Ancestry of James Arthur Eshelman

Notes


Glen Eshelman

From Fulton Co. Indiana Handbook - Schools P-Z - by Wendell C. and John B. Tombaugh http://www.fulco.lib.in.us/genealogy/Tombaugh/Fulton%20Co.%20Handbooks/Html/Handbook%20Schools%20P-Z.htm
An anecdote on him from Wildermuth or Tippecanoe School: "Wildermuth School, also called Tippecanoe because it was near the river, was on the north side of the River Road (now called Olson Road) across from 300W. This was a mile north of the Burton Church, about half way between the Pendleton Bridge and the Germany Bridge. It is shown in the 1883 and 1907 atlases and was officially the District no. 6 school.
The last three teachers are the only ones known: Margaret Stockberger 1909-10, Reba Moore Shore 1910-11, and Grace Dillon 1911-12. The school was closed when the new Burton consolidated school opened. In the Moore Family history printed in Fulton County Folks, vol. 1, Reba Moore (Mrs. Arthur B.) Shore wrote: "After attending Rochester College for four years, I received my diploma in August 1910. I continued my education and became a teacher. During the winter of 1910-11, I taught at school no. 6 located along the Tippecanoe River just north of the Burton Church. Robert Wiley (should be spelled Wylie) was trustee and J. C. Werner was superintendent during 1910-11. The mode of travel at this time was by railroad so my brother Levi would take me to Athens on Monday morning to catch the early milk train on the Chicago and Erie Railroad. I would ride to Germany Station, the name of which was later changed to Pershing and then to Loyal. At the present time it is non-existent. I would walk to my school carrying my suitcase. During the week I roomed and boarded at the home of Clinton (should be Clayton) Hoffman, and then home again for the weekend." Reba walked a half mile from the school to the Hoffman farm. She had a room to herself but no heat, so she would take her corset to bed with her so it would be warm when she put it on in the morning. Mary Mackey Hoffman was very good to Reba and was a good cook.Either she or Reba packed a lunch for her to take to school each day. The children all walked to school and carried their lunches too. Once Glen Eshelman, an 8th grade pupil, met Reba at the depot and carried her suitcase for her. The train had both freight and passenger cars, but there was no heat so it was a cold ride in winter. Spurlocks owned the general store at Germany Station and sometimes Reba would stop there. The train would stop whenever necessary to pick up cans of milk from the farmers. Spurlocks owned the general store at Germany Station and sometimes Reba would stop in there... Glen Eshelman was in the 8th grade and his step-brother, Clarence Calentine, was in the 7th grade."

8th Grade (14?) in the school year beginning 1910 would have him be Albert's age - born around 1996. I should research the Calentine line.

Further from the same source: "Two of the older boys, Glen Eshelman and Clarence Calentine, were bad one day so the teacher expelled them. They cussed as they walked away down the road. That night Glen came to see Miss Moore; he apologized and asked her for a date. She said, "No, teachers do not date pupils." The other boy did not apologize but came back to school and behaved. Many years later when Miss Moore was Mrs. A. B. Shore and working in his clothing store in Rochester, Clarence came in and asked if they knew a Miss Moore who was the teacher at the old school by the river. Reba said yes, she was that teacher. He said it had bothered him all these years and he wanted to apologize."

Rochester News-Sentinel, 10/18/1945:
"Funeral services for Mrs. Laura Frances ESHELMAN, 66, who passed away at her home in Peru early Wednesday morning, will be held from the Akron Church of God on Friday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock, with the Rev. Floyd HEDGES officiating. Burial will be made in Gaerte cemetery. The body will rest at the Moyer funeral home, Akron, until the funeral hour. Born [Laura Frances GERARD] near Akron on March 24, 1879, she was the daughter of John and Amanda GERARD. She was a member of the Akron Church of God. Surviving are the husband, Alvin ESHELMAN; three sons, Ralph [ESHELMAN] and Glen [ESHELMAN] of Peru and George [ESHELMAN] of Fort Wayne; three brothers, Bert GERARD of Warsaw, Ross [GERARD] and Fred [GERARD] of Peru and one sister Mrs. Maude BANEY of Peru."


