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Descendants of Hans (John) Maegert Maggard


20. John Maggard

According to Ken Maggard's Book: Page 3
Sept 1969

John Maggard was born ca 1761 in Shenandoah County, Virginia. He married ca 1780 to Mary who was born 1764. His Will was recorded in Shenandoah County, Will book Q. page 98 and dated October 27, 1830

21. Barbara Maggard

Ken Maggard's Book Page 4

Barbara Maggard was born in 1785, Married Jacob Kaufman.
Her marriage record indicates that Christey Maggard was her Father and Samuel was her grandfather.

75. William Maggard

Note from Brenda Slone, <jonboysmom@aol.com>
William was living with his mother at the time of the 1830 census. Children unknown

28. Henry Maggard

Henry was born in Rockingham, County, Va. March 1773 and he moved to Orange County, Va. where he married Elizabeth Lamb in 1791. They moved to August County Virginia where he is listed in the August County court records, 1745-1800 page 115, West Virginia Estate settlement. He and his family are listed as having lived Monroe County; Monroe County was made up from parts of Greenbrier and parts of Montgomery County and was not established until sometime after 1799 . His land was 15 miles from the court house on Indian Creek and Wolf Creek. His will was probated March 1843 in Monroe County Virginia. Kenneth Maggard in his book Published in Sept 20, 1969 reports that Henry died in 1843.
He had 5 children
In some research he is called John Henry Maggart

29. Samuel I Maggard


Picture of double headstone reads:
Samuel Rebecca Robeson
1774 - 1858 1776 - 1855
In Loving Memory

Concerning the spelling of Rebecca Robeson, see notes dated Nov. 25, 2000 under Rebecca's notes.

Notes on Rebecca "Robertson", wife of Samuel Maggard from V.N. (Bud)Phillips, Author of Coming Down Cumberland
"The name of Robertson is very often found in Scotland and England. It is said to originally derive from Robert's son. Many of the names came early to Virginia; so many that it is now difficult to ascertain which line is ours. The parentage of Rebecca Robertson Maggard has not been definitely established at this time. However, there is a strong tradition in the family that she was a daughter of Benjamin and Celia Robertson. In that all her family seems to have lived at one time or another in SW VA and No. TN, it is likely that her parents may have lived in that section, though this is not at all certain. It is known that some of the Robertson's were in Carter Co., TN as early as 1798.
I will list here our Robertson family (brothers and sisters of Rebecca Robertson Maggard).
John, Henry, Catherine Robertson Bach, Easter Robertson Blair, Rebecca Robertson Maggard, Susannah Robertson Dykes, Mary "Polly" Robertson Dykes and Thomas."....V.N. Phillips

Rebecca became the mother of the large Maggard clan of Eastern Kentucky

From this marriage the connections of "Maggards, Blairs, Days and Colliers" often intermarried in later generations again bringing old lines together.
The following is from the Bach/Back side of the story:
MAGGARD-L Archives
From: "Brian K. Caudill" <bcaudill@metrolink.net>
Subject: [MAGGARD-L] The Maggard Family in Dr. Wilgus Back's book
Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2000 20:57:58 -0400

Howdy Maggard Cousins,

This list has been quiet, lately, so I though I would post some Maggard information that someone
(Robbie Fields Tanner) recently sent me.
It is from a book/manuscript written by Dr. Wilgus Bach/Back nearly 70 years ago. Dr. Back collected
vital genealogy statistics on thousands of people in southeastern Kentucky, including the Maggard
family. He died of strep throat at the age of 49 on April 28, 1936.
Robbie was so kind to type up this information for me, as well as, information on the Frazier family. She
made copies from the manuscript kept at the University of KY Lexington Genealogy Library. She said
that the manuscript contains several hundred pages and has information on many southeastern Kentucky families.
The information is not very detailed (ie. no dates are given) but it may help someone connect their
Maggard line. I found a few "diamonds in the rough" in the Frazier information she sent to me. :) Robbie
said that she typed the information exactly as it was in the manuscript. Enjoy.
Brian K. Caudill
Malabar, FL
Visit my Letcher County, KY, Web Page at http://home.mpinet.net/bcaudill/kygenweb/letcher.htm

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Came from Shenandoah Co, VA

Old Samuel Maggard born in Germany, educated there, and seeking a home where he might worship God as a free moral agent, sailed for America, he landed in North Carolina, came up into Virginia, and there married Rebecca Robinson.
To this union were born twelve children, and as he and Old John Bach Sr. were both direct from Germany, married sisters, in Virginia, they came together to the Poor Fork of the Cumberland River in what was then Knox Co., but is now Letcher County. Here they established homes, that have all
passed away, with the exception of their old chimneys, the generations which have followed have not dared to compete with the old Germans in their masonry, so as a result you see many beautiful homes with the original chimney, which is wide, deep and safe from danger of fires.
The land which they occupied l50 years ago bear the names of the original settlers, and there was found the best type of citizenship, they were honest, truthful, religious in the strict sense of the word, even the motto of that old German mother as she pressed her lips to the forehead of the departing son, never to see him again, said, "Samuel, work like you would live forever, and pray like you would die tomorrow" and this motto is instilled into every heart of the Maggard race, and as a result, is to be seen that we find more ministers of the Gospel, by the name of Maggard in these Eastern Counties than of any other family.
It is true that all families are not blessed with the ones of whom we feel proud, and this family too has had its share of unfortunates, but the old stock was one long to be remembered as a model in the mountains.
Old Samuel Maggard married Rebecca Robinson, and her sister married Old John Bach, her name was Catherine, so the oldest daughter of Old Samuel Maggard, married the brother of old John Bach, thereby John Bach became his brother's uncle, and Catherine Robinson became a sister-in-law to her niece, there was no blood relationship, but what is the real family tie that binds?
Strange as it may seem, Old Samuel Maggard of Germany was a noted Baptist minister in the mountains of Kentucky, his son Samuel Maggard was one of the greatest preachers of his day, and the old gentleman had seven sons, with a Samuel in each family, and nearly every Samuel Maggard felt it his duty to follow in the footsteps of the old minister, thus we find the Maggards followers of the lowly Nazarene.
Old David Maggard was born l838, who was very feeble last year is again in the service of his Master, he has been preaching nearly 70 years , lives on the Cumberland River, below Eolia, is a very interesting and intelligent old man, his parents were James Maggard and Abbie Boggs, and it is with
great pride he shows how the Lord has blessed him, to live, preach, teach and pray for those more unfortunate souls about him.

