Volume III - Paternal Ancestry of Homer Beers James


English, Welsh, and Irish Emigrants to America up to Present Day

(1635 to 2005)


2.  Negus Line


See the following web site for a reproduction of the entire genealogical record, "The Negus Family Ancestry, " (circa 1960), written by Rev. Ira E. Nolte:





Jonathan Negus is the first person of the Negus family to be identified. It is assumed that he was born in England, but there is no known record. His wife, Jane Deighton, married (1) John Lugg in St. Nicholas, co. Gloucester, England, on January 3, 1627. She and her first husband came to America about 1638. There were children from this first marriage. See details elsewhere in Volume III. and earlier records in Volume II. After John Lugg died, Jane Deighton married (2) Jonathan Negus in America.


1.  Jonathan Negus was born in 1602, presumably in England. One record shows that he came from Bedfordshire, England, to Boston in 1630, and had a sister, Grace Negus, and a brother, Benjamin Negus. He was in Boston, Massachusetts in 1634. He married in 1647 Jane Deighton, baptized at St. Nicholas, co. Gloucester, England, April 5, 1609, widow of John Lugg, who died after 1644, and daughter of Dr. John Deighton (Dighton), surgeon, and his wife Jane Bassett, both of St. Nicholas, co. Gloucester. Jane Basset is a descendant of many ancestors in England and the Continent of Europe.


See the Lygon Line elsewhere in this volume for details on the Deighton and Basset family and its various descents.


References from Weis, G. P. C., "Ancestral Roots of 60 Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650" 6th Ed. (1988) (TAG 9:221-222; NEHGR 45:303, 96; 342-343.


Jonathan was Clerk of the Writs in Boston in 1651 and for several years after. He had an estate at Muddy River. He lived in Boston in 1678. He and his wife are reported as living in both Taunton and Swansea, MA. According to the records, they had a son and a daughter as follows:


1.  Isaac Negus, Sr. See below.


2.  Mary Negus, born July 6, 1653, who probably died young.


2.  Capt. Isaac Negus, Sr. was baptized in Boston, on January 3, 1650. He was a cooper of Taunton, Bristol County, MA., in 1675 and styled himself as "sole heir of Jonathan Negus, late of Boston." He died in Swansea, MA, November 29, 1700. He married on April 7, 1679 Hannah Andrews. She was the daughter of Henry Andrews, who was killed by Indians in the King Phillip's War, while at work on his farm in April or May 1676.  Her mother was Hannah Street, daughter of Rev. Nicholas Street


 See the Street Line elsewhere in this volume


They had two sons as follows:


1.  Isaac Negus, Jr. See below.


2.  Henry Negus, born in 1690, in Swansea, Bristol County, MA.


3.  Isaac Negus, Jr. He was born in 1680, and died in Freetown, Bristol County, MA, where he lived most of his life. He married on April 7, 1689 Hannah Andrews.  There is good reason to believe that his wife's name was confused with his mother's name. He and his mother, Hannah Andrews Negus, sold land in Swansea, MA (Land Deeds, Bristol County, MA). He had a son, Thomas.


4.  Thomas Negus was born May 18, 1718 in Freetown, MA. He died April 12, 1754, in Shrewsbury, NJ. He must have been part of the Quaker migration from the New England area to NY and NJ.  A sizable Quaker community was located in Shrewsbury, NJ. His widow, Lavina West, administered his estate in Shrewsbury, NJ (New Jersey Archives, Abstracts of Wills). Lavina West was descended from the first Quakers in America in the New England area, and is a direct descendant of Stephen Batchelor, non conformist minister, as well as several other ministers. 


See her ancestral lineage in the Wing Line and West Line elsewhere in this volume. 


They had two sons as follows:


1.  Shaidlock Negus, Sr. See below.


2.  John Negus was born July 13, 1753 at Shrewsbury, NJ. He died in Philadelphia, PA in March 1823. He married in Burlington, NJ on February 15 or 16, 1779 Mary Shreve, born October 13, 1760, died in Philadelphia, PA June 28, 1811. Burlington, NJ, was an important Quaker community, dating back to its origin in 1681. This Negus family continued for at least four more generations in Philadelphia into the latter part of the 20th century.

1. Stephen West Negus, son of John Negus and his wife, Mary Shreve, was born April 25, 1791, in Philadelphia, PA, died there December 21, 1851, married in Philadelphia, Eliza Rea, born in 1798, in Philadelphia. 

1. They had a son, Alexander Negus, who married Kate Rea, in Terre Haute, Indiana. 

1. They in turn had a son William Steel Negus, who married Letitia Roberta Walton.

1. They had a daughter, Estelle Claxton Negus, born February 8, 1901, in Philadelphia, PA., who married George Brinker Mebus, born April 14, 1903, died December 13, 1972, in Glenside, PA.

1. They had a son, Charles Fillmore Mebus, born June 15, 1928. He married Mamie C. ______. He apparently lived his life in Glenside, PA. He was member of the American Public Health Association. He died June 28, 2003, at the age of 75. He was an eminent engineer and former President of the Abington Township Board of Commissioners.



5. Shaidlock (Shadlock) Negus, Sr. was born November 20, 1749, in Shrewsbury, New Jersey. On August 1, 1774 he was received by request by the Burlington (NJ) Monthly Meeting of Friends (Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy). He married on November 10, 1774 in Burlington, NJ, Sarah Smith, daughter of Thomas Smith and Rebecca Shreve, probably a relative of Nancy Anne Shreve, shown below. She was born April 29, 1751, in Cumberland Co., PA. This marriage is confirmed in Hinshaw's "Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Vol.  II" with an entry from the Burlington, NJ Monthly Meeting, dated, December 5, 1774. On March 5, 1787, Shaidlock was cited for disunity in the Burlington Monthly Meeting. On February 5, 1788, the family members were granted certification of removal to the Old Redstone Monthly Meeting in Pennsylvania. The Old Redstone Monthly Meeting was the first such group west of the Allegheny Mountains, formally established in 1793, near Brownsville, Fayette County, PA, thus Shaidlock and Sarah were of the original members of that group. Sarah died October 13, 1821, Fayette Co., PA, and was buried by the Providence Monthly Meeting, Fayette County, PA. Shaidlock died in June 4, 1806, in Bloomfield, Crawford Co., PA. 


They had ten children as follows:


1. Lavina Negus, born September 4, 1775, born in New Jersey.


2. Thomas Negus, born November 5, 1776, born in New Jersey.


 3. John Negus, born May 4, 1778, in New Jersey, married on May 28, 1806, in the Westland Monthly Meeting, Greene Co., PA., Miriam Burdge (Burdg), born January (July) 19, 1786 in Columbiana County, Ohio. She was the daughter of Jacob Burdge (Burdg) and Judith Smith, daughter of Anthony Smith and  Lydia Willets.


John and Miriam came to Iowa in a one-horse-buggy when both were past 75 years old, crossing rivers on ferry boats. They stayed with Isaac and Mary (Coppock) Negus, their son and daughter-in-law, for three weeks, then came to Springdale and made their home with Israel Negus and died there.  He died November 6, 1868, and she died January 10 (19), 1867.  Both are buried at Springdale, Iowa. They had eleven children as follows:


1. Sarah Negus, born April 23, 1807, in Fayette Co., PA, married July (August) 2, 1835, in Upper Springfield Monthly Meeting, Ohio, Septimus (Septemus) C. Sharpless (his brothers used the surname Sharples), son of Benjamin Sharpless, born June 21, 1804, at Fallston, Beaver Co., PA; died June 24, 1865, in Centerdale, Iowa.  He was the brother of Ellen Sharpless, born October 10, 1806, who married Mifflin Cadwalader, of Redstone, PA., son of Jonah Cadwalader and Ann Cattell, of Redstone, PA. Sarah died June 24, 1865.


Sarah and Septimus had the following children:


1. Isaac Sharpless, born May 2, 1836, in Salem, Ohio, married October 8, 1857, in Springdale, Iowa, Esther Gibson, born in 9 Oct 1832.


