2. Charity's probable parents.
3. Charity's husband and children.
4. Tunison Coryell and his descendants.
John Coryell and his descendants.
6. Martha Coryell Dingler
and her descendants.
7. Hetty Clay Coryell McCormick and her descendants.
8. Joseph Robinson Coryell and his descendants.
9. Abraham Coryell and his descendants.
10. Sarah Davis Coryell Van
Voast and her descendants.
Maria Eliza Coryell Oaks and her descendants.
Coryell Van Voast and her descendants.
Boskirk was born February 11, 1771, probably at Wrightstown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and died March 23, 1839 near Hamilton,
Butler County, Ohio. (One branch of the family claims that her middle name was Ann, but the source for this claim is unknown.)
In 1790, she married George Coryell, a Revolutionary War veteran from Hunterdon County, New Jersey. (The aforementioned branch
of the family says that George's middle initial was "C," again with no indication of its source, nor
of what his full middle name might have been.) George and Charity had nine children and numerous descendants, some of whom
are traced in the following sections.
The information in
this chapter comes from a number of sources, including Irene Shoemaker's Van Buskirk Legacy,
Henry Clay Coryell (a descendant of John Coryell), Mary Dingler Lain (a descendant of Martha Coryell
Dingler), Charlene Petersen (a descendant of Maria Coryell Oakes), and Duane Sawhill
(a descendant of Hetty Clay (or Maclay?) Coryell McCormick). Additional
research was done by this author and his father, particularly on the lines from Tunison Coryell,
Sarah Davis Coryell Van Voast, and Susan Coryell Van Voast. The result
of these combined efforts is the most extensive listing to date of descendants of Charity (Van Boskirk) Coryell.
2. Charity's probable parents
For years, we have labored under the assumption that Charity Van Boskirk Coryell
(1771-1839) was the sister of Richard Van Boskirk (1764-1830) of Mifflinburg, Union County, Pennsylvania. As did Irene Shoemaker,
in her Van Buskirk Legacy, we accepted the word of Ingham Coryell, who wrote in Emanuel
Coryell of Lambertville, New Jersey and His Descendants (1943) that Richard and Charity were
brother and sister.
We now believe, with fair confidence,
that Richard Van Boskirk was the son of Andrew and Charity (Van Horn) Boskirk, that he was named for Charity's brother
Richard Van Horn, that Charity (Van Boskirk) Coryell was the daughter of Richard's older brother, John Van Boskirk, and
that Charity was named for her grandmother. Although the birth dates for Richard and Charity were only seven years apart,
the bulk of the evidence points to their having been from different generations. For more details, click on this link:
3. Charity's husband
George Coryell was born April 28,
1761 at Coryell's Ferry (now Lambertville), New Jersey, on the Delaware River, just across
from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. His father was Abraham Coryell, and his mother was Sarah Davis. Ingham Coryell's
book presents four generations of Coryells, showing George's line of descent.
Abraham Coriell, who was residing in Piscataway Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey in 1702,
had four sons: David Coriell (1704-1779) who married Elsie Slecht
and had eight children; Abraham Coriell who married Catrynte Van Court
and had four children; Samuel Coriell (d. 1766) who married and had three children; and Emanuel
Coryell (born about 1706, died in 1749 at Lambertsville, New Jersey) who married
in Somerset County, New Jersey to Sarah Tunison and had seven children: John Coryell (June 12,
1730-1799) who married Elizabeth Harvey and had seven children; Cornelius Coryell (June 27, 1732-1831)
who married Sallie Shaw and had nine children; George Coryell (1734-1813) who married Eleanor Pidcock
and had five children; William Coryell (1736-died young); Nellie Coryell (1740-died young); Sarah Coryell (June 7 or September
16, 1743-1821) who married first Philip Atkinson and married second John Ely and had six children; and Abraham
Coryell (April 3, 1738-1828).
Coryell, youngest son of Emanuel Coryell, was born April 3, 1738 at Coryell's Ferry, New Jersey,
in the Ferry House where his parents resided. According to Ingham Coryell, Abraham "owned a farm in Kingwood Township,
about six miles above the ferry, where he lived part of the time." Abraham married on November 4, 1759 to Sarah Davis
(June 6, 1740-ca.1831), a descendant of the Bye Family of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Abraham died in May 28, 1828 at the
age of 90 and "is buried in the Presbyterian Church Yard at Lambertville, beside his brother Cornelius. The burial place
of his wife has not been determined." Since Sarah's will, showing her as a resident of Kingwood Township, Hunterdon
County, New Jersey, was probated in 1831 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, it is presumed that she
died in Pennsylvania, while living with relatives. Abraham and Sarah had eight children:
John Coryell, 1760-1776, died unmarried.
George Coryell, 1761-1836, married Charity Van Boskirk.
Sarah Coryell, 1762-1790, died unmarried.
Martha Coryell, 1763-before 1798, married Captain
(5) Mary Coryell, 1765- , married Captain Moses Moore.
Joseph Coryell, 1769-1811, married Susanna Conard (Conrad?). She was listed in Kingwood, Hunterdon Co., New Jersey in the
1830, 1840, and 1850 censuses.
(7) Abraham Coryell, 1772-1854, married first Eleanor McPherson
and married second Mary Highland. He was listed along with his brother George in the 1810 census of
East Buffalo Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.
Elizabeth Coryell, 1777-
At the age of 16,
George Coryell enlisted in the army "in Captain Craig's company of dragoons in 1776, just after the taking of the
Hessions and before the cannonade on Trenton, January 2, 1777. After fighting at the Battle of
Princeton, he was drafted into a company of dragoons under Lieutenant Reading and then into the company of Captain Palmer,
where he served until the fall of 1780" (History of Juniata and Susquehanna Valleys, Vol. I, 1886).
As reported by Ingham Coryell:
in Captain Craig's company, [George] was sent as a messenger as far as Boston...Washington's headquarters were at
one time in his father's house. The premises were also occupied by the British and Hessians during which period the property
was severely damaged even to the extent of such unnecessary actions as cutting the bedding and throwing the feathers into
the road. [p. 30]
To this, Linn's Annals
of Buffalo Valley adds the following details:
He was only sixteen years of age when he enlisted,
and while in Captain Craig's company, he was sent, as an express, to Boston, leaving orders at Danbury and other places
on the route. He said there were gray-headed men and minors in Craig's Company...The British and Hessians...burned all
the fences on the farm, which lay in common a long time. [p. 451]
George and Charity were married in 1790 probably at or near Coryell's
Ferry. (Mrs. Shoemaker reported that this data was found "page 75 marriage records," but she did not identify what
marriage records she consulted for this information.) Their first child was born there in 1791.
Later that year, as Ingham Coryell reports, they left with George's cousin, Emanuel,
"the two travelling together as far as Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania," where they stayed for a couple of years. George
and Charity then moved on, in 1793, to Buffalo Township, Northumberland (now Union) County, where they settled on the premises
of Samuel Maclay.
that George's wife, Charity, whom he said was "the sister of Richard Van Buskirk of Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania,"
was probably the reason "that he was influenced to leave the Ferry settlement." This is doubtful, however, for several
(1) We have no evidence from Mifflinburg town records, nor from Northumberland County records, that Richard was there before late 1796. He was "of Mifflinburg," eventually, but not as early
as 1791 or 1793.
(2) Richard's first child was born in 1794 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, near
the Ferry settlement. Unless he was moving around a lot, it's hard to see how Richard could have "influenced"
George and Charity to go to the Mifflinburg area in 1793.
(3) George and Charity didn't
go immediately to Mifflinburg when they left Coryell's Ferry in 1791, but only after having
first been at Wilkes-Barre for two years. And again, we have no evidence that Richard was anywhere other than Bucks County
at that time.
(4) We have no evidence that Charity was the sister of Richard, rather than his niece
or cousin. It may be that Ingham is using another researcher's assumption of their relationship to give plausibility
to their having lived near each other.
more likely is that Samuel Maclay was the influential party. He may have been an army buddy of
George's -- or, perhaps, a relative of Richard's and Charity's.
