Simon Hartzell was born in about 1814 in Somerset County, PA and is believed -- although not entirely proven -- to have been the son of George and Mary (Younkin) Hartzell. He was a Civil War soldier who lost his life in the Confederacy's filth-laden Andersonville Prison.
At the age of 22, on Feb. 6, 1837, he married 22-year-old Eva Ann Whipkey (1814 -1901), also from Somerset County, and the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Keefer) Whipkey. The marriage ceremony was held in Turkeyfoot Township, performed by justice of the peace Hugh Connelly. Among the witnesses were Moses King and Simon's brother John G. Hartzell, both of whom later dwelled in Greene County, PA.
The couple produced a dozen children. Those who lived into adulthood were William Hartzell, Mahala Hewitt, Lindsy Hartzell, Elias Hartzell, Elizabeth Polen, Hannah Strait, Sarah A. Ross, Mary Marquis and Jacob Hartzell. Of the three who died in infancy, one passed at age nine months due to tuberculosis, one at seven week of tuberculosis and one at one day of age due to complications at birth.
The Hartzell and Whipkey clans were close, and Simon's brother Jonas married Eva's sister (or niece) Anna Elizabeth. A family friend called the Hartzells "all healthy people."
At some point before 1850, the Hartzells migrated from Somerset to Greene County, PA, settling on a farm in Aleppo Township. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1850, they lived in Aleppo with Simon working as a laborer (and the census-taker recording his name as "Samuel"). In 1860, the Hartzells dwelled next to Simon's brother Jonas and family in Aleppo.
Almost three years after the Civil War broke out, and with his son Elias already serving, Simon at about age 49 made a fateful decision to enlist. On Feb. 2, 1864, he went to Cameron, Marshall County, VA to join the Union Army. He was assigned to his son's unit, the 1st West Virginia Infantry, Company D. At some point the regiment was combined with the 2nd West Virginia Veteran Infantry, Company G. He was wounded and captured at Staunton, VA on June 5, 1864 and from there taken to the Confederacy's notorious Andersonville Prison in Georgia. Unable to escape the horror and disease of the outdoor prison, he died of dysentery at the age of 50 on Nov. 15, 1864. He is said to be interred in Grave No. 12014 at the Andersonville National Cemetery. (Scott Powell's 1925 History of Marshall County erroneously states that he was "discharged" on Nov. 15, 1864 instead of "died.")
Now widowed, Eva Ann applied for and began receiving a military pension as compensation for her loss. [Widow Application #86.298 - Certificate #97.453] Her neighbors Mary Slonaker and Elizabeth Teagarden, who had assisted in the births of some of the Hartzell children, provided testimony in support of her claim. Her son Elias, discharged from the army, resided in her household from about 1863 to 1864 before marrying and leaving home.
Eva Ann lived for almost 35 years after her husband's death. Said the Waynesburg Democrat, "She had been a member of the Christian church for a number of years and at her death held her membership at the Green Valley Christian church near Cameron, W.Va." In 1900, she made her home with her married daughter and son in law Mahala and Andrew Hewitt in Aleppo Township. The census-taker recorded that of the 12 children she had borne, only six were alive at the time.
She passed away at the age of 86 years, six months and 22 days on Jan. 15, 1901. An obituary was printed in the Waynesburg Democrat, which stated that "Grandmother was loved by all who knew her." Rev. J.M. Murray led funeral services at Sugar Grove Church, followed by interment in the Phillips Cemetery.
Simon's legacy might today be otherwise forgotten, but for the heroic private action of an Andersonville POW named Dorrence Atwater. It was Atwater's job at the camp to keep an official list of the 13,000 names of the dead and their precise burial sites which were in very shallow trenches. Despite the extreme conditions, he managed to maintain a secret duplicate copy which he stored in the lining of his coat. Wrote famed Civil War nurse and American Red Cross founder Clara Barton, "Day by day he watched the long trenches fill with the naked skeletons of the once sturdy Union Blue, -- the pride of the American Armies, -- and day by day, he traced on the great brown pages of his Confederate sheet record, the last, and all that was ever to be known of the brave dead sleepers in their crowded, coffinless beds, -- the name, company, regiment, disease, date of death, and number of grave." At the war's end, he shared the list with Barton who in turn advised the Secretary of War. At his order, Atwater, Barton, Army Assistant Quartermaster James Moore and a team of painters and carpenters traveled to the prison site in the heat of the Georgia summer, exhuming the bodies, placing them in proper caskets, reburying them in deeper graves and conducting Christian funeral services. Each grave was marked with headboards, and she wrote dozens of letters to grieving families to let them know of their soldier's fate. With the project complete, a dedication ceremony was held on Aug. 17, 1865, where she was invited to raise the American flag. She wrote: "Then I saw the little graves marked, blessed them for the heartbroken mother in the old Northern home, raised over them the flag they loved, and died for, and left them to their rest. And there they lie to-night, apart from all they loved, but mighty in their silence, teaching the world a lesson of human cruely it had never learned...."
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~ Son Elias Hartzell ~
Son Elias Hartzell (1834-1889) was born in 1834 (or 1837) in Somerset County. When he was a teenager, his family relocated to Aleppo Township, Greene County. Among Elias' childhood friends were William B. King, Benjamin F. Phillips and John Henry. At the age of 23, in 1860, he was unmarried and lived at home in Aleppo, working as a day laborer. He had a light complexion, blue eyes and brown hair, and stood six feet, one inch tall.
During the Civil War, at the age of 23, he enlisted in the army on Oct. 17, 1861, traveling to Cameron, Marshall County and thence to Wheeling, WV to enroll in the 1st West Virginia Infantry, Company D, commanded by Capt. Donnelly. Also joining the 1st West Virginia with him were his boyhood friend Edward Riggs and cousin Alexander Whipkey (son of John and Catharine Whipkey of Somerset County). He claimed to have been captured as a prisoner of war, exchanged back to the Union side, and then re-captured and re-exchanged. In June 1862, he became ill with "camp fever" or measles while stationed at Port Republic, VA and was sent to an army hospital for treatment. The following month, he was a convalescent at a hospital in Strasburg, VA.
