Sunday, September 22, 2013

Map of Warren County

Last night at the Golden Lamb many of us were looking at an old map of Warren County that shows many of the original farms.  Ron reminded me that it can be found on the website of the Warren County Genealogical Society.    Ron says that Arne Trelvik has been wonderful in helping Ron locate his own people's farm.


Milton's books

Sunday morning as I am packing up, I already miss everyone!  I stayed so busy that I did not get a chance to look at Milton's books.  Here are some of the things that I might want to look at next time:

Quaker Migration to Southwestern Ohio by Clayton Terrell
Bush River by Wilson S. Doan
Centennial of Whitewater Monthly Meeting 1909

and Milton had printed out Life and Times of Abijah O'Neall by George T. O'Neall from:



The Diary kept by Abijah O'Neall during his first exporatory trip to Ohio, accompanied by his brother


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Photos from our homecoming 2013

I will be editing and adding to this blog for the rest of the year as others send me information or maps or photos to add to the blog.....or as I have more information about my own family.   Most of the below photos were taken by Sharon Hastings.   I would be happy to add any others that anyone wants to share.  Also, I would like to add names of your ancestors .....but you will have to help me.  I never did seem to get everyone's ancestors straight in my heads.  I do believe that many of us are probably cousins many times over as our research goes back in the past farther and farther.  It was a wonderful weekend.   I won't soon forget anything that we did

Cook cousins in photo above

The next photos are taken at Caesars Creek Pioneer Village which we visited on Friday Morning

The next two photos are of our Hollingsworth group in front of the cabin that was donated by the Hollingsworth family.  Will one of you please tell me more about the cabin?

The below photo is Phil Hawkins who is a direct descendent of Amos and Ann Milhous Hawkins who lived in this cabin.  The cabin was located in an area that has now been flooded by building of a dam on Caesars Creek.

Below photo of three of our participants who had ancestors who attended Caesar's Creek Friends Meeting:  Milton Cook, Ron Fleming, Phil Hawkins

Below photo is of Bonnie Bell and John Wolfinger.  John was not at the Homecoming, but Bonnie was and she sent photo about the same time that she sent the wonderful scans that John had made of the Pearson/Russell/Jenkins original documents that are on this blog with date of Nov 24, 2014.

Quakers in the CIvil War in Warren County

Dolly McKeehan who is the curator of the Museum at the Friends Home spoke to us Saturday after lunch while we visited the museum.  A story that in particular caught my attention was about Quaker men who lived in the Warren County area during the Civil War.  These men had almost for certain been very anti-slavery....perhaps had participated in the Underground Railroad.....they must have had very strong feelings about doing anything that they could do to rid our nation of slavery!

These men decided that they wanted to serve in the military against the wishes of their Quaker Meeting because their desire to end the issue of slavery and their belief in the equality of all men out weighed their fear of being disowned by the meeting.

The 79th Ohio Volunteer Infantry was formed with Azariah Doan as their commander. The men promised their respective Meeting Houses that they would never carry a weapon.  They served three years and mustered out in Washington DC in 1865.

I copied some of the pages from a notebook that named men who served in the 79th.  If you had Quaker grandfathers in Warren County during the Civil war keep prodding me until I get those names posted.

There was some discussion about Quaker involvement on the Quaker mail list and I received this from:


Not from Ohio, but my great grandfather moved from Philadelphia to Kansas because the war was approaching.

To the disfavor of his family, he joined the 11th Cav, Kansas. From his letters and what I can tell, he held a clerks position. Did a lot of writing. Have seen nothing in my research that he fought, although his unit was involved if military action. One set of letters was from the Battle of Pea Ridge.

I have not way to prove either way, about being armed, except with a pen. Apparently, some of his military writing appears in an Ohio newspaper.

But your story appears much like mine. (Will have to do some more research to see IF I can confirm he is every carried a weapon)

Thank you,

I am filing the pages naming these men in a file in my bedroom labelled Warren/Miami MM Homecoming Sept 2013.

Miami Meeting House Cemetery: Elizabeth Townsend Cook and George McKinsey

My big goal for the weekend was accomplished at lunch on Saturday.  I had looked at the list of people who were buried in the Hicksite part of the cemetery on-line at the Wilmington College Library:

I had some doubts that the McKinney entry of a person  buried in the third row and entered in 9/41 was my George.  However, when I asked Milton to take me out there to help me look.  He said that the McKinney person that I was looking at was buried almost just beside his Elizabeth Townsend Cook!

And when I went outside to look at the sign, someone else had decided before me that it was indeed MY George McKinsey who was buried in the cemetery.

