother, Sarah Lyon Idleman, was born in St. Mary's County, MD, in about the year 1768. He had two brothers, both younger than he. About the year 1800 these brothers, Thomas and John, emigrated to Missouri. No - John to Missouri and Thomas to South Carolina, and he never heard from either of them again.

About this time great grandfather married Mary Dent and Joseph Davis married Rebecca Dent. (This is given of Joseph Davis, because he later comes in this history.). Some ten years later, they together came to Virginia, now West Virginia. Joseph took up a homestead at what is now the line between Grant and Mineral counties. William Lemon afterwards lived there. Joseph Davis lived there during the Civil War.

James Lyon settled farther down the Creek, at a place where the Dulings afterward lived. Just a little distance from or


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south of Keyser. Then in 1816 he moved to what was then called "Paddy's Land."

He built a cabin, ten yards or more north of the old William Cassady home. (Tracy Evans lives there now.). About six years after this, great grandfather, James Lyon died and was buried about sixty yards north of the cabin, on the top of what was called "The Knoll." There, in the year 1847, our old great, great aunt Lovisa Roby was buried. She was a sister of my grandfather, William Stingley.

The religion of the Lyons was what they called Protestant. Probably what was the old Episcopal Church. After the Lyons mixed with the Stingley family, they became Brethren and were very firm in that faith. I mean the sons who did marry Stingleys.

The first Lyons were not sure of their nationality. But is pretty certain that they were either Welsh or Irish. They could have been either, as the name is common to both languages. My chronicler, who knew the older members of the family, inclines toward the Irish, giving as his reason, a strong physique and quick wit. This wittiness followed the family far down the line. As to the nationality of the Dents, we are also left to guess. They, it is said, were extremely sympathetic, remarkably kind, and upright in every line of life. My chronicler gives as examples, two members of the family. One, the mother of Daniel Hays, and the other a sister of my own mother, Aunt Polly Clark. And he adds, "The tears come to my eyes when I think of these two dear departed ones, who have such an impression on my memory." But I must add that here Dents mixed with Stingley and we find about the same disposition there; so how can we tell?

James Lyon's family consisted of three sons and two daughters, namely Orpha, married Isaac Hayes, Anna, who married


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Abraham Smith, a brother of old Henry Smith who was the father of young Abe Smith, the father of Clay Smith, who I can faintly remember. Michael, who married Lovisa Stingley, Thomas who married Lydia Stingley, and John, who married Mary Bernard.

One of my historians says that Abraham Smith and his wife Anna were strict Dunkards, meaning that they were firm believers in the faith and practice of the Brethren Church. My chronicler also says that his brother, Henry Smith was strict Methodist; and that this difference in church affiliation was due reason for some difference in family relationship; as has been true in other families. Abraham and Anna Smith had four children, no, five. But I can give them only by their nicknames. They were - Tine, Pop, Jim, Beck, and Absolem. When they were grown, they all went West, and I can give nothing more about them, who they married, where they settled, nor have we ever heard anything more of them. But as their name was Smith, they could be lost in the maze of other Smiths. Their home was the old "Kittlelick" place. When the Smiths left the place, old John Hilkey moved there. He was the father of Jake and Jo Hilkey, and in my memory, Jo Hilkey owned and lived at that place. It is now owned by Weck Amtower.

The relationship with the family of Joseph Davis, who married Rebecca Dent, I can only mention in a general way. There were Jesse, Ruben, and Joseph Davis, that we think were brothers and all sons of Joseph Davis, Sr. The Swifts and Davises in Keyser are descendants of this family, but I can give nothing in particular.

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and he says that after the Davises moved to Greenland and put up their big store the relationship between the Lyons and the Davises was threshed out that he doesn't remember much about it. But he remembers that they used to go there to make hay, which makes it clear that the Davises still owned the farm at the county line. He says that he remembers of eating many a good dinner there, that the old black woman would get up corn pone with apple slices in it. The house stood in Hampshire Co. and the darky's shanty and milk house in Hardy County. That is now the line between Grant and Mineral counties.

Great grandmother, Mary Dent Lyon, died about the year 1837, no, 1822, and great grandfather about 1837.

The children of James and Mary Dent Lyon married and had children as follows: Orpha married Isaac Hays and their children were Kizziah, married Zackariah Hendricksen and had the following children: Rebecca, Nellie, Anna, Fannie --- This is more correct --- The children of James and Mary Dent Lyon were: Michael, Thomas and John, Orpha and Anna. Michael married Lovisa Stingley. Their children were: Martha, Anna, Charity, Lovisa, Polly, Nancy, Thomas Dent, and Stingley.

Martha, daughter of Michael and Lovisa Lyon, married Thomas Clark. Their children were Lovisa, Paulina, Hannah, Nancy, Solomon, Stingley, and Neri.

Charity, daughter of Michael and Lovisa Lyon married Jacob Powell. Their children were --- well, I do not know about their children, as they went to Ohio. Jacob Powell was a brother to Mrs. Henry Fout. Their mother was an Idleman.