3. REUBEN MAGGARD (the son of John Maggard, and grand son of Old Samuel Maggard) m. Minerva
Hamilton of Virginia, they had six children.
l. Nancy Maggard m. W.B. Wooton
2. Riley Maggard m. Eliza Jane Vanover
3. Ellen Maggard m. John Melton
4. John Maggard m. Nancy Nantz
5. Susannah Maggard m. Rome Napier, James Campbell, Si Lawson
6. Margaret Maggard m. William Wooton

4. JOHN MAGGARD, son of Ruben, m. NANCY NANTZ, have seven children -
l. Orpha Maggard m. Grover Hollen
2. Polly Maggard
3. Daniel Maggard m. Martha Asher
4. Pearl Maggard
5. Sylvia Maggard
6. Mason Maggard
7. Lila Jean Maggard
SAMUEL MAGGARD, son of OLD SAMUEL MAGGARD, had a son whose name was SAMUEL MAGGARD, and he married SARAH JANE MCCLAIN, in Rowan Co., he had fourteen children, six only recorded -
l. Nathaniel Maggard
2. Monroe Maggard
3. Green Maggard
4. Lucy Maggard m. a Pratt
5. Rebecca Maggard
6. Elizabeth Maggard m. a Slone
ROSANNA MAGGARD, b. l859, m. PRESTON BRADLEY, b. l853, she was the daughter of Samuel Maggard Jr., and the granddaughter of OLD SAMUEL MAGGARD SR. She had seven children -
l. Polly Bradley b. March 9, l875, m. William Mullins
2. Fairlena Bradley b. l877 m. Perry Whitt
3. Samuel Bradley b. l879 m. Cordelia Shepherd
4. Lou Vernia Bradley b. l88l m. a Smith
5. Sarah Jane Bradley b. l883 m. Morgan Shepherd
6. George Anne Bradley b. l885 m. Green Shepherd
7. Mines Bradley b. l887 m. Eva Stacey
Old Samuel Maggard a German, who had recently left the German Empire on account of religious restrictions, came to America and met with Rebecca Robinson, a red headed Irish girl, and married her in l795, in Virginia, their family of twelve were:
l. John Maggard b. l796 m. Sarah Adams in l8l8
2. Susannah Maggard b. May 2, l798 m. Henry Bach Sr.
3. Peggy Maggard m. Stephen Adams
4. Sallie Maggard m. Samuel Caudill
5. Ruben Maggard m. Anna Roberts
6. Henry Maggard m. Elizabeth Parker
7. David Maggard m. Susie Harris
8. James Maggard m. Abbie Boggs
9. Samuel Maggard Jr., b. l8l4, m. Rachel Sturgeon b. l8l5
l0. Moses Maggard m. Charlotte Creech
ll. Elizabeth Maggard m. Gilbert Creech
l2. Rebecca Maggard m. Abel Boggs
l. JOHN MAGGARD b. l796 M. SARAH ADAMS in l8l8. They had twelve children -
l. Isaac Maggard
2. Henry Maggard
3. Moses Maggard
4. Jesse Maggard
5. Samuel Maggard m. a McIntosh
6. John A. Maggard m. a Minyard, live in Leslie Co.
7. Gilbert Maggard m. ? live in Clay Co.
8. Ruben Maggard m. Minerva Hamilton, live in Leslie Co.
9. Polly Maggard m. a Boggs
l0. Nancy Maggard m. John Melton
ll. Sarah Maggard m. a Baker
l2. Rebecca Maggard
9. SAMUEL MAGGARD JR. M. RACHEL STURGEON, had ten children -
l. John Maggard m. Anna Pratt, lived in Letcher Co.
2. Moses Maggard m. Ruth Minyard, in Leslie Co.
3. William Maggard m. Amanda Coburn, in Floyd Co.
4. Polly Maggard m. Lewis Mosely, lived in Perry Co.
5. Mima Maggard m. Green Holliday, in Perry Co.
6. Sallie Maggard m. Elijah Messer, lived in Perry Co.
7. Nancy Maggard m. Roger Cornett, lived in Perry Co.
8. Rosanna Maggard m. Preston Bradley, lived in Breathitt
9. Samuel Maggard m. Sarah J. McClain, lived in Rowan Co.
SAMUEL MAGGARD married REBECCA ROBINSON and their tenth child was Moses Maggard, who married Charlotte Creech.
MOSES MAGGARD born on the Poor Fork of the Cumberland, married Charlotte Creech, also of Letcher County, on the Cumberland. Their children were -
l. Samuel Maggard married Nannie Lewis
2. Israel Maggard married Sallie Lewis
3. Minerva Maggard married Larkin Lewis
4. William Maggard died when a small boy
5. Amy Maggard married Wilson Baker
6. Chrisley Maggard married Rhoda Lewis
7. Israel Maggard married Martha Melton
8. Felix Maggard died when a small boy
9. Myrtle Maggard died when a child
l0. Ona Maggard married Felix Feltner
ll. Rebecca Maggard married Hobart Miniard
l2. Maude Maggard married Allen Howard
l3. Claude Maggard married Beatrice
SAMUEL MAGGARD JR. married second wife MATILDA MINIARD, 2 children -
l4. Herschell Maggard not married
l5. Eliza Maggard not married
l6. Jesse Maggard married ?
l7. Samuel Maggard
l8. William Maggard
l9. Winnie Maggard
20. Elizabeth Maggard
2l. Nannie Maggard
22. Matilda Lewis married Henry Day
23. Rachel Lewis married Isaac Callahan
24. Nannie Lewis married Henry Y. Baker
25. Rutha Lewis married Jack Williams
26. Orgie Lewis married Lee Pennington
5. AMY MAGGARD MARRIED WILSON BAKER, had seven children -
27. Essie Baker died age l8, unmarried
28. Clyde Baker married Virgie Lewis
29. Oma Baker married no one
30. Ross Baker not married
3l. Hanna (boy) Baker not married
32. Ollie Baker not married
33. Juda Baker died in infancy
34. Coy Maggard born Jan l3, l907
35. Clarence Lewis Maggard born Feb. 22, l909
36. Fred Maggard born May 6, l9l, married Polly Revis
37. Glady Maggard born Jan 2l, l9l3
38. Walton Maggard born Dec. l9l5
39. Robert Maggard born l9l9
40. Dexter Maggard born l9l7, died l9l9
4l. Mae Maggard born l92l
42. Ellen Ruth Maggard born Dec. 26 l925
43. Elmer Maggard born l923, this family lives in Cinda, Leslie Co., KY
7. ISRAEL MAGGARD MARRIED MARTHA MELTON, they had five children -
44. Bessie Maggard married Joseph Jackson
45. Herman Maggard married no one
46. Grace Maggard not married
47. Ivan Maggard not married
48. Ruby Maggard not married.
This family lives at Lothair, Perry Co., KY
49. Fern Feltner single
50. Lola Feltner
5l. Elsie Feltner
52. Catherine Feltner
53. Denver Feltner
54. Dillard Feltner
55. Linville Miniard dead
56. Iva Miniard single
57. Callie Miniard
58. Dillard Miniard twin
59. Leslie Miniard twin
60. Hobart Miniard Jr.
l2. MAUDE MAGGARD MARRIED ALLEN HOWARD, lives at Cinda,Leslie co, KY
6l. Marcus Howard died in infancy
62. Helen Howard
63. Edward Howard
64. Mae Howard
l3. CLAUDE MAGGARD MARRIED BEATRICE ?, live at Grays Knob, Harlan Co, KY
65. Dorsey Maggard girl
66. ? Maggard