Scott Powell's 1925 book, History of Marshall County, W.Va. reports that Elias "was wounded in a leg in Banks' retreat from Winchester, Va." In actuality, the left shin was broken near Kernstown on May 24, 1862 "when we were stampeded from near Winchester to Martinsburg & [he] was sick & in the wagon train and in the march he got his leg broken and mashed by the wagon in some way," wrote fellow soldier James Howard. Another mate, Edward Riggs, remembered that the leg was broken "while climbing into a wagon." With jagged pieces of the bone piercing his skin, he sat beside the road until picked up by a passing wagon train and taken to Academy Hospital in Winchester.
After seven weeks, he was moved to Harpers Ferry, staying six weeks. From there, he was transferred to a hospital in Frederick, MD. After a month in Frederick, he was ordered to go to a hospital in the District of Columbia. He was sent after three weeks to Satterlee U.S.A. General Hospital in West Philadelphia, where he finally was discharged on Jan. 20, 1863.
Within 18 months of the war's end, Elias began receiving pension payments from the War Department as compensation for his service-related ailments. [Invalid Application #121409, Cert. #104.897] When he arrived home, recalled his mother, "he was as rosy and fat as ever he was but that some months later from some unknown cause he commenced to lose flesh, & strength too...." He resided with his mother in Big Tree immediately after returning home.
From time to time he attended dances and parties held in Cameron, WV. In about 1863, he met and attracted the eye of a local divorcee Maria (Rinehart) Flick ( ? -1897). She was the daughter of Simon and Hannah (Morris) Rinehart, and former wife of William Flick, having been divorced from him in 1858. Elias courted her for a year, and on Oct. 6, 1864, at the age of 30, Elias married Maria, in a ceremony held at the residence of Benjamin Wise in Aleppo, led by Rev. Adam Wise of the Dunkard Church. She later wrote, "I knew the soldier was in delicate health before I married him and he never got in robust health after that." The couple produced two or three daughters -- among them Martha "Ida" Hartzell and Hannah Eisiminger Baltzell Tedrow.
The newlyweds moved to the farm of Harrison Phillips in March 1865 where Elias labored as a tenant farmer. In the fall of that same year, with Elias in poor health, Maria's father invited them to come dwell in his residence. They stayed with Father Rinehart for four or five years. In the harvests of the early 1870s, he and his brother in law John Morris Rinehart cradled grain together. Elias obtained work driving a stagecoach (or "hack" as it was then known) for Jacob Riegel, Robert Summersgill and Timothy Dover. His 28-mile route was between Rices Landing, Washington, Waynesburg, Jacktown and Cameron and this continued for about four or five years. The hack stable was in the rear of William A. Helphenstine's home in Waynesburg. He met with one major accident, when the hack overturned and rolled down an embankment. Although injured, he was able to right the vehicle and drive it home the same day.
In 1870, their home was in Marion Township, Greene County, with Waynesburg as their post office. They were members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Elias "was a much respected citizen," said the Waynesburg Republican. As Elias continued to suffer from ill health, still residing with the Rineharts and paying no rent, he quit work and depended solely on the pension he received from the federal government. He took odd jobs such as blacksmithing with his father in law, blowing the bellows and striking the hammer, and working for a wagon maker. At times he complained of pain in the kidneys, lungs and heart palpitations, as well as pain in his leg, occasionally coughing up blood, but with little confidence in doctors never sought medical care until it was too late. The broken leg had healed but was always crooked.
On Feb. 28, 1874, Elias received a new position as a keeper of the toll-gate immediately west of Waynesburg. He maintained the job until his death. Their house, leased from the turnpike company, was small, poorly ventilated and unsanitary, contributing to his breathing problems. Wrote the family physician, "He was a spare built man with flat chest, nervous temperament which would predispose him to the development of tuberculosis with his unsanitary life at the toll-gate."
He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, comprised of Civil War veterans. In about 1872, more than nine years after is discharge, and while running a wagon maker's shop, he became hoarse in beginning to suffer from tuberculosis, then known as "consumption," which lingered for the remainder of his years. At times he needed to sip water in order to speak. He also was malnourished which contributed to the decline of his health. Once in about 1880, he began to bleed profusely in front of a hotel in Washington, PA. Wrote his brother in law G.F. Hambright:
I was living in Washington Pa. One day a party came into the store where I was and told me that Elias Hartzell had a hemorrhage in front of the Fulton House, a hotel in Washington. I went at once to the Fulton House and found him sitting on the steps and the blood was running from his mouth. Dr. Little was there attending him. I remained there ten for fifteen minutes till the blood ceased flowing. I then requested the Doctor to allow him to be removed to my house. After I got him to my house he commenced bleeding again. The hemorrhage continued about ten minutes and I went after the Doctor [who] came and treated him again and stopped the blood. he remained at my house about two days after that but did not have any more hemorrhages.
As his health slipped further away, he encouraged his wife to move out of the filthy toll house, but she declined, and ran the toll gate for him. Wrote friend John T. Rees, "He was nearly always sitting or lying or standing around looking like a man fading away with consumption. I would often see him sitting under the trees panting for breath." He died at home at the age of 52 on Nov. 5, 1889 and was laid to rest in Green Mount Cemetery, with members of the GAR post attending as well as Black's Cornet Band, with Rev. Sprowls preaching the funeral. [Find-a-Grave]
In an obituary, the Waynesburg Democrat said that "He had many friends. He drove the Waynesburg and Cameron hack for quite awhile, and made many friends along the route, being always prompt and reliable." The family asserted afterward that his TB was due to his army service. Now widowed, Maria continued to operate the toll gate. She applied for but may not have been awarded her husband's Civil War pension. [Widow Application #426.072 - no certificate number known] Providing support in her claim was her husband's cousin Alexander Whipkey of Deep Valley.
