Charles Lyons

ID#2041
Father: not yet identified.
Mother: not yet identified.

Birth date: not yet determined
Birth place: not yet determined.

Charles married Leah (unknown).1
Family Line(s):
Aston Index
Last Edited Date=14 Sep 2012

Citations

  1. [S908] Marriage License for Harold Aston and Virginia Lyons, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130846_00427.jpg.

Leah (unknown)

ID#2042
Father: not yet identified.
Mother: not yet identified.

Birth date: not yet determined
Birth place: not yet determined.

Leah married Charles Lyons.1
Last Edited Date=14 Sep 2012

Citations

  1. [S908] Marriage License for Harold Aston and Virginia Lyons, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130846_00427.jpg.

Lizzie Funk1

ID#2044, b. circa 1844
I suspect that Funk may actually be Lizzie's last name from her first marriage rather than her maiden name, but it needs more research. This seems likely to me because her last name appears as Funk on the record of her second marriage after having been widowed.1

Father: not yet identified.
Mother: not yet identified.

Birth date: circa 1844. Year estimated based on age of 50 when married in 1894.1
Birth place: The register that records her marriage in 1894 gives a birthplace of Ohio, but doesn't specify if it is the state or the county.1

Lizzie married Henry S. Church, son of Samuel Church and Sarah Elizabeth Anderson, on 22 November 1894 in Calhoun County, West Virginia. Both the groom, age 52, and the bride, age 50, were reported to be widowed.1 It has also been reported that Lizzie and Henry were married circa 1898.2
Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=28 Apr 2013

Citations

  1. [S1741] Register of Marriages for H. S. Church and Lizzie Funk, Calhoun County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4011510_00561.jpg.
  2. [S912] Henry Church, Certificate of Death, Calhoun County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 1953471_0001209.jpg.

Ida Cantwell1

ID#2045, b. circa 1893
Father: Albert Cantwell.1
Mother: not yet identified.

Birth date: circa 1893
Birth place: Wirt County, West Virginia.1

Ida married Andrew Jackson "Jack" Church, son of George W. Church and Rachel Ann Elliott, on 2 March 1914 in Calhoun County, West Virginia. Sylvester Proudfoot, a minister of the gospel, certified that he united them in marriage at the residence of S. K. Smith.1

Deceased Child of Ida Cantwell and Andrew Jackson "Jack" Church:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=17 Mar 2013

Citations

  1. [S913] Marriage License for A. J. Church and Ida Cantwell, Calhoun County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4011511_00383.jpg.
  2. [S915] George Church, Calhoun County Register of Deaths, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 0807454_00092.jpg.

Albert Cantwell1

ID#2046
Father: not yet identified.
Mother: not yet identified.

Birth date: not yet determined
Birth place: not yet determined.

Deceased Child of Albert Cantwell and an unidentified or still living spouse:

Last Edited Date=8 Nov 2012

Citations

  1. [S913] Marriage License for A. J. Church and Ida Cantwell, Calhoun County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4011511_00383.jpg.

George Church1

ID#2047, b. 8 June 1922, d. 8 June 1922
Father: Andrew Jackson "Jack" Church
Mother: Ida Cantwell

Birth info: George was stillborn on 8 June 1922 Sherman District, Calhoun County, West Virginia.1
Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=17 Mar 2013

Citations

  1. [S915] George Church, Calhoun County Register of Deaths, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 0807454_00092.jpg.

Bertram John "Bert" Weber Jr.1,2,3

ID#2048, b. 22 April 1893, d. 26 May 1967
Father: Bert J. Weber.
Mother: Ida Belle Worster.4

Birth date: 22 April 1893.5
Birth place: Collinwood, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.5

On 6 April 1917, the United States declared war on Germany and officially entered World War I. As a result of the Selective Service Act passed on 18 May 1917, every male living within the United States between the ages of 18 and 45 was required to register for the draft during one of three separate registration periods. The first registration was held 5 June 1917 for men aged 21 to 31, but Bert didn't wait that long - his registration is dated 31 May 1917. At age 24, Bert registered in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and was described as follows: medium height and build, dark brown eyes and hair.5 As of that date, he was living 1338 E. 188th Street, at Cleveland, Ohio,5 and was a steel sash glazer for the E. F. Hauserman Company Cleveland, Ohio.5

Interestingly, Bert's street address at that time was reported as 1838 E. 188th Street in The Official Roster of Ohio Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the World War, 1917-18, published by The F.J. Heer Printing Co.6 However, as the published work is a compilation, I tend to believe the address as handwritten on Bert's WWI draft registration is correct - and it clearly reads 1338 rather than 1838.

