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Susanna (Gaumer) 
Sturtz Baughman

(1790-1850)

 

Susana's grave, Adamsville, OH
Courtesy Jeannie Beghart LaCues

Susanna (Gaumer) Sturtz Baughman was born in 1790 in Southampton Township, Somerset County, PA, the daughter of Johann "Jacob" and Maria Catherine (Sowash) Gaumer.

In 1810, when she was 20 years of age, Susanna married her first husband, 23-year-old Jacob Sturtz (1787-1834) of Wellersburg, Southampton Township, Somerset County. He was the son of Christian and (?) (Shoemaker) Sturtz Jr. and grandson of Christian Sturtz Sr., a farmer of Somerset County. Jacob grew up on his parents' 800-acre farm, "of Pennsylvania Dutch stock [who] received a common-school education in German, was reared a farmer and married Susan Gaumer," said the 1892 book Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Muskingum County (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co.).

They produced 10 known children -- Daniel Sturtz, Charles Sturtz, Lucinda Sturtz, Catherine Sturtz, Adam Sturtz, Andrew Jacob Sturtz, Lydia Sturtz, Martin Sturtz, Solomon Sturtz and Margaret Sturtz. Sadly, three of their offspring died young -- son Daniel (born in Pennsylvania who died shortly after arrival in Ohio), Susanna in infancy in 1820 in Maryland, and son Martin as a baby in 1828.

At some point in about 1808, the Sturtzes moved to Ohio and settled in Washington Township, Muskingum County. Susanna's parents had relocated there in 1806 followed by Susanna's brother Daniel Gaumer Sr. in 1809.

During the War of 1812, Jacob served as a rifleman in Captain Robert McConnell's company of soldiers and "was in several fights with the Indians," reported Biographical and Historical Memoirs.

Evidence suggests that the family moved around somewhat frequently. By 1818, they had relocated to Adams Township on a farm later owned by George W. Bell. Other evidence suggests that they were in Oldtown, Allegany County, MD in 1818, and then were back in Muskingum County in 1823.

 

Jacob's grave, Adamsville
Courtesy Jeannie Beghart LaCues

According to a profile of his grandson John P. Sturtz in the Biographical and Historical Memoirs, Jacob was: 

...handy at almost any work. He was a blacksmith, gunsmith and carpenter, and very often built houses. Among other things, he prepared gunpowder and charcoal, and was considered one of the best hunters of the time in his county. He was a member of the Lutheran church in Salem township, held the office of church trustee, and assisted in the building of this church. When he died he was but forty-seven years of age.

Jacob is believed to have been elected "fence viewer" in the new township of Adams on April 2, 1827.

Sadly, Jacob passed away on Christmas Eve 1834, at the age of 47. His remains were lowered into repose in the New Hope Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery near Adamsville. [Find-a-Grave] Today, his grave marker still stands but a significant portion of the lettering has eroded away. As best can be deciphered, the epitaph was taken from traditional New England grave markers and reads as follows:

Dear friends, [illegible] nor weep:
I am [illegible] do sleep.
And here [illegible] remain
Till Christ [illegible] forth again.
He soon will end death's reign

 

1881 History of Knox County, Ohio

Later in about 1838, after four years as a widow, Susanna wed her second spouse, Jacob Baughman (1789-1870), a native of Pennsylvania or Maryland. (Sources differ.) 

Jacob had migrated from Somerset County to the central part of Union Township, Knox County, OH in 1809. Along with his brother in law John Welker Sr., Jacob is mentioned in Albert Adams Graham's 1881 book History of Knox County, Ohio: Its Past and Present.

Circa 1850, she and Baughman made their home on a farm in Union Township, Knox County. The federal census of 1850 shows three teenagers living in their dwelling place -- Solomon Stotts ("Sturtz"?) (age 17), Priscilla Bretsford (13) and Margaret Mowery (18), all born in Ohio. 

 

Graham's History of Knox 
County, Ohio,
1881

Later that year, Susanna died in Adamsville on Oct. 10, 1850, at the age of 60, and was placed into eternal repose in the cemetery land her brother Jacob had donated at the New Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church. On her marker, the names of both of her husbands were inscribed. [Find-a-Grave]

Jacob outlived his wife by two decades. When the Civil War erupted, at least three of his step-offspring held military service in the Union Army.

Eventually Jacob married again to Mary (Welker) McElroy (1795- ? ). When the federal census again was enumerated in 1870, they made their home in Union Township. Residing under their roof were 35-year-old farmer Washington Baughman and 22-year-old Elizabeth Rhyne. Living next door was Mary's presumed son, 48-year-old John Welker and his wife Elizabeth and six children -- Lyman Welker, Francis Welker, Amanda Welker, Mary Welker, George Welker and Edgar Welker.

