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The Family of Reuben George Sr.
of Monroe County, WV and Butler Co, OH
in the late 1700s and early 1800s
Children:
Fannie, Joshua, Reuben Jr., Jane, Enoch, unknown daughter, Isaac, Mary

by Nancy Sween, Sftrail@aol.com
Also see: Reuben George Family Index * Reuben George: Family Lines and Sources * George Charts
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Reuben George Sr. 1776-1837 Biography * Other Reuben Georges * Family Names

Fannie GEORGE JOHNSON line:
1. Fannie George
    b 5 October 1798, VA (now WV)
    d 1851 (52)
   Butler Co OH
    m 1818 Butler Co OH
Jacob Johnson
    b
    d
   

Fannie George Johnson was born October 5, 1798 in what is now West Virginia, the eldest of Ann (Handley) and Reuben George Sr.'s children. The George family moved to Butler County, OH about 1812 when Fannie was a young teenager. In 1818 she married Jacob Johnson in Butler County. Fannie and Jacob had five children. Fannie died in 1851 when she was 52.

2nd gen: Their daughter, Rebecca Johnson Waltz's husband John Waltz Sr. was a carpenter who made wagons with his son
3rd gen: George Edgar Waltz, who was a blacksmith.

4th gen: George's daughter Evelyn Waltz married Harry McDonald, who farmed in Butler County until they moved to Oxford, OH and operated a dry cleaning store. Evelyn's brother, John Waltz Jr., was a brakeman on the C&O Railroad in Richmond, IN.

5th gen: James W. MacDonald ( obituary ) began teaching in one-room schools in Indiana and retired as professor of American History at Grove City College in Grove City, PA. He and his wife Lois George MacDonald were distanct cousins who could both trace their ancestry to Reuben and Ann Handley George: "Mac" was their great-great-great grandson and Lois their great-great granddaughter. They had no children.

Joshua GEORGE line:
2. Joshua George
    b 25 February 1801, VA (now WV)
    d February 1836 (35) typhoid?
   in Butler Co OH
    m 7 May 1825 Henry Co IN
Catherine Thompson Gough
(widow of Dr. C. William Gough)
    b 1801 VA
    d 1862 Butler Co OH
   

Joshua George, born February 25 1801, was almost entering his teenage years (around 1812) when his parents moved to western Ohio from West Virginia.

Joshua married Catherine Thompson Gough (born 1801 in VA) on May 7, 1825 in Henry County, IN. Catherine was the widow of Dr. William Gough, and had a son (Charles T. Gough) by that marriage.

As his parents before him, Joshua and Catherine farmed in Butler County Ohio. They had five children: Martha Jane, Enoch Jackson, Andrew Thompson, Reuben Handley, and David Wilson GEORGE.

Joshua died of typhoid fever when he was about 35. Catherine, widowed for the second time, with her 13 year old son Charles GOUGH and her five GEORGE children aged 10 to 1, maintained the farm and raised the children.

About 10 years after her dad died, Martha Jane married a county neighbor, John BROWN in 1844. Enoch Jackson "Jack" married a county neighbor Margaret Ellen DeArmond in 1851. Andrew married Rebecca DeArmond in 1852. David married Nancy Ann PATTERSON in 1854. Reuben Handley married Elizabeth LYLES in 1856.

Catherine died in 1862 when she was about 61 years old.

In the summer of 1917, families of 6 of Jack and Margaret's children met for dinner at C. Fred George's house near Okeana, where the 1st annual reunion was planned for the 2nd Sunday in August 1918 at Glen Miller Park in Richmond, IN.

Reuben George Jr. line:
3. Reuben George Jr.
    b 5 June 1803, VA (now WV)
    d 20 September 1869, KS (52)
    m-1 10 March 1825 Butler Co OH
    m-2 11 September 1828 Butler Co OH

lived in
    Monroe Co WV (1803-ca 1812)
    Butler Co OH (ca 1812-1844)
    Andrew Co MO (ca 1845-1855)
    Doniphan Co KS (1855-1869)

#1- Margaret Lynn
    b
    d (after Mandy's 1826 birth,
      before Reuben's 1828 2nd marriage)
    m 10 Mar 1825, Butler Co OH

#2- Nancy McCotter
    b ca 1807, PA
    d Sept 1898, Doniphan Co KS (91)
    m 11 Sept 1828, Butler Co OH

Reuben George, Jr., born June 5 1803, was about 9 when his parents moved from the Monroe/Greenbrier Co VA (now WV) area down the Ohio River to settle in the rolling hills of Morgan township, Butler County Ohio, north of Cincinnati, about 1812.

Reuben Jr. was 21 when, on 10 Mar 1825, he married Margaret Lynn in Butler County, OH.

Not only is Margaret Lynn George's parentage a puzzle, but so is whether she and Reuben had a daughter, Amanda or Mandy, born in 1826, before Margaret's untimely death. The date of her death is yet unknown, but would have been within the 3 years between her 1825 marriage and Reuben Jr's 1828 remarriage. If Mandy was her child, then her death was within the 2 years of Mandy's birth in 1826 to Reuben Jr's 1828 remarriage.