Bertram married Mildred D. (unknown) between 1 January 1920 and 1 April 1930 as he was single in the 1920 U.S. census but married by the 1930 federal census.7

As of 1 April 1935, Bertram resided with his wife, Mildred, at St. Louis, Missouri, along with their son, Wade Jean Weber.1

Bertram died at age 74 on 26 May 1967.8 His body was interred on 5 June 1967 in the Fayetteville National Cemetery, 700 Government Avenue, Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas, (Section 15 Site 127)3

Deceased Child of Bertram John "Bert" Weber Jr. and Mildred D. (unknown):

Family Line(s):
Kuhn Index
Last Edited Date=23 Mar 2018

Citations

  1. [S1799] Bert John Weber household, 1940 U.S. Census, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Cleveland, Enumeration District 92-262, sheet 4A, National Archives micropublication T627_3213.
  2. [S1800] Bertram J. Weber household, 1930 U.S. Census, St. Louis (Independent City), Missouri, 26th Ward, Enumeration District 96-213, sheet 9A (31 stamped), National Archives micropublication T626_1244.
  3. [S620] U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006, online http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5194&enc=1 (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations Inc.), Bert J. Weber Jr.
  4. [S2415] Ida Weber household, 1920 U.S. Census, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Cleveland city, Ward 10, Enumeration District 187, sheet 2B, National Archives micropublication T625_1364.
  5. [S618] World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, online http://www.ancestry.com (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), Bert John Weber, Jr. data, no. 54, 1270 stamped.
  6. [S2413] Ohio Soldiers in WWI, 1917-1918, online http://www.ancestry.com (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), Bert J. Weber, Jr. data, no. 2478945.
  7. [S620] U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006, online http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5194&enc=1 (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations Inc.), Mildred D. Weber.
  8. [S1801] Bert J. Weber Jr., Find A Grave memorial no. 1304489, created by import from US Veteran's Affairs on 26 February 2000, online http://www.findagrave.com
  9. [S920] Marriage License for Wade Jean Weber and Lois Ann Kanner, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130890_00492.jpg.

Mildred D. (unknown)1,2

ID#2049, b. 2 December 1902, d. 14 October 1995
Father: not yet identified, but reportedly born in Illinois.1,3
Mother: Alma (unknown), reportedly born in Indiana.1

Birth date: 2 December 1902.4
Birth place: Illinois.1,3

Mildred married Bertram John "Bert" Weber Jr., son of Bert J. Weber and Ida Belle Worster, between 1 January 1920 and 1 April 1930 as he was single in the 1920 U.S. census but married by the 1930 federal census.4

As of 1 April 1935, Mildred resided with her husband, Bertram, at St. Louis, Missouri, along with their son, Wade Jean Weber.1

Mildred died at age 92 on 14 October 1995.4 Her body was interred on 24 October 1995 in the Fayetteville National Cemetery, 700 Government Avenue, Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas, (Section 15 Site 127)4

Deceased Child of Mildred D. (unknown) and Bertram John "Bert" Weber Jr.:

Family Line(s):
Kuhn Index
Last Edited Date=23 Mar 2018

Citations

  1. [S1799] Bert John Weber household, 1940 U.S. Census, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Cleveland, Enumeration District 92-262, sheet 4A, National Archives micropublication T627_3213.
  2. [S920] Marriage License for Wade Jean Weber and Lois Ann Kanner, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130890_00492.jpg.
  3. [S1800] Bertram J. Weber household, 1930 U.S. Census, St. Louis (Independent City), Missouri, 26th Ward, Enumeration District 96-213, sheet 9A (31 stamped), National Archives micropublication T626_1244.
  4. [S620] U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006, online http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5194&enc=1 (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations Inc.), Mildred D. Weber.

Henry Church1

ID#2050, b. 1795, d. 8 February 1892
Father: Henry "Old Hundred" Church
Mother: Hannah Keine

Birth date: 1795.2,3 It has also been reported that Henry was born circa 1800.4
Birth place: Virginia.1

Henry married Ann "Nancy" Goddard.1

Henry died on 8 February 1892.3

On 22 February 1892 a news article about Henry was published in The Times, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.5 The following is a transcription of that story:

"A Long-Lived Family.
Special Telegram to The Times.
Wheeling, February 21. -- Henry Church, Sr., a famous old citizen of Wetzel county, died Friday, aged 99 years. Within a year his sister, Sarah Sole, died, aged 91. They were the children of that eccentric character "Old Hundred" and "Ninety-and-Nine," his wife, as they were universally known in Wetzel. "Old Hundred" was a native of England and a British soldier during the Revolutionary war. He was not naturalized until he was 100 years of age. He deserted the British army and made his home in the then wilderness along the Ohio, where Henry Church, his son, was born. "Old Hundred" lived to be 112, and "Ninty-and-Nine," his wife, 109. The combined age of the four, father, mother, son and daughter, was 410 years.."

