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Jacob Earlywine (1784?-1867) and
Catherine Sibert (1782-1852)

Jacob's lettered grave marker ... faded badly


Jacob Earlywine was born in 1784, presumably in or near Sand Hill, in the hills between Wheeling and Moundsville, WV. He is believed to have been the son or grandson of Abraham and Eva Catherine (Gasser) Earliwine, who were among the Ohio River Valley's earliest settlers, but his precise relationship needs to be confirmed. 



Meriwether Lewis

The family surname also has been spelled a variety of ways -- primarily Erlewine and Earliwine but also Erliwine - Earlewine - Earlwin - and Earleywine.

Catherine Sibert (1782-1852) was born in 1782, apparently in or near Sand Hill. Other sources give her maiden name as '"Sibert" and "Sivert." Other sources state that she was the daughter of famed frontiersman and Indian fighter Martin and Mary Ann (Coffelt) Wetzel, This all need to be sorted out.

At the age of 27, in about 1811 or 1813, Jacob married the 29-year-old Catherine, with the ceremony taking place in Marshall County.

Their eight known children were Mary Earliwine, John F. Earliwine, Abraham Earliwine, Ann Elizabeth Cain, Sarah Earliwine, Joseph Earliwine, Susanna “Susan” Fitzpatrick and George C. Earliwine. Other possible children were Diana Erlewine and Elizabeth Rinehart.

Circa 1810-1830, the census records them as living in Ohio County, VA (now West Virginia), receiving their mail at the Elizabeth post office. Three people were in their home that year -- Jacob and Catherine (two adults between the ages of 16 and 25) and one female under the age of 10. Two other Earliwine households in Elizabeth that year were those of Abraham Earlywine (eight occupants in the household) and Barney Earlywine (11 occupants).

Their farm was about several miles northeast of the county seat of the Ohio River town of Moundsville. The town was famed as the home of the ancient, prehistoric Grave Creek Mound. The 62-foot-high earthen mound, 240 feet in diameter, was built between 250 BC and 150 BC by the Adena tribe and was a tourist attraction since its original discovery by a European traveler in the 1770s. In September 1803, just 10 days after the launch of the Corps of Discovery in Pittsburgh, explorer Meriwether Lewis noted it in his journal as he and his troops pushed westward on the Ohio River to begin the great Lewis and Clark expedition.  What work the Earlywines were doing that late summer day, as the Lewis party floated quietly past the mound, can never be known.


Moundsville's "Great Mound on the Banks of the Ohio," 1850. Colorized by E.E. Koontz, 1910



Catherine's grave marker then ... and now

On Feb. 17, 1846, when he was in his early 60s, Jacob agreed to lease the south half of the home farm, comprising 50-acres, to their son John. In the legal document on file today in the Marshall County Courthouse, the property was described as being on a line “near Barresford’s old house.” As no legal survey had been done, Jacob could only describe the length and direction of one of the boundary lines as “south for quantity.” Under the terms, the son was to lease the tract for five years and annually pay $25 in rent in four equal quarterly payments. If the son or any sub-tenants defaulted on any one of the payments, the father was to “have full power to recover and possess the same as if the lease had never been made.” 

In 1850, when the federal census was taken, Jacob and Catherine resided in Marshall County's 33rd District.

Catherine is believed to have died on May 7, 1852 in Sand Hill, Marshall County, with burial in the small Earlywine Cemetery beside what is now Pappy’s Lane. The lettering on her grave marker had eroded badly over the years, especially in the past few decades. As best it can be deciphered, it reads as follows, with misspellings: "Anno: Domni - In Memry of Catherine Erlewine: who departed this life May the 7 1852 aged 69 years, 10 months and 11 days." [Find-a-Grave]

Jacob survived her by 15 years and is shown on the 1860 census, at the age of 76, to be living in Fair Hill, Marshall County.

During the Civil War, several Earliwines from Marshall County served in the Union Army. One of them was a grandson -- Stewart Earliwine (son of John F.), all of the 17th West Virginia Infantry, Company A. The others may have been Jacob’s nephews. These included Reuben Earliwine (son of Barnhart) of the 12th West Virginia Infantry, Company C -- Joseph Earliwine (son of Abraham) and Ebenezer Earliwine (son of Barnhart).


Portion of the Earlywine farm at Sand Hill, with the family cemetery circled in red


Earlywine Cemetery, 2015

Jacob died in 1866 or 1867 in Marshall County, with interment beside his wife. A carved sandstone was placed at his grave bearing a written inscription. The wording has faded badly but reads as follows: "Anno: Domini - In Memory of Jacob Erlewine who departed..." with the rest buried underground or otherwise obliterated. [Find-a-Grave]

Jacob's will, written on Jan. 12, 1866, also is on file today at the Marshall County Courthouse. In the record, his surname is spelled "Erlewin." In it, Jacob said that he was of “sound mind and knowing the uncertainty of life” and, unable to sign his own name, wrote his mark witnessed by Joseph Nash and James Campbell (spelled “Cambbell”). Each of his children was to receive a bequest from the estate, in this order: Mary ($35), John ($20) Abraham ($30 plus obligations owed), Elizabeth ($35), Sarah ($35), Joseph ($20), Susan ($35) and George (all real and personal property to include paying a dowry to his siblings). The payments were to be made three years after Jacob’s death, after all debts and funeral expenses had been paid. Friends James Campbell, William Warden and Matthew Marsh were appointed to be appraisers of the estate.

The appraisers filed their inventory of Jacob’s property on June 15, 1867. A sale was held to dispose of these items, with the deceased’s son George – who was inheriting the farm – buying a majority of the goods. Some other articles at the sale included an auger, drawing knife and grindstone.

The items and appraised values include:


Table - $0.50
Bureau - $2.00
Lot of Books (3) - $1.00
Brass clock - $2.50
Bed stead and bedding - $5.00
Windmill - $2.00
One-half bushel & peck - $0.50
Chest - $50
Two hammers & sundries - $0.75
Sugar kettle - $0.75
Cupboard - $2.00
Three plows - $0.50
Two forks - $0.10
Two cows - $100.00


John F's grave, Fork Ridge

~ Son John F. Earliwine ~

Son John F. Earliwine (1811-1895) was born in 1811 in Marshall County.

He married Mary Ann Stewart (1824-1885) in about 1844, when he would have been 33 years of age and she 20. There was a 13-year age gap between the couple. 

They produced eight known children – William Earliwine, John Thomas Earliwine, Hetty A. Earliwine, Stewart Francis Earliwine, William M. Erlewine, Mary E. Erlewine, Wylie Erlewine and Rebecca Jane Moore.

The 1850 U.S. census shows this family residing in Marshall County's District 33, with John earned a living as a farmer. In 1860, their post office was shown as Beeler Station, Marshall County.

