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Rachel (Younkin) Husband

See "A Family’s Influence in Founding the Disciples of Christ Movement in Somerset County, PA"


Harmon Husband

Rachel (Younkin) Husband was born in 1812 in Somerset County, PA, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth "Betsy" (Weimer) Younkin.

At the age of 20, on March 31, 1833, she was united in marriage with 23-year-old Harmon (or "Herman") Husband (1810-1876), son of Isaac Tuscape and Nancy Ann (King) Husband, and grandson of Harmon Husband, a Revolutionary War figure, Whiskey Rebellion participant and one of the earliest settlers in Somerset County. 

Rachel and Harmon "were both earnest Christians," said Nathaniel Smith Haynes' book History of the Disciples of Christ in Illinois, 1819-1914. When the Church of Christ movement was founded in about 1817 in in Somerset County, also known as the Disciples of Christ, Harmon is believed to have been baptized by the movement's founder, Rev. Alexander Campbell. He grew up on a 400-acre farm a mile and a half south of Somerset, which contained a flour mill.

The Husbands produced these offspring -- Horace Husband, Clarissa Clara Husband, Eliza Husband, Belinda Husband, Harriett Husband, Ann Husband, Charles H. Husband, Emeline Husband, David Husband and Joseph Husband. Sadly, little Ann died at the age of 15 months in 1845.


Rev. Alexander Campbell,
Disciples of Christ founder

During the early years of marriage, Harmon was active in founding a Disciples congregation at Turkeyfoot near Kingwood. Many years later, he was mentioned in The Discipline, A Monthly Magazine of Christian Literature, Vol. IV (July-Dec. 1886) for his role. The text says he and Jonas Younkin “were the first elders. Both could preach pretty well… But emigration thinned them rapidly, [and] the reaper Death claimed his share..." Over more than 40 years of ministry with the Disciples, he never received a penny of compensation.

Harmon once was called in to help mediate a dispute in  the community regarding the location of where a new school building had been constructed near what today is Trent, Somerset County. Some, including John and William Morrison, Henry  Brinble and Mark Ross, wanted the building to have been placed closer to where they lived. The others, including George, William and Levi Scott, Daniel Wright and Jesse Moore, were very content with the status quo. In describing the matter, author Peter Vogel, in his article "Tale of a Pioneer Church -- Chaps. XXII, XXIII" printed in The Disciple (May 1887) reported:

At this distance it seems a little matter over which to split a church, but experience has proved over and over again, that the most serious quarrels are usually due to little matters. Take, for example, the shades of difference between kindred creeds. Self-interest, self-love, pride of self-consistency, etc., are so many microscopes which we either are not aware of possessing or know not how to ear from our eyes.... [It] was left to the Somerset church to select, under the guidance of Thomas Campbell, a committee or board of arbitration. The selection made consisted of Thomas Campbell as evangelist; Harmon Husband and Jonas Younkin, elders of Turkey-Foot; Charles Lavan, elder of Johnstown; John F. Kantner, deacon, and Wm. H. Posthlethwaite, elder of Somerset.

The arbiters found in favor of the Scott group, and asked both sides "to forgive and to forget." But the Morrison group refused. The Scott group thus "was recognized as the church at Laurel Hill," Vogel wrote. (The Laurel Hill church eventually merged with the New Centerville Church, located at what then was known as Glade, PA.)



Left: sketch of the Husband  farmhouse in Egypt, IL. Right: in later years


In 1843 or '44, the Husbands pulled up stakes and migrated to southwest Illinois and settled in southern Randolph County, in a locale sometimes known as Shiloh Hill, Mt. Summit, Leanderville and Chester. The town of Chester is located on the bluffs above the Mississippi River, which delineates the Illinois/Missouri state line, and is about 60 miles from St. Louis.

When the federal census was enumerated in 1850, the Husbands' farm was located in Township 7 South, Range 5 West. Said the Christian Standard, "The church he left in Pennsylvania continued for many years, ministered to by Aaron Schrock and others, until it was absorbed in the Centerville Church. J.J. Kramer, a graduate of Lexington, under McGarvey, came from this early congregation."


Church newspaper picturing 
Harmon and his family

After arriving in Randolph County, Harmon began giving sermons in his role as a church elder, the earliest recorded preaching in the county. "He labored in different localities in this county, and his labors were crowned with a measure of success," reported the 1883 book Combined History of Randolph, Monroe and Perry Counties, Illinois, published by J.L. McDonough & Co. 

In 1855, an ordained Church of Christ minister, William Lytle, came to the community to preach, and his first service was held in the Husbands' home. "Next, Lysias Hope preached there," said the History of the Disciples. "He was a great preacher, and his sermons usually were from two to three hours long." 

After the close of the Civil War, Harmon's "followers at Mill Creek organized themselves into a society, and met for worship in the school-house," said the Combined History. "The Revs. Dr. Mulkey, Husband, Combs, Thornberry, Bryan, J.T. Baker and John A. Williams have preached for them. In the year 1872 a society was organized at Baldwin, and a plain substantial frame house of worship was erected. The congregation, which no longer meets for services, has sat under the ministry of Revs. David Husband, Marion Combs, J.L. Thornberry, James Bryan. J.T. Baker and John A. Williams." 

