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2 In the 18th century Waldeck was an autonomous Principality of Prussia, governed by a Prince, and its capital was Arolsen.  Its economy was based on agriculture.  The farms were small communities, managed by lease-holders who had a contract with the Prince.  In the mid 1700s the lease-holders were predominantly Amish and from Switzerland.
It was here that Hermann Guth found Christian Kempf: "Christian Kempf died at the age of 65 years on 26 Jun 1806 in Netze; his widow also died there on 22 Feb 1814. Christian is named in 1795 as miller at the Gershauser Muhle (north of the border in the Province of Hess) according to the parish records of the town of Branau."
From this we can calculate his b.d. as abt 1740.  Netze was a small farm community just northeast of the town of Waldeck.
  Guth further states that a Barbara Kempf "a Mennonite woman who had been living for years at the home of Conduktor (leaseholder) Peter Gungerich in Hunighausen (another farm community in the principality of Waldeck)"  died at the age of 65 years on 26 Oct 1811.
  John M Byler states: "The Kempf surname originates in Canton Bern, Switzerland where they were Taufer (Anabaptist) as early as 1709.  They appear next in Alsace, France, and then were scattered over different parts of France and also Baden, Germany.  Christian was likely the brother of Barbara Kempf".
  The link between Christian and John, the Immigrant, have not been proven, but is the best fit amongst the information we do have.  Byler, importantly, states the children are 'probable'.  There are sone obvious discrepancies, i.e. 2 different birthdates for Magdalena. 
Kempf, Christian (I8028)
3   "Aunt Susannah tells how one of the girls decided she wasn't going any farther (when Kempfs came to IA via wagon).  After their stop for dinner she sat on a stump and vowed to go no further.  At the end of the day she was still nowhere in sight.  So after unhitching the weary horses great grandmother and one of the boys went back and found her still sitting on her stump.  They persuaded her to move on somehow."  Letter Florence Maas.  Maggie Bontrager states in 1971 that this wasLizzie (Elizabeth).  Not withstanding this reluctant start, she became the 1st Bride in Amish-Mennonite settlement of Johnson Co. Kempf, Elizabeth (I150)
4   About 1783 the family moved to Bedford (now Somerset) Co, PA where he bought land NW of Springs. Virgil Miller's explanation of these events are ambiguous to me but it seems that Jacob also had land in Elk Lick Twp and in 1798 he bought 300 acres in MD which in a resurvey of 1814 was shown to be 353 acres.
  In 1809 he moved to Sugarcreek Twp, Tuscarawas Co, OH. 
Miller, Jacob (I368)
5   Born in a one-room cabin in Holmes Co, OH, she came to Iowa at the age of 12 with her parents in Oct 1859.
  For 15 years after her husbands death she maintained the homestead and farm with her seven daughters.  In 1907 she moved into Kalona.  While living there, she boarded four of Maggies children while they attended the Kalona High School.
  Mom says Barbara told stories about the trek from OH to IA, and about the Indians in IA begging for food and stealing from the house, but apparently they were not dangerous.
  "Her place (in church) was... seldom vacant; even in her declining years she often walked the three miles when others thought road conditions justified their staying at home." 
Mishler, Barbara M. (I107)
6   In 1779 he appears on the Tax List for Brothers Valley Twp, Bedford Co, PA with 100 acres.
  In 1785, on Jan17, he received Warrant for land next to his father's in Bedford Co
  In 1797, on April 25, he bought his father's 398 acres in Bedford Co. 
Hochstetler, John (I35)
7   In 1845 he explored Iowa land.  When he moved in April 1846 he went by wagon to Zanesville, OH and boarded a steamboat on the Muskingum R, changed boats at Marietta and Cincinnati, OH and St Louis, MO and thence to Bloomington (now Muscatine), IA.
  The Land Office was in Dubuque and he registered for $1.25/acre.
  That fall the whole family was sick with "bilious fever" and "ague"
  In 1847 the Land Office was in Iowa City.
  In the spring of 1851 the Amish-Mennonite Church was organized- Mennonite Quarterly Review Oct 1929 
Miller, Peter B. (I151)
8   In Sep 1850 Samuel moved with the family to Sharon Twp, Johnson Co, IA.  He was one of the first to earn a Teaching Certificate from the Iowa Academy in Iowa City, ca 1862.  In 1865 the Great Schism occurred in the Amish church.  In 1868 he married Barbara.  As was the custom with the Old Order Amish they prepared to join the church but he was denied entry because he had attended a public school.  One year later they became Amish-Mennonite and joined the East Union Church.
  Amongst other crops, Samuel grew hemp on the farm and Barbara and several of the daughters became efficient in spinning and weaving it into cloth.
  Samuel traveled to Chicago ca 1892 and bought back a thoroughbred Short Horn Bull.  Shortly after returning he became ill with what the german doctor called "fausa" (blood poisoning) and died. 
Kempf, Samuel J. (I45)
9   The surname is said to be Swiss in origon but the fact that he emigrated from Rotterdam implies that the family spent some time in Germany.  However, no one, to my knowledge, has identified any ancestors there.
  Immigrant 16 Oct 1751 to .Philadelphia on Duke of Witenburg from Rotterdam.  He settled first in Berks Co and then moved to Dauphin Co, PA 
Eash, Jacob (I340)
10   They moved to Coffeyville just after the famous Dalton Raid.  His brother-in-law had moved there earlier and helped defend the town.  He carried a bullet in his scalp until he died.
