The family story is that the Daniel family lived in Ohio and according to the 1850 Indiana census Samuel was born there, his gravestone says 1812. Hisson George was also born in Ohio and was the age of 12 in the 1850 Indiana census. With the help of Kosciusko Co. Indiana researchers I found an Elizabeth Daniel, w/o S. who died in 1840 and is buried there. In 1840, Amanda (Fessler/Tessler?) and Samuel Daniel were married and are listed in the "Marriages before 1850 in Indiana". Found no one listed in the 1840 census but in the 1850 it again lists Samuel, Amanda, and the following children: George, Rebecca, John M., Cynthia M., Leas, Sarah Jane. I know that Soloman, Mary Orella, and Samuel R. were born later plus a son named William who died in Kosciusko Co. and is also buried there. In requesting marriage info on this family I was sent the following: Kosciusko Co, IN Marriage Records note the following Daniel marriages:

Daniel, Harriet to David W. McKehan Nov 1861 B:431
Daniel, John M. to Mary Lucas 1 April 1866 C:328
Daniel, Cynthia to Henry C. Rowland 21 Sept 1861 B:416
Daniels, George to Mary Jane Poniters 21 May 1865 C:194
Daniels, Jane to Thomas P. Ball 7 Dec 1866 C:437
Daniels, Rebecca Ann to Samuel Link 30 July 1867 C:535
Daniels, Orella to John M. Beigh 4 Oct 1868 D:104
Daniels, Clara A. to John H. Shobe 3 Feb 1878 E:720
Daniels, Emily to John R. Fisher 1 Dec 1877 E:689
Daniels Freeman to Louisa Bennett 23 Mar 1876 E:478
Daniels, Mary J. to John Ballom 3 Dec 1876 E:560
Daniels, Samuel R. to Emiline Collins 3 Aug 1877 E:641
Daniels, Solomon to Elsie J. Beich 29 May 1873 E:689

(I also requested info on Cynthia Rowland's daughter Clara and Andrew Whitsell, also I have highlighted in yellow the family members I am sure of and in green the ones that I think are very good possibilities that they are also family) I did not find a Kosciusko Co marriage of Clara Rowland to Andrew Whitsell. I think that Rebecca Ann was married to Samuel "Zink" (possible typo or handwriting ).

This family started to migrate to southwest Nebraska in the mid 1870's and the last of them that I know of arrived in around 1890's. Samuel and Amanda Daniel homesteaded about a mile east of Palisade, NE. Samuel was the 3rd person to be moved from the old Palisade cemetery to the New Palisade Cemetery in 1929. (Samuel 1812-1894) (Amanda 1823-1905). To Nebraska, many of Samuel's children and their families followed.

Their daughter Cynthia and her husband Henry C. Rowland settled in Hayes County also possibly in Estelle. Rella and John Beigh made their home I think east of Palisade about 3 miles. Samuel (2) and John with their wives made their homes north of Hamlet, NE in a town then called Estelle that no longer exists. Samuel also had a son named Saul who traveled on west instead of settling in Nebraska and a son George who ended up living in Illinois. Although I have no record so far of Rebecca Daniel, I think she was married to Samuel Zink who is buried in the Palisade, NE cemetery and the plot was owned by Rebecca Zink.

John and Samuel both built homes at Estelle. Samuel lived in a soddy and John being the first to arrive in Hayes county of the family, built a two story home out of stone that was used for a post office and trading post on the main floor and the family lived on the second floor. Estelle lost the race for county seat by 2 votes and then the railroad opted to run through Hamlet instead and the town gradually died. All that remains is the stone house, the stone school house and the cemetery. John had been one of the first commissioners for the Estelle area and his wife Mary W. was the first superintendent of schools. Mary, Samuel, Samuel's wife Emmaline, Charley and Jettie (Samuel's children) are all buried at the cemetery. The Estelle cemetery no longer has a good road to travel to it. It is about � mile west of the stone house. The Daniel family tombstones were replaced by a family member at sometime and are the only stones that can be read now.