At some point in the 1850s, he was elected treasurer of Shiloh Hill. 


Mark Terry Youngkin's book

Tragically, while "in the midst of the wheat harvest on the farm" on June 21, 1876, reported the Christian Standard, Harmon "was thrown from a horse and killed. While gathering in the sheaves he himself was gathered as a golden sheaf for the Harvest Home." He was age 59.

Rachel survived her husband by several decades. She passed away on June 3, 1900 at the age of 87. Her aged remains were interred in the Husband Cemetery in Randolph County.

In the 1930s, some of their descendants were residing in Ava, IL. Harmon is mentioned in the 1884 book History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania.

Harmon is cited in a 2020 masterwork of authorship Mark Terry Youngkin, of the family of John Harrison and Eliza Jane (Coble) Youngkin, publishes an updated edition of his masterwork Youngkin Ancestry - Genealogy and History of the Jesse Herbert Youngkin Family. The 456-page publication is solely distributed in Portable Document Format (PDF) from the digital library called the Internet Archive in San Francisco, CA, which contains the latest book version. View/download the web-optimized version of Youngkin Ancestry on DropBox [60MB in size] or the full, high-resolution version on the Internet Archive [360MB].


~ Son Horace Husband ~

Son Horace Husband (1834- ? ) was born on Feb. 19, 1834 in Somerset County, PA. 

As a boy, he migrated to Illinois with his parents. 

Horace is believed to have died just four days after his 21st birthday on Feb. 23, 1855. His remains were placed into rest in the Husband Cemetery in Randolph County.


Railroad depot along Water Street in Chester, Illinois


~ Daughter Clarissa "Clara" Husband ~

Daughter Clarissa "Clara" Husband (1836-1888) was born in about 1836 in Somerset County, PA. As a girl, she traveled with her parents and family to Illinois as pioneer settlers of Randolph County.

She was united in marriage with Samuel Freeman "S.F." Whipkey (1836-1880), a fellow native of Pennsylvania. 

Their known children were Mary Whipkey, Ella Whipkey, John A. Whipkey, Emma F. Whipkey, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Whipkey, Mary Whipkey and Ann Whipkey.

Circa 1880, the family dwelled in Somerset, Jackson County, IL, where they labored as farmers. Living nearby were the families of Joseph and Sarah Whipkey (both age 62) and Henry and Sarah E. Whipkey (he 34 and she 28).

Samuel died on Oct. 2, 1880, at the age of 46. 

Clara survived as a widow for another eight years. She passed away on April 22, 1888, at the age of 52. She reposes for eternity with her husband in Husband Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]

Son John A. Whipkey (1862- ? ) was born in about 1862 in Illinois.

Daughter Emma Whipkey (1863- ? ) was born in about 1863 in Illinois.

Daughter Elizabeth "Lizzie" Whipkey (1871- ? ) was born in about 1871 in Illinois.

Daughter Mary Whipkey (1873- ? ) was born in about 1873 in Illinois.

Daughter Anna Whipkey (1875- ? ) was born in about 1875 in Illinois.


~ Son Elijah Husband ~


Son Elijah Husband (1838-1879) was born on Feb. 2, 1838 in Somerset County, PA. He relocated to Randolph County, IL as a six-year-old with his family.

He grew up on his parents' farm and in about 1860 married his first wife, Emeline Conant (1841-1865), a native of Illinois. She was considered a strict Presbyterian.

They produced one son, William Horace Husband.

In 1860, when the U.S. Census was taken, the newlyweds resided next door to his parents in Township 7 South, Range 5 West near Chester. Upon the outbreak of the Civil War, Elijah joined the Illinois Marine Regiment, Company K, also known as "The Horse Marines."

Emeline died at the age of 24 in 1865. The cause of her death is not yet known. She rests in the Diamond Cross Cemetery in Randolph County, IL, with an upright stone marking her grave. Because the stone is somewhat buried, the date of her death is obscured. [Find-a-Grave]

In 1866, at the age of 28, a year after become widowed, Elijah relocated to Kansas, settling on land he had purchased from the government in the Smoky Hill River Valley, near the town of New Cambria. He constructed a dug-out house in the sod, enduring "all the hardships and privations incident to early life on the plains, and at that time hostile Indians were not infrequent in that part of the State," said the 1912 book Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc., Vol. 3, authored by Frank W. Blackmar.

Elijah married again in 1869 to Mary M. Elwell (1848-1882), daughter of John Calvin and Elizabeth (Sawyer) Elwell, and a native of Washington County, IL. They were about 10 years apart in age. Prior to marriage, Mary had taught school for several years in Saline County, KS.


Busy street in Salina, Kansas, billed as the "Mart of the West"


They produced three children: Charles H. Husband, John Harmon Husband and Emma Edith Stegeman.