  Coffeyville was an area of gas wells, and the children'smain outdoor sport was to light matches to the little bubbles that appeared when it rained and have fires. 
Hartman, William Aaron (I2285)
11     In her later years Margaret wrote a Reminiscence which was saved by her grand-daughter Ethel Torrey:
     "...I was not four years old when an older sister, Louisa, died with croup.  I remember when they went with her to bury her in the woods, as there was no other place.
     When I was six years old, I went to school two miles away with brother Aaron.
     When I was 9 years old my father took me to Lafayette to get my teeth fixed.  We went to Liptensport to get on a packet on the canal; the packet was drawn by horses.  Next day I was put in care of Dentist Biddle for three days; then sent home the same way.
     During our winter season, all that could be spared went to school, three months out of a year.  It was 2 1/2 miles to this new brick schoolhouse.  We had to cross a very swampy place where there were many yellow rattle snakes...  We always took a club to kill them,..
     In those days, the teacher would board among the scholars, two weeks at our house, then elsewhere.  Mother...used a bushel basket...for our..lunch; she always put in, for meat, a lot of roast beef, or two or three chickens and a couple of pies, bred and butter...  The older boys would put a stick throught the handle and carry the basket."
     It so happened that Chas and I met at country dances, Shindigs or Apple Snitzens or Corn Huskings or Barn Raisings or Crout Cutting; and, finally he came to my father's house to a social event with a number of young friends, and that seemed to settle it; after that he courted me for nearly a year, and as he was able to take care of me, we were married and decided to go to California.  I had never been away from home in my life,..  In those days it seemed that we were going to the end of the world; there was but one railroad in Indiana, that was the Wabash and Erie - it only came as far as Lafayette.  My father took us to Lafayette in a covered wagon - 23miles - with two big trunks - a good bit of luggage in those days.  We took the train to the Erie Canal for New York City and got there just too late for our ship.
     The Logansport Star on Oct 7, 1874 reported that Margaret had sued her husband  but I could not find the reason.  In that same year two other Parks were sued for divorce in Cass Co for physically abusing their wives.  Margaret was still living in NE with her two youngest daughters at the time of the 1880 Federal Census.  Two of her children haddied in NE and by 1900 she was living back in Delphi with her brother David in the townhouse Andrew and Mary Burntrager had bought when they retired. 
Burntrager, Margaret (I1863)
12     Mary's first husband, John Bigger died after only two years leaving her with a son to rear.  She had 11 children with Andrew and so she raised 12.  After her marriage to Andrew she made a practice for many years of keeping 3 other orphans in the family at all times.
    Daughter Margaret says in a Reminiscence written in the early 1900's:
    "When I was eleven years old, there was twins come to our house...  I...did so for months, as mother was bedfast with milkleg and we nearly lost her; that made 12 children in our family, besides parents and three or four hired men and the three orphan children.  One of the orphans died and father buried her.  ...always three meals each day, with eighteen plates and then some had to wait for the second table".
     In 1850 the Federal Census shows 18 year old Elizabeth Grand living with them.
     ETB says she "presented her grand-daughters with sterling silver tea sets, and full sets of spoons, for each course, that were made from coined silver dollars"
     Carroll Co Historical Society gives date of death 1/11/1804. 
Longstreet, Mary Higgins (I1855)
13     The 1880 Federal Census list him as Heady L, age 4.
     In 1866, Union veterans of the Civil War organized into the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR).  In 1881 the GAR formed the Sons of Veterans of the United States of America (SV).  GAR Posts sponsored Camps of the SV.  Sheridan Camp #24 was organized in Olympia, WA on April 16, 1891.  William joined this camp in 1893 on the basis of his father's Civil War record.  In 1925 the name was changed to Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) which was issued a Federal Charter in 1954 and is the legal heir to the GAR.
     In 1894 he enlisted in the Washington Nat'l Guard as a Private whose duty was "brakeman'
     On 13 Jun 1899 he was elected to the Columbia Engine Company, the first official fire department of  Olympia, WA.
     His house, now owned by Ruth Horn, at 510 North St SE, in the Crosby Edition of Tumwater, has been placed on the Tumwater Register of Historic Places and is known as the Burntrager/McKillip House.  Polly Hickman's parents visited this house on 6 Aug 2003 and stated that it was in good condition and under restoration to it's original condition.
     It appears that he worked for the Puget Sound Power and Light 
Burntrager, William Keady (I2460)
14      1757 He was captured by the Indians and held for about 7 years.
     On Jan 17, 1785 he took out 2 warrants, one for 115 3/4 acres on Blue Lick Cr and the other for 305 1/2 acres on the Little Youghiogheny, both in Brothers Valley Twp and both including improvements.
     In 1776 he was taxed on land in Brothers Valley Twp, Bedford Co, PA
     On Dec 6, 1795 Dec 6 he sold 216 acres land, 2 1/2 miles SW Salisbury, Brothers Valley Twp, PA.  He then lived for a number of yearsat Mt Eden, KY.
     But his will, dated Apr 2, 1814 was filed on May 14 in Randolph Twp, Montgomery Co, OH.  At this same time another descendant of a Dunkard, David Bontrager was establishing himself just slightly south in Warren Co. 