2. John Sharpless, born April 5, 1837, died young on August 14, 1838.


3. Nathan Sharpless, born April 11, 1838, in Damascus, Ohio, unmarried.


4. Lavinia N. Sharpless, born July 21, 1839, in Damascus, Ohio, married in Iowa City, Iowa, Isaac P. Santee.


5. Amy D. Sharpless, born December 26, 1840, in Damascus, Ohio. She married January 15, 1862, in Springdale, Iowa, Edward Cobb Cook.  They were both ministers in the Society of Friends. During the Civil War he was drafted, and being conscientiously opposed to fighting, endured much suffering before he was released.


6. Miriam Sharpless, born November 29, 1841, in Damascus, Ohio, lived in Centerdale, Iowa, unmarried.


7. Evi Sharpless, born June 3, 1844, in Mercer County, PA.  Moved to Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies, unmarried. Another account has him married twice: (1) Adelia C. Mann, and (2) Margaret Haddock.


8. Israel Sharpless, born June 3, 1844, in Mercer County, PA., died July 25, 1849.


9. Lydia G. Sharpless, born June 25, 1848, in Hillston, Mercer County, PA. She died in February 5, 1922. She married Nicholas Larson, born April 28, 1858 of Denmark, who came to America in 1874 to avoid military service. He was the son of Lars C. Larson and Margaret Jensen, both of Denmark. He moved to Iowa and joined the Society of Friends. Lydia and N. Nicholas had a son, Israel Larson, born March 24, 1882. This son married Lora Ann Hadley, born in September  27, 1881, West Branch, Cedar Co., IA. They had three boys and three girls Irwin, Alfred, Emma, Ina, Myrtle, and Melvin.


2. Lavina Negus was born February 19, 1809. She died May 2, 1833.


3. Eliza Negus was born December 27, 1810. She probably died young, about 1812.


4. Israel Negus was born August 13, 1812, in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. He died June 15, 1891 in Springdale, Iowa. He married (1) Lydia Garwood. She was the daughter of Jesse Garwood and Lydia Roberts. Jesse Garwood was the son of Obed Garwood and Mary ______. Lydia Roberts was the daughter of Griffith Roberts and Rachel ________. He married (2) Ruth Warrington., October 23, 1811.


They had five children as follows:


1. Jesse Negus was born January 8, 1837 at Danason, Mahoning County, Ohio. He married Rachel Mather.  They were released by the Springdale (Iowa) Monthly Meeting, August 23, 1884.  They had the following children:


1. Lydia Negus, died young.


2. Israel Negus, Jr., born May 10, 1864, died July 15, 1870, age 6..


3. William P. Negus, born January 10, 1870, married Lucretia Claudia Patterson, born November 11, 1868. He was released by the Springdale Monthly Meeting, November 20, 1886, to join the West Branch Society. They had two children:


            1. Olive Margaret Negus.


            2. Jesse Ardith Negus.


2. Jason Negus, born March 3, 1838 in Damascus, Ohio, died December 12, 1909, West Branch, IA. He married February 11, 1864, Esther Carr Gruwell, daughter of Moses Gruwell, born about 1819 and died August 31, 1877, and his wife Ann Carr, born March 3, 1819, and died December 11, 1889.


They had the following children:


1. Alva (Alvah) Negus, born April 10, 1865, married Cora Weber


2. Lydia Ann Negus, born February 4, 1869. She changed from the Society of Friends to Methodist Episcopal Church, Mason City, IA, August 31, 1893.


3. Edwin Negus, born February 27, 1871. He changed from the Society of Friends to the Methodist Episcopal Church, Springdale, IA. He married Rhoda Maxon, born August 14, 1872.


3. Eliza Ann Negus, born October 6, 1839, in Columbiana Co., Ohio. She died February 26, 1841, in Columbiana Co., Ohio, an infant.


4. Oliver Negus, born November 28, 1841, in Columbiana Co., Ohio. He died March 13, 1842, in Columbiana Co., Ohio, an infant.


5. Griffith Negus, born December 9, 1842, in Columbiana Co., Ohio. He died March 19, 1843 in Columbiana Co., Ohio, an infant.


5. Jacob Negus, born August 22, 1814, in Columbiana Co., Ohio. He died in infancy, on December 7, 1814.


6. Lydia Negus, born April 22, 1816, married August 31, 1837, Isaac Walker, Born August 2, 1809, died March 15, 1891. They had the following children:


                1. William Walker was born August 21, 1841.


                2. Miriam Walker was born January 25, 1843.


                3. Israel Negus Walker was born April 15, 1844.


                4. Elisa Ann Walker was born December 29, 1845.


                5. Martha B. Walker was born November 10, 1846.


                6. Sarah Walker was born October 2, 1849.


7. Mary Martin Negus, born May 31, 1818, married Israel Owen, born in 1804. She died before 1880.


8. John Wayts Negus, born May 20, 1820, Upper Springfield Monthly Meeting, Columbiana Co., OH.


9. Isaac Negus, born June 30, 1822, (Providence Meeting, Fayette County, PA). He died August 18, 1883, in Muscatine, Iowa. He moved to Iowa with his parents in 1849. He married June 19, 1850, Mary Coppock, born December 12, 1801, died December 7, 1907. Both descended from Quaker families of the early colonies. Isaac was a nurseryman and fruit grower. They had ten children as follows:


1.  John Negus, born July 7, 1851, in Henry, Iowa, died in October 1935, married Mary Sharp, born in 1854, died in 1930. They had six children as follows:


1. William B. Negus, born July 6, 1876, died May 10, 1945, married October 29, 1901, Laura Campbell, born April 14, 1879, died November 25, 1929. They had five children, two died young:


            1. Vera Marie Negus, born June 29, 1905, married December 30, 1931, Jack Edward Luellan, both living in Muscatine, Iowa in the 1950's


            2. Harold Earl Negus, born August 29, 1907, married Eloise Ruth Thompson


            3. Raymond LeRoy Negus, born December 13, 1914, married Flossie Andrews. They lived in Albuquerque, NM in the 1950's.


2. Alice Negus, born April 15, 1882, married ______ Wolford. She died in 1948.


3. Edwin Negus, born April 3, 1885, died January 14, 1906.


4. Hervey Negus was born April 14, 1887.


5. Henry Negus was born April 14, 1887.


6. Eva Negus, born May 16, 1889, married Glen Foster. 


They had three children:


            1. Melvin Foster


            2. Merle Foster


            3.Virgil Foster


2. Eli Negus, born May 17, 1853, died August 1, 1854.


3. Amy C. Negus, born December 14, 1854, died August 19, 1896, married September 2, 1874, Martin Clever Nolte, born December 7, 1850, died August 24, 1907. They had the following children:


1. Minnie Ellen Nolte, born May 30, 1875, died June 13, 1878.


2. Frederick Henry Nolte, born February 27, 1877, died August 15, 1955, married Gertrude Brown.  There was issue.


3. Willis Clever Nolte, born May 8, 1879, died March 20, 1957, married Lydia Ellen Harrison.  There was issue.


4. Isaac Newton Nolte, born October 10, 1881, died November 12, 1881.


5. Rev. Ira Elwood Nolte was born June 5, 1887. He married Frieda Marie Olive Olson, born February 25, 1892.  He was a minister, living in Minneapolis, MN.  He was the compiler and publisher of the "Negus Family Ancestry," published about 1960. They had the following three sons:


1. Robert Elwood Nolte, born March 3, 1917.


2. Paul Howard Nolte, born November 18, 1919.


3. David James Nolte, born October 29, 1929.


6. Elmer Perry Nolte, born June 14, 1889, died July 20, 1911


4. Miriam Negus, born February 13, 1857, died April 18, 1952, married February 26, 1879, Newton Branson, born September 9, 1855, died January 22, 1935. They had the following children:


1. Hervey Isaac Branson, born December 18, 1879, married Mary Hirst. There was issue.


2. Ada May Branson, born August 1, 1882, married (1) Elmer Lewis, and (2) Lee Millette.  There was issue.


3. Belva Branson, born September 11, 1884, married Dr. Will Austin. No data on children.


4. Mary Ethel Branson, born May 24, 1888, married June 9, 1910, Walter L. Tatum.  She prepared most of the information on descendants of Isaac and Mary Negus, used in "The Negus Family Ancestry."  They had the following children:


1. Mary Eloise Tatum


2. Walter Lawrence Tatum


3. Kenneth Branson Tatum


4. Mabel Eleanor Tatum, born August 12, 1926, married March 23, 1946, Herbert F. Hoover.


They had three daughters:


            1. Rebecca Hoover


            2. Rachel Marie Hoover


            3.Rose Mary Hoover


From correspondence with Mrs. Mildred Mather, Archivist-Librarian of the Herbert Hoover Memorial Library in West Branch, Iowa, it was determined that this said Herbert F. Hoover is a direct descendant of Andrew Hoover, seven generations removed, who was the direct ancestor of Herbert C. Hoover, President of the United States, he being a fifth generation descendant of the same Andrew Hoover.  It is interesting to note that Herbert C. Hoover, Jr., son of the President, was a radio engineer, working for Charlie Negus James, Sr., father of Homer Beers James, at Western Air Express, in the early 1930's.  Also, on two occasions, Homer Beers James met the President at the airport at West Yellowstone, Montana.  The President often fished at a ranch on the Madison River near West Yellowstone.