After the death of his wife, brother and his brother's wife, John remarried, sold his land and home to travel west and settled in Montana where it is said his brother Saul lived. John is buried in Whitehall, Montana. (John was also a member of the G.A.R. and listed as such in the Hayes county civil war vets.

Three generations of the Daniel families have attended school in the Estelle Stone School. The building is no longer used as a school. Samuel Jr.'s sons Orin and E.V. ended up living in Hamlet at various times of their lives. Both are buried in Hamlet's Meadow Lawn cemetery.

I'm afraid this could be a little confusing so will now put my husbands main line: Samuel R. Daniel and Amanda (Fessler/Tessler); Samuel R. Daniel and Emmaline Collins; Orin Daniel and Maude Lantz; Orville Daniel and Ruth Myers Harland; Daniel and Mary Welsh; Wayne Daniel and Brenda Lawless.

A clearer story of the town of Estelle can be seen at the Hayes Co. site of Nebraska.

Submitted by: Brenda Daniel

JOHN E. DEATON, representing a family of long residence in Kosciusko County, grew up on one of the farms in Clay Township, but for a number of years has applied his energies most successfully to business and is proprietor of the Sidney Elevator in Jackson Township.

Mr. Deaton was born in Clarke County, Ohio, October 16, 1862 son of George W. and Frances C. (Fortney) Deaton. George W. Deaton, who died many years ago, was born and reared in Clarke County, son of William Deaton, a sawmill man. George Deaton married Miss Fortney March 9, 1856, and in March, 1863, they brought their family to Kosciusko County and located in Clay Township. George W. Deaton was a hard worker, and succeeded in establishing his family in good circumstances before his death. He was an eloquent speaker and one of the leading advocates of the republican party. He served a term as trustee of Clay Township and was the only republican ever elected to that office up to that time. He was also a charter member of the Grange at Claypool, and was an earnest member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He and his wife had eight children, seven sons and one daughter: William S., Jacob O., Mary B., John E., all of whom were born in Ohio, and Samuel S., Ulysses, Cyrus B. and Charles a., who were born in Clay Township. Those still living are Jacob O., John E., Sherman S., Cyrus B. and Charles G., the last a resident of Toledo, Ohio.

John E. Deaton was less than a year old when brought to Kosciusko County. He grew up in Clay Township, attended the district schools there, and was a factor in the home circle until the age of twenty-one. March 11, 1888, he married Miss Louie E. Ball, who was born in Lake Township of this county. After their marriage they lived on a farm for several years, and then established their home in Claypool, from which town Mr. Deaton traveled for two years representing the Cleveland Stock Yards Company. Mr. Deaton came to Sidney in 1905, buying the local elevator interests, and has since handled a large share of the surplus grain marketed by the farmers throughout Jackson and adjoining townships.

Mr. and Mrs. Deaton have three children: Sedie, a graduate of high school and wife of Dale H. Homma; Russell B., a graduate of high school and formerly a student of the Terre Haute State Normal School, is now associated with his father in the elevator at Sidney, and married Gladys Baker; Mabel, a graduate of high school, still at home with her parents and is teacher of domestic science in the Sidney schools.

The family are members of the Christian Church. Mr. Deaton is a trustee of the church and is past noble grand of Sidney Lodge of Independent Order of Odd Fellows, has sat in the Grand Lodge, and is also affiliated with the Masonic Order. He has been quite active in republican ranks for a number of years.

