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Western Pioneers

"Pioneer Mother" statue in Kansas City, a moving symbol of our cousin-pioneers and all American families who left their homes and forged into the unknown west, facing hardships, hopelessness, sickness and even death. 

While all of our ancient Minerd-Minard-Miner-Minor roots are in Pennsylvania, many of our early cousins of the 1800s had the "wanderlust."  Not content to "stay on the farm," so to speak, they ventured westward, often with their spouses and children.  In the process, they became settlers of the vast empty spaces which, with their help, later blossomed into villages, towns and communities over the decades. 

This page seeks to honor our many "cousin-pioneers" by identifying their names and telling their stories, some triumphant, some tragic, all worth our dignity and respect. 

Among thousands of other families, our cousins helped forge what we know today as the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa,  Kansas, Nebraska, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Colorado, California, Wyoming and Washington, among others.

One of our ongoing goals for Minerd.com is to use the power of the web to reach out to the thousands of living day cousins who descend from these brave, hardy pioneers.

~ State - Adult Name - Year Settled ~

Ohio

See Our Ohio Bicentennial Page

Frederick Miner Sr. - 1813
Daniel Miner Sr. - 1813
John Minard Sr. - 1817

Henry Minerd - 1839

John Minerd Jr. - 1840
Burget Miner - 1854

Indiana

Henry Minerd - 1839
John Minerd Jr. - 1844
Mary Jane (Minerd) Dillon - 1845
Barbara Ann (Minerd) Ball - 1845
Sarah Elizabeth (Minerd) Krick - 1845
Caroline (Minerd) Pring - 1845
Amy (Minerd) Tilbury-Thorne - 1845
Uriah Minerd - 1845
James Minerd - 1845
Elizabeth (Miner) Bush - 1845 
Henry Miner - 1852
Eli B. Miner - 1870
John "Henry" Minor - 1870?
Lucy (Danison) Bowman - 1888
Aurelius A. Bowman - 1888
Harry G. Bowman - 1888
Joseph T. Bowman - 1888
Clara B. Bowman - 1888

Illinois

Francis Miner - 1858
Sarah (Miner) Boyd - 1858
Lucinda (Miner) Davidson - 1858
Ella Amaret (Miner) Stillman - 1858
Salina (Miner) Morris - 1858
Andrew Minard - 1855
Eli Younkin - 1860?
Solomon Minard Jr. - 1860? 
Norman D. Knight - 1866
Catherine (Knight) Younkin - 1866
Chance Miner - 1867
Nancy Jane (Bateson) Warner - 1869
Amy (Minerd) Tilbury-Thorn - 1870s?
Daniel Lucas Minerd - 1879

Elizabeth (Houser) Baker-Dillow - 1890?

Iowa

See Iowa Pioneer Town Streetscapes

Nathaniel Miner - 1844
James Forbes Minard - 1879
Jefferson Miner - ?
Daniel Lucas Minerd - 1880s

Albert E. Minard - 1882

Kansas

See Kansas Pioneer Town Streetscapes

Norman D. Knight - 1871

Harry Grant Knight - 1871
Clarisa (Barnhouse) Huston - 1871
Mahala (Minor) Johnson - 1876
Mary Jane (Pring) McCollough - 1878
Susan (Barnhouse) Stoner - 1878
Lydia (Miner) Brown - 1879
Frank Brown - 1879
Ella (Brown) Young - 1879
Nellie (Brown) Jones - 1879
Laura (Brown) Barnum - 1879
Nathan W. Minard - 1879
Mahala (Minor) White - 1884
Lester White - 1884
Helen (White) Clark - 1884
Layton White - 1884
Frances Jeannette (White) Bailey - 1884
Samuel Minerd - 1886
Laveria (Minerd) Georgia - 1886
John Henry Minerd - 1885
Levi "Springer" Minerd - 1886
Azaniah "Melvin" Minerd - 1886
Emma (Minerd) Treseder - 1886
Robert "Walker" Minerd - 1886
Margaret Hester (Minerd) Jackson - 1886
Christina (Younkin) Nedrow - 1888

Michigan

Sarah (Miner) Ferguson - 1840s
Hugh Ferguson - 1840s
Rebecca (Ferguson) Bristol - 1840s
John Ferguson - 1840s 

Uriah Minerd - 1865?

Minnesota

Rebecca (Minerd) Behme - 1890s

Eli B. Miner - 1906

Missouri

See Missouri Pioneer Town Streetscapes

Solomon Minard Jr. - 1868?

Mahala (Minor) White - 1869
Lester White - 1869
Layton White - 1869
Frances Jeannette (White) Bailey - 1869
Nathan W. Minard - 1872
Margaret (Pring) Cornell - 1875?
Daniel Lucas Minerd - ?
James Forbes Minard - 1880
John "Henry" Minor - 1880s
Eliza J. (Minor) Swearingen - 1884
Anna (Swearingen) McReynolds - 1884
Harley V. Swearingen - 1884
Mamie W. (Swearingen) Haley - 1884
Eliza (Miner) DeMoss - 1888
Christina (Younkin) Nedrow - 1896

Nebraska

See Nebraska Pioneer Town Streetscapes

David "Nesbit" Miner - 1871

Eliza (Miner) DeMoss-Cornwell - 1872
Christina (Younkin) Nedrow - 1881
George W. Menefee - 1880s
Minnie (Younkin) Rhoads - 1893
Huldah (Minor) Bell  - ?
Nancy (Minerd/White) McDonald - ?

New Mexico

John P. and Sarah Etta (Dillow) Shinneman - 1909

Oklahoma

See Oklahoma Pioneer Town Streetscapes

Lydia (Miner) Brown - 1889

Frank Brown - 1889
Ella (Brown) Young - 1889
Nellie (Brown) Jones - 1889
Laura (Brown) Barnum - 1889
Emma (Brown) McGirk - 1889
Bertha (Brown) Keck - 1889 
John Richard Pring - 1889?

South Dakota

Jay Orlando Blythe - 1883-1884
Emma (Blythe) Hoy - 1883-1884

Colorado

John Wesley Minerd - 1900?
Ward C. Miner - 1906?

California

Ida Platt (Boyd) Stipp - Early 1880s

Martin 'Luther' Minerd Sr. - 1888

Edward Jacob Van Horn - 1902

Washington

Daniel Harry Knight - 1898

Rebecca (Minerd) Behme Kearns - 1898
Alfred Arthur Younkin - 1914
Charles Younkin - 1914

Wyoming

Ward C. Miner - 1903

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