5. Luella Branson, born January 2, 1890.


6. Ralph William Branson, born March 28, 1892.


5. Henry A. Negus, born May 27, 1859, died November 19, 1882.


6. William T. Negus, born August 16, 1861, died August 31, 1862.


7. Suel Foster Negus, born in 1863, died in 1902. He married Clara Ann King, born in 1862, died in 1895.


8. Rebecca Stanley Negus, born October 6, 1865, died May 18, 1938. She married Montezuma Bond, who was born April 12, 1858.


9. Israel O. Negus, born April 20, 1867, died in September 1908.  He was killed hauling lumber.


10. Anna Mary Negus, born February 14, 1870, died in September 1953. She married (1) John Fischer, died Apr 27, 1895, and (2) Oliver Townsend, died in 1942.  There was issue by both marriages.


10. Miriam Negus, born November 7, 1824, died February 8, 1857.


11. Esther Negus, born May 21, 1828, married Edward W. Fawcett, born between 1825 and 1826.


They had the following children:


                1. Martha Fawcett, born between 1849 and 1850.


                2. Willis G. Fawcett, born between 1852 and 1853.


                3. Mary E. Fawcett, born in 1857.


                4. Flora B. Fawcett, born in 1858.


                5. Annetta A. Fawcett born between 1861 and 1862.


4. Rebecca Negus, born December 6, 1779, in Shrewsbury, New Jersey.


5. Joshua Negus, born May 5, 1781, Burlington, Burlington Co., NJ. He died in 1854. He married Nancy Anne Shreve, born October 3, 1789, in Fayette County, PA. She died February 25, 1867. He was disowned by the Society of Friends for marrying outside the discipline.


 They had a total of eleven children as follows:


1. Thomas Negus was born in 1808, in Bloomfield, Crawford County, PA.


2. Charlotte Negus was born in 1810, in Bloomfield, Crawford County, PA.


3. Margaret Negus was born in 1812, in Bloomfield, Crawford County, PA. She married Elijah Murdock, born about 1810. They had four children, unnamed.


4. Sarah Negus was born in 1813, in Bloomfield, Crawford County, PA. She died July 23, 1893. She married Daniel Akers. They had four children, unnamed.


5. West Negus, born July 20, 1815, Bloomfield, Crawford County, PA. He died June 2, 1885 in Hurley, Turner Co., SD. He married Lucinda Sargent, born December 26, 1823, in Cattaraugus, Bath, Steuben Co., NY, died September 12, 1907. She was the daughter of Enoch Sargent and _______. Enoch in turn was the son of Timothy Sargent.


Lucinda had a first marriage to  William Borland. West Negus was her second husband. They were married December 25, 1841 in Bloomfield Township, Crawford Co., PA. She died September 12, 1907 in Bloomfield Twp., Crawford Co., PA.


They had eleven children all born in Crawford County, PA between 1842 and 1865:


            1. Henrietta Negus was born about 1843. She married ________ Hughes.


            2. Prudy Ann Negus was born in May 1845. She died July 30, 1914, probably in Crawford Co., PA. She married Dean Blakeslee, about 1860 in Bloomfield Twp., Crawford Co., PA. He was born in January 1838 in Pennsylvania, and died in November 1903, probably in Crawford Co., PA.


            3. Celia M. Negus was born about 1847. She married _________ Messenger.


            4. Joshua Enoch Negus was born in March 26, 1849, in Oil City, Crawford Co, PA, and in 1883 in Vermillion, Clay Co., SD.


            5. Thomas Ray (Rae) Negus was born about 1851, in Crawford Co, PA. He died after 1924, probably in Millerstown, North Dakota. See blow the detailed letter of his life experiences, written in 1924 at age 74. He married (1) Anna A. Morris about 1875 in PA. She was born in December 1851 in NY, and died between June 15, 1900 and April 16, 1910. He married (2) Jennett _________ between 1910 and 1920 in ND. She was born about 1854 in NY.


Thomas Ray and Anna had the following children:


                        1. Lendal Dean Negus, Sr. was born about 1878 in SD. He married Grace ________. She was born about 1895 in IA.

                        They had the following children:


                                    1. Dean W. Negus was born about 1915 in ND.


                                    2. Henry T. Negus was born about January 1916 in ND.


                                    3. Ernest Negus (twin) was born about 1920 in MN.


                                    3. Eugene Negus (twin) was born about 1920 in MN.


                                    5. Lendal Negus, Jr.        


                        2. Arthur R. Negus was born about January 1883 in SD.


                        3. Clarence W. Negus was born in June 1886 in SD. He married Florence R. Aslin about 1906 in Turner Co., SD. She was born about. 1888 in SD. They had the following children:


                                    1. Wayne A, Negus was born about 1907, Turner Co., SD.


                                    2. Mildred V. Negus was born about November 1907, Turner Co., SD.


                                    3. Thomas Negus was born about 1914, Turner Co., SD.


                                    4. Dorothy Negus was born about 1917, SD.


                                    5. Kenneth Negus was born about 1919, SD.


                                    6. Eugene Negus was born about 1921, SD.


                        4. Clifford E. Negus was born in October 1887 in SD. He married Jennie _________ about 1906. She was born about 1887 in SD.

                            They had one child, a girl, Lois Negus, born about July 1909 in ND.


                        5. Harry T. Negus was born in January 1890 in SD.


                        6. Harvey S. Negus was born in August 1891 in SD. He married Eloise ________ about 1916. She was born about 1898 in WI. They       had two children:


                                    1. Parker Negus was born about 1918 in ND.


                                    2. Audra Negus


                              The following was obtained from the Internet, February 2011:

What I Know About the Origin and History of the Negus Family

by Thomas Ray Negus of Millerstown, ND


Some years ago I wrote a brief history of the Negus family as I had been told it by my father and other relations but on reading it over I found some mistakes and in my 74th year having too much spare time I have concluded to rewrite it more accurately and give more details that it may be better understood by those who may be interested in years to come.

Thomas Ray Negus

Millerstown, North Dakota July 30, 1924


There lived a man in England called Col. Negus who introduced a certain kind of drink made of wine, sugar and water and flavored with spices. This mixture was called Negus and was a popular beverage at that time. We learn from the definition of the name in Webster dictionary that he died in 1734. It is generally believed that he is a relative of two brothers who came from England to Philadelphia PA, about the year 1700, whose names were John and Joseph Negus. John was a tanner and Joseph a blacksmith. They had learned their trades in England where all apprentices had to serve seven years to learn a trade.

Joseph was of a speculative turn of mind and he purchased a ship that was long overdue, and supposed by its owner to be lost, for a small sum of money, and next day his ship sailed in all o.k. From this piece of good luck he was in the ocean shipping business and soon after moved to Boston, Mass. From this time on very little is known of him.

