As family historians we
share what we have gathered knowing we have given the time and done our best
with what we've found. We open and close
our research with an open mind that something new may come to light down the
line and that's o.k.
I begin this post with that statement because the information that follows contains some correction to facts that have been updated. It originally appeared that Belle's great grandparents Jacob and Mary Ann (Cornelius) Covert had obtained land in Mercer County as the result of the Bounty Lands Act for his service in the War of 1812.
He did serve in the War of 1812
He did purchase land in Mercer County
That land was not his bounty lands. (the search goes on for those acres which now appear to have been located in Butler County.
the community around West Liberty, Butler County continued to grow, in April of
1856 Jacob made the decision to purchase one hundred acres of land along Wolf
Creek in Liberty Twp., Mercer County. This tract was bought from James McClintock. It was a part of an
original land grant to George Taylor.
Once again the wagons were loaded and Jacob and Mary Ann along with their
youngest son Jacob D. set off for this new land of opportunity. While in those days transportation was by
horse and wagon, the new location was only ten miles to the northwest from West
Liberty, and the family continued to be active in both areas.
months after the move Jacob sold twenty-five acres of the new tract to his
son-in-law John W. Campbell and nineteen acres to his son William.
the same time period some of his adult children also made the move to Mercer
County. They were Mariah who first married Henry Campbell and later, Wm. Dale;
Isaac M. married (Belle's grandfather) to his second wife Nancy Campbell;
as well as William married to Catherine Adams;
Elizabeth Jane, married to John H. Campbell;
and John V. married to Clara Taggart. Jacob's son Lucas, married to Elsie Douglas, chose to move to Iowa between
1850 and 1860. Daughter, Rose Ann
married before the family move and settled with her husband, James Thompson in Cherry Twp, Butler County. He
was a casualty of the Civil War and she later married Thomas Campbell and a third time to John Turk. Maps of that time also indicate
that other families from the West Liberty area moved to Mercer County also.
in their seventh decades, Jacob and Mary Ann built their new home along Wolf
Creek just southwest of the village of Pine which would later become Grove
City. They were probably glad to sit back and watch the family grow surrounded
by grandchildren to dote on. Their youngest son, Jacob Decalb Covert lived with
them and he and his wife, Sarah (Bixler),
raised their family there.
records also show that in 1864 Jacob sold property to a granddaughter, Mary E. (Campbell) Miller. She was the daughter
of Elizabeth Jane (Covert) Campbell.
Mary had recently been widowed when her husband James Y. Miller was a casualty
of the Civil War. Her husband's family lived in the area as well and it appears
everyone came together in helping her become settled nearby to raise her two
children. This sales agreement also stated that Isaac M. was a co-seller but no
earlier deed from Jacob to Isaac has been found. The 1860 census of Liberty
Twp. records that Isaac M. owned real estate. Yet another land record mystery.
also sold property to George Clupper,
the husband of a niece, Isabella (Vogan)
Clupper. Isabella was the daughter
of Jacob's sister Sarah (Covert) Vogan
and she and her husband were residing with Isabella.
last tract of land, eight and one half acres, that Jacob sold was too James Christy in 1868. This left Jacob about
fifty-three acres of the original one hundred he purchased in 1856. Those acres were bequeathed to his youngest son, Jacob Decalb Covert.
acquired many acres of land over the years, Jacob could go to his grave knowing
he had provided well for his family. In his eighties Jacob wrote his will in
which he stated that he was leaving his home and acreage to his youngest son Jacob
Decalb Covert. To his other living
sons he gave one dollar since he had helped them with their lands earlier and
his living daughters five dollars. His remaining assets were left to his
beloved wife, Mary Ann.
excerpt from a Covert Family research project I am co-authoring.
My grandmother was old enough to remember the day her father did not come home.The circumstances of his death were told to me many years later by my father. His grandfather had become ill at work and died.
For the over twenty years I have been researching our family that was the only accounting of his death I had; no obituary or burial record.
He appeared in the 1880 census as married with five children and working for the railroad.
His date of death was recorded on the marriage license application of his wife at the time of her second marriage. Now mind you I had read the microfilm of the local newspaper published during the time period of his death, November 1891. And what did I find? Nothing.
The census record and the application were the sum total of the sources in my family tree. Until now that is. And suddenly there it was. Just not where it was supposed to be.