Maria survived her husband by eight years and was considered by a Waynesburg newspaper as "a highly respected woman." She developed lung and bowel problems and at one stage was confined to her bed for months, receiving medical treatment from Dr. John T. Iams. She died at home on April 12, 1897. Funeral services were held in the family Cumberland Presbyterian Church. In an obituary in the Waynesburg Republican, her survivors were listed as three children and her siblings Prof. J.R. Rinehart and Morris Rinehart of Waynesburg and Mrs. Hambright of Pittsburgh's East End.
Daughter Martha "Ida" Hartzell (1866- ? ) was born in about 1866. Sadly, she died just a few weeks shy of her 21st birthday, on Aug. 21, 1886. She was laid to rest in Green Mount Cemetery in Waynesburg, with this inscription carved into her headstone: "Would rather be in heaven on the shore of everlasting rest." [Find-a-Grave]
Daughter Hannah Hartzell (1868- ? ) was born on April 15, 1868. She lived at home with her parents and assisted with the toll-gate work. She married John Eisiminger (1874-1895), son of Frank and (?) (Gooden) Eisiminger. They produced one daughter, Nellie Eisiminger. Sometime in 1893, in an act of arson, he tried to burn down the Greene County Jail, at about the same time Hannah filed a charge for assault and battery. Then on Jan. 8, 1894, John committed a robbery which ended in a murder of is friend Samuel C. McCoy, "two homes broken up, two widowed mothers, one with three little orphaned children and the other with one," reported the Waynesburg Democrat. "A heart-broken mother and father; all as the cost of that one awful crime." It was known in the press of the time as "the blackest, the foulest and the most heinous crime ever committed on Greene county soil...." McCoy was considered "of good habits, quiet, peaceable, sober, industrious and honest." In a theft involving just a few dollars, John shot and killed McCoy in his huckster wagon, about one mile from his home and near the rail station. Officials found the body "lying under his team with three bullet holes in his head, his empty pocketbook beside, him, a silent witness of the cause of the dark and terrible crime," said the Democrat. "The fiend of fiends who committed this terrible deed left his victim directly under the feet of his team [of horse], to be trampled and mangled while his life-blood ebbed away.... There was the blood on the whipple tree, there was the blood on the trace chain and wagon tongue, and there was the large pool of blood mingled with brains in the road...." It was supposed that the shooter escaped the scene by climbing up a 100-foot-high bluff covered with timber and boulders. John was immediately considered a prime suspect, as he had been at McCoy's home the day before for a meal and watched McCoy count out money for the next day's business travel. Said the Democrat:
He slept in the engine house at the west end of town Sunday night, leaving about 5 o'clock in the morning, stating to the watchman that he must go home to breakfast, about one-half mile distant. But inquiry at his home revealed the fact that he did not arrive at home until between 7 and 8 o'clock. He was heard talking to his wife, with whom he does not get along well, at the post-office on Saturday before the murder, telling her he was going to leave. She reminded him of the fact that he did not have any money, to which he replied, "I will have $200 by Monday noon." He pawned his watch Saturday, saying that he needed some money. After this he went to Denny & Co.'s hardware store and bought some .32 calibre cartridges of Lew Waddell.... And while nearly everybody else in the community were at the scene of the murder young Eisiminger never went near, but came to town and purchased a pair of new shoes of Bert Myers in H. Hull's shoe store, presenting a five dollar bill in payment.
Authorities arrested John at the home of his father, reading a dime novel beside the fireplace. While in jail, John entertained visitors but used raw and vulgar language "in profusion," said the Democrat. After a trial, John was sentenced to be hung. The execution was scheduled on June 13, 1895. He wrote two final letters, one to the widow of his victim, and the other to his own wife. In his letter to the grieving Ella (Loughman) McCoy, he said:
I want you to know that I am sorry for all the pain and sorrow I have caused you. I hope you will all forgive me. I hoe you will come in time to forgive me, if you cannot forget your own trouble now, and not cherish enmity against me. God knows I am sorry, and if it were to do over again, not all the money in the world could hire me to do what I then did. If I could only live the last few years over again they would be different. I hope to meet you in a better world.
John wrote a much longer letter to his wife. One can only imagine the emotions that were at play. His words, as reprinted in the Waynesburg Democrat, were as follow:
My dear beloved wife:--
On the fateful day, law enforcement officers went to John's jail cell to say it was time, he wept profusely and asked for more time, saying he could not walk out. Reported the Waynesburg Democrat, "He was informed that it was a sad duty but that it could not be avoided. The culprit then begged for chloroform which was denied him but a capsule containing a grain of morphine was given him. Deputy John McKahan then told the prisoner that he had already suffered more than he would be called on to suffer again, that death would be painless, etc. The condemned then summoned up his courage, the straps were put in their places and the sad procession started to the scaffold.... The first look at the scaffold and the dangling noose struck the condemned man with terror and many thought that he would break down, but he rallied and ascended the steps. His last words were 'God have mercy on my poor soul'." "Doctors Blair, Ullom, Cross and Milliken were in attendance, and say that the neck was broken by the fall of 42 inches. The pulse ceased to beat in 14 minutes and 2 seconds. The doctors agree that death was painless and that the execution was as nearly perfect as possible." His body was placed into a casket and was escorted by a large procession to Green Mount Cemetery for burial, with Rev. KcKain of Rogersville and Rev. Stephens of Waynesburg officiating.