After a dozen years in Smoky Hill, Elijah sold his farm and acquired property near Salina in the Saline River Valley, where he farmed and bred thoroughbred horses. The tract was located on the east half of Section 21, Township 13, Range 3. Said the Kansas Cyclopedia: "Politically he was a Republican but never aspired to hold public office. He was elected justice of the peace one time, but refused to qualify. He lived a consistent Christian life, and was a member of the Presbyterian church.

In late 1878, facing a serious financial crunch, Elijah sold his 240-acre farm in the Saline valley to Urias Gebhart, who the Saline County Journal reported was "brother-in-law to Mr. Jacob Gebhart -- late of Montgomery county, Ohio."

He passed away the day after Christmas 1879, at the age of 41. The Journal published an obituary saying he had died "of softening of the brain.... He was known as a hard-working, honest farmer.... Financial troubles are supposed to have hastened his death." Funeral services were conducted by Rev. W.A. Simkins of the Presbyterian Church. Burial was in Gypsum Hill Cemetery.

Mary lived on for two years and two months as a widow. While attending a sick child during the first month of 1882, at age 34, she contracted the child's illness and was confined to bed for several weeks. She was unable to recover and succumbed on or about Feb. 14, 1882. Later in July 1882, their farm was sold at a sheriff's sale to raise funds to offset their enormous debts.

The orphaned children were taken in by relatives to be raised, among them son Charles with a maternal uncle.

Elijah was not forgotten in death. On Decoration Day (Memorial Day) 1884, his grave was one of 16 military veterans' final resting places to be covered in flowers by the Salina Post of the Grand Army of the Republic. Said the Journal, "The members of the Post met at the Hall at 9 o'clock A.M., and forming in a column marched to Iron Avenue where they were joined by numerous people in carriages, the bands the the young misses with flowers, and from thence proceeded to Gypsum Hill Cemetery. In length the procession exceeded that of last year, and it was a surprise that there was such a large turn out, the weather being so unpropitious."

Son William Horace Husband ( ? - ? )


Rev. Charles Husband

Son Rev. Charles H. Husband (1870-1948) was born on June 4, 1870 on his parents' farm near Salina in Saline County, KS. He became a prominent Kansas clergyman and was profiled at length in the 1912 book Kansas: A Cyclopedia. He became orphaned at the age of 12, and was adopted by a maternal uncle and brought up in the Presbyterian Church. He joined the Presbyterian congregation of Salina as a 14-year-old and was active for many years with Christian Endeavor and the YMCA. "Being a lover of books" once reported the Christian Standard, "the boy spent much of his time in the library of the Y.M.C.A." After completing high school in Salina, he went to work in a local planing mill and took occasional jobs providing cistern services. He spent three years laboring at the mill and then migrated in 1890 to Pittsburg, KS, working as a department store salesman for four years. At age 24, he was named general secretary of the local YMCA at Parsons, KS, working there for four years. Said the Kansas Cyclopedia

In 1896 he was elected state treasurer of the Kansas State Christian Endeavor Union and for three years was president of the Fifth District of the Kansas Christian Endeavor Union. In 1898, he became city editor of the "Parsons Daily Globe" and held that position one year. During all these years he had been preparing himself for the ministry, and for five years was a licensed minister in the Congregational Church, and on July 7, 1903 was regularly ordained a minister of the Congregational church at the council held at Dover, Kans, of which Dr. Charles M. Sheldon of Topeka was Moderator. In 1904 he became pastor of the Congregational Church at Chapman, Kans., remaining there two and one-half years. He was next located at Linwood, Kans., for four years and two years at Highland, Kans. On April 1, 1913 he became pastor of the Congregational Church of Anthony, Kans. This is one of the oldest congregations in Harper county, and was the first church organized in Anthony and the first to build a church edifice in the town. This was in 1878.

On June 4, 1900, on his 30th birthday, Charles married 23-year-old Blanche Hendricks Lindley (1877- ? ), a native of Neodesha, Wilson County, KS, and the daughter of Frank C. and Carolyn Hill "Carrie" (Lane) Lindley. Their nuptials were held at Neodesha. "She being a member of the Christian Church, they compromised and united with the Congregational Church," noted the Christian Standard, which included Charles among a dozen Husband and Younkin family members pictured and profiled in the issue of Dec. 16, 1916. "For sixteen years he has been preaching for that church, and is now located at Anthony, Kan. So while he is fully identified with the Husband group of preachers, he is but partially identified religiously." By 1925, they are believed to have been in Kansas City. Sadly, Blanche died on July 19, 1933. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in Neodesha Cemetery. Immediately following her death and burial, Charles spent a week with his brother John and family in Emporia. Charles survived blanche by 15 years, and in 1935 was in Olathe, KS. He passed away on Jan. 17, 1948. [Find-a-Grave] They are named in volume 2 of the 2008 book by the Herrick Family Association, entitled Herrick Genealogical Register: A Genealogical Register of the Name and Family of Herrick from the Settlement of Henerie Hericke, in Salem, Massachusetts.