George Coryell was a carpenter by trade and built many houses and other buildings in Buffalo Valley, including the
old "Black Horse Tavern" at Lewisburg; and "of barns, he built the one on Maclay's
place, now owned by Joseph Green" (Linn, p. 451).
Coryells moved around the area a number of times, going to the Lycoming Valley (near Williamsport),
back to Buffalo Valley, then to White Deer Valley. In 1799, Linn points out, George Coryell "was captain of the Buffalo
Valley Republican troop, and always rode on parade days a sorrel horse that had been wounded at St. Clair's defeat."
(p. 451) George entered the army again in 1814 and was adjutant of Colonel George Weirick's
Regiment at Marcus Hook.
George and family were shown,
along with his brother Abraham, in the 1810 census of East Buffalo Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, and along
with his son John (who by then had his own household) in the 1820 census of Buffalo Township, Northumberland County. After
living in Shelby County, where they appeared in the 1830 census, they finally settled down in Butler County, Ohio, near Hamilton.
George died there on April 22, 1836 and Charity on March 23/24, 1839. (Her gravestone inscription shows the latter date.)
They are buried in the Venice Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 12 miles south of Hamilton, next to their son Joseph and his wife.
The inscriptions on their gravestones read:
Sacred to the Memory of...George Coryell...Who Died...April 22nd, 1836...aged 72
years...11 months and 24 days
Sacred to the Memory of...Charity Coryell...Who Died...March 24th, 1839...aged 68
years...1 month and 13 days
There are some
minor errors or discrepancies in these inscriptions. If George was born on April 28, 1761, then on April 22, 1836, he would
have been 72y11m25d. His 72nd year and 11th month occurred on March 28, 1836, and there are 25 days from March 28 to April
22. That last month is a 31 day month, so subtracting April 22 from April 28 leaves 6 days, which should be subtracted from
31, not 30. Doing so, shows that he had lived 25 days of his final month, not 24. As for Charity's
dates, it is simply not clear whether she died on March 23 or March 24; but since there was no overlapping of months in calculating
her age at death, her inscription's date of death and age at death are consistent with one
another and with her birth date.
George and Charity had
nine children, listed below. More details and a list of their known descendants are included in the following sections.
Tunison Coryell, 1791-1881, married
(2) John Coryell, 1793-1843, married Amy Ann Rittenhouse.
Martha Coryell, 1795-1879, married John Dingler.
Hetty Clay (or Maclay?) Coryell, 1798-1838, married John McCormick.
(5) Joseph Robinson Coryell, 1801-1843, married Elizabeth Van Cleve.
Abraham Coryell, 1804-1878, married first Caroline Hawley, married second Amelia Shilson
(7) Sarah Davis Coryell, 1806-1873, married Nicholas
(8) Maria Eliza Coryell,
1809-1885, married John S. Oaks.
(9) Susan Coryell, 1813-1837, married
Francis Van Voast.
Coryell and his descendants
Tunison Coryell was born June 13,
1791 at Lambertville, Hunterdon County, New Jersey and died August 8, 1881 at Williamsport, Lycoming
County, Pennsylvania. He was named for his great-grandmother, Sarah Tunison
Coryell. Tunison married February 13, 1816 to Sarah Burrows, and they had six children. Tunison received an extensive obituary in the August 10, 1881 issue of the Lycoming Gazette
and Bulletin, which we reproduce in full here:
THE OLDEST CITIZEN
GONE. Death of the Venerable Tunison
Coryell, Esq. After a Brief Illness, He Passes Away Peacefully a Few Minutes Before Five O'clock yesterday Evening--An
At 4:45 p.m. yesterday the venerable Tunison
Coryell breathed his last at his residence, No. 14 Front street. Though his death was not unexpected,
it will prove a painful shock to the community of which he has so long been a conspicuous part. He had always enjoyed good
health, and had only been confined to his house about two weeks. A severe attack of cholera morbus
prostrated him, and later something like paralysis set in. He retained his consciousness until the last day. On Monday, though
very weak, he was cheerful. About the last words he spoke were uttered yesterday morning, when, upon being asked how he felt,
he answered: "Very feeble." His children and one or two of his grandchildren were with him in his final moments.
He passed away apparently without pain. The funeral will take place on Friday, 12th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m. from his
late residence, No.14 Front street. Services will be conducted by Rev. S. E. Webster, of the First Presbyterian church. The
interment will be made at the Williamsport cemetery, Washington street.
A LONG AND BUSY LIFE
With the death of Mr. Coryell, the oldest citizen
of Williamsport passes away. He had reached the great age of over ninety years, having been born June 13, 1791, in Hunterdon
county, New Jersey. His father was a carpenter, and had been a member of a company of dragoons
in the revolutionary war. In 1793 he moved to East Buffalo, Northumberland county (now Union county), and built a number of
houses in the vicinity of Lewisburg. The son, Tunison, in 1802 carried the mail for some time
on horseback, from Lewisburg to Bellefonte. He also, when a boy, served some time as a clerk in the store
of James Moody, in Milton. He came to Lycoming county in 1809, from which time, a period
of eighty-two years, he has been a resident of this county. After serving four years as clerk in the store of James Collins,
Jersey Shore, he came to Williamsport in 1813, and was for several years engaged as clerk in the office of General John Burrows,
then prothonotary of the county. Early in life he developed a great love of study, and indulged
this to such good purpose that he acquired a large stock of valuable information. This disposition remained with him through
life, never flagging as his years advanced.
HIS MARRIED LIFE
The marriage relations of deceased were very happy. On February 13, 1816, he wedded Miss Sarah, daughter of General
John Burrows, a distinguished citizen of Montoursville, Lycoming county, with whom he lived until
her death occurred in 1869. They were blessed with six children, three sons and three daughters, of whom the following still
survive: Jane B., wife of Mr. John Gibson, Armstrong township; John B., of this city, president of the St. Mary's coal
and iron company, and Chas. H., a merchant of Penfield, Clearfield county. The other descendants have been thirteen grandchildren
and twelve great grandchildren, making a total of thirty-one. The golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Coryell occurred on the evening
of February 13, 1866, proving a peculiarly pleasing celebration. Their pastor, Rev. Wm. Simonton, delivered an address upon
the occasion [text omitted]. Both husband and wife united with the Presbyterian church in 1817,
being connected with the First Presbyterian church, this city, from the time of its formation until their death.
OFFICIAL AND LITERARY LIFE
During his long and busy life
Mr. Coryell became prominent in business circles as well as in literary pursuits. He filled many important and responsible
positions of a business and an official character. He was register and recorder of the county, to which office he was appointed
by Governor Findley. For six years he was prothonotary and clerk of the court, under Governor
Shultz. He was cashier of the West Branch bank many years ago. For a long period he was connected with public works on the
North and West Branch canals. In 1856 Mr. Coryell was largely instrumental in the organization of the Williamsport gas company,
of which he was, for seventeen years, the secretary, superintendent and treasurer, and was, virtually, the organizer of the
gas interests in Williamsport. With the reorganization of the gas company in 1873 Mr. Coryell retired from the regular business,
although he did not cease active pursuits. A great deal could be said of his efforts on behalf of various public enterprises
did space permit. Through his exertions and influence Williamsport was chosen as one of the points for the sitting of the
United States courts. As an encyclopaedia of knowledge upon historical, biographical and political
matters Mr. Coryell was a very remarkable man. He treasured, in his memory, and by written records, a vast amount of very
valuable information which he cheerfully imparted privately and through the public journals when occasion offered. The early
records of this county contain much that has been preserved through his efforts. For some time he had been anticipating his
death and was thoroughly prepared for it. While he had his affairs all in shape, he did not relinquish his interest in public
matters, and but three days before the close of his life, he spent some time perusing the newspapers.
