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H I S T O R Y
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WITH PORTRAITS AND BIOGRAPHIES
PROMINENT CITIZENS AND PIONEERS.
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D. P. Hurlbut, a native of Vermont, was born in Chittenden county in 1809. He came to Ohio in 1832 and settled in Geauga county. After about one year he left the State and did not return till 1837, when he settled in Madison township. He married, in 1834, Maria Woodbury, a native of New Hampshire. Nine children blessed this union, seven of whom are living, viz. Wheeler W., Emily A., Emory A., George M., Henry K.. Phebe M., and John L. Mr. Hurlbut purchased his farm at one dollar an acre, land which would now bring in the market eighty times that amount.
There are in Gibsonburg three churches -- Evangelical, Lutheran, and Methodist. The first named was organized long before the town had an existence. There is one other -- the United Brethren, one mile south of the village, which for convenience will be sketched in this connection.
Salem church, United Brethren, was organized near the time of the organization of the Evangelical church. The first members were the families of Jacob Garn, John Reed, and Lucas Fleck. John Long and Peter Fleck were the first preachers. The old log meeting-house was built in 1845. The present house, one mile directly south of Gibsonburg, was built in 1864. There are about seventy members.
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Document: 1909 Basil Meek comments (excerpts)
Source: Twentieth Century History of Sandusky... IL, 1909.
Note: The brief notice saying that "Rev. D. P. Hurlbut gave the land where the [UBC] log church was built" is probably a correct statement Lynette Purkey McCullough says that Hurlbut became a member of the United Brethren in 1843 and that he "was ordained in 1846." In 1845 he may have already owned land south of Gibsonburg. However, he did not settle permanently there until after having first served as a United Brethren minister in Lucas Co., OH. McCullough says that Hurlbut and his wife were living there (in Monclova) and that "Phoebe was born there in 1847." Hurlbut's actions and movements prior to 1843 are practically unknown. Elsewhere Meek quotes Jennie Edward as saying: "The last time I saw him [Hurlbut] he said he was preaching on his own hook, Jesus Christ being his presiding elder, the world his circuit and Heaven his home." While this remembrance probably dates to after Hurlbut's 1852 excommunication from the United Brethren, it might just as well describe his activities prior to joining that group in 1843.
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Document: 1915 Basil Meek comments (excerpts)
Source: Year Book of the Sandusky County Pioneer and Historical Association OH, 1915.
Note: Here Meek passes along a story he heard told by Jennie Edward at an annual meeting of the Sandusky area "pioneers." The entire story of Hurlbut's association with "Father Hawkins" is suspect. It is not elsewhere documented and the dates given (1846 or 1847) are about three years too late to coincide with known Millerite millenarian activities in the area. The "D. L. Hurlbut" spoken of here is doubtless D. P. Hurlbut and he may have indeed been living near Fremont, in Madison Co., OH, during the height of the Millerite anticipations. Assuming that this was in early 1843, it may be that Hurlbut evolved from being a non-denominational preacher in about 1840, to becoming associated with the Millerites, to finally operating as a licensed (but not yet ordained) United Brethren preacher by mid-1843. Lynette Purkey McCullough says that Hurlbut "joined the Sandusky Conference [of the UBC] at Beaver Creek Schoolhouse in 1843 and became a circuit rider minister. He was ordained in 1846."
Document: 1860 US Census, Ohio: Sandusky Co. (excerpt)
Source: 1860 US Census, Ohio: Sandusky Co. (Madison Township)
Note 1: The 1850 US Census report for Washington Twp. (adjacent to Madison on the east) lists a "D. P. Hurlbut" as being a "U. B. Minister" of 41, living with his wife of 43. That wife was Maria Woodbury Hurlbut. Their children are there listed as: Wheeler W. (14), Emory A. (10), Emily A. (10), George M. (7), Henry K. (5). Phebe M. (3), and John L. (4 mos.).
Note 2: The 1860 US Census report for Madison Twp. (adjacent to Washington on the west) lists a "D. P. Hurlbut" as being a Vermont-born "Farmer" of 52, living with a female of 50. This female's name is given as "Diana," also born in Vermont. Clearly this is not the "Maria Woodbury Hurlbut" whom D. P. married in 1834. Whether Diana was a second wife of D. P., or was related to him in some other way is unknown. The children listed in 1860 were: Wheeler (24), George (16), and John (10). Along with these are three names not present in the 1850 listing: Melinda (18), Clarissa (12) and Detriech (8). Missing from the 1860 list were four of Maria's children: Emory A. (then 20), Emily A. (then 20), Henry K. (then 15), and Phebe M. (then 13). Thus, it appears that D. P.'s family was temporarily split up between 1850 and some undetermined time after 1860. Since Emily A. Hurlbut married in 1856, it is possible that Maria was living with that daughter's family by 1860. At any rate, Maria was back living with D. P. in Madison Twp. by Nov. 1880 (if not years earlier) when Ellen E. Dickenson visted the couple there.