Julia N. Clifton

http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/PRF/individual_record.asp?recid=180452234


Emmett Devhaun Eshelman

http://www.fulco.lib.in.us/Tombaugh/Cemeteries/Fulton%20County/Html/FC%20Cem%20-%20Henry.htm
Tombstone:
"ESHELMAN
(1) Emmett D., 1899-1939
(2) Edith E., 1902-1956"

From Fulton Co. Indiana Handbook - Schools P-Z - by Wendell C. and John B. Tombaugh http://www.fulco.lib.in.us/genealogy/Tombaugh/Fulton%20Co.%20Handbooks/Html/Handbook%20Schools%20P-Z.htm
Shows him in first grade of Prairie Union School south of Akron in 1908 - with Charles Eshelman. I can't find any other reference to either of these two (who, presumably, were brothers).

Rochester News-Sentinel, Tuesday, September 12, 1939
http://www.fulco.lib.in.us/genealogy/Tombaugh/Obituaries/Html/1939.htm
Following an illness of ten weeks duration, suffering from bronchial pneumonia, Emmett D. ESHELMAN of Akron, Ind., passed away at 2:40 o'clock Tuesday morning at the Woodlawn hospital, this city. Mr. Eshelman, who operated a dray line in Akron, had a host of friends throughout the eastern section of the county.
Emmett Devhaun [ESHELMAN], son of Adam and Ella ESHELMAN, was born in Akron, Ind., August 12th, 1898. He was united in marriage with Edith MIKESELL on January 6th, 1923. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen fraternal organization.
The survivors are his wife; a son, Garland [ESHELMAN], at home; his mother, Mrs. Ella ESHELMAN of Akron; three brothers, Chas. [ESHELMAN], of Bremen; Everett E. [ESHELMAN], of Rochester; Dever [ESHELMAN], of Akron, and a sister, Mrs. James HYDE, of Warsaw, Ind.
Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon, two o'clock at the Akron Church of God.
Rev. Daniel L. SLAYBAUGH will be in charge. Burial will be made in the I.O.O.F. cemetery west of Akron.


Edith E. Mikesell

http://www.fulco.lib.in.us/Tombaugh/Cemeteries/Fulton%20County/Html/FC%20Cem%20-%20Henry.htm
Tombstone:
"ESHELMAN
(1) Emmett D., 1899-1939
(2) Edith E., 1902-1956"

Rochester News-Sentinel 8/6/1956:
Mrs. Edith BUCHER, 53, a lifelong resident of the Athens and Akron vicinities, died at 4:30 a.m. Sunday at her home three miles east of Akron after an illness of one year. Mrs. Bucher was born near Athens on Aug. 19, 1902, to Phillip and Dora WARREN MIKESELL. In 1923 she was married to Emmett ESHELMAN, who died in September, 1939. Last year, Mrs. Bucher was married to Rolla BUCHER, who survives. The deceased was a member of the Silver Creek Church of God.
Survivors, besides the husband, are a son, Garland ESHELMAN, Logansport; a stepson, Frank BUCHER, of near Akron; one granddaughter; three step-grandchildren and the stepmother, Mrs. Pearl MOORE, Athens. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Akron Methodist church. The Rev. Charles GOLDEN, Denver, will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Claude FAWNS of Akron. Burial will be in the Akron cemetery. Friends may call at the Moyer-Haupert funeral home in Akron until noon Tuesday and at the church from 1 to 2 p.m.