Hostetler, Christian (I175)
15      1850 Census-William, David, Mary, Henry, Samuel
     1860 Census-David, Mary, Henry, Samuel, George, Jacob, Abraham
     1870 Census-George, John B, Abraham, Hortensey
     1880 Census-John B, Thomas, living with new wife Margaret who seems to have 2 children by a previous marriage
     The dates on all the censuses correspond except for:
          John B-age 17 in 1870, 21 in 1880
          Thomas-age 17 in 1880, but does not appear in 1870 
Arnold, Daniel Jr (I6749)
16      A native Mexican who was a prominant rancher, Francisco was the Mayor of Los Angeles in 1810-1811, prior to the Mexican-American War.  California belonged to Mexico at the time and he was later granted 4439 acres by the Mexican government. Avila, Francisco Jose (I8172)
17      Although born in Knox Co, OH, Christian moved with his parents very shortly to Fairfield Co, OH.  He then walked to Iowa scouting for land and settled in Sharon Twp in Apr 1877.  His family were the first Bontrager's in Johnson Co.
     It was in Ohio that his father changed from the Amish to the Mennonite Church.
     Mom says he was standing on the RR station platform waiting for the train to take him to the army when news came that the Civil War was over.
     In the fall of 1888, he and Elizabeth moved back to Ohio where she died and he remarried. 
Bontrager, Christian (I28)
18      Ancestors were Immigrants to MA in 1628. Daniel was born in Oxford Co, ME.
     Daniel Torrey (1808-1896), a master scythe maker, owned a wagon and blacksmithing shop in Payson, Adams County, Ill.  In the 1830s Torrey moved from his home state of Maine to Quincy, Ill., and later, to Payson, Adams Co, IL where he established his shop.  In 1856 he moved to Missouri and, after 1870, to Fairbury, NE where he was involved with sheep ranching with Charles Parks
     This collection includes a small notebook, filled with diary entries, a certificate for land in Milan, Mo. 
Torrey, Daniel (I4428)
19      Andrew was probably born in 1753 at Kirchbacherhof, Duchiy of Zweibrucken, Germany.  This date is derived from the fact that he was indentured until the age of 21 and was married to Susanna Grehbiler on Aug 30 in 1774 at the First Reformed Congregation in Lancaster City, PA.
      Andrew belonged to the non-combatant Old German Baptist Church (Tunkers).
      Andrew, and many Grebil's, were on the Taxable List in Menallen Twp, York Co in 1779.  He was listed as Andrew Burntreger with 150 acres, 3 horses, 4 cows and taxed 79 pounds, 13 shillings and 4 pence.  In 1780 there are two listings.  The first for 90 acres, 3 horses, 6 cows which was taxed 38 pounds and 8 shillings  The next line shows 309 acres, 41 horses, 21 cows and no entry for taxes.  He is not listed in 1781.  No warrants or deeds could be found for any of these lands, so it is not clear how to interpret these entries.  What is clear, is that the amount of Taxable's in 1779 compared to the acreage is highly disproportionate to others on the same list and that the list of his assets were amazing for an immigrant who, only 5 years earlier had been released from indentured status with $10 and a new pair of pants being his only possession.
     In the same year, Andrews brother John was on the Taxable List in Bedford Co. but was marked as not being present in the county.
     In 1783, Andrew is on the Taxable List in Bedford Co with 2 horses, 2 cattle, and 3 sheep.  In 1784, he has a house and there are five in the family.  On Jan 17, 1785 he received two warrants for land which were surveyed one month later on February 18.  These two parcels represent 189 3/4 acres on Flaugherty Creek and 237 1/2 acres south on the Little Yough (now Casselman) River.  This may represent arrangements for selling the first and buying the second parcel and does not indicate when he might have first settled on either.
     The first parcel of land was located within the town limits of present day Meyersdale and it was here that he established a mill.  The land was later sold to Peter Meyers after whom the town was later named.
     The Pennsylvania Maple Festival, held in Meyersdale each year, now owns this land which includes a house erected by the Meyers family.  This house now contains the original leather deed of Andrew Borntraer.
     The second parcel of land was located several miles south of present day Meyersdale and both were in Brothers Valley Twp, Bedford Co (now Summit Twp, Somerset Co).
     On 13 Jun 1797 he purchased a total of 385 acres in Botetourt Co, VA near present day Roanoke.  Of this amount, 359 acres &140 poles was "vested in Col William McClanahan (Revolutionary War hero who had received a large grant in gratitude) who sold the same to Andrew Borndrager, "who departed this life before he obtained a title" and on June 13 of the same year, Andrew purchased "25 acres and 20 poles" in Botetourt Co, VA from William Carvin & wife Sarah for "137 dollars and 50 cents currant money of said State".  William Carvin had been given 900 acres as a grant from King George II in 1746.
   In only 13 months he was writing his Will dated Aug 2, 1798.  It was probated on Oct 9 of the same year.  He eventually disposes of 385 acres to his widow Susannah, sons David and Martin, and sons-in-law Samuel and Henry Peffley.  This farm was located on what is now Hollins University and on Tinker Creek. 
Borntraeger, Andrew (I1745)
20      Andrew's father died in 1812, but the Court did not appoint  a guardian until 1820.  He eventually inherited "the west half of Section 25, Twp 3, Range 4 containing 30 acres" in Warren Co, OH which he then sold on Feb 26, 1825 for $300, to trustees of the "United Society" at Union Village.