I have met a Judge Negus of Fairfield, Iowa and known of Joseph Negus in Sioux City, both of whom came from the New England states, and from the similarity of their given names have no doubt they are the descendants of the original Joseph. His brother John lived in Philadelphia and worked at his trade all the rest of his life. He was married and had one son called Shaidlock who was my, great grandfather. We have no knowledge that he had brothers or sisters. He also followed the trade of tanner and this business included making by hand all kinds of finished goods made of leather and furs. He had four sons and one daughter. Their names were John, Esther, Joshua, West, and Joseph. Their father, Shaidlock was born in 1734 and died in 1806. He was the first one buried in the Negus Cemetery (Mt. Pleasant) in Bloomfield Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania and laid with his head to the north the only one I ever knew buried that way. My father said that was a Indian custom to show the direction from which he came So they lived in Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War when the British held possession of the city. The only daughter married Mr. John Rea and that's where my middle name came from. About the year 1794 his wife having died Shaidlock with his four sons moved to S. W. Pennsylvania on Redstone Creek. They lived there ten years. While there Joshua married Ann Shreve who came from a family of Holland descent. Soon after they all moved to Bloomfield Twp. Crawford Co. PA. In this company there must have been several women and twelve men and boys. They all rode on horseback or walked and all, their bedding, clothing, provisions and tools were carried on back horses. They followed exactly the same trail taken by George Washington when he was sent from Virginia to Ft. LeBoueff on French Creek to demand the evacuation of that country by the French forces just fifty one years before side these families there was a boy, William Rossell who seems to have been adopted by the Negus family. No one ever explained his origin to me and about which there seems to be a mystery. Along with their other goods they brought all their tanning tools and a small whiskey still belonged to the Shreve family.

Their trail was down the Monongahela and up the Allegheny River to the mouth of Oil Creek and up that stream to its source. Wild game was plentiful. Deer, wolves bear and panther abounded. The country had been surveyed into 400 acre tracts and each settler could take one for a homestead and in some future time pay the state twenty-five cents an acre. This state price on Grandfather's land was unpaid for 61 years after he made settlement in 1865 my father sold. twenty acres for$40.00 per acre that contained a swamp out of which flowed a branch of Oil Creek and one running north into French Creek for oil territory and he had to go to Harrisburg and pay up for the whole 400 acres. He also had to make a visit to his uncle Joseph in S. W. Ohio and pay off what he would call a judgment for $100.00 for money loaned to his brother Joshua 50 years before. This debt was settled without adding any interest. All this had to be done before he could give a perfect title. When he came through Erie the body of Abraham Lincoln was there lying in state. If he had tried to get a view he would have had to stay over 24 hours.

Joshua, who was my grandfather (3r) and after whom my brother was named and one oF his brothers took land adjoining and built his log cabin near the line just west of the cemetery. His brother's land is now known as the H. E. Rossell farm. Grandfather lived there 28 years and then built forty rods further north. They were along way from market and made little use of store goods for each family made their own clothes and raised their own bread, made their own leather from the fresh hides, worked up their own wool flax and made their own sugar from maple trees-This was a heavily timbered country and overhead foliage was so dense that very little under-brush Grew. many soft water springs gushed from the side hills till they met and formed brooks. All the log cabins were built near a spring and Paths were made from one to another by blazed trees. These Primitive high-ways were slowly improved and the most of them are today the public roads running in any direction regardless of compass points,

A few stories will suffice to give a better idea of life in that wilderness. One time after Grandfather (Joshua) had planted his crop he went to market in Franklin, forty miles away, with some pack horses laden with leather, furs and. maple sugar. He was delayed a long, time by high water and the ones left at home had to dig up the planted 'potatoes to keep from starving. Another time he went to help a neighbor hoe corn and on his way home late the wolves followed so close that he backed into a hollow tree and swung his hoe all night to keep from being devoured alive.

On the tenth of September, 1813 they heard the cannons roar during the battle of Perry's victory on Lake Erie.

A few years after they settled here all three of Joshua's brothers moved to Ohio where a large settlement of Quakers had located. They believed in peace and non-resistance and were thoroughly opposed to slavery. My Uncle John who was a leader in that community took stock in what was known as the underground R. R. to assist runaway slaves on their way to Canada where they were free. Slaves from Kentucky would be left it his home early in the morning, he would hide them and feed them until dark and then with his team and old fashioned carryall drive them north and leave them in care of another station master who would repeat the same operation. All this was kept up for years without pay other than for humanity's sake. Although it was a crime to assist or harbor a runaway slave in the eyes of the law.

In his declining years when 85 he drove from Salem, Ohio to West Branch, Iowa where one son and four of his daughter then lived. He died in 1869 at age 90 years. My brother Joshua and I visited a dozen families of these relatives in 1871. They held a family reunion there, one near Salem Ohio and one in N.W. Pennsylvania among the descendents of Joshua and Ann. The names of the children of Joshua and Ann were Thomas and Sharlot, both of whom died while young. Then came Margaret (Murdock), Sarah (Akers), West, who was my father, born July 20, 1815, died 1885 and is buried at Hurley, South Dakota, Amy (Sargent Ann (Walling), Miriam (Anderson), and John who married Emeline Smith were twins Emeline (Darrow) and Maria (Rossell). Grandfather (Joshua) died in 1854 when I was three years old.

My father, West, took his two little boys in to take a last look at their grandfather. It was the first time I had looked at a dead person and I remembered it ever after and that is all I do remember of him Grandmother lived with her son John who kept the old place. She died in 1866. I remember her well. She was a quiet good natured person always working at something and her pictures on the reunion cards are very natural.

When I was 3 1/2 years old father took mother, sister Pruda and I to visit his aunts, uncles and cousins near Salem, Ohio in a two horse double seated buggy. He had lived among them two years when a young man. It took three days to travel one way. This is the first time I had been away from home. I remember some things I had never seen before. A train of cars, a cider mill, and driving through a long covered bridge. I remember playing around Grandfather's old tan yard, and old log building with a work bench and tools used for tanning hanging on pegs 3 or 4 deep, square pits in the ground curbed up with split logs, long straight roles(?) hollowed out for spouts to run water from the springs to the pits-and the arrangement for crushing dry hemlock bark, a track laid in a true circle of split logs laid flat side up, a stump in the center from which was attached a sweep and a big stone wheel 8 inches thick and four feet in diameter that was rolled around on this puncheon floor to grind bark. This stone was dressed out of a big rock by great-grandfather. It has been broken in two and is now used for a door step for a house on the same farm.

Father used to tell me about driving a horse called Old Bob around this circle when he was a barefoot boy. Our schoolhouse was only 30 rods from our house door. We had 3 months school in summer and the same in winter. I never went to school summers after I was 11 years old. The school system today is far advance of those times but I doubt if the pupils learn their lessons as well as they used to. Father was chairman of the twp. school board and examined the teachers and granted certificates. He taught three terms there before I can remember and one in S.D. To do the latter he rode a 2 year old colt "our(?) miles from home when he was 67 years old. He served as one of the 4 Justices of the Peace in Turner Co. for 11 years. He married many couples. His first was the first marriage ceremony ever performed in that county. Many lawsuits were before him and by his fair decisions and efforts to settle disputes gained the reputation of peace maker.

Five of Father's sisters and his only brother John 1ived and died less than two miles from their birthplace and three of mother's sisters lived there and I had 50 first cousins who grew up near the same place. There were eleven children in our family, all grew to manhood and womanhood and all married.

Our names Henriette (Hughes), Pruda(B1akeslee), Celia( Messinger), Joshua Enoch, Thomas Rea, Sereptha (Borland), Amy (Rolland), West John, Margaret (West) Simeon Sargent, and Ruth (Grant). Now in 1924 all are dead except the three youngest and myself. Father and Mother were married in 1841 Christmas Day at the ages 26 and 18 by his uncle, Charles Shreve, a Justice of the Peace. Another uncle Ephriamin Shreve and his wife, who was Mother's sister. were best couple at the wedding. This couple were the the parents of eight children, seven sons and one daughter. Dr. Shreve was their youngest son. My parents lived on the same farm for 30 years.

When the war of the rebellion broke out many of may older schoolmates enlisted and among them were three of Mother's brothers, Timothy, Simeon and John. About one in three ' never returned-Timothy died in Andersonville prison. Simeon was wounded Gettysburg and John at Antietam. Both came home on furloughs and returned when able to serve. When an officer came round to enroll all between the ages of I8 and 40 for the draft my father was one year too old. Uncle John Negus was draftee three times and hired a substitute each time. Quakers would not fight. Many men left their wives and children, for the government made no classification, and the women they left were called war widows. The men and boys at home cared for them in every way possible for soldiers only earned $13.00 per month.

