Chapter 5 - Wife's Great Grandfather, his brothers and sisters and their children
1.) Frank Gastin Bowman, who was born on December 11, 1861 in Elkrun Township, Columbiana County, Ohio. Frank and Anna Eliza Peters were married by Rev. George U. Grate on December 30, 1891. Anna was born on December 11, 1868.
16, 1846, the Columbiana County Agricultural Society was established at
New Lisbon with Samuel Meyers, President; William Kemble, Vice-president;
John McClymonds, Secretary; Fisher A. Blocksom, Treasurer and Dr. Leonard
Hanna, Warren Peters, James J. Caldwell, William E. Russell and Jacob
Harbaugh as the Board of
In 1851 it re-organized with John Ferrall, President and Dr. Leonard Hanna, Vice-President.
In 1853 the society purchased the "Seminary" tract of fourteen acres for $1800, erected buildings, built a half mile speeding track for horse racing, arranged booths for agricultural displays, and prepared to hold a genuine "county fair" every fall. Several tracts of land have been added to the original purchase since then and the original purpose of the organization has been carried out, without interruption, since 1851.
The present officers are President, C.F. Lease; Vice-President, William Whan: Secretary, Edmund F. Moore: Treasurer, F.G. Bowman.
The Columbiana County Agricultural Society held its 56" annual fair September 12-14, 1905. These fairs had been held annually without a lapse since the beginning, always on the grounds at Lisbon where the first exhibition was given and always successfully. It is a county institution, and received aid from the State Board of Agriculture in 1905, the appropriation being $800. The officers for 1905 were: President, William M. Travis; Vice-President, J.M. Levan; Secretary, E.F. Moore; Treasurer, F.G. Bowman; Managers, Lee Deemer, J.C. Billingsley, C.F. Lease, Seymore Pottorf, William M. Travis, J.W. Hoopes, F.G. Bowman, L.H. Copeland, J.M. Levan and E.F. Moore.
Anna died on August 7, 1943. Frank died on October 28,1935. Their children are: (a) Etta Evelyn Bowman, (b) Clayson Lee Bowman, and (c) Harry Willis Bowman. Frank lived on Route 1 in Elkton, Ohio and he was a farmer. He owned 215 acres, 7 horses, and 11 cows.
(c) Harry Bowman's parents were Frank and Anna Bowman. One of the Bowman men mentioned he died from rabies. A dog bit him and in those days they did not have shots to prevent rabies as they have today. Every time this man had a seime, a piece of leather was given him to bite on. This was quite often and he finally died from the rabies. Information given me by Lois Switzer, whose father witnessed the man with rabies and many times Abb gave him leather to bite on.
2.) America Belle Bowman who was born on August 20, 1856 in Columbiana County, Ohio. She mamed Eli C. Vale. He was born in 1853. He is a farmer and has 6 horses and 1 cow. He has 90 acres. They live at RD#1 in Rogers, Columbiana County, Ohio. America Belle kept house. They were Quakers. In the 1880 Census Eli C. Vale was 27 years old and was a farmer. America Belle kept house. America Belle died in 1936. Eli. C. and America Belle are both buried at The East Carmel, Friends Cemetery near Clarkson, Columbiana County, Ohio.
Letters about the Vales:
Mike Vale wrote this letter on June 27, 2000.
I visited the East Carmel Cemetery in Middleton Township in Ohio (Clarkson). Many of the family of John Vale and Deborah who moved there from York County, Pennsylvania are buried there. It is sometimes called the Carmel Friends Cemetery. I will be able to provide scans of the area and of the old Quaker meeting hall that is still standing.
Joyce Larson wrote this letter on October 21, 2002.
I have relatives named Vale buried in the East Carmel Cemetery listed as Middleton Twp. I have a gggfather Dr. Corwin Vale and his daughter Frannie who died during the black tongue diphtheria that went around in 1887. Corwin's daughter married Erwin Allison who is my ggfather. His son Harold, Sr. married Helen Anderson and had three children, one of which is my Dad, Harold (Jim) Allison, Jr. who married Rachel Stewart fiom Chester, W.V.
Heather McMurray wrote this letter on February 10, 2004.
This is a family graveyard maintained still by Vale relatives. Great Uncle Eli and Great Aunt America who had a farm there are buried there. My grandfather is buried there. The quaker meetinghouse has a door for the women and a door for the men. The whole church and graveyard are rather small and up on a small hilllrise under many trees.
Carolyn Stepien wrote this letter on August 25, 2004.
