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Early Fulton County, Pennsylvania Hesses

 

William Hess of Bethel Township

William Hess was one of the first Hesses in Bedford County in what is now Fulton County Pennsylvania was William Hess, of Bethel Township. The first record of William, is on 28 April 1783, Bedford County, Pennsylvania in the return of the Eight Company of Capt. James McKinney.[1]William is identified as not being legally classed with respect to duty. This classification probably indicated that he was too old to serve.

In 1784, William appears on the "Return of Lands, Etc." for Bethel Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. In this return he had a "Dwelling House," with 8 "whites" in his household. The entry for "Acres" was blank indicating that he may not have owned any land.[2] Also on 19 October 1784 William purchased land from John Mowney and his wife Jane a parcel of land in Bethel Township consisting of 200 acres with "usual allowances."[3] John Mowney is listed as owning 160 acres on the "Return of Lands."[4] Although the acreage is different, the land bought by William is probably that land.

William's origin is uncertain. However, there still are some clues to that question. The Tithable List of 1771 of Loudoun County, Virginia lists several Hesses. This list includes a Polser, Abraham, Peter and William Hess.[5]The 1790, U.S. Census Record for Bethel Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania includes a Polser, Edward, William and John Hess. To find the names Polser and William Hess together in both Virginia and then in Pennsylvania may be more than a coincidence. Could William Hess have come to Pennsylvania from Virginia?

It is also postulated that William had a younger brother named John Hess of Culpeper County, Virginia, who, came to Ayr Township, Bedford County, (now Fulton Co.) Pennsylvania.[6],[7],[8] John died in 1828 at which time he left a will that named his wife, Christenia and children: William, John, Samuel, Abraham, David, Mary and Catherine. [9]Is William a brother of John?

William next appeared on a list of taxable inhabitants in 1784[10] for Belfast Township, Bedford County, (now Fulton Co.) Pennsylvania. He received a warrant #223, dated 11 September 1786 for three hundred acres of land on Timber Ridge in Belfast Township, Bedford Co. (now Fulton Co.) Pennsylvania. Land was surveyed (#C-75-191), on 20 October 1786 for four hundred acres and the usual allowance of six percent. This land was patented (P-14-411) to William Hess on 17 December 1788.[11] In addition to this land, on 11 September 1786 William obtained a Warrant for 400 acres of land called "Cassells" in Belfast Township[12] which he later sold to Evan Jenkins in 1792.[13] At the same time William purchased land from Evan Jenkins in Bethel Township on Licking Creek near Dickey's Mountain.[14] This land consisted of 100 acres. In 1798 William and his wife sold part of this land, 35 and one-quarter acres with allowances to Stillwell Truax[15] is in this deed transaction that William's wife is name is stated as Margaret or Margrete.

By 1798, William was considered a prosperous man owning a gristmill sized 30' X 24' in Bethel Township, Bedford County, (now Fulton Co.) Pennsylvania located on one hundred and fifty acres of land valued at $756.00. [16]His home in Bethel Township was a one-story log house sized 46' X 22' with two windows and 24 panes valued at $120.00. [17]William also owned another house that his son Jacob and wife, Ruhama "Amy" (Fisher) Hess, resided in Bethel Township sized 22' X 18' with 40 parch; valued at $80.00.[18]

In 1801, William sold land to his son-in-law, Conrad Peck. [19]William also sold land to his son John in Bethel Township, Bedford Co. (now Fulton Co.) Pennsylvania.[20]William resided in the county until his death in 1817, at which time he left a will that named three sons, John, Jacob, and Abraham; daughters Margaret, and Rachel; a child of daughter Mary; children of Elizabeth, wife of John Hart; children of daughter Sarah; and the children of a daughter and the wife of Conrad Peck.[21]

The disposition of William's will provided additional genealogical material. To daughters Mrs. Morgart and Mrs. Linn a final disposition legacy of $649.12 to each girl, an accounting of Phillip Morgart of $649.12; an accounting to J. Linn of $649.12.[22] The account gives a payment of heirs to Henry Stall the amount due to Margaret Swisher now Margaret Baker as her legacy in said estate of $62.00 including interest. [23]Payment of legacy of $50.00 to Jacob Tanner for his children. [24] , [25]Payment of legacy of $50.00 to Peck children, $6.25 to each of eight children.[26]

Oral tradition among the local residents of the county is that Margaret Hart was the wife of this William Hess. Margaret is buried at the Tonoloway Baptist Church Cemetery just outside the Hart Family plot and her tombstone reads "Wife of William Hess." The following article, "Her Age Greatly Exaggerated", pertains to Margaret Hess and appeared in the McConnellsburg, newspaper in an article written by Gerry Donohue.

"According to her tombstone she died in 1798 at the grand old age of 648 years. Mr. Glenn Cordell of the Fulton County Historical Society suggests Hess probably wasn't that old. He said she was probably 48, but the stonecutter carved out a six at first by mistake. Rather than start on a whole new stone, the cutter filled in the six with putty and then carved out the 48. Over the years the putty wore away, leaving the record of a woman who would have been born in the year 1150. Another theory is perhaps she was 64 at the time of her death and the eight having been filled in with putty; so now she having been born in 1734."

If she was the wife of old William Hess and given the age of her children and grandchildren she most likely was born in 1734.

"Rarely does one run across a find like the Hess stone in cemeteries, but that does not stop people from wandering through old cemeteries and recording the inscriptions of the tombstones. Recorders often encounter problems when they work in a particularly old cemetery. In addition to instances such as the Hess stone, weather often wears away at the inscription, sometimes completely obliterating it. The early gravestones were nothing more than a stone picked from a field and stuck into the earth to mark the grave; sometimes the initials were carved in them. As the nineteenth century progressed, however, people wanted more personal and permanent markers so the stone cutters came into demand. Records show that there was a stonecutter in McConnellsburg and one in Hustontown. About one out of every twenty stones in the county was signed by the cutter, but they probably cut more (than) that. The Margaret Hess stone was not signed, but whichever cutter was responsible, he can take the credit for leaving a confusing legacy to a generation of genealogical researchers."

John Hess, son of William and Margaret[27] was born 31 December 1765. John married Sarah Truax, the daughter of Ensign Stillwell and Mary (Smart) Truax of Ayr Township, Bedford County, (now Fulton Co.) Pennsylvania.[28] Sarah was born 18 May 1776, in Bedford Co. Pennsylvania.[29] John and Sarah joined the Tonoloway Baptist Church in August of 1805, in Thompson Twp., Bedford Co. (now Fulton Co.) Pennsylvania.[30] John and Sarah resided in Bethel Township, Bedford Co., (now Fulton Co.) Pennsylvania and in 1798 appeared on the tax rolls. He owned a house sized 22' X 18' valued at $20.00 and one hundred acres of land valued at $150.00.[31]

Sarah's father Ensign Stillwell Truax enrolled in Capt. Hendershot's Co. Of the 1st Bn. of Bedford County 9 January 1777, and discharged 10 March, allowed pay to 25 March 1777.[32]

The listing of officers and men, but without dates, probably was ranging companies formed in 1782 for their own protection against the Indians from Ohio.[33]

John and Sarah had three children: Stillwell (1793-1871), who married Asenath Hart, the daughter of Nathaniel and Rhoda (Mason) Hart; William (1794-1829); and Abner (1799-1829).[34] , [35]

Jacob Hess, Sr., the son of William and Margaret,[36] resided in Bethel Township, Bedford Co. (now Fulton Co.) Pennsylvania on land owned by his father.[37] Jacob first married Ruhama "Amy" Fisher, the daughter of John and Frances (Kuhl) Fisher[38] According to the census records Jacob and Amy had at least six children. The Children have been identified as Frances "Fanny," (1803), the wife of Jacob Covalt; Margaret, (1804), wife of John Hart; Henry, (1805); Elizabeth, (1812); William C. (1813) and Leonard, (1814).[39] , [40] After the death of Amy and sometime before 1817, Jacob took for his second wife Catherine Hess, the daughter of John and Christenia Hess of the Ayr Township Hess'. To this union seven children were born, and they are: Jacob Jr., (1825-1899); Rachel, (1822), wife of Gilbert Townsend, Jr.; Rebecca, (1824-1857), wife of Samuel Gadbury; Abraham, (1817); Sarah (1827), wife of Mr. Rogers; Abner, (1820; and David (1829).[41] ,[42]

Religion was important in the lives of the early residents. William's children were all members of the Tonoloway Baptist Church.[43]The Tonoloway Baptist Church took its name from the Konolowa River (now Tonoloway Creek), and during the first year of its existence was known as "Konolowa Church." The first Church building measured 18' X 22' in size and was constructed of logs.[44] This was the old church, which stood in the cemetery, near the graves of Obediah and Susan Graves.

To day there is a dedication plaque on the church building that reads as follows:

"Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church was the tenth Baptist Church in the Province among British Baptists. The first church was built in 1752 on land that was later patented by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania unto John Stillwell, John Van Buskirk, Nathaniel Hart, Bethuel Covalt, Jacob Mann, Jacob Hart and Jacob Hess, Trustees, for the Sole use and Benefit of the Baptists."

Elder Samuel Heaton organized the Church in 1754. The present Church, built in 1802, is the third one and was used as a hospital by the Union Army during the Civil War.

Jacob and his wife joined the Tonoloway Baptist Church in October 1802.[45]  Jacob served as a Trustee of the Church until August of 1842 at that time he and his family were in the process of moving West with two sons-in-law Jacob Covalt and Jacob Hart[46] and their families. We see by the Tonoloway Church Records that recent members (Jacob Hess) wrote requesting information on how to organize a church in Indiana. In Blackford County, Indiana, the early leading members of the Old School or Predestination Baptist Church were Jacob Stahl and wife, Mrs. Abraham Stahl, Asher Van Cleve and wife, Adam Hart, Jacob Hart, Aaron McVicker, Jacob Covalt, Abraham Hess, Abner Hess, Jacob Hess, Stillwell Truax and their wives and the brother and sister of Mrs. Truax named Karney.[47]

Jacob's daughter, Frances "Fanny" Hess and her husband, Jacob Covalt settled southwest of Hartford City, Indiana. They had a large family of children. Jacob Covalt died in February 1843. One of their children, Philip M., was in the jewelry business in Hartford City. Ephraim, Abner and Nathaniel were farmers. In August and September of 1859, the Covalt family had a terrible visitation of diphtheria. Five of Fanny's children died, and another partially recovered and died with consumption three years later. Two of Abner Covalt's children also died.[48]

Abraham Hess, another son of William and Margaret Hess.[49]  Abraham and his wife Eleanor, joined the Tonoloway Baptist Church in 1802.[50] It is believed by some that Eleanor's maiden name was Stillwell however; we have no documentation to prove this claim one way or the other. They withdrew their membership from the Church and the family moves west settling in Montgomery County, Ohio. From the 1850, U.S. Census we see the two youngest children Henry and Caroline are living at home. We also see from the 1850 census Eleanor's age is sixty-six years. From the death records of Montgomery County, we see that she died 1 May 1851, giving her age more precisely as sixty-nine years nine months and 27 days. By 1860, U.S. Census we find Abraham living with his youngest son Henry and his family. From the death records we see that Abraham died 24 May 1866 at the age of 86 years and eight days, which gives his date of birth more precisely as 17 May 1780.