But there it was. In the local paper --- the previous year. Yes, he died in November of 1890; not 1891. It seems the clerk who completed the marriage license application got it wrong and my great grandmother may not have looked it over before signing. Or perhaps she gave the wrong date. There is was. Not an obituary. Not a burial record. Rather it was an article entitled Death and Distress. And it gave the report of my great grandfather's death in support of the family story I had received from my father so long ago.
How did I make that discovery? I didn't. Corroberation is a good thing.
A few years ago a distant half cousin and myself found each other through the miracle of the internet and exchanged a few records. That was that until a couple of years ago when she contacted me again to say she wanted to put together a published family history and would I help her with the research. Of course I would, and the fun began.
Together we have made some great finds and while I wasn't surprised to receive a call from her a few days ago; I was however pleasantly surprised by what she had found.
Not only did it support the family story it also revealed additional information of the precarious family situation surrounding his death.
My grandmother was one of the younger children who had not contracted the fever but . . . as the opening line of this post says. . . My Grandmother Was Old Enough to remember the day her father did not come home.
Yep, now I did it; made a public commitment in a blog comment and thanks to Jacqui Stevens at A Family Tapestry blog that commitment was made even more public when she mentioned it in her blog today---haha. Seriously though, it was the kind of little nudge I need in my determination to be persistent with my blog. Thanks, Jacqui.
So before tackling a block of time to renaming photo files in yet another attempt to be better organized, I WILL complete a blog post. Photos were often a part of family visits when I was growing up and this one was always a favorite. Today I am struck by the resemblance I see in these two young boys to the faces I remember of two senior citizens. An then I blink and see a flash of Milford's great great grandchildren.
Milford Vernon Myers (PopPop to me)
Rena Cline Myers
Photos are one of the foundation stones of family research. They evoke memories that bring forth family stories from the past and the time spent with the storyteller creates a new memory.
See more photos at Sepia Saturday HERE Now on to renaming those photo files . . .
A Genea Daily Prompt: describe murders, bizarre accidents or other thrilling stories in your family tree
A bad ending to a run of the mill day
My 3rd great uncle.
Jacob Decalb Covert
New Castle News
August 16, 1899
Jacob D. Covert, a brother of Mrs. Anna D. Turk of this city, was killed in a runaway accident near Grove City this week. In company with J. T. Smith he had been assisting A. C. McCoy in stacking hay, and was on his way home in a buggy when he stopped to exchange a bridle at a neighbor's.
Smith got out of the buggy and as the horse had on a halter in addition to a bridle it did not seem to be an unsafe proceeding to remove the latter. Just as the bridle was removed, the horse took fright at some noise and began to run.
Smith held on but was finally thrown to the ground. Covert jumped and alighted on his head and shoulders. When picked up the blood was streaming from his mouth and he died in a short time. He was 70 years of age and survived by his wife and eight children.
A reminder to live each day to the fullest in peace and harmony.
This planing mill located on the southside of the city, was owned by Lewis C. Wick. It was a three story brick building. There was a boiler house, dry kiln and shaving house attached.
The mill was designed to employ from 50 to 75 workers.
We probably all have a family member who passed away before we were born and yet we feel we knew them well through memories shared by others. That is the case with my paternal grandmother.
Meet my grandmother 'Belle'
Arabelle Nancy Covert Barnett
headline read " Three Brothers
serving in the Armed Forces". The
mother of those three brothers was my grandmother, Belle Covert Barnett. Her children would
sometimes refer to 'mom's nerves'. The experience of having three of her six
children fighting in a war; knowing they were in harm's way; must have added to
the stresses of her life.
Her given name was Arabelle Nancy but soon after her birth in 1884 she was called 'Belle'.
family oral history, in 1891 Belle's father became ill and while walking home from work
he collapsed and died. This left her mother with seven children at home ranging
from age twenty to age two.
the older ones out on their own, Belle, her mother and youngest sister Mayme were
enumerated in 1900 as employees of a hotel/boarding house the
Bowman Hotel. Sometime after Jake's death,
Belle's mother had taken a job as a cook.
With two young daughters still as home she may have made special
arrangements with the hotel proprietor to keep them close by. Belle was listed
as a domestic and Mayme as a servant.
after 1900 Belle met a certain red haired young man, William 'Will' H. Barnett who came to Butler from Riner,
Virginia seeking work as a carpenter in the nearby mills. Their
wedding took place in 1903 at the home of the bride's mother.