Anna, daughter of Michael and Lovisa Lyon married Phelix Clark. She was left a widow while still a young woman. She had but one child who lived to grow up, Dennis. But I have


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heard my mother speak of at least two graves, a brother and sister of Dennis, the one that lived and was the stay of her life.

Dennis, this son of Anna, married Louise Schell, daughter of Joab Schell. Their children were Homer, Austa, Otis, Ethel, Evelyn, Orla, and Lindley.

Lovisa, daughter of Michael and Lovisa Lyon, married another Jacob Powell. Their children were Rachel, Felix, Hiram, Emma, and Lizzie.

Polly, daughter of Michael and Lovisa Lyon, married Kid Hays, a brother of Isaac Hays. He was a widower and had three children, I think, by a former marriage. My chronicler is not certain whether there were three children or only one. At any rate there was a son William, born October 25, 1810. He married Mary Ann Chambers, born February 29, 1812. They were married May 18, 1830. This information was from his granddaughter several years ago who was living then at Huntingden, PA. She talked about her family to my sister, Mrs. J. H. Cassady, who was also living at Huntingden at that time.

The children of Kid and Polly Hays were: Daniel, Jesse, James, and Martha. The children of Kid and Martha Hays were left orphans at an early age by the death of both father and mother. They lived in Lewis County not far from Weston. Benjamin Beeghly administered on the estate and seemed to have sort of general oversight over the children. He was an elder in the Brethren Church. Daniel was baptized by him, eight miles south of Weston, on the Beeghley farm. And while I am discussing the Hays family, I will tell who they married. Daniel married Sarah Meyers of Broadway, VA. Their children were: Florence, who married a Kline. Kizziah and Pearl were not married. Jerome


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married a lady I do not know. There were the children, Heber, who married his first cousin, Elizabeth, a daughter of James Hays, no children.

Daniel Hays was well known in the Brethren Church, as a minister of ability. He was a keen thinker and strong in his convictions. He was well grounded in the faith and practice of the Brethren Church. Thomas D. Lyon tells this incident of him. It was at North Manchester [Indiana], a good many years ago. Daniel Hays and Thomas K. Lyon were on a committee to investigate a trouble between two parties. Daniel was not on the committee, but was a witness in the case. There was some equivocation shown on one side and Daniel got a little nettled and manifested a little warmth for a while. After we got through, I said to Daniel, "Didn't you get a little excited a while ago?" "Yes",said he, "The Hays always to the front when I see things so much out of line, but when things are right and equal, I have all the finer feelings of my mother."

My father was a great admirer of Daniel Hays and loved to hear him preach.

Jesse Hays married Jane Michael, daughter of Adam and Ellen Hilkey Michael. They had two children, Edgar and Walter. Then because of ill health, the mother lost her mind. She never regained it and spent all the rest of her life in an insane asylum.

When Edgar had reached young manhood, he went for a few days outing with some other young fellows to the New Jersey coast. There he was drowned. Walter married a Miss Feather, I think, but I have no knowledge of him or his family.

James Hays lives in the western part of the state but I can tell nothing of him or his family.

Martha Hays married Walter Reed, a son of Greenberry Reed.


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Their children: Austin, Cora, Clarence, Grace, and Frances. Cora did not marry. She is dead now. Austin married his cousin, Edith Reed. They separated and he afterwards married a Miss Judy and lived on a farm south of Petersburg. He is not living now. There were some children, but I know nothing more. Clarence married Emma Moreland, daughter of James Moreland. They had a large family, lived in Emoryville. Emma was killed in an auto accident, while visiting in Detroit, winter of 1930, I think. Grace died single. Frances married Walter Cline, son of Edward Cline of Maysville. Their children were Winifred, Paul, and another boy.

Nancy, daughter of Michael and Lovisa Lyon, married John Reed. He was a son of Greenberry Reed, and a brother of Walter Reed who married Martha Hays. Their children were: Agnes, Ada, Jessie, Emma, Edith, Samuel, and Oscar. Agnes married Adam Amtower, Ada married Herman Amtower, and had a good-sized family. Some of her children were: Victor, Carl (?), Jesse, and Myrtle, but there were others also. Jessie Reed did not marry and my last knowledge of her was living in Altoona, PA. Emma married John Leatherman, a son of George Leatherman who was a Brethren minister. They separated, had no children, and John is dead. I know nothing of Emma. Oscar and Samuel, both married, both live in Washington, DC.

Thomas Dent Lyon, son of Michael and Lovisa Lyon, married Mary Clark, a sister to Thomas and Phelix Clark. They moved to Illinois after they were married. Their children were: Rebecca, who married Francis Snavely. Rachael, who married a Forney. Frank and Otis, but that is all I have.

Stingley, son of Michael and Lovisa Lyon, married, I do not know. A part of their children were Cordelia, Job, and Corena, but I know nothing more of them.


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Thomas, a brother to Michael Lyon, who were sons of James and Mary Dent Lyon, married Lydia Stingley. Their children were: Elizabeth, Polly Ann, Hiram, Emmanuel, Arnold, William, Thomas, John, Lydia, Sarah.