Submitted by: Cheryl Hawley
Source: History of Kosciusko County
Date posted: 12/6/98

George W. Deaton was born in Clark County, Ohio in 1833, son of William Deaton, a proprietor of a large sawmill. In 1856 George married Frances C. Fortney, daughter of Jacob and Ann (Knoop) Fortney. In March of 1863 George and Frances moved to Kosciusko County, settling in Clay Township on a farm two miles east of Claypool, Indiana. They are buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery north of Claypool, Indiana. They had eight children: William Sabin, Jacob 0., Mary B. and John E. were born in Ohio. Samuel Sherman, Ulysses G., Cyrus B. and Charles G. were born in Clay Township. First son William died in his teens and Mary B. died in infancy. Jacob 0. Deaton, my great grandfather, remained on the homestead. John E. married Louise Elta Ball and had four children. Samuel Sherman attended school in Warsaw and completed schooling in Fort Wayne, Indiana to pursue a legal profession, later becoming a. prosecuting attorney in Urbana, Ohio. He married Mable West. Ulysses G. Deaton also was schooled in Warsaw, Indiana and was a surgeon in the army during the Spanish-American War. He married Annie Miner. Cyrus B. Deaton married Mary Alice Ball. The eighth child, Charles G.,married Cora Evans.

Back to the second son of George W., Jacob 0. Deaton, born in Clark County. Ohio in 1858, was ten years old when the family came to Clay Township. His father died when he was twenty years old and being the oldest the responsibility of farming fell on him and his mother. At that time they had 275 acres of land and a seven thousand dollar indebtedness. Within five years the debt was paid.

In 1883 Jacob 0. Deaton married Mealy Cauffman daughter of Reverend John and Eve (Zellers) Cauffman. They had nine children: George W., John Logan (my father), Florence, Fluella, Fern, Sherman, Ruth, Orein, and Delphia.

John Logan Deaton married Cecil Parker in 1907, after her death he married Minnie Graham. John L. had six sons: Ivan, Devon, Rex, Max, (myself) Royce, and Paul. John Logan, a farmer, lived all his life of some 90 years in Clay Township. Ivan married Mary Perry and had a son Donald and daughter Jeweldean. Devon married Margorie Tibbetts. they had three children: Marilyn, Glen, and Wuaneta. Rex married Edith McFarren; they had three daughters: Helen, Jonanna, and Pamela Maxine. Royce married Betty Brandenburg, they have a son Stepen and a daughter Susan. Paul married Edith Kreis; they have three children: Tony, Ted, and Todd. I, Max married Lena Mae Pollock.We have three children: Jayne married Thomas Stoops and they have a son Jason. John N. married Janet Weber; they have one daughter Angela. Jerry married Jo Ellen Plew, they have a son Jacob. My eldest son John and myself live on land formerly owned by my grandfather east of. Claypool, Indiana.

Submitted by: Max Deaton, Claypool, Indiana
Source: History of Kosciusko Co., IN (1836-1986)

GEORGE W. DEATON, deceased, was born and reared in Clarke County, Ohio, a son of William Deaton. His father was proprietor of a saw-mill, which was operated by himself and sons; our subject also learned the milling trade. George Deaton was united in marriage March 9, 1856, to Miss Frances C. Fortney, a daughter of Jacob and Ann (Knoops) Fortney, the Knoops being one of the oldest and most prosperous families in Central Ohio, and many of the name are still living in Miami and adjoining counties. In March, 1863, Mr. Deaton came with his family to Kosciusko County, Indiana, and settled in Clay Township on the farm which is now occupied by his son Jacob. Twelve years later he purchased the farm where his widow and children still make their home. To Mr. and Mrs. Deaton were born the following children - William Sabin, Jacob O., Mary B. and John F., natives of Ohio, and Samuel Sherman, Ulysses S. G., Cyrus B. and Charles G., born in Clay Township, Kosciusko County, all of whom have obtained good classical educations. Jacob married Miss Mealey Cauffman, of Kosciusko, and, as above stated, lives on the old homestead. Sherman and Grant have attended the high school at Warsaw, and Sherman completed his classical course at Fort Wayne. Both of them are thinking of espousing the legal profession. In politics Mr. Deaton was a prominent local politician, and strongly advocated the Republican cause. Many persons will yet remember the eloquent speeches made when a political campaign was in progress. So great was his popularity

Source: Biographical & Historical Record of Kosciusko Co., IN.; Lewis Publishing Co., 1887
Dated: August 28, 2000