Son John Harmon Husband (1873-1936) was born on Nov. 2, 1873 near Salina in Saline County, KS and named in part for his famed great-grandfather. He became orphaned at the age of nine. Who raised him to adulthood is not yet known. Federal census records for 1900 show him and his 23-year-old younger sister Edith, a teacher, dwelling together in Americus, Lyon County, KS. In about 1905, when he was 31 years of age, he was wedded to 29-year-old Nellie V. Deitrick (1875-1952) of Emporia. In reporting that John would become Nellie's husband, the Emporia Gazette quipped, "There is something in a name in this instance." The couple had two children, Harold Husband and Helen L. Husband. During the Spanish-American War, John served in Company E of the 22nd Regiment, Kansas Infantry, attaining the rank of corporal. After he returned home, he pursued his life's work as a farmer and dairyman in Cottonwood, Chase County, KS. By 1915, they had relocated to a farm in Pike, Lyon County, KS. That year, John was named in a newspaper article about the formation of the Lyon County Agricultural Experiment Association. The Husbands raised Jersey cows, heifers and yearling heifers. They remained in Pike during the decade of the 1920s and are shown there on the 1930 federal census. They dwelled in Saffordville near Emporia in the mid-1930s. John died five days before Christmas 1936 at the age of 65. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J.A. Pratt and Rev. H.O Scott of the Saffordville Methodist Church. Mrs. Fred Swanson, Mrs. R. Osborn, Rev. Scott and C.H. ImMasche provided vocal music. Pallbearers included Raymond Cooley, Carl Hadley, Frederick Short, John Kinevan, Thomas North and Walter Ulm. Among those out-of-towners attending the funeral were their son Harold, his wife and daughter of Chanute; brother Rev. Charles Husband of Olathe; sister Emma Stegeman of Hope; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Stegeman and son of Hope; Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Deitrich and son of St. Joseph, MO; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Deitrich of Liberal; Everett Deitrich of Kansas City; Mr. and Mrs. B.D. Smith of Topeka; Louise Deitrich of Emporia; Mr. and Mrs. George Snyder of Emporia; and Edward Andrews of Cottonwood Falls, John's remains were lowered into rest at Grandview Cemetery in Plymouth, Lyon County, with the Harry Easter Camp of the Spanish American War veterans attending. [Find-a-Grave] After a separation of 16 years, Nellie joined her husband in death on July 24, 1952.

  • Grandson Harold H. Husband (1906- ? ) was born in about 1906 in Cottonwood, Chase County, KS. As a boy, he moved with his parents to Pike, Lyon County, KS and assisted his father with farmwork. He was married and had a daughter, Blanche Husband. In 1938, they made their residence in Canute, KS.
  • Granddaughter Helen L. Husband (1912- ? ) was born in about 1912 in Kansas.

Daughter Emma "Edith" Husband (1877- ? ) was born on March 24, 1877 near Salina in Saline County. She was only five years old when she was orphaned. The identity of the family who raised her to womanhood is not yet known. Federal census records for 1900 show that at age 23 she was a teacher in Americus, Lyon County, KS, sharing a home with her older brother John. She received her schooling in the Saline Normal School and then worked as a school teacher for a decade. She was united in holy wedlock with William W. Stegeman ( ? - ? ) of Marion County, KS. The Stegemans produced three offspring -- Ralph Stegeman, Margaret Stegeman and Ruth Stegeman. In 1938, her home was in Hope, KS.


~ Daughter Harriet (Husband) Moore ~

Daughter Harriet Husband (1842-1911) was born on April 21, 1842 in Somerset County, PA. At the age of one or two, she traveled with her parents and siblings to their new home near Chester, Randolph County, IL. With her father a minister in the Disciples Church (Church of Christ), she joined the church as a girl. 

xAt the age of 31, on May 18, 1873, she was united in holy wedlock with 34-year-old James Solomon Moore (1839-1909), a resident of Carbondale, IL but a Tennessee native. Widowed the previous year, upon the death of his wife Amanda, he brought two daughters to the marriage -- Sarah Brown and Ada Virginia Moore. "She was a kind and loving mother and a good neighbor, always ready to help those who were in trouble," said the Carbondale Daily Free Press.

In 1880, the family dwelled in Carbondale, Jackson County, IL. James' occupation was "teaming" -- an outdated word for driving teams of livestock. 

Sadly, James passed away on June 20, 1909, ending their marriage of 36 years. 

Harriet continued to reside in Carbondale. She died in June 1911, with Rev. Adcock performing the funeral service in the local Church of Christ. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, and an obituary was printed in the Daily Free Press. [Find-a-Grave]

Stepdaughter Sarah E. Moore (1865- ? ) was born in about 1865. She married J.M. Brown and resided in Carterville, IL in 1911. 

Stepdaughter Ada Virginia Moore (1867- ? ) was born in about 1867. She made her home in Carbondale as an adult.


~ Son Charles Husband ~

Son Charles Husband (1848-1923) was born on June 12, 1848 in Randolph County, IL.

He suffered from mental disabilities and was considered by government officials as "idiotic." At age 32, in 1880, he lived at home with his widowed mother in Rockwood, Randolph County. 

