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The NULL Family Line

Revised 29-Oct-2000

Robert M. Sharp is the 9th lineal descendant of Johann George Null. This relationship is through his Kesling, Deem, Marshall, Puthoff, and Sharp lines.

First Generation

1. Johann George1 Null was born in Alsace-Lorraine, Germany abt 1690. Johann died aft 1753 in Rockingham Co, VA. He may have died in PA

He married Catrina ??. (Additional notes for Catrina ?? ) Her maiden name my have been Oberlin. Information found at WorldConnect compiled by Kenneth Lemmon lemken@aol.com.   Much of the early information was taken from "Descendants of J. George Nol/Null (1690-Aft 1753) of PA, VA, and OH"; compiled by Christos Christou, Jr. & John Barnhouser. Also received much info from Michael O. Tabor & Art & Karen Buck Also info from many other people in the Null line.

Came from Germany in the early 1700's, settled in Tulpehocken, PA, they moved into Augusta Co., VA in 1750's and remained in the present day Rockingham Co., VA area. In the early 1800's they moved to west. Many settled in Kanawha Co, VA, (Present day WV.) They moved again to Ohio, settling mainly in Lawrence Co, Jackson Co, and Gallia Co. area.

Hans George Noll came in the ship Loyal Judith of London from Rotterdam, Last from Cowes, England. Qualified Sep 25, 1732/1733. p62 of Pennsylvania Oaths of allegiance.

Member of Trinity Tulpehocken Reformed Church Records 1748.

From John E. Arthur: History of Berks and Lebanon Co., by Rupp, page 246 Tulpehocken Twp. The first white settlers of the later Heidelberg Twp. were among others, George Null.

Tulpehocken Bi-centennial 1723-1923 Womelsdorf, PA page 76 from Rupp, early Heidelberg settlers 1734- George Null. Page 12 Tulpehocken tax lists for 1752, 1754, 1756 George Null.

From the genealogy of Jacob R. Miller and his descendants (DAR): John George Null came to this country on the Loyal Judith which landed in Philadelphia on September 25, 1732. He settled in Berks County Pennsylvania. On board ship there were 119 men. Three different spellings of the name are given:

John Jurgh Noll Hans Jerig Noll Hans Georg Noll Hans Jurg Null

Mathias Summer m. Christina Nullin Oct 23, 1749 Witnesses: Jacob Shutt, Hans Jurg Null, Johan. Jurg Kurtz, Philipp Haller, John Dorett

They settled on a stream in Pennsylvania, named the Swatara. There were seven children in the family; five sons, and two daughters. Their names were John, Nicholas, Balser [Henry]; and one brother that Father did not know his name. The sisters were Mrs. Brenner and Mrs. Gunckel.

Johann George Null and Catrina ?? had the following children:

2 i. Maria Elizabeth2 Null. She married ?? Benner.

3 ii. Anna Maria Null. She married Michael Gunkle.

4 iii. Balthasar Noll was born in Germany abt 1720. Balthasar died abt 1803 in Lebanon Co, PA. His body was interred in Klopps Reformed Church Graveya, Lebanon Co, PA. He married Anna Maria Stein in Berks Co, PA, 11 Jun 1754. Anna was born 01 Jan 1733/34. Anna died 30 Jul 1805 in Lebanon Co, PA, at 71 years of age.

5 iv. Nicolas Null was born in Alsace-Lorraine, Germany abt 1720. Nicolas died May 1767 in Augusta Co, VA, at 46 years of age. He married Anna Margaret Pence abt 1740. Anna was born in Germany abt 1720. Anna died aft 1769 in Augusta Co, VA.

6 v. Philip Null was born in Alsace-Lorraine, Germany abt 1722. Philip died 1749 in Tulephocken Twsp, Lebanon Co, PA, at 27 years of age. He married Margaret Beauchamp. Margaret was born in Rockingham Co, VA.

7 vi. Johann Georg Null Jr was born in Alsace-Lorraine, Germany abt 1730. Johann died abt 1771 in Lancaster Co, PA. He married Catrina ??. Catrina was born abt 1730. Catrina died aft 1771 in Londonberry Twp, Lancaster Co, PA.

+ 8 vii. Heinrich 'Henry' Null Sr. was born 07 Jul 1735.