When taken again in 1870, census records show the family near Cameron, Marshall County. That year, in addition to four children under their roof, the family provided room in their home for John's unmarried sisters Diana Earlewine (age 60) and Elizabeth Earlewine (age 50) and 17-year-old domestic servant Mary Seiner.

Mary Ann's grave, circa 1885
Mary Ann died at the age of 62, which would place her year of death at about 1885. Details may have been lost in the mists of unrecorded time. She rests under an upright stone in Fork Ridge Baptist Cemetery near Glen Easton, Marshall County.

John died on or about Dec. 7, 1895. No newspaper obituary has been found for him in the Moundsville Weekly Echo [Find-a-Grave] The inscriptions on their upright grave markers -- photographed by the founder of this website in May 2016 -- are fading.

Son William Earliwine (1854-1933) was born on July 26, 1854. He married Lydia Ann "Liddie" Church (1863-1958), reported as the daughter of Hugh and Sarah Church. They had several children, among the known being Rose Kinneer, Clara Virginia Isingood (or "Isinghood"), Amanda Pelkey, Arthur Earliwine, Charles Earliwine and Hugh Earliwine. They were farmers and lived near Sherrard, Marshall County. Stricken with toxic shock from kidney failure added to heart disease, William died on Nov. 1, 1933. His remains were placed at rest in the Sherrard Cemetery. Lydia lived for another 25 years. She passed into eternity on Jan. 15, 1958. [Find-a-Grave]

  • Granddaughter Amanda Earliwine (1888-1920) was born in 1888. She married Joseph Pelkey ( ? - ? ). They lived in Mifflin Township near Pittsburgh, in Munhall Terrace. Sadly, at the age of 32, Amanda was infected with a deadly case of pneumonia and influenza. She died on Feb. 3, 1920. Her remains were transported to Wheeling for burial.
  • Granddaughter Clara Virginia Earliwine (1904-1998) was born on Sept. 9, 1904 in Knoxville, Marshall County. In 1935, when she was age 31, she was united in marriage with Alden Ray Isinghood (1888-1975). They had two children -- Alice Viola Isinghood and Wayne Alden Isinghood and another who did not survive infancy. She died in Wellsburg, Brooke County, WV on Feb. 18, 1998 at the age of 95. Interment was in Brooke Cemetery in Wellsburg.

Daughter Hetty A. Earliwine (1847- ? ) was born in about 1847 in Marshall County. In 1850, at the age of 22, she was unmarried and lived with her parents near Cameron, Marshall County. Her fate is unknown.


Fork Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery

Son John Thomas “Tom” Earliwine (1850-1925) was born in May 1850. He married Rhoda Littleton (1852-1926), daughter of Charles and Rachel (Reese) Littleton. Their wedding ceremony took place in neighboring Greene County, PA in 1874. Rhoda appears to have been deaf, as shown by records of the U.S. Special Census on Deaf Family Marriages and Hearing Relatives, conducted between 1888 and 1895. Their offspring were Thomas Linza Earliwine, Lunzie H. Earliwine, Mildred "Millie" Hartley, John Harney Earliwine and Harry L. Earliwine. Thomas earned a living over the years as a laborer. Their dwelling was at 2013 Center in Moundsville. In May 1883, at the age of 33, he was named in a Civil War affidavit in support of a pension claim by his brother Stewart. Tom died on Dec. 4, 1925, at the age of 75, caused by progressive paralysis. Rhoda’s final year was spent at the home of her son Lunzie in Akron, OH at 1869 Flint Avenue. She contracted bronchial pneumonia at the age of 74 and died on Dec. 15, 1926. Her remains were returned to Moundsville for burial at Fork Ridge Baptist Cemetery in Glen Easton.

  • Grandson John Harney Earliwine (1880-1884) was born on Jan. 4, 1880, a twin with his brother Thomas. He and his twin came down with deadly cases of diphtheria and died within a month of each other. John passed first, on Feb. 19, 1884. Thomas joined him in death on March 10, 1884. They both rest under an upright grave marker at Fork Ridge Baptist Cemetery in Glen Easton, Marshall County.
  • Granddaughter Mildred "Millie" Earliwine (1878- ? ) was born on Oct. 12, 1878. She was united in marriage with (?) Hartley.
  • Grandson Harry L. Earliwine (1885- ? ) was born on Dec. 30, 1885.
  • Grandson Lunzie H. Earliwine ( ? - ? ) made his home in Akron, OH in 1926.


Old bridge at Bulltown, WV, where Stewart was stationed during the Civil War


Fork Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery

Son Stewart Francis "S.F." Earliwine (1845-1930) was born on Dec. 16, 1845 in Marshall County. As a young man, he stood five feet, 10½ inches tall, with a dark complexion, hazel eyes and dark hair. He resided near Glen Easton on the outskirts of Cameron, Marshall County. He served in the Civil War as a member of the 17th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry. Little is known of his service, other than he was brought low by hemorrhoids and a sore breast while on a spring 1865 march from Bulltown to Clarksburg, WV. He received medical treatment from Dr. M.R. Boyd. On Dec. 5, 1867, when he was 22 years old. Stewart was wedded to 22-year-old Sarah Littleton (1845-1919). Rev. Job Rossell officiated at the wedding, held across the state line in Greene County, PA. They had these known children – Mary "Bell" Logston, Flora F. Earliwine, Julia R. Earliwine, Stewart Milton "S.M." Earliwine, William Harry Earliwine, John H. Earliwine, and Ellen J. Earliwine. Tragedy wrapped this family in the 1880s when they lost 13-year-old daughter Flora, 11-year-old daughter Amanda and seven-year-old daughter Julia (all in 1883), year-old daughter Ellen (1888) and an unnamed infant son (1889). They were members of the Fork Ridge Baptist Church. Circa 1897, their  home farm was near the village of Loudenville, Marshall County.