I am one of the Vales that still go to the cemetery on a regular basis. The old meetinghouse is still used as a chapel for funerals, but only has one door. My grandmother told me when she went there as a young child that the men and women would go in together but then the men would sit on one side and the women on the other. My line goes fiom Robert, to Eli, to John T., to Eli C., to Howard G., and my father was William E. Vale.
I haven't been able to prove it, but I am pretty sure that Eli C. Vale's parents are John Thomas Vale and Lydia Richardson. The reasons are:
in the 1880 Census John Thomas Vale lived next door to Eli C. Vale,
So Eli C. Vale's parents were John Thomas Vale who was born on September 19, 1817 in Columbiana County, Ohio. John Thomas Vale married Lydia Richardson in 1838 in Columbiana County, Ohio. She was born in 1820 in Ohio. In the 1880 Census John Thomas Vale was 63 years old and he was a farmer. Lydia kept house and was 60 years old. They had one daughter still living at home and she was Frances H. Vale and she was 21 years old and born in 1859 in Ohio. They lived in Middleton Township, Columbiana County, Ohio.
In 1852, 1853 and 1859 John Thomas Vale was a Trustee of the town. John Thomas Vale was a fruit grower. He had more than five thousand trees in his orchards. As far as I know they were peach trees.
John Thomas and Lydia Richardson Vale's children were: Eli C. Vale, Frances H. Vale and Adam G. Vale who was born in 1843 in Columbiana County, Ohio. He lived in Clarkson and was a Physician and Surgeon. There may have been more children but these three were the only ones I found on record.
John Thomas Vale's parents are Eli C. Vale who was born on July 6, 1789 in Menallen Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania. He married Anna Price Underwood on May 21, 1814 in Warrington Township, York County, Pennsylvania. She was born on May 15, 1796 in York County, (now Adams County), Pennsylvania.
Eli C. Vale came with his father John Thomas Vale to Middleton Township, Columbiana County, Ohio in 1814. Eli C. Vale was a merchant in Clarkson Village, Middleton Township, in Columbiana County, Ohio. Eli C. Vale and the rest of the Vales were members of the Carmel Monthly Meeting of Hicksite Friends.
The Carmel Monthly Meeting of Hicksite Friends
On the 29thof September 1828, a number of Friends, who had been accused by the regular meeting of defection of doctrine assembled at Elk Run, and after appointing James Hambleton clerk, chose Eli Vale, James Marsh, and Thomas McMillan to confer together as to what future action should be taken. They reported that they were impressed that the harmony of the society would most likely be promoted if those who held the belief of Friend Hicks would hold a meeting "separate from our accusing brethren," and that for this purpose a house had been proffered by Jesse Underwood until some other place could be provided. James Hambleton, Jacob Heacock, and Benjamin Pyle were appointed to endeavor to make arrangements with the opposing party relative to the use of the meeting-house. These reported that no plan would meet the approbation of their former friends, who steadfastly refused to give them the use of the house, and that a place of worship must therefore be otherwise provided. Accordingly, on the 2oth day of the 12th month, 1828, Jacob Heacock and Benjamin Pyle were appointed overseers of the meeting, which was now permanently organized, James Hambleton clerk and Thomas McMillan assistant.
At a later session of the meeting, James Hambleton, John Edmundson, and Jacob Heacock were appointed to build a meeting-house on the northwest corner of Jacob Heacock's land. On the ground thus secured, in a beautiful grove, a small brick house was built in 1829, which yet stands, and is at present being repaired. It was originally in charge of a board of trustees chosen by the Carmel meeting, but is at present nominally controlled by the Salem meetings.
The early and prominent members of the Carmel Hicksite meeting were from the Boram, Barrett, Crawford, Cowgill, Edsill, Edmundson, Farquar, Hambleton, Heacock, Johns, McMillan, McConnell, Moms, Marsh, Pyle, Pallet, Raley, Reeves, Thompson, Townseed, Richardson, Vale, and Waterworth families, living in Elk Run, Middleton, and St. Clair Townships. Until about 1845 the meetings were well attended, and the society was prosperous. About this time many members removed, and the interest so rapidly declined that after December, 1851, no Monthly meeting was held, although Particular meetings were maintained with considerable regularity several years later. Recently these have been only occasionally held by the Raley family and a few others, sometimes assisted by Friends from the Salem meeting.
Eli C. Vale and Anna Price Underwood were Quakers. Anna died April 2, 1833 in Colurnbiana County, Ohio and is buried in the East Carmel, Friends Cemetery in Columbiana County, Ohio. Eli C. Vale died April 25, 1879 in Columbiana County, Ohio and is buried in the East Carmel, Friends Cemetery in Columbiana County, Ohio.