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~mennobit/81/jan1981.html - 7 Mar 1933 -
Philip Andrew MIKESELL, age 71 years, passed away at his home northeast of Athens at 7:25 this morning. Death was due to complications. He had been ill six years.
Philip Andrew, son of Philip and Orpha MIKESELL, was born in Newcastle township, Fulton county, Jan. 10, 1862. He had resided in this county his entire life. In 1885 he was united in marriage to Oleva Eldora WARREN, who died several years ago. In 1910 he was united in marriage to Sylvia Pearl PRILL, who survives him. He followed the occupation of a farmer and was a member of the Gleaner order and of the M. E. church of Kewanna.
Surviving, other than the widow, are one son, Everett [MIKESELL] of Stryker, O., and three daughters, Mrs. Lulu SMITH of South Bend, Mrs. Josephine HIATT of Deedsville and
Mrs. Edith ESHELMAN of Akron. Three brothers, John [MIKESELL], Enoch [MIKESELL] and George [MIKESELL], of the Rochester vicinity, one sister, Mrs. Thomas RHODES of Peru, and thirteen grandchildren also survive.
Funeral services will be held at the Athens U. B. Church at two p.m. Friday. Rev. MINER of Athens will officiate. Burial will be made in the Mt. Hope cemetery at Athens.


Olen Dever Eshelman

http://www.fulco.lib.in.us/Tombaugh/Cemeteries/Fulton%20County/Html/FC%20Cem%20-%20Henry.htm
Tombstone:
"ESHELMAN
(1) Eva, 1907-1979
(2) Dever, 1911-1956"

http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/SSDI/individual_record.asp?recid=304093002&lds=3®ion=-1®ionfriendly=&frompage=99

Mention of him under the name of Olen Dever Eshelman as a Fulton Co. serviceman in WW II -
http://tomrue.net/genealogy/surnames/cruise/william-cruise/Handbook%20SMen%2044.pdf

http://www.fulco.lib.in.us/Tombaugh/Fulton%20Co.%20Handbooks/Html/Handbook%20Schools%20A-G.htm
Akron 4th grade, 1923

Rochester News-Sentinel 1/5/56 - with a different spelling of his name - http://www.fulco.lib.in.us/genealogy/Tombaugh/Obituaries/Html/1956.htm
"An Akron man, Devere ESHELMAN, 44, was killed Wednesday afternoon on a farm near Royal Center when a load of sliding logs struck him, resulting in internal injuries and hemorrhages. Death was instant. Eshelman was working on the farm of Mrs. Laura SEEHASE south of Royal Center when the accident occurred. Deputy Sheriff Lionel DAVIS placed the time of death at about 1:30 o'clock. The deputy reported that Eshelman was standing on top of the load of logs when the slide occurred. He was not crushed beneath the pile of logs but it was believed he was struck as the logs began to fall. Eshelman was an employee of the Pike Lumber Company, Akron. He was born Feb. 4, 1914, on a farm near Akron to Adam and Ella (HENDERSON) ESHELMAN. In 1935 he was married to Eva RAGER of Peru. Mr. Eshelman was a member of the Moose lodge of Peru and the Modern Woodmen Order of Akron. Survivors are his wife and a step-daughter, Mrs. Mary Lou SMITH, both of Akron; two brothers, Charles [ESHELMAN], Bremen; and Alvin [ESHELMAN], Newton Falls, O., and a sister, Mrs. Ruby HYDE, Warsaw. Three brothers preceded him in death. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. CST Saturday at the Sheetz funeral home, Akron. The Rev. Harold CONRAD, assisted by the Rev. Claude FAWNS, will officiate. Burial will be in the Akron I.O.O.F. cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home."