Fork Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery

Afflicted with illnesses, Stewart used "his own prescriptions and family remedies such as are always used in old settled families," he wrote. Stewart applied for and began receiving monthly pension checks of $12 from the federal government as compensation for his wartime service. He cited the lumbago in his back, weakness in lower limbs and could "scarcely walk around." To his shock, however, the amount was reduced to $8 monthly in September 1894. He wrote many letters of protest to the U.S. Pension Commissioner in Washington, DC, saying the amount had been "unjustly reduced." Local friends Henry Sprouls and George W. Hartsell signed affidavits of support. At some point the payment was increased to $72 monthly. Stewart earned income in his later years by working as a postmaster and as a notary public. Sarah passed into eternity in 1919. Stewart survived her by 11 years and resided under the roof of his son Stewart at 910 Lafayette Avenue in Moundsville. In November 1929, government field representative William H. Wentz interviewed Stewart and reported that Stewart had testified "in a frank and open manner and it is believed that he was entirely honest and truthful. He is of excellent reputation." In elaborating further on Stewart's medical condition, Wentz wrote that "He walks with two canes most to the time and appears to be quite feeble but is able to walk about the house and he can and does go to the toilet and answers the calls of nature without aid. His eyesight is good for a man of his age and he can and does read the newspapers but uses glasses. His mentality is good." Stewart died at the age of 85 on July 24, 1930. An obituary in the Moundsville Echo noted his Civil War service and reported that he was survived by seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

  • Granddaughter Mary Belle Earliwine (1869-1964) was born on Nov. 29, 1868 or on Dec. 2, 1869 at Fork Ridge. At the age of 24, she wed Ulysses Logston (or "Logsdon") ( ? -1940) in 1893 in Marshall County. In 1930, they made their home in Wayman's Ridge. Their one known son was Marion Leroy Logsdon. Ulysses died in 1940. Belle survived him by nearly a quarter of a century and lived at 13 Linden Street in Moundsville. She passed into eternity on Feb. 1, 1964, at the age of 95, following stomach problems and an acute hemorrhage. Entombment was in the Fork Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery. Mrs. Sadie Parsons of Moundsville signed her official death certificate.
  • Granddaughter Flora F. Earliwine (1870-1883) was born on Sept. 28, 1870 along Grave Creek. She died on or about Jan. 6, 1883, at the age of 13. Burial was in Fork Ridge Baptist Cemetery in Glen Easton, Marshall County.
  • Granddaughter Amanda A. Earliwine (1872-1883) was born in 1872. She did not survive childhood. She was cut down at age 11 in 1883, as was her younger sister Julia. They rest side by side in the Fork Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Julia R. Earliwine (1876- ? ) was born on March 5, 1876. She died in 1883 at the age of seven. Burial was in the Fork Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery.


The young children's graves in a row at Fork Ridge
  • Grandson Stewart "Milton" Earliwine (1878-1954) was born on March 26, 1878. He married (?). In the 1920s and 1930, they cared for Stewart's aged father, a Civil War veteran. Stewart was a longtime farmer and lived in the village of Loudenville in 1930. He died on Jan. 9, 1954, with burial in the Fork Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery near Glen Easton. His grave is not known to be marked.
  • Grandson William Harry Earlywine (1881-1932) was born on April 26, 1881. On Leap Day 1908, in nearby Wellsburg, Brooke County, WV, the 27-year-old William married 23-year-old Daisy Taylor (1885?- ? ). Rev. W.R. Moore officiated. They dwelled in Sherrard and Moundsville. Harry was a bookkeeper. He contracted a fatal case of pulmonary pneumonia and, after about 18 months of suffering, died on March 23, 1932, at the age of 50. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Moundsville.
  • Granddaughter Ellen J. Earliwine (1887- ? ) was born on Sept. 12, 1887. She died the following year and was placed into repose in the Fork Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery.
  • Grandson John Hughie Earliwine (1887-1918?) was born on Dec. 15, 1887 in Knoxville, WV. He was of medium height and build, with blue eyes and brown hair. At the age of 29, he was single and employed as a saw mill laborer for C.M. Lydick in Rosby's Rock near Glen Easton. In June 1917, he registered for the military draft during World War I, and later joined the American Expeditionary Force and was sent overseas as a member of the 111th Infantry, Company C. While in battle at Saint-Mihiel, France on Nov. 4, 1918, in an attempt to break through German lines and take possession of the town of Metz, he received a wound. Fellow soldier William W. Baker, who was carried off the field on a stretcher and taken prisoner, saw John "lying on the ground seriously wounded." John was not heard from again. The U.S. War Department listed him as a deserter, but his father in 1921 pressed the matter "to clear his good name and to make claim for his insurance," said the Coshocton (OH) Tribune. In fact John perished from his wound and is buried ni the Saint Mihiel American Cemetery in Lorraine, France.

Son William M. Erlewine (1855- ? ) was born in about 1855 in Marshall County.

Daughter Mary E. Erlewine (1856- ? ) was born in about 1856. 

Son Wylie Erlewine (1860- ? ) was born on May 13 or in August 1860 along Grave Creek.

Airplane view of Cameron

Daughter Rebecca Jane Earlewine (1863-1926) was born on Sept. 12, 1863. On July 28, 1887, at the age of 24, she is believed to have been joined in marriage with 21-year old Franklin L. Moore (1866-1888). Rev. L.L. Steward presided at the ceremony held in Moundsville. Tragically, Franklin is believed to have died less than a year into their marriage, at the age of 21, on March 16, 1888. The remains were laid to rest in the Baptist Church Cemetery in Cameron. Rebecca apparently never remarried over the remaining nearly four decades of her life. She spent her years in Sand Hill. Stricken with cancer of the stomach, she died at the age of 62 on Feb. 20, 1926. Her remains were placed into repose in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.


~ Son Abraham Earliwine ~

Son Abraham Earliwine (1821?- ? ) was born in about 1821. He married Sarah Cain (1821- ? ), the daughter of James and Mariah (Morley) Cain of Lynn Camp. See their biography for more.


~ Daughter Ann Elizabeth (Earlywine) Cain ~

Daughter Ann Elizabeth Earlywine (1816-1873) was born in about 1816. She married John Cain, son of James and Mariah (Morley) Cain of Lynn Camp. See their biography for more.


~ Son George C. Earliwine ~

Son George C. Earliwine (1820-1888?) was born on or about Feb. 7, 1820 (or 1822). 

He married Catharina “Catherine” Cain (1827-1902), daughter of James and Mariah (Morley) Cain. They lived next to his parents on their old farm in 1850 when the federal census was taken. 

Their five known children were Susanna T. Earliwine, Jacob Earliwine, John Earleywine, Sarah E.T. Earliwine and Maria Earliwine. 

They are believed to have lived in or near the old Earliwine farm on Sand Hill, which included a border along a portion of the meandering Wheeling Creek. The 1850 census shows the couple, not yet having reproduced, living next door to his parents in Marshall County's 33rd District. In 1860, when the federal census enumeration was made, they made their home with George's elderly father in Marshall County's Webster District.


Site of the George and Catherine Earliwine farm at Sand Hill, on the "Earliwine Homestead," from F.W. Beers & Co.'s 1871 Map of the "Panhandle" Embracing Counties of Hancock, Brooke, Ohio and Marshall, West Virginia. Courtesy Library of Congress.


Detail of the 1871 Atlas of the Panhandle

In 1871, an atlas was produced by F.W. Beers & Co. showing the northern panhandle of West Virginia encompassing Marshall as well as Brooke, Hancock and Ohio Counties. Individual farms were shown and named. and George appears as "G.C. Earliwine" in the Sand Hill section, just below the words "Earliwine Homestead." By that time, much of the old farm had been subdivided into smaller tracts owned by myriad other farmers. Several freshwater springs are located in the homestead vicinity as well as School No. 5 and School No. 7 in addition to the Methodist Church. View the entire map courtesy of the Library of Congress.