Some additional interesting details about Tunison appeared
in J. F. Maginness' 1898 History of Lycoming County:
Tunison Coryell was closely identified with the progress and development of Lycoming county for more than
half a century. His ancestors were Huguenots, who immigrated from France to America in 1665, landed
at Perth Amboy, and settled at Scotch Plains, New Jersey, where descendants of the family still live. Emanuel Coryell removed
from Scotch Plains to Well's Falls, sixteen miles above Trenton, where he acquired a large amount of land and established
a ferry across the Delaware river, known as Coryell's ferry...
of this sketch was reared in the Buffalo valley, and his advantages for an education were limited to the schools of pioneer
days...In 1821 he purchased the Lycoming Gazette, and in two years built up the paper from 400 to
1,200 subscribers, retiring in August 1823...He was one of the leading spirits in trying to get the government to build a
national road through Williamsport, and also encouraged Peter A. Karthaus to construct two steamboats
to ply on the Susquehanna and its branches. It was largely through his efforts that the Philadelphia and Erie railroad was
built to Williamsport...
Mr. Coryell possessed an active and remarkably retentive memory, and a strong taste
for the collection and preservation of local history, on which he was a recognized authority until the close of his life.
His mind was a storehouse of information, and he wrote much for the local press...In the later years of his life he published
a volume of over 100 pages, filled with incidents and sketches of old settlers whom he had known personally. He enjoyed a
wide acquaintance with public men, and was held in high esteem by all who knew him. He presented a commanding personal appearance,
was dignified in his manners, and sociable and kind to all. Owing to his splendid constitution and correct habits, Mr. Coryell
lived to a greater age than is usually allotted to man, and few men of his time possessed to a greater degree the confidence
of the community in which he resided for nearly three-quarters of a century. [pp. 704-706]
Tunison's and Sarah's children and descendants include the following:
Jane Burrows Coryell probably born before 1820. She married John Gibson before 1850. They had a son:
(a) William Gibson.
He had a son:
James E. Gibson
(b) Sarah Gibson
(c) John Gibson
(d) James J. Gibson
(e) Weir Gibson
(f) Charles Gibson
(g) Mary Gibson
John Burrows Coryell born May 19, 1822, died March 27, 1912. He married November 28, 1855 to Margaret Bingham (1827-1893).
They had three children:
(a) James B. Coryell Esq. born about 1856. He married
Mary Mayer. They had:
Charles Mayer Coryell
(b) Sarah Burrows Coryell born October 1858, died
January 19, 1926. She married in 1855 to John King Hays (1856-1951). They had:
John Coryell Hays born June 20, 1886, died January 23, 1955. He married October 14, 1908 to Sarah Bowman (b. 1886).
Margaret Coryell Hays
(c) John Gibson Coryell
born March 26, 1861 at Williamsport. He married April 3, 1902 to Lourina Davidson.
John Burrows Coryell II
Bingham Hood Coryell born August 8, 1865. He married June 12, 1895 to Marie Stewart (1868-1923). They had:
Clement Stewart Coryell born April 17, 1896. He lived at Williamsport.
(ii) Margaret Bingham Coryell
George Coryell died before 1850, at 18 years of age.
Mary V. Coryell born about 1827, died before 1881, never married.
Sarah Coryell died before 1850, never married.
Francis Coryell died before 1850, in infancy.
Charles Hubbell Coryell born March 29, 1831, died September 22, 1886. He married May 29, 1862 to Letitia
Jane Smith (1838-1871), and they lived at Williamsport, Pennsylvania and Penfield, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. Charles
and Letitia had a son:
Robert (or Ross?) Smith Coryell born about 1864 at Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
(b) Charles Elmer Coryell born February 14, 1868 at Williamsport, Pennsylvania, died May 31, 1930 at Portland,
Oregon. He married May 7, 1899 to Alice Milleron (1870-1911). They had a
(i) Imogene Coryell born February 23, 1899. She married Roy Owen, and they lived in Portland, Oregon. [Imogene,
who was D.A.R. member #345078, in her application for membership supplied much of the data on this family.]
5. John Coryell and his descendants
John C. Coryell was born April 22, 1793 in Pennsylvania and died May 7, 1843 at the
home of his parents in Ohio. He apparently moved back and forth between Ross Co., Ohio and Shelby Co., Indiana. He appeared
in the 1830 Indiana census and the 1840 Ohio census. He was apparently named for his father, John Van Boskirk. John married
September 16, 1819 in Hunterdon County, New Jersey to Amy Ann Rittenhouse (b. 1800), who died October 1880 in San Francisco
at the home of their son John R. Coryell, MD. John and Amy had nine children:
(1) Hugh McGea Coryell
born 1820 in Ohio, died in his youth.
(2) John Rittenhouse Coryell MD born
1822 in Ohio, died August 20, 1899. He married in 1865 to Christine Bellea, and his mother was
living at their home in San Francisco when she died in October of 1880.
(3) George Lafayette Coryell died
about 1876. He married Elizabeth King.
(4) William Coryell died October 20, 1882. He married
(5) Tunison Coryell born in Indiana, died in 1877. He married Mary Virginia ____.
(6) Mary Ann Coryell born January
25, 1830 in Shelby County, Indiana, died July 23, 1894 at Canton, Missouri, buried at Forest Grove Cemetery, Canton. She married
September 20, 1853 in Tully, Lewis County, Missouri to Dr. John W. Hawkins who was born May 15, 1828 and died January 18,
1892. They had seven children:
(a) Mary Lee
Hawkins born at Canton, Missouri, unmarried.
(b) Sallie Hawkins (twin) born at
Canton, Missouri. She married John Findly.
(c) Amy Hawkins (twin) born at Canton,
Missouri. She married Will Cameron.
(d) Elizabeth Hawkins born at Canton, Missouri, died
January 17, 1925. She married December 31, 1890 to Edward N. Cason.
(e) Carrie Hawkins born at Canton,
Missouri. She married Will L. Perrin.
(f) John J. Hawkins born at Canton, Missouri. He married
February 7, 1894 to Effie Thompson.
(g) Cornelia Winn Hawkins born January 28, 1866 at
Canton, Missouri, died January 24, 1945 at Pueblo, Colorado. She married June 15, 1887 at Canton to Rufus B. Preston who was
born October 19, 1857 and died July 8, 1930. They had three children:
Amanda Preston born June 17, 1891 at Mound City, Missouri.
She married October 22, 1913 at Mound City to Roy Dudley Lee who was born December 26, 1886. They had two children:
 Virginia Ruth Lee born August
6, 1917 at Pueblo, Colorado. She married December 30, 1939 to Roger L. Williams, and they had a daughter:
[a] Linda Sue Williams born June
30, 1948 at Denver, Colorado.
 Roy Preston
Lee born December 8, 1923 at Boulder, Colorado. He married
July 5, 1944 to Faith E. Huckins, and they had two children:
[a] Preston Allen Lee born July
16, 1947 at Boulder, Colorado.
[b] Ronald Evan Lee born September 30, 1949 at Denver,
(ii) Ruth Preston
born December 7, 1892 at Mound City, Missouri, unmarried.
Rubal Corwin Preston born March 28,
1896 at Mound City, Missouri. He married November 6, 1943 to Virginia Houseman.
(7) Alexander Rittenhouse Coryell born
in Indiana. He married Mary Meade.
(8) Joseph Rittenhouse Coryell born October 13, 1838
in Indiana, died August 19, 1901 at Houston, Texas. He married April 28, 1868 at Gay Hill, Washington County, Texas to Martha
(Pattie) A. Hanna who was born September 13, 1849 and died September 7, 1883, and they had six children:
(a) Mary Louise (Mayme) Coryell born January 13, 1869 in Texas and died December 26, 1899, unmarried. Buried in the family lot in
Lakeview Cemetery in Galveston, Texas.
(b) Joseph Richard Coryell born
July 10, 1871 in Texas and died March 1, 1907, unmarried. Buried in the family lot in Lakeview Cemetery in Galveston, Texas.