Thomas, father of this family, was born July 11, 1799. Lydia Stingley Lyon born October 9, 1802. They were married March 6, 1823. Their children were born as follows: Elizabeth, February 9, 1824; Polly, February 2, 1827; Hiram, April 7, 1829; Emmanuel, January 24, 1831; Arnold, December 7, 1834; William, March 19, 1836; Thomas, July 21, 1838; John, April 16, 1841; Lydia, March 9, 1843; and Sarah, May 21, 1845.

Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and Lydia Stingley Lyon, was married June 25, 1847 to William Cassady. To this union were born two children: Benoni and Amanda. The mother Elizabeth, died March 5, 1852.

Polly Ann, daughter of Thomas and Lydia Stingley Lyon, married David Clark. There were no children. Polly Ann died the winter of 1896. Hiram, son of Thomas and Lydia Stingley Lyon married Margaret Cassady, January 3, 1849. Their children were Paulina, Elmira, Mary, Frances McClellan, William Marcellus, Benjamin Franklin, John Stingley.

Emmanuel, son of Thomas and Lydia Stingley Lyon, married Virginia Kitzmiller, June 28, 1859. Their children were: Ida, Richard, Ross, and Allen. The mother, Aunt Jinny, was bedfast forty to fifty years. This left the care of the house to the daughter, who was quite young when the mother took to her bed.

Arnold, son of Thomas and Lydia Stingley Lyon, was not married. He was a soldier of the Civil War. Died near the close of the war. I do not know how. My mother had a badge, medal, or whatever, I think it was presented to my grandmother at Arnold's death. On the seal it says, "Arnold Lyon, Co. 1, 10th Reg.


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Inf. Vol. Died in the defense of his country.....Presented by the state of West Virginia."

William, son of Thomas and Lydia Stingley Lyon, married Lydia Dolly, daughter of Abijah Dolly. Their children were: Gertrude, Alma who did not marry, and Mattie, who married David Kerr, and had one son, Chester.

Thomas, son of Thomas and Lydia Stingley Lyon, married Mary Dolly, daughter of Abijah Dolly. Their children were: Alice, born January 1, 1852; Ruhama, Leora, William, Gertrude, Effie, Maggie, Bert, Frank, and Edna. I have not the date of birth of these others. John, son of Thomas and Lydia Stingley Lyon, died in young manhood of typhoid fever. He was unmarried.

Lydia, daughter of Thomas and Lydia Stingley Lyon, married John Ebert, December 17, 1861. The following children were born to them: Ada and Ida, twin girls, born September 13, 1862; Ada died in infancy and Ida died when a young woman of typhoid fever, contracted while she and her father were helping to care for the family of his brother Henry Ebert, sick with this disease. The other children were: Franklin, born February 25, 1854; Otis Porter, born November 14, 1865; Thomas, born June 1869; Jesse Wilson, born September 27, 1871; John Truman, born June 1873; Wilbur was the youngest, but I don't have the date of his birth.

Sarah, daughter of Thomas and Lydia Stingley Lyon, married Simon P. Idleman, November 5, 1868. The following children were born to this union: Meribah Virginia, born August 20, 1869; Russell Thoburn, born April 26, 1871; Ollie Frances, born September 16, 1873; Willye Alma, born December 9, 1875; Loretta May, born February 23, 1877; Myrtle Lyon, born May 18, 1885; Maynard Lamar, born April 10, 1893. Maynard died May 9, 1894.

The children of William and Elizabeth Lyon Cassady were


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married in this manner: Benoni married Virginia Michael, daughter of Adam and Ellen Hilkey Michael. Their children were: Birdie, who married Homer Secrist, son of Thomas Secrist. They had one son, Ralph; then Birdie died. Olie, who married Emmett Cosner, son of Archibald and Ruhama Hawk Cosner. Their children were: Twila, Sidney, and Richard. Arlena, who married Sidney Clark, son of Stingley Clark. I can not name their children. Harry, who married an Ohioan that I do not know. Virgil, who married Alma Feaster, daughter of Ernest and Lydia Michael Feaster. Their children were: Florian, Kermit, and Worth. Roscoe who married in Ohio, whom I do not know. Alston, who married Dessie Roby, daughter of Scott and Betty Carr Roby. They had several children but I have no knowledge of them. Amelia, who married Edward Cunningham. They went South and to my knowledge have not ben heard from since.

Amanda, a sister of Benoni and the only other child of William and Elizabeth Lyon Cassady, married George Lemon. They had several children, some of whom are: John, who married a Kimmel and had several children. Bessie, who married Albert Hanlin. Ida, who married John Amtower, and the oldest girl, who married Bert Liller.

The children of Hiram and Peggie Cassady Lyon married as follows: Paulina married Thomas Lemon. They had one boy, Willis, who when he was three or four years old, his mother died of typhoid fever. His grandparents took the boy and did for him and when he was fifteen or sixteen he died of what we now know was appendicitis; but his doctor didn't know what it was.

