Henry "Old Hundred" Church1

ID#1527, b. 1750, d. 14 September 1860
Henry "Old Hundred" Church
Father: not yet identified.
Mother: not yet identified.

Birth date: 17501 or 1751.2,3
Birth place: England.2 Reportedly in Suffolk.4,5

The year of 1750 appears in a reprint of the 1901 book entitled History of Wetzel County, West Virginia authored by John C. McEldowney, Jr.: "Henry Church, better known as 'Old Hundred,' was born in Suffox [Suffolk] county, England, in 1750.1

A birth date of 30 November 1750 was given in a history of Hundred compiled by Courtney Dennis that appears on the Hundred Area PRIDE website.4 That date also appears in a different history of Hundred that is included in the WVGenWeb site for Wetzel County.6

Genealogies recorded by various researchers have shown a birth date of 13 December 1750. That date can be calculated by subtracting Henry's age at death per his new gravestone (109 years 9 months 1 day)7 from his reported date of death (14 September 1860.)4 However, Henry's age at death is given by another source as 109 years 9 months 14 days - an additional 13 days6 which calculates backwards to the previously mentioned date of 30 November 1750. It's interesting that the history on the Hundred Area PRIDE website skirts the discrepancy by simply stating that Henry was born in late 1750.4

On the other hand, 1751 is the year of birth that appears on Henry's new gravestone purchased in 1972.8,6 That seems odd to me considering that Henry's age at death as it appears on the gravestone supports a birth date of 13 December 1750. However, the year of 1751 is supported by the 1850 federal census in which Henry's age was given as 99.2

Hopefully I'll run across an official/primary document some day that will sort all of this out.

Henry married Hannah Keine about 1778. This estimated date is based on a handwritten note on the back of a photograph of Hannah stating that she and Henry were married for 82 years. As they both reportedly died in 1860, subtracting 82 years suggests a year of 1778.9

Sketch of Henry Church. Date: 1858 or 1859. Location: Hundred, Wetzel County, West Virginia. Click on camera to view full (or larger) image than the one shown here, then use your browser's back button to return to this page.10

Henry reportedly died on 14 September 1860.4,6 Henry's body was interred in the Hundred United Methodist Church Cemetery, Hundred, Wetzel County, West Virginia.3 The gravestone inscription for Henry and Hannah reads,
Founders of Hundred
Henry Church 1751 - 1860 109 Yrs. 9 Mos. 1 Day
Hannah, His Wife 1754 - 1860 Aged 106 Yrs
Click on camera icon(s) to view photo(s) of gravestone, then use your browser's back button to return here.3

According to the Wetzel County WVGenWeb site, the History of Wetzel County, West Virginia 1983 book included the following:5
"Henry and his wife gave the plot of ground known as the Hundred Cemetery to the community as a gift so they would be buried there. It is located behind the Hundred United Methodist Church. A new marker for their graves was purchased by Norval Throckmorton and Dr. J. S. Church in 1972 to be a lasting tribute to Henry Church and his wife, Hannah."

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1810Monongalia County, VirginiaHenry Church, head of a family of 12 persons (7 males, 5 females); believed to be the male age "45 & over"
(Official Census Date: 06 August 1810)11
1820Tyler County, VirginiaHenry Church, head of a family of six (1 male, 5 females), believed to be the male age "45 & upward" and engaged in agriculture
(Official Census Date: 07 August 1820)12
1830Tyler County, VirginiaHenry Church Senr., head of a family of five (2 males, 3 females), believed to be a male age "70 & under 80"
(Official Census Date: 01 June 1830)13
1840Tyler County, VirginiaHenry Church Senr, head of a family of four (2 males, 2 females); believed to be a male age "80 & under 90" and employed in agriculture in spite of his age
(Official Census Date: 01 June 1840)14
For years 1850 through 1870:  Real estate = land and buildings.
Personal estate = non-land property such as household goods, furnishings, and livestock.
1850Wetzel County, VirginiaHenry Church, male, age 99, born in England, a farmer, real estate value $2,000
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1850)2
1860Wetzel County, VirginiaHenry Church, male, age 110, born in England, a farmer, real estate value $1,596 plus personal property value $225
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1860)15

Deceased Children of Henry "Old Hundred" Church and Hannah Keine:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=9 May 2017

Citations

  1. [S373] John C. McEldowney, History of Wetzel County, WV.
  2. [S927] Henry Church household, 1850 U.S. Census, Wetzel County, Virginia, 64th District, 21, National Archives micropublication M432_981.
  3. [S928] Digital photo of Henry and Hannah Church gravestone in Hundred United Methodist Church Cemetery (Hundred, Wetzel County, West Virginia), taken by K. Alan Lewis on 29 December 2008, online http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/466069/photo/…. Permission to use on this site granted by Lewis.
  4. [S1795] Hundred Area PRIDE, online http://www.hundredareapride.com/Hundred%20History.htm, viewed 07 September 2010.
  5. [S1796] "Hundred," submitted by Ruth Hixenbaugh Jones, presented by The Wetzel County WVGenWeb, online http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wvwetzel/Communities/…. Original source: History of Wetzel County, West Virginia 1983. Information pertaining to Henry Church.
  6. [S1796] "Hundred," submitted by Ruth Hixenbaugh Jones, presented by The Wetzel County WVGenWeb, online http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wvwetzel/Communities/…. Original source: History of Wetzel County, West Virginia 1983.
  7. [S928] Digital photo of Henry and Hannah Church gravestone in Hundred United Methodist Church Cemetery (Hundred, Wetzel County, West Virginia), taken by K. Alan Lewis on 29 December 2008, online http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/466069/photo/…. Permission to use on this site granted by Lewis.
  8. [S928] Digital photo of gravestone in Hundred United Methodist Church Cemetery (Hundred, Wetzel County, West Virginia), taken by K. Alan Lewis on 29 December 2008, online http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/466069/photo/…. Permission to use on this site granted by Lewis.
  9. [S931] "Loffer Family Tree," Ancestry Family Trees, online http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/2737960/person/-1288701759, Barbara Bua.
  10. [S930] Henry Church sketch, by Porte Crayon, online http://digital.library.cornell.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx;idno=harp0019-1.
  11. [S2224] Henry Church household, 1810 U.S. Census, Monongalia County, Virginia, page 489, National Archives micropublication M252_69.
  12. [S2190] Henry Church household, 1820 U.S. Census, Tyler County, Virginia, page 82, National Archives micropublication M33_140.
  13. [S2195] Henry Church Senr. household, 1830 U.S. Census, Tyler County, Virginia, Eastern District, page 167, National Archives micropublication M19_200.
  14. [S2153] Henry Church Senr. household, 1840 U.S. Census, Tyler County, Virginia, Western District of Virginia, page 31 stamped, National Archives micropublication M704_579.
  15. [S1114] Henry Church household, 1860 U.S. Census, Wetzel County, Virginia, Milo and Burton Post Office, page 7, National Archives micropublication M653_1384.
  16. [S929] "Wetzel County, WV Connections," Rootsweb WorldConnect, online http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi, Bill Cunningham.