At that time Grandfather Enoch was still living although very old and he took great pride in his three soldier boys for they came from fighting stock. His father Enoch Sargent, was a soldier under Gen. Washington and he himself was born on Independence day I776 and died in I871.

During the last years of the war five of us boys, 12 to 14 years of age organized a fife and drum band. Two fifes, two tenor drums and one bass. We got together for practice about once a week and played for picnics, celebrations and political meetings. In September 1868 I went with-my brother-in-law and family in a covered wagon to Michigan-We drove to Cleveland in three days, then took a steam-boat, landed in Detroit and drove forty miles north west to Clarkston where my uncle Sim then lived-I worked for farmers until November and then went sixty miles north to North Branch and pulled the tail end of a seven foot crosscut saw in the big pine timber until March when I concluded I had had enough of that and started home and had to walk sixty miles to the nearest railroad. I stayed at home one year and one month and helped Father build a big barn for himself and four others for our neighbors.

Went to Bethany, Missouri, where brother Joshua had gone two years before Walked fifty miles on the end of this journey from the end of the railroad to save paying ten cents per mile stage fare. We worked on farms and in a brick yard for $15.00 per month until August. This country was newly settled with people from Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia. It was a hot locality during the war because people were so evenly divided politically. In August we each bought a pony and saddle and rode N. F. to Jefferson, Iowa, seven days through mud and rain in hot weather. This was the hardest journey I ever made. Uncle Daniel Akers lived there. He was the stingiest old devil I ever met but prayed his fool head off every morning. We worked at making oak railroad ties until February, sold our ponies and went to Springdale Iowa, to visit in a large settlement of Quakers where many of Father's cousins lived. We stayed there until March and then took the train to Dakota where two of our cousins, Henry Murdock and Ellis Akers had taken claims. Came to Sioux City on the only railroad to that place, then rode in a six horse stage to Vermillion, walked out to Bloomingdale, there met J. W. Turner and were fired with ambition to get homesteads near where he was going to build a flour mill, so on the 25th of March 1871 we filed on homesteads in the north half of section 10, Turner Twp. We walked back to Sioux City, took train back to West Branch, Iowa, and worked in a brick yard at $25.00 per month until July. It so happened that Father sold his farm in PA about the time we took our claims and the first of July he came to us in Iowa. We three then came to Dakota, walked from Sioux City and father filed homestead on the S.E. quarter of section 3. He bought a wagon and a big yoke of white oxen. We hauled lumber from Vermillion to build a house. He stayed with us three weeks and we slept under the wagon box turned upside down and did our own cooking over a campfire. None of us could make bread or biscuits so I mixed dough and fried it in a skillet in bacon grease. Our house was 16 X 24 one story. We made hay with a scythe, hand rake and pitch fork. We dug a well and later built a ______.

And later built a sod stable. Our P.O. was in Turners at Swan Lake and I made it on foot about twice a week. We got word that our folk would be in Sioux City about September second. We put green willow boughs and a cover on the wagon and drive to the Sioux River Crossing in about two days. Went to the depot but were disappointed, went back to our camping place and the next day had better success for Father, Mother, their six youngest children, C. W. Hill, his wife and three children, Edwin, Edna and Eddie Hodgekiss all were there. Mr. Hill bought a span of horses and we got all the goods they had shipped out to our camping place that night. After two days travel we landed at our new home and fifteen of us lived there until Mr. Hill got his house built.

Our first winter in Dakota was a very severe one. We burned willows for cooking and warmth in a cook stove. We received mail twice a week. Hauled most of our hay fifteen miles. We hunted and trapped without much success.

The first of April Uncle Simeon Sargent, Junie and his brother Simeon came and then we were not so lonesome. I bought a pair of steer, unbroke, three years old for $65.00 with money I earned in Iowa. Brother Joshua brother a pair four years old and we with father's oxen and horses hooked up two breaking teams, turned over sixty-five acres on his place and planted it to corn by chopping open the sod and dropping in the seed-This promised to make a fine crop until the last of July when grasshoppers came and destroyed. it all. Father sowed five acres oats by hand and cut it with a cradle, running the next winter I cut four foot wood for 75 cents river cord and paid $3.00 a week for board just across the Missouri river from Vermillion. The wood was used to fire the first R. R. engine that ever run in Dakota, from Sioux City to Yankton. From there home forty miles, I walked six times and always made it in a day. In the spring I sowed fifteen acres of wheat by hand and dragged it in with an eight foot drag with my steers. In August 1873. I went out on a government survey. Our work was near where Grace Valley now is, then eighty miles from the last settler. We lived in a tent and silent (slept?) on the ground for two months. We stood guard every night to keep the Indians from stealing our horses and grub. There were eight of us. Each carried a heavy revolver and each was supplied with a seven shot carbine. Some surveying parties had been driven out but we being well armed they did not tackle us but tried several times to stampede our horses. We saw great droves of antelopes, thousands of dogtowns with white owls and rattlesnakes. Our drinking water was taken from sloughs and ponds. Our grub stake consisted of flour, hardtack, beans and coffee. No potatoes and canned goods were on the market then. We ran out of tobacco and chewed wild sage. On our way back we found at Milltown on the James river a large settlement of Russians who had located while we were out and their donation to this vast plain is the Russian thistle.

In the fall of 1874 grasshoppers had taken their toll and all were hard pushed for the bare necessities of life so I made a break for the Michigan Pinenuies(?), carried my grip and walked to Sioux City, paid $150.00 for ticket to Chicago, got off the train fourteen miles this side, had a 50 cent scrip left (no hard money in circulation since 1861). Soon hired to a farmer for 50 cents a day and worked two weeks, rode into the city on a load of straw that sold for $14.00 tramped through the city till I found headquarters of a Menominee lumber company got passage for that town on a lumber barge with board, went aboard and just at sundown three boats with sails cabled 300 feet apart and led by a small steamboat. These boats were all empty with eight sailors on each and no place for passengers I slept in a small dark room in the prow and took my meals in the cabin at the poop end of the boat. We had high head winds and it took three full days to make the port at Menominee. The waves rolled twelve feet high and the empty boat made caterwampus over them.

The first job I got was shoving lumber helping load one of these boats at 35 cents per hour and I had never received so high wages before. I soon hired for the woods and went the river fifty miles into the virgin forest We pitched our tent alongside a small lake and built a big low shanty out of round logs and shingled it with split cedar shakes, floored it with logs half hewn and laid flat side up Long benches of the same material with two inch pins for legs. I was appointed head carpenter and made, the table selves, window and door frames with doors from 300 feet of flooring which was all the sawed lumber we had-I built a double row of bunks out of peeled tamarack poles with shakes for springs and an armful of hay with blankets completed our beds for 25 men.

I also built a two winged stable. When we were read to cut and haul logs to the river we were minus a camp scaler and I was the only one in the bunch willing to undertake the job. My job was to measure the amount of lumber in each log, keep the length of the logs, the number of logs and keep the amount separate for each team. Make a report to the camp each night and report to the head of the company each week. Brand each log with a nail on each end and all this for $24.00 a month and board. Our board consisted of bread, salt pork, venison, black strap molasses, beans, potatoes and tea. No buttermilk or coffee. Our supply teamsters few hunters and some Indians were all the outside company we had; wolves, bear and deer were plenty.

I came home by the way of Chicago and Council Bluff was snow bound for three days at Boone, Iowa and walked from Vermillion.

The first ten years was a very trying time for all homesteaders in South Dakota and all those who could drive back to their former homes did so and many left between two days to set into another state and avoid their creditors for all farm machinery had been freely sold without security and many such debts were never paid. We all used twisted hay for fuel and many everyday clothes were made of grain sacks. An ox team or an Indian pony were the only means of travel. The stores refuse a11 credit and no banks to loan money at any price. I served as constable and deputy sheriff, made many arrests, replevins, and subpoenas when county warrants were only new settlers came all were only worth 40 cents on the dollar in trade. No the other fellow alike and no one could laugh at."