[original spelling and punctuation retained]


On on 24 February 1892 a slightly different take on the same news article was published in the Pittsburgh Daily Post, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.6 The following is a transcription of that story:

"NEARLY ALL CENTENARIANS.
The Remarkable Church Family, the Last One of Which Is Dead.
New Martinsville, W. Va.,, Feb. 23. -- Henry Church, Sr., a well-known citizen of Wetzel county, died at Hundred last week, in the 98th year of his age. Within a year his sister, Sarah Cole, died of cancer, at the age of 91 years. They were the children of Old Hundred and Ninety and Nine. Old Hundred was quite a character in his time. He was a native of England and a British soldier during the war of the revolution. He was not naturalized until he was over 100 years of age. He deserted the British army and bought a home in the mountain wilderness, where the subject of the present sketch was born, and where he lived during the 98 years of his life. Old Hundred lived to be 112 years of age, and Ninty and Nine, his wife, lived to be 109. The combined age of the four, father, mother, son and daughter, were 410 years. These are as remarkable cases of longevity, in the same family, as perhaps were ever known."

[original spelling and punctuation retained] ~ Note that Sarah's surname was incorrectly reported to be Cole rather than Sole.


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Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1810Monongalia County, VirginiaBelieved to be included in the household of Henry "Old Hundred" Church (his father) as the male age "10 & under 16."
(Official Census Date: 06 August 1810)7
1820Tyler County, VirginiaHenry Church, Jr., head of a family of three persons (2 males, 1 female), believed to the male age 16 & under 26 and engaged in agriculture
(Official Census Date: 07 August 1820)8
1840Western District of Virginia, Tyler County, VirginiaHenry Church Jr., head of a family of eight (2 males, 6 females); believed to be the male age "40 & under 50" and employed in agriculture
(Official Census Date: 01 June 1840)9
In 1850:  Real estate = land and buildings.
185064th District, Wetzel County, VirginiaHenry Church, male, age 55, born in Va, a farmer, real estate value $1,000
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1850)1

Deceased Child of Henry Church and Ann "Nancy" Goddard:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=1 Jun 2017

Citations

  1. [S926] Henry Church household, 1850 U.S. Census, Wetzel County, Virginia, District 64, 21, National Archives micropublication M432_981.
  2. [S1793] Hundred United Methodist Church Cemetery, gravestone readings, presented by Wetzel County WVGenWeb, online http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wvwetzel/church/…. Information pertaining to Henry Church.
  3. [S1794] Digital photo of gravestone in Hundred United Methodist Church Cemetery (Hundred, Wetzel County, West Virginia), taken by barbarabua47 (user name) on or before 30 December 2009, online http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/2737960/person/-1288712033/…
  4. [S2363] Digital scan of original documents from file of Attorney L. S. Hall. Image file received from LIVING Strobehn.
  5. [S2307] A Long-Lived Family., The Times (Phildelphia, Pennsylvania), Monday, 22 February 1892, page 4, column 7. Online https://www.newspapers.com/image/52503132/
  6. [S1559] Nearly All Centenarians, The Pittsburgh Post (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), Wednesday, 24 February 1892, page 5. Online https://www.newspapers.com/image/86440294/
  7. [S2224] Henry Church household, 1810 U.S. Census, Monongalia County, Virginia, page 489, National Archives micropublication M252_69.
  8. [S2191] Henry Church Jr. household, 1820 U.S. Census, Tyler County, Virginia, page 82, National Archives micropublication M33_140.
  9. [S2220] Henry Church Jr. household, 1840 U.S. Census, Tyler County, Virginia, Western District of Virginia, page 31 stamped, National Archives micropublication M704_579.

Ann "Nancy" Goddard1

ID#2051, b. circa 1794
Father: not yet identified
Mother: not yet identified

Birth date: circa 1794
Birth place: Pennsylvania.1

Ann married Henry Church, son of Henry "Old Hundred" Church and Hannah Keine.1

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1820Tyler County, VirginiaBelieved to be included in the household of Henry Church Jr. (her husband) as the female age "16 & under 26."
(Official Census Date: 07 August 1820)2
1840Western District of Virginia, Tyler County, VirginiaBelieved to be included in the household of Henry Church Jr. (her husband) as a female age "40 & under 50."
(Official Census Date: 01 June 1840)3
185064th District, Wetzel County, VirginiaNancy Church, female, age 56, born in Pa
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1850)1

Deceased Child of Ann "Nancy" Goddard and Henry Church:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=26 Apr 2016

Citations

  1. [S926] Henry Church household, 1850 U.S. Census, Wetzel County, Virginia, District 64, 21, National Archives micropublication M432_981.
  2. [S2191] Henry Church Jr. household, 1820 U.S. Census, Tyler County, Virginia, page 82, National Archives micropublication M33_140.
  3. [S2220] Henry Church Jr. household, 1840 U.S. Census, Tyler County, Virginia, Western District of Virginia, page 31 stamped, National Archives micropublication M704_579.

