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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.

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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.

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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.




Pioneer Women  of the Western Reserve








P A R T   T H R E E.

P R I C E   40   C E N T S   E A C H.

DECEMBER,  1896.


village in 1811. There were four daughters -- Chloe (Mrs. David Wood), Susan (Mrs. Calvin Luce), Sophia (Mrs. Hiram Woodbury), Lucinda (Mrs. Chas. Whelpley.

In the early part of August, 1812, the appearance of a British vessel, as was supposed, off Conneaut, created great alarm. Word came from Kingville that a thousand soldiers and Indians were on the way thither. The family of Batchelor, hastily taking a few necessary articles, sought shelter beyond the Conneaut.

Before they were out of hearing the dog, accidentally left in the house, began to howl, which seemed to confirm their worst fears, but in the morning all thing[s] were found as they had been left the previous night.

It is said of Mrs. Ezekiel Sheldon (Edith Sawin), who came with her husband from Connecticut and settled on the Lake-shore road in 1810, that she was the first woman to prohibit liquor, the regulation beverage at the old-fashioned raisings, on which occasion good cheer was enriched with a really elegant dinner, well cooked, well served, with tasteful accompaniments of every kind.

A short distance east of Mr. Sheldon's was the home of Mrs. Mary Peas, wife of Wheeler Woodbury. They came to Ashtabula from Acworth, N.H., in 1812 -- a brief residence on the Peleg Sweet farm where Mrs. Woodbury taught several terms of school, preceding their removal to Kingsville.

On their journey to the New West the stop over night at Buffalo was vividly remembered, happening at the time of General Van Rensselaer's attack upon the British position at Queenstown, the cannonading from either side preventing sleep and making an early departure desirable.

After Buffalo was burned and there came a call for volunteers to check the advancing troops, Mr. Woodbury was among those who responded, and the matter of providing the needful clothing was a miracle of accomplishment. Shearing a fleece of wool was given into the hands of the wife and daughters, who cleansed, dyed, spun, wove and returned the garment ready-made within twenty-four hours from the time of the clipping.

Surely the deed deserves as

as that of the Greek mother who, giving her son his shield and bidding him farewell, said, "Come home with it or on it."

Always ready to contribute to a larder more barren than her own, Mrs. Woodbury more than once fainted from overwork and hunger, after dividing her last loaf with an unfortunate neighbor.

Hon. E. B., and Hamilton, son and grandson respectively, were for many years prominent figures in legal and political life at Jefferson; gentlemen of fine culture and widely esteemed for many admirable qualities.

The daughters were all teachers. Miss Susan Edson, the distinguished physician who nursed President Garfield during his last illness was at one time a pupil of Miss Phebe.

The later inherited her mother's penchant for the study of medicine, but it was not until after her marriage with Andrew Randall, of Monroe, that she made a practical application of her acquirements. To her we are indebted for a portion of the material entering into the preparation of this article; for her, we mingled our tears with many who gathered recently to pay the last tribute of affection to all that was mortal of one whom to know was to love and admire.

The oldest daughter, Maria, at one time possessed the distinction of being the best grammarian in the Western Reserve. With a mind versatile and capable of grasping broad principles, she commanded an influence in the community where she lived.

She married Dr. Philastus Hurlbut, and is now, in her eighty-ninth year, a resident of Gibsonburg, O.

Daniel C. and Phebe Alderman-Phelps came from Colebrook, Conn., in 1811 and established a home on the north ridge near Ashtabula.

Of ten children three are living -- William C., Daniel M. and F. Bernard, aged respectively, eighty-nine, eighty-seven and seventy-nine years. The former resides in West Winstead, Conn.

