Ellwood City Ledger from Ellwood City, Pennsylvania on January 26, 1977 · 11
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Ellwood City Ledger from Ellwood City, Pennsylvania · 11

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' DN::,.'·,. IS. ~34,;_ ly of ·of·the that Jacob· . born in -~~w. · ·1761, a son of• : V. Merkel 'ancestors-· · . from Holland. Thaf · · fjl!llilY histor:v. alSo indicates that ._John. and Elizabeth V. Merkel VanGorder had a son named·Elias. · The family history, however, cen~ers around· the family of Jacob. "He was tailor., war pla~e. taking part in the battle . of Wyoming .VaUey, Pa., July 4, 1m, between lhe Tories and In-. \ \. ·, ! . THE MILL REMAINS ... stone ·part c1 the .old.Joundation, are aU that ,rematli· of , 1,. . dians against the settlers. It was a massacre and 'Jacob was taken Captive to be tortunld and (tilled by the ludi!lns, but his life L. ·Glaser <Dec. 20, 18171 east d that bought by Elias.. Joseph L. Vat:JGorder, rejici~ts was saved by a squaw, who the sheriff of Beaver · Jacob and Margaret VanGor-that .the old stone house stood · ailopted him as her son, having to Treva.niim B. DaUas · derhad seven childt-e~- Mary . very near to the present house lost her01yn5!ln in the battle.. of Pittsburgh before ending up (-Polly), born '·in ·1786,: ~ho whichwasereetedin 1908. "Mter living with the Indians with the VanGorders: : · married James· . Pcdlack;. A story a 'bout. AI vi Stevenson about five years, he escaped . Jacob VanGorder Jr. pur-'Christiana (1788~1863) . who VanGorde'r in the'1897 Lawren­ while they, (the Indians) we're· chased another·56 acres from married Wiljiaih . Wilson; ce County Book."of Biograp~ies on a hunting trip, he being left the heirs of Benjamin Chew Jr. Elizabe.th < 1791-1882) who rew.rted.that he "keeps'the old attheirvillagewit)lthesqu ws.--June 1, 1855; and'his sons, An-married . James , Allen; stori'e hoilse in rei:m!r alth~ugh "He was locate in drewElliottandlsrael,aitother Deborah,.born. in 1795, who in 1870 be buUt-an·,attractive WashingtOn' County for. time, 70.25 acres from the thew heirs married a Morrison; Sarah, . dwelling ... " I ., . . miD ,facilities , where he married M rgaret Oct. :IS, 1854. ·· . : born ·in 1793, ·who married • That "attractive." . dwelling ·years, Uie i:llim Beamer, .then ,about 800 he . Elias VanGorder and Jame5 /ODI!than Houk;' Margaret thatwlisbuiltin1870stillstands .. '!"e cil this area's came to Peri'y Twp. i' L;iwren-· McCreary purchased ·192 acres <Peggy> (1801-1883) who on VanGorder: Mill Rd;-; closer ce County, Where he emained in the . ".Canklin" tract to the marriec! C!Jristy Lesriett{. and to! Ellwood City than the house · .until his death in 1 . His wife .northeast of Jacob from -Cqew Jafob 0805-1887) o,yho married 'built in 1908 bY. Alvi's son died June 9, 1827; the age of· on Apri12, 1808. This tract had Nancy Elliott. , , 1' . ' Joseph A.' VanGoriler. It is now 64 .... " · · · -·.