Their children are:
1.) Mary Ann Vale who was born on February 7, 1815 in Warrington Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania. She married Isaac Vale on October 26, 1857. Isaac was born on February 1, 1813. Mary Ann Vale died May 2, 1899 in Webber, Kansas. Isaac Vale died on June 20, 1838 in Webber Township, Jewel County, Kansas. Their children are:
2.) John Thomas Vale who married Lydia Richardson.
3.) Beulah (or Beaulah) Vale who was born on July 3, 1818 in Bethlehem Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania. She married George Conkle on March 24, 1836 in Columbiana County, Ohio.
4.) Martha H. Vale who was born on May 31, 1820 in Columbiana County, Ohio. She married John Richardson. She died on December 29, 1861.
5.) HiP. Vale who was born on August 7, 1822 in Columbiana County, Ohio. He died on December 8, 1886.
6.) Susannah J. Vale who was born on March 17, 1825 in Columbiana County, Ohio. She married Isaac Booth. In their 1880 Census Isaac Booth was 61 years old and born in Ohio. He was a farmer. Susanna kept house. Their children are: P.A. Booth, a daughter who was single and 36 years old and born in Pennsylvania; H.J. Booth who was a son who was single and 31 years old and born in Pennsylvania; and E.V. Booth (probably Eli Vale Booth) a son who was single and 23 years old and born in Ohio. Susanna died on October 3, 1890.
7.) Louisa Vale who was born on April 22, 1827 in Columbiana County, Ohio. She married Thomas Elwood Pyle (known as Elwood), on October 1, 1846. He was born on August 13, 1820 in Maryland. They were Quakers. Thomas Elwood died in 1890. Their children are:
8.) Lewis W. Vale who was born on February 3, 1829 in Columbiana County, Ohio. He married Sarah W. Pyle who was born on October 8, 1831. She was married on September 22, 1853. Her father was Benjamin Pyle and her mother was Elizabeth Wright.
9.) Franklin F. B. Vale who was born on March 31, 1831 in Columbiana County, Ohio. He married Mary D. Johns on January 5, 1854 in Columbiana County, Ohio.
10.) James E. Vale who was born on March 31, 1833 in Columbiana County, Ohio. He married Angeline Metz.
Going back to Thomas Elwood Pyle his parents are Benjamin Pyle and Elizabeth Wright. Benjamin Pyle was born on September 21, 1781 in Springfield Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. He married Elizabeth Wright. She was born on December 28, 1789 in Springfield Township, Delaware County, Ohio. Her father was Samuel Wright.
In Middleton Township Benjamin Pyle and his sons, Aaron, Henry, and Elwood, were among the very earliest settlers on Section 19. Benjamin was one of the persons to pay a road tax in 1838, levied on the chattel property of the township and was therefore a resident. Benjamin and his family belonged to the Carmel Monthly Meeting of Hicksite Friends. Their children are:
1.) John Pyle who was born on July 23, 1808 in Springfield Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. He died January 13, 1824.
2.) Aaron Pyle who was born on September 25, 1811 in Springfield Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. He married Lydia Ann Williams on September 25,1845. He died June 29, 1869. Their children are:
3.) William Pyle who was born on April 17, 1813 in Springfield Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. He died on August 14, 1813.
4.) Hannah Pyle who was born on September 17, 1814 in Springfield Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Hannah married Samuel Richie. She died on April 11, 1869.
5.) Henry Pyle who was born on July 22, 1816 in Springfield Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Henry married Rebecca Taylor on March 24, 1857.
6.) Mary Pyle who was born on June 11, 1818 in Springfield Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Mary married John Gates.
7.) Thomas Elwood Pyle who was born on August 13, 1820 in Springfield Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. He married Louisa Vale.
8.) Esther M. Pyle who was born on November 29, 1823 in Springfield Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Her nickname was Hettie. She married Judge Joseph Hale on November 26, 1846. She died on December 21, 1898.
9.) Elizabeth Sharpless Pyle who was born on September 22, 1826 in Springfield Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. He Nickname was Lizzie. She married Bentley Cleaver on March 21, 1848. Their children are: Harry, Curtis, Jennie, Addie and Anna.
10.) Sarah W. Pyle who was born on October 8, 1831 in Columbiana County, Ohio. She married Lewis W. Vale on September 22, 1853.