He died at the age of 81 on Nov. 23, 1870, in Knox County. His remains were placed into rest in the Workman Cemetery in Danville, Knox County. His will was filed on Jan. 23, 1871 in Knox County.

~ Son Charles Sturtz ~

Son Charles Sturtz (1813-1895) was born on Feb. 19, 1813 on his parents' farm in Washington Township, Muskingum County. 

Said the Biographical and Historical Memoirs, he "received but little education in the old log schools of that time. He attended school, in all, about three months, learning to read and write, and learned the usual work of a farmer boy, becoming very handy with a rifle. He shot his first deer when but even years of age.

At the age of 20, in 1833, Charles married Rachel Bainter (1811-1895), daughter of Adam and Elizabeth (Shroyer) Bainter and granddaughter of Philip Shroyer, also a pioneer settler of Muskingum. They produced 10 children -- Elizabeth L. Sturtz, Margaret Sturtz, Adam Claude Sturtz, Susan C. Sturtz, Jacob L. Sturtz, John P. Sturtz, Mary M. Sturtz, Charles N. Sturtz, Rachel A. Sturtz and Josiah Sturtz. Their youngest son Josiah died in infancy. 

Following their marriage, Charles purchased a farm in Salem Township where they remained for decades. His deed was signed by President Andrew Jackson. He also acquired a sawmill on Symms Creek in Section 4 in about 1836, which produced much of the lumber used to build houses in Adamsville. "This mill he operated until 1850, when he built a new one, and also had a store for three years, from 1847 to 1850, in Coshocton County," said the Biographical and Historical Memoirs. He was a very prosperous farmer, and now owns 320 acres of well-improved land. He is a prominent member of the Lutheran church, of Adamsville, and has been a church trustee." He voted the Democrat ticket and belonged to the Hubbard lodge of the Masons. 

Federal census records for 1850 and 1860 show the Sturtzes living as farmers in Salem Township, Muskingum County. In 1860, 26-year-old farm laborer Abraham Sturtz made his home under their roof. For some 27 years, Philip A. Baker, M.D. of Mt. Vernon, OH was their family physician.

Heartache blanketed the family in early June 1873 when their son Charles drowned while fishing in the Muskingum River. (See below for details.) Charles Sr. was named in a story abou the accident in the Cambridge (OH) Jeffersonian.

Charles kept a family Bible in which he inscribed records of the births of each of the children. The book was published in 1867 by Harding & Son, No. 57 South Third Street in Philadelphia. By 1913, the Bible had been lost, and only the handwritten pages remained, "in a dilapidated condition, the leaves having become loose and in danger of being lost and destroyed," wrote a notary public who had examined them.

During the Civil War, they worried as sons Adam and Jacob left home to serve in the Union Army.

Sadly, both Charles and Rachel died the same year, Charles on Aug. 26, 1895 and Rachel on Oct. 28, 1895. 

They are buried in New Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery near Adamsville. [Find-a-Grave

Daughter Elizabeth L. Sturtz (1835- ? ) was born in about 1835 and grew up in Salem Township, Muskingum County. At age 25, unmarried, she lived at home with her parents. She was married (to whom?) and was deceased by 1892.

Daughter Margaret Sturtz (1836-1863) was born in about 1836. Single at age 23, in 1860, she dwelled at home with her parents. She died just five days shy of her 26th birthday on March 2, 1863. Another source states she was age 22 at death.