The second daughter, Elmira, married William Hilkey. They had no children, but they took a girl, Lettie Conrad, but she was known as Lettie Foster. The third daughter, Mary, married Luther Hott. Their children were: Homer, who married Nannie.


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She was a Kentucky girl, but they were both in Arizona, met and were married there. They had no children. Clyde, who married Florence ____. They had two children. Clyde is married the second time. Lewey married a stranger to us and we do not know them. Frank married Nellie Moonaw, had one child, Elaine.

The fourth daughter of Uncle Hiram Lyon was Frances McClellan, always known at home as Clella. She married John Bane, and was known from that on as Fanny. They had four children: John Jr., who married Lola Dickson, and had three children: Pauline, John D. and Janet. Oliver, who married Elva Parsons. They have two children, but I cannot name them. Then Margaret, who married Howard Mason. They had two children: Howard Bane and Francis St. Clair. Fanny Bane had another daughter who died in infancy.

William Marcellus, Uncle Hiram's oldest son, married Fanny Stoner, a daughter of Ephraim B. Stoner, a well known minister in the Brethren Church. They had the following children: Tirzah, Meredith, Quinter, and Thoburn. All married strangers to me and I have no farther report on them.

Benjamin Franklin, or Frank as we knew him, married Lucy Tucker, daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth McNemar, whose mother was an Idleman, Tucker [Lucy's mother was Annie Elizabeth Idleman, daughter of William and Margaret (McNemar) Idleman]. I mean that Daniel was Daniel Tucker. Well, Frank and Lucy had three boys: Vernon, Leo, and Frank, Jr. Then the father died of diphtheria. The boys married strangers to me.

John Stingley or Jack, as we knew him, married Flora Reeves. They had no children. Jack died young of an operation for gland trouble. This completes the history of Uncle Hiram's family.

The children of Emmanuel and Virginia Kitzmiller Lyon were: Richard, or Dick, and Allen, both married. I cannot give who


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either married. Ross died single, not very old. Ida spent her life waiting on her mother until she, herself, was old.

The children of William and Lydia Dolly were married this way: Gertrude and Alma did not marry; Mattie married David Kerr. They had one son, Chester. If married, I cannot report on it.

The children of Thomas and Mary Dolly Lyon married as follows: Alice married W. E. Bunny, February 15, 1887. Two of the girls married Bunnys, but I am not certain which ones. One married a Johnson, but I cannot give that here. If I find more of this family elsewhere I will give it later.

The children of John and Lydia Lyon Ebert married as follows: William Franklin, known as Mac, married Paulina Lemon, daughter of William Lemon. Their children were: Lulu, Bessie, Willis, and Earl.

Otis [Ebert] married Nora Cassady, daughter of William Cassady, by his second wife, Ismena Lyon Cassady. They had two children, Edna who died when about two years old, and Otis, Jr. who lived to be fourteen or more. Otis, Sr. died before his son was born. His trouble was gland and bladder trouble.

Thomas married Katie Welch. They had one daughter, Elsie. When she was about fourteen her father died from an operation for gland trouble. A year or so later Elsie and her mother were visiting her uncle Wilbur in Akron, Ohio, when Elsie took suddenly and violently sick and died in a few hours. She acted as someone poisoned.

Jesse [Ebert] married Agnes Amtower, a daughter of George Amtower. They had two children: Hulbert, who married his cousin, Elsie Amtower. They have children, but I do not know how many or how they do. Jesse's other child, Mae, married Lester Evans, a son of James and Arnie Becker Evans. They have no children.


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John Truman [Ebert] married [ ___________ ].

Wilbur, Jesse's youngest brother, married Edith Amtower, daughter of George Amtower. They had no children. Wilbur died in Ohio in 1957, I think.


John, son of James Lyon, who married Mary Bernard, will be considered next: Their children were : Ailsie, Anna Maria, Nancy, Ismena, Molly, James Henry, and John Tyler. Ailsie married an Inskeep; their children were Ida, VanMeter, and a couple other boys that I cannot name. Ida Inskeep married George Stallings. She had two girls, Helen and _____. This one married a Boor. Their children are Helen, Norma, and George.

Ann Maria married my great uncle, Martin Cosner. He was the elder of this (the Greenland Congregation, Church of the Brethren) for years, in fact, he was one of the beginnings. They had four children: Mary, Martha, Adam, and Ashford. All but Mary died in their youth. Mary married Samuel Weimer, son of Jacob Weimer. They had three children: Ida, Ira, and Otis. They went to Michigan where the winters are more severe than in West Virginia. On a mild day the children played out of doors; all contracted membranous croup, from which only one recovered.

Nancy Lyon married Henry Miller and Mollie married Aaron Baker. Neither had any children.