Second Generation

8. Heinrich 'Henry'2 Null Sr. (Johann George1) was born in PA 07 Jul 1735. Heinrich died 10 Nov 1816 in Clear Creek Twp, Warren Co, OH, at 81 years of age. His body was interred 1816 in Eyer Cem, Warren Co, OH, Lutheran & Reformed. The Eyer Cem. as it is now known, has the stone of Henry Null Sr. still standing. It can be reached from Springboro by going east on E. Springboro Road and then south on 5-Points Road. It is across the bridge and left at the Y intersection. There is an Eyer house with a corner stone dated 1811. The cemetery now sits in a horse pasture with most stone down under the dirt, but Henry Sr.'s stands. This was the place of the very first Salem Church that precedes Salem Ch. & Cemetery. It was probably the first burial place outside of one's farm in the area. It is likely that Christian Null, Henry Null Jr., and Adam Null are buried there. There was a memorial stone in what is known as "Null" Cem. which is east of the log house on the right Y of 5-Points road. This cemetery is nearly obliterated. The church that stood by the "Null" Cem. was a United Brethren Church and the cemetery the same.

He married twice. He married Margaret "Peggy" Harmon in VA. Margaret was born in Augusta Co, VA abt 1734. Margaret was the daughter of Jacob Harmon and Catrina ??. Margaret died aft 1776 in Rockingham Co, VA. He married Margaret Mary Airy 1781. Margaret Mary was the widow of Cutlip Arey.

He bought property Wayne Twp, Wayne Co, IN, 21 Nov 1806. Land Patent Cincinnati Office - NE half Section 11, 164.32 acres T14R1W (NW of Middleboro, Wayne Co, IN). The first white settlers entered Wayne County in 1803.  He also purchased land in Montgomery Co. and Warren Co, OH.

He made a will in Warren Co, OH, 20 Mar 1811.

Henry NULL Will

In the name of God Amen, I Henry Null of Warren County and State of Ohio Considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and perfect memory do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say) First to the heirs of my son Henry Null, I give and bequest the sum of four hundred dollars (three hundred and thirty eight of which I gave him during his life and of which I have exhibited a proven amount to the administrators of his estate. I also give and bequest to my three sons, Charles Null, Christian Null and Adam Null all that tract or parcel of land lying and being in the south-east quarter of section number seven in township number two and fifth range between the Miami Rivers to be equally divided between them. To my daughter Catherine Harnsbarger, I give and bequeath one third part of the east half of Section No Ten of Township No two of Range No five between the Miami Rivers to be taken off the north end of the said half section. To my Daughter Margarett Haughman, I give and bequeath one other third part of the last mentioned half section of land lying south and joining to Catherine Hansbargers tract. To the four children the heirs of my son George Null Decd, I give and bequeath the other equal third part of the said half section to be taken off the south end and to be equally divided between them. The balance of my estate both real and personal I wish and desire to have equally divided among my legal heirs so that each one of my living children shall have one share each and the heirs of my son George Null Decd shall have and share among them and heirs of my son Henry Null shall have one share among them. Which said legally a sums of money I will and order shall be paid to said respective legatees within eighteen months after my Decease. And lastly I appoint my two sons Charles Null and Christian Null Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking al former wills by me heretofore made in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the twentyeth day of March in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and eleven Henry Null (Seal)

From Virginians in the Revolution
Served in Capt. Nalle's Rockingham Co. Also listed in Capt. Hull's Co., Augusta Co. Militia.

From Virginia Valley Records by John W. Wayland, Harrisonburg, VA
Page 116 Rockingham Supplement Captain Michael Rorick's Company, No. 17: Henry Null, 1 tithable, sons Henry, Charles, Cristian, 10 horses

Page 315: Adam Hedrick and Henry Null came down from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and settled in the river country, the former near present River Bank, the latter on Mill Creek immediately at its mouth.

Page 316: In 1751, as stated elsewhere, Henry Null came down from Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, and acquired a considerable body of land on Mill Creek, commencing at its mouth. On this tract Jacob Stover evidently built a mill before 1741, because John Stephenson's patent of land for that year the creek is described as "Jacob Stover's Mill Creek." This mill stood on the creek near the road which leads from Port Republic Road to Shady Grove Church and its remains were still visible as late as 1872-1873.