Son Adam Claude Sturtz (1839-1918) was born on March 24, 1839 near Adamsville, Muskingum County. He grew up as a friend and schoolmate of William H. Gaumer (relationship unknown), "often in each other's society and intimate as boys usually are, and consequently confidential," Gaumer wrote. Another childhood friend was Orin Richardson. As an adult, Adam stood five feet, seven inches tall, with a dark complexion, dark hair and black eyes, and weighed 140 lbs. Friends considered him as a "sound hearty boy and young man." He seems to have gone by the name "Claude" until joining the Army when he would have been forced to go by his first name. Adam and his brother Jacob served during the Civil War as members of the 160th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Adam rose to the rank of corporal. Adam, Jacob and chum Gaumer re-enlisted on Feb. 15, 1865 in the 191st Ohio Infantry, Company D. While stationed at Winchester, VA in June 1865, he was engaged in lifting heavy logs in the construction of pontoon bridges for crossing rivers, and he said the strain caused an outbreak of hemorrhoids. About that time, he contracted typhoid fever and was so debilitated that his tent mate Gaumer had to turn him with a blanket. The fever caused "roaring in the head" which led to "some deafness in both ears," he wrote. He was treated in an army hospital in Winchester and received an honorable discharge there on Aug. 27, 1865. Said friend Jacob A. Snoots, Adam returned home "a complete physical wreck. He took to his bed and for several months afterward was not able to leave the house." On Sept. 5, 1868, at the age of 29, Adam married 24-year-old Rachel "Rae" Sarbaugh (1844-1919). Their nuptials were held in Coshocton County, OH by the hand of justice of the peace Luther L. Cantwell. The Sturtzes spent their lives farming near Adamsville. They had at least two children, Mynne D. Pocock and Kirke Henry Sturtz. On July 2, 1873, having filed a claim for the "Rheumatism and resulting disease of heart and piles" he was suffering, he was awarded a military pension as compensation for his wartime service. [Invalid App. #184.872 - Cert. #406.476]. "Most every winter I have been laid low for a spell," he wrote, "sometimes several weeks. I don't attempt to work in the winter season, only a little feeding." He believed his rating of disability too low, and often petitioned the government for increases in his monthly payments. Friends Snoots, James Hunter of Adamsville, Orin Richardson of Zanesville and relative John O. Sarbaugh of Hindsboro, IL, provided written testimony to support the claims. At times, when granted increases, the news was published in newspapers such as the Springfield (OH) Daily Republic. The federal census of 1900 shows the Sturtzes in Salem Township, with 30-year-old daughter Mynne and 22-year-old son Kirke living under their roof. When examined by a military physician in 1913, Adam was described as suffering from rheumatism of back and left shoulder and arm; muscles in both instance atrophied. 1/2 arm helpless and constant pain." He also had varicose veins of the left leg. The doctor noted that for the past four years, Adam had been "taking maximum doses of Digitalis," a medication intended to strengthen heart muscles and improve heartbeat. Stricken with senile dementia, he was admitted to the Columbus State Hospital. He died there at the age of 79 on Oct. 2, 1918. His remains were returned to Adamsville for interment. [Find-a-Grave] News of his passing was published in the Coshocton Tribune. After his death, his widow began to receive the monthly pension payments. [Widow App. #1.129.717 - Cert. #865.022]. She died but a year later, in 1919. In October 1933, in a short feature "15 Years Ago Today," the Tribune reprinted the news of Adam's passing in a two-sentence story. The Tribune ran a similar short piece in October 1938 upon the 20th anniversary of the death.

 

Surgeon's sketch of Adam's varicose veins in the left and right legs, 1888

 