Margaret Hess, the daughter of William and Margaret Hess[51]  was born 10 June 1783 in Bedford Co., (now Fulton Co.) Pennsylvania.[52]  Margaret married Phillip Morgart 7 September 1802.[53]  Phillip Morgart was born 2 September 1780, the son of Peter and Christina (Hess) Morgart of Loudoun Co., Virginia.[54] , [55] Ten children were born to Phillip and Margaret and they were as follows: Elizabeth, wife of John Wesley Akers; Mary; Lydia; Christina; Peter, married Margaret Swartzwelter; Rebecca, wife of Phillip Evans; William, who married Margaret (--? --); Rachel, wife of Daniel Swartzwelter; Abraham, who married Margaret Morgret; and Margaret, wife of W. Whetstone.[56]  After Margaret's death on 22 May 1837,[57] Phillip took Rachel Roach to be his second wife.[58]  Phillip died 25 January 1846, Bedford Co., Pennsylvania.[59]

Sarah Hess, the daughter of William and Margaret Hess. She married Jacob Tanner.[60] At Sarah's death Jacob became the guardian of their children: William; Rebecca; Joseph; Mary; Elizabeth and Amy Tanner.[61]

Rachel Hess, the daughter of William and Margaret Hess was born 5 May 1794 in Bedford Co., (now Fulton Co.) Pennsylvania. She married Joshua Linn.[62] Joshua was born April 1791, the son of Levi Linn and Mary Van Buskirk.[63] He died 16 October 1838 and Rachael died October 1856.

Elizabeth Hess, the daughter of William and Margaret Hess[64] was born 1 September 1774 in Bedford Co., (now Fulton Co.) Pennsylvania.[65] She married John Hart 3 November 1794 in Bedford Co., Pennsylvania. John and Elizabeth were members of the Tonoloway Baptist Church in 1799, in Thompson Twp., Bedford Co., (now Fulton Co.) Pennsylvania.[66] She was twenty-seven years, two months, and eight days at her death on 9 November 1801, in BedfordCo., (now Fulton Co.) Pennsylvania.[67] Four children were born to John and Elizabeth and they were as follows: Jacob; William; Mary and Elizabeth.

Mary Hess, the daughter of William and Margaret Hess.[68]  She was the wife of Mr. Swisher. They had a daughter Margaret who married a Mr. Baker.[69]

Catherine Hess, the eldest daughter of William and Margaret Hess, was born about 1769 and died before 1808[70]. William's will stipulates that fifty dollars was to be given to her children.[71] The distribution from William's will includes six dollars and twenty five cent paid to George Bishop, _____ Peck, _____ Peck; George Peck; Mary Peck; Elizabeth Peck; Peter Peck and Conrad Peck.[72] Therefore, it is concluded that these are the grandchildren of William Hess. George Bishop's wife is Elizabeth Peck as reported in the History of Tonoloway Baptist Church. Also, some of these children were reported in History of Tonoloway Baptist Church as being the children of Conrad Peck and Catherine Brewer. If Conrad Peck were married to Catherine the mother of Elizabeth Peck, Then, William Hess's daughter was Catherine Hess and not the daughter of Henry Brewer as was reported in Harry S. Holman's book "The History of Tonoloway Baptist Church."

Conrad and Catherine Peck are buried two miles South of Needmore, Fulton County, Bethel Twp. Pennsylvania just off Route #655, on a farm presently owned by Mr. Bernie Barnhart.[73]The children of Conrad and Catherine are as follows:[74]  Henry; George; Peter, who married Christina Plessinger; Mary, wife of Moses Gordon; Elizabeth, wife of George Bishop; William, who married Sarah Linn, the daughter of Levi and Mary (Van Buskirk) Linn; Catherine, wife of Archibald Sudsbury of Ohio; and John Peck.

After the death of Catherine, Conrad then married Deborah Bailey, the daughter of Jonathan and Eleanor (Van Cleve) Biley.[75]  Eight children were born of this union. From various papers found at the Bedford County Court House it appears that at the time of Conrad's death, Henry the eldest son wanted the estate divided among all of the living children of his father. Apparently, Deborah, Conrad's widow was opposed to this for it would have left her virtually nothing. This disagreement was so strong that it apparently divided the first set of children from that of the second.

George Hess

George Hess (Heise, Horse, Hauss) owned land in Bethel Township prior to 1800. He gave his son, Peter, Power of Attorney to transfer certain portion of his land to George Breathed, Jacob Fawner and Nicholas Friend in 1795. This land transferred to George Breathed and Jacob Fawner was identified as being patented to George Hess. He also described the pieces of land as being surveyed in pursuance of a warrant for 400 granted to Peter Hess and deeded to George Hess.[76] The Fulton County Direct Tax of 1798 included: 200 acres - Jacob Fawner, 165 acres- Nicholas Friend and 200 acres- George Breathed and 400 acres unseated land- peter Hess.[77]  No other reference was found to George or Peter Hess in Bedford County. Peter Hess was not included in the 1800 Census of Bedford County; but a Peter Hess is listed in Somerset Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. In 1850, a Peter Heise was identified upon several occasions for non-payment of state, school and road taxes on unseated lands of 400 acres. This land was to be sold by Treasure sale on 2 June 1850.[78]

George Balser Hess

Balser Hess was born 1741, in Würtenburg, Germany.[79]  He came to America 24 September 1751, on the ship Neptune.[80]  Balser married Mary Eve Hensel in 1782, and they resided in Bedford Co., Pennsylvania. Balser and Mary had six children while they were living in Bedford County: Daniel, (1783-1862); Mary Ann "Polly," (1784-1857); Balser II, (1786-1856); Mary Eve, (1788-1861); Catherine (1790-1874); and Mary Saloma (1794-1872).[81]  In 1798, Balser and Mary with their children moved to Hopetown, Ohio then in 1801 or 1802, they finally settled down in Franklin County, Ohio.[82]  Balser and Mary had three more children after they left Pennsylvania of which Elizabeth, Susan and John Moses Hess.[83]  Balser and Mary are buried in the Union Cemetery, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio.[84]  This family is the subject of the book "Balser Hess & His Descendants" and none of the descendants remained in Pennsylvania.

John Hess Family of Ayr Township

John Hess migrated from Virginia to Ayr Township, Bedford County, (now Fulton Co.) Pennsylvania.[85]  Based on the U.S. Census of 1800-1810 from Virginia and the 1820 Census from Pennsylvania, John was born about 1755 and his wife about 1758. John died in 1828 in Ayr Township, Bedford Co., (now Fulton Co.) Pennsylvania.[86]  In the U.S. Census of 1850, Christenia is living with her son Abraham and she is age ninety.

John was born circa 1755.[87]  In 1775, he appeared on a list of taxables from Loudoun County, Virginia. He and his family came to Ayr Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania circa 1812.[88]  In his will John names a wife Christenia and seven children: William, John, Samuel, Abraham, David, Catherine, and Mary.[89]  We will discuss these children briefly.

William Hess is the eldest son of John and Christenia Hess.[90]  William was married to Frances "Fanny" Fisher, the daughter of Paul and Mary (Hess) Fisher, Sr. On 7 January 1815, William and Fanny bought land for two hundred and sixty dollars from Paul Fisher in Bethel Township Bedford Co., (now Fulton Co.) Pennsylvania.[91]  This land was formerly the property of John Fisher, deceased, known as "Bishops Gate."[92]  Five children were born to William and Fanny Hess and they were as follows: Mary; David F.; Amos; Rachel and Elizabeth Hess.[93]  William died in testate in the spring of 1819.[94]  Fanny Hess was included in the U.S. Census form 1820-1850.

John Hess was the second son born to John and Christenia Hess.[95]  John married Elizabeth Cunard of Loudoun County, Virginia.[96]  John and Elizabeth had four children: Jonathan, Permilia, Lewis and John. The son Jonathan married Mary Ann Lucas of Centre County, Pennsylvania and they had six children: Ellen; Rebecca; Isabelle, Lavina; Elizabeth and Franklin "Frank" William Hess.[97]  Elizabeth never married. For more than twenty years she was a public school teacher in Fulton County. Elizabeth was the first woman elected to the school board and served as President of the Board.[98] 

Elizabeth's brother Frank was a military hero. He was appointed to the command of Third Artillery Battalion of the Army destined for the Philippines, had an excellent record for services on the field of battle. He was appointed Captain of the Fifteenth Pennsylvania Infantry 23 April 1861, for three months service. Shortly after being mustered out of service, he entered the 3 rdPennsylvania Cavalry where he served as Lieutenant, Captain and Major until the close of the war. Shortly after he was mustered out of Volunteer service he was appointed second lieutenant in the Eleventh United States Infantry. Subsequently, he was transferred to the Third United States Artillery. He was elevated to Captain for gallant meritorious service at Kelly's Ford, and to major for gallantry at the battle of Gettysburg. He participated in the engagements of Yorktown, Williamsburg, Savage Station, Malvern Hill, Spottsylvania, Morth Anna, Petersburg, Appomattox and other battles in which the Army of the Potomac was engaged.[99] 

Samuel Hess was born circa 1788, the third son of John and Christenia Hess.[100] 

Abraham Hess was the fourth son of John and Christenia Hess.[101]  Abraham never married and in his father's will he was assigned the care of his younger sister Mary.

David Hess was born circa 1802, the fifth son of John and Christenia Hess.[102]  David married a lady named Mary and they had the following children: Mary F., John, Catherine and Amy. By 1850 this family had also moved to Newton Township, Pike County, Ohio.

Catherine Hess was the eldest daughter of John and Christenia Hess.[103]  She was born 12 December 1798 and died 17 November 1882. Catherine was the second wife of Jacob Hess, the son of William and Margaret Hess. See Jacob Hess of Bethel Township, Bedford Co., Pennsylvania for the history of this family

Mary Hess was the youngest child of John and Christenia Hess and when her parents died she was left in the care of her brother Abraham.[104]

William Hess of Dublin Mills Township

William Hess son of John and Nancy (Corbin) Hess, was born 27 February 1821, at Springfield Twp., Huntingdon Co., Pennsylvania. He married Jemima Jane Elias in 1851. William and Jemima resided in Dublin Mill Twp., Fulton Co., Pennsylvania. Eight children were born of this union. William sold his Dublin Mills farm to his son John, 1 April 1888. William died 4 March 1898 and Jemima in 1906.[105]  This family is the subjects of the book "William Hess Family. For those interested in this family you can obtain a copy of the book by contacting Mrs. Ruth Gladfelter, 1892 Marigold Road, York, PA.