Adding to the speculation about Mandy being Reuben Jr's first child, his first child with Nancy McCotter GEORGE, Elizabeth, named her daughter

Three years after Reuben's marriage to Margaret, he married Nancy McCotter, also in Butler County on 11 Sep 1828.

About 1844, Reuben Jr and Nancy George left Butler County OH for Andrew County MO, north of St. Joseph, MO. The George's settled near the 101st River. About 1855, they moved just across the Missouri River west to Doniphan County, KS where they continued farming. Reuben and Nancy had 5 children: Elizabeth, Mary Jane, Austin "Aus", Newton "Newt" H., and Sarah E. GEORGE.

Reuben died of cancer on September 20 1869. Nancy George continued living in Doniphan County, attending an occasional picnic for the many local residents originally from Ohio. She died in September 1898.

Jane George Skiles line
4. Jane George Skiles
    b 8 August, 1805 VA (now WV)
    d 1879 (74) Decatur, IN?
    m 1825 Butler Co OH
Isaac Skiles
    b 29 July 1800
    d 29 October 1862 (62)
   

Jane George Skiles, born August 8 1805, was 20 when she and Isaac Skiles married in Butler County in 1825. They had at least nine children between 1826 and 1842, with the twins coming in 1842. Later most of the family moved to Decatur County, IN. Pegeen provided the will of John Skiles Sr., Isaac's father. The Ella Skiles Linn who died in Butler County OH in 1821 is not Isaac's sister.
Enoch George line
5. Enoch George
    b 15 November 1807, Monroe Co? VA (now WV)
    d 13 December 1892 (85) Andrew Co MO
   lived in WV, OH, IN, MO, KS
    m Butler Co OH
Jane McCotter
    b 1 January 1809 PA
    d 25 May 1857 Andrew Co MO
    buried in McGlothlin Cemetery

Enoch George, born November 15, 1807, was about 5 when his parents moved the family to Ohio. In 1826 when he married Jane McCotter (perhaps his sister-in-law Nancy's sister?), he was 19 and she 17. Jane and Enoch had 10 children between 1827 and 1851, in three states. The George's moved to Green County, IN in the early 1840s, then joined Nancy and Reuben Jr. in Andrew County, Missouri about 1849. After Jane died in the 1850s, he lived for a time across the Missouri River in Doniphan County, KS, but returned to Andrew County before the 1860 census. Little is known of his second wife, Matilda. Enoch died in 1892, preceding his youngest child who died of tuberculosis by six months. Both were buried in McGlothlin cemetery. See pictures and notes on where members of this family lived in Andrew County. More on Enoch's family and grandchildren and more on the McCOTTER family.
Young daughter of Reuben and Ann George Sr., name unknown
6. (unknown daughter) George
    b 1809, VA (now WV)
    d (young)
    per 1810 census of Monroe Co WV
   
The youngest of Reuben and Ann George's children was, according to the 1810 census of Monroe County, West Virginia, a girl born about 1809. She apparently died young.
Children of Reuben and Esther Hardin Philips GEORGE, SR:
Isaac and Mary
Isaac George
7. Isaac George
    b 24 August 1827, Butler Co OH
    d 1837 (10) Butler Co OH
Isaac George was born August 24 1827, a year after Reuben George Sr. married Esther Hardin Phillips (February 2 1826) in Butler County. Isaac died in the summer of 1837, as did both of his parents, and probably is buried in the Old George Burial Ground.
Mary "Polly" George
8. Mary "Polly" George
    b 27 November 1830, Butler Co OH
    d 30 August 1931 Butler Co OH (100)
   Butler Co OH
    m Butler Co OH
John Randolph DeArmond
    b 1828
    d 1882
   

Mary (Polly) George, born November 27 1830, was still 6 when both her parents and her older brother, Isaac, died during the summer of 1837. At that time, all of her older living half siblings (Fanny, Jane, and Enoch) already had 5 children each. Joshua had died the year before, leaving 5 children, and Reuben Jr, had 4 children. So rather than going to live with any of her older half-siblings' growing families, Polly was raised by the Squire DeArmond family, who bought (?) her parents' house (which she had inherited) and became her guardian. (See Reuben George Sr.'s will.) In that house the Squire held court, and it was the same house where C. Fred and Maybelle (Duncan) George later raised their 5 girls. Along with two of her nephews (Enoch Jackson and Andrew Thompson George), Polly married into the DeArmond family in the 1850s. Also known as "Aunt Pop", Mary and Polly, she lived to within three months of her 101st birthday. (Also see: 2nd DeArmond biography, from 1882 History and Biographical Cyclopaedia of Butler County, Ohio)

"Aunt Pop" and her husband John Randolph DeArmond (1828-1882) had one daughter, Anaretta DeArmond Roberts. Anaretta married Daniel Roberts. They had 6 children: Effie R. Durham, George Roberts, Phoebe R. Rothermel, Imogene R. Connett (died 17 Oct 1970), James Roberts, and Grace R. Bias.

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