     In Kingman Bro's History of Carroll Co, IN, there is a list of The Tract Book in the Recorder's office.  Andrew Burntrager came to IN by himself and filed a claim on 2 parcels of land in Carroll Co, IN on May 18, 1825 after engaging in some subterfuge with another man who wanted the same tracts and whom he beat in a race to the Land Office.  Bureau of Land Management records show that these 2 tracts of land were not entered into the books until March 15, 1826 at the Crawfordsville Land Office and were located in adjoining Sections 10 & 9, Twp 25N, Range 2W for 80 and 70 acres.
     It is not  known if he wintered in IN or returned to OH but  he probably returned with his married brother Daniel when on April 20, 1826 he filed for another 80 acres in Section 10, Twp 18N, Range 6W, which was then in Montgomery Co.   On Jan 3, 1828 he filed twice for a total of 160 acres in Section 27, Twp 21N, Range 8 which was in Fountain Co.  Patents were issued for all five of these purchases.  These 2 are near the IL state line and were purchased just 2 weeks before his brother Daniel bought land in the same area.
     He returned to Ohio and was married in 1829 in Miami Co.  Later that same year he emigrated to Indiana for good.   Excerpts from Minutes of Carroll Co Old Settlers Meetings in Delphi on 9 Aug 1884 state that this Andrew and his wife Mary lived in Carroll Co, IN since 10 Sep 1829.  Carroll Co had just been formed on 7 Jan 1828.
     They travelled by wagon and on arrival lived in the wagon for 48 days while erecting a log cabin.  As children were born they added to the cabin and erected another cabin.
     On Sep 22, 1832, he sold 120 acres of Sect 27, Twp 21N, Range 8 to George R Niles for $300 and on Oct 7, 1834 he sold the remaining 40 acres to Esther Clark.  He had doubled his money in 6 years.
     Here he cast his first vote for John Quincy Adams, became a Whig and then a Republican and gave his eighth child John the middle name of Quincy.
     In 1845, Andrew is found on the Deer Creek Twp Tax List for property in Section 9, Twp 25N, Range 2.
     His daughter Margaret in an auto-biographical note gives some insight into their life.  "My parents...had built a one room log house after living 48 days and nights under a large walnut tree.  It was in the year of 1829 when they moved to Indiana.  In that one room, four children were born and they had to make more room as the children came and they built two more rooms, all with punchin (sic) floors, but smooth and scoured as white as could be made, with a large fire place that took a back log two feet thick and a half cord of wood at once; but it was the best fire that ever was.
     in 1845, my father made brick; he dug a few large pits, put water, clay, gravel and sand in; that was made smooth by riding horses around and around.  Then the mortar was put in molds and squared off to dry on a sanded place.  When these bricks were dry, all hands, including children that could carry a brick, carried them to be placed on a big brick kiln to burn.  As soon as all was on the four furnaces (that was made at the bottom of the kiln) it was set on fire.  It took several days to burn them;...  During the summer of 1846, the large brick house of 14 rooms, one of the most modern and best in the State of Indiana for those days, was built."
     His land contained a large grove of Black Walnut trees which were used to finish the large 2 story brick house.  All the framing from the floorboards to the  rafters was walnut.  He constructed several kilns and made all the bricks on site with enough left over for his neighbor to construct a house.  Following this he entertained sealed bids and sold many walnut trees, even exporting some.
      In 1956 this house was said to be owned by a group of relatives headed by a Howard Dock who stated that they had purchased it more than 50 years prior.  He stated that a tornado struck the farm in 1953 severely damaging the property and wiping out much of the walnut grove.  Up until this time they had marketed walnut trees from this great grove.  He also stated that they had placed a bronze plaque at a corner of the house with dates and names, but this was not to be found in 1973.  This house burned to the ground early on New Years Day 2002.
     Andrew built a house in town about 1882 and retired there until his death.  This house was located where the present Presbyterian Church is now located at 49 E Main.  They had 11 children but he was survived by only 5.
     In 1885 at the annual reunion of The Old Settlers Society the recognized Andrew and Mary as having lived in the county for the longest period of time by presenting them with a Bible.  At the death of Andrew and Mary this Bible disappeared from public view until 2016 whenit has again been located. 
Burntrager, Andrew (I1763)
21      Built the first hotel at Marysville, CA near the Eldorado Saloon on "D" St. which he ran with his brother Absolam.
     He returned to IN in 1854 and ETB says he was poisoned in a hotel in Michigan City, IN in order to steal his gold.  Allegedly the hotel manager was the perp. 
Parks, John (I1720)
22      Caspar was the first Borntraeger known to have left Witzenhausen.  He announced his desire to marry Anna Marie from Treysa in May 1708 and did so on 2 Dec 1708 after moving to Treysa.  His occupation was given as soldier at that time.  By the time his wife died he was listed as windowmaker.  At the time of his death his occupation was given as wage earner.  He had a number of other children. Bornträger, Johann Casper (I59)
23      Christian received a Warrant on 1 Feb and had surveyed 291 acres on 7 Mar 1785 just south of Andrew Borndrager across the Casselman R which placed him in Summit Twp.  In the 1810 Federal Census a Christian Fike was listed in Elklick Twp with 6 children and he was >45 years old.  This may be another Fike line. Feick, Christian (I1898)
24      Christly was written by his father in the family Bible and DJMB speculates that his name was therefore Christian, after his grandfather.  However, Christopher is the name on his tombstone.  It also gives his date of death and states that he was "age 18 years 5 months".