  • Granddaughter Mynne D. Sturtz (1870- ? ) was born on Oct. 4, 1870. Her first name also has been spelled "Minnie." As a young lady, she learned how to make dresses. When she was 30-yars of age in 1900, unmarried, she lived at home with her parents and her occupation was listed by a census taker as "dress maker." In early May 1903, the 33-year-old Mynnee married Jay C. Pocock (1875-1915), son of Lloyd and Martha Ann (Craig) Pocock of Coshocton, in a ceremony held at the home of Mynne's brother Kirke near Adamsville. Officiating was Rev. J.S. Eaton of the Adamsville Methodist Episcopal Church. In reporting the news of the wedding, the Coshocton Daily Age said she was " a well known dressmaker of this place and has a large circle of friends," while J.C. was "the son of a well known business man of Coshocton." The couple went on to produce two known offspring, Winifred Pocock and Lloyd Pocock. Sadly, Winifred is believed to have died young. Jay made a living over the years as a driver of "hacks," a type of taxi driver using horse and buggy. He purchased a 50-percent ownership of John Elson's hack business in September 1909, to be known as the "Elson Hack Line" with stables on Walnut Street. "Both men are old horsemen," said the Coshocton Daily Times, "and with the large number of present patrons the prospects of a good fall business it will be a thriving institution." He was a member of the Eagles lodge. Jay became ill with some sort of paralysis and in the fall of 1910 lived with his mother in Canton, Stark County, OH. He returned to Coshocton, where in November 1910 the Daily Age noted that he was "suffering with a severe attack of infantile paralysis, a disease which rarely attacks people of mature age." To support herself during Jay's illness, Mynne immersed herself in work, advertising her dressmaking services in the Daily Age, with her business located at 230 North Third Street. She took an interest in the latest fashion and, while frustrated by her small town society's reluctance to adapt to new styles, attended the Fashion and Art League Convention in Chicago in 1915. No longer able to drive, Jay took a position as manager of the Howard Wolfe livery barns in Coshocton circa 1913. He finally succumbed of pneumonia on March 9, 1915 while in his mother's home on South Fifth Street. Dr. A.B. Markley of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, and Dr. J.S. Secrest, of the Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, officiated at the funeral services. The Coshocton Morning Tribune published an obituary, and burial was in the South Lawn Cemetery in Coshocton. Widowed at the age of 45, Mynne never remarried and remained in Coshocton. Proud of her father's military service, she was a member of the Daughters of Veterans and its Women's Relief Corps No. 258 in cooperation with the Grand Army of the Republic, and in 1922 was elected secretary of the organization. She hosted meetings of the DOV at her home at 121 South Fourth Street in Coshocton, as reported in the gossip columns of the Coshocton Tribune. Over the years, she was named in scores of Tribune articles about DOV meetings and business. By 1932, she had moved to a new residence at 401 South Lawn Avenue. In April 1937, she and her married son Lloyd hosted as weekend guests her brother Kirke and his family, in town from Dayton, OH. In company with Mrs. Peter Wardrop and Ella Failor, Mynne made a driving trip in September 1939 along Skyline Drive in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, visiting Washington national park. In July 1940, she vacationed with her son and family at Cask Villa on Lake Erie. By 1956, she was considered "crippled" and resided alone in an apartment in Coshocton. Tragedy struck just five days before Christmas 1956. After placing a coffee pot on her stove, her clothing ignited by the flame on the burner, but she walked out of the kitchen unaware. Jane Fiecoat, living in the apartment upstairs heard her scream and ran down to help, only to find her "in an overstuffed chair, enveloped in flames," reported the Dover (OH) Reporter. Fiecoat put out the fire and called the fire department, but it was too late. Mynne died of severe burns and suffocation. The story was reprinted across the state in the Cincinnati Enquirer, Sandusky Register, Logan Daily News and Circleville Herald. Son Lloyd Pocock was married and had two daughters, Charlene Pocock and Jacquelyn Pocock. Circa 1930, the family dwelled at 1415 Elm Street in Coshocton.
  • Grandson Kirke Henry Sturtz (1876-1940) was born on Sept. 24, 1876 (or 1877 or 1879). He also spelled his name "Kyrke." Evidence suggests that he was married thrice. On April 2, 1902, he was joined in wedlock with his first bride, Ora Nevada Winn (1880-1909), daughter of F.P. and Rose (Taylor) Winn of Adamsville. Rev. N.D. Creamer performed the ceremony. They lived in Coshocton, OH and produced one known son, Franklin "Wynne" Sturtz, born in about 1905. Kirke was a member of the Adamsville Camp of the Modern Woodmen of America. From time to time the couple returned to Adamsville for visits. Sadly, Ora contracted a deadly case of typhoid fever and gastro-entestinal influenza and succumbed in Salem in Feb. 20, 1909 at age 28. Her father, living in Newark, OH, signed the death certificate. Burial was in the New Hope Lutheran Cemetery. An obituary in the Coshocton Weekly Times noted that she "was the sister-in-law of Mrs. Jay Pocock of Coshocton." The 1910 United States Census shows the widowed Kirke and his young son living under his parents' roof in Salem Township. His second wife is believed to have been Goldie A. (1881- ? ), and if so, they were wedded in 1920. By 1940, Kirke was joined in marital union with Lola (1880- ? ), an Indiana native. Kirke earned a living as a house painter circa 1910. In 1920-1937, he was a drug salesman in Dayton, Montgomery County and in 1940 in Darke County, OH. Suffering from hardening of the arteries, Kirke suffered a stroke and died just two days before his 64th birthday on Sept. 22, 1940. He was interred in Abbotsville (?) Cemetery. Son Wynne Sturtz married and lived in Dayton and had two daughters, Martha Jane Sturtz and Janice Sturtz.

Daughter Susan C. Sturtz (1840- ? ) was born in about 1840 and grew up in Salem Township, Muskingum County. She lived at home with her parents in 1860.