Found in the Null file in Lancaster PA. The following narrative was prepared by "Aunt Sarah" in 1915:

"Great Grandfather, Henry Null, was born in Germany in the year 1735. In 1740, his parents came to America. They settled on a stream in Pennsylvania, named the Swatara. There were seven children in the family; five sons, and two daughters. Their names were John, Nicholas, Balser [Henry]; and one brother that Father did not know his name. The sisters were Mrs. Brenner and Mrs. Gunckel. Great Grandfather was the youngest of the family. When he was 20 years old, he left Pennsylvania and went to Rockingham County, West Virginia. He married Miss Harmon; and his children were born and brought up in Virginia. He had had sons, Jacob, George, Henry, Charles, Christian (Grandfather) and Adam. There were four daughters; Mrs. Hoffman, Mrs. Keyser, and Mrs. Handspiger. One daughter, named Elizabeth, a girl of 15, perished in a storm on the Blue Ridge mountains. The oldest son, Jacob, died in the Revolutionary War.

"In 1792, Great Grandfather gave Christian (Grandfather) $500 and told him to travel until he found a better farming country than Virginia. He went to a town on the Monongahila River where the emigrants loaded their flat boats to float down the Ohio River to settle on the Kentucky shore. When he arrived at the town, a number of families were loading a boat to go to Kentucky. He asked them to take him along, and he would help them work; but they refused as he was a stranger. Their last excuse was that they had no room for his horse; and he could not go without it. The women spoke up and told the men they could make room for his horse, and take him on board. The men on the flat boat knew but little how to manage it, and Grandfather was on but 3 days until he had the helm of the boat. One day, the horses got to fighting and kicked a board loose at the water's edge. The water poured in; the women screamed; the men were frightened. When Grandfather saw the board was not quite knocked off the pins, he let himself down over the side of the boat, and told a man to hand him an ax. With the first lick, he knocked it back on the pins. He pounded the board back into place, and told the men to caulk the seam and bail out the water.

"He went with the boat as far as Maysville, Kentucky. There, he left them and stopped to visit with some friends. He stayed there for several years, working his way. When the Indians were defeated by General Wayne and it was safe to go to Ohio, Grandfather went there and traveled over part of the country, and bought land near Springboro, Warren County, Ohio. He cleared some land, built a log house, and sent word to his Father that he had a home for him. His father sent word that he would not come to Ohio unless Christian would come back to Virginia, help him sell out and move him to Ohio. Grandfather rode back to Virginia, helped his Father sell out, loaded the wagons; and started for the Ohio home. After some weeks of travel, they arrived safely at the new home. His [Christian's] brother, George, died in Virginia, and his wife and children stayed there. Two sisters, Mrs. Keyser and Mrs. Handspiger, remained in Virginia. one sister, Mrs. Hoffman, and the other brothers went to Ohio."

"I write this from hearing Father tell about the Null family."

Signed: "Sarah A. Null"

Heinrich 'Henry' Null Sr. and Margaret "Peggy" Harmon had the following children:

9 i. Elizabeth3 Null. At the age of 16, drowned in a storm on the Blue Ridge Mountains.

10 ii. ?? Null. She married ?? Keyser.

+ 11 iii. Henry Null Jr. was born 04 Mar 1754.

12 iv. George Null was born Rockbridge Co, Va abt 1758. George died abt 1787 Rockbridge Co, Va. He married twice. He married Elizabeth Miller. He married Elizabeth Miller in VA, abt 1779. Elizabeth was born in VA abt 1760.

13 v. Jacob Null was born in Rockingham Co, VA abt 1758. Jacob died 1780 at 22 years of age. Died in the Revolutionary War.

14 vi. Catherine Null was born in Rockingham Co, VA abt 1759. Catherine died 1822 in VA, at 63 years of age. She married Adam Harnsbarger in Rockingham Co, VA, 09 Apr 1776. Adam was born in Rockingham Co, VA abt 1759.

15 vii. Margaret Null was born in VA abt 1764. Margaret died cir 1832 in Montgomery Co, OH, at 68 years of age. She married William Houghmann. William was born abt 1760.

16 viii. Charles "Karl" Null was born in Rockingham Co, VA 31 Oct 1767. Charles died 20 Mar 1844 in Clear Creek Twp, Warren Co, OH, at 76 years of age. His body was interred in Old Salem Cem, Warren Co, Oh. He married twice. He married Mariah ??. He married Mary Zellers in Rockingham Co, VA, 1793. Charles Null, a native of Virginia, who with his family emigrated to Ohio and located in Clear Creek Township, Warren, Co, OH in 1800. This tract of land he entered from the Government. Here he opened out right in the woods erecting his log-cabin with split puncheon floor in true pioneer style. Here he spent the balance of his life. Mr. Null was a very active business man, whose character and integrity were beyond reproach. From time to time, he entered and purchased more land till he became owner of about 600 acres. He was one of the most active and prominent among the early settlers. He was a member of the Reformed Church for many years and is buried at Salem and Lutheran Reformed Church Cemetery.