© Chapter Two

Abraham Hess and His Family

 

Abraham Hess was born March 1762.[106]  He married Ann Fisher, daughter of John Fisher and Frances "Frankey" Kuhl, on 5 January 1785 in Bedford Co., Pennsylvania.[107] 

He first appears on a list of the inhabitants of Bethel Twp., Bedford Co., (now Fulton Co.) Pennsylvania made subject by law to the performance of the militia duty, taken by Peter Smith the 3rd February 1789.[108] 

Abraham resided in the county at the time of his death.  He left a will that was proven on 21 March 1821 at Bedford Co., Pennsylvania.[109], [110]  Among these estate papers was a letter dated 17 April 1834 from Ann (Fisher) Hess to Jacob Fisher.  In this note she questions whether there is anything still forthcoming from Abraham's estate Jacob Fisher reply[111] included an accounting of loans that he had made to her and her sons, a judgment related to their mother's estate against her nephew, Paul Fisher, and various debts that Jacob Fisher had paid for her.  One included that to a Phoebe Hess whose relationship to her or to Jacob Fisher is unknown.[112]  He was buried in March 1821 at Levering Cemetery, in Belfast Twp., Bedford Co., Pennsylvania.[113]

In 1798 this Abraham owned a house sized 22'  X  20' valued at $16.00, a barn sized 33' X 22' on three hundred acres of land valued at $450.00 in Belfast Twp., Bedford Co., (now Fulton Co.,) Pennsylvania.[114]  Abraham purchased two hundred acres of land for ,10 from the heirs of his deceased father-in-law John Fisher.[115]  In 1808 Abraham was taxed on a Saw Mill; 2 Horses, 2 cattle; total valuation $62.00 and tax of $0.25 in Bethel Twp., Bedford Co., (now Fulton Co.,) Pennsylvania and in Belfast Twp., he was taxed on a Warrant for 300 acres; 2 horses, cow; with a total valuation $68.50 and taxed $0.68.[116]  Abraham and other Fisher heirs also sold land to Peter Fisher, Jacob Fisher and to Paul Fisher's Widow.[117], [118], [119]  William Hess and John Fisher bought land as executors of Paul Fisher's Will.  These purchases and sales appear to be a release of divers of the heirs of John Fisher. 

Abraham does not appear in the census records until the census of 1800 in Belfast Twp.[120]  This family appeared in the 1810 U.S. Census record[121] and we see that Abraham and Ann had seven sons less than seventeen years of age and three daughters less than seventeen years of age.  These children have previously been identified in "The Hess Family Book."  They were also in the 1820 U.S. Census for Belfast Twp., Bedford Co., (now Fulton Co.,) Pennsylvania.[122]

Ann Fisher was born 27 December 1769 in Bethel Twp., Bedford Co., (now Fulton Co.,) Pennsylvania.[123]  In the Hunterdon County, New Jersey Surrogate Receipts Book,[124] Ann (Fisher) Hess of Bedford County, Pennsylvania, daughter of Frances (Kuhl) Fisher of said County who is named in the will of Paul Kuhl deceased as the sister of said deceased and having acknowledged receipt of $31.25.  She died after 1834 and before 1851.  Then in 1851, presumably after the death of Ann (Fisher) Hess, a Dennis Hess filed a Petition for Partition on the behalf of the heirs of Abraham Hess. This document names all of the children of Abraham and Ann (Fisher) Hess.[125]

 

The ancestry of Ann Fisher is included as Appendix C.

 

Elizabeth Hess the daughter of Abraham and Ann (Fisher) Hess), was born 22 November 1786 at Bethel Twp., Bedford Co., Pennsylvania.[126]  She married Samuel Mellott, the son of John Mellott and Elizabeth (Sampson) Mellott,[127] on 19 May 1812 in Bedford Co., Pennsylvania.[128]  She died on 22 Feb 1858 in Licking Creek Twp., Fulton Co., Pennsylvania.  She was buried on 25 Feb 1858 in Sideling Hill Church Cemetery; Belfast Twp., Fulton Co., Pennsylvania.  To this union ten children were born: Mary; Charlotte; Ruhamah; Frances; Davis S., who married Margaret Sipes;[129] Malissa, wife of George Hockensmith; Mahala, wife of Jerry Mellott; Anna, wife of Joseph Powell;[130] Rachel, wife of Isaac Mellott;[131] and Zilliah who never married.

Mary Hess was born on 15 May 1788 in Bethel Twp., Bedford Co., PA.; died on 3 Jan 1790 in Bethel Twp., Bedford Co., PA.[132]

William Hess the son of Abraham Hess and Ann (Fisher) Hess, was born 31 Dec 1790 at Bethel Twp., Bedford Co., Pennsylvania.[133]  He died before 1860 in Fulton Co., Pennsylvania.  He was buried in Cedar Grove Christian Church Cemetery; Fulton Co., Pennsylvania.  He married Mary Ann Decker.  Mary was born 16 January 1798 and is buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Fulton County, Pennsylvania.  Four children were born of this union: Adam, who first married his cousin Sarah Hess, the daughter of Jacob and Mary (Daniels) Hess; Jacob, who married Mary Lanehart; Mary Ann, wife of Dennis Mellott; and Samuel, who married a lady named Mary.

Jacob Hess the son of Abraham Hess and Ann (Fisher) Hess, was born 1 April 1792 at Bethel Twp., Bedford Co., Pennsylvania.[134]  He married Mary Daniels.  See Chapter Three.

Jeremiah Hess, Sr. the son of Abraham Hess and Ann (Fisher) Hess, was born 15 January 1793 at Bethel Twp., Bedford Co., Pennsylvania.[135]  Jeremiah died in 1876, and his will was probated in Fulton Co., PA.[136]  He married Catherine Daniels, the daughter of Daniel Daniels and Catherine (Clevenger) Daniels, on 16 Feb 1815 in Bedford Co., Pennsylvania.[137]  Catherine's sister Mary is married to Jeremiah's brother Jacob, thus making their children double cousins. 

Catherine (Daniels) Hess was born 23 June 1798 in Bedford Co., Pennsylvania.  She signed a will on 14 January  1882 in Belfast Twp., Fulton Co., Pennsylvania.[138]  She died on 13 Nov 1882 in Fulton Co., Pennsylvania.  She was buried on 15 Nov 1882 in Cedar Grove Christian Church Cemetery; Fulton Co., Pennsylvania. 

On 24 June 1863 Jeremiah filed a Civil War damage claim[139] for one gray horse 6 years old valued at $100.00 (Imboden $100.00). Witness: Catherine Hess, attest J. G. Cessna, Isaac Morgret, Joel Palmer.

Eight children were born to Jeremiah and Catherine Hess: David, who married Mary Morton; Dennis who married Frances Morton; Sarah, wife of Bartemus Smith; Aaron who married Annie Garland; Mary Polly, wife of William Morgret; Dorothy, who was the second wife of her cousin Adam Hess; Jobe, who married Elizabeth Hart; and Catherine Hess, wife of Thomas Hessler.

Rebecca Hess was born on 9 July 1795 in Bethel Twp., Bedford Co., PA.[140]  She died on 17 Oct 1796 in Bethel Twp., Bedford Co., PA.[141]

 George Hess the son of Abraham Hess and Ann (Fisher) Hess, was born 23 Feb 1798 at Belfast Twp., Bedford Co., Pennsylvania.[142]  He died in 1856 in Fulton Co., PA.  He first married Zilliah (Akers) Hay, the daughter of Ephraim and Rachel (Hanks) Akers.  The family resided in Brush Creek Twp., Fulton Co., PA.[143]  Eight children were born of this union; four of whom we have been able to identify as follows: Dennis (D.B.); Oliver, who resided in Goldfield, Wright Co., Iowa; Hannah, wife of Marlin Mosure of Bedford Co., PA; Abraham of Bertnam, Linn Co., Iowa.  After the death of Zilliah he then married Mary (--? --).

Peter Hess the son of Abraham Hess and Ann (Fisher) Hess, was born August 1802 at Belfast Twp., Bedford Co., Pennsylvania.[144]  He died before 7 April 1851,[145] since a Dennis was identified as buying from Henry Grubbs the executor of Peter Hess's estate.  However, it appears that Peter Hess sold his interest in the estate of his father Abraham Hess to William Barton in 1829 at Belfast Twp., Bedford Co., PA.[146]

Archibald Hess the son of Abraham Hess and Ann (Fisher) Hess, was born 20 Nov 1804 at Belfast Twp., Bedford Co., Pennsylvania.[147]  He sold his interest in his father’s estate in 1826 to Henry Furney.[148]  Archibald appears to have moved to the state of Ohio before 1851,[149] since he is listed as a residing in Ohio.

Ruhama Diemma Hess the daughter of Abraham Hess and Ann (fisher) Hess, was born 8 March 1806 at Belfast Twp., Bedford Co., Pennsylvania.[150]  She married Obediah Mellott, the son of John and Elizabeth Mellott.  The children born of this union were as follows:[151]  Baltzer, born 1830, married Elizabeth Hollinshead; Alpheus, born 1834, married first Lydia Hollinshead, married second Alice Mellott; Elizabeth, born 1836, married Mr. Hull; Emily F., born 1837, married baltzer Decker; Hiram, born 1839; Samuel, born 1841; Denton O., born 1845; Rebecca E., born 1847 and Mary M., born 1850, married Mr. Stover; Joseph born 1852; William, born 1855.

Paul Hess the son of Abraham Hess and Ann (Fisher) Hess, was born 5 June 1807 at Belfast Twp., Bedford Co., Pennsylvania.[152]  He married Sarah (--? --), and for a while resided in Belfast Twp., Bedford Co, (now Fulton Co.) PA.[153]  They later moved to Washington County, Maryland. To this union three children were born: Elizabeth, Banner and Anna Hess.[154]

Sarah Hess was born on 7 Jan 1810 in Belfast Twp., Bedford Co., PA.[155]  She died on 15 Jan 1810 in Belfast Twp., Bedford Co., PA.[156]

Rachel Hess the daughter of Abraham Hess and Ann (Fisher) Hess, was born 31 May 1812 at Belfast Twp., Bedford Co., Pennsylvania.[157]  She married Daniel Bishop.  This family appeared in the 1850 Census[158] shows that Daniel and Rachel resided in Belfast Twp., Fulton Co., PA and they had four children: Anna, age 12; Ezra, age 8; Thomas R., age 5; and David P., age 2.



© Chapter Three

Jacob Hess and His Family

 

Jacob Hess was born in 1 April 1792, the son of Abraham Hess and Ann Fisher, in Bedford (now Fulton), Pennsylvania.[159]  He married Mary Daniels, the daughter of Daniel Daniels and Catherine (Clevenger) Daniels, on  31 May 1812 in Bedford Co., Pennsylvania.[160]  Jacob and his brother Jeremiah married sisters thus making their children double cousins.  He wrote his will on 16 December 1870 in Belfast Twp., Fulton Co., Pennsylvania.  He died at his home at 2 o’clock on the afternoon of  2 October 1876 in Belfast Twp., Fulton Co., Pennsylvania,[161] at age 84.  His estate was probated on 10 November 1876 in McConnellsburg, Fulton Co., Pennsylvania.1876.[162]

We see from the 1850-1870 census[163] and the tax records[164] for Belfast Twp., that Jacob was a farmer.  Jacob and Mary sold land to their daughter, Sarah and son-in-law Adam Hess, on 13 August 1859.[165]  On 6 March 1860, they sold land to their son George[166] and on 27 November 1865, sold land to their son Nelson.[167] 

Jacob and Mary reared ten children: Jeremiah, who married Delilah Smith; Catherine, wife of Nathaniel Mellott; Rebecca, wife of Jacob Hockensmith; Benjamin, who married Mary Polly Garland; Sarah, who married her first cousin Adam Hess; Mary Ann, wife of Paul W. Dishong; Daniel, married Elizabeth "Sarah" Covalt; Nelson, who married Lydia Sipes; George, who married Elizabeth Hockensmith Sipes; David, who married he widow Mrs. Anna Kimberlain.[168]

 

The Ancestry of Mary Daniels is included in Appendix D.