CLARENCE E. DOANE, dealer in real estate and receiver for the Mentone Machine & Novelty Works, is a native of Columbia County, Pennsylvania, born in Bloomsburg in 1847, a son of Norman E. and Rebecca (Bitters) Doane, both natives of the same county and State. The parents left their native State and settled in Three Rivers, Michigan, in 1849. In August, 1851, they removed to Mishawaka, Indiana. They resided in different places in Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, Illinois and again in Indiana, and in 1869 settled at Cromwell, Noble County, where the father died in 1874. The mother is still living, making her home in the village of Mentone, Kosciusko County. Four children were born to them - Clarence E., our subject, who is one of the oldest business men of Mentone, James W., Fanny L. and Harry C. Clarence E. Doane received his primary education at Mishawaka, Indiana, and in 1862 graduated from Fort Wayne Commercial College. He enlisted at the first call for troops in Company A, Second Illinois Infantry, under the command of General Prentice, and with his company he participated in the engagements at Springfield, Wilson's Creek and Lexington, Missouri. At Lexington his regiment was captured by Price's men, but owing to the difficulty of sending prisoners South they were paroled for one year and sent home. During the interval between his discharge and re-enlistment Mr. Doane served an apprenticeship at the car_riage-ironing trade at Fort Wayne, Indiana. In August, 1864, he enlisted in Company E, One Hundred and Forty-second Indiana Infantry, and was assigned to duty in the army of the Cumberland. The battle at Nashville, Tennessee, was the most important engagement in which he participated during his last year's service. After the war he returned to Fort Wayne, and in 1866 went to Coesse, Indiana, where he was engaged in the manufacture of wagons and carriages till the next year. In May, 1867, he engaged in the same business at Etna, Hecla Post Office, Indiana, remaining there till 1882. He was united in marriage in 1869 to Emma James, who left at her death one daughter - Iva Frances. Mr. Doane was again married in 1876 to Mary A. Miller, a native of Delaware County, Ohio, and daughter of William D. and Eliza Miller, who located in Whitley County, In_diana, in 1865. To this union have been born four children - Clarmont E., B. A. Leona and Vesta L. I., born in Whitley County, and Glentia E., born in Mentone, January 9, 1886. In 1875 Mr. Doane engaged in the sale of agricultural implements at Etna and also conducted a notion store for a number of years. In 1878 he was commissioned post-master of that village, holding that office till 1882. The village of Mentone, Kosciusko County, was surveyed in July, 1882, and in October, in company with L. S. Clayton, Mr. Doane erected the second store building in the place, putting in a stock of hardware December 25, 1882. They carried on the hardware business for twelve months, when they sold out to Leonard & Wilkinson. Mr. Doane was appointed postmaster of Mentone in April, 1884, and served efficiently as such till September 15, 1885. During his residence in the village Mr. Doane has been one of the principal factors in building up and improving the place. He was one of the most active men in securing a printing office in the village, and he gave the name to the paper, calling it the Mentone Gazette. He gives cheerfully of his time and means to aid any enterprise which he deems for the public welfare, or for the advancement of his town or county. He is erecting a residence in Mentone which, when completed, will be one of the handsomest in the village. Lately he has been engaged in the purchase and sale of real estate. July 9, 1886, he was appointed receiver of the Mentone Machine & Novelty Works, and under his skillful management the business is rapidly increasing, and becoming a paying enterprise for the proprietors, C. W. Jeffries, John Foulks and John McClellan. Mr. Doane is a charter member of William Raber Post, No.429, G. A. R., of Mentone, and was its first quartermaster.