22. MATILDA LEWIS MARRIED HENRY DAY, lived at Dalley KY, 5 children -
67. Willie Day married ?
68. McKinley Day married ?
69. David Day married ?
70. Harry Day married ?
7l. Amanda Day single
72. Lee Callahan married ?
73. Katie Callahan married ?
78. Bradley Baker
79. Larkin Baker
80. Chrisley Baker
82. Olie Williams married ?
83. Burley Williams
84. Ada Williams
85. ? Williams married a Stidham
86. ? Williams married a Wells
87. Earl Pennington dead
88. Cecil Pennington
36. FRED MAGGARD born May 6, l9ll, married POLLY REVIS, live at Cinda, KY,
have one child -
89. Ralph Maggard born l930
SALLIE ANNE MAGGARD MARRIED COLONEL FAUSBURG TATE, live at Hindman, KY, they have children as follows:
- Bertha Tate, married, live West Virginia
- Mattie Tate single
- Ruth Tate
- Frank Tate
- Hazel Tate
- Theodore Tate
- Hugo Maggard
- Carson Maggard single
- Leon Maggard
- Agnus Maggard m. in Ohio
- Olive Maggard m. ?
- John Hilliard Maggard
- Tilton Maggard
WILLIAM MAGGARD, son of Samuel Maggard, Jr., married AMANDA COBURN of Floyd Co, KY, lived in Knott Co., KY, their children:
- John C. Maggard b. Nov. l6, l864, m. Serena Hays
- Phoeba Jane Maggard m. Anderson Hays
- Lourania Maggard died unmarried at age 22
- Catherine Maggard died age 6
- Samuel David Maggard b. Oct 3l, l874, md. Sallie Watts
- Sarah Anne Maggard b. l876, m. Col. Falsburg Tate
- James Buchanan Maggard b. l878, m. Allie Smith
- Arminta Maggard m. Sylvester Garrett, Oklahoma
- Nora Maggard died age 20 single
JOHN C. MAGGARD MARRIED SERENA HAYS, lived in Oklahoma, Octavia P.O., they lived in Knott Co., KY til l90l. Their children:
- Roxie Maggard married in Oklahoma
- Luna Maggard
- Ballard Maggard
- Dewey Maggard
- Olive Maggard
- Martha Maggard
PHOEBA JANE MAGGARD MARRIED ANDERSON HAYS, live at Stacy, KY, they have l0 children -
- Corsie Hays married Green Campbell of Stacy KY
- Lillie Hays m. Andrew Engle
- Marida Hays died age l5
- Curtis Hays died age l3
- Edna Hays died age ll (boy)
- Pearlie Hays married Wireman Neace
- Lola Hays single
- ? Hays died age 7
- Blanche Hays single
- Burnette Hays died age 4
- Bille Hays single
SAMUEL DAVID MAGGARD b. Oct. 3l, l874, m. SALLIE WATTS, 9-l6-l897, live Hindman, KY, have nine children -
- Grace Maggard b. July l9, l898, m. Turner C. Campbell of Mousey KY
- Dorothy Maggard b. Nov. l3, l899, m. Troy Sturgill at Garrett KY
- Eva Maggard b. Nov. l2, l90l, m. Tom Allen Martin, Floyd KY
- French Adam Maggard b. May 22, l903, m. Oriole Stephens, Betsy Lane
- Marida Maggard b. Dec. 29, l904, m. Charlotte Baker, Buffalo, Wyoming
- Golda Maggard b. Nov. 27, l906, m. Monroe Wicker, Lackey KY
- Sheldon Maggard b. April l0, l908, m. Nina Wicker, Hindman KY
- Arnold Maggard b. Aug. ll, l9l0 single
- Vernon Castle Maggard b. July l9, l9l7
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Maggard, Samuel, Sr.
State: Kentucky Year: 1840
County: Harlan Roll: M704_113
Township: Unknown Townships Page: 109
Image: 218
More notes from Dve Maggard (leftysoldguitar@yahoo.com)
Samuel along with his wife Rebecca, led a caravan of fifteen wagons out of the Shennandoah Valley of Virginia, to Kentucky in 1805, By the time they came to the base of the Pine Mountain in Virginia at Pound Gap, most all of other families in the wagon caravan had either turned back ` or gone on south into North Carolina. leaving Samuel and Becky and their children and about five of the family slaves alone in the wilderness of Virginia. Samuel did some surveying of terrain and decided the road up the Virginia side of The Pine Mountain to the gap was impassable for their heavy loaded wagons so, he turned toward Flat Gap ( which is now, Wise County, Va ) where he and Becky' and the slaves were able to clear a path up the mountain by cutting fallen trees, and removing rocks, etc, and they made a road so they could cross over the mountain with the big wagons and down onto the Poor Fork of the Cumberland River in what then, was a wilderness with most all of the land lying there on the Cumberland River being unclaimed. Yet some other historians say that Samuel came through The Pound Gap into Cowan Creek and then on to the Poor Fork of The Cumberland River.
The Kentucky Land Grants were not in place untill several years later ( so, the aquisition of land was comprised more or less of finding unsettled land, marking off your boundries, and then, 'clear it and keep it under claim for yourself !
They stopped there On the Upper Cumberland to do some extensive repairs on two of their heavy wagons which had broken down coming over the rough mountain pass, and after hunting a few evenings, Samuel found the game to be plentiful and after looking over some of the level valley land, Samuel and Rebecca liked what they saw, and decided to settle on the rich fertile land lying in the big beautiful valley beside the Cumberland River instead of going on to the bluegrass section of Kentucky where they had originally planned to go. Their new home site at that time, was in Knox County, which later changed to Harlan Co, and is now Letcher County, Kentucky. Having decided to settle there, Samuel spent the next several days marking off his boundries of land which mostly consisted of rich bottom land, and family history says, His lines ran from what is today known as Sam's Ridge near Partridge, to the far upper Cumberland where they built a large 2 story log house at the spot where their wagons had broken down, and what is known today as "the Wilson Creech farm.. Samuel and Rebecca saw the county name where they settled, change three times and never left their original homestead on the Poor Fork of the Cumberland River. their home was built about six or eight miles down from the beginning of the Cumberland River. History states that Samuel and Rebecca had a fine home, and were well off back in Virginia and they brought practically all of their furniture and other household goods, including, cooking utensils, a table for preparing meals enroute, Samuel had all of his farming tools, sheep, and hogs loaded on some of the wagons and also, had their milk cows tied behind. It is also said that Samuel could not bear the thought of leaving any of their furniture or other luxuries behind that would help to make them comfortable in Kentucky, So one of the oxen drawn wagons used, contained bedding for Rebecca and the children to rest and sleep in at night while on their way to Kentucky.