17 ix. Christian Null was born in Rockingham Co, VA 03 Nov 1772. Christian died 24 Feb 1832 in Clear Creek Twp, Warren Co, OH, at 59 years of age. His body was interred in Eyer Cem, Warren Co, OH. He married Catherine Bone in Hamilton, Butler, Oh, 15 Apr 1802. DAR Roster III, Soldiers of the American Revolution Who Lived in the State of Ohio: Null, Christian - Montgomery County

Buried on own farm - few miles West of Warren County border from Montgomery County.

One of one thousand levies collected under Act 33, passed March 1779, called Land Bounty Rights, with their reg'ts indicated elsewhere: NY State Record.

Served under Colonel Alexander Lowrey, Captain David McQueen in Lancaster County, PA, Mil, Frth Co., 7th Bn, 1782, for three separate enlistments. 46th NSDAR Report.

Per William Null, Salina, KS: Christian's grave site was moved to the Federal Cemetery so that the cemetery could have a revolutionary soldier buried on its grounds.

From a history of Springboro at http://www.mvcc.net/Springboro/history.html#g:

The Null Cabin, located on the, Heatherwoode Golf Course, has a story which begins in Virginia over 200 years ago, as a solemn group made its way to the front door of the Henry Null home.

They led a riderless horse and carried a saddle, sword, and sidearms. The family group inside knew immediately the purpose of the visit. Their son and brother, Jacob Null, was a casualty of the Revolution.

Twelve-year old Christian Null was particularly affected by the grim circumstances. His brother's death moved him to a decision that he had been contemplating for a while. Jacob, a soldier in "Light Horse" Harry Lee's cavalry, was gone, but Christian would carry the Null family back into the patriots' cause. So, before he was a teenager, Christian Null was a soldier in the Revolutionary War.

Eight years later he was mature beyond his years and more skilled in the ways of the wilderness than men twice his age. His father, noting the growing restlessness in his son since the end of the war, gave him $500 and a mission: he was to journey west to find land on the frontier, which would be better farm land for the Null family.

Christian made several more trips before finding a parcel of land in the rolling hills high above Clear Creek. Early in 1798 he sent word back to Virginia for his brother Charles to join him in building a cabin on the land he had purchased.

The cabin they built later that year was --and is-- a marvel. They felled large trees of walnut and oak and carried them to the crest of the highest hill on the tract. They crafted a large house 2 1/2 stories tall, constructed of their square-hewn logs, and staple notched at the corners. Large rooms up and down had stone fireplaces, laid with rocks from the beds of Clear Creek. The front facade faced east, into the morning sun. The cabin had a panoramic view of the valley below. Inside, the south wall of the building had a huge stone fireplace with a built-in bake oven. Access to the second floor and to the attic was by a spiraling ladder stairway; the stairs turned 180 degrees in six feet. When it was finished, Christian returned to Virginia to help the large Null family in their move. By 1802, the cabin was full of Nulls.

In 1832 the new owners of the cabin, the Taylor family, added two cribbed wings and a basement. Several years later they offered the basement as a hiding place to fugitives on the Underground Railroad.

Today it looks down on manicured fairways and an ever-expanding city. The wind still whispers through the few remaining trees on the site, and companion barns have been dismantled or destroyed. It is the oldest on-site structure in Warren County, a majestic sentinel of the ages.

The Springboro Area Historical Society has preserved the house belonging to Christian Null. It now sits in Heatherwood Golf Course. It is a 2 story log house with a cellar. It sits high on a knoll among the $200,000 plus homes of the golf course and can be reached from the south side.

18 x. Adam Null was born in Rockingham Co, VA 22 Dec 1775. Adam died 1837 in Warren Co, OH, at 61 years of age. He married twice. He married Catherine Hoover OH, 25 Aug 1803. He married Keziah Riggs 01 Jul 1805.

Third Generation

11. Henry3 Null Jr. (Heinrich 'Henry'2, Johann George1) was born in Rockingham Co, VA 04 Mar 1754. Henry died abt 1808 in Warren Co, OH. His body was interred in First German Reformed Cem.