Henry Church1

ID#2052, b. 15 September 1832
Father: Henry Church
Mother: Ann "Nancy" Goddard

Birth date: 15 September 1832.2 It has also been reported that Henry was born circa 1834.1,3
Birth place: Virginia.1,4

While there is some discrepancy as to his exact year of birth, the gravestone with his wife, Francis Six, confirms that this Henry is the grandson of "Old Hundred" and the son of Henry. Interestingly, the photo of the gravestone shows his name as Henry Church Sr. (even though his father was identified as Henry Church Jr. in two different census years.)2

This same Henry has been identified as Henry Church III by some researchers, perhaps an assumption or simply as a way to help keep the Henrys straight.

Henry married Francis Six in 1852 (based on report of 48 years married on the 1900 U.S. census.)5 Interred in the Butcher Cemetery, Wetzel County, West Virginia, his name appears on the gravestone as "Henry Church Sr." An additional inscription reads, "Born Sept. 15, 1832."2

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Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1840Western District of Virginia, Tyler County, VirginiaBelieved to be included in the household of Henry Church Jr. (his father) as a male age "age 5 & under 10."
(Official Census Date: 01 June 1840)6
185064th District, Wetzel County, VirginiaHenry, male, age 16, born in Va, a farmer
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1850)1

Deceased Children of Henry Church and Francis Six:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=1 Jun 2017

Citations

  1. [S926] Henry Church household, 1850 U.S. Census, Wetzel County, Virginia, District 64, 21, National Archives micropublication M432_981.
  2. [S2305] Henry Church III (Henry Church Sr. on gravestone photo), Find A Grave memorial no. 32832131, created by username "KAL" on 11 January 2009, online http://www.findagrave.com. Photograph by username "KAL", uploaded 11 January 2009.
  3. [S1629] Henry Church household, 1870 U.S. Census, Wetzel County, West Virginia, Church Township (Burton Post Office), page 8, National Archives micropublication M593_1701.
  4. [S2309] Henry Church household, 1860 U.S. Census, Wetzel County, Virginia, Milo and Burton Post Office, page 15, National Archives micropublication M653_1384.
  5. [S2304] Henry Church household, 1900 U.S. Census, Wetzel County, West Virginia, Church District, Enumeration District 94, sheet 13B, National Archives micropublication T623_1775.
  6. [S2220] Henry Church Jr. household, 1840 U.S. Census, Tyler County, Virginia, Western District of Virginia, page 31 stamped, National Archives micropublication M704_579.
  7. [S1290] Mahala Church, Wetzel County Indexed Register of Deaths, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file _00211.jpg.

Hannah Church1

ID#2053, b. circa 28 February 1803, d. 8 September 1872
Father: Henry "Old Hundred" Church
Mother: Hannah Keine

Birth date: circa 28 February 1803 based on age at death per gravestone of 69 years 6 months 9 days.2,3 It has also been reported that Hannah was born circa 1806.1
Birth place: Virginia.1

Hannah died on 8 September 1872.2 Interred in the Hundred United Methodist Church Cemetery, Hundred, Wetzel County, West Virginia, her name appears on the gravestone as "Hannah Church." An additional inscription reads, "Aged 69 Ys 6 Ms 9 Ds."2

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1820Tyler County, VirginiaBelieved to be included in the household of Henry Church (her father) as one of two females age "16 & under 26."
(Official Census Date: 07 August 1820)4
1830Western District of Virginia, Tyler County, VirginiaBelieved to be included in the household of Henry Church (her father) as a female age "20 & under 30"
(Official Census Date: 01 June 1830)5
185064th District, Wetzel County, VirginiaHannah Church, female, age 44, born in Va, cannot read & write
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1850)1
1860Wetzel County, VirginiaHannah, female, age 57, born in Va, a domestic
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1860)3
Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=1 Feb 2017

Citations

  1. [S927] Henry Church household, 1850 U.S. Census, Wetzel County, Virginia, 64th District, 21, National Archives micropublication M432_981.
  2. [S2228] Hannah Church, Find A Grave memorial no. 138946191, created by Karen Brewer on 18 November 2014, online http://www.findagrave.com. Photograph by Linda Lane, uploaded 01 January 2015.
  3. [S1114] Henry Church household, 1860 U.S. Census, Wetzel County, Virginia, Milo and Burton Post Office, page 7, National Archives micropublication M653_1384.
  4. [S2190] Henry Church household, 1820 U.S. Census, Tyler County, Virginia, page 82, National Archives micropublication M33_140.
  5. [S2195] Henry Church Senr. household, 1830 U.S. Census, Tyler County, Virginia, Eastern District, page 167, National Archives micropublication M19_200.

William Clark Church1

ID#2054, b. circa 1776, d. September 1872
Father: Henry "Old Hundred" Church.1
Mother: Hannah Keine.1

Birth date: circa 1776.2,3 It has also been reported that William was born circa 17724,5 as well as circa 1782.1 While I currently lean toward 1776 being the more accurate of the three years, it is by no means a final decision. More conclusive evidence needs to be found.

Birth place: Pennsylvania.2,53 One researcher has also reported that he was born in Ohio County, Virginia.1 Perhaps the explanation lies in the disputed boundaries between Pennsylvania and Virginia in the 1700s when part of Ohio County was in what is now Pennsylvania.