George died on March 17, 1888 at the age of 67. Burial was in the Sand Hill Methodist Church Cemetery. 

Catherine lived for another 24 years. She passed away on June 13, 1902. A search has been made for her obituary in the Moundsville newspapers, at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library, but no copies were on file on microfilm for that date.

Daughter Susanna T. Earliwine (1850-1922) was born on March 31, 1850 in Sand Hill. She never married. She died of paralysis on Nov. 7, 1922. Thomas Earleywine of Elm Grove, WV was the informant for her death certificate.

Daughter Maria Earliwine ( ? -1855) is believed to have died young, on Oct. 20, 1855, with interment in nearby Sand Hill Methodist Church burying ground.


Earlywine Cemetery

Son Jacob Earliwine (1855- ? ) was born in about 1855. Nothing more about him is known.

Son John Earlewine (1856-1939) was born on Dec. 4, 1856 in or near Sand Hill, Marshall County. He never married and devoted his life to farming on the old property above Wheeling Creek dating back to the 1700s. For two decades, he endured hardening of the arteries, which led to a massive stroke. He succumbed at the age of 82 on Aug. 25, 1939. Burial was in the Earlewine Cemetery in Sand Hill, with Thomas Earlewine of Elm Grove, WV signing the death certificate. The marker was photographed by the founder of this website in May 2015. His epitaph reads: “May he rest in peace.”

Daughter Sarah E.T. Earliwine (1859-1900) was born in 1859. As with her sister Susan, she never married. She died on July 25, 1900 at the age of 41, with burial in the cemetery of Sand Hill Methodist Church.


~ Daughter Diana Earliwine ~

Daughter Diana Earliwine (1810-1890) was born in about 1810

She never married. At the age of 60, in 1870, she dwelled with her married brother John F. Earliwine and his wife Mary Ann and family near Cameron, Marshall County. That year, her unmarried sister Elizabeth Earlewine (age 50) and 17-year-old domestic servant Mary Seiner also lived in the dwelling.

She died of "old age" in June 1890 when she would have been age 80. County death records listed her age as 74 but that probably was a guess.


~ Daughter Elizabeth (Earliwine) Rinehart ~

Daughter Elizabeth Earliwine (1829- ? ) was born on May 2, 1829 in what today is West Virginia. Other sources give her birth year as 1820.

She entered into marriage with David G. Rinehart (Dec. 1826-1907), a Pennsylvania native.

Their brood of offspring included Mary B. Reinhart, Adam Rinehart, John Barnett Rinehart, William Rinehart, Newton Rinehart, David Rinehart Jr., Mary R. Holdren, Elmer Rinehart, Ella May Rinehart Lovensheimer Smith and Emma J. Loumenhouser.

Sometime circa 1853-1854, in between the births of their sons William and Newton, the family pulled up stakes in West Virginia and moved to Ohio. The move somehow coincided timimg-wise with the construction of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.

The federal census enumeration of 1860 shows the family living on a farm in Scioto, Ross County, OH. The census-taker in 1860 spelled their name "Rheinhard."

Action at Bull Run, also known as the Battle of Manassas. Courtesy Harpers Weekly

David joined the Union Army during the Civil War. He was placed in the 18th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company A. At some point he was transferred to the 149th Ohio Infantry, Company F. He is known to have taken part in the bloody Battle of Bull Run, also known as the Battle of Manassas in Virginia. In all, he served for three-and-a-half years until his honorable discharge.

At her father's death in 1867, Elizabeth was named in the last will and testament and bequeathed a sum of $30. 

Census records for 1870 show the Rineharts' dwelling-place in Springfield, Ross County. David and their son John earned income at that time as farm workers.

During the 1870s, they relocated again within the county and by 1880 were working on a farm in Huntington, Ross County. Only their three youngest children remained in the household at that time. Livign next door were John Rinehard (age 64) and his wife Joanna.

David became eligible for a soldier's pension in the late 1880s and on July 30, 1890 one was awarded. [Invalid App. No. 828.411 - Cert. No. 589.773]. He thus received monthly checks from the U.S. government for the rest of his life.

Elizabeth died on March 15, 1895, at the age of 66 years, nine months and 29 days. Burial was in Denver Cemetery in Ross County. Some years after her death, she was named in a profile of her son Elmer in the 1905 book, An Illustrated History of Central Oregon, in which her maiden name was spelled "Erlywine."

David outlived his wife by a dozen years. The angel of death cleaved him away at the age of 80 on June 1, 1907.  

Daughter Mary B. Rinehart (1846- ? ) was born in about 1846 in Virginia (West Virginia).

Adam and Margaret Rinehart
Courtesy Ruby Rinehart and Stacy Rinehart

Son Adam E. Rinehart (1848-1925) was born on Jan. 9, 1848 in Marshall County, VA (West Virginia), often called the "Old Dominion." In childhood he traveled with his parents to a new home in Ross County, OH. Then at the age of 12, he left home and "took the responsibilities of life and living upon his own shoulders," said the Alturas (CA) New Era. "For six years thereafter he found such employment as the place and time afforded, until at the age of 18 years he enlisted, 1866, in the Second Heavy Artillery of the United States." As a member of the Army in peacetime, following the close of the Civil War, he was assigned to quartermaster duty and was in charge of the teams of supply horses. Said the New Era, "Shortly after enlisting he and his company were ordered to the great and then practically unknown west, and followed the route now growing popular, New Yor Panama, San Francisco, although the trip then was far different from what it is now. From San Francisco the next objective was Alaska, en route to which their ship was wrecked off a rocky and inhospitable coast in a severe storm. Fortune favored him and he was able to reach land and remained in that territory until 1869, when he was honorably discharged." Adam as a civilian, he returned to San Francisco and then found a home in the redwood country of Yreka near the northern border of California. The 1870 federal census enumeration shows him near Mount Shasta in Table Rock, Siskiyou County, CA, earning a living as a farm laborer and boarding in the home of Alexander Rosborough. He earned income by hauling freight and ranching.