He did have a social life, and in June 1904 traveled with his sister Harriet Moore and her daughter to visit friends at Poland, IL.

In 1911, he dwelled in Chester, IL and was named in the newspaper obituary of his sister Harriet Moore. 

Charles passed away on Nov. 7, 1923, at the age of 75. with burial in the Husband Cemetery.


~ Daughter Emily (Husband) Combs ~

Daughter Emily Husband (1848- ? ) was born in about 1848 in Randolph County, IL.

She married (?) Combs.

Sadly, her husband died young, sometime before 1880. 

At the age of 32 in 1880, sick with tuberculosis ("consumption"), she lived at home with her widowed mother and unmarried brothers David and Charles.


Rev. David Husband
Courtesy Google Books

~ Son Rev. David Husband ~

Son Rev. David Husband (1851-1934) was born a twin with his brother Joseph on June 2, 1851 in Chester, Randolph County, IL. 

Following in his father's spiritual path, at the age of 18, he was baptized on March 31, 1868 by H.D. Bantau. He preached his first sermon on the last Sunday of May 1872 and was ordained as an evangelist on Feb. 5, 1877, when he was 27 years of age, by John A. Williams and J.T. Baker at Baldwin, IL.

He studied at Eureka College in Illinois and became a minister in the Disciples of Christ Church, serving a congregation in Bushnell, IL. Later, he served a church in Randolph County which which met in a local school. 

Although in Illinois, he is believed to have written a series of articles in June 1870, published in the Somerset (PA) Standard, about his ancestor Harmon Husband of Revolutionary War notoriety. 

In 1886, he held a camp meeting spanning 71 days and "reorganized the Mt. Summit Church," said Nathaniel Smith Haynes' book History of the Disciples of Christ in Illinois, 1819-1914. "Then they were turned out of the schoolhouse. The first name on the subscription list to build a chapel was Albert Conder, a boy five years of age, who pledged a coonskin. The house was built and dedicated free from debt. It still stands and is used in worship." The building was located in Mt. Summit, also known as Leanderville, and in 1887 had a membership of 40 worshippers.

Jessie (Pierpont) Husband - Courtesy "jessicado"


He did not marry until he was in his late 30s and dwelled at home with his widowed mother in Rockwood, Randolph County. On June 13, 1889, at the age of 39, he was united in wedlock with 32-year-old music teacher Jessie L. Pierpont (1857-1928) of LaHarp, IL. She came from a prosperous family, and her brother Wallace was president of the Pierpont Manufacturing Company of Savannah, GA, manufacturing boxes and wooden ware..

Their four children were Evangeline A. Layton, twins Victor Pierpont Husband and Virgil Husband, and Rachel A. Nichols. Sadly, son Virgil died young. 

One of Jessie's relatives called David "an odd duck and somewhat pious..."

At one point he served as pastor of a church three miles west of Tamaroa, Perry County, IL. In about 1890, he became involved in reorganizing the Church of Christ in Greenview, IL which had about 40 members. Transferred to Minnesota by 1892, David served a congregation in Olivia and organized a Disciples church in Fairmont, Martin County, MN in 1897 and served for a time as its pastor. There, he is believed to have organized the first Woman's Missionary Society of the Christian Woman's Board of Missions about 1896 or 1897. 

When the federal census was enumerated in 1900, he and Jessie and the children lived on Bird Island Township in Renville County, MN.

In 1899, they accepted a transfer to Washington State and in 1901, relocated from Waitsburg to Pullman, WA. From Pullman they moved to Sumner, WA and in 1906 relocated again to Eugene, OR. Their address in Eugene was 1458 Pearl Street.

While in Eugene, David's services were greatly in demand. He continued to lead weddings and funerals, to fill in as a supply pastor every few weeks and also traveled to assist other pastors in their work. Among the trips he is known to have taken were to Meridian, Idaho (March 1907), eastern Oregon (March 1910). They also were great supporters and promoters of the Christian Standard newspaper of the Christian Church and David made it his point to regularly distribute its literature wherever he went. They even provided lodging to the Standard's advertising salesmen when they came to Eugene on business. David earned additional income selling the International Cyclopedia and Webster's International Dictionary.


David (far right) pictured on the front page of The Christian Standard, 1916


Pearl passed away at home at the age of 71 just three days after Christmas 1928. Funeral services were conducted by Dr. E.V. Stivers, Dr. C.L. Trawin and Rev. V.E. Hoven, with interment in the Hope Abbey mausoleum of the Masonic Cemetery in Eugene. On the face of her crypt is inscribed "Mrs. David Husband," which angered some of her relatives who felt he had "erased her identity."


Golden Gate National 
Cemetery - by Tom Brocher

David survived his wife by six years. He died in Salem, OR at the age of 83 on July 2, 1934. Rev. V.E. Hoven preached the funeral service, followed by interment in the Rest Haven Memorial Park. Obituaries were printed in the Eugene Guard.