Eva Rager

http://www.fulco.lib.in.us/Tombaugh/Cemeteries/Fulton%20County/Html/FC%20Cem%20-%20Henry.htm
Tombstone:
"ESHELMAN
(1) Eva, 1907-1979
(2) Dever, 1911-1956"

http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/SSDI/individual_record.asp?recid=310300184&lds=3®ion=-1®ionfriendly=&frompage=99

Rochester News-Sentinel 10.10.1966 -
Mary Rager Last rites will be Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Sheetz funeral home at Akron for Mrs. Mary RAGER, 80, Akron, who died Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Prairie View nursing home at Warsaw. She had been a nursing home patient 12 weeks and in ill health the past two years. The Rev. Wayne JOHNSON will officiate at the service and burial will be in the Akron cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home. Mrs. Rager was born June 11, 1886, in Fulton county, the daughter of Wesley and Alice MIDDLETON FLENAR. She had spent her lifetime in the Akron community. Her marriage was April 13, 1907, at Akron to Walter RAGER, who died in 1955. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Eva ESHELMAN, Akron; three sons, Eldon [RAGER], Silver Lake, and Kendall and Verl [RAGER], both of R.R. 1, Akron; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Elsie KEEFER, marion, O., and Mrs. Trella BAUM, Mentone; two brothers, Charles FLENAR, North Manchester, and Merl FLENAR, Rochester, and nieces and nephews. One brother and one sister preceded in death.


Caroline Eshelman

There were other children besides Reuben, since his obituary included:
"Surviving are three nieces, Mrs. Robert (Alta) CONNER, Macy; Mrs. Milo (Mary) COPLEN, Rochester, and Mrs. Farrell (Marabel) SEE, R.R. 1, Macy. Preceding in death were six sisters."

A Caroline Eshelman is shown in the 1870 census - http://www.fulco.lib.in.us/genealogy/Tombaugh/Census/pdf/1870.pdf - along with the John Eshelman (Eshleman) household. In 1870 she was 15, which puts her at the right age. Per the census, she was born in Indiana. I've added her reconstructed data here.

I have added her as John and Barbara's daughter based only on the above. It is limited information and the interpretation may not be correct. We haven no other parent information on her.


Reuben Miller

Rochester News-Sentinel 11/28/1966 -
Reuben Miller Reuben MILLER, 83, R.R. 2, Akron, died Sunday at 3:15 a.m. in Woodlawn hospital after a year's illness. He had resided with the Roy "Jack" MORRIS family near Akron for 50 years. Born Oct. 12, 1883, in Miami county, Mr. Miller was the son of Gabriel and Caroline ESHELMAN MILLER and had spent all his life in the Akron community. Surviving are three nieces, Mrs. Robert (Alta) CONNER, Macy; Mrs. Milo (Mary) COPLEN, Rochester, and Mrs. Farrell (Marabel) SEE, R.R. 1, Macy. Preceding in death were six sisters. Last rites will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Haupert funeral home in Akron with the Rev. D. L. SLAYBAUGH officiating. Burial will be in the Gilead cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home.


George Eshelman

http://www.fulco.lib.in.us/Tombaugh/Cemeteries/Fulton%20County/Html/FC%20Cem%20-%20Henry.htm

He is listed as "age 46, next birthday" but it isn't clear if this is as of the 1880 census - which would have made his father 14 when he was born - or before his second marriage in 1896. The latter would have made him either the same age, or a year younger than, his brother Jacob.

More concrete information from the 1880 census: http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/Census/individual_record.asp?INDI_CODE=1880US_6164507_0&frompage=99
Note father born in Pennsylvania, mother born in Germany by his account to the census taker. But he does appear to be the son of John (born in Ohio) and Barbara (born in Germany). So this is Jacob's slightly-younger brother.

Marriage documented: http://www.fulco.lib.in.us/genealogy/Tombaugh/Marriages/pdf/e.pdf

ROCHESTER SENTINEL, Saturday, January 22, 1876
http://64.233.161.104/search?q=cache:E-Q6A_bOBJkJ:www.fulco.lib.in.us/genealogy/Tombaugh/Newspaper%2520Excerpts/Pdf/Newspapers%25201876.pdf+%22george+eshelman%22&hl=en
Reports George and Susan's marriage the prior Thursday, which would have been January 20, 1876.