William's first marriage was reportedly to Sally Cohen.1

His second marriage was to Elizabeth Johns on 3 April 1828 in Pendleton County, Virginia.6

Although initially unable to confirm a date of death, I have decided that it is possible that William died circa 1872. I had read that he lived to be 96 years old, which may or may not be accurate. However, IF I had selected the correct birth year of 1776, and IF he did live to be 96, that equated to death in 1872.

Another researcher who possessed an attorney's file with research into the descendants of Henry and Hannah (Keine) Church contacted me in 2017. As part of deed title research, the attorney had determined that William died in September 1872.7 While this isn't conclusive evidence, it is another source that supports my theory.

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1820Tyler County, VirginiaWilliam Church, head of a family of six persons (2 males, 4 females), believed to the male age 26 & under 45 and engaged in agriculture
(Official Census Date: 07 August 1820)8
1830Pendleton County, VirginiaWilliam Church, head of a family of four persons (2 males, 2 females), believed to be a male age "50 & under 60"
(Official Census Date: 01 June 1830)9

Deceased Children of William Clark Church and Sally Cohen:

Deceased Children of William Clark Church and Elizabeth Johns:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=9 Jan 2018

Citations

  1. [S929] "Wetzel County, WV Connections," Rootsweb WorldConnect, online http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi, Bill Cunningham.
  2. [S1653] William Church household, 1850 U.S. Census, Highland County, Virginia, the 25th District, page 72B, National Archives micropublication M432_952.
  3. [S1731] William Church household, 1860 U.S. Census, Highland County, Virginia, Head Waters Post Office, pages 87 and 88, National Archives micropublication M653_1354.
  4. [S1650] David Parmer, "The Soul in Humble Subjugation," 12 May 2009, Orlando, West Virginia blog, online http://orlandostonesoup.blogspot.com, viewed 07 October 2012.
  5. [S1724] William Church household, 1870 U.S. Census, Lewis County, West Virginia, Battelle Township (Weston Post Office), page 47 (312 stamped), National Archives micropublication M593_1691.
  6. [S1684] Register of Marriages for William Church and Elizabeth Johns, Pendleton County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4012241_00017.jpg.
  7. [S2353] LIVING Strobehn, "RE: [WV Heritage] New message received," e-mail to Jo Ellen Dalton, 13 May 2017. Original source: "Henry Church Descendants - Geneology," research by Attorney L. S. Hall, New Martinsville, West Virginia, believed to have been completed in the 1920s while researching chain of title for property deeds.
  8. [S2192] William Church household, 1820 U.S. Census, Tyler County, Virginia, page 82, National Archives micropublication M33_140.
  9. [S2193] William Church household, 1830 U.S. Census, Pendleton County, Virginia, Western District, page 43, National Archives micropublication M19_199.
  10. [S1735] Marriage License for William Church and Margaret Jane Cooper, Mason County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file _00491.jpg.
  11. [S1651] Ingabo Jamima Parmer, Certificate of Death, Lewis County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 1953904_0000814.jpg.
  12. [S1727] Register of Marriages for Jeramiah Church and Mary Ann Johns, Lewis County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file .jpg.

Elizabeth Church1

ID#2055, b. between 1795 and 1805
In an article about Henry Church and his family posted by the Ashland County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, there was a statement that said Elizabeth lived to the age of 75. If my theory that she died between the 1870 census and the 1880 census is accurate, that would equate to a birth date between 1795 and 1805.2 It has also been reported that Elizabeth was born on 23 February 17841,3 or circa 1791.4 In contrast, the 1850 U.S. census suggests that Elizabeth was born around 1793 based on a given age of 57 at the time of the census.5 Interestingly, she only aged three years during the ten year span to the next census (from age 57 in 1850 to age 60 in 1860). If that were true, she could have made a fortune selling her secret in a magic elixir! Obviously one, if not both, of these census records is incorrect as to her age.6

Birth place: Virginia.4

Elizabeth married David Bland. This may have taken place in 1817, but I have not yet confirmed this date.3

Previously, I had discovered on Find A Grave that Elizabeth's date of death was reported as 25 January 1857. However, that date is incorrect as she appears in the 1860 US census with her husband, David, and in the 1870 US census in the household of her grandson Henry Bland, son of Joseph Bland.3,6,4 To date, I have not found her in the 1880 census, so I am working with an assumption that she died between 1870 and 1880 - more research is needed.