(c) Robert Gilder Coryell born May
21, 1874 at Gay Hill, Washington County, Texas, died February 5, 1916. Buried in City Cemetery at San
Saba, Texas. He married April 1899 to Margaret Helen Keenan.
(d) William Cary Coryell born November
30, 1875, died August 16, 1891, unmarried. Drowned while swimming in the Mississippi River, buried in Lakeview Cemetery family
lot, Galveston, Texas.
Clay Coryell born October 28, 1880 at Galveston, Texas,
died February 1962, unmarried. Moved to San Saba, Texas in 1903.
(f) Martha Rose (Pattie) Coryell born
July 16, 1882 at Galveston, Texas, died September 8, 1900. Caught in the wreckage of the residence and drowned in the Galveston
Storm. Buried in family lot in Lakeview Cemetery in Galveston, Texas.
(9) Jabez Thomas Le Place Coryell born April 1843, died
prior to 1880.
Martha Coryell Dingler and her descendants
Martha Coryell was born July 15, 1795 at Lewisburg, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania and died January 6, 1879,
probably at Jersey Shore, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. She was apparently named for her father's sister. Martha married
October 25, 1820 to John Dingler, who was born May 8, 1793 in Berks County, Pennsylvania and died
October 3, 1872. Martha and John had seven children:
(1) John C.
Dingler born about 1822 in Pennsylvania.
He married Elizabeth ____, and they had at least four children:
(a) Jane Dingler born about 1847, living
in the household of uncle Tunison Coryell in the 1880 census
(b) Richard C. Dingler
born about 1849.
(c) Mary C. Dingler born about 1851.
D. Dingler born in early 1860 (age 4 months
in 1860 census).
(2) Sarah P. Dingler
(twin) born 1824, may have married before the 1850 census.
(3) Joseph J. Dingler (twin) born 1824, apparently died young.
(4) Tunison C. Dingler
Sr. born April 15, 1826 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania and died April 25,
1893 at Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania. He married in 1850 at Jersey Shore to Margaret E. Durell,
and they had eight children:
(a) Martha Dingler
(b) Sarah H. Dingler born in 1852, died in 1926.
(c) Clara Dingler born
in 1854, died in 1915.
(d) Annie Dingler married J H. Groff
Dingler married Hiram F. Bubb
(f) John D. Dingler
married Mary Bowersox
(g) Tunison C. Dingler
Jr. born in 1872, died in 1951. He married Grace Brown, and they had
(i) Robert B. Dingler
(ii) Meriam Albina Dingler
John Durell Dingler
Harry D. Dingler
(5) Charlotte Dingler
born sometime about 1828-1834, may have married before the 1850 census, or may have died young.
(6) George Dingler
born sometime about 1828-1834, may have married before the 1850 census, or may have died young.
(7) Joseph R. Dingler
born February 21, 1836 at Shamokin Dam, Pennsylvania and died September 8, 1896 at Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania. He married
Barbara Jane Lees, and they had six children:
C. Dingler born November 23, 1867 at Jersey
Shore, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania and died November 11, 1943 at Elmira, Chemung County, New York. He married July 26, 1892
at Jersey Shore to Bessie Freed, who was born March 20, 1874 and died April 7, 1970. They had five children:
(i) Iradel Vivian Dingler born May 21, 1893
in Phillipsburg, Pennsylvania and died February 28, 1956 at Miami, Dade County, Florida. He married first to Effie Irene Kennedy,
who died in 1929, and married second July 8, 1938 at Elmira, Chemung County, New York to Gertrude T. Brantley, who was born
in 1904. Iradel and Gertrude had two children:
William Dingler born 1938.
 Peter McManus Dingler born
(i) William Henry Freed Dingler born June 17, 1895 at Chester Hill, Phillipsburg
County, Pennsylvania and died January 7, 1985 at Geneva, Ontario County, New York. He married December 3, 1914 at Elmira,
Chemung County, New York to Josie Amy Blodgett, who was born June 25, 1896 and died September 20, 1985. They had ten children:
William Clay Dingler born July 10, 1915 at Elmira, Chemung County, New
York and died September 1, 1979 in Medina, New York. He married May 12, 1945 at Endicott, Broome County, New York to Grace
Palmisanno, who was born April 19, 19__. They had two children:
[a] William Joseph Dingler born September 22, 1947
at Endicott, Broome County, New York.
[b] Ronald Richard Dingler
born September 4, 1949 at Endicott, Broome County, New York.
 Mildrid Iris Dingler
born October 23, 1917 at Elmira, Chemung County, New York. She married October
21, 1839 at Endicott, Broome County, New York to Edward Raymond Carlton, who was born in 1914. They had three children:
[a] Judith May Carlton born 1941. She married Robert Vega. They had four children:
[i] Robert Vega II born 1963. [ii] John Edward Vega born 1965. [iii] Reuben Louis Vega born 1973. [iv] Benjamin
Joseph Vega born
[b] Raymond Edward Carlton born 1943. He married Marie Margaret Jacobs.
Louise Carlton born
1957. She married Bryan Keith Harter.
 Donald Iradel
Dingler born October 8, 1919 at Elmira, Chemung County, New York. He married January 27, 1940 at Speedsville, Tompkins County, New York
to Hazel Winifred Cleveland, who was born November 11, 1924. They had one child:
Donna Irene Dingler born August 19, 1940. She married August 18, 1962 at Speedsville,
Tompkins County, New York to Gerald Clifford Weston. They had four children: [i] Hilde
Marie Weston born 1963. She married Edward Kenneth Abruzzo, who was born in 1957.
They had a son Ryan Edward Abruzzo born 1987 and died young. [ii] Julie
Ann Weston born 1966.
She married Brett Alan Cary. [iii] Tina Louise Weston born 1967. [iv] Richard Allen Weston born 1970.
Ermina Louise Dingler
born August 20, 1921 at Elmira, Chemung County, New York. She married May 30,
1940 at Ithaca, Tomkins County, New York to Paul Rex Lovejoy, who was born in 1915. They had four children:
[a] Marna Dawn Lovejoy born 1942. She married Charles
Curtiss McNeal, who was born in 1940. They had three children: [i] Brian Casey McNeal
born 1962. He married Lorie Ann Barnhart who was born 1963. They had a daughter Lindsey Marie McNeal
born 1987. [ii] Shawn Rex NcNeal
born 1964. [iii] Charles Patrick McNeal born 1970.
Lou Lovejoy born 1944 and died 1987. She married Robert Schlick and William Sherwood. Linda and Robert had three children: [i] Candi Lynn Schlick born
1962. [ii] Kelly Lee Schlick
born 1964. [iii] Traci Lynn Schlick born 1967, died 1988.
William Rex Lovejoy born
1949. He married Beverly Cook, who was born in 1953. They had one child: [i] Josie
Anne-Marie Lovejoy born 1968.
[d] Mary Louise Lovejoy
married Lawrence Smith.
 Betty Jane Dingler born March 21, 1924 (?) at Elmira, Chemung
County, New York. (Our source's data sheet indicated 1921 as Betty Jane's year of birth, which
 Robert Freed Dingler
born August 22, 1926 at Elmira, Chemung County, New York. He married October
26, 1946 at Caroline Center, Tompkins County, New York to Edith Ellajane Rollins, who was born
September 13, 1929. He married second to Helen Louise Snyder, who was born in 1938. Robert and Edith had four children:
[a] Josie Diane Dingler born July 1, 1947 at Caroline
Center, Tompkins County, New York. She married August 15, 1965 at Tompkins Center to Neil Sherwood, who was born 1945. They
had two children: [i] Kim Renee Sherwood born 1965. [ii] Dana
Andrew Sherwood born
[b] Gloria Jean Dingler
born August 4, 1948. He married September 3, 1966 at Freeville, Tompkins County,
New York to Gordon Joseph Hollern, who was born 1945. They had one daughter: [i]
Teresa Jane Hollern born 1969.