Their four children thought to be riding on the wagon train were: #1.John Benjamin age 5, #2. Susan age 3, # 3. Randolph also referred to sometimes as Rudolph age 1. #4. Baby Henry was said to have been born enroute somewhere in the state of North Carolina in 1801. Samuel, by trade, was a farmer, blacksmith, hunter , and a gunsmith, who made guns and traps, and also, He was a Baptist Minister. The first post office in the area was called Maggard, Ky. ( in honor of Sam and Becky Maggard ) Then several years later, the post office was re-named Partridge, Ky and remains so today. Samuel and Rebecca were married in Virginia in 1795. Rebecca was said to have been born in 1776, in Henry County, Virginia and was the daughter of John Benjamin and Celia Robins/Robertson she also was of Irish descent. Rebecca Robinson worked on a large farm in the Shannandoah Valley of Virginia where she was a milkmaid she was a pretty young Irish lass and also a young German worked on the same farm for the rich English man, this young man's name was Samuel Maggard, Rebecca spoke irish and Samuel spoke German language and it is said, neither could understand the other's language but they managed to carry on a courtship and were eventually married. then the english landowner became homesick for his native country and deeded his entire Virginia land holdings to Samuel and Rebecca free of charge and returned to England.
A few years later, Samuel decided to move west and sold the land in Virginia and along with several of his slaves, brought his young family into Eastern Kentucky. Samuel and Rebecca became the parents of 12 children. Samuel died on October 5, 1853 at Maggard, Ky in Letcher Co, at the age of 79, ( source; Letcher County Death certificate records for 1853 ) the cause of death listed in the records was, Old Age and it also listed him as being a widower, Rebecca had also passed away prior to Samuel in Oct, 1853, ( but according to some other early records, she was said to have died in 1858 but, Samuel's death records dispute that date by stating he was a widower in 1853. ) (source; Letcher Co Records )Rebecca died at age 77 at Maggard, Ky. in Letcher County. They are buried side by side in the Maggard Cemetary at Ovenfork, Ky. near the place where their big log home stood. ( their big two story log house burned several years ago ) All of the Kentucky Maggards mentioned in this family history on down to present day, are the direct descendants of Samuel and Rebecca. Sam and Beckey were true pioneers and were among some of the very early settlers in Eastern Kentucky ( When the newly formed state was in it's infancy and was only 9 years old ) and truly, the very first settlers of the Upper Cumberland River Valley in what was then, Knox County, Kentucky and that part of Knox County became Harlan County and remained in Harlan County untill Letcher County was formed in 1846 from portions of Harlan County and Perry County, this part of Kentucky prior to June 1, 1792, was Lincoln County Virginia, prior to then, it was Kentucky County, Virginia. Knox County Kentucky was formed from Lincoln County, Kentucky a short time after 1792.
Early land Records show that the Maggards settled in Eastern Kentucky in the SE section of the state in what is now Letcher, Harlan, Perry and Leslie Counties. the earliest land grants issued in that area, were issued to Samuel Maggard and his son, John Benjamin Maggard in 1814.
Heads of family housholds living in Letcher County in 1850 were Henry age 29, James 33, Samuel Sr age 78 b, in Va, Rudolph 50, b, Va. Samuel Jr 36, Samuel 20, Moses 31, David "Long Dave"45, John H. 53 b, Va. Moses 27 b, Ohio. Samuel was a life long member and helped to establish the Maggard Old Regular Baptist Church at Maggard, Kentucky and preached there from 1849 to 1852 untill shortly before his death in 1853. Several of his sons and their descendants became ministers and preached at the Maggard Old Regular Baptist Church some of the early pastors are as follows; James Webb Elder, 1820; David Maggard (Long Dave ) 1832; Samuel Maggard 1849; Henry Caudill 1852; John Caudill 1860; Wilson Church 1860; Henry Day 1867; James"Panther Jim" Maggard 1867; James Dixon 1867; David M. Maggard 1872; Eligah Creech 1874; Ira Hall 1880; Charles Blair 1883; William R. Boggs 1897; Sam Boggs 1914; Bill Sparks 1990: The rules set forth in the Maggard Old Regular Baptist Church in 1820 were as follows;
1. No school shall be kept in the meeting house.
2. Don't get drunk or play cards.
3. You shall be cited for, Non attendance, Excluted for 2nd offense.
4. Any man who sayeth that he will, and doeth it not, to be excluded.
5. Hard speeches against the church or members, not to be permitted.
6. July 1838, we shall take up foot washing, as a practice.
7. Offense against the church is called a stumble, they may be taken up.
8. No horse racing or shooting matches permitted.
9. Frolics not permitted in the home of members of the church.
10. Pitching quoits or flipping dollars must be avoided.