He is named in the following books: A History of the Christian Church and Church of Christ in Minnesota, by Ada L. Forster (1953 ); Two Centuries of Brothersvalley Church of the Brethren, 1762-1962, by H. Austin Cooper (1962). His sermon "A Peculiar People" was published in On the Lord's Day: A Manual for the Regular Observance of the New Testament, edited by James Alexander Lord and published in 1904.

Daughter Evangeline Augusta Husband (1890-1960) was born on May 15, 1890 in Illinois. She grew up in Minnesota and then moved with her parents to the West Coast, settling in Eugene, OR. Evangeline was a teacher circa 1917-1918, employed at Drain, OR. She married Harold Eugene Layton (1897-1966), a native of Minnesota. Harold was a veteran of World War I, having served as a yeoman third class in the U.S. Navy. In 1928, they dwelled in Eugene. The couple produced at least one daughter, Lindel (or "Lyndell") Layton. By 1934, they had moved to Nehalem, Tillamook County, OR. At some point, by 1935, Harold was admitted to the hospital in Portland and later was transferred or admitted to the Veterans Administration Hospital in San Mateo, where he was counted for the 1940 census. In 1940-1957, Evangeline and Lyndell were in Berkeley, CA. Evangeline died on Oct. 30, 1960, and was laid to rest in the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, San Mateo County, CA. [Find-a-Grave] Eugene survived her by five years. He passed into eternity on March 20, 1966, and rests beside his wife.

  • Granddaughter Lindel (or "Lyndell") Layton (1922- ? ) was born in about 1922 in Oregon. At the age of 18, she lived with her mother in Berkeley, Alameda County, CA, but had no occupation.


Victor P. Husband

Son Victor Pierpoint Husband (1891-1970) was born on July 26, 1891 in Minnesota. He relocated to Oregon with his parents and resided there in the town of Eugene. He received his college degree from the University of Oregon. When pictured and profiled briefly in the Christian Standard issue of Dec. 16, 1916, the article said that he "has already preached some, and, if not spoiled in the making, will honor his sires." During World War I, Victor was called to Bremerton, WA to serve in the U.S. Navy reserves. In 1928, at the death of his mother, he lived in San Andreas, CA, where he was a teacher of business and music in San Andreas High School. During the summers, he spent his off time in Eugene. He and his wife made a driving trip in August 1934 from San Andreas to Savannah GA and then returned home via Springfield, OR. Their residence in 1957 was in El Monte, CA. He died in Pico Rivera, Los Angeles County on Dec. 6, 1970 at the age of 79.


North Burial Ground, Providence, RI
Courtesy Beth Hurd

Daughter Rachel A. Husband, A.M. (1899-1985) was born on Aug. 25, 1899 in Minnesota. As an infant, she traveled with her parents and older siblings when they relocated to Oregon the same year as her birth. She grew up in various communities where her father was a church pastor, and at age seven, in 1906, settled with them in permanence in the town of Eugene. Rachel received her bachelor's degree in 1921 from the University of Oregon. In 1928, at the age of 29, she made her residence in New York City. After receiving her master of arts degree, she is believed to have been employed as a cataloguer at the American Museum of Natural History on the west side of Central Park in New York. She served as scientific assistant in charge of the Osborn Library of Vertebrate Paleontology. In November 1941, on the eve of World War II, she is believed to have had some role in the transfer of a Tyrannosaurus rex fossil to the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh. She married John Sawyer Nichols (1910-1992), who was 10 to 11 years younger than she. After 35 years of service with the museum, she retired in about 1959. They are believed to have spent their retirement years near Seattle in Clinton, Whidbey Island, WA. Rachel passed away on April 18, 1985, at the age of 85, with her remains brought to Rhode Island for burial in North Burial Ground in Providence. John followed her to the grave seven years later, on April 17, 1992. [Find-a-Grave] Rachel is named in many, many books and publications.



~ Rachel (Husband) Nichols - A Select Bibliography ~ 

A Fossil-Hunter's Notebook: My Life with Dinosaurs and Other Friends, by Edwin Harris Colbert (1980).

Annual Report, American Museum of Natural History (1930s-1950s).

Annual Report, National Research Council (U.S.). Division of Earth Sciences (1950s).

Barnum Brown: The Man Who Discovered Tyrannosaurus Rex, by Lowell Dingus and Mark Norell (2010).

Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Vol. 118 (1958).

Bulletin of the Texas Memorial Museum, Issue 1, Texas Memorial Museum (1960).

Charming the Bones: A Portrait of Margaret Matthew Colbert, by Ann Brimacombe Elliot (2000).

Classification of Mammals: Above the Species Level, by Malcolm C. McKenna and Susan K. Bell (2013).

Digging into the Past: An Autobiography, by Edwin Harris Colbert (1989).

Dinosaurs, Mammoths, and Cavemen: the Art of Charles R. Knight, by Sylvia Massey Czerkas and Donald F. Glut (1982)

Simple Curiosity: Letters from George Gaylord Simpson to His Family, 1921-1970, by George Gaylord Simpson (1987).

Journal of Paleontology, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, by Hans Ernst Thalmann (1961).