 

Daniel Hess, the son of Jacob Hess and Mary (Daniels) Hess, was born circa 1815, in Belfast Twp., Bedford Co., Pennsylvania.  He married Elizabeth "Sarah" Covalt, daughter of Jacob Covalt and Frances Hess.  They moved to Wells County, Indiana shortly after their marriage. Their son Jacob Calvin, was born 7 March 1840, near Ossian in Wells County, Indiana.[169]  Daniel died about six months after the birth of his son, which would be September 1840, in Wells County, Indiana.  After the death of Daniel, Sarah and young son returned to Pennsylvania.  Then in 1843, Sarah and young son Jacob Calvin returned to Indiana and settled in Licking Twp., Blackford County with her parents and other relatives.[170]

Jeremiah Hess, Jr., the son of Jacob Hess and Mary (Daniels) Hess, was born, 1 May 1817, in Belfast Twp., Bedford Co., (now Fulton) Pennsylvania.  He married Delilah Smith, daughter of John Smith, circa 1843, in Bedford Co., (now Fulton) Pennsylvania.  She was born, 25 April 1824, in Bedford Co., Pennsylvania.  Delilah died, 11 May 1899, in Fulton Co., Pennsylvania. Jeremiah died, 4 August 1876, in Belfast Twp., Fulton Co., Pennsylvania.[171]  They are both buried at Hills Chapel Cemetery, in Fulton County, Pennsylvania.[172] 

This family appeared in the 1860 U. S Census for Bethel Twp., Fulton Co., Pennsylvania[173] and Jeremiah's occupation was listed as a Farmer, his age in 43; Delilah, age 34; Mary, age 16; Jacob, age 14; Rebecca, age 12; Sarah, age 10; and Ann M., age 6.  Then in 1870 the family again appeared in the census in Bethel Twp., Jeremiah is age 51, MW, Farmer; Delilah, age 46, FW, KH; Sarah, age 20 FW; Anna M. Age 16, FW; Susan C., age 9, FW; Smith D., age 10, MW. [Comment: I have noticed that the some of the people in Fulton County aged less than 10 years and some aged more than 10 years between the 1860 and 1870 census for Fulton County].

On 24 June 1863 Jeremiah Hess, Jr., filed a Civil War damage claim[174] for one horse (mare) $100.00, one saddle, $10.00 and one riding bridle $3.00. (Imboden $113.00). The articles were taken from him in the village of Warfordsburg where he had gone on business. Witness: Ephraim Garland.

Catherine Hess, the daughter of Jacob Hess and Mary (Daniels) Hess, was born circa, 1819, in Belfast Twp., Bedford Co., Pennsylvania. She married Nathaniel Mellott, son of John and Elizabeth Mellott, circa 1843, in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. Nathaniel died, 6 August 1855, in Fulton Co. Pennsylvania.[175]  We see from the 1850 U.S. Census that this family resided in Belfast Twp., and that Nathaniel occupation was list as a Farmer.

Rebecca Hess, the daughter of Jacob Hess and Mary (Daniels) Hess, was born, circa 1821, in Belfast Twp., Bedford Co., (now Fulton) Pennsylvania. She married Jacob Hockensmith. He was born, circa 1816, in Bedford County, (now Fulton) Pennsylvania.[176]We see from the 1850-1860 U.S. Census that this family resided in Belfast Twp., and that Jacob's occupation was listed as a farmer. We also learn the names of the children from the 1850-1860 census and all of the children were born in Belfast Twp., Bedford Co., (now Fulton Co.) Pennsylvania.

Benjamin Hess, the son of Jacob Hess and Mary (Daniels) Hess, was born on 29 September 1824 in Belfast Twp., Bedford (now Fulton), Pennsylvania. He married Mary Polly Garland, daughter of Nicholas Garland and Barbara Steel, on 2 April 1844 in Bedford (now Fulton), Pennsylvania. He died on 18 August 1868, while digging a water-well for Mr. John Wood, in California, Moniteau Co., Missouri,[177] at age 43. His estate was probated 5 December 1871, in California, Moniteau County, Missouri.[178]  We will discuss this family in detail in chapter four.

Sarah Hess, the daughter of Jacob Hess and Mary (Daniels) Hess, was born 12 December 1827, in Belfast Twp., Bedford Co., (now Fulton) Pennsylvania. She married her first cousin, Adam Hess 4 September 1853, in Monroe Twp, Clearville, Bedford Co., Pennsylvania.  In 1859, Adam and Sarah purchased land from her parents.[179]  They also purchased land from her brother David Hess on 20 March 1863[180]  and land from Abner Lanehart 18 August 1866.[181]  Sarah died 17 April 1868, from complications of childbirth, in Fulton Co. Pennsylvania. She is buried next to their infant daughter at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Fulton Co., Pennsylvania.[182]  Sarah and Adam had two daughters.

Mary Ann Hess the daughter of Jacob Hess and Mary (Daniels) Hess, was born 1830, in Belfast Twp., Bedford Co., (now Fulton) Pennsylvania. She married Paul W. Dishong,[183]  son of William F. and Sarah Ann Dishong, circa 1850, in Fulton Co., PA. Paul was born, circa 1828, in Licking Creek Twp, Bedford Co., (now Fulton) Pennsylvania. We see by the 1850-1860 U.S. Census that this family resided in Belfast Twp., Fulton County Pennsylvania and that Paul's occupation was listed as a farmer. Mary Ann brought disgrace to the family the 7th of February 1867 in the "Churn Peddler Court Case".

"The case of the Common wealth v. James J. Wilson who tried and convicted of a charge of adultery in our court of Quarter Session, last week, has attained considerable notoriety and may be set down among the causes celerbres of Fulton County. The defendant was charged with having committed the offense with Mrs. Mary Ann (Hess) Dishong, wife of Paul W. Dishong, of Licking Creek Township. It appears that Wilson, who says he had a wife and children in Venango County in this State, and who was engaged in selling a patent churn, formed an intimacy with Dishong's wife some time last fall. The intimacy than established was not long in ripening into a criminal character. The tough old lady (for she is the mother of some half dozen or more children, and is not only tough but ugly) and the tender churn peddler became lovers---the amorous flame burning equally ardent in the breast of both. The house of the unhappy Paul W. became the peddlers headquarters. To that secluded the happy spot, nestling among the romantic dead levels of Licking Creek, and made terribly lovely by the presence of his adored and adoring Mary Ann, did the smitten dealer in churns tie his fortunes. There established he his bed and board. Business and the search after filthy lucre were all forgotten and sacrificed to his deep devotion to his mistress of his heart. Especially was lvahe attentive whensoever Paul happened (which he did frequently) to be away over night. Then were the hours of the peddler's bliss. Yet they were unlucky hours; for the peddler would make mistakes. In the rapture wherewith his bliss-burdened soul was carried away, he made the most fatal of all mistakes---he mistook his bed! Hence the unnumbered woes that have fallen upon his own, Mary Ann's and Paul's heads. The mistake made there somehow took a chronic turn, and worst of all became known to the outraged Paul. It was then the situation became peculiar, if not embarrassing. What was to be done? Should Paul arm himself and a la Sickles, slay the enemy of his domestic integrity? No; that would be carrying on the joke a little too far. In the pacific mind of Paul W. milder conceal prevailed. Neighbor Fohner a man of skill and judgement, was called in and the whole knotty affair was adjusted by the parties executing, under their respective signs manual, a memorandum of agreement, duly stamped, in the words, figures and characters following to wit: Article of agreement make and fully agreed upon this year and date above 14 February 1867, written: between Paul W. Dishong and Wife and James Wilson. The conditions of this agreement are as such; Paul W. Dishong doth agree to bind and obligate himself that he Will Not disturb his Wife and family. Nor Wilson (the churn peddler) and is Willing that Mary Ann Dishong His Wife and children go with James Wilson; and Paul W. Dishong is willing to give her what Property she claims in the house, and also agree for them to get away on or before the first day of April 1867, and also to get away the best way they can. Paul W. Dishong is to have his oldest daughter in the spring of 1869, when calling for her, Mary Catherine, and his wife doth agree to let him have her, and the aforsaid Wilson is not to go so far away but what Paul W. Dishong can and see them, and will be treated with respect. Paul W. Dishong is to have seventeen dollars in money, for aforsaid Wife and Children, or the amount of a bill of accounts or to have the cow and also to have his bed and plate, and bucket, and lamp. And if the aforsaid Wilson can manage the children without abusing them, he has privilege to come and get them at any time and is welcome to all of them. Paul W. Dishong doth agree that Mary Ann, his Wife, can sell the cow to any one she pleases only not to make sale with any of the Hesses. Witness: William Fohrner---Paul W. Dishong, Mary Ann Dishong. James Wilson, which is the Churn Peddler mentioned in the aforsaid Article of Agreement, and now proprietor of Mary Ann Dishong. Attested---William Fohrner, Obediah Mellott. But the affair was not destined to end to the satisfaction of the parties, Fohrner's legal essay was, after all, in the light of the best book learning that could be brought to bear upon it faulty. The peddler discovered that should he ever attempt at law upon his contract, he would very likely fail (for want of precedent) and as to a bill in chancery for specific performance, it was equally doubtful whether there was equity enough in his house to float him through to a saft exit. Hence dissatisfaction and swift, upon the heels of this followed an information by the aforsaid Paul W. before W. B. Seylar, Esq. One of the Justices of the Peace in and for the County of Fulton, By whom the luck less Churn Peddler was committed to jail there to await his trail for the crime of Adultery, where of he was convicted and as where noted, sentenced to six months imprisonment, the cost of prosecution and a fine of ten dollars.---We may add that our Grand Jury at the same term found a bill for the same offense against Mrs. Dishong, who was arrested and had been released on bail Paul has also been arrested, upon a similar charge, and is now in our county jail."[184]

Nelson Hess, the son of Jacob Hess and Mary (Daniels) Hess, was born, 7 July 1833, in Belfast Twp., Bedford Co., (now Fulton) Pennsylvania. He married Lydia Sipes, daughter of Amos and Martha (Hockensmith) Sipes, circa 1854, in Fulton Co., Pennsylvania. Nelson and his brother George married sisters thus making their children double cousins. Lydia was born, 1 July 1834, in Licking Creek Twp, Bedford Co., Pennsylvania. She died, 16 January 1911, in Fulton Co., Pennsylvania. Nelson died, 26 July 1895, in Licking Creek Twp, Fulton Co., Pennsylvania. They are both buried at the Cedar Grove Cemetery, in Fulton County, Pennsylvania.