            6. Serepta Negus was born about 1852 in NY. She married _________ Borland.


            7. Amy Negus was born about 1855 in Crawford Co., PA. She married _________ Roland.


            8. West J. Negus, Jr. was born about 1857 in Crawford Co., PA.


            9. Margaret Negus was born June 24, 1861, in Mt. Pleasant, Bloomfield Twp., Crawford Co., PA. She died June 17, 1938, in Spartansburg, Crawford Co., PA.


            10. Simeon S. Negus was born about 1862 in Crawford Co., PA.


            11. Ruth A. Negus was born May 15, 1865 in Crawford Co., PA. She married Stewart Lee Rufus Grant.


6. Amy Negus, born November 20, 1818, in Bloomfield, Crawford County, PA., married Enoch Sargent, Jr., born October 26, 1816, in Pittsfield, Orange County, Vermont. They had eight children. Data available on several generations in the Mormon records.


7. Ann Negus was born in 1819, in Bloomfield, Crawford County, PA. She married Asaph Walling, born about 1817.


8. Miriam Negus was born in 1821 (twin?), in Bloomfield, Crawford County, PA. She married William Anderson.


9. John Negus was born in 1821 (twin?), in Bloomfield, Crawford County, PA. He married Emaline Smith, born about 1837. They had a son, John Negus.


10. Emaline Negus was born in 1823, in Bloomfield, Crawford County, PA. She married Solon Marcessus Darrow.


11. Marie Eliza Negus was born in August 1830, in Bloomfield, Crawford County, PA. She died April 8, 1929. She married William Rossell, born October 1829, and died in 1906. They had three children, unnamed.


6. Isaac Negus was born November 28, 1783, in New Jersey, died young in 1785.


7. Sarah Negus was born September 26, 1785 (also shown as September 6, 1785), in Pennsylvania. She married March 1805 (1) John Wayt. He was born  1783 in Washington CO., PA and died before 1829. He was the son of Joseph Wayt and Susannah ______. Sarah married (2) Joseph Sopher in 1829. There were no children from the second marriage.


The following children were born from the first marriage:


                1. Sarah Wayt, died in 1881.


                2. Mary Wayt


                3. William Chalfant Wayt was born March 11, 1812, died June 29, 1899. He married Elizabeth McCallister, born June 23, 1813, died August 14, 1867.


The had the following children:


                               1. Sarah Wayt was born August 8, 1835, died March 17, 1838. in infancy.


                               2. Mary Wayt was born February 2, 1837, died January 25, 1843, in infancy.


                               3. John James Wayt was born May 30, 1839, died August 11, 1933, at age 94. He married Caroline Lutz.


                               4. Matilda Wayt was born May 17, 1841, died February 3, 1844, in infancy.


                               5. William Milton Wayt was born July 4, 1843, died in October 1843, in infancy.


                               6. Margaret Elizabeth Wayt was born October 12, 1844, died December 1888. She married Rufus Hill.


                               7. William Weldon Wayt was born July 27, 1847, died May 2, 1848, in infancy.


                               8. Wooster Beach Wayt was born May 10, 1849, died July 10, 1927.


                                9. Lydia Pricilla Wayt was born April 29, 1851, died June 29, 1852, in infancy.


                                10. Benjamin Franklin Wayt was born May 30, 1854. He married Isabelle Sarah Dawson, born May 8, 1862, died March 22, 1935.


                                11. Ira Wayt was born November 11, 1856, died March 1858, in infancy.


8. West Negus was born February 5, 1788, in Columbiana Co., Ohio. He died November 20, 1868. He married Mary Thompson, born August 3, 1796.


They had the following nine children:


1. William Negus, born December 20, 1823, married Mary E. Norris.


2. Eliza Negus, born September 16, 1825, married John M. Watson.


3. Esther Negus was born November 16, 1827.


4. David Negus was born December 31, 1829.


5. Sarah Negus was born March 27, 1832.


6. John Thompson Negus was born June 19, 1834.


7. Martha Negus was born January 8, 1839.


8. Elma Negus was born about 1840.


9. Joseph Negus was born about 1841.


9. Joseph Negus was born November 20, 1789, in Columbiana Co., OH.  He married Eliza Ann Chalfant, daughter of Abel Chalfant. Eliza was born in February 23, 1808 and died March 13, 1884. Joseph died June 12, 1865 at Selma, Ohio. They had nine children as follows:


1. Isabel Negus was born February 19, 1831, died February 23, 1831, an infant.


2. Jonathan Negus was born April 14, 1832, died August 14, 1832, an infant.


3. Margaret Negus was born September 3, 1833. She married Oliver Smith.


They had the following children:


            1. Eliza Debora Smith was born March 24, 1857. She married William R. Peacock.


            2. Josephine Elizabeth Smith was born October 17, 1861. She married F. D. Altman.


            3. Mary Anna Smith was born April 18, 1864. She married Willis L. W. Miller.


            4. Olive Hannah Smith was born November 17, 1865. She married E. C. Dinwiddie.


            5. Ruth Esther Smith was born August 11, 1870.


            6. Walter Clifford Smith was born July 3, 1873.


4. Sarah Negus was born September 14, 1835, died August 22, 1944, at age nine.


5. Hannah Lavina Negus was born April 29, 1838, died January 7, 1844, at age six.


6. Albert C. Negus, born June 29, 1840, died July 3, 1901, married Lucy M. Wise. Lucy died in Salem, OH September 27, 1865. They had a son, Joseph J. Negus, born August 10, 1866, who married Sallie Gane.


7. Lydia S. Negus was born July 22, 1846, died June 5, 1854, at age eight.


8. Mary Eliza Negus, born 1844, married David C. Garwood.


They had the following children:


            1. Herbert W. Garwood was born August 21, 1871, died June 12, 1893.


            2. Forster J. Garwood was born September 11, 1875.


            3. Bertha M. Garwood was born February 16, 1877.


            4. Anna E. Garwood was born March 24, 1878.


9. Ruthanna (Ruthena) Negus was born March 24, 1849. She married John K. Wise.


10. Shaidlock Negus, Jr.  See below.


6. Shaidlock Negus, Jr. , the last child of Shaidlock Negus, Sr. and his wife, Sarah Smith, was born December 16, 1791 in Columbiana County, Ohio. He married on October 29, 1818, in Washington County, PA, Rachel Bracken, daughter of Caleb Bracken and Rebecca Miller.


See details below in Bracken Line.


The following excerpt was taken from the "History of Cedar County, Iowa," edited by C. Ray Aurner (1910), S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.

"A reunion of the Negus family was held in the park or picnic grounds near Rochester bridge in September, 1898, and at this time some interesting pioneer accounts were given. About eighty were present at this time to honor the Negus family, who came to Springdale in 1846. In this year Shedlock (Shaidlock) Negus sent his family from Ohio to Iowa while he followed driving a flock of sheep of some size not mentioned, but a large number. It was not uncommon then to drive great droves of sheep from Ohio and Michigan. The Negus family settled first near Muscatine, but on account of sickness were compelled to move on from that place and settled this time near the present site of the village of Springdale. In the fall of 1847 they hauled logs with oxen and built a cabin, the ruins of which were still standing at the time of this reunion on the farm owned by Bracken Negus, Jr. They lived here ten years during the time their daughter taught the first school in this part of the county. It was through the influence of Shedlock (Shaidlock) Negus that the first road was laid from Davenport to Iowa City, and he helped to plough the furrow clear through which marked its location. Israel Negus came to Iowa in 1852, while John Negus and wife at the age of eighty drove overland from Ohio in 1860. In these days temperance was the topic of interest in many parts of this county and a lecturer by the name of Leland came out from Boston. He delivered the first lecture of this kind here while being entertained at the house of Wm. Negus."

