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Five Generations March 17, 1977
5 generations

Myrtle Stoneberger Dovel 1887-1978 (front right)
Daughter Grace Dovel Cobb Knauf 1906-1994 (back left)
Granddaughter Betty Cobb Cabaniss
Great-granddaughter Susan Cabaniss Bradford
and Great-great granddaughter Marie Bradford (age 3)

Five Generations - March 17, 1977
Susa Lucas Stoneberger and Sarah Housden Dovel ... the Sixth Generation

Below: James Clark and Myrtle (Stoneberger) Dovel
50th Anniversary December 1952 Custer City, Oklahoma

Dovel 50th

James Clark Dovel, b. 19 Aug 1880 in Stanley, Page Co, VA, d. 14 Mar 1960 in Thomas Memorial Hospital, Custer Co, OK, married 1 Jan 1903 in Page Co, VA. In November 1906, James, wife Myrtle and baby daughter Grace Evelyn boarded a train at Stanley with father Lewis, brothers, Joseph Edward and Taswell Orville, and sisters, Martha Laura and Maud May, and moved to Arapaho, Oklahoma. They were met at the railroad station by Uncle 'Cabe' Dovel. James and Myrtle farmed at Arapaho until 1910, later farmed near Butler, Vicksburg and Gip. They had four other children, Rufus, Forrest, Hazel and Ruth. James and Myrtle retired from farming in 1945 and moved to Custer City where a distant cousin of Myrtle's, Charles Stoneberger, lived.
Myrtle Mae Stoneberger, b. 17 Mar 1887 in Stanley, Page Co, VA,
d. 2 Nov 1978 in Clinton, Custer Co, OK.

Lewis Clark Dovel born December 1852, Page Co, VA; died August 1936, Maitland, Holt Co, MO. Lewis first married Sarah Catherine Housden, she died 1897. He married in Custer County, Oklahoma 10 March 1911 to widow Elizabeth Leon. In the 1920s he made his home with his sons Joseph and John in Missouri.

David Moncell Dovel born 21 Sept 1819,Page Co, VA; died 5 March 1871, Honeyville, Page Co, VA. He married 13 Dec 1842 to Elizabeth F. M. Booton (1825-1901)

David Dovel Jr born 1750, Orange Co, VA; died February 1832, Page Co, VA
He married Keziah Short in 1793 Rockingham County, Virginia.

David Dovel Sr born 1728; died 1807 Rockingham county, Virginia. His wife was Barbara.

Family History and SW Oklahoma
Susan's Family Tree
Surnames, Family Histories and Genealogy Poems

The Sixth Generation
Myrtle's Mother, Mary Susan Lucas Stoneberger
James' Mother, Sarah Catherine Housden Dovel

Mary Susan Lucas Stoneberger

Susa, as she was called, was the daughter of John Hiram Lucas, and wife Jane Cubbage, of Page County, Virginia. Susa helped her neighbors in sickness or trouble. She was a midwife to many a child in her neighborhood.

Mary Susan Lucas married Andrew Godfrey Stoneberger in Page County, Virginia 5 May 1885, Andrew's third marriage. They had eight children, Virgil, Savilla, Wilmer, Mattie, Maud, Myrtle, Della, and Mildred. At Mary Susan's death in 1935 there were 42 grandchildren, 88 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grand-children. She applied for a Confederate Soldier's Widow's pension in 1930. She was 71 years old. She received the pension based on her husband's Confederate record.

Andrew Godfrey Stoneberger, age 18, enlisted with his older brother Siram on February 1, 1863 at Luray, for the period of war. A week later their father George Stoneberger enlisted in the same company. This battalion of scouts, guides and couriers was organized September 1862. Andrew became a Private in Samuel Bradford Brown's Company C, 13 Battalion Virginia Calvary, officially the 39th Battalion. Samuel Brown's Company C became Lee's Body Guard March 9, 1863.

Company C, 39th VA Battalion was official escort for General Lee as his forces approached Appomattox on April 9, 1865 virtually surrounded by the Union forces.

After the Civil War, Andrew returned to the home near Stanley, Page County. He farmed and served as a watchman for the railroad bridge close to his home. After each train passed he would walk the bridge to see if any live cinders had fallen on the wooden bridge that made up the Ochre Bank railroad bridge. In 1885 the Ochre Bank mine and mill was operated by the Oxford Ochre Company about one mile southwest of Stanley on Stony Run where the Railroad crosses Stony Run. Andrew died 5 February 1901.

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Page County, Virginia Genealogy

Mary Susan Stoneberger
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Mary Susan (Lucas) Stoneberger
Born 30 October 1855-Died 1 September 1935
Daughter of John Hiram and Jane (Cubbage) Lucas

Stoneberger Lineage
Myrtle Stoneberger Dovel 1887-1978
Andrew Godfrey Stoneberger 1845-1901 and Mary Susan Lucas 1855-1935
George Stoneberger 1816-1866 and Phoebe Turner
John Stoneberger 1789-1876 and Christena Robsen
Lewis Stoneberger 1754-1820
Frederick Stoneberger 1730-1806

Sarah Catherine Keyser Dovel(1863-1897)

Sarah Catherine Dovel
Sarah married Lewis Clark Dovel in Page County, Virginia 3 March 1887
When Sarah Catherine passed away leaving a household of young children, Martha, James, Mary Elizabeth, John W., Virginia, Joseph, David, Minerva, and Taswell, ten year old Myrtle Stoneberger helped with household chores and child care. Myrtle married Lewis and Sarah's oldest son James Clark Dovel 1 Jan 1903 Page County, Virginia.

Sarah was the daughter of Formasanta Housden Keyser. In Sarah's marriage record she is "S. C. Housden" the daughter of "F. Housden." Sarah and her mother are buried in Keyser Cemetery, Dovel Hollow, Page County, Virginia as "Sarah Katherine Keyser Dovel 1863-1897" and "Formazanta Housden Keyser 1836-1909". Is that Sarah Catherine in the Hardin Keyser household #74 in 1870 census, Page County, VA? She isn't with her mother in 1870. She is with Formasanta in 1880 census.
Formasanta was the daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth ALGER Housden. Formasanta married Albert Stoneberger, son of George and Phoebe Stoneberger, 11 February 1868, Page County, Virginia. Albert died of consumption 10 December 1870 in Page County. The unusual name Formasanta is the name of a princess in story La Princess of Babylon by Voltaire.
Formasanta's tombstone reads "Formasanta Housden Keyser", however, no marriage record to a Keyser has been found. Formasanta went by her maiden name in the censuses of 1870, 1880 and 1900. Obituaries refer to her as a Housden and as Mrs. Stoneberger. When Formasanta died 5 March 1909, she willed her property to her granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth Dovel.

Housden Lineage
Formasanta Housden Stoneberger
Benjamin Housden 1808-after 1870 and Elizabeth ALGER 1817-1866
Judith Housden 1773-1853 and John Dovel
Benjamin Housden, died 1800, and Nancy (?)

David Knighting has shared that Page county columnist and historian, James Seekford stated in his column "Jacob's Well"
(June 17, 1927) that John and Benjamin Housdon's father was a John Dovel of Rockingham County, VA and that John and Benjamin went by their mother's name because of some family trouble. This column was written @ 1927-1935 in the Page News and Courier and dealt with local history and genealogy.

Housden Legacy by L. E. Housden

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