Janice Adele Dingler born July 13, 1950 at Ithaca, Tompkins County,
New York. She married February 9, 1968 at Etna, Tompkins County, New York to
Ronald Knout, with whom she had two children: [i] Jeremey
Robert Knout born 1969. [ii] Kara Lee Knout born 1979.
[d] Dixie Lee Dingler born March 24, 1953. She married
July 15, 1973 at Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York to Anthony Denmark, born 1946.
George Norman Dingler born May 26, 1928 at Elmira, Chemung County, New
York. He married May 26, 1949 at Caroline Center, Tompkins County, New York
to Lillian Mae Swansborough, who was born March 30, 1932. He married second to Patricia Wilson.
George and Lillian had three children:
[a] Bonnie Sue Dingler
was born September 2, 1950 at Medford, Jackson County, Oregon and married November 2, 1966 at Eagle Point, Oregon to Francis
Edward Dyball. She married second to Marcus Allen Galloway and third to Donnie Ray Jones. Bonnie
and Francis had a daughter: [i] Tracey Lynn Dyball
[b] Gary Dean Dingler (twin) born December 2, 1951 at Eagle Point, Oregon. He married Michelle
[c] Larry Gene Dingler (twin) born December 2, 1951 at Eagle Point, Oregon.
 John Richard Dingler born July 28, 1929 at Elmira, Chemung
County, New York. He married March 12, 1949 at Caroline Center, Tompkins County,
New York to Patricia Ann Cutting, who was born August 7, 1930, and they had ten children:
[a] Nancy Lynn Dingler born February 1, 1950 at
Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York. She married March 16, 1968 at Speedsville, Tompkins County,
New York to Kenneth Raymond Westfall, with whom she had a son: [i] Kenneth Raymond
Westfall Jr. born 1970.
[b] John Dennis Dingler
born October 20, 1951 at Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York. He married at Buffalo,
New York to ___ Druska, with whom he had a daughter: [i] Saja
Camille Dingler born 1978.
Towanna Jo Dingler
born July 18, 1953 at Mineral Wells, Texas.
[d] Michale Alan Dingler
born May 7, 1955 in Texas. He married Lucy Polio, and they had two children:
[i] Christopher Robin Dingler, 1974-1974.
[ii] Jennifer Christie Dingler born 1975.
Timothy Mark Dingler, Sr. born August 25, 1957 in Texas. He married November 11, 1977 to Pearl Cornell, with whom he had two sons: [i]
Timothy Mark Dingler Jr. (twin) born 1979. [ii] Dylan Adam Dingler
(twin) born 1979.
Wendy Gaye Dingler
[g] Donald Glenn Dingler born February 22, 1962 at Ithaca, Tompkins
County, New York.
[h] Todd Patrick Dingler
born January 3, 1964 at Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York.
[i] Kathryn Shannon Dingler (twin) born April 30, 1969 at Ithaca, Tompkins County,
[j] Kyle Shane Dingler (twin) born April 30, 1969 at Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York.
 David Anton Dingler born May 27, 1933 at Speedsville,
Tompkins County, New York. He married September 3, 1955 at Brooktondale, Tompkins
County, New York to Denice Elaine Johnson, who was born June 28, 1937, and they had four children:
[a] Craig Mitchell Dingler born June 17, 1956. He
married Mary Kae ____.
David Dingler born July 19, 1957 at Johnson City, Broome County, New York. He married August 19, 1978 at Chenango Bridge, Broome County, New York to Michelle Joy Glover,
born 1957, with whom he had a son: [i] Aaron James Dingler born 1988.
Raymond Dingler born August 8, 1960.
He married Marina ____.
[d] Jennifer Ruth Dingler
born May 1, 1968.
Mary Kathryn Dingler born April 9, 1936 at Speedsville,
Tompkins County, New York. She married September 5, 1953 at Speedsville
to Robert Lester Grummons, who was born February 24, 1935 and died July 6, 1971. She married second
to Reverend Smith Lawrence Lain, who was born in 1922 and died in 1980. [Note: Mary, who lives in Geneva, NY,
supplied the data for the descendants of Martha Coryell Dingler and has been one of our most helpful
contacts from the Coryell family. Our warmest thanks to her for sharing all this data with us!] Mary and Robert had four children:
Douglas Robert Grummons born November 2, 1954 at Cortland, Cortland
County, New York. He married August 24, 1977 at Salisbury, North Carolina to Sterling Lynn Shelton, who was born October 4,
1946, and they had two children: [i] Melissa Michelle Grummons
born May 16, 1977 at Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, [ii] Christopher Lawrence Grummons
born March 25, 1980 at Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida.
[b] Karen Lynn Grummons
born October 3, 1956 at Cortland, Cortland County, New York and died in 1957.
Amy Jane Grummons born May 20, 1958. She married May 20, 1978 at Geneva, Ontario County, New York to Peter Angelo Moracco
Jr., born July 8, 1958, and they had two children: [i] Angela Marie Moracco
born October 22, 1979 at Geneva, [ii] Christina Marie Moracco born January
16, 1983 at Geneva.
[d] Beth Anne Grummons
born October 28, 1959 at Mount Vernon, Ohio. She married June 6, 1986 at Geneva,
Ontario County, New York to Richard James Nenno, who was born May 7, 1958.
Mildred Iris Dingler born January 4, 1897. She married September 7, 1923 at Elmira, Chemung County, New York to Everett
Handy Sr. They had a son:
Everett Handy Jr. born 1928, died 1954. He married Doris Wells.
(iii) Margaret Elizabeth Dingler born June 8, 1903. She married June 16, 1926 at Elmira, Chemung County, New York to Robert John Miller, born 1904.
They had two sons:
 Robert Lee Miller MD,
born 1936. He married Juanita Brayton, born 1937,
and they had four children:
Brant Miller 1963-1963.
[b] Brett Edward Miller
Joel Miller born 1966.
Jodi Felice Miller born 1969.
 William Dingler Miller born 1940. He married Joy Carroll.
Claire Janette Dingler born September 2, 1906 at Elmira, Chemung County, New York. She married March 15, 1936 at Elmira
to Lewis William Harris, and they had two children:
 Joyce Eileen Harris born 1944. She married Richard Kay.
Margaret Lynn Harris born
1949. She married John Arneson, and they had a son:
Erik John Arneson born 1966.
(a) George Aaron Dingler I
born in 1870, died June 26, 1947 at Jersey Shore, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. He married Mary Mattson, 1889-1949. They
had three sons:
Aaron Dinger II born 1895, died 1957. He married Bessie Belle Gordon,
born 1888, and they had two children:
 Marjorie G. Dingler
born 1914, died 1981. She married Albert Ross.
 James Frederick Dingler born
1915. He married Phyllis Gottschall, 1914-1980, and they had two children:
[a] Jaime Vee Dingler
married Randolph Miller.
[b] George Michael Dingler
(ii) Joseph Dingler
(iii) Walter Dingler
(b) Alonzo L. Wilcox Dingler born 1876
at Jersey Shore and died there in 1913. He married Elizabeth Bergstrom, and they had five children:
Lee H. Dingler
(ii) Alonzo Clair Dingler born 1898. He married Elsie Heck,
and they had four children:
 Albert Clair Dingler
born 1923. He married Theresa ____.
 Leona Dowella
(iii) Leona J. Dingler
(iv) Coryell Prosper Dingler born 1905. He married Blanche
____, and they had two daughters:
 Doris Dingler
(v) Harold Frederick Dingler born 1912. He married
Doris Elizabeth Gramley, born 1913, and they had two daughters:
Judith Ann Dingler born 1942. She married Carl William Sinner.
Kay Lynn Dingler born 1945. She married David Eugene Watts.