Son Jacob L. Sturtz (1843-1903) was born on Jan. 25, 1843 in Adamsville, Muskingum County. In young adulthood, he stood five feet, eight inches tall and weighed 130 lbs. His complexion was dark and his eyes hazel/brown. Jacob learned the blacksmith trade. He and his brother Adam served in the Union Army during the Civil War. Jacob was assigned to the 160th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company E. He enlisted on May 2, 1864 and was mustered out on Sept. 7, 1864. He and his brother Adam then re-enlisted on Feb. 15, 1865 in the 191st Ohio Infantry, Company D. While stationed at Winchester, VA, he received an honorable discharge on Aug. 27, 1865. After the war, he relocated to Illinois, residing in Blandinsville, McDonough County. At the age of 27 or 28, on Feb. 19, 1871, Jacob married Kentucky native Mary L. "Mollie" Calvert (Jan. 1850-1943). The ceremony was performed by Rev. B.E. Kaufman (or "Coffman") of the Methodist Episcopal Church. They went on to produce five children -- Myrtle Hall, Ivy Sturtz, Charles Sturtz, Ruby Sturtz and Nd D. Sturtz. The Sturtzes purchased town lots 1 and 4 in Block 19 of the Western Addition of Blandinsville, upon which they built a house. He earned a living following his blacksmithing trade. A year after marriage, Jacob was stricken with inflammation and rheumatism in March 1872 and spent nine months in bed until he recovered. He claimed that his heart bothered him ever after that. Treating him during that period was family physician William M. Huston. On Sept. 20, 1890, he was awarded a military pension for his wartime service [Invalid App. #952.731 - Cert. #793.148]. As he aged, suffering from heart problems, he was treated by his family physician B.F. Duncan. While at a feed lot near his home, on Jan. 18, 1903, he finally succumbed to his incurable heart condition at the age of about 60. Friends found his body, and called for Dr. Duncan, who pronounced him dead. A coroner's inquest ruled that death was due to natural causes. Burial was in Blandinville's Glade City Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave] On March 21, 1903, Mary began to receive $8 in monthly pension payments. [Widow App. #780.932 - Cert. #563.677 - XC #2.674.213] Stepping up to provide affidavits and supporting written testimony on her behalf were longtime friends H.C. Davidson, F.A. York, Abel Fisher and Thomas H. Williams. They testified that her house might rent for $8 per month, but that her entire income from other sources would not exceed $40 annually. Mary endured as a widow for another four decades. She passed into eternity on Dec. 12, 1943.

 

  • Granddaughter Myrtle Sturtz (1871- ? ) was born on Aug. 1, 1871 in Blandinsville, McDonough County. She married (?) Hall ( ? - ? ). The couple did not reproduce. Sadly, Mr. Hall passed away young, sometime before the year 1900. Census records for 1900 show Myrtle at age 28 as a widow with no children, living under her parents' roof in Blandinsville. She earned income that year as a "landlady."
  • Granddaughter Ivy Sturtz (1875- ? ) was born in about 1875 in Blandinsville. Sadly, Ivy did not survive childhood. She died at about age seven in 1881, with burial in the local Glade City Cemetery.

 

  • Grandson Charles "Charlie" Sturtz (1877- ? ) was born on July 21, 1877 in Blandinsville.

 

  • Granddaughter Ruby Sturtz (1881-1945) was born on Jan. 10, 1881 in Blandinsville. Unmarried at the age of 29, in 1910, she dwelled with her widowed mother in Blandinsville and made a living as a dressmaker, working out of their home. By 1920, still single and living with her mother, Ruby had become a teacher in the local public schools. She eventually married Paris Atlee Jobe (1882-1964), son of Carroll Tilton and Charity (Fowler) Jobe of Blandinsville. Federal census records for 1940 show the couple living in Blandinsville, with Paris earning a living as an insurance salesman. Ruby died in Blandinsville on Nov. 15, 1945. She rests in the same burying ground as her parents and siblings -- Glade City Cemetery in Blandinsville. [Find-a-Grave] Paris outlived his wife by 19 years. He succumbed on Nov. 17, 1964.
  • Grandson Ned D. Sturtz (1888-1889) was born in 1888 in Blandinsville. He only spent about a year on earth. He passed away in 1889, with his tender remains lowered into eternal repose in Glade City Cemetery.

South Main Street, Adamsville, early 1900s

 

Son John P. Sturtz (1845-1897) was born on April 11, 1845 in Muskingum County. He chose to spend his life in Adamsville and became proprietor of the Adamsville Hotel in 1890. He is reputed to have placed the building in "good repair" and furnished the rooms to "meet agreeable standards." On June 10, 1869, at the age of 24, he married 22-year-old Louise C. Mosier (1847-1895), daughter of German immigrants George A. and Anna (Hahn) Moser and granddaughter of Daniel and Catherine (Wendereling) Moser, a potter who came in 1848 from Zweibrücken, Bavaria. Their three known children were Annie E. Ferrell, Clark N. Sturtz and Roland J.H. Sturtz. John is profiled at length in the 1892 book Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Muskingum County (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co.). The newlyweds settled in Adamsville. Said the Biographical and Historical Memoirs book, they "followed farming and teaming for a time, when Mr. Sturtz sold out and moved on a farm in Adams township, lived there one year when he moved to Hayworth farm, where he lived fourteen yeas. On this farm he erected a good house and barn in 1877 and 1878. In 1890 he moved to Adamsville, where he had opened a hardware store in 1889 in company with J.A. Snoots. this was the first hardware store in Adamsville, and they built up a good trade. In 1892 Mr. Sturtz retired and the business is now conducted by Ferrell Bros. In 1890, in connection with his other business, Mr. Sturtz opened a hotel in Adamsville, which has been very successful." He and Louise were members of the Good Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he volunteered as an elder, deacon and Sunday School superintendent. He also served in the elected office of township trustee for a tie. Sadly, Louise was swept away by the Grim Reaper in 1895. John only survived her by two years and died on June 5, 1897 at the age of 52. Interment was in New Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery near Adamsville. [Find-a-Grave]