In 1874, at the age of about 26, he was united in matrimony with 15-year-old Missouri native Margaret Best (1859-1932), daughter of Nettie Best. The six known children they produced together were William Rinehart, Harry Elmer Rinehart, Euphenia May "Effie" Rinehart, Grace L. Rinehart, Marion Walter Rinehart and Ernestine Rinehart. The newlyweds established their residence in Surprise Valley where they rented acreage for use as a farm. The U.S. Census of 1880 shows them on a farm in Cedarville, Modoc County, in the far northeast corner of the state, where they kept several boarders who helped with farming and stock raising. Another migration took them to Nevada, where for a dozen years he worked in the stock trade. By 1910, they returned to Surprise Valley and bought a ranch near Cedarville, along Lake City Road, where they maintained a ranch and cattle farm. Adam continued to build goodwill with his neighbors and friends when the price of hay rose to $20 per ton, and refused to sell at that price and instead only charged $13. In response, he Surprise Valley Record ran an editorial, reprinted in the Redding Record Searchlight, saying that "While in the lower country the price of food stuff is soaring, it is pleasing to note that there are a lot of people in Modoc who have refused to charge all that the 'traffic will bear'... A good many other people have shown a like disposition, and our merchants have not raised the price on many things that the lower country stores have raised the price on. This shows that our people up here have a heart and have not made an absolute god of the dollar and are willing to conduct business on the live and let live plan." Once retired, by 1920, they moved into the town of Cedarville with an address on Lincoln Street. Adam endured heart disease in later life. In June 1925, in Lakeview, OR, he was felled by a severe attack of pneumonia. While seeminly on the mend, and on a ride to Lakeview, OR, at the age of 77, he collapsed and died on June 24, 1925. Funeral rites were conducted in the Community Church, led by R.L. Waggoner, with the Odd Fellows providing rituals at the gravesite and a choir singing Rock of Ages. The New Era eulogized him as follows:

On Friday, June 26, Cedarville laid to rest another of her older and best respected citizens... He was a man of splended character and sterling worth, much respected, and with many friends. He was a model husband and father, a citizen faithful in citizenship, courteous, and kindly. Many outside of the immediate family feel with them a sense of personal loss and extend to them their heartfelt sympathy.

Margaret endured for another nearly seven years. She passed away on Feb. 2, 1932, and sleeps for all time in Cedarville Cemetery. Two of the daughters married Thomas Sizer and E.J. Beebe.

  • Grandson William Erlywine Rinehart (1875-1948) was born in 1875 in Cedarville, Modoc County, CA. He was joined in matrimony with Josephine ( ? - ? ). William earned a living as a rancher and in 1925, they were in Cedarville, CA. Their final home was near Alder Creek, OR. In the winter/spring of 1948, having suffered for some time with coronary heart disease, he spent four months in the Overland Hotel in Reno, NV. He died there at the age of 72 on May 10, 1948. The remains were shipped back to Cedarville for burial.
  • Grandson Harry Elmer Rinehart (1877-1940) was born in about 1877 in California. He lived in Cedarville, CA in 1925.
  • Granddaughter Euphinia May "Effie" Rinehart (1878-1950) was born in 1878 in California. She is known to have lived in Lakeview, CA in 1901. When she became ill there in February 1901, and again in July 1902, her parents traveled to be at her side. She underwent surgery for appendicitis in San Francisco in July 1902.
  • Granddaughter Grace L. Rinehart (1881-1973)
  • Grandson Marion Walter Rinehart (1890-1975) was born on Nov. 29, 1890 in Cedarville. In 1916, he married Lavinia West Hardy (1887-1973). After a divorce, he then wed Lillie Belle (Chambers) Anklin (1905-1988) in 1935. The spirit of death cleaved him away in Alturas, Modoc County at the age of 84 on Aug. 5, 1875. Interment was in Davis Creek Cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Ernestine Rinehart (-1892-) died in infancy.

Son John Barnett Rinehart (1848-1915) was born in 1848 or 1851 in Virginia (West Virginia). He was thrice-wed. His first wife was Harriet (Hatty) Hastings ( ? -1886). They became the parents of two -- Clarence Rinehart and Agnes Rinehart. Heartache rocked the family when baby daughter Agnes died at age seven months in 1886, followed by mother Harriet from the effects of 'consumpton" (tuberculosis). His second bride was his wife's sister Jane Hastings ( ? - ? ). She appears to have brought a young stepson into the union, Harry 1884-1966. How the second marriage ended is a matter for more research. He then tied the marital cord a third time with Sopphire 'Paul (1875-1958). Together they bore their own brood of offspring -- Earl Rinehart, William "Willy" Rinehart, twins Henderson/Anderson Rinehart and Margaret Susan Rinehart, who may have died in infancy in 1900, Rebecca Rinehart and Nelson Rinehart. The spectre of death again brought the family low when, in 1913, son William died after being struck in the abdomen by the handle of a plow.

  • Grandson Clarence Newton Rinehart (1882-1960) was born on June 10, 1882 in Pickaway County. He was only a boy when his mother died. In young manhood he relocated to Fayette County, OH. Clarence was joined in wedlock with Nancy Elizabeth Paul ( ? - ? ). They settled in Octa, Fayette County and were members of the Octa House of Prayer. Together they bore a brood of a dozen children -- Roy Rinehart, Carey Newton Rinehart, John Rinehart, Robert Thaddeus "Bob" Rinehart, Hattie Ellen Dickey, Mildred Pauline Bennett, Jess Willard "Jake" Rinehart, Charles Clarence Rinehart, Percy Pearl Rinehart, James Bertman Rinehart, Esther Marie Sigmond and Minnie Louise Rinehart. At the age of 77, he was found dead in his home by his son Cary. Dr. Hugh Payton, the county coroner, was called to investigate, and pronounced that the death was due to natural causes. A newspaper reported that he was survived by an astonishing 52 grandchildren and more than 100 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held in the family house of worship, with interment in Milledgeville-Plymouth Cemeteery.
  • Step-grandson Harry Barnett Rinehart (1884-1966) dwelled in Milledgeville as of 1966.
  • Grandson Earl Rinehart (1895-1952) 
  • Grandson William "Willy" Rinehart (1899-1913) was born on Dec. 19, 1899 in Ross County, OH. He grew up on a farm in Huntington Township. At the age of 13, on the fateful day of May 29, 1913, he was struck in the abdomen by a plow handle. The blow hit him on the right side and caused a deadly infection of peritonitis and likely also a ruptured gallbladder. He suffered for five days, and Dr. J.L. Caldwell was called to attend, but nothing could be done. William surrendered to the angel of death on June 3, 1913. The remains were lowered into the eternal sleep of the ages in Denver Cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Rebecca Jane Rinehart (1902-1979) was born in 1902. She wed Robert Daniels ( ? - ? ). The pair put down roots in Muncie, IN.
  • Grandson Nelson Richard Rinehart (1908-1976) resided in Muncie in 1960.

Son William Rinehart (1853- ? ) was born in about 1853 in Virginia (West Virginia). He was joined in wedlock with Belle ( ? - ? ).