(d) Asbury Dingler
(e) Anna Dingler, married Torrence
(f) Sheldon Dingler
7. Hester "Hetty" Clay Coryell McCormick and her descendants
Called "Hetty Clay" in Ingham Coryell's
book, Hester Clay Coryell was born June 1, 1798 at White Deer, Union County, Pennsylvania and died in Indiana, probably in
Hanover Township, Shelby County, in 1838. She may have been named for a Coryell ancestor. If memory serves me correctly, I
read once in a history of Bucks County, Pennsylvania that George Coryell's maternal grandmother's
maiden name was Hetty Clay; if so, she would have to have been born about 1710-20, to have had
Sarah Davis (George's mother) born in 1740. This is not an unreasonable speculation, since George and Charity also reached
back to George's paternal grandmother's maiden name for the given name of their first son, Tunison.
On the other hand, since Hetty is also a nickname for Esther, she may instead have been named
for her mother's sister, Esther (according to Irene Shoemaker in her Van Buskirk Legacy).
A third possibility is suggested by Duane L. Sawhill, one of Hester's
descendants: Samuel Maclay, who had a daughter named Hester, was a wealthy landowner and prestigious
statesman in Buffalo Valley and apparently allowed the Coryell family "squatter's rights" on a portion of his
extensive property. Duane accepts my speculation that "Maclay probably knew George from when
they served in the American Revolution," and he suggests "that George and Charity, in a show of respect and gratitude
to Mcclay, named their daughter Hester Maclay Coryell for Maclay's
daughter. The family called her by the nickname 'Hetty' and even shortened her middle
name to 'Clay'; hence comes Ingham Coryell's name for John McCormick's wife and
my 2g-grandmother" (personal correspondence, December 30, 1994). A possible objection to this idea comes from the fact
that while they settled on Maclay's land in Buffalo Township in 1793, by 1798 when Hester
was born, they had relocated to White Deer Township; of course, this does not rule out the possibility that their new residence
was also on Maclay's land, or that their gratitude and respect had continued after leaving
his land in Buffalo Township. Until the other two possibilities are ruled out, however, this will remain a less likely theory
for the source of Hester's name.
Hester married at Jersey Shore, Lycoming
County, Pennsylvania to John McCormick, who was born July 27, 1797 at Washington, Lycoming County and died February 15, 1872
at Trenton, Henry County, Iowa. John was the son of Seth McCormick and Margaret Simmons. Apparently he remarried shortly after
Hester's death to Sarah Bush (b. ca. 1818), who was probably the daughter of Joseph Bush of Morral
Township, Shelby County, Indiana, and with whom he had three children. Since they appeared in the 1840 census of Shelby County,
Indiana, and their second child was born in Henry County, Iowa in 1842, it is apparent that they migrated about 1841 to Henry
County, Iowa, where Sarah died on July 25, 1847. John married a third time before 1850 to Sarah Brown, who was the aunt of
his daughter-in-law, Jane Hammond McCormick. The first five children and their descendants listed below are John's and
Hester's descendants and, being Coryell descendants, are separated from the others with a dashed line:
(1) George Coryell McCormick born December 22,
1822 at Jersey Shore, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania and died February 8, 1904 at Trenton, Henry County, Iowa. He married October
24, 1869 at Trenton, Iowa to Nancy Roberts (1851-1944). They had five children:
(a) Margaret McCormick born 1875 at Trenton, Henry County, Iowa. She married October 23, 1900 to Edward Cummings.
(b) Hazel Gertrude McCormick born 1878 at Trenton, Henry County, Iowa. She married February 1, 1898 to James E. Walker.
(c) Robert McCormick born 1882 at Trenton, Henry County, Iowa.
(d) Earl McCormick born 1883 at Trenton, Henry County, Iowa.
(e) Guy McCormick born March 20, 1894 at Trenton, Henry County, Iowa.
(2) Margaret McCormick born September 12, 1824
at Jersey Shore, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania and died October 23, 1899 at Trenton, Henry County, Iowa. She married July
7, 1842 at Trenton, Iowa to Jacob Morrison (1809-1901). They had three children:
(a) Asbury C. Morrison born February 13, 1845 at
Trenton, Henry County, Iowa. He married November 12, 1863 to Margaret I. Probasco.
(b) Albert R. Morrison born 1848 at Trenton, Henry County, Iowa. He married Carrie M. Young.
(c) Mary B. Morrison born 1850 at Trenton, Henry County, Iowa. She married W. H. Bell.
(3) August Graham McCormick born October 16, 1826
in Ohio, probably in Butler County, and died June 23, 1881 at Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas. He married September
14, 1851 at Mt. Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa to Jane Evaline Hammond (1833-1908), the niece of his step-mother, Mary Bush
McCormick. They had nine children:
(a) Mary Eva
McCormick born June 11, 1852 at Mt. Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa. She
married February 23, 1871 at St. Louis, Missouri to James H. L. Jones.
(b) Ida May McCormick born March 17, 1855 and died
January 29, 1869 at Mt. Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa.
(c) Edgar (Eddie) Hammond McCormick born October 6, 1856 at Mt. Pleasant,
Henry County, Iowa and died October 8, 1908 at Alexandria, Louisiana. He married May 15, 1879 at New Orleans, Louisiana to
Sophia Carvel, widow of ___ Youngman.
(d) Nora Frances
McCormick born September 27, 1859 and died November 20, 1859 at Mt. Pleasant,
Henry County, Iowa.
(e) Martha Blanche McCormick
born January 6, 1861 at Mt. Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa and died October
21, 1905 at Topeka, Kansas. She married January 17, 1884 at Trenton, Henry County, Iowa to Leonidas
Noel (1853-1940). They had three children:
Mary Eva Noel born March 11, 1886 at Glasco, Cloud County, Kansas and
died December 21, 1957 at Beloit, Mitchell County, Kansas. She married June
23, 1910 at Glasco to Raymond Masters Sawhill (1881-1959). They had
 Noel Thomas Sawhill
born May 14, 1911 at Glasco, Cloud County, Kansas.
Raymond Sawhill born June 22, 1916 at Glasco, Cloud
County, Kansas and died October 19, 1994 at Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colorado. He married July 3, 1948 at Salina, Saline County,
Kansas to Norene Pinkerton.
Leon Sawhill born September 19, 1922 at Glasco, Cloud
County, Kansas. He married April 30, 1945 at New York City, New York to Marianne
Cornelia Goossens. [Note: Duane, who lives in Brewster, MA, supplied the data for
the descendants of Hetty Clay Coryell McCormick and has been one of our most helpful contacts
from the Coryell family. Our warmest thanks to him for sharing all this data with us!]
(ii) Edgar Leon Noel born November 25, 1892
at Glasco, Cloud County, Kansas and died January 8, 1969 at Escondido, California. He married
March 6, 1918 at Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas to Mary Rosene Churchward.
Sidney Quin Noel born November 17, 1895 at Glasco,
Cloud County, Kansas and died May 19, 1972 at Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri. He married December 24, 1927 at Chicago,
Cook County, Illinois to Alma M. Tegge.
(f) Sarah (Sadie) Elizabeth McCormick born May
20, 1863 at St. Louis, Missouri and died December 10, 1886. She married May 29, 1883 to Benjamin Schnierle.
(g) Montieth Merwin
McCormick born September 3, 1867 at St. Louis, Missouri and died September
19, 1883 at Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas.
(h) Augustus Guy McCormick born May 23, 1873 at St. Louis, Missouri
and died April 17, 1927 at Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas. He married September 4, 1901 at Coffeyville, Montgomery County,
Kansas to Grace Louise Calnon.
(i) Helen (Nell) Genevieve McCormick born August
31, 1875 at St. Louis, Missouri. She married Jean Harrison Everest.
(4) Martha M. McCormick born 1828 in Hanover Township, Shelby County,
Indiana and died in 1882. She married first on October 1, 1846 at Trenton, Henry County, Iowa to Martin McMillan and second
to Derrick Updegraf.
(5) Seth McCormick
born 1832 in Hanover Township, Shelby County, Indiana and died August
19, 1863 at Pekin, Tazewell County, Illinois.