America Belle and Eli C. Vale had one child and her name was Jessie H. Vale. She was born in 1880 in Columbiana County, Ohio. She married David Harry Williams. He was born on November 9, 1877. He lived in Columbiana County, Ohio. David Harry Williams died in March of 1968. I have a 1870 map (below)that shows that John Thomas Vale owned 134 acres. I also have a 1902 map that shows Eli C. Vale is now living on 59 acres of the same land that John Thomas Vale owned and he must have sold or given the other 75 acres to David Harry Williams because David Harry Williams lives next door to Eli C. Vale.
The two maps (below) have all of my ancestors that lived there at the time underlined.
Below is a telephbne directory that was in the History of Columbiana County, Ohio book; a page from the Columbiana County, Ohio Marriages, 1800-1870; two 1850 Census; and a 1880 Census. All of these pages are on the Vales.
David Harry and Jessie H. "Vale" William's children are:
a.) Howard Williams
b.) Louise Williams who was born onFebruary 15, 1904 in Rogers, Columbiana County, Ohio. She married Paul Marquis Faulk on February 11, 1922. He was born on September 8, 1905. They lived on Cream Ridge Road, Lisbon, Columbiana County, Ohio. She lived in this area her entire life. She and her husband were owners and operators of the Faulk's Meat Market and Butcher Shop on State Route 517 outside of Lisbon, Columbiana County, Ohio for many years.
She will also be remembered for her many ruralpaintings done from memory displayed throughout the area.
Paul and Louise Faulk lived on Road 783, RD#3, Lisbon, Ohio. They owned 167 acres and it was a general farm. Their children are:
3.) Edna Williams (Jessie Vale and David Harry William's daughter), married Paul Whipp and they had one son Paul Whipp, Jr. She then married Charles Granger of Columbiana, Ohio.
4.) Mabel Williams (Jessie Vale and David Harry Williams's daughter).
Louise Vale Faulk died at 11:20 a.m. Saturday at her home following a lengthy illness. She died on April 10, 1982. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Eells-Leggett Funeral Home by Allan Foster of the Lisbon Jehovah Witnesses Kingdom Hall. Burial will be in East Carmel Cemetery in Rogers, Columbiana County, Ohio. Paul M. Faulk died on December 11, 1980.
David Harry Wilk 's father was Oscar Williams. He married a woman from Indiana who was Edna Pool They had six children: three boys-Harry Williams, Grover Williams, Thomson Williams and three girls-Tollie Williams Sadders, Ellen Williams and Maggie Williams Pike.
Oscar and Edna lived down near Williamsport. Edna and Harry, her son went down in their cornfield to cut corn. Harry jumped off the old rail fence and got bit by a copperhead snake. The only thing that saved his life was warm milk. Farmers all around the neighborhood kept a fresh supply of milk every few hours to soak Harry's foot in. The warm milk served to draw the poison of the snake bite out.
Oscar and Edna came from Indiana in a covered wagon with four children: Tollie, Maggie, Grover and Harry. Ellen and Thomson were born here in Williamsport, Ohio. Oscar worked as a tow man for the canal.
took these pictures while riding on one down at Canal Fulton, Ohio on
Some of the canal boats were power driven by engines. However, most were mule drawn. There would be tow mules hitched to the boats that pulled them up and down the canal. Usually the tow path with the 10 feet wide berm was mostly used for the two mules. Men who walked these mules had a certain beat to go walk each day, just like a cop. Each man say would walk a ten mile beat, and then be relieved by another man who would continue his beat 10 miles until the destination was reached. He would then make a return trip back and continue the same.
Oscar Williams was from Madison Township at the time. Oscar was the father of Hany, Jessie and Blanch Williams. Blanch married a Denver Williams, the son of Oscar William's brother. Blanch and Denver lived by Flander, Gastons Mills. Oscar Williams' son, Jessie, married and built a new house on Cream Ridge Road. This is the Manny Fenny house where Ronald and Martha live today. Dora Lanes was a granddaughter of Jess Williams. Oscar Williams' son Hany was 84 when he died and he died in 1948.
Jess Williams was a brother of Oscar Williams, the Hoggie in the Canal Days. They called the men that lead the mules to pull the canal boats, Hoggies. Jesse Williams was born in 1814.
Jess Williams built this farm house, but Jess did not live very many years to enjoy the work of his hands. Dora Lanes, his granddaughter, told me he died young. This house is on the Cream Ridge Road. To reach Cream Ridge Road, go south of Elkton one and one quarter of a mile, make a left at the crossroads, about one and a half of a mile on the left you will see this fm house. This was his farm in 1835.