Source: Biographical & Historical Record of Kosciusko Co., IN.; Lewis Publishing Co., 1887
Dated: August 28, 2000

JOSEPH P. DOLAN the principal of the public schools of Syracuse, was born in Brooklyn, New York, March 20, 1849. His parents were poor, but possessed that sacred passion which characterizes so many Irishmen in America today, that is, to give their children a good education, that they may walk abreast with the vanguard of progress and intellectual culture. He was educated at the Franciscan Academy, and finished in the same class with Rev. F. Gardiner, who has since attained prominence as an orator and lecturer. Finding that the West offered a wider field for growth, and one less beset with temptations than the cities, he went to Wisconsin in the fall of 1871, in time to witness the devastating fires which make that year memorable. The next year he engaged with Tom Rock, a railroad contractor, as water-carrier on the Madison Division of the Chicago & Northwestern Railway, but was soon given a position as time-keeper and bookkeeper, which place he held till the completion of the work in November. At the close of this work the question of a permanent and suitable avocation was strongly thrust upon him. His predilection for books and literary work brought him into contact with teachers, in whose meetings and institutes he took an active interest. He finally concluded that he would follow teaching as a profession, and immediately returned to school at Lodi, where Professor Yocum was in charge, and reviewed his former work, besides making a study of the methods of the best teachers, spending the little surplus earned on the railroad. The spring of 1873 found him with a depleted treasury, and back to the railroad he went to recuperate, this time joining the firm of Bill & Dalton as timekeeper and manager for their contract on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. This firm had the contract to construct the road through Syracuse and vicinity; and at the close of the year Mr. Dolan sought a position as teacher, and was given the Mellinger school, where he taught his first term, which, as he says, was the most memorable four months' work of his life. The neighborhood was known as the "Devil's 36," and the pupils were reported to be wild, vicious and uncontrollable; but it was otherwise. He found them kind, docile and big-hearted Hoosiers, who were greatly misunderstood, and cruelly maligned. This was the year in which the law giving the trustee the power to hire the teachers went into effect, and which marked an era in the history of the public schools of the county. Township institutes were organized, and new life instilled into them. The people were beginning to take an active interest in educational affairs, and the teacher's work was made pleasant by the ardent support given him, and served to strengthen his determination in following the teacher's work, but in the spring of 1874 he returned to complete the railroad work, which was fully closed and the rails laid by the 1st of October, and having a few weeks before the winter schools began he went East to see his parents and brother and sister, and returned to Syracuse to teach the Mellinger school again. In the spring following the district gave him the three months' appropriation for teaching a six-weeks' term, and he again sought for a fortune on the railroad, but was disappointed, and returned to the school-room, where he has continued till the present, 1886. His talents, success and energy were recognized, and he was made teacher of the intermediate department, under H. S. Bortus, who retired in the following year, when Mr. Dolan was made principal, which position he has held uninterruptedly ever since. The school under his management has prospered until its reputation for thoroughness, efficiency and good discipline is surpassed by none in the county. For a number of years all the schools in the township and many of the adjoining counties have been taught by graduates of the Syracuse school. In connection with the public school a normal term is taught every year, the last term being the largest and most enthusiastic ever held. As an evidence of the appreciation of his labors and the esteem in which he is held by the people and his pupils, they presented him with a fine gold watch and chain at Christmas, 1885. Mr. Dolan is the son of Patrick and Mary Dolan, both of whom were born in County Longford, Ireland. His mother died in 1853, and his father on December 7, 1879. In 1855 his father married Mary Cahill, a former school-mate in the old country, and their step-mother, whose praises he loves to recite, took the place of his natural maternal guide. She died in 1884, so that now he has remaining but a brother and sister, both of whom reside in Brooklyn. Mr. Dolan was married to Alice B. Alexander, eldest daughter of John Alexander, November 28, 1880. To them was born, September 1, 1882, a daughter, whom they named Mary Lucille; but the reaper, Death, gathered this, their only flower on the following July. In religion he is a Catholic, while Mrs. Dolan is a Methodist. Politically he is a Democrat, but has never held any public trust, nor does he seek political honors. Mrs. Alice B. Dolan is the eldest daughter of John and Lucy Alexander, and was born March 25, 1858, at Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana, where her parents remained for about a year, when they removed to the farm of William McVitty, on which they have remained for ten years. Here her father, through diligent economy and careful management, saved enough as a renter to purchase his home in Van Buren Township, to which he soon removed, and upon which he has lived ever since. At this home she was reared, under what might be truly termed a pure Puritanical system, such a characterized the early, thrifty and Christian homes of Plymouth. She attended the district schools until 1873, when the new Syracuse school was erected, when she became one of its pupils, and after a year's study commenced teaching, when but sixteen years of age. She taught her first term in the "Bolivar" district, when the term "Bolivar" had some significance to it. Her first efforts were attended with signal success, but after five years� teaching her health became seriously impaired, and she ceased her labors as teacher. As a teacher she became associated early with her husband, and they were married at her father's home November 28, 1880.