Review of the Pelycosauria, by A.S. Romer and L.W. Price, Geological Society of America (Dec. 6, 1940).

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~ Son Joseph Husband ~

Son Joseph Husband (1851-1931) was born a twin with his brother David on June 2, 1851 in Chester, Randolph County, IL. At the age of 18, in February 1868, he was baptized by Peter Vogel.

Joseph and his twin brother "were cradled together, were educated together, and seemed bound together by bonds that never could be broken," said the Christian Standard. "But on Sept. 19, 1880, the fatal day came when the daughter of Daniel Skinner -- Emma L. -- captured Joseph, and he has been in bonds ever since!"

On Sept. 19, 1880, in Egypt, Randolph County, IL, the 30-year-old Joseph married 18-year-old Emma Louise Skinner (1862-1956), a native of Iowa. 

The couple went on to produce a dozen children -- Wilford Husband, Herbert Husband, Mabel Husband, Jessie E. Husband, Harman D. Husband, Flossie Husband, Clara M. Husband, Lulu B. Husband, Joseph E. Husband, Claude Preston Husband and Roy A. Husband.

When the federal census was enumerated in 1900 and 1910, they lived on a farm in Rockwood, Randolph County, sometimes referred to as Chester, IL. They cultivated a large apple orchard. At Christmastime, they donated a barrel of apples to the local orphans' home.

Joseph died near Chester on Jan. 30, 1931. Burial was in the Husband Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]

Emma Louise outlived her husband by a quarter of a century. She enjoyed traveling to visit her grown children and in September 1941 went to southern California to spend time with her son Joseph and his family.

She passed into eternity in Chester on Jan. 27, 1956.

Son David "Wilford" ("Wilfred") Husband (1883- ? ) was born on March 23, 1883 in Randolph County, IL. As an adult, he was tall and slender, with brown eyes and hair. He married Clara Gay ( ? ). He relocated to Southern California, where he obtained work as a truck driver for the County of Los Angeles. When registering for the military draft in September 1918, during World War I, he and Clara Gay made their home on El Monte Street in Baldwin Park. By 1954, they had returned to Carbondale, IL.

Son Herbert "Bert" Husband (1884-1954) was born on Dec. 5, 1884 (or 1885) in Randolph County, IL. He married Elda M. ( ? - ? ) and had two children. Bert was of medium height and build, with dark hair and brown eyes. In September 1918, he registered for the military draft during World War I, and disclosed to the draft officer that he was employed as a coal miner with Soper Coal Company in Cutler, Perry County, IL. They migrated to Oklahoma with his younger brother Herman and family and lived there circa 1928. At some point they returned to Cutler, where he was employed as a telegraph operator with the Wabash, Chester and Western Railroad, which later became part of the Missouri Pacific Lines. He later moved to Altamont, IL. After several years in Altamont, he died at age 70 on Sept. 7, 1954.  His remains were placed at rest in Paradise Cemetery in Steeleville, Randolph County.

Daughter Mabel Husband (1887- ? ) was born in February 1887 in Randolph County, IL. She married (?) Farrel ( ? - ? ). They made their residence in Carbondale, IL.

Daughter Jessie Edna Husband (1889-1991) was born on March 25. 1889 in Randolph County, IL. At the age of 28, on Nov. 14, 1917, Jessie married 33-year-old Samuel "Hurd" Johnson Sr. (1884- ? ), son of Samuel and Clara (Emery) Johnson of Chester. Hurd was of medium build and height, with light hair and blue eyes. They dwelled in Chester/Rockwood for many years and were self-employed farmers. In September 1918, during World War I, he registered for the military draft and declared that Jessie was his next of kin. They had four children -- Hurd H. Johnson, Ralph Dean Johnson, Byron Johnson and Janet Perry Heires. During the winter of 1926-1927, they made their home under the roof of Jessie's parents at Mt. Summit.  As farmers, they endured brutal winters that brought hardships. After one blizzard, in early 1936, Hurd was out of feed. Reported the Murphysboro Daily Independent, he "brought wheat to Harry Clendenen's mill, then had to come the length of Ebenezer Ridge to get to the Mt. Summit road and drive home with team and wagon.... Country life isn't exactly one long, grand, sweet song of independence and freedom in winters like this." When they went away from home for visits, they allowed their church pastor and his wife to stay there during the absence. Hurd was an elder at the First Christian Church of Chester and a member of the Modern Woodman of America and the Randolph County Farm Bureau. In August 1939, they moved from the Husband farm on Mt. Summit to the Keyton farm in Ebenezer, owned by John Erwin. The Johnsons celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a party at the First Christian Church of Chester on Nov. 14, 1967. The event was publicized in the Carbondale Southern Illinoisan. Hurd passed away in Memorial Hospital in Chester at the age of 88 on Jan. 26, 1973. Interment was in the Emery Cemetery north of Rockwood, with Rev. Leroy Waggoner officiating. An obituary was printed in the Southern Illinoisan. Jessie survived her husband by 18 years and lived to the remarkable age of 102. She spent her final time on earth in Three Springs Lodge Nursing Home in Chester. She died on March 26, 1991, with burial in Emery Cemetery, and with Rev. Douglas Cage overseeing the funeral service. Survivors included 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

  • Grandson Hurd H. Johnson lived in 1967-1973 in Fullerton, CA.
  • Grandson Ralph Dean Johnson resided in rural Chester in 1967-1991.
  • Grandson C. Byron Johnson dwelled for many years in Sparta, IL.
  • Granddaughter Janet Johnson married (?) Perry and made her home in Chester in the 1960s and in Belleville, IL in 1973. She married again to (?) Heires and was in Chester in 1991.