He married Susanna "Anna" Arey in Rockingham Co, VA, 05 Jun 1788. Susanna was born in Rockingham Co, VA abt 1770. Susanna was the daughter of Cutlip (Gotlieb) Arey and Margaret Mary Airy. Susanna died 1808/1809 in Clear Creek Settlement, Warren, Oh, at 39 years of age. Susan is listed as the orphan of Cutlip Arey. Her bondsman was Herman (possibly Harmon). Susan's mother married Henry NULL Sr. in 1781. Susan probably lived with the Nulls and then married Henry Jr in 1788. Mary, an orphan of Cutlip, also names Henry Null as a guardian.

Henry Null Jr. and Susanna "Anna" Arey had the following children:

19 i. Mary Margaret4 Null was born in Rockingham Co, VA 12 Aug 1788. Mary died 04 Sep 1874 in Clear Creek Twp, Warren Co, OH, at 86 years of age. Her body was interred in Clear Creek Cem, Warren Co, OH. She married William Miltenberger OH, 27 Dec 1806. William was born in Rockingham Co, VA 02 May 1784. William died 28 Jul 1835 in Warren Co, OH, at 51 years of age. His body was interred in Red Lion Cem, Warren Co, OH.

+ 20 ii. Elizabeth Null was born 06 Apr 1790.

21 iii. Susannah Null was born in Rockingham Co, VA 01 Jan 1791. Susannah died 28 Aug 1879 in Huntington Co, IN, at 88 years of age. Her body was interred in Beach Grove Cem, Huntington Co, IN. She married Andrew Irick OH, 22 Jul 1813. Andrew was born in Rockingham Co, VA abt 1790. His body was interred in New Hope Cem, Preble Co, OH.

22 iv. Margretta "Peggy" Null was born in Rockingham Co, VA 04 Mar 1793. Margretta died 23 Apr 1875 in Warren Co, OH, at 82 years of age. Her body was interred in Springboro Cem, Warren, OH. She married John Kesling OH, 01 Oct 1808. John was born in Rockingham Co, VA 10 Dec 1783. John was the son of Dieterich "Teter Or Peter" Kesling and Elizabeth Link. John died 10 Dec 1845 in Clear Creek Twp, Warren Co, OH, at 62 years of age. His body was interred 1845 in Old Salem Cem, Warren Co, Oh. buried - Springboro Cemetery

23 v. Mary Magdalen "Polly" Null was born in Rockingham Co, VA 8 Feb 1794. Mary died 21 Mar 1867 in Vermillion Co, IL, at 73 years of age. Her body was interred in Rose Cem, Vermillion Co, IL. She married Jacob Bonebrake OH, 05 May 1814. Jacob was born abt 1794. His body was interred in Rose Cem, Vermillion Co, IL.

24 vi. Catherine Null was born in Rockingham Co, VA 08 Jan 1796. Catherine died 21 Jul 1877 in Jackson Twp, Preble Co, OH, at 81 years of age. Her body was interred in Spact Cem, Preble Co, OH. She married John Griffis OH, 09 Nov 1815. John was born OH abt 1795.

25 vii. Sarah "Sally" Null was born in Warren Co, OH 29 Aug 1799. Sarah died 22 Jan 1895 in Preble Co, OH, at 95 years of age. Her body was interred in Bonebrake Cem, Preble Co, OH. She married Jacob Surface in Warren Co, OH, 16 Dec 1820. Jacob was born in Shenandoah Co, VA 23 May 1802. Jacob died 02 Oct 1860 in New Hope, Preble Co, OH, at 58 years of age. His body was interred in New Hope Cem, Preble Co, OH.

Fourth Generation

20. Elizabeth4 Null (Henry3, Heinrich 'Henry'2, Johann George1) was born in Rockingham Co, VA 06 Apr 1790. Elizabeth died 19 Jul 1866 Washington Twp, Preble, OH, at 76 years of age. Her body was interred 1866 in Zion Cem, Washington Twsp, Preble Co, OH, Zion Lutheran.

She married Henry Kisling in Warren Co, OH, 11 Oct 1810. Henry was born in Rockingham Co, VA 03 Apr 1791. Henry was the son of Dieterich "Teter Or Peter" Kesling and Elizabeth Link. Henry died 08 Aug 1870 in Eaton, Preble Co, OH, at 79 years of age.

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