Source: Biographical & Historical Record of Kosciusko Co., IN.; Lewis Publishing Co. 1887

Dated: August 28, 2000

The Samuel Daniel(s) Family

Samuel Daniel was born in Ohio in 1812. His parents are listed as being born in Pennsylvania. Samuel married his first wife, Elizabeth Stull April 20, 1836 in Sandusky County, Ohio. Samuel and Elizabeth�s son George was born in Ohio in 1837. Samuel apparently went to Indiana in 1836 and returned to Ohio to move Amanda and George back to Indiana. Samuel purchased land in 1838 according to the land patents from Kosciusko County, Indiana and would assume he proved up by 1838. He is listed as Samuel Daniel of Seneca County, Ohio on the land patents. Elizabeth Stills was born in 1819 and died January 22, 1840 in Kosciusko County. Elizabeth is buried in the Everett Farm Cemetery, Silver Lake Township, Kosciusko County, Indiana.

According to the maps and county history, this portion of Indiana was just being settled. Kosciusko County is not even shown on the map of 1837 and the area where Samuel settled is described as a rich timberland on the southern tier of Clay Township. The article about the early settlements states that to open up a farm in that densely-wooded region was a heavy undertaking, and required time and labor, from which many shrunk back with trembling, and passed to the barrens and openings as presenting greater inducements. This caused the southern part of Kosciusko County settled much slower than the northern portion. It was delayed even farther because of people called Speculators and pre-emption. The largest portion of this part of the county was entered by persons or companies on speculation. This land came into the market in 1835. The speculators were able to grab the choice tracts of land. They could hold on to it for 5 years without paying taxes and then sell it for a profit. Settlers had to be very careful when going to land offices to purchase the land. Seedy business men would through conversation with settlers find out the location of the land the settler intended to enter and with the help of the land office officials, would make sure the land was already �taken�. On February 11, 1841 Samuel married Amanda Fesler, daughter of John and Rebecca (Rule) Fesler in Kosciusko County, Indiana. Amanda was born in October 1823 in New York. Amanda�s family is possibly Dutch but have not verified this. To this union 10 children were born:
Rebecca Ann Daniel (Zink) born
John M. Daniel born
Cynthia Matilda Daniel (Rowland) born
Leah Daniel (Mishler)
Sarah Jane Daniel (Ball)
Mary Orella Daniel (Beigh)
Soloman Daniel
Samuel R Daniel
William Daniel born ____________
Clara Ann Daniel (Shobe)
William died at age 4 and is buried in the Center Cemetery, Silver Lake, Indiana. Samuel Daniel�s family stayed in the Kosciusko County, Indiana although some of his children were in the Montcalm County, Michigan areas until approximately 1880.

Samuel and Amanda Daniel moved to Palisade, Hitchcock County, Nebraska, in the early 1880�s. Nebraska had to be a shock to many of the family members because there were few trees and such wide-open ranges at the time. Southwest Nebraska settlement was very young. Counties only being established in the late 1870�s. Limestone and pasture grass being the main scenery. Part of proving up on new land was to dig a well, build a dwelling to live in, and plant so many trees within five years. Samuel and Amanda homesteaded about a mile east of Palisade on the river road. The house sits on the North side of the road in Hayes County, Nebraska. (this road is the county line between Hayes and Hitchcock Counties) The home they built is still standing but was moved to Palisade. A Hayes County newspaper mentions that Samuel and John built a smoke house out of stone in 1887 and had the plan to build a barn. There is a stone foundation on this farm ground so the milkhouse was at least started. It is possible that they decided to build the rest of the building out of wood. Family stories are that he raised horses. Old newspapers mention the family participating in various different things from helping each other, purchasing equipment for the farm etc. Samuel died in November 1894 and Amanda died April 30, 1905. They are both buried in Palisade Cemetery in Section A.