 

  • Granddaughter Annie E. Sturtz (1870- ? ) was born on March 12, 1870. On Sept. 30, 1890, she was united in marriage with Elbert Sherman Ferrell (1866-1943), son of Charles and Martha (Shirer) Ferrell of Adamsville. They are believed to have had at least one son, Carl K. Ferrell. Elbert was a hardware dealer and likely worked for Annie's father. Later, they resided in Mt. Vernon, Knox County, OH, where he was employed for 10 years as a post office clerk until retirement. Suffering from cardiovascular problems, and some senility, Elbert died at the age of 77 on May 22, 1943. Interment was in Zanesville.
  • Grandson Clark N. Sturtz (1877-1944) was born on July 29, 1877 in Adamsville. He married Golden N. Cherry (1887-1954), daughter of A.H. and Annie (Bowers) Cherry. Clark was a molder in a glass house in Zanesville, Muskingum County. Circa 1926, he worked as a dealer of motorcycles and bicycles in Zanesville, OH. His address in the 1940s was 511 South Street. Suffering from lung and ear cancer, Clark died in Zanesville's Bethesda Hospital on May 10, 1944. He was placed into repose in Woodlawn Cemetery in Zanesville. Golden survived him by a decade. She passed into eternity in 1954, with burial in Zanesville's Memorial Park Cemetery.
  • Grandson Roland J.H. Sturtz (1883- ? ) was born on Sept. 8, 1883. Circa January 1926, he was employed as general manager of the Hoover-Rowlands Company in Zanesville, Muskingum County, assisting A.C. Nafzger in the store location at Main and Seventh Streets.

Daughter Mary M. Sturtz (1846-1868?) was born in about 1846 and grew to womanhood in Salem Township, Muskingum County. Sadly, she passed away at the age of 22.

Son Charles N. Sturtz (1852-1873) was born in about 1852. Tragically, at the age of 21, in June 1873, he drowned in the Muskingum River. In reporting on the tragedy, the Cambridge (OH) Jeffersonian reported (with misspellings) that the accident occurred "near the mouth Wills Creek. Young Sturtz, with several other men, was fishig with a seine, when, it is supposed, he took the cramp, and, before assistance could reach him, he sank to rise no more. Search was made for the body, but it was not found until Saturday night, when it was discovered, flooting on the water, some two miles beliw the scene of the accident."

Daughter Rachel A. Sturtz (1855-1863?) was born in about 1855 in Salem Township, Muskingum County. She is said to have died at the age of eight which would place the year of death at 1863.

~ Daughter Lucinda Sturtz ~

Lucinda Sturtz (1815- ? ) is reputed to have been born on Nov. 26, 1815 in Washington Township, Muskingum County. She may have died in 1850 in Adams Township, Muskingum County, at the age of 35.

~ Daughter Catherine Sturtz ~

Catherine Sturtz (1818- ? ) is reputed to have been born on June 30, 1818 in Oldtown, Allegany County, MD. 

~ Daughter Lydia Sturtz ~

Lydia Sturtz (1821- ? ) is reputed to have been born on Feb. 21, 1821 in Oldtown, Allegany County, MD.

~ Son Adam Sturtz ~

Adam Sturtz (1823-1894) is reputed to have been born on Feb. 7, 1823 in Adams Township, Muskingum County. 

He is believed to have married Jane (1824- ? ). Their known children were Sarah M. Sturtz, Calvin Sturtz, John Sturtz, Amanda Sturtz, Isabella Sturtz, Anna Sturtz, Lydia Sturtz, Decatur Sturtz, Adam L. Sturtz and Ida Sturtz. 

When the federal census was taken in 1860 and 1870, the family dwelled on a farm in Dresden, Monroe Township, Muskingum County. Adam also was a saw mill operator also known as a "millwright."

Evidence suggests that after 1870, they migrated to Kansas and settled in York, Stafford County, as shown on the federal census of 1880. Later, they moved to Iuka, Pratt County, where he died on Feb. 18, 1894. All of this needs to be confirmed.

Daughter Sarah M. Sturtz (1845- ? ) was born in about 1845.

Son Calvin Sturtz (1846- ? ) was born in about 1846.