Ismena Lyon married William Cassady, as his second wife. Their children were: Nannie, John, Robert, Nora, David, and Homer. Nannie married Milt Rotruck. No children. John married Meribah


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Idleman, an account of which has been given elsewhere. Robert married Janie Harvey and they went to New Mexico to live. They had children, but I cannot tell of them. Nora married Otis Ebert, an account of whom has been given elsewhere. After Otis' death, Nora married Charley Bane, a son of Abner Bane. This marriage produced no children. They are both living in Florida. February 1960.

David married Kathleen Michael, daughter of Clarence Michael. Two children were born to this union: Thoburn and Melvin. Thoburn married Elwanda Head, daughter of Harman Head of Mt. Storm, West Virginia. They have two boys. Thoburn is a teacher of music. Melvin married a Kentucky girl. They have no children, have adopted two. They are missionaries to China.

Homer Cassady married Elizabeth Marshall, daughter of Cramp Marshall. They had two sons, Homer and Charles, then their marriage went on the rocks. Lizzie did not live long. She died. The sons are grown and married. Homer married Lois Lyon, daughter of Dave Lyon. Charles is married, but I cannot give the name. They had, at least, three children. Homer, the father, has since married, but I cannot give her name. They have one daughter, Marlene.

Of this family, the family of Ismena Lyon Cassady, only two are living at present. Homer in Detroit; Nora in Florida.

James Henry, son of John Lyon, married Rachael Tucker. Their children were Alice, Dick, John, Edgar, Norah, and Mattie. Alice married Bach Coler. They had one son. John married Lida Schell, daughter of George Schell. They had several children, but I cannot name them. Edgar and Nora died unmarried. Mattie, I have no record of.

John Tyler, son of John Lyon, married Frances George, a daughter of Joseph George. Their children were Lucy, William,


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Newton, Joseph, and David. The mother died while the children were still young. The father married Mary Elizabeth Rochler. This marriage produced two sons, Gilmer and Harry.

Of the first children: Joseph married a Lehman. They had two or three children, I can tell nothing of them. Will married outside my pale of knowledge. I do not know, even, if he is still living. Newton was married and lived in the vicinity of Elk Garden. His death appeared in the paper, fall of 1944. Lucy married a Mr. Walker, but there are no children. David married Cora Snyder. Their children were: Ada, Arnold, Merle, Baker, Mary, Malcolm, David, Jr. and Lois. Ada, oldest child of David Lyon, married a Likins, a son of Dal Likins. There are some children., but I do not know of them. Arnold married outside my knowledge. Merle married Michael Frantz, a grandson of Henry Frantz. Baker, I do not know about. Also Mary, I do not know who she married or if there is any children. Malcolm married Angie Shobe, a daughter of Lucy Smith Shobe. They have two or more children.

The two sons of John Tyler [Lyon] by his second marriage; the older Gilmer, married a New England girl. They had two children, I think. Then there was a separation. Gilmer lives with his mother and his wife has the children.

Harry married Alice Dettinburn, a daughter of Gustavas Dettinburn. They have one daughter who is now married.

I missed this item from among David Lyon's family. I will give it here.

David Lyon, Jr., son of David Lyon, married a McDonald, I think. She a daughter of Julius McDonald, who was a son of Jacob McDonald.

I have just been told that Harry Lyon, who married a Dettinburn and had one daughter, that her marriage was unapproved by [bottom line of text from Poling Document was illegible and could not be deciphered].


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or now and then, but there were some children. I think they finally separated.

We shall return to the sisters of John Tyler Lyon. Ismena, daughter of John Lyon, married William Cassady and became his second wife. Their children were Nannie, who married Milt Rotruck. No children.

John Henry, who married Meribah Idleman, and had the following children: Maynard, Virginia, Helen, Robert, Mildred, Paul, and John Jr.

Maynard married Louise Sale and their children were: Caroline, Bettie Sale, and Ann Templeton.

Virginia died when close to two years of age.

Helen married Clyde Berkebile. Their children are: Clyde Jr., Beverly, Connie and or Constance Marian, and David.

Robert married Peggie McKinney. Their children are Robert Idleman and Sally Mabel. Robert Sr. lives in Illinois and Robert Jr. is a minister, at present doing mission work in Brooklyn, NY.

Paul Francis married Elinor Carter. Their children are Sharon Louise, Carter, and Nancy.

John Cassady Jr. married Jean Haggerty, April 21, 1939. Mary Elizabeth was born May 3, ____; John Henry III was born October 5, 1942; Michael ______.

The above has been the family of John Cassady Jr. (not full). Some family birthdays, acquired after the above was given.

Maynard Cassady's family:
Carolyn Wade Cassady, born July 30, 1935
Bettie Sale Cassady, born August 14, 1939
Ann Templeton, born December 26, 1943


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Helen Cassady Berkebile's family:
Clyde Berkebile Jr., born October 30, 1930
Beverly Berkebile Schilling, born February 5, 1932
Constance Marian Berkebile, born August 6, 1933
David John Berkebile, born October 12, 1939

Robert Cassady's family:
Robert Idleman Cassady, born August 5, 1932
Sally Mabel Cassady, born December 29, 1940

Mildred Myrtle Cassady, married Alexander Clair, July 4, 1936
Deanna Clair, born April 2, 1940
Carolyn Clair, born [ ________ ]
Virginia, born [ ________ ]

Russell Idleman's family:
Sarah Idleman, daughter of Russell and Amanda Idleman, married Lewis Llewellyn. Their children: Russell, Hendron, Sarah, Lee, David, Robert.