There is a spring house with a well in it north of the house; also a butcher house where the butchering was done. Jess and his wife, Eliza, were the grandparents of Dora Lanes.
Jess Williams was an active person in 1842. John Vogleson, Justice of the Peace, swore Jess in as Supervisor of District #7. Jess Williams was school director, elected in September, 1841, in District #7. In 1842, Jess had 61 votes for Township Trustee. Jess bought two one-horse buggies from Elijah Farr for $127.00 on October, 1849. Jess repaired the covered bridge in District #7 and received $1.93 for the work from Roder #5.
Louise Faulk told the story about Jess Williams hauling one time a dead man in a wagon from Cream Ridge Road to a funeral hall in East Liverpool. She could not remember who the dead man was. She later found out through a friend that the dead man was Frederick March. Jesse Williams fought in the War of 1812.
Jess died and Eliza lived here alone for years. After she died, the place sold. In 1904, Maney Finney bought it. He married Eliza Jane Gaston, and their children were Ronald, Mary and Martha. Martha was a school teacher and died in 1980. Mary died a few years previous, and now all that is left is Ronald on this farm. His barn burned about 1977. "Bump", Ronnie, as we called him, lost a lot of farm machinery in the fire.
Ira Willis Bowman who was born on June 22, 1859 in Columbiana County,
Ohio. Rev. William H. Riden mamed Ira and Martha Clementine Orr on May
12,1885. Ira died on March 3, 1929. Their
Harry Lincoln Bowman who was born on July 25, 1865 in Columbiana
5. Marqouis Lowrie Bowman who was born on February 15, 1874. He died on September 22, 1874. He was 7 months and 7 days old.
6. Perry Moore Bowman who was born on February 15, 1874. He is a twin. He died September 15, 1874. He was 7 months old.
This is a story about the Dutch Town School that some of my relatives went to. The Dutch Town School was built on John Walter's ground. John Walters lived where Marge Dixson and Harrold lives now this 1976. Orland Dickey told Alf and Dorthy Stuba when they bought the old school house in 1939 that the trees there were planted 80 years ago, which would mean they were planted in 1859. In 1853 the school must have been built, 6 years before the trees were planted.
In 1853 District #6 directors were Samuel Crawford, Joseph Cope and Henery Walters. According to the Columbiana County History on Page 135, there were 64 youths.
According to the Journal paper of June 5, 1933, there was a baseball game here at the Dutch Town School between Dutch Town and Clarkson and it ended 22 to 1.
Alf Stuba died and Dorthy remarried again to a druggist, Felix Butch. Dorthy's daughter mamed a Hillbeny and they have remodeled the old school into a beautiful home.
In 1980 the old school will be 121 years old.
From 1931 to 1936, the teacher, David Hollingsworth, of 220 E. Chestnut Street, Lisbon, Ohio, taught here. From 1936 to 1939, Ruth Maple, R.F.D.f, Lisbon, Ohio, taught here. The County Superintendent was H. C. Leonard, kom Lisbon, Ohio.
Some of the children were of these families, who attended school here: Bowman, Warricks, Kampfer, Crawford, Apple, Finny, Stooksbeny and Morlans.
This is my interpretation of a letter written to Anna E. Peters &om her sister. I don't know her sister's name. The letters that were written back in this time are very hard to read because the people back then didn't know how to spell. So they spelled the words the way they sounded.
May 4th 88
Dear Sister you no doubt think it very strange I have not written to you before this but have neglected it by putting it off forever; fine (find) no time for that I had so much to do. I have been do housekeeping three weeks and of course had the whole house to clean grounds keeper new and garden then rake yard to clean and for little bit behind so you see have had very little for anything; but work but now we came through and I wish you would come up and stay a week or two with us. Frank wants you to wme and stay as long as you can. Come soon we can have a good time I will have nothing to do now but get us something to eat so if you have any sewing bring it along and I will do any cutting and fitting you want and help you sew. come and we will make it as pleasant as we can for you come to Elkton Some day you could walk if they are to busy to bring you and come up on the train. Start in the morning and Hun if you have to stay over it will not be dark like it was when you went home well I will close hoping to see you here soon
P.S. Annie your nidy is done it is very pretty you can get it when you come up I gave Ira The money to get the tacks for it and silk to work it hope you will like it. Please examine Paper for it is scarce about the house. Tell all the folks to come and see me when they are in town second house from canton bridge. West Walnut Street. You can not miss it if you have any pretty plants or flowers that you do not want please bring them along maybe you could get those daliah roots from that Mrs. Henry if you can bring me two