Mrs. Phelps was a woman of strong mind and force of character, enduring with patience the journey of forty-two days to Ohio, with the care of three small children and the inconveniences of


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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day, October 30, 1892. Manager F. H. Boff, V. G., as the bishop's delegate, performed the ceremony. Gibsonburg was made a parish in May, 1896, Rev. Philip A. Schritz as first resident pastor. He attended the place from Millersville after January of the same year. The priest's residence was built in 1896. He continued in his pastorate until December, 1898, when the Rev. L. L. Broens was appointed his successor. In June, 1901, Rev. J. B. Wendling was appointed pastor of St. Michael's. The erection of the present beautiful Gothic structure was completed and dedicated in June, 1905, on the grounds which had been purchased in 1903. The building and grounds is an ornament to the zeal of the Catholic people and the tireless labors of the priest in charge, Rev. J. B. Wendling.

The Salem United Brethren. The first ministers held meetings at the homes and school-houses. The class was first organized by Samuel Hadley and John Bright, about eight years before the log church was built.

Rev. D. P. Hurlbut gave the land where the log church was built, and the log church was completed in 1845, about two miles south of Gibsonburg.

The Salem U. B. log church was the first church built in Madison Township. Rev. John Long and Peter Fleck were the first ministers. Jacob Garn, John Reed and John Long were the first trustees. John Mosses, first superintendent in Salem log church.

The second Salem U. B. Church was built on the ground near the log church, in 1870. Rev. Michael Long was the first minister; Rev. Levi Moore was the presiding elder.

Andrew Biddle, Jacob Garn, Peter Warner, John Long, first superintendent; Jennie Garn, the first person converted in the Second Salem Church.

The third U. B. Church was built on West Madison Street in Gibsonburg. The cornerstone was laid in 1896, the building completed in 1897. Rev. S. H. Raudebaugh was first minister; Frank Noggle, Dolph Fausey,
Thomas Vance, John Sheerard and John Callihan, first trustees.

The first Ladies' Aid Society was organized in Gibsonburg, October 12, 1896. First president, Mrs. Ellen Noggle; secretary, Miss Ida Taylor. Rec. S, H. Raudesbaugh is again the pastor and now in charge.


Gibsonburg has her quota of fraternal and kindred organizations which furnish many social features of the place. Some of the orders are classed as pioneer orders and have grown and flourished with the city's progress, until now they are recognized as a necessity to the town. It possesses fraternal lodges of a number of the leading fraternities of the state. These local lodges are prosperous and number among their members the most reputable men and women of the place.

Woman's Home Missionary Society was organized in 1892, under the leadership of Mrs. O. Bowlan, now of Van Wert, Ohio. Sadie Maynard, deceased; Mrs. L. J. Turley, secretary, and Mrs. J. L. Hart treasurer. It is non-denominational, has a large membership, and by its kind deeds carries sunshine into many clouded unfortunate homes within the corporation.

Encampment of Patriarchs were granted a charter prior to 1884. They organized at Helena with the following named gentlemen as charter members: Dr. J. C. Thomson, Rollersville; J. M. Marvin, J. M. Garnet, J. M. Jones, G. P. Cornelius and A. L. Tice. May 22, 1884, their charter and records were destroyed by fire. Shortly after, the present charter was secured in lieu of the one burned. The Encampment, No. 209, was then removed to Gibsonburg where it has met regularly in the I. O. O. F. hall, every second and fourth Thursday nights since.

G. A. R., No. 124, was granted their charter August 12, 1881. M. H. Potter, W. A. Penfield, James Voorees, Samuel W. Ake, J. B. Mowery, G. W. Peterson, Emanuel Kornbaumand, George Miller, charter members. The membership is not large, but the boys held their regular meetings in the I. O. O. F. hall,

Canfield Relief Corps was organized March 3, 1900 by Sarah D. Winans of Toledo. The

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."



Sandusky  County

Pioneer  and  Historical


A.  D.  1915

Contains the Proceedings of the Forty-third Annual and
Reunion Meetings, August 2 and 28, 1915, to which is
appended Proceedings of the Annual Meetings and
Picnics, with Addresses and Talks of 1883
to 1887, inclusive; Historical and Bio-
graphical Sketches; Pioneer Remi-
niscences and Narratives, and
Obituary Notices of De-
ceased Pioneers.

Compiled by I. H. BURGOON, President,
and BASIL MEEK, Secretary

Edited by BASIL MEEK

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Land Ahead. Ho!