NORTHERN INDIANIAN, January 24, 1895
DEATH: Samuel Daniels, a pioneer of the south part of the county, who moved to Nebraska about 15 years ago, died at Palisade, Nebraska in November 1894 at the age of 82 years. His aged wife survives.

When Amanda died, Cynthia Rowland (daughter of Amanda and Samuel Daniel) charged the estate with 7 years of care of her mother. There had been a registered agreement between Henry Rowland and Amanda Daniel on the leasing of the farm ground and buildings in exchange for the board, room and care of Amanda as well as feeding and care of her five cows. It was finally settled and Cynthia was allowed a portion of what she asked.
1900 census records confirm that Amanda was living with Henry and Cynthia Rowland.

Amanda Fesler�s surname spelling has varied in different records, listed as Tessler in one document and Fessler in other documents.
All dates above were from census records and cemetery information Clay and Silver Lake Townships.
Samuel�s home was moved from the farm location to 303 South Parker in Palisade, Nebraska. It is a very nice looking two story family home.
Stone smokehouse still stands and there is a stone foundation also possibly from the barn to date 2004.
Land patents and Old Settler�s Meeting in Kosciusko County, Indiana verify when Samuel arrived there.
Handwritten will dated 1880 of Samuel Daniel stated that all possessions were to go to blood relatives, not in-laws. Filed in Hayes County Courthouse December 15, 1894.
Agreement between Henry Rowland and Amanda Daniel from Hayes County Courthouse.

I think the following is a sister of Samuel Daniel: Thomas Jefferson Elder was born about 1800 in Westland, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, died February 20, 1855 in Clay Township, Kosciusko County, Indiana and Cynthia Daniel, was born April 2, 1808 in Pennsylvania, died August13, 1888 in Kosciusko County, Indiana. They were probably married in about 1825 either in Pennsylvania or Ohio. They had 10 known children, the first six were born in Seneca County, Ohio, where Thomas Jefferson Elder took out a patent, near his brother George Washington Elder.

Their children were:
William born February 4, 1826 in Seneca County, Ohio, died July 25, 1904 in Kosciusko, County, Indiana
Elizabeth, born November 3, 1830, died August 3, 1909
George T., born September 27, 1831, died January 4, 1904
Sarah, born about 1833
Esther Jane, born about 1838
Amanda, born about 1842
Samuel D., born about 1843 in Kosciusko County, Indiana
Nettie, born about 1845
Leah J., born about 1846
Marquis Delafayette, born about 1849.

After Thomas Jefferson Elder died, Cynthia married a Charles Hill. The 1860 Kosciusko County, IN census has Cynthia Hill listed with son George and his wife Phebe J. Also listed were Samuel, Marcus, Jane, Amanda, and Leah.

George Elder married Phebe Jane Hoppis (daughter of Christian & Lydia Ann (Clink) Hoppis.
Esther Jane Elder married George Yotter.
Leah Elder married Nelson Beigh. Nelson is listed as age 1880 census. They have the following children: Charles E. age 8, Cynthia B. age 6, and Mertie G. age 1.
Amanda Elder married Joseph Rhoades. (b. abt. 1837 in Ohio).
Photo of the Palisades Smoke House
Photo of the Palisades Smoke House
Photo of the Samuel and Amanda Daniel tombstone