View graphic of original 1860 US Census page.
Document: Feb. 1836 D.P. Hurlbut farm tax assessment (excerpt)
Source: 1836 Girard Twp., Erie Co., PA Land Taxes Assessment Records: Court House, Erie PA.
Note 1: Hurlbut's "20 acres" were located in section 475 of Girard Township in an area first settled by the Miller family (and briefly called "Miller Settlement," although it was not even a hamlet). Apparently this small farm was purchased by Hurlbut from Henry Miller during the summer of 1834. The Hurlbut farm was probably probably located on "lot #3" adjacent to Henry Miller's remaining property. Some time prior to 1876 the Pettis farm appears to have incorporated what once was Hurlbut's 20 acres. In Feb. 1834 Henry Miller was assessed for taxes on 220 acres in section 475 of the newly-formed Girard Twp. The following year Miller's acreage had dwindled to 160 acres, with D. P. Hurlbut, David Milks, and others having apparently taken over Miller's missing 60 acres. Hurlbut paid the 1835 taxes on his 20 acres and was assessed for the same property again in 1836. However, the 1837 tax assessment records indicate that Lorenzo Clark had paid the 1836 taxes and held the property in Feb. 1837. This indicates that Hurlbut vacated the property in 1836, probably after the month of February.
Note 2: D. P. Hurlbut's wife, Maria Woodbury Hurlbut, said that "in June  we settled in Elk Creek Township, Erie Co., Pa. and made improvements one year and [then] found our title to the land was not good. We moved to Mentor, O. and left there in the fall . . ." Her statement is consistent with the tax records' indication that the Hurlbuts were on the farm until near the month of Feb. 1836. Maria does not say exactly how long she and her husband remained there, so her "one year" of improvements may well have lasted until at least the end of 1835. D.P.'s great-great granddaughter Lynette Purkey McCullough, says that "D.P. and Maria's first child, Wheeler, was born in Erie Co., PA." in 1836. It is likely that the Hurlbuts left their Girard farm early in 1836 because of financial difficulties. If they were unable to pay some stipulated portion of its sale price by that time, Henry Miller may have again taken over the "title to the land," (as Maria calls it) and sold the lot to Lorenzo Clark. Whatever the facts of the matter may have been, it is unlikely that the Hurlbuts would have been able to sustain themselves as farmers on a 20 acre parcel in that part of Erie county. Either D. P. engaged in other, non-farming work to supply an income, or perhaps he attempted some share-cropping for one of the Millers or his other near neighbors of 1835.
View graphic of original 1836 Girard Twp. tax assessment.
View map showing Hurlbut's Pennsylvania farm.
Document: 1996 Lynette Purkey McCullough comments
Source: Gibsonburg, Ohio Area History OH, 1996.
Note 1: Mrs. McCullough's comment saying that D. P. Hurlbut "practiced medicine in Kirtland for a short time..." is an interesting one. It agrees with Joseph E. Johnson saying that in Kirtland Hurlbut "made an effort to get into a good practice of medicine..." The type of medicine which Hurlbut tried to practice in Kirtland was likely herbal medicine, as the Latter Day Saints of that era had little use for regular physicians. William R. Hines said that D. P. Hurlbut "courted Dr. [F. G.] Williams' beautiful daughter" Lovina. As F. G. Williams was both a high-ranking Mormon leader and a "root doctor," Hines' statement strengthens the probability that D. P. Hurlbut briefly attempted to become an herbal doctor while he was in Kirtland (in 1832 or 1833?).
Note 2: Mrs. McCullough further says of Hurlbut, that "in 1851 he was suspended from the [United Brethren] church for a year, and the next year he was suspended permanently." Her statement agrees in substance with the records of the United Brethren Church Conference Minutes taken in Sept. 1851. Those minutes state that, among other things, Hurlbut "took advantage" of people, presumably through the application of his authority as a UBC minister. This charge may have something to do with the fact that by 1860 (if not earlier) Hurlbut had living with him a certain "Diana," rather than his original wife, Maria Woodbury Hurlbut. Hyram Rathbun in 1884 stated that during the fall of 1851 Hurlbut was "held before the Sandusky Annual Conference of said [UB] church, for a trial on charges of gross improprieties toward the opposite sex, lying and intemperance . . . he was entirely excommunicated at the next, session of the conference which was held In the fall of 1852." Rathbun also said: "I was one of that honorable, august body of Elders, who for over two days before Bishop Edwards patiently heard his [Hurlbut's] trial, and thoroughly and faithfully investigated all the testimony in his case. And we all came to the same conclusion, that he was a very bad man, and guilty of each charge made against him... he went on from bad to worse, and at the next annual Conference of 1852, by vote, we excommunicated him from the Church for improprieties with the opposite sex, for lying, and for intemperance."