1906 Butler City Directory lists Belle and Will living at 326 Spring Ave,
Butler and they had become parents for the first
time that year too. That area of the city was called Springdale and was
described in the 1895 Butler County History.
a neat and thrifty appearance, and contains some of the pleasantest homes in
Butler. Its aspect and character are creditable both to the projector and the
residents of the little village.
According to Will's WWI registration in 1918 they were living outside the city and renting a turn of the century farm
house which several decades later was
the first home purchased by this researcher and her husband.
By 1920 they had built their own home on land formerly owned by a neighboring farmer, James Barr, 'Jimmie', who became a lifelong friend
and family mentor. Will and Belle and their family had a small truck farm at a
separate location nearby where they raised various berries and sold them in the
city for income.
and Will went on to raise their children, four sons and two daughters, through the Great Depression and
WWII. Family stories indicate that they were a lively bunch and created many,
many memories which Belle and her children loved to share with family and
few that come to mind involve a black snake which lived in a stone wall outside
the home that the children were instructed to leave alone since it took care of
mice; the occasional liquor bottle that Belle felt compelled to pour down the
drain; horses, mules and trips to and from town in a wagon with a fringed
cover. As time went on and her son's grew older there were tales of cars and
trucks and working as a team with neighbors to clear the unpaved road of snow
with hand shovels.
this period Belle was baptized and became a member of St. John's Reformed
Church where she remained active for the remainder of her life;
laying a foundation of faith for her children. She also kept close ties with the members of her extended family and over the years reunions were held and enjoyed by all.
Covert Reunion - circa 1925
In the 1930s Belle and several of family members and a longtime friend Margaret Sanders took a trip to Virginia to visit Belle's husband
Will's family. They drove two vehicles, theirs and Margaret's. Tales of the
challenge of driving through the Appalachian Mountains were often told. The
visit was a lifelong highlight and many more stories and memories became a part
of family gatherings in later years.
Thankfully following WWII Belle and her family were blessed to welcome home all three sons.
early 1949 Belle contracted pneumonia. It was a short illness. Her family
encouraged her to go to the hospital but she declined and was treated at home
by the family doctor who made house calls at that time. She died on January 25,
There was an old wives' tale that
Belle had quoted. The tale was that in the case of twins, one often did not
have children. Unfortunately she died
before the tale was proven wrong. Her daughter had given birth to a daughter in 1947
which would have meant that perhaps that her twin brother would not have had children.
Ironically this researcher was the first child born to he and his wife in 1949.
And even more ironically I was born in the same month as my grandmother Belle
and inherited her opal birthstone ring.
She had designated that should a granddaughter be born in October the
ring was to be hers. Even though I never knew her I always felt a connection with
her because of that ring.
'Belle' and Will
her life of just over sixty four years Belle made and left many happy memories
and a great sense of family which her children shared with those born after her
death. She and Will had been married forty-six years. Her husband and mate for
life died two years later on January 15th, 1951.
Joining Randy for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun here
"For this week's mission (should you decide to accept it), I challenge you to: 1) The Family History Hound listed 20 Questions about your Ancestor, and I'm going to use some of them in the next few months. 2) Please answer the first question - "Which ancestor moved the farthest from their home?" 3) Write your own blog post, make a comment on this post, or post your answer on Facebook or Google+. Please leave a link to your answer in comments on this post."
Two ancestors came immediately to mind and the winner is my sixth great grandfather, Hans Teunise Covert.
Heemstedt, Netherlands to New Amsterdam in 1653.
Approximately 3,681 miles
He was in running with my great aunt, Margaret Davis 'Maggie' Barnett who homesteaded from Riner, Virginia to Wallowa, Oregon in 1909.
I have no idea. I have been neglecting my Family Research and Me blog. Recently while writing a chapter for a family research project a cousin and I are working on, I began to feel an urge to develop this blog in some direction. Just not sure which one. So today I am posting in response to: Saturday Night Genealogy Fun here with Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings.
I was surfing for genealogy blogs and up popped Randy's challenge from last Saturday. It was to tell about the 'other you' sharing other hobbies and other interests outside of genealogy. Here is some of the 'other me':