Descendant online Roxie G. Maggard-O'Hagan <topaz1946@gmail.com>

Rebecca Robeson\Robinson\Robertson

Have a picture of headstone reading:
Samuel 1774 - 1858
Rebecca Robeson 1776 - 1855
Unless the engraver got the name wrong this is what I (Roxie) have to go by. I am searching on who is replacing the old headstones with new ones and where they got the spelling that is on the current headstone.

Received information (Nov. 25, 2000) from Melanie Cornett-Gross <dotty1@bellsouth.net> as follows:
Post on Dickey Diary, Posted by Linda Lewis-Weissinger <linsing@bellsouth.net
Dr. John J. Dickey Diary, Fleming Co., KY
Recorded in the 1870's and beyond.

Reprinted in KY Explorer, Vol. 12, # 4, Sept. 1997, p. 88, By permission. Letcher, Co.
..SAMUEL MAGGARD (January 20, 1898)
I am a brother of Reuben Maggard. I was born in Harlan County, now Letcher Co., January 20, 1826. I am 72 years old today. I think my grandfather came from North Carolina. My grandmother was a a Robison. My mother was an Adams. In 1847 my father removed to Cutshin, 2 miles below the fords. My father's children were:
Henry, Isaac, Moses, Samuel, Jesse, John, Reuben, Gilbert, Polly, Rebecca, Nancy and Sallie.
Polly married a Boggs; Rebecca married Basil Lewis of Harlan; Nancy, John Melton; and Sallie, Jackson Baker.

Kenneth Maggard notes:
His old home, a Large two story hewed log house, was between Eolia and Partridge and on a point over-looking the Old Maggard Cemetery. Kenneth visited this Cemetery, May 1968. Samuels G-Grandson, Elijah Maggard, 91 yrs. old was the caretaker of the grounds.

31. Adam Maggard

Served in the War of 1812 as an Ensign in the Monroe County, Militia.
In 1824 they moved to Sumter County, Alabama

Nathan Bush

Not confirmed this is the one and same Nathan/Nathaniel Bush which died May 11, 1858
Included in 1850 HH
Catherine Bush, age 75, born VA

44. Mary Maggard

Ward of Henry Pence in Champaign Co, OH 19 May 1815; died @ age 54y, 2m, 3d
Following note from Allen A. Wiant
MARY MAGGART* was born 31 Mar 1801 near Charlottesville, in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She went with her widowed mother (Susannah Pence Maggert) and siblings to Champaign Co., OH while young. Several of her relatives moved with them at the same time. She became a ward of her uncle, Henry Pence, in 1815, and married Adam Wiant on 12 Jul 1821. She died 3 Jun 1855 and is buried at the Myrtle Tree Church Cemetery in Champaign Co.

*Variously spelled

Adam Wiant

Born on the 1000 acre plantation called "Pleasant Retreat" near Charlottesville, VA; perhaps born 25 Oct; in 1817 he followed one year behind brother John to Champaign Co, OH; in Mad River twp on Nettle Creek in the NW part of the twp (along with many from Shenandoah Co, VA), Champaign Co, OH on 162 acres purchased 11Mar 1825 and lived there for the rest of his life, with average net worth in 1870; married 1st to Mary by George Shroufe, J.P.; owned 160 acres SW1/4 of section 29 plus 54 acres in N1/2, SE1/4 of section 35 in Mad River twp, Champaign Co, OH in 1874; m. 2nd Ann Comer 1857; died @ age 82 y, 7m, 10d.
ADAM WIANT was probably born near Luray, Shenandoah County, VA (now in Page County) on 24 Oct 1794. About three years later he was with his family as they moved east across the Blue Ridge to newly acquired property his father came to call "Pleasant Retreat," near present-day White Hall, VA, in Albemarle County.
Adam remained on his family's Virginia land until he was about 25, more than 10 years after his father's death. He then sold his share of the estate to his brother, Abraham, and moved to Champaign County, Ohio, where he cleared land, built a cabin and planted crops in Mad River Township, Section 28.
Adam married Mary Maggart on 12 July 1821, the last of his Champaign County siblings to abandon the single life. They went to housekeeping in a log cabin, quite different from Adam's home in Virginia, and probably lived for some time on the farm before purchasing it, as was customary then. When he contacted the Cincinnati Land Grant office in May 1825 to buy Mad River Township land, he is said to have taken the only tract left, for which he paid $202.50 cash for his 162.88 acres. His inheritance from his father's estate would have made a cash purchase possible. The deed was signed by Pres. John Quincy Adams, and the original sheep-skin is in the possession of Allen John Wiant, who still owns a portion of this land.
Many pioneer families in the county had experience with "friendly" Indians similar to the following. Adam was away from the cabin one day when an Indian appeared in Mary's doorway and began a rapid flow of unintelligible sounds. She was tense with fear, for as he spoke he walked into the room and to the cradle in which baby David was sleeping. As he looked at the boy and continued the one-sided conversation in which the word "papoose" was the only word familiar to her, he swung his hunting knife between his fingers, turned quickly and jabbed it into a burning log in the fireplace. He hurried from the cabin with the burning wood, leaving a trail of smoke behind. Mounting his pony, he galloped westward and disappeared along the Indian trail. After dark, Adam and Mary saw the glow of the Indian hunters' campfire a little more than a mile west of the Blue Hills and their cabin. Though Shawnee Indians continued to return to the Mad River area for food, there occurred no serious incidents.
In 1836 Adam built a brick home from bricks made of clay on his farm. It was on an Indian path which later became a railroad line instead of the public road he had expected. His house, on the north side of his land, was a half-mile back off Runkle Road, in Section 28 of Mad River Township, Champaign County, OH. He called it "Highland Rest." It was an unpretentious six-room, one-and-a-half story house with a fruit cellar below, similar to other pioneer homes, but what a pleasure it must have been to live again in a roomy, substantial and attractive house after ten or more years in a log cabin! This new house had an L-shaped front porch outlined with tall, square, white, wooden pillars to remind him of his birthplace. His family burying ground was beyond the spring on a slope chosen so it could be seen from the kitchen door, an old English custom. Adam's brick house was lived in at times by four generations of Wiants. When it was almost 100 years old, the interior and roof burned, leaving only the brick walls standing. Now just a few bricks and a swampy area are all that is left of this place which many of his descendants had called the old Wiant home in Ohio, the oldest one standing in the 1930's before it burned.
Adam later purchased more land in Mad River Township until he owned a total of 214 acres, making his farm one of the largest in the area. It was eventually divided among his children.
A development that influenced the Champaign County Wiants was a line of the Pennsylvania Railroad. This line, from Columbus to Indianapolis, cut across lands of Mary Ann (Wiant) Loudenback, John Wiant (the tanner) and a corner of Adam's tract in 1853-4. These three received money and other benefits for the right-of-way. They could just hail the train and go, and upon their return the train stopped behind their lands and let them off -- no going to a station! And no longer did they have to drive their cattle on foot to the nearest trading post at Cincinnati, over 80 miles away, or take their grains in the spring wagon there to trade for salt, sugar, etc. Since there was little money, barter was the order of the day. Wiants could also travel by rail to distant places as some did - to the Dakota Territory in the 1880's in less time than it took their parents to make the overland trip from Virginia to Ohio.
The years 1855-56 were difficult ones for Adam. In 1855 his wife Mary died, and his son John went to visit his cousin in Virginia. The following year his son, William Allen, died of tuberculosis at age 18; and three of his other sons, David, Isaac and John, got married and no doubt left home. However, the following year, 1857, was brighter. He started married life anew with Ann Comer, daughter of an early Champaign County settler. This marriage lasted 20 years, until Adam's death in 1877. Ann died three years later.
Adam's progeny, more than those of his siblings, had the urge to travel. His sons went over the mountains to Virginia to see relatives in a day when such trips were seldom taken because of the risk and expense. Some of his descendants have traversed the globe and been to unusual places.
According to the St. Paris weekly newspaper "The Independent," of 4 June 1877 (obituary reportedly written by Rosa Loudenback, wife of Adam's nephew, Jackson Loudenback, and quoted in part):
"He was a fine type of the old fashioned Virginia gentleman; urbane and dignified; positive without being dogmatic; generous without being a spend-thrift; attentive to his own business without being selfish; and just and honorable in all his conduct. Few men have led a more meritorious and worthy life. He was a man of quick judgment, keen with a strong will, and great force physically and mentally. But his passions, sentiments and impulses were subordinated to a discriminating intellect, doubly qualified by a sensitive conscience.
"In his infancy he was baptized into the Lutheran Church, but after years of discretion arrived, affiliated with no Christian organization.