George Hess, the son of Jacob Hess and Mary (Daniels) Hess, was born, circa 1836, in Belfast Twp., Bedford Co., (now Fulton) Pennsylvania. He married Elizabeth Hockensmith Sipes, daughter of Amos and Martha (Hockensmith) Sipes, circa 1859, in Fulton County, Pennsylvania. Elizabeth was born, circa 1839, in Licking Creek Twp, Bedford Co., (now Fulton) Pennsylvania. She died, after 1866, in Fulton Co., Pennsylvania. George died, 11 March 1901, in Monroe Twp., Fulton Co., Pennsylvania. The Estate was probated on 9 April 1901, in Monroe Twp. in Fulton Co., Pennsylvania.[185]  We see from the 1860-1900 U.S. Census that George was a farmer. Two children were born of this marriage.

David Hess, the son of Jacob Hess and Mary (Daniels) Hess, was born, circa 1838, in Belfast Twp., Bedford Co., (now Fulton) Pennsylvania. David sold land to his sister Sarah and brother-in-law Adam Hess on 20 March 1863.[186]  He married Mrs. Anna Kimberlain.



© Chapter Four

 Benjamin Hess and His Family

 

Benjamin Hess was born on 29 September 1824 in Belfast Twp. in Bedford (now Fulton), Pennsylvania. He married Mary Polly Garland, daughter of Nicholas Garland and Barbara Steel, on 2 April 1844 in Bedford (now Fulton), Pennsylvania.

In 1849 Benjamin and his brother Jeremiah bought 400 acres of land in Monroe Twp., formerly Southampton Twp., of Bedford County, Pennsylvania from John Falck and his wife Elizabeth S.[187]  They sold part of this land in 1851 to James Morgret.[188]  The rest of this land was sold on 21 June 1854 to David Ward and Henry Ward.[189]  These deeds identified Benjamin's wife as Mary and Jeremiah's as Delilah. Benjamin obtained a warrant to 138 acres of land in Bethel Twp., Fulton County, Pennsylvania in 1851.[190]  This land was surveyed on 3 March 1855 by Job Garland.[191]

The last information on Benjamin Hess in Fulton County, Pennsylvania is in court docket case 31 filed in the October 1858 Term. The court found in favor of Benjamin with a judgment of $128.40 plus interest of $5.78 against Isaac Hunter.[192]

Benjamin and Mary moved to Maryland, where they lived for a time. A Benjamin Hess purchased 13 acres on 26 March 1859 in Washington County, Maryland from Thomas M. Carter and his wife Catherine.[193]  This land was part of the Durac Carter estate.[194],[195]  On several occasions, Benjamin bought other land from the estate. In November 1861, he mortgages part of his crop to his cousin Aaron Hess of Fulton County, Pennsylvania for $80.00.[196]  By this time, Benjamin must have fallen on hard times, since a Joseph Murray also recorded a Mortgage against Benjamin Hess in February of 1861 for various debts owed by Benjamin totaling $633.75.[197]  In this Mortgage, Benjamin mortgaged 183 acres of the Carter lands and personal property of 4 horses; 2 sorrels, 1 gray and 1 bay; 4 milk cows; 11 head of hogs; head of sheep; 1 wagon, 1 barshear plow; 1 double shovel plow; 1 single shovel plow and sundry other farming utensils also 1 cook stove 5 beds and bedsteads; one cub board; 1 bureau; 1 clock; 1 table and all household and kitchen furniture; also 1000 lbs. Of pork, seventy five barrels of corn also 20 acres of wheat and rye in the ground and all said property in the possession of the said Benjamin Hess upon and about the premises upon which he now resides. It appears that Benjamin was preparing to leave but the stipulation was made that if he paid the debt by 1 January 1862 with interest then the mortgage will be voided.

Although these date differ by approximately 6 years from that reported by tradition,[198] it appears that this Benjamin is the same Benjamin of California, Missouri. In particular, the reference to the debt to a cousin Aaron of Fulton County, Pennsylvania is also interesting that at the time Benjamin is identified as Benjamin F. Hess. Then they moved on to Ohio.

They were living in Ohio when the Civil War broke out and Benjamin was working for the government until about 1864, when, with his family, he started West, and after having gone through much trouble with the soldiers, and suffering many hardships, they settled down in Cooper and Moniteau Counties, Missouri.[199]  They were living at the old home place located four miles northeast of California, Missouri at the time of Benjamin's death. He died on 18 August 1868, while digging a water-well for Mr. John Wood, in California, Moniteau Co., Missouri,[200] at age 43. His estate was probated 5 December 1871, in California, Moniteau County, Missouri.[201]

Dennis Hess, son of Benjamin Hess and Mary (Garland) Hess, was born on 4 February 1845 in Bethel Twp., Bedford (now Fulton), Pennsylvania. Dennis migrated with his parents to Missouri. He married, first, Jeremiah Elizabeth Vaughan circa 1869 in Missouri. After the death of Jeremiah Elizabeth he then married, Mary Elizabeth (Bull) Whittaker, the widow of John Whittaker and the mother of two young sons. He died at Saint Anthony's Hospital, on 6 April 1915 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Co., Oklahoma, at age 70. The primary cause of death is listed as uremia.  According to the death certificate Dennis also suffered from Arteriosclerosis. He was buried 8 April 1915, at the Fairlawn Cemetery in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.[202] We will discuss this family in detail in chapter five.

Valentine Hess, son of Benjamin Hess and Mary (Garland) Hess, was born 19 September 1848 in Bedford County (now Fulton).[203]

Ephraim Hess, son of Benjamin Hess and Mary (Garland) Hess, was born 11 February 1850 in Fulton County, Pennsylvania. He married Pernecia Vaughan. Of the three children born of this union, we have only been able to identify two of the three. Ephraim died January 1880 after he shot himself accidentally. He had gone out to shoot a wild goose, and hid his gun in a brush heap and went to his brother's house. On returning and attempting to get the gun from its place of concealment, the hammer came in contact with some brush, discharging the gun, the entire contents entering his right chest and causing almost instant death. His clothing took fire by the discharge of the gun, and his left arm and the clothing on his left side were badly burned.[204]

Hannah Hopps Hess was born 27 March 1852 in Fulton County, Pennsylvania. She married Green Berry Vaughan, 11 September 1871, in Missouri. She died 25 December 1929 in Clarksburg, Missouri. Eleven children were born to Hannah and Green Berry.[205]

Isaac Hess was born 16 October 1853 in Fulton County, Pennsylvania.[206] 

Ambrose Hess was born 22 May 1856 in Washington County, Maryland. He married Mary Elizabeth Birdsong, the daughter of William Birdsong and Martha Louise Allee, 21 December 1876, in California, Missouri. Mary was born 10 April 1859, in Moniteau County, Missouri and she died 5 July 1941, in California, Missouri. He died 9 March 1942 in California, Missouri.[207]

Benjamin Hess, Jr. was born 22 March 1858, in Washington County, Maryland. He married Mary Howard, circa 1878, in Missouri.[208]

Mary Ellen Hess was born 5 May 1860 in Washington County, Maryland. She married William David Howard, 5 October 1876, in Missouri. She died 12 January 1916 in Miami, Ottawa County, Oklahoma.[209]



© Chapter Five

 Dennis Hess and His Two Families

 

Dennis Hess was born on 4 February 1845 in Bethel Twp. in Bedford (now Fulton), Pennsylvania. Dennis migrated with his parents to Missouri. He married, first, Jeremiah Elizabeth Vaughan circa 1869 in Missouri. She was born circa, 1847. One cold winter day while the family was busy butchering she went into town to get some supplies and was caught in a snowstorm. She died the winter of 1885 with pneumonia. Six children were born of this union. He married, second, Mary Elizabeth (Bull) Whittaker, the widow of John Whittaker and the mother of two young sons. Dennis was a prosperous farmer and invested his life's savings in an oil-drilling venture in Texas but lost it all when a dry hole was drilled. When Dennis's first family was grown he moved from Missouri to Oklahoma in 1906 while Oklahoma was still a territory. He bought acreage and supported his family truck farming until his death.[210]  He died at Saint Anthony's Hospital, on 6 April 1915 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Co., Oklahoma, at age 70. The primary cause of death is listed as uremia.[211] According to the death certificate Dennis also suffered from Arteriosclerosis. He was buried 8 April 1915, at the Fairlawn Cemetery in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After his death his family was having a hard time surviving and they sold the acreage and moved into town. The truck farm owned by Dennis was in Oklahoma City oil field, one of the largest single fields in North America.[212]  Twice the fortune of oil eluded Dennis.

 Front:  Mary (Garland) Hess, Left:  Dennis Hess, Right: Eugene Hess, Top: Nora Hess

 

The children of Dennis Hess and first wife Jeremiah Vaughan were as follows:

 

Eugene Monroe "Pete" Hess was born, 12 October 1870 in California, Moniteau County, Missouri. He married Mary Jane McFadden, the daughter of Joseph and Sarah J. (Arnold) McFadden. She was born 27 August 1861, in Wayne County, Ohio. She died 27 April 1916, in Tipton, Missouri. Eugene Monroe died 22 December 1905, in Tipton, Missouri. Both Mary and Eugene Monroe are buried at the St. Andrew's Cemetery.[213]

Albert Louis Hess was born, 17 August 1872 in California, Moniteau County, Missouri. He married Ollie Mae Karstetter. He died 7 April 1958. Ollie was born circa 1873, in Clarksburg, Missouri. She died 12 February 1913, in Clarksburg, Missouri.[214]

Mary "Alice" Hess was born, 7 September 1874 in California, Moniteau County, Missouri. She married John Godfred Schmolzi, April 1900. He was born 1 September 1871, in Switzerland. He died August 1959, in Cooper County, Missouri. She died 30 December 1967 in Rolla, Phelps County, Missouri.[215]

Victoria Hess was born, 23 May 1877 in California, Moniteau County, Missouri. She married Frank Himes.

George Taylor Hess[216] was born on 21 September 1878 in California, Moniteau Co., Missouri.[217]  He died on 27 February 1953 in Mercy Hospital at Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., Iowa. He was buried on 27 February 1953 in Brandon Cemetery at Brandon, Iowa.[218]

George's parents resided in Pilot Grove Twp, Moniteau Co, Missouri. 1880 Census, Pilot Grove Twp, Moniteau Co, family #120, Taylor 2.

 George enlisted in the Calvary (probably) at St Joseph, Missouri and served in the Spanish-American War (May-Aug 1898). George's family and relatives believed he died in the war for he never made contact with any of his family after the war.

 Sometime before April 1907, he came to Iowa, where he was married in Cedar Rapids, Linn Co, Iowa on 11 April 1907.

 George and Estella lived near Watkins, Benton Co, Iowa, which is very close to the Linn County, Iowa border. At least 3 of the children were born in Fairfax, Linn Co, Iowa. Rowland, the youngest boy was born at Traer, Tama Co, Iowa, whether the family moved to that area, or Estella went to live with friends or family, has not been determined. George's son Charles owned a gas station in Brandon, Buchanan Co, Iowa, but it has not been proven the family lived in that area either.