     He was a twin. 
Bontrager, Christian (I1588)
25      Clanrick captained the 270 ton private brig Grecian from the family home in Cape Cod, MA bringing the whole family to Portland, OR in 1850 and arrives at New Market (origonal name of Tumwater and buys the Simmons land claim including the grist and saw mills.  The Simmons-Bush Party were the first settlers at the lower falls of the Deschutes River.

     This was in the Oregon Territory at the time.  Thurston Co was formed in 1852 and the Washington Territory in 1853. 
Crosby, Clanrick (I1692)
26      Colonel John fought in the Revolutionary War and was an early settler who contracted with Judge Symmes for land in R4N only to find it outside of Symmes's Patent and therefore could not obtain a deed until the Pre-emption Act.
     From 1803-1833 he was a Representative to the Ohio Legislature and served one term as Speaker of the house.  He was on the first Board of Trustees of Miami University.  In 1824 he was a Presidential Elector on the Clay ticket.  He was also the Uncle of Indiana Governor Sam Bigger. 
Bigger, John (I2242)
27      Daniel inherited at least 32 acres at his father's death and on 30 April 1825, just after his 21st birthday, he sold this land in Warren Co, OH for $300 and his wife Margaret also signed the deed.
     On 27 1825 the Bureau of Land Management shows a receipt for land in Sect 2.Twp 19N, Range 7W in Fountain Co, IN.  Five months later he sold this land to a John Campbell.  Covington, the county seat, was on the Wabash and Erie Canal.  On 14 Nov 1826 there is another receipt for Sect 24, Twp 20N, Range 8W in Fountain Co, IN.  This receipt states he is living in Fountain Co.  He apparently lived on this land until at least 1833 when in April he sold 120 acres to Jonathan Crane and in September he sold the remaining 40 acres to Oliver Osborne.
     Shortly after he purchased 139 acres identified as Sect 4, Twp 20N, Range 8 which was on Bear Creek where he built a grist mill with Ezra Crane.  On May 16, 1836 he sold out to Ezra but retained a half interest in the "water privileges".
     The 1830 Federal Census places him in Wabash Twp, Fountain Co, IN where he is listed twice on page 131A!  Once with the spelling "Burntrager" and another  with the spelling "Burntridger" which is also found on some of the land deeds.  One line gives one son and the other 2 sons and both list a daughter <5 and a daughter 10-15 years old.  The son is almost certainly David Edward (b 1826), who, in sworn testimony for his Donation Certificate, states that he was born in Ohio.  The younger daughter could be Elizabeth.  The older daughter is inexplicable, since Daniel  was only 26 years old at the time.  We know from the Court in Fountain Co that the last two children were in fact males and were still minors in 1842.  The microfilm of the census shows many errors including what appear to be erasures and crossing out.
       Daniel took produce on a flat boat down the Miami & Erie Canal to New Orleans with two other men from the community.  While returning home on horseback, he became ill and died near Natchez, MS.  One of his companions stated that although deathly sick, he kept to the saddle until death came.  Another version surfaced sometime later in the community when his companions showed signs of wealth.  There was talk of a conspiracy and foul play and a suspicion that he may have been murdered.  Honeyman states that he died 3 Jul 1810.  Probate proceedings indicate it was later than that.  Elizabeth was not born until April 1811.
     The Fountain County Circuit Court in the Aug 1842 Term certifies the evidence  of his marriage date and place, his land ownership, date of death (as published by People's Friend, editor George W Churchman), and the four children.  There are no birth records during this era in Fountain Co.   Margaret Burntrager in a Petition for Dower stated that Daniel owned only 80 acres and an undivided 1/2 interest of all mills at his death. 
Burntrager, Daniel (I1874)
28      David came to Iowa with his parents in 1877.  His obituary says that he became a Mennonite in Ohio, but this is doubtful since he was only 4 years old when the family left Ohio.  He lived on 2 leased farms and mom was born on the second of these NE of the Meredith Maas homestead.  Shortly after her birth, on 2 Jan 1906, David bought a farm NW of Frytown where he built a new house and barn.  See 1841 Pre-emption Act.  He then bought at Amish (Joetown) where he worked as a blacksmith.  This house was built in 1900 by Fred Dickel, an Amishman who had relocated from the Amana Colonies, and was sold in 1944 when they moved into Kalona.
    Some time around 1915 David took Gladys with him and went to Chicago by train.  They stayed overnite at the Moody Bible Institute before returning in style with a brand new Ford. 
Bontrager, David Edwin (I38)
29      David had gone to California with the rest of the family for the gold rush but did not return with them.  He was there to meet his brother Charles and Margaret when they emigrated to Marysville, CA..
     ETB says he spent the last year of his life traveling in an attempt to regain his health.  He spent many months in Hawaii. 
Parks, David Jr (I1712)
30      ETB says she "was a great beauty, had fine musical ability, taught school until her marriage and resided in Washington, DC until her death.
     The papers left by ETB refer to Mellie's (Mary Ellen) book of favorite poems which contains entries of births, etc.  It contains much of the same information that would later show up in her niece Ora's Notebook.  Thus it is probable that David's Dutch Bible was in the Andrew Burntrager household and that both are taken directly from it. 
Burntrager, Mary Ellen (I1861)
31      Florence had to sit out of school for a year after the eight grade until her father decided that high school was appropriate for girls.  She then boarded at Grandma Kempf's with Gladys for the four years.