Ruth Lovina, married George Furse, no children, one adopted girl. Ruth was born July 13, 1913.

Mable Esther, born January 16, 1916, married Charles Ross. Children: Amanda Pearle, Irvin, and Bruce.

Ollie Frances Idleman, daughter of Simon and Sarah Lyon Idleman, born September 16, 1873. Did not marry.

Willie Alma Idleman, born December 9, 1875. Married Columbus H. Poling, August 1907. Children: Wendell Idleman Poling, born October 22, 1908; died May 11, 1921. Mary Alice Poling, born February 4, 1910; died February 11, 1926.

Newton Lyon Poling, born March 25, 1914.


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Loretta May Idleman, daughter of Simon and Sarah Lyon Idleman, was born February 23, 1877. One child, Dorothy May, born April 23, 1905.

Myrtle Lyon Idleman, daughter of Simon and Sarah Lyon Idleman, born May 18, 1885, married Clarence G. Hesse, son of Charles Hesse, August 11, 1920. Clarence is a minister in the Church of the Brethren. No children born to this union. They have a home in Petersburg, West Virginia.

Amanda Weaver Idleman, Russell's wife, born March 10, 1875; died June 4, 1929.

What follows should have been in the Cosner branch of the family, but I missed getting it in, so I will put it in now:

Loretta and I were visiting in Greenville, Ohio, summer of 1947, I think. While there we were over to Union County, Indiana, where we thought to find descendants of Polly Cosner Marquis. And this is what we obtained: Polly C., daughter of Jacob Cosner, and a sister of my grandmother, Eve Cosner Idleman, was born July 11, no, 22, 1811. She was married to James Marquis and went to Indiana to live. This is some of their children.: William, Rebecca, Nige, Charles, Rachael, Ida, Minnie, Dora, and James Gillespie Bernie.

Rebecca, daughter of Polly and James Marquis, married Aaron Simmons. They had a son named William Kidd. He was a minister in the Brethren Church until his death, which occurred in 1841. His brothers and sisters were: John, Andrew, Mary, Jane. Mary married a Hart and Jane married a Mumah.

The children of William Kidd Simmons were: Edgar, who in 1947 was living in Union City, Indiana; Esta, married a Fensberger and at this time was living in LaVerne, California, and Dora, who


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married a Nofsinger and at this time was living in North Manchester [Indiana].

Polly Stingley, daughter of William Stingley and a sister to my grandmother, Lydia Stingley Lyon, was married September 8, 1816 to Kidd Marquis. They went to Ross County, Ohio, in 1818, settling on Paint Creek; then in 1820 they moved to Union County, and in 1830 to Dark County, where Union City now stands. In 1829 she united with the Church of the Brethren. (She must mean Polly). Her husband was a minister in the Brethren Church for a number of years. William Kidd Marquis died November 9, 1857 and Polly Marquis died March 29, 1891.

Orpha, daughter of James and Mary Dent Lyon, married Isaac. Their children wee Kizziah, Rebecca, Nellie, Annie, Fannie, Pollie, William, Marcus, Elisha, and John.

Kizziah married Zackariah Hendrickson. Their children were Enoch, Daniel, Nellie, Mary, Martha, and one who died, I have not his name.

This of the Hendrickson family: Enoch married a Shafer, I think a daughter of Wesley Shafer. They had a large family, but I cannot name them.

Daniel married a Miss Liken. They had one child, Marian, who married a Mr. Judy. He was a doctor, but did not live many years after they were married. She, Marian, had no children. All of this family are dead. This year 1960.

Penelope of Nellie, as she came to be called, married Abraham Moon, a son of her aunt Fannie Moon. They had several children, but I can tell nothing concerning them.

Martha Hendrickson died of cancer, unmarried.

Elisha, no, Mary Hendrickson married Elisha Aaronhalt; but


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I can tell nothing of this family.

Rebecca Hays, daughter of Isaac and Orpha Lyon Mays, married John W. Aaronhalt. Their children were Job, Jacob, Isaac, David, Kizzie, Jinnie, and Flora.

Joe married Annie Lines, as they now spell it --- Lyons. She was a daughter of Gus Lines or Lyons of Dutch Hill. Jacob married Mollie Lyons, a sister of Annie. I do not know who Isaac married. David married a Shafer. Kizzie married James Cosner, son of Hiram Cosner. Jinnie married Summers Cosner. Flora married a Crow. A daughter of this union married Edward Hesse.

Nellie Hays married Philip Rinker. Anna married James Powell. Jannie married Isaac Moon. Polly married Isaac Moreland, a brother of John Moreland who lived at Greenland. The sons, William, Marcus, and Elisha. I have no knowledge of who they married or where their residence was. John died a young man, unmarried. This endeth the Orpha Lyon family.