Do you desire a pieace of land,
Already fitted to your hand,
With house and barn and garden nice,
Then call me for my advice.

Should you a brother chip call on,
Say Buckland or J. A. Johnson,
His hand perhaps you first must fill
With a five or ten dollar bill.

But this is not the case with me,
My counsel, you shall have it free,
My object is the land to sell,
That you among us here may dwell.

Would you on turnpike like to be,
In Woodville, Ballville or Riley,
Sandusky, Madison, or Scott,
Washington, Jackson, it matters not.

In all these towns I've land to sell,
Both wild or tame, to suit you well,
My terms are easy, part or whole,
Land agent, Crowell.

If my memory serves me, along in 1846 or 1847, there spread over the country great excitement over what was termed "Millerism," and the day was appointed for the Lord's return for the faithful. Among the fanatical was Father Hawkins who had for his co-worker in the faith, one D. L. Hurlbut, of Madison township, who was a many sided preacher, good talker, rather pleasing personality, could win his way into the churches, but could not make good. The last time I saw him he said he was preaching on his own hook, Jesus Christ being his presiding elder, the world his circuit and Heaven his home. At the time appointed (which I've forgotten) Mr. Hurlbut came to Fremont to be with Mr. Hawkins when the Lord came. They made a torch and made ready to fire the Sandusky river at the right time. They had not long to wait until the summons came, as some young fellows up in Scott Township, in a spirit of fun, also made a torch, and went over to Tawa prairie and fired the tall grass which lighted up the whole heavens for many miles around. The expected ones sallied forth to welcome the expected One only to be disappointed. Hawkins
and Hurlbut went to the river and dropped the coals from their torch into the water only to find that it was not yet ready to burn and the laws of nature remained the same. They are all gone to meet the Lord and Sandusky river rolls on toward its destination. The world moves in its orbit without a jar and Jesus Christ sits upon his meditorial throne, unmoved by the hallucinations of man's unbalanced brain.

Jacob A. Bowlus

Mr. Bowlus said:
"One speaker said he was here 45 years in Fremont and he had the impudence to say 'Black Swamp.' I have been here 87 years in 'Black Swamp' and it is growing better an better. I am going to stay here in person of my body in Sandusky county, because I think it is about as good a county as in the state of Ohio.

"Well, as perhaps I am the only one left out of the old pioneer stock, that beat our corn with an iron hammer, and I just noticed the other day a new style of treating it. My mother poured water on and the hulls would come to the surface. But this party took a hoop and joined a deer skin over it, stabbed it full of holes and beat it through it.

"I heard Mr. Keefer speak about Sandusky county being so nice. He did not half touch it. It is the garden of Ohio. Go down here in Ottawa county, which is an offspring of Sandusky county. We get the better for the territory of Sandusky county being in it, and if you will look over the physiognomy of this county, you will see what intelligence there is there, and I say, go on, elevate it, make it pure and cleaner and more honorable and worthier of a good county."

J. H. Feasel

Mr. Feasel, 94 years old, of Jackson township, spoke as follows:
"Gentlemen and Ladies: I feel thankful that I am permitted to meet you once more. I remember well


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 [1834] 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."


Published in 1905 by the editors of The Derrick and reproduced exactly
as it was written by means of a camera copy at Lesher Printers, Inc.

Edited by
Carole A. Damschroeder, Miriam G. Holt, Grace Stults Hutchinson. Neva
M. Myers, Margaret Baker Schuett

Copyright by The Gibsonburg, Ohio Area History Group, 1996
419 South Gibson Street.
Gibsonburg, OH  43431-1306

ISBN 0-9652115-0-9

Aerial View of Gibsonburg, 1951. Courtesy of Mary Behm.

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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
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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
(D.P.'s gr.-gr-granddaughter)

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[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,
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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 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
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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.

James A.
Sarah Eliz.
D. P.
Martha J.
Jacob A.


Transcriber's  Comments

Misc. References to D. P. Hurlbut

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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.

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