Florence I. Maas, 99, of Hills, formerly of rural Riverside, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2003, at Atrium Village in Hills after a brief illness.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona with the Rev. Paul Akin of First United Methodist Church in Iowa City officiating. Entombment will be prior to services in Memory Gardens Mausoleum in Iowa City.
     Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Corona Chapter, OIS or Atrium Village.
     Mrs. Maas was born June 6, 1903, in Johnson County to David and Maggie (Kempf) Bontrager. She attended rural Johnson Co. schools and graduated from Kalona High School in 1921. She earned a teachers certificate from Coe College in Cedar Rapids. She married Meredith J. Maas on Aug. 25, 1926, in Wapello. She was a homemaker and shared farming operations with her husband. They raised Registered Aberdeen Angus Cattle. She belonged to First United Methodist Church in Iowa City, was a Past Matron and 50-year member of Corona Chapter, Order of Eastern Star of Sharon Center, 50-year member of White Shrine of Jerusalem, Iowa City, and Past Grand Representative of Order of Eastern Star.
Survivors include a daughter, Rita Howe of Riverside; a son, Don Maas of Nichols; a daughter-in-law, Donna Maas of rural Iowa City; 10 grandchildren, Randy Maas, Marjorie McArtor, Jerry Maas, Tom Maas, Ken Maas, Julie Maas, Maridyth Maas, Scott Howe, Sheryl Howe and Michelle Howe; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; one sister, Lois Swartzendruber of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Her parents; husband, Meredith J. Maas; one son, Meredith Maas, Jr.; two sisters, Gladys Hostetler and Nadine Hershberger; and four brothers, Ray, Russell, Lloyd and Cecil Bontrager, died earlier. 
Bontrager, Florence Isabelle (I46)
32      George B is listed on the Roster of Co F, 113th IL Infantry, Rank Musician and residence Middleport, IL from Oct 1, 1862 to June 20, 1865.
     He bought the Kankakee Times from his father which he published until after 1881 before he sold out. 
Keady, George B. (I2465)
33      George was a free black who is said to have inherited money.  After moving to Washington he is said to have buried a lot of silver in an undisclosed location on his farm.  He had a cerebral hemorrhage and died suddenly without being able to give the location to his family. Bush, George Washington (I2108)
34      Given name on Tombstone is Hurbert.
     Obviously, this family emigrated to Washington also but I have been unable to find the details.  The 1910 Federal Census for Washington lists a Harlan (age 12) and Albert (age 11) Keady both born in Washington.  Are they sons of Herbert C? 
Keady, Herbert C. (I2469)
35      Gladys Hostetler, age 97, 1300 Greencroft Drive, Goshen, died at 7:50 p.m., November 30, at the Goshen General Hospital.
     GIadys was born May 6, 1905, in Johnson County, Iowa, to David E. and Mary Magdalena "Maggie" (Kempf) Bontrager and married Jonathan J. Hostetler, August 11, 1929, in Kalona, Iowa.  He preceded her in death in August 2002 after celebrating 72 wedding anniversaries. .
     Gladys graduated from the Kalona High School and received a teaching certificate from Coe College in Iowa.  She spent the next four years teaching all eight grades in a one-room schoolhouse and taking correspondence courses from the University of Iowa.  She continued her education at Goshen College, being a member of the class of 1931 and earned a "G."
     When "J J" was called to the ministry, she began a lifetime career of fulltime service in the Mennonite Church also.  She taught Summer Bible School for many years and held various positions in the Junior Department of the Sunday School at Canton, Ohio.  Her involvement at the Ohio Mennonite Conference level led to becoming President of the Ohio Women's Service Committee.  Later, when serving in Peoria, Illinois, she was a delegate to the churchwide women's group.
     Gladys is survived by her older sister Florence Maas of Hillsboro, Iowa, and a younger sister Lois Swarzendruber of Colorado Springs, Colorado, all four of her sons, nine grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by one sister and four brothers. 
Bontrager, Gladys Barbara (I152)
36      Hannah was born in 1750-51 in the Duchy of Zweibrucken, Germany.  Hannah is listed by first name only in her husband's, John Graybill, will.
     Hannah married John Graybill in 1770 in PA, according to Lois Norris, who gives no source.  John was the older brother of Anna, wife of Andrew.  Both Hannah and her brother Andrew were Old German Brethren (Dunkards) and both would die and be buried in Botetourt Co, VA.
     Hannah's will was dated 6/11/1832 and probated in July 1838 in Botetourt Co, VA. 
Borntraeger, Hannah (I2055)
37      He emigrated to Thurston Co, WA about 1873 and acquired some land near Olympia, believed to be in Tumwater.
     He returned to Delphi about 1884 and inherited the Delphi town house at 49 E Main when his father died.   His sister Margaret Parks was his companion and housekeeper.  Ethel Torrey Beacham says he never married and "led the life of the purest celebacy (sic)".
     Executor notes:
     John L Baum was confirmed as his executor on 10/09/1905.  He made a  distribution to several people, including brother Aaron, sisters Margaret and Euphemia, 6 children of sister Elizabeth (died 1893) and 6 grand-children of Elizabeth, a total of $10,000 in cash.  Apparently, the brick homestead, the town house and a cemetery lot had been sold by 1/3/1907.  The property in Washington was a different story:
     Executor Card #2
     Burntrager, David
        Property near Olympia, Thurston Co, WA (deserted)
        not sold and will be held by legatees-same
        proportion as distribution of money.
