Abraham Brookhart

Abraham Brookhart

Abraham Brookhart, son of Julius and Anna Margaretha Brookhart, was born ca 1757 in Pennsylvania, and died May 10, 1832 at the home of son-in-law Sauel Dutton in Hockingport, Athens County, Ohio, buried at Hockingport Cemetery, Athens County. He married September 3, 1780 at First Reformed Church, York County, Pennsylvania, to Mary Magdalena Kohler daughter of Andrew and Maria Magdalena Kohler. Mary Magdalena was born ca 1761 in Pennsylvania, and died October 8, 1836 at the home of son-in-law Samuel Dutton in Hockingport, Athens County, Ohio.

Tax lists show Abraham and brother David jointly owning land in York County, Pennsylvania in 1779. In 1781, Abraham and his father, Julius, jointly owned land in Manchester Twp. In 1783, Abraham was taxed on 300 acres and a grist mill in Hellam Twp.

Abraham enlisted as a private sixth class in Cpt. Simon Koppenhaffer's Seventh Co., Third Battalion, York County Militia during the American Revolution, according to a company return dated February 8, 1783. He paid taxes on a grist mill in Hellam Twp., York County that year.

About 1791 Abraham and family (wife and four daughters) and his brother David moved to Frankfurt, Hampshire County, Virginia (now Fort Ashby, Mineral County) and paid taxes there until 1805. He was a constable 1797-1799. He was in the 1810 census for Wood County, (West) Virginia. It is assumed he moved there ca 1806.

Abraham owed his father 30 pounds when his father Julius died. Julius' will, written April 17, 1793, disinherited Abraham because of the debt.

In 1811 Abraham moved to Athens County, Ohio and was a trustee in Troy Twp. for several years.

Abraham and Mary spent their last years in the home of their daughter Nancy Dutton and her husband in Hockingport , Athens County, Ohio, where they each died. They had 11 children, 54 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Children of Abraham Brookhart and Mary Kohler are:

i. Elizabeth "Betsy" Brookhart, born July 12, 1781 in Pennsylvania; died April 1865 in Athens County, Ohio. She married John Fleak and they had eleven children, incluidng John Fleak Jr., who married Mary Sheets. They lived in Hampshire County for many years before moving to Ohio.

ii. Mary Brookhart, born February 6, 1783 in Pennsylvania.

iii. Andrew Brookhart, born January 20, 1785 in Pennsylvania; apparently died before 1790 in Pennsylvania.

iv. Barbara Brookhart, born January 4, 1787 in York County, Pennsylvania; died September 1863 in Scotland County, Missouri.

v. Magdalena "Mahaly or Mollie" Brookhart, born February 12, 1789 in York County, Pennsylvania; died May 15, 1853 in Belleville, Wood County, (West) Virginia. She married John Weigal ca 1820 in Wood County. He died May 18, 1853 in Belleville, Wood County, (West) Virginia. John Weigal built the first cabin about 1820 in Steele District, just above Wadesville in Wood County. Henry Sheets built the second. (From Pioneers of Wood County by John House and Hardesty's Atlas of Wood County 1882.) John and Mahaly's marriage was the first in the District. Their children were Maricella, Elizabeth Ann born ca 1817, Phillip born ca 1819, Abraham Wigal, born June 25, 1822 and George Washington born ca 1824.

vi. Susan(nah) Brookhart, born March 24, 1791 York County, Pennsylvania, died July 18, 1853 Mercer County, Illinois. She married Stanton Prentiss Nov. 13, 1817 in Wood County, (West) Virginia. He had served in the War of 1812.  They lived first in Ohio then moved to Warsaw, Hancock County, Illinois in 1831. In 1835, they moved to Rock Island, Illinois and in 1852 to New Boston, Mercer County, Illinois. At some point they spent two years in California. They had nine children. Stanton died ca 1875.

vii. Henry Brookhart, born November 26, 1793 in Hampshire County, Virginia, died December 18, 1853 in Iowa. He married Catherine Weigal 1817 in Wood County, (West) Virginia.

viii. Abram/Abraham Colar Brookhart, born March 26, 1796 in Hampshire County, Virginia; died March 21, 1875 in Scotland County, Missouri. He married Elizabeth "Becky/Betsy" Decker February 14, 1824 in Carthage, Athens County, Ohio. She was born March 8, 1802 in New York, and died April 10, 1871. Both are buried at Mount Moriah Cemetery in Scotland County, Missouri. Their children: Henry, Brewer Brookhart married Sally Ann Flick December 2, 1855 in Scotland County, Missouri, living in Johnson Twp., Scotland County in 1860; Samuel Dutton Brookhart born June 18, 1836 in Ohio and married Margaret Ann Barrows; Charles Brookhart born August 25, 1839 in Ohio and died October 25, 1909 buried Hickory Grove Cemetery, Arbela, Missouri, married Jane Roberts June 10, 1866 in Scotland County, Missouri; Nancy Brookhart; Moses Brookhart; Sally Ann Brookhart; Sylvanus Brookhart; and Abram Color Brookhart married Cynthia Ann Wildman October 10, 1867 in Scotland County, Missouri. Charles and Abram were living with their parents in 1860 in Johnson Twp.
Mount Moriah Cemetery,
Scotland County, Missouri

ix. Catherine Brookhart, born August 18, 1798 in Hampshire County, Virginia. Catherine apparently died before the 1810 census.

x. Nancy Brookhart, born November 15, 1800 in Hampshire County, Virginia; died February 10, 1861. She married Samuel Dutton, son of Kingsman and Mary Craig Dutton, January 12, 1821 in Athens County, Ohio (Source: The Brookhart Family).

xi. John Brookhart, born March 8, 1803 in Hampshire County, Virginia; died December 6, 1881 in Prospect Grove, Scotland County, Missouri. He married Lydia C. Barrows February 14, 1824 Athens County, Ohio. He was a minister. They moved to Missouri before 1853. In the 1860 census for Johnson Twp., Scotland County, Missouri, they have children John, George, Eliza and Catheine in the home. Other children were Wiliam, Nancy, Mary M., Lemuel and Lydia.
Ballard Cemetery,
Clark County, Missouri