Deceased Children of Elizabeth Church and David Bland:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=11 Jun 2017

Citations

  1. [S929] "Wetzel County, WV Connections," Rootsweb WorldConnect, online http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi, Bill Cunningham.
  2. [S2325] Henry Church, presented by Ashland County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, online http://ashlandohiogenealogy.org/historyashland/…
  3. [S2232] Elizabeth Bland, Find A Grave memorial no. 117589557, created by user name "In Search Of"on 24 September 2013, online http://www.findagrave.com
  4. [S2346] Henry Bland household, 1870 U.S. Census, Wetzel County, West Virginia, Church Township (Burton Post Office), page11 (149 stamped), National Archives micropublication M593_1701.
  5. [S2233] David Bland household, 1850 U.S. Census, Wetzel County, Virginia, District 64, page 44 stamped, National Archives micropublication M432_981.
  6. [S2234] David Bland household, 1860 U.S. Census, Wetzel County, Virginia, Proctor Post Office, page 132, National Archives micropublication M653_1384.
  7. [S2349] Susan Bland Cooper, Find A Grave memorial no. 39391720, created by Debbie Rowe on 12 July 2009, maintained by s e folmar, online http://www.findagrave.com. Photograph by russ carson, uploaded 16 Apr 2012.

James Church1

ID#2056, b. circa 17 January 1793, d. 9 October 1880
Father: Henry "Old Hundred" Church
Mother: Hannah Keine

Birth date: circa 17 January 1793 (based on age at death per gravestone of 87 years 8 months 22 days)
Birth place: Virginia.2,3

Circa 1817 James moved to Milton Township, Ashland County, Ohio.

James's first marriage was to Susannah Helms.3

James died on 9 October 1880.2 Interred in the Old Olivesburg Cemetery, Olivesburg, Richland County, Ohio, his name appears on the gravestone as "James Church." An additional inscription reads, "Aged 87 Y. 8 M. 22 D."2

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1810Monongalia County, VirginiaBelieved to be included in the household of Henry "Old Hundred" Church (his father) as the male age "16 & under 26."
(Official Census Date: 06 August 1810)4
1850District 127 Butler Township, Richland County, OhioJames Church, male, age 57, born in Virginia, a farmer, real estate value $2,500
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1850)3
Last Edited Date=9 May 2017

Citations

  1. [S929] "Wetzel County, WV Connections," Rootsweb WorldConnect, online http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi, Bill Cunningham.
  2. [S2230] James Church, Find A Grave memorial no. 82006315, created by user name "Names in Stone" on 15 December 2011, online http://www.findagrave.com. Photograph by user name "Names in Stone", uploaded 15 December 2011.
  3. [S2229] James Church household, 1850 U.S. Census, Richland County, Ohio, District 127 Butler Township, page 254B, National Archives micropublication M432_724.
  4. [S2224] Henry Church household, 1810 U.S. Census, Monongalia County, Virginia, page 489, National Archives micropublication M252_69.

Elsie Church1

ID#2057, b. circa 1799
Father: Henry "Old Hundred" Church
Mother: Hannah Keine

Birth date: circa 1799
Birth place: Ohio County, Virginia.1

Elsie married John Sole.

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1820Tyler County, VirginiaBelieved to be included in the household of Henry Church (her father) as the female age "26 & under 45."
(Official Census Date: 07 August 1820)2
Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=14 May 2017

Citations

  1. [S929] "Wetzel County, WV Connections," Rootsweb WorldConnect, online http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi, Bill Cunningham.
  2. [S2190] Henry Church household, 1820 U.S. Census, Tyler County, Virginia, page 82, National Archives micropublication M33_140.

Sarah "Sally" Church1

ID#2058, b. 16 November 1805, d. 16 November 1891
Father: Henry "Old Hundred" Church
Mother: Hannah Keine

Birth date: circa 1806.2 It has also been reported that Sarah was born on 16 November 1805.3 As a further complication, another source reported that Sarah was born circa 1802.1
Birth place: Virginia.2

Sarah married Peter Sole.2

Sarah died at age 86 from cancer on 16 November 1891 in Wetzel County, West Virginia.4,5

On 22 February 1892 a news article about Sarah was published in The Times, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.6 The following is a transcription of that story:

"A Long-Lived Family.
Special Telegram to The Times.
Wheeling, February 21. -- Henry Church, Sr., a famous old citizen of Wetzel county, died Friday, aged 99 years. Within a year his sister, Sarah Sole, died, aged 91. They were the children of that eccentric character "Old Hundred" and "Ninety-and-Nine," his wife, as they were universally known in Wetzel. "Old Hundred" was a native of England and a British soldier during the Revolutionary war. He was not naturalized until he was 100 years of age. He deserted the British army and made his home in the then wilderness along the Ohio, where Henry Church, his son, was born. "Old Hundred" lived to be 112, and "Ninty-and-Nine," his wife, 109. The combined age of the four, father, mother, son and daughter, was 410 years.."