-' ."been-·.origjnaily . settled 'by, .As the only son, the property owned'· by R.W.Ellioti. along Recoi-dsl!t the eaverCounty Joseph Wilson and John White descended to ·J1,1coli Jr., :who 'With"iibout so· acres th8t were Courthouse sho that ·Jacob through an agreement . :with had 'already added those- '124 knoivn as the' Wehman farm~ ·. VanGordeqiut:Y ·ased 76 acres', ·~e:w of Nov. 4, 17~, ~ut tjteir acres of.lli~ 9wn.in 1831. It :was The Wehmans .and:'the Ellio\!s · of .land from paniel· Allen on mterests. were . appllfently ·Jacob Jr. :who.~wlt tlie miD that are·VanGordei:S :with~er la~t OCt 20, 1810." Alien had secured assigned to Va.nGorder and Me-became :well-k/tQWri iii the. ~rea. names. · • · ·. ~ . / ·' · ·. ·200 acres in the "Raridle" and Creary .. McCreary's share :was Jacob VanGorder Jr. bwlt a The bUlk of the VanGorder ·"Bi~ Walnut" tracts through an· released to Mary_ VanGorder, grist mill arK!' sa:w·mUI on t_he' property. along'· agreement with Benjamin :widow of-Elias;· March 18, 1817•. Slippery Ro<;k Creek· and ,It however is owned CheW'Jr; Nov. 27,, 1\99 ..• That. Th.t.192-acre-tip~.~~--~Jil·atne4,ilt .~i~Joroyer.t(j(! ~~t~~~~.~~!~'~(;~~;#,l~!~~ 1 11 oo"Was. eeded to Allim'A'plil1tualiy~del!C~'hde\fl'fq~Eli~s'~o'ri~ Y\!ars IJ!!! .1~ SRI'!' cfowp ~. . 2;.1808, b it is diffii:!Jlt to know . John.• Meanwhile James,Hays/ about .. :~1' ago after ·tl!e •'9ii<i''!.~~i0. ;,;·.t·hP•a .... if a prev ous agreement existed Va_nGgrder, another son ,,of, dam.washed;ou~and_the_oldmt"' be~ee Allen .and VanGorder Ehas, bo!lght'85 ~;~cres·from.the · was m danger QffaU,ng apart.,. before hat time: ·· Morton heirs· on<May 3,·1851',. · Jacob'J~,!als9-.built.a s\one Ori . June 9 · l83i Jacob· and David VanGorder, another ·house on thcl hili above !be·mill. .. . Varl rder J~ b01i~t the son of Elias; bought ·.Ss acres Mr's. Martha McDe.vitt,.a•.great-"acre inheritance from reril ining 124'a~r~ of the Alien, from the Mort!'ns 9n the.'sam'e graitd~u!!'!ter,w,!tono:w lives.in ,'fat¥r. ·. · · .. tra t. That land had.gone from day. That laitd /was· sevt;ra~; !he .present ho\is_e above, :where:' • Joseph .L.. VanGorder AI}:-~ to John :H; Hopk~s, ~o· miles ea~t ~f/J,cOb's and _south the ':'liD ~~ood-·~!th her. brother ~~;&r down.the old m•n,.•nmruv Jq:CQ:P gnd 1dQ:m«r+tY~­ :_Jilor-e,"desc·~nd~-n. t$_j · · ·_;;~~ ... ~•• ~ ·( .... ~·· ~-f~ ~.··, •• There are more deScendants, Morrison. 083N898);, Almira of Jacob and Margaret Beamer· Mllria -VanGorder U836'i905), VanGorder':. than. one, ·could wife of Isaiah HenderSon Aiken imagine~ •. · ·,: · . · - · (1~3-1920 ; Alvi Steph~nson Even !hough records :were' not Val) Gorder '(1839-1908)•· Jl!mes· SDOUicl, ............... ,,; dn••n. <>JVIRr- available for tiie/(amilies of Allen .VanGorder-; • Nancy BeUe. Miley, (who married ,J~;~mes. VanGorder' (1847.