 George's children did not talk much about their father. He died on 25 February 1953, and was buried at Brandon next to his wife Estella. Albert purchased markers for their graves.

 He was married to Estella Mae Traub on 11 April 1907 in Cedar Rapids, Linn Co., Iowa.[219]  Estella is the daughter of Louis Traub and Katura Ford. Estella Mae Traub was born on 12 June 1887 in Pekin, Tazewell Co., Illinois. She died on 13 September 1943 in Brandon, Buchanan Co., Iowa. She was buried 15 September 1943 in Brandon Cemetery; Brandon, Iowa. The children born of this union were: Albert Louis, (1909-1962), married Cecile Isabel (Luttrell) Summers; Paul D. (1911-1986), married Vera (____) ; Charles Edwin, (1913-1987), married Maude (____); Katura Mary (1914-1991), wife of Wayne Dickson; Loelda M. (1919- , wife of Delbert Ashcraft; and Rowland G. Hess, (1921-1995), married Ruth Marion Luttrell.

 Martha Hess was born in California, Moniteau County, Missouri. She married George Ernest.

Dennis Hess married, second, Mary Elizabeth (Bull) Whittaker, the daughter of George Jacob Bull and Albertine Veulemans, and the widow of John Whittaker, circa 1886, in Missouri.

Mary Elizabeth Bull was born on 2 August 1854 in Tipton, Moniteau Co., Missouri. She first married John Whittaker, circa 1875 in Tipton, Moniteau Co., Missouri. John Whittaker was a farmer and they lived three miles north of Tipton, Missouri. Mr. Whittaker went to town after the doctor for his mother-in-law Mrs. George (Albertine Veulemans) Bull. When he was about to return, and at a point just opposite the Tipton House, his horse became frightened at some object throwing him heavily on the frozen road, striking his head and causing one or more severe contusions. He was carried into the hotel, placed in comfortable quarters and cared for by Dr. Redmon before he proceeded to the bedside of Mrs. Bull. His wife was notified and came immediately to take care of him. Mrs. Bull died 29 February 1884 and Mr. Whittaker died 3 March 1884.[220]  Mary was left with two young sons. She married, second, Dennis Hess, son of Benjamin Hess and Mary Polly Garland, circa 1886 in Missouri. After the death of her second husband Mary Elizabeth made her home with her daughter Amanda and her husband Charles Robert Hall.[221]  Mary Elizabeth was a Master Quilter and several articles over the years appeared in the local (Maud) newspaper and also in the Daily Oklahoman News of her quilts. One article that drew attention was a quilt that she displayed in her son-in-laws cleaning shop. At the time the quilt was displayed Mary Elizabeth was seventy-nine years old. The quilt contained 35 squares with 204 pieces to the square making 7,140 pieces to the whole and a big job. She estimated that it took 128,500 stitches before this masterpiece of quilting was complete. Mary Elizabeth's hobby was quilt making and she made many lovely quilts for her family and friends, she did both appliqué and piece quilting. Several members of the family today have some of these quilts. She passed the art of quilting on to her daughter, Hattie. At the time Auntie (Hattie) was quilting she told this writer that quilting was pictorial needle art that reflected a great deal about the quilter’s life, politics, religion, social activities or even various moods. Some of the quilt patterns that are in this writers possession are: "Indian Trail, Lincoln's Platform, Double Wedding Ring, Arkansas Traveler, Flower Garden, Spider Webb, Prairie Queen and Morning Star". Mary Elizabeth died at the home of her daughter, Amanda and son-in-law Charles Robert Hall the afternoon of 22 September 1933 in Maud, Pottawatomie Co., Oklahoma,[222] at age 79. She was buried on 26 September 1933 in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Maud, Pottawatomie Co., Oklahoma.

Children of John Whittaker and Mary Elizabeth (Bull) Whittaker (see #63) were as follows:[223]

George W. Whittaker was born, 23 December 1876 in Cooper County, Missouri. He married Lucinda Ellen Vaughan, the daughter of Green Berry Vaughan and Hannah Hopps Hess, 16 August 1905 in Cooper County, Missouri. He died 3 August 1908 in Missouri. George and Lucinda had one son George James Whittaker.

Herman Whittaker was born, 8 February 1877 in Roundhill, Cooper County, Missouri. He married Eva Lavona Vaughan, daughter of Green Berry Vaughan and Hannah Hopps Hess, 14 October 1900 in Cooper County, Missouri. He died 12 April 1920 in California, Missouri. Hannah Hopps (Hess) Vaughan is the sister of Dennis Hess.

Children of Dennis Hess and Mary Elizabeth (Bull) Whittaker (see #63) were as follows:[224]

Rose Hess, the daughter of Dennis Hess and Mary Elizabeth (Bull) Whittaker Hess, was born, 12 August 1887 in Missouri.

Margaret Hess, the daughter of Dennis Hess and Mary Elizabeth (Bull) Whittaker Hess, was born May 1889 in Missouri. It was during the great depression that Margaret's husband became unemployed. He became very depressed because he could not care for his family. One night, he shot and killed Margaret and their infant son. He then turned the gun on himself,

Flora Hess, the daughter of Dennis Hess and Mary Elizabeth (Bull) Whittaker Hess, was born, 9 September 1890 in Missouri. She died young of complication from measles.

Hattie Mabel Hess,[225],[226] the daughter of Dennis Hess and Mary Elizabeth (Bull) Whittaker Hess, was born, 17 July 1892 in Gooch's Mill, Missouri. She married Elbert "Nelson" Wallace, 22 July 1920 in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma. Divorced 1929 in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma. She died 18 October 1984 in Newark, Ohio. She is buried in the Little Flower Section of the Calvary Cemetery in Jenks, Tulsa County, Oklahoma. "Auntie" (as she was lovingly called by all her family) lived on a farm at Gooch Mills until the summer of 1900 when the family moved to Pilot Grove, Missouri. The following year the family moved to Boonville, Missouri. Then in 1906 the family moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma while Oklahoma was still a territory and she witnessed Oklahoma's admittance to statehood in April 1907. Just after World War I, "Auntie met and married Elbert "Nelson" Wallace on 22 July 1920. Nelson was a returned veteran and a draftsman by trade. Nelson died in 1929, no children were born of this union and she never remarried. "Auntie" accomplished more in her lifetime than most. She started to work two weeks before her seventeenth birthday, with the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Later she worked for Skelly Oil Company, Waite Phillips Company and the Frank Phillips Company before it became known as Phillips Petroleum Company. She worked for Phillips Petroleum Company for twenty-seven years retiring at the age of sixty-five years. While with Phillips Petroleum Company she organized the first girl's club known as the 66ettes. She also organized the Twenty Year Club for employees with twenty years of service or more with the Company. She was elected President of the Company's Jane Phillips Sorority Tulsa chapter in 1959. She was also an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. She served as President for two years of the Auxiliary to the Tulsa Post 577. She was secretary to the state president of the Auxiliary for three years 1928, 1929 and 1930. In 1931, she was state president. During her term as president, she organized two Auxiliaries in the state of Arkansas, one at Fort Smith the other at Van Buren, these were the firsts Auxiliaries to be organized in the state of Arkansas. "Auntie" was a member of the Ground Observers Corps. This was under the sponsorship of the U.S. Air Force. She was a member until it disbanded in 1957. She enlisted two additional volunteers receiving an award for outstanding voluntary service for the advancement of the G.O.C. And won a certificate as an honorary life member of the Air Defense Team for voluntary and faithful service in the G.O.C. Also received a diploma completing the required training course administered by the U.S. Air Force. She was commentated by the Tulsa County Civil Defense in appreciation for outstanding Community Service during the flood crisis of October 1959. After retiring from Phillips Petroleum Company she thought retirement was a little dull and uninteresting. She found work with Sooner Pipe and Supply Company and did voluntary work for Saint John's Hospital. She was employed with Sooner Pipe and Supply Company until October of 1980 at which time she was age eighty-nine years. During the depression "Auntie" took in more people than anyone in the family can accurately count. She would feed, clothed and helped to find them jobs. She reared a great niece from birth, and provided a home at various times for several other nieces. Once when ask what she was most proud of and her reply was "Being able to make my own way in this old world, helping my family and friends". Auntie was ninety-two years old when she past quietly from this life the morning of 18 October 1984. She was flown back to her beloved Tulsa and buried at the Calvary Cemetery, in the Little Flower section with other family members.

Amanda Elizabeth Hess, the daughter of Dennis Hess and Mary Elizabeth (Bull) Whittaker Hess, was born on 27 December 1896 in Gooch's Mill, Cooper Co., Missouri.[227]  Baptized 9 May 1897 at the SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Boonville, Cooper County, Missouri.[228]  She married Charles Robert Hall, son of Robert Anthony Hall and Rebecca Caroline Turner on 25 August 1914 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Co., Oklahoma. After the death of Charles, Amanda and daughter Rita Jo moved to Denver, Colorado and resided with Anna and husband, Rudy Belmonte. A few years later Amanda married John Banta. This marriage ended in divorced. Amanda worked for several different hospitals until she retired at the age of seventy-two years. She decided in retirement to make her home with her youngest daughter, Rita Jo and moved to Nicholasville, Kentucky. She resided with Rita Jo, until she fell and broke her hip then she moved to the Darby Square Nursing Home in Lexington, Kentucky. Amanda had out lived two husbands at her death on 13 November 1992 at the Darby Square Nursing Home in Lexington, Fayette Co., Kentucky,[229] at age 95. She was buried on 18 November 1992 in the Little Flower Section of Calvary Cemetery in Jenks, Tulsa Co., Oklahoma.

More details on Amanda's family are included in Appendix G.



[1].Pennsylvania Archives, Fifth Series, (Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1906-1907), Vol. 5, p. 101.

[2].Pennsylvania Archives, Third Series, (Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1896), Vol. 22, p. 290.

[3].Bedford Co., PA. Deed Book B, pp. 127-128.

[4]. Pennsylvania Archives, Third Series, (Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1896), Vol. 22, p. 291

[5]. Loudoun Co., VA. Tithable List of 1771-1782.

[6]. Loudoun Co., VA. Tithable List of 1775-1780.

[7].U.S. Census Record for Loudoun Co., VA. 1790-1800.

[8].U.S. Census Record for Bedford Co., PA. 1820.

[9].Bedford Co., PA. Will Book 2, p. 257.

[10].Pennsylvania Archives.

[11]. Photocopies from Mr. Edward Price, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Division of Land Records; P.O. Box #1026, Harrisburg, PA. 17108.

[12]. Ibid.

[13]. Bedford Co., PA. Deed Book AA, pp. 317-319d.

[14].Bedford Co., PA. Deed Book C, pp. 614-615.

[15].Bedford Co., PA. Deed Book E, p. 226.

[16].Fulton County Historical Society, Inc. U.S. Direct Tax of 1798 for Fulton Co., PA., Vol. 7, p. 46.

[17]. Ibid.

[18].Ibid.