We used the sign's lists showing each of the persons buried in each row to establish that George and Elizabeth would have been buried two rows from John Satterwaite who is listed to be number 39 in the first row who has a large marker:

So guessing that #35 in third row would be somewhat near #39 in row 1 we judge George and Elizabeth to have been buried fairly close to the area in which Milton Cook, Mary Kay Ross, and Sue Downey are standing in this photo....probably in the area just behind them.  Milton explained that the graves started with small numbers at the side of the cemetery farthest from the road.  To take this photo I was standing slightly to the non-road side of John Satterthwaite's marker.

Milton, Mary Kay and Sue all descend  from this Elizabeth Townsend Cook.  Am I right on this fact, Milton, Mary Kay and Sue?

Milton explained to me that the cemetery is divided by the large white sign.  The graves that are closest to the red brick meeting house would be graves that are from the time period before the split between the Hicksite and Orthodox members in 1828.  The next area that has fewer stones would be the area that belongs to the Orthodox members.  And the area beyond the big sign is the Hicksite burial area.

The sign that divides that two sides show from the side closest to the Red Brick Meeting House is shown below.  Note that it is the Orthodox Monthly Meeting that was laid down in 1920.  After it was laid down the building was sold to the Hicksite Monthly meeting and they now use that building as a social room.

Elliott family in Waynesville

I had another family who lived in Waynesville, Ohio in the early 1800's.  My Abraham Elliott's daughter, Catherine, married Nehemiah McKinsey in Waynesville in

North Carolina Quakers who moved to southwestern Ohio in the late 1700's and early 1800's

Kathie Johnston (who is planning to attend our homecoming event and researches Cox and Thomas) sent me a URL for a very recent thesis that can be read on-line.  The thesis was written by Ashley Ellen Humphries and has title:  The Migration of Westfield Quakers from Surrey County, North Carolina 1786-1828.

Submitted to the Graduate School
at Appalachian State University
in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of

May 2013  Department of History

You can read this thesis by going to following URL:,%20Ashley_2013_Thesis.pdf

I have not yet read this information.

Here is what Kathie said about the thesis:

I found a neat thing yesterday while searching for more Thomas-Cox info and thought it could maybe be mentioned on the blog. A thesis written in May 2013 by a brand new master's degree grad from Appalachian State, on the reasons for Quaker Migration from three monthly meetings in Western N.C. to Southwest Ohio (Miami MM and others in Ohio and Whitewater MM in Indiana-Ohio). The whole thesis is online and some folks might be interested in reading it. Deals with disownments especially related to MOU, slavery (a pretty insignificant reason for these folks in western NC), and crowding of land. The young lady is a descendant of Jessops and might be a cousin of mine, because she also talks about Jacksons (one of my lines from that part of NC).  It has some maps, quotes from actual meeting minutes, info about land records, wonderful source documents in the bibliography, etc. .....

Friday, September 20, 2013

Ghost Tour of the Quaker area of Waynesville

Milton gave us the ghost tour on Thursday night.  I am not going to spoil the ghost tour for others who will want to do this for themselves.  The proceeds support the museum that we will be spending time in on Saturday.  But I will share a few pieces of information for those of you who live too far away and who could not attend our Homecoming.

One of the most interesting things that Milton told us is that Main Street Waynesville used to be up the hill .....Third Street rather than where it is now at the bottom of the hill.  The Meeting Houses are on Fourth Street which is one block higher than Third.

We had the perfect night with a cloudy sky and a full moon!

Underground Railroad

During our ghost tour Friday night at the Hammel House the speaker mentioned a blog in which there are photos of the tunnels which may have been part of the early storm system....but probably more likely was a part of the underground railroad in the first half of the 1800's.  Milton had mentioned that he believed that the tunnels had led from the river up the hill to safe homes.  One of the homes that we looked at last night is believed to have been a safe home.  And that there was a tunnel that led from below to the house.  Also it is believed that the structure on top of the house that looks like a lookout tower had a purpose of being a place to signal when it was safe and when it was not safe.  A lantern was placed in the tower when it was safe to bring the escaped slaves into the house.

I wanted to put in the URL for a blog that the speaker mentioned during his talk:

Caesar Creek Pioneer Village

Our morning tour began Friday morning with a stop at the Caesar Creek Pioneer Village.  The Caesar Creek Meeting house was moved in its entirety from the location that we looked at on Thursday to the park.  The lady speaking to us said that there was only a very minor damage that shows itself as a crack in the floor in one place.

We took photos in front of the Meeting house of the descendents of families who attended Caesar Creek Meeting.   I will add those photos to this site when I get them.

Below is a photo of Milton Cook who is a Furnas descendent in front of a cabin that was built and lived in by Furnas ancestors:

The below photo is of the Hollingsworth Group in front of a cabin that was donated by a Hollingsworth family:

Phil Hawkins spoke to us about his Hawkins family and about the cabin that Amos Hawkins had built for his family when they moved from Union County, SC to Ohio that has also been moved to Caesar Creek Pioneer Village.