-1899),. wife of Polhick), Eliza\ll!th <Yi)lo T.G. Thomas ,<?> and, ~!IY· Va1n.Gc>rdiM> married James ·Allen) or . Morrison·; . Robert', Samp~e ,da --Deb-orah"'·· (who·-iiiarried · a -~vanGorder:o842-1842l:"7'!7~i;;:-; Morrison) and records are in- Great-gr~ndcli!icireit '· ~ '•· · :· .' 9f, coriipfete for the families 'of the . Children cif,Willil!.m Benjamin 1912); either four children there·were Wilson .u82o!1890l· arid .Mary 1944l_,.:wif\! more names. of desi:enda'nts .-i\nn McCoJUihy -Christiria .Mary fowid than could'fitin the space 'Wilson· HM5'1930, .wife of T.L. av~ilable. :. r · . . . ~rge !f· ~teff!e_( U1!3?-!908l; Some of those 'descendants Ml!ry Wtlson (1847,~934), wife·!Jf• · are: . · · ~bert .H. Cunningham (1~- 'Gnndchlldrim ·· ·1888); · E.l!.i.!!.l!e~~"' .. '~Li~zie" ·Children· of Chdstia!la Wilson ·. (1848-1932)\ :::wife of · VanGorder (1788·18631 and Jacob c.· Stoner· u~l~o; .William Wilson U771H864l - ,Aiexl!.niler· M. Wilson· 0852· Hugh P. 'wusoit'; William Ben- -19~91'; Barbara Jane ''J_ennie" jam'in Wilsorf0820-1890).; Sarah Wtlson (1866-1927)', :wtfe • of Wilson :wife of·Ja'cob•Newton; Jabez Herber.t·Boots; and . Isabel~ Wilson; wif~ of. Joseph: .Wilson;' :wife. of Johf] : M. cunitlngtuuii.ua13-1843l ~pci· ·~ · · ·' ' Willlani'-·work 0808-181!8>: · ' ··· :wife·· of ·John ~ u,'· ~~-~ u Etlwooc! City <Pa.l .. Ledl!er. Wed ... Jan. _...... and boating were enjoyed by many. Members elf the V~nGordet family are seen at the right and ~uests at the left:·· " · ' · LESS. !{NO ABO-UT THEM :·:Eli.as: ·VanG-order heirs. "lUivein~isqf~ .. 1 · Mort0Jl·(1(144-l84~l; a~. John L. VanGorder; Jess~~-. Van_(!or1' · Morton.(lA49-1870~~;'>! · d~er· .-Id!i. M.,,yanGOrder .•. \Yh . Ch(I~DL. · • · r..-• ·· - tgJ;~;·l!'1bA&ton,~,,. ~·:;.r · v. '"'~''·"~.~.·"" li>roti\Y•Yiinmitdet""-,. ~ · · .. _.~Gi'l!at:gr:iit:gfiindcb'li.iren ,& · ~ VanGiiraef; .Da~d w. VanGor.~ Child .. of Sarab 'vanGorde( . . his, der; Johit'E. VanGorder; Harry and. Arthur.· W. Hazen · (1874- · · :wtle Mary,remain •. , .. · . . T. \'~riGorder; imd William H. , 1!l52l -Cora R Haz~n <18911-, . .A~ong · them. , are the VanGorde~.. . ' . . · · · 1972!, :who married Walter C. ;followtng who lire known. No, Great-grandchildt:en'· · \' Burt)S. ,,. . ._ . dilubt~there are ··many others' Children.ofSidneyC. VanGor.;- Childreri ·Of Harry ·R. 0891-. who!!fenOtknown.. • · J der and Elizabeth Hendricks· )9751 and Ma~l VlinGo~der- · Children ·· (1854-1938"> ~ Sarah VanGor- ~Mrs, Wayne Sphar;. and Helen' .. 'James Hays VanGorder der, ~ho m11rried Arthur W. VanGorder, :who· m,llrried an U801-1884l, · •.\vho' married.· Hazeri'(1874-1952); Harry .R. Avery.