As a young widow of 27, Hannah had to face not only public humiliation and shame but also the reality of raising an infant daughter by herself. Two-and-a-half years later, after suffering the passing of her mother, she married for a second time, to 57-year-old farmer James Baltzell (1841- ? ), son of Abraham and Sarah Baltzell of Waynesburg. Rev. J. Fletcher Dyer officiated at the ceremony held on Feb. 9, 1898. It was James' first marriage, and they were more than a quarter century apart in age. The couple made their home in the old west end toll-gate house of Hannah's deceased parents. Heartache continued to rain down on the lives of Hannah and her daughter. A little more than two years into te Baltzells' marriage, James contracted a deadly case of typhoid fever and passed away on Oct. 4, 1900. A short obituary in the Waynesburg Democrat noted that he was about 60 years of age at death. Now widowed for a second time, Hannah gave birth to a son, James "Leland" Baltzell, two years later, in 1902. The identity of the boy's father is unknown. Hannah wed for a third time in 1904 to 54-year-old farm laborer Joseph Tedrow (1850-1942), son of William and Sarah (Strait) Tedrow of Greene County. He had been married twice before to Mary Whipkey and Anna Sheets. They made their residence in Aleppo Township, where he belonged to the Windy Gap Church. Census records of 1910 show that the couple dwelled beside the family of Lindsey and Elizabeth Hinerman. Evidence suggests that the Tedrow marriage was rocky, and that the couple separated during the decade of the 1910s. In 1920, Hannah and son Leland made their home on Fifth Street in McMechen, Marshall County, WV, next door to her married daughter Nellie and her husband Frank Amos. At that same time, Joseph is believed to have remained in Greene County in and around the Holbrook community of Jackson Township. Her final years were spent in widowhood in McMechen. Suffering from bronchial asthma and pneumonia, she died at the age of 54 on Feb. 8, 1923. Son Thomas Leland Baltzell of McMechen signed her death certificate. Burial was in Cameron, Marshall County. Joseph, her widower, remarried for a fourth time to Rebecca Kerns. Toward the end of his life he suffered from senility and hardening of the arteries, and he died of a heart attack at the age of 91 on March 21, 1942, at the home of Raymond Yoders in Holbrook. Jesse Rinehart was the informant for his Pennsylvania certificate of death. His obituary in the Waynesburg Democrat noted that "two children are also deceased, the only survivors being a granddaughter, Mrs. Goldie Holpp, Warwood, W Va., and a sister, Mrs. Agnes Wendt, Cameron, W.Va."
~ Daughter Sarah A. (Hartzell) Ross ~
Daughter Sarah A. Hartzell (1836 - ? ) was born in about 1836 in Somerset County.
In 1860, at age 21, she dwelled with her parents and, although unable to read or write, was considered a "home domestic."
She married (?) Ross.
~ Daughter Mary Jane (Hartzell) Marquis ~
Daughter Mary Jane Hartzell (1841-1927) was born on May 27, 1841 (or 1840) in Greene County.
Mary wed Thomas J. Marquis (1845- ? ), a native of Cumberland, Allegany County, MD or of Cameron, Marshall County, WV. Mary was five years older than her groom.
They had these known offspring, George Washington Marquis, Annie Yoders, William Henry Marquis, Frank Foster Marquis, Sarah E. Marquis, Cora Bonar and Violet May (or "Viola") Simms.
They first dwelled in Greene County, where their three eldest children were born. Then, sometime after 1874, they relocated across the West Virginia state line and occupied a farm near Cameron, Marshall County. They remained there for many decades.
In 1880-1900, their home was in the Liberty District, with Thomas and their sons George and William working as laborers.
Thomas' fate is not yet known, but he died before his wife, and they are not buried in the same grave.
Mary contracted a deadly case of bronchial pneumonia and died at the age of 85 on Feb. 25, 1927. Burial was in Cameron's Highland Cemetery. Daughter Cora Bonar of Cameron signed the death certificate.
Son George Washington Marquis (1866-1945) was born on Sept. 13, 1866 in Greene County, PA or in Cameron, Marshall County. He was a longtime employee of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, eventually becoming a conductor. On Oct. 7, 1886, the 21-year-old George married 16-year-old Mary E. Howard (1871- ? ). The wedding was held in Cameron and officiated by elder J.R. Wilson. Among their children was Homer Dean Marquis. Circa 1920, they dwelled in the Benwood section of Marshall County, with George working as a laborer in a local steel mill. By the 1940s, they made their home in Wheeling, Ohio County, WV, at 513½ North Wabash Street. Afflicted with heart disease, George died on Sept. 24, 1945, at Ohio Valley General Hospital, some 11 days after his 79th birthday. Homer D. Marquis of Wheeling was the informant for the death certificate. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery in Wheeling.
Daughter Annie Marquis (1871-1891) was born in 1871 in Greene County, PA. She married Isaac N. Yoders ( ? - ? ) of Marshall County, with the nuptials taking place near Bellton, Marshall County on April 3, 1889. She was age 18 at the time. N.M. Anderson officiated. Sadly, their life together was not meant to be. After just two-and-a-half years together, Annie contracted a deadly case of tuberculosis, known as consumption, in the fall of 1891. Unable to recover, she died at age 20 on Oct. 31, 1891. (The Marshall County death record shows her age as 24.)
Son William Henry Marquis (1875-1951) was born on June 27, 1875 in Greene County, PA. He moved to Cameron and spent his life there, never marrying. Following his parents' occupation, he was a farmer, and apparently lived with them until their deaths. After retirement, he made his home on West Main Street in Cameron. He died at the age of 75 on Jan. 4, 1951. He was laid to rest beside his mother in Highland Cemetery in Cameron. Mrs. Elizabeth Brandon was the informant for the official West Virginia certificate of death.