Source: 1787 Virginia Census
Abraham Wiant's Bible
Indenture for "Pleasant Retreat" land
Prather & Stickley, "Book of Wiant Biographies," 1969.

128. David H. Wiant

DAVID WIANT, Adam’s first child, received from him in 1854, a farm of 79 acres on the present Runkle Road adjoining his cousin Allen Pence's land in Jackson Twp of Champaign County. Two years later, at the age of 34, David was in Albemarle County Virginia, to marry his cousin, SARAH C. WYANT, youngest daughter of David Wyant. Their four children were born in Ohio near St. Paris, where they lived the rest of their days. His property remained in his children's names until the death of his last one, Ora, in 1935. After being in the immediate family 81 years, it was granted to Nora M. Promme, executor who was also a distant relative. David Wiant's line ended with his children.
Communications between this Wiant family and Virginia Wyants were maintained for many years. David visited them in about 1853. It was in David's Ohio residence that James Dabney Wiant of Virginia was entertained shortly after the Civil War. David's wife, Sarah, and two of her young children were guests in her Wyant relative's home in Virginia following the war. In addition, David and Sarah maintained the only ties between her family and her brother, Esler Wyant, and his family in Sylvania GA. Some of Esler's descendants visited relatives in Champagne County as late as 1969, when Sarah’s great-nieces Daisy Boykin and Myra (Boykin) Dunning from Sylvania GA visited Mrs. Edjel Lutz in Urbana on their way to see Mr. Dunning’s folks in Michigan.
In the 1930's David and Sarah's remaining living children, Ed and Ora, hosted the visit of Ernest Allen and Mary Wiant and their daughter, Marion, and her husband, J. Dabney Burfoot, Jr. of Virginia. These trips were mentioned in letters now in possession of Mrs. Edjel Lutz and Rena Prather.
David died of dropsy on his farm in 1903, leaving his wife and two children. Sarah lived to be 84 but was blind for 35 years. She was a Christian Science believer and went to Boston where Mary Baker Eddy laid hands on her to heal her. In Sarah's advanced years, her sight was partially restored. She died in 1918 and most of the family estate was left to a Christian Science Church in Dayton. An amount was allotted to the Evergreen Cemetery at St. Paris for the planting of evergreen trees bordering the entrance, and for the upkeep of their family lot. These evergreens, still guarding the cemetery entrance, serve as a memorial to David and Sarah Wiant.

Source: Prather & Stickley, "Book of Wiant Biographies," 1969.

Sarah C. Wyant

SARAH WYANT lived to be 84 but was blind for 35 years. She was a Christian Science believer and went to Boston where Mary Baker Eddy laid hands on her to heal her. In Sarah's advanced years, her sight was partially restored. She died in 1918 and most of the family estate was left to a Christian Science Church in Dayton. An amount was allotted to the Evergreen Cemetery at St. Paris for the planting of evergreen trees bordering the entrance, and for the upkeep of their family lot. These evergreens, still guarding the cemetery entrance, serve as a memorial to David and Sarah Wiant.

Source: Prather & Stickley, "Book of Wiant Biographies," 1969.

Sarah's husband was also her first cousin

132. John Wiant Wiant

JOHN WIANT was born in Champaign Co., OH, in 1832 and was the first in Adam's family to have descendants to continue the surname. John was a farmer. On Oct. 2, 1856 he married Elizabeth Prince, from a prominent Virginia pioneer family of the Shenandoah Valley. They had a son, William Allen, and two daughters, Effie and Emma. Allen, as his parents called him, became a farmer, as all his forbears had been, but he left farming to enter the ministry in 1892, a move his father disapproved. However, in later years, John wrote "I have great pride in my posterity [and] hope some of them may fill high stations."
Before the Civil War John made two trips on horseback to see his Virginia relatives - in 1855 and again before 1859. None of the Ohio Wiants were in that war because they didn't want to fight their Virginia cousins. John was known as a "copperhead" then (a Northerner who sympathized with the South).
In the early 1860's John purchased land at the corner of Runkle and Vance Roads in Mad River Township from Peter W. Prince. After his wife's death he was granted 53 acres east of Vance Road which she had inherited from her father, William F. Prince.
Elizabeth died on July 4, 1873 of blood poisoning. Four years later John married Barbara (Miller) Smith, a widow. John and Barbara had two sons, Delmar and Ralph, and continued to live on his farm at the corner of Runkle and Vance Roads in Champaign County. John Smith, Barbara's son by her previous marriage, lived with them for a time before going west. Barbara would sometimes tell about the recipes for herb medicines she used, which the Indians had given her.
Following 39 years of marriage to Barbara, John died and was buried in Myrtle Tree Cemetery. His grave is marked by a large boulder from his farm.
John left land to his sons by Barbara. Ralph, the younger son, had remained on his father's land, tilled it and taken care of his parents, and received the larger share. A portion was also given to Delmar, Ralph's older brother. After Ralph's death, his acreage was granted to his wife, Carrie. When she died the property passed on to Ruth Anne, Ralph and Carrie's daughter, who continues to live there with Charles Snarr, her husband, and Raymond, their son.