··,. · EIWibeth~. stewart. '' ·-"' VanGorder '.(189l-1975l;·. arid Children of Harol~ .Gleitn .. ·John' VanGOrder' <1804-i866l, Rayniond·A. VanGorder. 'Fren'ch'U872-1910) and Maty,C. who !i11iriied SUsarina Ji:ckles. ·,Children of CalV\JI J. VanCJ:!Ir--Miller ·t1873:1.!Mi6) -.Edwin Sj_ .·SiisaMa VanGorder who .der '(1848·19091 aitd Margaret French \1897-19341; Charles A.·. marriedaM6rton., . · : McGeary...:. AMa.VanGor~er; · French,:w~omarrt.eii.ErilmaM. · David A. VanGorder U!IOS- Mattie , VanGorder.; Mary Cox (189!h1~ll; arid Pal!line G. ui84J ..... , .. VanGOrder, .who married a French, wllo married Franl\ ·Jjlne. Ann VanGoriler <l811-Reisman; ·and .Hattie, who Weddell. \ .. , '.· · 1~),, '\'(ho· mamed James B. marri~ Chafles Vogan. . Children of .Sherman French Morton (1808-1862). Children of Anna -VanGorder and Nancy Deemer 0886-1911)' Thom.its VllnGorder, :who dieil'. and Aaron French U837-19!i4>~ -Mildred French\ ' in 1870: : • !' · . .. . 1 Harold Glenn French · 0872- . Children of John Lpg'an Fren-\ Maf!laret. Arri~ia ,ya~Gor-191~), who' . marr\ed Mai-y ~ 08!i9-1947l apd ·~lu?' ~- Tin' I der. .. • · · ·· · , '· · · Miller; Sherman French, :who stman (1864-1955) -Wtlham G. E' J. Viln~roer (;l8UH897l. 1 married Nancy Deemer i11!86-. F)'ench;· -l-aurence ~-.'~rench Grandchildren., \. , . '1911); John Logan• Fren'eh (1893-1970), wlto married\Alice ChildJ:eri .. of ·James ·Hays· (1869;-1947), who marrled)'lary M.loeubin; Byrdie French,\vho \ VanGJ!rct.e'r U80!-~il84l and L .. Tinstman; Herbert Fr!!nch married S. 'H. Stillwagon; . Elizi.betli,'J.'"Ste'wart--= Sidney- 0888-1915); M!i'llde"A:-Frencli· Gladys" French;· who "ml!rried ·-C. VanGOrde,r, •wlto. in~ied, (1878-19631, w~omarriedJam\!5 Warren W. ·Hockenberry;' ' · Elizabeth·Heitdri~ks; calvin J. Rapp (1864-1939);' Mrs. George Mabel French, :who married \ VanGo'rcler 0848'1909); 'Who 'Koch; Mrs. CharleS Turk; Mrs\ AHrect' W. McLaughlin 1(1896- i\ married;, Margaret McGeary; Elizalieth :Allen;· and 1 ·Vesta 1960); Alice Hazel French 0895- Anria VanGOrder, :who marrieil" Frencii. ' '1959\, who married Norman F. .Aal'!ln Fi-eitch. 0837·1904>.: ' . Childr.en ·of Alexande.r flack; Esther French, who Chilllreniof John V!tnGorder ·varGOrder and Lydia Ann· mah:ied. Leland . G. , "Bill" 080H866J' and ~usanna Eckles Floor (1~190111. -Margaret Hepler; and Clair E. French ..Alexander VanGotder;· who; VanGorder, who died at age 3; ~ildren of Maude A. French mam~ J,.ydia Ann Fl~r;: · . .. Ros8 .VanGorder,:.whg n\arri~ 0878-19631 ,and James A. Rapp .Chilctren6r Jane Ann VanGilr- a Wilson; Eva VanGorder, who (1864-1939) -Blanche .. Rapp, ·del' U811·l887l' and James .B. married a· Parks;' Edward B. who married 'Edwin Furniss; Morton· (181XH~Ml2l -:, Oavid · , , . ' : !lnd Harold ~pp. \,/ ..

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