John Eshleman

John Eshelman, age 59, and Barbara, 53, were residents of Henry Twp, Fulton Co Ind, in Census, 1880. Their household included Adam, age 14 years. However, one link below, which appears to be the same person, shows a birthplace in Pennsylvania. At least one John Eshleman born in Pennsylvania in the "early 1800s" (no specific date stated) was born in Lancaster - from an eBay add for the diaries.

The 1870 census clearly identifies this same person and gives PA as birthplace: http://www.fulco.lib.in.us/genealogy/Tombaugh/Census/pdf/1870.pdf

http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/Census/individual_record.asp?indi_code=1880US%5F6164339%5F0&lds=5®ion=0®ionfriendly=1880+US+Census&frompage=99
It notes father's birthplace as PA and mother's birthplace as Germany.


Barbara Ann Wechter

John Eshelman, age 59, and Barbara, 53, were residents of Henry Twp, Fulton Co Ind, in Census, 1880. Their household included Adam, age 14 years.

http://www.fulco.lib.in.us/Tombaugh/Cemeteries/Fulton%20County/Html/FC%20Cem%20-%20Henry.htm

http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/Census/individual_record.asp?indi_code=1880US%5F6164339%5F1&lds=5®ion=0®ionfriendly=1880+US+Census&frompage=99
She was born in Germany, per this. Jacob's statement to the census taker that she was born in OH would seem not as reliable as this. Both of her parents were born in Germany.

Listed in 1870 census as "Barbary," probably a typo - age 42.


Magdalena Eshleman

http://www.fulco.lib.in.us/Tombaugh/Cemeteries/Fulton%20County/Html/FC%20Cem%20-%20Henry.htm
"ESHELMAN, Magdalena, dau of J. & B., d. Sep 19, 1861, ae 3m-19d (broken stone)"
Birth date calculated backwards from age at death


Samuel Eshleman

http://www.fulco.lib.in.us/Tombaugh/Cemeteries/Fulton%20County/Html/FC%20Cem%20-%20Henry.htm
"ESHELMAN, Samuel, son of J. & B., d. Sep 11, 1864, ae 1y-6m-2d" - birthdate calculated backwards based on the tombstone


George Eshelman

http://www.fulco.lib.in.us/Tombaugh/Cemeteries/Fulton%20County/Html/FC%20Cem%20-%20Henry.htm

He is listed as "age 46, next birthday" but it isn't clear if this is as of the 1880 census - which would have made his father 14 when he was born - or before his second marriage in 1896. The latter would have made him either the same age, or a year younger than, his brother Jacob.

More concrete information from the 1880 census: http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/Census/individual_record.asp?INDI_CODE=1880US_6164507_0&frompage=99
Note father born in Pennsylvania, mother born in Germany by his account to the census taker. But he does appear to be the son of John (born in Ohio) and Barbara (born in Germany). So this is Jacob's slightly-younger brother.

Marriage documented: http://www.fulco.lib.in.us/genealogy/Tombaugh/Marriages/pdf/e.pdf

ROCHESTER SENTINEL, Saturday, January 22, 1876
http://64.233.161.104/search?q=cache:E-Q6A_bOBJkJ:www.fulco.lib.in.us/genealogy/Tombaugh/Newspaper%2520Excerpts/Pdf/Newspapers%25201876.pdf+%22george+eshelman%22&hl=en
Reports George and Susan's marriage the prior Thursday, which would have been January 20, 1876.


Susan Dickerhoof

Possible match for her: http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/Census/individual_record.asp?indi_code=1880US%5F6164507%5F1&lds=5®ion=0®ionfriendly=1880+US+Census&frompage=99

Marriage documented: http://www.fulco.lib.in.us/genealogy/Tombaugh/Marriages/pdf/e.pdf


George A. Eshelman

I don't know if this is George Eshleman, Jacob's brother, or the other George listed separately. All the dates are workable but nothing else matches up. This information is from Fulton Co. marriage records.