Newton Rinehart
Courtesy Ruby Rinehart, Stacy Rinehart

Son Newton Rinehart (1853-1909) was born on April 17, 1853 in Ross County, OH. He never learned to write and when signing legal documents used an "X" to mark his signature. On Nov. 20, 1878, when he was about 25 years of age, he entered into marriage with 15-year-old Sarah Frances Miller (Dec. 11, 1862-1921), a native of Ross County and the daughter of William and Frances (Michels) Miller. Justice of the peace Jacob Baughman officiated. Together, the Rineharts bore a family of 11 -- the known identities were Elmer Barnhart, Lyman Edward "Bud" Sinan Rinehart, Charles Forden Rinehart, Lillie Rinehart, Zelda B. "Elda" Rinehart, Harvey M. Rinehart, Frank Francis Rinehart, Oather Martin Rinehart, Wilda Mae Smith, Eva Marie Rinehart and Celestia Goldie "Peggy" Rinehart, Audrey "Lenolla" Rinehart and Dewey Benjamin Rinehart. Sadness blanketed the family when daughter Lillie died at the age of about two in 1887. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1880, they were on a farm in Deer Creek Township, Pickaway County, OH. As of 1900, U.S. Census records show the family on a farm in Monroe Township, Pickaway County. As his health declined he was burdened with kidney problems ("interstitial nephritis") and sciatic rheumatism. Death spirited him away at Deer Creek on Nov. 19, 1909. Interment of the remains was in Spring Lawn Cemetery in Williamsport, Deer Creek Township. The widowed Sarah outlived her spouse by a dozen years and relocated to the state capitol of Columbus. Her last address was 29 East Moler Street. Sadly, she was struck by a motorist in a hit-and-run accident in Columbus. The driver said he was going to find a physician and then disappeared. The injured Sarah suffered a heart attack, followed by death at the age of 58 on Oct. 14, 1921. A brief account of the incident was published in the Mansfield News-Journal.

Son David Rinehart Jr. (1856- ? ) was born in about 1856 in Ohio. He was married. Circa 1907, their whereabouts were unknown by the family.

Daughter Mary R. Rinehart (1859- ? ) was born in about 1859 in Ohio. She married John Holdren ( ? - ? ).

Elmer Rinehart
Courtesy Ruby Rinehart, Stacy Rinehart

Son Elmer C. Rinehart (1864- ? ) was born in about 1864. He migrated to Oregon. On May 20, 1888, he wed Addie Peters ( ? - ? ), daughter of Claus Peters. The only known son was Clarence D. Rinehart. He was profiled in the 1905 book, An Illustrated History of Central Oregon

ELMER E. RINEHART is sheriff of Lake county, Oregon, having been elected to that office on the Republican ticket in the spring of 1904. He came to Lake county in 1894 and engaged in the saw mill business in partnership with Rhesa A. Hawkins, a pioneer of the county, under the firm name of Hawkins & Rinehart. Their plant is situated in the Crooked creek valley, where the company also owns a large tract of timber and agricultural lands. They are still running the mill with profit, and in addition they are quite extensively engaged in the business of cattle raising and farming. Mr. Rinehart is a native of Chillicothe, Ohio, and was born January 29, 1864... Mr. Rinehart was a member of a family of eleven children, eight of whom are still living. The first twenty years of his life were spent in the state of his birth. In 1884 he came west and settled in Surprise valley, California. During his boyhood he mastered the trade of stationary engineer, and since coming to the west has followed that trade, his work being confined to the running of engines in lumber and grist mills. On May 20, 1888, Mr. Rinehart was married to Addie Peters, a native of California, and daughter of Claus Peters, a German by birth, and a pioneer of California. Claus Peters was one of the first settlers in Surprise valley, and his death occurred there December 14, 1904.

Daughter Emma J. Rinehart (1869-1953), also spelled "Rhinehart" and "Reinhart," was born on March 12, 1869 in Denver, Ross County, OH. On Nov. 20, 1884, when she was 15 years of age, she tied the marital cord with Philip Loumenhouser (Jan. 30, 1862-1944), originally from Ross County, OH, and also spelled "Lovensheimer" and "Loumenhouser." Justice of the peace J.W. Goldsberry officiated. Because she was underage, her parents had to provide consent. Philip was unable to write and signed his name with an "X" on official papers. Two offspring of the pair were Lonnie Loumenhouser and Muriel Loumenhouser. In 1900, the family pulled up stakes and moved to a farm in Green Township, Clinton County, OH. They remained in the county for good. For a number of those years, they were tenant farmers on the Fred Mithell near Center. Then in about 1932 they moved into the home of their son in Wilmington. Sadly, Philip suffered from heart disease and passed away in Wilmington at the age of 82 on Sept. 16, 1944. He was laid to rest in Sugar Grove Cemetery in Wilmington. Obituaries were printed in the Wilmington News-Journal and Chillicothe Gazette. Her final home was at 5106 Ebersole Avenue in Cincinnati. Burdened with senility over her last 15 years, added to hardening of the arteries and hypertension, death swept her away in Cincinnati's Wesley Hall at the age of 84 on March 31, 1953. Her remains sleep for all time in Oak Hill Cemetery in Glendale, OH. Mrs. Robert M. Martin signed the official Ohio certificate of death.

  • Grandson Lonnie "Bert" Loumenhouser (1891- ? ) was born in about 1891. He made a home over the years near Beech Grove in Wilmington, OH. 
  • Granddaughter Muriel Loumenhouser (1894- ? ) was born in about 1894. During her college years in Wilmington, OH, she played in an orchestra and accepted a ride home one evening from a local barber, Moscoe Marshall. Later, she said, "he frightened the girl into paying him money to keep the incident a secret," as reported by the Dayton (OH) Herald. When she became a teacher in Ross County in 1928, Marshall demanded more money, and she refused. He then wrote an angry letter to the county board of education, accusing her of "improper relations with other men." In its article, the Herald added that the "Loumenhouser family is a prominent one in this city." When confronted with this evidence, Muriel offered her side of the story, and the man was arrested. She eventually wed (?) Martin and by 1944 moved to Covington, KY.

Daughter Ella May Rinehart (1872- ? ) was born in June 1872 in Ross County, OH. She was thrice-wed. Her first husband was Luther Rinehart ( ? -1884). Their only daughter was Dollie Rinehart, born in 1885. The young family dwelled in Ross County. Tragically, on Jan.. 4, 1844, Luther met violent death at the age of 27 when caught in a boiler explosion in the community of Twin and "literally cut into bits by a circular saw," reported the Chillicothe Gazette. Her second spouse was Jacob Laubensheimer ( ? - ? ), also spelled "Lovensheimer." The brood of sons they bore together included Philip Laubensheimer, David Laubensheimer, Chauncey Laubensheimer, Albert Laubensheimer, Rupert Laubensheimer and George Laubensheimer. The family lived next door to Ella May's widowed father in Huntington Township. Jacob on one hand was widely respected in the community but to some held a reputation as a chicken and meat thief who had a nasty temper when drinking. Another senseless death shook the family when Jacob was killed at the hand of Patsy McMahon on the fateful day of Feb. 28, 1900 in a dispute over the cutting down of a lime tree marking a property lie. The Gazette reported what happened in grisly detail in what became known as the "tragedy of the Huntington hills:"

... in Mendenhall Bros. store in Denver, Huntington township, Charles and James McMahon had trouble with Jacob Lovensheimr and  that when the party started for their different homes, it was quite evident that the controversy was far from being settled. The party crossed the bridge on the way to the home of Wm. McMahon, father of the prisoner. Here Patsy entered the house and Lovensheimer and the others stopped near the wood pile, in front of the house. William came to the front porch and called to Lovensheimer, asking him his mission. The latter began to speak, when Patsy struck the fatal blow... Later in the evening Jacob Lovensheimer appeared at the home of his father-in-law, Mr. Rinehart, and his condition and appearance was wretched. His mind was almost a blank and he was covered with blood and dirt... He laid down on the floor, first with his head, then later with his feet toward the fire. At 5 o'clock next morning he was dead.