Source: Prather & Stickley, "Book of Wiant Biographies," 1969

133. Isaiah Wiant

ISAIAH WIANT, sixth child of Adam and Mary (Maggart) Wiant, was always very much in the midst of family happenings. His entire 61 years were spent on the land his father pioneered, and the permanent homes of his brothers and sisters - though scattered - were only a few miles away. He was three years old when his father Adam's brick house was built.
At the age of 18, probably in the fall of 1852, Isaiah spent several weeks away from home when he and his brother, David, 12 years his senior, went by horseback to visit their father's relatives near Moorman's River, Virginia. It is believed they were house guests of their Uncle Abraham Wiant's family at Pleasant Retreat. Isaiah told his children that they arrived there late at night, only to be awakened by the small boot-black inquiring for their boots.
Among the many relatives they met was their first cousin, Sarah C. Wyant, their Uncle David Wyant's youngest daughter. As a result of this trip, Sarah and David H. Wiant of Ohio began corresponding and a few years later were married.
The following year excitement ran high when surveying for a proposed railroad crossed the corner of their farm. Building the section of the railroad from Urbana to Indianapolis required more than a year because of the difficulties encountered in the Blue Hills of Champaign County. Some of the Irish laborers brought their families along and camped nearby on the farm of Isaiah's Aunt Mary Ann (Wiant) Loudenback. When the trains finally came they could plainly be seen from the front verandah of their home. Effie (Wiant) Burley, who lived there later, recalls how fast the empty cars went east on the down-grade. She also remembers the loud angry voices of crewmen whose freight engines "stuck" on the up-grade, sometimes several trains in a row. The engine of the second train would have to be uncoupled from its cars so it could push the train ahead. Two engines were needed at times to push a heavy train load through the "cuts" of the Blue Hills and up the long grade toward St. Paris.
Events within the brick house soon brought many changes. Isaiah's mother died in June, 1855, leaving no women in the home. The following February, Isaiah's 18-year-old brother William Allen died and his brother David was granted a license in Albemarle County, Virginia, to marry Sarah Wyant.
In 1856, Isaiah's brother John married Elizabeth Prince, and Isaiah himself married Nancy Smith. Nancy had been born in the historic Blue Bell Inn, where her parents lived and operated the stagecoach stop on the Piqua-Urbana Road west of Westville at the toll gate. At the time of Nancy's marriage, however, the Inn was a residence occupied by Isaiah's sister, Amanda (Wiant) Colbert and family. The home of Julia Ann (Wiant) Smith, his oldest sister, was about two miles south of Westville. David soon built a house on his farm south of St. Paris. The house at the corner of Runkle and Vance Roads, not far east of Adam's lane, became the home of John and Elizabeth. Isaiah's twin brothers, then 16, still lived at home.
Isaiah and Nancy reared their family in a house still standing on the south side of Adam's original farm. It is thought that this house on Runkle Road, more than a half-mile SW of Adam's brick, was built about 1856, the year Isaiah and Nancy married. An old photograph of the house shows the middle portion, which is a weather-boarded log structure with a summer kitchen attached to the north side. The two-story, four-room front section was added after the children were grown, in about 1896. Following Adam's death in 1877 his 214 acres were divided among his widow and seven children. Isaiah received the land where his house is located and also purchased Julia Ann's share. His farm totalled 98 acres.
Isaiah and Nancy's seven children who reached maturity were Ross, Eugene, Frank, Mary, Martha, Charles and Anna. They all attended the Vance School. Eugene was small and active, a favorite with old and young. Mary, who was wed to Truman E. Lutz, became a proficient seamstress with patrons going by train to Urbana for her services after she moved from St. Paris. She was small of stature with rosy cheeks and a ready smile. In 1886 Frank married Nina Berry. He became a street car motorman in Springfield, Ohio. Martha married "Tully" Snapp and they lived with his parents on their Jackson Twp. farm on Heck Hill Road, south of the railroad, where they did extensive stock raising. She was tall, slender and dignified.
As a result of a gravel pit accident, Isaiah limped for the rest of his life, but working with his sons, they hand dropped the corn and swung a scythe-like "cradle" to cut small grain that had to be bound into sheaves by hand. The woods was always well cared for and it yielded fuel, logs and sugar-water to be boiled down for maple syrup. A large barn was built about 1880 of native timber and neighbors came to help with the "raising," an experience remembered by all the children, for every member of the family helped in some way.
As a local forerunner in fruit-tree grafting, Isaiah’s experiments were quite successful and his unusually fine apple orchards east of the house was productive for many years. On the north side of the farm there is a steep slope covered with "wild" or seedling apple trees that produced well. Recognizable were variations of such old-time favorites as strawberry, sheepnose, grindstone, bellflower, rambo and others which in 1968, amply supplied several families with delicious fruit.
In 1881 Isaiah was elected to the office of Mad River Twp Trustee, which office he filled until his health failed. His limited life span gave only his first grandchildren the opportunity of knowing him. Warren W. Wiant, his eldest grandchild, recalled that Sunday dinner meant a long table laden with food, many people, and his grandfather's insistence that Warren be seated next to him so he could serve his plate with plenty of noodles and a piece of real whipped cream pie with colorful jelly on top. Warren commented "I still remember, as a young boy, how different it seemed when we went to visit Grandma and Uncle Eugene with Grandpa gone." He recalled vividly his grandfather's leadership in the Myrtle Tree Church and the pride he felt in seeing his participation.
A search into early church records reveals that Isaiah's eldest daughter, Mary, was baptized in Nettle Creek at the age of eleven, and appears to have been the first member of her grandfather Adam's family to become affiliated with the church. About this time Adam's monument was placed near the top of the hill in the Myrtle Tree Cemetery and his wife, Mary, and two sons were re-interred there. The original burials had been on the farm. The marble slab that had marked Isaiah's mother's grave was used for the nameplate above the entrance to the present Myrtle Tree Baptist Church, built in 1880. This was recalled by Isaiah's youngest son, Charles, during the period when he was the oldest Wiant member of the church.
Myrtle Tree ministers had performed the marriage ceremonies for John and Isaiah and for Adam's second marriage. After the new building was erected, Ross, Frank and Eugene soon joined. Then in 1886 their parents, Isaiah and Nancy, and daughter, Martha, became members with Charles and Anna joining later to make all of Isaiah's family members except for one son-in-law. This family group was responsible, we are told, for the planting and care of the beautiful maple trees around the church.
Isaiah died in 1895. He was buried in his family plot at Myrtle Tree Cemetery close to the church he had helped to improve and expand, and graves of his family and relatives. His monument stands inside the gate nearest the new church annex with his sons, Frank's and Ross' nearby. About halfway up the hill are the tombstones of his brother Ira and cousin Walter. His brothers, William Allen and Ben Franklin, can be found close to their parents' Adam and Mary’s marker, as well as their step-mother, Ann (Comer) Wiant's. His sister, Julia Ann (Wiant) Smith's monument, log cabin shaped, is near Adam's lot near the top of the hill as is his brother, David H. Wiant's infant son's marker. Isaiah's daughter, Anna is on the east side of the drive.
In addition to the burials here of pioneers, John and Adam, are those of their sister, Elizabeth (Wiant) Pence, and her husband Daniel. The stone of another pioneer sister, Mary Ann (Wiant) Loudenback, is no longer in existence but her re-interment was made near the monument of her son, Washington Loudenback.
Two years after Isaiah's death, his youngest children Charles and Anna, were married, leaving Eugene with his mother in their home until her death in 1913. A small white-haired lady, she was known as "Aunt Nan" to everyone. The grandchildren had memories of Aunt Nan's "egg puffs," a favorite of Uncle Tully Snapp; the little sheet-iron stove in the parlor which Uncle Eugene replenished often with wood so the children could have a warm playroom; the what-not shelf in the living room on which was kept the tall green perfume bottle that Grandfather Isaiah had carried with him to Virginia almost 60 years before; and the comfortable-looking base rocker.
Isaiah's homestead and 98 acre farm was purchased by the Snapps, but after deaths among them, it was resold. The house is now the property of John Steinberger, who also owns a millstone once used in a mill at Nettle Creek, and the old Myrtle Tree Baptist Church bell. John's mother, Anna (Zea) Steinberger, was born in Adam's brick house. After Adam's death, the Zeas lived with Ann (Comer) Wiant, his widow, until her death. The site of Adam's brick house, destroyed by fire in 1914 according to a local newspaper report, is now a 2.3 acre plot. Its west line borders the former Isaiah Wiant farm and is presently owned by Norman Prince.