Son Frank Foster Marquis (1877-1948) was born on Dec. 16, 1877 in Marshall County, WV. He was united in matrimony with Marie Agnes (?). Their home was in rural West Alexander in Ohio County, near the Pennsylvania state line. Frank suffered from syphilis and at some point developed gangrene in his left foot which led to amputation mid-thigh. He was felled with a pulmonary embolism and died at age 70 on May 11, 1948. He is believed to be interred in a cemetery at Rosby's Point, Marshall County, but this needs to be confirmed.
Daughter Sarah E. Marquis (1879- ? ) was born in 1879 in Marshall County, WV. At age 21, in 1900, she was unmarried and lived at home.
Daughter Cora Marquis (1884-1952) was born on June 14, 1884 in Cameron. On New Year's Eve 1901, at the age of 17, she married 22-year-old James I. Bonar (1879 - ? ) of Cameron. The ceremony took place in the bride's home, officiated by Rev. J.H. Bristor. Their one known son was Harold D. Bonar. The Bonars were farmers, and the 1910 census of the United States shows them living in Marshall County's Clay District. In 1951, they lived in Cameron. Later, in retirement, they relocated to 433 North Huron Street in Wheeling, Ohio County, WV. She was felled at home by a cerebral hemorrhage just two days before her 68th birthday, dying June 12, 1952. Her remains were placed into eternal rest in Greenwood Cemetery.
Daughter Violet May (or "Viola") Marquis (1896- ? ) was born in July 1896. At the age of 17, on Dec. 23, 1911, she was united in marriage with 23-year-old Thurman Simms (1888-1952) of Greene County. He was the son of Newton and Emma (Wright) Simms. At the time of their wedding, they both lived in Moundsville. Rev. J.L. Lucas, of the Church of God, oversaw the ceremony, held at the home of David Hartline. Thurman and Violet resided in rural Marshall County along Big Grave Creek. They had one known daughter, Mannie Simms. Thurman was employed as an engineer with a Moundsville stamping works and later with Marx Toy Company. Suffering from lung and heart problems, he was admitted to Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Glendale near Moundsville. He died at the age of 63 on July 4, 1952. Burial was in Limestone Cemetery near Moundsville.
~ Daughter Elizabeth (Hartzell) Polen ~
Daughter Elizabeth Hartzell (1843-1885) was born in about 1843 in Greene County. She grew up in Aleppo Township, Greene County, and could not read or write.
In 1865, when she was 21 or 22 years of age, she gave birth to a daughter, Della Weimer Grim.
She married Daniel Polen (Feb. 14, 1850-1941), a native of Greene County and the son of William and Margaret (Chambers) Polen, also spelled "Poland." The groom was seven years younger than the bride.
Children born to this union were Anna Fletcher, Laura "Lorie" Gribben and Margaret Perry.
When the 1880 federal census enumeration was made the Polens dwelled in Aleppo with Daniel working as a farmer.
Grief cascaded over the family when Elizabeth died of tuberculosis in about 1885.
Daniel outlived his wife by an extraordinary 55 years and does not appear to have remarried during that time. He eventually moved across the state line in about 1915 to live with his daughter Anna Fletcher in Cameron, Marshall County, WV.
Burdened with heart disease ("myocarditis"), hypertension and hardening of the arteries, Daniel succumbed to the Grim Reaper on Jan. 15, 1941 in the Fletcher dwelling. His age at death was 90 years, 11 months and one day. Signing his West Virginia certificate of death was Anna Fletcher of Cameron. His mortal remains were transported to Wind Ridge, Greene County to lie in repose for all time in the Jacksonville Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave] An obituary in the Waynesburg Democrat Messenger said he was a "native Greene Countian" and had "spent most of his life here, but for thel last 25 years had lived with his daughter as a retired farmer. His wife, Elizabeth Hartzell Polen, preceded him in death 55 years ago." His survivors included six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchldren and two great-great grandchildren.
Daughter Della Polen (1865-1943) was born on Oct. 14, 1865. She was twice married. Her first spouse was William T. Weimer (1866-1908), son of William and Susan (Murray) Weimer. They bore at least one daughter, and perhaps more offspring -- Oma W. Garrison. Sadly, William died in 1908. The widowed Della married a second time to Christian Grim (1859-1929), widower of Melissa (Hupp) Ullom Grim. Christian passed away in 1929. Della remained in Aleppo Township for the rest of her life. Suffering from leukemia, she contracted pneumonia just after Christmas 1943. She stayed in her daughter's home as she tried to rally, but no recovery was to be. She succumbed to death on New Year's Eve 1943, at the age of 78 years, two months and 17 days. Burial was beside her first spouse in the Church of the Brethren Cemetery (Dunkard) in Aleppo, with the death certificate signed by her daughter Oma Garrison.
Daughter Anna Polen (1871-1967) was born on May 6, 1871. She was joined in wedlock with Frank Wiley Fletcher (April 17, 1871-1959), son of William and Nancy (Stewart) Fletcher. Their home for many years was in Cameron, WV, where they were farmers and raised livestock. Burdened with senility and heart disease, Frank died on Oct. 19, 1959. Annie at the age of 95 fractured her hip and was admitted to the Ohio Valley General Hospital in Wheeling for hemorrhaging and a collapse of her vascular system. Sadly, she died on Feb. 20, 1967, after a stay of three weeks' duration. Edward Fletcher of Cameron signed the West Virginia death certificate. Burial was in Jacksonville Cemetery in Wind Ridge, Greene County.
Daughter Laura "Lorie" Polen (1873-1963) was born in about 1873 in Greene County. On Dec. 16, 1914, when she was 41 years of age, she was united in matrimony with 58-year-old farmer Michael Gribben (1856-1939), son of James and Nancy (Kerr) Gribben, the farmer an immigrant from Ireland. Rev. N.M. Anderson officiated at the nuptials, which were held in Ryerson Station, Greene County, and it was a first time marriage for both. Sadness blanketed the family when Michael died in 1939, ending their union of a quarter of a century. In 1941, Laura dwelled in Cameron, Marshall County, WV. As she increasingly was unable to care for herself, she was admitted to the Greene County Nursing Home near Waynesburg. At some point her right leg was amputated due to vascular problems. She passed away in the Home on Christmas Day 1963. She rests beside her husband in the Jacksonville Cemetery in Wind Ridge, Greene County. Providing information for the death certificate was Ethel Lohr of New Freeport.