Upon examination in the Rinehart home, a wound of four inches in length was found, over the eyebrow and extending to the side of the head. The Gazette said that "The poor wife, who has six children to care for, and not one of a partially self supporting age, has indeed had her portion of misfortune, this being her second husband too meet a violent death." A search was made for Patsy McMahon and his brother James. They were caught after several weeks on the run and underent trial in June. The sensational news dominated the headlines for a time, with the Gazette saying the case "is tearing Denver and its vicinity into two pieces." The jury returned a verdict of justifiable homicide. Then at the age of 35, on Oct. 9, 1907, she again was joined in the holy rite of matrimony with 31-year-old farmer Albert T. Smith (Oct. 12, 1876- ? ), son of James and Margaret Smith of Huntington Township, Ross County.

  • Granddaughter Dollie Rinehart (1885- ? ) was born in Feb. 1885.
  • Grandson Philip Oscar Laubensheimer (1892-1940) was born on July 26, 1892 in or near Chillicothe, a twin with his brother David. Circa 1916, he is believed to have made his home in Linworth, OH. Philip served in the U.S. Army. He tied the knot with Mary ( ? - ? ). The couple eventually divorced. In his late 40s, he lived at 780 Kerr Street and was employed as a truck driver, hauling coal. Having been diagnosed with syphilis, he died at the age of 47 on Jan. 3, 1940. The remains were laid to rest in Walnut Grove Cemetery. George Laubensheimer of 4881 Cleveland Avenue signed the official Ohio death certificate.

  • Grandson David Oscar Laubensheimer (1892-1916) was born on July 26, 1892 in or near Chillicothe, a twin with his brother Philip. He did not marry. In young manhood he lived in Worthington, OH and provided general laborer to earn a living. His life was snuffed out in a senseless, accidental way. A doctor reported that his "Heel caught in wire of motorcycle wheel. Lacerated wound of foot & heel. Tetanus Developed." Death carried him away at age 23 in Columbus' Ohio State University Hospital OH on May 8, 1916. Interment was in Worthington.

  • Grandson Chauncey Laubensheimer (1895- ? ) was born in Feb. 1895.

  • Grandson Albert Laubensheimer (1896- ? ) was born in April 1896.

  • Grandson Rupert Laubensheimer (1897-1947) was born on May 4, 1897 in Ross County. He never married. Circa 1947, he lived in rural Blendon Township, Franklin County, OH, near Cleveland Avenue between Morse and Granville Roads. He was employed as a greenskeeper on a golf course. On the fateful day of Nov. 19, 1947, he was struck and badly injured by a motorist in Columbus. He was rushed to University Hospital and died that day. A short article about the matter was distributed statewide by the Associated Press, and printed in the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette, saying that "The death raised Columbus' traffic toll for 1947 to 41." The remains were lowered into eternal repose in Walnut Grove Cemetery.

  • Grandson George Laubensheimer (1898- ? ) was born in March 1898. Did he marry Etta E. Hoard i nSt. Louis in 1937? He may have been in Chicago in 1947 at the time of his brother Rupert's death.


~ Daughter Susanna (Earliwine) Fitzpatrick ~

Daughter Susanna Earliwine (1826-1912) was born in about 1826.

At the age of 24, in 1850, she was unmarried and lived with her parents in Sand Hill.

She eventually entered into marriage with John Fitzpatrick (Dec. 17, 1815-1894), a native of Ireland.

John's obituary, Waynesburg
Courtesy Cornerstone Gen Society
Together, they produced a family of two -- Abigail Fitzpatrick and Robert "Emmet" Fitzpatrick.

The Waynesburg Democrat once said that John had "left his native home and sailed over the broad waters for American soil when he was a lad but sixten years of age, and on arriving sought and learned the business of a puddler." At the time, a "puddler" was a laborer converting pig iron into wrought iron in the exceptionally hot, smelly and dangerous environment of a blast furnace. Said the Democrat:

Some years after this he embarked in the grocery busiess and married Miss Susan Earlywine of Sandhill, W.Va., who now survives him, and whohas reached her three-score and ten years. He built and established the well-known store at Simpson's Store postoffice, Washington county, Pa., and conducted a successful business there for many years. He then removoed to Wheeling, W.Va., and was engaged in the grocery business in that city for several years. Not meeting with success in Wheeling, he removed to and established the postoffice at Time, Greene Co., Pa....

The federal census enumeration of 1860 shows the young family across the state line in East Finley, Washington County, PA. At that time, John made a living as a merchant, and his 18-year-old assistant Richard Crawford, also an Irishman, boarded in their home. 

Susan's obituary in Waynesburg (above)
and Wheeling.
Courtesy Cornerstone
Gen Society and the Library of Congress
John is known to have earned a living for many years as a merchant operating in Simpson's Store in East Finley. In 1870, the U.S. Census shows the family continuing to dwell in East Finley, and John's occupation as merchant, with 22-year-old clerk John Hughes in the household.

The Waynesburg Republican said Susanna "was a member of the M.E. church at Nineveh, and was a highly esteemed christian woman."

During the decade of the 1870s, the Fitzpatricks relocated back to West Virginia and lived in Wheeling, where John was employed as a salesman. Their home in 1879 was on Market Street, in the block between Sixth and Seventh Streets. Then in the 1890s, he served as United States Postmaster for the village of Time in Greene County.

John contracted dysentery and passed away on Nov. 9, 1894. An obituary was published in the Waynesburg Republican and two in successive weeks in the Waynesburg Democrat

As a widow, Susanna survived for another 18 years. She made her final residence in the village of Time.

Suffering from chronic cystitis which led to acute gastro-enteritis, she died on Aug. 25, 1912, just nine days before her 87th birthday. Mrs. R.E. Fitzpatrick, of Wheeling, signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Funeral rites were conducted by Rev. G.E. Cable of Nineveh at the Union Valley Methodist Protestant Church. Interment was in the Woods burying ground near Simpson's Store. An obituary was published in the Republican.