[original spelling and punctuation retained]


On on 24 February 1892 a slightly different take on the same news article was published in the Pittsburgh Daily Post, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.5 The following is a transcription of that story:

"NEARLY ALL CENTENARIANS.
The Remarkable Church Family, the Last One of Which Is Dead.
New Martinsville, W. Va.,, Feb. 23. -- Henry Church, Sr., a well-known citizen of Wetzel county, died at Hundred last week, in the 98th year of his age. Within a year his sister, Sarah Cole, died of cancer, at the age of 91 years. They were the children of Old Hundred and Ninety and Nine. Old Hundred was quite a character in his time. He was a native of England and a British soldier during the war of the revolution. He was not naturalized until he was over 100 years of age. He deserted the British army and bought a home in the mountain wilderness, where the subject of the present sketch was born, and where he lived during the 98 years of his life. Old Hundred lived to be 112 years of age, and Ninty and Nine, his wife, lived to be 109. The combined age of the four, father, mother, son and daughter, were 410 years. These are as remarkable cases of longevity, in the same family, as perhaps were ever known."

[original spelling and punctuation retained] ~ Note that Sarah's surname was incorrectly reported to be Cole rather than Sole.

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1810Monongalia County, VirginiaBelieved to be included in the household of Henry "Old Hundred" Church (her father) as one of two females age "under 10."
(Official Census Date: 06 August 1810)7
1820Tyler County, VirginiaBelieved to be included in the household of Henry Church (her father) as one of two females age "16 & under 26."
(Official Census Date: 07 August 1820)8
Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=6 Jun 2017

Citations

  1. [S929] "Wetzel County, WV Connections," Rootsweb WorldConnect, online http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi, Bill Cunningham.
  2. [S2310] Peter Sole household, 1860 U.S. Census, Wetzel County, Virginia, Milo and Burton Post Office, page 5, National Archives micropublication M653_1384.
  3. [S2327] "Henry Church, Founder of Hundred, WV," Ancestry.com, online http://boards.ancestry.com/surnames.church/990/mb.ashx, Debbie Hostutler (Thequietanswer).
  4. [S2312] Sarah Sole, Wetzel County Indexed Register of Deaths, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file _00390.jpg.
  5. [S1559] Nearly All Centenarians, The Pittsburgh Post (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), Wednesday, 24 February 1892, page 5. Online https://www.newspapers.com/image/86440294/
  6. [S2307] A Long-Lived Family., The Times (Phildelphia, Pennsylvania), Monday, 22 February 1892, page 4, column 7. Online https://www.newspapers.com/image/52503132/
  7. [S2224] Henry Church household, 1810 U.S. Census, Monongalia County, Virginia, page 489, National Archives micropublication M252_69.
  8. [S2190] Henry Church household, 1820 U.S. Census, Tyler County, Virginia, page 82, National Archives micropublication M33_140.

Annie Church1

ID#2059, b. circa 1808, d. circa 1876
Father: Henry "Old Hundred" Church
Mother: Hannah Keine

Birth date: circa 1808.1
Birth place: unknown. If it is correct that Annie was the youngest daughter, that statement would indicate that she died circa 1876.

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1810Monongalia County, VirginiaBelieved to be included in the household of Henry "Old Hundred" Church (her father) as one of two females age "under 10."
(Official Census Date: 06 August 1810)2
1820Tyler County, VirginiaBelieved to be included in the household of Henry Church (her father) as the female age "10 & under 16."
(Official Census Date: 07 August 1820)3
Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=14 May 2017

Citations

  1. [S929] "Wetzel County, WV Connections," Rootsweb WorldConnect, online http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi, Bill Cunningham.
  2. [S2224] Henry Church household, 1810 U.S. Census, Monongalia County, Virginia, page 489, National Archives micropublication M252_69.
  3. [S2190] Henry Church household, 1820 U.S. Census, Tyler County, Virginia, page 82, National Archives micropublication M33_140.

Sally Cohen1

ID#2060
Father: not yet identified.
Mother: not yet identified.

Birth date: not yet determined
Birth place: not yet determined.

Sally was reportedly the first wife of William Clark Church, son of Henry "Old Hundred" Church and Hannah Keine.1

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1820Tyler County, VirginiaBelieved to be included in the household of William Church (her husband) as the female age "26 & under 45."
(Official Census Date: 07 August 1820)2

Deceased Children of Sally Cohen and William Clark Church:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=30 Apr 2016

Citations

  1. [S929] "Wetzel County, WV Connections," Rootsweb WorldConnect, online http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi, Bill Cunningham.
  2. [S2192] William Church household, 1820 U.S. Census, Tyler County, Virginia, page 82, National Archives micropublication M33_140.

Roscoe T. Young1

ID#2065, b. 23 August 1897
Father: Thomas E. Young
Mother: Mary (unknkown)1

Birth date: 23 August 1897
Birth place: Fish Creek, Marshall County, Virginia.1

Roscoe married Roxie Allen on 25 December 1919 at Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.2

Deceased Child of Roscoe T. Young and Roxie Allen:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=2 May 2013

Citations

  1. [S1814] Roscoe Young, Marshall County Register of Births, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_bcsearch.aspx, file 4130821_00156.jpg.
  2. [S499] Marriage License for Richard A. Young and Patricia J. Church, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130888_00530.jpg.