        Aaron Burntrager, Margaret Parks, Euphemia
        Robeson 1/4 or 2096.71 each
        Addie F Dunn, Pearl J Elliott, Effie
        Brainard, Lulu M Wyman, Anna M Shook
       & Ora Sparling - 1/8 of 1/4 or 262.08 each
        Ora, Chas K, K C Ulrey, Courtney &
        Guy Elliott, 1/6 of 2/8 of 1/4 or 87.37 each
        Exec. now discharged 1/28/1907 
Burntrager, David B. (I1856)
38      He moved to Leesburg (now Leesville), OH in about 1810 and supposedly built the first house in town.  After several years bought land 3-4 mi from town near what is now called Sherodsville.  In Tuscarawas County Deed Book 2, p254 on Jan 15, 1829 he purchased 6 acres for $50 in Range 7, Township 15, Section 52.   On April 1, 1835 he purchased more land for $300 in Section 2 of the same Township.
     John Burntriger is listed in the 1820 Ohio Census living in Sugar Creek Twp, Tuscarawas Co, OH, occupation manufacturing.
     He served in the US Army, War of 1812, Col Johnsons Regiment of Ohio Militia
     On Sept 3, 1834, as a Trustee of the United Methodist Church and with 8 others received the Deed for the Church for $1.  The Deed lists him as John Bontriger
     John Bontriger is listed in the 1860 Federal Census, Monroe Twp, Carroll Co, OH, birthplace unknown, occupation farming.  This is likely John Jr. 
Bontrager, John (I548)
39      He was a blacksmith, merchant, editor and publisher.  He was an Indiana State Senator from 1854-58 and a US Representative from the 8th Indiana District 1879-81.  In 1880 he was a delegate to the National Democratic Convention at Cincinnati. Hostetler, Abraham J. (I1686)
40      He was mustered into Company C, 135th Regiment of the Indiana Volunteers on May 23, 1864 and mustered out September 29, 1864 as a Sergeant, serving 100 days.  The Regiment was sent to Nashville, TN and charged with protecting several railroads which were being used by General Sherman in the early days of his march thru Georgia.  The application for a widow's pension by wife Rachel states that he was an invalid on 15 July 1876 due to a chest wound.
     He moved 30 miles south to Mulberry, IN where he was involved in banking and the mercantile business.
     In 1870 he was in Vance Twp, Vermillion Co, IL.
     The 1880 Federal Census finds him in Madison, Clinton Co, IN, occupation grain merchant.  He moved to Oakland, CA in 1894 where he is said to have held a city position.  He returned to IN for a visit when in his eighties (ca1905), which would have corresponded to the time of his brother David's death.
     In letters dated 1913-1916, Aaron writes to his sister Margaret, reminding her that he and his brother David made a 4 week trip back to Ohio in December 1853.  ETB had these letters in 1959.
     While living at 651 63rd St in Oakland on 15 Jan 1914 (age 79) he handwrites, in a very fine hand, to John Odall, apparently the caretaker of the IOOF cemetery, regarding the number and spacing of the elm trees.  He mentions that his brother David gave money to the cemetery for upkeep. 
Burntrager, Aaron Edward (I1864)
41      Hon William P.--was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, 1 April 1850. When but an infant his parents moved to Iroquois Co, Illinois, where his father started the "Iroquois Times", and when quite young our subject entered his father's printing office, where he received the major portion of his early education. In June 1866, being then but 16, he enlisted in the army and served until April 1867, when he was discharged at Atlanta. He then returned to his home and followed his trade of printing, until the connection of the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific, when he crossed the plains on the first through train to California. In May 1872, he came to Oregon and accepted a position in the State Printing office at Salem, afterwards becoming the business manager and city editor of the Salem "Statesman".  In 1879 Mr. Keady came to Corvallis and in partnership with W. B. Carter published the Corvallis "Gazette", Mr. Carter at the time being State Printer, which office he filled until his death, which occurred in the spring of 1880, when Mr. Keady was appointed State Printer, serving until the following fall. He then engaged in the real estate and collection business in Corvallis. In June 1882, Mr. Keady was elected to represent Benton county in the State Legislature, and again in 1884, was re-elected to the same office, and at the last session held the honorable position of Speaker of the House. Mr. Keady was married in Salem, June4, 1874, to Mrs. Julia G Crump; by this union they have 3 children, viz; William F., Fannie G., and Lynn Y. Keady, William P. (I2466)
42      Immigrant to Philadelphia 1729.
     Lois Graybill gives their deaths in West Earl Twp (not formed til 1833).  He had land in Earl and Warwick Twps.  He built the White Oak Church on his property.  They were members of the Conestoga congregation of German Baptist Brethren (Tunker) at Leola, PA.
    "First family member of our Virginia Graybill family to come to the U.S.  Christian and earlier Krehenbuehl/Graybill's were followers of Menno. Very religious family and practiced primarily the Dunker faith in the U.S. Although no positive paper survives except family bibles and stories it has been enough to establish his parenthood. He would have been eleven years old when he came to America. Land records indicate that he resided in the Elm locality of Lancaster County, Pa. Several tracts of land by patent, dated 1738 were purchased and a tract in Warwick Twp of 123 acres with 6 acre allowance for highways is on file. They were members of the Conestogacongregation of German Baptist Brethren at Leola, Pa."