Son John Sturtz (1848- ? ) was born in about 1848 in Ohio. He was a carpenter. He married Mary ( ? - ? ). They had one known son, Charles Sturtz, and perhaps more children. In 1870, John, Mary and newborn son Charles dwelled beside his parents in Dresden, Monroe Township, Coshocton County. 

  • Grandson Charles Sturtz (1870- ? ) was born in about April 1870.

Daughter Amanda Sturtz (1849- ? ) was born in about 1849 in Ohio. 

Daughter Isabella Sturtz (1852- ? ) was born in about 1852 in Ohio.

Daughter Anna Sturtz (1855- ? ) was born in about 1855 in Ohio.

Daughter Lydia Sturtz (1858- ? ) was born in about 1858 in Ohio.

Son Decatur Sturtz (1857- ? ) was born in about 1857 in Ohio

Son Adam L. Sturtz (1859- ? ) was born in about 1859 in Ohio.

Daughter Ida Sturtz (1866- ? ) was born in about 1866. It's possible that she was the same Ida Sturtz who at the age of 24 married 25-year-old John H. Buckles (1865- ? ) of Stafford County on Sept. 22, 1890, with Rev. John S. Glendennig officiating.

~ Son Andrew Jacob Sturtz ~

Son Andrew Jacob Sturtz (1825-1909) was born on July 3, 1825 in Adamsville, Muskingum County. As a child, he suffered from an infection to the cartilage of his legs called "white swelling" which caused permanent injury to his right foot. As an adult, he stood 5 feet, 8½inches tall, with a fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.

In about 1845, when he was age 20, he married 19-year-old Mary McClure (Aug. 1826-1904), a native of Williamsport, Lycoming County, PA. A justice of the peace officiated.

The couple went on to produce seven known children -- Alice Sturts, Marshall Sturts, Emma Sturts, Charles Sturts, Andrew M. Sturts and one unknown. They also may have adopted a daughter, Olive Mansfield, born in 1866. Two of the children were deceased by 1900.

For about eight or 10 years, they lived in or near Cortland, Jackson County, Indiana, where Andrew worked as a carpenter and operated a shingle machine. He built a house for the mother of S.J. Bottorff and also several local school houses. At some time before the Civil War broke out, Andrew hurt his leg while handling a heavy bale of shingles. The leg was not broken, but his sister in law Henrietta Tucker noticed that the skin had been torn away.

In 1848, he became acquainted with GeorgeW. Kelly, and became better friends in 1855

In the fall of 1863, they pushed further west to Hazel Dell, Cumberland County, IL, moving into the home of friend Kelly. Brother in law George W. Tucker called him a "stout rugged man." The couple remained there until the following January 1864 when he fixed his own dwelling and moved in.

Andrew served in the Union Army during the Civil War under the name "Andrew Sturts." Enlisting in Springfield, IL on March 28, 1865, he was a member of the 6th U.S. Veteran Volunteer Infantry, Company A. Capt. E.R. Blakeslee was his commanding officer. While on duty at Camp Stoneman, MD on or about May 15, 1865, he was on the sick list but was ordered out to gather wood for a cooking fire. He was pulling a sapling out of the ground when he slipped and may have fallen. Apparently the same day, while driving a mule-drawn wagon, the team bolted and ran away, upsetting the wagon and throwing Andrew underneath, catching his leg in the hub and fracturing his leg from the knee to the foot. He was sent to a hospital, but when seeing other patients there suffering from smallpox, he panicked and crawled out. Somehow he found a crutch and "hobbled back to his company," he said. He was treated by a Quaker physician and took on light duty as company cook.

 

    
The 1865 hanging of Lincoln assassination conspirators at which Andrew was on duty and fainted in the sun. Courtesy Library of Congress.

 

After the assassination of President Lincoln, the co-conspirators were captured, tried and found guilty, and sentenced to be executed -- Mary Surratt, George Atzerodt, David Herold and Lewis Powell. At the hanging, in the courtyard of the Washington Arsenal, on July 7, 1865, Andrew and his regiment were on duty, standing attention in the excessive summer heat of the District of Columbia. Andrew fainted from the heat, which some called a sunstroke. He "fell near me," wrote R.E. Holloway. "I thought he was dead but found upon opening his collar that he was still alive." He was carried into a tent or shack to recover and then was treated at a camp hospital. Wrote William Ross: "I was standing near and helped to carry him into his tent and helped to take care of him afterward and after that his eye sight failed him so that he could not see to wright his Letters or Read and still continues so."

He received an honorable discharge at Alexandria, VA on March 27, 1866, having served a year, and then returned home to Hazel Dell, Cumberland County. For the rest of his life, he claimed that he endured ankle joint pain, ulcers of the shinbone and running sores along the leg.