The record shows that the Negus family came to Iowa in 1846. In the Iowa Township Census of August 27, 1850, he is shown as 55 years of age, born in Pennsylvania (both are obvious discrepancies), and he is recorded as being employed as a clothier. In 1845 the Upper Springfield Monthly Meeting in Ohio disowned him, but on June 22, 1850 he was restored at the Salem Monthly Meeting in Iowa on the consent of the Upper Springfield Monthly Meeting in Ohio. He died January 13, 1853, in Muscatine, Iowa. The family were active members of the Society of Friends in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Iowa, participating in some of the first settlements in these three different locations. They moved to Springdale, Iowa Township, Cedar County, at least by 1849.  They had ten children as follows:


1. Caleb Bracken Negus, born December 5, 1819, in Columbiana County, Ohio.  He married Eliza Jane Branson, daughter of Rees and Ruth Branson.  Caleb died in Cedar County, Iowa.


They had the following six children:


1. Rachel Negus was born June 14, 1844 (Short Creek Monthly Meeting, Jefferson County, Ohio).


2. Amasa Negus, married Lydia Hoyle.


3. Oliver Negus, born October 30, 1847, married Deborah Steer.  They had the following children:


            1. Anna B. Negus


            2. Albert D. Negus, born March 2, 1880, who married Myra Yost, and had four children:


                        1. Edward Negus


                        2. Oliver Negus


                        3. Albert Negus


                        4. Frederick Negus


            3. Mary Negus, who married Clarence Fawcett


            4. Laura Negus


            5. Sarah Negus, who married William Tabor


            6. Wilson Negus, who married Jessie Crawford.


4. Plummer Negus, born February 20, 1851, died in 1852 in infancy (Short Creek Monthly Meeting, Jefferson County, OH.).


5. Anna Negus was born 1852.


6. Bracken Negus was born 1854.


2. Rebecca Miller Negus, born May 24, 1821, married Thomas Darlington.


3. Sarah Smith Negus, born January 5, 1823, married Jonathan Wilson (Short Creek Monthly Meeting, Jefferson Co., OH).


4. Elisha Negus, born January 10, 1825, married in December 27, 1846 (Salem Monthly Meeting, Columbiana Co., Ohio), Elvira Fawcett, daughter of Jonathan Fawcett and his wife Mary. He died March 12, 1882 in Springdale, Iowa. In the Iowa Township Census of August 27, 1850, he is shown as 25 years of age and employed as a farmer from Pennsylvania. Elvira Fawcett is recorded as 26 years of age from Ohio. She died July 24, 1912, in Springdale, IA. The entire family is listed in the General Register of the Springdale Monthly Meeting, Iowa. 


They had the following children:


1. Elma Negus was born March 23, 1851 at Springdale, Iowa. She died November 22, 1922, at Tipton, Iowa. She married William Mather, born November 11, 1844, died December 15, 1928, at Tipton, Iowa, son of Samuel Mather, brother of John Mather who was the great-grandfather of Stewart Mather, husband of Mildred Mather, Archivist-Librarian of the Herbert Hoover Memorial Library, West Branch, Iowa. William Mather also had a sister, Rachel Mather, who married Jesse Negus, son of Israel Negus and his wife, Lydia Garwood. Israel was the grandson of Shaidlock Negus, Sr.


Elma and William Mather had two children as follows:


1. May Emma Mather, born November 29, 1871, at Springdale, Iowa, married Sylvester Jones, born February 6, 1875 at Tonganoxie, Kansas.


2. Carl Henry Mather, born August 27, 1878 at Springdale, Iowa, married Jennie Hamiel, born December 12, 1878. They had two daughters: Maurine Elma Mather and Bethany Mather.


2. Mary B. Negus, born March 31, 1853, married John Rood.


3. Rachel Negus, born October 25, 1856, married Ebenezer Fogg.


4. Henry Negus was born February 22, 1859, in Springdale, Iowa. He died April 30, 1944. He married Sarah Alice Heppenstall, born January 11, 1861, at Centerville, Iowa. She died in April 1931. He was relieved by the Springdale Monthly Meeting, October 20, 1894.

5. Esther Negus, born January 23, 1861, married William N. Ellyson.


They had two children:


            1. Chester B. Ellyson


            2. Oakley Ellyson.


5. Elijah Negus, born 1826, died in infancy.


6. Marie (Maria) Whitacre Negus, born March 29, 1827, married Eleazer (Eleazor D.) Hemingway, a farmer from Ohio. They were listed as married in the Iowa Township Census of August 27, 1850, living in adjacent property to her father.


7. Albert Bracken Negus was born April 3, 1829. See below.


8. Elwood Negus, born January 3, 1831, in Springfield, MO., died July 27, 1875. In the Iowa Township census of August 27, 1850, he is recorded as 17 years of age, employed as a farmer from Pennsylvania. He was still living in his father's home at the time. Later, he married on June 18, 1853 in Cedar Co., Iowa, Susan Collins. They had the following children:


1. Rachel Negus


2. Bracken Negus


3. Lizzie Negus married Jasper Stouffer. In 1930 they were living in Los Angeles, CA.


4. Carrie Negus


5. Rebecca Negus


9. Esther Fawcett Negus, born December 12, 1832.  In the Iowa Township census of August 27, 1850 she is recorded as 17 years of age from Ohio. She married (2) Charles Fogg. born March 9, 1826, died December 20, 1872. The first husband probably died about 1850 or earlier, before she moved to Cedar Co., Iowa. Esther and Charles had for children, unnamed.


10.  Lavina Negus, born April 12, 1834, married George Wilson.


A curious entry was discovered by Homer Beers James in Hinshaw's "Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Vol. 7, Part 3 and 4". There is a record, dated June 14, 1854, for the Honey Creek Monthly Meeting, "New London", Howard County, Indiana, that a Shaidlock Negus, from Cedar County, IA, son of Shaidlock and Sarah Negus (both deceased) married Ann K. Benbow. On October 14, 1854, Ann Negus and daughter, Elizabeth Ann White, were granted a certification to the Red Cedar Monthly Meeting in Iowa. Shaidlock Negus, Jr. died January 13, 1853, according to other records. He does not appear in the 1860 census.


7. Albert Bracken Negus was the third son and the seventh child of Shaidlock Negus, Jr. and his wife Rachel Bracken. He was born April 3, 1829 in Columbiana County, Ohio, as recorded by the Upper Springfield Monthly Meeting of the Friends Society. In the Iowa Township Census of August 27, 1850, he is shown as 21 years of age and employed as a farmer, from Pennsylvania. The "Negus Family Ancestry" states that he was born in Springfield, MO., an obvious error. He married, about 1853, Martha Ball, born July 3, 1835, 3rd child and 2nd daughter of Benjamin Ball, and his wife Hannah ________. 


See the lineage of the Ball Line elsewhere.


Albert and Martha were certified on September 17, 1902 from the Springdale, IA, Monthly Meeting to the Pasadena, CA, Monthly Meeting. He died in 1910 at age 81, in Pasadena, California.  They had four children as follows:


1. Charles (Charlie) Elliot Negus, born September 2, 1854, married on August 28, 1876, in Springdale Meeting, Ella (Ellen J.) Tatum, daughter of Lowrie Tatum and his wife Mary A.________.  Charles was received in the Springdale Monthly Meeting, July 24, 1886. The Rev. John Yount Hoover (incorrectly referred to as John V. Hoover in "The Negus Family Ancestry"), presided at their wedding. He was a great uncle to Herbert C. Hoover, the President of the United States. John Yount Hoover was in the vanguard of Quakers who moved to California in the late 19th century. Charles E. Negus was later certified to the Pasadena Monthly Meeting., and set off in February 1884. He and his wife had the following children:


1. Stella J. Negus, born May 30, 1879, married John Peck.


2. Edith Negus was born October 4, 1882. She was certified to the Pasadena Monthly Meeting, December 18, 1901. She was married and had several children.


3. Frank Charles Negus, born November 10, 1891, Cedar Co., West Branch, Iowa, married Mildred Mary Williams. He was certified to the Pasadena Monthly Meeting, December 18, 1901. They lived in Porterville, CA. They had several children.


4. Roy Negus, birth date unrecorded.


5. Laura H. Negus, born October 6, 1893.  She changed to the Methodist Episcopal Church in Pasadena, CA. She married and had several children.