(6) Nicholas V. McCormick born 1839 in Hanover Township, Shelby County, Indiana. He married Rachel Way.
(7) John McCormick Jr. born February 28, 1842 at
Trenton, Henry County, Iowa and died October 10, 1908 at Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas. He married November 15, 1866 at
Trenton, Iowa to Mary Elder.
(8) Hester McCormick born 1844
at Trenton, Henry County, Iowa. She married George H. Mitts.
8. Joseph Robinson Coryell and his descendants
Robinson Coryell was born February 7, 1801 and died October 11, 1843 near Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio. He was apparently
named for his father's brother. Joseph married probably about 1824 to Elizabeth Ann Van Cleve.
She was born February 10, 1810 and died August 4, 1845. They were living in Shelby County, Indiana in the 1830 census, but
by 1840 had moved to Butler County, Ohio. They are buried next to Joseph's parents at the Venice Presbyterian Church cemetery,
15 miles south of Hamilton. Their grave markers read:
Sacred to the Memory of...Joseph R. Coryell...Who died October 11th A.D.
1843...aged 42 years, 8 months and 4 days
Elizabeth Ann...Wife of Joseph Coryell...Born Feb. 10, 1810...Died--Aug.
Although none of their descendants have been traced, it
is presumed that they had at least six children, the oldest a daughter born about 1825 (shown as age 0-5 in the 1830 census
and as age 15-20 in the 1840 census). Those children included:
(1) daughter born about 1825.
(2) son born 1830-35.
(3) son born 1830-35.
(4) daughter born 1830-35.
(5) daughter born 1830-35.
(6) daughter born 1835-40.
The Mormon Church's
International Genealogical Index (IGI) shows several Coryell marriages in Butler County, Ohio, including these two which we presume are among the unnamed daughters listed above: Pheba
Louise Coriell married February 1, 1860 to Henry W. Clark, and Alwilda
Coriell married February 6, 1860 to Samuel R. Lewis. [Note: At least one of these may be a mistranscription. I find no Coriells in Butler Co., Ohio in the 1850 census,
but I do find a Pheba Cowell age 6 in the 1850 census of Port Clinton,
Ottawa Co., Ohio. Her apparent father and mother are Hiram and Lydia Cowell, both age 35, born in Pennsylvania and Ohio, respectively. Also, I cannot find Pheba/Phoebe/Phebe Clark or Alwilda Lewis in either the 1860, 1870, or 1880 census indexes.]
As of mid-year 2000, we are still not in contact with any known descendants of this family.
9. Abraham Coryell and his descendants
Abraham Coryell was born January 20, 1804 and died in 1878. He was named for his father's father.
Abraham married first Caroline Hawley and married second Amelia Shilson. It is not presently known
whether he had children by either wife, but it is apparent that he was widowed by 1830 and was living with his parents in
their Shelby County, Indiana household. Since there was an unaccounted for boy age 0-5 in that household, we presume that
this was Abraham's son, and that Abraham had married about 1825 to that boy's mother. So, it is likely that Abraham
had at least one child:
(1) son born about 1825-30.
We have been unable to locate Abraham
in any subsequent censuses, so we have no idea where he died. As of fall 2007, we are still not in contact with any known
descendants of this family.
10. Sarah Davis Coryell Van Voast and her descendants
Sarah Davis Coryell was born August 10, 1806, probably in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania and died in 1873 in
Henry County, Iowa. She was named for her father's mother. Apparently still in her parents' household in the 1830
census, Sarah married March 14, 1832 in Shelby Co., Indiana to Nicholas Van Voast (also spelled
Van Vost), and they lived during the latter 1830s in Shelby County, Indiana and briefly in Ross
Township, Butler County, Ohio, where they appeared in the 1840 census. They moved again by about 1842 to Henry County, Iowa,
where they appeared in the 1850 census. They had at least six children, including:
(1) daughter born about 1832, probably married before the 1850 census.
(2) Elizabeth Van Voast
born about 1835 in Indiana.
(3) Susan Van Voast born about 1837 in Indiana.
(4) John G.
Van Voast born October 1838 in Indiana. Apparently,
he moved to Montana before 1880. (See Meagher Co., Montana, 1880; says parents were born in Prussia. Wife Florence age 30
b. Missouri, daughter Ada E. age 4 b. Montana. See Townsend Twp., Broadwater Co., Montana; shows
married daughter Ada Daugherty b. February 1876, wife of John; and son Shirley Van Voast
b. July 1887, both in Montana.)
(a) Ada Van Voast born February 1876 in Montana. She married John Daugherty before 1900.
Shirley Van Voast (son) born July 1887 in Montana.
J. Van Voast born about 1842 in Iowa. She
married Nelson Andrews before 1880. (See Henry Co., Iowa 1880 census.)
(6) Martha Ella Van Voast born about
1848 in Iowa.
The 1840 census of Ross Township, Butler County, Ohio
shows the following members of Nicholas and Sarah's household: 1 Male 30-40, 1 Male 0-5, 1 Female 30-40, 2
Females 5-10, 1 Female 0-5. This includes the three known children who were born before 1830, and the unknown daughter, whom
we presume to have married by 1850.
As of fall 2007, we are still not in contact
with any known descendants of this family.
11. Maria Eliza Coryell Oakes and her descendants
Eliza Coryell was born November 14 (or 11?), 1809, probably in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania and died December 1, 1885,
probably in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, though she was buried at Forest Home Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant, Henry Co., Iowa.
She may have been named for her mother Charity's mother. Maria Eliza married John S. Oakes on July 15 (or 7?), 1829 at
Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. John was born March 5, 1806 and died July 3, 1897. They were living in Washington Township,
Lycoming County in the 1850 census. They had at least these five children:
(1) Joseph C. Oakes was born January 2, 1833 in Indiana. He married
first Harriet Johnson and married second Mary Stone. He enlisted June 13, 1861 in Mt. Pleasant, Henry Co., Iowa. He was a
farmer, and in the 1880 census he was living in New London, Henry Co., with his parents, and was listed as a widower.
(2) Elizabeth A. Oakes, called Libby, was born
in 1838 in Indiana. She married Samuel Tate, and they had:
(c) Bonnie Tate
(d) John C. Tate
(e) Nettie Tate
(f) Willie Tate
(g) Laura Tate
(h) Frank Tate
(3) Charlotte O. Oakes, called Lottie, was born
about 1843 in Pennsylvania.
D. Oakes (twin) was born March 30, 1846 in White Deer Valley, Lycoming
Co., Pennsylvania. She married December 24, 1872/73 in Henry Co., Iowa to Samuel Lee Steele, as his second wife, and she died
April 18, 1937 in Pasadena, California and was buried in Forest Home Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, Henry Co., Iowa. They had five
(a) John O. Steele was born June 23, 1876 in Iowa. He married Louisa
Grothe, and they had no children. He died April 15, 1942 in California and was buried at Forest
Home Cemetery at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.
(b) James Arthur Steele was born September 5, 1878
in Mt. Pleasant, Henry Co., Iowa. He married October 15, 1900 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Christine Moulton, and they had
one son. They divorced in April of 1902. He then married July 16, 1907 in Des Moines, Polk Co., Iowa to Mary Pauline Griffith,
and they had three daughters. Here are James’ children:
(i) James Arthur Steele Jr. was born about 1901.
(ii) Mary Annabelle Steele was born October 13,
1908 in Des Moines, Iowa and died May 14, 1982 in Needles, California; she is buried at Livermore, California. She married
October 5, 1926 at Sacramento, California to Charles Gier. They had:
Clyde Gier was born December 16, 1926 and
died March 1945 at Iwo Jima.
 Marylou Gier was
born December 23, 1927 at Sacramento, California. She married ____ Wolf. They had:
[a] Rory Law Wolf
[b] Robin Lanci Wolf
Arthur Gier born October 11, 1929 at Sacramento
and died October 11, 1961 at Castro Valley, California. He had:
[a] Sherly Ann Gier
Arthur Gier Jr.