Source: Prather & Stickley, "Book of Wiant Biographies," 1969

135. Asa (Twin) Wiant

ASA WIANT and Ira, the youngest children of Adam and Mary, were twins, born in the new brick house Adam had built. While they were quite young their sisters Julia Ann and Amanda were married, and when the twins were 10 their brother Ben died. In 1853-4, a line of the Pennsylvania Railroad was constructed, crossing a corner of the farm only a few hundred yards from the house. It was an interesting operation for these boys to watch at 13 years of age.
Their mother died just before their 15th birthday, and the household began to change rapidly. In the following year (1856), brothers David, Isaiah and John married, and William Allen died. Their father Adam then employed a housekeeper until the next year, in which he married Ann Comer. When Ann became the homemaker, only the twins were left at home. They were listed in an early census as farmers. As young men they had an old reed organ, and one of them accompanied a male quartet which sang upon request, while the other probably sang with the group.
Ira married Sara Gibbs when he was 32, and Asa married Anna Furrow the following year. Both families established homes in the town of St. Paris. They were among the first Wiants in 1872 to break away from farm life and live in town. In later years their houses were only a short distance apart.
Asa and Anna had no children, but they shared their home with a relative of hers who was always known as Bernice Wiant. When Anna died and Asa later married Emma Shimer, Emma assumed the duties of wife and foster mother, outlived Asa and lived almost as long as Bernice.
The business district of St. Paris was one block long and Asa had a grocery store for many years in the SW corner building of "downtown." There was hitching-rack space on Plum St., along the south side of his grocery, a convenience for farm folks who brought their produce to trade for store products. He was a sociable businessman and his grocery was a favorite spot for adults and children alike. At times he employed Wiant relatives as clerks over a period of two generations. And he often bought fire-wood, meat, lard etc., from the many relatives in the community, for it was considered a friendly duty to encourage "kith and kin" in whatever honest business they pursued. Undoubtedly, he counted out "a penny's worth of candy" for a multitude of youngsters, for the school was only a little over two blocks west. His retirement left a vacancy that was never filled.
Asa once went to Virginia to visit relatives. He had been quite the 'city dude,' as they said in those days. He enjoyed a full life, outliving his twin by 36 years. He died shortly before his 80th birthday.

Source: Prather & Stickley, "Book of Wiant Biographies," 1969

136. Ira (Twin) Wiant

IRA WIANT and his twin brother, Asa, were the youngest children of Adam and Mary, and were born in the new brick house Adam had built. While they were quite young their sisters Julia Ann and Amanda were married, and when the twins were 10 their brother Ben died. In 1853-4, a line of the Pennsylvania Railroad was constructed, crossing a corner of the farm only a few hundred yards from the house. It was an interesting operation for these boys to watch at 13 years of age.
Their mother died just before their 15th birthday, and the household began to change rapidly. In the following year (1856), brothers David, Isaiah and John married, and William Allen died. Their father Adam then employed a housekeeper until the next year, in which he married Ann Comer. When Ann became the homemaker, only the twins were left at home. They were listed in an early census as farmers. As young men they had an old reed organ, and one of them accompanied a male quartet which sang upon request, while the other probably sang with the group.
Ira married Sara Gibbs when he was 32, and Asa, his twin brother, married Anna Furrow the following year. Both families established homes in the town of St. Paris. They were among the first Wiants in 1872 to break away from farm life and live in town. In later years their houses were only a short distance apart.
Ira became a bookkeeper for a St. Paris distillery and a charter member of the St. Paris Odd Fellows Lodge, organized in 1871. His wife, Sara, was a member of the Rebecca Lodge and was known for caring for the ill in the community. They had two children.
Judging from a picture of the twins, Ira appears to have been one of the tall slender Wiants, like his older brother John. Always fragile, Ira died at 43 after only 11 years of marriage, leaving his wife and young children. He was buried in Myrtle Tree Cemetery. A few years later, his daughter Amelia died at the age of 16. She had requested burial at Evergreen Cemetery, St. Paris. Ira's wife Sara and young son Walter were then the only members of the family left, until 1931 when she died. Walter lived for over 30 years more.

Source: Prather & Stickley, "Book of Wiant Biographies," 1969.

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