[19].Bedford Co., PA. Deed Book L, pp. 411-413.

[20]. Bedford Co., PA. Deed Book K, pp. 651-652.

[21].Bedford Co., PA. Will Book 1, p. 501.

[22]. Bedford Co., PA. Estate Papers of William Hess (Microfilm #1817-0027).

[23].Ibid.

[24].Bedford Co., PA. Estate Papers of William Hess (Microfilm #1817-0027).

[25].Bedford Co., PA. Orphans Court Book 3, p. 287.

[26].Bedford Co., PA. Estate Papers of William Hess (Microfilm #1817-0027).

[27].Bedford Co., PA. Will Book 1, p. 501. (John was named as a son in his father's will).

[28]. Bedford Co., PA. Will Book 2, p. 72.

[29]. John Hess Family Bible with Mrs. Whrelda J. Pittman of Big Cove Tannery, PA.

[30].Photocopy of the Tonoloway Baptist Church Records courtesy of Mr. Samuel Buterbaugh, McConnellsburg, PA.

[31].Fulton County Historical Society, Inc. U.S. Direct Tax of 1798 for Fulton Co., PA., Vol. 7, p. 47.

[32].Pennsylvania Archives, Fifth Series, (Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1906-1907) Revolutionary War Services Records.

[33].Waterman & Watkins, The History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties Pennsylvania, (1884).

[34]. U.S. Census Record for Bedford Co., PA. 1790-1830.

[35].John Hess Family Bible with Mrs. Whrelda J. Pittman of Big Cove Tannery, PA.

[36].Bedford Co., PA. Will Book 1, p. 501. (Jacob was named as a son in his father's will).

[37].Fulton County Historical Society, Inc. U.S. Direct Tax of 1798 for Fulton Co., PA., Vol. 7, p. 46.

[38]. Hunterdon Co., NJ. Surrogate Court Receipts Book 1, p. 232.

[39].Bedford Co., PA. Orphans court Record Book 4, p. 247.

[40]. Hunterdon Co., NJ. Surrogate Court Receipts Book 1, p. 232.

[41]. Blackford Co., IN. Will Book A, (1842-1895).

[42].Benjamin G. Shinn, Biographical Memoirs of Blackford Co., Indiana , (1900), pp. 239, 462. (Photocopies courtesy of M/M John Anderson, Tulsa, OK.).

[43].Photocopy of the Tonoloway Baptist Church Records courtesy of Mr. Samuel Buterbaugh, McConnellsburg, PA.

[44]. Harry S. Holman, History of Tonoloway Baptist Church, Printaway: Chambersburg, PA., p. 8.

[45].Harry S. Holman, History of Tonoloway Baptist Church, Printaway: Chambersburg, PA., p. 80.

[46].Ibid.

[47]. Benjamin G. Shinn, Biographical Memoirs of Blackford Co., Indiana. , (1990), p. 238. (Photocopies courtesy of M/M John Anderson, Tulsa, OK.).

[48].Indiana State Library, Historical Sketches of Blackford Co., Indiana , p. 240. (Photocopies courtesy of M/M John Anderson, Tulsa, OK.).

[49].Bedford Co., PA. Will Book 1, p. 501. (Abraham was named as a son in his father's will).

[50].Photocopy of the Tonoloway Baptist Church Records courtesy of Mr. Samuel Buterbaugh, McConnellsburg, PA.

[51]. Bedford Co., PA. Will Book 1, p. 501. (Margaret was named as a daughter in her father's will).

[52].. Morgart Family Bible with Mrs. Patricia (Brown) Morgart, Everett, PA.

[53].Morgart Family Bible with Mrs. Patricia (Brown) Morgart, Everett, PA.

[54].Ibid

[55].. Researcher/Compiler: Phillip Morgart family chart, Mr. Ralph Morton, Dayton, OH.

[56].. Ibid.

[57].Bedford Co., PA. Cemetery Records Vol. 8.

[58].. Researcher/Compiler: Phillip Morgart family chart, Mr. Ralph Morton, Dayton, OH.

[59].Bedford Co., PA. Will Book, Vol. 3, p. 348.

[60].. Bedford Co., PA. Will Book 1, p. 501. (Sarah was named as a daughter in her father's will).

[61]. Bedford Co., PA. Orphans Court Book 3, p. 399.

[62].Bedford Co., PA. Estate Papers of William Hess (Microfilm #1817-0027).

[63].Bedford Co., PA. Will Book 2, p. 214.

[64].Bedford Co., PA. Will Book 1, p. 501. (Elizabeth was named as a daughter in her father's will).

[65].Tombstone at Tonoloway Church cemetery gives date of birth and death.

[66]. Photocopy of the Tonoloway Baptist Church Records courtesy of Mr. Samuel Buterbaugh, McConnellsburg, PA.

[67].Harry S. Holman, History of Tonoloway Baptist Church, Printaway: Chambersburg, PA., p. 76.

[68].Bedford Co., PA. Will Book 1, p. 501. (Mary was named as a daughter in her father's will).

[69].Bedford Co., PA. Estate Papers of William Hess. (Microfilm #1817-0027).

[70].Bedford Co., PA. Will Book 1, p. 501.

[71].Bedford Co., PA. Estate Papers of William Hess. (Microfilm #1817-0027).

[72].Ibid.

[73].Location of graves courtesy of Mrs. Whrelda J. Pittman of Big Cove Tannery, PA.

[74].Bedford Co., PA. Will Book 1, p. 125

[75]. Harry S. Holman, History of Tonoloway Baptist Church, Printaway: Chambersburg, PA., p. 102.

[76].Bedford Co., PA. Deed Book D, pp. 399-400.

[77].Op. Cit., Fulton County Historical Society, Inc.

[78].Bedford Inquirer March 22, 1850, March 29, 1850, April 5, 1850 and April 12, 1850.

[79].Frank E. Hess, Balser Hess & His Descendants, Nappane, IN. (1950), p. 12.

[80].Ibid. p. 12.

[81].Ibid. pp. 65, 69, 76, 105, 107, 109.

[82].Ibid.

[83].Ibid. pp. 113, 117, 119.

[84].Ibid. p. 65.

[85].Waterman & Watkins, History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania, p. 630.

[86]. Bedford Co., PA. Will Book 2, pp. 257-259.

[87].1820 - U.S. Census for Ayr Twp., Bedford Co., PA.

[88].Waterman & Watkins, History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania, p. 630.

[89].Bedford Co., PA. Will Book 2, pp. 257-259.

[90]. Bedford Co., PA. Will Book 2, pp. 257-259. (He was named as a son in his father's will).

[91].Bedford Co., PA. Deed Book K, p. 111.

[92].Bedford Co., PA. Deed Book K, p. 112.

[93].Bedford Co., PA. Orphans Court Book 3, pp. 249, 399.

[94].Bedford Co., PA. Estate Papers of William Hess. (Microfilm # 1819-0027)

[95].Bedford Co., PA. Will Book 2, pp. 257-259. (He was named as a son in his father's will).

[96]. Loudoun Co., VA. Guardian Account Book, pp. 197-200.

[97].Obituary of Jonathan Hess courtesy of M/M Frank Bard & M/M Don Hill of Warfordsburg, PA.

[98].Obituary of Elizabeth Hess courtesy of M/M Frank Bard & M/M Don Hill of Warfordsburg, PA.

[99].Obituary of Frank Hess courtesy of M/M Frank Bard of Warfordsburg, PA. 

[100].Bedford Co., PA. Will Book 2, pp. 257-259. (He was named as a son in his father's will).

[101].Ibid.

[102]. Bedford Co., PA. Will Book 2, pp. 257-259. (He was named as a son in his father's will).

[103]. Bedford Co., PA. Will Book 2, pp. 257-259. (She was named as a daughter in her father's will).

[104].Ibid.

[105].Ruth (Hess) Gladfelter, William Hess Family, York, PA.

[106]. Abraham & Ann (Fisher) Hess family Bible with Mrs. Rachel Hess of Charleston, West Virginia. Photocopy of family record pages. This Bible is in very poor condition due to age and stains.  The day that Abraham was born could be March the 12 or 22, 1762.

[107]. Abraham & Ann (Fisher) Hess family Bible with Mrs. Rachel Hess of Charleston, West Virginia. Photocopy of family Bible record pages. This Bible is in very poor condition due to age and stains.

[108]. Pennsylvania State Archives

[109]. Bedford Co., Pennsylvania, Will Book 2, p. 50.

[110]. Bedford Co., PA, Estate of Abraham Hess (Microfilm #1821-0013); which includes an Acct. Inv., and Misc. papers.

[111]. Ibid.

[112]. Ibid.

[113]. Mr. Don Hill of Warfordsburg, Fulton Co., Pennsylvania, Location of Levering Cemetery and picture of Abraham Hess grave. Mr. Hill stated that he believed the picture of the grave site was taken about 1910.

[114]. Fulton County Historical Society, Inc., [Here after referred to as FCHS] U.S. Direct Tax of 1798 for Fulton Co., PA, McConnellsburg, PA, (1985), Vol. 7, p. 48.

[115]. Bedford Co., Pennsylvania, Deed Book M, pp. 256-257.

[116]. FCHS. 1808 Triennial Tax Assessment - Bedford County, Pennsylvania, Vol. 12, pp. 44, 54.

[117]. Bedford Co., Pennsylvania, Deed Book D, p. 451.

[118]. Bedford Co., Pennsylvania, Deed Book G, p. 601.

[119]. Bedford Co., Pennsylvania, Deed Book K, p. 111.

[120]. 1800 U.S. Census Record, Series: M32, Roll: 36, Part: 1, Page: 389.

[121]. 1810 U.S. Census Record, Series: M252, Roll: 45, Part: 1, Page: 54.

[122]. 1820 U.S. Census Record, Series: M33, Roll: 98, Part: 1, Page: 69.   

[123]. Abraham & Ann (Fisher) Hess family Bible with Mrs. Rachel Hess of Charleston, West Virginia. Photocopy of family Bible record pages. This Bible is in very poor condition due to age and stains.

[124]. Book 1, p. 206, date 5th June 1827.

[125]. McConnellsburg, Fulton Co., PA, Orphan's Court Book 1, p. 7, with a follow up in the Aug Term 1851, Court Minute Book 1, p. 1.

[126].  Abraham & Ann (Fisher) Hess family Bible with Mrs. Rachel Hess of Charleston, West Virginia. Photocopy of family Bible record pages. This Bible is in very poor condition due to age and stains.

[127]. FCHS. Sideling Hill Primitive Baptist Congregation From 1790, Vol. 13, p. 86.

[128].  Abraham & Ann (Fisher) Hess family Bible with Mrs. Rachel Hess of Charleston, West Virginia. Photocopy of family Bible record pages. This Bible is in very poor condition due to age and stains.

[129].  FCHS. Sideling Hill Primitive Baptist Congregation From 1790, Vol. 13, p. 82.

[130]. FCHS. Joseph Powell 1734-1804 Delegate From Tonoloway, Vol. 9, p. 45.

[131]. FCHS. Sideling Hill Primitive Baptist Congregation From 1790, Vol. 13, p. 84.