Andrew devoted his life to farming. In 1869 or 1870 he harvested crops for the father of Davis L. Kelly and operated a grain cradle. He also harvested with Allen Pane and J.W. Travis and thrashed with John Black. While swimming with friends in the local river, they noticed the reddish burn color on his leg. Occasionally, shards of bone would work their way through the skin.

Suffering from wartime ailments, Andrew in January 1871 was awarded a military pension. [Invalid App. #162.072 - Cert. #551.783] Yet when under investigation for the claim, government officials spoke with his neighbors and friends and determined that he did not enjoy a good reputation and in fact was considered a "fraud." Among those who provided testimony were George W. Kelly, Davis L. Kelly, John B. Kelly, Gabriel Hagey, George W. Tucker, Ephraim Neal, Gershon Monahan, Samuel C. Patrick, William Wylde, David B. Green, William H. Ross, S.J. Bottorff, Charles Bevins, Joseph Isaacs, Jacob Brown, David D. Brown and Benjamin Little. In his report, Jeremiah Pittman stated that "It's my firm conviction his whole story of the injury is the flimsiest kind of fabrication."

Andrew and Mary celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1895. Federal census records for 1900 show them residing in Crooked Creek, Cumberland County, with all of their offspring having moved out.

Mary passed away on July 15, 1904 in Hazel Dell.

Andrew outlived his wife by five years and died on Aug. 24, 1909, also in Hazel Dell. They rest together in Hazel Dell Cemetery (South) [Find-a-Grave].

Daughter Alice Virginia Sturtz (1846-1935) was born in 1846 in Ohio. She married Daniel Freeman (1843-1926), an immigrant from Ballymoney, Ireland and the son of John and Rachel (Lafferty) Freeman. Their two known daughters were Edith Nellie Eyestone and Alice Gertrude Meeker. The family dwelled in or near Greenup, Cumberland County, IL. Daniel passed into eternity in Greenup on Nov. 8, 1926. At the age of 89, Alice died on Nov. 25, 1935 in Greenup. Burial was in Greenup Cemetery.

  • Granddaughter Edith N. Freeman (1878-1952) was born on April 6, 1878 in Greenup. She was united in wedlock with Theodore McPherson Eyestone (1874-1958), son of Alfred Columbus and Angeline (Ralston) Eyestone. Their three children were Milton Eyestone, Harold McKinley Eyestone and Marshal R. Eyestone. The family relocated to Oregon, making their home in Gresham, near Portland, Multnomah County. There, Edith died on Oct. 13, 1952. Theodore joined her in death six years later on May 23, 1958. [Find-a-Grave]
  • Granddaughter Alice Gertrude Freeman (1883-1936) was born on May 3, 1883 at Crooked Creek. She was joined in matrimony with Bruce Meeker ( ? - ? ). Alice died on Feb. 19, 1936 in Crooked Creek. Burial was in Hazel Dell Cemetery.

Son Marshall Sturts (1852 - ? ) was born in about 1852 in Indiana. At the age of 26, unmarried in 1880, he lived at home with his parents and assisted with farm work.

Daughter Emma Sturts (1855- ? ) was born in about 1855 in Indiana. She was unmarried at age 24 and resided under her parents' roof in Crooked Creek, Cumberland County, IL.

Son Charles Sturts (1858- ? ) was born in about 1858.

Son Andrew M. Sturts (1864- ? ) was born in 1864.

Adopted daughter Olive Mansfield (1866- ? ) was born in about 1855 in Ohio. She was brought into the Sturtz family and in 1880 lived with them in Crooked Creek, Cumberland County, IL.

~ Daughter Margaret Sturtz ~

Margaret Sturtz (1830- ? ) is reputed to have been born on Jan. 25, 1830 in Oldtown, Allegany County, MD.

~ Son Solomon Sturtz ~

Solomon Sturtz (1833- ? ) is reputed to have been born on April 16, 1833 in Oldtown, Allegany County, MD. His last name also has been misspelled as "Stotts" over the years. 

Circa 1850, at the age of 17, he lived with his mother and stepfather on a farm in Union Township, Knox County, OH.

He may have wedded Ann (1840- ? ) and in 1860 resided on a farm in Adams Township, Muskingum County, OH. More will be added here when learned.

He is not to be confused with "Solomon D. Sturtz" -- son of Peter Sturtz -- who served in the Union Army during the Civil War as a member of the 160th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company E. He enlisted on May 2, 1864 and was mustered out four months later on Sept. 7, 1864. On July 23, 1890, he was awarded a military pension [Invalid App. #824.605 - Cert. #601.348].

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