2. Lillian H. "Lillie" Negus, born July 25, 1856. She probably died by 1940. She had a large beach home at Balboa Beach, Newport, CA, where her relatives, including the James families, would gather in the 1930's. She married Henry McDonald, who died sometime before Lillian. There had two children as follows:


1. Florence McDonald. She married __________ Fitzpatrick. They resided in Porterville, CA. They had two children as follows:


            1. James (Jimmy) Fitzpatrick.


            2. Mary Lee Fitzpatrick


2. "Bert" McDonald lived in Alhambra, CA at one time.     


3. Hannah G. "Nannie" Negus, born July 10, 1857, in Springdale, Cedar Co., IA. She married before 1883 (1) Alonzo J. Painter, born June !8, 1857 in Springdale, Cedar Co., IA, son of John Hunt Painter and Edith Dean. John Hunt Painter was the son of David Painter.


Edith Dean was born August 15, 1821 in Augusta, OH. John Hunt Painter and Edith Dean had the following children:


                1. Ellen Painter was born October 29, 1846 in Springdale, Cedar Co., IA and died December 31, 1929 in Los Angeles, CA. She married Dr. Joseph Charles Michener August 29, 1866 in Muscatine, IA. He was the son of George Michener and Rebecca Flanner. He was born February 8, 1844 in Chesterhill, OH, and died February 17, 1885 in Pasadena, CA. He was a cousin of Lindley Michener.


They had one child:


                                1. Park H. Michener was born May 31, 1871 in LeGrande, IA. He married May Dunne April 21, 1903. She died April 13, 1968 in Pasadena, CA. They lived for some time in San Francisco, CA.


                2. William Painter


                3. Lewis Painter married R. Anna Wood.


                4. Charles Painter


                5. Esther Painter was born April 8, 1850 in Springdale, IA, and died in 1912 in Canada. She married Lindley Michener, who was a cousin of Dr. Joseph Charles Michener. The marriage was on July 3, 1867 in Muscatine, IA. He was the son of Charles Michener and Lydia Pickering. He was born November 2, 1838 in Smyrna, OH, and died April 11, 1898. He was a farmer. They had the following children:


                                1. Lewis Herbert Michener was born August 19, 1868, and died August 28, 1869, in infancy.


                                2. Kate Kinsey Michener was born September 30, 1869 in Muscatine, IA, and died in 1938.


                                3. J. C. Guy Michener was born December 2, 1872 in Muscatine, IA.


                                4. Warren P. Michener was born April 17, 1874, and died about 1942 in Burbank, CA.


                                5. Harvey Dean Michener was born August 12, 1881, and died May 14, 1949 in Doylestown, PA.


                6. Milton Painter married Elizabeth Joy


                                !. Charles Painter


                                2. Robert Painter


                                3. Marion Painter


                7. Imelda Painter married Charles Tebbers


                                1. Herbert Tebbers


                                2. Edwin Tebbers


                                3. J. Walter Tebbers


                8. Alonzo J. Painter was born June 18, 1857 in Springdale, Cedar Co., IA, and died November 24, 1893 in Pasadena, CA. He married Hannah (Nannie) Negus before 1883. See above.


                9. Amelia Ann Painter was born October 23, 1859 in Springdale, Cedar Co., IA. She married Charles E. Tebbetts on July 30, 1879 in Muscatine, IA. He was born in Muscatine, date unknown. They later lived in Whittier, CA as Quakers. Charles graduated from Haverford College, PA as Minister for the Society of Friends. Charles Tebbetts was a Professor in Penn College, Oskaloosa, IA, and later President of Whittier College, Whittier, CA (1900-1907). They had four children as follows:


                                1. Edith Mary Tebbetts was born December 13, 1882, in Oskaloosa, IA. She graduated from Whittier College in 1904.


                                2. Clara Imelda Tebbetts was born November 13, 1884 in Oskaloosa, IA.


                                3. Herbert Edwin Tebbetts was born September 19, 1887 in Pasadena, CA.


                                4. Walter John Tebbetts was born November 28, 1889 in Pasadena, CA.



Hannah Negus after the death of Alonzo, married (2) Dr. Royal.


From the first marriage Hannah and Alonzo had the following children:


            1. Harry John Painter was born April 18, 1883 in Pasadena, CA. He died before 1930. He was educated at Throop Polytechnic School, Pasadena, CA. He originally worked as a draftsman. He married (2) Christa Aufert from Germany and had two children. He deserted his original family and was not heard from again. See more details below. The two children are as follows:


                         1. Harry Frederick Painter was born about 1921in San Pedro, CA. He died of pancreatic cancer on October 13, 2001 at age 80. He was married to Audrey Maull for 59 years. They had four children as follows:


                                    1. Mary K. Painter, a graduate from Stanford, married _______ Wilson of Palo Alto, CA., a math professor from St. Louis University.


                                    2. Nancy Painter married ________ Nichols. They live in Plattsmouth, Nebraska.


                                    3. Helen Painter married ________ Nigh. They live in Woodbridge, VA.


                                    4. David S. Painter of Chantilly, VA.


There were also 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.


Harry Frederick Painter spent 26 years in the Marine Corps, until 1970. He served in the Pacific theater during World War II and saw combat in the wars in Korea and Vietnam. His last active-duty assignment was as an infantryman in Vietnam, and he retired on disability because of a bad heart. He was a recipient of two awards of the Legion of Merit with combat V and one award of the Bronze Star with combat V. After retirement as a Colonel he taught at Northern Virginia Community College for about 15 years, retiring in 1986. He taught biology, anatomy and physiology. He was a graduate of San Diego State University and received a master's degree in biology from George Mason University.


The following was obtained from the Internet, April 2011, provided by David Painter:

"My Grandfather, Harry John Painter, Son of Alonzo Painter and Hannah (Nannie) Negus is a bit of a family mystery. He married Christa Aufert and they had two children, Harry Frederick and Bettina. He simply walked out of their lives one evening when my father was maybe 6 or 7 never to be heard from again. Alonzo and Nannie had one other child, Ethel, and my father remained in contact with her until her death.

As a kid I remember her as a spry old lady who enjoyed our occasional family visits. She worked as a costume designer in early Hollywood and I remember that she designed and sewed dresses for some of the early movie stars. Visits to her home/studio were treasured by my three sisters who got to see real movie star's dresses and sort through huge amounts of material they were allowed to take with them to make their own clothes. Auntie Ethel was very closed mouthed about her wayward brother but there were rumors that he had remarried and had another family, or that, my father and aunt were a second family. I've been told that Alonzo and Nannie did not accept my grandmother (Christa Aufert) because she was an immigrant and spoke with a german accent. They apparently went out of their way to make her feel unwelcome and I've always wondered if their attitude had anything to do with Harry John's abandonment.

David Painter
13930 Willard Road
Chantilly, VA 20151
800-778-7368 ext.106

1910 Census:
Dos Palos, Merced, California
Painter, Harry John, Head, M, W, 27 years old, M1, 3, California, Iowa, Iowa, English, Farmer, Poultry farm

1920 Census:
Superior, Pinal, Arizona
Painter Harry John, Rodsman, M, W, 36 years old, S, Yes, Yes, California, Ohio, ,Ireland, English, Yes, Rodsman, Convicts Camp."


(The above information provided by David Painter)


2. Ethel Painter was born January 14, 1885 in Pasadena, CA. She married (1) John S. Barber, May 29, 1904. Later she married (2) _________ Chaffin. She attended Throop Polytechnic School in Pasadena, CA, and the Hopkins Art School in San Francisco, CA. She was the dress designer for Gloria Swanson and other early movie stars. She did not have any children.


4. Jennie Iona Negus.  See below.


8. Jennie Iona Negus was born October 30, 1866 in Springdale, Cedar County, Iowa. She died April 13, 1911, in Pasadena, CA. She married on August 18, 1884, in Springdale, Iowa, Walter James, son of Thomas James and Hanna McBride James. He was born October 28, 1861 in Springdale, Cedar County, Iowa, and died December 29, 1942, in Ojai, California. They had three children as follows:


1. Wilfred MacDonald (Donald) James. See details in the James Line.


2. Letha Hannah James, born 1895, died about 1915, the age of 20.


3. Charlie Negus James, Sr.


See continuation and details of this lineage under the James Line.