Son Harmon D. ("Herman") Husband (1891- ? ) was born in February 1891 in Randolph County, IL. He sought his fortune in Oklahoma and lived there in 1928-1954.

Daughter Flossie Husband (1893- ? ) was born in March 1893 in Randolph County, IL. She was wedded to (?) Barber and had one known son, Gordon Barber. In 1926, they lived in Omaha, NE. In 1991 she made her home in Medford, OR.

Daughter Clara M. Husband (1895-1976) was born on June 7, 1895 in Chester, Randolph County, IL. When in her early 20s, she was married in Corinth, MS on Christmas Eve to Harry Burns Clendenin (1892- ? ). He had blue eyes and light hair, and was of medium height and build. During World War I, before marriage, Herbert registered for the military draft and at that time was a farmer working for his father at Cora, IL. Clara and Harry continued their line of work as farmers who lived near Mt. Summit, and were members of the Chester Christian Church. The couple produced these children -- Wilbert Clendenin, Roscoe Clendenin, Bert Clendenin, Jack Clendenin, Norma Moak, Peggy Andrews and Mary Standaert. In March 1941, she and her sister Jessie attended the funeral of a Husband cousin, John Levan, an old man known for selling produce locally and for serving as an official of the Pleasant Hill Christian Church. Her home in 1954 was in Ebenezer, IL. After the death of her husband, Clara made her residence in Rockwood, IL. She died in Chester Memorial Hospital at the age of 81 on Nov. 30, 1976. Interment was in the Ebenezer Church Cemetery in Rockwood. Among her survivors, reported the Southern Illinoisan, were 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

  • Grandson Wilbert Clendenin lived in Ava, IL in 1976
  • Grandson Roscoe Clendenin resided in the mid-1970s in Ava, IL.
  • Grandson Bert Clendenin relocated to Cincinnati, OH.
  • Grandson  Jack Clendenin dwelled in Rockwood, IL.
  • Granddaughter Norma Clendenin married (?) Moak. Their home in 1976 was in Champaign, IL.
  • Granddaughter Peggy Clendenin was wedded to (?) Andrews. They made their residence in the mid-1970s in Rockwood, IL.
  • Granddaughter Mary Clendenin was united in marriage with (?) Standaert and lived in Franklin Park, WI.

Daughter Lulu B. Husband (1897- ? ) was born in March 1897 in Randolph County, IL.

Son Joseph E. Husband (1900- ? ) was born on Feb. 26, 1900 in Randolph County, IL. He was married and lived in Chester, IL. Their daughters were Betty Jo Husband and Sarah Fern Husband. Later, by 1928, he migrated to California and lived in Los Angeles and also spent time in Florida. He succumbed in Los Angeles on June 21, 1990.

Son Claude Preston Husband (1902-1923) was born on May 6, 1902 in Chester, Randolph County. He died in Chester on May 17, 1923.

Son Roy A. Husband Sr. (1905-2001) was born on Sept. 27, 1905 in Chester, Randolph County. On Feb. 12, 1927, at the age of 22, he married Faith A. Sieberg ( ? -1985), daughter of Ameil Seiberg. The ceremony took place in Vandalia, IL. They had two known sons, Claude P. Husband II and Roy A. Husband Jr. They were farmers and members of the First Baptist Church in Percy, IL. In 1928, he lived in Percy, IL -- in 1954 in Mt. Summit -- and in 1991 in Steeleville, IL. Sadly, Faith died on Feb. 17, 1985, ending their marital union which had spanned 58 years. He passed away at the age of 96, in Senior Manor Nursing Center in Sparta, on Oct. 7, 2001. Rev. Cecil T. Dunning officiated at the funeral, followed by burial in the Mt. Summit Cemetery.  The Southern Illinoisan noted that Roy was survived by 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandsons.

  • Grandson Claude P. Husband II ( ? - ? ) was  born in (?). He is thought to have been named for an uncle who died young. On Oct. 20, 1950, in a ceremony held at his parents' home, he married Laura Reames ( ? - ? ), daughter of Ed Reames of Gorham, IL. Their wedding portrait was printed in the Southern Illinoisan. In 2001, they lived in Steeleville, IL.
  • Grandson Roy A. Husband Jr. ( ? - ? ) married Margaret (?) and lived in Jackson, MO in 2001.


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Research for this page graciously shared by the late Olive (Rowan) Duff and the late Donna (Younkin) Logan.