Daughter Abigail Fitzpatrick (1859- ? ) was born in about 1859. Her growing-up years were spent in East Finley, Washington County, PA, followed by a move with her parents to Wheeling, WV. There, in 1880, she was unmarried at the age of 20 and lived under her parents' roof. 

Son Robert "Emmet" Fitzpatrick (1865-1934) was born on Nov. 9, 1865 in East Finley, Washington County, PA. He relocated with his parents in childhood to Wheeling, WV. Emmet was employed at the age of 16 as a messenger boy for the A&P Telegraph Company, and met with a painful injury one day in October 1879. Reported the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer, he "was sent to Cowan's coal bank, in the Eighth Ward, with a dispatch, and taking advantage of the departure of a train to Benwood, got on it to ride down to the bank, as it passes it. When the bank was reached the train was going at a rapid rate, and the boy in jumping off lighted in a large pile of lime stones, by which he was cut and bruised in a terrible manner about the limbs, one of them at the knee and in the thigh of the other, and it is also feared that he sustained internal injuries. He was picked up by Capt. Cowan and taken home in his buggy." Emmet entered into marriage with Mary Elizabeth (Scroggins) Prince (1852-1934), daughter of William Scroggins. The bride was 14 years older than the groom. She brought a stepson into the marriage, Alonzo Prince. Together, Emmet and Mary produced three daughters of their own -- Ella Worley, Mae Lally and Anna B. Dyson. Emmet in 1894 was employed as a printer in the office of the Wheeling Register newspaper. By 1900, he may have taken a position as a postal mail carrier. When her father died in August 1895, the funeral was held in the Fitzpatrick home on North Huron Street, Wheeling Island. Emmet served as clerk of the congregation, and she held an ice cream social in their home as a fundraiser, when the Second Christian Church of Wheeling Island was dedicated in April 1902. Emmet eventually retired as a letter carrier. They retired to Akron, OH, at an address of 218 Park Street. Sadly, the pair died about a month apart. She passed first, at the age of 82, on June 8, 1934. Then burdened with heart disease at the age of 68, Emmet died at home    on July 7, 1934. An obituary appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal. His remains were transported back to Wheeling to sleep next to hers' for the ages in Greenwood Cemetery. Ella Worley, of the home address, signed the official death certificate.

Wheeling Island, home of Emmet and Mary Fitzpatrick 
  • Step-grandson Alonzo Prince lived in Follansbee, WV in 1934. 
  • Granddaughter Ella Fitzpatrick wed (?) Worley. They established a residence in Akron, OH at the address 218 Park Street. 
  • Granddaughter Mae Fitzpatrick married (?) Lally. She was in Akron in 1934. 
  • Granddaughter Anna B. Fitzpatrick was joined in wedlock with (?) Dyson. Their home in the mid-1930s was in Akron.


~ Son Joseph Earliwine ~

Son Joseph Earliwine (1829-1906) was born in October 1829 (or 1827).

He never married. He was a Union Army soldier during the Civil War. As an adult, he was five feet, 10½ inches in height and weighed 134 lbs., with a light complexion, light hair and blue eyes

On Aug. 30, 1864, Joseph enlisted in the 17th West Virginia Infantry, Company, commanded by Capt. Arthur Baker. Serving in the same company of the same regiment was Joseph’s cousin, Ebenezer Erlewine. He was discharged at Wheeling on June 30, 1865.

As he aged, Joseph increasingly suffered from lung, heart and kidney disease. He applied for and in April 1891 began receiving a federal pension as compensation for his wartime ailments. In filling out paperwork for the pension, one affidavit was witnessed by Silas Richmond and William M. Richmond. When examined at Sistersville in August 1891, physicians noted that he was “emaciated.” Friend C.J. Myers of Hazel, Wetzel County once noted that he had “heard [Joseph] complain frequently of pain in his breast,” while friend Thomas M. Lancaster of Conaway made a similar observation.

Circa 1891, his home was in Conaway, Tyler County, WV.

In his final years, Joseph received monthly military pension checks in the amount of $8.

Joseph could not overcome the effects of dropsy and, at age 77, passed into eternity on May 7, 1906.


~ Questions ~

Who is the Joseph Erlewine who married Rachel Reid (1838-1911?) in about 1865? Husband and wife were nine years apart in age, or perhaps even 15 as suggested by one source. One of their grandsons thought Joseph had been born in Germany and Rachel in Ireland.

They were longtime farmers in rural Marshall County and had eight children. Among the known offspring were Susanna Earliwine, John Dolliver Earliwine, Nancy E. Earliwine, James R. Earliwine, Edward Earliwine and William P. Earliwine.

In 1870, the Earliwines made their home as farmers in the Liberty District of Marshall County. The eldest three children -- Susanna, John and Nancy -- all had attended school within the year. Their home in 1880 was listed in census records as being in the Webster District of the county.

The census of 1900 -- of the Webster District -- shows that their seven-year-old grandson James W. Earlewine lived under their roof. 

Joseph's fate is unknown.

Rachel may have passed in 1911. This needs to be proven with precision.

Daughter Susanna Earliwine (1855-1938) was born on Jan. 7, 1855 near Dallas, Marshall County. She wed Thomas Weir Beatty (1854-1933), son of William and Lutitia (Hill) Beatty of Ohio. They made their home in Washington, Washington County. PA, where Thomas was a longtime merchant. Their residence in 1932-1933 was at 255 Canton Avenue. Thomas endured heart and kidney problems as well as intestinal disease. He succumbed at the age of 78 on Jan. 25, 1933. Susan outlived her husband by five years and resided at 608 Broad Street. Suffering from heart disease and arthritis, Susan died at home on May 15, 1938. Interment was in Washington Cemetery.

Son John Dolliver (sometimes misspelled as "Oliver") Earliwine (1858-1930) was born on New Year's Day 1858 in Wetzel or Marshall County. He married Addie Forshey ( ? - ? ). They made their home on Power Street in the Elm Grove section of Wheeling. John was a laborer and retired in November 1929. At the age of 73, he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died the next day on May 16, 1930. Interment was in the Stone Church Cemetery.

Daughter Nancy Elizabeth Earliwine (1859- ? ) was born on Oct. 15, 1859. Her birth is recorded in Wetzel County birth records. But, confusingly, another Nancy E. Cain, daughter of the same parents, is marked to have been born on Oct. 22, 1860.

Son James R. Earliwine (1864- ? ) was born in about 1864.

Son Edward Earliwine (1866- ? ) was born in about 1866.

Son William P. Earliwine (1869- ? ) was born on March 26, 1869 at the forks of Fish Creek.


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Many thanks to Stacy Rinehart the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library and New Martinsville Public Library for providing valuable content for this page. Earlier grave marker photos for Jacob and Catherine Earlywine courtesy of Steven C. Highly.