Daughter Margaret Polen (1880- ? ) was born in March 1880 in Aleppo, Greene County. She married (?) Perry ( ? - ? ). She resided in Cameron, WV in 1941.
~ Son Jacob C. Hartzell ~
Son Jacob C. Hartzell (1846-1931) was born in December 1846, in Greene County, although some in his family believed the birth occurred just over the border in West Virginia.
He was 18 years of age when his father died in a Confederate prison camp during the Civil War.
In about 1871, when Jacob was age 25, he married 22-year-old Eliza Jane Galentine (1849-1932).
They initially resided in Aleppo, Greene County and produced six children -- Sarah B. Hartzell, George K. Hartzell, Martha J. Hartzell, Ward B. Hartzell, Jessie O. Hartzell and William Wiley Hartzell.
During the years in Aleppo, Jacob earned a living as a farm worker. At some point between 1882 and 1886, the Hartzells migrated to south-central Nebraska.
Census records for 1900 indicate their dwelling-place as Leister, Clay County, NE, where Jacob was a farmer and their son Ward helped with farm labor. That year, five-year-old Nebraska-born niece Ethel Closson lived under their roof.
By 1910, with the Hartzells having been married for 49 years, all of their children were gone from the household with the exception of their son William Wiley. The 1910 census shows Eliza's widowed brother Isaac F. Gallentine boarding in their home in the Lynn Precinct of Clay County.
The federal census of 1920 shows Jacob and Eliza residing in Inland Township, Clay County, NE, with Jacob marked as retired. In 1925, he was mentioned in the Waynesburg, PA newspaper obituary of his brother William.
Jacob went to his eternal rest on July 13, 1931 at the age of 86. He was interred in Inland Cemetery in Clay County.
Eliza only lived for another nine months. She passed away on April 9, 1932 at the age of 83. She was placed into repose beside her husband.
Daughter Sarah B. Hartzell (1872- ? ) was born on Aug. 29, 1871 in Aleppo, Greene County, PA. As a young teenager, she migrated westward to Nebraska with her parents and younger siblings. There, she married Ellsworth Scott Gallentine (1862-1936), presumably a cousin on her mother's side. Their three known children were Hallie G. Broughton Gallentine, Eldon B. Gallentine and Paul Howard Gallentine. At some point they pushed into Iowa and made their home in Imogene, Fremont County. In their later years, they dwelled in Magnolia, Harrison County, IA. Ellsworth died there the day after Christmas 1936. Burial was in Magnolia Cemetery. Sarah lived for another two years, passing on Nov. 11, 1938.
Son George K. Hartzell (1873- ? ) was born in about 1873 in Aleppo, Greene County or in Ohio. He migrated to Nebraska when his parents and siblings moved in the 1880s. He is believed to have married Anna (1875- ? ) in Iowa in about 1901, when he would have been age 28 and she 25. If so, they made their home in Iowa until the late 1910s, producing three children -- Jesse Hartzell, Darrell Hartzell and Alpha Hartzell. In between 1907 and 1910, they left Iowa and moved to Inland Township, Clay County, NE, where George's are known to have dwelled.
Daughter Martha J. Hartzell (1876- ? ) was born during the nation's Centennial in 1876 in Aleppo, Greene County.
Son Ward B. Hartzell (1882- ? ) was born in August 1882 in Aleppo, Greene County. By the time he had reached the age of four, his family had migrated to Clay County, Nebraska. At the age of 21, in 1903, Ward married 22-year-old Kansas native Ella G. Bartlett (1881- ? ). In 1910, they resided in Leicester Township, Clay County, with Ward earning a living as a farmer, and 22-year-old brother in law Morton Bartett boarding under their roof. Their two known children were Wayne L. Hartzell and Edna M. Hartzell.
Daughter Jessie O. Hartzell (1886- ? ) was born in September 1886, the first of the family offspring to enter life in Nebraska.
Son William "Wiley" (or "Wylie") Hartzell (1893- ? ) was born in January 1893 in Nebraska. At the age of 17, in 1910, he lived with his parents and helped with the home farm. He married Ora R. (?) (1895- ? ) and lived in Lynn Township, Clay County circa 1920. The couple's three known children were Clayton C. Hartzell, Iona R. Hartzell and Jean H. Hartzell.
~ Son William Hartzell ~
Son William Hartzell (1849-1925) was born on Feb. 12, 1849 in Aleppo Township.
He never married but appears to have spent his his entire life in Aleppo, working as a laborer. He was afflicted with stomach cancer and went to the home of his brother Lindsay near Woodruff, Marshall County, WV.
There, he died at age 76 on Aug. 19, 1925. Burial was in Wise Cemetery in Greene County, with Rev. W.H. Pierson officiating. His brother Lindsay, of Woodruff, WV, was the informant for the death certificate.
~ Daughter Hannah C. (Hartzell) Strait ~
Daughter Hannah Hartzell (1851-1881) was born on July 7, 1851 in Greene County, with other records giving her birth year as 1850 and 1852. Family friends and midwives Eva Anne Muskey [spelling?] and Sarah Anne Ross helped to bring her into this world.
Hannah was wedded to farmer John Strait (Sept. 1848-1906). He stood 5 feet, 9¾ inches tall and had a slight build with dark hair. He identified with the United Brethren Church.
Their only known children were Elizabeth A. Anderson, Mary E. Warrick and Floyd Strait.