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PART II: and PART III:
Carole A. Damschroeder, Miriam G. Holt, Grace Stults Hutchinson. Neva
M. Myers, Margaret Baker Schuett
Copyright © by The Gibsonburg, Ohio Area History Group, 1996
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Gibsonburg, OH 43431-1306
Aerial View of Gibsonburg, 1951. Courtesy of Mary Behm.
D. P. AND MARIA
Doctor Philastus "D.P." Hurlbut (1809-1886)was born in Chittendon Co., VT. He was given the name 'Doctor" because he was the seventh son. The seventh son legend holds that son number seven has special magical powers, which include healing. He even practiced medicine in Kirtland for a short time, possibly playing off his given name. He went by D.P. Hurlbut most of his life. While he resided in Jamestown. NY. he was a member of the Methodist Church, a class leader. an exhorter and preacher. He went to Ashtabula Co., OH where he joined the Mormon Church. While at Kirtland, he had trouble with Joseph Smith and was expelled from the church. His story is mentioned in several of the Mormon history books. He was an interesting character.
In 1834 D.P. married Maria Sheldon Woodbury (1807-1903). a teacher and daughter of Wheeler and Maria (Peas) Woodbury (Wheeler, Zachariah, William). They were early settlers in Ashtabula Co. Maria was born in Merrimack Co., NH.
D.P. and Maria's first child, Wheeler, was born in Erie Co., PA. Then they moved to his farm south of Gibsonburg where Augusta Emily, Emory Augustus, George, and Henry were born. The 1860 census
names two other children, Detrich and Clarissa, who may or may not have been theirs.
D.P. gave land to build the United Brethren in Christ Church building, 2 miles south of Gibsonburg. He joined the Sandusky Conference at Beaver Creek Schoolhouse in 1843 and became a circuit rider minister. He was ordained in 1846. While stationed at Portland Mission in Swan Creek Circuit, they lived at Monclova, OH in Lucas Co. Phoebe was born there in 1847. John was born in Sandusky Co. in 1850. D.P. was appointed one of the first trustees of Otterbein College from 1847-1850 In 1851 he was suspended from the church for a year, and the next year he was suspended permanently. His wife's obituary simply said he was a farmer. Little is known about some of the children.
Wheeler (1836-1907) was a peddler and a Civil War soldier. He died in Denver, CO. Emily (b. 1840) was a teacher and married Christopher Buckmaster in Cuyahoga Co. [OH] Mar 13, 1856. They raised their family in the Cleveland area. Emory (b. 1840) a Civil War soldier married Christina Blank. They had a son, Charles, who said that Emery went West to live after Christina died. George (b. 1843) was an attorney in San Francisco, CA. Henry K. (b. 1845) served in the Civil War and spent months in the Andersonville Prison where men fought over potato parings thrown in the mud. Phoebe M. (1847-1928) married Leander Franklin Smith (See LEANDER SMITH). John L. (1850-1932) was a farmer. He lived in Charlotte, MI and later lived at the south edge of Gibsonburg. He married Minnie Noggle (1857-1933) Apr. 11, 1875, in Sandusky Co. One child: Charles (b. Jun 1882). Maria lived with John and Minnie after D.P.'s death. D.P. and Maria are both buried in W. Union Cemetery.
Lynette Purkey McCullough
[Daniel Smith's son] Leander Franklin (1845-1873) married Phoebe Hurlbut, daughter of D.P. and Maria Hurlbut. (See HURLBUT) Children: Nettie, Cora Belle, and Franklin E. Jasper Newton (1848-1901) married Louesa Klotz. Children: Jasper, Rolla, Burdell, and Plin. Plin married Lelia Force,
another teacher, and lived in Bradner, OH. Jennett (1851-1940) married Josiah Sliger. Children: Newton, Kathryn Anna, Edwin, and Mae. They lived in Sandusky and Ottawa Counties and, later. in Siloam Springs, AR and Redlands, CA. Kathryn Anna Sliger married Michael Finkbeiner. Children: Ruth Faye and Fern. Ruth Faye married Colonel Homer Flint Kellums. Their daughter, Vivienne, is responsible for much of the genealogy information about the Smith family. Fern married a Nichleson. In 1863, after Jennett died from typhoid fever. Daniel married Emma Brobst (1827-1909).