Anna Lyon, daughter of James and Mary Dent Lyon, married Abraham Smith, a brother of Henry Smith, who was the father of the Abe Smith, well known by my father, who had a store at Greenland.

Right here I shall give a sketch, handed me by one who says he is a member of the tribe. Sketch follows:

This is Leslie H. Davis, chaplain of the House of Representatives, #46, General Assembly of Missouri.

Early in the nineteenth century, three brothers, Michael, Thomas, and John Lyon settled in what is now Grant County, West Virginia. Their mother was a daughter of Capt. George Dent of Revolutionary fame, and a sister of my grandmother, Rebecca Dent Davis,


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of St. Mary's County, Maryland.

My grandfather, Joseph Davis, after a few years residence in Loudoun County, Virginia, where my father was born, in 1800, settled on a farm on New Creek, located in what is now Grant and Mineral Counties, West Virginia, in 1801.

After the death of my grandfather, the home came into the possession of my father and was the stopping place of many people from Grant and Mineral counties, in passing to and from New Creek Station, which was the most accessible place to the railroad.

I should have said Pendleton County.

One of the objects of interest that lingers to in memory is the freight wagon, with its curved bed, covered with white canvas, and drawn by four and sometimes six horses.

Some of your readers may remember Raymond and Wheeler Davis, who kept a store at the village of Greenland, in the spring of 1854. The writer and his twin brother and sister boarded with them and attended school, taught by their niece, at the old log house, a half mile west of the village.

A Sunday School was also carried on there at the old log house.

This interesting sketch ends abruptly, seeming unfinished. I know not why. But it does give an interesting bit of history in the Davis family, which family is so closely knit with the Lyon family, through their marriage to the Dent sisters.

If anyone in the family has a desire for membership in the DAR, the above sketch may furnish proof of eligibility. For my own part, I am not interested.


Newton Lyon Poling, son of Columbus and Willye Idleman Poling, was married May 26, 1941, to Virginia Smith, daughter of Leander Smith of Arkansas. Newton's first son, James Newton Poling was born


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December 14, 1942; Emerson Poling was born December 7 1945; Edward Lee Poling was born October 10, 1947; Rebecca Jeanne Poling was born August 9, 1951.

Newton Poling's mother, Willye Idleman Poling, died November 14, 1944. She had been in failing health for two or three years, and life went out rather quickly of cerebral hemorrhage. Her going was not unexpected, but was a severe shock to her family. She was the first of five sisters to go; the only brother of the family, Russell, went away in 1938. Russell died from an operation for gland trouble. The first to go after the family reached maturity. Our youngest brother died at the age of 1 year.

I am giving some little sayings that came up through the family since childhood. When we were quite little and were fussing with one another, our mother would say to us:

          'Tis dogs delight to bark and bite,
          For God hath made them so;
          And bears and lions growl and fight;
          For that's their nature too.
          But little children should never let
          Such angry passions rise;
          These little hands were never made
          To scratch each other's eyes.

Our father, who was a great temperance advocate, used to use the alphabet to teach his views. Here are the rhymes:

     A ---     is for the adder, who lives in the cup
               The drunkard don't see it and so drinks it up.

     B ---     is for Bottle --- mark "Poison" thereon;
               Touch, taste, nor handle not, or you'll be undone.

     C ---     is for cider, to drink it is wrong,
               At first it is weak, but it soon becomes strong.

     D ---     is for drunkard, just look at his nose!
               How red are his eyes; how dirty his clothes.

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     E ---     is for evening, when he goes out to drink
               He knows it does him harm, if he only would think.

     F ---     is for fountain, so merry and clear;
               He that drinks water has nothing to fear.

     G ---     is for gin that makes a man lazy;
               Cross to his wife, and finally crazy.

     H ---     is for Heaven, where the poor drunkard don't go
               He must be confined to the regions of woe.

     I ---     is for Inn, a rat trap, no doubt;
               If you once get in, it's hard to get out.

     J ---     is for jail, where the poor drunkard is kept;
               By the perfume of his liquor, the night he has slept.

     K ---     is for knowledge, but little remains;
               What he puts in his mouth runs off with his brains.

     L ---     is for liquor, and liquor by name,
               For the taste and the odor are all the same.

     M ---     is for monkey, more wise than man;
               If you get him drunk once, you can't do it again.

     N ---     is for Noah, who planted the vine,
               How sad was the warning, "Got drunk upon wine".

     O ---     is for Orphan, and thousands are made
               Every month in the year by the rum seller's trade.

     P ---     is for pledge, which I hope you will take;
               If you can't sign your name, a mark you can make.

     Q ---     is for quarrel, look close and you'll find
               In most every quarrel there's liquor behind. 

     R ---      is for rum and rum seller too,
               With the one or the other have nothing to do.

     S ---     is for snow, where the poor drunkard lies;
               Till o'ercome by liquor, he freezes and dies.

     T ---     is for tippler who grows worse and worse,
               Till he finds to his sorrow, not a coin in his purse.