Sadly, Hannah was stricken with spinal meningitis and fever and died on May 22, 1881 at the age of 30. Burial was in the Slonaker Cemetery in Greene County.
Her death left her widower with three young mouths to feed. He lived for another quarter of a century. He married again to Mariah Bosworth (1855-1927) -- daughter of George and Rebecca (Lewis) Bosworth -- and dwelled on a farm in Aleppo.
They produced six more children of their own -- Jessie Strait, George Strait, Ray Strait, May Strait, Walter Strait and Bertie E. Strait.
Circa 1905, the Straits dwelled on a farm at Harts Run near Cameron, Marshall County, WV, just over the state line from Aleppo.
In the late summer of 1905, John's 20-year-old daughter Jessie gave birth, and John was accused of fathering the baby. He asked his daughter to place blame on someone else, but when she would not comply, she fled and went to the home of Samuel Griffith in Harts Run near Cameron, WV, just over the state line in Pennsylvania. John pursued her to the Griffith house and viciously attacked her with a stone, gunshots and an ax. She was rushed to a hospital in Wheeling, while he fled only to be discovered near Morford, PA. Constable Antill placed him under arrest for committing incestuous fornication, adultery and rape with intent to kill. He was found guilty and on Sept. 11, 1905 was sentenced to a term of 18 years in the Western Penitentiary in Pittsburgh. He spent the balance of seven months of his life there.
At the age of 58, he fell in a penitentiary elevator and died of meningitis a week later on April 13, 1906. The news was reported in Pittsburgh newspapers and the Canonsburg Daily Notes, which noted dryly that he "fell about a week ago, it is said, sustaining an injury to the head, which later affected the spine." He rests for eternity beside his wife. His death certificate suggests his remains may have been placed at one time in Woodruff, WV.
Mariah lived in widowhood for more than two decades. Circa 1910, she was in the household of her stepson Floyd. Laboring under hardening of the arteries and heart valve weakness, she died at age 71 on June 2, 1927. Her remains were placed into entombment in Wise Cemetery.
Daughter Elizabeth A. "Lizzie" Strait (1874-1949) was born on Nov. 15, 1874 in Greene County. At the age of 21, on Nov. 24, 1895, she married 24-year-old John W. Anderson (1870-1940), son of John and Nancy Anderson. Rev. J.M. Murray officiated. At the time of marriage, John was a farmer in McCracken and Lizzie was a kitchen maid at Big Tree. Elizabeth and John resided on a farm in Greene County but had a postal address of Cameron, WV. They had two known sons -- Wilbert E. Anderson, Robert Jesse Anderson and Harley Anderson. Sadly, on July 15, 1921, their son Jesse succumbed to diphtheria at the age of 16. John was burdened with chronic heart disease and hypertension, and died from their effects at age 69 on July 23, 1940. Elizabeth lived for another nine years as a widow. Stricken with heart problems at the age of 74, she died in Wheeling's Ohio Valley Hospital on Feb. 27, 1949. Burial was in Slonaker Cemetery in Aleppo Township. Charles Anderson of Cameron was the informant for her West Virginia death certificate.
Daughter Mary E. Strait (1877- ? ) was born in 1877. When she was age 18, on Sept. 3, 1895, she was wedded to 24-year-old farmer William S. Warrick (1871- ? ). He was the son of William and Mary Jane Warrick, and was considered a "distant relative" to his new wife. Justice of the peace James Courtwright officiated at the nuptials held in McCracken, Greene County.
Son Floyd Strait (1879-1964) was born on July 27, 1879. He would only have been two years old when his mother died. In 1910, he was unmarried at the age of 30 and, after his father's tragic death, had assumed responsibility for the home farm. Living under his roof that year were his 55-year-old widowed stepmother and four of his half-siblings. On Jan. 18, 1911, when he was age 31, Floyd married 32-year-old Sarah Elizabeth McCormick (1878-1951), daughter of James and Margaret (Slonaker) McCormick. Rev. J.M. Murray oversaw the nuptials held at the home of George Wendt near Cameron. Sarah had been married once before and brought a daughter to the marriage, Mrs. Floyd Arnold. They lived on a farm in Aleppo in 1920 and had five known children -- Wanda F. Strait, Charles "Stanley" Strait, Merle M. Strait, Margaret Strait and Betty Maxine Chambers. That year, his step-mother and half-siblings made their home two doors away. Sarah died of a stroke at age 73 on Nov. 28, 1951. She was laid to rest in Slonaker Cemetery in Aleppo Township. Floyd lived for another 13 years. He died at the age of 84 on Feb. 3, 1964. An obituary printed in the Waynesburg Republican noted that he had "spent his entire life in the Aleppo Township area [and was] a member of the Quiet Dell Brethren Church." He was survived by eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one step-grandchild.
Daughter Jessie Strait (1885- ? ) was born in Feb. 1885. She grew up on the family farm in Aleppo, PA and Harts Run, WV. Unmarried at the age of about 20, she gave birth in the summer of 1905 after having been the victim of incest with her father. Reported a host of Pennsylvania newspapers as far away as Philadelphia, "the brutal father had tried to induce Jessie to place the blame on someone else, which she refused to do. She left home a few weeks ago after the birth of the child and had been living with the [Samuel] Griffith family since." Her father tracked her down at the Griffith residence near Sand Hill Church, over the Pennsylvania state line. Said the Record-Argus, "He first struck her with a stone and then pulled a revolver and shot her five times, and then got an ax and struck her a blow on the head. The young woman was still alive last night and was brought to a Wheeling hospital."
Son George Strait (1889- ? ) was born on June 12, 1889 (or 1891). He was married. They spent their lives as farmers in Aleppo Township, Greene County, with Cameron, WV as their post office address. George was cut away by the Grim Reaper of Death on March 11, 1955, as a result of chronic osteoarthritis. Interment of the remains was in Highland Cemetery in Cameron.