[132].  Abraham & Ann (Fisher) Hess family Bible with Mrs. Rachel Hess of Charleston, West Virginia. Photocopy of family Bible record pages. This Bible is in very poor condition due to age and stains.

[133].  Abraham & Ann (Fisher) Hess family Bible with Mrs. Rachel Hess of Charleston, West Virginia. Photocopy of family Bible record pages. This Bible is in very poor condition due to age and stains.

[134].  Abraham & Ann (Fisher) Hess family Bible with Mrs. Rachel Hess of Charleston, West Virginia. Photocopy of family Bible record pages. This Bible is in very poor condition due to age and stains.

[135].  Abraham & Ann (Fisher) Hess family Bible with Mrs. Rachel Hess of Charleston, West Virginia. Photocopy of family Bible record pages. This Bible is in very poor condition due to age and stains.

[136]. McConnellsburg, Fulton Co., PA Will Book 1, p. 412.

[137].  Abraham & Ann (Fisher) Hess family Bible with Mrs. Rachel Hess of Charleston, West Virginia. Photocopy of family Bible record pages. This Bible is in very poor condition due to age and stains.

[138]. McConnellsburg, Fulton Co., Pennsylvania, Will Book 2, p. 128.

[139]. FCHS. Civil War Damage Claims From Fulton County, Pennsylvania, Vol. 22, p. 22.

[140].  Abraham & Ann (Fisher) Hess family Bible with Mrs. Rachel Hess of Charleston, West Virginia. Photocopy of family Bible record pages. This Bible is in very poor condition due to age and stains.

[141].  Abraham & Ann (Fisher) Hess family Bible with Mrs. Rachel Hess of Charleston, West Virginia. Photocopy of family Bible record pages. This Bible is in very poor condition due to age and stains.

[142].  Abraham & Ann (Fisher) Hess family Bible with Mrs. Rachel Hess of Charleston, West Virginia. Photocopy of family Bible record pages. This Bible is in very poor condition due to age and stains.

[143]. 1850 U.S. Census Records.

[144].  Abraham & Ann (Fisher) Hess family Bible with Mrs. Rachel Hess of Charleston, West Virginia. Photocopy of family Bible record pages. This Bible is in very poor condition due to age and stains.

[145]. McConnellsburg, PA, Orphan's Court Book 1, p. 7.

[146]. Bedford Co., PA, Deed Book P, p. 560-561.

[147].  Abraham & Ann (Fisher) Hess family Bible with Mrs. Rachel Hess of Charleston, West Virginia. Photocopy of family Bible record pages. This Bible is in very poor condition due to age and stains.

[148]. Bedford Co., PA, Deed Book O, p. 394.

[149]. McConnellsburg, PA, Orphan's Court Book 1, p. 7, with a follow up in the Aug Term 1851, Court Minute Book 1, p. 1.

[150].  Abraham & Ann (Fisher) Hess family Bible with Mrs. Rachel Hess of Charleston, West Virginia. Photocopy of family Bible record pages. This Bible is in very poor condition due to age and stains.

[151]. FCHS. Sideling Hill Primitive Baptist Congregation From 1790, Vol. 13, p. 94.

[152].  Abraham & Ann (Fisher) Hess family Bible with Mrs. Rachel Hess of Charleston, West Virginia. Photocopy of family Bible record pages. This Bible is in very poor condition due to age and stains.

[153]. Charles J. Hall, The Hess Family Book, Tulsa, OK. (1968). p. 13.

[154]. Bedford Co., Pennsylvania Tax Records (1820-1840).

[155].  Abraham & Ann (Fisher) Hess family Bible with Mrs. Rachel Hess of Charleston, West Virginia. Photocopy of family Bible record pages. This Bible is in very poor condition due to age and stains.

[156].  Abraham & Ann (Fisher) Hess family Bible with Mrs. Rachel Hess of Charleston, West Virginia. Photocopy of family Bible record pages. This Bible is in very poor condition due to age and stains.

[157].  Abraham & Ann (Fisher) Hess family Bible with Mrs. Rachel Hess of Charleston, West Virginia. Photocopy of family Bible record pages. This Bible is in very poor condition due to age and stains.

[158]. FCHS. 1850 U.S. Census for Fulton Co., Pennsylvania, Vol. 10, p. 46.

[159].  Abraham & Ann (Fisher) Hess family Bible with Mrs. Rachel Hess of Charleston, West Virginia. Photocopy of family Bible record pages. This Bible is in very poor condition due to age and stains.

[160].  Abraham & Ann (Fisher) Hess family Bible with Mrs. Rachel Hess of Charleston, West Virginia. Photocopy of family Bible record pages. This Bible is in very poor condition due to age and stains.

[161]. Fulton Co., Pennsylvania Death Certificate.

[162]. McConnellsburg, Fulton Co., Pennsylvania Will Book 1, p. 415.

[163].  FCHS. 1850 U.S. Census for Fulton Co., Pennsylvania, Vol. 10, p. 41 [BF46 - Hess, Jacob 58, farmer; Mary, 55; Sarah 23; Nelson 17, laborer; George, 14; David, 12].  1860 U.S. Census for Belfast Twp., Fulton Co., Pennsylvania, Vol. 15, p. 19 [BF631 - Hess, Jacob 66, farmer, Mary 65]; 1870 U.S. Census for Belfast Twp., Fulton Co., Pennsylvania, Vol. 18, p. 25 [BF39-39 - Hess, Jacob, 77, MW, Laborer; Mary, 75, FW, KH.

[164]. McConnellsburg, Fulton Co., Pennsylvania Tax Records (1850-1870).

[165]. McConnellsburg, Fulton Co., Pennsylvania Deed Book 8, p. 588.

[166]. McConnellsburg, Fulton Co., Pennsylvania Deed Book 9, p. 22.

[167]. McConnellsburg, Fulton Co., Pennsylvania Deed Book 9, p. 488.

[168]. Charles J. Hall, The Hess Family Book, Tulsa, OK, pp. 1-13.

[169]. Benjamin D. Shinn, ed., Biographical & Historical Records of Jay and Blackford Counties, Indiana. Chicago, Illinois (1887). pp. 897-8. (Photocopy courtesy M/M John Anderson, Tulsa, OK).

[170]. Ibid.

[171]. Compiler of family chart: Mrs. Whrelda J. Pittman of Big Cove Tannery, PA.

[172]. Dates of birth and death taken from the tombstones and from the Cemetery Records at Hill's Chapel.

[173]. 1860 U. S. Census for Bethel Twp., Fulton Co., Pennsylvania, Series: M653, Roll: 1113, Part: 1, Page: 73.

[174]. FCHS. Civil War Damage Claims From Fulton County, Pennsylvania, Vol. 22, p. 22.

[175].Compiler: Mrs. Whrelda J. Pittman of Big Cove Tannery, PA.

[176].Compiler: Mrs. Whrelda J. Pittman of Big Cove Tannery, PA.

[177].Obituary, The Central Missourian, 22 August 1868, p. 1.

[178].Montieau Co., Missouri. Probate Records: Judgements pp. 249, 301. Orders and Settlements pp. 213, 330, 413, 506, 511.Final Settlement Probate Book D, p. 418.

[179].Rev. Barton A. Cooper, officiated.

[180].McConnellsburg, PA, Deed Book 8, p. 588

[181].McConnellsburg, PA, Deed Book 8, p. 584.

[182].McConnellsburg, PA, Deed Book 5, p. 74.

[183].Tombstones at Cedar Grove Cemetery gives the date of birth and death.

[184].Photocopy of "Churn Peddler Court Case," courtesy of Mr. Samuel Buterbaugh, McConnellsburg, PA.Photocopy of this article courtesy of Mr. Samuel Buterbaugh, McConnellsburg, PA

[185].McConnellsburg, Fulton Co., PA, Will Book 8, p.144.

[186].McConnellsburg, Fulton Co., PA, Deed Book 8, p. 584.

[187].Bedford Co., Pennsylvania. Deed Book AB, p. 559.

[188].Bedford Co., Pennsylvania. Deed Book Z, pp. 288-289.

[189].Bedford Co., Pennsylvania. Deed Book Z, p. 558.

[190].Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Division of Land Records; P.O. Box #1026, Harrisburg, PA. 17108

[191].Ibid.

[192].Fulton Co., Pennsylvania. Orphan's Court Docket Book.

[193].Washington Co., Maryland. Land record IN-14-59, pp. 38-39.

[194].Ibid. p. 6.

[195].Ibid. IN-16-61, p. 257.

[196].Ibid. IN-15-60, p. 724.

[197].Ibid. p. 409.

[198].Notebook of Hattie (Hess) Wallace, Tulsa, OK.

[199].Ibid.

[200].Obituary, The Central Missourian, 22 August 1868, p. 1.

[201].Montieau Co., Missouri. Probate Records: Judgements pp. 249, 301. Orders and Settlements pp. 213, 330, 413, 506, 511.Final Settlement Probate Book D, p. 418.

[202].Oklahoma State Board of Health Certificate of Death, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Registered Number B 2716.

[203].Opt. Cit. The Hess Family Book, p. 46.

[204].Ibid. p.47

[205].Obituary of Hannah Hopps (Hess) Vaughan, The Boonville Weekly Advertiser , Boonville, Missouri.Obituary courtesy of Charles J. Hall.

[206].Opt. Cit. The Hess Family Book, p. 62.

[207].Obituaries of Ambrose and Mary Hess, courtesy of Charles J. Hall of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

[208].Opt. Cit. The Hess Family Book, p. 27.

[209].Ibid. p. 28.

[210]. Source: Hattie (Hess) Wallace wrote the story of her family in 1966.

[211].Oklahoma State Board of Health Certificate of Death, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Registered Number B 2716.

[212].Source: M/M John Anderson, Tulsa, OK. Oklahoma City Geological Society Shale Shaker.

[213]. Opt. Cit. The Hess Family Book, p. 30.

[214].Ibid.

[215].Ibid.

[216].Joline (Hess) Bergmeier, Researcher Of George Taylor Hess Family and Its Descendants. 

[217].Opt. Cit. The Hess Family Book, p. 30.

[218].Opt. Cit. Joline (Hess) Bergmeier.

[219].Linn Co., Iowa.  Marriages Book Vol. 7, p. 238.

[220].Obituary, Tipton Times. Tipton, Missouri.

[221].Personal interview with my grandmother, Amanda (Hess) Hall Banta, (1976).

[222].Obituary, The Maud News, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

[223].Opt. Cit. The Hess Family Book, p. 29.

[224].Ibid. p. 29.

[225].Hattie (Hess) Wallace wrote the history of her mother's first family. (23 April 1976).

[226].Personal interview with Hattie (Hess) Wallace, Tulsa, Oklahoma. (23 April 1976).

[227].Personal interview with my grandmother, Amanda (Hess) Hall Banta, (1976).

[228].Photocopy of the Certificate of Baptism from SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Boonville, Missouri.

[229].Certificate of Death, Registrar's #28482. Commonwealth of Kentucky, Department of Health Services, Registrar of Vital Statistics, Frankfort, KY.