     U ---     is for union, in union there is strength,
               For the old and the young will conquer at length.

     V ---     is for victim, and thousands are made
               Every months by the rum seller's trade.

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     W ---     is for woe, which the poor drunkard feels
               As he keeps to his cups and through the street reels.

     X ---     is for Xerxes, a great army had he;
               But the army of alcohol is great to see.

     Y ---     is for youth, darling youth, beware, 
               Lest the taste for strong liquor does you ensnare.

     Z ---     is for zealous, which I hope you will be;
               From strong drink's dominion, our country to free.


Here is a poem that Papa often repeated:

     What is hope?  a shining rainbow
          Children follow through the wet;
     'Tis not here, still yonder, yonder,
          Never urchin found it yet.
     
     What is life?  A thawing ice berg
          On a sea with sunny shore,
     Gay we sail, it melts beneath us
          We are sunk and seen no more.

     What is man?  a foolish baby;
          Vainly strives and fights and frets
     Demanding all, deserving nothing;
          One small grave is what he gets.


Here is a song that Ma used to sing. She called it a ballad.

                    Sweet Sally

  There was a young lady from London she came;
They called her sweet Sally, Sweet Sally by name.
  Her riches were more than the King could possess,
And her wit and her beauty were more than all this.

  There was a young gentleman came to see her,
His income not more than five hundred a year;
  She being so lofty, her portion so high,
Upon this young man she would scarce cast an eye.

  Now Sally, now Sally, now Sally, said he,
I'm afraid that your love and mine cannot agree;
  Except all your hatred should turn into love.

  I have no hatred for you, nor no other man,
But as for to love you, it's more than I can,
  So you may entirely end your discourse, 
For I never will have you unless I am forced.

  Five had now ended, and six almost past,
When this beautiful damsel fell sick at the last,
  Being tangled in love and she knew not for why,
She sent for this young man she once did deny.

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  Good morning, Miss Sally, and how do you feel?
Is the pain in your head, love, or is it in your heel?
  Oh no, says kind Sally, the truth you'll not guess
For the pain that I feel presses sore in my breast.

  And that I the doctor, you sent for me here,
Or am I that young man you loved so dear?
  Oh yes, you're the doctor, can kill or can cure
And without your assistance I'm ruined I'm sure.

  Now Sally, now Sally, now Sally, said he
And don't you remember when you slighted me?
  The first time I saw you, you answered me scorn;
Now, Sally, I'll reward you for things past and gone.

  For things past and gone I'll forget and forgive
Do give some longer in this world to live.
  I'll never forgive you enduring your breath,
And I'll dance on your grave when you're buried in the earth.

  Then off of her fingers pulled diamond rings, three;
Here, take these for love's sake and you're dancing on me,
  I'd freely forgive you, although you won't me;
Ten thousand times over my folly I see.

  Now Sally is dead, as we all may suppose,
And to some other lady she's left her fine clothes,
  And she's taken up her lodging in the banks of fine clay,
And her red rosy cheeks are moldering away.


Little rhymes that we said as children:

  One, two, come buckle my shoe.
  Three, four, come latch the door.
  Five, six, pick up sticks,  
  Seven, eight, lay them straight.
  Nine, ten, a big fat hen.
  Eleven, twelve, a big ax helve.
  Thirteen, fourteen, boys a courtin'
  Fifteen, sixteen, girls a fixin'
  Seventeen, eighteen, girls a waitin'
  Nineteen, twenty, my pocket's empty.


Oh, where is my Mother I loved so well And why did she leave me so soon? She's gone up yonder to her home in heaven She'll never come back anymore She'll never come back anymore She'll never come back anymore She's gone up yonder to her home in heaven She'll never come back any more.
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Sol do la la la sol la do la la la sol la do do do re do re me, Do re me me me re do la la la do, La sol sol sol sol la ti do. Fa me me me me re do sol, Fa me me me me re do re, Fa, me me me me re do la la la do, La sol sol sol sol la ti do.

A song Papa loved to sing:

  All my life long have my steps been attended
  Surely by one who regarded my ways;
  Tenderly watched over, sweetly befriended,
  Blessings have followed my nights and my days.
  Tears have been quenched in the sunshine of gladness,
  Anthems of sorrow have turned into song,
  Angels have brightened my pathway of sadness, 
     Summer and winter, yea, all my life long.

  All in the dark would I be and uncertain
  Whither to go, but for one at my side
  Who from the future removes the dim curtain
  Seeing the glory to mortals denied.
  No other friend would so patiently lead me,
  No other friend prove so faithful and strong;
  With angel food he has promised to feed me
  Summer and winter, yea, all my life long.

  He will not weary of my poor endurance.
  Infinite love will the finite outlast.
  But, for my heavenly Father's assurance,
  Into the depths of despair I were cast.
  This is my star in a midnight of sadness,
  This is my refuge, my hope, and my song;
  Earth is today, but there's heaven tomorrow,
  Jesus will guide me, yea, all my life long.



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