Son Ray Strait (1893- ? ) was born in June 8, 1893 in Aleppo Township, Greene County, a twin with his sister May.
Daughter Anna "May" Strait (1893-1949) was born on June 8, 1893 (or 1890), in Aleppo Township, Greene County, a twin with her brother Ray. She gave birth to a son in 1922, whom she named Delmont Wayne Strait. Then in 1930, when she was 37 years of age, she wedded 41-year-old Walter L. Anderson (1889-1949). The Andersons bore two sons of their own, Howard Lee Anderson and Norman Gene Anderson. The couple dwelled in Aleppo Township, Greene County, with Walter earning a living over the years as a farm laborer. The 1940 United States Census shows the family in Aleppo. Sadly, stricken with cancer of the rectum, Anna May was admitted for treatment to Ohio Valley General Hospital in Wheeling, WV. She succumbed there at the age of 56 on April 16, 1949. Burial was in Wise Cemetery in Quiet Dell, Greene County. Stella Gregg was the informant for the West Virginia certificate of death.
Son Walter Strait (1895-1960) was born on Feb. 26, 1895 in Greene County. He was joined in matrimony with Orpha Antill ( ? - ? ). Their home was in Aleppo, Greene County, PA, but they received their postal mail through Cameron, WV. He earned a living working in local oilfields. At the age of 65, on Oct. 14, 1960, Walter suffered a heart attack and died. His remains were placed into rest in Halcyon Hills Cemetery in Sherrard, WV.
Daughter Bertie Estella "Stella" Strait (1898- ? ) was born in April 1898.
~ Daughter Mahala (Hartzell) Hewitt ~
Daughter Mahala Hartzell (1855-1938) was born on Jan. 2, 1855 in Aleppo Township. Assisting in her birth were midwives Mary Slonaker and Elizabeth Teagarden. Mahala grew up in Aleppo Township.
She married farmer Andrew Donalson Hewitt (1856-1926), son of Peter and Charlotte (Smith) Hewitt of Greene County. Their home was on a farm in McCracken, Greene County, but their post office was R.D. 1, Cameron, WV.
They had one known daughter, Lottie Hewitt.
The 1900 federal census shows the family in Aleppo Township, with Andrew's occupation shown as "boarding H. Keeper." In their home that year were 12-year-old daughter Lottie and Mahala's 85-year-old widowed mother.
Just eight days before his 69th birthday, struggling with the effects of aortic stenosis, Andrew died on Oct. 16, 1926. Mahala survived her husband by a dozen years.
Toward the end of her life, she dwelled in Waynesburg, Greene County. She was burdened with heart and kidney disease and died from their effects on Nov. 29, 1938, at age 84. Interment was with or near her husband at Sugar Grove Cemetery in Greene County. George Finch in Waynesburg gave vital information for her death certificate.
Daughter Lottie Hewitt (1888-1919) was born in May 1888 in Aleppo. As a young adult, she lived at home in McCracken. At the age of 26, just three days after Christmas 1914, Lottie self-united in marriage with 35-year-old Aleppo resident George W. Finch (1879-1951), son of William and Elizabeth (McVay) Finch. It was a first marriage for both, and at the time, he worked as a laborer. George and Fannie Weimer were witnesses. In an interesting twist, George's sister Sarah Floretta "Etta" Finch married Lottie's distant cousin Daniel R. Finnegan, son of John T. and Eliza (Younken) Finnegan. Lottie and George produced two offspring -- Ruth Shultz and W. Howard Finch. They resided in Washington, Washington County, PA. Tragically, Lottie was swept up in the epidemic of influenza that carried away many in the nation immediately after World War I. She died on Jan. 8, 1919 at the untimely age of 30. She was entombed in Cameron, Marshall County. An obituary was published in the Waynesburg Democrat Messenger. George was wedded to a second wife. He died at the age of 71 in Millersburg, OH on Jan. 19, 1951. Funeral services were held in Millersburg.
~ Son Lindsay Hartzell ~
Son Lindsay Hartzell (1857-1949) was born on June 9, 1857 in Aleppo Township. Assisting in his birth were midwives Mary Slonaker and Sarah Anne Ross. He grew to manhood in Aleppo Township.
He married Harriet Sloan (1856-1928), daughter of Morgan and Catherine (Vanderhof) Sloan of West Virginia. The couple produced at least three children, Elias Hartzell, Frank Hartzell and Margaret "Maggie" Hartzell.
When the federal census was taken in 1880, the family dwelled on a farm in the outskirts of Waynesburg, Greene County. Circa 1911, their home was in Big Tree, Greene County. They were farmers and in 1925 resided in Woodruff near Moundsville, Marshall County, WV. Over the years, Lindsay passed along family history stories to John W. Hartzell (1916-1975), son of his cousin Charles Milton Hartzell.
At the age of 72, Harriet was felled by aortic stenosis and died on Aug. 17, 1928.
Later, in 1947, Lindsay relocated across the state line into rural Donegal Township, Washington County, PA, where he spent his final two years on earth. Having become senile, and suffering from hardening of the arteries, Lindsay died on March 11, 1949, at the age of 91. Burial was in Sugar Grove Cemetery. Frank Hartzell, of West Alexander, Washington County, provided details for the death certificate.
Son Elias Hartzell (1878-1911) was born in about 1878. As a young man, he was married, had four children and lived in Cameron, Marshall County, WV. When he was 33 years of age, he contracted tuberculosis and died at age 23 on April 29, 1911. A brief obituary was printed in his hometown newspaper, the Waynesburg Republican, which noted that burial was in Cameron Cemetery.
Son Frank Hartzell dwelled in Big Tree, Greene County in 1911 and in West Alexander, Washington County, PA in 1949.
Daughter Margaret "Maggie" Hartzell ( ? - ? ) lived in Big Tree in 1911.