Lynette Purkey McCullough, Daniel's gr.-gr.-granddaughter
LEANDER AND PHOEBE
Leander Franklin (1845-1874) was born in Sandusky Co., the son of Daniel and Jennett Smith. In 1867 he married Phoebe M. Hurlbut (1847-1928). Phoebe was born in Monclova, Lucas Co., OH and died in Pontiac. MI. (See HURLBUT) Leander had a short time to enjoy his children. He was shot Jan 1874 while hunting with his cousin, John Holcomb. Children: Nettie (died in infancy). Cora Belle (1869-1949) married William E. Ritchey. (See W. RITCHEY) Children: Ethel. Florence, Fleta, Roscoe Vere, Zella June. Ona Faye, Reva Jeanette, Helen Doris, and Theima Marie. Cora used to walk 3 miles through the woods to Rollsrsville to take eggs to trade for sugar. She was always afraid of the "big dogs" in the woods. Franklin E. (1873-1918) was born near Rollersville. He married Lina Hutchinson, and they had twins, Inez and Clarence. He later married Cleo. He was very creative and invented several items used in the oil fields. He died near Kileore. TX.
After Leander's death, Phoebe moved from the farm into Gibsonburg and had a rooming house, located near the Zorn-Homung Co. In 1881 she married Josiah H. Lowe, a butcher and oil man. They had one daughter, Iva Mabel, who was born on Cora's 13th birthday. Iva Lowe (1882-1967) married William Siegel from Cleveland. He was killed near Spencerville, OH in Allen Co. His wagon blew up while he was carrying explosives. One child: Carlotta Siegel (1903-1989). She was a school teacher and principal in Detroit, MI. She married Ralph Teagan, and they retired to
Cheboygan, MI. Iva was a milliner before she married Dorr Lee Miles (1883-1948). He was a lumberman from Delta, OH. They spent many years at their summer resort at Black Lake, Cheboygan, ML Children: Jean Louise Miles (b. 1918) and Dorr Miles Jr. (b. 1921). Jean was a school teacher and married Wilbur Scholz. They adopted one child, Ann. Dorr Jr. owned a factory near Detroit and married Doris. They had a son, Eric. Later. he married Joyce, and they had several children.
Lynette Purkey McCullough
(Leander Smith's great-granddaughter)
Document: c. 1985 E. A. McCullough list
Source: Everton Publishers "Roots Cellar" (n.d.).
Note 1: The list of names below are ancestors or relatives of E. A. McCullough of Bloomington, Clinton Co., OH (a relative of Lynette Purkey McCullough of that same town).
Note 2: The exact relationships between the persons on the list and E. A. McCullough is not stated. D. P. Hurlbut's name also occurs in Lynette Purkey McCullough's lists (as her great great grandfather). In the genealogical information provided by Lynette Purkey McCullough are the surnames "Smith," "Holcomb," and "Ritchey," all of which also appear in E. A. McCullough's list. The "Maria Pease" in the list may have been a relative of D.P. Hurlbut's mother-in-law, Mary Pease Woodbury. Catherine Blank and David Smith were the parents of Daniel Smith whose son Leander F. Smith married D. P. Hurlbut's daughter Phoebe, in 1867. Jennette Holcomb was David Smith's wife and her parents were James A. Holcomb and Dorcas Trumbull (not listed below).
Note 3: The list below shows D.P. Hurlbut as having been born in Bedford Co., PA in 1809. This is almost certainly an error. The list also shows Suzannah Crist as having been born there in 1837 and Daniel Ritchey as having also been born there in 1839. The latter couple were married in Bedford Co., PA in 1861.
Misc. References to D. P. Hurlbut
Note 1: Wheeler Woodbury and Mary Sheldon Pease were married in 1807 in Charlestown, NH. Wheeler's brother William was living in Kingsville by 1813, and presumably Wheeler and Mary were also there by that time. Their sons were Wheeler P., Nathan, and Ebenezer B. Woodbury. Daughter Maria (1807-1903) became the wife of D. P. Hurlbut (1809-1882). Mary Pease may have been a sister or cousin of Calvin Pease, Sr., a lawyer who resided at Warren, OH during the first two decades of the 1800s. On Aug. 25, 1812 Calvin Pease wrote from Warren to the Postmaster of Pittsburgh, PA, John Johnson, informing the residents of the "capitulation" of the "traitor Hull" to the British at Detroit. Johnson was the father of Rebecca Johnson Eichbaum of Pittsburgh, Calvin Pease also served as the local agent in Warren for Gideon Granger's land dealings with Solomon Spalding in 1803.
Note 2: The generosity and hospitality of Wheeler Woodbury and his wife Mary Peas Woodbury is reflected in the fact that traveling Mormon missionaries were allowed to hold a meeting at the Woodbury's Kingsville residence (and perhaps spend a night with Wheeler's family or that of one of his sons). Orson Hyde preached at their home on Feb. 10, 1832, only days before he and Samuel H. Smith first preached from the Book of Mormon in nearby Conneaut.