Submitted by: Brenda

William Dewart, one of the successful farmers of Van Buren Township, is a native of Pennsylvania , born in Northumberland County , June 4, 1836, a son of Samuel and Margaret Dewart, who were also born in the State of Pennsylvania . They were among the early pioneers of Kosciusko County , settling on section 24, Van Buren Township, when our subject was a boy. The principal inhabitants at that early day were Indians. The father first erected a log cabin for his family, building it in the woods, and then went to work to clear up his heavily timbered land, and the first year had a small crop of Buckwheat. With the help of his sons the old pioneer cleared his farm, converting it from a natural state into one of the best farms in Van Buren Township, living on it till his death, which occurred in 1853. His widow survived him till 1877. They were the parents of nine children, of whom only three are now living - Lewis, Simon and William. The names of those deceased are - Gilbert, Samuel, Jemima, Amos, Reuben and John. William Dewart, the subject of this sketch, grew to manhood in Kosciusko County , being reared to the avocation of a farmer, and receiving in his youth such educational advantages as the district schools of that day afforded. He was married May 24, 1863, to Miss Caroline Sharp, who was born in Fulton County , Pennsylvania , October 9, 1842. Her parents, David and Sarah Sharp, came from Pennsylvania to Kosciusko County , Indiana , in an early day, and settled on a heavily timbered farm in Turkey Creek Township , whey they cleared and improved, and are still living there. They had born to them eleven children, of who ten are living - George, Caroline, Joab, Susan, Mary, John, James, William P., Matthew and Eliza. Sarah E. is deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Dewart have been born five children - Mary E., David, Martha A., Norman and Chloe. Mr. Dewart has met with excellent success in his farming operations, and now owns a well-improved farm, containing 105 acres, which he has acquired by years of persevering toil and industry. In politics he is a Democrat. Both he and his wife are members of the United Brethren church, of which hi is at present serving as trustee and steward.

Submitted by: Margie Pearce
Biographical and Historical Record of Kosciusko County, Indiana, Lewis Publishing Co, Chicago , IL , 1887, p. 523-524

LEWIS DEWART, one of the old pioneers of Kosciusko County , and a prosperous farmer of Van Buren Township, was born in Northumberland County , Pennsylvania , July 21, 1826, he parents, Samuel & Margaret Dewart, having been natives of the same State. He was reared in his native State, where he received a fair education, attending the common school and for a short time attended a high school. In June, 1844, he immigrated with his parents to Kosciusko County , Indiana , settling on section 24, on a heavily timbered tract of land, where he grew to manhood, amid pioneer scenes, experiencing many of the privations incident to pioneer life.

He was married in Kosciusko County November 30, 1854, to Nancy Brady, and of the seven children born to this union five are living - John, born April 24, 1857; Samuel, born March 1, 1860; James, born March 29, 1862; Sarah E., born June 27, 1864, and Minerva J., born March 5, 1867. Sarah E. married Mathias Warbel, and Minerva is the wife of Charles Rookstool.

Mrs. Dewart died in 1869, and in February, 1870, Mr. Dewart married Mrs. Barbara Snodgrass, born in Montgomery County , Ohio , May 8, 1840, a daughter of John and Susan Overleese, with whom, when quite young, she came to Elkhart County , Indiana . Her parents had nine children, eight still living - Jane, Phoebe A., Barbara, Minerva J., William, Martha, David and Robert.

By his second marriage Mr. Dewart had four children - Robert, born May 7, 1871; Lemuel, October 11, 1873; Salome, October 11, 1876, and one who is deceased. By her marriage with Washington Snodgrass Mrs. Dewart had eight children, only two now living - Emanuel, born in September, 1859, and Susan, born January 29, 1864.

Mr. Dewart has been successful in his farming operations, and now has 457 acres of good land. In politics he is a Democrat. He has served his township as school director some fourteen years. He is a public-spirited citizen, and takes an active interest in all enterprises for the good of his township or county. Both he and his wife are members of the United Brethren church, of which he is at present serving as circuit steward.

Submitted by: Margie Pearce
Biographical and Historical Record of Kosciusko County, Indiana, Lewis Publishing Co, Chicago , IL , 1887, p. 627-628

Deb Murray