     Christian and Maria Grebil were the most likely family to redeem the four Bornträger orphans.  They were Tunkers (Old German Baptist) all of their life and so were Hannah and Andrew Bornträger.  John Graybill married Hannah and Andrew married his sister Susannah.  Both families eventually moved to Botetourt Co, VA, where all four died. 
Grebil, Christian (I2194)
43      In 1755, Feb 1 Signed his name as a witness.
     In 1757 he was taken hostage by the Indians.
     On 5 Nov 1784 he sold the Bern Co, PA farm which was theJacob Hochstetler homestead and on 17 Dec 1784 he bought 352 acres in Bedford Co, PA, the warrant issued to John Hogstadler, and later added 46 1/2 acres on which he resided til his death, altho he sold it to son John 4/25/1797.
     On the Tax List he was marked as a Tory as a result of not joining the militia. 
Hochstetler, John (I1279)
44      In 1795 he and his brother Henry bought purchased farms facing the "Great Road" and Andrew Borntraeger bought just several miles away.  The seller was Col Wm McGlanahan, who had received the land free from the state of Virginia because of his service in the Revolutionary War.
     In Oct 1835 they migrated to Ladoga, Montgomery Co, IN.  They were six weeks on the road from Salem, Va. They had one four horse wagon, one two horse, and a one horse carryall. They traveled on the National highway from Harper's Ferry to near Danville, Ind., and then on the Crawfordsville Road. 
Pefley, Samuel (I1755)
45      In 1820 he was living in Athens Co, OH.
     In 1830 he was in the Apple Creek District, Macoupin Co, IL.
     In 1840 he was in Chestnut Twp, Knox Co, IL
     In 1850 he was in Henry Co, IL
     On 3 Oct 1850 he and son Simon Sterling were on the passenger list for the Panama from San Francisco to Astoria, OR.  Also on this list was David Markham (relation unknown) 
Markham, Jeptha (I1539)
46      In 1900 he was a Private in the US Infantry Hospital Corps in the Philippine Islands.
     In 1920 he was living in Highland, Sarpy Co, NE.
     on 9 Feb 1928 he filed for Invalid Status and from about 1935 he was at the US National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers at Hot Springs, SD. 
Burntrager, Harold Clark (I2477)
47      In 1900 he was living in Denver, Arapahoe Co, CO.  In 1911 he was apparently head of L M. Burntrager & Co dealing in bonds.  He moved to LA in 1914
     In 1935 he became vice-president and a director of the Yosemite Valley Railway Co, the successor to Yosemite Valley Railraod Co, Inc which had started in 1902 to move supplies and passengers between San Francisco and Yosemite Valley.  He served until 1945 when the company was sold at auction on the steps of City Hall in San Francisco. 
Burntrager, Lora McDonald (I2208)
48      In about 1790 Christian moved with his parents to OH.  He promised to take care of his parents as long as they lived but preceded them in death.
     The 1820 Ohio Census listed on p161 a Christian Burntriger living in Wayne Twp, Tuscarawas Co, OH, occupation  agriculture. 
Borntrager, Christian (I41)
49      In his father's will, dated 1798, Martin is referred to as his "infant" son.
     On Jan 11, 1811 Botetourt Co Minutes "on motion of Martin Borntrager", Michael Frantz was appointed his guardian.  Charles T Burton says he was an "orphan >14 years old."  This indicates only that he was not yet 21.  Martin paid taxes on the 77 acres he inherited in 1811 but the land was still in the name of the executors.
     On April 20, 1813 in Deed Book 11, p200 Martin B sold his 77 acres for $900 to Peter Heck. He signed with his (X) mark.  Martin had paid tax in 1813.  It is presumed that he was now at least 21.  In 1814 Peck paid the tax.  By August 1815, Martin B had received 300 pounds from his father's total estate evaluated at 10078 pounds, 13 shillings, 5 pence.
    A marriage bond in Botetourt County was interpreted by Anne Worrell as being for "James Boindrager", born in 1794, who married Susan Murry.  This was plausible since right above she lists "David Boindrager" correctly.  Charles Burton pointed out the fallacy.  The original, still available, clearly indicates that it was James Bolinger who married Susan Murry and the will of Fred Murry, her father, states that James Bolinger was his son-in-law.
    "Thus developed the taverns accommodating more people than the 'ordinaries' earlier established in the homes of their operators.  Botetourt Co Order Book 1820-1822 contains a list on its back cover of Ordinary Licenses issued to .....James Borndrager"  (Seed Bed of the Republic, Stoner).  This Order Book has been rebound and the back page could not be found. Stoner is regarded as very reliable.  The microfilms at Library of VA do not show this.
     In the 1820 Federal Census he is listed in the Roanoke District, Botetourt Co with a wife and child.  It thus raises the intriguing question of whether the above James Borndrager was actually James Martin Borndrager.
     In 1830 he is in Claiborne Co, TN and has a wife, but no child.  He is not found in the 1840 Census.  No deed were found in Claiborne Co.  In 1836 he is on the Tax List for Claiborne Co. 
Borntrager, Martin (I1756)
50      In Jul 1861, Thomas enlisted with Company G, IN Infantry.  After only 3 mongths in the Army, he contracted measles and was sent home with incipient tuberculosis.  Nevertheless, he was shortly drafted again and so paid and sent a substitute. Pefley, Thomas Jefferson (I4610)

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