Ann Gier was born February 19, 1939 at Sacramento.
She married Robert Melvin Caires. They had:
[a] Robert Melvin Caires
Randall Charles Caires
 Martha Charlene Gier was born September 6, 1948 at Oakland, California. She married ____ Peterson. (We made contact in the
fall of 2007 with Charlene, and we are very grateful to her for sharing the information on the Oakes clan.)
[a] Jennifer Diana Petersen
(iii) Catherine Steele was born about 1912 in Des Moines, Iowa. She married before 1935 to ____ Menth.
(iv) Martha Steele was born about 1913 in Des Moines, Iowa.
(c) Edna Steele was born September 25, 1880 in Iowa. She married Harold H. Whitaker. They had:
(i) Harold M. Whitaker was born about 1915 in Des
Moines, Polk Co., Iowa.
(d) Charles Coryell Steele was born February 25,
1885. He married Anna ____ and died in 1937 in California.
Fred White Steele was born November 19, 1887 in Iowa and died February 24, 1954 in California. He married October 11, 1910 to Mattie
O. Demny, and they had two daughters.
(5) Mary C. Oakes (twin) was born March 30, 1846
in White Deer Valley, Lycoming Co., Pennsylvania. She married March 1, 1870 in Henry Co., Iowa to Rev. James Ziegler, and
she died February 1, 1872 in northern Iowa.
12. Susan Coryell Van Voast and her descendants
Susan Coryell was born January 15, 1813 in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania and died in 1837
in Shelby County, Indiana. She may have been named for the wife of her father's brother Joseph. Apparently still in her
parents' household in the 1830 census, Susan married May 12, 1830 in Shelby Co., Indiana, as his first wife, Francis Van
Voast (also spelled Van Vost), and they lived in Marion Township,
Shelby County, Indiana, where they had three children. After Susan died, Francis married again November 8, 1838 in Shelby
Co., Indiana to Elizabeth Kaster. It appears that both Francis and Elizabeth died before 1850,
as there are six minor Van Voast children in the 1850 census of Shelby County, Indiana, placed
in various households of relatives. Francis and Susan's children appear first and, since they are the Coryell descendants,
are separated from Francis and Elizabeth's children with a dashed line:
(1) Sarah E. Van Voast born about 1833
(2) Emily Charity Van Voast born about 1835 in Indiana. She married about 1856 in Chariton, Lucas Co., Iowa to Anderson Chennault
Harriet/Henrietta Van Voast born about 1836 in Indiana. (Note: a “Henrietta Van Boust”
married in Lucas Co., Iowa in late 1859 to a man named Charles H. Austin. In the 1880 census of Grand River, Wayne Co., Iowa
were Charles and Henrietta Austin and family. Henrietta was shown as born in Indiana about 1837, with parents born in New
York and Indiana, which fits Francis Van Voast, though not his first wife, Susan, who was born
in Pennsylvania. Still, it appears likely that Henrietta “Van Boust” Austin is Albert’s
older half-sister listed and indexed in 1850 as “Harriet.” Charles and Henrietta had: Edward C. b. ca. 1861, Carl
G. b. ca. 1863, Eugene M. b. ca. 1867, Clara E. b. ca. 1870, Louisa M. b. ca. 1872, Charlie E. b. ca. 1876, all in Iowa.)
(4) Albert Van Voast born August 1839
in Indiana. He married Susan Van Deventer, and they appeared, listed by their first initials only, in the 1870 census of Cedar,
Wilson Co., Kansas. “A Van Vost” was born about 1839 in “India” (Indiana),
and “S Van Vost” was born about 1846 (perhaps as early as 1842) in Arkansas. (Susan
Van Deventer was the daughter of John and Mary Van Deventer of Tennessee and Ohio. They lived in McLean Co., Illinois in the
1850 census, and Susan and some of the other children were living in Lucas Co., Iowa in the 1860 census. It is likely that
this is where Albert and Susan married about 1861.) Three children were listed in the 1870 census. Other records indicate
that a second daughter was born to them in 1873, and that possibly a third son was born to them in 1881. Albert and Susan
appeared in the 1900 census of Shawnee, Pottawatomie Co., Oklahoma, with son Carl. The known and suspected children were:
(a) F. Van
Voast (son) born
about 1862 in Iowa. This is probably Francis Van Voast. Francis Vanvoast
appeared in the 1900 census of Goldfield, Teller Co., Colorado, which said he was born June 1865 in Iowa. His wife Emma was
born September 1877 Texas, and the census said they had been married 7 years, so she was his second wife. His children were
listed as Mary O. b. May 1888 New Mexico, Robert b. June 1890 New Mexico, Maud E. b. Mar. 1893 Indian Territory, Oklahoma,
and Carl A b. Dec. 1899 Colorado. The census said that one of Francis’ children had died before 1900, so he had at least
(b) J. Van Voast (son) born about 1866 in Missouri.
(c) M. Van Voast (daughter) born about 1869 in Missouri.
(d) Harriet Ann Van Voast
born November 23, 1873 in Neodesha, Wilson Co., Kansas. She married about 1894 in Oklahoma to Ralph Norton.
(e) Carl Van
Voast born June 1878 in Kansas.
Van Voast born April 1881 in Kansas. He was
in the 1900 census of Rock Island, Grant Co., Oklahoma, in the household of William A. Hurst 37 and Letha B. Hurst 31.
(5) Ann Eliza Van Voast
born about 1842 in Indiana. She married September 23, 1858 in Shelby Co., Indiana to James M. Rice. In the 1880 census of
Marion, Shelby Co., Indiana, the Rices were shown with these children:
(a) Sarah C. Rice
born about 1860 in Indiana.
(b) Grant Rice born
about 1867 in Indiana.
(c) Rebecca J. Rice
born about 1872 in Indiana.
(d) John Rice born about 1876 in Indiana.
(6) Catharine Van Voast born about 1844
The 1850 census of Shelby County, Indiana shows the
above children living in the following households:
(1) Shelbyville, p. 359, Sarah E. Van Vost 17 IN, in home of C. Wright
36 OH and Elizabeth C. Wright 29 IN.
(2) Shelbyville, p. 356, Emily Van Vost 15 IN, in home of Jacob Vernon
35 OH and Sarah Vernon 34 IN.
(3) Shelbyville, p. 358, Harriet Van Vost 14 IN, in home of Nathaniel
Wright 31 OH and Amanda Wright 27 IN.
(4)(5)(6) Marion Township, p. 406, Albert Van Vost 10 IN, Eliza Van
Vost 8 IN, Catharine Van Vost 6 IN, in home of Benjamin Kaster
63 PA and Priscilla 53 PA and family. [Harriet Van Vost may have married one of their sons. See
1860 census for household directly beneath Priscilla’s.]
is possible that Elizabeth Wright, Sarah Vernon, and Amanda Wright, the three foster mothers of the older Van Voast
children living in Shelbyville, are sisters of Francis Van Voast. None are likely to be his widowed
second wife, since all these three children are from his first wife, and his
second wife's children are all listed with the Kaster family out in Marion Township. It's
possible, also, that Benjamin and Priscilla Kaster are the parents
of Francis Van Voast's second wife, who was born sometime between 1810 and 1820.
The 1840 census of Marion Township, Shelby County, Indiana shows Francis Van Vost
with the following members of his household: 1 Male 30-40, 1 Male 20-30, 2 Males 15-20, 1 Male 0-5, 1 Female 20-30, 1 Female
15-20, and 3 Females 5-10. The oldest male is probably Francis, and the youngest male his son Albert from his second marriage;
the other three males are unidentified. The oldest female is Francis' second wife, and the three youngest females are
his daughters Sarah, Emily, and Harriet from his first marriage; the other female is unidentified.
As of fall 2007, we are still not in contact with any known descendants of this family.