Roxie Allen1

ID#2066, b. 29 August 1899
Father: Edward Allen
Mother: Florence (unknown)2

Birth date: 29 August 1899
Birth place: Taylors Ridge, Marshall County, West Virginia.2

Roxie married Roscoe T. Young on 25 December 1919 at Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.3

Deceased Child of Roxie Allen and Roscoe T. Young:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=2 May 2013

Citations

  1. [S187] Richard A. Young obituary, presented by Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory, Moundsville, West Virginia, online http://www.altmeyerfuneralhomes.com
  2. [S1812] Roxie Allen, Marshall County Register of Births, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_bcsearch.aspx, file 4130821_00176.jpg.
  3. [S499] Marriage License for Richard A. Young and Patricia J. Church, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130888_00530.jpg.

Glenn Williams1

ID#2067, b. 18 August 1914, d. March 1984
Father: not yet identified.
Mother: not yet identified.

Birth date: 18 August 1914.2,3
Birth place: Wetzel County, West Virginia.2

Glenn married Betty Schaffer, daughter of Harry C. Schaffer and Anna (unknown), on 4 September 1937 at Follansbee, Brooke County, West Virginia. J. C. Waddell, a minister of the Gospel of the Church of Christ, certified that he united them in marriage.2

Per the Social Security Death Index, the last address of record for Glenn was Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.4

Glenn died at age 69 in March 1984.5

Deceased Child of Glenn Williams and Betty Schaffer:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=10 May 2013

Citations

  1. [S591] Marriage License for Norman Dean Leach and Patricia Lou Williams, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130891_00423.jpg.
  2. [S1816] Marriage License for Glenn Williams and Betty Schaeffer, Hancock County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file _00042.jpg.
  3. [S899] Glenn Williams, Social Security Death Index, compiled by Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com/search/DB.aspx?dbid=3693, supports full date of birth.
  4. [S899] Glenn Williams, Social Security Death Index, compiled by Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com/search/DB.aspx?dbid=3693
  5. [S899] Glenn Williams, Social Security Death Index, compiled by Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com/search/DB.aspx?dbid=3693, supports month and year of death.

Betty Schaffer1

ID#2068, b. 15 November 1916, d. September 1982
Birth date: 15 November 1916.2
Birth place: Ohio County, West Virginia.3

Another spelling of her surname is Schaeffer.3

Betty married Glenn Williams on 4 September 1937 at Follansbee, Brooke County, West Virginia. J. C. Waddell, a minister of the Gospel of the Church of Christ, certified that he united them in marriage.3

Betty died at age 65 in September 1982.4

Deceased Child of Betty Schaffer and Glenn Williams:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=10 May 2013

Citations

  1. [S1818] Harry C. Schaffer household, 1930 U.S. Census, Ohio County, West Virginia, Triadelphia District (Wheeling city), Enumeration District 35-35, sheet 3A (120 stamped), National Archives micropublication T626_2550.
  2. [S899] Betty Williams, Social Security Death Index, compiled by Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com/search/DB.aspx?dbid=3693, supports full date of birth.
  3. [S1816] Marriage License for Glenn Williams and Betty Schaeffer, Hancock County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file _00042.jpg.
  4. [S899] Betty Williams, Social Security Death Index, compiled by Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com/search/DB.aspx?dbid=3693, supports month and year of death.
  5. [S591] Marriage License for Norman Dean Leach and Patricia Lou Williams, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130891_00423.jpg.

Giacomo Seranelli1

ID#2069
Father: not yet identified
Mother: not yet identified

Birth date: unknown
Birth place: Italy.1

Other spellings of his first name include Giacoma and Gracoma; the family surname changed in America from Seranelli to Serenella. At this point, I'm not sure if he and his wife ever emigrated from Italy, but their son's marriage records use the Americanized spelling when giving their father's name.2,3

Giacomo married Louisa Palmeri.3,2

Deceased Child of Giacomo Seranelli and Louisa Palmeri:

Family Line(s):
Kuhn Index
Last Edited Date=8 Nov 2012

Citations

  1. [S1443] New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, online http://www.ancestry.com (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.).
  2. [S1440] Marriage License for Americo Serenella and Anna Spadaccio, Monongalia County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file _00457.jpg.
  3. [S933] Marriage License for Joseph Serenella and Edith Kuhn, Monongalia County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file _00612.jpg.

Louisa Palmeri1,2

ID#2070
Father: not yet identified.
Mother: not yet identified.

Birth date: not yet determined
Birth place: not yet determined.

Another spelling of her first name is Louise.2

Louisa married Giacomo Seranelli.2,3

Deceased Child of Louisa Palmeri and Giacomo Seranelli:

Last Edited Date=8 Nov 2012

Citations

  1. [S1439] Marriage License for Giuseppe Serenella and Mary Alfieri, Monongalia County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file _00097.jpg.
  2. [S933] Marriage License for Joseph Serenella and Edith Kuhn, Monongalia County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file _00612.jpg.
  3. [S1440] Marriage License for Americo Serenella and Anna Spadaccio, Monongalia County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file _00457.jpg.